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Terrorism-related Incidents in Gujarat since 2007

2017

Sl. No.

Date

Place

Incident

Nature

1

February 26

Rajkot & Bhavnagar

ATS arrested two suspected Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) operatives from Rajkot and Bhavnagar, who had conspired to carry out terror activities in the country and was planning to collect chemical explosives from cracker manufacturers in Gujarat. Two brothers, Wasim and Nathin, were arrested from Rajkot and Bhavnagar respectively, in an operation launched by the state ATS.

Non-violent
2 February 27 Rajkot & Bhavnagar

The two Islamic State (IS) terror group suspects arrested from Rajkot and Bhavnagar (Gujarat) on February 26 confessed to their plans of planting bombs in the thickly populated Trikon Baug and Gundawadi areas of Rajkot this week. The suspects Waseem Ramodiya and his brother Naeem were remanded to the custody of the ATS till March 10. Investigators have got names of at least 40 other persons from across Gujarat, including Ahmedabad, who were engaged with the brothers regarding IS activities across the globe. "We are conducting verification of these persons to know the extent of their indoctrination," an official said.

Non-violent
3 March 27 Bhavnagar

The SOG of Bhavnagar Police arrested two persons from Atabhai Chowk in Rajkot city along with FICN145 of INR 1,000 denomination.The arrested accused were identified as Ashish Agrawal, 26, a resident of Devki Nandan Apartment near Atabhai Chowk and Abdul Rashid Khursheed Sheikh, 20, a native of Daulatabag in West Bengal. One fake note of INR 2,000 denomination was also seized from them. H A Jadeja, Police sub-inspector, SOG said that the duo were probably trying to pass off the fake notes to someone for commission as RBI is accepting the invalid INR 500 and INR 1,000 notes till March 31, 2017. Agrawal, who is also a native of West Bengal, is engaged in gas welding work at the Alang ship breaking yard.

Non-violent
4 April 2 NS

IM wanted to carry out a big terror strike in Surat (Gujarat) in 2008 to avenge the killings of Muslims in 2002 Gujarat riots and the demolition of Babri Masjid, Police said. Sources in the Gujarat Crime Branch said IM 'India cheif' Yasin Bhatkal had travelled to Surat with a plan to plant 29 bombs on July 26, 2008, the day 20 blasts rocked Ahmedabad. During the second round of questioning on April 2, Bhatkal told that IM was planning to carry out bigger attacks in Gujarat after the July 2008 serial blasts. "Bhatkal had thought after carrying out serial blasts in Jaipur, Bangalore and Delhi, they would get away with Ahmedabad blasts too. But within a week of the attack, Gujarat police caught some of the key IM operatives," an official said.

Statement
5 April 24

Surat District

Yasin Bhatkal, India 'operations chief' of IM, who is accused of carrying out a series of bomb blasts in Ahmedabad and for planting several bombs in Surat in 2008, registered his statement before a magistrate in closed door proceedings held in Surat District of Gujarat and sessions court. "Bhatkal wanted to give statement before the court hence we took him there. Further procedures were carried out in the courtroom and the police were not involved in them," city Police Commissioner Satish Sharma said. Sources said Bhatkal's statement was registered under section 164 of Criminal Procedure Code which allows an accused to register his statement or confession in the presence of a magistrate.

Non-violent
6 May 12 Vadodara

The SOG busted a FICN racket and arrested three persons from the Vadodara city in Vadodara District. The accused, identified as Babu Solanki, Jigar Pandya and Ketan Pandya, used to dupe people by offering to double their investment within short time and hand them fake currency notes. FICN of INR 13,000 and some Bangladeshi currency were recovered from them said H M Vyas, SOG Police Inspector.

Non-violent
7 May 15 Surat

The Gujarat Police arrested two people and seized FICN worth INR 72,000 in Surat. The accused have been taken in for interrogation. Further details are awaited.

Also in an unspecified date, recently, the Surat Police had neutralised a racket of printing FICNs using colour printer and had recovered notes with face value of INR 4,34,000.

Non-violent
8 May 25

Amreli District

The Crime Branch officials in Amreli District recovered FICNs with a face value of INR 1.11 crore from two persons, who were later arrested. The seizure was made after Police got a tip-off that some persons were carrying suspicious items on a scooty from Lathi town to Amreli. "Police stopped the two-wheeler at a circle on Bhavnagar road and searched it. They found a bag full of fake currency notes in INR 2,000 and INR 500 denominations in the possession of two persons," an official of Amreli Crime Branch said. The two men, identified as Sachin Parmar and Paresh Solanki, were later arrested.

Non-violent
9 May 31

Bhuj town

Three Bangladeshi nationals, including a woman with a 18-month-old child, were detained from Sanjognagar in Bhuj town by the SOG. They also recovered 20 FICNs of INR 500 denomination from the trio. Those detained were Manzura Khatun Sadar (45), TIka Khan Mujbar Murul (45), Sagor Riz-ul Sadar (18) residents of Jasor District of Bangladesh, SOG Police Inspector R A Dodhiya said.

Non-violent
10 June 2

Amreli District

Police arrested a man along with FICN with a face value of INR 1,18,000 in Gorakhia Chowkri village in Amreli District. The man was identified as Danuba Gohil. "Gohil was nabbed from Gorakhia Chowkri when he was on his way from Badeli on his two-wheeler to hand over the fake notes to some persons in Dhasa village in Amreli district," an official said. The seized notes were in denomination of INR 2,000.

Non-violent
11 June 3

Bhavnagar

The SOG of Bhavnagar Police arrested one more person in connection with FICN printing and circulation racket. The SOG team arrested Jayesh Solanki, 25, a resident of Kumbharvada in Bhavnagar and seized INR 90,000 FICN of INR 2,000 denomination from his house. H A Jadeja, Police Sub Inspector, SOG, told that Jayesh was given the bundles of notes by main accused Hardik Vaghela in Surat to be circulated in the market.

Non-violent
12 June 9

Ahmedabad

Suhaib Potanical, 49, a suspected IM operative, was arrested by Surat Police in Ahmedabad. He was lodged in jail after his arrested in May by Ahmedabad Police. Surat Police produced him in court and he was remanded to Police custody till June 15. Potanical is close associate of arrested 'IM India operations chief' Yasin Bhatkal, accused in both Ahmedabad bomb blasts and Surat bomb planting case. "We have been granted custody of Potanical till June 15 and he will not be brought to Surat. Police will question him in Ahmedabad and after questioning he will be produced in court and sent to jail," said Police. Considering the risk involved in transportation of the terror suspects Police have decided not to bring the accused to city for few days of questioning, sources informed.

Non-violent
13 July 21

Ahmadabad

SOG of Ahmadabad Police registered an offence against unidentified persons for depositing, during the past three months, a total of 4,426 FICN in 10 different private and nationalized banks. SOG officials said the fake notes deposited include post-demonetization currency in the denominations of INR 500 and 2000 and pre-demonetization notes in the denominations of INR 500, 1000, 100, 50, 20 and 10. "Every three months, on the complaint of banks, we register such offences in which fake notes were deposited in banks," said ACP (SOG), BC Solanki. However, what is significant is that though the time limit for depositing demonetizing currency in banks expired in March 2017, it is allowed only for those who were abroad during that period. However, the old notes could be deposited only in branches of RBI. It is noteworthy that though such cases are being registered every three months with the SOG, not a single case has been cracked.

Non-violent
14 August 8

Gujarat

FICN of face value of over INR 2.55 crore, the maximum being in Gujarat, have been seized along various international borders of the country post demonetisation, Minister of State for Home Hansraj G Ahir cited NCRB data, collected for the November 9, 2016-July 14, 2017 period, while furnishing a written reply in Lok Sabha on the subject. A total of 23,429 FICN have been seized during the said period and the data also includes the fakes for the old Rs. 500 notes that were demonetised, along with the INR 1,000 currency, after a declaration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8, 2016.

Non-violent
15 August 13

Surat

SOG of Surat Police arrested four persons for printing and circulating FICNs. Police also recovered INR 40.73 lakh from their possession. An SOG team raided a house at Sania village near Surat and recovered FICN in denomination of INR 2,000, INR 500 and INR 100. Police had earlier arrested three persons for trying to circulate fake currency. The arrested men revealed that they had got the notes from one Ravi Gandhi. Police raided Gandhi's row house at Sania and arrested him. A printing machine, a cutting machine, a laptop and the paper used to print fake notes were found at the house, apart from INR 15.38 lakh in fake currency. Altogether, INR 40.73 lakh in fake currency were recovered from the possession of Gandhi and the other three.

Non-violent
16 August 27

Ahmedabad

One individual, Vaseem Ramodia went by the alias Ninja Fox and on his chat transcripts, the NIA found a deadly plan to carry out lone wolf attacks in India against the kafirs or infidels. The NIA detailed this in its charge sheet filed against two Islamic State (IS) operatives Vaseem alias Ninja Fox and Naseem. The NIA said that the duo had discussed at length on how to replicate the terror of the West where lone wolf strikes have almost become a routine affair. The charge sheet was filed before the special NIA court at Ahmedabad.

Non-violent
17 September 8 Ahmedabad

Police recovered FICN of INR 2,000 denomination with a face value of INR 190,000 and arrested four persons from Ahmedabad, in this connection. They were arrested from Chiloda circle on SP Ring Road. They were identified as Sanjay Giri, Paresh Parmar, Narendra Parmar and Dharmendra Rathod. "One of the four persons is an engineering diploma holder and has knowledge of computer. Upon questioning, they revealed that they were in financial crisis and wanted to make quick money which is why they started printing fake currency notes," Police said.

Non-violent
18 October 25

Surat / Surat District

Gujarat ATS arrested two suspected Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists, identified as Mohammad Kasim Stimberwala and Ubed Ahmed Mirza from Surat in Surat District who were planning terror attack in the State during the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections. The duo was in touch with ISIS through social media. They even conducted recce at some religious places in the state. They have been inspired by terrorist Abdul al-Fazal and were planning to flee the country after executing their plan.

Report said that the duo claimed that they were plotting an attack on a Jewish synagogue in Khadia area of Ahmedabad in "very near future". While Stimberwala used to work as a laboratory technician with a hospital in Ankleshwar town, Mirza is a practicing lawyer with the Surat district court and also owns a hotel there. They were booked under for criminal conspiracy, waging or attempt to wage war against Government of India and other charges, an official said.

Non-violent
19 October 28

Morbi District / Gujarat

Four persons, identified as Harshad Divani, Govind Maheshwari, Mayur Nimawat and Imran Sanghwani were arrested with FICN with face value of INR 5,25,300 from Morbi in Morbi District of Gujarat. "The seizure includes 138 notes of INR 2,000 denomination, 482 notes of INR 500 denomination and 83 notes of INR 100 denomination. That apart, we have also seized four cellphones from the accused," an official from Morbi local crime branch said. They added that all notes are colour photocopies of original currency notes.

During their interrogation, the accused revealed the name of their accomplice as Jaydeep Joshi following which the Police have launched a manhunt for him. Police further said that Maheshwari used to print the notes in Abdasa in Kutch District. He had also delivered 38 fake notes of INR 100 denomination to Joshi on October 28 morning.

Non-violent
20 November 6

Ujjain/ Madhya Pradesh

Gujarat ATS picked up one person, identified as Uruzkhan Pathan of Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh) for questioning in connection with the firearms which were to be supplied to alleged Islamic State (IS) operatives, Ubaid Mirza and Kasim Stimberwala who were arrested by Gujarat ATS on October 25. According to the FIR registered by ATS, both Mirza and Stimberwala were planning to carry out 'lone wolf' attacks on a synagogue in Khamasa area of Ahmedabad city to kill Jews. Senior ATS officials said that Pathan had been picked up but not yet arrested. He works at a bakery in Ujjain. "During Pathan's interrogation, it came to light that Ubaid Mirza had met him in Delhi," said a senior ATS official. Later, Ubaid had phoned Pathan and asked him to arrange for an imported pistol and some ammunition.

Non-violent
21 November 8

Gujarat

Alleged Islamic State (IS) operatives Kasim Stimberwala and Ubaid Mirza were sent on Police remand for six more days in Gujarat. Both were arrested by Gujarat ATS on October 25 on charges of planning to attack a synagogue in Khamasa area of Ahmedabad and then flee to Jamaica. Both were to take shelter with a radical preacher, Abdullah el Faisal of Jamaica, said a Police officer. ATS officials said they are keeping watch for the weapons and firearms that they had allegedly been acquired to attack the synagogue.

Non-violent

2016

Sl. No.

Date

Place

Incident

Nature

1

February 3

Gujarat

The al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) had made plans to set up base in Gujarat and even asked its sleeper cells in India to recruit people who could provide shelter to its operatives in the state, claimed sources in Gujarat Police. Sources in Gujarat ATS said a top terror operative of the AQIS, now based in Pakistan was to sneak into India to execute their plans. AQIS had planned several killings to disturb communal harmony in the country, said the sources.

This was uncovered by a joint team of Gujarat ATS and Ahmedabad city Crime Branch which cracked two email ids used by the terror operatives to communicate among themselves. One is cha******@safemail.net - the complete mail id has not been revealed as security agencies are still analysing coded messages kept in its draft folder. This mail ID was operational till January 2015 while the other one, which reportedly contains 'deadly plans' of the AQIS, is still being analysed, said a senior official of the crime branch.

Non-violent
2 February 9

Surat District

Crime Branch officials unearthed a FICN printing and distribution racket in Surat District. Six persons, identified as, Pradeep Thakkar, Lalji Puraniya, Hitesh Mer, Vishal Puraniya, Chetan Moradiya and Ghanshyam Sakariya, were arrested for running the racket. Police recovered total 540 FICN each of INR 100 denomination from their possession.

Non-violent
3 February 23

Kutch

The BSF seized a Pakistani boat from Kutch in Gujarat. The security personnel recovered a 12 bore gun from the boat. However, the crew managed to escape.

Non-violent
4 March 1

Gujarat

A pilot project for installing radars, sensors and cameras has been launched along the border with Pakistan and Bangladesh to check incidents of infiltration, Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju informed the Lok Sabha. The Minister said the Government has decided to deploy technological solutions in the form of integration of radars, sensors, cameras and communication, besides networks and command/control solutions in various difficult terrains where fencing could not be installed. "Initially, it has been decided to launch a pilot study in Punjab, Gujarat (Sir Creek), North Bengal, Tripura and Jammu regions. An amount of Rs 10 crore has been sanctioned for Jammu region along the Indo-Pak border," he said in a written reply.

Non-violent
5 March 5

Gujarat

Two of the 14 teenagers who had gone missing after the 2002 communal riots in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) have been traced to Pakistan. This has been revealed by Gujarat Police which with the help of central agencies located the teenagers. Sources from the Gujarat Police said the duo that has been traced to Bawahalpur, the place where LeT headquarters is located in Pakistan, is from eastern Ahmedabad which witnessed major riots in 2002.

Non-violent
6 March 5

Gujarat

Intelligence provided by Pakistan's NSA Lieutenant-General Naseer Janjua of a possible 26/11-style suicide assault on religious sites and processions in Gujarat during Maha Shivratri celebrations on March 7 and 8 led authorities to order a massive mobilisation of state Police personnel and NSG units. The unprecedented intelligence warning did not contain specific details on the jihadist group involved, or information that could lead police to perpetrators, the source said. However, he said "there was enough credible sourcing for the matter to be taken very seriously". Naseer Janjua conveyed the warning to his Indian counterpart, Ajit Doval, following which NSG special forces were deployed to Gujarat to back up state Police.

Non-violent
7 March 6

Gujarat

The Indian Coast Guard has enhanced surveillance along the West coast, more specifically in the seas off Gujarat, following inputs that 10 suspected LeT and JeM terrorists could have entered India from Pakistan to launch an attack.

Non-violent
8 March 6

Gujarat

Security has been tightened across Delhi and in several states amid fears of an impending terror attack. Temples, key buildings, shopping malls, popular markets and military installations all are under security radar of the Delhi Police and other security agencies amid an intelligence input that terrorists could carry out a strike in the city and NCR region on March 7, on the occasion of Mahashivaratri. As per the IB alert, 10 terrorists belonging to the LeT or JeM terror groups are believed to have sneaked into the Indian territory through the Gujarat border. It is suspected that the terror operatives are planning to target Delhi, especially because the Parliament is in session.

Non-violent
9 March 6

Gujarat

UHM Rajnath Singh reviewed the internal security situation in the country in the wake of inputs that 10 suspected LeT and JeM terrorists have entered India from Pakistan through Gujarat. At a high-level meeting, attended by top security officials including Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and Director of IB Dineshwar Sharma, Singh took stock of the situation and the steps taken to prevent any possible terror attacks.

Non-violent
10 March 8

Gujarat

Gujarat Government allotted money to home department for technology and weapons upgrade keeping the ever-looming terror threat in mind. Gujarat Police would get new weapons, vehicles and technology for conventional and unconventional crime-fighting. As per the state budget allocations, under the head Police modernization, Gujarat Police would get INR 41 crore in 60:40 centre-state allocation ratio, out of which INR 10.25 crore would go towards procuring AK rifles and Excalibur, the upgraded variant of INSAS rifles made in India. Officials said that the state armed Police have conducted trials for Excalibur and have suggested a few design changes, after which the procurement would be made.

Non-violent
11 March 11

Gujarat

The NIA says FICN racket has spread into states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. In its chargesheet filed against five persons, the NIA says that these persons would source fake currency from Bangladesh. Further the NIA also stated that after completion of investigation against the arrested accused persons, it has been found that all of them are part of an interstate gang involved in the procurement and smuggling of fake currency from their associates in Bangladesh. After procuring and smuggling the same into India, the FICN was then circulated in various part of country especially in Maharashtra and Gujarat, by the members of the gang. Sushanta Sahu of Dhenkanal, Odisha, Uttam Kumar Sinha, Dhanbad, Jharkhand, Purushottam Kumar Keshri, Jharia, Jharkhand, Nishfal Mondal, Malda, West Bengal and Rameshwar Sahu, Giridih, Jharkhand have been named as accused in the chargesheet. The case is based on the seizure of FICN having face value of INR 10,01,000 effected by the official of DRI.

Non-violent
12 March 13

Vadodra / Gujarat

Nadim Mistry, once associated with Dawood Ibrahim gang was arrested by Crime Branch detectives from Vadodra in Gujarat. Nadim Mistry had allegedly helped slain gangster Mangesh Pawar, and Pilu Khan, also a member of Dawood gang, in murdering a person named Hajji in suburban Bandra (Mumbai) in 1990, Police said.

Non-violent
13 March 15

Gujarat

SFs have killed three of the 10 terrorists suspected to have infiltrated into Gujarat by sea route from Pakistan, and have also zeroed in on the hideouts of the remaining seven. "Three of the terrorists were killed somewhere in western India last Friday," an unnamed government official said. The official added that the whereabouts of the remaining seven were known and an operation was underway to arrest or neutralise them.

Statement
14 March 16

Gujarat

Intelligence agencies and Gujarat Police have dismissed purported UMHA official claims that three of 10 terrorists having infiltrated from Pakistan were killed in Gujarat on the basis of a March 5 tip-off by Pakistani NSA Naseer Janjua to his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval. Nine men initially suspected by investigators to be part of those infiltrators as they left behind suspicious articles at two Gujarat guest houses later turned out to be ATM thieves from Jharkhand. The agencies maintain that not one of the so-called 10 terrorists has either been traced or eliminated even as border states are on alert. There has been no communication intercept or physical clue of any large-scale cross-border infiltration by jihadists belonging to either the JeM or the LeT.

Non-violent
15 March 20

Gujarat

Tiger Hanif alias Mohammed Umer ji Patel, an aide of Dawood Ibrahim, wanted by New Delhi for two bomb attacks in Gujarat in 1993, has made "further representations" to home secretary Theresa May to avoid extradition to India after exhausting all legal avenues in Britain. Hanif was traced to a grocery store in Bolton, Greater Manchester in Britain, in March 2010. India and Britain signed an Extradition Treaty in 1993. Under British extradition law, one of the grounds on which extradition is prohibited is if the person could face death penalty in the country requesting extradition.

Statement
16 March 21

Gujarat

An alert was issued in Gujarat's Jamnagar District, by Police after they received information about the suspicious movement of an SUV in the coastal town of Sikka. The Red Alert was issued across the District after a recent IB alert about the entry of 10 terrorists from Pakistan through Gujarat's coastal route, SP, Jamnagar, Pradeep Sejul said.

Non-violent
17 March 30 Gujarat

The Gujarat High Court upheld the order of a trial court which had dropped criminal proceedings against Asgar Ali and Mohammed Abdul Rauf in connection with the 2003 alleged "Inter-Services Intelligence-ISI or jihadi Conspiracy" case to avenge the 2002 riots. "Asgar Ali and Mohammed Rauf had already been convicted in Haren Pandya murder case in which they were later acquitted. The police had booked them in the ISI conspiracy case, but there was no new material against them. The evidence the police had produced in conspiracy case were identical to what they had in Haren Pandya murder case. This amounted to double jeopardy under section 300 of CrPC and on this ground the session's court dropped the proceedings against them," said lawyer Chandrashekhar Gupta, who appeared for Asgar Ali.

Non-Violent
18 March 31 Gujarat

Gujarat ATS arrested from Kheda District a man named Narsinh Sevla of Banswada, Rajasthan, with FICN of the face value of over INR 14.1 million. "We are looking for associates of Narsinh who had ordered the consignment. We will nab them very soon," said a senior Police official. "ATS officials are bringing the accused to Ahmedabad for further interrogation," said a senior Police official. The sources said Gujarat ATS had a tip-off about Narsinh ferrying counterfeit notes into Gujarat from Rajasthan.

Non-violent
19 April 10

Gujarat

The Centre has agreed on a five-layer elaborate plan to completely stop infiltration on the 2,900 kilometre western border with Pakistan. It entails round-the-clock surveillance through sophisticated technology which in effect will totally "lock" India's western border to prevent Pathankot-like terror attacks and smuggling. CCTV cameras, thermal image and night-vision devices, battlefield surveillance radar, underground monitoring sensors and laser barriers will be placed along the border to track all movement from the other side. The integrated set-up will ensure that if one device doesn't work, another will alert the control room in case of a transgression, officials said. Laser barriers will cover 130 unfenced sections including riverine and mountain terrain from J&K to Gujarat, often used by the infiltrators.

Non-violent
20 May 3

Amirgadh / Banas Kantha District

The Gujarat ATS arrested a suspected SIMI operative, identified as Mohammad Suwale Umar in Amirgadh in Banas Kantha District. He is wanted in a case lodged by SOG, Jaipur, Rajasthan in 2008. He is accused of "Jihadi Conspiracy" and holding meeting of activists of SIMI to wage war against the country.

Non-violent
21 May 7

Bharuch

The NIA submitted charge sheet before a special court against 10 accused in the double murder case of BJP leaders in Bharuch (Gujarat), claiming the killings were part of a larger conspiracy involving co-accused located in Pakistan and South Africa. The charge sheet was filed against accused Saiyed Imran, Zuheb Ansari, Inayat Patel, Mohmad Yunus, Haider Ali, Nissarbhai Sheikh, Mohsin Khan Pathan, Mohmed Altaf Shaikh, Abid Patel and Abdul Salim Ghanchi. The central agency said charge sheet against two more arrested accused - Abdul Samad and Nasir Khan Pathan - will be filed later.

Reportedly, the Dawood Ibrahim's D-Company had lured people by saying that 'target Hindu leaders seen to have had a role in the Gujarat riots and those perceived as "anti-Muslim" and get good money and jobs in South Africa'. As per the charge sheet submitted before the special NIA court of principal judge P B Desai, "The case relates to murder of two persons ...as part of a larger conspiracy in which co-accused located in foreign countries too, were conspiring to kill and strike terror in the minds of people belonging to a particular section of society." It added, "During investigation, role of co-accused located in Pakistan and South Africa has also emerged and investigation of the case is being continued to collect more evidence against the accused".

Non-violent
22 May 7

Bharuch

The murder of two BJP leaders in Bharuch in Gujarat on November 2, 2015 was part of a conspiracy by an international terror module operated by the "D Company" to incite communal passions, the NIA has stated in its charge sheet in the case. "During the investigation, it was revealed that an international terror module had been conspiring to kill selected people belonging to a particular section of society to terrorise them and to foment communal passions," NIA says.

The accused youths were lured with money and promise of foreign jobs and some of them were asked to kill Hindus in the name of Islam while others were asked to extort money using the name of "D gang", NIA says, without mentioning Dawood Ibrahim, head of the "D gang". Some of them were also asked to throw alcohol bottles in churches to start fires, it says. "The arrested accused Inayat Patel, Mohamed Yunus and Abid Patel, along with foreign conspirators based in South Africa and Pakistan, formed a terrorist gang and entered into a conspiracy...to kill persons belonging to a particular section of society with the intention to terrorise them and to create communal tension," it says.

Non-violent
23 May 18

Bharuch

One of the accused in the Bharuch double murder case, Abdul Samad was granted bail by a local court in Ahmedabad, as the NIA failed to file a charge sheet against him within the stipulated time of 180 days. The court granted bail to him on a bond and condition that he will not go out of Gujarat. Samad was arrested by police on November 17, 2015.

Non-violent
24 May 22

Karanj / Surat District

Police arrested two persons, identified as Pankajsingh Rajput and Hitesh Chauhan along with 29 FICN of INR 1,000 denomination in Karanj of Surat District. According to Police, the shopkeepers tipped them off that two youths in their late twenties were making small purchases and were paying with INR 1,000 currency notes. After a couple of shops, the shopkeepers smelled a pattern and informed Police at 1.30 pm and the duo was caught from near the BSNL office. According to Police, "The notes are of good quality, and thus we have sent the specimens for forensic analysis to ascertain its probable origin".

Non-violent
25 May 28

Bhuj / Kutch District

The SOG neutralised a FICN racket and arrested four persons, from Bhuj in Kutch District of Gujarat. On searching them, police found 43 FICN of denomination INR 1,000 and 236 notes of INR 500 denomination, with total face value of INR 1,61,000 with the accused. Police also recovered INR 7,920 genuine Indian currency as well. Those arrested include Siraz alias Sonu Abhrar Ahmed Sheikh, his wife Rehnakhatun, Sakinakhatun and Rustam Ali Sheikh. All four are native of Kulvariyakala village in Navgadh taluka of Sidharthnagar District in Uttar Pradesh. However, they were living in Mumbai since many years.

Non-violent
26 May 30

Ahmedabad

Crime Branch officials arrested two more persons, identified as Rajendra Damor and Soeb Ansari in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) in connection with the FICN racket which was neutralised on May 29. Crime Branch officials said Damor is the kingpin of the racket and Ansari used to circulate the counterfeit notes in the market. "We have seized counterfeit notes with the corresponding value of Rs 19,500 from the two accused persons," said Inspector Shankar Chaudhary of the Crime Branch. Crime Branch sources said that the seized notes were not of high quality and seemed to be scanned copies of the original ones. "The accused used to print counterfeit notes in the denomination of INR 100, as INR 500 and INR 1,000 notes are scrutinized," the official said. Chaudhary said that the accused circulated the counterfeit notes mainly in the Sunday market which is abuzz with customers most of the time.

Non-violent
27 June 9

Ahmedabad

SOG officials, arrested a man named Mohammed Saeed Mohammed Ali (48) hailing from West Bengal, along with FICN worth INR 10,000 in Ahmedabad. ACP SOG BC Solanki said they had a specific information about the accused with details about the clothes he wore. "The informer had tipped us that the accused would walk through the lane near Bank Of India in Karanj area to Bhadra Plaza to circulate the fake notes in the market," added ACP Solanki. During his interrogation it came to light that one person named Azizul alias Tua alias Bablu of Bharuch had given him the fake currency notes to circulate in the market.

Non-violent
28 June 9

India

In Bharuch double murder case, the NIA, has written to South Africa requesting for "provisional arrest" of Jao alias Zahidmiyan Sheikh who is currently suspected to be in Pretoria. The NIA has provided crucial details like his latest photograph and phone number. Request for provisional arrest of Jao has been sought under Article 12 of the India-South Africa Extradition treaty. Dawood Ibrahim's aide Javed Chikna and Zahid are accused of conspiring to kill at least four persons - Shirish Bhai Bangali, Advocate Modi, Viral Desai and Jaykar Maharaj as part of a larger conspiracy to target persons belonging to a particular section of society.

Non-violent
29 July 5

Ahmedabad

Due to lack of evidence, a city court in Ahmedabad discharged a man, Nasir Rangrez alias Parvez from Belgaum, Karnataka, arrested in an ostensible instance of wrong identity for alleged involvement in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts case. Metropolitan Magistrate accepted the discharge application submitted by the Crime Branch, which stated that there was no evidence against Nasir, and, therefore, should be discharged. The court accepted the application and ordered his release.

Non-violent
30 July 8

Ahmedabad

Alamzeb Afridi, a resident of Juhapura in Ahmedabad, carried out the first Islamic State (IS)-sponsored terror attacks in the country, say Gujarat Police. The first attack on the Israel Information Centre in Bengaluru was a failure as it could cause only a small fire. But the second attack on Coconut Restaurant at Church Street in Bengaluru, carried out in December 2014 killed a woman. Afridi is also an accused in the 2008 serial blasts case of Ahmedabad.

The terror accused had been absconding for eight years when he was arrested by Andhra Pradesh Police's 'counter-intelligence cell' (CIC) in January 2016 . He was later arrested on transfer warrant by Ahmedabad crime branch in the July 2008 serial blasts case. According to officials of the Ahmedabad Crime Branch, Afridi stated during interrogation that Shafi Armar, an IS operative believed to have been killed in Syria during a US drone strike, had later asked him to carry out attacks on Jewish people in Bengaluru. Gujarat Police officials said it is believed that Armar had recruited many youths, including Afridi, to carry out terror attacks for IS as and when directed.

Non-violent
31 July 8

Gujarat

A module of the JMB, was collecting donations in India on the pretext of helping the victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots, a senior official of the NIA said. "The flow of funds to this outfit was in the form of voluntary donations collected on the pretext of giving free education to poor Muslim girls and help the victims of the Gujarat and Assam riots," the NIA official said.

Non-violent
32 July 11 Kutch

Pakistan's ISI could be behind an arms consignment likely to be smuggled across to India through the areas surrounding the Kutch desert in Gujarat, Intelligence department sources said this consignment could be smuggled into India in small consignments. It is believed that the terrorists who are meant to use these weapons and explosives have already infiltrated into India. The state's security agencies are already on alert and senior Police officials of Gujarat Police are camping in Kutch to trace infiltrators if any, said a senior police official.

Non-violent
33 July 17 Ahmedabad

Two accused in the 2002 Godhra Sabarmati Express train carnage are believed to be in Pakistan and a RCN has been issued against them in 2006. According to Ahmedabad Crime Branch, the duo Salim Haji Ibrahim Badam alias Salim Panwala and Shaukat Ahmed Charkha alias Shaukat Lalu are amongst the five accused whose complete identities are known, but are yet to be arrested. It has come to light in 2005 that the two absconding accused were in Pakistan.

Non-violent
34 July 22

Gujarat

Gujarat Police officials said agencies such as the State ATS, SOG and district and city Police agencies have lodged 85 offences in December 2015 and the first six months of 2016, where FICN worth INR 5.3 crore were seized. In last three months alone, Ahmedabad Police registered five cases involving FICN, where each case worth over INR 10,000 in face value. As the security agencies see FICN cases as closely associated with instances of terrorism and anti-social activities, the recent figures show that Gujarat ranks among top five states, reporting the biggest seizures of FICN.

A senior official said that compared to INR 1 crore in 2012, the amount has increased five times in 2016. Moreover, earlier consignments were smaller - while 133 persons were caught for the INR 1 crore haul, now 167 were caught for INR 5.3 crore. "Investigation of these cases reveal that most of these notes come from West Bengal with illegal Bangladeshi immigrants. The town of Malda is particularly identified as a smuggling point. While traditional routes also involve Nepal and by sea, the porous India-Bangladesh border is exploited where many immigrants buy notes for cheap or bring them for sale in India," said an investigator.

Non-violent
35 August 7

Bharuch

Dawood Ibrahim's D-company was trying to trigger communal violence by killing Hindu-leaders and throwing alcohol bottles at churches in India, reveals chargesheet filed by the NIA in the murder case of two BJP leaders in Bharuch in Gujarat in 2015. Investigation also revealed that international terror module was trying to lure their recruits by offering handsome money and jobs in foreign countries. NIA investigation shows that a new terror outfit was being planned by D-company and the conspiracy was hatched in Karachi (Pakistan) and South Africa. They had asked its recruits in India to throw petrol bombs and indulge in arson in churches. The entire motive to kill Hindu leaders and attack churches was to create communal tension.

Non-violent
36 October 12

Kutch

Two agents of Pakistan's ISI were arrested from Kutch in Gujarat. More details about the two arrested suspects is awaited. This comes just a few days after a Pakistani boat with nine crew members aboard it, was apprehended by the Indian Coast Guard, off Gujarat coast. An inquiry into the identities of the crew members and their interrogation had revealed that the men were all Pakistani fishermen. As the debate on surgical strikes rages on in the country, there have been repeated warnings from intelligence agencies that the Pakistani terror outfits operating from PoK, might be planning a 'spectacular' attack on major cities across India. There have been several infiltration bid too, along the LoC, around 40 of which were intercepted by the BSF and the CRPF, in September.

Non-violent
37 December 14

Kutch West District

Crime Branch of Kutch West Police neutralised a racket of FICN printing by arresting two men, identified as Chirag Chauhan alias Dasu and Bhachubha Jadeja and seizing FICN worth INR 59,500 of INR 500 denomination. Following a lead, the team raided a private office on Hirani Nagar Road in Madhapar village near Bhuj town. The sleuths also found a colour printer, four printing ink bottles, CD of colour printer and cables, knives and pairs of scissors for cutting papers and photocopies of driving licences, PAN cards and Aadhar cards of a number of persons.

Non-violent
38 December 14

Surat Railway station

A Pakistani national, identified as Burhanuddin Sajjad was arrested and FICN of scrapped INR 500 with a face value of INR 50,000 were seized from him at Surat Railway station. According to Police, the accused, had entered India on a valid tourist visa and had obtained the fake notes from Pakistan.

Non-violent
39 December 26

Rajkot District

The DCB of Rajkot Police cracked a racket of printing FICN and arrested two persons who allegedly had FICN of INR 26,10,000 face value in their possession. Following a tip-off, a team of DCB officials stopped a Swift car at Hanuman Madhi Chowk on Raiya Road at 7.45 am. During search of the vehicle, Police found 1,300 counterfeit notes of INR 2,000 denomination and 20 fake notes of INR 500 denominations. These FICN with cumulative face value of INR 26,10,000 were hidden in the speaker box of the car, city Police Commissioner Anupam Singh Gehlot said.

The accused were identified as Hruday Jagani (29), resident of Devasya Bungalow in Bopal area of Ahmedabad, and Lakshman Chauhan (24), resident of Balasar village in Rapar taluka of Kutch District. Police also seized a high-quality printer from the car. Gehlot said that Jagani had knowledge of precision printing and therefore used to print counterfeit currency notes. "Their modus operandi to push counterfeit notes into circulation was to insert them in wades of original notes. For example, they used to insert fake notes worth Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 in bills with face value of Rs 2 lakh," the Commissioner further said.

Non-violent
40 December 27

Surat city

Crime Branch sleuths arrested three persons from Limbayat area of Surat city along with FICN having face value of INR 6,00,000 in INR 1,000 denominations. One of the accused, who is a resident of the United Kingdom, claimed that he had brought the counterfeit notes from London, Police said. Accused Jakir Yakub Patel, 40, a native of Bhadkodra in Jambusar of Bharuch district, who now lives in Slough in London, told police he was a maulavi at a madrasa (Islamic Seminary) in UK where he teaches Urdu and English. The other two accused arrested were Sarfaraz Yakub Patel, 35, brother of Jakir, and Faizal Ibrahim Patel, 26. Both are electricians by profession.

Non-violent

2015

Sl. No.

Date

Place

Incident

Nature

1

January 6

Porbandar

The intelligence agencies have indicated role of LeT behind the Gujarat off coast incident near Porbandar. Sources indicated that the LeT operative module had possible plans to target Navy installations at Porbandar port.

Non-violent
2 January 30 Gujarat

The GFSU signed a MoU with a Finnish company, Codenomicon Software to be able to train and raise a "cyber army" to combat "cyber terrorism". The technology will eventually also be used to secure critical infrastructure, industrial control systems and other smart-city initiatives in the country. The GFSU developed a cyber intelligence lab in August, 2014 that has the software called "defensics" provided by Codenomicon. The software is the only one available in the country, which makes this lab the biggest cyber monitoring cell among the other labs in the country. The cyber army would be then raised to combat cyber terrorism. The intelligence lab is not just a learners' ground for the students of the GFSU, it will also host training sessions for the officers from central agencies like CBI, NIA, armed units and Police officers from various states regularly. The intelligence lab will also aid cyber crime detections and help Police in cyber-monitoring. The GFSU and Codenomicon will then develop SCADA in the lab for analysis.

Non-violent
3 March 15 Vadodara

Two persons, identified as Tosifkul Shekharchand Sheikh and Rajibul Alloudin Shaikh were arrested from Sayajigunj locality in Vadodara for allegedly circulating FICN with the face value of INR 278,000. Both of them hail from Malda District of West Bengal, were found in possession of fake currency in denominations of INR 1,000 and INR 500, said H B Vora, Police Inspector (SoG). They have confessed to having collected INR 82,000 by circulating FICN in Vadodara. It was revealed that the duo used to target shops in crowded areas where shopkeepers do not have time to verify the notes provided to them.

Non-violent
4 March 23

Bharatnagar area / Rajkot

Police arrested five residents of Bhavnagar, identified as Mahendrasinh Gohil (31), Kava Mer (42), Laxman Gohil (45), Raju Dodiya (35) and Bhupat Zapadia (42), along with FICN worth of INR 192500 near GIDC (Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation) in Bharatnagar area of Rajkot. "We got information that Mahendrasinh, Kava, Laxman and Raju are going to meet Zapadia to get fake currency notes on Monday afternoon near GIDC in Bharatnagar. As soon as they exchanged some material, we detained them and found four bundles of currency notes from their bag. There were 385 notes of Rs 500 denomination each. Moreover, the serial number was same on all the currency notes (7lk 455574 and 7lk 555570)'' said an unnamed official.

Non-violent
5 March 28

Dhasa village / Bhavnagar District

The SOG of Bhavnagar Police arrested Swami Akshar Prakashdas of the Swaminarayan sect's Gurukul in Dhasa village of Bhavnagar District of Guajarat for his alleged connection to a FICN racket. Police have also detained Chandu Patel an alleged middle man in the racket. Prakashdas was booked under various provisions of section 489 of IPC that deal with FICN. Police sources said the Swami's name cropped up during the questioning of the five accused held earlier in FICN racket that was busted last week in Bhavnagar. "During their questioning, the accused told us that they had given INR 3,00,000 in FICN to Akshar Prakashdas in exchange for INR 1,50,000 genuine notes," said a Police official. Sources said that the Swami told Police he had given back INR 1,50,000 FICN to the accused as he was scared of circulating them. He had allegedly burnt the rest after he learnt of their arrest.

Non-violent
6 April 10

Juhapura / Ahmedabad District

Gujarat ATS has found signs of banned SIMI regrouping in Ahmedabad. Alerted by some suspicious movements, its sleuths raided a house in Juhapura in Ahmedabad District in search of Yasin Patel alias Falahi, a key SIMI operative. Falahi could not be arrested, but Police have confirmed information that he was present in the city on March 28, 2015 and met former SIMI cadre.

Non-violent
7 April 15 Gujarat

Intelligence agencies issued a terror alert for temples in Gujarat. According to intelligence inputs, Pakistan-based LeT terrorists might target Akshardham temple, Somnath temple, and other famous places in Gujarat. Following the alert, Gujarat Police also increased security at all major establishments and also along the coastline.

Non-violent
8 April 16 Gujarat

Gujarat Police and central defence and intelligence agencies started their two-day joint drill Sagar Kavach 2015 to check their level coordination and preparedness for protecting the long coastline of the state. The exercise started two days after IB issued an alert warning anti-national elements can come through sea route and stage attack like 26/11.

Non-violent
9 April 20

Near coast of Porbandar

A joint ICG and Indian Navy busted a Pakistan smuggling racket in the Arabian Sea near coast of Porbandar in Gujarat.

Non-violent
10 April 21

Porbandar

Report said that the ICG and Navy brought in a suspicious boat that was seized off the coast of Porbandar in Gujarat a day before and the eight smugglers from Pakistan are being interrogated. The three-day operation ended when the boat was intercepted by ICGS Sangram around 150 nautical miles off Porbandar coast, Navy officers said. The two boats, 'Fiza' and 'Fatima', were found sailing close to each other. Coast Guard officials found the contraband consignment from 'Fiza' whereas nothing was found from 'Fatima'. ICG Commander Coast Guard (North West) Kuldip Singh Sheoran said inspection showed that the contraband was pure heroin. "A total of 232 packets were seized from boxes stored in the boat. The international market price of the contraband is estimated to be Rs. 600 crore," he added.

Non-violent
11 April 21

Porbandar

The officials refused to comment whether the alleged smugglers have terror links. They were using Satellite phones and GPS devices. Indian Navy officers said that "The men belong to a large network of drug peddlers who often use Indian waters for smuggling and were carriers." Senior officers from Navy, Coast Guard and Narcotics Control Bureau are in Porbandar for the interrogation of the arrested smugglers.

Non-violent
12 April 26-27

Rundh village /Jhagadia tehsil / Bharuch District

The Bharuch Police in Gujarat arrested five persons, identified as Shivkumar Mishra (45), Natwar Ravat (36), Hajratali Saiyad (42), Nazir Chauhan (51) and Jyoti Goms (31) along with FICNs with face value of INR 6.661 million. Local Crime Branch officials arrested five persons from Rundh village of Jhagadia tehsil in Bharuch District on April 26 evening and seized FICN worth INR 6.572 million. Later on April 27 Police recovered another FICN worth INR 89,000 from the house of the main accused. The currency notes were mainly of the Rs 1,000 denomination. "We also seized printer, scanner, dye plates, paper cutter and injection syringes," inspector V R Malhotra said.

Non-violent
13 May 9

Gujarat

To counter possible threats from smugglers and terror outfits targeting the Gujarat coast, the Indian Navy has integrated eight coastal radar stations in the state under the National Command Control Communication Intelligence (NC3I) programme. The commissioning of the INS Sardar Patel naval base, with its advanced technology, will enhance the NC3I intelligence network.

Non-violent
14 May 20 Gujarat

Central intelligence agencies have warned of a terror attack possibly in Gujarat or Mumbai (Maharashtra) in September-October this year (2015). The alert issued by the IB apparently states that a Pakistan-based terror group is planning to target Gujarat or Mumbai. The alert mentions that six to nine terrorists could enter into India through the sea route from Karachi or via the land border in J&K, said sources in the Gujarat Police.

Non-violent
15 July 3

Gujarat

Panigate Police arrested a man in Dahod District of Gujarat for dispatching FICNs worth INR 33,800 to two persons in Vadodara. Shakir Kaidawala, a resident of Dahod, couriered FICNs to Panigate-residents Taha Dahodwala and Hasan Kotwala. The Dahodwala and Kotwala, both residents of Madar Market in the walled city area of Vadodara, were arrested after the Panigate Police received a tip off regarding the transaction. Further investigations revealed that the courier was sent by Johar Suratwala and Sheikh Kaidawala. Following the incident the city police were conducting investigations to track down the Dahod-based duo

Non-violent
16 July 3

Gujarat

In the night, Panigate Police arrested Kaidawala from his residence near Navjivan Mills in Dahod in June 28 FICN case.

Non-violent
17 July 7

Gujarat

NIA has filed a closure report in the September 29, 2008 Modasa (Aravalli District, Gujarat) blast case, citing lack of evidence and the inability to trace the main culprits behind the blast. The special NIA court closed the case on April 22. The 16-page final report named no suspects but only said that "the complainant is the victim of the blast and is fortunate enough to have survived".

Non-violent
18 July 9

Ahmedabad

ED arrested five persons and neutralised a hawala network in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) which had allegedly laundered more than INR 100 billion through a private bank in Surat to Dubai and Hong Kong. The agency is on the trail of the network's kingpin who has been evading arrest for the past eight months. A Mumbai-based bullion trader has been identified as the kingpin of the hawala network that had deposited INR 100 billion in cash in two Surat branches of a private bank in December 2013 and January 2014.

Non-violent
19 July 27

Gujarat

Security has been increased along the Indo-Pakistan border at Kutch and Banaskantha Districts of Gujarat. In the wake of a terrorist attack in Gurdaspur District of Punjab, Gujarat Police has been asked to be on alert especially the border District Police as the state shares land border with Pakistan. "Police is the second line of defence on the border, as BSF is already there to foil any infiltration bid. After the alert, we have asked our men to increase vigil and remain in live contact with BSF and Army to get inputs," IG of Border Range A K Jadeja said.

Non-violent
20 July 31

Gujarat

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs (Coastal Security) expressed its "shock" over a special report prepared by the IB which found that about 37 per cent of minor ports in the country are defenceless. Further, a report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs (Coastal Security), tabled has said the IB report should serve as an "alarm bell" for the government, especially at those ports which are located along the coastline of Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Non-violent
21 August 8 Kutch District

The BSF found an abandoned Pakistani boat near Harami Nala along the India-Pakistan border in Gujarat's Kutch District. A BSF official said, "An unmanned Pakistani boat was seized at BOP 1162 near Harami Nala. It was abandoned." The boat has been seized and brought to the shore. DIG Border Range A. K. Jadeja stated, "It is an abandoned boat which seems like a fishing boat." He added, "Post the discovery we have alerted local police to intensify patrolling. We have also alerted the Coast Guard and the Navy to look for suspicious movement in sea," Jadeja added.

Non-violent
22 August 14

Vadodara

Three persons, identified as Mazrul Razak, Khairul Abid Pathan and Inulhuq Hussain were arrested along with FICNs having a face value of INR 43,000 by Police on Old Padra Road in Vadodara in Gujarat. All the three are natives of Malda District of West Bengal. Police said one more person identified as Laltun Sheikh is yet to be arrested.

Non-violent
23 September 5

Gujarat

Gujarat tops the list of five Indian states that are considered the "safest" for circulating FICN allegedly pushed in by Pakistan's ISI according to the latest data released by the NCRB. Of the 30,354,604 FICN seized across the country, 87,47,820 were recovered from Gujarat in 2014. Chhattisgarh followed close on the heels with the seizure of 7,386,900 fake notes, while Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana saw recoveries of 5,437,600, 3,249,000 and 1,696,850 counterfeit notes.

Non-violent
24 September 7

Gandhinagar

In order to enhance coastal security and to provide round-the-clock surveillance for the state's ports, a central command and control centre is being planned at Gandhinagar in Gujarat. This centre will be linked through an extensive network of alarms and CCTV cameras at the ports; which will include sea-facing thermal cameras to keep an eye on the vast expanse of sea surrounding the ports and night vision devices to keep a tab on all movements happening within the port.

Non-violent
25 September 25-26 Gujarat

Twelve to thirteen armed terrorists have gained entry into Gujarat through the Arabian Sea between, an IB alert had warned. The alert, which was sent to airports across the country, added that these are "trained terrorists" and "they may target vital installations and/or crowded areas".

Non-Violent
26 October 8 Gujarat

Security has been increased at Somnath Temple in Gujarat following a terror threat to blow up the temple. According to the security agencies, the letter is written in Gujarati language and has been sent from Vadodara. The sender, claiming to be from 'Indian Mujahideen', has threatened to explode the temple with a bomb. Following the threatening, the security agencies have been put on high alert and an investigation is on to trace the sender of the letter. Indian Coast Guard have also been alerted about the threat to the temple, which is located on the sea shore.

Non-violent
27 October 9 Gundlav crossroads / Valsad District

The ATS of Gujarat arrested Umesh Rathod 25, along with FICNs with INR 52,25,000 face-value from Gundlav crossroads on Valsad District. ATS SP Himanshu Shukla, said while Umesh was arrested from the spot a person named Rakesh alias Kabootar managed to give Police a slip.

Non-violent
28 October 16

Vadodara

Two more letters in the names of SIMI, ISI and IM threatening blasts at the department of physics of Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda's Faculty of Science and Gotri-based Shaishav School in Vadodara (Gujarat) were received. The city Police and BDDS conducted an extensive search operation at both these spots, but found no suspicious objects.

Non-violent
29 October 20

Trikampura area / Surat

The NIA arrested a suspect, identified as Purshottam Kesri, in a FICN case from Trikampura area of Surat District. NIA sources said they had taken over the investigation of a case relating to recovery of FICN bearing a face value of INR 10 lack from Murshidabad in West Bengal.

Non-violent
30 November 2

Bharuch town / Bharuch District

Former president of BJP's Bharuch unit, Shirish Bangali (60) and a general secretary with the party's youth wing, Pragnesh Mistry (32), were shot dead by unidentified masked gunmen at Surya Printing Press, which was owned by Bangali in Bharuch town in Bharuch District. ATS officials said that the target was Bangali but Mistry, was killed since he happened to be there on the spot. The ATS officials claimed that the motive behind murdering the two leaders was "to avenge the atrocities against minority community from 1992 to 2002." It was done at the behest of fugitive underworld don Javed Chikna who is hiding in South Africa, the Police claim. Chikna is an aide of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

Violent
31 November 6

Deesa town / Banaskantha District

Police arrested two persons, identified as Nikunj Kumar and Divyesh Parmar along with FICN with a face value of INR 3,80,000 from Deesa town of Banaskantha District.

Non-violent
32 December 2 Bharuch

It costs only INR 5000 to the terrorists and criminals to cross over to India or Pakistan through Nepal route, a report has revealed how convenient it is for the intruders to either slip in or out of both the countries. According to the report, terrorists and criminals just pay INR 5000 to move into or escape from India. From Pakistan, they would normally first fly between Lahore and Doha (Qatar). The terrorists then take flight to Kathmandu (Nepal) and with the help of touts - whom they pay a nominal amount of INR 5000 - they get transported into India on a motorbike, the report further stated.

The information was gathered after Gujarat ATS arrested two operatives alleged to be behind the killing of the BJP leaders in Bharuch. During the investigations it was revealed that the loopholes in security measures let the terrorists and criminals flee India and reach Pakistan or vice versa. The accused have also divulged about how easy it is to flow in FICNs in India through Nepal border.

Non-violent
33 December 13 Astodia Darwaja / Ahmedabad

The SOG of Ahmedabad's Crime Branch arrested two brothers, identified as Mofizul Shaikh and Shabudding Shaikh, residents of Murshidabad District of West Bengal, along with FICNs worth INR 8,00,000 from Astodia Darwaja area of the city. SOG officials said, "Mofizul has confessed that he stored fake notes at his house in Thane near Mumbai. During interrogation the duo claimed that they have been pumping fake notes in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Delhi since the two years. "

Non-violent
34 December 15

Bharuch District

NIA arrested the supplier of weapons, identified as Nasir Khan Pathan, used in the murder of Shirish Bangali, former Bharuch District BJP President and Pragnesh Mistry, General Secretary of the Bharuch BJP youth wing. NIA said that Pathan has handed over the weapons to Inayat (arrested) subsequently used for the murder. He will be produced before an NIA court in Ahmedabad where the agency will seek his remand. NIA will also send a MLAT to US where the servers of service providers like Google and Yahoo are located. Police said the accused persons communicated through WhatsApp, Facebook and Viber, making it difficult for the agencies to track them.

Non-violent
35 December 18

Kutch

The three day all India Director General's and Inspector General's conference, held at Kutch (Gujarat) in which Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is present is discussing two key issues: one pertains to Islamic State (IS) threat and the other is relating to Dawood Ibrahim. The Police officials are discussing various issues pertaining to the Dawood and some of the important points will be used by Modi when he meets with his counterpart in 2016 during the SAARC summit. The meeting, which is also attended by the NSA, Ajit Doval and UHM, Rajnath Singh, is being held at Kutch in Gujarat.

Non-violent
36 December 20

Bharuch

The NIA has identified the main conspirator, Zahid Miyan alias Jabo, based in South Africa who allegedly arranged the list BJP and RSS leaders to be targeted on the directions of Dawood Ibrahim's henchmen Chhota Shakeel and Javed Chikna. Sources said a non-bailable warrant has been issued against Jabo to obtain an Interpol Red Corner Notice against him. The NIA will send a MLAT request to the US and South Africa seeking details of emails and chats on which conspirators interacted while planning and executing the murders of two Bharuch (Gujarat) based right-wing leaders Shirish Bangali and Pragnesh Mistry on November 2, 2015.

Non-violent
37 December 21-22 Delhi

A joint team of Ahmedabad CB and Gujarat ATS questioned suspected al Qaida operatives Mohammed Asif and Abdul Rahman in Delhi. Following their questioning, Gujarat Police, the ATS and CB have re-opened the files of 14 teenagers who went missing after the 2002 communal riots in the state. Sources in the Gujarat Police said Asif and Rahman had both allegedly confessed to al Qaida's terror plans in western India, including Gujarat.

Non-violent
38 December 28

Ahmedabad

A special court at Ahmedabad remanded three men, Mohammad Altaf, Mohsin Khan and Nisar Ahmed, arrested in connection with the murder of two BJP leaders in Bharuch on November 2, in the custody of NIA till January 1, 2016. The prosecution said that NIA needed to recover the bike used in the crime and to investigate the role of Mohammad Altaf who was believed to be one of the key conspirators. According to the investigators, Javed Chikna, Dawod Ibrahim's aide, had given the contract for killing the two leaders.

Non-violent

2014

Sl. No.

Date

Place

Incident

Nature

1

January 5

Gujarat

IM operative Asadullah Akhtar, is believed to have claimed that a SIMI ideologue, Mufti Sufiyan accused of masterminding the 2003 killing of former Gujarat Minister Haren Pandya, was present at a meeting the operative attended in Karachi (Pakistan) last year.

Non-violent
2 January 7 Gujarat

Two persons, identified as Abdul Yusuf Mandal and Jahandaz Sheikh were arrested by the SOG for carrying FICN from Nizampura area of Vadodara in Gujarat.

Non-violent
3 January Rajkot

Police team arrested one person, identified as Mohammed Musharuf, accused in connection with FICN racket in Rajkot (Rajkot District) of Gujarat.

Non-violent
4 February 16 Ahmedabad

Police arrested a 24-year-old woman, identified as Priya Chauhan, with FICN worth INR 12,500 from Jamalpur market area of Ahmedabad.

Non-violent
5 February 19 Gujarat

The department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on MHA said the Gujarat coast is highly sensitive due to its close proximity to a very vulnerable part of International Maritime Border Line.

Non-violent
6 February 23 Gujarat

The 272-page chargesheet filed by NIA against IM Indian operations 'chief' Yasin Bhatkal states, he asked Riyaz Bhatkal whether a "small nuclear bomb" could be arranged to nuke Surat (Gujarat), to which Riyaz replied "anything can be arranged in Pakistan.

Non-violent
7 March 23 Gujarat

Noted Muslim cleric Maulana Abdul Qavi, wanted by Police for the last ten years, was arrested by Ahmedabad's Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) from New Delhi airport for alleged anti-national activities and having links with terror groups LeT and JeM.

Non-violent
8 April 3 Ahemdabad

The accused persons in the Vagamon SIMI case are believed to be behind the Ahmedabad bomb blast case with some of them having links with top leadership of the IM.

Non-violent
9 April 21 Delhi

The Special Cell of the Delhi Police got custody of SIMI cadre, Safdar Nagori from an Ahmedabad (Gujarat) court in a 13-year-old case, but sources say central intelligence agencies will interrogate him along with Delhi Police about his links with top IM operatives and his plans to revive SIMI.

Non-violent
10 May 7 Ahmedabad

Terror suspect Saiyed Kirmani Abdul was remanded to 14 days Police custody by special POTA Judge.

Non-violent
11 May 9 Gujarat

A suspect in 2003 conspiracy case of Pakistan's ISI, Syed Kirmani arrested on May 5, is claimed to be associated with JeM, according to Gujarat Police.

Non-violent
12 May 16 Gujarat

A bench of Justices A K Patnaik and V Gopala Gowda of Supreme Court acquitted all six convicts (Adam Ajmeri, Shan Miya alias Chand Khan, Mufti Abdul Qyyum Mansuri, Mohammed Salim Shaikh, Abdulmiyan Qadri and Altaf Hussain), three of whom were awarded death sentence and one life imprisonment, in the 2002 terror attack on Gujarat's Akshardham temple.

Non-violent
13 May 17 Gujarat

Gujarat Police, with the help of central agencies, have unearthed a conspiracy to free terror suspects lodged in different jails of India, including Sabarmati Central Jail of Gujarat. They have tracked down a website which was operated from a server located on an island named Tokelau, south of New Zealand.

Non-violent
14 June 6 Ahmadabad

A special POTA Court acquitted the remaining two accused, Majid Patel alias Umarji and Shaukatullah Ghori in the September 24, 2002 Akshardham temple terror attack case.

Non-violent
15 June 11 Gujarat

Three alleged terrorists, identified as Mustafa Sayyed, Bilal Ahmed and Afroz Khan were arrested by Gujarat's ATS after they were summoned by local court from a Maharashtra jail where they had spent eight years.

Non-violent
16 June 12 Ahmadabad

Ahmadabad metropolitan court sent three alleged militants, Afroz Khan, Bilal Ahmed and Mustafa Sayyed associated with banned outfit SIMI to Police remand till June 16 in connection with the 2006 terror conspiracy case. ATS had sought 14-day remand of the trio on the ground that they are members of the banned SIMI.

Non-violent
17 June 14 Ahmedabad

The Ahmadabad DCB filed the charge sheet against Maulana Abdul Qavi in connection with the 2003 ISI Conspiracy case, implicating him under various sections of POTA and Arms Act, among others, before a special POTA court.

Non-violent
18 July 3 Gujarat

NIA and UP ATS are concerned over six men from Azamgarh, who are said to have links with IM and feared to be in Pakistan now. The six have been identified as Dr Shah Nawaz, Abu Rashid, Khalid, Mohammad Sajid alias Bada Sajid, Mirza Sadab Beg, Azia Khan alias Zunaid. The six have been booked in the serial blasts in Delhi as well as in Gujarat in 2008, for hatching conspiracy and executing attacks aimed at creating fear by causing loss of human lives and damage to government property.

Non-violent
19 July 11 Gujarat

IB has warned the Gujarat and Maharashtra Police that terror outfit IM is trying to re-group in the two states. Intelligence sources said they had specific information that IM could target SFs in these two states.

Non-violent
20 July 17 Ahmedabad

According to Police ICICI Bank in Ahmedabad received a deposit of FICN worth INR 12,000 by a customer.

Non-violent
21 August 8 Gujarat

In a warning to all Gujarat fishermen, IG of CG Kuldip Singh Sheoran said that no fishermen will be allowed to venture into the sea off Gujarat coast if they fail to produce their bio-metric ID cards.

Non-violent
22 August 13 Ahmadabad

The Gujarat Crime Branch arrested a person, identified as Asaro alias Kurban Shaikh along with FICN with the face value of INR 390000 near Kalupur railway station of Ahmadabad District.

Non-violent
23 August 16 Vadodara

Two persons involved in circulation of FICN identified as Mohammad Baharudin alias Baharu (27) a resident of Malda District of West Bengal and Badruddin Mayudin Syed alias Badru (55), a resident of Vadodara, Gujarat were arrested along with FICN with a face value of INR 4,00,000 from outside Old Delhi Railway Station.

Non-violent
24 August 20 Surat

Crime Branch arrested Afroz Fatta, the prime accused in the INR 53.93 billion hawala racket, to investigate his role in the INR 1.04 billion forgery case registered in the city of Surat. Police arrested Fatta on transfer warrant from Ahmedabad where he was lodged in Sabarmati Central Jail.

Non-violent
25 August 28 Gujarat

Gujarat High Court granted conditional bail to Hyderabad-based cleric Mohammed Abdul Qavi who was arrested in connection with the 2003 ISI conspiracy case. A bench headed by Justice Anant Dave ordered Qavi's release on a bail bond of INR 50,000.

Non-violent
26 September 3 Gujarat

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced the formation of an Indian branch of his militant group, he said would spread Islamic rule and "raise the flag of jihad" across the subcontinent. In a 55-minute video posted online, Zawahiri described the formation of "Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent" as a glad tiding for Muslims "in Burma, Bangladesh, Assam, Gujarat, Ahmedabad, and Kashmir" and said the new wing would rescue Muslims there from injustice and oppression.

Non-violent
27 September 10 Gujarat

Union Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh is undertaking a tour to the border areas in Gujarat and reviews security preparedness along the Pakistan frontier in this sector.

Non-violent
28 September 10 Gujarat

Union Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh announced that the Centre would establish a Marine Police training institute in Gujarat, to train the Police for safeguarding the state's 1,600 km-long coastline.

Non-violent
29 September 24 Gujarat

The IB has warned that "groups and elements supportive of extremist ideology similar to al-Qaeda" are trying to "increase communal tension" in states like J&K, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, UP, Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala and Delhi. The intelligence report (reference no-3627-60 & 3698- 3731/C&R Cell-C-2/SII), has reiterated that al- Qaeda 'chief' Ayman-al-Zawahari, who launched a new branch for the Indian sub-continent, also intends to target commercial centres, tourist destinations, religious places, aviation sector, railways infrastructure and BJP offices in various states, including West Bengal and Assam. The report has been dispatched to all state police agencies.

Non-violent
30 September 28 Gujarat

Gujarat is all set to deploy an elite force of 1,000 'amphibious' marine commandos at strategic locations for surveillance at sea and the coast against threats like infiltration and drug trafficking. For this purpose, 50 per cent of commandos will be recruited from the existing SRP, said Gujarat Additional Chief Secretary (Home) S. K. Nanda.

Non-violent
31 October 7 Ahmedabad

Police produced around 20 suspected SIMI terrorists, who were arrested in 2008 on charges of conspiring to spread terror by blasting bombs in several parts of South India, before the Additional District and Sessions Court in Hubli, Karnataka to record their statement. The accused were brought from different states. Eight of them from Ahmedabad prison (Gujarat), two from Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) and the others from Dharwad central jail (Karnataka). Another accused who is out on bail, was also present in court to record his statement. All the accused ruled out having any links with arrested IM terrorist Yasin Bhatkal and claimed that they were framed by the Police.

Non-violent
32 October 29 Ahmedabad

A NIA team met Ahmedabad city Crime Branch officials to get details of the accused with a SIMI background arrested in the July 26, 2008, serial blasts case. According to sources before carrying out the serial blasts in the city, SIMI and IM operatives had attended terror camps held in the jungles of Wagamon in Kerala and Halol in Gujarat. Senior Police officials said after the Bijnor blast in Uttar Pradesh (September 12, 2014), it had come to light that the explosion had occurred when alleged IM operatives, who had earlier escaped from Khandwa jail (Madhya Pradesh), were making explosives inside the house. "There was an intelligence input that IM operatives, while on the run from Khandwa, had passed through a place near Ahmedabad. It is also believed that the IM operatives were helped by underground sleeper cells of SIMI," said a Police official.

Non-violent
33 November 17 Ahmedabad

A metropolitan court accepted the discharge recommendations for three accused persons Afroz Pathan, Bilal Ahmed and Mustufa Saiyed in connection with the February 2006 blast that took place at the Kalupur Railway Station in Ahmedabad. Failing to find any evidence to show their involvement in the blast case, the probe agency requested the court to discharge all three persons and filed a report according to the provisions of section 169 of CrPC. The court has discharged all three from this case.

Non-violent
34 December 14 Gosabara/ Porbandar

Gujarat Police initiated the process for issuing of a red-corner notice against Yunus alias Lota, an accused in the 1993 Gosabara (Porbandar District, Gujarat) arms landing case. Lota, who is originally from Porbandar, is the prime accused in the arms landing case that was registered with the Porbandar Police in 1993. The arms and explosives that were delivered on the Gujarat coast were allegedly used in the 1993 Mumbai (Maharashtra) serial blasts.

Non-violent

2013

Sl. No.

Date

Place

Incident

Nature

1

February 6

Ahmadabad

LeT, in a letter through regular post, threatened to carry out militant attacks in the city

Violent
2 February 24

Ranip, Ahmadabad District

Police arrested Angad Kashiram Yadav and seized FICN with a face value of INR 12,000.

Non-violent
3 March 8

Halol, Panchmahal District

FICN worth face value INR 46,500 was recovered as four persons.

Non-violent
4 March 29

Ahmedabad

A sessions Court convicted three persons for running a FICN racket. However, 12 other accused were acquitted because of lack of evidence.

Statement
5 April 2

central bus depot, Surat, Surat District

Mohammad Ashraf Ismail Nagori was arrested along with his six aides with arms and ammunition. He is suspected to be linked to sleeper cells of IM.

Non-violent
6 April 24

Ahmadabad city, Ahmadabad District, Gujarat

Iqrar Mohammed Nisar Ansari, was caught by SBI officials along with FICN worth INR 5,000.

Non-violent
7 April 24

Valsad, Valsad District, Gujarat

The special TADA court acquitted four persons in the 1993 RDX landing case for want of evidence.

Statement
8 May 5 Gujarat

Shahid Nagori arrested and accused in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) blast of July 26, 2008 told Police that he had attended several terrorist training camps and had recruited many naive youths into the IM.

Non-violent
9 May 19 Ahmadabad

The conspiracy to dig a 213-feet-long tunnel in the Sabarmati jail (Gujarat), discovered in February, 2013, was meticulously planned. The details have been highlighted in the charge sheet filed on May 18 by Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) against 24 accused in the case.

Statement
10 June 19 Mehsana, Mehsana District

SBI Mehsana branch lodged a Police complaint regarding FICN of different denominations it received during banking hours.

Statement
11 July 3 Gujarat

Gujarat has been put on high alert as eight LeT terrorists have sneaked in from Pakistan. IB revealed that terrorist have entered Bhuj (Kutchh District) in Gujarat through maritime borders and all efforts are being made to trace their exact location.

Statement
12 August 8 Ahmadabad Aiming to create awareness among people on measures to be taken to strengthen coastal security, the Indian Coast Guard launched a community interaction programme in Ahmadabad (Gujarat). Non- Violent
13 August 11 Valsad

Security in south Gujarat was heightened after reports said that 12 suspects had landed in Valsad (Valsad District) from sea route a few days ago.

Statement
14 August 11 Kutch

As a part of ongoing efforts by Indian Coast Guard to strengthen coastal security, a 30 metre long interceptor boat with 90 tonne displacement and maximum speed of 45 knots was commissioned at Mundra in Kutch District to strengthen the security umbrella over the Gulf of Kutch.

Non-Violent
15 August 26 Surat

Three persons, identified as Rajesh Chamar, Naresh Chamar and Santosh Rahe were arrested along with FICN with a face value of INR 10,500 from Bhataar Road in Surat.

Non-Violent
16 September 2 Ahmadabad

Two persons, identified as Kishansinh Ratansinh (25) and Mohanlal Chunajo (26), were arrested along with FICN with a face value of INR 420,000 from Kalupur railway station of Ahmadabad District.

Non-Violent
17 September 15 Surat

Police arrested three persons, identified as Gautam (24) alias Gotu Bhikha Patel, Kirit Karshan Gajera (32) and Ramesh Shreenivas Tatiyamula (23), who were allegedly running a racket of printing FICN in Varachha area of Surat District.

Non- violent
18 October 4 Gujarat

Gujarat government has done little to improve security along Gujarat's 1,600km coastline, according to the latest Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report that was presented in the state assembly.

Non- violent
19 October 9 Gujarat

Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is the prime target of top 10 terror organization, arrested IM 'India operation chief' Yasin Bhatkal has revealed in the interrogation.

Non- violent
20 November 1

Panchmahal District

NIA officials conducted investigations at the factory at Halol in Panchmahal District (Gujarat) that had manufactured a polythene bag, which was used to pack explosives for bomb blasts of October 27, 2013 at the venue in Patna.

Non-violent
21 November 19 Ahmedabad (Gujarat)

Two persons, identified as Shivkumar Chandravanshi and Mahendra Sharma were arrested for allegedly circulating FICN worth INR 1, 94,000 from Ujala Circle near Sarkhej crossroads in Ahmedabad (Gujarat).

Non-violent
22 November 22 Ahmedabad (Gujarat)

Police arrested two persons, identified as Shivkumar Chandravanshi (33) and Mahendra Sharma (28) with FICN worth INR 1.94 Lakh from Sarkhej Ujala Circle of Ahmedabad (Gujarat).

Non-violent
23 December 9 Gujarat

Gujarat High Court denied bail to one of the 2008 serial blasts accused, identified as Hasib Raza alias Shamimbhai Firdos Raza Mohammed Saiyed considering the seriousness of his offence and the fact that the trial is already underway.

Non-violent
24 December 14 Gosabara/ Porbandar

Gujarat Police initiated the process for issuing of a red-corner notice against Yunus alias Lota, an accused in the 1993 Gosabara (Porbandar District, Gujarat) arms landing case. Lota, who is originally from Porbandar, is the prime accused in the arms landing case that was registered with the Porbandar Police in 1993. The arms and explosives that were delivered on the Gujarat coast were allegedly used in the 1993 Mumbai (Maharashtra) serial blasts.

Non-violent
25 December 22 Bhuj area / Kutch District

ATS arrested a weapon smuggler, identified as Allahnoor from Bhuj area in Kutch District in Gujarat, who bought guns from Barmer-based smugglers. These smugglers had allegedly got the guns from Pakistan. The ATS is on the lookout for one more Gujarat-based smuggler. During interrogation it was found out that the consignment was smuggled near border post SKT route under Serva Police Station area. The consignment brought to India contained FICNs, weapons and heroin.

Non-violent
26 December 26 Mahisagar District / Gujarat

Police arrested one person, identified as Gorji Baria along with FICNs of INR 406,500 in Mahisagar District. Police said the arrest was made due to increased surveillance ahead of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors' Summit and Pravasi Bhartiya Divas that will be held in Gandhinagar in January 2015, after the ATS issued alert of possibility of fake notes being circulated in the market to affect state economy.

Non-violent
27 December 29 Surat

IM arrested 'India operations chief' Yasin Bhatkal alias Ahmad Zarar Siddibappa has told interrogators that his outfit was planning to acquire and detonate a small nuclear bomb on Surat (Gujarat).

Statement

2012

  • November 8: Jundal also told Gujarat Police that LeT used Gujarat riots (2002) as an emotional trigger to introduce Gujarat youths to terrorism. A strong terror network has been built in the state.

  • November 2: Ahmedabad (Gujarat) city Crime Branch arrested an alleged agent of Pakistan's ISI, identified as Naushad Ali from Jodhpur (Jodhpur District) on charges of espionage.

  • October 28: The Reliance Oil Refinery in Jamnagar, Gujarat, and L&T shipyards in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat has been put on high alert by the intelligence agencies of the country. Top intelligence sources said there are specific inputs about a possible terror strike on these industrial houses.

  • October 24: According Zabihuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, Abu Ismail had worked as a compounder at a Civil Hospital in Karachi, in Pakistan, before joining the terror outfit camp.

  • October 22: Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal is being probed by Gujarat ATS that whether did he set up sleeper cells for terrorists in Gujarat. ATS officials produced Jundal before a local court which granted him remand till November 3.

  • October 18: SOG of Surendranagar District (Gujarat) arrested one more suspect from Bihar for his alleged involvement in the FICN racket busted recently. Police said that an organised gang is smuggling FICN from Nepal border into the country to be distributed in other parts.

  • October 16: Crime Branch said Pakistan's ISI agent, Sirajuddin Fakir, arrested on October 14, in Gujarat, has turned out to be an ISI 'zonal coordinator'. Police said Fakir has been working to set up a network of spies in western India and has recruited a number of youths in Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat for this.

  • October 14: Two persons, identified as Sirajuddin Ali and Mohammad Ayub were arrested in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) for passing on confidential information related to an Army base in Bhuj and Army Cantonment to Pakistan's ISI, Police said.

  • October 10: Surendranagar (Gujarat) Police have arrested Bharat Mukhiya and Santosh Mukhiya and recovered FICN amounting INR 20,000 from them. Bharat was found carrying INR 15,000 in FICN while his accomplice had INR 5,000 with him.

  • October 7: In past one month, Gujarat Police have recovered FICN showing value of INR 2.8 million from across the state, including INR 2.618 million counterfeit notes seized in Jamnagar District. The cumulative figure for the last three years is INR 5.5 million.

  • September 28: Police also arrested four persons, including a clerk working in the office of Deputy Superintendent of Police (Savarkundla division) in Amreli District of Gujarat, in connection with the ongoing FICN racket.

  • September 27: Bhavnagar Police busted a FICN racket, by arresting five people, who belong to Malda District in West Bengal.

  • September 26: A sessions court in Godhra sentenced seven accused in a FICN racket to 10 years' imprisonment.

    The total people to be arrested so far in connection with FICN have gone up to 25 across Gujarat within two weeks on charges of acquiring and circulating these FICN.

    Investigation has revealed that there were 12 different FICN rackets running concurrently in Gujarat. Different agents and sub agents are involved in the circulation of FICN in the state.

  • September 25: Deepak Patel, an Indian National Congress Party member of Mehsana District of Gujarat, was arrested by the officials of Special Operation Group (SOG) in FICN charges.

  • September 16: Gujarat Police believe that people involved in circulating FICN could be members of terrorist sleeper cells and could be used for terror attacks at any time.

  • September 11: The Jamnagar (Gujarat) Police seized INR 2.61 million of FICN and arrested 14 people, including two women.

  • August 23-24: Police arrested a man in Ahmadabad and recovered FICN with a face value of INR 29,000.

  • August 12: According to IB sources LeT is planning to hijack plane from Ahmadabad on August 15.

    A communication between terrorist of two terrorist organisations, LeT and IM, intercepted by the central IB has revealed that terror operatives failed to plant a bomb-laden car in Ahmadabad.

    Mujib Shaikh told the Ahmadabad Crime Branch officials that Abus Subhan alias Tauqeer could be behind the August 1 Pune serial blasts and is now heading the IM.

  • August 11: LeT is planning to hijack plane from Ahmadabad on August 15, says IB source.

  • August 5: The Ahmadabad crime branch has taken into its custody IM suspect Mujib Sheikh in the July 26, 2008 Ahmadabad serial blasts case. Sheikh has been brought to the city for further questioning regarding the Ahmedabad serial blasts of 2008 and the planting of bombs in Surat.

    The involvement of IM has worried Gujarat Police, because the state has always figured high on the terrorists' hit list.

  • August 6: The Ahmadabad crime branch has taken into its custody IM suspect in the Ahmadabad serial blasts case, Mujib Sheikh, for further questioning regarding the Ahmedabad serial blasts of 2008 and the planting of bombs in Surat.

  • July 29: Bharuch SOG on July 29 arrested a five-member gang along with FICN worth INR 150,000 and INR 386,000 from the five persons in Gujarat.

  • July 26: The Gujarat HC reduced jail terms of 21 persons convicted in the ISI or Jehadi conspiracy case after they decided not to challenge their conviction by POTA court in 2010. The bench also reduced their fines to just INR 100 per offence against them.

  • July 24: Police exposed a network of FICN and arrested six accused in Surat (Gujarat). Police recovered 57 FICNs of INR 1,000 denomination.

  • July 15: Gujarat has reported an almost 50 per cent rise in crimes under the Information Technology Act, 2000. Compared to 35 cases in 2010, 2011 reported 52 cases as per the 'Crime In India' report published by NCRB.

  • May 14: UMHA has confirmed that Mumbai (Maharashtra) and Gujarat are on the terror radar of Pakistan-based groups.

  • May 7: NSG has decided to have a large commando base in Gujarat after it failed to set up such a centre in West Bengal.

  • May 6: Five LeT terrorists, who are believed to be camping in Gujarat and may target oil refineries, are suspected to have entered the State much before the Central Intelligence Bureau alerted the local Police.

  • May 2: Tiger Hanif, an associate of Dawood Ibrahim, wanted by Gujarat Police for a bomb attack on a train in 1993, and absconding in Britain, was ordered by the Westminster magistrates' court in London (UK) to be extradited to India.

  • April 2: Fourteen Pakistanis, seven each aboard two fishing boats Al-Usmani and Al-Razzaq, were arrested by the Coast Guard for intruding into Indian territorial waters off the Okha coast in Jamnagar District of Gujarat.

  • March 30: About 20 Pakistanis were arrested for illegally entering the Indian territorial waters and their three boats were also seized by the Indian Coast Guard off the Okha Coast in Jamnagar District of Gujarat.

  • March 27: 13 Illegal immigrants from Bangladesh were arrested by Ahmadabad Police when a surprise search operation was conducted in Chandola area of Ahmadabad city.

  • February 21: The alleged mastermind of the 2002 attack on the American Center in Kolkata was brought to the CBI special court in Ahmadabad where a charge sheet was filed against him in connection with the landing of arms consignment in Radhanpur town of Banaskantha District of Gujarat in 2001.

  • January 29: Habib alias Habibfalahi Shaikh (25), an accused in the 2008 Ahmedabad bomb blast and Surat bomb planting cases, was arrested by the Ahmadabad city Police.

  • January 2: The Ahmadabad city crime branch officials believe that Habib Phalai alias Taiyab, arrested in Uttar Pradesh on December 28 in the Ahmadabad serial blasts case, may be connected to the other accused from Azamgarh involved in various serial blasts across India.

2011

  • December 28: The UP ATS in coordination with Ahmadabad Crime branch team arrested an alleged SIMI operative wanted in 2008 Ahmadabad blast case. Habib alias Tayyab, a native of Nizamabad area of Azamgarh District, was arrested from Jahangirganj area of Ambedkar Nagar District.

  • December 18: Pakistani woman spy Soofia Kanwal, who was arrested at New Delhi along with her companion Imran on December 5, is suspected to be a suicide bomber or fidayeen. Preliminary inputs from IB and R&AW suggest that a woman fidayeen trained in Pakistani jihad launch pads had infiltrated into India on a terror mission.

    During interrogation, Police have found out that senior BJP leader and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was on her radar and she was giving finishing touches to her terror plan on directions from her Pakistan. Soofia also had Gujarat's Akshardham temple on her radar.

  • December 17: CBI registered a case of murder against 20 Policemen in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case in Gujarat. The fresh FIR was registered by the probe agency after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) gave its complaint to the CBI on December 15, 2011 saying that the encounter was staged. Besides murder, they have also been charged with destruction of evidence.

  • December 12: Delhi Police revealed that they had arrested two Pakistani spies, identified as Soofia Kanwal and Imran, trained in Nepal, on December 5, from New Delhi Railway Station.

  • September 12: The person who had sent the third e-mail to Delhi Police claiming the responsibility of the Delhi High Court blast (September 7, 2011) and warning of future terrorist strike was arrested from Ahmadabad by Gujarat Police.

  • July 16: The Police arrested a person, Shehzad Ismail Rangrezi, from new Shah Alam area in Ahmadabad after being alerted by his live-in partner that he had assembled bombs.

  • January 18: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Ishrat Jahan encounter case (June 15, 2004) claimed to have found that both the alleged Pakistani militants who were shot dead along with Ishrat and Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Shaikh had faked their identities as Kashmiris.

2010

  • December 22: The Centre put Mumbai (Maharashtra) and Ahmedabad (Gujrat) on high alert after getting specific intelligence inputs that LeT militants had sneaked into these two cities to strike at any time in coming days.

  • December 6: According to a recent secret diplomatic cable of the United States State Department released by WikiLeaks, Pakistan-based militant outfit LeT had made elaborate plans in June 2009 to assassinate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

  • October 8: Key witnesses of the bomb explosion cases in Ajmer dargah (October 11, 2007) and Malegaon (September 29, 2008) disclosed that the plotting of these two incidents was carried out at Shabri Dham Ashram (hermitage) in Dangs region in south Gujarat. The shocking revelation was made by 11 witnesses belonging to Jharkhand, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh before a local court in Ajmer over the past 15 days. Rajasthan's Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) recorded their statements under section 164 of CrPC (Criminal Procedure Code), and is likely to file a charge sheet this month. According to the reports, three persons, Swami Asmanand, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and Sunil Joshi, planned the execution of the terror plot for the right-wing outfit Abhinav Bharat. While Asmanand is on the run, Pragya Thakur is in Malegaon jail and Sunil Joshi was killed mysteriously at Mhow in MP, almost two months after the Ajmer blast.

  • September 6: The Supreme Court stayed the death sentence of Adam Bhai Sulemanbhai Ajmeri and Abdul Kayum alias Muftisaab Mohmedbhai, who were convicted by a Special POTA court in Gujarat for causing the death of 37 persons at the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar in Gujarat in 2002. The judgment was affirmed by the Gujarat High Court. A Bench, consisting of Justices B. Sudershan Reddy and S.S. Nijjar, while staying the sentence, issued notice to Gujarat on appeals by the two convicts challenging the High Court judgment.

  • September 5: The convicts in the Akshardham temple attack case moved the Supreme Court seeking fresh probe by the CBI, saying that the Gujarat Police had botched up the investigation. The appeal by four convicts, including Adambhai Sulemanbhai Ajmeri and Abdul Kayum, who were given death penalty, said they were arrested pursuant to investigation conducted by then Deputy Superintendent of Police D. G. Vanzara, who is facing trial for a fake encounter killing incident. In the Akshardham temple attack case in Gandhinagar in Gujarat, 33 persons were killed due to indiscriminate firing by two militants on September 25, 2002.

  • August 12: The Gujarat High Court (HC) transferred the probe in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court to probe Godhra riots cases. Ishrat, a girl from Mumbra, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai from Pune, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar from Pakistan were killed in an encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004. The City Crime Branch that carried out the operation claimed that all four were members of a suicide squad of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) out to kill Chief Minister Narendra Modi. The HC has also made it clear that SIT would not take any assistance from Gujarat officers, who are involved directly or indirectly with the encounter. In handing over the probe to SIT, the court has observed this would impart confidence and credibility to the investigation.

  • July 27: The Special Operation Group of the Gujarat Police arrested a Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) cadre, identified as Sayed Abid Ali Musa, from Vadodara. Ali Musa was produced in court and sent to judicial custody. The Police said that he was believed to have been involved in the July 2008 Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts and in the planting of 29 bombs in Surat at the same time. However, none of the bombs exploded due to a technical fault with the timers.

  • July 26: A Special Operations Group (SOG) team in Vadodra arrested a Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) cadre for his involvement in three-year-old incident when a group of protestors had displayed posters of al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden in Mandvi area. Abid Ali Moosa Saiyyad was arrested by SOG Police inspector H. M. Alsika on the basis of a tip-off. According to SOG officials, Abid had conspired with the protestors, who displayed Osama's posters during a ruckus with Police in May 2007. "Abid is in the business of making photo frames. The posters flashed by SIMI activists during protests in 2007 were prepared by Abid and he was involved in the conspiracy. I got information of Abid's involvement through a source," Alsika told Times of India. "Abid is a member of SIMI's sleeper cell. We demanded a remand of Abid to interrogate him, but it was rejected by the court. Till now, we have arrested 30 people in the case, including Abid," he added. The protestors had displayed Osama's posters in May 2007 to protest against the derogatory sketches that were found strewn in M.S. University campus. According to protestors, the sketches had hurt their religious sentiments, prompting their protest. The city police, too, were surprised as it had been for the first time that Osama's posters were displayed in open.

  • July 21: An intelligence report indicates that Pakistan’s ISI has renewed efforts to set up new sleeper cells in Gujarat and elsewhere in the country. For the last six months, the ISI has been trying to create new sleeper cells in the State to replace those of the SIMI that were neutralised by the Gujarat Police. Sources in the State intelligence said SIMI’s sleeper cells had provided key support to the terrorists who had carried out the bomb blasts in Ahmedabad in 2008. Though Simi is now banned, investigation into the activities of its suspected members has continued. The Detection of Crime Branch (DCB), Ahmedabad Police, recently arrested three persons suspected of planning bomb blasts in the city.

  • June 1: The Gujarat High Court upheld the special the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) court's verdict and confirmed death sentence for three of the six convicts in the Akshardham temple terror attack that took place on September 24, 2002, reported Times of India. A division bench of Justice R.M. Doshit and Justice K. M. Thaker confirmed gallows for Chand Khan alias Shaan Miya from Bareilly, Adam Ajmeri and Mufti Abdul Qayyum Mansuri from Dariapur area in Ahmedabad for conspiring and providing logistics to the terrorists that stormed the temple killing 34 and injuring 81. The HC also confirmed life imprisonment of Mohammed Salim Shaikh, 10-year jail term for Abdullamiya Qadri and five-year term for Altaf Hussain Malek.

  • March 14: The Gujarat ATS has claimed to have arrested a suspected Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) militant, identified as Bashir Ahmed Baba alias "Aijaz" from the national highway near Anand.  Gujarat ATS Chief Ajay Tomar said in Ahmadabad on March 14 that Bashir came from Srinagar on February 20 apparently to spot "terror talents" who would be willing to go for training in Pakistan and establish the terror network in Jammu and Kashmir and Gujarat. Tomar also said that the 32-year-old Bashir was closely working with the HM’s top militants based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), including Bilal Shera, as well as with General Abdulla of the PoK-based Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen (JUM). Bashir maintained his links with Bilal and his other Pakistan "handlers" through mobile phones and e-mails even after he came to Gujarat. "Police have recovered three mobile phones, four SIM cards, e-mail addresses and objectionable documents from him," Tomar added.

  • March 2: A terror alert has been sounded in five key cities of Gujarat following an intelligence tip-off, an official said. Cities marked out for enhanced vigil are Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat,Rajkot and Jamnagar. According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Ahmedabad) Satish Sharma, this was done following specific intelligence inputs.

  • February 23: The Maharashtra ATS detained another suspected militant in Gujarat as part of the ongoing probe into the February 13 Pune (Maharashtra) bomb blast. Sources said the suspected militant, identified as Faisal, was detained in Aane near Surat. Faisal, who is believed to be an active cadre of the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami Bangladesh (HuJI-B) which also maintains links with the LeT and IM, is being questioned in connection with the Pune blast.

  • February 14: A huge cache of explosives, including 200 kilograms of ammonium nitrate and 600 detonators, were seized by Gujarat Police from Vapi area in Valsad District. Four bags containing 50 kilograms of explosive substance ammonium nitrate each and detonators were recovered from four persons traveling in a car from Vapi-Silvassa road, the report said. Four persons who were traveling in the car also arrested.

  • January 13: Seven Pakistani nationals have been arrested from a boat which was intercepted by the Boarder Security Force (BSF) in the Cori creek of Kutch District in  Gujarat, a top BSF official said. "Our men intercepted a vessel which had crossed into Indian waters yesterday near the Cori Creek mouth in the Arabian sea. There were seven men inside the vessel who have been arrested and handed over to the local Police," BSF inspector general A.K. Sinha said. The vessel in which they had come has been seized and handed over to Police, he said, adding further investigations will be carried out by the District Police.

  • January 12: The special designated Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) court convicted 22 persons while acquitting an equal number of accused in the Pakistani Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) conspiracy case. Several cases, including the Ahmedabad serial tiffin bomb blasts which the Gujarat Police claimed to be part of a conspiracy of Pakistan’s ISI to destabilize the State in 2003, were clubbed together and tried under the ISI conspiracy case at the designated POTA court.

  • January 11: Charge sheet has been filed against the 62 accused in connection with the July 26, 2008 Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts in which 57 people were killed by a special court.  Among the 95 accused, 33 are still absconding (of whom, three are dead). The remaining 62 are in jail and were present in court. The 62 accused belong to 11 different States and were arrested at different times and from different places.  Charges include hatching a conspiracy, waging war against the State, murder, attempt to murder, organising training camps for training terror activities, encouraging youths to join terror camps, and others.  However, the charge sheet named Abu Bashar, Qyamuddin, Abdul Razeek and Zahid Sheikh as the main conspirators and masterminds of the blasts.  The charge sheet mentioned that the conspirators had stolen a few cars from Mumbai, which were then laden with explosives and placed at strategic points in Ahmedabad, including the trauma centre of the Government civil hospital to cause greater damage. The explosives, however, were purchased in Ahmedabad. In other incidents, old bicycles fitted with bombs were used.

2009

  • December 26: BSF personnel along the Kutch border in Gujarat have gone into high alert after two Pakistani boats with armed occupants, made yet another attempt to infiltrate into India from Harami Nala area near Sir Creek at about 12.30 am IST.

  • November 18: The Indian Coast Guard arrested eight Pakistani nationals and seized their boat from Jakhau region near the International Marine Border (IMB) in Gujarat's Kutch District.

  • November 9: A Metropolitan court in Ahmedabad remanded two SIMI cadres to 14 days in Police custody.

  • November 3: The Ahmedabad Police submitted 66 charge-sheets filed in 20 cases lodged in connection with the serial blasts of July 26, 2008 which killed over 59 persons in the city, to a special court for trial.

    The Surat Police has also reportedly filed numerous charge-sheets in connection with 15 FIRs lodged after 29 unexploded bombs were recovered from various areas in Surat in the week that followed the Ahmedabad bomb blasts.

  • October 30: A Pakistani boat, which had intruded into Indian waters near Sir Creek area of Kutch District in Gujarat, was seized by the BSF personnel on but its occupants managed to escape. The BSF has heightened vigil in the area after receiving inputs of increased ISI activities in the creek area, they said.

  • October 13: The Surat Crime Branch officials filed a chargesheet against three suspects, identified as Mohammed Tanvir, Mohammed Yashin and Mohammed Anik, for their involvement   in the Surat bomb planting case in July 2008.

  • October 6: Seven more Pakistani nationals, claiming to be fishermen, were arrested by the Coast Guard off Okha in the Jamnagar District of Gujarat. Their boat, Al-Firoze, was also seized. According to official sources, one of the fishermen arrested on October 4 was found to be an agent of the ISI.

    October 4: Five Pakistani nationals were arrested from creek area on the west coast of Kutch District in Gujarat by the Border Security Force personnel. The boat in which they were travelling was also seized.

  • August 17: Nine Pakistani infiltrators, including six Balochis, were arrested in the Kutch District. The nine intruders were taken to the Joint Interrogation Cell in Bhuj on August 18. The water wing of the Border Security Force had lodged a complaint at Dayapar Police station in Lakhpat taluka (administrative unit) after they arrested the intruders for moving suspiciously near the 250-MW Akarimota power plant of the Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation near Nani Chher village of Kutch District. The Kutch Superintendent of Police, Wabang Jamir, said, ‘‘It’s too early to say anything. Preliminary interrogation revealed that six of them are Baloch and hence we’re concerned. We will be able to tell more after further interrogation.’’ According to Police, the group of men started from Buddhu port near Karachi in Pakistan. Since the Baloch aren’t traditionally fishermen the authorities reportedly suspect their story that they were out for fishing. 

  • June 13: A local court in Ahmedabad sent four Indian Mujahideen militants to Police custody till June 25, in connection with the Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts case. The four were reportedly brought on transit remand from the national capital Delhi. The four IM cadres are also accused of the serial bomb blasts in Delhi.

  • June 1: One bomb and a letter of the SIMI were recovered between the rail lines at around 50 metres from the Anand railway station, the Police said. The bomb, defused later, was reportedly attached to a timer device and had metal shrapnel and glass pieces. The letter was typed in Gujarati and signed in the name of the banned SIMI, asking the people to join ‘jihad’ and follow the SIMI. The origin of the letter was being investigated, the Police added.

  • February 11: 18 Pakistani nationals were arrested along with two boats by the Indian Coast Guard near the Jakhau coast in Kutch District. An official spokesman said the fishermen were taken to Jakhau, where after preliminary investigation they would be handed over to the Kutch Police for questioning. It was the second time in the last few days that Pakistani boats were found in the Indian territorial waters and seized. Three boats with 24 Pakistani nationals were reportedly seized near the Jakhau port last week.

  • January 18: Four locally-made live bombs were recovered by the Gujarat Police from the Karanj area of Ahmedabad.

  • January 15: The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) seized two Pakistani boats and arrested 17 Pakistani nationals aboard the boats near the Cori creek coast in Gujarat. After seizing the boats, the ICG ship towed it to Jakhau coast, where all the arrested Pakistani nationals were being interrogated. "While carrying out patrolling inside our International Maritime Boundary (IMB), one of our fast patrolling craft P-142 apprehended two Pakistani fishing trawlers with 17 Pakistanis on it, 12 nautical miles off the Cori creek coast in Gujarat," a Coast Guard official said. The official did not rule out the possibility of the two boats being used for carrying out anti-India activities.

2008

  • December 4: A Madhya Pradesh court handed over an alleged terrorist, identified as Qayimuddin alias Musa alias Rizwan, wanted in connection with the July 26 Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts, to the Anti-Terrorism Squad of the Gujarat Police.

  • December 2: Seven Pakistani nationals, who claimed they were fishermen, were detained and their fishing trawler was seized by the Indian Coast Guard in the Jakhau port in Gujarat. A Coast Guard spokesman said the boat "Al Rafiq" was intercepted when the men were found fishing deep inside Indian territorial waters.

  • November 10: Gujrat Police has said that the Madhya Pradesh Police have arrested the main conspirators of the July 26 Ahmedabad serial blasts, identified as Qayamuddin Kapadia, from an unspecified place in Madhya Pradesh. Qayamuddin allegedly planted cycle bombs in the Ahmedabad as well as bombs in different parts of Surat and was also responsible for purchase of cycles on which the bombs were planted and kept in different parts of the city, said Joint Commissioner of Police of Ahmedabad city, Ashish Bhatia. He was also an expert in using explosives, and reportedly present during various Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) terror training camps in Waghamon in Kerala and Halol near Vadodara and was instrumental in training the participants.

  • November 9: The Maharashtra ATS has arrested one more Malegaon blast accused, identified as Ramji, from the tribal-dominated Dangs District in Gujarat. Ramji was a volunteer in the Shabri temple and was alleged to have used Sadhvi Pragnya’s motorbike in Malegaon. He was reportedly connected with the Hindu Jagran Manch activist Swami Ashimananda.

  • November 1: Twenty eight SIMI cadres, who are accused of being involved in the July 26 Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts, were remanded to Police custody till November 6 by Metropolitan Magistrate G. M. Patel. They included mastermind Mufti Abu Basher and SIMI leader Safdar Nagori.

  • October 23: The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested three persons on charges of involvement in the September 29 bomb blast in Malegaon in Maharashtra. They were identified as a sadhvi (female saint) Pragnya Singh Chandrapal Singh, Shiv Narayan Gopal Singh Kalsanghra, and Shyam Bhawarlal Sahu. While Pragnya Singh was arrested from Surat, the other two persons were arrested from unspecified places in Madhya Pradesh. They have been booked under various sections of the Indian Explosives Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

  • October 20: A terror suspect, Mohammad Ali, arrested in Madhya Pradesh and brought to Ahmedabad for questioning in connection with the serial blasts in the city, was sent in Police custody till October 23 by a Metropolitan court. Mohammad Ali was brought on transit warrant from Jabalpur jail in Madhya Pradesh by the City Crime Branch for his alleged involvement in the July 26 serial blasts. He is allegedly involved in the blast at the city civil hospital. According to Crime Branch officials, Ali was the key financier for the SIMI and used to bring money from outside India through Hawala channels. "Mohammad Ali was present in the SIMI camp held in Halol (near Vadodara). His name propped up during interrogation of those under our custody," Joint Commissioner of Police (JCP), Crime Branch, Ashish Bhatia, said, adding, "It is believed that he was involved in the conspiracy of conducting serial blasts in Ahmedabad and other places in the country. He was also the local financier for the SIMI activities."

  • October 8: A crude bomb exploded in the Hatikhana area of Vododara city without causing any loss of life or injuries. Police later recovered three more crude bombs and gun powder from the area. The bombs were later defused.

  • September 29: Two persons were killed and 16 others injured in a bomb blast in the minority-dominated Tuka Bazaar at Modasa town in Sabarkantha District. Earlier in the morning, 17 low-intensity crude bombs were recovered from the Kotnirang area at Kalupur in the old city of Ahmedabad. The bombs with shrapnel and other discarded materials were kept in small tins in a bucket, which was left in a dustbin.

  • September 15: Ahmedabad Police arrested two persons in connection with the July 26 serial blasts in the city. The arrested persons were identified as Ashok Kabira alias Umar Kabira who used to work as a sewage cleaner with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Salim Sipahi who is considered to be an explosives expert. Police stated that Kabira organised meetings of terror operatives at his Juhapura residence and participated in the serial blasts conspiracy. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime Branch, Abhay Chudasama said the second accused Salim Sipahi "has been with the radical groups since he was 15 years old. He has undergone extensive training in bomb making. He knows how to manufacture various types of bombs. His role in Ahmedabad blasts is under the scanner."

  • September 4: Four suspected SIMI cadres were arrested in connection with the July 26 Ahmedabad bomb blasts from Ahmedabad and Bhuj towns. An Ahmedabad Police spokesman said that while Naved Kadri, Aiyyaz Sayed and Zaved Ahmed were arrested from Ahmedabad, Abbas Asmeja was arrested from Bhuj. The arrests took place following confessions made by the 10 main accused SIMI cadres. Aiyyaz was among those who had actually placed some of the bombs. Naved Kadri was present at the final planning meeting held in Juhapura. Zaved Ahmed had procured a gas cylinder from Kalupur area, which was used in the car bomb placed at the trauma centre in the civil hospital. Asmeja had secured a house, under a false name on behalf of the SIMI, under rehabilitation projects for the people hit by the 2001 Kutch earthquake. The house was sold recently to part-finance the blasts.

  • August 26: Gujarat Police arrested Tanveer Pathan alias Sameer, a suspected SIMI member, from the Mira road area in Mumbai for his alleged involvement in the planting of bombs in Surat. Police sources said Pathan's name was revealed during the interrogation of Sajid Mansuri, an accused arrested in connection with the Ahmedabad serial blasts case. An unidentified Police officer told, "Pathan was in touch with several SIMI activists in Pune and we passed on this information to the Gujarat Police. After Pathan's name emerged in the investigation, a team from the Gujarat Police arrived in Mumbai. With the help of the ATS, the Gujarat team caught Pathan."

  • August 20: Following information given by the arrested SIMI cadre Usman Agarbattiwala, the Ahmedabad Police recovered two pistols, a pipe bomb, balloons and 19 CDs and DVDs containing speeches of Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders, laptops and hard drives from different places in the city. Usman was one of the 10 SIMI members arrested for their alleged involvement in the Ahmedabad serial blasts.

  • August 19: A team of the Gujarat Police arrested dentist Mohammed Salim Honali (31) from Bijapur in Karnataka. Honali used to work with the MA Rangoonwala College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre at the Azam Campus in Pune till May 2008 before he was laid off. ATS officials suspect that Honali not only had a significant role in the recent Ahmedabad blasts but was also brainwashing other youth to bring them into the radical fold.

  • August 17: Three persons were arrested in Bharuch for renting a house to the SIMI activist Sajid Mansuri, who allegedly played a key role in the July 26 Ahmedabad serial blasts. Mansuri had taken the house on rent from Saeed Hayat at Lukman society in Bharuch. Hayat had the power of attorney over the house that belonged to a London-based non-resident Indian. Two persons, Yusuf Patel and Maqbul Patel, had recommended the name of Sajid Mansuri to Saeed Hayat.

  • August 16: Gujarat Police announced the arrest of SIMI leader Abul Bashar Qasmi, who allegedly was the mastermind behind the July 26 Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts. Director-General of Police P.C. Pandey said Qasmi was arrested from a village in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh (UP) by a joint team of the UP and Gujarat Police. The Gujarat Police also said with this arrest they had unraveled the conspiracy that led to the bombings. Before Qasmi’s arrest, nine SIMI cadres were arrested from Ahmedabad and Vadodara. "We now have the entire details of how and where the plans for the Ahmedabad blasts were chalked out, who were the people involved and how the entire plan was operationalised," Pandey said. He also claimed that the same group was involved in planting bombs in Surat.

  • August 14: A SIMI cadre, identified as Mohammad Sajid Mansori, was arrested in Bharuch in connection with the serial blasts in Ahmedabad on July 26. Mansori is suspected to have been part of the conspiracy to carry out the nine blasts across the Gujarat capital.

  • August 3: A live bomb was found in the Atwalines area of Surat, taking the total number of explosive devices detected in the city to 24. The bomb was found inside a bag near a bus-stand adjacent to the municipal garden and was defused by the bomb disposal squad.

  • July 31: The Gujarat Police arrested four Bangladeshi nationals, including a woman, from the Gandhinagar area of capital Ahmedabad on suspicion of their involvement in the Ahmedabad bomb blasts. Sahel Sheikh, Rafiq Sheikh, Murad Malik and Khatimabibi Khalija were illegal immigrants and are suspected to have links with the Bangladesh-based HuJI-B.

    With four wounded people, including two children, succumbing to their injuries the death toll in the Ahmedabad serial bombings reached 55.

  • July 30: Two more powerful live bombs were defused in Surat. While one live bomb was found near the Labheswar Police post, another bomb was found near the Surat Municipal Corporation-operated swimming pool. It was found hanging from a mango tree. Both the bombs were found in the same labour-dominated Varachha Road area where 10 bombs were detected on July 29.

  • July 29: The death toll in the serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad has risen to 53, said Government officials.

  • July 27: Police in Surat, the second major commercial centre in Gujarat after Ahmedabad, seized two abandoned cars - one with live explosives and another with ammunition - from different parts of the city. The cars were left abandoned at Punamgaon and Randel in the Varacha Road locality. Police said gelatine sticks, timers, ammonium nitrate powder, tiffin boxes and other material were found in one abandoned car which the locals said was lying there for a couple of days. The materials were reportedly enough to manufacture about eight to 10 powerful crude bombs, the kind of devices believed to have been used in the serial blasts. The Police also defused a huge bomb found in an abandoned bag near a hospital on the City Light Road.

    Two live bombs were recovered from a garbage can near a vegetable market in the Hatkeshwar locality in Maninagar in Ahmedabad, where the first of the 17 blasts occurred on July 26-evening. Another live bomb was defused near a gate of a textile mill at Santhej on the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar highway after midnight. One bomb was found and defused in Kalol, also an industrial town near Gandhinagar.

    The Joint Police Commissioner of Ahmedabad, Asish Bhatia, said a SIMI activist, Abdul Halim, who was wanted in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots, was arrested during the combing operation in the city.

  • July 26: 40 people were killed and more than 100 others injured when serial blasts struck different parts of Ahmedabad, the capital city of Gujarat. The worst attack occurred near the trauma centre of the Government civil hospital, where at least 25 people, including two doctors, were killed. Police indicated that there were 17 blasts in 10 different areas and all, except the minority-dominated Sarkhej and Juhapura, were in the labour-dominated eastern parts of the old city. Most of the blasts occurred in crowded and congested points like traffic circles, near a Hanuman temple where a large number of devotees turn out on Saturdays or near bus stops. The first blast was reported from the Hatkeshwar locality in the Maninagar area at 6.38 pm (IST). Thereafter bombs went off at 7 other places - Bapunagar, Narol, Ishanpur, Saraspur, Sarangpur, Raipur, Sarkhej, Juhaapura - all within the next five to seven minutes. About 40 minutes after the first round of blasts, bombs went off near the trauma centre of the civil hospital and the main portico of the L.G. General Hospital in Maninagar, even as the injured were being rushed to the hospitals. About an hour later, three more blasts were reported from Maninagar and surrounding areas. In a 14-page manifesto e-mailed to the media minutes before the serial bombings, an organisation calling itself the "Indian Mujahideen (IM)" claimed responsibility for the Ahmedabad attacks. Titled "The Rise of Jihad", the manifesto said the bombings were carried out to avenge the 2002 anti-Muslim violence in Gujarat.

2007

  • July 29: The Gujarat Police, probing the ISI-sponsored fake currency racket, arrested two more persons suspected to be involved in the incident. While Haneef Naviwala was arrested from Surat, Nazir Motiwala was detained at Ankleshwar. With this, the total number of arrests has gone up to 13.

  • July 17: The Kutch Police arrested a man in Vadodara in connection with the fake currency racket allegedly involving two ISI agents, which was neutralised last week.

  • July 16: The Kutch Police arrested three persons from Mumbai and one from Salaya village near Mandvi in connection with the fake currency racket allegedly involving two ISI agents, which was neutralised last week.

  • July 13: Gujarat Police reportedly neutralized an ISI module operating in the country to smuggle in fake currency, narcotics and arms and ammunition through the Mandvi port in the Kutch District. Six persons, including two Pakistani nationals, were arrested in this connection and they revealed that the module had already smuggled in INR 2.4 million in fake currency through Mandvi and sent it to Hyderabad, capital of Andhra Pradesh. The Pakistani nationals were identified as Abdul Gaffar Qasim Chiba and Abdul Khalif Tayyab Chauhan, both residents of Bhabhobhit area in Karachi. The Indians include Mumbai-based operative Sayyed Ahmed Ali and three other Mandvi-based fishermen, Abdullah Adam Dosani, Suleman Mohammad Chauhan and Ismail Yakub Chiba. The Kutch District Superintendent of Police, Gyanendra Singh Malik, said that the group used to receive the contraband in the mid-seas off the Mandvi coast.

  • May 27: A cleric in Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat, Tahir Maulana, was arrested and some arms and ammunition were seized from his house in the Juhapura area in connection with the May 18 Hyderabad blast. A raid was conducted at his house following a tip off from an unidentified person and also a verbal complaint by one of his wives who alleged he had kept arms and ammunition at home and was involved in 'jihadi' activities, said a senior crime branch official.

  • February 22: Police arrested two suspected agents of Pakistan's ISI from Bhuj. The District Superintendent of Police Gyanendrasinh Malik said Aslam and Syed Ali were arrested on the basis of information supplied by another ISI agent, Adil Anjuman, who was arrested in Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh, in December 2006.

Source: Compiled from English language media sources.

 

 

 

 

 
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