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Maoists have been contained in Jharkhand, claims DGP G. S. Rath: The Jharkhand Director General of Police (DGP), G. S. Rath, on December 20, said that soon the State will have 150 Compact Police Stations catering to the advanced security needs of an area. Addressing the media in Jamshedpur he said "As per our plans, in the first phase, we have given the green light to 150 such Police Stations. Later, we will consider converting the rest of the 350 Police Stations across the State." Commenting on the challenges posed by the Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) issue, he said, "I do not claim that the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) activities have been stopped. However, the situation has improved to a great extent as we have been able to contain them." Pioneer, December 22, 2012.

Bihar Government stalls protest rally against 'Operation Green Hunt': Leading civil rights activists and Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) sympathisers on December 20 condemned the Bihar Government's withdrawal of permission for a rally in Muzaffarpur District, scheduled for December 21, to protest against the crackdown by the Police and paramilitary forces on the tribal people across the country. Eminent Telugu poet and Maoist ideologue Varavara Rao and social activist B.D. Sharma described the forestalling of the Muzaffarpur rally as "arrant stifling of democratic discussions on crucial national issues". Asian Age, December 22, 2012.

Decline in Naxal-related incidents, claims Chhattisgarh Government: Chhattisgarh Government on December 19, claimed that concerted efforts put in force by various security agencies in the State have substantially brought down the number of Naxal [Left Wing Extremism (LWE)]-related incidents this year. "A steep decline in Naxal incidents has been reported this year since 2004. Pro-active measures by the Security Forces have thwarted the Naxal attempts. Although, Maoists [Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres] were attempting to strengthen their hold in other Districts, regular cordoning operations have prevented them to do so," Chhattisgarh Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar said in reply to a calling attention motion on the floor of State Assembly. Times of India, December 20, 2012.

All efforts to safeguard coasts, asserts Indian Government: The Government is doing all it can to safeguard India's coasts and prevent another November 26, 2008 (26/11) style attack, parliament was told on December 18. Minister of State for Home Affairs M. Ramachandran said in response to a question in the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament), "The Coastal Security Scheme Phase II is being implemented over a period of five years, starting from April 1, 2011, with a total financial outlay of Rs.1,579 crore". Two Circles, December 19, 2012.

No decision to withdraw AFSPA, says Defence Minister A.K. Antony: Reiterating the Union Government's stand, the Defence Minister A.K. Antony on December 17, said that no decision has been taken to withdraw the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from any of the States. He further stated, "The Group of (Government appointed) Interlocutors (on Jammu and Kashmir) in their report has suggested amendment of AFSPA as one of the measures". Daily Excelsior, December 18, 2012.

Over 10,000 email addresses of Government officials hacked on July 12, 2012, according to reports: Over 10,000 email addresses of top government officials were hacked in a single day on July 12, 2012. The IDs included those of officials working in the Prime Minister Office, Defence, External Affairs, Home, Finance Ministries, as well as intelligence agencies. The attack has been blamed on state actors, based in countries inimical to India's interests. Indian Express, December 18, 2012.

Hafiz Saeed never held for 26/11 attacks, asserts Union Minister of Home Affairs Sushilkumar Shinde: Union Minister of Home Affairs Sushilkumar Shinde asserted in Parliament that Pakistan had misled India on the arrest of 26/11 (November 26, 2008) attack mastermind and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) 'chief' and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) 'founder' Hafiz Saeed, stating that Saeed was never arrested for the 26/11 massacre. Mumbai Mirror, December 18, 2012.

Maoists replace Akkiraju Haragopal with Ganesh as head of Andhra Orissa Border Special Zonal Committee: According to sources, the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) Central leadership handed over the responsibilities of Andhra Orissa Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) to the senior-most commander among the present lot, Gajarla Ravi alias Uday alias Ganesh alias Charcharla Ganesh, giving the much needed rest to Central Committee member Akkiraju Haragopal alias Ramakrishna alias RK. Times of India, December 18, 2012.

At least 14,392 Indian websites hacked between January and October 2012, confirms Indian Government: At least 14,392 websites have been hacked by cyber criminals till October 2012. A total of 294 websites belonging to various ministries and government departments were hacked in the January-October 2012 period. While the number of websites hacked in 2009 stood at 9,180, it grew to 16,126 in 2010 and came down to 14,232 in 2011. The information was tracked and reported by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In). First Post, December 16, 2012.

LeT, IM, BKI and KTF have "abiding interest" to attack India: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, R.P.N. Singh, on December 11 told the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament) that Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Indian Mujahideen (IM), Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) are interested in carrying out terrorist attacks in India but there are no inputs about the Taliban. He stated that intelligence inputs show that the four groups have "abiding interest" in carrying out terrorist violence in India, adding, "The central intelligence agencies have no specific inputs indicating (a) threat from Taliban." Deccan Herald; IBN Live, December 12, 2012.

Smuggling FICN from Pakistan to India is a terror act, says NIA: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on December 10 told the Supreme Court that bail should not be granted to persons engaged in circulating high value Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) in Pakistan as it amounted to an act of terror intended to destabilize India's economy. NIA also equated FICN circulation as an offence under Section-15 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), which means that grant of bail in such cases should be an exception rather than the rule. Times of India, December 11, 2012.

Anti-Maoist operation 'Anaconda 2' launched in Jharkhand: The Security Forces on December 9 launched 'Anaconda 2' in the Saranda forest areas of West Singhbhum District. "We cannot reveal details of the operation due to security reasons, but yes we have started the operation after receiving intelligence reports that the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres were trying to regain grip in the forests. We have started the operation to weed out them," said an unnamed District Police official. 'Anaconda 1', which began on July 31, 2011, had continued till September 2011 in the same area. Daily Pioneer; Business Standard, December 11, 2012.

ISI training girls at terror camps in PoK: The Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) is providing advance training in cyber networking to more than 80 girls, in the age group of 17 and 23, at its militant training camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). The training is given so that they can collect vital information related to defence and security related matters. An unnamed Army officer, while confirming the cyber training to girls, said that it was worrisome as these girls could be pushed to this side of border after arranging their marriages in Jammu and Kashmir. Hindustan Times, December 11, 2012.

Maoists 'carve out new zone' on Maharashtra-MP border, says report: The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has carved out a new zone for their operations comprising Gadchiroli, Gondia and Balaghat areas in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. According to security officials, they have renamed the area as North Gadchiroli Gondia Balaghat Divisional Committee and are now actively recruiting. The Maoists have also appointed a separate leader, Pahad Singh, to look after the unit. The officials are yet to identify all the Maoists behind the revival plan. Indian Express, December 10, 2012.

CPI-Maoist's front organizations building nexus with Islamic groups in West Bengal, says Union MoS for Home Affairs RPN Singh: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh said in Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) on December 5 that the front organisations of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) have developed close nexus with certain fundamentalist Islamic groups in West Bengal and forged common platform on certain issues. He, however, said no concrete inputs are available to indicate that they have forged direct ties with Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan. Business Standard, December 6, 2012.

Terror infrastructure in PoK and Pakistan still intact, says Union MoS for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran: In a written reply to the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) Union Minister of State for Home Affairs (MoS) Mullappally Ramachandran said that there are about 2,500 militants in various camps in Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and that the terror infrastructure in Pakistan or PoK still remains intact. The reply further reads, "Reports indicate that there are 42 militant camps functioning across the borders, 25 in PoK and 17 in Pakistan with about 2,500 militants". The Hindu, December 5, 2012.

Harkat-ul-Ansar resumes operations in J&K under a new name of Jabbar-ul-Mujahideen, say sources: Drawing its cadres from Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), the Harkat-ul-Ansar (HuA) has resumed operations in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) under a new name of Jabbar-ul-Mujahideen. Sources said that the top five 'commanders' have already infiltrated into J&K through Samba sector (Samba District) in July this year. Shah Chand Khan is the 'commander-in-chief' of the outfit in J&K and Badshah Khan, Noor Mohammad, Abdul Razak and Muneer Khan are his associates. Daily Excelsior, December 5, 2012.

Maoists in Andhra Pradesh urge people to join their military wing: The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) urged the people to join Peoples' Liberation Guerilla Army week (PLGA), the military wing of the Maoists, to protect the natural resources of the forests. The Maoists put many posters and leaflets at Sapparla in the GK Veedhi mandal (administrative unit) in the name of Galikonda Area Committee in Vishakhapatnam District on December 1. Times of India, December 2, 2012.

[Source: SATP]

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