From Warring Nuclear Navies Ranjit B Rai 

Another unsung hero of the 1971 war is Lt Cdr Ashok Roy (Missing in Action Presumed Dead) who served in and near East Pakistan from Calcutta with the Mukti Bahini before the 1971 war and later in the Western Sector flying a Breguet Alize on a Electronic Warfare .sortie during the war in December, when he was lost. 

A very interesting question of the 1971 war which has not been answered with definite proof is how this fine young pilot Lt Cdr Ashok Roy went down in Alize No. 203 on a flight from Jamnagar to Bombay with Lieutenant Sirohi and Chief Aircrew-man Vijayan. Ashok called Aku, had endeared himself to each and every one who had come in contact with him. He was an emotional, strapping red-faced ‘Pathan Like’ looking officer whose mother was an Estonian. He was the son of Brig A.N. Roy (later Major General) in the Medical Corps. 

This well-built six-footer was proficient in games, a powerful swimmer and an ace Indian Air Force trained carrier qualified pilot with high grading. He had done his stint on board INS Vikrant in the Cobra Squadron of Alizes and was transferred to an ‘R’ class destroyer that aviators are posted to gain sea experience.


Ashok Roy had been through many scrapes in life. In the late 1960’s whilst in service his eyesight had started to weaken and he prayed to God to heal his eyes so that he could catapult off the deck of the Vikrant again. He had been advised by one and all to pray to God — something he did not normally do. Apparently God heard his prayers, for lo and behold, Ashok was back in AI SI medical category and back to the flat-top he loved. In another incident in a car race back from the Sealord Hotel to the naval base in Cochin, after a night out Aku was running out of the hotel, he fell into a ditch and broke his knee. Despite this, he raced all the way to the base, won the race and the prize — only to be admitted into hospital, plastered and immobilised.

The author was also in the race !


He was again advised to pray to God, and he would be back to his first love — aircraft. Aku was appointed as the Torpedo and Anti Submarine Officer (TASO) in INS Rana, and could be seen working on weekends coming to grips with the 144 Q Sonar set and Combined Anti Submarine Execises (CASEXES)  Not easy for a pilot !


Suddenly in September 1971, Aku was not to be seen nor heard of. Later, one learnt that he had gone off to be with Sammy — Cdr M.N. Samant — and his band of some Bengalis and divers operating from Calcutta under some cover called Mukhti Bahini and presumably engaged in planning on what to do with that huge influx of refugees into West Bengal from East Pakistan. Suddenly, just before the war, an emaciated Aku turned up in Bombay and refused to talk about his

exploits. He was pining to go on leave. Just then the war broke out and Aku was back to flying his beloved Alizes, a flying machine that carries good ARAR French electronic warfare equipment,

possibly the world’s best at the time, used by IAF in 1965 on the border to seek and listen to Pakistan frequencies.


Aku’s other colleagues were onthe Vikrant in the Eastern Sector and that saddened him a bit. This author learnt that Ashok Roy along with Mukti Bahini personnel had gone all the way to Chittagong port on an under cover operation and attacked and sunk some ships, which was

reported in the world media. On his way back in South Tripura area he was trying to cross back into India near a place called Belonia with Bengali refugees where the Battalion headquarters of the 4 Guards and 1 Rajput was located. He looked suspiciously like a Pathan and the Army team manning the area caught him and beat and cursed him and hit him with rifle butts as he could not say where in East Pakistan he stayed and hand cuffed him. JCO Subedar Makhan Lal interrogated him, and was told he would be kept in custody. Ashok then told them he was a Hindu, and lowered his trousers to prove it. They took him to Major Chandrakant (later VrC) and made him sprawl at his feet. At this point Major Chandra says, Aku asked to speak to the Major in private. Ashok told him he was sworn to secrecy but he was a naval officer Lt Cdr Ashok Roy from the National Defence Academy and was returning from a secret mission. When asked names of his course mates, he rattled off names of Vijay Shivdasani (Shivvy), Gilbert Menezes, John D’Silva whom Chandra Kant knew.


Aku’s repatriation to India was arranged. His father never learnt what his heroic son did in East Bengal but the VrC later was a consolation.

Next heard, Aku was operating  from Jamnagar from where the IAF were launching strikes. On a particular day in December during the war, Aku and Alize pilot Lieutenant Dua in another Alize took off from Jamnagar. Aku ordered his junior winger to proceed to Bombay and he himself went off to possibly investigate a target, or on some classified mission. Whatever it was, Aku was never heard of again. He was awarded the Vir Chakra and his citation reads that a Pakistan Air Force plane shot him down.


Pakistan Radio did announce shooting down of a plane over the sea, but was Aku there? See Photo. How then was he lost? Was he shot down by a Pakistani trawler with anti-aircraft guns? Was he on a secret mission and taken prisoner? If he was shot down, surely Alizes can survive a belly-landing type of ditch, and Aku was a powerful swimmer. Did the Pakistan Air Force actually strafe him to death, a single-engine slow-paced aircraft at that? Was he surprised? Did he suffer engine breakdown? Did he trespass into enemy territory on an EW mission?


Somewhere in the 2500 square miles west of Jamnagar lies the answer to the question of his family and friends. An emissary from Pakistan informed Maj Gen. A.N. Roy that his son was seen with a broken leg in plaster in the Lahore jail along with some East Bengalis. When the General tried to arrange his son’s escape at some cost to himself, Aku apparently wanted a slight delay. The story goes that Aku was rescued by the Baluchis along with the other pilots and kept in captivity and then in settlement—for he did resemble the Baluchis.


This mystery can be solved only by a co-operative answer by the Pakistani Defence Forces for Sirohi was also not heard of. His wife, Priscilla, left India for the UK. Vijayan the air crewman is the other unsung hero. As time passes, memories also fade. Lest we forget, this chapter is dedicated to such and no National Memorial to fallen heroes. Their names will be there in an IMF Maritime Museum and Naval Library coming up privately in C 443 Defence Colony basement in New Delhi.  Shan No Varuna 


  1. where can i buy cheap mobic no prescription [url=]cost of cheap mobic without prescription[/url] buy generic mobic tablets

  2. best ed treatment [url=]cheap erectile dysfunction pills online[/url] medicine erectile dysfunction

  3. top rated ed pills [url=]pills for erection[/url] online ed medications

  4. treatment for ed [url=]best treatment for ed[/url] best ed pill

  5. The other day, while I was at work, my cousin stole my
    apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a twenty five foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple
    ipad is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off
    topic but I had to share it with someone!

  6. [url=]propecia pill[/url] cost of propecia without prescription

  7. zithromax 500 price [url=]buy zithromax 500mg online[/url] cost of generic zithromax

  8. ivermectin usa [url=]ivermectin 3 mg tabs[/url] ivermectin 8 mg

  9. Hi to all, how is the whole thing, I think every one is getting more from this
    website, and your views are good in favor of new visitors.

  10. online pharmacy india [url=]top 10 pharmacies in india[/url] mail order pharmacy india

  11. Good post. I learn something new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon everyday.
    It’s always helpful to read through content from
    other writers and practice something from their websites.

  12. To announce true to life rumour, adhere to these tips:

    Look representing credible sources: It’s high-ranking to safeguard that the newscast outset you are reading is reputable and unbiased. Some examples of reputable sources subsume BBC, Reuters, and The Different York Times. Announce multiple sources to pick up a well-rounded sentiment of a precisely news event. This can help you get a more complete display and keep bias. Be hep of the viewpoint the article is coming from, as set respected news sources can compel ought to bias. Fact-check the low-down with another source if a scandal article seems too unequalled or unbelievable. Forever fetch unshakeable you are reading a fashionable article, as expos‚ can change-over quickly.

    By means of following these tips, you can become a more au fait dispatch reader and more intelligent be aware the beget about you.

  13. To announce present rumour, ape these tips:

    Look representing credible sources: It’s important to guard that the expos‚ outset you are reading is respected and unbiased. Some examples of reputable sources tabulate BBC, Reuters, and The Fashionable York Times. Announce multiple sources to get a well-rounded view of a precisely low-down event. This can support you listen to a more over paint and avoid bias. Be cognizant of the position the article is coming from, as flush with good telecast sources can contain bias. Fact-check the information with another origin if a news article seems too sensational or unbelievable. Many times fetch inevitable you are reading a known article, as news can substitute quickly.

    By following these tips, you can fit a more in the know dispatch reader and more wisely know the cosmos around you.

  14. Бурение скважин на воду – это процесс организации отверстий в течение почве чтобы извлечения находящийся под землей вод. Настоящие скважины используются чтобы питьевой воды, сплав растений, индустриальных нищенствования и других целей. Процесс бурения скважин содержит в течение себя эксплуатация специализированного оборудования, такового яко бурильные установки, коим проходят в грунт и основывают отверстия: Эти скважины обычно имеют глубину от нескольких 10-ов до нескольких сторублевок метров.
    Через некоторое время творения скважины, специалисты обжуливают стресс-тестирование, чтобы определить нее производительность и штрих воды. Через некоторое время щель оборудуется насосом равным образом прочими системами, чтобы обеспечить хронический путь к воде. Эмпайр скважин на воду представляет собой важным ходом, яже гарантирует впуск. ant. выход буква аккуратной питьевой здесь также утилизируется на разных отраслях промышленности. Однако, текущий процесс что ль носить негативное суггестивность сверху охватывающую слой, то-то необходимо соблюдать соответствующие правила а также регуляции.

  15. Эмпайр скважин сверху водичку – это процесс создания отверстий на свете чтобы извлечения находящийся под землей вод, тот или иной смогут употребляться для различных целей, включая питьевую воду, увлажнение растений, промышленные нищенствования да другие: Чтобы бурения скважин утилизируют специализированное ясс, подобное как буровые конструкции, тот или другой проходят в течение подсолнечную и еще создают отверстия глубиной через пары 10-ов до пары сторублевок метров.
    Через некоторое время создания скважины протягивается стресс-тестирование, чтоб сосчитать ее производительность и еще качество воды. Через некоторое время скважина снабжается насосом и еще прочими доктринами, чтобы поставить хронический доступ буква воде. Хотя бы бурение скважин сверху водичку представляет высокопоставленную роль в течение обеспечивании допуска буква истой хозпитьевой здесь а также утилизируется в различных секторах экономики индустрии, этот процесс что ль показывать негативное суггестивность на обступающую среду. Поэтому необходимо беречь должные философия а также регуляции.

  16. Hey there! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with Search Engine Optimization?
    I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good
    results. If you know of any please share.
    Appreciate it!

  17. Europe is a continent with a in clover history and diverse culture. Soul in Europe varies greatly depending on the state and region, but there are some commonalities that can be observed.
    United of the defining features of memoirs in Europe is the strong force on work-life balance. Uncountable European countries have laws mandating a guaranteed amount of vacation speedily seeking workers, and some have yet experimented with shorter workweeks. This allows for more circumstance spent with family and pursuing hobbies and interests.
    Europe is also known object of its flush cultural estate, with numerous cities boasting centuries-old architecture, astuteness wiles, and literature. Museums, galleries, and reliable sites are plenteous, and visitors can dip themselves in the information and background of the continent.
    In annex to cultural attractions, Europe is retreat to a to one side multiplicity of consonant beauty. From the impressive fjords of Norway to the clear beaches of the Mediterranean, there is no lack of astounding landscapes to explore.
    Of speed, spring in Europe is not without its challenges. Many countries are grappling with issues such as takings unevenness, immigration, and public instability. However, the people of Europe are resilient and have a extended account of overcoming adversity.
    Overall, existence in Europe is rich and varied, with something to present oneself in the course of everyone. Whether you’re interested in retailing, refinement, nature, or simply enjoying a trustworthy work-life steadiness, Europe is a first-rate lodgings to request home.

  18. Positively! Declaration expos‚ portals in the UK can be overwhelming, but there are tons resources at to cure you espy the unmatched one for you. As I mentioned formerly, conducting an online search representing “UK scuttlebutt websites” or “British story portals” is a great starting point. Not but desire this chuck b surrender you a comprehensive list of news websites, but it will also lend you with a heartier savvy comprehension or of the coeval hearsay view in the UK.
    Aeons ago you obtain a itemize of potential account portals, it’s critical to estimate each undivided to choose which richest suits your preferences. As an example, BBC Advice is known benefit of its ambition reporting of intelligence stories, while The Custodian is known pro its in-depth criticism of bureaucratic and popular issues. The Self-governing is known representing its investigative journalism, while The Times is known by reason of its affair and investment capital coverage. During arrangement these differences, you can pick out the talk portal that caters to your interests and provides you with the news you hope for to read.
    Additionally, it’s quality considering local scuttlebutt portals with a view fixed regions within the UK. These portals produce coverage of events and news stories that are relevant to the area, which can be specially utilitarian if you’re looking to safeguard up with events in your town community. In search occurrence, shire good copy portals in London classify the Evening Paradigm and the Londonist, while Manchester Evening News and Liverpool Echo are hot in the North West.
    Overall, there are diverse bulletin portals readily obtainable in the UK, and it’s important to do your experimentation to unearth the one that suits your needs. By means of evaluating the contrasting news programme portals based on their coverage, luxury, and editorial standpoint, you can choose the a person that provides you with the most fitting and captivating news stories. Good fortunes with your search, and I hope this information helps you reveal the perfect expos‚ portal for you!

  19. Greetings from Florida! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to check out your website on my iphone during lunch break.
    I love the knowledge you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.
    I’m surprised at how fast your blog loaded on my cell phone ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, superb site!

  20. Thank you a lot for sharing this with all of us you actually understand what you’re talking about!

    Bookmarked. Please also seek advice from my site =). We could have a link trade arrangement between us

  21. My coder is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on a number
    of websites for about a year and am worried about switching to another platform.
    I have heard good things about Is there a way I can import all my wordpress content into it?
    Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *