Indian Navy announces prohibition of Smartphones and social networking sites at establishments

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  • The Indian Navy has banned the use of smartphones and social networking site within naval establishments and platforms
  • This decision was taken after the incident involving the arrest of seven sailors in Vishakhapatnam.

Indian Navy has taken the decision to ban the use of smartphones and social networking sites such as Facebook by its personnel within the naval platforms.

“Directive on the usage of smartphones and social media for naval personnel had been there. The new instructions on the smartphones that they are prohibited within the naval platforms”, stated a naval source on Monday.

The recent incident involving the arrest of sailors in Vishakhapatnam had been considered while taking the decision.

“We understand that this decision may cause discomfort. But had to be taken for national interest.

Operation ‘Dolphin Nose’.

The operation that led to this decision made by the Indian Navy was termed as ‘Dolphin Nose‘. The hawala operators residing in Pakistan had blackmailed a couple of Naval officers for disclosing certain information and also took money from them.

These operators got into contact with these officers through a couple of businessmen who knew both of them. First, they introduced these officers to the operators and then they started blackmailing the officers. They use to demand money and also used to tell them to disclose personal information.

The racket was busted by Andhra Pradesh’s intelligence department after which naval intelligence was roped in.

The sources revealed that the hawala operators used to work for ISI. None of the personnel was suspected to be part of the Spy Racket. However, the Indian Navy is expected to issue a fresh advisory to all its personnel regarding its presence on social media.

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