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India Timeline - Year 2017

Date

Incidents

January 1

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  (45).

January 2

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 Kashmir).

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.

January 3

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 his possession.

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 Valley.

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.

January 4

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 the UNLF.

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.

January 5

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 ban.

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 official said.

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 FebruaryNOJ 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.

January 6

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 the officer.

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.

January 7

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 Costa.

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 January 3.

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. 

January 8

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-MaoistThe 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 said.

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 January 9.

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 families.

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.

January 9

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," he added.

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 editors.

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 and unacceptable.’

January 10

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 Kalyan Elesela.

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 of Jharkhand.

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 of LeT.

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 called off.

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, Rajouri.

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 arrested militant.

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 Hills District.

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 arrestee.

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.

January 11

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 agency.

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 of Assam.

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.

January 12

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 the threat.

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 his possession.

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 and politicians."

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.”

January 13

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 JharkhandThe 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.

January 14

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 people.

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.

CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze three vehicles involved in road construction work in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. According to Police, the Maoists raided camp of a construction company at Roam village situated under Guwa Police Station and set the three vehicles on fire.

January 15

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 medicines.”

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 the IS.

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 of people.

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.

In a joint operation conducted by the Indian Army and Police, two persons identified as Rahim Badshah (30) and Abdul Sahid (25) were arrested with 800 detonators, a pistol and ammunition from the Shantipur-Beparipara border village under Sukchar Police Station of South Salmara-Mancachar District. Police said that the consignment was meant to be delivered to militants groups in Meghalaya''s Garo Hills or to Bangladesh-based militants.

The Maoists of AOBSZC issued a Press release asking people of the cutoff areas to boycott the panchayat polls, leaving the SEC and the State administration of Odisha in a tizzy.

In a bid to curb the menace of LWE, Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh and his Jharkhand counterpart Raghubar Das, discussed modalities for better inter-state coordination and information sharing in the border area of the two neighbouring States in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh. During discussions, Singh said Chhattisgarh shares a long border with Jharkhand (in its northern part) and better coordination between the forces of the two States would help in strengthening the surveillance system on the inter-State border and thereby controlling Naxal activities, an official release issued said. Jharkhand CM reiterated commitment of his State to control Naxal menace. “The Jharkhand CM assured Singh that State Police and armed forces will work in better coordination with Chhattisgarh Police to check Naxal menace,” the official release said.

Imphal West District Police arrested a KYKL militant, identified as H Priyokumar (45) from Naoremthong Shamushang under Lamphel Police Station in Imphal West District. Police said that the arrested militant was working under the ‘deputy finance secretary’ of the militant group, Ingba and involved in several extortion cases.

January 16

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 called off.

NCB and BSF seized around 500 gram of heroine from a border outpost near Lalgola in Murshidabad District. The seized drug, which was to be sent to Bangladesh, has a market price of INR 1.5 core. The agency has seized more than 300 gram of heroine from Siliguri earlier this year.  According to NCB sources, after a crackdown at Malda District, clandestine laboratories have started mushrooming in Murshidabad. The areas across Plassey and Lalgola in the district are under the radar of the agency now.

The CPI-Maoist cadres of the AOBSZC warned Andhra University Professor Jarra Appa Rao, former Naxalite Pilli Venkateswarlu alias Satyam and TDP leader, SV Ramana, in Vishakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. In a press release by the CPI-Maoist AOBSZC official spokesman Jagabandhu stated that these people were threatening local tribals and claiming that the banned outfit had permitted contractors to mine, following which they had set up crusher machines to extract granite and other reserves. Further, Jagabandhu stated, that Ramaguda encounter of October 24, 2016, in Odisha, was a pre-planned elimination of unarmed CPI-Maoist cadres by Andhra Pradesh and Odisha Government.

Six tribals have been abducted by CPI-Maoist cadres from three interior villages of GK Veedhi in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. According to sources, the rebels had abducted six persons from Boddamanupakalu, Tukkagoi and PK Gudem by branding them as ‘Police informers’. The Maoist cadres have informed the people to attend a meeting in the forest area of GK Veedhi and they were taken away by them from the spot. However, SP, Rahul Dev Sharma ruled out the kidnap angle. He said that no complaint was lodged by the locals about the kidnap. Rahul Dev also opined that after the recent kidnapping in Odisha, locals were exaggerating the incident as kidnapping.

UHM Rajnath Singh assured Chhattisgarh Government of greater road connectivity, new Police Stations and mobile towers in the Naxal affected Districts while chairing a review meeting on anti-Naxal campaign and development at the CM Raman Singh’s residence in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh. UHM approved 50 new Police Stations, installation of 35 additional mobile towers and improving the road network. 850 kilometres will be constructed new roads in the Naxal-affected areas. Sixteen out of the 27 Districts of Chhattisgarh have the presence of rebels. CM Raman Singh told that the CPI-Maoist cadre’s activities in the northern region of the State like Surguja Division were almost under control while activities were on the decline in Bastar region in the South.

Jharkhand’s DGP, D K Pandey asked CPI-Maoist cadres to either surrender or get ready to face the bullets of the SFs in Palamu District of Jharkhand. The DGP directed to establish a Police picket in Mahudanad of Hussainabad.

Following the call of CPI-Maoist cadres to people to boycott the upcoming panchayat elections and their subsequent abduction of poll officials in Malkangiri District of Odisha, the SEC, informed that any decision on whether to announce a new poll schedule for the cutoff areas in the District would be taken after withdrawal of candidatures scheduled on January 22. SEC Secretary Rabindra Sahu told reporters in Bhubaneswar, “Filing of nominations is left for another two days. Once the process gets over tomorrow, the SEC will take a decision after assessing the situation not only for Malkangiri but other places as well where similar situations have occurred. As per the poll norms, if a nomination is not filed for any panchayat due to any reasons in the first phase, a new schedule is announced by the SEC. In case all the nominations are rejected or withdrawn, a new schedule is also declared.”

Police commandos, during combing operations, raided the house of a NSCN-IM militant, identified as Mashuring Tangkhul, at Ringpham village in Chandel District. However, no arrest was made.

Security had been tightened in and around the capital city Imphal and District headquarters in Manipur ahead of the upcoming Republic Day celebration and State Assembly elections.

A court in New Delhi, remanded Inugbamsanatombi Devi, the female associate of ‘c-in-c’ of KCP-Poirei Lup, to judicial custody until January 31. She was arrested on January 12 along with Khoirom Ranjit, the ‘c-in-c’ of KCP-Poirei Meitei, who is in Police custody until January 19.

State Police officials stated that the GNLA militants had started using children as a shield to protect themselves from the ongoing operations being carried out by SFs in Garo Hills Districts. SP (South Garo Hills), Anand Mishra, in this regard, said, “With pressure mounting on GNLA militants, whose strength is dwindling, the use of children by the militants has been reported from parts of South Garo Hills.” Police have reports from several villages that the militants had taken away many children. According to the sources, the militants are using the children also to get information about the movement of security personnel and to carry ration, besides entrusting them to do other menial jobs. The Police official also said that a Police team had visited several villages and contacted parents to know the whereabouts of their missing children.

State’s Governor Banwarilal Purohit had extended the term of KAAC for a period of six months with effect from January 13 or till the date of the first sitting after completion of fresh polls to the KAAC, whichever is earlier. The term of the present Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council expired on January 13 on completion of its five year term.

January 17

The NIA arrested one IS operative, identified as Mohammed Irfan alias Abu Jafar, a resident of Mir Alam Mandi in the old city of Hyderabad. He was produced before NIA special court, which sent him to judicial custody for seven days.

According to the investigation agency, he along with the other accused took part in searching of hideouts and physical training. Irfan allegedly collected the explosive precursors along with another accused from the outskirts of Pochampally village of Nalgonda District in Telangana.

Underlining that India alone cannot walk the path of peace, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urged Pakistan to “walk away from terror” if it wants resumption of bilateral dialogue. On relations with China, Modi said it was not unnatural for two large neighbours to have some differences but both sides should show sensitivity and respect for each other’s core concerns and interests.

A city civil court in Bengaluru issued a body warrant for Yasin Bhatkal, who has been sentenced to death for the Hyderabad blasts case, in connection with the ongoing M. Chinnaswamy Stadium blast case (April 17, 2010). Yasin, touted as the mastermind behind IM, has to be produced before the court on February 4. The warrant was issued based on an application filed by Special Public Prosecutor C.A. Ravindran on behalf of Central Crime Branch sleuths attached to Bengaluru City Police.

The role of the ISI in the November 20, 2016 train disaster in Kanpur is being suspected after Bihar Police, arrested three people, Moti Paswan, Uma Shankar Patel and Mukesh Yadav, who, they claimed, were working for the Pakistani intelligence agency to target Indian railways. The ISI link was being suspected after the interrogation of the trio, Police said. During interrogation, the three arrested persons provided some “positive lead” about the Indore-Patna Express derailment in Kanpur, District SP Jitendra Rana said.

The trio was arrested from Adapur Police Station area and they allegedly confessed to having worked for a Nepalese contact suspected to be connected to the ISI to target the railways, Rana told. The three are “professional criminals” involved in more than a dozen cases. The three were paid INR 3 lakh by a Nepali man Brajesh Giri, who allegedly had connections with Shamsul Hoda of Dubai, who had links with the ISI, the SP said. The money was paid to them to plant a bomb on the railway tracks at Ghorasan in East Champaran District, bordering Nepal, on October 1, 2016 Rana said.

Pakistan's ISI operatives in Nepal had offered a flat and a luxury vehicle besides huge cash to each member of the group that was assigned to plant explosives to derail the Indore-Rajendranagar Express near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh in November, 2016, Police sources said.

Concerned authorities have increased the security of Delhi-Lahore bus and Samjhauta Express following an alert from intelligence agencies that terror groups are on the lookout of targeting these two modes of transportation between India and Pakistan. Highly placed sources said that intelligence inputs suggest terrorists groups are planning to disrupt the Republic Day event in the national capital. They may target Samjhauta Express and Delhi-Lahore bus service.

A joint team of District Police, DRG, STF and ITBP arrested five CPI-Maoist cadres in Kondagaon District of Chhattisgarh during an anti-Naxal operation. The arrested Maoists were identified as Ramdhar Nag (28), Jaisingh Nag (27), Neeldhar Yadav (21), Sukman Kashyap (26) and Sahu Kashyap (25).They were active Janmilitia members and were involved in various crimes including spreading false information about encounter, arranging meetings for ultras and others.

Bastar’s first woman CRPF officer, Usha Kiran had launched a special campaign to control the Maoist activities in the Bastar Division. Kiran said she wants to neutralise Naxals, which stops people from moving towards development. Kiran is first woman officer to be posted in the Maoist hotbed and a potent PR tool for the security forces battling accusations of grave excesses, including rape.

A handler of a sniffer dog, PK Samal, was injured and 'Aminika', a sniffer dog belonging to CoBRA battalion, was killed in an IED blast by CPI-Maoist cadres in Buda Pahar area in Latehar District of Jharkhand.

CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze four vehicles at a bridge construction site at Ganeshpur Chatam under Garu Police Station in Latehar District of Jharkhand. Maoists set ablaze two dumpers and two tractors engaged by the construction company to build a bridge over Koel River and assaulted workers engaged at the site.

SFs laid a trap and arrested a Maoist supporter and three employees of Bauxite mining company from Bishunpur area in Gumla District of JharkhandSFs have seized INR 0.299 million cash, an SUV and a motorcycle from them. The Gumla SDPO, Bhupendra Rawat, added, "Upon frisking them, we recovered 149 currency notes of INR 2,000 denomination and two new notes of INR 500 denomination. During interrogation, they admitted that the cash was actually meant for Maoist 'zonal commander' Nakul Yadav and his next in command Madan Yadav."

CPI-Maoist cadres have again put up posters at various places threatening the tribals to boycott the Panchayat elections in Malkangiri District of Odisha. According to reports, the posters were found from the Chitrakonda area of the District in which the Malkangiri District Divisional Committee of the CPI-Maoist has asked the tribals not to cast their votes. Earlier reported, the CPI-Maoist cadres had on January 10 also put up posters in Malkangiri warning the tribals to abstain from the polls.

CPI-M (Red Star), a Naxalite outfit that has contested elections has token presence in Kerala and West Bengal, led land agitation near Kolkata. CPI-ML (Red Star) has become the key organiser of a movement at Bhangar village in South 24 Parganas District of West Bengal. It is to be noted that the villagers are demanding cancellation of a power grid project designed to transmit electricity through high tension overhead lines. A senior Police officer said, “All the leaders of the movement belong to the CPI (ML) (Red Star). We never monitored their activities because they held little influence.”  Police said they are keeping a close watch on are Alik Chakraborty, Sharmistha Chowdhury and Pradip Singh Thakur, all leaders of the Red Star faction of CPI(ML). The leader of the party is K N Ramachandran, who hails from Kerala. Thakur and Chakraborty are politburo members of the party and Choudhury a central committee member. Chakraborty is also the spokesperson of the committee spearheading the movement.

The three militants killed in the overnight gun battle with SFs in Anantnag District of J&K on January 16, were affiliated with HM and were identified as Abid Sheikh, son of Farooq Sheikh, resident of Satkipora Srigufwara, Maqsood Ahmad Sheikh alias Masoom, son of Ghulam Nabi, resident of Bewoora Srigufwara, and Adil Reshi, son of Mushtaq Ahmad, resident of Iqbal Mohalla in Bijbehara. Three AK-47 rifles, 9 magazines, 80 rounds and 3 pouches were recovered from the encounter site. Police said that Adil Reshi was involved in number of incidents. Adil along with Amir Nabi alias Ibn Qasim was involved in attack on SDPO Bijbehara and his PSO on 24th of December 2015. The 1-Sector Commander of RR Brigadier R Chakraborty stated, “It is a major success as their moving freely and preparing a video, in which they were playing with snow, appeared that they were challenging us.” The Commander urged the rest of the militants of the group to join mainstream. “I urge rest of the three militants to surrender and join mainstream”, he said. He further said that they were all A category militants with one each being A++ and A+. “They are part of a six member militant group that recently appeared in a video playing in snow. We ensured that there is no collateral damage during the encounter”, he added.

A man allegedly trying to sneak into the Nagrota Army camp in Jammu District was shot and injured before being arrested. “During last night, an unidentified man was found moving suspiciously near the fence of the Nagrota Army camp along the banks of river Tawi,” a Defence spokesman said.

JKP has turned into an important force in fighting militancy and modernization of the force has become imperative to enhance capacity of the force, stated DGP, Dr. S. P. Vaid in the meeting of the 16th CCTNS Empowered Committee for implementation of CCTNS Project held at PHQ in Jammu District. In order to make the department high-tech, we are focussing on high security capacity building in future. Special focus is given on technical up-gradation to enhance the capabilities of the force in order to commensurate with the modern requirements, he added.

SFs arrested three militants of MULTA, identified as Zehrul Islam (36), Joved Ali (36) and Ajit Ali (30), from Nayekgaon area of Kokrajhar District. Seven rifles were recovered from the arrested militants. According to Police, the three were involved in extortion and arms dealing on behalf of the militant group.  

PDCK, a Karbi militant formation, repeated its earlier ‘final ultimatum’ to the Hindi and Bengali speaking inhabitants of Karbi Anglong Autonomous District to leave the District before March 31, 2017. This has led to a panic situation among the two communities. PDCK along with two other groups - KLO and NLFT on January 2 had asked the two communities to quit ‘Kamatapur’, Tripura and ‘Karbi Longri’ within March 31. The outfits have further warned that after the dateline both the communities would have to face ‘the gravest of the grave’ situation. 

SFs arrested one NDFB-IKS militant, identified as Pushpo Basumatary alias B Fighter, from Daiphang Gaon area in Udalguri District. One AK series assault rifle, one magazine and ten live rounds were recovered from the possession of the arrested militant.

The Karbi Anglong based UCF, local Christian leaders’ forum denied the allegations of possible links between the churches and militant leader IK Songbijit to create violence in the region. UCF expressed its concern over these allegations which it states were first expressed by a person named Ranjit over a talk show aired by an Assamese channel on December 7, 2016. In a memorandum submitted to Karbi Anglong DC in Diphu, UCF stated, “It is nothing but an attempt to marginalize the tribal people of Karbi Anglong and ultimately drive them out from the hill District like what they have done in Tripura”. UCF also alleged that certain organization was working to destabilize the tribal region and forcing into conflict.

Abductors released three traders, identified as Tamal Dey (38), Dulan Mahanta (36) and Durga Pada Dutta (35), from their captivity at an unidentified place near Telekali Reserve Forest close to Rongrikkimgre village in South Garo Hills District. The trio was abducted by a group of criminals linked to Bangladesh from a place near Gasuapara in South Garo Hills District on January 10. The role of the militant group ASAK also came to the fore as reports emerged about the abductors seeking the help of ‘c-in-c’ Reding T. Sangma to aid in the negotiation for ransom with an assurance of a share of the loot. The families of the abducted people paid a ransom of INR 25,000.

Extortion activities, which had been on the wane since the announcement of demonetisation, have resumed once again in the Garo Hills Districts, albeit with the activities confined mainly to the coal belt areas for now. “There were stories going around about people being kidnapped by militants not for extortion but for depositing their old notes. It did happen in many interior areas of South and North Garo Hills, where militants pressurized villagers to deposit their old notes,” said a highly placed Police source. Some businessmen too of these two Districts may have been pressured to deposit old notes by the outfits.

Police recovered thirty gelatin sticks and twenty-four fuses from one abandoned labour camp at Mynpher under Nongkhlieh area in Jaintia Hills District.

AR arrested one NSCN-K militant from Manyaksho village in Mon District. AR also recovered one pistol and three rounds from the arrested militant. 

January 18

UHM Rajnath Singh made an appeal to Nagaland CM TR Zeliang to try to convince the Naga leaders in Manipur to call off their economic blockade and come to some sort of understanding with the Manipur Government. UHM Rajnath Singh called Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang to New Delhi to discuss the matter. In the meeting, Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh and Deputy CM Gaikhangam were also present.

Pakistan's ISI operatives in Nepal had offered a flat and a luxury vehicle besides huge cash to each member of the group that was assigned to plant explosives to derail the Indore-Rajendranagar Express near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh in November, 2016, Police sources said. The revelations came to the fore during interrogation of Moti Paswan, who was arrested from East Champaran District of Bihar, close to the India-Nepal border, on January 16. The arrest was in connection with the abortive attempt to blow up the railway tracks near Ghorasahan in East Champaran, 200km north of Patna, to derail the Raxaul-Sitamarhi passenger train on October 1, 2016.

 Moti, one of the three accused arrested in the case, had, according to the Police, revealed to his interrogators that two pressure cooker bombs were planted on the railway tracks at the behest of an India operative of the ISI, who had introduced himself as Brajesh Giri. He was offered INR 3,00,000 for carrying out the blast on the tracks on October 1, 2016. He was accompanied by Arun Ram, also called Mohan, and Deepak Ram, known as Sohan, who were subsequently killed in Nepal for their failure to accomplish the task.

 Moti was in constant touch with Brajesh alias Giri Baba, who was assigned to hire people from East Champaran to carry out subversive activities in India at the behest of ISI, the Pakistani spy agency.

 Police said that during interrogation, Moti revealed that Giri had promised to provide sufficient funds to the group to make investments in Bhojpuri movies. Giri, who acquired citizenship of Nepal, was introduced to the ISI operatives in Nepal by one Shamshul Hoda, who settled in Dubai for business purposes. Paswan stated, "I left for Nepal after the derailment of the train near Kanpur on November 20 last year. I, along with other members of the group, was supposed to get a house in Delhi where two operatives - Mohammad Zubair and Ziaul - were already settled".

Two women and a minor girl were killed while four others were injured when an IED, planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres, exploded in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh.

Maoists killed Raju Netam (40), sarpanch of Masenar village, at his native place under Bhansi Police Station area in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh.

A CoBRA jawan and a Naxal were injured during an encounter in Jharamunigiya village forests under Bhairamgarh Police Station limits in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. Constable Rajnish Kumar, belonging to CoBRA 204thbattalion, sustained injury in his leg after he inadvertently stepped over spike-trap laid by the Naxalites, during the face-off. After the encounter, the SFs found and arrested an injured Naxalite, identified as Dasu Banjam, who had been hit by a bullet.

CMAS, a CPI-Maoist front organization, leader Nachika Linga’s nomination for Zilla Parishad member in the upcoming Panchayat elections was rejected during scrutiny in Koraput District of Odisha. Linga, currently lodged in Koraput Circle Jail after his arrest in 2014, had sent his nomination paper for Narayanpatna zilla parishad member to the DRO through his counsel Gupteswar Panigrahi.

SFs arrested Arzoo Bashir, a militant of HM, from Tral area in Pulwama District. Sources said that the SFs conducted an operation in Tral area during which they arrested the HM militant who was active in the area and one pistol and 15 rounds of ammunition were recovered from his possession.

The AR arrested 13 militants of NSCN-IM along Mon-Tizit road in Mon District along with arms. Four AK-56 rifles, two HK-32 rifles, one MA-MK 4 rifles, four pistols and a huge quantity of live ammunition apart from other warlike stores were recovered from the arrested militants. PRO, AR, IGAR-N also informed that the militants were arrested while they were travelling in two Maruti gypsies on Mon-Tizit road.

The NIA conducted search operations at various Government offices in Nagaland that are believed to be funding underground terrorist organisations, including the NSCN-K. Earlier, one militant of NSCN-K identified as S. Khetoshe Sumi, who was arrested on July 31, 2016, revealed that different Government departments of the State pays illegal ‘tax’ to the militant groups. The NIA took over the investigation on August 17, 2016. 

Police arrested three militants, during a series of search operations, from different locations across the State. The arrested militants belonged to UNLF, NSCN-K and NSCN-IM. Besides the militants, 58 other suspected persons were also detained and arms were recovered during the operations. These operations were conducted in Andro Kharam Leikai and Andro Bazar area in Imphal East District, Mahakabui Namching village in Senapati District, Dharmasala in Imphal West District, Kakching town in Kakching District and its surrounding areas, Pallel in Chandel District and Tuismi Bazar areas, and Kwakta in Bishnupur District. This drive was launched in order to foil any unwanted incident ahead of the Republic Day celebration (26th January).

UHM Rajnath Singh and CM of Manipur Okram Ibobi Singh met and discussed the situation in Manipur due to the continued blockade of two NHs in the State by UNC. During the meeting, the UHM expressed grave concern over the prevailing situation especially with regard to availability of essential commodities.UHM Rajnath Singh further stated that the ongoing blockade is likely to adversely affect democratic process in the forthcoming elections by hampering movement of people, including election officials.

In a statement, NSCN-IM asserted that the ‘historic Framework Agreement’ on August 3 of 2015 after 19 years long ‘political negotiation’ with GoI would be outside the Constitution and Union of India recognizing every aspects of ‘Naga’s legitimate rights’ without compromising the principles.

The ‘c-in-c’ of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup, Khoirom Ranjit alias Rocky alias Great Macha (35) will be taken back to Delhi on January 18 (today) for further investigation. Khoirom Ranjit was brought back to Manipur on January 13 after he was arrested by a special cell of Delhi Police from Mayur Vihar area of New Delhi on January 12.

SFs arrested one linkman of NSCN-K militant, identified as Aham Konyak in Sivasagar District. SFs recovered one pistol, two live bullets and a mobile phone with SIM card of Nagaland from the arrestee.

The NIA arrested one ULFA-I militant identified as ‘second lieutenant’ Gagan Hazarika alias Joydeep Cheleng from Guwahati in Kamrup Metropolitan (Guwahati) District. He was arrested in connection with a case the NIA had registered against ULFA-I in 2013. Sources in NIA said, "He has been taken into custody for six days. His arrest is likely to throw light on the activities of senior ULFA leaders like ‘chairman’ Mukul Hazarika and ‘c-in-c’ Paresh Baruah."

UHM Rajnath Singh made an appeal to Nagaland CM TR Zeliang to try to convince the Naga leaders in Manipur to call off their economic blockade and come to some sort of understanding with the Manipur Government. UHM Rajnath Singh called Nagaland CM TR Zeliang to New Delhi to discuss the matter. In the meeting, Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh and Deputy CM Gaikhangam were also present.

January 19

Saudi Arabia deported a man, identified as Syed Zaker Raheem wanted in connection with a conspiracy to target leaders of BJP and other Hindu right wing outfits.  Raheem is brother-in-law of wanted LeT terrorist Farhatuallah Ghori, who is learnt to be holed up in Pakistan. Syed Zaker Raheem, who comes from Saidabad in Hyderabad and was living in Riyadh for many years, was arrested by Saudi authorities in May 2016 on the request of Indian authorities. After completing formalities, he was deported to Delhi and taken to Hyderabad on January 20 where Telangana Police arrested him.

Ghori is an absconding accused in an NIA case in connection with LeT’s recruitment of several youth in Karnataka and Telangana in 2010-11 to execute terror attacks and assassinate right-wing leaders. NIA had arrested several youngsters in the case. Thirteen of them were convicted by a court in September, 2016 after they pleaded guilty to the charges.

A man, identified as Sukhdas Baghel was killed by Naxals at a shop located opposite Chintagufa Police Station in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. 

A SF constable, Santosh Markam, was injured in an exchange of fire with Naxals at Kodenar village under Orchha Police Station in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. SFs were out on a counter-insurgency operation when they spotted a CPI-Maoist camp in Kodenar. Sensing SFs presence Naxals opened indiscriminate fire.

Six Naxals, three of them carrying cash reward, surrendered in Kondagaon District of Chhattisgarh. The CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered citing intensified counter-insurgency operation as well as impressive State surrender and rehabilitation policy. Sukhder alias Jangu Potai (26) ‘section commander’ of Military Company Number 6 of CPI-Maoist, Somaru- a Janmilitia ‘commander’ and Samlu- head of ‘Janatana Sarkar’ a wing of the CPI-Maoist were the key cadres who surrendered. Other CPI-Maoist cadres were identified as Budharu, Kodu and Ramu.

Around 15-20 armed rebels of the PLFI, a splinter group of a CPI-Maoist, set ablaze vehicles at the construction site near Latrtu Dam in Khunti District of Jharkhand. The rebels set ablaze one dumper, two tractors, two bikes and two generator sets.

An ‘area commander’ of the PLFI, identified as Ruben Kerketta and a CPI-Maoist operative Ladu Munda surrendered in Khunti District of Jharkhand. Kerketta was carrying a reward of INR 200,000 and Munda was carrying a reward of INR 50,000 on their head.

Khunti SP, Shwini Jha held a meeting at his office in Khunti District of Jharkhand to plan out a strategy to monitor the rising activities of CPI-Maoist cadres and its splinter groups in Khunti, Simdega, Gumla and other Districts of Jharkhand.

A LeT militant was killed in an encounter with SFs in Bandipora District. Acting on specific intelligence inputs that there might be militants hiding in Parray Mohalla in the Hajin area, SFs launched a search operation in the village. As the forces were conducting the search operation, the hiding militant opened fire on them. In the ensuing encounter, the LeT militant Abu Musaib was killed and a SOG soldier was also injured in the brief encounter, Police said.

One unidentified civilian got killed in the crossfire between GNLA and Police in the remote Rongsu Agal area in South Garo Hills District. According to the report, GNLA militants opened fire on the Police team which had reached the spot after receiving information about the hideout which was used by GNLA ‘c-in-c’ Sohan D Shira. Police recovered a shotgun and several live rounds of AK ammunition from the militant hideout. 

A GNLA linkman, identified as Tengman D Shira (25), was arrested by Police in Thapa Darengchi village in North Garo Hills District. Police recovered one 7.65 mm pistol with three rounds (Chinese make), 9 mm pistol with eight rounds (factory made), one Chinese pistol with 18 rounds and four magazines from the arrested linkman.

SFs arrested one GNLA linkman identified as Thengman Sangma (25) from Thapa Agitchak village in North Garo Hills District. Three pistols and 25 rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the arrestee. 

The State Police said that they had beefed up security measures in the entire state to prevent any kind of terrorist activities in the upcoming Republic Day celebration (26th January). Assam is also closely coordinating with Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland in an effort to curb militant attacks in the run-up to Republic Day. DGP of Assam, Mukesh Sahay, has been touring Upper Assam, along with representatives from the two states, since January 18 to review the security scenario.

SFs arrested three arms dealer including two women from two different places of Churachandpur District along with arms. In the first incident SFs arrested two women identified as Esther Haokip and Chongboi Haokip in Churachandpur Town. Five pistols were recovered from their possession. Based on their disclosure, another arms dealer identified as Gumlalmun was also arrested at Loklaiphai village along with one pistol and a magazine.

The militant group, ASUK, in a statement, threatened the 68th Republic Day celebration (26th January) in North East. In the statement, the militant grouped ‘banned’ the 68th Republic Day celebration in the entire WESEA.

A city court in New Delhi extended by five days the Police custody of Khoirom Ranjit, the arrested ‘chief’ of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup militant, after Delhi Police said he was needed further custodial interrogation.

In a statement, the NSCN-IM called upon all Naga groups to come together on a ‘single platform’ before the announcement of the peace settlement with the Central Government of India. The peace process started with a ceasefire agreement with NSCN-IM in 1997 and a final peace settlement had started gaining momentum after the Central Government of India signed the ''framework agreement'' in August, 2015.

January 20

ED issued summons to Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and his IRF under the PMLA. The Union Government had declared the IRF as an “outlawed organisation” under the anti-terror law for its alleged terror activities, following which the Maharashtra Government said it would keep a close eye on locals and organisations funding the IRF and would be treated as “anti-social elements”.  However, the IRF said it would be arguing before a Central government tribunal against the validity of the ban imposed on it and invoking of the UAPA.

PM Narendra Modi, UHM Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah, face threat from CPI-Maoist cadres, stated top intelligence sources. CPI-Maoist cadres have urged the leadership to target them during their campaign for Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. They have further suggest to carry out serial IED blasts in Eastern Uttar Pradesh by deploying 'suitable cadres' from outside, while promising to provide assistance to carrying out the task.

A CPI-Maoist cadre demanded an extortion of INR 1 million from BDO, Satish Kumar, of Jhajha in Jamui District of Bihar. The sender in the letter identified himself as Umesh Yadav, and claimed himself a native of Jhajha Police Station area. BDO lodged an FIR at Jhajha Police Station.

A ‘Haat-Bazaar’ was re-opened with the joint initiative of SFs and Netanar village in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh. The rural ‘haats’ were facing closure due to Naxal violence in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh for a decade. Netanar’s sarpanch, Sahadev Naag told, “We always wanted to restart the market here but fearing Naxal violence, which breaks out at any time in the area, local traders and villagers avoided it.” It is important to note that in 2011, six SFs, including Darbha Police SHO, were killed in an ambush of with the CPI-Maoist cadres at the place which is very close to where the weekly market is being held.

SFs recovered 50 Kilograms of IED below a small bridge in the rural road of Gomia Block in Bokaro District of Jharkhand. SFs launched a search operation at Chitu, Bankheta, Banchatra, Barokocha and Bhochukdiha villages within the limits of Gomia Police Station area.  DIG, Saket Kumar Singh said the raids would continue in Jhumra. He added,”The recovered IED was diffused later. Frequent recovery of landmines and explosives in that area helps Police foil the attempts of the CPI-Maoist cadres who were looking for triggering any untoward incident there “said Singh.

The United States of America sought a safe and secure environment for its nationals visiting Odisha in view of the rampant CPI-Maoist cadre’s activities. The issue was raised by Consul General Katherine B Hadda at the US Consulate in Hyderabad when she met Odisha’s DGP K B Singh.

A pressure bomb, believed to have been planted by CPI-Maoist cadres, was found inside the Pasaraganda Forest under Adaba Police limits in Gajapati District of Odisha. A bomb squad from Paralakhemundi reached the site and defused the explosive. The squad also seized 50 Kilograms gelatine, a tiffin bomb, 40 metres of wire and gunpowder from the spot.

Odisha DGP, K B Singh reviews Maoist situation in Malkangiri District of Odisha. DGP was on a visit to the District to review security arrangements in view of the call given by the Naxals to boycott elections. The DGP first visited BSF camp at MV-3. Later he visited the BSF camps at Jodamba and Badapada in the cut-off area.

Maoists put up fresh posters at several places in Malkangiri and Koraput Districts of Odisha and have called for poll boycott.

Rizwana Begam, a surrendered CPI-Maoist, who was accused in a case registered in Yapaladinni Police Station, was produced before II Additional Judicial Magistrate Court in Raichur District of Karnataka. “She surrendered before the Chikkamagaluru police three months ago and was produced in the court here in connection with the pending case,” Chetan Singh Rathore, SP, said.

PM Narendra Modi, UHM Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah, face threat from CPI-Maoist cadres, stated top intelligence sources. CPI-Maoist cadres have urged the leadership to target them during their campaign for Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. They have further suggest to carry out serial IED blasts in Eastern Uttar Pradesh by deploying 'suitable cadres' from outside, while promising to provide assistance to carrying out the task.

Militants hurled a grenade on a Police party in Narbal area in Budgam District. The grenade exploded on the road causing minor damage to a Police vehicle. Police and Army launched an operation and laid a naka at Narbal crossing on National Highway against the militants responsible for the grenade blast.

The security agencies defused an old live shell which was recovered from a pond at Kharote village in Kathua District. A Police spokesman said that a villager noticed a shell lying in the marshy pond and informed Police and the Army and it was defused by the security agencies.

SFs arrested one militant of UNLF, identified as Thiyam Nungshithoi alias Lokhon alias Buno alias Saphaba Meitei (34) from Keishampat Keisham Leikai in Imphal West District. SFs said that Nungshithoi was a KYKL cadre till 2002 before he joined the UNLF together with six others in 2003.

NIA probe into institutionalized extortion rackets run by Naga militant groups in Nagaland has revealed that these militant formations were getting money allegedly from 14 State Government Departments. The news report names the Naga militant groups involved as the NSCN-K, NSCN-IM and NNC.

Sources said these Government Departments include the Directorate of Information Technology, Directorate of Soil and Water Conservation, Directorate of Irrigation, Directorate of Rural Development, Directorate of Urban Development, PWD, Roads and Buildings and Directorate of Information and Public Relations. “We have found documents that show that at least 14 Government Departments made regular payments to Naga groups, including NSCN-IM,” an NIA officer said. “We have seized receipts that show payments of INR 2 crore. Further investigation is on.”

The civilian victim of the crossfire that took place between GNLA militant and Police remote Rongsu Agal area in South Garo Hills District on January 19 was identified as Kerok R Marak (23) by the villagers.

Locals caught two KPLT militants at Pubsilputa village under Bakaliaghat Police Station in Karbi Anglong District. According to information, two KPLT cadres were on a bid to extortion drive and reached at SGB Jagnarayan Singh house for extorting money from him. In the mean time the villagers got the information and caught them and handed over them to Bakaliaghat Police. The arrested KPLT cadres have been identified as Rabindra Tokbi (23) and Jiten Phangcho (24).

January 21

12 of the 52 arrested in India over the past two years for links with Islamic State (IS) terror group are from Maharashtra. The terror organisation has become a major concern for security agencies as out of the 64 suspected terrorists arrested by the NIA in all terror-related cases in the past two years, 52 of them have been arrested for their role in IS.

Two cadres of the PLFI, identified as Fagua Singh and Turtan Guria, were arrested at Bano in Simdega District of Jharkhand. PLFI is a splinter group of a CPI-Maoist.

CPI-Maoist threat forced the SEC to postpone the rural polls in Chitrakonda block of Malkangiri District of Odisha. The SEC announced it based on a report jointly submitted by the District Collector and SP. The report said that adequate security personnel could not be deployed for safety and security of poll personnel in the cut off areas. "The law and order situation in the block is not satisfactory according to a report filed by the district administration. So, we have decided to postpone the elections in Chitrakonda block," said SEC secretary R N Sahu. The block with heavy Maoist presence has total 222 wards, 18 each gram panchayats and samitis and two zilla parishad zones. Fearing Maoist attack, not a single nomination was filed for the posts of sarpanchs and ward members in the nine panchayats inside the cut-off areas.

Life was affected in several parts of Srinagar, as authorities imposed restrictions amid shutdown to thwart protests called by separatists on the 27th anniversary of Gaw Kadal killings. Over 50 persons were killed on this day of 1990 when security forces opened fire at Gaw Kadal on a procession. To mark the anniversary, the separatists had called for a shutdown and protests. In view of the separatists call, a complete shutdown was observed in Lal Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Gaw Kadal, Maisuma, Amira Kadal, Jehangir Chowk, Basant Bagh and Habba Kadal markets.

Seven organizations jointly called for a 12-hour bandh (strike) in Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council Districts, on January 24, from 5 a.m. in protest against their unfulfilled demands including a separate electoral roll by the KAAC election and strengthening of Karbi Customary Laws. The seven organizations include UKSA, KSYA, Karbi Farmers Association (Rajesh Tisso faction), NNKRAA, and PP, KARAA and Sixth Schedule Implementation-Committee.

SFs arrested four unidentified cadres of NSCN-IM from Khongshang area on Imphal-Jiribam road in Noney District. SFs also recovered 40 gelatin explosive sticks, 58 detonators, 26 metres of cordtex detonating fuse and 18 air guns from the arrested militants.

In a statement, the UNC called a boycott of the upcoming Republic Day celebrations (26th January).

January 22

Ranchi Police arrested Yamuna Prasad a member of PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, at Bero Block in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. Prasad was a close aide of PLFI chief Dinesh Gope. A Policeman told, “On several occasions, Yamuna had accommodated Gope's black money in different bank accounts and channelised the cash by investing in business ventures."

Palamu Police arrested Chhotan Yadav a CPI-Maoist cadre in Mohammadganj near Bheem Barrage at Kadal in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. Chhotan Yadav used to perform varied works for Ajay Yadav (a top CPI-Maoist leader) like moving in his dasta, writing Maoists Parchha poster and literature and IEDs. Yadav has three cases and the cases are in two Police Stations, Pandu and Mohammadganj.

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has commuted death sentences of four cadres of the MCC, now known as the CPI-Maoist, to life imprisonment setting aside a recommendation from the MHA. The Four men identified as Krishna Mochi, Nanhe Lal Mochi, Bir Kuer Paswan and Dharmendra Singh were convicted of killing 34 upper-caste Bhumihars in Bihar 25 years ago.

SFs cordoned off Fatehgarh Sheeri area in Baramulla District, after inputs about presence of militants in the area. Reports said that around 30 people were detained for questioning and majority of them have been let off. However, a Police official said that few of them who are OGWs are being questioned.

Two AR personnel were killed and several others injured when suspected militants attacked an AR vehicle escorting tourists in Tinsukia District. Militants lobbed several grenades targeting the vehicle at Jagun 12th Mile Barabasti on NH-315 bordering the District in the run up to Republic Day, a defence spokesman said. The AR vehicle and three vehicles of tourists returning from the Pangsau festival have been damaged in grenade explosions, the spokesman added. The Pangsau Festival is held along the Indo-Myanmar border in the area.

SFs killed two unidentified militants involved in the ambush which claimed the lives of two AR troopers at 12th Mile Barabasti along NH-315 near Jagun village in Tinsukia District. Defence PRO, Lieutenant Colonel Suneet Newton, said that bodies of two militants had been recovered along with five IEDs, two grenades, a G3 rifle, a pistol and fired cases of nine lathode. The ambush was jointly claimed by militant conglomerates namely UNLFW and CorCom under ‘Operation Barak’.

SFs arrested three militant of NDFB-IKS, identified as Dakaru Mushahary, Kapilau Basunatary and Birjay Mushahary from Taisoguri under Runikhata Police Station in Chirang District. A 7.65 mm pistol, two magazines, a country made pistol, two grenades and four round ammunitions were recovered from the arrested militants.

Unidentified assailants attacked the ‘chairman’, Seipu Singsit, of militant group UTLA, at Tollen village in Churachandpur District. The militant leader sustained injuries during the attack. Presently, UTLA is under SoO agreements with Union and State Government.

Four unidentified civilians were abducted by suspected ASAK militant, from Kolapara village near Sibbari in South Garo Hills District. According to Police, six armed cadre of suspected ASAK militant waylaid a truck and a bus and abducted the two drivers and two helpers at gunpoint.

The UAE pledged its full support to India in combating terrorism, as it aims at boosting bilateral defence and security ties and signing a strategic cooperation agreement during the three-day visit to India of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, beginning on January 24. UAE Ambassador Ahmad Al Banna said, “We support Indian government in its efforts to fight terrorism and extremism all over the world". Asserting that his country was among the first to condemn the terror strike on Indian airbase in Pathankot, Al Banna said the UAE had also supported the surgical strikes carried out by India. “When the bombing of the airbase took place, we were the first one to condemn it. The UAE was among the first countries which supported Indian surgical strikes and we support India’s efforts to fight and respond to attacks terrorists and extremists,” he said.

The UAE ambassador also said the national security advisers of the UAE and India have been holding consultations regularly. Asked about the role UAE, which is seen as a “key interlocutor” by India, could play in conveying Indian concerns to Pakistan over terrorism emanating from there, Al Banna said: “We listen to them (Indian authorities). We coordinate with them and will be more than willing whenever we are asked by the Indian side to assist or interfere or take any action for betterment of our relationship”.

January 21

SFs arrested one KCP militant identified as Sanjenbam Chandramani Singh alias Boynao alias Eyamba at Sawombung in Imphal East District. Incriminating articles were recovered from the arrested militants.

January 22

During combing operation by the SFs, an IED exploded at Wara Basti area of Tinsukia District. The report further states that militants had placed landmines in the approach road to Wara Basti, the site of January 22 ambush, slowing the approach of SFs.

Thakur Das Mahto (35), a contractor for Brajesh Construction Company, was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres in Ramgarh District of Jharkhand. His body, riddled with bullets and the throat slit, was found dumped on Rajrappa-Murpa Road. Local residents protested at Gola Police Station. The pamphlets were found near the body say that Mahto was killed because he was a ‘Police informer’.

SFs arrested four cadres of the PLFI from Karra in Khunti District of Jharkhand. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

January 23

In a joint statement, the CorCom, GNLA, HNLC and the ULFA-I called for a ‘total shut down’ in the entire North East India on Indian Republic day (26th January), reports The Sangai Express on January 24. In the joint statement issued by the militant groups asserted that the ‘Western South East Asia (WESEA)’ should ‘collectively boycott’ the Indian Republic Day on January 26, 2017.

Three live IED were recovered by the SFs from Wara Basti area of Tinsukia District where the January 22 ambush claimed the lives of two AR troopers and two unidentified militants.

According to a source in State Police, arrested former Chairman of the APSC, Rakesh Paul had been funding ULFA-I and GNLA militant in the last few years. According to the source he paid nearly INR 1 crore to each of the militant groups in the last few years.

Four militant groups, including NDFB-IKS, KLO, PDCK and NLFT, in a joint statement, called 24 hours ‘total shut down’ on the Republic Day of India (26th January) in the entire North East India. They asked the people of ‘WESEA’ to ‘boycott’ the Republic Day celebration in their statement. 

SFs intensified their combing operations in the border areas of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and busted a militant hideout at Samru area in the State. SFs intensification of operations follows the militant attack at Jagun in Tinsukia District of Assam on January 22.

Security officials said that Indo-Myanmar border has been placed at a state of alert based on specific intelligence inputs about the militants exfiltrating into Myanmar to escape the ongoing operations by SFs. "The stretch of the border from pillar number 168 to border pillar number 173 - from Pangsau Pass to Tirap River - has been put on high alert," a source said.

SFs arrested two PLA militants, identified as Angom Arunkumar alias Chinglen (62) and Khundrakpam Suresh alias Mocha (47) from Wangkhei Thangjam Leikai and Palace Compound Thangapat Mapal respectively in Imphal East District in two separate incidents. Three mobiles phones were recovered from them. SFs sources said that they were involved in several extortion cases.

Police detained six bailed out militants from different places in Thoubal District. Out of six, four belongs to PLA militant and two belongs to UNLF.

The proposed tripartite talk between Manipur Government, Centre and UNC scheduled on January 23 was postponed indefinitely. Further, Manipur Government had agreed to UNC’s demand to shift the venue of the proposed talks from Imphal to New Delhi. UNC had demanded that the venue for the talks should be held in either New Delhi or in ‘Naga dominated area’.

AR arrested one NSCN-K militant, identified as ‘lieutenant’ Yantril Sangtam from Longkhim Town in Tuensang District. An IED with a detonator, a reserve detonator and one .22 pistol with four live rounds were recovered from the arrested militant.

In a statement, NSCN-K said that it would boycott India’s Republic day celebration on January 26 in ‘all over Naga inhabited areas’.

In a joint statement, the CorCom, GNLA, HNLC and the ULFA-I called for a ‘total shut down’ in the entire North East India on Indian Republic day (26th January). In the joint statement issued by the militant groups asserted that the ‘WESEA’ should ‘collectively boycott’ the Indian Republic Day on January 26, 2017.

A senior State Home Department official said that the Mizoram Government had decided to go ahead with the physical repatriation of Brus from six relief camps in neighbouring North Tripura District scheduled to commence from the second week of February. The State Government officials who conducted the identification in the Tripura relief camps during November two to November 23, 2016, had identified 32,857 people belonging to 5,413 families for physical repatriation.

The SFs killed two CPI-Maoist cadres in an encounter near Padmetta village under Bedre Police Station in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. “Two bodies of Maoists in uniform have been recovered along with one .303 service rifle, one .315 rifle and one Bharmar in Bijapur district after an encounter. The encounter took place in the forest near Padmetta village under the Bedre police station limits,” said Bijapur District SP K.L. Dhruv.

Ranjan Bala and his son Indrajit Bala (17) were injured in an IED blast triggered by the Naxals on an under-construction road in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The incident took place near Malempalli village under Jagargunda Police Station limits while the victims were on way to Dornapal in their motorcycle.

CPI-Maoist cadres set on fire at least 15 vehicles and equipment deployed for road construction works in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. A road is being constructed between Tarlaguda and Annaram. A combing operation is underway to trace the insurgents.

Activist Bela Bhatia was allegedly asked to vacate her house in Pandripani village in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh by the villagers who held a protest outside it accusing her of being a ‘CPI-Maoist sympathiser’. In a complaint to Police, villagers alleged Bhatia had named herself as “Somari Naag or Bela Somari” (to use tribal identity) which they feel is an insult to tribal masses, told SP, RN Dash.

Hundreds of villagers of Malkangiri District of Odisha gathered in an anti-CPI-Maoist rally in Jagdalpur, administrative headquarters of Bastar District of Chhattisgarh, in the bordering region of Odisha and Chhattisgarh, and raised voice against the ‘torture’ by the Maoists. The Jana Varjan Samabesh/Prajameli was attended by inhabitants of at least 15 villages in the region. “In the absence of security forces and DVF, Maoists enter some remote villages and start torturing the villagers. Sometime they even rob the villagers their belongings,” said a villager. “If security is tightened in these Maoist-prone areas, then they will not dare to enter these places to trouble the innocent villagers,” stated another villager. Meanwhile Police said it will analyse the situation and take proper step. “Attending a large gathering here (Jagdalpur), the villagers of Tulsi, Mahupadar, Dundipadar and Kirmiti (Odisha) allege that a lady along with some other Maoists is torturing them. We have intensified anti-Maoist operation and deployed some forces in those regions. Very soon we will neutralize the Red Rebels who are active in the area”, said Bastar (Chhattisgarh) SP, RN Dash.

West Singhbhum District Police of Jharkhand has constituted a committee to probe the alleged death of CPI-Maoist Politburo member Prashant Bose alias Kisan da in Saranda forest on the Jharkhand-Odisha border.

The tribal rights activists met DC, ASR Naik, and demanded probe into exploitation of two women by C-60 Commandos in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The delegation comprising Sainu Gota, Ramdas Jarate and others also claimed in their representation to the Collector that Police had been harassing tribals protesting mining projects across the District. The C-60 Commandos comprise of 60 Police personnel to contain the Naxal menace and was constituted in the year 1992. They are imparted trainings in various types of guerrilla warfare.

The Army in a joint operation with JKP busted a suspected militant hideout and seized a huge cache of arms, ammunition and war-like stores in the Hilnar area of Chhatru tehsil in Kishtwar District. The team came upon a suspicious natural cave, whereupon, on further probing and digging, forces recovered one AK-47, one Pistol with Magazine (Chinese), one UBGL, seven Grenades of UBGL, two Chinese Hand Grenades, three AK-47 Magazines, 428 rounds of 7.62mm AK-47 and two Kenwood Radio Sets (Transistor TH 28A 144MH).

January 24

Ahead of the Republic Day parade on January 26, security in Delhi and NCR, particularly at Rajpath, has been increased, as an intelligence note says that "Pakistan-based groups are trying to use Afghan identities to enter India and that some of them have fraudulently acquired Afghan passports". Pakistan's ISI is trying to create tensions between India and Afghanistan, said sources. RAW has received inputs that ISI plans to recruit Pakistan-Afghani nationals and then send them to India to orchestrate a terror attack. Ahead of the Republic Day celebrations in the National Capital, intelligence and security forces have conducted a fresh recce of sensitive areas. Specific inputs were received on outfits including HM, LeT, IM and AQIS hatching a plot to simultaneously launch terror attacks in various parts of the country.

A person wanted in a case of trafficking of FICN has been arrested by NIA officials from Malda area in Malda District. Mohammed Ashraful, was wanted in a case registered initially by Kerala Police pertaining to the seizure of high quality FICN having face value of INR 67,000 from migrant labourers hailing from West Bengal.

Driver of an oil tanker was injured when suspected NSCN-IM militants attacked a convoy of loaded trucks at Awangkhul under Noney Police Station in Noney District. The driver was identified as Elangbam Birjit Singh (38) resident of Wangbal Mayai Leikai of Thoubal District. According to reports, 373 loaded Tata trucks were coming towards Imphal from Jiribam with CRPF escort on account of the ongoing economic blockade.

Police arrested one linkman of NDFB militant, identified as Chabin Boro (28) from Bagrikhuti village under Tamulpur Police Station in Baksa District. According to the Police, he was involved in several extortion cases in the name of NDFB.

Paresh Baruah, the ‘c-in-c’ of the ULFA-I militant, made a statement threatening the theater owners of the State accusing discrimination against a regional film. The director of the film Himanghshu Prasad Das made an appeal in an open letter to the militant leader on Facebook after several theatre owners decided to remove his movie- ‘Shakira Ahibo Bakultolor Bihuloi’ on January 25. In response to his letter, the militant leader threatened the theatre owners to continue regional films instead of Hindi movies.

  The CPI-Maoist cadres triggered an IED blast in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The blast took place when SFs were patrolling between Timmapur and Murdanda. A sniffer dog, named ‘Pluto’ died in the blast.

CM Raman Singh assured the IAF authorities at Raipur District of Chhattisgarh that the Chhattisgarh Government would provide all possible assistance in conducting the ‘Indian Air Force Recruitment Rally' in insurgency-infested Districts of the State. The CM held a detailed discussion with Air Vice-Marshal O.P. Tiwari, VSM, at his official residence. Notably, the Bastar Battalion of CRPF is also being raised by recruiting 744 ST youths from four insurgency infested Districts of Bastar region in Chhattisgarh, the Central Government has informed.

Two cadres of the PLF, Manish Dahenga alias Rejan Dahenga and a minor boy were arrested on the outskirts of Khunti District of Jharkhand. Police also seized INR 48,000 in cash and seven mobile phones from the duo. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

A Patna Police team stumbled upon a diary in Beur Central Jail in Patna District of Bihar, which has names of people who paid levy to jailed CPI-Maoist leader Ajay Kandu. Kandu, the alleged mastermind behind the November 2005 Jehanabad jail break, is in the Beur jail that was raided by a Police team headed by Patna SSP, Manu Maharaj. Acting on a tip-off, the SSP with a SDPO and officials from the District administration reached the jail around 2.50am and conducted the raid. The Police also seized six mobile phones, four chargers, a few packets of marijuana, four knives, packets of khaini and earphones during the search.

The Central leadership of CPI-Maoist had warned their comrades operating the tri-junction area in South India against launching attacks on Police from Kozhikode District of Kerala. The leadership thought such an action would be detrimental for the organisation in the current stage of the movement. This was revealed in a letter suspected to be written by a Central Committee or politburo member of the party, which was recovered from the camp inside the Nilambur forest after the Police firing on November 24, 2016. The central leadership of the Maoists felt that the strategy in the tri-junction area should have been devised, based on the experiences of four-and-a-half decades history of revolutionary war in India. But they believe that the comrades in zonal committee were instead inspired by the People's war in Peru and Nepal.

SFs launched a search operation against a group of militants in Ganderbal District. They said 5 RR and SOG of J&K launched a joint operation at Handoora village in Ganderbal following a tip-off about the presence of militants.

Two top militants of the LeT outfit were killed in a gun battle on the outskirts of Srinagar in Ganderbal District. Following a tip off about the presence of militants in Hadoora, Shuhama area in Ganderbal District, Police from Srinagar and Ganderbal along with 5-RR and CRPF cordoned off the area and launched the search operation. “The hiding militants opened fire on joint search party which was retaliated, triggering an encounter during which two militants of LeT were killed. Two AK-47 rifles, one grenade, six magazines and 180 rounds of AK ammunition were recovered from the encounter site”, SSP, Ganderbal, Imtiaz Ismail Parray, said. The two LeT militants have been identified as Qari Hanzullah and Anas Bilal and both of them were residents of Pakistan. They were associates of top LeT ‘commander’ Abu Hurraira who is operating from Dachigam area in the outskirts of Srinagar for last several years. They were operating in Srinagar and Ganderbal districts since January 22, 2013 and had recently started coordinating with HM.

SFs averted a major tragedy after they detected and defused an IED on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad National Highway in Baramulla District. Sources said that on receiving specific input of planting of IED at Srinagar- Muzaffarabad national highway a joint operation by 53 Bn of the CRPF, SOG Baramulla, was launched and an IED of around 10 kilograms was recovered.

A Policeman was injured as militants hurled a grenade at a Police party at Haal Pulwama and fired at them. Police had established a naka at Haal when militants attacked them. Massive operations have been launched in the area against the militants.

Army and BSF foiled two major infiltration attempts, along the LoC and IB killing a top Pakistani militant and arrested another while three other infiltrators managed to escape back to PoK following effective retaliatory firing brought down by the troops. Official sources stated that the troops observed movement of a group of four militants along LoC in Dadal Maneka area of Sunderbani sector in Rajouri District when they were trying to infiltrate into the Indian Territory along with a consignment of heavy arms, ammunition and explosive material. Immediately after the gunfight, troops conducted searches along LoC in Sunderbani sector and recovered the body of the slain militant who was believed to be a top Pakistani militant.

The BSF thwarted another infiltration attempt along the IB in Suchetgarh sector of RS Pura tehsil in Jammu District when they captured a Pakistani national alive soon after he entered into the Indian Territory. The captured person reportedly disclosed his identity as Mohammad Ahmad (35), son of Mohammad Aneef, a resident of Kot Din Dhan in Sialkot District of Pakistan. He was carrying some currency with him when he was captured.

January 25

Police recovered four crude bombs from Bongaigaon District. SP (Bongaigaon) Hridayjit Barman said the bombs were found hidden under a haystack at Bhoralkundi village, about 5 kilometres from Jogighopa Police Station. He said the search was conducted based on intelligence inputs. The bombs were packed inside polythene bags and it is suspected that militants may have kept them there to carry out blasts on Republic Day (January 26).

SFs arrested one PLA militant, identified as Kh Kiran (25) from Kaiphundai village in Tamenglong District.

MBDPF, the umbrella organisation of Bru refugees lodged in six relief camps in North Tripura, made it clear that they would stick to their long-standing ‘13-point demands’ and wrote a letter to UHM Rajnath Singh regarding the issue on January 24. The MBDPF, in its letter to Singh, sought his intervention on the issue of the Bru repatriation and reconsider the present package of the repatriation. Further, the Bru organisation alleged that the Mizoram Government’s Bru repatriation programme was not realistic and practical. The present stand of MBDPF may create hurdle to the Mizoram Government’s decision to start Bru repatriation from second week of February of this year (2017).

A CISF trooper suffered minor injuries after he was shot with arrow by CPI-Maoist cadres, in an iron ore mines area of NMDC in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The incident happened when a CISF patrolling team ran into a group of lower-rung ultras who were putting up pamphlets against Republic Day celebrations. On spotting the CISF troopers, CPI-Maoist cadres shot an arrow and escaped into the forests.

The Police arrested a CPI–Maoist cadre and his associate while receiving "levy" of INR 10,000 from a private company staff near Indrapuri Barrage in Rohtas District of Bihar. SDPO, Mohammad Anwar Javed Ansari said that the two arrested had been identified as Arun Kumar alias Birbal and Dhiraj Kumar. Arun Kumar is an accused in a murder case in Aurangabad District of Bihar.

Two militia members the CPI–Maoist surrendered before Paderu Sub-Division, DSP, M Mahendra in Vishakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. The surrendered have been identified as V Nageswara Rao and K Bhagwan Rao (35). The duo was vexed with the stringent rules being followed by the dalam and they wanted to return to the social mainstream.

The ‘most wanted’ CPI–Maoist leader Ranjit Pal (45) laid down his arms and surrendered before of the STF of Kolkata Police at Kolkata District of West Bengal. Pal surrendered before State DGO Surajit Kar Purakayastha and Kolkata Commissioner of Police, Rajiv Kumar along with his wife Jharna alias Anita also a top CPI-Maoist leader along the Bengal-Jharkhand border mostly in Purulia District. Pal surrendered with a SLR. Pal said, “I am surrendering before Kolkata Police STF and beginning a new life and appeal those who are wrong path to join the main stream.” He added, in past 17 years he had realised that taking up arms was not a solution to people’s problems and the issues had been sorted out in Bengal to a large extent.

Unidentified militants opened fire at a Police picket at Gofabal in Kulgam District. Police returned the fire, forcing the militants to flee from the place. No casualties were reported in the incident.

SFs detected an IED planted by militants at Batamaloo area in Srinagar District. The IED was later safely defused.

January 26

All total seven bombs were exploded by ULFA-I militant, during the day of celebration of India’s Republic Day (January 26) in different places of Sivasagar, Charideo, Tinsukia and Dibrugarh Districts. However no casualties were reported. According to the Police sources low intensity IED were used in the blasts. According to the sources, in Sibsagar District the blast took place in Majpani area and in Tinsukia District two blasts took place at Sisimi village and Sukan pukhuri area. While, in Charaideo District bomb exploded in Angera, Lengeribor and Bihubor area and in Dibrugarh District one explosion took place in Chowkidinghee area.

ULFA-I militant, claimed responsibility for the seven bomb blasts that took place in Assam on the Republic Day of India (January 26), terming it as ‘symbolic protest’.

Two low intensity explosions were triggered at Mantripukhri and Singjamei Chingamakha area in Imphal West District. No casualty due to these explosions was reported. No group has taken responsibility of the blasts so far.

Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Das Tandon said a wave of security and development coupled with the faith of people in Bastar region signals that Naxalism will come to an end soon in the State. Tandon was speaking at the 68th Republic Day function held at the Police Line grounds in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh. He also added that demonetization has not only supported the country in fight against terror forces but also helped in controlling CPI –Maoist activities in Chhattisgarh.

 CM, Raghubar Das in his Republic Day address said, innocent tribals were being misled by vested interests, in Naxal affected Dumka District of Jharkhand. He also pointed out that Jharkhand Government has allotted a separate budget for development of SC and ST, and 2 per cent reservation in State and District level vacancies, a Police battalion and 18 health centres for particularly vulnerable tribal groups in Jharkhand.

Jharkhand Police will initiate proceedings to seek custody of CPI –Maoist leader Ranjit Pal who, along with his wife, surrendered before West Bengal Police. Pal, a member of the Bengal-Jharkhand-Orissa border committee of CPI-Maoist, is wanted in the murder of JMM leader and then East Singhbhum in Jharkhand, MP, Sunil Mahato in 2007.

A cordon and search operation was launched by the SFs in Pulwama town in Pulwama District, after an explosion, believed to be grenade thrown by militants, occurred near local Police Station without causing any damage. However, no one was arrested during the search operation.

SFs conducted search and cordon operations at Hassanwadi and Badibagh villages in Pulwama, after receiving inputs about the presence of militants.  During the searches, locals came out of their houses and pelted stones on forces and hampered the search operations. Police fired teargas shells and chased away the stone-pelting mobs. The search operations were later called off.

January 27

The NIA arrested two people, identified as Abdul Rashid Abdulla and Yasmeen Mohammad Zahid from Kochi (Kerala) in connection with the criminal conspiracy hatched within and outside India, with the intention of furthering the objectives of the IS and for joining and supporting the organization. Accused Abdul Rashid, resident of Kasaragod District and Yasmeen Mohammad Zahid, resident of Sitamarhi District, Bihar were booked under sections 120-B and 125 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), besides sections 38, 39 and 40 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967.

The NIA probe has established that accused Abdul Rashid was the main conspirator behind the offence of motivating youth, hailing from Kasaragod District to exit from India along with their families, to join the terrorist organisation.

India and UAE issued a joint statement through which both the countries committed to work together to counter radicalisation and misuse of religion by groups and countries for inciting hatred and perpetrating acts of terrorism. UAE's Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan also declared that ‘strong condemnation of and resolute opposition to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, wherever committed and by whomever, and declared that there could be no justification for terrorism anywhere.’

Without naming Pakistan, the statement also states ‘The two sides condemned efforts, including by States, to use religion to justify, sustain and sponsor terrorism against other countries. They further deplored efforts by countries to give religious and sectarian colour to political issues and pointed out the responsibility of all States to control the activities of the so-called 'non-State actors'. With this joint statement, India enhances diplomatic pressure on Pakistan to take firm action against terror activities conducting on its land.

The State Congress spokesperson Khumukcham Joykishan said that the Manipur Government had given final touches to the proposal of declaring the UNC as an unlawful organisation and it would be forwarded to the Central Government.

The Prakasam District Police unearthed huge cache of arms and ammunition in the Nallamala Forest near Palutla village in Yerragondapalem mandal in Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh. SFs observed a few electrical wires popped out from earth. After digging at the place, they found 79 rounds of SLR, 31 rounds of .303 rifle, 17 rounds of 0.500 rifle, and three barrels of double barrel guns, two barrels of single barrel guns, two double trigger tapanchas and one charger in the dump. The Police suspect that the CPI-Maoist cadres made the dump around 2003, after inspection of the contents.

A Naxal was killed in an exchange of fire with SFs in a dense patch of forest under Fulbagdi Police Station limits in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. SFs have recovered the body of a male Maoist, clad in uniform, along with a .303 rifle and some other items of daily use from the spot.

CPI-Maoist cadres dislodged a 1,000-year-old 4-feet long Ganesha idol and felled it from a height of about 12,000 feet into the deep gorge at Dholkal Mountain in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The Police blamed the Maoists for “deliberately planned to let (sic)” the structure of Ganesha idol fall from the mountain top in an “attempt to destroy” it.

Khunti District Police of Jharkhand arrested two contractors, identified as Dinesh Kumar Nag and Khuleshwar Gope, for having financial ties with PLFI, Chief Dinesh Gope and assisting the group's terror activities in Khunti District, reports Times of India. According to Police, PLFI funded INR 8.5 millions in six construction projects of Nag and Gope and were supposed to receive 50% of the total profits in return. PLFI is a splinter group of CPI-Maoist.

Simdega Police airdropped pamphlets and posters with names and bounty on top functionaries of the PLFI cadres hiding in remote areas of Simdega District of Jharkhand. The pamphlets carried names of PLFI’s top commanders, including its supremo, Dinesh Gope, who carries a bounty of INR 2.5 millions on his head.

The RPF of Bangalore Railway Division arrested a Naxal, in connection to derail the Chalukya Express on December last year in Tamil Nadu, at Bengaluru District of Karnataka. The Naxal has now been handed over to the Q branch of the Tamil Nadu Police. He has confessed to being part of a Naxal outfit based in Kerala.

A Police source said that in the Republic Day (January 26) serial blast, the ULFA-I militant used local people for planting bombs instead of their regular militant cadres. The Police source also claimed that they had already identified some of these people.

January 28

Three persons were arrested for allegedly running a FICN racket in Delhi, and INR 1.8 million in the form of counterfeit INR 2000 notes was recovered from their possession. Accused Azad Singh (36), Manoj (37) and Sunil (27) were arrested by a team of Special Cell from Singhola village in Narela Tehsil (revenue unit) of North West Delhi District in Delhi, said DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav.

SF arrested one NDFB-IKS militant, identified as Rahul Daimari (26) alias Mulungsa alias D Riwiriwa from Khoirabari area in Udalguri District. One 7.65mm pistol, 5 rounds of live ammunition and two magazines were also recovered from the arrested militant.

Osman Ali alias Raja (40), who has been serving as courier man for CPI-Maoist, surrendered in front of SP, Rahul Dev Sharma in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. Osman Ali, is a native of Korukonda village under Chintapalli mandal, Visakhapatnam Agency, and is running a grocery shop in the village. The police said that Ali had served as Maoist courier between Maoist leader Krishna and others and he had supplied groceries and a few others to the Left Wing Extremists, for the last few years.

CRPF jawan was killed in an explosion of a pressure bomb allegedly planted by CPI-Maoist cadres near Kottacheru village under Bhejji Police Station limits in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The deceased, Havaldar Parasnath Saroj, was posted with the 219th battalion of CRPF, senior Police officials said. “A road construction work was going on in the area and a CRPF team was patrolling when Saroj accidentally stepped on the pressure bomb and suffered serious injuries,” the Police officials said. Later, he succumbed to his injuries.

The Police recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunitions from a Naxal hideout in Latehar District of Jharkhand. A SLR, three made in America semi-automatic rifle, two country-made rifles and at least 81 live cartridges were among the arms and ammunitions that were recovered. The Police are probing the matter and have not arrested any person in this regard so far.

January 29

ISI operative Mehmood Akhtar's statement to interrogators in Delhi that many people from Bhopal had handed over sensitive documents to him, has left intelligence officials in Madhya Pradesh worried. Now efforts are on to identify Akthar's 'agents' in Bhopal, said sources in the intelligence wing. There are inputs that Akhtar had visited Bhopal thrice in the last few years.

Two workers out of three, who were abducted on January 26, by a group of suspected KNF-N militant, were killed in an alleged gunfight between the militant group and KNA militants at Moulsohoi village under Litan Police Station in Ukhrul District. The two deceased workers were identified as Laishram Tompok (27) and Laishram Thoi (22). However, the third abducted worker, identified as Khumujam Bijen (25) was rescued by the villagers. One suspected abductor, identified as Thangminlun Khongsai (25) also got bullet injury in the incident. According to the report, the injured abductor is a member of UTLA and one pistol was recovered from his possession. The three workers were abducted from Maphou dam project in Senapati District on January 26, by four suspected Kuki militants. The abductors were attacked by KNA cadres when they entered the Moulsohoi village, which according to KNA militants ‘fall under the jurisdiction’ of their designated camp. However, another source said that the abductors were not from any militant group and they were just a gang of criminals. 

A bomb was recovered, by SFs, which was planted by unidentified assailant at the residence of a worker at Khabam Bamdiar under Nambol Police Station in Bishnupur District.

Two UTLA militants identified as Robert Thangboi Kipgen and Thensei Singsit, who were involved in the attack of the ‘chairman’ of UTLA on January 22, were arrested by Police from K Lhangnom village in Churachandpur District. According to the Police the arrested militants belong to a rival faction of the UTLA. 

AR arrested two persons, identified as Vizoto Angami, (40) and Supi Chaya Angami (35) from Medziphema Town in Dimapur District along with arms. According to the AR, one of the arrestees, Vizoto Angami is a member of NSCN-IM. AR recovered one .22 mm Pistol and 339 bottles of IMFL from their possession. 

Two Naxals including a woman were killed in an encounter with the SFs in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The gun battle took place in Purangel forest which comes under Kirandul Police Station limits. SFs recovered a rifle, a revolver and a huge cache of medicines. IG, S.R.P. Kalluri said, “The identity of the rebels is being ascertained. Prima facie, it appears that they belong to the medical supply team of the outlawed CPI-Maoist as a large quantity of medicines was seized from the encounter spot.”

195 lower rung Naxals, including 24 women, surrendered in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. The surrendered Naxals expressed a wish to join the mainstream. The cadres belong to Janmilitia or Janatana Sarkar wing of CPI-Maoist. The surrendered cadres were from 24 villages of the region including Gumiyabeda, Okpaad, Mohndi, Nelnaar, Ikpaad, Murnaar, Nirameta and Kodkanaar.

The Central Government of India has sanctioned INR 6.57 billion for implementation of road projects in CPI-Maoist affected areas of Koraput and Malkangiri District of Odisha. The State Government of Odisha had submitted the road project proposals under RRP-II which was approved by the UMRD. UMRD also cleared road plans having a length of 5412 Kilometers including 126 bridges in eight other Naxal affected States. The State projects include Kalimela-Gomphakonda-Bejingiwada-Orkel, Khairiput- Mathili, Mathili-Kaliaguda, Podia-Sikhapali, Kudumuluguma-Katameta, MV-76-Vejangiwada and several other roads in Malkangiri District of Odisha.

The BSF is overhauling its deployments in Malda District of West Bengal, ill-reputed as the national hub for FICN notes and illegal narcotics smuggling. The overhaul move has been initiated following a caution sent by the UMHA to the West Bengal home department that Indo- Bangladesh border sector in Malda District of West Bengal, is increasingly becoming a corridor for movement of cross- border terrorists.

 According to the BSF Commandant, deputed in the Malda sector, A K Hotker, the border guard force is involving the local residents in the Indo-Bangladesh border villages in the Malda sector in getting information about outsiders frequenting these bordering villages.  

According to sources from the border guard agency of the Union government, four major steps are being taken as a part of the agency’s overhauling exercise in the Malda sector.

The BSF foiled attempts by a group of African nationals to illegally enter India from Bangladesh through the Muharichar border in Belonia in South Tripura. A mobile phone and some personal belongings were seized from him. However, rest of the accomplices managed to flee from the place.

January 30

Three girls from the Philippines and Tunisia, who were alleged to be IS sympathisers, were given money by a Dubai-based Indian supporter, Mohammed Farhan Shaikh of the terror outfit on the instructions of a Pakistani national, the NIA has said. The agency has claimed that Shaikh, who was arrested in 2016 along with two others after being deported from the UAE for alleged IS links, had funded these girls, after money was given to him in Dubai by one Khalid, who is alleged to be from Pakistan.

 NIA has alleged that Shaikh, who was in Dubai in 2015, had transferred 3894.24 UAED to a Tunisian girl, Sarra Ghribi, who wanted to join IS, in seven installments through the global payment service, Western Union, between February 5, 2015 and April 24, 2015. NIA has claimed that Shaikh had transferred 1257.63 UAED and 846.75 UAED to Jannah Qassim and Johaira L Macasimpang, residents of Philippines, on June 24, 2015.

In his disclosure statement recorded by NIA which has been annexed in the charge sheet, Shaikh has claimed that in January 2015, he got in touch with Ghribi through Facebook. She was a "supporter and sympathiser" of IS.

The State Government decided to withhold counter insurgency operations by the SFs against the KPLT till April 20 this year. The KPLT declared unilateral ceasefire for a period of six months with effect from October 20, 2016 till April 20, 2017, which they communicated through a letter signed by the militant group’s ‘general secretary’ Vojaru Hanjang.

SFs arrested two HNLC militants, identified as Samuel Wahlang Pahsyntiew (30) and Hebingstun Khongbuh (18) from Shillong in East Khasi Hills District. Police said that both are new cadres of HNLC, but Samuel Wahlang Pahsyntiew was trained in Bangladesh camp of the militant group.

Three abducted persons from West Garo Hill District, identified as Muzamil Haque, Biswajit Neogi alias Bappi and Mohammad Rouf Asraf Ayub, were released by the abductors of ASAK militant in the Ramchenga jungles near Dumnikura in South Garo Hills District.

Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh, in a public meeting at Bhairamgarh in Naxals hit Bijapur District in Bastar Division of Chhattisgarh, urged all CPI-Maoist cadres to give up the arms and join the mainstream, saying violence and terror cannot solve any problem. "Peace and harmony are the only ways to prosper and develop the society. If Maoists quit the violent path, we are ready to embrace them", CM Singh said. "Government is building roads, bridges, schools and hospitals, providing clean drinking water and taking care of people. I wonder why the Maoists are opposing development initiatives in the region," he added.

Sanjay Pandey, a ‘munshi’ with Raj Kumar Constructions, was beheaded for not paying extortion money to the Naxals in Jamui District of Bihar. Jamui Police claimed to have recovered the CPI-Maoist literature from the scene of the crime. One such leaflet said those executing Government plans with the help of Police, and without obtaining CPI-Maoist permission, would meet similar fate.

Khunti Police arrested three cadres of the PLFI at Birsa Chowk in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. PLFI is a splinter group of CPI-Maoist. The identity of the arrestees is yet to be ascertained.

SPs from six Districts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha led by two DIGs held a meeting at Koraput District of Odisha. They gathered to plan joint operations and eliminate the CPI-Maoist from the border areas. According to sources, all the SPs and DIGs came to the conclusion that coordination, cooperation and sharing of information should be done at regular intervals. They also chalked out plans to penetrate the interior pockets of the tribal belt to reach out to the public with community policing programmes.

SFs busted a hideout of unidentified militant and recovered large cache of arms and ammunition at Tranz area in Shopian District. SFs recovered one SLR, which was snatched by militants from guard at Samnoo Kulgam in October last year (2016), two magazines of SLR, 37 SLR rounds, two RPG, one grenade, 503 AK rounds, one AK magazine, one ammunition pouch, one solar charger, one charger pin and a small black pouch containing medicines from the militant hideout.

Over 200 persons were killed in unrests in 2008, 2010 and 2016 in Jammu and Kashmir, the State Government told Legislative Assembly. CM Mehbooba Mufti, in a written reply, told the House that 76 civilians and two Police personnel were killed in “law and order disturbances” in the Valley in 2016. In 2010, 101 persons were killed and 4,288 others, including SFs, injured, she said. Mehbooba said 46 persons were killed and 1,265 others, including SFs, were injured in 2008. In 2016, as many as 8,587 persons were arrested, out of which 8,473 have been released till January 21, the Chief Minister informed. In addition, 522 persons were booked under the J&K PSA, and 265 persons among 1,978 booked in the recent unrest, were still under detention as on January 21, she stated. Further, Mehbooba said as many as 133 buildings, including Police Stations and schools, were damaged or set ablaze during the “law and order disturbances” in the Valley last year and 213 persons were arrested in this connection. She said 2,655 cases have been registered in various police stations across Kashmir since July 8 last year.

January 31

SFs arrested two women cadres of the UNLF militant, identified as Huidrom Chingkheinganbi Chanu (22) and Oinam Chanchan alias Jayenti alias Langlen (22) from Laipham Khunou under Heingang Police Station in Imphal West District.

Two unidentified civilians were killed when Police open fired to control a highly agitated mass in Dimapur town in Dimapur District. Five civilians were also injured in the firing. While seven other agitated civilians were injure in Longleng District by Police firing.

SFs recovered arms and ammunition dumped by CPI-Maoist cadres from Dangrapahar of Ghatshila in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. SSP, Anoop T. Mathew told that a joint team of SFs conducted search in four dumping areas and recovered a SLR, one 303 rifle, both looted from SFs, an improvised Musket along with 50 rounds of live ammunition, electronic items and explosives for preparing IED, CPI-Maoist flags and literature, multi-circuit meter, uniforms and daily core items. A book titled “Mamata Bandopadhyay ke Jemon Dekhechi” authored by one Deepak Kumar Ghosh was also recovered.

SFs arrested three CPI-Maoist action team members and a newly recruited member in Hanamkonda District of Telangana. The arrested were identified as T Devender alias Rama Rao of Sudhanapalli in Hasanparthy Mandal, Bhukya Srinivas alias P Srinu of Ponugodu of Gudur Mandal and Ch Narayana Swamy of Sriramulapalli of Kamalapur Mandal. The newly recruited member has been identified as Lingala Vennela alias Dhannu of Paidipalli in Hasanparthy Mandal. A case under sections 10, 13, 18(B) of UAP Act 1967, section 25 (1-B) (9) of Arms Act 1959, section 5 of ES Act 1908, section 8 of TSPS (APPS) Act was booked against them at KCU Police Station.

Four persons were injured after SFs fired to disperse protesters in Samboora village of Pampore area in Pulwama District. An Army party conducted a search operation in the Samboora village of Pampore area and people started stone pelting on them and they fired injuring four persons.

SFs cordoned off Heff Shermal area of Shopian District and launched searches. However, as the searches were underway, locals came out of their houses pelted stones on SFs. Police fired dozens of teargas shells to disperse the locals hampering the operation. Later the search operation was called off.

Pakistan army again resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing on forward Indian posts and villages in Shahpur sector of Poonch District. Official sources said Pakistani troops started shelling forward areas in Shahpur at 9 pm, prompting the Indian side to retaliate. Heavy exchange of shelling and firing continued, however, there were no reports of any casualties or damage on the Indian side. Sources said Pakistan army was trying to push a group of militants into the Indian side from the LoC. The shelling was aimed at facilitating the infiltration attempt, they added.

January 31-February 1

Police arrested three militants belonging to ASAK along with one cadre of the GNLA at South Garo Hills District. The ASAK militants, who were arrested in between January 31-February 1, were identified as Sahid Ch Marak (26), Lamingstone Ch Sangma (29) and Jainish R Marak (29).The GNLA militant, who was arrested from Gare Nawak village, near Nangalbibra was identified as Herod R Marak (32).

February 1

Ten posters and five painted messages highlighting IS were found in Solan town of Himachal Pradesh. Police interrogated about 20 persons suspected to be involved in the case. Their handwriting samples were also taken and will be compared with the writing on the posters. It was interesting to note that spray paint had been used while writing the IS on various buildings of the Subathu cantonment board while no private building had been targeted.

SFs recovered a bomb from a paddy field at Uyokching in Kakching District.

Unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at Indian Army’s 2nd JKLI troopers, who were on ROP duty, injuring a JKLI personnel at Nachou along Tiddim Road under Bishnupur Police Station in Bishnupur District. The injured personnel identified as Mohammad Arshad has been taken to Leimakhong military hospital (Kangpokpi District).

A GNLA militant, identified as ‘deputy commander’ and working with the ‘finance wing’ Ninja M. Sangma alias Megam (23), surrendered before the Police at Williamnagar in East Garo Hills District. He, however, did not deposit any weapons. Sangma has informed Police that the finance unit comprised seven cadres prior to his surrender and has now been further reduced to five men after another member disappeared a few weeks ago apparently to form his own group.

At least eight Police personnel were killed and five others injured in a landmine explosion suspected to have been triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres near Mungarbhumi on Sunki ghat in Koraput District of Odisha. The van carrying 13 Police personnel was on its way to Angul. They were going to the Police Training College, Angul to get special Police driving training when the Maoists blasted them off at around 2 pm. The number of deaths of Police personnel in the Maoists’ Sunki landmine explosion rose to eight with the body of lone missing driver Tulasi Ram Majhi found this morning (February 2), informed Koraput SP, Charan Singh Meena. Seven Police personnel died and five others sustained injuries yesterday (February 1) as the landmine planted underground at Sunki ghati in Koraput District on AOB exploded. Tulasi Ram was missing, he said. The identities of the slain personnel are Somnath Sisa, Sanjay Kumar Das, Arun Kumar Nayak, Subarna Kumar Raj, Pradipta Kumar Rout, Ganesh Prasad Das, Harekrushna Prushti and Tulasi Ram Majhi.   

The CPI-Maoist cadres exploded a crude bomb in the Amrapali Open Cast Project of CCL under Tandwa Police Station of Chatra District of Jharkhand. Three personnel have been reported to be injured in the blast. Police have recovered hand-written pamphlets which talks about stopping work in Amrapali and its adjacent mine, Magadh. The newly raised SISF will be deployed at the CCL's Amrapali coal project.

The CRPF personnel of 26th Battalion distributed a solar light system at Daribagh Tola in Gomia Block of Naxals affected Bokaro District of Jharkhand.

The CPI-Maoist cadres attacked the camp office of Ramie Construction Company and set ablaze a mixer machine and a roller near Barachatti town in Gaya District of Bihar. Locals said the Maoists had earlier demanded ‘levy’ from Ramie Construction Company, engaged in various road construction projects near Barachatti.

Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, stressed for high level of alertness and vigil along the LoC and to foil the nefarious designs of militants and their masters across. While interacting with the troops and the Commanders at 19 Division headquarters in Baramulla and 28 Mountain Division in Kupwara, General Rawat stressed for alertness along the LoC to foil the infiltration attempts from across. He stressed for terminating infiltration attempts right on the LoC so that peace is restored in Jammu and Kashmir.

February 2

Assam Police registered a suo moto case of sedition against the filmmaker, Himangshu Prasad Das, who had openly sought help from ‘leader’ of the ULFA-I, Paresh Barua, to ask film distributors not to take his film (Shakira Ahibo Bokultolor Bihuloi) off screens to make way for the Hindi movies 'Raees' and 'Kaabil' last week. Police said that it was a very serious crime and they were waiting for an individual or organisation to file a FIR, but when that did not happen, they chose to take up the suo moto case.

UNC ‘president’ Gaidon Kamei and ‘publicity secretary’ S Stephen was escorted to New Delhi in order to enable them to take part in the tripartite talk scheduled on February 3.

Meghalaya DGP S.B. Singh said that the ‘c-in-c’ of the disbanded militant group- UALA, Norrok X. Momin, was not traceable and probably he was on the run since there were criminal cases pending against him. UALA was disbanded on June, 2016. Earlier in December 2015, the UALA signed a peace pact with the Indian Government. 

The senior leader of the GNLA militant, Ninja M Sangma (23) alias Megam, who surrendered on February 1, revealed that there were only 27 cadres left in the militant group. Furthermore, he revealed that besides these cadres, there were also five other cadres of ULFA-I militant who were still working with ‘c-in-c’ of GNLA, Sohan D Shira.

Acting on inputs, Police raided the house of  Raimond Lyngdoh (30) at Kudeng Rim village under Amlarem in West Jaintia Hills District and recovered one country-made gun, pellets, one steel pipe [apparently for manufacturing the gun barrel]. Police also arrested the house owner.

Angry Protestors, who were not, satisfied with State Government’s response the ‘ultimatum’, served by NTAC, set ablaze several Government offices. The damaged Government property includes, the KMC, Regional Transport Office, offices of the SSA, Superintendent Excise Office, Nagaland Legal Service Authority and the Kohima Press Club.

The State Government responded by declaring the ULB poll process ‘null and void’, and informing that the State Cabinet has decided to ‘immediately transfer’ the DCP and DCP Zone (1), Dimapur, in order to facilitate an impartial inquiry. 

The JCC informed that the indefinite bandh (general strike) in Dimapur District over the issues of ULB would continue ‘until and unless the State Government heed to the people’s demands’.

One Munna Singh alias Munna Ganjhu and his friend Murari Sharma were killed by unidentified men in Kunda area of Chatra District of Jharkhand. Police suspect hand of TPC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a ward member candidate of Bara village under the Mathili Police limits in Malkangiri District of Odisha. The deceased was identified as Dasu Dharua. According to reports, about 20 armed Maoist rebels of the Darbha Division of the banned outfit CPI-Maoist called Dharua out of his house before being shot dead them later. Police sources said the Maoists were aggrieved over Dhurua, suspecting his links with Police. Dhurua’s brother, who was part of a Maoist outfit, recently shunned the path of violence and surrendered before the Police, much to the chagrin of the Maoists

Posters and pamphlets by the CPI-Maoist cadres threatening to disrupt the upcoming Uttarakhand Assembly polls emerged near Dhari area in Nainital District of Uttarakhand. An official's vehicle was also set on fire, prompting the administration to put Kumaon Division on high alert and step up deployment in the region. The car belongs to a Tehsildar Magistrate and the pamphlet bore the name of Vijay Pahru who introduced himself as Secretary CPI-Maoist. The Uttarakhand Assembly polls are slated to be held on February 15, 2017.

SFs detected and defused an IED on the Srinagar-Jammu NH in Pampore area in Pulwama District. A patrol party of Police detected the IED planted by terrorists between Kadlabal and Chursoo section of the NH and later the bomb disposal squad destroyed the explosive.

The BSF foiled a major infiltration attempt by the militants on the IB in Samba sector of Samba District, in which the SF personnel had a very narrow escape in three UBG thrown by the militants on them in a bid to enter into this side. According to the sources, the grenade attacks and firing by the militants was to be followed by the infiltration attempt. However, finding the BSF troops on very high alert on the IB, the militants retreated to Pakistan.

Pakistan army resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing on forward Indian posts and villages in Baba Khori area of Nowshera sector along the LoC in Rajouri District. Sources said Pakistani troops started shelling forward areas in Baba Khori area of Nowshera at 6.20 pm, prompting the Indian side to retaliate. Heavy exchange of shelling and firing continued for about half an hour. However, there were no reports of any casualties or damage on the Indian side so far.

February 3

UHM Rajnath Singh stated that Government cannot guarantee that surgical strikes won’t happen in future as any such action will depend on the situation prevailing at that time. UHM Rajnath Singh also dismissed as “a mere eye wash” the house arrest of LeT ‘chief’ Hafiz Saeed, saying if Pakistan was serious about acting against Saeed and terrorists, it must take legal action against them.

The MoS for Home Kiren Rijiju expressed hope that work on installing 'smart fence' along 3,323-kilometre long the Indo-Pak border will begin soon. The testing for the fence is in final stages and soon work for erecting it along the Indo-Pak border will begin, MoS Kiren Rijiju said in New Delhi. The new fencing is likely to have a multi-tier security ring comprising an alarm to security force personnel in case of any infiltration bid or attempts to cut the fence.

An unidentified militant belonging to the NSCN-K was killed and another injured during an exchange of fire with the AR at Ozakho village in Longding District.

AR arrested a militant of NSCN-R, identified as Kamsing Ngemu, from Miao town in Changlang District. According to the sources the arrested militant was involved in several extortion cases in Miao town in the name of ‘SS Captain Jimmy’.

SFs arrested one cadre of KNF-N militant, identified as Thomas Lenminthang Guite (27), near Kopibung area in Senapati District. According to the report the militant was involved in several abduction and extortion cases. Incriminating articles related with the militant group were also recovered from the arrested militant.    

The Union Government stated that it had brokered a peace deal between the Manipur Government and UNC and three-month-old economic blockade would be ended by the Naga groups in Manipur very soon. The statement came after the tripartite talks between the UNC, Manipur Government and UHM in the North Block in New Delhi. The UHM said that they had made ‘substantial progress’, but denied to reveal detail about the meeting.

SFs arrested a militant belonging to NSCN-IM, identified as ’chapel’ Thijuangpau Panmei, from Tamenglong town (ward no 5 area) in Tamenglong District. SFs later ‘handed over’ the arrested NSCN-IM militant to Imphal Police Station.

SFs arrested a linkman of the ULFA-I, identified as Bubul Das alias Bubul Barman, at Sarupathar in Golaghat District. According to Police sources, the ULFA-I had appointed some persons for abduction and extortion and the arrested linkman was one of them.   

In a statement, the PDCK militant strongly opposed the move of the Government of India to give citizenship rights to the Hindu Bangladeshis in Assam and said that the organization would resist the move.

The NTAC, Kohima, evening announced an indefinite Nagaland bandh (general shut down) till CM T.R. Zeliang steps down with his cabinet. The stand-off between the State Government and civil society groups continues after the Government’s decision to hold the ULB on February 1 by reserving 33 per cent seats for women. Zeliang had partially met three demands of the NTAC. NTAC had wanted the polls declared null and void, suspension of the Dimapur Police Commissioner and Zeliang's resignation. Further, leaders of the JCC, which is also against reservation, also said in Dimapur that the protest would continue.

However, no fresh incident of violence was reported in the State. “The situation is under control. No violent incidents were reported from anywhere,” said Director General of Police LL Doungel, adding that curfew was lifted from some places in Kohima but continued in Dimapur. The dead bodies of two youths, killed during the Police firing on January 31, were also buried after a meeting between NTAC and the State Governor.

A group of 50 CPI-Maoist cadres killed Shyamo Mandavi (25) and assaulted six villagers, including a woman in Burdikarka of Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The slain youth had submitted an application form for local Police recruitment drive recently. 

Assistant constable, Sukhuram Netam (33), was killed in an exchange of fire with the Maoists in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh. A patrolling party had launched the operation from Bakarkatta area. SFs recovered CPI-Maoist-related documents, bags and other items from the encounter site.

The DG of CRPF, Durga Prasad, reviewed the ground situation, military preparedness and issues faced by SFs in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh. According to officials, Durga Prasad also shared his plan with the top officials of neighbouring states and apprised them about the strategy. With the inter-state operations, the CRPF can now enter other states and continue their anti-Maoist operations without any barriers.

The Nainital Police issued warrants against nine suspects in connection with "inflammatory" slogans written by suspected of CPI-Maoist cadres on the walls of houses in a village of Nainital District of Uttarakhand. Police have also announced a bounty of INR 10,000 on one of the suspects Kheench Singh Bora. Police said Bora alias Vijay Nehru alias Prabhakar, a resident of Someshwar in Almora District of Uttarakhand, had been active in Naxals related activities in the State. Nainital SSP, Janmejay Khanduri said, "Intense search and combing operations are going on. All suspects are on our watch and we will soon locate people who were behind the incident."

The Madras High Court has confirmed life imprisonment for three belonging to TNLA. They were involved in a groups attack at the Puthur Police Station in Cuddalore District of Tamil Nadu on April 6, 1991. TNLA is the armed wing of TNCPML, a splinter group of the CPI-ML. The HC bench has now confirmed life term only for Suba Elavarasan alias Pandian alias Vallavan, Kumar alias Gopalsamy and Amulraj alias Selvam.

Police and paramilitary CRPF recovered a cache of arms and ammunition during a search operation in Ganderbal District. A joint party of Police and 118 BN (Battalion) CRPF busted a militant hideout in Fraw area of Gund tehsil of the District. SFs recovered two AK 47 magazines, 32 rounds, a 5-kilograms gas cylinder and few biscuit packets were recovered during the operation.

SFs arrested a LeT militant from Nowpora Payeen village of Lassipora in Pulwama District. Police said that based upon specific input, SFs including Police and Army’s 55 RR launched a cordon and search operation at Nowpora area of the District, during which a local militant identified as Manzoor Ahmad was arrested, along with one pistol, two pistol rounds, 36 AK rounds, one Chinese grenade, two pistol magazines, one pouch and first aid kit, from the possession of the arrested militant. During the cordon and search operation, locals came out of their houses and pelted stone on Police and Army. Police fired several teargas shells on protesters and also resorted to aerial firing to break up the stone pelting protest. However, no protester was injured in the clashes and later the cordon was lifted by forces.

AR arrested two senior leaders and a suspected militant of the UDLA at inter-State boundary of Assam and Mizoram. The arrested militants were identified as UDLA's ‘army chief’ Raj Kumar Reang, ‘financial secretary’ Neta Rai Reang and the suspected cadre Mela Rai Reang. The arrested militants were handed over to the Assam Police as they were arrested within the jurisdiction of Assam.

February 4

India has been asked to send the name of its nominee for inclusion in a global team to assist a UN committee which decides on banning terror outfits and their leaders. Following the request, the ministries of Home Affairs and Finance have been asked to recommend names of suitable individuals who can be part of the key team, official sources said.

 The presence of the country's nominee on the panel may facilitate the government's efforts to get Masood Azhar, head of JeM, banned, they said. India's effort to get Azhar listed in the UN's sanctions list of organisations and individuals linked to Al-Qaida and IS (Islamic State) has been repeatedly blocked by China. The nominations have been sought from qualified individuals to serve on the 'Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team' in support of the important '1267/1989/2253 ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee'.

In some declassified reports of CIA of the United States of America, it was revealed that the North Eastern militant groups had been receiving Chinese assistance in terms of arms and training since 1960s. The CIA report was submitted on July 26, 1968 and from the report it is evident that the militant groups of the Northeast were receiving help from China even during that time. The report said that the Naga militants first established contacts with China in December, 1966. The report revealed that the first batch of approximately 200 militants crossed over to Northern Burma (now Myanmar) to obtain arms training in Yunnan.

Police said that the ‘chief’ of the ASAK militant, Reding T. Sangma, who is currently on the run, is reportedly using Bangladeshi mobile SIM cards to avoid detection. According to the Police the militant leader is also using other modern software which is easily available in the market to avoid Police tracking.

In some declassified reports of CIA of the United States of America, it was revealed that the North Eastern militant groups had been receiving Chinese assistance in terms of arms and training since 1960s. The CIA report was submitted on July 26, 1968 and from the report it is evident that the militant groups of the Northeast were receiving help from China even during that time. The report said that the Naga militants first established contacts with China in December, 1966. The report revealed that the first batch of approximately 200 militants crossed over to Northern Burma (now Myanmar) to obtain arms training in Yunnan.

A senior official of the State Home department of Mizoram said that the date for the fourth round of peace talks between the Mizoram Government and the Manipur based HPC-D would soon be fixed. The official said that the meeting of Home department officials to be chaired by Additional Secretary Lalbiakzama. While from the HPC-D side, the delegation would be led by the working ‘chairman’ L T Hmar.

According to the security sources, Assam is a vulnerable place in the North East for the increasing Jihadi threat. Potential risk according to the sources includes existence of sleeper cells in the State. The source also said that in recent promotional videos, jihadi groups mentioned about the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in BTAD area for several times. Sources also pointed out that growing presence of the jihadi elements in Bangladesh like JMB, which has affiliation with Islamic State is also a serious matter of concern for India, particularly for the Northeast.

Several CPI-Maoist posters bearing the signature of CPI-Maoist Secretary Umakanta Mishra were found at several places in Sikarpai of Kalyansinghpur area in Rayagada District of Odisha. In the posters, the Maoist rebels have asked people to abstain from the panchayat polls. Earlier, the Maoists had put posters in Malkangiri and Koraput Districts threatening people to boycott the upcoming panchayat polls in Odisha.

The landmine blast on Sunki ghat road in Koraput District of Odisha on February 1, and killing of a ward member in Mathili block in Malkangiri District on February 2, by CPI-Maoist cadres is part of a series of attacks planned by Naxals to avenge the Ramaguda encounter in Malkangiri District on October 24 – 27, 2016, where 30 Maoists were killed, says Odisha Police. The landmine blast at the Sunki ghat road was well planned and executed by the Maoists, sources said. Police of both Odisha and Andhra Pradesh suspect that Nandapur area committee led by Andruu, Narayanpatna area committee led by Chaitanya alias Aruna and also the Maoists military PLGA team third CRC company were involved in the action. The main role was played by the Nandapur area committee, the sources said. According to the sources, generally, Maoists never attack unarmed cops, but they did it at Sunki ghat road in a desperate attempt to boost the morale of the cadres who were losing confidence after the Ramaguda encounter on October 24, 2016.

A senior Police officer said, "The victims were all newly recruited cops who got jobs through a court direction and were going for training. Naxals had knowledge about the movement of the cops from the starting point at Koraput District of Odisha. They planted the landmine under a culvert on the highway that was busy with vehicular movement. Hitting the target in such a manner shows that it was a pre-planned execution. Maoists knew that the minivan was coming. They ignited wires to detonate the landmine by using a flash. They knew exactly that the bus carrying the newly recruited drivers did not have weapons. Usually, when Naxals attack cops they loot the arms. They also fire at those who survive the attack. But, here nothing like that happened. There were no arms and no firing on the injured persons. This shows the Maoists had knowledge of every detail." As per the inputs, around 40 to 50 Maoists including 30 women cadres participated in the action.

Police and SFs thwarted a major terrorist action by killing two HM militants in an encounter in Sopore area in Baramulla District. SFs launched an operation in Amargarh area in Sopore following information about presence of militants in the area. When challenged, the militants lobbed a grenade and fired upon the Police party in which SP operation Baramulla, Shafqat Hussain and SI, Mohammad Murtaza were injured. Two AK series rifles, one pistol, four hand grenades and other arms and ammunition was recovered from the encounter site. The two militants have been identified as Azhar Khan of Kupwara and Sajjad Ahmed Lone, a resident of Eidipora Bomai in Sopore. Sajjad had gone to Pakistan in March 2016 via Wagah border.

February 5

Gujarat ATS arrested a person suspected to be involved in a conspiracy to spread terror in the state to avenge attacks on Muslims during the 2002 post-Godhra riots. Based on a specific tip off, a team of the squad officials arrested Javed Chauhan (38) from a village in Chhota Udepur District, an ATS release said. According to ATS officials, he was part of a larger conspiracy of spreading terror in the state to avenge the killing of Muslims during the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

 In a statement, the disbanded ANVC-B threatened to work against the Indian National Congress party led Meghalaya MUA-II Government in the upcoming 2018 assembly elections in Garo Hills area. In the statement the ANVC-B alleged that the Government had not respected the peace agreement signed by them and the State Government including the Central Government of India. The statement further accused the State Government that they had been trying to ‘create division’ between the ‘leadership’ and the general cadres of the ANVC-B. 

The protestors are all set to enforce a “total bandh” (general shutdown) on State Government offices and vehicles for an indefinite period starting from February 6. “The Chief Minister is solely responsible for all the trouble. He is responsible for the death of two youths in police firing outside his residence in Dimapur on January 31. He is also responsible for the mob fury that led to the burning down of so many government offices in Kohima on February 3,” said, explaining their position, K T Vilie, ‘convener’ of the NTAC. However the NTAC, Kohima, and the JCC, Dimapur, relaxed the indefinite strike on Sunday (today) to allow people to attend Church services.

DGP of Assam, Mukesh Sahay, said that the peace talk with KPLT militant would be started soon. Earlier on January 30, the Assam Government announced to withhold counter-insurgency operations against KPLT till April 20. This followed the declaration of a six-month unilateral ceasefire from October 20, 2016, by the KPLT.

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a tribal man identified as Parsika Pullaiah (45), in Chintoor Mandal of agency area of East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. A group of four to six armed CPI-Maoist cadres surrounded Pullaiah in broad daylight, opened fire and fled. CPI-Maoist alleged Pullaiah as a ‘Police informer’. East Godavari, SP, M Ravi Prakash told that Pullaiah was a trader working in Bhadrachalam for the past one year and was in no way connected to the Police.

A DRG, Constable Pratap Singh Markam, was injured when an IED blast triggered by Naxals in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The incident took place in the wee hours between Nayanar and Gatam villages under Katekalyan Police Station limits when a team of SFs was out on an anti-Naxal Operation, told SHO, Vijay Patel.

A CPI-Maoist cadre, Dhiraj Singh, was arrested from Jobang in Lohardaga District of Jharkhand.

A Pakistani infiltrator was arrested by the BSF personnel from the IB in Ramgarh sector of Samba District. Official sources said Jawans on duty observed suspicious movement across the IB near Balhad Post along Basantar River in Ramgarh sector this afternoon. They rushed and challenged the suspect, who had intruded deep inside the Indian Territory and arrested Mansheer (25), a resident of Kingra Morh in Sabekote area of Pakistan.

SFs recovered a 7.56 mm pistol, one magazine, three live rounds and two hand-made grenades from the residence of Emdadul Haque at Dhupaguri area under Dhing Police Station in Nagaon District. Emdadul Haque was detained by the SFs after the recovery.

February 6

As per the report titled ‘A New US Approach to Pakistan: Enforcing Aid Conditions without Cutting Ties’ which will be released in Washington DC on February 10. Pakistan’s military continues to support terrorist groups that attack India to keep it “off balance” and draws international mediation into dispute over Kashmir, according to the report. “Pakistani military leaders continue to support terrorist groups that attack India in an effort to keep it off balance and to draw international mediation into the dispute with India over Kashmir,” said the report.

Nine Indians joined the IS in 2016 - eight from Tamil Nadu and one from Telangana, the NIA learnt from the central security agencies that interrogated three people who were deported from Abu Dhabi for recruiting Indian for IS.

According to the report, the NIA's FIR which was registered on Republic day, both in the capital and in Chennai, says that the agency took custody of the three men who were working in Abu Dhabi on behalf of IS. Sheikh Azhar Al Islam Abdul Sattar Sheikh, Mohammed Farhan Maohammed Rafiq Shaikh and Adnan Hussain Mohammed Hussain were working to 'identify, motivate, radicalise, recruit and train Indian citizena located both in India and other countries for planning and executing terrorist attacks in India and other friendly countries'

The agency's probe has reportedly revealed that a module of nine persons, all below the age of 30, had managed to join IS in Syria. The group left India for Dubai and then headed to Syria. Following the direction of the UMHA, a case has been filed under section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, sections 17 (punishment for raising funds for terrorist acts), 18 (punishment for conspiracy), 18B (punishment for recruiting for terrorist act), 20 (for being member of terrorist gang) and 38 (for being associated with a terrorist organisation) among others.

Police arrested six militants of ATF at Dharamtul, near Bishnu Mandir in Morigaon District. The arrested militants were identified as ‘Nagaon district commander’ Milan Bhuyan, Bihu Kurung, CR Mangyang, Rajen Garh, Ajoy Singh Ghatowar and Rasraj Biswash. Police recovered six 7 .65 mm pistols, 96 live rounds, 6 cartridges, 10 mobile handsets, ATM card, PAN Card, cash INR 5,000 and lots of objectionable materials from the possession of the arrested militants. According to the Police, the ATF has links with Maoists groups and the Maoists are assisting the force with money and sophisticated arms.       

State Water Resources Minister Keshav Mahanta informed the Assembly that the Union Government is examining the feasibility of sealing the unfenced portion of Indo-Bangladesh border, comprising riverine and char areas, in the State by using ‘high tech physical and non-physical barrier’ technology. “Out of the total length of 280.06 kilometers of Indo-Bangladesh border in Assam, fencing work for 208.65 kilometers has been completed,” the Mahanta informed the Assembly. Mahanta further said that out of 71.41 kilometers unfenced area, 6.5 kilometers is land area and the rest is a composition of riverine / char (river isles) / bridge and culverts. Out of the unfenced land area border, 3.5 km is under Karimganj Town area and discussion is going on in between BSF and BBG. The settlement of disputes and land acquisition process for the remaining 3 kilometers area, also under Karimganj District, is going on. Bridges and culverts account for 3.696 kilometers along the unfenced border. “For the riverine and char area, feasibility study and examination is going on to seal these areas using ‘high tech physical and non-physical barrier’ technology by the Government of India,” the Minister informed the House. Flood lighting works had already been completed along the border and work was in progress for electricity service connection to the installed lights, the State Water Resources Minister Keshav Mahanta added.

A non-political organisation, BJSM opposed the move of the BTC authority for providing 500 acres of land to the members of the ULFA-PTF in BTC area. The issue of land allotment came during a meeting held recently in Kokrajhar, between the leaders of ULFA-PTF led by Anup Chetia and the BTC Chief for uniting the ULFA-PTF cadres in BTAD.

The Chhattisgarh Police killed Sukhram Lekam alias Sukku, a Janatana Sarkar President of the CPI-Maoist, in an exchange of fire at Pedia in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. SFs recovered a 12 bore rifle, 10 cells, and other CPI-Maoist material from the encounter spot.

An armed group of JJJMP cadres attacked heavy machinery and vehicles near CCL’s Sikni colliery in Latehar District of Jharkhand. JJMP is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

Gurubari Munda (32), a member of Munda squad of the CPI-Maoist was arrested by SFs at Bhakar forests in Ghurabandha block of Ghatshila in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand.

The NIA has booked a case against LWEs for the Hirakhand Express derailed around midnight on January 21, 2017. The Bhubaneswar-bound Hirakhand train mishap happened in Kuneru on the AOB border and killed more than 46 passengers.

The State Home Department of Maharashtra Government has allotted two helicopters to the Naxal affected District administration of Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The election in Gadchiroli is scheduled from February 16 and February 21. The elections will be conducted in two phases. The aim to allot helicopters is to ensure that the Gram Panchayat and Zilla Parishad elections are conducted smoothly and the election staff, Police officials and electoral machinery is transported to the Naxal affected poll bound city safely.

The BSF thwarted an intrusion bid at IB, which originated from Pakistan side, in Samba sector in Samba District, followed by heavy mortar shelling and firing in the forward areas. Official sources said a group of heavily armed militants reached close to the IB on Pakistan side taking advantage of undulating ground in Samba sector and opened heavy firing on the BSF personnel deployed on duty mound in forward areas with automatic weapons. The BSF personnel swiftly organized coordinated effected fire over the militants and forced them to retreat to Pakistan.

February 7

The suspected IS Chennai module, which had a Telangana native in its ranks, received funds from unknown sources in Syria at the behest of the banned outfit. NIA had registered a case in the last week of January against nine members of the module on the charge of working for Islamic State. Of the nine-member module, only one person actually joined the terrorist outfit, while the rest failed to reach Syria, NIA officials said.

The IS sympathisers had reportedly organised several meetings and even chalked out plans to reach the terror hinterland to work in the so-called caliphate. "Based on information available with us, only one person from Chennai reached Syria. Prima facie, we have information that the module got funding from abroad and they were at an advanced stage of executing their plans to reach Syria," the NIA officials told. They were still in the process of identifying the place where they undertook training in Tamil Nadu. The IS module member from the state is suspected to be from Karimnagar in North Telangana and the state Police was unwilling to disclose his identify. Though he hails from Telangana, he had been working in Chennai. It is through social media the nine came to know each other.

The NIA has begun probing the angle of sabotage in the Indore-Patna Express derailment in Pukhrayan area of Kanpur Dehat district, which had claimed 147 lives on November 20, 2016. On January 27, NIA’s Lucknow unit had lodged a case against unidentified persons on charges including culpable homicide not amounting to murder. It had done so after Moti Paswan who was arrested last month for allegedly attempting to blow up railway tracks in Bihar’s East Champaran District, claimed to have planted a cooker bomb on the tracks at Pukhrayan with the help of his associates, causing the derailment.

NIA has also invoked the Railways Act and UAPA in the case. A team of officials is presently camping in Pukhrayan for the investigation. “Apart from the Pukhrayan train derailment case, we have also registered a case in East Champaran district. Investigation is ongoing in both cases,” said Alok Mittal, IG, NIA. Sources said the agency had registered two cases as they suspected that the derailment was a “terror act”.

NIA special court in Punjab, issued proclamation notices against JeM 'chief' Masood Azhar and three others in connection with the January 2016 Pathankot terror attack case. Apart from Azhar, the notices were issued against Abdul Rauf Asghar, Shahid Latif and Kashif Jan. According to the agency’s chargesheet, Azhar along with his brother Abdul Rauf, Latif and Jan masterminded the Pathankot attack.

Latif and Jan were the key handlers of the four attackers and gave them directions all the way from their infiltration into India till the beginning of the attack. The proclamation notice, which has been issued under section 82 of Criminal Procedure Code, will have to be published in newspapers, including in Pakistan, NIA sources said. The agency had filed the chargesheet last December against Masood Azhar and the three others for plotting the terror strike that left seven Indian security personnel dead and 37 injured. The chargesheet is part of documents used by India for advocating its case for imposing UN sanctions against Azhar.

The ‘c-in-c’ Jharu Lohar alias Horen Karmakar of the NSCA militant surrendered before Police in Sonitpur District. The militant also deposited one 9mm pistol, two magazines and large number of ammunition. According to the Police, the militant was accused in the murder case of ACMS Secretary Niranjan Patra at Koliabor, killing of the accountant of Singlijan Tea estate in Dibrugarh, killings at Khatkhati in Karbi Anglong District and abduction cases in past years.

SFs recovered one .22 mm pistol, five rounds live bullets and one IED from the residence of Ali Akbar at Tuktuki under Dhing Police Station in Nagaon District.

The BSF arrested three illegal citizens of Bangladesh from Baghmara in South Garo Hills District and another one at Lalghat in South West Garo Hills District. The arrested illegal Bangladeshi citizens were identified as Mohammad Rukoddin (18), Sharif Miya (15), Mohammad Ridul Islam (16) and Mohammad Zuwel Miya (20).

In a statement the NSCN-IM militant asked all business establishment and shops of Dimapur to remain closed on Sundays with ‘immediate effect’. The militant group also threatened ‘stern action against defaulters’ in their statement.

With the death of one of the persons injured in clashes of January 31, over ULB elections in Nagaland, the total death in the violence has raised to three.

Nagaland CM T.R.Zeliang informed that the border fencing along the Indo-Myanmar border by the Myanmar Government at Pangsha in Tuensang District has been stopped with the intervention of the Central Government of India.

After the tripartite agreement signed on January 30 with the JCC and NBCC, CM T.R. Zeliang apologized to JCC and NBCC for the recent turmoil in the State regarding the ULB election. Citing the tripartite agreement, he said that since JCC had agreed to support 33% women reservation, the State Government had intended to declare partial conduct of the ULB election in those areas where there was no opposition.

SFs arrested two militants of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup, identified as Sanjenbam Ningthem Singh (40) and Wankhem Bihari Singh (34), in Kabowakching area of Bishnupur District.

One PLA/ RPF militant, identified as Naorem Indrakumar Meitei (36) arrested by SFs at Thanga Ngaram Machin in Bishnupur District.

SFs arrested one militant of NSCN-K, identified as Soraisam Milan Singh (47), at Heirangoithong in Imphal West District.

The UNC decided to continue their agitation until the State Government withdraws the decision to declare Sadar Hills and Jiribam as full-fledged Districts. The decision was taken in an emergency ‘presidential council’ meeting of UNC in Senapati District.  The meet was held to consider the outcome of the tripartite talk involving Central Government of India, State Government and UNC in New Delhi on February 3. Meanwhile, the Central Government of India expressed its disappointment over the issue. A meeting took place in Imphal where representative from the UHM, State Government and UNC participated. But the outcome of the meeting was quite disappointing for the Central Government. The sources of the Central Government expressing its disappointment said that the Manipur Government was not cooperating and the UNC was taking ‘a different stand’.

In a statement the ANSF accused the State Government of ignoring the safety and security of the people of insurgency-affected Tirap, Changlang and Longding District. ANSF mentioned about the activities of the NSCN-K and NSCN-IM in their statement. They further urged the UHM and Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju to intervene in the matter and take appropriate measures to stop skirmishes and bring back peace and normalcy in the area.

A group of Naxals fired at the CISF troops at Deposit No. 5, atop Bailadila Hills near Kirandul town in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The CPI-Maoist cadres attacked vehicles of NMDC carrying explosives. They looted explosives and detonators and held employees hostage who have now been freed. They also set ablaze burnt machinery and two vehicles. There are no reports of death or injury.

Police said it have arrested miscreants who pelted stones on vehicles at Baramulla town last week. “In the evening of February 4 (Saturday) a group of miscreants boarding three vehicles appeared in Baramulla market near Karripa Park and started pelting stones on vehicles and created law and order problem,” a Police spokesman said. He said all these miscreants were detained and a case was registered in Baramulla Police Station.

Sub-Judge/Judicial Magistrate first Class, Rajesh Kumar ID Abrol of Chadoora in Budgam District, denied bail to two militants of HM outfit. According to the prosecution case, the militants identified as Younis Bashir of Checkpora and Adil Ahmed of Lasjan were arrested under Sections 419, 506, 387, 511 and 120B RPC at Nowgam Police Station on the basis of the complaint filed by Mohammad Amin Bhat of Checkpora. These militants were demanding INR 500,000 from the complainant for HM outfit with the warning that he and his family will face the consequences of death if the complainant failed to follow their directive.

The J&K Police has prepared a report, warning about the possibility of a ‘more dangerous repetition of 2016’ after March and highlighted the ‘lack of the preparedness to handle such crisis on part of the civil administration and Police’. DG of the J&K Police SP Vaid confirmed that there were reports of ‘possible unrest after March’ but maintained that Police was ready to handle any ‘law and order’ situation, adding that APHC leaders who lead such agitations were to be ‘squarely blamed’ for the consequences. The report submitted to the chief minister’s office in January sees joint APHC leadership of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer and Yasin Malik as a ‘threat to peace’ and their ‘unification on Pakistan’s insistence a trouble’. “The mass contact programme of Hurriyat leaders and their meetings with their small constituents are a matter of concern. And by reaching out to victims of the 2016 unrest, they are reaching out to the common man and thus preparing the ground for another unrest,” the report said.

February 8

Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said that nuclear terrorism is an international threat that should not serve national strategy. "The power of the atom is wondrous and it has benefited mankind in various ways. The scientific community has also played a vital role in harnessing the nuclear energy but the negative consequences of atomic power cannot be ignored. World has witnessed immense destructive power of the atom," Jaishankar said.

Police recovered 40 pieces of fake INR 2000 notes from West Bengal's Murshidabad District, officials said, reports indiablooms.com. According to Police reports, acting on a tip off, Police booked a suspect- Ajijur Rahman- from Chatra Ghat area under Islampur Police Station limits in Murshidabad District and seized FICN INR 2000 notes with face value of INR 80,000 rupees from his possession.

At least 50 persons were injured in sporadic clashes during a 12-hour bandh (shutdown) called by the ATIRPF in TTAADC area, to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, introduced by the BJP-led NDA. The INPT, IPFT and the NCT last month (January) formed the ATIRPF to oppose the bill. The bill, introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016 and now under the scrutiny of a parliamentary committee, seeks to enable Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who have fled to India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh without valid travel documents or those whose valid documents have expired in recent years, to acquire Indian citizenship through the process of naturalization.

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a tribal trader identified as M Jeenabandhu (30) in the agency area of Munchingput mandal in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. The CPI-Maoist cadres killed him after branding him as a ‘Police informer’.

A PLFI cadre, Arvind Gope, was arrested at Sirka village in Murhu Tehsil of Khunti of Jharkhand. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

Police arrested Vinod Marandi, Chief of the RCC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, in Gaya District of Bihar. Police also recovered 7 Kilogram of Ganja. The arrested Maoist was involved in a parcel bomb explosion in which a close aide of Tekari, MLA Abhay Kushwaha was killed at Kujapi village in 2015.

Two PLFI cadres were killed and five others injured in an exchange of fire with SFs in the Pital Forest under the Bisra Police limits in Sundargarh District of Odisha. SFs recovered 11 magazines; an AK-47 rifle and eight other guns, 190 live bullets, 45 mobile phones, clothes and shoes were seized from the spot. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

Sunderbani Police arrested nine persons along with two weapons (.12 bore guns), in Rajouri District and busted a racket involved in making fake gun licenses and recovered 13 such licenses from their possession.

February 9

India hit out at China for its remarks that there was no consensus over the US' proposal to ban JeM 'chief' Masood Azhar at the UN, saying if there is a change in the Chinese position, there will be a consensus as well. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup also said the matter has been taken up with the Chinese Ambassador in Delhi and a similar demarche is being made in Beijing.

Observing that the proposal was not moved by India but by three permanent members of the UN Security Council the US, the UK and France, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup described it as a "classic counter-terrorism proposal" and hoped that China will also come around to accept this view. "It is our understanding that this was a classic counter- terrorism proposal meant to proscribe a dreaded terrorist leader Masood Azhar whose organisation the JeM has already been proscribed by the UN 1267 Committee.

The NIA filed a charge sheet against two persons in connection with its probe in the alleged indoctrination of Kerala youths to join terror group IS. The agency filed the charge sheet in a special court here against Arshi Qureshi (47) alias Arshid, a resident of Thane, Maharashtra who has been arrested by the agency, and Abdul Rashid Abdulla (30), hailing from Kasaragod in Kerala, who is absconding. The NIA said it has charged the two for "their involvement in unlawful activities and in spreading hatred against India and for providing support to the proscribed terrorist organisation IS by furthering its activities", under various sections of the Unlawful Activity (Prevention) Act-UAPA.

Unidentified militants gunned down two civilians, Bakul Rabha(40) and Saru (35), at Chengapara village under Kolaigaon Police Station in Udalguri District. Militants also set ablaze the hut of the deceased couple. The Police Personnel who reached the spot after being informed by local residents found the charred bodies of the deceased couple along with 25 rounds of empty bullets. "Since we found bullets, we are certain about the involvement of militants in the incident but we are yet to pinpoint the group. Both ULFA-I and NDFB-IKS are active in the area and we are trying to identify the assailants," a Police official in Udalguri said. Villagers told the Police that the couple could have been killed as they were suspected to be informers of SFs.

Suspected militants belonging to TPLA abducted an auto-rickshaw driver, identified as Robin Thapa (26), at an area between Motbung and Keithelmanbi in Senapati District. According to the sources, the militant group served extortion demands to auto-rickshaw associations operating along the Highway particularly in between Sekmai and Motbung last month (January).

In a press release, the militant group UNLF said that their ‘armed wing’ the MPA had observed its 30th ‘raising day’ in different parts of the State and at other places.

The NTAC volunteers damaged one gypsy belonging to State Police department at high school junction Kohima, during the ongoing indefinite bandh (general shutdown) against the Government offices and Government vehicles, over the issues of elections to ULBs. NTAC, which is enforcing the total bandh (general shutdown) on State Government offices and vehicles for an indefinite period starting from February 6, is demanding the resignation of Chief Minister T R Zeliang and his cabinet following the killing of three youths in Police firing incident on January 31, during the protest over conducting ULB elections with 33% women reservation.

Based on specific input, 5 AR in an operation, arrested two NSCN-K militants, identified as ‘sergeant major’ Ivuto Chophy and ‘corporal’ Kunovi, from Sumi Gate area in Zunheboto District. According to PRO of IGAR-N the arrested duo was indulging in extortion activities at Zunheboto town. PRO stated that, the cadres were in possession of an extortion note addressed to the engineer, Irrigation Department of Zunheboto.

State Governor P B Acharya declared the entire process of elections to ULBs in the State, which was strongly opposed by Naga tribal groups, as null and void. State Election Commissioner Sentiyanger Imchen also in a notification said following the Governor’s decision the election programme for the ULBs, notified on December 21 last year, is now null and void. Earlier, on February 2, the state Cabinet had decided to declare the election process null and void.

The NSCN-K militant released a press statement over the issue of ULB election and the subsequent violence in the State and said that the State Government ‘should pave way for people’s interest’. It also condemned the State Government for the recent violence in the State over the issues of ULB election in their statement.

 A Jagdalpur-based organisation anti-Maoist organisation AGNI dissolved itself in Jagdalpur District of Chhattisgarh. The AGNI has organised almost 15-16 rallies during the past one year across the Bastar region protesting against the CPI-Maoist activities and violence. One of them, called `Lalkar' rally, was convened by the outfit in Jagdalpur in September 2016 and attended by thousands of people. Civil rights groups and some local journalists have dubbed the AGNI as another version of the anti-Maoist militia Salwa Judum, which was banned by the Supreme Court in 2011.

A former Naxal, Phulo Markam was found killed in Jagdalpur District of Chhattisgarh. Markam surrendered before Police along with 60 other CPI-Maoist cadres in Darbha in April 2016 and had joined Police as a 'Gopaniya Sainik. Phulo's brother Gagan alleged Constable Dinesh Sethia for Markam’s death.

Sunki Ghat-like blast was averted by CRPF at Lanjigarh Block in Kalahandi District of Odisha. A bomb disposal squad of the CRPF from Rayagada led by Commandant Manoj Sharma with the help of sniffer dog defused a 25 Kilogram IED.

SOG personnel and CPI-Maoist cadres exchanged fire during a combing operation at Kutudi forest under Bijaghati Panchayat in Narayanpatna District of Odisha. No injuries have been reported.

February 10

An Abu Dhabi module of the IS comprising three Indian youths, recruited eight men from Tamil Nadu and one from Telangana, and even sent some of them to Syria to join the IS, a probe by the NIA has revealed. The NIA registered a case a fortnight ago regarding the recruitment “of nine persons — eight hailing from Tamil Nadu and one from Telangana, and some other unknown persons, with the intention to further the activities of Daesh/ISIS, a banned terrorist organisation in India”.

According to NIA case records, a criminal conspiracy was hatched “in Chennai and other parts of the country by forming a terrorist gang which raised and received funds, organised camps, recruited and trained some persons, and facilitated their travel to Syria, to join ISIS”. The Abu Dhabi module was neutralised in January 2016 following the arrest and deportation of the three Indians from the UAE: Adnan Hussain from Karnataka, Mohammed Farhan from Maharashtra and Sheikh Azhar Al Islam from Kashmir.

The records show they were accused by the NIA of being “involved in a conspiracy to identify, motivate, radicalise, recruit and train Indian citizens located both in India and other countries for planning and executing terrorist attacks in India and in other friendly countries”.

 ATS from Mumbai detained a suspected SIMI operative from Khajrana area of Indore (Madhya Pradesh). The suspect identified as Jadil Parvez was held from Khijrabad Colony in the area where he had been living since the past 2-3 months, ATS sources claimed. Jadil, who hails from Unhel town of Ujjain District, had allegedly been living with his sister Heena.

Two militants of GPRN/NSCN, identified as ‘guard commander of Ao region’ Merentoshi and ‘major’ Tongpang, were abducted by NSCN-IM militants from Tzuremen village area in Mokokchung District.

The JCC informed that it would intensify the ongoing bandh (total shutdown) indefinitely starting February 13 if the CM T.R. Zeliang does not resign within the ‘3-day deadline’ given by the JCC and NTAC that expires February 10 midnight. Further, a meeting of the legislature party of the ruling DAN supported CM T.R Zeliang on the whole issue and appealed to the agitators to end the indefinite strike and engage with the Government.

The Chairman of JIC and interlocutor for the Naga peace-talks, Mr R. N. Ravi said that ongoing economic blockade in Manipur may have an impact on the peace-talks. JIC Chairman RN Ravi said, “The Naga issue can’t be dealt in political isolation. Naga neighbours are important stakeholders. A durable solution is not possible by disregarding neighbours’ sentiment and confrontational attitude towards them.” The news report further adds that over the stubborn attitude displayed by the NSCN-IM over Manipur, Mr Ravi had said, “It is bound to impact the tenor and character of further talks with NSCN-IM.”Notably, the Manipur based UNC is spearheading the economic blockade in the State for over three months and two rounds of meetings with the stakeholders to resolve the crisis has failed to elicit any result. UNC is protesting against creation of seven new Districts in the State of Manipur.

The CLP, in a meeting chaired by CM Okram Ibobi Singh, unanimously passed a resolution urging the Central Government of India to declare the UNC as an unlawful organisation for imposing the indefinite economic blockade on the NHs and banning construction and developmental activities of National and State projects.

A Naxalite was killed in an exchange of fire with SFs in a dense forest under Basaguda Police Station in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. SFs recovered the body of a male CPI-Maoist cadre along with weapon, grenades and Naxal-related material from the spot.

A villager, Barse Deva (32), was found killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres near Lakhanpal village under Chintalnar Police Station limits in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The victim was picked up by armed rebels from his native place Konanguda, in the night of February 8, Police said.

A CPI-Maoist was killed in an exchange of fire with SFs in a dense forest pocket of Bilaspur District of Chhattisgarh. SFs recovered the body of a male Maoist cadre along with weapon, grenades and Naxal -related material from the spot.

SFs recovered arms including one AK-47 rifle, its three magazines and 26 cartridges, one carbine, its one magazine and 35 cartridges after an exchange of fire with the Maoists in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh.

The newly appointed IG of Bastar Range in Chhattisgarh, Sundarraj P asserted that “aggressive” operations against the Naxals will continue. Sundarraj said, “Security Forces are in a dominating position. The aggressiveness (in the operation) will be continued.”

A villager, Birwal Murmu (25), was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Virangatta village under the Madhuwan Police Station in Giridih District of Jharkhand. The Maoists accused him of being a ‘Police informer’.

The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze two earthmoving machines, two tractors and a water tanker in Rayagada District of Odisha. The vehicles belonged to a contractor engaged in road construction near Sandengleli in Parsali Panchayat under Kalyansinghpur Block of the District.

The CPI-Maoist calling for the boycott of the February 15 Assembly Elections in Uttarakhand, painted slogans in Someshwar in Almora District of Uttarakhand. Posters, banners and painted slogans were found at various places in and around Someshwar.

During a joint operation by the Army and the Police, a major terrorist hideout was busted at Mislai Bonjwah area in Kishtwar District of J&K. SFs recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from the location, which included one AK-47 rifle with 450 rounds, 224 Pika ammunitions, one UBGL, two UBGL ammunitions and one binocular.

CRPF and SOG arrested a militant from Janbazpora area in Baramulla District. Police said that a local militant, Irshad Ahmad Khwaja, a resident of Seelo village, was arrested after specific information by a team of SOG of J&K Police and 53 BN CRPF. One pistol, two magazines and a hand grenade were recovered from his possession.

February 11

A tape was released by ‘secretary’ of Bansadhara, Ghumusar and Nagabali Division of the CPI-Maoist, Umakant at Malkangiri District of Odisha. The tape threatened villagers of calling for poll boycott in three southern Odisha Districts, Kalahandi, Kandhamal and Rayagada.

February 12

A magistrate court has discharged Mirza Himayat Baig, along with alleged IM 'operative' Maulana Shabbir Hussain Gangawali, in the case registered by the Maharashtra ATS under the UAPA, for allegedly circulating jihadi literature to Muslim youth in Pune, who were alleged members of the banned SIMI. Judicial Magistrate (first class) V B Gulve Patil, Shivajinagar Court, passed on order in this regard on December 22, 2016. It may be recalled that Gangawali, a native of Bhatkal of Karnataka and an alleged aide of IM founders Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal, was arrested by the Pune unit of the ATS on December 30, 2008, with possession of 250 counterfeit notes of Rs 100 denomination at a Janawadi mosque in Shivajinagar area.

A ‘leader’ of UKLF militant, identified as Thangboi Haokip alias Jacob Thadou was arrested at Imphal Tulihal Airport in Imphal East District after CISF posted at the airport recovered 4 live round of 9 MM pistol with him. The CISF handed him over to the Singjamei Police along with the recovered ammunitions, but he was later released by the Police. UKLF is signatory to SoO agreement with State and Union Government.

Violating the cease fire ground rule with the GoI, the NSCN-IM opened a new ‘battalion’ called ‘Phungtha Battalion’ consisting 45 cadres of the group at Kangkum Village in Ukhrul District.

Reacting on the CLP’s resolution, for declaring UNC as an unlawful organisation, the UNC asked the Manipur Government why they had participated in the tripartite talk in New Delhi if the UNC was ‘unlawful’.

Demanding the resignation of CM TR Zeliang from his post over the issues of ULBs election and the subsequent violence in the State, JCC and NTAC, Kohima had called for a total indefinite bandh (shutdown) in Nagaland from 6 am to 6 pm daily from February 13.

Police Constable, Korsa Naga was seriously injured in an exchange of fire with CPI-Maoist cadres in a dense forest pocket of Bhejji Police Station limits in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The skirmish took place in the forest coming under Bhejji Police Station limits when a joint team of STF and DRG was out on a counter-insurgency operation, SP, Indira Kalyan Elesela said.

Four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested by SFs from a forest of Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. A team of DRG had launched a counter-insurgency operation on February 9 towards Mohndi, Kutul and Kodliyar villages. The Maoist cadres has been identified as Lakhma Varda (35), medical team member Sayabi Varda (45), ‘militia commander’ Maalu Varda (31) and ‘militia member’ Fagdu Usendi (25).

Chhattisgarh Police has set a base camp in the Naxals’ stronghold of Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh to expedite construction of a road on a national highway that leads to the neighbouring Telangana State. The camp was set up on February 8 near Taarud River between Bhadrakali and Tarlaguda to particularly facilitate the construction of bridge over the river on the under-construction strategically important Bhopalpatnam-Bhadrakali-Tarlaguda road.

The opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, said that he is ready to take the initiative to facilitate negotiation talks between the Government of Kerala and the CPI-Maoist, if Maoists were ready to surrender their arms and create an atmosphere of peace first.

The MDC of the CPI-Maoist in a fresh banner has threatened the villagers to chop off the hands of voters who defy its call to boycott the Panchayat elections at Dekrikota in Malkangiri District of Odisha. Similar posters were found in Rayagada District of Odisha calling for Panchayat polls boycott.

The SEC had identified 27,422 booths as hypersensitive and sensitive. Out of the total, 8,491 booths are hypersensitive and 18,931 sensitive. Kandhamal District has the maximum of 1,076 booths identified as hypersensitive.

According to data collated by the NBDC of the NSG the areas affected by Naxalism saw a 21 per cent increase in bomb blast incidents in 2016 as compared to 2015. Casualties in such incidents went up by almost 60 per cent, the NBDC said in its annual report. 65 per cent of all IED blast casualties occurred in LWE-affected areas. According to the report, the figures available till December 15, 2016; 1,420 Naxals surrendered last year as compared to 570 in 2015. In Chhattisgarh, the IED incidents increased by 50 per cent and Andhra Pradesh saw a five-fold increase over 2015. Odisha witnessed an almost 100 per cent jump in IED incidents — from 15 blasts in 2015 to 29 blasts in 2016. Only Jharkhand and Bihar witnessed a decrease in IED incidents. Jharkhand witnessed nine IED explosions in 2016 as compared to 15 in 2015. In Bihar, it was 10 against 12 in 2015.

Eight persons including four militants, two Army personnel and equal number of civilians were killed and around 24 civilians were injured in an encounter followed by clashes in Kulgam District. Acting on specific information about the presence of militants in Nagbal, Frisal area of the District, Kulgam Police along with 1-RR and 18th Battalion of CRPF cordoned off the suspected house and started the search operation, Police said. The four militants killed in the encounter were identified as Farooq Ahmad Bhat of Checki Dessand, Mohammad Younis Lone of Hawoora, both were HM militants and Mudisir Ahmad Tantary alias Assim of Redwani Kulgam and Wakeel Ahmad Thoker of Hadigam, both were LeT militants. Two AK rifles, two pistols, one INSAS rifle and ammunition were recovered from the encounter site. Further, people in the area came out in street as the encounter was in progress and pelted stones on SFs near the encounter site. The SFs fired teargas and pellets in which around two dozen persons were injured, out of which one Mushtaq Ibrahim Itoo succumbed to his injuries.

The separatists have called for a strike on February 13 against the killing of two civilians.  Both the factions of APHC and JKLF have called for the general strike against the killings.

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.

 

 

 

 

 
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