Fobbing off the wife is a tact that former Intelligence Bureau director Ajit Kumar Doval learnt during his exciting life. His wife, Anu, unknowingly, played host to a band of armed men at their home in Aizwal. For two years. He told her that they were part of an operation. But they were, in fact, army commanders of the legendary Laldenga’s Mizo National Front, which was involved in the Mizo insurgency. “They were all heavily armed but I had given my word that they would be safe. My wife cooked pork for them even though she was not used to cooking pork,” says Doval in a media interview. His wife came to know of their identity many years later and felt miffed.
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One day, Doval decided to visit the dargah in a local market at Lahore. The attraction was a qawaali programme. “I decided to go incognito and dressed up as a middle-class Muslim gentleman. Later, when I was enjoying the qawaali, one Pakistani Intelligence officer came to me very quietly and whispered into my ear that my fake beard was dangling. It was so embarrassing. I quickly left.”
People know India’s James Bond Ajit Kumar Doval as a spy, an Indian Police Service (Retired) cop, a former Indian intelligence and law enforcement officer, and a National Security Adviser to Prime Minister of India. But very few people would know that Ajit Doval obtained first position in Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Agra in 1967. So studying Economics can also develop trust in the world of spying.
Story – Ajit Doval who negotiated with Kandahar hijackers also got involved in termination of 15 more
Ajit Doval joined the Indian Police Service in 1968 in the Kerala cadre. He was actively involved in anti-insurgency operations in Mizoram and Punjab. Doval was one of three negotiators who negotiated the release of passengers from IC-814 in Kandahar in 1999. Uniquely, he has the experience of being involved in the termination of all 15 hijackings of Indian Airlines aircraft from 1971–1999.
Ajit Doval remained as an undercover agent in Pakistan for seven years posing as a Pakistani Muslim in Lahore. He got to know many things about Pakistan which any ordinary citizen will never get to know. Once he was identified as Indian by another Pakistani Indian there.