Sunday, April 14, 2024

Fake army combat uniform seized from shop in Odisha’s Ganjam – N.F Times

Berhampur: A joint operation by the Berhampur Police and Military Intelligence has led to the seizure of 488 metres of counterfeit Army combat uniform from a textile shop in Berhampur.

A case has been registered in this connection at the Berhampur Town Police station. The cost of the seized material is around Rs 1,20,000.

As per official sources, one Rambabu Dangi, who works in Army AD College in Gopalpur, during his visit to Berhampur noticed that counterfeit new digital combat uniform of the Army was being sold at the shop.

During investigation, it was found that the shop owner had procured the uniform from Kolkata. Further investigation was underway to verify the place of manufacturing and others involved in it.

The new digital pattern combat uniform was unveiled by the Army on January 15, 2022 and the old uniform is in the process of being replaced. The Army has obtained Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for the design and camouflage patterns for a 10-year period, extendable for another five years. This has been done to prevent unauthorized vendors from manufacturing and selling the combat uniform in the open market, as it was posing a serious security threat for the Indian Army.

As per orders, the new uniform has to be sold only in the Army’s unit-run canteens. Due to the IPR, the Army now possesses exclusive rights to the design and can file complaint against any unauthorized sale of this design.

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