INDIA: News Briefs
IB warns Andhra Pradesh of terror attacks by LeT and IM, says report: The Intelligence Bureau (IB) alerted Andhra Pradesh about possible terror strikes by Indian Mujahideen (IM) and the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), during the 2014 election campaign. Following the confessions of arrested IM Indian operations 'chief' Yasin Bhatkal and his aide Asadullah Akhtar that several terror modules of the IM are operating in the country and inputs that LeT is planning attacks, the security agencies are on alert. Deccan Chronicle, February 28, 2014.
Terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir and North-East and Naxalites in central India indulging in gross violation of human rights, says US State Department report: The United State (US) state Department said in its Congressional mandated annual report on human rights 2013 that the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and North-East and Naxalites [left Wing Extremists] groups in central India are indulging in gross violation of human rights. "Separatist insurgents and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, the Northeastern states, and the Naxalite belt committed numerous serious abuses, including killings of elected political leaders, armed forces personnel, police, government officials, and civilians," said the report which was released by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Business Standard, February 28, 2014.
Incidents of CPI-Maoist violence has come down, says Union Minister of Home Affairs Sushilkumar Shinde: The Union Minister of Home Affairs (UMHA) Sushilkumar Shinde on February 26 said incidents of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) perpetrated violence have come down in the country in the past one to two years. He said the documents circulated by the CPI-Maoist were proof of the decrease in their activities. Zee News, February 27, 2014.
JeM 'chief' to send suicide bombers to political rallies in India, alerted IB: Intelligence Bureau (IB) reports have informed that the militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) led by Maulana Masood Azhar is planning a series of suicide attacks on political rallies in India when the Lok Sabha (the lower house of parliament) campaign gathers steam. According to intelligence reports, Azhar speaking at a rally in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir's (PoK) Muzaffarabad said, "There are 313 fidayeen in this gathering and if a call is made, the number will go up to 3, 000." Truth Drive, February 25, 2014.
Tripura militants abduct 72 persons in last three years: Chief Minister (CM) Manik Sarkar on February 24 said that altogether 72 persons were abducted and three others were killed during the past three years in insurgency related incidents. Sarkar said the insurgency was on the wane as none was killed by the militants in 2013 and 10 persons were abducted during the time, but all of them had returned. In the last three years 92 insurgents of different underground groups have surrendered, he said. Shilong Times, February 25, 2014.
60 militant groups operating in Manipur, says Governor: Manipur Governor V. K. Duggaltold State Legislative Assembly, on February 24, that Manipur has been affected by insurgent activities spread over a period of over four decades where more than 60 militant outfits, including factions, are operating. Shillong Times, February 24, 2014.
11 SF personnel killed along LoC in Jammu region in 2013, says Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on February 21 said that 11 security force (SF) personnel were killed while 24 others were injured in 208 incidents of firing from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region in 2013. 25 civilians were also injured in the firing from across the LoC. Zee News, February 22, 2014.
Increase in attack on SFs in Jammu and Kashmir in 2013, says Minister of State for Home Affairs R.P.N. Singh: Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh told the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of Parliament) on February 20 that there has been an increase in attacks on Security Forces (SFs) in Jammu and Kashmir in 2013. Singh said that 53 SFs were killed in 2013 while 15 were killed in 2012. In 2013, a total of 67 militants were killed while 15 civilians lost their lives in terrorist violence. 73 militants were arrested during 2013. Kashmir Times, February 21, 2014.
Dawood Ibrahim, IM and JeM on UK's sanction list, says report: India's most wanted militant, Dawood Ibrahim, figures prominently on Britain's latest list of banned terrorist and terrorist groups facing financial sanctions along with Pakistan based groups like Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM). They are part of 52 international terrorist organizations proscribed under the Terrorism Act, 2000. A British treasury department document has named Dawood under his various aliases with his last known address - White House near Saudi Mosque in Karachi (Pakistan). Times of India, February 19, 2014.
Naxals are planning attacks in run-up to 2014 General Elections, says report: Aiming to disrupt the forthcoming General Elections, the Naxals-[Left-Wing Extremists (LWEs)] are planning extensive mining in their strongholds to target political leaders and Security Forces (SFs) as a bounce-back strategy after their failure to execute poll-boycott plans in Chhattisgarh in November 2013, according to an alert sounded by the Ministry of Home Affair (MHA). The Hindu, February 19, 2014.
OMP strength is less than 10, says Odisha Police: Information gathered from two arrested cadres as well as proof from the camp of the Odisha Maovadi Party (OMP) led by Sabyasachi Panda inside Merikote reserve forest near Salimagochha under Badagada Police Station limits in Ganjam District hints that the outfit now has less than 10 cadres. According to Police sources, Sabyasachi is not able to lure any new members into the OMP. Therefore, he is trying to mobilise cadre from other parts of the State such as Keonjhar. OMP is a breakaway faction of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist). The Hindu, February 18, 2014.
CPI-Maoist ranked fourth among top 10 most active non-state armed groups in 2013, says report: The Communist Party of India (Maoist) has been ranked fourth among the top ten most active non-state armed groups in 2013, according to study released this week by the IHS Jane's latest 'Global Terrorism and Insurgency Attack Index'. According to the report a total of 258 attacks were claimed by, or attributed to, the CPI-Maoist, even though this represented a 29 per cent decrease from the 362 attacks recorded in 2012. Among other insurgent groups listed in the top ten rankings are the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (Thailand, first), Taliban (second), Islami Chhatra Shibir (Bangladesh, third), al-Qaeda in Iraq (fifth), al-Shabaab (sixth), Colombia's FARC (seventh) and Syrian Jabhat al-Nusra (ninth). The Hindu, February 14, 2014; IHS Pressroom, February 14, 2014.
43 Urban Maoists arrested in state in last five years, says Chhattisgarh Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra: Chhattisgarh Government on February 12 said that 43 people, who were part of the urban network of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), were arrested in the State during past five years. In a written in the State Assembly, Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra informed the House that as many as 43 people, including women, were arrested from 2009 till January 20, 2013 on charges of involvement in urban channel of Maoists. However, six of them were later exonerated while cases against 37 others were pending in the court of the law. Outlook, February 14, 2014.
New militant group ASAK formed after breaking away from GNLA in Meghalaya: A group of senior Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) leaders led by former 'finance secretary' Reding T Sangma have broken away from the outfit's military 'chief' Sohan D Shira and formed their own organization christening it A'chik Songna An'pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK). On February 12, the 'commander-in-chief (C-in-C)' of the new outfit, Reding T Sangma, gave in detail the reasons for parting ways with Sohan D Shira. Shillong Times, February 14, 2014.
IM recruited Pakistan nationals for India operations, says report: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) officers claim that wanted accused Waqas Ahmed was not the only Pakistani roped by Indian Mujahideen (IM) for India operations as with most IM operative being arrested, the outfit has done a lot of recruitment of Pakistani nationals. Asadullah Akhtar, one of the planters in July 13, 2011 (13/7) Mumbai (Maharashtra) serial blasts case, has given ATS some valuable information about co-planter Waqas and IM's operation. DNA, February 13, 2014.
10 Districts are Naxal-affected, says Madhya Pradesh Home Minister: Referring to Naxal [Left Wing Extremism (LWE)]-affected Districts in the State, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Babulal Gaur on February 9 said that a total of 10 Districts are hit by "red-sponsored terrorism" which has hampered development in these areas. "We have requested Union Home ministry to allocate INR 2 billion and two helicopters for the Naxal-affected Districts but so far the state has received only INR 700 million from the Centre in this regard", Gaur said. Times of India, February 13, 2014.
FICNs worth INR 1.07 billion seized in over three years, says Finance Minister P. Chidambaram: Parliament was informed on February 11 that Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICNs) worth INR 1.07 billion have been seized in three-and-half years till June 2013. FICNs with face value of INR 236.6 million were seized in 2010, INR 314.6 million in 2011, INR 345.7 million in 2012 and INR 176.4 million until June 2013, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament). Business Standard, February 13, 2014.
Illegal immigration from Bangladesh a threat to national security, says Army Chief General Bikram Singh: Army Chief General Bikram Singh on February 11 called the infiltration matter from Bangladesh border a matter of grave concern and a threat to national security. "The problem of illegal migration in Bangladesh has led to demographic changes in the northeast. It has led to serious internal security challenges in Assam," Singh told. Times of India, February 12, 2014.
Ban on SIMI extended for five years: The Centre has renewed the ban on Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for another five years, saying that if its activities were not curbed, it would reorganize its activists and threaten the integrity and security of the country. The last extension, notified in February 2012, was for two years. Times of India, February 7, 2014.
541 infiltrations attempt into Jammu and Kashmir in last two years, says Union Defence Minister AK Antony: Defence Minister A K Antony informed Rajya Sabha (upper house of the Parliament) on February 5 that in the last two years, there have been 541 attempts to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). "In 2012 and 2013, there have been 541 infiltration attempts in Jammu and Kashmir," he said in a written reply. Times of India, February 6, 2014.
Over 30 Khalistani militants are staying in UK, reveals a joint note prepared by UMHA and Punjab Police: A joint note prepared by Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) and Punjab Police has revealed that there are over 30 Khalistani militants staying in the United Kingdom (UK). The note, dated September 30, 2013, said that Jagtar Singh Tara, whose terror group Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) had claimed responsibility for RDX explosives recovered from a car in Ambala in October 2011, that was meant to target 1984 riot-tainted Sajjan Kumar, is the new face of Sikh extremists. Times of India, February 6, 2014.
CPI-Maoist have tied up with ISI to spread its network in Assam, says Assam CM Tarun Gogoi: Chief Minister (CM) Tarun Gogoi on February 5 said that Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has entered into an understanding with the North-eastern region of India based militants as well as with Pakistan's external intelligence agency Inter-Services-Intelligence (ISI) to spread its network in the state. Tarun Gogoi added that despite repeated warnings on the issue from the State, the Central Government is yet to take act on the growing CPI-Maoist threat in the State. Times of India, February 6, 2014.
NIA special court in Mumbai sentences to life imprisonment all six accused held in a fake currency racket: In the first case where Pakistan Government's involvement in printing of fake Indian currency notes (FICN) has been nailed by forensic evidence, an National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court in Mumbai sentenced to life imprisonment all six accused held in a fake currency racket in Maharashtra in 2009. It was the first FICN case to be registered under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) making such printing and distribution a terror activity. Times of India, February 3, 2014.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Khalistani terrorists' hit list, says Intelligence Bureau: Several pro-Khalistan terror outfits are plotting to attack Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Parkash Singh Badal, deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal and state Director General of Police Sumedh Singh Saini, according to eight terror alerts that were issued by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) last year. The most recent alert, dated December 3, from the office of joint director of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs said the terror outfit Khalistan Liberation Force had been assigned the task to eliminate Saini. "The ammunition, including a suicide jacket, has been pushed into the Indian Territory via Rajasthan border and has reached Chandigarh," it said. According to another alert, dated November 28, both Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal "were facing increased threat from Punjab terrorists, including Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), while they were attending public rallies, meetings during assembly polls in Delhi". Times of India, February 3, 2014.
Small boats pose coastal security threat, according to Coast Guard Director General Anurag G Thapliyal:Coast Guard Director General Anurag G Thapliyal on January 31 warned that small fishing boats that do not have an automated identification system posed a threat to India's coastal security, despite a 75 per cent increase in surveillance of the 7,500-km coastline. He also noted, "The (coastal security) efforts are ongoing, but one cannot rule out the possibility (of 26/11-type attacks)... There are still some gaps, but we hope to fill them with the Coastal Security Network-II." New Indian Express, February 1, 2014.
Funds raised in India through diamond trade for terror activities, according to FATF Report: Financial Action Task Force (FATF) report on money laundering and terrorist financing across the globe has revealed that India is one among five countries where the trade accounts of the diamond business are used to launder illegal funds, amounting to millions of dollars, for terror activities. The other four countries are Israel, Belgium, Canada and US. Economic Times, February 1, 2014.