Soldier held for leaking ops data to Pakistan’s ISI
Friday, 26 February 2021 Alarm bells have been sounded at the Army’s Northern Command headquarters at J&K’s Udhampur, which deals with both China and Pakistan, after a soldier, a NCO (non-commissioned officer), was arrested for allegedly leaking operational data to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
Kangra SP Vimukt Ranjan informed that Pakistan mobile signals had been detected on phones of some trekkers near Dharamshala last week that also led to change in their time standard from IST to PST. "Last week, we received information that some trekkers had detected signals from Pakistan on their phones and their time standard was also changed from IST to PST. Dept of Telecommunication was informed for further inquiry," informed Kangra SP Vimukt Ranjan.
While speaking to ANI, 15 Corps (Srinagar) Commander Lt Gen DP Pandey said that Pakistan Army used ceasefire violations to assist infiltrations but it is now reduced after the agreement between India and Pakistan. He also emphasised that current terrorist attacks have not been led by Pakistan but it is instigating local terrorists in Kashmir valley. "Ceasefire was announced about 2 months back and both sides (India and Pakistan) are adhering to norms, but we shouldn't draw too many conclusions. In about another month or two, we'll get to see the impact of this ceasefire in Kashmir. The numbers of (terror) incidents are on decline, they're virtually half, as compared to last year. Pakistan Army used ceasefire violations primarily to assist infiltrations; currently what we observe is adherence and reduction," said Lt Gen DP Pandey. He further said, "Pakistan's objective in terms of facilitating terrorism in Kashmir hasn't changed, but their intent to indigenize it has changed. For last few years, Pakistan terrorists aren't leading attacks, but primarily instigating local terrorists."
Indo-Tibetan Border Police organised a COVID-19 awareness camp in far-flung and impoverished villages located in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur. It was ITBP's 8th camp in the district aimed to educate locals about the pandemic and the required precautions. ITBP officials distributed masks, sanitisers, spray pumps and soaps to the locals. One ITBP official said, "We enjoy doing this work and it feels like we are working among our people. It makes us feel happy."
After multiple programmes, events and initiatives women empowerment has created buzz in the society. These three women in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur, who are working at a filling station, are an inspiration to all in the Valley. In order to chip in to the family's income, they took up this job. One of the three, Rachana urged women to not be shy from taking different types of job like working on a filling station. Locals who came at the petrol pump praised the women and also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for promoting women empowerment and inspiring women to come forward.
On a tipoff, Udhampur Police arrested two drug peddlers on March 19. Police seized 300 kgs of poppy straw and Rs 5 lakh cash from their possession in Mand on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. FIR has been registered against them. Further investigations are underway.
Ceasefire along Line of Control won't affect counter-terrorist operations, assured Northern Command, GOC-in-C, Lieutenant General YK Joshi on February 23 while addressing the Gallantry awards ceremony in Udhampur. "Joint statement by Director Generals of Military Operation of India and Pakistan, of both sides agreeing for strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along LoC from February 24-25, won't affect counter-terrorist operations. We will continue to remain alert," said Lt. General Joshi.
In order to make women self-dependent, the Army is running skills development training centres for women in the district of Jammu and Kashmir. Experts at women empowerment centre are training Kashmiri girls in different arts like tailoring, embroidery and other Kashmir arts. Centre aims to create a sustainable skill development program which will facilitate employment of girls. Beneficiaries hailed Army's initiative to empower women.