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Friday, 4 March 2016

From Today's Papers - 04 Mar 2016

Intel agencies look for ‘enemy within’
7 tweets of Karachi-based person under scanner
Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
Indian security agencies are searching for an “enemy within”, who allegedly helped a person based in Pakistan to spread military-related information in real-time using Twitter.

A probe is on in New Delhi as to how a man in Karachi was uploading pictures on the web in real time of the gunfight between terrorists and security forces at Pampore in Jammu and Kashmir between February 20 and February 22. Seven tweets of the person are under scrutiny.

The Army and the CRPF had been locked in an encounter with terrorists, who had stormed a building of the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) at Pampore.

Security agencies were baffled over the real-time pictures being uploaded on Twitter from an account, which suggested the person was based in Karachi. Also, the pictures are from such locations where it’s impossible for any photographer to reach. The person has 13,000 Twitter followers.

(The name of his Twitter handle is being withheld as a probe is on). The Karachi-based person, in one of his tweets, credited a Mumbai-based person (name withheld) for the pictures.The Twitter account of the Mumbai-based person is accessible to only 72 persons.

The most vital link is the person, who clicked the pictures and possibly circulated the same using either WhatsApp or Hike to the Mumbai-based person, who further tweeted them to his closed group, and from thereon, the Karachi-based person picked them up.

Here are the tweets that are under probe.

At 10.28 am on Feb 22:  A tweet from Karachi showed the bullet-riddled body of Capt Pawan Kumar Khatkarat a hospital. It’s a close-up shot taken from less than 5 feet away and inside a hospital. The media was reportedly not allowed inside the hospital.

At 10.32 am on the same day, the Karachi-based man posted two pictures of an Army mini-UAV - one ready to take off and another one flying at a low altitude to locate terrorists at Pampore. The tweet appeared almost real-time and the UAVs were used in the operation, said sources.

The Karachi-based Twitter handle also uploaded pictures of a CRPF convoy, the JKEDI building set on fire and bodies of terrorists surrounded by Army men.
BSF detects trans-border tunnel in RS Pura sector
Third such tunnel found in 4 yrs I Protest lodged with Pak Rangers
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

Tribune News Service

Jammu, March 3
Another trans-border tunnel originating from Pakistan, detected 30 metres inside the Indian territory from the international border in the RS Pura sector of Jammu district this afternoon, has sent the BSF into a tizzy.

It is the third such tunnel found on the border since July 2012, exposing Pakistan’s sinister game plan of trying to push _militants into J&K for staging terror attacks.

The BSF has lodged a strong protest with the Pakistan Rangers and a written protest with pictorial evidence shall be lodged tomorrow.

RS Pura town is 24 km southwest of Jammu city and the spot where the tunnel has been detected is around 55 km from here.

“Senior BSF officers led by Jammu Frontier IG RK Sharma rushed to the spot near the Allah-Mai-de-Kothe (AMK) forward post of the BSF,” said _a BSF source.

Sources said that during the routine clearing of wild grass with the help of tractors, BSF men this afternoon came across a stretch near the AMK post where they found the land had caved in and there was a big ditch.

“An excavator was pressed into service and the ditch was dug deeper to see if it was another tunnelling activity by Pakistan and it turned out to be one,” said a top BSF source.

The place is not regularly patrolled because it is located beyond two layers of barbed fencing and an embankment towards the Zero Line. But it is in our territory and is located between the Zero Line and the embankment on our side,” he added.

“The well-protected tunnel was found dug eight to 10 feet beneath the ground and it was 30 metres inside our territory before hitting a dead end. It had a diameter of nearly three feet and ultras could have used it for infiltration,” he said.

“After the digging work and other investigations, we contacted Pakistan Rangers and showed them the spot, exposing their mischief. A written protest shall be lodged tomorrow,” he added.

Later, addressing a press conference at RS Pura, Inspector General, BSF, Jammu Frontier, RK Sharma confirmed the development and said the BSF had lodged a protest with the Pakistan Rangers.
Indian Army: Troops Kill 3 Rebels in Gunbattle in Kashmir
 Three Kashmiri rebels were killed in a gunbattle with government forces early Thursday as they tried to break through a security cordon in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, the army said.

Army spokesman Col. Nitin N. Joshi said the fighting started late Wednesday and an intermittent exchange of gunfire continued overnight in the southern town of Tral.

Joshi said the three killed belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen, the region's biggest rebel group fighting against Indian rule.

Hundreds of residents chanting pro-freedom slogans tried to reach the site of the gunbattle in a show of solidarity with the militants. Police fired tear gas late Wednesday and Thursday to disperse them. No injuries were reported in clashes between rock-throwing protesters and government forces.

Security forces allowed thousands of villagers to participate in the funerals of the three insurgents on Thursday amid a shutdown in Tral and neighboring villages, nearly 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of Srinagar, the main city in the Indian portion of Kashmir.

India and Pakistan, which both rule parts of Kashmir and claim it in its entirety, have fought two wars over control of the region since they won independence from Britain in 1947.

Public opposition to Indian rule remains widespread in the mostly Muslim territory, where rebel groups have been fighting since 1989 for independence or merger with Pakistan.

More than 68,000 people have died in the conflict, though incidents of violence have largely been suppressed by Indian forces.
The Story Behind Indian Army Applicants Asked to Take an Exam in Their Underwear
As a method of preventing cheating, forcing job candidates to take an exam in their underwear is pretty extreme — but that’s exactly what the Indian Army did in the eastern state of Bihar.

More than 1,000 young men, who had applied for at least 70 clerical and technical jobs positions in the armed forces, were made to sit cross-legged, in their briefs for the one-hour test taken outdoors in Muzaffarpur city on Feb. 28, according to television footage and a lawyer familiar with the matter.

The written examination was for candidates who had cleared their physical tests.
The incident has drawn criticism from the high court in the region that has sought an explanation from India’s Defense Ministry, after a lawyer filed a petition against the army in the Patna High Court on March 1.

“The decision to ask candidates to appear for the exams without a shirt, trouser or vest is simply bizarre,” lawyer Dinu Kumar, who filed the petition said Thursday. “Those who showed reluctance to remove their clothes were asked to leave. It was insulting,” he added.

The Patna High Court has asked the ministry to respond by April 5, Mr. Kumar said.

Col. V.S. Godhra, director of the Army Regional Office in Muzaffarpur said candidates were asked to write in their underwear as a preventive measure to stop them hiding any material inside clothes or under desks or chairs that could help them in the exam.

“We did not insult anybody or subjected anyone to cruelty. No examinee complained, so why outsiders are making a hue and cry over the matter,” Col. Godhra was quoted as saying by national news agency the Press Trust of India. When contacted by The Wall Street Journal, he refused to comment on the matter.

The Indian Army said it has taken “serious note” of the incident. “The Army headquarters has directed corrective measures for ensuring fairness (in examinations) without causing embarrassment to candidates,” it said in a statement.

Bihar, one of India’s most populous and impoverished states, has made the news for mass-cheating incidents in the past.

In one scandal last year, parents and friends of students writing an examination were seen climbing walls of a multi-story school building in Hajipur, one of Bihar’s biggest cities, to pass notes and information to them.
Army issues guidelines on WhatsApp use by jawans
BAREILLY: In the backdrop of the Pathankot incident, Army authorities have issued new guidelines regarding use of instant messenger, WhatsApp, by Army personnel. Under this, Armymen can use a WhatsApp account in their individual name without disclosing their actual identity. There should be no mention of rank and posting in the profile. Besides, they can only share personal messages and nothing official can be shared on the instant messaging medium even with their family members.

The move, say officials, comes in the wake of posting of messages in the social media which try to create confusion among common man about the image of the armed forces. So, all officers and jawans, who want to remain active on the internet, may do so but on the condition that it is for personal use. They would not be allowed to share official information on social media like their rank, unit number, date of appointment, place of duty and movement.

Besides, they would also not be allowed to take part in any online voting process, government campaigns, administrative operations and any activity online, which may sully the image of Army. They would also not be allowed to post comments on any policy of Indian army, ministry of

defence and government of India. All officers and jawans must also take special care to ensure that they do not appear anywhere in their official uniform and holding equipment which may provide clue about their nature of job. Moreover, they cannot be a part of any group on social media which is religious or political in nature, said the official.

Meanwhile, expressing his views on the issue, director, Army Recruitment Board, Bareilly, Colonel Rajeev Dixit, said, "These directives are for those who accidentally venture into areas where they are not authorized by Army. Restrictions have always remained on the movement and interaction of armymen ever since Indian Army came into existence. Apart from those which are officially enforced by superior authority, we as officers have always been guided by some self-imposed restrictions to avoid getting drawn into any needless controversy."Public Relations Officer (PRO), ministry of defence, Gargi Malik Sinha, said, "Guidelines on use of social media and internet by army personnel are changing every day given the demand of time and nature of changes affecting the armed forces. Restrictions may become tougher in the coming days in the aftermath of recent developments."
You are safe in the JNU because of the Indian army: Delhi HC tells Kanhaiya Kumar

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New Delhi, Mar 3: The Delhi High Court which granted conditional bail of six months to JNU student leader, Kanhaiya Kumar yesterday (JNU row: Kanahaiya Kumar gets 6 months interim bail) had plenty of observations in an order that ran into around 27 pages. The remarks or observations made by Justice Prathibha Rani who heard the bail plea are extremely interesting in nature. Observations such as, " you can sit in the comfort of JNU because there are soldiers defending the country in tough conditions are part of this order.

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A lesson on Patriotism: "Our forces are protecting our frontiers in the most difficult terrain in the world i.e. Siachen Glacier or Rann of Kutch." Even the oxygen is so scarce (there) that those who are shouting anti-national slogans holding posters of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhatt close to their chest honoring their martyrdom, may not be even able to withstand those conditions for an hour..." The kind of slogans raised may have demoralizing effect on the family of those martyrs who returned home in coffin draped in Tricolour. Such persons enjoyed the freedom to raise anti-India slogans in the comfort of JNU Campus without realising that they were in this safe environment because "our forces were there at the battle field situated at the highest altitude of the world. You are enjoying this freedom only because our borders are guarded by our armed and paramilitary forces." On Fundamental rights: You (Kanhaiya) may have any political affiliation or ideology. You have every right to pursue that but it can be only within the framework of our Constitution. India is a living example of unity in diversity. Freedom of expression enjoyed by every citizen can be subjected to reasonable restrictions under Article 19(2) of our Constitution. The feelings or the protest reflected in the slogans needs introspection by the student community whose photographs are available on record holding posters carrying photographs of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhatt. Freedom of speech guaranteed to the citizens of this country under the Constitution of India has enough room for every citizen to follow his own ideology or political affiliation within the framework of our Constitution.

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