It is October 2018. Yana Cask, a famous singer from European country Estonia, came to India. She wanted to shoot a music video of hers here and for this she chose the Chakrata region of Uttarakhand.
Chakrata is a beautiful hill town situated about 100 km from Dehradun. This is where Yana was shooting with her friends, but as soon as the local intelligence unit got to know about it, Yana and her colleagues were immediately taken into custody. He was given a notice to leave the country and the local police asked the central government to black-list Yana so that he could not come to India in future.
All this happened because Chakrata is a restricted area. No foreigner is allowed here without the permission of the Union Home Ministry. Yana was unaware of this and she had entered here without any permission, so she had to face this action.
Like Yana, most Indians are also unaware that foreigners are banned from Chakrata. Why this ban is there, few people are aware of it. Chakrata is a cantonment area which is also very sensitive from strategic point of view. The biggest reason to stop foreigners coming here is the highly secretive Tutu Regiment of the Indian Army.
The Tutu Regiment is a part of the Indian military strength, about which very little information is publicly available. This regiment still operates in a very secretive manner and no proof of its existence has been made public.
Former PM Jawaharlal Nehru decided to form Tutu Regiment
The Tutu Regiment was established in the year 1962. This was at the same time that there was a war between India and China. On the suggestion of the then IB Chief Bhola Nath Malik, the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru decided to form the Tutu Regiment.
The purpose of forming this regiment was to prepare fighters who could enter the border of China and fight in the difficult geographical conditions of Ladakh. Who could be better for this work than the youth who came as refugees from Tibet. These Tibetan youth were familiar with the area, aware of the areas there.
The climb on which people start walking on their feet, these people grew up running and playing. Therefore, an army was recruited to recruit Tibetan youth. Retired Major General Sujan Singh of the Indian Army was appointed the first IG of this regiment.
Sujan Singh commanded the 22nd Mountain Regiment in the Second World War. Therefore, the newly formed regiment came to be known as Establishment 22 or Tutu Regiment.
Initially, US intelligence agency gave training
Interestingly, the task of trending the Tutu Regiment was done by the US intelligence agency CIA. The soldiers of this regiment were trained on the lines of 'Green Beret', a special contingent of the American Army. Not only this, weapons like M-1, M-2 and M-3 were also given to the Tutu Regiment from the US.
The recruitment of the soldiers of this regiment was not yet complete that in November 1962 China declared a unilateral ceasefire, but even after this the Tutu Regiment was not dissolved. Rather, its training was maintained with the thought that in the future if there is a war with China, this regiment will prove to be our most effective weapon.
The soldiers of the Tutu Regiment are particularly trended in guerrilla warfare. They are given special training in rock climbing and para jumping and are taught the tricks to survive even in very difficult conditions.
Special Operation Eagle was included in 1971
The Tutu Regiment has also given evidence of its indomitable courage in the 1971 Bangladesh War, where its soldiers were included in Special Operation Eagle. In carrying out this operation, 46 soldiers of the Tutu Regiment had to be martyred. Apart from this, Tutu Regiment also played an important role in Operation Bluestar in 1984, Operation Meghdoot and Operation Vijay during Kargil War in 1999.
Public honor is not received in lieu of martyrdom
The biggest pain of the soldiers of this regiment has been that they never got the public respect in return for their sacrifices that other soldiers who were martyred for the country get. The reason behind this is that the Tutu Regiment has been working in a very secretive manner. Its activities are never made public.
This is the reason why the soldiers of Tutu, who were martyred in 1971, neither received any medal nor got any recognition. As the sacrifices of many spies working for RAW often go anonymous, the martyrdom of the soldiers of Tutu could not be recognized.
In the last few years, there has been such a difference that the soldiers of the Tutu Regiment are now getting the same salary as the soldiers of the Indian Army. The Delhi High Court said a few years ago, "These soldiers are neither part of the Indian Army nor Indian citizens." But despite this, they have been standing shoulder to shoulder with our soldiers to protect India's borders. '
Talking about the way the Tutu Regiment works, it is not officially part of the Indian Army. However, it is commanded by a military officer on deputation. Former Indian Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag has also commanded the Tutu Regiment. This regiment reports directly to the Prime Minister through RAW and Cabinet Secretary instead of Army.
In the initial phase where only soldiers of Tibetan origin were recruited in the Tutu Regiment, now Gorkha youth are also made part of Tutu. Recruitment of this regiment is also not made public.
How many young people are there in Tutu Regiment, how many officers are there, how their basic and advanced training is done and how they work, it is still a mystery. The purpose of the Tutu Regiment is still the same as it was when it was founded, to be the strongest weapon of Indian military strength in the event of war with China.