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Things you didn’t know about the Tech­ni­cal Sup­port Di­vi­sion, cre­ated by V. K. Singh in 2010

Gen­eral V. K. Singh cre­ated the Tech­ni­cal Sup­port Di­vi­sion in May 2010 af­ter tak­ing over as army chief. Ex­act man­date un­clear but no gov­ern­ment sanc­tion ex­isted for it. It was based in the ‘ Butch­ery’ in Delhi Can­ton­ment and op­er­ated un­der MI- 25, the mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence direc­torate. It was headed by a bri­gadier.

Com­prised around 40 per­son­nel— eight of­fi­cers and 32 other ranks— spread across In­dia and re­port­ing di­rectly to the army chief through the Direc­torate of Mil­i­tary In­tel­li­gence.

The unit had safe houses in Jammu, Ban­ga­lore, Ahmed­abad, Guwahati, Mum­bai and Sri­na­gar.

Utilised se­cret ser­vice funds for its op­er­a­tions in­clud­ing the pur­chase of two off- air in­ter­cep­tors for al­legedly lis­ten­ing in on phone con­ver­sa­tions of op­po­nents. Both ma­chines were de­stroyed early last year, ac­cord­ing to IB.

Dis­banded in June 2012 af­ter Gen­eral Bikram Singh took over as new army chief.

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