The Official Report of the Ministry of Indian Defence says: “Troops were noticed moving across the Namkha Chu in the Tawang sector. In a few hours about forty of them crossed the river, virtually surrounded Dhola and threatened the small post manned by troops from 9 Punjab.”
There was panic in the Indian camp.
The retired Brigadier is bitter today. He speaks about the lack of proper of assessment: “The Commanders are supposed to prepare an appreciation of the situation, what is the threat, who is the enemy, etc”.
At that time, the assessment was that the Chinese were not ready, unless they built a railway line from Beijing to Lhasa.
When asked who is to blame, Lakshman Singh bluntly says; “B N Mullick, the IB Director was a dope. He is responsible for the debacle. He kept saying that the Chinese won’t attack but China attacked us. Unfortunately intelligence did not come from God, but from Mullick”.
In Picture: The Tawang 7 Infantry Brigade HQ in the summer of 1962