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Two army officers in dock for leaking battle plans

February 05, 2003 16:55 IST

Taking serious note of the 'breach of security' during the mobilisation against Pakistan last year, the army has initiated court martial proceedings against two officers for 'inadvertently' giving out battle plans of an armoured regiment.

An army spokesman on Wednesday said, "A computer containing classified material was inadvertently sent out."

Disciplinary action against the officers -- Colonel R S Malhotra and Captain Sanjeev Kumar -- has been initiated, he said.

The two officers, army sources said, have been put under arrest till the completion of the probe.

The battle plans of the 6th Armoured Regiment, deployed in the sensitive Chhamb-Akhnoor sector at the height of Operation Parakram, became public when the regiment sent the computers used for battle integration for upgradation to a local dealer.

Though the army unit, commanded by Col Malhotra, realised its folly within hours the dealer, who had replaced the hard disk, had transferred its contents to a new computer, which it supplied to the Jammu University.

The university students became privy to the battle plans after downloading the material from the mainframe computer.

After a student tipped off the local Corp headquarters that the plans had gone public, the army retrieved the hard disk.


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it speaks of the kind of IT illiteracy that the IT super power that we are ... refuse to accept


Posted by Ram





Sub: Thank god

Thank god we did not go on a war with Pak. last year. With this kind of fools running the army we would have lost ...


Posted by ved





Sub: Biggest Crime

In the intrest of national security the whole issue consider and required deep investigation.It is not only indiscipline , but breach of trust of people ...


Posted by Navneet Kumar





Sub: 2 armymen

Looks like this was not done intentionally and may be they never thought of the possibility that data can be copied onto another disk. If ...


Posted by Ramesh





Sub: Absurd

Hello, It is surprising to see battle plans being copied on hard disks of computers. Any logical strategist would like to have mission-critical data being ...


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