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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



Bigg Boss Kannada set gutted in fire at Innovative Film City near Bengaluru



Innovative Film City in Bidadi (File Photo)

Bengaluru, Feb 22: A major fire broke out on Thursday at the Innovative Film City in Bidadi, about 40 km from here, which gutted the sets of reality show “Bigg Boss Kannada” and melted down a wax museum, police said.

The fire service personnel have doused the blaze. There were no casualties in the incident, Sub-Inspector A.V. Kumar told news agency IANS.

“The fire is suspected to have broken out at about 3 a.m., and has completely burned down the ‘Bigg Boss Kannada’ set and a wax museum,” Kumar said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, he said.

Goods worth few lakhs of rupees, were estimated to have been destroyed in the fire.

Innovative Film City, situated in Ramanagara district, is an entertainment park and film studio that houses several reality television shows’ sets and museums.


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AAP minister detained for protest against Chief Secretary



AAP workers detained

New Delhi, Feb 22: AAP minister Rajendra Pal Gautam was detained here on Thursday as he was moving towards Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence along with some party workers to protest against the “casteist remarks” made by Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.

This came two days after the Aam Aadmi Party’s Ambedkar Nagar MLA Ajay Dutt filed a police complaint against Prakash for making the remarks during a meeting at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on Monday night.

A party official said the protest was also called against the “biased inquiry” done by the Delhi Police against their MLAs — Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal — who were taken into judicial custody on Wednesday for allegedly assaulting the Chief Secretary.

AAP minister Imran Hussain was manhandled at the Delhi Secretariat by a crowd protesting against the alleged assault and his Personal Secretary Himanshu Singh was beaten up, according to multiple video clips from the Secretariat.

The party complained that no action was taken against those who attacked Hussain and his aide.

The Chief Secretary on Tuesday alleged that he was beaten up by the two MLAs in the presence of Kejriwal at the Chief Minister’s residence on Monday night, where he had been called for an emergency meeting.


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Delhi metro’s Blue Line faces snag



Delhi metro blue line

New Delhi, Feb 21: Train services on Delhi Metro’s Blue Line (Dwarka sector 21-Noida City Centre/Vaishali) were affected for close to 30 minutes on Wednesday due to signalling issue at two interlocking stations, the DMRC said.

“Due to signalling issue at interlocking stations of Subhash Nagar and Rajouri Garden of Line-3, train IDs were lost around 12.30 p.m. for trains falling in this zone, resulting in delays as they were locally controlled,” Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in a statement.

“Central control for these two interlocking stations was restored at 1 p.m. and trains are now being regularised as per normal IDs,” the statement added.


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