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Indian soldier duped by fake social media account

NEW DELHI: An Indian soldier was duped by a fake social media account allegedly operated by a female and released sensitive information, CNN reported. Sombir Singh, 22, was stationed near the India-Pakistan border when he struck up an intimate online relationship with an account he believed to be operated by an Indian army medical officer. Over the course of a year, the soldier revealed sensitive information, including troop and tank movements to his fake lover. “He was honey-trapped via Facebook from a lady,” Umesh…

‘Killer’ Indian soldier wanted to meet dying mother, but ‘could not get’ leave

FIROZABAD: Indian army soldier who gunned down four fellow troopers couple of days at a military camp wanted to meet his ailing mother but he could not get leaves for the visit. According to Times of India report citing family members of the soldier, Sanat Kumar wanted to see his septuagenarian mother, who asked him to meet her before she passed away. The 35-year-old, who joined the force in September 2001, was said to be of a peaceful nature but sometimes suffered mood swings after he sustained head injury in 2011…

Indian soldier who complained of bad quality food ‘detained, tortured by BSF’

NEW DELHI: An Indian soldier whose viral video of exposing provision of substandard food to the army men was tortured and detained by Border Security Force officials for speaking out his concerns in the public, his wife said. According to report in the Hindustan Times,  BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav’s wife Sharmila told the paper that she received a call from him on January 31, informing her that his voluntary retirement had been cancelled and he was kept under arrest by the force. In an audio conversation purportedly…

Killer avalanches take lives of five in Indian-held Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Avalanches killed five people in Indian-held Kashmir on Wednesday - four members of a family whose home was buried under snow and an Indian soldier stationed at a military base. The four family members died when an avalanche ripped through the small village of Badugam in the Gurez area, close to Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), while they were asleep in their home. Police and rescuers managed to pull an 18-year-old from the mounds of snow but he was the sole survivor. "The avalanche struck the village at 4:00…

Pakistan hands over Indian soldier captured from LoC

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan on Saturday handed over Indian soldier Chandu Babulal Chohan, who was captured from the Line of Control (LoC), to Indian authorities.  Foreign Office spokesman confirmed that Chohan was handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagah border. He was captured on  September 29, 2016 and had been in custody every since. A press release from the Inter-Services Public Relations said that the Indian soldier was stationed in Indian-occupied Kashmir, and had “willfully crossed LoC on 29 September 2016 and…

Indian minister says soldier’s release from Pakistan will take days

NEW DELHI: India is working to secure the release of a soldier captured in Pakistan but it will take "some days", the defence minister said Sunday, following a dramatic spike in tensions between the archrivals. India says the soldier was captured Thursday after he "inadvertently" crossed over into the Pakistani side of the defacto border that divides Kashmir between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. Manohar Parrikar claimed the capture did not relate to the Indian military's strikes on militants that sources said on…

Indian soldier who crossed into Pakistan was ‘upset with senior’: Indian media

NEW DELHI: Indian soldier Chandu Babulal Chauhan, who sneaked into Pakistan after the cross-border firing, was upset with his senior officers and decided to march towards Pakistan in a fit of anger, claims the Indian media. According to the report on Times of India,  Chauhan was reportedly upset with his immediate superior in Rashtriya Rifles. The TOI reported its sources in the security establishment as claiming that  Chauhan, who hails from Maharashtra, was not connected in any way with the  surgical strikes, which…