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ISI is preventing militants of Tripura from joining the mainstream, says Tripura CM Manik Sarkar: The Inter Service Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan's external intelligence agency, is preventing militants of Tripura from joining the mainstream. Tripura Chief Minister (CM) Manik Sarkar on February 27 stated, "The Inter Service Intelligence (ISI), of Pakistan, is preventing militants of Tripura, who still have 20 camps in Bangladesh, from joining the mainstream. Security Forces (SFs) in Bangladesh have recently arrested an ISI spy who was instrumental in foiling the attempt of the militants to surrender". He also alleged that militant outfits of Tripura are trying to influence the upcoming Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) election scheduled in April. Times of India, February 28, 2015.

Maoists plan attack on Government institutions in Kerala, say State Government: The State Government on February 26 informed the Kerala High Court that the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) had plans to attack Government institutions and individuals through its Urban Action Team. The State Government made the submission when petitions by Jaison C. Cooper of Fort Kochi and advocate Thushar Nirmal Sarathi of Palakkad seeking bail in a case registered against them under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for their alleged links with Maoists came up for hearing. The Hindu, February 27, 2015.

No talks with any more militant groups, says Government of India: Government of India has closed its doors for talks with any more militant outfits and the ongoing process of talks with militant groups, which have already signed cease-fire pacts to solve their problems through discussions, will be expedited so that those are taken to a logical conclusion as soon as possible. Sources in Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) made it clear that the Government was not keen on starting talks with any more militant outfit as enough opportunity was given to them to shun violence and solve their problems through discussions. Nagaland Post, February 27, 2015.

Central Government bans IS and all its manifestations as terrorist organization: The Central Government has notified Islamic State (IS) as a banned terrorist organisation under the Unlawful Activities [Prevention] Act (UAPA) of 1967, stating that it is involved in radicalization and recruitment of vulnerable youth from various countries including India. "The Centre is satisfied that the Islamic State (IS)/Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL)/Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)/Daish is a terrorist organisation and has decided to add the said organisation and all its manifestations to the First Schedule to the UAPA," the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) said in a notification. Times of India, February 27, 2015.

99 NRIs among terror victims across the world in last three years, says Union Minister of State for Overseas Indian Affairs V. K. Singh: Government informed the Lok Sabha (lower house of Indian Parliament) on February 25 that as many as 99 Non-Resident Indians (NRI) have become victims of terrorism across the world, including in Iraq, during the last three years. Union Minister of State for Overseas Indian Affairs V. K. Singh said in a written reply, "As reported by the Indian missions/posts abroad, a total of 86 NRIs in Iraq, 10 NRIs in Kenya and 3 in Yemen have become victims of terrorist activities during the last three years." On proposals to ensure NRIs don't get affected by such incidents, the Minister said necessary advisories are issued to alert them. The Hindu, February 26, 2015.

Pakistan has violated border ceasefire in J&K 685 times during last eight months resulting in death of 24 people, says Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar: Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament), Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on February 24 said that Pakistan has violated border ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) 685 times during the last eight months from June 2014 to January 2015, resulting in death of 24 people, including eight Security Force (SF) personnel. He said 126 ceasefire violations took place along the Line of Control (LoC), under operational control of Army, while 559 violations took place along the IB, under operational control of Border Security Force (BSF). Five Army personnel, three BSF personnel and 16 civilians were killed in the incidents. Daily Excelsior, February 25, 2015.

No evidence to suggest LWEs getting external assistance, says Union Minister of State Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary: Union Minister of State in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary while answering in a written reply in Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament) on February 24 said there is no evidence/input available to suggest that any international conspiracy is being hatched in any Left-Wing Extremist (LWE) infested areas in the country or any external assistance being provided to LWEs in terms of financial aid and weapons. However, the recovery of arms and ammunition of foreign origin from the LWE cadres in different encounters and operations is an indication of the fact that they are procuring weapons from different sources. Business Standard, February 25, 2015.

Government releases INR 100 million for acquiring land and construction of protective shield all along IB: Official sources in Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) said that the Government has released INR 100 million for acquiring land and construction of protective shield all along the International Border (IB) in Jammu region to save civilians from firing by the Pakistani Rangers and curb infiltration by the militants from across the border. UMHA, which was directly monitoring the project for construction of embankment along the IB covering all three Districts of Jammu, Samba and Kathua along the borders, has released the money as first installment for acquiring land from the people for construction purposes. Daily Excelsior, February 24, 2015.

Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems stalled by slow digitization in states and software shortcomings, says report: According to reports, states like Bihar, Rajasthan and software developer Wipro are posing hurdles to Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) from being rolled out any time soon. The system aims to connect all police stations in the country for real-time exchange of information on criminals and terrorists. Sources said that, while as many as seven states are lagging behind in digitizing and connecting database at their end, Bihar and Rajasthan have not even been able to kick off the system. Times of India, February 20, 2015.

India proposes anti-terror pact with Bangladesh: During the Indo-Bangladesh Home secretary-level talks in New Delhi on February 16 and 17, Indian Home secretary L C Goyal proposed an anti-terror pact with Bangladesh, envisaging a structured mechanism for exchange of terror information and updates. Goyal also handed to his Bangladeshi counterpart Md Mozammel Haque Khan a list of 39 camps of Indian Insurgent Groups (IIGs) still operating out of Bangladeshi territory. Times of India, February 20, 2015.

Pakistan still has 44 terror-training camps directed against India on its soil, says Army: The Army has said that Pakistan still has 44 terror-training camps directed against India on its soil. At least 17-18 of them are still operating round-the-clock. Times of India, February 19, 2015.

80 to 100 militants are left in NLFT-BM, says Tripura CM Manik Sarkar: Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, replying to a question on militant formations operating in the state, informed the State Assembly that approximately 80 to 100 militants are left in the banned Biswamohan faction of National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT-BM). He also said that only three to four militants remain with All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF). Tripura Info, February 19, 2015.

HuT is deadlier than ISIS and its presence in South Asia should be a cause for concern for India, says report: According to a report published in the latest edition of the Combating Terrorism Exchange (CTX) journal, radical Islamist group Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HuT), which cleverly avoided global scrutiny while spreading its ideology, may become a more dangerous terrorist group than the Islamic State (IS) and its presence in South Asia should be a cause for concern for India. The report said that "While ISIS [IS] runs amok in Syria and Iraq, demanding media attention through acts of barbarous cruelty, HuT (the Party of Liberation) is quietly building a global infrastructure of radicalised youth and deep-pocketed Arab support in preparation for the global Khilafat". Asian Age, February 19, 2015.

Expanding footprint of Pakistan based terror groups a challenge, states Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 12 described the expanding footprint of terror groups in neighbouring Pakistan and their link with terror activities as a major security challenge. While talking about the security scenario, especially in states sharing international borders, Modi said, "The expanding footprint of extremist and terrorist organizations in Pakistan, and their link with terror activities in India, is a major security challenge." Times of India, February 13, 2015.

India and US pledge to jointly target terror funding: India and the US on February 12 pledged to jointly target financial networks and fund raising by Pakistan-based terrorist organisations as also the D-Company of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. The two nations vowed to work together to check illicit money transfers for terrorism, money laundering and other illegal activities. Deccan Chronicle, February 13, 2015.

Union Law Ministry approves to notify ban on IS under UAPA: The Union Law Ministry gave an approval to the proposal of Union Home Ministry (UHM) to declare Islamic State (IS) as militant organisation under section 35 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Confirming this, a senior UHM official said, "A formal notification banning ISIS and all its formations will be issued in next couple of days and circulated among the states and UTs. This will also mean that any person claiming to be associated with the outfit or attempting to become its member will be prosecuted under stringent sections of UAPA."India Today, February 12, 2015.

Union Home Ministry examines at Australian, US and UK models to curb radicals, says report: Worried over attempts by outfits such as Islamic State (IS) to propagate jihadi ideology among young Indian Muslims, the Union Home Ministry (UHM) is studying an "extremism counseling hotline" set up recently by the Austrian authorities, for possible replication in India. Such a counselling facility, if found feasible in the Indian context, will enable parents, teachers and friends of "vulnerable and indoctrinated" youth to seek professional help for their "deradicalisation". Times of India, February 10, 2015.

ISI trained Khalistani terrorists from UK in Thailand, says report: Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, his 7 Race Course Road (RCR) residence and the Indian Parliament are under terror threat from Pakistan based terror groups. Intelligence agencies have warned Delhi Police that terror groups operating in Pakistan have planned for a major terror attack on Narendra Modi, 7 RCR and on the Indian Parliament. Apart from terror groups like Lashkar e Toiba (LeT) and Jama'at-ud-Da'wah (JuD), Islamic State (IS) has also started spreading its wings in Pakistan. Hindustan Times, February 6, 2015.

Government decides to investigate 188 NGOs for terror connection, says report: The Indian government has decided to carry on investigation against the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) which have been funding extremism, stage managing protests or indulging in conversions. The list of 188 NGOs is with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA). This list has been drawn up by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) after conducting years of investigation which started in the year 2006. One India, February 4, 2015.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his residence and Parliament on terror radar, says report: Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, his 7 Race Course Road (RCR) residence and the Indian Parliament are under terror threat from Pakistan based terror groups. Intelligence agencies have warned Delhi Police that terror groups operating in Pakistan have planned for a major terror attack on Narendra Modi, 7 RCR and on the Indian Parliament. Apart from terror groups like Lashkar e Toiba (LeT) and Jama'at-ud-Da'wah (JuD), Islamic State (IS) has also started spreading its wings in Pakistan. Samay Live, February 3, 2015.

China and Russia back India on UN terror charter against Pakistan: China and Russia on February 2 decided to back India for moving a proposal at the United Nations (UN) that essentially goes against Pakistan on the issue of terrorism. In order to corner Pakistan for sheltering and facilitating terrorists involved the November 26, 2008 (26/11) carnage and other attacks in the country, India seeks to move a resolution in the UN to punish those who shelter and finance terrorism. And . Times of India, February 3, 2015.

Ceasefire violations by Pakistan increased after news of India bolstering border defence with state of the art technology, says BSF: An internal assessment by Border Security Force (BSF) of the recent ceasefire violations by Pakistan has concluded that much of the firing towards the close of 2014 and beginning of 2015 started after news of India bolstering its border defence with state of the art technology appeared in the media. The BSF assessment is that the news of laser walls, ground sensors to detect tunnels and thermal imaging cameras being installed to stop infiltration frustrated Pakistan Rangers who launched an attack to disrupt the process. Times of India, February 3, 2015.

Maoist bastion shrinking in Bihar and Jharkhand, says CRPF DG Prakash Mishra: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General (DG) Prakash Mishra on February 2 said the 'red zone' [Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)-infested region] is steadily shrinking in Bihar and Jharkhand. It has been possible because the CRPF personnel are not only carrying out operations against Maoists but also helping the common man in many other ways, like distributing essentials such as woolen clothes, utensils etc and enabling them to get their Aadhaar cards. These efforts have helped CRPF win the confidence of poor people, who were earlier providing shelter to the Left-Wing Extremists (LWEs). Times of India, February 3, 2015.

North East militants flee from Myanmar camps as Myanmar Army moves towards Taga area, says report: Movement of Myanmar Army towards the Taga area created panic among the militant groups of the North East, who are taking shelter in Myanmar. Sources state that Myanmar Army personnel started moving towards the Taga area on January 18. As most of the camps of the militant groups such as Independent faction of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA-I) and IK Songbijit faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-IKS) are based in the Taga area, the movement caused panic among them. Assam Tribune, February 2, 2015.

[Source: SATP]

JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12










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