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Evidence suggests Gurdaspur attackers came from Pakistan, states UHM Rajnath Singh: Preliminary evidence suggests militants who stormed into Dinanagar Police Station in Gurdaspur on July 27, came from Pakistan, Union Home Minister (UHM) Rajnath Singh told the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) on July 30. He also said that India will give a befitting reply to any terror activity launched from across the border, reiterating his statement made after the daring terror attack to strike Punjab in decades. Hindustan Times, July 31, 2015.

IS wants to attack India, according to IS recruitment document: A 32- page recruitment document in Urdu, titled, 'A Brief History of the Islamic State Caliphate (ISC), The Caliphate According to the Prophet', purported to have been written by Islamic State (IS) terrorists and obtained by the American Media Institute (AMI) through a Pakistani intermediary outlines a strategy to draw the US into an all-out war by attacking India. The document reviewed and first published by USA Today, also details a plot to attack US soldiers as they withdraw from Afghanistan and target American diplomats and Pakistani officials. Times of India, July 30, 2015.

10 persons including a Superintendent of Police killed in terror attack in Punjab: On July 27, a total of 10 persons, including three civilians, three home guards, Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police (SP, detective) Baljit Singh and three militants were killed in a coordinated terror attack in Gurdaspur District of Punjab, reports The Times of India. Reportedly the militants entered into Pathankot District in Punjab at Paharipur Border outpost from Pakistan, later took bus to Taragarh Morh, and then walked towards Dinanagar in Gurdaspur District. After reaching the place they first killed one civilian, a dhaba owner, then snatched a car and headed towards the Police Station of Dinanagar. While travelling towards the Police Station, they killed one vegetable vendor and sprayed bullets on a passing bus. After reaching the Police Station, they injured SHO Mukhtiar Singh before holing up. Soon, an exchange of fire began between Security Force personnel and the militants. Three home guards and SP Baljit Singh were killed during the operation. The attack ended with SFs killing all the three attackers involved in the twin attack. No terror group has taken responsibility for the attack. Times of India, July 27-28, 2015.

Intelligence intercepts reveal plot to 'avenge' hanging of 1993 Mumbai bomb plotter, Yakub Memon: The security agencies have got a trace of a terror plot being hatched to avenge the death penalty given to 1993 Mumbai blast accused Yakub Memon. Communication intercepts from various terror groups have revealed that a major strike may be carried out during the Independence Day celebrations (August 15, 2015). Memon is slated to be hanged on July 30. Daily Mail, July 24, 2015.

UNLFWESA planning to strike in four North East states: Security Forces operating in Nagaland have revealed that the newly formed United National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLF-WESA), is planning to carry out major terror strikes in Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. According to a statement issued by the Inspector General of Assam Rifles, intelligence inputs gathered over the past few months have confirmed that a number of highly destructive radio-controlled Improvised Explosive Device (IED) have been smuggled into Nagaland. Times of India, July 23, 2015.

NSCN-K has stationed militants in Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, states Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiu in Rajya Sabha: Khaplang faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) has stationed small groups of militants at various strategic locations in Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, stated Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiu, on July 22. He also stated, "Most of these groups have sneaked into Indian territory from across the Indo-Myanmar border." Sangai Express, July 23, 2015.

All 39 Indians held hostage by IS in Iraq are safe, states Union Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh: All the 39 Indians held hostage in Mosul town of Iraq by Islamic State (IS) militants over a year ago were "safe", government said on July 22 quoting multiple third party sources and asserted that efforts were on to secure their release. The Indian nationals were taken hostage by the IS on June 11, 2014, in northern Iraq's Mosul town. Union Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said government was in "close and regular" contact with relevant Iraqi government authorities to obtain information on their whereabouts and safety. Times of India, July 23, 2015.

Government plans crackdown on supply of arms from Myanmar: As part of its multi-pronged strategy to combat insurgency in the North-East, Government of India (GoI) has planned a crackdown on the supply of sophisticated weapons to militant outfits through Myanmar. National Investigation Agency (NIA) has asked state Governments affected by insurgency in the North-East to provide data on the smuggling of weapons. Sources said the exercise is being undertaken to crack the supply base of the easy inflow of weapons to militants from Myanmar, identify couriers and middlemen on the Indian side near border areas. India Today , July 23, 2015.

UMHA decides to formulate national strategy to tackle IS: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA), after seeking a report from 10 States, has decided to formulate a 'coherent national strategy' on the Islamic State (IS). The States that sent their reports to the Centre are Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Tamil Nadu. The Hindu, July 21, 2015.

IS and Afzal Guru's hanging influencing educated Kashmiri youth joining terror, according to UMHA: Union Ministry of Home Affairs has attributed the spurt in educated youth in Kashmir joining terrorist organisations this year to the thrust of the militant organisations on recruiting local youth and the affect of hanging of Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru besides the increasing influence of the IS (Islamic State). As per the UMHA note "mass contact programmes launched by separatist leaders" and the extensive use of social media by anti-India elements also contributed to educated youths taking the path to terror while the perceived "lack of credibility of mainstream political leaders" and absence of employment opportunities are also driving the youth to take to terror activities. Economic Times, July 21, 2015.

NSCN-K constructing bunkers in Myanmar with ULFA help, say report: Fearing an "adverse situation" at its hideouts in Taga, Myanmar, in the wake of Myanmar army's movement towards the area, Khaplang faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) has started constructing bunkers with the help from United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). According to intelligence inputs, NSCN-K instructed ULFA officials to complete construction of underground facilities at "undisclosed locations" in Taga. Times of India, July 17, 2015.

India and Myanmar resolves to fight militancy: Resolving to fight the insurgent activities, India and Myanmar on July 16 decided to broad base their defence and security cooperation to ensure peace along the 1,640-kilometres-long border as New Delhi expressed strong commitment to modernise Myanmar's Armed Forces. Co-chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Myanmarese counterpart Wunna Maung Lwin, the Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral ties and also agreed to step up cooperation in border management and in other sectors'. Assam Tribune, July 17, 2015.

Sufficient proof on Hafiz Saeed given to Pakistan, states Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on July 14 said the Indian Government had given sufficient proof against 26/11 (November 26, 2008) Mumbai (Maharashtra) terror attacks mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) 'chief Hafiz Saeed to the Pakistan Government. He said if Pakistani agencies thought that the proofs submitted against Hafiz Saeed were not enough they were committing a mistake. Tribune India, July 15, 2015.

Infiltration continues along the India-Bangladesh border in Assam, claims a commission formed by the Supreme Court: A commission formed by the Supreme Court (SC) to inspect the India-Bangladesh border in Assam has reported that infiltration is still continuing because of several loopholes in guarding the border. SC had appointed the commission after observing that the Centre and the Assam government had been "dragging their feet" in the matter of implementation of its earlier order, particularly regarding border fencing, construction of border roads, night patrolling and floodlights, among others. Telegraph, July 15, 2015.

LeT 'divisional commander' killed while trying to infiltrate into Kashmir: Army on July 13 killed a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) 'divisional commander' and member of the outfit's Border Action Team (BAT), who had beheaded two Army soldiers at Mankot sector in Poonch District on January 8, 2013, when he along with a group of three associates was trying to infiltrate into the Indian territory to carry out fidayeen (suicide) attack. Official sources said that the infiltrators had planned BAT action in the same Mankot sector as they were well versed with the area but this time the troops were on very high alert along the Line of Control (LoC) despite heavy rains in the area. Daily Excelsior, July 14, 2015.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh calls for reduction of CAPFs in Northeast: Union Home Minister (UHM) Rajnath Singh on July 11 stressed the need to decrease deployment of Security Forces [with reference to Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs)] in the Northeast. "In the wake of improvement in security scenario, there is a need to review deployment of security forces in the region. At present, the deployment is more than when the insurgency was at its peak… I would urge all the Hon'ble Chief Ministers to conduct a realistic audit of deployment of Central Armed Police Forces in their states…Without compromising with security, we must plan to reduce deployment to make the environment easy and also to encourage positive thinking of outsiders about this region," he said while addressing a conference of North East Chief Ministers in Guwahati. Telegraph, July 12, 2015.

Government asks Supreme Court to let it seize assets of Dawood relatives, says report: The government has asked the Supreme Court to let it confiscate properties of Dawood Ibrahim's sister and his other relatives in Mumbai (Maharashtra), pointing out Dawood's kin have failed to establish their source of income and "lawful acquisition" of these properties. Justifying the order of attachment passed in 1998, the Ministry of Finance has maintained in its affidavit that relatives of the fugitive were covered under the relevant provisions of the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeiture of Property) Act (SAFEMA). Indian Express, July 11, 2015.

UMHA declares whole of Nagaland as "disturbed area" further for a period of one year: Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) has declared whole of Nagaland as a "disturbed area" for a further period of one year from June 30, 2015. Notification in this regard states that the Government of India (GoI) is of the opinion that the entire state is in such a "disturbed" and "dangerous" condition that the use of armed forces in aid of civil power is "necessary". Times of India, July 8, 2015.

Five militants and an Army soldier killed in Jammu and Kashmir: Army on July 3 foiled a major infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Torna sector of Uri in Baramulla District killing five heavily armed militants. Two Army personnel were injured in the gun battle. One of them succumbed to his injuries later. Daily Excelsior, July 4, 2015.

Delhi Police recover FICN worth INR 28.7 million along with 221 illegal guns and over 16 kilograms of heroin during first five months of 2015, says report: Delhi Police recovered Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICNs) with face value of INR 28.7 million and 221 illegal guns along with over 16 kilograms of heroin, during the first five months of 2015, according to an information tabled in the Assembly on July 2. FICN smuggled through the porous Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bangladesh borders had pumped in counterfeit notes to the tune of INR 70 million in 2014. A year before, the figure stood at INR 56.6 million. Delhi Police had recovered over 133 kilograms of heroin during 2014, which was then highest in the last eight years. Similarly, arms recovery figure had touched 844 in 2014 and 700 in 2013. Deccan Herald, July 3, 2015.

ISI trapped several Indians through attractive lottery schemes, says report: Pakistan's intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) trapped several Indians through attractive lottery schemes and the money was used for purchasing ammunition and explosives along with smuggling of contraband and Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICNs). According to the sources, hundreds of missed calls were made to India from Pakistan, and thousands of crores were channeled to the country through Hawala (illegal money transaction) route. IBN Live, July 3, 2015.

India announces ban on trade with IS and other terror groups: On June 30, India announced a ban on trade with the Islamic State (IS) and the al-Nusra Front and other groups and individuals associated with the al Qaeda. The move comes in compliance with a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution in February 2015. Trade with the IS and related terrorist organisations in oil and oil products (hydrocarbons) and items of scientific, cultural and religious importance is prohibited, the Commerce Ministry said in a notification. The Hindu, July 2, 2015.

[Source: SATP]

JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12


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