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India Timeline - Year 2015

Date

Incidents

January 1

The Telangana Government allotted INR 600 crore for installation of the CCTV camera grid across Hyderabad and Cyberabad Police Commissionerates. As a first step towards the execution of the project, the government has constituted (through GO MS No. 64 on December 27, 2014) a HPC headed by the Chief Secretary and PMU headed by Hyderabad Police Commissioner to establish CCTV surveillance network in the city with latest video analytics. The video analytic tools process live feed/recorded footage from CCTV cameras across the city and, if a face in the footage matches with the images of offenders or wanted suspects stored in the database, an alert will pop up on police computers.

As of now, the Hyderabad and Cyberabad Police together have 410 CCTV cameras. Once the CCTV grid is put in place in the coming few years, Police expect that there will be over a lakh electronic eyes, including 10,000 pieces installed by the government, keeping vigil in the city.

As Pakistan resorted to fresh firing from across the border, UHM Rajnath Singh said if anyone dares to cast an evil eye on India, security forces will give a fitting response. "Our jawans are protecting the border with all their might. No one can dare cast an evil eye on India. Even if someone tries to do so, BSF and other security forces will give them a fitting reply," Singh said. "Pakistan should not do this. Diplomats of both the countries remain in constant touch," Singh added.

Number of Pakistani Rangers killed in BSF's retaliatory fire according to latest reports stands at five. Earlier it was reported that four Pakistani Rangers were killed in the firing on December 31. BSF also destroyed terrorist launch pad across the border at Abhiyal Dogra but around 23-30 militants, who were stationed there escaped the firing from paramilitary force.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said Islamabad does not seem to learn any lesson, and India's response had been "more than double the capacity". "Pakistan does not like to stay quiet even on New Year day. They started (cross-border) firing at 12.30 in the night and don't seem to learn (any) lesson," Parrikar said. He said, "There are ceasefire violations….Whenever they want infiltration to be done, many times they do the firings at night…I don't think that we have allowed that to happen… Our response is more than double the capacity."

Coast Guard patrol vessels intercepted a suspicious Pakistani fishing boat in the Arabian Sea. MoD officials said the four people on the fishing trawler set it ablaze after an "hour-long hot pursuit", which ended with "warning shots" being fired to stop the vessel around 365 km from Porbandar in Gujarat.

MoD was quite emphatic that the fishing boat which was being quietly tracked after it began its journey from Keti Bandar near Karachi (Sindh, Pakistan) based on specific intelligence inputs and wireless intercepts was carrying explosives.

The location of the ship off Gujarat coast is considered significant because of the high-profile events Pravasi Bharatiya Divas and Vibrant Gujarat which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others. Two Coast Guard vessels are still searching the area for any "tell-tale signs" of the conspiracy that was afoot.

Almost a year before 26/11, as reported on April 12, 2007) eight LeT terrorists had come from Karachi through the sea route and were intercepted by the Coast Guard off Mumbai coast but were let off for a "consideration". Two of the eight terrorists were held in Rajouri (Jammu and Kashmir) following an Intelligence Bureau operation in March, 2014. The duo had travelled from Diu to Mumbai-Delhi-Chandigarh-Rajouri and was helped by a dozen other local operatives who functioned as their guides. The six others remained untraceable.

The two terrorists Abdul Majid Rain from Sindh and Jameel Ahmed Awan from Abbotabad later told their interrogators that they were motivated by speeches of LeT founder Hafiz Saeed and 'commander' Azam Cheema. The two leaders had told them to fight "excesses" against Muslims in J&K and elsewhere in India. Both were enrolled in LeT in 2003, four years before they were launched into India and were given arms training in PoK and shown CDs of "atrocities of security forces" on Muslims.

Suspected pro-IS Twitter account handler Mehdi Masroor Biswas was in touch with IS combatant stationed in Iraq, according to Bengaluru Police Commissioner MN Reddi. "During our interrogation of Biswas, we have found that the IS account holder was in touch with the IS combatant and he was an aide," MN Reddi stated. Biswas was produced before a city court on January 2 and sent to judicial custody till January 16, 2015.

A heavily armed group of CPI-Maoist cadres killed a former intelligence unit 'chief' of the Maoists, identified as Shivaji Korsa at Kottapal village in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh, who had surrendered before Police in 2012.

Police busted an arms factory of the PLFI at Jaldega in Simdega District of Jharkhand.

The Centre has issued fresh warnings of a possible direct assault on government institutions by the CPI-Maoist in Kerala.

Maoists torched a road roller and a motorcycle at Sarhandi Sihari village under Tadoki Police Station limits in Kanker District of Chhattisgarh.

SFs arrested an unidentified militant belonging to NDFB-IKS at Chhagaliya near the Assam-West Bengal border in Dhubri District.

SFs arrested one KYKL militant, 'chapel', Thounaojam Abungoba alias Meiraba alias Tombabu alias Sanathoi Meitei (22), from the general area of Tere Urak Ngamukhong in Thoubal District. One .9 mm pistol along with magazine and four live rounds of .9 mm were recovered from his possession.

SFs arrested a KYKL militant, 'sergent' Sanasam alias Johnson alias Maniyai alias Abung (29) near a vehicle check post at NH-102 near Pallel in Thoubal District.

The NLFT has suffered another split with "commander" Prabhat Jamatya (39), in early December 2014, leaving the group's camp in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh with more than 25 followers and a large number of arms and ammunition. NLFT-Prabhat, have based themselves in the large and sprawling house of a retired Bangladeshi Policeman in Rajghat the tea garden area under Chunarughat sub-district of Bangladesh, which borders Monaibari under Khowai Subdivision of Tripura. The rebels have started sending "tax" notices to Indian residents from across the border.

Sources in the Special Branch (intelligence wing) of the State Police confirmed the movement of more than 25 NLFT-Prabhat rebels in the area. They said the group's main purpose was to create trouble during the TTAADC polls and extort money from candidates and parties."According to our reports, all the militants are armed. They have 10 AK-series rifles, 10 stenguns, six .303 rifles and a number of grenades. The NLFT is terribly short of money and resources because returns from 'tax' collection and ransom from abductions have fallen precipitously. More than any political purpose, their aim is to keep the group going," a senior SB official said.

As Pakistan resorted to fresh firing from across the border, UHM Rajnath Singh said if anyone dares to cast an evil eye on India, security forces will give a fitting response. "Our jawans are protecting the border with all their might. No one can dare cast an evil eye on India. Even if someone tries to do so, BSF and other security forces will give them a fitting reply," Singh said. "Pakistan should not do this. Diplomats of both the countries remain in constant touch," Singh added.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said Islamabad does not seem to learn any lesson, and India's response had been "more than double the capacity". "Pakistan does not like to stay quiet even on New Year day. They started (cross-border) firing at 12.30 in the night and don't seem to learn (any) lesson," Parrikar said. He said, "There are ceasefire violations….Whenever they want infiltration to be done, many times they do the firings at night…I don't think that we have allowed that to happen… Our response is more than double the capacity.

January 2

The NIA probing the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast case, secured the transit remand of JMB operative Sahanur Alam. And it will enable NIA to take him to Kolkata (West Bengal) from Guwahati (Assam), where he will be produced in a special court there on January 3 along with Rafikul Islam and Sariful Islam, who had earlier been arrested for their alleged jihadi links.

Delhi Police Commissioner, BS Bassi said, that 13 terrorists have been arrested by the Special Cell since January 2014. Of these seven are from IM, three from LeT and three from SIMI. The arrested IM operatives include engineering students Mahruf, Waqar Azhar and Shaquib Ansari of the outfit's Rajasthan module.

Currently, three SWAT teams of the Special Cell are being deployed at Greater Kailash area of Delhi to foil any terrorists attack, Bassi said, adding and the cell is also engaged in verifying and monitoring second-hand car dealers and chemical sellers.

The Madhya Pradesh ATS clarified to their counterparts in Karnataka that CCTV footage of suspects moving around Bengaluru blast (December 28, 2014) site does not match with pictures of any of the SIMI operatives, who had escaped from Khandwa jail. Karnataka Police had been suspecting role of Al-Ummah and five SIMI fugitives in the bomb blast.

The crime branch arrested two Nepalese nationals from Bettiah in West Champaran District of Bihar and recovered FICN worth INR 18,000 in denominations from them. The ASP (Crime), Shailendra Singh Chouhan said two arrested youths have been identified as Gasul Alam Khan and Javed Khan. Alam studied till class X in Nepal and is into tailoring work while Khan is his friend and repairs mobile phones.

The NIA filed a charge sheet in the FICN case involving a lynchpin of the Dawood Ibrahim syndicate. In the charge sheet the NIA names Ekramul Ansari as the prime accused who had attempted to smuggle in FICN worth INR 49,00,000 from Dubai to India. The NIA states that Ansari had brought into India the FICN from Dubai and had planned on circulating it. All the notes that were found were of the INR 1000 denomination and on verification at Nashik (Maharashtra) it was found to be fake. Ansari who originally hails from East Champaran District in Bihar was allegedly working with the Dawood syndicate which is also involved in the circulation of fake currency.

A Policeman, identified as Assistant Constable Somlu Hemla (30), was killed by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres with bow and arrow at Patliguda village in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh.

A person named as Anup Kumar who claims himself to be a 'senior Maoist leader' operating in Sukma District has threatened to abduct Mungeli District Collector Sanjay Alang in the State within 24 hours if he failed to cancel the drive to recruit Revenue Inspectors in the area.

A stone crusher unit at Nedumpoyil in Kannur District of Kerala was attacked by CPI-Maoist cadres. Police and residents said New Bharath Stone Crusher which is close to the Chekkeri Kurichya colony near 24th Mile was vandalised and set afire by a gang of five around 2.30 am after they threatened employees at gunpoint. The tribal community had complained against this unit many times.

A group of Maoists vandalised and ransacked a government office in Kannur District of Kerala. They first tied up security personnel and vandalised the office. The group left after taking away the CCTV cameras and raising pro-Maoist slogans.

The Kurichya Munnetta Samiti, an organisation representing the Kurichya Adivasi community, denied that residents of some tribal colonies have connections with the Maoists.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said it was really unfortunate that even after over six decades of Independence the poor villagers were deprived of basic amenities including water, road, electricity etc. He attributed "administrative failure" as a major cause behind Naxalism and assured to provide development-oriented schemes and good governance in the State.

The dead body of an Adivasi villager, Kero Hasda, was recovered in Chirang District. The death toll in the violence which started with the December 23, 2013 NDFB-IKS attacks, its backlash and in Police firing has gone up to 82. "He [Kero Hasda] was missing since December 25 from Koraibari village in Chirang district," Inspector-General of Police (law and order) S.N. Singh said.

An AR jawan was injured, in unconfirmed reports, during an encounter between AR personnel and suspected NDFB-IKS militants under Itakhola Police Station area in Sonitpur District. A meeting of the Special Operations Group of Unified Command was held at the Army's Red Horns Division Headquarters at Rangiya on January 2 to review the security situation following the NDFB-IKS attacks.

SFs arrested one KPLT linkman, identified as Babu Hanseyin Kheroni Police Station of Karbi Anglong District. Police also recovered one 9mm pistol with 4 ammunitions and 5 bullets of AK series assault rifle from the residence of Sarmen Enghi located in village Notun Enghi Gaon.

Home Commissioner Prateek Hajela said that the number of Adivasi and Bodo people taking shelter in relief camps has come down to 2,08,000 (on January 2) from 2,36,000 (on January 1), with more people returning home.

A Junior Commissioned Officer of 12 Assam Rifles was killed, in an encounter, with militants of the NDFB-IKS in Sonitpur District. Official sources said a group of 12 NDFB-IKS militants came down from the hilly Seijosa area near Pakke reserve forest in East Kameng District of neighboring Arunachal Pradesh and opened fire on Security Forces (SFs).SFs had launched operations against NDFB-IKS after the later carried out December 23 massacre of Adivasis in Sonitpur, Chirang and Kokrajhar Districts.

RPF claimed that two troopers of AR were killed in a bomb attack as a part of "Operation Jackal" launched by its armed wing, PLA on December 31, 2013. State Police have received report of explosion of two IEDs simultaneously on the road leading to Kotha in Chandel District, the area of occurrence as claimed by RPF's 'publicity secretary' Roben Khuman dispatched to the media in Imphal. However, Police have no report of any casualty. They said that the IEDs were triggered in the evening around 4 p.m. while troops of 24 AR based at Kotha village were on routine patrol duty.

SFs arrested a PLA militant, Maibam Kanta Singh alias Manisana (37), from the general area Heirok Part - II in Thoubal District.

Four GNLA militants surrendered before West Garo Hills SP in-charge Bruno A Sangma. The surrendered cadres were led by Banang G Momin and the rest were identified as Tapseng M Sangma alias Rakchak, Walgrik A Sangma, and Damseng Ch Marak. He was the only member to surrender with a weapon. Banang G Momin handed over a 7.65 pistol with some ammunition.

An IED was recovered from inside an ATM booth in Mokokchung town in Mokokchung District. According to official sources, the IED was reportedly found by a CRPF trooper who had gone to the ATM to draw cash.

At least three Pakistani Rangers were killed as BSF responded effectively to heavy mortar shelling and firing by Pakistan in Hiranagar and Samba sectors as security forces foiled infiltration attempt by a group of seven to eight militants at Chor Gali in Samba sector. However, there had been no reports of any casualties or damage on the Indian side.

Groups of Pakistani terrorists have positioned themselves at eight to nine launch pads along the LoC and IB in J&K. They are waiting to infiltrate under the cover of fire provided by Pakistani forces, for carrying out attacks in India ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit in January, according to sources in the Indian security establishment. Intelligence reports have indicated that the potential infiltrators, who have organized themselves in groups ranging from four to five members to 40-45 members, are attempting to cross over "with the blessings of the highest authority in the Pakistani army".

Pakistan's ISI is disappointed with militant group LeT over the peaceful conduct of J&K elections. According to reports, ISI had asked LeT to disrupt the elections in J&K. However, due to effective vigilance of Indian Security Forces, LeT failed to disrupt the polls in which 65.2 voters cast their vote.

Two Army troopers were killed and two others injured in cross-border firing by Pakistan in Tanghdar sector of Kupwara District

January 3

An investigation into the activities of Areeb Majeed, an alleged recruit of terror group IS has led NIA to send requests to authorities in the US, Canada and Australia for cyber evidence. The NIA has approached the authorities in the US, Canada and Australia for providing cyber evidence under the MLAT, official sources said in New Delhi.

Security was increased at the IGI airport in New Delhi following an intelligence alert that terrorists may target Air India flights going to Afghanistan, officials said. The CISF, which looks after the airport's internal security, has been asked to be on alert and keep a tab on the activities of every person. Besides, Delhi Police, which is in charge of security outside the airport, was also put on alert.

The four major international airports of India in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata constitute about 94 per cent of instances of drugs smuggling and seizures, according to NCB data. Out of a total 63 incidents of narcotics detection and seizure at airports in the country in 2013, 59 were reported from these air facilities, one of the largest hubs in terms of passenger and cargo load. Only six per cent of cases were detected at the airports of Guwahati (Assam), Bangalore (Karnataka) and Madurai (Tamil Nadu).

While Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport reported a total of 17 drugs seizure cases during the said period, the Chennai airport had 16 such instances while Kolkata and Mumbai airports registered 13 such instances each during 2013. Over 1,026 kilograms of narcotics, including Ketamine, Ganja, Heroin, Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine were seized from these air facilities during the year leading to the arrest of 75 people under the provisions of the NDPS Act, the data said.

Electronic chatter shows that two Pakistani fishing boats, one of which sank after being intercepted by the Coast Guard in the Arabian sea in early hours of January 1, were in frequent touch with Pakistan Army and Maritime Security Agency through a "contact". Sources privy to the wireless intercepts, which led technical intelligence agency NTRO to alert the Coast Guard, claimed that the "contact" also talked to someone in Thailand on a frequent basis. The intercepts strengthen the official view in New Delhi that the fishing boats were on a sinister mission.

Two troopers belonging to 206 Combat CoBRA unit were injured when a pressure bomb planted by CPI-Maoist exploded, during a combing operation by the CoBRA troopers, in the forests under Chintagufa Police Station limits in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh.

A CPI-Maoist 'sub-zonal commander', identified as Thakur Khaira, was arrested from Satletba forest under Kotoria Police Station limits in Banka District of Bihar.

Bihar Government distributed cheques worth INR 1.6 million among 36 surrendered Maoists in Muzaffarpur District of Bihar. Muzaffarpur Zonal IG Paras Nath and DM Anupam Kumar handed over cheques of INR 46,000 to each of the surrendered Maoists.

Inspector-General of Police (law and order) S.N. Singh said that the ULFA-I might carry out strikes ahead of Republic Day.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that the December 23 attack on Adivasi could not have been possible without the knowledge of the NDFB-IKS's 'Commander-in- chief' Ingti Kathar Songbijit. "The attacks could not have taken place without Songbijit consent. His deputy might have executed the attacks but it is not possible that the attacks happened without Songbijit knowing of it," Gogoi said at a press conference here.

SFs arrested a UNLF militant identified as, Sanabam Shyam alias Thaja (35), from near Thoubal dam under Yairipok Police Station in Thoubal District.

SFs arrested one cadre of KNF-N, identified as Letginhao Haokip alias Haopu Haokip (35), from Nongpok Keithelmanbi bazar in Thoubal District.

NSCN-K described ACAUT stand on 'any' and 'every nominal taxation' as 'unyielding' and challenge to 'Naga struggle' and 'Naga Identity'. Upholding Indian Constitution and citing Indian Constitutional guarantees to battle the NPG(s) in itself is self-explanatory of their anti-Naga intent and purpose. Only time will tell as to what extent the damage the ACAUT may inflict on the Naga struggle, the benefits they intent to yield and the price they are willing to pay.

Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said the decade-old militancy still persists in some areas of the State. "The insurgency has not been uprooted yet despite all out efforts. Militants are still on the operational mode in some interior places of the State", he said while addressing a gathering to mark the Police Day in Agratala.

Top official sources told around midnight tonight that the BSF retaliated after the Rangers started pounding about dozen forward BSF posts and all villages falling along the IB in entire Hiranagar and Samba sectors at 9.30pm killing three Rangers at Bhopalpur, Aghora and Khora Pakistani posts opposite Mangu Chak in Samba sector at around 11 pm tonight. All forward posts and villages in Paharpur, Katau, Charu, Londi, Patti, Chakara, Lacchipura, Bobiya, Pansar, Manyari, Karol and Paharpur in Hiranagar sector, Khwara, Regal, Chilyari, Manguchak, Chachyal, Ramgarh, Maluchak, Suchetgarh Kullian and Mawa in Samba sectors were being targeted by the Rangers.

Pakistani Rangers shelled all forward villages and BSF posts in Hiranagar and Samba sectors, killing a woman and injuring 10 civilians. Over 3000 people have so far left their homes in the border areas of the two sectors and have taken shelter in the relief camps.

Official sources said that at least 70 new militants, who were well trained in new kind of 'sneak-in fidayeen attack strategy' were camping at five to six places in Sialkot area of Pakistan opposite Samba sector with a view to infiltrate into the Indian territory to carry out Arnia like terror attack before the visit of United States President Barrack Obama to India on January 26. The official sources said "The militants were well equipped with arms and explosives and new device 'floaters', which would safely help them swim through nullahs in Samba and Hiranagar sectors, in their infiltration attempts." All 70 trained LeT militants were Pakistanis, according to sources.

January 4

Police have identified visuals of six men moving suspiciously in and around the site of December 28, 2014 Church Street in Bangalore (Karnataka). The footages of the six suspicious elements were isolated after sifting through hundreds of hours of footage recovered from CCTV cameras placed by various establishments in and around Church Street.

Security across the coastal regions of Gujarat has been increased. According to reports, at least 173 Marine Commandos have been deployed at 20 Police Stations along the coastal areas to foil any attempt by the Pakistan-operated terrorist outfits to create unrest in India. Confirming the development, DySP BJ Ninama of the Marine Police said, "After the incident of Pakistani boats being chased by Coast Guard in Indian waters, we have ordered 173 of our trained Marine Commandos to take positions at 20 marine police stations situated on state coastline."

Bihar Chief Minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi while addressing a gathering at Tarapur in Munger District said that Naxals are "not wrong in demanding levy from contractors if quality of work is poor." He recounted his interaction with three LWEs before he became CM.

Six relief camps have been closed down in Chirang and Kokrajhar districts, and with this, the total number of relief camps has come down to 96 in the four Districts namely Chirang, Udalguri, Kokrajhar and Sonitpur. As on January 4, approximately 164,790 inmates are living in 96 relief camps.

Activists of the ATPC, led by 'general secretary' Manak Chandra Bordoloi, staged a dharna to demand dissolution of the present TAC and holding of elections in February 2015.

Police arrested two militants of LeT from a hotel in Srinagar city. A Police officer said that two LeT militants were arrested when Police raided the hotel during the night after specific information about their presence in the hotel. The duo has been identified as Tanveer Ahmad Baba and Shabir Ahmad.

A BSF personal was killed in cross-border firing along the IB in J&K's Samba District. Officials said the BSF jawan, Devinder Singh, from Aligarh was killed as Pakistani troops fired on forward Indian posts and civilian areas in Samba and Kathua Districts.

SFs arrested two militants belonging to NDFB-IKS, identified as Nakul Narzary and Raju Rabha, from Namora under Jinjia Police Station area of Sonitpur District of Assam.

The Chief Executive Officer of ASDMA, P.K. Tiwari, said during the last 24 hours, 11 relief camps have been closed down with 24,651 inmates returning home. Now there are 140,139 inmates in 85 relief camps in Kokrajhar, Chirang, Udalguri and Sonitpur Districts (Assam), P.K. Tiwari, said.

SFs arrested two suspected NDFB-IKS militants from Shamuktala area under the Shamuktala Police Station in Alipurduar District of Assam. The militants were nabbed of West Bengal close to the border with Assam. A huge quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered from them, police added.

DGP K. Nagaraj claimed that insurgency has been largely contained in Tripura with only eight extremist-related incidents registered in the State during 2014 whereas it was nine in the year 2013. The number of abduction cases has reduced to eight in the year 2014 against ten in the previous year and only one kidnapped person is still in militant captivity adds. "A major achievement was the seizure of a huge cache of arms and ammunition by Assam Rifles jawans from Mizoram on July 2 last year. Acting on specific information, the Assam Rifles jawans of the 45th battalion seized six AK-series rifles, three G-3 rifles and one light machine gun. Twenty-five NLFT militants surrendered to the state government in 2014," Nagaraj said.

DGP K Nagaraj, during his interaction with the media, added, "Since November 2013, Bangladesh Army, Rapid Action Battalion and Border Guards of Bangladesh have conducted a number of operations against Indian militants, destroyed several NLFT camps and seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition ".(Tripura)

At least five CPI-Maoist cadres are suspected to have been killed in an anti-Maoist operation, involving Greyhound personnel of Andhra Pradesh Police, Odisha's SOG and Odisha State Police in Malkangiri District of Odisha. IG of Police, South-Western Range Yashwant Jethwa however said officially the deaths cannot be confirmed as the teams have not recovered anybody.

Maoists killed two tribals, identified as Jaga Kabasi and Jaga Sodhi, at Keriaguda under Kalimela Police Station limits in Malkangiri District of Odisha. After conducting a 'praja court' in the village, they tied up the two villagers to a tree and beat them to death.

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi while addressing a public meeting at Tarapur in Munger District, organized under the banner of Zila Kisan Mazdoor Sammelan, said his cabinet colleagues do not cooperate with him in development measures aimed at curbing Naxalism in the State.

January 5

The Pakistani Rangers joined by Pakistan Army resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing using long range weapons targeting about 28 BSF posts and more than 70 border villages in Hiranagar and Samba sectors in J&K.

Army's 7 Garhwal, 15 Rashtriya Rifles and 23 Grenadiers launched a joint cordon and search operations in Kandiyan forest area of Keran sector in Kupwara District of J&K after inputs that at least two groups of militants have infiltrated in Kupwara sector. Sources said that these two groups of militants, at least 15 in number, are hiding in the forest area.

Authorities in Thailand arrested BKI militant, identified as Gurmeet Singh alias Jagtar Singh Tara convicted for his involvement in a bomb attack in 1995 that killed former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh and at least 15 other people. Gurmeet, entered Thailand in October 2014 and was arrested in the eastern province of Chonburi, Thai National Police Spokesman Lieutenant General Prawut Thawornsiri said. Prawut said Gurmeet faces extradition to India.

IM 'India operations chief' Yasin Bhatkal was questioned by NIA in December 28, 2014 Bangalore (Karnataka) blast case. "Some IM suspects are in Yerawada Jail, Pune. NIA officials visited the prison last week and questioned some of them. But there's been no major breakthrough. NIA sleuths also cross-checked visitors of these terror suspects in the past couple of months. The details of phone calls made from the STD booth in the jail are also being checked," the sources said.

Indian Government said the rogue Pakistani fishing boat, which sank after being intercepted by the Coast Guard in the Arabian Sea in the early hours of January 1, had "suspected terror links" while dismissing the "the smugglers at sea" theory. "I think they were suspected terrorists (the four persons on board the fishing vessel) as they committed suicide. A normal boat carrying drugs would have surrendered. Why would smugglers keep in touch with Pakistan maritime authorities?" said Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

The Chief of the Integrated Defence Staff Air Marshal PP Reddy warned that India should be prepared for war on both fronts, namely China and Pakistan. He also said that a nuclear war in the subcontinent could not be ruled out. Reddy added that China was supplying weapons to Pakistan. "Both our neighbours are equipped with nuclear weapons. There is a possibility of rise in terrorists' attacks. India has to be cautious from both the sides and should be prepared for any war," said PP Reddy.

Among the three Indian operatives of IS one is working in an oil refinery company and another in a hospital, most likely looking after patients. Farad Sheikh and Shaheen Tanki, have claimed that they were living layman's lives after taking up these jobs. It is not yet clear which company or hospital they are working for, or the nature of the work assigned to them.

SFs arrested a NDFB-IKS militant, Daimu Narzary, from Kajalgaon in Chirang District of Assam. IGP-law and order S.N. Singh said Narzary was involved in a grenade blast at Chapaguri in Chirang some months ago."Two grenade shells of 40mm UBGL and a Chinese grenade were recovered from him," Singh said.

IGP-law and order, S.N. Singh retracted from his earlier statement absolving NDFB-IKS 'commander-in-chief' I.K. Songbijit of the December 23 carnage of Adivasis. "Whatever the chief minister has stated is correct and I stand by his statement," he told reporters. The IGP-Law and Order had on January 2 said that the killings were carried out under direction of G. Bidai, the number two leader of the NDFB-IKS without the consent of Songbijit. (Assam)

SFs arrested ULFA-I militant, Kamal Laskar alias David Asom (32), from Dhemajigaon near Raha in Nagaon District of Assam. ADGP-Law and Order RM Singh further revealed that several political leaders of the State belonging to different parties could be targeted by the banned outfit.

Police killed a suspected militant of NDFB-IKS in the Bogijaan area along the Golaghat-Karbi Anglong border in Assam. Two grenades, a 9mm pistol, seven rounds of cartridges and two mobile phones were recovered from the site. The suspected NDFB-IKS cadre who was killed in the encounter was identified as Birat Basumatary of Gohpur in Sonitpur District.

SFs arrested two KLA cadres, 'Private' Thakhomang Kilong and 'Private' Thanglienjam Gangte, in Kanglatongbi market of Senapati District of Manipur. They confessed of being involved in extortion from the local businessmen and vehicles plying on NH-2, it said.

SFs arrested a PREPAK-PRO militant from Songpijang village of Senapati District of Manipur. One 7.65 mm pistol, two magazines and six live rounds were recovered from the insurgent.

Police arrested two persons while they were allegedly trying to extort money from shopkeepers at Supply Colony area in Dimapur town of Dimapur District of Nagaland. The arrested persons were identified as "captain" Hekato Achumi (22) of NNC-NA and Chulen Chang (36).

Police arrested two extortionists from Mia Bazaar area, Kushiabill in Dimapur. The duo was identified as one Hukato Awomi alias Michael (27) and Tokaho Awomi alias Kato (28).SFs recovered one vehicle tax bricks transportation in the name of 'GPRN (Ministry of Chaplee)', one bricks challan of FGN, five Lorry challan (guide pass association) and cash worth INR 1090 from the duo.

A former Naxal 'commander' identified as Pramod Majhi alias Sagar (26) who was second in command in the OMP surrendered in Berhampur town of Ganjam District of Odisha.

CPI-Maoist cadres stormed the residence of Chhattisgarh Congress leader Manturam Pawar and attacked his guards, injuring two of them at Pakhanjur in Kanker District. Manturam Pawar who is in Raipur confirmed the incident saying that he and his family were safe as Maoists couldn't barge inside the home.

The exchange of fire between the CPI-Maoist and SFs and the suspected killing of five Maoists belonging to the AOBSZC at Bejingi forest in Malkangiri District of Odisha on January 5 is turning out to be a mysterious affair. Even a day after the exchange of fire, the Police were neither able to confirm the actual number of casualties nor recover any of the bodies to substantiate their claim.

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said he was ready to talk to Naxalites and bring them back in the mainstream of society. Talking to media persons after his weekly janata darbar, the CM said he was against the policy of bullet for bullet to finish Maoism.

Around 30 CPI-Maoist cadres went on a rampage setting ablaze six vehicles at Tekulagudem in Wajedu mandal of Khammam District of Telangana near the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border.

An Odisha State Government audit has found a total of INR 12.8 million worth projects in Narayanpatna block of Koraput District has been embezzled.

The Andhra Pradesh Government is planning to raise a tribal Police battalion to take on the CPI-Maoist. The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Naxalite issue headed by Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu has recommended a tribal battalion, staffed by tribal youth from East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam, exclusively to counter Maoist insurgence on the Andhra-Odisha-Chhattisgarh border.

The CPI-Maoist called out to people to "condemn and boycott" the visit of US President Barack Obama to India to be the chief guest at the 65th Republic Day celebrations on January 26.

January 6

More than 10,000 villagers have been forced to leave their homes along the IB in Samba and Kathua sectors in Jammu District of J&K in the last two days due to relentless shelling by Pakistani Forces, causing a humanitarian crisis in the middle of a hard winter. While close to 5,000 people have fled their homes in Samba, a similar number have left Kathua for safety, retreating around 6km into Indian territory in camps like Hariachak, Hiranagar, Plat, Kanha, Baniyari and Chadwal.

The BSF foiled infiltration attempt along the IB in Hiranagar sector of Kathua District of J&K forcing a group of four to five militants to retreat to Pakistan from where they had been launched into this side by the Rangers. According to sources, the militants were plotting Arnia like attack on the BSF.

The NIA special court framed charges against 11 accused, all suspected to be operatives of IM and SIMI, for the serial blasts at PM (then Gujarat chief minister) Narendra Modi's 'Hunkar Rally' at Gandhi Maidan in Patna (Bihar) on October 27, 2013. NIA Special Judge Anil Kumar Singh also directed the prosecution to produce witnesses from January 19 onwards. The 11 accused in the case are Haider Ali, Numan Ansari, Taufiq Ansari, Mujibullah Ansari, Umar Siddiqui, Azharuddin Qureshi, Iftekar Alam, Firoz Alam, Ahmad Hussain, Fakhruddin and a juvenile. Charges including for murder, criminal conspiracy have been framed against them under Sections 109, 120B, 121, 171A, 302, 324, 326, 360, 441 and 468 of the IPC, UAPA, Explosives Substances Act, and various section of Criminal Law Act.

Coast Guard vessels operating from West Bengal's Haldia and Frazergunj stations in Bay of Bengal have increased vigil along the east coast after intelligence reports warned of a possible terror strike before or during US President Barrack Obama's visit to India.

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

Confirming that the December 28, 2014 Bangalore blast bore signature of July 2008 serial blasts in the city, an IB source said they are looking at the involvement of absconding terror suspects. Pointing out the IED used in the blast was not something that could be assembled by local goons or amateur activists, the source said: "The blast does have the imprint of a professional bomb-maker. It could be fugitive terror suspects with experience in triggering off similar explosions."

The Australian Government warned that terrorists were planning attacks in India, and urged its citizens to "exercise a high degree of caution" while travelling through the country. "We continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks in India and assess that attacks could occur anywhere at any time with little or no warning, including in locations frequented by Australians," said a statement on smartraveller.gov.au, the Australian government's travel advisory site.

Army, in an encounter, killed a suspected KPLT militant near Hamren in Karbi Anglong District of Assam. An M16 rifle and ammunition were recovered.

SFs arrested five GNLA militants from Rongsoi on the Assam-Meghalaya border. Five pistols and ammunition were recovered.

SFs arrested two militants belonging to NDFB-IKS, identified as Probin Brahma and Vijay Kumar Brahma, from Banshijhora in Parbatjhora subdivision in Kokrajhar District of Assam. A 9mm pistol, a 7.62mm pistol, ammunition and mobile phones were recovered.

Police arrested two UDLA militants from Hailakandi District of Assam.

Police personnel, in an encounter, killed two unidentified militants at Kumbi Sabal Leikai in Bishnupur District of Manipur.

The combing operation to arrest RK, in the Andhra Pradesh Odisha border region, will continue, said Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mahapatra. Maoist literatures, 500 bags of rice and grenades have been recovered from the encounter site.

A red alert has been sounded in the Visakhapatnam agency of Andhra Pradesh and along the Andhra-Odisha Border following a massive exchange of fire between the Maoists and Armed Forces near Mukundapalli village in Malkangiri District of Odisha.

Two suspected Naxals, identified as Surendra Surin alias Dela and Simran Surin were killed by CPI-Maoist cadres allegedly over a dispute regarding sharing of levy at Kadamdiha in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand.

The Kerala Forest Protective Staff Association has expressed concern about the safety of forest guards in the light of Maoist attacks on forest outposts in Wayanad and sought protection for the officials.

A first-of-its kind 'battle field hospital' is being set up in Chintalnar area of Dantewada District which will provide immediate first aid to the injured CRPF and other SFs officials undertaking anti-CPI-Maoist operations.

Bhima Rao (40), a tribal of Rewali village in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh, was killed by 'unidentified persons.' Police had registered a case against "unknown, uniformed and armed Maoists" for killing Bhima on suspicion that he was a 'Police informer'.

January 6-7

SFs arrested a NNC militant, identified as 'Leutinent' Hasiapou Rongmei (35), under Nungba Police Station in Tamenglong District of Manipur in the intervening night of January 6 and 7. SFs recovered one 9 mm pistol with 08 live rounds from him.

January 7

Dosti bus service, a low-cost convenient way to travel between Delhi (India) and Lahore (Pakistan), has come under terror threat. Following intelligence inputs received from a foreign agency on January 2 of a possible fidayeen attack on Dosti bus service, both the countries have stepped up security measures for the bus service that originates from Delhi on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and from Lahore every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Militant belonging to NSCN-IM and ZUF fought a gun battle at Nungtek under Noney Police Station in Tamenglong District of Manipur.

The two militant killed by SFs at Kumbi Sabal Leikai under Moirang Police Station in Bishnupur District of Manipur on January 6 were identified as URF-Lalheiba 'home secretary' Puyam Ruhinikumar alias Mongyamba (50) and 'finance secretary' Keithelakpam Tiken (45).

A militant belonging to the ASAK surrendered in Tura (West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya). The militant identified as Breni Ch Marak (23) hails from Oragitok area on the foothills of Nokrek national park under Rongram Police Outpost. He surrendered at Tura police station and handed over a 7.65 pistol with two magazines containing eight live rounds and a wireless communication handset.

HNLC reiterated its readiness for talks but made it clear that it was not ready for demobilization and disarmament. In a statement e-mailed to media houses, the HNLC 'publicity secretary' Sainkupar Nongtraw said their main agenda in coming forward for peace talks was to achieve a political solution to the burning problems Demanding equal treatment [Khasi and Garo militants], the outfit said that the Chief Minister should avoid being one-sided to prevent disunity among the people of Meghalaya. We deserve to be treated as equal as the HNLC was born out of ALMA and HALC. The A'chik [Garo homeland] and the Hynniewtrep [Khasi-Jaintia homeland] should not be divided politically but they should remain united for lasting peace in the region," Nongtraw said.

Even the UALA has displayed its desire to join the main stream; the security agencies are not fully convinced till its unpredictable 'commander-in-chief' Norok Momin comes out in the open. The first formal peace talks and the preceding informal deliberations between representatives of the Meghalaya Government and the UALA, brokered by the Church body, did not feature Norok Momin. The UALA leadership, during the parleys, was headed its 'chairman' Novembirth Marak.

With the Army carrying out large scale counter-insurgency operations against NDFB-IKS militants, a security alert has been sounded in the Garo Hills and West Khasi Hills of Meghalaya with special focus on the porous India-Bangladesh border areas. Inspector-General (Operations) GHP Raju said NDFB-IKS has longstanding ties with Garo militant groups, including GNLA and its splinter outfit AMEF.

SFs arrested three militants, including two NSCN-K militants indentified as T Anayang Phom, "chairman of NSCN -K" and "private" Anke Phom and one FGN cadre "Leacy" Akham Chingham Phom, from in Leinak Ward in Longleng town in Longleng District of Nagaland.

Krishna Kumari Panda, mother of OMP Chief Sabyasachi Panda, alleged that her son was being framed in the killing of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati. Deposing before Justice AS Naidu Commission of Enquiry into the 2008 killing of the seer and the riots that gripped Kandhamal District in the aftermath, Krishna said the person who had owned up to the murder in a TV interview was not her son.

Condemning the arrest of tribals in Odisha by BSF as Maoists, a top Maoist leader, identified as 'secretary' of Malkangiri Divisional Committee Poonam Chand, has asked the Odisha Government to stop 'Operation Greenhunt' with immediate effect.

The Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu said that a 'special commando force' will be created to protect trains going to Naxal affected areas. The commandos will be equipped to protect the passengers and counter the attack by the Naxalites.

Handbills issued by alleged CPI-Maoist cadres at Thalassery in Kannur District defended the attack on a stone-crusher unit at Nedumpoil in the same District on January 2. The handbills issued in the name of "CPI (Maoist) Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee" were found in the press boxes of media at the Press Forum at Thalassery and a few other places.

January 8

In a joint operation, the CCB and Karnataka's internal security division arrested three alleged IM operatives in two separate incidents and seized a huge cache of bomb-making material and communication devices. The arrests were made in Cox Town of Bengaluru, and Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada District. Announcing the arrests, Police Commissioner MN Reddi said so far no connection has been established between the trio and the December 28 explosion on Church Street. But, Police will investigate further. Reddi said around 5 kilogram of ammonium nitrate, gelatin, electrical circuits, detonators and a walkie-talkie have been seized. "Three men, Syed Ismail Afaq, 34, Saddam Hussein, 35 and Abdus Subur, 24 have been arrested. The first two were arrested from the house in Pulakeshinagar in east Bengaluru and the third person was arrested from Bhatkal town. Abdus Subur, 24 was MBA student in Bhatkal and we are yet to identify the background of the other two arrested men," Reddi added.

India will continue to engage with France on bilateral and multilateral levels to tackle terrorism, Syed Akbaruddin, Spokesperson of the MEA said at a press. In response to a question on the shootings in Paris (France), Akbaruddin said, "India is shocked like the rest of the world. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already condemned this attack as a dastardly act. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has written to her French counterpart [to express solidarity]. We intend to continue to work with France bilaterally and multilaterally to tackle issues of terrorism."

SFs killed two KPLT cadres in a gun-battle at Rongtang village in Karbi Anglong District of Assam. Three small fire arms were also seized from the incident site, Police informed. KPLT has called for a 48-hour bandh in Karbi Anglong District from January 11. The bandh (shutdown) has been called to protest the killing of its member, believed to be the 'deputy commander-in-chief', Kengkam Terang.

Police, in another operation, arrested one UPLA militant, identified as one Aspee Bey, from Phonglopet village in Karbi Anglong District of Assam. According to Police, Aspee Bey was supposedly involved in the killing of Hamren SP, Nityananda Goswami in June 2014.

Suspected NSCN-IM militants shot and injured a civilian, identified as Saloni (25), at Khabung Karong in Senapati District of Manipur.

After taking over as Chief of IB, Dineshwar Sharma has reached Chhattisgarh to work out strategies for containing Naxalism.

The ongoing probe into the 2013 killing of 27 Congressmen by CPI-Maoist at Jiram Ghati in Bastar District seems to have made a significant headway with the Police identifying the owner of the SIM card allegedly used by Maoists to track the movement of the Congress convoy in the area before targeting it.

Four Maoists, including a woman, identified as Sunita (27), Jagdish Potai (25), Sukhlal Potai (30) and Sona Singh surrendered in Kondagaon District while another Maoist identified as Kosa Kunjam (21) surrendered in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh.

Shrawan Das, an alleged arms supplier to the CPI-Maoist, was arrested at Madhaul village of Muzaffarpur District of Bihar. On a specific tip-off, a STF team raided the village and arrested Das.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik complimented the Odisha Police for achieving 'zero casualties' in 2014 while dealing with Left Wing Extremism violence.

Security Forces in Jharkhand launched an "all-out operation" against PLFI. Though Police did not disclose the details, they said "Operation Karo II" will continue throughout January, 2015.

January 8-9

SFs arrested nine NDFB-IKS cadres along with a huge cache of arms and ammunition. Seven of them were arrested in Kokrajhar District of Assam on January 9 while the other two were nabbed at Gohpur on January 8. Seven of the arrested cadres were identified as Milan Mushahary alias Mithinga ('second in-command of Kokrajhar platoon' of NDFB-IKS), Gautam Moholia, Joyanta Muchahary, Bina Basumatary, Swamkar Brahma alias Khurai, Khanda Narzary and Deuthwai Basumatary. The remaining two were not unidentified yet.

January 9

Lieutenant General Subrata Saha, GOC of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps said that Indian troops have been ordered not to react to cross-border shelling or firing immediately but wait for targets to show. He said "After all, we have no plans to fight a war so it's no use aimlessly shelling or firing across the LoC. The troops simply stay put while the firing continues and then maintain strict vigil through night-vision equipment if necessary. Whenever a target presents itself, it is neutralized. This has yielded good results. After all, it's better to strike where it hurts."

Governor's rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of efforts at Government formation remaining unsuccessful and Omar Abdullah triggering a crisis by declining to continue as the caretaker Chief Minister. The proclamation placing the state under Governor's rule was issued under Section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. This provision authorizes the Governor to assume functions and powers of a state Government in case he is satisfied that the latter cannot function in accordance with the provisions of the state's Constitution.

Three IM operatives who were arrested along with a cache of explosives and communication equipment were produced before a court in Bengaluru city and remanded in Police custody till January 21. The three operatives were arrested in a joint operation by the CCB and state internal security division on January 8 in two simultaneous raids in Cox Town east Bengaluru city and Bhatkal District.

Arunachal Pradesh Police has made an action plan to check insurgency in Tirap, Changlang and Longding Districts through various initiatives, including setting up 11 new police stations and upgrading the existing nine.

1769 posts were filled up in the police department for the three insurgency-affected districts, AIGP Tussar Taba told reporters in Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh. The department also procured 313 5.56 INSAS rifles, 158 9mm pistols, 40 2'mortars, 33 7.62 LMGs and over two lakh AK-47 ammunitions during 2014, the AIGP said adding, 28 night vision devices, 20 video cameras, 23 digital cameras and other gadgets were procured for the districts during the year.

A Police Constable, identified as Shankar Joshi, was hacked to death by CPI-Maoist cadres near a busy market place in Katekalyan town of Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh.

Chhattisgarh Police have recovered a rare video footage of the Maoists purportedly showing their cadres conducting a 'commando-style' training to gun down helicopters, used to ferry security personnel and VIPs in Bastar region.

Bihar Police has claimed that it has been successful in containing LWE in the State with arrests of Maoists and recovery of explosives. According to the figures released by Bihar Police Headquarters, though there were 105 incidents of Maoist violence in 2014 in comparison to 103 in 2013, only 20 civilians were killed against 36 in 2013. The number of Police personnel who died during such incidents shows a sharp drop to six in 2014 from 25 in 2013.

In a bid to fight the CPI-Maoist menace, tribal people will be recruited directly to the Police force, Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said.

In view of increasing extremist threats in the State, the city Police have decided to create a visual database of possible suspects by recording public events and demonstrations held in Kochi using video and still cameras.

Four teams of CPI-Maoist cadres consisting of 12 members, including Area Committee member Atram Shobhan alias Charles, entered Adilabad District from Chhattisgarh and are reportedly recruiting cadres. They are trying to regain their glory and also planning to merge the District from North Telangana zone into Dandakarayana zone.

In September 2014 the State Police had launched 'Operation Karo-I' in which 50 PLFI rebels were arrested while two were killed in Simdega District. "In the two-month long operation over six encounters with the PLFI took place and huge cache of arms was recovered," said a Police officer.

January 10

A JMB operative, identified as Rezaul Karim, from whose house Police recovered 39 bombs after the October 2, 2014 Burdwan blast was arrested by NIA from Sahebganj in Jharkhand. Karim, according to NIA, is a bomb maker and explosives transporter for the outfit.

Two days after the arrest of three alleged IM operatives, along with a cache of explosives, the Bengaluru Police arrested another suspected IM operative, identified as Riyaz Ahmed Sayeedi (32), at the Mangalore International Airport (Mangaluru, Karnataka), just before he was to board a Dubai-bound Jet Airways flight. The arrest comes in the wake of the bomb blast on Church Street in Bengaluru on December 28, 2014. Police suspect that Sayeedi, a resident of Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada District could also be involved in some of the blast cases in different parts of the country.

The Crime Branch officials, headed by Crime Branch officer Sushil Tyagi raided Moradabad city in Uttar Pradesh for sleeping terror modules. According to the Crime Branch officials, the terror modules are gathering information and sending it to their seniors in Kashmir. These modules also provide logistic support to the Pakistani residents during their visit to the area, they claimed. The intelligence sources have claimed that the city is considered to be the hotbed of terrorist activity, and is gaining renown as region that provides easy asylum.

SFs, during a counter-insurgency operation, killed a 'platoon commander', identified as B.Jeblang, of NDFB-IKS at Khalsibazar within Serfanguri Police Station jurisdiction in Kokrajhar District of Assam. The news report stated that Jeblang was involved in the killing of five Adivasis at Pakriguri in Kokrajhar on December 23, 2014 and was also involved in the killing of five Hindi-speaking people in the same District. Inspector General of Police (BTAD) L R Bishnoi said "We have intensified our combing operation in the area. Two NDFB-IKS militants, identified as Genda and Bullet, were also arrested today," Bishnoi said. Four pistols and ammunition were seized from the two rebels.

IGP of south-west range of Odisha Yashwant Jethwa, IG of BSF AK Sharma and Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra visited the cut off area of Balimela reservoir.

Four armed Maoist cadres, including three women, surrendered in Malkangiri District of Odisha.

A Police constable was killed and three others were grievously injured in an encounter with the CPI-Maoist near Botha village under Hawrai Police Station in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh.

The chief of JPC, identified as Guddu Ganjhu (50), was killed at Birhu village under Simaria Police Station limits in Chatra District of Jharkhand. Police suspect one of his aides killed him out of a power struggle within JPC to take over the extremist outfit.

A group of about 20 armed CPI-Maoist cadres attacked a road construction company's camp site at Motipur in Muzaffarpur District of Bihar a little after January 10 midnight and burnt nine heavy vehicles and machineries worth about INR 30 million.

Imphal West District Police commandos arrested a KYKL militant, identified as Philem Robajesh Singh alias Bungcha (37), from Sagolband Moirang Leirak crossing in Imphal West District of Manipur. According to a Police PRO statement, investigation revealed that he had collected extortion money from general public, shopkeepers, clinics and hospitals in Imphal West District.

The BSF arrested an Ivory Coast national, Abba Ezeke (46), for illegally entering India from Bangladesh. The African national was nabbed by the BSF from Langtilla village on the Indo-Bangla border in West Jaintia Hills District of Meghalaya.

The UMHA is not keen on deployment of 'special commando force' to guard the passenger trains travelling to Naxal-hit regions across India. Sources in the UMHA said "The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has neither rejected nor accepted the suggestions for dedicated commando force to guard commuters." However, sources in the State Government revealed "The Union Home Minister is eliciting views from State Chief Ministers and Home Ministers on the matter. A formal decision would be taken only after considering the views of all State leaders."

The CPI-Maoist allegedly threatened sarpanches and panches of different villages near Badesetty village in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh against participating in panchayat elections scheduled for January-end and February, 2015.

January 11

Army arrested a militant along with arms and ammunitions in Kupwara District of J&K. Army sources said that Army's 5/5 GR carried out searches in the forests after reports about infiltration of militants in Tangdhar area. One militant Shoukat Ahmad was arrested during searches. Army recovered one AK, two magazines, 67 AK rounds, one Pakistan made pistol with a magazine, one grenade, one pouch and some eatables including dry fruits from the arrested militant.

Telangana Police began questioning the three suspected IM operatives after a Police source revealed that they had confessed to providing explosives for the Dilsukhnagar bomb blasts in February 21, 2013 (Hyderabad). Sources said that the arrested suspects are being grilled on their financial sources, logistic support, network and main handlers.

SFs recovered a Chinese grenade near BJP district office located in GF Road in Bengenakhowa area in Golaghat town in Golaghat District of Assam. The report adds that the incidence comes a day after a ULFA-I's deadline to disrupt the BJP's meetings aimed at winning the 2016 state Assembly election. "The grenade is a Chinese-made one and powerful. We are already on high alert regarding the warning issued by ULFA-I to attack the BJP's offices and workers and it was because our strict vigil that we have managed to foil the plot of criminals," Additional superintendent of Police Numal Mahato said.

SFs arrested 12 NDFB-IKS militants from three different locations in the forest areas along the Indo-Bhutan border in Chirang District of Assam and recovered a large cache of arms and ammunitions.

Villagers caught hold of and thrashed a 'Sergeant Major' of KRA who allegedly came to extort money from Longa Koireng village in Senapati District of Manipur. Meanwhile, KRA claimed that the apprehended cadre identified as Jamkholet Haokip alias David (28) was a deserter. According to information culled from the spot, David and one accomplice tried to abduct Longa Koireng village chief S Sothel Selsochung. After some thrashing, David was handed over to Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) [apex body of Kuki tribes] leaders who then turned over David to 8- Assam Rifles.

Two AMEF militants killed a gatekeeper, Entison Sangma (30), at Ronkhugre in the West Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya. The victim worked at the Mahari gate which lies on the National Highway (NH)-44. "We suspect the killing was for ransom and was the handiwork of AMEF. We launched operations immediately after receiving information but the two are still at large," said Superintendent of Police (SP) of West Khasi Hills, S. Nongtyngnger.

A two-day bilateral meeting between the Deputy Commissioners of the border Districts of Meghalaya and Bangladesh will begin in Shillong on January 12. Sources informed that the Deputy Commissioners of six border Districts of Bangladesh - Netrokona, Sunamganj, Sherpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Kurigram - and all the districts of Meghalaya sharing international border with Bangladesh will participate in the meeting. Senior BSF and BGB officials, besides SP s from the border Districts would also attend the meeting. It was informed that the issue of border fencing would be given top priority during the meeting with both sides slated to work out a strategy to clear the bottlenecks for early completion of the Indo-Bangla border fencing work in the Meghalaya sector.

A day after IGP of south-west range, Odisha, Yashwant Jethwa claimed that at least seven CPI-Maoist cadres have been killed in the ongoing 'Operation All Out' jointly launched by the Greyhound unit of Andhra Pradesh Police and the SOG and DVF forces of the Odisha Police, a Maoist leader rebutted the claims of any casualty on their side during the operation. Malkangiri Koraput Border Committee Secretary Ghenu, in an audio message, claimed that two security personnel were injured during a pre-dawn exchange of fire on January 5 at Tumbei-Dejing area near Balimela reservoir in the cut-off areas of Malkangiri District. However, there was zero casualty or injury on the Maoist side, he added.

According to sources in the State Home Ministry, 70% of Maharashtra's coastline is still vulnerable and can be used as landing points by infiltrators at any time. This comes after security agencies recently assessed coastal security after crew members of a Pakistani boat allegedly blew it up when it was intercepted about 356km from Porbandar in Gujarat. Sources said it is the state's 1,020km-long creek line that poses more of a threat to coastal security than the 720km-long coastline. This is because the creek line is diverse and criss-cross according to the regional dimensions, making it difficult to keep a track of vessels, sources said. Also, most of the creeks have a mangrove cover, which lowers visibility, making them easy hideouts.

The URF-Lanheiba group issued a warning to the Police for killing of its two top leaders on January 6 in what it described as "fake encounter". The militant outfit, in a statement, threatened that "kill 20 police commando personnel" to avenge the killing. (Manipur)

The Manipuri Muslim community, known as Meitei Pangal, has demanded compensation for the victims of Meitei-Pangal communal clash in 1993 in the valley areas of the State. "We demand that the government pay compensation for those killed and injured during the Meitei-Pangal clash in May 1993. The Narendra Modi Government has announced INR 500,000 each for the anti-Sikh riot victims. Therefore, we should also be compensated," M.I. Khan, spokesperson for Pangal Political Forum said on January 11.

Police arrested a PREPAK militant, Tonjam Tondon Meitei alias Boicha (30), from Khurai Lamlong Bazar in Imphal East District of Manipur.

Police arrested two PREPAK militant namely Ningthoujam Manglem Singh alias Joychandra (30) and Ningthoujam Uttam Singh (36), from Imphal East District of Manipur in separate incidents. While Ningthoujam Manglem Singh was arrested from Chingambam Leirak Machin in Khurai Telipati Road, Ningthoujam Uttam Singh (36) was arrested from Khuman Lampak area.

Police arrested a ULFA-I militant, identified as Tultul Rabha (20), from Dekachang area of Resubelpara in North Garo Hills District of Meghalaya.

January 12

Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire targeting four villages in Hiranagar sector of Kathua District along the IB in J&K. In a bid to help militants' infiltration, Pakistani forces have repeatedly fired at the Indian border outposts this year, resulting in casualties and displacement of many villagers.

Some unidentified persons lobbed a hand grenade which landed in front of the Lilong post of 40 Assam Rifles and exploded on Imphal-Moreh Highway in Thoubal District of Manipur. However, there is no report of any casualty.

The CRPF DG Prakash Mishra will review Maoist situation in Odisha.

Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing targeting BSF posts along the IB in J&K.

According to the Police officials, four suspected operatives of IM arrested recently were part of a terror module that was used to procure, fabricate and deliver deadly explosives. A top Police official said that the IM operatives transferred money through Hawala channels for funding and at least one of them attended meetings in a foreign country, where a conspiracy was hatched to manufacture and deliver deadly explosives which were probably used for blasts in different parts of the country.

One of the arrested IM operative, Syed Ismail Afaque was the man who assembled and supplied two IEDs used in the Dilsukhnagar bomb blasts in February 21, 2013 (Hyderabad). Top sources confirmed that Afaque, during joint interrogation by the Karnataka Police and the NIA, reportedly confessed that he had designed the IEDs and supplied them to other accused who planted them at Dilsukhnagar and executed the blasts.

Tamil Nadu Police questioned four suspected IM members, who have been arrested on charges of supplying bomb-making material to different parts of the country. The Tamil Nadu Police are ascertaining whether the accused supplied explosives for the bombs on the Bengaluru-Guwahati Superfast Express train in Chennai Railway Station last year. The twin blasts had occurred on the train on May 1, 2014 at the Chennai Central railway station, killing a software engineer on the spot.

Delhi Police's Crime Branch arrested nine persons for allegedly being part of a FICN racket and recovered FICNs of INR 4.05 lakh from them. The accused have been identified as Harlal alias Hira Lal alias Hari lal ((51), Sudeep Shah alias Sandeep alias Sanjeet (23), Kanhaiya Lal (30), Paras Gupta (46), Parmeshwar Kumar alias Pavva (26), Raju Kumar Shah (24) and Toofani Shah (22) and Ashok Ram (28), all hailing from Bihar, and one Radha (35) from Jharkhand. Sources said that the FICNs were brought to India via Bangladesh. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch), Ravindra Yadav said that "We received a tip-off on December 29 last year about Lal and three of his associates assembling at subway at Britannia Chowk in Shakurpur in New Delhi for a deal and laid a trap and arrested them." The rest of the associates were nabbed thereafter.

A letter, purportedly written by banned terror outfit SIMI, has threatened to blow up a marriage hall on Thana railway road in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. According to a complaint filed by the manager of Agrasen Bhavan, the letter was found on January 1 at the gate and it threatened bombing at gate number 1 and 2, between February 6-10, as it is rented out to 'kafirs' (non-Muslims), sources said. The letter, written in Hindi by someone claiming to belong to SIMI, said the organisation had joined hands with the LeT, and was bracing to launch attacks across India. Police said that prima facie going by the language of the letter, the letter appears to be a hoax, but the Police have nevertheless taken the matter seriously and are investigations are on.

Normal life came to a grinding halt following the 48-hour Karbi Anglong (Assam) bandh (shutdown strike) called by KPLT from 5am on January 11. The militant outfit called the bandh to protest against the killing of its 'deputy commander-in-chief' Kangkan Terang in an encounter with SFs near Rangjangfong under Hamren subdivision of the hill District. Government offices and business institutions remained closed in district headquarters Diphu and two subdivisional headquarters of Bokajan and Hamren during the strike.

The UMHA has issued an official order to resume the fourth official tripartite parley with JACAS to look for a solution to settle the long-standing demand for implementation of Article 244 (A).The meeting is scheduled to be held on January 19 in New Delhi. In the parley, top officials from Assam and Union Government will sit together with JACAS leaders for talks.

SFs arrested 'platoon commander of Belsiri area' "corporal" of NDFB-IKS, Bodosha Narzary alias Bishnu Narzary (28), from Dhemaji District of Assam. During interrogation, Bodosha confessed to his involvement in the carnage at Sonajuli in Biswanath Chariali in Sonitpur district and his association in other unlawful activities.

SFs arrested an NDFB-IKS linkman, Subungma Basumatary alias Suresh (37), from Biswanath Chariali in Sonitpur District of Assam. L.R. Bishnoi said nearly 50 NDFB-IKS militants have been apprehended and a top leader of the outfit killed in the four BTAD Districts since the operation against the rebel group was intensified.

The NIA will take three militants of the NDFB-IKS; arrested from Chirang District on January 11, into custody to interrogate them in connection with the killing of minorities in the BTAD (Assam) in May, 2014. The militants are Swmkwr Basumatary alias B. Simang (27), Surjoy Goyari alias G. Sujulang (25) and Joleswar Basumatary alias B. Jakhrup (29) into custody in connection with cases RC-01/2014 and RC-02 2014 registered at the agency's Guwahati branch.

Government sources stated that NDFB-IKS 'Deputy Army Chief' G. Bidai alias Bishnu Goyari, one of the mastermind behind the December 23 Adivasi massacre, had discussed the possibility of talks with the State Government nearly a week ahead of the killing, report. The discussions failed and an encounter on December 21, 2014 resulted in a massacre by Bidai's men. Sources here said Bidai had been sending feelers on coming to the negotiation table for some time, which prompted the Assam Police to explore the opportunity of getting the entire group. (Assam)

A powerful IED weighing around five Kilograms was detected at the foot of a tree just opposite to the main gate of 40- AR D-Coy post at Lilong in Thoubal District of Manipur.

Imphal West District Police commandos arrested one OWG of URF-Lanheiba from Wahengbam Leikai Jiri parking in Imphal West District of Manipur. The OWG was identified as Khwairakpam Brojendro Singh alias Brojen (39).Investigation revealed that he had collected party fund from the general public and businessmen in the name of URF-Lanheiba and also given shelter to the cadres of URF in his house.

Troops of 16 -AR troopers arrested one KNA cadre, identified as Jangmang Haokip (41), from P Khunonphai village in Senapati District of Manipur. Five demand letters were recovered from his possession.

Members of a bi-lateral conference between the border Districts of Meghalaya and Bangladesh agreed to enhance mutual co-operation in checking trans-border crimes, illegal trespassing and smuggling of contraband items. The Deputy Commissioners of six border Districts of Bangladesh - Netrokona, Sunamganj, Sherpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet, Jamalpur and Kurigram - and all the districts of Meghalaya sharing international border with Bangladesh had participated in the meeting. On the number of militant camps in Bangladesh, Sylhet DC, Shahidul Islam said there was no specific statistics. "In general, it is found that there are miscreants crossing the border illegally. But we are totally against any militant activities and we never shelter them," he clarified, assuring India of Bangladesh's help in flushing out Indian militants taking shelter in their soil.

The Deputy Commissioners of Sylhet and Kurigram of Bangladesh denied that India-based militants were been sheltered in Bangladesh. "We are totally against militant activities. We never give shelter to any militant group," Shahidul Islam, DC of Sylhet said. In addition, DC of Kurigram District ABM Azad asserted that if there is any information from India, stern action against such militant group(s) would be taken. He added that criminals are criminals and have no territory or country.

AR personals arrested an arms peddler; Moa (40), from his house located in general area of Ward No. 6 in Chumukedima in Dimapur District of Nagaland.

Three suspected CPI-Maoist cadres were killed during a three hour long encounter with SFs at Bukar village under Chauparan Police Station area in Hazaribag District of Jharkhand.

An 'area commander' of the PLFI identified as Sonaram Sundi was arrested from Badlagya village in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand.

The CRPF DG Prakash Mishra reviewed operation of the para­military forces in Naxal-hit southern Districts of Odisha. Mishra reached the CRPF camp at Chandrapur in Rayagada District and met some of the personnel engaged in the anti- CPI-Maoist operation. He said there would be a change of strategies to counter the Maoist threat in Odisha. "As part of the strategy, it has been decided that CRPF camps would be withdrawn from the areas where the Maoist activities have declined and redeployed in areas where the red rebels are more active," Mishra said briefing newsmen in Bhubaneswar. Barring Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Sunabeda and Nuapada areas, Naxal activities in the State are now negligible, he said. "CRPF would take up special measures in the four Maoist-prone areas in the state with special focus on Nuapada district and Sunabeda in Koraput district," Mishra added. He also informed that CRPF camps would be withdrawn from Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Ganjam Districts where the Maoist activities have come down drastically.

The Deverakonda Police unearthed a CPI-Maoist dump on the outskirts of Kambalapalli village under Chandampet mandal in Nalgonda District of Telangana.

In a joint combing operation, Bihar Police and CRPF personnel arrested four TPC cadres identified as Jokham Singh, Singhasas Yadav, Mohammad Amaluddin and Salya, from Rohtas District and recovered a huge cache of arms.

A primary charge-sheet was filed in Berhampur Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate court in Ganjam District by the Police against OMP leader Sabyasachi Panda after almost six months of his arrest in the city.

There are no signs of CPI-Maoist activity in any part of 'The Nilgiris', however, vigil has been stepped up on account of the presence of Maoists across the border in Kerala, said ADG, Law and Order, TK Rajendran at Pandhalur near Gudalur.

Jharkhand stands to get road and bridge infrastructure worth INR 6.4 billion from the Centre's Road Requirement Plan (RRP), an ambitious strategy to combat Naxalism- by linking remote areas that serve as LWE hideouts.

January 13

Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag said that Pakistan is continuing to support "proxy war" in J&K. "Pakistan is supporting proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir despite suffering casualties within their country. Threats and challenges have been growing, both in intensity as well as commitment, because of active borders that we have." Talking about the recent attacks against the Army in Jammu and Kashmir, he said, "The recent strikes by the terrorists not only reflect their desperation but are also a grim reminder that the terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan is intact."

According to sources, the four suspected IM operatives arrested in Karnataka last week had planned synchronized blasts in Delhi, Hyderabad and Bengaluru on January 26 as the US President Barack Obama is visiting India as the chief guest at this year's Republic Day ceremony in Delhi. Timed for 7.30 am, the blasts were meant to cause massive loss of life and property. One of the accused had been in constant touch with IM handlers on social media, according to the source. The handlers, hailing from Saudi Arabia, had discussed how to spread jihad across India and had allegedly exchanged contact numbers of youth who wished to join the terror outfit. In December, Syed Ismail Afaque, a homeopathic doctor arrested in Bengaluru, had met a second rung IM handler in Sharjah and allegedly discussed plans to carry out the attacks on Republic Day.

The four suspected IM operatives may be grilled in the presence of the outfit's southern commander Yasin Bhatkal, currently in a Delhi jail. Sources in the NIA Delhi wing said that "Yasin is a key person in many terror acts. We'll keep asking these suspects questions to get the right picture of what happened." This comes in the backdrop of reports that the four arrests were made following disclosures by Yasin.

SFs arrested the 'second lieutenant' and "chief recruiting officer", Enon Bargoyary alias Erkhang (30) 'platoon commander of Amteka', Rinen Basumatary alias Majhi (30), from a forested area in Amteka on the Indo-Bhutan border in Chirang District of Assam. He is also very close to the I.K. Songbijit, 'commander-in-chief' G. Bidai and his 'deputy commander-in-chief' K. Batha, sources said. Rinen Basumatary had surrendered after the Operation All Clear in 2003 but rejoined the NDFB-IKS two years back, the sources said. IGP- BTAD L.R. Bishnoi said an AK-47 rifle, an AK-56 rifle, two 7.65mm pistols, two magazines, a grenade and 219 live ammunitions were seized from them.

SFs arrested six more NDFB-IKS militants from unidentified locations in Assam. The arrested militants were identified as Pranjit Basumatary (19), Kerkho Mushahary (21), Pribol Chumpamari (21), Milan Basumatary (28), Anjalus Basumatary (27) and Pradit Swargoyary (26).

SFs arrested six militants of UGPO, from different locations in Baska and Udalguri Districts of Assam. Police sources said six persons including UGPO 'commander-in-chief' Suraj Magor, 'chairman' Lal Bahadur Tamang, 'vice-chairman' Suresh Ghimire and two cadres Arjun Chetri and Birkha Bahadur Limbu were arrested from different locations in two Districts.

Leaders of now disbanded militant formation DHD-N sought a CBI inquiry into the recent killing of its former 'general secretary', Rajesh Naiding. (Assam)

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reiterated that there will be no talks with militant outfits that indulge in violence, though doors are open for parleys with others.

SFs launched a search operation following information about the presence of valley based cadres and Kuki militants from Old Laljang village in Senapati District of Manipur resulting the arrest of four militants. A source said that of the four arrested UG cadres, two of them are KNO/KNA militants while the remaining two are from URF-Lanheiba. Full details are awaited as the operation continued till the time of filing the report.

SFs arrested a UNLF militant, identified as Hemam Premananda Singh alias Heingamba (31), at Moirang Lamkhai area Bishnupur District of Manipur.

SFs arrested of a person, Mohammad Indra Rahaman (43), from Wangoi bazar in Imphal West District of Manipur.

India and Bangladesh agreed to approach telecom operators in their countries for a system to jam mobile phone signals on either side of the border to curb trans-boundary crimes. "The ability of miscreants and militants to communicate with their accomplices on the other side of the border by using Bangladesh SIM cards is a big concern for India," East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Goyal told reporters in Shillong in Meghalaya.

The 'southern commander' of ASAK, Dimsrang M Sangma alias Nawal, surrendered before the DIG BSF-Tura sector headquarters in West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya. The militant handed over a 9 mm pistol with two magazines and eight live rounds along with a Motorola wireless communication handset. "He confessed that he was one of the organizing members at the time of ASAK's formation by former GNLA 'finance secretary' Reding T Sangma," revealed BSF sources.

The DC/DM of the bordering Districts (Meghalaya, India) and Bangladesh have proposed to constitute a Joint Border Coordination Committee to strengthen security along the porous Indo-Bangladesh border. This was decided on the concluding day of the two-day bilateral conference of DC/DM of Meghalaya (India) and Bangladesh held in Shillong."This proposal will be placed before both the Indian and Bangladesh governments for a final decision," East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Goyal said, while briefing news persons on the resolutions and proposals agreed upon by the two sides.

The Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari has convened a Chief Ministers' conference in Raipur of eight Naxal-hit States to resolve the bottlenecks in construction of road networks in worst-affected Districts. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had taken up improvement of road connectivity in the 34 worst LWE--affected Districts, covering a total length of 5,477 km.

An active member of the Galikonda 'area committee' of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Pangi Bhaskara Rao, was arrested at Chintapalli mandal while a member of the Kalimela 'area committee', identified as Korra Santhi, who was active in Malkangiri District of Odisha till recently and 11 militia members from Pedavalasa area surrendered before the Police in Vishakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh.

Kerala Forest Protective Staff Association has urged the State Government to take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of forest rangers and other officials against the backdrop of reports confirming CPI-Maoist presence in the State.

The Karimnagar District Police of Telangana have foiled the attempt of the CPI-Maoist to revive party activities in the District with the arrest one Maoist and two of his associates. The Maoist was identified as Botla Rajendra Kumar (48), and the other two are Sunil Kumar (53), an illegal arms dealer from Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh), and his assistant Vikas Kumar (31).

Maharashtra Government is giving a big push to infrastructure development in Naxal affected districts and will also provide additional benefits to civil contractors and employees working there. The State Government has lined up INR 3,942 billion worth of projects in the LWE affected areas to improve connectivity.

Visakhapatnam District Police is upgrading the existing Police Stations in the District to make them attack-proof against CPI-Maoist. Work is under way at the Police Stations in Chintapalli, GK Veedhi and Hukumpeta. "At Chintapalli and GK Veedhi, about 80 per cent of the work is over. At Hukumpeta, we are midway through. They should be ready in a couple of months," said SP Visakhapatnam, Koya Praveen.

The Bokaro Police and the 26th battalion of the CRPF recovered a powerful cane-bomb planted on a railway track under the Gomia Police Station of the District. The cane-bomb was detected and defused by an anti-bomb squad.

Congress leader Mahendra Karma, who spearheaded the anti-CPI-Maoist movement in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, was the main target of Maoists during the massive attack unleashed by them at Jheeram Valley that killed frontline Congress leaders in May 25, 2013, NIA stated in its final charge-sheet.

January 14

A top LeT militant, identified as Abu Sufiyaz was killed in a fierce gun battle in Sopore town of Baramulla District of J&K. A Defense spokesman said that based on specific intelligence about presence of militants in Sofi Hamam Chankhan area of the Sopore town, a joint operation was launched by Rashtriya Rifles units of Army and the Police, resulting into killing of one militant and recovery of one AK 47 rifle, 3 magazines, 89 rounds of ammunition, one UBGL, three UBGL rounds and other war like stores.

To gather evidence against alleged JMB member Rejaul Karim, who was arrested in connection with Burdwan blast (October 2, 2014) case, the NIA is now approaching forensic imagery experts to positively identify him as one of the JMB members seen in a video clip of a training session at the Simulia madrasa in Burdwan in West Bengal. Rejaul has allegedly confessed that he attended the session, and that he can be seen on the edges of the frame in the clip shown to him by interrogators. However, only one side of his body is visible, while his face is not seen. NIA sources said they were sending the clip for digital enhancement and forensic analysis to positively identify Rejaul from any distinguishing features on his limbs.

One of the three Kalyan (Mumbai, Maharashtra) youths fighting with ISIS in Iraq and Syria is learnt to have died in a battle recently. According to the report Shaheen Tanki, a close friend of arrested ISIS operative Arib Majeed, is learnt to have died fighting in Iraq. However, Intelligence agencies are now verifying the information.

The NIA in its report to the Home Ministry said that a group of SIMI terror suspects who have been dodging intelligence agencies since their escape from Khandwa jail in Madhya Pradesh in October 2013 are believed to be involved in the Bengaluru Church Street bombing on December 28, 2014. The report said that the suspects, weeks before they struck at Bengaluru, had also planted an explosive in Roorkee in Haridwar District of Uttarakhand on December 6, 2014 to target BJP MLA Sangeet Som to allegedly take revenge for the Muzaffarnagar riots. In its report, the NIA has also pointed out that Shaikh Mehboob (25), Amjad (25), Mohammed Aslam (26), Mohammed Aijajuddin (30) and Zakir Hussain (32) were members of the banned SIMI and believed to be involved in the Pune Ganesh temple blast in July 10, 2014 and the Guwahati-Bengaluru express blast at Chennai in May 1, 2014. They had also attempt to create an explosive in UP's Bijnore in September 12, 2014. The NIA has based its assessment on the similarity in the explosives and detonators analysed in context of intelligence inputs.

As India prepares to roll out red carpet to US President Barack Obama as the chief guest during the Republic Day parade, PM's Office and UMHA are finalising an elaborate agenda to address Indian concerns in the homeland security dialogue with their US counterparts. According to the report, the two countries are looking forward to hold in-depth exchange of views on common areas of interest and collaboration to further mutual counterterrorism goals that includes checking the spread of ISIS and al Qaeda which recently announced its new wing, AQIS. India is also banking on US for building capacity in cyber security and critical infrastructure protection to counter threats and keep terrorist at bay.

SFs arrested a 'platoon commander', identified as Pradeep Brahma, of the NDFB-IKS from Goalpara District of Assam.

The Army arrested two RVA militants, identified as Ful Kumar Rabha and Bishwajit Rabha, from Kokrajhar District of Assam.

SFs detected a powerful remote controlled IED weighing around one kilogram under a culvert at Sikibung Lamkhai on NH-202 (Imphal-Ukhrul road) under Litan Police Station in Ukhrul District of Manipur.

The identities of the five militants who were arrested by SFs on January 13 have been established. SFs during a search operation at Kalijang village near Taphou Kuki village in Senapati District of Manipur arrested the militants. Of the five arrested persons, one cadre is from the URF-Lanheiba while the remaining four are KRA/ KNO cadres.

'Publicity secretary' of KRA, T Simte refuted the report that four URF [URF-Lanheiba] cadres were arrested in the joint operation on January 13. He clarified that three of the arrested men are cadres of KRA while the fourth one is an innocent driver. There is no camp of the URF at Taphou Kuki, he further clarified.(Manipur)

SFs arrested a UNLF militant, 'Lance Corporal' Thangjam Premkumar Singh alias Chingkheihunba alias Pishak (35), from Lairenpat road in Imphal East District of Manipur.

ENPO appealed to "all the national workers to call back armed cadres if any in the effected villages and Tuensang Town to avoid any unwarranted situation", to bring peace and tranquility in Tuensang District in Nagaland. Earlier, clashes between Yimchunger and Chang tribes from Chendang Saddle and Yakhao village under Tuensang district on January 8. In a press release, ENPO 'vice president' C. Sashi Naga also urged the District administration and security forces, to instruct patrolling personnel "to frisk and check any person" roaming around in suspicious manner.

Joint team of Police and NIA arrested three militants of NDFB-IKS from Kohima District of Nagaland. The arrested militants were identified as ' commander of 3rd battalion', Ajoi Basumatary alias B Buhum (32); ' forest secretary', Dilip Basumatary alias Bir Baisa (40) and ' deputy commander' 14th battalion, Khamrei Basumatary alias udla (35).

A self-styled 'area commander' of the Tritiya Prastuti Committee-2 and one of his close aides were arrested from Barkakhad village under Chainpur Police Station limits of Palamau District of Jharkhand.

Kerala Congress (M) leader and Government Chief Whip PC George while speaking to media persons in Thrissur District said that the State Government should end its CPI-Maoist hunt.

The District Court at Palakkad directed the prosecution to submit solid documents or findings, if any, by January 20 to substantiate the police charge against two college students that they formed part of a Maoist outfit. The students were arrested on charges of attacking outlets of KFC and McDonald's in Palakkad in the last week of December.

The NHRC has dubbed the 'praja court' of CPI-Maoist a 'drama' and slammed the Odisha Police for failing to protect a home guard who was 'convicted' in one such 'kangaroo court' before being lynched to death in Malkangiri District of Odisha on September 5, 2014.

Jharkhand Police arrested two PLFI cadres from Rangamati village under Muffasil Police Station in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand.

Indicating a tough stance of the newly-installed government in Jharkhand when it comes to tackling LWE, Chief Secretary Sajal Chakarabarty said that the fight against LWE is like war and promised to end all LWE activities in three months' time. He was speaking at a press conference organised at the Police Headquarters in Ranchi. He said "There is no time to surrender now. That train has left the station. If you want to get in, run and try." "In three months, there will be no active Naxal activity here. For me, the best Naxalite is a dead Naxalite," he added.

January 15

Five militants of JeM and HM, including a JeM group commander, Abu Toiba, a Pakistani national, were killed in a gun battle in the Kellar forests of Shopian District of J&K. Other slain militants were identified as Shakeel Ahmed Wani alias Master, Tahir Ahmed Shah, Parvaiz Ahmed Wagay and Ishfaq Ahmad Wani. Police said that Abu Toiba was instrumental in orchestrating militant attacks in South Kashmir. Three AK-47 rifles, one SLR, one Chinese pistol, magazines, ammunition and other war like stores were recovered from their possession.

GOC, 16 Corps, Lieutenant General Konsam Himalay Singh said that 200 heavily-armed militants were waiting in 36 launching pads across the LoC on the other side of Pir Panjal range. He said that Pakistan-based militants will try to sneak into India and attack soft targets in J&K like schools, religious places and civilian areas ahead of US President Barack Obama's three-day visit to the country on January 25. Singh said 44 terrorist training camps were functional across the border in Pakistan administered Kashmir and added 15 unsuccessful infiltration bids were made in 2014.

Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag on the occasion of 67th Army Day said that the fragile peace in J&K was achieved at a great cost, together we need to build on our gains. Referring to J&K, the Army Chief said that the security situation there, though stable, requires consolidation. He further said that the handsome voter turnout in the just-concluded election in the State, the highest ever for Assembly elections, reflects the trust of the people in the security system.

Ahead of the Republic Day parade during which US President Barack Obama will be the chief guest, Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi has warned of possible terror attacks in the National Capital by means of paragliders or drones. In a recent meeting, Bassi informed all the Police personnel to be cautious about possible aerial attacks in their areas. Bassi also ordered the Police personnel to shoot if they found any suspicious drone in their areas. Bassi also told his force that there are specific intelligence inputs about possible terror attack on Delhi-Kabul flight, Lahore-Amritsar bus, Lahore-Delhi bus and Samjhauta Express, two prominent five-star hotels situated in New Delhi District area, private international school in Delhi and the embassies, especially the US embassy in Chanakyapuri area.

Security agencies in Mumbai have gone into high alert mode after two hand written notes scribbled on the wall inside the Mumbai airport found on January 15 evening warned of a terror attack by ISIS on Republic Day. According to the reports, the two notes with ISIS names on them teasingly ask: "ISIS 26/01/2015 is BOM ok' (with a plane drawn next to it)". The notes were found in two toilets, meant for males, by a cleaner.

A team of NIA reached Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh to collect information about some absconding members of the banned SIMI. According to reports, NIA team went to the Nizamabad Police station to collect information about Abu Shad and Shah Alam, the natives of Fariha village for some case lodged in 2007. The NIA sources said that despite the ban imposed on SIMI in 2001 it conducted membership campaign in Kerala in 2007. The intelligence agencies had identified 38 such persons of the district out of whom some are absconding. The NIA team wanted to go to the village, but they were advised not to go there, as it may cause tension in the locality.

India is "well-prepared" to thwart any possible terror strike on "soft targets" in J&K and elsewhere with the intention to create trouble ahead of US President Barack Obama's January 24-26 visit, said Defence minister Manohar Parrikar. "They (terrorist) may try to do something to create news. But we are well-prepared," said Parrikar. Parrikar also ruled out any resumption of the bilateral composite dialogue process with Pakistan till it actually takes concrete action against anti-India terror outfits operating from its soil.

SFs arrested two suspected NDFB-IKS linkmen from Lawdangi under Dhekiajuli Police Station in Sonitpur District of Assam. Police sources said the duo was identified as Lakhi Basumatary alias Faila and Debasri Mochahari. A grenade and eight rounds of live cartridges of M16 rifle and a money receipt book were recovered from them.

Some unidentified militants attacked the 20 AR camp located within Machi sub-division of Chandel District of Manipur, injuring two AR personnel. The injured personals were identified as Naib Subedar Bahadur Sunar and T Chentya were hurt in the attack and they were evacuated to the Red Shield Division's military hospital at Leimakhong, informed a source adding that details are being awaited.

A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Laldeep Singh Kharwar, and three PLFI cadres active in Latehar, Garhwa and Khunti District surrendered at Dhurwa Police Headquarters in Ranchi District of Jharkhand coinciding with the visit of K. Vijay Kumar, Senior Security Adviser of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

SFs arrested two NSCN-IM militants with arms in Lilen Kuki village in Peren in Nagaland. The two militants were identified as Thanglun and Lettin Pao. SFs recovered a point 22 Rifle, one 12 Bore Gun and assorted ammunitions from them.

Around 130 Sarpanch aspirants were taken hostage by the Maoists on January 9 and released them in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The candidates were set free with a warning not to contest the ensuing rural local bodies elections. In the morning, CPI-Maoist ‘divisional committee’ member Jaggu, along with Kerlapal ‘area committee ‘commander’ Bhime alias Reena, and armed cadres, reached there to warn them against participating in the elections before they were set free.

January 16

SF arrested a top LeT commander from Sopore of Baramulla District of J&K. Police and Army arrested the militant commander from the house of a village headman in Sangarhama area of Sopore. Police also arrested the village headman Farooq Ahmad Bhat. The LeT commander has been identified as Zulfikar Ahmad Mughal (24) alias Akhtar Hussain alias Amir Maviya of Gulshan Iqbal, Karachi in Pakistan. Police also recovered one AK-47 rifle, five magazines, three hand grenades and a pouch.

The Hyderabad Police arrested a 32-year-old US-returned engineering graduate, identified as Salman Moinuddin at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (Hyderabad) while he was allegedly on his way to Syria to join ISIS along with his girlfriend, who is based in Dubai. Police said that Salman Moinuddin, the would-be militant, is also an active recruiter for ISIS. Counter-Intelligence wing of the Telangana State Intelligence said they had been tracking Moinuddin through his online activities and nabbed him no sooner did he land at the airport. It were the central intelligence agencies that had tipped off the state officials about Moinuddin, they added. According to Police, Moinuddin had planned to join his girlfriend Ayesha in Dubai from where they were to proceed to Syria via Turkey and establish links with ISIS militants.

Bengaluru Police detained a fifth person in connection with its investigation into revived activities of the IM terror outfit. The detained man was identified by sources as Abdullah Shabandri, a resident of the coastal town of Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka, who has been working in Bengaluru. Sources said he was an associate in the activities of four others who were arrested by the Bengaluru Police last week. "He has only been detained for questioning," Police sources said, clarifying that no fresh arrest had been made.

A senior official said that a Pakistan UAV conducted recce along the Indo-Pakistan Border in three bordering Districts of Jammu region. The senior official said "A Pakistan UAV was noticed last evening (January 15) along the border in Kathua, Samba and Jammu belts." He further said that the UAV was also noticed flying on the bordering belts along the IB by the locals and some of the BSF troops. Though the UAV was flying 200 meters away from the IB but still covered Kathua, Samba, R S Pura and Akhnoor areas.

The Mumbai Metro has been put on high alert after a specific alert from the IB indicating a threat of a possible terror strike on the city's only metro line, which runs between Versova and Ghatkopar. The alert was sent after the technical intelligence unit picked up a mobile phone conversation in which the plot was discussed. IB sources said that two persons living in Andheri West, who are part of the alleged plot, have been identified. Both the suspects were questioned by the Maharashtra ATS and the crime branch. While the names of the individuals have been withheld as the probe in ongoing, the police stations concerned have been informed about the threat, said officials.

SFs arrested two militants of NDFB-IKS from Gauripur under Bijni Police Station in Chirang District of Assam. The arrested cadres were identified as Suwambam Basumatary and Toten Basumatary. SFs recovered a hand grenade from the duo.

The counter-insurgency operation against the NDFB-IKS militants has spread from the India-Bhutan and Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border areas to Assam-Meghalaya and India-Myanmar borders. With the SFs cracking down on the Bodo rebels in the India-Bhutan and Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border areas, the militants are now trying to slip into Bangladesh and Myanmar through Meghalaya and Manipur, respectively.

Normal life was paralyzed in Dima Hasao District of Assam in the wake of a 48-hour bandh (shutdown strike) beginning. The bandh, called by the HPWS, an NGO formed by the ex-militants of the disbanded militant outfit DHD-N, would end at 5 AM on January 18. All schools, colleges, commercial establishments, markets, offices, banks, post office, transport remained closed in the district but no untoward incident has been reported so far, a district police officer said.

Former militants of the ANVC and the ANVC-B under the banner of the AMS have sought the dissolution of the current Executive Committee of the GHADC and requested that their leaders be given a chance to manage the extended term of the Council. (Meghalaya)

Two persons were arrested and about 2000 rounds of ammunition seized by the Special Branch of the Mizoram police at Phunchawng village near Aizawl in Aizawl District of Mizoram. On January 16, Laldinnghaka (28) of Lawngtlai district and Rohmingthanga (38) of Tanhril near Aizawl, were arrested and a total of 1,986 rounds of ammunition of US-made M-16 rifle were seized, police said. The seizure was made following a raid of a taxi parked in Phunchawng village. Police said the accused claimed the ammunition was smuggled from Myanmar to be sold to insurgents in Bangladesh.

Suspense over the death toll of CPI-Maoist cadres in an encounter with Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh Police and Odisha Special Operations Group (SOG) in Koraput District on January 5 continues. Bodies were not recovered and the death toll varies from five to seven.

Addressing the 21st meeting of Eastern Zonal Council in Patna, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said "The Maoist [Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)] problem is the biggest internal security problem the country is facing today and to challenge this menace there should be better coordination between the Centre and the State governments."

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said his Government will "rise to the challenge" posed by insurgents and "decimate extremism and CPI-Maoist violence in the state within six months".

Karnataka State Government is actively pursuing the release of the surrendered Naxalite-Noor Zulfikar.

Merging Chintoor mandal along with six other mandals of Khammam District of Telangana that face submersion due to Polavaram project into the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh received criticism from locals and it also makes the task of controlling activities of CPI-Maoist much tougher for the Police.

Seven CPI-Maoist sympathisers surrendered before authorities in Chhattisgarh.

January 17

A Policeman was killed while a civilian injured when militants fired upon them in Kulgam District of J&K. The killed Police man was identified as Zahoor Ahmad Dar, posted as a PSO to MLA-elect of Homeshalibugh constituency in Kulgam. Police said that a civilian, Zahoor Ahmad Elahi was also injured in the attack but is stable.

The Sikh militant Jagtar Singh Tara, killer of former Punjab CM Beant Singh and chief of KTF who was extradited from Thailand on January 16, was remanded in five days' Police custody by a court in Patiala (Punjab) in connection with the murder of Rulda Singh, the chief of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat. Tara was brought by a team of Punjab Police after being extradited from Bangkok. Tara had escaped from jail along with Jagtar Singh Hawara, Paramjit Singh Bheora and Devi Singh. Hawara and Bheora were later arrested, but Tara and Devi Singh reportedly fled to Pakistan. According to Thailand authorities, Tara entered Thailand as Gurmeet Singh on a Pakistan passport in October, and was arrested in the eastern Province of Chon Buri living in the home of a Pakistani national who has also been taken into custody.

Unidentified persons hurled a bomb near an oil pump at Moirang in Bishnupur District of Manipur. A person was injured in this incidence where a patrol team of JKLI troopers was also present.

The apex civil organizations of 'Eastern Nagaland' have declared the Districts of Tuensang, Mon, Longleng, and Kiphire (Nagaland) as "No tax zone on teaching community" on account of "the poor educational stagnancy and economic condition" the region,.

In a press statement, ENSF appealed to all the NPGs' [militant groups] not to misunderstand the concept of freeing the teaching community from paying tax. "It is never a deviation from our political demand and vision. Neither is it a force to restrain or abstain from collecting tax. Rather it is a heralding call to all the NPGs to come forward in building a strong Naga nation by imparting good education today." (Nagaland)

According to a report, the Centre had lauded the increase in the number of surrenders by CPI-Maoist cadres in Chhattisgarh and termed it a major achievement but recent intelligence reports have revealed that several of them were not genuine. Sources said the Intelligence Bureau is unhappy with the manner in which the surrenders are taking place and has discussed the same with the CRPF, the force entrusted with the mandate of combating Maoist insurgency.

A jawan of the STF, identified as constable Mahendra Singh was killed in an encounter with Maoists in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. Sukma ASP Santosh Singh said that "A team of the STF and district police came under fire from the Maoists near Kondare village under Gadiras police station at around 3 p.m. when they were returning from a routine patrolling. The firing continued for next one hour. One STF constable died in the incident." There was no report of casualty on the Maoists' side.

CPI-Maoist cadres killed two villagers in a Kangaroo court after branding them as police informers in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh.

Kin of frontline Congress leaders killed in May 25, 2013 Maoist attack have described the NIA probe as 'pedestrian' saying that the premier agency overlooked all aspects pertaining to security lapses that led to the massacre in tribal Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.

CPI-Maoist cadres retaliated to the killing of one of its senior leaders Sharath and a militia member near Korukonda shandy on October 19, 2014, after it killed a native of Veeravaram village Sanjeeva Rao, by destroying an ashram of Sanjeeva Rao's spiritual guru Simhachalam at Gurramveedhi village in G. Madugula mandal administrative unit.

Pro-CPI-Maoist banners and graffiti asking people to fight against Kasturirangan report on Western Ghats and protect the forest ranges appeared in Shedimane village of Kundapur in Udupi District of Karnataka.

A former Maoist cadre identified as Noor Zulfikar who was remanded in judicial custody after he returned to the mainstream on December 9, 2014 was released on bail in Chikkamagaluru District of Karnataka.

All big operations in LWE ­hit states, which require large-scale mobilisation of SFs, will be cleared after approvals from the CRPF headquarters. CRPF DG Prakash Mishra has taken the decision to monitor first­hand important SFs offensives in the LWE grid after he recently toured some of the worst Maoist violence affected states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha.

Five persons were reportedly arrested in connection with the CPI-Maoist attack on an Ashramam in G. Madugula mandal in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. Armed Maoists led a few hundred militia members and sympathisers in the attack on the Ashramam, belonging to one Simhachalam who escaped from being tried at a Praja court (Kangaroo Court). Simhachalam escaped after his supporters and others reportedly lynched to death a Maoist leader Sharath.

SFs arrested a PREPAK-pro'corporal' Sagolsem Bairen Singh alias Ratan, at Thoubal in Manipur.

SFs arrested a KCP cadre, Heikrujam Joychand Singh alias Joy t Lamlai Awang Leikai in Imphal East in Manipur.

January 18

SF personnel killed two 'divisional commanders' of LeT and JeM during an operation in Saidpora village of Sopore in Baramulla District of J&K. A Police spokesman while giving details about the operation said that Sopore Police along with 22 RR of Army and 177 Battalion of CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in Saidpora village. The militants fired upon the joint search party, triggering an encounter in which two militants were killed. Two Pakistani militants Asadullah of LeT and Ramzan of JeM were killed in the gun battle. There was no collateral damage to any person or property during the operation. Two AK-47 rifles, six magazines, 140 rounds and one pistol were recovered from them.

Ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to India, the US has asked Pakistan to ensure that there is no cross-border terror incident during the trip and subtly warned of "consequences" if any such attack is traced back to the country. Obama will travel to New Delhi later this week to attend the Republic Day parade on January 26, the first US president to do so. The warning has been issued keeping the track record of Pakistan-based militant groups that have carried out attacks in India coinciding with high-profile visits from the US

Investigations have revealed that the four IM operatives, arrested last week from Bhatkal in Karnataka, had supplied explosives for all the bomb blasts carried out by the outfit in the country since 2008. Report said that the group, being called the 'explosives module' of IM, led by Saleem Ismael Ashfaque, was not known to any agency till now as it took explosives delivery orders directly from Riyaz Bhatkal in Pakistan. Sources said Ashfaque, known very well to Riyaz Bhatkal, used to procure ammonium nitrate used in stone quarries and mines in the Karnataka region. He is also said to have travelled to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, said a source, adding that he must have met Riyaz Bhatkal there. An officer said Ashfaque, is a close friend of Pakistan-based Riyaz and used to take orders directly from him through phone or Nimbuzz chats, before delivering it to the operational modules run by Yasin Bhatkal. More than 70 IM members have been arrested since 2008 but nobody ever revealed the identity of the explosives supplier. The group is believed to have supplied ammonium nitrate and other related articles to operational units for the various attacks in the country since the 2008 Delhi blast.

Police arrested a suspected KLO militant, Govinda Roy, from Golokganj area of Dhubri District of Assam. The militant was arrested on charges of serving extortion notes to businessmen of the District.

At least one AR personal was reportedly injured when militant suspect ambushed a camp of the 44 AR at Nambisa area under Phungyar sub-division of Ukhrul District of Manipur.

Some unidentified persons lobbed a hand grenade at Dr Thokchom Dillipkumar (50), Chairman of the Board of Directors, Imphal Urban Cooperative Bank Limited at his Koirou Mamang Leikai in Imphal West District of Manipur.

PREPAK-Pro has claimed responsibility for the attack against troops of 44 Assam Rifles at Nambisa of Ukhrul District of Manipur. The militant formation also claimed grenade attack at the Lilong post of 40 AR on January 11 and for the grenade attack against a patrol team of JKLI at Ngangkhalawai.

The GNLA has made an announcement on Facebook, a social networking site, that its 'chairman', Champion Sangma who is in Shillong jail since 2012, had resigned from the outfit. It also said the outfit is yet to receive any official letter from Champion Sangma on his resignation from the outfit. GNLA is a Meghalaya based outfit fighting for a separate Garoland State. (Meghalaya)

The information was made public by the 'public relations secretary', Garo Mandei Ch. Marak. The post also says the outfit had constituted a 15-member committee of which three are serving jail terms. The chairman's post has been kept vacant. The post on Facebook said the outfit would appoint a chairman if it is invited by the state government or the Centre for peace talks. The 15-member committee is being termed as "decision-making Body". The key members include "vice-chairman" Mikim Marak, "commander-in-chief" Wegara Shira alias Sohan D. Shira, "deputy commander-in-chief" Toding Marak, "general secretary" Raka Marak, "finance secretary" Rakkam Ch. Marak, "foreign secretary" Millam Marak, "political secretary" Bikdot Nikjang Marak, among others. Wegara, alias Shira, has been heading the outfit after Champion's arrest. (Meghalaya)

A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Joru, was killed during an encounter with SFs in Ghatsila Sub-Division of East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. A Police officer who is the bodyguard of ASP was also injured. A pistol and five live cartridges were recovered from his possession.

The Maoists called for a bandh in Jharkhand and Bihar in protest against the death of its cadres who were killed during an encounter in Hazaribagh District on January 12. The shutdown had an impact in Latehar District where no public transport or heavy vehicles were seen plying on National Highway 75 and 99.

Britain has warned India about possible terror attack by ISIS and said all efforts must be taken to check activities of the Middle East terrorist group. British officials have conveyed this to their Indian counterparts at the India-UK Counter Terrorism Joint Working Group meeting held in London on January 15-16. An Indian official said that "We have asked Britain to be alert about possible attack by LeT there. Britain in turn has warned us that an attack by ISIS could take place in India."

BSF has strengthened its position with deployment of 1200 additional personnel along the IB and intensifying 24×7 patrolling all along the border including the riverine belt where the fencing was not complete. This was in view of the latest advisory by the UMHA and IB to guard against all possibilities of infiltration attempts by the militants both along the IB and LoC in the State ahead of US President Barrack Obama's Republic Day visit in the country.

According to statistics from the NCRB, in the three years up to 2013, registered cases of cyber crime in India were up 350%, from 966 to 4,356. Report said that as cyber crime rises, there are indications that the criminal-justice system is unable to cope, with a minuscule percentage of convictions reported, although there is no reliable, nationwide data. "Illegal gains" and "harassment" are the top cyber crime motives, the data reveal. The majority of crimes are registered under "others"; 2,144 cases were registered in this category in 2013. Data show that the age group of 18-30 accounts for the highest percentage of cyber crime with 1,638 persons arrested in the age bracket out of a total arrests of 3,301 in 2013. Maharashtra accounts for the most persons arrested under the IT Act, 2000, and Uttar Pradesh reported the most arrests under the older IPC.

Police recovered 10,000 detonators from a Ranchi-bound passenger bus and arrested the driver. The bus was coming from Odisha and was stopped at Namkum in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. Ranchi Police said the driver, Ravi Shankar Pandey (35), is from Bihar's Sheikhpura District and worked on the Odisha-Jharkhand route. Ranchi SSP Prabhat Kumar said that "The huge quantity of explosives indicates that some large network is behind its transport." Probe has already started to find who had ordered the explosives. However, the Police did not find any Maoist link.

Special Cell of Delhi Police arrested three persons and recovered a cache of ammunition from them near Welcome Metro station in New Delhi just days ahead of US President Barack Obama's high-profile visit to India. The arrested persons were identified as Shariq, Fahim and Imran. Commissioner (Special Cell) SN Shrivastava said "We have arrested three men and recovered 1,020 live cartridges from them. The arrests were made from near Welcome metro station here." Police said a large part of the consignment consisted of 9mm, a prohibited bore and 7.65mm bullets. They have not ruled out a terror angle and an alert has been issued to beef up security.

Apprehending threat to lives from CPI-Maoist, four ex-Maoists surrendered before Police at Bonai in Odisha's Sundargarh District.

In the past 10 years, the CPI-Maoist has organised as many as 489 training camps for more than 40,000 cadres who have been taught about the use of sophisticated weapons and guerrilla warfare, according to information obtained under the RTI Act from the UMHA. The information provided by the UMHA under RTI shows that while there was a year-on-year increase in the number of training camps - from 16 in 2004 to 93 in 2010, thereafter the numbers decreased to five in 2014.

January 19

A civilian, identified as Sewa Ram (35) was injured in a mine blast in forward village of Sariya in Nowshera sector of Rajouri District of J&K when he accidentally stepped over landmine while grazing his cattle. He was seriously injured in right foot, heel and ankle.

Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire by firing at a forward post along the IB in Samba District of J&K. However the BSF did not retaliate and observed restraint. Official sources said that Pakistan Rangers fired three rounds at Chinaz post.

SF personnel recovered two pressure cooker based IEDs at two different places at Mundzi area of Sopore and Mazham area on Srinagar-Gulmarg highway. One pressure cooker based IED weighing approximately 5 Kgs planted under the culvert near village Mundzi of Sopore was recovered. Another IED similarly designed pressure cooker based IED, weighing approximately 5 Kgs planted on the road in the Garbage dump near village Mazhama was recovered.

A close aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Tariq Parveen, was arrested by the UP Police from Mumbai (Maharashtra) for his alleged involvement in a 1999 criminal case in UP. Police sources said Parveen was picked up from Sarang Street in Pydhonie in Mumbai by a team of UP Police's ATS, with assistance from the Mumbai crime branch. Parveen was taken to the Sewri court and his custody was given to the UP Police on transit remand.

The Cyberabad Police (Hyderabad) sought 15-day custody of the suspected ISIS recruit, Salman Mohiuddin, from the court for custodial interrogation. According to sources, Police sought Hyderabad-based engineer's custodial interrogation for 15 days saying he was required to be quizzed to ascertain the identities of other members of the dreaded outfit and to interrogate him on charges on waging war against a country.

Suspected operative of IM, Syed Ismail Afaq, the homeopath arrested by the Bengaluru Police (Karnataka) on January 8, was trained by the ISI in Pakistan, a Police source said. Police also said that indoctrinated by Riyaz and Yasin, known as the Bhatkal brothers, Afaq held a high position in the IM's hierarchy. "He was creating Indian Mujahideen modules. His terror connection had become a family problem, and his brother had written to him cautioning him against such activities," the source said.

Hyderabad Police is on high alert following alert from Britain and the Indo-UK Counter Terrorism Joint Working Group about an ensuing ISIS strike. Security has been stepped up at airports and major railway and bus stations. Since a five-member gang of alleged SIMI activists had already struck at a bank in Karimnagar, all the Districts Police has also been on alert in Telangana. Senior Police officers said that special security checks are conducted in various parts of the city and they will continue till January 26. Report added that major establishments in Hyderabad and Cyberabad are under close surveillance. A special wing of the Police is keeping a close watch on Internet users in the city to track down people getting attracted to ISIS and leaving for Syria or Iraq to join the terror group.

India has stepped up security on its western borders to very high levels following credible intelligence inputs warnings that two groups of LeT and one group of JeM are waiting to infiltrate from Kathua and Poonchh sectors in J&K to orchestrate terror attacks before US President Barack Obama's visit. Sources said that a group of 12-15 fully trained and equipped LeT terrorists who are waiting to infiltrate through Kathua under the supervision of LeT commanders Abdullah Shaheen and Taya Rafiq. Another group of 10 LeT terrorists are waiting at the launching pads in PoK to infiltrate through Poonchh under commander Abdul Rashid, said sources.

Sources said that JeM planned to mark the year 2015 as a year of "Inquilab-e-Jihad" and may carry out terror activities before Republic Day. "The LeT is also trying to unleash its sleeper cells already present in J&K to carry out terror attacks," said sources adding that at least 7 LeT terrorists are on the prowl in Kashmir of which 3-4 are foreign terrorists. High threat perception stands from Pakistan based terror outfits despite US telling Pakistan in unequivocal terms to rein in terror groups to ensure that no terror incident takes place, said Government sources. BSF sources said that "There are inputs that rogue elements within ISI and Army may try to stage Chittisinghpura kind of massacre during Obama's visit. We have picked up information about three groups."

More than three weeks after the IED blast in Bengaluru in Karnataka on December 28, 2014 that claimed the life of a woman and injured three others, Police said there is no breakthrough yet in the case and they were following the clues. Bengaluru Police Commissioner M N Reddi said that "...... I can only say that there is no breakthrough in the investigation till now, but investigation is being carried out very actively and constructively".

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and Home Minister K J George assured a delegation of citizens from the coastal Karnataka town of Bhatkal that the Bangalore Police had not framed any innocent person from the town in a terrorism probe against the IM.

Jagtar Singh Tara, KTF chief and mastermind behind former Punjab CM Beant Singh's assassination, was extradited to India within a mere two days of his arrest as he did not contest the plea moved by New Delhi in Thailand court. Sources in the Punjab Police said Tara himself requested for extradition, a process that usually took years. The extradition, however, does not bar India from giving him death penalty if any court finds him guilty of committing crime under rarest of rare cases.

Sources said Tara had told investigators that he along with his Pakistan-based associates wanted to carry out killings in Punjab, and that they had even shortlisted some leaders. Tara is learnt to have stayed in Ganganagar, Kurali and Fatehgarh Sahib for a few months before escaping to Pakistan through Nepal and Thailand. Police officials said he was giving some conflicting replies about his whereabouts after he escaped from the Burail Jail in January 2014. However, Police said that his claims were being verified.

Apprehending attack by Pakistan's BAT on forward posts and patrol parties in the run up to Republic Day, Army has sounded an alert along the boundary with Pakistan in J&K. According to officials, there are intelligence inputs that BATs, which are small groups of specialized Pakistani troops, supported at times by terrorists, could strike in the run up to Republic Day, especially as US President Barack Obama will be visiting the country. The BAT could also target Indian patrol parties near the LoC, they said, adding Army is keeping a close watch on LoC and troops are vigilant.

A Maoist was killed in a gun battle with Police in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh.

The Maoists in Chhattisgarh have dropped pamphlets in several areas of Bastar region, opposing US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to India. The Maoists have called for boycott of President Obama's visit and a nationwide bandh on January 26.

At the Central Zonal Council meeting in Lucknow under the Chairmanship of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the State Governments asked the Centre to "share the maximum burden" in controlling Naxalism in the affected areas.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has sought an additional fund from Centre for modernisation of Police in the Naxal-hit State and also demanded a special category status for the State.

Army arrested 18 militants of NDFB-IKS and eight suspected KLPF cadres from across the State. Eleven NDFB-IKS militants were arrested from Panbari forest in Chirang in Assam. The militants include Deven Goyari [an IED expert], Hokom Boro, Upendra Nath, Raton Bengali, Namal Basumatary, Sanjay Goyari, Ulla Basumatary, Raju Boro, Konin Basumatary, Prakash Narzary alias Gahen and Ranjan Basumatary alias Kipihungla. The arms and ammunition recovered from the militants include two improvised explosive devices (IED), nine detonators, two 7.65mm pistols with 10 rounds of ammunition, five rounds of ammunition of 7.62mm pistols and a packet of ball bearings.

SFs arrested five NDFB-IKS militants along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border in Udalguri District in Assam. The five include "commanding officer" of the '13th battalion' Binku Narzary alias Birlangbai [on the "most wanted" list], Bidai Singh Narzary alias Bugdaw, Lohit Basumatary alias B. Ferkw, N. Araibaw alias Ajak Narzary and Durga Sing Basumatary alias B. Khamshaw. One AK-56 rifle with magazine, one 9mm pistol, 25 rounds of live ammunition of 7.62mm pistol, 54 rounds of live ammunition of 9mm pistol and a hand grenade were also recovered.

SFs arrested 'Nalbari platoon commander' of NDFB-IKS "sergeant" Bimal Boro alias Khwobla (26), from Antaibari under Tamulpur Police Station in Baksa in Assam.

SFs arrested another NDFB-IKS militant, identified as Danswrang Daimary (21), from the Paltan Bazar Police Station area in Guwahati in Kamrup in Assam.

SFs arrested eight suspected KLPF militants from Gandhipur in Karbi Anglong District of Assam. The five were identified as Biren Ingti, Mohan Terang, Andres Teron, Bizu Teron, John Teron, Babu Teron, Rakesh Ingti and Rup Singh.

Police retrieved bullet-riddled dead bodies of two KNA-I militants, identified as Paoneh and Letminthang Haokip in Churachandpur in Manipur. The duo was reportedly killed in a gunfight with KIA. However, a highly reliable report said that two were shot dead at Molnoiphai village under Churachandpur Police Station after they were abducted from other place.

SFs arrested UNLF militant, identified as 'sergeant major' Irom Rakesh Singh alias Thabungtomba alias Apabi from Tera Sadokpam Leikai area in Imphal West District in Manipur.

SFs arrested a KYKL militant, identified as Nameirakpam Devananda Meitei from Wabagai Kadajit Maning Leikai in Thoubal in Manipur. Investigation revealed that he was involved in the recruitment of new cadres of KYKL organization.

Exchange of fire took place between SFs and AMEF militants at Pakgregittim under Rongjeng Police Station in the East Garo Hills in Meghalaya. However, there was no report of any casualty or injury. SP Davis Marak said the AMEF militants, led by its 'deputy chief' Goran, had abducted four traders from Mangsang area but were later released. Meanwhile, the Police have arrested a resident of the village in connection with the kidnapping case and for allegedly harboring the militants.

Two workers of Coastal Project Private Limited, identified as Forman Ranjit Thakur and driver Ramjul Haque, both from Jharkhand, were abducted from Nungkao Part-III under Tousem Sub-division of Tamenglong District of Manipur by suspected ZUF militants.

January 20

Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire by resorting to firing by small arms on BoPs along the IB in Arnia sector of Jammu District, prompting the BSF to retaliate. A senior BSF officer said "Pakistani rangers resorted to intermittent small arms firing on border out posts along the IB in Arnia sector of Jammu since January 20 night. BSF troops guarding the borderline retaliated resulting in intermittent exchanges which continued till 7am. There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing."

Ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to India, security agencies are concerned that a 'Waqas-2' may be on the prowl or waiting in the wings to enter India from Pakistan. Waqas alias Zia-ur-Rehman, is a Pakistani bomb-maker who executed several blasts in India on behalf of IM until his arrest in Bangladesh in March 2014. The information was worked out on the basis of interrogation and recoveries made from IM's explosives suppliers arrested recently in Bengaluru. Report said the agencies have learnt that the accused were instructed to keep explosives and circuits ready and wait for instructions to hand them over to a bomb-maker who would contact them in the coming days. This person was being sent by IM co-founder Riyaz Bhatkal in Pakistan. It is, however, not clear if this person had already entered India by the time the accused were arrested or is yet to enter. It is suspected that this person may be a fresh face from Pakistan or one of the various IM operatives from India, such as Dr Shahnawaz, Mirza Shadab Baig, Bada Sajid and others, hiding in Pakistan.

A group of five to six LeT militants has crossed over from Pakistan to J&K's Kathua District last week. The infiltrating group was tracked with the help of wireless intercepts picked up from across Pakistan, and is currently lying low in J&K, possibly waiting for an opportunity to sneak outside the state. Agencies fear that the terrorists may be headed for Delhi with a specific mission to stage a spectacular strike coinciding with US President Barack Obama's visit.

Pankuj Thakur, a Constable with the 13th battalion of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force, was injured when a pressure bomb exploded near Murdonda village of Bijapur District in Chhattisgarh.

Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres attacked a "Sahayak Arakshak" (auxiliary constable), identified as Kichche Soya, with sharp weapons at a marketplace at Pollamapalli area in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh.

A joint team of Dantewada and Bijapur Police busted a Maoist camp in Hurrepal forests of Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh.

Three Maoists surrendered before the Police in Dornapal town of Sukma District of Chhattisgarh.

Naxals have set two trucks on fire in a village near Gaya District of Bihar. The incident was confirmed by Gaya city SP Rakesh Kumar.

A CPI-Maoist couple surrendered before Police in Warangal District of Telangana. B Bhikshapathi, a 'divisional committee member' carrying a reward of INR 500,000 on his head, surrendered along with his wife P Rukmini before Warangal Urban SP A.K. Jha. Rukmini was carrying reward of INR 100,000, SP Jha said.

Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres have killed two persons, including a SPO, near Bundu in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. "One of them was a SPO," Ranchi SSP Prabhat Kumar said.

Security in Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's hometown and other areas in the Naxal affected District in Chandauli has been further revised after the central zonal council meeting in Lucknow under his chairmanship on curbing Naxalism in four states.

In reply to an RTI query, the UMHA has revealed that a total of 12,062 civilians have been killed in Naxal violence till now since 1980. The detail was given in reply to a question filed under RTI rules by a Meerut-based activist.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked various ministries to work in coordination to develop strategies for stopping the spread of LWE and instructed the newly-established National Institution for Transforming India Aayog to plan for overall development of tribal areas. Chairing a meeting on tribal welfare, Modi described the tribal communities as a great force for national development.

A low intensity IED exploded from a heap of garbage near Lamlong Bridge under Porompat Police Station in Imphal East in Manipur. However, nobody was injured in the incident.

SFs arrested two UNLF militants, Naorem Robindro Singh alias Ireicha alias Inao and Hijam Sunil Singh from near Adarsh Laboratory, in Kanglapat area in Imphal West in Manipur. During spot verification, it was learnt that the duo brought the third person, namely, Ashem Sanathoi Singh alias Thoiba for recruiting. UNLF.Investigation revealed that the first arrestee, Naorem Robindro Singh alias Ireicha alias Inao was entrusted for extortion of money from general public and recruitment of new cadres. Investigation also revealed that the second arrestee Hijam Sunil Singh was involved in recruitment of new cadres for UNLF militants. The rescued person, Ashem Sanathoi Singh alias Thoiba was handed over to his father, Asem Suresh Singh.

SFs arrested a PREPAK militant, Mohamad Nahachouba alias Chensam alias Achouba from in and around Keirak area in Thoubal in Manipur. Investigation revealed that he was involved in extortion, transportation of IEDs and recruitment of PREPAK.

AR launched an operation at general area of Moidangpok in Imphal West District of Manipur and arrested one PREPAK militant identified as Langonjam Dhanachandra alias Bodhe alias John. ne M-16 assault rifle, three magazines and sixty nine live rounds of 5.56mm were recovered from his possession. Based on his revelation, a follow up operation was launched by the AR in general area of Khumbong in Imphal West District and one PEK (Plastic Explosives) slab, two detonators and one packet containing explosive substances were recovered.

In another operation AR arrested one PREPAK cadre, identified as Md Abdul Majid, from general area of Khudengthabi check post in Manipur.

UNLF has claimed responsibility for the grenade attack at the residence of the president of IUCB Board of Directors Th Dilipkumar on January 18. (Manipur)

CorCom along with NDFB-IKS, KLO, and ULFA-I have called for a total shut down on January 26, the Republic Day of India.

The decision by jailed GNLA 'chairman' Champion R Sangma to walk away from the armed outfit he once jointly established with Sohan Shira has not gone down well within the ranks of the banned organization which has mocked him and accused him of 'absence' of qualities. "The leaders of GNLA bear better moral qualities than Champion R Sangma, though he is a former MPS [Meghalaya Police Service] officer. He no longer bears any qualities to become a leader of GNLA or the people of Garoland," said Garo Mandai Marak.

January 21

Pakistani Rangers resorted to mortar shelling and firing in forward villages of Pansar and Manyari along the IB in Hiranagar sector of Kathua District in J&K targeting civilian areas and BSF posts. There were no casualties or damage in Pakistan firing and shelling.

A Bengaluru city court extended the police custody of four terror suspects arrested recently in Bengaluru and Bhatkal (Karnataka) till February 3. They are suspected to be part of a prominent explosives' module of the IM. DCP Crime (Bengaluru) Abhishek Goyal in a tweet said that "Court has extended the Police custody of Aafaaque, Abdus Saboor, Riyas Syeedi & Saddam Hussain up to February 3, 2015 in IM Explosive Seizure case."

A local court in Hyderabad sent Salman Mohiuddin, who was arrested for allegedly trying to leave the country to join the Middle-East terror group, ISIS to 10-day Police custody. Cyberabad Police, in its petition, had earlier sought 15-day custody of Salman and told the court that it needed to further probe his alleged ISIS links.

IB has prepared a list of 200 militants from different terror outfits which could try to carry out a strike to disrupt the Republic Day (January 26) celebrations at which US President Barack Obama will be the chief guest. Top Government sources said that the list has been shared with the security agencies involved in making arrangements for Obama's visit to New Delhi. Report said that this year, maximum number of spotters and informers drawn from IB, R&AW, anti-terror squads of Delhi, Maharashtra, J&K, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, UP and others states - around 2000 - are being deployed in the capital as the authorities are trying to leave nothing to chance. The list includes militants of LeT, JeM, HM, HuJI, JMB, IM, SIMI, Sikh militant groups, CPI-Maoist and North-East based organisations among others. The list also mentions the five absconding SIMI members who fled from Khandwa jail in Madhya Pradesh last year.

MHA Rajnath Singh at a high level meeting to review security scenario in J&K with top security officials in New Delhi has called for strengthening Security Grid, beefing up security all along the borders and hinterland and taking all possible measures to ward off any terror strike in J&K on or before Republic Day celebrations. Official sources told that the Home Minister directed the heads of para-military forces to strengthen anti-militancy Security Grid and maintain constant vigil along 192 kilometers long IB in J&K, which is guarded by the BSF, to ensure that there was no infiltration by the militants from Pakistan.

Ahead of US President Barak Obama's visit, intelligence inputs on terror threats seem to be coming by the dozen. In a fresh input, a Major rank officer from Pakistan's spy agency ISI has been given the responsibility to push in two batches of five LeT terrorists each across the border. There is information about the groups waiting at Rum (Sialkot) in Pakistan before being launched into India. The terrorists have been tasked to launch a fidayeen (suicide) attack inside India during the visit, said Home Ministry sources.

The Government has finally given a green signal to setting up the Uttarakhand's first Cyber Crime Police station in Dehradun. Till date, the state wasn't equipped with a special force to deal with such crimes and cases pertaining to illegal online activities were being referred to police stations spread across all 13 districts. After the government notification all cases related to IT Act would now be transferred to the Cyber Crime Police station, where members of the STF would conduct probe. All matters of cyber crime, including online frauds, bank frauds, crime through social networking websites and mobile applications will be investigated by the STF team.

Police Constable, Dukhiya Murmu (30), who was critically injured in an encounter with the Naxals at Musabani in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand on January 18 succumbed to his injury at the Tata Main Hospital.

Odisha's DGP Sanjeev Marik said BSF troopers engaged in CPI-Maoist ­prone areas in the State will be redeployed keeping in view the intelligence inputs.

A group of men, suspected to be CPI-Maoist cadres, torched a vehicle carrying mid-day meal for school children and ate the food before taking away the containers at Ijurupa under Lanjigarh Police Station limits in Kalahandi District of Odisha.

34 sympathisers of the CPI-Maoist militia surrendered before the SP M. Ravi Prakash at Rajavommangi in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh.

Andhra Pradesh Government will strengthen Police machinery in various Districts to curtail crime rate and be prepared to meet any crisis situation. As part of the plan, Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister China Rajappa has said armed police battalions in some areas and police sub-divisions in some other areas will be set up.

Murali Kannamballi, the Naxalite leader who initiated many students of the erstwhile regional engineering college Kozhikode into the left extremist movement in mid 1970, has emerged as the tallest Maoist leader from the state.

NIA has revealed that a section of State forest department personnel had teamed up with NDFB-IKS to kill 36 people, including women and children, from the minority community in Assam's Baksa District in 2014. NIA stated that "Some forest officials have joined hands with suspected NDFB-IKS cadres and formed a 30 to 40-member group, who took part in mass killing of innocent people at N.K. Khagrabari village on May 2, 2014, with firearms and sharp weapons like dao (machete)," An NIA source said the forest staff of Bansbari range, who were from the Bodo community, were against people from the minority community staying in the fringe areas of the forest as they consider them as outsiders and because of that they joined hands with NDFB-IKS to carry out the massacre.

Three IEDs exploded in quick succession at a gorge located 10 Kms to the North East of Moreh town in Chandel in Manipur. The gorge is reported to be frequented by AR troops posted nearby for drawing water. No casualty was reported during the incident.

Meanwhile, an IED of medium intensity exploded at the foot of a tree within a crematorium on the bank of Naga rivulet just opposite to Nagamapal Singjubung Leirak in Imphal West District in Manipur.

A combined team of Thoubal District Police Commandos and Indian Army conducted frisking and checking at Pallel bazar area in Thoubal District of Manipur on the National Highway. During the frisking and checking, two militants of UNLF identified as 'corporal' Laishram Ratan Meitei alias Lanjadaba alias Puchoubi and Amom Nanao Meitei alias Itheiba alias Bonee were arrested.

SFs arrested two KYKL militants from pallel bazar in Thoubal in Manipur. The militants have been identified as 'lance corporal' Amom Nanao Meitei alias Itheiba alias Bonee and 'corporal' Laishram Ratan Meitei alias Lanjadaba alias Puchoubi.

A retired teacher, Rovingson B Marak who was abducted from his home in Sibbari area of South Garo hills District in Meghalaya, has returned safe after being released by his captives in neighbouring Bangladesh. He was abducted, in the month of December 2014 Police sources reveal that the victim's family and relatives had to pay a sum of INR 260,000 in two installments to secure his safe release.

January 22

Pakistan Rangers opened firing at forward area of Pangdor in Samba sector in J&K violating ceasefire along the IB second time in the past 24 hours as the Rangers had also resorted to shelling and firing at Pansar and Manyari in Hiranagar sector on January 21. Reports said the Rangers fired bursts towards the Indian posts and villages at Pangdor in Samba sector followed by small arms firing. The BSF retaliated. However, there were no casualties or damage.

An Anti-Tank mine was found in a field along the in Samba District in J&K. One Balak Ram, resident of Galar noticed an Anti-Tank mine in his field and he informed the matter to the BSF, sources said.

Police will take recently extradited KTF terrorist Jagtar Singh Tara to Nepal border after his disclosure that he had hidden large quantity of RDX and other ammunition in a village near Indo-Nepal border. Police said Tara had disclosed that he had hidden a consignment of around 4kg RDX, detonators and other ammunition in a village in Rudrapur District of Uttarakhand, which is located near Indo-Nepal border. However, the court had extended Tara's remand only for three days, during which the Patiala Police will take Tara to Indo-Nepal border to recover the ammunition.

Uttarakhand resident Devi Singh, the fourth accused involved in the sensational 2004 Burail Jail break, who escaped along with three assassins of former Punjab CM Beant Singh, is currently living in Pakistan and has converted to Sikhism. This was confirmed by KTF terrorist Jagtar Singh Tara, who was nabbed by Indian security agencies from Thailand recently, revealed a senior Police officer associated with the probe. Significantly, Indian security agencies had the information that Devi didn't move out of Pakistan since he sneaked into that country after the escape from Burial jail by digging a 104-feet tunnel. Three of the four accused in the jail break, have already been arrested by Punjab Police, and Devi is still on the run.

Burgumpadu Police of Khammam District of Telangana seized huge quantity of explosive material from a lorry bound for Malkangiri District of Odisha at Morampalli Banjar village on the Khammam-Bhadrachalam main road in Palvancha Division.

The CPI-Maoist-is slowly finding a fresh foothold in Telangana thanks to a botched up division of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh State. Intelligence assessments point at Maoists re-entering the region from where they had been painstakingly pushed out by concerted effort from State Police and Central Forces towards the close of the 2000 decade.

A senior woman CPI-Maoist 'deputy commander' was arrested by the Gadchiroli District Police of Maharashtra. Aruna alias Punai Devsingh Naitam (24), was picked up from Kangadi village on Gadchoroli-Rajnandgaon border in an intelligence-based operation, a press note issued by the Police said.

The CPI-Maoist has called a 'Dandakaranya bandh' on January 26 to protest US President Barak Obama's visit to India as the chief guest of the Republic Day function. In posters and pamphlets posted in different parts of Bastar in Chhattisgarh, the Maoists termed the US the "biggest expansionist force" and "enemy of people all over the world."

The CPI-Maoist-hit Khunti District was inspected by DGP, Rajeev Kumar along with his officials. Anti-Maoist operation has been continuing in the District for the last couple of days. He also decided to sharpen anti-Maoist operation in other Districts of Jharkhand.

The CPI-Maoist cadres set on fire around 14 vehicles of an Andhra Pradesh-based private company engaged in road construction in Dhanora tehsil of Gadchiroli District. The Maoists roughed up a few labourers and their supervisor when the work on the Gharanji-Pustola stretch was underway for connecting road between Edampayali and Korkoti.

Army defused an IED which as kept inside a white gunny bag along with some rags near the Bongaigaon Railway Engineering workshop, in Bongaigaon District in Assam. Bongaigaon SP stated that We have inputs that the Independent faction ULFA-I has planned to attack local BJP leaders and grenade attacks might be carried out by IK Songbijit faction of NDFB-IKS in the town on the eve or after Republic Day. As part of these plans, the IED was planted close to the security picket."

A 'section commander' of NDFB-IKS Sirkhung Basumatary, who was involved in the killing of Adivasis on December 23, 2014, was arrested at Bangalore in Karnataka. A source stated that he was also suspected to be involved in an earlier incident of killing of Hindi-speaking people.

Four NDFB-IKS militants Binku Narzary alias Birlangbai, Ajoi Basumatary alias B. Buhum, Dilip Basumatary alias Bir Baisa alias Lambu and Khamrei Basumatary alias Udla , who were earlier arrested were shifted to Sonitpur from Guwahati by NIA for detailed interrogation. NIA has registered two cases in connection with killings in Sonitpur and another two in connection with killings in Kokrajhar. A source stated that Binku Narzary, the self-styled 'commanding officer' of the outfit's '13th battalion', and Khamrei Basumatary, the deputy commander of the '14th battalion' of NDFB-IKS, will also be questioned by the NIA in connection with killing of minorities in Baksa district in May last year, which is also being investigated by the central anti-terror probe agency,". More than 40 NDFB-IKS militants have been arrested so far in the ongoing operations.

IED was triggered near an AR post in Churachandpur District in Manipur while another IED and a hand grenade were found in two other places of the state. According to the report, Militants triggered an IED blast at the gate of 27 Sector AR headquarters at Tuibuong, Churachandpur District headquarters. However, there was no report of any casualty.

Troops of 2nd Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry detected another IED at Kangvai village in Bishnupur in Manipur.

A China-made hand grenade was recovered from the house of Khaidem Bala Devi, chairperson of Wangoi panchayat, in Imphal West in Manipur.

A combined team of Thoubal District Police and Assam Rifles conducted cordon and search operations at Ngarouthel, Heirok Part - III in Thoubal District in Manipur and arrested a PLA militant dentified as 'lance corporal' Khundongbam Somendro Singh alias Phamen. According to a statement issued by the Public Relation Office (PRO) of Police, investigations revealed that he came to Heirok Part - III, Ngarouthel Leikai to disturb the forthcoming Republic Day celebrations.

HNLC announced a 24-hour shutdown to boycott Republic Day. HNLC "publicity secretary" Sainkupar Nongtraw said the shutdown would come into effect from 6pm on January 25 and continue till 6pm on January 26 across the six Districts of Khasi-Jaintia hills region in Meghalaya.

Two women, identified as Rekha and Sheetal were arrested from New Delhi Railway Station along with FICN of INR 11,00,000. "The two women were arrested with FICN worth of Rs.11 lakh. Concealed in the boxes of cosmetic products, the women were smuggling the fake notes to Delhi from Bangkok," Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ravindra Yadav said. "The women used to conceal fake currency notes in cosmetic and crockery containers which they carry in flights as part of their business," he added."They have revealed that they were acting as courier agents at the behest of some Pakistan nationals, who are based in Bangkok. Their arrest led us to know of a new fake currency smuggling route to India via Bangkok. Till now, Nepal and Bangladesh route were known," Yadav said.

January 23

A cameraperson employed with the ITR in Chandipur in Balasore District of Odisha was arrested on charges of passing on sensitive information about missile tests to Pakistani spy agency ISI. Eastern Range IG Asit Panigrahi said that the man, identified as Ishwar Chandra Behera, was working as a cameraperson in ITR on contractual basis since 2007 and had been engaged in espionage activities for the past 8-10 months. Two computer hard disks, two mobile handsets and a bank passbook have been seized from his possession, the IG said.

Police arrested another Dawood Ibrahim's aide outside Charbagh railway station in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh just when he was about to escape from the city. Sources said that the Hyderabad native identified as Mohammad Usman was wanted in a case registered in the city (Lucknow) over 15 years back. On the basis of a tip off from Tariq Parvin, the other 'D-gang' member recently arrested from Mumbai, the latest crackdown was made by the Police.

Ahead of his second visit to India, US President Barack Obama sent out a tough message to Pakistan, saying safe havens of terrorism within that country are "not acceptable" and those behind the Mumbai attacks (26/11) must face justice. Obama said in an interview that "I've made it clear that even as the US works with Pakistan to meet the threat of terrorism, safe havens within Pakistan are not acceptable and that those behind the Mumbai terrorist attack must face justice." This came amid signs of renewed US pressure on Pakistan to crack down on terror networks and evidence of recognition within the Pakistani establishment, in the wake of the massacre of school children in Peshawar, that the terror apparatus set up to hurt India and for strategic gains in Afghanistan has boomeranged on them. Obama pointed out that just as Indians were tragically killed in the 9/11 attack in New York, Americans were also killed in the 26/11 terror strike in Mumbai.

India's external intelligence agency, the RAW, has warned that the threat from home-grown elements radicalised by the ISIS has emerged as the topmost terror threat across the globe even as the Afghanistan-Pakistan region remains the epicentre of global terror activity.

According to the assessment of RAW, France is one of the four countries, apart from the US, the UK and Israel, that have prominently figured in the propaganda of the al Qaeda networks and in recent times of the ISIS. In India, the security agencies are keeping a close watch on the international security scenario vis-à-vis the ISIS as recent activities of ISIS-inspired Indian youth have come to their notice. For the Indian security agencies, a joint attack by the al Qaeda and ISIS on Indian cities remains a potent threat and a close watch is being kept on the social media as well as by liaising with counterparts in foreign countries to crack down on such attempts.

A high alert has been sounded in Jammu and Kathua regions following intelligence intercepts that LeT and HM, backed by Pakistan's spy agency ISI, are planning terror strikes in the region coinciding with US President Barack Obama's visit. A specific intelligence input with the Central agencies say a detachment of 5-6 terrorists has been deployed by Badabhai Masroor and is likely to cross over from Shakargarh and Zafarwal Darman area for terror attacks around Republic Day in Jammu or Kathua region. The detachment is in touch with an ISI's Colonel Masood Khan.

To effectively counter the menace of IED, India may soon establish a joint programme to integrate counter-IED efforts of defence ministry, UMHA and agencies involved in dealing with terror incidents. Report said that the idea is being seriously looked at by the Government following the recently concluded counter-IED meet between India and US in Washington. Sources said the four-day meet, which began on January 15, was an experience sharing exercise where officials from the internal security apparatus of both countries exchanged ideas on challenges in their respective countries, ways to counter them, nature of explosives and use of technology. The meet was significant given that India is one of the most dangerous places in the world as far as IED explosions are concerned recording more bomb blasts every year than Afghanistan.

The Maoists have appealed to the people to observe 'Virodh Diwas' on January 26 against US President Barack Obama's visit to India. Gadchiroli Police have recovered an anti-Obama banner at Kamlapur near Repanpalli last week. A press release, issued by the Maoist's DKSZC, also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for inviting the US President.

SFs arrested a CPI-Maoist 'zonal commander' identified as Madan Rai in Giridih District of Jharkhand. A country-made pistol and live cartridges were also seized from his possession.

Three armed extremists, reportedly belonging to PLFI barged into Kurumkela upgraded middle school under Kurdeg Police Station in Simdega District of Jharkhand on the Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border and tried to abduct a school teacher at gunpoint, creating panic among students on the campus.

Following a bomb blast in Arrah's Civil Court, where three persons were killed including a Police Constable and 16 injured, Police said that CPI-Maoist involvement in the blast cannot be ruled out.

Wary of CPI-Maoist influence among tribals, the Kerala State Government is planning to distribute food kits, each worth INR 100, in vulnerable tribal colonies every day across the state from February under the assumption that only hungry bellies could be swayed by revolutionary ideas.

CPI-Maoist killed an 18-year-old girl at a village in Khunti District. Police said the body of Birsi Kumari (18) was found by neighbours with two bullet wounds on January 24 at Kitahatu village. Local residents said the girl paid with her life for being a Police informer, but the Police deny the claim.

BSF IG Meghalaya Frontier Sudesh Kumar stated that umber of camps of Indian militant groups in Bangladesh has gone down after security authorities of that country launched a crackdown. He also added that there are only 39 camps of Indian militant groups in Bangladesh and most of these camps are located in inaccessible areas of the Chittagong Hill Tract (CHT). He also said that most these Indian militants now do not have any well-mechanized training camps but instead they have set up small sheds from where the insurgents usually operate.

Bangladesh security forces had last year overrun the hideouts of NLFT and gunned down eight of its cadres in Bangladesh CHT. The combined team of army and paramilitary forces arrested a NLFT "commander" Kwaplai Debbarma, 33, alias Karna, from the house of a former ATTF 'commander' Jewel Debbarma in Char Mile area on the Khagrachari-Dighinala road. They also recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition, which included 263 rounds of ammunition for 9mm pistol, 70 rounds of ammunition for .762 rifles, 11 hand grenades, 17 rounds of rocket-launchers, 19 wireless sets, two very high frequency wireless sets, nine G3 magazines, 1,200 detonators, 18 sets of detonator cable, seven magazines of sub-machine guns, a pistol and a revolver. Number of camps of insurgents was over 100 five years ago.

Shambhu Singh, Joint Secretary for North East in MHA stated that a massive security alert has been sounded across North East India after separatist rebels announced a boycott of the Republic Day celebrations on January 26. ULFA, NDFB, KLO and CorCom had earlier announced their boycott through a joint statement e-mailed to several media houses.

An IED exploded on the bank of Nambul River near Keishamthong Laisom Leirak in Imphal West District in Manipur.

Another IED which was found at the residential compound of an individual identified as Abdul Salam, a convenor of Kwakta Government High School, on January 21 was disposed of safely. (Manipur)

Churachandpur SP Kabib stated that personnel of the District Police have been stationed at night-checking spots and a massive around the clock vigil was being kept to check any untoward incidents that would disrupt the Republic day celebrations. (Manipur)

Kohima police personnel recovered three empty cases of 7.65 caliber used in .32 pistol and two bullet heads from the place where three stationary vehicles were damaged by some unknown militants. The incident had happenedherein some unknown miscreants had fired upon three stationary vehicles located at Pezieliecie and Kezieke Colony in Kohima in Nagaland. All the three vehicles were found with ACAUT sticker. ACAUT has strongly condemned the senseless damaging of vehicles in Kohima that reportedly had sticker "I am ACAUT" on it.

MIP of NSCN-IM reacted to the statements made by Governor of Nagaland P.B.Acharya and chairman of CFMG , retired Lieutenant General N.K.Singh, stating that Governor was "less informed about the twists and turns of events in the struggle for Nagas right to 'self-determination'. On the speech of CFMG chairman MIP CLAIMED that his opinion was one sided.

The three workers of ABCI Infrastructures Private Limited, identified as excavator driver Raju Robidas from Assam, excavator operator Vinod Kumar from Bihar and Shiva Narayan of Bihar, who were reportedly abducted by suspected militants of KNF-N from a place in Saramkon area along Kasom Khullen Road in Ukhrul in Manipur.

A UNLF militant was arrested by a joint tem of Narcotics and Border Affairs and Police Commandos. (Manipur)

The Maoists blasted a railway track at Muniguda in Rayagada District of Odisha, leaving movement of trains affected for several hours along the route. The blast spot was a few hundred metres away from a CRPF camp. Though the track suffered damage, no casualty was reported from the incident. CPI-Maoist had given a bandh call in five Districts of the State protesting the visit of US President Barack Obama.

January 24

Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres triggered an explosion on the Visakhapatnam-Raipur railway line at Munikhol near Muniguda Railway Station in Rayagada District of Odisha injuring one railway staff and blowing up a portion of the track that led to disruption of train services on the route.

Three militants of ANLA surrendered before the Police at Nengkra Police check post near Williamnagar in East Garo Hills in Meghalaya. The militants have been identified as Simon Momin, Chonseng Marak and Heff Momin. Police said that the militants were on the run after killing their 'area commander', Nengja G. Momin, in 2014. The militants also surrendered one 9mm pistol along with 5 rounds of ammunition and one 7.65mm pistol with two rounds of ammunition.

Nearly two years after he was branded an active HM terror cell by Delhi Police, Liaquat Shah was given a clean chit by the NIA. The Delhi Police Special Cell had in March 2013 arrested Liaquat from the Indo-Nepal border, claiming that a terror bid was foiled as he came with a plot to carry out terror strikes. While absolving Liaquat of the charges, NIA in its charge sheet and probe report named absconder Sabir Khan as the main accused. Sabir had allegedly planted weapons on Liaquat to project him as a terrorist belonging to the HM.

The CPI-Maoist hijacked two buses and one pick up van carrying about 50 passengers and held them captive for two to three hours before releasing them near Katekalyan in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The incident took place between Paknaar and Katekalyan where the Maoists took these vehicles to an undisclosed destination in the forest. However, the vehicles were later found near Katekalyan Police Station. Sources said the Maoists had pasted posters in the area opposing US President Barack Obama`s India visit.

Police recovered three arms cache belonging to the Maoists in Khadisaru forest under Sorada Police limits in Ganjam District of Odisha. The seized items included three SLRs, 793 rounds of ammunition (318 rounds of SLR, 240 rounds of .303 and 206 rounds of 9 mm, 19 rounds of INSAS and 10 rounds of .22 rifles), 30 magazines (19 for INSAS, nine SLR and two for .303), 20 charge clips, two batteries, two battery stands, two steel containers and belts. The locations of the arms dumps were identified by former OMP leader Pramod Majhi alias Sagar. "We suspect these arms were looted from Nayagarh armoury of when the rebels attacked the district in 2008," said Ganjam SP Narasingha Bhol.

A Sarpanch candidate who was abducted along with more than a dozen other villagers by CPI-Maoist cadres on January 22 was killed in Parcheli village under Katekalyan Police Station area in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The victim was identified as Somadu Markam. The other villagers were released by the Maoists.

January 24-25

BSF thwarted major infiltration attempt by the militants between Jugnu Chak and Jai Kishan posts in Gharana area of RS Pura sector in J&K. A Police Officer stated that "Pakistani Rangers resorted to intermittent small arms firing on Jogwan border outpost in R S Pura border belt along the IB in Jammu District during the intervening night of January 24 and 25.

January 25

Indian Authorities has ordered suspension of cross-LoC bus service between Poonch-Rawlakote and it will be suspended on January 26, as a precautionary measure in view of terror threat during Republic Day celebrations.

Five NFDB-IKS militants were arrested from Ripu reserve forest area of Kokrajhar in Assam. Three militants has been identified as Daneshwar Basumatary alias B Dapung alias Ustad Laoga Basumatary and Girish Soren. Two pistols and three hand grenades were recovered from Daneshwar Basumatary and two hand grenades and eight detonators with fuses were recovered from Laoga Basumatary and Girish Soren.

IED exploded on the bank of Nambul River near Keishamthong Moirang Ningthou Leirak in Imphal West in Manipur. This was the eighth IED explosion in less than five days ahead of Republic day, on January 26. Reacting sharply to the blasts, CM Okram Ibobi Singh said such subversive and violent activities carried out by anti-social elements would not serve any purpose.

A gunfight broke out between troops of 22 AR and underground cadres at Chingjao area, 15 kilo meters to the west of Waikhong police station in Thoubal in Manipur. According to a reliable source, 22 AR troops were conducting a cordon and search operation at Chingjao area from 11 am after getting specific information about the presence of militants numbering around 20. Even as the troops were asking the militants to surrender, a powerful IED exploded suddenly and both the sides engaged in brief gunfight. The militants are suspected to have escaped towards Khoidumpat.

President Pranab Mukherjee in his address to the nation on the eve of 66th Republic Day voiced deep concern over repeated ceasefire violations along the LoC and called for “integrated response” through incisive diplomacy and impregnable security mechanisms to the terrorist attacks. Mukherjee said “The multi-nation conflict has converted boundaries into bloodlines and terrorism into an industry of evil. Terrorism and violence are seeping across our borders. While peace, non-violence and good neighbourly intentions should remain the fundamentals of our foreign policy, we cannot afford to be complacent about adversaries, who will stop at nothing to disrupt our progress towards prosperous and equitable India.”

Police is seeking to charge sheet Mehdi Masroor Biswas, suspected operator of a pro-IS Twitter handle. But they are yet to hear from Google on their request to access his three Google accounts. "Once we access these Google accounts, we can find more evidences, especially of any personal communications he had with pro-ISIS supporters or even fighters," said sources. Police have already found over 12,000 direct messages sent on his Twitter account, with the help of Twitter India, which they claim have given them s evidence to prove Mehdi's role in inspiring youths to be part of IS.

NSCN-IM accused AR of repeated violation of the ceasefire ground rules in Naga areas despite much protest. NSCN-IM MIP, of NSCN-IM stated that on November 26 AR of Pfutsero town in Phek District of Nagaland, arrested two militants ‘sergeant major’ Lotoshe and ‘private’ Aom  of ‘Ehoshe Battalion’ and on December 10 ‘lieutenant’ Oriender Jajo was also arrested while he was on his way to meet his parents.

CRPO, SAPF, CAPO and ‘convenor’ of ‘village council chairmen union’, Chozuba area have appealed to NSCN-K to release the two employees of Maytas-Gayatri, who were abducted on January 11 from Sothozu camp in Phek in Nagaland.

A budget hotel owned by a government undertaking in Wayanad District of Kerala was attacked allegedly by CPI-Maoist cadres. The reception counter and restaurant of Tamarind Easy Hotel, at Thirunelli, owned by KTDC, was vandalized by a six-member gang. They left posters protesting against India visit of US President Barack Obama. 

The CPI-Maoist cadres allegedly killed a civilian, identified as Vanthala Bhaskara Rao, in Malkangiri District of Odisha, alleging him to be a Police informer.

The Maoists hoisted black flags near Rollagedda in Malkangiri District of Odisha and the ‘east division committee’ of the CPI-Maoist gave a bandh on January 26 along the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border. 

The Maoists also cut a pipeline of Essar company near Rollagedda in Malkangiri District of Odisha.

The armed Maoist group which had ransacked Tamarind Easy Hotel run by the KTDC in Thirunelli in Wayanad District of Kerala, reportedly visited a couple of houses in the vicinity after attacking the resort. According to Sukumarannunni Warrier, a resident of Thirunelli, the gun-wielding persons visited his house and handed over copies of pro-CPI-Maoist newsletters. The gang also visited the residence of Muraleedharan, the owner of a building under construction in the area.

January 25-26

The insurgency-hit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh witnessed intensified CPI-Maoist activities. The Maoists felled trees and dug up roads leading to traffic disruption. They damaged drill machine of the NMDC’s Kirandul plant in Dantewada District and damaged National Highway 30 in the previous evening. The Maoists also abducted two passenger buses in Katekalyan area of Dantewada on January 24. The Maoists also damaged railway track between Kirandul and Bacheli town and opened fire on Chintagufa and Timilwada Police camps in Sukma District on January 26.

January 26

India has said that talks with Islamabad will not be possible till the Islamic Republic addresses all concerns, including those of terrorism, raised by New Delhi. Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan TCA Raghavan, in an interaction with reporters in Islamabad, stated that negotiations between the two nations will not be possible in a 'climate of terror', adding that despite the banning of terrorist outfit JuD by the UN, its 'chief' Hafiz Saeed was still 'operating without any checks'. Raghavan reportedly also sought to dispel any fears of relations between India and US targeting any nation in the South Asia regions, stating that the agreement to boost defence cooperation between New Delhi and Washington DC was a result of the ongoing visit of India by US President Barack Obama.

A Tamil language newspaper, Dinamalar received a letter threatening an attack similar to the one on the office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. "We have received the letter from the newspaper and a probe is on," a senior Police official said. The letter, typed in English, says "Yesterday-Paris Charlie Hebdo, Tomorrow — Dinamalar." The words appear against the background of India's map. The letter was sent through post by unidentified elements claiming to belong to an outfit called "The Base Moment," and said to be based at "3/10, Ukkadam, Kovai, Tamil Nadu, India." Below the map is a picture of Osama bin Laden and the words "By al-Qaida," and some Arabic words appearing like a signature, the police official said.

A man, identified as Zahoor Khan was arrested, along with FICN worth INR 5,60,000 from Habibganj railway station in Bhopal District of Madhya Pradesh. "Sehore-resident Zahoor Khan brought the fake currency from Malda in West Bengal. He had arrived in the Dakshin Express. He was dealing in counterfeit currency for the past 7-8 years and is expected to have pumped duplicate currency worth Rs 10 lakh so far," said ASP Shailendra Singh Chouhan.

Suspected militants of ULFA-I triggered two blasts near Digboi town in Tinsukia District of Assam. SP of Tinsukia stated that "While one blast was triggered on the outskirts of Digboi town, another blast took place near a drain in the town. Both were low intensity crude bombs and there is no injury or any damage”. Police also recovered an IED from Jorhat town in Jorhat District.

Bangalore Crime Branch arrested B. Sibigiri alias Sanju Bordoloi, ‘organising secretary’ of NDFB-IKS from Electronic city in Bangalore in Karnataka. NIA Guwahati has sought the custody of Sanju Bordoloi, alias Sibigiri, He allegedly confessed to have participated in the recent attacks in Assam, which had forced Indian Army to intensify its operations in the area.

Police recovered timed IED just hours before the Republic Day celebration in Jorhat in Assam. Police recovered the timed IED planted by ULFA-I from the Hatigarh area of Jorhat under Lahdoigarh Police outpost. The IED was later disposed of safely.

Mohammad Sahidul Islam and Mohammad Kamrul Hasan, DCs of Sylhet and Moulvi Bazaar Districts of Bangladesh, stated that Bangladesh and Sylhet division of the county bordering India, in particular, is free from terror activities triggered by JMB. They also stated that NDFB-IKS ULFA-I or any other Indian militant outfit do not have any hideout inside Bangladeshi territory.

Assam CM Tarun Gogoi said that the process of up NRC intended at helping solve the issue of illegal migration from Bangladesh to the State will be completed in the current year. He stated that “The procedure devised for updation envisages use of latest information technology and aims at ensuring that no names of foreign nationals find place in the NRC. The NRC will be published in January 2016. He also added that issue of illegal migration has been a matter of serious concern in Assam for long, and updating the NRC was one step towards a permanent solution. “We are committed to detect and deport foreigners under provisions of the Assam Accord [signed in 1985], but there are certain difficulties too. Our government is committed to the imperative of preventing illegal infiltration from across the international borders and various measures have been taken in this regard.

Assam CM Tarun Gogoi further claimed credit for bringing to the mainstream several militant groups through the strategy adopted by his Government in the past 14 years under the Unified Command Structure. “The success has been reflected in SoO agreements with as many as 17 extremist outfits, out of which four have signed MoS with the government,” he added.

Four low intensity explosions were triggered near the venue of the main Republic Day function in Imphal. The blasts occurred at Polem Leikai (Imphal West in Manipur), Yaiskul (Imphal East), New Chekkon (Imphal West) and Hatta (Imphal East), all near the Kangla Fort.

Further an explosion occurred in Thoubal District at Wangjing Purana Heitupokpi Mamang Leikai and at Bishnupur District at Loukoipat junction. (Manipur)

In view of the strike called by UNLF, KYKL, RPF markets, shops and business establishments were closed in most parts of the State. Transport services between Manipur and the neighbouring states were also cancelled in view of the strike.

There was minimal response to the 24-hour bandh called called by HNLC. The shutdown, which began at 6 pm on January 24, failed to evoke any response from citizens. Incidentally, none of the militant organizations in Garo Hills have announced boycott of the Republic Day celebrations.(Meghalaya)

Influx of illegal immigrants and the inter-state boundary dispute with Assam featured in the speeches during the Republic day speeches. Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister R.C. Laloo announced that a "comprehensive mechanism" to deal with influx and illegal immigration would be put in place at the earliest. Thanking civil society organisations for "productively" engaging with the government in structuring an appropriate, practical and comprehensive mechanism, he appealed to all eminent citizens of the state and stakeholders to extend necessary co-operation and support to the government in this endeavour.

In relation to the inter-state boundary dispute with Assam, Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister R.C. Laloo said that the government was "committed" to address and resolve the long-pending contentious issue. are at least 12 areas of difference between Assam and Meghalaya including Langpih, Upper Tarabari, Gizang reserve forest, Hahim, Borduar, Boklapara, Nongwah-Matamur, Khanapara-Pilangkata, Deshdemoreah, Blocks I and II, Khanduli-Psiar and Ratacherra. They cover an area of around 2,700 square km, of which the two blocks cover around 1,500 square km.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar stated that his government would not allow any attempt to divide the State. ."A section of people are trying to split the state and to disturb the peace. The Left Front government would resist the move with its all out efforts,", stated the CM.

Terming Naxalism as a "disease" which is standing in way of development, Chhattisgarh Governor Balramjidas Tandon said the State would soon get rid of the Maoist menace completely. Addressing the 66th Republic Day function at Police line grounds, the Governor said "Some areas of Chhattisgarh are Naxal­affected. It is like a disease which is a hindrance to the development of the State." He said the State Government has accepted Naxalism as a challenge and with the coordinated efforts of Centre the menace will be wiped out soon. "I assure you, the day is not far when the state will be completely free of Naxal problem," he added.

A 50-ft tall Maoist memorial constructed in the dense forest of Machanar in Kondagaon District of Chhattisgarh has been demolished by SF personnel.

Marking the Republic day, the CRPF inaugurated two first­ of ­their kind 'battlefield' hospitals (One in Bijapur and the other at Chintalnar in Dantewada) in the Maoist hotbeds of Bastar in Chhattisgarh which will provide immediate first aid to injured security forces personnel undertaking anti­-Maoist operations as well as locals in the area. The mini combat­ support hospital, aided with life sustaining and resuscitation gadgets, are the first operational medical facility for security troops operating in various Maoist­ affected states.

Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed urged the CPI-Maoist cadres to shun violence, join the mainstream and help the State move forward on the path of development, which has been elusive for 14 years since it was bifurcated from Bihar. In his Republic Day address at the historic Morhabadi field Governor Ahmed said "Left Wing Extremism is a big challenge for both the State and the country. The State Government has put tough measures in place to deal with the extremists, besides working for development in the Red-hit areas. People who have deviated from the mainstream should now realize that war is not a solution."

January 27

Four persons, including a CO of the Army, a HC of the SOG of J&K Police and two militants were killed in an encounter with militants in Tral area of Pulwama District. Army’s 42 RR and SOG and 185 CRPF cordoned off Handoora village after receiving information about presence of two HM militants. Colonel Munindra Nath Rai and HC Sanjeev Singh succumbed to their injuries. The gun battle continued for about an hour in which two militants identified as Abid Ahmad Khan alias Hamza and Sheraz Ahmad Dar were killed. 2 AK rifles, 4 AK magazines, many rounds of AK rifle and one hand grenade were recovered from the encounter site.

Gujarat Technological University (GTU) in Ahmedabad launched e-Raksha Research Centre that will encourage research and enhance capability to provide solution for issues related to cyber security. "GTU has launched e-Raksha Research Centre where various activities from research on latest techniques of cybercrime to capacity building of the faculties, students and government officers will be undertaken," a statement from GTU said. GTU is collaborating with CPF with the goal of establishing a peaceful and harmonious cyber space through research in this area, it said.

Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the IB firing in Arnia and R S Pura sectors of Jammu District of J&K. The unprovoked Pakistani firing was retaliated by the BSF personnel and the exchange of fire continued for three hours. There was no loss of life or property in exchange of fire on the border.

In a ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing at Nawa Pind in R S Pura sector in J&K thus forcing the BSF to retaliate. The exchange of firing continued for a brief period but there was no loss of life or property during the gun battle.

NIA arrested four persons in connection with the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast case after carrying out raids across three districts of Birbhum, Nadia and Murshidabad in West Bengal. Among the arrested is one of the main recruiters for Bangladeshi terror group JMB, Dalim Sheikh alias Faijul Hoque Sheik. The other arrested are Motiur Rehman alias Noor Alam, Habibur Rehman Sheikh and Ghiyasuddin Munshi. While Dalim hails from Birbhum and Motiur from Nadia, the other two are from Murshidabad.

Antony Das, an accused in the FICN case registered in Nedumbassery (Kerala) on January 2013, was arrested at New Delhi’s IGI Airport. He had arrived from Abu Dhabi. The arrest was effected by the NIA, which had previously received an Interpol Red Notice issued against the absconder who was accused of smuggling FICN with face value of INR 9,75,000 to India through Kochi International airport.

SFs arrested three NDFB-IKS militants Sarakpur Dhuli Nalah, a remote village bordering Arunachal Pradesh in Sonitpur in Assam. The arrested militants were identified as Nitul Daimary alias Naihab, Runilush Daimary alias Mwnthai and Sukson Basumatary alias Jondesh. An AK-47 a Chinese rifle and a hand grenade were recovered from the militants. Nitul Daimary alias Naihab was ‘deputy commander’ of the outfit’s ‘third battalion’ and was allegedly involved in the killing of former Sonitpur Additional Superintendent of police Gulzar Husain in an ambush at Thaolo under Dhekiajuli police station in Sonitpur District, on January 28 2014.

SFs arrested two militants of the NDFB-IKS in Kusrabari village in Udalguri District of Assam. The Militants were identified as Dhananjay Basumatary alias Didum and ‘section commander’ Sanjay Basumatary alias Jingabil. Two pistols, three hand grenades, four rounds of ammunitions and an ignitor set were recovered from them.

SFs arrested KPLT militants identified as Binit Tokbi and Francis Teron from Dokmoka bus stand in Karbi Anglong in Assam. One .22 mm pistol, 10 rounds live ammunition, a magazine and one mobile handset were recovered from them.

RPF claimed responsibility for series of bomb blasts triggered in Manipur during the period of January 20 to 26. The claim was made in press statement signed by its ‘secretary publicity’ Roben Khuman. The press statement claimed that explosions were triggered as part of the boycott announced against the celebration of Republic Day , by CorCom , KLO, NDFB-IKS, ULFA-I RPF claimed its hand in the blast occurred on January 20 at 8 am at near Khurai Lamlong Thongkhong in Imphal East District; the blast on Jan 21 at 11 am at Nagamapal Singjubung Leirak near Crematorium Complex in Imphal West District; the blast on Jan 22 at 6 am at near the gate of 27 Sector AR camp, Torbung Bangla under Churachandpur Police Station. Further, it has claimed its hand in the blast that occurred on January 23 at 4:30 pm at Nambul River bank opposite Keisamthong Laisom Leirak; on January 24 at 7:30 am at Nambul River bank opposite Sagolband Meino Leirak and at 10 am of the same day at near Yaiskul Firing Range ground at Imphal River bank; again on January at 9:30 am at Keisamthong Moirang Ningthou Leirak Nambul River bank.

RPF has claimed its hand in the blast that occurred on January 26 at 7 am at Khuyathong Pukhri Achouba near crematorium and Yaiskul Hicham Yaichampat Imphal River bank and also at 8:30 am at Hapta Golapati Imphal River bank under Porompat Police Station. RPF also claimed the blast at 9 am at KR Lane Imphal River bank and Wangjing Purana Heitup Pokpi Mamang Leirak paddy field under Thoubal Police Station and Bishnupur DC office. The statement also claimed that ULFA-I and RPF jointly planned two bomb blasts at two different places in Digboi Town in Tinsukia District of Assam.

A combined team of Thoubal Commandos and of 2 AR arrested a militant of KNF-N during a frisking and checking exercise at Yairipok Top Chingtha in Thoubal in Manipur. One 9 mm pistol loaded with five rounds was seized from him.

The operation of Indian Army at Chingjao, an islet located in the middle of Pumlen pat under Waikhong Police Station in Thoubal District of Manipur continued for the third consecutive day. It is considered to be the biggest Army operation in Manipur in three years.

The whereabouts of the five abducted non-Manipuri workers still remained unknown. The three workers of ABCI Infrastructures Private Limited, identified as excavator driver Raju Robidas from Assam, excavator operator Vinod Kumar from Bihar and Shiva Narayan of Bihar, who were reportedly abducted on January 23.

Also whereabouts of two workers of Coastal Project Private Limited, identified as Forman Ranjit Thakur and driver Ramjul Haque, both from Jharkhand, were abducted from Nungkao Part-III under Tousem Sub-division of Tamenglong District of Manipur by suspected also is unknown.

Close to 500 families of the Bru tribe have reported to the Mizoram government that they have “self-repatriated” themselves into the state from relief camps in Tripura since the last formal process in June last year, when less than 280 families returned. . In all, a little less than 670 families have come home under the formal process, which involves both the Tripura and Mizoram governments announcing dates, arranging for transportation and setting up stalls to facilitate their return. Close to 500 families (455 of them to Mamit district, between 20 and 30 others in Kolasib district) who have reported they have come home on their own await formal verification and thus have not yet been given the rehabilitation packages.

Lalbiakzama, Additional Secretary for Mizoram Home Department stated that MHA convened a meeting on the several issues regarding Bru families lodged in the six relief camps in North Tripura. State Home department officials, however, opined that the proposed renewed repatriation would again be a futile exercise as the Brus in the relief camps refused to return to Mizoram. Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, speaking in the NEC plenary session held in Shillong on January 2, proposed that those Brus, who refused to return to Mizoram till date despite concerted efforts, should be settled permanently in Tripura.

Chairman of CFMG expressed dismay over the press statement issued by NSCN-IM In a statement N.K.Singh said, as chairman CFMG, it was his duty to take note of and point out any violation of the CFGR that was agreed to by both sides. He added that that with NSCN-IM blatantly violating several CFGR he, as chairman, has to highlight them and “take necessary action to raise these issues”. (Nagaland)

NIA filed charge sheet before the Special NIA Court Dimapur against five Police officials of Nagaland Police, including an SP on charges of allegedly selling government ammunition to militants. The accused have been identified as Enyimi Chakhesang, Sejongmong Sangtam, James Ovung, Longlise Sangtam and Sashitsungba Longcher They have been accused of being involved in smuggling arms meant for the department to NSCN-IM.

The first phase of panchayat polls will be held in Chhattisgarh amid tight security on January 28. "The preparations have been made for the first phase of polling for posts of 145 zilla panchayat members, 1,134 janpad panchayat members, 4,163 sarpanch and 36,745 panch," said secretary, state election commission, I R Dehari. "The polling parties are on the way to destination amid tight security," he said. The elections would decide the fate of 1,22,384 candidates. Of the total 55,53,149 registered voters, 27,99,756 are males and 27,53,393 females while there are 11,884 polling stations for the first phase, he said. While 3,916 polling stations have been identified as sensitive, 1,670 have been identified as hyper sensitive. Helicopters will be used to ferry polling staff to some hyper­sensitive stations. The polling time in the insurgency-­hit Dantewada, Sukma and Bijapur and Jagdalpur, Lohandiguda, Bastanar and Darbha blocks of Bastar district, Antagarh, Koyalibeda, Bhanupratappur and Durgkondal blocks of Kanker District, will be from 6.45 AM to 2 PM because of Naxal threat, and from 7 AM to 3 PM elsewhere.

The next phase is scheduled for February 2. Paper ballot will be used for the voting.

Maoists have asked the villagers to either support their candidates or boycott the elections. According to Police, the Maoists recently held meetings in the interior areas of Sukma, Dantewada, Bijapur and Narayanpur Districts.

The Palakkad Principal Sessions Court of Kerala rejected the bail application of two suspected CPI-Maoist cadres arrested on the charges of attacking a multi-national food joint. The Court observed that providing bail will adversely affect the ongoing investigation.

January 28

In Kaliachak of Malda District, the BSF seized FICNs with a face value of INR one million. The fake notes were in denominations of INR 1,000 and INR 500.

In a joint operation Meghalaya Police along with Army and Assam Police arrested finance secretary of a newly-formed militant outfit AJRK as Ramu Sangma.He was arrested from Santipur village in Kamrup District. Police recovered one 9mm pistol, three live ammunition, one notepad, several demand notes, one walkie-talkie, one mobile handset besides AJRK seal from his procession.

GoI closely monitoring the CI operations and has directed the forces on the ground to lay stress on recovery of weapons along with arrest of militants. Meanwhile, for the first time, the militants are feeling the pressure from SFs of Myanmar. Following pressure from India, the Government of Myanmar has moved army personnel towards the area where the militants have their bases. Though a full-scale operation is yet to be launched by Myanmar, the army movement has forced the militants to shift some of their bases.

MHA official stated that stated that more than 70 militants of NDFB-IKS have been arrested since December 23 2014. Sources said there have been reports that some militants gave themselves up in the face of sustained operations. But most of the militants managed to hide their weapons. It is also reported that the militants managed to bury some sophisticated weapons. Also, Bhutan Government is fully cooperating with India in dealing with militancy.

Two KNF militants were killed and three injured in an encounter with AR, at a bridge at Kadangband in Imphal West District of Manipur. The injured insurgents were identified as Helen Kuki, Satmang Kuki and Kholin Kuki.

A hand grenade was found planted at the gate of a school, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Khumbong in Imphal West District of Manipur. The grenade was wrapped in a polythene bag. The grenade was diffused later by Manipur Police. Grenade might have been planted in connection with a monetary demand.

Two militants of PREPAK-pro identified as Thokchom Bishorjit alias Momo and Thokchom Boycha were arrested from Sangaiprou in Imphal West District of Manipur.

Imphal East commandos arrested a militant of KCP-MC Haokhothang Sitlhou from Uripok Cheirap Court gate in Imphal East of Manipur. One extortion letter demanding INR 150000 from the Khuman Lampak Auto-Rickshaw Service Association and other incriminating articles were recovered from him.

An NSCN-IM militant identified as ‘private’ Kh Khumdambring was arrested from Sita road in Chandel District of Manipur.

MCP-M stated that it has entered into an agreement with CPI-Maoist in fighting against “expansionist India.” A statement signed by ‘publicity and propaganda secretary’ comrade Nonglen Meitei of MCP-M stated that the understanding was reached at a meeting held between the leaderships of the two groups on January 26. (Manipur)

Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh has appealed for the safe release of three railway workers who were abducted from a railway construction site in Tamenglong District.

NSCN-KK has welcomed 29 ‘home comers’ who have recently joined its fold. 25 of the cadre belonged to NSCN-K, two to NSCN-IM and one former IRB trooper. (Nagaland)

JMC have intensified their demand for a regional council under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution for the development of the Mizo-dominated areas in North Tripura District. Over 14,000 Mizos live in the 12 villages straddling Jampui-Sakhantang hills bordering Mizoram, which is part of the Kanchanapur Assembly constituency.

Maoists went on a rampage in Chhattisgarh during the first phase of panchayat polls which have already seen around 50% of the candidates elected unopposed in rebel-dominated Bastar, officials said. Rebels looted ballot boxes from around 30 booths in Sukma, Dantewada and Kanker in Bastar region. Besides, rebels also fired at a polling party in Kanker District. “No injury or causality was reported in the incident,” IG (intelligence wing) Deepanshu Kabra said. According to state election commission sources, 12,524 panch, sarpanch and janpad panchayat members have been elected unopposed out of 24,611 posts in the seven Districts of Bastar.

A CPI-Maoist self-styled 'zonal commander' was arrested in Garhwa District of Jharkhand. SP Sudhir Kumar Jha said that the Maoist, identified as Jagdish Budhayadav, was arrested from Kulhi village under Bandharia Police Station limits following a tip-off.  A country-made pistol, four bullets and INR 1.34 lakh cash were recovered from his possession.

Pamphlets asking locals to boycott the Republic Day celebrations on January 26, 2015 in Balaghat District of Madhya Pradesh were recovered with Police sounding high alert in the Maoist-hit areas of the District, bordering Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. Police said the pamphlets were allegedly circulated by Maoists under the name of 'Tada Dalam' and pasted on walls in rural areas of Devarbeli, Songudda and Machhurda, under Roopjhar Police Station limits of the District.

Acting on a tip-off, Police arrested a Naxal ‘commander’, identified as Prakash Kerketta alias Arvind - in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. The LWE was involved in at least 15 cases including murder and extortion. He had launched a separate outfit named Jharkhand Gram Raksha Dal. A country made carbine, gun, bullets and motorcycle were also recovered from him. 

The CPI-Maoist cadres disrupted polling at many places during the first phase of the Chhattisgarh Panchayat elections, plundering ballot boxes and targeting poling parties and security personnel. The Maoists plundered ballot boxes at 13 polling booths in Sukma District, two in Kanker District and six in Dantewada District of the Bastar region. The Police and Maoists exchanged fire near Chilparas and Markanar in Kanker District. The Police recovered two guns from the spot of the gunfight. Voting was peaceful in other parts of the State. Overall, 70 per cent polling was recorded.  

January 29

Pakistani Rangers resumed heavy mortar shelling and firing in twin adjoining sectors of Arnia and RS Pura injuring three civilians including a woman. Initially, the mortar shells fell in Arnia town at about 8 pm and the shelling and firing continued till late when the reports last came in. The BSF retaliated effectively at all forward places in Arnia sector. Sources said as many as eight BSF posts in Chenaz, Pittal, Vikram and Pindi areas of Arnia sector were affected by Pakistan shelling and firing.

A team of Davangere District Police arrested Mohammed Falbar Hussein, wanted in bomb blast cases in Assam and West Bengal, from Madenahalli village in Honnali taluk of Davangere District in Karnataka. A local court has remanded him in judicial custody. Police said he has been sent to the sub-jail in Davangere. Sources said that Hussein is a suspected operative of JMB, the outfit behind the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast. He was staying in Honnali for the past one month, working as a truck driver.

Three women tailors, identified as E Anitha, K Saritha and G Harika and their employer, identified as D Laxmi Narayana were arrested in Hyderabad along with FICN worth INR 36,000. The fake notes were seized after their car was searched during a routine operation in Tappachabutra. The prime accused is at large. Police suspect the fake currencies might have originated in West Bengal.

Three persons, including a woman, were arrested by Crime Branch in Faridabad along with FICN worth INR 2,25,000. Vijender Singh, who led the Crime Branch team, said that the accused woman, identified as one Sandhya, is a resident of Palam in Delhi while the two other gang members are Kasim and Mustkim. Kasim was said to be the leader of the gang and he hails from Bardhaman District of West Bengal. During questioning, Kasim said that, in the last six months, he has shipped FICN of more than INR 12,00,000 to different cities in the vicinity of Delhi. He also revealed that he used to get INR 40,000 in real money against FICN of INR 1,00,000. The gang said that they used to get the FICN from Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) and were in the process of expanding their network. Police sources said that they are investigating the roots of the racket to ensure that it did not have any terror links.

NSG reviewed security apparatus at state secretariat in Ranchi, both at Project Building Dhurwa and Nepal House Doranda-and assembly building to find out the arrangement in place to fight a possible terrorist attack. These buildings house the office of the CM, ministers and top bureaucrats of Jharkhand. The important buildings in the state might become targets of the terrorists in the wake of growing terrorist activities in Jharkhand. In the past 10 years, over one dozen cadres of IM, SIMI, JMB, and several other terrorist organisations have been arrested from Jharkhand.

A militant of NDFB-IKS identified as ‘sergeant major’ Jornaluis Narzary alias Jankla was killed in an encounter with Police at Ripu Reserved Forest under Kachugaon Police Station in Kokrajhar in Assam. Arms and ammunition including .65 mm pistol, a magazine, and two grenades were recovered from him. He was a close associate of G Bidai, the ‘commander in chief’ of NDFB-IKS. He was the main man involved in the killing of schoolgirl Priya Basumatary and was also involved in snatching of weapons from the Eco Task Force in October 2014.

Two NDFB-IKS militants and three OGWs were arrested from Chirang and Kokrajhar Districts in Assam. One of the arrested militant has been identified as Sansuma Brahma alias B Susrwn, a Myanmar trained militant. One 7.65mm pistol, two–country made revolvers, crude bomb and two hand grenades were recovered during the operations.

Three UALA militants were arrested during a joint operation by Army and Police near Mechelkhowa area in Goalpara District in Assam. Two 12 bore country-made rifles, ammunition, two mobile phones and some cash were recovered.

A ‘second lieutenant’ Sagar Dutta of ULFA-I was arrested from a hideout near the Assam-Nagaland border in Jorhat in Assam.

Deposition and cross examination of Prosecution Witnesses in NIA case against UNLF ‘chief’ Meghen alias Sanayaima, continued for the second day at the special court NIA Guwahati in Assam.

Top bureaucrats of Assam and Bhutan participated in the 10th two-day border District coordination meeting which concluded at the Circuit House in Bongaigaon. The meet among other things discussed law and order in the both sides of the India-Bhutan border. Baksa, Udalguri, Kokrajhar and Chirang, four Districts of BTAD have their borders with Bhutan.

NIA has found that laptops, offered to meritorious students in Assam under a government scheme, were used by the JMB militants in the operations. Sleuths of the agency, who came from Kolkata, recovered an unspecified number of such laptops in the state over the last few days. “The JMB had developed its network through these laptops. The first of these laptops was recovered from a madrasa in West Bengal. Subsequently, interrogations of the arrested JMB members led to the recovery of some more laptops from Assam,” an NIA source told the newspaper

Two AR troopers identified as Naik Subedar Kunjumon and Rifleman Deepak and three civilians identified as Maheijuddin, Mohammed Wasim, and Laishram Bobby were injured in a grenade blast, when militants attacked Lilong post of 40 AR, in Thoubal in Manipur.

Claiming that one among two persons, killed in a reported encounter by 8 ARs troops at Kadangband in Imphal West District of Manipur was a civilian villagers of Kangchup Chingkhong have threatened to call a 24-hour State-wide bandh from January 31 if the Government fails to order a Magisterial inquiry.

Police sources state that one small arm along with five live bullets were recovered from the vehicle in which the armed individuals were travelling. Police also stated that a large number of detonators were also found lying on the road near the car and another small arms were recovered from a nearby bush.

One of the militant who was killed has been identified as CAO of KNF, Ngunkhosei alias Robert.

KNF rejected report about KNF cadres attacking troops of AR at Kadangband on January 28 and alleged that it was a clear case of fake encounter. (Manipur)

AR arrested a PLA militant identified as Kiran Wahengbam alias Danny general area village of Wabagai Tera Pishak Mamang Leikai in Thoubal District of Manipur.

The ‘general secretary’ of NSCN-IM Thuingaleng Muivah left Dimapur for New Delhi to resume talks with the GoI. NSCN-IM ‘chairman’ Isak Chisi Swu is already in Delhi. The precise date for talks is yet to be fixed. (Nagaland)

Combing operations have been intensified in Western Ghats of Southern India after an Odisha-based Maoist, identified as Jaghwanth Poojari, was arrested in Tenmalai forest area of Kollam District of Kerala.

A CPI-Maoist, cadre identified as Sunil Ganju who was arrested under POTA in 2004, was sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment by a Special Court in Ranchi of Jharkhand. 

Two Maoists were arrested by a joint contingent of CRPF and CAF during a search operation carried in the jungles of Purugudu under Awapalli Police Station limits in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The arrested Maoists were involved in triggering a blast in Murdunda on January 21 wherein two CRPF personnel were injured, Police sources said adding they were lower member of the Naxal cadre.

January 30

Mumbai Police have busted a major fake SIM card racket suspected to have international terror links with the arrest of three persons including two sales executives of a mobile service providers. 2,173 SIM cards, eight high end mobile phones, thousands of fake Aadhaar card, PAN cards and other government documents which 26 year old accused Sharif Khan procure to activate these cards have been seized from his house in Govandi in eastern suburbs of Mumbai. Two territory sales executive of the two service providers have been identified as Atin Vast alias Sharma (29) and Dharmandra Bangari (31). Police have also recovered a personal diary of Khan in which there are 24 pages containing several code words against various names of foreign countries viz Afghanistan-1, Indonesia-1, Myanmar-2, Pakistan-1, China-1 etc. ``Now our focus will be to decode these codes and his emails and his facebook through which he was coordinating with various people globally.'' Said Dhananjay Kamlakar, Joint Commissioner of Police (law and order). Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria has set up a SIT and have included officers from Crime Branch as well the ATS and Cyber cell to probe the terror angle.

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

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of passing out parade of 333 recruits at Humhama in Budgam District of J&K, IG of BSF P S Sandhu said “The infiltration routes are full of snow but there was no question of lowering the guard as troops are always on high alert”. The IG said a large number of militants are still present in training camps and launch pads in PoK. “Our troops are vigilant, alert and pro-active to foil any attempt by militants to sneak into this side from LoC,” he added.

Fishing boats less than 20 metres in length continue to pose security threat along the West Bengal and Odisha coasts, says the Coast Guard. While larger vessels are fitted with AIS, there is no mechanism to regulate the movement of the smaller boats. Though nearly 98 per cent of fishermen in West Bengal have been issued biometric identity cards, these have to be physically checked by Coast Guard personnel.

Coal mining at Namchik–Namphuk coal block in Changlang was suspended since May 2012 after GoI directed Arunachal Pradesh Government to suspend extraction following involvement of insurgent groups, stated Geology and Mining Minister Kamlung Mosang in response to a question by senior BJP MLA Japu Deru during Question Hour in the State Assembly in Itanagar. GoI suspended mining operation after reports of involvement of two factions of NSCN.

BSF arrested two individuals from Badarpur Market in Karimganj District in Assam and recovered FICN worth INR 198,500. The arrested individuals have been identified as Salim Uddin Barbhuiya and Aftar Uddin.

A member of the Sadar Hills ADC S Thangjamang Kipgen escaped a life attempt bid at Langol Games Village in Imphal West in Manipur. ADC member added that although he has not received any monetary demand from any militant outfits, he earlier had some threats from Kuki militant groups regarding the election of ADC Chairman.

The PREPAK-pro claimed it had carried out the grenade attack which wounded three civilians and two AR soldiers on January 29. (Manipur)

Two employees of Gayatri-Maytas, who were reportedly abducted by NSCN-K from Phek District of Nagaland, were rescued by Sumi Hoho team. The rescued have been identified as Devendra Kumar Gupta and Kalinga Sethi.

Dimapur Police stated that accidental IED explosion of Janaury 5 in Dimapur was committed by Manipur based PLA, identified as Maibam Biren Singh and Katuncha alias M Jiban Singh were have been arrested from undefined location in the Manipur and were taken to Dimapur. According to the police, the arrested persons revealed that the IED were meant for three locations, the garbage collection area at Burma camp below fly-over, garbage collection area opposite Hotel Senti and Dimapur Municipal Corporation (DMC) dustbin at Eros Lane junction. Also different dates were marked on the three IEDs, (January 6, 25 and 26, 2015).In the bomb explosion at Eros Lane junction near Wotsami Complex Dimapur one militant identified as Longjam Ojit Meitei of PLA was found injured. (Nagaland)

The office of the NHAI at Kalamassery in Kochi of Ernakulam District of Kerala was vandalized by unidentified miscreants claiming to be affiliated to the CPI-Maoist. Police said there were no eyewitnesses to the incident. The attackers left pamphlets protesting against the acquisition of land for the National Highway expansion and privatization of public organizations. The pamphlets claimed that the attack was carried out by CPI-Maoist. ‘CPI-Maoist’ was also scrawled in black letters on the walls of the office. 

Three CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Joseph Munda (35), Sipren Munda (31) and Panalal Bhakta (17), surrendered before Police in Rourkela in Sundargarh District of Odisha. Joseph was involved in a murder case and landmine blast while Sipren and Panalal were also involved in many acts of violence. Panalal also cooked food for party members.

A senior cadre of the CPI-Maoist regional military commission identified as Jairam alias Nagender alias Arun alias Mochhu and his accomplice Bhupender Yadav were arrested at Manandohar in Palamu District of Jharkhand. Police recovered one eight round revolver from the possession of Jairam.

Mizoram Home Minister R Lalzirliana stated that MHA has agreed to organise a final six-month repatriation process for internally-displaced Bru tribals, after which all those who do not return home from Tripura will be removed from Mizoram's electoral rolls and further relief to them will also be stopped. It has also been decided that Tripura, where many of displaced Brus live in s six relief camps, would meanwhile improve living conditions there and double the current financial aid allotted to each displaced Bru tribal.

Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla alleged that BJP was having secret dealings with HPC-D leaders and had promised a separate autonomous District Council for the Hmar inhabited area in the north eastern part of the State adjoining Manipur if BJP won specific number of seats in the village council elections, to be held in March.

Mizoram Home Minister R Lalzirliana stated that MHA has agreed to organise a final six-month repatriation process for internally-displaced Bru tribals, after which all those who do not return home from Tripura will be removed from Mizoram's electoral rolls and further relief to them will also be stopped. It has also been decided that Tripura, where many of displaced Brus live in s six relief camps, would meanwhile improve living conditions there and double the current financial aid allotted to each displaced Bru tribal.

 

January 31

Three major infiltration attempts by the LeT militants have been foiled by the SFs during latest rounds of mortar shelling and heavy firing in Arnia and RS Pura sectors, while the BSF was anticipating more such intrusion bids (by the militants) along the IB in the next few days. Official sources told that three groups of six to eight militants of the LeT outfit made desperate attempts to sneak into the Indian territory during recent shelling and firing by the Pakistani Rangers in Arnia and RS Pura sectors. The alert BSF personnel observed movement of the militants well in time on thermal imagers and successfully foiled the intrusion bid.

Jharkhand Police has formed an elite group of commandos trained to neutralize November 26, 2008 (26/11) -like terror attacks. The commandos have been handpicked from Jharkhand Jaguar, the state's elite anti-Naxalite force, who have completed month-long rigorous training at NSG centre in Manesar (Haryana). The group is armed with advanced automatic assault rifles. Jharkhand is on the radar of multiple terrorist outfits like IM, SIMI, LeT and JMB whose sleeper cells have been found in the state in the last one year. "The group was required because of growing activities of the multiple terrorist organizations in the state. The team is equipped with advanced combating skills and has been trained about the varying techniques terrorists apply during attacks," IG R K Mallick, who heads Jharkhand Jaguar, said while adding the team will react in case of any terror strike.

NIA found that laptops offered to meritorious students in Assam under a government scheme, were used by JMB in their operations. NIA source stated that “The JMB had developed its network through these laptops. The first of these laptops was recovered from a madrasa in West Bengal. Subsequently, interrogations of the arrested JMB members led to the recovery of some more laptops from Assam.

A newly elected Sarpanch has reportedly been killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. SP, Dantewada Kamal Lochan Kashyap said that according to the information, Maoists have killed the Sarpanch Lakhma Siri at Toyalanka village. Lakhma had been elected unopposed in the recently-held panchayat elections, which had incurred him the wrath of the ultras, who had asked for boycott of polls.

The decomposed body of a ‘sub-zonal commander’ of the PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, who was killed by a young member of the rebel outfit on the night of January 16, was recovered from Sauka forest in Itki, around 25km from Ranchi District headquarters of Jharkhand. Bikas Oraon (18) had crushed Samdhad aka Maulvi, to death with a stone in his sleep because the PLFI leader was not willing to let him go so that he could appear for his matriculation examination. Police came to know this after arresting Bikas, a resident of Gadri village in Bero who joined the PLFI some three months ago. They found four fire weapons and 68 live cartridges from his possession.

Nine persons from Bengaluru, who arrived in Istanbul (Turkey) on December 24, 2014, have been deported by Turkish authorities after they were allegedly caught trying to cross over to Syria to join the terror outfit IS. The group is being questioned by Bengaluru Police and central agencies after they arrived at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA). According to Police, they went to Istanbul from Bengaluru on tourist visas on December 24, 2014, and were sent back by the Turkish authorities on January 30, 2015. Among those sent back from Turkey are engineers Ibrahim Nowfal, 24, from Hassan and Javeed Baba, 24, from Khammam District, Telangana. The remaining seven belonged to a family from Chennai - Muhammed Abdul Ahad, 46, his wife and their five children. Police said Ahad has done masters in computer science from Kennedy-Western University, California, US, and worked in the US for more than ten years.

February 1

SF personnel averted a major tragedy by recovering and defusing an IED in Shopian District of J&K. Shopian Police and 44 RR of the Army recovered a 10 kilogramme IED near Balpora in Shopian District. The IED was concealed in a tin can and was planted near the road. A Bomb Disposal Squad was rushed to the spot and the IED was defused.

Police recovered a live grenade from the banks of river Basantar near famous Chichi Mataji temple in Samba District of J&K after a civilian spotted it. Reports said a civilian spotted a live grenade lying on the banks of Basantar River and informed Police. Police teams rushed to the spot, cordoned off the area, restricted it for civilian movement and seized the live grenade.

Two people, Narayan Barik and Sidharshan Barik from Odisha were arrested at the morning market off Vani Vilas Road in Mysuru (Karnataka) for circulating FICN of INR 500 denominations. The duo was exchanging FICN by buying vegetables for less than INR 20-30.

As part of its probe into an alleged terror plot to target the US consulate in Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and the Israeli consulate in Bangalore (Karnataka), the NIA received details of an email account from the US, under the MLAT, providing further evidence of the involvement of a Pakistani national, “Shahjee”, in the conspiracy, sources said.The details received by the NIA provide evidence that the email account was created and operated by one “Shahjee” who has been named by Hussain as Sri Lanka based handler Amir Zubair Siddiqui's right hand man. The email account was registered under Shahjee’s name, and the details provided allegedly show that the email account was used to communicate with Siddiqui’s personal account and with email addresses operated from Pakistan.

The Indian security establishment is pushing for the Government to arrive at a policy and frame a law to deal with those going abroad to join the ranks of the IS. The government is concerned that the porous Turkey-Syria border may be used by Indians wanting to fight for IS to enter into Syria, the route also used by thousands of Europeans looking to take up arms with IS. Intelligence agencies believe, given the influence the idea of IS is wielding over the internet, where young professionals from good families are ready to risk everything to fight alongside IS without being invited, it's a phenomenon that cannot be ignored even if there is no immediate threat to India from the outfit.

Three persons, including a rickshaw puller and two pedestrians, were injured in a grenade explosion on Sib Bari Road in Hailakandi town of Hailakandi District in Assam.

SFs arrested three person linked to KPLT an area commander and two linkmen, in Karbi Anglong in Assam. The arrested trio was identified as Munthir Engti, ‘area commander’ of KPLT, while the linkmen were identified as Horen Teron and David Engti.

SFs have arrested more than 60 per cent cadres of the KPLT. Many small militant groups are operating in the Hill District and these groups are involved in a number of extortion cases."Some of these small groups were formed by former members of UPDS or KLNLF We have managed to arrest 66 KPLT cadres while 11 were killed in encounters in the past year. About 50 cadres are still at large, mostly in eastern part of the district and Hamren. Now But the KPLT now has been split into five groups - KPLT (Buche group), KPLT (Pratap), KPLT (Donri), KPLT (Symbon) and KPLT (Sojong). Some of these groups have six-seven members," Karbi Anglong Superintendent of Police Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta said. (Assam)

ED has recently filed a prayer before the designated court of PMLA in Guwahati (Assam) seeking physical possession of cash and other assets worth INR 10.3 million recovered from DHD-J and its sympathisers.

Army is facing a tough challenge in tracking down a handful of NDFB-IKS militants who are based approximately in a 15,000 square km area and have mixed among villagers. Intelligence sources said G Bidai, who was behind orchestrating the killings, is believed to have escaped to West Bengal. Some leaders have also escaped to Nagaland. Besides Bidai, the SFs are also in look out for leaders like Batha, Madan and Soha. Army sources said many of the cadres have fled to the foothills of neighbouring Bhutan. Army had set up 80 operation bases on the north bank of the Brahmaputra River to fight the militants. Over 100 to 300 villages are cover by each of the operation base adds the report.(Assam)

Joint team of Mizoram Police and AR, in a joint operation, arrested an arms dealer, Khanthang and recovered arms and ammunition from Vanzau village in Champhai District near the Indo-Myanmar border. One M2 and its two magazines and a 9mm pistol and a magazine, worth INR 300,000 in black market were seized.

A CPI-Maoist couple, Reddaboina Swamy alias Janardhan and his wife Shyamala, surrendered before SP B. Sumathi at the District Police headquarters in Medak District of Telangana. The Maoist couple hailed from Medak District. Swamy is native of Balwantapur village in Dubbak mandal and joined Giraipally Dalam in 2000 and later worked in Narsapuram Dalam and then left for Nallamala along with his wife Shyamala. He worked as a guard to State committee secretary, Akkiraju Harigopal alias RK.

Over 70 per cent of 3.37 million voters across 22 Districts of Chhattisgarh exercised their franchise in the second phase of panchayat polls. Though no major violence was reported, Maoists did manage to loot ballot boxes at some booths and disrupted voting at 24 polling stations.

The Visakhapatnam rural Police arrested four 'militia' members belonging to the CPI-Maoist during a raid at a village in Bothili panchayat in G. Madugula mandal of Visakhapatnam District, Andhra Pradesh.

An Adivasi youth, identified as Rajesh Koorankallu (24), from the Koorankallu colony at Odakkayam in Urangattiri Gram Panchayat, near Areekode, in Malappuram District was picked up by the Police for allegedly sending a threat mail to District Superintendent of Police Debesh Kumar Behera.

A higher secondary school teacher, identified as Iqbal Rafique of Tura Christian Girls' School in Meghalaya, was abducted by unidentified militants from Mankachar in Dhubri in Assam. The family of the victim later received a call from an unidentified individual speaking in Bengali, asking for a ransom of INR 5 million.

AR arrested an individual identified as Vizo Angami from general area 7th Mile in Chumukedima in Dimapur District in Nagaland. A Point 22 Rifle was also recovered.

February 2

Yaruiwo (president) of NSCN-IM Isak Chishi Swu has reiterated the ‘protracted war’ was waged ‘to achieve an ‘honorable solution’ and would continue and reminded Nagas and others, that the issue of Nagas versus India and Burma (Myanmar) was not a contest of strength but to uphold ‘the historical rights of the Naga people against ‘belligerent powers’.

PM Narendra Modi, his 7 RCR residence and the Indian Parliament are under terror threat from Pakistan based terror groups. Intelligence agencies have warned Delhi Police that terror groups operating in Pakistan have planned for a major terror attack on PM Narendra Modi, 7 RCR and on the Indian Parliament. Apart from terror groups like LeT and JuD, IS has also started spreading its wings in Pakistan. According to the intelligence inputs, terrorists are planning to carry out terror strike during the Budget Session of Parliament that will begin on February 23, 2015 and conclude on May 8, 2015. The terrorists have been trained in PoK. According to the reports groups like IM and SIMI are using the name of IS to attract youths. There are also inputs that they were being trained along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, and after training, send them back into India to spread terror," said a top official in the security.

The pro-IS Twitter account, which was suspended after it called for a "car bomb" attack during US President Barack Obama's visit to India last month, is back in a new avatar, this time targeting PM Narendra Modi too. "Modi Obama the two Enemy of Allah. #26 January#flag hosting#car bomb#chemical," said a tweet through the new account @Magnetgas1 on January 25, adding: "The people of kufr is one Millah.#Modi#Obama." The account, suspected to be operated by one of the four alleged IS recruits from Mumbai (Maharashtra), shows the location of its owner in Turkey.

An internal assessment by BSF of the recent ceasefire violations by Pakistan has concluded that much of the firing towards the close of 2014 and beginning of 2015 started after news of India bolstering its border defence with state of the art technology appeared in the media. The BSF assessment is that the news of laser walls, ground sensors to detect tunnels and thermal imaging cameras being installed to stop infiltration frustrated Pakistan Rangers who launched an attack to disrupt the process.

Mumbai Police said that the accused Shareef Khan, who was arrested, last week along with his two accomplices for allegedly running a SIM card racket, was chatting with internet hackers from other countries on various chat groups. Police arrested Khan for allegedly procuring 2,173 SIM cards by using forged government documents as identification proof. According to Trombay (northeastern suburb in Mumbai) Police, a resident of Cheetah Camp in Trombay, Khan himself is a hacker and would hack to procure identification documents like PAN cards, Aadhar cards and voting identification cards from the internet and later forge them. DCP, Dhananjay Kulkarni said "Khan was in touch with some hackers from foreign countries and the exact nature of their conversation is being probed." Khan has been in touch with people from countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Tunisia. The police, however, denied any terror link in the case.

The widespread use of the internet to foment trouble and brainwash youngsters into joining the terror bandwagon has prompted the Maharashtra Government to seek the Centre's approval for a CERT. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has written to Union Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in this regard. In the letter, Fadnavis said that CERT will enhance cyber security in the state and boost the National Government's IT infrastructure through collaboration. "We will extend all logistical support." Mumbai is responsible for about 50% of India's total internet load (as per multi-router traffic statistics), he wrote. "Mumbai is more vulnerable to international and domestic cyber attacks. With an expanding cyber environment and resultant vulnerability, the next terrorist attack on Mumbai may possibly be a cyber attack."

A senior IPS officer said the Maharashtra stepped up efforts to combat cyber-linked terror after four youths from Kalyan were found to have flown to Iraq to join IS. "We increased vigil on websites and monitored the online activities of the Kalyan youths," he said. At present, Kerala is the only state with a CERT.

The Odisha Government has requested the Union Government to sanction a special IR battalion to strengthen its coastal security. The request was made during a teleconference between Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth and Chief secretaries of all coastal States, including Odisha Chief Secretary Gokul Chandra Pati. The Cabinet Secretary reviewed steps to strengthen security along the State's vast 480 kilometer long coastline. ADGP (law and order) Vinayananda Jha said that the State Government had submitted a proposal to sanction an IR battalion for coastal security six months back. The demand was reiterated during the teleconference on Monday, he said.

China and Russia decided to back India for moving a proposal at the UN that essentially goes against Pakistan on the issue of terrorism. In order to corner Pakistan for sheltering and facilitating terrorists involved the November 26, 2008 (26/11) carnage and other attacks in the country, India seeks to move a resolution in the UN to punish those who shelter and finance terrorism. And it enlisted the support of China and Russia for the same. "I see this as a major achievement," Exteral Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj thus commented. After the (Russia India China) RIC summit attended by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and Swaraj, a joint communiqué was issued which "underlined the need to bring to justice perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of terrorist acts".

In a major step at augmenting coastal security in the backdrop of the 26/11 attack on Mumbai, ICG is planning to base an AOPV at NMP at Panambur in Mangaluru, Karnataka. Coast Guard authorities will base this vessel once the New Mangalore Port Trust allots a dedicated berth to it at the port. Coast Guard has sought 180m of waterfront and one acre of land abutting the waterfront for this jetty. The waterfront is right at the harbour edge on the western docks of the port. Dedicated jetty will add to operational readiness of the Coast Guard in Karnataka and neighbouring Goa and up to Lakshadweep off Kerala.

A station house officer and an assistant constable of Chhattisgarh Police were killed and six other SF personnel, including an assistant commandant of BSF, injured when CPI-Maoist cadres ambushed a joint patrolling team in Kanker District of Chhattisgarh.

CRPF DG Prakash Mishra said the red zone [CPI-Maoist-infested region] is steadily shrinking in Bihar and Jharkhand. It has been possible because the CRPF personnel are not only carrying out operations against Maoists but also helping the common man in many other ways, like distributing essentials such as woolen clothes, utensils etc and enabling them to get their Aadhaar cards.

Jharkhand Governor Dr Syed Ahmed said that the problem of Naxalism can be easily curbed with development of the State. Holding a high level meeting with State Government officials at Raj Bhawan in Ranchi, ahead of the Governors' meeting chaired by President of India on February 11-12, the Governor asked the officials to take on the Naxal problem as a challenge and work for development of the State.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, urging him to provide two additional battalions of CRPF to contain CPI-Maoist in Nuapada and Malkangiri Districts of the State.

SF personnel detected and defused a powerful can-bomb in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. Following a tip-off, the SFs comprising CRPF personnel and District Police Force, detected the bomb on Tiriposi-Bitkilsoya road while on patrol, SP, N K Singh said.

Villagers rounded up 16 of the 40 armed persons who had allegedly posed as CPI-Maoist supporters and attacked Tangapalli village of Odupa gram panchayat in Sadar block of Malkangiri District of Odisha. They were detained in the local school building by angry inhabitants of Tangapalli. Rest of the members of the group are said to have escaped. Villagers seized several traditional weapons from the attackers. Three attackers and a villager sustained injuries during the scuffle between the two groups.

AASU and 26 organisations representing different ethnic groups of Assam called upon the Government to prepare a handbook of guidelines for the officers to be engaged in the process of updating the NRC 1951. AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said that the Government should devise a foolproof mechanism to ensure that no foreign national can get his or her name included in the NRC with false documents.

Movement of Myanmar Army towards the Taga area created panic among the militant groups of the North East, who are taking shelter in Myanmar. Highly placed security sources state that Myanmar Army personnel started moving towards the Taga area on January 18. As most of the camps of the militant groups such ULFA-I and NDFB-IKS are based in the Taga area, the movement caused panic among them. There is no report of any large-scale offensive against militants in Myanmar so far. The real reason for the movement of the Army is also not known. A source stated that "There is one belief that the operation was aimed against the KIA. However, the possibility of Myanmar deploying the Army in Taga area to send a message to the North East Indian militants also cannot be ruled out as the incident occurred a few days before the Republic Day.

An AMEF militant Sengrak S Sangma alias Andalao Matgrik was killed when Police commandos and CoBRA commandos raided a hide out of AMEF in Boldra Abri near Soba Jambal village in North Garo Hills in Meghalaya. AMEF 'chief' Jack Marak, who was inside the camp, had a narrow escape. SFs recovered 23 numbers of plastic explosives along with 65 numbers of detonators along with a 7.65 pistol containing three live rounds, 8 empty cases of AK rifle ammunition, two wireless communication handsets of Kenwood and Motorola, five demand letter pads of AMEF and other incriminating documents. The presence of plastic explosives in the hands of Garo out fits such as AMEF and GNLA has been a worrying factor for SFs.

Unknown militants torched a godown and cultivation fields at Thynroit village in East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya. The godown belonged to an individual identified as Stewmon Nongspung. Fertilizer and farming equipment valued around INR 34,990 was destroyed in the incident.

Unknown militants set fire to piles of bush in a cultivation field at Umaitnai Mawlali, Thynroit in East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya, causing a loss of INR 16,000.

Militants set fire to piles of bush in the cultivation field at Langsah village, Thynroi in Meghalaya.

Suspected NLFT and Bru militants abducted two individuals identified as Hokum Singh and Mohammad Buizul Islam, working under the BRTF from at Chikha and Tuipuibari village in Mamit District in Mizoram. Around 10 militants, some of them armed with sophisticated weapons, first abducted 22 people. Later, they released the locals and manual workers, but took the two as hostage.

The CRPF, which handles the anti-Naxal operations in the red zone of the country, has sought a private player to provide choppers for casualty evacuation. In the past, there have been incidents where the IAF pilots refused to fly into conflict zones to rescue the CRPF personnel. Satpal Kapoor, IG, CRPF, signed a contract with Dhillon Aviation Private Ltd, a Jalandhar-based aviation firm, for supplying two Bell helicopters for a period of one year to begin with.

February 3

The NIA arrested one more person, identified as Mufazzil Haque from Mokimnagar area of the Murshidabad District in West Bengal bordering Bangladesh in connection with the October 2, 2014, Burdwan blast case. NIA alleged that Haque was running a madrassa in Murshidabad where youths were recruited for JMB and he was a close associate of Sheikh Rehmatullah alias Sajjid, who was arrested by the NIA in November, 2014. The new arrest came days after four JMB militants, who were running terror camps in West Bengal, were arrested in connection with the blast. NIA said the investigation so far has revealed that JMB had established its network in many Districts, particularly in Murshidabad, Nadia, Malda, Birbhum and Burdwan in West Bengal, Barpeta in Assam, and Sahibganj and Pakur in Jharkhand.

The JJ Marg Police (Mumbai, Maharashtra) arrested Iqbal Kaskar, younger brother of fugitive underworld don, Dawood Ibrahim, for assaulting a real estate agent and attempting to extort INR 3 lakh from him. He will be produced before a court on February 4. Krishna Prakash, ACP, South region, confirmed the registration of an FIR against Kaskar.

A special court in Bengaluru (Karnataka) extended the Police custody of two persons, accused of supplying explosives to the IM terror outfit, by two days. The main accused in the explosives supply chain, Syed Ismail Afaque, a homeopathy doctor from the coastal Karnataka town of Bhatkal and his cousin Abdul Suboor were again remanded to Police custody by the court. Afaque and Suboor were arrested by the Bangalore Central Crime Branch Police on January 8 on the basis of intelligence inputs. Afaque has been identified as the main supplier of explosive material since 2010 to members of the IM for blasts in the country.

Karnataka Home Minister K J George informed the state assembly that 23 suspected terrorists have been arrested in the state during the last two years in different terror related cases. In a written reply to a question by a MLA, he said 18 of them had been charge sheeted and investigation was going on against five others. George said 14 suspected terrorists were arrested in 2013 which includes one each with links to HuJI and LeT, and twelve persons linked to Al Ummah. In 2014, five persons were arrested, that includes three persons with links to Al Ummah, and one each linked IM and ISIS. In 2015, till now four persons had been arrested with links to IM, the reply said. George also said that till now a total number of 29 cases are pending before the court.

The Supreme Court expressed concern over potential misuse of Section 66A of IT Act which makes posting of "offensive" messages on social networking site a crime punishable with a three-year jail term saying that the term 'offensive' is "vague" and highly "subjective". A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Rohinton Fali Nariman said that under current provision a person has to suffer for a long period as there is a long time gap between commission of an alleged offence and when judicial mind is applied to decide whether the contents posted by him is offensive or not.

The Indian Government has decided to carry on investigation against the NGOs which have been funding extremism, stage managing protests or indulging in conversions. The list of 188 NGOs is with the UMHA. This list has been drawn up by the IB after conducting years of investigation which started in the year 2006.

CBI organised a three-day joint workshop with the US Department of Justice on 'Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition' in New Delhi, underlining the increased use of Internet by terror groups like IS to recruit and influence youths. CBI sources said as many as 28 extradition requests are pending with the US and the agency faces difficulties in collecting evidence in the USA, especially when it comes to private companies holding Internet data. CBI Director Anil Sinha said there is increased use of Internet technology by contemporary criminals for the purpose of recruitment and radicalisation, training, financing and coordinating attacks, indicating at IS.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar held a review of coastal security, deciding to set up a dedicated Marine Police Force and to survey all landing points along the entire Indian coastline to identify isolated spots, which could be used for landing arms and explosives and also for infiltration of terrorist and criminal elements. The review was primarily over issues that were flagged by the Cabinet Committee on Security after the Mumbai November 26, 2008 (26/11) attack and are still being implemented. One of the important decisions was to explore possibilities to set up a marine police force. The Government has decided to set up a national Marine Police training centre and also regional training centres. The Centre had asked the states to review the status of non-notified landing points and present a consolidated list of such landing points by October 31, 2014.

Four persons, including a woman, were injured as a private passenger bus they were travelling in was hit by a landmine blast triggered by the CPI-Maoist in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. Some Police personnel were also on board, but they were not harmed.

A CRPF trooper was injured in a blast of 'pressure bomb' planted by the Maoists in the neighbouring Bijapur District. The incident took place near Cheramangi village under Awapalli Police Station limits while the CRPF was conducting anti-Maoist operation.

The Kochi city Police arrested a man, identified as Jose, for his alleged involvement in the attack on the office of Nitta Gelatin India Limited in November 2014. The man was detained by the city Police from Kannur.

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a contractor, identified as Laxmi Patnaik (23), at a weekly market in Trilochanpur under Lanjigarh Police Station in Kalahandi District of Odisha. Some posters left by the killers claimed that Patnaik was a 'Police Informer'.

Government is pushing for extension of the road network and build a new web of links in Naxal - affected areas to counter insurgency. Sources said Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is now approaching the Ministry of Home Affairs to provision for at least INR 120 billion in its budget for constructing around 7,300 kilometres. Union Minister for MRTH Nitin Gadkari had said that the government will launch the second phase of Road Requirement Plan in areas which have seen no such development.

Militants from Karbi Anglong hills (Assam) killed a rhino at Kaziranga National Park, and engaged in a gun-battle with forest guards. The incident took place near Borgho forest camp under Burapahar range of Kaziranga Park.

Two unidentified militants of DHNA were arrested from Maibong in Dima Hasao in Assam.

A suspected ULFA militant identified as Rukmoh Chetia was arrested at Borgaon village in Tinsukia District in Assam.

Over 70 NDFB-IKS militants have been arrested since December, after the crack down began against them. NIA found that among those arrested were at least seven militants, who were wanted for their involvement in the killings in Baksa on May 1 and 2. (Assam)

Union Minister for Law and Justice DV Sadananda Gowda expressed his dissatisfaction with the functioning of the foreigner's tribunals in Assam and assured that his ministry would do the needful to make the mechanism more effective. He stated that there was a need for more foreigners' tribunals and promised that his ministry would take steps to ensure that the vacancies in the tribunals are filled up at the earliest as the foreigners issue was crucial for the State.

A KCP militant, identified as Mohammed Riyaz Khan alias Boycha was arrested by SFs from an unidentified location in Imphal East in Manipur. One .32 pistol loaded with two rounds, one empty magazine and three extortion notes of KCP were recovered from him.

A PLA militant, identified as Ngangom Bulu alias Naocha Singh was arrested from Uripok Tourangbam Leikai in Imphal West in Manipur. It was revealed that he had extorted money from the jewellery shops of Nagamapal in Imphal West for PLA.

KNF-N suspected to be behind the abduction of the three workers of ABCI Infrastructures Private Limited on January 23, denied its involvement in the abduction Speaking to media persons from an unspecified location in Sadar Hills in Manipur, 'information secretary' Gogou Vaiphei said KNF-N was not behind the abduction.

IMF and JAC Moirang, Bishnupur District of Manipur has jointly condemned the alleged land encroachment by the leader of KNF-MC In a press conference, president of IMF, retired colonel Rajendro KNF-MC leader, identified as German had forcibly encroached the land.

A teenage girl, identified as Manchi Ch Marak and an unidentified militant of ASAK were killed in a gun battle between ASAK and GNLA at Bolmaram Agalgre in East Garo Hills in Meghalaya. An ASAK militant was injured in the incident too.

GNLA expressed displeasure over the collection of parking fees from vehicles by the Tura Civil Hospital authorities, in West Garo Hills District in Meghalaya. GNLA joint publicity secretary' Garo Mandei Ch Marak stated that it demanded to know complete details about the formation of the Hospital Management Society.

Mizoram police have requested Tripura Police to trace two GREF workers Hukum Singh and driver Thang Chuka near Tuipui in Champai District, who were abducted on February 2, by NLFT. NLFT 'leader' Krishnamohan Jamatia believed to have led the raid. Police, Assam Rifles and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) have been put on alert in Kanchanpur in North Tripura District.

BJP dismissed the allegation of Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla that BJP was having nexus with militants of HPC-D.

A militant of NSCN-K, identified as 'lieutenant' Akahoto Yeptho was injured when unidentified gunmen opened fired upon him at Signal Angami road in Dimapur in Nagaland. Police also recovered an empty case of 9mm bullet from the spot.

February 3-4

In a search operation which lasted from February 3 to February 4, a militant of the KRA-U identified as 'private' Thanglunlal Chongloi was arrested by SFs from Haijang village in Senapati District of Manipur. Two AK-47 rifles, one 9 mm pistol, four magazines of AK-47, one magazine of 9 mm pistol, 344 assorted live rounds, two extortion letters, one extortion letter pad, four combat dresses, one combat pouch and one ATM card were recovered from the spot.

February 4

Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire and resorted to firing on forward Indian positions along the IB in Samba and RS Pura Sectors. Official sources said the Rangers first opened firing with HMGs at Nawa Pind and Abdullian forward posts and villages in RS Pura sector of Jammu District. Later, the Rangers opened firing with semi automatic weapons at Khora post in Samba sector of Samba District. There were no reports of casualties or damage in the firings.

Months after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting cancelled the registration of Digicable Network, it has now emerged that security clearance was denied to the company after intelligence reports that it had links to fugitive Dawood Ibrahim and his former aide Abu Salem, who is presently behind bars. In September 2014, the registration was cancelled by I&B ministry on denial of security clearance. "As a matter of routine procedure, the I&B ministry sent us the file for security clearance and it was found that the company had links with people associated with terrorist organisation and the underworld," said a senior UMHA official.

Syed Ismail Afaaq, one of the terror suspects accused of setting up a local module of the banned terror outfit, the IM in Karnataka's Bhatkal District, reportedly agreed to become an "approver" in the case. This will help the Police build a case against all the accused, including the other four suspects arrested in connection with the case. Though there is no official confirmation from the Police regarding Afaaq offering to turn approver in the case, sources in the Bengaluru police indicate that he had given his consent to cooperate. Sources in the Bengaluru Police said: "Afaaq has agreed to become an approver in the case by revealing details of the IM module and all the sleeper cells in Karnataka. He took this decision after meeting his family members in jail. This will make our case stronger." He is expected to submit a letter in this context to the court, which is hearing the matter.

As many as 13 'militia' members of Korukonda area committee belonging to the CPI-Maoist surrendered before ASP A. Babujee at Paderu in the Agency area of Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh.

Three NDFB-IKS a militant, including Ringsar Basumatary was arrested from Manas Reserve Forest of Chirang District a combined team of Assam Police and Indian Army. Ringsar who is an active terrorist of the outfit and was recruited in 2010.One 7.65mm pistol, two hand grenades and large quantity of ammunition was recovered.

Two KPLT militants identified as Dineson Terang and Jinong Terang were arrested from Diphu Railway Station in Karbi Anglong District in Assam. Police recovered five demand notes of KPLT.

Two unidentified youths were arrested on charges of serving an extortion letter to a businessman at Chandmari in Kamrup Metropolitan District in Assam, demanding INR 500000 in the name ULFA.Police stated they were not members of ULFA.

NIA court extended the remand period of NDFB-IKS militant Bikunas Narzary alias Birlangbai, who was arrested on January 19, for 12 days. NIA source stated that "He is an important member of the outfit. Further interrogation will reveal more about the outfit's presence at Manas National Park and in areas along the Assam-Arunachal border".

16 NDFB-RD cadres joined NDFB-P at Barbari designated camp in Baksa District in Assam. This is the third time that the members of NDFB-RD have joined NDFB-P.

A combined team of SFs conducted a search operation at Kumbi Khuga Wangma IB road area and arrested A UNLF militant Moirangthem Kedarnath Singh alias Ahanthoi. (Manipur)

Two unidentified Bengali speaking petty traders from Mancachar area of Dhubri District in Assam, visiting a weekly market in Kherapara village of West Garo Hills (Meghalaya) were abducted from the Tura-Dalu road.

AMEF stated that the militant killed on February 2, Sengrak S Sangma aka Andalao Matgrik had survived the encounter but was shot dead later by SFs after necessary information was extracted from him. (Meghalaya)

Garo Hills Deficit School Teachers' Association (GHDSTEA) appealed for the safe and unconditional release of Iqbal Rafique, an Assistant Lecturer of Christian Girls' Higher Secondary School who was abducted Mankachar in Assam ON February 1.

Meghalaya Home Department is yet to find an interlocutor for initiating peace talks with HNLC. A senior Government official on February 4 stated that search for interlocutor was ongoing.

India and Bangladesh decided to conduct joint patrolling in Tripura along Indo-Bangladesh border to check cross-border movement of Indian insurgents smuggling of narcotics and trans-border crime. The decision was taken during the two-day Indo-Bangladesh Deputy Commissioner level meeting. While the Indian side raised issues about the presence of insurgents, the Bangladesh side raised the issues of narcotics smuggling in a joint statement signed by both the countries.

February 5

J&K was never Pakistan's and will never be, India said in a sharp reaction to observance of the so-called 'Kashmir Solidarity Day' in Pakistan. Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Syed Akbaruddin said in New Delhi that Pakistan's "self destructive and "futile quest for territorial aggrandisement" in the State was well known. He was reacting to questions about rallies and speeches by various parties and groups including banned terrorist outfit JuD in Pakistan on February 5, 2015. "It is high time for Pakistan to start paying attention to all the problems that afflict them rather than covet what is not theirs and never will be," he said, asserting that J&K was and will always remain part of India.

For second consecutive day Pakistani Rangers resorted to firing on forward area along the IB in Abdullian in RS Pura sector of Jammu District targeting the BSF posts but there was no report of any casualties or damage. Reports said the Rangers opened small arms firing in Abdullian area of RS Pura sector at 10.30 am targeting forward BSF posts and the BSF personnel patrolling and working in the area. There was no shelling and the Rangers used semi automatic weapons to target forward BSF posts at village Abdullian in RS Pura sector. However, there were no casualties or damage on the Indian side in Pakistani firing.

Pakistan's ISI trained Khalistan terrorists from the UK in Thailand last year (2014) to launch strikes in India, according to senior officials of Punjab Police who along with sleuths of central security agencies interrogated two such terrorists arrested recently in Thailand. The security agencies in Thailand arrested KLF 'chief' Harminder Singh alias Mintoo, in November 2014, and KTF 'chief' Jagtar Singh Tara, one of the alleged assassins of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, on January 5, 2015.

According to the reports, a Lahore posted Lieutenant colonel-rank Army officer of the ISI, identified as "Chaudhary" by Indian spy agencies, was the handler of Mintoo and Tara. He shifted Mintoo and Tara separately from Pakistan to Thailand last year (2014) to "develop sleeper cells in India". Top ranking Punjab Police sources said that this ISI officer later held a camp from July 5 to 13, 2014 at Mea Sot (a town in Thailand bordering Myanmar) in which "five UK-based Khalistan terrorists" were trained in assembling and handling of explosives made from locally available material. IG counter-intelligence Punjab Police Gaurav Yadav said, "Necessary follow-up actions (regarding ISI training UK-based Khalistan terrorists in Thailand) are being taken." Based on the interrogation reports of the two arrested men that the State Police and central agencies are collating, it has emerged that Gursharanvir Singh (living in Coventry of England) and Birmingham resident Piyara Singh Gill, also wanted by Punjab Police in August 2009 killing on Rulda Singh, President of RSS wing Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, were among the five UK-based Khalistan terrorists who attended the training camp in Thailand. Reports said that the central agencies have already approached UK authorities for their extradition.

Some hand written threatening posters of the CPI-Maoist appeared in parts of Chhatarpur in Palamu District of Jharkhand.

Amnesty International India has sought immediate release of persons arrested over the past few weeks on suspicion of being involved in unlawful activities because they had 'pro-Maoist' materials in their houses. In a statement released by e-mail in Thiruvananthapuram, Amnesty International India programme Director Shemeer Babu said ''mere possession of certain kinds of literature cannot be a ground for arresting someone'' and urged the authorities to respect the right of citizens to freedom of expression, which included the right to seek and receive information of all kinds.

A bomb blast occurred at Kazidahar village near Sonai in Cachar District in Assam, injuring a 10-year-old boy Zabir Husain Barbhiuya.

Two NDFB-IKS militants identified as Lwmsao Narzary and Sistu Basumatary were arrested from Baksa and 12 KG of RDX was recovered from them.( Assam)

Fearing human casualty Army and SFs are yet to go full throttle against top NDFB-IKS 'army chief', B Bidai who ordered the massacre of Adivasi villagers on December 23. MHA fear that final assault by the Army in these areas could result in the killing of civilians. A source stated that "These areas are populated and we do not have information about Bidai's exact location. We do not want to rush in forces". (Assam)

According to a senior Army official, only a handful of the outfit's cadres are left but tracking them down is proving to be a challenge. Security agencies estimate that the cadre strength of NDFB-IKS would be less than 300. The Army has about 80 operation bases on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra and each of these bases has more than 100 villages in the vicinity.

Former DHD leaders threatened to stop the ongoing broad gauge conversion and East-West corridor projects in Dima Hasao District in Assam for an indefinite period unless a CBI inquiry was conducted into the killing of its former 'general secretary' Rajesh Naidin on January 9.

BSF Meghalaya Frontier IG Sudesh Kumar stated that Bangladesh country no longer has any full-fledged training camp of any militant outfit. He added that BSF BGB are working in close co-ordination and sharing information on a regular basis. "There are 39 vulnerable locations which have been identified by the BSF.

Police arrested Sharif Uddin from his rented house in the Mohanpur locality in Hailakandi District in Assam. Police suspect all arrested individuals to have links with JMB.

A civilian identified as Addison Jajo was killed and another individual Hillary Keishing was injured when an IED exploded at a place between Nambashi Khunou and Khunthak village in Ukhrul in Manipur. No group or individual has claimed hands in the blast so far.

SFs recovered cache of arms and ammunition from the hilly jungles around Thingsat village of Senapati in Manipur. The recovery included one AK-56 Rifle, one Uzi (MP-2) rifle, two detonators, two kg RDX, one live ammunition of Lathode, one magazine each of AK-47, AK-56 & Uzi and two magazines of 9 mm pistol.

UNLF rejected Police claim that Ashangbam Shyamjit alias Nanao, who was arrested on January 31 was a UNLF militant.(Manipur)

Assistant teacher of Tura Christian Girls' Higher Secondary School, Iqbal Rafique, who was abducted on February 1, from Assam was released. A former ANVC-B militant identified as Silgrak Sangma was arrested was arrested on February 4 at Danakgre in West Garo Hills in Meghalaya. A 9 mm pistol with five live rounds of ammunition was also recovered from the arrested ex-militant. The former militant had come to pick up the ransom in exchange for Rafique, along with two others who managed to escape. Later an amount of INR 500000 meant as ransom was also recovered from the family of the victim. It is unclear if any ransom was paid to the abductors.

BSF Meghalaya Frontier IG Sudesh Kumar stated that Bangladesh country no longer has any full-fledged training camp of any militant outfit. He added that BSF BGB are working in close co-ordination and sharing information on a regular basis. "There are 39 vulnerable locations which have been identified by the BSF. The BGB has assured us of full assistance," IG also stated that "In November 2014, we had a conference with BGB to discuss issues related to border management," he added. "Security-related issues, particularly about the presence of GNLA, ULFA, HNLC, NDFB, NLFT were also discussed."He also stated that Government of India (GoI) has sanctioned INR 300 million for repairing the 443-km road along the India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya.

In response to the demand of the GNLA to immediately put a stop to the collection of parking fees from vehicles at the Tura Civil Hospital the doctors and staff of the hospital have issued a statement clarifying certain points with regard to the practice. (Meghalaya)

GNLA expressed regret over the death of Manchi Ch Marak, who was killed in the firefight that took place between GNLA and ASAK at Bolmaram Agalgre in East Garo Hills in Meghalaya. The gun battle between the two sides had also killed an ASAK militant.

A ‘platoon commander’ of the CPI-Maoist was arrested from Jolbigha under Pratappur Police Station area of Chatra District, Jharkhand. The Maoist has been identified as Mahendra Yadav. A country made pistol, four live cartridges, four mobile phones, various sim-cards and INR 6,5000 in cash along with Maoist literature have been recovered from his possession. SP Surendra Kumar Jha said that Yadav was arrested during a joint raid conducted by the district police, CRPF personnel and troopers of the CoBRA Battalion. The Maoist is also the mastermind of the ‘technical cell’ of the Maoists, the SP said.

February 6

According to Police, a suspected man, identified as Aasif Chunawala, was arrested from Mumbai in connection with a criminal case that led to the arrest of Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar and his associate on February 3, 2015. According to Police, Chunawala was questioned for several hours before being placed under arrest.

Maharashtra ATS along with the Madhya Pradesh Police carried out raid at a house owned by Khusal Madankar in old Pandhurna in Chhindwara District in Madhya Pradesh and recovered huge amount of ammunition and explosive materials. Police have recovered 1,768 electric detonators, 612 sticks of Kelvex power 90 Class-2 explosive, 840 feet Detonating cord, one exploder and other related equipments. Police registered a case against two persons, identified as Mukesh Sankhla and Rajmal Sankhla, both belong to Bhilwada District in Rajasthan. The accused have been booked under the Indian Explosive Substance Act-1908. Investigation of the crime is being done by Chhindwara Police. ATS Nagpur unit is interrogating the accused for any suspected link with anti-national elements, terror outfits or Naxal elements.

An alleged IM operative, identified as Ejaz Shaikh was arrested in connection with a 2010 case (September 19, 2010 firing and blast outside the Jama Masjid in Delhi) related to sending an email to a media house on behalf of the banned outfit warning about terror strikes in New Delhi. Police said that Ejaz Shaikh, who is in jail for his suspected role in the July 2011 Mumbai bomb blasts, was placed under arrest in the 2010 case by Crime Branch. DCP (Mumbai) Dhananjay Kulkarni said the 30-year-old, who once worked in a BPO and is considered tech savvy, was produced before a court which remanded him in Crime Branch custody till February 13. Crime Branch had registered a case on October 10, 2010 against unidentified persons for sending an email to UK-based BBC news channel warning that IM would carry out terror strikes in the national capital, Police said. Investigation suggested that the mail was sent from South Mumbai and accordingly a FIR was registered by Cyber Cell. Police zeroed in on Sheikh, who allegedly sent the email using his mobile phone. Police also added that Shaikh, a Pune resident, is the brother-in-law of top IM functionary Mohsin Chaudhary.

STF personnel arrested a person, identified as Mubarak Alam alias Sk Muba along with FICNs of the face value of INR 8.1 million from B B Ganguly Street in central Kolkata in West Bengal. Report said that this is perhaps the biggest recovery of FICN in West Bengal. Sources said the Kolkata Police were in touch with their counterparts in IB and other intelligence and investigating agencies to ascertain Sk Muba's links with various terror groups that have established bases in West Bengal. The Police, who have recently become aware of the presence of JMB terrorists in Bengal in the wake of the Burdwan blast of October 2, 2014, are unwilling to take any chance. According to reports, Police are planning to slap charges on Sk Muba under sections 120B, 489B and 489C of the IPC.

BSF arrested two men, identified as Ishraful and Md Sahabuddin from Malda railway station in Malda District of West Bengal with FICN of the face value of INR 2.84 lakh. The arrests and seizure were made during a joint operation by the Troops of 125th Battalion and CRPF.

According to a senior Government official, India has approached Saudi Arabia after two Indians were arrested in Riyadh for alleged terror links. Report said that in an anti-terror drive conducted in Saudi Arabia last month (January 12-25), 42 people were detained for various terrorist activities, which also included two persons from India. A senior Indian Government official said that "Through appropriate channels we have got in touch with Saudi authorities. What we have been told is that the two men have been detained as of now for suspected terror links. We have asked them for more details." According to reports, there are 32 Saudi and six Yemen nationals among those who have been arrested. When asked if the detained Indians could have any links with al Qaeda or IS, the government official said, "Nothing can be ruled out for now. But first we will have to get more details, we have started a background check on the two men." However, the official refused to identify the suspects, saying the operation was still on.

A 50-year-old Pakistani businessman based in Dubai (UAE), identified as Safi alias chacha, is responsible for sending "human couriers" to India with FICNs, the NIA has said in its charge sheet against a Bihar resident, who was arrested last year with INR 5 million worth of FICNs. Ekramul Ansari was arrested along with FICNs at the Delhi airport in April 2014. The NIA is investigating this case since June 2014. Chacha uses needy Indian workers in Dubai to send the high quality fake notes into India. He offers a commission of 1% of the fake currency; the human courier carries with himself along with the airfares (return included). NIA has declared Chacha a proclaimed offender. The charge sheet also says, Ansari came in touch with Chacha in April-May 2013. Ansari also admitted that he had smuggled in a similar consignment a month before his arrest. The charge sheet says "He used to procure the FICN and send the same from Dubai to India through different persons of India and Nepal, paying them handsomely." The NIA said, Chacha provided return air tickets to Ansari from Dubai to Delhi and Delhi to Patna, along with a bag containing the fake currency.

Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, while addressing a passing out parade of SSB assistant commandants in Srinagar in Pauri Garhwal District in Uttarakhand, asked the SSB to take the lead role in curtailing the menace of FICN and to remain vigilant on the presence of fundamentalist and anti-India forces in the areas in vicinity of the borders. He said SSB was at the vanguard of porous international borders through which most of the FICN was now being smuggled into the country.

Indersa Parsa (50), elder brother of village Police warden, was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres, suspecting him to be 'Police Informer' at Ghodezhari village in Dhanora tehsil in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra.

Eighteen can bombs, each weighing between 15 to 20 kilograms, suspected to be planted by the CPI-Maoist underneath a kaccha road have been recovered in Khunti District of Jharkhand.

Khunti District Police force arrested one ultra belonging to the PLFI from Karra Police Station in Khunti District of Jharkhand.

A six kilogram pressure bomb, planted by the CPI-Maoist to target SF personnel was recovered in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh.

Two porters were killed and nine AR troopers injured in an IED blast at Monmao village in India-Myanmar border in Changlang in Arunachal Pradesh.

Police arrested Jahangir Alam Sheikh, a trader from his rented house in the Alakulipur locality of Badarpur in Karimganj in Assam.

Six individuals identified as Abdul Mannan Sheikh, Ismail Sheikh, Anwarul Sheikh, Ibadul Sheikh, Sharif Sheikh and Noor Alam, were arrested from ward No. 11 of Hailakandi town in Hailakandi District in Assam in connection with February 1 blast. All of them were arrested from a rented house belonging to Shahid Husain Majharbhuiya.

An individual identified as Gondamei Angam alias Gaikhuilung was abducted by suspected ZUF militants from Marangching in Tamenglong in Manipur.

Police arrested AMEF 'general secretary', identified as Simseng G Momin. He was arrested from West Garo Hills District in Meghalaya, after he had fled to escape a raid on his home in Rongjeng in East Garo Hills District by Rongjeng Police on the same day. Police recovered explosives, detonators, INR 1500000 along with some incriminating documents and a laptop. District Police chief stated that Simseng G Momin was also the General Secretary of FKJGP.

Another AMEF militant identified as Metronath Marak, residing in proper Chandmari in West Garo Hills District in Meghalaya, who was to give shelter to Simseng G Momin was also arrested.

A surrendered ASAK militant, who was the 'area commander' of 'southern command', identified as Dimsrang M Sangma alias Nawal was arrested by South Garo Hills District in Meghalaya for his alleged involvement in the abduction of SBI official SK Mishra who was abducted on August 5 at Barengapara road in Cherengpara village in West Garo Hills. According to police, one of the key conspirators behind the abduction, Dimsrang had surrendered before BSF on January 13.

Koraput District of Odisha has failed to utilize funds under IAP for developing infrastructure critical to fighting the CPI-Maoist. Only 13 per cent of INR 300 million, sanctioned by the Centre for 2014-15, was put to use till December 31, 2014 official sources said. During the ongoing financial year, the administration took up 555 projects, including construction of roads, culverts, electrification, supply of drinking water and education, in the Maoist-affected blocks of the District. Till December-end, only 51 projects worth INR 30.88 million were completed. The remaining projects are in different stages of construction, according to data available with the District Planning And Monitoring Unit.

The Supreme Court ordered immediate release of Sangram Mohanty, son of Jana Adhikar Manch convenor Dandapani Mohanty and member of Odisha Jan Morcha. He was in jail since December 5, 2012, for his alleged links with the CPI-Maoist. Sangram's counsel Suresh Tripathy said a bench of Justices V Gopalgowda and R Banumathi also asked the chief secretary to file an affidavit, within four weeks, as why Sangram's case should not be transferred to the CBI.

In a security review meeting chaired by chief secretary Rajiv Gauba at the CRPF headquarters, he intimated officers of the Government's plan to wipe out CPI-Maoist within six months. To ensure the same, development and security measures would soon be undertaken in rebel-hit areas, he said.

Two porters were killed and nine AR troopers injured in an IED blast at Monmao village in India-Myanmar border in Changlang in Arunachal Pradesh.

KNA militant snatched away keys of some earth movers engaged in the road construction work between Litan and Sikibung in Ukhrul in Manipur, due to the inability of contractor executing the project to meet the outfit’s monetary demands.

February 7

Asserting that India has been suffering from the menace of "exported terrorism" in Kashmir, NSA Ajit Doval has said the country's strong democratic structure and genuinely pluralistic society has not allowed any fertile ground for Islamist terror, Doval was participating in a panel discussion on 'War on Terror' at the 51st Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany. Successive Indian Governments have pursued a policy of closely integrating all minority groups into the mainstream of the society and as a result radical Islamists could not succeed in propagating their extremist ideologies among the Muslim population, said Doval. He made the remarks while answering a question from one of the participants on what India has done better than many other countries having large Muslim populations to prevent radicalisation and to deny breeding grounds for Islamist terror. Doval said India has been suffering from the menace of "exported terrorism" in Kashmir.

One of AR troopers injured in February 6 IED attack, identified as Rifle man Dattapray Mahajan died at Dinjan Army hospital in Dibrugarh in Assam.

A militant of NSCN-IM identified as KS Vareimi was killed and two other injured in a gun battle with a rival group at a place between Nambashi and Nambashi Khunou in Ukhrul in Manipur.

A powerful bomb was found at a bus stand near BJP Manipur unit office in the high-security Netyaipat Chutek in Imphal West in Manipur.

Police stated that almost a week after two employees of BRTF were abducted from Mizoram-Bangladesh border, a ransom has been demanded for their release. The abductors informed the BRTF officials posted in Mizoram-Bangladesh border's West Phaileng village in Mamit District that they would have to pay ransom.

Mizoram Home minister R Lalzirliana warned that the state government might take strong action against the abductors if they continue to keep the abductees in captivity for long.

Commodore G. Prakash, Director of the Maritime Warfare Centre at the Southern Naval Command said that the security of the seas surrounding India has financial, diplomatic and geopolitical ramifications, hence the need to incorporate coastal and seaward security subjects in school and college curriculums. "Citizens must be made aware of the significance of maritime security and its link to the growth of the country and its ties with nations across the seas," he said while speaking on 'ocean and national security' at the World Ocean Science Congress in Kochi in Kerala.

Mafia don Bannanje Raja, a close associate of Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Rajan, was reportedly arrested in the Moroccan city of Casablanca. The Police in Karnataka, however, had no information about Raja's arrest. The CBI had earlier notified the Interpol to issue a RCN against Raja, who has 48 criminal cases against him in Karnataka.

Six CPI-Maoist cadres including three female cadres were arrested by the BSF personnel during an operation conducted in forested patch near Prokal and Manhakal villages of Kanker District of Chhattisgarh. The operation was conducted on specific intelligence input. The Maoists were identified as Sarita alias Sanoti (26), Rajeshwari (21), Kumari Santo (22), Mangatu alias Jay Singh (25), Raju Upendi and Shaniram.

A CPI-Maoist 'area commander', identified as Navin alias Upendra Paswan and two of his accomplices, Kanda Vishwakarma and Lofar Chaki, were arrested by SFs from Porahat forest under West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. Paswan was the 'area commander' of Chatarapur in Palamau District. Two pistols, some live cartridges and a vehicle were seized from them.

One of AR troopers injured in February 6 IED attack, identified as Rifle man Dattapray Mahajan died at Dinjan Army hospital in Dibrugarh in Assam.

40th AR along with Imphal East Police Commandos launched a joint operation at Kongpal in Imphal East in Manipur and arrested a UNLF militant identified as ‘corporal’ Wahengbam Amynacha Singh alias Thengbe.

Army along with Imphal West Police Commandos launched a joint operation in general area Kwakeithel in Imphal West in Manipur and arrested a UNLF militant identified as Wangkhem Khelchandra alias Toto Singh.

February 8

Pakistani Rangers again violated ceasefire by resorting to firing at Nawa Pindi and Jugnu Post in RS Pura sector in Jammu District of J&K, but there were no casualties or damage on the Indian side. Official reports said Pakistan started heavy firing targeting forward Indian posts at Jugnu Chak and Nawa Pind at 10.45 pm.

A 25-year-old man, identified as Naresh Yerawar, was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. His throat was slit and the Maoists also burnt his motorcycle, before fleeing into the forest, Police said.

Three CRPF personnel, including an assistant sub-inspector, were injured when a pressure bomb laid by CPI-Maoist cadres exploded near Dubaiguda village under Awapalli Police Station area in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur District.

A man abducted on February 6 was found dead at Marangching (Makhuam) Part-I in Tamenglong District in Manipur. The individual have been identified as Gondamei Angam alias Gaikhuilung. He was abducted from his home by ZUF.

Three BSF troopers sustained splinter injuries when militants attacked a foot patrol by exploding two IEDs on a village road at Napet Palli in Imphal East District in Manipur. Police stated that an IED, planted near the Khabrang Bridge along Napet Palli road, nearly 20km from Imphal, exploded while a BSF foot patrol was passing the area, injuring three troopers. Within minutes, another IED planted nearby also exploded.A trooper identified as constable CT Suman Goshis said to be in critical condition.

A combined team of Thoubal District Commandos and AR arrested a UNLF militant identified as Leisangthem Somorjit alias Purei Singh from an unidentified location in Manipur.

Police Commandos of Imphal West and Indian Army soldiers arrested a UNLF militant identified as Leisangthem Surchand, from an unidentified location in Manipur. Investigation revealed that he and his associates were assigned to hurl grenades at some restaurants and vehicle showrooms situated along Tiddim Road in Imphal.

ANVC militants will get INR 250000 each as onetime rehabilitation package. An official from the Meghalaya Home Department said that before the release of fund, an exercise is being carried out to assess the number of ANVC and ANVC-B militants.

Several ANVC cadres regularly receiving summons from the court in connection with old cases. As per the peace pact signed on September 24 2014 the criminal cases registered against members of ANVC for non-heinous crimes will be withdrawn by the state government, whereas criminal cases registered against them for heinous crimes will be reviewed case by case. (Meghalaya)

ANVC-B leader Bernard Rimpu Marak said that without proper support the disbanded outfit's members will go astray. Bernard Rimpu Marak stated that "The Government had assured many good things to us before disbanding the organization but no initiatives have been taken to rehabilitate the cadres. Frustration is brewing among all members of the disbanded groups. Peace in Garo Hills is like a lull before the storm. We fear, without proper rehabilitation, the cadres will go astray." (Meghalaya)

A 'home secretary' of NSCN-KK identified as Ghukiho T. Zhimo was injured when unidentified armed assailants fired upon him at a place between Naga United village and Old Showuba in Dimapur in Nagaland.

NSCN-KK MIP condemned the "life attempt" perpetrated upon its home secretary Ghukiho T. Zhimo. (Nagaland)

Citing the horrific killings in Syria, France and in a Peshawar school (Pakistan), President Pranab Mukherjee urged the international community to assert itself and take concerted and determined action against terrorism of which India is one of the oldest victims. "We have, in recent days, witnessed the horrific killings of innocent hostages in Syria, the attack on the media in Paris and the tragic killing of school children and their teachers in Peshawar. India is one of the oldest victims of terrorism. There is no good terrorism or bad terrorism. Terrorism respects no religion, ideology or nation. It is no longer a debating issue. The international community must assert itself and tackle the problem by taking concerted, coordinated and determined action," Mukherjee said while addressing the sixth conference of ambassadors and high commissioners who head Indian missions abroad.

As per the ASSOCHAM-Mahindra SSG study, the reporting of cyber crimes in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka went up by 117 per cent during 2012-13 causing havoc in the financial space, security establishment and social fabric. According to the joint study on “Cyber and Network Security Framework”, in 2013, 681 cyber crime related cases were registered in Maharashtra, which saw a 44.6 per cent rise in cyber crimes when compared to 2012. Andhra Pradesh with 635 cases registered in 2013 also saw a 48 per cent rise when compared to 2012. Karnataka with 513 cases registered in 2013 saw a 24.5 per cent rise compared to 2012. Uttar Pradesh with 372 cases registered in 2013 is in the fourth place. Kerala is in the 5th place with 349 cases registered in 2013, highlights the study. Tamil Nadu and Bihar have very few cyber crime related cases with just 54 cases registered in Tamil Nadu and 23 cases in Bihar in 2013. Gujarat and Odisha have also registered just 61 and 63 cases respectively in 2013. Among the Union Territories, the national capital Delhi has registered 131 cyber crime related cases. It has seen a rise of 72.4 per cent when compared to 2012.D.S Rawat, Secretary General ASSOCHAM said, “What is causing more concern is that the origin of these crimes is widely based abroad in countries including China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Algeria among others”.

A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Anil Singh, surrendered before the DGP Rajeev Kumar at a function in Rania of Khunti District of Jharkhand. He also deposited a carbine and a rifle before DGP Kumar.  

DGP Rajeev Kumar has said that the State Police will recruitment 10,000 Policemen and officers to further enhance the Policing in Jharkhand.

Around 40 armed Maoist cadres torched two vehicles and one vibrator machine of a contractor, engaged in road construction, near Badakendu along Turekali-Makhan road in Bolangir District of Odisha. The Maoists also warned the administration to facilitate drinking water and medical facility to the people of the area through some posters.

A militant of DHNA Bishwanath Sengyung was lynched by villagers of Tongikro in Dima Hasao in Assam. Four militants entered the village was celebrating Bushu Dima, and assaulted some villagers and when escaping, one of the militants, brandishing a pistol, started firing and a bullet hit a child identified as Bushit Hojai. The villagers ultimately caught them lynched them, leading to the death of a militant and injuring two others. The injured militants are Diboajoy Daulagupu, Kameswar Haflongbar alias Bouring Dimasa and militant identified as Mikar Langthasa, alias Moton managed to escape.

AGP leaders identified as General Secretary Rusvelt Rabha, Purandar Rabha and Ratna Das were arrested for alleged link with ULFA-I, from Goalpara District of Assam. All three were SULFA members.

Assam ED Debojit Borah received death threats from DHD. ED had launched a prosecution against some of the top DHD leaders, who are accused of being involved in the NC Hills Scam in a special court on January 19, 2015.

February 9

One person was killed and two others were injured when Police allegedly opened fire on a group of stone throwing protesters who were protesting against nocturnal raids ahead of anniversary of Parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru at Palhalan in Baramulla District of J&K. As the situation turned volatile, Police allegedly opened fire resulting in injuries to three persons Farooq Ahmad Bhat, Riyaz Ahmad Bhat and Zahid Ahmad Bhat. The injured were removed to hospital where Farooq Ahmad Bhat alias Prince succumbed to injuries while two others are critical.

One 82 mm mortar shell was found in a field in village Challiyari near IB in Samba District of J&K.

Police arrested a henchman of Dawood Ibrahim, identified as Tariq Abdul Parveen in an extortion case where a Mumbai based builder was allegedly threatened and asked to shell out INR 3 crore in November, 2014. Parveen, who was in a jail in Uttar Pradesh in connection with a 1999 criminal case, was brought on a production warrant and placed under arrest in the extortion demand case, said DCP (Crime) Dhananjay Kulkarni. He will be produced before a court on February 10. Earlier, Parveen had been arrested from Nagpada by Uttar Pradesh ATS on January 19 in connection with a criminal case registered with it.

CBI said that a "fresh look" needs to be taken at the specific global laws and protocols which are necessary to effectively crack down on the menace of cyber crime and web-enabled financial frauds. Inaugurating a week-long training programme on "Financial Offences and Cyber Crimes", CBI Director Anil Sinha said that "the problems of today cannot be solved by using the skills and knowledge of yesterday." Sinha underlined the need for an efficient and dynamic capacity-building programme and the "need to have a fresh look at the legislations and protocols to enable better international cooperation to tackle the emerging challenges in the 21st century".

Worried over attempts by outfits such as IS to propagate jihadi ideology among young Indian Muslims, the UHM is studying an "extremism counseling hotline" set up recently by the Austrian authorities, for possible replication in India. Such a counselling facility, if found feasible in the Indian context, will enable parents, teachers and friends of "vulnerable and indoctrinated" youth to seek professional help for their "deradicalisation". Keen to have a domestic counter-radicalisation/deradicalisation policy in place to stem the growing appeal of terror outfits among young Muslims, the Indian security establishment has started examining the best practices followed around the world to wean off sections attracted to jihadi ideology. This includes the US' counter-radicalisation program focused on community outreach, UK's Prevent and Channel programmes as well as Austria's latest deradicalisation counselling initiative.

The SSB started deploying its personnel in some parts of the areas in India-Nepal border, but without lethal weapons. DIG SSB, Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), Pratap Singh Chudawat said this new initiative has been taken to avoid a negative perception by the public moving on both sides of the border. The major tasks of these unarmed SSB jawans (troopers) will be combating human trafficking, curbing circulation of FICNs, illicit drugs, illegal trade in wildlife body parts and terrorism.According to him, unarmed SSB jawans will be deployed in plainclothes and a green jacket. The deployment is under "mutual practical group" or "Parasparik Bebaharik Dal". Initially such deployment will be carried out in Sunauli (Bhairawa) and Rupaidiha (Nepalgunj). If this shows positive results, the SSB will extend the deployment of such personnel to other parts of the border, Chudawat said.He further stated that such deployment will be made at eight more border points along the Indian states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.

The Special Police team formed to investigate into the seizure of 2,173 sim cards have stumbled upon some videos and pictures of arson and riots in troubled Iraq in the facebook of main accused Sharif Khan hinting of his possible links with IS. ``We have taken all pains to find the source of the videos of ISIS and who and how so much money have been deposited in his accounts but he has been giving vague replies. '' said an officer. Moreover even the scrutiny of his facebook account Police found that he was in touch with `friends' from Afghanistan, Israel, China, Myanmar, Denmark, Indonesia, Turkey and other countries which has raised more suspicion of his links with fundamentalist.

Three CPI-Maoist cadres, one of them carrying a cash reward on his head, were arrested during an area domination exercise by security personnel in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The cadres were arrested by the district force from a forested patch under Bangapal Police Station limits, Bijapur SP
KL Dhruv said. Those apprehended were identified as Barsa Sudru (38), Korsa Sudru (42) and Baisu Jurri (40), working as 'sangham' (lower rung cadres) members in Indravati ‘area committee’ of the CPI- Maoist. Korsa was carrying a reward of INR 5,000 on his head.  

A militant of NDFB-IKS identified as Orga was killed in an encounter with joint team of SFs at Fulkumari forest in Kokrajhar District of Assam. Kokrajhar Additional SP Surjeet Singh Panesar informed that Orga was a close associate of senior NDFB-IKS militant Rangabaja. One 7.65 mm pistol, two magazines, one hand grenade, 9 live rounds of 7.65 pistol, 10 detonators, one magazine of Ak-47, five live round ammunition of AK 47 were recovered from the dead militant.

Four NSLA militants were arrested from Kokrajhar District of Assam. Two 7.62mm Rifles and two muzzle loaded guns and huge quantity of arms and other war like material were recovered during the operation.

Army recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition from Manas Reserve Forest in Chirag in Assam. The recovered items include an IED documents with details of extortions being carried out by NDFB-IKS and details of important and linkmen of NDFB-IKS.

In the previous week, Five NDFB-IKS militants were beaten up by a mob when they had come to extort money during a function in Borsimaluguri village in Baksa in Assam and were handed over to Police.

ULFA-I stated that said the "immigrant" tag reflected how people from other parts of the country think about the Northeast Earlier BJP vision document for New Delhi elections had mistakenly printed that people from North East as ‘immigrants’. (Assam)

NRC project is on schedule with the draft NRC to be published by mid-November this year and the final NRC to be out by January 2016.

Pramod Boro, president of ABSU stated that ABSU will keep mounting pressure on the Government to ensure a violence-free society by taking action against all those in possession of illegal weapons. The student body also demanded that the Assam State Election Commission take help from the Central Government to ensure that the ensuing election to BTC is free and fair.

Election to the 74 urban local bodies in Assam passed off peacefully on February 9 with a turnout of 72%.

SFs arrested a militant of PREPAK-pro identified as ‘lance corporal’ Aheiba alias Umar alias Thokchom Birjit, from Sekmaijin Bridge area in Thoubal District in Manipur. One Chinese Hand Grenade was recovered.

Troops of Red Shield Division recovered approximately INR 2.2 million and a radio set from the house of a ZUF militant identified as ‘captain’ Obedient, located at Rengpang village of Tamenglong in Manipur. According to PRO Defence, the money was collected by the group using illegal means like extortion and taxation.

Several Tangkhul women who were taking out a protest demonstration on February 9 in Kasom in Ukhrul District in Manipur had a narrow escape when a pressure cooker bomb failed to explode while they were passing by. The women were protesting the bomb blast, which happened on February 5 which killed one person and the gunfight between RPF and NSCN-IM.

Two premier Catholic run schools of the identified as St Joseph and Little Flower School, both in Imphal West District in Manipur closed down after threat notes were left on school gated by a group calling itself Manipur Maoist.

PREPAK-pro affirmed to ‘monitor’ the activities of FCI and the condition of National Highway. A statement issued by ‘senior publicity officer’ Melei alleged that a handful of powerful people are controlling the activities of FCI, which is responsible for supply and transportation of food grains for the public. (Manipur)

MCP-M greeted MPA, armed wing of UNLF on the occasion of its 28th anniversary. (Manipur)

Civil organisations in Nungba area of Manipur’s Tamenglong District served an ultimatum to ZUF for the shooting to death of an elderly person, demanding clarification on or before February 10.

Manipur Government has accepted the recommendations of the all–party committee which was constituted to examine the possibility of enacting a law to check unfettered influx of migrant workers.

The body of a village head man, identified as KN Marak who was killed by unidentified militants was recovered from Chisakgre village in West Garo Hills in Meghalaya.

Mother of a former ANVC-B militant Silgrak M Marak who was arrested on February 4 from near Nehru Park in Danakgre in West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya in connection with the kidnapping of Iqbal Rafique, stated that her son was innocent.

Following the move of the West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya administration to take on the encroachers at Tura ANVC-B hinted that making Tura “a general area” has resulted in encroachments. ANVC-B leader Bernard Rimpu Marak alleged that “Tura is part of Danakgre Aking under Nokma since the British time but someone manipulated the provisions of the Sixth Schedule 40 years ago by introducing Mauza X and declaring Tura as a general area”.

Mohammad Buizul Islam, one of the two persons abducted by NLF and BDFM was released. He was released at an unspecified location near the India Bangladesh border. The abductors had first demanded INR 1.5 million as ransom but later reduced it to INR 500000 and ten ladies wrist watches. There had been ten incidents of abductions in Mizoram since 2011, and except for a single case of kidnapping at Mizoram-Assam border Kolasib District, all the abductions occurred in the Mizoram-Bangladesh-Tripura border Mamit District.

February 10

One 82 mm mortar shell was recovered in a field close to the IB in Samba District of J&K. Report said that one Tarsem Lal, resident of village Londi found 82 mm mortar shell in his field while working.

The NIA named suspected IM operative Ajaz Shaikh as 'accused number 6' in the Dilsukhnagar twin blasts (February 21, 2014) case, accusing him of financing the terror strike. Ajaz was arrested by Delhi Police's Special Cell last September form Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. NIA sleuths filed a petition in the Special Court for NIA cases in Nampally, a few days ago declaring Ajaz Shaikh, a BPO executive from Pune (Maharashtra) and part of an IM sleeper cell, as the sixth accused and charged him with financing INR 6,80,000 for executing the blasts. NIA officials sought the court's permission to get Ajaz, now in Tihar jail, to Hyderabad on transit. The court directed the agency to produce him by February 15. It is learnt that the prime accused in the case, Riyaz Bhatkal, used to send money to Ajaz from Dubai and Kuwait through foreign exchange and hawala route. After collecting the money, he used to send it to different people on instructions from Riyaz through the hawala route for funding terror strikes.

The four-phase panchayat elections in Chhattisgarh, which concluded on February 10, recorded an overall voter turnout of 77.71 per cent. “Voting was peaceful, free and fair, barring a few minor incidents. The overall percentage was better than expected. The Maoist-affected Bastar region witnessed 60 per cent polling,” Chief Election Commissioner P.C. Dalai said. Re-polling was held at 109 places.

The Ernakulam District and Principal Sessions Court in Kerala has dismissed the bail petition of two persons arrested on the charges for allegedly having CPI-Maoist links. The Court dismissed the bail petitions of Tushar Nirmal Sarathi, a human rights activist and Jayson C Cooper, a government employee. 

The Dumka District Administration and Police destroyed poppy crop planted over a stretch of 150 acres in CPI-Maoist-affected villages under Shikaripara Police Station limits of the District. Acting on a tip off, SP Anup T Mathew and SDO Sudhir Kumar along with Police force destroyed poppy crop planted illegally in Hirapur and Dhobaghati village of the District.

The ‘chairman’ of KPLT identified as Donri Kramsa was arrested by a joint team of SFs from Parokhuwa Bazar near Dokmoka in Karbi Anglong in Assam. KPLT is the breakaway faction of KLNLF, with an objective to carve an autonomous Karbi state out of Assam.

Police booked an individual identified as Chandan Kalita under NSA act and took him into preventive custody for 90 days. He was arrested in December 2014 in connection with an abduction case, is an accused in at least six murder, abduction, extortion and arms-related cases. (Assam)

MHA directed Police and SFs engaged in counter-insurgency operations to continue with sustained operations against NDFB-IKS. MHA also said the forces should not be complacent with the recent success of the operations against the militant outfit as the top leaders of the groups were still at large. Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, Chairman of JIC RV Ravi and other officers of the Ministry reviewed the security scenario and the success of operations at a meeting with senior officials of the State Government, Assam Police, Army and the paramilitary forces involved in the operations.

Sources have revealed that ‘chairman’ of NDFB-IKS, IK Songbijit, commander-in-chief G Bidai and a few others are abroad. Songbijit is in Myanmar, while it is believed that Bidai managed to escape to Bhutan. However, around 40 to 50 hardcore members of the outfit are still hiding in the jungles inside Assam and there is a need to intensify operations in those areas. The meeting also discussed the problem of logistics faced by SFs.

Three tribals identified as Jongkholun, Manglensei and Sotinpai were killed in Churachandpur in Manipur. The bodies were recovered near Vaison Cemetery in the District. Sontinpai was a militant of KIA. from whose dead body, five demand letters to be delivered were recovered. KIA ‘information secretary’ Thomas Kom stated that killings will not serve any purpose.

An unidentified NSCN-IM ‘sergeant major’ was arrested from NH2, when SFs launched an operation based on getting specific input of extortion. The militant later confessed that he had worked as an arms supplier from Bangladesh to India for the last 10 years. One 7.62 mm pistol and seven live ammunitions were recovered from him. (Manipur)

Four LAEF militants were arrested by SFs from an unspecified location along National Highway-2 The militants were on their way to Myanmar. However, Meghalaya Police believe that there is no camp of LAEF in Myanmar.

RPF stated that the NSCN-IM is never considered as an enemy but it would counter any threat to Manipuri's unity through tough political and military strategies. According to a statement of RPF issued by its ‘publicity secretary’ Roben Khuman the outfit is always ready to have talks with NSCN-IM, if the later wants. He also stated that killing of one cadre and injuring of few other cadres of NSCN-IM at Nambasi was an unfortunate incident. He said that RPF was preparing to carry out an attack on AR, however SFs stayed back at Nambasi School compound and NSCN-IM militants came towards the hiding position of RPF. (Manipur)

The killing of Gondaimei Angam by suspected ZUF militants February 8 has been condemned by various social organizations based in the Tamenglong in Manipur.

On the occasion of its birth anniversary, UNLF conferred ‘nongda lairen pakahangba mana’(a prize) and ‘herachandra mana’ respectively to three party leaders and 20 armed cadres and officers of MPA. (Manipur)

Village Council and public of Xuivi village in Zunheboto District in Nagaland have vehemently condemned the attempt on the life of Ghukiho T Zhimomi, the ‘home secretary’ of NSCN-KK by unidentified gunmen On February 7.

NSF started campaign to flush out "illegal Bangladeshi immigrants" from Nagaland. The campaign intensified after the Naga Students' Federation (NSF), the apex students' organisation decided to spearhead the movement.

February 11

The UMHA objected to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) buying properties in India, saying the neighbouring country had stopped Air India operations, and such a facility should be offered only on a reciprocal basis. In a report, the IB told the Ministry of Finance that Pakistan had forced Air India to discontinue its services to Lahore and Karachi, leading to a complete monopoly by PIA in these sectors. The report said there had been instances in the past when ISI agents were appointed as executives of PIA and indulged in snooping activities in India. IB also mentioned about an activist of the terrorist group LeT working in PIA’s Karachi office.

Union Law Ministry gave an approval to the proposal of UMHA to declare IS as militant organisation under section 35 of UAPA. Confirming this, a senior UHM official said, "A formal notification banning ISIS and all its formations will be issued in next couple of days and circulated among the states and UTs. This will also mean that any person claiming to be associated with the outfit or attempting to become its member will be prosecuted under stringent sections of UAPA. "The yet to be issued gazette notification, will propose to add ISIS and all its formations and front organizations as a terrorist organization," he explained. Similarly, the case against alleged IS tweeter and Bangalore based techie Mehdi Masroor Biswas was registered for supporting the cause of a terror outfit on the basis of the UN resolution, where ISIL is banned and not ISIS or IS.

While inaugurating the District Armed Police Force office complex in Pathanamthitta District, Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has said the State Government has adopted a two-pronged strategy to deal with the Maoist issue.

Security personnel and the CPI-Maoist cadres exchanged fire in Lanjigarh area of Kalahandi District of Odisha. A joint team of DVF and CRPF was on a combing operation when the Maoist opened fire at them. Cache of arms and ammunition has been recovered from the encounter site. 

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged the UHM Rajnath Singh to waive off INR 14.5 billion charged for the deployment of Central Forces in Maoist-affected areas of Odisha. The claim of Union Government towards deployment of Central Forces appears to be unreasonable, the Chief Minister said in his letter to UHM Rajnath Singh. The Chief Minister pointed out that it is the responsibility of both the Union Government and the States to fight the Maoists.

A CPI-Maoist camp was destroyed and explosives seized from Semlabhata village under Lanjigarh Police limits of Kalahandi District of Odisha.  The seizure followed an encounter between Police and the Maoists.

SFs have busted a CPI-Maoist training camp and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition besides material used for making explosives in forested Gonderas hills under Aranpur Police Station limits in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The cache included thirty seven gelatin rods, eleven detonators, two hand grenades, a country-made gun, a tiffin bomb, a pipe bomb, explosives, gun powder and materials used in making bombs, he said.

On reports that some NDFB-IKS moved into Arunachal Pradesh, Army sources said that as per provisions of the Disturbed Areas Act, the Army can move into 20 kilometres inside the state and operations are going on in those areas. However, there is need for augmenting the capacity building of Police forces in Arunachal Pradesh.

In separate news, though the Army, Police and Paramilitary Forces achieved considerable success in the counter-insurgency operations since the beginning of this year, recovery of the arms of the militants and ensuring security in the “ethnic fault lines of the State” remain a major challenge.

An army source stated that only about 50 per cent of success in finishing off NDFB-IKS has been achieved despite arrest of around 150 cadres and over ground workers. Sources admitted that the top leaders of the outfit are still at large and they are believed to be in the neighbouring states or countries. Moreover, another area of concern is the weapons of the outfit. Though a substantial number of weapons have been recovered, majority of those are small arms as the hardcore members managed to hide the sophisticated weapons and are now moving around with small arms. “It is a fact that the forces managed to recover some sophisticated weapons like AK series rifles and M16 rifles, but majority of the weapons recovered are small arms.

On reports that some militants moved into Arunachal Pradesh, Army sources said that as per provisions of the Disturbed Areas Act, the Army can move into 20 kilometres inside the state and operations are going on in those areas. However, there is need for augmenting the capacity building of Police forces in Arunachal Pradesh.

ASM lambasted the wrong policies of AASU and categorically stated that if names of those illegal Bangladesh origin citizens totalling 70 lakh in number figure in the NRC as Indian citizens, then the identity of the Assamese people would be at stake.

Demanding inclusive rehabilitation and compensation to Adivasis, who were the victims of the December 23 massacre, activists of AASA All Santhali Students’ Union, BCF and ACF militants and the inmates of the Deusri-Santipur relief camp in Chirang District staged a four-hour sit-in demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office at Kajalgaon in Bongaigaon. 29,375 Adivasis of around 90 villages had taken shelter in 19 relief camps in Chirang of who 20,055 had returned to their respective villages after the situation became normal. The rest of the 9,320 Adivasi inmates have been staying in four relief camps in the Deusri and Santipur areas in Chirag District in Assam.

SFs arrested an unidentified HNA militant from Khomoi in Churachandpur District in Manipur. Four 9 mm pistols, one carbine, four magazines of 9 mm pistol, one magazine of carbine and six live rounds of 9 mm pistol were recovered from him.

UNLF claimed responsibility for the the bomb blast at Napet Palli bridge in Imphal East District in Manipur on February 8.

ZUF ‘secretary’  A Dangmei stated that Angam Gondaimei, whom was killed on February 8 by ZUF,  was given a ‘mild punishment' and that it was unlikely that he died because of the injury he sustained at the hands of ZUF. He alleged that he was killed by AR to fix blaim on ZUF. . ZUF also accused Angam Gondaimei of working as an informer of the AR in collusion with his son, Adin, a former cadre of ZUF who was persuaded to leave the outfit by his father. (Manipur)

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Manipur hold a series of meetings with Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh and senior security officials in Imphal to review the situation in the militancy ravaged state.

Pressure groups the State Government to address the issue of illegal immigrants in the state before enrolling people under the NPR. The State Government, meanwhile, clarified that NPR does not ensure citizenship to anyone nor give any individual the right to consider himself as citizens of India.

NSCN-KK inaugurated its designated camp at Apao village under Aboi sub-division in Mon in Nagaland.

NSCN-K reviewing the non-cooperation stand taken by Ao tribe, stated that Ao as a tribe in general, shall be treated as expunged in both the content and context of Naga political struggle under NSCN-K. (Nagaland)

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Tripura on February 14 to review law and order situation and assess the repatriation of tribal refugees, sheltered in Tripura. He will then meet (Tripura Chief Minister) Manik Sarkar and (Mizoram Chief Minister) Lal Thanhawla to chalk out a plan to repatriate the tribal refugees to Mizoram

A combined team of SFs arrested two OGWs of UNLF identified as Let Kholel alias Lalboi and Let Chingthang from an unspecified location in Manipur.

AR arrested NSCN-K militants identified as Among Yim, Tsathvii Thiiviiri, Kughato Chishi and Sona Aye from Old Minister Hill in Kohima in Nagaland.

February 12

PM Narendra Modi described the expanding footprint of terror groups in neighbouring Pakistan and their link with terror activities as a major security challenge. He also spoke on various issues including ceasefire violations along the LoC, violence perpetrated by Maoists and recent initiatives taken on the economic front.

India and the US pledged to jointly target financial networks and fund raising by Pakistan-based terrorist organisations as also the D-Company of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. The two nations vowed to work together to check illicit money transfers for terrorism, money laundering and other illegal activities. The agreement came at a meeting of the 5th Indo-US Economic and Financial Partnership dialogue, which was attended by the US Treasury Secretary Jacob J Lew and Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Besides LeT and 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed's JuD, the two nations identified JeM, the Haqqani Network, D-Company, al Qaida and IS among terror networks whose funding have to be cut off. "We reiterated our commitment to target the financial networks and fund raising activities of terrorist organisations such as LeT, JuD, JeM, the Haqqani Network, D-Company, Al Qaida, ISIL, and individual terrorists associated with these organisations," said the statement.

The IS sympathisers active in Indian metros, hunting for potential recruits among the youth attracted to the jihadi group's ideology, are on the radar of the intelligence agencies. Nearly 35 self-radicalised jihadis have been identified for spreading the dogma of the IS, a new intelligence dossier suggests. The dossier also mentions that the IS sympathisers are physically moving around to find recruits. "The campaign is being carried out by word of mouth, not through the internet," an intelligence official said. Some elements seen as "IS sympathisers" and mentioned on the Intelligence list are on a recruitment spree in fertile grounds in Mumbai (Maharashtra), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Kolkata (West Bengal), Bangalore (Karnataka) and Hyderabad. Based on the inputs from the IB and state intelligence units, a dossier has been shared with the UMHA on those now under surveillance.

Train services in the Gomoh-Gaya section of the East Central Railway were disrupted as suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up railway tracks during the Jharkhand bandh called by them to protest the amendment in Land Acquisition Act. The track was blown up on the Jamunia river bridge between Gomoh-Telo stations under Dhanbad division of East Central Railway.

The bandh had a mixed response in the mineral-rich Kolhan region comprised of East and West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharswan Districts. While shops and market in Maoist-stronghold areas were closed, road traffic was also thin, Police said.

The CPI-Maoist called for a bandh in five states, including Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, on February 20 to protest the anti-people's activities of the State and Central governments. In a press release, the Maoists' Central Regional Bureau ‘spokesperson’ Pratap accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana CM K. Chandrasekhar Rao as well as the CMs of Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Maharashtra of implementing destructive and anti-people policies. He said the bandh would be observed for 24 hours but emergency services would be exempted.

Armed CPI-Maoist cadres hacked a villager to death in Pallahara of Angul District of Odisha suspecting him to be a ‘police informer’. The villagers said a group of armed Maoists stormed into Pattamundai village and took away Samuel Bhadra after locking his family members in a room. They then hacked Bhadra to death and fled to nearby forest. The Maoists left behind eight posters which stated that Bhadra was eliminated as he was a police informer. They claimed that one of their leaders was killed by police on information provided by Bhadra. Angul Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pandit Uttam Rao confirmed that Bhadra was not a police informer.

A trooper of SOG was seriously injured in a landmine explosion triggered by Maoists in Turekala area of Bolangir District of Odisha. "The jawan was engaged in combing operation in a forest area near Kameimunda village yesterday when the landmine went off," SDPO Titilagarh, Dillip Purohit said.

A 35-year-old man, identified K. Benny, was found killed of bullet injuries around midnight on February 12 in a forest area close to the Bhavani river at Chindakki near Attappady in Palakkad District of Kerala. Police said K Benny was shot by unidentified assailants. The incident took place when Benny along with his friend Sheli was fishing in the river. Though the Police suspect it to be a case of CPI-Maoist attack the local people want a probe into the presence of the two youth at the isolated location late night.

Acting on a tip off a joint team of DF and STF destroyed a CPI-Maoist training camp on the hills of Sopiras and Gonderas regions falling under Aranpur Police Station limits of Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. After receiving a tip off, a joint team of DF and STF raided the spot when the Maoists opened indiscriminate fire on them. The security personnel retaliated. Finally, the Maoists ran into the deep jungles.

Unidentified militants placed a hand grenade at the gate of Lalambung Takhellambam Leikai residence of JNIMS director Dr M Shamo, in Imphal West District in Manipur.

ANVC-B leader Rimpu Marak, stated that his demand for early sanction of the rehabilitation packages for former cadres of the outfit ‘in the interest of lasting peace in the State’. In a memorandum submitted to Home Minister Roshan Warjri, he stated that the surrendered ANVC militants cadres were promised a package of INR 250000 each but the Government had failed to announce the same package for   ANVC-B cadres raising doubts that the authorities are being partial. (Meghalaya)

ADE an NGO, expressed concern over the worsening law and order situation in Garo Hills in Meghalaya. ADE Apex Committee, general secretary, N.D. Sangma stated agreement between the Government, ANVC and ANVC-B should be implemented at the earliest. (Meghalaya)

The ITBP deputed to combat Maoists has taken up the task of teaching school children at a village in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh. The children of the Madanwada village have got a new ray of hope with the initiative taken by the 'education cadres' of ITBP.

February 13

J&K Police arrested two Punjab residents, identified as Gurav Gulati and Gurinder Singh while they were allegedly smuggling FICNs at Ghagwal in Samba District.  Ghagwal Police SHO Sanjeev Chib said that "On a tip-off, a Santro car on its way to Kathua was stopped at Ghagwal by our patrol team. During search of the two occupants of the car fake currency notes worth INR 20,500 were recovered from their possession."

A Mumbai local court granted bail to an alleged aide of the fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, Tariq Parveen arrested in an extortion case earlier this week. A police officer said that "The Esplanade (magistrate) court granted bail to Tariq Parveen who had been arrested on January 19." As the Police sought extension of custody, Parveen's lawyer opposed it. The court first remanded him to judicial custody and later granted him bail.

Bathinda Court (Punjab) extended KTF chief Jagtar Singh Tara’s Police remand by another two days.  Previously, Tara was produced in court on February 9 and was sent to four-day Police remand. Police also produced one Amarjit Singh of Dusarna village in Mohali District and accused him of having links with Tara. Arrested on February 12, Amarjjit was also sent in two-day Police remand. Tara is accused of making way for Bathinda-based Ramandeep Singh alias Sunny in getting arms training in Bangkok. Bathinda Police on November 9, 2014 had arrested Ramandeep and claimed that he was member of terror organization KTF headed by Jagtar Singh Tara. Police had recovered explosive material, a revolver and 5 letterheads of BKI. Bathinda District attorney Iqbaljit Singh Kingra said, "During interrogation, Ramandeep confessed that he had gone to Thailand to get arms training on Tara's insistence and had met him in Thailand." Kingra said that Ramandeep also told that Tara had got terrorist training at Pakistan and encouraged him to toe the same path.

The counterfeit currency (CC) wing of CB-CID Police, Trichy arrested a 44-year-old man, C Sakthivel for possessing FICN worth around INR 198,000 in Manapparai in Tiruchirapalli District of Tamil Nadu. Police seized a computer printer reportedly used by him. During interrogation, he reportedly told Police that a person called Mani was his mentor in the illegal business. After learning the techniques, Sakthivel acted on his own. Police said Sakthivel chose the industrial areas Karur, Tirupur, Erode to circulate FICN.

Four Maoists, including three women, with rewards on their heads, surrendered before IGP Yashwant Jethwa in Malkangiri District of Odisha. The Maoists have been identified as Mangala Podiami (25) alias Arjun, Rame Madhi (25) alias Anita, Ganga Kurmi (20) alias Sangita and Kunjame Rajje (25) alias Gita. Podiami, Madhi, Kurmi and Rajje carried reward of INR 400000, INR 400000, INR 100000 and INR 100000 on their head respectively.

Combing operations have been stepped up in the forests and villages along the Nilgiris-Kerala border following reports of Maoist activities in some parts of Kerala.

Armed cadres of CPI-Maoist attacked a road construction company office and set on fire vehicles and four motorcycles in Arwal District of Bihar. The incident took place near Asaula Bazar under Kinger Police Station area when about 20-25 armed Maoists attacked the base camp of the company and set on fire JCB machine, procklain, dumper, truck, pick van besides four bikes. Police said that the reason behind the incident is suspected to be non-payment of levy demand.

A Maoist ‘section commander’ identified as Sukhnath alias Oyami Chaitu was arrested by District Force in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. He was carrying a cash reward of INR 800000 on his head and was involved in Tadmetla incident in which 75 CRPF personnel and a Chhattisgarh Policeman were killed in April 6, 2010.

The UMHA has moved a Cabinet note seeking approval for its new counter- LWE doctrine, which envisages inclusion of additional districts on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu-Karnataka junction under the SRE and seeks control of the IAP scheme hitherto administered by the Planning Commission. The new counter-LWE plan proposes upgrading of SRE scheme to cover at least half a dozen new districts located in the Kerala-Tamil Nadu-Karnataka axis, besides pitching for autonomy to the UMHA to make changes to the list of SRE items (this now requires Cabinet approval). This comes amid concerns over growing CPI-Maoist influence in south India, particularly in certain Districts in North Kerala.

Unknown persons travelling in a cycle hurled a grenade at the house of a businessman, identified as  Biren Agarwal, in Sepon Market in Sibsagar District of Assam, killing his younger brother Situ Agarwal and their driver Dimbeswar Bhuyan. The locals claimed that ULFA-I had recently demanded extortion money from the Agarwal family who refused to make the payment.

ULFA-I militant identified as Bidyut Bikash Khanikar surrendered near Ranghar Sena Camp in Sivasagar District of Assam.

UHM Rajnath Singh stated that process of recruiting surrendered militants from Manipur and Assam to raise two battalions of CSFs would begin soon, but didn’t give any time frame. MHA plan to recruit 750 former militants each to form two battalions in BSF and SSB.

HNLC has called for a 12-hours shutdown on February 16 protesting alleged vandalising of a prominent Christian school in South Delhi’s Vasant Vihar. HNLC publicity secretary” Saiñkupar Nongtraw, stated that HNLC had given call for shutdown, protesting injustice being faced by drivers on the National Highway and the state Government’s actions in making Mookhep firing probe report public. (Meghalaya)

Police stated that LAEF is a militant outfit which originated from   Dimapur and Peter Marak who himself hailed from Dimapur had floated the outfit and he was killed in an encounter in 2007. Most of the LAEF cadres, who hail from Dimapur, are active in Garo Hills in Meghalaya.

Meghalaya Police rescued an individual identified as Niren Rabha, who was abducted by unidentified militants from an unspecified location. According to police, Rabha was rescued after police conducted operations at Lalmati / Kholishabhita areas under Garobadha in West Garo Hills.

Unlawful activities (Prevention) Tribunal, which will meet in Shillong for two days from March 8, is likely to recommend extension of ban on HNLC. HNLC, formed in 1992 was first banned on November 16, 2000 for a period of six months which was subsequently renewed. (Meghalaya)

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh would hold meeting with Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and Mizoram Chief Minister Lalthanhawla for repatriation of about 32,000 displaced Reang (Bru) tribals lodged in evacuation camps in North Tripura. Replying to a calling attention motion in the Tripura assembly, State Revenue Minister Badal Chowdhury said 35,326 people from 6,800 families of the Reang community had fled their ancestral home since October 1997 and Tripura government sheltered them on humanitarian grounds. Chowdhury said state Chief Minister alerted the Prime Minister repeatedly but only 5,294 Reangs from 1,030 families could be sent back since May 2010 to Mizoram. At present 31,223 Reangs of 5,286 families are sheltered in evacuee camps in Kanchanpur of North Tripura District.

An OGW of PREPAK identified as Wareppam Jayenta Singh alias Naoba was arrested from area of Khamran Makha Leikai in Imphal West in Manipur.

A PLA militant, identified as ‘major’ Thounaojam Subhashchandra Singh alias Sanju alias Boney was arrested by SFs from Waikhong Tangsham Leikai area in Imphal West in Manipur.

February 14

One militant was killed when Army foiled an infiltration attempt by the militants along the LoC in Poonch District of J&K. Pakistani post across the LoC also fired upon the troops to give cover to the infiltration. In the exchange of firing, troops observed three to four militants running back to Pakistan. One of them was reportedly killed in the retaliatory firing. Northern Command spokesman Colonel SD Goswami said troops observed movement of three to four militants trying to enter inside the Indian Territory and opened firing to neutralize them.

Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire on the IB by firing few mortar shells and rounds at forward village of Nawa Pind in RS Pura sector of Jammu District of J&K. Reports said the Pakistani Rangers fired three mortar shells and few shots with semi automatic weapons targeting forward BSF posts at Nawa Pind in RS Pura sector. The BSF didn’t retaliate and the firing stopped after few minutes. No casualties or damage was reported on the Indian side in the firing.

Aurangabad (Maharashtra) Police Commissioner, Rajender Singh emphasized on creating awareness among internet users to prevent cybercrime. He said the widespread use of internet and smart phones has paved way for unconventional channel of crimes that are difficult to investigate. "Information technology has reached every nook and corner of the society. It has radically changed the way people work, communicate and interact. It has also simplified life of modern people to a great extent. However, it has also altered the work culture of criminals and created new opportunities for them," he said. In 2012, 31 cases were registered under the IT Act and the number rose to 47 the following year. Gautam Patare, Senior Inspector of the cybercrime cell, said over 50 such cases were registered in 2014.

Dawood Ibrahim who has an Interpol Red Corner Notice pending against him for allegedly being a key 1993 Mumbai serial blasts’ conspirator, has been confirmed to be located in Karachi (Sindh, Pakistan) as disclosed by his purported voice in a recent intercept of his telephonic conversation with an aide. In the intercept done by an Indian security agency, a voice, purportedly belonging to Dawood indicated he is in the Pakistani city. Two months ago, there was an intercept of his conversations where he was purportedly talking about his alleged Dubai real-estate investments. The two-minute conversation, which seemed coded in parts, featured Dawood and an aide discussing issues including: pending works at a construction site at an unclear location, arrangements with a Dubai-based aide for a business deal and the need to send “around three lakh Dirhams” to the latter via ‘Yasir’, said an investigator requesting anonymity.

200 gelatine sticks, 230 detonators and a coil fuse were recovered from a Mon bound bus in Bokajan in Karbi Anglong District of Assam. Four individuals, identified as Jakir Ali, Durga Bahadur Chetri, Kishor Sing and Ramada Kumar were arrested from the bus by CRPF. They were travelling to Mon in Nagaland to deliver the explosive items to a certain person residing in Mon.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, while on a brief visit to Tripura, appealed to the underground groups to shun violence. He stated that GoI will develop the Northeast in 10 years if insurgency comes to an end. He said insurgency remained a hurdle to restoration of peace and development of the region.

Kuki activists have announced an economic blockade for five days with effect from February 18, in protest against the alleged failure of the Manipur State Government to disclose the report of the magisterial inquiry into the encounter on January 28 at Kadangband in Imphal West in Manipur.

A student of class nine, identified as Lamji Chingmak was abducted from a village in Tuensang District in Nagaland and his body was later recovered from the outskirts of Tuensang town.

Following the abduction and killing of the student, an angry mob ransacked the office of the Deputy Commissioner and also reportedly fired several shot at the office of the Superintendent of Police of Tuensang. Chang and Yimchungrü tribes have been engaged in bitter fight over some land dispute in Tuensang town since November 2014 and in a recent riot two people were killed on February 6.Nine people have been arrested in connection with the incident. (Nagaland)

Two persons in Tuensang town in Nagaland were arrested by AR and IRB. They were found in possession of arms, ammunition and liquor.

In a separate operation, IRB personnel’s arrested an unidentified individual, who was in procession of two country made pistols. (Nagaland)

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, while on a brief visit to Tripura, appealed to the underground groups to shun violence. He stated that GoI will develop the Northeast in 10 years if insurgency comes to an end. He said insurgency remained a hurdle to restoration of peace and development of the region.

The Bhadrachalam Sub-Division Police of Khammam District of Telangana claimed to have foiled a bid by CPI-Maoist cadres to plant explosives in the Korkatpadu forest area to kill Policemen. This came to light after the arrest of four persons, including a Maoist ‘special guerrilla squad member’ and a ‘militia commander’ in Charla mandal of Khammam District. Police sources said a joint team of Policemen and CoBRA force arrested Madakam Deva (20), an alleged member of the CPI-Maoist SGS, and three others during combing operation in the morning. The team seized one directional mine and one landmine besides 100 metres of electric wire, two electrical detonators and one electric battery from them. The others arrested are ‘militia commander’ Madakam Jogaiah (21), ‘militia member’ Podium Andha (19) and ‘militia member’ Ravva Bhadra (20).

Maoists stepped up poster campaign ahead of the bandh called by the CPI-Maoist in five States on February 20. It has called for bandh in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Maharashtra in protest against the alleged anti-poor and pro-corporate policies of the Central and State governments. Posters and pamphlets bearing the name of CPI-Maoist ‘central committee’ surfaced near a stream near the mandal headquarters town of Venkatapuram in Bhadrachalam Division.

Adilabad SP Tarun Joshi handed over two cheques worth INR 700, 000 to surrendered Maoist couple Ade Prabhu alias Chandram of Kuntala village in Neredigonda mandal in Adilabad District and Talandi Kantha alias Sujata of Aheri in Chandrapur District of Maharashtra. The dalam ‘commander’ and his wife had surrendered on September 26, 2014. SP Joshi said those who wanted to surrender could do so by calling him on 9440795000.

CRPF organised a health camp in Maoist affected villages of Latehar District of Jharkhand. CRPF personnel, as a part of civic action programme, distributed free medicines and utensils to the poor.

A militant of KCP identified as N Ibotombi was arrested by AR from general area of Serou village in Thoubal in Manipur. He is said to be working in the ‘finance’ branch of KCP and is involved in serving extortion note to Serou market shopkeepers.

February 15

Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire along the IB targeting Niki Tawi area of RS Pura Sector in Jammu District of J&K. However, official sources said that the BSF didn’t retaliate and there were no casualties or damage on the Indian side in the Pakistan firing.

Police arrested six people along with FICN with face value of INR 3,65,000  at Godavarikhani town in Karimnagar District of Telangana. Arvind Kumar alias Bablu of Rai Bareli in Uttar Pradesh is the kingpin of the racket, said SP V. Shiva Kumar. He said Bablu was getting FICN from Bangladesh through one Sunil Kumar Pramanik of Cherapur village in West Bengal, Sudershan Singh of Rampur village in Uttar Pradesh, Jagdish Gujjar of Madhya Pradesh. Other accused are identified as Chetturi Rajaiah of Brahmanapalli village in Nizamabad District of Telangana, Durva Bheem Rao of Mothe village in Karimnagar District.

Goa Police arrested sharpshooter Shyam Kishore Garikapatti alias Black Scorpion, a member of d Dawood Ibrahim's gang, from Saligao in North Goa District, SP Karthik Kashyap said. Garikapatti had been hiding in Saligao for the past 8 years under a fake identity. He was involved in the JJ Hospital shootout of 1992 and 1993 Mumbai (Maharashtra) serial blasts and had been on the run from the Mumbai Police for the past ten years after jumping parole in 2003, Kashyap said. He was convicted under the stringent TADA and was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the shootout at JJ Hospital.

Suspected IM operative Ajaz Shaikh, who has been named accused in the Dilsukhnagar blasts (February 21, 2014) case, has not only been a hawala money organiser, but also the one who arranged fake identity cards for others involved in the twin blasts. The NIA is likely to bring Shaikh to Hyderabad and produce him in a local court on February 16. The NIA had named Shaikh as the sixth accused in the case. "Using various software tools, Shaikh created fake IDs and supplied them to IM operatives since 2010. With these fake documents, Asadullah had entered into a rental agreement with a flat owner in Mangalore in November, 2012, and subsequently came to Hyderabad to execute the twin blasts," intelligence sources said.

Police recovered RDX explosives weighing around 20 kilo grams from Kausi Bazar Prem Nagar village in Kokrajhar in Assam.

Three militants of KPLT identified as Birton Timung alias Rock, the ‘finance secretary’, Hemai Singh Kro alias Mysing, ‘auditor’, along with Langtuk Rohang were arrested by a joint team of Army and Police from Karbirongsope village, in Hamren in Karbi Anglong in Assam. One AK rifle, two pistols along with assorted ammunition, including other incriminating documents was recovered from the militants. The Telegraph further adds that SFs have arrested over 70 cadres of KPLT in 2014 and killed 12.

Security Sources stated that after the operations were launched following December 23 massacre, senior NDFB-IKS leaders who were in Assam, managed to escape. Security agencies involved in operations state that there was a need for a full-scale and well-coordinated operation in Bhutan to nab the senior leaders of NDFB-IKS. Security sources revealed according to inputs available, around 25 militant of NDFB-IKS are now in Bhutan. However, they have not been able to set up camps in the neighbouring country as the security forces of that country are also keeping a close watch on the situation.

Village Headmen (gaon burahs) will be asked to assist villagers to enlist themselves in NRC which is to be updated by January 2016. (Assam)

BSF recovered FICN worth INR 70,000 from Vishnupur area near Indo – Bangladesh border under Kadamtala Police Station in North Tripura.

MBDPF asked UHM Rajnath Singh for appropriate security and rehabilitation for the displaced Bru (Reang) people, staying in Tripura since 1997 Bru-Mizo clashes, in order for them to return to Mizoram. 'During the past so many years more than six thousand of the camp-inmates have returned home but they suffer from lack of security and promised rehabilitation package has not been implemented properly' said an ‘office-bearer’ of the MBDPF. The Union Home Minister had promised to look into the matter and discuss the entire gamut of issues with the Mizoram Government and we promised to return home. 'We are worried about the deliberate absence of the Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawala from the talks with the union home minister to which he had been invited ;hopefully the Union Home Minister will mount adequate pressure on the Mizoram Government to resolve the repatriation tangle' said the MBDPF ‘office-bearer’. A delegation of MBDPF had met the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at the Kanchanapur Dak Bungalow (North Tripura District) on February 14 and submitted a memorandum containing a ten-point charter of demands. The demands include liberal rehabilitation benefits for the Reang or Bru returnees, appropriate security against possible attacks from majority Mizos in future and a rise in the relief materials given to the inmates of the camps.

Gadchiroli SP Sandip Patil has said that SFs are arresting only such CPI-Maoist cadres whose names or profiles were on Police record. Police have decided to avoid Maoist supporters in villages as a matter of policy. SP Patil claimed Police had also decided to avoid taking Maoist's jan militia members into custody unless their names featured as dalam members. "The gram raksha dal or area raksha dal members are not being arrested unlike in the past," he said.

Unidentified militants shot dead a farmer, identified as Dawang B Marak at Sawakalgitok village in West Garo Hills in Meghalaya.

AR has claimed to have busted an illegal detention centre of NSCN-IM at Sitkipasha in Dimapur in Nagaland. Two persons, identified as Tino Konyak and Imti Sunep Ao were found in the custody of NSCN-IM at the illegal detention centre. Three NSCN-IM militants, identified as Rengamo Patton, Shulemong and Zato Zhimo were arrested.

Troops of 37 Assam Rifles launched an operation and arrested an arms peddler along with four pistols from the general area Ward No – 1 in Chumukedima area of Dimapur in Nagaland.

AR arrested two civilian cadres of NSCN-IM identified as Raja Peyu Hamwang and deputy Kilonser L Yakup Konyak along with incriminating documents who came for extortion at ADC Colony, Naginimora in Mon.(Nagaland)

February 16

Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire thrice at Nawa Pind in RS Pura sector of Jammu District of J&K along the IB. Reports said the Rangers opened firing with semi automatic weapons at Nawa Pindi first at 7.05 pm and then at 7.35 pm and 7.50 pm targeting forward border out posts of the BSF. The BSF didn’t retaliate. There were no casualties or damage on the Indian side in firing by the Rangers.

One person, identified as Nizam Ansari was arrested by the ATS for allegedly carrying FICN worth INR 5,00,000 at Mirzapur Railway Station in Mirzapur District of Uttar Pradesh. When arrested, Ansari was travelling in a train on way to Jammu Tawi (J&K), according to ATS. He is a resident of Ranchi (Jharkhand), was found carrying a ticket to Ludhiana (Punjab), indicating that he was taking fake notes to the region, police said.  Earlier, Ansari's son was also arrested along with FICN in November 11, 2014 and is presently in jail.

A special TADA court in Mumbai convicted extradited gangster Abu Salem in the 1995 murder of builder Pradeep Jain. This is the first conviction under TADA for Salem, who is also being tried under the Act in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case. Holding Salem guilty, Special Judge G A Sanap said, "In the backdrop of the use of sophisticated firearms and the brutal murder committed by pumping 17 bullets into the body of Pradeep Jain and causing bullet injury to Sunil Jain (the builder's brother), the prosecution has proved the act was done with an intention to strike terror in the minds of the Jains and the builder community."

Police Commissioner M N Reddi said his teams have identified two terror outfits behind the December 28, 2014 blast of Bangalore in Karnataka. Reddy said the blast was the handiwork of sleeping cells from two neighbouring states. Sources said one sleeper cell from Tamil Nadu and another from Andhra Pradesh had joined hands to plot and execute the blast. "The teams are working outside Karnataka. Developments were reviewed at the weekly meeting," he said. "The special teams are concentrating on collecting material evidence. They haven't used mobile phones or any other mode of electronic communication. The blast material is almost similar to the one used in the explosion outside the state BJP headquarters in Malleswaram in April 2013," sources said. Police had a tough time cracking the case as there was no eyewitness accounts and CCTV footage from the site.

A Chhattisgarh Armed Force Constable - Ram Prasad Negi - was killed while Shyam Kumar was injured when a pressure bomb went off allegedly set by CPI-Maoist cadres near Temelwada village under Jagargunda Police Station limits in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The incident occurred when a Road Opening Patrol of SFs was returning after carrying out an operation in the region.

Acting on a tip off, a Maoist, identified as Chandraiya (35), carrying a reward of INR 5000 on his head was arrested from Old Bus Stand in Bijapur town of Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. 

Around a thousand tribals, most of them armed with bows and arrows, gheraoed Tongpal Police Station in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh demanding the release of a Maoist cadre. The villagers, including women and children, have been agitating in front of the Police Station since afternoon seeking the release of Maoist Hadma Deva, who was arrested last week, Tongpal's SHO Keshav Narayan Aditya said. Deva, carrying a reward of INR 2,000 on his head, was wanted in several Maoist incidents in the region and was arrested on February 13 from his native place at Jaimer. 

Assistant constable Nehru Punem (40) was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. Bijapur SP KL Dhruv said Punem was posted with Bodli outpost and while he was heading towards his workplace under Bandapal Police Station limits he was shot dead.

The court of ADJ in Koraput District of Odisha, acquitted Nachika Linga, leader of CMAS, of charges framed against him by the Police on May 15, 2011. It may be mentioned that the Narayanpatna Police, during the anti-Maoist operation, had seized a huge cache of arms and explosives from Kanchanpadu village on May 15, 2011 and registered cases against 35 persons, including Nachika on treason charges and the Arms Act. Terming the cases registered against the accused as baseless, Nachika’s counsel Manoranjan Routray had moved the court. After hearing the petition of the counsel, ADJ Pradip Kumar Mohanta acquitted Nachika of the charges.

Jharkhand's Palamu District Police have confirmed the arrest of a hardcore CPI-Maoist cadre, who was allegedly involved in several anti-government operations. A joint operation was launched by the State Police and CRPF to arrest him. "We have arrested an active Maoist named Nanhuram alias Panchua. He is accused of landmine blast on the car of Additional Superintendent of Police, Ronald Hansda, and firing on him in 2012. He was absconding since then," said Palamu District SP Mayur Patel.

CRPF Chief Prakash Mishra has asked his troops to undertake dare-devil operations in Naxal and insurgency-hit areas in the country but ensure 'zero' casualty by doing these tasks smartly and tactically. DG of CRPF, Mishra, who was facilitating about 36 brave troopers of the force (eight posthumous) who were awarded gallantry medals this Republic Day-January 26, said he would want the force personnel and officers to exhibit the greatest degree of "bravery" and ensure that the force gets 100 medals in this category this year. "I will ask you to ensure zero casualty. You should undertake brave steps and operations but they should be coupled with smart tactics, good firing abilities and quick movement. You can undertake brave operations but also ensure zero casualties," he said.

A private pig farm at Karimbu, around 4.5 km from Anakkampoyil within the limits of Thiruvambadi Police Station, in rural Kozhikode District of Kerala, was attacked allegedly by CPI-Maoist – cadres. According to the Police, a five member-armed gang, including two women, reportedly attacked a worker, Raju, of the farm around 3.30 pm.

Seven KPLT militants including the ‘commander in chief’ of KPLT Sunder Dera  and Danger Ingti , the ‘deputy commander in chief” were arrested in a joint operation by Army and Police from a hideout in the Amring forest area near a hamlet called Tapat, in Hamren sub-division in Karbi Anglong District of Assam, after a fire fight. a huge cache of arms, ammunition and other stores that included four AK series rifles, two pistols, one grenade launcher, fourteen magazines of AK rifles, six magazines of pistols, 2,343 rounds of 7.62 caliber ammunition, 14 rounds of 9 mm calibre ammunition, dummy rifles for training new recruits and various incriminatory documents like extortion notes of KPLT and money receipts were recovered.

NIA which is probing several cases in Assam in connection with JMB has traced terror links to Pakistan. NIA source stated that MULTA leader Abdur Rahman, who had fled Assam, was traced to Karachi. The ISI helped him to flee the country as they wanted Rahman to command operations in the region from there without any risk. He also added that MULTA and the ISI have been working together to create disturbance in the region. The source said "Rahman was once caught from the Chapori area in Dhubri district in 2009. But he managed to escape. Pakistan appears to be intentionally propping up MULTA so that fundamentalist forces here can be aided. Abdur Rahman is also believed to have close links with ULFA-I.

Assam-Nagaland border area is tense once again following attempts made allegedly some nagas to build houses inside Assam territory.  According to information, a group of people came to the areas under the B-sector of the Assam-Nagaland border area and threatened the Assamese people saying that they will build their houses in the area. The Naga people came to Rajapukhuri, Romanbasti in Golaghat District and asked the Assamese villagers to vacate the land.

Two hand grenades were found from Chalou Youth Club in Chalou in Imphal East of Manipur.

SFs arrested a PREPAK-pro militant Keisham Binodkumar Meitei alias Bimol alias Imo alias Nongdamba at Nambol Bazar area in Bishnupur in Manipur.

In a follow up action, SFs arrested another PREPAK-Pro militant, Okram Sanatomba Meitei alias Peba alias Nganba in Bishnupur in Manipur

Reminding that all the Board of Directors of Imphal Urban Cooperative Bank UNLF once again asked the Board of Directors to resign within the next four days. (Manipur)

Four GNLA identified as ‘area commander’ ‘corporal’ Lipsing M Sangma alias Phukan, Pilington Ch Marak alias Rakcheng, Washing S Sangma alias Tapcheng and Tengson R Marak alias Agar and 2 ASAK militants identified as Smarjin G Momin alias Tengton and Limai A Sangma alias Katep surrendered before East Garo Hills Police in Williamnagar in Meghalaya. The militants handed over three AK rifles with 96 rounds of live ammunition, a Winchester rifle, a pump action shotgun, two 7.65 pistols, 10 rounds of 577/450 mm ammo, 4 shotgun rounds and 3 wireless sets.

Despite the bitter rivalry between the GNLA and ASAK the two ASAK militants were  lured by GNLA Assam ‘area commander’ ‘corporal’ Lipsing M Sangma’, who happened to know the ASAK militants from their earlier days in GNLA, to surrender with him. ASAK is a splinter faction of GNLA.

Despite requests by the District Administration and Police, commercial establishments in Shillong remained closed in the wake of 12-hour shut down called by HNLC. According to figures given by East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner, overall attendance in government offices within East Khasi Hills was between 75 to 80 per cent while the attendance at the Office of the Deputy Commissioner was 99 per cent.(Meghalaya)

AR launched a search operation in the general area of DC Court, Dimapur in Dimapur District of Nagaland and arrested a suspected NSCN-IM militant identified as Nurjahan Hussein. One 9mm pistol, ammunitions and silencer were recovered from him.

NSCN-K condemned two contractors identified as Velelei and Potolu for allegedly misusing INR 220 million on Mon-Tizit road.( Nagaland)

Bru militant, identified as Buyalmanga alais Lal Biyak Muiya was arrested by AR from Naisingpara Reang refugee camps of Kanchanpur in North Tripura. An M-16 rifle was recovered from the militant.

NLFT-BM has written to MHA seeking peace talks. Highly-placed intelligence sources here said the letter from NLFT-BM ‘chairman’ Biswamohan Debbarma had reached the UMHA in New Delhi and the matter was under consideration. The Bangladesh Government''s hostility and efforts to drive them out of its territory had left the NLFT-BM no option but to seek an honourable settlement through surrender adds the report.

February 17

Police arrested a surrendered militant of HuM, identified as Mohammad Jaffar Sheikh, from Cherhar area for extorting money from NHPC employee in Kishtwar District of J&K. Giving details of the case, SSP Yougal Manhas said that the surrendered militant threatened a NHPC employee namely Nazir Ahmed Lone (complainant) of kidnapping his son (a class 8th student) if he (NHPC employee) failed to pay him INR One million. The ex-militant also took away the mobile phone of the complainant, SSP Manhas said.

Personnel of the Odisha's elite anti-Naxalite force, the SOG, claimed to have busted two camps running inside Tekguda and Kurupa jungles under Kalimela Police Station limits in Malkangiri District and seized huge quantity of CPI-Maoist materials. The seized materials included pipe gun, pistols (two) magazines, explosives, gun and bomb making materials, Maoists dress, books, medicines and other essentials, Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said.

Seven CPI-Maoist cadres, including dreaded Ganesh Sao, the ‘commander’ of Sone-Punpun Area Committee of CPI-Maoist were arrested from different places in Arwal District of Bihar. Sao was wanted in several cases in Patna, Jehanabad and Aurangabad Districts, Police said adding one carbine, three pistols, several rounds of ammunition, cell phones, SIM cards and Maoist literature were seized from him and his associates. "Sao was trying to strengthen a new group that was rising in Arwal and Jehanabad Districts. Two days ago it had attacked the camp of a road construction company in Arwal and burnt its heavy vehicles and equipment after their levy demands were not met," Inspector General (Operations) Sushil M Khopde said.

TPC cadres shot dead one of their colleagues identified as Pradip Mehta in Pipra village of Palamau District. A group of TPC cadres arrived in a village and dragged Mehta out of his house before shooting him dead near his house, SP, Mayur Patel said. A Police team went to the area and recovered the body on February 18, he said.

A huge cache of explosives and other items were seized from a Maoist pit in Chakarbandha forest under Dumaria Police Station area of Gaya District, Bihar. Confirming the recovery of weapons and explosives from the Maoist dumping pit, CRPF DIG Chiranjeev Prasad said that a couple of IEDs weighed as much as 40 kg. The recovered items include three double barrel guns and two rifles of 315 make.

Five KPLT leaders were arrested from Lacheng area in Hamren Sub Division in Karbi Anglong District of Assam by a joint team of Police and Army. The militants were arrested after a brief fire fight. With this arrest the entire top leadership of KPLT has been arrested. In the last three days 15 KPLT militants have been arrested..SFs recovered one Universal Machine Gun, six AK series rifles, seven pistols, a grenade launcher, 10 pistol magazines, 16 magazines of AK-16, 2,490 rounds of AK rifle ammunition, 31 rounds of pistol ammunition and one Drum Magazine of UMG.

Army expressed hope that it would be able to wipe out NDFB-IKS as operations were on against them after the December 23 massacre. Major General C P Mohanty stated that over 171 NDFB-IKS militants have been arrested so far during continuing successful operations against the group.( Assam)

KCP militant, identified as Khomdram Birjit Singh alias Momo alias Ibungo was arrested from Kwakeithel Akham Leikai area in Imphal West in Manipur.

In follow up action, another KCO militant Soibam Rita Devi was arrested her residence in Haobam Marak Irom Leikai from Imphal West in Manipur.

Alleging that some schools in Manipur have been using their institute to spread Christianity in the state MCP-M has set February 20 deadline to stop such activities. publicity and propaganda secretary, Nonglen Meitei alleged that five catholic schools in valley area of the state, Little Flower School  , St. Joseph School, Nirmalabas School, Catholic School Canchipur and St. Jyoti Mantripukhri, all in Imphal West District, has been spreading Christianity in their respective schools.

Police arrested an OGW of GNLA identified as Anjan Nongmin, who was attempting to extort money from coal traders at Shallang in West Khasi Hills District in Meghalaya.

The result for recruitment of personnel SF-10 is likely to be announced within February 2015 and the first batch of this expected to be raised by February, 2016. The area of focus of the Special Force 10 will be to tackle insurgency, engage in riot control and to ensure communal harmony especially in the border areas. IG Raju stated that selected candidates would be given a basic induction course for six months in Meghalaya followed by another six months’ specialized training with Greyhounds in Hyderabad, in Telengana.

BSF IG Meghalaya Frontier, Sudesh Kumar stated that with the cooperation from Bangladesh authorities, militant activities in the Indo-Bangladesh border region has reduced. He also added that there are 39-odd camps of Indian militant outfits in Bangladesh, and the information has been conveyed to the Bangladesh authorities. He also stated that top leaders of HNLC section of middle rank cadres of ULFA, NDFB are still in Bangladesh. The IG also said that IK Songbijit was not hiding in Bangladesh.

MZP said Brus lodged in Tripura camps were not refugees and could never be compared to the Kashmiri Pundits. MZP president Lalhmachhuana stated that “We have documentary evidence that they left Mizoram and migrated en masse to Tripura to fulfil the political aspirations of the community and that those who refused to leave Mizoram in the later part of 1997 were given stern warning by Bru leaders,

Earlier, Bru evacuees living in Tripura on February 14 handed over a 10-point charter of demands to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and one of the demands was Kashmiri Pundit-like status to them. The president of the central committee of  (YMA, the largest organisation of the Mizos, Lalbiakzuala, stated that a panel has been set up to study the demands of the Brus. He also added that YMA never had any objection to the return of Brus from Tripura, however only those whose names were enrolled in the 1995 Mizoram voters’ lists and their descendants would be allowed. There are over 31,000 Brus in six camps in Kanchanpur sub-division of North Tripura District.

AR busted an illegal ammunition manufacturing unit in Peren town in Peren District. Basing on specific information about the movement of an arms peddler in general area of Tening in Peren District in Nagaland,  AR conducted an operation and arrested an  individual, identified as Teulak moving from Peren to Katang in Manipur on motorcycle and recovered 750 gram gun power, 250 percussion caps and assorted ammunition were recovered. The arrested individual further revealed that that he had purchased these illegal ammunition and items from Peren town, after which AR further conducted an operation and arrested the owner of the illegal ammunition factory, identified as Raghu Nath Das. 10 kg gun powder, 13, 417 .22 live rounds, 1263 cartridges of 12 Bore, 197 live rounds assorted ammunition, percussion caps, empty cases and equipment used for manufacturing of ammunition were recovered.

NSCN-IM rejected AR claim that Nurjahan Hussein, who was arrested on February 16 was an NSCN-IM militant.(Nagaland)

Assam-Nagaland border area is tense once again following attempts made allegedly some Nagas to build houses inside Assam territory.  According to information, a group of people came to the areas under the B-sector of the Assam-Nagaland border area and threatened the Assamese people saying that they will build their houses in the area. The Naga people came to Rajapukhuri, Romanbasti in Golaghat District on February 16 and asked the Assamese villagers to vacate the land.

ANSU of Peren District in Nagaland expressed its support for the anti-immigrants group, Survival Nagaland, as well as calling for concerted action to rid the state of illegal Bangladeshi migrants. This was stated in a release issued by the President Dithui Newmai and General Secretary Plamdibo Nchang of All Nchangram Students’ Union of Peren.

February 18

Brushing aside any need for a "political gesture or initiative" on controversial AFSPA from J&K, the Army said any dilution in AFSPA safeguards would be "premature" at this stage since Pakistan still has 44 terror-training camps directed against India on its soil, with at least 17-18 of them still operating round-the-clock. The Army contends that its operations against motivated, well-armed and trained militants in insurgency-hit areas cannot be compared with normal law and order duties. If soldiers do not have the legal shield against being dragged to civilian courts, their "initiative and determination" to take on militants will take a major beating, it says.

Pakistan has told India it is was working towards a ban on JuD, a front for LeT, but the fate of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the 26/11 Mumbai attack architect, was entirely for the court to decide. According to the sources, Islamabad sensitised New Delhi on the two issues during a string of ‘under the radar’ meetings that NSA AK Doval held with Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit. These meetings paved the way for PM Narendra Modi's cricket diplomacy. A Pakistan official involved in the negotiation process said that "We are trying to ban the JuD because it was placed on the list of banned organsiations by the UN soon after the Mumbai attacks in 2008.” Sources said that when foreign secretary S Jaishankar travels to Islamabad early March as part of his SAARC yatra, he was likely to take forward discussions on concerns flagged by Doval and Basit. However, an official said "Hafiz Saeed was set free through the courts and the same may happen with Lakhvi, and the prosecution is trying its best but it is for the courts to take a final call based on evidence.'' Report concluded that bail for Lakhvi will complicate the dialogue process which looks set to resume after six months.

According to a report published in the latest edition of the CTX journal, radical Islamist group HuT, which cleverly avoided global scrutiny while spreading its ideology, may become a more dangerous terrorist group than the ISIS and its presence in South Asia should be a cause for concern for India. The report said that “While ISIS runs amok in Syria and Iraq, demanding media attention through acts of barbarous cruelty, HuT (the Party of Liberation) is quietly building a global infrastructure of radicalised youth and deep-pocketed Arab support in preparation for the global Khilafat,” The terrorist group has cleverly avoided any intense global scrutiny while spreading its ideology and support base in nearly 50 countries, said the report. The group commands a base of over one million members worldwide. This is far higher than what ISIS claims to have. The report also said HuT has an armed wing called Harakat ul-Muhojirinfi Britaniya that is training its cadres in chemical, bacteriological, and biological warfare.

In Home Secretary level talks, India and Bangladesh have agreed to tread an extra mile to help each other in resolving anti national and terror activities in their areas. Bangladesh has assured India that it would construct BOPs along the uncharted territory of Tripura and Mizoram to check proliferation of camps of IIGs in Chittagong area and to put a stop to unbridled human trafficking through the porous border. Sources said that "To help India weed out terror training camps of insurgent groups, Bangladesh has offered to construct 40 more BOPs in addition to the 13 that have already been constructed. The BOPs will be manned by the BGB to ensure that IIGs camps are demolished and one of the biggest corridors for human trafficking is plugged."

India's Home Secretary LC Goyal told his Bangladeshi counterpart, Mozammel Haque Khan that the Indian security agencies that have already tightened their grip to stop all forms of anti-Bangladesh activities will continue work in close coordination of Bangladesh to check JMB. The assurance assumes special significance following the October 2, 2014 Burdwan bomb blast in West Bengal and the subsequent developments. The secretary level talk was followed by JWG meeting of both the countries.

In a bid to roll out the NDA Government’s new anti-Maoist policy, Chhattisgarh will hold its first Unified Command meet with focus on the Maoist bastion of Bastar where PM Narendra Modi Government has decided to launch a series of development initiatives and operations by SFs to flush out the Maoists. Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh will chair the meeting of the Unified Command which will be attended by the top brass of the Central and State police forces as well as representatives of the UMHA.

Security personnel recovered four landmines from Kelkargarh-Dwarika Road in Palamau District of Jharkhand. The recovery was made when the district police force and Jaguar personnel were on a poppy-destroying campaign in the area, SP Mayur Patel said. The security personnel stumbled upon an exposed wire during their operation and launched a search in the vicinity, he said, adding that they spotted four landmines including three connected in a series.

A Maoist identified as Gura Nag alias DK who was among a group of 15 prisoners to have escaped from outside Chaibasa Divisional Jail on December 9, 2014 surrendered before West Singhbhum Police of Jharkhand.

The relatives of activists Thushar Nirmal Sarathy (36) and Jaison Cooper (37), booked under the UAPA for Maoist links, have accused Kerala police of highhandedness.

In a joint anti-Naxal operation by CRPF, STF and Bihar Police, 60 IEDs were recovered in Bhimbandh forest in Munger District of Bihar. Commenting on the recovery SP Varun Kumar Sinha said the Police had received information about a training programme being held by Maoists in the forest following which a joint operation was launched. One suspected Maoist identified as Murmur Koda was also arrested during the operation, he said. A woman cadre, however, managed to flee.

The DVF and SOG personnel of Odisha busted six CPI-Maoist camps in a forest near Tekaguda village of Kalimela block in Malkangiri District. Huge quantity of explosives and Maoist materials were seized from the spot. Materials seized from the busted camps included pipe gun, pistols, magazines, explosives, gun and bomb making materials, Maoists dress, books, medicines and other essentials, said Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mohapatra. However, the SOG personnel failed to capture any of the Maoists as they had already fled from the camps.

Government-run telecom major BSNL would be installing 246 mobile towers in two phases in the CPI-Maoist-affected areas of Chhattisgarh to improve phone connectivity there. The decision was announced at a meeting of unified command for anti-Maoist operations, chaired by Chief Minister Raman Singh. "It was informed in the meeting that BSNL has a target of installing 146 mobile towers in the first phase. Around 80 towers will be erected by March this year and 40 of them will start operating soon thereafter," an official said. The remaining towers will be installed by August-end. In the next phase, 100 towers would be installed.

Five Maoists, three of them carrying cash reward, surrendered in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh citing disappointment over exploitation of lower rank cadres and women by senior leaders. Among the surrendered Maoists, Somdu Ram Poyam (30), a ‘divisional commander’ rank cadre, was handling the 'communication wing' in Western Bastar division of Maoists. He was carrying a reward of INR 800,000 on his head. Lacchuram Bhaskar (27) and Somaru Podiyami (22), who were carrying rewards of INR 300,000 and INR 100,000 respectively, are two other important rebels among the surrendered cadres. While Bhaskar was a ‘deputy commander’ of platoon number 2, Podyami was a local operation squad member (LOS). The rest – Lachhu Hemla (18) and Sukhram Podiyami (19) - were lower rung cadres and active in the region.

Three of worst Maoist-affected Districts in the country — Sukma, Bijapur and Dantewada — in Chhattisgarh have only 44 bank and regional rural bank branches in total. Sukma and Bijapur have only 10 ATMs. Over 100 post office branches are non-functional. In Sukma, 13 mobile towers are non-functional, a Union home ministry data reveals. The data has been culled by Union home ministry after consulting the district magistrates of the three districts. “To make the benefits of an innovative financially inclusive scheme like Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna reach the targeted people in these three districts, we need to have more bank branches there. All post offices need to be functional for their financial inclusion. The data showed Sukma has only four sub-post offices and all 61 branch post offices are non-functional. Bijapur has five sub post offices and 53 branch post offices but only two of them are functional. Dantewada has six sub post offices and 59 branch post offices. Nine of them don’t have a single employee. In total 50% posts are lying vacant. In Sukma, out of five telephone exchanges, one is non-functional. In Bijapur, 14 mobile towers are functional but 14 new sanctioned towers are yet to be installed. In Dantewada, three out of 20 mobile towers are non-functional.

The nine tehsils that were removed from the list of Naxal infested areas in Chandrapur District of Maharashtra are all set to be re-inducted into that list. CM Devendra Fadnavis has assured finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar that the excluded tehsils would be back into the list soon. The nine tehsils, namely Chandrapur, Ballarpur, Gondpipri, Rajura, Korpana, Jiwti, Mul, Saoli and Pombhurna were earlier among the Naxal affected areas. They were removed from the list on December 26, 2014. The decision had led to withdrawal of the 15% additional Naxal allowance given to government employees in these tehsils. Similarly, their share in the central government grants released for development of Naxal infested areas too was lost following the decision.

A civilian, identified as Boodu Ramesh, was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres in Konta town under Konta Police Station limits of Sukma District, Chhattisgarh. He was killed on the charges of being a Police informer.

A group of suspected CPI-Maoist armed cadres stormed into a country liquor making unit at Jamki village under Turekela Police Station limit in Sundargarh District of Odisha and set it ablaze after asking the security guard and other staff to go out. Some posters were found near the site with name of the CPI-Maoist, Police said adding the posters attacked both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Naveen Patnaik accusing them of working against the poor.

The Kozhikode rural Police of Kerala have launched an investigation into reports that a group of people dressed in military-style and suspected to be CPI-Maoist cadres attacked a worker of a private pig farm adjacent to a the forest near Karimba in the hilly region of Thiruvambadi in the District. The Police said that the worker, Raju aka Mandappan Raju, had said that the armed five-member group, including two women, had trespassed into the property and attacked him. At that time, his co-worker, Krishnan, was resting in a makeshift shed attached to the farm. Krishnan, on the other hand, was unaware of such an incident, the Police said.

Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, in Papum Pare District has been covered in a heavy security blanket keeping in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit on February 20.

‘Commander in chief ‘of AANLA identified as Nirmal Tirkey and four others were arrested by Golaghat Police from an unspecified location. Three of the arrestees have been identified as Padmeswar Ghatowar, Bubai Ghatowar and Sanjay Singh alias Ram Singh. Police said they had taken a group of 30 youths from Assam to Chhattisgarh for Maoists training. (Assam)

Assam Police and SSB personnel demolished six houses built by Naga miscreants in B Sector of Golaghat. 

Seven persons including four policemen were injured in an IED blast at Masjid Road in Imphal West District in Manipur. The injured Police men have been identified as Assistant Sub Inspector Yumnam Sunil, Constable Salam Dineswor, constable Taj-uddin and Constable Rajesh. The injured civilians have been identified as one K Pakpi, Khundrakpam Homeswari and Yambem Norkey. Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh condemned the incident terming it as an act of cowards. He also ruled out any security lapses. Migrants, who sell betel leaves, were the possible targets of the blast.

Four PREPAK-pro militants identified as ‘sergeant’ Elangbam Priyobtra alias Raghu, ‘corporal’ Moirangthem Anand Singh alias Chingulemba, ‘lance corporal’ Suranjai Singh alias Ngairamba and ‘private’ Laishram Shirinivash alias Manaoton from general area of Khongtal in Chandel District in Manipur. One AK 56 Rifle with magazine, twenty five AK ammunition, three torch light, two mobile phones with charger and a personal diary were recovered from them.

SFs arrested a UNLF militant Laishram Langlenkhomba alias Dayal alias Eyamba from Naoremthong Laishram Leirak in Imphal West in Manipur.

SFs arrested a PREPAK militant identified as ‘private’ Abdul Rasid alias Abu, from general area of Mantripukhri in Imphal West in Manipur.

SFs arrested two PREPAK militants’ identified as Ngairangbam Samarendra Singh and Hijam Nobin Singh were arrested from Khabam Lamkhai in Imphal East District in  Manipur.

Imphal East District Police Commando, while conducting frisking and checking based on reliable information at Wangoi Thounaojam Leikai in Imphal East District in Manipur, arrested a KCP-Noyon militant Longjam Salejudge alias Ibothe. A Chinese made hand grenade, five M-16 ammunition, and two US carbine ammunition were seized from him.

From his disclosure another KCP-Noyon militant Athokpam Chinglemba Luwang alias Bocha was arrested from an unspecified location.  It has been revealed that he was involved in lobbing grenades and planting IEDs in Wangoi area. He along with Salejudge extorted money from various shops in Imphal city in Manipur for party fund.

Normal life was thrown out of gear in the State as a result of the 5-day economic blockade imposed by several Kuki organisations against Manipur Government failure to make the report of the magisterial inquiry, involving the encounter on January 28.

‘Joint publicity secretary’ of GNLA Mandei Ch Marak assured safety to the families of those cadres who deserted GNLA and surrendered to Police. Mandei Marak stated that “We have no plans to hurt their families as asserted by one Mingran Sangma whose remarks in Facebook are provocative and misleading. He has tested the GNLA to come over the parents and relatives of the surrenderees, ”He stated this in a statement while referring to a comment allegedly posted on the social networking site on the surrender of four of its cadres along with two ASAK militants.( Meghalaya)

BSF Meghalaya frontier Sudesh Kumar stated that BSF is looking for central funds to flood lit the porous border along the Meghalaya stretch of the Indo- Bangladesh border.

Unidentified militants fired several rounds and lobbed a grenade at the residence of former Agriculture Minister Benjongliba Aier at 5th Mile in Dimapur District of Nagaland. Two empty cases of AK47 ammunition and one bullet head of AK 47 were recovered outside the compound of minister’s house.

A joint team of Tuensang Police and IRB along with the district administration conducted search in various colonies in Tuensang town and seized one .22 pistol and three rounds from an individual identified as Yanzang Chang from Old Medical Colony in Tuensang. (Nagaland)

February 19

A special NIA court in Hyderabad convicted 15 persons in a 2012 case of circulation of huge quantity of FICNs and sentenced them to rigorous imprisonment ranging from four to five years. The accused were allegedly running a pan-India FICN racket out of Malda in West Bengal with a client base spread across Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Jharkhand and sought FICN from Pakistan. NIA had registered a case in 2012 following which teams had carried simultaneous raids in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh to bust the network. Morjen Hossain of Malda, the leader of this network, was arrested and NIA recovered FICN of INR 3.15 million in denominations of INR 1,000 and INR 500. A total of 25 persons were chargesheeted and 15 of them were convicted by the court of the First Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge-cum-NIA special court. Out of the rest, nine accused were acquitted while one accused is facing the trial in a juvenile court.

As negotiations between BJP and PDP continue on the contentious issues of Article 370 and AFSPA before the two agree to form the Government in J&K, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu hinted that while the party could consider PDP's demands on Article 370 given the electoral reality, it would not compromise on AFSPA as it was not just the Army which was a stakeholder in the issue but the entire country.

During the Indo-Bangladesh Home secretary-level talks in New Delhi on February 16 and 17, Indian Home secretary L C Goyal has proposed an anti-terror pact with the eastern neighbour, envisaging a structured mechanism for exchange of terror information and updates. Goyal also handed to his Bangladeshi counterpart Md Mozammel Haque Khan a list of 39 camps of IIGs still operating out of Bangladeshi territory. Seeking a crackdown on the camps of ULFA, NDFB, NLFT and UNLF etc, concentrated in the Chittagong region, the Indian side is believed to have provided Dhaka with their detailed coordinates.

The proposed Indo-Bangladesh anti-terror pact seeks to boost security ties between the two countries through regular exchange of terror information and intelligence on short-term and long-term threats, joint investigation of terror cases with cross-country linkages (including one relating to JMB's activities), coordinated counter-terror action as well as exchange of training and best counter-terror practices. The formalization of the agreement will also pave the way for enhanced cooperation between Indian and Bangladeshi agencies to check terror financing and circulation of counterfeit currency. A senior Home Ministry officer said "The Bangladeshi home secretary, while acknowledging the need for closer anti-terror cooperation with India, said he would relay India's proposal to the Sheikh Hasina Government, which would then take a call on the way forward."

L C Goyal updated Khan on the status of ratification of the Indo-Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement. Report also said that a constitutional amendment bill is expected to be taken up in the coming session of Parliament for consideration and passage.

According to reports, states like Bihar, Rajasthan and software developer Wipro are posing hurdles to CCTNS from being rolled out any time soon. Mooted by the last UPA Government and supported by the new Narendra Modi Government, the system aims to connect all police stations in the country for real-time exchange of information on criminals and terrorists. Sources said that, while as many as seven states are lagging behind in digitizing and connecting database at their end, Bihar and Rajasthan have not even been able to kick off the system. To make things worse, Wipro, which is the core software developer for the programme, has allegedly delivered a system that neither enables real-time exchange of information nor supports search and query options. Government sources said that without these features, the system would be of no use.

A STF trooper was killed in an encounter between SFs and Maoists at Dudhiras village under Gadiras Police Station limits in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh.

The Maoists damaged a railway track near Kamalur Station in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh leading to the derailment of a goods train engine. The driver and helper of the engine suffered minor injuries in the accident. The Maoists have called for ‘Dandakaranya Bandh’ in five States across eastern and central India on February 20 in protest against the Polavaram Dam project and the “All-out war” by the Government of India to "flush out Maoists from Bastar region of Chhattisgarh." 

Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh said that due to the efforts of SFs, Maoist violence was close to its end in the State. He also lauded the efforts of the Police personnel, saying that they were fighting Maoists in difficult conditions. Singh said on Twitter “Our gallant police jawans and their sacrifice has brought us closer to the end of Naxalism.”

Two persons allegedly carrying cash to hand over to the PLFI were arrested in Khunti District of Jharkhand, a senior Police officer said. Police have arrested Tinku Kumar and Manoj Lugun when they were on their way on a motorcycle to handed over the money collected as levy to the PLFI sub-zonal ‘Commander’ Jidan Gudia, Superintendent of Police, Anis Gupta said. The arrest was made on Ranchi-Khunti road under Khunti police station in Maoist-hit Khunti district, he said. The Police also seized INR 1.562 million allegedly collected as levy, he said adding it was yet to be ascertained from whom the money was collected.

Jharkhand Police have asked for a contingent of 5,000 CRPF personnel to help them destroy 12 Maoist camps across the State. Most of the 12 camps are mostly situated in forested hills, which the forces consider impregnable and do not dare to venture into.

SFs arrested 4 NDFB-IKS militants from Rangajan village in Sonitpur in Assam. The arrested militants were identified as Rohit Narzary, Prosen Basumatary, Asish Basumatary and Rajib Uzir.Biswanath Chariali Superintendent of Police Manobendra Roy told this correspondent that a 7.65 pistol, six bullets, some documents, a few SIM cards and handsets were seized from the militants.

The ceasefire between NDFB-RD and Union Government was extended till June 30. The decision to extend the ceasefire, which was earlier for an indefinite period, was taken at a joint monitoring committee (JMC) meeting held at Dispur in Assam.

Kuki and Adivasi militant groups such as KRA, ACMA, APM, BCF,AANLA,UKDAwhich also took part in the JMC meeting, raised their respective demands. The Adivasi outfits demanded ST status for the Adivasi people living in the State while the Kuki outfit again raised their demand for a Kuki Regional Council in Karbi Anglong district in Assam. APM ‘chairman’ Bijoy Sing Lokra, after the meeting, said, “We are hopeful that our demands will be considered by the Central government.” KRA ‘joint secretary’ J Hangsing said, “Our main demand is the formation of the Kuki Regional Council for the greater interests of Kuki people.”

SFs uncovered a weapon forging unit, and two Kuki militants, from Kangpokpi area in Senapati in Manipur. The arrested militants have been identified as ‘corporal’ Selenmang Tuboi alias Cherry and and ‘private’ Samuel Haokip. SFs recovered one .9 mm pistol, two 7.65 mm pistols, eight magazines, twelve live rounds, one AK-47 drill cartridge, eight empty cases, ten recoil springs, twenty seven drill twists, six barrels, five weapon bodies, one AK-47 butt, twenty seven alphabets and punching tools, seven hacksaw blade, five files, one drill machine, four magazine frames and one vice (furnace making machine) from the site.

AR and Thoubal Police Commandos launched a joint operation in the general area of Wangjing in Thoubal District in Manipur and arrested a PREPAK militant identified as ‘second lieutenant’ Kangabam Ingocha alias Thabal.

UNLF stated that a ‘major’ of the outfit remained traceless after being arrested by a combined team of Indian Intelligence and Bangladesh Police from Bangladesh. ‘major’ Keithellakpam Chilheiba alias Nabachandra (Bangladesh citizen), was arrested by a joint team of Indian intelligence and Bangladesh  Police from his Dhaka residence under Mohammadpur Police station.

‘sergeant major’ of KYKL, identified as Ningthoujam Chinglen alias Budha surrendered before State Police at Moreh in Chandel in Manipur. He had joined in 2001 and got trained at Khoupum in Bishnupur District.

Two UALA militants, Menal N. Sangma and Mansrang N. Sangma, from Nengkra near Williamnagar in East Garo Hills. The Police said the duo were serving extortion notes to villagers and petrol pump owners in East Garo Hills.

Assam Police, in an operation, arrested two linkmen from Mahendraganj area of South West Garo Hills in Meghalaya. The two suspects were identified as Salman N Marak and Kimberth Ch Sangma. They were working for GNLA and ULFA-I.

NVCO appealed to state government particularly the District administrations of Dimapur & Kohima (Nagaland) to act against 11 unions collecting illegal tax by executing the government orders and the Gauhati High Court judgment order.

ACAUT media cell in a press release asserted that it was totally unacceptable for NPGs to use or recruit ‘Illegal Bangladeshi Immigrants (IBIs)’ as ‘tax collectors’ or to discharge responsibilities to them. ACAUT’s reaction was based on reports about one “Nurjahan Hussein who was caught with a silencer pistol, working under Johar Ali and Hashim of NSCN (I-M). (Nagaland)

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, replying to a question on militant formations operating in the state, informed the State Assembly that approximately 80 to 100 militants are left in NLFT-BM and only 3 to 4 militants remain with ATTF.

Replying to the query, Minister for Tribal Welfare Aghore Debbarma said there was no question of implementing ILP around TTADC. "Tripura's topography, present demographic composition and the nature of politics preclude the extension of ILP," Debbarma said, adding that the demand was "divisive and fissiparous". Debbarma said then Left Front Chief Minister, late Dasharath Deb, had corresponded with the Centre demanding ILP in two letters in 1994 and 1996 but the Union home ministry had ruled this out.

February 20

A joint team of Army, SSB and Police recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition from a hideout of the militants from Amrai Nullah in Chilli area of Doda District of J&K. Recoveries made from the spot included one AK-47 rifle, two 12 bore rifles, one country made pistol, two muzzle loaded rifles, four AK-47 magazines, 150 rounds of AK-47 and 100 rounds of 7.6 mm. The seized ammunition belonged to HM outfit, whose one of the militant was active in the area in the recent past. Sources said with the recoveries, Army, SSB and Police have foiled designs of the HM outfit to revive militancy in Doda District, which has otherwise been completely wiped out from the District.

According to NIA, IM terrorists had chosen Dilsukhnagar (Hyderabad) to carry out the twin bomb blasts on February 21, 2013 because they concluded that the area consisted of a large Hindu population and that most of its residents including students were converging at public places in the evenings. This was the conclusion of NIA officers after interrogating four of the six accused, who are in custody in the twin blasts case. While IM operative and accused number one Riyaz Bhatkal is said to be holed up in Karachi in Pakistan, Asadullah Akhtar, Waqas, Tehseen Akhtar and Yasin Bhatkal are in judicial custody in Cherlapalli jail in Hyderabad. Aijaz Sheikh, a Pune resident, was named as the sixth accused in the case by the NIA few weeks ago and is still lodged in Delhi's Tihar jail after being arrested by Delhi Police in another case. Till date, NIA has filed two chargesheets in the twin blasts case.

Two Policemen - head constable Rajesh Sen and assistant constable Asharam Netam - were injured in a pressure bomb blast triggered by CPI-Maoist cadres near Emargunda village under Gangaloor Police Station limits in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The blast occurred when the security personnel were carrying out a combing operation in the area.  

Police detained a suspect after finding over 35 bombs, 500 detonators, around one dozen bombs (some semi-prepared), one laptop, two hard discs, and several CPI-Maoist utility items after an encounter at Latehar-Gumla District borders. However, almost 100 Maoists including central committee member Arvindji, managed to escape during the encounter. Around 100 Maoists were crossing from Latehar to West Singhbhum’s Saranda forest via Gumla when SF personnel engaged them in an encounter. "The encounter continued for hours from midnight after which the Maoists escaped leaving behind a huge quantity of materials," said a Police officer.

A huge cache of explosives allegedly belonging to the CPI-Maoist was seized during a combing exercise by CoBRA personnel from Pon Dungri nullah near Gatibeda village inside Sunabeda sanctuary of Nuapada District, Odisha.  The seizure included 120 detonators, 37 gelatin sticks and 20 pencil batteries.

Five Maoists were arrested during a joint operation by personnel of SOG and BSF from Peda Tekguda village under Kalimela Police Station area of Malkangiri District of Odisha. Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said the arrested Maoists included Irma Kabasi (35), who had a reward of INR 100000 on his head. Kabasi was an armed cadre and ‘member’ of Kalimela ‘area committee’ of the CPI-Maoist. Another prize catch was Bandi Madhi (30), who was involved in the Alampaka ambush in Balimela reservoir on June 29, 2008, in which 38 security personnel, including 36 greyhound commandos from Andhra Pradesh, had been killed. The other arrested Maoists were Madhi Ganga (26), Bhima Madkami (30), militia member Anda Madi (21).

NIA taken over investigation of another case related to the killings of Adivasis by NDFB-IKS. NIA had earlier registered four cases in connection with the killings and on February 20, a case (number RC 01/2015) was registered at the NIA's Guwahati Branch office in connection with killings of Adivasis at Pakhriguri village in Kokrajhar District in Assam. NDFB-IKS militants had opened indiscriminate fire with sophisticated weapons at Pakhriguri, resulting in the death of five persons and injuries to several others.

MCP-M a press statement, said that the Catholic Society has decided to remove the moral education subject taught at five Catholic schools in Imphal starting from the session 2015. Following which the earlier announced general strike call on February 22 has been suspended.( Manipur)

Thoubal Police and AR arrested a PREPAK-pro, identified as ‘2nd lieutenant” Ningthem Meitei alias Tomcha from Ningel Mayai Leikai in Thoubal in Manipur.

Imphal West District Police Commandos, during Frisking and checking conducted in front of Tampha Hotel in Imphal West District in Manipur, arrested an active member of NRFM, identified as Abujam Jadhumani Singh.

KIA militant, identified as Thangzalien Kom alias Ashok Kom alias Shakti from general area of Purum Khullen of Senapati in Manipur. He is the ‘deputy defence secretary’ of KIA.

Based on specific intelligence regarding the movement of militants, AR established a vehicle check post in the general area of Sugnu village of Thoubal District in Manipur and arrested two OGWs of PREPAK. The arrested individuals have been identified as Irungbam Ranjit Singh and Khaidem Abung Singh.

A senior GNLA militant who was previously the security guard  of Sohan D Shira, the ‘commander in chief’ of GNLA, was killed by GNLA militants at Jongbogre village under Gambegre in West Garo Hills in Meghalaya. The militant has been identified as “Bunker”.

With back to back success in rescuing abducted victims by  Police in Garo Hills in Meghalaya, DGP SK Jain appealed to people to co- operate with Police so that the spurt in abductions can be contained.

Over 200 armed Nagas had encroached on a vast portion of Assam land by cutting down trees at Indrapur village.

Wall posters bearing the name of CPI-Maoist Venkatapuram 'area committee' opposing Polavaram project, the "third phase of Operation Green Hunt", "anti-tribal and pro-corporate policies" were spotted in Charla mandal of Khammam District, Telangana.

CPI-Maoist called bandh in Visakhapatnam Agency area of Vishakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh passed off peacefully. There was poor or no response to the bandh call given by the East Division Committee of the CPI-Maoist. A few shops had shut down in Peda Bayulu area in the morning and they too opened by afternoon. There was no response in Paderu to Munchingput, sources said. The CPI-Maoist gave a call for a bandh against policies of the State and Central governments like allowing foreign investments and against mining of bauxite and laterite in Agency.

 

February 21

Two Pakistani militants of LeT were killed by SFs in a gun battle in Thakgund village in Rafiabad  in Baramulla District of J&K. The militants have been identified as Abu Saad and Abu Noaman.  DIG North Kashmir, Gareeb Dass stated that that arms and ammunition including 2 AK-47 rifles, 7 AK-47 magazines, one GPS, one radio set, two pouches, one radio set antenna, one watch and a compass were recovered from the encounter site. He also added that duo was part of group of eight militants who had infiltrated in September 2013.

Taking a step forward to ban live coverage of terror-related operations by TV channels, the UMHA has said that 'anti-terror operations' should be prohibited from telecasting. UMHA stated its position on the matter after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting sought definition of terms 'anti-terror operations' and 'counter-terror actions'. The UMHA has conveyed that live coverage of anti-terror operations would compromise various aspects of security and jeopardies the life of security personnel and innocent people in a hostage situation. UMHA had asked the information and broadcasting ministry to amend the rules to stop live telecast of anti-terror operations. The Home Ministry has sought more changes to the 15-point Programme Code prescribed under the cable television network rules, 1994 for this purpose.

High powered explosive materials, two big landmines, five thousand metres of electric wires, life saving drugs, khaki uniforms, woollens, liquids used for landmines explosion in big jar besides many other chemicals, CPI-Maoist literatures and computerized guidelines for the "Red Army" of the Maoists detailing the war tactics in the event of an encounter with the Police, were seized by the police during a three-day joint operation against the Maoists involving CRPF, STF, SSB and District Police. Displaying the seizure from the Naxal hideouts from the districts of Munger, Lakhisarai and Jamui before the media in the evening of February 21, DIG, Munger range, Sharveshwar Prasad Shukla, accompanied by Munger SP Varun Kumar Sinha, said three hard-core Maoists, including Mithu Koda, resident of Kumartari village under Haveli Kharagpur police station; Monu Koda, resident of Barmasiya village under Haveli Kharagpur police station; and Banu Koda, resident of Machchi tola in Lakhisarai District were arrested during the search operations while some top Maoist leaders managed to escape taking advantage of the 1,400ft mountain top.

A 23-year-old CPI-Maoist cadre, who was carrying a reward of INR 200,000 on his head, was arrest by Gadchiroli District Police from Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border. The Maoist has been identified as Vinu Madavi alias Baburao, Police said. Madvi was responsible for procuring arms and ammunition for the Maoists, besides being involved in other crimes, Police added.

MCP-M has claimed responsibility for the attempted arson at Central Institute of Science in Keishamthong Hodam Leirak in Imphal West District in Manipur, reports Kanglaonline. In a statement MCP-M stated that the arson was carried out by its red guards. The Maoists has imposed a ban on 5 schools stating that the schools runs only for profit.

Nearly 300 Imphal-bound loaded trucks were stranded on NH 2 and 37 the last day of the five-day economic blockade on national highways The economic blockade was imposed by JAC formed in protest against the failure of the Manipur Government to disclose the report of the Magisterial inquiry into the January 28 Kadangband encounter in Imphal West District that killed two.

A group of armed Nagas burnt down a vast portion of tea garden land at Ronkham in Jorhat District in Assam. Locals say that Naga group, comprising Of NSCN-K militants, is still taking shelter in the Ronkham area for a chance to encroach on Assam land.

A team of combined SFs arrested PREPAK-pro, identified as Mairembam Iboyai Singh alias Taojinghan alias Suresh, from Bishnupur Bazar Manipur.

February 22

Army recovered cache of arms and ammunition from Gazirial village in Kupwara District of J&K. The recoveries included three IEDs, three mortar bombs, three UBGL grenades, 61 rounds of AK-47 and one Chinese pistol along with magazine.

Indian agencies have scripted a major success in securing the release of the abducted Christian priest, Father Alexis Premkumar Antonysamy from the captivity of the Taliban in Helmand, Afghanistan and the priest has now safely landed in India. Sources said officials had been monitoring the case, coordinating with Afghanistan officials and the Governor’s office in Herat. Shortly after the priest’s abduction (June 2, 2014) from a refugee centre in Zenda Jan, Governor Sayed Fazulllah Wahidi had said he had established his whereabouts. Four days after the abduction, Afghan authorities had announced that three Taliban members had been arrested in connection with the case. Top official sources said that the rescue was the result of a major operation by Indian intelligence and security agencies posted in that region. “It will also give a message to those concerned that India can’t any longer be taken as a soft state and was now doing everything possible to ensure safety of its citizens”, an official said. Afghan officials said that they felt the abduction was a misunderstanding by the Taliban group holding him, as Fr. Alexis was not involved in conversions, but working to rehabilitate Afghan refugees who had returned from Iran and Pakistan. Fr. Alexis had been working as the director of the Afghanistan wing of the Jesuit Refugee Service.

The UMHA has decided to take a fresh look into the case against Balwant Singh Rajaona, a BKI terrorist who was sentenced to death after his conviction in the case pertaining to the assassination of former Punjab CM Beant Singh. The development follows the arrest of another BKI operative Jagtar Singh Tara, who was recently extradited from Thailand. Rajaona himself has refused to petition either the State Government or the Supreme Court for a stay on his death sentence. He is currently lodged in a Punjab jail. Sources said UHM Rajnath Singh has asked ministry officials to examine Rajaona’s case afresh in the light of new facts that could emerge after Tara’s interrogation. “Since Rajaona has refused to petition any authority for clemency, Home Ministry has decided to look into his case afresh. Since Tara has been extradited from Thailand and is presently in the custody of Punjab Police, new facts could emerge in the case. Even if there is a fraction of a chance that Rajaona was involved in the assassination case, the entire case has to be relooked into,” said a senior Home Ministry official. Tara, a co-accused in the case, was facing trial for allegedly assassinating Beant Singh when he escaped along with three others through a tunnel dug inside the jail, where they were lodged in 2004. Two of the three others have been arrested, while the third is still at large.

Security Force personnel recovered explosives planted under a culvert near Penk-Kanchkiro within the Nawadih Police Station limits in Bokaro District of Jharkhand, a senior police officer said. The recovery was made when the security personnel were on an anti-naxal operation in the Maoist-stronghold area, Superintendent of Police, A Vijayalaxmi said. She said the security personnel spotted a 10 kg can-bomb planted under a culvert, which was recovered and defused.

PVM, an NGO against infiltration said that Assam Government was not doing its bit to tackle the illegal migration issue from Bangladesh.

Anup Chetia, top ULFA leader is unlikely to be deported by Bangladesh till India ratifies the land boundary agreement with Bangladesh.

NSF has urged every Naga to extend cooperation and support to NSF and other student bodies, groups and organizations to tackle Illegal Bangladeshi Immigrants problem. NSF also condemned Naga political groups (NPGs) for allegedly using the services of IBIs and non-locals in different ranks and files, theyn also questioned the integrity of NPGs for allowing and accepting people of Bangladeshi origin and non-locals operate on their behalf. (Nagaland)

Official sources of UMHA said that the Government has released INR 100 million for acquiring land and construction of protective shield all along 198 kilometers long IB in Jammu region to save civilians from firing by the Pakistani Rangers and curb infiltration by the militants from across the border. MHA, which was directly monitoring the project for construction of embankment along the IB covering all three Districts of Jammu, Samba and Kathua along the borders, has released INR 100 million as first installment for acquiring land from the people for construction purposes. It has assured the State Government that the funds would be no problem as the proposed embankment would not only check infiltration of militants but also serve as protective shield for the civilians from firing with small arms, automatic and semi automatic weapons excepting mortar and rocket launchers.

The Delhi High Court has sought the response of the Narendra Modi Government over a security breach in the printing of currency at a mint in Hoshangabad District in Madhya Pradesh. Acting on a PIL filed earlier this month, the court has asked how lapses led to the printing of bank notes with threads having Arabic inscriptions on them in 2012. The security thread is one of the key distinguishing features in a bank note to prevent counterfeiting. The PIL says the Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India at Hoshangabad practically printed fake notes.

A CPI-Maoist cadre identified as Roop Singh (35), a militia cadre, carrying cash reward of INR 6000 on his head, was arrested under Bhairamgarh Police Station limits in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. He was arrested by a joint team of SFs during an area domination exercise, Bijapur SP KL Dhruv said.

The CPI-Maoist has accused the Bastar Police of killing 26 "civilians" and three "political workers" in fake encounters in the last one year in different parts of Bastar. In a press statement, the South Regional Committee 'secretary' of the CPI-Maoist, Ganesh Uike, alleged that 20 "civilians" were killed by the Police and paramilitary forces in Bijapur District of Bastar between January 2014 and January 2015. "Five civilians were killed in fake encounters in Sukma District, and one villager was killed by the Police in Dantewada District. All of them were later declared Maoists." He said three of his party workers - Jamali, Rambatti, Lakshmi - were also killed in staged encounters. "In the name of containing Maoism, security men are violating human rights of Bastar tribals," he added. However, Bijapur SP KL Dhruv termed the allegations "baseless and part of Maoist propaganda."

February 23

The SOG of Poonch District Police arrested six persons and FICN worth INR 1.61 lakh and one kilogram heroin. The SOG Poonch team conducted a raid at a location at Mendhar and arrested two persons and recovered FICN and heroin worth ruprees one crore in the international market. The Police party after the interrogation of the two persons arrested four more persons from different locations and recovered some more currency and developed vital information. Police said that most of the currency notes were in INR 500 denomination and it was believed to be pumped into Indian side from Pakistan side of the LoC.

Uttar Pradesh Police's ATS arrested a Nepal citizen, identified as Sheikh Javed Iqbal alias Ashfaq Ansari along with FICN worth INR 2.5 million in Sunali area on Indo-Nepal border in Maharajganj District. The ATS is verifying his links with the Pakistan's ISI. Police said Ansari used to get FICN through network set up by ISI in Nepal and supplied the same to India. ATS officials said that he is the kingpin of the racket supplying fake currency in various states of the country. "The arrested accused is being interrogated and he has provided vital information," a Police spokesman said.

India and Bahrain will soon sign an agreement on internal security and launch talks on defence pact amid keenness of the two countries to enhance ties in various areas, including counter-terrorism. Bahrain's Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, who met PM Narendra Modi, conveyed his country's commitment to deepen ties with India in counter-terrorism, security and defence. The two sides discussed various issues in detail during a meeting of the Joint Commission co-chaired by Al Khalifa and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on February 22. During that meeting, the two leaders agreed on early inking of the negotiated MoU on Internal Security cooperation as well as launch of talks on a pact on defence cooperation, according to a Joint Statement.

According to reports there appears to be contradictory views about the JMB setting up the Burdwan (West Bengal) module, as the NIA in its chargesheet is likely to suggest that the operation was aimed at carrying out terror strikes in India, while Bangladesh continues to maintain that the intention of the JMB was to hit at the Sheikh Hasina regime. The NIA says that on interrogation of the all the accused persons it has learnt that they had been setting up modules to carry out strikes in West Bengal, Assam among other states in India. Bangladesh on the other hand says that the JMB has only one intention and that is to shake up PM of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina and her government. They found it hard to set up modules in Bangladesh and hence chose West Bengal where they were readying a module to strike at the Awami League (AL) led by Sheikh Hasina.

Bangladesh would request India to extradite all the accused India has arrested in connection with the Burdwan (West Bengal) blasts case. Bangladesh contends that the entire module was being set up to commit an offence in Bangladesh and hence all of them be extradited.

Arunachal Pradesh Police arrested an extortionist identified as Tagyung Yangfo from Seppa in East Kameng District. Police recovered a 7.65 auto pistol with 12 live rounds from him. He also has the history of his connections with the NDFB group in Assam for arms smuggling.

An IED was recovered from a spot near the boundary wall of the house of an individual identified as Alim Uddin Majumdar in the Barband locality near Hailakandi town in Hailakandi District of Assam. Police recovered 100 gram of gelatine and a detonator from the spot.

Assam DGP Khagen Sarma stated that ULFA-I has been carrying out subversive activities in upper Assam Districts with the help of KLO and NSCN He also added that Maoist are also trying to gain a foothold in some parts of upper Assam, particularly in tea growing areas.

Tension prevailed in the bordering areas of Golaghat and Jorhat Districts due to frequent attacks by Nagas on Assamese villagers.

D-Sector of the Assam-Nagaland border at the Merapani area of Golaghat District, process of demarcation of land was carried out in the same area by the Golaghat Forest Division under the direction of the District Deputy Commissioner Nitin Khade.

An IED was found planted along the road side in between Laikoiching and Moirangpurel in Imphal East District of Manipur.

A 51mm mortar shell was recovered from paddy field at Khundrakpam Awang Leikai in Imphal East District of Manipur.

Four KYKL militants were arrested from Loklaobung crossing in Imphal West in Manipur. The arrested militants are Loitongbam Dinesh alias Bedanta Tompok Meitei (38), Ningthoujam Robin alias Parijat (30), Irom Romio alias Pongba alias Kumar (41) and Pukhrambam Jiten alias Korou (43).all of them are working in the finance department of the outfit.

SFs arrested KNLF 'Chapel' Khangkho Haokip from Molcham in Chandel in Manipur.

Two Manipuri residents, identified as Napoleon Thockchom and Nangthanbam Anand have been convicted under the UAPA by a Delhi court for being members of KCP.

ZRA a Churachandpur District (Manipur) based militant outfit arned 'miscreants' who are indulging in unwanted and 'anti-Zomi National' activities in the name of ZRA by frisking innocent civilians and seizing their mobile handsets besides money will be dealt sternly.

Office of the Registrar, Unlawful Activities Prevention Tribunal, Delhi High Court, will hold its hearing for examination of witnesses on the matter relating to declaring HNLC as 'unlawful association' on March 7 and 8,at Shillong in East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya. The Tribunal is likely to recommend extension of the ban on HNLC for another five years.

AR arrested an arms peddler, identified as Rokeletuo Nakhro, from general area Ward No-3, Medziphema in Dimapur District of Nagaland. Two .22 pistols and ammunition were recovered from him.

Rabindra Reang, Director of tribal welfare Department stated that out of 1,505 tribal youths who had surrendered after 1998, 1407 tribal youths were brought under various self employment schemes. He stated that "Just after surrender, 1046 number of returnees were provided fixed deposit of Rs 1.50 lakh each for three years in bank. During vocational training period all the trainees were provided monthly stipend of Rs 3500 per month".(Tripura)

Mizoram Police arrested BDFM militant Lianmawia, at Tongsnampara in North Tripura District. The arrested militant was allegedly involved in the abduction of two employees of BRTF.

CRPF and Police recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition from a cave in the forest of Sonbhadra District, Uttar Paresh, bordering Bihar. The recovery was made during a combing operation launched after detection of an armed group of CPI-Maoist cadres on February 15. Sonbhadra SP SS Yadav said that a joint team of Police and CRPF personnel were combing the jungles and hills of Madpa area under Machi Police Station when they entered a cave in afternoon. The cops recovered two guns, two country-made revolvers, live cartridges, 12 detonators and six gelatin rods hidden in a plastic bag.

The CPI-Maoist would continue its armed fight against Police for the rights of poor in tribal areas, stated 'secretary' of Koraput-Srikakulam Divisional Committee of CPI-Maoist in a press release. "Maoist outfits in Narayanpatna have been working since long for tribal rights and have been successful in ending the harassment by landlords. The liquor trade has been stopped and the land of tribals returned to them through revolutionary means," it stated. Opposing the Green Hunt operation of Police in the region, Daya stated in the release that the efforts of the State and the Centre to stop Maoist movement in Narayanpatna would fail as they would continue their revolution. "The police operation has motivated the landlords to exploit the tribals again. Our fight is for saving the tribal land, forest and ensuring that the tribals have their share of all round development," it stated.

A CRPF team discovered a large amount of explosives and ammunition near a village situated in Jhumra of Gomia block in Bokaro District. Although Maoists seem to have deserted Jhumra, their arms and ammunition are still being recovered from different spots across the jungles by a CRPF 26 battalion team, headed by commandant, Sanjay Kumar. The search team, while scouring the jungle, discovered a steel trunk containing explosives and weapons, after being tipped off about the Maoist hideout.

February 24

One militant of HM, identified as Ashiq Hussain Dar (23) was killed in fierce gun battle with SF personnel in Shopian District. After receiving inputs for presence of two HM militants in Hef Shermal village of Shopian District, Army's 55 Rashtriya Rifles, Police's SOG and CRPF cordoned off Hef Shermal village and launched searches. As they were conducting searches, the militants hiding in a house fired upon the troops triggering a gun battle. The firing continued for several hours and one of the militants is dead.

Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament), Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that Pakistan violated border ceasefire in J&K 685 times during the last eight months from June 2014 to January 2015, resulting in death of 24 people, including eight SF personnel. He said 126 ceasefire violations took place along the LoC and IB under operational control of Army while 559 violations took place along the IB under operational control of BSF. Five Army personnel, three BSF personnel and 16 civilians were killed in the incidents.

The Crime Branch of Gurgaon Police arrested a man, identified as Shakir, a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, along with FICN worth of INR 23000 from a colony near sector 9 in Gurgaon in Haryana, said the Police. Shakir told Police that the fake notes were provided to him by a man in Gurgaon, who introduced himself as Rajesh Kumar from Bihar. Rajesh allegedly convinced Shakir that it was not a tough job to exchange fake notes in metro cities like Gurgaon. Chief of Crime Branch unit-1, Yashwant Singh said that "The share after exchanging the fake currency was supposed to be shared equally between Shakir and Rajesh. Shakir was trying to exchange the fake notes with people at the bus stand."

Afghanistan Ambassador Shaida Mohammad Abdali said that Afghanistan will never allow its territory to be used for any anti-India activity and dismissed apprehensions that withdrawal of NATO forces may allow the Taliban to make a comeback. Abdali said "We can assure that we would never allow Afghanistan to go back to the dark era of Taliban or use of its territory for any kind of anti-India activity. India is a dear friend of Afghanistan. We have paid a heavy price to make sure that Afghanistan is not a home to terrorists and anti-India elements". Abdali said that the perception that exists that the withdrawal of NATO forces will lead to trouble in Afghanistan doesn't reflect the ground realities. "The perception that exists doesn't reflect the ground realities. The perception is totally baseless. The troop's withdrawal from Afghanistan has been planned and it is based on Afghanistan's capacity. We have signed strategic agreements with US and many other countries including India. Those partnerships are aimed at commitment to Afghanistan for at least next 10 years. Afghanistan is in safe hands, we have our own national army, police," Abdali said. Abdali's statement comes in the backdrop of apprehensions in India that there could be security implications of the withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan for South Asia and other countries. UHM Rajnath Singh had recently said that the withdrawal of NATO forces will not only have an impact on the region but also on the US and other countries.

Police dug out five assault rifles from an undisclosed area under Dhekiajuli Police Station in Sonitpur District in Assam. The arms are suspected to belong to NDFB-IKS.

NDFB-IKS militant, identified as Habel Basumatary, was arrested from Kachugaon in Kokrajhar District of Assam. He was wanted in connection with the December 23 massacre. A 7.65 pistol was recovered from him.He is believed to have been maintaining communication with the top leaders of NDFB-IKS.

NSLA 'chairman' identified as Epil Murmuhas, was arrested at Boreo under Sahibganj Police Station in Jharkhand.

All ribes bracketed as "tea tribes" in Assam will not be considered for the status of ST by GoI. Meanwhile, the Centre has started the process of granting ST status to six communities of the State on the basis of a recommendation of a Parliamentary committee. Sources said that after a thorough examination of the background of the tribes, it was decided that among the tribes bracketed as "tea tribes", only 26 would be considered for ST status added the report.

Powerful IED was found planted at a drain at Ishirow area along the Imphal-Ukhrul road under Heingang Police Station in Imphal East of Manipur. Three mortar shells were also found at a different spot.

An IED was found near a jail in Sajiwa area of Imphal West in Manipur.

A PLA militant identified as Rajkumar Nanaobi alias Jotin Sana alias Shatakpa Sana was arrested from area of Seijang of Imphal East in Manipur.

In another operation a PLA militant, identified as 'lance corporal' M Ibochouba alias Anand was arrested by SFs from Wabagai Kadajit village of Thoubal in Manipur.

A combined team of Thoubal District Police Commando and AR arrested a PREPAK militant identified as Loitongbam Inaoton alias Chacha alias Tingba Singh while conducting a search operation at Wangoo Heinoujam Awang Leikai in Thoubal District of Manipur.

In Manipur, PLA/RPF observed its 36th raising day.

PLA rejected the idea of division of the state (Manipur) on ethnic lines.

KCCI stressed that the 'abnormal trend of unabated taxation by multiple and mushrooming factions of NPGs has adversely affected business in the region. KCCI appealed to groups' to understand their plight and abstain from collection of any form of 'taxes' from the business community. (Nagaland)

NSF 'president' Tongpang Ozukum described the issue of Illegal Bangladeshi Immigrants (IBI) was "very serious" that called on every Naga to feel likewise. has planned to tour various districts phase-wise to sensitize the people about the threat posed by the IBIs. Tongpang also disclosed that the NSF has a plan to build a solid foundation to nip trouble in the bud by setting up a 'Commission' to check IBIs which would be manned by succeeding 'executives' of the federation. The first-phase of the campaign began in Kohima on February 10 and culminates in Dimapur he said. The second-phase would involve discussions with village councils while the third-phase would involve meetings with various 'Naga Political Groups (NPGs)'. (Nagaland)

Two CRPF troopers were killed and 10 others were injured, five of them critically, when CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a mini-bus carrying them in Gaya District of Bihar. The Maoists planted a landmine on the route taken by the security personnel, police and CRPF, in Imamganj-Dumaria area during anti-Maoist operation, DGP P K Thakur said. "The landmine exploded when the mini-bus came over it," he added. Further CRPF DIG Chiranjeev Prasad said an IED exploded near a place called Nandai on Imamganj-Dumaria Road. The CRPF personnel belong to the elite CoBRA engaged in anti-Maoist operations in the State, he said. "There was heavy force mobilization in the wake of an encounter in the vicinity yesterday. The Maoists had planted an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on the route on which the forces were moving. One of our mini-buses carrying our jawans was hit by the blast," Prasad said. "The force moving through the area also came under fire from the Maoists after the IED blast," Prasad added.

A forest guard and round officer were thrashed by senior CPI-Maoist cadres at Yedaskuhi village in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra to protest alleged corruption by their department. Senior Maoist cadre Vikas took an aggressive stance against foresters in the village in north Gadchiroli to convey their dissent against the department. Sources stated that the Maoists were trying to mount pressure on foresters and also on the local population for dominance during the forthcoming Tendu leaves picking season in the district which is a multi-crore seasonal industry. Maoists aim to collect substantial party funds from foresters, tendu contractors and transporters during this tendu season. The rebels also collect donations for the party from the tribal population who engages in picking tendu.

To counter mounting pressure from security forces, the Maoists are shifting focus to consolidating their base in villages in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli, Gondia and surrounding Districts like Rajnandgaon, Kanker and Bastar in Chhattisgarh, which were earlier their strongholds. The rebels' vision includes formation of Revolutionary People's Council, which will function parallel to local civic bodies like panchayat samities and zilla parishads, by following ideologies of the CPI-Maoist. The Maoists want to strengthen their political base at grassroots level and improve its strength by recruiting young cadets. The interrogation of a senior Naxal cadre, arrested by Gadchiroli Police last week, underlines the fact that the rebels are now striving hard to create active supporters in at least every family residing in their zone of operations.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik flagged off a fleet of 32 new buses for LWE-affected areas of the State. "The State government has launched Biju Gaon Gadi Yojna for improvement in transportation in left wing extremists affected districts. Twenty-five small buses are already in service in these areas. In the second phase, 32 more buses would start operating in undivided Koraput, Ganjam and Kandhamal districts," said Patnaik. Bus services will certainly be a great help for people of these areas, he maintained. Under Biju Gaon Gadi Yojna, the State Government had announced to operate 100 buses in 71 identified routes in LWE-affected districts. Speaking on the occasion, State Transport Minister Ramesh Majhi said: "The government has already launched 57 buses. We will very soon purchase rest 43 buses in 2015-16 financial year."

Minister of State in the UMHA Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary while answering in a written reply in Lok Sabha said there is no evidence/input available to suggest that any international conspiracy is being hatched in any LWE infested areas in the country or any external assistance being provided to LWEs in terms of financial aid and weapons. However, the recovery of arms and ammunition of foreign origin from the LWE cadres in different encounters and operations is an indication of the fact that they are procuring weapons from different sources. The possibility of some front organizations of the CPI-Maoist clandestinely getting foreign funds cannot be ruled out.

In a crucial meeting to combat CPI-Maoist menace, Police, CRPF and intelligence officials of five States have decided to launch an intensified joint operation on the border areas of Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Official sources said the meeting held at Jagdalpur, the divisional headquarters of Bastar on February 23, reviewed and analyzed incidents and Maoist strategies and decided to make smooth and well connected co-ordination between inter-state Police and Security Forces, State Police and para-military forces against Maoist operations. It was indicated that anti-Maoist operations would begin on bordering regions targeting Khammam at Telangana, Koraput at Odisha, East Godavari region in Andhra Pradesh, Gadchiroli in Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh's areas of Kanker, Bijapur, Sukma and Dantewada and those connecting to Abujhmad in Narayanpur region.

February 25

Two militants of HM, identified as Shabir Ahmad and Aashiq Ahmad Dar were killed and four Army personnel, including a Major, injured in an encounter in Shopian District. The encounter began on February 24 after SF personnel received specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in Hef Shermal village of Shopian District.

The Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Police and Civil Police will conduct a joint coastal security exercise - Operation Hamla - on March 18 and 19 to test their preparedness in protecting the state's coastline from terrorist attacks. The decision was taken at a high-level, closed door meeting chaired by Home secretary B Prasada Rao at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh that was attended by higher Police officials of all the nine coastal districts and Marine Police as well as Navy officers and Coast Guard personnel. According to sources, the participants discussed various issues concerning coastal security, including the vulnerable spots along the 974-km state coastline. The exercise will be monitored by the joint operations command at the Eastern Naval Command and officials involved in the mock drill will arrive in the city soon, sources said.

Delhi Police claimed to have busted a racket which was allegedly pumping FICN with the arrest of two men from Old Delhi Railway Station in Delhi and recovery of FICN of the face value of INR 2 million from them. The Police identified the arrested operatives as Raj Kumar and Omprakash withholding their real identities. According to police, the FICN operatives belong to a well entrenched network which is involved in receiving huge quantities of FICN from across the Indo-Bangladesh border and in its onward distribution amongst various clients spread across north Indian states including Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh. The arrested persons were supposed to deliver FICN of the face value of INR 2 million in lieu of INR 7 to 8 lakh. Both the arrested accused, along with several other similar modules, have been working for a long time and have successfully transported a huge amount of FICN for use in the markets of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh.

An ATS team has found that terrorists accused of the Bijnor bomb blast on September 12, 2014 purchased 3 SIM cards from mobile dealers in Badaun in Budaun District of Uttar Pradesh before and after the blast, sources in Badaun Police said. Saumitra Yadav, SP, Badaun said investigations had revealed that five accused, earlier identified as Amjad, Aslam, Ejazuddin, Mehboob, Aslam and Zakir Hussain, were regular visitors to the district and may have taken shelter with sympathizers in the district after the blast, which took place in a house being used as a bomb-making unit in Bijnor's Jatan locality. However, it is yet to be established if the accused actually stayed in Baduan or not, Yadav added. The information came to light after ATS sleuths, who have been camping in Badaun for the last three days, combed villages in Bisauli tehsil, including Dabtori, Sangrampur, Papgaon and Laxmipur villages to gather clues about the accused. Sources in Badaun Police said investigators were probing if the accused had any associates camping in Baduan on the day of the blast. The ATS team was probing if an accused, believed to be injured in the blast, was also in Badaun after the blast.

Government informed the Lok Sabha that as many as 99 NRI have become victims of terrorism across the world, including in Iraq, during the last three years. Minister of State for Overseas Indian Affairs V.K. Singh said in a written reply, "As reported by the Indian missions/posts abroad, a total of 86 NRIs in Iraq, 10 NRIs in Kenya and 3 in Yemen have become victims of terrorist activities during the last three years." On proposals to ensure NRIs don't get affected by such incidents, the Minister said necessary advisories are issued to alert them. "The missions also facilitate evacuation when it is called for," he said. No specific agreement regarding safety of emigrant Indians have been signed with any country so far, he said.

The US cannot reassure Pakistan against any Indian threat if it fails to commit itself towards working against anti-India terrorist groups operating within its territory, two US experts on South Asian issues have told American lawmakers. George Perkovich, vice president for Studies Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said during a Congressional hearing, "If Pakistan can't commit itself to working against the terrorists that have operated in India, then there's not much we can do to reassure them, there's probably not much we should do to reassure them, because that really is a problem." Responding to questions from lawmakers, Perkovich said the good news is India has no desires for any Pakistani territory or anything in Pakistan. "So 'threat' from India is only in response to Pakistani aggression in India or terrorism in India," he said.

The Central Government has notified ISIS as a banned terrorist organisation under the UAPA of 1967, stating that it is involved in radicalization and recruitment of vulnerable youth from various countries including India. "The Centre is satisfied that the IS/ISIL/ISIS/Daish is a terrorist organisation and has decided to add the said organisation and all its manifestations to the First Schedule to the UAPA," the UMHA said in a notification. Though ISIS, for all practical reasons, was banned even earlier under the UAPA by virtue of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, featuring in the list of terror outfits proscribed by the UN (covered under Entry no 33 in the UAPA list), the Government felt that there was need to specifically ban the ISIS and all its manifestations. As per the notification issued by the UMHA on February 16, ISIS, a terrorist outfit operating in Iraq and neighbouring countries, has been resorting to terrorist actions to consolidate its position in that area by recruiting youth for 'Global Jihad' to achieve the objective of establishing its own 'Caliphate' by overthrowing democratically elected governments, besides resorting to terrorism in the form of killing innocent civilians and SFs.

A special TADA court in Mumbai sentenced gangster Abu Salem to life imprisonment for the murder of builder Pradip Jain in 1995. His former driver Mehendi Hasan was also sentenced to life imprisonment. The sentencing comes after both the prosecution and defence presented extensive arguments over the last week. Salem is likely to move the apex court as appeals against convictions under TADA cannot be filed in the High court. Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam had earlier said, "This judgment will give a strong jolt to the Dawood Ibrahim gang because it has now been judicially proved that Abu Salem, along with Anees Ibrahim (Kaskar), had hatched a criminal conspiracy to commit terrorist acts in India."

Failing to get UT administrator's nod for suspension of notification prohibiting BKI terrorist Jagtar Singh Tara's (the alleged assassin of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh) movement from Burail jail in Chandigarh, the jail authorities failed to produce him before court on the second consecutive day and have now sought time till February 27. UT Police had put in place elaborate security arrangements in view of producing Tara before the court of Additional District and sessions judge Shalini S Nagpal, but they failed to produce him as the state failed to obtain suspension of the notification under section 268 of the Code of CrPC prohibiting transportation of Tara from Burail jail. Jail authorities stated before the court that Tara's movement from Burail jail was prohibited as Section 268 of the CrPC (person shall not be removed from prison till the completion of the trial) imposed on the assassination accused, was still valid. Stating that the notification could only be suspended by the UT administrator, who was currently out of the city, the jail authorities sought time till February 27.

SFs arrested two NSCN from Jongrom Village in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh. Two pistols and ammunitions were recovered from them.

Three bags of 400 geletin sticks and 8 fuse wire coils were recovered by Police at ISBT in Guwahati in Assam.

Based on information provided by the Meghalaya Police Special Branch, Assam Police arrested two GNLA arms suppliers at Jorabat in Kamrup Metropolitan District. The arrested have been identified as Runa Sangma and Biswajit Sangma. One AK 47 rifle with six round and two magazines, 380 numbers of ammunition of 9mm and 164 of INSAS were recovered from the vehicle which they were travelling.

NDFB-IKS militant, identified as Dorjoi Goyari alias doctor was arrested from Biswanath Chariali in Sonitpur in Assam. He used to provide medical facilities to members of the militant group. INR 50000 was recovered from him.

Anthony Hembrom and Badal Hembrom, militants of NSLA were arrested from Gossaigaon in Kokrajhar District of Assam by a joint team of Police and Army. A 9mm pistol was recovered from them.

A team of Imphal West District Police Commandos arrested an active militant of PREPAK Takhellambam Ibungo alias Thonglen alias Victor from Thangal Bazar in Imphal West District of Manipur. He had come to extort money from the shopkeepers in the Imphal Bazaar.

While conducting frisking and checking at Khuyathong Pukhri Mapal in Imphal West District of Manipur, Imphal District Police Commandos arrested Romesh Singh, a militant of KCP-Maoist. Investigation revealed that, he extorted money from the shopkeepers in the Imphal bazaar area.

10th session of the Tenth Manipur Legislative Assembly began with the Governor, KK Paul in his address stating that the activities of militants in the State have been restrained and curbed to a 'large extent'.

Governor of Manipur, KK Paul had stated that UPPK, URF and PREPAK have signed MoU with State Government and GoI.

An unidentified GNLA militant, surrendered before the West Garo Hills Police in Meghalaya. He surrendered with one AK 81 rifle, three magazines and 27 live rounds. pon his revelations the West Garo Hills Police and CRPF were able to recover one crude bomb from near Kherapara Nokat in West Garo Hills District.

NSCN-K stated that "offensive operations" by Assam Rifles on its workers posted in various towns besides kidnapping several of its "people's army personnel" on medical treatment have become daily routine. NSCN-K 'public relations officer' Isak Sumi and 'secretary' of CFSB Khekaho Rochill stated that NSCN-K would henceforth resort to equal retaliation in the event of any 'provocation'. (Nagaland)

Three women CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested in Malkangiri District of Odisha during two joint operations by the SOG and the BSF. Two of them were arrested from Kamarpalli village under Mathili Police Station and another from Marigeta area of Kalimela Police Station. All of them were active members of Malkangiri division of CPI-Maoist. According to Malkangiri anti-naxalite cell, those arrested at Kamarpalli were Sambari Madkami (26) and Parvati Padiami (21). Sambari was providing logistic support to the Maoists, and Parvati was part of the local organizing squad in Mohupadar area. Debe Urmami (28), arrested from Marigeta, was the president of local unit of Mahila Sangham, a frontal organization of the Maoists in Kalimela Police Station area.

Two women CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Gadwa Masa and Masi Madavi, carrying rewards of INR 100000 each on their heads, surrendered before Bijapur SP KL Dhruv and 199th Battalion CRPF Commandant SS Upadhyay. They belonged to the Kiskodo area Local Guerrilla Squad of Kanker District.

Warrangal SP AK Jha has urged the underground CPI-Maoist cadres to surrender and join the mainstream. He wanted the Maoists to come out and make use of rehabilitation package being offered by Telangana government. Jha gave away a cheque of INR 100000 to Eturunagaram Dalam command G. Papa Rao alias Ranji, who surrendered recently.

The three villagers were abducted by suspected militants. (Manipur)

February 25-26

At least five civilians were injured in a grenade explosion at Heff Shirmal village in Sopian District the morning of February 26. The grenade exploded inside the debris of the house where a shootout took place between militants and SFs in night of February 25. SP, Shopian, Altaf Khan said, "After the encounter ended, we had asked the villagers not to go to the encounter site till our bomb disposal squad searches and clears the spot of any unexploded weapon. But some people had gone to the spot this morning and fiddled with the grenade," Khan said.

February 26

A special Police team arrested two suspected IM operatives, Haider Ali alias Black Beauty and Numan Ansari for alleged involvement in the December 28, 2014 Church Street blast in Bengaluru. They were picked up from Patna jail (Bihar) and are being brought to Bengaluru for further investigation. They had been jailed for their alleged role in the Hunkar Rally blast which occurred in Gandhi Maidan in Patna on October 2013. Haider is suspected to be head of the Ranchi module of IM. Police claimed CCTV footages from the blast site provided them leads. After obtaining a transit warrant from Patna court, Police are bringing them to Bengaluru, AC of Police (law & order) Alok Kumar said. Five teams were formed after the blast and they went to various places to trace the culprits.

JKLF chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik said that he has conceded defeat to India when it 'strategized' the recent Assembly elections in the state. "I agree Indian wisdom defeated us through their strategy in the recent elections. India defeated me intellectually. I as a freedom fighter will get a second chance to emerge again, but they (India) will never get the chance again to defeat us if they fail once," he said.

GoI has closed its doors for talks with any more militant outfits and the ongoing process of talks with militant groups, which have already signed cease-fire pacts to solve their problems through discussions, will be expedited so that those are taken to a logical conclusion as soon as possible. Highly placed sources in MHA made it clear that the Government was not keen on starting talks with any more militant outfit as enough opportunity was given to them to shun violence and solve their problems through discussions.

Union minister of state for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in a written reply in Rajya Sabha stated that GoI had been implementing a scheme for surrender-cum-rehabilitation of militants of North East region, since 1998. He said under the scheme, one time grant of INR 150000 and monthly stipend of INR 3500 are given to surrendered militants, and in case of Manipur, he said one time grant of INR 250000 and monthly stipend of INR 4000 per militant was given under a special surrender-cum-rehabilitation scheme formulated in 2012. He also added that INR 155.5 million was released to North Eastern States payment of stipend to surrendered militants.

Five KLO militants, two of them carrying Rs 5 lakh reward, surrendered with arms in Kokrajhar District of Assam. One HK-33 rifle with magazine, 100 rounds of ammunition and two satellite phones. Those surrendered include the reward-carrying KLO activists were 'Assistant Organising Secretary' Hareswar alias Lal Deka alias Jayanta, and 'Commanding Officer' 'first battalion' Tiranga alias Ananth alias Birkhang, the other three were 'Assistant Finance Secretary' Panchanan alias Bikash and cadres Brajen Barman alias Rajani and Pradip Barman.

PREPAK stated that stated Government was trying to mislead the masses by claiming that PREPAK was a party to a tripartite MoS signed with the Government.

ZUF observed its 4th raising day.(Manipur)

Four individuals identified as Lugun R Sangma, Silbath Momin, Sengman Marak and Daweng Marak were arrested for extorting in the name of GNLA in Meghalaya. The gang used to call up potential victims in the name of the GNLA and demand between INR 500000 and INR 3 million.

GNLA has denied its involvement in February 25 seizure of arms by Police from near Jorabhat in Assam. GNLA leader Garo Mandai Marak stated that the arms shipment from Nagaland was meant for ASAK.

New DGP Rajiv Mehta stated that "There cannot be any deadline to end insurgency in Meghalaya". He also stated that "There is no new strategy to deal with militancy" and added that the biggest stumbling block to tackle militancy in Garo Hills was the terrain. the new DGP stated that his priority lies in bringing normalcy to Garo Hills region affected by militancy. He also stated that there would be no let-down in counter-insurgency operations, but at the same time the police would encourage groups to give up arms.

Former Mizoram CM Zoramthanga left for Bangkok, capital of Thailand to broker peace with representatives of 17 Myanmar's ethnic insurgent groups. e would be holding talks with delegation representing ethnic groups which included the Kachin, Karen, Chin, Wa and Arakanese. He had earlier successfully brought NSCN-IM to negotiation table.

Two hardcore CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Midiyam Badaru and Madkam Dula surrendered before Police at Dharmapenta camp in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. Badaru and Dula carried rewards of INR 800, 000 and 300, 000 each on their heads respectively. Badaru joined the movement in 2001, and worked for Bal Chetna Natya Mancha, LGS and Military Platoon-9 before becoming Platoon-2 'commander' of Military Company-2, Police said. He also worked with top Maoist cadres Ramanna, Paparao, Ganesh Uike Venkatesh, Hidama and Madhu and was active in Jagargunda, Kistaram, Golapalli in Sukma and Basaguda, Gangalur, Bhairamgarh areas of Bijapur. Dula joined the movement as Gram Raksha Dal member. He became Jonaguda Dandkaranya Kisan Majdoor Sangh President in 2004-05, Jan Militia member in 2008, and Basaguda 'deputy commander' in 2013-14. Dula worked with Maoist leaders Paparao, Jagdish, Arjun, and Hidma and was active in Jagargunda area of Sukma and Basaguda area of Bijapur.

The State Government informed the Kerala High Court that the CPI-Maoist had plans to attack Government institutions and individuals through its Urban Action Team. The State Government made the submission when petitions by Jaison C. Cooper of Fort Kochi and advocate Thushar Nirmal Sarathi of Palakkad seeking bail in a case registered against them under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for their alleged links with Maoists came up for hearing.

Investigating officers have reportedly failed to establish any Maoist links to the February 14 death of K. Benny (35), of Chellakkad, near Mukkali. Benny died of a bullet injury sustained around midnight at Chindakki, near Attappady, in the buffer zone of the Silent Valley National Park.

Kerala State Government informed the High Court that the CPI-Maoist had plans to attack government institutions and individuals through its Urban Action Team.The State Government made the submission when petitions by Jaison C. Cooper of Fort Kochi and advocate Thushar Nirmal Sarathi of Palakkad seeking bail in a case registered against them under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for their alleged links with Maoists came up for hearing. While opposing the bail petitions, Director General of Prosecution (DGP) T. Asaf Ali submitted that the government was more concerned about the safety of the public. If the petitioners were released on bail, the public would be in danger. He submitted that the petitioners were active members of the CPI-Maoist.

A head mason of the road construction work, identified as Sanasam Ranjit Singh, was abducted from Chawangkining in Senapati in Manipur, by suspected Kuki militants. He was engaged as a head mason in the black topping work of the Imphal – Tamenglong road construction. A ransom demand has been made for INR 5 million according to a reliable source.

AR arrested two militants of FGN identified as Zhoviho Hibo alias Azo and Simboi Hmar from Mao market in Kohima District of Nagaland. Three FGN blank identity cards and two mobile phones were recovered from them.

February 27

Two persons, identified as Sujeet Singh and Gausul Azim were arrested at Bhopal railway station in Madhya Pradesh for possessing FICN worth INR 2.70 lakh, the Crime Branch claimed. Both the accused are the residents of West Bengal. D Sreenivasa Varma, DIG of Police, Bhopal zone, said following a tip-off, two persons were detained from the railway station. When Police searched their bags and baggage, fake currency worth INR 2.70 lakh was recovered. "They were given money by one Mantu Sekh, a resident of West Bengal, and asked to hand over to one Zahoor Khan alias Pahalwan. Though, they were not aware that Zahoor has been arrested by the crime branch," said Varma. The accused were produced in the court and remanded to the Police custody till March 3.

Police filed a supplementary charge sheet against accused Ejaz Sheikh in connection with the July 13, 2011 (13/7) Mumbai triple blasts cases. Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said that "We filed a charge sheet against Sheikh in the special MCOCA court". According to the Police, Sheikh was in direct contact with IM founder Riyaz Bhatkal. IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal was the key conspirator of the three powerful blasts which had ripped through crowded areas in Mumbai's Zaveri Bazar, Opera House and Kabutar Khana on July 13, 2011, killing at least 21 people and injuring 141. Earlier, five accused - Naquee Ahmed, Nadeem Shaikh, Kanwar Pathrija, Haroon Naik and Mohammed Qafeel Ansari were arrested in this connection. They are facing trial under the stringent MCOCA, IPC and other laws. Yasin and his aide Assadullah Akthar were also arrested later. Those wanted in the case are Riyaz Bhatkal, Waqas Ibrahim Sad, Dubai-based Muzaffar Kolah and Tehseen Akhtar Shaikh.

The NIA special court remanded two IM operatives, Umer Siddiqui and Haider Ali alias Black Beauty, in police custody till March 7 for their interrogation in connection with the December 28, 2014 Church Street blast in Bengaluru. Sources said the Police intend to get information from them about IM/SIMI modules assigned to carry out blasts in South India. The special court directed the Bengaluru Police not to question the accused between 8 pm and 8 am. The court also directed the Police to produce the accused on March 7. A senior Police officer said Siddiqui and Ali will be flown back to Patna (Bihar) on March 10 for them to be present before the NIA special court in Patna for the next date of hearing on March 19.

PM Narendra Modi said that his government has only one religion 'India first' and all communities need to unite to fight against terror. "The country can run only within the constitution and law. No one can take law in their hands and discriminate on the grounds of religion," PM Modi said. "We believe in Unity. All communities need to unite to fight against terror," he added. Modi, who was replying to the debate on President Pranab Mukherjee's address in the Lok Sabha, also drew the attention of the parliamentarians to the bomb explosions that rocked Patna's Gandhi Maidan hours before his Hunkar rally in 2013. "When I was in Patna in 2013, the bomb blasts took place. I had asked then, 'who does a Hindu have to fight with, Muslims or poverty'. Both need to unite to fight against terror," he said.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that around 233 foreign boats and 1,686 foreign crews were apprehended by the Indian Coast Guard between 2011 and 2015. "Instances of illegal fishing in Indian waters by foreign fishermen come to the notice of government from time to time. A total of 233 foreign boats and 1686 foreign crew were apprehended by the Indian Coast Guard during the period 2011-15," Parrikar said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. This comes months after a suspected terror boat was apprehended by the Indian Coast Guard. The boat was set afire by its occupants according to the Coast Guard, which resulted in a blast. Parrikar said vessels and aircraft of the Indian Coast Guard and the Indian Navy are deployed on a 24x7 basis for surveillance in the maritime zones of India "to protect national interests including for preventing infiltration and poaching by foreign fishing boats". He added that static radars have been installed along the Indian coastline for electronic surveillance of vessel traffic. The Coast Guard has also been conducting regular exercises bi-annually on coastal security in coordination with other central and state government agencies like the Marine Police, customs, CISF, Fisheries Department, Port authorities, State Police and Indian Navy. To ensure coordination, regular meetings of the NCSMCS are held in which all stakeholders participate," he added.

Strongly condemning the terrorist attack targeting a Turkish embassy vehicle in Kabul, India said it was "another sad reminder that terrorism is the main threat to peace and stability in Afghanistan". The External Affairs Ministry spokesperson in a statement said that "We strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Kabul resulting in loss of valuable lives, including that of a Turkish soldier. We convey our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded." "This attack is another sad reminder that terrorism is the main threat to peace and stability in Afghanistan," the spokesperson added. A suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a vehicle carrying Turkish delegates in the Afghan capital on February 26. One Turkish national and an Afghan passerby were killed in the attack. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A joint team of Police and Army liquid petroleum cylinder-based IED from railway track at Barigaon near Dudhnoi in Darrang District of Assam.

Assam Police arrested a linkman of NDFB-IKS identified as Hakil Narzary from Biswanath Chariali in Sonitpur.

Two unidentified individuals posing as militants of ULFA-I was arrested from an undisclosed location in Jorhat in Assam. They were arrested when they had come to collect INR 500000 from a trader.

Over 2000 families whose houses were burnt down during the clashes between Bodos and Adivasis in Kokrajhar District of Assam in December 2014 will get INR 50000 each to rebuild their houses.

GoI has sought a detailed report from the Assam Government over the reports of encroachment on the reserve forests posing a threat to the law and order situation in the State. The Centre has also expressed concern over the encroachment on the tribal belts and blocks in the State. GoI became concerned after December 23 massacre.

Security sources admitted that the most of the killings took place in the notified forest areas, while the militants involved in the attacks also took shelter in the forests that are now under encroachment. Interestingly, the Government is not in a position to construct permanent Police Stations or roads in the areas notified as reserved forests and the militants are taking full advantage of the situation to take shelter among the encroachers.

An alleged militant of ZUF was lynched by villagers of Nungba in Tamenglong District of Manipur.

A URF militant identified as Takhelmayum Ajit Meitei alias Ibomcha alias Lakpa was arrested by a combined SF team from Khurai Sajor Leikai in Imphal East in Manipur. One 9 mm pistol loaded with four live rounds was seized from his house.

Follow up investigation led to the arrest of another cadre of URF outfit identified as Yogesh Gurung alias Udit Investigation revealed that they extorted huge amount of money from the general public, Government offices, private firms raising fund of URF.(Manipur)

An exchange of gunfire took place between 2 militant groups at Nunglei village in Tamenglong in Manipur. Though not confirmed Police believe that there may be casualties on both sides.

Manipur Home Department is holding an internal inquiry to know if lapses on part of Police led to the recent bomb blasts. Home Minister Gaikhangam said in the State Assembly that "We are inquiring into the incidents and trying to find lapses on part of police and also to see if there is any black sheep that indulged in unwanted activities among the state force members". The minister also stated that militants were using drug addicts and poor women to plant bombs as they cannot carry out the task themselves because of intense pressure by security agencies.

DGP Rajiv Mehta convened a meeting of all SP in Shillong to discuss the prevailing law and order situation in the state.(Meghalaya)

NSCN-KK disowned claims about purported seizure of road construction equipments and machineries, belonging to Vilalie Khamo and partner, on February 12, at Sheanghah village in Mon District in Nagaland. NSCN-KK in a press release clarified that its competent higher authority did not commission such action against any firm engaged in developmental activities of the community.

Tripura CM, Manik Sarkar stated that insurgents of the region are maintaining a nexus with anti-India outfits and trying to disturb peace. He stated that ISI, of Pakistan, is preventing militants of Tripura, who still have 20 camps in Bangladesh, from joining the mainstream. SFs in Bangladesh have recently arrested an ISI spy who was instrumental in foiling the attempt of the militants to surrender,". He also alleged that militant outfits of Tripura are trying to influence the upcoming TTAADC election scheduled in April.

GoI stated to the Supreme Court that it has taken "positive steps" including releasing the funds to ensure proper rehabilitation and resettlement of displaced Reang (Bru) tribe. Additional Solicitor General N K Kaul stated to the told the social justice bench that "We have taken some positive steps to ensure proper rehabilitation of the tribal people". The bench was annoyed that merely a sum of INR 100000 each was spent on refugees in the last 15 years. There about 35,000 tribal refugees in Tripura.

Seven cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including two women, were arrested from separate places of the densely forested Gadiras Police Station limits in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. Based on specific inputs about the presence of the Maoists, a police team raided different villages in Gadiras region and rounded up. All of them were involved in an incident of firing at a police camp and looting polling materials during the recent panchayat (local body) polls in the region.

AR busted a temporary camp of NSCN-IM at in general area Bamsikilwa in Peren. The camp was located inside reserved forest on Barail mountain range. (Nagaland)

AR recovered two 7.65mm pistols along with three magazines, one .22 pistol with magazine and eleven live rounds of 7.65mm calibre, from the outskirts of Old Chalkot village neat Ahthibung in Peren in Nagaland.

February 28

Two HM militants, identified as Shabir Mir and Idris Ahmad Shah were killed in an encounter at Tral in Pulwama District. A defense spokesperson said "Based on specific intelligence about presence of two militants, a coordinated joint operation was launched by Rashtriya Rifles units of Army and the SOG of Police, resulting into killing of two hardcore militants." The SFs also recovered 2 AK 47 rifles, 6 magazines and 90 rounds of AK 47 from the encounter site.

RBI Executive Director G. Padmanabhan called for a cyber law that will protect citizens against frauds and cyber crime as India's financial sector moves to electronic banking in a big way. Padmanabhan said a strong law would go a long way in building customer confidence to use technology in financial transactions. He said cyber threat was real and was constantly evolving. No organisation was immune to it, and hence preventive measures were a must. Where prevention failed, it should be made up with quick detection and decisive response.

SFs arrested an AANLA cadre, Surja Nayak from Santipur in Sonitpur district in Assam.

AR recovered 9 mm pistols, 16 live rounds of 9 mm, 18 live rounds of AK-47, one live round of lathode, 14 live rounds of M-16, two Chinese hand grenades and one Kenwood radio set from New Heaven in Ukhrul District of Manipur.

A GNLA militant identified as Jasang Ch Marak, OGW of GNLA Huebirth R Sangma alias Akilang, a surrendered ANLCA militant, identified as Charles D Shira and a girl were arrested from Keating road in Shillong in East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya.

Two NSCN-K cadres, identified as 'lieutenant' Akato Yeptho and 'region secretary' Viketouzo, who were extorting INR 300 from shopkeepers by issuing non-Naga work permit were arrested from Mohonkhola area in Kohima District in Nagaland. On thorough search 366 cards of Non - Naga work permit issued by NSCN-K was recovered from them.

Four CPI-Maoist cadres have been arrested from Sherghati area in Gaya for their alleged involvement in the February 24 landmine explosion in which two personnel of the CRPF were killed. Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of Gaya Police and CRPF conducted raids in half-a-dozen villages under Dumaria Police Station of the District and arrested Binod Yadav from Khardag, Mithilesh from Bijua, and Ajay Kumar and Mohammad Ibrar from Kolhubar village. During the interrogation, the arrested Maoists told the Police that ammonium nitrate was used to blow up the bus carrying the CoBRA battalion troopers to their base camp after a search operation. The explosives were stashed in two 5kg cylinders and planted under the road connecting a culvert.

The government has hired two helicopters from a private firm to provide air support to SFs deployed in the jungles of Chhattisgarh and its border areas which are hotbeds of CPI-Maoist) activities. A team of two Bell choppers has been based at Jagdalpur in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, which is among the worst Maoist violence-affected areas, for operations under the command of the Central Reserve Police Force.

Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister N. China Rajappa said four companies of CPFs are being used to contain CPI-Maoist activities in AP along the borders of Chhattisgarh and Odisha. Interacting with media persons at AP Secretariat, he said the State relied on Central assistance to thwart insurgence of Maoists from Chhattisgarh and Odisha into AP following bifurcation of the latter. The strength of the AP police dwindled after carving out of Telangana State and withdrawal of policemen from some areas by the Telangana government. “These areas being close to Chhattisgarh and Odisha where Maoists are active, possibility of they attempting to regroup naturally increased,” said a Police officer seeking anonymity. Members of the paramilitary forces were deployed at strategic locations. They were being moved in the districts of East Godavari, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam to check movement of Maoists. Stating that offences dipped in A.P. during the regime of the present government, China Rajappa said there was shortage of 14,000 policemen in the lower rung in the State. “We are planning to recruit at least 50 per cent of the required strength at the earliest though the budgetary constraints are there,” he said.

ZUF information & publicity secretary A. Dangmei claimed that the Indian Army joint hands with NSCN-IM8. He alleged that February 27 encounter in which one militant was killed, was a joint effort by R and NSCN-IM. (Manipur)

ZUF information & publicity secretary A. Dangmei claimed that the Indian Army collaborated and joint hands with NSCN-IM. He alleged that February 27 encounter, in which one militant was killed, was a joint effort by AR and NSCN-IM. (Nagaland)

March 1

PM Narendra Modi red-flagged cyber security as an issue of global concern and exhorted the IT industry to find innovate solutions to tackle the menace. Modi also asked the IT industry to work on ideas like 'Cloud Godowns' and 'Cloud Lockers' to help keep data secure. "The whole world is concerned. Since I have become the PM, I have met around 50 world and political leaders and out of that, almost 25-30 have said cyber security is a concern. Can Indian youth work on solutions for cyber security?" Modi stated.

Soon after taking oath, CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed during a press conference said Hurriyat Conference, militant outfits and "people from across the border", an oblique reference to Pakistan, allowed conducive atmosphere for Assembly polls. Sayeed further said "God forbid if they (militants) would have done something. It would not have been possible to have smooth conduct of the elections." Sayeed also voiced hope that the induction of separatist turned mainstream politician Sajjad Gani Lone in the Ministry would open avenues for others to follow the suit.

SFs arrested two NDFB-IKS militants from Kokrajhar District of Assam. The duo was identified as Swmkwr Mushahary alias Sugum and Swmkwr Basumatary.

Assam State unit of Jamiat Ulama has said that it will extend full cooperation to the process of updation of NRC. "Jamiat has decided to extend full cooperation in preparation of the NRC to ensure that names of illegal immigrants are not included in it, while those of genuine Indian citizens are not excluded," the statement from Jamiat said. The organization has also decided to help citizens in depositing relevant documents to the NRC staff. The State committee of the Jamiat Ulama has directed all the district committees to form a five-member cell in each ward to help the local people in this regard.

An unidentified militant was killed, during an encounter between AR and suspected militant of NSCN-K and ZUF at Aben village under Tousem sub-division in Tamenglong in Manipur. A rifle and 400 round of ammunition were recovered by SFs.

SFs recovered two hand grenades wrapped in a plastic bag and hung to a roadside tree in between Khongkhang and Lokchao on Imphal-Moreh road in Chandel in Manipur.

JCLIPS has asked Manipur CM O Ibobi to keep his words by getting the draft Bill on ILPS passed at the State Assembly on March 2.

GNLA accused West Garo Hills Police and the GSU of failing to come to the rescue of two families who bore the brunt of a mob fury in which they lost five members who were murdered by villagers, in Mrigre village, near Rongram in West Garo Hills over allegations of practicing witchcraft.(Meghalaya)

GNLA 'joint publicity secretary' Garo Mandei Ch Marak alleged that "The threat to the families was made known to the GSU much before the attacks took place but no preventive action was taken leading to the horrific episode of murder in which even a physically challenged child became a victim. The police was informed of the incident but failed to take action," (Meghalaya)

Meghalaya DGP Rajiv Mehta is visiting Garo Hills from today. He will be accompanied by IG GHP Raju

NSCN-K said it is highly appalled and perturbed over recent abductions and torture of its cadres, allegedly by NSCN-IM militants. In a press release NSCN-K stated that Kepwang Konyak, Honkai Konyak and Manjah Konyak were abducted on February 18 from Teru village in Mon District in Nagaland.

Women of Showuba village in Dimapur District of Nagaland, have been keeping a vigil against illegal tax collectors, chasing away them from the village.

NLFT militant 'commander', Dhanu Koloi, was booked under NSA. He was earlier arrested on June 2012 and released on bail from Bishalghar Central Jail in Sepahijala District. Police have reports of fresh initiative, launched by a group of surrendered militants, to re-activate the NLFT operations in the State, ahead of the TTADC polls to be held in the month of April 2015. The NSA directive was issued by the West Tripura district administration.

Three persons were separately arrested for possessing FICN from Sirhind in Fatehgarh Sahib District of Punjab. On a tip off, Police searched the residence of accused Jagtar Singh and his wife Parwati in Barhman Majra (Sirhind) and arrested them after recovering FICN worth INR 162,000. Police also arrested their aide Amritpal Singh, a resident of Shastri Nager. Police also seized a laptop and a printer which was used to publish the fake notes.

The AFSPA will stay as UMHA has rejected an official Committee recommendation for repeal of the Act. A senior MHA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that a recommendation for rejection of B P Jeevan Reddy Committee report has been sent to Cabinet Committee on Security headed by PM Narendra Modi. Brushing aside all criticism against the Act which is dubbed as “draconian” by several human rights organisations, the MHA said the Act was needed for Army to operate in areas hit by militancy or insurgency.

Azamgarh Police arrested one person, identified as Shafiq Ahmed, along with FICN consignment of INR 1,65,000, from an undisclosed location. Further, International gangs involved in pumping FICN in India through Bangladesh and Nepal borders have increased their activities in the past five months and security agencies say terror angle could not be ruled out. ATS ASP Santosh Singh admitted that between October, 2014 and February, 2015 only, his field unit had handled more than five cases in which FICN of INR 16,50,000 value had been seized.

A hardcore CPI-Maoist cadre has been arrested from a locality under Goh Police Station area in Aurangabad District of Bihar. Acting on a tip off, Police raided a hideout near Bihuri canal and arrested the Maoist, identified as Nand Das, with a pistol and some ammunition, SDPO Anwar Javed said.

In a boost to the anti- CPI-Maoist operations, the base of UAV has been set up in Chhattisgarh. The aerial vehicle quietly made its first test-reconnaissance from an airstrip in the Bhilai Steel Plant campus on February 27. The UAV will have its base station at a location in Nandini village of Bhilai, as a joint team of NTRO and IAF will handle its operations. The UAV makes sorties over the forested zone of Dandakaranya and takes images useful in security operations. Now, the UAV’s inputs will be streamed live at certain strategic locations, including Raipur Police Headquarters, offices of Police Superintendents of Maoist-hit districts and office of Bastar IG, among others. The UAV is likely to be connected with these offices within months.

A CPI-Maoist supporter and supplier of explosives, identified as Karamdayal Munda, was arrested by Lohardaga Police of Jharkhand. SP Manoj Ratan Chothe has said “Under the leadership of SDPO AS Rijwi and police force, CRPF, a search operation was conducted on Sunday. Police arrested Karamdayal Munda, the Maoist supporter and the supplier of explosives who was in Badi village of Senha block.” During interrogation, the supplier told the Police that he had kept some explosives near a Anganbadi centre. Police found 175 pieces of detonators, 25 metre cortex wire, a pressure cooker and 34 pieces of large sized canes. The SP added “Munda used to supply explosives to the Maoists for a long time especially to Madan and Nakul Yadav. During election hours he supplied them rice and eatables.”

An unidentified militant was killed in a joint operation by police and AR in the Jenamghat area of Dima Hasao District of Assam.

SFs arrested two militants and two linkmen of the UPLA at Dilai of Karbi Anglong District of Assam. The arrested UALA cadres were identified as Ronard Momin (militant), Singsang Nehang (militant), Nokjir Timung (linkman) and Rajkumar Rajbongshi (linkman). One 7.65 pistol along with some ammunition and incriminating documents were recovered from

SFs arrested three CPI-Maoist cadres from Rupacherra village under Malugram Police Station in Silchar town of Cachar District of Assam. The trio was identified as Naren Orang (28), Arjun Orang (20) and Barsing Teron (23). Borah said Naren and Arjun Orang were involved in spreading Maoist ideology while Barsing Teron was a trained Maoist.

Top Nagaland Police and government officials are allegedly occupying land along the disputed stretches of Assam-Nagaland border. Officials from the level of sub-divisional officers to superintendents of police are “owners” of plots in the B Sector of the inter-State border in Golaghat district, according to information with Assam Police.

A combined team of Thoubal District Police Commandos and AR conducted frisking and checking at Heirok crossing and arrested ‘sergeant’ Sagolshem Sanatomba Meitei alias Khaba Meitei of PREPAK-pro from Heirok crossing in Thoubal in Manipur.

Unidentified militants killed a BSNL engineer identified as GM Rongmei at his residence at Naga Gaon in Dimapur District of Nagaland. He was the sub-divisional engineer of BSNL posted in Zunheboto. His niece, Rajni was injured in the attacks.

NNC-NA has directed its ‘army wing’ to arrest any individual found indulging in collection of taxation, donation or contribution in the name of NNC-NA in and around Kohima and Dimapur (Nagaland).

March 2

Four persons were arrested along with FICN worth INR 28,900 in Rayagada District in Odisha. According to Police, the four were arrested for involvement in an inter-state FICN racket. The four belonged to - Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh - and were making transactions in the District while trading in cattle, cotton and paddy, DSP Y Jagannath Rao said. On a tip off, Police raided their places and seized FICN besides a colour printer, colour cartridges and mobile phones, Rao added. Rao said a syndicate was suspected to have been involved in the inter-state racket and people from Odisha were suspected to be in the racket.

The STF of Kolkata Police arrested one person, identified as Chandrasekhar Jaiswal and uncovered a FICN racket. The STF seized FICN with face value of over INR 100 million from Jaiswal. “We nabbed Jaiswal from central Kolkata and seized as many as 200 fake notes of Rs 1000 from his personal possession. We carried out raids at two locations – CIT Road at Manicktala and Domjur and seized 450 gunny bags containing scraps of Indian currency notes from his godown at Domjur...From his residence at Manicktala, we seized fake currency notes, industrial equipment, chemicals, stamps and cheques. We also seized 20 4G internet dongles and unused SIM cards purchased from Kolkata,” said Deputy Commissioner, STF, Amit Javalgi. “We are trying to explore all the other angles of this racket – including links to terrorist outfits. We have also contacted other Central investigating agencies to find out if the fake currency was channelised outside the country,” added Javalgi.

Ali Muhammad, DIG, South Kashmir said that increasing recruitment of educated youths in terrorist organizations represents one of the biggest challenges for the Jammu and Kashmir Government. He said “Educated youth joining militancy is really a matter of concern for us. There is a need to change the mindset of the youth.” The new CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed may have stirred a controversy by appearing to thank Pakistan for allowing peaceful polls in the Valley, but data shows he will need to win over youths at home to make a success of his tenure. Ashiq Hussain Dar (24), a resident of Turkewangam village, was selected as a village level worker in May 20014 and worked for three months as a Government official before joining HM. Similarly, Shakeel Ahmed Wani (34) was a teacher in a Government school in Pakarpura, Badgam but he gave it up in July 2014, when he joined JeM. While Wani was killed in an operation in Gaader forests in Keller area of Shopian in January, Dar was gunned down in a major army operation in Hef Sharmal village. Shiraz Ahmad Ghani (26), from Panjaram in Kulgam, who had similarly joined LeT while pursuing his PhD after completing his M Com, was killed in November 2014.

Jharkhand Police recovered cache of arms and ammunition from Murpa forest under Mahuatand Police Station in Bokaro District of Jharkhand. Acting on a tip off, the District Police launched a massive search operation and recovered two SLR, three Masket Rifles, one 3.9 bore rifle, three 303 bore rifle, 400 live cartridges including 362 live cartridges of 7.6 bore, a flash light, wires, mobiles phone and Maoist literature, SP, A Vijayalaxmi said.

An ‘area commander’ identified as Santosh Sah alias Manikant of the PLGA of the CPI-Maoist was arrested during a combing operation launched by the CRPF in riverine areas of river Gandak near Gobindganj in East Champaran District of Bihar.

The Bhadrachalam Sub-Division Police of Telangana stepped up vigil along the Chhattisgarh border following some inputs about the possible movement of a top CPI-Maoist leader - Ramanna - in the areas close to the inter-State border. Acting on the unconfirmed reports that special zonal committee ‘secretary’ of the Dandakaranya region was moving along with his ailing wife for the latter’s treatment, the Sub-Division Police kept a close watch on the hospitals in the mandals bordering Chhattisgarh. There are unconfirmed reports that Ramanna is likely to surrender along with his wife. However, a Warangal report quoting top Police officials said they have no information that Ramanna was surrendering before the Police. Warangal Range DIG B. Malla Reddy denied any such developments.

Odisha Government urged the Centre to provide two MI-17 or equivalent helicopters to the State for undertaking anti-CPI-Maoist operations. "I would request you to consider deploying two MI-17 or equivalent helicopters in the state at the earliest for effectively undertaking anti-naxalite operations," Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said in a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Chief Minister Patnaik said he had earlier requested the then Home Minister in a letter on October 29, 2010 for stationing two dedicated MI-17 Helicopters at Koraput and Bhubaneswar for anti-Maoist operations in Odisha.

SFs stumbled upon and recovered a powerful can-bomb in Murhu-Arki border in Khunti District of Jharkhand. The recovery was made when the SFs comprising of Khunti District Police and 60 Battalion of CRPF from adjoining West Singhbhum District stumbled upon an open wire, District SP Anish Gupta said. The explosive weighed 50 kg. The bomb was suspected to have been planted by PLFI - a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Madvi Bheema (30) and Hemla Aaytu, were arrested and cache of explosives were recovered from them during a combing operation at Budgicheru Nayapara village under Basaguda Police Station limits of Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. Pipe bombs and gelatin packets were seized from their possession.

A contingent of DF and CAF arrested a hardcore Maoist from his house at Chatapalli village under Awapalli Police Station limits of Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The insurgent was a SPO in the past and had run away with a SLR rifle in 2007.

A woman CPI-Maoist cadre was shot dead in a gun-battle with SFs in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. "The rebel-- who is yet to be identified-- was killed in an exchange of fire between a joint team of security personnel and ultras in the restive Gadiras police station limits late last night," Sukma ASP Santosh Singh said. "A group of armed insurgents opened indiscriminate firing on them in a hilly area of Gadgad village last night following which security personnel retaliated," he said. Later, during search of the spot in the wee hours, the body of a woman Naxal in uniform was recovered along with a 12 bore gun, a pipe bomb, cartridges and other material, the ASP said.

Governor P B Acharya stated that Security forces have arrested at least 167 terrorists and linkmen allegedly involved in the serial attacks on Adivasi people in many Districts across Assam in the last two months. "Two of their leaders were also killed during the action by the security forces. On the insistence of the state government, the NIA has taken up investigation and registered four cases against the terrorists," Acharya said. At least 81 persons, including Adivasis, Bodos and Bengalis, were killed in serial attacks by NDFB-IKS terrorists, retaliatory violence and police firing across many districts in December 2014.The Government has so far inked 'Suspension of Operation' agreement with 17 extremist groups, of which Memorandum of Settlement agreement have been signed with BLT, UPDS, DHD-N and DHD-J also known as BW, added P B Acharya.

SFs arrested an OGW of the NDFB-IKS, Milan Basumatary alias Khununga, from Shimlabagan village in Chirang Reserve Forest area of Chirang District of Assam. SFs recovered about 12.5 kilogram TNT explosives from him.

A Kamrup (metro) Chief Judicial Magistrate (Guwahati, Assam) granted bail to Sujena Begum, and Jakaria, wife and brother of Sahanur Alom, a key accused in the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast case. This comes after Police's inability to file a chargesheet within 90 days of their arrest.  Alom is a JMB operative arrested on December 5, 2014 in Assam.

SFs arrested a UNLF, militant, identified as ‘lance corporal’ Salam Memi from Sita Junction in Chandel in Manipur. It was later revealed that she had undergone training in 2013 in Myanmar.

Army recovered an IED from Kwakta Khunou in Bishnupur in Manipur. Later the IED was safely exploded by the bomb disposal team of the Army.

Unidentified persons placed a hand grenade at the gate of Kwakta GP Ward Number-2 member Minarjaan Bibi’s residence at Kwakta Meena in Bishnupur in Manipur

A combined team of SFs arrested an RPF militant identified as Mohammed Nasir Khan alias Nasir Hussein from Leishangthem area in Thoubal District of Manipur. He was involved in serving demand letters to the general public of Lilong. One demand letter of RPF was recovered from him.

A combined team of AR and Thoubal District Police arrested a PREPAK-pro identified as Sinam Yaima alias Leisemba alias Chingakpa, from Langathel in Thoubal in Manipur.

SFs arrested a URF militant, ‘lieutenant’ Meipak from Marangching-V village in Tamenglong District of Manipur.

URF militant, identified as ‘private’ Ningthoujam Ramesh Singh was arrested from general area of Tairenpokpi in Imphal West of Manipur. A Lathode gun was recovered from him.

Indian Army arrested an unidentified HMA militant from Khawmawi in Churachandpur District of Manipur. One US made 9 mm pistol with magazine, one country made 9 mm pistol with magazine and five live rounds of 9 mm pistol were recovered from him.

Three villagers including a father and a son abducted by suspected militants on February 25 were released. The three villagers have been identified as Paongam Chongloi Letlalthang Chongloi and Paolim Chongloi. (Manipur)

MHA hasn’t fixed the date of the tripartite meeting and signing of the agreement for the extension of SoO with Kuki armed outfits, stated Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister Gaikhangam. He stated that SoO didn’t extend beyond August 21 last year but Government was waiting for fixing a date for the tripartite meeting and the signing of an agreement for extension from the MHA. SoO has been extended from time to time by KNO and UPF, BUT this time around both have requested the GOI to hold a tripartite talk in New Delhi. (Manipur)

Editors of various newspaper establishments have got threats from unknown militants. Editors have requested the Manipur Government to provide security personnel to Khoirom Loyalakpa, an Editor of Naharolgi Thou-dang, a Manipuri newspaper who was threatened by armed persons. The threat was reportedly given to pressurise the journalists to suppress publication of newspapers.

UNLF has announced that it would set up a ‘fact finding team’ to investigate into the case pertaining to denial of CBSE exam admit cards to around 2500 students of the State. (Manipur)

Suspected GNLA militants lobbed a crude bomb at a petrol pump in Shallang area in West Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya and injured two employees of the petrol station, identified as Amresh Kumar and Mejentis. SP West Khasi Hills Sylvester Nongtynger stated that that it is the handiwork of GNLA or AMEF.

Unidentified militants armed with shot guns opened fire on a biker, identified as Hubert Arengh, at Wakagre, in the out skirts of Tura in West Garo Hills in Meghalaya.

Meghalaya Police appears to be preparing for a full onslaught against GNLA following the establishment of a special Operation Group Centre at Bolkinggre village of Williamnagar in East Garo Hills.

Four unidentified militants assaulted 12 labourers at Mawiongrim in Shillong in East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya.

March 3

The Indian Government has created a Cyber-Security Chief position under the PMO. An official from the Ministry of Information Technology said that the government appointed Gulshan Rai, Director General of ICERT at the department of electronics and information technology, as the Special Secretary for cyber-security. He is also expected to head the National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC) that the government is also setting up.

One person, identified as Ali Ahmad alias Dr Sameer was arrested near Charbagh bus station in Lucknow by the STF of Uttar Pradesh Police along with FICN. Earlier, also in April 2010 Ali had been arrested with FICN along with two accomplices. He, however, had managed to escape in 2011 while being taken to court.During interrogation, the accused confessed that he had been running FICN racket for last 10 years. The accused revealed that they used to procure FICN from Kathmandu and Veerganj in Nepal. His racket was spread in different Districts of West Bengal, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Gujarat.

The discovery of a FICN production unit in Kolkata (West Bengal) has sent alarm bells ringing in the security establishment. Housed in a three-storeyed residential building, at Kankurgachi area of the city the racket is suspected to have been in operation for nearly five years. Police have sought help from all central agencies, including NIA. The UMHA and RBI have also been alerted. "If they are manufacturing foreign currencies, it is obvious they have ready buyers. Besides, they would need raw material and dices to replicate foreign currencies. It is obvious the gang was operating in close coordination with an international racket. We cannot move forward with the probe unless we get proper assistance from central agencies," a Police officer said.

The Kerala High Court dismissed the bail pleas of Thushar Nirmal Sarathy and Jaison C Cooper, who allegedly belong to a CPI-Maoist front organisation and were behind the attack on NHAI office in Kochi. Turning down the bail pleas, justice B Kemal Pashad held that the contents of the case diary prima facie reveal their complicity and the matter requires thorough and continued investigation. Considering the seriousness of the allegation and the present stage of investigation, it is premature to grant bails now, the court said.

The NHRC issued notice to Kerala Government over the allegations that human rights defenders and rights activists in the state were being arrested after levelling them as 'Maoist sympathisers'. The NHRC has issued a notice to the Director General of Police of Kerala calling for a report within two weeks over the issue, according to an official statement released. The notice was issued after the Commission took suo moto cognisance of a media report that the Kerala Government was targeting human rights defenders and rights activists by labelling them as 'Maoists sympathisers'.

Police conducted raid at some mobile phone shops at Karpi under the Arwal Police station in Arwal District of Bihar and arrested three shop owners for allegedly supplying SIM cards of different cell companies on fake electoral IDs to the activists of the CPI-Maoist. Those arrested have been identified as Chitranjan Kumar, Gautam Kumar and Arun Kumar, all residents of villages adjoining Karpi. Police also recovered a laptop, fake electoral IDs with tampered holograms and other incriminating documents.

Arwal SP Manavjeet Singh Dhillon said most of the Maoists, who were recently arrested by the Arwal Police, were invariably found demanding levies from contractors using SIM cards provided to them by the arrested mobile shop owners. The SP said the arrested persons used to provide SIM cards on fake IDs to Maoists and in return, the Maoists paid them a fixed amount per sim from their income earned through levy. The seized laptop has been sent to the state police headquarters for cyber examination, the SP added.

The NSD, which consists of two teams in Coimbatore and the Nilgiris Districts, has been successful in building cordial relationship with people in tribal villages and hamlets bordering Kerala. Inspector General of Police (West Zone) K. Shankar said that the teams have met the primary target of building ties with the villagers. The teams are operational from February 1 following the attacks on a forest office and a few other places at Palakkad District, Kerala, in December 2014. The dedicated teams were formed in addition to the combing operations Stating that there is no Naxal movement in this part of the State, Shankar added that the Police have also targeted recruitment of 75 Home Guards in bordering hamlets in Ooty and around 30 in similar areas in Coimbatore District, by the end of March.

Three militants were injured, in a shootout, which took place between Police and NDFB-IKS militants in Sonitpur District of Assam.

The Police raided the house of a senior NDFB-IKS ‘leader’ named Mendala in Laizaguri village recovered arms and ammunitions in Chirang District of Assam. Police recovered three country made AK-type rifles along with ammunitions and 50 rounds of ammunition and gunpowder from the house. Mendala is absconding; however, Police arrested a linkman of the outfit identified as Markas.

Police arrested of an ULFA-I sympathiser, Bolin Barua (40), from Borbum Nis Khalai Gurguru village under Moranhat Police Station in Sivasagar District of Assam. With the arrest of the ULFA-I sympathiser Police claimed to have solved the February 13 Sepon blast case in which two persons were killed in the explosion.

Dr Bhumidhar Barman, Minister for Assam Accord Implementation, in his written reply on March 3 stated that 71,201 foreigners have been detected in Assam since 1985, of whom 38,186 came after 1971 and were found by the Foreigners’ Tribunals to be liable for deportation. Of the total foreigners detected, 2,448 have been deported and 68 are kept in detention centres, while the remaining are either absconding or are dead.

Police arrested suspected MLA militant, Hafizur Islam, from Srirampur under Gossaigaon Police Station in Kokrajhar District of Assam. BTAD Inspector-General of Police, L.R. Bishnoi, on March 4 that said Islam had revealed during interrogation that the outfit was procuring country made arms from Bihar to kill BPF supporters ahead of the BTC election next month. Bishnoi said the outfit was an offshoot of another armed group - MPTFA - formed after the riots in BTAD in July 2012.

Sanasam Ranjit Singh, who was abducted on February 26 from Chawangkining village in Senapati District of Manipur, was released. KNF and Sadar Hills based Kuki civil bodies had strongly condemned the abduction earlier. In a statement issued by the ‘information and publicity secretary’ of KNF, LH Stephen, KNF held the smaller splinter groups responsible for all abductions and extortions.

MNRF celebrated its 4th raising day. MNRF ‘chairman’ Atai Siro, ‘chief of army staff’ Tonija Marchang and ‘external affairs secretary’ S Kuilei attended the raising day celebration. (Manipur)

A truck was stopped by a group of militants armed with AK47s, demanding money, at NH-40 at Umling in Ri-Boi in Meghalaya. According to local residents the militants seemed to be from the Garo community.

GNLA claimed that the allegation made by Police that the outfit had thrown a crude bomb at a petrol pump in Shallang in West Khasi Hills of Meghalaya was a guess work.

Meghalaya DGP Rajiv Mehta has pointed out that insurgency in the Garo Hills region has been on the decline for the last three months even as he said operations against outfits and ultras would continue ‘aggressively’.

DGP stated that "It is good news if insurgents are rejoining the mainstream and peace prevails", when asked about claims made by GNLA that it is not involved in anti-social activities. He also stated that the Police would react and go ahead on the insurgency scenario of Garo hills in Meghalaya, according to the ground situation and information available.

DGP asked the SPs of the five Garo Hills Districts to effectively involve the community in the fight against militant groups. DGP Rajiv Mehta stated that "You cannot fight the militants without the community support and that message has been made it clear to the SPs. Better police-public relationship is needed for better results, He also asked the SPs to direct all the subordinate officers to be active on the ground to make Counter Insurgency operations and Policing more effective. He also asked the SPs and other senior officers to make policing more visible in the strife torn districts of Garo Hills. (Meghalaya)

AR arrested an arms dealer identified as Sapenthung Lotha from Tinali in Dimapur District of Nagaland. A .22 pistol was recovered from him.

Tripura Government again urged the Central Government to take steps to send over 31,000 Bru tribal refugees back to Mizoram to maintain ethnic harmony in the northeastern region, reports Tripurainfo. The Bru, have been living in the seven camps in Kanchanpur since October 1997 when they fled western Mizoram after the killing of a Mizo forest officer triggered ethnic troubles.

After replying to a series of questions of the legislators, Revenue and Relief Minister Badal Choudhury told the assembly: "We urge upon the central government to ask the Mizoram government to take back the refugees.” The central and Mizoram governments recently took a fresh initiative to repatriate the refugees in view of the Supreme Court directions January 16. Union home minister Rajnath Singh and his deputy Kiren Rijiju recently visited Tripura and persuaded the refugee leaders to go back to their homes in Mizoram," Union home minister tried to hold a meeting with the chief ministers of Tripura and Mizoram to finalise a road map to repatriate the refugees to Mizoram. However, Mizoram Chief Minister did not attend the meeting nor did he send his representative.

SFs arrested a UNLF militant identified as ‘corporal’ Elangbam Penna alias Sanayaima alias Pangthokpa from Pallel in Chandel in Manipur.

Based on AR report that various insurgent groups were illegally transporting weapons and explosives along Imphal-Moreh section of NH-102, Manipur Government has imposed restriction of vehicles plying on this highway during night Manipur Government had has issued the restriction As per the order, the movement of goods and passenger vehicles from Pallel to Moreh and vice-versa will not be allowed from 6 pm to 5 am.

March 4

As many as 37,721 cyber fraud cases involving INR 4.97 billion have been reported by the RBI and CBI in the last four years, Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed Lok Sabha. Several cyber attack techniques are used in engineering these crimes and are normally reported as ATM/ debit card, credit card, internet banking frauds, Prasad said in a written reply to the House. "As per information provided by the RBI, 10,048, 8,765, 9,500 and 9,362 cyber fraud cases and losses of Rs 38 crore, Rs 67 crore, Rs 78 crore and Rs 60 crore have been reported to the RBI during 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and April-December 2014, respectively," he added. In a separate reply, the minister said: "CBI has also registered 46 cases (14 Preliminary Enquiries) and 32 RCs (Regular Cases) relating to cyber crime in various parts of the country during the last few years that is 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 (till date)." In these cases 34 persons have been arrested, he said. "An amount of Rs 90 crore, Rs 158 crore and Rs 6 crore was involved in these cases registered during the year 2012, 2013 and 2014, respectively," Prasad added.

Lieutenant General Subrata Saha, GOC Chinar Corps, while speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the passing out parade of the new recruits at Bana Singh Parade Ground at the JKLI Regimental Centre in Srinagar said that large number of Kashmiri youth joining the Army as an encouraging trend. He said that from July to December 2014, 767 Kashmiri youth have enrolled for the Army and described the trend of large number of Kashmiri youth joining the Army as encouraging.

Indian security agencies have unearthed a major racket being operated by Pakistan-based organisations to cheat Indians through a network of their local operatives, who would open accounts with various banks in which the gullible victims would be lured to deposit substantial amount. “Investigations so far have revealed that Pakistan-based outfits used at least 1,162 accounts of their associates based in India to defraud gullible victims in the country over the years, though the number could be much higher. These accounts belong to 16 banks in India, including public sector banks,” said a senior intelligence official. Top intelligence sources said operatives based in Pakistan are using an elaborate ‘telephone-bank-hawala structure’ to defraud unsuspecting Indians. The gullible victims are asked to deposit ‘processing charges’ into an indicated bank account in order to claim the cash prize of a big lottery. Indian associates also hire such bank accounts from small depositors for a small monthly rent and earn adequate commission, sources said. State-wise segregation of these bank accounts clearly shows a preference for north Indian states, with Bihar (30 per cent), West Bengal (18 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (13.5 per cent) and Madhya Pradesh (11 per cent) having most number of accounts, they added. Intelligence sources claimed that the investigations are being conducted to ascertain whether this money was also being siphoned to fund terror activities.

Hinjewadi (Pune) Police arrested a Bangladeshi national, identified as Jaisemaddin Mostafa for illegally staying in Mangaon in Raigad District with fake documents and was planning to head to Saudi Arabia. He allegedly possesses an Indian passport under the name of Terab Ali Abdul Bari, with a residence address of Assam's Karimganj. Inspector Dhananjay Dhumal of the Pune anti-terrorism cell said they will also be exploring a possible terror angle, since Mostafa had stayed in Pakistan for a long time. Mostafa revealed that, after working in Pakistan, he had returned to Bangladesh and later gone to Saudi Arabia for work. However, he had to return owing to some visa complications. In 2013, he went to Assam, where he procured a fake passport with the help of an agent. Around six months ago, he had managed to get a job in Pune and has been working here ever since, while his visa formalities for the Saudi Arabia trip were being processed.

Four cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested from Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The arrested Maoists were identified as Bhansi Local Operating Squad ‘commander’ of Maoists military wing PLGA Hunga alias Sonaru, Motu alias Guddu Telam, the organiser of Bhansi LOS, Punem Kallu, who was a member of Maoists’ military company no.2 and Ramesh Yadav. Dantewada Police in a press statement said that “Hunga was sent by senior Maoist leader Ganesh Uike to kill Badaru, a former Maoist and now a police constable in Dantewada.” Punem Kallu carried a reward of INR 8,00,000 on his head and Hunga carried a reward of INR 5,00,000.

The Andhra Pradesh Government has doubled the relief amount provided to surrendered CPI-Maoist cadres from INR 5,000 to INR 10,000 to meet their immediate requirements as recommended by the High Powered Cabinet Sub-Committee dealing with “naxalite problems” in the state. The Government has also evolved guidelines for the rehabilitation of surrendered extremists to encourage surrenders and enable the extremists to join mainstream by providing them with economic support schemes. Depending on their economic status, they become eligible for grant of White cards, housing, LPG subsidy and also admission to skill development courses, says a special Government Order issued by the Andhra Pradesh Government on March 4. The Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence), Andhra Pradesh said that the grant has no impact on other special grants like reward money on the surrendered extremist and others like healthcare, education, jobs etc.

Presently, a total number of 593 companies of CAPFs have been deployed in 10 LWE affected states for assisting the state police in conducting anti-LWE operations in the state. With effect from 01.4.2014, the rate of recovery of deployment charges for each Battalion (of 7 coys) have been fixed at Rs 43.10 crore per annum, in addition to actual cost of transportation/ movement of the Battalions, with 5% annual increase for the subsequent five years from 2014-15 to 2018-19. As on 01.10.2014, an amount of Rs 13139.37 crore is outstanding on deployment of CRPF (the largest amongst CAPFs) against LWE affected States, on account of deployment charges.  Presently, there is no proposal with the Government to reduce / decrease the number of battalions of CAPFs in the LWE affected States, thus reducing the expenditure on their deployment. This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in a written reply to Shri Harivansh in the Rajya Sabha.

ZUF in a statement alleged that manner in which NSCN-IM turned a large number of its cadres, in coalition with SFs against ZUF shows the NSCN-IM's attempt to wipe out ZUF.(Manipur)

Indian Army and Imphal West District Police unit jointly organised an awareness programme to educate Police personnel on detection of IED and its safe disposal. (Manipur)

The headman of Ringkyrtein village in Khanduli area of West Jaintia Hills (Meghalaya) identified as Clement Dkhar was killed by militants. According to Police, Dkhar was reportedly missing from the village since March 1His body was recovered at Bathang Synrang, half way between Sanaro and Namdong village in West Jaintia District.

The son of the Nokma (village headman) of Oragitok in West Garo Hills in Meghalaya, identified as Sengbath Marak was killed in an encounter between suspected militants of GNLA and Police in Rongram in West Garo Hills. A 7.65 pistol with two live rounds, two magazines, three GNLA demand notes and a detonator were recovered from the encounter site. According to Police he was a part there were four militants along with the Nokma’s son inside the house when it was raided. The other militants managed to escape by opening fire and fleeing into the nearby jungle, close to Nokrek Biosphere. Police further added that he was involved with the armed group.

IG of BSF Sudesh Kumar stated that Bangladesh Government has sought access from the Indian Government to allow movement of its SFs to enter inside the rugged terrain of CHT They (Border Guards of Bangladesh) have informed us about their willing to launch crackdown against the Indian rebels hiding in Chittagong Hills Tract. But the rugged terrain of the area (Chittagong Hills Tract) has dampened their spirit and therefore, they have sought access to enter that area from Tripura,” The IG also added that Indian government was yet to take a call on the request. He also added that there were 39 active camps and hideouts of North East militants in different parts of CHT. Four Indian north-eastern states of Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Assam share an 1,880-km border with Bangladesh.

March 5

A woman was arrested along with FICN worth INR 22,000 while trying to deposit them in the branch of Bank of Maharashtra in Sambalpur District. She has been identified as Anita Sharma (50) of Hatpada area in Sambalpur city.

One unidentified militant of an unspecified group was arrested with arms from Jatinga railway station in Dima Hasao District of Assam.

Police intercepted a motorcycle at Kosichora area of Bajengdoba in East Garo Hills of Meghalaya and arrested two individuals involved in arms trade with AMEF. Based on their confession six other members of the gang were arrested from Gosingpita area of Bajengdoba Police recovered a 9mm pistol which they were planning to sell to one Simeon Marak alias Matsram and a woman identified as Panita Marak. Matsram is a surrendered cadre of ANLA who was covertly working for AMEF. Both were arrested from Rongkhon area in West Garo Hills District. Police also recovered INR 200000 which was meant to be paid to the criminal gang for the purchase of the pistol.

Police team from Shillong arrested’ the jailed ‘commander-in-chief’ of ANCA. He had allegedly made an extortion call from his prison cell demanding INR 300000 from a woman in Shillong in East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya.

Suspected members of HPC-D fired at a Police out Post at Khawlian in Aizawl District of Mizoram. There was no casualty or injuries.

Imphal West District Police arrested two arms smugglers, identified as Lourembam Rabiraj alias Boinao alias Naoba and Kongjengbam Premjit from Haobam Marak Lourembam Leikai area at Yaingam Leirak crossing in Manipur. One 9 mm pistol along with magazine loaded with two live rounds and one miss round of 9 mm ammunition and some incriminating articles were recovered from them.

SFs conducted search operation at Leimapok-pam Khunpham area in Bishnupur District of Manipur and arrested a PLA militant, identified as Nongmaithem Nanoa Singh alias Raju Investigation reveals that the accused was involved in collection of information about the movement of security personnel operating in Bishnupur and planned to ambush them.

An OGW identified as Sena alias James, the general area Khudengthabi of Chandel District of Manipur. It was revealed that he has been working as recruitment agent since 2011 who has been misleading youth and arranging their recruitment in various militant groups.

March 6

NIA filed the charge sheet in a court in Chennai in a case of alleged espionage and attempts to carry out sabotage activities in India at the instigation of Pakistan. It was filed at a NIA court against Thameem Ansari, a suspected operative of ISI now on bail and a Sri Lankan national, Arun Selvarajan, besides three others who are their handlers in Pakistan and suspected to be based in Sri Lanka. "The offences against the accused include those under UAPA, IPC and Official Secrets Act," Public Prosecutor for NIA cases, C S S Pillai stated. Raising funds for terrorist act, conspiracy (Sections 17,18 Unlawful Activities Act), sedition, criminal conspiracy (IPC, 121 A, 120 B), penalty for spying (Section 3, Official Secrets Act) are among the major charges.

The Government has approved the appointment of three new ADG rank officers in the Coast Guard (ICG). According to Ministry of Defence officials, creation of new top posts would ensure better coordination among the 13 agencies working in the maritime domain along the 7,500-km-long coastline. Apart from the Navy and the Coast Guard other  agencies like the Marine Police, the various Port Trusts, maritime boards, CID, the Ministry of Agriculture, fisheries boards, the Ministry of Shipping, the Ministry of Science, Coastal Security, Customs Department, DRI are also active on the country’s maritime domain.

A man was arrested along with FICN worth INR 9,000 at Haridwar road in Dehradun. During interrogation, it was revealed that the accused Gunjan Kumar is a resident of Begusarai in Bihar. "The accused was on his way to supply the amount to a client when he was apprehended," said Police Official, S S Bisht.

Intelligence inputs coming from CRPF and IB  have suggested that the growing alienation among tribal population in various CPI-Maoist strongholds in Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and parts of Bihar and Maharashtra has forced CPI-Maoist to order a study of socioeconomic impact of the central development schemes. The study has been ordered by the Eastern Regional Bureau of CPI-Maoist that supervises Maoist activities in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Assam, Eastern Uttar Pradesh and North Chhattisgarh, sources said. The ERB has asked various state committees to undertake detailed study in villages and circulated a 19 column detailed pro-forma to be duly filled up by the surveyors. "The CPI (Maoist) has noted that if it has to spread and further revolution in the agrarian areas, it has to review its tactics in the light of socio-political and economic impact of the development schemes that have been there in the rural and tribal areas for the last two decades," said sources.

In their internal communications, the Maoist's have blamed these programmes for weaning away village level activists as they got involved in various contractual works associated with these schemes. Besides initiatives like Rs. 2 per kg rice for poor and Saranda action plan succeeded in misguiding some of its active cadres and sowed seeds of discord among them, the intelligence inputs note. The confiscated documents also suggest that some Maoist leaders lament the lack of maturity on part of some of its senior leadership for being unaware of changing ground realities and need for a comprehensive survey from a Marxist perspective.

An unidentified militant of ASAK was arrested on March 6th, near Damra village in Goalpara District of Assam. A .22 mm pistol, ammunition and one hand grenade were recovered from him.

Police arrested a woman NDFB-IKS militant at Rangajan in Golaghat District of Assam and seized cartridges of INSAS rifle.

Police are pressing for help from neighbouring Bhutan and Myanmar to arrest top leaders of NDFB-IKS. The ‘chairman’ of NDFB-IKS IK Songbijit, is suspected to have fled to Myanmar, his close associate G Bidai and other top leaders are believed to be in Bhutan. Sources said Bidai, the mastermind of December 23 massacres was last seen somewhere near Thimphu in Bhutan. Minister of state for Home affairs Kiren Rijiju recently said in Parliament that till February 28 this year, 214 cadres of NDFB-IKS have been arrested. Earlier, Security Forces had claimed that the outfit has a total strength of about 270 members. The Security Source further added that "Due to intensified operations against the outfit in Sonitpur, Udalguri and Kokrajhar Districts, NDFB-IKS militants are now trying to seek refuge in Golaghat District in Assam and Dimapur in Nagaland.

ULFA-I demanded an ‘apology’ from Police for detaining the son of Anup Chetia, the ULFA-I's ‘general secretary’ and founder member, for several hours in Sivasagar District of Assam.

Clashes along the Assam-Nagaland border have claimed 158 lives since 1972, according to Government records. In the first incident that took place on March 14, 1972, one Assam Police man was killed in a firing by the Nagaland Police in Sivasagar In another land encroachment related incident on January 5, 1979, 54 people were killed and 39 injured in Assam Golaghat.

A senior official of the MHA said that over the past five years Bangladeshi security agencies have arrested 17 top leaders of the insurgent groups banned in India, especially those active in the Northeast. The official said “Several top leaders, including those from Meghalaya, Tripura and Assam, had taken shelter in Bangladesh. Through proactive action, the Bangladesh Government has been extending full cooperation to us in the fight against such groups. During 2009-14, at least 17 top leaders of various groups were arrested, and eight suspects surrendered.”

Police filed an appeal in the court seeking the arrest of Sangma’s accomplice Nickseng M Marak who is also an inmate of Tura jail and is said to have been helping William in hiding the mobile phone and the SIM card. (Meghalaya)

Meghalaya Police have begun a crackdown on illegal SIM cards procured from Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura and sold to militants in the State. IGP Raju stated that “We have seized over 536 illegal SIM cards sold in black market in the State in the past 36 hours”. Police have seized 416 illegal SIM cards from Shallang area in West Khasi Hills District, while 120 unauthorised SIM cards were seized from various sellers in East Garo Hills.

GSU alleged that Sengbath Marak, son of village headman who was killed in an encounter at Rongram in West Garo Hills of Meghalaya, was killed in a fake encounter.

Apex union of Poumai tribe, the Poumai Naga Union (PNU), declared “non-cooperation movement” against NSCN-IM. till the outfit lifted the ban order on the union.. Earlier NSCN-IM branded Poumai people as “anti-national”, (Nagaland)

Suspected PLA attacked AR troopers at a place in Satang village near Border Pillar 81 in Imphal East in Manipur.

An encounter took place between suspected militants of unidentified group and SFs at Kwatha village near Border Pillar number 81 in Chandel in Manipur.

KNLF celebrated its 7th raising day at Camp Olive, Semol village in Chandel in Manipur.

An Indian jihadi, identified as Sultan Abdul Kadir Armar (39), was killed while fighting for the IS. Armar hailed from Bhatkal town in Karnataka, intelligence sources said. Indian jihadist group Ansar al-Tauhid fi’Bilad al-Hind said Armar was killed during fighting at Kobane, on the Syria-Turkey border. “His intense urge to establish Islam and the pathetic condition of the Muslim ummah (nation) forced him to leave behind his loved ones, seeking Allah’s pleasure and eternal paradise,” says the statement. Reportedly, in the year 2004, Armar and his brother Shafi Armar joined the IM. Following the arrest of IM 'India operations chief' Yasin Bhatkal, the NIA had secured warrants for Armar’s arrest.

Two Pakistani intelligence officers posted in Sri Lanka deputed two spies to get details of 'Project Varsha', India's new naval base near Visakhapatnam which will be home for its new fleet of nuclear submarines, the NIA chargesheet revealed the details. They also asked the spies to attempt befriending and luring Indian Navy and Army officers to Colombo (Sri Lanka) where "women and cash could be arranged" to get information on defence matters. The charge sheet, says one of the spies, Thameem Ansari was asked by the Pakistani officers to pose as a film-maker making a documentary titled 'Power of India' on the Indian armed forces to befriend some Army and Navy officers. The two Pakistani officers named in the chargesheet are Amir Zubair Siddiqui, counsellor (visa) posted with the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka and Vineeth alias Rana, "a Pakistan intelligence officer" also posted in Sri Lanka, the NIA has said. NIA, however, said Ansari and another spy, Arun Selvarajan arrested in India in 2012 and 2014 respectively recced and photographed numerous secret installations.

 

March 7

The Jammu and Kashmir Government released leading separatist leader and president of ML Masrat Alam Bhat who was accused of being the "mastermind" of street violence across the Kashmir valley in 2010. Masrat, also a senior figure in the separatist Hurriyat Conference, led the 2010 uprising by issuing protest calendars in June 2010. He was accused of being the choreographer of the violence which rampaged across the Kashmir valley for four months leaving 112 youth’s dead and hundreds of others, including security personnel, injured. Public Safety Act was slapped against him six times since his arrest in 2010, but these were quashed by the High Court. However, he was detained on some other charges for committing similar offences in Jammu.

A policy framework is needed to protect common citizens against cyber crimes as it would add to their confidence to use technology in financial transactions, RBI Executive Director G Padmanabhan said. "It is my considered view that India needs a statute protecting a common citizen against cyber fraud or cyber crime...A strong law, which protects a diligent customer from cyber frauds would infuse institutional safeguard to a common person and increase his confidence to use technology in financial transactions," he stated. There is a need to collect data, collate attacks, failures, measures to mitigate security gaps, losses suffered, turnaround time for fixing security gap and analyse them in order to guide the industry participants as well as customers, he said.

Nine naxalites including two women cadre of CPI-Maoist surrendered before Police in Koraput District of Odisha. Police stated that all the surrendered Maoists belong to Narayanpatna in Koraput District and were working for the Koraput division of the Andhra-Odisha-Border Special Zonal Committee of CPI-Maoist.

A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Janaki Yadav, carrying a reward of INR 50,000 on his head was arrested from Banadih village in Jamui District of Bihar. Acting on a tip off, a Police team led by SP, Operation, DN Pandey raided the village and arrested the Maoist. Yadav, is said to be a self-styled ‘area platoon commander’ of the CPI-Maoist and was wanted in over a dozen cases.

In a joint raid, East Champaran District Police and CRPF arrested CPI-Maoist ‘sub-zonal commander’ of north Bihar Munchun Sah from his hideout at Nakardewa village under Rajepur Police Station area. Munchun had been dodging the police for the last three years. East Champaran ASP (operations) Rajiv Kumar said the Police recovered a pistol, live cartridges, four cellphones, letters for levy and Maoist literatures from his possession. According to police sources, Munchun is an expert in bomb making and arm operation in his organization.

Five members of unarmed militia of the CPI-Maoist surrendered before ASP of Narsipatnam B. Satya Yesu Babu at Narsipatnam in Visakhapatnam District in Andhra Pradesh. The five — Korra Sitaram, Killo Mahadev, Gunta Sonnu, Gunta Raju and Masilil Loknadh of Nakkalametta village — were involved in the burning of a jeep engaged for General Elections and destroying of Electonic Voting Machines (EVMs) at Palakajeedi on May 7, 2014, killing of a surrendered Maoist Muvvala Naresh on the East Godavari-Visakhapatnam border during August 2014 and looting of his house. They had also provided logistic support to the Maoists.

Suspected militants belonging to a Naga rebel outfit fired at a Police patrol party along the Assam-Nagaland border in Sivasagar District of Assam.

The two-month deadline given by the Central Government to the Police and SFs to “finish off” the NDFB-IKS has expired, but the UMHA has made it clear that there would be no relaxing of the operations till the top leaders of the outfit fall in the security net.

The BSS, the apex literary body of the Bodos raised the pitch for expediting peace talks between militant outfits in the state and the Centre. While backing the Centre and state government's operation against rebels who have not yet given up arms, the BSS said the government should find an early solution for the rebel groups it has been holding talks with for years. (Assam)

Unidentified suspected militants exploded a grenade in front of MM Higher Secondary school at Wangkheimayum Leirak Wangkhei in Imphal East in Manipur.

A bomb was found hanging at the gate of an individual identified as Yanglem Janaki of Uripok Achom Leikai in Imphal West in Manipur.

Three persons, including an NSCN-K militant identified as Tokivi Aye and his two accomplices identified as Hotoshe Chophy and Kiboka were arrested after Police got a tip off that some militants were demanding money at the Keditsu Complex near the PR Hill in Kohima. They were extorting INR 7000 from a shopkeeper. (Nagaland)

SFs arrested a PREPAK militant Hijam Priyokumar Singh, from Nambol Bazar in Bishnupur in Manipur.

SFs arrested a PREPAK militant, identified as Potshangbam Dhaneshwor Sing from an undisclosed location. (Manipur)

SFs arrested Haokip, an armed smuggler, while conducting frisking and checking at New Checkon near Tribal Market in Imphal West in Manipur. Investigation reveals that he is involved in buying and selling of arms and had close links with KNA and KYKL.

SFs arrested another KYKL militant identified as Salam Shyam alias Ajit Singh at Kakching Khunou, Thongam Kalika Lai Leirak, in Thoubal in Manipur.

March 8

UMHA sought an immediate report from Jammu and Kashmir Government on the release of Alam. Confirming that the UMHA had sought an immediate report from the Government, official sources said that the Home and Police Departments have prepared an exhaustive report on release of Masrat Alam and would be sending it to UMHA. “The report has been prepared with all facts and figures and the Home Department will be sending it to the UMHA tomorrow morning,” they said.

UMHA approved a proposal to set up X-ray based FBTSS at five check posts located on India-Pakistan, India-Nepal and India-Bangladesh borders in order to curb smuggling of narcotics and arms from across the border. According to UMHA officials, the full-body truck scanners will be installed at Attari-Wagah integrated check posts, Petrapole integrated check post on India-Bangladesh border, Raxaul integrated check post on India-Nepal border, Uri-Salamabad check post and Poonch-Chakkan-da-bagh by September-October 2016.

The NIA is suffering from acute staff shortage of nearly 30 per cent that in turn is telling on its performance. The NIA has been given sanctioned strength of 816 but has been able to get and depute only 579 personnel, leaving 237 posts vacant. The staff shortage runs maximum in Kolkata and Mumbai branch offices, where only 17 and 57 personnel are working against a sanctioned strength of 81 and 95 personnel respectively. In Guwahati the vacancy is 31 against the sanctioned strength of 87.

A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in a fierce exchange of fire with the Police during an anti-Naxal operation inside Churadangar forest near Godlajharan village of Golamunda block in Kalahandi District of Odisha. The exchange of fire with the Maoists ensued when personnel of district Police and the elite SOG were carrying out anti-LWE operation, said Kalahandi SP Brijesh Kumar Ray. The Police also seized a sophisticated weapon and other materials from the spot.

Army recovered an IED, weighing about 15 kilograms, from Patiladaha-Panbari Road Chirang District of Assam. The IED was later diffused.

SFs arrested an unidentified MULTA militant from Baijer Alga village in Dhubri District of Assam. A 9 mm pistol along with four rounds of ammunition was recovered from his possession.

SFs arrested a suspected NDFB-IKS militant, Manas Swargiwari, from Karibil area in Sonitpur District of Assam. A US-made 7.65 mm pistol, its magazine, live ammunition and some documents were recovered from the cadre.

The meeting of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal headed by Justice A.K. Pathak, which discussed the extension of ban HNLC has fixed April 18 as the next date for hearing. The meeting held at Umiam in East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya for two days from March 7 was inconclusive.

GNLA has called for a 12-hour dawn-to-dusk shutdown throughout the Garo Hills on March 9 and simultaneously given a call for an indefinite closure of Ampati in South West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma’s constituency on the same day. The shutdown is in protest the recent mass murder of two families by villagers over witchcraft allegations and the subsequent killing of a Nokma’s son on March 4.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed issues concerning the state, especially the insurgency problem. During their 15 minute meeting, Sangma briefed the Home Minister about the prevailing situation in the North-eastern state, where some militants are active in the Garo Hills region, bordering Bangladesh.

Meghalaya Government has ordered magisterial inquiries into the death of a son of a tribal chief (Nokma) on March 4. Enquiry has also been ordered into the recovery of a mobile phone from a GNLA militant in Tura Jail in West Garo Hills.

Kuldip Yadav, ‘area commander’ of the TPC was killed by the Maoists in Palamu District of Jharkhand.  The body of Yadav was found near Dobatiya More on NH 98 under Harihurganj Police Station. Kuldip was abducted by the Maoists from Koolhaiya Village on March 7, when he had gone to his maternal uncle’s village. Chhaterpur DSP Sameer Tirkey confirmed the killing of the TPC ‘area commander’ by the Maoists. The DSP also confirmed the recovery of hand written letter by the Maoists at the spot claiming responsibility for gunning down the ‘commander’, saying he was shot dead to avenge the killing of 11 Naxalite cadres namely Jaiker, Praful, Prayas, Jitender, Albert, Danish, Tapos, Niraj, Ramesh, Hansraj and Baleshwar, at Lakarbandha in Chatra District on March 27-28, 2013.

The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze two vehicles of a construction company deployed for construction of a road near Punnoor village in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. A road-roller and a Hyva tipper were set on fire by insurgents during the evening hours while the labourers were engaged in construction of road located on Awapalli-Basaguda road.

Eight Maoists including two women insurgents surrendered before the Police in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The insurgents were identified as Shankar Poyam (30) of Bhairamgarh, Prakash Podiyami (20) of Nelsanar, Ramsu Tamo alias Katav (21) of Bhairamgarh, Munni Podiyami (30), Malti (20) from Dantewada, Vetti Aytu (42) and Mohan Vatti (27) both from Awapalli and Sukhram Hemla (29) hailing from Gangalur. SP, Bijapur, KL Dhruv informed that Shankar Poyam was member of Maoist military platoon number 16 and also President of Chetna Natya Mandali, one of the offshoots of the CPI-Maoist. “Shankar was appointed Naxal ‘Militia Commander’ active in Belnar in 2005. He was involved in triggering IED near village Bodli under Nelsanar Police Station in 2010 where two personnel of Naga Battalion had lost their lives. The insurgent had also killed Salwa Judum leaders,” the SP said, adding, reward of INR 100,000 was declared on his head. Prakash Podyami, ‘deputy commander’ of Section-A of Maoist Military platoon number 1 was trained in handling automatic weapons and planting IED. The insurgent along with other Naxals had carried out ambush attack on a Police party in Bhatpal under Orcha Police Station wherein 3 Police personnel died. The State Government had declared reward of INR 300,000 on his head, he said. Ramsu Tamo who was ‘Janmilitia Commander’ active in Bhairamgarh was part of Naxal team which had attacked Police party in Farsegarh in 2012. Two Police personnel had martyred in the attack, he said adding Ramsu carried reward of INR 100,000 on his head. The other surrendered ultras used to support insurgents in operating Naxal activities in the region, the SP said.

AR arrested a KLA militant identified as Helun Lhangal from Dolaithabi village of Imphal East District.

A villager, identified as Bretynath K Momin was killed by militants claiming to be from AMEF, after branding him as a Police informer, at North Garo Hills District of Meghalaya. Police recovered the letter along with three empty cases of AK ammo, three empty cases of 7.65 rifle and two numbers of 7.65 pellets.

March 9

A special MCOCA court granted bail to Imran Ahmed Katib, an accused arrested in connection with the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case. According to ATS, Katib was one of the conspirators and was in contact with Fayyaz Kagzi, an absconding accused in the case. Katib had been arrested from Beed in Maharashtra in 2006.

Protests and torching of effigies against the release of mastermind of street violence across the Kashmir valley in 2010, Masrat Alam Bhat held in Jammu region. Hindustan HSS led by National President Dimpy Kohli held a protest demonstration against the State Government for releasing separatist leader Masrat. Another protest demonstration was held by youth Congress in Jammu West led by Ricky Dalgotra, general secretary of Party for Jammu West against the release of Masrat Alam. The protestors torched the effigy of Prime Minister. Separately, a massive protest was held by Bar Association Kathua against the release of Masrat Alam.

Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit met Kashmir separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and briefed him about the issues discussed between India and Pakistan during India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s visit to Islamabad. The two also discussed various developments in J&K, where a political row has erupted over the release of mastermind of street violence across the Kashmir valley in 2010, Masrat Alam Bhat, during the meeting which lasted for more than half an hour.

The Cyber Crime Investigation Cell of the Thane Police detected 10 per cent of all cases registered in 2014. Data obtained from the Thane Police shows that its cyber cell detected 41 of the 85 cases registered under the IT Act in 2012, making 55 arrests in the process. The following year, 2013, the cell registered 58 cases, detected 17 and arrested 24 persons. In 2014, however, the detection rate took a nosedive, with 207 cases registered and 23 detected. A total of 27 arrests were made, of which, 18 were aged between 19 and 30 years, the police said. April 2014 was the cyber cell’s best month, with 13 cases registered, six detected and four arrests made. “The accused in many crimes live in countries with which India does not either have friendly ties or an Extradition Treaty. Perpetrators of cyber crimes have also been using sophisticated software to mask their IP addresses. This makes it difficult to find the exact location of the accused,” Inspector Sanju John stated.

Police, in an encounter, killed the present ‘chairman’ of UPLF Dhananjay Dalogopu, at Borlangpha in Karbi Anglong in Assam. A pistol with an empty magazine and three rounds of ammunition were recovered from him. Dhananjay alias Ratan alias Kala was a former insurgent of DHD Dalogopu took over UPLF’s reins following the arrest of UPLF’s earlier ‘chairman’ Gajao eight months ago.

In an email ‘information and publicity secretary’ of NDFB-PTF S Sanjarang claimed that its ‘president’ Dhiren Boro alias B Sungthagra, was arrested on the ‘false pretext’ of attending to an unknown registered case by the Gauhati High Court on March 2.(Assam)

Assam’s Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rockybul Hussain informed that currently eight militant outfits were active in the State, including ULFA-I, NDFB-IKS, KLO, HuM, MULTA, JMB and CPI-Maoist.

At a time when the Supreme Court is hearing a petition on Manipur being cut off from the rest of the country due to frequent blockades of NH, UNC told the court that there could be no peace in Manipur without the conglomerate's "consent and guarantee".

Suspected GNLA militants allegedly fired at a school near at Rabhagre village in West Garo Hills in Meghalaya. The militants fled when Police retaliated. According to information, GNLA militants riding on two motorcycles were trying to enforce the shutdown when the firing took place .Police recovered 7.65 mm pistol with one magazine and five live ammunition, safety fuses, two electric detonators, one GNLA demand pad with seal, empty cartridge cases, and two motorcycles.

Meghalaya Governor Keshari  Nath Tripathi has made a conditional talks offer to both GNLA and HNLC by saying that commitment of the Government to have dialogue  with the militant outfit remains, provided they give up their  anti-national stance and abjure violence.

Governor also added that Government has invested heavily in upgrading the security infrastructure and a new battalion of specially trained and equipped commando force is also being raised. “Despite various challenges, the law and order situation has, by and large, remained stable”.

He also added that it was after the prolonged negotiations that MoS was signed between ANVC and ANVC-B. (Meghalaya)

The dawn-to-dusk bandh call given in the five Districts of Garo Hills by GNLA caused a total shutdown of the entire region. (Meghalaya)

The former CM of Mizoram and rebel leader Zoramthanga stated that New Delhi has agreed to facilitate visits by Myanmar’s rebel leaders to India to study the processes that led to the Mizo Accord of 1986. As New Delhi begins to play an official role in peace talks between Naypyitaw and Myanmar’s ethnic rebel armies, the neighbouring country is gearing up to host Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May.

March 10

Allahabad Police claimed to have busted a major cyber crime racket with the arrest of two brothers, identified as Anshuman Singh and Ajatshatru Singh and recovered valuables worth lakhs of rupees and documents relating to fraudulent online transactions. The accused were arrested from Peepal Gaon in Dhoomanganj Police station area in Allahabad and recovered gold coins weighing 34 gram, a gold necklace, laptop, motorcycle, two mobile phones and several documents related to online transactions, SSP Allahabad Deepak Kumar said.  The duo, both in their early 20s and natives of Ghazipur District, were nabbed by a special team set up to look into fraudulent online transactions, he said. They allegedly used to stealthily obtain debit card numbers and passwords of gullible users and make purchases, worth lakhs of rupees, with the help of fake accounts on e-commerce sites, he added.

A Delhi court dropped a 1994 case under TADA against top LeT bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda. Tunda is one of the 20 terrorists India had asked Pakistan to hand over after the 2008 Mumbai (26/11) attack. Additional Sessions Judge Neena Bansal Krishna discharged Tunda of the alleged offences under the provisions of TADA, Explosive Substance Act, the Arms Act and under section 120(B) (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. However, Tunda will have to remain in jail as several other cases are pending against him. The Police, in its supplementary chargesheet against Tunda, had said that he was declared a proclaimed offender by the court earlier and he was involved in various terror cases in India.

The charge sheet in the October 2, 2014 Burdwan blast case, to be submitted by the NIA to the court on March 31, allegedly claims that the Burdwan module of the JMB was trying to bring ‘Sharia law’ in some Districts on the Indo-Bangladesh border - a glaring instance of ‘re-emergence of JMB’ in India. Sources in the NIA said the charge sheet, which will be submitted within six months of the blast, will give details about the JMB module working in Burdwan, West Bengal.

The NIA, while describing JMB’s Burdwan module, has reportedly claimed in its charge sheet that the explosives were scheduled to reach the bordering areas in Assam. Sources said the agency has no evidence to prove that the explosives were smuggled to Bangladesh. All the 17 arrested in the Burdwan blast case have been charged under UAPA. Those arrested, including a Bangladeshi and two “hardcore women Jihadis”, have been accused of carrying out “terrorist activities” and “making and dealing with explosives and arms”, the charge sheet reportedly stated. Besides those arrested, the NIA is currently looking for 10 people. They include Boma Mizan alias Kausar alias Zahidul Islam Shobhan - accused in over two dozen cases in Bangladesh. One of the most wanted criminals in Bangladesh, he had fled from the custody of Bangladeshi Police. Meanwhile, the charge-sheet also focused on Khariji madrasas in the bordering Districts. The NIA reportedly has mentioned two madrassas, Simulia in Burdwan and Mukimnagar in Murshidabad as “terror training” centres.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh stressed the need for the CISF to develop core competence in specific areas to tackle the threat of terrorism to strategic installations across the country. The CISF provides security to a range of entities like Delhi Metro, airports and other establishments. Speaking at the 46th CISF Foundation Day on the compounds of the 5th Reserve Battalion in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh the Home Minister also said the force needed to conduct quarterly special security audits at important installations to analyze security shortcomings and steps needed to bolster it. "The force is now operating in Naxal-affected areas, as well as terrorist-afflicted spots of the country. It is now necessary that CISF conducts special security audits in important installations every four months, if not in three, to analyze its shortcomings. A decision on the system of audits should be taken by senior ranks in the force," Singh said. The Home Minister praised CISF for developing expertise in imparting anti-terror consultancy to government and non-government entities.

Pakistan should hand over 26/11 terror attacks machinator Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi to India or allow the International Criminal Court at The Hague to probe him, one of Washington's most influential politicians on foreign relations said. According to the report, the comments by Ed Royce, chairman of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, are the clearest yet by a senior American Congressman echoing India's demand for Pakistan to allow New Delhi a chance to try Lakhvi. Royce said "We know the voice on the documentary belongs to the same person (Lakhvi) who is hosting guests every day in Pakistan, and that is unacceptable." "Pakistan should hand him over to India, or if can't do that, at least for him to be tried at the International Criminal Court", he said. Royce was referring to voice recordings from intercepts of telephone conversations between the Mumbai terrorists and handlers in Karachi including Lakhvi, which India has shared with the US, other key world nations and Pakistan. The foreign affairs committee chairman is leading a 12-member bipartisan group of Congressmen to India, including Indian-American Ami Bera, a Democrat from California. The group met PM Narendra Modi.

Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire by resorting to firing along the IB in Samba District.  A BSF officer said that Pakistan Rangers fired two rounds on a STOP-2 post of BSF along the IB in Ramgarh sector of Samba District. BSF did not retaliate and there was also no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing by Pakistan Rangers, the BSF official added.

According to a two year investigation report by US-based IT security firm, FireEye a Pakistani cyber firm, based at Islamabad, identified as Tranchulas has been found stealing information from Indian Government and defence establishments. The US security firm said, the findings revealing that India remains a vulnerable target for cyber attacks even after documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed widespread spying by US National Security Agency. According to FireEye, Tranchulas, which claims to have helped prepare Pakistani government for cyber warfare, bombarded officials in Indian government with emails containing malicious software. The firm used 'Sarabjit Singh', 'Devyani Khoragade', 'Salary hikes for government employees' in the subject line of the emails to lure officials into opening attachments containing the malware, which would then infect the computers and collect an assortment of data that it would send to the cyber attacker. A senior Indian intelligence official also confirmed Indian establishments were targets of cyber spying, but said the attackers could not be traced. "We have seen many such attacks targeting Indian government and defence establishments, but in cyber space it is very hard to ascertain the actual source."

Three suspected CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested during a joint search operation by SFs from dense Lingagiri forests close to Dharmapur village under Basaguda Police Station limits in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. Those arrested were identified as Uika Hunga (25), Uika Soma (37) and Uika Sudaru (20). During interrogation they "admitted being involved in the Maoist movement as "sangham" members".

A suspect, identified as Ashraf, a native of Pandikkad in Malappuram, in the alleged CPI-Maoist attack on a KFC restaurant in Palakkad District in December, 2014 was arrested by Peravoor Police in Kannur District of Kerala.

A youth identified as Shahrukh Chand Khan (21), earlier questioned for alleged CPI-Maoist links, has been arrested by the Pune Police for allegedly trying to extort INR 200,000 from Ramesh Bagwe, the former minister of state for home affairs. An offence in this connection has been registered with Khadak Police Station in Pune in Maharashtra. A resident of Kasewadi slums in Bhavani Peth, Shahrukh and his friend, both associated with an organisation “Mass Movement” were questioned by the state ATS following the arrest of alleged Maoist couple Arun Bhelke and Kanchan Nanaware in September 2014. Bhelke had allegedly developed contacts with Mass Movement members while working as an underground operative of the golden corridor committee of the CPI-Maoist.

SFs arrested an unidentified GNLA militant from village Balaikhwar under Lakhipur police station in Goalpara in Assam. SFs recovered one 9 mm pistol and two 9 mm live rounds.

Police arrested linkman of ULFA-I Dharmadev Gosai, from Sonari in Sivasagar District of Assam in connection with the blast at Sepon on February 13.

BSF arrested an alleged fundamentalist, Ali Hussain in the Indo-Bangladesh border area in Dhubri in Assam.

Tarun Gogoi described the modernization of the Police force as the topmost priority of the Assam Government. Tarun Gogoi, in his budget speech, went ahead on the modernization of Police force scheme proposing steps to fill up all vacant posts of the State Police within the next financial year, including 6748 posts of armed branch constables, filling up of 340 unarmed branch sub inspectors’ posts and 340 APRO posts.

To boost the morale of the security force personnel engaged in fighting the insurgents, he said that the ex-gratia grant to the next of kin of the security personnel, including Home Guards, killed in direct encounter has been raised to INR 2 million. In the Government’s bid to strengthen the State Police, Gogoi proposed raise in the wages of Home Guards and steps to improve their service condition.

He further proposed enhancement in the pocket money of VDP personnel from INR 500 to INR 1,500 per month. The CM further said that seven new border outposts/forest protection camps have been sanctioned for the inter-state borders with Nagaland, Meghalaya and Mizoram. Altogether 27 new border outposts/ forest protection camps are proposed to be established in the coming year. The CCTV project in Guwahati will be completed within June 2015, Gogoi said.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in his budget speech in the State Assembly stated that efforts by his government for maintenance of law and order resulted in signing of record 21 tripartite agreements for suspension of operations or Memorandum of Settlements with 21 militant outfits.

Three AR troopers identified as Rifleman Puia, Rifleman Chirmani Jaimata and Rifleman Rajiv Kumar was injured in an IED attack by ZUF at Haochong in Tamenglong in Manipur. Sources said that although the troops retaliated the suspected militants managed to escape into the forest towards Nungtek.

NSCN-IM alleged that the emergence of ZUF is one of the "facades behind which unscru-pulous agencies" operating not only to down grade, disrupt the Naga peace process but to excite wrath which will subsequently involve serious human rights situation. It stated that “Nagas are aware that "sponsored agencies" are active to disrupt the current peace process between the Naga people and GoI.”

Close to 40 GNLA militants ambushed a Police team travelling from remote Rongara Police Station to Baghmara in South Garo Hills District of Meghalaya, at Panda reserve forest area and killed four Police men, identified as Sub-Inspector Sombatsing K Sangma, driver Tangseng Arengh, Battalion constables Lenin Ch Marak and Hemingstone Marak and injured two Policemen identified as Constable Baiti Sangma and Arpon Sangma.Militants decamped with AK rifle, two INSAS rifles, a 9 mm pistol and ammunition.

Police stated that GNLA chief Sohan D Shira orchestrated the attack on the police team at Panda reserve forest in Meghalaya. The magnitude of the attack and the large number of militants in one place at a time had lent support to the reports that the militant chief was present in the area.

Meghalaya Government has announced an ex-gratia of INR 7, 50000 each to the next of kin of the deceased, and INR 50,000 for the injured Police men. DGP Rajiv Mehta has arrived at Baghmara in South Garo Hills to take stock of the situation.

Meghalaya DGP PJP Hanaman stated that a search operation has been launched by a joint team of SWAT and CoBRA commandos to arrest the rebels involved in the incident.

Meghalaya Home Minister Roshan Warjri condemned the act stating that “Such acts of cowardice to derail the concerted efforts for building lasting peace and vitiating a hopeful atmosphere will not be accepted and tolerated,”

Armed militants shot at an Assam-based vegetable vendor at Damas in North Garo Hills District of Meghalaya.

AMEF warned the people not to act as Police informers or they will be executed.(Meghalaya)

In last five years over 1,000 cases of crime against militants have been registered in Meghalaya, including 230 cases in 2014.

Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma, demanded an immediate end to smuggling of sophisticated arms and ammunition from across the border by various militant groups, and came down heavily on media saying “media is the number one publicity house of terrorist groups.”, On smuggling of arms from neighbouring countries, the Chief Minister said that the North-East will be free from the problem of militancy “if smuggling of arms is stopped.”  Sangma said that the state had sought the cooperation from other North-eastern states in its fight against militancy.

Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma said  that the issue of porous International border with Bangladesh has been taken up with the GoI, the C.M also stressed on the need to complete the peace process with militant outfits to bring a lasting peace to the region.

GNLA absolved itself of all blame for students missing out on their exams during their dawn-to-dusk bandh in turn blamed certain Garo Hills Non Governmental Organisations, GSU for failing to arrange vehicles to ferry candidates to their respective examination centres. GNLA ‘joint publicity secretary’, Garo Mandei Ch Marak stated that “We had informed GSU president Tengsak Momin to arrange vehicles for the students who were appearing for the exams well ahead of the bandh”. (Meghalaya)

HNLC asked MHA to first ban all the ‘Hindutva ‘militant groups’ of the Sangh Parivar instead of banning HNLC. HNLC “publicity secretary”, Sainkupar Nongtraw stated that “The Sangh Parivar, is a family of several Hindu outfits inspired by the ideology of the RSS, representing the Hindu nationalist movement, whose ultimate aim lies in transforming India into a theocratic Hindu state, and wipe away all minorities including Muslims, Christians and Sikhs”. (Meghalaya)

A BDFM militant Lochiram Reang has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Aizawl in Mizoram. Earlier on February 2013, he and militants of NLFT abducted five persons working under the Mizoram Environment and Forests department within Dampa Tiger Reserve near Bangladesh border.

There had been ten incidents of abduction in Mizoram since 2011 till date in which a total number of 38 people were abducted and except for a single case of kidnapping at Mizoram-Assam border Kolasib District, all the abductions occurred in Mizoram-Bangladesh-Tripura border Mamit District.

March 11

Indian PM Narendra Modi, at Seychelles launched the Coastal Surveillance Radar Project, describing it as another symbol of the cooperation between the two countries. "Our security partnership is strong. It has enabled us to fulfill our shared responsibility to advance maritime security in the region," Modi said, calling the country as a trusted friend and strategic partner. "It is a privilege to be a partner of Seychelles in the development of its security capabilities," Modi said, adding these steps will enable Seychelles to secure these beautiful islands and the vast expanse of waters around them. "Seychelles will also continue to make an enormous contribution to the safety and security of the Indian Ocean Region," he said.

The intelligence and security agencies have intensified vigilance in the banks located along the Indo-Nepal border after a huge cache of FICN was recovered from two persons, who were trying to deposit the amount in Indian banks. Following the Centre's guidelines, the Uttar Pradesh government has formed a state committee under the director general of police and district committees under the district magistrates to curb the menace.

A newly elected sarpanch and a villager were hacked to death by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. “Suchcham Hidma, sarpanch of Gollapalli, and Punem Pandu of Pollampalli were allegedly abducted by Maoists on March 7 along with six other villagers from different parts of the District. Hidma and Pandu were killed while the others were released after some warning,” Sukma District Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Santosh Singh said.

CPI-Maoist perpetrated violence has declined in the country from 1,000 killings during 2008, 2009 and 2010 to about 300-odd now, K. Vijay Kumar, Special Security Adviser, the UMHA, said in VIT University in Vellore. “This is a sign that two-third violence has come down. But that does not mean that they (Maoists) are incapable of causing hiccups and giving surprises,” he said. He further said there were two to three Maoist-affected States that were being concentrated upon. “Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand contribute about 30 per cent each that is two-third in the country. The Governments are trying to tighten efforts here,” he pointed out.

With Odisha figuring low among the States in the Police-population ratio, the Assembly Standing Committee on Home Department has recommended a five-year plan to augment the strength of civil Police. Currently, the sanctioned civil Police strength ratio stands at 81.05 per 100,000 populations against the national average of 145.02. Interestingly, if the vacancy is taken into account, then State deploys just 71 civil policemen for 100,000 population. The panel, in its report, observed that the disparity could be attributed to a low civil police strength which needs to be raised. As per the NCRB, the civil police strength in the State stands at 30,850 in 2013. The panel has suggested a five-year plan to scale up the civil police strength so that the police-population ratio reached 100 per one lakh population. This can be done by creation of posts across the ranks and by putting in place required infrastructure both in urban and rural areas at a cost of INR 1.88 billion per annum. This can also address the growing law and order concerns, the panel observed. The House panel has suggested that a separate medical fund be created to provide emergency financial assistance for meeting the treatment cost of security personnel injured during anti-Maoist operations.

SFs arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres and seized a cache of arms and explosives after busting a temporary camp of Maoists close to Chipurbhatti village under Basaguda Police Station limits in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh.

Nearly four years after the CPI-Maoist leader Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishenji was gunned down in an encounter in West Bengal’s Junglemahal area, the Maoists have started trickling back into the forest-covered terrain of the State. According to inputs by both Central and State agencies, a number of top Maoist leaders from West Bengal and Jharkhand have been spotted making their way into villages. Security agencies have received inputs from ground-level sources that in the last few days, ‘regional commanders’ and leaders such as Bikash, Shyamal and Ranjit Pal have been spotted in the area. They have also been in touch with some known associates in villages along the West Bengal-Jharkhand border. Sources further said that a group of Maoists, under the leadership of Madan Mahato, ‘commander’ of the Belpahari region in Purulia, was spotted in the Ranibandh area of Bankura three weeks back. “Security agencies believe Mahato to be unwell. There is a high chance that he is hiding somewhere in the dense forest along the Bengal-Jharkhand border. Bikash and others must have contacted him to get a ground report,” a senior officer said.

SFs arrested two hardcore militants of NDFB-IKS, Bilifang Brahma and Khampu Brahma, from Barshijhar area in Chirang District in Assam.

SFs arrested two KPLT militants, ‘area commander’ Arsek alias Chinthong and Bidya Sing Kro alias Laher along with two linkmen, Prakash Teran and Sarmen Bey, from Umlapher village in Hamren sub-division of Karbi Anglong District of Assam. A .9 mm pistol along with five live rounds, two hand grenades (including one Chinese) and incriminatory documents like extortion notes of KPLT and demand money receipts were recovered from the militants.

SFs arrested a MULTA cadre, Nur Ali rom his residence in Dhubri District of Assam. A 9mm pistol, four rounds of live ammunition were recovered from him.

SFs have been put on alert to prevent a fresh breakout of ethnic clashes in the Bodo heartland ahead of the election to the BTC which is likely to be held in April. (Assam)

JMB has managed to send a few bombs from Assam to Bangladesh by taking advantage of the porous international border,. Highly placed sources in MHA told the newspaper that recently security forces in Bangladesh managed to recover a IEDs with information provided by the Indian security agencies.

Three people were killed and 21 were injured in an IED explosion at Khwairamband Keithel, in Imphal West in Manipur. Two of the casualties have been identified as Mithun Kumar Yadav and Salman Khan. The Deputy Chief Minster Gaikhangam termed the incident as a 'beastly act' perpetrated by thoughtless individuals.

NSCN-IM OGW was arrested in Bungsanglang in Churachandpur in Manipur.

Imphal East District Police Commandos arrested a PREPAK militant as Moirangthem Sanajaoba Singh from an undisclosed location. (Manipur)

A combined team of Imphal East commandos and AR arrested a militant identified as Keithellakpam Napoleon Meitei alias Araba alias Herojit of KCP-MC from an unidentified location. (Manipur)

NNC militant identified as Pinggianbou Abonmei was arrested while SFs were conducted mobile frisking and checking near Hatta oil pump in Imphal East in Manipur.

AR arrested PREPAK militant identified as Soram Gumba Meitei alias Sama-nanda from general area Khamnam of Imphal West District of Manipur. It was revealed that and he had joined the outfit in 2013 and later started working for PLA in 2015.

1641 ‘illegal migrants’ who tried to enter the State through Jiribam of Imphal East District of Manipur were pushed back since January 2014, while 167 ‘foreigners’ were allowed to enter the State.

UNC urged the NSC team led by BL Vorah to expedite the Indo-Naga political settlement based on the uniqueness of Naga history and situation. (Manipur)

Unidentified militants lobbed a hand grenade outside a wine store in Rongjeng in East Garo Hills District of Meghalaya. The store owner has denied receiving any extortion demand.

Two UALA militants identified as ‘sergeant major’ Krenibirth Momin and ‘corporal’ Chenpang N Marak surrendered to Meghalaya Police in North Garo Hills.

Police stated that ULFA may have helped GNLA in the March 10 ambush in which four Police men were killed. DGP Rajiv Mehta said ULFA 'could have been' involved in the ambush, adding that the aim of the militants was to loot arms. (Meghalaya)

Meghalaya Police sources stated that Sohan D Shira, ‘chief’ of GNLA had formed a special action commando team to carry out the ambush. A Police source also stated that "The State Police is working in tandem with the IB to arrest the culprits, some of whom have been identified.

Meghalaya Government reiterated its commitment to root out militancy from the state and ensure safety and security of citizens.

Militant groups such as GNLA and ASAK are serving demand notes to Government employees and business men in South Garo Hills District of Meghalaya through SMSs and hard copies. ASAK has distributed the maximum number of demand notices to Government employees. ASAK modus operandi   has reached as far as the international border areas located in Maheskhola in South Garo Hills and Himatnagar area, while the GNLA is confined in Baghmara in South Garo Hills and it’s adjoining area. 

GNLA welcomed the offer of the Government for negotiations. (Meghalaya)

Hundreds of people from Ampati constituency came out to defy the ongoing indefinite bandh call given by the proscribed GNLA and appealed to withdraw their forced closure. public of Ampati, with support from church elders, NGO and Government Officials, came together at Ampati mini stadium from where they went in a silent procession up to the police station and returned as a mark of protest against the forced shutdown. (Meghalaya)

Nagaland CMT.R. Zeliang stated that vested interests from his state was attempting to "communalise" the situation. Earlier in an Assamese man, who was accused of raping a Naga girl was lynched by a mob in Dimapur on March 5. Asked whether any militant had been arrested, a Senior Police officer skirted the question. Sources alleged that militants had not only instigated the mob to take the law into their hands but had spearheaded the lynching.

A combined team of Imphal East Police Commandos and AR arrested a PREPAK militant, identified as Soram Gumba Meitei alias Samananda from an unspecified location in Manipur. Investigation revealed that he along with his associates were planning to abduct one person from Awang Sekmai and demand ransom.

Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary informed the Rajya Sabha that four pro-Islamic State (IS) activists, two from Maharashtra and one from Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, have been arrested in the country in the last one year. He added that the investigation conducted by the NIA and state Police into all such cases till now has not revealed any information on foreign funding of these activists.

March 12

Three persons including a Bangladeshi woman and a couple were arrested at Puducherry in connection with a FICN racket. Police said that a bus conductor from Keezh Sathamangalam village had deposited INR 40,000 in the account of a person in Bangalore (Karnataka) at an Axis Bank branch in Puducherry on March 11. While counting the cash, the cashier detected FICN in the denomination of INR 1,000 and INR 500 for a sum of INR 21,000 out of the money sought to be deposited. The bank filed a complaint with Police, who took the man into custody. Police said the man revealed during questioning that a 29-year-old woman from Bangladesh residing in his house in the village had given him the money and asked him to deposit in the account. Based on this, the trio was arrested and cases registered against them under IPC Sections 489(A) (counterfeiting currency notes or bank notes) and 489 (C) (possession of forged or counterfeit currency notes or bank notes).

The UMHA has issued an advisory to the J&K Government asking them to keep a close watch on the activities of freed separatist leader Masarat Alam Bhat and his associates. The UMHA feels that Alam and his associates are detrimental to the public order and the unity and integrity of the country, particularly J&K. The J&K Government, following the advisory, has told the Centre that Alam's activities are under surveillance and legal action would be initiated against the separatist leader in case of any adverse activities.

Hurriyat Conference warned that there could be "serious consequences" and only the "Government of India" would have to be blamed in the eventuality of any harm coming to separatist leader Masarat Alam Bhat. While accusing the "Indian government and Indian media" of projecting Alam as a "dangerous person", the Hurriyat said, both the government of India and Indian media has behaved irresponsibly. "Masarat sahib is a famous and respectable political leader of Kashmir and has not committed any crime in his lifetime," the Hurriyat statement said. The statement also attacked the NIA and said it has no "constitutional, legal and moral justification to interfere in the cases of Masarat Alam".

The IB alerted the Government about fraudulent lottery schemes run across India by an organised syndicate of Dawood Ibrahim based at Karachi in Pakistan, which employs Indian agents to suck out huge amounts of money from the gullible. The D-Company plays a key role in hawala (illegal money transaction), which are also used by Pakistan to fund its terror activities. While trying to bring back black money stashed abroad, the IB, with inputs from the R&AW, has sent the scam report to the UMHA.

The head of AQIS, Asim Umar, spent several years working at an ISI-linked facility run by the HuM, which trained Kashmir jihadists, suicide-bombers targeting western forces in Afghanistan, and western jihadists. Indian-born cleric Asim Umar, served at the HuM’s Batrasi camp in Mansehra District in PoK, one of three similar facilities run by the organisation, the sources said. It is also reported that Fazl-ur-Rahman Khalil, the founder of HuM, had carried out secret talks with al-Qaeda on behalf of the ISI. Files now being reopened by investigators contain suggestions Umar may have been involved in setting up jihad cells that the ISI sought to build across India from the late-1990s. In a statement to the Assam Assembly in April 2000, then CM Prafulla K Mahanta named 17 men arrested on charges of running a HuM cell in the state, including residents of Pakistan, Assam and J&K. The cell’s leader was Uttar Pradesh -trained cleric Salim Ahmad, and five of the men, Mahanta’s statement records, received training in handling explosives and assault weapons at the Batrasi camp. The men, investigators now believe, also received religious and ideological training from Umar, even though he was not identified to them then as an Indian national.

The NIA is yet to come across any evidence to suggest that any cadre or leader of TMC was involved in the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast case. "The NIA has completed first leg of its probe into the case and sought sanction of the UMHA to charge sheet 23 alleged suspects of terror outfit JMB under the UAPA. So far, no involvement of any TMC cadre or leader has come to light,” said an unnamed Government Official.

A hardcore CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Jaglal Ganju, was found dead in a locality under Kothi Police Station area of Talaiya Bazar in Gaya District of Bihar. He was an ‘area commander’ of the CPI-Maoist, said Kothi Police Station in-Charge Qayamuddin Ansari. The dead body bore marks of injuries from bullet indicating that he was shot dead, he said, adding that a pamphlet was found from the spot bearing the name of another Naxal outfit - TPC – a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, in which it was claimed that Ganju's murder was revenge for killing of a TPC cadre Kuldeep Yadav recently, he said.

A school employee, identified as Basu Upadhyai was abducted from his residence in Lamsakhang in West Karbi Anglong District of Assam.

AMMSU announced a 48-hour State-wide general strike beginning from March 12 midnight in connection with the killing of a student, Ipham Salman Khan in the blast that occurred at the crowded Khwairamband Keithel on March 11. (Manipur)

In the backdrop of the series of bomb blasts at Imphal city, Manipur Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam stated that “I don’t believe Police personnel were involved in any bomb blasts but there is a also a possibility that some black sheep might be present within Manipur police. The Government is examining this possibility”

Manipur Home Minister Gaikhangam said that State home department will take up immediate measures to counter the recent trend of bomb attacks in the Imphal city and will be soon be making the installed CCTV cameras functional The government will also be installing additional cameras.

The former ‘chairman’ of HNLC turned-politician Julius Dorphang said that he is open to play the role of a negotiator with HNLC if the State Government wants it and the outfit abjures. He also asserted that there should be a conducive atmosphere for holding talks and the outfit should first declare unilateral ceasefire. (Meghalaya)

GNLA in a statement issued to the media, demanded unconditional release of its jailed ‘chairman’ Champion Sangma for felicitating dialogue. (Meghalaya)

Some shops in Ampati in West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya, where GNLA had called for indefinite bandh. While many of the shops continued to down their shutters in fear of retaliation by the GNLA, people thronged to the few that were opened to purchase basic day to day necessities for their households. . All offices and schools in the district also functioned as normal.

On the basis of intelligence tip that Maoists may target Wayanad District Collectorate in the hope that it could give them better public attention, the government has decided to bring the collectorate building and surrounding areas under electronic surveillance system. The Revenue Department has cleared the proposal for setting up surveillance cameras in the collectorate. According to the order issued by the Government in this regard INR 2.6 million has been cleared for installation of cameras in the compound that will capture the movements of visitors inside the collectorate building as well as the surrounding areas.

March 13

Pakistan Rangers violated ceasefire along the IB in Samba District of J&K resorting to unprovoked firing at a BSF outpost. A senior Police officer said "Pakistan Rangers fired three rounds of automatic gunfire at the BSF border outpost from their Hussain border outpost in Ramgarh sector of Samba District overnight. The incident occurred at 10.08pm on March 13. The BSF did not retaliate".

A court in Kolkata, West Bengal extended till March 27, 2015 the judicial custody of all 17 accused including Mufazzal Haque alias Laden in the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast case. All the 17 accused were presented before the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Biswarup Seth on the expiry of their respective juridical custody. On the plea by the prosecution, the court remanded them to further judicial custody for 14 days till March 27.

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah proposed setting up of a Central Command Centre in Bengaluru to deal with acts of terror. It is expected to not only help in quick dissemination of information but also facilitate concerted action. “It will be very helpful to have a command centre. While we have to wait and see what the command centre does and how the intelligence gathering will be done, the fact that the Government has recognised terror-related activities as a concern is in itself a big and positive step. With recognition will come action,” a senior Police Officer stated.

Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres attacked a site of Dhibra mica mines under Lokaynayanpur Police Station limits of Giridih District of Jharkhand and killed the manager, identified as Shyam Rout (35), and injured his aide and thrashed all the 10 labourers. "They torched two vehicles and warned them of more attacks if they do not stop the work. It appears that the Maoists had sought levy from the contractor. An investigation has been launched into the case," DSP headquarters Vijay Ashish Kujur said.

A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed and four others were injured during an encounter with SFs at Sargaon village in Gumla District of Jharkhand. Unconfirmed reports, however, said four more Maoists were killed but Police did not confirm the report. ASP, operations, Pawan Kumar Singh, and SDPO Mohammad Arshi led two teams of forces to Sargaon village in Chainpur near Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border after Police got information that top Maoist leader Deokumar Singh alias Arvindji was holding a meeting with his core team in the hills. "Maoists started firing at our team when they approached the hills. Our forces launched a far stronger retaliatory fire which killed one and injured at least four of them," said CRPF IG RK Mishra. "We have seized one rifle, a hand grenade, 150 live cartridges, huge quantity of food grain and several utensils from the Maoist camp," said Lohardaga SP Manoj Ratan, who is in-charge of Gumla.

Jharkhand Jaguar troopers and CRPF personnel busted two artificial bunkers of Maoists on Jhumra Hill in Gomia block of Bokaro District, Jharkhand  Police seized grenades, live cartridges, can bombs and other items hidden by the Maoist in the forest. Commenting on the matter, Bokaro SP A. Vijaylaxmi said they launched a search operation following intelligence inputs about movement of a Maoist squad headed by its leader, Santosh Mahto. "We have recovered two hand grenades, 10 kilograms cane bomb, live cartridges of AK-47 and Insas rifles besides naxal literature," said Vijaylaxmi.

One PLFI cadre, identified as Janeshwar Gope, surrendered before Khunti District Police of Jharkhand.  Gope was wanted in more than eight cases including cases of murder and kidnapping.

Security personnel had a narrow escape as a landmine planted by CPI-Maoist cadres in a forest road in Gochhapada area of Kandhamal District of Odisha was detected and defused by them. The landmine weighing about 7 kilogram was kept in an aluminium container. The landmine was detected when CRPF personnel and District Policemen were carrying out a combing operation in the Maoist-hit forest area.

SFs arrested NSLA militants and a linkman, from Kashiabari village in Kokrajhar in Assam. One 7.62 mm SLR with magazine, 20 cartridges of 7.62 mm ammunition, two country-made pistols and a hand-grenade, among other things were recovered from them. One rebel has been identified as Sonyram Soren, the right-hand man of Framjeet, alias Dadiya, NSLA area commander of Kashiabari. The other two are Shivlal Hembrom and Dhub Kisku. The linkman has been identified as Roshan Murmu.

SFs arrested three unidentified militants, including two suspected militants of NDFB-IKS and another suspected MTFA in Kokrajhar District of Assam.

NSLA is trying to regroup. The NSLA has been blamed for several kidnappings and extortion drives in Alipurduar and Coochbehar areas of neighbouring West Bengal. An Army official stated that “We have observed heightened activities of Adivasi militants. (Assam)

Out of the 23 persons who were wounded in the blast on March 11, six are still critical stated Manipur Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister Gaikhangam.

Life came to a grinding halt in Imphal due to a 48-hour general strike called by AMMSU against the Killing of Epham Salman Khan in the Bomb Blast on March 11. (Manipur)

Following assurance from the Manipur Chief Minister to translate their demands into action as soon as possible, the JAC against the Killing of Epham Salman Khan in the Bomb Blast has decided to call off the 48 hour general strike it called since March 12 mid night.

SFs arrested KYKL militant, Private’ Yengkhom Ingocha alias Manglemba from Wangbal in Thoubal in Manipur.

SFs arrested a PREPAK cadre,’ Private’ Moirangthem Basanta alias Rocket at Chairel in Thoubal District of Manipur.

SFs arrested a PLA cadre, Wangkhem Bisma alias Jiban Singh at Langjing area in Imphal West District of Manipur.

Police arrested OGW of AMEF identified as Rongsai Nokrek Marak from Shillong in East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya. He was arrested from Police Bazar with a brand new lap top and he revealed that that he was sent by AMEF cadres to purchase the lap top and other articles for them to be delivered in Rongjeng in East Garo Hills. Later, the youth led the police to Lumparing where he was lodged and from where a brand new folding tent was found which was bought by him for AMEF.

Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma has stressed on the need to strengthen the internal security apparatus of the State by upgrading Police Stations. Stating that the State Government has sanctioned new police stations, the Chief Minister admitted that the Police stations in the state were not commensurate to the growing challenges and therefore Government has decided to upgrade the Police Stations.

He also asserted the mushrooming of several rebel outfits in Garo Hills region, and stated that State Government came up with the idea of raising Special Force-10 which will have strength of more than 1800 police personnel.

GNLA issued a statement that “GNLA shall remain firm with the bandh already called in Ampati. Certain rules have been issued in this respect and shall be carried out by the respective Area Commanders. Defying bandh without consultation with our higher authority is very much regretted. We are contemplating punitive action against those leaders responsible for that,” GNLA had earlier declared an indefinite bandh.(Meghalaya) 

Involvement of ULFA in physical and logistics aids to GNLA in March 10 ambush at Panda reserve, South Garo Hills has been virtually ascertained stated a Police official. He also added that than couple of cadres involved in the ambush has been identified. Police also pointed out that GNLA senior cadres along with ULFA cadres who function under the ULFA area commander Dristi Rajkhewa were part of the orchestrated strike. (Meghalaya)

Mizoram Government has chalked out a roadmap for resumption of repatriation of Brus lodged in the six relief camps in neighbouring North Tripura. They also submitted a proposal for expenses of over INR 6.8 million for the purpose. In regard to the increase of the rehabilitation and resettlement package from INR 85000 to INR 150000 as demanded by MBDPF, State additional secretary for home Lalbiakzama stated that they should submit the demand to GoI.

GoI unlikely to extend CF with NSCN-K. as it finds the top leaders of the outfit did not care about Nagas in India, provides shelter to anti-Indian insurgent groups in its domain and also “happily settled in Myanmar”. The year-long cease-fire agreement with the NSCN-K is scheduled to expire on April 29. (Nagaland)

MHA was likely to reject any more extension of cease-fire agreement with NSCN-K. GoI also believed to be upset over a report that other insurgent groups such as PLA, NDFB-IKS, ULFA-I , NLFT leader Biswamohan were “getting shelter and allowed to roam freely in the Khaplang domain in Myanmar. (Nagaland)

A senior intelligence official stated that in India they roam freely under garb of cease-fire agreement and at the same time hobnob with anti-Indian terrorists in Myanmar. This dubious role can’t be allowed any more. This Government means business and it will not allow any such misadventure.” (Nagaland)

Sources said the Union Government has been “extremely unhappy” over the inordinate delay in reaching a final settlement to the 17-year long marathon peace talks with NSCN-IM. (Nagaland)

KSU has apprised the Deputy Commissioner, Wokha, to devise a pro-active and pragmatic policy with regard to ILP to control influx of illegal immigrants in the District.( Nagaland)

SFs arrested another PREPAK militant, identified as Moirangthem Basanta alias Rakesh Singh was arrested from Chairel Khongnang Leikai in Thoubal District of Manipur.

SFs arrested a PLA militant, identified as Nahakpam Maipaksana Meitei alias Luwang, from an unspecified location in Imphal East in Manipur.

Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma stated in Assembly that "political instability" for equally contributing to the increasing militancy and insurgency problem in the state. He stated that "Political instability is also equally responsible. Meghalaya was subjected to lot of instability and we as politicians should also take the blame for creating such instability”.

According to him, instability was the root cause, which led to the delay in signing of the peace settlement with ANVC and ANVC-B. He also added that due to long-drawn negotiation for arriving at the peace settlement, many splinter groups of the ANVC were formed, including GNLA and ASAK. (Meghalaya)

He also added that many youths who join militant outfits in the Garo Hills region come from Assam and Bangladesh.

March 14

Pakistani Rangers fired four to five rounds on a forward BoP in Jughnuchak belt of RS Pura sector, a BSF officer said. BSF troops guarding the borderline did not retaliate to the firing. There was no casualty or damage on our side, the BSF officer said.

Pakistani troops fired two rounds on BoP SP-2 along IB in J&K.

Two people were arrested and a huge cache of crude bombs and some firearms seized in Bardhaman District of West Bengal. During a combing operation Police made the seizures from a hideout in Belsore village. “We have seized around 200 crude bombs and a few country-made guns. Two people have been arrested,” a Police Officer said. The Police are examining if the incident has any links to the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast incident.

Troops of the BSF’s 20 Battalion apprehended a smuggler, identified as Saddam Hussain (20), from the Daulatpur BOP area in Malda District of West Bengal along with FICN of INR 1,000,000. The smuggler and the FICN have been handed over to the Police. So far, BSF's South Bengal Frontier seized FICN of face value of more than INR 36,81,500 and apprehended five smugglers in the year 2015.

It may be even more difficult to identify a genuine INR 500 note from a fake one as the currency being smuggled into India by inimical agencies is now a closer imitation of the original, Delhi Police have cautioned. Officers of the Delhi Police Special Cell point to the role of Pakistan's ISI agency in pushing through notes which have a greater resemblance to India's high denomination INR 500 and INR 1,000 notes. The officers said that they have been noticing for the past few months that differences between genuine and FICN were reducing and that around five such differences have actually disappeared.

Police recovered 7,000 detonators, 3,000 explosives and 2,000 kg ammonium nitrate during raids conducted at CPI-Maoist hideouts in Rohtas District of Bihar. SP Shivdeep Lande said that Police had got a tip-off about the presence of around 60-65 Maoists in the forest area of Chunnhatta village under Nauhatta Police Station limits. When Police asked them to surrender after encircling them, the Maoists opened fire. Police returned fire, forcing the Maoists to retreat deep in the forest. One Maoist cadre was arrested during the operation.

A PLFI cadre, identified as Imanuel Hembrom, was arrested in Simdega District of Jharkhand. The Police found two rifles and six bullets from his possession.

Eleven CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered before the Police in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. They were identified as Kursum Sankar (30), Kursum Aayti (28), Jaysingh Netam (28), Punem Mangu alias Mallesh (28), Madvi Nanda alias Rajesh (30), Korsa Mangu alias Budram (27), Modiam Badru (22), Modiam Ramu alias Rakesh (22), Kursum Soma (35), Avlam Soma alias Sunil (35) and Oyam Sukku (26).

The CRPF will desist from undertaking any "Rambo"-style operations in the Naxal-affected areas even as the Standard Operating Procedures are being rejigged, said Prakash Mishra, the DG of CRPF. "We don't need to do Rambo-style operations... We don't want that. When we ask our boys to perform a task (in Naxal- affected areas), they do it with a prompt sincerity and hence it is our responsibility to see that they are safe," he added. He further said "We believe quality operations with specific intelligence should be the aim. I have already said all large operations where a large mobilisation of forces is required will need to get clearance from the headquarters." He also said that the SOPs in this regard were being "fine- tuned and rejigged".

An unidentified LAEF militant was killed in an encounter with the Police at Chichotjeng village in North Garo Hills District of Meghalaya. Constable S C Momin of 4th MLP was injured. Police had recovered a 9mm pistol with 3 live rounds and three empty cases and eight empty cases of 6.75 mm ammo from the encounter site.

AN exchange of fire took place between the police and a group of suspected GNLA at Rewak area, outskirts of Baghmara in South Garo Hills District of Meghalaya. There was no casualty.

SFs arrested ULFA-I militant from Mahadeo in East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya. "The suspect is from Drishti Rajkhowa's team and was involved in the ambush on March 10, stated SP Lakador Syiem.

Implementation of the MGNREGA is replete with instances of ghost workers, fake job cards, non-existent schemes and siphoning-off public fund in fraudulent manner in CPI-Maoist-affected Gaya District of Bihar.  Eleven job card holders of village Chabura under Konch block of the District deny having either worked or received any payment for MGNREGA work but their names appear on payment register of the panchayat. They allege the local mukhiya along with her husband and a section of government officials siphoned off INR four million on the basis of forged documents. Records show that 400 trees have been planted at Solara village graveyard under Paraiya block of the District. Besides tree plantation, a hand pump was also shown to have been installed. There is no trace of any tree or hand pump.

March 15

Violating the ceasefire, Pakistani troops fired on BoPs along the IB in Jammu District of J&K.

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

UALA expressed its willingness to join the mainstream. UALA said the second round of talks held at an undisclosed location on March 14 with Police and the government interlocutor was "fruitful"."We discussed the process of coming back to the mainstream. The meeting went off well and we are hopeful that things will take shape," said outfit ‘chairman’ Novembirth Marak. The meeting was attended by top leaders of the outfit, including ‘commander-in-chief’ Norrok X. Momin and ‘publicity secretary’ Nagra. The first round of talks with the outfit began on December 22, 2014.(Meghalaya)

HNLC has seven camps across three Districts of Bangladesh, stated senior BSF officer. Seven camps are at Pucthichera, Phanai Punaee in Moulavi Bazar area (Rest camp), Nunachera in Moulavi Bazar area (Transit camp), Bulsuri under Rangmati area (Transit camp), Arusumer in Chittagong Hills Tract (Training camp), Islapunjee and Noonchera in Moulavi Bazar (Training camp). (Meghalaya)

The Union Government has decided to complete the process of talks with NSCN-IM within this year, and the leadership of the militant outfit has also agreed to the Government’s decision.

UMHA contrary to what has been reported in a section of the media, has not decided to withdraw the ceasefire agreement with NSCN-K. Sources, however, said that the Centre has expressed its displeasure to the NSCN-K leaders on the outfit extending help, directly or indirectly, to different militant groups of North East. The issue will be taken up again when formal meeting is held between the Centre and NSCN-K is held to discuss the issue of extending the ceasefire agreement.

Protesting alleged Police fake encounters, the CPI-Maoist cadres set on fire to construction equipment and vehicles at the Lower Indra Irrigation Project site under Boden Police limits in Nuapada District of Odisha. After setting fire to an excavator, two trucks and a tractor, the Maoists left behind a banner which mentioned that the Police were killing Maoists in fake encounters. They also called upon the people to ensure success of the bandh called by them in Nuapada, Kalahandi and Nabarangpur Districts in Odisha besides Dhamtari and Gariabandh Districts in Chhattisgarh. About 40 armed Maoists arrived at the site, took away the mobile phones of the people present before setting the equipment and vehicles on fire, said Nuapada SP Sunil Kumar Joshi.

The leading citizens of Barak Valley convened a mass convention at Chuto Lal Seth Institute in Silchar District of Assam to chalk out strategies to fight against the complexities that arise out from the process of NRC.

KCP clarified that they were not behind the bomb blast on March 11 which killed three and injured 21. (Manipur)

AR arrested a militant of NSCN-K, identified as Tomwang Konyak from Walo Ward in Mon District of Nagaland and recovered two .22mm rifles along with ammunition and “incriminating documents” for “extortion.

An engineering student from Hyderabad, identified Haneef Waseem who had gone to join IS, has died in the fighting in Syria, revealed the intelligence sources. Haneef had fled to Syria from London, where he had gone in November 2014 for studies.  Waseem was studying for a master's degree in engineering in London. While in London, he got influenced by the IS. He hailed from Mancherial in Adilabad District of Telangana. He had visited home for the last time in February, 2015 to attend his sister's wedding. Police is also suspecting that Waseem took another young man from Karimnagar with him. A search is on for him.

March 16

A woman identified as Reshma Rajesh Bharat who allegedly circulated FICN was arrested in Thane. Senior Police Inspector S R Shivarkar of the Dombivili Police Station said that she had been charged under Section 489(B) of the IPC. Police is probing if any more people are involved in the racket.

Asserting that terror groups like LeT cannot remain active in Afghanistan without "systematic state support" from "beyond" its borders, India has asked the UNSC to act against this security threat with a sense of urgency. India told the UNSC that the main source of instability in Afghanistan is terrorism and not ethnic rivalries. Expressing concern over the security situation inside Afghanistan, India has cited UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's latest report which said the number of security incidents in Afghanistan was the second highest in 2014 after 2011 when al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was neutralised. The Secretary General's report "substantiates our view that it is terrorism, and not tribal differences or ethnic rivalries, which is the main source of insecurity and instability in Afghanistan," India's Ambassador to the UN Asoke Mukerji said at the Security Council debate on UNAMA. He said that the terrorist groups, including the LeT, are active despite efforts of the valiant personnel of the ANSF and the international coalition forces. "It is obvious that their activity cannot be sustained without systematic state support from beyond Afghanistan's borders," Mr Mukerji said adding that reports indicate these groups are mutating into more virulent forms, in a region already impacted by terrorism."The Council must act against this threat with a sense of urgency," Mr Mukerji said.

CPI-Maoist cadres brutally thrashed a Police officer, Assistant Sub-Inspector Maheshwar Dewangan, posted at Polampalli Police Station in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. ASP Harish Rathore said Dewangan was heading for the Police Station in a taxi from Dornapal to rejoin the duty after a vacation. He was in civil dress and unarmed. About a dozen armed Maoists stopped the taxi near Gorguda village, asked Dewangan to get down, and beat him with sticks before leaving him bleeding at the spot, Rathore said.

Two female CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Phulbati (30) alias Mithila and Rukmati (28) alias Ramshila, from Chhattisgarh surrendered before IGP Yashwant Jethwa in Kalahandi District of Odisha. They had joined the Maoist party in 2006 and were members of Koilibhitar ‘area committee’ at Mainpur under Nuapada Division.

Three Naxal were arrested from Saomarangbeda village under Arki Police Station limits in Khunti District of Jharkhand. SP Anish Gupta said security personnel consisting of CRPF and District Armed Police were on an anti-LWE 'Operation Kaaro' in the District when they arrested the trio. The three have been identified as Sohrai Munda, who was carrying a reward of INR 200000 on his head, Vinoo Munda and Dasai Munda, the SP said. A rifle, six cartridges and LWE literatures were seized from their possession.

A CPI-Maoist cadre, who carried INR 200,000 reward on his head, was arrested in a joint operation by the Police and CRPF in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra, Police said. Arrested Maoist Ramesh Dhanoram Netam (43) was sent to judicial remand till March 26, said a release by Gadchiroli Police. He was a member of 'Tippagarh Dalam', Police said. A rifle and explosives were also seized from him.

BSF-Guwahati frontier had recovered FICN worth INR 257,500 in 2014. "FICN with a face value of INR 2,57,500 and 7,471 head of cattle worth INR 4 crore were seized while 138 smugglers and illegal immigrants, including 62 Indians and 76 Bangladeshis, were arrested by the BSF's Guwahati Frontier last year," a BSF source said. The Guwahati Frontier of BSF, Headquartered at Patgaon (Guwahati, Assam), has three sectors under its jurisdiction - Dhubri in Assam and Falakata and Cooch Behar in Bengal.

SFs arrested, a most wanted militant leader of the NDFB-IKS Roshish Basumatary, alias Jama was arrested from New Alipurduar in Alipurdar District in West Bengal. He was involved in the massacre of Adivasis on December 23, 2014. A source stated that "The operation was conducted with the help of West Bengal Police. The militant was apprehended from the densely-forested Jaldapara National Park in West Bengal," Roshish Basumatary belongs to the outfit's 35th batch of Myanmar-trained cadres.

The 18-hour general strike called in Manipur by JCILPS hit normal life in the State The JCILPS had called the strike in protest against the MRVT & MW bill.

Keithellakpam Nabachandra alias Chilheiba of UNLF who was arrested from his residence located at the outskirts of Dhaka Bangladesh on February 11 was brought to Imphal. Bangladeshi authority reportedly handed Nabachandra to its Indian counterparts in the first week of March at Dawki town in Jaintia Hills District. A team of Imphal West Police went to Shillong in East Khasi hills of Meghalaya and brought him to Manipur.

IPAK claimed that the Manipur Government has been signing suspension of operation with Myanmar originated Kuki militant groups thereby encouraging Kuki foreigners to migrate into Manipur.

IPAK chairman Sapamcha Jadumani said that Myanmar Government has to deal with armed groups based in the neighbouring country itself and here the Manipur Government is signing truce with such outfits, an unwarranted policy which has posed a serious threat to the people of the State.

Police foiled an attempt of smuggling of cash into the Shillong jail in East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya, meant for GNLA militants. Acting on intelligence inputs, the Special Cell office mounted the surveillance and picked up two Youths, identified as Amar Thapa and Niksang Marak  and also recovered INR 50,000 from them. The arrested jail staff has been identified as Phrangsngi Kyndiah and Rupam Kuri.

Surrendered ‘finance secretary ‘of AMEF revealed that ‘deputy commander in chief’ Gorang has snapped all communication network with ‘commander in chief’ Jack Marak. He also confirmed the disarray of AMEF n course of his revelation to the North Garo Hills District Police According to the ‘finance Secretary’ revelations; there are 25 to 30 cadres with around 10 AK rifles and a few small arms. (Meghalaya)

Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma has ruled out possibility of releasing jailed GNLA chairman Champion R. Sangma as demanded by GNLA for conducting peace talks. CM stated that GNLA continues to be a terrorist organization. We will take into consideration its demand only when the outfit stops its anti-national and criminal activities,”. When asked if GNLA is getting personal by targeting his constituency Ampati, he said that all these things were being examined by the Government. He stated that “Though the GNLA leadership is operating from jungles,” he said adding that there was a need to examine its use of various social media network to propagate its agenda.“We should commend those people who have come out openly defying the GNLA bandh,”.

GNLA continues to be a terrorist organization. We will take into consideration its demand only when the outfit stops its anti-national and criminal activities,”. When asked if GNLA is getting personal by targeting his constituency Ampati, he said that all these things were being examined by the Government. He stated that “Though the GNLA leadership is operating from jungles,” he said adding that there was a need to examine its use of various social media network to propagate its agenda.“We should commend those people who have come out openly defying the GNLA bandh,”.

Reacting to the offer of former HNLC ‘chairman’ and Mawhati legislator Julius Dorphang to be a negotiator for the HNLC, the Meghalaya Chief Minister said that the matter of negotiation with the HNLC would jointly be decided by GoI AND State Government.

In view of the forces shutdown called by GNLA in Garo Hills region, most shops in Betasing and Ampati areas remained closed due to fear of retaliation. Meghalaya DGP Mehta has reviewed the security arrangements. DGP has given clear directives that senior Police Officers visit interior areas and villages and instil confidence in people. Mehta has given a call to police officers in Garo Hills that policing should not be confined to roads but officers must tour villages on foot and interact with the villagers as a strategy for area domination and also to bridge the gap between people and Police.

There will be a break in GNLA indefinite strike in Ampati constituency in South West Garo Hills in Meghalaya. The strike however will resume on March 18. The strike was called by GNLA protest alleged "police highhandedness" and "fake encounters".

Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma, , stated that at his level, he had issued necessary instructions to the Police Headquarters through the Home department to submit their list of requirements to the Government, including weapons and other equipments, reports The Shillong Times. He also added that “Since the Police Modernization Schemes have been withdrawn from the recent Union Budget, we expect the Centre to release funds to the respective State Governments to strengthen its internal security”.

NSCN-IM has offered to assist any team that will investigate the March 5 Dimapur lynching incident NSCN-IM in a statement said that IM has offered to assist any team that will investigate the March 5 Dimapur lynching incident. "We are prepared to assist any investigation team. The whole unfortunate incident should never have happened”. (Nagaland)

March 16-17

An OGW of UNLF identified as Waikhom Mohen was arrested from Thoubal District of Manipur. He was involved in recruitment of child soldiers for UNLF. Together with accomplice, Mohen has already recruited 12 children into UNLF.

March 17

The Additional District Court of Palakkad sentenced two Al Ummah cadres, Pandamkodu Myhammed Sherif and Malappuram Valanchery Karthala Said Habeeb Koya to double life term for murdering BJP leader Kollangode Mani on September 13, 1996. The convicts also have to pay INR 215,000 as fine. The court recently pronounced that four Al Ummah cadres from Palakkad and Malappuram Districts guilty in the murder of Muthalamada Mani. The other two Saidali Bava and Abdul Khader did not appear before the court then. The court has issued an arrest warrant against them. The charges against the four include murder, conspiracy and inciting communal hatred.

Home Ministry officials revealed that at least 60 militants belonging to LeT and JeM groups are being trained at terror launch pads across the border, waiting for an opportunity to sneak into J&K. The officials said that according to intelligence inputs, the militants were looking for opportunities to enter India through both the IB and the LoC. According to a Home Ministry statistics, there have been more than 175 infiltration attempts in J&K in 2014. Around 560 incidents of ceasefire violation also have taken place along the LoC and the IB in 2014. In 2013, there were 354 cases of infiltration along the Indo-Pakistan border in which 56 militants were killed and 145 arrested. There were 332 incidents of infiltration from across Pakistan in 2012 in which 30 were killed and 123 were apprehended. In 2011, there were 317 incidents of infiltration in which 50 militants were killed and 86 arrested.

The Kerala High Court granted bail to Thushar Nirmal Sarathy and Jaison C Cooper, who allegedly belong to a CPI-Maoist front organization. Sarathy and Cooper, who were arrested after the attack on NHAI Kochi office, were later released from Kakkanad District jail on March 17. A division bench comprising justices KT Sankaran and Babu Mathew P Joseph granted conditional bails after prosecution informed that their continued detention is not warranted.

The CPI-Maoist is offering money, liquor and ganja to tribals to do favours for them. Maoists are shedding their ideologies to woo the tribals living in the forests of Kerala, if reports are to be believed.

Police arrested a gang of four, including two women, for extorting money from contractors in and around Capital Complex in Itanagar in Papum Pare in Arunachal Pradesh. The extortionists have been identified as Dubi Ete, Bimpi Riddi, Tori Gad and Tame Aking. INR 300000 was recovered from them.

SFs arrested two militants belonging to NDFB-IKS along with a rifle and ammunition from Hadan Bazar in Chirang District of Assam. The arrested militants were identified as Bathiram Goyari, [number four in NDFB-IKS hierarchy] and Selma Owari.

SFs arrested a RPF militant ‘lance corporal’ Pangam-bam Rajesh Singh alias Kwakpa, from Khurai Lamlong Bazar in Imphal East in Manipur. Investigation revealed that he was involved in extortion of money from general public, shopkeepers, private schools and transportation of arms, ammunition and explosives.

A gang member, identified as Tongbram Rojen Singh alias Kebi was arrested from Kongba bazar in Imphal East District of Manipur and 9mm pistol loaded with one live round was recovered from him. Investigation revealed that, Rojen came to Kongba bazar to sell the seized weapons and ammunition.

Five Catholic Schools in Imphal have decided to close down their schools as they failed to come to an agreement with an underground organization regarding the admission procedure of its lowers classes. The five schools are Little Flower School, St Joseph School, Nirmalabas High School, Christ Jyoti School and Catholic School at Canchipur in Manipur.

In a joint operation conducted by Goalpara based Army troops and Meghalaya Police, two AMEF militants,identified as Akhi Momin and Selba Sangma were killed . One factory made pistol, two single shot rifles, three live rounds, one machete and other items were recovered from them. The operation was carried out on the basis of intelligence input that four to five AMEF terrorists were present in a camp in Petchong Jonksi in North Garo Hills. While approaching the camp, a group of about six terrorists were encountered.

Another source, meanwhile, said two more persons of the same group were apprehended following the encounter. They were identified as Delnot Momin and Robin Momin. (Meghalaya)

March 18

Maharasthra Police produced seven persons accused of waging war against India for a court hearing in Mangaluru. The accused produced were Sayyed Mohammed Noushad, Ahmed Bava Aboobakkar, Mahammed Ali, Javed Ali, Mohammad Rafiq, Fakeer Ahammed and Shabir Bhatkal. They were among 13 persons arrested from various places along the coast in October 2008. According to the charge sheet filed before the jurisdictional court, the accused during a period from 2004 to 2008 with an intention to create acts of terror across India and create animosity among people of various religions and communities came together as part of a conspiracy and planned to carry out bomb blasts in the country. Ahmed Bava and Mohammed Noushad were arrested by the Mangaluru Police on charges of giving shelter to Yasin Bhatkal and Riyaz Bhatkal, Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives on August 3, 2008. However, as Ahmed Bava and Mohammed Noushad are the key accused in giving shelter to the terrorists, Mumbai Police had sought their custody.

The special court allowed the NIA’s appeal for extension and granted the agency the additional time to file a charge sheet in the case against Kalyan youth Areeb Majeed, accused of joining IS. The agency had on February 26, 2015 sought the extension to file the chargesheet, which was originally to have been filed on March 20. With this extension, the agency has acquired a total of 180 days’ time to file the chargesheet, since Areeb’s arrest on November 28, 2014, when he was flown from Istanbul (Turkey) under NIA escort back to India. Areeb was booked under Sections 16, 18 and 20 of the UAPA for conspiring to commit a terrorist act and being a member of a banned foreign terror outfit. Areeb was also booked under Section 125 of IPC for waging war against the nation.

Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said in Rajya Sabha that intelligence and security agencies have foiled the plans of some youths to travel to Syria and Iraq, and they are under counseling and being monitored at present. "A certain number of ISIS sympathisers is also under surveillance by security agencies," he said. Replying to a question, Chaudhary said interrogation of arrested terrorists by the security agencies has revealed that ISI of Pakistan is aiding terror activities in India by providing shelter, training, patronage and financial assistance to terrorists or terror outfits. “The interrogation of arrested terrorists by security agencies has revealed that ISI is aiding terror activities in India by providing shelter, training, patronage and financial assistance to terrorists/terror outfits. There are no intelligence reports to indicate that outfits like IS of Baghdadi have become active in the country in connivance with ISI,” he said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

Chhattisgarh Police said that SIMI had hatched a plot to target PM Narendra Modi during his campaign trail in Chhattisgarh in last Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament) elections. “SIMI’s key leader Umer Siddique along with his associate Hyder Ali had hatched the conspiracy at the coaching centre run by the former in Raipur to attack Mr Modi during his poll campaign at Ambikapur in Sarguja District in November last year. The SIMI operatives had conducted reconnaissance of the site where Mr Modi was scheduled to address the election rally,” Raipur range IGP G.P.Singh stated. According to Singh, Umer had visited Pakistan to get training on terrorist activities. He used to train gullible Muslim youth at several places in Chhattisgarh by brainwashing them. “Umer was also recruiting cadres for Al Qaeda,” Mr Singh added. According to Mr Singh, Umer was planning to send the Muslim youth to Afghanistan to fight for al Qaeda after training them in militancy.

The ATC of the Crime Branch of Pune city Police arrested two persons, one of them a minor boy, for possession of FICN. Police have recovered 398 FICN of INR 500 denomination from the suspects. Acting on a tip-off to Inspector Dhananjay Dhumal of ATC, a Police team laid a trap and arrested the suspects under the Shivaji Maharaj bridge near Pune Municipal Corporation. One of the suspects was identified as Faizuddin Ali alias Lalu Taufsar Ali (22), a native of Malda District in West Bengal. Police also detained his aide who is a teenager boy. Faizuddin was arrested under appropriate sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). His minor accomplice was detained and then shifted to remand home as per the court’s order. The offence in this case has been registered at the Shivajinagar Police Station.

A senior CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Yogendra Mishra, a ‘sub-zonal commander’, was arrested when he was going back to the forest after getting treatment of his leg in Lohardaga District of Jharkhand. SP Manoj Ratan said he was arrested in the forest under Kisko Police Station of the District.

A hardcore CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Dhanik Lal Pandit, was arrested from Bhimbundh forest area in Munger District of Bihar. Acting on a tip off, the Police raided a hideout and arrested the Maoist, SP Barun Kumar Sinha said.

The CPI-Maoist outfit is planning to form a new corridor to connect Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh through the districts of Sambalpur and Deogarh, said DG of CRPF, Prakash Mishra. He further said “The CRPF is ready to foil any such attempt by the banned outfit.” Sambalpur and Deogarh districts are pivotal because of their strategic location and all efforts will be made to ensure that the Maoists cannot realise their plan of a corridor, added Mishra, who arrived in Sambalpur later in the day after reviewing anti-Maoist operations at Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary in Nuapada, which has become a hotbed of Maoists. “It will be easy to rein in the Maoists if they are denied setting up the corridor,” Mishra said, adding that there has been a reduction in the Maoist movement in Sundargarh, Deogarh and Sambalpur whereas it has increased in Boudh, Kandhamal and Angul districts. He said the CRPF personnel have succeeded in containing Maoist activity in Sunabeda sanctuary and are now concentrating on the border areas of Nuapada and Chhattisgarh, where the ultras are currently active. On CRPF deployment in the State, the CRPF DG said it would be rationalised and the personnel stationed in areas which have marked subdued Maoist activities would be moved to places where ultras are active. He said the CRPF was working in tandem with the State Police. During his visit to the Sunabeda sanctuary, Mishra attended a function organised by CRPF in Sunabeda village as a part of their Civic Action Programme.

Fearing civilian casualties, the anti-CPI-Maoist squad stopped short of opening fire at a Maoist gang at Mukkanampotti tribal colony at Nilambur in Malapuram District of Kerala. The Police inaction had invited criticism from various corners and it is their first clarification on the incident, though it is unofficial. The Police spotted a seven-member CPI-Maoist gang in the tribal colony when the extremists were just a few metres away. It was for the first time that the Police Force in the District was coming that close to nabbing the extremist group members. “However, the police were not in a position to attack the gang. They were atop a hilly terrain and the Police were on the down side. Five of the seven people were inside the house of Chathan, a resident of the colony, having food. The others were watching the surroundings. If we had opened fire at that moment, they would have used the tribal family as cover to escape bullets. The lives of both the policemen and the civilians were at risk,” sources in the force said seeking anonymity. The police action invited criticism from various quarters. But they believe what they did was right. “There were three women in the house. There would have been a huge public uproar had any civilian been injured in the attack on Maoists.”

DG of CRPF Prakash Mishra told the media that if required more CRPF units would be deployed in Nuapada District of Odisha to free the area from CPI-Maoist. He added that he would take steps to ensure that tourists are able to visit Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary in Nuapada District without the fear of Maoists. Mishra, who went to Sunabeda village in a chopper, admitted that tourism was hit in the area due to increase in extremist activities in the past five years. The Maoists reportedly started spreading their base in Sunabeda in 2009. Since Chhattisgarh is close to Sunabeda, it became an added advantage for the Maoists. At present, the CRPF and CoBRA personnel have been deployed at Barkot, Jamgaon, Sunabeda and Soseng villages. Sources in the forest department also said the number of visitors has gone down owing to Maoist menace. The department recorded 22,000 footfalls between 2001 and 2005. The figure dipped to 2009 between 2006 and 2009. In 2010 and 2011, only 815 tourists visited the place. No tourist has visited the area since 2012.

A road construction worker, YK. Daniel was abducted near Thonglang Akutpa in Senapati District of Manipur.

Two workers YK. Daniel was abducted near Thonglang Akutpa in Senapati in Manipur. It has been reports that both the workers were abducted for ransom of INR 3 million and INR 5 million.

Two men, identified as Satender Kumar alias Tinu and Pritam Kumar who had allegedly shot dead the leader of KYKL O Juge Singh alias Wangba Khuman, in New Delhi in 2008 were arrested from Dwarka in New Delhi. During interrogation, Satender Kumar told that he was a transporter involved in illegal trade of sandalwood/red sandalwood and teakwood and in 2007 his truck was captured by members of KYKL in Manipur and its leader O Juge Singh had extorted INR 800000 from him to secure the release of his truck and since then he had a grudge against Juge Singh.

KYKL women militant identified as Khaidem Ningol Takhellam-bam ongbi Sonia alias Sorojini alias Sonia Chanu was arrested during a cordon and search operation at Khongjom Bazar in Thoubal in Manipur. She had recruited one cadre and was trying to recruit new cadres for KYKL from Khongjom Langathel area.

Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma stated that neutralization of groups like GNLA was the only way to send a strong message to militants. Stating that Government was very clear on neutralizing GNLA, Sangma stated that It is quite evident that they want to continue with their criminal and anti- national activities.”The Chief Minister also asserted that the State Government has given directives to the State Police to neutralize the criminal groups.

AMEF denied the claim made by the police that two of their cadres were killed in an encounter at Karkutta in North Garo Hills in Meghalaya on March 17. AMEF ‘vice chairman’ Kadongchak Matgrik stated that the persons killed in the alleged encounter by were innocent daily wage earners.

GNLA stated that Government can initiate talks with its jailed ‘chairman’ Champion Sangma. GNLA ‘joint publicity secretary’ Garo Mandei Marak said that "If the government is willing to talk, let our ‘chairman’ do so. Our chairman is accessible 24 hours. It is not necessary that all members of the GNLA should talk with the Government. Our chairman is our head and can talk on behalf of the outfit."He also commented on call to lift the indefinite ban in Ampati in South West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya, by saying that “We are still examining the statement of Mukul Sangma and need some time to lift the bandh in Ampati."

A combined SF arrested a militant of KCP-Noyon identified as Kshetrimayum Shanta Singh alias Ingo from an unspecified location in Imphal East District of Manipur. Investigation revealed that he had extorted INR 15000 from a forest employee of Kundongbam in Thoubal.

March 19

Three persons, identified as Khider Mohammed, Sundara Raj and Balasubramaniam were arrested by Police at Sukrawarpetta in Town Hall in Coimbatore along with FICN, worth INR 14,000. All three men were booked under sections 489B (using as genuine, forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes), 489C (possession of forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes) among others of the IPC.

UHM Rajnath Singh reiterated his faith in the patriotism of Indian Muslims and asserted that influence of IS was negligible on Indian youth. He, however, cautioned the global community on the appeal of IS among the young and educated and found the threat of do-it-yourself lone wolves real. Singh said, "Influence of Islamic State on the Indian youth is negligible as just a handful of Indian youth have joined the ISIS and some have also returned after being persuaded by their families. The failure of ISIS to attract Indian Muslims is due to the complete integration of Indian Muslims into the national mainstream. Indian Muslims are patriots and are not swayed by fundamentalist ideologies. India as a country is proud of all its diversity."

Acting on a tip-off, the SFs recovered a powerful can-bomb from Saranda forest area in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand.  The SFs comprising CRPF and District Armed Police Force launched a massive search operation in a village near Karampada and spotted the can-bomb planted underneath a kucha road, said SP Michael S Raj. The SP said the explosive weighed 30 kg and was planted to target the security personnel.

Eight miscreants including four cadres of TPC were arrested from Ghato area of Ramgarh District in Jharkhand. SP M Tamilvanan said the arrested TPC cadres were allegedly involved in the attack on Tata Steel's West Bokaro colliery site on the intervening night of March 16-17. Five mobile phones and two motorcycles have been seized from them, Tamilvanan said.

SFs arrested two MULTA militants in Lakhipur area of Goalpara District of Assam. SFs recovered FICN with a face value of INR 200,000 and two pistols from the two militants.

An encounter took place between AR and ZUF in a deep jungle in Nungba area of Tamenglong in Manipur.

There was a clash between militants of ZUF and NSCN-IM at Guiteng in Khoupum valley in Tamenglong District of Manipur.

UNLF claimed that bomb attack on March 16, at residential compound of Vice Chairman of IUCB was carried out by militant groups CSF. (Manipur)

MCP-M clarified that it has no connection with the closing of catholic schools in Imphal in Manipur.

A grenade assault was made at the residence of Lourembam Jiten Singh at Tera Yengkhom Leirak in Imphal West in Manipur.

UNLF triggered a bomb blast at the residence of Lourembam Diana in Tera Yengkhom Leikai in Imphal West of Manipur. A press release issued by UNLF stated that the bomb attack was the first warning and accused that Diana had collected money in the name of UNLF.

Two OGWs of UNLF, identified as Soram Ibohal Singh alias Koireng and Namoijam Boinao were arrested by a team of Police and AR from Yairipok in Thoubal District of Manipur.

On follow up action SFs arrested another militant identified as Thangjam Nandibala, of UNLF from Yaripok in Manipur.

SFs arrested a ZUF militant Poukhon Panmei alias Pundibonang from a house at Mantripukhri Lamlongei area in Imphal East in Manipur. On his disclosure, one 7.65 mm pistol with 4 live rounds was recovered from Langol Laimanai hill in Imphal West District. Further follow-up action led to the arrest of another ZUF militant, identified as Thomas Kamei alias Meilungjokpou from an unspecified location. He is the ‘section officer’ of finance in Imphal area of ZUF and was involved in extorting money from Government employees and businessmen. 37 demand letters of ZUF were recovered from him.

As GNLA enforced shutdown entered the tenth day in Ampati in South West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya, the District Administration has started providing relief to the affected people. The task is daunting for the District officials given that Ampati constituency has as many as 127 villages and 44,000 people.

Mizoram Police in a joint operation with AR arrested a man identified as Thangdeihpianga and recovered M4 A1 carbines, one 56 AK rifle, an MKII pistol and 500 rounds of ammunition. The arms were to be delivered to ethnic Chakma militants in Bangladesh.

The Bombay high court upheld a judgment of the Pune sessions court that convicted three persons from West Bengal for possession of FICN worth INR 25,000. Manirul Maulavi Mustafa, Ansar Bashir Husein and Kamaluddin Arsad Ali were arrested by the Samarth Police from Shiralsheth chowk in Rasta Peth in Pune, Maharashtra on July 31, 2011. They had moved a criminal appeal against their conviction and sentences of six years' rigorous imprisonment.

Kolasib Police arrested three militants of HPC-D identified as ‘commander’ Paul Laldemloa, Rualneihlala and John Lianhmingthanga at Tuithaveng in Kolasib District of Mizoram. The police also seized a pistol with 9mm bullets from the militants.

March 20

A fidayeen (suicide) squad of militants in Army fatigues stormed a Police Station in J&K's Kathua District, killing seven persons, including three SF personnel, two civilian and two militants. Twelve persons, including eight CRPF personnel, three Policemen and a civilian were also injured in the incident. Two AK-47 rifles with 21 magazines and 156 rounds, 19 live grenades, two wire cutters, two pistols and 61 rounds were recovered from the slain militants. This is the first major militant attack in the state since the formation of the PDP-BJP coalition Government in the State on March 1.

Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres reportedly put up handwritten wall posters near Devarapalli and Kudunuru villages in Charla mandal of Khammam District of Telangana, demanding hike in wages for tendu leaf (leaves of diospyros melonoxylon used for rolling bidis) collectors. The posters bearing the name of Maoist Venkatapuram area committee demanded adequate wages, insurance cover and other social security measures for tendu leaf collectors in the Agency areas. Sources said that similar posters were spotted in a few remote tribal hamlets in Venkatapuram mandal bordering Chhattisgarh on March 19.

The ‘publicity secretary’ of AMEF identified as Chuang Togan N. Sangma was arrested from a hotel in Shillong in East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya.

In separate news, on a directive from NHRC State Government has decided to hand over the case pertaining to the killing of Sengbath Ch. Marak, on March 4, to CID. Sengbath Marak was reported to be killed in an encounter with GNLA at Rongram in West Garo Hills in Meghalaya. However it was later alleged that he was killed in a fake encounter.

A surrendered militant, a former training instructor, identified as Mingran T Sangma who was accused by the GNLA and also a section of student and social organizations of being involved in the killing of Sengbath Ch. Marak said he was not involved in the shooting incident since he was only the driver of one of Police vehicles which took part in the operation. The using the service of surrendered militants by SFs has come out after this disclosure. (Meghalaya)

In a report by suspended senior Superintendent of Dimapur Jail, B Chuba, on the March 5 lynching incident, stated that two jailed militants of NSCN-IM escaped during the melee. (Nagaland)

SFs arrested a militant of PREPAK-VC, identified as Laishram Ganga alias Tomchou Meitei, from Nungourok village in Chandel District of Manipur.

March 21

In a fresh incident, two terrorists were killed during an attack at the Army camp on Jammu-Pathankote National Highway in Samba District. Three persons including one civilian, a Major and an Army jawan were also injured during the attack.

The J&K Police arrested two persons on suspicion of their providing logistic support to four terrorists who attacked and carried out twin terror attacks in Kathua and Samba Districts on March 20-21. Police identified them as Gulab Hussain, a religious preacher in a mosque and Ayub. The former hails from Rajouri and he had come to the house of Ayub near the IB in Hariyachak area. The four terrorists, who attacked beanbags Police Station and the Samba Army camp appear to have donned army fatigue at Hariyachak as the Police on March 21, seized four Pathan suits along with some packets of dry fruit from bushes in Hariyachak nursery.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said, the two back to back terror attacks in Jammu is an attempt by the militants to boost their morale which has come down due to the Army operations. “When the morale of the opponents are down, they make such attempts to boost it,” Parrikar said replying to questions about the attack by militants in J&K. Stating that the IB has many “nallas”, he said at times it is difficult to man the area completely. The IB comes under the purview of the BSF. Giving figures, Parrikar said that about 26 militants have been killed this year by the Army with only one loss from its side. He said this proves that the Army was doing better and that intelligence has also improved.

A team of Police officials from Special Intelligence Unit and ‘Q’ Branch arrested two persons, identified as S. Abbas Mydeen (40) and M. Mubarak (22) from Melur in Madurai in Tamil Nadu. The duo, held under provisions of Explosives Act, and for criminal conspiracy, was produced before the Judicial Magistrate-I, D. Thriveni, who remanded them in judicial custody till April 1, 2015. “We got an alert from our informants about their movements in Pranmalai in Sivaganga District following which we picked them up. Upon interrogation, they confessed to their involvement in some of the explosive cases (reported in Madurai city, rural areas, Sivaganga and Theni Districts). In other cases, their accomplices were involved,” a Police official said. The Police also took them to Pranmalai hillock late on March 21 and seized a small quantity of an explosive substance, timer devices, batteries, few pieces PVC pipes among others from a cavern. “These are remnants of the materials used for the explosives that were found or blown off in various places in Madurai and neighbouring districts,” the official said.

One person, identified as Babla Kamalpur was arrested along with FICN of INR 400,000 from Maheshmati area of Malda District in West Bengal. The man is suspected to be a carrier and investigations are on, they added. Malda District has emerged as a major transit route for FICN brought from Bangladesh and Nepal and then circulated across the country.

Fahad Shaikh, one of the four Kalyan (Maharashtra) youths who ran away and joined the IS has got in touch with his family, but rebuffed calls to return, saying "I am happy with my jihadi work, I won't come back to India". Shaikh got in touch about a month ago and has since been calling his family and some friends frequently on phone or Skype and other VoIP platforms, said sources familiar with the case of the four youths, all in their twenties.He has confirmed that Saheem Tanki, one of the three youths who went with him, is dead. He reportedly sent a photograph of Tanki at the location where he died to his family. NIA sleuths managed to contact Shaikh on a phone number he had called from, and he told them he won't return as his community was not treated well here. He again claimed he was happy with jihad but refused to elaborate what he was doing in Raqqa, Syria.

As many as four Indians are learnt to have died fighting battles in Iraq and Syria alongside IS ever since it captured power in parts of the region. These are part of around 10 Indians whose connection with IS has been confirmed by the intelligence agencies. As many as 20 more of Indian origin but hailing from US, UK and Europe are learnt to be engaged in propaganda activity for the outfit. Interestingly, however, only one of the four deceased had gone to the battle zone from India. Rest all are of Indian origin but were holed up in various countries for several years. The only direct export from India to have died in Syria is Shaheem Tanki. The other three include Karnataka's Bhatkal-born Sultan Armar from Pakistan, one youth from Saudi Arabia and another from a South East Asian country. Apart from these, there has been only one more fidayeen (suicide attacker) from India, Anwer Hussain, who died in 2014 in Afghanistan. However, all these deaths are yet to be confirmed by the intelligence agencies independently.

Sources said intelligence agencies have also confirmed that there are at least two former IM operatives who joined IS recently. "While one, Armar, is learnt to be dead now, another is still there. They had both been holed up in Pakistan since 2008. Anwer, who died in Afghanistan last year, also belonged to IM," said a security establishment officer. One Indian youth is also learnt to have joined the outfit from Singapore.

The cadres of the PLFI set ablaze two construction machines in the middle of the night in Latehar District of Jharkhand. The machines were being used by the local administration to construct a new road. "This whole incident has been attributed to the PLFI. They had demanded levy. We got information that around seven-eight members had burnt down two machines which were being used to make the roads. We have also recovered a letter in which the PLFI has claimed responsibility," said Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) of Latehar, Roshan Gudia.

A joint team consisting of the CRPF and the Police has busted a CPI-Maoist hideout in Jamui District of Bihar. The Maoists, upon hearing that Police were nearby, fled the hideout after which the joint team closed upon the area and recovered around 500 kilograms of explosives. "The Police carried out search operations for three days continuously and recovered around 500 kilograms of explosives. We have also recovered cylinder bombs, carbines that were looted from the Police and large amount of bullets and gun powder," said Superintendent of Police (SP) of Jamui, Jayant Kant.

Three members of a family, identified as Balkishore Shahdeo, Jal Kishore Shahdeo and Pramod, have been killed allegedly by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Murmu village in Lohardaga District of Jharkhand. The family was on a hunting trip when they were kidnapped from Sahedpat village. Their bodies were found early on March 22 morning near Marayan forest under the Jowang Police Station limits. Maoist sources claimed they were killed because they were police informers. “The Shahdeos resisted Left-Wing Extremists since they entered the area in 1991,” said Lohardaga SP Manoj Ratan Chothe. The Shahdeos were landowners and of royal lineage, which made them a target for the Maoists.

The Army recovered two 303 rifles with silencers, two magazines and 17 rounds of live ammunition from Biswanath Ghat in Sonitpur District of Assam.

Unidentified persons placed a Chinese-made hand grenade at the Khangabok Bazar residence, in Thoubal District of Manipur, of the acting president of Thoubal Zilla Parishad.

A key accused in October 2, 2015 Bardhaman blast, Abdul Wahab Momin was arrested by NIA from Sealdah area of Kolkata in West Bengal.

A team of Imphal West District Police Commandos conducted frisking and checking at the Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai in Imphal West District of Manipur and arrested a militant of PREPAK-pro, identified as Kiyam Singhajit Singh alias Ibai.

KNA-I observed its 5th Rising Day at Camp Jangmol Dingpi in Sadar Hills District of Manipur.

March 22

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressing a gathering at Attari border post in Amritsar District of Punjab a few meters away from Pakistan said "End atmosphere of terror and learn to live with peace". Rajnath recalled former PM A B Vajpayee's words "We can change friends but not neighbors". He further said "Vajpayee had offered the hand of friendship to Pakistan. He not only wanted friendly ties with Pakistan but heart-to-heart relations between the people of the two countries. But what did we get in return? Kargil War. So far, we have not been able to achieve what we want. Pakistan has to consider stopping the business of terror and prevent turning green pastures into red with blood of innocent people. Terror has to end."

Terming two back-to-back terror attacks in Kathua and Samba Districts in J&K as a “conspiracy” to derail the peace process, CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed asked the Pakistan PM in explicit term to rein in the terrorists in order to carry forward process of peace and reconciliation. Sending out a message to Pakistan, the CM said, “If they want peace and friendship with us and continue the peace process, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and its establishment must control terrorists”.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said India was building good relations with its neighbours and at the same time increasing its strength. "I believe that I should have very good, strong relations with my neighbours and I am already exchanging a lot of joint exercises, discussions and training with neighbouring countries," Parrikar stated. "At least 38 countries are sending their defence personnel for training in India. We are encouraging them. We are giving them more slots. We are also considering supplying some sort of defence materials through export or through line of credit to the countries so that they can depend on India for their defence," he said.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju applauded parents who have prevented their sons from joining the IS. Rijiju said, "The war of terrorism has to be fought by the society." Giving the example of how terror groups like IS were trying hard to capture young minds, he said, "The parents and the Indian society have been able to prevent young people from joining such groups." The Minister said that terrorism should be treated as a challenge to human kind and the global community will have to come together to counter terrorism. Speaking at the valedictory session of the three-day conference, the minister said that terrorism is now not the problem of any one country, instead it has spread to different parts of the world.

Two Policemen - Joge Atram and Swaroop Kumar Amrutkar - were killed in an encounter between Gadchiroli Police and CPI-Maoist cadres in Hekker forest under Etapalli tehsil of Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. Reports that one more trooper was injured in the gun battle could not be confirmed. Sources claimed that search operations were underway in the forests under Jambiagutta outpost since last five days following intelligence about Maoists camping in the area. While the Police party was returning to the base after the daylong search operation late in the afternoon, they were ambushed by Maoists in Hekker forest, around 25 km from Jambiagutta outpost. Reports suggest that a fierce gun battle took place in which two troopers were killed and one was injured. There were also reports of Maoists triggering a landmine blast during the encounter, but that could not be confirmed.

Four personnel including a JCO of Gorkha Regiment were injured in an ambush by NSCN-K at Luklang Khunou in Tamenglong in Manipur. When the Army team reached the spot militants triggered an explosion and started firing. The injured have been identified as Subedar Chitra Bahadur, Rifleman Aan Singh, Rifleman Gir Bahadur Thapa and Rifleman Mingma Dorjee. NSCN-K in a statement claimed that two Army men were killed in the ambush.

ZUF stated that arms confrontation which occurred on March 19 at Guiteng in Khoupum valley in Tamenglong District of Manipur with NSCN-IM was because of NSCN-IM`s incursion into ZUF area.

HNLC claimed that its leadership has declared unilateral ceasefire against Government and wanted GoI to appoint an interlocutor at the earliest, while threatening to launch an attack against Central forces if GoI continued to delay the peace process. (Meghalaya)

AMEF claimed that Chuang Togan N Sangma, who was arrested on March 20 from Shillong in East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya, was not their ‘publicity secretary’. AMEF stated that Sangma was not connected to the outfit and had never been used by the outfit. The cadre, according to the release, is a surrendered GNLA militant.

East Khasi Hills SP M. Kharkrang stated that Shillong was being used as rest and meeting place by militants. He also added that “Garo Hills- based militants use Shillong since there are no major operations here. Police, however, denied that Garo Hills- based militants were engaged in the extortion in Shillong area. (Meghalaya)

NSCN-IM ‘chairman’ Isak Chishi Swu, said that tribalism, factionalism, communalism and the spirit of other people and ‘our people’ are eating into the vitality of Naga ‘nationhood. (Nagaland)

He said that He stated that “It is seen that any incident of individual crime is often communalised by negative elements for their vested interest. We must combat them. Tribalism, communalism and factionalism are the weapons of enemies of the people. The psychology of the Nagas today needs to be rebuilt.” He also added that “We believe solution can be worked out only through discussion and interaction between the contending parties. Some groups say India must quit Nagalim, some say they will go for a separate solution for a part of the people and some others say they prefer prolonging the movement to solving the problem for commercial motive. Overlooking the present they glorify the past and dogmatize the future. They are indeed road blocks, not solution. But NSCN is for a negotiated settlement that guarantees the future of the Nagas.”

A court sent Abdul Wahab Momin, a key accused in October 2, 2015 Bardhaman blast, to custody of the NIA till March 31, 2015. Momin, was earlier arrested on March 21 by NIA from Sealdah area of Kolkata. Contending that Momin was involved in facilitating shelter for JMB cadres in West Bengal, the NIA counsel said his custody was essential to extract information about other absconding accused. NIA claimed that its investigation has so far showed that the JMB had established its network in many Districts - particularly in Murshidabad, Nadia, Malda, Birbhum and Bardhaman in West Bengal, Barpeta in Assam, and Sahibganj and Pakur in Jharkhand. As many as 15 people suspected to be involved in the case are absconding.

IB issued an alert to UMHA about a possible infiltration bid and terror attack by the banned militant outfits LeT and HM in Samba and Kathua Districts of J&K. According to reports, the IB told MHA that the militant outfits are planning to carry out a fidayeen (suicide) attack in the region. The IB issued the alert at a time when two guerrillas attacked an Army camp in Samba District on March 21 and were later gunned down by the SFs.

Two work supervisors, Dhana and Bidhu of the road construction works along Imphal Tamenglong in Manipur were abducted by armed militants, from an unspecified location. A ransom demand of INR 1 million had been demanded by the militants.

Imphal West Police Commandos arrested one person, identified as Najir Khan alias Mohammed Najib Khan who had kept the IED at Murgi Bazar tea stall inside the temporary market in Imphal West District of Manipur, which led to the death of three. Investigation revealed that the IED was handed over to him by one unknown person who was sent by 'chairman' of URF- Lalheiba, identified as Khwairak-pam Gopendro alias Brojen alias Khelen alias Lalheiba.

A team of Imphal West District Police Commandos including Women Police conducted frisking and checking and arrested a women militant of KCP- Taibang Nganba, identified as Salam Ningol Ayekpam. (Manipur)

ZUF claimed that in the gunfight between ZUF and NSCN-IM on March 19, two NSCN-IM militants were killed and that two were injured. ZUF claims that they recovered an AK-47 with large quantities of ammunition and two common bags.(Manipur)

March 23

PM Narendra Modi wrote to Pakistan’s PM Nawaz Sharif emphasising the significance of bilateral dialogue in an "atmosphere free of terror and violence". While India did not officially protest against the Hurriyat leaders' meeting with Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit, the Government warned Islamabad that there is no scope for "misunderstanding or misrepresenting India's position on the role of the so-called Hurriyat''. This was after Basit said India had no objection to his meeting with the separatists as he urged the media not to turn a "non-issue into an issue''.

J&K CM Mufti Mohmmed Sayeed said that his Government will go for revocation of AFSPA in phased manner after consulting the Army Commanders as they have expressed their apprehensions over it. Mufti Sayeed said “Some areas where situation has improved will be de-notified from Disturbed Areas Act. By gradual process, I can’t do it in one go. But I will do it. Some Army Commanders are apprehensive over this move. They will be taken on-board over the decision. I will do it with their (Army’s) consultation and after taking them on board.”

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has written to the CMs of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh to ensure an early breakthrough in investigations so as to bring terror suspects to book. While the blasts referred to by Singh took place in Chennai and Bengaluru in May and December 2014 respectively, a prime suspect behind these blasts is a group of SIMI under trials who escaped from Madhya Pradesh's Khandwa jail in October 2013. The separate letters to the three CMs recall the unsolved terror cases from the recent past, including the Khandwa jailbreak in Madhya Pradesh, the Chennai railway station blast of May 1, 2014 as well as the December 28, 2014 blast at Bengaluru. While one person was killed and 14 injured in the blast in a stationary train at Chennai railway station, the Bengaluru blast claimed one life and left three others injured. While offering all the three CMs Central assistance in solving these terror cases, Singh requested them to send him a line on the progress made by the investigating agencies so far.

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

Seven hardcore CPI-Maoist cadres including the dreaded Donna Keshav Rao alias ‘Azad’, accused in the murder of VHP leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati in August 2008, launched a fast-unto-death at the Jharpada jail in Bhubaneswar demanding speedy disposal of their cases. However, Jharpada Jail Superintendent Rabindranath Swain did not reveal the names of the Maoists leaders who were on fast inside the jail. “The Maoist leaders had earlier submitted a written report with the jail authorities stating that they would sit on a fast unto death till justice was done to them,” Swain said. Azad, an accused in the VHP leader murder case, had surrendered before Andhra Pradesh DGP K Aravinda Rao on May 18, 2011. He had carried a reward of INR one million on his head at that time.

The Odisha Government said as many as 300 LWEs have returned to the mainstream in the past five years. Furnishing a written reply to a query in the State Assembly, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said “During the last five years, more than 300 persons have joined the mainstream in Odisha by shunning violence. Out of them, more than 170 persons have benefitted in accordance with the ‘Surrender and Rehabilitation’ scheme.” Under ‘Surrender and Rehabilitation’ scheme, surrendered LWEs are entitled to financial assistance up to INR 2,50,000, payment up to INR 25,000 for surrender with weapons and cash at the rate of 0.4 decimal of homestead land.

Suspected Maoists attacked a vehicle carrying rations for CRPF personnel posted in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh near Burkapal area of the District, The Maoists took away the entire rations.

ZUF claims that an encounter with a combined team of SFs and NSCN-IM took place at Taosang village in Tamenglong in Manipur.

GNLA lambasted Meghalaya Home Minister Roshan Warjri for her statement on an alleged "fake encounter" at Oragitok village in West Garo Hills GNLA in a statement issued by ‘joint publicity secretary’ Garo Mandei Marak stated that statement of Warjri that Sengbath was harbouring militants and had links with the GNLA is totally incorrect. The Home Minister had earlier stated that abductions, killings, extortions, movements and sheltering of militants had been taking place at Oragitok and Romba A'dinggre villages in the West Garo Hills in the past year. She also stated in the Assembly that "Intelligence inputs had confirmed that the GNLA was using this area as a safe haven and executing its nefarious activities."

Mizoram Government has been making arrangements to start the final repatriation of around 3,000 Bru families lodged in six relief camps in neighbouring North Tripura District, stated an official Secretary for Home Lalbiakzama told reporters that the State Government had prepared Road Map-IV for repatriation of Bru refugees from Tripura and submitted expenditure proposals to the MHA. He said that the Bru refugees were proposed to be resettled in Mizoram-Tripura-Bangladesh border Mamit district, Mizoram-Assam border Kolasib district and south Mizoram’s Lunglei district bordering Bangladesh.

Once repatriated, the Bru families would be resettled in their respective villages where they stayed before they migrated to Tripura and if their original village was abandoned, they would be resettled in a village within the same assembly constituency. Officials of the three districts said that more than 2,000 Bru families were proposed to be resettled in Mamit district, a little over 650 families in Kolasib district and more than 200 families in Lunglei district. (Mizoram)

March 24

BSF foiled infiltration bid by Pakistan-based militants along the IB in Kathua and Samba Districts in J&K. “There were two movements of suspected persons picked up by the BSF troops in two forward belts of Hiranagar and Samba sectors during early hours of today (March 24),” sources said. BSF troops, who watch them moving in Pakistan side close to our territory, fired upon them forcing them to retreat, they said.

Police arrested five persons along with FICN worth INR 4,68,000 in Chandrayangutta area of Hyderabad in Telangana. The accused identified as Mohammad Ismail of West Bengal, Mohammad Irfan, S K Azam, Mohammad Haneef and Gulam Rasool; belonging to different areas of Hyderabad, allegedly indulged in procuring and exchanging FICN, Police said. The fake currency is suspected to have been printed in Malda District of West Bengal and sent to Hyderabad through Ismail for circulation.

A joint operation by the BSF and West Bengal Police led to the arrest of two persons, identified as Abdul Rauf Mandal and Rahima Mandal, and seizure of 10 country-made pistols, ammunition and a suspicious looking chemical from their possession at the Bongaon bus stand of North 24-Parganas District in West Bengal. The suspects have been arrested and a search is on for the man who was to collect the consignment from them. The white chemical found with the guns and ammunition has been sent for analysis. Officers suspect that it is some variety of low-grade explosive that was to be used to make crude bombs. Later during interrogation, Rahima told interrogators that she had received the consignment from a person in Jamalpur area of Munger District in the State of Bihar and was returning to Patkilpota to hand it over to one Taleb Mondal. A search has been launched for Taleb as he could tell authorities to who he planned to hand over the weapons and suspected explosive.

A special NIA court allowed an application made by the Agency seeking a 60-day extension to file the charge sheet against suspected IS or ISIS operative Areeb Majeed. Meanwhile, on March 25 the Court is likely to hear his bail application. Majeed's lawyer Wahab Khan, in his bail plea, had objected to the first extension and said the court that passed the order did not have the jurisdiction to do so. The bail plea states that only the Special Court constituted under the NIA has the power to pass an order. The defence said under such circumstances, Majeed could file a bail plea on the ground that the charge sheet was not filed within the mandatory 90 days. Majeed was arrested on November 28, 2014 for allegedly being associated with IS, and waging war against the Asian countries with whom India has friendly relations.

Data available with the NCRB shows that cyber crime cases registered under IT Act witnessed a steady increase from 1,791 in 2011 to 2,876 in 2012 and 4,356 in 2013. According to details, arrests too headed north from 1,184 in 2011 to 1,522 in 2012 and 2,098 in 2013. In comparison, IPC was a less chosen tool to book cyber criminals. As many as 422 cases were registered in 2011 under the relevant sections of IPC dealing with cyber crimes, as against 601 in 2012 and 1,337 in 2013. Similarly, arrests under IPC rose from 446 in 2011 to 549 in 2012 and 1,203 in 2013. A state-wise breakup of cyber crime cases registered in 2013 under various sections of the IT Act shows Maharashtra at the top with 681 cases, Andhra Pradesh with 635 cases and Karnataka with 513 cases. As many as 426 persons were arrested in cases registered under IT Act in Maharashtra, as compared to 296 in Andhra Pradesh and 283 in Uttar Pradesh.

The Indian Navy commissioned the second batch of three ISVs at the ENC base at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Two of the vessels were built by Rodman Spain and the other one by ADSB. The project is a joint collaboration between ONGC Limited, Ship Builders, and the Indian Navy. A base for the 84th ISV squadron will be set up in the city. Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, ENC, Satish Soni said that these vessels were delivered at Mumbai naval dockyard.

Delhi Police Crime Branch arrested Mohammad Yusuf alias Miyan one of the top aides of underworld don Ejaz Lakdawala, one of the most wanted men in the files of the Indian Police forces in Delhi. Mohammad Yusuf was given the contract to eliminate two businessmen of Mumbai and one from Delhi. He had hired Punjab based shooters to execute the task. Yusuf belongs to Bareilly in UP and had been handling Delhi, UP and Punjab operations for Lakdawala. His job involved extortion and assassination of those who refused.

GOC of Chinar Corps, Lieutenant General Subrata Saha while speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function at North Kashmir’s Bandipora District said that as the snow has started melting along the LoC militants are readying themselves for infiltration. He said, “The activities that take place across the LoC as snow melts have started. We are keeping an eye on that. Despite snowfall, Army is present everywhere. In this season as the snow melts the infiltration bids increase.” He further said that there are 200 militants operating in Kashmir. In 2014, army killed 101 militants in Kashmir valley with 59 of them killed on the LoC while infiltrating.

Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a person, identified as Yalam Abaiya (45), near the Pujaripara area of Anganpalli village in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh.

Maoists killed Constable Krishnalal Dhurtlahare in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh.

Three cadres belonging to TPC including ‘sub-zonal commander’ Karanji alias Rakesh Kumar Chandrawansi, were arrested in Chatra District of Jharkhand. One pistol, five live cartridges, two mobile phones and two SIM cards were found in their possession.

Police arrested two Maoists in raids conducted at two different places in Gomia and Petarwar blocks in Bokaro District of Jharkhand. Police have also recovered INR 60,000 cash from the possession of one, which is most likely levy money collected by him from the people of the area. SP A Vijaylaxmi said Police first arrested Rati Ram Manjhi, a resident of Mahuataad area of Gomia, when he had gone to collect levy from businessmen in Petarwar. Later, Police jointly with CRPF arrested another Maoist identified as Tulsi Marandi from Mahuataad area in the District.

Police arrested one of the top CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as David Marandi from Amrapara Police Station area of Pakur District of Jharkhand. Marandi, a native of Junju Village, under Gopikandar Police Station of neighbouring Dumka District of Jharkhand has been involved in four cases including the killing of Sister Valsa, a Christian nun, who was involved in anti-displacement movement against Panem coal mining company and was brutally killed at Pachuara village in November 2012. Pakur SP Anup Birthary said, "David Marandi has been one of the active members of the armed squad of the CPI-Maoist active in Pakur and other parts of Santhal Pargana who used to provide strategic support to rebels."

A CRPF Constable was injured in a pressure bomb blast engineered by CPI-Maoist cadres near Mordunda village in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh.  The incident occurred when a road opening party was working under the Awapalli Police Station area, Bijapur ASP Indira Kalyan Elesela said.

The State cabinet recommended a steep hike in compensation to Maoists who will surrender in Jharkhand. Members of CPI-Maoist politburo, special area committee and regional bureau would now get a whopping INR 2.5 million when they surrender, INR 1.3 million more than the Rs 1.2 million that the cabinet had recommended last week. The cabinet revised compensation for CPI-Maoist regional committee members for surrender as well. Earlier, it had recommended INR 700,000 for regional committee member, now they will get INR 1.5 million. Zonal committee members would now get INR 1 million while members of sub-zonal committee will get INR 500,000, cabinet secretary N N Pandey announced.

Arunachal Pradesh Police arrested four extortionists and recovered arms and ammunition from their possession from Hapoli and Yazali areas in Lower Subansiri. The extortionists were identified as Dake Tai, Rimo Bodo, Sime Killo and Anthony Doke, the ‘commander’ of NSCT Two country-made 7.65mm pistols with 51 live rounds, 6 mobile phones and four extra SIM cards were recovered from them. SP Tume Amo informed that all the arrested extortionists were camping at Ziro in Lower Subansiri District since March 19 last and were involved in extorting money and work orders from Government officials.

Acting on information that GNLA militants had demanded money from a businessman in Shallang in East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya and that the money was to be delivered at Rongjeng market area, SWAT arrested a GNLA militant Lasting G. Momin and recovered INR 42000 from him.

Later, based on leads provided by Momin, another GNLA militant of GNLA ‘finance wing’, identified as Abdul Latif was arrested from an unspecified location. (Meghalaya)

Two ANVC-B militants, identified as Alimbert Ch Momin and Amit D Sangma were arrested from Chelipara village in West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya and 27.65 pistols along with one live round were recovered from them. According to police the two were engaged in extortion and abduction in the name of GNLA.

Two persons, including a woman, identified as Lidemo Lotha and Lidemo Lotha were arrested from Chumukedima check gate in Dimapur District of Nagaland with 100 gelatine sticks 200 caps and 30 meters fuse wire.

GoI and NSCN-IM had over 40 rounds of talks in the past few months. Sources close to NSCN-IM ‘chairman’ Isak Chisi Swu and ‘general secretary’ Th Muivah informed that both the parties are holding talks five days a week after the format of the talks was changed late last year. The source said that “Both the parties are working very hard to hasten up the talks and we are hopeful of reaching an agreement soon”. (Nagaland)

March 25

DeM Chief Aasiya Andrabi was booked under the UAPA by the Jammu and Kashmir Police for hoisting the Pakistani flag on the National Day of Pakistan in Srinagar on March 23. Andrabi said "From the last 35 years we have been hoisting the Pakistani Flag in India. This time the difference was that instead of unfurling it in Pakistan Embassy in New Delhi, we hoisted it on our own soil in Kashmir. Let me make it clear that Jammu and Kashmir is my own land and it is not a part of India and for that reason I have not committed any crime."

Four Persons, who tried to exchange more than four million FICNs for UAE dirhams (currency of the UAE), have been sentenced to a year in jail and fined AED 50,000 each in Dubai. All four including two Pakistan nationals were convicted of possessing INR 4.73 million with the intent to sell.

Delhi Police arrested the kingpin of a gang involved in dealing with FICNs, identified as Shahjahan Sheikh alias Tunnu in West Bengal. ASP Abhishek Modi said that the accused was arrested during a joint operation by the Delhi Police and Malda Police from his house at Chhoto Mohodipur in Kaliachak in Malda District of West Bengal. The 45-year-old was involved in the racket for a long time and had three cases against him in Delhi and two more in other states though none in Malda. He was produced in a local court today which granted his transit remand to Delhi police.

A camp at Aluva in the Ernakulam District of Kerala is under the scanner of the NIA which is currently miffed with several State Governments for not doing enough in the cases against the SIMI. Intelligence Bureau officials said that the five SIMI operatives who have been on the run since October 2013 after they broke out from the Khandwa jail in Madhya Pradesh attended a camp at Aluva in Kerala which was meant to discuss terror related activities. The officials added that the SIMI is regrouping and this meeting at Aluva was held only to discuss the future course of action. With the NIA now on the hunt for the SIMI fugitives who had escaped from jail over a year back, Intelligence is trickling in which suggests that they had made several visits to Aluva. A camp at Aluva which was aimed a regrouping several members of the SIMI is being seen as a big development by the security agencies. Reports said that these kinds of camps are extremely dangerous and we have seen in the past as well how the members regrouped and became extremely dangerous. Aluva has been used in the past by members of the LeT too. The confessional statement by Abdul Karim Tunda, a key LeT operative gives a clear indication of how Aluva had been used a training ground by several operatives. Tunda gave a perspective as to how these camps not always train for combat, but to hold meetings for a large gathering of people. It is aimed at changing the mindset of the people at large so that they carry out anti India activities, Tunda had also revealed. Intelligence Bureau officials said that these camps have mushroomed on and off in various parts of Kerala. There are preachers flown in from Saudi Arabia who give out sermons only with an intention of radicalizing the youth.

Citing the November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai (Maharashtra) terror attack and four other cases, the March 25, 2015 released FBI 9/11 Review Commission report concluded that FBI needs faster reforms to transform itself into a threat-based, intelligence-driven organisation. One of the key plotters of 26/11, Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley, the report noted "had previously come to the attention of US law enforcement authorities but FBI officials repeatedly concluded that Headley did not pose a threat at the time." "The increasingly complex and dangerous threat environment it faces will require no less," said the report which studied FBI investigations into five "significant terrorism events."

Seven militia members, belonging to the CPI-Maoist, Korukonda ‘area committee’, surrendered before Visakha rural Police in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. All the surrendered Maoists hail from Chintapalli mandal. The Police have identified the Maoists as Pagni Bujji Babu, Korra Kameswara Rao, Korra Ramesh, Vantala Ramana, Gemmeli Chitti Babu, Muvvala Chitti Babu and Muvvala Chanti.

Two sympathisers of the PLFI were hacked to death by suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Sonua Police Station area in West Singhbhum District, Jharkhand.  A group of 15 armed Maoists dragged the victims, identified as Lakhan Bala (27) and Jaimati Borja (29), out of their houses in Gurdri village around 10pm and latter killed them on a village road. West Singhbhum SP Michael Raj said, "The place of occurrence is located in a dense jungle. So, we are yet to get a detailed report on the murders," he said. The SP added Maoist pamphlets were found at the scene of murders, which suggested involvement of Maoists.

Bokaro District Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Rati Ram Manjhi, when he had gone to collect levy from a businessmen in Petarwar area of the District. Sources said that acting on a tip-off, a Police team headed by DSP Bermo Manoj Rai raided Petarwar area and arrested Manjhi. Police personnel found INR 60,000 cash from his possession.

Bokaro District Police arrested another Maoist, identified as Tulsi Marandi, at Mahuataad area under Gomia block in Bokaro District of Jharkhand.

Three TPC cadres, including a ‘sub-zonal commander’ identified as Karanji alias Rakesh Kumar Chandrawansi were arrested in Chatra District of Jharkhand. One pistol, five live cartridges, two mobile phones and two SIM cards were found from their possession. TPC is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

A day after the cabinet's decision to increase compensation to Maoists who surrender, Bimal Gudia alias Pandey Gudia alias Tibu Gudia, a CPI-Maoist cadre, surrendered at State Police Headquarters in Ranchi. Gudia has been a member of the South Chhotanagpur zonal committee's ‘secretary’ Anmol Da's squad and was also part of the 2014 Chiabasa jail break. Gudia said he surrendered because of exploitation among the Maoists.

PREPAK stated that it has no connection with Laishram Ganga alias Tomchou Meitei, who was arrested on March 20 from Nungourok in Chandel District in Manipur.

Manipur CM stated that if peace returns to the State, AFSPA, will automatically be repealed He further added that return of peace is the key to the end of AFSPA in the State.

SFs a search operation at Leimaram Lamkhai in Thoubal in Manipur arrested a KYKL militant identified as Maibem Bijoy Meitei. On follow up action SFs arrested another KYKL militant identified as Chanam Lukhoi Singh from an undisclosed location. Investigation revealed that both were involved in extortion from public and local leaders.

Imphal West Police Commandos arrested a PREPAK militant identified as Yumnam Pradipkumar alias Bobo from Kwakeithel Mayai Koibi Chabungbam Leikai in Imphal West in Manipur. In a follow-up action, the same team arrested another PREPAK cadre, identified as Ayekpam Langdon Leima. Both militants have been serving monetary demands to public, businessmen, shopkeepers and Government officials.

Acting on information that some persons were proceeding from Shallang, for procuring arms and ammunition from an arms dealer, Police arrested four individuals identified as Limbert Sangma, Mana Sangma, Marius Marak and Jodmoram Marak near Riangdo in West Khasi Hills in Meghalaya. The four persons later confessed that they were planning to form a new militant group to operate near Shallang area.

AN ANVC-B militant, identified as Ramseng R Sangma was caught by Ramdenggonggre villagers and handed over to Police. According to police, he had turned up at Ramdenggonggre Village in West Garo Hills in Meghalaya demand money from an individual identified as Willapson Ch marak.

GNLA militant identified as Slyvanush G Momin was arrested at Arongre village in North Garo Hills in Meghalaya. He is being interrogated about the activities of the GNLA cadres in North Garo Hills and their association with ULFA-I. However four top GNLA militants were able to escape when Police raided their hide out. At least three of the escaped militants were involved in a recent missionary schools firing and arson at Tikrikilla in West Garo Hills District. Sources stated that GNLA ‘chief’ Sohan D Shira and the ULFA-I Lower Assam Based ‘area commander’ Driti Rajkhowa are in constant touch.

In view of the Meghalaya Governments alleged inaction to respond to its demand to bring to justice all those involved in the alleged fake encounter, on March 4, GNLA has announced shutdown of all Government offices in Garo Hills Rregion on March 26 and 27.

Arrested two extortionists identified as Khou Shi and Noklak Aso from Kohima town in Nagaland. Police recovered demand slip with NSCN-KK inscribed on it and INR 1500 from the extortionists.

NSCN-K abandoned its designated camp at Suruhuto in Zunheboto District of Nagaland against the backdrop of strong speculations that GoI may not extend cease-fire.NSCN-K CFSB supervisor Wangtin Naga stated that he was informed that a group of people under the command of ‘general’ Niki Sumi abandoned the designated camp.

GoI interlocutor for Naga talks, R.N Ravi would be visiting Nagaland in the coming week. (Nagaland)

HPC set up by State Government to enquire into illegal and multiple taxations by NPGs has summoned NSCN-IM, NSCN-K, NSCN-U, NNC-NA, FGN-A and FGN-NA, after it came to light that they were indulging in illegal and multiple taxations. (Nagaland)

March 26

A Delhi court acquitted Shahid Badr Falahi, the former chief of the banned terrorist group SIMI, in connection with a 2001 case in which he was facing charges of promoting enmity between different groups. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khangwal passed the acquittal order. Shahid’s counsel H A Siddique said that his client was facing trial for allegedly posting three stickers on the wall of Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi which allegedly contained provocative content.

The SIC in Bangalore (Karnataka) was left flabbergasted after a suspected IM terrorist named in several cases, including the 2008 Delhi serial blasts, was brought in as an RTI applicant. Terror suspect Akbar Ismail Choudhary, who is currently lodged in Arthur Road jail (Mumbai Central Prison), was escorted by Mumbai Police to Bangalore in a train to answer a summons from the SIC. Choudhary had filed an RTI application in May 2014 seeking to know the status of the case registered with Ullal Police station in Karnataka in 2008.

Almost three months after the Bengaluru Police busted the 'explosives module' of IM, agencies have found strong evidence of involvement of Islamic fundamentalist group PFI in 2011 Mumbai bombings, 2012 Pune blasts and 2013 Hyderabad Dilsukhnagar twin bomb blasts.  While it is already known that IM's Riyaz Bhatkal, Yasin Bhatkal, Tehsin Akhtar, Assadulah Akhtar and Waqas planned these bombings, the responsibility of procuring explosives was given to PFI. SIMI member, Syed Ismail Afaque Lanka, arrested in January 2015 by Bengaluru Police, has disclosed that he had sent PFI members to buy material- ammonium nitrate, gelatin sticks, non-electrical detonators, capacitors etc - which was used by IM members to assemble the deadly bombs that took many lives.  Other than these three consignments, Afaque had also procured a huge consignment of explosives last year which he claimed was meant to carry out serial attacks on the anniversary of 9/11 (September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in United States) or 26/11 (November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attack). Afaque disclosed that these explosives were easily available in coastal Karnataka and used in mining or fishing purposes. The intelligence agencies and NIA thoroughly grilled him for past two months over his association with IM, SIMI and other outfits. He admitted having visited Pakistan several times and meeting IM's Afeef Hasan, Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal. Associated with SIMI for a long time, the 36-year-old homeopath had also attended several meetings of SIMI and IM in the past in Dubai and Pakistan.

Having failed to execute any major terror strike in the Kashmir Valley in J&K over the last few months and increase militant activity in the region, Pakistan’s ISI is now hatching a major conspiracy to target Indian assets in Afghanistan, including the embassy and consulates, said top Intelligence sources. Intelligence sources said that security at these installations has been beefed up considerably in wake of these fresh inputs and even the staff working there has been advised to remain on high alert. According to a report prepared by an external intelligence agency, the ISI has roped in both the LeT and Taliban operatives for this purpose. LeT is also suspected to have carried out the attack on the Indian consulate in Herat in May 2014 with help of Pak security agencies. The reports stated that “Despite repeated attempts, Pakistan has failed to increase militant activities in the Valley except the recent attacks in Kathua. This is largely due to increased patrolling by Indian forces along the border and the pressure they have mounted on the militants operating in the Valley. Thus the ISI now wants to change its modus operandi and shift focus to neighbouring Afghanistan to target Indian assets there with help of Taliban also.’’ Pakistan is extremely skeptical of India’s growing presence in Afghanistan and specially the support that it is receiving from US.

Police arrested a six member gang involved in FICNs racket from an undisclosed location in Chennai in Tamil Nadu along with FICN worth INR 311,000. Police said. They were later remanded to judicial custody.

The examination of prosecution witnesses in the August 15, 2006, Panayikulam (Ernakulam District, Kerala) SIMI camp case was completed at the NIA Court in Kochi. The court would begin procedures under Section 313 of the CrPC on April 18, 2015. NIA Court Judge K M Balachandran examined 50 witnesses, 230 documents and 10 material objects in the first phase of the trial. The accused persons in the case are P A Shaduly alias Harris, Abdul Rasik, Ansar alias Ansar Nadim, Nizamudeen alias Nizamon, Shammi alias Shammer, Shammer, Abdul Hakeem, Nizar, Mahayudheenkutty alias Taha, Muhammad Nisar, Ashkar, Nissar alias Muhammed Nissar, Salih, Hasim, Riyas, Muhammad Naizam, and Nisar. Binanipuram Sub Inspector K N Rajesh had received information on August 15, 2006, about a secret meeting of SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India) at an auditorium at Panayikulam. On visiting the spot, he found that there were 17 persons in the room and some of them were making inflammatory speeches. Seditious books and pamphlets were also seized from the spot where the meeting was being organised. Later on, Lhari Dorgee Latoo, Superintendent of Police, NIA, filed the chargesheet against a total of 17 persons in the case in 2010.

Two men attacked three employees of Shivam Road and Infrastructure Pvt Ltd at Machadiha in Ghatshila in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. The armed men, who came on a tractor around 1.30 am, first fired at Bapi (27), a driver posted at the camp-office. Then, the duo barged into the camp and shot at Anjani Ilu (37), the manager of the company, and attacked Mukesh Kumar (40), a supervisor, with an iron rod. While Bapi sustained the injury in his left arm, Ilu took the bullet in his chest. Mukesh sustained serious head injuries.

A parliamentary standing committee questioned the Centre's move to pass on burden of key schemes aimed at Police modernization to the States, and warned that the response to security challenges like terror may suffer due to the states' funds crunch and lack of perspective in planning such projects. At a meeting of the department-related parliamentary standing committee on home affairs to discuss demand for grants, members asked how the states could be expected to run around 14-15 schemes, including National Scheme for Modernization of Police and Other Forces and special infrastructure scheme for Naxal-hit states, on their own. They said police modernization was not possible without central assistance and involvement, and cautioned that the states' limited finances could hit efforts to equip their police forces for fighting terror.

The ‘joint publicity secretary’ of GNLA Garo Mandei Marak was arrested from Anogre village in West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya. However, the GNLA, in a press release, claimed that the arrested man is not Mandei Marak.

‘Joint publicity secretary’ of GNLA Garo Mandei Ch Marak, stated that he was very much with GNLA and he was not arrested by Police. (Meghalaya)

Police arrested four militants identified as Pynshai Rani, Sana Hari Jamatia, Shur Jamatia and Pukmon Gurung from Mawlai Nongkwar in Shillong in East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya. An air pistol, four pellets, one dagger and one cell-phone were recovered from them.

AMEF warned of stern action against anyone extorting money in its name. (Meghalaya)

Unidentified militants tossed a polythene bag in a shop in Wokha town in Wokha District of Nagaland and the resultant explosion injured four civilians. The injured have been identified as Leena Khuvung, Yanrenthung, Thosano and Benchilo. Bomb attack was result of failing to respond to an extortion demand.

Four AR troopers were injured when gunmen opened fire at the personnel who were waiting for a convoy, near Indira Gandhi stadium in Kohima in Nagaland. NSCN-KK CFSB supervisor Jack Zhimomi denied any involvement of his group.The injured AR troopers are Havildar Virender Singh, Havildar Ghe Singh and Rifleman RD Negi.

Unidentified NSCN-KK ‘captain’ was fired upon near 3rd Mile in Dimapur town in Dimapur District of Nagaland by NSCN-K. After the incident SFs raided several places in Kohima.

NSCN-K threatened to open fire on SFs if they continued raids and arrests. Top ‘commanders’ of NSCN-K outfit are reportedly in Myanmar meeting their ‘chairman’ S.S. Khaplang. (Nagaland)

Meetings of CFMG with CFMC of NSCN-IM led by its convenor Kraibo Chawang and CFSB of NSCN-KK led by its supervisor Jack Zhimomi was held at Police complex in Chumukedima in Dimapur in Nagaland. The meeting with CFMC members of NSCN-IM went on for nearly an hour after which the CFMC delegation led by its supervisor Kraibo Chawang stormed out of the meeting, when Chairman of CFMG, retired Lieutenant General N.K. Singh stated that cease fire jurisdiction did not extend beyond Nagaland. Meanwhile NSCN-KK CFSB supervisor Jack Zhimomi termed the meeting as “fruitful” as many agendas were discussed.

Tripura CM Manik Sarkar criticized the demands of IPFT for a separate state in the name of 'Twipraland' by carving out the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council.

NSCN-IM CFMC convenor Kraibo Chawang stated that “GoI through NIA has ‘booked’ its leaders Isak Chishi Swu, Thuingalang Muivah and V.S.Atem and 20 or so NSCN-IM leaders accusing them of waging a war against Indian Union.” This is also reported to be a reason for NSCN-IM to walk out. (Nagaland)

Meanwhile NSCN-KK CFSB supervisor Jack Zhimomi termed the meeting as “fruitful” as many agendas were discussed. (Nagaland)

March 27

The Mumbai ATS obtained custody of two suspected IM operatives, identified as Ismail Afaque and Sadddam Hussein who are alleged to have supplied explosives for the July 13, 2011 blasts in Mumbai. A special court in Bangalore (Karnataka) handed over custody after the Mumbai ATS filed an application stating that the agency would like to question the duo. The ATS stated that Afaque and Hussein would also need to be investigated with regard to their role in the August 1, 2012, Junglee Maharaj Road blasts in Pune (Maharashtra).

Suspected militants opened fire on the house of a Police officer in Sopore township in Baramulla District of J&K. The officer and his family escaped unhurt in the brief firing on their house by unidentified militants at Dangerpora village of Sopore around 9 pm, a Police official said. A hunt has been launched to nab the attackers, the official added.

Three months after the December 28, 2014 Church Street blast of Bangalore (Karnataka) and days after UHM Rajnath Singh wrote to the CM on the slow pace of investigation into the case, the City Police are still hoping for a breakthrough. “With no material evidence from the blast scene, it is a blind case where the investigation is based on theories, elimination and intelligence inputs,” a Police officer said. The City Police are still toying with two theories — the involvement of either the SIMI module that escaped from a Madhya Pradesh jail in 2013 or the Patna module of the IM. They are unable to eliminate either of the theories.

UHM Rajnath Singh’s letter also indicated that the still-at-large SIMI module had turned out to be a major national security threat. The last known location of the module was Hospet in Bellary District. The module has reportedly abstained from using mobile phones, making it difficult for the police to track its members down.

Two personnel of the CRPF were injured in a bomb blast during a combing operation near Fundari village in the Bairamgad block in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. Sub-Inspector Debi Ray and constable Ram Hari Patil of the CRPF’s 199 battalion were injured when they came in contact with the pressure bomb planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres, the Bijapur Police said.

Five Naxalites belonging to the CPI-ML-Janashakti, identified as Vempati Kumar alias Ganganna, Edulakanti Linga Reddy alias Shyam Prasad Reddy, Jangalam Shankar, Chandupatla Suresh alias Suri and Akkula Raju, were arrested by the Machareddy Police in Nizamabad District of Telangana. SP S. Chandrashekar Reddy said that on a tip-off that the Naxalites were assembling in Ratnagiri forest, Sub-Inspector of Police G. Naresh and his team of constables rushed to the spot. On seeing them, the Naxalites took to their heels. However, the Police managed to arrest them after some resistance. The Police also recovered two tapanchas, one country made revolver and one country made pistol, 50 detonators, 16 rounds of bullets, revolutionary literature, threat letters and diaries from them.

Two CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Debe Madkami and Muda Sodi, surrendered before the Police in Malkangiri District of Odisha. SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said the two Maoists, working in the District as active members of AOBSZC since 2007, were involved in more than 15 violent incidents, including anti-landmine blast in Telerai and attack on BSF camp at Madhusudan Pally MPV-21 village in the District. Debe Madkami said he and his associate had decided to surrender in protest against their top cadres, who, in gross violation of Maoist ideology, started torturing and killing innocent tribals.

Chief Minister (CM) Naveen Patnaik described the law and order situation in the state last year as peaceful even as he raised concern over LWE which he said was still a "sensitive" issue in five Districts. "The LWE situation remains sensitive in the Districts like Malkangiri, Koraput, Nuapada, Kalahandi and Bolangir," Patnaik said during the debate relating to expenditure of Home Department. Further, the CM said 253 mobile towers would be set up in the Maoist-prone areas of Odisha this year, added Odisha Sun Times. Talking about anti-Maoist operations in the state, the CM said the Police had arrested 71 Maoist, including top cadres like Sabyasachi Panda and T Anil Kumar, in 2014. During the operation against the red rebels, Police had seized 34 state-of-the-art weapons and 143 other arms and ammunitions.

Donna Keshav Rao alias Azad, the dreaded Maoist accused in the killing of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati in Kandhamal District in 2008, called off his fast-unto-death inside the Jharpada Special jail in Bhubaneswar in Khordha District after an assurance from the District administration that steps would be taken to expedite his trial. The dreaded Maoist, along with six others, had begun a fast-unto-death on March 24, demanding a speedy trial.

Due to various terror attacks 413 people died in North East India in 2014.

AR arrested the driver, identified as Rajesh Thapa responsible in transporting the gunmen who were involved in the March 26 firing near IG Stadium in Kohima in Nagaland, from an unspecified location.

In a significant development NSCN-K abrogated the 14-year old cease-fire agreement with GoI after NSCN-K ‘president and ‘chairman’ S.S Khaplang along with other leaders resolved to abrogate it.  (Nagaland)

On the allegation that NSCN-K was behind the March 26 attacks, NSCN-K CFSB member said that his outfit is “reportedly/purportedly behind the attack but it is not ascertained. It is not right to come to conclusions. But if by any case NSCN-K was involved, we do not endorse such kind of acts.” (Nagaland)

CPI-Maoist activities are on the wane in the State, CM Naveen Patnaik informed the Odisha Assembly even as a white paper tabled in the House said the Maoists killed 20 people last year (2014). Taking part in the discussion on expenditure of Home Department, the CM said there was improvement in the situation in Districts such as Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Gajapati, Ganjam, Nabarangpur, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Sundargarh and Nayagarh in 2014. He said 99 rebels surrendered in the State in 2014 while Police arrested 71. A record 143 weapons, including 34 advanced weapons, were recovered from the rebels.

Government has extended AFSPA to almost the entire State of Arunachal Pradesh, citing a serious law and order situation in all Districts of the State which borders Assam. As per a new notification issued by MHA by its Joint Secretary Shambu Singh, all Districts of Arunachal Pradesh bordering the State of Assam have been declared as "disturbed area" under Section 3 of AFSPA for next one year.

The new notification says NDFB-IKS have now set up their General Headquarters and training camp in Taga, Myanmar and is reportedly contemplating to find out a new route for arms transhipment from Myanmar via Chabglang. (Arunachal Pradesh)

The notification also adds that there is presence of NSCN-IM, NSCN-K, ULFA-I, KLO, MPLF and KYKL, ULFA, PLA, KCP are helping NDFB-IKS, ULFA-I and KLO movement of men, material, infiltration and exfiltration.

The notification further adds that "The left-wing extremism is silently trying to infiltrate into the State as it is found to be mostly active in areas of Dhemaji and Tinsukia Districts in Assam bordering with the Lower Dibang and Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh.

March 28

BSF personnel shot dead a Pakistani smuggler and recovered 24 kilogram of heroin from him. The contraband has been recovered from Majhmian border outpost area close to the Indo-Pak border in the Amritsar sector. Giving details of the seizure, BSF IG, Frontier, Anil Paliwal said that their troops had laid an ambush near the border on the intervening night of March 27 and 28. Soon, the troops observed some suspicious movement of Pakistani smugglers near the border who were trying to insert a plastic pipe through border fence to push heroin packets across.

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

According to reports, LeT has set up fresh base camps in areas closer to the Indo-Pak border with active support from the Pakistani Army. The LeT is now aiming to execute its plan of terror attacks in Indian territory. In its report to the UMHA, the BSF has said that it has identified more than 10 terror camps aligning the International Border. Militants, trained by the Pakistani Army in the PoK, are brought to these forward areas and put on standby to strike at short notice. Bada Bhai Masroor, Abhial Dogra, Chaprar, Sukhmal and Charkbhura in Pakistan, close to the Jammu border, have been identified as the launch pads that are being controlled by LeT. The BSF report also stated that eight infiltration attempts have been foiled in the past two months in the region.

The Centre warned that eight terrorists may have sneaked into India to carry out terror attacks, including in New Delhi. Security agencies were expected to step up security precautions in the wake of the alert. According to Government sources, there is credible information by now that at least eight terrorists may have infiltrated into Jammu and Kashmir via Samba last week. Two of those terrorists were killed by the Army on March 21 after they attacked a camp in Meshwara area of Samba District. The other two were killed when they stormed Rajbagh Police Station in Kathua on March 20. According to details recovered from the killed terrorists and other inputs, four more militants may have infiltrated into India in this group. One official said the possibility of this terrorist group is also corroborated by technical intelligence. The handwritten note recovered from the terrorists killed in Samba also indicate that the group has links to the JeM.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living Foundation claimed that the spiritual guru had received death threats from the IS terror group during his visit to Malaysia. Three letters with threats were received by the manager of the hotel where Ravi Shankar is staying at Penang in Malaysia, said Shikha Grover, a spokesperson for the foundation. Grover said the Indian High commission and local authorities and Police in Malaysia were informed about the threats. All three letters had a photo of an unidentified, blindfolded man purportedly being beheaded by a man whose face could not be seen. The letters had the threats in both English and Arabic and bore the Arabic logo of the IS. The letter sent to the hotel’s manager warned that the hotel would be “destroyed”. It further said another warning sent two weeks ago had stated that the guru would be killed if he carried out “his Hindu activities in Malaysia”. The letter alleged Ravi Shankar was converting Muslims in Iran and Iraq and his organisations – Art of Living and International Association for Human Values – were “meddling in the Islamic affairs in Iran and Iraq”. “We don’t want Ravi Shankar to step into any Muslim country. We are watching him…,” the letter said.

The NIA probing the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast has come across a piece of land in Shantipally near Santiniketan in Birbhum District of West Bengal which it suspects would have been used by the JMB to set up a colony for its operators. Senior officers of the NIA linked the possible plan to set up the colony in Shantipally to "operating a sleeper cell". They said a JMB leader in charge of the module in Birbhum had been instructed by his bosses in the neighbouring country to set up the colony.

Indian intelligence agencies will engage with their Sri Lankan counterparts to crack down on what they describe as the “growing influence of the ISI” in the region, particularly with the active support of the staff of Pakistan’s embassy in Colombo.

Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed, while a woman cadre was injured during an encounter with the SFs near the jungles under Sadar Police Station in Latehar District of Jharkhand. The woman cadre was arrested and admitted to a hospital, SP Ajay Linda said. The bodies of the two dead Maoists were recovered from the spot, he said.

Three Policemen were killed and two others were injured when suspected militants of HPC-D opened fire on a convoy accompanying a group of MLAs near Zokhawthiang in Aizawl in Mizoram.

Police men who were killed have been identified as Inspector Zoramthanga Khawlhring, Driver Chuailova and constable Hmangaihmawia and one of the five wounded includes a DYSP. The militants seized two AK-47 assault rifles and four pistols from the Police men. (Mizoram)

OTYF volunteers arrested an extortionist of NSCN-IM identified as Kevi Zhimomi Two of his accomplices managed to escape. The arrested militant was later handed over to Zunheboto Police. (Nagaland)

NSCN-KK is heading for another split as SS Khaplang expelled Wangtin Naga, Supervisor of the outfit’s CFSB. Wangtin participated in the Cease Fire meeting with GoI . In a statement NSCN-K stated that ‘chairman and president’ fo NSCN-K has expelled ‘kilonser’ (minister) Wangtin Naga and ‘kilonser’ Tikhak from both the ‘party’ and the ‘government’ (Nagaland)

The "expelled" leaders accused of toeing the "Indian government's" line, are likely to enter into a ceasefire agreement with GoI under a different name shortly. The outfit may represent "eastern Nagaland". Also GoI will now talk only to rebels who are on the Indian side. The new faction will ostensibly be led by Wangtin naga. GoI also intends to "seal" the border with Myanmar to prevent hit-and-run attacks by NSCN-K.NSCN-K’s rival factions may help SFs in this and this may have a larger implication as there are routes in Nagaland dominated by NSCN-K which were used by other groups for transit such as ULFA-I, NDFB-IKS and valley-based groups of Manipur. Khaplang has sheltered all these groups in Myanmar where he holds sway over a huge territory where Yangon hardly has any administration. The ‘military commander’ of NSCN-K Niki Sumi, is with Khaplang.

The expelled NSCN-K leaders Y Wangtin Naga and P Tikhak have decided to float a new Naga militant outfit. The name of outfit will be announced in two days.  (Nagaland)

In a meeting held under the leadership of Y Wangtin Naga and P Tikhak unanimously resolved to disapprove the unilateral decision of Khaplang to abrogate the ceasefire. (Nagaland)

KSA President Thangjam Premananda alias Popo was arrested by Imphal West Police Commandos from an unspecified location in Manipur. Investigation revealed that KSA is a frontal organisation of PREPAK and Premananda was regularly informing PREPAK about situation of Manipur University and agitation on ILP.

March 29

BSF shot dead two Pakistani smugglers and recovered 12 kilogram of heroin and 1 AK 47 rifle at the India-Pakistan International Border in Punjab. Confirming the killing of two intruders at border outpost Rattan Khurd, BSF, DIG RPS Jaswal said that an AK-47 assault rifle, too, was recovered from the intruders along with 12 kilogram of heroin. Jaswal said that the duo were challenged by BSF personnel and were repeatedly asked to surrender, but they ignored the warnings and kept marching towards Indian territory while firing at the troops. That invited retaliation from the jawans (troopers) and, during the exchange, the intruders were shot dead, he said. BSF said it may investigate who the Indian contacts were for whom the intruders had brought the drug consignment and the rifle.

 The SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police and 14 Rashtriya Rifles neutralised a militant hideout at Arin and Dardpora forests in Bandipora District and recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition. The recovery includes 6 AK rifles, 6 magazines and over hundred AK rounds.

A trial court in New Delhi dismissed the bail plea of a suspected LeT operative, Mohammed Shahid who was arrested in December, 2013 for allegedly conspiring to kidnap businessmen from various places for raising funds to carry out terror strikes in Delhi. Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh denied bail to Shahid, observing that the charges were yet to be framed against the accused persons arrested in the case.

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) commissioned three more assets to its mighty fleet, including one Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) ICGS Anagh and two interceptor boats C-430 and C-417, for strengthening its operational abilities. These assets are expected to enhance Coast Guard's capability in furthering its mandate of maritime safety and security, environmental protection and coastal security.

Citing acute funds constraint being experienced by his State post bifurcation, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asking for INR 30 billion to build 334 new roads in eight CPI-Maoist affected Districts of the State.

Jharkhand Police have decided to provide free medical treatment to CPI-Maoist cadres injured in encounters with SFs and are calling the new initiative 'Operation Nai Disha'. DGP DK Pandey said that Police and paramilitary forces involved in anti-Maoist operations have been instructed to take care of injured Maoists. A dedicated team should be there who will make medical arrangements. "They are our own people but someone has misguided them. I hope the humanitarian gesture will have an impact on them (the Maoists) and help them reform," Inspector General of Police (IG), Human Rights, MS Bhatia said. Lalmuni Kumari, the woman Maoist cadre who was injured in March 28 encounter, was shifted to Ranchi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS). Instead of going by road, the Police decided to use a chopper to save time, the DGP said.

Police identified the two Maoists who were killed in an encounter in Latehar District of Jharkhand. Latehar SP Ajay Linda said one was ‘sub-zonal commander’ Sakindra Yadav alias Tufan and his aide Balkeshwar Oraon.

The Home Department, under Chief Minister Raghubar Das, has directed Police to create a network of SITs under Jharkhand Jaguar, to fast-track and streamline the probe of Naxal LWE-related incidents so that they stand in a court of law. The 12 SITs will be in place by May 2015, said an internal Police communiqué.

Two labourers identified as Ngariyambam Bidhu and YK Daniel who were abducted from different points of Imphal-Tamenglong road by some suspected militants in connection with a monetary demand of INR one million was freed. Bidhu was abducted from a place located between Chalwa and Khoikol in Senapati District and YK Daniel was abducted from Thonglan Akutpa in Tamenglong District on the same day. (Manipur)

CorCom in a press statement said that NSCN-K has taken the right decision by abrogating the cease fire agreement with GoI. It stated that "The decision taken by the NSCN-K under the leadership of S.S. Khaplang to abrogate the 14-year ceasefire with the Centre is a right step”. (Manipur)

Contradicting GNLA claims, DGP Rajiv Mehta has asserted that the person who was arrested on March 26 in Anogre in West Garo Hills in Meghalaya was ‘joint publicity secretary’ of GNLA Garo Mandei Ch Marak alias as Anurak S. Sangma. Police said that the arrested person, a BA first year student, was active in social media and used to send press releases to media.

Mizoram Government owed to retaliate against the March 28 militant ambush on an MLAs’ convoy by militant of HPC-D that left three policemen dead. Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla stated that It was an act of grave offense, and [the militants] have challenged the state government. We accept that challenge”.

NSCN-KK condemned the attack on NSCN-KK ‘captain’ Hukhei Sumi in Dimapur in Nagaland, on March 26. MIP gave a clarion call to the ‘Naga Army’ in all its designated camps to be on red alert.

Security has been beefed up in Dimapur in Nagaland following the firing incident on March 26.

ENPO resolved to appeal to GoI and NSCN-K to honour the sentiments and desires of the people of eastern Nagaland in particular and the Naga in general for peace and to extend the cease-fire which is due to expire on April 27.

A UNLF militant identified as Mohammed Warish Khan alias Nawaz alias Saiba was arrested from Shikhong Khunou area in Thoubal District in Manipur.

UNLF celebrated its 20th Rising Day at the outfit's designated Nazareth camp, Muvanphoi in Chandel District in Manipur.

NSCN-IM alleged 18 AR looted INR 22000 from house of an individual identified as Paul, at  Jalukie B in Peren in Nagaland.

PM Narendra Modi-led Government has transferred the ACA scheme for the Naxal­ affected Districts to the States. ACA, earlier known as the IAP, was conceived by the Congress­ led UPA­-II Government to create crucial infrastructure in 10 States affected by LWE. There's no allocation for the scheme in the current budget, for which States were given INR 17.6 billion in 2014­15, and now it is up to the States to implement it. Niti Aayog CEO Sindhushree Khullar confirmed the development, but added that Niti Aayog will be monitoring the ACA scheme even after it is transferred to the States in the upcoming fiscal.

Bus owners in Jharkhand have suspended their operations in the wake of assaults and extortions by Maoist cadres. Maoists have been regularly extorting money from bus drivers in several Districts of the State with authorities failing to take any action.

March 30

A bomb exploded in a flat in Bahadurpur Housing Colony area of Patna in Bihar but there was no report of any casualty. SSP, Jitendra Rana said while a bomb exploded at the flat, two other live bombs were timely defused by the Police. "The bombs, having a timer with lotus shaped watches, are similiar to the explosives used in Gandhi Maidan serial blasts and Bodh Gaya blasts. We are trying to identify the criminals. We cannot rule out the terror angle," said a senior Police officer. There were four persons staying in the apartment and all of them managed to escape. The apartment was rented in the name of Hemanth. The Police are investigating to get more details on the four persons who were staying there.

A person, identified as Rashid was arrested along with FICN with face value of INR 23,000 in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh. He has confessed that he brought FICN from Sambhal District and was involved in the trade for the past 2 years, Tiwari said. A case in this connection has been registered against him, and a manhunt has been launched to trace his accomplice Anwar, who hails from Sambhal.

Maharashtra ATS took custody of two alleged associates of IM 'India operations chief' Yasin Bhatkal in connection with the July 13, 2011 (13/7) Mumbai (Maharashtra) blast from Bangalore Police. Sayyed Ismail Afaq Lanka and Saddam Hussain Fairoz Khan are suspected to have provided explosive materials to Yasin to carry out blasts across the country. According to ATS, Bangalore Police had on January 8, 2015 arrested Lanka and Khan with explosives and booked them under UAPA and Explosives Substances Act. "Our team went and questioned the two. During questioning it emerged Lanka and Khan had supplied explosives to Yasin Bhatkal and Asadullah Haddi, another accused in the case, too to execute the blasts in Mumbai," said an ATS officer.

The NIA filed the chargesheet in the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast case, before the NIA Special Judge at Bankshall Court in Kolkata in West Bengal outlining a conspiracy by terror outfit JMB to use Indian territory as a recruiting and training ground to overthrow the Bangladesh Government and impose Sharia-based Islamic rule. NIA says JMB's mission was to create a 'Greater Bangladesh' with portions wrested from West Bengal. Over 164 pages, NIA details how JMB operators targeted West Bengal, Assam and Jharkhand to set up training camps. "Its activities in India primarily included recruitment, radicalisation and training of vulnerable youths in a systematic and organised manner. The banned Bangladeshi outfit spread its network in four Bengal Districts — Nadia, Burdwan, Murshidabad and Birbhum," says the chargesheet, adding that a similar network was found in Sahebganj District of Jharkhand. "These bases were used for organizing radicalisation programmes, meetings, fund collection drives and as hideouts for cadres and their families," an NIA officer said.

Police arrested an individual identified as Khomtu Khomrang from Changlang in Arunachal Pradesh while serving extortion notices. He was claiming to be the president of Longchang Student Union and was extorting money from heads of various Government departments in Changlang town.

An IED was recovered at a basketball ground near a post of 2 AR in Thoubal in Manipur. Experts of the Army defused the IED and detonated safety at the same place later.

Special NIA court issued arrest warrant against a witness, identified as Kishan Lal of New Delhi in connection with the trial of UNLF leader RK Meghen. Kishan Lal who is said to be the witness when NIA seized some items from RK Meghen and his associates, never appeared before the court despite repeated summons.

A gun fight erupted between ZUF and NSCN-IM at Taosang Khunou in Tamenglong in Manipur. ZUF in a press release claimed that an NSCN-IM militant Joshua Thangal was killed and the dead body was attended by the villagers of Taosang Khunou. ZUF also alleged that NSCN-IM militants have been sharing the temporary camp of Gurkha Regiment who are stationed at Taosang.

A combined team of AR Thoubal District Police arrested a militant of KCP-MC identified as Naorem Jiban alias Jayanta from Chairen Mayai Leikai in Thouba in Manipur l.

A grocery store owner identified as Ajit Kundu was abducted from Williamnagar in East Garo Hills District in Meghalaya.

Y Wangtin Naga and P Tikhak, the two ‘expelled leaders NSCN-K stated that their new party “would work for peace and national reconciliation and build a better society for the Naga people”. They also added that ‘chairman’ Khaplang was always misguided, misrepresented and misled by a handful of people. They said that SS Khaplang has fallen prey to a handful of people whose only agenda was to “mint money in the name of political movement” and not actually work for the cause of the people. (Nagaland)

Two militia members of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Pangi Ramesh and Vanthala Kameswara Rao, were arrested by G. Madugula Police of Vishakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh.

CM Patnaik informed the State Assembly that three years (2009, 2010 and 2011) witnessed a total 377 Maoist violence cases in which 109 general public and 71 security personnel were killed by the extremists. Similarly, during 2012, 2013 and 2014, the State suffered loss of lives of 66 civilians and 26 security persons.

Five years after announcing to provide homestead land to next-of-kin of the State Police personnel killed in anti-Maoist operations, the Odisha Government finally spelt out modalities of transferring such land. In 2010, the State Government had declared that next-of-kin of the State Police personnel who die while discharging their duties in anti-Maoist operations would be allotted up to 0.04 acre of government land in an urban area or 0.10 acre of government land in a rural area free of premium for homestead purpose under the provisions of the Government Grants Act, 1895.

A section of top guerrilla leaders of Western regional committee of the CPI-Maoist, during a marathon meeting with the scribes at an undisclosed location on Chhattisgarh border last week, claimed that exploitation of iron ore in Surjagarh hills of Gadchiroli District in Maharashtra would bring irreparable adverse consequences on the adjoining villages.

CPI-Maoist cadres are "trafficking" children from Districts like Latehar, Gumla and Lohardaga of Jharkhand and forcing them to join the outfit. The Police based their inference on statements given by injured Maoist cadre Lalmuni Kumari, who is being treated at RIMS, Ranchi.

March 31

Police arrested six persons identified as as Afroz, Sabeer Ali, Masood, Aseefulla Khan, Maheeb Ulla Khan and Syed Asifalong with FICN with a face value of INR 9,00,000 from KG Halli in Bangalore. The arrested allegedly told the Police that the FICN are manufactured in Pakistan and imported to India to be disposed of in the market. They are associates of Ishaq and Shanavaz who are lodged in Calcutta jail in West Bengal. The arrested along with a few others who are large including Aju, Aful, Muneer alias Maamu and others are said to be in touch with the duo in jail. Based on their directions, they allegedly bring FICN and dispose of them in exchange for genuine currency.

UHM Rajnath Singh, on a two-day visit to West Bengal, surveyed the India-Bangladesh border and visited border enclaves in Cooch Behar District. Besides holding talks with officers of the BSF and the BGB, the UHM said a letter to the West Bengal Government has been sent for acquiring land for fencing parts of the border that remain unfenced. “It was a cordial meet with BSF and BGB officers. Besides visiting the border, the visit was also to inquire about the problems that our BSF personnel may have. I was here also to look into how the border area development works is progressing,” Singh commented. “The visit was also aimed to gather information about the enclave dwellers,” Rajnath Singh said after visiting a Bangladeshi enclave in Balapukhri in Cooch Behar and taking stock of the ground reality in the area ahead of the implementation of the LBA with Bangladesh.

The NIA has collected details about the low intensity blast that took place in an apartment at Patna on March 30. The Bihar Police has with it CCTV footage which shows four persons leaving the building. Additional Director General of Police (HQ) Gupteshwar Pandey said the explosion took place last night at Bahadurpur housing colony and two other high-intensity live can bombs also made of ammonium sulphate, were defused timely by the Police.

The NIA is all set to coordinate between the Police of Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka to launch a manhunt for the five SIMI operatives who have gone missing ever since they broke out of the Khandwa jail in Madhya Pradesh in October 2013. As per the information available the SIMI operatives are moving in one batch of four. One of the members was injured while preparing a bomb at Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh last year and he has been out of the picture.

Jammu and Kashmir has been ravaged by floods but there is no let-up in terror plots and infiltration bids from Pakistan with intelligence agencies warning of several such plots, including an attempt to attack the Poonch District Jail.   Many terrorists, both convicted and under-trials are lodged in the Poonch District Jail and security is being beefed up as a result of the intelligence input. Another input speaks of plans of the HM to target CPI-M workers in the Kulgam District and has specifically named Zahoor Ahmed, who had unsuccessfully contested 2014's assembly elections from Wanchi constituency on a CPI-M ticket, as a target of the terrorist groups.

Two AR troopers identified as Havildar NK Dolly and Havildar BN Kshetri were killed and another trooper identified as Rifleman GD Shastra was wounded and an unidentified PLA militant was killed in an encounter at a place between Kamjong and Kongkan villages in Ukhrul in Manipur. The suspected militants exploded an IED before they rained bullets on the troops.

KNF-N reportedly ‘awarded’ capital punishment to one Thanglallen alias Abi Vaiphei in connection with the abduction of three ABCI workers on January 23 Saramkon in Ukhrul in Manipur.

Unidentified militants exploded a grenade at the residential gate of a businessman identified as Thokchom Dojendro alias Dro, at Kyamgei Lairam Wangma in Imphal East in Manipur.

An IED at the residence of a transport contractor identified as Th Dojendro, at Kiyamgei Maning Leikai Lairam Wangma in Imphal East in Manipur.

KCP-MC enforced an indefinite ban on all Catholic Schools from functioning in Manipur, for 'failing to conform to the sincere proposal of the outfit and the public’.

PREPAK-pro stated that president of KSA Thangjam Premananda Singh alias Popo is not related to PREPAK in any manner and the KSA is not a frontal organization of PREPAK.

A KYKL militant, identified as Takhellambam Shanta alias Nanao alias Sunil alias Rajesh was arrested from Utlou Bamon Leikai in Bishnupur in Manipur. A 9 mm pistol loaded with three live bullets in the magazine was seized from him. In a follow up action, same Security team arrested three more KYKL militants identified as Angom Manoranjan, Khumanthem Bidhu Meitei and Nongmeikapam Yaima.

DSP of NIA and SDPO of Manipur Police were recorded as a part of the prosecution witness deposition in the ongoing trial of UNLF leader RK Meghen alias Sanayaima and his associates at the NIA Special Court at Guwahati.

East Garo Hills Police shot dead a senior ‘commander’ of GNLA identified as Kiljang Sangma alias Jangjang, after Police stormed his hideout in the deep forests of Nengkhra area of East Garo Hills in Meghalaya. He was the ‘area commander’ of Chokpot region in South Garo Hills, in 2014, when GNLA militants killed a civilian Josbina Sangma, accusing her of being a police collaborator. District Police Chief Nestell R Marak also added that an AK rifle, magazine with ammunition, was recovered. Camp was a permanent camp housing around 7-8 cadres.”

Grocery store owner identified as Ajit Kundu who was abducted on March 30 was rescued at Chisobibra in East Garo Hills in Meghalaya.

GNLA again termed baseless the recent claim by Meghalaya DGP Rajiv Mehta that Anurag Sangma was GNLA ‘joint publicity secretary’ On March 29 DGP had stated that person who was arrested on March 26 in Anogre in West Garo Hills was ‘joint publicity secretary’ of GNLA Garo Mandei Ch Marak alias Anurak S. Sangma.

Office of the Registrar, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal Delhi High Court will hold its hearing for examination of more witnesses on matter relating to declaring HNLC as ‘unlawful association’ on April 18. (Meghalaya)

ANVC leaders are eyeing to join the various political parties in Garo Hills with an aim to contest the 2018 Assembly polls in the State. However, there is no plan on the part of ANVC to form a separate political   party, as the top leaders intend to join other political parties. ANVC publicity secretary Arist Sangma stated “We are not going to form any political party due to financial and physical constrains but some of us are planning to join other political parties,” (Meghalaya)

PM Narendra Modi has assured a solution to the Indo-Naga peace talk within the next 18 months. According to a well placed source, the GoI assured NSCN-IM leadership in December last year that the political dialogue would be brought to a logical conclusion within the next 18 months.

However, no one is sure when political dialogue will start between GoI, Government of Manipur and KNO and UPF. The matter could not be settled as both UPF and KNO have been insisting that the political dialogue be held at Delhi. NSCN-IM leaders are quite impressed with the new initiatives taken up by the Government of India to expedite the peace process. The political dialogue between NSCN-IM and New Delhi may arrive at a solution by November or December this year.

In the aftermath of abrogation of the cease fire with GoI, then dissolution of the CFSB and expulsion of CFSB members, military ‘supervisor’  ‘lieutenant general’ Niki Sumi of NSCN-K stated that “peace and sovereignty” were indivisible components in the context of the “Naga struggle”. In a statement he implied that clamour for “ peace without even an inclination to discuss sovereignty issue or resolution of sovereignty, is only farce”. He said any settlement or solution, short of sovereignty “would only be a betrayal of Nagas historical and political legacy”.

A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed and a CoBRA commando, identified as Satpal, was injured in a face-off between the SFs and the Maoists near Chintagufa village in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The CoBRA team recovered a dead body and a SLR with two magazines from the encounter spot.

A Maoist, identified as Suklu Ram Tulawi, was arrested and weapons were recovered from him at Aampayali hills under Aundhi Police Station limits in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh.

CAG raised doubts over the veracity of Chhattisgarh forestry and wildlife department's claim of executing works worth INR 21.1 million relating to harvesting of bamboo, in Maoist affected Districts of Bijapur, Narayanpur, Sukma and Dantewada. In its report, CAG questioned how the work of harvesting bamboo was undertaken between 2008-09 and 2012-13 when villagers of some of these areas had refused to enter the forests to work due to fear of Maoists. The report states that the expenditure of INR 21.1 million incurred on the RDBF, soil and water conservation was doubtful.

Four top CPI-Maoist cadres were produced before a Court in Telangana in connection with the murder of the then Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Duddilla Sripada Rao in 2009. Jaspal Singh, Amit Bagchi, Akhilesh Jadav and Pramod Mishra, who are ‘central committee members’ of CPI-Maoist were produced before the Karimnagar Additional Judicial First Class Magistrate.

PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, claimed responsibility for a bomb blast in Bihar capital, Patna, on March 30, Police said. "A self-styled spokesperson of the PLFI telephoned newspaper and TV channel offices in Patna on Tuesday claiming the group was behind Monday's bomb blast," an official at the Police Headquarters said.

Anti-Naxal intelligence sleuths of the Telangana State Police have confirmed that the first Telangana Maoist plenary was conducted recently, in which Vepa Narayana alias Haribhushan, has been elected as state secretary. The Police said the meeting was not conducted in Khammam, as claimed by the Maoists. It was instead held in Chhattisgarh, bordering Khammam District.

A senior intelligence official said, “The plenum was conducted in the last week of February. It was a state committee plenum. The Maoists couldn’t conduct it in Telangana due to continuous vigil and combing operations. They had to hold it in Chhattisgarh. There is not much Maoist movement in Telangana. Only a few instances of Maoists guerrilla squads moving around has been reported from Adilabad and Khammam.”

According to the Police, there are around 75 to 80 Maoist cadres operating along Telangana borders. The Maoists’ Telangana committee made 10 resolutions including resolution against the TRS government policies, farmers’ suicides, support for victims of land acquisition and those affected by the Kawal tiger reserve and the Polavaram project. Maoists also decried removal of ration cards and alleged that the Adivasis were tortured.

In the first ever group-acquittal since the TMC came to power in 2011, as many as 10 ‘political prisoners’ were acquitted by a Ranaghat (Nadia District) District court in south Bengal. All the activists were allegedly working for the CPI-Maoist in Nadia District in south-central Bengal and had been languishing in various jails for nearly 10 years. They were charged under the Arms Act of 1959 and various sections of the IPC. However, none of the charges was established and thus all the activists were acquitted by the (Addl.) District and Sessions Judge, Rupanjana Chakravarty. Ajit Chakravarty, Pradeep Chatterjee, Lata Murmu, Gupi Das, Haidar Ali Chowdhury, Paresh Tirkey and Mongal Mondal were released.

April 1

Two cadres of the SIMI, Aijazuddeen and Aslam had opened fire on a Police team at the Suryapet bus station in Nalgonda in Telangana, resulting in the death of two Security Force personnel, identified as constable Lingaiah and home guard Mahesh. They injured an inspector, a constable and a local politician going in a car nearby. They fled with the carbine belonging to the police and were on the run ever since.

Police arrested one person, identified as Sheikh Hussain along with FICNs worth of INR 4,000 from sector 8 in Faridabad in Haryana. A Police spokesperson said that Hussain used to print FICN in denomination of INR 100 and made transactions in local market. A FIR has been registered against him, he said, adding that he is being interrogated.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said that the Central Government is working on formulating a new law under IT Act, on the lines of section 66 (A) that was struck down recently by the Supreme Court.  Fadnavis was replying to Shiv Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe, who asked whether the state will frame a new law in place of Section 66 (A) that would compensate for the repercussions on the Supreme Court order. Fadnavis said "The Centre is working on formulating a new law on the lines of Section 66 (A) that was struck down by the SC. There was no conviction in the previous law and thus a law is being formulated that will be strong and which will result in convictions."

HM chief Syed Salahuddin claimed Constable Nisar Ahmad Pandit, the PSO of Jammu and Kashmir R&B Minister Altaf Bukhari, who went missing from Srinagar along with two rifles on March 28, had joined his outfit.

Based on preliminary investigation, NIA has concluded that the three bombs, one of which exploded, found in a Patna (Bihar) house on March 30 belonging to one Kundan Kumar were meant for terror attacks. A powerful bomb packed with ammonium sulphate exploded and ripped through a flat in Bahadurpur housing colony on March 30 night. Following the blast, police recovered two more bombs while the occupants of the house escaped. A security officer privy to NIA investigations said “The bombs found live were very powerful with really thick pellets packed with considerable explosives. Had the three been exploded in a crowded place, it could have led to 50-55 casualties. The bombs had used timer devices which indicate the bombers were planning a terror attack. Naxalites do not use timers."

Curiously, the bombs had the same timer, Lotus brand analogue clocks, as used in 2013 Patna and Bodh Gaya blasts. According to NIA charge-sheets in the cases, the two blasts were executed by members of SIMI. "Even the circuit is similar. But containers are different. Instead of pipes (as in Patna blasts), they have used milk cans. This, however, is no indicator of which group is behind this blast. Various groups make similar kinds of circuit and Lotus clocks are locally available timers," said the officer. Central agency sources, however, refused to indicate whether jihadi or saffron groups could be involved in the blast.

The UMHA and IB have alerted security agencies in Jammu and Kashmir including the Police that the militants could try to take advantages of floods and ongoing heavy rains to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir along the LoC and International Border in the State and called for more intensified vigil during the disturbed weather conditions.

India, Pakistan as well as the five permanent members of the UNSC are among the 30 Nations who have joined hands for a group, 'Group of Friends Against Terrorism’ launched at the initiative of Morocco at the UN against terrorism. In addition to China, France, Russia, UK and the US, the group has representation from the five continents. Morocco's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Omar Hilale presided over the launch of the group, which aims to "create synergies between all initiatives" implemented within the UN, promoting international cooperation in combating terrorism, share and exchange good practices in the fight against this scourge that threatens international peace and security. The group would meet once a year at the ministerial level on the margins of the General Assembly and every two months at the level of permanent representatives, the report said.

The Jammu and Kashmir government said ten sarpanches have been killed and three injured by militants in the Valley in the last four years while 20 resigned following threats from militant outfits. In a written reply in the state Assembly, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Abdul Haq Khan also said that the state government was sensitive to the issue of safety of panchayat representatives in Kashmir and was taking various measures to instill confidence in them. "Six sarpanches were killed and three injured in Baramulla District, while three were killed and two injured in Pulwama. One sarpanch was killed and one injured in Shopian," Khan informed the House. Besides, the minister said one panch was killed and two others were injured. "In 12 Districts of Kashmir, 20 sarpanches and 128 panches have resigned for reasons including threats from militants," he added.

The Maharashtra state legislature expressed concern over the sharp rise in the number of cybercrime cases in the state and law enforcement agencies' inability to bring the crooks to book. CM Devendra Fadnavis, who has the charge of Home Department, told the Lower House (Vidhan Sabha) that Maharashtra had registered 3,633 cases of online frauds in the past two years, but was yet to see any conviction. The CM said that while 937 cybercrime cases were registered in 2013, the number rose to 2,696 in 2014. The CM said cybercrime has become a big menace not just in the state, but also across the country. The state will rope in Nasscom to set up a 'Cyber Force' comprising 1,000 qualified professionals, who will be posted in cybercrime labs at district level. These trained personnel, the CM said, will help cops crack crimes in the world of internet and ensure conviction of the criminals. A branch of the CERT will also be set up in the state, said Fadnavis.

Ralkapthuom, a former town ‘commander’ of HPC-D for Churachandpur District was found dead at Thingkangphai in Churachandpur in Manipur. Sources informed that his body was thrown there by some unidentified persons after killing him.

A group of armed militants allegedly assaulted the driver of a mini-truck loaded with betel leaf, at Kambiron in Tamenglong District in Manipur. The driver has been identified as Laishram Moti. Also betel leaves worth INR 100000 was thrown away by the militants.

Two KNF-N identified as Limjapao Kipgen alias Papao and Thangthinglal Haokip alias Lalboi alias Addy were arrested from New Checkon in Imphal East District in Manipur. Sources said that both militants were working under ‘commander in chief’ Jems of KNF-N and they have extorted money from the general public.

Ten people, including 3 civilians, three militants, three SFs and one gang member were killed in Manipur in March in five different blast incidents. Twenty-four civilians, three militants and five SFs were also injured in the five different explosions.

39 militants of various militant groups were arrested in the same month. Eight militants were arrested from PREPAK, six from KYKL, five from UNLF, three from PREPAK-pro, five from PLA, two each from URF and Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) and one each from NSCN-K, KNA, KCP-Noyon, KCP- Taibang Nganba and KNF- Nehlung. Five guns, 38 ammos, one lethod gun, one IED were recovered from the arrested militants. (Manipur)

RPF claimed that its armed wing PLA eliminated four troopers of 44 Assam Rifles and wounded several others in the ambush on March 31, near Kamjong village of Ukhrul in Manipur. RPF also stated that assault was carried out by team of 'tactical command' of PLA. It also added that ‘sergeant’ Prem was killed in the encounter.

SFs intensified the combing operations against GNLA rebels in western part in Meghalaya a day after the rebel triggered an IED on a BSF convoy on March 31. Meghalaya Police chief Rajiv Mehta stated that “We have intensified our combing operation in Garo Hills. The operations have yielded good results forcing them to launch retaliatory attacks on Security Forces”. Meghalaya, especially the Garo Hills region, is being used as a safe haven by various northeast-based militant groups, NDFB and ULFA.

GNLA who number around 100, have unleashed terror in the five impoverished districts of Garo Hills in the last five years and killed over 200 people. GNLA has forged an alliance with the Bangladesh-based rebel group, A’chik Special Dragon. (Meghalaya)

GoI has released INR 47 million to the Mizoram Government as initial expenses for repatriation of over 3,000 Bru families, who were still lodged in the six relief camps in North Tripura District. State Additional Secretary for Home Lalbiakzama said the State Government has prepared Road Map-IV for resumption of Bru repatriation for which proposal for expenditure amounting to over INR 670 million was submitted to MHA.

Earlier Mizoram Home Minister R Lalzirliana informed the State Assembly that “According to the census conducted by the Bru Coordination Committee on August 30, 2010 in the six relief camps, which was submitted to the State Government, there were 29,625 people comprising 5,481 families in the relief camps He also added that there were 11,014 Bru names in the State voters’ lists enlisted as those remaining in the relief camps.

Mizoram Government spokesman stated that repatriation and rehabilitation would be carried out in several phases within six months as soon as GoI makes available funds necessary for the process and added that INR 1.25,000 would be required per refugee.

NSCN-IM mip in a significant statement stated that “the unresolved case between GoI and the Naga, will soon come to a negotiated and honourable conclusion”. It also reiterated that GoI “truly admits futility of seeking military solution”. Maintaining that both parties have “become more committed and mature to foresee a shared future” MIP also said both also understood possible fall-outs, should negotiations fail. (Nagaland)

A JPC cadre was killed and two more cadres were injured in an encounter with rival TPC at Panki village in Palamu District of Jharkhand. Jharkhand Police spokesperson Anurag Gupta said Police have found the extremist's body and launched a search operation for the injured. JPC and TPC are splinter groups of the CPI-Maoist.

Five employees of Jayaswal's Neco Company and few locals including drivers and machine operators were abducted and later released by about 10 armed CPI-Maoist cadres from Chargaon, Metabodli iron ore mines in Kanker District of Chhattisgarh. One of them was released soon after abduction while others were released in evening. Maoists had targeted to abduct important and senior officers but didn't succeed therefore released all of them. Maoists apparently opposed construction of roads and mining in the region and the supervisors and managers were out on inspection when the incident took place.

The villagers of Chintagufa from Sukma District of Chhattisgarh have claimed that the person killed in an encounter with the CRPF’s CoBRA team on March 31 was “an innocent villager” and not a “Maoist”.

Senior leader of the CPI-Maoist Nimmala Saramma alias Jyoti alias Sharada who was Bastar Area divisional committee member, carrying INR 500,000 reward on her head, surrendered to the Police in the presence of Warangal SP A.K. Jha. Saramma is wife of another senior leader Muppidi Sambaiah alias Jangu alias Vikas.

LWE continues to be a challenge for the Police in Odisha, said DGP Sanjeev Marik briefing newsmen on the occasion of 80th foundation day of the Odisha Police. “Naxalism remains a challenge for us. We have not been able to completely wipe it out from the state. Therefore we will be laying special emphasis on it in the days ahead,” said Marik.

LWEs abducted and killed a landless farmer, identified as Mukhtiyar Bhuyan (33) of Chalidhor village, suspecting him to be a ‘police informer’, in Aurangabad District of Bihar. The body was found in a field at Wakil Ganj under Madanpur Police Station. Bhuyan was allegedly warned by Maoists earlier Aurangabad SP Babu Ram said a piece of paper with 'TPC— police informer' written on it was recovered from the body.

CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze ten vehicles - eight tractors, a truck and a JCB machine - near Iragaon under Dhanora Police Station limits in Kondagaon District of Chhattisgarh, in a bid to disrupt road construction work. Around 12-15 armed Maoists, clad in black uniforms, stormed the place with kerosene and asked construction workers to leave the site and set ablaze the vehicles. While six tractors belong to locals, the rest of them were belonged to a construction firm.

A dalam member of CPI-Maoist LOS, identified as Madivi Nandu alias Ramesh (26) was arrested by a joint team of Police and CRPF personnel in Battigudem reserve forest area in Charla mandal in Khammam District of Telangana. He was allegedly involved in three murder cases and several incidents of exchange of fire with the police besides felling trees and other offences in Bhadrachalam division as a member of the LOS since 2012.

After the IAP or ACA that faces termination, SIS for Naxal affected States is on the verge of closure because of devolution of Central pool of taxes to the States. The scheme is expected to meet similar fate to that of the IAP or ACA with government's decision to take it out from the Central budget and hand over to the State governments on the plea of implementing 14th Finance Commission's recommendation to devolve 42 percent of total tax share to the divisible pool of states.

April 2

Two SF personnel were killed and three SF personnel and a civilian were injured in a fierce gunfight with terrorists in Baramulla District. Mohammad Shafi Dar, a SPO, and Nagraj Jageshwar of 29 Rashtriya Rifles succumbed to their injuries. The other persons injured were identified as Naik Jagjeet Singh and Mandeep Kumar of 29 Rashtriya Rifles and were shifted to Army’s 92 base hospital Srinagar. The injured civilian identified as Manzoor Ahmad Rather has also been shifted to Srinagar for treatment.

Bihar Police's ATS has sought the CCTV footage of all the wards of Beur Central Jail and Phulwari sharif camp jail to study whether Kundan, a suspect in the blast in a Bahadurpur colony flat in Patna on March 30, hobnobbed with those jailed in connection with the Patna and Bodh Gaya blasts. Sources said terrorists owing allegiance to IM, which allegedly triggered blasts in Patna's Gandhi Maidan and Bodh Gaya in 2013, are lodged in the Phulwarisharif jail. They are also shuffled to the Beur jail. The shifting is done in a secretive manner. Though the ATS is waiting for forensic report of the bombs seized from the spot at Bahadurpur, intelligence officials, who were also associated with investigations into Patna blasts, said the chemical composition of the Bahadurpur bombs and the timer device used in them were the same as those in the bombs exploded in Gandhi Maidan.

The recent fidayeen attacks in Kathua and Samba in Jammu and Kashmir were allegedly carried out by the newly formed terror outfit, ‘Afzal Guru squad’. According to the reports, the outfit, which was formed after the hanging of the 2001 Parliament attack convict, has become a cause of concern for Indian SFs. Afzal Guru's hanging at New Delhi's Tihar Jail in February 9, 2013 had triggered widespread protests in the Valley, and militants had vowed to avenge the execution. The squad is also suspected to be involved in the December 5, 2014 attack on an Army camp in Mohra area of North Kashmir's Uri. Eleven security personnel including a Lt Colonel were killed in the deadly fidayeen attack.

Police said many youths in Kashmir have since joined militant ranks. Handlers of Pakistan-based terror groups LeT and JeM are now adopting new tactics for 2015 by involving these freshly infiltrated youths, sources said.

India and Thailand have agreed to strengthen their defence and strategic cooperation, maritime security and counter-terrorism, with top Thai leaders strongly supporting the new government's "Act East" policy. Ajit Doval, NSA to Prime Minister stated, "The overall kinetics was very positive. We discussed a range of issues, including terrorist activities, defence production, keeping the sea lanes safe, piracy, human trafficking and terrorism".

Three Army personnel of Rajput Regiment were killed and four wounded in an ambush when suspected militants of NSCN-K fired on their convoy at Tupi village, along the Khonsa-Longding road, in Tirap in Arunachal Pradesh. Source stated that NSCN-K militants have already started moving towards their headquarters in upper Myanmar.

Tirap (Arunachal Pradesh) SP Ajit Kumar Singla stated that It is too early to say which faction of the outfit was involved in the attack. But there is high probability of involvement of the NSCN (IM) faction in the attack. We have launched combing operation in the area to nab the attackers at the earliest.”

A driver and a handyman, who were abducted by unknown militants on March 31, from Sekmai in Imphal West District in Manipur, identified as Elangbam Kumar and Mohammed Era Khan, managed to escape from the militants.

Charge of ‘revenue collector’ for NSCN-K Zeliangrong region has been given to an individual identified as Saguangam Rongmei. Earlier post was earlier held by Gaisinlung Maringmei. (Manipur)