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India Timeline - Year 2016

Date

Incidents

January 1

Mumbai Crime Branch arrested a gangster, Sayyed Abbas Tublani from undisclosed location for allegedly threatening a former journalist who had put in a bid to acquire one of the properties of Dawood Ibrahim. Journalist-turned-activist S Balakrishnan had complained to Police of being threatened by Dawood Ibrahim's aide Chhota Shakeel in run up to the auction held in December, 2015. He had also received a threatening SMS from the gangster, Police said.

NIA filed its final charge sheet in December 2007 Wagamon SIMI arms training camp case against two absconding accused Wasiq Billa and Alam Jeb Afridi for alleged sedition and other offences. They have been charged with participation in terror activities and association with terror groups besides criminal conspiracy and violation of Arms Act among others in the charge sheet filed before the special court for trial of NIA cases in Ernakulam, Kerala.

NIA has alleged that they conducted camps at Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat from December 10, 2007 to December 12, 2007. They organized a secret training camp at Thangalpara, Wagamon within the limits of Mundakayam Police Station, Kottayam (Kerala).The agency alleged that the SIMI cadre were involved in physical training, arms training, firing practices, manufacture of bombs/petrol bombs, motor bike racing, rope climbing practices in the camp.

They also allegedly conducted "jihadi" classes in the camp with an intention to train the cadres to advocate, incite and abet unlawful, terrorist activities, disrupt communal harmony and causing threat to the sovereignty and integrity of the country, thereby waging war against Government of India.

Appreciating Indian Muslim families for the important role they are playing in preventing their children from being influenced by the Islamic State (IS), UHM Rajnath Singh said they are able to do this because of "our family values". "There have been stray cases of a couple of young people being drawn to the ISIS but the first barrier to such movement in India has been the minority Muslim families. We must congratulate them for the important role that they are playing," he said. "...In other parts of the world, ISIS is growing but that will not happen in India and that's because of the family values we have here," he added.

With Malda District emerging as the "capital' of FICN, the internal security committee in West Bengal has decided to meet officials of central agencies dealing with the issue in the state. The ED has started 30 cases of FICN smuggling in which the agency found links with terror modules and money laundering networks. In 2015, the BSF seized INR 2,60,82,000 of FICN from the Malda border alone and apprehended 24 couriers.

Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed and three others arrested in Kutul area of Abujhmarh in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. “The District Reserve Guard (DRG) of Narayanpur District Police recovered two dead bodies of uniformed Maoists and apprehended three Maoists during an anti-Maoist operation in Kutul area of Maoists’ undeclared capital Abujhmarh today. Seven weapons, including a 303 rifle, were recovered,” said IGP, Bastar Range, S.R.P. Kalluri.

A Maoist Jan militia ‘commander’ identified as Sonadhar alias Sona of Metapal range committee was arrested in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. "Sonadhar had a reward of INR 100,000 on his head,” said IGP Kalluri.

A Maoist ‘deputy section commander’ of military company number 2, surrendered before Dantewada District Police of Chhattisgarh. He carried a reward of INR 800,000 on his head.

A surrendered NDFB cadre, identified as Darendra Basumatary was killed and another injured in a clash among the group at the outfit's camp at Sudempuri in Kokrajhar town in Kokrajhar District. Police said Darendra Basumatary died on the spot when he was shot by another member of the camp, Rakesh Brahma, after a fight. According to SP S.P. Sarma, Rakesh Brahma was arrested along with arms later.

According to sources, at least 31 militants were killed and over 766 arrested by SFs in ‘Operation All-Out’ in the state over the past one year. The Army launched the operation to flush out rebels of the NDFB-IKS after the militants gunned down over 69 Adivasis on December 23, 2014. The operation, which completed a year, is still on. The security situation in the state in 2015 was grim in the aftermath of the mass killings of Adivasis. The scars of the May 2014 killings of 46 Muslims were yet to be healed. Relentless operations resulted in significant improvement of the security situation in the state, with the seizure of more than 443 firearms and many arrests, said Defence PRO, Lieutenant Colonel Suneet Newton.

The Army also claimed that most terrorist groups, including NDFB-IKS and KPLT had gone on the back foot with their activities severely curtailed. "This was achieved through synergistic intelligence-based joint operations of the Army, Assam Police, Central Armed Police Forces and coordination with the state administration," the defence statement added. The Army made sure of community development initiatives to meet the aspirations of BTAD by organizing events such as the BTC Army Goodwill Football Premier League to provide a platform to local youth to showcase their talent. The Army said it will facilitate the success of upcoming events in the state, including the SAF Games and the assembly election.

Based on specific intelligence regarding movement of an UG cadre, troops of 45 AR of 9 Sector AR under the aegis of headquarters of IGAR-S along with Heingang Police launched a joint operation at Koirengei and arrested one UNLF cadre, identified as No 1983, Self-Styled ‘Sergeant’ Thoibi alias Leiksingba (24) of Yumnam Patlou in Imphal East District of Manipur. One 9 mm pistol along with magazine and three live rounds was recovered from his possession. The arrestee along with the recovered item has been handed over to Heingang Police station.

Five persons, including two women, were arrested from Miao-Kharsang area for circulating FICN at Miao Market in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh. The accused were identified as Ali Ahammad (52), Habel Ud Din (36), Amin Ul Islam (19) and two women. The Police recovered 21 high quality FICN of INR 500 denomination from the market and two mobile handsets, Indian currency and other goods from the possession of the accused. All the arrested had come from Satarakanara viilage in Barpeta District of Assam, an official statement said.

A Tura-based businessman, who also handles transportation of FCI materials for Garo Hills, identified as Nanhelal Shah was abducted from near Gairong village under Krishnai Police Station in Goalpara District of Assam. The trader, who has residences in Krishnai and Mendipathar in North Garo Hills, had gone to a friend’s house for a New Year party when he was picked up the kidnappers. According to Police sources, the abduction could be the handiwork of the ULFA.

January 2

Police arrested five more persons in connection with FICN racket with suspected links with gangs from Bangladesh in Thetu in Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh. Those arrested were identified as Shankar Naik, G. Ravi, G.Nagaraju, P.Sridhar and B.Srinath. Five FICN with face value of INR 1,000 and 40 FICN with face value of INR 500 were recovered from them, Prakasam Central Crime Station DSP K. Venkateswara Rao said. According to Police, they had allegedly put into circulation FICN of INR 1,000 and INR 500 denomination for INR 47 lakh in Krishna, Anantapur and Prakasam Districts. Police are on the lookout for three more persons, including one from Jharkhand, who had exchanged the FICN for currency notes in the ratio of 100: 40 with their counterparts in Andhra Pradesh.

The US ''strongly'' condemned the terrorist attack in Pathankot, stringing together a bunch of weasel words that did not zero in on the perpetrators and the country of origin of the terrorists. For all the talk of intelligence cooperation between the Washington and New Delhi, the best that the US State Department could come up with was to urge ''all countries in the region to work together to disrupt and dismantle terrorist networks and to bring to justice the perpetrators of this heinous act.''

Police arrested a HM militant, identified as Towheed Ahmad Mir, who was wanted by Police for killing of a former militant, Bashir Ahmad and his three year old son Burhan Ahmad in September 2015, from Sopore area in Baramulla District of Jammu and Kashmir.

Three youths from Pune, identified as Adarsh Patil, Vilas Valake and Shrikrushna Shewale who were on a peace cycle rally from Pune to Malkangiri in Odisha were allegedly abducted by Maoists in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. Bastar Range IGP SRP Kalluri said, "Though there were inputs about abduction of four youths, later it was confirmed they were three. Hailing from Pune they went missing from thick forested region on Basaguda area in Bijapur district and were last traced on December 28."

CRPF and District Armed Force personnel conducted a raid in Beyand village under Manika Police Station limits in Latehar District of Jharkhand and arrested an ‘area commander’ of CPI-Maoist, identified as Kunwar Yadav alias Baleshwar Yadav. According to SP Anup Birtheray, Kunwar worked under Sub-Zonal commander Shravan Yadav before becoming area commander.

The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze eight pieces of machinery used in road construction work at Sirigidi in Nuapada District of Odisha. The contracting company that has undertaken the project had parked the machinery at the construction site. Around 15 armed cadres came to the site and asked the labourers to leave the camp. They also snatched their mobile phones.

Security was stepped up at Army and air force installations located in the northeastern region in the wake of the terrorist attack at an Air Force Base at Pathankot in Punjab. The northeast, which is surrounded by Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan and China, on all sides, barring a chicken-neck corridor towards north Bengal, is a strategic defence area. The seven states in the northeast house many Army cantonments and air force bases. The Eastern Air Command of the IAF is located in Shillong in Meghalaya.

Army sources in the region said that forces guarding defence installations in the northeast are already on a high alert as the region is an insurgency-affected area and shares borders with four countries. Security was also beefed up at LGBI airport in Guwahati as it is located adjacent to the Borjhar air base. Defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Suneet Newton said that along with other SFs in Assam and the entire region, are deployed on a counter-insurgency/terrorism grid and are always on a high alert. "We are always prepared to effectively contain any such untoward incident," he said.

The Mizoram and Manipur governments will implement the NFSA from February, 2016. “Arrangements for making available rice to those excluded from the scheme will be made through the PDS,” Mizoram’s Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister John Rotluangliana said in Aizawl. He said 706,296 people out of around 11 lakh population will be provided rice at subsidised rate under NFSA while the remaining households can buy eight kg rice per month at INR 15 per kilogram. Similarly, in Imphal, an official of Manipur’s food and civil supplies department said, “Work on computerization of data and digitization of ration cards are in advanced stage for the implementation of the food security act.”

NIA has taken over the probe into the CPI-Maoist attack on a Civil Police officer at Vellamunda in Wayanad District of Kerala in April 2015.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi appealed to insurgents to join the mainstream and take part in dialogue to solve their issues. “I appeal to those who are outside the mainstream to give up the path of confrontation and adopt conciliatory posture by joining the peace process to usher in durable peace and faster economic development in the state,” Gogoi said in a statement. He said the gusto with which the people celebrated New Year points that peace and stability have returned to the state despite attempts by certain forces to disturb peace. “Assam is on the path of peace, development and social harmony. Though the state has surged ahead on various fronts, it has still miles to go,” Gogoi said.

One person, identified as Dudubor Rahaman (28) hailing from Jordonga village of Mancachar in Assam, was injured during an attempt by the militants to abduct a group of traders heading to a weekly market in South Garo Hills in Meghalaya. “We strongly suspect the involvement of dacoits and ASAK militants in the incident,” District Police chief Lakador Syiem said.

January 1-3

14 persons, including seven SF personnel and six suspected JeM militants and a civilian were killed in a coordinated terror attack in Punjab's Pathankot District. After infiltrating into Indian side from across the border, Pakistani militants had hired a taxi and later killed the taxi driver. The body of the driver was recovered on January 1. Subsequently, they hijacked a vehicle carrying Gurdaspur SP, Salwinder Singh, his friend and his cook. They released the SP and his cook and took his friend along with them towards Indian Air Force base in Pathankot. They released the friend too. In the morning of January 2, they entered the Air Force base. In the ensuing day long gun battle, four militants were killed. Five DSC personnel were also killed. On January 3, one NSG commando was killed while removing an IED attached to the body of one of the slain militants. One Garuda commando was also killed during the operation. Remaining two militants were also killed.

January 3

Militants attempted to storm the Indian diplomatic mission in Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan. Three terrorists were killed and one has been captured alive after retaliatory operations by Afghan Forces. Official sources said special combat units of the Afghan National Police have recovered three bodies from outside the Indian consulate.

UHM Rajnath Singh did not rule out the possibility of involvement of JeM in Pathankot attack and said India would hit back hard if there is any terror strike on its soil. "Pakistan is our neighbouring country. We want good relations with not just Pakistan but with all our neighbours. We also want peace but if there is any terror attack on India, we will give a befitting reply. We will hit hard," he said. Asked about the possibility of JeM's involvement in the attack, Singh said such a possibility cannot be ruled out. "The case will be probed by the NIA but the possibility of JeM being behind the attack cannot be ruled out," he said.

Singh said there were intelligence inputs about possible terror attacks in Punjab and steps were taken which helped avert higher casualties. "There were some inputs and hence there was caution. We have exercised caution. If we had not taken steps, there could have been bigger damage," he said. "Operation is still on. Unless it is completed, we can't say what are the total casualties. But I think our forces are achieving success," he said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with top officials to discuss the Pathankot terror attack. Modi chaired a meeting of top officials including NSA Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar. Earlier during the day, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar briefed Modi on the latest situation at the Pathankot air base.

The terror strike at Pathankot (Punjab) puts in perspective the intense focus of Pakistan's ISI operations on gathering information about defence bases, as revealed by the recent arrest of Indian "moles" and three Pakistani nationals. A joint probe by Kolkata Police's STF, the Delhi Police Crime Branch and special cell, UP STF, and Rajasthan Police, under the guidance of the IB, arrested 14 ISI operatives across the country since November 14, 2015.

The details given by the arrested people also reveal how ISI is keen to access confidential information about India's military. Though the moles had limited access to sensitive information, they could provide a lot of names, and details of procedures and logistics. The penetration of IAF TAC-DE at Gwalior, the IAF's version of Topgun that develops air combat strategies — was a serious security breach. Elements of Army battle plan 'ORBAT' (order of battle) were compromised as well, said investigators. Spies are increasing with an alarming frequency. From Army to BSF to IAF, ISI seems omnipresent.

After four days in CPI-Maoist captivity, three students from Pune were released in Chhattisgarh. The students were on a cycle rally from Pune to Malkangiri District in Odisha to promote peace when they went missing from Bijapur District. Bastar Range IGP S.R.P. Kalluri said the students were in the custody of Maoist Papa Rao, ‘secretary’ of the Jagargunda area committee of CPI-Maoist in Sukma District. The three students were identified as Adarsh Patil, Vikas Walke and Shrikrishna Shewale.

Eleven CPI-Maoist cadres “impressed” by the surrender policy of Chhattisgarh government, surrendered in Kondagaon District, while citing disappointment with the “ill-treatment” by senior cadres, Police said. Two of the cadres, Ganesh Korram (23) and Lalit Kashyap (22), were carrying a reward of INR 300,000 each on their head and were acting as key Maoist couriers in Bastar region. Besides, Kolsai alias Panku (30), a military platoon member, was carrying INR 200,000 reward, while INR 100,000 each was announced for the arrest of Dhaniram (23) and Folsingh Salaam, who were local operation squad member and head of Maoists’ cultural outfit Chetna Natya Mandli, respectively. The others who surrendered were lower rung members.

UHM Rajnath Singh visited Karimganj sector of the India-Bangladesh border in Assam and said the porous border will be sealed this year. The Minister, who reviewed the fencing project at Steamerghat, expressed his satisfaction at the progress of the work. He said, two major issues that were stalling the project - protests by locals whose properties would be affected by the fencing and objection by BGB in certain patches - have been resolved. Along with the fencing, the installation of flood lights will also be completed this year. "Security measures have been tightened and this has resulted in drastic reduction in cross border crimes and also infiltration from that side of the border," Singh added.

Mizoram Government would not hold negotiations with Manipur-based HPC-D militants despite the outfit having expressed its willingness, Home Minister R. Lalzirliana said. Lalzirliana told PTI that the HPC-D faction led by its ‘Chairman’ H Zosangbera approached the State Government with peace overtures which were turned down last year. “We do not have any intention to hold negotiations during 2016 unless the militants fulfil our conditions,” he said. Lalzirliana reiterated that parleys with the Hmar outfit would not take place until the militants returned all the arms taken by them.

SFs arrested the ‘finance secretary’ of the NSCN-K, identified as Max Asukomi and two other NSCN-K cadres, identified as Asheto Rochelle and Isato Aye from Dimapur (Nagaland) in separate operations. AR PRO stated that all the three cadres, residents of Zunheboto District, were presently residing at Dimapur for carrying out extortion activities. PRO also noted that the arrest of the cadres, particularly Max would be a major setback to the financial operations of NSCN-K in Dimapur and adjoining areas.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the terror attack on the Indian Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan and said that diplomatic posts need to be protected. The attack on the Indian Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif "obviously is an attack which we condenm...especially an attack on a diplomatic outpost that needs to be protected," Ban's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said.

The terrorists who raided Pathankot air base may have entered India assisted by a drugs racket along both sides of the Indo-Pakistan border and the heavy arms and ammunition used by them could have been dispatched from the neighbouring country before they crossed the border. Security agencies suspect that the terrorists crossed the International Border in Punjab through a "controlled operation" by a gang involved in the smuggling of narcotics, FICN and arms.

The possibility of the involvement of some security personnel with the smuggling gang cannot be ruled out as there have been inputs in the past about some elements being linked to the establishment of the drugs racket, the sources said. A detailed probe and questioning of some people involved in the racket could unearth the conspiracy, they added.

Speculation is rife that the heavy arms and ammunition used by the terrorists in the attack were sent over from Pakistan much before the terrorists crossed the International Border. There is a high probability that the arms were sent through the drugs racket and dumped at a designated spot from where the terrorists collected these after crossing the border through a route used by the smugglers, sources said.

TPC cadres assaulted two persons identified as Ramvilas Ram and Ramdeep Ram in Aurangabad District of Bihar. The fear of TPC backlash is such that it forced the panchayat mukhiya Ramji Ram not to lodge a police complaint with Tandawa Police Station after his 70-year-old father and brother were assaulted. The mukhiya said TPC cadres demanded 20 per cent of the grant sanctioned by the government for welfare schemes in his panchayat.

AR, AR Field Intelligence Unit and State Police conducted a joint search operation at Kheti village and arrested two cadres of NSCN-R, identified as ‘self-styled lieutenant’ Wingan Agan (26) and ‘sergeant’ Damwang Bangsia, both from Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh. An assault rifle, an automatic pistol with ammunition, extortion notes and receipt/letter head of the NSCN-R were recovered from them. Local residents said that these cadres and their leaders had been threatening local people and carrying out rampant extortion and forced recruitment in Tirap, Changlang and Longding Districts, report said.

Since April 2015, the NSCN-R is attempting to establish its base in the Districts of Longding, Tirap and Changlang in Arunachal Pradesh. The ‘Reformation’ group is now extensively involved in extortion in the form of tax collection and they are not sparing any section of the society be it poor villagers, government employees, business community, unemployed and school administration, the report said.

January 4

The US expects Pakistan will take actions against the perpetrators of the terror attack on IAF base in Pathankot, State Department Spokesman John Kirby said. "The government of Pakistan has spoken very powerfully to this and it's certainly our expectation that they'll treat this exactly the way they've said they would," Kirby stated.

The Indian security establishment dismissed the United Jihad Council's (UJC) statement claiming responsibility for the Pathankot attack as a "ploy to divert attention from role of Jaish-e-Mohammad or Pakistan's ISI". "This is a predictable modus operandi of the ISI and its protege terror outfits. By owning up to the attack, UJC, an umbrella organization of outfits claiming to be fighting for 'freedom' of Kashmir, is clearly trying to pass off the Pathankot attack as an indigenously-driven operation. The stress is to take the pressure off Pakistan at a time when India is getting set to confront it with evidence of the fidayeen being directed by their Pakistan-based Jaish handlers," said an intelligence officer.

There have been 136 terror attacks in India in last 27 years, according to UMHA. The state of Punjab has witnessed 34 terror attacks over the, the highest. The majority of the attacks occurred during the 1990s, with the latest attacks reinforcing a view that India’s security forces cannot cope with small bands of terrorists. J&K and Delhi have witnessed 27 and 18 attacks, respectively, during the same period. A majority of the 34 attacks in Punjab over 27 years were between 1990-1992, a time when Sikh militancy was at its peak; 31 of 34 attacks took place in the 1990s, while the 16 years between 2000 and 2015 saw three attacks in Punjab. Maharashtra (primarily Mumbai) and Jammu and Kashmir have seen more attacks over this period.

More than 2,000 people died in these attacks, and more than 6,000 were injured, of the 135 attacks, 121 attacks were on civilians and 14 attacks on VIPs. There were more attacks in 2004 than any other year. In 17 attacks that year, more than 170 people were killed and more than 350 injured.

Punjab Police were aware about the possibility of a terror attack around New Year's eve following an intelligence alert from the UMHA, raising questions on their preparedness and reaction to disclosures by Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh who was briefiy kidnapped by the terrorists. The intelligence note stated, "Please refer to this office mail dated December 27 about the alert issued by the intelligence wing of Punjab that LeT is planning to carry out a spectacular attack in India possibly around New Year celebrations”. "The attack may be carried out by nearly 15 well trained terrorists, who may have already entered India. Targets include National level political personalities, government establishments, Parliament, Army headquarters, and key installations. In view of above, personal attention be paid towards bus stands, hotels, railway stations," it added.

Defence establishments in Rajasthan have been advised not to share their contact details with any caller without proper verification. Jaisalmer Police have alerted the defence officials to take measures and ask officials to be cautious in the wake of the recent attempts made by Pakistan Intelligence agencies to extract contact details of the defence establishments through internet calls.

Mohali Police arrested three persons, identified as Harjinder Singh, Gurjant Singh and Sandeep Singh, along with Pakistani SIM card, mobiles, weapons and ammunition. The three criminals were involved in an interstate narcotics smuggling gang, Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said. The seized weapons include one stengun of .9 mm, two pistols (.9mm), two pistols .30 bore, one airgun, 190 live cartridges, 31 mobile phones, one Pakistani mobile sim card and one car from them.

Former terrorist Baaj Singh, a native of Bhullar village, was released prematurely from the Amritsar Central Jail in Punjab.

Protesters pelted stones on SFs, which left seven of them, injured in Srinagar District, during clashes that triggered when the Shias’ Protested against the execution of top Shia cleric, Sheikh Nimr-al-Nimr by Saudi Government last week. A peaceful protest against the Saudi execution was also held in central Kashmir’s Budgam District.

Shutdown in south Kashmir’s Pulwama town in Pulwama District and its adjoining areas continued for the sixth day, as the youth of the area are adamant on installing the insignia of local and foreign militants killed in gunfights with SFs. All the shops and commercial establishments were closed while the public transport was also off the roads.

In South Kashmir’s Pulwama District, after days of violent protests against the militant killings, Police arrested 10 youths accused of being behind the stone-throwing incidents on January 2. The parts of the District continued to shut for the third day amid incidents of stone-pelting. Six youth were arrested from Pulwama Town, while four were arrested from Kakapora hamlet of the District.

Jharkhand Police killed two cadres including 'one top commander' of PLFI in an operation at Mahabuang in Simdega District of Jharkhand. The Police claimed possession of the extremists' bodies. "They are yet to be identified. An AK-47 and one .315 rifle were recovered from them," DIG South Chhotanagpur zone Arun Kumar Singh said.

Five powerful IEDs allegedly planted by CPI-Maoist, were recovered from an under-construction route in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. Out of the five IEDs seized, two weighed about 10 kilograms each, while the others were around 5-7 kilograms each.

Two powerful cane bombs were recovered by SFs from a forest in Chando village in Gaya District of Bihar. During a combing operation against CPI-Maoist, the CoBRA unit and the District Police recovered two powerful cane bombs, weighing five kilograms each, from the forest area.

Odisha State Committee of the CPI-Maoist called for an Odisha and Chhattisgarh bandh on January 8. One Budhuram, the spokesperson of the Sunabeda and Menpur division of the CPI-Maoist, in the video tape appealed to the denizens of Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Gariabandh, Mahasamund, Dhamtari and Kanker to support the bandh.

Maoists had posted several posters on the walls and doors of houses in Sarajanga village in Nuapada District of Odisha. 

Two persons having suspected links with PLFI were abducted and killed by PLFI cadres in Khunti District of Jharkhand. They abducted the two from Sondari village under Torpa Police Station limits on the intervening night of January 4 and 5 and shot them dead. According to the villagers the victims had links with PLFI and were suspected to have been killed for snapping ties with it.

One Maoist was arrested by Sukma District Police of Chhattisgarh from Kerlapal area of the District.

Five additional SPs will likely be deployed in CPI-Maoist-hit districts to tackle the threat posed by the extremist activities, said sources. The officers may enjoy the status of ASP (operations) in Districts and lead the anti-Maoist operations planned to target the rebels. Jharkhand Police Spokesperson S.N. Pradhan said the officers would help in prompt and smooth conduct of operations against Maoists. "I have interviewed five of them and found them suitable for deployment in anti-Maoist operations. They have also expressed willingness to join," said Pradhan.

UHM Rajnath Singh admitted that there are "gaps" in the Indo-Bangladesh border in Assam and that managing a riverine border is a tough challenge. The Minister visited the Dhubri sector of the border with AASU leaders and assured that two pilot projects on how to stop infiltration in riverine areas are going on and depending on the success of these two projects, steps will be taken. "It is a 263 km long border. But gaps are there and these need to be filled up. Covering the riverine stretch is a problem. We hope measures can be worked out depending on the findings of these two pilot projects, which are likely to be completed soon," the Minister said addressing a press conference. Rajnath Singh, however, added that he was not "entirely satisfied" with the sealing work, though he did not specify any details.

After the joint border visit with UHM Rajnath Singh, the AASU submitted a memorandum clarifying its stand of not accepting any illegal foreigner entering the State after 1971. AASU leaders Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya, Dipanka Kumar Nath and Lurin Jyoti Gogoi discussed several lingering issues with the Minister that included implementation of the Assam Accord, border security, constitutional safeguard, economic development, and the status of illegal migration post 1971. Two memorandums were submitted to the Home Minister in this regard.

A team of Army personnel, along with Police representative from Khoirabari Police Station in Udalguri District launched a joint operation and arrested two hardcore cadres and one linkman of NDFB-IKS. The arrested cadres were identified as Raju Daimary and Rikhang Daimary. Raju Daimary was also involved in numerous extortion cases and heinous crimes in Udalguri and Chirang Districts. Both the cadres were in the lookout list of Udalguri and Chirang Police. On questioning Raju Daimary and Rikhang Daimary, NDFB-IKS linkman, identified as Shankar Dutta was arrested from Misahatkhola village in Darrang District. A grenade and five money receipts of extortion and three mobile phones were also recovered from their possession.

The GNC, GWC and Garo youth Council asked All Rabha Students’ Union and All Rabha Women Council not to interfere in the internal matter of the Garo people of Assam, stated a press release. They said that Garo leader AG Momin in no way involved in the 2011 Garo-Rabha ethnic conflict as alleged by Rabha organizations.

A lethod shell was found at the main entrance gate of Elite Senior Secondary School in Imphal in Manipur, which is also the entry gate of JNIMS director Laishram Deben and his wife L Sumitra Devi, who is the chairperson of the school. A Police team retrieved the shell safely.  MCP-M reportedly claimed responsibility of depositing the shell. They claimed that the bomb threat was a warning to the JNIMS director Laishram Deben over his failure to run the hospital.

A team of District Police commando arrested one active cadre of PREPAK while conducting search operation in some suspected houses at Kshetri Leikai in Imphal East District of Manipur. The arrested cadre has been identified as Kshetrimayum Dhanajit Singh alias Imoro alias Herojit (49) of Singjamei Wangma Kshetri Leikai. One HE hand grenade (No 36) along with a detonator was seized from his possession.

Two GNLA militants, identified as Jimbo T. Sangma alias Rabon and Krailing K Sangma surrendered at Resubelpara in North Garo Hills District of Meghalaya. Sangma is one of the accused in the abduction and killing of Police constable Khomraj Bhattarai on November 6, 2015.

A notification received through the DIPR has notified the NSCN-K to show cause, within 30 days from the date of service of this notice, as to why the NSCN-K be not adjudicated as an unlawful association and why an order confirming such declaration be not made under the UAPA. The Government of India had declared the NSCN-K as an unlawful association on September 16, 2015. The Centre had constituted a tribunal comprising Justice Najmi Waziri, Judge of the High Court of Delhi, for adjudicating whether or not there is sufficient cause for declaring NSCN-K as an Unlawful Association.

Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal will hear the case of declaring NSCN-K as “unlawful association” in its sitting on January 14, 2016, 3 p.m. in Court No. 19, ‘A’ Block, Delhi High Court in New Delhi for further proceedings. According to DIPR report, the Registrar of Tribunal asked NSCN-K to appear before it through a duly authorized person on the mentioned date.

Militants from Northeast India, including Tripura, have their camps in Bangladesh despite the Bangladesh Government being pro-active against them, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said in Agartala. Praising Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led Bangladesh Government for taking action against terrorism, Sarkar said: “Security forces in Bangladesh with the instructions from their government are always pro-active to flush-out militants belonging to Tripura and other Northeastern States and their camps in that country.” “However, there were terrorist camps in Bangladesh territory. There are 16 to 19 camps of Tripura militants in that country. The present government in Bangladesh is always trying to flush out the Indian militants in their territory.”

The Chief Minister said Indian militants, taking advantage of the absence of Bangladeshi SFs in some of the mountainous and bordering areas, have been using remote areas, particularly in the hilly Chittagong Hill Tracts. They continue their activities, including arms training of their cadres. He added that, “We cannot claim that we are successful in curbing militancy entirely in our State because there are still a few hideouts within our State too.”

“Occasionally due to pressure of the Bangladesh security forces the militants temporarily shift from their camps but return to their original place once the security forces have moved away. Such hide-and-seek activities are going on and we are aware of them.” He further said, “Even today in our State there are youths who are being misled to join into terrorism and we have to be vigilant on these acts. We have to ensure that the terrorist outfits do not disrupt peace, development and unity in our State and for that the security forces have to increase their vigil.”

DGP K. Nagraj, during the annual Police Week, said that insurgency in Tripura at the moment was non-existent. He said, "The Disturbed Areas Act and the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act were withdrawn last year as a result of declining insurgency. This was also reflected in the absence of any insurgency-related incident last year." He said till recently there were 16 terrorist camps and a safe house in Dhaka run by anti-Indian militants on Bangladesh soil but the Bangladesh Army and BGB had launched a fresh crackdown.

As a result, there are now three major camps in Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, besides the safe house in Dhaka. "We can now say the banned militants of Tripura now do not have any support base or infrastructure within the state but 20 per cent of Indian border with Bangladesh lies in Tripura; so we do not have any sense of complacency and we are prepared to deal with any situation," Nagraj said. He added that two top-level NLFT commanders, Atharbabu Halam and Sunil Tripura, had surrendered last year and this was a major gain for the State.

Assam Rifles arrested two cadres of NSCN-IM, identified as ‘sergeant major’ Victor Ningshen and Kuhovi Achumi, a civil wing cadre of NSCN-IM from near near City Tower in Dimapur. In a press release, PRO IGAR-N stated that the two were held after an operation was launched based on information regarding extortion activities by NSCN-IM cadres from truck operators on NH-29. Extortion slips and INR 53,700 in cash were recovered from them. One vehicle (Maruti Alto Lxi, Regn No NL 01H 2566), and mobile phones (with SMS messages of truck numbers) were also recovered, stated PRO.

January 5

The NIA said that it expects cooperation from Pakistan for tracing the perpetrators of the Pathankot attack, saying it was clear that the terrorists were from Pakistan on the basis of the calls they made. According to reports, the NIA team is also questioning Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh, whose vehicle was hijacked by the terrorists.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had called up Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and assured that their government was working on the leads and information provided by the Indian government on the Pathankot attack, adding that they would investigate the matter. He also appreciated New Delhi for showing maturity in its statements post the terror attack while asserting that terrorists were trying to disrupt the efforts to bring peace between the two countries.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar confirmed that all the six terrorists who had attacked the Pathankot IAF base have been neutralized by the SFs. Parrikar complimented the SFs for ensuring that there was no loss to any vital asset at the base. Stating that there were no suspected terrorists inside the Air Force base, the defence minister said combing operations will continue for a day or two. "NIA investigations will reveal who were behind the terror attack," he said, refusing to point responsibility on any one.

Around 1,000 Army men and Punjab Police personnel have converted Pandher village, around 2 kilometer from the Tibri cantonment in Punjab, following reports that two armed men in Army uniform were seen moving around in a suspicious manner in the area. Two SWAT teams of the Punjab Police have also reached the area. “The threat is real. It is not a hoax call. We have sounded an alert throughout the state,” said an official. “The Army has got vacated 500 houses in Pandher and adjoining Bhulechak and Babbehali villages,” sources said. The terrorists who attacked the Pathankot air base and the Dinanagar Police Station were also in Army uniform. “The fact that the cantonment area is just 2 km away has added to our worries. We cannot take chances. More forces are being requisitioned,” the official said.

A huge blast was reported near the Indian consulate in Jalalabad city in Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan. No casualty has been reported.

Two CPI-Maoist cadres were killed and one was arrested during an exchange of fire with the Police in Kondagaon District of Chhattisgarh. “The Maoists’ Kudhur LOS ‘commander’ and one LOS members were killed in a fierce encounter between Kondagaon District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the Maoists today morning,” said S.R.P. Kalluri, the IGP, Bastar Range.

A huge cache of explosives including 28 petrol bombs was recovered during a search operation by security personnel in Gariyaband District of Chhattisgarh in restive forests of Karlajhar village.

A group of SFs personnel had a close save as Maoists detonated a powerful pipe bomb blast in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. No one was injured in the blast. The Maoists exploded the pipe bomb near Tarrem village under Basaguda Police Station limits when a team of CoBRA personnel was patrolling in the region.

A woman CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Kalamdei Majhi (24), surrendered before the Kalahandi District SP, as she was "disgusted" with the Maoists’ activities.

A group of CPI-Maoist cadres have allegedly beaten to death a Girijan, identified as Pangi Sivayya of Boosiputtu village in Munchingput mandal of Visakhapatnam District, Andhra Pradesh.  According to reports reaching the victim’s home, he was taken away and beaten to death near Sariapalli, a nearby village. He was branded as a ‘Police informer’.

A TDP leader and former Sarpanch of Jerrela Gram Panchayat in Visakha Agency of Vishakhapatnam District in Andhra Pradesh, Sagina Venkataramana (32) was allegedly hacked to death by CPI-Maoist cadres. Venkataramana was actively involved in anti-bauxite mining agitation. A poster hung near the place and a pamphlet left behind alleged that Venkataramana got the resolution in favour of bauxite mining passed with forged signatures and also usurped patta lands with forged signatures

The two Ministers representing Adilabad District in Telangana State Cabinet are finding themselves embroiled in a controversy surrounding alleged irregularities in allocation of work under the centrally funded IAP in LWE affected districts, Adilabad being one of the 88 districts in the country where the scheme is operational.

A team of STF and Saran District Police of Bihar arrested nine cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including a woman ‘area commander’ from Doriganj in Saran District. All of the arrested cadres were accused in the case for planting of explosives at the Ara-Chhapra Bridge on January 1. They had blasted the generator set used by the construction company engaged in the bridge construction work. Police have recovered three pamphlets of the Maoists from the construction site and three cane bombs were found fixed to three pillars of the under construction bridge.

ULFA-PTF opened an office in the Hatigaon area in Kamrup District of Assam. The office was inaugurated by the outfit's ‘chairman’, Arabinda Rajkhowa.

Police arrested two persons identified as Ramen Barman and Rameswar Saikia, the masterminds behind the abduction of a small-time businessman Hazrat Ali, who was abducted on December 29, from Tulsibari under Rangia Police Station in Kamrup District of Assam. According to Police, Ramen Barman of Shahpur and Rameswar Saikia of Suwapur, both under Tamulpur Police Station in Baksa District, abducted Ali at gunpoint in a Tata Sumo, identifying themselves as NDFB-IKS cadres and wearing SSB uniform on the evening of December 29 when Ali was returning home from his shop at Tulsibari under Rangia Police Station in Kamrup District.  Police said the abductors along with another associate took Ali to Lotibari under Tamulpur Police Station in Baksa where he was kept in the house of Saikia elder sister.

AR troops launched an operation in Grihang and Kamjong in Ukhrul District of Manipur and killed two underground cadres of an unknown group. One AK-56 rifle along with magazine, twelve live rounds of 7.62 mm and five fired cases of 7.62 mm have been recovered from the spot. The bodies of the two slain militants along with the recovered weapons have been handed over to Chassad Police Station in the District.

Garo Hills Police seized a large amount of explosives, including electronic detonators, from a Tura-registered vehicle abandoned by its occupants after Police set up a road block in the Bajengdoba region of North Garo Hills District of Meghalaya. The banned ULFA of Assam is believed to be the owner of the explosives and was reportedly sending it across to the banned GNLA in Garo Hills when Police set up a surprise road check point in Bajengdoba, after receiving intelligence inputs about the shipment of the explosives. Police searched the vehicle and recovered as many as 1200 gelatine explosive sticks which are used by militants to prepare IEDs to target SFs. Police also recovered as many as 1000 electronic detonators and 100 non-electronic detonators. Both detonators are required for triggering IED explosions. 

There was not a single insurgency related incident in Tripura last year (2015), DGP K Nagraj said while noting that international terrorism was an area which needed a sharp vigil to be maintained. “There was not a single incident related to insurgency last year (in Tripura). The insurgency, which devastated the State for the past three decades, has largely been contained. We are not complacent and keeping a close vigil on the situation,” DGP said. He said many of the State’s insurgents were still using Bangladeshi soil and they are currently running 16 camps there.

“Last November, security forces in Bangladesh had dismantled many camps of State insurgents, mainly in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of the country, but the ultras again managed to erect some makeshift camps there,” said Nagraj. “International terrorism is another area which needs a sharp watch and the State police are gearing up to meet the new challenge,” he said. Nagraj said that 1,761 Bangladeshi nationals had illegally sneaked into the State last year and Police had deported them. The DGP said that the overall law-and-order situation in the State has improved and the crime graph is down.

January 6

A NIA team arrived in Pathankot to begin the probe on the terrorist attack on the Pathankot airbase. The NIA officials were seen examining the bodies of the slain terrorists along with a team of forensic experts.

NIA so far has found seven suspicious footprints along the IB. The investigating team was looking at two key aspects, how the attackers entered India and the role of Salwinder Singh who was briefly kidnapped by the terrorists. Singh's role is apparently under scrutiny due to the conflicting versions he provided about his abduction and release. The NIA team found seven suspicious footprints at three different locations near Bamiyal village along the Pakistan border.

A man suspected to be a terrorist was taken into custody by SFs near the Pathankot Indian IAF base. The Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) Airport has also been put on high alert after five suspicious terrorists were spotted around the area. The BSF is providing peripheral security cover and an alert has been sounded. Initial reports said that the men seem to be from Afghanistan.

NIA arrested a suspected al Qaeda terrorist, identified as Maulana Anzar Shah from Bengaluru in Karnataka. According to sources, Anzar Shah was a Muslim cleric in Banshankari for the last four years. Report has quoted sources as saying that the man was planning to carry out a series of terror strikes in the country. "The aim of the group was to attack some prominent leaders along with the crowded and tourist places," it added.

The BSF submitted a detailed report to the UMHA, saying there is no evidence of infiltration along the IB, though the six terrorists killed in the Pathankot operation are believed to have entered through the Punjab border. Officials said the BSF submitted the report after Director-General D.K. Pathak undertook a forward area tour along the International Border on January 5, including at Bamiyal, a border village in Pathankot, which is believed to have been used by terrorists to infiltrate into the country and attack the airbase. They said the force has put forth the details of its night “morchas” and movement of its patrol teams in these areas on December 30 and 31, when it is suspected that the terrorists crossed over from the other side and attacked the airbase. The BSF will deploy 2,000 additional personnel along the Punjab and Jammu borders to plug unfenced riverine and forest gaps.

Local villagers claim to have seen two more terrorists in Gurdaspur. Villagers, Satnam Singh and his relative Rajinder Singh, who claim to have spotted the suspected militants near Tibri Cantonment. They immediately informed the Police. The Army and Punjab Police have cordoned off the whole area and strengthened the security of highly-sensitive defence establishment. Satnam said that he and Rajinder had gone to fields to get fodder for their cattle. "As we were about to return, I saw two men standing near us in a sugarcane field. They were wearing Army outfit, dark glasses, long gum boots and were carrying some bags. Before we could react, they disappeared into the fields," he said, adding that everything happened within seconds.

Militants hurled a grenade at CRPF camp at Momin Abad in Anantnag District. The grenade missed the intended target and exploded outside without causing any harm.

The BSF will deploy around 2,000 additional personnel along the Punjab and Jammu borders in order to plug unfenced riverine and forest gaps even as it submitted a fresh report to the Government, stating there was no evidence of infiltration along the IB in the wake of the terrorist attack on the IAF base in Pathankot in Punjab. Officials said BSF submitted a report to the UHM after force Director General D K Pathak undertook a forward area tour along the IB on January 5, including at Bamiyal, a border village in Pathankot, which is believed to have been used by terrorists to infiltrate into the country and attack the air base.

A grant of INR 10 billion was approved by the UMHA for 35 worst Naxal affected districts spread across seven States to carry out development work and augmenting facilities to fight the CPI-Maoist. The affected areas include 16 districts in Jharkhand, eight in Chhattisgarh, six in Bihar, two in Odisha and one each in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The Ministry allocated fund at the rate of INR 280.57 million per district.

Aurangabad District Police of Bihar launched a combing operation against the Maoists in different parts of the District to instill confidence among the people.

Two CPI-Maoist cadres, Renga Shankraiyya (30) and Sukman Kursam (27) were arrested from Awapalli Police Station area in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh.

The Araku Valley Police arrested Y. Gowri (45), an employee with Lakcon Construction Company, for trying to supply 10 walkie-talkie sets and about one kilogram of gold to CPI-Maoist, near Araku junction in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh.

NSCN-R has reportedly been recruiting drug addicts across the opium belt of Arunachal Pradesh to broaden its extortion empire. Officials in southern Arunachal Pradesh said NSCN-R has been recruiting drug addicts to control the state’s Longding, Tirap and Changlang Districts. Rebels of NSCN-K and NSCN-IM were hitherto known to operate in these Districts that are strategic for movement to and from bases in Myanmar. “We had last month raided Kheti village in Tirap district on tip off that some rebels were carrying out recruitment and extortion drives there. They managed to escape but we recovered extortion notes and a list of the group’s cadres in the area,” a unnamed senior Police officer, said. Some names in the list were those of drug addicts and offenders, the SFs found.

Apart from Longding, Tirap and Changlang, Lohit and Anjaw Districts of southern Arunachal Pradesh are notorious for opium cultivation besides the availability of heroin and methamphetamine from the ‘Golden Triangle of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. According to NCB, Arunachal Pradesh topped the list of states in illegal poppy production for opium during 2014-15. Of the 2,530 acres of poppy crop that NCB destroyed during that fiscal, the state accounted for nearly 40%. NCB officials say the illegal poppy farms are guarded by armed militia who are known to work in coordination with rebels. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki admitted that checking opium cultivation was a major challenge.

A ginger merchant from Krishnai in Assam, was abducted by unidentified assailants in East Garo Hills District of Meghalaya. According to a source, trader, Kali Saha was returning home to Krishnai from Songsak area in the District when he was abducted by unidentified assailants.

A hardcore GNLA militant, identified as Pensing A Sangma alias Belbong alias Cherakpa, who took part in an ambush on a CRPF patrol party leading to two SF personnel sustaining bullet injuries in 2014, surrendered to Police without any weapon in Resubelpara in North Garo Hills District. The surrendered cadre was part of GNLA ‘area commander’ Rakban D Shira alias Philiport’s team and the outfit’s cadres reportedly used his house to take shelter.

A militant, identified as Rakwil R Sangma alias Dikrong of the AMEF outfit also surrendered in North Garo Hills District of Meghalaya and handed over a demand letter pad of the group.

NSCN-IM condemned the killing of one NSCN-K member by AR on December 30 at Zhutovi village in Dimapur District of Nagaland and claimed the incident was a “well planned” executed by AR troops.

January 7

The UAE condemned the terrorist attack on the IAF base in Pathankot and said that it stands with India in the fight against terrorism. The Foreign Ministry in a statement said, "The UAE condemns the heinous terrorist attack on the Indian Air Force Base in Pathankot. We stand with India in its ongoing fight against terrorism…Terrorism and extremism knows no borders and no limits and pose a threat to innocent people everywhere around the world. In order to contain the dangerous threat that terrorism poses to our countries and peoples, international cooperation is indispensable”.

Sikh political prisoner Hardeep Singh, who was associated with Khalistan Commando Force (KCF), was released from the Amritsar Central Jail in Punjab following clearance from the State Government. Jail Superintendent RK Sharma said Hardeep was released owing to his good conduct. Hardeep was arrested under various sections of TADA, besides Section 302 (murder charges) of the IPC in 1993.

HM ‘chief’ Syed Salahuddin warned India of more attacks if it did not give up “genocide” in Kashmir. He also claimed that a special unit of the UJC carried out the Pathankot airbase attack (Punjab). “Whether or not Pakistan and India go ahead with their planned talks, Kashmiri Mujahideen will continue to strike until New Delhi stops killing innocent Kashmiris who are struggling for their basic human right of self-determination, as promised by the UNSC resolutions,” Salahuddin said in an interview with a Pakistani newspaper. “Special guerrilla units of the United Jihad Council will raid more strategic military assets of New Delhi whenever they find an opportunity to destroy the enemy’s military structure which is being used for Kashmiris genocide,” said Salahuddin. The UJC ‘chief’ said, “The Pathankot attack has nothing to do with the dialogue process between Pakistan and India as we have been waging this war against occupying forces for the last 38 years.”

The operation to fully sanitise the Pathankot airbase in Punjab, which was attacked by six terrorists last week, is “close to completion” with personnel of the NSG, the Army and the Garud Commando Force of the Air Force undertaking the task on the sprawling complex. “For the last two days, the Army, the NSG and the Garuds have been sanitising the whole station and the process is close to completion,” Air Officer Commanding, Pathankot IAF Station, Air commodore J.S. Damoon said.

The NIA has recorded the statements of SP Salwinder Singh, whose role is under the scanner, and his friend Rajesh Verma, officials said adding investigations were under progress. The 20-member NIA team is being assisted by a team of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory which is camping here.

India has identified the four handlers of Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM, who were in touch with the six terrorists who stormed the Pathankot airbase early on January 1. India has shared the telephone numbers and the identity of the handlers with Pakistan and has asked it to act on these individuals, a senior Government official said. Those identified by the Indian agencies are JeM founder Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother Abdul Rauf Asghar, Ashfaq Ahmed and Kashim Jaan, the official said. While Azhar oversaw the operations, his brother Asghar and two others were in touch with the terrorists. India has also given the details of two types of Pakistan-made drugs — Neuro Bedoxine and Dicloran — found on the bodies as evidence.

The Army issued fresh guidelines for the public by asking civilians to avoid wearing Army pattern dresses and shopkeepers to refrain from selling combat clothes in order to prevent terror attacks. The guidelines, to be followed across the country, come nearly a week after six terrorists infiltrated through the border and launched attack at the Air Force station in Pathankot (Punjab).

Also private security agencies, Police and other central forces not to wear "Combat-Pattern" dresses as "it is not authorised and leads to false alarms", the official said. "All traders and shopkeepers interested in selling Army uniforms may approach the local military authority and request for shops in units/cantonments approved areas/shops," the official added. "It is illegal to sell army uniforms to unauthorised persons," the official said, adding, "The guidelines have been issued in public interest and to prevent terror attacks." Also, the relatives of armed forces personnel and ex servicemen were requested not to use items of uniform which they may be having as they could create false reports, the official said and added that it was illegal to do so. Police and Civil administration have also been asked to check and crackdown on defaulters.

The CRPF will soon deploy about 300 women commandos for undertaking operations in some of the states affected by Naxalism. DG of CRPF Prakash Mishra said few chosen companies drawn from its four 'mahila' battalions will be soon sent for pre-induction training and after about six weeks of regimen in various types of combats and special tasks, the women contingents will be sent for final deployment. "We are going to give more operational duties to our women personnel. We are sending our women personnel to some of the most difficult areas," Mishra said while announcing the hosting of the 7th National Conference of Women in Police beginning January 7.

Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a businessman, identified as Bapi Samanta, at Dandabadi village under Boipariguda Police Limits in Koraput District of Odisha.

Five Maoists, including three carrying cash rewards on their heads, surrendered before Police in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. Surrendered Maoists were identified as Hemla Paklu (28), Budhram Kowasi (24), Hemla Pandu (25), Motu Parsa (19) and Hemla Budhram (35). Of them, Paklu, a member of military platoon no. 12 was carrying a reward of INR 200, 000, while INR 100, 000 each was announced for the arrest of militia company commander Budhram and Awapalli militia commander Pandu.

CPI-Maoist ‘area commander’ Uday Ganjhu was arrested from Niri forests of Keredari block in Hazaribagh District of Jharkhand. Ganjhu, who had a reward of INR 300, 000 on head, was wanted in many cases in Keredari and Barkagaon in Hazaribagh District, and also in Chatra District.

Cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze construction equipment at Nuadihi village near Dublabahal under Melchamunda Police Station limits in Bargarh District of Odisha. According to reports, 25 armed cadres arrived at the office of a contractor, who is laying road under Biju Expressway on Sohela-Nuapada stretch in Nuadihi village, woke up the labourers who were sleeping in the camp and sought petrol after identifying themselves as Maoists.

The SSB and Police, in a joint operation, arrested a militant of NDFB-IKS, identified as Nirmal Basumatary (27) from Rangjihoura village in Chirang District of Assam. A 9 mm pistol, three rounds of ammunition and a mobile phone were recovered from him. “He is a trained militant of the outfit and was trained in Myanmar,” SSB sources said.

ULFA ‘General Secretary’ Anup Chetia said that he is not going to put pressure on Independent faction of ULFA (ULFA-I) ‘Commander in Chief (C-in-C)’ Paresh Baruah to come for dialogue with the Central Government. Anup Chetia said in Darrang that it is up to the ‘C-in-C’ to decide himself whether to take part in the dialogue process, and in this regard Chetia will never put pressure on him. (Assam)

Top leaders of NDFB-IKS, including ‘army chief’ G. Bidai and his deputy K. Batha, are hiding in the dense jungles along the Indo-Bhutan border, BTAD IGP L. R. Bishnoi said. Bishnoi said operations as a part of the army's "final push" against the militant group were on. Bishnoi claimed that the NDFB-IKS was becoming weak with many of its top leaders having been killed or arrested since the operation against the outfit was intensified last year (2015). A joint force of the Army, Police, SSB and CRPF had started a massive operation against the outfit on September 18 last year to apprehend the "last remaining 20-25 cadres of the NDFB (S)", including Bishnu Goyari alias Bidai, the mastermind of the Adivasi carnage on December 23, 2014, and his deputy Binod Mushahary alias Batha. Bidai carries a cash reward of INR 5 lakh on his head.

He added that altogether 21 militants of the outfit have been killed, 256 arrested and 185 of its linkmen apprehended since the operation began. A total of 15 AK-56 rifles, 10 AK-47s, two M-16, two HKs, seven Insas rifles, 495 rounds of ammunition, 21 grenades, 81kg of explosives 14 lakh in cash and 12 motorcycles have also been recovered from the outfit's militants, Bishnoi said. The top leaders of the outfit arrested so far include its ‘self-styled deputy commander in chief’ Dwiswrang Daimary alias Dhananjay, ‘self-styled army chief’ Rabi Basumutary alias Rongja Baja, his ‘personal security officer’ Jwnglaw Narzary alias Jekhai and the former ‘personal security officer’ of Bidai, Biron Narzary alias N. Bapeibai. Bishnoi said the SFs were continuing their operation against the group and expressed confidence that Bidai and his 20-25 associates would be arrested soon.

Bishnoi said other than NDFB-IKS militants, 86 militants belonging to various groups like the KLO, RVA, NSLA and the MPTFA were also arrested by SFs last year (2015). Besides, fundamentalists trying to gain a foothold in lower Assam Districts had been neutralised, he said, adding that 30 fundamentalists were arrested and 22 country-made arms recovered in 2015.

Police arrested a ULFA cadre, identified as Ajit Bora alias Dhaniram in Dibrugarh District of Assam.

A joint team of AR and Bihar Regiment launched a joint operation in Bunghal Khullen area of Thoubal District in Manipur and recovered arms and ammunition. During the search operation, the team recovered one AK-56 rifle and two magazines along with 60 live rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. Further search along with Thoubal Commandos led to recovery of 54 live rounds of 7.62mm, 47 live rounds of 7.62mm sniper rifle, one magazine of 7.62mm AK-56 Rifle, one magazine of 5.56mm of M 16 rifle and five live rounds of 5.56mm of M 16 rifle. Search of the living room of one Lelen Kipgen, who was missing, resulted in recovery of one seal of KNF-N, demand letter and documents pertaining to KNF-N.

A team of District Police commando conducted frisking and checking in front of City Hospital in Dewlahland in Imphal West District of Manipur and arrested an active member of PLA/RPF identified as Laishram Lakpati alias Johnson (44) of Khongman Zone III in Mayai Leikai. On his disclosure, another cadre of the same organisation identified as Wangkheimayum Bobby Singh alias Imobi alias Lamjing alias Boy alias Sarat (38) of Wangkhei Hijam Leirak Ayangpali Road was also arrested from Khoyathong Senapati bus parking on the same day. Investigation revealed that they were involved in extortion from different Government departments. Investigation also revealed that W Bobby Singh had also made monetary demands in the name of CorCom in some Government offices. Incriminating articles were seized from their possession.

JNIMS Professor Dr Chanam Manglem was attacked by some unidentified assailants by hurling a hand grenade at his Khongman Zone-II (East) residence in Imphal East District of Manipur. The grenade exploded inside the residential gate of Dr Manglem and the explosion damaged some portions of the gate and the house. Taking strong exception to the grenade attack, local people staged a protest demonstration.

The GNLA cadres, Tenrak and Kalmod were involved in the abduction of the State Police head constable Khomraj Bhattarai in North Garo Hills District, revealed a Police source. “We have got enough evidences of the involvement GNLA rebels in the abduction and subsequent killing of the head constable”, stated the source. The two GNLA cadres Tenrak and Kalmod are directly functioning under the ‘area commander’ Philliport Sangma, sources added.

January 8

DRI officials arrested a person, identified as Rajesh Shekh along with FICNs of INR 2,00,000 from Ratanpura locality in Motipur Police Station in Muzaffarpur District. DRI sources said the carrier, Shekh, a resident of Malda District in West Bengal, was arrested when he was travelling in a Motihari bound bus. The suspect is said to be a member of an inter-state gang of fake currency note smugglers.

The Cyberabad Police arrested an alleged drug offender, U Mahesh, from Thondupally village in the city's outskirts and also seized FICN amounting to INR 83,000 from him. Based on a tip-off, a Police team arrested Mahesh and seized about 50 grams of heroin and fake currency.

Punjab Police arrested a BSF Constable, identified as Anil, who was allegedly involved in helping a cartel of drugs and arms smugglers infiltrate heroin and weapons into India. The arrest followed January 4 incident, when three persons were arrested for smuggling narcotics. Their interrogation then led the investigators to Anil who was deployed with the 52nd Battalion of the Border Security Force.

Anil admitted that he had been receiving money from his handler in Pakistan, a well known Lahore-based drug smuggler by the name of Imtiaz. Anil told, "I was attending a wedding in Taran Taran when I was approached by a group of people, who asked me why I was so poor in comparison with others in the force who had been able to build big houses. These people told me that they would help me get rich. They gave me two SIMs and told me that a person named Imtiaz would call me from Lahore." He started contacting Anil through the Pakistani SIM card. In the first installment INR 50,000 were sent in cash to Anil. Later INR 39,000 were deposited in the bank account of Anil's wife.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister Sukhbir Badal met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi and demanded extra deployment of BSF personnel in Punjab. Sukhbir stated, "In Jammu and Kashmir the number of Border Security Force personnel deployed is more than twice the deployment in Punjab. The recent terror attacks show that Punjab is now increasingly being targeted by the Pakistani terrorists. We want that deployment in Punjab be increased so that infiltration can be plugged effectively.

Germany has condemned terror attacks on the IAF base in Pathankot town of Punjab and an attack on the Indian consulate in Afghanistan, MEA spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted. "We condemn the terrorist attacks on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot and on the Indian consulate in Mazar-e-sharif," the German statement said. "The perpetrators must be hunted and those responsible must be held accountable," the statement added.

As investigators probe deeper into the fake passport racket of Baguiati (Kolkata), there is emerging evidence of a possible JMB link. Sources say Bangladeshi national Hafeez Sheikh alias Nur Mohammad, will play a pivotal role in understanding the modus operandi of the gang. "It is only his questioning that can lead us to the rest of the gang based in Noida," said an investigating officer. "We plan to send teams to Noida, Pathankot and Ludhiana to verify certain addresses. It is clear that several Bangladeshi and Pakistani nationals have used fake passports prepared by him. In turn, someone must have collected used and expired passports from north Indian passport offices. We need to ascertain if there is a HuJI link to it because we have found certain numbers from Europe and the middle-east," informed a source.

Sheikh hails from Chittagong District in Bangladesh and seems to have used a real passport but fake visa to cross over to India through Nadia District in West Bengal. Hafeez came to Kolkata about two years ago and started a tour and travel business at Netaji Nagar in south Suburban Kolkata.

US alerted India through intelligence channels on JeM terrorists sneaking into Pathankot. And that was possible because foreign agencies had Qasim Jaan, one of the three Pakistan based handlers of JeM, under its surveillance. In the instant case, "chatter" was picked at Qasim's end on a possible terror attack in India.

This information was immediately passed on to India, prompting the government to issue an alert just after the Prime Minister's December 25, 2015 visit to Lahore. Though Qasim was known to be from JeM, there was still doubt on whether reference was being made on some other group planning an attack or was it a JeM module being sent on the job.

An explosives-laden vehicle was found near the Indian consulate in Heart in Afghanistan and one person was arrested in this regard.

Army and JKP personnel busted a hideout in Samote area and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition from a natural cave hideout in Kuliwala Forest in Chasana in Reasi District. Based on specific information, RR Battalion at Samote under the aegis of RR Force Headquarter based at Reasi and JKP personnel from Police Station Chasana recovered a cache of arms and ammunition. The cache included one AK-56 rifle, one 7.63 mm pistol, one 303 rifle, one sniper rifle Dragunov, five magazines of AK 56, one magazine of pistol, 75 rounds of AK 56 rifle, 55 rounds of Pikka, two rounds of pistol, six rounds of sniper, rifle, one grenade UBGL, one rotating bolt of AK 56 rifle, 11 fired cases of AK 56 and two fired cases of sniper rifles.

Maoists have called a two-day bandh starting today, in Nuapada, Kalahandi and Malkangiri Districts of Odisha to protest against ‘Operation Green Hunt.’ The protesting Maoists belong to the Mainpur-Nuapada divisional committee and have put up posters and banners announcing the bandh at some places in these Districts.

Maoist posters were found in Lanjigarh and Muniguda area in Kalahandi and Rayagada Districts of Odisha respectively. In the posters the Maoists said the Police had killed some tribals in Kalahandi, Nuapada and Rayagada Districts recently in fake encounters.

Four CPI-Maoist cadres were killed while one trooper of the CoBRA received bullet injury in an encounter between SFs and Maoists at village Bandh Gorya under Dhibra Police Station area in Aurangabad District of Bihar. SFs also recovered four weapons including one AK-47, one carbine and two pistols from possession of the Maoist.

Armed Maoists set ablaze two tractors of a contractor in a village in Lakhisarai District of Bihar. 

Two BSF personnel were killed and another sustained injuries in landmine blast triggered by the CPI-Maoist in an area near Kaliajhula forests under Boipariguda Police limits in Koraput District of Odisha. Sources said the Maoists, who had killed a local trader, Bapi Samant (37), late on January 7, had planted landmines anticipating movement of the SFs. When the news of the killing was reported, the BSF sent in a team to comb the area. A 30-member team was combing the forests when the Maoists triggered the landmines.

CM Naveen Patnaik expressed concern over inroads made by the LWE in four central Odisha Districts and asked senior Police officers to pay special attention to curb their influence. Addressing the valedictory function of senior Police officers’ conference in Bhubaneswar, CM Patnaik said, “The Left wing extremism continues to be a major concern for the State. Though we have been able to contain the menace to the areas bordering our neighbouring States, the recent movement and activities of the Maoist cadre in the districts of Bolangir, Kalahandi, Kandhamal and Boudh is worrisome.” “We should handle this new development effectively. We have already created adequate resources in terms of manpower, equipment and other logistics supplemented by the deployment of central armed police forces. There is no reason why the police leadership cannot counter the inroads made by the Maoist into the central Odisha,” the Chief Minister pointed out.

Four CPI-Maoist cadres, including a ‘commander’, were arrested from two different locations in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. Three rebels, who were involved in setting vehicles on fire at Hahaladdi iron ore mine, were arrested from Karremarka village in Kanker District, a senior Police official said. Those arrested were identified as Budheshwar Netam (25), Dharmuram (28) and Somji Nareti (20).

In the second incident, Veko Budhru (25), active as LGS ‘deputy commander’ in Bhairamgarh area committee was arrested in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh.

SFs exchanged fire with cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Kurunga forests under Arki Police Station area in Khunti District of Jharkhand. After the encounter, the SFs recovered 36 IEDs from the encounter site. "Four 14kg gas cylinders, four 5kg gas cylinders, two pressure cookers and 24 milk cans of 250ml capacity were used to prepare the IEDs. Apart from the IEDs, 20kg of cordex wire, which is used to connect the IEDs with exploders, were also recovered. There were 600 rounds of live cartridges besides one INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) rifles, one .303 rifle and one .315 rifle," SP Anish Kumar Gupta said.

The CPI-Maoist cadres allegedly set on fire four vehicles of a private firm engaged in a road construction work in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The incident occurred at a remote Muskel village under Dantewada Police Station limits where work on construction of a road was underway, Dantewada SP Kamlochan Kashyap said

A CPI-Maoist training camp was busted by a joint team of CRPF and Khunti District Police in Arki block of the District following a brief encounter with the Maoists in the afternoon. "The team had busted the camp on Friday evening, but by the time we collected all the recovered items it was late night," Khunti SP Anish Gupta said. ASP (Operations) PR Mishra said "Targeting the advancing party, Maoists opened fire. None of the bullets, however, hit our men." After the Maoists left, Police searched the area and found a 1,000m codex wire, many electric wires, 25 can bombs, one tiffin bomb, two pressure cooker bombs and four LGP cylinders. Two of the LPG cylinders were wrapped in codex wire. "The Maoists use LPG cylinders to make powerful bombs. One bomb is enough to blow up a police vehicle," said Police.

Three NSLA militants were arrested from Barabil under Gossaigaon Police station in Kokrajhar District. The arrested NSLA militants were involved in extortion of money and other illegal activities, Defence officials said. Two pistols and a revolver with 3 live rounds were recovered from them, they said.

Haluwating Police, in an operation, arrested one person, identified as Konwer Singh Tanti (28) along with a hand grenade and four bullets of a 9mm pistol from the Tifuk Tea Estate in Sivasagar District of Assam. Police suspected him to be linkman of NSCN.

Garo Hills Police with the help of Goalpara Police in Assam successfully rescued a child who was abducted by a gang from Mendipather area of North Garo Hills District on January 6. The joint SFs team raided a hideout of the abductors gang and rescued 11- year-old Mustaqfizul Rahman. The kingpin of the abduction Biswajit Adhikary was also arrested in the raid and operations on both sides of the inter-state border are continuing to arrest the rest of the gang who fled after seeing the Police arrive at their hideout.

A meeting convened by the UHM on the issue of repatriation of Brus in six relief camps in Tripura remained inconclusive, Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalmalsawma said in New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi while the Tripura Chief Secretary was not present, Lalmalsawma said. The last attempt to repatriate the Brus during June 2 to September 4 last year was a complete failure as not a single Bru appeared before the Mizoram officials in the six relief camps to be identified as bonafide residents of the State. The arrangement was made to repatriate over 20,700 Brus belonging to 3,455 families who have fled from Mizoram due to ethnic clashes in the 1990s.

January 9

According to data provided by BSF Punjab Frontier headquarters, seven narcotics smugglers and intruders, including three Pakistani nationals, have been shot dead in separate encounters by BSF personnel guarding the International Border along Pakistan in Punjab in 2015 and 344 kilogram heroin worth INR 1,720 crore were seized during the period. It also stated that in 2015, 91 persons were arrested for narcotics smuggling and illegally crossing the border, while FICN with face value of more that INR 11,00,000 was seized. Of the 91 persons arrested five were Indian smugglers while the others included 58 Indians, 20 Pakistanis, four Bangladeshis, two Nigerians, one Chinese and one Nepali, who were held for crossing the border illegally, the BSF data stated. The other items seized in 2015 include 17 weapons, 24 magazines and 286 cartridges. 19 Mobile phones (15 Pakistani, 2 Indian, 2 Bangladeshi) and 41 SIM cards (28 Pakistani, 11 Indian, 2 Bangladeshi) were also seized through 2015.

NSCN-R strongly refuted allegations that it was recruiting drug addicts across the opium belt of Arunachal Pradesh to broaden its extortion empire. An ‘MIP’ statement strongly refuted the allegation made and asserted that it was neither engaging nor recruiting drug addicts for any purpose.  “We are for peaceful settlement of the Indo-Naga issue but it seems some people are against peace and against development of our people. They want that people should remain to be in trance so that they keep working as per their willful desire,” the ‘MIP’ statement read.

The NSCN-R, while appreciating the AR for arresting anti-social elements involved in extortion in and around Tirap District and particularly in HQ Khonsa, said it had no link whatsoever with Wingan Agan and Damwang Bangsia, arrested by the SFs. “Many youths taken to drugs, opium are involved in carrying out extortion in the name of various organizations including the NSCN-R to fulfill their day to day needs as they find it easy way of making money unmindful of the consequences,” it contended.

ULFA ‘general secretary’ Anup Chetia was given the responsibility of leading the peace-talks with the GoI in place of its ‘chairman’ Arbinda Rajkhowa. The decision to lead ULFA talks was taken formally in a central committee meeting which was attended by ULFA ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, ‘vice-chairman’ Pradeep Gogoi, ‘deputy commander-in-chief’ Raju Barua, ‘foreign secretary’ Sasha Choudhury, ‘finance secretary’ Chitraban Hazarika, and several other leaders of the outfit, including Mrinal Hazarika, Jiten Dutta and Pranjit Saikia.

Though, the outfit has ruled out that decision in this effect would marginalize the ULFA ‘chairman’ who was leading the peace-talks so far, security sources claimed that Chetia’s elevation to lead the peace-talks might subside the simmering dissension in the ULFA-PTF to a large extent. Pointing out that some hard-core ULFA cadres were not happy over the way day-to-day affairs were being handled by the ULFA leadership, security sources said that the situation had come to stage that some cadres were contemplating to join back to anti-talk faction of ULFA lead by its ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah.

Nine persons were injured, three of them critically, in an IED blast at a wine store in a crowded market at Williamnagar town in East Garo Hills District. Police suspect the hand of the GNLA and its ‘area commander’ Ajan Momin alias Jimmy. However, the AMA claimed responsibility for the blast. In a post on social media site Facebook, the AMA Ampati ‘area commander’ John Lesly Sangma stated that the blast was against sale of liquor and cigarettes to minors. “We had given time to stop the sale of alcohol to children until the end of last year. The Warimong Wine Store is not the only one and there are others that will be targeted”, said the online post.

Condemning the IED attack, the Meghalaya government stated, “Such acts of cowardice expose the ugly inhuman face of the terrorist outfit. This also reflects that the proscribed outfit has no commitment towards the well-being and welfare of the local community. They only spread fear, distress, distrust and disharmony.” “The security forces shall take all steps possible to track down the criminals involved in the incident. The Government also reiterates that it would further intensify the operations against the terrorist outfits and would completely neutralize them in order to restore sustainable peace in the region,” the government added.

A suspected Naxal identified as Baleshwar Soren, was arrested from an abandoned airport at Chakulia in Ghatsila Sub-division of East Singhbhum District, Jharkhand. The OIC of Chakulia Police Station Dilip Paswan said a country-made pistol and LWE literature were recovered from his possession. Soren was having links with Kanu Munda-led squad of the CPI-Maoist, said the Police official.

January 10

Seven persons arrested and FICN worth INR 950,000 was seized in two separate raids in West Champaran and Gaya Districts. Acting on an input from the NIA, a joint operation by the West and East Champaran Police succeeded in arresting one fake currency note peddler from near Bakharia Chowk under Majhaulia Police Station area on NH-28B in West Champaran District.

Separately, in Gaya, a special team of the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) on seized FICN of the face value of INR 5, 50,000. The currency, according to sources, was printed in Pakistan and pumped into Indian market through Bangladesh via Malda District of West Bengal. Altogether six persons engaged in the racket have been arrested. The fake currency, as per sources, is pumped by ISI with the twin purpose of funding terror and destabilizing the Indian economy.  The arrested men have been identified as Zahir Abbas, a resident of Malda, Udai Kumar, Kedar Paswan, Sant Kumar, Ajay Kumar and Arvind Paswan. Udai is said to head the local gang involved in the fake currency business. The arrests were made when the courier from Malda was transferring the bag containing fake currencies to his local contacts. The transfer took place at an isolated point by the side of a canal under Dobhi Police Station in Gaya District. The point is close to Jharkhand border.

Five persons, including a suspected Bangladeshi national, have been arrested by the STF of Kolkata Police along with FICN having face value of INR 35,00,000. Acting on a tip off, the STF team conducted a raid at a businessman's house in Posta Police Station area limits and nabbed the five Trinath Mandal, Sanjay Mandal, Prabas Mandal, Pradip Mandal and Sanjay Singh along with FICN.

Two persons, identified as Kishan Naik and Lalitha were arrested along with FICN with a face value of INR 1,30,000 at Ramchandrapur in Medak District of Telangana. Police raided their rented house and find them in possession of the fake currency notes in denominations of INR 100 and INR 500. However, four other members of their gang managed to flee. Police said the accused were handed over the counterfeit currency for circulation by a man in Kolkata (West Bengal).

An Indian-origin Islamic State (IS) terrorist, identified as Siddhartha Dhar alias Abu Rumaysah alias Saif al-Islam believed to be the masked man in latest IS video dubbed "new Jihadi John", is ready to die for the terror group, his sister has revealed. London-based Konika Dhar had received a message from her brother in 2015 after he had skipped bail and fled the UK with his pregnant wife and four children saying, "I'm prepared for death". In a phone-call in October 2015, he said, "Focus on the hereafter and don't worry". Konika said, "I told him from the very beginning when he arrived in Syria and made contact that I would love him to return home and live in our house with his family." But he said he cannot return because he believed that he would be arrested.

Three persons including an Army trooper were injured in mine blasts on LoC in Guntrain area of Poonch District of Jammu and Kashmir. As per Police sources, a trooper identified as Shiv Ram Lingam of Field Regiment got injured in an accidental mine blast, while on patrolling duty near the LoC.

Two civilians, working with Army, were injured when a landmine exploded near LoC in Keran sector in the frontier District of Kupwara. The landmine exploded accidentally when repair work on fencing was going on near LoC resulting in injuries to Parvez Ahmad Mir and Abdul Majid Mir, resident of Keran.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki strongly refuted and rubbished the allegations leveled by MLAs Thangwang Wangham, Honchun Ngandam and Gabriel D Wangsu of using the NSCN-K to coerce representatives from Tirap, Changlang and Longding Districts to support his leadership. While terming the allegation as baseless, unfounded, wild and made out of utter frustration, Tuki said that such false and fabricated allegations have been intended to tarnish his political and social image.

SFs arrested two persons, identified as Buddha Narzary and Nripen Boro along with four gelatin sticks weighing 200 gm and fuse wire from Guwahati Railway Station in Assam. The duo was bringing the consignment from Manipur to Tamulpur.

Former AGP president Brindaban Goswami, at an AJYCP meet at Jelkajhar in Bongaigaon District, said Assam cannot accommodate any more illegal migrants.

The demand for a separate Bodoland got a boost with former Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga and chairman of the all-party Telangana Political Joint Action Committee M. Kodandaram offering to help. Addressing the 48th annual conference of(ABS) at Turibari Noudari Pwthar in Bijni subdivision of Chirang District, Zoramthanga said, "If my humble service is needed, I am ready to help you." "The ball does not lies in the court of Delhi or in Guwahati (Dispur). It lies only in the hands of the Bodo people. With all effort, I believe an amicable solution, which is welcome and accepted by Delhi, Dispur and the Bodo people will be achieved soon," he said. Kodandaram, who attended the conference as chief guest, said the demand needed to be discussed.

Security has been tightened around IAF station at Chabua in Dibrugarh District following intelligence inputs about threats to the air base, a Police official said. Following the Pathankot terror attack (Punjab), Police has received certain inputs which need to be corroborated and confirmed in consultation with various agencies and SFs but security has been tightened around the airbase, Dibrugarh SP Bir Bikram Gogoi said.

In spite of the denial by GNLA that it had no hand in the lED blast at Williamnagar town in East Garo Hills District of Meghalaya on January 9, Meghalaya Police has confirmed that it was the handiwork of the outfit with the assistance from ULFA. A senior Police official said that Police has enough evidence to show the blast was an outcome of the ongoing negotiations and a co-operation between GNLA and anti-talks faction of ULFA based in Bangladesh. Police said that the evidence indicated that there have been talks between GNLA supremo Sohan D. Shira and ‘Deputy Commander in Chief’ of ULFA Drishti Rajkhowa alias Manoj Rabha.

According to Police, the links between GNLA and ULFA seem to have been renewed last year during ‘Operation Hill storm’ when Sohan D. Shira fled Meghalaya and camped in Bangladesh for many months. ”In the renewed talks held three months ago, GNLA had asked for the services of an ULFA cadre named Aprai who is claimed to be an IED making expert. Some of the GNLA cadres were also sent for training in IED making in the ULFA camps in Bangladesh. Aprai is said to have strong connections in North Garo Hills district”, a Police source said.

The central security agencies have raised an alarm against multiple placement agencies that have grown across Kolkata and border Districts. It was found that such agencies were involved in the Baguiati fake passport case and the FICN racket neutralised in Posta by the Kolkata Police STF. According to sources, these placement agencies were offering jobs to labourers using fake documents and then forcing them to become fake currency couriers. Several youths from Malda and Murshidabad Districts are employed as unskilled labourers in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Tamil Nadu. The FICN racketeers target these youths and use them as carriers.

Bihar DGP PK Thakur said, the Police headquarters has initiated security audit at all important installations. Security has been increased at the Barh thermal plant of NTPC, Barani Oil Refinery and other important installations, religious and archaeological sites following a security alert in the wake of the Pathankot terror attack. This has happened following a letter from the Police headquarters regarding the need for security audit. Bihar Police have started the exercise of security audit at all important installations. “Terror outfits such as LeT, JeM, IM and other such outfits have planned to target important installations of the country and they can use explosives-laden vehicles. This requires round-the-clock surveillance,” reads the letter.

A powerful IED, suspected to be planted by the CPI-Maoist, was recovered from Adava Police Station limits in Gajapati District of Odisha. The bomb in a tiffin box was located near Paniganda forest beat house when the security personnel involved in combing operation in the region came across a suspicious-looking wire protruding from below the ground. Gajapati SP Satyajit Nayak said this IED contained around 10 kg explosive materials. However, initial evidences hint that the IED may have been planted by the Maoists in 2009.

January 11

A week into the Malda violence, NCB officials admitted that the West Bengal District remains a ‘difficult area’ for the agency to work in. “It is true that Malda has been a difficult area in terms of its communal aspect and the territorial reason. It is a sensitive belt…There is a lot of work to be done,” NCB Deputy Director General (eastern zone) SK Sahu stated. Sahu said that since the money flow is high, the crime rate is also alarming in that region. “We do carry out sensitisation drives involving the state government and central agencies and constantly coordinate with them. We involve local panchayats (village councils) and include the local population into the economic process so that they don’t indulge in such illegal drug business,” he said.

Narcotics money is at the heart of lawlessness in Malda District bordering Bangladesh. The Police say a large portion of this drug money goes into buying sophisticated weapons smuggled through the porous Bangladesh border, and running hundreds of unrecognised madrasas (Islamic Seminary) in the District. Border areas like Golapganj, Baliadanga, Kaliachak, Mohabbatpur, Mothabari and Danga are now the epicentre of anti-national activities, because of flourishing drug trade. Be it peddling of FICN involving the local youth, illegal migration, drug and arms supply or smuggling, Malda is a bustling hub.

The SFs have recovered one more mobile phone, one AK-47 magazine and binocular from the encounter site during search operations, a UMHA spokesperson said. "NIA teams are examining witnesses in Punjab, both inside the Pathankot Indian Air Force (IAF) station and outside," said UMHA spokesperson.

NIA has registered three cases in connection with the terror strike at Pathankot IAF base. The first case pertains to Salwinder Singh's abduction and the second for the killing of the taxi driver. Both the cases were registered at Narot Jaimal Singh Police Station in Pathankot District. The third and the main case, registered at Police Station Division No. 2 Pathankot, relates to the terrorist attack on the Air Force Station.

India will move Interpol to secure a Black Corner Notice to identify the four terrorists who were killed during Pathankot operations, the UMHA said. It will be circulated by Interpol among all its member-states, including Pakistan from where the fidayeen (suicide attackers) infiltrated to strike at the airbase. The black corner notice will oblige the Interpol members to share any leads or information that can establish the identity of the bodies.

Incidentally, the Interpol notice seeks to identify only four bodies despite agencies putting the total number of attackers at five or six. This is because no more than pieces of flesh and bones were found of terrorists other than the four bodies recovered in an identifiable condition.

This came even as the NIA started questioning Punjab Police SP Salwinder Singh at its headquarters in Delhi. This comes even as a 10-member NIA team is in Punjab, examining witnesses both inside the Pathankot airbase and outside. The probe will look at the possibility of an "insider" role, as it appears almost impossible for five-six terrorists to have carried so much explosives and ammunition that set off 45 explosions even after the last one of them fell. Salwinder's cook Madan Gopal, who was with him in the car when it was waylaid by the terrorists, will also be summoned by the NIA to Delhi. The probe agency also plans to call Salwinder Singh's friend Rajesh Verma, whose throat was slit by the terrorists, for questioning "as and when his medical condition permits".

The conspiracy behind the attack on the Pathankot airbase was part of a larger plot to target defence installations in India. Even as Pakistan claims to have begun cracking down on those who are responsible for the attack, intelligence inputs indicate that military installations in border areas are still vulnerable targets. Sources said terror outfits like the JeM and LeT have are still preparing to carry out more such strikes. "Defence installations continue to be put on a high alert with intelligence inputs pouring in that they are still on terror radar," said a senior intelligence official.

In a video recording, 'general secretary' of Pakistan-based UJC, Jameel-ur-Rehman, threatened more assaults on key military installations in other northern states of India as well until "Indian forces from Kashmir are withdrawn". Jameel-ur-Rehman, exonerates ISI, stating that the attack was carried out by Kashmiri militants and were not sponsored by Pakistan's top spy agency. The video message, comes after an audio clip was released on a JeM website in which the speaker paid tributes to the "six mujahideen(s)" who carried out the January 2 attack. "We targeted Pathankot because the same base is used by Indian troops to carry out attacks on Kashmir, to target Kashmiri population and to attack women," said Sheikh Jameel-ur-Rehman, who is also the 'chief' of Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen.

Air India (AI) requested all its passengers to report three hours before the scheduled departure time of flights because of enhanced security at airports following the Pathankot terror attack.

A top LeT ‘commander’ was killed during an encounter with the SFs in the outskirts of Srinagar. Police and SFs received information about presence of Sajjad Ahmad Bhat alias Peer in Gossu village of Zakura in the outskirts of Srinagar. They cordoned off the Gossu village and during searches Sajjad fired at them and tried to escape from the security cordon but SF personnel fired at and killed him on the spot, while his associate managed to escape from the encounter site under the cover of darkness. Sajjad Ahmad was one of the main architects of setting up of LeT bases in South Kashmir since 2007. Police had announced a reward of INR one million to the informants leading to his arrest or killing.

Two CPI-Maoist cadres, including a woman ‘commander’, were killed in a joint operation of Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra Police in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. One of the dead Maoists has been identified as Mangi, the LOS ‘commander’ of national park area committee of the Maoists in West Bastar and she carried a reward of INR 500,000 on her head. One more dead body of a uniformed Maoist was recovered when the forces were returning to the base camps in Maharashtra.

CPI-Maoist cadres have set ablaze four road construction equipments machines engaged in the construction of State Highway 69 linking the State capital Patna with Dumaria, Araria District, in Gaya District of Bihar. 

Two hardcore CPI-Maoist cadres identified as Amresh Kumar Sinha alias Kavi Ji alias K.V. and Sanjay Tiwari surrendered before Patna SSP Manu Maharaj in Patna District of Bihar.

CPI-Maoist central zonal spokesman Pramjeet threatened to take revenge of the killing of the Maoists in Bihar in the encounter on January 8. He alleged that their four colleagues were arrested by security personnel, who killed them in fake encounter. Pramjeet said dedication of the comrades will never go in vain and they would take revenge from the cops.

A CPI-Maoist camp was busted by the SFs following an exchange of fire in Kholibhitar inside Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary in Nuapada District of Odisha. There was no casualty on either side. Nuapada Superintendent of Police (SP) Pinak Mishra said there was a group of 20 to 25 Maoists in the camp and it managed to escape under the cover of darkness.

Jharkhand Police seized around INR 15 million cash from four Naxals in Chatra District of Jharkhand. The four LWEs have been arrested.

Two cadres of the GNLA, identified as Jackob Ch Marak (22) and Matthews M Sangma surrendered at Williamnagar in East Garo Hills District of Meghalaya. The duo is from the Baichung group, Police informed. Baichung Ch Momin alias Nikkam (‘area commander’, West Garo Hills) is in the list of Meghalaya Police’s ten most wanted militants.

In the wake of the IED blast at Williamnagar on January 9, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma held a high level meeting in Shillong to review the law and order situation in the Districts of Garo Hills. During the meeting, the Chief Minister was briefed about the current situation and also informed of the operations launched by Police in Garo Hills. Calling for preventive measures to be put in place, Sangma stressed on the need to involve the common people in policing. Meanwhile, Police officers briefed the Chief Minister about specific measures being resorted to by the forces after the IED blast. They also briefed the Chief Minister about the existing nexus between the GNLA and the ULFA.

One person, identified as Ram Tudu (27) was arrested with arms from Sukhanjuli in Baska District.

An unidentified cadre of NDFB-IKS was arrested from Islampur in Tinsukia District.

A NSLA cadre was arrested from Gossaigaon in Kokrajhar District.

A suspected linkman of ULFA-I, identified as Babul Dihingia was detained by Assam Police in Kakopathar of Tinsukia District along with INR 25 Lakh. Dihingia has not been produced in court by Police even after 24 hours have been passed, report said.

Arguing all the workers of all NPGs settling down in Dimapur enjoys “free atmosphere,” the NSCN-R questioned the NSCN-KK for selective targeting and implied that such tactics might become a “liability” for peace. In a press statement, the ‘secretary’ ‘MIP’ NSCN-R cited the “attacking” of its office in Padumphukhuri on December 1 and 2 as well as the arrest of its cadres allegedly by NSCN-KK on January 10. “Dimapur is not the kitchen or garden of some faction,” it said further noting that shooting and firing at fellow Nagas was ‘undesirable and unacceptable’ at this juncture and every Naga should raise up against such anti- Naga activities of NSCN-KK.

January 12

At least six persons including two Policemen were injured during clashes in the outskirts of Srinagar in Pantha Chowk area, as Police fired scores of tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters who had blocked the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway over the killing of top LeT ‘commander’ Sajjad Ahmad Bhat on January 11 in Zakura area of Srinagar. The mourners attempted to hold the funeral along Srinagar-Jammu National Highway but a large contingent of Police intercepted the procession holding body of the militant commander and resorted to heavy teargas shelling. Police fired tear gas on youth who retaliated by pelting stones, triggering clashes. A Police official said two persons received injuries in the clashes while at least 4 protesters were also injured. A complete shutdown was observed in Pantha Chowk, Pampore, Zewan and adjoining areas against the Sajjad’s killing. 

A Police Constable was injured in an encounter with the CPI-Maoist cadres under Tongpal Police Station limits in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The exchange of fire took place when a joint team of State DRG and STF was carrying out an anti-Maoist operation in the region, Sukma ASP Santosh Singh said. While the SFs were cordoning off a forest axis at Kunna, a group of Maoists opened fire on them following which an encounter broke out between the two sides.

Maoist posters were found at several places in Rayagada District of Odisha. In the posters, the Maoists have warned of stringent punishment to people who are buying lands from the poor local people for various companies and other business purposes. The posters were found at Sikarpai, Kumbharguda, Krushapatraguda and Kalisundar Mandir Chhak under Sadar block.

In order to strengthen security apparatus in the Maoist-hit areas, the Chhattisgarh Police have sent a proposal to set up 50 more Fortified Police Stations in areas affected by Left Wing Extremism, particularly Bastar. "The Centre has already approved to establish 75 FPS for Chhattisgarh of which construction on 40 have been completed while 35 are under-construction," ADGP (anti-Naxal operations), RK Vij said.

An encounter took place between SFs personnel and the CPI-Maoist cadres in Danglapahar forest area of Ghatshila Sub-division in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. The SFs on receiving information about the presence of Maoist Kanu Munda in the jungle area raided the Danglapahar spot but failed to arrest any suspected Maoist. The team comprising District Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel found towel, torch and clothes among other things from the site.

A CPI-Maoist ‘area committee member’ identified as Vikas Parahiya who had actively worked for the Maoists for the past six years or so and was involved in several ambushes, was arrested from Chhipadohar area of Latehar District, Jharkhand.  A rifle and cartridges were recovered from Vikas.

AR troops and District Police commandos launched a joint operation in Tumukhong in Imphal East District of Manipur and arrested three cadres of KYKL.

Based on reliable information about the presence of some KCP cadres in and around Soibam Leikai area, a team of Imphal East District Police commando conducted search operation, and arrested two active cadres of KCP-N, identified as Yengkokpam Ranjan Singh alias Amuba (46) of Top Mayai Leikai and Kshetrimayum Romesh Singh alias Inaocha (39) of Kongpal Naoroibam Leikai. Investigation revealed that Romesh was also working for KYKL and involved in extortion of money from SK Oil nominees of Imphal East and West Districts.

One Kali Biswas (50), who was abducted from near Songsak a few days ago, was found killed, allegedly by the GNLA cadres. The body of Biswas was later recovered a little further away from the spot where an exchange of fire between the Police and the militants had taken place on the same day. Police believe the abduction was carried out by GNLA ‘second-in-command’ (East Garo Hills in Meghalaya) Pangkam, who reports to Jimmy (Ajan Ch Momin), prime suspect in the Williamnagar blast on January 9. Family sources said that the militants had been demanding INR 500,000 as ransom for the release of Biswas. The family was, however, able to garner only INR 150,000, which the outfit was not willing to accept and had threatened to kill Biswas if their demand was not met soon.

The Songsak Police arrested two GNLA cadres, who had come out of the jungle to take food for others in their jungle camp. Following the lead provided by them, a Police team reached the GNLA camp and an exchange of fire followed. Police source added that a GNLA cadre was hit on his leg during the encounter, while others managed to escape from the spot.

The GNLA has now around 80-odd cadres who are making desperate attempt to regroup themselves even as they have suffered massive setbacks following operations launched by SFs, a top Police official revealed. The official said that five close aides of the self-styled c-in-c Sohan D Shira are trying to carry out subversive activities as per his instructions.  “Besides these odd cadres, a section of civilians have been working as conduits in certain pockets of the five districts. The police have already tracked many of them through mobile phone interceptions,” he added. Sources said that quite a handful of GNLA cadres have expressed their desire to surrender in view of the blast on January 9 that has severely hurt the sentiments of the civilians. “Some of them are even in touch with the administration expressing their desire to surrender,” sources added. Sources further added that the police have received intelligence inputs about the GNLA modus operandi to carry out serial blasts.

The PPA demanded the removal of Food & Civil Supplies Minister Tirong Aboh from the ministry for his alleged link with the NSCN-R. The PPA threatened to launch a ‘movement’ against Aboh, if he is not removed. The party also demanded Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki’s resignation stating that “fingers have also been pointed towards him” of taking help of the underground outfit to coerce MLAs in his favour.

A team of Army personnel from Borrengajuli Army camp along with Assam Police launched a joint operation and arrested a cadre of NDFB-IKS, identified as Rituraj Basumatary (18) from Bainara village under Khairabari Police Station in Udalguri District. A country-made hand grenade was recovered from his possession.

SFs arrested linkman of NDFB-IKS, identified as Khonsai Gaorao Mashahary from an undisclosed place in Assam. Khonsai was planning to kidnap three persons and he had already collected INR 1 lakh from VCDC chairmen in the locality in Kachugaon area in Baksa District, BTC IGP, LR Bishnoi said, adding that the Police could recover INR 82,000 and a mobile handset from his possession.

SFs arrested a KLO linkman, identified as Atul Barman alias Dabla from an undisclosed place in Assam.

Sivasagar District Police arrested a ULFA hardliner's linkman from Changmaibari area in Sibsagar District.

NSCN-K is reportedly attending the five-day UPC, which got underway on January 12 in Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar.  The five-day gathering would end on January 16 after the presentation of reports and conclusions from each thematic group. The newly elected Myanmar Government of NLD invited non-ceasefire signatory groups to first UPC including NSCN-K to serve as observers to audit the event.

January 13

Three Afghan Policemen were killed and two others were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up 200 meters away from the Indian consulate in Jalalabad. Afghan SFs later exchanged fire with gunmen barricaded in a house near the Pakistan consulate nearby. All Indians are reported to be safe.

AK-47 assault rifles, a grenade launcher, a dagger, cough tablets and some perfume are among things the Pathankot airbase attackers were carrying, recoveries made by the Air Force and the NSG have revealed. On the Air Force’s list of arms, ammunition and equipment, are four AK-47 assault rifles, three pistols, one UBGL, 29 AK-47 magazines, seven pistol magazines, 559 live rounds of 7.62 ammunition, 47 pistol rounds, a dagger, a multi-tool, a black-coloured wire tape, a first-aid box and a knife pad. Moreover, Bomb Disposal Squads of the NSG and the Army have also destroyed 21 grenades.

The terrorists were also carrying several items of medication — four painkiller injections, one syringe, an eye drop, seven painkiller tablets, 21 cough tablets, two bandages (1×10 cm and 1×4 cm), two Betadine ointments, a burn set and three vials of itar (perfume). Also recovered were two INR 500 notes, a motivational note hailing the JeM and two combat rucksacks.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that ammunition and equipment recovered from the terrorists indicate they came from across the border. Army Chief Dalbir Singh also said “the markings of the medicines indicate they came from there”.

Syria has taken four Indian youth in its custody, who were planning to join Islamic State (IS), and asked the Indian authorities to verify their details. Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Walid al-Muallem, who is on a three-day visit to India, said the four youth had entered Syria and were taken into custody in Damascus. He, however, did not specify when they were apprehended. "Four Indians were taken into Syrian custody in Damascus. The four young Indians were planning to join the IS and had entered Syria from Jordan," Moaulem stated. He, however, did not give details like the name, from where the youth come from and when were they taken into custody.

Syria said that it was looking for intelligence sharing with India. Muallem stated, "We have had productive discussion with the external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and the NSA. We discussed a range of issues including sharing of intelligence. We have also asked for economic aid from India," he said.

The NIA released video footage of a person suspected to have planted a bomb on December 28, 2014 at Church Street in Bengaluru. In an effort to gather clues regarding the suspect, the NIA studied cameras located all around Church Street and MG Road in Bengaluru and mapped the suspect’s movement in the run-up to the blast. The NIA has now sought help from the public in identifying the suspect and has announced a reward of INR 5,00,000 for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

The NIA has now come to the conclusion that the suspect walked around Church Street thrice before planting the device at Coconut Groove. The suspect is captured walking up to the metro station across M G Road, before returning to Church Street to plant the device. Investigators believe that the device was initially carried in the shoulder bag before being removed and placed on the street.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said there was "no reason to distrust Pakistan so early". "The Pakistani government has said it will take effective action. I think we should wait," Singh stated. Singh cited press reports which said Pakistan had arrested some persons in connection with the attack and had also set up a high-level team to look into the evidence provided by India.

Singh said Pakistan should be given more time having assured New Delhi of action against JeM, the terror group responsible for the attack. "Through media, we have come to know that some steps have been taken. Since they have given an assurance to the Indian government, we don't have any reason to doubt them. We all should wait for some time," he said.

The investigations being carried out by Indian intelligence establishment to establish the identity of the terrorists neutralized during Pathankot attack and their handlers reveal how the Pakistan's ISI attempted to conceal the identity of the operatives involved in the strike. From fictitious identities to fake social network presence, the ISI ensured that Indian investigators were misled, according to sources. At least four Pak-registered numbers like +923017775253 and +923000597212 were activated just a few days ago before the terror strike. The handsets were kept switched off to conceal the locations of the users, sources said. The handsets having these sims were only switched on before the attack and were in operation during the strike at airbase. Only one number, allegedly belonging to one of the operative's mother has been found to have been in use.

The NIA feels the recovery of a Chinese wireless set belonging to the terrorists from the car of Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh could add a new twist to the investigations. In another development, the anti-terror agency has also ascertained the route taken by terrorists from the point of abduction of SP Punjab to their entry into the airbase on December 31st - January 1. Sources say that the wireless set, which the terrorists had brought along from Pakistan, had some data which was deleted later by them. The wireless set was stuck under the seat of SP's Mahindra XUV 500 car and was recovered on January 1 by Punjab Police.

Government officials claimed that the wireless set, which has been sent to CFSL and NTRO for analysis, is similar to the one recovered from the site of attack in Samba, Jammu and Kashmir in 2015. Source said that the wireless set recovered from SP's car has a batch number which will establish its manufacturing date and place where it was sold.

Sources clarified that they have not found anything as of now to connect Pathankot to any conspiracy. The NIA has also summoned Somraj, caretaker of Panj Peer Dargah in Punjab, which Singh had claimed to have visited before he was kidnapped by terrorists, who attacked the airbase hours later.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said the action taken by Pakistan on the evidence submitted about the terror attacks was not satisfactory. Rijiju said, "We have handed over the evidence about terror attacks to Pakistan but the action on these evidences has not been satisfactory. We have handed over evidences against Hafeez Saeed and others, but it is the duty of the investigation authority there to properly put it before the Pakistan court." The minister added that this was the first time that Pakistan had stated that they will act against the terrorists, saying "it is an achievement". The minister also defended the government's response to the Pathankot terror attacks and said, "Pathankot is not the first terror attack on Indian soil. There is an extensive investigation going on and our jawans have successfully foiled the terror group's intention."

Speaking about Islamic State, he said, "ISIS has a presence in India and everything is strictly under watch, but the terror organisation has less impact in our country, for which the credit goes to the clerics and elders of Muslim community, who did not allow youths to fall prey to the ISIS trap. The family and value system is quite strong in our society." Rijiju also said that agencies are working at different levels to keep a check on all these incidents and the government has started counter-radicalisation and de-radicalisation programmes across the country and places have been identified for the same.

The Malda (West Bengal) District administration has begun a drive to destroy the extensive poppy cultivation in the District, as stated by senior officials of Excise Department. Senior officials said that poppy cultivated on nearly 500 acres had been destroyed in Kaliachak and adjoining areas over the past one week. “The drive started on January 5 and till today evening (January 13), 1,500 bighas (495 acres) of poppy cultivation has been destroyed in a joint operation where the police, BSF and excise department are involved,” the official said.

Other than poppy cultivation, smuggling of FICN is also a major concern for law enforcement authorities in the District which shares a border with Bangladesh. FICN amounting approximately INR 30 million were seized in the District in 2015 and 105 cases were registered. Also, 187 cases of possessing illegal arms were registered in Malda in 2015.

One person, identified as Pappu Patel, a resident of Bihar, has been arrested in Friends colony market area of Faridabad (Haryana) along with FICN worth INR 17,000. A case has been registered against the man and further probe was underway, Police said.

Delhi Police has charge sheeted three suspected operatives of IM for allegedly supplying explosives used for carrying out a blast near Jama Masjid in September 19, 2010, allegedly at the behest of IM co-founder Riyaz Bhatkal. Police filed the charge sheet against Syed Ismail Affaque, Abdus Saboor and Riyaz Ahmad Sayeedi for various alleged offences under IPC, UAPA, Explosive Substances Act, Information Technology Act and Arms Act.

The charge sheet was filed before Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh who took cognisance on it and fixed the matter for February 9, 2016. In its charge sheet, the Special Cell of Delhi Police has alleged that Affaque, an Ayurvedic doctor by profession, had met IM co-founders Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal and gone to Pakistan where he was trained in making IEDs.

"Investigation has also revealed that explosive was also provided by A-1 (Affaque) on the instructions of Riyaz Bhatkal and Afeef (another IM operative) in 2011 which was used in 2011 Mumbai blast, 2012 Pune blast and 2013 Hyderabad blast," the charge sheet said.

In its charge sheet filed against the three accused, the police said they had conspired with other IM members to carry out a terror strike in Delhi. "From the investigation conducted so far against the arrested accused persons, it has been established that accused number 1 (Affaque), being a member of IM, had entered into a conspiracy along with other co-conspirators for commission of terrorist act in Delhi at Jama Masjid with intent to threaten the unity, integrity and sovereignty of India....," it said.

The Indian Army is ready and competent to carry out any task it is entrusted with, Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag asserted, two days after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar underlined the need to give back the pain inflicted on India by terror organisations and individuals. “The Indian Army is ready and competent to carry out any task given to it,” Suhag said when asked if the Army is capable of carrying out a covert or surgical strike against terror camps in PoK. He added that the Army was fully prepared to meet any challenge facing the country.

The Army chief said that the security environment facing the nation is becoming more “complex and dynamic” and said that at least 17 terror training camps continue to be active in PoK compared to 42 earlier. He said some of the camps were shut down few years ago due to international pressure. About infiltration, Suhag said that the reason why terrorists were using the Punjab border to enter the country was because anti-infiltration grid along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir has been strengthened and is difficult to breach. The Army chief was addressing his annual press conference ahead of the Army Day in New Delhi. He also expressed his “concern” at the infiltration along the borders with Pakistan in Punjab but made it clear that the responsibility lies with the BSF which is manning the area.

Constable Shakoor Ahmed Parrey fled away with four AK-47 rifles from SDPO in Bijbehara in Anantnag District and is said to have joined LeT militant outfit. Shakoor, a resident of Kundalan in Shopian District, was posted as a PSO to SDPO Bijbehara, Irshad Ahmad Bhat, in Bijbehara area of Anantnag District. Shakoor fled along with the rifles with two more youth – Gazi Fayaz Dar (20) and Aqib Bashir, both the residents of Kundalan in Shopian. Reports said that Shakoor didn’t report to duty since January 13 and when the room in SDPO office where he was living with his colleagues was checked, four AK-47 rifles were found missing. Reports said that all the three have joined LeT. Shakoor had links with the militancy in the past and was appointed as SPO and later promoted as constable.

Two school students, identified as Rameshwar Oyam (18) and Vishal (16), were injured in a landmine blast suspected to be planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The explosion took place while the students were travelling on a motorcycle towards Tarrem village from Sarkeguda under Basaguda Police Station limits, Bijapur ASP Indira Kalyan Elesela said.

The CPI-Maoist have reportedly set up another division in the Andhra Odisha Border to regain their hold in the Srikakulam region in Andhra Pradesh, and Gunupur and Gudari forest areas and Rayagada in Odisha. The new division has been christened the Odisha-Srikakulam division, sources claimed.

The Odisha State Government has decided to chalk out a ‘new strategy’ to check LWE in the State, particularly Balangir, Kalahandi, Kandhamal and Boudh Districts at the unified command meeting. Earlier, CM Naveen Patnaik said LWE continues to be a major concern for the State at the senior police officers' conference. "To tackle the Maoist menace in the State, the meeting focused on two crucial issues - strengthening intelligence gathering network and proper coordination between local Police and central paramilitary force," a senior police officer, who attended the meeting, said requesting anonymity.

A hardcore cadre of the NSLA, identified as Ram Kishku alias Ram Hembrom was killed in an encounter with Assam Police near Grahampur under Srirampur Police outpost in Gossaigaon subdivision of Kokrajhar District. The BTC IGP, LR Bishnoi said the Police team recovered one 7.65 mm pistol, four rounds of ammunition and two hand grenades from his possession. He also said the slain cadre was involved in several criminal activities, murder and extortion in the area.

Bishnoi said after eliminating Hembrom, the area would be peaceful to a great extent as most of the criminal activities were carried out under his command. He said the total strength of the NSLA was around 40 of which 22 have been arrested in 2015, four were killed in different encounters and the remaining cadres are involved in criminal activities.

The ULFA-I opposed the construction of a war memorial on the bank of Dighalipukhuri in Guwahati. In a statement, ULFA-I ‘assistant information and publicity secretary’ Arunodoy Asom also extended support to a group of citizens opposing construction of the memorial. "We have immense respect for soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country. But the Indian government is forcefully invading Assam and its action to destruct a heritage site and ecology for construction of the war memorial is in no way is acceptable," the statement said. The outfit is against peace talks with the Government without discussion on its key demand for a "sovereign Assam".

George Kuki, claiming to be the ‘self styled in-charge of publicity and information’ of KLF based somewhere in eastern Karbi Anglong District claimed that the outfit, which was formed in 2008 and remained active until 2010, has been revived. KLF remained silent when a faction of the organization formed the UKDA and laid down arms along with the KRA in 2012 at Guwahati, stated George.

He also alleged that the leaders of both KRA-A and UKDA have seized the bank pass books and ATM cards of the surrendered cadres thereby denying them of all Government sponsored benefits. The same leaders have also misused the Government fund given to the cadres for establishing camps, he added. George has also alleged that the over ground Kuki militant leaders instead of protecting the interest of its own community are exploiting the ginger farmers mostly concentrated in Singhason hills. The KLF also claimed that three sophisticated arms have been recovered from the possession of UKDA and KRA-A cadres (one SLR, one M-16 rifle and one AK rifle) recently.

January 14

The ED has slapped a INR 1,200-crore show cause notice against alleged Hawala (illegal money transaction) operator Naresh Jain, who routed money for Dawood Ibrahim and funded contraband cells in a case of forex law violations.

The JeM 'chief' Maulana Masood Azhar, who is widely believed to be behind the attack on the IAF base in Pathankot, has used the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru to motivate his fighters to carry out more attacks against India. A report quoting intelligence sources, said that Masood, who is a good orator, has apparently using Afzal Guru's case as a potent tool to motivate acts of terror against India.

The intelligence agencies believe that Afzal Guru's hanging in Delhi's Tihar Jail in February, 2013 had breathed a fresh lease of life into Pakistan terror outfit JeM after which it had expedited its anti-India operations. After Afzal Guru's execution, Masood formed "the Afzal Guru Squad" - a crack fidayeen (suicide attacker) team with the sole objective of avenging his death, say intelligence sources.

The terrorists who carried out the Pathankot attack are also suspected to be from the Afzal Guru Squad, as per intelligence sources. Intelligence agencies believe that calls that were made to Pakistan by the Pathankot attackers were later traced to have been made to top JeM leaders.

Intelligence reports say that not just the Pathankot attack, several other attacks on SFs over the last two years can be attributed to the Afzal Guru Squad. In all these attacks, the method was similar - terrorists in army fatigues crossed the border and targeted SFs. Intelligence inputs also indicate that JeM is planning more Pathankot-like attacks in India.

The NIA has found similarities in the Pathankot terror attack and July 27, 2014 Dinanagar attack in which militants had attacked a Police Station. To probe it further, the agency has asked the Punjab Police to provide details of the Dinanagar case.

Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh is reportedly giving conflicting statements about his abduction after which it has been decided that he will be confronted with his cook Madan Gopal and Somraj, the caretaker of the Panj Peer Dargah which Salwinder said he had visited on the day of his kidnapping. The sources said that the confrontation was necessitated after conflicting statements were emerging from all the three and added that a final decision on whether to conduct a polygraph (lie detector) test on Salwinder or the others will be done after Friday's questioning. While Salwinder has been questioned for the last four days, Gopal and Somraj recorded statements for the first time.

Describing Pakistan’s crackdown against JeM operatives linked to the Pathankot attack as an “important and positive first step”, India and Pakistan agreed to reschedule Foreign Secretary-level talks, planned for January 15, and hold them in the “very near future”. In a first, India also agreed to host Pakistan’s SIT, which has been formed by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Indian intelligence agencies will cooperate with their Pakistan counterparts.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar spoke to Pakistan counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary on January 14 and they decided to defer the talks with “mutual consent”, Vikas Swarup, Spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, said. The decision was taken after NSA Ajit Doval met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his return from Paris.

Swarup said, “We are looking for credible and comprehensive action to bring all the perpetrators of the Pathankot terror attack to justice.”  He added, “We will go by what objective evidence we see on the ground, not empty statements. So far, what Pakistan has done, we welcome". The spokesperson said that the action by Pakistan on the Pathankot terror strike was “in line” with their own commitment to get rid of terrorism.

A powerful IED planted by the CPI-Maoist in the past was recovered from the Adava Police Station limits of Gajapati District in Odisha.

A CPI-Maoist 'sub-zonal commander', carrying a reward of INR 500,000 on his head, identified as Jagnarayan Yadav alias Vishal ji, was arrested during a special operation from Thekhi village in Palamau District of Jharkhand. SP Mayur Patel said a self-loaded pistol and three rounds of ammunition were recovered from the possession of Yadav.

Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres of Koraput-Srikakulam Division hacked a trader to death in Bargi village under Narayanpatna Police Station limits in Koraput District of Odisha. The deceased has been identified as Rohini Nachika (40). According to Police reports, at least 20 armed Maoists entered the village late in the night and asked Nachika to come out of his house. Accusing him of being a ‘police informer’, they killed him. They left behind a poster at his house in which they claimed that Nachika was punished as he helped Police with information about the cadres. Police denied the Maoist claim.

January 15

The High Court in Bengaluru rejected the bail application of Shabeer Bhatkal, an aide of IM co-founder, Riyaz Bhatkal. Shabeer has been in judicial custody since 2009 after he was arrested by the Ullal Police in Dakshina Kannada District for his association with Riyaz in some of the terror-related activities. Shabeer has been booked under Sections 120(B), 121, 122, 123, 153A, 212, 420, 468, 471 of the IPC and Sections 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 of UAPA and Sections 9(B) of Explosive Act and Section 5 and 6 of Indian Explosive Substance Act and Sections 3 and 4 of the Arms Act.

Two persons, identified as Janardhan Divekar and Nilesh Dhabhade involved in printing of FICN were arrested from Bhiwandi in Maharashtra along with Over 200 fake notes of INR 1,000 and INR 100 denominations. The duo used a colour photocopier and other materials to make the fake notes, but the duo were not able to circulate them easily.

One Bangladesh national, identified as Abdul Mannan was arrested near a passport office under Rajivnagar Police Station in Patna. Police recovered images of important landmarks of Patna from his mobile phone. One ADHAR card and a bank passbook have been recovered from his possession.

The US said that it should come as a shock to no one that terrorist groups would try to undermine the Indo-Pak peace process by carrying out attacks, as it encouraged the two countries to continue the dialogue. “It should come as a shock to no one that terrorist groups will try to undermine those sorts of efforts by conducting spectacular attacks, to sow fear and to hopefully sow doubt in the minds of national leaders towards a level of cooperation that can have a practical effect,” State Department spokesman John Kirby stated.

A Police officer was injured during stone-throwing clashes between protesters and SFs in Old City area in Srinagar after Friday prayers. Dozens of masked youth, waving flags of IS, assembled at Nowhatta outside Jama Masjid post-Friday congregational prayers and started sloganeering. The youths resorted to heavy stone-pelting on SFs deployed additionally in the area, triggering violent stand-off between the two sides. The Police fired scores of teargas shells, pepper grenades and also used pellet gunfire against the protesters. During the clashes, a Police officer identified as Suhail Ahmad was injured after a stone hit his head. Several protesters were also injured due to pellet gunfire during the ensuing clashes.

A tragedy was averted as SFs found and defused an IED planted by suspected militants in Shopian District of south Kashmir. Jawans of the 44 RR detected the IED fitted in a five-kilogram gas cylinder lying by the roadside at Gulab Taing in the Keller area of Shopian, a Police official said. A bomb disposal squad was rushed to the spot and the explosive was destroyed in nearby fields, they added.

Four CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter with the DRG of Bijapur District in Chhattisgarh. “A small team of the DRG Bijapur District, numbering about 50 men, had a successful encounter with the Maoists at village Pedda Jojer under Gangaloor Police Station limits of Bijapur today morning. The DRG team managed to recover dead bodies of four Maoists along with four Bharmars (locally made guns), local grenades and Maoist dump,” informed Bastar IGP S.R.P. Kalluri.

A Police Constable was injured in an exchange of fire with Maoists in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The encounter took place in the forests under Tongpal Police Station limits when a joint team of DRG and STF was carrying out an anti-Maoist operation in the region, said Sukma ASP Santosh Singh. While the security team was cordoning off a forest axis at Kunna when a group of armed Maoists opened fire on them following which a gun battle broke out between the two sides, he added.

As many as 30 Maoists, including a woman, surrendered before Police in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh. Bastar SP R.N. Das said that these Maoists decided to return to the mainstream as they were impressed by the rehabilitation policy of the State Government. 19 cadres of Darbha division committee and 11 cadres of East Bastar division surrendered before senior Police officials.

The anti-CPI-Maoist operations in Bihar are set to be augmented with the State Police planning to purchase a chopper for the use of security personnel. ADGP, (law and order), Alok Raj said that modalities for purchase of the chopper were being finalised. He further said that "Technical issues like recruitment of pilot, hangar, maintenance and budget are being discussed before the purchase of the chopper. It will be stationed at Gaya hangar. The helicopter will also be helpful for Police personnel on law and order duty."

CPI-Maoist cadres have killed a former Naib Sarpanch - Krishna Miniaka - in Kandho Tikarapada village under Bandhugaon Police Station limits in Koraput District of Odisha. He was killed on the suspicion of being a ‘police informer’. In a letter written in Telugu, Srikakulam Koraput Divisional Committee of the CPI-Maoist claimed responsibility for the killing. Sources said about 20 armed Maoists entered the village and called Miniaka out of his house.

Two hardcore militants of the NSCN-K were arrested in Senapati District of Manipur. The militants - identified as self-styled ‘Lieutenant’ Lamang Kipgen (36) of Lilen village in Paren District of Nagaland and Seminlal Kipgen (23) of Langjol village of Senapati District - were arrested along with one 9 mm pistol and 5 rounds of ammunition from Daili village, a defence press release said. On questioning, Kipgen confessed that he was a top leader of NSCN-K and had joined the outfit in 1996, the release said. He was trained by the outfit and involved in recruiting cadres, it added.

The AHRC stated that the enforcement of the AFSPA has only been used so far to intimidate the local population, which has lost confidence in their government. “Only corrupt state officers, politicians and the omnipresent and armed militant groups of Manipur will benefit from the impunity provided by the AFSPA,” said a statement from the AHRC. The AFSPA, it said, “should not be enforced in Manipur to support organized lawlessness benefitting illegal drug and weapon smuggling cartels.” “Uncontrollable insurgent activity in Manipur,” the AHRC opined, is the direct result of “failed state administration.” Militancy also benefits from the poor management of the international border between India and Burma, it added. The AHRC, it stated, has documented cases of police officers, government officers, and politicians sharing illegal profits obtained from the black-marketing of essential commodities in the state.  

Police raided a house in Sunny Hills in Tura town in West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya, and arrested two suspected militants, identified as Changki A Sangma and Briting A Sangma, both residents of Tebronggre village. Bothe the arrestees were wanted for their involvement in the July 26, 2014 IED blast at Tebronggre near Rongram, targeting a Police vehicle in which three Policemen had lost their lives. Changki is believed to be the prime accused in the planting of the IED device and Police had been on his lookout for over a year and a half. He is also said to be the main suspect behind a string of abduction and robbery cases along the Tebronggre-Dadenggre route.

January 16

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the country has run out of its capacity to tolerate acts of terror and that he, too, as the Defence Minister, can’t tolerate it anymore. “The nation has run out of its capacity to tolerate [acts of terror] and as a Defence Minister, I, too, have run out of it. So we will do something about it, you’ll see,” said Parrikar.

On the influence of Islamic State (IS) in India, Parrikar said, “You get the records. Hundreds and thousands of people in western countries have left for IS but not much influence of IS is seen here.”

Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh held a daylong review meeting with national intelligence and investigative agencies and law enforcement officers of 12 states and Delhi to discuss issues related to Islamic State (IS). Officials from Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Maharashtra attended the meeting, along with officials of the UMHA.

Among issues discussed were misuse of social media, sources of impetus that attract people, specially youth, to the IS and growth of the outfit’s influence in India’s neighbourhood. The best possible law enforcement response to tackle the threat, the need for appropriate welfare schemes for minorities, social media strategies required, and capacity building of state police organisations, especially in the area of information technology were also discussed.

According to a UMHA release, “In his concluding remarks, the Union Home Minister stated that India’s traditions and family values will triumph over even this evil, and that while the traction that Daesh has got in India is extremely limited, and almost insignificant relative to other countries, yet there is a need to keep up vigil on all fronts, and not let down our guard in any manner. He noted that a large number of and, in fact, most Muslim organisations in India had come out against both Daesh and other forms of terrorism.”

As per recent assessments, around 150 Indians are under surveillance of security agencies for engaging with IS supporters on the internet. At last count, at least 23 Indians are believed to have travelled to Iraq and Syria and joined the IS, some of them from the Indian diaspora in countries like Australia, Singapore and UAE.

The BSF in association with West Bengal Excise Department, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) have begun destruction of poppy being cultivated close to the Indo-Bangladesh border in Kaliachak area of Malda District. Kaliachak is considered a major production centre for opium and a hub of cross-border smuggling. While narcotics are trafficked across the border to Bangladesh, FICN is received in return. This FICN is circulated from Kaliachak to the rest of the country.

Indian Army lost 85 men who made the supreme sacrifice during various counterinsurgency operations and offensive tactical missions in 2015. Apart from other ranks, five officers were also killed. "Last year, we lost 85 men during various military operations of counterinsurgency, offensive tactical missions, search and hunt operations," said Gargi Malik, Spokesperson of Army's Central Command. These included two colonels and one each officers of the rank of lieutenant colonel, major and captain along with two subedars, six naib subedars, 15 havildars, one lance havildar, six naiks, 14 lance naiks and 36 other lower rank soldiers.

The UMHA approved one more battalion for deployment along the IB exclusively in Jammu sector comprising three districts of Jammu, Samba and Kathua to thwart possibility of any infiltration attempt by the militants from Pakistan even as the BSF has deployed its entire fleet of reserves on the borders. The battalion comprised about 1000 troopers, who would be deployed at sensitive points along the IB to further enhance the security surveillance system in Jammu region, which was already on high alert.

Police arrested a Maoist ‘zonal commander’ along with huge cache of arms and ammunition during a combing operation in Gaya District of Bihar. Acting on the tip-off, Police and CRPF personnel conducted a combing operation in Gaya District. Police had recovered an AK-56 rifle, 102 live cartridges and other items from the arrested ‘zonal commander’.

An exchange of fire between the Police and the Maoists was reported in Tapdole forest under Takaurgarh Police Station limits in Angul District of Odisha.

A combined team of BSF and Lamlai Police arrested one cadre of the KNF-N from Itham village in Imphal East District. BSF sources said that a joint team of 49th battalion BSF and Lamlai Police rushed to Itham village after getting information of KNF-N cadres extorting money from the owners of sand quarries. On seeing the SF personnel, one of the cadres suddenly opened one round of fire in the air and tried to flee the area. However, some villagers overpowered a cadre and caught him while four other cadres managed to escape. The arrested cadre was later identified as Kamminlun of Singsit Veng Kangpokpi in Senapati District. He revealed that he came to the village from Kangpokpi with four other cadres two days back. They also brought two AK-47 rifles and one 9 mm pistol. Soon after his arrest, the combined team conducted a search operation to arrest other cadres at the area. During the course of the operation, the SFs recovered an AK-47 rifle along with a magazine loaded with 11 live rounds from near a river at around 8 pm.

A GNLA cadre identified as Balmepa, who was allegedly aiding armed GNLA militants in abduction and extortion, was arrested from South Garo Hills District of Meghalaya. Balmepa was a crucial link man for the GNLA and was being used to identify wine shop owners and members of the business community and pass on information to GNLA ‘commander’ Jimmy for extortion and other threats, a Police official said. Balmepa would also collect gelatine sticks from mine owners using threat and pass these explosives on to the GNLA top ‘commanders’, the official said.

Assam Police and Army, in a joint operation, arrested three militants of NDFB-IKS along with a huge cache of arms in Baksa District. Acting on a tip off, Police launched operation at Dolabari area under Barama Police Station in Baksa District and arrested a cadre of the outfit, identified as Ranjit Muchahary.

Based on the confession of the detained militant, a joint Police and Army team arrested NDFB-IKS militants, Jimi Boro alias Dharmendra Boro from Panbari in Kumarikata and Sansuma Boro from Bagajuli area of the District. “A 7.65 pistol, one magazine, two live ammunition of 7.65 pistol, ten bullets of 9mm pistol, three live grenades, a handmade gun and ten extortion notes were found on them, “ said SDPO Tamulpur, Asif Ahmed. Police sources also said the detained rebels were involved in various subversive activities in BTAD.

A top Police official said with 30 to 35 cadres, the NDFB-IKS is still strong and active in lower Assam. He said apart from the NDFB-IKS, various outfits like the KLO, RVA, NSLA and the MPTFA are trying to gain a foothold and strengthen their base in the area. He said SFs are continuing counter operations against the groups.

ULFA is planning to include a few additional points in its charter of demands already submitted to the GoI, disclosed by the ‘general secretary’ of the outfit, Anup Chetia. Chetia, who was brought back to Assam recently from the protective custody of Bangladesh, said that he would participate in the next round of talks between the outfit and the GoI. However, the dates for the next round of talks are yet to be announced. He said a meeting of the ULFA was held in Jagiroad on January 9 where the progress of the peace process was discussed.

He said that as the people of the State have raised a few questions on the charter of demands submitted to the Government by the ULFA, a few additional points may be added. However, he said that as a charter of demands has already been submitted to the Government, “we will have to request the Government to allow us to add the new points in the charter of demands.” The issue will soon be discussed with the Centre’s interlocutor for talks, PC Haldar.

The three Bodo groups, ABSU, PJACBM and NDFB-P demanded a "solution" to the Bodoland issue and not false promises. Leaders of these groups said they would convey this message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his maiden visit to Kokrajhar on January 19. The three Bodo groups, which have been jointly working for the community since 2013, appealed to Modi to "announce a clear-cut policy on creation of Bodoland" as promised in the manifesto of 2014 Lok Sabha polls by the BJP. "People in (proposed) Bodoland are eagerly awaiting a prudent decision," said ABSU president Pramod Boro.

Cachar Police arrested nine persons, including a woman from different places midnight for being allegedly involved in abductions and extortion in Barak valley in Assam. The nine arrested persons were identified as Bapan Mazumder (31), Akhtar Hussain Laskar (35), Imran Hussain Raj Barbhuiya (27), Shammim Choudhury (22), Santo Roy alias Shaymal Sarkar (22), and his wife Mahi Deb (20), Moinul Haque Barbhuiya (30), and Abdur Rahman Tapadar (22), including Tiklu (28). Cachar Superintendent of Police (SP) Rajveer Singh said that the gang used Mahi to lure men and then abduct them. The racket was busted after the Police started an investigation into the abduction of college student Sohail Ahmed Laskar of Saidpur village of Cachar District.

January 17

A self-styled ‘zonal Commander’ of the PLFI identified as Baidhyanath Yadav alias Sudhirji was arrested by the Police from Kasmar village under Panki area in Palamau District of Jharkhand. DySP Prabhat Ranjan Burward said that six country-made rifles of .315 bore, 62 rounds live cartridges, 18 letter pads of the organisation, 20 receipts, a diary containing name and number of prominent persons, three mobile phones and a sim, among others were seized from his possession.

A CPI-Maoist ‘commander’ carrying reward of INR 1.2 million on his head, surrendered before the Gadchiroli District Police in Maharashtra along with his wife and another woman cadre. Each of the women Maoists, wanted for their alleged role in various encounters with the police, carried reward of INR 200,000 on their heads. “Baburao Pesu Devu Wachami, the platoon commander of ’Chamorshi Dalam’ (armed squad), was allegedly involved in four serious offences including three encounters with police and a bomb blast,” the Police stated in a press release. Wachami’s wife Payki Girija Madika Barse, working for ‘Sitapur Dalam’, also laid down arms.

A combined team of Police and AR personnel recovered a huge cache of ammunition from a forest at Sagolmang Pukhao area in Imphal East District. Police said 300 rounds of M-16 rifles, 44 rounds of AK-47 rifles, two detonators and two local-made magazines were found wrapped in a big polythene bag. It was yet to be known which individual, group or militant outfit kept the ammunition there and for what purpose.

UNC called a 48-hour general strike in tribal areas of Manipur from January 24 seeking intervention of the GoI with regard to certain issues while Churachandpur-based JAC constituted against the ‘anti-tribal’ Bills has also called for boycotting the upcoming Republic Day celebration in tribal areas in the State.

In a press release, the UNC has decried the indifferent attitude shown by GoI towards the bodies of the nine tribal martyrs still lying at the morgue of Churachandpur civil hospital after they were killed in Police action while defending the inalienable rights of the tribal people in the aftermath of the passage of the three alleged anti-tribal Bills on August 31, 2015. Alleging that the State Government has grabbed tribal lands by carving out hundreds of hill tribal villages and placing them into four valley Districts of Imphal in the name of re-organisation of Police District boundaries, UNC demanded that such orders should be immediately revoked and hill tribal villages placed back in hill Districts. UNC shall abstain from Republic Day celebration this year in protest against the role of fence-sitter taken by Government of India inspite of chaos, disorder, political suppression, etc., in the hill Districts of Manipur, said the UNC statement.

One unidentified militant was shot dead by Shallang Police during an encounter with a group of ANLA militants in Shallang area in West Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya. Shallang Police raided a hideout of ANLA militants who were taking shelter with their leader identified as Marbaniang at Nongaldro village under Shallang Police Station. The raid was launched to arrest the militants who opened fire as soon as they spotted the approaching Police party. After the exchange of fire the militants led by Marbaniang fled taking advantage of the surrounding thick jungles. After the encounter, Police recovered the body of a suspected militant with a shotgun from the hideout of the militants.

The whereabouts of the seven traders from Assam who were abducted by suspected militants from North Garo Hills District of Meghalaya remained unknown even as SFs have launched an operation to rescue them. It may be mentioned that the seven traders (Tustu Paul, Manoranjan Sarkar, Putul Mukherjee, Piyush Biswas, Pradip Das, Bijoy Sarkar and Ganesh Basu) were abducted on January 15, afternoon after returning from Dokhongsi weekly market in Kharkutta region of North Garo Hills.

SFs arrested a NSLA militant, identified as Robvan Hembram (22) from Serfanguri in Kokrajhar District.

The NIA, which is probing terror attack on Pathankot airbase, arrested a Kerala man Dineshan alias Riyaz Rasheed from Punjab after it found that he had made calls to Pakistan. The agency had pinned him down after verifying the call list. Dineshan failed to give a reasonable answer as to why he had settled in a remote village called Musafar near Pathankot. He told investigators that he called one of his old colleagues from Saudi Arabia now settled in Pakistan.

Police arrested a RPC member Nupa Lakka during a vehicle checking drive at Edire Colony in Venkatapuram mandal in Bhadrachalam sub-division Khammam District of Telangana. Lakka was allegedly involved in six cases, including one murder case and one incident of exchange of fire with Police under the Venkatapuram circle limits.

Police arrested one more person belonging to the gang allegedly involved in abductions and extortion in Barak valley in Assam, identified as Tiklu Mazumder. "Around 14 to 15 people are involved in the racket. We have arrested 10. We have continued our hunt for those who have been running abduction rackets here for the past four to five years," SP Rajveer Singh added.

January 18

Two men, suspected to have links with al Qaeda have been arrested from Haryana's Mewat District in a joint operation by Delhi Police and a central intelligence agency, Mewat Police said. The suspected terrorists have been identified as Mohamad Qasim and Abdul Sami, residents of Jamshedpur District in Jharkhand, the latter believed to be a key operative of the banned terror outfit, who allegedly received arms training in Pakistan. Qasim and Sami had reached Punhana sub-town in Mewat District two days ago and were residing in a mosque situated on Punhana Hodal Road, Punhan Police said.

The arrest of two took the total number of suspected AQIS militants arrested in India in the last one month to six. The other four suspected AQIS operatives included the terror outfit’s India chief Mohammad Asif, madrassa teacher Abdur Rehman, fund raiser-cum-recruiter Zafar Masood and former imam of Bengaluru’s Masjid-e-Noorani, Maulana Syed Anzar Shah. The four arrests have been made from Delhi, Cuttack in Odisha, Bengaluru in Karnataka, and Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh, the Police said.

The BSF arrested two persons and seized a pistol and bullets near Petrapole in North 24-Parganas District. Two have been arrested by the on charges of carrying the illegal weapon with the intention to smuggle it to Bangladesh. Their vehicle was stopped and a search revealed a plastic bag with a country-made 9 mm pistol, a magazine and eight rounds of ammunition. The two men were also were also carrying three mobile phones.

Intelligence officers of the BSF and Malda Police arrested a man, Enarul Islam, considered to be one of the key figures in the FICN smuggling ring that thrives across the India-Bangladesh border, along with FICN amounting to INR 8,00,000. Police cornered the accused, a Bangladeshi citizen, in the Baburhat area in the Malda District of West Bengal. The arrest took place under the Kaliachak Police Station jurisdiction.

IB intercepted of a Bangladeshi mobile number with coded phrase, — "doctor medicine lekar jayega" —on a telecom gateway. Gateway alerts Indian authorities of all incoming calls from Pakistan and Bangladesh based on a specific area or series of numbers. The alert, sent to all state Police chiefs on January 18, says that Bangladesh-based Islamist group HuT is planning to carry out terror strikes at 23 locations across India, including Gurdaspur and Pathankot. "The group is planning bomb and suicide attacks on January 23," it reads. "In view of this, the field staff must be sensitized to take all necessary preventive and precautionary measures including review and strengthening of security of Army, Air Force, BSF and other vital installations."

It adds that this time malls, markets and educational institutes could be on the group's radar. According to the alert, HuT, which has a significant presence in Pakistan and Bangladesh, is planning these strikes with assistance from JeM and LeT. The alert hints at growing strength of HuT's armed wing called Harakat ul-Muhojirinfi Britaniya that trains its cadres in chemical, bacteriological, and biological warfare.

Punjab Police officers are taking this alert seriously for multiple reasons. For starters, it gives specific details. Also officials had recently found a GPS device outside the barracks of the RPF office in Ferozepur — another district of Punjab that shares a border with Pakistan — which had Bangladesh time pre-fed in it. Bangladesh time is half an hour ahead of India. The device has sent to Forensic Science Laboratory, Chandigarh.

Police arrested an OGW of Al-Badar militant outfit in Handwara area in Kupwara District. A Police spokesman said acting on tip off about the movement of ANEs in the area, Police along with 27 RR of Army laid a Naka at Sagipora Crossing. During checking one suspect who tried to hide himself and give slip to the Naka party was arrested and later identified as Bashir Ahmad Dar resident of Pohru Peth:  One Chinese pistol along with ammunition was recovered from his possession.

A CPI-Maoist ‘commander’ carrying a reward of INR 100,000 on his head was killed in an encounter with Police in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The 'black uniform-clad' Maoist ‘commander’, identified as Kartam Deva, was killed in the encounter that took place in the forest near Burumapad village, SP D Shravan said. Later, during a search of the spot, Police recovered the body of the Maoist ‘commander’. Four loaded guns, detonator and other material were recovered from the spot. The horns and skin of a deer were also seized from the place, the SP said.         

Two Maoist cadres identified as Mangel (48) and Mura (21) were arrested from Kanker and Sukma Districts of Chhattisgarh, respectively. During interrogation, Mangel said that he was a former member of Barda and Kiskodo Dalam.

SF personnel exchanged heavy gunfire with the 'dasta' (firing squad) of CPI-Maoist ‘commander’ Arvind at Budha Pahad under Garu Police Station in Latehar District of Jharkhand. After the firing stopped, Police carried out a search operation and found a Maoist camp. Four landmines, 500 metres of wire, nine detonators, one small Honda generator, 19 blankets, Maoist literature, kitchen utensils, medicines and also tent materials were recovered from the encounter site.

A joint team of District Police and CRPF personnel arrested the CPI-Maoist’s Wajedu LOS ‘commander’ Kanithi Papa Rao alias Vijay, carrying a reward of INR 400,000 on his head, during a search operation in the forests surrounding Alubaka area in Venkatapuram mandal in Khammam District of Telangana. “Papa Rao was involved in as many as 58 cases, including 12 murder cases and eight incidents of exchange of fire with the police under Venkatapuram circle limits in the district,” Bhadrachalam ASP R. Bhaskaran said. He had gone underground in 2004. Since then, he worked as a squad member in Sabari Area Committee, Chintoor LOS, Venkatapuram Area Committee and Charla LOS before being elevated to the position of commander of Wajedu LOS.

Ten days after the killing of four CPI-Maoist cadres on January 8 during an encounter with Police at Bandh Goryea forest under Dhibra Police Station limits in Aurangabad District of Bihar, Maoists pasted pamphlets in Deo and Dhibra localities threatening to take revenge of the killings of their colleagues in the encounter. Some of the pamphlets were pasted at small culverts in aforesaid localities. The pamphlets carried the message, "Char ka badla chalis se lenge, Operation Green Hunt band karo, comrade Bihari Yadav, Ratan Yadav, Devki Bhuiyan and Birendra Singh ko sat sat salaam."

Representatives of six ethnic communities of Assam met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati to discuss the issue of granting ST status. Leaders of the communities said the meeting, which lasted for about 15 minutes, failed to get a timeframe on granting ST status. “The Prime Minister only told us that his office is seriously considering the issue. We do not know when the status will be granted,” said AKRSU president Hitesh Barman. The six communities demanding ST status are Tai Ahoms, Koch Rajbongshis, Morans, Motocks, adivasis and Soteas.

A GNLA cadre, identified as Chibok Ch Marak, who was reportedly part of the group behind the Williamnagar market blast on January 9, was shot dead by Police during a raid on a hideout at Bangongre village in East Garo Hills District of Meghalaya. East Garo Hills Police raided the hideout of GNLA ‘action commander’ Jimmy (Ajan) Momin leading to a ten-minute-long gun battle during which Chibok Ch Marak was shot dead while four to five of his accomplices escaped. “We recovered a GNLA identity card from the body of the deceased. He belonged to the 6th batch of recruits of the outfit as per his identity card,” said the District Police chief Davis Nestell R Marak. Police also recovered a pistol with four live ammo, gelatine sticks, other explosive materials and GNLA letter pads from the site.

Blaming Assam militant groups like the ULFA and NDFB for the recent spurt in militant activities in Garo Hills, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma sought the immediate redeployment of six companies of paramilitary forces in the region to quell the disturbance. Sangma, who called on UHM Rajnath Singh in New Delhi, pointed out that the six companies of central forces were withdrawn from Garo Hills during the unrest in Assam last year. He added that the State has been constantly demanding the deployment of additional 18 companies of central paramilitary forces to deal with the sensitive region. The UHM, meanwhile, assured Meghalaya that the Centre will provide all assistance to it to tackle terrorism, official sources said. The Centre is considering Meghalaya’s appeal for more central paramilitary forces, Singh told the Meghalaya Chief Minister.

Acting on a tipoff about extortion by armed cadres in New Market Dimapur area, 32 AR personnel arrested two cadres of the NSCN-R along with extortion slips, arms and ammunition. According to a press release by AR, the arrested cadres have been identified as ‘captain’ Mughaito Chopi and ‘captain’ Kimiyeto Sumi, who AR said on December 29, 2015 defected from NSCN-K to NSCN-R. Both the cadres are resident of Satakha village under Zunheboto District of Nagaland and were arrested with one 9 mm pistol and one .32 country made pistol along with 14 live rounds of 9 mm and 42 live rounds of .32. The cadres were also in possession of 44 extortion slips which were used to “place demands for extortion money” and approximate INR 60,000 in cash. The arrested cadres were handed over to Dimapur West Police Station along with the recovered arms and ammunition, informed AR.

January 19

Acting on a tip off that terrorists are planning to target the ongoing Ardh Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, the Special Cell of Delhi Police in a joint operation with a central intelligence agency arrested four suspected terrorists for their suspected links with Islamic State (IS) from different areas in Uttarakhand. While one person, identified as Akhlaq ur-Rehman, who is said to be associated with an international terror group, was arrested from Roorkee, the remaining three, Mohammed Osama, Mohammed Azim Shah and Mehroz were arrested from Mangalaur area near Dehradun. Akhlaq will be brought to Delhi on January 20 where Police will produce him before a court. He is said to be associated with an international terror group.

Police said that they are interrogating the three friends of Akhlaq to establish further links and are also conducting search operations throughout Uttarakhand. The suspects are believed to have been planning an attack at the ongoing Ardh Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, a police source said.

Police claimed to have arrested a person, identified as Akashdeep, along with FICNs worth INR 32,800 from Rampura village of Bhatinda District in Punjab. SSP Swapan Sharma said during the interrogation, the accused said he had got these fake currency notes a few months ago from his relative Anil Kumar, a resident of Zirakpur, who is lodged in a Patiala jail.

Kerala Police started a special drive to collect information about all missing persons following the arrest of a man Dineshan alias Riyaz Rasheed from the Punjab, who went missing from north Kerala’s Wayanad, in connection with the terror attack on Pathankot airbase. “An NIA team had visited the district two days ago and questioned some of his relatives,” Wayanad superintendent of police MK Pushkaran said. Dineshan’s relatives told the NIA that he had left home 16 years ago and was incommunicado all these years. The state police had booked him in 2000 after he was involved in a hooch smuggling case. He jumped bail, slipped to Saudi Arabia and later converted to Islam and changed his named, police said. The arrest of Dineshan has forced Kerala Police to start looking at the list of the missing persons in detail.

Two of the six terrorists killed by SFs at the Pathankot airbase could have been "insiders", top officials of the NIA said. The forensic report due next week, examination of call logs of phones recovered from the attack sites in the airbase and a close scrutiny of personnel at the air force station will help determine the identity of the "insiders", NIA officials said. NIA officials said the possibility that two of those killed could be insiders is strengthened by the recovery of only four AK-47 guns. These were used by four JeM terrorists. The black corner notice to be issued by Interpol is also against only four suspects killed by Indian forces. NIA officials added that to establish the identity of the two insiders they were looking at all personnel present at the airbase, as well as locals. There were around 3,500 people, including family members of those employed, at the Pathankot airbase during the attack.

NIA has collected these samples from the debris of the airbase building that was blasted to kill two suspected terrorists. The agency also established that the four militants entered the airbase on the morning of January 1 by scaling the 11 feet wall and cutting the concertina wire. Investigators say the JeM terrorists had booby-trapped the part of the airbase they were hiding in. The call by one of the terrorists to his mother in Pakistan was made from inside the airbase.

NIA officials also said the four terrorists inside the airbase may have panicked after the Indian Air Force conducted an aerial survey following an alert from Punjab Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh.

NIA has approached Interpol to trace Dawood Ibrahim's close aide Javed Patel alias Javed Chikna in Pakistan, arrest him and hand him over to India. It got Interpol to issue a Red Corner Notice against Chikna, with his latest photograph, and another D Company member based in South Africa - Zahid Miyan Sheikh alias 'Jao', in its probe into the conspiracy to attack political leaders last year, said a source. Chikna is among the list of 48 most wanted criminals including Hafiz Saeed, Dawood Ibrahim etc shared with Pakistan and whose arrest India has sought several times in the past.

Around 2-3 militants of HM were trapped in a village in Pulwama District, after they were surrounded by SFs leading to an exchange of fire. Acting on specific information about the presence of 2-3 militants including HM ‘commander’ at Naina village, Army’s 55 RR, 183 CRPF and SOG cordoned off the village. As the SFs intensified the searches and fired few shots, militants hiding in the area fired indiscriminately at the SFs and tried to break the cordon and run away. Reports said that two HM militants Latif Ahmad Dar and Shakir are trapped inside.

SFs recovered a pressure cooker IED from village Salhutri in Poonch District.

A Maoist cadre was killed in an encounter with the SFs in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. When the 204 battalion of CRPF reached Hirma para village of the District during a patrol, the Maoists opened indiscriminate fire at them. The SFs opened retaliatory fire in which one Maoist cadre was killed, Police said.

A woman CPI-Maoist ‘commander’ identified as Zareena was killed in an encounter with SFs personnel at Bayanar village under Bedre Police Station limits in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. “An encounter took place between the Police and the Maoists between 12 to 12.45 pm today near Bayanar forest of Bijapur District. A woman Maoist commander was killed during the encounter and one 12-bore rifle, one locally made gun and heavy Maoist dump was recovered from the spot of the encounter,” said a statement issued by the Police.

Eight Maoists surrendered before the Police in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. The surrendered Maoists include two women.

The Bastar Police sent an IAF chopper to Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh, to bring an injured Maoist to Jagadalpur District headquarters for treatment. “A chopper was sent to Bijapur today to bring Linga Sori, a Maoist who was injured and arrested during Pedia encounter on January 18, for better medical treatment. He will be admitted to Mecoz hospital in Jagadalpur. This gesture from the Police will shut the mouths of those so-called Human Rights activists who term the Police-Maoist encounters as fake and at times call the Maoists as innocents,” said Bastar District SP R.N. Das in a statement.

Three CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested with arms and ammunitions in a joint operation by CRPF troopers and District Police in Aurangabad District of Bihar. Aurangabad SP Babu Ram said, "The Maoists, identified as Awadhesh Yadav, Sanjay Yadav and Dukhi Singh Bhokta, were involved in several cases of Naxal violence and extortion. Two country-made pistols and six live cartridges were recovered from their possession," and added raids were being carried out at several places to arrest other Maoists in the District.

Based on specific intelligence inputs, AR launched a cordon search operation in General area of Ngoiting in Arunachal Pradesh and arrested a dreaded ‘area commander’ of NSCN-IM, identified as ‘self style lieutenant’ Tenyang Kungkho alias Saka Tutsa. Tenyang Kungkho has been involved in extensive extortion and was arrested from his residence along with a Chinese made 9mm loaded pistol with 3 round of ammunition, one .2 Bore Barrel gun including 6 cartridges and other incriminating articles like Village Tax collection slips. According to report, his arrest is a big blow to NSCN-IM operation in upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

One woman, identified as Asma Kahtun of South Salmara-Mancachar in Dhubri District in Assam lodged a FIR after she was allegedly threatened by a GNLA militant over phone, demanding INR 10 lakh.

The ABSU, NDFB-P and the PJACBM demanded early permanent solution to the Bodoland issue and constitutional safeguard and political rights to the Bodo people. (Assam)

Karbi Anglong Police arrested five militants, including ‘commander-in-chief’ of UKPLA, identified as Roben Phangcho, from the Dolamara area of Diphu in Karbi Anglong District in Assam.

One of the seven abducted Assam traders who were taken hostage by armed Garo militants from a weekly market in Kharkutta region of North Garo Hills managed to escape from his abductors after Police from neighbouring East Garo Hills District raided the hideout of the gang in Gabil Ading village. Trader, Tustu Mohan Paul (50) of Daranggre Darapara village in Goalpara in Assam took the opportunity to make a run after a SWAT team from East Garo Hills raided the village where the gang was keeping their seven victims.

Police identified the group behind the abduction as a group of criminals headed by a former UALA militant, identified as Rex Miller R Sangma. Based on the inputs provided by the escaped trader, Police are aware that the group comprises of five persons having in their possession one AK rifle, a SBBL shot gun and a pistol.

January 20

The BSF shot dead one infiltrator in Indo-Pakistan border in Sehjra bulge area in Pathankot, while two others escaped, they the trio attempted to cross the border from Pakistani side. The body of the person shot dead is on the Pakistan side of the border. The report says that the three infiltrators had tried to enter into India by taking advantage of the fog. There are constant efforts by being made to sent infiltrators into India during foggy weather conditions. The BSF has increased the security at the border. In Punjab, road blocks have been kept to prevent infiltration attempts.

A Special NIA Court jailed 21 people who were found guilty in a case of seizure of weapons from an arms training centre of PFI at Narath in Kannur District of Kerala in April 2013. While convict Abdul Aziz was awarded seven years jail term, the rest 20 were sentenced to five years imprisonment each by NIA Special Judge S Santhosh Kumar. The court, which found them guilty under various sections of IPC, UAPA, Arms Act and Explosives Act, also imposed a fine of INR 5000 each on the convicts. In default, they will have to undergo jail term for six months more. The court acquitted Kamaruddin as the charges against him could not be proved.

Suspected IM operative Afzal Usmani was convicted in Mazgaon Court of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and sent to five years in prison, two-and-a-half years after he ran away from the City Civil and Sessions Court, escaping a heavy police cordon. Judge S L Bangar of the Mazgaon court awarded Usmani two years’ sentence for obstructing arrest, forgery, and using a forged document as genuine, three years’ term for cheating for impersonation, and cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property, and five years in jail for forgery for the purpose of cheating. In addition, the court slapped fines of INR 31,000 on him.

Usmani, who was arrested by the Maharashtra ATS for his role in the 2008 serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad, escaped from the high-security MCOCA Court on September 20, 2013, from a cordon of Navi Mumbai Police officers.

HM ‘chief’ Syed Salahuddin has taken responsibility for the Pathankot attack (January 2), calling it “a continuation of their activity, targeting Indian military installations”. He has also criticised Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s “Kashmir policy”. These comments are part of an interview to an Urdu news portal, Wajood, based in Pakistan. The militant commander is also the head of the UJC, an amalgam of militant outfits operating in Kashmir, a spokesman for which had called a news agency in Srinagar to claim responsibility for the Pathankot attack.

IB officials have found banter on the internet suggesting that AuT, IM breakaway faction is attempting to carry out strikes in India. Earlier, in the month of August 2014, AuT pledged support to the Islamic State (IS) and promised to recruit at least 300 Indians. IB officials have been on the trail of the Sultan Armar’s (dead AuT ‘chief’) brothers since the past year in Nawayat Colony of Bhatkal (Karnataka). Sultan and his brother Shafi operated handles on Twitter such as @Sult, @Mulla, @Moulana, @Nakhwa, @Pandit, @Shekhu, @Sheikh-Ul-Hadees and @Pujari. The brothers, who are residents of Haji Manzil, Nawayat Colony, Bhatkal, had ventured into the Indian Mujahideen at first at the behest of Yasin Bhatkal.

However, they broke away from the IM on the pretext that they did not want to be stooges of the ISI. In the IS they found a radical school of thought that felt that it was only this outfit which could set up an Islamic Caliphate while the rest were only playing into the hands of the Intelligence agencies in Pakistan.

It is reported that like his brother, Shafi operates several accounts online especially on Facebook. There is material that is posted online and under different ids, he scrutinizes the kind of messages that come in. In his recent recruitment of a bunch of youth from Rajasthan, he was said to have interviewed them online and only after being very sure did he go about the recruitment.

Aiming to turn nondescript match-sticks lethal, the four persons, arrested in Uttarakhand for their suspected links with Islamic State (IS), were allegedly collecting match boxes to make bombs with the explosives attached with the head of the sticks. The suspects - Akhlaq ur-Rehman, Mohammed Osama, Mohammed Azim Shah and Mehroz - were under the radar of security agencies after their suspicious online activities were detected about a few months ago.

The youths used to regularly visit IS-supported websites, Facebook group and were in regular touch with some supporters of the terror group through WhatsApp, government officials said. The suspects were in touch with motivators supposedly located in IS territory in Iraq-Syria, resulting in their coming under the surveillance of security agencies."The youths were arrested only when they were about to launch terror strike," an official said.. They were allegedly in contact with a former IM operative who later went for training in Syria and is believed to be a key member of AuT which has pledged allegiance to IS.

A high alert has been sounded in Madhya Pradesh after a suspected terrorist, Syed Ahmed in custody escaped by jumping off a moving train near Itarsi railway station in Hoshangabad District. "Syed Ahmed had been arrested in Vellore in Tamil Nadu from where he was being taken on Raptisagar Express on a court warrant to Lucknow [Uttar Pradesh]. He managed to jump off the train when it was running slow near the Itarsi station," Hoshangabad Superintendent of Police Ashutosh Pratap Singh said. Ahmad had threatened to blow up a number of places, including a 'dargah' (Sufi shrine) in Lucknow, and had a number of cases registered against him in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh, he said.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar spoke out about the recent terror attack on the Pathankot air base in Punjab, and said the Ministry of Defence has formed a committee to look into security preparedness of important defence installations. "Security measures that we take are not to be discussed in the open. We are doing what is needed. Special team is being formed to visit various posts and interact with the officers," Parrikar said.

Security agencies have intensified their search for the absconding accused in various terror-related cases registered in Kerala. The move assumes significance in the backdrop of the recent terror attack on the Pathankot Air Force base and the arrest of Mananthavady native Dinesh alias Riyas in connection with the incident. Dinesh had been on the run after a court in Wayanad declared him wanted. The search for at least six accused in major cases is being carried out by the NIA. "We had arrested six accused in various cases in 2015, while two surrendered before court. We are now on the lookout for the other absconding accused," said an NIA source.

SFs shot dead a HM militant, identified as Shariq Ahmad Bhat, in an encounter at Naina village in Pulwama DistrictBhat was a resident of Brow Bandana village of Awantipora in Awantipora District. One AK 47 rifle and “some other war like stores” were recovered from the encounter site. Reports said that two other militants managed to escape from the security cordon.

Following the encounter on January 19, protesters pelted stones on SFs and they fired dozens of teargas shells. As the clashes turned intense, the SFs allegedly opened fire on protesters, leaving three injured. One of the inured, identified as Parvaiz Ahmed Guroo resident of Naina, succumbed to his injuries. Soon after the news about the death of a civilian reached Naina and its adjoining areas, hundreds of people took to streets and held protests. Protesters clashed with SFs at multiple places and also set ablaze an armoured vehicle of police – Rakshak – on fire at Naina. During clashes four civilians sustained injuries while a police official said 17 SF personnel were also injured.

Police arrested 20-year old Gazi Fayaz Dar from Kundlan village in Shopian District.  An AK47 rifles as well as 90 bullets were recovered from him. This was one of the four AK47 rifles that Constable Shakoor had fled with from SDPO office in Bijbehara in Anantnag District. Constable Shakoor Ahmad and another youth Aqib Bashir are absconding since January 13.

The State Government will have either to carry out further amendment in J&K Panchayati Raj Act or constitute State Election Commission well before February 2016 ending to ensure timely elections to Panchayats otherwise these grass root level democratic institutions in rural parts of the State will meet the fate as that of Urban Local Bodies whose elections have not been held during the past several years. This has become imperative in view of the legal complications, which restrict the CEO of J&K from starting any sort of exercise for Panchayat elections, which will become due in May-June 2016. CEO of the J&K, Shantmanu said, “We are ready with the Master Electoral Roll after completion of Summary Revision exercise but we cannot go ahead with segregation of rural voters for Panchayat elections because at present we don’t have the mandate for the same as per the provisions of the Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 2011”.

Four persons, identified as Ghanshyam Mehta, Mukesh Kumar, Pankaj Mehta and Neeraj Thakur, were arrested with explosives by the SFs from Ichak area in Hazaribagh District of Jharkhand.

The CPI-Maoist in Maharashtra has issued a ‘hit list’ of 37 persons who they vow to eliminate in 2016. The Maoists have roped in units of ‘Company-10’, trained to kill with precision, from Chhattisgarh to execute the plan. Contrary to the Maharashtra government’s recent claim that LWE is on the wane, the State faces a renewed red cadre that has vowed to eliminate 37 senior Police officers and informants in 2016. “This [the latest hit list] is a matter of serious concern for the State, even as inputs show new strategies are being adopted to attract youth with fresh vigour,” an intelligence note in possession of The Hindu reads.

Diliip Uikey alias Guha, a top CPI-Maoist leader who was active in three states for nearly two decades and named in more than 200 cases, including 19 murders in Balaghat District of MP, will be questioned by the Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh Police, officials said on January 20. Guha, who hails from Matte village in Balaghat District, was arrested from the jungles in Songudda in Balaghat by the MP Police in May, 2015. He carried a total of INR 3.5 million cash reward on his head. According to Police, Guha was a member of the Malajkhand dalam in the mid-1990s and later became the ‘deputy commander’ of a special guerilla squad before becoming the ‘divisional commander’ of Gadchiroli-Balaghat-Gondia committee of CPI-Maoist in 2008.

Based on a specific intelligence regarding the movement of militants, the troops of the 45 AR established a vehicle check post in Yurabung area in Imphal East District of Manipur and arrested one UNLF cadre. The arrestee has been identified as No 1810, Self-Styled Private, Raghu alias Thomas, resident of Khajiri in Nambol in Bishnupur District and he has been handed over to Lamlai Police Station.

Troops of 16 AR on frisking and checking duty along the Imphal-Ukhrul road, arrested a woman with explosive materials, who was travelling in an Ukhrul-bound passenger vehicles originating from Imphal in Manipur. The items seized from the women include nine detonators, three packets of highly explosive weighing 125 grams each and three fuses. The items were found in a bag carried by the woman identified as Puprangla Hungyo (53) wife of (L) Ajoy Hungyo of Sorde Village of Ukhrul District. The woman along with the devices has been handed over to Lamlai Police Station of Imphal East, an official report said.

Tension gripped Itham village in Imphal East District in Manipur after KNF-N allegedly threatened the villagers to kill them if any of them enter the neighbouring Kuki village. The threat came after the arrest of a KNF-N cadre by BSF on January 16. Itham is an interior village of Imphal East District surrounded by Naga and Kuki villages. Speaking to reporters at the village, Itham Naharol Yaipha Thourang Lup secretary T Somorjit said that Kuki militants have been constantly harassing the transporters and workers engaged in quarry works in the village.

A joint team of Barpathar Police and SFs arrested three KPLT cadres at Bokajan in East Karbi Anglong District in Assam. Acting on a tip-off, the joint team conducted a search operation at Majung Teron Gaon under Barpathar Police Station and arrested one cadre, identified as Winson Teron (26) along with a muzzle loaded rifle, a .22 pistol with three live ammunition and three live ammunition of AK-47 rifle in his possession.

The arrested cadre was later interrogated and based on his information, the joint team conducted another raid in the Bonarea locality and successfully arrested two other cadres, identified as Biren Engti (26) and Amus Ingti (45), thereby  recovering a .22 pistol with two live ammunition from their possession.

Two persons, identified as Naren Chouhan and Mohan Turi were arrested for allegedly trying to extort money from a business-man in Jorhat District of Assam.

Police arrested a wanted NDFB-IKS militant, identified as the ‘self-styled platoon commander’ Lwithwi Brahma alias Lafa from his hideout in Dolaigaon under Dhaligaon Police Station in Bongaigaon District of Assam.

The remaining six traders, who were under the custody of suspected UALA militants, were released by the abductors, under pressure from the SFs and the public. The six traders, Manoranjan Sarkar, Putul Mukherji, Piyush Biswas, Pradip Das, Bijoy Sarkar and Ganesh Basu were released without paying any ransom, Police sources said. Earlier on January 19, one of the of the seven abducted Assam traders, identified as Tustu Mohan Paul of Daranggre Darapara village in Goalpara in Assam, who was taken hostage by the militants while returning from a weekly market in Kharkutta region of North Garo Hills, escaped from their captivity following a raid by the Police.

In the aftermath of the spate of surrenders by militants belonging to various outfits, the North Garo Hills District Police provided counselling to 10 surrendered cadres at Mendipathar Police Station recently. The cadres belong to GNLA, AMEF, ANLA and UGSF. “We wanted to infuse in them that they should abide by law and cooperate with police in minimizing insurgent activities in Garo Hills”, said Ramesh Singh, SP of North Garo Hills District.

NSCN-IM and Government of India decided to speed up the peace process by holding ‘formal talks’ twice a week. This decision was taken in the talk held in New Delhi between the two parties. According to sources, Thuingaleng Muivah and 10 other members represented the NSCN-IM while RN Ravi led the Government of India team. The sources said that the talk ended on a “highly positive note”. There was exchange of views as usual between the two groups. “We are working very hard to wrap up the peace process at the earliest and by holding formal talks twice a week we are hopeful of sealing the issue soon,” said the sources. The sources also said it is likely that there will be ‘informal talks almost every day from now onwards’.

The format of talks between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM was changed last year (2015) with both sides agreeing to expedite the talks to find an amicable solution as soon as possible. A decision was taken to do away with the practice of holding one or two rounds of formal talks in a year. Such a practice was going on for years without much progress in finding a solution, report added.

January 21

Two people lost their lives in an explosion while they were allegedly making crude bombs at Dubrajpur in Birbhum District of West Bengal. The Police have recovered a huge quantity of explosives from the site. Over the past one year, West Bengal has been under the scanner of security agencies as a "secure hideout" for agents of Pakistan's ISI. It is feared that that banned organisations like the JMB has spread its network in Howrah, and both North and South 24-Parganas Districts and set up organisational bases in Districts like Murshidabad, Nadia, Bardhaman and Birbhum.

A person who was in constant touch with the four suspects who were arrested for planning a terror attack in Haridwar and Delhi, has been arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police. According to sources, the four were planning to carry out terror strikes in the ongoing Ardh Kumbh mela in Haridawar. Also, the arrested suspects' links with the Pathankot terror attack (January 2) is being probed. The suspects were also planning to strike Delhi as they had carried out reconnaissance of malls in the national capital.

The NIA conducted searches at the residences of Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh, his friend, Rajesh Verma and his cook, Madan Gopal in connection with its probe into the Pathankot terror attack. Searches were conducted at Singh’s office and residences in Amritsar and Gurdaspur.

Sources said the NIA conducted the searches to unearth fresh information, as Salwinder, during the interrogation, has maintained that he was innocent but has been evasive about his suspicious conduct on December 31. The NIA has been interrogating Salwinder for many days now and has even subjected him to a lie-detector test without any clear indication to his involvement with drug cartels or his role in the infiltration of terrorists. Salwinder is now expected to be subjected to behavioural tests. Sources said he might soon be produced before a team of scientists, comprising a behavioural analyst and psychoanalysts. Singh is currently posted as Assistant Commandant of 75th Punjab Armed Police.

Delhi Police Special Cell officials are looking for two suspected militants, belonging to the IM earlier but now associated with the Islamic State (IS), who allegedly radicalised the four students from Haridwar, who were earlier arrested on January 19. Investigators found that the four men, Akhlaq-ur-Rehman, Mohammad Azim Ushan, Mohammad Osama alias Adil and Mohammad Mehraj had more information on a module based in Pakistan than any in Syria or Iraq. Their alleged IS handler Shafi Armar was found to have been an IM man all his life who recently shifted loyalties to the Iraqi and Syrian outfit.

Intelligence officials are trying to determine if various alleged IS modules being discovered in India have origins in Syria and Iraq or are being floated by the ISI in the name of the West Asian group to mislead Indian agencies. The two suspects searched by Delhi Police, were local handlers of the arrested students, Police confirmed. One belongs to south India, most probably Bhatkal in Karnataka. A special cell officer said a Police team had already been sent to Bhatkal to apprehend the man who could be part of the IM’s south India module that could not be fully neutralised in operations after a series of terror strikes between 2005 and 2009.

The BSF increased boat-related patrolling and check posts along the riverine border that separates India and Pakistan, to prevent infiltration and smuggling operations. The BSF has identified around 140 porous gaps along the border in Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat. For instance, in the 553 kilometer-long riverine belt through which the rivers Ravi, Sutlej and Beas flow and keep changing their courses, the BSF has introduced improvised systems to augment the security apparatus.

The riverine border has been a challenge for border guards to stop smugglers and other unwanted activities. In the past, the BSF has not only seized contraband drugs and fake currency but also gunned down many smugglers and recovered arms and ammunition from them.

According to available data, between 2010 and 2014, the BSF seized 367 kilograms of heroin and 119 arms.

According to Intelligence agencies terror groups are planning to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Republic Day parade, which will be attended by French President Francois Hollande. There are intercepts to suggest that there are different modules of two different terror groups which are working to strike against Republic Day. Security agencies also fear attack by a lone wolf.

Indians based out of Syria have formed a module of the deadly terror group Islamic State (IS) to carry out attacks back home, sources in intelligence agencies have said. Sources told that these terrorists have been recruiting in India since 2004 and that at least 60 could be active in the country now. This is a big jump from a previous estimate of 23 active IS local operatives. Intelligence agencies suspect operatives were being trained to make terror strikes in religious centres like Haridwar or tourist hotspots like Goa.

The recruiters in Syria are allegedly terrorists who belonged to the home-grown IM who fled the country because of the crackdown by security agencies after the 2008 Mumbai attack. These recruiters were found to be targeting Muslim youth in the southern states and Uttar Pradesh and were trying to radicalise them through cyber propaganda, sources said. The recruitments were mostly being carried out in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

Army busted a militant hideout near the LoC in Kupwara District, and recovered five IEDs. Reports said that troops of 12 Maratha Regiment of the Army unearthed a hideout during search operations in Amrohi forests of North Kashmir’s Kupwara District. The items recovered from the hideout during the operation include five IEDs weighing 500 grams each, 35 metres of electric wire and three detonators.

Four Naxalites were arrested with a cache of firearms from Gaya District in Bihar and adjoining Chatra District in Jharkhand. SP (City) Raviranjan Kumar told webindia123.com in Gaya that two dreaded Naxalites of PLFI, a breakaway group of the CPI-Maoist were arrested at Raniganj village under Imamganj Police Station area in the District. On their interrogation, Police conducted raids at Jori village in Chatra District of Jharkhand and arrested two Maoist cadres. A pistol, three mobile phones and other incriminating objects were recovered from their possession. The arrested cadres were identified as Upendra Vishwakarma, Sanjeet Yadav, Dilip Singh and Pravin Kumar.

The Madras HC in Tamil Nadu granted interim bail to five CPI-Maoist cadres, top Maoist leader Roopesh, head of WGZC of CPI-Maoist, and four others, including his wife Shyna, who were arrested near Karumathampatti in Coimbatore in May 4, 2015, by the Q branch Police with a condition to appear before the Investigating Officer every day for a month.

An inter-State meeting of senior forest personnel in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala held at Bandipura in Karnataka, held after an interval of three years, decided to intensify joint operations to tackle the CPI-Maoist activities in the forest areas of the region, Pramod G. Krishnan, Chief Conservator of Forest, (Wildlife, Palakkad), said. The meet offered all assistance to Police Forces in combing operations to tackle Maoist menace. As part of this, anti-poaching activities information would be exchanged each other.

A top Maoist surrendered before the Police in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. According to SP, Dantewada, Kamlochan Kashyap, the Maoist was carrying a cash reward of INR 300,000 on his head. The insurgent identified as Somdu Markam alias Somlu (35) resident of Madkamiras Police Station, Dantewada has decided to lay down arms, he said. Somdu was ‘Deputy Commander’ of Maoist Area Committee active in Malangir region of Darbha division. Somdu in 2006 was involved in setting afire 55 vehicles of Essar Company at Kirandul.

Police arrested two persons from Satra Kanora in Barpeta District of Assam for carrying illegal arms and ammunition.

Seven leaders of the ULFA-PTF, including Anup Chetia and ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, met interlocutor P.C. Haldar at the BSF camp in Patgaon in Guwahati in Assam and discussed issues concerning the ongoing talks with the Centre. The outfit's leaders did not disclose the issues discussed in the meeting but sources said they spoke of new demands they want to include in their charter of demands already submitted to the Centre in 2011. After the meeting, Rajkhowa said that Chetia's inclusion would give a fresh impetus to the talks and a solution would soon be worked out with the Government.

According to sources, the Central Government has turned down the offers of the NDFB-IKS for a ceasefire to start the process of talks. Meanwhile, the Centre has also decided not to talk with any insurgent group involved in killing of innocent persons. Highly placed sources UMHA revealed that after receiving major setbacks in sustained operations by the SFs, NDFB-IKS has sent feelers on several occasions to go for a ceasefire agreement followed by talks with the Government. But such proposals from the outfit were emphatically turned down by the Government.

UMHA sources revealed that immediately after coming to power, the present Government at the Centre took a tough stand against outfits involved in killings of innocents and the same formula would be adopted in case of all other militant groups. Sources further said that the Government has decided not to go for ad-hoc measures for solution of the problem of militancy. From now on, the Government would try to go for comprehensive solution of the problems and there would be no discussion with any outfit involved in senseless killing of innocent people, sources added.

Kokrajhar District has the highest number of children who have lost their parents in terrorist attacks, said ADGP of Railway Police, Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta. "As many as 267 children were affected by militancy in Kokrajhar district, which is the highest in Assam. The number is quite high in Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD)," said Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta while addressing a gathering at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati.

KPLT has called for a 48-hour Karbi Anglong bandh (strike) beginning from 5 a.m. January 25 to 5 a.m. of January 27. Claiming to be KPLT source, a text message to local media at Diphu stated that the organization has called for boycotting the Republic Day celebration in protest against “reprisal measure of the government” against it. (Assam)

January 22

Delhi Police issued an alert after the driver of a taxi allegedly hijacked by three unidentified men from Pathankot (Punjab) was found murdered. Police released photographs of suspects and details of the vehicle through its official Twitter handle saying the Maruti Alto was hired by three unidentified men on January 20. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Vijay Kumar, was later found dead at the Kalta bridge in Kangra, Police said. Police in Himachal Pradesh, where the vehicle was registered, said the Alto was not registered with any travel agency. The alert came amidst heightened security in the Capital ahead of the Republic Day celebrations to be attended by French President Francois Hollande as the chief guest.

In a major crackdown by the NIA and state Police forces ahead of Republic Day, 14 men who were allegedly “radicalised online” were detained for interrogation, in Mumbai (Maharashtra), Hyderabad (Telangana), Bangalore, Tumkur and Mangalore (Karnataka), and Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh). They had formed Janood-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind, a terror group with similar ideology that of Islamic State (IS).

Of the 14, five persons, MudabbirMushtaq Shaikh alias Abu Musab (33) resident of Mumbai, Mohammed Nafees Khan alias Fatima Khan alias Abu Zarrar alias Akram (24) resident of Hyderabad, Mohammed Shareef Moinuddin Khan (54) resident of Hyderabad, Najmul Huda alias Majnu (25) resident of Mangalore, Karnataka, and Mohammed Afzal alias Abu Mariyam alias Yasir, (35) resident of Bengaluru were arrested on January 22.

Stone-throwing clashes erupted in parts of Old City in Srinagar and in Sopore town in Baramulla District, after Friday congregation prayers. Scores of youth assembled outside historic Jama Masjid in Nowhatta area of Old City and staged a protest. The protesters later marched towards Nowhatta Police Station and pelted stones on SFs including Police and CRPF, ensuing clashes between the two sides. The Police fired dozens of teargas shells and pepper gas canisters towards stone-throwing youths. However, the youth, continued pelting stones on the SFs. The clashes later spread to Gojwara and Hawal localities of the Old City. The rock-throwing clashes meanwhile also erupted in Sopore town in north Kashmir. Witnesses said groups of youth in Sopore Main Chowk pelted stones on 179 Battalion CRPF bunker after Friday prayers after which clashes ensued.

A rusted anti-personnel mine was recovered near forward BOP along IB in Samba District. Official sources said one old rusted anti-personnel mine was recovered from Basantar Nullah near Band Tip BOP by a patrolling party of the BSF.

Five militants of HuM who were planning attacks on VIPs and SFs were arrested by the SFs in Sopore area in Baramulla District. The SFs also busted the network of HuM in Sopore area of North Kashmir. Sources said that Police in Sopore and Army’s 52 RR conducted searches in Sangrama area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla District and arrested a wanted militant of HuM outfit, Ishfaq Ahmad Sofi of Sopore and his accomplice and recovered arms and ammunition from their possession. Sources said that the HuM was in the process of reviving its network in Kashmir valley and were planning attacks ahead of Republic Day in Kashmir by targeting SFs and VIPs.

A huge cache of arms mostly barrels used in manufacturing guns was recovered from forests in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh. Acting-on a tip off, as many as 39 barrels of 12 bore guns were recovered from Mangikholi forests under Bortalav Police Station area by a joint team of SFs, Rajnandgaon SP Sundarraj P said. During interrogation, a recently arrested CPI-Maoist woman cadre, Manisha had revealed about the location of a dump of materials for making guns hidden in the forests of Kandhurra based on which search operations were on in the jungles of Kandhurra for the past few days, the SP said.

Seven Maoists, three of them carrying reward of varying amounts on their heads, were arrested from Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. “The cadres were apprehended by a joint team of security forces near Chingavaram village under Gadiras police station limits,” Sukma ASP Santosh Singh said. The Maoists have been identified as Madvi Bapu (30), Madvi Linga (30), Madvi Hidma (35), Podiyami Kosa, Madvi Handa (40), Madvi Muda (35) and Madvi Hadma (23). While Hidma was carrying a reward of INR 1,000, Handa and Kosa carried INR 2,000 each. According to Police, the Maoists were allegedly involved in activities like damaging roads, set vehicles on fire, and dropping Maoist pamphlets in the region.

UMHA adviser K. Vijay Kumar stressed on better interstate cooperation to combat LWE effectively along the borders of Jharkhand and its neighbouring Naxalite-hit states. During a four-hour meeting at the Jharkhand Police headquarters in Ranchi of Jharkhand, Kumar is understood to have directed state Police and paramilitary forces to "reactivate" the "Operational Area" (OA) strategy and set up "Interstate Joint Task Force" to crack down on CPI-Maoist and other rebel groups, who have been using porous borders to give security personnel the slip. "I am happy with outcomes of anti-Naxalite operations in Jharkhand. The meeting mainly discussed plans for better interstate coordination and better intelligence network. For example, we have faced problems in tri-junction bordering areas (where borders of three states merged). Thus, cooperation among state police is the need of the hour," Kumar said after the meeting without divulging further details.

Maoists killed one villager, identified as Nanhu Singh Bhokta in Gulab Bigha village under Madanpur Police station in Aurangabad District of Bihar suspecting him to be a Police informer. The Maoists also left a pamphlet at the spot threatening to eliminate SFs engaged in anti-Maoist operations. However, Police claimed that the victim never worked as their informer. "Police are probing the incident from different angles. Four special police teams have been formed to carry out raids and arrest those involved in the killing," the SDPO P N Sahu said.

North Garo Hills Police narrowly missed wanted GNLA ‘commander’ Pilliport D Shira alias Rakban, during a raid on a temporary camp of the armed group at Tapa Chiring in North Garo Hills District. Police had reportedly spotted the ‘commander’ but could not take him out since he was sitting next to a child outside a house. A militant sentry also spotted the Police team leading to a brief exchange of fire following which the militants slipped away into the forests. From the makeshift camp Police seized as many as 72 mobile SIM cards of various cellular companies. Demand notes of GNLA, mobile phones, identity cards and rubber seals of the group were also recovered from the camp.

As many as ten militants from the AMEF, who had been operating in the North Garo Hills region surrendered to authorities at Sambrak near Wageasi in East Garo Hills District, handing over an assortment of weapons. The ten militants had failed to join the rest of the group and its leadership, who went on to give themselves up to East Garo Hills Police at Rongjeng in December, 2015. The surrender came about following the active intervention of the NGHVF whose members comprise of church and village elders as well as NGOs. The families of the ten militants and their respective village elders had approached the forum to facilitate the surrender of the ten men who had been operating in the Kharkutta-Mendipather-Wageasi-Dainadubi region. The ten cadres of the outfit who surrendered are - Saljatchi Marak, Bulthul Marak, Banjrang Sangma, Jhony Marak, Premanear Marak, Aron Marak, Nibirth Marak, Tawan Marak, Jagol Sangma and Sengjan Sangma. They handed over a powerful LMG, two AK rifles, two pistols and a SBBL shot gun along with a large number of ammunition.

January 23

On the basis of information received in the interrogation of five accused persons arrested by the NIA another nine accused persons with IS links were arrested from various locations in different cities. The arrested persons are;  Syed Mujahid (33) resident of Tumkur, Karnataka, Asif Ali alias Arman Saani (21) resident of Bengaluru, Suhail Ahmed alias Sohail alias Hafes Saab (23) resident of Bengaluru, Muhammad Abdul Ahad alias Bade Amir alias Sulaiman (46) resident of Bengaluru, Mohammed Obedullah Khan alias Obaid alias Talha (33) resident of Hyderabad, Abu Anas (24) resident of Hyderabad, Mohammad Aleem (20) resident of Lucknow, UP, Mohammad Hussain Khan alias Jamil (36) resident of Mazgaon, Mumbai, and the 14th person Imran khan of Aurangabad was arrested from Aurangabad (Maharashtra).

According to UMHA, while those detained were being monitored for around six months, some communication and attempts to get firearms and IED material had “precipitated the matter.”

Online monitoring of the group also revealed that some of them had plans of organising a terror training camp. Most of those held were allegedly in direct contact with former IM operative Shafi Armar, and there were “cross linkages” between members of the group.

The UMHA, however, said there was no evidence so far to link the group directly to the Islamic State (IS). “This group was handled by someone going by the name Yousuf on the internet, who is suspected to be former Indian Mujahideen member Shafi Armar. We are not sure whether he is directly linked to the Islamic State or where he is located, as this is subject to investigation,” said UMHA spokesperson.

A CRPF trooper, identified as Janaradan Sonawane was injured in an IED blast near Sameli village in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh.

Four Naxalites, including two women, who were carrying cash reward on their heads, identified as Malangir LOS ‘commander’ Anita alias Mitki (22), Nelnar LOS member Rajo Vekko (25) and two Jan Militia members, Sannu (30) and Raju Mandavi (25) were arrested from Kirandul Police Station area in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The arrested cadres were allegedly involved in an attack on a Police anti-landmine vehicle in Dantewada on April 13, 2015 killing five Policemen and injuring eight others.

Seven persons have been detained during different search operations conducted by Imphal West and Imphal East District of Manipur. The first operation was conducted under the supervision of Imphal West ASP (Operations) Th Vikramjit and Imphal West Commando OIC P Sanjoy at Wahengbam Leikai Lairembi community hall, where all the residents were called for verification. Five persons who could not produce proper identity proof documents were taken to Imphal Police Station for further investigation. On the other hand, a team of Imphal East District Police also carried out a search operation at Bamon Leikai Nahabam area under supervision of Imphal East ASP (Operations) Singhajit and Commando OIC P Achouba, in which two persons were detained at Porompat Police Station.

SFs, in an operation, arrested two militants of the NSCN-IM from Kashipur and Lodi villages in Dima Hasao District of Assam while they were carrying out extortion activities in the area. A pistol, along with seven rounds of live ammunition was also recovered from their possession.

January 24

Pakistan Government dismissed India's proposal to jointly interrogate JeM ‘chief’ Maulana Masood Azhar and other terror suspects. While Pakistan is expected to send a Special Investigating Team to India in consultation with the government for further investigations in the Pathankot (January 2) attack, but it refused to accept India’s request to jointly grill Maulana Masood Azhar.

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made a strong pitch to delink terrorism from religion as India and the Arab League member states condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. “As the spectre of terrorism and religious hatred raises its ugly head across the world, particularly in those cherished cities of history, it is time once again to reach back in time and redeem the essence of our civilisational spirit,” Sushma Swaraj said as she addressed the first-ever ministerial-level meeting of the India-Arab Partnership Conference at Manama, Bahrain that was attended by the foreign ministers of the 22 Arab League countries.

The arrest of Muddabir Mushtaq Sheikh from Mumbra, a suburban Thane District of Maharashtra, as part of the countrywide crackdown against the Islamic State (IS) that led to the arrest of 14 people, has brought to the fore the systematic recruitment process of IS and the hierarchical structure of the terror outfit in India.

The structure of the outfit was decided by Shafi Arman, the handler of recruitments in India operating from Syria, in 2013, and Sheikh, was made the amir (‘chief’) of Ansar-ut Tawhid fi Bilal al-Hind, IS’s wing in India. Khalid Ahmed Ali Khalid alias Rizwan, a 20-year-old arrested during the raids in Mumbai, was the second-in-command of IS in India, under whom four other chiefs were nominated, said police sources interrogating the suspects. According to the Police, Khalid played a key role in the indoctrination of Ayaz Sultan, Malwani resident who has gone missing, who was then made a recruiter. Khalid, according to sources, had visited Malwani and stayed with Sultan, and had also met other members, who were indoctrinated by Ayaz

SFs foiled an attempt by LeT militant outfit to carry out attacks on the occasion of Republic Day (January 26) by arresting a LeT militant along with arms and ammunition in the orchards of Qasermulla Chadoora village in Budgam District. “This suspect person was apprehended by the security forces and on searching his bag one AK-47 with two magazines, 60 rounds and one grenade were recovered”, a senior security official said. The official identified the militant as Basharat Ahmad Shah alias Furkan of LeT resident of Nillora, Litter in South Kashmir District of Pulwama. “He was a close accomplice of Wasim Hef alias Osama and Majid Zargar alias Talha of LeT.

Army recovered a consignment of explosive material and ammunition from Seri Hatti forests in Gambhir Mugalan area of Keri sector in Rajouri District. Official reports said a joint team of 38 RR and Police conducted search operation in Seri Hatti forest area of Gambhir Mugalan and recovered the consignment, which comprised three Chinese grenades and 691 rounds of Pika ammunition. The grenades and Pika rounds had been wrapped in polythene bags and hidden in a small natural hideout, reports said. However, no arrests were made from the spot.

The Odisha Police killed two senior CPI-Maoist cadres — the secretary of Kalinga Nagar Divisional Committee, P. Kumarswami alias Sushil, and his wife Sundari Lingo alias Suni, in an encounter at Pacharipani in Deogarh District of Odisha. Sushil, a resident of Warangal in Andhra Pradesh, was allegedly involved in 78 cases, including 30 murders, in Angul, Deogarh, Keonjhar, Jajpur, Rayagada and Gajapati Districts of the Odisha. “When the SOG jawans approached the rebels’ hideouts, Sushil and his aides fired at them prompting the jawans to retaliate. Sushil and his wife were neutralised on the spot while other cadres managed to escape. Efforts are on to nab them,” said DGP K. B. Singh. Sushil was carrying reward of INR two million on his head while Suni carried INR 500,000 on her head. The DGP said Sushil was actively involved in the murder of ASI Umesh Marandi of Daitary Police Station in Keonjhar District in July 2010 and executed several mine blasts. The DGP said Sushil was trying to establish a red-corridor.

An exchange of fire took place between the Police and Naxals, affiliated to CPI-ML New Democracy and arrested one squad member, identified as Sarangam, in the forest abutting Kothaguda mandal near Doragari Vempalli village in Warangal District of Telangana. Rural SP Ambar Kishore Jha confirming the incident said that there was a cross fire when the combing party of the Police personnel spotted a group of Naxals in the forest area. The Police arrested squad member, Sarangam, while the rest of the members escaped from the spot.

Two cadres of the PLFI-a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Amit alias Birsa and Julius Lugun alias Julu, were arrested during a search operation at Rania in Khunti District of Jharkhand. Khunti SP Anish Gupta was tipped off that PLFI ‘zonal commander’ Jeedan Gudia and his associates had assembled in a forest on the outskirts of Khudbir village in Rania to work out future course of actions. "When our boys reached the forest around 3.30pm and asked them to surrender, they abused them and started fleeing towards northern end of the woods. Amit and Julius were caught after a hot chase. However, Jeedan and his fourteen other associates managed to escape. We have launched an intensive search operation in that area," SP Gupta said. Police recovered a rifle, many cartridges, 10 cell phones, a backpack and military fatigues from them.

In a search operation, Maoist literature, items of daily use, ammonium nitrate and battery connectors, used for explosions, were recovered by Police in Kathikund in Dumka District of Jharkhand. SP Vipul Shukla said they were carrying out search operations in different parts of the District for the last four days.

The CPI-Maoist has given a call for 24-hour Bihar-Jharkhand bandh on Republic Day (from January 25 midnight) to protest killing of their colleagues in an encounter with SF personnel at Band Goreya village under Dhibra Police Station in Aurangabad District of Bihar on January 8. CPI-Maoist spokesperson Mannas said the bandh will start from January 25 midnight and will continue for the next 24 hours. He said emergency services have been exempted from the bandh. Mannas said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar led-Grand Alliance government in Bihar has extended full support to ‘Operation Greenhunt’.

Six CPI-Maoist cadres, one of them carrying cash reward on his head, surrendered before Police in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. "The cadres surrendered before senior police and CRPF officials citing disappointment with the ideology of Maoists and ill treatment meted out to them by senior leaders," Sukma ASP, Santosh Singh, said. Those surrendered were identified as Kunjam Lakhma, a medical team member of Jagargunda area committee of Maoists, Dubi Lakhma, head of DAKMS - a frontal wing of Maoists, and four lower rung members - Kawasi Lachhu, Dubi Hunga, Kawasi Kosa and Kawasi Budhra, he added. Dubi Lakhma was carrying a reward of INR 100,000 on his head, he added. 

Two janmilitia members of the CPI-Maoist, identified as Madvi Sukka (38) and Madvi Linga (32), were arrested from Lakhapal village under Kukanar Police Station limits in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The duos were rounded up during patrolling by a joint team of CRPF and District Force in the Kukanar region, located around 450 kilometres away from Raipur, ASP, Santosh Singh, said.

Four militant outfits operating in north-east India called for their boycott of Republic Day celebrations on January 26. In a joint statement the four organisations, the United National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFWSEA), CorCom of Manipur, GNLA and the HNLC called for the shutdown in the region on January 26. “We call upon the citizens to put out a strong, clear message and protest against the imposed celebration of the Republic day in our West Eastern South East Asia (WESEA). We call for a total shutdown of our region from 00.01 hrs to 18 hrs of January 26,” the statement mailed to the media said.

January 25

French President Francois Hollande said his visit to India was aimed at strengthening and reinforcing “the cooperation against terrorism between our two countries”. “Today, there are all kind of terrorist threats that are hovering around countries such as India and France and one of the main aims of my visit here is to reinforce and strengthen the cooperation against terrorism between our two countries,” Hollande said.

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.

 

 

 

 

 
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