Today, he admits: “It was later discovered that they were Chinese spies, complete with a wireless transmitter; the antenna was cunningly hidden and well camouflaged in the tall bamboo, replete with the ubiquitous prayer flags fluttering gently in the cold mountain breeze spreading the message of peace around.”
This incident shows the state of intelligence and counter-intelligence of the Indian side on the eve of the Chinese attack.
The teashop was located at a very strategic location ‘with the girls in attendance’, explains Lakshman.
“It was the proverbial magnet which worked like a dream. The chitchats by the girls with the soldiers, hungry for and denied of female company for long, only too willing to open up during the halts, provided them with all the intelligence they required on the movement and deployment of troops.”
In Picture: The camp of the 7 Infantry Brigade at Tsangdhar above the Namkha chu river