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26/11 plotter arrested in New Delhi: The Delhi Police arrested key plotter of the November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai (Maharashtra) attacks, Abu Jundal alias Abu Hamza alias Sayeed Zabi ud Deen alias Zabi Ansari alias Riyasat Ali at the Indira Gandhi International airport. According to reports, he is an Indian national who went to Pakistan for allegedly training people for the 26/11 attacks. He was arrested on June 22, after being deported from Saudi Arabia.
Abu Jundal, who belonged to the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), revealed that LeT founder and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) 'chief' Hafiz Mohammad Saeed was present in the Karachi (Pakistan) control room when the 26/11 masterminds were controlling the events. Times of India; The Hindu; IBN Live, June 25-July 2, 2012 and.
Pakistan support for 26/11 confirmed, asserts Union Home Minister P Chidambaram: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said on June 27 that the revelation made by the arrested Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant Syed Zabiuddin alias Abu Jundal has confirmed the role of Pakistani state actors in the plotting and execution of November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai attacks. He told media, "When I say state actors, at the moment, I am not pointing a finger at any particular agency. But clearly there was state support or state actors' support for the 26/11 massacre". Chidambaram said, "LeT founder Hafiz Saeed was in the control room in Pakistan with Abu Jundal during 26/11 Mumbai carnage". Economic Times; Samay Live, June 28-30, 2012.
LeT has a new chief in Muzameel, says Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on June 29 said that according to the revelation made by the arrested Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant Syed Zabiuddin alias Abu Jundal, after Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was arrested by Pakistan for 26/11, another handler named Muzameel took charge of the LeT. The militant also has revealed that the LeT base camp was at Muzzaffarabad. He says after 26/11, this headquarter was moved to Dulai near Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). Samay Live, June 29-30, 2012.
20 Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh: The Chhattisgarh Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) claim to have killed 20 cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) in two separate incidents in the State's Sukma and Bijapur Districts in the early hours of June 29. The Hindu, June 29, 2012.
Tripura Government to withdraw 1300 criminal cases against 736 militants: The State Government, in a controversial move, has issued an order to withdraw 1,300 criminal cases, of heinous nature, against 736 hardcore militants. Times of India, June 27, 2012.
Six persons killed in a clash between Naga militant factions in Manipur: Six persons were killed in a gun battle between Naga militant groups that took place in the remote Haochong village, located about 68 kilometers North of Nungba Police Station, in Tamenglong District at about 2.30am on June 21. The killed persons include two civilians, two cadres of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) and one Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) cadre. Another killed militant has not been identified. The Sangai Express, June 22, 2012.
71 elected representatives of civic bodies in Gadchiroli of Maharashtra resign due to Maoists threat: Seventy one elected representatives of civic bodies in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra have resigned from their posts, apparently due to Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) threat. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gadchiroli Zilla Parishad (ZP, district level local self-Government institution) Sumant Bhange on June 20 said 71 elected representatives have resigned in the last one month.
No nomination has been filed in 132 out of 139 gram panchayats going for polls on June 24 in CPI-Maoist-affected Gadchiroli District. Only candidates in five wards in four gram panchayats (GPs) have dared to contest the elections in entire District. The Indian Express, June 21, 2012, , Times of India, June 22, 2012.
New militant group floated in Meghalaya: A new outfit, Hynniewtrep People's Liberation Front (HPLF), has reportedly been floated in Khasi-Jaintia Hills Districts. Sources informed that the HPLF has been formed by certain surrendered Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) members. The Shillong Times, June 21, 2012.
New militant group formed in Assam: A new militant formation, namely United Karbi Liberation Army (UKLA), has been formed in Karbi Anglong District, as reported on June 21. UKLA 'publicity secretary' Angtar Phura said that the outfit would fight for the Statehood demand. Sentinal Assam, June 21, 2012.
IM is a LeT front, India tells Pakistan: India has for the first time lodged a strong protest with Pakistan and given concrete evidence proving that IM, which has been responsible for a series of bomb blasts across the country, is a front of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). New Delhi has also categorically told Islamabad that LeT was using the Pakistani soil to give training and other logistical support to the IM. Deccan Herald, June 18, 2012.
Union Government approves INR 11 billion for NATGRID: The Centre on June 14 approved INR 11 billion for purchase of hi-tech equipment for the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID), cleared by the Cabinet last year. The NATGRID will pool information from 21 categories of database including rail and air travel, income tax, bank account details, credit card transactions and visa and immigration records for ready access by intelligence agencies. The Hindu, June 15, 2012.
Maoists admit losing 150 cadres: The CPI-Maoist has lost 150 members including senior leaders, cadres and guerrilla fighters, admitted the outfit on June 12. In a press statement issued by Gudsa Usendi, the spokesperson of the Maoists in Dandakaranya - the headquarters of the Maoist outfit, announced that in Dandakaranya alone, the group had lost 40 of its men in past one year. 110 Maoists died in the rest of the country where the outfit is active. Times of India, June 13, 2012.
LeT terrorists build own secure VOIP network, according to media report: The Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) has built their own Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) network that allows secure communication over the Internet, free of monitoring from authorities. The private system, known as Ibotel, is similar to other VOIP networks like Skype that encrypt audio signals into binary data. The Right Perspective, June 12, 2012.
'It is impossible to bring infiltration to zero level in Kashmir Valley', says Army official: Outgoing General Officer Commanding (GOC, 15 Corps), Lieutenant General Syed Atta Hasnain, said that it is impossible to bring infiltration to zero level in Kashmir valley. "There is no force in the world that can bring the infiltration to zero level… it is never possible for us to bring the graph of infiltration level to zero level. Like the previous years, some incidents of infiltration have taken place but the number of attempts has definitely come down," said General Hasnain. He said Sopore, Baramulla, Kupwara and other areas of North Kashmir have direct impact of the infiltration attempts since they fall in vicinity of the Line of Control (LoC).
Hasnain said that 300 militants are operating in the Kashmir Valley and that most of them are operating in North Kashmir. He also said that militants are trying to regroup in South Kashmir especially in Pulwama District. He further said that militants have changed their strategy and they are using cars for planting bombs. Daily Excelsior, June 9, 2012.
IM using Facebook for recruitment, says report: Investigations revealed that the Indian Mujahedeen (IM) operatives were trying to conduct recruitments through their Facebook accounts. They have also used other social networking websites. Rediff, June 6, 2012.
Insurgency in northeast ebbing, says UHM P. Chidambaram: Union Home Minister (UHM) P. Chidambaram said the problem of left-wing extremism was affecting some eastern states in the country but most of the insurgent groups in northeast were now holding talks with the Centre. Terror incidents in northeast and in Jammu and Kashmir last year (2011) were the lowest in two decades, he said. Kanglaonline, June 5, 2012.
ISI continues to support terror groups, says CRS report: According to US Congressional Research Service (CRS) report the ISI continues to support terror groups. "There is ongoing conviction among US officials that sanctuaries in Pakistan have allowed Afghan militants to sustain their insurgency and that elements of the ISI continue to support them," the report said. The CRS said ISI is also regularly linked to anti-India terrorist groups, including the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), responsible for the November 26, 2008 (26/11) attack on Mumbai.. Samaya Live, June 5, 2012.
Paresh Baruah faction of ULFA insignificant, says Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh: Union Home secretary R. K. Singh on June 1 said that the Paresh Barua faction of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA)/ Anti-Talks faction of ULFA (ULFA-ATF) was small and insignificant, adding that talks with the Arabinda Rajkhowa led group [Pro-Talks faction of ULFA, ULFA-PTF] group were on the right track. On the condition of talks with the ULFA-PTF and a probable date for dialogue in June, Singh said, "We are already in a dialogue with Ulfa. We have had two rounds of talks with them. Our interlocutor P.C. Haldar is doing a follow-up on different details and it is time for me to fix a date for another round at my level."Telegraph, June 2, 2012.
ISI created Indian Mujahideen to spread terror in India, says Maharashtra ATS: The Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) said that Indian Mujahideen (IM) is a creation of Pakistan's Inter Service Intelligence (ISI). This was mentioned in the 13/7 triple blasts charge sheet. This is the first time that any Police agency in the country has openly said that IM has been created by the ISI. Several Police agencies had earlier said that IM was a splinter faction of the Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), which was banned in 2001. Times of India, June 2, 2012.
India seeks custody of militants arrested in Myanmar: India has sought the custody of Northeast militants in case they are captured in Myanmar. This was conveyed to Myanmar's top leadership during the Prime Minister Manmohan Sing's visit to the country. Union Home Minister (UHM), P Chidambaram in this regard said, "Our concerns are two-fold. First, we don't want any part of Myanmar territory to be used as camps by the insurgent groups. Secondly, if the Government of Myanmar manages to apprehend any of the leaders, we would like them to hand over to India".
Earlier, Myanmar Government ordered Manipur-based militant outfits to shut their camps and training facilities and leave its soil by 10th of June. Kanglaonline, May 30, 2012, Assam Tribune, June 1, 2012.
Mizoram submits report of Bru repatriation to UMHA: The Mizoram Government has submitted a report of the fourth phase of Bru repatriation to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). During the fourth phase of repatriation, which commenced from April 26 and concluded on May 15, only seven Bru families returned from Tripura to Mizoram from the relief camps in North Tripura District while 669 families were expected to return. Sentinel, June 1, 2012.
'We have restricted network of Maoists', claims Union Home Secretary R.K Singh: Union Home Secretary R.K Singh has claimed that the Central Government has been successful in restricting the network of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) insurgents. Singh said that Security Forces in tandem with State Police have managed to root Maoists out of their strongholds. News Track India, May 31, 2012.
No Naxal gang in Uttar Pradesh now, claims DGP A C Sharma: The Uttar Pradesh Police on May 30 said after the recent arrest of two hardcore Naxalites [Left Wing Extremist (LWE)], no Naxal gang is operating in the state now. "After the arrest of Munna Vishwakarma and Lalvrat Kol in Sonbhadra in the past fortnight, no naxal gang is operating in the state now," Director General of Police (DGP) A C Sharma told reporters in Lucknow. Post Jagran, May 31, 2012.
India gives 49 most-wanted lists to Pakistan: India has handed over to Pakistan a list of four precise coordinates, with locations and addresses, of terrorist Dawood Ibrahim. The information is part of a list of 49 most-wanted given by Union Home Secretary R. K. Singh to his Pakistani counterpart Khwaja Siddiqui during the May 24-25 secretary-level talks in Islamabad.
The Indian agencies for the first time have given Pakistan technical evidence against Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed. This evidence shared at the recent Islamabad meeting of the two Home Secretaries (May 24-25), top intelligence sources said, was in the form of phone intercepts where Saeed is heard talking to top LeT 'commanders' like Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and Abu Al Qama. Both Lakhvi and Qama are in a Rawalpindi jail for their involvement in the November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai attacks. Hindustan Times, May 30, 2012, Times of India, May 30, 2012.
ISI plotting to hurt Indian economy, says media report: Credible information available with Indian intelligence agencies suggests that Pakistan's intelligence agency, the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), has directed the Indian Mujahideen (IM) to launch a fresh spate of high value terror attacks in the country. It wants IM to create an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty so that multi-national companies (MNCs) in India shut shop. Deccan Chronicle, May 29, 2012.