India Timeline - Year 2017
In a joint operation, the AR and
Ledo Police arrested two linkmen of ULFA-I, identified as Raktim
Moran and Manab Moran from Itakhola Ledo in Tinsukia District.
According to the report, the two linkmen were sending information
to ULFA-I and were engaged in illegal coal mines of Ledo area.
Five FICNs of INR 2000 were recovered
in Demow Kachumari Pathar in Sivasagar District.
A combined team of Imphal East
District Police Commando and 21 Para (Special Force) conducted
frisking and checking at the eastern side of Top Khongnangmakhong
bridge in Imphal East District and arrested one ‘self styled captain’
of UNLF, identified as Magsatabam Gojendro Singh alias Telheiba
Two persons hailing from Kerala's
Kasaragod District were arrested near Panaji, while canvassing
for a convention of Salafi Muslims scheduled to be held in Karnataka's
Mangalore later this month, and distributing Kannada language
pamphlets which had Islamic State (IS) symbol and a message titled,
“ISIS Shaitan”. The arrested persons have been identified as Ilyas
and Abdul Nazir. According to Police sources, the pamphlet is
being analysed by top Police officials as the content of the pamphlet
canvasses for a convention of Salafi Muslims due to be held in
Mangalore from January 9-16. Police is also checking the mobile
number mentioned on these pamphlets. "They have been booked
under sections 107 (breach of peace) and 151 (preventive arrest)
of the Criminal Procedure Code. They have been sent for medical
examination at the Goa Medical College”, Police official said.
The producers of an upcoming film
have filed a complaint alleging that they have been receiving
threat calls from Dawood Ibrahim. According to the Police complaint,
the producers have been receiving threat calls for the past 10
days. The complaint registered at the Parliament Street Police
Station (New Delhi) said that since January 1, the producers had
received five calls from a Pakistan-based mobile number.
Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat
said that dynamics of terrorism is constantly changing, and that
Army must think ahead in that direction. "The fact that terrorists
infiltrating from adversary's side means that they are getting
support from them (Pakistani forces)," the Army Chief said.
"We also have to think ahead, and ball has already rolling
in that direction," he further added.
On surgical strikes, Rawat said
that it was well though through operation and India has sent across
a message with the strikes that attacks won't be tolerated. He
further said Indian Army will not shy away from a second surgical
strike if peace in the region is disrupted. The Army Chief also
lauded the soldiers and officers who serve in the most challenging
terrains, including those who have fought insurgency.
A top operative of the Bangladesh-based
terrorist outfit JMB, Mohammad Mosiuddin alias Musa has
revealed that Islamic State (IS) is planning to carry out terror
attacks in the eastern part of the country. Mosiuddin claimed
that the IS want to establish an Islamic caliphate in India. The
SFs and the intelligence agencies are now verifying the possibility
of an IS attack from the east following the interrogation of Musa.
During his interrogation, Musa has made revelations that terror
groups now aim at targeting foreigners at Kolkata's Mother House
and lone wolf attacks on foreign tourists in Srinagar (Jammu and
The UAE Government had seized
properties of Dawood Ibrahim worth INR 150 billion. Earlier in
the day, Indian UHM Rajnath Singh had stated that the Government
is continuing efforts to bring back Dawood Ibrahim, However, even
last year the UHM had asserted that India’s most wanted mafia
would soon be arrested and brought back to the country.
The slogans 'ISIS coming soon'
were found painted on Mata Mansa Devi temple walls in Dharampur
town of Solan District in Himachal Pradesh located on the Kalka-Shmla
highway. A case has been registered by the local Police against
unidentified persons. The IB officials visited the spot and were
keeping an eye on the possible ISIS sympathiser in the area. The
slogans painted in red colour, possibly with the help of a stencil,
have been blackened by the local police following the panic spread
by the writings. Confirming the development, Superintendent of
Police, Solan, Anjum Ara, who also visited the spot, said the
Police was investigating the case and will soon arrest the people
involved in the mischief. "I cannot reveal the information
at this stage as it is very sensitive. A forensic examination
had been conducted and the report is awaited. The investigation
is on," Anjum Ara told. Sources said the intelligence agencies
were keeping an eye on migrant labourers besides suspicious people.
Dharampur is surrounded by sensitive Army cantonments and the
authorities do not want to take any chances.
Mohammad Faheem Ansari, LeT operative,
is being tried for his role in the 2007 attack on CRPF camp in
Rampur, (Uttar Pradesh) visited Pakistan and obtained a passport
there on fake papers, Manpreet Singh Vohra, the then Deputy High
Commissioner at Indian High Commission in Pakistan, told the court
of additional district and sessions judge. Vohra, who is now Ambassador
to Afghanistan, said he obtained this information with officials
in Pakistan at that time. Public Prosecutor Dalwinder Singh told
the court that Pakistan’s ISI had helped Ansari get the passport.
Additional District Government
Counsel Dalwinder Singh said, “Manpreet Singh Vohra had carried
out the investigation into a Pakistani passport recovered from
Faheem Ansari at the time of his arrest by the ATS and the sleuths
of the special task force on February 10, 2008. At that time,
Vohra was the deputy high commissioner of India in Islamabad.”
According to Singh, after the
Mumbai attack, both India and Pakistan governments had exchanged
the information through dossiers where it was revealed that Faheem
Ansari had managed to get the Pakistani passport on fake identities.
Ansari had been earlier accused of conducting reconnaissance for
the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008 but was subsequently acquitted
of those charges.
Several Naxal groups
in Jharkhand were reported to have incurred losses to the tune
of INR 800 million said a top Police officer at Ranchi
District. The Naxal groups are desperate ever since
the Narendra Modi-led Government had decided to demonetize INR
500 and 1000 currency notes from the midnight of November 8, 2016,
which had an adverse impact on the activities of Naxal
groups in the State, said the ADG, Jharkhand, R K Mallick.
Quoting an intelligence report, he added, at least INR 800
million cash of the Naxal groups
has thus been destroyed due to demonetisation. The Naxal outfits
have weakened as their major economic system was destroyed post-demonetisation,
which prompted the Naxals to indulge in looting
cash in desperation, going against the Maoist ideology, Mallick
claimed. However, the State Police was prepared to foil all their
nefarious design, he said.
Police have received evidence
that the CPI-Maoist, with the support of tribal people, took control
of forest land, along Kerala and Tamil Nadu border, by cutting
down hundreds of trees. A series of video clip, released by Police,
show that the armed CPI-Maoist and tribal people are jointly removing
trees in forest and installing CPI-Maoist flag in the area. Police
suspect that the area shown in the video is Agali forest region
of Palakkad District. According to Police, the visuals were recovered
from the digital documents that were seized after the recent Police
encounter with CPI-Maoist in Nilambur forest in which two CPI-Maoist
leaders, Kuppu Devaraj and Ajitha, were killed.
A self styled ‘platoon commander’
and a cadre of the NDFB-IKS, identified as Danial Muchahary and
Rahen Muchahary were arrested after an encounter with a joint
team comprising the Police and the Army from Lawdangi area under
Dhekiajuli Police station in Sonitpur District. Police recovered
one 7.65 pistol, three round live cartridges, three mobile phones
along with six SIM cards from the militants. Police sources said
that Danial was the self styled ‘platoon commander’ of NDFB –IKS
of ‘38 battalion’ of the outfit.
A suspected Bangladeshi citizen,
identified as Sohail Ahmed alias Omar Nasser Saju was arrested
by Cachar District Police at Sadhinbazar area in Cachar District.
However, in a reply to a question about Sohail’s link with terrorist
outfit JMB and also about his possible links behind the Holey
Artisan Bakery in Gulshan Police Station of Dhaka, the Police
said that nothing conclusive could be arrived at so far and they
were investigating all possible angles.
A militant of PREPAK-Pro, identified
as Kangjam Premananda (40) was arrested by a team of Imphal West
District Police at Thangmeiband Hijam Leikai in Imphal West District.
Two hand grenade and two mobile phones were recovered from the
arrested militant. According to the Police sources, the hand grenades
were meant to be exploded at MPSC office and also at the residences
of some of its top officials and the militant was operating under
one Lamtakpa alias Langamba of PREPAK-Pro.
A Chinese hand grenade was recovered
by Imphal West District Police at Suraj Paint Centre at Nagamapal
in Imphal West District. No one has claimed responsibility for
the act so far.
Self styled ‘chairman’ Helun Haokip
of the militant outfit, KNLF, announced that his ‘organisation’
KNLF had been merged with another militant group, the UKLF.
The Court of CJM, Imphal East
District remanded the UNC President Gaidon Kamei and Information
Secretary Shangkhel Stephen to Police custody till January 11.
Three militant outfits of North
East, KLO, NLFT and PDCK had set March 31 as ‘deadline’ for ‘Hindi
speakers’ and Bengalis to ‘quit Kamatapur, Karbi-Longri and Tripura’
in an statement. The statement was signed by KLO ‘chairman’ Jiban
Singh Koch, NLFT ‘organising secretary’ Seng-phul Borok and PDCK
‘chairman’ JK Lijang. The statement also condemned the killing
of suspected NDFB-IKS, Ratna Narzary of Khunguri village of Chirang
District on December 29 by SFs. According to the report, all these
three militant groups are mentored by the NSCN-K and ULFA-I.
One civilian, identified as Athari
Samson (54) and an AR trooper, identified as Bhupal Singh (42)
were killed in an encounter with suspected militants at Khunthak
village of Kasom Khullen sub-division in Kamjong District. Troops
of 27 AR were going on foot for an operation when they were attacked
by militants who opened indiscriminate fire at around 10.30 am.
The AR troops too retaliated. The encounter left one AR trooper
and another man dead.
A team of Imphal West District
Police arrested a militant of KCP, identified as Akoijam Khamba
Singh (45) from Bamon Kampu Mayai Leikai in Imphal East District.
Three hand grenades, four detonators and a .32 pistol along with
2 live rounds were recovered from his possession. According to
Police he joined the outfit in 2008.
The probe carried out by NIA into
the January 2, 2016 Pathankot attack finds out that JeM had plans
to attack a local police station too. An intermittent delay in
reaching the Pathankot Air Force in Punjab had almost prompted
JeM to change their plans and attack a local Police Station instead
of the air force base. The information is part of several other
conversations, accessed by NIA, which took place between the JeM
attackers and their handlers based in Pakistan. The conversations
also include chats which took place during and after the attack
between JeM handlers and other individuals based in Pakistan.
According to the probe conducted
by NIA, four attackers, who belonged to Pakistan based JeM, grew
weary due to a delay and had spoken about their concern to Kashif
Jan, a senior JeM member through a telephonic conversation. The
attackers, all of whom were Pakistani nationals, had made calls
to their handler to update him about their movement once they
had crossed the border. At around 3.31 am on January 1, 2016 the
handler, identified as Kashif, referred as Ustadji by the attackers,
made a call on a phone which the attackers had snatched from Ikagar
Singh, a taxi driver who was killed by the Pakistani nationals.
A CPI-Maoist ‘area commander’
carrying a reward of INR 1.5 million on his head and wanted in
three States was shot dead in an encounter with Police and CRPF
at the Ramtandi forest under Ghorabandha Police Station in Ghatshila
sub-division of East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. Supai Tudu,
an ‘area commander’ of a faction of the CPI-Maoist, was found
dead after an exchange of fire between security personnel and
the Maoists. Tudu’s wife, Sonali Tudu, was arrested at the site
after the incident.
A DRG jawan was injured in an
exchange of fire with CPI-Maoist cadres in Bijapur District of
Chhattisgarh. The incident occurred in evening in Basaguda Police
Station area when a joint team of SFs was out on a anti-Naxal operation.
A composite squad of DRG, STF and CoBRA had launched the operation
to the interiors of Basaguda, around 450 kilometres away from
Raipur, Police said. While the SFs were cordoning off a forested
patch close to Tarrem area, they came under heavy fire from a
group of ultras that led to the gun-battle. "A DRG jawan
sustained bullet injuries on his leg in the incident. However,
ultras soon escaped from the spot," the Police added.
A LeT militant identified as Abu
Umar Khitab of Pakistan was killed in an encounter with SFs in
Sopore area in Baramulla District. SFs had laid an ambush at Haritar
in Sopore during the intervening night following information about
movement of militants through the area, a Police official said.
He said SFs on noticing suspicious movement in the wee hours challenged
the persons who opened fire. "In the retaliatory firing,
one terrorist was killed," the official said. The militant
affiliated with LeT and was active for last four years. He was
believed to part of the militant group, which escaped from the
SFs cordon several times last month in Hajjan area of North
Kashmir. Sources said that the militant was operating in Sopore,
Hajin, Gunde Jehanghir and Shah Gund areas of North Kashmir and
SFs were tracking his movement for long. They said one AK 47 rifle,
one hand grenade, three magazines, 70 AK ammunition rounds, one
I-com set, one compass, one bag and one torch was recovered from
A CRPF ASI was critically injured
in a militant attack in Murran Chowk in Pulwama town in Pulwama
District. The ASI identified as BN Thakur was hit by a bullet
in his back and was shifted to army hospital for treatment. The
firing caused panic in the township and senior Police and CRPF
officers reached the spot immediately cordoned off the area and
searches were conducted in the area but the militants managed
to flee after carrying out the attack.
A search operation was launched
by SFs in Kuta Satri forest area of Bandipora District, following
an input about the presence of militants. The operation was, however,
later called off due to heavy snowfall.
Investigating Officers of nine
Police Stations of Kashmir valley are yet to recover, 63 rifles
and 186 magazines looted by the militants and mob from 16 different
locations, despite lapse of considerable period of time. According
to the official data provided by the Home Department in the Legislative
Assembly, 16 incidents of looting/snatching of rifles and magazines
besides huge number of rounds took place under the jurisdiction
of nine Police Stations in Kashmir valley during the period between
January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Of these incidents, maximum
four incidents took place under the jurisdiction of DH Pora Police
Station followed by Pulwama (three) and Kulgam and Shopian (two
each). The other incidents took place under the jurisdiction of
Batamaloo, Anantnag, Dooru, Chadoora and Budgam Police Stations.
Giving gist of the cases, the Home Department said that in some
cases the militants fired upon the Police personnel deployed in
the general areas and decamped with their service rifles after
killing them while as in other cases they attached the Police
deployed for the security of political workers and looted their
service rifles after eliminating or injuring them. In some other
cases the militants even entered the guarded places and snatched
rifles, magazines and rounds from the Police. The incidents of
militants forcibly snatching the weapons from the Police without
harming them physically were also reported from some parts of
According to the official data,
five incidents of mob attacking guard posts and decamping with
the weapons and arms during the period of unrest in Kashmir valley
were reported from five different places. In all these 16 incidents
of weapon looting, FIR under different sections of RPC and Arms
Act were registered but till date no major headway has been made
by the concerned Police Stations as a result of which neither
the accused could be arrested nor looted weapons recovered. AK-47s,
SLRs, INSAS Rifles, Pistols and Carbines were among the weapons
looted by the militants and mob, the Home Department said in reply
to the question of independent MLA, Er Abdul Rashid. According
to the data, a total of 2690 cases of stone pelting were also
registered during the period between January 1, 2016 and December
31, 2016. The maximum cases were registered in Sopore (492) followed
by Srinagar (339) and Baramulla (318). The other stone pelting
incidents were reported from Ganderbal (65), Budgam (163), Anantnag
(271), Shopian (173), Pulwama (143), Kulgam (167), Awantipora
(121), Bandipora (109), Kupwara (218) and Handwara (111).
In reply to question of Hakeem
Mohammad Yaseen, the Minister Incharge Home said that during the
recent unrest 2632 FIRs were registered and almost all are still
under investigation. “Besides, 463 persons were detained under
Public Safety Act out of which 145 were released and presently
318 are under detention”, the Minister added.
Replying to question of NC MLA,
Mubarak Gul, the Government said that a total of 59 youths joined
militant ranks after the killing of HM militant Burhan Wani in
an encounter with Security Forces on July 8 last year. “As reported
by CID Headquarters, 59 youth have joined militant ranks after
8th July, 2016”, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said in a written
reply, adding the Government has notified a Surrender Policy which
was superseded by Rehabilitation Policy to encourage the misguided
youths and militants to abjure violence and accept the integrity
of India and the Constitution.
At least 14 people were injured
when Police resorted to force while dispersing a mob picketing
Manipur Government offices in Senapati District headquarters.
The incident occurred when about 300 people gathered and marched
towards the barricades put up across the road leading to the Senapati
District Administration Office before being stopped by security
personnel. Under the aegis of UNC, the picketing of Manipur Government
Offices in Naga Districts began from midnight of December 31.
Gunfire erupted in Ukhrul District,
near the District Mini-Secretariat. According to sources, armed
gunmen exchanged fire with security personnel manning the Mini-Secretariat.
The firing which started around 9:00 pm lasted around half an
hour. Casualty is not reported so far. The persons responsible
for the firing also remain unknown till now.
In a joint operation by AR and
Tezpur Police, one suspected individual was arrested along with
arms from Barchola village in Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur District.
One AK series rifle, two magazines and 21 live rounds were recovered
from the arrestee.
One person, identified as Rajiv
Rajkhowa was arrested by Pengaree Police following a public chastisement
at Dwarmara village in Pengaree in Tinsukia District. The arrested
person, Rajiv Rajkhowa, shot a local VDP member, identified as
Umesh Rai, at his residence who narrowly escaped death. Then he
was caught by the son of the victim with the help of the villagers
and later handed him over to Pengaree Police. Local sources said
that Rajiv Rajkhowa had served an extortion letter to Rai last
year in the name of the ULFA. The Police recovered two handmade
revolvers and a writing pad belonging to the ULFA from the arrestee.
Unidentified assailants fired
at the residence of Prashanta Gogoi, President OBC wing of BJP,
located at Milan Nagar in Dibrugarh District. However, no one
was injured in the firing incident. At the time of the incident,
Prashanta Gogoi who had joined the BJP few months back was stated
to be in Guwahati for some personal work. The Police immediately
rushed to the spot and reviewed the situation. No one has been
arrested till the filing of this report.
AR arrested a Myanmar-trained
NSCN-R militant, identified as ‘self-styled corporal’ Pingwang
Kanglom in Changlang town in Changlang District. The militant
had been involved in extortion activities in the District, sources
in the paramilitary force said. A pistol and five rounds of live
ammunition were recovered from him.
A suspected Naxal was
killed in an exchange of fire with SFs in dense forest of Bijapur
District of Chhattisgarh. "The skirmish took place late in
afternoon in forest between Puvarti (Sukma District) and Kondapalli
villages under Basaguda Police Station limits of Bijapur,"
Bijapur SP, K L Dhruv said. A joint team of CoBRA – a CRPF
specialised unit, DRG and local Police had launched the Counter-Insurgency
Operation in the jungles of Basaguda and Awapalli, he said. While
SFs were cordoning off a restive pocket on Bijapur-Sukma border,
they came under heavy fire from a group of armed naxals leading
to a heavy gun-battle, the SP added. SDG (Anti-Naxal Operations),
D M Awasthi, said that the operation was “intelligence based”
and the recovery of the INSAS LMG was very significant for
the Chhattisgarh Police”.
Two members of New SPM were allegedly
killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Pathal village in Chatra District
of Jharkhand. The bodies were found near the Gaya-Chatra border
and the two men, identified as Sanjay Singh Bhokta and Vijay Singh
Bhokta, who were abducted from their house. Chatra, SP, Anjani
Jha said that a CPI-Maoist poster, in which the murderers claim
to represent the banned LWE faction, was found on the site of
the incident. A total of four shots were fired, two on each of
the victims, Jha added. Jha said, "It has been verified that
one of the victims, Sanjay Singh, was an active member of New
SPM and was involved in activities which might have led to a fight
with the Maoists." Sources indicate that the New SPM group
recently started as an offshoot of the CPI-Maoist and have been
growingly active in the last few days.
The Police Department is fortifying
24 Police Stations in the areas affected by Naxalism in
Telangana. The Government machinery in Telangana, particularly
the Police Department, is anticipating trouble from the CPI-Maoist
cadres in the coming days. New state-of-the-art Police Stations
is being constructed at a total cost of INR 500 million. Each
of these 24 Police Stations will have impenetrable fencing and
reinforced sentry points, both at the entry point and on the rooftop,
where armed Police personnel would keep guard round the clock,
sources said. Further, the Government is developing two state-of-the-art
Police Training Centers – one in Karimnagar District at
a cost of INR 480 million; and the other one at Medchal in Medchal–Malkajgiri
District, at a cost of INR 300 million where Police recruits would
be trained to be battle-ready. Also, the Government is raising
two IRBs in the State, the sources said. This being so, recruitment
has slowly begun among CPI-Maoist circles. The recruits
are being trained in what is considered a safe bastion: Chhattisgarh.
This time, the CPI- Maoist cadres will have good firepower, since
they are getting the support of CCOMPOSA, sources said. DGP, Anurag
Sharma recently said that they would not allow the Maoists to
make a comeback in the State.
SFs arrested a LeT militant from
Handwara area of North Kashmir in Kupwara District, who was planning
to carry out attack on security convoys in the area. Police said
that on specific information one LeT militant identified as Ashiq
Ahmed alias Abu Haider was arrested by Handwara
Police and 21 RR of army near Fruit Mandi crossing in Handwara
in the District. “On sustained interrogation he disclosed that
he was a close associate of Abu Bakar a LeT ‘commander’ killed
in Sopore few days back. On further discloser the arrested militant
said that in near future he was planning to attack security forces
convoy in Handwara area”, Police said. Police said that huge cache
of arms and ammunition was recovered from him. These include one
AK-47 rifle, 3 Magazines with live cartridges, one Chinese Pistol
with one Magazine, three Hand Grenades, one Magazine Pouch, one
Map and one Haversack.
IG of CRPF, Zulfikar Hassan, said
that militants take advantage of presence of common people on
NH and at times escape after carrying out the attack. Speaking
to reporters on the sidelines of a function in South Kashmir,
Hassan said that at times militants flee after carrying out an
attack on the NH by taking advantage of common people and SFs
avoid collateral damage. “The attacks on National Highway occur
many times during a year. Many-a-times we are successful in killing
those who attack. Sometimes due to presence of common people we
don’t fire because that can result in collateral damage and we
restrain ourselves. The militants sometimes take advantage of
crowd and escape”, he said. Hassan said that at times militants
manage to escape from the security but SFs make their efforts
to prevent them from fleeing. “Sometimes the stone-pelting takes
place so that militants manage to escape. But security forces,
CRPF, Jammu and Kashmir Police try not to make it successful and
sometimes we do manage to stop militants from escaping”, he said.
Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh met
President Pranab Mukherjee to discuss the UMHA report to the EC
that termed the law-and-order situation in the state as “grave”.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Singh rubbished the report
saying it “wrongly” concluded that the prevailing situation was
“not conducive” to conduct free-and-fair polls there. However,
just ahead of Ibobi’s meeting with the President, the EC declared
that the Assembly election will be held in two phases — on March
4 and 8 — in Manipur. Ibobi, later, welcomed the decision. The
CM said issues such as insurgency, blockades, strikes are not
unique to Manipur but they affect the entire north-east and that
even in 2012, the state Assembly polls were boycotted by hill
and valley-based underground organisations including the PLA and
UNC- the apex body of the Nagas
based in Manipur- said they would continue with the economic blockade
despite the announcement of Manipur assembly elections by the
EC. According to the UNC, elections cannot be held peacefully
in the Naga-inhabited areas of Manipur until the prevailing problems
are resolved. “The blockade will continue. Solving of Manipur’s
problems has to be done through dialogue between the parties in
conflict. So far, the government of Manipur has failed to respond
politically. We have no other option but to intensify the blockade,
no matter what the EC has announced regarding the polls in the
state,” K.S. Paul, former President of the UNC, said. Paul - an
active member of the UNC -said the Manipur Government has betrayed
the Nagas of Manipur. “We have been betrayed by the Manipur government,
as it did not consult us on the creation of seven new Districts
out of our ancestral land. We do not know whether the situation
will be conducive for holding free and fair elections in the Naga
areas of the state,” said Paul.
Belagavi Police along with Assam
Police arrested a suspected militant associated with NDFB at a
sugar company in Belgaum District of Karnataka.
China dismissed as “untrue” allegations
of double standards by India by blocking its bid to list JeM leader
Masood Azhar as global terrorist by the UN, claiming that it had
adopted a “just, objective and professional” attitude in deciding
the matter. “With regard to the listing matter of the Security
Council 1267 committee the so called double standards adopted
by China on this relevant issue is not true. We take action based
on solid evidence that is the standard upheld by us,” Chinese
Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.
Intelligence agencies are weighing
inputs indicating the radical elements within the proscribed SIMI
are forging links with similarly minded groups within the recently
banned IRF and may lead to the birth of a new radical outfit.
Such inputs, described by sources as “very disturbing”, have been
pouring in for more than a month ever since the Central Government
banned IRF led by controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. The
IB is likely to issue a note to State intelligence agencies regarding
these developments shortly. Top sources disclosed that over the
past couple of months, person-to-person contact and group interactions
between members of the banned groups have been taking place lately.
''Similar inputs have been coming from certain areas that are
known to be breeding grounds for militants in different states.
Some political parties, which used to sympathise with SIMI, are
now sympathising with IRF too,'' said one senior official.
While IRF, an NGO run by Salafist
preacher Zakir Naik, was banned for five years in November 2016,
SIMI was 16 years ago and still has a large number of supporters.
Sources in the intelligence agencies said they consider SIMI as
a ''very active'' group despite the ban. Though SIMI members attending
the taqreer (speeches) of Zakir Naik is nothing new, intelligence
sources say there is electronic evidence of increasing interaction
between members of these two groups, especially since the IRF
Interestingly, just days after
IRF was banned, the Kerala-based Islamic fundamentalist organisation
PFI organized massive rallies in different parts of the country
in support of Zakir Naik. A majority of PFI members are actually
from SIMI. “Since SIMI is banned, the members work in different
outfits. But SIMI is alive and kicking,'' said a senior official.
Sources said inputs indicate that these radical interactions could
lead to the formation of a new radical outfit similar to IM which
was involved in a series of bomb blasts across the country since
it was founded by Abdus Subhan Qureshi in 2010. IM mostly comprised
of lower-tier SIMI members. The change in name was widely
seen as a change in tactics by SIMI members. Till date, while
senior SIMI leaders are still available, there are minimal inputs
about the cadres. “The same tactic is being used again. Only this
time, SIMI has IRF to look to. IRF has dedicated members across
the length and breadth of the country, which will come in handy
and this is enough for extremist elements in both groups to form
a new group and continue with their subversive activities,'' another
Members of NOJ, left a note threatening
to kill Pipra (Supaul District) of Bihar, MLA, Shyam Babu Prasad
Yadav if he did not quit the BJP by February. NOJ
is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist. The group has sought an
extortion of INR 500,000 from Yadav.
The ‘deputy commander’ of Kasansur Dalam Jyoti
Gawade was killed by Gadchiroli District Police's C-60 Commandos
at Boteyjhari and Badhgaon forest in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra.
Jyoti is alleged to have led the arson attack at Surjagarh on
December 23, 2016. 76 trucks, 3 JCBs and 1 motorcycle were burnt
by the Naxals. Shivaji Bodkhe, IG of State ANO, said
that Jyoti was trying to break through the Police cordon when
she received bullet injuries in retaliatory fire. "Police
have also seized Jyoti's .303 rifles," he added. On January
4, the Police had cornered Naxals at Nihalkai
forest near Gyarapati from where two .12 bore rifles were seized.
After intensifying the search operations, the Police spotted Jyoti's Dalam following
which a battled ensued. Jyoti alias Sagobai Narsingh,
was earlier ‘commander’ of Surjagarh LGS which was later amalgamated
with Kasansur Dalam.
A surrendered Naxalite was
allegedly killed by CPI-Maoist cadres in Dhanora Tehsil of
Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The victim Sukhram Lalchu
Wadde (35) was a member of Naxal militia, who
had surrendered before the Police in July 2016, a senior Police
official said. The Naxals attacked Sukhram at
Kehakavi village and murdered him using an axe, he said. "The
CPI-Maoist cadres were angry as Sukhram had turned himself in
before the police," the official added. Further the officials
said last week (December 29, 2016) three villagers were killed
allegedly by Naxalites in Aheri and Korchi tehsils in
Gadchiroli on the suspicion of they being ‘informers’. The victims
were identified as Laccha Bande Madavi (36) resident of Rumalkasa,
Patali Doge Atram (36), resident of Gurja, and Talwarsha Kunjram,
resident of Korchi.
A militia member of the CPI-Maoist,
who was involved in the Chamundia beat-house torching case in
July 2016, was arrested by Police in Senepuri forest near Badasilinga
in Nayagarh District of Odisha. The arrested Maoist, Santosh Majhi
(35), had been working with the Kalahandi-Kandhamal-Boudh-Nayagarh
(KKBN) division of the CPI-Maoist for the past three years. Two
associates of Majhi escaped during the raid. One of them has been
identified as Bipin, while the other’s identity is yet to be established.
Majhi and a dozen of his associates had damaged the beat house
and set fire to a jeep which was being used for anti-poaching
operations in Nayagarh Forest Division (NFD).
The UKLF categorically stated
that it was not involved in any manner in the ambush against State
Police ahead of CM Okram Ibobi Singh’s visit to Tengnoupal (Tengnoupal
District) near Lokchao along Imphal-Moreh highway on December
15. Speaking to a team of media persons at an undisclosed location
in Chandel district, UKLF ‘home secretary’ Daniel Thadou said
that the KNLF ‘chairman’ had merged with the UNLF on his own volition.
Daniel contended that the UKLF was not involved in the Lokchao
ambush, and the State Police and its intelligence agencies would
know the truth.
Earlier KNLF ‘general secretary’
Lalmoi Haokip alleged that the Lokchao ambush was carried out
by UKLF at the instruction of NSCN-IM. Flatly rejecting Lalmoi’s
allegation, Daniel said that the same allegation was baseless
and fabricated. The UKLF has a suspicion that the Lokchao ambush
was carried out by a gang of criminals led by Lalmoi, Daniel said.
As many as nine vehicles were
set on fire by about 30 cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Gondahur Police
Station limits in Kanker District of Chhattisgarh. SP, ML Kotwani
said the Maoists set ablaze eight tractors and one excavator.
He said the Maoists had threatened to stop the road laying work
in between Maharashtra’s Pendi village to Chhattisgarh's border.
After the threat, the contractors from Maharashtra had parked
their vehicles in the territory of Chhattisgarh, Kotwani said,
adding that Police force was sent to the place of occurrence.
Five Naxals were
arrested with arms and ammunition from Gumla and Garhwa Districts
of Jharkhand. Two cadres of the PLFI were arrested from Palkot
in Gumla District while three cadres of the TPC were arrested
in Ranka, Garhwa District. A country made gun, bullets and mobile
phones were found on PLFI cadres Vinay Gope and Ravi
Gope while Police recovered 25 kilograms explosive from TPC cadres
Rajesh Yadav and his aides Sunil Singh Kharwar and Mehboob Alam.
Gumla SP, Chandan Kumar Jha said Vinay and Ravi had demanded INR
300,000 levy from a petrol bunk owner on December 30, 2016. In
Garhwa, Police first arrested Rajesh. During interrogation, he
revealed about his aides who were arrested from Ramkanda village.
Police seized mobile phones, pamphlets and posters. TPC and
PLFI are splinter groups of the CPI-Maoist.
The UMHA flagged the operational
efficiency of SFs in the Naxal-affected areas as one
of its biggest achievements during a presentation before PM Narendra
Modi. The Ministry informed Modi that since the NDA Government
came to power in May 2014, there had been a 45 per cent increase
in the efficiency of Central Forces (CFs) in operations against
the Naxals. In a presentation made by Home Secretary,
Rajiv Mehrishi, Modi and other officials were informed that the
number of Naxal cadres killed in 2016 had been
the highest ever in six years. Eighty-Four cadres of the CPI-Maoist
were killed in 2015 and in 2016, the number swelled to 218, which
was an increase of 160 per cent. There was also an increase in
the number of Police encounter from 237 in 2015 to 316 in 2016.
UHM Rajnath Singh told in a press conference earlier this week
that demonetization had increased the problems of CPI-Maoist and
that they had weakened. The EFC has already given the go-ahead
for an ambitious road project in the 44 worst Naxal-affected
Districts. Under this project, the Government proposes to construct
5,412 km of roads and 126 bridges and it would cost INR 117.25
million. The Government is redrawing the ‘Red Corridor’ — the
area affected by LWE — and may soon take off 20 Districts from
the list of Naxal-affected areas. The 106 Districts
which span 10 States — Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra,
Odisha, Telangana, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh
and Chhattisgarh — constitute the Red Corridor. Of these, 44 Districts
are said to be the worst affected. India has a total of 683 Districts.
Al-Badr terrorist Muzzafar Ahmed,
who had links with LeT, was gunned down by the SFs after heavy
exchange of fire in Budgam District. Ahmed, who was wanted in
several cases, was earlier associated with LeT. Also, a Policeman
sustained critical injuries during the encounter.
The call traffic between hawala agents
in India dropped almost by half post demonetisation, says a recent
assessment by the central intelligence agencies. Payments to the
end beneficiary of hawala deals are traditionally in cash, with
INR 500 and INR 1,000 being the favoured denominations. The demonetisation
of these high-value notes on November 9 severely affected hawala
operators, and going solely by call traffic, their business may
be down by 50%, said an intelligence source. Terror funds are
mostly sourced in counterfeit currency, comprising high-quality
fake notes that Indian agencies suspect are printed at the Pakistan
government printing press in Quetta and its security press at
Karachi. Given this fact and the drop in hawala transactions,
demonetisation has dried up funds used for organised stone-pelting
in J&K and paying overground terror supporters in the State.
Intelligence officials claim that terrorism-related violence in
J&K dipped by 60% post the cash ban, with only one major blast
reported from the valley in December. An intelligence official
claimed that apart from organised stone-pelting, a direct casualty
of demonetisation in J&K was the overground network of terror
facilitators. "The overground support base of terrorists
depends on instant cash payments. A weakened OGW network due to
demonetisation has resulted in several successful counterterrorist
operations in the Valley over the past several weeks," said
A Field Assistant of Veterinary
Department, identified as Ds Stephen (45) was shot by one unidentified
assailant at Maringphai village, near Pallel in Tengnoupal District.
Stephen who sustained bullet injuries on the calf and thigh had
been taken to Jeevan Hospital, Kakching, and then shifted to a
hospital of Imphal. According to the sources, it is not clear
who the assailants are and what is the motive so far.
The ‘chairman’ of the KNLF wrote
to the chairman of the JMG of the SoO, to delist the outfit from
the KNO as it had merged with the UKLF. In the written communication
sent to the chairman of the JMG, the ‘chairman’ of the KNLF said
that all former members of the KNLF including the 'c in c’ had
already been absorbed by the UKLF and hence to instruct the KNO
not to mention KNLF or use the name of KNLF.
One militant of ULFA-I, identified
as Lakheswar Baruah alias Lavang Axom was arrested by Bordumsa
Police in association with Indian Army at Kathgalguri near Bordumsa
in Tinsukia District.
In a statement, the NSCN-IM strongly
objected to India's decision to fence the borders between Myanmar
and Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. In the statement,
NSCN-IM said that such ‘artificial boundary fencing imposed upon
the Naga people’ was against the will of the people and was gross
violation of human rights. Other Naga groups like, NNC and ENDO
were also against the fencing.
Combined team of Bishnupur District
Police commandos and AR troopers recovered a 9 mm carbine machine
gun along with one magazine from an abandoned Bajaj Discover bike
at Torbung in Bishnupur District. However, the assailant, who
was seen coming out from Torbung bazar Mamang Leikai with that
bike and abandoned it at Torbung auto shed managed to escape.
Describing the counter-terrorism
cooperation between India and the US under the eight years of
Barack Obama administration as “incredibly successful”, Peter
Lavoy, Senior Director for South Asian Affairs at the National
Security Council, White House, has said this has not only “diminished
the threat” of terrorism in the two countries, but also foiled
several terror plots. “I can tell you quite definitively that
due to our partnerships, several terrorism plots were foiled.
Indian lives and American lives were saved because of this partnership,”
said Peter Lavoy. “So it’s a very significant development and
I think, it can continue,” he added.
International radical outfit Street
Daawah has opened offices in Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai
to recruit non-Muslims, including those from the IT hubs in these
cities, for enlisting them into suicide missions. The outfit had
begun its operations in the UK and Australia in 2012 following
which a number of youths were radicalised with presentation of
concocted forms of Islam. In the wake of the outfit’s activities,
a few Indians, including Indian- origin British national Siddarth
Dhar, joined the Islamic State (IS). Dhar is also believed to
be the new Jihadi John, a masked executioner for the IS whose
videos relating to mass executions have been released by the Caliphate-seeking
terror outfit after the liquidation of the original Jihadi John
whose real name was Mohammad Emwazi, a British origin IS executioner.
Many of the Street Daawah cadres have been known to have either
joined the IS ranks or emerged as suicide bombers for them. As
many as 25 suicide bombings have been committed globally by the
Street Daawah cadres during the last few years.
India and Portugal called upon
the global community to avoid double standards in addressing terror
and to strengthen cooperation in combating international terrorism
with zero tolerance towards it. “They underlined that states should
not support any terror entity including ‘non-state actors’ on
any grounds and that violent extremism fueled by misuse of internet
and the social media needs to be countered. Similarly, networks
of terrorist financing and terrorist infrastructure should be
dismantled,” said a joint statement issued after talks between
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Portuguese counterpart, Antonio
Three Maoists, two of them carrying
cash reward on their heads, were arrested from separate places
in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. While a ‘commander’ rank
cadre identified as Vetti Varsa was arrested from Katekalyan Police
Station limits, two others were arrested from Kotwali Police Station
area. Of them, Varsa was active as Jan militia ‘commander’ under
Katekalyan area committee of Maoists, he said, adding that the
rebel was carrying a reward of INR 100,000 on his head. Two others
arrested were identified as Masa alias Kumma
Madvi, head of Janatana Sarkar group and Panda, a member of the
same group, he added. The two were tasked with the recruitment
of fresh cadres for the banned outfit, the official said, adding
Masa was also carrying a reward of INR 100,000 on his head.
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist
set ablaze three construction vehicles at Ruam village near Chaibasa
in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. The attack was a reaction
to the construction company's failure in paying levy. The damaged
vehicles included two bulldozers and a mixer owned by RKS constructions.
SP, Anish Gupta said, "We are tracing the rebels involved
in the incident. The construction of this road, which had begun
in 2014, has suffered repeated setbacks due to Maoist activities.
Last year, Maoists had burnt vehicles involved in the construction
of the same road after the company refused to pay levy."
Khunti Police conducted an operation,
led by SP, Ashwini Jha, at Kuisar village forest in Khunti District
of Jharkhand. Police had got a tip-off about a meeting of the
PLFI in the forest, 25 kilometres from Khunti. Three country-made
carbines, one regular carbine, two double barrel breach loading
guns, three magazines and two haversacks were seized in the raid.
Jha said, "We reached the location at 3:30 am and discovered
a rebel camp. However, the rebels escaped by the time we reached
the camp. We chased them for half a kilometer but failed to catch
them. Maoists Jidan Gudiya, Prabhu Sahai Bodra, Bagrai Champiya,
Pattu Naag and others were among those who fled.'' PLFI is a splinter
group of the CPI-Maoist.
Maoist ‘zonal commander’ Dimba
Pahan (58), who carried INR 1.5 million reward on his head, surrendered
before Khunti SP, Ashwini Kumar Sinha at his office. A native
of Barigarha village in Arki area of Khunti of Jharkhand, Dimba
joined the Maoists in 1998. He was involved in several cases of
Ranchi, Khunti, Saraikela-Kharsawan and West Singhbhum Districts,
including the killing of former Tamar MLA, Ramesh Singh Munda,
Bundu DSP, Pramod Kumar Gupta and special branch inspector Francis
Indewar. He also robbed an ICICI Bank cash van of over INR 50.7
million and 1.2 kilograms gold in May, 2008.
East Singhbhum District (Jharkhand)
Police have intensified search operations at Ghurabandha and Dumaria
in Ghatshila and deployed SFs along NH-33 in wake of a bandh call
by Maoists on January 10 to protest killing of Supaye Tuddu on
Normal life in Jammu and Kashmir
was affected due to shutdown called by separatists. Shops and
commercial establishments remained closed across Srinagar and
public transport was partially off the roads. The private vehicles
were, however, plying normally. Street vendors had set-up their
stalls at multiple places in the city’s civil line areas.
A complete shutdown was observed
in Sopore town of Baramulla District, to mourn the killing of
senior militant ‘commander’ associated with Al Badr Mujahideen,
Muzzafar Ahmad Naiko alias Muz Molvi, who was
killed on January 6 in an encounter. During the shutdown, hundreds
of security men were deployed to prevent outbreak of protests
across the Sopore town.
Two CRPF jawans, identified as
constables Visvendar Jat and Brajesh Singh, were injured one of
them seriously, in a powerful blast in Imphal West District. Police
said the two constables were passing by in a bicycle when an IED
planted by the wayside at Naoremthong Khullem Leikai under Lamphel
Police Station exploded. The IED was detonated by suspected militants
using a remote control device, they added. No outfit has claimed
responsibility so far.
The UNC decided to continue its
economic blockade during Manipur polls which will be held in the
first week of March. The UNC also decided to ‘intensify’ the economic
blockade in the meeting held at Senapati Town in Senapati District.
The Q Branch of CID Police arrested
an advocate from S. Alangulam village in Madurai District of Tamil
Nadu on the charge of having links with CPI-Maoist. The
Q Branch CID Police had been conducting surveillance on advocate
A. Murugan ever since the two alleged CPI-Maoist cadres – Kala
(53) and Chandra (51) – were arrested in Karur District on July
2016. Sources said that Murugan’s younger brother, Velmurugan
(35), an active CPI-Maoist cadre, was accused in two naxal cases
in Varushanadu in Theni District and Uthankarai in Coimbatore
District. The advocate used to appear for CPI-Maoist in court.
The Q Branch CID team seized a huge quantity of homeopathic medicines
allegedly in possession of the advocate, which, sources claimed,
were being supplied to some Maoists. A few printed literatures
relating to Maoists were also alleged to have been recovered.
The Jharkhand Police are now concentrating
their offensive on the CPI-Maoist ‘area commander’ Kanhu Munda
in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. To revive
people's confidence in the administration, Police have decided
to hold a crime meeting at Gian village in Ghatshila subdivision.
East Singhbhum Rural SP, Shailendra Burnwal said they had chosen Naxal-hit
Gian for the meeting because Kanhu Munda hailed from the village.
He added, "We are already carrying out anti-insurgency operations
in Ghurabandha and Gian. The crime meeting at Kanhu Munda's village
will surely make a difference among people who may have been associated
with the Naxalites because they are petrified
of Munda”. Police sources said there were four to five armed naxals in
Munda's squad. "We are working on a plan in which villagers
will no longer co-operate with the CPI-Maoist like they have been
doing so far," SP Burnwal said. Munda's squad is active in
the Ghurabandha region, which shares border with Mayurbhanj District
of Odisha. Police will also hold a janata durbar for
villagers of Gian. "At the durbar, local problems - including
the ones that have cropped up owing to Naxalite activities
- will be heard and resolved, if possible," the SP said.
UHM Rajnath Singh held a review
meeting on Naxalism situation in Jharkhand with
senior Police officials of CRPF and the State Police at Eastern
Sector Headquarters of CRPF in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. A
senior Police official told, “A demand was raised before the UMHA
to increase the strength of SFs in the state to carry out anti-Naxal operations
in the state, replying to which, he said that the demand will
be taken up only after UP Election.” The State Police also requested
the UHM to recommence the fund allocation for setting up of STF
against terrorism which has been discontinued for quite some time.
With security advisor K Vijay Kumar and CM Raghubar Das in tow,
Singh claimed that the Centre's demonetization move has broken
the backs of banned LWE organizations like PLFI and CPI-Maoist.
Maintaining that dialogue was the only means to resolve differences,
the minister urged armed groups to come to the discussion table
and place their demands instead of 'stopping the development of
the poor'. Singh, who inaugurated the Eastern Sector
Headquarters of CISF in the state capital, said increasing the
'technological and core competence' of the forces is the need
of the hour. The new Eastern Sector Headquarters in Ranchi's Tiril
spreads over 158 acres. This new headquarters has been relocated
from Bihar for better synergy, CISF Director General OP Singh
The dead bodies of the abducted
civilians identified as, the village chief of N-Gamnom village
S Otkhomang (57) and church chairman Tilpao Haokip (51) were found
in Nungkham Gamnom Village in Manipur’s newly-created Tengnoupal
District. Earlier, on January 6, these two civilians were abducted
by some unidentified assailants and they were taken toward Indo-Myanmar
border. According to the sources, the assailants also fired some
rounds while taking away the duo. The sources also added that
fatal bullet injuries were seen on the dead bodies. Regarding
this sensitive issue, a joint meeting attended by members of various
organisations including Hill Tribal Council, Meitei Council Moreh,
Kuki Chiefs Association (Moreh Block) and women leaders was held
and the meeting resolved to impose a bandh along Moreh road on
A hand grenade planted by unidentified
assailants was recovered at the residence of Bishnupur DSP, Y
Sushil’s wife at Thangmeiband Hijam Dewan Leikai in Imphal West
District. After recovering the grenade, the bomb disposal squad
of Manipur Police exploded it safely at a dumping site at Lamphelpat,
The Additional Secretary for Mizoram’s
Home department Lalbiakzama said that the proposed repatriation
of over 32,800 Brus lodged in six relief camps in Tripura was
scheduled to begin from the second week of February, 2017. Lalbiakzama
attended a meeting between the UMHA and Mizoram Government in
New Delhi over the issue of the repatriation of the 5,413 Bru
One cadre of the Lamyanba Khuman
faction of KCP-MC militant, identified as Kangabam Chaoba alias
Mohen (63), who was involved in placing a hand grenade at the
office of Pandam, an evening daily on December 26, 2016
was arrested by Imphal West District Police at Sagolband Kangabam
Leikai area in Imphal West District. One Chinese hand grenade
along with detonator and three demand letters were recovered from
the arrested militant. The militant disclosed that he had been
working under the command of self styled ‘commander’ Laishram
Mangoljao alias Lamyanba Khuman of the militant group who
was staying in Nepal. He also disclosed that he collected one
Chinese hand grenade from another militant, AK Khamba (48) who
was recently arrested by Imphal East District commandos.
A militant of NDFB-IKS, identified
as Dhananjay Boro alias B.Dahal Thungri (32) was arrested
by the Police along with Indian Army at Shantipur area under Runikhata
Police Station in Chirang District. One 9mm Pistol, one magazine
and 4 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the arrestee. The
Chirang District SP Shankar Raimedhi said that the militant was
a trained NDFB-IKS cadre of 38th batch and after training he had
been operating in Baksa District. But he was on the run after
anti-militancy operation was intensified in the state.
Three civilians working as labourers
were killed in a pre-dawn terror attack by militants on a GREF
camp near LoC in Akhnoor sector of Jammu District. Two or more
militants attacked the GREF camp around 1 AM near LoC in Battal
village, sources said. Militants likely infiltrated from across
the border to carry out the terror attack, sources said. In the
attack, three civilians were killed, they said, adding that the
victims were working as labourers with GREF.
Four persons, including a woman,
were arrested along with FICNs with a face value of INR 41,000
in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. The four came under Police
scanner when their vehicle was checked, SP (Rural) Vinit Bhatnagar
said. "Twenty fake notes in denomination of 2,000, a Rs 100
note, two pistols and a car have been seized from them,"
The UMHA reviewed the security
situation in poll-bound Punjab and alerted the state Police on
possible attempts by Pakistan’s ISI to foment trouble. Punjab
will also see the largest deployment of SFs out of the 85000 Central
Armed Police Forces personnel sanctioned by the UMHA for Assembly
polls in five states. The UMHA asked the state Police to be on
alert for communal incidents triggered by desecration of religious
books, as had happened in 2015. The role of Pakistan was suspected
in the incident. The BSF has been asked to step up vigil and keep
a close tab on the activities along the border with Pakistan.
Islamic State (IS) is spreading
its activities to Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N Chandrababu
Naidu said. "ISIS..Slowly it is establishing its activities.
If you sanction Rapid Action Force, it will go a long way to control
ISIS," Chandrababu told UHM Rajnath Singh. Chandrababu also
wanted an additional battalion of CRPF for the state "to
face Left Wing Extremism".
Two persons, identified as Ashish
(23) and Krishan Bhardwaj (25) were arrested on January 9 for
allegedly printing FICNs of INR 500 and INR 2000 denominations
and circulating them in weekly markets in southwest Delhi. Police
also recovered FICNs worth of INR 6,10,500 from them. The team
probing the matter found that a syndicate, operating in Uttam
Nagar, Dwarka among others, is involved in printing and circulating
fake currency in the market to hamper country’s economy, DCP-(Southwest),
Surender Kumar said.
The UMHA reviewed the security
situation in poll-bound Punjab and alerted the State Police on
possible attempts by Pakistan’s ISI to foment trouble. UMHA asked
the State Police to be on alert for communal incidents triggered
by desecration of religious books, as had happened in 2015. The
role of Pakistan was suspected in the incident. The BSF has been
asked to step up vigil and keep a close tab on the activities
along the border with Pakistan. The meeting at UMHA was attended
by Punjab DGP Suresh Arora. Punjab will also see the largest deployment
of Security Forces out of the 85000 CAPF personnel sanctioned
by the UMHA for Assembly polls in five states. “We expect violence
only in Punjab and Manipur and are taking adequate measures,”
said a senior UMHA official.
Even as Andhra Pradesh DGP, N
Sambasiva Rao, recently claimed that the CPI-Maoist numbers have
dwindled specially after the major encounter at Ramaguda in Bejjangi
area in Odisha in October 2016, the CPI-Maoist is reportedly planning
to set up a 'Janatana Sarkar' in the AOB. Despite
losing ground in places like Palnadu and the South Andhra Districts
like Krishna and West Godavari in the last two decades, Maoists
have till date managed to retain their hold in the AOB Districts
like East Godavari and Visakhapatnam. According to sources, members
of the division committee and red guerrillas have been continuously
conducting meetings in the AOB villages.
UHM Rajnath Singh has said the
Centre would establish Greyhounds Centre, sanction RAF and give
one more CRPF battalion to curb terrorist and Naxal activities
in Andhra Pradesh. UHM Singh laying the foundation stone for the
construction of the campus for the NDRF 10th Battalion, at Kondapavuluru
village in Gannavaram mandal, at a cost of INR 2 billion,
said: “The Home Ministry has sanctioned more CRPF personnel for
Andhra Pradesh and instructions have been given in this regard.
Once elections are over in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and three
other States the force will come to the State. The AP Government
has sent a requisition for RAF and for setting up of Greyhounds,
and we will look into the matter.” The Greyhounds was doing good
work in Telangana State (TS) in controlling the LWE, and the Greyhounds
Centre would be on par with TS, UHM Singh said.
UHM Rajnath Singh has said that
the menace of CPI-Maoist activities and infiltration into northeastern
States came down drastically. Further he said that LWE declined
by 55 per cent. Infiltration to northeastern States also decreased
by over 70 per cent, he asserted.
A highly volatile situation was
witnessed in the whole of Senapati town in Senapati District,
following the arrest of leaders of ANSAM by AR. According to the
report, ANSAM President Seth Shatsang, Finance Secretary of the
association Joseph Adani and Executive Secretary AC Thotso were
arrested by the AR personnel from Taphou area of Senapati town
while they were enforcing the economic blockade. However they
were released after the intervention of the Naga people.
After the arrest of the militant
of Lamyanba Khuman faction of KCP-MC on January 8 by Manipur Police,
who suspected to be involved in planting a hand grenade at the
office of Pandam, an evening daily on December 26, 2016,
a spokesperson of AR claimed that CorCom, an apex body of six
outfits of Manipur responsible for the threatening of the local
Sources in Assam Police said that
at a time when majority of Karbi militant outfits were joining
the peace process, PDCK was trying to spread its tentacles in
the hill District. The source said that formed under the guidance
of I.K. Songbijit, who was earlier the hardliner leader of NDFB-IKS,
PDCK has reportedly launched a recruitment drive in the region.
The source said, "Ever since the genocide of Adivasis in
2014, Songbijit got reportedly unpopular among the Bodos for his
barbaric ways. Sidelined and pushed to Myanmar, the rebel leader
formed PDCK with Karbi youths drawn from the NDFB faction."
Many Karbi youths were recruited in the NDFB-IKS faction when
Songbijit was heading it and Police suspect that these youths
helped him to form the new outfit. According to the source, there
are around 60 cadres under IK Songbijit in Myanmar training camps.
The PDCK is talking about ‘sovereignty’ and it is backed by NSCN-K
and ULFA-I, the source added.
The militant group, NSCN-R, in
a statement, opposed the proposed Pangsha fencing (in the border
of India and Myanmar) by India and Myanmar Government in the Nagaland.
The statement said that ‘dividing the Nagas’ is ‘highly questionable
A special MCOCA court issued a
production warrant against IM ‘co-founder’ Yasin Bhatkal and six
others in connection with the July 13, 2011 Mumbai triple blasts
case. “The court issued a production warrant against Yasin Bhatkal,
who is presently lodged in Cherlapally central prison in Hyderabad,”
an ATS official said. The official added that the court also issued
warrants against three other accused lodged in the same jail.
“Apart from them, production warrants were also issued for an
accused lodged in Tihar jail in New Delhi and two others in Parappana
Agrahara central jail in Bangalore,” the official added. Special
MCOCA judge V V Patil directed that all the seven accused be brought
before him on January 27.
Five CPI-Maoist cadres, including
two ‘commander-level’ cadres, were killed in two separate exchanges
of fire during an operation launched by Chhattisgarh Police in
Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. Senior officials, however,
said that one DRG trooper was killed in the first exchange of
fire with the Maoist cadres. Teams with close to 400 SFs entered
the jungles in an area that is home to CPI-Maoist military company
number two. D M Awasthi, Special Director General, anti-Maoist
operations, “The operation was launched on a specific intelligence
input about the presence of CPI-Maoist cadres in the area. In
the first exchange of fire in the morning in Irpenar, four CPI-Maoist
cadres were killed. One trooper was also hurt and evacuated, but
he unfortunately passed away.” Intermittent firing continued.
In the second exchange of fire, this time in the adjoining Kanker
District’s Koylibeda area, one CPI-Maoist cadre was killed and
an AK-47 recovered from his possession. The CPI-Maoist cadres
killed in the first exchange of fire have been identified as Tirupati,
‘Divisional Commander’, East Bastar division, Ratna Markam, ‘medical
in-charge’, company number 6, Shyamu Yadav of company number 6
and Mangalram Salam, a Janmilitia member from Irpenar. The body
recovered in the second encounter has been identified as that
of Roshan, ‘divisional commander’ of the North Bastar division.
“It is clear that there has been a big loss to the CPI-Maoist
cadres in this encounter. We have recovered the bodies, but our
personnel have narrated stories of the CPI-Maoist cadres dragging
away other members of their party under the cover of LMG fire.
This indicates that these could be senior cadre,” Awasthi added.
SFs have recovered and defused
as many as nine IEDs allegedly planted by CPI-Maoist in restive
Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The explosives were planted near
a culvert on a kuccha road between Bhejji and Injram villages
under Bhejji Police Station limits, according to Sukma SP, Indira
Cadres of the PLFI attacked workers
and set ablaze equipment at a pipeline laying site of IOC in Khunti
District of Jharkhand. PLFI is a splinter group the
CPI-Maoist. Armed PLFI cadres arrived at the site
near Karo River on Tapkara-Rania Road under Tapkarao outpost late
last night, beat up some labourers and set the equipment on fire.
Two tractors, a dumper, an earth moving machine, two generator
sets and a jointer machine used by a Bengaluru-based company hired
by IOC were set ablaze. SFs have launched a search
operation to track down the Naxals. DGP, D K Pandey
directed the Police to provide security to ensure completion of
the work as well as other development works in Naxal-affected
areas after he had a meeting with the District Armed Police, CRPF
and Intelligence officials. Pandey said that Naxal and
extremist activities would be wiped out from the state in 2017.
Five Naxals from
different outfits were arrested along with arms and ammunition
from Palamau and Garhwa Districts of Jharkhand. Umesh Paswan and
Shyamdeo Singh Kharwar, and TPC-II member Satyendra Singh were
arrested from different parts of Palamau. Shiv Kumar Korba and
Mukhdeo Choudhary were arrested from Ramkanda area in Garhwa.
TPC is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist while TPC-II, a splinter
group of TPC. SFs have recovered a country made pistol, cartridges,
five sets of camouflaged uniforms, mobile phones, TPC pamphlets
and a motorcycle from their possession.
Naxals belonging to
JSJMM attacked a road construction site in Bharno, Gumla District
Ahead of the process of filing
of nomination papers for the three-tier panchayat elections,
the CPI-Maoist has warned the tribals of Malkangiri District of
Odisha, to abstain from the poll. More than 500 tribal residents
of Ralegada panchayat, on the other side of cut-off
Chitrakonda reservoir, took out a protest rally and dared the
Government to hold elections in the area. The villagers, under
the aegis of ‘Malkangiri Zilla Adivasi Rayat Kuli Sangha’, a frontal
organisation of CPI-Maoist, organised a meeting at Ralegada panchayat,
which was also attended by top Maoist leader Raman. Shouting slogans
against the Government, they protested the BJD’s failure to provide
basic needs to the villagers over the years. The Maoist-supported
villagers declared to boycott the panchayat election
over the issue. At the meeting, which continued for more than
an hour, the rebel leaders have threatened that those who participate
in the poll process will be punished in a ‘Praja Court’.
The electorates have been threatened that their thumbs would be
chopped off if they dare to go for voting.
A top LeT militant was killed
in a gun battle in Bandipora District. SFs including 13-RR of
army and SOG of JKP, Bandipora, cordoned off Parray Mohalla Hajan
in the District. A LeT militant, who was hiding in a house opened
fire on the troops, leading to a gun battle in which he was shot
dead by the troops. After the gun battle during searches one AK
47, three AK Magazines, three hand grenades, one radio set, one
pouch, one matrix sheet and 200 AK rounds were recovered from
the encounter site. The militant was identified as Abu Maviya
SFs including 55 RR and SOG Shopian
cordoned off Heff Shermal in Shopian District. There are seven
militants of LeT from the village and SFs had information about
their movement in the village. However, the operation was later
called off and no one was arrested.
SFs including 50 RR, 183 Battalion
of CRPF and SOG Kakapora cordon off Kandi Zal area of Pampore
in Pulwama District. Sources said that the SFs had information
about presence of Reyaz Dar of LeT and his associates in the village.
However, the operation was later called off.
SFs including 55 RR and SOG Awantipora
cordon off Khandaypora, Awantipora in Pulwama District. They had
information about presence of Reyaz Naiku of HM and his associates
in the village. However, the operation was later called off.
SFs including 42 RR and SOG Awantipora
cordon off Batpora, Noorpora, Tral in Awantipora area of Pulwama
District. They had information about presence of some militants
in the area. The troops also cordoned off Ratsuna in Tral area
of Awantipora. However, the operations at these places were later
A soldier was injured in a mine
explosion in forward area of Mankote sector in Poonch District.
Official sources said that Naik Deepak Singh of 15 Mahar Regiment
received serious injuries in his legs when a land mine exploded
as he over stepped it while patrolling. The injured soldier was
rushed to unit hospital and then shifted to Military Hospital,
Unidentified assailants hurled
nine petrol bombs at the resident of Tamenglong DC, M Luikham
in Tamenglong District. Out of nine, five bombs exploded, but
no injuries were reported. According to the report, the guards
at the residence of M Luikham opened several rounds of fire in
the air to ward off the attackers. The identity of the attackers
is not yet confirmed, as no militant group has claimed responsibility
for the attack so far.
Unidentified assailants allegedly
attacked BJP activist, Mohammad Rajauddin’s residence at Mayang
Imphal Bengoon in Imphal West District by firing numerous rounds.
According to the report, a group of unidentified assailants travelling
inside a four wheeler vehicle allegedly attacked the resident.
No injuries were reported, and identity of the assailants was
also unknown so far.
A team of Imphal East District
Police arrested a KCP militant, identified as Ningthoujam Yamba
Singh alias Sanayamba (35) at Keirao Awang Leikai in Imphal
East District. Incriminating articles were recovered from the
Eleven traders were abducted by
suspected militants near Gasuapara in South Garo Hills District.
However, out of 11, eight traders managed to escape from the abductors.
The three traders, who are still in the captivity of the abductors,
are identified as Tamal Dey (38), Dulan Mahanta (36) and Durgapada
Dutta (35). All these three traders are from Dalu in West Garo
The terms of the ceasefire agreements
with NDFB-RD and NDFB-P had been extended by six months. According
to the official sources, the Joint Secretary (North East) of the
UMHA and senior officials of the State Government had discussions
with leaders of the NDFB-RD and NDFB-P to review the ceasefire
agreements. The meetings decided to increase the term of the agreements
by six months with effect from January 1 this year (2017).
Security was beefed up after a
bomb threat to a bridge at Jirighat in Cachar District by militant
groups. Ahead of the Assembly elections in Manipur, intelligence
report said that the NSCN-IM or the NSCN-K might blast the Jirighat
Bridge, which connects Assam and Manipur.
One militant of NSCN-IM, identified
as self styled ‘corporal’ Phawang Wangsu was arrested by AR at
Niausa village in Longding District. One pistol, live ammunition
and opium was recovered from the arrested militant.
The AR arrested one NSCN-K militant,
identified as Velasayi (35) along with arms at Jail Colony in
Kohima District. One point 22 mm pistol was recovered from the
One militant of NSCN-K, identified
as ''corporal'' Cheimang, was arrested from Mon Town in Mon District
by AR. One .22 mm pistol along with ammunition and some other
indoctrinatory documents were recovered from the arrested militant.
According to PRO of AR, IGAR-N, the militant was involved in illegal
''tax collection'' for NSCN-K.
The ADGP, L R Bishnoi, said that
Chinese intelligence agencies had been helping various insurgent
groups of North Eastern India having bases in Myanmar. L R Bishnoi
also claimed that the chief of ULFA-I, Paresh Barua had currently
set up base in Ruili, a Chinese town in the Myanmar border. He
said that Paresh Barua had drawn up plans to supply arms procured
from Chinese agencies to smaller armed groups of the North-eastern
region. “Chinese intelligences have been helping, directly or
indirectly various insurgent groups of the North-eastern region
that have their bases and hideouts inside Myanmar. These groups
are under increasing influence of the Chinese agencies, and ULFA-I
leader Paresh Barua is among those top leaders who have been in
regular touch with the Chinese liaison office in Ruili on the
China-Myanmar border,” ADGP LR Bishnoi said.
Giving a break-up of the cadre
strength of different North-eastern rebel groups in Myanmar, ADGP
Bishnoi also said that while the NSCN-K had over 1,000 cadres
there, PLA– a Manipuri group came second with over 250 men. “Taking
into account at least ten North-eastern rebel groups having their
bases and hideouts in Myanmar, there should be close to 2,500
militants from the region in that country. Of them NSCN-K alone
has a little over 1,000 men, followed by around 260 of the PLA,
230 of the UNLF and a little over 200 of the ULFA-I,” Bishnoi
said. According to him, the strength of the NSCN-IM there would
be between 80 and 120, NDFB-IKS about 160, KYKL, PREPAK and PREPAK-Pro
around 10 each. “Two things that have been happening there is
that while the rebel groups of the region work in close coordination,
they get almost 100 per cent support from the local communities
close to the Indo-Myanmar who belong to various Naga tribes. These
villagers not only provide them food and shelter, but also guide
them through the mountainous track,” Bishnoi said.
Odisha Government has targeted
to complete the Gurupriya Setu (bridge) in Naxal-affected
Malkangiri District of Odisha by the end of September 2017.The
bridge which was opposed by the CPI-Maoist. On completion the
bridge will connect the cut off area with the main land and provide
access to more than 25,000 tribal people who were cut off from
the mainland of Malkangiri after Chitrakonda Reservoir was constructed
in 1964 for Balimela Hydel Project.
Two militants were killed by the
Army as it foiled an infiltration bid along the LoC in Poonch
sector in Poonch District. An Army spokesman said the troops present
along the LoC detected movement of two terrorists along the Betar
Nala in the wee hours of January 10 and engaged them with heavy
automatic fire. “While one terrorist was eliminated by afternoon
of January 10 the second was eliminated today (January 11),” he
said. He said the bodies of the slain terrorists and their weapons
lie on the LoC.
CM Mehbooba Mufti said that 4088
missing persons and terrorists belonging to J&K, who had crossed
the borders, are still in Pakistan and PoK. She was responding
to the question of BJP MLA from Jammu East, Rajesh Gupta, in the
Legislative Assembly. “As per the figures of the Home Department,
4088 missing persons and terrorists are still camping/residing
in Pakistan and PoK”, she said. It is pertinent to mention here
that during peak of militancy in this State huge number of misguided
youth had crossed over the borders to get arms training in the
camps established in different parts of Pakistan and PoK by the
outfits of terrorists and ISI, Pakistan's external intelligence
One ZUF militant, identified as
Abel Gangmei (30) was killed by suspected NSCN-IM cadres at Padanpung
village in Noney District. Two spent cartridges were recovered
near the dead body of the militant.
Eleven persons, including six
NSCN-IM militants were arrested and arms were recovered by the
Thoubal District Police in three separate incidents from different
parts of the Thoubal District. In the first incident, a team of
Thoubal District Police led by SP M Pradeep conducted a search
operation at Tuisem village under Pallel Police Station and arrested
seven persons including three former NSCN-IM cadres who failed
to produce proper identification proof. Four SSBL guns and one
unauthorized weapon were recovered in the operation.
In the second incident, the Police
team carried out a search operation at Khangshim village under
Kakching Police Station and arrested a sympathizer and a self
styled ‘captain’ of NSCN-IM identified as Hongsha Moshel (32)
and Ashang Hongsha (42) respectively. One .38 pistol with four
live rounds, two mobile phone handsets and a wallet containing
some documents were recovered from their possession.
In the third incident, the Police
carried out search operation at Serou quarry area where they arrested
two NSCN-IM cadres, identified as Bungdon Bingham Ningham (29)
and Seltun Thohrin Anal (23), who were collecting ‘illegal tax’
from trucks at that area. One .32 pistol loaded with one live
round and a sum of INR 1100 were recovered from the arrestees.
One arms dealer, identified as
Abdul Huissen alias Japan (38) was arrested by Bishnupur
District Police commandos, at a mobile vehicle check post at Moirang
Lamkhai along Tiddim road in Bishnupur District. One 9 mm pistol
along with a magazine was recovered from the arrestee.
A strategic group meeting of the
Unified Command Structure was held that focused on the increasing
activities of JMB and other insurgent groups in Assam. In the
meeting, UMHA Joint Secretary Satyendra Garg was present along
with Assam Chief Secretary VK Pipersania, Home Commissioner LS
Changsan and top officials of other security agencies including
the Indian Army.
After the meeting DGP of Assam,
Mukesh Sahay said, “In today’s meeting, we held detailed discussion
on the activities of JMB and other insurgent groups in Assam.
All security agencies have been put on high alert for approaching
Republic Day.” According to the sources, in recent years, at least
40 cadres and linkmen of JMB were arrested in different parts
A patrolling party of SSB carried
out an operation in the area of Riphu Reserve Forest and busted
a camp of NDFB-IKS. The patrolling party recovered sleeping bag
for six persons, three country-made guns, one diary, four solar
plates, SIM cards, 10 blankets, mosquito nets and many food items,
along with various cooking utensils and clothes.
According to the sources, the
GNLA still had 30 active members including self-styled ‘c-in-c’
Sohan D Shira and others wanted leaders like Kamdak and Megam.
The Meghalaya DGP Swaraj Bir Singh said, “The GNLA has been weakened
but there is certain nucleus located in separate areas that needed
to be overrun.” The sources also said that the GNLA was still
in touch with the ULFA-I leadership.
The ‘c-in-c’ of KCP-Poirei Meitei
Lup, identified as Khoirom Ranjit alias Rocky alias
Great Macha (35) was arrested at Mayur Vihar area in East Delhi
along with a female cadre of the militant group identified as
Inungbam Sanatombi Devi (26). The Delhi Police recovered 100-150
mobile SIM cards and laptops from the militant leader and his
associate in Delhi. The Delhi Police also disclosed other information
related to the militant group after interrogation. DCP-(special
cell) Sanjeev Yadav said, “They are involved in large number of
cases of terror activities like lobbing of grenades, shoot-outs,
killings, planting of bombs, running extortion network by intimidating
businessmen and politicians."
India roundly condemned the terrorist
attacks that happened in Kabul and Kandahar in Afghanistan on
January 10, with an official statement pointing a finger at Pakistan
without naming it. The Ministry of External Affairs statement
emphasised the "inhumane suffering inflicted on the peace-loving
people of the region by the abominable phenomenon of international
terrorism, which sadly continues to have its epicentre in our
region and is pursued brazenly as an instrument of state policy
to achieve narrow political objectives."
PM Narendra Modi also wrote a
letter to Afghanistan President, Ashraf Ghani condemning the terrorist
strike, particularly the explosions that targeted UAE officials
in Kandahar that left both the UAE ambassador to Afghanistan and
the governor of the province injured. "India condemns these
attacks on Afghanistan, and on its legitimate authority. Such
attacks are unacceptable and are aimed at undermining the progress
made by the people of Afghanistan against all odds," he said.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc
Ayrault pressed for “decisive action” against Pakistan-based terror
groups such as the LeT, JeM and HuM, which “are targeting” India.
France vowed to work with New Delhi to get JeM ‘chief’ Masood
Azhar proscribed by the UNSC.French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc
Ayrault also said: “The international community’s determination
to combat terrorism must be the same everywhere, regardless of
In addition, on the cross-LoC
surgical strikes carried out by India in September 2016 after
an attack on the Uri Army camp in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,
Mr. Ayrault, said that a country had a “right to defend itself”
in the wake of such threats.
On the front of counter-terrorism
activities, he said, France and India hold “constant and very
operational exchanges” on the terrorist threat. “We have a bilateral
working group that brings together all the players concerned over
counter-terrorism, and, among others, cooperation with regard
to investigations and between our respective intervention units,
the GIGN [Groupe d'intervention de la Gendarmerie nationale] from
the French side, and the National Security Guards [NSG] from the
Indian side. I welcome the development of all these cooperations,”
Mr. Ayrault said.
Ahead of Indian Republic Day,
Indo-Pakistan border adjoining Rajasthan is on an high alert following
intelligence input over possibility of infiltration bid by suicide
attackers. Patrolling on the International Border in the state
has been intensified. According to sources, input received by
the officials hint at terrorists are expected to try and cross
the border along with consignment of heroin and explosives. After
these inputs, BSF has been further alerted and directed to be
extra alert. The night curfew is already on and additional security
forces have been deployed at the sensitive places and vigil is
being done with surveillance gadgets. BSF is also going to start
operation Sard Hawa in next 2-3 days.
Confirming about increasing vigilance
at the borders, BSF official sources said that at the international
borders adjoining Rajasthan, strict vigilance is being made. Patrolling
is being done at the borders and surveillance is being done through
gadgets and additional alertness is being kept. Sources said that
during the night, curfew is being imposed and directions have
been given to shoot at sight on those violating the curfew.
The UAE Ambassador to India, Ahmed
Albanna, assured that UAE will cooperate with India in order to
enable it to get hold of Dawood Ibrahim. Albanna said that UAE
is determined to have a strong strategic relationship with India
and will be signing a strategic cooperation agreement with the
country soon. Condemning the global terrorism, Albanna said that
some countries are using terrorists for proxy war, which needs
to be stopped soon.
A CRPF jawan and a sniffer dog
were injured in a pressure bomb blast allegedly triggered by CPI-Maoist
cadres in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The incident took
place when a ROP of CRPF’s 85th battalion was out to ensure security
to a patch on Bijapur–Bhopalpattanam road. When the party reached
near Chinna Kodepal village in Mahadev Ghat area, dog master Surendra
Kumar stepped over the pressure IED connection.
Two Maoists, one of them carrying
cash reward on his head, surrendered before the Police in Narayanpur
District of Chhattisgarh. The cadres, identified as Kaveram Salaam
and Jagnu Salaam (30), turned themselves in at Narayanpur District
headquarters, Narayanpur ASP, Anil Soni said. They were active
as members of the Bagjhar Janatana Sarkar group
of Maoists in the Benoor Police Station area of the District.
They were assigned tasks like arranging meetings as well food
for rebels, dropping Maoist pamphlets and posters, collecting
information and inputs and others local work, he said adding that
Kaveram was carrying a reward of INR 10,000 on his head.
The ‘group commander’, Abhay,
of the TPC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, was killed in
an encounter under Chainpur Police station area of Palamu District
of Jharkhand. The encounter took place between the
team from Garhwa Police, along with a contingent of the JAP. SFs
have recovered two rifles, cartridges, batteries, their chargers,
blankets and other materials.
Three cadres of the (PLFI,
a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, who were part of the
group that set ablaze heavy machinery engaged in IOC’s Paradip-Ranchi-Raipur
underground pipeline project on January 10, were arrested from
Murhu area of Khunti District of Jharkhand. The trio
has been identified as Dinesh Gudiya - brother of PLFI ‘zonal
commander’ Jeedan Gudiya - Sunil Nag and Batu Kachchhap. PLFI
pamphlets and jerry cans, used for carrying fuel like petrol or
kerosene oil, were also recovered from them.
Two civilians, Ramesh Atala (27)
and Manohar Atala (55) were killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres in
Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The Gadchiroli
Police statement said that the Maoists shot the victims claiming
they were ‘Police informers’. It added that the victims were farmers
and provided food to Maoists and travelled with them to nearby
villages. The Police claimed that CPI-Maoist fear their influence
is reducing in the District as developmental work by the administration
has earned the confidence of tribals. A section of the Police
has claimed that the latest killing was carried out by Chatgaon
LOS which is headed by ‘commander’ Yogesh.
Intelligence agencies have identified
12 active terror launch pads with 300 terrorists in Pakistan.
The launch pads were identified as Balakot, Garhi Habibullah,
Batrasi, Mashar-e-Akshah, Abdullah bin Mausam, Dalai, Chela Bandi,
Kotli, Dungi, Gulpar, Barali and Mandakuli. According to an intelligence
report there are "reception" areas within Indian State
of Jammu and Kashmir, where these terrorists would be received.
The reception areas where the terrorists meet their handlers,
who provide them logistics and money, are Lojab Valley, Rajwar
forest, Bandipora, Kazikund, Rafiabad and Naugam.
A civilian was killed and three
others were injured when unidentified armed men attacked an Imphal-bound
convoy of loaded trucks escorted by heavy security personnel at
Imphal-Jiribam road in Lukhambi of Noney District. The deceased
has been identified as one Dikhonang (25) of Tamenglong while
the injured were identified as Thuannilung (31) – a school teacher
from Taobam village, Jacky Kahmei (30) of Tamenglong, and Nipen
Kalita (24). According to Police, a convoy of over 500 goods-laden
trucks was on their way towards Imphal when they were attacked
by the unidentified people with sophisticated weapons, killing
one civilian and injuring three others at the spot. However, a
separate source said that the victims (all civilians) were travelling
in a car when the incident happened. The Police report said the
injured were rushed to AR Unit Hospital, Noney where they were
treated but later sent to Imphal for better treatment. However,
Police did not divulge any information on whether they retaliated
to the alleged ambush.
A cadre of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup,
identified as Pukhrihongbam Ibomcha was arrested in Imphal in
Manipur. A 9 mm pistol and 2 hand grenades were recovered from
The ZUF categorically clarified
that Abel Gangmei (30), who was killed by suspected NSCN-IM militant
at Padangpung village in Noney District on January 11 was not
related to the outfit and he was a civilian.
The ‘c-in-c’ of KCP-Poirei Meitei
Lup, identified as Khoirom Ranjit alias Rocky alias
Great Macha (35) was arrested at Mayur Vihar area in East Delhi
along with a female cadre of the militant group identified as
Inungbam Sanatombi Devi (26). The Delhi Police recovered 100-150
mobile SIM cards and laptops from the militant leader and his
associate. The Delhi Police also disclosed other information related
to the militant group after interrogation. DCP (special cell)
Sanjeev Yadav said, “They are involved in large number of cases
of terror activities like lobbing of grenades, shoot-outs, killings,
planting of bombs, running extortion network by intimidating businessmen
Unidentified assailants hurled
a crude bomb at the residence of Hokuto Zhimomi, a BJP candidate
for DMC polls, at Veterinary colony of Burma camp area in Dimapur
District. The blast damaged the concrete floored compound but
no casualties were reported. Police recovered some plastic materials
from the spot.
Meghalaya Police announced a reward
of INR 200,000 on the whereabouts of Reding T. Sangma, the ‘c-in-c’
of militant group ASAK. SP of South Garo Hills District, Anand
Mishra, while announcing the reward, said, “Any person who provides
any information which leads to the apprehension of Reding T. Sangma
will be rewarded in cash a sum of INR 2 lakh by the office of
the Superintendent of Police, South Garo Hills.”
Naushad, a resident of Bijnor
(Uttar Pradesh), who was acquitted of terror charges was arrested
again by Police. Police had arrested Naushad in 2007 claiming
that he was planning a terror attack. However, in 2015 he was
acquitted by a special court after spending more than eight years
in jail. The Uttar Pradesh government had challenged the order
in the High Court. The High Court had issued a non-bailable warrant
against him in December, 2016. Naushad, who was arrested in Bijnor,
will be taken into transit remand and brought to Lucknow on January
16. The next hearing of the matter is on January 31.
A special NIA court in New Delhi,
levelled charges against Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal
in a matter related to conspiring terror attacks in various parts
of India. The charges against Jundal, who is also the convict
in the Aurangabad arms haul case, have been framed under the IPC
Section 153 A and other sections of UAPA.The trial on the same
will begin from January 31, 2017.
A case was registered on June
8, 2012 under section 18 of UAPA against Jundal and his associates,
who happened to be the members of LeT. After the Mumbai terror
attack of 26/11 (November 26, 2008), Jundal with senior functionaries
of LeT hatched the conspiracy in Pakistan in 2010 to recruit youngsters
from India for terrorist activities and to promote enmity between
different groups in the name of religion. In August, 2016 the
designated MCOCA court sentenced life imprisonment to Jundal in
the Aurangabad arms haul case.
Six SF personnel were injured
in an IED blast in Burha Pahari area of Latehar District of Jharkhand. The
blast took place during an encounter with the cadres of the CPI-Maoist.
Officials said that three explosions took place first around 5:30
AM, then another took place around 10 AM and then again at
1 PM. Two Assistant Commandants of CRPF, one head constable and
two SIs and a Jharkhand Police jawan were injured.
One Naxalite, identified
as Mahendra Manjhi, was arrested in a major anti-Naxal operation
carried by the 26th CRPF and local Police in Lugu-pahari forest
area in Gomia block in Bokaro District of Jharkhand. The CRPF
also seized large quantity of fire arms, including a rifle of
.315, with one magazine, three .315 cartridges and five 303 cartridges
from him. Mahendra was a close associate of Santosh Mahto group.
However, no loss of life reported and no Policemen were injured
in the operation, said ASP, Sanjay Kumar (Operations).
The CPI-Maoist cadres abducted
five persons including four Odisha Government officials from Chitrakonda
in Malkangiri District. Odisha is going to have panchayat elections
on February 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 2017. Sources said a group of
Maoists produced them at a ‘Praja Court’ at Similipodar
village. The five persons have been identified as poll officials
Hrushiskesh Naik and Purshottam Behra, junior engineers Praveen
Soren and Kamini Kanth as well as Jodamba village head Lakshaman
Sisa's son Manoranjan Sisa, sources said. However, another officer
Lingaraj Majhi managed to escape.
The District Police have arrested
a relative of Naxalite, Thota Ramulu (35), in Karimnagar
District of Telangana. Ramulu is the relative of Jadala
Nagaraju, a surrendered Naxalite told Karimnagar Commissioner
of Police, V B Kamalasan Reddy. Police have recovered 50 rounds
of ammunition of different weapons, a 18mm rifle, one SBBL rifle,
three DBBL rifles, one 9 mm carbine, one .32 pistol, a 8mm tapancha
from his house at Karimnagar town.
The BSF foiled major infiltration
attempt by a group of four to six militants, trying to infiltrate
into the Indian Territory, along the IB in Samba sector in Samba
District by killing one of them and forcing others to retreat
to Pakistan. Official sources said the BSF troops observed the
movement of four to six militants, who were moving towards the
Indian Territory along Tarnah Nullah between Samba and Hiranagar
sectors on the IB. As the alert BSF troops challenged the militants,
after heavy exchange of firing one of the militants was killed
on spot while others were reported to have retreated to Pakistan
taking cover of darkness in the area. The BSF didn’t suffer any
casualties in the encounter.
SFs busted a militant hideout
and recovered cache of arms and ammunition in Charmar area of
Surankote in Poonch District. Acting on tip off, police and army
launched joint operation in Charmar area of Surankote and recovered
the cache of arms and ammunition from an underground dump, which
included two AK 56, two Chinese pistols, two RPG guns, four HE
36 grenades, 10 AK magazines, 302 AK ammunition, LMG ammunition
88, sniper ammunition 12, one wireless set damaged, one bayonet
cover, three pistol magazines, two pistols ammunition, three M
16 Rocket and one 51 motor ammunition.
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat
made it clear that more surgical strikes cannot be ruled out as
India has the “right to retaliate” if Pakistan does not react
positively to offers of peace. General Rawat also said India needs
to “wait and watch” the Pakistani response in Jammu and Kashmir.
He accepted that challenges of proxy war, insurgency and terrorism
will keep India embroiled for “years to come”. The General said
the DGMOs of both sides have spoken to each other and want peace
and tranquillity along the LoC. The two officers spoke on November
23, 2016 and since then there has been relative peace along the
LoC, he said. Asked if surgical strikes conducted along the LoC,
and operations conducted in Myanmar, would now be part of the
doctrine, the Army chief said, “We have told the adversary to
accept peace and in case that offer is not reciprocated this method
of operations (surgical strikes) shall continue”. He also said
the aim is to ensure peace and tranquillity and it (surgical strike)
shall not be needed if there is peace.
Police arrested a KCP militant,
identified as Rishikesh Singh (41), from Sangakpham Bazar area
in Imphal West District. Incriminating articles were also recovered
from his possession.
Thounaojam Shyamkumar , MLA from
INC, denied Delhi Police's charge that he had nexus with the arrested
militant leader of the KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup. ‘C-in-c’ of KCP-Poirei
Meitei Lup, identified as Khoirom Ranjit alias Rocky alias
Great Macha (35) was arrested from New Delhi on January 12.
In a shocking report that discloses
the state of Police Stations and Police Forces, it has been revealed
that even basic infrastructure to fulfill their duties have not
been provided to the Police Stations. Many of the Police Stations
do not have the basic facilities such as vehicles, phones and
wireless to carry out their duties more effectively. As per the
report, there are a total of 15,555 Police Stations in the country
and out of these, 188 Police Stations are without a single vehicle,
402 lack telephone lines and 134 don’t have wireless sets. 65
of these neither have a telephone line nor wireless set, as per
the data accumulated by the BPR&D.
Insurgency-struck Manipur has
the maximum number of Police Stations without a phone or wireless
set. The North-east State has 43 Police Stations without phones
or wireless sets. Chhattisgarh has 161 Police Stations without
vehicles. MP has 111 Police Stations without any telephone line.
MP is followed by Meghalaya and Manipur at 67 Police Stations
each. UP also has 51 Police Stations without a telephone line
and 17 without wireless, the report says. BPR&D figures revealed
that there are only 10.13 vehicles for 100 Policemen at the national
level. Only 1,75,358 vehicles in all available for law enforcement.
Maharashtra has the maximum number of vehicles (17,131), followed
by Tamil Nadu (15,926) and UP (13,452). “In the case of Chhattisgarh
and MP, most Police Stations are in Communist Party of India-Maoist
(CPI-Maoist)-affected areas where wireless sets or vehicles are
often snatched by Naxalites [Left Wing Extremists (LWEs)]. This
cannot be an excuse as police need at least phones, vehicles and
wireless sets for communication and mobility,” said an official.
There were 22,80,691 Police officers across all States and Union
territories (UTs) as of January 2016. The issue is particularly
serious in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, UP, West Bengal, Dadar &
Nagar Haveli and Delhi where there is one Policeman for 1,100
After reports on abduction of
five poll officials in Malkangiri District of Odisha on January
13, the abducted officials claimed that they were in the captivity
of the LWEs and produced before a praja court. Of
the five poll officials, two of them – gram panchayat technical
assistants Praveen Soren and Kaminikanta Singh – have narrated
their ordeal to media after their release. “We were abducted while
we were on duty at our respective panchayats. We were taken to
a place near Gora Setu and produced before a praja court where
around 20-22 Maoists were present. The ultras threatened us not
to participate in the panchayat polls and asked us to go back,”
Kaminikanta Singh said. Another abducted official Praveen Soren
said: “The Maoists told me that whether it is police encounter
or other issues, district administration has not reached out to
people. The villagers have been deprived of the welfare schemes.
They will not allow polls to be held in the region till the government
benefits reach them.”
The separatists in J&K have
further scaled down their ongoing agitation by restricting the
strike call to every Friday and have asked people to observe a
'black day' on Republic Day. In a fresh protest programme issued
late last night (January 14), the separatists - hardline APHC-G
chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, moderate APHC-M chief Mirwaiz
Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik - asked the people to observe
strike only on Fridays. In view of Republic Day, the separatists
have called for a shutdown on Thursday (January 19) as well this
week. They have also called for joint protest on Monday (January
16) after the afternoon prayer.
In terms of militancy related
violence, Assam was the only State in the Northeast which recorded
higher casualties during 2016, as compared to the previous year
(2015). Referencing Government official records, a report said
that, in 2016 (up to November), Assam recorded a total of 80 casualties,
including 29 civilians, 4 security personnel and 47 extremists.
But, in 2015, Assam recorded 58 killings, including 9 civilians
and 49 insurgents.
Significantly, the number of civilian
casualties in the State rose sharply to 29 in 2016 from 9 in 2015.
In 2014, 168 civilian fatalities were recorded. In 2013, 35 civilians
were killed in insurgency-related violence across the State. Similarly,
casualties among the SFs also increased from zero in 2015 to four
in 2016. Due to sustained operations by SFs, 47 militants belonging
to various insurgent groups lost their lives during 2016, as against
49 in 2015, 102 in 2014 and 52 in 2013 in the State. According
to the high level security sources, there was a substantial decline
in insurgency related incidents in 2015. In that year, the level
of violence steeply declined to the lowest since 1997. Official
records further state that 125 persons were kidnapped in Assam
in 2013, 94 in 2014, 27 in 2015 and 14 in 2016. On the other hand,
348 extremists were arrested in 2013, 319 in 2014, 645 in 2015
and 343 in 2016 in the State.
According to the security sources
the militant groups having bases in Myanmar have started using
different routes of Arunachal Pradesh-Myanmar border to enter
into the North East region. Earlier, Nagaland-Myanmar border was
considered to be the most vulnerable. Sources said that though
some militants are still sneaking to the country through Nagaland,
most such infiltrations are taking place through Arunachal Pradesh
which is considered to be a peaceful state. Security sources said
that most such movements were taking place through the Changlang
District of Arunachal Pradesh. The Arunachal Pradesh CM also held
a high level meeting with senior officers of the Army and paramilitary
forces last month to discuss the situation.
The UNC of Manipur opposed the
fencing work between India and Myanmar and ''appealed to Nagas''
to jointly oppose it. The fencing work is on at remote Pangsha
village in Nagaland’s Tuensang District. The NSCN-IM, NSCN-K,
ENPO and several other Nagaland based social organization had
also opposed the move to fence the India-Myanmar border in Nagaland.
The Government officials said
that the UHM Rajnath Singh had sought a report on the ambush of
January 12 on NH 37 in Manipur in which one person was killed
and three injured.
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze three
vehicles involved in road construction work in West Singhbhum
District of Jharkhand. According to Police, the Maoists raided
camp of a construction company at Roam village situated under
Guwa Police Station and set the three vehicles on fire.
France has reiterated its support
to India's pitch to get JeM 'chief' Masood Azhar designated as
a global terrorist, days after China blocked such a proposal at
the UN. It added that there are "very strong arguments in
favour" of designating Azhar as an international terrorist
and said that it wants to see decisive action taken against terror
groups targeting India. French Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrhoo,
who was on a four-day India visit, stated that France is also
a co-sponsor of the proposal to designate Masood Azhar as a global
terrorist. He regretted the fact that despite joint attempts by
France and India and wide support from the Sanctions Committee,
unanimity could not be reached. He further said that JeM is already
included in the UN Sanctions Committees list of terror organisations.
Anti-terror intelligence agencies
have found instances of medicines from India landing up with the
Islamic State (IS). The agencies strongly suspect that medicines
supplied to the Gulf countries were ending up in Syria and Iraq
for the use of the terror group.
At the recent All-India Police
Science Congress in Kerala, a top IPS official of the IB noted
during a discussion on the IS: “A total of 70 incidents of violence
have been reported outside the area of ISIS control in 20 countries
including several lone wolf attacks. The targets have been remarkably
similar to the ones chosen by other terror outfits targeting India,
whether it is the Indian Mujahideen or the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba.”
The officer said, “There have been loose ISIS motivated or inspired
groups in Hyderabad (one led by one Yazdani), one in Roorkee and
lone wolves like in Parbhani. Instances of supply of logistics
have come to our notice, particularly in the form of supply of
According to top IB sources, around
300 individuals in India are on the radar of various Police forces
and central agencies for their “proclivity towards the ISIS cause”.
So far, around 100 persons have
tried to travel to join IS and around 67 have reached the area
of operation of the extremist group. Agencies have arrested about
60 persons, including some in Telangana state for linkages to
Explaining the magnitude of the
problem, an IB officer said, “Over 70 lakh Indians work in the
Gulf and West Asia and remain vulnerable to radical propaganda.”
Several expats from Hyderabad based in the UAE and Saudi Arabia
have joined the IS, as has one person from Machilipatnam in Andhra
Pradesh who was based in Kuwait. Analysis by the police has revealed
that recent IS recruits from India were young - about 90 per cent
in the 18-33 age group. More specifically, half the recruits from
India were in the 23-28 age group. About 70 per cent had a technical
background and 50 per cent were graduates.
Investigations following the arrest
of five members of a group called Base Movement in November 2016
have revealed that a leader of the group was involved in four
blasts carried out in Madurai between 2011 and 2014,. The five
members were arrested by the NIA from Madurai in Tamil Nadu in
connection with a series of bomb blasts at court premises in South
India. One of the arrested men, N Abbas Ali, who is linked to
former operatives of Al Ummah, has revealed that he planted four
bombs in Madurai between 2011 and 2014. Ali is accused by the
NIA of planning and executing blasts in the premises of courts
in Chittoor, Kollam, Mysuru, Nellore and Malapuram between April
7 and November 1, 2016.
Following are the accounts of
the Madurai blasts provided by Ali to investigators, which are
corroborated by news reports:
The May 2011 blast occurred in
a dustbin near the crowded Mattuthavani bus stand at 9.15 pm.
Nobody was injured in the minor blast. On September 29, 2011,
Ali planted a device in a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation
bus to mark the anniversary of the 2002 killing of Al Ummah leader
Imam Ali by police in Bengaluru. The IED, made with materials
sourced from firecrackers, was found by employees of the transport
corporation and defused. On September 29, 2012, Ali planted an
IED outside a TASMAC wine shop in Theni to mark the death anniversary
of Imam Ali. The device exploded but no casualties occurred. The
fourth blast occurred on February 9, 2014, at the venue of an
AIADMK meeting in Madurai. The bomb, placed below the stage, exploded
when no one was around. The date was the anniversary of the hanging
of Afzal Guru, who was convicted in the 2001 Parliament attack
case. “Ali has claimed to have been involved in four blasts in
the Madurai region. It seems that these cases are undetected or
some others have already been arrested,’’ a source said.
The Police arrested six cadres
of the CPI-Maoist along with arms and ammunition during a raid
at Karmpur Bhataulia village under Paroo Police Station in Muzaffarpur
District of Bihar. The Police have also seized two country made
pistols, six detonators, four cartridges of .315 bore, 17 cartridges
of 7.62 bore, hand-written six leaflets meant to threaten people
to realise levy and two motorcycles. The arrestees were identified
as Dashrath Ram, Santosh Sahni, Baidyanath Paswan, Mukesh Paswan,
Rajesh Paswan and Sanjay Kumar Sahni.
CPI-Maoist cadres have warned
villagers through posters in Narayanpatna block of Koraput District
of Odisha to abstain from voting during panchayat polls.
The posters were found in Balipeta and Tentulipadar panchayats of
the District. The panchayat polls will be
held in five phases: February 13, 15, 17, 19 and 21, 2017.
Two villagers were killed by the
CPI-Maoist cadres at Taringa village under Goeilkera Thana area
in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. The victims were
identified as Suresh Bhuiyan (25) and Jiten Lomga (15). No reason
was cited by West Singhbhum District Police for the killings.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed
in an encounter with SFs in Kandanar forest area under Darbha
Police station in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh. SFs also recovered
a .303 rifle, its five live rounds, one SMBL rifle, a couple of
detonators, bags, Naxal literature and items
of daily use. The identity of the Maoist killed is yet to be ascertained.
The total number Maoists killed in separate gun-battles in Bastar
Division in January 2017 has reached to 8.
The SFs in Kerala have warned
that the CPI-Maoist cadres are planning a coordinated movement
of its urban and rural forces for strengthening its activities
in southern States of India, mainly in Kerala. SFs claimed this
on the basis of the review report of the SZC of the CPI-Maoist
retrieved by the Police from the site of Nilambur encounter. The
report says, that they were able to defeat the enemy plans and
successfully organize the meeting in the forest area of tri-junction
under the protection of PLGA Forces, support and participation
The three parties, the IPFT, the
INPT and the NCT, announced a hartal (general strike) in
areas under the TTAADC on February 8 to protest the new citizenship
policy of the Union Government. The proposed amendments will grant
swifter Indian citizenship to persecuted minorities from countries
like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
UHM Rajnath Singh, along with
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar,
reviewed the prevailing situation in Manipur. The State is reeling
under a 75-day long economic blockade on NHs, called by the UNC,
which has crippled normal life. Top officials including CoAS General
Bipin Rawat, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, and AG Mukul
Rohatgi were also present in the meeting. The presence of AG is
leading to speculation of the Union Government mulling some legal
action. The blockade of the NHs leading to the Manipur valley
has been in place since November 1.
In a joint operation conducted
by the Indian Army and Police, two persons identified as Rahim
Badshah (30) and Abdul Sahid (25) were arrested with 800 detonators,
a pistol and ammunition from the Shantipur-Beparipara border village
under Sukchar Police Station of South Salmara-Mancachar District.
Police said that the consignment was meant to be delivered to
militants groups in Meghalaya''s Garo Hills or to Bangladesh-based
The Maoists of AOBSZC issued a
Press release asking people of the cutoff areas to boycott the
panchayat polls, leaving the SEC and the State administration
of Odisha in a tizzy.
In a bid to curb the menace of
LWE, Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh and his Jharkhand counterpart
Raghubar Das, discussed modalities for better inter-state coordination
and information sharing in the border area of the two neighbouring
States in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh. During discussions,
Singh said Chhattisgarh shares a long border with Jharkhand (in
its northern part) and better coordination between the forces
of the two States would help in strengthening the surveillance
system on the inter-State border and thereby controlling Naxal
activities, an official release issued said. Jharkhand CM reiterated
commitment of his State to control Naxal menace. “The Jharkhand
CM assured Singh that State Police and armed forces will work
in better coordination with Chhattisgarh Police to check Naxal
menace,” the official release said.
Imphal West District Police arrested
a KYKL militant, identified as H Priyokumar (45) from Naoremthong
Shamushang under Lamphel Police Station in Imphal West District.
Police said that the arrested militant was working under the ‘deputy
finance secretary’ of the militant group, Ingba and involved in
several extortion cases.
Three LeT militants were killed
in an encounter with SFs at Awoora village in Pahalgam area of
Anantnag District. Acting on specific intelligence input about
the presence of three LeT militants, ‘commander’ Adil, Masood
and Abid, hiding in the village, Army’s 3rd RR
and SOG launched a search operation in the area on January 15.
An army official said as the SFs were conducting the search operation,
the hiding militants fired upon them and the SFs retaliated. The
exchange of fire went on till late in the evening after which
it was halted for the night, the official said, adding it was
resumed in the wee hours today and the three militants were killed
in the gunfight. Three AK-47 rifles have been recovered from the
encounter site, the official said adding the operation has been
NCB and BSF seized around 500
gram of heroine from a border outpost near Lalgola in Murshidabad
District. The seized drug, which was to be sent to Bangladesh,
has a market price of INR 1.5 core. The agency has seized more
than 300 gram of heroine from Siliguri earlier this year. According
to NCB sources, after a crackdown at Malda District, clandestine
laboratories have started mushrooming in Murshidabad. The areas
across Plassey and Lalgola in the district are under the radar
of the agency now.
The CPI-Maoist cadres of the AOBSZC
warned Andhra University Professor Jarra Appa Rao, former Naxalite
Pilli Venkateswarlu alias Satyam and TDP leader, SV Ramana, in
Vishakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. In a press release
by the CPI-Maoist AOBSZC official spokesman Jagabandhu stated
that these people were threatening local tribals and claiming
that the banned outfit had permitted contractors to mine, following
which they had set up crusher machines to extract granite and
other reserves. Further, Jagabandhu stated, that Ramaguda encounter
of October 24, 2016, in Odisha, was a pre-planned elimination
of unarmed CPI-Maoist cadres by Andhra Pradesh and Odisha Government.
Six tribals have been abducted
by CPI-Maoist cadres from three interior villages of GK Veedhi
in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. According to sources,
the rebels had abducted six persons from Boddamanupakalu, Tukkagoi
and PK Gudem by branding them as ‘Police informers’. The Maoist
cadres have informed the people to attend a meeting in the forest
area of GK Veedhi and they were taken away by them from the spot.
However, SP, Rahul Dev Sharma ruled out the kidnap angle. He said
that no complaint was lodged by the locals about the kidnap. Rahul
Dev also opined that after the recent kidnapping in Odisha, locals
were exaggerating the incident as kidnapping.
UHM Rajnath Singh assured Chhattisgarh
Government of greater road connectivity, new Police Stations and
mobile towers in the Naxal affected Districts while chairing
a review meeting on anti-Naxal campaign and development
at the CM Raman Singh’s residence in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh.
UHM approved 50 new Police Stations, installation of 35 additional
mobile towers and improving the road network. 850 kilometres will
be constructed new roads in the Naxal-affected areas. Sixteen
out of the 27 Districts of Chhattisgarh have the presence of rebels.
CM Raman Singh told that the CPI-Maoist cadre’s activities in
the northern region of the State like Surguja Division were almost
under control while activities were on the decline in Bastar region
in the South.
Jharkhand’s DGP, D K Pandey asked
CPI-Maoist cadres to either surrender or get ready to face the
bullets of the SFs in Palamu District of Jharkhand. The DGP directed
to establish a Police picket in Mahudanad of Hussainabad.
Following the call of CPI-Maoist
cadres to people to boycott the upcoming panchayat elections and
their subsequent abduction of poll officials in Malkangiri District
of Odisha, the SEC, informed that any decision on whether to announce
a new poll schedule for the cutoff areas in the District would
be taken after withdrawal of candidatures scheduled on January
22. SEC Secretary Rabindra Sahu told reporters in Bhubaneswar,
“Filing of nominations is left for another two days. Once the
process gets over tomorrow, the SEC will take a decision after
assessing the situation not only for Malkangiri but other places
as well where similar situations have occurred. As per the poll
norms, if a nomination is not filed for any panchayat due to any
reasons in the first phase, a new schedule is announced by the
SEC. In case all the nominations are rejected or withdrawn, a
new schedule is also declared.”
Police commandos, during combing
operations, raided the house of a NSCN-IM militant, identified
as Mashuring Tangkhul, at Ringpham village in Chandel District.
However, no arrest was made.
Security had been tightened in
and around the capital city Imphal and District headquarters in
Manipur ahead of the upcoming Republic Day celebration and State
A court in New Delhi, remanded
Inugbamsanatombi Devi, the female associate of ‘c-in-c’ of KCP-Poirei
Lup, to judicial custody until January 31. She was arrested on
January 12 along with Khoirom Ranjit, the ‘c-in-c’ of KCP-Poirei
Meitei, who is in Police custody until January 19.
State Police officials stated
that the GNLA militants had started using children as a shield
to protect themselves from the ongoing operations being carried
out by SFs in Garo Hills Districts. SP (South Garo Hills), Anand
Mishra, in this regard, said, “With pressure mounting on GNLA
militants, whose strength is dwindling, the use of children by
the militants has been reported from parts of South Garo Hills.”
Police have reports from several villages that the militants had
taken away many children. According to the sources, the militants
are using the children also to get information about the movement
of security personnel and to carry ration, besides entrusting
them to do other menial jobs. The Police official also said that
a Police team had visited several villages and contacted parents
to know the whereabouts of their missing children.
State’s Governor Banwarilal Purohit
had extended the term of KAAC for a period of six months with
effect from January 13 or till the date of the first sitting after
completion of fresh polls to the KAAC, whichever is earlier. The
term of the present Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council expired on
January 13 on completion of its five year term.
The NIA arrested one IS operative,
identified as Mohammed Irfan alias Abu Jafar, a resident
of Mir Alam Mandi in the old city of Hyderabad. He was
produced before NIA special court, which sent him to judicial
custody for seven days.
According to the investigation
agency, he along with the other accused took part in searching
of hideouts and physical training. Irfan allegedly collected the
explosive precursors along with another accused from the outskirts
of Pochampally village of Nalgonda District in Telangana.
Underlining that India alone cannot
walk the path of peace, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urged Pakistan
to “walk away from terror” if it wants resumption of bilateral
dialogue. On relations with China, Modi said it was not unnatural
for two large neighbours to have some differences but both sides
should show sensitivity and respect for each other’s core concerns
A city civil court in Bengaluru
issued a body warrant for Yasin Bhatkal, who has been sentenced
to death for the Hyderabad blasts case, in connection with the
ongoing M. Chinnaswamy Stadium blast case (April 17, 2010). Yasin,
touted as the mastermind behind IM, has to be produced before
the court on February 4. The warrant was issued based on an application
filed by Special Public Prosecutor C.A. Ravindran on behalf of
Central Crime Branch sleuths attached to Bengaluru City Police.
The role of the ISI in the November
20, 2016 train disaster in Kanpur is being suspected after Bihar
Police, arrested three people, Moti Paswan, Uma Shankar Patel
and Mukesh Yadav, who, they claimed, were working for the Pakistani
intelligence agency to target Indian railways. The ISI link was
being suspected after the interrogation of the trio, Police said.
During interrogation, the three arrested persons provided some
“positive lead” about the Indore-Patna Express derailment in Kanpur,
District SP Jitendra Rana said.
The trio was arrested from Adapur
Police Station area and they allegedly confessed to having worked
for a Nepalese contact suspected to be connected to the ISI to
target the railways, Rana told. The three are “professional criminals”
involved in more than a dozen cases. The three were paid INR 3
lakh by a Nepali man Brajesh Giri, who allegedly had connections
with Shamsul Hoda of Dubai, who had links with the ISI, the SP
said. The money was paid to them to plant a bomb on the railway
tracks at Ghorasan in East Champaran District, bordering Nepal,
on October 1, 2016 Rana said.
Pakistan's ISI operatives in Nepal
had offered a flat and a luxury vehicle besides huge cash to each
member of the group that was assigned to plant explosives to derail
the Indore-Rajendranagar Express near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh
in November, 2016, Police sources said.
Concerned authorities have increased
the security of Delhi-Lahore bus and Samjhauta Express following
an alert from intelligence agencies that terror groups are on
the lookout of targeting these two modes of transportation between
India and Pakistan. Highly placed sources said that intelligence
inputs suggest terrorists groups are planning to disrupt the Republic
Day event in the national capital. They may target Samjhauta Express
and Delhi-Lahore bus service.
A joint team of District Police,
DRG, STF and ITBP arrested five CPI-Maoist cadres in Kondagaon
District of Chhattisgarh during an anti-Naxal operation.
The arrested Maoists were identified as Ramdhar Nag (28), Jaisingh
Nag (27), Neeldhar Yadav (21), Sukman Kashyap (26) and Sahu Kashyap
(25).They were active Janmilitia members and were involved in
various crimes including spreading false information about encounter,
arranging meetings for ultras and others.
Bastar’s first woman CRPF officer,
Usha Kiran had launched a special campaign to control the Maoist
activities in the Bastar Division. Kiran said she wants to neutralise
Naxals, which stops people from moving towards development.
Kiran is first woman officer to be posted in the Maoist hotbed
and a potent PR tool for the security forces battling accusations
of grave excesses, including rape.
A handler of a sniffer dog, PK
Samal, was injured and 'Aminika', a sniffer dog belonging
to CoBRA battalion, was killed in an IED blast by CPI-Maoist
cadres in Buda Pahar area in Latehar District of Jharkhand.
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze four
vehicles at a bridge construction site at Ganeshpur Chatam under
Garu Police Station in Latehar District of Jharkhand. Maoists
set ablaze two dumpers and two tractors engaged by the construction
company to build a bridge over Koel River and assaulted workers
engaged at the site.
SFs laid a trap and arrested a
Maoist supporter and three employees of Bauxite mining company
from Bishunpur area in Gumla District of Jharkhand. SFs
have seized INR 0.299 million cash, an SUV and a motorcycle from
them. The Gumla SDPO, Bhupendra Rawat, added, "Upon frisking
them, we recovered 149 currency notes of INR 2,000 denomination
and two new notes of INR 500 denomination. During interrogation,
they admitted that the cash was actually meant for Maoist 'zonal
commander' Nakul Yadav and his next in command Madan Yadav."
CPI-Maoist cadres have again put
up posters at various places threatening the tribals to boycott
the Panchayat elections in Malkangiri District
of Odisha. According to reports, the posters were
found from the Chitrakonda area of the District in which the Malkangiri
District Divisional Committee of the CPI-Maoist has asked the
tribals not to cast their votes. Earlier reported, the CPI-Maoist
cadres had on January 10 also put up posters in Malkangiri warning
the tribals to abstain from the polls.
CPI-M (Red Star), a Naxalite outfit
that has contested elections has token presence in Kerala and
West Bengal, led land agitation near Kolkata. CPI-ML (Red Star)
has become the key organiser of a movement at Bhangar village
in South 24 Parganas District of West Bengal. It is to be noted
that the villagers are demanding cancellation of a power grid
project designed to transmit electricity through high tension
overhead lines. A senior Police officer said, “All the leaders
of the movement belong to the CPI (ML) (Red Star). We never monitored
their activities because they held little influence.” Police
said they are keeping a close watch on are Alik Chakraborty, Sharmistha
Chowdhury and Pradip Singh Thakur, all leaders of the Red Star
faction of CPI(ML). The leader of the party is K N Ramachandran,
who hails from Kerala. Thakur and Chakraborty are politburo members
of the party and Choudhury a central committee member. Chakraborty
is also the spokesperson of the committee spearheading the movement.
The three militants killed in
the overnight gun battle with SFs in Anantnag District of J&K
on January 16, were affiliated with HM and were identified as
Abid Sheikh, son of Farooq Sheikh, resident of Satkipora Srigufwara,
Maqsood Ahmad Sheikh alias Masoom, son of Ghulam
Nabi, resident of Bewoora Srigufwara, and Adil Reshi, son of Mushtaq
Ahmad, resident of Iqbal Mohalla in Bijbehara. Three AK-47 rifles,
9 magazines, 80 rounds and 3 pouches were recovered from the encounter
site. Police said that Adil Reshi was involved in number of incidents.
Adil along with Amir Nabi alias Ibn Qasim was
involved in attack on SDPO Bijbehara and his PSO on 24th of December
2015. The 1-Sector Commander of RR Brigadier R Chakraborty stated,
“It is a major success as their moving freely and preparing a
video, in which they were playing with snow, appeared that they
were challenging us.” The Commander urged the rest of the militants
of the group to join mainstream. “I urge rest of the three militants
to surrender and join mainstream”, he said. He further said that
they were all A category militants with one each being A++ and
A+. “They are part of a six member militant group that recently
appeared in a video playing in snow. We ensured that there is
no collateral damage during the encounter”, he added.
A man allegedly trying to sneak
into the Nagrota Army camp in Jammu District was shot and injured
before being arrested. “During last night, an unidentified man
was found moving suspiciously near the fence of the Nagrota Army
camp along the banks of river Tawi,” a Defence spokesman said.
JKP has turned into an important
force in fighting militancy and modernization of the force has
become imperative to enhance capacity of the force, stated DGP,
Dr. S. P. Vaid in the meeting of the 16th CCTNS Empowered Committee
for implementation of CCTNS Project held at PHQ in Jammu District.
In order to make the department high-tech, we are focussing on
high security capacity building in future. Special focus is given
on technical up-gradation to enhance the capabilities of the force
in order to commensurate with the modern requirements, he added.
SFs arrested three militants of
MULTA, identified as Zehrul Islam (36), Joved Ali (36) and Ajit
Ali (30), from Nayekgaon area of Kokrajhar District. Seven rifles
were recovered from the arrested militants. According to Police,
the three were involved in extortion and arms dealing on behalf
of the militant group.
PDCK, a Karbi militant formation,
repeated its earlier ‘final ultimatum’ to the Hindi and Bengali
speaking inhabitants of Karbi Anglong Autonomous District to leave
the District before March 31, 2017. This has led to a panic situation
among the two communities. PDCK along with two other groups -
KLO and NLFT on January 2 had asked the two communities to quit
‘Kamatapur’, Tripura and ‘Karbi Longri’ within March 31. The outfits
have further warned that after the dateline both the communities
would have to face ‘the gravest of the grave’ situation.
SFs arrested one NDFB-IKS militant,
identified as Pushpo Basumatary alias B Fighter, from Daiphang
Gaon area in Udalguri District. One AK series assault rifle, one
magazine and ten live rounds were recovered from the possession
of the arrested militant.
The Karbi Anglong based UCF, local
Christian leaders’ forum denied the allegations of possible links
between the churches and militant leader IK Songbijit to create
violence in the region. UCF expressed its concern over these allegations
which it states were first expressed by a person named Ranjit
over a talk show aired by an Assamese channel on December 7, 2016.
In a memorandum submitted to Karbi Anglong DC in Diphu, UCF stated,
“It is nothing but an attempt to marginalize the tribal people
of Karbi Anglong and ultimately drive them out from the hill District
like what they have done in Tripura”. UCF also alleged that certain
organization was working to destabilize the tribal region and
forcing into conflict.
Abductors released three traders,
identified as Tamal Dey (38), Dulan Mahanta (36) and Durga Pada
Dutta (35), from their captivity at an unidentified place near
Telekali Reserve Forest close to Rongrikkimgre village in South
Garo Hills District. The trio was abducted by a group of criminals
linked to Bangladesh from a place near Gasuapara in South Garo
Hills District on January 10. The role of the militant group ASAK
also came to the fore as reports emerged about the abductors seeking
the help of ‘c-in-c’ Reding T. Sangma to aid in the negotiation
for ransom with an assurance of a share of the loot. The families
of the abducted people paid a ransom of INR 25,000.
Extortion activities, which had
been on the wane since the announcement of demonetisation, have
resumed once again in the Garo Hills Districts, albeit with the
activities confined mainly to the coal belt areas for now. “There
were stories going around about people being kidnapped by militants
not for extortion but for depositing their old notes. It did happen
in many interior areas of South and North Garo Hills, where militants
pressurized villagers to deposit their old notes,” said a highly
placed Police source. Some businessmen too of these two Districts
may have been pressured to deposit old notes by the outfits.
Police recovered thirty gelatin
sticks and twenty-four fuses from one abandoned labour camp at
Mynpher under Nongkhlieh area in Jaintia Hills District.
AR arrested one NSCN-K militant
from Manyaksho village in Mon District. AR also recovered one
pistol and three rounds from the arrested militant.
UHM Rajnath Singh made an appeal
to Nagaland CM TR Zeliang to try to convince the Naga leaders
in Manipur to call off their economic blockade and come to some
sort of understanding with the Manipur Government. UHM Rajnath
Singh called Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang to New Delhi to
discuss the matter. In the meeting, Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh
and Deputy CM Gaikhangam were also present.
Pakistan's ISI operatives in Nepal
had offered a flat and a luxury vehicle besides huge cash to each
member of the group that was assigned to plant explosives to derail
the Indore-Rajendranagar Express near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh
in November, 2016, Police sources said. The revelations came to
the fore during interrogation of Moti Paswan, who was arrested
from East Champaran District of Bihar, close to the India-Nepal
border, on January 16. The arrest was in connection with the abortive
attempt to blow up the railway tracks near Ghorasahan in East
Champaran, 200km north of Patna, to derail the Raxaul-Sitamarhi
passenger train on October 1, 2016.
Moti, one of the three accused
arrested in the case, had, according to the Police, revealed to
his interrogators that two pressure cooker bombs were planted
on the railway tracks at the behest of an India operative of the
ISI, who had introduced himself as Brajesh Giri. He was offered
INR 3,00,000 for carrying out the blast on the tracks on October
1, 2016. He was accompanied by Arun Ram, also called Mohan, and
Deepak Ram, known as Sohan, who were subsequently killed in Nepal
for their failure to accomplish the task.
Moti was in constant touch with
Brajesh alias Giri Baba, who was assigned to hire people
from East Champaran to carry out subversive activities in India
at the behest of ISI, the Pakistani spy agency.
Police said that during interrogation,
Moti revealed that Giri had promised to provide sufficient funds
to the group to make investments in Bhojpuri movies. Giri, who
acquired citizenship of Nepal, was introduced to the ISI operatives
in Nepal by one Shamshul Hoda, who settled in Dubai for business
purposes. Paswan stated, "I left for Nepal after the derailment
of the train near Kanpur on November 20 last year. I, along with
other members of the group, was supposed to get a house in Delhi
where two operatives - Mohammad Zubair and Ziaul - were already
Two women and a minor girl were
killed while four others were injured when an IED, planted by
the CPI-Maoist cadres, exploded in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh.
Maoists killed Raju Netam (40), sarpanch of
Masenar village, at his native place under Bhansi Police Station
area in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh.
A CoBRA jawan and a Naxal were
injured during an encounter in Jharamunigiya village forests under
Bhairamgarh Police Station limits in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. Constable
Rajnish Kumar, belonging to CoBRA 204thbattalion, sustained injury
in his leg after he inadvertently stepped over spike-trap laid
by the Naxalites, during the face-off. After the encounter,
the SFs found and arrested an injured Naxalite, identified
as Dasu Banjam, who had been hit by a bullet.
CMAS, a CPI-Maoist front organization,
leader Nachika Linga’s nomination for Zilla Parishad member
in the upcoming Panchayat elections was rejected
during scrutiny in Koraput District of Odisha. Linga, currently
lodged in Koraput Circle Jail after his arrest in 2014, had sent
his nomination paper for Narayanpatna zilla parishad member
to the DRO through his counsel Gupteswar Panigrahi.
SFs arrested Arzoo Bashir, a militant
of HM, from Tral area in Pulwama District. Sources said that the
SFs conducted an operation in Tral area during which they arrested
the HM militant who was active in the area and one pistol and
15 rounds of ammunition were recovered from his possession.
The AR arrested 13 militants of
NSCN-IM along Mon-Tizit road in Mon District along with arms.
Four AK-56 rifles, two HK-32 rifles, one MA-MK 4 rifles, four
pistols and a huge quantity of live ammunition apart from other
warlike stores were recovered from the arrested militants. PRO,
AR, IGAR-N also informed that the militants were arrested while
they were travelling in two Maruti gypsies on Mon-Tizit road.
The NIA conducted search operations
at various Government offices in Nagaland that are believed to
be funding underground terrorist organisations, including the
NSCN-K. Earlier, one militant of NSCN-K identified as S. Khetoshe
Sumi, who was arrested on July 31, 2016, revealed that different
Government departments of the State pays illegal ‘tax’ to the
militant groups. The NIA took over the investigation on August
Police arrested three militants,
during a series of search operations, from different locations
across the State. The arrested militants belonged to UNLF, NSCN-K
and NSCN-IM. Besides the militants, 58 other suspected persons
were also detained and arms were recovered during the operations.
These operations were conducted in Andro Kharam Leikai and Andro
Bazar area in Imphal East District, Mahakabui Namching village
in Senapati District, Dharmasala in Imphal West District, Kakching
town in Kakching District and its surrounding areas, Pallel in
Chandel District and Tuismi Bazar areas, and Kwakta in Bishnupur
District. This drive was launched in order to foil any unwanted
incident ahead of the Republic Day celebration (26th January).
UHM Rajnath Singh and CM of Manipur
Okram Ibobi Singh met and discussed the situation in Manipur due
to the continued blockade of two NHs in the State by UNC. During
the meeting, the UHM expressed grave concern over the prevailing
situation especially with regard to availability of essential
commodities.UHM Rajnath Singh further stated that the ongoing
blockade is likely to adversely affect democratic process in the
forthcoming elections by hampering movement of people, including
In a statement, NSCN-IM asserted
that the ‘historic Framework Agreement’ on August 3 of 2015 after
19 years long ‘political negotiation’ with GoI would be outside
the Constitution and Union of India recognizing every aspects
of ‘Naga’s legitimate rights’ without compromising the principles.
The ‘c-in-c’ of KCP-Poirei Meitei
Lup, Khoirom Ranjit alias Rocky alias Great Macha
(35) will be taken back to Delhi on January 18 (today) for further
investigation. Khoirom Ranjit was brought back to Manipur on January
13 after he was arrested by a special cell of Delhi Police from
Mayur Vihar area of New Delhi on January 12.
SFs arrested one linkman of NSCN-K
militant, identified as Aham Konyak in Sivasagar District. SFs
recovered one pistol, two live bullets and a mobile phone with
SIM card of Nagaland from the arrestee.
The NIA arrested one ULFA-I militant
identified as ‘second lieutenant’ Gagan Hazarika alias
Joydeep Cheleng from Guwahati in Kamrup Metropolitan (Guwahati)
District. He was arrested in connection with a case the NIA had
registered against ULFA-I in 2013. Sources in NIA said, "He
has been taken into custody for six days. His arrest is likely
to throw light on the activities of senior ULFA leaders like ‘chairman’
Mukul Hazarika and ‘c-in-c’ Paresh Baruah."
UHM Rajnath Singh made an appeal
to Nagaland CM TR Zeliang to try to convince the Naga leaders
in Manipur to call off their economic blockade and come to some
sort of understanding with the Manipur Government. UHM Rajnath
Singh called Nagaland CM TR Zeliang to New Delhi to discuss the
matter. In the meeting, Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh and Deputy
CM Gaikhangam were also present.
Saudi Arabia deported a man, identified
as Syed Zaker Raheem wanted in connection with a conspiracy to
target leaders of BJP and other Hindu right wing outfits. Raheem
is brother-in-law of wanted LeT terrorist Farhatuallah Ghori,
who is learnt to be holed up in Pakistan. Syed Zaker Raheem, who
comes from Saidabad in Hyderabad and was living in Riyadh for
many years, was arrested by Saudi authorities in May 2016 on the
request of Indian authorities. After completing formalities, he
was deported to Delhi and taken to Hyderabad on January 20 where
Telangana Police arrested him.
Ghori is an absconding accused
in an NIA case in connection with LeT’s recruitment of several
youth in Karnataka and Telangana in 2010-11 to execute terror
attacks and assassinate right-wing leaders. NIA had arrested several
youngsters in the case. Thirteen of them were convicted by a court
in September, 2016 after they pleaded guilty to the charges.
A man, identified as Sukhdas Baghel
was killed by Naxals at a shop located opposite Chintagufa
Police Station in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh.
A SF constable, Santosh Markam,
was injured in an exchange of fire with Naxals at Kodenar
village under Orchha Police Station in Narayanpur District of
Chhattisgarh. SFs were out on a counter-insurgency operation
when they spotted a CPI-Maoist camp in Kodenar. Sensing SFs
presence Naxals opened indiscriminate fire.
Six Naxals, three
of them carrying cash reward, surrendered in Kondagaon District
of Chhattisgarh. The CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered
citing intensified counter-insurgency operation as well as impressive
State surrender and rehabilitation policy. Sukhder alias Jangu
Potai (26) ‘section commander’ of Military Company Number 6 of
CPI-Maoist, Somaru- a Janmilitia ‘commander’ and Samlu- head
of ‘Janatana Sarkar’ a wing of the CPI-Maoist were the
key cadres who surrendered. Other CPI-Maoist cadres were
identified as Budharu, Kodu and Ramu.
Around 15-20 armed rebels of the
PLFI, a splinter group of a CPI-Maoist, set ablaze vehicles
at the construction site near Latrtu Dam in Khunti District of
Jharkhand. The rebels set ablaze one dumper, two tractors,
two bikes and two generator sets.
An ‘area commander’ of the PLFI, identified
as Ruben Kerketta and a CPI-Maoist operative Ladu Munda surrendered
in Khunti District of Jharkhand. Kerketta was carrying a reward
of INR 200,000 and Munda was carrying a reward of INR 50,000 on
Khunti SP, Shwini Jha held a meeting
at his office in Khunti District of Jharkhand to plan out a strategy
to monitor the rising activities of CPI-Maoist cadres and its
splinter groups in Khunti, Simdega, Gumla and other Districts
A LeT militant was killed in an
encounter with SFs in Bandipora District. Acting on specific intelligence
inputs that there might be militants hiding in Parray Mohalla
in the Hajin area, SFs launched a search operation in the village.
As the forces were conducting the search operation, the hiding
militant opened fire on them. In the ensuing encounter, the LeT
militant Abu Musaib was killed and a SOG soldier was also injured
in the brief encounter, Police said.
One unidentified civilian got
killed in the crossfire between GNLA and Police in the remote
Rongsu Agal area in South Garo Hills District. According to the
report, GNLA militants opened fire on the Police team which had
reached the spot after receiving information about the hideout
which was used by GNLA ‘c-in-c’ Sohan D Shira. Police recovered
a shotgun and several live rounds of AK ammunition from the militant
A GNLA linkman, identified as
Tengman D Shira (25), was arrested by Police in Thapa Darengchi
village in North Garo Hills District. Police recovered one 7.65
mm pistol with three rounds (Chinese make), 9 mm pistol with eight
rounds (factory made), one Chinese pistol with 18 rounds and four
magazines from the arrested linkman.
SFs arrested one GNLA linkman
identified as Thengman Sangma (25) from Thapa Agitchak village
in North Garo Hills District. Three pistols and 25 rounds of live
ammunition were recovered from the arrestee.
The State Police said that they
had beefed up security measures in the entire state to prevent
any kind of terrorist activities in the upcoming Republic Day
celebration (26th January). Assam is also closely coordinating
with Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland in an effort to curb militant
attacks in the run-up to Republic Day. DGP of Assam, Mukesh Sahay,
has been touring Upper Assam, along with representatives from
the two states, since January 18 to review the security scenario.
SFs arrested three arms dealer
including two women from two different places of Churachandpur
District along with arms. In the first incident SFs arrested two
women identified as Esther Haokip and Chongboi Haokip in Churachandpur
Town. Five pistols were recovered from their possession. Based
on their disclosure, another arms dealer identified as Gumlalmun
was also arrested at Loklaiphai village along with one pistol
and a magazine.
The militant group, ASUK, in a
statement, threatened the 68th Republic Day celebration (26th
January) in North East. In the statement, the militant grouped
‘banned’ the 68th Republic Day celebration in the entire WESEA.
A city court in New Delhi extended
by five days the Police custody of Khoirom Ranjit, the arrested
‘chief’ of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup militant, after Delhi Police
said he was needed further custodial interrogation.
In a statement, the NSCN-IM called
upon all Naga groups to come together on a ‘single platform’ before
the announcement of the peace settlement with the Central Government
of India. The peace process started with a ceasefire agreement
with NSCN-IM in 1997 and a final peace settlement had started
gaining momentum after the Central Government of India signed
the ''framework agreement'' in August, 2015.
ED issued summons to Islamic preacher
Zakir Naik and his IRF under the PMLA. The Union Government had
declared the IRF as an “outlawed organisation” under the anti-terror
law for its alleged terror activities, following which the Maharashtra
Government said it would keep a close eye on locals and organisations
funding the IRF and would be treated as “anti-social elements”.
However, the IRF said it would be arguing before a Central government
tribunal against the validity of the ban imposed on it and invoking
of the UAPA.
PM Narendra Modi, UHM Rajnath
Singh and BJP President Amit Shah, face threat from CPI-Maoist
cadres, stated top intelligence sources. CPI-Maoist cadres have
urged the leadership to target them during their campaign for
Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. They have further
suggest to carry out serial IED blasts in Eastern Uttar Pradesh
by deploying 'suitable cadres' from outside, while promising to
provide assistance to carrying out the task.
A CPI-Maoist cadre demanded an
extortion of INR 1 million from BDO, Satish Kumar, of Jhajha in
Jamui District of Bihar. The sender in the letter identified
himself as Umesh Yadav, and claimed himself a native of Jhajha
Police Station area. BDO lodged an FIR at Jhajha Police Station.
was re-opened with the joint initiative of SFs and Netanar village
in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh. The rural ‘haats’ were facing
closure due to Naxal violence in Bastar District
of Chhattisgarh for a decade. Netanar’s sarpanch, Sahadev
Naag told, “We always wanted to restart the market here but fearing Naxal violence,
which breaks out at any time in the area, local traders and villagers
avoided it.” It is important to note that in 2011, six SFs, including
Darbha Police SHO, were killed in an ambush of with the CPI-Maoist
cadres at the place which is very close to where the weekly market
is being held.
SFs recovered 50 Kilograms of
IED below a small bridge in the rural road of Gomia Block in Bokaro
District of Jharkhand. SFs launched a search operation
at Chitu, Bankheta, Banchatra, Barokocha and Bhochukdiha villages
within the limits of Gomia Police Station area. DIG,
Saket Kumar Singh said the raids would continue in Jhumra. He
added,”The recovered IED was diffused later. Frequent recovery
of landmines and explosives in that area helps Police foil the
attempts of the CPI-Maoist cadres who were looking for triggering
any untoward incident there “said Singh.
The United States of America sought
a safe and secure environment for its nationals visiting Odisha
in view of the rampant CPI-Maoist cadre’s activities. The issue
was raised by Consul General Katherine B Hadda at the US Consulate
in Hyderabad when she met Odisha’s DGP K B Singh.
A pressure bomb, believed to have
been planted by CPI-Maoist cadres, was found inside the Pasaraganda
Forest under Adaba Police limits in Gajapati District of Odisha.
A bomb squad from Paralakhemundi reached the site and defused
the explosive. The squad also seized 50 Kilograms gelatine, a
tiffin bomb, 40 metres of wire and gunpowder from the spot.
Odisha DGP, K B Singh reviews
Maoist situation in Malkangiri District of Odisha. DGP
was on a visit to the District to review security arrangements
in view of the call given by the Naxals to boycott
elections. The DGP first visited BSF camp at MV-3. Later he visited
the BSF camps at Jodamba and Badapada in the cut-off area.
Maoists put up fresh posters at
several places in Malkangiri and Koraput Districts of Odisha and
have called for poll boycott.
Rizwana Begam, a surrendered CPI-Maoist,
who was accused in a case registered in Yapaladinni Police Station,
was produced before II Additional Judicial Magistrate Court in
Raichur District of Karnataka. “She surrendered before the Chikkamagaluru
police three months ago and was produced in the court here in
connection with the pending case,” Chetan Singh Rathore, SP, said.
PM Narendra Modi, UHM Rajnath
Singh and BJP President Amit Shah, face threat from CPI-Maoist
cadres, stated top intelligence sources. CPI-Maoist cadres have
urged the leadership to target them during their campaign for
Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. They have further
suggest to carry out serial IED blasts in Eastern Uttar Pradesh
by deploying 'suitable cadres' from outside, while promising to
provide assistance to carrying out the task.
Militants hurled a grenade on
a Police party in Narbal area in Budgam District. The grenade
exploded on the road causing minor damage to a Police vehicle.
Police and Army launched an operation and laid a naka at Narbal
crossing on National Highway against the militants responsible
for the grenade blast.
The security agencies defused
an old live shell which was recovered from a pond at Kharote village
in Kathua District. A Police spokesman said that a villager noticed
a shell lying in the marshy pond and informed Police and the Army
and it was defused by the security agencies.
SFs arrested one militant of UNLF,
identified as Thiyam Nungshithoi alias Lokhon alias
Buno alias Saphaba Meitei (34) from Keishampat Keisham
Leikai in Imphal West District. SFs said that Nungshithoi was
a KYKL cadre till 2002 before he joined the UNLF together with
six others in 2003.
NIA probe into institutionalized
extortion rackets run by Naga militant groups in Nagaland has
revealed that these militant formations were getting money allegedly
from 14 State Government Departments. The news report names the
Naga militant groups involved as the NSCN-K, NSCN-IM and NNC.
Sources said these Government
Departments include the Directorate of Information Technology,
Directorate of Soil and Water Conservation, Directorate of Irrigation,
Directorate of Rural Development, Directorate of Urban Development,
PWD, Roads and Buildings and Directorate of Information and Public
Relations. “We have found documents that show that at least 14
Government Departments made regular payments to Naga groups, including
NSCN-IM,” an NIA officer said. “We have seized receipts that show
payments of INR 2 crore. Further investigation is on.”
The civilian victim of the crossfire
that took place between GNLA militant and Police remote Rongsu
Agal area in South Garo Hills District on January 19 was identified
as Kerok R Marak (23) by the villagers.
Locals caught two KPLT militants
at Pubsilputa village under Bakaliaghat Police Station in Karbi
Anglong District. According to information, two KPLT cadres were
on a bid to extortion drive and reached at SGB Jagnarayan Singh
house for extorting money from him. In the mean time the villagers
got the information and caught them and handed over them to Bakaliaghat
Police. The arrested KPLT cadres have been identified as Rabindra
Tokbi (23) and Jiten Phangcho (24).
12 of the 52 arrested in India
over the past two years for links with Islamic State (IS) terror
group are from Maharashtra. The terror organisation has become
a major concern for security agencies as out of the 64 suspected
terrorists arrested by the NIA in all terror-related cases in
the past two years, 52 of them have been arrested for their role
Two cadres of the PLFI, identified
as Fagua Singh and Turtan Guria, were arrested at Bano in Simdega
District of Jharkhand. PLFI is a splinter group of a CPI-Maoist.
CPI-Maoist threat forced the SEC
to postpone the rural polls in Chitrakonda block of Malkangiri
District of Odisha. The SEC announced it based on a report jointly
submitted by the District Collector and SP. The report said that
adequate security personnel could not be deployed for safety and
security of poll personnel in the cut off areas. "The law
and order situation in the block is not satisfactory according
to a report filed by the district administration. So, we have
decided to postpone the elections in Chitrakonda block,"
said SEC secretary R N Sahu. The block with heavy Maoist presence
has total 222 wards, 18 each gram panchayats and samitis and
two zilla parishad zones. Fearing Maoist attack,
not a single nomination was filed for the posts of sarpanchs and
ward members in the nine panchayats inside the cut-off areas.
Life was affected in several parts
of Srinagar, as authorities imposed restrictions amid shutdown
to thwart protests called by separatists on the 27th anniversary
of Gaw Kadal killings. Over 50 persons were killed on this day
of 1990 when security forces opened fire at Gaw Kadal on a procession.
To mark the anniversary, the separatists had called for a shutdown
and protests. In view of the separatists call, a complete shutdown
was observed in Lal Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Gaw Kadal, Maisuma,
Amira Kadal, Jehangir Chowk, Basant Bagh and Habba Kadal markets.
Seven organizations jointly called
for a 12-hour bandh (strike) in Karbi Anglong Autonomous
Council Districts, on January 24, from 5 a.m. in protest against
their unfulfilled demands including a separate electoral roll
by the KAAC election and strengthening of Karbi Customary Laws.
The seven organizations include UKSA, KSYA, Karbi Farmers Association
(Rajesh Tisso faction), NNKRAA, and PP, KARAA and Sixth Schedule
SFs arrested four unidentified
cadres of NSCN-IM from Khongshang area on Imphal-Jiribam road
in Noney District. SFs also recovered 40 gelatin explosive sticks,
58 detonators, 26 metres of cordtex detonating fuse and 18 air
guns from the arrested militants.
In a statement, the UNC called
a boycott of the upcoming Republic Day celebrations (26th January).
Ranchi Police arrested Yamuna
Prasad a member of PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, at
Bero Block in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. Prasad was
a close aide of PLFI chief Dinesh Gope. A Policeman told, “On
several occasions, Yamuna had accommodated Gope's black money
in different bank accounts and channelised the cash by investing
in business ventures."
Palamu Police arrested Chhotan
Yadav a CPI-Maoist cadre in Mohammadganj near Bheem Barrage at
Kadal in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. Chhotan Yadav used
to perform varied works for Ajay Yadav (a top CPI-Maoist leader)
like moving in his dasta, writing Maoists Parchha
poster and literature and IEDs. Yadav has three cases and the
cases are in two Police Stations, Pandu and Mohammadganj.
The President of India, Pranab
Mukherjee has commuted death sentences of four cadres of the MCC,
now known as the CPI-Maoist, to life imprisonment setting aside
a recommendation from the MHA. The Four men identified as Krishna
Mochi, Nanhe Lal Mochi, Bir Kuer Paswan and Dharmendra Singh were
convicted of killing 34 upper-caste Bhumihars in Bihar 25 years
SFs cordoned off Fatehgarh Sheeri
area in Baramulla District, after inputs about presence of militants
in the area. Reports said that around 30 people were detained
for questioning and majority of them have been let off. However,
a Police official said that few of them who are OGWs are being
Two AR personnel were killed and
several others injured when suspected militants attacked an AR
vehicle escorting tourists in Tinsukia District. Militants lobbed
several grenades targeting the vehicle at Jagun 12th Mile Barabasti
on NH-315 bordering the District in the run up to Republic Day,
a defence spokesman said. The AR vehicle and three vehicles of
tourists returning from the Pangsau festival have been damaged
in grenade explosions, the spokesman added. The Pangsau Festival
is held along the Indo-Myanmar border in the area.
SFs killed two unidentified militants
involved in the ambush which claimed the lives of two AR troopers
at 12th Mile Barabasti along NH-315 near Jagun village in Tinsukia
District. Defence PRO, Lieutenant Colonel Suneet Newton, said
that bodies of two militants had been recovered along with five
IEDs, two grenades, a G3 rifle, a pistol and fired cases of nine
lathode. The ambush was jointly claimed by militant conglomerates
namely UNLFW and CorCom under ‘Operation Barak’.
SFs arrested three militant of
NDFB-IKS, identified as Dakaru Mushahary, Kapilau Basunatary and
Birjay Mushahary from Taisoguri under Runikhata Police Station
in Chirang District. A 7.65 mm pistol, two magazines, a country
made pistol, two grenades and four round ammunitions were recovered
from the arrested militants.
Unidentified assailants attacked
the ‘chairman’, Seipu Singsit, of militant group UTLA, at Tollen
village in Churachandpur District. The militant leader sustained
injuries during the attack. Presently, UTLA is under SoO agreements
with Union and State Government.
Four unidentified civilians were
abducted by suspected ASAK militant, from Kolapara village near
Sibbari in South Garo Hills District. According to Police, six
armed cadre of suspected ASAK militant waylaid a truck and a bus
and abducted the two drivers and two helpers at gunpoint.
The UAE pledged its full support
to India in combating terrorism, as it aims at boosting bilateral
defence and security ties and signing a strategic cooperation
agreement during the three-day visit to India of His Highness
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, beginning
on January 24. UAE Ambassador Ahmad Al Banna said, “We support
Indian government in its efforts to fight terrorism and extremism
all over the world". Asserting that his country was among
the first to condemn the terror strike on Indian airbase in Pathankot,
Al Banna said the UAE had also supported the surgical strikes
carried out by India. “When the bombing of the airbase took place,
we were the first one to condemn it. The UAE was among the first
countries which supported Indian surgical strikes and we support
India’s efforts to fight and respond to attacks terrorists and
extremists,” he said.
The UAE ambassador also said the
national security advisers of the UAE and India have been holding
consultations regularly. Asked about the role UAE, which is seen
as a “key interlocutor” by India, could play in conveying Indian
concerns to Pakistan over terrorism emanating from there, Al Banna
said: “We listen to them (Indian authorities). We coordinate with
them and will be more than willing whenever we are asked by the
Indian side to assist or interfere or take any action for betterment
of our relationship”.
SFs arrested one KCP militant
identified as Sanjenbam Chandramani Singh alias Boynao
alias Eyamba at Sawombung in Imphal East District. Incriminating
articles were recovered from the arrested militants.
During combing operation by the
SFs, an IED exploded at Wara Basti area of Tinsukia District.
The report further states that militants had placed landmines
in the approach road to Wara Basti, the site of January 22 ambush,
slowing the approach of SFs.
Thakur Das Mahto (35), a contractor
for Brajesh Construction Company, was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres
in Ramgarh District of Jharkhand. His body, riddled with bullets
and the throat slit, was found dumped on Rajrappa-Murpa Road.
Local residents protested at Gola Police Station. The pamphlets
were found near the body say that Mahto was killed because he
was a ‘Police informer’.
SFs arrested four cadres of the
PLFI from Karra in Khunti District of Jharkhand. PLFI is a splinter
group of the CPI-Maoist.
In a joint statement, the CorCom,
GNLA, HNLC and the ULFA-I called for a ‘total shut down’ in the
entire North East India on Indian Republic day (26th January),
reports The Sangai Express on January 24. In the joint statement
issued by the militant groups asserted that the ‘Western South
East Asia (WESEA)’ should ‘collectively boycott’ the Indian Republic
Day on January 26, 2017.
Three live IED were recovered
by the SFs from Wara Basti area of Tinsukia District where the
January 22 ambush claimed the lives of two AR troopers and two
According to a source in State
Police, arrested former Chairman of the APSC, Rakesh Paul had
been funding ULFA-I and GNLA militant in the last few years. According
to the source he paid nearly INR 1 crore to each of the militant
groups in the last few years.
Four militant groups, including
NDFB-IKS, KLO, PDCK and NLFT, in a joint statement, called 24
hours ‘total shut down’ on the Republic Day of India (26th January)
in the entire North East India. They asked the people of ‘WESEA’
to ‘boycott’ the Republic Day celebration in their statement.
SFs intensified their combing
operations in the border areas of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh
and busted a militant hideout at Samru area in the State. SFs
intensification of operations follows the militant attack at Jagun
in Tinsukia District of Assam on January 22.
Security officials said that Indo-Myanmar
border has been placed at a state of alert based on specific intelligence
inputs about the militants exfiltrating into Myanmar to escape
the ongoing operations by SFs. "The stretch of the border
from pillar number 168 to border pillar number 173 - from Pangsau
Pass to Tirap River - has been put on high alert," a source
SFs arrested two PLA militants,
identified as Angom Arunkumar alias Chinglen (62) and Khundrakpam
Suresh alias Mocha (47) from Wangkhei Thangjam Leikai and
Palace Compound Thangapat Mapal respectively in Imphal East District
in two separate incidents. Three mobiles phones were recovered
from them. SFs sources said that they were involved in several
Police detained six bailed out
militants from different places in Thoubal District. Out of six,
four belongs to PLA militant and two belongs to UNLF.
The proposed tripartite talk between
Manipur Government, Centre and UNC scheduled on January 23 was
postponed indefinitely. Further, Manipur Government had agreed
to UNC’s demand to shift the venue of the proposed talks from
Imphal to New Delhi. UNC had demanded that the venue for the talks
should be held in either New Delhi or in ‘Naga dominated area’.
AR arrested one NSCN-K militant,
identified as ‘lieutenant’ Yantril Sangtam from Longkhim Town
in Tuensang District. An IED with a detonator, a reserve detonator
and one .22 pistol with four live rounds were recovered from the
In a statement, NSCN-K said that
it would boycott India’s Republic day celebration on January 26
in ‘all over Naga inhabited areas’.
In a joint statement, the CorCom,
GNLA, HNLC and the ULFA-I called for a ‘total shut down’ in the
entire North East India on Indian Republic day (26th January).
In the joint statement issued by the militant groups asserted
that the ‘WESEA’ should ‘collectively boycott’ the Indian Republic
Day on January 26, 2017.
A senior State Home Department
official said that the Mizoram Government had decided to go ahead
with the physical repatriation of Brus from six relief camps in
neighbouring North Tripura District scheduled to commence from
the second week of February. The State Government officials who
conducted the identification in the Tripura relief camps during
November two to November 23, 2016, had identified 32,857 people
belonging to 5,413 families for physical repatriation.
The SFs killed two CPI-Maoist
cadres in an encounter near Padmetta village under Bedre Police
Station in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. “Two bodies of Maoists
in uniform have been recovered along with one .303 service rifle,
one .315 rifle and one Bharmar in Bijapur district after an encounter.
The encounter took place in the forest near Padmetta village under
the Bedre police station limits,” said Bijapur District SP K.L.
Ranjan Bala and his son Indrajit
Bala (17) were injured in an IED blast triggered by the Naxals
on an under-construction road in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh.
The incident took place near Malempalli village under Jagargunda
Police Station limits while the victims were on way to Dornapal
in their motorcycle.
CPI-Maoist cadres set on fire
at least 15 vehicles and equipment deployed for road construction
works in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. A road is being constructed
between Tarlaguda and Annaram. A combing operation is underway
to trace the insurgents.
Activist Bela Bhatia was allegedly
asked to vacate her house in Pandripani village in Bastar District
of Chhattisgarh by the villagers who held a protest outside it
accusing her of being a ‘CPI-Maoist sympathiser’. In a complaint
to Police, villagers alleged Bhatia had named herself as “Somari
Naag or Bela Somari” (to use tribal identity) which they feel
is an insult to tribal masses, told SP, RN Dash.
Hundreds of villagers of Malkangiri
District of Odisha gathered in an anti-CPI-Maoist rally in Jagdalpur,
administrative headquarters of Bastar District of Chhattisgarh,
in the bordering region of Odisha and Chhattisgarh, and raised
voice against the ‘torture’ by the Maoists. The Jana Varjan Samabesh/Prajameli
was attended by inhabitants of at least 15 villages in the region.
“In the absence of security forces and DVF, Maoists enter some
remote villages and start torturing the villagers. Sometime they
even rob the villagers their belongings,” said a villager. “If
security is tightened in these Maoist-prone areas, then they will
not dare to enter these places to trouble the innocent villagers,”
stated another villager. Meanwhile Police said it will analyse
the situation and take proper step. “Attending a large gathering
here (Jagdalpur), the villagers of Tulsi, Mahupadar, Dundipadar
and Kirmiti (Odisha) allege that a lady along with some other
Maoists is torturing them. We have intensified anti-Maoist operation
and deployed some forces in those regions. Very soon we will neutralize
the Red Rebels who are active in the area”, said Bastar (Chhattisgarh)
SP, RN Dash.
West Singhbhum District Police
of Jharkhand has constituted a committee to probe the alleged
death of CPI-Maoist Politburo member Prashant Bose alias Kisan
da in Saranda forest on the Jharkhand-Odisha border.
The tribal rights activists met
DC, ASR Naik, and demanded probe into exploitation of two women
by C-60 Commandos in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The delegation
comprising Sainu Gota, Ramdas Jarate and others also claimed in
their representation to the Collector that Police had been harassing
tribals protesting mining projects across the District. The C-60
Commandos comprise of 60 Police personnel to contain the Naxal
menace and was constituted in the year 1992. They are imparted
trainings in various types of guerrilla warfare.
The Army in a joint operation
with JKP busted a suspected militant hideout and seized a huge
cache of arms, ammunition and war-like stores in the Hilnar area
of Chhatru tehsil in Kishtwar District. The team
came upon a suspicious natural cave, whereupon, on further probing
and digging, forces recovered one AK-47, one Pistol with Magazine
(Chinese), one UBGL, seven Grenades of UBGL, two Chinese Hand
Grenades, three AK-47 Magazines, 428 rounds of 7.62mm AK-47 and
two Kenwood Radio Sets (Transistor TH 28A 144MH).
Ahead of the Republic Day parade
on January 26, security in Delhi and NCR, particularly at Rajpath,
has been increased, as an intelligence note says that "Pakistan-based
groups are trying to use Afghan identities to enter India and
that some of them have fraudulently acquired Afghan passports".
Pakistan's ISI is trying to create tensions between India and
Afghanistan, said sources. RAW has received inputs that ISI plans
to recruit Pakistan-Afghani nationals and then send them to India
to orchestrate a terror attack. Ahead of the Republic Day celebrations
in the National Capital, intelligence and security forces have
conducted a fresh recce of sensitive areas. Specific inputs were
received on outfits including HM, LeT, IM and AQIS hatching a
plot to simultaneously launch terror attacks in various parts
of the country.
A person wanted in a case of trafficking
of FICN has been arrested by NIA officials from Malda area in
Malda District. Mohammed Ashraful, was wanted in a case registered
initially by Kerala Police pertaining to the seizure of high quality
FICN having face value of INR 67,000 from migrant labourers hailing
from West Bengal.
Driver of an oil tanker was injured
when suspected NSCN-IM militants attacked a convoy of loaded trucks
at Awangkhul under Noney Police Station in Noney District. The
driver was identified as Elangbam Birjit Singh (38) resident of
Wangbal Mayai Leikai of Thoubal District. According to reports,
373 loaded Tata trucks were coming towards Imphal from Jiribam
with CRPF escort on account of the ongoing economic blockade.
Police arrested one linkman of
NDFB militant, identified as Chabin Boro (28) from Bagrikhuti
village under Tamulpur Police Station in Baksa District. According
to the Police, he was involved in several extortion cases in the
name of NDFB.
Paresh Baruah, the ‘c-in-c’ of
the ULFA-I militant, made a statement threatening the theater
owners of the State accusing discrimination against a regional
film. The director of the film Himanghshu Prasad Das made an appeal
in an open letter to the militant leader on Facebook after several
theatre owners decided to remove his movie- ‘Shakira Ahibo Bakultolor
Bihuloi’ on January 25. In response to his letter, the militant
leader threatened the theatre owners to continue regional films
instead of Hindi movies.
The CPI-Maoist cadres triggered
an IED blast in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The blast
took place when SFs were patrolling between Timmapur and Murdanda.
A sniffer dog, named ‘Pluto’ died in the blast.
CM Raman Singh assured the IAF
authorities at Raipur District of Chhattisgarh that the Chhattisgarh
Government would provide all possible assistance in conducting
the ‘Indian Air Force Recruitment Rally' in insurgency-infested
Districts of the State. The CM held a detailed discussion with
Air Vice-Marshal O.P. Tiwari, VSM, at his official residence.
Notably, the Bastar Battalion of CRPF is also being raised by
recruiting 744 ST youths from four insurgency infested Districts
of Bastar region in Chhattisgarh, the Central Government has informed.
Two cadres of the PLF, Manish
Dahenga alias Rejan Dahenga and a minor boy were arrested
on the outskirts of Khunti District of Jharkhand. Police also
seized INR 48,000 in cash and seven mobile phones from the duo.
PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
A Patna Police team stumbled upon
a diary in Beur Central Jail in Patna District of Bihar, which
has names of people who paid levy to jailed CPI-Maoist leader
Ajay Kandu. Kandu, the alleged mastermind behind the November
2005 Jehanabad jail break, is in the Beur jail that was raided
by a Police team headed by Patna SSP, Manu Maharaj. Acting on
a tip-off, the SSP with a SDPO and officials from the District
administration reached the jail around 2.50am and conducted the
raid. The Police also seized six mobile phones, four chargers,
a few packets of marijuana, four knives, packets of khaini and
earphones during the search.
The Central leadership of CPI-Maoist
had warned their comrades operating the tri-junction area in South
India against launching attacks on Police from Kozhikode District
of Kerala. The leadership thought such an action would be detrimental
for the organisation in the current stage of the movement. This
was revealed in a letter suspected to be written by a Central
Committee or politburo member of the party, which was recovered
from the camp inside the Nilambur forest after the Police firing
on November 24, 2016. The central leadership of the Maoists felt
that the strategy in the tri-junction area should have been devised,
based on the experiences of four-and-a-half decades history of
revolutionary war in India. But they believe that the comrades
in zonal committee were instead inspired by the People's war in
Peru and Nepal.
SFs launched a search operation
against a group of militants in Ganderbal District. They said
5 RR and SOG of J&K launched a joint operation at Handoora
village in Ganderbal following a tip-off about the presence of
Two top militants of the LeT outfit
were killed in a gun battle on the outskirts of Srinagar in Ganderbal
District. Following a tip off about the presence of militants
in Hadoora, Shuhama area in Ganderbal District, Police from Srinagar
and Ganderbal along with 5-RR and CRPF cordoned off the area and
launched the search operation. “The hiding militants opened fire
on joint search party which was retaliated, triggering an encounter
during which two militants of LeT were killed. Two AK-47 rifles,
one grenade, six magazines and 180 rounds of AK ammunition were
recovered from the encounter site”, SSP, Ganderbal, Imtiaz
Ismail Parray, said. The two LeT militants have been identified
as Qari Hanzullah and Anas Bilal and both of them were residents
of Pakistan. They were associates of top LeT ‘commander’ Abu Hurraira
who is operating from Dachigam area in the outskirts of Srinagar
for last several years. They were operating in Srinagar and Ganderbal
districts since January 22, 2013 and had recently started coordinating
SFs averted a major tragedy after
they detected and defused an IED on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad National
Highway in Baramulla District. Sources said that on receiving
specific input of planting of IED at Srinagar- Muzaffarabad national
highway a joint operation by 53 Bn of the CRPF, SOG Baramulla,
was launched and an IED of around 10 kilograms was recovered.
A Policeman was injured as militants
hurled a grenade at a Police party at Haal Pulwama and fired at
them. Police had established a naka at Haal when militants attacked
them. Massive operations have been launched in the area against
Army and BSF foiled two major
infiltration attempts, along the LoC and IB killing a top Pakistani
militant and arrested another while three other infiltrators managed
to escape back to PoK following effective retaliatory firing brought
down by the troops. Official sources stated that the troops observed
movement of a group of four militants along LoC in Dadal Maneka
area of Sunderbani sector in Rajouri District when they were trying
to infiltrate into the Indian Territory along with a consignment
of heavy arms, ammunition and explosive material. Immediately
after the gunfight, troops conducted searches along LoC in Sunderbani
sector and recovered the body of the slain militant who was believed
to be a top Pakistani militant.
The BSF thwarted another infiltration
attempt along the IB in Suchetgarh sector of RS Pura tehsil in
Jammu District when they captured a Pakistani national alive soon
after he entered into the Indian Territory. The captured person
reportedly disclosed his identity as Mohammad Ahmad (35), son
of Mohammad Aneef, a resident of Kot Din Dhan in Sialkot District
of Pakistan. He was carrying some currency with him when he was
Police recovered four crude bombs
from Bongaigaon District. SP (Bongaigaon) Hridayjit Barman said
the bombs were found hidden under a haystack at Bhoralkundi village,
about 5 kilometres from Jogighopa Police Station. He said the
search was conducted based on intelligence inputs. The bombs were
packed inside polythene bags and it is suspected that militants
may have kept them there to carry out blasts on Republic Day (January
SFs arrested one PLA militant,
identified as Kh Kiran (25) from Kaiphundai village in Tamenglong
MBDPF, the umbrella organisation
of Bru refugees lodged in six relief camps in North Tripura, made
it clear that they would stick to their long-standing ‘13-point
demands’ and wrote a letter to UHM Rajnath Singh regarding the
issue on January 24. The MBDPF, in its letter to Singh, sought
his intervention on the issue of the Bru repatriation and reconsider
the present package of the repatriation. Further, the Bru organisation
alleged that the Mizoram Government’s Bru repatriation programme
was not realistic and practical. The present stand of MBDPF may
create hurdle to the Mizoram Government’s decision to start Bru
repatriation from second week of February of this year (2017).
A CISF trooper suffered minor
injuries after he was shot with arrow by CPI-Maoist cadres, in an iron ore mines area of NMDC in Dantewada District
of Chhattisgarh. The incident happened when a CISF patrolling
team ran into a group of lower-rung ultras who were putting up
pamphlets against Republic Day celebrations. On spotting the CISF
troopers, CPI-Maoist cadres shot an arrow and escaped into the
The Police arrested a CPI–Maoist
cadre and his associate while receiving "levy" of INR
10,000 from a private company staff near Indrapuri Barrage in
Rohtas District of Bihar. SDPO, Mohammad Anwar Javed Ansari
said that the two arrested had been identified as Arun Kumar alias
Birbal and Dhiraj Kumar. Arun Kumar is an accused in a murder
case in Aurangabad District of Bihar.
Two militia members the CPI–Maoist
surrendered before Paderu Sub-Division, DSP, M Mahendra in Vishakhapatnam
District of Andhra Pradesh. The surrendered have been identified
as V Nageswara Rao and K Bhagwan Rao (35). The duo was vexed with
the stringent rules being followed by the dalam and they wanted
to return to the social mainstream.
The ‘most wanted’ CPI–Maoist leader
Ranjit Pal (45) laid down his arms and surrendered before of the
STF of Kolkata Police at Kolkata District of West Bengal. Pal
surrendered before State DGO Surajit Kar Purakayastha and Kolkata
Commissioner of Police, Rajiv Kumar along with his wife Jharna
alias Anita also a top CPI-Maoist leader along the Bengal-Jharkhand
border mostly in Purulia District. Pal surrendered with a SLR.
Pal said, “I am surrendering before Kolkata Police STF and beginning
a new life and appeal those who are wrong path to join the main
stream.” He added, in past 17 years he had realised that taking
up arms was not a solution to people’s problems and the issues
had been sorted out in Bengal to a large extent.
Unidentified militants opened
fire at a Police picket at Gofabal in Kulgam District. Police
returned the fire, forcing the militants to flee from the place.
No casualties were reported in the incident.
SFs detected an IED planted by
militants at Batamaloo area in Srinagar District. The IED was
later safely defused.
All total seven bombs were exploded
by ULFA-I militant, during the day of celebration of India’s Republic
Day (January 26) in different places of Sivasagar, Charideo, Tinsukia
and Dibrugarh Districts. However no casualties were reported.
According to the Police sources low intensity IED were used in
the blasts. According to the sources, in Sibsagar District the
blast took place in Majpani area and in Tinsukia District two
blasts took place at Sisimi village and Sukan pukhuri area. While,
in Charaideo District bomb exploded in Angera, Lengeribor and
Bihubor area and in Dibrugarh District one explosion took place
in Chowkidinghee area.
ULFA-I militant, claimed responsibility
for the seven bomb blasts that took place in Assam on the Republic
Day of India (January 26), terming it as ‘symbolic protest’.
Two low intensity explosions were
triggered at Mantripukhri and Singjamei Chingamakha area in Imphal
West District. No casualty due to these explosions was reported.
No group has taken responsibility of the blasts so far.
Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji
Das Tandon said a wave of security and development coupled with
the faith of people in Bastar region signals that Naxalism
will come to an end soon in the State. Tandon was speaking at
the 68th Republic Day function held at the Police Line grounds
in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh. He also added that demonetization
has not only supported the country in fight against terror forces
but also helped in controlling CPI –Maoist activities in Chhattisgarh.
CM, Raghubar Das in his
Republic Day address said, innocent tribals were being misled
by vested interests, in Naxal affected Dumka District of
Jharkhand. He also pointed out that Jharkhand Government
has allotted a separate budget for development of SC and ST, and
2 per cent reservation in State and District level vacancies,
a Police battalion and 18 health centres for particularly vulnerable
tribal groups in Jharkhand.
Jharkhand Police will initiate
proceedings to seek custody of CPI –Maoist leader Ranjit Pal who,
along with his wife, surrendered before West Bengal Police. Pal,
a member of the Bengal-Jharkhand-Orissa border committee of CPI-Maoist,
is wanted in the murder of JMM leader and then East Singhbhum
in Jharkhand, MP, Sunil Mahato in 2007.
A cordon and search operation
was launched by the SFs in Pulwama town in Pulwama District, after
an explosion, believed to be grenade thrown by militants, occurred
near local Police Station without causing any damage. However,
no one was arrested during the search operation.
SFs conducted search and cordon
operations at Hassanwadi and Badibagh villages in Pulwama, after
receiving inputs about the presence of militants. During
the searches, locals came out of their houses and pelted stones
on forces and hampered the search operations. Police fired teargas
shells and chased away the stone-pelting mobs. The search operations
were later called off.
The NIA arrested two people, identified
as Abdul Rashid Abdulla and Yasmeen Mohammad Zahid from Kochi
(Kerala) in connection with the criminal conspiracy hatched within
and outside India, with the intention of furthering the objectives
of the IS and for joining and supporting the organization. Accused
Abdul Rashid, resident of Kasaragod District and Yasmeen Mohammad
Zahid, resident of Sitamarhi District, Bihar were booked under
sections 120-B and 125 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), besides
sections 38, 39 and 40 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention)
Act (UAPA), 1967.
The NIA probe has established
that accused Abdul Rashid was the main conspirator behind the
offence of motivating youth, hailing from Kasaragod District to
exit from India along with their families, to join the terrorist
India and UAE issued a joint statement
through which both the countries committed to work together to
counter radicalisation and misuse of religion by groups and countries
for inciting hatred and perpetrating acts of terrorism. UAE's
Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan also declared that ‘strong
condemnation of and resolute opposition to terrorism in all its
forms and manifestations, wherever committed and by whomever,
and declared that there could be no justification for terrorism
Without naming Pakistan, the statement
also states ‘The two sides condemned efforts, including by States,
to use religion to justify, sustain and sponsor terrorism against
other countries. They further deplored efforts by countries to
give religious and sectarian colour to political issues and pointed
out the responsibility of all States to control the activities
of the so-called 'non-State actors'. With this joint statement,
India enhances diplomatic pressure on Pakistan to take firm action
against terror activities conducting on its land.
The State Congress spokesperson
Khumukcham Joykishan said that the Manipur Government had given
final touches to the proposal of declaring the UNC as an unlawful
organisation and it would be forwarded to the Central Government.
The Prakasam District Police unearthed
huge cache of arms and ammunition in the Nallamala Forest near
Palutla village in Yerragondapalem mandal in Prakasam District
of Andhra Pradesh. SFs observed a few electrical wires popped
out from earth. After digging at the place, they found 79 rounds
of SLR, 31 rounds of .303 rifle, 17 rounds of 0.500 rifle, and
three barrels of double barrel guns, two barrels of single barrel
guns, two double trigger tapanchas and one charger in the dump.
The Police suspect that the CPI-Maoist cadres made the dump around
2003, after inspection of the contents.
A Naxal was killed in an exchange
of fire with SFs in a dense patch of forest under Fulbagdi Police
Station limits in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. SFs have recovered
the body of a male Maoist, clad in uniform, along with a .303
rifle and some other items of daily use from the spot.
CPI-Maoist cadres dislodged a
1,000-year-old 4-feet long Ganesha idol and felled it from a height
of about 12,000 feet into the deep gorge at Dholkal Mountain in
Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The Police blamed the Maoists
for “deliberately planned to let (sic)” the structure of Ganesha
idol fall from the mountain top in an “attempt to destroy” it.
Khunti District Police of Jharkhand
arrested two contractors, identified as Dinesh Kumar Nag and Khuleshwar
Gope, for having financial ties with PLFI, Chief Dinesh Gope and
assisting the group's terror activities in Khunti District, reports
Times of India. According to Police, PLFI funded INR 8.5 millions
in six construction projects of Nag and Gope and were supposed
to receive 50% of the total profits in return. PLFI is a splinter
group of CPI-Maoist.
Simdega Police airdropped pamphlets
and posters with names and bounty on top functionaries of the
PLFI cadres hiding in remote areas of Simdega District of Jharkhand.
The pamphlets carried names of PLFI’s top commanders, including
its supremo, Dinesh Gope, who carries a bounty of INR 2.5 millions
on his head.
The RPF of Bangalore Railway Division
arrested a Naxal, in connection to derail the Chalukya
Express on December last year in Tamil Nadu, at Bengaluru District
of Karnataka. The Naxal has now been handed over to the
Q branch of the Tamil Nadu Police. He has confessed to being part
of a Naxal outfit based in Kerala.
A Police source said that in the
Republic Day (January 26) serial blast, the ULFA-I militant used
local people for planting bombs instead of their regular militant
cadres. The Police source also claimed that they had already identified
some of these people.
Three persons were arrested for
allegedly running a FICN racket in Delhi, and INR 1.8 million
in the form of counterfeit INR 2000 notes was recovered from their
possession. Accused Azad Singh (36), Manoj (37) and Sunil (27)
were arrested by a team of Special Cell from Singhola village
in Narela Tehsil (revenue unit) of North West Delhi District in
Delhi, said DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav.
SF arrested one NDFB-IKS militant,
identified as Rahul Daimari (26) alias Mulungsa alias
D Riwiriwa from Khoirabari area in Udalguri District. One 7.65mm
pistol, 5 rounds of live ammunition and two magazines were also
recovered from the arrested militant.
Osman Ali alias Raja (40), who
has been serving as courier man for CPI-Maoist, surrendered in
front of SP, Rahul Dev Sharma in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra
Pradesh. Osman Ali, is a native of Korukonda village under Chintapalli
mandal, Visakhapatnam Agency, and is running a grocery shop in
the village. The police said that Ali had served as Maoist courier
between Maoist leader Krishna and others and he had supplied groceries
and a few others to the Left Wing Extremists, for the last few
CRPF jawan was killed in an explosion
of a pressure bomb allegedly planted by CPI-Maoist cadres near
Kottacheru village under Bhejji Police Station limits in Sukma
District of Chhattisgarh. The deceased, Havaldar Parasnath Saroj,
was posted with the 219th battalion of CRPF, senior Police officials
said. “A road construction work was going on in the area and a
CRPF team was patrolling when Saroj accidentally stepped on the
pressure bomb and suffered serious injuries,” the Police officials
said. Later, he succumbed to his injuries.
The Police recovered a huge cache
of arms and ammunitions from a Naxal hideout in Latehar District
of Jharkhand. A SLR, three made in America semi-automatic rifle,
two country-made rifles and at least 81 live cartridges were among
the arms and ammunitions that were recovered. The Police are probing
the matter and have not arrested any person in this regard so
ISI operative Mehmood Akhtar's
statement to interrogators in Delhi that many people from Bhopal
had handed over sensitive documents to him, has left intelligence
officials in Madhya Pradesh worried. Now efforts are on to identify
Akthar's 'agents' in Bhopal, said sources in the intelligence
wing. There are inputs that Akhtar had visited Bhopal thrice in
the last few years.
Two workers out of three, who
were abducted on January 26, by a group of suspected KNF-N militant,
were killed in an alleged gunfight between the militant group
and KNA militants at Moulsohoi village under Litan Police Station
in Ukhrul District. The two deceased workers were identified as
Laishram Tompok (27) and Laishram Thoi (22). However, the third
abducted worker, identified as Khumujam Bijen (25) was rescued
by the villagers. One suspected abductor, identified as Thangminlun
Khongsai (25) also got bullet injury in the incident. According
to the report, the injured abductor is a member of UTLA and one
pistol was recovered from his possession. The three workers were
abducted from Maphou dam project in Senapati District on January
26, by four suspected Kuki militants. The abductors were attacked
by KNA cadres when they entered the Moulsohoi village, which according
to KNA militants ‘fall under the jurisdiction’ of their designated
camp. However, another source said that the abductors were not
from any militant group and they were just a gang of criminals.
A bomb was recovered, by SFs,
which was planted by unidentified assailant at the residence of
a worker at Khabam Bamdiar under Nambol Police Station in Bishnupur
Two UTLA militants identified
as Robert Thangboi Kipgen and Thensei Singsit, who were involved
in the attack of the ‘chairman’ of UTLA on January 22, were arrested
by Police from K Lhangnom village in Churachandpur District. According
to the Police the arrested militants belong to a rival faction
of the UTLA.
AR arrested two persons, identified
as Vizoto Angami, (40) and Supi Chaya Angami (35) from Medziphema
Town in Dimapur District along with arms. According to the AR,
one of the arrestees, Vizoto Angami is a member of NSCN-IM. AR
recovered one .22 mm Pistol and 339 bottles of IMFL from their
Two Naxals including a woman were
killed in an encounter with the SFs in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh.
The gun battle took place in Purangel forest which comes under
Kirandul Police Station limits. SFs recovered a rifle, a revolver
and a huge cache of medicines. IG, S.R.P. Kalluri said, “The identity
of the rebels is being ascertained. Prima facie, it appears that
they belong to the medical supply team of the outlawed CPI-Maoist
as a large quantity of medicines was seized from the encounter
195 lower rung Naxals, including
24 women, surrendered in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh.
The surrendered Naxals expressed a wish to join the mainstream.
The cadres belong to Janmilitia or Janatana Sarkar wing of CPI-Maoist.
The surrendered cadres were from 24 villages of the region including
Gumiyabeda, Okpaad, Mohndi, Nelnaar, Ikpaad, Murnaar, Nirameta
The Central Government of India
has sanctioned INR 6.57 billion for implementation of road projects
in CPI-Maoist affected areas of Koraput and Malkangiri District
of Odisha. The State Government of Odisha had submitted the road
project proposals under RRP-II which was approved by the UMRD.
UMRD also cleared road plans having a length of 5412 Kilometers
including 126 bridges in eight other Naxal affected States. The
State projects include Kalimela-Gomphakonda-Bejingiwada-Orkel,
Khairiput- Mathili, Mathili-Kaliaguda, Podia-Sikhapali, Kudumuluguma-Katameta,
MV-76-Vejangiwada and several other roads in Malkangiri District
The BSF is overhauling its deployments
in Malda District of West Bengal, ill-reputed as the national
hub for FICN notes and illegal narcotics smuggling. The overhaul
move has been initiated following a caution sent by the UMHA to
the West Bengal home department that Indo- Bangladesh border sector
in Malda District of West Bengal, is increasingly becoming a corridor
for movement of cross- border terrorists.
According to the BSF Commandant,
deputed in the Malda sector, A K Hotker, the border guard force
is involving the local residents in the Indo-Bangladesh border
villages in the Malda sector in getting information about outsiders
frequenting these bordering villages.
According to sources from the
border guard agency of the Union government, four major steps
are being taken as a part of the agency’s overhauling exercise
in the Malda sector.
The BSF foiled attempts by a group
of African nationals to illegally enter India from Bangladesh
through the Muharichar border in Belonia in South Tripura. A mobile
phone and some personal belongings were seized from him. However,
rest of the accomplices managed to flee from the place.
Three girls from the Philippines
and Tunisia, who were alleged to be IS sympathisers, were given
money by a Dubai-based Indian supporter, Mohammed Farhan Shaikh
of the terror outfit on the instructions of a Pakistani national,
the NIA has said. The agency has claimed that Shaikh, who was
arrested in 2016 along with two others after being deported from
the UAE for alleged IS links, had funded these girls, after money
was given to him in Dubai by one Khalid, who is alleged to be
NIA has alleged that Shaikh,
who was in Dubai in 2015, had transferred 3894.24 UAED to a Tunisian
girl, Sarra Ghribi, who wanted to join IS, in seven installments
through the global payment service, Western Union, between February
5, 2015 and April 24, 2015. NIA has claimed that Shaikh had transferred
1257.63 UAED and 846.75 UAED to Jannah Qassim and Johaira L Macasimpang,
residents of Philippines, on June 24, 2015.
In his disclosure statement recorded
by NIA which has been annexed in the charge sheet, Shaikh has
claimed that in January 2015, he got in touch with Ghribi through
Facebook. She was a "supporter and sympathiser" of IS.
The State Government decided to
withhold counter insurgency operations by the SFs against the
KPLT till April 20 this year. The KPLT declared unilateral ceasefire
for a period of six months with effect from October 20, 2016 till
April 20, 2017, which they communicated through a letter signed
by the militant group’s ‘general secretary’ Vojaru Hanjang.
SFs arrested two HNLC militants,
identified as Samuel Wahlang Pahsyntiew (30) and Hebingstun Khongbuh
(18) from Shillong in East Khasi Hills District. Police said that
both are new cadres of HNLC, but Samuel Wahlang Pahsyntiew was
trained in Bangladesh camp of the militant group.
Three abducted persons from West
Garo Hill District, identified as Muzamil Haque, Biswajit Neogi
alias Bappi and Mohammad Rouf Asraf Ayub, were released
by the abductors of ASAK militant in the Ramchenga jungles near
Dumnikura in South Garo Hills District.
Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh, in
a public meeting at Bhairamgarh in Naxals hit
Bijapur District in Bastar Division of Chhattisgarh, urged all
CPI-Maoist cadres to give up the arms and join the mainstream,
saying violence and terror cannot solve any problem. "Peace
and harmony are the only ways to prosper and develop the society.
If Maoists quit the violent path, we are ready to embrace them",
CM Singh said. "Government is building roads, bridges, schools
and hospitals, providing clean drinking water and taking care
of people. I wonder why the Maoists are opposing development initiatives
in the region," he added.
Sanjay Pandey, a ‘munshi’ with
Raj Kumar Constructions, was beheaded for not paying extortion
money to the Naxals in Jamui District of Bihar. Jamui Police
claimed to have recovered the CPI-Maoist literature from the scene
of the crime. One such leaflet said those executing Government
plans with the help of Police, and without obtaining CPI-Maoist
permission, would meet similar fate.
Khunti Police arrested three cadres
of the PLFI at Birsa Chowk in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. PLFI
is a splinter group of CPI-Maoist. The identity of the arrestees
is yet to be ascertained.
SPs from six Districts of Andhra
Pradesh and Odisha led by two DIGs held a meeting at Koraput District
of Odisha. They gathered to plan joint operations and eliminate
the CPI-Maoist from the border areas. According to sources, all
the SPs and DIGs came to the conclusion that coordination, cooperation
and sharing of information should be done at regular intervals.
They also chalked out plans to penetrate the interior pockets
of the tribal belt to reach out to the public with community policing
SFs busted a hideout of unidentified
militant and recovered large cache of arms and ammunition at Tranz
area in Shopian District. SFs recovered one SLR, which was snatched
by militants from guard at Samnoo Kulgam in October last year
(2016), two magazines of SLR, 37 SLR rounds, two RPG, one grenade,
503 AK rounds, one AK magazine, one ammunition pouch, one solar
charger, one charger pin and a small black pouch containing medicines
from the militant hideout.
Over 200 persons were killed in
unrests in 2008, 2010 and 2016 in Jammu and Kashmir, the State
Government told Legislative Assembly. CM Mehbooba Mufti, in a
written reply, told the House that 76 civilians and two Police
personnel were killed in “law and order disturbances” in the Valley
in 2016. In 2010, 101 persons were killed and 4,288 others, including
SFs, injured, she said. Mehbooba said 46 persons were killed and
1,265 others, including SFs, were injured in 2008. In 2016, as
many as 8,587 persons were arrested, out of which 8,473 have been
released till January 21, the Chief Minister informed. In addition,
522 persons were booked under the J&K PSA, and 265 persons
among 1,978 booked in the recent unrest, were still under detention
as on January 21, she stated. Further, Mehbooba said as many as
133 buildings, including Police Stations and schools, were damaged
or set ablaze during the “law and order disturbances” in the Valley
last year and 213 persons were arrested in this connection. She
said 2,655 cases have been registered in various police stations
across Kashmir since July 8 last year.
SFs arrested two women cadres
of the UNLF militant, identified as Huidrom Chingkheinganbi Chanu
(22) and Oinam Chanchan alias Jayenti alias Langlen (22) from
Laipham Khunou under Heingang Police Station in Imphal West District.
Two unidentified civilians were
killed when Police open fired to control a highly agitated mass
in Dimapur town in Dimapur District. Five civilians were also
injured in the firing. While seven other agitated civilians were
injure in Longleng District by Police firing.
SFs recovered arms and ammunition
dumped by CPI-Maoist cadres from Dangrapahar of Ghatshila in East
Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. SSP, Anoop T. Mathew told that
a joint team of SFs conducted search in four dumping areas and
recovered a SLR, one 303 rifle, both looted from SFs, an improvised
Musket along with 50 rounds of live ammunition, electronic items
and explosives for preparing IED, CPI-Maoist flags and literature,
multi-circuit meter, uniforms and daily core items. A book titled
“Mamata Bandopadhyay ke Jemon Dekhechi” authored by one Deepak
Kumar Ghosh was also recovered.
SFs arrested three CPI-Maoist
action team members and a newly recruited member in Hanamkonda
District of Telangana. The arrested were identified as T Devender
alias Rama Rao of Sudhanapalli in Hasanparthy Mandal,
Bhukya Srinivas alias P Srinu of Ponugodu of Gudur Mandal
and Ch Narayana Swamy of Sriramulapalli of Kamalapur Mandal.
The newly recruited member has been identified as Lingala Vennela
alias Dhannu of Paidipalli in Hasanparthy Mandal.
A case under sections 10, 13, 18(B) of UAP Act 1967, section 25
(1-B) (9) of Arms Act 1959, section 5 of ES Act 1908, section
8 of TSPS (APPS) Act was booked against them at KCU Police Station.
Four persons were injured after
SFs fired to disperse protesters in Samboora village of Pampore
area in Pulwama District. An Army party conducted a search operation
in the Samboora village of Pampore area and people started stone
pelting on them and they fired injuring four persons.
SFs cordoned off Heff Shermal
area of Shopian District and launched searches. However, as the
searches were underway, locals came out of their houses pelted
stones on SFs. Police fired dozens of teargas shells to disperse
the locals hampering the operation. Later the search operation
was called off.
Pakistan army again resorted to
heavy mortar shelling and firing on forward Indian posts and villages
in Shahpur sector of Poonch District. Official sources said Pakistani
troops started shelling forward areas in Shahpur at 9 pm, prompting
the Indian side to retaliate. Heavy exchange of shelling and firing
continued, however, there were no reports of any casualties or
damage on the Indian side. Sources said Pakistan army was trying
to push a group of militants into the Indian side from the LoC.
The shelling was aimed at facilitating the infiltration attempt,
January 31-February 1
Police arrested three militants
belonging to ASAK along with one cadre of the GNLA at South Garo
Hills District. The ASAK militants, who were arrested in between
January 31-February 1, were identified as Sahid Ch Marak (26),
Lamingstone Ch Sangma (29) and Jainish R Marak (29).The GNLA militant,
who was arrested from Gare Nawak village, near Nangalbibra was
identified as Herod R Marak (32).
Ten posters and five painted messages
highlighting IS were found in Solan town of Himachal Pradesh.
Police interrogated about 20 persons suspected to be involved
in the case. Their handwriting samples were also taken and will
be compared with the writing on the posters. It was interesting
to note that spray paint had been used while writing the IS on
various buildings of the Subathu cantonment board while no private
building had been targeted.
SFs recovered a bomb from a paddy
field at Uyokching in Kakching District.
Unidentified militants hurled
a hand grenade at Indian Army’s 2nd JKLI troopers, who were on
ROP duty, injuring a JKLI personnel at Nachou along Tiddim Road
under Bishnupur Police Station in Bishnupur District. The injured
personnel identified as Mohammad Arshad has been taken to Leimakhong
military hospital (Kangpokpi District).
A GNLA militant, identified as
‘deputy commander’ and working with the ‘finance wing’ Ninja M.
Sangma alias Megam (23), surrendered before the Police at Williamnagar
in East Garo Hills District. He, however, did not deposit any
weapons. Sangma has informed Police that the finance unit comprised
seven cadres prior to his surrender and has now been further reduced
to five men after another member disappeared a few weeks ago apparently
to form his own group.
At least eight Police personnel
were killed and five others injured in a landmine explosion suspected
to have been triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres near Mungarbhumi
on Sunki ghat in Koraput District of Odisha. The van carrying
13 Police personnel was on its way to Angul. They were going to
the Police Training College, Angul to get special Police driving
training when the Maoists blasted them off at around 2 pm. The
number of deaths of Police personnel in the Maoists’ Sunki landmine
explosion rose to eight with the body of lone missing driver Tulasi
Ram Majhi found this morning (February 2), informed Koraput SP,
Charan Singh Meena. Seven Police personnel died and five others
sustained injuries yesterday (February 1) as the landmine planted
underground at Sunki ghati in Koraput District on AOB exploded. Tulasi
Ram was missing, he said. The identities of the slain personnel
are Somnath Sisa, Sanjay Kumar Das, Arun Kumar Nayak, Subarna
Kumar Raj, Pradipta Kumar Rout, Ganesh Prasad Das, Harekrushna
Prushti and Tulasi Ram Majhi.
The CPI-Maoist cadres exploded
a crude bomb in the Amrapali Open Cast Project of CCL under Tandwa
Police Station of Chatra District of Jharkhand. Three
personnel have been reported to be injured in the blast. Police
have recovered hand-written pamphlets which talks about stopping
work in Amrapali and its adjacent mine, Magadh. The newly raised
SISF will be deployed at the CCL's Amrapali coal project.
The CRPF personnel of 26th Battalion
distributed a solar light system at Daribagh Tola in Gomia Block
of Naxals affected Bokaro District of Jharkhand.
The CPI-Maoist cadres attacked
the camp office of Ramie Construction Company and set
ablaze a mixer machine and a roller near Barachatti town in Gaya
District of Bihar. Locals said the Maoists had earlier
demanded ‘levy’ from Ramie Construction Company, engaged in various
road construction projects near Barachatti.
Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin
Rawat, stressed for high level of alertness and vigil along the
LoC and to foil the nefarious designs of militants and their masters
across. While interacting with the troops and the Commanders at
19 Division headquarters in Baramulla and 28 Mountain Division
in Kupwara, General Rawat stressed for alertness along the LoC
to foil the infiltration attempts from across. He stressed for
terminating infiltration attempts right on the LoC so that peace
is restored in Jammu and Kashmir.
Assam Police registered a suo
moto case of sedition against the filmmaker, Himangshu Prasad
Das, who had openly sought help from ‘leader’ of the ULFA-I, Paresh
Barua, to ask film distributors not to take his film (Shakira
Ahibo Bokultolor Bihuloi) off screens to make way for the
Hindi movies 'Raees' and 'Kaabil' last week. Police said that
it was a very serious crime and they were waiting for an individual
or organisation to file a FIR, but when that did not happen, they
chose to take up the suo moto case.
UNC ‘president’ Gaidon Kamei and
‘publicity secretary’ S Stephen was escorted to New Delhi in order
to enable them to take part in the tripartite talk scheduled on
Meghalaya DGP S.B. Singh said
that the ‘c-in-c’ of the disbanded militant group- UALA, Norrok
X. Momin, was not traceable and probably he was on the run since
there were criminal cases pending against him. UALA was disbanded
on June, 2016. Earlier in December 2015, the UALA signed a peace
pact with the Indian Government.
The senior leader of the GNLA
militant, Ninja M Sangma (23) alias Megam, who surrendered
on February 1, revealed that there were only 27 cadres left in
the militant group. Furthermore, he revealed that besides these
cadres, there were also five other cadres of ULFA-I militant who
were still working with ‘c-in-c’ of GNLA, Sohan D Shira.
Acting on inputs, Police raided
the house of Raimond Lyngdoh (30) at Kudeng Rim village under
Amlarem in West Jaintia Hills District and recovered one country-made
gun, pellets, one steel pipe [apparently for manufacturing the
gun barrel]. Police also arrested the house owner.
Angry Protestors, who were not,
satisfied with State Government’s response the ‘ultimatum’, served
by NTAC, set ablaze several Government offices. The damaged Government
property includes, the KMC, Regional Transport Office, offices
of the SSA, Superintendent Excise Office, Nagaland Legal Service
Authority and the Kohima Press Club.
The State Government responded
by declaring the ULB poll process ‘null and void’, and informing
that the State Cabinet has decided to ‘immediately transfer’ the
DCP and DCP Zone (1), Dimapur, in order to facilitate an impartial
The JCC informed that the indefinite
bandh (general strike) in Dimapur District over the issues
of ULB would continue ‘until and unless the State Government heed
to the people’s demands’.
One Munna Singh alias Munna
Ganjhu and his friend Murari Sharma were killed by unidentified
men in Kunda area of Chatra District of Jharkhand. Police suspect
hand of TPC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a
ward member candidate of Bara village under the Mathili Police
limits in Malkangiri District of Odisha. The deceased was identified
as Dasu Dharua. According to reports, about 20 armed Maoist rebels
of the Darbha Division of the banned outfit CPI-Maoist called
Dharua out of his house before being shot dead them later. Police
sources said the Maoists were aggrieved over Dhurua, suspecting
his links with Police. Dhurua’s brother, who was part of a Maoist
outfit, recently shunned the path of violence and surrendered
before the Police, much to the chagrin of the Maoists
Posters and pamphlets by the CPI-Maoist
cadres threatening to disrupt the upcoming Uttarakhand Assembly
polls emerged near Dhari area in Nainital District of Uttarakhand.
An official's vehicle was also set on fire, prompting the administration
to put Kumaon Division on high alert and step up deployment in
the region. The car belongs to a Tehsildar Magistrate and the
pamphlet bore the name of Vijay Pahru who introduced himself as
Secretary CPI-Maoist. The Uttarakhand Assembly polls are slated
to be held on February 15, 2017.
SFs detected and defused an IED
on the Srinagar-Jammu NH in Pampore area in Pulwama District.
A patrol party of Police detected the IED planted by terrorists
between Kadlabal and Chursoo section of the NH and later the bomb
disposal squad destroyed the explosive.
The BSF foiled a major infiltration
attempt by the militants on the IB in Samba sector of Samba District,
in which the SF personnel had a very narrow escape in three UBG
thrown by the militants on them in a bid to enter into this side.
According to the sources, the grenade attacks and firing by the
militants was to be followed by the infiltration attempt. However,
finding the BSF troops on very high alert on the IB, the militants
retreated to Pakistan.
Pakistan army resorted to heavy
mortar shelling and firing on forward Indian posts and villages
in Baba Khori area of Nowshera sector along the LoC in Rajouri
District. Sources said Pakistani troops started shelling forward
areas in Baba Khori area of Nowshera at 6.20 pm, prompting the
Indian side to retaliate. Heavy exchange of shelling and firing
continued for about half an hour. However, there were no reports
of any casualties or damage on the Indian side so far.
UHM Rajnath Singh stated that
Government cannot guarantee that surgical strikes won’t happen
in future as any such action will depend on the situation prevailing
at that time. UHM Rajnath Singh also dismissed as “a mere eye
wash” the house arrest of LeT ‘chief’ Hafiz Saeed, saying if Pakistan
was serious about acting against Saeed and terrorists, it must
take legal action against them.
The MoS for Home Kiren Rijiju
expressed hope that work on installing 'smart fence' along 3,323-kilometre
long the Indo-Pak border will begin soon. The testing for the
fence is in final stages and soon work for erecting it along the
Indo-Pak border will begin, MoS Kiren Rijiju said in New Delhi.
The new fencing is likely to have a multi-tier security ring comprising
an alarm to security force personnel in case of any infiltration
bid or attempts to cut the fence.
An unidentified militant belonging
to the NSCN-K was killed and another injured during an exchange
of fire with the AR at Ozakho village in Longding District.
AR arrested a militant of NSCN-R,
identified as Kamsing Ngemu, from Miao town in Changlang District.
According to the sources the arrested militant was involved in
several extortion cases in Miao town in the name of ‘SS Captain
SFs arrested one cadre of KNF-N
militant, identified as Thomas Lenminthang Guite (27), near Kopibung
area in Senapati District. According to the report the militant
was involved in several abduction and extortion cases. Incriminating
articles related with the militant group were also recovered from
the arrested militant.
The Union Government stated that
it had brokered a peace deal between the Manipur Government and
UNC and three-month-old economic blockade would be ended by the
Naga groups in Manipur very soon. The statement came after the
tripartite talks between the UNC, Manipur Government and UHM in
the North Block in New Delhi. The UHM said that they had made
‘substantial progress’, but denied to reveal detail about the
SFs arrested a militant belonging
to NSCN-IM, identified as ’chapel’ Thijuangpau Panmei, from Tamenglong
town (ward no 5 area) in Tamenglong District. SFs later ‘handed
over’ the arrested NSCN-IM militant to Imphal Police Station.
SFs arrested a linkman of the
ULFA-I, identified as Bubul Das alias Bubul Barman, at
Sarupathar in Golaghat District. According to Police sources,
the ULFA-I had appointed some persons for abduction and extortion
and the arrested linkman was one of them.
In a statement, the PDCK militant
strongly opposed the move of the Government of India to give citizenship
rights to the Hindu Bangladeshis in Assam and said that the organization
would resist the move.
The NTAC, Kohima, evening announced
an indefinite Nagaland bandh (general shut down) till CM
T.R. Zeliang steps down with his cabinet. The stand-off between
the State Government and civil society groups continues after
the Government’s decision to hold the ULB on February 1 by reserving
33 per cent seats for women. Zeliang had partially met three demands
of the NTAC. NTAC had wanted the polls declared null and void,
suspension of the Dimapur Police Commissioner and Zeliang's resignation.
Further, leaders of the JCC, which is also against reservation,
also said in Dimapur that the protest would continue.
However, no fresh incident of
violence was reported in the State. “The situation is under control.
No violent incidents were reported from anywhere,” said Director
General of Police LL Doungel, adding that curfew was lifted from
some places in Kohima but continued in Dimapur. The dead bodies
of two youths, killed during the Police firing on January 31,
were also buried after a meeting between NTAC and the State Governor.
A group of 50 CPI-Maoist cadres
killed Shyamo Mandavi (25) and assaulted six villagers, including
a woman in Burdikarka of Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The
slain youth had submitted an application form for local Police
recruitment drive recently.
Assistant constable, Sukhuram
Netam (33), was killed in an exchange of fire with the Maoists
in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh. A patrolling party had
launched the operation from Bakarkatta area. SFs recovered CPI-Maoist-related
documents, bags and other items from the encounter site.
The DG of CRPF, Durga Prasad,
reviewed the ground situation, military preparedness and issues
faced by SFs in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh. According to
officials, Durga Prasad also shared his plan with the top officials
of neighbouring states and apprised them about the strategy. With
the inter-state operations, the CRPF can now enter other states
and continue their anti-Maoist operations without any barriers.
The Nainital Police issued warrants
against nine suspects in connection with "inflammatory"
slogans written by suspected of CPI-Maoist cadres on the walls
of houses in a village of Nainital District of Uttarakhand. Police
have also announced a bounty of INR 10,000 on one of the suspects
Kheench Singh Bora. Police said Bora alias Vijay Nehru
alias Prabhakar, a resident of Someshwar in Almora District
of Uttarakhand, had been active in Naxals related activities
in the State. Nainital SSP, Janmejay Khanduri said, "Intense
search and combing operations are going on. All suspects are on
our watch and we will soon locate people who were behind the incident."
The Madras High Court has confirmed
life imprisonment for three belonging to TNLA. They were involved
in a groups attack at the Puthur Police Station in Cuddalore District
of Tamil Nadu on April 6, 1991. TNLA is the armed wing of TNCPML,
a splinter group of the CPI-ML. The HC bench has now confirmed
life term only for Suba Elavarasan alias Pandian alias
Vallavan, Kumar alias Gopalsamy and Amulraj alias
Police and paramilitary CRPF recovered
a cache of arms and ammunition during a search operation in Ganderbal
District. A joint party of Police and 118 BN (Battalion) CRPF
busted a militant hideout in Fraw area of Gund tehsil of
the District. SFs recovered two AK 47 magazines, 32 rounds, a
5-kilograms gas cylinder and few biscuit packets were recovered
during the operation.
SFs arrested a LeT militant from
Nowpora Payeen village of Lassipora in Pulwama District. Police
said that based upon specific input, SFs including Police and
Army’s 55 RR launched a cordon and search operation at Nowpora
area of the District, during which a local militant identified
as Manzoor Ahmad was arrested, along with one pistol, two pistol
rounds, 36 AK rounds, one Chinese grenade, two pistol magazines,
one pouch and first aid kit, from the possession of the arrested
militant. During the cordon and search operation, locals came
out of their houses and pelted stone on Police and Army. Police
fired several teargas shells on protesters and also resorted to
aerial firing to break up the stone pelting protest. However,
no protester was injured in the clashes and later the cordon was
lifted by forces.
AR arrested two senior leaders
and a suspected militant of the UDLA at inter-State boundary of
Assam and Mizoram. The arrested militants were identified as UDLA's
‘army chief’ Raj Kumar Reang, ‘financial secretary’ Neta Rai Reang
and the suspected cadre Mela Rai Reang. The arrested militants
were handed over to the Assam Police as they were arrested within
the jurisdiction of Assam.
India has been asked to send the
name of its nominee for inclusion in a global team to assist a
UN committee which decides on banning terror outfits and their
leaders. Following the request, the ministries of Home Affairs
and Finance have been asked to recommend names of suitable individuals
who can be part of the key team, official sources said.
The presence of the country's
nominee on the panel may facilitate the government's efforts to
get Masood Azhar, head of JeM, banned, they said. India's effort
to get Azhar listed in the UN's sanctions list of organisations
and individuals linked to Al-Qaida and IS (Islamic State) has
been repeatedly blocked by China. The nominations have been sought
from qualified individuals to serve on the 'Analytical Support
and Sanctions Monitoring Team' in support of the important '1267/1989/2253
ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee'.
In some declassified reports of
CIA of the United States of America, it was revealed that the
North Eastern militant groups had been receiving Chinese assistance
in terms of arms and training since 1960s. The CIA report was
submitted on July 26, 1968 and from the report it is evident that
the militant groups of the Northeast were receiving help from
China even during that time. The report said that the Naga militants
first established contacts with China in December, 1966. The report
revealed that the first batch of approximately 200 militants crossed
over to Northern Burma (now Myanmar) to obtain arms training in
Police said that the ‘chief’ of
the ASAK militant, Reding T. Sangma, who is currently on the run,
is reportedly using Bangladeshi mobile SIM cards to avoid detection.
According to the Police the militant leader is also using other
modern software which is easily available in the market to avoid
In some declassified reports of
CIA of the United States of America, it was revealed that the
North Eastern militant groups had been receiving Chinese assistance
in terms of arms and training since 1960s. The CIA report was
submitted on July 26, 1968 and from the report it is evident that
the militant groups of the Northeast were receiving help from
China even during that time. The report said that the Naga militants
first established contacts with China in December, 1966. The report
revealed that the first batch of approximately 200 militants crossed
over to Northern Burma (now Myanmar) to obtain arms training in
A senior official of the State
Home department of Mizoram said that the date for the fourth round
of peace talks between the Mizoram Government and the Manipur
based HPC-D would soon be fixed. The official said that the meeting
of Home department officials to be chaired by Additional Secretary
Lalbiakzama. While from the HPC-D side, the delegation would be
led by the working ‘chairman’ L T Hmar.
According to the security sources,
Assam is a vulnerable place in the North East for the increasing
Jihadi threat. Potential risk according to the sources includes
existence of sleeper cells in the State. The source also said
that in recent promotional videos, jihadi groups mentioned about
the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in BTAD area for several times.
Sources also pointed out that growing presence of the jihadi elements
in Bangladesh like JMB, which has affiliation with Islamic State
is also a serious matter of concern for India, particularly for
Several CPI-Maoist posters bearing
the signature of CPI-Maoist Secretary Umakanta Mishra were found
at several places in Sikarpai of Kalyansinghpur area in Rayagada
District of Odisha. In the posters, the Maoist rebels have asked
people to abstain from the panchayat polls. Earlier, the
Maoists had put posters in Malkangiri and Koraput Districts threatening
people to boycott the upcoming panchayat polls in Odisha.
The landmine blast on Sunki ghat
road in Koraput District of Odisha on February 1, and killing
of a ward member in Mathili block in Malkangiri District on February
2, by CPI-Maoist cadres is part of a series of attacks planned
by Naxals to avenge the Ramaguda encounter in Malkangiri
District on October 24 – 27, 2016, where 30 Maoists were killed,
says Odisha Police. The landmine blast at the Sunki ghat road
was well planned and executed by the Maoists, sources said. Police
of both Odisha and Andhra Pradesh suspect that Nandapur area committee
led by Andruu, Narayanpatna area committee led by Chaitanya alias
Aruna and also the Maoists military PLGA team third CRC company
were involved in the action. The main role was played by the Nandapur
area committee, the sources said. According to the sources, generally,
Maoists never attack unarmed cops, but they did it at Sunki ghat
road in a desperate attempt to boost the morale of the cadres
who were losing confidence after the Ramaguda encounter on October
A senior Police officer said,
"The victims were all newly recruited cops who got jobs through
a court direction and were going for training. Naxals had
knowledge about the movement of the cops from the starting point
at Koraput District of Odisha. They planted the landmine under
a culvert on the highway that was busy with vehicular movement.
Hitting the target in such a manner shows that it was a pre-planned
execution. Maoists knew that the minivan was coming. They ignited
wires to detonate the landmine by using a flash. They knew exactly
that the bus carrying the newly recruited drivers did not have
weapons. Usually, when Naxals attack cops they loot the
arms. They also fire at those who survive the attack. But, here
nothing like that happened. There were no arms and no firing on
the injured persons. This shows the Maoists had knowledge of every
detail." As per the inputs, around 40 to 50 Maoists including
30 women cadres participated in the action.
Police and SFs thwarted a major
terrorist action by killing two HM militants in an encounter in
Sopore area in Baramulla District. SFs launched an operation in
Amargarh area in Sopore following information about presence of
militants in the area. When challenged, the militants lobbed a
grenade and fired upon the Police party in which SP operation
Baramulla, Shafqat Hussain and SI, Mohammad Murtaza were injured.
Two AK series rifles, one pistol, four hand grenades and other
arms and ammunition was recovered from the encounter site. The
two militants have been identified as Azhar Khan of Kupwara and
Sajjad Ahmed Lone, a resident of Eidipora Bomai in Sopore. Sajjad
had gone to Pakistan in March 2016 via Wagah border.
Gujarat ATS arrested a person
suspected to be involved in a conspiracy to spread terror in the
state to avenge attacks on Muslims during the 2002 post-Godhra
riots. Based on a specific tip off, a team of the squad officials
arrested Javed Chauhan (38) from a village in Chhota Udepur District,
an ATS release said. According to ATS officials, he was part of
a larger conspiracy of spreading terror in the state to avenge
the killing of Muslims during the 2002 post-Godhra riots.
In a statement, the disbanded
ANVC-B threatened to work against the Indian National Congress
party led Meghalaya MUA-II Government in the upcoming 2018 assembly
elections in Garo Hills area. In the statement the ANVC-B alleged
that the Government had not respected the peace agreement signed
by them and the State Government including the Central Government
of India. The statement further accused the State Government that
they had been trying to ‘create division’ between the ‘leadership’
and the general cadres of the ANVC-B.
The protestors are all set to
enforce a “total bandh” (general shutdown) on State Government
offices and vehicles for an indefinite period starting from February
6. “The Chief Minister is solely responsible for all the trouble.
He is responsible for the death of two youths in police firing
outside his residence in Dimapur on January 31. He is also responsible
for the mob fury that led to the burning down of so many government
offices in Kohima on February 3,” said, explaining their position,
K T Vilie, ‘convener’ of the NTAC. However the NTAC, Kohima, and
the JCC, Dimapur, relaxed the indefinite strike on Sunday (today)
to allow people to attend Church services.
DGP of Assam, Mukesh Sahay, said
that the peace talk with KPLT militant would be started soon.
Earlier on January 30, the Assam Government announced to withhold
counter-insurgency operations against KPLT till April 20. This
followed the declaration of a six-month unilateral ceasefire from
October 20, 2016, by the KPLT.
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a
tribal man identified as Parsika Pullaiah (45), in Chintoor Mandal
of agency area of East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. A
group of four to six armed CPI-Maoist cadres surrounded Pullaiah
in broad daylight, opened fire and fled. CPI-Maoist alleged Pullaiah
as a ‘Police informer’. East Godavari, SP, M Ravi Prakash told
that Pullaiah was a trader working in Bhadrachalam for the past
one year and was in no way connected to the Police.
A DRG, Constable Pratap Singh
Markam, was injured when an IED blast triggered by Naxals
in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The incident took place
in the wee hours between Nayanar and Gatam villages under Katekalyan
Police Station limits when a team of SFs was out on an anti-Naxal
Operation, told SHO, Vijay Patel.
A CPI-Maoist cadre, Dhiraj Singh,
was arrested from Jobang in Lohardaga District of Jharkhand.
A Pakistani infiltrator was arrested
by the BSF personnel from the IB in Ramgarh sector of Samba District.
Official sources said Jawans on duty observed suspicious movement
across the IB near Balhad Post along Basantar River in Ramgarh
sector this afternoon. They rushed and challenged the suspect,
who had intruded deep inside the Indian Territory and arrested
Mansheer (25), a resident of Kingra Morh in Sabekote area of Pakistan.
SFs recovered a 7.56 mm pistol,
one magazine, three live rounds and two hand-made grenades from
the residence of Emdadul Haque at Dhupaguri area under Dhing Police
Station in Nagaon District. Emdadul Haque was detained by the
SFs after the recovery.
As per the report titled ‘A New
US Approach to Pakistan: Enforcing Aid Conditions without Cutting
Ties’ which will be released in Washington DC on February 10.
Pakistan’s military continues to support terrorist groups that
attack India to keep it “off balance” and draws international
mediation into dispute over Kashmir, according to the report.
“Pakistani military leaders continue to support terrorist groups
that attack India in an effort to keep it off balance and to draw
international mediation into the dispute with India over Kashmir,”
said the report.
Nine Indians joined the IS in
2016 - eight from Tamil Nadu and one from Telangana, the NIA learnt
from the central security agencies that interrogated three people
who were deported from Abu Dhabi for recruiting Indian for IS.
According to the report, the NIA's
FIR which was registered on Republic day, both in the capital
and in Chennai, says that the agency took custody of the three
men who were working in Abu Dhabi on behalf of IS. Sheikh Azhar
Al Islam Abdul Sattar Sheikh, Mohammed Farhan Maohammed Rafiq
Shaikh and Adnan Hussain Mohammed Hussain were working to 'identify,
motivate, radicalise, recruit and train Indian citizena located
both in India and other countries for planning and executing terrorist
attacks in India and other friendly countries'
The agency's probe has reportedly
revealed that a module of nine persons, all below the age of 30,
had managed to join IS in Syria. The group left India for Dubai
and then headed to Syria. Following the direction of the UMHA,
a case has been filed under section 120B (criminal conspiracy)
of the IPC, sections 17 (punishment for raising funds for terrorist
acts), 18 (punishment for conspiracy), 18B (punishment for recruiting
for terrorist act), 20 (for being member of terrorist gang) and
38 (for being associated with a terrorist organisation) among
Police arrested six militants
of ATF at Dharamtul, near Bishnu Mandir in Morigaon District.
The arrested militants were identified as ‘Nagaon district commander’
Milan Bhuyan, Bihu Kurung, CR Mangyang, Rajen Garh, Ajoy Singh
Ghatowar and Rasraj Biswash. Police recovered six 7 .65 mm pistols,
96 live rounds, 6 cartridges, 10 mobile handsets, ATM card, PAN
Card, cash INR 5,000 and lots of objectionable materials from
the possession of the arrested militants. According to the Police,
the ATF has links with Maoists groups and the Maoists are assisting
the force with money and sophisticated arms.
State Water Resources Minister
Keshav Mahanta informed the Assembly that the Union Government
is examining the feasibility of sealing the unfenced portion of
Indo-Bangladesh border, comprising riverine and char areas, in
the State by using ‘high tech physical and non-physical barrier’
technology. “Out of the total length of 280.06 kilometers of Indo-Bangladesh
border in Assam, fencing work for 208.65 kilometers has been completed,”
the Mahanta informed the Assembly. Mahanta further said that out
of 71.41 kilometers unfenced area, 6.5 kilometers is land area
and the rest is a composition of riverine / char (river isles)
/ bridge and culverts. Out of the unfenced land area border, 3.5
km is under Karimganj Town area and discussion is going on in
between BSF and BBG. The settlement of disputes and land acquisition
process for the remaining 3 kilometers area, also under Karimganj
District, is going on. Bridges and culverts account for 3.696
kilometers along the unfenced border. “For the riverine and char
area, feasibility study and examination is going on to seal these
areas using ‘high tech physical and non-physical barrier’ technology
by the Government of India,” the Minister informed the House.
Flood lighting works had already been completed along the border
and work was in progress for electricity service connection to
the installed lights, the State Water Resources Minister Keshav
A non-political organisation,
BJSM opposed the move of the BTC authority for providing 500 acres
of land to the members of the ULFA-PTF in BTC area. The issue
of land allotment came during a meeting held recently in Kokrajhar,
between the leaders of ULFA-PTF led by Anup Chetia and the BTC
Chief for uniting the ULFA-PTF cadres in BTAD.
The Chhattisgarh Police killed
Sukhram Lekam alias Sukku, a Janatana Sarkar President
of the CPI-Maoist, in an exchange of fire at Pedia in Bijapur
District of Chhattisgarh. SFs recovered a 12 bore rifle,
10 cells, and other CPI-Maoist material from the encounter spot.
An armed group of JJJMP cadres
attacked heavy machinery and vehicles near CCL’s Sikni colliery
in Latehar District of Jharkhand. JJMP is a splinter group of
Gurubari Munda (32), a member
of Munda squad of the CPI-Maoist was arrested by SFs at Bhakar
forests in Ghurabandha block of Ghatshila in East Singhbhum District
The NIA has booked a case against
LWEs for the Hirakhand Express derailed around midnight on January
21, 2017. The Bhubaneswar-bound Hirakhand train mishap happened
in Kuneru on the AOB border and killed more than 46 passengers.
The State Home Department of Maharashtra
Government has allotted two helicopters to the Naxal affected
District administration of Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra.
The election in Gadchiroli is scheduled from February 16 and February
21. The elections will be conducted in two phases. The aim to
allot helicopters is to ensure that the Gram Panchayat
and Zilla Parishad elections are conducted smoothly and
the election staff, Police officials and electoral machinery is
transported to the Naxal affected poll bound city safely.
The BSF thwarted an intrusion
bid at IB, which originated from Pakistan side, in Samba sector
in Samba District, followed by heavy mortar shelling and firing
in the forward areas. Official sources said a group of heavily
armed militants reached close to the IB on Pakistan side taking
advantage of undulating ground in Samba sector and opened heavy
firing on the BSF personnel deployed on duty mound in forward
areas with automatic weapons. The BSF personnel swiftly organized
coordinated effected fire over the militants and forced them to
retreat to Pakistan.
The suspected IS Chennai module,
which had a Telangana native in its ranks, received funds from
unknown sources in Syria at the behest of the banned outfit. NIA
had registered a case in the last week of January against nine
members of the module on the charge of working for Islamic State.
Of the nine-member module, only one person actually joined the
terrorist outfit, while the rest failed to reach Syria, NIA officials
The IS sympathisers had reportedly
organised several meetings and even chalked out plans to reach
the terror hinterland to work in the so-called caliphate. "Based
on information available with us, only one person from Chennai
reached Syria. Prima facie, we have information that the module
got funding from abroad and they were at an advanced stage of
executing their plans to reach Syria," the NIA officials
told. They were still in the process of identifying the place
where they undertook training in Tamil Nadu. The IS module member
from the state is suspected to be from Karimnagar in North Telangana
and the state Police was unwilling to disclose his identify. Though
he hails from Telangana, he had been working in Chennai. It is
through social media the nine came to know each other.
The NIA has begun probing the
angle of sabotage in the Indore-Patna Express derailment in Pukhrayan
area of Kanpur Dehat district, which had claimed 147 lives on
November 20, 2016. On January 27, NIA’s Lucknow unit had lodged
a case against unidentified persons on charges including culpable
homicide not amounting to murder. It had done so after Moti Paswan
who was arrested last month for allegedly attempting to blow up
railway tracks in Bihar’s East Champaran District, claimed to
have planted a cooker bomb on the tracks at Pukhrayan with the
help of his associates, causing the derailment.
NIA has also invoked the Railways
Act and UAPA in the case. A team of officials is presently camping
in Pukhrayan for the investigation. “Apart from the Pukhrayan
train derailment case, we have also registered a case in East
Champaran district. Investigation is ongoing in both cases,” said
Alok Mittal, IG, NIA. Sources said the agency had registered two
cases as they suspected that the derailment was a “terror act”.
NIA special court in Punjab, issued
proclamation notices against JeM 'chief' Masood Azhar and three
others in connection with the January 2016 Pathankot terror attack
case. Apart from Azhar, the notices were issued against Abdul
Rauf Asghar, Shahid Latif and Kashif Jan. According to the agency’s
chargesheet, Azhar along with his brother Abdul Rauf, Latif and
Jan masterminded the Pathankot attack.
Latif and Jan were the key handlers
of the four attackers and gave them directions all the way from
their infiltration into India till the beginning of the attack.
The proclamation notice, which has been issued under section 82
of Criminal Procedure Code, will have to be published in newspapers,
including in Pakistan, NIA sources said. The agency had filed
the chargesheet last December against Masood Azhar and the three
others for plotting the terror strike that left seven Indian security
personnel dead and 37 injured. The chargesheet is part of documents
used by India for advocating its case for imposing UN sanctions
The ‘c-in-c’ Jharu Lohar alias
Horen Karmakar of the NSCA militant surrendered before Police
in Sonitpur District. The militant also deposited one 9mm pistol,
two magazines and large number of ammunition. According to the
Police, the militant was accused in the murder case of ACMS Secretary
Niranjan Patra at Koliabor, killing of the accountant of Singlijan
Tea estate in Dibrugarh, killings at Khatkhati in Karbi Anglong
District and abduction cases in past years.
SFs recovered one .22 mm pistol,
five rounds live bullets and one IED from the residence of Ali
Akbar at Tuktuki under Dhing Police Station in Nagaon District.
The BSF arrested three illegal
citizens of Bangladesh from Baghmara in South Garo Hills District
and another one at Lalghat in South West Garo Hills District.
The arrested illegal Bangladeshi citizens were identified as Mohammad
Rukoddin (18), Sharif Miya (15), Mohammad Ridul Islam (16) and
Mohammad Zuwel Miya (20).
In a statement the NSCN-IM militant
asked all business establishment and shops of Dimapur to remain
closed on Sundays with ‘immediate effect’. The militant group
also threatened ‘stern action against defaulters’ in their statement.
With the death of one of the persons
injured in clashes of January 31, over ULB elections in Nagaland,
the total death in the violence has raised to three.
Nagaland CM T.R.Zeliang informed
that the border fencing along the Indo-Myanmar border by the Myanmar
Government at Pangsha in Tuensang District has been stopped with
the intervention of the Central Government of India.
After the tripartite agreement
signed on January 30 with the JCC and NBCC, CM T.R. Zeliang apologized
to JCC and NBCC for the recent turmoil in the State regarding
the ULB election. Citing the tripartite agreement, he said that
since JCC had agreed to support 33% women reservation, the State
Government had intended to declare partial conduct of the ULB
election in those areas where there was no opposition.
SFs arrested two militants of
KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup, identified as Sanjenbam Ningthem Singh
(40) and Wankhem Bihari Singh (34), in Kabowakching area of Bishnupur
One PLA/ RPF militant, identified
as Naorem Indrakumar Meitei (36) arrested by SFs at Thanga Ngaram
Machin in Bishnupur District.
SFs arrested one militant of NSCN-K,
identified as Soraisam Milan Singh (47), at Heirangoithong in
Imphal West District.
The UNC decided to continue their
agitation until the State Government withdraws the decision to
declare Sadar Hills and Jiribam as full-fledged Districts. The
decision was taken in an emergency ‘presidential council’ meeting
of UNC in Senapati District. The meet was held to consider the
outcome of the tripartite talk involving Central Government of
India, State Government and UNC in New Delhi on February 3. Meanwhile,
the Central Government of India expressed its disappointment over
the issue. A meeting took place in Imphal where representative
from the UHM, State Government and UNC participated. But the outcome
of the meeting was quite disappointing for the Central Government.
The sources of the Central Government expressing its disappointment
said that the Manipur Government was not cooperating and the UNC
was taking ‘a different stand’.
In a statement the ANSF accused
the State Government of ignoring the safety and security of the
people of insurgency-affected Tirap, Changlang and Longding District.
ANSF mentioned about the activities of the NSCN-K and NSCN-IM
in their statement. They further urged the UHM and Union Minister
of State for Home Kiren Rijiju to intervene in the matter and
take appropriate measures to stop skirmishes and bring back peace
and normalcy in the area.
A group of Naxals fired
at the CISF troops at Deposit No. 5, atop Bailadila Hills near
Kirandul town in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The CPI-Maoist
cadres attacked vehicles of NMDC carrying explosives. They looted
explosives and detonators and held employees hostage who have
now been freed. They also set ablaze burnt machinery and two vehicles.
There are no reports of death or injury.
Police said it have arrested miscreants
who pelted stones on vehicles at Baramulla town last week. “In
the evening of February 4 (Saturday) a group of miscreants boarding
three vehicles appeared in Baramulla market near Karripa Park
and started pelting stones on vehicles and created law and order
problem,” a Police spokesman said. He said all these miscreants
were detained and a case was registered in Baramulla Police Station.
first Class, Rajesh Kumar ID Abrol of Chadoora in Budgam District,
denied bail to two militants of HM outfit. According to the prosecution
case, the militants identified as Younis Bashir of Checkpora and
Adil Ahmed of Lasjan were arrested under Sections 419, 506, 387,
511 and 120B RPC at Nowgam Police Station on the basis of the
complaint filed by Mohammad Amin Bhat of Checkpora. These militants
were demanding INR 500,000 from the complainant for HM outfit
with the warning that he and his family will face the consequences
of death if the complainant failed to follow their directive.
The J&K Police has prepared
a report, warning about the possibility of a ‘more dangerous repetition
of 2016’ after March and highlighted the ‘lack of the preparedness
to handle such crisis on part of the civil administration and
Police’. DG of the J&K Police SP Vaid confirmed that there
were reports of ‘possible unrest after March’ but maintained that
Police was ready to handle any ‘law and order’ situation, adding
that APHC leaders who lead such agitations were to be ‘squarely
blamed’ for the consequences. The report submitted to the chief
minister’s office in January sees joint APHC leadership of Syed
Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer and Yasin Malik as a ‘threat to peace’
and their ‘unification on Pakistan’s insistence a trouble’. “The
mass contact programme of Hurriyat leaders and their meetings
with their small constituents are a matter of concern. And by
reaching out to victims of the 2016 unrest, they are reaching
out to the common man and thus preparing the ground for another
unrest,” the report said.
Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar
said that nuclear terrorism is an international threat that should
not serve national strategy. "The power of the atom is wondrous
and it has benefited mankind in various ways. The scientific community
has also played a vital role in harnessing the nuclear energy
but the negative consequences of atomic power cannot be ignored.
World has witnessed immense destructive power of the atom,"
Police recovered 40 pieces of
fake INR 2000 notes from West Bengal's Murshidabad District, officials
said, reports indiablooms.com. According to Police reports, acting
on a tip off, Police booked a suspect- Ajijur Rahman- from Chatra
Ghat area under Islampur Police Station limits in Murshidabad
District and seized FICN INR 2000 notes with face value of INR
80,000 rupees from his possession.
At least 50 persons were injured
in sporadic clashes during a 12-hour bandh (shutdown) called
by the ATIRPF in TTAADC area, to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment)
Bill, 2016, introduced by the BJP-led NDA. The INPT, IPFT and
the NCT last month (January) formed the ATIRPF to oppose the bill.
The bill, introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016 and now under the
scrutiny of a parliamentary committee, seeks to enable Hindus,
Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who have fled
to India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh without valid
travel documents or those whose valid documents have expired in
recent years, to acquire Indian citizenship through the process
The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a
tribal trader identified as M Jeenabandhu (30) in the agency area
of Munchingput mandal in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra
Pradesh. The CPI-Maoist cadres killed him after branding
him as a ‘Police informer’.
A PLFI cadre, Arvind Gope, was
arrested at Sirka village in Murhu Tehsil of Khunti of
Jharkhand. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.
Police arrested Vinod Marandi,
Chief of the RCC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, in Gaya
District of Bihar. Police also recovered 7 Kilogram of Ganja.
The arrested Maoist was involved in a parcel bomb explosion in
which a close aide of Tekari, MLA Abhay Kushwaha was killed at
Kujapi village in 2015.
Two PLFI cadres were killed and
five others injured in an exchange of fire with SFs in the Pital
Forest under the Bisra Police limits in Sundargarh District of
Odisha. SFs recovered 11 magazines; an AK-47 rifle and
eight other guns, 190 live bullets, 45 mobile phones, clothes
and shoes were seized from the spot. PLFI is a splinter group
of the CPI-Maoist.
Sunderbani Police arrested nine
persons along with two weapons (.12 bore guns), in Rajouri District
and busted a racket involved in making fake gun licenses and recovered
13 such licenses from their possession.
India hit out at China for its
remarks that there was no consensus over the US' proposal to ban
JeM 'chief' Masood Azhar at the UN, saying if there is a change
in the Chinese position, there will be a consensus as well. External
Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup also said the matter
has been taken up with the Chinese Ambassador in Delhi and a similar
demarche is being made in Beijing.
Observing that the proposal was
not moved by India but by three permanent members of the UN Security
Council the US, the UK and France, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson
Vikas Swarup described it as a "classic counter-terrorism
proposal" and hoped that China will also come around to accept
this view. "It is our understanding that this was a classic
counter- terrorism proposal meant to proscribe a dreaded terrorist
leader Masood Azhar whose organisation the JeM has already been
proscribed by the UN 1267 Committee.
The NIA filed a charge sheet against
two persons in connection with its probe in the alleged indoctrination
of Kerala youths to join terror group IS. The agency filed the
charge sheet in a special court here against Arshi Qureshi (47)
alias Arshid, a resident of Thane, Maharashtra who has been arrested
by the agency, and Abdul Rashid Abdulla (30), hailing from Kasaragod
in Kerala, who is absconding. The NIA said it has charged the
two for "their involvement in unlawful activities and in
spreading hatred against India and for providing support to the
proscribed terrorist organisation IS by furthering its activities",
under various sections of the Unlawful Activity (Prevention) Act-UAPA.
Unidentified militants gunned
down two civilians, Bakul Rabha(40) and Saru (35), at Chengapara
village under Kolaigaon Police Station in Udalguri District. Militants
also set ablaze the hut of the deceased couple. The Police Personnel
who reached the spot after being informed by local residents found
the charred bodies of the deceased couple along with 25 rounds
of empty bullets. "Since we found bullets, we are certain
about the involvement of militants in the incident but we are
yet to pinpoint the group. Both ULFA-I and NDFB-IKS are active
in the area and we are trying to identify the assailants,"
a Police official in Udalguri said. Villagers told the Police
that the couple could have been killed as they were suspected
to be informers of SFs.
Suspected militants belonging
to TPLA abducted an auto-rickshaw driver, identified as Robin
Thapa (26), at an area between Motbung and Keithelmanbi in Senapati
District. According to the sources, the militant group served
extortion demands to auto-rickshaw associations operating along
the Highway particularly in between Sekmai and Motbung last month
In a press release, the militant
group UNLF said that their ‘armed wing’ the MPA had observed its
30th ‘raising day’ in different parts of the State and at other
The NTAC volunteers damaged one
gypsy belonging to State Police department at high school junction
Kohima, during the ongoing indefinite bandh (general shutdown)
against the Government offices and Government vehicles, over the
issues of elections to ULBs. NTAC, which is enforcing the total
bandh (general shutdown) on State Government offices and
vehicles for an indefinite period starting from February 6, is
demanding the resignation of Chief Minister T R Zeliang and his
cabinet following the killing of three youths in Police firing
incident on January 31, during the protest over conducting ULB
elections with 33% women reservation.
Based on specific input, 5 AR
in an operation, arrested two NSCN-K militants, identified as
‘sergeant major’ Ivuto Chophy and ‘corporal’ Kunovi, from Sumi
Gate area in Zunheboto District. According to PRO of IGAR-N the
arrested duo was indulging in extortion activities at Zunheboto
town. PRO stated that, the cadres were in possession of an extortion
note addressed to the engineer, Irrigation Department of Zunheboto.
State Governor P B Acharya declared
the entire process of elections to ULBs in the State, which was
strongly opposed by Naga tribal groups, as null and void. State
Election Commissioner Sentiyanger Imchen also in a notification
said following the Governor’s decision the election programme
for the ULBs, notified on December 21 last year, is now null and
void. Earlier, on February 2, the state Cabinet had decided to
declare the election process null and void.
The NSCN-K militant released a
press statement over the issue of ULB election and the subsequent
violence in the State and said that the State Government ‘should
pave way for people’s interest’. It also condemned the State Government
for the recent violence in the State over the issues of ULB election
in their statement.
A Jagdalpur-based organisation
anti-Maoist organisation AGNI dissolved itself in Jagdalpur District
of Chhattisgarh. The AGNI has organised almost 15-16 rallies during
the past one year across the Bastar region protesting against
the CPI-Maoist activities and violence. One of them, called `Lalkar'
rally, was convened by the outfit in Jagdalpur in September 2016
and attended by thousands of people. Civil rights groups and some
local journalists have dubbed the AGNI as another version of the
anti-Maoist militia Salwa Judum, which was banned by the Supreme
Court in 2011.
A former Naxal, Phulo Markam
was found killed in Jagdalpur District of Chhattisgarh. Markam
surrendered before Police along with 60 other CPI-Maoist cadres
in Darbha in April 2016 and had joined Police as a 'Gopaniya Sainik.
Phulo's brother Gagan alleged Constable Dinesh Sethia for Markam’s
Sunki Ghat-like blast was averted
by CRPF at Lanjigarh Block in Kalahandi District of Odisha. A
bomb disposal squad of the CRPF from Rayagada led by Commandant
Manoj Sharma with the help of sniffer dog defused a 25 Kilogram
SOG personnel and CPI-Maoist cadres
exchanged fire during a combing operation at Kutudi forest under
Bijaghati Panchayat in Narayanpatna District of Odisha. No injuries
have been reported.
An Abu Dhabi module of the IS
comprising three Indian youths, recruited eight men from Tamil
Nadu and one from Telangana, and even sent some of them to Syria
to join the IS, a probe by the NIA has revealed. The NIA registered
a case a fortnight ago regarding the recruitment “of nine persons
— eight hailing from Tamil Nadu and one from Telangana, and some
other unknown persons, with the intention to further the activities
of Daesh/ISIS, a banned terrorist organisation in India”.
According to NIA case records,
a criminal conspiracy was hatched “in Chennai and other parts
of the country by forming a terrorist gang which raised and received
funds, organised camps, recruited and trained some persons, and
facilitated their travel to Syria, to join ISIS”. The Abu Dhabi
module was neutralised in January 2016 following the arrest and
deportation of the three Indians from the UAE: Adnan Hussain from
Karnataka, Mohammed Farhan from Maharashtra and Sheikh Azhar Al
Islam from Kashmir.
The records show they were accused
by the NIA of being “involved in a conspiracy to identify, motivate,
radicalise, recruit and train Indian citizens located both in
India and other countries for planning and executing terrorist
attacks in India and in other friendly countries”.
ATS from Mumbai detained a suspected
SIMI operative from Khajrana area of Indore (Madhya Pradesh).
The suspect identified as Jadil Parvez was held from Khijrabad
Colony in the area where he had been living since the past 2-3
months, ATS sources claimed. Jadil, who hails from Unhel town
of Ujjain District, had allegedly been living with his sister
Two militants of GPRN/NSCN, identified
as ‘guard commander of Ao region’ Merentoshi and ‘major’ Tongpang,
were abducted by NSCN-IM militants from Tzuremen village area
in Mokokchung District.
The JCC informed that it would
intensify the ongoing bandh (total shutdown) indefinitely
starting February 13 if the CM T.R. Zeliang does not resign within
the ‘3-day deadline’ given by the JCC and NTAC that expires February
10 midnight. Further, a meeting of the legislature party of the
ruling DAN supported CM T.R Zeliang on the whole issue and appealed
to the agitators to end the indefinite strike and engage with
The Chairman of JIC and interlocutor
for the Naga peace-talks, Mr R. N. Ravi said that ongoing economic
blockade in Manipur may have an impact on the peace-talks. JIC
Chairman RN Ravi said, “The Naga issue can’t be dealt in political
isolation. Naga neighbours are important stakeholders. A durable
solution is not possible by disregarding neighbours’ sentiment
and confrontational attitude towards them.” The news report further
adds that over the stubborn attitude displayed by the NSCN-IM
over Manipur, Mr Ravi had said, “It is bound to impact the tenor
and character of further talks with NSCN-IM.”Notably, the Manipur
based UNC is spearheading the economic blockade in the State for
over three months and two rounds of meetings with the stakeholders
to resolve the crisis has failed to elicit any result. UNC is
protesting against creation of seven new Districts in the State
The CLP, in a meeting chaired
by CM Okram Ibobi Singh, unanimously passed a resolution urging
the Central Government of India to declare the UNC as an unlawful
organisation for imposing the indefinite economic blockade on
the NHs and banning construction and developmental activities
of National and State projects.
A Naxalite was killed in
an exchange of fire with SFs in a dense forest under Basaguda
Police Station in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. SFs
recovered the body of a male CPI-Maoist cadre along with weapon,
grenades and Naxal-related material from the spot.
A villager, Barse Deva (32), was
found killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres near Lakhanpal village under
Chintalnar Police Station limits in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh.
The victim was picked up by armed rebels from his native place
Konanguda, in the night of February 8, Police said.
A CPI-Maoist was killed in an
exchange of fire with SFs in a dense forest pocket of Bilaspur
District of Chhattisgarh. SFs recovered the body of a male
Maoist cadre along with weapon, grenades and Naxal -related
material from the spot.
SFs recovered arms including one
AK-47 rifle, its three magazines and 26 cartridges, one carbine,
its one magazine and 35 cartridges after an exchange of fire with
the Maoists in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh.
The newly appointed IG of Bastar
Range in Chhattisgarh, Sundarraj P asserted that “aggressive”
operations against the Naxals will continue. Sundarraj
said, “Security Forces are in a dominating position. The aggressiveness
(in the operation) will be continued.”
A villager, Birwal Murmu (25),
was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Virangatta village under
the Madhuwan Police Station in Giridih District of Jharkhand.
The Maoists accused him of being a ‘Police informer’.
The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze
two earthmoving machines, two tractors and a water tanker in Rayagada
District of Odisha. The vehicles belonged to a contractor
engaged in road construction near Sandengleli in Parsali Panchayat
under Kalyansinghpur Block of the District.
The CPI-Maoist calling for the
boycott of the February 15 Assembly Elections in Uttarakhand,
painted slogans in Someshwar in Almora District of Uttarakhand.
Posters, banners and painted slogans were found at various
places in and around Someshwar.
During a joint operation by the
Army and the Police, a major terrorist hideout was busted at Mislai
Bonjwah area in Kishtwar District of J&K. SFs recovered a
huge quantity of arms and ammunition from the location, which
included one AK-47 rifle with 450 rounds, 224 Pika ammunitions,
one UBGL, two UBGL ammunitions and one binocular.
CRPF and SOG arrested a militant
from Janbazpora area in Baramulla District. Police said that a
local militant, Irshad Ahmad Khwaja, a resident of Seelo village,
was arrested after specific information by a team of SOG of J&K
Police and 53 BN CRPF. One pistol, two magazines and a hand grenade
were recovered from his possession.
A tape was released by ‘secretary’
of Bansadhara, Ghumusar and Nagabali Division of the CPI-Maoist,
Umakant at Malkangiri District of Odisha. The tape threatened
villagers of calling for poll boycott in three southern Odisha
Districts, Kalahandi, Kandhamal and Rayagada.
A magistrate court has discharged
Mirza Himayat Baig, along with alleged IM 'operative' Maulana
Shabbir Hussain Gangawali, in the case registered by the Maharashtra
ATS under the UAPA, for allegedly circulating jihadi literature
to Muslim youth in Pune, who were alleged members of the banned
SIMI. Judicial Magistrate (first class) V B Gulve Patil, Shivajinagar
Court, passed on order in this regard on December 22, 2016. It
may be recalled that Gangawali, a native of Bhatkal of Karnataka
and an alleged aide of IM founders Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal, was
arrested by the Pune unit of the ATS on December 30, 2008, with
possession of 250 counterfeit notes of Rs 100 denomination at
a Janawadi mosque in Shivajinagar area.
A ‘leader’ of UKLF militant, identified
as Thangboi Haokip alias Jacob Thadou was arrested at Imphal
Tulihal Airport in Imphal East District after CISF posted at the
airport recovered 4 live round of 9 MM pistol with him. The CISF
handed him over to the Singjamei Police along with the recovered
ammunitions, but he was later released by the Police. UKLF is
signatory to SoO agreement with State and Union Government.
Violating the cease fire ground
rule with the GoI, the NSCN-IM opened a new ‘battalion’ called
‘Phungtha Battalion’ consisting 45 cadres of the group at Kangkum
Village in Ukhrul District.
Reacting on the CLP’s resolution,
for declaring UNC as an unlawful organisation, the UNC asked the
Manipur Government why they had participated in the tripartite
talk in New Delhi if the UNC was ‘unlawful’.
Demanding the resignation of CM
TR Zeliang from his post over the issues of ULBs election and
the subsequent violence in the State, JCC and NTAC, Kohima had
called for a total indefinite bandh (shutdown) in Nagaland
from 6 am to 6 pm daily from February 13.
Police Constable, Korsa Naga was
seriously injured in an exchange of fire with CPI-Maoist cadres
in a dense forest pocket of Bhejji Police Station limits in Sukma
District of Chhattisgarh. The skirmish took place in the
forest coming under Bhejji Police Station limits when a joint
team of STF and DRG was out on a counter-insurgency operation,
SP, Indira Kalyan Elesela said.
Four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested
by SFs from a forest of Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh.
A team of DRG had launched a counter-insurgency operation on February
9 towards Mohndi, Kutul and Kodliyar villages. The Maoist cadres
has been identified as Lakhma Varda (35), medical team member
Sayabi Varda (45), ‘militia commander’ Maalu Varda (31) and ‘militia
member’ Fagdu Usendi (25).
Chhattisgarh Police has set a
base camp in the Naxals’ stronghold of Bijapur District
of Chhattisgarh to expedite construction of a road on a national
highway that leads to the neighbouring Telangana State. The camp
was set up on February 8 near Taarud River between Bhadrakali
and Tarlaguda to particularly facilitate the construction of bridge
over the river on the under-construction strategically important
The opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala,
said that he is ready to take the initiative to facilitate negotiation
talks between the Government of Kerala and the CPI-Maoist, if
Maoists were ready to surrender their arms and create an atmosphere
of peace first.
The MDC of the CPI-Maoist in a
fresh banner has threatened the villagers to chop off the hands
of voters who defy its call to boycott the Panchayat elections
at Dekrikota in Malkangiri District of Odisha. Similar
posters were found in Rayagada District of Odisha calling for
Panchayat polls boycott.
The SEC had identified 27,422
booths as hypersensitive and sensitive. Out of the total, 8,491
booths are hypersensitive and 18,931 sensitive. Kandhamal District
has the maximum of 1,076 booths identified as hypersensitive.
According to data collated by
the NBDC of the NSG the areas affected by Naxalism saw
a 21 per cent increase in bomb blast incidents in 2016 as compared
to 2015. Casualties in such incidents went up by almost 60 per
cent, the NBDC said in its annual report. 65 per cent of all IED
blast casualties occurred in LWE-affected areas. According to
the report, the figures available till December 15, 2016; 1,420
Naxals surrendered last year as compared to 570 in 2015.
In Chhattisgarh, the IED incidents increased by 50 per cent and
Andhra Pradesh saw a five-fold increase over 2015. Odisha witnessed
an almost 100 per cent jump in IED incidents — from 15 blasts
in 2015 to 29 blasts in 2016. Only Jharkhand and Bihar witnessed
a decrease in IED incidents. Jharkhand witnessed nine IED explosions
in 2016 as compared to 15 in 2015. In Bihar, it was 10 against
12 in 2015.
Eight persons including four militants,
two Army personnel and equal number of civilians were killed and
around 24 civilians were injured in an encounter followed by clashes
in Kulgam District. Acting on specific information about the presence
of militants in Nagbal, Frisal area of the District, Kulgam Police
along with 1-RR and 18th Battalion of CRPF cordoned off the suspected
house and started the search operation, Police said. The four
militants killed in the encounter were identified as Farooq Ahmad
Bhat of Checki Dessand, Mohammad Younis Lone of Hawoora, both
were HM militants and Mudisir Ahmad Tantary alias Assim
of Redwani Kulgam and Wakeel Ahmad Thoker of Hadigam, both were
LeT militants. Two AK rifles, two pistols, one INSAS rifle and
ammunition were recovered from the encounter site. Further, people
in the area came out in street as the encounter was in progress
and pelted stones on SFs near the encounter site. The SFs fired
teargas and pellets in which around two dozen persons were injured,
out of which one Mushtaq Ibrahim Itoo succumbed to his injuries.
The separatists have called for
a strike on February 13 against the killing of two civilians.
Both the factions of APHC and JKLF have called for the general
strike against the killings.
Source:Compiled from news reports and