India Timeline - Year 2017
In a joint operation, the AR and
Ledo Police arrested two linkmen of ULFA-I, identified as Raktim
Moran and Manab Moran from Itakhola Ledo in Tinsukia District.
According to the report, the two linkmen were sending information
to ULFA-I and were engaged in illegal coal mines of Ledo area.
Five FICNs of INR 2000 were recovered
in Demow Kachumari Pathar in Sivasagar District.
A combined team of Imphal East
District Police Commando and 21 Para (Special Force) conducted
frisking and checking at the eastern side of Top Khongnangmakhong
bridge in Imphal East District and arrested one ‘self styled captain’
of UNLF, identified as Magsatabam Gojendro Singh alias Telheiba
Two persons hailing from Kerala's
Kasaragod District were arrested near Panaji, while canvassing
for a convention of Salafi Muslims scheduled to be held in Karnataka's
Mangalore later this month, and distributing Kannada language
pamphlets which had Islamic State (IS) symbol and a message titled,
“ISIS Shaitan”. The arrested persons have been identified as Ilyas
and Abdul Nazir. According to Police sources, the pamphlet is
being analysed by top Police officials as the content of the pamphlet
canvasses for a convention of Salafi Muslims due to be held in
Mangalore from January 9-16. Police is also checking the mobile
number mentioned on these pamphlets. "They have been booked
under sections 107 (breach of peace) and 151 (preventive arrest)
of the Criminal Procedure Code. They have been sent for medical
examination at the Goa Medical College”, Police official said.
The producers of an upcoming film
have filed a complaint alleging that they have been receiving
threat calls from Dawood Ibrahim. According to the Police complaint,
the producers have been receiving threat calls for the past 10
days. The complaint registered at the Parliament Street Police
Station (New Delhi) said that since January 1, the producers had
received five calls from a Pakistan-based mobile number.
Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat
said that dynamics of terrorism is constantly changing, and that
Army must think ahead in that direction. "The fact that terrorists
infiltrating from adversary's side means that they are getting
support from them (Pakistani forces)," the Army Chief said.
"We also have to think ahead, and ball has already rolling
in that direction," he further added.
On surgical strikes, Rawat said
that it was well though through operation and India has sent across
a message with the strikes that attacks won't be tolerated. He
further said Indian Army will not shy away from a second surgical
strike if peace in the region is disrupted. The Army Chief also
lauded the soldiers and officers who serve in the most challenging
terrains, including those who have fought insurgency.
A top operative of the Bangladesh-based
terrorist outfit JMB, Mohammad Mosiuddin alias Musa has
revealed that Islamic State (IS) is planning to carry out terror
attacks in the eastern part of the country. Mosiuddin claimed
that the IS want to establish an Islamic caliphate in India. The
SFs and the intelligence agencies are now verifying the possibility
of an IS attack from the east following the interrogation of Musa.
During his interrogation, Musa has made revelations that terror
groups now aim at targeting foreigners at Kolkata's Mother House
and lone wolf attacks on foreign tourists in Srinagar (Jammu and
The UAE Government had seized
properties of Dawood Ibrahim worth INR 150 billion. Earlier in
the day, Indian UHM Rajnath Singh had stated that the Government
is continuing efforts to bring back Dawood Ibrahim, However, even
last year the UHM had asserted that India’s most wanted mafia
would soon be arrested and brought back to the country.
The slogans 'ISIS coming soon'
were found painted on Mata Mansa Devi temple walls in Dharampur
town of Solan District in Himachal Pradesh located on the Kalka-Shmla
highway. A case has been registered by the local Police against
unidentified persons. The IB officials visited the spot and were
keeping an eye on the possible ISIS sympathiser in the area. The
slogans painted in red colour, possibly with the help of a stencil,
have been blackened by the local police following the panic spread
by the writings. Confirming the development, Superintendent of
Police, Solan, Anjum Ara, who also visited the spot, said the
Police was investigating the case and will soon arrest the people
involved in the mischief. "I cannot reveal the information
at this stage as it is very sensitive. A forensic examination
had been conducted and the report is awaited. The investigation
is on," Anjum Ara told. Sources said the intelligence agencies
were keeping an eye on migrant labourers besides suspicious people.
Dharampur is surrounded by sensitive Army cantonments and the
authorities do not want to take any chances.
Mohammad Faheem Ansari, LeT operative,
is being tried for his role in the 2007 attack on CRPF camp in
Rampur, (Uttar Pradesh) visited Pakistan and obtained a passport
there on fake papers, Manpreet Singh Vohra, the then Deputy High
Commissioner at Indian High Commission in Pakistan, told the court
of additional district and sessions judge. Vohra, who is now Ambassador
to Afghanistan, said he obtained this information with officials
in Pakistan at that time. Public Prosecutor Dalwinder Singh told
the court that Pakistan’s ISI had helped Ansari get the passport.
Additional District Government
Counsel Dalwinder Singh said, “Manpreet Singh Vohra had carried
out the investigation into a Pakistani passport recovered from
Faheem Ansari at the time of his arrest by the ATS and the sleuths
of the special task force on February 10, 2008. At that time,
Vohra was the deputy high commissioner of India in Islamabad.”
According to Singh, after the
Mumbai attack, both India and Pakistan governments had exchanged
the information through dossiers where it was revealed that Faheem
Ansari had managed to get the Pakistani passport on fake identities.
Ansari had been earlier accused of conducting reconnaissance for
the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008 but was subsequently acquitted
of those charges.
Several Naxal groups
in Jharkhand were reported to have incurred losses to the tune
of INR 800 million said a top Police officer at Ranchi
District. The Naxal groups are desperate ever since
the Narendra Modi-led Government had decided to demonetize INR
500 and 1000 currency notes from the midnight of November 8, 2016,
which had an adverse impact on the activities of Naxal
groups in the State, said the ADG, Jharkhand, R K Mallick.
Quoting an intelligence report, he added, at least INR 800
million cash of the Naxal groups
has thus been destroyed due to demonetisation. The Naxal outfits
have weakened as their major economic system was destroyed post-demonetisation,
which prompted the Naxals to indulge in looting
cash in desperation, going against the Maoist ideology, Mallick
claimed. However, the State Police was prepared to foil all their
nefarious design, he said.
Police have received evidence
that the CPI-Maoist, with the support of tribal people, took control
of forest land, along Kerala and Tamil Nadu border, by cutting
down hundreds of trees. A series of video clip, released by Police,
show that the armed CPI-Maoist and tribal people are jointly removing
trees in forest and installing CPI-Maoist flag in the area. Police
suspect that the area shown in the video is Agali forest region
of Palakkad District. According to Police, the visuals were recovered
from the digital documents that were seized after the recent Police
encounter with CPI-Maoist in Nilambur forest in which two CPI-Maoist
leaders, Kuppu Devaraj and Ajitha, were killed.
A self styled ‘platoon commander’
and a cadre of the NDFB-IKS, identified as Danial Muchahary and
Rahen Muchahary were arrested after an encounter with a joint
team comprising the Police and the Army from Lawdangi area under
Dhekiajuli Police station in Sonitpur District. Police recovered
one 7.65 pistol, three round live cartridges, three mobile phones
along with six SIM cards from the militants. Police sources said
that Danial was the self styled ‘platoon commander’ of NDFB –IKS
of ‘38 battalion’ of the outfit.
A suspected Bangladeshi citizen,
identified as Sohail Ahmed alias Omar Nasser Saju was arrested
by Cachar District Police at Sadhinbazar area in Cachar District.
However, in a reply to a question about Sohail’s link with terrorist
outfit JMB and also about his possible links behind the Holey
Artisan Bakery in Gulshan Police Station of Dhaka, the Police
said that nothing conclusive could be arrived at so far and they
were investigating all possible angles.
A militant of PREPAK-Pro, identified
as Kangjam Premananda (40) was arrested by a team of Imphal West
District Police at Thangmeiband Hijam Leikai in Imphal West District.
Two hand grenade and two mobile phones were recovered from the
arrested militant. According to the Police sources, the hand grenades
were meant to be exploded at MPSC office and also at the residences
of some of its top officials and the militant was operating under
one Lamtakpa alias Langamba of PREPAK-Pro.
A Chinese hand grenade was recovered
by Imphal West District Police at Suraj Paint Centre at Nagamapal
in Imphal West District. No one has claimed responsibility for
the act so far.
Self styled ‘chairman’ Helun Haokip
of the militant outfit, KNLF, announced that his ‘organisation’
KNLF had been merged with another militant group, the UKLF.
The Court of CJM, Imphal East
District remanded the UNC President Gaidon Kamei and Information
Secretary Shangkhel Stephen to Police custody till January 11.
Three militant outfits of North
East, KLO, NLFT and PDCK had set March 31 as ‘deadline’ for ‘Hindi
speakers’ and Bengalis to ‘quit Kamatapur, Karbi-Longri and Tripura’
in an statement. The statement was signed by KLO ‘chairman’ Jiban
Singh Koch, NLFT ‘organising secretary’ Seng-phul Borok and PDCK
‘chairman’ JK Lijang. The statement also condemned the killing
of suspected NDFB-IKS, Ratna Narzary of Khunguri village of Chirang
District on December 29 by SFs. According to the report, all these
three militant groups are mentored by the NSCN-K and ULFA-I.
One civilian, identified as Athari
Samson (54) and an AR trooper, identified as Bhupal Singh (42)
were killed in an encounter with suspected militants at Khunthak
village of Kasom Khullen sub-division in Kamjong District. Troops
of 27 AR were going on foot for an operation when they were attacked
by militants who opened indiscriminate fire at around 10.30 am.
The AR troops too retaliated. The encounter left one AR trooper
and another man dead.
A team of Imphal West District
Police arrested a militant of KCP, identified as Akoijam Khamba
Singh (45) from Bamon Kampu Mayai Leikai in Imphal East District.
Three hand grenades, four detonators and a .32 pistol along with
2 live rounds were recovered from his possession. According to
Police he joined the outfit in 2008.
The probe carried out by NIA into
the January 2, 2016 Pathankot attack finds out that JeM had plans
to attack a local police station too. An intermittent delay in
reaching the Pathankot Air Force in Punjab had almost prompted
JeM to change their plans and attack a local Police Station instead
of the air force base. The information is part of several other
conversations, accessed by NIA, which took place between the JeM
attackers and their handlers based in Pakistan. The conversations
also include chats which took place during and after the attack
between JeM handlers and other individuals based in Pakistan.
According to the probe conducted
by NIA, four attackers, who belonged to Pakistan based JeM, grew
weary due to a delay and had spoken about their concern to Kashif
Jan, a senior JeM member through a telephonic conversation. The
attackers, all of whom were Pakistani nationals, had made calls
to their handler to update him about their movement once they
had crossed the border. At around 3.31 am on January 1, 2016 the
handler, identified as Kashif, referred as Ustadji by the attackers,
made a call on a phone which the attackers had snatched from Ikagar
Singh, a taxi driver who was killed by the Pakistani nationals.
A CPI-Maoist ‘area commander’
carrying a reward of INR 1.5 million on his head and wanted in
three States was shot dead in an encounter with Police and CRPF
at the Ramtandi forest under Ghorabandha Police Station in Ghatshila
sub-division of East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. Supai Tudu,
an ‘area commander’ of a faction of the CPI-Maoist, was found
dead after an exchange of fire between security personnel and
the Maoists. Tudu’s wife, Sonali Tudu, was arrested at the site
after the incident.
A DRG jawan was injured in an
exchange of fire with CPI-Maoist cadres in Bijapur District of
Chhattisgarh. The incident occurred in evening in Basaguda Police
Station area when a joint team of SFs was out on a anti-Naxal operation.
A composite squad of DRG, STF and CoBRA had launched the operation
to the interiors of Basaguda, around 450 kilometres away from
Raipur, Police said. While the SFs were cordoning off a forested
patch close to Tarrem area, they came under heavy fire from a
group of ultras that led to the gun-battle. "A DRG jawan
sustained bullet injuries on his leg in the incident. However,
ultras soon escaped from the spot," the Police added.
A LeT militant identified as Abu
Umar Khitab of Pakistan was killed in an encounter with SFs in
Sopore area in Baramulla District. SFs had laid an ambush at Haritar
in Sopore during the intervening night following information about
movement of militants through the area, a Police official said.
He said SFs on noticing suspicious movement in the wee hours challenged
the persons who opened fire. "In the retaliatory firing,
one terrorist was killed," the official said. The militant
affiliated with LeT and was active for last four years. He was
believed to part of the militant group, which escaped from the
SFs cordon several times last month in Hajjan area of North
Kashmir. Sources said that the militant was operating in Sopore,
Hajin, Gunde Jehanghir and Shah Gund areas of North Kashmir and
SFs were tracking his movement for long. They said one AK 47 rifle,
one hand grenade, three magazines, 70 AK ammunition rounds, one
I-com set, one compass, one bag and one torch was recovered from
A CRPF ASI was critically injured
in a militant attack in Murran Chowk in Pulwama town in Pulwama
District. The ASI identified as BN Thakur was hit by a bullet
in his back and was shifted to army hospital for treatment. The
firing caused panic in the township and senior Police and CRPF
officers reached the spot immediately cordoned off the area and
searches were conducted in the area but the militants managed
to flee after carrying out the attack.
A search operation was launched
by SFs in Kuta Satri forest area of Bandipora District, following
an input about the presence of militants. The operation was, however,
later called off due to heavy snowfall.
Investigating Officers of nine
Police Stations of Kashmir valley are yet to recover, 63 rifles
and 186 magazines looted by the militants and mob from 16 different
locations, despite lapse of considerable period of time. According
to the official data provided by the Home Department in the Legislative
Assembly, 16 incidents of looting/snatching of rifles and magazines
besides huge number of rounds took place under the jurisdiction
of nine Police Stations in Kashmir valley during the period between
January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Of these incidents, maximum
four incidents took place under the jurisdiction of DH Pora Police
Station followed by Pulwama (three) and Kulgam and Shopian (two
each). The other incidents took place under the jurisdiction of
Batamaloo, Anantnag, Dooru, Chadoora and Budgam Police Stations.
Giving gist of the cases, the Home Department said that in some
cases the militants fired upon the Police personnel deployed in
the general areas and decamped with their service rifles after
killing them while as in other cases they attached the Police
deployed for the security of political workers and looted their
service rifles after eliminating or injuring them. In some other
cases the militants even entered the guarded places and snatched
rifles, magazines and rounds from the Police. The incidents of
militants forcibly snatching the weapons from the Police without
harming them physically were also reported from some parts of
According to the official data,
five incidents of mob attacking guard posts and decamping with
the weapons and arms during the period of unrest in Kashmir valley
were reported from five different places. In all these 16 incidents
of weapon looting, FIR under different sections of RPC and Arms
Act were registered but till date no major headway has been made
by the concerned Police Stations as a result of which neither
the accused could be arrested nor looted weapons recovered. AK-47s,
SLRs, INSAS Rifles, Pistols and Carbines were among the weapons
looted by the militants and mob, the Home Department said in reply
to the question of independent MLA, Er Abdul Rashid. According
to the data, a total of 2690 cases of stone pelting were also
registered during the period between January 1, 2016 and December
31, 2016. The maximum cases were registered in Sopore (492) followed
by Srinagar (339) and Baramulla (318). The other stone pelting
incidents were reported from Ganderbal (65), Budgam (163), Anantnag
(271), Shopian (173), Pulwama (143), Kulgam (167), Awantipora
(121), Bandipora (109), Kupwara (218) and Handwara (111).
In reply to question of Hakeem
Mohammad Yaseen, the Minister Incharge Home said that during the
recent unrest 2632 FIRs were registered and almost all are still
under investigation. “Besides, 463 persons were detained under
Public Safety Act out of which 145 were released and presently
318 are under detention”, the Minister added.
Replying to question of NC MLA,
Mubarak Gul, the Government said that a total of 59 youths joined
militant ranks after the killing of HM militant Burhan Wani in
an encounter with Security Forces on July 8 last year. “As reported
by CID Headquarters, 59 youth have joined militant ranks after
8th July, 2016”, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said in a written
reply, adding the Government has notified a Surrender Policy which
was superseded by Rehabilitation Policy to encourage the misguided
youths and militants to abjure violence and accept the integrity
of India and the Constitution.
At least 14 people were injured
when Police resorted to force while dispersing a mob picketing
Manipur Government offices in Senapati District headquarters.
The incident occurred when about 300 people gathered and marched
towards the barricades put up across the road leading to the Senapati
District Administration Office before being stopped by security
personnel. Under the aegis of UNC, the picketing of Manipur Government
Offices in Naga Districts began from midnight of December 31.
Gunfire erupted in Ukhrul District,
near the District Mini-Secretariat. According to sources, armed
gunmen exchanged fire with security personnel manning the Mini-Secretariat.
The firing which started around 9:00 pm lasted around half an
hour. Casualty is not reported so far. The persons responsible
for the firing also remain unknown till now.
In a joint operation by AR and
Tezpur Police, one suspected individual was arrested along with
arms from Barchola village in Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur District.
One AK series rifle, two magazines and 21 live rounds were recovered
from the arrestee.
One person, identified as Rajiv
Rajkhowa was arrested by Pengaree Police following a public chastisement
at Dwarmara village in Pengaree in Tinsukia District. The arrested
person, Rajiv Rajkhowa, shot a local VDP member, identified as
Umesh Rai, at his residence who narrowly escaped death. Then he
was caught by the son of the victim with the help of the villagers
and later handed him over to Pengaree Police. Local sources said
that Rajiv Rajkhowa had served an extortion letter to Rai last
year in the name of the ULFA. The Police recovered two handmade
revolvers and a writing pad belonging to the ULFA from the arrestee.
Unidentified assailants fired
at the residence of Prashanta Gogoi, President OBC wing of BJP,
located at Milan Nagar in Dibrugarh District. However, no one
was injured in the firing incident. At the time of the incident,
Prashanta Gogoi who had joined the BJP few months back was stated
to be in Guwahati for some personal work. The Police immediately
rushed to the spot and reviewed the situation. No one has been
arrested till the filing of this report.
AR arrested a Myanmar-trained
NSCN-R militant, identified as ‘self-styled corporal’ Pingwang
Kanglom in Changlang town in Changlang District. The militant
had been involved in extortion activities in the District, sources
in the paramilitary force said. A pistol and five rounds of live
ammunition were recovered from him.
A suspected Naxal was
killed in an exchange of fire with SFs in dense forest of Bijapur
District of Chhattisgarh. "The skirmish took place late in
afternoon in forest between Puvarti (Sukma District) and Kondapalli
villages under Basaguda Police Station limits of Bijapur,"
Bijapur SP, K L Dhruv said. A joint team of CoBRA – a CRPF
specialised unit, DRG and local Police had launched the Counter-Insurgency
Operation in the jungles of Basaguda and Awapalli, he said. While
SFs were cordoning off a restive pocket on Bijapur-Sukma border,
they came under heavy fire from a group of armed naxals leading
to a heavy gun-battle, the SP added. SDG (Anti-Naxal Operations),
D M Awasthi, said that the operation was “intelligence based”
and the recovery of the INSAS LMG was very significant for
the Chhattisgarh Police”.
Two members of New SPM were allegedly
killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Pathal village in Chatra District
of Jharkhand. The bodies were found near the Gaya-Chatra border
and the two men, identified as Sanjay Singh Bhokta and Vijay Singh
Bhokta, who were abducted from their house. Chatra, SP, Anjani
Jha said that a CPI-Maoist poster, in which the murderers claim
to represent the banned LWE faction, was found on the site of
the incident. A total of four shots were fired, two on each of
the victims, Jha added. Jha said, "It has been verified that
one of the victims, Sanjay Singh, was an active member of New
SPM and was involved in activities which might have led to a fight
with the Maoists." Sources indicate that the New SPM group
recently started as an offshoot of the CPI-Maoist and have been
growingly active in the last few days.
The Police Department is fortifying
24 Police Stations in the areas affected by Naxalism in
Telangana. The Government machinery in Telangana, particularly
the Police Department, is anticipating trouble from the CPI-Maoist
cadres in the coming days. New state-of-the-art Police Stations
is being constructed at a total cost of INR 500 million. Each
of these 24 Police Stations will have impenetrable fencing and
reinforced sentry points, both at the entry point and on the rooftop,
where armed Police personnel would keep guard round the clock,
sources said. Further, the Government is developing two state-of-the-art
Police Training Centers – one in Karimnagar District at
a cost of INR 480 million; and the other one at Medchal in Medchal–Malkajgiri
District, at a cost of INR 300 million where Police recruits would
be trained to be battle-ready. Also, the Government is raising
two IRBs in the State, the sources said. This being so, recruitment
has slowly begun among CPI-Maoist circles. The recruits
are being trained in what is considered a safe bastion: Chhattisgarh.
This time, the CPI- Maoist cadres will have good firepower, since
they are getting the support of CCOMPOSA, sources said. DGP, Anurag
Sharma recently said that they would not allow the Maoists to
make a comeback in the State.
SFs arrested a LeT militant from
Handwara area of North Kashmir in Kupwara District, who was planning
to carry out attack on security convoys in the area. Police said
that on specific information one LeT militant identified as Ashiq
Ahmed alias Abu Haider was arrested by Handwara
Police and 21 RR of army near Fruit Mandi crossing in Handwara
in the District. “On sustained interrogation he disclosed that
he was a close associate of Abu Bakar a LeT ‘commander’ killed
in Sopore few days back. On further discloser the arrested militant
said that in near future he was planning to attack security forces
convoy in Handwara area”, Police said. Police said that huge cache
of arms and ammunition was recovered from him. These include one
AK-47 rifle, 3 Magazines with live cartridges, one Chinese Pistol
with one Magazine, three Hand Grenades, one Magazine Pouch, one
Map and one Haversack.
IG of CRPF, Zulfikar Hassan, said
that militants take advantage of presence of common people on
NH and at times escape after carrying out the attack. Speaking
to reporters on the sidelines of a function in South Kashmir,
Hassan said that at times militants flee after carrying out an
attack on the NH by taking advantage of common people and SFs
avoid collateral damage. “The attacks on National Highway occur
many times during a year. Many-a-times we are successful in killing
those who attack. Sometimes due to presence of common people we
don’t fire because that can result in collateral damage and we
restrain ourselves. The militants sometimes take advantage of
crowd and escape”, he said. Hassan said that at times militants
manage to escape from the security but SFs make their efforts
to prevent them from fleeing. “Sometimes the stone-pelting takes
place so that militants manage to escape. But security forces,
CRPF, Jammu and Kashmir Police try not to make it successful and
sometimes we do manage to stop militants from escaping”, he said.
Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh met
President Pranab Mukherjee to discuss the UMHA report to the EC
that termed the law-and-order situation in the state as “grave”.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Singh rubbished the report
saying it “wrongly” concluded that the prevailing situation was
“not conducive” to conduct free-and-fair polls there. However,
just ahead of Ibobi’s meeting with the President, the EC declared
that the Assembly election will be held in two phases — on March
4 and 8 — in Manipur. Ibobi, later, welcomed the decision. The
CM said issues such as insurgency, blockades, strikes are not
unique to Manipur but they affect the entire north-east and that
even in 2012, the state Assembly polls were boycotted by hill
and valley-based underground organisations including the PLA and
UNC- the apex body of the Nagas
based in Manipur- said they would continue with the economic blockade
despite the announcement of Manipur assembly elections by the
EC. According to the UNC, elections cannot be held peacefully
in the Naga-inhabited areas of Manipur until the prevailing problems
are resolved. “The blockade will continue. Solving of Manipur’s
problems has to be done through dialogue between the parties in
conflict. So far, the government of Manipur has failed to respond
politically. We have no other option but to intensify the blockade,
no matter what the EC has announced regarding the polls in the
state,” K.S. Paul, former President of the UNC, said. Paul - an
active member of the UNC -said the Manipur Government has betrayed
the Nagas of Manipur. “We have been betrayed by the Manipur government,
as it did not consult us on the creation of seven new Districts
out of our ancestral land. We do not know whether the situation
will be conducive for holding free and fair elections in the Naga
areas of the state,” said Paul.
Belagavi Police along with Assam
Police arrested a suspected militant associated with NDFB at a
sugar company in Belgaum District of Karnataka.
China dismissed as “untrue” allegations
of double standards by India by blocking its bid to list JeM leader
Masood Azhar as global terrorist by the UN, claiming that it had
adopted a “just, objective and professional” attitude in deciding
the matter. “With regard to the listing matter of the Security
Council 1267 committee the so called double standards adopted
by China on this relevant issue is not true. We take action based
on solid evidence that is the standard upheld by us,” Chinese
Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.
Intelligence agencies are weighing
inputs indicating the radical elements within the proscribed SIMI
are forging links with similarly minded groups within the recently
banned IRF and may lead to the birth of a new radical outfit.
Such inputs, described by sources as “very disturbing”, have been
pouring in for more than a month ever since the Central Government
banned IRF led by controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. The
IB is likely to issue a note to State intelligence agencies regarding
these developments shortly. Top sources disclosed that over the
past couple of months, person-to-person contact and group interactions
between members of the banned groups have been taking place lately.
''Similar inputs have been coming from certain areas that are
known to be breeding grounds for militants in different states.
Some political parties, which used to sympathise with SIMI, are
now sympathising with IRF too,'' said one senior official.
While IRF, an NGO run by Salafist
preacher Zakir Naik, was banned for five years in November 2016,
SIMI was 16 years ago and still has a large number of supporters.
Sources in the intelligence agencies said they consider SIMI as
a ''very active'' group despite the ban. Though SIMI members attending
the taqreer (speeches) of Zakir Naik is nothing new, intelligence
sources say there is electronic evidence of increasing interaction
between members of these two groups, especially since the IRF
Interestingly, just days after
IRF was banned, the Kerala-based Islamic fundamentalist organisation
PFI organized massive rallies in different parts of the country
in support of Zakir Naik. A majority of PFI members are actually
from SIMI. “Since SIMI is banned, the members work in different
outfits. But SIMI is alive and kicking,'' said a senior official.
Sources said inputs indicate that these radical interactions could
lead to the formation of a new radical outfit similar to IM which
was involved in a series of bomb blasts across the country since
it was founded by Abdus Subhan Qureshi in 2010. IM mostly comprised
of lower-tier SIMI members. The change in name was widely
seen as a change in tactics by SIMI members. Till date, while
senior SIMI leaders are still available, there are minimal inputs
about the cadres. “The same tactic is being used again. Only this
time, SIMI has IRF to look to. IRF has dedicated members across
the length and breadth of the country, which will come in handy
and this is enough for extremist elements in both groups to form
a new group and continue with their subversive activities,'' another
Members of NOJ, left a note threatening
to kill Pipra (Supaul District) of Bihar, MLA, Shyam Babu Prasad
Yadav if he did not quit the BJP by February. NOJ
is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist. The group has sought an
extortion of INR 500,000 from Yadav.
The ‘deputy commander’ of Kasansur Dalam Jyoti
Gawade was killed by Gadchiroli District Police's C-60 Commandos
at Boteyjhari and Badhgaon forest in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra.
Jyoti is alleged to have led the arson attack at Surjagarh on
December 23, 2016. 76 trucks, 3 JCBs and 1 motorcycle were burnt
by the Naxals. Shivaji Bodkhe, IG of State ANO, said
that Jyoti was trying to break through the Police cordon when
she received bullet injuries in retaliatory fire. "Police
have also seized Jyoti's .303 rifles," he added. On January
4, the Police had cornered Naxals at Nihalkai
forest near Gyarapati from where two .12 bore rifles were seized.
After intensifying the search operations, the Police spotted Jyoti's Dalam following
which a battled ensued. Jyoti alias Sagobai Narsingh,
was earlier ‘commander’ of Surjagarh LGS which was later amalgamated
with Kasansur Dalam.
A surrendered Naxalite was
allegedly killed by CPI-Maoist cadres in Dhanora Tehsil of
Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The victim Sukhram Lalchu
Wadde (35) was a member of Naxal militia, who
had surrendered before the Police in July 2016, a senior Police
official said. The Naxals attacked Sukhram at
Kehakavi village and murdered him using an axe, he said. "The
CPI-Maoist cadres were angry as Sukhram had turned himself in
before the police," the official added. Further the officials
said last week (December 29, 2016) three villagers were killed
allegedly by Naxalites in Aheri and Korchi tehsils in
Gadchiroli on the suspicion of they being ‘informers’. The victims
were identified as Laccha Bande Madavi (36) resident of Rumalkasa,
Patali Doge Atram (36), resident of Gurja, and Talwarsha Kunjram,
resident of Korchi.
A militia member of the CPI-Maoist,
who was involved in the Chamundia beat-house torching case in
July 2016, was arrested by Police in Senepuri forest near Badasilinga
in Nayagarh District of Odisha. The arrested Maoist, Santosh Majhi
(35), had been working with the Kalahandi-Kandhamal-Boudh-Nayagarh
(KKBN) division of the CPI-Maoist for the past three years. Two
associates of Majhi escaped during the raid. One of them has been
identified as Bipin, while the other’s identity is yet to be established.
Majhi and a dozen of his associates had damaged the beat house
and set fire to a jeep which was being used for anti-poaching
operations in Nayagarh Forest Division (NFD).
The UKLF categorically stated
that it was not involved in any manner in the ambush against State
Police ahead of CM Okram Ibobi Singh’s visit to Tengnoupal (Tengnoupal
District) near Lokchao along Imphal-Moreh highway on December
15. Speaking to a team of media persons at an undisclosed location
in Chandel district, UKLF ‘home secretary’ Daniel Thadou said
that the KNLF ‘chairman’ had merged with the UNLF on his own volition.
Daniel contended that the UKLF was not involved in the Lokchao
ambush, and the State Police and its intelligence agencies would
know the truth.
Earlier KNLF ‘general secretary’
Lalmoi Haokip alleged that the Lokchao ambush was carried out
by UKLF at the instruction of NSCN-IM. Flatly rejecting Lalmoi’s
allegation, Daniel said that the same allegation was baseless
and fabricated. The UKLF has a suspicion that the Lokchao ambush
was carried out by a gang of criminals led by Lalmoi, Daniel said.
As many as nine vehicles were
set on fire by about 30 cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Gondahur Police
Station limits in Kanker District of Chhattisgarh. SP, ML Kotwani
said the Maoists set ablaze eight tractors and one excavator.
He said the Maoists had threatened to stop the road laying work
in between Maharashtra’s Pendi village to Chhattisgarh's border.
After the threat, the contractors from Maharashtra had parked
their vehicles in the territory of Chhattisgarh, Kotwani said,
adding that Police force was sent to the place of occurrence.
Five Naxals were
arrested with arms and ammunition from Gumla and Garhwa Districts
of Jharkhand. Two cadres of the PLFI were arrested from Palkot
in Gumla District while three cadres of the TPC were arrested
in Ranka, Garhwa District. A country made gun, bullets and mobile
phones were found on PLFI cadres Vinay Gope and Ravi
Gope while Police recovered 25 kilograms explosive from TPC cadres
Rajesh Yadav and his aides Sunil Singh Kharwar and Mehboob Alam.
Gumla SP, Chandan Kumar Jha said Vinay and Ravi had demanded INR
300,000 levy from a petrol bunk owner on December 30, 2016. In
Garhwa, Police first arrested Rajesh. During interrogation, he
revealed about his aides who were arrested from Ramkanda village.
Police seized mobile phones, pamphlets and posters. TPC and
PLFI are splinter groups of the CPI-Maoist.
The UMHA flagged the operational
efficiency of SFs in the Naxal-affected areas as one
of its biggest achievements during a presentation before PM Narendra
Modi. The Ministry informed Modi that since the NDA Government
came to power in May 2014, there had been a 45 per cent increase
in the efficiency of Central Forces (CFs) in operations against
the Naxals. In a presentation made by Home Secretary,
Rajiv Mehrishi, Modi and other officials were informed that the
number of Naxal cadres killed in 2016 had been
the highest ever in six years. Eighty-Four cadres of the CPI-Maoist
were killed in 2015 and in 2016, the number swelled to 218, which
was an increase of 160 per cent. There was also an increase in
the number of Police encounter from 237 in 2015 to 316 in 2016.
UHM Rajnath Singh told in a press conference earlier this week
that demonetization had increased the problems of CPI-Maoist and
that they had weakened. The EFC has already given the go-ahead
for an ambitious road project in the 44 worst Naxal-affected
Districts. Under this project, the Government proposes to construct
5,412 km of roads and 126 bridges and it would cost INR 117.25
million. The Government is redrawing the ‘Red Corridor’ — the
area affected by LWE — and may soon take off 20 Districts from
the list of Naxal-affected areas. The 106 Districts
which span 10 States — Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra,
Odisha, Telangana, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh
and Chhattisgarh — constitute the Red Corridor. Of these, 44 Districts
are said to be the worst affected. India has a total of 683 Districts.
Al-Badr terrorist Muzzafar Ahmed,
who had links with LeT, was gunned down by the SFs after heavy
exchange of fire in Budgam District. Ahmed, who was wanted in
several cases, was earlier associated with LeT. Also, a Policeman
sustained critical injuries during the encounter.
The call traffic between hawala agents
in India dropped almost by half post demonetisation, says a recent
assessment by the central intelligence agencies. Payments to the
end beneficiary of hawala deals are traditionally in cash, with
INR 500 and INR 1,000 being the favoured denominations. The demonetisation
of these high-value notes on November 9 severely affected hawala
operators, and going solely by call traffic, their business may
be down by 50%, said an intelligence source. Terror funds are
mostly sourced in counterfeit currency, comprising high-quality
fake notes that Indian agencies suspect are printed at the Pakistan
government printing press in Quetta and its security press at
Karachi. Given this fact and the drop in hawala transactions,
demonetisation has dried up funds used for organised stone-pelting
in J&K and paying overground terror supporters in the State.
Intelligence officials claim that terrorism-related violence in
J&K dipped by 60% post the cash ban, with only one major blast
reported from the valley in December. An intelligence official
claimed that apart from organised stone-pelting, a direct casualty
of demonetisation in J&K was the overground network of terror
facilitators. "The overground support base of terrorists
depends on instant cash payments. A weakened OGW network due to
demonetisation has resulted in several successful counterterrorist
operations in the Valley over the past several weeks," said
A Field Assistant of Veterinary
Department, identified as Ds Stephen (45) was shot by one unidentified
assailant at Maringphai village, near Pallel in Tengnoupal District.
Stephen who sustained bullet injuries on the calf and thigh had
been taken to Jeevan Hospital, Kakching, and then shifted to a
hospital of Imphal. According to the sources, it is not clear
who the assailants are and what is the motive so far.
The ‘chairman’ of the KNLF wrote
to the chairman of the JMG of the SoO, to delist the outfit from
the KNO as it had merged with the UKLF. In the written communication
sent to the chairman of the JMG, the ‘chairman’ of the KNLF said
that all former members of the KNLF including the 'c in c’ had
already been absorbed by the UKLF and hence to instruct the KNO
not to mention KNLF or use the name of KNLF.
One militant of ULFA-I, identified
as Lakheswar Baruah alias Lavang Axom was arrested by Bordumsa
Police in association with Indian Army at Kathgalguri near Bordumsa
in Tinsukia District.
In a statement, the NSCN-IM strongly
objected to India's decision to fence the borders between Myanmar
and Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. In the statement,
NSCN-IM said that such ‘artificial boundary fencing imposed upon
the Naga people’ was against the will of the people and was gross
violation of human rights. Other Naga groups like, NNC and ENDO
were also against the fencing.
Describing the counter-terrorism
cooperation between India and the US under the eight years of
Barack Obama administration as “incredibly successful”, Peter
Lavoy, Senior Director for South Asian Affairs at the National
Security Council, White House, has said this has not only “diminished
the threat” of terrorism in the two countries, but also foiled
several terror plots. “I can tell you quite definitively that
due to our partnerships, several terrorism plots were foiled.
Indian lives and American lives were saved because of this partnership,”
said Peter Lavoy. “So it’s a very significant development and
I think, it can continue,” he added.
International radical outfit Street
Daawah has opened offices in Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai
to recruit non-Muslims, including those from the IT hubs in these
cities, for enlisting them into suicide missions. The outfit had
begun its operations in the UK and Australia in 2012 following
which a number of youths were radicalised with presentation of
concocted forms of Islam. In the wake of the outfit’s activities,
a few Indians, including Indian- origin British national Siddarth
Dhar, joined the Islamic State (IS). Dhar is also believed to
be the new Jihadi John, a masked executioner for the IS whose
videos relating to mass executions have been released by the Caliphate-seeking
terror outfit after the liquidation of the original Jihadi John
whose real name was Mohammad Emwazi, a British origin IS executioner.
Many of the Street Daawah cadres have been known to have either
joined the IS ranks or emerged as suicide bombers for them. As
many as 25 suicide bombings have been committed globally by the
Street Daawah cadres during the last few years.
India and Portugal called upon
the global community to avoid double standards in addressing terror
and to strengthen cooperation in combating international terrorism
with zero tolerance towards it. “They underlined that states should
not support any terror entity including ‘non-state actors’ on
any grounds and that violent extremism fueled by misuse of internet
and the social media needs to be countered. Similarly, networks
of terrorist financing and terrorist infrastructure should be
dismantled,” said a joint statement issued after talks between
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Portuguese counterpart, Antonio
Three Maoists, two of them carrying
cash reward on their heads, were arrested from separate places
in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. While a ‘commander’ rank
cadre identified as Vetti Varsa was arrested from Katekalyan Police
Station limits, two others were arrested from Kotwali Police Station
area. Of them, Varsa was active as Jan militia ‘commander’ under
Katekalyan area committee of Maoists, he said, adding that the
rebel was carrying a reward of INR 100,000 on his head. Two others
arrested were identified as Masa alias Kumma
Madvi, head of Janatana Sarkar group and Panda, a member of the
same group, he added. The two were tasked with the recruitment
of fresh cadres for the banned outfit, the official said, adding
Masa was also carrying a reward of INR 100,000 on his head.
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist
set ablaze three construction vehicles at Ruam village near Chaibasa
in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. The attack was a reaction
to the construction company's failure in paying levy. The damaged
vehicles included two bulldozers and a mixer owned by RKS constructions.
SP, Anish Gupta said, "We are tracing the rebels involved
in the incident. The construction of this road, which had begun
in 2014, has suffered repeated setbacks due to Maoist activities.
Last year, Maoists had burnt vehicles involved in the construction
of the same road after the company refused to pay levy."
Khunti Police conducted an operation,
led by SP, Ashwini Jha, at Kuisar village forest in Khunti District
of Jharkhand. Police had got a tip-off about a meeting of the
PLFI in the forest, 25 kilometres from Khunti. Three country-made
carbines, one regular carbine, two double barrel breach loading
guns, three magazines and two haversacks were seized in the raid.
Jha said, "We reached the location at 3:30 am and discovered
a rebel camp. However, the rebels escaped by the time we reached
the camp. We chased them for half a kilometer but failed to catch
them. Maoists Jidan Gudiya, Prabhu Sahai Bodra, Bagrai Champiya,
Pattu Naag and others were among those who fled.'' PLFI is a splinter
group of the CPI-Maoist.
Maoist ‘zonal commander’ Dimba
Pahan (58), who carried INR 1.5 million reward on his head, surrendered
before Khunti SP, Ashwini Kumar Sinha at his office. A native
of Barigarha village in Arki area of Khunti of Jharkhand, Dimba
joined the Maoists in 1998. He was involved in several cases of
Ranchi, Khunti, Saraikela-Kharsawan and West Singhbhum Districts,
including the killing of former Tamar MLA, Ramesh Singh Munda,
Bundu DSP, Pramod Kumar Gupta and special branch inspector Francis
Indewar. He also robbed an ICICI Bank cash van of over INR 50.7
million and 1.2 kilograms gold in May, 2008.
East Singhbhum District (Jharkhand)
Police have intensified search operations at Ghurabandha and Dumaria
in Ghatshila and deployed SFs along NH-33 in wake of a bandh call
by Maoists on January 10 to protest killing of Supaye Tuddu on
Normal life in Jammu and Kashmir
was affected due to shutdown called by separatists. Shops and
commercial establishments remained closed across Srinagar and
public transport was partially off the roads. The private vehicles
were, however, plying normally. Street vendors had set-up their
stalls at multiple places in the city’s civil line areas.
A complete shutdown was observed
in Sopore town of Baramulla District, to mourn the killing of
senior militant ‘commander’ associated with Al Badr Mujahideen,
Muzzafar Ahmad Naiko alias Muz Molvi, who was
killed on January 6 in an encounter. During the shutdown, hundreds
of security men were deployed to prevent outbreak of protests
across the Sopore town.
Two CRPF jawans, identified as
constables Visvendar Jat and Brajesh Singh, were injured one of
them seriously, in a powerful blast in Imphal West District. Police
said the two constables were passing by in a bicycle when an IED
planted by the wayside at Naoremthong Khullem Leikai under Lamphel
Police Station exploded. The IED was detonated by suspected militants
using a remote control device, they added. No outfit has claimed
responsibility so far.
The UNC decided to continue its
economic blockade during Manipur polls which will be held in the
first week of March. The UNC also decided to ‘intensify’ the economic
blockade in the meeting held at Senapati Town in Senapati District.
The Q Branch of CID Police arrested
an advocate from S. Alangulam village in Madurai District of Tamil
Nadu on the charge of having links with CPI-Maoist. The
Q Branch CID Police had been conducting surveillance on advocate
A. Murugan ever since the two alleged CPI-Maoist cadres – Kala
(53) and Chandra (51) – were arrested in Karur District on July
2016. Sources said that Murugan’s younger brother, Velmurugan
(35), an active CPI-Maoist cadre, was accused in two naxal cases
in Varushanadu in Theni District and Uthankarai in Coimbatore
District. The advocate used to appear for CPI-Maoist in court.
The Q Branch CID team seized a huge quantity of homeopathic medicines
allegedly in possession of the advocate, which, sources claimed,
were being supplied to some Maoists. A few printed literatures
relating to Maoists were also alleged to have been recovered.
The Jharkhand Police are now concentrating
their offensive on the CPI-Maoist ‘area commander’ Kanhu Munda
in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. To revive
people's confidence in the administration, Police have decided
to hold a crime meeting at Gian village in Ghatshila subdivision.
East Singhbhum Rural SP, Shailendra Burnwal said they had chosen Naxal-hit
Gian for the meeting because Kanhu Munda hailed from the village.
He added, "We are already carrying out anti-insurgency operations
in Ghurabandha and Gian. The crime meeting at Kanhu Munda's village
will surely make a difference among people who may have been associated
with the Naxalites because they are petrified
of Munda”. Police sources said there were four to five armed naxals in
Munda's squad. "We are working on a plan in which villagers
will no longer co-operate with the CPI-Maoist like they have been
doing so far," SP Burnwal said. Munda's squad is active in
the Ghurabandha region, which shares border with Mayurbhanj District
of Odisha. Police will also hold a janata durbar for
villagers of Gian. "At the durbar, local problems - including
the ones that have cropped up owing to Naxalite activities
- will be heard and resolved, if possible," the SP said.
UHM Rajnath Singh held a review
meeting on Naxalism situation in Jharkhand with
senior Police officials of CRPF and the State Police at Eastern
Sector Headquarters of CRPF in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. A
senior Police official told, “A demand was raised before the UMHA
to increase the strength of SFs in the state to carry out anti-Naxal operations
in the state, replying to which, he said that the demand will
be taken up only after UP Election.” The State Police also requested
the UHM to recommence the fund allocation for setting up of STF
against terrorism which has been discontinued for quite some time.
With security advisor K Vijay Kumar and CM Raghubar Das in tow,
Singh claimed that the Centre's demonetization move has broken
the backs of banned LWE organizations like PLFI and CPI-Maoist.
Maintaining that dialogue was the only means to resolve differences,
the minister urged armed groups to come to the discussion table
and place their demands instead of 'stopping the development of
the poor'. Singh, who inaugurated the Eastern Sector
Headquarters of CISF in the state capital, said increasing the
'technological and core competence' of the forces is the need
of the hour. The new Eastern Sector Headquarters in Ranchi's Tiril
spreads over 158 acres. This new headquarters has been relocated
from Bihar for better synergy, CISF Director General OP Singh
The dead bodies of the abducted
civilians identified as, the village chief of N-Gamnom village
S Otkhomang (57) and church chairman Tilpao Haokip (51) were found
in Nungkham Gamnom Village in Manipur’s newly-created Tengnoupal
District. Earlier, on January 6, these two civilians were abducted
by some unidentified assailants and they were taken toward Indo-Myanmar
border. According to the sources, the assailants also fired some
rounds while taking away the duo. The sources also added that
fatal bullet injuries were seen on the dead bodies. Regarding
this sensitive issue, a joint meeting attended by members of various
organisations including Hill Tribal Council, Meitei Council Moreh,
Kuki Chiefs Association (Moreh Block) and women leaders was held
and the meeting resolved to impose a bandh along Moreh road on
A hand grenade planted by unidentified
assailants was recovered at the residence of Bishnupur DSP, Y
Sushil’s wife at Thangmeiband Hijam Dewan Leikai in Imphal West
District. After recovering the grenade, the bomb disposal squad
of Manipur Police exploded it safely at a dumping site at Lamphelpat,
The Additional Secretary for Mizoram’s
Home department Lalbiakzama said that the proposed repatriation
of over 32,800 Brus lodged in six relief camps in Tripura was
scheduled to begin from the second week of February, 2017. Lalbiakzama
attended a meeting between the UMHA and Mizoram Government in
New Delhi over the issue of the repatriation of the 5,413 Bru
Three civilians working as labourers
were killed in a pre-dawn terror attack by militants on a GREF
camp near LoC in Akhnoor sector of Jammu District. Two or more
militants attacked the GREF camp around 1 AM near LoC in Battal
village, sources said. Militants likely infiltrated from across
the border to carry out the terror attack, sources said. In the
attack, three civilians were killed, they said, adding that the
victims were working as labourers with GREF.
Source:Compiled from news reports and