Phoney border calls

An alert has been sounded along the Sino-Indian border after several local residents, including a village head, got phone calls believed to be from Pakistan or China about army deployment along the Line of Actual Control.

  • Published 16.05.16
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Leh/New Delhi, May 15 (PTI): An alert has been sounded along the Sino-Indian border after several local residents, including a village head, got phone calls believed to be from Pakistan or China about army deployment along the Line of Actual Control.

The caller, posing variously as a colonel or a local official, made queries about the army presence in the area and the timings of its movement, official sources said.

During a call to sarpanch Stanzin of Durbuk village, located at 13,500 feet between Chang La and Tsangte villages, the caller asked if "outstanding" issues with the army had been sorted.

Stanzin, who was then sitting inside an army camp, got suspicious and enquired about the caller's identity. He claimed he was from the "deputy commissioner's office", but the sarpanch told him to directly get in touch with the army.

The sarpanch later found out that no one from the local DC's office had called from that number. Army officers said the number appearing on Stanzin's phone had been masked and the call was a computer-generated one.

Later, the army discovered that several villagers had been receiving calls from unknown numbers and, in a few cases, basic information had been shared out of "pure ignorance".

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