India: News Briefs
Nothing less than 'sovereignty', says NSCN-K chairman S. S. Khaplang: Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) 'chairman', S.S. Khaplang stated that his 'government' would reject any political solution within Indian constitution unless it was the "sovereignty solution". Khaplang stated that NSCN-K would not be involved in the forthcoming "forced Indian election" next year  in Nagaland. Nagaland Post, July 31, 2012.
Our movement has weakened, say Maoist leaders: In a statement issued by the Communist Party of India-Maoist's (CPI-Maoist) central committee dated July 5, 2012, the Maoists acknowledged that the killing of leaders like Azad, Kishenji had considerably weakened the party and this should be resisted by intensifying armed struggle. "Our failures and shortcomings in studying the deceptive strategy of the enemy and taking up counter tactics... are reasons behind the serious losses we are facing. A change must occur in our work methods... Our methods must be improved such that the three magic weapons for victory of revolution - party, people's army and united front - get consolidated and strengthened," the statement said. The Maoists, however, was bullish about the future. "Material conditions in our country are increasingly turning favorable to the revolution," the statement said. The CPI-Maoist has asked its cadres to guard against losing manpower by amending flaws that have crept into the outfit. Times of India, July 30, 2012.
61 persons killed in Bodo-Muslim clashes in Assam: At least 61 persons have been killed in clashes between Bodos and Muslims in Assam till July 29. Currently, Kokrajhar, Chirang and Baksa Districts under Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District Council (BTC) and parts of Dhubri and Bongaigaon District are affected. The number of people killed in various Districts is: Kokrajhar-28, Chirang-32 and Dhubri-1. About four-lakh violence-hit people are presently taking shelters in about 278 relief camps. Seven people are still reported missing since the start of the violence.
The clashes started when founder president of All Bodoland Minority Students' Union (ABMSU) , Mohibul Islam and former leader of All Assam Minority Students' Union (AAMSU), Abdul Siddique Sheikh were seriously injured in the attack on July 19. In a retaliatory attack, a mob of people at Joypur under Kokrajhar Police Station lynched to death four former militants of disbanded Bodoland Liberation Tiger (BLT) - Pradip Bodo (32), Jonson Bodo (36), Nip Goyari (25) and Jamin Goyari (24) in the night of July 20. The Sentinel; IBN Live; Telegraph; Shilong Times; The Hindu; Hindustan Times; Times of India; Bhaskar, July 24-30, 2012.
West Bengal Police warn CM Mamata Banerjee of Maoist attack: Based on intelligence inputs, the West Bengal Police have warned Chief Minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee and some of her party colleagues against moving in the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) areas, particularly at night, anticipating that they might become soft targets for Maoists. "In the last few days we have seen, whether it be Odisha or Chhattisgarh, the Maoists have changed their style of operation. They are kidnapping some important persons and holding them to ransom. In this way they have freed some of their senior members from the jail," an unnamed senior intelligence officer said. Deccan Herald, July 29, 2012.
PFI is the new face of SIMI, says Kerala Police's Intelligence Wing Chief Siddique Rawther: Popular Front of India (PFI) is the new face of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and is engaged in anti-national activities, Kerala Police's Intelligence Wing Chief, Siddique Rawther, told the Kerala High Court on July 26. Ideas spread by the organization that began operations in the name of National Development Front (NDF) are same as that disseminated by SIMI before its ban, said Siddique Rawther, additional Director General of Police (DGP, Intelligence), in an affidavit. Times of India, July 27, 2012.
"Voice on 26/11 tapes is mine", confirms Jundal: One of the handlers of the November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai terrorist attacks and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative, Abu Jundal, has confirmed that the voice in the terror tapes is his, sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said. Jundal identified the voice when the tapes were played out to him. Hindustan Times, July 26, 2012.
FICN of INR 100 notes back in circulation, says report: Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICNs) of INR 100 are back in circulation in the market, which is already inundated with FICNs of INR 500 and INR 1000 denomination. The latest FICNs of 100 denominations are so good that it is not possible to identify them. IBN Live, July 24, 2012.
Centre to spend INR 94 billion on highway upgrade in Naxal areas: India plans to spend INR 94 billion on converting more roads into highways in parts of the country affected by Left Wing Extremism [LWE], continuing with its plan to link these regions to the mainstream Indian economy, although the first phase of the project hasn't gone according to script. The plan involves converting 5,624 kilometres of roads in eight states into two-lane highways as part of the government's attempt to tackle the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist). Livemint, July 24, 2012.
'Won't allow al Qaeda foothold in Jammu and Kashmir', says GOC 15 Corps: Lieutenant General Om Prakash, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Army's Srinagar based 15 Corps, maintaining that situation in Kashmir is stable and peaceful, said on July 19 that Army will not allow international terror group al Qaeda to establish its foothold in the Valley. "No al Qaeda will come here, we assure you that. Until our security forces are here, we will not allow them to be here," the GOC asserted. Daily Excelsior, July 20, 2012
Pakistan generals plotted 26/11 along with JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, reveals Abu Jundal: The handler of the November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai terrorist attacks and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal has disclosed that LeT founder and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed used to often meet top Pakistan Army corps commanders in Pakistan to plan major terror strikes in India, including 26/11. In fact Jundal claims that at one such meeting, top Army officers categorically instructed Saeed that the Mumbai case (26/11) should be a fidayeen (suicide) attack, and that no one should be caught alive.
He also told his interrogators that the planning for 26/11 started long back but a final team to monitor the attack, with different tasks, was formed one year before the strike. Jundal, source said, was kept out of some meetings in which Saeed and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi were present and he was given the task of teaching Hindi to the 10 terrorists and explaining the locations in Mumbai to them. Asian Age, July 19, 2012; Times of India, July 20, 2012.
''Enough evidence for Pak to prosecute 26/11 masterminds'', asserts Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur: Insisting that there is enough evidence to prosecute November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai attacks perpetrators, India on July 18, said that Pakistan must take action on the proof provided to it. Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur commented, "We certainly press on all the time to Pakistan that they must bring the perpetrators to book. We feel that there was enough evidence and that they should take that into account to bring them to book". PTI, July 19, 2012.
Nagaland Chief Minister proposes NSCN interim Government in Nagaland, says report: The Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio is believed to have proposed to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to form an interim Government in Nagaland taking representatives from all factions of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) outfits and hold the State Assembly elections after a gap of at least a year or two to restore permanent peace and stability in the State. During his close door meeting with the Prime Minister on June 27, Rio is reported to have readily offered to resign at any point of time for the interest of peace and stability in Nagaland. Kangla Online, July 19, 2012.
Naxals have set up weapons testing laboratories in the Abujmaad forests of Chhattisgarh, says report: National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Central intelligence agencies have information that Naxals [Left-Wing Extremists] have set up weapons testing laboratories in the Abujmaad forests of Chhattisgarh. "We did get some leads during Techie Anna's [RK] interrogation but then more intelligence was developed following which we got concrete information that Naxals were developing dangerous weapons through R&D at these laboratories. Now we trying to trace their exact location," a senior investigating official said.. Deccan Chronicle, July 17, 2012.
LeT planning major terror attacks in J&K and elsewhere in India, says arrested LeT operative Abu Jundal: One of the handlers of the November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai terrorist attacks' gunmen and arrested Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative Syed Zaibuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal told interrogators that the LeT is planning major terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and elsewhere in India. "They (militants) are planning big strikes in Kashmir," a source said, citing Jundal's interrogation. Jundal also told his interrogators that the group was planning to push hundreds of trained gunmen and weapons into Kashmir. Times of India, July 14, 2012.
Malda District fast becoming centre for Poppy Cultivation, says NCB report: Malda District of West Bengal is fast becoming the prime destination for illicit poppy cultivation, according to Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) reports for 2011-2012. The agency has destroyed poppy crops cultivated in 714 acres of land in West Bengal. Of this, 711 acres of land was located in Malda and three acres in Hooghly and Burdwan Districts. Malda is already known for illegal cross-border trade and being the entry point of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICNs) to India from Bangladesh. Indian Express, July 14, 2012.
Threat of terrorism remains in Punjab, says Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on July 13 said the threat of terrorism remains in Punjab but expressed confidence about the government's ability to tackle any attempt to thwart peace in the state. He commented, ''Punjab is by no means free of all terrorism-related activities. We are keeping a watch. We have inputs that some individuals and groups are busy trying to revive terrorism in Punjab. Nine arrests were made in 2011 and 47 in 2010." Times of India, July 14, 2012.
No troop reduction in Jammu and Kashmir, says Army: A senior Army official on July 9 said there was no move to reduce the number of troops deployed in the Jammu and Kashmir as it might lead to problems for security forces engaged in counter terrorist operations. He commented, "No, there is no such proposal... We have to carry on the pressure on terrorists. If you let anything loose, then we may have problems". Times of India, July 10, 2012.
11 religious places in Maharashtra on terror radar, says Maharashtra Government: The Maharashtra Government told the State Assembly on July 9 that several places of religious importance in the state are on the terror hit-list. The State Government said that Indian Mujahideen (IM) is believed to be behind the terror plan. Zee News, July 10, 2012.
No better ties until terrorism in Pakistan, says Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna: Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, at his 30-minute meeting with Pakistani's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on July 8, in Tokyo (Japan) underlined the importance of swift action to bring the perpetrators of November 26, 2008 (26/11) to justice, saying New Delhi has given more concrete evidence against those involved. Mr Krishna, who met Ms Khar on the sidelines of a conference on Afghanistan, also raised the issue of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed's continued anti-India propaganda, official sources said. Asiang Age, July 9, 2012.
LeT militants massacred Sikhs in 2000, reveals Abu Jundal: The November 26, 2008 (26/11) handler Abu Jundal has told interrogators that it was Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) 'operation head' Muzammil Butt, then operating in Kashmir, who along with dozen terrorists in Army fatigues went to Chhittisinghpora village in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag District on March 25, 2000 and killed 35 Sikhs. The aim was to create communal tension in the Valley on the eve of then US President Bill Clinton's visit to India and also malign the Indian Army. Times of India, July 9, 2012.
1,791 cyber crime cases registered in India in 2011, according to NCRB report: The recent report by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) "Crime in India 2011" has thrown light on how the nation has fared, as far as cyber crimes go, as reported on July 5. According to the report, the numbers of cases that were registered under the nation's IT act in 2011 were 1,791 - a considerable rise of 85.4 per cent from the 966 cases registered in 2010. The report states that the highest number of cases were registered in Andhra Pradesh (349), Maharashtra came second with 306 registered cases, followed by Kerala (227 cases), Karnataka (155 cases) and Rajasthan (122 cases). Tech2, July 7, 2012.
ISI officer provided ammunition and marine training to 26/11 terrorists, reveals Abu Jundal: Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative Abu Jundal, who is under the custody of the Delhi Police, has claimed that the cartridges used by the November 26, 2008 (26/11) attackers was given to them by an ISI officer, named Major Samir Ali, as reported on July 6. Jundal revealed Major Ali came to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) to hand over two cartons of AK-47 bullets to the terrorists who were to carry out the 26/11 attacks. Major Samir Ali came to the Beit-ul-Mujahideen camp in Muzaffarabad. Zee News, July 7, 2012.
'Deeply sorry if innocents were killed in Chhattisgarh', says Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on July 4 defended the role of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in last week's (June 28) anti-Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) operation in Chhattisgarh in which 19 people were killed, but said he was "deeply sorry" if any innocent villagers were among the victims. Speaking to reporters after a cabinet meeting, Chidambaram said he was "deeply sorry if any girl, or boy or man or woman not involved with the Maoists at all has been killed". Indian Express, July 5, 2012.
21,000 militants killed during two decades of turmoil, says J&K Government: The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Government has said that more than 21,000 militants were killed in the two-decades of turmoil in the state and over 3,600 civilians died at the hands of law enforcing agencies while maintaining law and order. Responding to a notice from the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), the Home Department has said that 21,449 militants were killed in the state since 1990 till May 2012. Times of India, July 5, 2012.