INDIA: News Briefs
LeT and JeM spreading terror in India with Pakistan's support, asserts Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag: Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag on February 25 criticized Pakistan for giving candid support to terror groups like Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Suhag hit out at Pakistan, saying, "Terrorist groups like LeT and JeM get candid support from across our western borders. Deccan Chronicle , February 26, 2016.
India submitted new terror list to UN, according to report: India has submitted to the UN's Sanction Committee a fresh list of 11 terrorists from Pakistan-based terror groups affiliated to al Qaeda, Taliban and other outfits responsible for terrorism in the country. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj while replying to a query in Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament) said the government was making continued efforts to have terror groups and individuals targeting India designated by United Nations Sanction Committees. Deccan Chronicle , February 25, 2016.
Kerala recorded increase of 360 per cent in flow of FICN in 2015, according to report: According to Enforcement agencies the flow of Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) to Kerala has recorded an increase of 360 per cent in 2015 compared to 2014. Though the total seized value of counterfeit money is INR 34,55,000 in 2015 compared to INR 7,51,000 in 2014, the Police estimate that the seized amount is just below 10 per cent of the actual volume being circulated in the state. Indian Express , February 25, 2016.
CRPF loses fewer men in 2015, says report: Only nine personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were martyred in 2015 as against 94 terrorists, militants and extremists neutralised by the force over the same period. This has resulted in the highest kill ratio in favour of the CRPF since 1993. In fact, the kill ratio in Left-Wing Extremism (LWE)-hit areas in 2015 was the highest since 2000. In fact, the kill ratio in LWE-hit areas in 2015, when five personnel were killed as against 40 fatal casualties on the Maoists' side, was the highest since 2000. The CRPF lost 50 personnel while fighting the LWEs in 2014, 20 in 2013 and 37 in 2012. Times of India, February 24, 2016.
Government would take firm and effective steps to deal with cross-border terrorism, says President Pranab Mukherjee: President Pranab Mukherjee on February 23 said the government would take firm and effective steps to deal with cross-border terrorism. "Firm and effective steps will be taken to deal with any situation arising out of cross-border terrorism. My government is fully committed to firmly deal with all challenges concerning the security of the country," said Mukherjee. The President was addressing the joint sitting of both houses of parliament, marking the traditional beginning of the budget session. Times of India, February 24, 2016.
LWE violence has decreased, claims UMHA: According to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA), Naxal violence across India has dipped. In 2015, 226 people lost their lives in 1,088 incidents of violence perpetrated by Maoists. According to UMHA statistics, in 2014, there were 1,091 incidents of LWE violence in which 310 people lost their lives. In 2010, there were 2,213 incidents of violence in which 1,005 people lost their lives. LWE-affected region was restricted to 141 districts in 2015 from 162 districts in 2014. Deccan Chronicle, February 20, 2016.
Centre is ready to hold talks with Maoists if they shun violence unconditionally, says UHM Rajnath Singh: Union Home Minister (UHM) Rajnath Singh on February 19 stated that the Centre is ready to hold talks with Maoists if they shun violence unconditionally. "I want to appeal to them (Maoists) to shun the path of violence and join the mainstream...Government is ready to hold talks with them if they give up violence without any condition," he said. Firstpost, February 19, 2016.
AQIS has wide reach, says report: The al Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) was not simply limited to the Deepa Sarai neighbourhood of Sambhal District in Uttar Pradesh from where six men came together to form the outfit. Its reach was far and wide, according to revelations by Mohammad Abdul Rehman Ali Khan. He is now in judicial custody. Khan came under surveillance after a phone call to him by Deepa Sarai resident and alleged AQIS-India 'chief' Mohammad Asif was intercepted by Indian agencies in August-September 2015. The Hindu, February 16, 2016.
ISI and LeT majorly funded terror operations in India, Headley states: Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative David Coleman Headley on February 11 exposed how Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and LeT majorly funded terror operations in India and financed him from time to time. He also revealed that Pakistan native Tahawwur Rana visited Mumbai before the terror strikes. He said this in a deposition before a Mumbai court. ABP Lives, February 11, 2016.
BSNL installs 1,356 mobile towers in LWE-hit areas: The Government has set up 1,356 mobile towers in Left-Wing Extremism (LWE)-hit areas benefiting, thousands and security personnel in remote regions. The towers were installed by the State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) as part of an ambitious project to install 2,199 mobile towers in nine LWE-hit states by March, 2016. An additional 175 mobile towers were sanctioned by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) for installation recently. The Hindu, February 11, 2016.
34 groups now allied to Islamic State extremists, says UN chief Ban Ki-moon: United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report that, 34 militant groups from around the world had reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) extremist group as of mid-December (2015) and that number will only grow in 2016. Ban Ki-moon said UN member states should also prepare for an increase attacks by IS associated groups from countries such as the Philippines, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Libya and Nigeria, traveling to nations. DNA , February 6, 2016.
Newly-floated militant outfit, Moran Tiger Force (MTF), behind two incidents of firing in Tinsukia District of Assam: Cadres of a newly-floated militant outfit of the Moran community, Moran Tiger Force (MTF), are said to be behind the two incidents of firings which happened on February 3 in Tinsukia District. Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) (special branch) Pallab Bhattacharya said "We have reports about a new outfit, Moran Tiger Force, floated a week ago. We also have clues about Paresh Baruah's involvement. The situation in Tinsukia district is tense and we have issued orders to bring the situation under control so that it does not spill over to Dibrugarh." Times of India, February 6, 2016.
Twitter suspends 125,000 terrorism-related accounts primarily related to IS: Micro blogging website, Twitter, has suspended over 125,000 accounts, most of them linked to the Islamic State (IS) militant group, “for threatening or promoting terrorist acts” even as handles of India-centric terrorist organizations and individuals on the micro-blogging site remain untouched. In a blog, the United States (US)-based firm said, “As the nature of the terrorist threat has changed, so has our ongoing work in this area. Since the middle of 2015 alone, we’ve suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to ISIS”. Outlook, February 6, 2016.
535 persons killed in ethnic clashes during last 15 years in Assam, say State Assembly records: According to written replies to a series of short notice questions in the State Assembly, 535 people, including 45 children and 80 women, were killed in Assam in ethnic clashes during the last 15 years. During this period, eight major ethnic clashes occurred in different parts of the State. Times of India, February 5, 2016.
Dawood Ibrahim on UK assets freeze list: Dawood Ibrahim is the only "Indian national" on an updated list of financial sanctions by the UK that also includes Sikh terror groups. Dawood, against whom an international arrest warrant has been issued, appears on the UK Treasury department’s ‘Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets in the UK’, with four recorded addresses in Pakistan, all in Karachi. Midday, February 4, 2016.
Maharashtra extends LWE surrender policy: Maharashtra has extended the Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) surrender policy up to August 28, 2017. The Policy had lapsed in August last year (2015) but wasn’t renewed as the State Home Department was awaiting approval from the Finance Department. The State Government has been claiming that LWE-violence had ebbed in 2015 as a result of its lucrative surrender policy.The Hindu, February 4, 2016.
1,450 militants arrested last year in Assam, says Governor: Nearly 1,450 cadres of different militant groups were arrested across the state in 2015 and a huge cache of arms and ammunition seized, Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya informed the State Assembly. The recoveries included 577 assorted arms, 15,515 rounds of live ammunition, 58 IEDs, 307 grenades, 144 kg of explosives, 2,979 detonators and cash amounting to INR 29,85,510 from different extremist elements. Eeconomic Times, February 2, 2016.