INDIA: News Briefs
'Khaplang never wanted ceasefire', says NSCN-KK 'general secretary' Kitovi Zhimomi: The Khaplang faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) leader, SS Khaplang never wanted ceasefire with the Indian Government and had agreed to it only because of pressure from the Naga civil society, according to the Khole-Khitovi faction of NSCN (NSCN-KK) 'general secretary' Kitovi Zhimomi. Kitovi Zhimomi, in an interview published in the latest issue of the North East Sun magazine, said "Actually, Khaplang was not in favour of ceasefire right from the beginning but could not resist the pressure of the civil society which was spearheaded by the NBCC (Nagaland Baptist Churches Council)." Assam Tribune, September 19, 2015.
Steady decline in violence in North East, says UMHA report: According to an estimate of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA), the Northeastern states have seen a steady decline in insurgency-related violence in the first eight months of this year (2015) in comparison to the corresponding period of last year (2014) but saw a three-fold increase in casualties of Security Forces (SFs) personnel. According to the report, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram saw a total of 418 incidents of insurgency violence from January 1 to September 15, 2015 during which 115 extremists were killed and 1,453 were arrested. During the same period in 2014, a total of 575 incidents were reported in the seven Northeastern states in which 128 militants were killed and 1,401 others were arrested. Shillong Times, September 19, 2015.
Indians can't be allowed to travel abroad to fight IS, according to UMHA: Allowing Indians to take part in the conflict in Iraq or Syria would "directly result in sectarian conflict" in the country and amount to promoting terrorism, the Indian Government stated. In an affidavit filed before the Delhi High Court, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) stated, "allowing any sect to take part in the conflict in Iraq or Syria would have repercussions on other sects in India. This could directly result in sectarian conflict within India, which is not in the interest of the nation." Times of India, September 18, 2015.
FICN printed in Pakistan being pushed into country via Sri Lanka, according to CID: According to Tamil Nadu Crime Branch-Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) sources, Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) printed in Pakistan are now pushed into India via Sri Lanka and the route for the fake currency printed in Bangladesh is through Malda District in West Bengal. Police have arrested about 50 suspects till now in 2015 for circulating FICN in Tamil Nadu and Chennai. The Hindu, September 18, 2015.
795 mobile-phone towers set up in Maoist-affected areas: In the past three months, 795 mobile-phone towers have been set up in Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)-affected districts of the country. The plan to provide a channel of communication in these remote areas has taken off after remaining on paper for the past five years. Chhattisgarh has installed 465 of the 497 towers proposed. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been asked to install 170 mobile towers in its camps. The Hindu, September 18, 2015.
Sustained military operations helping drive against militant groups in Assam, says report: According to sources, the tough stand adopted by the Government of India (GoI) against the militants involved in December 23, 2014, massacre has brought down the level of violence in Assam. Though initially, the operation was aimed against the IK Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-IKS), which was involved in the massacre, the operations seriously affected the other militant groups active in the State. Assam Tribune, September 12, 2015.
HM module tasked to target retired Police officers and Army convoys, reveals interrogation report of Physiotherapist Shaheen Ahmad Baba: A militant module of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) busted by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in August was planning to target retired Police officers who had worked in counter-insurgency operations besides carrying out Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast against Army convoys in remote areas of Kashmir valley. As per the interrogation report of the recently arrested United Kingdom (UK) based Kashmiri Physiotherapist, Shaheen Ahmad Baba, militants have been told to target the former Police officers who were with the Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police. Daily Excelsior, September 11, 2015.
NSCN-K recruiting child soldiers, states AR: Assam Rifles (AR) on September 9 stated that Khaplang faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) has been continuing with its drive to recruit school children at gunpoint. In a communiqué AR stated that in the latest recruitment drive, 15 youths from Phek District were forcefully taken away by cadres of Mobile-V group under 'brigadier' Kurichu which operates between Phek in Nagaland and Tsera in Myanmar. Nagland Post, September 10, 2015.
UAE detains 11 Indians for planning to join IS: As many as 11 Indian nationals are under detention in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since early August on charges of planning to join the Islamic State (IS) and recruiting, financing and providing logistics to those willing to joining the terror outfit. According to intelligence sources, the UAE security services came across two groups of people hailing from India based in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, who were involved in sharing and discussing issues pertaining to IS on social media. Times of India, September 4, 2015.