India Timeline - Year 2016
| January 1
Mumbai Crime Branch arrested a
gangster, Sayyed Abbas Tublani from undisclosed location for allegedly
threatening a former journalist who had put in a bid to acquire
one of the properties of Dawood Ibrahim. Journalist-turned-activist
S Balakrishnan had complained to Police of being threatened by
Dawood Ibrahim's aide Chhota Shakeel in run up to the auction
held in December, 2015. He had also received a threatening SMS
from the gangster, Police said.
NIA filed its final charge sheet
in December 2007 Wagamon SIMI arms training camp case against
two absconding accused Wasiq Billa and Alam Jeb Afridi for alleged
sedition and other offences. They have been charged with participation
in terror activities and association with terror groups besides
criminal conspiracy and violation of Arms Act among others in
the charge sheet filed before the special court for trial of NIA
cases in Ernakulam, Kerala.
NIA has alleged that they conducted
camps at Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat from December 10,
2007 to December 12, 2007. They organized a secret training camp
at Thangalpara, Wagamon within the limits of Mundakayam Police
Station, Kottayam (Kerala).The agency alleged that the SIMI cadre
were involved in physical training, arms training, firing practices,
manufacture of bombs/petrol bombs, motor bike racing, rope climbing
practices in the camp.
They also allegedly conducted
"jihadi" classes in the camp with an intention
to train the cadres to advocate, incite and abet unlawful, terrorist
activities, disrupt communal harmony and causing threat to the
sovereignty and integrity of the country, thereby waging war against
Government of India.
Appreciating Indian Muslim families
for the important role they are playing in preventing their children
from being influenced by the Islamic State (IS), UHM Rajnath Singh
said they are able to do this because of "our family values".
"There have been stray cases of a couple of young people
being drawn to the ISIS but the first barrier to such movement
in India has been the minority Muslim families. We must congratulate
them for the important role that they are playing," he said.
"...In other parts of the world, ISIS is growing but
that will not happen in India and that's because of the family
values we have here," he added.
With Malda District emerging as
the "capital' of FICN, the internal security committee in
West Bengal has decided to meet officials of central agencies
dealing with the issue in the state. The ED has started 30 cases
of FICN smuggling in which the agency found links with terror
modules and money laundering networks. In 2015, the BSF seized
INR 2,60,82,000 of FICN from the Malda border alone and apprehended
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed
and three others arrested in Kutul area of Abujhmarh in Narayanpur
District of Chhattisgarh. “The District Reserve Guard (DRG) of
Narayanpur District Police recovered two dead bodies of uniformed
Maoists and apprehended three Maoists during an anti-Maoist operation
in Kutul area of Maoists’ undeclared capital Abujhmarh today.
Seven weapons, including a 303 rifle, were recovered,” said IGP,
Bastar Range, S.R.P. Kalluri.
A Maoist Jan militia ‘commander’
identified as Sonadhar alias Sona of Metapal range committee
was arrested in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. "Sonadhar
had a reward of INR 100,000 on his head,” said IGP Kalluri.
A Maoist ‘deputy section commander’
of military company number 2, surrendered before Dantewada District
Police of Chhattisgarh. He carried a reward of INR 800,000 on
A surrendered NDFB cadre, identified
as Darendra Basumatary was killed and another injured in a clash
among the group at the outfit's camp at Sudempuri in Kokrajhar
town in Kokrajhar District. Police said Darendra Basumatary died
on the spot when he was shot by another member of the camp, Rakesh
Brahma, after a fight. According to SP S.P. Sarma, Rakesh Brahma
was arrested along with arms later.
According to sources, at least
31 militants were killed and over 766 arrested by SFs in ‘Operation
All-Out’ in the state over the past one year. The Army launched
the operation to flush out rebels of the NDFB-IKS after the militants
gunned down over 69 Adivasis on December 23, 2014. The
operation, which completed a year, is still on. The security situation
in the state in 2015 was grim in the aftermath of the mass killings
of Adivasis. The scars of the May 2014 killings of 46 Muslims
were yet to be healed. Relentless operations resulted in significant
improvement of the security situation in the state, with the seizure
of more than 443 firearms and many arrests, said Defence PRO,
Lieutenant Colonel Suneet Newton.
The Army also claimed that most
terrorist groups, including NDFB-IKS and KPLT had gone on the
back foot with their activities severely curtailed. "This
was achieved through synergistic intelligence-based joint operations
of the Army, Assam Police, Central Armed Police Forces and coordination
with the state administration," the defence statement added.
The Army made sure of community development initiatives to meet
the aspirations of BTAD by organizing events such as the BTC Army
Goodwill Football Premier League to provide a platform to local
youth to showcase their talent. The Army said it will facilitate
the success of upcoming events in the state, including the SAF
Games and the assembly election.
Based on specific intelligence
regarding movement of an UG cadre, troops of 45 AR of 9 Sector
AR under the aegis of headquarters of IGAR-S along with Heingang
Police launched a joint operation at Koirengei and arrested one
UNLF cadre, identified as No 1983, Self-Styled ‘Sergeant’ Thoibi
alias Leiksingba (24) of Yumnam Patlou in Imphal East District
of Manipur. One 9 mm pistol along with magazine and three live
rounds was recovered from his possession. The arrestee along with
the recovered item has been handed over to Heingang Police station.
Five persons, including two women,
were arrested from Miao-Kharsang area for circulating FICN at
Miao Market in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh. The accused
were identified as Ali Ahammad (52), Habel Ud Din (36), Amin Ul
Islam (19) and two women. The Police recovered 21 high quality
FICN of INR 500 denomination from the market and two mobile handsets,
Indian currency and other goods from the possession of the accused.
All the arrested had come from Satarakanara viilage in Barpeta
District of Assam, an official statement said.
A Tura-based businessman, who
also handles transportation of FCI materials for Garo Hills, identified
as Nanhelal Shah was abducted from near Gairong village under
Krishnai Police Station in Goalpara District of Assam. The trader,
who has residences in Krishnai and Mendipathar in North Garo Hills,
had gone to a friend’s house for a New Year party when he was
picked up the kidnappers. According to Police sources, the abduction
could be the handiwork of the ULFA.
Police arrested five more persons
in connection with FICN racket with suspected links with gangs
from Bangladesh in Thetu in Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh.
Those arrested were identified as Shankar Naik, G. Ravi, G.Nagaraju,
P.Sridhar and B.Srinath. Five FICN with face value of INR 1,000
and 40 FICN with face value of INR 500 were recovered from them,
Prakasam Central Crime Station DSP K. Venkateswara Rao said. According
to Police, they had allegedly put into circulation FICN of INR
1,000 and INR 500 denomination for INR 47 lakh in Krishna, Anantapur
and Prakasam Districts. Police are on the lookout for three more
persons, including one from Jharkhand, who had exchanged the FICN
for currency notes in the ratio of 100: 40 with their counterparts
in Andhra Pradesh.
The US ''strongly'' condemned
the terrorist attack in Pathankot, stringing together a bunch
of weasel words that did not zero in on the perpetrators and the
country of origin of the terrorists. For all the talk of intelligence
cooperation between the Washington and New Delhi, the best that
the US State Department could come up with was to urge ''all countries
in the region to work together to disrupt and dismantle terrorist
networks and to bring to justice the perpetrators of this heinous
Police arrested a HM militant,
identified as Towheed Ahmad Mir, who was wanted by Police for
killing of a former militant, Bashir Ahmad and his three year
old son Burhan Ahmad in September 2015, from Sopore area in Baramulla
District of Jammu and Kashmir.
Three youths from Pune, identified
as Adarsh Patil, Vilas Valake and Shrikrushna Shewale who were
on a peace cycle rally from Pune to Malkangiri in Odisha were
allegedly abducted by Maoists in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh.
Bastar Range IGP SRP Kalluri said, "Though there were inputs
about abduction of four youths, later it was confirmed they were
three. Hailing from Pune they went missing from thick forested
region on Basaguda area in Bijapur district and were last traced
on December 28."
CRPF and District Armed Force
personnel conducted a raid in Beyand village under Manika Police
Station limits in Latehar District of Jharkhand and arrested an
‘area commander’ of CPI-Maoist, identified as Kunwar Yadav alias
Baleshwar Yadav. According to SP Anup Birtheray, Kunwar worked
under Sub-Zonal commander Shravan Yadav before becoming area commander.
The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze
eight pieces of machinery used in road construction work at Sirigidi
in Nuapada District of Odisha. The contracting company that has
undertaken the project had parked the machinery at the construction
site. Around 15 armed cadres came to the site and asked the labourers
to leave the camp. They also snatched their mobile phones.
Security was stepped up at Army
and air force installations located in the northeastern region
in the wake of the terrorist attack at an Air Force Base at Pathankot
in Punjab. The northeast, which is surrounded by Bangladesh, Myanmar,
Bhutan and China, on all sides, barring a chicken-neck corridor
towards north Bengal, is a strategic defence area. The seven states
in the northeast house many Army cantonments and air force bases.
The Eastern Air Command of the IAF is located in Shillong in Meghalaya.
Army sources in the region said
that forces guarding defence installations in the northeast are
already on a high alert as the region is an insurgency-affected
area and shares borders with four countries. Security was also
beefed up at LGBI airport in Guwahati as it is located adjacent
to the Borjhar air base. Defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel
Suneet Newton said that along with other SFs in Assam and the
entire region, are deployed on a counter-insurgency/terrorism
grid and are always on a high alert. "We are always prepared
to effectively contain any such untoward incident," he said.
The Mizoram and Manipur governments
will implement the NFSA from February, 2016. “Arrangements for
making available rice to those excluded from the scheme will be
made through the PDS,” Mizoram’s Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer
Affairs Minister John Rotluangliana said in Aizawl. He said 706,296
people out of around 11 lakh population will be provided rice
at subsidised rate under NFSA while the remaining households can
buy eight kg rice per month at INR 15 per kilogram. Similarly,
in Imphal, an official of Manipur’s food and civil supplies department
said, “Work on computerization of data and digitization of ration
cards are in advanced stage for the implementation of the food
NIA has taken over the probe into
the CPI-Maoist attack on a Civil Police officer at Vellamunda
in Wayanad District of Kerala in April 2015.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
appealed to insurgents to join the mainstream and take part in
dialogue to solve their issues. “I appeal to those who are outside
the mainstream to give up the path of confrontation and adopt
conciliatory posture by joining the peace process to usher in
durable peace and faster economic development in the state,” Gogoi
said in a statement. He said the gusto with which the people celebrated
New Year points that peace and stability have returned to the
state despite attempts by certain forces to disturb peace. “Assam
is on the path of peace, development and social harmony. Though
the state has surged ahead on various fronts, it has still miles
to go,” Gogoi said.
One person, identified as Dudubor
Rahaman (28) hailing from Jordonga village of Mancachar in Assam,
was injured during an attempt by the militants to abduct a group
of traders heading to a weekly market in South Garo Hills in Meghalaya.
“We strongly suspect the involvement of dacoits and ASAK militants
in the incident,” District Police chief Lakador Syiem said.
14 persons, including seven SF
personnel and six suspected JeM militants and a civilian were
killed in a coordinated terror attack in Punjab's Pathankot District.
After infiltrating into Indian side from across the border, Pakistani
militants had hired a taxi and later killed the taxi driver. The
body of the driver was recovered on January 1. Subsequently, they
hijacked a vehicle carrying Gurdaspur SP, Salwinder Singh, his
friend and his cook. They released the SP and his cook and took
his friend along with them towards Indian Air Force base in Pathankot.
They released the friend too. In the morning of January 2, they
entered the Air Force base. In the ensuing day long gun battle,
four militants were killed. Five DSC personnel were also killed.
On January 3, one NSG commando was killed while removing an IED
attached to the body of one of the slain militants. One Garuda
commando was also killed during the operation. Remaining two militants
were also killed.
Militants attempted to
storm the Indian diplomatic mission in Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan.
Three terrorists were killed and one has been captured alive after
retaliatory operations by Afghan Forces. Official sources said
special combat units of the Afghan National Police have recovered
three bodies from outside the Indian consulate.
UHM Rajnath Singh did not rule
out the possibility of involvement of JeM in Pathankot attack
and said India would hit back hard if there is any terror strike
on its soil. "Pakistan is our neighbouring country. We want
good relations with not just Pakistan but with all our neighbours.
We also want peace but if there is any terror attack on India,
we will give a befitting reply. We will hit hard," he said.
Asked about the possibility of JeM's involvement in the attack,
Singh said such a possibility cannot be ruled out. "The case
will be probed by the NIA but the possibility of JeM being behind
the attack cannot be ruled out," he said.
Singh said there were intelligence
inputs about possible terror attacks in Punjab and steps were
taken which helped avert higher casualties. "There were some
inputs and hence there was caution. We have exercised caution.
If we had not taken steps, there could have been bigger damage,"
he said. "Operation is still on. Unless it is completed,
we can't say what are the total casualties. But I think our forces
are achieving success," he said.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra
Modi held a meeting with top officials to discuss the Pathankot
terror attack. Modi chaired a meeting of top officials including
NSA Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar. Earlier during
the day, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar briefed Modi on the
latest situation at the Pathankot air base.
The terror strike at Pathankot
(Punjab) puts in perspective the intense focus of Pakistan's ISI
operations on gathering information about defence bases, as revealed
by the recent arrest of Indian "moles" and three Pakistani
nationals. A joint probe by Kolkata Police's STF, the Delhi Police
Crime Branch and special cell, UP STF, and Rajasthan Police, under
the guidance of the IB, arrested 14 ISI operatives across the
country since November 14, 2015.
The details given by the arrested
people also reveal how ISI is keen to access confidential information
about India's military. Though the moles had limited access to
sensitive information, they could provide a lot of names, and
details of procedures and logistics. The penetration of IAF TAC-DE
at Gwalior, the IAF's version of Topgun that develops air combat
strategies — was a serious security breach. Elements of Army battle
plan 'ORBAT' (order of battle) were compromised as well, said
investigators. Spies are increasing with an alarming frequency.
From Army to BSF to IAF, ISI seems omnipresent.
After four days in CPI-Maoist
captivity, three students from Pune were released in Chhattisgarh.
The students were on a cycle rally from Pune to Malkangiri District
in Odisha to promote peace when they went missing from Bijapur
District. Bastar Range IGP S.R.P. Kalluri said the students were
in the custody of Maoist Papa Rao, ‘secretary’ of the Jagargunda
area committee of CPI-Maoist in Sukma District. The three students
were identified as Adarsh Patil, Vikas Walke and Shrikrishna Shewale.
Eleven CPI-Maoist cadres “impressed”
by the surrender policy of Chhattisgarh government, surrendered
in Kondagaon District, while citing disappointment with the “ill-treatment”
by senior cadres, Police said. Two of the cadres, Ganesh Korram
(23) and Lalit Kashyap (22), were carrying a reward of INR 300,000
each on their head and were acting as key Maoist couriers in Bastar
region. Besides, Kolsai alias Panku (30), a military platoon
member, was carrying INR 200,000 reward, while INR 100,000 each
was announced for the arrest of Dhaniram (23) and Folsingh Salaam,
who were local operation squad member and head of Maoists’ cultural
outfit Chetna Natya Mandli, respectively. The others who surrendered
were lower rung members.
UHM Rajnath Singh visited Karimganj
sector of the India-Bangladesh border in Assam and said the porous
border will be sealed this year. The Minister, who reviewed the
fencing project at Steamerghat, expressed his satisfaction at
the progress of the work. He said, two major issues that were
stalling the project - protests by locals whose properties would
be affected by the fencing and objection by BGB in certain patches
- have been resolved. Along with the fencing, the installation
of flood lights will also be completed this year. "Security
measures have been tightened and this has resulted in drastic
reduction in cross border crimes and also infiltration from that
side of the border," Singh added.
Mizoram Government would not hold
negotiations with Manipur-based HPC-D militants despite the outfit
having expressed its willingness, Home Minister R. Lalzirliana
said. Lalzirliana told PTI that the HPC-D faction led by
its ‘Chairman’ H Zosangbera approached the State Government with
peace overtures which were turned down last year. “We do not have
any intention to hold negotiations during 2016 unless the militants
fulfil our conditions,” he said. Lalzirliana reiterated that parleys
with the Hmar outfit would not take place until the militants
returned all the arms taken by them.
SFs arrested the ‘finance secretary’
of the NSCN-K, identified as Max Asukomi and two other NSCN-K
cadres, identified as Asheto Rochelle and Isato Aye from Dimapur
(Nagaland) in separate operations. AR PRO stated that all the
three cadres, residents of Zunheboto District, were presently
residing at Dimapur for carrying out extortion activities. PRO
also noted that the arrest of the cadres, particularly Max would
be a major setback to the financial operations of NSCN-K in Dimapur
and adjoining areas.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
condemned the terror attack on the Indian Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif
in Afghanistan and said that diplomatic posts need to be protected.
The attack on the Indian Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif "obviously
is an attack which we condenm...especially an attack on a diplomatic
outpost that needs to be protected," Ban's spokesperson Stephane
The terrorists who raided Pathankot
air base may have entered India assisted by a drugs racket along
both sides of the Indo-Pakistan border and the heavy arms and
ammunition used by them could have been dispatched from the neighbouring
country before they crossed the border. Security agencies suspect
that the terrorists crossed the International Border in Punjab
through a "controlled operation" by a gang involved
in the smuggling of narcotics, FICN and arms.
The possibility of the involvement
of some security personnel with the smuggling gang cannot be ruled
out as there have been inputs in the past about some elements
being linked to the establishment of the drugs racket, the sources
said. A detailed probe and questioning of some people involved
in the racket could unearth the conspiracy, they added.
Speculation is rife that the heavy
arms and ammunition used by the terrorists in the attack were
sent over from Pakistan much before the terrorists crossed the
International Border. There is a high probability that the arms
were sent through the drugs racket and dumped at a designated
spot from where the terrorists collected these after crossing
the border through a route used by the smugglers, sources said.
TPC cadres assaulted two persons
identified as Ramvilas Ram and Ramdeep Ram in Aurangabad District
of Bihar. The fear of TPC backlash is such that it forced the
panchayat mukhiya Ramji Ram not to lodge a police complaint
with Tandawa Police Station after his 70-year-old father and brother
were assaulted. The mukhiya said TPC cadres demanded 20
per cent of the grant sanctioned by the government for welfare
schemes in his panchayat.
AR, AR Field Intelligence Unit
and State Police conducted a joint search operation at Kheti village
and arrested two cadres of NSCN-R, identified as ‘self-styled
lieutenant’ Wingan Agan (26) and ‘sergeant’ Damwang Bangsia, both
from Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh. An assault rifle, an
automatic pistol with ammunition, extortion notes and receipt/letter
head of the NSCN-R were recovered from them. Local residents said
that these cadres and their leaders had been threatening local
people and carrying out rampant extortion and forced recruitment
in Tirap, Changlang and Longding Districts, report said.
Since April 2015, the NSCN-R is
attempting to establish its base in the Districts of Longding,
Tirap and Changlang in Arunachal Pradesh. The ‘Reformation’ group
is now extensively involved in extortion in the form of tax collection
and they are not sparing any section of the society be it poor
villagers, government employees, business community, unemployed
and school administration, the report said.
The US expects Pakistan will take
actions against the perpetrators of the terror attack on IAF base
in Pathankot, State Department Spokesman John Kirby said. "The
government of Pakistan has spoken very powerfully to this and
it's certainly our expectation that they'll treat this exactly
the way they've said they would," Kirby stated.
The Indian security establishment
dismissed the United Jihad Council's (UJC) statement claiming
responsibility for the Pathankot attack as a "ploy to divert
attention from role of Jaish-e-Mohammad or Pakistan's ISI".
"This is a predictable modus operandi of the ISI and its
protege terror outfits. By owning up to the attack, UJC, an umbrella
organization of outfits claiming to be fighting for 'freedom'
of Kashmir, is clearly trying to pass off the Pathankot attack
as an indigenously-driven operation. The stress is to take the
pressure off Pakistan at a time when India is getting set to confront
it with evidence of the fidayeen being directed by their Pakistan-based
Jaish handlers," said an intelligence officer.
There have been 136 terror attacks
in India in last 27 years, according to UMHA. The state of Punjab
has witnessed 34 terror attacks over the, the highest. The majority
of the attacks occurred during the 1990s, with the latest attacks
reinforcing a view that India’s security forces cannot cope with
small bands of terrorists. J&K and Delhi have witnessed 27
and 18 attacks, respectively, during the same period. A majority
of the 34 attacks in Punjab over 27 years were between 1990-1992,
a time when Sikh militancy was at its peak; 31 of 34 attacks took
place in the 1990s, while the 16 years between 2000 and 2015 saw
three attacks in Punjab. Maharashtra (primarily Mumbai) and Jammu
and Kashmir have seen more attacks over this period.
More than 2,000 people died in
these attacks, and more than 6,000 were injured, of the 135 attacks,
121 attacks were on civilians and 14 attacks on VIPs. There were
more attacks in 2004 than any other year. In 17 attacks that year,
more than 170 people were killed and more than 350 injured.
Punjab Police were aware about
the possibility of a terror attack around New Year's eve following
an intelligence alert from the UMHA, raising questions on their
preparedness and reaction to disclosures by Gurdaspur SP Salwinder
Singh who was briefiy kidnapped by the terrorists. The intelligence
note stated, "Please refer to this office mail dated December
27 about the alert issued by the intelligence wing of Punjab that
LeT is planning to carry out a spectacular attack in India possibly
around New Year celebrations”. "The attack may be carried
out by nearly 15 well trained terrorists, who may have already
entered India. Targets include National level political personalities,
government establishments, Parliament, Army headquarters, and
key installations. In view of above, personal attention be paid
towards bus stands, hotels, railway stations," it added.
Defence establishments in Rajasthan
have been advised not to share their contact details with any
caller without proper verification. Jaisalmer Police have alerted
the defence officials to take measures and ask officials to be
cautious in the wake of the recent attempts made by Pakistan Intelligence
agencies to extract contact details of the defence establishments
through internet calls.
Mohali Police arrested three persons,
identified as Harjinder Singh, Gurjant Singh and Sandeep Singh,
along with Pakistani SIM card, mobiles, weapons and ammunition.
The three criminals were involved in an interstate narcotics smuggling
gang, Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said. The seized weapons
include one stengun of .9 mm, two pistols (.9mm), two pistols
.30 bore, one airgun, 190 live cartridges, 31 mobile phones, one
Pakistani mobile sim card and one car from them.
Former terrorist Baaj Singh, a
native of Bhullar village, was released prematurely from the Amritsar
Central Jail in Punjab.
Protesters pelted stones on SFs,
which left seven of them, injured in Srinagar District, during
clashes that triggered when the Shias’ Protested against the execution
of top Shia cleric, Sheikh Nimr-al-Nimr by Saudi Government last
week. A peaceful protest against the Saudi execution was also
held in central Kashmir’s Budgam District.
Shutdown in south Kashmir’s Pulwama
town in Pulwama District and its adjoining areas continued for
the sixth day, as the youth of the area are adamant on installing
the insignia of local and foreign militants killed in gunfights
with SFs. All the shops and commercial establishments were closed
while the public transport was also off the roads.
In South Kashmir’s Pulwama District,
after days of violent protests against the militant killings,
Police arrested 10 youths accused of being behind the stone-throwing
incidents on January 2. The parts of the District continued to
shut for the third day amid incidents of stone-pelting. Six youth
were arrested from Pulwama Town, while four were arrested from
Kakapora hamlet of the District.
Jharkhand Police killed two cadres
including 'one top commander' of PLFI in an operation at Mahabuang
in Simdega District of Jharkhand. The Police claimed possession
of the extremists' bodies. "They are yet to be identified.
An AK-47 and one .315 rifle were recovered from them," DIG
South Chhotanagpur zone Arun Kumar Singh said.
Five powerful IEDs allegedly planted
by CPI-Maoist, were recovered from an under-construction route
in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. Out of the five IEDs seized,
two weighed about 10 kilograms each, while the others were around
5-7 kilograms each.
Two powerful cane bombs were recovered
by SFs from a forest in Chando village in Gaya District of Bihar.
During a combing operation against CPI-Maoist, the CoBRA unit
and the District Police recovered two powerful cane bombs, weighing
five kilograms each, from the forest area.
Odisha State Committee of the
CPI-Maoist called for an Odisha and Chhattisgarh bandh on
January 8. One Budhuram, the spokesperson of the Sunabeda
and Menpur division of the CPI-Maoist, in the video tape appealed
to the denizens of Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Gariabandh,
Mahasamund, Dhamtari and Kanker to support the bandh.
Maoists had posted several posters
on the walls and doors of houses in Sarajanga village in Nuapada
District of Odisha.
Two persons having suspected links
with PLFI were abducted and killed by PLFI cadres in Khunti District
of Jharkhand. They abducted the two from Sondari village under
Torpa Police Station limits on the intervening night of January
4 and 5 and shot them dead. According to the villagers the victims
had links with PLFI and were suspected to have been killed for
snapping ties with it.
One Maoist was arrested by Sukma
District Police of Chhattisgarh from Kerlapal area of the District.
Five additional SPs will likely
be deployed in CPI-Maoist-hit districts to tackle the threat posed
by the extremist activities, said sources. The officers may enjoy
the status of ASP (operations) in Districts and lead the anti-Maoist
operations planned to target the rebels. Jharkhand Police Spokesperson
S.N. Pradhan said the officers would help in prompt and smooth
conduct of operations against Maoists. "I have interviewed
five of them and found them suitable for deployment in anti-Maoist
operations. They have also expressed willingness to join,"
UHM Rajnath Singh admitted that
there are "gaps" in the Indo-Bangladesh border in Assam
and that managing a riverine border is a tough challenge. The
Minister visited the Dhubri sector of the border with AASU leaders
and assured that two pilot projects on how to stop infiltration
in riverine areas are going on and depending on the success of
these two projects, steps will be taken. "It is a 263 km
long border. But gaps are there and these need to be filled up.
Covering the riverine stretch is a problem. We hope measures can
be worked out depending on the findings of these two pilot projects,
which are likely to be completed soon," the Minister said
addressing a press conference. Rajnath Singh, however, added that
he was not "entirely satisfied" with the sealing work,
though he did not specify any details.
After the joint border visit with
UHM Rajnath Singh, the AASU submitted a memorandum clarifying
its stand of not accepting any illegal foreigner entering the
State after 1971. AASU leaders Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya,
Dipanka Kumar Nath and Lurin Jyoti Gogoi discussed several lingering
issues with the Minister that included implementation of the Assam
Accord, border security, constitutional safeguard, economic development,
and the status of illegal migration post 1971. Two memorandums
were submitted to the Home Minister in this regard.
A team of Army personnel, along
with Police representative from Khoirabari Police Station in Udalguri
District launched a joint operation and arrested two hardcore
cadres and one linkman of NDFB-IKS. The arrested cadres were identified
as Raju Daimary and Rikhang Daimary. Raju Daimary was also involved
in numerous extortion cases and heinous crimes in Udalguri and
Chirang Districts. Both the cadres were in the lookout list of
Udalguri and Chirang Police. On questioning Raju Daimary and Rikhang
Daimary, NDFB-IKS linkman, identified as Shankar Dutta was arrested
from Misahatkhola village in Darrang District. A grenade and five
money receipts of extortion and three mobile phones were also
recovered from their possession.
The GNC, GWC and Garo youth Council
asked All Rabha Students’ Union and All Rabha Women Council not
to interfere in the internal matter of the Garo people of Assam,
stated a press release. They said that Garo leader AG Momin in
no way involved in the 2011 Garo-Rabha ethnic conflict as alleged
by Rabha organizations.
A lethod shell was found at the
main entrance gate of Elite Senior Secondary School in Imphal
in Manipur, which is also the entry gate of JNIMS director Laishram
Deben and his wife L Sumitra Devi, who is the chairperson of the
school. A Police team retrieved the shell safely. MCP-M reportedly
claimed responsibility of depositing the shell. They claimed that
the bomb threat was a warning to the JNIMS director Laishram Deben
over his failure to run the hospital.
A team of District Police commando
arrested one active cadre of PREPAK while conducting search operation
in some suspected houses at Kshetri Leikai in Imphal East District
of Manipur. The arrested cadre has been identified as Kshetrimayum
Dhanajit Singh alias Imoro alias Herojit (49) of
Singjamei Wangma Kshetri Leikai. One HE hand grenade (No 36) along
with a detonator was seized from his possession.
Two GNLA militants, identified
as Jimbo T. Sangma alias Rabon and Krailing K Sangma surrendered
at Resubelpara in North Garo Hills District of Meghalaya. Sangma
is one of the accused in the abduction and killing of Police constable
Khomraj Bhattarai on November 6, 2015.
A notification received through
the DIPR has notified the NSCN-K to show cause, within 30 days
from the date of service of this notice, as to why the NSCN-K
be not adjudicated as an unlawful association and why an order
confirming such declaration be not made under the UAPA. The Government
of India had declared the NSCN-K as an unlawful association on
September 16, 2015. The Centre had constituted a tribunal comprising
Justice Najmi Waziri, Judge of the High Court of Delhi, for adjudicating
whether or not there is sufficient cause for declaring NSCN-K
as an Unlawful Association.
Unlawful Activities (Prevention)
Tribunal will hear the case of declaring NSCN-K as “unlawful association”
in its sitting on January 14, 2016, 3 p.m. in Court No. 19, ‘A’
Block, Delhi High Court in New Delhi for further proceedings.
According to DIPR report, the Registrar of Tribunal asked NSCN-K
to appear before it through a duly authorized person on the mentioned
Militants from Northeast India,
including Tripura, have their camps in Bangladesh despite the
Bangladesh Government being pro-active against them, Tripura Chief
Minister Manik Sarkar said in Agartala. Praising Prime Minister
Sheikh Hasina-led Bangladesh Government for taking action against
terrorism, Sarkar said: “Security forces in Bangladesh with the
instructions from their government are always pro-active to flush-out
militants belonging to Tripura and other Northeastern States and
their camps in that country.” “However, there were terrorist camps
in Bangladesh territory. There are 16 to 19 camps of Tripura militants
in that country. The present government in Bangladesh is always
trying to flush out the Indian militants in their territory.”
The Chief Minister said Indian
militants, taking advantage of the absence of Bangladeshi SFs
in some of the mountainous and bordering areas, have been using
remote areas, particularly in the hilly Chittagong Hill Tracts.
They continue their activities, including arms training of their
cadres. He added that, “We cannot claim that we are successful
in curbing militancy entirely in our State because there are still
a few hideouts within our State too.”
“Occasionally due to pressure
of the Bangladesh security forces the militants temporarily shift
from their camps but return to their original place once the security
forces have moved away. Such hide-and-seek activities are going
on and we are aware of them.” He further said, “Even today in
our State there are youths who are being misled to join into terrorism
and we have to be vigilant on these acts. We have to ensure that
the terrorist outfits do not disrupt peace, development and unity
in our State and for that the security forces have to increase
DGP K. Nagraj, during the annual
Police Week, said that insurgency in Tripura at the moment was
non-existent. He said, "The Disturbed Areas Act and the Armed
Forces (Special Powers) Act were withdrawn last year as a result
of declining insurgency. This was also reflected in the absence
of any insurgency-related incident last year." He said till
recently there were 16 terrorist camps and a safe house in Dhaka
run by anti-Indian militants on Bangladesh soil but the Bangladesh
Army and BGB had launched a fresh crackdown.
As a result, there are now three
major camps in Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, besides the
safe house in Dhaka. "We can now say the banned militants
of Tripura now do not have any support base or infrastructure
within the state but 20 per cent of Indian border with Bangladesh
lies in Tripura; so we do not have any sense of complacency and
we are prepared to deal with any situation," Nagraj said.
He added that two top-level NLFT commanders, Atharbabu Halam and
Sunil Tripura, had surrendered last year and this was a major
gain for the State.
Assam Rifles arrested two cadres
of NSCN-IM, identified as ‘sergeant major’ Victor Ningshen and
Kuhovi Achumi, a civil wing cadre of NSCN-IM from near near City
Tower in Dimapur. In a press release, PRO IGAR-N stated that the
two were held after an operation was launched based on information
regarding extortion activities by NSCN-IM cadres from truck operators
on NH-29. Extortion slips and INR 53,700 in cash were recovered
from them. One vehicle (Maruti Alto Lxi, Regn No NL 01H 2566),
and mobile phones (with SMS messages of truck numbers) were also
recovered, stated PRO.
The NIA said that it expects cooperation
from Pakistan for tracing the perpetrators of the Pathankot attack,
saying it was clear that the terrorists were from Pakistan on
the basis of the calls they made. According to reports, the NIA
team is also questioning Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh, whose vehicle
was hijacked by the terrorists.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz
Sharif had called up Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and assured
that their government was working on the leads and information
provided by the Indian government on the Pathankot attack, adding
that they would investigate the matter. He also appreciated New
Delhi for showing maturity in its statements post the terror attack
while asserting that terrorists were trying to disrupt the efforts
to bring peace between the two countries.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar
confirmed that all the six terrorists who had attacked the Pathankot
IAF base have been neutralized by the SFs. Parrikar complimented
the SFs for ensuring that there was no loss to any vital asset
at the base. Stating that there were no suspected terrorists inside
the Air Force base, the defence minister said combing operations
will continue for a day or two. "NIA investigations will
reveal who were behind the terror attack," he said, refusing
to point responsibility on any one.
Around 1,000 Army men and Punjab
Police personnel have converted Pandher village, around 2 kilometer
from the Tibri cantonment in Punjab, following reports that two
armed men in Army uniform were seen moving around in a suspicious
manner in the area. Two SWAT teams of the Punjab Police have also
reached the area. “The threat is real. It is not a hoax call.
We have sounded an alert throughout the state,” said an official.
“The Army has got vacated 500 houses in Pandher and adjoining
Bhulechak and Babbehali villages,” sources said. The terrorists
who attacked the Pathankot air base and the Dinanagar Police Station
were also in Army uniform. “The fact that the cantonment area
is just 2 km away has added to our worries. We cannot take chances.
More forces are being requisitioned,” the official said.
A huge blast was reported near
the Indian consulate in Jalalabad city in Nangarhar Province of
Afghanistan. No casualty has been reported.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed
and one was arrested during an exchange of fire with the Police
in Kondagaon District of Chhattisgarh. “The Maoists’ Kudhur LOS
‘commander’ and one LOS members were killed in a fierce encounter
between Kondagaon District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the Maoists
today morning,” said S.R.P. Kalluri, the IGP, Bastar Range.
A huge cache of explosives including
28 petrol bombs was recovered during a search operation by security
personnel in Gariyaband District of Chhattisgarh in restive forests
of Karlajhar village.
A group of SFs personnel had a
close save as Maoists detonated a powerful pipe bomb blast in
Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. No one was injured in the blast.
The Maoists exploded the pipe bomb near Tarrem village under Basaguda
Police Station limits when a team of CoBRA personnel was patrolling
in the region.
A woman CPI-Maoist cadre, identified
as Kalamdei Majhi (24), surrendered before the Kalahandi District
SP, as she was "disgusted" with the Maoists’ activities.
A group of CPI-Maoist cadres have
allegedly beaten to death a Girijan, identified as Pangi
Sivayya of Boosiputtu village in Munchingput mandal of
Visakhapatnam District, Andhra Pradesh. According to reports
reaching the victim’s home, he was taken away and beaten to death
near Sariapalli, a nearby village. He was branded as a ‘Police
A TDP leader and former Sarpanch
of Jerrela Gram Panchayat in Visakha Agency of Vishakhapatnam
District in Andhra Pradesh, Sagina Venkataramana (32) was allegedly
hacked to death by CPI-Maoist cadres. Venkataramana was actively
involved in anti-bauxite mining agitation. A poster hung near
the place and a pamphlet left behind alleged that Venkataramana
got the resolution in favour of bauxite mining passed with forged
signatures and also usurped patta lands with forged signatures
The two Ministers representing
Adilabad District in Telangana State Cabinet are finding themselves
embroiled in a controversy surrounding alleged irregularities
in allocation of work under the centrally funded IAP in LWE affected
districts, Adilabad being one of the 88 districts in the country
where the scheme is operational.
A team of STF and Saran District
Police of Bihar arrested nine cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including
a woman ‘area commander’ from Doriganj in Saran District. All
of the arrested cadres were accused in the case for planting of
explosives at the Ara-Chhapra Bridge on January 1. They had blasted
the generator set used by the construction company engaged in
the bridge construction work. Police have recovered three pamphlets
of the Maoists from the construction site and three cane bombs
were found fixed to three pillars of the under construction bridge.
ULFA-PTF opened an office in the
Hatigaon area in Kamrup District of Assam. The office was inaugurated
by the outfit's ‘chairman’, Arabinda Rajkhowa.
Police arrested two persons identified
as Ramen Barman and Rameswar Saikia, the masterminds behind the
abduction of a small-time businessman Hazrat Ali, who was abducted
on December 29, from Tulsibari under Rangia Police Station in
Kamrup District of Assam. According to Police, Ramen Barman of
Shahpur and Rameswar Saikia of Suwapur, both under Tamulpur Police
Station in Baksa District, abducted Ali at gunpoint in a Tata
Sumo, identifying themselves as NDFB-IKS cadres and wearing SSB
uniform on the evening of December 29 when Ali was returning home
from his shop at Tulsibari under Rangia Police Station in Kamrup
District. Police said the abductors along with another associate
took Ali to Lotibari under Tamulpur Police Station in Baksa where
he was kept in the house of Saikia elder sister.
AR troops launched an operation
in Grihang and Kamjong in Ukhrul District of Manipur and killed
two underground cadres of an unknown group. One AK-56 rifle along
with magazine, twelve live rounds of 7.62 mm and five fired cases
of 7.62 mm have been recovered from the spot. The bodies of the
two slain militants along with the recovered weapons have been
handed over to Chassad Police Station in the District.
Garo Hills Police seized a large
amount of explosives, including electronic detonators, from a
Tura-registered vehicle abandoned by its occupants after Police
set up a road block in the Bajengdoba region of North Garo Hills
District of Meghalaya. The banned ULFA of Assam is believed to
be the owner of the explosives and was reportedly sending it across
to the banned GNLA in Garo Hills when Police set up a surprise
road check point in Bajengdoba, after receiving intelligence inputs
about the shipment of the explosives. Police searched the vehicle
and recovered as many as 1200 gelatine explosive sticks which
are used by militants to prepare IEDs to target SFs. Police also
recovered as many as 1000 electronic detonators and 100 non-electronic
detonators. Both detonators are required for triggering IED explosions.
There was not a single insurgency
related incident in Tripura last year (2015), DGP K Nagraj said
while noting that international terrorism was an area which needed
a sharp vigil to be maintained. “There was not a single incident
related to insurgency last year (in Tripura). The insurgency,
which devastated the State for the past three decades, has largely
been contained. We are not complacent and keeping a close vigil
on the situation,” DGP said. He said many of the State’s insurgents
were still using Bangladeshi soil and they are currently running
16 camps there.
“Last November, security forces
in Bangladesh had dismantled many camps of State insurgents, mainly
in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of the country, but the ultras again
managed to erect some makeshift camps there,” said Nagraj. “International
terrorism is another area which needs a sharp watch and the State
police are gearing up to meet the new challenge,” he said. Nagraj
said that 1,761 Bangladeshi nationals had illegally sneaked into
the State last year and Police had deported them. The DGP said
that the overall law-and-order situation in the State has improved
and the crime graph is down.
A NIA team arrived in Pathankot
to begin the probe on the terrorist attack on the Pathankot airbase.
The NIA officials were seen examining the bodies of the slain
terrorists along with a team of forensic experts.
NIA so far has found seven suspicious
footprints along the IB. The investigating team was looking at
two key aspects, how the attackers entered India and the role
of Salwinder Singh who was briefly kidnapped by the terrorists.
Singh's role is apparently under scrutiny due to the conflicting
versions he provided about his abduction and release. The NIA
team found seven suspicious footprints at three different locations
near Bamiyal village along the Pakistan border.
A man suspected to be a terrorist
was taken into custody by SFs near the Pathankot Indian IAF base.
The Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) Airport has also been put on
high alert after five suspicious terrorists were spotted around
the area. The BSF is providing peripheral security cover and an
alert has been sounded. Initial reports said that the men seem
to be from Afghanistan.
NIA arrested a suspected al Qaeda
terrorist, identified as Maulana Anzar Shah from Bengaluru in
Karnataka. According to sources, Anzar Shah was a Muslim cleric
in Banshankari for the last four years. Report has quoted sources
as saying that the man was planning to carry out a series of terror
strikes in the country. "The aim of the group was to attack
some prominent leaders along with the crowded and tourist places,"
The BSF submitted a detailed report
to the UMHA, saying there is no evidence of infiltration along
the IB, though the six terrorists killed in the Pathankot operation
are believed to have entered through the Punjab border. Officials
said the BSF submitted the report after Director-General D.K.
Pathak undertook a forward area tour along the International Border
on January 5, including at Bamiyal, a border village in Pathankot,
which is believed to have been used by terrorists to infiltrate
into the country and attack the airbase. They said the force has
put forth the details of its night “morchas” and movement of its
patrol teams in these areas on December 30 and 31, when it is
suspected that the terrorists crossed over from the other side
and attacked the airbase. The BSF will deploy 2,000 additional
personnel along the Punjab and Jammu borders to plug unfenced
riverine and forest gaps.
Local villagers claim to have
seen two more terrorists in Gurdaspur. Villagers, Satnam Singh
and his relative Rajinder Singh, who claim to have spotted the
suspected militants near Tibri Cantonment. They immediately informed
the Police. The Army and Punjab Police have cordoned off the whole
area and strengthened the security of highly-sensitive defence
establishment. Satnam said that he and Rajinder had gone to fields
to get fodder for their cattle. "As we were about to return,
I saw two men standing near us in a sugarcane field. They were
wearing Army outfit, dark glasses, long gum boots and were carrying
some bags. Before we could react, they disappeared into the fields,"
he said, adding that everything happened within seconds.
Militants hurled a grenade at
CRPF camp at Momin Abad in Anantnag District. The grenade missed
the intended target and exploded outside without causing any harm.
The BSF will deploy around 2,000
additional personnel along the Punjab and Jammu borders in order
to plug unfenced riverine and forest gaps even as it submitted
a fresh report to the Government, stating there was no evidence
of infiltration along the IB in the wake of the terrorist attack
on the IAF base in Pathankot in Punjab. Officials said BSF submitted
a report to the UHM after force Director General D K Pathak undertook
a forward area tour along the IB on January 5, including at Bamiyal,
a border village in Pathankot, which is believed to have been
used by terrorists to infiltrate into the country and attack the
A grant of INR 10 billion was
approved by the UMHA for 35 worst Naxal affected districts
spread across seven States to carry out development work and augmenting
facilities to fight the CPI-Maoist. The affected areas include
16 districts in Jharkhand, eight in Chhattisgarh, six in Bihar,
two in Odisha and one each in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and
Telangana. The Ministry allocated fund at the rate of INR 280.57
million per district.
Aurangabad District Police of
Bihar launched a combing operation against the Maoists in different
parts of the District to instill confidence among the people.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, Renga Shankraiyya
(30) and Sukman Kursam (27) were arrested from Awapalli Police
Station area in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh.
The Araku Valley Police arrested
Y. Gowri (45), an employee with Lakcon Construction Company, for
trying to supply 10 walkie-talkie sets and about one kilogram
of gold to CPI-Maoist, near Araku junction in Visakhapatnam District
of Andhra Pradesh.
NSCN-R has reportedly been recruiting
drug addicts across the opium belt of Arunachal Pradesh to broaden
its extortion empire. Officials in southern Arunachal Pradesh
said NSCN-R has been recruiting drug addicts to control the state’s
Longding, Tirap and Changlang Districts. Rebels of NSCN-K and
NSCN-IM were hitherto known to operate in these Districts that
are strategic for movement to and from bases in Myanmar. “We had
last month raided Kheti village in Tirap district on tip off that
some rebels were carrying out recruitment and extortion drives
there. They managed to escape but we recovered extortion notes
and a list of the group’s cadres in the area,” a unnamed senior
Police officer, said. Some names in the list were those of drug
addicts and offenders, the SFs found.
Apart from Longding, Tirap and
Changlang, Lohit and Anjaw Districts of southern Arunachal Pradesh
are notorious for opium cultivation besides the availability of
heroin and methamphetamine from the ‘Golden Triangle of Myanmar,
Laos and Thailand. According to NCB, Arunachal Pradesh topped
the list of states in illegal poppy production for opium during
2014-15. Of the 2,530 acres of poppy crop that NCB destroyed during
that fiscal, the state accounted for nearly 40%. NCB officials
say the illegal poppy farms are guarded by armed militia who are
known to work in coordination with rebels. Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki admitted that checking opium cultivation was a major challenge.
A ginger merchant from Krishnai
in Assam, was abducted by unidentified assailants in East Garo
Hills District of Meghalaya. According to a source, trader, Kali
Saha was returning home to Krishnai from Songsak area in the District
when he was abducted by unidentified assailants.
A hardcore GNLA militant, identified
as Pensing A Sangma alias Belbong alias Cherakpa,
who took part in an ambush on a CRPF patrol party leading to two
SF personnel sustaining bullet injuries in 2014, surrendered to
Police without any weapon in Resubelpara in North Garo Hills District.
The surrendered cadre was part of GNLA ‘area commander’ Rakban
D Shira alias Philiport’s team and the outfit’s cadres
reportedly used his house to take shelter.
A militant, identified as Rakwil
R Sangma alias Dikrong of the AMEF outfit also surrendered
in North Garo Hills District of Meghalaya and handed over a demand
letter pad of the group.
NSCN-IM condemned the killing
of one NSCN-K member by AR on December 30 at Zhutovi village in
Dimapur District of Nagaland and claimed the incident was a “well
planned” executed by AR troops.
The UAE condemned the terrorist
attack on the IAF base in Pathankot and said that it stands with
India in the fight against terrorism. The Foreign Ministry in
a statement said, "The UAE condemns the heinous terrorist
attack on the Indian Air Force Base in Pathankot. We stand with
India in its ongoing fight against terrorism…Terrorism and extremism
knows no borders and no limits and pose a threat to innocent people
everywhere around the world. In order to contain the dangerous
threat that terrorism poses to our countries and peoples, international
cooperation is indispensable”.
Sikh political prisoner Hardeep
Singh, who was associated with Khalistan Commando Force (KCF),
was released from the Amritsar Central Jail in Punjab following
clearance from the State Government. Jail Superintendent RK Sharma
said Hardeep was released owing to his good conduct. Hardeep was
arrested under various sections of TADA, besides Section 302 (murder
charges) of the IPC in 1993.
HM ‘chief’ Syed Salahuddin warned
India of more attacks if it did not give up “genocide” in Kashmir.
He also claimed that a special unit of the UJC carried out the
Pathankot airbase attack (Punjab). “Whether or not Pakistan and
India go ahead with their planned talks, Kashmiri Mujahideen will
continue to strike until New Delhi stops killing innocent Kashmiris
who are struggling for their basic human right of self-determination,
as promised by the UNSC resolutions,” Salahuddin said in an interview
with a Pakistani newspaper. “Special guerrilla units of the United
Jihad Council will raid more strategic military assets of New
Delhi whenever they find an opportunity to destroy the enemy’s
military structure which is being used for Kashmiris genocide,”
said Salahuddin. The UJC ‘chief’ said, “The Pathankot attack has
nothing to do with the dialogue process between Pakistan and India
as we have been waging this war against occupying forces for the
last 38 years.”
The operation to fully sanitise
the Pathankot airbase in Punjab, which was attacked by six terrorists
last week, is “close to completion” with personnel of the NSG,
the Army and the Garud Commando Force of the Air Force undertaking
the task on the sprawling complex. “For the last two days, the
Army, the NSG and the Garuds have been sanitising the whole station
and the process is close to completion,” Air Officer Commanding,
Pathankot IAF Station, Air commodore J.S. Damoon said.
The NIA has recorded the statements
of SP Salwinder Singh, whose role is under the scanner, and his
friend Rajesh Verma, officials said adding investigations were
under progress. The 20-member NIA team is being assisted by a
team of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory which is camping
India has identified the four
handlers of Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM, who were in touch
with the six terrorists who stormed the Pathankot airbase early
on January 1. India has shared the telephone numbers and the identity
of the handlers with Pakistan and has asked it to act on these
individuals, a senior Government official said. Those identified
by the Indian agencies are JeM founder Maulana Masood Azhar, his
brother Abdul Rauf Asghar, Ashfaq Ahmed and Kashim Jaan, the official
said. While Azhar oversaw the operations, his brother Asghar and
two others were in touch with the terrorists. India has also given
the details of two types of Pakistan-made drugs — Neuro Bedoxine
and Dicloran — found on the bodies as evidence.
The Army issued fresh guidelines
for the public by asking civilians to avoid wearing Army pattern
dresses and shopkeepers to refrain from selling combat clothes
in order to prevent terror attacks. The guidelines, to be followed
across the country, come nearly a week after six terrorists infiltrated
through the border and launched attack at the Air Force station
in Pathankot (Punjab).
Also private security agencies,
Police and other central forces not to wear "Combat-Pattern"
dresses as "it is not authorised and leads to false alarms",
the official said. "All traders and shopkeepers interested
in selling Army uniforms may approach the local military authority
and request for shops in units/cantonments approved areas/shops,"
the official added. "It is illegal to sell army uniforms
to unauthorised persons," the official said, adding, "The
guidelines have been issued in public interest and to prevent
terror attacks." Also, the relatives of armed forces personnel
and ex servicemen were requested not to use items of uniform which
they may be having as they could create false reports, the official
said and added that it was illegal to do so. Police and Civil
administration have also been asked to check and crackdown on
The CRPF will soon deploy about
300 women commandos for undertaking operations in some of the
states affected by Naxalism. DG of CRPF Prakash Mishra
said few chosen companies drawn from its four 'mahila' battalions
will be soon sent for pre-induction training and after about six
weeks of regimen in various types of combats and special tasks,
the women contingents will be sent for final deployment. "We
are going to give more operational duties to our women personnel.
We are sending our women personnel to some of the most difficult
areas," Mishra said while announcing the hosting of the 7th
National Conference of Women in Police beginning January 7.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed
a businessman, identified as Bapi Samanta, at Dandabadi village
under Boipariguda Police Limits in Koraput District of Odisha.
Five Maoists, including three
carrying cash rewards on their heads, surrendered before Police
in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. Surrendered Maoists were
identified as Hemla Paklu (28), Budhram Kowasi (24), Hemla Pandu
(25), Motu Parsa (19) and Hemla Budhram (35). Of them, Paklu,
a member of military platoon no. 12 was carrying a reward of INR
200, 000, while INR 100, 000 each was announced for the arrest
of militia company commander Budhram and Awapalli militia commander
CPI-Maoist ‘area commander’ Uday
Ganjhu was arrested from Niri forests of Keredari block in Hazaribagh
District of Jharkhand. Ganjhu, who had a reward of INR 300, 000
on head, was wanted in many cases in Keredari and Barkagaon in
Hazaribagh District, and also in Chatra District.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze
construction equipment at Nuadihi village near Dublabahal under
Melchamunda Police Station limits in Bargarh District of Odisha.
According to reports, 25 armed cadres arrived at the office of
a contractor, who is laying road under Biju Expressway on Sohela-Nuapada
stretch in Nuadihi village, woke up the labourers who were sleeping
in the camp and sought petrol after identifying themselves as
The SSB and Police, in a joint
operation, arrested a militant of NDFB-IKS, identified as Nirmal
Basumatary (27) from Rangjihoura village in Chirang District of
Assam. A 9 mm pistol, three rounds of ammunition and a mobile
phone were recovered from him. “He is a trained militant of the
outfit and was trained in Myanmar,” SSB sources said.
ULFA ‘General Secretary’ Anup
Chetia said that he is not going to put pressure on Independent
faction of ULFA (ULFA-I) ‘Commander in Chief (C-in-C)’ Paresh
Baruah to come for dialogue with the Central Government. Anup
Chetia said in Darrang that it is up to the ‘C-in-C’ to decide
himself whether to take part in the dialogue process, and in this
regard Chetia will never put pressure on him. (Assam)
Top leaders of NDFB-IKS, including
‘army chief’ G. Bidai and his deputy K. Batha, are hiding in the
dense jungles along the Indo-Bhutan border, BTAD IGP L. R. Bishnoi
said. Bishnoi said operations as a part of the army's "final
push" against the militant group were on. Bishnoi claimed
that the NDFB-IKS was becoming weak with many of its top leaders
having been killed or arrested since the operation against the
outfit was intensified last year (2015). A joint force of the
Army, Police, SSB and CRPF had started a massive operation against
the outfit on September 18 last year to apprehend the "last
remaining 20-25 cadres of the NDFB (S)", including Bishnu
Goyari alias Bidai, the mastermind of the Adivasi carnage
on December 23, 2014, and his deputy Binod Mushahary alias
Batha. Bidai carries a cash reward of INR 5 lakh on his head.
He added that altogether 21 militants
of the outfit have been killed, 256 arrested and 185 of its linkmen
apprehended since the operation began. A total of 15 AK-56 rifles,
10 AK-47s, two M-16, two HKs, seven Insas rifles, 495 rounds of
ammunition, 21 grenades, 81kg of explosives 14 lakh in cash and
12 motorcycles have also been recovered from the outfit's militants,
Bishnoi said. The top leaders of the outfit arrested so far include
its ‘self-styled deputy commander in chief’ Dwiswrang Daimary
alias Dhananjay, ‘self-styled army chief’ Rabi Basumutary
alias Rongja Baja, his ‘personal security officer’ Jwnglaw
Narzary alias Jekhai and the former ‘personal security
officer’ of Bidai, Biron Narzary alias N. Bapeibai. Bishnoi
said the SFs were continuing their operation against the group
and expressed confidence that Bidai and his 20-25 associates would
be arrested soon.
Bishnoi said other than NDFB-IKS
militants, 86 militants belonging to various groups like the KLO,
RVA, NSLA and the MPTFA were also arrested by SFs last year (2015).
Besides, fundamentalists trying to gain a foothold in lower Assam
Districts had been neutralised, he said, adding that 30 fundamentalists
were arrested and 22 country-made arms recovered in 2015.
Police arrested a ULFA cadre,
identified as Ajit Bora alias Dhaniram in Dibrugarh District
A joint team of AR and Bihar Regiment
launched a joint operation in Bunghal Khullen area of Thoubal
District in Manipur and recovered arms and ammunition. During
the search operation, the team recovered one AK-56 rifle and two
magazines along with 60 live rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. Further
search along with Thoubal Commandos led to recovery of 54 live
rounds of 7.62mm, 47 live rounds of 7.62mm sniper rifle, one magazine
of 7.62mm AK-56 Rifle, one magazine of 5.56mm of M 16 rifle and
five live rounds of 5.56mm of M 16 rifle. Search of the living
room of one Lelen Kipgen, who was missing, resulted in recovery
of one seal of KNF-N, demand letter and documents pertaining to
A team of District Police commando
conducted frisking and checking in front of City Hospital in Dewlahland
in Imphal West District of Manipur and arrested an active member
of PLA/RPF identified as Laishram Lakpati alias Johnson
(44) of Khongman Zone III in Mayai Leikai. On his disclosure,
another cadre of the same organisation identified as Wangkheimayum
Bobby Singh alias Imobi alias Lamjing alias
Boy alias Sarat (38) of Wangkhei Hijam Leirak Ayangpali
Road was also arrested from Khoyathong Senapati bus parking on
the same day. Investigation revealed that they were involved in
extortion from different Government departments. Investigation
also revealed that W Bobby Singh had also made monetary demands
in the name of CorCom in some Government offices. Incriminating
articles were seized from their possession.
JNIMS Professor Dr Chanam Manglem
was attacked by some unidentified assailants by hurling a hand
grenade at his Khongman Zone-II (East) residence in Imphal East
District of Manipur. The grenade exploded inside the residential
gate of Dr Manglem and the explosion damaged some portions of
the gate and the house. Taking strong exception to the grenade
attack, local people staged a protest demonstration.
The GNLA cadres, Tenrak and Kalmod
were involved in the abduction of the State Police head constable
Khomraj Bhattarai in North Garo Hills District, revealed a Police
source. “We have got enough evidences of the involvement GNLA
rebels in the abduction and subsequent killing of the head constable”,
stated the source. The two GNLA cadres Tenrak and Kalmod are directly
functioning under the ‘area commander’ Philliport Sangma, sources
DRI officials arrested a person,
identified as Rajesh Shekh along with FICNs of INR 2,00,000 from
Ratanpura locality in Motipur Police Station in Muzaffarpur District.
DRI sources said the carrier, Shekh, a resident of Malda District
in West Bengal, was arrested when he was travelling in a Motihari
bound bus. The suspect is said to be a member of an inter-state
gang of fake currency note smugglers.
The Cyberabad Police arrested
an alleged drug offender, U Mahesh, from Thondupally village in
the city's outskirts and also seized FICN amounting to INR 83,000
from him. Based on a tip-off, a Police team arrested Mahesh and
seized about 50 grams of heroin and fake currency.
Punjab Police arrested a BSF Constable,
identified as Anil, who was allegedly involved in helping a cartel
of drugs and arms smugglers infiltrate heroin and weapons into
India. The arrest followed January 4 incident, when three persons
were arrested for smuggling narcotics. Their interrogation then
led the investigators to Anil who was deployed with the 52nd Battalion
of the Border Security Force.
Anil admitted that he had been
receiving money from his handler in Pakistan, a well known Lahore-based
drug smuggler by the name of Imtiaz. Anil told, "I was attending
a wedding in Taran Taran when I was approached by a group of people,
who asked me why I was so poor in comparison with others in the
force who had been able to build big houses. These people told
me that they would help me get rich. They gave me two SIMs and
told me that a person named Imtiaz would call me from Lahore."
He started contacting Anil through the Pakistani SIM card. In
the first installment INR 50,000 were sent in cash to Anil. Later
INR 39,000 were deposited in the bank account of Anil's wife.
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and
Home Minister Sukhbir Badal met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh
in Delhi and demanded extra deployment of BSF personnel in Punjab.
Sukhbir stated, "In Jammu and Kashmir the number of Border
Security Force personnel deployed is more than twice the deployment
in Punjab. The recent terror attacks show that Punjab is now increasingly
being targeted by the Pakistani terrorists. We want that deployment
in Punjab be increased so that infiltration can be plugged effectively.
Germany has condemned terror attacks
on the IAF base in Pathankot town of Punjab and an attack on the
Indian consulate in Afghanistan, MEA spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted.
"We condemn the terrorist attacks on the Indian Air Force
base in Pathankot and on the Indian consulate in Mazar-e-sharif,"
the German statement said. "The perpetrators must be hunted
and those responsible must be held accountable," the statement
As investigators probe deeper
into the fake passport racket of Baguiati (Kolkata), there is
emerging evidence of a possible JMB link. Sources say Bangladeshi
national Hafeez Sheikh alias Nur Mohammad, will play a
pivotal role in understanding the modus operandi of the gang.
"It is only his questioning that can lead us to the rest
of the gang based in Noida," said an investigating officer.
"We plan to send teams to Noida, Pathankot and Ludhiana to
verify certain addresses. It is clear that several Bangladeshi
and Pakistani nationals have used fake passports prepared by him.
In turn, someone must have collected used and expired passports
from north Indian passport offices. We need to ascertain if there
is a HuJI link to it because we have found certain numbers from
Europe and the middle-east," informed a source.
Sheikh hails from Chittagong District
in Bangladesh and seems to have used a real passport but fake
visa to cross over to India through Nadia District in West Bengal.
Hafeez came to Kolkata about two years ago and started a tour
and travel business at Netaji Nagar in south Suburban Kolkata.
US alerted India through intelligence
channels on JeM terrorists sneaking into Pathankot. And that was
possible because foreign agencies had Qasim Jaan, one of the three
Pakistan based handlers of JeM, under its surveillance. In the
instant case, "chatter" was picked at Qasim's end on
a possible terror attack in India.
This information was immediately
passed on to India, prompting the government to issue an alert
just after the Prime Minister's December 25, 2015 visit to Lahore.
Though Qasim was known to be from JeM, there was still doubt on
whether reference was being made on some other group planning
an attack or was it a JeM module being sent on the job.
An explosives-laden vehicle was
found near the Indian consulate in Heart in Afghanistan and one
person was arrested in this regard.
Army and JKP personnel busted
a hideout in Samote area and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition
from a natural cave hideout in Kuliwala Forest in Chasana in Reasi
District. Based on specific information, RR Battalion at Samote
under the aegis of RR Force Headquarter based at Reasi and JKP
personnel from Police Station Chasana recovered a cache of arms
and ammunition. The cache included one AK-56 rifle, one 7.63 mm
pistol, one 303 rifle, one sniper rifle Dragunov, five magazines
of AK 56, one magazine of pistol, 75 rounds of AK 56 rifle, 55
rounds of Pikka, two rounds of pistol, six rounds of sniper, rifle,
one grenade UBGL, one rotating bolt of AK 56 rifle, 11 fired cases
of AK 56 and two fired cases of sniper rifles.
Maoists have called a two-day
bandh starting today, in Nuapada, Kalahandi and Malkangiri
Districts of Odisha to protest against ‘Operation Green Hunt.’
The protesting Maoists belong to the Mainpur-Nuapada divisional
committee and have put up posters and banners announcing the bandh
at some places in these Districts.
Maoist posters were found in Lanjigarh
and Muniguda area in Kalahandi and Rayagada Districts of Odisha
respectively. In the posters the Maoists said the Police had killed
some tribals in Kalahandi, Nuapada and Rayagada Districts recently
in fake encounters.
Four CPI-Maoist cadres were killed
while one trooper of the CoBRA received bullet injury in an encounter
between SFs and Maoists at village Bandh Gorya under Dhibra Police
Station area in Aurangabad District of Bihar. SFs also recovered
four weapons including one AK-47, one carbine and two pistols
from possession of the Maoist.
Armed Maoists set ablaze two tractors
of a contractor in a village in Lakhisarai District of Bihar.
Two BSF personnel were killed
and another sustained injuries in landmine blast triggered by
the CPI-Maoist in an area near Kaliajhula forests under Boipariguda
Police limits in Koraput District of Odisha. Sources said the
Maoists, who had killed a local trader, Bapi Samant (37), late
on January 7, had planted landmines anticipating movement of the
SFs. When the news of the killing was reported, the BSF sent in
a team to comb the area. A 30-member team was combing the forests
when the Maoists triggered the landmines.
CM Naveen Patnaik expressed concern
over inroads made by the LWE in four central Odisha Districts
and asked senior Police officers to pay special attention to curb
their influence. Addressing the valedictory function of senior
Police officers’ conference in Bhubaneswar, CM Patnaik said, “The
Left wing extremism continues to be a major concern for the State.
Though we have been able to contain the menace to the areas bordering
our neighbouring States, the recent movement and activities of
the Maoist cadre in the districts of Bolangir, Kalahandi, Kandhamal
and Boudh is worrisome.” “We should handle this new development
effectively. We have already created adequate resources in terms
of manpower, equipment and other logistics supplemented by the
deployment of central armed police forces. There is no reason
why the police leadership cannot counter the inroads made by the
Maoist into the central Odisha,” the Chief Minister pointed out.
Four CPI-Maoist cadres, including
a ‘commander’, were arrested from two different locations in the
Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. Three rebels, who were involved
in setting vehicles on fire at Hahaladdi iron ore mine, were arrested
from Karremarka village in Kanker District, a senior Police official
said. Those arrested were identified as Budheshwar Netam (25),
Dharmuram (28) and Somji Nareti (20).
In the second incident, Veko Budhru
(25), active as LGS ‘deputy commander’ in Bhairamgarh area committee
was arrested in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh.
SFs exchanged fire with cadres
of the CPI-Maoist at Kurunga forests under Arki Police Station
area in Khunti District of Jharkhand. After the encounter, the
SFs recovered 36 IEDs from the encounter site. "Four 14kg
gas cylinders, four 5kg gas cylinders, two pressure cookers and
24 milk cans of 250ml capacity were used to prepare the IEDs.
Apart from the IEDs, 20kg of cordex wire, which is used to connect
the IEDs with exploders, were also recovered. There were 600 rounds
of live cartridges besides one INSAS (Indian Small Arms System)
rifles, one .303 rifle and one .315 rifle," SP Anish Kumar
The CPI-Maoist cadres allegedly
set on fire four vehicles of a private firm engaged in a road
construction work in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The incident
occurred at a remote Muskel village under Dantewada Police Station
limits where work on construction of a road was underway, Dantewada
SP Kamlochan Kashyap said
A CPI-Maoist training camp was
busted by a joint team of CRPF and Khunti District Police in Arki
block of the District following a brief encounter with the Maoists
in the afternoon. "The team had busted the camp on Friday
evening, but by the time we collected all the recovered items
it was late night," Khunti SP Anish Gupta said. ASP (Operations)
PR Mishra said "Targeting the advancing party, Maoists opened
fire. None of the bullets, however, hit our men." After the
Maoists left, Police searched the area and found a 1,000m codex
wire, many electric wires, 25 can bombs, one tiffin bomb, two
pressure cooker bombs and four LGP cylinders. Two of the LPG cylinders
were wrapped in codex wire. "The Maoists use LPG cylinders
to make powerful bombs. One bomb is enough to blow up a police
vehicle," said Police.
Three NSLA militants were arrested
from Barabil under Gossaigaon Police station in Kokrajhar District.
The arrested NSLA militants were involved in extortion of money
and other illegal activities, Defence officials said. Two pistols
and a revolver with 3 live rounds were recovered from them, they
Haluwating Police, in an operation,
arrested one person, identified as Konwer Singh Tanti (28) along
with a hand grenade and four bullets of a 9mm pistol from the
Tifuk Tea Estate in Sivasagar District of Assam. Police suspected
him to be linkman of NSCN.
Garo Hills Police with the help
of Goalpara Police in Assam successfully rescued a child who was
abducted by a gang from Mendipather area of North Garo Hills District
on January 6. The joint SFs team raided a hideout of the abductors
gang and rescued 11- year-old Mustaqfizul Rahman. The kingpin
of the abduction Biswajit Adhikary was also arrested in the raid
and operations on both sides of the inter-state border are continuing
to arrest the rest of the gang who fled after seeing the Police
arrive at their hideout.
A meeting convened by the UHM
on the issue of repatriation of Brus in six relief camps in Tripura
remained inconclusive, Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalmalsawma said
in New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by Union Home Secretary
Rajiv Mehrishi while the Tripura Chief Secretary was not present,
Lalmalsawma said. The last attempt to repatriate the Brus during
June 2 to September 4 last year was a complete failure as not
a single Bru appeared before the Mizoram officials in the six
relief camps to be identified as bonafide residents of the State.
The arrangement was made to repatriate over 20,700 Brus belonging
to 3,455 families who have fled from Mizoram due to ethnic clashes
in the 1990s.
According to data provided by
BSF Punjab Frontier headquarters, seven narcotics smugglers and
intruders, including three Pakistani nationals, have been shot
dead in separate encounters by BSF personnel guarding the International
Border along Pakistan in Punjab in 2015 and 344 kilogram heroin
worth INR 1,720 crore were seized during the period. It also stated
that in 2015, 91 persons were arrested for narcotics smuggling
and illegally crossing the border, while FICN with face value
of more that INR 11,00,000 was seized. Of the 91 persons arrested
five were Indian smugglers while the others included 58 Indians,
20 Pakistanis, four Bangladeshis, two Nigerians, one Chinese and
one Nepali, who were held for crossing the border illegally, the
BSF data stated. The other items seized in 2015 include 17 weapons,
24 magazines and 286 cartridges. 19 Mobile phones (15 Pakistani,
2 Indian, 2 Bangladeshi) and 41 SIM cards (28 Pakistani, 11 Indian,
2 Bangladeshi) were also seized through 2015.
NSCN-R strongly refuted allegations
that it was recruiting drug addicts across the opium belt of Arunachal
Pradesh to broaden its extortion empire. An ‘MIP’ statement strongly
refuted the allegation made and asserted that it was neither engaging
nor recruiting drug addicts for any purpose. “We are for peaceful
settlement of the Indo-Naga issue but it seems some people are
against peace and against development of our people. They want
that people should remain to be in trance so that they keep working
as per their willful desire,” the ‘MIP’ statement read.
The NSCN-R, while appreciating
the AR for arresting anti-social elements involved in extortion
in and around Tirap District and particularly in HQ Khonsa, said
it had no link whatsoever with Wingan Agan and Damwang Bangsia,
arrested by the SFs. “Many youths taken to drugs, opium are involved
in carrying out extortion in the name of various organizations
including the NSCN-R to fulfill their day to day needs as they
find it easy way of making money unmindful of the consequences,”
ULFA ‘general secretary’ Anup
Chetia was given the responsibility of leading the peace-talks
with the GoI in place of its ‘chairman’ Arbinda Rajkhowa. The
decision to lead ULFA talks was taken formally in a central committee
meeting which was attended by ULFA ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa,
‘vice-chairman’ Pradeep Gogoi, ‘deputy commander-in-chief’ Raju
Barua, ‘foreign secretary’ Sasha Choudhury, ‘finance secretary’
Chitraban Hazarika, and several other leaders of the outfit, including
Mrinal Hazarika, Jiten Dutta and Pranjit Saikia.
Though, the outfit has ruled out
that decision in this effect would marginalize the ULFA ‘chairman’
who was leading the peace-talks so far, security sources claimed
that Chetia’s elevation to lead the peace-talks might subside
the simmering dissension in the ULFA-PTF to a large extent. Pointing
out that some hard-core ULFA cadres were not happy over the way
day-to-day affairs were being handled by the ULFA leadership,
security sources said that the situation had come to stage that
some cadres were contemplating to join back to anti-talk faction
of ULFA lead by its ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah.
Nine persons were injured, three
of them critically, in an IED blast at a wine store in a crowded
market at Williamnagar town in East Garo Hills District. Police
suspect the hand of the GNLA and its ‘area commander’ Ajan Momin
alias Jimmy. However, the AMA claimed responsibility for
the blast. In a post on social media site Facebook, the AMA Ampati
‘area commander’ John Lesly Sangma stated that the blast was against
sale of liquor and cigarettes to minors. “We had given time to
stop the sale of alcohol to children until the end of last year.
The Warimong Wine Store is not the only one and there are others
that will be targeted”, said the online post.
Condemning the IED attack, the
Meghalaya government stated, “Such acts of cowardice expose the
ugly inhuman face of the terrorist outfit. This also reflects
that the proscribed outfit has no commitment towards the well-being
and welfare of the local community. They only spread fear, distress,
distrust and disharmony.” “The security forces shall take all
steps possible to track down the criminals involved in the incident.
The Government also reiterates that it would further intensify
the operations against the terrorist outfits and would completely
neutralize them in order to restore sustainable peace in the region,”
the government added.
A suspected Naxal identified
as Baleshwar Soren, was arrested from an abandoned airport at
Chakulia in Ghatsila Sub-division of East Singhbhum District,
Jharkhand. The OIC of Chakulia Police Station Dilip Paswan said
a country-made pistol and LWE literature were recovered from his
possession. Soren was having links with Kanu Munda-led squad of
the CPI-Maoist, said the Police official.
Seven persons arrested and FICN
worth INR 950,000 was seized in two separate raids in West Champaran
and Gaya Districts. Acting on an input from the NIA, a
joint operation by the West and East Champaran Police succeeded
in arresting one fake currency note peddler from near Bakharia
Chowk under Majhaulia Police Station area on NH-28B in West Champaran
Separately, in Gaya, a special
team of the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) on seized FICN of the face
value of INR 5, 50,000. The currency, according to sources, was
printed in Pakistan and pumped into Indian market through Bangladesh
via Malda District of West Bengal. Altogether six persons engaged
in the racket have been arrested. The fake currency, as per sources,
is pumped by ISI with the twin purpose of funding terror and destabilizing
the Indian economy. The arrested men have been identified as
Zahir Abbas, a resident of Malda, Udai Kumar, Kedar Paswan, Sant
Kumar, Ajay Kumar and Arvind Paswan. Udai is said to head the
local gang involved in the fake currency business. The arrests
were made when the courier from Malda was transferring the bag
containing fake currencies to his local contacts. The transfer
took place at an isolated point by the side of a canal under Dobhi
Police Station in Gaya District. The point is close to Jharkhand
Five persons, including a suspected
Bangladeshi national, have been arrested by the STF of Kolkata
Police along with FICN having face value of INR 35,00,000.
Acting on a tip off, the STF team conducted a raid at a businessman's
house in Posta Police Station area limits and nabbed the five
Trinath Mandal, Sanjay Mandal, Prabas Mandal, Pradip Mandal and
Sanjay Singh along with FICN.
Two persons, identified as Kishan
Naik and Lalitha were arrested along with FICN with a face value
of INR 1,30,000 at Ramchandrapur in Medak District of Telangana.
Police raided their rented house and find them in possession
of the fake currency notes in denominations of INR 100 and INR
500. However, four other members of their gang managed to flee.
Police said the accused were handed over the counterfeit currency
for circulation by a man in Kolkata (West Bengal).
An Indian-origin Islamic State
(IS) terrorist, identified as Siddhartha Dhar alias Abu
Rumaysah alias Saif al-Islam believed to be the masked
man in latest IS video dubbed "new Jihadi John", is
ready to die for the terror group, his sister has revealed. London-based
Konika Dhar had received a message from her brother in 2015 after
he had skipped bail and fled the UK with his pregnant wife and
four children saying, "I'm prepared for death". In a
phone-call in October 2015, he said, "Focus on the hereafter
and don't worry". Konika said, "I told him from the
very beginning when he arrived in Syria and made contact that
I would love him to return home and live in our house with his
family." But he said he cannot return because he believed
that he would be arrested.
Three persons including an Army
trooper were injured in mine blasts on LoC in Guntrain area of
Poonch District of Jammu and Kashmir. As per Police sources, a
trooper identified as Shiv Ram Lingam of Field Regiment got injured
in an accidental mine blast, while on patrolling duty near the
Two civilians, working with Army,
were injured when a landmine exploded near LoC in Keran sector
in the frontier District of Kupwara. The landmine exploded accidentally
when repair work on fencing was going on near LoC resulting in
injuries to Parvez Ahmad Mir and Abdul Majid Mir, resident of
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki strongly refuted and rubbished the allegations leveled
by MLAs Thangwang Wangham, Honchun Ngandam and Gabriel D Wangsu
of using the NSCN-K to coerce representatives from Tirap, Changlang
and Longding Districts to support his leadership. While terming
the allegation as baseless, unfounded, wild and made out of utter
frustration, Tuki said that such false and fabricated allegations
have been intended to tarnish his political and social image.
SFs arrested two persons, identified
as Buddha Narzary and Nripen Boro along with four gelatin sticks
weighing 200 gm and fuse wire from Guwahati Railway Station in
Assam. The duo was bringing the consignment from Manipur to Tamulpur.
Former AGP president Brindaban
Goswami, at an AJYCP meet at Jelkajhar in Bongaigaon District,
said Assam cannot accommodate any more illegal migrants.
The demand for a separate Bodoland
got a boost with former Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga and
chairman of the all-party Telangana Political Joint Action Committee
M. Kodandaram offering to help. Addressing the 48th annual conference
of(ABS) at Turibari Noudari Pwthar in Bijni subdivision of Chirang
District, Zoramthanga said, "If my humble service is needed,
I am ready to help you." "The ball does not lies in
the court of Delhi or in Guwahati (Dispur). It lies only in the
hands of the Bodo people. With all effort, I believe an amicable
solution, which is welcome and accepted by Delhi, Dispur and the
Bodo people will be achieved soon," he said. Kodandaram,
who attended the conference as chief guest, said the demand needed
to be discussed.
Security has been tightened around
IAF station at Chabua in Dibrugarh District following intelligence
inputs about threats to the air base, a Police official said.
Following the Pathankot terror attack (Punjab), Police has received
certain inputs which need to be corroborated and confirmed in
consultation with various agencies and SFs but security has been
tightened around the airbase, Dibrugarh SP Bir Bikram Gogoi said.
In spite of the denial by GNLA
that it had no hand in the lED blast at Williamnagar town in East
Garo Hills District of Meghalaya on January 9, Meghalaya Police
has confirmed that it was the handiwork of the outfit with the
assistance from ULFA. A senior Police official said that Police
has enough evidence to show the blast was an outcome of the ongoing
negotiations and a co-operation between GNLA and anti-talks faction
of ULFA based in Bangladesh. Police said that the evidence indicated
that there have been talks between GNLA supremo Sohan D. Shira
and ‘Deputy Commander in Chief’ of ULFA Drishti Rajkhowa alias
According to Police, the links
between GNLA and ULFA seem to have been renewed last year during
‘Operation Hill storm’ when Sohan D. Shira fled Meghalaya and
camped in Bangladesh for many months. ”In the renewed talks held
three months ago, GNLA had asked for the services of an ULFA cadre
named Aprai who is claimed to be an IED making expert. Some of
the GNLA cadres were also sent for training in IED making in the
ULFA camps in Bangladesh. Aprai is said to have strong connections
in North Garo Hills district”, a Police source said.
The central security agencies
have raised an alarm against multiple placement agencies that
have grown across Kolkata and border Districts. It was found that
such agencies were involved in the Baguiati fake passport case
and the FICN racket neutralised in Posta by the Kolkata Police
STF. According to sources, these placement agencies were offering
jobs to labourers using fake documents and then forcing them to
become fake currency couriers. Several youths from Malda and Murshidabad
Districts are employed as unskilled labourers in Andhra Pradesh,
Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Tamil Nadu. The FICN racketeers target
these youths and use them as carriers.
Bihar DGP PK Thakur said, the
Police headquarters has initiated security audit at all important
installations. Security has been increased at the Barh thermal
plant of NTPC, Barani Oil Refinery and other important installations,
religious and archaeological sites following a security alert
in the wake of the Pathankot terror attack. This has happened
following a letter from the Police headquarters regarding the
need for security audit. Bihar Police have started the exercise
of security audit at all important installations. “Terror outfits
such as LeT, JeM, IM and other such outfits have planned to target
important installations of the country and they can use explosives-laden
vehicles. This requires round-the-clock surveillance,” reads the
A powerful IED, suspected to be
planted by the CPI-Maoist, was recovered from Adava Police Station
limits in Gajapati District of Odisha. The bomb in a tiffin box
was located near Paniganda forest beat house when the security
personnel involved in combing operation in the region came across
a suspicious-looking wire protruding from below the ground. Gajapati
SP Satyajit Nayak said this IED contained around 10 kg explosive
materials. However, initial evidences hint that the IED may have
been planted by the Maoists in 2009.
A week into the Malda violence,
NCB officials admitted that the West Bengal District remains a
‘difficult area’ for the agency to work in. “It is true that Malda
has been a difficult area in terms of its communal aspect and
the territorial reason. It is a sensitive belt…There is a lot
of work to be done,” NCB Deputy Director General (eastern zone)
SK Sahu stated. Sahu said that since the money flow is high, the
crime rate is also alarming in that region. “We do carry out sensitisation
drives involving the state government and central agencies and
constantly coordinate with them. We involve local panchayats
(village councils) and include the local population into the economic
process so that they don’t indulge in such illegal drug business,”
Narcotics money is at the heart
of lawlessness in Malda District bordering Bangladesh. The Police
say a large portion of this drug money goes into buying sophisticated
weapons smuggled through the porous Bangladesh border, and running
hundreds of unrecognised madrasas (Islamic Seminary) in
the District. Border areas like Golapganj, Baliadanga, Kaliachak,
Mohabbatpur, Mothabari and Danga are now the epicentre of anti-national
activities, because of flourishing drug trade. Be it peddling
of FICN involving the local youth, illegal migration, drug and
arms supply or smuggling, Malda is a bustling hub.
The SFs have recovered one more
mobile phone, one AK-47 magazine and binocular from the encounter
site during search operations, a UMHA spokesperson said. "NIA
teams are examining witnesses in Punjab, both inside the Pathankot
Indian Air Force (IAF) station and outside," said UMHA spokesperson.
NIA has registered three cases
in connection with the terror strike at Pathankot IAF base. The
first case pertains to Salwinder Singh's abduction and the second
for the killing of the taxi driver. Both the cases were registered
at Narot Jaimal Singh Police Station in Pathankot District. The
third and the main case, registered at Police Station Division
No. 2 Pathankot, relates to the terrorist attack on the Air Force
India will move Interpol to secure
a Black Corner Notice to identify the four terrorists who were
killed during Pathankot operations, the UMHA said. It will be
circulated by Interpol among all its member-states, including
Pakistan from where the fidayeen (suicide attackers) infiltrated
to strike at the airbase. The black corner notice will oblige
the Interpol members to share any leads or information that can
establish the identity of the bodies.
Incidentally, the Interpol notice
seeks to identify only four bodies despite agencies putting the
total number of attackers at five or six. This is because no more
than pieces of flesh and bones were found of terrorists other
than the four bodies recovered in an identifiable condition.
This came even as the NIA started
questioning Punjab Police SP Salwinder Singh at its headquarters
in Delhi. This comes even as a 10-member NIA team is in Punjab,
examining witnesses both inside the Pathankot airbase and outside.
The probe will look at the possibility of an "insider"
role, as it appears almost impossible for five-six terrorists
to have carried so much explosives and ammunition that set off
45 explosions even after the last one of them fell. Salwinder's
cook Madan Gopal, who was with him in the car when it was waylaid
by the terrorists, will also be summoned by the NIA to Delhi.
The probe agency also plans to call Salwinder Singh's friend Rajesh
Verma, whose throat was slit by the terrorists, for questioning
"as and when his medical condition permits".
The conspiracy behind the attack
on the Pathankot airbase was part of a larger plot to target defence
installations in India. Even as Pakistan claims to have begun
cracking down on those who are responsible for the attack, intelligence
inputs indicate that military installations in border areas are
still vulnerable targets. Sources said terror outfits like the
JeM and LeT have are still preparing to carry out more such strikes.
"Defence installations continue to be put on a high alert
with intelligence inputs pouring in that they are still on terror
radar," said a senior intelligence official.
In a video recording, 'general
secretary' of Pakistan-based UJC, Jameel-ur-Rehman, threatened
more assaults on key military installations in other northern
states of India as well until "Indian forces from Kashmir
are withdrawn". Jameel-ur-Rehman, exonerates ISI, stating
that the attack was carried out by Kashmiri militants and were
not sponsored by Pakistan's top spy agency. The video message,
comes after an audio clip was released on a JeM website in which
the speaker paid tributes to the "six mujahideen(s)"
who carried out the January 2 attack. "We targeted Pathankot
because the same base is used by Indian troops to carry out attacks
on Kashmir, to target Kashmiri population and to attack women,"
said Sheikh Jameel-ur-Rehman, who is also the 'chief' of Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen.
Air India (AI) requested all its
passengers to report three hours before the scheduled departure
time of flights because of enhanced security at airports following
the Pathankot terror attack.
A top LeT ‘commander’ was killed
during an encounter with the SFs in the outskirts of Srinagar.
Police and SFs received information about presence of Sajjad Ahmad
Bhat alias Peer in Gossu village of Zakura in
the outskirts of Srinagar. They cordoned off the Gossu village
and during searches Sajjad fired at them and tried to escape from
the security cordon but SF personnel fired at and killed him on
the spot, while his associate managed to escape from the encounter
site under the cover of darkness. Sajjad Ahmad was one of the
main architects of setting up of LeT bases in South Kashmir since
2007. Police had announced a reward of INR one million to the
informants leading to his arrest or killing.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, including
a woman ‘commander’, were killed in a joint operation of Chhattisgarh
and Maharashtra Police in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. One
of the dead Maoists has been identified as Mangi, the LOS ‘commander’
of national park area committee of the Maoists in West Bastar
and she carried a reward of INR 500,000 on her head. One more
dead body of a uniformed Maoist was recovered when the forces
were returning to the base camps in Maharashtra.
CPI-Maoist cadres have set ablaze
four road construction equipments machines engaged in the construction
of State Highway 69 linking the State capital Patna with Dumaria,
Araria District, in Gaya District of Bihar.
Two hardcore CPI-Maoist cadres
identified as Amresh Kumar Sinha alias Kavi Ji alias
K.V. and Sanjay Tiwari surrendered before Patna SSP Manu Maharaj
in Patna District of Bihar.
CPI-Maoist central zonal spokesman
Pramjeet threatened to take revenge of the killing of the Maoists
in Bihar in the encounter on January 8. He alleged that their
four colleagues were arrested by security personnel, who killed
them in fake encounter. Pramjeet said dedication of the comrades
will never go in vain and they would take revenge from the cops.
A CPI-Maoist camp was busted by
the SFs following an exchange of fire in Kholibhitar inside Sunabeda
Wildlife Sanctuary in Nuapada District of Odisha. There was no
casualty on either side. Nuapada Superintendent of Police (SP)
Pinak Mishra said there was a group of 20 to 25 Maoists in the
camp and it managed to escape under the cover of darkness.
Jharkhand Police seized around
INR 15 million cash from four Naxals in Chatra District
of Jharkhand. The four LWEs have been arrested.
Two cadres of the GNLA, identified
as Jackob Ch Marak (22) and Matthews M Sangma surrendered at Williamnagar
in East Garo Hills District of Meghalaya. The duo is from the
Baichung group, Police informed. Baichung Ch Momin alias
Nikkam (‘area commander’, West Garo Hills) is in the list of Meghalaya
Police’s ten most wanted militants.
In the wake of the IED blast at
Williamnagar on January 9, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma
held a high level meeting in Shillong to review the law and order
situation in the Districts of Garo Hills. During the meeting,
the Chief Minister was briefed about the current situation and
also informed of the operations launched by Police in Garo Hills.
Calling for preventive measures to be put in place, Sangma stressed
on the need to involve the common people in policing. Meanwhile,
Police officers briefed the Chief Minister about specific measures
being resorted to by the forces after the IED blast. They also
briefed the Chief Minister about the existing nexus between the
GNLA and the ULFA.
One person, identified as Ram
Tudu (27) was arrested with arms from Sukhanjuli in Baska District.
An unidentified cadre of NDFB-IKS
was arrested from Islampur in Tinsukia District.
A NSLA cadre was arrested from
Gossaigaon in Kokrajhar District.
A suspected linkman of ULFA-I,
identified as Babul Dihingia was detained by Assam Police in Kakopathar
of Tinsukia District along with INR 25 Lakh. Dihingia has not
been produced in court by Police even after 24 hours have been
passed, report said.
Arguing all the workers of all
NPGs settling down in Dimapur enjoys “free atmosphere,” the NSCN-R
questioned the NSCN-KK for selective targeting and implied that
such tactics might become a “liability” for peace. In a press
statement, the ‘secretary’ ‘MIP’ NSCN-R cited the “attacking”
of its office in Padumphukhuri on December 1 and 2 as well as
the arrest of its cadres allegedly by NSCN-KK on January 10. “Dimapur
is not the kitchen or garden of some faction,” it said further
noting that shooting and firing at fellow Nagas was ‘undesirable
and unacceptable’ at this juncture and every Naga should raise
up against such anti- Naga activities of NSCN-KK.
At least six persons including
two Policemen were injured during clashes in the outskirts of
Srinagar in Pantha Chowk area, as Police fired scores of tear
smoke shells to disperse the protesters who had blocked the Srinagar-Jammu
National Highway over the killing of top LeT ‘commander’ Sajjad
Ahmad Bhat on January 11 in Zakura area of Srinagar. The mourners
attempted to hold the funeral along Srinagar-Jammu National Highway
but a large contingent of Police intercepted the procession holding
body of the militant commander and resorted to heavy teargas shelling.
Police fired tear gas on youth who retaliated by pelting stones,
triggering clashes. A Police official said two persons received
injuries in the clashes while at least 4 protesters were also
injured. A complete shutdown was observed in Pantha Chowk, Pampore,
Zewan and adjoining areas against the Sajjad’s killing.
A Police Constable was injured
in an encounter with the CPI-Maoist cadres under Tongpal Police
Station limits in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The exchange
of fire took place when a joint team of State DRG and STF was
carrying out an anti-Maoist operation in the region, Sukma ASP
Santosh Singh said. While the SFs were cordoning off a forest
axis at Kunna, a group of Maoists opened fire on them following
which an encounter broke out between the two sides.
Maoist posters were found at several
places in Rayagada District of Odisha. In the posters, the Maoists
have warned of stringent punishment to people who are buying lands
from the poor local people for various companies and other business
purposes. The posters were found at Sikarpai, Kumbharguda, Krushapatraguda
and Kalisundar Mandir Chhak under Sadar block.
In order to strengthen security
apparatus in the Maoist-hit areas, the Chhattisgarh Police have
sent a proposal to set up 50 more Fortified Police Stations in
areas affected by Left Wing Extremism, particularly Bastar. "The
Centre has already approved to establish 75 FPS for Chhattisgarh
of which construction on 40 have been completed while 35 are under-construction,"
ADGP (anti-Naxal operations), RK Vij said.
An encounter took place between
SFs personnel and the CPI-Maoist cadres in Danglapahar forest
area of Ghatshila Sub-division in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand.
The SFs on receiving information about the presence of Maoist
Kanu Munda in the jungle area raided the Danglapahar spot but
failed to arrest any suspected Maoist. The team comprising District
Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel found
towel, torch and clothes among other things from the site.
A CPI-Maoist ‘area committee member’
identified as Vikas Parahiya who had actively worked for the Maoists
for the past six years or so and was involved in several ambushes,
was arrested from Chhipadohar area of Latehar District, Jharkhand.
A rifle and cartridges were recovered from Vikas.
AR troops and District Police
commandos launched a joint operation in Tumukhong in Imphal East
District of Manipur and arrested three cadres of KYKL.
Based on reliable information
about the presence of some KCP cadres in and around Soibam Leikai
area, a team of Imphal East District Police commando conducted
search operation, and arrested two active cadres of KCP-N, identified
as Yengkokpam Ranjan Singh alias Amuba (46) of Top Mayai
Leikai and Kshetrimayum Romesh Singh alias Inaocha (39)
of Kongpal Naoroibam Leikai. Investigation revealed that Romesh
was also working for KYKL and involved in extortion of money from
SK Oil nominees of Imphal East and West Districts.
One Kali Biswas (50), who was
abducted from near Songsak a few days ago, was found killed, allegedly
by the GNLA cadres. The body of Biswas was later recovered a little
further away from the spot where an exchange of fire between the
Police and the militants had taken place on the same day. Police
believe the abduction was carried out by GNLA ‘second-in-command’
(East Garo Hills in Meghalaya) Pangkam, who reports to Jimmy (Ajan
Ch Momin), prime suspect in the Williamnagar blast on January
9. Family sources said that the militants had been demanding INR
500,000 as ransom for the release of Biswas. The family was, however,
able to garner only INR 150,000, which the outfit was not willing
to accept and had threatened to kill Biswas if their demand was
not met soon.
The Songsak Police arrested two
GNLA cadres, who had come out of the jungle to take food for others
in their jungle camp. Following the lead provided by them, a Police
team reached the GNLA camp and an exchange of fire followed. Police
source added that a GNLA cadre was hit on his leg during the encounter,
while others managed to escape from the spot.
The GNLA has now around 80-odd
cadres who are making desperate attempt to regroup themselves
even as they have suffered massive setbacks following operations
launched by SFs, a top Police official
revealed. The official said that five close aides of the self-styled
c-in-c Sohan D Shira are trying to carry out subversive activities
as per his instructions. “Besides these odd cadres, a section
of civilians have been working as conduits in certain pockets
of the five districts. The police have already tracked many of
them through mobile phone interceptions,” he added. Sources said
that quite a handful of GNLA cadres have expressed their desire
to surrender in view of the blast on January 9 that has severely
hurt the sentiments of the civilians. “Some of them are even in
touch with the administration expressing their desire to surrender,”
sources added. Sources further added that the police have received
intelligence inputs about the GNLA modus operandi to carry out
The PPA demanded the removal of
Food & Civil Supplies Minister Tirong Aboh from the ministry
for his alleged link with the NSCN-R. The PPA threatened to launch
a ‘movement’ against Aboh, if he is not removed. The party also
demanded Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki’s resignation
stating that “fingers have also been pointed towards him” of taking
help of the underground outfit to coerce MLAs in his favour.
A team of Army personnel from
Borrengajuli Army camp along with Assam Police launched a joint
operation and arrested a cadre of NDFB-IKS, identified as Rituraj
Basumatary (18) from Bainara village under Khairabari Police Station
in Udalguri District. A country-made hand grenade was recovered
from his possession.
SFs arrested linkman of NDFB-IKS,
identified as Khonsai Gaorao Mashahary from an undisclosed place
in Assam. Khonsai was planning to kidnap three persons and he
had already collected INR 1 lakh from VCDC chairmen in the locality
in Kachugaon area in Baksa District, BTC IGP, LR Bishnoi said,
adding that the Police could recover INR 82,000 and a mobile handset
from his possession.
SFs arrested a KLO linkman, identified
as Atul Barman alias Dabla from an undisclosed place in
Sivasagar District Police arrested
a ULFA hardliner's linkman from Changmaibari area in Sibsagar
NSCN-K is reportedly attending
the five-day UPC, which got underway on January 12 in Nay Pyi
Taw in Myanmar. The five-day gathering would end on January 16
after the presentation of reports and conclusions from each thematic
group. The newly elected Myanmar Government of NLD invited non-ceasefire
signatory groups to first UPC including NSCN-K to serve as observers
to audit the event.
Three Afghan Policemen were killed
and two others were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself
up 200 meters away from the Indian consulate in Jalalabad. Afghan
SFs later exchanged fire with gunmen barricaded in a house near
the Pakistan consulate nearby. All Indians are reported to be
AK-47 assault rifles, a grenade
launcher, a dagger, cough tablets and some perfume are among things
the Pathankot airbase attackers were carrying, recoveries made
by the Air Force and the NSG have revealed. On the Air Force’s
list of arms, ammunition and equipment, are four AK-47 assault
rifles, three pistols, one UBGL, 29 AK-47 magazines, seven pistol
magazines, 559 live rounds of 7.62 ammunition, 47 pistol rounds,
a dagger, a multi-tool, a black-coloured wire tape, a first-aid
box and a knife pad. Moreover, Bomb Disposal Squads of the NSG
and the Army have also destroyed 21 grenades.
The terrorists were also carrying
several items of medication — four painkiller injections, one
syringe, an eye drop, seven painkiller tablets, 21 cough tablets,
two bandages (1×10 cm and 1×4 cm), two Betadine ointments, a burn
set and three vials of itar (perfume). Also recovered were
two INR 500 notes, a motivational note hailing the JeM and two
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar
said that ammunition and equipment recovered from the terrorists
indicate they came from across the border. Army Chief Dalbir Singh
also said “the markings of the medicines indicate they came from
Syria has taken four Indian youth
in its custody, who were planning to join Islamic State (IS),
and asked the Indian authorities to verify their details. Syrian
Deputy Prime Minister Walid al-Muallem, who is on a three-day
visit to India, said the four youth had entered Syria and were
taken into custody in Damascus. He, however, did not specify when
they were apprehended. "Four Indians were taken into Syrian
custody in Damascus. The four young Indians were planning to join
the IS and had entered Syria from Jordan," Moaulem stated.
He, however, did not give details like the name, from where the
youth come from and when were they taken into custody.
Syria said that it was looking
for intelligence sharing with India. Muallem stated, "We
have had productive discussion with the external affairs minister
Sushma Swaraj and the NSA. We discussed a range of issues including
sharing of intelligence. We have also asked for economic aid from
India," he said.
The NIA released video footage
of a person suspected to have planted a bomb on December 28, 2014
at Church Street in Bengaluru. In an effort to gather clues regarding
the suspect, the NIA studied cameras located all around Church
Street and MG Road in Bengaluru and mapped the suspect’s movement
in the run-up to the blast. The NIA has now sought help from the
public in identifying the suspect and has announced a reward of
INR 5,00,000 for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.
The NIA has now come to the conclusion
that the suspect walked around Church Street thrice before planting
the device at Coconut Groove. The suspect is captured walking
up to the metro station across M G Road, before returning to Church
Street to plant the device. Investigators believe that the device
was initially carried in the shoulder bag before being removed
and placed on the street.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh
said there was "no reason to distrust Pakistan so early".
"The Pakistani government has said it will take effective
action. I think we should wait," Singh stated. Singh
cited press reports which said Pakistan had arrested some persons
in connection with the attack and had also set up a high-level
team to look into the evidence provided by India.
Singh said Pakistan should be
given more time having assured New Delhi of action against JeM,
the terror group responsible for the attack. "Through media,
we have come to know that some steps have been taken. Since they
have given an assurance to the Indian government, we don't have
any reason to doubt them. We all should wait for some time,"
The investigations being carried
out by Indian intelligence establishment to establish the identity
of the terrorists neutralized during Pathankot attack and their
handlers reveal how the Pakistan's ISI attempted to conceal the
identity of the operatives involved in the strike. From fictitious
identities to fake social network presence, the ISI ensured that
Indian investigators were misled, according to sources. At least
four Pak-registered numbers like +923017775253 and +923000597212
were activated just a few days ago before the terror strike. The
handsets were kept switched off to conceal the locations of the
users, sources said. The handsets having these sims were only
switched on before the attack and were in operation during the
strike at airbase. Only one number, allegedly belonging to one
of the operative's mother has been found to have been in use.
The NIA feels the recovery of
a Chinese wireless set belonging to the terrorists from the car
of Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh could add a new twist to the investigations.
In another development, the anti-terror agency has also ascertained
the route taken by terrorists from the point of abduction of SP
Punjab to their entry into the airbase on December 31st - January
1. Sources say that the wireless set, which the terrorists had
brought along from Pakistan, had some data which was deleted later
by them. The wireless set was stuck under the seat of SP's Mahindra
XUV 500 car and was recovered on January 1 by Punjab Police.
Government officials claimed that
the wireless set, which has been sent to CFSL and NTRO for analysis,
is similar to the one recovered from the site of attack in Samba,
Jammu and Kashmir in 2015. Source said that the wireless set recovered
from SP's car has a batch number which will establish its manufacturing
date and place where it was sold.
Sources clarified that they have
not found anything as of now to connect Pathankot to any conspiracy.
The NIA has also summoned Somraj, caretaker of Panj Peer Dargah
in Punjab, which Singh had claimed to have visited before he was
kidnapped by terrorists, who attacked the airbase hours later.
Union Minister of State for Home
Affairs Kiren Rijiju said the action taken by Pakistan on the
evidence submitted about the terror attacks was not satisfactory.
Rijiju said, "We have handed over the evidence about terror
attacks to Pakistan but the action on these evidences has not
been satisfactory. We have handed over evidences against Hafeez
Saeed and others, but it is the duty of the investigation authority
there to properly put it before the Pakistan court." The
minister added that this was the first time that Pakistan had
stated that they will act against the terrorists, saying "it
is an achievement". The minister also defended the government's
response to the Pathankot terror attacks and said, "Pathankot
is not the first terror attack on Indian soil. There is an extensive
investigation going on and our jawans have successfully foiled
the terror group's intention."
Speaking about Islamic State,
he said, "ISIS has a presence in India and everything is
strictly under watch, but the terror organisation has less impact
in our country, for which the credit goes to the clerics and elders
of Muslim community, who did not allow youths to fall prey to
the ISIS trap. The family and value system is quite strong in
our society." Rijiju also said that agencies are working
at different levels to keep a check on all these incidents and
the government has started counter-radicalisation and de-radicalisation
programmes across the country and places have been identified
for the same.
The Malda (West Bengal) District
administration has begun a drive to destroy the extensive poppy
cultivation in the District, as stated by senior officials of
Excise Department. Senior officials said that poppy cultivated
on nearly 500 acres had been destroyed in Kaliachak and adjoining
areas over the past one week. “The drive started on January 5
and till today evening (January 13), 1,500 bighas (495 acres)
of poppy cultivation has been destroyed in a joint operation where
the police, BSF and excise department are involved,” the official
Other than poppy cultivation,
smuggling of FICN is also a major concern for law enforcement
authorities in the District which shares a border with Bangladesh.
FICN amounting approximately INR 30 million were seized in the
District in 2015 and 105 cases were registered. Also, 187 cases
of possessing illegal arms were registered in Malda in 2015.
One person, identified as Pappu
Patel, a resident of Bihar, has been arrested in Friends colony
market area of Faridabad (Haryana) along with FICN worth INR 17,000.
A case has been registered against the man and further probe was
underway, Police said.
Delhi Police has charge sheeted
three suspected operatives of IM for allegedly supplying explosives
used for carrying out a blast near Jama Masjid in September 19,
2010, allegedly at the behest of IM co-founder Riyaz Bhatkal.
Police filed the charge sheet against Syed Ismail Affaque, Abdus
Saboor and Riyaz Ahmad Sayeedi for various alleged offences under
IPC, UAPA, Explosive Substances Act, Information Technology Act
and Arms Act.
The charge sheet was filed before
Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh who took cognisance on
it and fixed the matter for February 9, 2016. In its charge sheet,
the Special Cell of Delhi Police has alleged that Affaque, an
Ayurvedic doctor by profession, had met IM co-founders Riyaz and
Iqbal Bhatkal and gone to Pakistan where he was trained in making
"Investigation has also revealed
that explosive was also provided by A-1 (Affaque) on the instructions
of Riyaz Bhatkal and Afeef (another IM operative) in 2011 which
was used in 2011 Mumbai blast, 2012 Pune blast and 2013 Hyderabad
blast," the charge sheet said.
In its charge sheet filed against
the three accused, the police said they had conspired with other
IM members to carry out a terror strike in Delhi. "From the
investigation conducted so far against the arrested accused persons,
it has been established that accused number 1 (Affaque), being
a member of IM, had entered into a conspiracy along with other
co-conspirators for commission of terrorist act in Delhi at Jama
Masjid with intent to threaten the unity, integrity and sovereignty
of India....," it said.
The Indian Army is ready and competent
to carry out any task it is entrusted with, Army Chief Dalbir
Singh Suhag asserted, two days after Defence Minister Manohar
Parrikar underlined the need to give back the pain inflicted on
India by terror organisations and individuals. “The Indian Army
is ready and competent to carry out any task given to it,” Suhag
said when asked if the Army is capable of carrying out a covert
or surgical strike against terror camps in PoK. He added that
the Army was fully prepared to meet any challenge facing the country.
The Army chief said that the security
environment facing the nation is becoming more “complex and dynamic”
and said that at least 17 terror training camps continue to be
active in PoK compared to 42 earlier. He said some of the camps
were shut down few years ago due to international pressure. About
infiltration, Suhag said that the reason why terrorists were using
the Punjab border to enter the country was because anti-infiltration
grid along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir has been strengthened
and is difficult to breach. The Army chief was addressing his
annual press conference ahead of the Army Day in New Delhi. He
also expressed his “concern” at the infiltration along the borders
with Pakistan in Punjab but made it clear that the responsibility
lies with the BSF which is manning the area.
Constable Shakoor Ahmed Parrey
fled away with four AK-47 rifles from SDPO in Bijbehara in Anantnag
District and is said to have joined LeT militant outfit. Shakoor,
a resident of Kundalan in Shopian District, was posted as a PSO
to SDPO Bijbehara, Irshad Ahmad Bhat, in Bijbehara area of Anantnag
District. Shakoor fled along with the rifles with two more youth
– Gazi Fayaz Dar (20) and Aqib Bashir, both the residents of Kundalan
in Shopian. Reports said that Shakoor didn’t report to duty since
January 13 and when the room in SDPO office where he was living
with his colleagues was checked, four AK-47 rifles were found
missing. Reports said that all the three have joined LeT. Shakoor
had links with the militancy in the past and was appointed as
SPO and later promoted as constable.
Two school students, identified
as Rameshwar Oyam (18) and Vishal (16), were injured in a landmine
blast suspected to be planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Bijapur
District of Chhattisgarh. The explosion took place while the students
were travelling on a motorcycle towards Tarrem village from Sarkeguda
under Basaguda Police Station limits, Bijapur ASP Indira Kalyan
The CPI-Maoist have reportedly
set up another division in the Andhra Odisha Border to regain
their hold in the Srikakulam region in Andhra Pradesh, and Gunupur
and Gudari forest areas and Rayagada in Odisha. The new division
has been christened the Odisha-Srikakulam division, sources claimed.
The Odisha State Government has
decided to chalk out a ‘new strategy’ to check LWE in the State,
particularly Balangir, Kalahandi, Kandhamal and Boudh Districts
at the unified command meeting. Earlier, CM Naveen Patnaik said
LWE continues to be a major concern for the State at the senior
police officers' conference. "To tackle the Maoist menace
in the State, the meeting focused on two crucial issues - strengthening
intelligence gathering network and proper coordination between
local Police and central paramilitary force," a senior police
officer, who attended the meeting, said requesting anonymity.
A hardcore cadre of the NSLA,
identified as Ram Kishku alias Ram Hembrom was killed in
an encounter with Assam Police near Grahampur under Srirampur
Police outpost in Gossaigaon subdivision of Kokrajhar District.
The BTC IGP, LR Bishnoi said the Police team recovered one 7.65
mm pistol, four rounds of ammunition and two hand grenades from
his possession. He also said the slain cadre was involved in several
criminal activities, murder and extortion in the area.
Bishnoi said after eliminating
Hembrom, the area would be peaceful to a great extent as most
of the criminal activities were carried out under his command.
He said the total strength of the NSLA was around 40 of which
22 have been arrested in 2015, four were killed in different encounters
and the remaining cadres are involved in criminal activities.
The ULFA-I opposed the construction
of a war memorial on the bank of Dighalipukhuri in Guwahati. In
a statement, ULFA-I ‘assistant information and publicity secretary’
Arunodoy Asom also extended support to a group of citizens opposing
construction of the memorial. "We have immense respect for
soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country. But the
Indian government is forcefully invading Assam and its action
to destruct a heritage site and ecology for construction of the
war memorial is in no way is acceptable," the statement said.
The outfit is against peace talks with the Government without
discussion on its key demand for a "sovereign Assam".
George Kuki, claiming to be the
‘self styled in-charge of publicity and information’ of KLF based
somewhere in eastern Karbi Anglong District claimed that the outfit,
which was formed in 2008 and remained active until 2010, has been
revived. KLF remained silent when a faction of the organization
formed the UKDA and laid down arms along with the KRA in 2012
at Guwahati, stated George.
He also alleged that the leaders
of both KRA-A and UKDA have seized the bank pass books and ATM
cards of the surrendered cadres thereby denying them of all Government
sponsored benefits. The same leaders have also misused the Government
fund given to the cadres for establishing camps, he added. George
has also alleged that the over ground Kuki militant leaders instead
of protecting the interest of its own community are exploiting
the ginger farmers mostly concentrated in Singhason hills. The
KLF also claimed that three sophisticated arms have been recovered
from the possession of UKDA and KRA-A cadres (one SLR, one M-16
rifle and one AK rifle) recently.
The ED has slapped a INR 1,200-crore
show cause notice against alleged Hawala (illegal money
transaction) operator Naresh Jain, who routed money for Dawood
Ibrahim and funded contraband cells in a case of forex law violations.
The JeM 'chief' Maulana Masood
Azhar, who is widely believed to be behind the attack on the IAF
base in Pathankot, has used the hanging of Parliament attack convict
Afzal Guru to motivate his fighters to carry out more attacks
against India. A report quoting intelligence sources, said that
Masood, who is a good orator, has apparently using Afzal Guru's
case as a potent tool to motivate acts of terror against India.
The intelligence agencies believe
that Afzal Guru's hanging in Delhi's Tihar Jail in February, 2013
had breathed a fresh lease of life into Pakistan terror outfit
JeM after which it had expedited its anti-India operations. After
Afzal Guru's execution, Masood formed "the Afzal Guru Squad"
- a crack fidayeen (suicide attacker) team with the sole
objective of avenging his death, say intelligence sources.
The terrorists who carried out
the Pathankot attack are also suspected to be from the Afzal Guru
Squad, as per intelligence sources. Intelligence agencies believe
that calls that were made to Pakistan by the Pathankot attackers
were later traced to have been made to top JeM leaders.
Intelligence reports say that
not just the Pathankot attack, several other attacks on SFs over
the last two years can be attributed to the Afzal Guru Squad.
In all these attacks, the method was similar - terrorists in army
fatigues crossed the border and targeted SFs. Intelligence inputs
also indicate that JeM is planning more Pathankot-like attacks
The NIA has found similarities
in the Pathankot terror attack and July 27, 2014 Dinanagar attack
in which militants had attacked a Police Station. To probe it
further, the agency has asked the Punjab Police to provide details
of the Dinanagar case.
Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh is
reportedly giving conflicting statements about his abduction after
which it has been decided that he will be confronted with his
cook Madan Gopal and Somraj, the caretaker of the Panj Peer Dargah
which Salwinder said he had visited on the day of his kidnapping.
The sources said that the confrontation was necessitated after
conflicting statements were emerging from all the three and added
that a final decision on whether to conduct a polygraph (lie detector)
test on Salwinder or the others will be done after Friday's questioning.
While Salwinder has been questioned for the last four days, Gopal
and Somraj recorded statements for the first time.
Describing Pakistan’s crackdown
against JeM operatives linked to the Pathankot attack as an “important
and positive first step”, India and Pakistan agreed to reschedule
Foreign Secretary-level talks, planned for January 15, and hold
them in the “very near future”. In a first, India also agreed
to host Pakistan’s SIT, which has been formed by Pakistan Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif. Indian intelligence agencies will cooperate
with their Pakistan counterparts.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar
spoke to Pakistan counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary on January
14 and they decided to defer the talks with “mutual consent”,
Vikas Swarup, Spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs,
said. The decision was taken after NSA Ajit Doval met Prime Minister
Narendra Modi on his return from Paris.
Swarup said, “We are looking for
credible and comprehensive action to bring all the perpetrators
of the Pathankot terror attack to justice.” He added, “We will
go by what objective evidence we see on the ground, not empty
statements. So far, what Pakistan has done, we welcome".
The spokesperson said that the action by Pakistan on the Pathankot
terror strike was “in line” with their own commitment to get rid
A powerful IED planted by the
CPI-Maoist in the past was recovered from the Adava Police Station
limits of Gajapati District in Odisha.
A CPI-Maoist 'sub-zonal commander',
carrying a reward of INR 500,000 on his head, identified as Jagnarayan
Yadav alias Vishal ji, was arrested during a special operation
from Thekhi village in Palamau District of Jharkhand. SP Mayur
Patel said a self-loaded pistol and three rounds of ammunition
were recovered from the possession of Yadav.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres of
Koraput-Srikakulam Division hacked a trader to death in Bargi
village under Narayanpatna Police Station limits in Koraput District
of Odisha. The deceased has been identified as Rohini Nachika
(40). According to Police reports, at least 20 armed Maoists entered
the village late in the night and asked Nachika to come out of
his house. Accusing him of being a ‘police informer’, they killed
him. They left behind a poster at his house in which they claimed
that Nachika was punished as he helped Police with information
about the cadres. Police denied the Maoist claim.
The High Court in Bengaluru rejected
the bail application of Shabeer Bhatkal, an aide of IM co-founder,
Riyaz Bhatkal. Shabeer has been in judicial custody since 2009
after he was arrested by the Ullal Police in Dakshina Kannada
District for his association with Riyaz in some of the terror-related
activities. Shabeer has been booked under Sections 120(B), 121,
122, 123, 153A, 212, 420, 468, 471 of the IPC and Sections 10,
11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 of UAPA and Sections 9(B) of Explosive
Act and Section 5 and 6 of Indian Explosive Substance Act and
Sections 3 and 4 of the Arms Act.
Two persons, identified as Janardhan
Divekar and Nilesh Dhabhade involved in printing of FICN were
arrested from Bhiwandi in Maharashtra along with Over 200 fake
notes of INR 1,000 and INR 100 denominations. The duo used a colour
photocopier and other materials to make the fake notes, but the
duo were not able to circulate them easily.
One Bangladesh national, identified
as Abdul Mannan was arrested near a passport office under Rajivnagar
Police Station in Patna. Police recovered images of important
landmarks of Patna from his mobile phone. One ADHAR card and a
bank passbook have been recovered from his possession.
The US said that it should come
as a shock to no one that terrorist groups would try to undermine
the Indo-Pak peace process by carrying out attacks, as it encouraged
the two countries to continue the dialogue. “It should come as
a shock to no one that terrorist groups will try to undermine
those sorts of efforts by conducting spectacular attacks, to sow
fear and to hopefully sow doubt in the minds of national leaders
towards a level of cooperation that can have a practical effect,”
State Department spokesman John Kirby stated.
A Police officer was injured during
stone-throwing clashes between protesters and SFs in Old City
area in Srinagar after Friday prayers. Dozens of masked youth,
waving flags of IS, assembled at Nowhatta outside Jama Masjid
post-Friday congregational prayers and started sloganeering. The
youths resorted to heavy stone-pelting on SFs deployed additionally
in the area, triggering violent stand-off between the two sides.
The Police fired scores of teargas shells, pepper grenades and
also used pellet gunfire against the protesters. During the clashes,
a Police officer identified as Suhail Ahmad was injured after
a stone hit his head. Several protesters were also injured due
to pellet gunfire during the ensuing clashes.
A tragedy was averted as SFs found
and defused an IED planted by suspected militants in Shopian District
of south Kashmir. Jawans of the 44 RR detected the IED fitted
in a five-kilogram gas cylinder lying by the roadside at Gulab
Taing in the Keller area of Shopian, a Police official said. A
bomb disposal squad was rushed to the spot and the explosive was
destroyed in nearby fields, they added.
Four CPI-Maoist cadres were killed
in an encounter with the DRG of Bijapur District in Chhattisgarh.
“A small team of the DRG Bijapur District, numbering about 50
men, had a successful encounter with the Maoists at village Pedda
Jojer under Gangaloor Police Station limits of Bijapur today morning.
The DRG team managed to recover dead bodies of four Maoists along
with four Bharmars (locally made guns), local grenades and Maoist
dump,” informed Bastar IGP S.R.P. Kalluri.
A Police Constable was injured
in an exchange of fire with Maoists in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh.
The encounter took place in the forests under Tongpal Police Station
limits when a joint team of DRG and STF was carrying out an anti-Maoist
operation in the region, said Sukma ASP Santosh Singh. While the
security team was cordoning off a forest axis at Kunna when a
group of armed Maoists opened fire on them following which a gun
battle broke out between the two sides, he added.
As many as 30 Maoists, including
a woman, surrendered before Police in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh.
Bastar SP R.N. Das said that these Maoists decided to return to
the mainstream as they were impressed by the rehabilitation policy
of the State Government. 19 cadres of Darbha division committee
and 11 cadres of East Bastar division surrendered before senior
The anti-CPI-Maoist operations
in Bihar are set to be augmented with the State Police planning
to purchase a chopper for the use of security personnel. ADGP,
(law and order), Alok Raj said that modalities for purchase of
the chopper were being finalised. He further said that "Technical
issues like recruitment of pilot, hangar, maintenance and budget
are being discussed before the purchase of the chopper. It will
be stationed at Gaya hangar. The helicopter will also be helpful
for Police personnel on law and order duty."
CPI-Maoist cadres have killed
a former Naib Sarpanch - Krishna Miniaka - in Kandho Tikarapada
village under Bandhugaon Police Station limits in Koraput District
of Odisha. He was killed on the suspicion of being a ‘police informer’.
In a letter written in Telugu, Srikakulam Koraput Divisional Committee
of the CPI-Maoist claimed responsibility for the killing. Sources
said about 20 armed Maoists entered the village and called Miniaka
out of his house.
Two hardcore militants of the
NSCN-K were arrested in Senapati District of Manipur. The militants
- identified as self-styled ‘Lieutenant’ Lamang Kipgen (36) of
Lilen village in Paren District of Nagaland and Seminlal Kipgen
(23) of Langjol village of Senapati District - were arrested along
with one 9 mm pistol and 5 rounds of ammunition from Daili village,
a defence press release said. On questioning, Kipgen confessed
that he was a top leader of NSCN-K and had joined the outfit in
1996, the release said. He was trained by the outfit and involved
in recruiting cadres, it added.
The AHRC stated that the enforcement
of the AFSPA has only been used so far to intimidate the local
population, which has lost confidence in their government. “Only
corrupt state officers, politicians and the omnipresent and armed
militant groups of Manipur will benefit from the impunity provided
by the AFSPA,” said a statement from the AHRC. The AFSPA, it said,
“should not be enforced in Manipur to support organized lawlessness
benefitting illegal drug and weapon smuggling cartels.” “Uncontrollable
insurgent activity in Manipur,” the AHRC opined, is the direct
result of “failed state administration.” Militancy also benefits
from the poor management of the international border between India
and Burma, it added. The AHRC, it stated, has documented cases
of police officers, government officers, and politicians sharing
illegal profits obtained from the black-marketing of essential
commodities in the state.
Police raided a house in Sunny
Hills in Tura town in West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya, and
arrested two suspected militants, identified as Changki A Sangma
and Briting A Sangma, both residents of Tebronggre village. Bothe
the arrestees were wanted for their involvement in the July 26,
2014 IED blast at Tebronggre near Rongram, targeting a Police
vehicle in which three Policemen had lost their lives. Changki
is believed to be the prime accused in the planting of the IED
device and Police had been on his lookout for over a year and
a half. He is also said to be the main suspect behind a string
of abduction and robbery cases along the Tebronggre-Dadenggre
Arunachal Pradesh Governor J.P.
Rajkhowa said in a four-page report to President Pranab Mukherjee
that three dissident MLAs had accused the former Chief Minister,
Nabam Tuki, of “engaging with the terrorist outfit, NSCN-K”.
The reports also said that the law and order situation in
the state has been deteriorating every day.
One cadre of the NSCN-R, identified
as ‘Sergeant Major’ Atoka Achumi was arrested from the Blue Hill
Area in Dimapur District for extorting money in the vicinity.
One .32 pistol with 5 live rounds was recovered from his possession,
the Police said.
SFs arrested suspected cadre of
NSCN-KK, identified as ‘major’ Temsuliba Jamir along with a .22
pistol with one live round from Rail Bazaar in Dimapur.
Union Defence Minister Manohar
Parrikar said the country has run out of its capacity to tolerate
acts of terror and that he, too, as the Defence Minister, can’t
tolerate it anymore. “The nation has run out of its capacity to
tolerate [acts of terror] and as a Defence Minister, I, too, have
run out of it. So we will do something about it, you’ll see,”
On the influence of Islamic State
(IS) in India, Parrikar said, “You get the records. Hundreds and
thousands of people in western countries have left for IS but
not much influence of IS is seen here.”
Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh
held a daylong review meeting with national intelligence and investigative
agencies and law enforcement officers of 12 states and Delhi to
discuss issues related to Islamic State (IS). Officials
from Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh,
Telangana, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam, Karnataka, Madhya
Pradesh, Delhi and Maharashtra attended the meeting, along with
officials of the UMHA.
Among issues discussed were misuse
of social media, sources of impetus that attract people, specially
youth, to the IS and growth of the outfit’s influence in India’s
neighbourhood. The best possible law enforcement response to tackle
the threat, the need for appropriate welfare schemes for minorities,
social media strategies required, and capacity building of state
police organisations, especially in the area of information technology
were also discussed.
According to a UMHA release, “In
his concluding remarks, the Union Home Minister stated that India’s
traditions and family values will triumph over even this evil,
and that while the traction that Daesh has got in India is extremely
limited, and almost insignificant relative to other countries,
yet there is a need to keep up vigil on all fronts, and not let
down our guard in any manner. He noted that a large number of
and, in fact, most Muslim organisations in India had come out
against both Daesh and other forms of terrorism.”
As per recent assessments, around
150 Indians are under surveillance of security agencies for engaging
with IS supporters on the internet. At last count, at least 23
Indians are believed to have travelled to Iraq and Syria and joined
the IS, some of them from the Indian diaspora in countries like
Australia, Singapore and UAE.
The BSF in association with West
Bengal Excise Department, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) have
begun destruction of poppy being cultivated close to the Indo-Bangladesh
border in Kaliachak area of Malda District. Kaliachak is considered
a major production centre for opium and a hub of cross-border
smuggling. While narcotics are trafficked across the border to
Bangladesh, FICN is received in return. This FICN is circulated
from Kaliachak to the rest of the country.
Indian Army lost 85 men who made
the supreme sacrifice during various counterinsurgency operations
and offensive tactical missions in 2015. Apart from other ranks,
five officers were also killed. "Last year, we lost 85 men
during various military operations of counterinsurgency, offensive
tactical missions, search and hunt operations," said Gargi
Malik, Spokesperson of Army's Central Command. These included
two colonels and one each officers of the rank of lieutenant colonel,
major and captain along with two subedars, six naib subedars,
15 havildars, one lance havildar, six naiks, 14 lance naiks and
36 other lower rank soldiers.
The UMHA approved one more battalion
for deployment along the IB exclusively in Jammu sector comprising
three districts of Jammu, Samba and Kathua to thwart possibility
of any infiltration attempt by the militants from Pakistan even
as the BSF has deployed its entire fleet of reserves on the borders.
The battalion comprised about 1000 troopers, who would be deployed
at sensitive points along the IB to further enhance the security
surveillance system in Jammu region, which was already on high
Police arrested a Maoist ‘zonal
commander’ along with huge cache of arms and ammunition during
a combing operation in Gaya District of Bihar. Acting on the tip-off,
Police and CRPF personnel conducted a combing operation in Gaya
District. Police had recovered an AK-56 rifle, 102 live cartridges
and other items from the arrested ‘zonal commander’.
An exchange of fire between the
Police and the Maoists was reported in Tapdole forest under Takaurgarh
Police Station limits in Angul District of Odisha.
A combined team of BSF and Lamlai
Police arrested one cadre of the KNF-N from Itham village in Imphal
East District. BSF sources said that a joint team of 49th battalion
BSF and Lamlai Police rushed to Itham village after getting information
of KNF-N cadres extorting money from the owners of sand quarries.
On seeing the SF personnel, one of the cadres suddenly opened
one round of fire in the air and tried to flee the area. However,
some villagers overpowered a cadre and caught him while four other
cadres managed to escape. The arrested cadre was later identified
as Kamminlun of Singsit Veng Kangpokpi in Senapati District. He
revealed that he came to the village from Kangpokpi with four
other cadres two days back. They also brought two AK-47 rifles
and one 9 mm pistol. Soon after his arrest, the combined team
conducted a search operation to arrest other cadres at the area.
During the course of the operation, the SFs recovered an AK-47
rifle along with a magazine loaded with 11 live rounds from near
a river at around 8 pm.
A GNLA cadre identified as Balmepa,
who was allegedly aiding armed GNLA militants in abduction and
extortion, was arrested from South Garo Hills District of Meghalaya.
Balmepa was a crucial link man for the GNLA and was being used
to identify wine shop owners and members of the business community
and pass on information to GNLA ‘commander’ Jimmy for extortion
and other threats, a Police official said. Balmepa would also
collect gelatine sticks from mine owners using threat and pass
these explosives on to the GNLA top ‘commanders’, the official
Assam Police and Army, in a joint
operation, arrested three militants of NDFB-IKS along with a huge
cache of arms in Baksa District. Acting on a tip off, Police launched
operation at Dolabari area under Barama Police Station in Baksa
District and arrested a cadre of the outfit, identified as Ranjit
Based on the confession of the
detained militant, a joint Police and Army team arrested NDFB-IKS
militants, Jimi Boro alias Dharmendra Boro from Panbari
in Kumarikata and Sansuma Boro from Bagajuli area of the District.
“A 7.65 pistol, one magazine, two live ammunition of 7.65 pistol,
ten bullets of 9mm pistol, three live grenades, a handmade gun
and ten extortion notes were found on them, “ said SDPO Tamulpur,
Asif Ahmed. Police sources also said the detained rebels were
involved in various subversive activities in BTAD.
A top Police official said with
30 to 35 cadres, the NDFB-IKS is still strong and active in lower
Assam. He said apart from the NDFB-IKS, various outfits like the
KLO, RVA, NSLA and the MPTFA are trying to gain a foothold and
strengthen their base in the area. He said SFs are continuing
counter operations against the groups.
ULFA is planning to include a
few additional points in its charter of demands already submitted
to the GoI, disclosed by the ‘general secretary’ of the outfit,
Anup Chetia. Chetia, who was brought back to Assam recently from
the protective custody of Bangladesh, said that he would participate
in the next round of talks between the outfit and the GoI. However,
the dates for the next round of talks are yet to be announced.
He said a meeting of the ULFA was held in Jagiroad on January
9 where the progress of the peace process was discussed.
He said that as the people of
the State have raised a few questions on the charter of demands
submitted to the Government by the ULFA, a few additional points
may be added. However, he said that as a charter of demands has
already been submitted to the Government, “we will have to request
the Government to allow us to add the new points in the charter
of demands.” The issue will soon be discussed with the Centre’s
interlocutor for talks, PC Haldar.
The three Bodo groups, ABSU, PJACBM
and NDFB-P demanded a "solution" to the Bodoland issue
and not false promises. Leaders of these groups said they would
convey this message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his
maiden visit to Kokrajhar on January 19. The three Bodo groups,
which have been jointly working for the community since 2013,
appealed to Modi to "announce a clear-cut policy on creation
of Bodoland" as promised in the manifesto of 2014 Lok Sabha
polls by the BJP. "People in (proposed) Bodoland are eagerly
awaiting a prudent decision," said ABSU president Pramod
Cachar Police arrested nine persons,
including a woman from different places midnight for being allegedly
involved in abductions and extortion in Barak valley in Assam.
The nine arrested persons were identified as Bapan Mazumder (31),
Akhtar Hussain Laskar (35), Imran Hussain Raj Barbhuiya (27),
Shammim Choudhury (22), Santo Roy alias Shaymal Sarkar
(22), and his wife Mahi Deb (20), Moinul Haque Barbhuiya (30),
and Abdur Rahman Tapadar (22), including Tiklu (28). Cachar Superintendent
of Police (SP) Rajveer Singh said that the gang used Mahi to lure
men and then abduct them. The racket was busted after the Police
started an investigation into the abduction of college student
Sohail Ahmed Laskar of Saidpur village of Cachar District.
A self-styled ‘zonal Commander’
of the PLFI identified as Baidhyanath Yadav alias Sudhirji
was arrested by the Police from Kasmar village under Panki area
in Palamau District of Jharkhand. DySP Prabhat Ranjan Burward
said that six country-made rifles of .315 bore, 62 rounds live
cartridges, 18 letter pads of the organisation, 20 receipts, a
diary containing name and number of prominent persons, three mobile
phones and a sim, among others were seized from his possession.
A CPI-Maoist ‘commander’ carrying
reward of INR 1.2 million on his head, surrendered before the
Gadchiroli District Police in Maharashtra along with his wife
and another woman cadre. Each of the women Maoists, wanted for
their alleged role in various encounters with the police, carried
reward of INR 200,000 on their heads. “Baburao Pesu Devu Wachami,
the platoon commander of ’Chamorshi Dalam’ (armed squad), was
allegedly involved in four serious offences including three encounters
with police and a bomb blast,” the Police stated in a press release.
Wachami’s wife Payki Girija Madika Barse, working for ‘Sitapur
Dalam’, also laid down arms.
A combined team of Police and
AR personnel recovered a huge cache of ammunition from a forest
at Sagolmang Pukhao area in Imphal East District. Police said
300 rounds of M-16 rifles, 44 rounds of AK-47 rifles, two detonators
and two local-made magazines were found wrapped in a big polythene
bag. It was yet to be known which individual, group or militant
outfit kept the ammunition there and for what purpose.
UNC called a 48-hour general strike
in tribal areas of Manipur from January 24 seeking intervention
of the GoI with regard to certain issues while Churachandpur-based
JAC constituted against the ‘anti-tribal’ Bills has also called
for boycotting the upcoming Republic Day celebration in tribal
areas in the State.
In a press release, the UNC has
decried the indifferent attitude shown by GoI towards the bodies
of the nine tribal martyrs still lying at the morgue of Churachandpur
civil hospital after they were killed in Police action while defending
the inalienable rights of the tribal people in the aftermath of
the passage of the three alleged anti-tribal Bills on August 31,
2015. Alleging that the State Government has grabbed tribal lands
by carving out hundreds of hill tribal villages and placing them
into four valley Districts of Imphal in the name of re-organisation
of Police District boundaries, UNC demanded that such orders should
be immediately revoked and hill tribal villages placed back in
hill Districts. UNC shall abstain from Republic Day celebration
this year in protest against the role of fence-sitter taken by
Government of India inspite of chaos, disorder, political suppression,
etc., in the hill Districts of Manipur, said the UNC statement.
One unidentified militant was
shot dead by Shallang Police during an encounter with a group
of ANLA militants in Shallang area in West Khasi Hills District
of Meghalaya. Shallang Police raided a hideout of ANLA militants
who were taking shelter with their leader identified as Marbaniang
at Nongaldro village under Shallang Police Station. The raid was
launched to arrest the militants who opened fire as soon as they
spotted the approaching Police party. After the exchange of fire
the militants led by Marbaniang fled taking advantage of the surrounding
thick jungles. After the encounter, Police recovered the body
of a suspected militant with a shotgun from the hideout of the
The whereabouts of the seven traders
from Assam who were abducted by suspected militants from North
Garo Hills District of Meghalaya remained unknown even as SFs
have launched an operation to rescue them. It may be mentioned
that the seven traders (Tustu Paul, Manoranjan Sarkar, Putul Mukherjee,
Piyush Biswas, Pradip Das, Bijoy Sarkar and Ganesh Basu) were
abducted on January 15, afternoon after returning from Dokhongsi
weekly market in Kharkutta region of North Garo Hills.
SFs arrested a NSLA militant,
identified as Robvan Hembram (22) from Serfanguri in Kokrajhar
The NIA, which is probing terror
attack on Pathankot airbase, arrested a Kerala man Dineshan alias
Riyaz Rasheed from Punjab after it found that he had made calls
to Pakistan. The agency had pinned him down after verifying the
call list. Dineshan failed to give a reasonable answer as to why
he had settled in a remote village called Musafar near Pathankot.
He told investigators that he called one of his old colleagues
from Saudi Arabia now settled in Pakistan.
Police arrested a RPC member Nupa
Lakka during a vehicle checking drive at Edire Colony in Venkatapuram mandal in
Bhadrachalam sub-division Khammam District of Telangana. Lakka
was allegedly involved in six cases, including one murder case
and one incident of exchange of fire with Police under the Venkatapuram
Police arrested one more person
belonging to the gang allegedly involved in abductions and extortion
in Barak valley in Assam, identified as Tiklu Mazumder. "Around
14 to 15 people are involved in the racket. We have arrested 10.
We have continued our hunt for those who have been running abduction
rackets here for the past four to five years," SP Rajveer
Two men, suspected to have links
with al Qaeda have been arrested from Haryana's Mewat District
in a joint operation by Delhi Police and a central intelligence
agency, Mewat Police said. The suspected terrorists have been
identified as Mohamad Qasim and Abdul Sami, residents of Jamshedpur
District in Jharkhand, the latter believed to be a key operative
of the banned terror outfit, who allegedly received arms training
in Pakistan. Qasim and Sami had reached Punhana sub-town in Mewat
District two days ago and were residing in a mosque situated on
Punhana Hodal Road, Punhan Police said.
The arrest of two took the total
number of suspected AQIS militants arrested in India in the last
one month to six. The other four suspected AQIS operatives included
the terror outfit’s India chief Mohammad Asif, madrassa
teacher Abdur Rehman, fund raiser-cum-recruiter Zafar Masood and
former imam of Bengaluru’s Masjid-e-Noorani, Maulana Syed Anzar
Shah. The four arrests have been made from Delhi, Cuttack in Odisha,
Bengaluru in Karnataka, and Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh, the Police
The BSF arrested two persons and
seized a pistol and bullets near Petrapole in North 24-Parganas
District. Two have been arrested by the on charges of carrying
the illegal weapon with the intention to smuggle it to Bangladesh.
Their vehicle was stopped and a search revealed a plastic bag
with a country-made 9 mm pistol, a magazine and eight rounds of
ammunition. The two men were also were also carrying three mobile
Intelligence officers of the BSF
and Malda Police arrested a man, Enarul Islam, considered to be
one of the key figures in the FICN smuggling ring that thrives
across the India-Bangladesh border, along with FICN amounting
to INR 8,00,000. Police cornered the accused, a Bangladeshi citizen,
in the Baburhat area in the Malda District of West Bengal. The
arrest took place under the Kaliachak Police Station jurisdiction.
IB intercepted of a Bangladeshi
mobile number with coded phrase, — "doctor medicine lekar
jayega" —on a telecom gateway. Gateway alerts Indian authorities
of all incoming calls from Pakistan and Bangladesh based on a
specific area or series of numbers. The alert, sent to all state
Police chiefs on January 18, says that Bangladesh-based Islamist
group HuT is planning to carry out terror strikes at 23 locations
across India, including Gurdaspur and Pathankot. "The group
is planning bomb and suicide attacks on January 23," it reads.
"In view of this, the field staff must be sensitized to take
all necessary preventive and precautionary measures including
review and strengthening of security of Army, Air Force, BSF and
other vital installations."
It adds that this time malls,
markets and educational institutes could be on the group's radar.
According to the alert, HuT, which has a significant presence
in Pakistan and Bangladesh, is planning these strikes with assistance
from JeM and LeT. The alert hints at growing strength of HuT's
armed wing called Harakat ul-Muhojirinfi Britaniya that trains
its cadres in chemical, bacteriological, and biological warfare.
Punjab Police officers are taking
this alert seriously for multiple reasons. For starters, it gives
specific details. Also officials had recently found a GPS device
outside the barracks of the RPF office in Ferozepur — another
district of Punjab that shares a border with Pakistan — which
had Bangladesh time pre-fed in it. Bangladesh time is half an
hour ahead of India. The device has sent to Forensic Science Laboratory,
Police arrested an OGW of Al-Badar
militant outfit in Handwara area in Kupwara District. A Police
spokesman said acting on tip off about the movement of ANEs in
the area, Police along with 27 RR of Army laid a Naka at Sagipora
Crossing. During checking one suspect who tried to hide himself
and give slip to the Naka party was arrested and later identified
as Bashir Ahmad Dar resident of Pohru Peth: One Chinese
pistol along with ammunition was recovered from his possession.
A CPI-Maoist ‘commander’ carrying
a reward of INR 100,000 on his head was killed in an encounter
with Police in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The 'black uniform-clad'
Maoist ‘commander’, identified as Kartam Deva, was killed in the
encounter that took place in the forest near Burumapad village,
SP D Shravan said. Later, during a search of the spot, Police
recovered the body of the Maoist ‘commander’. Four loaded guns,
detonator and other material were recovered from the spot. The
horns and skin of a deer were also seized from the place, the
Two Maoist cadres identified as
Mangel (48) and Mura (21) were arrested from Kanker and Sukma
Districts of Chhattisgarh, respectively. During interrogation,
Mangel said that he was a former member of Barda and Kiskodo Dalam.
SF personnel exchanged heavy gunfire
with the 'dasta' (firing squad) of CPI-Maoist ‘commander’ Arvind
at Budha Pahad under Garu Police Station in Latehar District of
Jharkhand. After the firing stopped, Police carried out a search
operation and found a Maoist camp. Four landmines, 500 metres
of wire, nine detonators, one small Honda generator, 19 blankets,
Maoist literature, kitchen utensils, medicines and also tent materials
were recovered from the encounter site.
A joint team of District Police
and CRPF personnel arrested the CPI-Maoist’s Wajedu LOS ‘commander’
Kanithi Papa Rao alias Vijay, carrying a reward
of INR 400,000 on his head, during a search operation in the forests
surrounding Alubaka area in Venkatapuram mandal in
Khammam District of Telangana. “Papa Rao was involved in as many
as 58 cases, including 12 murder cases and eight incidents of
exchange of fire with the police under Venkatapuram circle limits
in the district,” Bhadrachalam ASP R. Bhaskaran said. He had gone
underground in 2004. Since then, he worked as a squad member in
Sabari Area Committee, Chintoor LOS, Venkatapuram Area Committee
and Charla LOS before being elevated to the position of commander
of Wajedu LOS.
Ten days after the killing of
four CPI-Maoist cadres on January 8 during an encounter with Police
at Bandh Goryea forest under Dhibra Police Station limits in Aurangabad
District of Bihar, Maoists pasted pamphlets in Deo and Dhibra
localities threatening to take revenge of the killings of their
colleagues in the encounter. Some of the pamphlets were pasted
at small culverts in aforesaid localities. The pamphlets carried
the message, "Char ka badla chalis se lenge, Operation
Green Hunt band karo, comrade Bihari Yadav, Ratan Yadav, Devki
Bhuiyan and Birendra Singh ko sat sat salaam."
Representatives of six ethnic
communities of Assam met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Lokapriya
Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati to discuss
the issue of granting ST status. Leaders of the communities said
the meeting, which lasted for about 15 minutes, failed to get
a timeframe on granting ST status. “The Prime Minister only told
us that his office is seriously considering the issue. We do not
know when the status will be granted,” said AKRSU president Hitesh
Barman. The six communities demanding ST status are Tai Ahoms,
Koch Rajbongshis, Morans, Motocks, adivasis and Soteas.
A GNLA cadre, identified as Chibok
Ch Marak, who was reportedly part of the group behind the Williamnagar
market blast on January 9, was shot dead by Police during a raid
on a hideout at Bangongre village in East Garo Hills District
of Meghalaya. East Garo Hills Police raided the hideout of GNLA
‘action commander’ Jimmy (Ajan) Momin leading to a ten-minute-long
gun battle during which Chibok Ch Marak was shot dead while four
to five of his accomplices escaped. “We recovered a GNLA identity
card from the body of the deceased. He belonged to the 6th batch
of recruits of the outfit as per his identity card,” said the
District Police chief Davis Nestell R Marak. Police also recovered
a pistol with four live ammo, gelatine sticks, other explosive
materials and GNLA letter pads from the site.
Blaming Assam militant groups
like the ULFA and NDFB for the recent spurt in militant activities
in Garo Hills, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma sought the
immediate redeployment of six companies of paramilitary forces
in the region to quell the disturbance. Sangma, who called on
UHM Rajnath Singh in New Delhi, pointed out that the six companies
of central forces were withdrawn from Garo Hills during the unrest
in Assam last year. He added that the State has been constantly
demanding the deployment of additional 18 companies of central
paramilitary forces to deal with the sensitive region. The UHM,
meanwhile, assured Meghalaya that the Centre will provide all
assistance to it to tackle terrorism, official sources said. The
Centre is considering Meghalaya’s appeal for more central paramilitary
forces, Singh told the Meghalaya Chief Minister.
Acting on a tipoff about extortion
by armed cadres in New Market Dimapur area, 32 AR personnel arrested
two cadres of the NSCN-R along with extortion slips, arms and
ammunition. According to a press release by AR, the arrested cadres
have been identified as ‘captain’ Mughaito Chopi and ‘captain’
Kimiyeto Sumi, who AR said on December 29, 2015 defected from
NSCN-K to NSCN-R. Both the cadres are resident of Satakha village
under Zunheboto District of Nagaland and were arrested with one
9 mm pistol and one .32 country made pistol along with 14 live
rounds of 9 mm and 42 live rounds of .32. The cadres were also
in possession of 44 extortion slips which were used to “place
demands for extortion money” and approximate INR 60,000 in cash.
The arrested cadres were handed over to Dimapur West Police Station
along with the recovered arms and ammunition, informed AR.
Acting on a tip off that terrorists
are planning to target the ongoing Ardh Kumbh Mela in Haridwar,
the Special Cell of Delhi Police in a joint operation with a central
intelligence agency arrested four suspected terrorists for their
suspected links with Islamic State (IS) from different areas in
Uttarakhand. While one person, identified as Akhlaq ur-Rehman,
who is said to be associated with an international terror group,
was arrested from Roorkee, the remaining three, Mohammed Osama,
Mohammed Azim Shah and Mehroz were arrested from Mangalaur area
near Dehradun. Akhlaq will be brought to Delhi on January 20 where
Police will produce him before a court. He is said to be associated
with an international terror group.
Police said that they are interrogating
the three friends of Akhlaq to establish further links and are
also conducting search operations throughout Uttarakhand. The
suspects are believed to have been planning an attack at the ongoing
Ardh Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, a police source said.
Police claimed to have arrested
a person, identified as Akashdeep, along with FICNs worth INR
32,800 from Rampura village of Bhatinda District in Punjab. SSP
Swapan Sharma said during the interrogation, the accused said
he had got these fake currency notes a few months ago from his
relative Anil Kumar, a resident of Zirakpur, who is lodged in
a Patiala jail.
Kerala Police started a special
drive to collect information about all missing persons following
the arrest of a man Dineshan alias Riyaz Rasheed from the
Punjab, who went missing from north Kerala’s Wayanad, in connection
with the terror attack on Pathankot airbase. “An NIA team had
visited the district two days ago and questioned some of his relatives,”
Wayanad superintendent of police MK Pushkaran said. Dineshan’s
relatives told the NIA that he had left home 16 years ago and
was incommunicado all these years. The state police had booked
him in 2000 after he was involved in a hooch smuggling case. He
jumped bail, slipped to Saudi Arabia and later converted to Islam
and changed his named, police said. The arrest of Dineshan has
forced Kerala Police to start looking at the list of the missing
persons in detail.
Two of the six terrorists killed
by SFs at the Pathankot airbase could have been "insiders",
top officials of the NIA said. The forensic report due next week,
examination of call logs of phones recovered from the attack sites
in the airbase and a close scrutiny of personnel at the air force
station will help determine the identity of the "insiders",
NIA officials said. NIA officials said the possibility that two
of those killed could be insiders is strengthened by the recovery
of only four AK-47 guns. These were used by four JeM terrorists.
The black corner notice to be issued by Interpol is also against
only four suspects killed by Indian forces. NIA officials added
that to establish the identity of the two insiders they were looking
at all personnel present at the airbase, as well as locals. There
were around 3,500 people, including family members of those employed,
at the Pathankot airbase during the attack.
NIA has collected these samples
from the debris of the airbase building that was blasted to kill
two suspected terrorists. The agency also established that the
four militants entered the airbase on the morning of January 1
by scaling the 11 feet wall and cutting the concertina wire. Investigators
say the JeM terrorists had booby-trapped the part of the airbase
they were hiding in. The call by one of the terrorists to his
mother in Pakistan was made from inside the airbase.
NIA officials also said the four
terrorists inside the airbase may have panicked after the Indian
Air Force conducted an aerial survey following an alert from Punjab
Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh.
NIA has approached Interpol to
trace Dawood Ibrahim's close aide Javed Patel alias Javed
Chikna in Pakistan, arrest him and hand him over to India. It
got Interpol to issue a Red Corner Notice against Chikna, with
his latest photograph, and another D Company member based in South
Africa - Zahid Miyan Sheikh alias 'Jao', in its probe into
the conspiracy to attack political leaders last year, said a source.
Chikna is among the list of 48 most wanted criminals including
Hafiz Saeed, Dawood Ibrahim etc shared with Pakistan and whose
arrest India has sought several times in the past.
Around 2-3 militants of HM were
trapped in a village in Pulwama District, after they were surrounded
by SFs leading to an exchange of fire. Acting on specific information
about the presence of 2-3 militants including HM ‘commander’ at
Naina village, Army’s 55 RR, 183 CRPF and SOG cordoned off the
village. As the SFs intensified the searches and fired few shots,
militants hiding in the area fired indiscriminately at the SFs
and tried to break the cordon and run away. Reports said that
two HM militants Latif Ahmad Dar and Shakir are trapped inside.
SFs recovered a pressure cooker
IED from village Salhutri in Poonch District.
A Maoist cadre was killed in an
encounter with the SFs in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. When
the 204 battalion of CRPF reached Hirma para village of the District
during a patrol, the Maoists opened indiscriminate fire at them.
The SFs opened retaliatory fire in which one Maoist cadre was
killed, Police said.
A woman CPI-Maoist ‘commander’
identified as Zareena was killed in an encounter with SFs personnel
at Bayanar village under Bedre Police Station limits in Bijapur
District of Chhattisgarh. “An encounter took place between the
Police and the Maoists between 12 to 12.45 pm today near Bayanar
forest of Bijapur District. A woman Maoist commander was killed
during the encounter and one 12-bore rifle, one locally made gun
and heavy Maoist dump was recovered from the spot of the encounter,”
said a statement issued by the Police.
Eight Maoists surrendered before
the Police in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. The surrendered
Maoists include two women.
The Bastar Police sent an IAF
chopper to Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh, to bring an injured
Maoist to Jagadalpur District headquarters for treatment. “A chopper
was sent to Bijapur today to bring Linga Sori, a Maoist who was
injured and arrested during Pedia encounter on January 18, for
better medical treatment. He will be admitted to Mecoz hospital
in Jagadalpur. This gesture from the Police will shut the mouths
of those so-called Human Rights activists who term the Police-Maoist
encounters as fake and at times call the Maoists as innocents,”
said Bastar District SP R.N. Das in a statement.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested
with arms and ammunitions in a joint operation by CRPF troopers
and District Police in Aurangabad District of Bihar. Aurangabad
SP Babu Ram said, "The Maoists, identified as Awadhesh Yadav,
Sanjay Yadav and Dukhi Singh Bhokta, were involved in several
cases of Naxal violence and extortion. Two country-made pistols
and six live cartridges were recovered from their possession,"
and added raids were being carried out at several places to arrest
other Maoists in the District.
Based on specific intelligence
inputs, AR launched a cordon search operation in General area
of Ngoiting in Arunachal Pradesh and arrested a dreaded ‘area
commander’ of NSCN-IM, identified as ‘self style lieutenant’ Tenyang
Kungkho alias Saka Tutsa. Tenyang Kungkho has been involved
in extensive extortion and was arrested from his residence along
with a Chinese made 9mm loaded pistol with 3 round of ammunition,
one .2 Bore Barrel gun including 6 cartridges and other incriminating
articles like Village Tax collection slips. According to report,
his arrest is a big blow to NSCN-IM operation in upper Assam and
One woman, identified as Asma
Kahtun of South Salmara-Mancachar in Dhubri District in Assam
lodged a FIR after she was allegedly threatened by a GNLA militant
over phone, demanding INR 10 lakh.
The ABSU, NDFB-P and the PJACBM
demanded early permanent solution to the Bodoland issue and constitutional
safeguard and political rights to the Bodo people. (Assam)
Karbi Anglong Police arrested
five militants, including ‘commander-in-chief’ of UKPLA, identified
as Roben Phangcho, from the Dolamara area of Diphu in Karbi Anglong
District in Assam.
One of the seven abducted Assam
traders who were taken hostage by armed Garo militants from a
weekly market in Kharkutta region of North Garo Hills managed
to escape from his abductors after Police from neighbouring East
Garo Hills District raided the hideout of the gang in Gabil Ading
village. Trader, Tustu Mohan Paul (50) of Daranggre Darapara village
in Goalpara in Assam took the opportunity to make a run after
a SWAT team from East Garo Hills raided the village where the
gang was keeping their seven victims.
Police identified the group behind
the abduction as a group of criminals headed by a former UALA
militant, identified as Rex Miller R Sangma. Based on the inputs
provided by the escaped trader, Police are aware that the group
comprises of five persons having in their possession one AK rifle,
a SBBL shot gun and a pistol.
AR arrested a militant of NSCN-IM,
identified as ‘second lieutenant’ Isak Khiamniungan along with
one .22 Rifle with magazine and one mobile phone (Nokia) from
7th Mile, Chumukedima in Dimapur District. Claiming that
the arrested cadre is likely to be involved in “arms peddling
activities” in the area, the AR maintained that his action was
in contravention to the Ceasefire Ground Rules.
The BSF shot dead one infiltrator
in Indo-Pakistan border in Sehjra bulge area in Pathankot, while
two others escaped, they the trio attempted to cross the border
from Pakistani side. The body of the person shot dead is
on the Pakistan side of the border. The report says that the three
infiltrators had tried to enter into India by taking advantage
of the fog. There are constant efforts by being made to sent infiltrators
into India during foggy weather conditions. The BSF has
increased the security at the border. In Punjab, road blocks have
been kept to prevent infiltration attempts.
A Special NIA Court jailed 21
people who were found guilty in a case of seizure of weapons from
an arms training centre of PFI at Narath in Kannur District of
Kerala in April 2013. While convict Abdul Aziz was awarded seven
years jail term, the rest 20 were sentenced to five years imprisonment
each by NIA Special Judge S Santhosh Kumar. The court, which found
them guilty under various sections of IPC, UAPA, Arms Act and
Explosives Act, also imposed a fine of INR 5000 each on the convicts.
In default, they will have to undergo jail term for six months
more. The court acquitted Kamaruddin as the charges against him
could not be proved.
Suspected IM operative Afzal Usmani
was convicted in Mazgaon Court of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and sent
to five years in prison, two-and-a-half years after he ran away
from the City Civil and Sessions Court, escaping a heavy police
cordon. Judge S L Bangar of the Mazgaon court awarded Usmani two
years’ sentence for obstructing arrest, forgery, and using a forged
document as genuine, three years’ term for cheating for impersonation,
and cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property, and
five years in jail for forgery for the purpose of cheating. In
addition, the court slapped fines of INR 31,000 on him.
Usmani, who was arrested by the
Maharashtra ATS for his role in the 2008 serial bomb blasts in
Ahmedabad, escaped from the high-security MCOCA Court on September
20, 2013, from a cordon of Navi Mumbai Police officers.
HM ‘chief’ Syed Salahuddin has
taken responsibility for the Pathankot attack (January 2), calling
it “a continuation of their activity, targeting Indian military
installations”. He has also criticised Pakistan Prime Minister
Nawaz Sharif’s “Kashmir policy”. These comments are part of an
interview to an Urdu news portal, Wajood, based in Pakistan.
The militant commander is also the head of the UJC, an amalgam
of militant outfits operating in Kashmir, a spokesman for which
had called a news agency in Srinagar to claim responsibility for
the Pathankot attack.
IB officials have found banter
on the internet suggesting that AuT, IM breakaway faction is attempting
to carry out strikes in India. Earlier, in the month of August
2014, AuT pledged support to the Islamic State (IS) and promised
to recruit at least 300 Indians. IB officials have been on the
trail of the Sultan Armar’s (dead AuT ‘chief’) brothers since
the past year in Nawayat Colony of Bhatkal (Karnataka). Sultan
and his brother Shafi operated handles on Twitter such
as @Sult, @Mulla, @Moulana, @Nakhwa, @Pandit, @Shekhu, @Sheikh-Ul-Hadees
and @Pujari. The brothers, who are residents of Haji Manzil, Nawayat
Colony, Bhatkal, had ventured into the Indian Mujahideen at first
at the behest of Yasin Bhatkal.
However, they broke away from
the IM on the pretext that they did not want to be stooges of
the ISI. In the IS they found a radical school of thought that
felt that it was only this outfit which could set up an Islamic
Caliphate while the rest were only playing into the hands of the
Intelligence agencies in Pakistan.
It is reported that like his brother,
Shafi operates several accounts online especially on Facebook.
There is material that is posted online and under different ids,
he scrutinizes the kind of messages that come in. In his recent
recruitment of a bunch of youth from Rajasthan, he was said to
have interviewed them online and only after being very sure did
he go about the recruitment.
Aiming to turn nondescript match-sticks
lethal, the four persons, arrested in Uttarakhand for their suspected
links with Islamic State (IS), were allegedly collecting match
boxes to make bombs with the explosives attached with the head
of the sticks. The suspects - Akhlaq ur-Rehman, Mohammed Osama,
Mohammed Azim Shah and Mehroz - were under the radar of security
agencies after their suspicious online activities were detected
about a few months ago.
The youths used to regularly visit
IS-supported websites, Facebook group and were in regular
touch with some supporters of the terror group through WhatsApp,
government officials said. The suspects were in touch with motivators
supposedly located in IS territory in Iraq-Syria, resulting in
their coming under the surveillance of security agencies."The
youths were arrested only when they were about to launch terror
strike," an official said.. They were allegedly in contact
with a former IM operative who later went for training in Syria
and is believed to be a key member of AuT which has pledged allegiance
A high alert has been sounded
in Madhya Pradesh after a suspected terrorist, Syed Ahmed in custody
escaped by jumping off a moving train near Itarsi railway station
in Hoshangabad District. "Syed Ahmed had been arrested in
Vellore in Tamil Nadu from where he was being taken on Raptisagar
Express on a court warrant to Lucknow [Uttar Pradesh]. He managed
to jump off the train when it was running slow near the Itarsi
station," Hoshangabad Superintendent of Police Ashutosh Pratap
Singh said. Ahmad had threatened to blow up a number of places,
including a 'dargah' (Sufi shrine) in Lucknow, and had a number
of cases registered against him in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh,
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar
spoke out about the recent terror attack on the Pathankot air
base in Punjab, and said the Ministry of Defence has formed a
committee to look into security preparedness of important defence
installations. "Security measures that we take are not to
be discussed in the open. We are doing what is needed. Special
team is being formed to visit various posts and interact with
the officers," Parrikar said.
Security agencies have intensified
their search for the absconding accused in various terror-related
cases registered in Kerala. The move assumes significance in the
backdrop of the recent terror attack on the Pathankot Air Force
base and the arrest of Mananthavady native Dinesh alias
Riyas in connection with the incident. Dinesh had been on the
run after a court in Wayanad declared him wanted. The search for
at least six accused in major cases is being carried out by the
NIA. "We had arrested six accused in various cases in 2015,
while two surrendered before court. We are now on the lookout
for the other absconding accused," said an NIA source.
SFs shot dead a HM militant, identified
as Shariq Ahmad Bhat, in an encounter at Naina village in Pulwama
District. Bhat was a resident of Brow Bandana village
of Awantipora in Awantipora District. One AK 47 rifle
and “some other war like stores” were recovered from the encounter
site. Reports said that two other militants managed to escape
from the security cordon.
Following the encounter on January
19, protesters pelted stones on SFs and they fired dozens of teargas
shells. As the clashes turned intense, the SFs allegedly opened
fire on protesters, leaving three injured. One of the inured,
identified as Parvaiz Ahmed Guroo resident of Naina, succumbed
to his injuries. Soon after the news about the death of a civilian
reached Naina and its adjoining areas, hundreds of people took
to streets and held protests. Protesters clashed with SFs at multiple
places and also set ablaze an armoured vehicle of police – Rakshak
– on fire at Naina. During clashes four civilians sustained injuries
while a police official said 17 SF personnel were also injured.
Police arrested 20-year old Gazi
Fayaz Dar from Kundlan village in Shopian District. An AK47
rifles as well as 90 bullets were recovered from him. This was
one of the four AK47 rifles that Constable Shakoor had fled with
from SDPO office in Bijbehara in Anantnag District. Constable
Shakoor Ahmad and another youth Aqib Bashir are absconding since
The State Government will have
either to carry out further amendment in J&K Panchayati Raj
Act or constitute State Election Commission well before February
2016 ending to ensure timely elections to Panchayats otherwise
these grass root level democratic institutions in rural parts
of the State will meet the fate as that of Urban Local Bodies
whose elections have not been held during the past several years.
This has become imperative in view of the legal complications,
which restrict the CEO of J&K from starting any sort of exercise
for Panchayat elections, which will become due
in May-June 2016. CEO of the J&K, Shantmanu said, “We are
ready with the Master Electoral Roll after completion of Summary
Revision exercise but we cannot go ahead with segregation of rural
voters for Panchayat elections because at present we don’t have
the mandate for the same as per the provisions of the Panchayati
Raj (Amendment) Act, 2011”.
Four persons, identified as Ghanshyam
Mehta, Mukesh Kumar, Pankaj Mehta and Neeraj Thakur, were arrested
with explosives by the SFs from Ichak area in Hazaribagh District
The CPI-Maoist in Maharashtra
has issued a ‘hit list’ of 37 persons who they vow to eliminate
in 2016. The Maoists have roped in units of ‘Company-10’, trained
to kill with precision, from Chhattisgarh to execute the plan.
Contrary to the Maharashtra government’s recent claim that LWE
is on the wane, the State faces a renewed red cadre that has vowed
to eliminate 37 senior Police officers and informants in 2016.
“This [the latest hit list] is a matter of serious concern for
the State, even as inputs show new strategies are being adopted
to attract youth with fresh vigour,” an intelligence note in possession
of The Hindu reads.
Diliip Uikey alias Guha,
a top CPI-Maoist leader who was active in three states for nearly
two decades and named in more than 200 cases, including 19 murders
in Balaghat District of MP, will be questioned by the Maharashtra
and Chhattisgarh Police, officials said on January 20. Guha, who
hails from Matte village in Balaghat District, was arrested from
the jungles in Songudda in Balaghat by the MP Police in May, 2015.
He carried a total of INR 3.5 million cash reward on his head.
According to Police, Guha was a member of the Malajkhand dalam in
the mid-1990s and later became the ‘deputy commander’ of a special
guerilla squad before becoming the ‘divisional commander’ of Gadchiroli-Balaghat-Gondia
committee of CPI-Maoist in 2008.
Based on a specific intelligence
regarding the movement of militants, the troops of the 45 AR established
a vehicle check post in Yurabung area in Imphal East District
of Manipur and arrested one UNLF cadre. The arrestee has been
identified as No 1810, Self-Styled Private, Raghu alias Thomas,
resident of Khajiri in Nambol in Bishnupur District and he has
been handed over to Lamlai Police Station.
Troops of 16 AR on frisking and
checking duty along the Imphal-Ukhrul road, arrested a woman with
explosive materials, who was travelling in an Ukhrul-bound passenger
vehicles originating from Imphal in Manipur. The items seized
from the women include nine detonators, three packets of highly
explosive weighing 125 grams each and three fuses. The items were
found in a bag carried by the woman identified as Puprangla Hungyo
(53) wife of (L) Ajoy Hungyo of Sorde Village of Ukhrul District.
The woman along with the devices has been handed over to Lamlai
Police Station of Imphal East, an official report said.
Tension gripped Itham village
in Imphal East District in Manipur after KNF-N allegedly threatened
the villagers to kill them if any of them enter the neighbouring
Kuki village. The threat came after the arrest of a KNF-N cadre
by BSF on January 16. Itham is an interior village of Imphal East
District surrounded by Naga and Kuki villages. Speaking to reporters
at the village, Itham Naharol Yaipha Thourang Lup secretary T
Somorjit said that Kuki militants have been constantly harassing
the transporters and workers engaged in quarry works in the village.
A joint team of Barpathar Police
and SFs arrested three KPLT cadres at Bokajan in East Karbi Anglong
District in Assam. Acting on a tip-off, the joint team conducted
a search operation at Majung Teron Gaon under Barpathar Police
Station and arrested one cadre, identified as Winson Teron (26)
along with a muzzle loaded rifle, a .22 pistol with three live
ammunition and three live ammunition of AK-47 rifle in his possession.
The arrested cadre was later interrogated
and based on his information, the joint team conducted another
raid in the Bonarea locality and successfully arrested two other
cadres, identified as Biren Engti (26) and Amus Ingti (45), thereby
recovering a .22 pistol with two live ammunition from their possession.
Two persons, identified as Naren
Chouhan and Mohan Turi were arrested for allegedly trying to extort
money from a business-man in Jorhat District of Assam.
Police arrested a wanted NDFB-IKS
militant, identified as the ‘self-styled platoon commander’ Lwithwi
Brahma alias Lafa from his hideout in Dolaigaon under Dhaligaon
Police Station in Bongaigaon District of Assam.
The remaining six traders, who
were under the custody of suspected UALA militants, were released
by the abductors, under pressure from the SFs and the public.
The six traders, Manoranjan Sarkar, Putul Mukherji, Piyush Biswas,
Pradip Das, Bijoy Sarkar and Ganesh Basu were released without
paying any ransom, Police sources said. Earlier on January 19,
one of the of the seven abducted Assam traders, identified as
Tustu Mohan Paul of Daranggre Darapara village in Goalpara in
Assam, who was taken hostage by the militants while returning
from a weekly market in Kharkutta region of North Garo Hills,
escaped from their captivity following a raid by the Police.
In the aftermath of the spate
of surrenders by militants belonging to various outfits, the North
Garo Hills District Police provided counselling to 10 surrendered
cadres at Mendipathar Police Station recently. The cadres belong
to GNLA, AMEF, ANLA and UGSF. “We wanted to infuse in them that
they should abide by law and cooperate with police in minimizing
insurgent activities in Garo Hills”, said Ramesh Singh, SP of
North Garo Hills District.
NSCN-IM and Government of India
decided to speed up the peace process by holding ‘formal talks’
twice a week. This decision was taken in the talk held in New
Delhi between the two parties. According to sources, Thuingaleng
Muivah and 10 other members represented the NSCN-IM while RN Ravi
led the Government of India team. The sources said that the talk
ended on a “highly positive note”. There was exchange of views
as usual between the two groups. “We are working very hard to
wrap up the peace process at the earliest and by holding formal
talks twice a week we are hopeful of sealing the issue soon,”
said the sources. The sources also said it is likely that there
will be ‘informal talks almost every day from now onwards’.
The format of talks between the
Government of India and the NSCN-IM was changed last year (2015)
with both sides agreeing to expedite the talks to find an amicable
solution as soon as possible. A decision was taken to do away
with the practice of holding one or two rounds of formal talks
in a year. Such a practice was going on for years without much
progress in finding a solution, report added.
Two people lost their lives in
an explosion while they were allegedly making crude bombs at Dubrajpur
in Birbhum District of West Bengal. The Police have recovered
a huge quantity of explosives from the site. Over the past
one year, West Bengal has been under the scanner of security agencies
as a "secure hideout" for agents of Pakistan's ISI.
It is feared that that banned organisations like the JMB has spread
its network in Howrah, and both North and South 24-Parganas Districts
and set up organisational bases in Districts like Murshidabad,
Nadia, Bardhaman and Birbhum.
A person who was in constant touch
with the four suspects who were arrested for planning a terror
attack in Haridwar and Delhi, has been arrested by the Special
Cell of Delhi Police. According to sources, the four were planning
to carry out terror strikes in the ongoing Ardh Kumbh mela in
Haridawar. Also, the arrested suspects' links with the Pathankot
terror attack (January 2) is being probed. The suspects were also
planning to strike Delhi as they had carried out reconnaissance
of malls in the national capital.
The NIA conducted searches at
the residences of Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh, his friend, Rajesh
Verma and his cook, Madan Gopal in connection with its probe into
the Pathankot terror attack. Searches were conducted at Singh’s
office and residences in Amritsar and Gurdaspur.
Sources said the NIA conducted
the searches to unearth fresh information, as Salwinder, during
the interrogation, has maintained that he was innocent but has
been evasive about his suspicious conduct on December 31. The
NIA has been interrogating Salwinder for many days now and has
even subjected him to a lie-detector test without any clear indication
to his involvement with drug cartels or his role in the infiltration
of terrorists. Salwinder is now expected to be subjected to behavioural
tests. Sources said he might soon be produced before a team of
scientists, comprising a behavioural analyst and psychoanalysts.
Singh is currently posted as Assistant Commandant of 75th Punjab
Delhi Police Special Cell officials
are looking for two suspected militants, belonging to the IM earlier
but now associated with the Islamic State (IS), who allegedly
radicalised the four students from Haridwar, who were earlier
arrested on January 19. Investigators found that the four men,
Akhlaq-ur-Rehman, Mohammad Azim Ushan, Mohammad Osama alias
Adil and Mohammad Mehraj had more information on a module based
in Pakistan than any in Syria or Iraq. Their alleged IS handler
Shafi Armar was found to have been an IM man all his life who
recently shifted loyalties to the Iraqi and Syrian outfit.
Intelligence officials are trying
to determine if various alleged IS modules being discovered in
India have origins in Syria and Iraq or are being floated by the
ISI in the name of the West Asian group to mislead Indian agencies.
The two suspects searched by Delhi Police, were local handlers
of the arrested students, Police confirmed. One belongs to south
India, most probably Bhatkal in Karnataka. A special cell officer
said a Police team had already been sent to Bhatkal to apprehend
the man who could be part of the IM’s south India module that
could not be fully neutralised in operations after a series of
terror strikes between 2005 and 2009.
The BSF increased boat-related
patrolling and check posts along the riverine border that separates
India and Pakistan, to prevent infiltration and smuggling operations.
The BSF has identified around 140 porous gaps along the border
in Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat. For instance, in the 553 kilometer-long
riverine belt through which the rivers Ravi, Sutlej and Beas flow
and keep changing their courses, the BSF has introduced improvised
systems to augment the security apparatus.
The riverine border has been a
challenge for border guards to stop smugglers and other unwanted
activities. In the past, the BSF has not only seized contraband
drugs and fake currency but also gunned down many smugglers and
recovered arms and ammunition from them.
According to available data, between
2010 and 2014, the BSF seized 367 kilograms of heroin and 119
According to Intelligence agencies
terror groups are planning to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi
and Republic Day parade, which will be attended by French President
Francois Hollande. There are intercepts to suggest that there
are different modules of two different terror groups which are
working to strike against Republic Day. Security agencies also
fear attack by a lone wolf.
Indians based out of Syria have
formed a module of the deadly terror group Islamic State (IS)
to carry out attacks back home, sources in intelligence agencies
have said. Sources told that these terrorists have been recruiting
in India since 2004 and that at least 60 could be active in the
country now. This is a big jump from a previous estimate of 23
active IS local operatives. Intelligence agencies suspect operatives
were being trained to make terror strikes in religious centres
like Haridwar or tourist hotspots like Goa.
The recruiters in Syria are allegedly
terrorists who belonged to the home-grown IM who fled the country
because of the crackdown by security agencies after the 2008 Mumbai
attack. These recruiters were found to be targeting Muslim youth
in the southern states and Uttar Pradesh and were trying to radicalise
them through cyber propaganda, sources said. The recruitments
were mostly being carried out in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra,
Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.
Army busted a militant hideout
near the LoC in Kupwara District, and recovered five IEDs. Reports
said that troops of 12 Maratha Regiment of the Army unearthed
a hideout during search operations in Amrohi forests of North
Kashmir’s Kupwara District. The items recovered from the hideout
during the operation include five IEDs weighing 500 grams each,
35 metres of electric wire and three detonators.
Four Naxalites were
arrested with a cache of firearms from Gaya District in Bihar
and adjoining Chatra District in Jharkhand. SP (City) Raviranjan
Kumar told webindia123.com in Gaya that two dreaded Naxalites of
PLFI, a breakaway group of the CPI-Maoist were arrested at Raniganj
village under Imamganj Police Station area in the District. On
their interrogation, Police conducted raids at Jori village in
Chatra District of Jharkhand and arrested two Maoist cadres. A
pistol, three mobile phones and other incriminating objects were
recovered from their possession. The arrested cadres were identified
as Upendra Vishwakarma, Sanjeet Yadav, Dilip Singh and Pravin
The Madras HC in Tamil Nadu granted
interim bail to five CPI-Maoist cadres, top Maoist leader Roopesh,
head of WGZC of CPI-Maoist, and four others, including his wife
Shyna, who were arrested near Karumathampatti in Coimbatore in
May 4, 2015, by the Q branch Police with a condition to appear
before the Investigating Officer every day for a month.
An inter-State meeting of senior
forest personnel in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala held at Bandipura
in Karnataka, held after an interval of three years, decided to
intensify joint operations to tackle the CPI-Maoist activities
in the forest areas of the region, Pramod G. Krishnan, Chief Conservator
of Forest, (Wildlife, Palakkad), said. The meet offered all assistance
to Police Forces in combing operations to tackle Maoist menace.
As part of this, anti-poaching activities information would be
exchanged each other.
A top Maoist surrendered before
the Police in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. According to
SP, Dantewada, Kamlochan Kashyap, the Maoist was carrying a cash
reward of INR 300,000 on his head. The insurgent identified as
Somdu Markam alias Somlu (35) resident of Madkamiras
Police Station, Dantewada has decided to lay down arms, he said.
Somdu was ‘Deputy Commander’ of Maoist Area Committee active in
Malangir region of Darbha division. Somdu in 2006 was involved
in setting afire 55 vehicles of Essar Company at Kirandul.
Police arrested two persons from
Satra Kanora in Barpeta District of Assam for carrying illegal
arms and ammunition.
Seven leaders of the ULFA-PTF,
including Anup Chetia and ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, met interlocutor
P.C. Haldar at the BSF camp in Patgaon in Guwahati in Assam and
discussed issues concerning the ongoing talks with the Centre.
The outfit's leaders did not disclose the issues discussed in
the meeting but sources said they spoke of new demands they want
to include in their charter of demands already submitted to the
Centre in 2011. After the meeting, Rajkhowa said that Chetia's
inclusion would give a fresh impetus to the talks and a solution
would soon be worked out with the Government.
According to sources, the Central
Government has turned down the offers of the NDFB-IKS for a ceasefire
to start the process of talks. Meanwhile, the Centre has also
decided not to talk with any insurgent group involved in killing
of innocent persons. Highly placed sources UMHA revealed that
after receiving major setbacks in sustained operations by the
SFs, NDFB-IKS has sent feelers on several occasions to go for
a ceasefire agreement followed by talks with the Government. But
such proposals from the outfit were emphatically turned down by
UMHA sources revealed that immediately
after coming to power, the present Government at the Centre took
a tough stand against outfits involved in killings of innocents
and the same formula would be adopted in case of all other militant
groups. Sources further said that the Government has decided not
to go for ad-hoc measures for solution of the problem of militancy.
From now on, the Government would try to go for comprehensive
solution of the problems and there would be no discussion with
any outfit involved in senseless killing of innocent people, sources
Kokrajhar District has the highest
number of children who have lost their parents in terrorist attacks,
said ADGP of Railway Police, Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta. "As many
as 267 children were affected by militancy in Kokrajhar district,
which is the highest in Assam. The number is quite high in Bodoland
Territorial Areas District (BTAD)," said Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta
while addressing a gathering at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra
KPLT has called for a 48-hour
Karbi Anglong bandh (strike) beginning from 5 a.m. January
25 to 5 a.m. of January 27. Claiming to be KPLT source, a text
message to local media at Diphu stated that the organization has
called for boycotting the Republic Day celebration in protest
against “reprisal measure of the government” against it. (Assam)
Delhi Police issued an alert after
the driver of a taxi allegedly hijacked by three unidentified
men from Pathankot (Punjab) was found murdered. Police released
photographs of suspects and details of the vehicle through its
official Twitter handle saying the Maruti Alto was hired
by three unidentified men on January 20. The driver of the vehicle,
identified as Vijay Kumar, was later found dead at the Kalta bridge
in Kangra, Police said. Police in Himachal Pradesh, where the
vehicle was registered, said the Alto was not registered with
any travel agency. The alert came amidst heightened security in
the Capital ahead of the Republic Day celebrations to be attended
by French President Francois Hollande as the chief guest.
In a major crackdown by the NIA
and state Police forces ahead of Republic Day, 14 men who were
allegedly “radicalised online” were detained for interrogation,
in Mumbai (Maharashtra), Hyderabad (Telangana), Bangalore, Tumkur
and Mangalore (Karnataka), and Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh). They had
formed Janood-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind, a terror group with similar
ideology that of Islamic State (IS).
Of the 14, five persons, MudabbirMushtaq
Shaikh alias Abu Musab (33) resident of Mumbai, Mohammed
Nafees Khan alias Fatima Khan alias Abu Zarrar alias
Akram (24) resident of Hyderabad, Mohammed Shareef Moinuddin Khan
(54) resident of Hyderabad, Najmul Huda alias Majnu (25)
resident of Mangalore, Karnataka, and Mohammed Afzal alias
Abu Mariyam alias Yasir, (35) resident of Bengaluru were
arrested on January 22.
Stone-throwing clashes erupted
in parts of Old City in Srinagar and in Sopore town in Baramulla
District, after Friday congregation prayers. Scores of youth assembled
outside historic Jama Masjid in Nowhatta area of Old City and
staged a protest. The protesters later marched towards Nowhatta
Police Station and pelted stones on SFs including Police and CRPF,
ensuing clashes between the two sides. The Police fired dozens
of teargas shells and pepper gas canisters towards stone-throwing
youths. However, the youth, continued pelting stones on the SFs.
The clashes later spread to Gojwara and Hawal localities of the
Old City. The rock-throwing clashes meanwhile also erupted in
Sopore town in north Kashmir. Witnesses said groups of youth in
Sopore Main Chowk pelted stones on 179 Battalion CRPF bunker after
Friday prayers after which clashes ensued.
A rusted anti-personnel mine was
recovered near forward BOP along IB in Samba District. Official
sources said one old rusted anti-personnel mine was recovered
from Basantar Nullah near Band Tip BOP by a patrolling party of
Five militants of HuM who were
planning attacks on VIPs and SFs were arrested by the SFs in Sopore
area in Baramulla District. The SFs also busted the network of
HuM in Sopore area of North Kashmir. Sources said that Police
in Sopore and Army’s 52 RR conducted searches in Sangrama area
of North Kashmir’s Baramulla District and arrested a wanted militant
of HuM outfit, Ishfaq Ahmad Sofi of Sopore and his accomplice
and recovered arms and ammunition from their possession. Sources
said that the HuM was in the process of reviving its network in
Kashmir valley and were planning attacks ahead of Republic Day
in Kashmir by targeting SFs and VIPs.
A huge cache of arms mostly barrels
used in manufacturing guns was recovered from forests in Rajnandgaon
District of Chhattisgarh. Acting-on a tip off, as many as 39 barrels
of 12 bore guns were recovered from Mangikholi forests under Bortalav
Police Station area by a joint team of SFs, Rajnandgaon SP Sundarraj
P said. During interrogation, a recently arrested CPI-Maoist woman
cadre, Manisha had revealed about the location of a dump of materials
for making guns hidden in the forests of Kandhurra based on which
search operations were on in the jungles of Kandhurra for the
past few days, the SP said.
Seven Maoists, three of them carrying
reward of varying amounts on their heads, were arrested from Sukma
District of Chhattisgarh. “The cadres were apprehended by a joint
team of security forces near Chingavaram village under Gadiras
police station limits,” Sukma ASP Santosh Singh said. The Maoists
have been identified as Madvi Bapu (30), Madvi Linga (30), Madvi
Hidma (35), Podiyami Kosa, Madvi Handa (40), Madvi Muda (35) and
Madvi Hadma (23). While Hidma was carrying a reward of INR 1,000,
Handa and Kosa carried INR 2,000 each. According to Police, the
Maoists were allegedly involved in activities like damaging roads,
set vehicles on fire, and dropping Maoist pamphlets in the region.
UMHA adviser K. Vijay Kumar stressed
on better interstate cooperation to combat LWE effectively along
the borders of Jharkhand and its neighbouring Naxalite-hit states.
During a four-hour meeting at the Jharkhand Police headquarters
in Ranchi of Jharkhand, Kumar is understood to have directed state
Police and paramilitary forces to "reactivate" the "Operational
Area" (OA) strategy and set up "Interstate Joint Task
Force" to crack down on CPI-Maoist and other rebel groups,
who have been using porous borders to give security personnel
the slip. "I am happy with outcomes of anti-Naxalite operations
in Jharkhand. The meeting mainly discussed plans for better interstate
coordination and better intelligence network. For example, we
have faced problems in tri-junction bordering areas (where borders
of three states merged). Thus, cooperation among state police
is the need of the hour," Kumar said after the meeting without
divulging further details.
Maoists killed one villager, identified
as Nanhu Singh Bhokta in Gulab Bigha village under Madanpur Police
station in Aurangabad District of Bihar suspecting him to be a
Police informer. The Maoists also left a pamphlet at the spot
threatening to eliminate SFs engaged in anti-Maoist operations.
However, Police claimed that the victim never worked as their
informer. "Police are probing the incident from different
angles. Four special police teams have been formed to carry out
raids and arrest those involved in the killing," the SDPO
P N Sahu said.
North Garo Hills Police narrowly
missed wanted GNLA ‘commander’ Pilliport D Shira alias Rakban,
during a raid on a temporary camp of the armed group at Tapa Chiring
in North Garo Hills District. Police had reportedly spotted the
‘commander’ but could not take him out since he was sitting next
to a child outside a house. A militant sentry also spotted the
Police team leading to a brief exchange of fire following which
the militants slipped away into the forests. From the makeshift
camp Police seized as many as 72 mobile SIM cards of various cellular
companies. Demand notes of GNLA, mobile phones, identity cards
and rubber seals of the group were also recovered from the camp.
As many as ten militants from
the AMEF, who had been operating in the North Garo Hills region
surrendered to authorities at Sambrak near Wageasi in East Garo
Hills District, handing over an assortment of weapons. The ten
militants had failed to join the rest of the group and its leadership,
who went on to give themselves up to East Garo Hills Police at
Rongjeng in December, 2015. The surrender came about following
the active intervention of the NGHVF whose members comprise of
church and village elders as well as NGOs. The families of the
ten militants and their respective village elders had approached
the forum to facilitate the surrender of the ten men who had been
operating in the Kharkutta-Mendipather-Wageasi-Dainadubi region.
The ten cadres of the outfit who surrendered are - Saljatchi Marak,
Bulthul Marak, Banjrang Sangma, Jhony Marak, Premanear Marak,
Aron Marak, Nibirth Marak, Tawan Marak, Jagol Sangma and Sengjan
Sangma. They handed over a powerful LMG, two AK rifles, two pistols
and a SBBL shot gun along with a large number of ammunition.
On the basis of information received
in the interrogation of five accused persons arrested by the NIA
another nine accused persons with IS links were arrested from
various locations in different cities. The arrested persons are;
Syed Mujahid (33) resident of Tumkur, Karnataka, Asif Ali alias
Arman Saani (21) resident of Bengaluru, Suhail Ahmed alias
Sohail alias Hafes Saab (23) resident of Bengaluru, Muhammad
Abdul Ahad alias Bade Amir alias Sulaiman (46) resident
of Bengaluru, Mohammed Obedullah Khan alias Obaid alias
Talha (33) resident of Hyderabad, Abu Anas (24) resident of Hyderabad,
Mohammad Aleem (20) resident of Lucknow, UP, Mohammad Hussain
Khan alias Jamil (36) resident of Mazgaon, Mumbai, and
the 14th person Imran khan of Aurangabad was arrested from Aurangabad
According to UMHA, while those
detained were being monitored for around six months, some communication
and attempts to get firearms and IED material had “precipitated
Online monitoring of the group
also revealed that some of them had plans of organising a terror
training camp. Most of those held were allegedly in direct contact
with former IM operative Shafi Armar, and there were “cross linkages”
between members of the group.
The UMHA, however, said there
was no evidence so far to link the group directly to the Islamic
State (IS). “This group was handled by someone going by the name
Yousuf on the internet, who is suspected to be former Indian Mujahideen
member Shafi Armar. We are not sure whether he is directly linked
to the Islamic State or where he is located, as this is subject
to investigation,” said UMHA spokesperson.
A CRPF trooper, identified as
Janaradan Sonawane was injured in an IED blast near Sameli village
in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh.
Four Naxalites, including
two women, who were carrying cash reward on their heads, identified
as Malangir LOS ‘commander’ Anita alias Mitki (22), Nelnar
LOS member Rajo Vekko (25) and two Jan Militia members,
Sannu (30) and Raju Mandavi (25) were arrested from Kirandul Police
Station area in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The arrested
cadres were allegedly involved in an attack on a Police anti-landmine
vehicle in Dantewada on April 13, 2015 killing five Policemen
and injuring eight others.
Seven persons have been detained
during different search operations conducted by Imphal West and
Imphal East District of Manipur. The first operation was conducted
under the supervision of Imphal West ASP (Operations) Th Vikramjit
and Imphal West Commando OIC P Sanjoy at Wahengbam Leikai Lairembi
community hall, where all the residents were called for verification.
Five persons who could not produce proper identity proof documents
were taken to Imphal Police Station for further investigation.
On the other hand, a team of Imphal East District Police also
carried out a search operation at Bamon Leikai Nahabam area under
supervision of Imphal East ASP (Operations) Singhajit and Commando
OIC P Achouba, in which two persons were detained at Porompat
SFs, in an operation, arrested
two militants of the NSCN-IM from Kashipur and Lodi villages in
Dima Hasao District of Assam while they were carrying out extortion
activities in the area. A pistol, along with seven rounds of live
ammunition was also recovered from their possession.
Three people, identified as Mohammed
Nazir, Kabir Sheikh and Haq Shahib, were arrested for trafficking
FICN of face value INR 3,80,000, from Ashram Chowk in Delhi. All
are residents of Malda District in West Bengal. Police said the
three used to smuggle fake Indian notes from Bangladesh for circulation
in India and destabilise the Indian economy.
Central Government sanctioned
funds to create infrastructure for ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony
at Agartala-Akhaura border with Bangladesh, similar to that at
Wagah in Punjab. “Of the INR 99 crore sanctioned by the Centre
to develop tourist spots in Tripura, INR 18 crore was earmarked
to create infrastructure at the Agartala-Akhaura border for Wagah-like
Beating Retreat Ceremony,” State Tourism Minister Ratan Bhowmik
Pakistan Government dismissed
India's proposal to jointly interrogate JeM ‘chief’ Maulana Masood
Azhar and other terror suspects. While Pakistan is expected to
send a Special Investigating Team to India in consultation with
the government for further investigations in the Pathankot (January
2) attack, but it refused to accept India’s request to jointly
grill Maulana Masood Azhar.
India’s External Affairs Minister
Sushma Swaraj made a strong pitch to delink terrorism from religion
as India and the Arab League member states condemned terrorism
in all its forms and manifestations. “As the spectre of terrorism
and religious hatred raises its ugly head across the world, particularly
in those cherished cities of history, it is time once again to
reach back in time and redeem the essence of our civilisational
spirit,” Sushma Swaraj said as she addressed the first-ever ministerial-level
meeting of the India-Arab Partnership Conference at Manama, Bahrain
that was attended by the foreign ministers of the 22 Arab League
The arrest of Muddabir Mushtaq
Sheikh from Mumbra, a suburban Thane District of Maharashtra,
as part of the countrywide crackdown against the Islamic State
(IS) that led to the arrest of 14 people, has brought to the fore
the systematic recruitment process of IS and the hierarchical
structure of the terror outfit in India.
The structure of the outfit was
decided by Shafi Arman, the handler of recruitments in India operating
from Syria, in 2013, and Sheikh, was made the amir (‘chief’)
of Ansar-ut Tawhid fi Bilal al-Hind, IS’s wing in India. Khalid
Ahmed Ali Khalid alias Rizwan, a 20-year-old arrested during
the raids in Mumbai, was the second-in-command of IS in India,
under whom four other chiefs were nominated, said police sources
interrogating the suspects. According to the Police, Khalid played
a key role in the indoctrination of Ayaz Sultan, Malwani resident
who has gone missing, who was then made a recruiter. Khalid, according
to sources, had visited Malwani and stayed with Sultan, and had
also met other members, who were indoctrinated by Ayaz
SFs foiled an attempt by LeT militant
outfit to carry out attacks on the occasion of Republic Day (January
26) by arresting a LeT militant along with arms and ammunition
in the orchards of Qasermulla Chadoora village in Budgam District.
“This suspect person was apprehended by the security forces and
on searching his bag one AK-47 with two magazines, 60 rounds and
one grenade were recovered”, a senior security official said.
The official identified the militant as Basharat Ahmad Shah alias Furkan
of LeT resident of Nillora, Litter in South Kashmir District of
Pulwama. “He was a close accomplice of Wasim Hef alias Osama
and Majid Zargar alias Talha of LeT.
Army recovered a consignment of
explosive material and ammunition from Seri Hatti forests in Gambhir
Mugalan area of Keri sector in Rajouri District. Official reports
said a joint team of 38 RR and Police conducted search operation
in Seri Hatti forest area of Gambhir Mugalan and recovered the
consignment, which comprised three Chinese grenades and 691 rounds
of Pika ammunition. The grenades and Pika rounds had been wrapped
in polythene bags and hidden in a small natural hideout, reports
said. However, no arrests were made from the spot.
The Odisha Police killed two senior
CPI-Maoist cadres — the secretary of Kalinga Nagar Divisional
Committee, P. Kumarswami alias Sushil, and his
wife Sundari Lingo alias Suni, in an encounter
at Pacharipani in Deogarh District of Odisha. Sushil, a resident
of Warangal in Andhra Pradesh, was allegedly involved in 78 cases,
including 30 murders, in Angul, Deogarh, Keonjhar, Jajpur, Rayagada
and Gajapati Districts of the Odisha. “When the SOG jawans approached
the rebels’ hideouts, Sushil and his aides fired at them prompting
the jawans to retaliate. Sushil and his wife were neutralised
on the spot while other cadres managed to escape. Efforts are
on to nab them,” said DGP K. B. Singh. Sushil was carrying reward
of INR two million on his head while Suni carried INR 500,000
on her head. The DGP said Sushil was actively involved in the
murder of ASI Umesh Marandi of Daitary Police Station in Keonjhar
District in July 2010 and executed several mine blasts. The DGP
said Sushil was trying to establish a red-corridor.
An exchange of fire took place
between the Police and Naxals, affiliated to
CPI-ML New Democracy and arrested one squad member, identified
as Sarangam, in the forest abutting Kothaguda mandal near
Doragari Vempalli village in Warangal District of Telangana. Rural
SP Ambar Kishore Jha confirming the incident said that there was
a cross fire when the combing party of the Police personnel spotted
a group of Naxals in the forest area. The Police
arrested squad member, Sarangam, while the rest of the members
escaped from the spot.
Two cadres of the PLFI-a splinter
group of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Amit alias Birsa
and Julius Lugun alias Julu, were arrested during
a search operation at Rania in Khunti District of Jharkhand. Khunti
SP Anish Gupta was tipped off that PLFI ‘zonal commander’ Jeedan
Gudia and his associates had assembled in a forest on the outskirts
of Khudbir village in Rania to work out future course of actions.
"When our boys reached the forest around 3.30pm and asked
them to surrender, they abused them and started fleeing towards
northern end of the woods. Amit and Julius were caught after a
hot chase. However, Jeedan and his fourteen other associates managed
to escape. We have launched an intensive search operation in that
area," SP Gupta said. Police recovered a rifle, many cartridges,
10 cell phones, a backpack and military fatigues from them.
In a search operation, Maoist
literature, items of daily use, ammonium nitrate and battery connectors,
used for explosions, were recovered by Police in Kathikund in
Dumka District of Jharkhand. SP Vipul Shukla said they were carrying
out search operations in different parts of the District for the
last four days.
The CPI-Maoist has given a call
for 24-hour Bihar-Jharkhand bandh on Republic
Day (from January 25 midnight) to protest killing of their colleagues
in an encounter with SF personnel at Band Goreya village under
Dhibra Police Station in Aurangabad District of Bihar on January
8. CPI-Maoist spokesperson Mannas said the bandh will
start from January 25 midnight and will continue for the next
24 hours. He said emergency services have been exempted from the bandh.
Mannas said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar led-Grand Alliance government
in Bihar has extended full support to ‘Operation Greenhunt’.
Six CPI-Maoist cadres, one of
them carrying cash reward on his head, surrendered before Police
in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. "The cadres surrendered
before senior police and CRPF officials citing disappointment
with the ideology of Maoists and ill treatment meted out to them
by senior leaders," Sukma ASP, Santosh Singh, said. Those
surrendered were identified as Kunjam Lakhma, a medical team member
of Jagargunda area committee of Maoists, Dubi Lakhma, head of
DAKMS - a frontal wing of Maoists, and four lower rung members
- Kawasi Lachhu, Dubi Hunga, Kawasi Kosa and Kawasi Budhra, he
added. Dubi Lakhma was carrying a reward of INR 100,000 on his
head, he added.
Two janmilitia members
of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Madvi Sukka (38) and Madvi Linga
(32), were arrested from Lakhapal village under Kukanar Police
Station limits in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The duos were
rounded up during patrolling by a joint team of CRPF and District
Force in the Kukanar region, located around 450 kilometres away
from Raipur, ASP, Santosh Singh, said.
Four militant outfits operating
in north-east India called for their boycott of Republic Day celebrations
on January 26. In a joint statement the four organisations, the
United National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFWSEA),
CorCom of Manipur, GNLA and the HNLC called for the shutdown in
the region on January 26. “We call upon the citizens to put out
a strong, clear message and protest against the imposed celebration
of the Republic day in our West Eastern South East Asia (WESEA).
We call for a total shutdown of our region from 00.01 hrs to 18
hrs of January 26,” the statement mailed to the media said.
A Special Guerrilla Squad member
and a militia ‘commander’ besides, four militia
members of the CPI-Maoist were arrested by joint squads of the
District Police and CRPF personnel during separate combing operations
in Charla mandal of Khammam District, Telangana. SGS member
Dirda Bandi alias Deelip (24) was arrested by the Police
and CRPF personnel during a search operation in Chintagupha forest
area. Maoist militia ‘commander’ Madakam Nandaiah alias
Andaiah (22), two militia members, Adamaiah (20), and Ithaiah
(25), and two Revolutionary People’s Committee members Sannaiah
(30), and Gangaiah (35), were arrested by the Police and CRPF
personnel near Taliperu reservoir.
The State Government decided to
turn the non functional Baljek Airport near Tual into a hub of
activity by planning to house surrendered militants there. Sources
informed that preparations were on in full swing to provide shelter
to surrendered UALA militants at the Baljek Airport that was built
at a cost of INR 12.52 crore. The State Government is also working
out details of the surrender ceremony which would be organised
after the list of cadres is submitted by UALA and subsequently
French President Francois Hollande
said his visit to India was aimed at strengthening and reinforcing
“the cooperation against terrorism between our two countries”.
“Today, there are all kind of terrorist threats that are hovering
around countries such as India and France and one of the main
aims of my visit here is to reinforce and strengthen the cooperation
against terrorism between our two countries,” Hollande said.
Four foreigners have gone missing
from a hotel near the Bhubaneswar railway station since January
25. The four of them have gone missing since then, and Police
is now suspecting them to be from an international terrorist organisation.
Odisha Police is now screening the CCTV camera images available
with the hotel.
Two al Qaeda operatives, Masood
Akram Sheikh alias Masood alias Monu and Nasim Akhtar
alias Raju believed to be members of its sleeper cell and
motivating youths to join the terror group, were arrested from
Jamshedpur.The two are members of al Qaeda's sleeper cell
and motivate youths of the steel city as well as other parts of
Jharkhand to join and expand the organisation, Police said. Masood
confessed that he had been linked with the terrorist group since
2003 after he was motivated to join it by Abdul Rehman Katki,
who had been arrested by Delhi Police from Cuttack in December,
Three foreign nationals have been
detained, one of them a Syrian in connection with a letter threatening
to harm Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as security was stepped
up at vital establishments and crowded places in Goa. The Syrian,
whose identity was not disclosed, was detained and was being questioned,
IGP Sunil Garg said. The letter, received at the State Secretariat
on January 13, 2016 had “IS” written on it and threatened to harm
Modi and also Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
High alert has been sounded in
Uttarakhand after security agencies received credible inputs about
the presence of terror suspects in the state. Uttarakhand DGP
B S Sidhu said one of the suspects was caught on CCTV cameras
in Dehradun. “We had inputs of movement of some suspects in the
state, and issued an alert. We have also circulated an image of
a suspect,” Sidhu said. The source of image, circulated by the
state Police, remains in the domain of speculation. It is learnt
that a CCTV camera installed outside a shop had captured the footage.
Sources said the state police and intelligence agencies are on
the trail of at least eight terror suspects.
According to a report, the Islamic
State (IS) is willing to shell out as much as USD 60,000 for every
government information which is passed on to them and are looking
for Indians who can hack governments data and pass on crucial
information to the terror group.
The report said there are various
underground communities online where hackers interact regularly.
The handlers make lucrative offers for stealing government data.
Stealing government data is part of Islamic State's exercise to
formulate their strategy against India. IS has contacted over
30,000 young techies from India so far and some may have already
grabbed the opportunity. There are several profiles of handlers
on Twitter and Facebook which are being used to
spew venom against India and attract prospective recruits.
Two cadres of Jharkhand Jan Mukti
Parishad were killed by a rival group in Palamau District of Jharkhand.
Police recovered the bodies of the two JJMP cadres from Chando-Basriya
village under Chainpur Police Station area of the District. The
bodies have been identified as that of JJMP ‘area commander’ Chanchal
Paswan and his associate Kamlesh Paswan.
A group of suspected Maoists set
ablaze a portion of an under construction mobile tower at Chhatarpur
area in Palamu District of Jharkhand. Palamu DIG Saket Kumar Singh
said that three suspected Maoists on a two-wheeler also damaged
a solar panel used for powering the mobile tower.
Two can bombs, weighing one kilogram
each, planted by the Maoists was found near a school at Kurum
village under Bhandariya Police Station limits in Garhwa District
CPI-Maoist cadres killed a junior
Police, identified as Girija Paswan, in Aurangabad District of
Bihar. The Maoists claimed that the 35-year-old was killed as
he was suspected to have told his superiors about the whereabouts
of Rajiv alias Bihari, a Maoist leader. Rajiv and his accomplices
were killed by the Aurangabad Police earlier this month (January
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a
JCB machine and a tractor engaged in road construction work at
Dalianuji village under Muniguda Police Station limits in Rayagada
District of Odisha.
A joint team of District Police
and CRPF arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Mahadev Korram,
from his house under Mardapal Police Station limits in Kondagaon
District of Chhattisgarh. Based on a confirmed intelligence input
that he was present in his house, SF personnel raided the place
and rounded him up.
A ‘section commander’ of TPC identified
as Narendra Singh alias Dara Singh was arrested by Pipra
Tarn Police team in Palamu District of Jharkhand.
Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi
claimed that Islamic militant group, Islamic State (IS/ ISIS)
has not been able to make significant inroads into the State that
has a sizeable Muslim population. Gogoi said that though the threat
from ISIS exists everywhere, the group so far had failed to strike
roots in the State which, of course, can’t be a reason for the
SFs to become complacent. Pointing out that ISIS was using social
media in its attempt to radicalize youth with its doctrines, Gogoi
said close watch was being kept at all levels to ensure that the
group was not able to penetrate the state. He also underlined
that youth of the country, who have been radicalized by the ISIS,
had to be made to see reason and return to the mainstream.
Assam DGP, Mukesh Sahay sounded
an alarm over the growing threat of ISIS in different fronts and
use of social media to recruit vulnerable youth to its ranks.
Assam stands vulnerable to threat from radical groups like the
ISIS because of presence of a large pool of unemployed youth from
the backward Muslim community. The State has witnessed rising
activities of jihadi elements in the recent years. Several
training dens of jihadis were busted in western Assam in
the last couple of years following dismantling of JMB modules
in neighbouring West Bengal by Indian security agencies including
the NIA. A number of leaders and cadres of various Islamic fundamentalist
groups were arrested in the State in the last couple of years.
The GNLA announced it had joined
hands with other major militant groups operating in the north
east so as to be part of the ULFA and NSCN-K-led UNLFWSEA coordination
committee. The GNLA move to be part of a larger consortium of
armed rebel groups fighting against the state is expected to create
ripples across the security agencies at both the Centre and the
state given that the dreaded ULFA-Independent is one of the main
architects of the coming together of militant outfits. The GNLA
publicity ‘secretary’ Gantong Marak issued a statement to the
media, to announce that the GNLA had recently joined the new consortium
after the highest ranking leaders of the group, presumably Sohan
D Shira, held an emergent meeting at its headquarters in Asim.
The armed group further went on to mention that it was now a part
of the new joint organization which also includes the Khasi Hills
based HNLC as a member. GNLA recently became a member nation in
the organization UNLFWSEA. The consortium of the rebel groups
is believed to have its headquarters in the jungles of neighbouring
Three cadres of the NSCN-K surrendered
to State Government authorities in the presence of the AR. The
cadres, whose identities were not disclosed for their safety,
laid down weapons in a public function held at the Deputy Commissioner
Office complex in Peren in Peren District. According to the AR,
it was an unconditional surrender facilitated after the cadres
through their families expressed their wish to eschew violence
and “join the mainstream.”
The cadres, two in their 20s and
one in his late teens, laid down three pistols along with ammunition
and a grenade in front of the Peren Deputy Commissioner and SP
and the Commandant of the 18 AR. It was witnessed by a host of
civil society representatives. Two of the cadres had joined the
NSCN-K in 2009 and the third in 2011. The AR stated that the surrendered
cadres got disillusioned after realising the futility of violence.
“Life was hard in the jungle and at times we regretted for our
acts against our own people,” the AR quoted the cadres as stating.
Two people with suspected links
Islamic State (IS) India terror module have been detained in two
separate incidents from Hyderabad and Maharashtra are likely to
be handed over to the NIA on January 27. The two, whose names
have been withheld, were being questioned by a joint team of intelligence
agencies. NIA claimed that the accused were regularly in touch
with active members of IS in Syria through Internet chatting via
‘Skype’, ‘Signal’ and ‘Trillion’ and were
also using the social networking sites to motivate young men to
join the feared terror outfit which has captured vast swathes
in Syria and Iraq.
A well-funded network of Islamic
State (IS)-inspired group Janood-ul-Khalifae-Hind or the
Army of Caliph in India, that had recruits across the country,
has emerged as a new threat as investigations by NIA reveal that
there was a larger financial nexus involved in the recruitment
After neutralising the 14-member
module following a nationwide crackdown, the investigators have
launched another manhunt as the probe has revealed that those
arrested had recruited several others and also arranged finances
for some to travel to Syria and join Islamic State. Investigations
have revealed the group was making efforts to establish a channel
to procure explosives and weapons, identify locations to organise
terror training camps and motivate new recruits to target police
officers, foreigners in India and to carry out terrorist activities
in various parts of India.
The number of Indians who are
believed to have joined Islamic State (IS) outfit now stands at
25, up from 17 in August, 2015. According to official sources,
“Their preliminary interrogation shows that they wanted to increase
the numbers of their followers here and organise attacks to establish
a caliphate here". According to officials, the group being
led by Mumbai resident Mudabbir Sheikh had at least one common
handler, former member of the IM Shafi Armar alias Yousuf,
who now heads the AuT which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic
Two men from Telangana, who recently
left the country to fight alongside IS in Syria, were in close
contact with at least four of the 14 terror suspects arrested
by the NIA, a senior government official said. They were also
part of the Hyderabad module and are said to be absconding and
had acquired visa for Japan, the probe has revealed. "It
is true that the Islamic State is trying to recruit at multiple
levels in India. The present module was not under the radar of
the State police but the Central intelligence agencies had been
keeping a watch on them,” said an official.
An unidentified militant was killed
in an encounter with SF personnel in Kokernag town in Anantnag
District. A militant was killed and his identity is yet to be
ascertained, Police said. One AK 47 and three magazines were also
recovered from the slain militant.
On the occasion of India's 67th Republic
Day, a complete shutdown was observed in Jammu and Kashmir as
the valley was swathed in a blanket of heavy security. The shut
down call was given by Hardline APHC Chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani
as he had asked the people of the valley to observe 26th January
as a 'black day' and observe a complete shutdown.
Army officials of India and Pakistan
met at Chakan-Da-Bagh along Poonch-Rawlakote route and Mendhar-Hot
Spring crossing points in Krishna Ghati of Poonch District to
celebrate the Republic Day. The Army officers of two sides expressed
commitment to keep peace on the LoC and IB and exchanged sweets
and gifts at both the places. The BSF and Rangers also met at
Octroi Post in Suchetgarh sector of RS Pura and various other
points along the IB in Jammu sector to exchange greetings on the
CPI-Maoist cadres threatening
people to boycott Republic Day celebrations, hoisted black flags
in several places in Bolangir District of Odisha. The Maoists
unfurled black flags on school premises in Chaulabngi in Khaparakhol
block in the District leaving Mao posters and pamphlets appealing
public to boycott the Republic Day, said sources.
CPI-Maoist cadres thrashed to
death a villager of Kuaghar in Kandhamal District of Odisha after
branding him as a ‘Police informer’. The victim, Biswambhar Kanhar
was dragged out of his house in the late night and beaten to death.
The Maoists accused Biswambhar of passing on information to Kandhamal
SP Kanwar Vishal Singh about their movements. The Maoists accused
Biswambhar of taking INR 50,000 from the Police for providing
A ‘sub-zonal commander’ of TPC
identified as Munna Singh alias Munna Ganjhu alias
Ganjhu was arrested in Manatu block of Palamu District of Jharkhand.
Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi,
while hoisting the national flag at the Republic Day celebrations
in Guwahati, made an appeal to elusive ULFA ‘chief’ Paresh Baruah
and other separatist leaders to shun the path of violence and
join the mainstream. Gogoi also warned that his Government would
continue to take stern measures to crush the armed rebel groups
in the State.
State Transport, Excise and Sports
Minister Ajit Singh while welcoming the militant groups that have
come over ground and joined the peace process repeated his call
to those outfits which are still in wilderness. He described their
move as a positive signal which will contribute towards the strengthening
of unity and solidarity. Ajit Singh said, “No solution is possible
through gun-culture.” It is in their overall interest that they
should return to the mainstream life. He at the same time cautioned
if any group makes any attempt to challenge law and order and
create disorder, his Government will not hesitate to deal with
A low-intensity bomb blast occurred
in Lad Rymbai in East Jaintia Hills District. However, no casualties
were reported. District Police chief Spill Thamar said, “It is
too early to comment. We are looking into all possible angles
behind the explosion.”
Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan
said that the Government has adopted a multi-pronged approach
to address the root cause of the militancy in the State. “The
government has kept its door open for talks with the militant
outfits provided they eschew the path of violence,” he said while
addressing the Republic Day celebrations at Polo grounds in Shillong.
PRO of the AR, Kohima alleged
that through “various intelligence inputs” NSCN-K, ULFA-I and
KLO are “carrying out opium cultivation and trade in Kachin Province
of Myanmar”. An AR press release alleged that NSCN-K cadres are
“into cultivation and transportation of opium, but the same has
been consistently denied by Khaplang.” Based on a recent picture
“uploaded” on social media by a senior leader of NSCN-K group
and Finance in-charge of Nagaland “with poppy cultivation in the
background,” the PRO said that this “substantiates the claim made
by various intelligence agencies that NSCN (K) is thriving on
drug trafficking and opium trade.”
“On social media Self Styled Col
Isak Sumi claims that it is poppy crop in the background close
to Kachin–China border,” noted the PRO, thereby drawing the conclusion
that NSCN-K is “using the illicit money earned through narcotics
to procure war like stores, training of their cadres and running
camps for training other militant outfits on a purely mercenary
basis.” The PRO AR went on to note in the press release that the
“involvement of NSCN (K) in drug trafficking is posing serious
problems for the Naga society in particular and North Eastern
region as a whole.”
Nagaland Governor P B Acharya
urged NSCN-K and other militant groups to leave the path of violence
and return to the negotiating table. He stressed that peace is
pre-requisite for economic growth and social well-being of the
citizens. The Governor said the framework agreement signed between
GoI and NSCN-IM on August 3, 2015, was a momentous development
which deserves to be welcomed by all. “This gives us a great opportunity
to put the troubled past behind us and is the time for all of
us to support the peace process for a permanent solution,” he
Citizens of Tripura defied a militant
boycott call to participate in India’s 67th Republic Day celebrations.
The main programme was organized at the AR parade ground in Agartala
where Governor Tathagata Roy unfurled the National flag. He also
inspected the parade and took the guard of honour. The boycott
call was reportedly given by at least four militant organizations
in the region.
Mudabbir Mushtaq Shaikh, the ‘emir’
or chief of Janood-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind, an Islamic State
(IS)-inspired outfit, a module of which was busted by the NIA
during raids conducted between January 22-23, has confessed to
having received INR 600,000 money from Mohammad Shafi Armar, a
former IM militant who is now an IS recruiter based in Syria.
While INR 237,000 of the terror fund transferred to Shaikh was
recovered during the raid at his Mumbra home, a part of it was
earlier distributed to at least two IS-inspired youth, of whom
one received INR 50,000 in Lucknow.
Interrogation of the 14 IS-influenced
men arrested by the NIA has revealed that Janood-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind,
active since April 2015, was modelling itself on the lines of
organised terror groups, complete with a central unit, and state
and city units. Even its leadership structure was well-defined,
with Mudabbir as its emir, Rizwan Ali of Kushinagar, Uttar
Pradesh, as naib emir; Najmul Huda as ‘military commander’,
and Mohd Nafees Khan of Hyderabad as ‘finance chief’.
Former IM operative Shafi Armar,
suspected to be the chief recruiter of the 14 men recently arrested
for planning terror strikes across the country, wanted a unit
of Junud al Khalifa-e-Hind (Soldiers of the Indian Caliphate)
to be raised in every state and major city. Armar, who allegedly
chatted with those arrested over social media and encrypted messengers
such as Trillion, Surespot and Skype, had asked Mumbai-resident
Mudabbir Sheikh and Kushinagar-resident Rizwan Khalid to ensure
that these units are set up, said sources, adding that the units
were to be activated as and when required to launch an attack.
Investigators probing the arrest
of 14 operatives have found that they were in touch with each
other and their foreign handler through chat applications like
Signal, Trillian and Skype. While chatting, the handler had sent
four videos instigating UP youth, Rizwan Nizamuddin alias
Khalid, to join the Islamic State (IS). One video, 'Kandahar
to Delhi', contained information about training, fighting
and countering security agencies. "The videos sent to Khalid
by his handler contained the print line of Ishaba Media. He had
received links to these videos towards the end of 2013, when he
was only 18. These videos are not available on the Internet now,"
said a security officer.
Maharashtra ATS’s investigations
have revealed that the Indian recruits were being given online
training to make bombs by IS’s foreign handlers. Apart from training,
those recruited in Ansar-ut Tawhid fi Bilad al- Hind, the Indian
wing of IS, were handed over a four-point programme in a bid to
According to sources, over 30,000
people in India are in contact with Islamic State (IS) and are
ready to wage war against their own country- India. IS is using
these people to hack secret data of Indian government; the terror
outfit will use the data to forge strategy to harm India. IS contacted
these people online. According to Maharashtra ATS officials, they
have blocked 94 websites so far. These websites had content related
The Union Cabinet that met under
the chairmanship of PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi, approved five
new battalions of IRP for J&K, which would be raised over
a period of one and half years to two years with preferential
treatment to the youths of border areas. The Cabinet cleared a
proposal to raise a total of 17 new IRP battalions including five
for J&K. The PM, in his Special Package announced for J&K
on November 7, 2015, had kept a provision of INR three billion
for raising of five IRP battalions for the State.
Seven Policemen were killed while
eight others were injured in a landmine blast by the CPI-Maoist
at Chattarpur Block in Palamu District of Jharkhand. The SF personnel
were going towards the Kalapahari area in a convoy when their
vehicle came under attack. The Jharkhand Police had corned a group
of Maoists around Kalapahari area in Chattarpur Block of the District
two days ago. The Police and Maoists have since been engaged in
encounter. "This afternoon, at around 2 pm, there was heavy
exchange of fire between the forces and Maoists and we were rushing
in reinforcements, when they were attacked," said an unnamed
Jharkhand Police officer.
Three CPI-Maoist cadres, who were
allegedly involved in the Jiram valley attack on Congress leaders
in Bastar District on May 25, 2013, were killed in an encounter
led by SF personnel at Metapal village in Dantewada District in
Chhattisgarh. SP Kamlochan Kashyap said that based on an intelligence
tip off provided by the SIB about the presence and movement of
the Maoists led to the encounter.
Suspected Maoists set ablaze three
vehicles, including two tipper trucks engaged in sand mining,
in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh.
Two IEDs, weighing around 10-12
kilograms, planted by the Maoists to target SF personnel or civilians
during the Republic Day celebrations were defused within the Muniguda
Police Station limit near Pusuguda square at Hatamuniguda in Rayagada
District of Odisha.
Centre approved the raising of
three IRBs in Odisha. At present, there are eight IRBs in Odisha.
While Odisha got three along with neighbouring Jharkhand, five
in Jammu and Kashmir, four in Chhattisgarh and two in Maharashtra
were approved by Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra
Modi. Union Cabinet also approved seventy five percent of the
vacancies of constables to be filled up from 27 core Districts
in the four LWE affected states of Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand
and Maharashtra under SRE scheme.
After taking over the State’s
reigns following imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh,
Governor J P Rajkhowa has instructed his newly appointed Advisor
YS Dadwal to take immediate steps to ensure rule of law and maintenance
of peace and tranquility in the State. “Utmost care be taken to
safeguard the interest of the common people. In the same line,
freedom of the common citizens and government officers must not
be infringed. No person should be allowed to take law into his
hands and no nuisance should be tolerated. Law breakers should
be dealt with firm hands,” ordered the Governor.
Unidentified assailants abducted
three persons, identified as Lala Nampui (75), Josepha Nampui
(25) and Luapui Thiaite, from New Sangbar village under Umrangsu
Police Station in Dima Hasao District.
Unidentified militants exploded
a bomb at the residence of a contractor of Government’s PMGSY
scheme, Sinam Dijen in Yaiskul Sougaijam Leirak Nambul Mapal under
Imphal Police Station in Imphal west District. However, no casualties
were reported. According to the available information, the bomb
is suspected to be an IED.
A head constable, identified as
Thounaojam Herojit Singh, who had claimed to have killed Chungkham
Sanjit, a former militant, in a controversial case on July 23,
2009 on the orders given by the then ASP, Imphal West, Akoijam
Jhalajit Singh, disappeared after he boarded an Imphal-bound flight
at Delhi Airport. His family members fear that he could have been
abducted by unidentified suspects after landing at Imphal airport
on the same day.
A Sessions Court convicted two
persons for hatching a conspiracy to launch terror strikes at
the ONGC headquarters and other public places here in 2010. "The
court has convicted Abdul Latif and Riyaz Ali under different
sections of IPC and the UAPA. The court is expected to pronounce
quantum of sentence tomorrow," special public prosecutor
With the Islamabad High Court
dismissing the prosecution's petition seeking voice samples of
26/11 (November 26, 2008) Mumbai Terror attack mastermind Zakiur
Rehman Lakhvi and six other suspects, the MEA said that the ongoing
trial is a test of Pakistan's sincerity in combating terrorism
directed towards India. "We see the Mumbai terror attack
trial in Islamabad as a test of Pakistan's sincerity in combating
terrorism directed towards India. The planning, training and financing
of the Mumbai terrorist attack was done on Pakistan, where 99
percent of the evidence is. It is Pakistan's responsibility to
unearth and present requisite evidences in the ongoing trial so
that the perpetrators are brought to justice," MEA Spokesperson
Vikas Swarup said.
Hyderabad Police arrested the
absconding alleged IM operative, Mohamed Rafeeq, alias
Alam Jeb Afridi, a native of Ahmedabad, from Bengaluru. He was
handed over to the NIA for further interrogation. Sources in Ahmedabad
crime branch said Afridi had confessed to NIA about his role in
the serial blasts that rocked the city on July 26, 2008. Around
56 people were killed and more than 200 were injured in the blasts,
which took place at 18 places in Ahmedabad. "Afridi reportedly
told NIA officials that he held a series of meetings with hardcore
SIMI terrorists. He was also at the terror training camps at Waghamon
and Halol," said a crime branch official.
Rafeeq was being interrogated
by the Telangana Police in connection with a blast in Ahmedabad
when his alleged role in the Church Street blast on December 28,
2014 came to light. A statement from the NIA said Rafeeq had planted
an IED outside Coconut Grove restaurant in Church Street on December
28, 2014. “During interrogation, Rafeeq confessed he wanted to
plant a bomb inside the restaurant, but was deterred by the presence
of staff, and so he planted it near the wall,” the statement said.
Rafeeq was acting at the behest of a handler who had told him
about the probable visit of an Israeli delegation to the restaurant
for dinner that night. The explosion claimed the life of a woman
from Chennai visiting Bengaluru.
Pakistan's ISI has joined hands
with Islamic State (IS) to carry out terror attacks in India.
Pakistan’s intelligence agency is now trying to infiltrate into
the India via Syria and Iraq. Because of growing international
pressure, Pakistan has been forced to act on the home-grown terror
groups. So, in order to tackle this problem, the ISI has now joined
hands with IS to continue to sponsor terrorism into India. The
IS is desperately looking for Indian youths who can hack the government's
data and pass on crucial information to them. IS handlers are
contacting such distracted youths through social networking websites.
Troops of RR, TA and Reasi Police
recovered a consignment of arms and ammunition from village Bajali
in Dandihalya area of Reasi District. Official reports said a
joint team of the SF personnel carried out search operation in
Bajali and destroyed natural hideout of the militants. Recoveries
made from the hideouts included one AK-47 rifle with one magazine
and 249 rounds, one UBGL, one 9mm pistol with magazine, five rounds
of 9mm pistol ammunition, 23 Pika rounds, one radio set and war
like stores. Army and Police conducted searches in the area after
effecting the recoveries but no arrests were made from the spot.
The Police arrested a militant
in Shopian District. According to the Police, he was among the
four youth who joined militants along with a cop recently.
Terrorist outfit LeT is recruiting
“vulnerable young men in Pakistan,” as part of a larger conspiracy
to wage war against India, especially in the State of J&K,
a chargesheet filed by the NIA in the Udhampur terrorist attack
case has said. The NIA said the LeT “recruited these impressionable
young men and put them through various training regimes with the
twin objectives of radicalising their worldview and providing
them with ‘military’ skills and they were then illegally pushed
into India to join their colleagues and commit terrorist acts.”
The outfit recruited “guides” to help “trained terrorists” infiltrate
into India through Helen Det, a launch pad being operated by the
outfit in PoK near the LoC, says the chargesheet pertaining to
the attack on a BSF bus in Udhampur on August 5, 2015, in J&K.
Nine LeT cadres were named in
a charge sheet filed by NIA in terror attack case in Udhampur,
2015. The charge sheet has been filed against the accused Mohammed
Naveed alias Usman, Khursheed Ahmed Bhat alias Khursheed
Alam Bhat, Showkat Ahmed Bhat, Shabzar Ahmed Bhat, Fayaz Ahmed
Ittoo alias Fayaz Khar, Khursheed Ahmed Ittu,
Fayaz Ahmed Ashwar alias Setha, Ashiq Hussain
Bhat alias Ubaida and Abu Noman.
GOC of Army’s 15 Corps, Lieutenant
General Satish Kumar Dua while speaking to reporters on the sidelines
of a function at the inauguration of Nawjawan Club for Youth at
High Ground Anantnag in South Kashmir said that over 200 militants
are active in Kashmir Valley, but SFs are maintaining pressure
on them to ensure peaceful conduct of various functions in the
Valley. “There are around 220 militants, over 200 militants in
Kashmir”, he said. The GOC also said that the counter-infiltration
grid along 400 kilometer long LoC in Kashmir is robust and in
multi tiers to foil any infiltration attempt.
Admitting that critical Police
lapses during the combing operation caused a 13-member contingent
driving through dense Kalapahari forests to fall in the CPI-Maoist
trap, State DGP D.K. Pandey, who flew to Palamau headquarters
in Daltonganj, to pay his tributes to slain troopers at Chhatarpur
Block in Palamu District, said, "While carrying out operations
in a remote area, the police should have used an anti-landmine
vehicle instead of moving around in a Tata 407 mini truck. Adequate
backup for unprecedented eventualities was also not taken care
Chhattisgarh has constituted a
post of Special DGP Anti-Naxal Operations to effectively combat
LWEs in the State and has given the charge to senior IPS officer
D. M. Awasthi as part of a minor reshuffle on the top.
Two days after the landmine blast
at Hussainabad in Palamu District of Jharkhand, Maoists, claimed
the incident took place to avenge the Bandh Gorya encounter under
the Dhibra Police Station area in Aurangabad District of Bihar,
in which four Maoists were killed. A statement released on behalf
of CPI-Maoist central zone spokesman Pramjeet claimed that the
organization would launch 'Operation Break' against SF
personnel and engage them in encounters to give them a befitting
reply. He added the Police were cheating the people in the name
of ‘Operation Vishwas’ launched to generate a sense of
security among them.
Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki on January 28 filed a fresh plea in the SC
against promulgation of President’s Rule in the North Eastern
State. The move comes days after the Supreme Court agreed to hear
Congress’ plea against Centre’s recommendation of President’s
Rule in Arunachal Pradesh on January 27.
Three Policemen, identified as
Dharmendra Das, Tilak Nath and R K Rajesh Singh, were injured
when unidentified assailants hurled a grenade at them during patrol
duty in Ram Nagar under Haflong Police Station in Dima Hasao District.
Investigations are on and a search has been launched to nab the
culprits, the Police officer said.
Unidentified assailants fired
at the residence of District BJP General Secretary Deben Thaosen
in Haflong in Dima Hasao District. However, no casualties were
Assailants abducted one Bijon
Kemprai, brother of Dima Hasao DCC president Mahendra Kemprai,
from Thaijuari in Dima Hasao District.
Police and Army, in a joint operation,
arrested one NDFB-IKS militant, identified as Gangaraj Wary alias
Dableu Gold (35), and a linkman, identified as Kalicharan Brahma
(25) from Chirang District. Spot interrogation and search led
to recovery of one 7.62 mm pistol with two rounds of ammunition,
one .305 Rifle with 25 rounds of ammunition, 14 rounds of .315
rifle, one Chinese hand grenade and other war like stores, an
Army official said in a statement.
Army and Tengakhat Police in a
joint operation arrested a leader of the ULFA-I and his wife from
Ulton area under Tengakhat Police Station in Dibrugarh District.
The arrested militants have been identified as Abhinash Gogoi
alias Dudu (18), a resident of Tengakhat Lohali Village
under Duliajan Police Station and Puja Marak (20), resident of
Sherpur District in Bangladesh. According to Police sources, Dudu
was joined banned outfit ULFA-I in 2011 and subsequently he was
sheltered at Bangladesh and had involved in various activities
AR personnel and Thoubal Police
Commandos during a search in Bongbal Khullen village in Senapati
District arrested one KNF-N cadre, identified as the ‘assistant
finance secretary’ Satkithang Kipgen alias Ranjit (29).
One 9mm Pistol (Country made) along with a magazine and nine live
rounds were also recovered from his possession.
Police raided Nogapara village
in West Garo Hills District and arrested two militants of ASAK,
identified as Chiang Ch Sangma and Walnen A Sangma along with
two crude bombs. Ongoing counter insurgency operations against
ASAK militants had been taking place for the last few days in
the areas of Dombagre, Wadagre, Mellim, Bolchugre and Rangsakona,
report said. The arrested militants revealed that they were part
of ASAK’s western area command under the leadership of senior
ASAK commander Harara.
NSCN-K rejected the allegation
of IGAR-N that it was involved in “narco-terrorism” and sought
to clarify the allegation for public consumption. NSCN-K PRO ‘colonel’
Isak Sumi said the inhabitants of Chindwin Valley, both Nagas
and non-Nagas, had for ages been tending poppy garden more or
less as a tradition using the produced as a medicine to fight
tropical malaria that claimed hundreds of life each year.
The PRO of the AR while highlighting
the seizures made by the Para-military unit in the State informed
that AR has recovered 263 firearms and 19,157 rounds of ammunition
in operations conducted during 2015. The PRO said that a total
of 516 persons were arrested during the same period for involvement
in anti-social activities. Of the people arrested, 230 were cadres
of the various Naga Political Groups and 286 were civilians. The
recovered firearms included 142 pistols of various calibres, 10
AK and M16 series rifles, one lathode rifle and 24 types of “local
An Afghanistan National was detained
at the Pathankot Railway Station in Punjab over visa validity
issues. The 25-year-old was on his way from Srinagar (Jammu and
Kashmir) when he had an altercation with a passenger over travelling
without a ticket. The Police was called after the scuffle broke
out and the man was handed over to the police, where after questioning
he revealed that he was from Kabul. The man came to India in 2013
and doubts remain over the validity of his Visa. Meanwhile, two
mobile phones and a laptop have been recovered from him and an
investigation is underway.
The NIA arrested three suspected
Islamic State (IS/ISIS) propagandists and recruiters, who were
deported from the UAE on January 28, in New Delhi. The arrested
men have been identified as Sheikh Azhar al Islam Abdul Sattar
Sheikh (hails from Jammu and Kashmir), Mohd Farhan Rafiq Shaikh
(hails from Maharashtra) and Adnan Hussain (hails from Karnataka).
The three are wanted for conspiracy to identify, motivate, recruit
and train Indians, both in India and abroad, for terror attacks.
They were arrested by NIA after questioning. They were working
with Islamic State's Abu Dhabi module.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh
said that the security agencies were capable of dealing with any
threat posed by the terror group (Islamic State). The Minister’s
comments came amidst concern over the growing attempts by ISIS
to lure youths into its fold. "We have the capacity to meet
any threat. We will face it," the Home Minister said.
An Indian terror module pledging
allegiance to the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) is a reorganized group
of the virtually defunct IM and SIMI elements, recruiting new
members to carry out a string of terror strikes across the country,
highly placed intelligence sources said. This fact came out during
the questioning of 14 suspected Islamic State (IS) sympathisers
who were arrested last week from 12 places in six cities in a
synchronized raid conducted by the NIA, the sources added. Those
inspired by the IS ideology were hooked by Yusuf-al-Hind who,
the Indian security agencies believe, is former IM member Shafi
Armar, a resident of Bhatkal in Karnataka. Armar, now believed
to be in the Islamic State-held area along the border of Iraq
and Syria, formed ‘Janood-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind’ and recruited Mumbai-based
33-year-old Mudabbir Mushtaq Shaikh as ‘Amir’ (chief) of the group.
Official sources privy to the
investigation said that Armar also recruited his brother Sultan
and others who had worked for IM and the now-banned SIMI. “Apart
from former IM and SIMI members, Armar chose those who are basically
inspired by the IS ideology. He first recruited his close aides
and then inspired them to recruit more supporters,” said an unnamed
official. They used social networking sites and made calls through
the internet (using VoIP) to activate the sleeper cells of IM
and SIMI,” the official added.
Another intelligence source declining
to be identified said that the outfit members were directed to
carry out strikes across multiple cities, including Hyderabad
in Telangana, Bengaluru, Mangalore and Tumkur in Karnataka, Lucknow
in Uttar Pradesh, and Aurangabad and Mumbai in Maharashtra. “They
were asked to organise training camps – like how to use fire arms
– before the attack. They were also trying to establish channels
for procuring explosives and weapons,” the official source said.
The leadership of Janood-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind, active since April
2015, was following the IM and SIMI set-ups by choosing their
organised central, state and city level core groups, the official
said. The 14 men, allegedly influenced by IS and arrested by the
NIA, are also said to have revealed that the 20-year-old Uttar
Pradesh-based Mohammed Aleem was chosen as Naib Amir, the second-in-command
of the group after Mudabbir. The sources said Karnataka resident
Najmul Huda was the military commander and 24-year-old Hyderabadi
Mohammed Nafees Khan was the finance chief of the outfit.
Two men were awarded varying jail
terms by a sessions court for hatching a conspiracy to launch
terror strikes at the ONGC headquarters and other public places
in Mumbai in 2010. "The court sentenced Abdul Latif to 12
years in jail and Riyaz Ali to 10 years' imprisonment," said
special public prosecutor Rohini Salian. Sessions court Judge
Sanjay Patil also imposed a fine of INR 10,000 and INR 5,000 on
Latif and Ali, respectively. The duo were in touch with a person,
believed to be their handler, based in Pakistan and used to address
him as 'uncle'. Latif and Ali were directed by the 'uncle' to
recruit young boys and to send them to Pakistan for training and
carrying out terror activities in India.
A militant was killed in an encounter
that broke out between militants and SFs in Lolab area in Kupwara
District, after SFs launched an operation. Police said that acting
on specific information about presence of at least two-three militants
of LeT in Lohar Mohalla, Dardpora in the frontier district, 28
RR of Army and SOG Kupwara launched the joint operation. Reports
said that during the cordon, militants fired on the SFs leading
to a gun battle in which one militant was killed and one AK-47
rifle was recovered from the dead militant.
Seven hardcore CPI-Maoist cadres
were arrested from various places in the Bastar division of Chhattisgarh.
Three Maoists, carrying a reward of INR 100,000 each on their
heads, were arrested from Dantewada District. Two Maoists were
arrested near Metapal village of Sukma District, while two others
were arrested from Kanker and Narayanpur Districts.
One Maoist cadre has surrendered
before Rajnandgaon District SP. The Maoist was carrying a reward
of INR 200,000 on his head.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres, who had
apparently come to intimidate workers and contractors engaged
in the widening of NH-23, were arrested from Beltand in Bokaro
District of Jharkhand. A gun, a pistol and seven cartridges were
found from them.
A top CPI-Maoist leader, identified
as Ram Chandra Mahto aka Pramod aka Chirag Da, was
killed in an exchange of fire during a joint operation conducted
by Bihar Police, CRPF, CoBRA and SSB at Charkapaththar area in
the Jamui District. Mahto was a ‘member’ of the East Bihar North-West
Jharkhand ‘special area committee’ and was wanted in 20 cases
in Bihar and over three dozen cases in Jharkhand. He carried a
head money of INR 2.5 million in Jharkhand and INR 500,000 in
Bihar. Mahto’s body was recovered along with one Police rifle,
one 303 regular weapon, one 8mm pistol and one country made pistol.
One person, identified as Dip
Neog, who was arrested on charges of making an extortion demand
to a local resident in Rajahowli in Jorhat District, was sent
to judicial custody by a local court in Jorhat.
The SIT formed to probe the Dinanagar
terror attack believes that the attack was undertaken by LeT,
while the attack on the Pathankot Air Force Station was the handiwork
of JeM. The SIT officials said the three terrorists who attacked
Dinanagar had hidden their identity and organisation like the
way LeT worked. However, in Pathankot, the JeM terrorists made
no effort to hide that they were from that organisation and left
a trail of evidence tracking them to Pakistan.
Two LeT militants were killed
during an encounter in North Kashmir’s Lolab area in Kupwara District.
The militants have been identified as Abu Mushtaq Hyder and Abu
Rashid Suliaman Qadri. Bodies of both the militants were retrieved
and two AK-47 rifles, 15 magazines, hundreds of bullets,
4 wireless sets, three grenades, one pistol, two GPS devices,
one Thuraya, one matrix sheet, clothes, medicine and ration were
recovered from them.
Three cadres of the CPI-Maoist
were killed in two different encounters in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.
In the first encounter, two woman Maoist cadres were killed and
their dead bodies were recovered after an encounter near Palamadagu
village of Sukma District. The woman Maoists, identified as Vanjam
Shanti and Vanjam Pojje, were militia members of Palamadagu range
committee of the Maoists, IG of Police, S.R.P. Kalluri said. Three
locally made guns, detonators, uniforms and some bullets were
recovered from them.
A Maoist cadre identified as Ramasu,
who was the trainer of the Maoists LOS in Awapalli area was killed
in an encounter which took place at Pannur village of Bijapur
District, Chhattisgarh. One 8 mm locally made gun was recovered
One civilian was killed in a cross
firing between CPI-Maoist and PLFI cadres, at Pondegar under Bandgaon
Police Station area in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand.
The body of a villager who was
abducted by the CPI-Maoist cadres two days ago for refusing to
join their ranks was found in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh.
The body of the victim, identified as Hidma, was found lying in
a pool of blood on the outskirts of his native village Madiyaras
Korra, said Santosh Singh, ASP, Sukma. The villager was abducted
by armed men from a local market on January 28.
A Police official was killed in
an encounter with CPI-Maoist sympathisers in Munger District.
Police said that on a tip-off a Police team led by ASP Navin Kumar
went to Lathiakoresi village to arrest a suspected Maoist Lallan
Koda but in the exchange of fire an ASI Bhavesh Singh posted at
Dharhara Police Station of Munger District, suffered bullet injuries.
“The injured was brought to the Sadar Hospital where doctors declared
him dead”, said Varun Sinha, Munger SP. A Maoist sympathiser was
also injured in the firing.
SFs arrested a cadre of NSCN-U,
identified as Jenlang Moinyak, from Longbu village in Tirap District
of Arunachal Pradesh.
SWAT commandos of Meghalaya Police
killed a ‘commander’ of GNLA, wanted in the bombing in Williamnagar
market on January 9, in an encounter at Nengjringgttim village
in East Garo Hills District. The commandos shot dead Pangkam Sangma,
the second ‘area commander’ of the GNLA, while another terrorist,
who ran away along with two others from the gunfight, is believed
to have sustained bullet injuries. "He (Pangkam) was wanted
in several cases of murder, kidnapping and extortion besides in
the January 9 Williamnagar blast in East Garo Hills where nine
people were critically injured," East Garo Hills District
SP, Davies R. Marak said. A pistol, four mobile handsets, high-frequency
wireless sets and incriminating documents were recovered from
the site of the encounter.
The Islamic State of Syria and
Iraq (ISIS) module that was busted recently by the NIA had attempted
to procure arms from West Bengal. Investigators have learnt that
while these youth who were arrested had planned on increasing
the recruitments, they were also in touch with some operatives
to procure arms from West Bengal. The job of procuring arms was
assigned to one of the arrested operatives, Nafees Khan. He was
told by his handlers to visit West Bengal and make contact with
arms dealers. He was to visit the border areas of the state to
get in touch with persons who supply illegal arms and ammunition,
the investigators have learnt. The NIA during its probe had learnt
that this communication relating to procurement of arms was found
while deciphering the transcripts of these alleged ISIS operatives.
There have also been financial transactions which suggest that
money was being collected to procure arms and ammunition.
The suspected Islamic State of
Syria and Iraq (ISIS) terrorists arrested by the NIA were collecting
chemicals used in matchsticks and explosive of firecrackers for
the past seven months with an aim to launch attacks in different
parts of the country. The preliminary reports of the explosive
seized from the arrested suspects indicate that the chemicals
are potassium chlorate and potassium nitrate, said one of the
officials. "Due to the recent restrictions by the government
on purchase of ammonium nitrate, the modus operandi of the group
here appears to be to collect the other easily available explosives,"
said a senior official. The final laboratory report is still awaited,
With no headway made in the probe
into the Pathankot terror attack, Pakistan plans to seek more
evidence from India, a media report said, days after PM Nawaz
Sharif said the outcome of the investigation into the assault
would be made public soon. A Pakistani Government team investigating
the Pathankot airbase attack will ask the Foreign Ministry to
seek more evidence from India. "The team has almost completed
its investigation into five cellphone numbers (allegedly used
for making calls from Pakistan to India) provided by the Indian
Government. No further leads were found from these numbers because
they were unregistered and had fake identities," Dawn Newspaper
quoted a source as saying. "The probe is not heading further.
The team needs more evidence. Therefore, it has written to the
government to speak to India and apprise it of the situation and
demand more evidence to move forward in investigation here,"
Two persons were injured in Lolab
area in Kupwara District, after violent stone-throwing clashes
erupted between locals and SFs over the killing of three LeT militants.
The clashes erupted soon after the funeral-in-absentia for two
militants as locals resorted to massive stone-pelting on Lalpora
Police Station. The residents of Dardpora and Lalpora areas offered
the absentia funeral at Jindyal village as Police didn’t handover
bodies of two militants to them.
Three teenagers were arrested
by Police from Sazgaripora locality of Hawal in Kupwara District,
on the charges of stone-pelting. The youths were detained for
taking part in frequent stone-throwing protests in Old City localities,
said an official.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed
in an encounter with SF personnel in Sukma District of Bastar
region, said S.R.P. Kalluri, IGP, Bastar Range. “A small contingent
of the DRG (District Reserve Guard) and the STF (Special Task
Force) was dispatched by Sukma District Superintendent of Police
D. Srawan to Kistaram area of Sukma on the basis of some specific
inputs provided by intelligence agencies. A fierce gunbattle took
place between the Police team and the Maoists near Vanjalvala
village. Two bodies of uniformed Maoists were recovered from the
spot of the encounter by our boys,” added IGP Kalluri. The two
Maoists have been identified as Dusra Dharma, the ‘president’
of Revolutionary People’s Committee of the Maoists in the area
and Vetti Raju, the ‘president’ of Dandkaranya Kisan Majdoor Sangh
of the Maoists. Police also recovered two locally-made guns, backpacks
and some Maoist literature from the encounter spot.
Police arrested two GNLA rebels
in South Garo Hills District. According to the Police the arrested
militants have been identified as-Tobiash Ch Marak alias Changdul,
(20) and Rakran Ch Marak (18), both of Rongpakgre village under
Chokpot Police Station. The duo was arrested from Ganggugre village
near Deku in an early morning operation by Baghmara SWAT team.
One 7.65 pistol with magazine, three live rounds and GNLA ID card
were recovered from their possession. Police said that Changdul
was earlier part of West Garo Hills command under GNLA.
Three persons were arrested by
Aradonga Police from Mawram Noonmati, West Khasi Hills District,
in connection with the abduction case of Darius Marngar of Nongthymai
village under Aradonga outpost in West Khasi Hills District. The
three arrested persons have been identified as- Jholsh G Momin
(25) of Resu Radi, North Garo Hills District, Walmen G Momin alias Katrangbat
Momin (25) of Dingoapal, Bajengdoba, North Garo Hills and Sengman
R Marak (25) of Nongrisan of West Khasi Hills District.
Source:Compiled from news reports and