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Lt Gen Campose is Western Command chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Lt Gen Philip Campose took over as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, at Chandimandir today. Prior to this, he was serving as the Director-General, Perspective Planning at the Army Headquarters. He takes over from Lt Gen Sanjiv Chachra, who has moved as chief of the Udhampur-based Northern Command.

On assuming his new appointment, Lt Gen Philip laid a wreath at Veer Smriti war memorial to pay homage to martyrs. He also inspected a guard of honour presented by a contingent from the Mechanised Infantry.

An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, he was commissioned in the 9th Gorkha Rifles and transferred to the Mechanised Infantry in 1982. A graduate of the National Defence College, New Delhi, his academic qualifications include master of philosophy degrees in defence management and security studies from Indore University in 1998 and in security and strategic studies from Madras University in 2006.

He has commanded an infantry division on the Line of Control in J&K and a corps in the western deserts. He has attended a tactical course in Russia and served in the UN peacekeeping mission in former Yugoslavia and northern Iraq.

Besides instructional appointments at the NDA, School of Armoured Warfare and Defence Services Staff College, he has served as Chief Staff Officer (Land Vector) at the Strategic Forces Command. He has been decorated with the Vishisth Seva Medal and the Ati Vishisth Seva Medal.
India to have navigation satellite system by 2015

Chennai, July 1
India will have its own navigational systems like a couple of other countries by 2015. Its space agency is in a fast production mode to roll out six more satellites for this purpose, said an official on Monday.

“All the seven satellites of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) are identical and the space agency will be rolling them out. Already, the second one is getting ready for the year-end or early 2014 launch," an official at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said preferring anonymity.

India on Monday night will be launching its first navigation satellite IRNSS-1A weighing 1,425 kg from its spaceport at Sriharikota, around 80 km from here, using its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-XL (PSLV-XL).

The IRNSS-1A satellite is intended to provide terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation services and help in disaster and fleet management.

The satellite with a lifespan of around 10 years is one of the seven satellites constituting the IRNSS space segment - a regional navigational system developed by India, designed to provide accurate position information service to users within the country and up to 1,500 km from the nation's boundary line, ISRO said.

While ISRO is silent on the navigation system's strategic application, it is clear that IRNSS will be used for defence purposes as well.

The system is similar to the global positioning system (GPS) of the US (24 satellites), Glonass of Russia (24 satellites), Galileo of Europe (27 satellites), China's Beidou (35 satellites) or the Japanese Quasi Zenith Satellite System with three satellites.

While GPS and Glonass are fully functional global systems, Chinese and the Japanese systems are offering regional coverage and Europe's Galileo is yet to be made operational.

By adding more satellites, the service area can be expanded, ISRO officials said.

The entire IRNSS system is expected to be in place by 2015 and the whole project is expected to cost around Rs 1,420 crore.

The ISRO official said the target date was achievable as the satellites would be launched using PSLV-XL rockets whose turn-around time is months and there are two launch pads.

"Only when all the seven satellites are up in space, the whole system will come into play. The earlier we have the full system, it is better for all. For instance by 2015, the first satellite - IRNSS-1A - will be nearly one-and-half years old and its remaining life span will be 8.5 years," the official said.

He said once the regional navigation system is in place, India need not be dependent on others.

According to the official, the IRNSS-1A will provide data that would be useful in tuning the systems.

"There will not be much revenue from the single satellite as its coverage area will be small," he said.

The IRNSS will provide two types of services -- standard positioning service and restricted service. The former is provided to all users and the latter is an encrypted service for authorised users.

The IRNSS system comprises of two segments - the space and the ground. The space segment consists of seven satellites of which three will be in geo-stationary orbit and four in inclined geo-synchronous orbit.

The satellite will go around the earth at a height of about 36,000 km from the Earth, ISRO said.

The ground segment consists of infrastructure for controlling, tracking and other facilities.

Eye in the sky

    The entire Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System of seven satellites is expected to be in place by 2015 and the whole project is expected to cost around Rs 1,420 crore
    The system is similar to the global positioning system (GPS) of the US (24 satellites), Glonass of Russia (24), Galileo of Europe (27), China's Beidou (35) or the Japanese Quasi Zenith Satellite System with three satellites
Lt Gen Chait to head integrated defence staff
Air Marshal Arup Raha is vice-chief of IAF Air Staff
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 1
Lieutenant General Anil Chait, who led the rescue operations in flood-hit Uttarakhand, today took over as the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC).

Let Gen Chait was the Central Army Commander when he led the rescue operations, including walking with pilgrims on the 13-km trek between Badrinath and Gobind Ghat.

Lt Gen Chait, an armoured corps officer, has also commanded the prestigious 2 Strike Corps at Ambala. He has also worked with the Special Action Group (The Black Cats) of the National Security Guards.

Air Marshal Arup Raha, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, today took over as the Vice-Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force, replacing Air Marshal DC Kumaria. Air Marshal Raha is a fighter pilot.

The new IAF vice-chief has held operational assignments such as the Commanding Officer of a fighter squadron, Air Officer Commanding of frontline bases. He has also served as the Deputy Commandant of the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad.
India to announce cyber security policy
Man Mohan
Our Roving Editor

New Delhi, July 1
India is ready to roll out its cyber security operations to prevent sabotage, espionage and other forms of cyber attacks that could hurt vital military and economic interests of the country.

It will also seek to build adequate trust in a secure computing environment and confidence in electronic transactions.

An announcement from the Ministry of Information Technology on the National Cyber Security Policy is expected on Tuesday. The Cabinet Committee on Security on May 8 approved this strategic policy.

Cyber security is generally referred to as the fifth realm of security after land, sea, air and space. Cyberspace is the sphere along with space where, it is believed, the next generation warfare is likely to take place. Cyber security intelligence now forms an integral component of defence. It entails the anticipation of attacks and the quick adoption of counter measures.

Both Pakistan and China have been prime attackers on Indian classified establishments, including espionage agencies, and important strategic public and private sector installations.

Recently, even super power - United States of America - accused Beijing of constantly attempting to steal its secrets by launching cyber attacks.

Highly placed sources told The Tribune that India has decided to follow the US cyber security map of public-private partnership.

India began working out its cyber security cover modalities less than a year ago following a ‘nudge’ from America which is keen to have New Delhi as its partner in global cyber warfare.

India and the US have been working together for several years to evolve a cyber security network. New Delhi and Washington had signed a memorandum of understanding on January 19, 2012.

Interestingly, India is unveiling its cyber security policy when the US is coming under attack from its own European allies for using its secret services to use bugs, phone taps and for the cyber monitoring of their embassies’ computer networks in Washington, New York and Brussels.

Documents leaked by former American National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has blown the lid off the US snooping ring.

The cyber security system that now comes into operation will be handled by the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), India’s youngest spy agency, and certain other secret networks. A national cyber security coordinator in the National Security Council secretariat will bring this work together. It will involve monitoring, certification and assurance of networks by designated agencies and bodies in accordance with the law. It will also involve capacity and authority for operations in cyber space.

Next-gen warfare

Cyber security is generally referred to as the fifth realm of security after land, sea, air and space. It is believed that next-generation warfare is likely to take place in space and cyberspace.
3 Hizb militants, cop killed in Kashmir encounter
Suhail A Shah

Anantnag, July 1
A member of the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the police was killed and two security personnel — a policeman and a CRPF jawan — were injured in an encounter with militants in the Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Three Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) militants were also killed in the gunfight. “We have retrieved the bodies of the militants and are in the process of identifying them," said a senior police officer.

A search operation is being conducted and a large cache of guns and ammunition has been seized. The encounter began on Monday morning when, according to sources, men from the SOG, CRPF and Army’s 42 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) cordoned off Mundoora village in Tral.

“We had a specific tip-off about the presence of militants at a house in the area,” said a senior police officer.

He said when the forces zeroed in on the hiding place of the militants, they fired at the security personnel with automatic weapons.

Sources said that after a lull in the firing from the militants, the security forces tried to retrieve the bodies of the militants.

However, sudden firing from the other side forced them to retreat.

“The fire stopped for quite some time. That led us to believe that all three of them had been killed. But fresh fire suggested that one of them was alive,” said the police official.

The policeman who was killed has been identified as Mushtaq Ahmad. A wreath-laying ceremony was organised in his honour at the district Police Lines in Lethpora area of Pulwama district.

Meanwhile, local residents in large numbers came out after the encounter and began protesting against the security forces.

The encounter comes at a time when the Valley is observing a complete shutdown against the killing of two youths in Army firing in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

This is the second major militancy related incident in Tral area in just over a month’s time.

On May 24, militants laid an ambush and killed four Army personnel. A militant was also killed in the ensuing gun battle.

Meanwhile, security forces have killed as many as five militants in the past month or so in different encounters across south Kashmir’s Pulwama and Shopian districts.
India’s first navigation satellite put into orbit
Shubhadeep Choudhury/TNS

Bangalore, July 1
India’s first dedicated navigational satellite IRNSS-1A was today successfully launched by a polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV-C22) from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota near Chennai.

The 44m-tall rocket — with the satellite with a lift-off mass of 1,425 kg — took off at 11.41 pm and put the satellite into the intended orbit precisely 20 minutes later.

ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan said that the launch, the 23rd successive successful flight of the PSLV, “marks India’s entry into a new era of space application”. PJ Kurien, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, who was present at the Space Centre at the time of the launch, said the satellite would meet India’s defence and security requirements.

Mission director K Krishnan said the launch had met all the expected parameters. Professor Yash Pal, described by ISRO chairman Radhakrishnan as the father of space applications, was also present at the time of the launch and congratulated the ISRO team.

IRNSS-1A is the first satellite of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System or IRNSS. The system consists of seven satellites.

The satellite launched today was put into geosynchronous orbit. Three more satellites will be put in geosynchronous orbit while the three remaining satellites will be put into geostationary orbit. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Navigation Centre at Byalalu near Bangalore will be the main centre for the ground segment.

The next satellite of the series, IRNSS-1B, is due early 2014. The full constellation of seven satellites is supposed to be in orbit by 2015. Only then will the service of the IRNSS system take off. The system will have military applications besides helping civilian aircraft and ships and other modes of transportation.

IRNSS will provide two types of services — Standard Positioning Service or SPS (similar to the Global Positioning Service or the GPS) which will be available to all the users and Restricted Service (RS), an encrypted service that will be provided only to authorised users.

The system is designed to provide information regarding accurate position in India as well as the region extending up to 1,500 km from the country’s boundary — that is its primary service area.
Pakistani intruder, carrying explosive device, killed near Indian border in Poonch: Army
Poonch: A suspected Pakistani intruder died near an Indian Army post in the Saujian sector of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir today, when an improvised explosive device or IED that he was carrying blew up.
The Indian Army has said that it spotted the man and shot at him. Due to firing, the IED being carried by the intruder exploded, killing him on the spot, a defence spokesman said.
A search operation was carried in the forest area later and the body of the intruder was recovered, the defence official added.

Last week, Army troops had foiled an infiltration bid along the LoC in Rajouri district of the state. Northern Army Commander Lt General K T Parnaik, who retired on the weekend, had earlier raised concern over reported presence of terrorists at the high altitude belt of Sabzian along the LoC in Poonch.

Nine men, suspected to be from the Pakistan army, had allegedly intercepted porters from the Border Security Force in Sabzian belt on May 14 and snatched supplies from them after an attack.
Top Army commanders shifted
On Monday, more than half the Indian Army's top commanders were shifted around in what many top generals and analysts consider a motivated and unnecessary reshuffle. The crucial Northern, Western and Central Commands now have new commanders, as do the Integrated Defence Staff and the army's training command.

Officers at army headquarters say the Army Chief, General Bikram Singh, has personally initiated this reshuffle to push through a promotion policy in which quotas, not merit, would govern the selection of brigadiers and generals.

The Indian Army, like professional Western armies, has traditionally selected its senior officers based on their career records alone. Until recently, that is, when vacancies in the rank of Brigadier started being distributed between arms (infantry, artillery, armoured corps, etc.) on a "pro rata" basis, i.e. in proportion to the number of officers in each arm. Now, Gen Singh wants to extend this to the next rank, i.e. Major General.

Officers who want meritocracy at senior ranks call this "Mandalisation" of a professional army. The official term for it is "pro rata" promotion.

Senior most amongst those shifted out is a resolute opponent of "pro rata", former Central Army Commander, Lt Gen Anil Chait. At the Army Commanders' Conference, the army's only consultative check on the chief's otherwise arbitrary power, Chait had pushed for the rollback of "pro rata" for brigadier vacancies, and blocked its extension to Major General rank. But Chait had been sidelined with his posting as chief of the Integrated Defence Staff (CISC). He is no longer an army commander.

The "pro rata" policy has been propagated by an unbroken series of army chiefs from the infantry and artillery, which most benefit from "pro rata" -Gen N C Vij (infantry); Gen S Padmanabhan (artillery); Gen J J Singh (infantry); Gen Deepak Kapoor (artillery); Gen V K Singh (infantry); and Gen Bikram Singh (infantry).

The infantry has the largest number of officers, and already benefits from "pro rata": a corresponding number become Brigadiers, regardless of merit. Extending "pro-rata" to

Major General rank would extend reservations up the promotion ladder. Benefiting similarly is the artillery, the second-largest arm.

The big loser is the armoured corps - the army's key strike arm - that has traditionally produced more Brigadiers and Generals than its small officer strength might suggest. Another loser would be the mechanised infantry, whose high-calibre Brigadiers would be denied promotion because of its small quota of major general vacancies.

Replacing Chait in Lucknow is the newly promoted Lt Gen Rajan Bakshi, who was in command of the Leh-based 14 Corps, where he successfully handled the recent Chinese intrusion in Daulat Beg Oldi. Bakshi, an armoured corps officer, was well placed to take over command of the Udhampur-based Northern Army, on Lt Gen K T Parnaik's retirement on Sunday. But that would have meant two armoured corps army commanders - Chait and Bakshi - would have opposed "pro rata". Replacing Chait with Bakshi, and posting Chait as CISC, has defanged that opposition.

Apparently, Singh cited Bakshi's armoured corps background to block him from commanding the Northern Army, involved primarily in infantry operations. This, after Bakshi successfully commanded the infantry-predominant 14 Corps, including handling the Daulat Beg Oldi intrusion.

The army said it was not considering the extension of "pro rata" to Major General rank. It said Lt Gen Anil Chait's posting as CISC "has been in the organisational interest."

During his eventful last days in Lucknow, Chait had earned plaudits for his handling of the recent Uttarakhand natural disaster. But Ministry of Defence officials said the army chief had told Defence Minister Antony that Chait was close to Mulayam Singh Yadav and, therefore, must be shifted from Lucknow.

Farsighted infantry and artillery generals like former Northern Army Commander, Lt Gen (Retd) Rostum Nanavatty, believed that "pro rata" would drag the army into mediocrity. "I opposed this proposal at every forum. How are we going to get the best commanders if we are allocating quotas at the highest rank? Every step we take in this direction will be a mistake," said Nanavatty.

To command the Northern Army, another well-settled Army Commander, Lt Gen Sanjiv Chhachra, who has commanded the Western Army for almost a year, has been shifted to Udhampur. Chhachra is an infantryman, as are the Eastern Army Commander, Lt Gen Dalbir Singh; and Lt Gen Gyan Bhushan, who heads the South-western Command.

Even after sidelining Chait, the "pro rata" policy might still encounter resistance if army commanders from the mechanised infantry dig in their heels. These are Lt Gen Philip Campose, who has taken over the Western Army at Chandimandir; Lt Gen Sanjiv Madhok at the Army Training Command at Shimla; and Lt Gen Ashok Singh, who heads the Southern Army in Pune.

The MoD has the final word on changes to promotion policy. However, it has not questioned or blocked the "pro rata" policy at Brigadier rank.
Army's ex-service home becomes operational in Lucknow
LUCKNOW: UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced a grant of Rs 50 lakh to the Surya Varishth Vihar, an old age home meant exclusively for ex-servicemen.

Inaugurating the facility, the chief minister lauded the efforts of the Indian Army in saving lives in Uttarakhand.

He said, "Once again the defence forces have instilled hope in the people that they will always be there to help us in times of need."

Surya Varishth Vihar is the first such old age home in the country to be commissioned for veterans of the army. The old age home was constructed by the Uttar Pradesh Purv Sainik Kalyan Nigam in a record time of one year at a cost of almost Rs 8 crore.

The building was handed over to the Surya Varishth Vihar Society in a solemn function on June 28.

Located close to the Shaheed Path in the Aurangabad Khalsa locality of south Lucknow, the old age home has a capacity of 120 residents and has all basic amenities like a community dining hall, gymnasium and entertainment centre.

Medical cover to the veterans will be provided through the Army's medical facilities located close by.

The chief of staff of central command, Lt Gen AK Misra received the keys of the facility from Akhilesh Yadav.

The old age home will be managed by the Surya Varishth Vihar Society and the Commandant 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre would be the President of its managing committee.

The old age home would operate as a hostel on a 'Pay and Stay' basis, with minimal charges.

All ex-servicemen and widows above the age of 60 years would be eligible to apply for residence and will be admitted on need-based criteria. Applicants would be required to provide a copy of the ECHS Card and PPO along with their applications. Applications can be sent to 'Surya Varishth Vihar Society', c/o 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre, Cantonment, Lucknow - 226 002.
Pakistani intruder, carrying explosive device, killed near Indian border in Poonch: Army
Poonch: A suspected Pakistani intruder died near an Indian Army post in the Saujian sector of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir today, when an improvised explosive device or IED that he was carrying blew up.
The Indian Army has said that it spotted the man and shot at him. Due to firing, the IED being carried by the intruder exploded, killing him on the spot, a defence spokesman said.
A search operation was carried in the forest area later and the body of the intruder was recovered, the defence official added.

Last week, Army troops had foiled an infiltration bid along the LoC in Rajouri district of the state. Northern Army Commander Lt General K T Parnaik, who retired on the weekend, had earlier raised concern over reported presence of terrorists at the high altitude belt of Sabzian along the LoC in Poonch.

Nine men, suspected to be from the Pakistan army, had allegedly intercepted porters from the Border Security Force in Sabzian belt on May 14 and snatched supplies from them after an attack.
It is time India corrects its Sri Lanka policy
It is impossible to believe that the forced withdrawal of two Sri Lankan army officers from the Defence Service Staff College in Wellington in Tamil Nadu will not affect ties between New Delhi and Colombo.

No self respecting nation likes it when its military officers sent for routine training are told to go home - due to the host country's domestic politics. Knowing the animosity in Tamil Nadu to the Sri Lankan military, New Delhi should have either not invited the two officers to Wellington or, having done so, should have stood by them until the training got over.

Yes, in a federal set up, the central government should listen to even conflicting issues from states. But no government can endlessly allow itself to be blackmailed into submission just because Tamil Nadu politicians who failed to drive sense into the LTTE when it was alive and kicking have now decided to avenge its defeat with a sweeping I-hate-Sri-Lanka policy.

The anti-Colombo sentiments in Tamil Nadu, fuelled by both the ruling and opposition parties, have led to attacks on innocent Sri Lankans who cannot be blamed for that country's military or foreign policy. This has fuelled anti-India feelings in Sri Lanka. If the situation continues without check, the time is not far when Indian interests in Sri Lanka could seriously get hurt.

The only winner in such an ugly situation will be the pro-LTTE political forces in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere who still cannot get over the fact that a militant group they thought could never lose has been vanquished.

There is no doubt that innumerable innocent Tamils got killed in the final stages of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. But the LTTE was primarily to blame for forcing thousands of Tamil civilians to move into the battle zone - in the hope that their presence would prevent its own doom.

Having crushed the LTTE in 2009, the Sri Lankan leadership must have gracefully admitted to the death of innocents and announced a generous compensation and rehabilitation policy. But having claimed that no innocents were targeted, Colombo has got caged in a situation from where there is no easy escape, leading to repeated unpleasant international censures.

But that is only one aspect of a larger - and complex - story.

On their part, Tamil Nadu leaders, who otherwise preside over the destiny of millions, made no effort to inject sense into the LTTE leadership to call off the war when there was time. In any case, the LTTE didn't care two hoots for Tamil Nadu politicians - except if they contributed to its war efforts. Forget sound advice, some in Tamil Nadu urged Velupillai Prabhakaran to fight on till the Congress gets ousted by the BJP in the 2009 Lok Sabha election. That didn't happen, and the LTTE crashed.

While the war was on, India turned down Sri Lankan requests to build the Palaly air base in Jaffna (by attaching conditions Colombo couldn't meet) and a port at Hambantota because the Congress-led government was wary of rubbing Tamil Nadu the wrong way. Now Sri Lankan military officers invited to Wellington have been told to leave - and not just once.

It is time Prime Minister Manmohan Singh takes a re-look at India's Sri Lanka policy. India can't have the cake and eat it too. If India wants to advice Sri Lanka on its ethnic policy, then basic courtesies will have to be extended to Colombo. India cannot view Sri Lanka solely from the Tamil Nadu prism.

If attacking innocent Sri Lankans or asking their military officers to go home is right because of what happened in the war, then India should be ready to face similar music when its military officers go abroad. After all, have there been no rights violations in places like Kashmir?
Army Officer in the firing line for crying graft

A senior officer of the Indian Army, hailing from Kerala, is being illegally detained in the psychiatric ward of a military hospital for pointing fingers at corruption involving higher-ups, his relatives have alleged.

Lieutenant Colonel Arun Kumar attached to the HQ 374 Composite Artillery Brigade C/o 56 APO and stationed at Nasirabad in Ajmer, Rajasthan, was forcibly admitted to the psychiatric ward of the Military Hospital in Jodhpur more than a month ago. Lately, he has been transferred to a military hospital in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, after he filed a complaint with the Jodhpur Police Commissioner, said his brother K Ajan, who is an advocate. A copy of the statement given by Lt Col Arun Kumar to the police is in the possession of Express.

Arun, who hails from Thiruvananthapuram, has also sent a legal notice to the Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh; the Director-General of Armed Forces Medical Services (Army); the General Officer

Commanding, 41 Artillery Division, C/o 56 APO and the commanding officers of the military hospitals in Jodhpur and Nasirabad. The copies have been sent to the Additional Director General, Additional Directorate General Discipline and Vigilance, Adjutants General Branch, Integrated HQ and the Chief Secretary, Ministry of Defence. Commissioned into the Indian Army in 1981, Arun has been serving the present unit since January 2013. As per the statement given to the police, Arun has been reporting “certain cases of dishonesty and moral turpitude of senior officers causing loss to state, and human rights violation of soldiers” since March this year.

This is not the first instance in which this Army officer is entering the bad books of his superiors, his relatives said. The alleged persecution began in 2001 after he reported irregularities to the tune of Rs 6 lakh in a CSD canteen audit in one of the infantry divisions. At the time, he was serving with the HQ 24 Artillery Brigade. His family members had complained to the government that a Brigadier-rank officer had attempted to murder him.
Tension over Army stopping construction of mosque
TNN Jul 1, 2013, 05.29AM IST

MALERKOTLA: Tension prevailed in the princely town of Malerkotla on Sunday when Army stopped the construction of a shed outside a mosque, which upset the Muslim community here.

Army authorities on Saturday had approached police to stop the construction at Shahi Mosque at Qila Rahmatgarh, which is situated near Army territory.

Irate residents on Sunday afternoon assembled at the mosque and blocked Malerkotla-Nabha road. The residents raised slogans against the state and Union governments for interfering in their religious affairs. Tension was brewing for the past few months after the residents tried to reconstruct the dilapidated front portion of the mosque.

Lt Gen Sunny Bakhshi assured the residents of not interfering in the construction of the shed. "The defence office at Chandigarh is seized of the matter and is looking into it," he said. Following this, the blockade was lifted.

Mosque committee president Yassar Hussain said, "The front portion of the mosque was in a dilapidated condition. The committee had tried to reconstruct the portion about six months back, but the Army officials stopped it. We approached the authorities many times, but to no avail. About a week ago, officials from Chandigarh had allowed us to construct the shed and we were building it when Army officials approached police on Saturday and stopped the work".

City SHO Parminder Singh said, "Army officials have promised to solve the issue on July 2 when officials from Chandigarh visit the place."

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