INDIA: News Briefs
Four persons including Army officer killed in encounter with militants in Jammu and Kashmir: Four persons, including a Commanding Officer (CO) of the Army, a Head Constable (HC) of the Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police and two militants were killed in an encounter with militants in the Tral area of Pulwama District on January 27. The slain militants belonged to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM). Daily Excelsior, January 28, 2015.
Safe havens of terror in Pakistan "not acceptable" and Pakistan must punish culprits of 26/11 attack, says US President Barack Obama: United States (US) President Barack Obama on January 25 said that safe havens of terrorism within that country are "not acceptable". Obama said, "I've made it clear that even as the United States works with Pakistan to meet the threat of terrorism, safe havens within Pakistan are not acceptable and that those behind the Mumbai terrorist attack [November 26, 2008, Mumbai terrorist attacks (also known as 26/11)] must face justice must face justice." Times of India, January 24, 2015.
R&AW warns of IS radicals: India's external intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) has warned that the threat from home-grown elements radicalised by the Islamic State (IS) has emerged as the topmost terror threat across the globe even as the Afghanistan-Pakistan region remains the epicentre of global terror activity. In a detailed report on the IS-inspired terrorist attacks in France, the R&AW has said that the terrorists who carried out the deadly attack had connection with jihadists in AfPak. Asian Age, January 24, 2015.
12,062 civilians have died in Naxal violence so far, says RTI query: In reply to an Right to Information Act (RTI) query, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) has revealed that a total of 12,062 civilians have been killed in Naxal-[Left-Wing Extremism (LWEs)] violence till now since 1980. While in 1980, 70 people had died in the violence, in 2010 the number was a far higher 720. The reply also mentions that 3,078 security personnel were injured in Naxal-related violence in the last 34 years. Times of India, January 21, 2015.
40,000 people trained as Maoists in 10 years, says RTI query: In the past 10 years, the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has organised as many as 489 training camps for more than 40,000 cadres who have been taught about the use of sophisticated weapons and guerrilla warfare, according to information obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA). The information provided by the UMHA under RTI shows that while there was a year-on-year increase in the number of training camps - from 16 in 2004 to 93 in 2010, thereafter the numbers decreased to five in 2014. DNA, January 20, 2015.
'200 heavily-armed militants waiting in 36 launching pads across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir', says Army official: General Officer Commanding (GOC), 16 Corps, Lieutenant General Konsam Himalay Singh on January 15 said that 200 heavily-armed militants were waiting in 36 launching pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir on the other side of Pir Panjal range. He said that Pakistan-based militants will try to sneak into India and attack soft targets like schools, religious places and civilian areas ahead of US President Barack Obama's three-day visit to the country. Daily Excelsior, January 16, 2015.
Pakistan supporting proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir, asserts Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag: On January 13, the Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag said that Pakistan is continuing to support "proxy war" in Jammu and Kashmir. "Pakistan is supporting proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir despite suffering casualties within their country. Threats and challenges have been growing, both in intensity as well as commitment, because of active borders that we have." Talking about the recent attacks against the Army in Jammu and Kashmir, he said, "The recent strikes by the terrorists not only reflect their desperation but are also a grim reminder that the terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan is intact." Daily Excelsior, January 14, 2015.
70 per cent of Maharashtra's coastline still vulnerable to infiltrators, says report: According to sources in the State Home Ministry, 70 per cent of Maharashtra's coastline is still vulnerable and can be used as landing points by infiltrators at any time. Sources said it is the state's 1,020 km-long creek line that poses more of a threat to coastal security than the 720km-long coastline. Hindustan Times, January 13, 2015.
Centre to construct 7,294 kilometres road with an estimated cost of INR 107 billion in eight LWE-hit States: The Central Government is to construct 7,294 kilometres roads with an estimated cost of INR 107 billion in eight Left-Wing Extremism (LWE)-hit states of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It will be done under phase-II of Centre's Road Requirement Plan (RRP), an ambitious strategy to combat LWE by linking remote areas that serves as LWE hideouts. Telegraph India, January 13, 2015.
Fidayeen threat on Delhi-Lahore friendship bus, says report: Following intelligence inputs received from a foreign agency on January 2 of a possible fidayeen (suicide) attack on Delhi-Lahore friendship bus, both the countries have stepped up security measures for the bus service. The buses originate from Delhi on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and from Lahore every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. DNA, January 8, 2015.
Australia warns of terror attacks in India, says report: The Australian Government warned that terrorists were planning attacks in India, and urged its citizens to "exercise a high degree of caution" while travelling through the country. "We continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks in India and assess that attacks could occur anywhere at any time with little or no warning, including in locations frequented by Australians," said a statement on smartraveller.gov.au, the Australian government's travel advisory site. Times of India, January 7, 2015.
Four suspected terrorists dead as intruder boat blows itself up off Gujarat coast: Coast Guard patrol vessels intercepted a suspicious Pakistani fishing boat in the Arabian Sea in the early hours of January 1. Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials said the four people on the fishing trawler set it ablaze after an "hour-long hot pursuit", which ended with "warning shots" being fired to stop the vessel around 365 km from Porbandar in Gujarat. The ship, with those on board, finally sank to the seabed amid loud explosions around 6.30am on January 1. Times of India, January 3, 2015.
Terror groups ready to cross over LoC and IB before Barack Obama's visit, according to intelligence report: Groups of Pakistani terrorists have positioned themselves at eight to nine launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). They are waiting to infiltrate under the cover of fire provided by Pakistani forces, for carrying out attacks in India ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit in January, according to sources in the Indian security establishment. Times of India, January 3, 2015.
ISI upset with LeT over peaceful J&K elections, says report: Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is disappointed with militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) over the peaceful conduct of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) elections. According to reports, ISI had asked LeT to disrupt the elections in J&K. However, due to effective vigilance of Indian Security Forces, LeT failed to disrupt the polls in which 65.2 voters cast their vote. Zee News, January 3, 2015.
NLFT suffers another split: The National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) has suffered another split with "commander" Prabhat Jamatya (39), in early December 2014, leaving the group's camp in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh with more than 25 followers and a large number of arms and ammunition. NLFT-Prabhat, have based themselves in the large and sprawling house of a retired Bangladeshi Policeman in Rajghat the tea garden area under Chunarughat subdistrict of Bangladesh, which borders Monaibari under Khowai Subdivision of Tripura. Telegraph, January 2, 2015.
BSF trooper and four Pakistan Rangerss killed as Pakistan violates CFA in Jammu and Kashmir: Four Pakistani Rangers were killed after Border Security Force (BSF) personnel retaliated effectively the Pakistan shelling and firing in Samba sector during the day in which one BSF trooper was killed and another injured while mortar shells and bullets fell in fields and close to civilians houses at Khwara, Regal, Suchetgarh Kullian and Mawa in Samba sector of Samba District on December 31. The Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing on the BSF posts and civilian areas at Khwara, Regal, Suchetgarh Kullian and Mawa along the International Border in Samba sector at 1.15 pm. Daily Excelsior, January 1, 2015.
Government blocks 32 websites carrying anti-India content from Islamic State, says report: Government has blocked 32 websites citing national security concerns, as they were allegedly carrying anti-India material from terror groups such as Islamic State (IS). "We have blocked some websites, as there were serious national security concerns," an unnamed government official said. The websites that have faced the crackdown include popular video sharing platforms like DailyMotion and Vimeo, while some of them have been allowed to function after removing the objectionable content. IBN Live, January 1, 2015.