India Timeline - Year 2017
In a joint operation, the AR and
Ledo Police arrested two linkmen of ULFA-I, identified as Raktim
Moran and Manab Moran from Itakhola Ledo in Tinsukia District.
According to the report, the two linkmen were sending information
to ULFA-I and were engaged in illegal coal mines of Ledo area.
Five FICNs of INR 2000 were recovered
in Demow Kachumari Pathar in Sivasagar District.
A combined team of Imphal East
District Police Commando and 21 Para (Special Force) conducted
frisking and checking at the eastern side of Top Khongnangmakhong
bridge in Imphal East District and arrested one ‘self styled captain’
of UNLF, identified as Magsatabam Gojendro Singh alias Telheiba
Two persons hailing from Kerala's
Kasaragod District were arrested near Panaji, while canvassing
for a convention of Salafi Muslims scheduled to be held in Karnataka's
Mangalore later this month, and distributing Kannada language
pamphlets which had Islamic State (IS) symbol and a message titled,
“ISIS Shaitan”. The arrested persons have been identified as Ilyas
and Abdul Nazir. According to Police sources, the pamphlet is
being analysed by top Police officials as the content of the pamphlet
canvasses for a convention of Salafi Muslims due to be held in
Mangalore from January 9-16. Police is also checking the mobile
number mentioned on these pamphlets. "They have been booked
under sections 107 (breach of peace) and 151 (preventive arrest)
of the Criminal Procedure Code. They have been sent for medical
examination at the Goa Medical College”, Police official said.
The producers of an upcoming film
have filed a complaint alleging that they have been receiving
threat calls from Dawood Ibrahim. According to the Police complaint,
the producers have been receiving threat calls for the past 10
days. The complaint registered at the Parliament Street Police
Station (New Delhi) said that since January 1, the producers had
received five calls from a Pakistan-based mobile number.
Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat
said that dynamics of terrorism is constantly changing, and that
Army must think ahead in that direction. "The fact that terrorists
infiltrating from adversary's side means that they are getting
support from them (Pakistani forces)," the Army Chief said.
"We also have to think ahead, and ball has already rolling
in that direction," he further added.
On surgical strikes, Rawat said
that it was well though through operation and India has sent across
a message with the strikes that attacks won't be tolerated. He
further said Indian Army will not shy away from a second surgical
strike if peace in the region is disrupted. The Army Chief also
lauded the soldiers and officers who serve in the most challenging
terrains, including those who have fought insurgency.
A top operative of the Bangladesh-based
terrorist outfit JMB, Mohammad Mosiuddin alias Musa has
revealed that Islamic State (IS) is planning to carry out terror
attacks in the eastern part of the country. Mosiuddin claimed
that the IS want to establish an Islamic caliphate in India. The
SFs and the intelligence agencies are now verifying the possibility
of an IS attack from the east following the interrogation of Musa.
During his interrogation, Musa has made revelations that terror
groups now aim at targeting foreigners at Kolkata's Mother House
and lone wolf attacks on foreign tourists in Srinagar (Jammu and
The UAE Government had seized
properties of Dawood Ibrahim worth INR 150 billion. Earlier in
the day, Indian UHM Rajnath Singh had stated that the Government
is continuing efforts to bring back Dawood Ibrahim, However, even
last year the UHM had asserted that India’s most wanted mafia
would soon be arrested and brought back to the country.
The slogans 'ISIS coming soon'
were found painted on Mata Mansa Devi temple walls in Dharampur
town of Solan District in Himachal Pradesh located on the Kalka-Shmla
highway. A case has been registered by the local Police against
unidentified persons. The IB officials visited the spot and were
keeping an eye on the possible ISIS sympathiser in the area. The
slogans painted in red colour, possibly with the help of a stencil,
have been blackened by the local police following the panic spread
by the writings. Confirming the development, Superintendent of
Police, Solan, Anjum Ara, who also visited the spot, said the
Police was investigating the case and will soon arrest the people
involved in the mischief. "I cannot reveal the information
at this stage as it is very sensitive. A forensic examination
had been conducted and the report is awaited. The investigation
is on," Anjum Ara told. Sources said the intelligence agencies
were keeping an eye on migrant labourers besides suspicious people.
Dharampur is surrounded by sensitive Army cantonments and the
authorities do not want to take any chances.
Mohammad Faheem Ansari, LeT operative,
is being tried for his role in the 2007 attack on CRPF camp in
Rampur, (Uttar Pradesh) visited Pakistan and obtained a passport
there on fake papers, Manpreet Singh Vohra, the then Deputy High
Commissioner at Indian High Commission in Pakistan, told the court
of additional district and sessions judge. Vohra, who is now Ambassador
to Afghanistan, said he obtained this information with officials
in Pakistan at that time. Public Prosecutor Dalwinder Singh told
the court that Pakistan’s ISI had helped Ansari get the passport.
Additional District Government
Counsel Dalwinder Singh said, “Manpreet Singh Vohra had carried
out the investigation into a Pakistani passport recovered from
Faheem Ansari at the time of his arrest by the ATS and the sleuths
of the special task force on February 10, 2008. At that time,
Vohra was the deputy high commissioner of India in Islamabad.”
According to Singh, after the
Mumbai attack, both India and Pakistan governments had exchanged
the information through dossiers where it was revealed that Faheem
Ansari had managed to get the Pakistani passport on fake identities.
Ansari had been earlier accused of conducting reconnaissance for
the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008 but was subsequently acquitted
of those charges.
Several Naxal groups
in Jharkhand were reported to have incurred losses to the tune
of INR 800 million said a top Police officer at Ranchi
District. The Naxal groups are desperate ever since
the Narendra Modi-led Government had decided to demonetize INR
500 and 1000 currency notes from the midnight of November 8, 2016,
which had an adverse impact on the activities of Naxal
groups in the State, said the ADG, Jharkhand, R K Mallick.
Quoting an intelligence report, he added, at least INR 800
million cash of the Naxal groups
has thus been destroyed due to demonetisation. The Naxal outfits
have weakened as their major economic system was destroyed post-demonetisation,
which prompted the Naxals to indulge in looting
cash in desperation, going against the Maoist ideology, Mallick
claimed. However, the State Police was prepared to foil all their
nefarious design, he said.
Police have received evidence
that the CPI-Maoist, with the support of tribal people, took control
of forest land, along Kerala and Tamil Nadu border, by cutting
down hundreds of trees. A series of video clip, released by Police,
show that the armed CPI-Maoist and tribal people are jointly removing
trees in forest and installing CPI-Maoist flag in the area. Police
suspect that the area shown in the video is Agali forest region
of Palakkad District. According to Police, the visuals were recovered
from the digital documents that were seized after the recent Police
encounter with CPI-Maoist in Nilambur forest in which two CPI-Maoist
leaders, Kuppu Devaraj and Ajitha, were killed.
A self styled ‘platoon commander’
and a cadre of the NDFB-IKS, identified as Danial Muchahary and
Rahen Muchahary were arrested after an encounter with a joint
team comprising the Police and the Army from Lawdangi area under
Dhekiajuli Police station in Sonitpur District. Police recovered
one 7.65 pistol, three round live cartridges, three mobile phones
along with six SIM cards from the militants. Police sources said
that Danial was the self styled ‘platoon commander’ of NDFB –IKS
of ‘38 battalion’ of the outfit.
A suspected Bangladeshi citizen,
identified as Sohail Ahmed alias Omar Nasser Saju was arrested
by Cachar District Police at Sadhinbazar area in Cachar District.
However, in a reply to a question about Sohail’s link with terrorist
outfit JMB and also about his possible links behind the Holey
Artisan Bakery in Gulshan Police Station of Dhaka, the Police
said that nothing conclusive could be arrived at so far and they
were investigating all possible angles.
A militant of PREPAK-Pro, identified
as Kangjam Premananda (40) was arrested by a team of Imphal West
District Police at Thangmeiband Hijam Leikai in Imphal West District.
Two hand grenade and two mobile phones were recovered from the
arrested militant. According to the Police sources, the hand grenades
were meant to be exploded at MPSC office and also at the residences
of some of its top officials and the militant was operating under
one Lamtakpa alias Langamba of PREPAK-Pro.
A Chinese hand grenade was recovered
by Imphal West District Police at Suraj Paint Centre at Nagamapal
in Imphal West District. No one has claimed responsibility for
the act so far.
Self styled ‘chairman’ Helun Haokip
of the militant outfit, KNLF, announced that his ‘organisation’
KNLF had been merged with another militant group, the UKLF.
The Court of CJM, Imphal East
District remanded the UNC President Gaidon Kamei and Information
Secretary Shangkhel Stephen to Police custody till January 11.
Three militant outfits of North
East, KLO, NLFT and PDCK had set March 31 as ‘deadline’ for ‘Hindi
speakers’ and Bengalis to ‘quit Kamatapur, Karbi-Longri and Tripura’
in an statement. The statement was signed by KLO ‘chairman’ Jiban
Singh Koch, NLFT ‘organising secretary’ Seng-phul Borok and PDCK
‘chairman’ JK Lijang. The statement also condemned the killing
of suspected NDFB-IKS, Ratna Narzary of Khunguri village of Chirang
District on December 29 by SFs. According to the report, all these
three militant groups are mentored by the NSCN-K and ULFA-I.
One civilian, identified as Athari
Samson (54) and an AR trooper, identified as Bhupal Singh (42)
were killed in an encounter with suspected militants at Khunthak
village of Kasom Khullen sub-division in Kamjong District. Troops
of 27 AR were going on foot for an operation when they were attacked
by militants who opened indiscriminate fire at around 10.30 am.
The AR troops too retaliated. The encounter left one AR trooper
and another man dead.
A team of Imphal West District
Police arrested a militant of KCP, identified as Akoijam Khamba
Singh (45) from Bamon Kampu Mayai Leikai in Imphal East District.
Three hand grenades, four detonators and a .32 pistol along with
2 live rounds were recovered from his possession. According to
Police he joined the outfit in 2008.
The probe carried out by NIA into
the January 2, 2016 Pathankot attack finds out that JeM had plans
to attack a local police station too. An intermittent delay in
reaching the Pathankot Air Force in Punjab had almost prompted
JeM to change their plans and attack a local Police Station instead
of the air force base. The information is part of several other
conversations, accessed by NIA, which took place between the JeM
attackers and their handlers based in Pakistan. The conversations
also include chats which took place during and after the attack
between JeM handlers and other individuals based in Pakistan.
According to the probe conducted
by NIA, four attackers, who belonged to Pakistan based JeM, grew
weary due to a delay and had spoken about their concern to Kashif
Jan, a senior JeM member through a telephonic conversation. The
attackers, all of whom were Pakistani nationals, had made calls
to their handler to update him about their movement once they
had crossed the border. At around 3.31 am on January 1, 2016 the
handler, identified as Kashif, referred as Ustadji by the attackers,
made a call on a phone which the attackers had snatched from Ikagar
Singh, a taxi driver who was killed by the Pakistani nationals.
A CPI-Maoist ‘area commander’
carrying a reward of INR 1.5 million on his head and wanted in
three States was shot dead in an encounter with Police and CRPF
at the Ramtandi forest under Ghorabandha Police Station in Ghatshila
sub-division of East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. Supai Tudu,
an ‘area commander’ of a faction of the CPI-Maoist, was found
dead after an exchange of fire between security personnel and
the Maoists. Tudu’s wife, Sonali Tudu, was arrested at the site
after the incident.
A DRG jawan was injured in an
exchange of fire with CPI-Maoist cadres in Bijapur District of
Chhattisgarh. The incident occurred in evening in Basaguda Police
Station area when a joint team of SFs was out on a anti-Naxal operation.
A composite squad of DRG, STF and CoBRA had launched the operation
to the interiors of Basaguda, around 450 kilometres away from
Raipur, Police said. While the SFs were cordoning off a forested
patch close to Tarrem area, they came under heavy fire from a
group of ultras that led to the gun-battle. "A DRG jawan
sustained bullet injuries on his leg in the incident. However,
ultras soon escaped from the spot," the Police added.
A LeT militant identified as Abu
Umar Khitab of Pakistan was killed in an encounter with SFs in
Sopore area in Baramulla District. SFs had laid an ambush at Haritar
in Sopore during the intervening night following information about
movement of militants through the area, a Police official said.
He said SFs on noticing suspicious movement in the wee hours challenged
the persons who opened fire. "In the retaliatory firing,
one terrorist was killed," the official said. The militant
affiliated with LeT and was active for last four years. He was
believed to part of the militant group, which escaped from the
SFs cordon several times last month in Hajjan area of North
Kashmir. Sources said that the militant was operating in Sopore,
Hajin, Gunde Jehanghir and Shah Gund areas of North Kashmir and
SFs were tracking his movement for long. They said one AK 47 rifle,
one hand grenade, three magazines, 70 AK ammunition rounds, one
I-com set, one compass, one bag and one torch was recovered from
A CRPF ASI was critically injured
in a militant attack in Murran Chowk in Pulwama town in Pulwama
District. The ASI identified as BN Thakur was hit by a bullet
in his back and was shifted to army hospital for treatment. The
firing caused panic in the township and senior Police and CRPF
officers reached the spot immediately cordoned off the area and
searches were conducted in the area but the militants managed
to flee after carrying out the attack.
A search operation was launched
by SFs in Kuta Satri forest area of Bandipora District, following
an input about the presence of militants. The operation was, however,
later called off due to heavy snowfall.
Investigating Officers of nine
Police Stations of Kashmir valley are yet to recover, 63 rifles
and 186 magazines looted by the militants and mob from 16 different
locations, despite lapse of considerable period of time. According
to the official data provided by the Home Department in the Legislative
Assembly, 16 incidents of looting/snatching of rifles and magazines
besides huge number of rounds took place under the jurisdiction
of nine Police Stations in Kashmir valley during the period between
January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Of these incidents, maximum
four incidents took place under the jurisdiction of DH Pora Police
Station followed by Pulwama (three) and Kulgam and Shopian (two
each). The other incidents took place under the jurisdiction of
Batamaloo, Anantnag, Dooru, Chadoora and Budgam Police Stations.
Giving gist of the cases, the Home Department said that in some
cases the militants fired upon the Police personnel deployed in
the general areas and decamped with their service rifles after
killing them while as in other cases they attached the Police
deployed for the security of political workers and looted their
service rifles after eliminating or injuring them. In some other
cases the militants even entered the guarded places and snatched
rifles, magazines and rounds from the Police. The incidents of
militants forcibly snatching the weapons from the Police without
harming them physically were also reported from some parts of
According to the official data,
five incidents of mob attacking guard posts and decamping with
the weapons and arms during the period of unrest in Kashmir valley
were reported from five different places. In all these 16 incidents
of weapon looting, FIR under different sections of RPC and Arms
Act were registered but till date no major headway has been made
by the concerned Police Stations as a result of which neither
the accused could be arrested nor looted weapons recovered. AK-47s,
SLRs, INSAS Rifles, Pistols and Carbines were among the weapons
looted by the militants and mob, the Home Department said in reply
to the question of independent MLA, Er Abdul Rashid. According
to the data, a total of 2690 cases of stone pelting were also
registered during the period between January 1, 2016 and December
31, 2016. The maximum cases were registered in Sopore (492) followed
by Srinagar (339) and Baramulla (318). The other stone pelting
incidents were reported from Ganderbal (65), Budgam (163), Anantnag
(271), Shopian (173), Pulwama (143), Kulgam (167), Awantipora
(121), Bandipora (109), Kupwara (218) and Handwara (111).
In reply to question of Hakeem
Mohammad Yaseen, the Minister Incharge Home said that during the
recent unrest 2632 FIRs were registered and almost all are still
under investigation. “Besides, 463 persons were detained under
Public Safety Act out of which 145 were released and presently
318 are under detention”, the Minister added.
Replying to question of NC MLA,
Mubarak Gul, the Government said that a total of 59 youths joined
militant ranks after the killing of HM militant Burhan Wani in
an encounter with Security Forces on July 8 last year. “As reported
by CID Headquarters, 59 youth have joined militant ranks after
8th July, 2016”, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said in a written
reply, adding the Government has notified a Surrender Policy which
was superseded by Rehabilitation Policy to encourage the misguided
youths and militants to abjure violence and accept the integrity
of India and the Constitution.
At least 14 people were injured
when Police resorted to force while dispersing a mob picketing
Manipur Government offices in Senapati District headquarters.
The incident occurred when about 300 people gathered and marched
towards the barricades put up across the road leading to the Senapati
District Administration Office before being stopped by security
personnel. Under the aegis of UNC, the picketing of Manipur Government
Offices in Naga Districts began from midnight of December 31.
Gunfire erupted in Ukhrul District,
near the District Mini-Secretariat. According to sources, armed
gunmen exchanged fire with security personnel manning the Mini-Secretariat.
The firing which started around 9:00 pm lasted around half an
hour. Casualty is not reported so far. The persons responsible
for the firing also remain unknown till now.
In a joint operation by AR and
Tezpur Police, one suspected individual was arrested along with
arms from Barchola village in Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur District.
One AK series rifle, two magazines and 21 live rounds were recovered
from the arrestee.
One person, identified as Rajiv
Rajkhowa was arrested by Pengaree Police following a public chastisement
at Dwarmara village in Pengaree in Tinsukia District. The arrested
person, Rajiv Rajkhowa, shot a local VDP member, identified as
Umesh Rai, at his residence who narrowly escaped death. Then he
was caught by the son of the victim with the help of the villagers
and later handed him over to Pengaree Police. Local sources said
that Rajiv Rajkhowa had served an extortion letter to Rai last
year in the name of the ULFA. The Police recovered two handmade
revolvers and a writing pad belonging to the ULFA from the arrestee.
Unidentified assailants fired
at the residence of Prashanta Gogoi, President OBC wing of BJP,
located at Milan Nagar in Dibrugarh District. However, no one
was injured in the firing incident. At the time of the incident,
Prashanta Gogoi who had joined the BJP few months back was stated
to be in Guwahati for some personal work. The Police immediately
rushed to the spot and reviewed the situation. No one has been
arrested till the filing of this report.
AR arrested a Myanmar-trained
NSCN-R militant, identified as ‘self-styled corporal’ Pingwang
Kanglom in Changlang town in Changlang District. The militant
had been involved in extortion activities in the District, sources
in the paramilitary force said. A pistol and five rounds of live
ammunition were recovered from him.
A suspected Naxal was
killed in an exchange of fire with SFs in dense forest of Bijapur
District of Chhattisgarh. "The skirmish took place late in
afternoon in forest between Puvarti (Sukma District) and Kondapalli
villages under Basaguda Police Station limits of Bijapur,"
Bijapur SP, K L Dhruv said. A joint team of CoBRA – a CRPF
specialised unit, DRG and local Police had launched the Counter-Insurgency
Operation in the jungles of Basaguda and Awapalli, he said. While
SFs were cordoning off a restive pocket on Bijapur-Sukma border,
they came under heavy fire from a group of armed naxals leading
to a heavy gun-battle, the SP added. SDG (Anti-Naxal Operations),
D M Awasthi, said that the operation was “intelligence based”
and the recovery of the INSAS LMG was very significant for
the Chhattisgarh Police”.
Two members of New SPM were allegedly
killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Pathal village in Chatra District
of Jharkhand. The bodies were found near the Gaya-Chatra border
and the two men, identified as Sanjay Singh Bhokta and Vijay Singh
Bhokta, who were abducted from their house. Chatra, SP, Anjani
Jha said that a CPI-Maoist poster, in which the murderers claim
to represent the banned LWE faction, was found on the site of
the incident. A total of four shots were fired, two on each of
the victims, Jha added. Jha said, "It has been verified that
one of the victims, Sanjay Singh, was an active member of New
SPM and was involved in activities which might have led to a fight
with the Maoists." Sources indicate that the New SPM group
recently started as an offshoot of the CPI-Maoist and have been
growingly active in the last few days.
The Police Department is fortifying
24 Police Stations in the areas affected by Naxalism in
Telangana. The Government machinery in Telangana, particularly
the Police Department, is anticipating trouble from the CPI-Maoist
cadres in the coming days. New state-of-the-art Police Stations
is being constructed at a total cost of INR 500 million. Each
of these 24 Police Stations will have impenetrable fencing and
reinforced sentry points, both at the entry point and on the rooftop,
where armed Police personnel would keep guard round the clock,
sources said. Further, the Government is developing two state-of-the-art
Police Training Centers – one in Karimnagar District at
a cost of INR 480 million; and the other one at Medchal in Medchal–Malkajgiri
District, at a cost of INR 300 million where Police recruits would
be trained to be battle-ready. Also, the Government is raising
two IRBs in the State, the sources said. This being so, recruitment
has slowly begun among CPI-Maoist circles. The recruits
are being trained in what is considered a safe bastion: Chhattisgarh.
This time, the CPI- Maoist cadres will have good firepower, since
they are getting the support of CCOMPOSA, sources said. DGP, Anurag
Sharma recently said that they would not allow the Maoists to
make a comeback in the State.
SFs arrested a LeT militant from
Handwara area of North Kashmir in Kupwara District, who was planning
to carry out attack on security convoys in the area. Police said
that on specific information one LeT militant identified as Ashiq
Ahmed alias Abu Haider was arrested by Handwara
Police and 21 RR of army near Fruit Mandi crossing in Handwara
in the District. “On sustained interrogation he disclosed that
he was a close associate of Abu Bakar a LeT ‘commander’ killed
in Sopore few days back. On further discloser the arrested militant
said that in near future he was planning to attack security forces
convoy in Handwara area”, Police said. Police said that huge cache
of arms and ammunition was recovered from him. These include one
AK-47 rifle, 3 Magazines with live cartridges, one Chinese Pistol
with one Magazine, three Hand Grenades, one Magazine Pouch, one
Map and one Haversack.
IG of CRPF, Zulfikar Hassan, said
that militants take advantage of presence of common people on
NH and at times escape after carrying out the attack. Speaking
to reporters on the sidelines of a function in South Kashmir,
Hassan said that at times militants flee after carrying out an
attack on the NH by taking advantage of common people and SFs
avoid collateral damage. “The attacks on National Highway occur
many times during a year. Many-a-times we are successful in killing
those who attack. Sometimes due to presence of common people we
don’t fire because that can result in collateral damage and we
restrain ourselves. The militants sometimes take advantage of
crowd and escape”, he said. Hassan said that at times militants
manage to escape from the security but SFs make their efforts
to prevent them from fleeing. “Sometimes the stone-pelting takes
place so that militants manage to escape. But security forces,
CRPF, Jammu and Kashmir Police try not to make it successful and
sometimes we do manage to stop militants from escaping”, he said.
Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh met
President Pranab Mukherjee to discuss the UMHA report to the EC
that termed the law-and-order situation in the state as “grave”.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Singh rubbished the report
saying it “wrongly” concluded that the prevailing situation was
“not conducive” to conduct free-and-fair polls there. However,
just ahead of Ibobi’s meeting with the President, the EC declared
that the Assembly election will be held in two phases — on March
4 and 8 — in Manipur. Ibobi, later, welcomed the decision. The
CM said issues such as insurgency, blockades, strikes are not
unique to Manipur but they affect the entire north-east and that
even in 2012, the state Assembly polls were boycotted by hill
and valley-based underground organisations including the PLA and
UNC- the apex body of the Nagas
based in Manipur- said they would continue with the economic blockade
despite the announcement of Manipur assembly elections by the
EC. According to the UNC, elections cannot be held peacefully
in the Naga-inhabited areas of Manipur until the prevailing problems
are resolved. “The blockade will continue. Solving of Manipur’s
problems has to be done through dialogue between the parties in
conflict. So far, the government of Manipur has failed to respond
politically. We have no other option but to intensify the blockade,
no matter what the EC has announced regarding the polls in the
state,” K.S. Paul, former President of the UNC, said. Paul - an
active member of the UNC -said the Manipur Government has betrayed
the Nagas of Manipur. “We have been betrayed by the Manipur government,
as it did not consult us on the creation of seven new Districts
out of our ancestral land. We do not know whether the situation
will be conducive for holding free and fair elections in the Naga
areas of the state,” said Paul.
Belagavi Police along with Assam
Police arrested a suspected militant associated with NDFB at a
sugar company in Belgaum District of Karnataka.
China dismissed as “untrue” allegations
of double standards by India by blocking its bid to list JeM leader
Masood Azhar as global terrorist by the UN, claiming that it had
adopted a “just, objective and professional” attitude in deciding
the matter. “With regard to the listing matter of the Security
Council 1267 committee the so called double standards adopted
by China on this relevant issue is not true. We take action based
on solid evidence that is the standard upheld by us,” Chinese
Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.
Intelligence agencies are weighing
inputs indicating the radical elements within the proscribed SIMI
are forging links with similarly minded groups within the recently
banned IRF and may lead to the birth of a new radical outfit.
Such inputs, described by sources as “very disturbing”, have been
pouring in for more than a month ever since the Central Government
banned IRF led by controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. The
IB is likely to issue a note to State intelligence agencies regarding
these developments shortly. Top sources disclosed that over the
past couple of months, person-to-person contact and group interactions
between members of the banned groups have been taking place lately.
''Similar inputs have been coming from certain areas that are
known to be breeding grounds for militants in different states.
Some political parties, which used to sympathise with SIMI, are
now sympathising with IRF too,'' said one senior official.
While IRF, an NGO run by Salafist
preacher Zakir Naik, was banned for five years in November 2016,
SIMI was 16 years ago and still has a large number of supporters.
Sources in the intelligence agencies said they consider SIMI as
a ''very active'' group despite the ban. Though SIMI members attending
the taqreer (speeches) of Zakir Naik is nothing new, intelligence
sources say there is electronic evidence of increasing interaction
between members of these two groups, especially since the IRF
Interestingly, just days after
IRF was banned, the Kerala-based Islamic fundamentalist organisation
PFI organized massive rallies in different parts of the country
in support of Zakir Naik. A majority of PFI members are actually
from SIMI. “Since SIMI is banned, the members work in different
outfits. But SIMI is alive and kicking,'' said a senior official.
Sources said inputs indicate that these radical interactions could
lead to the formation of a new radical outfit similar to IM which
was involved in a series of bomb blasts across the country since
it was founded by Abdus Subhan Qureshi in 2010. IM mostly comprised
of lower-tier SIMI members. The change in name was widely
seen as a change in tactics by SIMI members. Till date, while
senior SIMI leaders are still available, there are minimal inputs
about the cadres. “The same tactic is being used again. Only this
time, SIMI has IRF to look to. IRF has dedicated members across
the length and breadth of the country, which will come in handy
and this is enough for extremist elements in both groups to form
a new group and continue with their subversive activities,'' another
Members of NOJ, left a note threatening
to kill Pipra (Supaul District) of Bihar, MLA, Shyam Babu Prasad
Yadav if he did not quit the BJP by February. NOJ
is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist. The group has sought an
extortion of INR 500,000 from Yadav.
The ‘deputy commander’ of Kasansur Dalam Jyoti
Gawade was killed by Gadchiroli District Police's C-60 Commandos
at Boteyjhari and Badhgaon forest in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra.
Jyoti is alleged to have led the arson attack at Surjagarh on
December 23, 2016. 76 trucks, 3 JCBs and 1 motorcycle were burnt
by the Naxals. Shivaji Bodkhe, IG of State ANO, said
that Jyoti was trying to break through the Police cordon when
she received bullet injuries in retaliatory fire. "Police
have also seized Jyoti's .303 rifles," he added. On January
4, the Police had cornered Naxals at Nihalkai
forest near Gyarapati from where two .12 bore rifles were seized.
After intensifying the search operations, the Police spotted Jyoti's Dalam following
which a battled ensued. Jyoti alias Sagobai Narsingh,
was earlier ‘commander’ of Surjagarh LGS which was later amalgamated
with Kasansur Dalam.
A surrendered Naxalite was
allegedly killed by CPI-Maoist cadres in Dhanora Tehsil of
Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The victim Sukhram Lalchu
Wadde (35) was a member of Naxal militia, who
had surrendered before the Police in July 2016, a senior Police
official said. The Naxals attacked Sukhram at
Kehakavi village and murdered him using an axe, he said. "The
CPI-Maoist cadres were angry as Sukhram had turned himself in
before the police," the official added. Further the officials
said last week (December 29, 2016) three villagers were killed
allegedly by Naxalites in Aheri and Korchi tehsils in
Gadchiroli on the suspicion of they being ‘informers’. The victims
were identified as Laccha Bande Madavi (36) resident of Rumalkasa,
Patali Doge Atram (36), resident of Gurja, and Talwarsha Kunjram,
resident of Korchi.
A militia member of the CPI-Maoist,
who was involved in the Chamundia beat-house torching case in
July 2016, was arrested by Police in Senepuri forest near Badasilinga
in Nayagarh District of Odisha. The arrested Maoist, Santosh Majhi
(35), had been working with the Kalahandi-Kandhamal-Boudh-Nayagarh
(KKBN) division of the CPI-Maoist for the past three years. Two
associates of Majhi escaped during the raid. One of them has been
identified as Bipin, while the other’s identity is yet to be established.
Majhi and a dozen of his associates had damaged the beat house
and set fire to a jeep which was being used for anti-poaching
operations in Nayagarh Forest Division (NFD).
The UKLF categorically stated
that it was not involved in any manner in the ambush against State
Police ahead of CM Okram Ibobi Singh’s visit to Tengnoupal (Tengnoupal
District) near Lokchao along Imphal-Moreh highway on December
15. Speaking to a team of media persons at an undisclosed location
in Chandel district, UKLF ‘home secretary’ Daniel Thadou said
that the KNLF ‘chairman’ had merged with the UNLF on his own volition.
Daniel contended that the UKLF was not involved in the Lokchao
ambush, and the State Police and its intelligence agencies would
know the truth.
Earlier KNLF ‘general secretary’
Lalmoi Haokip alleged that the Lokchao ambush was carried out
by UKLF at the instruction of NSCN-IM. Flatly rejecting Lalmoi’s
allegation, Daniel said that the same allegation was baseless
and fabricated. The UKLF has a suspicion that the Lokchao ambush
was carried out by a gang of criminals led by Lalmoi, Daniel said.
As many as nine vehicles were
set on fire by about 30 cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Gondahur Police
Station limits in Kanker District of Chhattisgarh. SP, ML Kotwani
said the Maoists set ablaze eight tractors and one excavator.
He said the Maoists had threatened to stop the road laying work
in between Maharashtra’s Pendi village to Chhattisgarh's border.
After the threat, the contractors from Maharashtra had parked
their vehicles in the territory of Chhattisgarh, Kotwani said,
adding that Police force was sent to the place of occurrence.
Five Naxals were
arrested with arms and ammunition from Gumla and Garhwa Districts
of Jharkhand. Two cadres of the PLFI were arrested from Palkot
in Gumla District while three cadres of the TPC were arrested
in Ranka, Garhwa District. A country made gun, bullets and mobile
phones were found on PLFI cadres Vinay Gope and Ravi
Gope while Police recovered 25 kilograms explosive from TPC cadres
Rajesh Yadav and his aides Sunil Singh Kharwar and Mehboob Alam.
Gumla SP, Chandan Kumar Jha said Vinay and Ravi had demanded INR
300,000 levy from a petrol bunk owner on December 30, 2016. In
Garhwa, Police first arrested Rajesh. During interrogation, he
revealed about his aides who were arrested from Ramkanda village.
Police seized mobile phones, pamphlets and posters. TPC and
PLFI are splinter groups of the CPI-Maoist.
The UMHA flagged the operational
efficiency of SFs in the Naxal-affected areas as one
of its biggest achievements during a presentation before PM Narendra
Modi. The Ministry informed Modi that since the NDA Government
came to power in May 2014, there had been a 45 per cent increase
in the efficiency of Central Forces (CFs) in operations against
the Naxals. In a presentation made by Home Secretary,
Rajiv Mehrishi, Modi and other officials were informed that the
number of Naxal cadres killed in 2016 had been
the highest ever in six years. Eighty-Four cadres of the CPI-Maoist
were killed in 2015 and in 2016, the number swelled to 218, which
was an increase of 160 per cent. There was also an increase in
the number of Police encounter from 237 in 2015 to 316 in 2016.
UHM Rajnath Singh told in a press conference earlier this week
that demonetization had increased the problems of CPI-Maoist and
that they had weakened. The EFC has already given the go-ahead
for an ambitious road project in the 44 worst Naxal-affected
Districts. Under this project, the Government proposes to construct
5,412 km of roads and 126 bridges and it would cost INR 117.25
million. The Government is redrawing the ‘Red Corridor’ — the
area affected by LWE — and may soon take off 20 Districts from
the list of Naxal-affected areas. The 106 Districts
which span 10 States — Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra,
Odisha, Telangana, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh
and Chhattisgarh — constitute the Red Corridor. Of these, 44 Districts
are said to be the worst affected. India has a total of 683 Districts.
Al-Badr terrorist Muzzafar Ahmed,
who had links with LeT, was gunned down by the SFs after heavy
exchange of fire in Budgam District. Ahmed, who was wanted in
several cases, was earlier associated with LeT. Also, a Policeman
sustained critical injuries during the encounter.
The call traffic between hawala agents
in India dropped almost by half post demonetisation, says a recent
assessment by the central intelligence agencies. Payments to the
end beneficiary of hawala deals are traditionally in cash, with
INR 500 and INR 1,000 being the favoured denominations. The demonetisation
of these high-value notes on November 9 severely affected hawala
operators, and going solely by call traffic, their business may
be down by 50%, said an intelligence source. Terror funds are
mostly sourced in counterfeit currency, comprising high-quality
fake notes that Indian agencies suspect are printed at the Pakistan
government printing press in Quetta and its security press at
Karachi. Given this fact and the drop in hawala transactions,
demonetisation has dried up funds used for organised stone-pelting
in J&K and paying overground terror supporters in the State.
Intelligence officials claim that terrorism-related violence in
J&K dipped by 60% post the cash ban, with only one major blast
reported from the valley in December. An intelligence official
claimed that apart from organised stone-pelting, a direct casualty
of demonetisation in J&K was the overground network of terror
facilitators. "The overground support base of terrorists
depends on instant cash payments. A weakened OGW network due to
demonetisation has resulted in several successful counterterrorist
operations in the Valley over the past several weeks," said
A Field Assistant of Veterinary
Department, identified as Ds Stephen (45) was shot by one unidentified
assailant at Maringphai village, near Pallel in Tengnoupal District.
Stephen who sustained bullet injuries on the calf and thigh had
been taken to Jeevan Hospital, Kakching, and then shifted to a
hospital of Imphal. According to the sources, it is not clear
who the assailants are and what is the motive so far.
The ‘chairman’ of the KNLF wrote
to the chairman of the JMG of the SoO, to delist the outfit from
the KNO as it had merged with the UKLF. In the written communication
sent to the chairman of the JMG, the ‘chairman’ of the KNLF said
that all former members of the KNLF including the 'c in c’ had
already been absorbed by the UKLF and hence to instruct the KNO
not to mention KNLF or use the name of KNLF.
One militant of ULFA-I, identified
as Lakheswar Baruah alias Lavang Axom was arrested by Bordumsa
Police in association with Indian Army at Kathgalguri near Bordumsa
in Tinsukia District.
In a statement, the NSCN-IM strongly
objected to India's decision to fence the borders between Myanmar
and Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. In the statement,
NSCN-IM said that such ‘artificial boundary fencing imposed upon
the Naga people’ was against the will of the people and was gross
violation of human rights. Other Naga groups like, NNC and ENDO
were also against the fencing.
Combined team of Bishnupur District
Police commandos and AR troopers recovered a 9 mm carbine machine
gun along with one magazine from an abandoned Bajaj Discover bike
at Torbung in Bishnupur District. However, the assailant, who
was seen coming out from Torbung bazar Mamang Leikai with that
bike and abandoned it at Torbung auto shed managed to escape.
Describing the counter-terrorism
cooperation between India and the US under the eight years of
Barack Obama administration as “incredibly successful”, Peter
Lavoy, Senior Director for South Asian Affairs at the National
Security Council, White House, has said this has not only “diminished
the threat” of terrorism in the two countries, but also foiled
several terror plots. “I can tell you quite definitively that
due to our partnerships, several terrorism plots were foiled.
Indian lives and American lives were saved because of this partnership,”
said Peter Lavoy. “So it’s a very significant development and
I think, it can continue,” he added.
International radical outfit Street
Daawah has opened offices in Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai
to recruit non-Muslims, including those from the IT hubs in these
cities, for enlisting them into suicide missions. The outfit had
begun its operations in the UK and Australia in 2012 following
which a number of youths were radicalised with presentation of
concocted forms of Islam. In the wake of the outfit’s activities,
a few Indians, including Indian- origin British national Siddarth
Dhar, joined the Islamic State (IS). Dhar is also believed to
be the new Jihadi John, a masked executioner for the IS whose
videos relating to mass executions have been released by the Caliphate-seeking
terror outfit after the liquidation of the original Jihadi John
whose real name was Mohammad Emwazi, a British origin IS executioner.
Many of the Street Daawah cadres have been known to have either
joined the IS ranks or emerged as suicide bombers for them. As
many as 25 suicide bombings have been committed globally by the
Street Daawah cadres during the last few years.
India and Portugal called upon
the global community to avoid double standards in addressing terror
and to strengthen cooperation in combating international terrorism
with zero tolerance towards it. “They underlined that states should
not support any terror entity including ‘non-state actors’ on
any grounds and that violent extremism fueled by misuse of internet
and the social media needs to be countered. Similarly, networks
of terrorist financing and terrorist infrastructure should be
dismantled,” said a joint statement issued after talks between
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Portuguese counterpart, Antonio
Three Maoists, two of them carrying
cash reward on their heads, were arrested from separate places
in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. While a ‘commander’ rank
cadre identified as Vetti Varsa was arrested from Katekalyan Police
Station limits, two others were arrested from Kotwali Police Station
area. Of them, Varsa was active as Jan militia ‘commander’ under
Katekalyan area committee of Maoists, he said, adding that the
rebel was carrying a reward of INR 100,000 on his head. Two others
arrested were identified as Masa alias Kumma
Madvi, head of Janatana Sarkar group and Panda, a member of the
same group, he added. The two were tasked with the recruitment
of fresh cadres for the banned outfit, the official said, adding
Masa was also carrying a reward of INR 100,000 on his head.
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist
set ablaze three construction vehicles at Ruam village near Chaibasa
in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. The attack was a reaction
to the construction company's failure in paying levy. The damaged
vehicles included two bulldozers and a mixer owned by RKS constructions.
SP, Anish Gupta said, "We are tracing the rebels involved
in the incident. The construction of this road, which had begun
in 2014, has suffered repeated setbacks due to Maoist activities.
Last year, Maoists had burnt vehicles involved in the construction
of the same road after the company refused to pay levy."
Khunti Police conducted an operation,
led by SP, Ashwini Jha, at Kuisar village forest in Khunti District
of Jharkhand. Police had got a tip-off about a meeting of the
PLFI in the forest, 25 kilometres from Khunti. Three country-made
carbines, one regular carbine, two double barrel breach loading
guns, three magazines and two haversacks were seized in the raid.
Jha said, "We reached the location at 3:30 am and discovered
a rebel camp. However, the rebels escaped by the time we reached
the camp. We chased them for half a kilometer but failed to catch
them. Maoists Jidan Gudiya, Prabhu Sahai Bodra, Bagrai Champiya,
Pattu Naag and others were among those who fled.'' PLFI is a splinter
group of the CPI-Maoist.
Maoist ‘zonal commander’ Dimba
Pahan (58), who carried INR 1.5 million reward on his head, surrendered
before Khunti SP, Ashwini Kumar Sinha at his office. A native
of Barigarha village in Arki area of Khunti of Jharkhand, Dimba
joined the Maoists in 1998. He was involved in several cases of
Ranchi, Khunti, Saraikela-Kharsawan and West Singhbhum Districts,
including the killing of former Tamar MLA, Ramesh Singh Munda,
Bundu DSP, Pramod Kumar Gupta and special branch inspector Francis
Indewar. He also robbed an ICICI Bank cash van of over INR 50.7
million and 1.2 kilograms gold in May, 2008.
East Singhbhum District (Jharkhand)
Police have intensified search operations at Ghurabandha and Dumaria
in Ghatshila and deployed SFs along NH-33 in wake of a bandh call
by Maoists on January 10 to protest killing of Supaye Tuddu on
Normal life in Jammu and Kashmir
was affected due to shutdown called by separatists. Shops and
commercial establishments remained closed across Srinagar and
public transport was partially off the roads. The private vehicles
were, however, plying normally. Street vendors had set-up their
stalls at multiple places in the city’s civil line areas.
A complete shutdown was observed
in Sopore town of Baramulla District, to mourn the killing of
senior militant ‘commander’ associated with Al Badr Mujahideen,
Muzzafar Ahmad Naiko alias Muz Molvi, who was
killed on January 6 in an encounter. During the shutdown, hundreds
of security men were deployed to prevent outbreak of protests
across the Sopore town.
Two CRPF jawans, identified as
constables Visvendar Jat and Brajesh Singh, were injured one of
them seriously, in a powerful blast in Imphal West District. Police
said the two constables were passing by in a bicycle when an IED
planted by the wayside at Naoremthong Khullem Leikai under Lamphel
Police Station exploded. The IED was detonated by suspected militants
using a remote control device, they added. No outfit has claimed
responsibility so far.
The UNC decided to continue its
economic blockade during Manipur polls which will be held in the
first week of March. The UNC also decided to ‘intensify’ the economic
blockade in the meeting held at Senapati Town in Senapati District.
The Q Branch of CID Police arrested
an advocate from S. Alangulam village in Madurai District of Tamil
Nadu on the charge of having links with CPI-Maoist. The
Q Branch CID Police had been conducting surveillance on advocate
A. Murugan ever since the two alleged CPI-Maoist cadres – Kala
(53) and Chandra (51) – were arrested in Karur District on July
2016. Sources said that Murugan’s younger brother, Velmurugan
(35), an active CPI-Maoist cadre, was accused in two naxal cases
in Varushanadu in Theni District and Uthankarai in Coimbatore
District. The advocate used to appear for CPI-Maoist in court.
The Q Branch CID team seized a huge quantity of homeopathic medicines
allegedly in possession of the advocate, which, sources claimed,
were being supplied to some Maoists. A few printed literatures
relating to Maoists were also alleged to have been recovered.
The Jharkhand Police are now concentrating
their offensive on the CPI-Maoist ‘area commander’ Kanhu Munda
in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. To revive
people's confidence in the administration, Police have decided
to hold a crime meeting at Gian village in Ghatshila subdivision.
East Singhbhum Rural SP, Shailendra Burnwal said they had chosen Naxal-hit
Gian for the meeting because Kanhu Munda hailed from the village.
He added, "We are already carrying out anti-insurgency operations
in Ghurabandha and Gian. The crime meeting at Kanhu Munda's village
will surely make a difference among people who may have been associated
with the Naxalites because they are petrified
of Munda”. Police sources said there were four to five armed naxals in
Munda's squad. "We are working on a plan in which villagers
will no longer co-operate with the CPI-Maoist like they have been
doing so far," SP Burnwal said. Munda's squad is active in
the Ghurabandha region, which shares border with Mayurbhanj District
of Odisha. Police will also hold a janata durbar for
villagers of Gian. "At the durbar, local problems - including
the ones that have cropped up owing to Naxalite activities
- will be heard and resolved, if possible," the SP said.
UHM Rajnath Singh held a review
meeting on Naxalism situation in Jharkhand with
senior Police officials of CRPF and the State Police at Eastern
Sector Headquarters of CRPF in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. A
senior Police official told, “A demand was raised before the UMHA
to increase the strength of SFs in the state to carry out anti-Naxal operations
in the state, replying to which, he said that the demand will
be taken up only after UP Election.” The State Police also requested
the UHM to recommence the fund allocation for setting up of STF
against terrorism which has been discontinued for quite some time.
With security advisor K Vijay Kumar and CM Raghubar Das in tow,
Singh claimed that the Centre's demonetization move has broken
the backs of banned LWE organizations like PLFI and CPI-Maoist.
Maintaining that dialogue was the only means to resolve differences,
the minister urged armed groups to come to the discussion table
and place their demands instead of 'stopping the development of
the poor'. Singh, who inaugurated the Eastern Sector
Headquarters of CISF in the state capital, said increasing the
'technological and core competence' of the forces is the need
of the hour. The new Eastern Sector Headquarters in Ranchi's Tiril
spreads over 158 acres. This new headquarters has been relocated
from Bihar for better synergy, CISF Director General OP Singh
The dead bodies of the abducted
civilians identified as, the village chief of N-Gamnom village
S Otkhomang (57) and church chairman Tilpao Haokip (51) were found
in Nungkham Gamnom Village in Manipur’s newly-created Tengnoupal
District. Earlier, on January 6, these two civilians were abducted
by some unidentified assailants and they were taken toward Indo-Myanmar
border. According to the sources, the assailants also fired some
rounds while taking away the duo. The sources also added that
fatal bullet injuries were seen on the dead bodies. Regarding
this sensitive issue, a joint meeting attended by members of various
organisations including Hill Tribal Council, Meitei Council Moreh,
Kuki Chiefs Association (Moreh Block) and women leaders was held
and the meeting resolved to impose a bandh along Moreh road on
A hand grenade planted by unidentified
assailants was recovered at the residence of Bishnupur DSP, Y
Sushil’s wife at Thangmeiband Hijam Dewan Leikai in Imphal West
District. After recovering the grenade, the bomb disposal squad
of Manipur Police exploded it safely at a dumping site at Lamphelpat,
The Additional Secretary for Mizoram’s
Home department Lalbiakzama said that the proposed repatriation
of over 32,800 Brus lodged in six relief camps in Tripura was
scheduled to begin from the second week of February, 2017. Lalbiakzama
attended a meeting between the UMHA and Mizoram Government in
New Delhi over the issue of the repatriation of the 5,413 Bru
One cadre of the Lamyanba Khuman
faction of KCP-MC militant, identified as Kangabam Chaoba alias
Mohen (63), who was involved in placing a hand grenade at the
office of Pandam, an evening daily on December 26, 2016
was arrested by Imphal West District Police at Sagolband Kangabam
Leikai area in Imphal West District. One Chinese hand grenade
along with detonator and three demand letters were recovered from
the arrested militant. The militant disclosed that he had been
working under the command of self styled ‘commander’ Laishram
Mangoljao alias Lamyanba Khuman of the militant group who
was staying in Nepal. He also disclosed that he collected one
Chinese hand grenade from another militant, AK Khamba (48) who
was recently arrested by Imphal East District commandos.
A militant of NDFB-IKS, identified
as Dhananjay Boro alias B.Dahal Thungri (32) was arrested
by the Police along with Indian Army at Shantipur area under Runikhata
Police Station in Chirang District. One 9mm Pistol, one magazine
and 4 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the arrestee. The
Chirang District SP Shankar Raimedhi said that the militant was
a trained NDFB-IKS cadre of 38th batch and after training he had
been operating in Baksa District. But he was on the run after
anti-militancy operation was intensified in the state.
Three civilians working as labourers
were killed in a pre-dawn terror attack by militants on a GREF
camp near LoC in Akhnoor sector of Jammu District. Two or more
militants attacked the GREF camp around 1 AM near LoC in Battal
village, sources said. Militants likely infiltrated from across
the border to carry out the terror attack, sources said. In the
attack, three civilians were killed, they said, adding that the
victims were working as labourers with GREF.
Four persons, including a woman,
were arrested along with FICNs with a face value of INR 41,000
in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. The four came under Police
scanner when their vehicle was checked, SP (Rural) Vinit Bhatnagar
said. "Twenty fake notes in denomination of 2,000, a Rs 100
note, two pistols and a car have been seized from them,"
The UMHA reviewed the security
situation in poll-bound Punjab and alerted the state Police on
possible attempts by Pakistan’s ISI to foment trouble. Punjab
will also see the largest deployment of SFs out of the 85000 Central
Armed Police Forces personnel sanctioned by the UMHA for Assembly
polls in five states. The UMHA asked the state Police to be on
alert for communal incidents triggered by desecration of religious
books, as had happened in 2015. The role of Pakistan was suspected
in the incident. The BSF has been asked to step up vigil and keep
a close tab on the activities along the border with Pakistan.
Islamic State (IS) is spreading
its activities to Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N Chandrababu
Naidu said. "ISIS..Slowly it is establishing its activities.
If you sanction Rapid Action Force, it will go a long way to control
ISIS," Chandrababu told UHM Rajnath Singh. Chandrababu also
wanted an additional battalion of CRPF for the state "to
face Left Wing Extremism".
Two persons, identified as Ashish
(23) and Krishan Bhardwaj (25) were arrested on January 9 for
allegedly printing FICNs of INR 500 and INR 2000 denominations
and circulating them in weekly markets in southwest Delhi. Police
also recovered FICNs worth of INR 6,10,500 from them. The team
probing the matter found that a syndicate, operating in Uttam
Nagar, Dwarka among others, is involved in printing and circulating
fake currency in the market to hamper country’s economy, DCP-(Southwest),
Surender Kumar said.
The UMHA reviewed the security
situation in poll-bound Punjab and alerted the State Police on
possible attempts by Pakistan’s ISI to foment trouble. UMHA asked
the State Police to be on alert for communal incidents triggered
by desecration of religious books, as had happened in 2015. The
role of Pakistan was suspected in the incident. The BSF has been
asked to step up vigil and keep a close tab on the activities
along the border with Pakistan. The meeting at UMHA was attended
by Punjab DGP Suresh Arora. Punjab will also see the largest deployment
of Security Forces out of the 85000 CAPF personnel sanctioned
by the UMHA for Assembly polls in five states. “We expect violence
only in Punjab and Manipur and are taking adequate measures,”
said a senior UMHA official.
Even as Andhra Pradesh DGP, N
Sambasiva Rao, recently claimed that the CPI-Maoist numbers have
dwindled specially after the major encounter at Ramaguda in Bejjangi
area in Odisha in October 2016, the CPI-Maoist is reportedly planning
to set up a 'Janatana Sarkar' in the AOB. Despite
losing ground in places like Palnadu and the South Andhra Districts
like Krishna and West Godavari in the last two decades, Maoists
have till date managed to retain their hold in the AOB Districts
like East Godavari and Visakhapatnam. According to sources, members
of the division committee and red guerrillas have been continuously
conducting meetings in the AOB villages.
UHM Rajnath Singh has said the
Centre would establish Greyhounds Centre, sanction RAF and give
one more CRPF battalion to curb terrorist and Naxal activities
in Andhra Pradesh. UHM Singh laying the foundation stone for the
construction of the campus for the NDRF 10th Battalion, at Kondapavuluru
village in Gannavaram mandal, at a cost of INR 2 billion,
said: “The Home Ministry has sanctioned more CRPF personnel for
Andhra Pradesh and instructions have been given in this regard.
Once elections are over in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and three
other States the force will come to the State. The AP Government
has sent a requisition for RAF and for setting up of Greyhounds,
and we will look into the matter.” The Greyhounds was doing good
work in Telangana State (TS) in controlling the LWE, and the Greyhounds
Centre would be on par with TS, UHM Singh said.
UHM Rajnath Singh has said that
the menace of CPI-Maoist activities and infiltration into northeastern
States came down drastically. Further he said that LWE declined
by 55 per cent. Infiltration to northeastern States also decreased
by over 70 per cent, he asserted.
A highly volatile situation was
witnessed in the whole of Senapati town in Senapati District,
following the arrest of leaders of ANSAM by AR. According to the
report, ANSAM President Seth Shatsang, Finance Secretary of the
association Joseph Adani and Executive Secretary AC Thotso were
arrested by the AR personnel from Taphou area of Senapati town
while they were enforcing the economic blockade. However they
were released after the intervention of the Naga people.
After the arrest of the militant
of Lamyanba Khuman faction of KCP-MC on January 8 by Manipur Police,
who suspected to be involved in planting a hand grenade at the
office of Pandam, an evening daily on December 26, 2016,
a spokesperson of AR claimed that CorCom, an apex body of six
outfits of Manipur responsible for the threatening of the local
Sources in Assam Police said that
at a time when majority of Karbi militant outfits were joining
the peace process, PDCK was trying to spread its tentacles in
the hill District. The source said that formed under the guidance
of I.K. Songbijit, who was earlier the hardliner leader of NDFB-IKS,
PDCK has reportedly launched a recruitment drive in the region.
The source said, "Ever since the genocide of Adivasis in
2014, Songbijit got reportedly unpopular among the Bodos for his
barbaric ways. Sidelined and pushed to Myanmar, the rebel leader
formed PDCK with Karbi youths drawn from the NDFB faction."
Many Karbi youths were recruited in the NDFB-IKS faction when
Songbijit was heading it and Police suspect that these youths
helped him to form the new outfit. According to the source, there
are around 60 cadres under IK Songbijit in Myanmar training camps.
The PDCK is talking about ‘sovereignty’ and it is backed by NSCN-K
and ULFA-I, the source added.
The militant group, NSCN-R, in
a statement, opposed the proposed Pangsha fencing (in the border
of India and Myanmar) by India and Myanmar Government in the Nagaland.
The statement said that ‘dividing the Nagas’ is ‘highly questionable
A special MCOCA court issued a
production warrant against IM ‘co-founder’ Yasin Bhatkal and six
others in connection with the July 13, 2011 Mumbai triple blasts
case. “The court issued a production warrant against Yasin Bhatkal,
who is presently lodged in Cherlapally central prison in Hyderabad,”
an ATS official said. The official added that the court also issued
warrants against three other accused lodged in the same jail.
“Apart from them, production warrants were also issued for an
accused lodged in Tihar jail in New Delhi and two others in Parappana
Agrahara central jail in Bangalore,” the official added. Special
MCOCA judge V V Patil directed that all the seven accused be brought
before him on January 27.
Five CPI-Maoist cadres, including
two ‘commander-level’ cadres, were killed in two separate exchanges
of fire during an operation launched by Chhattisgarh Police in
Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. Senior officials, however,
said that one DRG trooper was killed in the first exchange of
fire with the Maoist cadres. Teams with close to 400 SFs entered
the jungles in an area that is home to CPI-Maoist military company
number two. D M Awasthi, Special Director General, anti-Maoist
operations, “The operation was launched on a specific intelligence
input about the presence of CPI-Maoist cadres in the area. In
the first exchange of fire in the morning in Irpenar, four CPI-Maoist
cadres were killed. One trooper was also hurt and evacuated, but
he unfortunately passed away.” Intermittent firing continued.
In the second exchange of fire, this time in the adjoining Kanker
District’s Koylibeda area, one CPI-Maoist cadre was killed and
an AK-47 recovered from his possession. The CPI-Maoist cadres
killed in the first exchange of fire have been identified as Tirupati,
‘Divisional Commander’, East Bastar division, Ratna Markam, ‘medical
in-charge’, company number 6, Shyamu Yadav of company number 6
and Mangalram Salam, a Janmilitia member from Irpenar. The body
recovered in the second encounter has been identified as that
of Roshan, ‘divisional commander’ of the North Bastar division.
“It is clear that there has been a big loss to the CPI-Maoist
cadres in this encounter. We have recovered the bodies, but our
personnel have narrated stories of the CPI-Maoist cadres dragging
away other members of their party under the cover of LMG fire.
This indicates that these could be senior cadre,” Awasthi added.
SFs have recovered and defused
as many as nine IEDs allegedly planted by CPI-Maoist in restive
Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The explosives were planted near
a culvert on a kuccha road between Bhejji and Injram villages
under Bhejji Police Station limits, according to Sukma SP, Indira
Cadres of the PLFI attacked workers
and set ablaze equipment at a pipeline laying site of IOC in Khunti
District of Jharkhand. PLFI is a splinter group the
CPI-Maoist. Armed PLFI cadres arrived at the site
near Karo River on Tapkara-Rania Road under Tapkarao outpost late
last night, beat up some labourers and set the equipment on fire.
Two tractors, a dumper, an earth moving machine, two generator
sets and a jointer machine used by a Bengaluru-based company hired
by IOC were set ablaze. SFs have launched a search
operation to track down the Naxals. DGP, D K Pandey
directed the Police to provide security to ensure completion of
the work as well as other development works in Naxal-affected
areas after he had a meeting with the District Armed Police, CRPF
and Intelligence officials. Pandey said that Naxal and
extremist activities would be wiped out from the state in 2017.
Five Naxals from
different outfits were arrested along with arms and ammunition
from Palamau and Garhwa Districts of Jharkhand. Umesh Paswan and
Shyamdeo Singh Kharwar, and TPC-II member Satyendra Singh were
arrested from different parts of Palamau. Shiv Kumar Korba and
Mukhdeo Choudhary were arrested from Ramkanda area in Garhwa.
TPC is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist while TPC-II, a splinter
group of TPC. SFs have recovered a country made pistol, cartridges,
five sets of camouflaged uniforms, mobile phones, TPC pamphlets
and a motorcycle from their possession.
Naxals belonging to
JSJMM attacked a road construction site in Bharno, Gumla District
Ahead of the process of filing
of nomination papers for the three-tier panchayat elections,
the CPI-Maoist has warned the tribals of Malkangiri District of
Odisha, to abstain from the poll. More than 500 tribal residents
of Ralegada panchayat, on the other side of cut-off
Chitrakonda reservoir, took out a protest rally and dared the
Government to hold elections in the area. The villagers, under
the aegis of ‘Malkangiri Zilla Adivasi Rayat Kuli Sangha’, a frontal
organisation of CPI-Maoist, organised a meeting at Ralegada panchayat,
which was also attended by top Maoist leader Raman. Shouting slogans
against the Government, they protested the BJD’s failure to provide
basic needs to the villagers over the years. The Maoist-supported
villagers declared to boycott the panchayat election
over the issue. At the meeting, which continued for more than
an hour, the rebel leaders have threatened that those who participate
in the poll process will be punished in a ‘Praja Court’.
The electorates have been threatened that their thumbs would be
chopped off if they dare to go for voting.
A top LeT militant was killed
in a gun battle in Bandipora District. SFs including 13-RR of
army and SOG of JKP, Bandipora, cordoned off Parray Mohalla Hajan
in the District. A LeT militant, who was hiding in a house opened
fire on the troops, leading to a gun battle in which he was shot
dead by the troops. After the gun battle during searches one AK
47, three AK Magazines, three hand grenades, one radio set, one
pouch, one matrix sheet and 200 AK rounds were recovered from
the encounter site. The militant was identified as Abu Maviya
SFs including 55 RR and SOG Shopian
cordoned off Heff Shermal in Shopian District. There are seven
militants of LeT from the village and SFs had information about
their movement in the village. However, the operation was later
called off and no one was arrested.
SFs including 50 RR, 183 Battalion
of CRPF and SOG Kakapora cordon off Kandi Zal area of Pampore
in Pulwama District. Sources said that the SFs had information
about presence of Reyaz Dar of LeT and his associates in the village.
However, the operation was later called off.
SFs including 55 RR and SOG Awantipora
cordon off Khandaypora, Awantipora in Pulwama District. They had
information about presence of Reyaz Naiku of HM and his associates
in the village. However, the operation was later called off.
SFs including 42 RR and SOG Awantipora
cordon off Batpora, Noorpora, Tral in Awantipora area of Pulwama
District. They had information about presence of some militants
in the area. The troops also cordoned off Ratsuna in Tral area
of Awantipora. However, the operations at these places were later
A soldier was injured in a mine
explosion in forward area of Mankote sector in Poonch District.
Official sources said that Naik Deepak Singh of 15 Mahar Regiment
received serious injuries in his legs when a land mine exploded
as he over stepped it while patrolling. The injured soldier was
rushed to unit hospital and then shifted to Military Hospital,
Unidentified assailants hurled
nine petrol bombs at the resident of Tamenglong DC, M Luikham
in Tamenglong District. Out of nine, five bombs exploded, but
no injuries were reported. According to the report, the guards
at the residence of M Luikham opened several rounds of fire in
the air to ward off the attackers. The identity of the attackers
is not yet confirmed, as no militant group has claimed responsibility
for the attack so far.
Unidentified assailants allegedly
attacked BJP activist, Mohammad Rajauddin’s residence at Mayang
Imphal Bengoon in Imphal West District by firing numerous rounds.
According to the report, a group of unidentified assailants travelling
inside a four wheeler vehicle allegedly attacked the resident.
No injuries were reported, and identity of the assailants was
also unknown so far.
A team of Imphal East District
Police arrested a KCP militant, identified as Ningthoujam Yamba
Singh alias Sanayamba (35) at Keirao Awang Leikai in Imphal
East District. Incriminating articles were recovered from the
Eleven traders were abducted by
suspected militants near Gasuapara in South Garo Hills District.
However, out of 11, eight traders managed to escape from the abductors.
The three traders, who are still in the captivity of the abductors,
are identified as Tamal Dey (38), Dulan Mahanta (36) and Durgapada
Dutta (35). All these three traders are from Dalu in West Garo
The terms of the ceasefire agreements
with NDFB-RD and NDFB-P had been extended by six months. According
to the official sources, the Joint Secretary (North East) of the
UMHA and senior officials of the State Government had discussions
with leaders of the NDFB-RD and NDFB-P to review the ceasefire
agreements. The meetings decided to increase the term of the agreements
by six months with effect from January 1 this year (2017).
Security was beefed up after a
bomb threat to a bridge at Jirighat in Cachar District by militant
groups. Ahead of the Assembly elections in Manipur, intelligence
report said that the NSCN-IM or the NSCN-K might blast the Jirighat
Bridge, which connects Assam and Manipur.
One militant of NSCN-IM, identified
as self styled ‘corporal’ Phawang Wangsu was arrested by AR at
Niausa village in Longding District. One pistol, live ammunition
and opium was recovered from the arrested militant.
The AR arrested one NSCN-K militant,
identified as Velasayi (35) along with arms at Jail Colony in
Kohima District. One point 22 mm pistol was recovered from the
One militant of NSCN-K, identified
as ''corporal'' Cheimang, was arrested from Mon Town in Mon District
by AR. One .22 mm pistol along with ammunition and some other
indoctrinatory documents were recovered from the arrested militant.
According to PRO of AR, IGAR-N, the militant was involved in illegal
''tax collection'' for NSCN-K.
The ADGP, L R Bishnoi, said that
Chinese intelligence agencies had been helping various insurgent
groups of North Eastern India having bases in Myanmar. L R Bishnoi
also claimed that the chief of ULFA-I, Paresh Barua had currently
set up base in Ruili, a Chinese town in the Myanmar border. He
said that Paresh Barua had drawn up plans to supply arms procured
from Chinese agencies to smaller armed groups of the North-eastern
region. “Chinese intelligences have been helping, directly or
indirectly various insurgent groups of the North-eastern region
that have their bases and hideouts inside Myanmar. These groups
are under increasing influence of the Chinese agencies, and ULFA-I
leader Paresh Barua is among those top leaders who have been in
regular touch with the Chinese liaison office in Ruili on the
China-Myanmar border,” ADGP LR Bishnoi said.
Giving a break-up of the cadre
strength of different North-eastern rebel groups in Myanmar, ADGP
Bishnoi also said that while the NSCN-K had over 1,000 cadres
there, PLA– a Manipuri group came second with over 250 men. “Taking
into account at least ten North-eastern rebel groups having their
bases and hideouts in Myanmar, there should be close to 2,500
militants from the region in that country. Of them NSCN-K alone
has a little over 1,000 men, followed by around 260 of the PLA,
230 of the UNLF and a little over 200 of the ULFA-I,” Bishnoi
said. According to him, the strength of the NSCN-IM there would
be between 80 and 120, NDFB-IKS about 160, KYKL, PREPAK and PREPAK-Pro
around 10 each. “Two things that have been happening there is
that while the rebel groups of the region work in close coordination,
they get almost 100 per cent support from the local communities
close to the Indo-Myanmar who belong to various Naga tribes. These
villagers not only provide them food and shelter, but also guide
them through the mountainous track,” Bishnoi said.
Odisha Government has targeted
to complete the Gurupriya Setu (bridge) in Naxal-affected
Malkangiri District of Odisha by the end of September 2017.The
bridge which was opposed by the CPI-Maoist. On completion the
bridge will connect the cut off area with the main land and provide
access to more than 25,000 tribal people who were cut off from
the mainland of Malkangiri after Chitrakonda Reservoir was constructed
in 1964 for Balimela Hydel Project.
Two militants were killed by the
Army as it foiled an infiltration bid along the LoC in Poonch
sector in Poonch District. An Army spokesman said the troops present
along the LoC detected movement of two terrorists along the Betar
Nala in the wee hours of January 10 and engaged them with heavy
automatic fire. “While one terrorist was eliminated by afternoon
of January 10 the second was eliminated today (January 11),” he
said. He said the bodies of the slain terrorists and their weapons
lie on the LoC.
CM Mehbooba Mufti said that 4088
missing persons and terrorists belonging to J&K, who had crossed
the borders, are still in Pakistan and PoK. She was responding
to the question of BJP MLA from Jammu East, Rajesh Gupta, in the
Legislative Assembly. “As per the figures of the Home Department,
4088 missing persons and terrorists are still camping/residing
in Pakistan and PoK”, she said. It is pertinent to mention here
that during peak of militancy in this State huge number of misguided
youth had crossed over the borders to get arms training in the
camps established in different parts of Pakistan and PoK by the
outfits of terrorists and ISI, Pakistan's external intelligence
One ZUF militant, identified as
Abel Gangmei (30) was killed by suspected NSCN-IM cadres at Padanpung
village in Noney District. Two spent cartridges were recovered
near the dead body of the militant.
Eleven persons, including six
NSCN-IM militants were arrested and arms were recovered by the
Thoubal District Police in three separate incidents from different
parts of the Thoubal District. In the first incident, a team of
Thoubal District Police led by SP M Pradeep conducted a search
operation at Tuisem village under Pallel Police Station and arrested
seven persons including three former NSCN-IM cadres who failed
to produce proper identification proof. Four SSBL guns and one
unauthorized weapon were recovered in the operation.
In the second incident, the Police
team carried out a search operation at Khangshim village under
Kakching Police Station and arrested a sympathizer and a self
styled ‘captain’ of NSCN-IM identified as Hongsha Moshel (32)
and Ashang Hongsha (42) respectively. One .38 pistol with four
live rounds, two mobile phone handsets and a wallet containing
some documents were recovered from their possession.
In the third incident, the Police
carried out search operation at Serou quarry area where they arrested
two NSCN-IM cadres, identified as Bungdon Bingham Ningham (29)
and Seltun Thohrin Anal (23), who were collecting ‘illegal tax’
from trucks at that area. One .32 pistol loaded with one live
round and a sum of INR 1100 were recovered from the arrestees.
One arms dealer, identified as
Abdul Huissen alias Japan (38) was arrested by Bishnupur
District Police commandos, at a mobile vehicle check post at Moirang
Lamkhai along Tiddim road in Bishnupur District. One 9 mm pistol
along with a magazine was recovered from the arrestee.
A strategic group meeting of the
Unified Command Structure was held that focused on the increasing
activities of JMB and other insurgent groups in Assam. In the
meeting, UMHA Joint Secretary Satyendra Garg was present along
with Assam Chief Secretary VK Pipersania, Home Commissioner LS
Changsan and top officials of other security agencies including
the Indian Army.
After the meeting DGP of Assam,
Mukesh Sahay said, “In today’s meeting, we held detailed discussion
on the activities of JMB and other insurgent groups in Assam.
All security agencies have been put on high alert for approaching
Republic Day.” According to the sources, in recent years, at least
40 cadres and linkmen of JMB were arrested in different parts
A patrolling party of SSB carried
out an operation in the area of Riphu Reserve Forest and busted
a camp of NDFB-IKS. The patrolling party recovered sleeping bag
for six persons, three country-made guns, one diary, four solar
plates, SIM cards, 10 blankets, mosquito nets and many food items,
along with various cooking utensils and clothes.
According to the sources, the
GNLA still had 30 active members including self-styled ‘c-in-c’
Sohan D Shira and others wanted leaders like Kamdak and Megam.
The Meghalaya DGP Swaraj Bir Singh said, “The GNLA has been weakened
but there is certain nucleus located in separate areas that needed
to be overrun.” The sources also said that the GNLA was still
in touch with the ULFA-I leadership.
The ‘c-in-c’ of KCP-Poirei Meitei
Lup, identified as Khoirom Ranjit alias Rocky alias
Great Macha (35) was arrested at Mayur Vihar area in East Delhi
along with a female cadre of the militant group identified as
Inungbam Sanatombi Devi (26). The Delhi Police recovered 100-150
mobile SIM cards and laptops from the militant leader and his
associate in Delhi. The Delhi Police also disclosed other information
related to the militant group after interrogation. DCP-(special
cell) Sanjeev Yadav said, “They are involved in large number of
cases of terror activities like lobbing of grenades, shoot-outs,
killings, planting of bombs, running extortion network by intimidating
businessmen and politicians."
India roundly condemned the terrorist
attacks that happened in Kabul and Kandahar in Afghanistan on
January 10, with an official statement pointing a finger at Pakistan
without naming it. The Ministry of External Affairs statement
emphasised the "inhumane suffering inflicted on the peace-loving
people of the region by the abominable phenomenon of international
terrorism, which sadly continues to have its epicentre in our
region and is pursued brazenly as an instrument of state policy
to achieve narrow political objectives."
PM Narendra Modi also wrote a
letter to Afghanistan President, Ashraf Ghani condemning the terrorist
strike, particularly the explosions that targeted UAE officials
in Kandahar that left both the UAE ambassador to Afghanistan and
the governor of the province injured. "India condemns these
attacks on Afghanistan, and on its legitimate authority. Such
attacks are unacceptable and are aimed at undermining the progress
made by the people of Afghanistan against all odds," he said.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc
Ayrault pressed for “decisive action” against Pakistan-based terror
groups such as the LeT, JeM and HuM, which “are targeting” India.
France vowed to work with New Delhi to get JeM ‘chief’ Masood
Azhar proscribed by the UNSC.French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc
Ayrault also said: “The international community’s determination
to combat terrorism must be the same everywhere, regardless of
In addition, on the cross-LoC
surgical strikes carried out by India in September 2016 after
an attack on the Uri Army camp in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,
Mr. Ayrault, said that a country had a “right to defend itself”
in the wake of such threats.
On the front of counter-terrorism
activities, he said, France and India hold “constant and very
operational exchanges” on the terrorist threat. “We have a bilateral
working group that brings together all the players concerned over
counter-terrorism, and, among others, cooperation with regard
to investigations and between our respective intervention units,
the GIGN [Groupe d'intervention de la Gendarmerie nationale] from
the French side, and the National Security Guards [NSG] from the
Indian side. I welcome the development of all these cooperations,”
Mr. Ayrault said.
Ahead of Indian Republic Day,
Indo-Pakistan border adjoining Rajasthan is on an high alert following
intelligence input over possibility of infiltration bid by suicide
attackers. Patrolling on the International Border in the state
has been intensified. According to sources, input received by
the officials hint at terrorists are expected to try and cross
the border along with consignment of heroin and explosives. After
these inputs, BSF has been further alerted and directed to be
extra alert. The night curfew is already on and additional security
forces have been deployed at the sensitive places and vigil is
being done with surveillance gadgets. BSF is also going to start
operation Sard Hawa in next 2-3 days.
Confirming about increasing vigilance
at the borders, BSF official sources said that at the international
borders adjoining Rajasthan, strict vigilance is being made. Patrolling
is being done at the borders and surveillance is being done through
gadgets and additional alertness is being kept. Sources said that
during the night, curfew is being imposed and directions have
been given to shoot at sight on those violating the curfew.
The UAE Ambassador to India, Ahmed
Albanna, assured that UAE will cooperate with India in order to
enable it to get hold of Dawood Ibrahim. Albanna said that UAE
is determined to have a strong strategic relationship with India
and will be signing a strategic cooperation agreement with the
country soon. Condemning the global terrorism, Albanna said that
some countries are using terrorists for proxy war, which needs
to be stopped soon.
A CRPF jawan and a sniffer dog
were injured in a pressure bomb blast allegedly triggered by CPI-Maoist
cadres in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The incident took
place when a ROP of CRPF’s 85th battalion was out to ensure security
to a patch on Bijapur–Bhopalpattanam road. When the party reached
near Chinna Kodepal village in Mahadev Ghat area, dog master Surendra
Kumar stepped over the pressure IED connection.
Two Maoists, one of them carrying
cash reward on his head, surrendered before the Police in Narayanpur
District of Chhattisgarh. The cadres, identified as Kaveram Salaam
and Jagnu Salaam (30), turned themselves in at Narayanpur District
headquarters, Narayanpur ASP, Anil Soni said. They were active
as members of the Bagjhar Janatana Sarkar group
of Maoists in the Benoor Police Station area of the District.
They were assigned tasks like arranging meetings as well food
for rebels, dropping Maoist pamphlets and posters, collecting
information and inputs and others local work, he said adding that
Kaveram was carrying a reward of INR 10,000 on his head.
The ‘group commander’, Abhay,
of the TPC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, was killed in
an encounter under Chainpur Police station area of Palamu District
of Jharkhand. The encounter took place between the
team from Garhwa Police, along with a contingent of the JAP. SFs
have recovered two rifles, cartridges, batteries, their chargers,
blankets and other materials.
Three cadres of the (PLFI,
a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, who were part of the
group that set ablaze heavy machinery engaged in IOC’s Paradip-Ranchi-Raipur
underground pipeline project on January 10, were arrested from
Murhu area of Khunti District of Jharkhand. The trio
has been identified as Dinesh Gudiya - brother of PLFI ‘zonal
commander’ Jeedan Gudiya - Sunil Nag and Batu Kachchhap. PLFI
pamphlets and jerry cans, used for carrying fuel like petrol or
kerosene oil, were also recovered from them.
Two civilians, Ramesh Atala (27)
and Manohar Atala (55) were killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres in
Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The Gadchiroli
Police statement said that the Maoists shot the victims claiming
they were ‘Police informers’. It added that the victims were farmers
and provided food to Maoists and travelled with them to nearby
villages. The Police claimed that CPI-Maoist fear their influence
is reducing in the District as developmental work by the administration
has earned the confidence of tribals. A section of the Police
has claimed that the latest killing was carried out by Chatgaon
LOS which is headed by ‘commander’ Yogesh.
Intelligence agencies have identified
12 active terror launch pads with 300 terrorists in Pakistan.
The launch pads were identified as Balakot, Garhi Habibullah,
Batrasi, Mashar-e-Akshah, Abdullah bin Mausam, Dalai, Chela Bandi,
Kotli, Dungi, Gulpar, Barali and Mandakuli. According to an intelligence
report there are "reception" areas within Indian State
of Jammu and Kashmir, where these terrorists would be received.
The reception areas where the terrorists meet their handlers,
who provide them logistics and money, are Lojab Valley, Rajwar
forest, Bandipora, Kazikund, Rafiabad and Naugam.
A civilian was killed and three
others were injured when unidentified armed men attacked an Imphal-bound
convoy of loaded trucks escorted by heavy security personnel at
Imphal-Jiribam road in Lukhambi of Noney District. The deceased
has been identified as one Dikhonang (25) of Tamenglong while
the injured were identified as Thuannilung (31) – a school teacher
from Taobam village, Jacky Kahmei (30) of Tamenglong, and Nipen
Kalita (24). According to Police, a convoy of over 500 goods-laden
trucks was on their way towards Imphal when they were attacked
by the unidentified people with sophisticated weapons, killing
one civilian and injuring three others at the spot. However, a
separate source said that the victims (all civilians) were travelling
in a car when the incident happened. The Police report said the
injured were rushed to AR Unit Hospital, Noney where they were
treated but later sent to Imphal for better treatment. However,
Police did not divulge any information on whether they retaliated
to the alleged ambush.
A cadre of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup,
identified as Pukhrihongbam Ibomcha was arrested in Imphal in
Manipur. A 9 mm pistol and 2 hand grenades were recovered from
The ZUF categorically clarified
that Abel Gangmei (30), who was killed by suspected NSCN-IM militant
at Padangpung village in Noney District on January 11 was not
related to the outfit and he was a civilian.
The ‘c-in-c’ of KCP-Poirei Meitei
Lup, identified as Khoirom Ranjit alias Rocky alias
Great Macha (35) was arrested at Mayur Vihar area in East Delhi
along with a female cadre of the militant group identified as
Inungbam Sanatombi Devi (26). The Delhi Police recovered 100-150
mobile SIM cards and laptops from the militant leader and his
associate. The Delhi Police also disclosed other information related
to the militant group after interrogation. DCP (special cell)
Sanjeev Yadav said, “They are involved in large number of cases
of terror activities like lobbing of grenades, shoot-outs, killings,
planting of bombs, running extortion network by intimidating businessmen
Unidentified assailants hurled
a crude bomb at the residence of Hokuto Zhimomi, a BJP candidate
for DMC polls, at Veterinary colony of Burma camp area in Dimapur
District. The blast damaged the concrete floored compound but
no casualties were reported. Police recovered some plastic materials
from the spot.
Meghalaya Police announced a reward
of INR 200,000 on the whereabouts of Reding T. Sangma, the ‘c-in-c’
of militant group ASAK. SP of South Garo Hills District, Anand
Mishra, while announcing the reward, said, “Any person who provides
any information which leads to the apprehension of Reding T. Sangma
will be rewarded in cash a sum of INR 2 lakh by the office of
the Superintendent of Police, South Garo Hills.”
Naushad, a resident of Bijnor
(Uttar Pradesh), who was acquitted of terror charges was arrested
again by Police. Police had arrested Naushad in 2007 claiming
that he was planning a terror attack. However, in 2015 he was
acquitted by a special court after spending more than eight years
in jail. The Uttar Pradesh government had challenged the order
in the High Court. The High Court had issued a non-bailable warrant
against him in December, 2016. Naushad, who was arrested in Bijnor,
will be taken into transit remand and brought to Lucknow on January
16. The next hearing of the matter is on January 31.
A special NIA court in New Delhi,
levelled charges against Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal
in a matter related to conspiring terror attacks in various parts
of India. The charges against Jundal, who is also the convict
in the Aurangabad arms haul case, have been framed under the IPC
Section 153 A and other sections of UAPA.The trial on the same
will begin from January 31, 2017.
A case was registered on June
8, 2012 under section 18 of UAPA against Jundal and his associates,
who happened to be the members of LeT. After the Mumbai terror
attack of 26/11 (November 26, 2008), Jundal with senior functionaries
of LeT hatched the conspiracy in Pakistan in 2010 to recruit youngsters
from India for terrorist activities and to promote enmity between
different groups in the name of religion. In August, 2016 the
designated MCOCA court sentenced life imprisonment to Jundal in
the Aurangabad arms haul case.
Six SF personnel were injured
in an IED blast in Burha Pahari area of Latehar District of Jharkhand. The
blast took place during an encounter with the cadres of the CPI-Maoist.
Officials said that three explosions took place first around 5:30
AM, then another took place around 10 AM and then again at
1 PM. Two Assistant Commandants of CRPF, one head constable and
two SIs and a Jharkhand Police jawan were injured.
One Naxalite, identified
as Mahendra Manjhi, was arrested in a major anti-Naxal operation
carried by the 26th CRPF and local Police in Lugu-pahari forest
area in Gomia block in Bokaro District of Jharkhand. The CRPF
also seized large quantity of fire arms, including a rifle of
.315, with one magazine, three .315 cartridges and five 303 cartridges
from him. Mahendra was a close associate of Santosh Mahto group.
However, no loss of life reported and no Policemen were injured
in the operation, said ASP, Sanjay Kumar (Operations).
The CPI-Maoist cadres abducted
five persons including four Odisha Government officials from Chitrakonda
in Malkangiri District. Odisha is going to have panchayat elections
on February 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 2017. Sources said a group of
Maoists produced them at a ‘Praja Court’ at Similipodar
village. The five persons have been identified as poll officials
Hrushiskesh Naik and Purshottam Behra, junior engineers Praveen
Soren and Kamini Kanth as well as Jodamba village head Lakshaman
Sisa's son Manoranjan Sisa, sources said. However, another officer
Lingaraj Majhi managed to escape.
The District Police have arrested
a relative of Naxalite, Thota Ramulu (35), in Karimnagar
District of Telangana. Ramulu is the relative of Jadala
Nagaraju, a surrendered Naxalite told Karimnagar Commissioner
of Police, V B Kamalasan Reddy. Police have recovered 50 rounds
of ammunition of different weapons, a 18mm rifle, one SBBL rifle,
three DBBL rifles, one 9 mm carbine, one .32 pistol, a 8mm tapancha
from his house at Karimnagar town.
The BSF foiled major infiltration
attempt by a group of four to six militants, trying to infiltrate
into the Indian Territory, along the IB in Samba sector in Samba
District by killing one of them and forcing others to retreat
to Pakistan. Official sources said the BSF troops observed the
movement of four to six militants, who were moving towards the
Indian Territory along Tarnah Nullah between Samba and Hiranagar
sectors on the IB. As the alert BSF troops challenged the militants,
after heavy exchange of firing one of the militants was killed
on spot while others were reported to have retreated to Pakistan
taking cover of darkness in the area. The BSF didn’t suffer any
casualties in the encounter.
SFs busted a militant hideout
and recovered cache of arms and ammunition in Charmar area of
Surankote in Poonch District. Acting on tip off, police and army
launched joint operation in Charmar area of Surankote and recovered
the cache of arms and ammunition from an underground dump, which
included two AK 56, two Chinese pistols, two RPG guns, four HE
36 grenades, 10 AK magazines, 302 AK ammunition, LMG ammunition
88, sniper ammunition 12, one wireless set damaged, one bayonet
cover, three pistol magazines, two pistols ammunition, three M
16 Rocket and one 51 motor ammunition.
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat
made it clear that more surgical strikes cannot be ruled out as
India has the “right to retaliate” if Pakistan does not react
positively to offers of peace. General Rawat also said India needs
to “wait and watch” the Pakistani response in Jammu and Kashmir.
He accepted that challenges of proxy war, insurgency and terrorism
will keep India embroiled for “years to come”. The General said
the DGMOs of both sides have spoken to each other and want peace
and tranquillity along the LoC. The two officers spoke on November
23, 2016 and since then there has been relative peace along the
LoC, he said. Asked if surgical strikes conducted along the LoC,
and operations conducted in Myanmar, would now be part of the
doctrine, the Army chief said, “We have told the adversary to
accept peace and in case that offer is not reciprocated this method
of operations (surgical strikes) shall continue”. He also said
the aim is to ensure peace and tranquillity and it (surgical strike)
shall not be needed if there is peace.
Police arrested a KCP militant,
identified as Rishikesh Singh (41), from Sangakpham Bazar area
in Imphal West District. Incriminating articles were also recovered
from his possession.
Thounaojam Shyamkumar , MLA from
INC, denied Delhi Police's charge that he had nexus with the arrested
militant leader of the KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup. ‘C-in-c’ of KCP-Poirei
Meitei Lup, identified as Khoirom Ranjit alias Rocky alias
Great Macha (35) was arrested from New Delhi on January 12.
In a shocking report that discloses
the state of Police Stations and Police Forces, it has been revealed
that even basic infrastructure to fulfill their duties have not
been provided to the Police Stations. Many of the Police Stations
do not have the basic facilities such as vehicles, phones and
wireless to carry out their duties more effectively. As per the
report, there are a total of 15,555 Police Stations in the country
and out of these, 188 Police Stations are without a single vehicle,
402 lack telephone lines and 134 don’t have wireless sets. 65
of these neither have a telephone line nor wireless set, as per
the data accumulated by the BPR&D.
Insurgency-struck Manipur has
the maximum number of Police Stations without a phone or wireless
set. The North-east State has 43 Police Stations without phones
or wireless sets. Chhattisgarh has 161 Police Stations without
vehicles. MP has 111 Police Stations without any telephone line.
MP is followed by Meghalaya and Manipur at 67 Police Stations
each. UP also has 51 Police Stations without a telephone line
and 17 without wireless, the report says. BPR&D figures revealed
that there are only 10.13 vehicles for 100 Policemen at the national
level. Only 1,75,358 vehicles in all available for law enforcement.
Maharashtra has the maximum number of vehicles (17,131), followed
by Tamil Nadu (15,926) and UP (13,452). “In the case of Chhattisgarh
and MP, most Police Stations are in Communist Party of India-Maoist
(CPI-Maoist)-affected areas where wireless sets or vehicles are
often snatched by Naxalites [Left Wing Extremists (LWEs)]. This
cannot be an excuse as police need at least phones, vehicles and
wireless sets for communication and mobility,” said an official.
There were 22,80,691 Police officers across all States and Union
territories (UTs) as of January 2016. The issue is particularly
serious in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, UP, West Bengal, Dadar &
Nagar Haveli and Delhi where there is one Policeman for 1,100
After reports on abduction of
five poll officials in Malkangiri District of Odisha on January
13, the abducted officials claimed that they were in the captivity
of the LWEs and produced before a praja court. Of
the five poll officials, two of them – gram panchayat technical
assistants Praveen Soren and Kaminikanta Singh – have narrated
their ordeal to media after their release. “We were abducted while
we were on duty at our respective panchayats. We were taken to
a place near Gora Setu and produced before a praja court where
around 20-22 Maoists were present. The ultras threatened us not
to participate in the panchayat polls and asked us to go back,”
Kaminikanta Singh said. Another abducted official Praveen Soren
said: “The Maoists told me that whether it is police encounter
or other issues, district administration has not reached out to
people. The villagers have been deprived of the welfare schemes.
They will not allow polls to be held in the region till the government
benefits reach them.”
The separatists in J&K have
further scaled down their ongoing agitation by restricting the
strike call to every Friday and have asked people to observe a
'black day' on Republic Day. In a fresh protest programme issued
late last night (January 14), the separatists - hardline APHC-G
chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, moderate APHC-M chief Mirwaiz
Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik - asked the people to observe
strike only on Fridays. In view of Republic Day, the separatists
have called for a shutdown on Thursday (January 19) as well this
week. They have also called for joint protest on Monday (January
16) after the afternoon prayer.
In terms of militancy related
violence, Assam was the only State in the Northeast which recorded
higher casualties during 2016, as compared to the previous year
(2015). Referencing Government official records, a report said
that, in 2016 (up to November), Assam recorded a total of 80 casualties,
including 29 civilians, 4 security personnel and 47 extremists.
But, in 2015, Assam recorded 58 killings, including 9 civilians
and 49 insurgents.
Significantly, the number of civilian
casualties in the State rose sharply to 29 in 2016 from 9 in 2015.
In 2014, 168 civilian fatalities were recorded. In 2013, 35 civilians
were killed in insurgency-related violence across the State. Similarly,
casualties among the SFs also increased from zero in 2015 to four
in 2016. Due to sustained operations by SFs, 47 militants belonging
to various insurgent groups lost their lives during 2016, as against
49 in 2015, 102 in 2014 and 52 in 2013 in the State. According
to the high level security sources, there was a substantial decline
in insurgency related incidents in 2015. In that year, the level
of violence steeply declined to the lowest since 1997. Official
records further state that 125 persons were kidnapped in Assam
in 2013, 94 in 2014, 27 in 2015 and 14 in 2016. On the other hand,
348 extremists were arrested in 2013, 319 in 2014, 645 in 2015
and 343 in 2016 in the State.
According to the security sources
the militant groups having bases in Myanmar have started using
different routes of Arunachal Pradesh-Myanmar border to enter
into the North East region. Earlier, Nagaland-Myanmar border was
considered to be the most vulnerable. Sources said that though
some militants are still sneaking to the country through Nagaland,
most such infiltrations are taking place through Arunachal Pradesh
which is considered to be a peaceful state. Security sources said
that most such movements were taking place through the Changlang
District of Arunachal Pradesh. The Arunachal Pradesh CM also held
a high level meeting with senior officers of the Army and paramilitary
forces last month to discuss the situation.
The UNC of Manipur opposed the
fencing work between India and Myanmar and ''appealed to Nagas''
to jointly oppose it. The fencing work is on at remote Pangsha
village in Nagaland’s Tuensang District. The NSCN-IM, NSCN-K,
ENPO and several other Nagaland based social organization had
also opposed the move to fence the India-Myanmar border in Nagaland.
The Government officials said
that the UHM Rajnath Singh had sought a report on the ambush of
January 12 on NH 37 in Manipur in which one person was killed
and three injured.
France has reiterated its support
to India's pitch to get JeM 'chief' Masood Azhar designated as
a global terrorist, days after China blocked such a proposal at
the UN. It added that there are "very strong arguments in
favour" of designating Azhar as an international terrorist
and said that it wants to see decisive action taken against terror
groups targeting India. French Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrhoo,
who was on a four-day India visit, stated that France is also
a co-sponsor of the proposal to designate Masood Azhar as a global
terrorist. He regretted the fact that despite joint attempts by
France and India and wide support from the Sanctions Committee,
unanimity could not be reached. He further said that JeM is already
included in the UN Sanctions Committees list of terror organisations.
Anti-terror intelligence agencies
have found instances of medicines from India landing up with the
Islamic State (IS). The agencies strongly suspect that medicines
supplied to the Gulf countries were ending up in Syria and Iraq
for the use of the terror group.
At the recent All-India Police
Science Congress in Kerala, a top IPS official of the IB noted
during a discussion on the IS: “A total of 70 incidents of violence
have been reported outside the area of ISIS control in 20 countries
including several lone wolf attacks. The targets have been remarkably
similar to the ones chosen by other terror outfits targeting India,
whether it is the Indian Mujahideen or the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba.”
The officer said, “There have been loose ISIS motivated or inspired
groups in Hyderabad (one led by one Yazdani), one in Roorkee and
lone wolves like in Parbhani. Instances of supply of logistics
have come to our notice, particularly in the form of supply of
According to top IB sources, around
300 individuals in India are on the radar of various Police forces
and central agencies for their “proclivity towards the ISIS cause”.
So far, around 100 persons have
tried to travel to join IS and around 67 have reached the area
of operation of the extremist group. Agencies have arrested about
60 persons, including some in Telangana state for linkages to
Explaining the magnitude of the
problem, an IB officer said, “Over 70 lakh Indians work in the
Gulf and West Asia and remain vulnerable to radical propaganda.”
Several expats from Hyderabad based in the UAE and Saudi Arabia
have joined the IS, as has one person from Machilipatnam in Andhra
Pradesh who was based in Kuwait. Analysis by the police has revealed
that recent IS recruits from India were young - about 90 per cent
in the 18-33 age group. More specifically, half the recruits from
India were in the 23-28 age group. About 70 per cent had a technical
background and 50 per cent were graduates.
Investigations following the arrest
of five members of a group called Base Movement in November 2016
have revealed that a leader of the group was involved in four
blasts carried out in Madurai between 2011 and 2014,. The five
members were arrested by the NIA from Madurai in Tamil Nadu in
connection with a series of bomb blasts at court premises in South
India. One of the arrested men, N Abbas Ali, who is linked to
former operatives of Al Ummah, has revealed that he planted four
bombs in Madurai between 2011 and 2014. Ali is accused by the
NIA of planning and executing blasts in the premises of courts
in Chittoor, Kollam, Mysuru, Nellore and Malapuram between April
7 and November 1, 2016.
Following are the accounts of
the Madurai blasts provided by Ali to investigators, which are
corroborated by news reports:
The May 2011 blast occurred in
a dustbin near the crowded Mattuthavani bus stand at 9.15 pm.
Nobody was injured in the minor blast. On September 29, 2011,
Ali planted a device in a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation
bus to mark the anniversary of the 2002 killing of Al Ummah leader
Imam Ali by police in Bengaluru. The IED, made with materials
sourced from firecrackers, was found by employees of the transport
corporation and defused. On September 29, 2012, Ali planted an
IED outside a TASMAC wine shop in Theni to mark the death anniversary
of Imam Ali. The device exploded but no casualties occurred. The
fourth blast occurred on February 9, 2014, at the venue of an
AIADMK meeting in Madurai. The bomb, placed below the stage, exploded
when no one was around. The date was the anniversary of the hanging
of Afzal Guru, who was convicted in the 2001 Parliament attack
case. “Ali has claimed to have been involved in four blasts in
the Madurai region. It seems that these cases are undetected or
some others have already been arrested,’’ a source said.
The Police arrested six cadres
of the CPI-Maoist along with arms and ammunition during a raid
at Karmpur Bhataulia village under Paroo Police Station in Muzaffarpur
District of Bihar. The Police have also seized two country made
pistols, six detonators, four cartridges of .315 bore, 17 cartridges
of 7.62 bore, hand-written six leaflets meant to threaten people
to realise levy and two motorcycles. The arrestees were identified
as Dashrath Ram, Santosh Sahni, Baidyanath Paswan, Mukesh Paswan,
Rajesh Paswan and Sanjay Kumar Sahni.
CPI-Maoist cadres have warned
villagers through posters in Narayanpatna block of Koraput District
of Odisha to abstain from voting during panchayat polls.
The posters were found in Balipeta and Tentulipadar panchayats of
the District. The panchayat polls will be
held in five phases: February 13, 15, 17, 19 and 21, 2017.
Two villagers were killed by the
CPI-Maoist cadres at Taringa village under Goeilkera Thana area
in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. The victims were
identified as Suresh Bhuiyan (25) and Jiten Lomga (15). No reason
was cited by West Singhbhum District Police for the killings.
A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed
in an encounter with SFs in Kandanar forest area under Darbha
Police station in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh. SFs also recovered
a .303 rifle, its five live rounds, one SMBL rifle, a couple of
detonators, bags, Naxal literature and items
of daily use. The identity of the Maoist killed is yet to be ascertained.
The total number Maoists killed in separate gun-battles in Bastar
Division in January 2017 has reached to 8.
The SFs in Kerala have warned
that the CPI-Maoist cadres are planning a coordinated movement
of its urban and rural forces for strengthening its activities
in southern States of India, mainly in Kerala. SFs claimed this
on the basis of the review report of the SZC of the CPI-Maoist
retrieved by the Police from the site of Nilambur encounter. The
report says, that they were able to defeat the enemy plans and
successfully organize the meeting in the forest area of tri-junction
under the protection of PLGA Forces, support and participation
The three parties, the IPFT, the
INPT and the NCT, announced a hartal (general strike) in
areas under the TTAADC on February 8 to protest the new citizenship
policy of the Union Government. The proposed amendments will grant
swifter Indian citizenship to persecuted minorities from countries
like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
UHM Rajnath Singh, along with
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar,
reviewed the prevailing situation in Manipur. The State is reeling
under a 75-day long economic blockade on NHs, called by the UNC,
which has crippled normal life. Top officials including CoAS General
Bipin Rawat, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, and AG Mukul
Rohatgi were also present in the meeting. The presence of AG is
leading to speculation of the Union Government mulling some legal
action. The blockade of the NHs leading to the Manipur valley
has been in place since November 1.
Three LeT militants were killed
in an encounter with SFs at Awoora village in Pahalgam area of
Anantnag District. Acting on specific intelligence input about
the presence of three LeT militants, ‘commander’ Adil, Masood
and Abid, hiding in the village, Army’s 3rd RR
and SOG launched a search operation in the area on January 15.
An army official said as the SFs were conducting the search operation,
the hiding militants fired upon them and the SFs retaliated. The
exchange of fire went on till late in the evening after which
it was halted for the night, the official said, adding it was
resumed in the wee hours today and the three militants were killed
in the gunfight. Three AK-47 rifles have been recovered from the
encounter site, the official said adding the operation has been
Source:Compiled from news reports and