India: News Briefs
Maoists threaten to kill SPs in Odisha: A Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) poster, found in Lakhna area in Nuapada District on October 25, threatened to kill Superintendents of Police (SP) of Bolangir, Nuapada and Bargarh Districts. The poster, while dissuading people not to help Police launch combing operations in the area, said the SPs of the three Districts deserve death punishment. Times of India, October 26, 2012.
UMHA turns down 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab's mercy petition:The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) on October 23 rejected Mumbai terror attackS (also known as 26/11) convict Ajmal Kasab's plea to commute his death sentence to life and sent its recommendation to President Pranab Mukherjee for final disposal. This brings to an end the legal options before Kasab in appealing his death sentence that has been confirmed by the Supreme Court. Times of India, October 24, 2012.
Credible Intelligence inputs indicate Pakistan helping infiltrators, says Union Home Minister Sushil kumar Shinde: Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on October 21 said that there is credible intelligence of Pakistan trying to stir up trouble in India by helping terrorists to infiltrate into the country. "We have credible information that Pakistan is helping terrorists to enter our territory. We have intelligence inputs. But we are alert," he added. The Hindu, October 22, 2012.
CPI-Maoists plan to revive a new corridor between Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand this winter, warn Intelligence officials: Intelligence officials on October 20 sounded an alert that Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) were working on a strategy to open a new corridor between the states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand in the coming winter by taking advantage of freezing cold and foggy situation in the forested border region. An unnamed official said, "We have received intelligence reports that the Maoists are planning to regain their ground in north Chhattisgarh regions bordering Jharkhand to open a new corridor between the two states. Security forces usually do not venture into the area in winter due to hostile climate". Deccan Chronicle, October 21, 2012.
900 plus Panchayat members have resigned informally so far, says J&K chief Minister Omar Abdullah: Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that 900 plus Panchayat (village level local self Government institution) members have resigned informally so far. Asked about total number of informal resignations of Panchayat members, Omar said, "900 plus". The Chief Minister, however, added, "Only 52 elected representatives have actually submitted written resignations, in a formal manner, to the Block Development Officer. Everybody else has done it in a newspaper or standing up in a mosque. And let's face it. That doesn't count." Daily Excelsior, October 20, 2012.
ISI and SIMI helping Maoists, says West Bengal DGP: West Bengal Director General of Police (DGP) Naparajit Mukherjee warned that the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) have links with Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). Mukherjee said he had information that several pro-Maoist over-ground outfits have joined hands with some elements of banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), which have close links with ISI. IBN Live, October 18, 2012.
Three civilians killed as Pakistan violates CFA in J&K: Three civilians were killed as Pakistan violated November 25, 2003, ceasefire agreement (CFA) in Uri sector of Baramulla District in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on October 16. At around 10:30am Pakistani troops from across the Line of Control (LoC) fired around 7-8 rounds of mortars that fell in Churanda village hardly 100 meters from the LoC. One of the shells fired by Pakistani troops fell on a residential house leading to the death of three civilians. Daily Excelsior, October 17, 2012.
Saudi Arabia emerges as safe destination for anti-India terror outfits: Indian Mujahideen (IM) has set up base in West Asia, with Saudi Arabia emerging as preferred destination to launch its operations in India. Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) is arranging safe havens for the terror operatives in West Asian countries. India Today, October 15, 2012.
867 Police personnel killed on duty in India in 2011, according to NCRB: In 2011, 867 Police personnel across India were killed while on duty, according to statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau. While 853 of them were from 28 States, of the seven Union Territories, only Delhi accounted for 14 casualties. In the year 2010, 872 Police personnel were killed on duty. The Hindu, October 12, 2012.
Ahmadabad blast accused Syed Afaque Iqbal charged for allegedly reviving SIMI in Hyderabad: Ahmadabad blast (July 26, 2008) accused Syed Afaque Iqbal has been booked by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) for reviving banned Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh). Hyderabad Police has claimed to have gathered sufficient leads to charge him of revving banned SIMI in the city. Two Circles, October 12, 2012.
824 "missing youth" joined militancy, says J&K Government: The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Government said that 824 youth who were reported missing have joined the militant ranks.
Earlier, J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on October 8 said that 2,305 persons have been declared "missing" in the State. "As per the inputs furnished by the concerned District Development Commissioners, 2,305 persons have been declared missing," Abdullah said. Hindustan Times, October 9, 2012; Daily Excelsior, October 9, 2012.
Central and Assam Government sign peace pact with Dima Halam Daogah factions: The Central and Assam Governments on October 8 signed a Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) with the two factions of Dima Hasao District based Dima Halim Daogah (DHD). According to the MoS, DHD factions will dissolve their outfits within six months. Nagaland Post, October 9, 2012.
Northeast insurgents mined coal in Arunachal Pradesh to buy arms, says report: Insurgent outfits operating in Northeast had been illegally mining coal in Changlang District, using the proceeds for buying sophisticated weapons from arms dealers based in Thailand and China. Changlang is located close to the China-Myanmar international border, where thousands of militants belonging to at least nine insurgent outfits from Assam, Manipur and Nagaland stay in well-fortified camps. Nagaland Post, October 6, 2012.
Radical Sikh outfits under NIA lens: The September 30 attack on Lieutenant General K. S. Brar in London (UK) has prompted the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to take a closer look at the pro-Khalistan activism. The NIA is to investigate fund-raising by radical Sikh organizations supposedly working for welfare of incarcerated Sikh militants, as well as cyber sites openly promoting the Khalistan cause. Times of India, October 5, 2012.
Naxalism a result of an oversight of statutes, says Supreme Court: Emphasising on validation of rights of tribals and forest-dwellers over the forest lands, the Supreme Court has said that Naxalism [Left Wing Extremism (LWE)] was a result of an oversight of constitutional provisions relating to administration of schedule areas and tribes of the country. "Nobody looks at Schedules V and VI of the Constitution and the result is Naxalism. Urbanites are ruling the nation. Even several Union of India counsels are oblivious of these provisions under the Constitution," said a Bench led by Justice A K Patnaik. Indian Express, October 3, 2012.
BSF forms new Commando Forces to combat terrorist activities in Rajasthan and Gujarat: The Border Security Force (BSF) has formed a new anti-terrorist commando force "Desert Scorpion" to deal with incidents of cross border intrusion in Rajasthan. To combat terrorist incidents in the Sir Creek sea areas of Gujarat, BSF's water wing has also formed a 'Crocodile Commando Force. Times of India, October 1, 2012.
26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab wrote to Pakistan High Commissioner twice seeking legal help: Lashkar-Toiba (LeT) militant Ajmal Kasab, convicted for the November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai (Maharashtra) terrorist attacks, wanted to meet the Pakistani High Commissioner in India after his arrest in Mumbai on the day of the incident. He also two wrote letters to the High Commissioner seeking legal help. Times of India, October 1, 2012.
6,000 square kilometers area in Chhattisgarh and three other states still under Maoist control, says outgoing CRPF Chief K Vijay Kumar: The then Chief of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) K Vijay Kumar said on September 29 that 6,000 square kilometers of area, mostly in south Chhattisgarh, and adjoining areas of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, continue to remain almost completely out of bounds for the Security Forces (SFs). He, however, said with SFs have gained control over more than 5,000 square kilometers area in the last two years. Indian Express, October 1, 2012.