SOUTH ASIA INTELLIGENCE REVIEW
Weekly Fatalities: Major Conflicts in South Asia
August 1-7, 2011
Bangladesh to hand over ULFA leader Anup Chetia to India: On August 3, the Bangladesh Government initiated legal procedures to hand over Anup Chetia, the detained 'general secretary' of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) to India. Home Minister Shahara Khatun stated, "We have to complete legal procedures to hand over Anup Chetia to India that requested deportation of its nationals kept in Bangladesh prisons. We also made a similar request to India". Daily Star, August 4, 2011.
LeT threatens to blow up railway stations in Uttarakhand: The Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) has threatened to blow up railway stations in Haridwar, Dehra Dun and Rishikesh on Independence Day (August 15). A letter containing the threat was received by Haridwar railway station superintendent Samarendra Goswami on August 3. The Hindu, August 4, 2011.
HNLC may take NDFB's help to target Independence Day: The Anti-Talk-Faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-ATF) may help the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) to carry out subversive activities in the run-up to the Independence Day (August 15) celebrations. Sources said that the NDFB had assured the HNLC of providing sophisticated weapons to enable it to carry out subversive activities in Khasi-Jaintia Hills where the HNLC has dispatched 12 militants. Sentinel, August 2, 2011.
35 Army personnel killed in 2011 in different operations across the country: As many as 35 Army personnel have been killed in different operations in various parts of the country in 2011. "During the current year, 30 armed forces personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir, four in Sikkim and one in Assam," Defense Minister A. K. Antony told the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) on August 1. PTI, August 3, 2011.
999 incidents of Naxal violence in 2011, informs Ministry of Home Affairs: Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), in written reply informed the Lok Sabha (Lower House of the Parliament) on August 2 that the current year (up to 26th July 2011) witnessed 999 incidents of Naxal [Left-Wing Extremist] violence. As many as 333 deaths (241 civilians and 92 Security Forces) were recorded during this period. Times of India, August 5, 2011.
70 per cent decline in militancy related incidents in Jammu region, says DGP: Director General of Police (DGP) Kuldeep Khoda on August 5 said that situation is improving in the State. There are big success on the counter insurgency and counter infiltrations. There is a decrease of 70 per cent in militancy related incidents in Jammu region as well as decrease in the number of operating militants. Daily Excelsior, August 6, 2011.
Mumbai blasts could be handiwork of a home-grown terror module, says Union Home Minister P Chidambaram: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said on August 4 that the July 13 blasts in Mumbai could be the handiwork of a homegrown terror module, possibly the one which also carried out the German Bakery blast in Pune (February 14, 2010). This is the first official confirmation of investigations over the last three weeks. Economic Times, August 5, 2011.
Maoists luring youths from Assam, reports The Sentinel: The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) is luring away youths from Assam. A massive recruitment drive, particularly in Upper Assam, has been launched by the CPI-Maoist and other Left-Wing Extremist (LWE) groups. Sentinel, August 5, 2011.
Maoists regrouping in Jungle Mahal area of West Bengal, claim intelligence reports: Top Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) leader Koteshwar Rao alias Kishan has again become active in Jungle Mahal area (West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura Districts), according to intelligence reports. The Maoists, taking advantage of the joint operations coming to a virtual standstill and six teams of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) moving to Jharkhand, have begun holding meetings. IBN Live, August 4, 2011.
Union Government hands over 29 cases to NIA: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) on August 2 said that Union Government handed over the investigation of 29 terrorism related cases to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) since its creation. The NIA was constituted on December 31, 2008. ANI, August 3, 2011.
Maoists agree to end dual security: The Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) on August 4 agreed to end the dual security and return the remaining 32 weapons still used for the security of its hardline leaders to cantonment sites within a week. The decision was taken by the prime minister-led Special Committee for Supervision, Integration and Rehabilitation of Maoist combatants based on instructions from the Speaker Subas Nembang-led Parliamentary Committee. ekantipur, August 5, 2011.
Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal proposes national unity Government with rotational leadership: Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal proposed to go for a rotational system with leadership in turn for the remaining period of the transitional phase. In his proposal, Khanal urged Nepali Congress and Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) to come to a consensus for the first leadership in the rotational system. Nepal News, August 3, 2011.
70 persons killed in Sindh during the week: A total of 70 persons were killed in Sindh. 40 persons were killed in Karachi on August 1; another 13 on August 2; six on August 3; two on August 4 and nine on August 6. Dawn; Daily Times; The News; Tribune, August 2-8, 2011.
20 militants and seven SFs among 31 persons killed during the week in FATA: Five militants and a passer-by were killed when cadres of Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) and Ansarul Islam (AI) clashed in a bazaar (market) in Mehraban Kali area of Kukikhel in Khyber Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on August 4.
Six militants were killed and 12 others injured in Security Forces (SFs) action during the ongoing Koh-i-Sofaid (White Mountain) operation in different areas of central Kurram Agency on August 3.
A US drone strike targeting a vehicle near Qutab Khel village, five kilometres east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan Agency, killed four militants on August 2.
Four militants were killed when a US drone fired two missiles on a vehicle in Azam Warsak, 15 kilometres west of Wana, the main town of the South Waziristan Agency on August 1.
800 people killed in Karachi in 2011, reveals HRCP Report: Ethnic and politically linked violence in Pakistan's financial capital, Karachi, has killed 800 people so far this year, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said on August 5. "About 800 people have been the victims of violent shootings in the last seven months," Zohra Yousaf, chairwoman of the HRCP said. Daily Times, August 6, 2011.
Plot to target ministers and high profile personalities with perfume bomb foiled, says Federal Minister of Interior Rehman Malik: Federal Minister of Interior Rehman Malik on August 4 said that a plot to target ministers and key figures with perfume bombs has been foiled. "Terrorists had devised a perfume bottle like bombs as gifts to target ministers and key political figures in the month of Ramazan," said Rehman Malik in his report. Dawn, August 5, 2011.
Navy battleships moved away from Karachi due to security concerns: The Pakistan Navy is keeping its main battleships away from Karachi, and has moved them to another port in Ormara of Balochistan, as security threats continue, sources in the navy reported on August 5. The Navy sent its warships away from its main base in Karachi as a "precautionary measure" after a 16-hour siege of its main naval airbase, PNS Mehran on May 22. Tribune, August 5, 2011.
Over 3,000 terrorists arrested in three years, claims Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik: Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik on August 3 informed the National Assembly that the Security Forces (SFs) arrested 3,143 alleged terrorists in the country and recovered 4,240 weapons from them during the last three years. The data presented by the Minister showed that 67 per cent of the arrests had been made in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa whereas 84 per cent of the weapons had been seized from Balochistan. Dawn, August 4, 2011.
Islamabad bans LeT and JeM from taking donations: Authorities in Pakistan's Punjab province on August 2 barred 23 banned organizations, including the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), from collecting donations for their activities. The Punjab Government warned that those found providing donations or aid to the banned organizations will be charged under the Anti-Terrorism Act. However, the Government did not include the Falah-e-Insanyat, a front for the Jama'at-ud-Dawa (JuD), in the list of groups barred from collecting donations. Times of India, August 4, 2011.
Pakistan is the second most at risk from terror attacks, says Maplecroft report: According to a report by global analysts Maplecroft, Pakistan is the second most at risk from terrorist attack. Somalia is most at risk from terrorist attack, followed by Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan and the new nation of South Sudan. Dawn, August 5, 2011.
Pakistan Army's focus on countering India self-destructive, says The New York Times: The New York Times on August 2 said that the Pakistani Army's use of militants to counter Indian influence in Kashmir is "self-destructive." In the editorial titled 'India and Pakistan, Talking: Even modest progress is to be celebrated and urged forward,' it said that homegrown extremism and not India is the real threat to Pakistan's survival. New York Times, August 3, 2011.
TNA announces suspension of talks with Government: The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on August 4 announced a suspension of talks with the Government on arriving at a political solution to the Tamil question by calling upon the Sri Lankan Government to "meaningfully define and state" its stand on devolution to the Northern Province, and citing the lack of progress in its talks with the Government. The Government responded by saying that the TNA's demand, taken in combination, encompasses almost the entirety of the issues involved in the discussion between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the TNA. The Hindu, August 5, 2011.
Government updates request to EU to list LTTE front organizations as terrorist entities: The Government updated a request to the European Union (EU) to list front organizations of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as terrorist entities. The Sri Lankan Embassy in Brussels, Belgium said the request was made on July 28, 2011 as the EU re-listed the LTTE as a terrorist entity through a regulation implemented by the Council on July 18 and published in the official journal of the EU on July 19. Colombo Page, August 2, 2011.