Brief News from India
Seven Delhi Districts under Maoist influence, says Ministry of Home Affairs: Seven Districts in Delhi have come "under the influence" of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) while 84 Districts across the country witnessed violent activities of Naxals (Left Wing Extremists). Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh on August 30 said the Districts in the National Capital which have come under the influence of Left Wing Extremism are Central Delhi, New Delhi, South Delhi, North West Delhi, South West Delhi, North and North East. There are nine Districts in Delhi. IBN Live, August 31, 2012.
Marginal dip in Maoist violence, says Union Government: Left Wing Extremist (LWE) violence targeting economic infrastructure in the country has seen a marginal decline in the past couple of years, the Government said on August 28, reports The Times of India. Altogether, 163 incidents have taken place this year till July, Minister of State for Home Affairs Jitendra Singh told Lok Sabha (lower house of the Parliament) in a written reply. There were 362 such attacks in 2009, while the same figure for 2010 and 2011 were 365 and 293, respectively. Times of India, August 29, 2012.
Militant outfits on revival path says Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar: Separatist outfits in the State supported by some opposition leaders, are recruiting tribal youths ahead of the 2013 assembly polls, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said on August 28."The militant outfits are engaging tribal youths to revive their groups and create trouble before the elections. Collecting money from the state, funds are being sent to militant camps in Bangladesh to procure arms and ammunition," Sarkar added. Nagaland Post, August 29, 2012.
SC upholds the death sentence for lone arrested 26/11 Mumbai attacks accused Pakistani national Ajmal Kasab: Supreme Court (SC) on August 29 today upheld the death sentence for lone arrested 26/11 Mumbai attacks accused Pakistani national Ajmal Kasab. The top court rejected a plea by Kasab to commute the death sentence handed to him by the Bombay High Court (HC), to life imprisonment. NDTV, August 29, 2012.
HM and LeT trying to rope in ex-cadres, says intelligence report: The intelligence agencies have cautioned the Jammu and Kashmir Police to keep a close watch on the activities of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) who are trying to rope in surrendered militants back into their fold. In a recent advisory sent to the State Police and other security agencies active in the Valley it has been disclosed that both HM and the LeT are feeling extremely frustrated in wake of the acute manpower crunch they are facing. Deccan Chronicle, August 27, 2012.
NE terror outfits moving to Myanmar following crackdown in Bangladesh says Assam Rifles IG Satish Dua:Terrorist outfits of the northeastern region have shifted their bases to neighbouring Myanmar following crackdown by the Bangladesh Security Forces said Inspector General of Assam Rifles (IG-AR), Satish Dua in Agartala. Hindustan Times, August 25, 2012.
Pakistan might plan bigger cyber attack, says Government report: A classified Government report on the recent incidents [incidents after Assam Riots], described as the worst cyber attack on the country, has said that it should not be treated as an 'isolated incident'. According to the report, this exercise was not merely aimed at spreading communal hatred, but also to test the effectiveness of network of 'modules and sleeper cells' of subversive outfits in states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Kerala. Deccan Chronicle, August 25, 2012.
115 designated NE terror groups high on IB radar, says report: Out of the 115 terrorist organisations of Northeast (NE), there are many who have been fighting for a 'homeland', while there are many more who have been fuelling the fire from across the borders. Intelligence Bureau officials point out that they suspect that terrorist groups from Bangladesh funded by the Pakistan establishment are looking to strike. KanglaOnline, August 25, 2012.
Maoist organisations backing Maruti Suzuki workers' agitation, says Union Government: The Union government on August 22 said several frontal organisations of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) and their sympathisers had been supporting the Maruti Suzuki workers' agitation and had even organised demonstrations aimed at influencing labour unions and workers in Delhi and its adjoining industrial belts. Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh said Maoists had adopted new strategies, which include using women and children as human-shields during exchange of fire with security forces. The Hindu, August 24, 2012.
Funds from LeT and JuD routed via Indian banks, IB alerts RBI: Based on intelligence inputs, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked banks to scrub the system to spot the transfer of funds to an account in Lahore (Pakistan). The move is seen as a significant move to spot beneficiaries and supporters of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed in India. The Times of India, August 24, 2012.
Intelligence agencies updating sources of terrorist funding all over the country: Intelligence and investigating agencies are updating understanding of the financial structures and sources of funding of terrorists' outfits all over the country, said Minister of State of Home Affairs Jitendra Singh on August 21. "Available inputs indicate that most outfits receive funds through a combination of hawala, bank accounts and Money Transfer Service Schemes, debit cards and Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN)," Singh said . India Blooms, August 23, 2012.
Terrorists reviving outfits in Tripura, says State DGP Sanjay Sinha: Terrorists have been trying to strengthen their base in Tripura ahead of the assembly polls early next year but Security Forces are ready to tackle them, the State's Director General of Police (DGP) said on August 21. "Even though the outlawed guerillas have been trying to create troubles before next year's assembly polls, the security forces are also getting ready to hit back with a befitting manner," DGP Sanjay Sinha said . The Sentinel, August 22, 2012.
IM founding member Mohammed Sajjid key suspect in the August 1 Pune serial bomb blast, say Police officials: According to Police officials, Mohammed Sajjid, one of the founding members of Indian Mujahideen (IM), is a key suspect in the August 1, 2012, Pune (Maharashtra) serial bomb blasts. A bicycle shop owner who was shown pictures of some suspects identified Sajjid alias 'Bada Sajjid' as the man who had purchased from him one of the cycles used in the explosions. DNA, August 21, 2012.
Why are we silent to Pakistan’s cyber mischief: Union home secretary RK Singh may have saved the country from a fast spreading disaster by candidly sharing with the nation the findings of cyber experts. According to them, most of the bulk hate messages originated from Pakistan. He was also realistic enough to admit that Pakistan will deny any role in it.
The question that we must ask ourselves is whether any other country would have continued with a business as usual approach under similar circumstances? DNA: Monday, August 20, 2012.
Intelligence warning on Maoist plans in Punjab, Assam and Manipur: Amid concerns over growing presence of Communist party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) in Punjab, Assam and Manipur, the intelligence agencies have asked the forces involved in anti-Maoist operations to keep a tab on the movement of cadres from the Maoist-dominated areas to these States. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been asked to collect any information about the Maoists' strategy to expand their base in the three states. "The intelligence agencies have informed us about at least four meetings held by Maoists in the past three months in Punjab alone. These meetings were held under the garb of addressing the issues of farmers and migrant labourers from Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal," said an unnamed senior official. Indian Express, August 17, 2012.
Naxalism is still a serious problem, says Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: Asserting that Naxalism [Left Wing Extremism] is still a serious problem, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on August 15 said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government has initiated new schemes of development in areas affected by Naxal violence to ensure that the grievances of the people are addressed. He said: "We have initiated new schemes of development in areas affected by Naxal violence to ensure that the grievances of the people residing there, especially our brothers and sisters belonging to Scheduled Tribes, can be removed and their lot can be improved." Zee News, August 17, 2012.
GNLA continues to be a cause of concern, says Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma: Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on August 15 said that the activities of Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants continue to be a cause of serious concern in the State. Even after the arrest of GNLA 'chairman' Champion Sangma, there has been no slowdown of their criminal activities. Telegraph, August 17, 2012.
Maoists creating hurdles in developmental projects in Gadchiroli, says Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil: Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil on August 14 said that there was no dearth of funds for development projects in Gadchiroli District but the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) were putting up hurdles. "There is no dearth of funds for developmental projects in the district. The state government has provided ample funds to all the departments. Funds are not the problem but the Naxalites create hurdles in carrying the developmental works," the Minister said. Zee News, August 16, 2012.
Sunita Williams unfurls tricolour in space, wishes I-Day: Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams displayed the tricolour on board the International Space Station and wished Indians a very happy Independence Day…."Of course, you know that I am half Indian. My father is from Gujarat. India is a very colourful and wonderful place and I am very proud to be from there. Happy Independence Day to everybody in India," she added. This history-making event occurred on the annual program hosted by Riti Sunshine Bhalla, when the Indian American Astronaut called out from the International Space Station…Rediff News, August 15, 2012
Maoists killed 5,665 civilians and 2036 SF personnel since 2001, says MHA: The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has killed 5,665 civilians and 2036 Security Force (SF) personnel since 2001, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Jitendra Singh told the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) on August 14. "During the last three years, Left Wing Extremists (LWE) outfits have abducted 1,594 persons. Some of these abductions are for ransom," he said. The civilians killed by the Maoists are usually branded as 'police informers', 'class enemies' etc. Zee News, August 15, 2012.
LeT training para gliders for aerial attacks on Indian cities, reveals Abu Jundal: One of the prime handlers of the November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai attacks and arrested Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative Abu Jundal has told Mumbai Police that terror group LeT is planning to carry out aerial attacks on Indian cities and has trained 150 Para gliders for this. He also said that he got to know of the LeT's plans when he visited what he calls the "Jumbo Jet Room" in 2010. According to him, the "Jumbo Jet Room" is actually a huge bungalow in eastern Karachi (Pakistan) where top Lashkar commanders plan aerial and sea route attacks on India. These attacks, claims Jundal, are supervised by a man called Yakub who is also in charge of LeT's accounts. NDTV, August 14, 2012.
Pakistan-based terror groups use FICN for financing their activities in India, says Defence Minister AK Antony: In a written reply to the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament), Defence Minister AK Antony on August 13 said that Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICNs) are being used by Pakistan-based terror groups for financing their activities in India. "As per available information, militants active in India are also funded by their outfits based abroad, particularly in Pakistan, often routed through third countries. For the past several years FICN has been a well-known source for terror financing in India," Antony said. Daily Excelsior, August 14, 2012.
Issue of illegal and forcible occupation of areas in J&K by Pakistan remains to be resolved, says Defence Minister A K Antony: Defence Minister A K Antony told the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) on August 13 that the issue of illegal and forcible occupation of areas in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan remains to be resolved. "A part of the territory of the State (J&K) is under illegal and forcible occupation of Pakistan. The issue that remains to be resolved in J&K is the vacation by Pakistan of the area under its illegal occupation," Antony said. Daily Excelsior, August 14, 2012.
Death toll in Bodo-Muslim clashes in Assam reaches 84: The death toll in Bodo-Muslim clashes in Assam has reached 84 with the recovery of seven more bodies during the week. While four dead bodies were recovered on August 8 (two in Kokrajhar District, one in Chirang District and one in Baksa), three persons were killed in Kokrajhar District on August 6. The clashes had started on July 20. Times of India, August 7-13, 2012.
LeT may hijack planes ahead of Independence Day, alerts IB: Security at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has been beefed up after Intelligence Bureau (IB) alerted security agencies that militants belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) may try to hijack a plane ahead of the Independence Day on August 15. Hindustan Times, August 11, 2012.
Two senior ISI officers are exclusively in charge of the Indian operatives of the LeT, says Abu Jundal: One of the prime handlers of the November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai attacks and arrested LeT operative Abu Jundal told the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) that two senior Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) officers are exclusively in charge of the Indian operatives of the LeT. He further told that right from the recruitment to the operations stage there are always two high-ranking officers in charge of the Indian operatives. Rediff; Hindustan Times, August 8-11, 2012.
Four more factions of KCP willing to sign pact in Manipur, says report: State Government and the Central Government are trying to include four more factions of the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) in the ongoing peace process. The report states that Union Ministry of Home Affairs and Manipur Government officials met leaders of the factions headed by Taibangangba, Lamphel, City Meitei and Pakhanglakpa in New Delhi recently and the leaders agreed in principle to sign a ceasefire agreement. Telegraph, August 11, 2012.
MHA admits to Maoist influence in six Districts in Delhi: While there has been no incident of violence by the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) in Delhi, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has admitted that this year they have assessed influence of front organisations of Maoists in its six districts. "The influence of Maoists in areas is assessed on the basis of both over ground activities by front organisations and violent activities by underground cadres," Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh said on August 8. India Today, August 10, 2012.
Andhra Pradesh Government extends ban on CPI-Maoist and six affiliates: The Andhra Pradesh Government on August 9 extended by one year the ban on the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) and six of its affiliates while declaring the Revolutionary Democratic Front as an "unlawful association". The ban on CPI-Maoist has been extended as per the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Public Security Act, 1992 and would come into effect from August 17, the order said. Business Standard, August 10, 2012.
Central Government identifies at least 14 Muslim fundamentalist organisations in Assam and five in Manipur, says report: Highly placed sources said that the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) has prepared a list of 19 Muslim fundamentalist organisations of Assam (14) and Manipur (5). The identified organisations in Assam included Muslim Tiger Force (MTF), Muslim Liberation Front (MLF), Muslim United Liberation Front of Assam (MULFA) and Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Assam (MULTA). Assam Tribune, August 8, 2012.
NDFB-RD calls off unilateral truce in Assam, claims report:Ranjan Daimary faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-RD) on August 7 announced its withdrawal from the one-year-old unilateral ceasefire. A statement signed by Myanmar-based IK Songbijit, the chief of the NDFB-RD's armed wing, said the decision to withdraw the unilateral declaration for cessation from all types of violence has been taken after "considering all aspects of present reality." Times of India, August 8, 2012.
Four low-intensity blasts in Pune: The busy Junglee Maharaj Road in Pune (Maharashtra) in the evening of August 1 witnessed four low-intensity blasts, injuring one person. The explosions took place between 7.37 and 8.15pm. Two other bombs were defused by the Anti-Terror Squad.
Police sources said that the preliminary report of the Forensic Sciences Laboratory (FSL) indicates that ammonium nitrate was used in the blasts. Investigators based on a host of factors and indications are convinced that the blasts were executed by the Indian Mujahedeen (IM). NDTV; The Hindu; Times of India, August 2-6, 2012.
Death toll in Bodo-Muslim clashes in Assam reaches 77: The death toll in Bodo-Muslim clashes in Assam has reached 77 with the recovery of six more bodies during the week. While five dead bodies were recovered on August 5 (three in Chirang District and two in Kokrajhar District), one dead body was recovered from a well in Kokrajhar District on August 4. The clashes had started on July 20. Initially, Kokrajhar and then Chirang District were affected. Later, violence also spread to Dhubri and Baksa Districts.
According to the State Home Department, 5,000 houses were set ablaze in 244 villages during the Bodo-Muslim clashes. Times of India; The Hindu; Sentinel; Business Standard; Telegraph, July 31-August 6, 2012.
Kashmir-centric terrorist outfits have Pakistani Government support, say US Report: The 'Country Report on Terrorism 2011', released by the United States (US) State Department states that the Pakistani Government is providing complete back up to the Kashmir-centric terrorist organisation functioning in areas of Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). Besides, they have also been continuously trying to push terrorists along the Line of Control (LoC). Daily Excelsior, August 4, 2012.
Justice V. K. Shali tribunal confirms SIMI links with LeT and IM: Justice V. K. Shali Tribunal has submitted their report on Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA), confirming that SIMI has links with Pakistan-based terror outfits, including the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and its front, the Indian Mujahedeen (IM). On February 3, 2012, the UMHA extended the ban by two more years under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. The Hindu, August 4, 2012.