Vikash Sharma

Despite restrictions and clear instructions, cloth used to make the Indian Army’s combat uniform in the new pattern is being available in Odisha. Military Intelligence and Berhampur Police conducted a raid on a shop in Berhampur and seized around 488 meters of cloth of the new pattern of the Indian Army’s uniform.

Berhampur SP, Saravana Vivek M informed that the Indian Army’s new combat uniform in new pattern was released on January 15, 2022. It was in digital pattern and an order was also released that only Indian Army canteen can sell these types of cloth as per the Indian Intellectual Property Act. This was done as old pattern uniform of Indian Army was available in the market. Despite this, it was found that the new pattern uniform cloth was being sold at a shop, he said.

One Rambabu Dangi who works in Army AD College, Gopalpur during his visit to Berhampur noticed that Ganjam Galaxy Store was selling counterfeit army's new digital combat uniform. 

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.

“We got an input from Military Intelligence and conducted verification at the shop. During the process, we found that around 500 mts of new pattern Indian Army uniform cloth from the shop. The owner feigned ignorance about the rules. However, a case has been registered in this connection,” said the Berhampur SP.

According to the senior police official, some Army personnel, Armed Forces personnel and others had purchased the cloth from the shop.

“We are verifying whether other any civilians had purchased from the shop or not. Preliminary investigation revealed that the particular shop owner had purchased it from Kolkata and it has links to Ludhiana as well,” he added.

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