January 1: Seven Central Reserve Police
Force (CRPF) personnel and a civilian were killed in a pre-dawn terrorist
attack on the para-military CRPF Group Centre at Rampur in Uttar Pradesh.
Three more CRPF personnel, a civil police personnel and a home guard
were injured in the attack. The Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary J.N.
Chamber said that the attack was carried out around 2.45 am (IST) by
two suspected fidayeen (suicide squad) dressed as CRPF constables.
They breached the outer security (which is the responsibility of the
police), and started firing indiscriminately from AK-47 rifles on the
security post, the guard room and the control room. The terrorists subsequently
escaped under cover of darkness.
January 7: Police claimed to have arrested
a militant of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM)
group from Kumili in the Idukki district of Kerala. Altaf Ahmed, a 29-year
old native of Jammu and Kashmir, was involved in various crimes against
the government, Assistant Superintendent of Police Vikramjith Singh
said. Altaf was arrested on January 6 following information from the
Jammu and Kashmir Police. He had reportedly applied for a passport in
Idukki and the Kerala Police had sent his documents to their counterparts
in Jammu and Kashmir for verification when his identity came to light,
police said adding the accused got training from Pakistan.
January 8: The ‘Q’ Branch of the Tamil
Nadu Police intercepted a consignment of explosives bound for Sri Lanka
in Madurai and took six persons into custody, who admitted that they
were meant for use by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
S. Sivakrishnan alias Nandan of Sri Lanka and S. Muthuramalingam of
Kamuthi were found to be in possession of 5,000 detonators concealed
in a travel bag.
January 9: The Hyderabad city police
have claimed that the Harkat-ul-Jehad-al-Islami (HuJI)
was responsible for the twin explosions in the city on August 25, 2007,
that killed 43 persons. A top police officer said that "Narco-analysis
tests conducted on Rafi alias Sheik Abdul Kaleem of Hyderabad gave us
names of the key persons involved. Now, we are in the process of gathering
evidence against them."
January 10: A suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba
cadre, Abbas Khan alias Akhdas Khan alias Mohsin Alam, was arrested
for his alleged involvement in a fake currency racket in Kolkata, by
the detective department from a house at Chamru Singh Lane in East Kolkata’s
Narkeldanga area. He had earlier been convicted by a Gujarat court for
the Godhra violence but was released on bail. He had jumped parole and
January 16: Two Bangladeshi nationals,
with suspected links to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI),
Pakistan’s external intelligence agency, were arrested from the Shibpur
area of Howrah district in West Bengal. "Shamim Akhtar and Sheikh Alamgir
were arrested on a tip-off from a former jawan of the Central Reserve
Police Force whom they were trying to recruit," said Rajeev Kumar, Inspector
General of Police (Special Operations). Believed to be part of the ISI’s
espionage module, they were engaged in recruiting ex-servicemen to extract
strategic information, he added.
The Tamil Nadu Police arrested on January
16-night Nathan alias Suruli alias Thambithurai Parameswaran, the LTTE
Tamil Nadu intelligence unit chief, from a hideout at Madipakkam. They
also arrested seven other Sri Lankan nationals, who worked under him
as helpers to collect information about anti-LTTE leaders like Varadaraja
Perumal and Douglas Devananda, besides posing as traders to buy items
like spare parts for two-wheelers and boats to be sent back to Sri Lanka.
Three Sri Lankan nationals suspected
to have links with the LTTE and a person from Chennai was arrested in
New Delhi allegedly with forged travel documents. The Sri Lankan nationals,
identified as Francis Jansan (29), T.S. Ranjit (28) and John Mary Agastan
(22), were arrested from a hotel at Paharganj in central Delhi, an unnamed
police officer said, adding that the fake travel papers were also seized
from them. The fourth person, Ayakannu, was accompanying the trio who
hailed from Jaffna.
January 20: Three persons, including
an Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agent from Pakistan, were arrested
by the Madhya Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) from capital Bhopal for
allegedly passing on sensitive information about the Indian Army. "Mohammed
Imran Warsi, the ISI agent hailing from Karachi, was arrested in Bhopal
yesterday [January 20] with sensitive information regarding deployment,
unit details and important phone numbers of the Indian Army," said Inspector
General of Police (STF), Sanjeev Singh. On information gathered from
him, police arrested two others — Iqbal and Akhtar—, who were acting
as his local contacts and supplying him sensitive information.
Tamil Nadu Police arrested two more
persons in connection with the smuggling of ball bearings, reportedly
used by the LTTE to make explosives, to Sri Lanka. Following the trail
of cell phone contacts of Nathan alias Suruli, arrested along with seven
others at Madipakkam on January 17 in the same case, ‘Q’ Branch police
intercepted Selvaraj, working in a sweet stall in Mumbai for the last
25 years, and seized small packets of ball bearings he had bought as
January 23: A fast track court in Lucknow,
capital of Uttar Pradesh, sentenced five militants of the Harkat-ul-Jehad-al-Islami
(HuJI) to life term for waging war against the State, sedition, conspiracy
and other charges. The convicts, Mehboob Ali, Sayeed Shoaib, Mohammad
Rizwan, Farhan and Mohammad Saad, were arrested by the Special Task
Force from Lucknow on April 5, 2006, along with Waliullah, the prime
accused in the Varanasi twin blasts which occurred in the Sankat Mochan
temple and near the railway station in March 2006. The court also awarded
them 32 years of additional imprisonment under various sections of the
Indian Penal Code, besides imposing a fine of INR 40,000 each. All punishments
will run concurrently.
January 25: Bashir Ahmed Mir, the HuJI
‘commander-in-chief’ for operations across India was shot dead by police
in the Doda district. Operating under the code-name "Hijazi,"
Pakistan-trained Mir is believed to have ordered a string of strikes
across north and south-east India in 2007, including the court complex
bombings in Uttar Pradesh, the bombing of the Ajmer Sharif shrine in
Rajasthan, and the multiple bombings which took place in Hyderabad in
January 29: The Karnataka Police is
reported to have recently arrested a cook and a medical student for
alleged terrorist links, according to Rediff. The duo revealed
that they had plans of bombing the Hubli airport. During the interrogation
of Mohammed Riazuddin Nasir and his associate Assadullah Abbubukar,
the police learnt that the Nasir’s father Mohammad Naseeruddin is a
Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative and has received training in Pakistan.
Intelligence Bureau sources said that Naseerruddin is a trained suicide
bomber, who was trained at Muzafarabad in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
Security around former Deputy Prime
Minister L. K. Advani and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was reviewed
following intelligence inputs that "Global Terrorist" Dawood Ibrahim
has been asked by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence to assassinate
them. The inputs to central agencies have come from various sources
indicating that Dawood had been approached by the ISI to carry out the
plot, sources said.
February 2: Quoting the interrogation
reports of Hyderabad resident Raziuddin Nasir, The Hindu reported
that the Islamist fundamentalists planned serial blasts on the Goa beaches.
Nasir, who is being interrogated by intelligence agencies and the police
departments of more than 12 States in Karnataka, has disclosed that
the purpose of his visit to Goa immediately after the twin blasts in
Hyderabad on August 25, was to identify beaches for organising serial
February 6: The United States intelligence
believes that Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and other Kashmir-based
insurgent groups will continue to plan and execute "attacks" in India.
Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnel has said that, "The
intelligence community assesses that Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba
(LeT) and other Kashmir-focussed groups will continue attack planning
and execution in India. Shia and Hindu religious observances are possible
targets, as are transportation networks and government buildings."
February 7: Chief Minister Digamber
Kamat said that an alert has been sounded in Goa and police have intensified
checking to track possible terror plots in the state. The move follows
the arrest of a suspected militant Riazuddin Nasir in January 2008 in
Karnataka who had allegedly confessed about his plans to carry out strikes
in Karnataka and Goa. The militant had reportedly said that he could
not translate his terror plans into action as he failed to receive a
consignment of 50 kilograms of RDX explosive from Pakistan.
The Union Government decided to continue
the ban imposed on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) for
two more years for its alleged links with certain Pakistan-based terrorist
outfits. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee
on Security (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. According
to intelligence reports SIMI cadres are joining Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Toiba
(LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and the outfit is found to be providing
logistical support in setting up of ‘sleeper cells’ in the hinterland.
February 11: The Tamil Nadu Police arrested
an alleged supplier of explosives to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil
Eelam (LTTE) and seized from him 100 detonators, 83 gelatine sticks
and 10 metres of fuse wire. The man had been shuttling between Tiruchirapalli
and Pudukottai to procure the explosive substances, including gelatine
sticks, Tamil Nadu Police's 'Q' Branch Inspector Thiagarajan, who arrested
him, told reporters.
February 12: The Corps of Detectives,
which is investigating a terrorist module unearthed by the Davangere
police in Karnataka, arrested an electrician from Dharwad for his alleged
links with the banned SIMI. The arrested identified as Shakeel, a resident
of Koppadakeri in the Dharwad district, had helped the SIMI activists
to hold two meetings, one near the Mastansab Darga on Saudatti Road
and the other at the Halligere forests on Haliyal Road in Hubli in November
February 16: An ex-Serviceman, Shailesh
Jadhav, was arrested, from the Pune railway station when he was about
to board a train for Jodhpur, for having alleged links with Pakistan’s
external Intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Some
classified documents pertaining to the Army were seized from his possession.
February 21: The Corps of Detectives
(CoD) arrested a software engineer for suspected links with the banned
Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) from Guruappanapalya under
Mico Layout police station limits in Bangalore, capital of Karnataka.
However, four of his alleged accomplices escaped during the police operation.
Yahya Khan is a native of Kerala and was working in a leading multinational
information technology company in the city and he was reportedly under
watch by the Bangalore Police for the past few days. Police sources
said that the arrest followed information given by Mohammad Asif, a
final-year MBBS student, and another SIMI activist, who was arrested
in Hubli recently.
February 23: Asian Age reports
that the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) has tasked two groups of terrorists to
attack the Nuclear Fuel Complex in Hyderabad and the Kaiga Nuclear Power
Plant at Karwar in Karnataka. According to intelligence inputs and information
gathered following the arrest of six LeT terrorists in Lucknow on February
11, 2008, the LeT operatives, with arms sourced from the United Liberation
Front of Asom (ULFA), have reportedly entered the country through Nepal.
February 25: The Deoband-based Darul
Uloom Madrassa (seminary) denounced all acts of terrorism as
un-Islamic. "We don’t have any link or association with terrorism, terrorists,
whatsoever. We reject terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,"
Maulana Marghoob-ur Rahman, the chief rector of Darul Uloom, said at
a conclave in Deoband. "Terrorism completely negates the teachings of
Islam, which is the faith of love and peace", he added.
February 26: The Corps of Detectives
(CoD) has arrested a Bangalore resident Syed Sameer alias Sameer Sadaq
in Gurappanapalya for his suspected links with the SIMI. He is reportedly
an associate of the arrested software engineer and SIMI functionary
Mohammed Yahya Kammakutty who was arrested earlier. Sameer was earlier
arrested by the Gujarat Police in 2004 for his association with the
SIMI. The police in Bangalore suspect that Sameer attended SIMI meetings
held in November 2007 on the outskirts of Hubli and the forests abutting
Goa, which were attended by 25 SIMI activists from Karnataka, Kerala
and Uttar Pradesh.
March 4: Press Trust of India quoting
the Bangladeshi newspaper Pratham Alo reported that the Harkat-ul
Jihad-al-Islami Bangladesh (HuJI-B) used to supply grenades to the Pakistan-based
Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) to carry out attacks in India. An arrested HuJI-B
leader Abu Zandal has told the police during his interrogation in Dhaka
that the outfit had sent several consignments of grenades to the LeT
operating in India until 2004. The last such consignment however, could
not be delivered as the LeT representative who was supposed to receive
it was killed in an encounter with Border Security Force (BSF) near
Bangladesh's Kaliganj frontier. Zandal reportedly told the interrogators
that the LeT leader Yazdani, who was killed in 2006 by the Delhi Police,
used to maintain links with the detained HuJI-B ‘operations commander’
Mufti Abdul Hannan.
Security around Tihar Jail in the national
capital New Delhi was beefed up following intelligence inputs that militants
were planning to carry out a suicide attack on the prison complex. This
information was given in the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament)
by the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, V. Radhika Selvi. The
Minister said an intelligence input regarding plans of jihadi terrorist
attack on the Tihar Jail was received in September 2007 prompting the
authorities to carry out effective changes in the security apparatus
around the prison.
March 6: Police in Hyderabad arrested
an agent of the Pakistani external intelligence agency, the Inter-Services
Intelligence (ISI), identified as Billah following leads provided by
a terror suspect in Karnataka. Billah was reportedly named by Raziuddin
Naser, who was arrested in Karnataka in January 2008 in connection with
a plot to carry out terrorist attacks in Goa and Hyderabad. Some sensitive
documents and compact discs were recovered from Billah, who had previously
been booked for two cases filed in late 2004. Hyderabad Police Commissioner,
D. Prasada Rao, told CNN-IBN, "Billah was the person who
helped Naser go underground and helped hide him after the twin blasts
in Hyderabad. He is involved in Jihadi activities."
March 11: A senior cadre of the outlawed
Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), Dr Arif Abrar, who had surrendered
before a lower court in Nagpur in January 2008, was granted bail by
the 10th Ad hoc Sessions Judge. Abrar who was lodged in the
Nagpur central jail after police interrogation is expected to be released
shortly. Defence lawyer A.M. Rizway stated that court found no incriminating
evidence against him.
March 17: National Security Adviser
M.K. Narayanan said that the Union Government has received intelligence
reports that some sympathisers of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
(LTTE) in certain "small" pockets of Kerala and Tamil Nadu were extending
support to the outfit in various forms.
March 18: The Union Minister of State
for Home, Sriprakash Jaiswal, said in a written reply in the Lok
Sabha (lower house of parliament) that the proscribed Students Islamic
Movement of India (SIMI) and its associates were planning to commit
serial blasts and other serious offences in the country. "While there
was no present input indicating any specific plans of SIMI to attack
important installation, ...One arrested person disclosed that he along
with his SIMI associates were planning to commit serial blasts and other
serious offences," Jaiswal said.
A retired sepoy of the Indian Army was
arrested by the special cell of Delhi Police from the Jama Masjid area
on charges of maintaining links with the Pakistani external intelligence
agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The arrested person,
identified as Javed Ahmed, was en route to hand over some classified
documents related to the armed forces to an ISI agent, identified as
Siddhqui. Several other papers containing details on training provided
in the army were also seized from him. Police described Ahmed as part
of an espionage ring operating in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh for the past
March 26: National Security Advisor
(NSA) M. K. Narayanan, delivering the 25th Air Chief Marshal P. C. Lal
Memorial Lecture, said that the Pakistani external intelligence agency,
the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), continues to help terrorist outfits
like the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) to launch
attacks against India. "We have seen no change in ISI's attitude to
mentor terror groups like Lashkar and Jaish... attacks on India from
Pakistan's soil are likely to continue", he said.
March 27: Thirteen leaders of the proscribed
Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), including the outfit’s General
Secretary Safdar Nagori and his brother Kamruddin Nagori, were arrested
following several raids in Indore by the Madhya Pradesh Police. Police
described the arrested persons as active members of the outfit hailing
from Kerala, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra and Madhya
Pradesh. The arrested persons included SIMI’s Karnataka unit chief Hafiz
Hussain and Shivli, who is the mainstay of the group’s operations in
The police arrested there persons who
were involved in smuggling activities for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil
Eelam (LTTE), under the National Security Act. The arrestees were identified
as Murugapandi, Muthuramalingam and R. Raja. According to a press release,
four Maoists were also arrested from Varsanadu in the Theni district
and cases were filed against them under various sections of the IPC,
Arms Act, Explosive Substances Act and Criminal Law Amendment Act.
Times of India quoting intelligence
agencies reported that underworld gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s ‘D-Company’
in Pakistan is now officially a part of the Lashkar-e-Toiba’s terror
network. The merger has been described as a part of the plan by the
Pakistani external intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence
(ISI), to further increase its anti-India campaign.
March 28: A designated Terrorist and
Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court in Tamil Nadu sentenced
11 persons to 10 years Rigorous Imprisonment each in the Kullanchavadi
bomb attack case in the Cuddalore district, in which a constable was
killed and three others injured in November 1993.
March 31: Zee News reported that
the Madhya Pradesh Police arrested five SIMI cadres from an unspecified
location. Meanwhile, the investigators interrogating the 13 SIMI leaders
arrested in Madhya Pradesh last week have claimed that the SIMI was
planning to kill top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party, including
the Leader of Opposition L. K. Advani, and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi. The investigators further claimed that the SIMI was even running
training camps for militants to carry out terrorist attacks in the country.
April 2: The Madhya Pradesh Police neutralised
a training camp of the SIMI in Choral, a popular holiday spot, 35-kilometres
from the State capital Bhopal. Police claimed that interrogation of
the 13 arrested SIMI cadres led to the information on the existence
of the camp. The Superintendent of Police Chanchal Shekhar said, "We
were told the camp trained SIMI activists from Jharkhand, Kerala, Karnataka
and a few other states. Each training camp would train around 20 SIMI
members. We have information of five such camps in the past one-and-half
years, which would mean about a hundred SIMI activists trained in Choral."
He also said that the trainees were made to climb the surrounding mountains
and swim across the river daily. The police also found evidence of a
firing range and exploded bits of petrol bombs.
The Coastal Security Group police neutralised
a network involved in supplying uniforms to the LTTE. It came to light
when a CSG team raided a boat used to make illegal trips to Iranatheevu,
controlled by the LTTE, in Sri Lanka, near the fishing harbour in Rameswaram.
There were five persons on board, identified as Oomaiyan alias Christhu,
Vellaiyan, the owner of the boat Chellaiah, Murugan and Arasu, who possessed
photographs of model uniforms, which were supposed to be delivered to
a group of tailors in Tamil Nadu. A sum of INR 3000 and 50 soaps were
April 3: At least three persons, including
a woman, were killed in a bomb blast inside a house in the Siliguri
district. A senior police officer said, "The bomb was a powerful improvised
explosive device and we are trying to find out what the people inside
were up to." Police said they were investigating their links with several
Madheshi groups operating in the nearby Terai region of Nepal.
April 4: Three persons, including a
woman, were arrested for allegedly renting their premises to leaders
of the banned SIMI in Indore and Khargone. A house in the Shyam Nagar
locality of Indore was rented to SIMI's Andhra Pradesh unit chief Qamaruddin
Nagori from where police arrested top 13 leaders of the outfit on March
27. The house rented to the SIMI by Gaffar Khan Bakerywale was registered
in the name of his daughter-in-law Shahnaz Bi. Police arrested both
Khan and Shahnaz for not providing information to the police about giving
their house on rent. Separately, in Khargone, another person, identified
as Shahzad Hussein, was arrested for allegedly providing his farmhouse
to the SIMI for running training camps.
April 5: Three SIMI activists were arrested
from Narsinghgarh town in the Rajgarh district of Madhya Pradesh. The
Rajgarh Superintendent of Police D. K. Arya said that the SIMI cadres,
identified as Irfan, Faizal and Shakir, were arrested on charges of
aiding anti-national elements and indulging in illegal activities. An
unspecified quantity of objectionable material, video cassettes and
CDs were recovered from the house where the arrests occurred.
April 7: Six SIMI cadres were arrested
by the Madhya Pradesh Police. While five of them were arrested from
Guna, another suspected SIMI cadre, identified as Naved Irfan, was arrested
from Indore’s Muslim-dominated Khajrana area for allegedly indulging
in illegal activities and aiding anti-national elements, a senior police
officer said. With these arrests, the total number of arrests of SIMI
cadres in the State, since March 27, has gone upto 35.
April 10: The Mumbai Police arrested
two SIMI cadres from the Thane district. The duo, identified as Irshad
Salim Khan and Israr Ahmed Abdul Hamid Tailor, are believed to be close
to the arrested secretary-general of the outfit, Safdar Nagori. Khan
is a civil engineer by profession and was the former president of the
outfit while Israr Ahmed is a computer professional.
The Madhya Pradesh Police arrested a
SIMI cadre from Rishala area of Indore city. The arrested cadre, identified
as Hafiz Yusuf, has been an active worker of the outfit and played a
significant role in collecting funds for the outfit, police sources
said. He was working in a mobile shop in Indore.
April 11: Three persons were injured
when two bombs exploded in quick succession near the Alipurduar rail
station in West Bengal.
April 21: Nagaland Post quoting
Government sources reports that a Unified Command Structure would be
set up in Arunachal Pradesh to combat militants from neighbouring Assam
and Nagaland who are using the mountainous region as a base to carry
out their hit-and-run guerrilla strikes. Militant groups like the United
Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) are reportedly setting up well-entrenched
bases in the Tirap, Changlang, and Lohit districts. "The Unified Command
that is likely to be initiated would be similar to the one currently
operational in Assam," an unnamed senior official said. "The ULFA is
not only setting up bases in the state but also using Arunachal Pradesh
as a transit to Myanmar. We cannot allow our State to be used by militants
from other states for anti-national activities," he stated.
April 22: The Union Minister of State
for Home Affairs, Sriprakash Jaiswal, replying to questions in the Lok
Sabha (lower house of Parliament) said that the banned Students
Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) has links with terrorist groups, including
the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). He said that the links have been revealed
in investigations into a number of cases. The minister further said
that 181 SIMI cadres have been arrested in various States since 2006
and arms, ammunition, incriminating literature and other items were
recovered from them. Of them, 128 were arrested in Madhya Pradesh.
The Union Minister of State for Home
Affairs Radhika Selvi informed the Lok Sabha that there are reports
that some militant groups from the northeast have links with the Pakistan’s
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and some other terrorist organizations
of neighbouring countries such as the Bangladesh-based Harkat-ul-Jehad-al-Islami
(HuJI). "Available inputs also indicate that some Indian insurgent groups
(IIGs), active in the North-east, have been using the territory of Bangladesh
and Myanmar,’’ she added. She also denied that there is any such report
that the HuJI has established its base camps in the Dhubri and Bonbaigaon
districts in Assam.
April 23: The involvement of Pakistan-based
outfits has been observed in most of the terrorist attacks in India
as groups from across the border continue to sponsor terrorist and subversive
activities in the country, the Union Home Ministry said in its Annual
Report for 2007-08. "The hand of Pakistan-based terrorist organisations
- LeT and JeM - and, increasingly of the Bangladesh-based HuJI, known
to have close links with ISI, has been observed in most of these cases,"
the 167-page report said. The incidents showed these groups have been
using sleeper cells in the country to carry out such activities, and
have also been using the territory of other neighbouring countries such
as Bangladesh and Nepal, it said.
April 24: The West Bengal Police arrested
one People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) militant, ‘capt.’
Boiyai, when he was trying to board a Jet Airways flight for Bangkok
using a passport in the name of one Akash Sharma of Manipur at Kolkata
International Airport. A briefcase containing some important files was
recovered from his possession. He reportedly belonged to Moirang Khunou
in the Bishnupur district of Manipur.
April 26: An arms smuggler and a linkman
of the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), identified as Pradip
Das alias Phagua, was arrested from his house at Botun in Kumarganj
of West Dinajpur district. He was subsequently produced before the chief
judicial magistrate in Balurghat on April 27 and remanded to police
custody for seven days. Police sources said that Das was regularly smuggling
arms to Bangladesh for the KLO and also helped the militants enter and
April 27: A combined team of the Manipur
and Karnataka Police arrested six People’s United Liberation Front (PULF)
militants from a hotel in Mysore. They were identified as ‘general secretary’
Mohammed Ibrahim alias Qusi alias M.I. Khan, ‘secretary external affairs
and chief of army’ Mohammed Nurjaman alias Deny, ‘organisation-cum-publicity-secretary’
Mohammed Abdul Jabbar alias Belal Khan, ‘deputy commander in-chief-cum-finance
secretary’ Mohammed Nasir Khan alias Thadoi alias Keshorjit alias Boy,
‘private’ Mohammed Mustafa and ‘private’ Mohammed Nur Safi. Four mobile
phones and incriminating documents were recovered from them.
May 8: Three suspected SIMI activists
were arrested from the New Housing Board colony area of Morena in Madhya
Pradesh. Fake currency worth INR 80,000 and four mobile phones were
recovered from them. Police sources said that one of the arrested Naajmia
belongs to Kayamganj in Uttar Pradesh, while the other two, Pappu alias
Sudhir Jadaun and Rajbir Gurjar, were from Morena.
May 10: An explosion at the district
court in Hubli in Karnataka caused extensive damage to the premises
although no casualties were reported. The explosive was placed under
the witness box of the JMFC court hall and was reportedly detonated
by a mobile phone. Investigators claimed to have recovered the SIM card
of the phone.
May 11: The Hubli-Dharwad Police Commissioner
Narayana Nadamani pointed out that as per preliminary investigations,
the May 10 explosion in the district court in Hubli in Karnataka could
be the handiwork of the LeT and the SIMI.
May 12: A truck driver was killed and
three persons were injured when a bomb kept in a plastic container hanging
from a bicycle exploded near a tin shade alongside national highway
(NH) 31C in Barobisha of Alipurduar in West Bengal. The tin roof of
the shade was blown off and a telephone pole against which the bicycle
carrying the bomb had been left was badly damaged. Alipurduar Additional
Superintendent of Police S R Mishra said an unidentified extremist group
had planted the bomb. "We suspect that a timer was used to set
it off", he said.
May 13: At least 80 persons were killed
and over 150 others wounded when eight serial bomb blasts were triggered
at Johari Bazaar, Hanuman temple, Hawa Mahal, Badi Chaupad, Tripolia
Bazaar and Chandpole in Jaipur, capital city of Rajasthan. The first
blast took place at 7.20pm (IST) in the crowded Johari Bazaar and within
15 minutes seven more blasts occurred in adjoining areas in the walled
city area - near the Hanuman Mandir, which was reportedly crowded with
devotees, near Hawa Mahal, at Badi Chaupad, Tripolia Bazaar and Chandpole.
"We have information that 80 people have died," Rajasthan Home Minister
Gulab Chand Kataria was quoted as saying. Earlier, Chief Minister Vasundhara
Raje told reporters that 60 people had died and 150 were injured. None
claimed responsibility for the blasts.
May 14: A day after the serial bomb
blasts in Jaipur, the Rajasthan Police released the sketch of a suspected
terrorist on the basis of details provided by a shopkeeper at Kishenpole
Bazaar who sold him a cycle, which was used in planting a bomb in the
crowded area of the Walled City. Inspector-General of Police, Pankaj
Kumar Singh, told that the shopkeeper remembered the suspect as he behaved
suspiciously and seemed to be in undue hurry to buy the cycle.
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said
in Jaipur that the bombs used in the serial blasts contained RDX and
ammonium nitrate. "The bombs had ball-bearings which worked like small
missiles," she stated. Pointing to the sophisticated nature of the timer
devices used to trigger the explosions, she said an international terrorist
group could be behind the operation. She, however, did not name any
An e-mail by an outfit known as Indian
Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the serial bomb blasts in
Jaipur. The e-mail, which was sent on May 14-night to various television
channels, has given the frame number (129489) of the bicycle which was
planted at Choti Chaupad near Kotwali in Jaipur. The frame number of
a bicycle recovered by the Rajasthan Police from the spot is same, official
sources said, adding the e-mail was written on May 14 from a cyber cafe
in Sahibabad in the outskirts of the national capital New Delhi. The
e-mail id used was "guru_alhindi_jaipur@yahoo.Co.Uk", the sources said.
The e-mail said India should stop supporting the US in the international
arena, "and if you do continue then get ready to face more attacks at
other important tourist places...".
The Supreme Court dismissed the petition
filed by Parliament attack case convict Shaukat Hussain Guru challenging
his 10 years imprisonment. The apex court held that it did not find
any ground to entertain Shaukat’s petition that he was not given the
opportunity to defend himself for the offence under section 123 (concealing
the conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code. "We do not find any reason to
entertain the present petition and grant relief as prayed for by Shaukat,"
a bench comprising Justices P. P. Naolekar and V. S. Sirpurkar said.
Shaukat had contended that he was convicted by the apex court on August
4, 2005, under section 123, the offence for which he was never charged.
He had filed the petition after the apex court had dismissed his review
and curative petition against the judgment sentencing him to 10‘ years
The Union Government issues notification
extending the ban on the LTTE as an unlawful association by two years.
The LTTE, an association based in Sri Lanka, has sympathisers, supporters
and agents on Indian soil, the notification said, adding, the group’s
objective for a separate homeland for all Tamils threatens the sovereignty
and territorial integrity of India. It further said the LTTE continues
to be an "extremely potent, most lethal and well organised terrorist
force in Sri Lanka and has strong connections in Tamil Nadu and certain
other pockets of southern India." The LTTE also continues to use Tamil
Nadu as the base for carrying out smuggling of essential items like
petrol and diesel besides drugs to Sri Lanka. The LTTE will continue
to remain a "strong terrorist movement and stimulate the secessionist
sentiment to enhance the support base of the LTTE in Tamil Nadu as long
as Sri Lanka continues to remain in a state of ethnic strife, torn by
the demand for Tamil Eelam which finds strong echo in Tamil Nadu due
to the linguistic, cultural, ethnic and historical affinity between
the Sri Lankan Tamils and the Indian Tamils in Sri Lanka," the notification
May 17: The special investigative team
conducted raids across the State targeting activists of the SIMI. A
SIMI cadre, Mohammad Shajid, was detained for questioning. Raids were
conducted at Jaipur, Ajmer, Fatehpur, Godhpur, Tonk and Sikar on the
basis of Intelligence inputs. A senior police officer said, "Raids were
conducted, but it seems most of the activists have gone underground
May 18: The ‘Q’ Branch Police in Madurai
(Tamil Nadu) arrested two Sri Lankan nationals allegedly supplying explosives
and electronic gadgets to LTTE. The duo had sent huge quantities of
explosives to the LTTE through agents along the Rameswaram coast. Following
information, police intercepted a Tata Sumo vehicle near Villapuram
and took into custody P. Jayaraja alias Viji alias Vijayan of Mannar
and T. Chinnavan alias Padmaraja of Jaffna. They were in possession
of 44 walkie-talkie sets and INR 4.59 lakh in cash. K. Senthil of Madurai
who provided logistic support to the two was also arrested sources in
the intelligence agencies said.
May 19: CNN-IBN reported that the Union
Government is planning to set up a national force to deal with the Naxalites
across the country. The Special Action Force will be modelled on Andhra
Pradesh’s elite anti-Naxalite force, the Greyhounds, and would be trained
in jungle and guerrilla warfare. V. K. Joshi, Director General of the
Central Reserve Police Force, said, "The force will have battalions
which will specialise in dealing with Left-wing extremism." The report
also said that the Special Action Force would be headquartered in Andhra
Pradesh and could consist of ten battalions comprising more than 10,000
select personnel. The force will mostly concentrate on States like Chhattisgarh,
Jharkhand and Orissa.
The Hindu reported that the Central
Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has proposed setting up a separate intelligence
wing for itself in view of the increasing role of the agency in the
anti-Naxalite (left-wing extremism) and counter-insurgency operations.
A similar request made by the CRPF earlier had been turned down by the
Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) citing lack of funds. Unidentified
officials in the MHA said that the proposal is pending with the Ministry
and now a serious consideration was being given to allow the CRPF to
set up its own intelligence wing. The CRPF has also decided to set up
a Special Armed Force to counter left-wing extremism.
May 21: A suspected HuJI militant, identified
as Abdul Rehman, was arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police
outside the New Delhi railway station. Police sources said that 3.1
kilograms of RDX, five detonators and a sophisticated timer device were
recovered from the Janakpuri locality in west Delhi following his interrogation.
No ammunition or weapons were recovered from the suspected militant's
May 22: Special Cell of the Delhi Police
claimed that the arrested HuJI militant Abdur Rehman, who was arrested
outside the New Delhi railway station on May 21 planned to carry out
explosions at markets and crowded places in the Capital.
A top ULFA leader Suren Borah alias
Baba Sonowal, was arrested by the Army from Pasighat in the East Siang
district of Arunachal Pradesh. Borah, was functioning as an important
part in the outfit’s operation in Arunachal Pradesh as company commander
of the Charlie Company of the outfit’s 28th Battalion. According to
Army sources, "Bora was responsible mainly for providing logistical
support to the members of the outfit who use Arunachal Pradesh as a
major corridor for launching operations in Upper Assam." The sources
also added that, "He used to ferry all articles for the cadres
of the outfit. Arms, camp materials, clothes, food, medicines; you name
it and he used to arrange it." Borah who was a constable in Assam
Police was first arrested in 1992 for storing arms for ULFA. He was
released later but he did not come back to join the police force. Instead,
he joined ULFA and went underground.
May 26: Uttar Pradesh Police arrested
seven persons in the Etah district for allegedly running a fake arms
licence racket that could have helped Naxalites procure guns from Uttar
Pradesh. The district Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), S.K. Singh,
said that arms had been purchased using the fake licenses made by the
arrested persons. Police also sealed a gun dealers’ shop that allegedly
sold firearms against fake licences. The SSP said, "We have sealed
one arms shop, the Raj Gun House, from where at least 48 firearms were
sold against fake licences in the last three years. When we got in touch
with the CID of Bihar police, we learnt that some of the weapons seized
from Naxalites there were bought from shops in Etah." "We
suspect some of these weapons, purchased using dubious gun licences,
have gone to the Naxalites", he added.
May 27: The Special Investigation Team
probing the May 13 serial bomb blasts in Jaipur detained a madrassa
teacher and a telephone booth owner in Bharatpur for their alleged role
in the bombings that killed 80 people. The teacher, identified as Hakimuddin,
a resident of Nagla Imam Khan village of Mathura district, was living
in Bharatpur for the past two years. The telephone booth owner, Kamil,
had his shop at Khumer Gate in Idgah Colony in Bharatpur. The name of
both persons had been disclosed by Mohammed Ilyas, the imam of the Jama
Masjid, who was arrested on May 23.
Police arrested a SIMI cadre, identified
as Nasir Liyaqat Ali Patel, from Belgaum for allegedly spreading messages
of hatred. Police also recovered the hard disc from his computer.
May 28: Abbas Ali, an ISI agent was
sentenced to 14 years in jail while two of his associates were sentenced
to 10-year and 2-year prison terms respectively by a court in Gwalior
(Madhya Pradesh). They were convicted under various sections of the
Official Secrets Act, 1923 and Foreigners Act, 1946. Ali had been arrested
on March 13, 2006 from Gwalior’s Daliawala Mohalla where he stayed in
a rented house under the fictitious name of Madho Singh. Police had
recovered maps of the Morar Cantonment area and other secret documents
May 29: Assam Rifles accused the Myanmar
Government for its inaction on Northeast militants taking shelter in
that country. "We had given detailed information on the number and location
of militant camps of the Northeast militants in Myanmar, but they are
yet to respond," the outgoing Director-General of Assam Rifles, Lt.
Gen. Paramjit Singh said.
May 30: Abbas Ali, a resident of Islampur
in the New Jalpaiguri district, was arrested at Panitanki under Kharibari
Police station on the border with Nepal by the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)
personnel along with 350-gm of "high intensity" and 2.5-kg of "low intensity"
explosives, four detonators and a wire to be used as fuse. Rajesh Tikku,
Deputy Commandant of the 22nd Battalion of the SSB’s Ranidanga sector
headquarters, said, "Based on a tip-off, our intelligence wing caught
Ali at Doodhgate in Panitanki, 40km from here, when he was trying to
cross over to Nepal with his friend yesterday. The friend, however,
escaped." The SSB is yet to find out the motive behind smuggling the
explosives but confirmed that Ali was headed towards Nepal.
June 1: The Kerala Government represented
its case in favour of continuing the proscription on the SIMI. The Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Tribunal appointed by the Union Government to
review the ban on SIMI began a two-day sitting in capital Trivandrum.
Representing the State Government, Inspector General of Police (Internal
Security), N. C. Asthana, filed an affidavit before the tribunal stating
that the SIMI was still carrying out unlawful activities in Kerala and
hence the ban imposed on it shall be continued.
During the two-day meeting of the revived
Joint Working Group (JWG) between India and Bangladesh held in New Delhi
on May 31 and June 1, India asked Bangladesh to check cross-border infiltration
and launch a crackdown on anti-India elements operating from its soil.
The Indian side was led by Joint Secretary (North East) in the Union
Home Ministry Naveen Verma and the Bangladeshi delegation was headed
by Joint Secretary (Political) M. Hakim Chowdhury. The JWG met after
five years. India also expressed concern over the continuous flow of
illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, and the support that the insurgent
groups active in the Northeast were getting from across the border.
June 4: An explosion in the parking
lot of a drama theatre in Thane injured seven persons. The explosive
was wrapped in a plastic bag and was placed on a cycle. It exploded
when staff of the theatre tried to remove it.
June 8: Supporting continuation of the
ban on the SIMI, the Karnataka Government in its affidavit submitted
to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal contended that some
of the SIMI members had been in contact with militant outfits. The Tribunal,
set up by the Union Government to review the ban on SIMI concluded its
two-day sitting on June 8 in Bangalore.
June 9: The Special Operation Group
(SOG) of the Rajasthan Police investigating into the May 13 Jaipur blasts
case formally arrested Bharatpur cleric Mohammed Ilyas, who had been
detained by the police on May 26 under the Passport Act. Ilyas was also
charged with possessing disproportionate assets and has been taken to
Jaipur for further interrogations. Police recovered two forged passports
from Chandigarh and Jaipur, a computer, a mobile phone and diaries from
him. Police sources said that Ilyas is the imam of the Bharatpur mosque
and also the convener of the Madarsa Jamia Islamia Arabia Darool Uloom's
June 13: The Ajmer Police in Rajasthan
received a letter from the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) threatening
to carry out bomb blasts in the State between June 12 and 20. The letter,
sent on a postcard and written in English, warns of dire consequences
if the Rajasthan Government and Police do not stop their crack down
on the illegal Bangladeshi migrants. The letter also demands the release
of Bangladeshis detained in the State in connection with suspected terror
June 14: A suspected LTTE sympathiser
was taken into custody and goods, including batteries and medicines,
were seized from a high speed boat in the sea off Devipattinam at Rameswaram.
The police seized INR 1000000 worth of batteries, army uniforms, medicines
and gloves from the boat around mid-night, the sources said, adding,
there were 25 bundles, including 18,000 batteries, uniforms, medicines,
'beedies' (locally made cigars) and other items. Inspector Thiagarajan
told PTI that the occupants of the boat jumped into the sea on
seeing the police but they managed to catch Vijayan, an LTTE sympathiser
from Sri Lanka. Three others, who hail from Devipattinam, managed to
escape, he added.
June 16: 2,400 detonators were seized
from two civilians, identified as Ravikant Kumar and Shrawan Kumar belonging
to Rohtas district, at Mughalsarai railway station. The detonators were
manufactured by AP Explosive Private Limited, Nalgonda in Andhra Pradesh
and Haryana Explosive Private Limited. Interrogation revealed that the
two persons were carriers who had been given the consignment by an unidentified
person at Dehri in Rohtas district.
June 17: Two militants of the United
Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) were killed during an encounter with
Army personnel at Bandarkhati Khamti village in the Lohit district of
Arunachal Pradesh. One pistol, a revolver and an IED weighing ten kilograms
were recovered from them.
June 24: The Delhi Police arrested a
cadre of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), Habib-ur-Rehman, from the Sarai
Kale Khan area. He had allegedly provided logistic support to two Pakistanis
who were caught with a large cache of ammunition, including RDX, from
Delhi in September 2001. Rehman, who belongs to the Moradabad district
of Uttar Pradesh, went into hiding after the arrest of two Pakistanis.
July 7: 41 persons, including four Indians,
were killed and over 140 were injured when a suicide bomber rammed his
bomb-laden car into the gates of the Indian Embassy in the Afghan capital
Kabul. Among the killed were an Indian diplomat, V. Venkateswara Rao,
and the military attaché, Brigadier Ravi Datt Mehta, whose car
was entering the embassy compound at the time of explosion and two Indo-Tibetan
Border Police personnel. Others killed in the attack were local security
personnel and Afghans who had queued up for visas to travel to India.
Several shops across the road, including the Indian Airlines office,
July 12: India confirmed that the Inter-Services
Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan's external intelligence agency, had a definite
role in the suicide attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul on July 7.
The National Security Adviser, M. K. Narayanan, stated that "We not
only suspect but we have a fair amount of intelligence (on the involvement
of Pakistan)… We have no doubt that the ISI is behind this….people of
the country deserve to know the facts." He also said "I think we need
to pay back in the same coin. We are quite clear in our mind… The people
of this country deserve to know the facts rather than being carried
away by people who make statements that these are insinuations. There
are no insinuations." According to him, "The ISI needs to be destroyed.
We made this point, whenever we have had a chance... There might have
been some tactical restraint for some time, obviously that restraint
is no longer present," he told television channels according to the
Press Trust of India.
July 14: The Additional District Judge
court at Madanapalli in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh sentenced
to life imprisonment a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant Azad Ahmed Qureshi,
who was arrested in Madanapalli on July 3, 2007. The 29-year-old Qureshi,
a native of Kashmir, was sentenced and fined INR 12,000 under sections
121, 121a and 468 of the Indian Penal Code for waging war against India,
conspiracy to wage war and forgery in the preparation of election identity
cards in Kashmir by the Judge.
July 15: Police arrested Mohammed Muqeemuddin
Yaser, a former member of the outlawed Students Islamic Movement of
India (SIMI), from his residence in the Saidabad area of Hyderabad,
capital of Andhra Pradesh. Yaser, who is a MBA student, is also the
eldest son of Maulana Naseeruddin, the founder president of Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz-e-Shaan-e-Islam
(TTSI) and is presently lodged at the Sabarmati jail in Ahmedabad for
his alleged role in the assassination of the former Gujarat home minister
Haren Pandya. Yaser’s younger brother Raziuddin Naser, a suspect in
the twin blast cases in Hyderabad in August 2007, was arrested by the
Karnataka Police in January 2008 for planning terrorist attacks in Karnataka
July 16: The West Bengal Police arrested
a Pakistani national, suspected to be an agent of the Inter-Services
Intelligence (ISI), from a hotel in Bagdogra on the outskirts of Siliguri
town. Some documents and maps showing details of army installations
in north Bengal were recovered from the arrested person identified as
Abid Khan alias Samir Ahmed Sagar, who did not possess a passport.
July 17: India and Bangladesh held a
day long foreign secretary level talks in New Delhi. Talks between Indian
Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon and his Bangladeshi counterpart
Mohammad Touhid Hossain focused around strengthening the ties between
the two countries, particularly on security issues. "We are convinced
that our security is interlinked and that terrorism will have to be
tackled resolutely," said Menon after the talks.
July 22: The ‘Q’ Branch of the Tamil
Nadu police neutralised a major LTTE procurement network, seizing five
imported Yamaha outboard motors with a 40-horse-power capacity each.
In connection with the seizures, the Police team arrested Kumargurubaran,
a resident of Chennai, Ramesh, hailing from Ramanathapuram, and Manamohan
from Pesalai in Sri Lanka, from near the Kattumanadi bus stop near Manalmelkudi.
July 23: A Border Security Force (BSF)
trooper was killed and a villager injured in intermittent exchange of
fire that lasted nearly two hours between the BSF and personnel of the
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) across the border in West Bengal’s Malda district.
This was the second exchange of fire between the two forces across West
Bengal’s border with Bangladesh within a week. Two BDR soldiers were
killed in the previous incident.
The BDR and BSF personnel exchanged
gunfire at the Chakpara border in Chapainawabganj, resulting in the
shutting down of the Sona Masjid land port in northern Bangladesh.
July 24: A donation slip book bearing
a Killinochi address in Sri Lanka, camera, video cassettes, INR 25000
in cash and two film rolls kept inside a bag was seized by the Police
in Thoothukudi. The bag was found abandoned near the Thoondigai Vinayagar
Temple in Tiruchendur. Police suspect that the bag could have been left
at the spot either by some Sri Lankan tourist or supporters of the LTTE.
July 25: One woman was killed and seven
persons injured in a series of eight low intensity blasts Bangalore,
capital of Karnataka. The explosions were reported within 45 minutes
from 1.15 pm (IST). The first explosion occurred at a bus stop near
the Madivala check post, off the busy Hosur Road, around 1.15 pm. Sudha
Ravi, who was waiting for a bus with her husband, was killed on the
spot, while two persons were injured. Two more explosives went off in
the adjoining Adugodi area, injuring three persons. Similar low-intensity
explosions were reported from three places on Mysore Road and at two
spots in the heart of the city — near the Mallya Hospital and near the
Rashtriya Military School on the Langford Road. At Adugodi, the explosives
were planted behind a telephone junction box near a commercial complex
under construction and another near a storm water drain. On Mysore Road,
the explosives were placed under a power supply transformer near a mall;
one near a storm water drain; and the third near a car showroom next
to the Regional Transport Office.
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. "In the light of the injustice and wrongs on the Muslims
of Gujarat," it said, "we advance our jihad and call all our
brethren under it to unite and answer these irresolute kafireen [infidels]
of India." It warned of future attacks, complaining that the police
"disturbed us by arresting, imprisoning, and torturing our brothers
in the name of SIMI [Students Islamic Movement of India]."
July 27: The death toll in the serial
blasts in Ahmedabad, capital of Gujarat, has risen to 46.
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 Hatkshwar 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 Ahmedabad Joint Police Commissioner
Asish Bhatia said an activist of the banned SIMI, Abdul Halim, who was
wanted in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots, was arrested during
the combing operation in the city.
At least five persons were injured in
a bomb blast near a bus stand in Godda in Jharkhand.
The Karnataka Police recovered seven
kilograms of explosive material from Channapatna in the Ramanagaram
district, a place where an explosion had occurred on July 24.
The Bangalore Police reportedly alerted
the Kerala Police after a reporter of a local TV channel received a
call from a person speaking in Hindi who warned that Kerala was the
next target and bombs were likely to explode across the State (Kerala)
after 7 pm (IST) on July 27.
The ‘Q’ branch of the Tamil Nadu Police
neutralised a terrorist module with the arrest of a 39-year-old suspected
fundamentalist who allegedly was part of a plot to cause bomb blasts
on trains and in Chennai and Tirunelveli.
July 28: A Nepali man, Gokan Bahadur,
was detained along with his sons from Bahalda town in Mayurbhanj district,
over 350-km from State capital Bhubaneswar, after the news channel India
TV revealed that it had got an SMS threat.
July 29: The death toll in the serial
bomb blasts in Ahmedabad in Gujarat has risen to 53, said Government
officials. Four persons, seriously wounded in the blasts, succumbed
to injuries in different hospitals in the last two days taking the toll
to 53, they said.
Central intelligence agencies and the
Delhi Police arrested a Bangladeshi national, identified as Mohammad
Hakim, from the New Delhi railway station. Hakim, who was reportedly
carrying some explosive material, is believed to be part of the module
linked to the recent terrorist attacks in Bangalore and Ahmedabad. ''Hakim
is being taken to Siliguri by a team of IB and special cell officers.
They suspect that other members of the module could be hiding there.
His interrogation has also thrown up vital facts about the low-intensity
serial blasts reported in Mehrauli and Malviya Nagar recently,'' said
an unnamed senior police officer. Hakim has told the police that he
was trained in bomb making by one Mohammad Ansari, who, too, is a Bangladeshi
July 30: Two more powerful live bombs
were defused in Surat in Gujarat. 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.
A local regional language television
channel claimed to have received a letter sent in the name of "Harkat-ul-Jehad"
explaining the "reasons" behind the bomb blasts in different parts of
the country. As aired by the television channel, the letter was written
in Hindi and it carried the stamp of the Shah Alam post office in the
city. It declared that its "mission" in Gujarat had been "successful
and completed" but warned that it would come back to the State if "our
threats are not taken seriously." It claimed that the Harkat was a "Hindu
organisation" and was causing bomb blasts in different parts of the
country only to "avenge" the killing of Muslims in the Gujarat riots
and would continue to take the revenge by attacking other cities and
towns in the country. It said the "real terrorists" were Chief Minster
Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janta Party leader L.K. Advani, Vishwa Hindu
Parishad (VHP) international general secretary Pravin Togadia, spiritual
leader Asaram Bapu, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the Bajrang Dal
and the VHP. It also claimed that after the Jaipur blasts, the Harkat
had informed the Gomtipur police about the Ahmedabad blasts. "It is
not our fault that the Gomtipur police did not take us seriously," it
The Tamil Nadu Police arrested a top
LTTE functionary, identified as J. Thambi Annan a.k.a Daniel, from the
state capital Chennai. "It is a very important catch. He is placed high
in the LTTE's hierarchy. Daniel was heading the procurement module of
the outfit in Sri Lanka," Director-General of Police (Law and Order)
K.P. Jain. Daniel, a resident of Kilinochchi in Sri Lanka, played an
instrumental role in procuring major consignments, including explosive
substances, for the outfit from India and other parts of the world.
He was involved in the attempts to smuggle consignments of aluminium
ingots and ball bearings, which were intercepted and seized by the police
in Ramanathapuram and Madurai districts in the recent months.
Police seized a large quantity of electronic
gadgets and other articles meant for smuggling to Sri Lanka and arrested
four persons at Uppur Chathiram in Ramanathapuram. Acting on a tip-off,
the police team intercepted a speeding van at Uppur Chathiram check
post and seized 10 Global Positioning System equipments, 3360 pen torch
batteries, one Honda Genset, one bundle LTTE uniform, five cell phones,
11 life jackets, one pistol cover, one satellite TV receiver, two battery
chargers and Rupees 28050 cash. All the seized goods were meant for
the LTTE in Sri Lanka.
An e-mail threatening to set off bomb
blasts in the national capital Delhi was received by the Japanese embassy
in Delhi. The e-mail stated that after the blasts in Jaipur and Ahmedabad,
there will be bomb blasts in Delhi, sources said. The Sarojini Nagar
area was identified as one of the targets. The market there was targeted
by terrorists in October 2005.
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.
Tamil Nadu Director General of Police,
K. P. Jain said that faced with strict vigilance along the Tamil Nadu
coast and continuous monitoring of the LTTE sympathisers in the State,
the outfit have shifted their smuggling base to Kerala. During a press
conference in capital Chennai, Jain pointed to the arrest of a Sea Tiger,
Daniel alias Thambianna of Kilinochchi, who operated their entire smuggling
activities from Tamil Nadu. Recalling that police had seized a boat
built by the LTTE at Munambam near Kochi for smuggling, he said that
the LTTE used Kochi and Tiruvananthapuram coasts for building their
With four wounded people, including
two children, succumbing to their injuries the death toll in the Ahmedabad
serial bombings reached 55.
August 2: Immigration officials at the
Mumbai International Airport detained a passenger in connection with
a blast in the Judicial Magistrate First Class court in Hubli in Karnataka
in May 2008. The passenger Iqbal Shaukat Ali is alleged to be a SIMI
activist. A resident of Belgaum in Karnataka, Ali had fled to Sharjah
soon after his name emerged as one of the major suspects in the blast.
Subsequently, he was remanded to four days of police custody.
Police in the Jagraon city of Ludhiana
district arrested a ISI agent who was staying in Patiala under a fake
identity. Shahid Iqbal, who hails from Lahore in Pakistan, was trying
for a maintenance contract of computers used by the Army at Patiala
cantonment. Initial questioning of Shahid revealed that after getting
a maintenance contract he would have got access to confidential army
information. According to sources, he was staying in Patiala with a
fake name, Dev Raj Sehgal, and had made friends in Patiala and other
cities of Punjab. A masters degree holder in computers from the Lahore
University, Shahid was running a computer center in the Surya Complex
market area in Patiala by the name of Punjab Online. Before coming to
Patiala, he reportedly lived in Saharanpur from where he made his identity
August 3: A live bomb was found in the
Atwalines area of Surat in Gujarat, 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.
Police in Ramanathapuram arrested one
more suspected LTTE militant in connection with the seizure of Global
Positioning System and other electronic material at Uppur near Ramanathapuram
recently. K.A. Senthil Velan, Superintendent of Police, told that the
police team arrested Krishna Neethan alias Nixon, son of Sivasekaran
of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka, at the Ramanathapuram bus stand.
August 4: Border Security Force (BSF)
Director General A. K. Mitra said in Indore in Madhya Pradesh that the
ISI is looking for an opportunity to push nearly 800 militants into
India and vigil has been further intensified at the country's frontiers
to prevent it. "The wired fencing at border areas is being further strengthened.
Besides, infiltration has been effectively checked with the help of
modern techniques," he added.
August 5: The Hindu quoting Army
Intelligence reports that West Bengal is being increasingly used as
a transit route by operatives of militant outfits entering into India
through the borders with Bangladesh and Nepal. The report further said
that the number of sleeper cells in its districts adjoining the State's
borders with these two countries has risen the past years. These cells
work for various militant outfits and facilitate the entry of militants
into the country. Some of this information related to the movement of
militants was exchanged with the civil administration at a civil-military
liaison meet held in Kolkata last week.
The Anti-Terrorist Cell (ATC) attached
to the Belgaum district Police Department arrested three suspected SIMI
cadres. They were identified as Naveed Khaji and Ansar Nizami, both
from Malmaruti area, and Sadiq Mulla of Azad Nagar. The arrest took
place on the basis of information given by suspected SIMI cadres Tanveer
Mulla and Iqbal Jakati, who were arrested recently. With the arrest
of these three, the number of arrested suspected SIMI activists in the
district rose to 11.
A specially-designated tribunal lifted
the ban imposed by the Union Government on the activities of the SIMI.
Justice Geeta Mittal of the Delhi High Court, who headed the tribunal,
held that there was no new evidence submitted by the Government against
the SIMI to justify the extension of the ban. A senior law officer said
that the Government only came out with the evidence of the Malegaon
blasts in Maharashtra in 2006 to show the complicity of the organisation
in unlawful activities which was not sufficient to come out with the
notification to ban it.
August 6: Two more LTTE cadres, identified
as K. Uma Ramanan and A. Amalan, who hail from Jaffna in Sri Lanka,
were arrested in Tamil Nadu capital Chennai. Police said the duo was
in possession of an unspecified quantity of ammonium nitrate besides
cables and detonators. With these arrests the total number of LTTE militants
arrested in the past week has increased to 10.
The Supreme Court stayed the order by
the Special Tribunal quashing the Union Government's February 7, 2008
notification declaring the SIMI an unlawful organisation, reports The
Hindu. A Bench of the Supreme Court stayed the order on a mention made
by Additional Solicitor-General Gopal Subramaniam about the Union Government
filing a special leave petition against the lifting of the ban. The
Bench, consisting of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice A.K.
Mathur, ordered notice to the SIMI seeking its response in three weeks.
Police recovered four bags, each containing
25-kilograms of explosives, including ammonium nitrate and a 100-metre
safety fuse wire, from the house of a contractor near Paderu in the
Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. According to police sources,
Rama Satyam, a Roads and Building contractor of Narsipatnam, had stored
four bags of explosives in a house and managed to escape before the
August 7: Indian Express reports
that the MHA has asked the Uttar Pradesh Government to send details
of the criminal cases pending against the SIMI and its activists. Police
headquarters in State capital Lucknow said that it has received a letter
in this regard. The Office of the Director General of Police (DGP) has,
consequently, started compiling the details of the recent cases against
The BSF arrested three Bangladeshi nationals
while they were trying to cross over into India, from Doulatpur border
in the Baisnabnagar area of Malda district. Three mobile phones, US
$16,000, INR 16,000 and maps of different parts of India were seized
from them. Intelligence officials suspect that Md Dulal, Md Hasu and
Md Altaf hailing from Habiganj district, could be the members of the
HuJI-B. The arrested persons in the age group of 20-25 were handed over
to police on August 8 and later produced in the court, which remanded
them to police custody for nine days.
August 8: The All India Minority Front
said it had evidence that the SIMI had links with terror outfits in
Pakistan. The Front national president S.M. Asif told reporters, "We
have evidence of SIMI's links with Pakistani terror outfits and are
ready to provide it to the central government provided we are assured
security." "We have spoken to various Muslim people who have proof in
this regard but they fear for their lives", he added. He further said,
"We want SIMI should be banned and punished. The minorities in the country
are opposed to all sorts of militancy. Even then Muslims suffer whenever
there is any terror attack in the country."
August 10: Four militant groups - the
Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), Manipur People's Liberation
Front (MPLF), Tripura People's Democratic Front and the United Liberation
Front of Asom (ULFA) - asked people in the Northeast region to boycott
the celebrations of Independence Day on August 15.
Speaking at a seminar 'Changes in Security
Perspective of Indo-Bangladesh' at Shillong, Meghalaya's Additional
Director General of Police Kulbir Khrishna said "Over one lakh Bangladeshis
who entered India with valid passports and visa are traceless as on
date". He said the number of these missing Bangladeshis could be ascertained
as they had valid documents. However, the total illegal migrants in
India could be astounding, he added. Pointing that there was evidence
to show the involvement of the HuJI-B, which has proximity to DGFI and
the ISI, in a number of terror attacks in the country in the recent
past, he said the porous border has fomented the movement of insurgent
elements and illegal migrants.
August 11: The Roorkee police in Uttarakhand
arrested a 38-year old ISI agent, from Piran Kaliyar, a popular Islamic
pilgrimage spot. Police sources said that Mohammed Afzal Pradhan has
been active in the area for the past several months, and helped run
an ISI-backed fake currency racket in the country. Police found four
fake passports, including a Pakistani one, fake currency notes, some
Pakistani currency, some contraband substances, and drugs in his possession.
According to the Senior Superintendent of Police of Hardwar, V Muruguran,
Mohammed Afzal Pradhan is a resident of Mumbai who had been working
under another ISI agent Jatah alias Bilal, wanted by the police for
running the fake currency racket. On his directions, Pradhan ran this
racket in metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Lucknow and Hyderabad and
had been sent to Uttarakhand some four months back.
The National Security Advisor M. K.
Narayanan confirmed the unearthing of 800 terror cells operating with
external support by intelligence agencies. In an interview with a newspaper
from Singapore, he indicated that several of these modules are "not
entirely foreign." He said, "Clearly, there is some kind of organisation
we have to find out if that organisation is localised or there is an
external group or module operating," "We are concerned that there is
a great deal of external inspiration and support, we are also concerned
and are looking at a mastermind within the country", he added.
August 12: The Sentinel reported
that at least 16 Islamist militant outfits in the northeastern region
that were inactive over the years have revived their operation in order
to counter the current oust-Bangladeshi movement in Assam. The outfits
were identified as the Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Assam (MULTA),
Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), Muslim United Liberation Front of Assam
(MULFA), Muslim Volunteer Force (MVF), Independent Liberation Army of
Assam (ILAA), Liberation Islamic Tigers' Force (LITF), Islamic Security
Force of India (ISFI), Jamat-e-Islam (JeI), Muslim Liberation Tigers
of Assam (MLTA), United Social Reforms Army (USRA), Islamic Sevak Sangha
(ISS), United Reformation Protect of Assam (URPA), Students Islamic
Movement of India (SIMI), People's United Liberation Front (PULF), Students'
Liberation Front (SLF) and the Islamic Liberation Army (ILA).
The Anti-Terrorist Squad of Uttar Pradesh
Police arrested an ISI agent identified as Mohammad Masroor alias Manzoor
Ansari and a Jamiat-ul Mujahideen (JuM) terrorist, Fayyaz Ahmed Mir
from Bahraich and Ghaziabad. The arrested persons belong to Karachi
and Muzaffarabad in Pakistan. Masroor was living in the Charbagh area
in Lucknow under an assumed name of Ramesh Chaudhary and was working
in a showroom. Documents pertaining to Indian Army, a photograph of
Ordnance Factory, Kanpur, a map of Cantonment area, tickets, pocket
diary, mobile phone, driving licence and ration card were seized from
him. The JuM terrorist, Fayyaz Ahmed, had entered India via Nepal on
August 5, 2008 and was in touch with the commander of the outfit, General
Abdullah. Interrogations revealed that he had been assigned the job
of committing a terrorist act along with some other Pakistani nationals.
August 14: A SIMI activist was arrested
in Bharuch in Gujarat in connection with the serial blasts in Ahmedabad
on July 26. The arrested SIMI cadre Mohammad Sajid Mansori is suspected
to have been part of the conspiracy to carry out the nine blasts across
the Gujarat capital.
August 16: The Gujarat Police announced
the arrest of SIMI leader Abul Bashar Qasmi, who allegedly was the mastermind
behind the July 26 Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts. Gujarat 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 unravelled 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," the DGP said. He also claimed that the same
group was involved in planting bombs in Surat.
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.
Police in Indore in Madhya Pradesh arrested
a suspected SIMI activist in connection with the serial blasts in Ahmedabad
on July 26. The arrest followed a tip off provided by the Gujarat Police.
Nine persons arrested by the Gujarat Police on August 16 for their alleged
involvement in the blasts had disclosed that the explosives used in
the blasts were sent from Madhya Pradesh.
Police sources in Gujarat claimed that
SIMI leader Abul Bashar Qasmi who was arrested from Uttar Pradesh on
August 16 for his involvement in the serial blasts in Ahmedabad has
"confessed" to his and his team’s involvement in the terror
attack. According to Abhay Chudasma, Joint Commissioner, Ahmedabad Crime
Branch police, Qasmi also confirmed the role of Sajid Mansuri, another
arrested senior SIMI member in the blasts. "We are questioning
him on the details of other locals involved in the terror attack",
Chudasma said. Police also suspected Qasmi and Sajid’s involvement in
the Jaipur blasts. "We are still questioning Qasmi on the Jaipur
link", Chudasma added. The police said Qasmi had taken over charge
of the SIMI national network after the arrest of its leader Safdar Nagori
and his brother Karimuddin Nagori in Indore in Madhya Pradesh in March.
Safdar and Karimuddin had originally planned the execution of the Ahmedabad
blasts and to carry out bombings in Surat too.
August 20: The Union Government
filed a fresh affidavit in the Supreme Court, citing the involvement
of the SIMI cadres in the recent bomb blasts in Ahmedabad in Gujarat.
In its affidavit, the Government said investigations revealed that the
accused in the bomb blasts in Ahmedabad and Surat on July 26 were members
of the SIMI. Annexing the depositions made by witnesses, the Government
further said intelligence sources and secret surveillance by the Police
made it clear that the accused had nexus with international terrorist
outfits. Further, these persons were persistently involved in more than
one offence or other unlawful activities and the nature of activities
indulged in by the outfit would show secessionist tendencies and the
potential damage to the secular fabric of society. Annexing a list of
over 350 terrorist-related cases registered in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh,
Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan,
West Bengal since 2001 and the arrest of over 1,400 SIMI cadres, the
Centre said that despite the ban, the outfit had continued with its
activities and managed to keep its network alive clandestinely. The
organisation was revived through the front outfits, Tahreek-e-Ehyaa-e-Ummat,
Tehreek-Talaba-e-Arabia, Tehrik Tahaffuz-e-Sha`aire Islam and Wahadat-e-Islami.
The Centre said the confessional statements of some of the accused revealed
that SIMI cadres had secret meetings to mobilise Muslim youth to spread
jihad in the entire Indian subcontinent especially in Gujarat, and that
they had planned to wage a war against India by indoctrinating and training
Muslim youth in the use of arms and ammunition.
Following information given
by the arrested SIMI cadre, Usman Agarbattiwala, the Ahmedabad Crime
Branch has 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 Agarbattiwala was one of the 10 SIMI members arrested
for their alleged involvement in the Ahmedabad serial blasts.
Replying to the debate in the Uttar
Pradesh (UP) State Legislative Assembly on terrorist activities and
the role of the SIMI in the recent serial bomb blasts, the State Parliamentary
Affairs Minister, Lalji Verma, said that since 2003 no activity of SIMI
has been witnessed in Uttar Pradesh. He further said between 1998 and
2003, 65 cases had been registered against SIMI activists in the State.
Rejecting the charge of the BJP that the UP Police and its security
and intelligence agencies were inefficient in containing the menace,
Minister Verma said the security and intelligence units in 34 sensitive
districts and on the State’s border has been upgraded.
August 19: A team of the Gujarat ATS
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. ATS officials said jihadi
literature was recovered from all four suspects.
August 21: Two persons were arrested
for alleged possession of 1100 detonators and 100 kilograms of commercial
explosive Ammonium Nitrate. Police officer L.R. Bhasker said, "Jitendra
Kumar alias Babloo and Amresh Patel were arrested from the Ahrohra in
Mirzapur district, about 300 km from Lucknow… We cannot rule out the
possibility of their involvement with Naxalites."
The Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS) of the
Mumbai Police arrested Feroz Mehboob Pathan (32), a suspected to SIMI
member and part of the recently neutralised sleeper module of the outfit,
from the Ghorpade Peth area of Pune in connection with the July 26 Ahmedabad
Maharashtra Police have arrested a key
accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, Karimullah Khan Osan
Khan, at Nallasopara, a Mumbai suburb. Joint Commissioner (Crime), Rakesh
Maria, told journalists that Khan (46) was a declared absconder and
a red corner notice was issued against him in 1995. The Central Bureau
of Investigation had announced a reward of INR 500000 for information
on him. Maria said Khan was a close confidant of a blast convict, the
late Ejaz Pathan, and was instrumental in overseeing the landing of
RDX and other ammunition on the Shekhadi coast in Maharashtra’s Raigad
August 22: Mumbai Police sources quoting
information provided by Karimulla Khan Osan Khan, the arrested a key
accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case said that fugitive underworld
gangster Dawood Ibrahim, his relatives and other associates living in
Pakistan. Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deven Bharti told
"According to Khan, many of the absconding accused in the blasts case
are living in Pakistan where they have been given various jobs." Dawood,
who has stakes in many businesses in Karachi and lives in the city,
is allegedly involved in construction projects across Pakistan, Bharti
said. Dawood is allegedly protected at his Karachi residence by former
Pakistani armed forces personnel and Khan has claimed that he had seen
the gangster meet with ISI officials at his Karachi residence.
August 23: The 'Indian Mujahideen',
which had claimed responsibility for the recent serial explosions in
Gujarat, sent a mail to TV channels with photographs of cars claimed
to have been used in the attacks on two hospitals in Ahmedabad. Claiming
that not a single Indian Mujahideen cadre involved in the blasts have
been arrested so far the outfit threatened to widen the arc of its attacks.
"The Indian Mujahideen on its full authority declares that by the
Grace of Allah not even a single mujahid from our ranks who played even
a minute role in the blasts, have been arrested to date. We are completely
safe", the mail said.
August 24: The Rajasthan Police with
the assistance of the Anti-Terrorism Squad of the Uttar Pradesh Police
arrested Shahbaz Hussain, a resident of the Maulviganj area of capital
Lucknow, for his suspected involvement in the May 13 terrorist attack
in Jaipur. A. K. Jain, the Additional Director General of Police (Crime)
and chief of the Special Investigation Team in Rajasthan said, "Shahbaz
was a key player in planting the bombs in Jaipur as he was instrumental
in mobilising resources as well as selecting the team, which executed
the blasts." Police sources said that 25-year old Shahbaz, a diploma
holder in mass communications and owner of a cyber cafe in Maulviganj,
was a key aide of Sajid Mansoori who reportedly masterminded the Jaipur
August 25: The Supreme Court extended
its stay of a tribunal order quashing the Union Government’s February
7, 2008 notification, which banned the SIMI by six weeks. A bench, consisting
of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice P. Sathasivam, said,
"The matter is important. We are ready to hear it. What we are concerned
[with] are the documents and records relevant on the date of the ban
The Hindu reported that the Union
Government is planning to set up 20 counter-insurgency and anti-terrorism
jungle warfare training schools in an attempt to give police, security
personnel and special forces an edge in fighting terrorism and Naxalite
violence. A MHA spokesperson said in New Delhi, "All the 20 schools
will become functional by 2010-11 and will be set up in five States
— Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Assam. We plan to train
nearly 15,000 police personnel every year." By the middle of 2009, the
MHA hopes to establish eight schools, another eight by 2009-10 and the
remaining four by 2010-11. While the five States will acquire land for
setting up the schools, the Union Government will provide the trainers,
supporting staff, equipment and infrastructure. The Centre will also
support the trainers for the first five years.
Rajasthan Police arrested seven persons
from Kota district for their involvement in the May 13 explosions in
Jaipur. Police sources also said that the suspected mastermind behind
the explosions, Shahbaz Hussain, who has since been arrested and remanded
to 10 days Police custody held three terror camps in Nanta of Kota district
between November 2007 and January 2008, along with other SIMI activists,
Mufti Abu Bashir and Sajid Mansuri.
August 26: A local court in Lucknow
in Uttar Pradesh convicted HuJI activist Waliullah in the March 2006
explosions in Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh that claimed nearly 70 lives
and injured 100 persons. The court sentenced him to 10 years rigorous
imprisonment under the Arms and Unlawful Activities Act and also imposed
a fine of INR 100,000 on him. He was also awarded three years imprisonment
by the court for possessing illegal arms. Both the terms will run concurrently.
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 27: The Union Government cleared
a proposal of an exclusive anti-Naxal force, called the Combat Battalion
for Resolute Action (COBRA) comprising of 10 battalions (10,000 personnel)
of the para-military CRPF at a cost of INR 13.89 billions to fight the
growing problem of Maoist violence, reports Zee News. The proposal was
pending before the MHA for eight months and was recently submitted to
the Cabinet Committee on Security chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh. Under the proposal, INR 8.98 billions will be spent on land and
infrastructure while an expenditure of INR 4.91 billions will be made
on manpower training over a period of three years.
August 29: Times of India reported
that Indian intelligence agencies have recently found the Pakistani
ISI is importing additional currency-standard printing paper from companies
located in London to print and circulate fake Indian currency notes
(FICN). Intelligence officials have pointed out that recent probes done
in coordination with their counterparts in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh
have revealed that Pakistan has been procuring currency-standard printing
paper in huge quantities from London-based companies — much higher than
normal requirement of the country for printing its own currency — for
diverting it to print FICN. Sources also pointed out that the ISI has
been using state air-carrier Pakistan International Airlines to transport
counterfeit currency to its conduits in Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
August 30: PTI quoting a MHA report
said that terrorist groups backed by Pakistan’s ISI could use chemical,
biological, nuclear or radiological weapons against India initiating
a form of "super terrorism". According to the report active terrorist
modules are mushrooming in Bihar, Assam and West Bengal where the sleeper
cells have been assigned with specific targets.
September 1: The Rajasthan Special Investigation
Team (SIT) arrested four SIMI cadres suspected to be involved in the
May 13 explosions in Jaipur. The arrested were identified as Munawar
Husain alias Muzaffar Husain, Atiqur Rehman alias Abdul Hakim, Nadeem
Akhtar alias Yaminuddin, all residents of Kota and Mohammed Iliyas alias
Mohammed Husain from Baran. All of them were produced in the court and
were sent on 11 days police remand.
The Hyderabad Police arrested a person
identified as Jaber from the Hyderabad city for suspected links with
the SIMI. Hyderabad City Commissioner of Police B. Prasada Rao said,
"Jaber has been arrested for his alleged links with the banned
SIMI and sharing material with SIMI head Safdar Nagori." Jaber,
son of Moulana Naseeruddin, is a Hyderabad resident. Naseeruddin is
an accused in the assassination of former Gujarat Home Minister Haren
Pandya and is now in Sabarmati jail in Gujarat.
CPI-Maoist in a press release supported
independence of Kashmir and said those opposing it can never be democrats.
A press release by the outfit’s spokesperson Azad called upon its cadres
and the PLGA fighters to mobilise people in support of the Kashmiri
people’s struggle for freedom. The outfit advised the people of Kashmir
to come out with a slogan ‘Neither India nor Pakistan, but a sovereign
independent Kashmir’. Azad also said history had demonstrated repeatedly
that no nation, however small or weak, can be kept enslaved forever
by another strong and mighty.
CPI-Maoist has expressed its support
to SIMI. A statement issued by the outfit through its spokesperson Azad
said, "We appeal to the people not to get diverted by the vicious
calculated propaganda of the ruling classes against Muslim organizations
like SIMI while allowing the hooligans of Sangh Parivar to roam freely
murdering people belonging to religious minorities". The statement
asked for a ban on the "Hindu fanatical gangs" such as the
"VHP, Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena, BJP and Hindu Munnani". The
outfit again claimed responsibility for the killing of VHP leader Lakshmananda
Saraswati in the Kandhamal district of Orissa. It said, "On the
23rd of August, our People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) had carried
out a daring attack on the ashram (hermitage) of the most notorious
Hindu fascist leader of Orissa, Lakshmananda Saraswati, who called himself
a swami but is actually a satan."
September 4: Four suspected cadres of
the SIMI 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.
September 7: Two youths, identified
as Mohammad Sohail and Azam, detained in Jodhpur were arrested by the
SIT on charges of involvement in the May 13, 2008 Jaipur serial blasts
case. During investigation, it was found that both had links with the
banned SIMI and the main accused of the Jaipur serial blasts, including
Sajid, Karimudeen and Taukir. They had allegedly arranged hotel rooms
for the meetings of Sajid and his accomplices. The SIT sources claimed,
"Sajid and his associates like Taukir, Karimudeen and others had
visited Jodhpur many times and generated funds from there. It was found
that Sohail and Azam had also gathered Zakat (charity) for them".
With these two arrests, the total number of people arrested in connection
with the Jaipur serial blasts has gone up to 14.
The Hindu reports that 70 kilograms
of explosive powder, 1,994 detonators and 10,100 metres of fuse wire
were recovered and four persons arrested from the Ranchi district. The
arrested persons were identified as Mohammad Salim, Tanvir Khan, Shamim
and Anup Kumar. While Kumar and Shamim hailed from Ranchi town, the
other two belonged to Lapung. The explosives were smuggled from the
coal mines and were possibly meant to be supplied to the Maoist group,
the Jharkhand Liberation Tigers.
September 8: Ranchi police recovered
4000 plain detonators and 10,000 meters of safety fuse wire from the
Lower Bazar area. The report adds that detonators are primary explosives
used to trigger blasts making use of secondary explosives.
September 9: An intelligence report
submitted to the MHA said that the left-wing extremists are spreading
their presence to 22 states of the country. The extremists are approaching
terrorist outfits like the LTTE and the ULFA for arms procurement. The
report further said that the extremists are aiming at liberating 35
per cent of country's territory by the end of 2009. Thirty-nine left-wing
extremists groups are operating in the country with underground sympathisers
and armed cadre active in 15 states while overground supporters exist
in seven states, the report said. They have, however, no presence in
six states -- Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Sikkim, Goa and
Himachal Pradesh. The report further said that there are over 20,000
underground extremists active in the country. Nearly 50,000 overground
members and more than 100,000 sympathisers and supporters are working
in various frontal organisations of the outfits.
September 11: A huge cache of explosives,
including 4200 gelatin sticks and 5000 detonators, was recovered from
an unclaimed van in Bihar’s Nawada district. Police patrolling party
found the unclaimed vehicle parked near Ambedkar Residential Girls School
on National Highway no. 31. The vehicle belonged to Rakesh Kumar, a
resident of adjoining Sheikhpura district.
The Anti-Terrorism Squad in Mumbai charge
sheeted six members of the Sanatan Sanstha, an organisation involved
in the blast at a cinema hall in Panvel screening the movie ‘Jodhaa
Akbar’ and for planting bombs in Thane and Navi Mumbai auditoriums,
staging the Marathi play ‘Aamhi Panchpute.’ The organisation had claimed
that the movie and the play showed Hindu goddesses in a bad light. The
six persons, Ramesh Hanumant Gadkari, Vikram Vinay Bhave, Mangesh Dinkar
Nikam, Santosh Sitaram Angre, Hemant Tukaram Chalke and Haribhau Krishna
Divekar are in police custody.
The Supreme Court further extended its
interim order continuing the ban on SIMI till the 2nd week of October,
2008. This is the second time the apex court has extended the ban. The
Union Government had filed a petition challenging the decision of a
Special Tribunal to lift curbs imposed on the organisation. The Court
has asked the Centre to place before it the synopsis of arguments and
other documents in support of its stand to ban SIMI. The ruling came
after the Government petitioned for more time for probe.
September 12: Union Home Minister
Shivraj Patil has said that the Union Government is keen that the other
states currently affected by left-wing extremism should replicate the
Andhra Pradesh model. Speaking to media persons after reviewing a parade
to mark the 60th anniversary celebrations of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
National Police Academy (NPA) in Hyderabad he said Maoist-related incidents
had come down by 60 to 70 per cent in Andhra Pradesh.
September 13: 24 persons were killed
and 100 more injured in a series of five bomb blasts in the busy market
places of national capital New Delhi. The first explosion took place
at Karol Bagh at 6.10 pm. The next explosion took place at 6.35 pm near
the Metro Station at Barakhamba Road. Five minutes later, another explosion
took place at the Central Park in Cannaught Place. Two more explosions
took place in the M-block market of the Greater Kailash area at 6.30
pm and 6.40 pm. Initial investigations revealed that the improvised
explosive devices (IEDs) were configured using ammonium nitrate. Four
live bombs were recovered and diffused. While one bomb was found outside
the Regal Cinema in Cannaught Place, two more bombs were diffused in
the Central Park at Cannaught Place and at India Gate. In an e-mail
to the media, the Indian Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the explosions.
September 15: The Ahmedabad city
crime branch 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 (AMC) and Salim Sipahi who is considered to be
an explosives expert. According crime branch officials, the arrests
were made on the basis of information obtained from the 19 persons who
have been arrested in the case. The crime branch accused Kabira of organising
meetings of terror operatives at his Juhapura residence and participating
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."
The Supreme Court affirmed a tribunal
order upholding the ban on the Muslim outfit, Deendar Anjuman, for its
subversive and anti-national activities. Dismissing a special leave
petition filed by the outfit, Justice Arijit Pasayat, who, along with
Justice Mukundakam Sharma was on a Bench, said, "Your professed activities
may be something, but your general activities are different." The judge
pointed out that the Special Tribunal, set up under the Unlawful Activities
(Prevention) Act, gave findings that the organisation was actively involved
in anti-national and anti-religious activities in Goa, Karnataka, Andhra
Pradesh and Maharashtra. The tribunal, headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal
of the Delhi High Court, had on February 27 upheld the Centre’s fourth
notification extending the ban on the outfit, accused of attacking churches
to foment Hindu-Christian animosity. It was first banned in 2001 for
two years and thereafter after every two years and the last notification
was issued in August 2007. The organisation contended that there was
no fresh evidence to show that it was still involved in anti-national
Nepalese Prime Minister Prachanda, during
a state visit to India said that his country’s relationship with India
was "unassailable" and could not be compared with any other country.
With history having created a "new atmosphere," Nepal would like to
"start afresh" on issues of discord such as water resources. "Nepal
is in a very delicate and sensitive transition period. I have full confidence
that we can create very conducive conditions in a very short span of
time," said the Maoist leader, who became Nepal’s Prime Minister a month
September 17: Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh pointing at the role played by the Pakistan-based terrorist groups
in the recent serial bomb blasts in the country said that the involvement
of local elements added a new dimension to the terrorist threat. The
Prime Minister, addressing the Governors’ Conference on Inter Security
in New Delhi said, "We have reports that certain Pakistan-based terrorists
outfits are constantly seeking to set up new terrorist modules within
our country. This is a matter of the utmost concern. We have increased
vigilance on our borders. But in view of the growing involvement of
local elements, this is not enough." Favouring further strengthening
of anti-terror laws, Prime Minister noted that security and intelligence
agencies had been successful in thwarting and pre-empting several terrorist
attacks. "But as the recent blasts in Jaipur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad,
Surat and Delhi indicate, there are still vast gaps in intelligence.
These need to be overcome", he added.
Information and Broadcasting Minister
and Cabinet spokesperson Priyaranjan Dasmunsi ruled out any move to
bring back the POTA or introduce any additional law to combat terror.
"No, No, No. It is a draconian law and against human rights. If the
present laws such as the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act are implemented
properly, there is no need for additional laws," he said. Briefing reporters
on the deliberations of the special Cabinet meeting night that discussed
the security situation in the country in wake of the recent terror attacks,
including the Saturday serial blasts in Delhi, he further said that
some of the anti-terrorism laws in India are "much stronger than those
in the U.S. and U.K". The Minister also announced a series of measures
to strengthen the intelligence machinery, including the creation of
a research and technology wing in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to analyse
the new modus operandi of terrorists and steps to install gadgets such
as closed circuit televisions and metal detectors in market places.
Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta said the Cabinet sanctioned an additional
6,000 posts for the IB and 7,612 more posts for the Delhi Police. The
Cabinet also approved a proposal to strengthen the Special Branches
in States and earmark funds for them to acquire and put in place scanners
and other security-related equipment. It approved a sub-scheme for policing
in the metros for which the Union Government would provide assistance
in intelligence monitoring and surveillance
September 18: The Maharashtra Police
has been provided with INR 164.2 million for procuring nearly 500 vehicles
including 350 motorcycles, INR 55.6 million for computerisation of records,
INR 71.6 million for buying new weapons and INR 80 million for tackling
naxalite in the five districts of the eastern Vidarbha region. An unnamed
official said, "Police officials deployed in the Naxalite-infested districts
will be armed with AK-47 rifles and will have the service of modern
vehicles,’’ the official said. INR 81.5 million has been allotted for
the Forensic Science Laboratory, INR 30.6 million for the home guards.The
government has also decided to recruit more than 14,000 additional police
personnel, of whom 10,000 will be constables. A home department official
said, "The police wing is one organisation that will always be short
of manpower. We will never be able to meet the norms prescribed by the
Police Commission but we have recruited 20,000 personnel in the last
September 19: Two terrorists, including
a key IM functionary who played a major role in the Jaipur, Ahmedabad,
Hyderabad and the recent Delhi serial blasts, were killed in an encounter
with the Special Cell of the Delhi Police at Batla House in the Jamia
Nagar locality of South Delhi. The encounter took place after a tip
off received by the Delhi Police that Mohammad Bashir, alias Atiq, of
the IM involved in the Ahmedabad blasts, had been living with some other
suspected militants in a flat at L-18 Batla House. The operation began
at 10.30 a.m. and continued for an hour in which Bashir and his accomplice
Mohammad Fakruddin, alias Sajed, both residents of Azamgarh in Uttar
Pradesh, were killed. While another terrorist identified as Saif Ahmad
was arrested, two more terrorists managed to escape. Inspector Mohan
Chand Sharma, a highly decorated officer, who led the operation, was
also killed in the encounter. An AK series assault rifle and two 30
pistols were found at the spot.
September 20: Delhi Police Special
Cell arrested three terrorists suspected to be involved in the Delhi
serial blasts of September 13, from Jamia Nagar in South Delhi. Police
sources claimed that the arrested terrorists are part of the 13-member
module of the IM that planned to set off 20 more bomb explosions in
the capital city. Identified as Zia ur Rehman (22), Mohammad Shakeel
(24) and Saqib Nissar (25), the trio were detained following a tip-off.
They were arrested a few hours later after they reportedly confessed
to their involvement in the serial blasts in Delhi. Zia is a B.A. final
year student at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi. Shakeel,
is an M.A. (Economics) final year student at the same university and
Saqib, the third accused, is pursuing an MBA course through correspondence.
Zia ur Rehman’s father Abdul Rehman, a stenographer with the Public
Works Department in Uttar Pradesh, has also been arrested. He allegedly
forged the signature of the house owner in the lease agreement for the
L-18 flat in Batla House, the scene of the encounter in which two suspected
militants were killed on September 19.
September 22: 36 Bangladeshi nationals,
including women and children were arrested for staying without valid
documents. According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police East Delhi,
Ajay Choudhury the immigrants were taken into custody from Kalyanpuri
area in east Delhi during a random search operation. Police have been
carrying out random search operations in Delhi after serial blasts that
targeted the national capital on September 13.
September 23: Simultaneous raids
were conducted by a 22-member Delhi police team in the Kotwali police
station area and Sarjanpur village in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh to arrest
two IM militants, Shadab Bhai and Asadullah, alleged to have been involved
in the September 13 blasts in New Delhi. The raids were conducted on
the basis of evidence provided by Saqib, who was arrested at Jamia Nagar
in South Delhi on September 21 in connection with the Uttar Pradesh
blasts. Additional Director-General (Law and Order and Special Task
Force), Brij Lal, told newsmen that the raids yielded nothing.
The Mumbai police arrested five suspected
members of the IM. While Afzal Mutalib Usmani (32) was arrested from
Uttar Pradesh, Mohammed Saddik Shaikh (31), Mohammed Arif Shaikh (38),
Mohammed Zakir Shaikh (28) and Mohammed Ansar Shaikh were arrested from
their Mumbai residences. All the accused, originally from Azamgarh district
in Uttar Pradesh, have worked with the banned SIMI, Joint Commissioner
(Crime), Rakesh Maria told journalists. "They broke away from SIMI to
form the radical group of IM. Saddik, was one of the co-founders of
the outfit along with Atiq, killed in the Delhi encounter, and Roshan
Khan, who is yet to be traced. The police are on the lookout for Khan",
Maria added. The police have booked the arrested terrorists under the
Explosives Act, Arms Act, various sections of the Indian Penal Code
and for criminal conspiracy. The recovered items from the arrested terrorists
include 10 kilograms of gelatin or ammonium nitrate, 15 detonators,
eight kilograms of ball bearings, four fully active electronic circuits,
one sub-machine carbine, two .38 revolvers and 30 cartridges of 9 mm
carbine and eight cartridges of .38 revolver
The Director General of Police, K.P.
Jain, said that there is nothing alarming about the LTTE movement in
Tamil Nadu as alleged by some political parties. Speaking to reporters
in Madurai, he said that whenever any movement of LTTE cadres came to
notice, the ‘Q’ Branch police took swift action. The intelligence gathering
system was effective.
September 24: An IED was recovered from
Geyzing in the West Sikkim district near a school building hours before
Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling was supposed to hold a function
there. The IED comprising gelatin rods, detonators and timer device
was put in a pressure cooker and planted near the wall of the school
building. The explosive was later defused by the security personnel.
Several local newspapers of Meghalaya
received an e-mail purportedly sent by the IM, threatening to carry
out a suicide attack on senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K.
Advani during his visit to Shillong in Meghalaya on September 29. Introducing
himself as field commander, north-east of IM, Ali Hussain Badr, the
sender warned, "We have vowed to kill Advani on his visit to Shillong
on 29th of this September. We have already convened a meeting of field
commanders". Police claimed to have tracked down the cyber café
from where the e-mail was sent.
September 25: A SIMI cadre was arrested
in connection with the serial blasts in Bangalore on July 25. Mohammad
Samee Bagewadi alias Mohammad Samee attended most of the important camps
organised by SIMI at Castle Rock near Hubli in Karnataka, Vagamon in
Kerala and other places and also underwent training in these camps.
Bagewadi, a resident of Bijapur, was allegedly influenced by SIMI's
ideology, and was closely associated with its leaders such as Safdar
Hussain Nagori, Hafeez Hussain alias Adnan, Shibly, Tauqeer, Shahbaaz,
Abu Bashar and others, police sources said. Mohammad Samee's movements
before and after Bangalore blasts were closely tracked by a special
team of Bangalore police. As his movements were found to be suspicious,
he was taken into custody, police said.
September 26: A powerful bomb was
recovered near a bridge on the Pune-Bangalore national highway off Dharwad
in north Karnataka. Police sources said the bomb contained in a steel
cylinder-shaped box consisted of a LPG cylinder with explosive powder
and granules, two cast iron pipes each six inches long and two inches
in diameter and a detonator which was connected to the knob of the LPG
cylinder. A 15 foot-long wire was also found on the spot
September 27: Two persons were killed
in an explosion at the crowded Mehrauli area of South Delhi. Among the
killed were a nine-year-old boy and a 60-year-old unidentified man.
Nearly two dozen people were injured. According to eyewitnesses, two
men who were in their early 30s riding a black motorcycle dropped a
polythene bag containing the bomb near an electrical goods shop at the
Mehrauli Sarai market around 2-15 p.m. Nine-year-old Santosh, who was
standing nearby, picked it up when the bomb exploded killing him. Preliminary
investigations indicated that the bomb was of a crude nature. No outfit
has claimed responsibility for the explosion.
The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in Nagpur
arrested a SIMI cadre in the IODC colony of Washim early morning. The
militant Mohammed Khaleel Mohammed Ismail Chauhan (32) was working for
SIMI since year 2000 and was based in Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh). He had
taken shelter at his younger brother Aqueel Mohammed Ismail Yusuf Chauhan's
(also a SIMI cadre) place in IODC colony. Police sources said that Aqueel
was involved in spreading communal violence in small cities. Khaleel
has four offences of rioting and forgery registered against him in Khandwa.
A police team carrying out a combing
operation near village Ranideeh under Kon police circle in the Sonebhadra
district recovered 10 kilograms of crude bombs and gelatin sticks in
a container. A First Information Report (FIR) against unnamed left-wing
extremists was registered in this connection.
September 29: Four persons were killed
and more than 70 were injured when a bomb went off at a hotel at busy
Bhikhu Chowk area in Malegaon. Two of the four dead were identified
as Sayed Zaheer Sayed Nissar and Rafiq Mustafa. Police sources said
that a silver coloured motorcycle was found parked near the site of
the blast and the explosives might have been placed on it. Curfew was
imposed in the eastern part of the Malegaon town after the blast and
stone-pelting by a mob. Five policemen, including Additional Superintendent
of Police Viresh Prabhu were, among the injured in stone-pelting.
Two persons were killed and 16 others
injured in a bomb blast in the minority-dominated Tuka Bazar at Modasa
town in Gujarat’s Sabarkantha district. Three of the injured are in
a critical condition. In almost a re-enactment of September 27 bomb
blast at Mehrauli in Delhi, two persons riding a motorbike through the
Tuka Bazar — a market full of eating houses- dropped a bag outside a
restaurant around 9.30 p.m. A resident, Jainuddin, picked up the bag
and just as he was checking its contents, the bomb exploded, killing
him on the spot. Ayub Ghori, who was injured in the explosion, succumbed
to his injuries in the hospital. Earlier in the morning, 17 low-intensity
crude bombs were recovered from the Kot-ni-Rang area at Kalupur in the
old city of Ahmedabad. A bomb squad defused them. The bombs with shrapnel
and other discarded materials were kept in small tins in a bucket, which
was left in a dustbin.
September 30: The Union Minister of
State for Defence Pallam Raju said militancy adversely affected road
construction in the border areas. He mentioned, "Militant activities
in the Northeast, Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh and along the Afghanistan
border have delayed the process of early completion of several road
projects." "We have also lost several officers due to militant activities
along various borders of the country, but we could also overcome these
challenges," he mentioned. "We have faced difficulties along the Northeast
and Jammu and Kashmir borders and have also lost several officers to
militancy," he said.
October 3: Police busted a support cell
of the IM in Mangalore of Dakshina Kanara district and arrested four
cadres of the outfit. The arrested have been identified as real estate
agent Mohammed Ali (56) from Mukkacheri in Ullal, his son Javed Ali
(20), a student of Ullal Quranic College; Naushad (25), a construction
worker from Subash Nagar in Pandeshwar and Ahmed Bava (33), a petty
shop owner from Haleyangadi in Mulky. Six other persons were also detained
for questioning. Computers, two mobile handsets and material on jihad
were recovered from Mohammed Ali and his son Javed. Based on information
given by Javed, Naushad was arrested. Naushad led the cops to the house
of Riyaz Bhatkal, against whom the Mumbai police have issued a nation-wide
alert. Five grenades and improvised pipe bombs were seized along with
12 mobile handsets, SIM cards and jihadi material were recovered from
the Subhash Nagar residence of Riyaz Bhatkal, who was away at the time
of the raid. Naushad also led police to the house of Bhatkal’s accomplice
Mudassar (24), where a laptop, a hard disk, INR 1.13 millions in cash,
five mobile handsets, passports, CDs and jihadi material were recovered.
Ahmed Bava was also picked up on Naushad’s information. Police sources
said that the intelligence had zeroed in on IM presence in Mangalore
after a month-long investigation.
October 4: The dead body of Wangba Khamancha,
a leader of the Manipur-based KYKL, was recovered from Jitwala Jod along
Gurgaon-Delhi border near Mundela village under Jafarpur Kalan police
station in Gurgaon in Haryana. Khamancha was the chief of the outfit’s
‘operation new kangleipak’ and was suspected to have been killed by
the cadres his outfit.
October 5: The Central Reserve Police
Force (CRPF) in its operation across 18 states of the country in 2008
has seized over 7,000 kilograms of explosives with the highest being
reported from naxal infested states, according to the latest statistics
released by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). According to the
report, while over 6,000-kilograms of explosive was recovered in Bihar,
893.5-kg was recovered from Jharkhand. Both states, which occupy top
two positions in the list of States from where explosive seizures were
made, have heavy naxal presence. In Jammu and Kashmir, it has recovered
explosive to the tune of 186.5-kilograms. While the CRPF recovered 57,460
ammunitions and 1557 arms from across the country, it lost 1143 and
18 of the same. The CRPF also received the maximum losses in naxal infested
states put together than in rest of the country. Of the total 49 casualties
reported by the force, 37 were reported from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand
and Uttar Pradesh. But, with regard to the maximum kills generated by
the force, Jammu and Kashmir tops the list with 80 militants killed,
followed by Jharkhand (30), Assam (20) and Chhattisgarh (17). The highest
number of personnel injured was in Jammu and Kashmir at 699, which officials
said was a result of the violence over the Amarnath land row. The force
took part in 62 shootouts in Chhattisgarh followed by 48 in Jammu and
Kashmir and 44 in Jharkhand among others taking the total to 189.
With a view to foil any attempt by terrorists
to sneak into the mainland through the sea, the Government has increased
surveillance and patrolling of the country's 7,516-km-long coastline
spread across nine States and four Union Territories. The renewed efforts
to tighten security and surveillance in shallow areas close to the coast
have been made to counter illegal cross-border activities and criminal
acts, including infiltration by terrorists and smuggling of arms and
explosives, Home Ministry officials said. Intelligence agencies have
also cautioned the government that terror groups were trying to use
gaps in India's coastline that connect the country to Bangladesh, Sri
Lanka, Pakistan and Maldives, all of which have seen rising terrorist
activities, officials said. They also said there are intelligence inputs
of LeT trying to set up its bases in uninhabited islands located in
high seas around the country.The measures have been taken up as part
of the government's Coastal Security Scheme launched about three years
ago through which it decided to set up 73 coastal police stations, 97
police check posts, 58 outposts and 30 barracks. Under the scheme, which
is being implemented in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala,
Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal besides Puducherry,
Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the coastal
police stations are being equipped with 204 boats, 149 jeeps and 312
motorcycles. Steps are being taken to strengthen joint patrolling off
the coast in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Orissa, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh
to prevent any attempt by terrorists to smuggle arms and explosives
as most of these states have suffered terror strikes in the recent past.
October 6: The Kerala police arrested
two persons for their suspected links with the banned SIMI. Abdul Hakeem
(22) from Azheekal in Guruvayur and Shameer (29) from Karukapadathu
in Thrissur were arrested by a special investigation team on information
that the duo attended a clandestine meeting of SIMI activists at Panayikulam
on August 15, 2006. The police had taken 18 persons into custody. Five
of them were arrested and the others released for lack of evidence.
Shibili and Ansar, who were among those arrested from Panayikulam and
later released on bail, were again arrested from Indore in Madhya Pradesh
with firearms in their possession. They were produced before the Paravoor
Judicial First Class Magistrate who remanded them to judicial custody
till October 21.
October 7: The Union Government has
launched a special scheme for districts of eight states most-affected
by left-wing extremism to construct hostels to promote education among
tribals and contain dropout rates. The scheme initiated by the Ministry
of Tribal Affairs offers 100 per cent financial assistance to the Maoist-affected
States/Union Territories from the Union Government for the purpose of
benefiting students belonging to Scheduled Tribes (STs) and also primitive
tribal groups. The scheme has so far been made available to a total
of 33 districts listed as "Maoist-affected" by the Ministry of Home
Affairs (MHA) in the states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Bihar,
Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, sources
within the Ministry of Tribal Affairs said.
October 8: A crude bomb exploded in
the Hatikhana area of Vododara city in Gujarat without causing any injuries.
Police later recovered three more crude bombs and gun powder from the
area. The bombs were later defused. City Police Commissioner Rakesh
Asthana told that the Police are investigating the source of the bombs.
October 10: The available data on fatalities
among the para-military Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) reports
that in the first nine months of 2008, more than 60 percent of the fatalities
were reported form the areas affected by naxalism (left-wing extremism)
in the country, mainly in the states Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. An
official of the CRPF said, "Of the 49 security personnel who died in
action, 30 alone were killed while fighting Naxals. In Kashmir, which
witnessed violence during the Amarnath land transfer controversy this
year, we lost eight security personnel." Arms and ammunition lost in
the left-wing extremism affected areas by CRPF is also highest. 12 arms
and 900 ammunition were looted by naxals in Chhattisgarh from the CRPF
personnel. Out of the 189 encounters, 106 took place in Chhattisgarh
and Jharkhand. 48 encounters were reported from Jammu & Kashmir.
The CRPF personnel killed 168 terrorists/extremists in the same period,
including 80 in Kashmir, 30 in Jharkhand and 17 naxals in Chhattisgarh.
The force also arrested over 1500 militants, seized 1557 arms, and 57,460
ammunition and 7,580 kilograms of explosives.
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) has assured
India that it will take action against anti-India militant groups for
their involvement in terrorist attacks in India. Director General of
BDR Major General Shakil Ahmed told newsmen on the sidelines of the
Border Security Force (BSF)-BDR meeting at Tamabil-Dawki border outpost
in Meghalaya's Jaintia Hills district on October 10, "We have taken
the recent terrorist strikes in Indian cities seriously and action will
be taken against HuJI-B militants." "Both India and Bangladesh need
to work together to defeat such evil forces. Of late, the two countries,
have started sharing intelligence to fight the problems faced in the
international border", he added. To a question relating to the handing
over of ULFA leader Anup Chetia, who had been languishing in a Bangladesh
jail, to India Ahmed said the matter is still pending in the court.
October 13: The Supreme Court ruled
that the Union Government's plea against a tribunal's ruling lifting
the ban on the SIMI will be heard by a larger bench of the Court, even
as the ban is to continue. The bench of Justice S.B. Sinha and Justice
Cyriac Joseph referred the matter to Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan
saying that the government's suit be listed before "an appropriate and
larger bench". The bench also said the ban on SIMI would continue till
October 14: The special investigation
team looking into the case relating to "clandestine meeting of activists
of the SIM at Panayikulam in the Ernakulam district on August 15, 2006,
has taken one more person, Nissar of Idukki, into custody. Nissar was
among the 13 persons who were let off after the police stopped the meeting
and arrested five persons
Mumbai Police claimed that three recently
arrested terrorists belonging to the IM have confessed that they were
part of the team that executed the blasts targeting the railway networks
in Mumbai on July 11, 2006. Sadiq Shaikh, the co-founder of the IM,
who was arrested on September 24 in Mumbai; Arif Shaikh, who was held
along with Sadiq; and Saif, who was held following the Jamia Nagar shootout
in New Delhi on September 19 have claimed that they were the ones who
caused the blasts in Mumbai's local trains on the orders of Riyaz Bhatkal
of Karnataka. Five other men belonging to this module, as per their
confession, are Mohammad Atif Amin and Mohammed Sajid, who were killed
in the New Delhi shootout; Zeeshan, who was arrested after the shootout;
and Saif's brother Dr Shahnawaz Khan and Abu Rashid, both of whom are
The all-party meeting convened by Tamil
Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi in Chennai to discuss the problems
of Sri Lankan Tamils adopted a resolution which said that Members of
Parliament (MPs) from Tamil Nadu will resign from the Parliament if
the Union Government does not come forward to ensure a cease-fire in
Sri Lanka within two weeks. In other resolutions, the meeting demanded
that the military hardware supplied by India to Sri Lanka not be used
against the Tamil people and asked the Centre to intervene at once to
stop the killing of innocent Tamils. The resolutions reflected the collective
mindset of the Tamils in the State following the large scale massacre
of innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka, Karunanidhi said. There are 39 MPs
in the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) from Tamil Nadu and one
from Puducherry. Leaders of all the parties in the State that are represented
in the Lok Sabha, barring the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
which has the support of two members, agreed to abide by the resolution.
The meeting was attended by all major parties, barring the AIADMK, the
MDMK , the DMDK and the BJP.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)
held a high-level meeting for implementation of first phase of the INR
Five billion special scheme that aims to enhance critical infrastructure
for security forces in States affected by Naxalism. The meeting, chaired
by Special Secretary in the Home Ministry Vinay Kumar and attended by
top police and civil officials of eight worst Naxal-hit States, discussed
on strategies to implement the scheme aiming to enhance security personnel's
mobility and security of camping grounds besides building helipads at
strategic locations. A senior MHA official said, "For the current fiscal,
INR One billion have been earmarked, while INR Four billion would be
spent in the remaining period of the 11th Plan". The scheme will be
implemented in 13 districts of eight states.
October 15: Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh has expressed "serious concern" over the developments in Sri Lanka
and urged Colombo to find a negotiated settlement rather than look for
a "military victory. Sri Lanka must respect the human rights of ethnic
Tamils, Singh told journalists in New Delhi. He said the Government
was concerned at the escalating hostilities, losses suffered by civilians
and increasing number of displaced persons, adding, "We always believe
that the situation in Sri Lanka does not call for military victory.
It calls for a negotiated, political settlement which respects the unity
and integrity of Sri Lanka and at the same time respects the essential
human rights of minorities, particularly Tamil minorities." He also
expressed concern over harassment and killing of Indian fishermen by
Sri Lankan Navy personnel.
October 16: Five persons, who were accused
of being involved in the September 13-serial blasts in Delhi, were remanded
to 12 more days of fresh custody by a Delhi court. They were identified
as Mohammed Saif, Zeeshan Ahmad, Mohammed Shakeel, Zia-ur-Rehman and
Saquib Nissar. The Court sent them to police custody till October 27.
"Investigating agency is required to collect evidence and find out truth
of different dimension in the matter. Fair investigation is the mandate
of law. Keeping in view the dynamics of the case and factual matrix,
police custody remand is absolutely necessary," Chief Metropolitan Magistrate
Sanjeev Jain said.
The Union Government said that military
aid to Sri Lanka was not aimed at escalating the conflict in the island
nation but part of India's strategic policy to remain a dominant power
in the Indian Ocean region. "One of the reasons we give aid and platform
and radar and things like that is to make sure that we are the dominant
powers in the Indian Ocean Region," Union Minister of State for Defence,
M.M. Pallam Raju told reporters in Bengaluru. "And we will try to keep
it that way (remain a dominant power in the region)", he said responding
to questions on the governments' stand on the resolution adopted at
an-all party meeting in Tamil Nadu on October 14 asking the Centre to
stop military aid to Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister
Pranab Mukherjee said in a statement that the situation in Sri Lanka
remained a matter of grave concern and that it was worried about the
effect of the continuing conflict on civilians caught up in circumstances
not of their making. "It is essential that their rights be respected,
that they be immune from attacks, and that food and other essential
supplies be allowed to reach them," he added, saying, New Delhi had
consistently made it clear that normality could not be brought about
by military means or battlefield victories. He also emphasised that
harassment and killing of Indian fishermen in neighbouring areas must
stop forthwith and said the government would take steps to ensure this.
Police arrested two suspected terrorists,
identified as Rafique Bava and Fakeer Bava, in two separate search operations
at Vittalmakki under Koppa taluk (revenue division) and Hakkalamane
under N.R. Pura taluk in the Chikmagalur district. An air-rifle, a wooden
bow, chemical laboratory equipment, automobile tool kit, carpenter tool
kit, electrical tool kit, a synthetic camping tent, and several packets
of gunpowder and chemicals were recovered from their possession. Their
arrest was based on the confession of four IM cadres, arrested from
the same area on October 3. Inspector-General of Police (Western Range)
A.M. Prasad said there was growing evidence that the coastal region,
particularly Mangalore city, is being used by the terrorists for supporting
October 19: The figures compiled by
the MHA reports that there are as many as 115000 vacant posts in State
Police forces across the country. Terrorism and left-wing extremism
affected States such as Gujarat, Karnataka, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir,
Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Bihar have vacant posts ranging from 4,400
to 13,000 in the grade of Constables, Sub-Inspectors (SIs) and Deputy
Superintendents of Police (DSPs). On an average 24.15 per cent posts
of DSPs, 20.76 per cent posts of SIs and 10.87 per cent posts of constables
are lying vacant across the country. The MHA says in Gujarat, which
witnessed a series of bomb blasts recently, has a total sanctioned strength
of 43,554 police personnel. But out of this, 8,549 posts, including
7,418 posts of constables, are lying vacant. Karnataka, another state
which witnessed terror attacks has a sanctioned strength of 59,442 personnel
in its police force. But 9,429 posts, including of 8,235 constables
and 72 DSPs, are lying vacant here.
October 20: A terror suspect, Mohammad
Ali, arrested in Madhya Pradesh and brought in Ahmedabad for questioning
in connection with 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. "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 21: A special Squad of the Thrissur
Police arrested two SIMI cadres from Kodungallur. The two cadres, identified
as Nisar and Asghar, reportedly participated in a SIMI camp at Panayikulam
on August 15, 2006.
October 22: The Maharashtra Police claimed
that the Hindu Jagran Manch, an Indore (Madhya Pradesh)-based Hindu
extremist group was responsible for September 29 bomb blasts in Malegaon
and Modasa. This extremist group reportedly has links with the ABVP,
the student wing of the Rashtriya RSS. The investigators said that the
vehicle, used for one of the blast was owned by a man with an "ABVP
background" and the attackers were members of the Hindu Jagran Manch
with its headquarters based out of the office of an NGO in Indore.
Sri Lanka assured India that the safety
and well-being of the Tamil community in that country will be taken
care of and Basil Rajapakse, Senior Advisor to the President of Sri
Lanka, Mahinda Rajapakse, will visit New Delhi shortly to explain his
government’s position in this regard, External Affairs Minister Pranab
Mukherjee said in a suo motu statement in both Houses of Parliament.
Mukherjee said New Delhi had emphasised to Colombo that the safety and
security of the civilians must be guarded at all costs. He reiterated
the government’s stand that there was no military solution to the ethnic
conflict and what was required was a peacefully negotiated political
settlement "within the framework of a united Sri Lanka respecting rights
of the minorities," including the Tamil community. "The rights and welfare
of the Tamil community of Sri Lanka should not get enmeshed in the ongoing
hostilities against the LTTE. We encourage the government of Sri Lanka
to continue to nurture the democratic process in the Eastern province
as well," said Mukherjee. India has also taken up with the Sri Lankan
government the need to ensure the safety of its fishermen. While it
was important for Indian fishermen to respect the International Maritime
Boundary Line, "we have impressed upon the Sri Lankan Navy to desist
from firing on Indian fishermen. Our two governments have agreed to
work towards concluding practical arrangements to prevent such incidents,"
Minister of State for Shipping, Road
Transport and Highways, K.H. Muniyappa in a written reply in the Lok
Sabha (lower house of parliament) said that 21 sections of National
Highways (NH) covering a total length of 1320.53 kilometres have been
identified in consultation with Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and concerned
State Public Works Departments (PWDs) in Naxalite (left-wing extremism)
affected areas in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh,
Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh to provide rapid access to para-military
forces. For upgradation of the identified stretches, the tentative cost
of INR 15.55 billion has been estimated. Presently, the development
and the maintenance of National Highways are being done under Annual
Plan from General Budgetary Support. Concerted efforts are being made
to include and take up upgradation works of these NHs in the successive
Annual Plans in a phased manner subject to availability of funds, the
October 23: India Sri Lanka to provide
food and shelter to displaced Tamil civilians in the war-affected regions
of the island nation and also ensure that there was no exodus of refugees
to Tamil Nadu. "We have told the Sri Lankan government that it was its
responsibility to provide aid to civilians displaced due to hostilities.
We do not want influx of refugees into our territory because of a situation
on which we have no control," External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee
said in the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament).
The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested
three persons on charges of being involved in the September 29 blast
in Malegaon of 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. Subsequently, the Nashik Chief Judicial Magistrate’s
court remanded the arrested to police custody till November 3. The three
accused reportedly had started Rashtriya Jagran Manch, a sister organisation
of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). They have been booked under
various sections of the Indian Explosives Act and the Unlawful Activities
(Prevention) Act. The ATS chief Hemant Karkare said that the Forensic
Sciences Laboratory (FSL) report had revealed "traces of RDX"
in the September 29 blast in Malegaon.
An unidentified SIMI cadre was arrested
from the Nagda district of Madhya Pradesh in connection with the July
26 serial blasts in Ahmedabad.
October 26: The ATS of the Maharashtra
Police arrested one more suspect, identified as Major Prabhakar Kulkarni
(retired), from Pune being linked with September 29 Malegaon and Modasa
blasts. Kulkarni was the commandant of the Bhosala Military School and
two other alleged former servicemen, Major Y.D. Sahasrabuddhe and Major
Ramesh Upadhyay assisted him in providing training in making and exploding
bombs using RDX, the ATS officials said. The prime suspect, Sadhvi Pragya
Singh Thakur, along with her two accomplices Shivnarayan Singh and Shyam
Bhavarlal Sahu of the Malegaon blasts, was said to have been in constant
touch with Major Kulkarni. Kulkarni reportedly worked as the secretary
of the Hindu Sainiki Sanstha.
The arrested IM cadre, Mansoor Peerbhoy,
a software engineer, who allegedly wrote the terror mails ahead of serial
blasts in various parts of the country, has expressed his willingness
to become an approver and help the investigating agencies. The Joint
Commissioner of Mumbai Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria said, "The application
has been filed before the MCOCA court by his lawyer and we have been
asked to file our say by November 4".
The ATS of the Maharashtra Police arrested
one suspect from Bhopal for his involvement in the September 29 blast
in Malegaon and took him to Mumbai, sources said.
October 27: The Belgaum police in Karnataka
arrested two terror suspects, identified as Nasir Abdul Majeed Rangarez
(29) of Azadnagar and Naveed Muneersab Qazi (28) of Mahanteshnagar from
different localities in the city alleged to be involved in terrorist
activities. They were produced before the Court in the city on October
28 and have been remanded in police custody till October 30.
October 28: The Maharashtra ATS arrested
two more suspects, identified as Sameer Kulkarni and Ramesh Upadhyay,
in connection with the September 29 Malegaon blast. The two were charged
under Sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian
Penal Code (IPC) and under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Kulkarni is a member of the students’ wing of the RSS, the ABVP and
also is reportedly linked with the Pune-based organisation, Abhinav
Bharat. Ramesh Upadhyay is a retired Major, who said to have taught
at the Bhonsala Military School. The suspects would be produced in the
Nashik court on October 29, said ATS counsel Ajay Misar.
October 29: Two Malegaon blast suspects,
Sameer Kulkarni and Ramesh Upadhyay, arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism
Squad were produced in a Nashik court and remanded to Police custody
till November 10.
November 1: Twenty eight SIMI cadres,
who were 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.
November 2: The Maharashtra ATS arrested
three Malegaon blasts accused, Ajay Eknath Rahirkar, Jagdish Chintamani
Mhatre and Rakesh Dattaram Dhawade. Ajay Eknath reportedly handled
the finances of the group behind the September 29 blasts.
November 5: The Maharashtra ATS arrested
another Malegaon blast suspect, identified as Lt Col Srikanth Purohit
from Mumbai. Purohit was produced before a Nashik court, where he was
remanded to 10 days of police custody and also allowed for narco-analysis
tests. This is the first instance of an army officer being arrested
in connection with a terrorist attack.
The Mumbai Police crime branch has identified
two non-resident Indians (NRIs) as having provided part of the funds
that sustained the operations of the Indian Mujahideen (IM). Both NRIs
had bank accounts in the Gulf and these were being used to channel funds
to IM members in Mumbai, the police said. The police have frozen both
accounts and issued lookout notices against the two NRIs.
November 6: The Maharashtra ATS said
that Lieutenant-Colonel Shrikant Purohit had confessed to being the
mastermind of September 29 Malegaon blast. He also admitted to supplying
the RDX and weapons to members of the Abhinav Bharat, a radical Hindu
outfit. "I am the mastermind of the blast. I arranged for the RDX and
weapons but I can't understand how the weapons reached Abhinav Bharat
members," Purohit reportedly said in his confession.
November 9: The Maharashtra Police defused
seven crude bombs in a grass heap at Majargaon village in Jalna district.
The intensity of the bombs might have damaged a 100-feet area and no
arrest had been made so far, said Superintendent of Police Sandeep Karnik.
The Maharashtra ATS has arrested one
more Malegaon blast accused, identified as Ramji, from the tribal-dominated
Dangs district in south Gujarat. Ramji was employed as a "sevak"
in 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.
Kerala Police has arrested one suspected
militant, identified as Mohammed Nainar, from the District Hospital
area in Kannur. He was accused of supporting terrorist activities and
motivating a local youth Mohamad Fayaz, who was killed in an encounter
in Jammu and Kashmir in October 2008. He was reportedly also close associated
with a network that is involved in recruiting cadres for Kashmir-based
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 Kapadia 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
SIMI terror training camps in Waghamon in Kerala and Halol near Vadodara
and was instrumental in training the participants.
A Nashik court remanded five Malegaon
blast suspects, identified as Ajay Eknath Rahirkar, Jagdish Chintaman
Mhatre, Rakesh Dattaram Dhawde, Sameer Kulkarni and Ramesh Upadhyay,
to judicial custody till November 17. Rahirkar had reportedly given
INR 1.95 lakh to Kulkarni, INR 85,000 to Upadhyay, and INR five lakh
to various persons at the behest of Lt. Col. Prasad Shrikant Purohit.
Rahirkar also transferred INR 10, 73,200 through hawala (informal
money transfer system) channels, said Public prosecutor Ajay Misar.
The Tribunal constituted under the Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act upheld the ban imposed by the Union Government
on the LTTE on May 14 for a period of two years. The LTTE was initially
banned in India following the assassination of the former Prime Minister,
Rajiv Gandhi, in May 1991. Since then it is being renewed every two
November 12: The Mumbai ATS with the
help of Uttar Pradesh ATS has arrested one more September 2008 Malegaon
blast accused, identified as Dayanand Pandey alias Mahant Amritanand,
the Peethadheeshwar (chief) of Sharda Sarvagya Peeth (monastery)
in Jammu, from Rawatpur village under Kalyanpur police station in Kanpur
in Uttar Pradesh. He reportedly belongs to Varanasi and is currently
residing in Trikutanagar locality of Jammu Tawi in Jammu and Kashmir.
He had left for Jammu in 2003 and returned to Kanpur a couple of days
back. He has been charged under the specific sections of the Explosives
Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
November 13: The Mumbai ATS recovered
the laptop of Malegaon blast accused identified as Lt-Colonel Shrikant
Prasad Purohit. Most of the contents in the laptop is about Abhinav
Bharat, an organisation of Hindu hardliners who actively participated
in this blast. "Purohit is also a co-founder of Abhinav Bharat.''
said an ATS officer.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to "ensure at all costs"
the safety and welfare of Tamils. Conveying the entire content of the
resolution passed on November 12 by the Tamil Nadu Assembly on the situation
in northern Sri Lanka, Dr. Singh emphasised the need for a negotiated
settlement to the conflict within the framework of a united Sri Lanka.
November 14: A Nashik court remanded
Malegaon blast accused Dayanand Pandey to police custody till November
26 and permitted police to conduct polygraph, narco-analysis and brain
mapping tests on him.
November 15: Sikkim Police recovered
2312 detonators during a search operation near a cliff in the forest
area at Majhitar locality of South District along the Sikkim-West Bengal
border. A case under the Explosive Substances Act was registered
against unidentified persons.
November 16: Two girls were injured
when a crude bomb exploded in a garbage heap in Aishbagh Idgah, the
old city area of Uttar Pradesh’s Capital Lucknow. Two more crude bombs
were recovered by the police from the incident site.
An arrested Indian Mujahideen (IM) cadre
from Mumbai confessed to the Ahmedabad police during interrogation that
terrorist attacks in Indian cities are being financed though hawala
(informal money transfer system) transfer from abroad. Amir Raza
Khan, brother of Asif Raza Khan, played a key role in the hawala
racket that secured funding from individuals and institutions for jihadi
activities in India.
November 17: A Nashik court extended
the judicial custody for eight Malegaon blast suspects, identified as
Pragya Singh Thakur, Shiv Narayan Kalsanghra, Shyam Bhawarlal Sahu,
Ajay Rahirkar, Jagdish Mhatre, Rakesh Dhawde, Sameer Kulkarni and Ramesh
Upadhyay, till November 29.
A special POTA court in Mumbai acquitted
two accused of the 2003 Mumbai twin blasts case, identified as Rizwan
Ladduwala and Mohammed Hassan Batterywala. This followed an order passed
by the Supreme Court on October 21 upholding the Central POTA review
committee’s order discharging them from the provisions of the Act.
November 18: Tthe Kannur district police
recovered 10 more country-made crude bombs near M.E.S. School at Kaivelikkal
under the Panur police station limits.
Police filed charge sheets against 11
SIMI cadres, identified as Mohammad Qureshi, Mahndi Hassan, Imran, Nazakat
Hussain, Shahbaz Hussain, Mohammad Toufiq, Munnavar Khan, Ateeq-ur-Rahman,
Mohammad Iliyas, Mohammad Sohail and Mohammad Azam, in the court of
chief judicial magistrate in Jaipur. The charge-sheets claimed that
they were associated with the SIMI and had taken part in the meetings
held by the organization across the country. They were also accused
of conspiracy against the nation for giving shelter to main accused
of the Jaipur serial blasts, Sajid, Karimudeen and Taukir.
November 19: The Kolkata Police arrested
an agent of the ISI, Pakistan’s external intelligence, identified as
Abdul Kasem, a citizen of Bangladesh, from the New Market area. Three
Bangladeshi passports issued in the names of Nazrul, Ratan and Shah
Alam was recovered from his possession. "His antecedents suggest that
he was a spy. He was arrested in Jalpaiguri under the Official Secrets
Act and different documents with sensitive information seized from him.
There is a case under the Official Secrets Act against him pending in
Rajasthan," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Intelligence), Javed Shamim,
The Kannur police recovered 10 more
country-made crude bombs from areas near Panur. Six powerful
bombs made of steel containers were found in a bucket kept in an uninhabited
area recovered from Nallankal under the Panur police station limits
and four bombs from Mepad under the Kolavallur police station limits.
The Malegaon bomb blast suspect Lieutenant
Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit was remanded to two-day police custody
till November 21 by a Pune court in a case of forgery.
November 20: The ATS decided to invoke
the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crimes Act (MCOCA) against all
10 suspects arrested in the Malegaon blast case. At a press conference
in Mumbai, ATS chief Hemant Karkare said, "There was no need for each
of the accused to have more than one charge sheet as prescribed under
the Act. There were other provisions which could be used to apply the
MCOCA". The case will now shift to the special MCOCA court in Mumbai
from Nashik and the investigation would be completed within 90 days,
The ATS is going to take custody of
the Abhinav Bharat leader Sudhakar Chaturvedi from the Matunga police.
Sudhakar Chaturvedi, national coordinator of Abhinav Bharat, was allegedly
involved in planning the Malegaon blast along with Lt-Col Shrikant Prasad
Purohit. Chaturvedi was arrested by Matunga police on November 4 on
charges of carrying a revolver without licence and possessing a fake
ID of Deolali military cantonment.
The Ahmedabad Police in Gujarat claimed
that the master plan for the bomb blast of July 26 in Ahmedabad was
carried out on the direction of Amir Raza Khan. Amir Raza Khan, who
is presently based in Pakistan, had directed Riyaz Bhatkal and his brother
Iqbal to carry out the bomb blasts. Amir Raza Khan, a member of the
HuJI, is a resident of Kolkata, while Riyaz Bhatkal is alleged to be
the founder member of Indian Mujahideen.
The LTTE continues to be an extremely
potent, most lethal and well-organised terrorist force in Sri Lanka
and has strong connections in Tamil Nadu and certain pockets of southern
India, said the tribunal, set up under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention)
Act and which was upholding the ban imposed on the outfit by the Centre
on May 14, 2008. Justice Vikramajit Sen of the Delhi High Court, who
was on the tribunal, agreed with the Centre’s submissions that "the
LTTE continues to use Tamil Nadu as the base for carrying out smuggling
of essential items like petrol and diesel, besides drugs, to Sri Lanka."
It was submitted that, "The Government of India is apprehensive that
unless the ban on the LTTE continues, acts of aggression on Indian soil
are likely to occur." The tribunal took into consideration the submission
that "the LTTE will continue to remain a strong terrorist movement and
stimulate the secessionist sentiments to enhance its support base in
Tamil Nadu as long as Sri Lanka continues to remain in a state of ethnic
strife torn by the demand for Tamil Eelam which finds a strong echo
in Tamil Nadu due to the linguistic, cultural, ethnic and historical
affinity between the Sri Lankan Tamils and the Indian Tamils in Sri
Lanka." The LTTE was first banned in India following the assassination
of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.
November 21: The Maharashtra ATS invoked
Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MCOCA) against one more
Malegaon bomb blast suspect, identified as Sudhakar
Chaturvedi, besides 10 other suspects.
A special court in Bangalore convicted
23 Deendar Anjuman cadres for their involvement in the serial blasts
in churches in June-July 2000. "The attack is directly on the Constitution
of India," the Judge S.M. Shivanagoudar said. The court convicted them
on charges of waging a war against the State under Section 121 of Indian
Penal Code (IPC), conspiracy to wage a war under Section 121-A of IPC
and sedition under Section 124-A of IPC.
November 22: The 19th regiment
of Assam Rifles (AR) stationed at Khonsa in the Tirap district of Arunachal
Pradesh launched a counter-insurgency operation targeting militants,
suspected linkmen and sympathisers in the district.
Two youths suspected to have links with
Islamist extremist activities were arrested by the Kerala Police from
Kanhangad in the Kasargod district. They were identified as Firose,
a trader on the railway station road, and his relative Shakeeb.
Kerala Police arrested one Indian Mujahideen
(IM) cadre, identified as Abdul Jabbar, from Rajendra Nagar police station
limits in Hyderabad, capital of Andhra Pradesh. Abdul Jabbar
reportedly belonged to Tirur in Malappuram in Kerala and recruited youths
from his home State for armed training in Jammu and Kashmir and in Pakistan
occupied Kashmir. He had managed to escape from an encounter site in
Jammu and Kashmir in October 2008.
November 23: A suspected IM cadre, identified
as Quaumuddin, was remanded to seven days police custody by a local
court in Delhi, in connection with the September 13-serial bomb blasts
in Delhi. The suspected terrorist was reportedly brought by the
Delhi Police from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh on transit remand.
November 24: Telegraph reports
that the ULFA and NSCN-K are holding joint training sessions in the
Lohit, Tirap and Changlang districts of Arunachal Pradesh fearing possible
army crackdowns in Assam and Nagaland.
November 25: One Indian Mujahideen (IM)
cadre, identified as Abdul Jabbar, who was arrested by the Kerala Police
from Hyderabad on November 22, was produced before the Thalassery Additional
Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Kerala, which remanded him to judicial
custody till December 9.
November 26: At least 101 persons, including
14 policemen and nine foreigners, were killed and over 300 persons injured
in multiple terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Among those killed were chief
of the ATS, Hemant Karkare, Additional Commissioner of Police (east
Mumbai), Ashok Kamte, and Inspector of the Anti Extortion Cell in Mumbai
Police, Vijay Salaskar. The terrorists, who apparently came in by boats,
struck at 10 places in south Mumbai including five-star hotels, hospitals
and train stations. Among the locations attacked were: Oberoi-Trident
Hotel, Taj Hotel, Nariman House, Wadi Bunder, Cama hospital, GT hospital,
VT station, Leopold Cafe, Girgaum and Metro cinema. There were also
reports of a low intensity blast in Ville Parle and grenade attack in
Santa Cruz. An unknown outfit, Deccan Mujahideen, has sent an email
to news organizations claiming that it carried out the attacks.
November 27: The death toll in the multiple
terrorist attacks in Mumbai, which began on November 26-night and is
still continuing, has increased to 130 while more than 200 persons have
been reported injured.
Mumbai Police sources said that they
have preliminary evidence that operatives of the Pakistan-based LeT
carried out the Fidayeen (suicide squad) attacks in Mumbai. An
injured militant, identified as Ajmal Amir Kamal, was arrested during
the fighting at the Taj Mahal hotel, is suspected to be a LeT cadre
and a resident of Faridkot near Multan in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
November 28: The only militant arrested
during the multiple terrorist attacks in Mumbai, identified as Ajmal,
revealed during interrogation that boats in which they came from Karachi
in Pakistan were arranged by an unidentified front man of mafia don
Dawood Ibrahim, who runs several custom clearing houses in Mumbai.
Dawood's gang arranged boats and transferred arms, ammunition and plastic
explosives to it, which took the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants for
carrying out attacks in Mumbai.
November 29: The terrorist siege in
Mumbai concluded after the terrorists holed up in Hotel Trident-Oberoi
were neutralized by the National Security Guards. 166 civilians, including
at least 22 foreigners, 20 security force (SF) personnel and nine terrorists
were killed and more than 300 persons sustained injuries in the multiple
At least four live crude bombs, a locally-made
pistol and cartridges were recovered from a flour mill in the Kannauj
district of Uttar Pradesh. "Acting on a tip-off, we raided the
flour mill in Khanderevar village of Kannauj on Thursday late night
and recovered a sack containing bombs, firearm and cartridges," said
Deputy Superintendent of Police, S.P. Mishra. The owner of the flour
mill was also arrested.
Forensic experts have determined that
an e-mail claim of responsibility for the November 26 Mumbai terror
attacks issued by the unknown terror group Deccan Mujahideen was first
generated on a computer located in Pakistan. Based on studies of the
internet protocol addresses used to send the mail, computer specialists
at India's external intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing
found that the Russia-based e-mail address account was opened by a computer
user based in Pakistan.
November 30: The Karnataka Police has
constituted a 750-strong comprehensive police wing to tackle all aspects
of anti-national activities, including terrorism and Naxalism. The special
unit, which is stated to have received formal approval from Chief Minister
B.S. Yeddyurappa and Minister for Home V.S. Acharya, will have various
components, including a section devoted to intelligence gathering and
preventive measures, a large strike force and a section to investigate
the cases. It will be a fully trained and professional force, and the
State Government has also approved a scheme to put the strike force
segment of the special wing through training in some of the Defence
The Intelligence Bureau sounded a fresh
alert to Delhi Police asking them to step up security at vital installations
in the national capital after an email, which police sources said was
signed by the "Deccan Mujahideen", warned of a repeat of the Mumbai
terrorist attack at Indira Gandhi International Airport and the three
major railway stations.
The Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil,
resigned owning moral responsibility for failure to prevent the Mumbai
terrorist attacks. Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram was named as
December 1: The High Commissioner of
Pakistan in India, Shahid Malik, was called to the Ministry of External
Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi and served a demarche which asked Islamabad
to take "strong action" against those responsible for the Mumbai terrorist
attacks. Malik was informed that the Mumbai attacks were carried out
by elements in Pakistan and told that Islamabad’s actions "needed to
match the sentiments expressed by its leadership that it wishes to have
a qualitatively new relationship with India," said MEA spokesperson
Soon after the MEA served the demarche
to Pakistan's envoy, Islamabad responded in a similar manner. Pakistan
Foreign Secretary, Salman Bashir, summoned Indian High Commissioner,
Satyabrata Pal, in Islamabad to give a "response" to the Indian demarche,
rejecting New Delhi's contention.
The US Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice asked for full cooperation from Pakistan with the investigation
into the Mumbai terrorist attacks, saying they represented a "critical
moment" in the new civilian Government's efforts to wrest control of
Pakistan's security services. Rice said she did not want to "jump to
conclusions", but made it clear during a visit to London on December
1 that she expected Islamabad would have to answer for the attacks.
At least 14 youths were abducted by
the NSCN-IM cadres from the Ninu village under Wakka circle of Tirap
District of Arunachal Pradesh in November 2008, as part of its ongoing
recruitment drive. The report added that a local man of Ninu
village, suspected to be a NSCN-IM cadre, had recruited 16 youths from
the village, besides two from Longsom area, three from Bera area and
one from Konsa area in the District, with a target to recruit 50 youths
from Khonsa, Longding and Kanubari circles.
December 2: A four-member squad of Thrissur
District police arrested two National Development Front (NDF) cadres,
identified as Pappali Thechalveettil Naushad and Thekkekattil Majeed,
at Mangalamkunnu near Thrissur in Kerala.
India has asked Pakistan to take action
against three terrorists identified as Mohammed Hafiz Saeed, the founder
chief of LeT, the Mumbai underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, believed to
be living in Pakistan, and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood
Azhar, a Pakistan national freed from an Indian prison in exchange for
passengers on a hijacked Indian Airlines plane in December 1999. Official
sources said Saeed is one of three individuals in a list of 20 against
whom India demanded immediate action by Pakistan.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor
confirmed that the 10 terrorists who were involved in the multiple terrorist
attacks had sailed in a merchant vessel from Karachi in Pakistan on
the high seas, before boarding a hijacked fishing boat named Kuber.
After being closer to Mumbai, the group left the trawler and took an
inflatable rubber dinghy, and landed at Budhwar Park near Cuffe Parade.
Each group carried timer-controlled improvised explosive devices and
each of the terrorists was armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and
a pistol, said the Police
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.
December 3: A suspected terrorist involved
in the May 18, 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, identified as Vikar Ahmed,
and his accomplice, identified as Amjad, and two others escaped after
open firing at a three member police team, who tried to arrest them
near the crowded Indira Seva Sadan cross road in the Santoshnagar area
of Hyderabad, capital of Andhra Pradesh.
Eight kilograms of RDX, fitted with
a timer, was recovered by the bomb squad near the Chhatrapati Shivaji
Terminus (CST) in Mumbai. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime),
Rakesh Maria, said the explosives were in two sets -one of four kilogram
Defence Minister A.K. Antony warned
the armed forces of possible terrorist attacks from airborne platforms
similar to the ‘9/11’ attacks in the US, at a meeting with the three
services chiefs and defence officials in New Delhi. Antony, sources
said, worked out measures with the armed forces for tightening security
and vigil along the LoC to prevent infiltration of terrorists through
land, as "Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) is known to be an important
area for recruitment and training of terrorists."
Airports in Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai
was put on a high security alert in the wake of intelligence warnings
that terrorists of Pakistan or Afghanistan origin may strike these airports
by this weekend ahead of the anniversary of demolition of Babri mosque.
India issued a strict warning to Pakistan
that it was "determined to take strongest" possible steps
to ensure that there was no repetition of incidents like the Mumbai
terrorist attacks. "We are determined to take the strongest possible
measures to ensure that there is no repetition of such acts," said
External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee "We expect Pakistan
to honour its solemn commitments not to permit the use of its territory
for terrorism against India," Mukherjee added.
India has blamed the Pakistan-based
LeT for the Mumbai attacks. Besides seeking "strong action"
against "elements from Pakistan" linked to the attacks, New
Delhi has asked Islamabad to hand over 20 most wanted criminals and
terrorists, including LeT chief Hafiz Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, which was
rejected by Pakistan.
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.
Six boats, some with bullet marks and
blood stains, were found abandoned off Rameswaram and Nagapattinam coasts.
"If it is one or two boats, it is okay. But how can so many boats drift
to the shore. It appears to be a case of infiltration," an unnamed top
official of Tamil Nadu Police said.
December 5: The Kolkata Police arrested
two more terrorists, identified as Tausif Rehman and Mukhtar Ahmed,
from different locations in connection with the November 26 Mumbai multiple
terrorist attack. While Tausif was arrested from West Bengal,
Mukhtar, who was a constable in Jammu and Kashmir Police, was arrested
from the same State. Both Tausif and Mukhtar were reportedly linked
to the SIM cards used by the terrorists who attacked Mumbai.
Three more abandoned boats were found
drifting in the coast raising suspicion among officials that the LTTE
militants were sneaking into Tamil Nadu. The boats found abandoned were
located at Arichalmunai, Erandam and Moondram theedai.
The Government asked the Navy and Coast
Guard to scan the 1200-odd uninhabited islands scattered across the
Indian maritime. The Government suspects that the Pakistan-based terrorist
outfits, LeT and JeM, could have their marine jihadi bases in
those islands and from there the militants are sent to the mainland.
December 7: The Observer,
a London based newspaper, reported that it had established that Mohammad
Ajmal Amir, the terrorist arrested during the Mumbai attacks, came from
Faridkot village in the Okara District of Pakistan. The report indicated
that the he is the son of Mohammed Amir Iman, contradicting Pakistani
denials that its nationals were involved in the Mumbai terrorist attacks.
The British newspaper said its investigation had confirmed that Ajmal
Amir had lived in the village but had been away for about four years,
returning once a year to meet his family.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
has said that the Pakistani establishment has had historic ties with
the LeT in an interview to CNN. Rice said that LeT was not only involved
in the Mumbai attacks but also moved in "the same circles" as al Qaeda.
December 8: Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister
Jarbom Gamlin said that a State-level core group was constituted for
proper co-ordination between the administration, army and other intelligence
agencies to flush out militants operating in the State and foil attacks
by jihadi elements. The decision was taken to flush out NSCN and Ulfa
militants operating in Tirap, Changlang and Lohit districts of the state,
bordering Myanmar, Nagaland and Assam.
December 9: The Mumbai Police released
the identification of nine terrorists, who were involved in the November
26 multiple terrorist attacks. All of them hailed from Pakistan.
An unidentified official said the information is based on the interrogation
of the arrested terrorist Mohammad Ajmal Amir.
The Kerala Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan
said in Malappuram that the Government plans to 5000 recruit more Police
personnel. He said the Police will make full use of modern technology
and will equip to meet any terrorist threat. The proposed Indian Reserve
Battalion would have its headquarters at Pandikkad in the Malappuram
Security agencies investigating the
multiple terrorist attacks in Mumbai said that payments for a voice-over-Internet
protocol (VOIP) service used by the terrorists were made from Karachi.
Investigators have found that an unidentified individual using false
identification papers, made a payment of $ 290 to the VOIP service (Vox
Phone) through an office of the Western Union money-transfer in Karachi.
The Government urged the United Nations
Security Council (UNSC) to declare the Jama’at-ud-Da’awa, a front organisation
of the Pakistan-based LeT, as a terrorist outfit.
December 10: The interrogation of Mohammad
Ajmal Amir Iman, the only terrorist arrested during the Mumbai multiple
terrorist attacks, has revealed the names of those who trained the terrorists,
Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Rakesh Maria, told journalists.
While LeT operatives Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, Abu Hamza, Kahfa and Hafiz
Saeed were among the trainers, the Police are still verifying the details
of others, Maria added. He also said the training was imparted under
the LeT banner and Ajmal was "quite clear that it [the attack] was a
LeT operation." Police have registered 12 offences against Ajmal
in connection with the attacks.
December 11: Mohammad Ajmal Amir Iman,
the LeT cadre arrested during the multiple terrorist attacks in Mumbai
on November 26, was remanded to police custody till December 24 in the
case of killing of ATS chief, Hemant Karkare, senior Inspector Vijay
Salaskar and Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Khamte.
To check the terrorist threat from sea,
the Directorate-General of Shipping (DGS) said the Government is planning
to track smaller ships within 1,000 nautical miles using satellites.
The facility, called Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT),
is to be set up at the DGS headquarters in Mumbai. In collaboration
with the Indian Space Research Organisation, the LRIT would be operational
in a few months.
Addressing the Lok Sabha (Lower
house of Parliament), Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said the Government
would introduce a set of Bills to strengthen the legal provisions on
prevention, investigation, prosecution and punishment of terrorist acts.
One Bill pertains to the setting up of a National Investigation Agency
and another to an amendment to the Money Laundering Prevention Act,
2002. The Home Minister also said the Government has decided to locate
NSG units in a few regional hubs. Other decisions include the raising
of India Reserve Battalions in a number of States with Central assistance
and setting up of 20 counter-insurgency and anti-terrorism schools in
different parts of the country for training commando units of the State
police. The Government has also decided to create a Coastal Command
for supervision and coordination of 7,500 Kilometers coastline and maritime
December 12: Two United National Liberation
Front (UNLF) cadres, Tokchom Rajen Singh and Hemam Raju Kumar Singh,
were arrested by a joint force of the Manipur Police, Bangalore Police
and Military Intelligence from Bangalore, capital of Karnataka.
One LeT militant, identified as Faheem
Ansari, who was arrested in connection with the terrorist attack at
the Central Reserve Police Force camp in Rampur in Uttar Pradesh on
December 31, 2007, was sent to Mumbai Police custody in a transit remand
by a Rampur court.
December 14: The CBI has reopened investigations
into the 2006 Nanded blast. The decision was taken after some leads
emerged during the investigations into the Malegaon blast case in which
11 people have been arrested.
Hyderabad, capital of Andhra Pradesh,
is emerging as the hub of a new generation of home-grown Indian extremists
who are recruited by an underground jihadi network by exploiting
"sectarian tensions" in the city, reported Sunday Telegraph,
a British newspaper quoting Indian Police sources. The report
claimed that the police accused two local movements Darsgah Jihad-o-Shahadath
and Tehreek Tahfooz Shaer-e-Islam of acting as "feeder" groups
for militants seeking to recruit jihadi.
December 15: The Union Cabinet approved
the proposal for setting up a National Investigation Agency (NIA) and
also decided to amend the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967,
to arm itself with new tough anti-terror laws and create a machinery
to probe terrorism-related crimes. The NIA is expected to have powers
to suo motu take up cases related to terrorist violence. The
Cabinet also approved a proposal to amend the Central Industrial Security
Force (CISF) Act.
December 16: The MCOCA court remanded
Malegaon blast case suspect, identified as Ajay Rahirkar, to Police
custody till December 20 in connection with the September 29 Malegaon
The Government introduced two Bills
in the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament): one to set up a National
Investigation Agency (NIA) and the other Unlawful Activities (Prevention)
Amendment Bill, 2008. The NIA, in a concurrent jurisdiction framework,
will take up cases under specific Acts for investigation. It will have
provisions for setting up of special courts which will have hearings
on a day-to-day basis. A case pending in a special court can be transferred
to any such court. It empowers the Central Government to decide what
constitutes terror and investigate such attacks in any part of the country
covering offences, including challenge to country’s sovereignty and
integrity, bomb blasts, hijacking of aircraft and ships and attacks
on nuclear facilities. NIA officers above the rank of sub-inspector
will have special powers to pursue and investigate any terror offence.
The amendment bill, among other aspects, has deterrent provisions such
as detention without bail for up to 180 days and the enhanced penalty
of life imprisonment for those involved in terrorism.
The Coastal Security Group plans to
set up additional check-posts and out-posts along the 38 kilometres
long coast of the Pudukottai District in Tamil Nadu to ensure tighter
vigil and better security.
December 17: The Union Home Minister
P. Chidambaram said in Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament) that
the Salwa Judum (an anti-Maoist vigilante movement) backed by the Chhattisgarh
Government could not perform the duties of law and order in the CPI-Maoist
Pakistan's High Commissioner in New
Delhi, Shahid Malik, said during a TV interview that the Jaish-e-Mohammed
chief Maulana Masood Azhar is not under house arrest.
The Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament)
passed the National Investigation Agency Bill, 2008, and the Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act Amendment Bill, 2008, by a voice vote.
The Union Government disclosed that
the perpetrators of all recent terror bombings including those allegedly
carried out by locals had links with Pakistan’s ISI.
In its first charge-sheet in the case
relating to the September 13, 2008 Delhi serial blasts, the Delhi Police
said the Indian Mujahideen (IM) was responsible for the attacks across
the country, and it has three wings named as Sahabuddin Brigade (for
attacks in south India), Mohammad Gaznavi Brigade (for attacks in north
India) and Shaheed-Al-Zarkavi Brigade (for attacks on VVIPs). Atif Ameen,
who was killed in the Jamia Nagar encounter in Delhi, headed the Gaznavi
group. The Shaheed-Al-Zarkavi is reported to be the Fidayeen
(suicide squad), group, members of which are still at large. The charge-sheet
said that the IM, responsible for blasts in Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad
and Uttar Pradesh, has links with escaped terrorists who are operating
December 18: The Mumbai Police took
custody of LeT militants, identified as Fahim Ansari and Mohammad Sabahuddin,
till December 31 in connection with the Mumbai multiple terrorist attacks
of November 26. Ansari had reportedly carried out recces of locations
in Mumbai, which included the Gateway of India area and the Trident-Oberoi
Parliament gave its approval for the
setting up of a National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Amendment (UAPA) Bill, 2008.
The Subsidiary Intelligence Branch (SIB)
of West Bengal said that an eight-member team, including HuJI terrorists
from Pakistan and KLO cadres, has sneaked into the State through the
Bangladesh border. Two HuJI leaders from Pakistan, Alimuddin Quraishi
and Jaimuddin Ali, apparently led the group from Ranisankhoil to help
them cross the border.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA),
reports that at least 43 mobile phone towers were destroyed in six states,
i.e. Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and
Orissa by the CPI-Maoist till November 2008.
December 19: The Kerala Home Minister
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told presspersons in capital Thiruvananthapuram
that 66 Police Stations in coastal areas would be equipped to strengthen
its coastal security in collaboration with fishermen, in view of the
increased threats from terrorists. The first coastal Police station
would start functioning at Neendakara in Kollam District soon.
December 20: The Kannur Police during
a search operation recovered four powerful locally-made bombs from a
plot at Kavumbhagam near Thalassery.
The Kannur Police also arrested a militant,
identified as Sheneej, from Anayidukku for suspected links to a gang
recruiting cadres from Kerala for terrorist outfits in Jammu and Kashmir.
Nine persons have so far been arrested from Kerala for suspected links
with terrorist outfits in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Maharashtra ATS arrested a SIMI
cadre, identified as Amir Talha from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, from
platform number three at Nagpur station. One .32mm pistol and five bullets
were recovered from his possession. Talha, who was reportedly in close
touch with the IM that executed the serial blasts in New Delhi on September
13, was produced before a Nagpur court and has been remanded in Police
custody till January 3, 2009.
December 21: The lone arrested LeT militant
involved in the November 26 multiple terrorist attacks, Mohammad Ajmal
Amir alias Ajmal Kasab, was interrogated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) officials for over nine hours in Mumbai.
Quick Reaction Teams (QRT) of the Indian
Army and Indian Air Force (IAF) were deployed to step up security along
the borders in the Western sector in Rajasthan. These measures were
taken following reports that Pakistan has deployed its forces along
its border. Additional hangars and runways have also reportedly been
prepared and all the radars have been put on high alert to keep a watch
on any suspected movements along the border.
Government took a host of measures,
including acquisition of ships, installation of radars and setting up
of new coast guard stations, to strengthen security of coastal areas
in a high-level meeting to review the security of coastal areas in New
Delhi. Besides the Coast Guard, which have a fleet of 70 small and big
vessels, was allowed to lease and hire ships from the global market.
It was also decided during the meeting to set up nine coast guard stations
in addition to the existing 13 for better coverage of the country''s
7,500 km-long coastline.
December 22: The Maharashtra ATS interrogated
three more Army personnel in the September 29 Malegaon blast case in
The Union Government decided to establish
new bases of the counter-terror force NSG in four metropolitan cities
- Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad.
December 23: The Union Government said
insurgent groups in the northeastern States receive logistics support
and training from the ISI, Pakistan’s external intelligence agency.
The Parliament passed the Information
Technology (Amendment) Bill that provides for imprisonment, which could
extend to life term, for those indulging in cyber terrorism with the
intent of threatening the unity, integrity, security or sovereignty
of the country or striking terror in the people.
The United States of America reportedly
endorsed the evidence gathered by Indian agencies about the involvement
of Pakistani state actors in the multiple terrorist attacks in Mumbai.
Top US intelligence official John Michel McConell is learnt to have
expressed complete satisfaction with the strength of India's case against
Pakistan based on FBI’s examination of call records of satellite and
cellular phones used by Mumbai attackers and their Pakistan-based handlers.
McConell confirmed that one of the numbers logged on the satellite phone,
belonged to a known LeT terrorist identified as Abu Al Qama.
December 25: An Indian national,
P. Vasu alias Simon of Brahmagundam in the Villupuram District
of Tamil Nadu, has been abducted by the Taliban militants in Afghanistan.
Vasu reportedly went to Afghanistan 11 months ago to work with an Italian
company. The abductors had allegedly demanded a ransom of $ 350,000
to be paid in the next couple of days. Simon was kidnapped along with
at least two more workers of the company, believed to be Nepal nationals,
at Herath in Afghanistan on October 13.
December 26: Intelligence sources reported
that the ISI, Pakistan’s external intelligence, was planning to explode
bombs in major towns of West Bengal including the capital Kolkata. Sources
in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) indicated that a group of
HuJI terrorists has made repeated attempts to enter India recently from
Bangladesh. "There is a possibility that some HuJI terrorists have already
crossed over with arms and ammunition and are heading to team up with
Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), Indian insurgent group, to carry
out lethal terror strikes in West Bengal during end-December and early
January," sources said.
December 27: A trial court in Jabalpur
in Madhya Pradesh convicted nine cadres of the banned SIMI to two years
imprisonment and imposed a fine of INR 500 on each for promoting communal
hatred. Police had arrested them in July 2006 for their alleged links
with the SIMI and booked them under various sections of the India Penal
Code, mostly dealing with treason.
December 28: The Tamil
Nadu Police arrested an alleged supplier of explosives to the LTTE,
Amir Anthony Paranthaman of Vavuniya (Sri Lanka), near Tambaram bus
stand in capital Chennai and seized 500 kilograms of ammonium nitrate,
eight Global Positioning System devices, three satellite phones and
two Global System for Mobile repeater sets from his possession.
December 29: The Additional
Sessions Judge of Mumbai, R.G. Avachat, extended the judicial custody
of 11 Malegaon blast suspects till January 6, 2009.
December 30: A 30-year-old
Sri Lankan national was arrested in Chennai by Police on charges of
attempting to smuggle communication equipments to the LTTE. The youth,
identified as Dileepan, was arrested along with three satellite phones
meant for the LTTE.
The Maharashtra ATS arrested
a cadre of the IM, identified as Hussain Shabbir Meheruddin Gangavli,
in Pune. A resident of Karnataka, he was arrested for possession
of fake currency, said ATS chief K.P. Raghuvanshi, adding "So far
no link with IM has emerged. He is being questioned."
Mumbai Police said that
Imran Shehzad alias Ajay of PoK, who was allegedly involved in
the attack on the Central Reserve Police Force camp at Rampur in Uttar
Pradesh (UP) on January 1, 2008 is suspected of have given logistical
support to the Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Iman alias Kasab
in the November 26 Mumbai attack.
Maharashtra Chief Minister
Ashok Chavan announced a two-member panel, headed by ex-Arunachal Pradesh
Governor R.D. Pradhan, to probe the November 26 Mumbai multiple terrorist
attacks. The committee will submit its report within two months and
the committee had the power to summon any officer for the investigation,
Chavan told reporters.
December 31: The US Technological
Intelligence Unit has reportedly alerted Indian security agencies about
a possibility of the Lashkar-e-Toiba carrying out an airborne attack
on the Indian Naval Ship (INS) Viraat. The aircraft career Viraat is
currently undergoing repairs at the Cochin shipyard in Kerala, where
its security cover has been beefed up after the alert.
The Mumbai Police booked
Mohammed Ajmal Amir Iman alias Kasab, the lone terrorist arrested
during the November 26 multiple terrorist attacks, under Customs Act,
Foreigners Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in addition
to sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Two LeT operatives, Fahim
Ansari and Mohammad Sabahuddin, were remanded to judicial custody till
January 12, 2009 in connection with the multiple terrorist attacks in
The authorities received
three e-mail threats from the Deccan Mujahideen outfit to attack the
celebration of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (Indian Diaspora Day) scheduled
to be held in Chennai from January 7-9, 2009. The emails were traced
to Saudi Arabia. The threats against the celebration were sent using
an e-mail identity, email@example.com.
President of India Pratibha
Devisingh Patil gave her assent to the National Investigation Agency
(NIA) Bill and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment (UAPA)
Bill in New Delhi.
The year-end review report published
by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stated that "the CPI-Maoist
violence during the year 2008 remained at the same level as compared
to last year in terms of number of incidents and casualties of Security
Forces. Till November, the number of incidents of violence by Maoists
and Police/civilian casualties were 1,435 and 658 as compared to 1,420
and 636 for the corresponding period of the year 2007." The report
also said over INR 600 million has been released to eight focus Districts
of the country - Gaya and Aurangabad in Bihar, Dantewada and Bijapur
in Chhattisgarh, Khammam in Andhra Pradesh, Malkangiri and Raigarh in
Orissa and Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh – under the Special Infrastructure
Scheme in affected States.
The CPI-Maoist for the first time confessed
that they are using children in their ‘Army schools’ and using them
as "ears and eyes" of the revolutionaries. A booklet of Maoist publication,
‘Salwa Julum and its Aftermath’, said, "They (the children) learn
to read and write, sing revolutionary songs, and often become the ears
and eyes of the party in the villages." The booklet, which has been
published by Radical Publications in Kolkata, is not freely available
but distributed among cadres and sympathisers.