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Wearing army pattern dresses ‘illegal’, cannot be fashion: Army




With terrorists adopting the modus operandi of wearing army fatigues to mislead people about their identity, the Indian Army on Friday asked people not to wear army-pattern dresses.

Use of army uniform and equipment is not only illegal, but cannot be “a fashion statement”, the spokesman said.

“Avoid wearing army pattern dresses. It is illegal,” an army spokesman said here on Wednesday, adding people should follow this in the national interest.

“Private security agencies, police and other central forces are also requested not to wear combat pattern dresses as it is not authorised and leads to false alarms,” the spokesman said.

Suspected Pakistani terrorists who launched a pre-dawn attack on the Pathankot air base in Punjab on Saturday had come attired in army fatigues.

The terror attack left six terrorists and seven security personnel dead. All assets of the Indian Air Force (IAF) at the air base, including fighter jets, attack helicopters and other equipment, as well as families of personnel were secure.

The spokesman said that sale of army uniforms by shopkeepers, happening freely across the country, to unauthorised persons was also illegal.

“Shopkeepers should not sell combat cloth, army uniforms or army equipment. All traders and shopkeepers interested in selling these may approach the local military authority and request for shops in units/cantonments approved areas/shops. It is illegal to sell army uniforms to unauthorised persons,” he said.

The spokesman said relatives of the armed forces personnel and ex-Servicemen have also been requested not to use items of uniform which they may be having as they could create false reports. “It is illegal,” he concluded.

The army has asked police and civil administration to check and crackdown on defaulters.

The advisory comes in the wake of the Pathankot and the Dinanagar incidents (on July 27 in Gurdaspur district of Punjab). In both the incidents, Pakistani terrorists came dressed in army fatigues.

The spokesman said anyone not authorised to wear the army pattern dresses and roaming around could lead to a scare in areas where there is apprehension of a terror strike.

“The army and the police keep getting information of suspicious activities of persons having been seen carrying rucksacks and wearing combat pattern dress associated with armed forces,” he said.

“While during incidents such as in Pathankot, it has resulted in elimination of terrorists, in most cases these have turned out to be misleading and caused inconvenience to the people at large.”

“We deeply regret the inconvenience caused but then these operations are inescapable to ensure your safety and security,” he said.

The army has also appealed to the youth to use social media to spread awareness and start a campaign to prevent misuse of army uniform and equipment “as fashion statement”.

wefornews bureau



Medicines tested on humans instead of animals in Rajasthan



Jaipur, April 21: An abroad-based pharma company allegedly tested their medicines on humans instead of animals, following which laborers fell ill in Rajasthan’s Bidasar.

The victims were admitted to the Jalpani Hospital in Churu district for the treatment.

According to the reports, the company lured the laborers for money and offered them Rs 500 per day for serving people.

Speaking to ANI, one of the victims said “We came here on April 18 and it’s been three days. They offered us money so we came here. 16 out of 21 people are suffering from it and are admitted to the hospital.”

“After having the medicine, we felt sleepy,” stated another victim.

Meanwhile, taking note of the issue, Rajasthan Health Minister, Kali Charan Saraf, said they will look into the matter and strict action will be taken against those responsible.

“We have assigned officials to the case and will look into it,” he asserted.


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Six-month-old girl allegedly raped, killed in Indore



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New Delhi, April 21: A six-month-old girl was allegedly kidnapped, raped and murdered in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore early on Friday, reported news agency PTI.

The incident came to light when the blood-soaked body of the infant was recovered from the basement of a building in Rajwada area. The post-mortem, which was conducted at state-run MY Hospital, suggested the girl might have been raped before being murdered as her private part bore an injury mark.

Police said the accused, later identified as Sunil Bheel (21), was seen carrying the infant on his shoulder on CCTV footage. “The body of the infant was recovered from the basement of a commercial building in Rajwada area. The accused, Sunil Bheel, had kidnapped her in the morning when she was asleep with her parents outside the Rajwada Fort. The accused was sleeping close to the family,” HC Mishra, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Indore, said, adding that Bheel was known to the family.

“The accused is seen carrying the infant in CCTV images at around 4:45 am. He then took her to the basement of the building, some 50 metres away from where the family was sleeping. Her body was recovered later in the afternoon,” Mishra said.

“The infant had an injury on her head. The accused probably threw her to the ground. However, only the post-mortem report will verify if she died due to this or whether she was smothered,” Mishra stated. He further added that Bheel would be arrested soon.

Meanwhile, Condemning the incident, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “The rape incident in Indore has shook my soul, such a heinous act with a small child! There is a need for our society to look within itself. The accused has already been arrested and we will ensure that he gets punished for his crime as soon as possible.”

With PTI Inputs

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Nine-year-old raped, killed in Uttar Pradesh



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Lucknow, April 20: Less than a week after an eight-year-old was lured from a wedding function and raped and then murdered in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah district, a nine-year-old was raped and killed in the district the same way on Friday, police said.

The accused is a boy who was part of the cooking team hired for a pre-wedding ceremony in Kailtha village.

He lured the girl to a field behind the venue where he raped her and then strangled her as she tried to raise an alarm, the police said.

The girl was taken to a hospital where she died, an officer told IANS.

Police are looking for two other youths allegedly involved in the crime.

On Monday, another girl went missing from a wedding she had gone to attend with her family in Etah. Her body was found the next morning in a field. A drunk youth, found lying beside her, was arrested on suspicion of raping and murdering her.


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