News Reading Practice #33

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Brigade Commander, Commanding Officer and second-in-command ‘attached with a local unit pending inquiry; police are probing a murder case; Army chief Gen. Manoj Pande visited Poonch sector and was given an update on security situation

Dinakar Peri


Three officers, including the Brigadier in-charge in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, have been “attached” with a local unit pending inquiry into the deaths of three civilians detained by the Army reported on December 22.

"Attachment" means being removed from the post to ensure an impartial investigation.

The J&K Police have already registered a murder case against unidentified persons over the deaths. Amid the prevailing tensions, the Chief of the Army Staff, General Manoj Pande, visited the Poonch sector on Monday, and was given an update on the security situation.

The three officers have been “attached as per procedure", while an Army inquiry is under way, two sources independently confirmed. All three were attached to the Nagrota - based 16 Corps, another source said.

The officers are the Brigade Commander, the Commanding Officer and

the second-in-command of the unit concerned, it has been learnt.


Search continues

Meanwhile, a search operation to nab those responsible for firing on the Army vehicles is still on.

Eight men from the tribal Gujjar Bakkarwal community were detained by

the Army following an attack on two vehicles carrying troops around 3.45 p.m. on December 21 in the Poonch-Rajouri area, which resulted in the deaths of four soldiers. They have been identified as Naik Birendra Singh, Naik Karan Kumar, rifleman Chandan Kumar and rifleman Gautam Kumar.

The troops were heading to an operational area at Thanamandi in Rajouri where an encounter was on since the night of December 20.

A 29-second video that went viral on social media showed persons, believed to be Army personnel, stripping three men and sprinkling chilli powder on them.

The J&K Police registered a first information report at the Surankote police station on Sunday after the three were found dead with multiple injuries.

On the Army chief's visit, the Army said on social media platform X, "Chief of Army Staff interacted with commanders on ground, exhorted them to conduct operations in the most professional manner and remain resolute and steadfast against all challenges."

Earlier, a defence spokesman in Jammu said the Army chief reached Jammu in the afternoon and immediately left for the Rajouri-Poonch sector to review the operational preparedness and the prevailing security situation.
(With PTI inputs)

Security screening: A vehicle being checked ahead of the visit of Army chief General Manoj Pande to Rajouri on Monday. ANI


PROBES: Investigations or thorough examinations, often to uncover information or details. (അന്വേഷിക്കുക)

BRIGADE: A group of individuals organized for a specific purpose, often used in the context of military or emergency services. (സൈന്യത്തിലെ ഒരു വിഭാഗം)

ATTACHED: The temporary assignment of a unit or individual to another unit or organization, typically for a specific mission or task.

INQUIRY: A formal investigation or systematic questioning to gather information or facts. (സൂക്ഷ്മപരിശോധന)

DETAINED: Held in custody or under restraint, often by authorities. (തടവിൽ വയ്ക്കുക)

IMPARTIAL: Treating all sides or parties equally without favoritism; unbiased. (പക്ഷപാതരഹിതമായ)

PREVAILING: Existing or occurring commonly; the most frequent or widespread. (ഇപ്പോൾ നിലനില്ല്ക്കുന്ന)

PROCEDURE: A set series of actions or steps taken to accomplish a particular task or achieve a specific result. (നടപടിക്രമം)

CONCERNED: Feeling interest or care about a particular issue, often implying a sense of worry or responsibility. (സംബന്ധിച്ച)

TRIBAL: Relating to or characteristic of a tribe, which is a social group united by common ancestry, culture, and traditions. (ഗോത്രസംബന്ധിയായ)

OPERATIONAL: Ready for use or in active service; functioning as intended. (പ്രവർത്തനപരമായ)

STRIPPING: Removing or taking off layers, coverings, or clothing. (വസ്ത്രം അഴിക്കുക)

SPRINKLING: Distributing or scattering small drops or particles over an area. (വിതറുക)

INTERACTED: Engaged in communication or mutual action with others. (സമ്പർക്കം പുലർത്തുക)

EXHORTED: Urged, advised, or strongly encouraged someone to do something. (ഉപദേശിക്കുക)

RESOLUTE: Having or showing a firm determination or purpose; unwavering and resolved in one's decisions or course of action. (ദൃഢനിശ്ചയമുള്ള)

STEADFAST: Resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering in one's commitment. (ഉറച്ചുനിൽക്കുന്ന)

PREPAREDNESS: The state of being ready or well-equipped to face a situation, often implying anticipation of future events. (സന്നദ്ധത) 

PREVAILING: Currently existing or happening; dominant or most common. (ഇപ്പോൾ നിലനില്ല്ക്കുന്ന)