The chapter of naval history on Indian Navy’s frigate — INS Khukri — that was torpedoed by Pakistan’s submarine 40 years ago, has been termed “a silly fiction based on ‘wishful imaginary thoughts’ of Vice-Admiral (retd) SN Kohli”, by Commander (retd) Benoy Bhushan, who probed its sinking.
More skeletons are likely to tumble out, as Bhushan has now sought information from naval headquarters about those responsible for distortion of facts pertaining to the frigate. Admiral Kohli was the flag officer of Western Naval Command when the Khukri sank in December 1971. Commander Bhushan had conducted an inquiry on the directive from Admiral Kohli and submitted his reports on January 12 and 22, 1972.
Recently, one of the survivors of the ill-fated ship, sailor Chanchal Singh Gill, had approached the Armed Forces Tribunal seeking inquiry by a judicial commission, withdrawal of gallantry awards from those who allegedly showed cowardice (including officers and commanding officer of INS Kirpan) and fixing responsibility for the Navy’s huge cover up after the loss of Khukri.
Alleging discrepancies in the contents of “Sinking of the Khukri” in “Transition to Triumph”, the official history of Indo-Pak war of 1971, published by historical cell of directorate of Naval Operations, Commander Bhushan has moved an application under RTI Act to Integrated Headquarters of MOD (Navy) seeking why his “reports” which give “true facts” as “war histories” were not used to write the chapter regarding “Sinking of Khukri” in the “Transition to Triumph”.
While claiming 21 serious “falsehoods” introduced in official history of the 1971 war, regarding “Sinking of the Khukri”, Commander Bhushan has sought information about the name of the person whom he can ask for rectification in Khukri’s history.
He was the first person to access all critical details pertaining to sinking of the Khukri. When contacted, he told TOI that the questionable chapter has been “quoted” from “We Dared”, a book written by Vice-Admiral Kohli in 1989, 18 years after the sinking of Khukri and were first disclosed when published in “Transition to Triumph”, which was published in 2000, 29 years after the sinking.
-via The Times of India