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approach' to terrorism
to remain silent on the reports relating to the raid and
the arrest of six NLFT rebels, as well as the bomb attack
on the residence of the ATTF chief. However, Bangladesh
did come out with a formal denial of reports about the arrest
of 34 ULFA militants in Dhaka. "We would like to categorically
state that the reports (about the ULFA rebels' capture)
are false, baseless and concocted and have been fabricated
to strain the friendly relations between Bangladesh and
India. No such incidents took place in the capital city
of Dhaka," a Home Ministry Press Release issued in Dhaka
on January 3, 2004, said. The Bangladesh Home Ministry statement
added: "We would also like to reassert the well-known position
of the Government of Bangladesh that Bangladesh has never
allowed or assisted insurgent groups of any country for
acts against that country and this policy was being pursued
by the Government consistently and rigorously."
Manipur: Lessons Never Learnt
on the Manorama issue mount, the State Government has clamped
a curfew in the affected areas, which include two adjacent
districts of Bishnupur and Thoubal, in addition to the districts
of Imphal East and Imphal West. It has further constituted
an inquiry to investigate the case. The AR has also instituted
an inquiry and has taken the accused men off duty, pending
the submission of the inquiry report within a 'short period.'
Going by past records and the utility of numerous such 'inquiry
commissions' whose reports seldom see the light of day,
such steps have done little to contain public ire.
Peace, Expanding Violence
Weekly Fatalities: Major Conflicts in South Asia
July 12-18, 2004
24 terrorists of groups active in India's Northeast killed during shootout in capital Dhaka: Reports quoting police and intelligence sources said at least 24 terrorists belonging to different outfits operating in the northeastern region were killed and 26 others injured in simultaneous attacks by unknown gunmen at four hideouts in the capital Dhaka on July 17, 2004. The attacks occurred at two hideouts in Segun Bagicha and one each in Dhanmundi and Shyamali, posh residential areas of the capital. Sources said, terrorists of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), People's Liberation Army (PLA) of Manipur and All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) might have suffered the casualties in the attack which preceded a secret meeting of the outfits. However, Bangladesh authorities have denied the occurrence of any such incident on its soil. Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ashraful Huda was quoted as having said, "We have had no knowledge of such an incident. If such a thing had happened, it would be very big news -- everyone would know about it. I have no knowledge about it." Sentinel Assam; The Daily Star; July 19, 2004.
National Assembly resolves to prosecute those who helped terrorists: The National Assembly of Bhutan is reported to have resolved that all Bhutanese citizens who, in any way, assisted the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and Kamatapur Liberation Organization (KLO) terrorists when they were illegally camped in Bhutan until December 2003, would be prosecuted as accomplices and punished according to the provisions of the National Security Act of Bhutan. Kuensel Online, July 17, 2004.
Parent outfit of Lashkar-e-Toiba splits: Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JD), the parent outfit of the proscribed Pakistan-based outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), has reportedly split with two senior leaders opposing the leadership of its founder, Prof. Hafeez Mohammed Saeed. JD has split and the rebels have formed a new outfit called Khair-un-Naas (peoples' welfare), Urdu daily Khabren reported. It also said two important office bearers of the JD, Abu Shoaib and Maulana Qari Abdul Hafeez, along with a number of associates have left the outfit and formed another group after failure of negotiations with Saeed. Daily Times, July 18, 2004.
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