INDIA: News Briefs
81 persons killed in Assam violence: The death toll in the ongoing violence in Assam reached 81. The violence started on December 23 when about 80 IK Songbijit faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-IKS) militants shot dead 67 Adivasis at five different places in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar Districts. Times of India, December 29, 2014.
Dawood Ibrahim tracked in Karachi and is expanding real-estate empire, says report: Mail Today accessed a series of never-heard-before tapes from a website Newsmobile.in giving an insight into the life of Dawood Ibrahim. Dawood has been tracked in Karachi (Sindh) and is heard expanding his real estate empire. In the tapes, Dawood is having conversation with key associates Javed-who manages his business interests in Dubai and Yasir, son of an influential Pakistani-who is his financial analyst based out of Dubai. The tapes indicate that he is fearless and ruthless and is on a real estate-buying spree in Dubai. Mail Today, December 27, 2014.
IS emerged as threat factor in Indian security radar in 2014, says report: Terror outfit Islamic State (IS) appeared to have emerged as a threat factor in the Indian security radar during 2014. The arrest of a Bangalore-based executive, Mehdi Masroor Biswas, who was operating a pro-IS Twitter handle to propagate the ideology of the Middle-East terrorist group, climaxed some disquieting events earlier in the year. Times of India, December 25, 2014.
Four Indian Armed Forces personnel spying for Pakistan caught in last two years, states Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar: Four Armed Forces personnel have been arrested in last two years for spying for Pakistan, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar informed Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) on December 23. One of the accused was dismissed from service later. Manohar Parrikar told that three personnel were arrested in 2014 while one was arrested in 2012. Times of India, December 24, 2014.
Six Pakistani espionage modules neutralised in 2014, states Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary: Minister of State for Home, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary informed Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament), "During the current year-2014 (till December 17), six Pakistani espionage modules have been neutralized in the country resulting in the arrest of six persons along with information and documents relating to various establishments in the country. Out of these six accused, five are Indian and one is a Sri Lankan national". Times of India, December 24, 2014.
NGOs involved in global jihad recruitment, says report: As the National Investigating Agency (NIA) investigates case of Areef Majeed the youth from Kalyan who returned to India after joining Islamic State (IS), they have stumbled upon various Non-Governmental Organisation's (NGO) which help such a cause. There were a large number of Wahabi scholars who had visited India in the past couple of years and according to an Intelligence Bureau (IB) report the number was around 25000. One India, December 23, 2014.
'If Pakistan is serious about fighting terrorism it should hand over Hafiz Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim to India', says Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu: India on December 18, asked Pakistan to hand over Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) 'founder' and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) 'chief' Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim. Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should seize the opportunity in the wake of terror attack on Peshawar school and take bold steps to combat terrorism. "If Pakistan is serious in fighting terrorism, it should arrest Hafiz Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim and hand them over to India... I hope Nawaz Sharif will seize this opportunity to take bold steps against terrorism," he stated. Times of India, December 19, 2014.
'I'm a soldier, I have no regrets', asserts IS operative Mehdi Masroor Biswas: On December 18, Islamic State (IS) operative Mehdi Masroor Biswas asserted, "I'm a soldier and messenger. I don't regret what I've done". Mehdi was remanded to 15 days in Police custody by Special Judge Somaraju. One of the advocates asked Mehdi outside the courtroom, "Why did you do this, man?" Mehdi replied he had no regrets. Times of India, December 19, 2014.
India bans Islamic State: Terror group Islamic State (IS) has been banned in India, Union Home Minister (UHM) Rajnath Singh disclosed on December 16."We have banned this organisation (IS) as a first step. I will like to inform (the House) that the group has been banned under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act," he said during the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament) Question Hour. Outlook, December 18, 2014.
Naxals planning to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi, say Intelligence Agencies:The intelligence agencies have got credible evidence that Naxals-[Left-Wing Extremists (LWEs)] are planning to attack Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi during his visit to Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoists)-infested States. Sources said the agencies saw video footage recovered from the laptops of LWE cadres arrested in the past few weeks of a number of rallies addressed by PM Modi in the run-up to the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament) polls and the ongoing polls in Jharkhand. Most of the footage is from Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand rallies. Deccan Chronicle, December 15, 2014.
Naxals extorting INR 1.4 billion annually, says Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Chaudhary: The Naxals-[Left-Wing Extremists (LWEs)] are reportedly extorting a "levy" of about INR 1.4 billion annually from a variety of sources, the Central Government informed the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament) on December 10. "The Left Wing Extremists groups are reported to extort 'levy' from industrialists, businessmen, contractors particularly Tendu patta contractors, transporters, government servants and various illegal mining mafia groups in the LWE affected states. Though an exact quantification is not possible, a study conducted by the Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis, Delhi has assessed that the CPI (Maoist) party has been collecting not less than Rs 140 crore annually from a variety of sources," Union Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply. Indian Express, December 11, 2014.
Over 21,562 terrorists killed in J&K since 1990, Government informs Rajya Sabha:21,562 terrorists were killed in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) during insurgency since 1990, Rajya Sabha was informed on December 10. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said 16,757 civilians and 1425 Police personnel also lost their lives in the state during January 1990 to December 2013. "As reported by the Jammu & Kashmir government, the ex-gratia relief has been provided to the next of kin of those who got killed in militancy related incidents as per their relief rules, amended from time to time," he said in reply to a written question. Times of India, December 11, 2014.
Central Government earmarks INR 35 billion for upgrading telecom network in Maoist areas: The Union Minister for Communications and Information and Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad has told the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government has earmarked INR 50 billion for improving the telecom network in the northeast. Another INR 35 billion has been earmarked for the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)-affected States. Times of India, December 11, 2014.
33 Pakistan-backed espionage modules busted in three years, says UMHA: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) on December 9 said Pakistan's Inters-Services Intelligence (ISI) had been indulging in espionage activities in India, and that 33 espionage modules backed by Pakistan had been busted over the past three years. In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament), Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary said as many as 50 espionage agents, including some ex-babus (employees) of the Indian government, had been arrested as part of the crackdown on Pakistan-backed modules. Times of India, December 10, 2014.
Maoist activities in Kerala have increased manifold, says UMHA note: Activities of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) in Kerala have increased manifold and the situation in the State has the potential of becoming more serious if immediate preventive measures are not taken, according to a note prepared by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA). In the 17-page note, the Ministry said in recent times that the outfit is focusing on a southern theatre in the tri-junction of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. New Indian Express, December 9, 2014.
Six SIMI cadres have been tasked by ISI to unleash terror acts in India, says report: A group of six Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) cadres, including five who escaped from Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh) jail in October 2013, have been tasked by Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to unleash terror acts in India, most likely in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Issuing an alert to the states in this regard, the central intelligence agencies on December 8 released photographs and other details of members of this SIMI module, also suspected behind the Chennai (Tamil Nadu) railway station blast in May 2014, the explosion near Pune's (Maharashtra) Dadguseth's temple in July 2014 and, more recently, the blast at a Bijnore (Uttar Pradesh) house in September 2014. Times of India, December 8, 2014.
545 ceasefire violations by Pakistan until November 25, 2014, says Government: The Government on December 3 said that there were 545 ceasefire violations by Pakistan until November 25, 2014, marking a 57 per cent increase over the 347 violations reported in the whole of 2013. The bulk of the ceasefire violations (395) in 2014 were reported from the International Border (IB) under operational control of the Border Security Force (BSF), while the Line of Control (LoC) and IB areas under the Army's control accounted for only 27.5 per cent of the cases. Times of India, December 4, 2014.
1,977 infiltrators arrested from India-Bangladesh border in 2014, says Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said in the parliament that as many as 1,977 infiltrators have been apprehended by the Border Security Force (BSF) from along the India-Bangladesh border in the current year, 2014. Sentinel Assam, December 2, 2014.
FICN seized in country and abroad originates from Pakistan, states Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary told Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament) in a written reply, "All high quality FICN [Fake Indian Currency Note] seized in India and abroad, originate only from Pakistan which has created a self sustaining criminal network in the South and South East Asian region for infusing fake India currency notes into India via Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates". Outlook, December 2, 2014.
IS militant Arif Majeed was part of a group of 40 radicalised boys in a college, says report: Arif Majeed, the Islamic State (IS) militant who returned to India and subsequently arrested, told investigators that he was part of a radicalised group of 40 students at Anjuman Islam's Kalsekar Technical College in Panvel (Maharashtra) and each one of them was referred to as Naqeeb, Urdu for a leader. Arif revealed that all 40 in the group spent a lot of time on the internet, mining information on terrorist groups and Islamic preachings.
Meanwhile, according to reports, Arif Majeed, is a trained suicide bomber who made as many as three attempts on Security Forces at different vital installations in Syria without any success. The bullet injuries which he has received too were sustained in one of the many battles, including the August offensive on Mosul dam in Iraq, he participated in as an IS man against Iraqi and US forces. According to one of the interrogating officers Majeed fought alongside IS against Kurdish Peshmerga and US forces who eventually took over the dam. "After sustaining bullet injuries, he was given $2,000 by ISIS as reward and medical assistance before he fled to Turkey and decided to come back home," said the officer. Mumbai Mirror, December 6, 2014; Times of India, December 8, 2014.
Hafiz Saeed's rally mainstreaming of terrorism, states MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin: India on December 5 denounced as "mainstreaming of terrorism" the rally held by Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) 'founder' and Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) 'chief' Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and said it was against all evolving global norms on terror. Saeed addressed a public rally, apparently facilitated by Pakistani authorities who even ran special trains for it, at the ground of Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore. Times of India, December 6, 2014.
No Maoists presence in Telangana, says State Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy: Telangana Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy ruled out the presence of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) in the State on December 3. "There is no Maoist activity (in Telangana)...We have a peaceful atmosphere here," Reddy told. Deccan Chronicle, December 4, 2014.
Maoists forcing one child per family to join them in some areas, says MHA: The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) is reportedly forcing at least one child per family to join its ranks in Maoist-hit Districts of Lohardaga and Gumla in Jharkhand and Kanker in Chhattisgarh, according to intelligence reports reaching the Centre. "As per intelligence inputs, in the current year, incidents of Maoists forcing at least one child from each family to join the outfit have been reported from areas under Police Stations Senha (Lohardaga), Bishunpur (Gumla) in Jharkhand and Police Station Ambabeda (Kanker) in Chhattisgarh," Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary informed Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) in reply to a question on December 2. Times of India, December 3, 2014.
Security situation in Northeast is fragile, says IB chief Syed Asif Ibrahim: Intelligence Bureau (IB) Chief Syed Asif Ibrahim on November 29 said that while the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) is besieged with serious problems and the security situation has shown marked improvement in Jammu and Kashmir, the security situation in the Northeast region was fragile, with some militant outfits still outside the ambit of the peace process. The IB chief said that the safe sanctuaries of the militants in neighbouring countries, particularly Myanmar, was compounding the situation. The Hindu, December 2, 2014.