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Tuesday, March 14, 2006
  India's Internal Security - II

Posted by: rajesh_g Feb 12 2005, 05:58 PM

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Saint incarnate' or ISI stooge? Pramod Kumar Singh Syed Abdul Rehman Geelani, lecturer in Arabic at Zakir Hussain College, who was acquitted by the Delhi High Court in the Parliament attack case, has been one of the most sought-after persons by the intelligentsia which derives vicarious pleasure in India- bashing. After his acquittal on technical grounds, human rights groups went to town and hurled all sorts of accusations at the Delhi Police and the then union government. Geelani has a knack of being in the news for all the wrong reasons. If his lawyer Nandita Haksar is to be believed, Geelani was shot three times by an unidentified person on the night of February 8, while he was about to reach her Vasant Enclave residence. Human rights activists and his lawyers, including Kamini Jaiswal and Nandita Haksar lost no time in accusing Delhi Police for the attack on Geelani. However, the investigations by the police so far, have an altogether different story to tell. Circumstantial and material evidence suggests that there is more to it than meets the eye. The conduct of Haksar and her husband Sebastian Hongray after Geelani was reportedly shot, has forced the police to rethink about them. Police have not only picked holes in their statements, but have gathered enough evidence to negate the claim that cops wanted to kill Geelani. Senior police officers claim that though Geelani was absolved by the High Court, the matter is being heard in Supreme Court. Hence, he is very much an accused. The support for Geelani, who was convicted by the special POTA court, is not new. But it must be remembered how Geelani was accorded a hero's welcome at a function in VP House, where speaker after speaker berated Indian security agencies. The wounds of the dastardly attack on the Parliament were forgotten. The memory of those nine heroes of the Delhi Police and CRPF, who braved the bullets of terrorists, were consigned to dustbins. Geelani was hailed as a "saint incarnate" who was wronged by a prejudiced police. An "All India Defence Committee" was formed to fight his case. Nowhere in the world would a person, involved in an attack on the Parliament, be given such a warm reception after acquittal. One wonders whether Abdul Hamid, who singled handedly destroyed Pakistani tanks in Khemkaran in 1965, would have got the similar treatment by the so-called human right activists were he to be alive today. His widow Rasulan Be and his four sons are somehow eking out a livelihood today. No neo-human rights champions ever visited them. As a matter of fact, Geelani was not acquitted because he was innocent, but due to certain technical lapses by the investigating officer in recording his statement under POTA. Intelligence agencies have evidence to prove that Geelani is a darling of the ISI. He is such an important cog in their scheme of things that if the ISI were to nominate the president of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK), it would be none other than Syed Abdul Rehman Geelani. His younger brother Syed Abdulla, who defected to POK and is currently based in Rawalpindi, is a hero for many terrorist outfits since he happens to be the brother of SAR Geelani, who has been openly castigating India and espousing the cause of an independent Kashmir.

Posted by: Sid Feb 12 2005, 11:09 PM

Does anyone know the background of Nandita Haksars husband Sebastian Hongray .I remember reading somewhere that he is a NSCN activist.I tried googling but could not find anything.

Posted by: Mudy Feb 13 2005, 11:42 AM

http://saag.org/papers13/paper1249.html http://saag.org/papers13/paper1250.html by B.Raman

Posted by: G.Subramaniam Feb 14 2005, 10:35 AM

Its the UPA with its pro-commie bias that has led to this mess

Posted by: Mudy Feb 14 2005, 12:21 PM

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Necessity of NSC PN Khera Comments in most national newspapers on the office of the National Security Advisor (NSA) have largely been subjective because of the eminence of the personalities of its two recent incumbents - Mr Brajesh Mishra and JN Dixit. It needs to be emphasised that a National Security Council (NSC) transcends the personalities who occupy the post of the NSA because of the acknowledged necessity of an institutionalised framework for the collection of data, collation, and analyses for inputs in national policy formulation. In fact, in some form, the concept of an integrated set-up for planning has prevailed under one name or the other since the mid-1980s when a Defence Planning Group was set up to make assessments for future responses to perceived threats in the neighbourhood and in the region as a whole. Over the years, the need was felt for greater interaction between the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministries of Defence, External Affairs and Home, to be able to handle a paradigm shift in the nature of threats to national security by the accentuation of terrorism as a means of territorial aggrandisement followed by nuclearisation of weaponry for the same purpose. The intention was to set in place a system that would respond with measured acuity to geopolitical developments in the region as well as around the world with a long-term perspective and the will and the ability to swiftly tackle emergencies and unforeseen threats. In fact, Dixit's death in harness highlighted a generational gravitation away from personalities which were personally aware of the freedom struggle, even if they were not directly involved, and were firmly grounded in ensuring the continuity of that ethos. Both Mr Mishra and Dixit fitted that mould. With the years, that generation will pass on and the national ethos will be moulded by those who would have only read about the freedom struggle. Thus, in the future, more and more people will be rooted in realities which are changing swiftly on account of new pressures of globalisation of economies, demands to shed sovereignties in certain measure, one super power and an aching desire to create a viable multi-polar world. Also, the new emerging ambience will demand greater specialised inputs not just in the field of military science, but also in diplomacy, economics and governance. That is why an institution that can conjoin all these capabilities into a whole that has coherence, the desired direction, and assured in how to be able to achieve national goals, is the most serious requirement of the day. In the new context, India is emerging as a global player precisely on account of the size of its economy and the high quality of some of the specialisations that go into it. To be able to use these capabilities to national advantage requires what is generally stated to be the "collegium" approach where every capability can be brought to bear in the attainment of national goals. That is why it is necessary to analyse why the NSC remained stultified even under the leadership of men of such eminence as Mr Mishra and Dixit, if we are to move on to lay firm foundations for the achievement of the goals that we perceive for ourselves. When the formation of the NSC was first announced, former Vice-Chief of Army Staff Lt-Gen VK Sood (Retd) said that it could achieve much if it manages to avoid the pitfalls of "turf wars" between departments and ministries of the Government. To an extent, in the first few years of the institution, its constituents have not been able to entirely avoid the tendency to succumb to "service loyalties" where a national outlook was required. It could be put down to "teething troubles", but we will have to develop with the fast-changing world. The possibilities in the future threaten to grow exponentially, where these will be fertilised with the correct inputs. That is where specialisations will be needed. In this scenario, the National Security Advisory Board, which is a nodal agency for inputs and advice, will need to be upgraded to the kind of specialisations that will shape the world of the future. It then boils down to personalities, and it will take perspicacity in governance and political will in an age of coalition governments. The UPA Government has taken the right step in maintaining the post of NSA, but the real need is to strengthen the NSC as an institution.

Posted by: Mudy Feb 15 2005, 10:54 AM

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Unequal battle The Pioneer Edit Desk India's new Army Chief, General JJ Singh, has said that armymen should be "psychologically battle-ready" at war or at peace. For, any lapse in mandated vigilance could cost the country. His belief in the non-negotiability of national security will help all Indians sleep more soundly. One hopes India's ruling politicians do their nation-preserving bit as well, by listening to his advice on the 'review'-read possible defanging-of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. On a Manipur visit late last year, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had hinted that the much-maligned Act would make way for a "humane" law. He said the replacement, presumably the AFSPA's teeth-extracted version, would shield "human rights" and "national security". The reference to security seemed a rhetorical crumb, given the UPA's 'healing touch' policies have generally been at its cost-POTA's fate is a case in point. The AFSPA had come to be bashed by 'rights' activists in relation to the Manorama Devi controversy. The Prime Minister's statement gave the motivated clamour for the AFSPA's total recall sanctity at the highest level. No doubt he wanted to douse agitational fires the Home Ministry had failed to put out in Manipur. But security forces could not be faulted for double-taking with alarm. They knew the Act's dilution would mean their own emasculation in counter-insurgency operations. They knew they would be blamed for failing to acquit themselves well-precisely by go-slow advocates working to trim their chances of success. The Army Chief will be thanked by all nationalist-minded Indians for speaking out on behalf of his boys. During a visit to Guwahati, he voiced concern over the moves to undo AFSPA a la POTA. Soldiers, he said, needed legal protection to combat militancy. They could not do the job if they had to divide their attention, watching out for their flanks against any and every self-declared victim of army 'atrocities'. Prodded to comment on the AFSPA-hatao demand, he replied with a question the nation must answer: Could soldiers "fight an unequal battle?" The Apunba Lup, a 34 organisation-strong amalgam leading the anti-AFSPA charge, is predictably up in arms against the General, demonised as articulating the army's supposed wish to 'terrorise' the Northeast. With 17 militant groups active in Manipur alone, just who is spreading terror isn't hard to see. Netas may have the luxury of caving in before illogical demands that the baby-indispensable anti-terror laws- be thrown out with the bathwater, aberrant misuse of laws. But securitymen have no popularity-courting privileges: Of the 11 lakh troops under his command, General Singh said three lakh were taking on the nation's destabilisers in Kashmir and the Northeast. No less than victory was expected of them by civilian society. Militants are accountable to none for their savagery; law enforcers must answer for the smallest of lapses. The army bears down hard on in-house bad apples, whose punishment includes anything from sacking to imprisonment. Also, not all allegations of human rights abuse are genuine. Last year, army statistics showed that, in four years, Kashmir and the Northeast reported 450 cases of violations; 90 per cent turned out baseless on inquiry. There is no argument against the unacceptability of the law's misuse by law enforcers. But wrecking security-related legal arsenal for soldiers, as a nation-serving collective, isn't the answer. If soldiers are subjected to no-holds-barred public attacks for discretionary actions in officially designated disturbed areas, they may as well be laid off. It is one thing to ask them to be on the counter-insurgency and anti-terror frontlines. It is another to tell them to fight with their hands tied.

Posted by: keshto patel Feb 16 2005, 09:49 AM

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Does anyone know the background of Nandita Haksars husband Sebastian Hongray .I remember reading somewhere that he is a NSCN activist.I tried googling but could not find anything.
Sebastian Muviah San Hongray, a Thankul Naga and a JNU lecturer is also an activist for The Naga People's Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR), he became famous for Sebastian M. Hongray vs. Union of India case.

Posted by: Mudy Feb 16 2005, 10:56 AM

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20050216/wl_sthasia_afp/indianortheastunresttalks_050216074139

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GUWAHATI, India (AFP) - India has agreed to open talks with an influential separatist group in the northeastern state of Assam on all demands including the controversial issue of independence, a mediator said. .......... According to intelligence officials ULFA has about 3,000 fighters[Not a big deal biggrin.gif ]

Posted by: rajesh_g Feb 17 2005, 10:35 AM

http://www.hindu.com/2005/02/17/stories/2005021704800500.htm Maoists plan to step up armed struggle

Posted by: Viren Feb 18 2005, 11:55 AM

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How do we deal with the menace of Naxalism? http://www.samachar.com/features/170205-features.html What should we do with Naxalites? The movement started in West Bengal, grew to unmanageable proportions in the seventies until the Communists who came to power decided that enough is enough and took the Naxalites by the throat. The movement had started in 1967 with peasants forcibly occupying lands in a major challenge to landlords and was led by Charu Mazumdar who called for a protracted armed struggle and an encirclement of the cities, on the model of China’s communist revolution led by Mao Zedong. The belief was that thereby the peasants will gain power, as they did in China and all would be well. When the Communists came to power and realised the impracticality of Naxalism they went about systematically to wipe out the extremists and did a good job of it. In 1969 the Naxalites broke away from both halves of the Communist Party of India to form a third communist party (Marxist-Leninist) dedicated to revolution. Following the failure of this partly in West Bengal and the death of its leader in 1972 it quit the scene to establish itself in Bihar and Andhra Pradesh both of which have for a long been the established home of large-scale landlordism. During Chandrababu Naidu’s 9-year tenure as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Naxalites have killed 1,622 people (including 1,044 innocent civilians, 291 political leaders and 287 policemen) while the police, in retaliation eliminated 1,537 Naxalites in encounters. A couple of months ago, in an effort to resolve the basic issue of land distribution, the Congress Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy called for talks with Ramakrishna, the Andhra Naxalite leader, with an assurance that he will not be arrested. Ramakrishna emerged from his jungle hideout along with some of his colleagues but the talks they had with the Chief Minister came to nothing. Ramakrishna used the occasion to address some huge meetings of peasants before disappearing into the jungles. In mid-February the police discovered his whereabouts and surrounded him in a swift move only to be advised by the Chief Minister to call off the siege and let Ramakrishna go. A stupid thing to do. But to show that he was serious about solving the problem of peasant landlessness Chief Minister Reddy announced a “Republic Day Gift” of 1.55 lakh acress of land to as many as 1.12 lakh landless poor in a well-meant but strategic move. At current market value the 1.55 lakh acres of land would cost around Rs 5,000 crore. But far from being pleased, the Naxalites have dismissed Reddy’s generosity as a farcical exercise. Their contention is that the State has over 60 lakh acres of surplus land under `illegal’ occupation of rich landlords to which landless peasants have a rightful claim. In the circumstances terrorism will in all probability continue. Meanwhile, Naxalism has spread to adjacent Karnataka where two of its top leaders were killed in an “encounter” in the jungles of Ghikmagalur district, in early February. One of the two, Rajan, alias Saketh, turned out to be a member of an affluent Mysore family and whose father was once a Major in the Army. Rajan, apparently had an arts degree in English literature and had studied journalism at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi. Clearly his is a case of mistaken idealism. Rajan moved among the jungle tribals in much the same way as Godavari Gohkale did half a century earlier in the jungles of Thane district of Maharashtra to incite the Warli tribesmen to rebellion. For some months the innocent Warlis took to burning haystacks and indulging in murder and arson before their unplanned rebellion was put down with a stern hand, the then Bombay Government giving the tribesmen the carrot- and-stick treatment which turned out to be successful. Godavari Gokhale (known to her followers as Godhutai) was thereafter to go into oblivion. That, in the end, is going to be the inevitable end to all such “rebellions” but as long as they are in force many innocents would have been killed. How is this phenomenon to be tackled? Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil has in recent times voiced his concern. He had suggested the formation of a unified command that will see the enforcement agencies of the Centre and States working together to tackle the Naxal menace. Fair enough. But Naxalism is not a mere law and order problem. Whether one cares to admit it or not, dire poverty exists in the country and even farmers have of late been reported to be committing suicide in large numbers both in Andhra Prasesh and in Karnataka. Just handing over available land to landless labour is not the answer to the country’s problem of poverty. The problem is much deeper than that. It involves population growth, inadequate man/land ratio, illiteracy and lack of jobs. Thousands from villages migrate every day to urban areas and cities looking for opportunities to keep body and soul together. Which explains how slums arise overnight. There is, as far as one knows, no adequate thought given to the subject and the creation of a Special Task Force (STF) to fight the Naxal menace is ad hocism at its worst. A few dozen or hundred Naxalites can be killed in `encountes’ but that solves nothing as the Communist regime in West Bengal shows. Presently, according to party spokesmen themselves, the Communist Party in the State has been infiltrated by criminals, thugs and crooks of all sorts, well set to use the party power to serve their own nefarious ends. It is worth remembering that Naxalites are led not by lumpen elements but by highly qualified and intelligent young men like the recently killed Rajan. The Naxal leader in Andhra Pradesh, Ramakrishna is a brahmin and commands additional respect, apparently, for that very reason. One may criticise these leaders for their misplaced idealism. And they, too, surely know that they cease to have any relevance once the problem of theit followers gets resolved. In other words Naxal leaders have a vested interest in keeping the fight going. It would be utterly naive to believe that they are terribly keen to have a pow-wow with government sources for a settlement of their belated claims. But how long is the Establishment going to take things easy? Problems mount as population figures mount, and jobs get scarce. The fact that a few lakh young men, many of them having law, engineering and medical degrees applied for a few thousand policemen posts in Maharashtra should be an eye-opener. Not all who came to live in Mumba’s slums are from the lowest segments of society as even a casual inspection of the hutments would show. These are people who have come from rural homes to the city with dreams in their eyes and hopes for building a better future. That will explain the relative meekness the slum-dwellers showed when, only recently, municipal authorities levelled some 6,200 shanties at Malvani, close to Mumbai or when in a Mumbai ward some 12,668 families were displaced in a fire. Nobody to this day knows where a couple of lakh people rendered homeless quietly disappeared. The fires, needless to say, were manipulated. The fact of the matter is that unemployment among all sections of society is growing at a menacing rate and governments in the States are either oblivious of the fact or find themselves helpless. One reason, surely, why the India Shining slogan fell flat was because rural India, especially, felt lost and uncared for. What is the way out? It is the general view among economists of all shades of thinking that unemployment has not yet reached a stage where it can threaten the smooth functioning of government. That explains the general malaise prevailing in society and the feeling that problems will ultimately take care of themselves. They won’t and some day they are bound to explode when it may be too late. Obviously, then, the government at the State level and the Central Government itself must give urgent thought on how to contain sizzling unrest among both the illiterate and literate young. And there is no time to waste. The unemployed have to be identified and efforts to channelise their talents organised in a systematic way. We have a Planning Commission of long-standing. We have census figures; we have employment exchanges in practically every city. It is not that information is unavailable. Contrariwise it is there in super-abundance. What is lacking is a sustained plan of action. And in this regard all political parties have to share the blame. The saddest part of it all is the constant resort to violence by those who should know better. Violence has not paid. Not in China, Mao notwithstanding. Not in the former USSR. Not anywhere. Violence never can be a means because violence begets violence. Marxism-Leninism has turned into a joke. In truth Marxism has turned out to be the opiate of our intellectuals who, like Charu Mazumdar and Rajan want to take the easy way out. Violence is a sign of incompetence and intellectual impotence. Revolutions may have been fashionable in the early years of the twentieth century but they are so no longer. New ways and means have to be found out for creating a more egalitarian society but first one has to admit that violence cannot be one of them. Naxalism, in the circumstances, is a hangover from the past and the sooner our intellectuals realise it the better for all concerned, whether he be a farmer who has just lost his crop or an engineering graduate running from pillar to post in search of a job. What is advisable is an allparty conference to figure out how new jobs can be created to meet the needs of almost 75 per cent of India’s population which, according to one reckoning, is between the ages of 16 and 35. That calls for cool thinking and meaningful action. Sure, Naxalite violence has to be met, if necessary with guns; but the best answer to Naxalism is sustained planning.

Posted by: Mudy Feb 19 2005, 03:02 PM

Rubber stamp PM is not saying anything on Naxal problem in Congress rule state.

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http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1248628,000600030008.htm Press Trust of India Hyderabad, February 19, 2005|11:47 IST Naxals on Saturday shot dead two TDP activists in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, police said. A group of Naxals went to the Papinenipally village, took away B Pulla Rao and B Subba Reddy from their houses and killed them, police said. The TDP workers were apparently killed as the Naxals considered them to be police informers, the sources added.

Posted by: Viren Feb 24 2005, 07:59 AM

http://us.rediff.com/news/2005/feb//22spec3.htm

Posted by: Viren Feb 25 2005, 11:23 AM

Throw in some cheap fiction, veiled sob story, fits of guilt, bit of self-loathing, selective interpretation of facts, twadry smoke and mirror antics and voila - you have queen of deceitfulness (A Roy) herself going to bat for Geelani saying http://www.outlookindia.com/full.asp?fodname=20050228&fname=Gillani+(F)&sid=2 rolleyes.gif

Posted by: Viren Feb 25 2005, 02:27 PM

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We now learn that Naxalites are in command in 170 districts in 15 States at the present time and are expanding “at an average rate of two districts per week”. And they have been causing tremendous trouble. Armed men are moving around unchecked by the police; they invade rich homes and demand money. According to one source in Andhra Pradesh alone, the Naxalites have raised over Rs. 300 crores. The money is apparently being used to buy guns and ammunition. This is the time when the BJP-sponsored POTA should have been brought under operation but a spineless Congress-led government in Delhi had it scrapped. Now nobody knows how to handle the Naxalites.
http://www.samachar.com/features/240205-features.htmlby M V Kamath

Posted by: Viren Feb 28 2005, 03:59 PM

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4306051.stm

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Chandan Borah said he and 16 rebels had been flown on a Bangladeshi aircraft to Pakistan for sophisticated explosives training.

Posted by: k.ram Mar 1 2005, 06:39 PM

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Naxals massacre eight villagers in Andhra Tuesday, 01 March , 2005, 12:55 Hyderabad: In renewed bloodletting, some 30 Maoists gunned down eight villagers after lining them up and chopped off the limbs of two others in a pre-dawn attack in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. The ultras blew up a forest rest house in Tadvai mandal headquarters of Warangal district, injuring a CRPF constable in another late night strike, the police said. About 30 naxals descended on the village in Vempenta forest of Pamulpadu mandal in Kurnool district in the wee hours, marched them off into the forest at gun point and shot eight of them dead, they said. The ultras also chopped off the hands and legs of two villagers. The two, Nemali Shiva Reddy and Addala Shanker, were rushed to Kurnool government hospital, the police added. The deceased have been identified as Nemali Ravi, Tavidu, Rajender Goud, Janardhan, Murli, Swamy Das, Mukkala Shivaiah and G Samula. In Warangal district, a CRPF constable was injured in an exchange of fire with the naxals after they blew up a forest rest house, the police said.

Posted by: Viren Mar 3 2005, 03:58 PM

http://in.rediff.com/election/2005/mar/03int.htm

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National Security Advisor M K Narayanan summoned the chief of the Intelligence Bureau, E S L Narasimhan, and expressed his displeasure that the country's top intelligence outfit could not locate five independent legislators of Jharkhand.
Are M K N ire legitimate concerns regarding security or do they stem from the fact that the whole episode has exposed his masters in Delhi?

Posted by: k.ram Mar 4 2005, 03:49 AM

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Amnesty International India is having a national day of action against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 on March 5th, 2005. We invite you to come and take part in different actions going on throughout India in AGRA, BHUBANESWAR, CHENNAI, DELHI, IMPHAL, & PUNE. We need your support to speak out against this draconian human rights violating act. RALLY TO REPEAL!!! - Saturday, March 5, 2005 Agra: Silent Sit-In Protest 3 - 7 pm at Sanjay Palace (near Speed Colour Lab) Contact: Gitegen - 9897349044 Bhubaneswar: Silent Sit-In Protest 3 - 6 pm at Lower P.M.G. Square Contact: Sasmita - 9437036081 Chennai: Silent Sit-In Protest 3 to 7 pm at Valluvar Kottam (near Temple of Chariot Wheel) Contact: Guru: 9841426067 Ching 9884110977 Shyamsunder 9841529552 Delhi: Sit-In Protest, Speeches by Social Activists, & Street Play on AFSPA 3 to 7 pm at Jantar Mantar (near Parliament Street) Contact: Neil: 9873366305 Onil:91-11-51642501 & 26854763 - onilrights@gmail.com Imphal: Human Chain 1 - 6 pm at Kangla Fort (near Western Gate) Contact: Munindro: 9436031331 Bhavesh: 9436021229 Pune: Street March & Candlelight Vigil 3 - 7pm Starts at Police Ground (opposite Rahul Theatre) Ends at Rang Mandir (March via SC road and JM road) Contact: Oishik 9822317068 [The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 (AFSPA) is one of the more draconian legislations that the Indian Parliament has passed in its 45 years of Parliamentary history. Under this Act, all security forces are given unrestricted and unaccounted power to carry out their operations, once an area is declared disturbed. Even a non-commissioned officer is granted the right to shoot to kill based on mere suspicion that it is necessary to do so in order to "maintain the public order".]

Posted by: Mudy Mar 6 2005, 12:27 PM

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Alert crack team prevented fidayeen attack at IMA Staff Reporter / New Delhi For the first time, Pakistan-sponsored terrorists targeted the Indian Military Academy for fidayeen attacks. But a Special Cell of Delhi Police gunned down three Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists and arrested two others in an hour-long encounter on Saturday night in the Capital. Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), Karnal Singh said that two of the slain militants were Pakistani nationals and Pakistani passports were also recovered from their possession. One of them, identified as Shams, had gone to Dehradun to recce the area of the Indian Military Academy and in search of a hideout in Dehradun. They had prepared a map of Dehradun and also purchased a book titled A Glorious Dehradun. Before the encounter, the Special Cell sleuths had arrested two terrorists on Saturday afternoon. Identified as Hamid and Sariq, police also recovered explosives around 10 kg from their possession. A case was registered and they were put under sustained interrogation. Hamid disclosed that he had collected a consignment of three AK rifles and other ammunition which had been kept in a house in the Uttam Nagar area. He also revealed about three other militants who were hiding in the house. A team under the supervision of ACP Rajbir Singh, equipped with sophisticated arms and ammunition, reached the place. The hideout was identified and a recce of the area done. Sensing police activity, the militants opened fire. The police retaliated and the shootout lasted for about an hour. The militants fired nearly 160 rounds from AK rifles while the police team fired 270 fires killing three terrorists. They were later identified as Bilawal (24), Shenawaz (25) - both residents of Pakistan - and Shams (26), a resident of Bihar. It was revealed that they had been in the Capital for quite a long time at Zakir Nagar and the Batla House area. Accordingly, searches were conducted at those places recovering some coded documents which have been decoded. Further interrogation revealed that Hamid and Sariq had settled in the area of Jaffarabad, Delhi for 15 years and in 2002 he was motivated by one Samil to work for LeT. He was introduced to Shams and also visited Kathmandu and met the senior functionaries of LeT. They were also given a satellite phone. In February 2005 he along with Sariq had received a consignment from Kashmir and delivered the consignment to Shams in Batla House area. A police team has been sent to Patna, the Bihar residence of Shams and further investigation is in progress to arrest their other associates, added Mr Singh

Posted by: Mudy Mar 8 2005, 03:55 PM

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Ultra violent The Pioneer Edit Desk On Monday, 10 Maoist ultras were killed in an encounter in Andhra Pradesh's Nizamabad district. But the nation is none the wiser about what exactly is going on. Instead of congratulating the law enforcers, Chief Minister YS Rajshekhar Reddy called the shootout an "unfortunate incident". He then described naxalites as "sons gone astray" with whom 'peace talks' had to be pursued. Since this was accompanied by a statement that extremists should not "move around with arms", the country is all the more befuddled. Hadn't YSR's interlocutors recently rolled back the demand that left extremists surrender arms, when the latter told them to take a hike, truce and all? If AP's policy on naxalism is in a shambles, it reflects the confusion reigning at the Centre. Any government concerned about internal security would know the danger of grovelling before violent groups sworn to destroying the state and its civilised institutions. Horse sense would recommend that an effective administrative response to the naxalite scourge required Centre-State coordination. The UPA had other ideas, most of them focused on undoing the previous NDA regime's holistic anti-naxal policy, which allowed for Central intervention. The NDA had not erred on the side of caution: The naxalite hydra covered 157 districts across 13 States-over a quarter of the country's 612 districts. But the UPA wished to see no evil: So naxalites morphed into "our boys" and their 'armed struggle' into law and order irritants in State backyards (henceforth to fend for themselves against murderous attacks). AP's YSR was held up as the model peacenik: He mooted unconditional talks against sane advice that kidglove treatment would only help Maoist rebels to strengthen their arsenal and ranks. Unabating naxalite violence across the country since-in AP, UP, Karnataka, Orissa and elsewhere-should have come as a reality check. But the UPA and AP regimes are in denial. Contradictory postures have been struck at the UPA's highest levels. Sometime ago, top AP police officials seeking clarity on the anti-naxal combat were told by Home Minister Shivraj Patil that the Centre could not give directions in this regard. But last month, he spoke of a 'unified command' for Centre-State law enforcers. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh blessed AP's go-it-alone pursuit of 'negotiated' solutions from a position of demonstrated weakness. Later, he hinted at coordinated strategies! Andhra's law enforcers, meanwhile, have faced daily demoralisation. Only recently, an operation against CPI(Maoist) members was aborted-political bigwigs in Hyderabad and New Delhi told Grey Hound commandos to back off, ostensibly because apprehending prominent naxalite leaders when "back channels of communication" were open wouldn't "send the right signals"! Reports on hold-fire orders and police transfers are also alarmingly frequent. The YSR regime has been waltzing with guntoters, but seems unfazed by attacks on political rivals. The controversy over TDP legislator Paritala Ravi's murder is yet to die down. Yet the State dispensation is said to be mulling withdrawal of former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu's Z-plus security cover. This, despite his narrow escape from a naxalite assassination bid in 2003. The Congress's coddling of left extremists has even been alleged to be a quid pro quo for naxal 'assistance' in winning elections. It is disturbing that such a charge, made by top security officials, should attach to a party with the nation's reins in its hands. Unfortunately, the very inexplicability of the Congress's footsie with naxalites makes it harder for people to give it the benefit of the doubt.

Posted by: vijayk Mar 9 2005, 06:04 AM

Defiant Bangladesh Islamic Terrorist nation told secular enuchs to F****OFF. Secular enuch UPA Govt. could not meet to take action because they are busy figuring out how to deal with the crisis created by ITALIAN MAFIA!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is serious national CRISIS!! SECURITY BREACH!! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- http://www.newsinsight.net/archivedebates/nat2.asp?recno=1094 On Monday, Bangladesh told the Indian foreign office that it would not deport ULFA’s founding general secretary, fundraiser, money-launderer and much-wanted terrorist, Anup Chetia. On the other hand, Indian investigators could question Chetia, provided they produced specific changes (Intelligence, “Bangladesh refuses to deport ULFA leader,” 8 March 2005). The suggestion here is that Bangladesh is a liberal democracy, which protects human rights, while India is a monster state, where rule of law is nonexistent. The Bangladeshi rejection has not been taken up by the Union cabinet, preoccupied with the self-inflicted wounds in Goa, Jharkhand and Bihar, but the foreign office is expected to take the lead soon. The conditional access granted to Indian investigators won’t be accepted, and pressure will be mounted to deport Chetia. The foreign ministry believes it can do the job of pressuring Bangladesh adequately, but for that, foreign minister Natwar Singh has to show more steel towards anti-India SAARC countries than he has shown so far. Chetia ended a seven-year-three-month jail sentence for illegally entering Bangladesh on 25 February (Intelligence, “Bangladesh extends Anup Chetia’s custody”). Since India’s deportation request was pending, Chetia should have been given up promptly, there being no other case against him. But Bangladesh’s home ministry intervened to cancel a prison release order, and almost simultaneously, a Dhaka-based human-rights group moved a petition in the high court saying Chetia was personally threatened and ought not to be deported to India. To the Indian foreign office, Bangladesh has taken the plea that Chetia faces fresh trials in cases of kidnapping in the country and money laundering, and therefore cannot be given up. India has protested that Bangladesh never mentioned these cases before. “It is a transparent attempt to hold Chetia indefinitely in Bangladesh,” said an official. “But this time, we are going to call Bangladesh’s bluff.” Since Khalida Zia came to power in October 2001, rollercoaster relations with India have steadily plunged, starting with government-backed pogroms against the Hindu minority. Since the Jamaat-e-Islami is part of Zia’s coalition government, Islamists have taken growing control of the country. Al-Qaeda leaders and leaders of allied terrorist groups like the Jamah Islamiyah have found sanctuary in Bangladesh from Pakistan. Saudi Arabia is pumping in huge funds to advance Wahabism through mosques, madrasas, and terrorists training camps, some of which have come up near the border with India. The ISI, for its part, is using this entire established terrorist infrastructure to destabilise India’s North East. Last year’s violence in the North East originated from Bangladesh. More recently, General Pervez Musharraf ordered Pakistan’s terrorist leadership to relocate its cadres in Bangladesh, and use that country as a base for terror operations in Jammu and Kashmir (Commentary, “Compromising season,” 3 March 2005). Add to this growing Bangladeshi links with the druglords of South-East Asia. Bangladesh has become a major world centre for refining heroin, and heroin is among its major exports to Singapore and Thailand, whence they are taken by couriers to the European mainland and America. As a failed state, Bangladesh needs terrorist and Saudi funds to keep afloat, and large sections of the population are being sucked into the drug trade or to provide hospitality to visiting terrorist leaders and groups. India’s concern which generally flows from this rapid Islamisation, Wahabisation and terrorisation of Bangladesh also has a specific root in the alarming spread of North East militant camps in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), Sylhet, Jessore, Cox Bazaar, Mymensingh, and other places. The camps have grown from about sixty-five five years ago to over three hundred of them. The most dominant of the North East groups in Bangladesh is the ULFA, and such is its hold on the Bangladesh government, financial and otherwise, Zia is willing to go out on a limb to protect Anup Chetia. The measure of ULFA’s importance for Bangladesh can be judged by the fact that it is willing to confront India, although India’s easy-going attitude to Bangladeshi terrorism so far, infiltrations into India, and illegal migrations, have also contributed. So, what to do? When the UPA came to power, it believed the NDA had exaggerated the threat from Bangladesh, and it was in this light that defence minister Pranab Mukherjee overruled offensive action against the holed up North East terror groups there. He hoped that exerted pressure on Bangladesh would force terrorist leaders to flee to distant countries in the West, from where it would be difficult to control terrorist actions. What Mukherjee did not count on was Bangladeshi resistance to Indian pressure, Khalida Zia believing that the UPA would be softer towards her than the NDA. But UPA attitudes changed after the attempted assassination of the Bangladesh opposition leader, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, and the agencies reflected anger for being kept out of the April-2004 Chittagong arms haul investigations. The government wanted to adopt a carrot-and-stick approach, agree to buy anything that Bangladesh exported, provided it shut the terror camps and acted against the operating North East groups like Bhutan and Myanmar. Typically, the stick was never hinted at much less displayed. The refusal to deport Anup Chetia establishes a new high point of Bangladeshi defiance of India, and now India has to show it is willing and able to wield the stick as well. Being a pipsqueak, ragtag state, even a token offensive mounted by the Indian military, particularly the IAF, is sufficient to get Bangladesh on its knees. For some months now, the Indian Army has been pressing for air raids against the established North East terror camps in Bangladesh. “If we destroy about fifty camps either in the CHT area or Sylhet with precision bombing,” said a general staff officer, “child’s play really for the IAF, Bangladesh should come to its senses pronto. We don’t necessarily hide the raids. We do it and tell Bangladesh we did it, and to be prepared for worse unless it heeds India’s security concerns. Bangladesh will come crawling, and then we can provide salves in the form of opening our markets to them, buying whatever they produce, etc. But you have to wield the stick first.” The military understands more than any institution the necessity of bilateral friendships, but its patience is worn thin with Bangladesh. There is general disbelief about the foreign office’s capacity or inclination to coerce Bangladesh, but for the moment, the military is willing to go along. But pressure is mounting on the government to show Bangladesh its place. “Everyone accepts,” said an official, “that Bangladesh needs solution, otherwise it could turn a worse problem than Pakistan.”

Posted by: Viren Mar 9 2005, 01:04 PM

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Don't lower guard The Pioneer Edit Desk It was once said of the NDA Government that its officials often went overboard to ensure that Pakistan-sponsored terrorism made the front pages almost everyday. This was nothing but Leftist prattle, but there were many buyers of the insinuation because, overall, it contributed to their agenda of demonising the BJP. It was as if keeping people alert about proliferation of terrorist modules in their neighbourhood was a way of spreading ill-will against the minorities! One recalls the Ishrat Jahan case in this connection. It represented a veritable collision of the complex attitudes that today shape the UPA Government's position on cross-border terrorism. Sections of the media have since imposed some sort of self-censorship where news on terrorist modules is concerned. Very little has appeared in the national media in the past six months which could remotely be adduced as the way to keep the nation informed of its vulnerability. It was precisely this state of apathy institutionalised during the Gujral doctrine years that led, much later, to the intelligence failure on Kargil. The early 2000s have seen the national intelligence agencies undergo a superb rally. Better coordination between them and the States' police has resulted in significant successes on the counter-terrorism front. The UPA has inherited one of the best national apparatuses in the global war against terrorism. It should not fritter away the advantage by indulging in lazy rhetoric about terrorists being "brothers" or "misguided youth". There is a particular emergency at the present moment. Last week's incident in Delhi in which a Lashkar-e-Toiba module was busted and three, including two Pakistani, terrorists shot dead, led to the shocking revelation that the banned outfit was planning to hit some soft targets in the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore, and the Indian Military Academy of Dehra Dun as well. The Government should not forget that terrorist organisations often go into long periods of apparent hibernation, only to announce their return in spectacular style. The Students' Islamic Movement of India had virtually disintegrated after the Jamaat-e-Islami withdrew financial support. But that hardly deterred its fanatical young followers, who went different ways in search of new umbrellas. The man who was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police revealed elaborate plans to destabilise India's economy. This would go to prove that Pakistan's military establishment has not honoured its commitment about withdrawing aid to terrorists operating in India. Those who cite the falling rate of infiltration across the LoC as the index of Pakistan's sincerity regarding peace with India are only indulging in self deception. The LeT has scores of active modules across India which continue to get financial aid and knowhow. In fact, there could be a tactical shift involving the emergence of new centres of operations to deflect the Indian security apparatus's focus from J&K. Either way, India must not lower its guard.

Posted by: rajesh_g Mar 9 2005, 02:37 PM

http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/mar/09assam.htm

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Over a dozen blasts across Assam G Vinayak in Guwahati | March 09, 2005 20:23 IST Last Updated: March 10, 2005 01:27 IST One bomb expert was killed and five others, including two policemen, were injured in a series of 12 bomb blasts and grenade attacks in Assam on Wednesday. In an attempt to defuse a bomb found at a place under Abhayapuri police station in Bongaigon district, one bomb expert died when the time device exploded, police said. The Abhayapuri police station officer-in-charge who was accompanying the bomb expert was also injured. Four of the bombs went off in Guwahati alone. The bombs went off almost simultaneously across the state starting from upper Assam's Namrup, going down to lower Assam's Dhubri township. Unconfirmed reports said a telephone exchange in central Assam's Nagaon district was gutted after a blast. A bomb was found at the Jet Airways counter at the Guwahati airport. A bomb disposal squad of the army has been dispatched to the airport, sources said. Militants of the banned United Liberation Front of Asom are suspected to be behind the blasts. Army's signal intelligence unit on Wednesday night intercepted a message, which talked about the "fireworks having started." The blasts occurred near a hospital close to the state's administrative capital, inside the airport taxi stand, the commercial hub of the city, Fancy Bazar, and at Sonapur in the outskirts of Guwahati.

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Over a dozen blasts across Assam
For Prime Minister it will take more than 4 hours to contact Home Minister. After call, Indian Home minister will sit on problem and will forget or will visit site just to show few tears and will wait for next 20 blasts.

Posted by: Viren Mar 9 2005, 03:22 PM

Arun Shourie's "India under threat" series on IE : http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=60842 http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=60901 http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=60973 http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=61057

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ISI-backed killing in Kannur Arun Lakshman/ Kannur The threat of Islamic fundamentalism has become a reality in Kannur with the broad daylight killing of the district president of the Hindu Aikya Vedi, Aswini Kumar. The police suspects the Islamic fundamentalist outfit NDF, considered the ISI's arm in Kerala, is responsible for the brutal killing. The incident happened at 10 am in the morning in a moving bus. Apparently, the killers had boarded the bus along with Aswini Kumar and had him butchered inside the bus. The deceased was a teacher in a private college at Iritty near here. The killing is certain to kick off a series of retaliatory murders in this politically volatile district. Kannur is infamous for the blood bath between the CPM and RSS in which hundreds of people have lost their lives from both the sides and several hundreds have been maimed or rendered invalid for life. According to the State intelligence unit of the Kerala Police, this incident can be termed as a test dose by the ISI to see how a communal clash can be worked out in the State and how the administration reacts to it.

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In case Christian or Muslim killed by Bajrang dal. Whole media would have been screaming. Sonia and commies would have adjourned Parliament. Human rights and Amnesty would have screaming in front of all news channels. CAIR and "Secular" Christian organization would have standing outside UN and other organization with placard demonizing Hindus. Now, these Haskar and Baskar are very busy with Geelani, no time for majority population. That is the plight of Indian Hindus. Oh yes, Padma Shree to victim family.

Posted by: Mudy Mar 11 2005, 01:30 PM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1276301,000900020004.htm

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Six people, including a circle inspector and a woman constable, were killed when CPI Maoists attacked a police station in Chilakaluripeta town

Posted by: k.ram Mar 13 2005, 03:15 PM

Imam & teacher in terror net http://www.telegraphindia.com/1050314/asp/nation/story_4490699.asp B>New Delhi (PTI): An imam and a madarsa teacher were arrested for allegedly receiving arms from Lashkar-e-Toiba militants who had planned to attack the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun, police sources said on Sunday. Masood Ahmed, the imam of Baghwali Masjid in northeast Delhi, and Dilawar Khan, a teacher in a nearby madarsa, were arrested after one of the arrested militants disclosed their identities, the sources said. Ahmed, who had been detained since Saturday, was formally arrested the next day, they said. Arms and ammunition, including some grenades, have been seized, they said. The arms were received from the Lashkar militants, three of whom were killed in an encounter by the special cell of Delhi police on March 5, the sources claimed. A hunt is on for one Salim alias Doctor, who the police suspect is the key man behind the Lashkar module that had planned to attack the military academy and had also surveyed software installations in Bangalore.

Posted by: Mudy Mar 14 2005, 09:11 AM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1277732,0008.htm

Posted by: Viren Mar 14 2005, 09:22 AM

http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/mar122005/n7.asp Buddha bouncer to woo Musharraf to Kolkata

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Govt deleted a paragraph, which had reference to the ISI, from Governor’s address in the Assembly, so as not to offend the Pak President who might visit the city for a Test match. KOLKATA, DHNS: It is still not clear whether the bouncer from the West Bengal government or its CEO Buddhadev Bhattacharjee will baffle President Pervez Musharraf if he decides to visit the City of Joy for the Second Test match between India and Pakistan. Nevertheless, it has already baffled a substantial chunk of the city’s populace when the Buddhadev Bhattacharjee-led administration deleted an entire paragraph from the Governor’s address to the State Assembly here on Thursday, containing very critical reference to the Pakistan-backed ISI and its espionage network across the state. Neither Mr Bhattacharjee nor the Governor’s address to the Assembly had earlier chosen to omit such critical references to Pakistan’s ISI in view of increasing activities of Pak agents across the state and its international border. Every copy of the Governor’s address distributed to newsmen on Thursday in the Assembly had a piece of white paper pasted on the paragraph which read: “Another important aspect of the internal security scenario relates to the activities of the Pak ISI. ISI agents and persons with ISI links -- many of them sneaking into the state from a neighbouring country -- have been found engaged in espionage activities and waging war against the state. The state police with the help of the central agencies and forces have been taking effective action against these subversive elements.” While neither the Chief Minister nor Assembly Speaker Hasim Abdul Halim would like to comment on the deletion, sources close to Secretariat reveal that the changes had been ordered at the last moment from ‘the top level’ so as to avoid a possible embarrassment for President Musharraf if he comes to the city for the Test. There was also another explanation from some ministers who were afraid that the reference to ISI in the Governor’s address might jeopardise the President’s visit altogether. Does this mean the state government no longer sharers the view that the ISI is extremely active in this part of India? “There has not been any change in the state government’s assessment of security concerns of the country in respect of the activities of ISI agents along the border districts of Bengal or the city. It has been decided to avoid a direct mention of ISI in the address of Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi,” explained an official to Deccan Herald. Yet, the government’s action led to a furore in the Assembly with the Opposition branding the action as another instance of ‘double-speak’ by the CPI(M)-led front that is “ready to compromise with security for bagging a dose of munificence from the Pakistan President.” President Musharraf had earlier expressed his intention to visit India to see a Test match of the ongoing Indo-Pak series, while Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had welcomed it and sent a formal invitation to Islamabad for watching any Test match of his choice. The Pak President, who on Friday accepted the invitation, has not mentioned any specific Test venue, though Kolkata is being touted as one of the likely choices.

Posted by: Mudy Mar 16 2005, 09:20 AM

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HC ties Centre's hand on deporting aliens Abraham Thomas/ New Delhi The Centre's attempt to circumvent the Delhi High Court's direction on deportation of the Bangladeshi migrants has back-fired. Acceding to the Centre's plea for not setting targets for deportation as it could be violative of Vienna Convention, ohmy.gif the High Court in a detailed order stated that pending deportation, Centre must submit an affidavit on steps taken to identify Bangladeshis, recover ration cards allotted to them, reclaim land allotted to migrants under resettlement policy and creation of detention centres. The Division Bench of Chief Justice BC Patel and Justice SK Kaul had in February directed the Centre to achieve its proposed target of 1000 deportations every month. It was in 2002 that the court had proposed action against Bangladeshi migrants, but even after three years no action was forthcoming. Pursuant to such dilly-dallying tactics by government, the court directed the presence of Union Home Secretary Dhirendra Singh, Principal Secretary (Home) Delhi Government R Narayanswamy, and Commissioner of Police Dr KK Paul in the event the target was not achieved. The officers were present in court on Wednesday. Senior counsel Gopal Subramanium, appearing for the Centre conceded that there were certain "operational difficulties" faced by the Centre in meeting the "set target". Stating that since the issue of deportation infringed upon the bilateral relations with Bangladesh, [25% poor Indias don't have food, illegal gets free food and other facilities, Indian Govt more concerned about BD not its own citizens. All these BDies are involved in crime in cities]he suggested that in light of Vienna Convention the matter will be pursued diplomatically at the level of Home Secretaries of both countries. Putting forth their difficulties in a sealed cover, the Centre asked the court to give the targetted approach of deportation a go-by. Whether this meant that the court should not interfere further in this regard, Mr Subramanium clarified that the Centre's intent should not be construed as an attempt to interrupt the court process. Though the task of identifying Bangladeshi migrants is on, the problem countered was on the deportation front since it involved the consular office of Bangladesh which has denied access to the Bangladeshi migrants stating that the same are Indian citizens. Dismissing such a view to be farsighted, the court asked the Centre to focus on the process of identifying the illegal migrants. Whereas it is known that several lakhs of illegal Bangladeshis reside in specific pockets of the city, the Delhi Police with 20 dedicated teams managed to deport only 15,461 Bangladeshis in a gap of three years (2002-05). Demanding explanation for delay in identifying illegal migrants, the court was of the stern view that Bangladeshis should not be allowed subsidised grains, clothes and piece of land, at the cost of the average Indian population, who were deprived of the basic facilties. In this regard, a detailed affidavit will be filed by Centre ennumerating the action by Centre and State government to withdraw ration cards and plots of land allotted to illegal migrants under the Resettlement Scheme. The affidavit will entail the state of detention centres for housing the migrants pending deportation

Posted by: Sid Mar 16 2005, 09:42 AM

Deported ??What does that mean deported to West Bengal or Assam or does it actually mean deported to Bangladesh?

Posted by: Mudy Mar 16 2005, 10:11 AM

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Yes, they are actually sending them back to Bangladesh. Here is another news, which clearly states. It would be nice to see news headline " millions of BDs ..." but hundreds is still a good beginning. http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_3-6-2003_pg4_25
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BOMBAY: India has deported hundreds of illegal immigrants to Bangladesh in the last few months, the chief minister of India’s eastern state of West Bengal, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, said here Monday. “Hundreds of people (illegal immigrants) have been deported to Bangladesh. It is now an ongoing process,” Bhattacharjee said without revealing the actual figure. “As soon as we come to know, we arrest them, produce them in courts and later hand them over to Bangladesh Rifles,” the border security force of Bangladesh, he told reporters. Bhattacharjee said the issue of illegal immigrants entering India from across the border continues to be “real.” “Many middle-class people from across the border are entering our state and later jumping visas. They then mix with our local people,” said Bhattacharjee, who is in Bombay to woo investments to his state. “To tackle the issue we are sensitising our border forces.” India plans to fence off its borders and issue identification cards to stamp out illegal immigration from Bangladesh. “We have also told the central government that the issue cannot be ignored and needs to be discussed with the Bangladesh government in clear terms,” Bhattacharjee added. Tensions between India and Bangladesh flared in January when Dhaka refused to accept around 200 illegal immigrants who had allegedly crossed the border into India. India then announced a drive to expel what it claimed were an estimated 20 million Bangladeshis staying illegally on its territory. Bangladesh in turn charged that India was breaching established rules by trying to force people across the border without due process. The two neighbours share a porous 4,095-kilometre (2,560-mile) border and gunfights are common between the rival armies.

Posted by: rajesh_g Mar 16 2005, 10:31 AM

http://www.hindu.com/2005/03/16/stories/2005031609410500.htm

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Prohibitory orders clamped in Bhilwara By Our Special Correspondent JAIPUR, MARCH 15. The situation in Bhilwara town in southern Rajasthan, which witnessed communal violence following the murder of a Bajrang Dal activist on Friday last, continues to remain tense. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal workers blocked the Bhilwara-Beawar road for six hours today to protest against the lack of progress in the investigation into the alleged killing of another activist early this month. While a Bajrang Dal activist, Raju Bairwa, was killed in the town allegedly by some persons of the minority community on Friday, an instructor in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh `shakha', Satyanarain Sharma, was found dead in the nearby Karjalia village on March 1. Today's protest was focused on Satyanarain's alleged murder with the activists claiming that the culprits were being shielded.

Posted by: k.ram Mar 16 2005, 03:32 PM

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Assamtribune ISI-backed plan on for 'Greater Bangladesh' By A Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, March 15-A covert plan is being executed by Islamic fundamentalists in several districts of Assam, especially those bordering Bangladesh, to create pockets of influence among the immigrant Bangladeshi population to realize the grand design of a 'Greater Bangladesh' encompassing large areas of the State. A prominent fundamentalist outfit in Bangladesh is in the forefront of this plan. So also, surprisingly, is the banned ULFA. Security sources informed here that the Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) is linked to 'Operation Pin Code', launched by the Pakistani ISI from Bangladeshi soil to carve out Bangladeshi dominated areas of Assam as new districts of Bangladesh by raising a jehadi outfit. The JMJB, led by Bangla Bhai and advocating Taliban-type governance in Bangladesh, is well on its way to becoming a major force in Bangladesh. The most startling disclosure is that the ULFA is deeply involved in the designs of the Islamic fundamentalists on Assam. According to the sources, top ULFA leader Deepak Barua attended a recent meeting on "Operation Pin Code" that discussed at length the plan to make at least a part of Assam part of the greater Islamic homeland. "It shows that the ULFA is hand in glove with the Muslim fundamentalist outfits in Bangladesh," the sources said. According to the sources, the winds of change being witnessed in Bangladesh are having its impact in Assam as well. Among the first group of people here who are being influenced are the lakhs of illegal immigrants who have been arriving in the state over the past few decades. A radical transformation is being noticed in the attitude of these people of late, the sources said. They are becoming aggressive and vocal in their advocacy of extreme Islamic views. Going to the root of the changing scenario, the sources pointed out that Bangladesh has become increasingly important to the remnants of the radical forces linked to al-Qaeda lately to reinvigorate their Islamic movement. Bangla Bhai, alias Siddiqul Islam alias Azizur Rahman, is leading an often-violent campaign preaching militant Islam in different districts of Bangladesh bordering India. His group comprising about 10,000 members is organizing meetings in different places and is preaching jehad. Bangla Bhai wants to establish a society based on the Islamic model practiced by Wahabi fundamentalists in Saudi Arabia and the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

Posted by: Mudy Mar 17 2005, 09:36 AM

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Now SC sets deadline on B'deshi issue Pioneer News Service/ New Delhi A day after the Delhi High Court directed the Center to initiate tough measures against illegal migrants from Bangladesh, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked the union government to state within two weeks the steps taken by it on a report of Assam Governor in 1998 presenting a grim picture of the demographic change by influx of migrants. A three judge bench comprising Chief Justice R C Lahoti and Justices G P Mathur and P K Balasubramanyan, which was hearing a batch of petitions on this issue, also asked the Center whether it had taken any decision on extending Illegal Migrants Determination through Tribunal (IMDT) act to states other than Assam. The then Governor, LT Gen S K Sinha, had in a revealing report, expressed serious concern over largescale illegal Bangladeshi migration into Assam and had said that it was changing the demography of the region at an alarming rate.

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Its plea that the matter should, therefore, be pursued diplomatically at the level of the Home Secretaries of India and Bangladesh might have been credible had the present United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government's record in respect of stanching the flow of, and deporting, illegal migrants had not been so dismal. Its efforts to project the problem as far less serious than it is was, was clearly on display when, in July 2004, Union Minister of State for Home, Mr Sriprakash Jaiswal, first told Parliament that the number of illegal migrants was 12 million and then, within the same month, proceeded to trash his own statement by saying that it was based on hearsay. The "official" figures of the presence of illegal migrants he provided-a total of 46,587 in the whole of India, 26,669 in Assam and 14,131 in West Bengal-were truly breathtaking! If there still could be any doubt about the UPA Government's attempt to play down the problem of illegal migration from Bangladesh, it was provided by its decision not to repeal the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunal) Act of 1983 which applies to Assam and which in all fairness should have been titled Illegal Migrants (Protection by Tribunal) Act 1983-considering the hurdles it poses in the way of deportation. Given this background and the Central and Delhi Government's conspicuous lack of action in implementing the Delhi High Court's order in 2002 for action against illegal Bangladeshi migrants, it is hardly surprising that the Division Bench was not taken in by the Government's arguments on Wednesday. It rightly asked the Government to file, within six weeks, an affidavit detailing steps taken to identify illegal migrants, recover ration cards and land granted to them under resettlement schemes and set up detention centres for them. One hopes that the Government would implement its directive seriously and not try the court's patience further. Illegal Bangladeshi migrants not only usurp facilities that should have gone to Indian citizens but also pose a serious threat to law and order in many areas. They have been responsible for a series robberies and crimes of violence in the National Capital Territory of Delhi itself. More important, they threaten the country's security given the rise of violent Islamist fundamentalist groups in Bangladesh committed to exporting jihadi terrorism. As recent newspaper reports in Bangladesh show, these groups have shelters and bases in the enclaves of illegal migrants in India's border districts with Bangladesh
Saga will continue without action ....

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Top Naxalite shot, cops rejoice Omer Farooq/ Hyderabad It was a moment of jubilation for the men in uniform at the Warangal police headquarters. After all, they had just heard about the killing of senior CPI Maoist leader D V K Swamy (Yadanna). Policemen burst crackers and distributed sweets Saturday morning as the news spread about the encounter in the Venkatapuram forest. Yadanna was among the four naxalites who were killed in the encounter. He had been escaping the police dragnet for long. The police say Yadanna's death is a serious blow to Left-wing armed rebel organisation Communist Party of Indian Maoist. Yadanna was one of the party's high ranking leaders. He was killed in an alongwith three others in an exchange of fire. Deputy Inspector General of Police, Warangal Range, Batti Lal Meena said the 'Warangal-Khamma division secretary Yadanna' was killed in a major encounter around 7.30 am. The incident happened at Tummalavagu in the Venkatapuram forest, about 250 km north of Hyderabad. Meena added that an AK-47, belonging to Yadanna, and an 8 mm rifle were recovered from the spot. "We had received information that 25 naxalites had gathered at Tummalavagu and were planning a heinous operation possibly an attack on a police station or police personnel. When we sent our police parties for verification, there was an exchange of fire, resulting in the death of the four extremists," he said.

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Yoga guru 'threatened' by SIMI Staff Reporter/ New Delhi Renowned Yoga guru Swami Ramdev has claimed that he has been threatened by the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). "I have received an e-mail asking me to restrain myself from teaching yoga to Muslims," Swami Ramdev said on Sunday in the Capital at a well-attended Press briefing, a day prior to the start of his seven-day yoga camp in the city. "Everything in this country is sought to be communally treated by a handful of people," Swami Ramdev said, clarifying that the yoga he teaches, is not for "dharmantar" (religious conversion) but for "roopantar" (attitudinal change). In the e-mail addressed to the renowned exponent of 'pranayam' (deep breathing exercise), the banned Muslim fundamentalist organization SIMI, which claims to be "Laden ke waris" (heirs to Osama bin Laden) issued a warning that yoga is to be taught to Hindus alone and not Muslims and that he (Swamiji) must not teach yoga to Muslims or else they will cause untold damages to his institutions, in particular a newly-built Ayurvedic hospital in Haridwar (UP).

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Monica Bedi appeals for asylum in Portugal March 20, 2005 14:08 IST Bollywood actress Monica Bedi has appealed for asylum in Portugal, official sources said on Sunday. A Portuguese court is expected to rule on Bedi's asylum request in the coming weeks. Bedi and underworld don Abu Salem, accused of masterminding the 1993 Mumbai blasts that killed over 250 people, were detained in Portugal in 2002 for using a fake passport. Talking to journalists, Bedi expressed fear that she could be tortured in India. "People want to kill me in India." she said. They have carried out protests demanding that she be hanged, Bedi said. "I implore the authorities to take into account that I am not Abu Salem's shadow," she told weekly newspaper Expresso. Bedi has completed a two-year jail sentence in Portugal, but was kept in the Lisbon jail, as her extradition case was progressing. Bedi claimed she discovered Salem's true identity only after she married him in 2000. She said Salem, who called himself Ansalan Ali, forced her to use a fake passport because he said he was on the run from the Indian mafia and he feared he would be recognised if spotted with a celebrity. Indian officials want to interrogate Bedi as they claim she has information regarding the Mumbai blasts. However, Bedi has refuted the claim. "The Indian police should question his ex-wife, who he was married to between 1991 and 2000," she said. Salem is also wanted in India in connection with more than 60 cases of murder, extortion and kidnapping that mainly targeted Bombay's film producers and stars.

Posted by: vijayk Mar 21 2005, 03:04 PM

See how the security of the country is being jeopardized with 2 power centers one legal PMO and the other illegal ITALIAN b1tch! This is scary man! SCARY... --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- http://www.outlookindia.com/full.asp?fodname=20050328&fname=RAW+%28F%29&sid=1&pn=1 They Killed Him...' Close friends say an ugly tug-of-war within the PMO put a huge strain on the late J.N. Dixit that he couldn't withstand V. SUDARSHAN At 11.30 pm, January 3, then national security advisor (NSA) J.N. Dixit returned from a dinner to his home in Safdarjung Lane and poured himself a drink. He was glum, and palpably perturbed. As Dixit began to sip his drink, sources extremely close to the family say, he mulled aloud whether or not it was better for him to resign from the coveted post he had bagged just seven months back. This was the third occasion Dixit had contemplated resigning from his post. He had been under tremendous pressure largely because of the raging turf battle in the Prime Minister's Office. Pugnacious and feisty, what had tipped the scale against Dixit was that he, unlike his rivals in the PMO, didn't enjoy access to Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi. At the heart of the tension was the rivalry between Dixit and Narayanan, the present NSA. Thrice, his attempts to meet her had proved unsuccessful. At a suggestion that he should try to meet her again, Dixit, never the one to ingratiate, promptly dismissed the idea. But Dixit, sources say, was aware of the damage his resignation could cause to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who had reposed complete faith in him. His gratitude to Singh was immense; his resignation would have been tantamount to a betrayal. But what had Dixit exasperated was that his rivals in the PMO had the ears of his boss' boss: Sonia Gandhi. Also, he nursed the dream of putting India and Pakistan on a more solid, friendlier footing. As the NSA, this was an opportunity of a lifetime. Drink over, Dixit declared, "I would prefer to die with the harness on. I want to do my country proud. I want to do my prime minister proud." These were his last words on the night of January 3. Early next morning, he slumped in the bathroom, dead. As mourners made a beeline to his house, a senior government official who was extremely close to Dixit remarked bitterly, "They killed him." The official was referring to those in the PMO who had hemmed in Dixit, consequently stressing him to an extent that he, contrary to his nature, underwent a medical check-up in December with the doctor attached to the PM. Since September-October last, Dixit had started to find the going extremely tough in the PMO; he had begun to complain of tiredness; and had thought of quitting thrice. His friends say he found the manoeuvring in the PMO repugnant, that his candid, at times blunt, style didn't go down well with his colleagues. Worse, they found Dixit too ambitious, one who could soon tower over them—and sought to cut him down. At the nub of the rivalry in the PMO was the competition between Dixit and the current NSA, M.K. Narayanan, who is respected for his intelligence and efficiency. And it began the moment the Congress began to prepare a shortlist of those who were to occupy important posts in the government post-general election. Dixit narrated to his friends a story which vividly traces the provenance of the subterranean rivalry between him and Narayanan in the PMO. Four days before the NSA's name was announced, Narayanan dropped in at Dixit's house in Gurgaon and pumped him for information. Dixit updated him on his prospective assignment. At the end of the conversation, when Narayanan was asked what had prompted him to come to Delhi from Chennai, he said, "Sonia Gandhi asked me to come." Jocularly, Dixit remarked, "Well, in that case I can continue to write my books." The implication: if Sonia was to make the choice, Dixit knew he stood no chance against Narayanan. Three days later, Dixit was named the NSA. His contract was for three years, and his charge included the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), the external intelligence agency. Narayanan was appointed special advisor (internal security) to the PM and his brief included a review of the intelligence agencies to improve their efficiency.It was obvious their paths would cross. But their paths crossed sooner than what the players perhaps themselves had thought it would.

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Dailypioneer NDF back with a bang, courtesy CPM KA Antony/ Kochi The ISI-sponsored National Development Front (NDF), a Muslim fundamentalist outfit, which was lying low since the May 2003 Marad carnage in which nine Hindus were killed, is back with a bang, thanks to CPI (M) patronage Besides killing Hindu Aikyavedi and RSS leader Aswini Kumar of Iritty Punnad in the Communist heartland of Kannur last week, the NDF has opened over 30 new training centers in the State, most of them in the Malabar region. Most of the NDF training centers, according to police sources, are located in the six northern districts, viz, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargod. Apart from giving arms training to its cadres, the NDF does not miss any opportunity in penetrating into various political parties and NGOs. Its cadres have already penetrated into the CPI (M), Congress and the Indian Union Muslim League. The police are having a tough time in identifying the NDF cadres owing to their dual identity. Says DIG (Northern Region) Nitin Agarwal : "It is difficult to identify them. And even if we do so we can not arrest them owing to political pressure." Most of the NDF cadres are from the Sunni Tiger Force of Kanthapuram Abubacker Musliyar, who is strongly opposed to the Indian Union Muslim League led by Panakkad Muhammed Ali Shihab Thangal. The rest is drawn from the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) of Abdul Nazar Ma'adani. It may be remembered that the Sunni Tiger Force was accused in the 1992 killing of a progressive Muslim scholar, Chekannur Moulavi, whose body is yet to be recovered. The CPI (M) is supporting the NDF despite the fact that some its active members, including DYFI leader Sugesh of Thalasseri, CITU activists Chandran of Talipramba and Binu of Nadapuram were done to death by the NDF cadres during the last six years. Another police officer, who prayed anonymity told The Pioneer that the NDF men were all set to execute its agenda, thanks to the CPI (M) policy adopted at its recent State conference held in Malappuram to woo the Muslim community in a bid to win the coming Panchayat and Assembly elections. The NDF men, who were lying low following the Marad incidents, made use of the first opportunity that came handy to eliminate RSS leader Aswini Kumar, one of the accused in the killing of Muhammed, an NDF activist, a year back. The way the CPI-M reacted to the killing of Ashwini Kumar lent credence to the unholy nexus between the party and the NDF. "He was an accused in the killing of Muhammed. The RSS-BJP leadership managed to bail him out. Hence the killing,'' said CPI (M) Kannur district secretary MV Govindan, MLA. The CPI (M) did not stop there. The party leadership demanded that the UDF Government in the State led by Oommen Chandy should make sure that it pays Aswini's family only the same amount of compensation as paid to Muhammed's family. RSS Vibhag Sangachalak Valsan Thillankeri told this paper that the NDF cadres had been waiting for a chance to retaliate for the killing. "In fact, they had come out with a list of RSS leaders to be eliminated in connection with Muhammed's murder," he said, adding that the NDF cadres would not have dared to kill Aswini if it was not for the CPI (M) patronage they are enjoying today. District Superintendent of Police, Kannur, Sureshraj Purohit said that the police could not act against the NDF as it was not a banned organization. "The NDF is just like any other social organization. We cannot act against its functioning unless there are any specific crimes committed by the NDF cadres," he said. He said that the investigation into the killing of RSS leader Aswini Kumar was going in full swing. "Some NDF activists are already in custody and the rest would be nabbed soon. As for the NDF training centers, the police cannot act until we get specific orders from the top," he added

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Koch-Rajbongshis on war path GUWAHATI, March 21: The All Assam Koch-Rajbongshi Sanmilani has warned of a vigorous agitation in the State if the Centre does not meet its demand for the introduction of the Bill to grant Scheduled Tribe status to the Koch-Rajbongshi community in the ongoing Budget Session of Parliament itself. The office-bearers of the Koch-Rajbongshi body has also flayed the political parties of the State, including the Congress, the BJP and the AGP, for allegedly failing to persuade the Centre to confer ST status on the Koch-Rajbongshis despite their earlier assurances in this respect. Talking to The Sentinel on the sidelines of a dharna, which was staged by about 500 activists of the Sanmilani at Dispur Lastgate today, its president Phani Medhi said that the Government did not seem to be heeding to the demands raised by the Koch-Rajbongshi community in a peaceful and democratic manner. "We think that the Government only understands the language of the gun," Medhi said as he claimed that the Koch-Rajbongshi community fulfils all the criteria to qualify as a scheduled tribe. All Assam Koch-Rajbongshi Sanmilani general secretary Dr Durlav Chamua alleged that the political parties in the State did not redeem their earlier promise of moving the Central Government to grant ST status to the Koch Rajbongshis. "These parties will pay for their apathy in the next Assembly elections in the State," he threatened. The office-bearers of the Koch-Rajbongshi body also announced an intensive agitation programme to press for the fulfilment of their demand for ST status. A 100-member delegation of the body will stage a demonstration in the national capital on April 2 which will be followed by a 120-hour economic blockade in Boxirhat, Srirampur, Guwahati and other parts of the State on May 2, they said, adding that about 5,000 Koch-Rajbongshi activists from all over the State will lay siege to Boxirhat and Srirampur to block the entry of vehicles into the State. The All Assam Koch-Rajbongshi Sanmilani office-bearers said that the Centre had earlier passed four ordinances granting ST status to the community which resulted in some members of the community obtaining ST certificates. During the tenure of the NDA, a Bill was also placed to grant ST status to the community which was, however, not passed. The then Tribal Affairs Minister Joel Oram had admitted in Parliament that the Koch-Rajbongshi community was left out of a list of 182 tribes who got ST status despite the fact that it fulfilled the criteria for grant of such status. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour and Welfare had also approved of the Bill to grant ST status to the Koch-Rajbongshis of Assam, the office-bearers further said. In today’s dharna, Koch-Rajbongshi Sanmilani activists decided to continue their stir till the fulfilment of their demand for ST status in a protest meeting held on the occasion. They also shouted slogans against the political parties of the State. Meanwhile, Dr Chamua today left for New Delhi along with All Assam Koch-Rajbongshi Sanmilani working president Anil Talukdar. They are scheduled to meet UPA chairperson Ms Sonia Gandhi, Union Tribal Affairs Minister PR Kyndiah and other AICC leaders and submit a memorandum, demanding the placement of the Bill to grant ST status to the Koch-Rajbongshis in the current Budget Session of Parliament. Koch Rajbongshis threaten 120-hr economic blockade GUWAHATI, March 21 – The over-three-million-strong Koch Rajbongshi community in Assam is on the warpath once again with their frontline outfit, the All Assam Koch Rajbongshi Sanmilani (AAKRS), threatening to launch a 120-hour economic blockade in the State in May. The community is demanding that the Scheduled Tribe (ST) status be restored to them immediately. The Sanmilani today organised a massive three-hour demonstration at Dispur Last Gate here with members of the community raising slogans against the Governments, both at the Centre and the State, for failing to accord them ST status as promised during the elections. Hundreds of people joined the demonstration, displaying banners and placards highlighting their demand. Speaking to The Assam Tribune at the spot, AAKRS general secretary Durlav Chamua said that the Sanmilani will launch a 120-hour economic blockade all over the state from May 2 unless their demand is conceded. The blockade, he said, will involve the stopping of movement of commercial vehicles, especially through Srirampur and Baxirhat. These are the two places through which the entire North East is linked by road with West Bengal and beyond. If the threat is actually carried out, the economy of the entire region may suffer a serious jolt. Also to come under the ambit of the agitation are operations in the oil refineries, with the Numaligarh Refinery being especially marked out. Movement of passenger vehicles, however, will not be restricted. Chamua said that the Koch Rajbongshis number between 35 to 40 lakh in the State, though the official figure, based on the 1991 Census, put their population at 28 lakh. The community is a deciding factor in 37 Assembly constituencies in Assam. In 28 of these constituencies, the Koch Rajbongshis enjoy total domination, he said. The AAKRS has warned political parties to refrain from playing politics with the future of the community. According to Chamua, the community was enlisted at ST (Plains) through ordinances in 1996-97 after recommendations by the State Government supported by the Assam Institute of SC and ST and another recommendation by the Registrar General of India. A Bill was also placed in Parliament in 1996 and a Parliamentary Select Committee had also recommended inclusion of the community in the ST(P) list. The Centre, however, has not taken the necessary action. The fourth ordinance in 1997 was allowed to lapse without repromulgation in time, Chamua pointed out. He said that after granting ST status through ordinances four times and after recommendations made by the Parliamentary Standing Committee and also recommendation by the Standing Committee on Labour and Welfare, Ministry of Tribal Affairs (Thirteenth Lok Sabha) along with other communities in the Second Amendment Bill for ST, 2002, there is no reason why the Centre’s Department of Tribal Affairs should seek clarifications from the State Government time and again. The AAKRS leader said that the State Government has already made all the clarifications but no positive action has been taken till date. The Assam Assembly has adopted a resolution on August 5, 2004, to enlist the Koch Rajbongshi community in the ST(P) list, he pointed out. Making clear that the patience of the community is running thin, some of the leaders present at the demonstration programme today, said that unless the ST demand is conceded soon, the community will go all out to launch an agitation for a separate Kamatapur State. They alleged that the authorities are pushing the Koch Rajbongshi community to the brink by denying them their rightful status. ravindranath AKAJAN District-Dhemaji.787059. Assam. India. Mobile-09435089275 E mail.assamravi@y...

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`Uncle, what is red salute?' By Our Special Correspondent SHIMOGA, MARCH 26. "Uncle what is red salute?" This was the innocent question posed 14-year-old Aruna of Bangalore to presspersons at the Kote police station here on Friday night soon after she was restored to her parents. Aruna, who was allegedly abducted in Bangalore on February 28 by an activist of Mahila Jagruthi from Shimoga, said she had a harrowing experience during her detention for nearly a month here. "They used to ask me to make the red salute. And they were always uttering the words `revolution.' But as a seventh standard girl I could not understand the words they were talking about. Somehow I managed to get out of their clutches," she said. "Shobha aunty, who brought me here, used to beat me sometimes, but Anita (another activist of the organisation who has been arrested in connection with the girl's alleged abduction) treated me well," she said. "I was brought to Shimoga by train on February 28. By the time I came to know where I was headed, I had reached Shimoga. I tried to contact my father one or two times on his mobile phone but in vain," she said, virtually in tears. "I was taken to Gadag and Bellary during my stay in Shimoga to attend the birthday of a person who is not known to me. I even tried to contact my parents on the phone from those places, but it was not possible as I was not left alone there. It was quite a humiliating experience." At one stage, she said, she was threatened that her parents would be in trouble if she did not obey orders. "This threat forced me to do what they told me to do." When she was brought to the police station last night, it was midnight. Her father, a driver with the KSRTC, was too dazed to answer queries. "If you have anything to ask, talk to my daughter," he said.

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Sentinelassam Caged birds too have wings By a Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, March 26: Close on the heels of the recovery of a letter written by a jailed ULFA cadre from a slain militant on March 14, Dhubri Police recovered a similar letter from the possession of an arrested militant of the proscribed outfit a couple of days back, which has exposed a thriving communication network between the militant detainees and their comrades outside. This has prompted Dhubri Superintendent of Police PK Dutta to move the State Government and the IGP (Prisons) to conduct a high-level inquiry to find out if there is any nexus among jailed ULFA cadres, jail staff and other jail inmates behind the exchange of letters from inside the prison premises. Sources said that Magistrate I Hussain, who is in charge of Dhubri jail, had admitted that the jail authorities had earlier intercepted as many as five letters written by ULFA detainees from jail to their comrades. Interestingly enough, Hussain did not inform the matter to the district police when it first came to light, the sources alleged. It may be mentioned here that Dhubri Police had recovered a letter written by Pratul Sarma alias Rinku, who is lodged in Dhubri jail, from Hiten Thakuria, who was killed in an encounter on March 14. The Dhubri SP followed the leads and interrogated Sarma who reportedly confessed that he was operating the network which had been masterminded by another jailed cadre, Bahadur Islam. Sources said that Sarma had reportedly disclosed the involvement of Aliar Ali, who is serving a life term in Dhubri jail, as a courier. Ali does not belong to any militant outfit. But what has raised serious concern in the matter is the recovery of another letter written from jail from the possession of Rajesh Barman who was apprehended in Bilasipara by Dhubri Police on Thursday. Dutta told The Sentinel today that he had already informed the district administration about these developments in Dhubri district. "I shall send a letter to the State Government and the IGP (Prisons) to conduct a high-level probe," the Dhubri SP said, adding that the draft of the letter is ready. An inquiry is necessary as some jail officials may also be in nexus with the ULFA activists in transporting these letters, Dutta said. It may be mentioned here that when Dutta was posted in the city, he had unearthed a similar modus operandi of jailed ULFA vice chairman Pradip Gogoi. He produced incriminating documents proving that the ULFA vice chairman was regularly communicating with cadres outside the jail and carrying out militant activities from inside the jail premises. This forced the State Government to shift Gogoi to Silchar jail, but the ULFA leader was later brought back to the city on medical grounds and has been lodged in Guwahati jail since. It is an open secret that a section of the prison staff in the State accord 'special treatment' to top ULFA detainees which may be a spur for such activities. Sources said that this soft stand on the part of the jail authorities warranted proper investigation as it might bring to light similar activities in other jails of the State where militant leaders are lodged. The State Government must institute an inquiry covering all jails in the State for such anomalous activities, they added.

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Orissa Police yet to scale down Maoists operations Ashutosh Mishra/ Bhubaneswar Stepped up combing by the Orissa Armed Police and the CRPF has forced the Maoist ultras to scale down their operations in the western Orissa districts of Sundergarh, Sambalpur and Deogarh but the threat persists. That the ultras are gearing up to take on the police yet again became evident when a few days ago they seriously injured an armed constable in Deogarh district and snatched away his weapon. Sources said that constable Ganeswar Nayak was returning home after watch duty at the residence of the district superintendent of police when he was attacked with sharp weapons near a local temple.The suspected Maoist ultras involved in the attack took away Nayak's self loading rifle leaving him writhing with pain at the spot.He was later shifted to the hospital. The incident comes in the wake of a string of kidnappings by the activists of the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) in the Deogarh-Sambalpur belt. Only a few weeks ago, the ultras had gone on a kidnapping spree first taking hostage a school teacher and a panchayat samiti member and then abducting more than a dozen labourers from a construction site in the area. The labourers,who worked for a private contractor, were later released unharmed but the incident has triggered panic in the entire belt. Ever since the combined teams of police and CRPF are keeping a sharp vigil on the bordering villages of Sundergarh, Deogarh and Sambalpur, the last two emerging as the new bases of MCC which is headquartered in Jharkhand across the border. With reports of MCC trying to push further into the western belt, even the police force in the neighbouring Angul district has been put on high alert. Sources said that the activities of the Maoists could not be curbed effectively without destroying their base in the Saranda forests on the Orissa-Jharkhand border. Though Jharkhand and Orissa police have conducted some joint operations in the area in the past, Maoist training bases in the forests continue to survive and flourish.

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Jharkhand Govt set to ban extremist outfits Nityanand Shukla/ Ranchi Jharkhand is all set to ban the Communist Party of India (CPI)-Maoist, its sister organisations and other underground extremist outfits that are creating trouble in the State. The CPI-Maoist was formed last September after the merger of the MCC and PWG. Earlier, both were banned in undivided Bihar. The Jharkhand police is preparing a draft for banning all Maoist organisations in the State. About a dozen sister organisations of the CPI-Maoist are currently functional in the State including the Krantikari Kisan Committee (KKC), People's Guerrilla Army (PGA), a red squad of the CPI-Maoist, Mahila Sangarsh Samittee (MSS) and others. The MCC and PWG were banned under the scrapped Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA). The JSJM was formed to fight the MCC and enjoyed police support. But, with the passage of time, the JSJM strayed from its path and involved itself in anti-State activities. "The merger of the MCC and the PWG made the police handicapped as the new organisation was not banned and the police was finding it tough to act against them under an anti-State activity law," said a police official involved in anti-extremist operation to The Pioneer. He said, "if an organisation is banned in the State then the work of the police becomes easy." The move also assumes significance in light of the fact that Jharkhand will soon formulate a law which will be an alternative to POTA to deal with Maoist terrorists. Sixteen of the 22 districts in the State are under the grip of Maoist terrorists. More than 520 people including 210 policemen have been killed since November 2000. "Once the Maoist organisations are banned we will be able to keep a close watch on the source of the funds," said another police official.

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http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/7454_1303391,000800050001.htm Press Trust of India Guwahati, April 2, 2005 Two ULFA ultras were killed, seven persons injured and an ONGC pipeline blown up in five explosions in Assam in the run up to the Raising Day of the militant outfit on April seven, official sources in Guwahati said. A grenade exploded in the hands of a militant as he was about to hurl it on a house, where they were refused shelter, in Kharoajan village in Baska district, killing the ultra and another militant. The ONGC pipeline was blown up at a place under Chabua police station in Tinsukia district causing a major fire, the sources said. However, no casualty was reported.

Posted by: Viren Apr 1 2005, 04:04 PM

http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=67597&headline=Despite~SC~order,~Swiss~‘paedophile’~couple~flees~India WTF, now these incomptent fools will raking frequent flyer miles between Mumbai and Zurich to get these criminals extradited.

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Combat Reddy? The Pioneer Edit Desk Has the Andhra Pradesh Government really woken up to the need to crush the naxalite menace? Or is it a case of the right hand not knowing what the left is doing? It is no secret the YS Rajshekhar Reddy regime's heart bleeds for left extremist "sons gone astray" . AP law enforcers, however, don't harbour similar sympathies. Last week, anti-naxalite Greyhound units were said to have entered deep into the Nallamala forests to flush out ultras. It was even reported that CPI (Maoist) top shots may have fled the State. Around 3,000 security personnel have been combing the dense forest-covered areas of Guntur, Prakasam, Nalgonda, Kurnool and Mahbubnagar. Around the same time, there was jubilation at the Warangal police headquarters over the death in an encounter of dreaded naxalite leader DVK Swamy alias Yadanna. His killing amounted to a near-liquidation of the cream of the Maoist crop in the Warangal and Khammam districts. The naxalites had earlier suffered major losses in the Karimnagar-Nizamabad division. Ten Maoist ultras had been eliminated in an encounter in Nizamabad, which was followed by the ghastly 'retaliatory' guerrilla attack on the Chilakaluripeta police station in Guntur. More recently, AP DGP Swaranjit Sen claimed that the left extremist movement had been significantly contained by fresh administrative measures backed by ground operations. The anti-naxal battle, therefore, seems to be going great guns. If this is a sign of the Congress's and, therefore, the YSR regime's changed tack, both merit a pat on the back. Reportedly, intelligence has it that the Maoists have been planning major attacks funded by crores collected from contractors. Speculation is rife that the Andhra police may have finally been able to convince the Government that the stalled 'peace process' was about to be blasted out of shape by the naxalites themselves. Nonetheless, given the Congress has not stopped waving the white flag at the Maoist rebels, one would have to wonder if the anti-naxal combat is indeed a coordinated response to the threat of anticipated bloodbaths. Confusion still reigns, with State Home Minister K Jana Reddy sending out a contradictory message that his Government wishes to continue treating naxalites with kid-gloves. Last month, Congress President Sonia Gandhi herself indicated that the Reddy Government still had its "doors open" for a negotiated settlement of the problem of left extremism. While she made fairly standard noises about the futility of "violence and revenge", nothing was said about naxalites having to down their arms as a non-negotiable precondition for talks. Clearly, the Congress remains loath to admit that it had bent over backwards, and that its policy of appeasement backfired badly by emboldening the naxalites. Every fear expressed by the security forces and people concerned about internal security-that naxalites would use the 'peace' lull to oil their anti-state killing machine-has come true. The UPA at the Centre had dismantled the previous NDA regime's holistic anti-insurgency strategy based on Centre-State cooperation. The results are there for all to see: Unabating violence in AP, UP, Karnataka, Orissa and elsewhere. The scourge of naxalism, afflicting 13 States, will not go away just by blowing the peace pipe in YSR's backyard. Any dialogue with savage killers pledged to wrecking the state and its institutions has to be on the Government's unambiguous terms: Either they disarm and come overground, or the security forces go for scorched-earth third degree. By both coddling the Maoists on their gun-toting terms and hunting them when they pull the trigger, the Congress can only fall between two stools.

Posted by: Mudy Apr 4 2005, 04:28 PM

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_5-4-2005_pg7_39

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'Demographic invasion biggest threat to India' Sanjay Singh / New Delhi After Ayodhya movement and its subsequent success, the BJP think tanks now set to turn the heat on the issue of infiltration from Bangladesh in the East. At its National Council meeting here on Wednesday, the BJP gave a decisive indication that the issue of religious demographic imbalance would be taken up in no uncertain terms. LK Advani urged the Government to repeal the IMDT Act(Illegal Migrants-Determination By Tribunal),1984, and convene an all- party meeting to discuss all aspects of Bangladeshi infiltration with a view to evolve a national consensus to deal with the problem. The party think tanks feel that the issue would not only help the organisation getting an edge over its rivals in the North East, but would also enable it getting a bigger political mileage in the region. Describing the growing demographic imbalance as a major concern, the BJP said it would organise "Save Assam" campaign and press for deletion of IMDT Act. Incidentally, the move will well coincide with next round of assembly elections due in Assam and West Bengal - the states suffered most due to relentless infiltration across the border. And the BJP does not have major presence in these states. Apparently, the BJP chief LK Advani who took pride in undertaking the Ram Rath Yatra from Somnath - which made them both popular and gave them strength - now wants to focus on the "demographic invasion". Interestingly, both Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee more than once blamed Bangladesh forr not putting a stop to infiltration across the border. "Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. Our party views with utmost concern the sudden and growing religious imbalance in the population of border districts of Assam and West Bengal. This is not a natural phenomenon but a direct outcome of the demographic invasion. Only those who choose to be blind for nefariously selfish reasons cannot see the manifest threat to democratic process in the state and to security and integrity of India. How can we forget that at the time of partition of certain parts of Assam and Bengal, which ought to have remained in India, were included in East Pakistan solely on the considerations of religious demography," Mr Advani said driving his point home. "Sadly, the Congress party in its present avatar, and its pseudo secular allies like the Communists have refused to acknowledge this threat even though many people in their ranks privately admit it. Their refusal is purely on account of vote-bank politics. The most shocking manifestation came when the Census Commissioner made some worrisome disclosure about sharp imbalance in the religious demography of Assam. Instead of examining the reasons, the Congress-Communists combine forced the census commissioner withdraw his statement. I charge that by enslaving themselves to the politics of minorityism, they are extending a tacit invitation to more infiltration," he said. The party views that if the rapidly changing religious demography in certain parts of Assam, West Bengal and the rest of the north-east is not immediately checked and reversed then it could even lead to another partition of India. On centenary of partition of Bengal in 1905, Mr Advani sought to caution people citing Shri Aurobindo's writing in journal Bande Mantarm where he had said "the British Government professedly wanted to create a Muslim province with Dacca as its Capital and the evident object of it was to sow discord between Hindus and Muslims in a province that had never known it in history". Creation of Islamic Bangladesh later became a reality.

Posted by: rajesh_g Apr 8 2005, 06:06 AM

This is wild.. 60-70K is nothing. This must stop !!

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How he got the Chinese-made pistol Pramod Kumar Singh/ New Delhi Kaushik Mohandas (29), the Chief Manager of Spectramind, a Wipro call centre at Nehru Place, used an unlicensed Chinese pistol to end his somewhat turbulent life. On the surface, it may appear to be one of those suicides in which firearms are used for self-killing. However, what is baffling is that the weapon used by Kaushik was a sophisticated Chinese Star pistol which is normally used by criminals. Call centre chief’s suicide The police was amazed to find that Kaushik, who belonged to an affluent family and was well placed, was carrying an illegal weapon. A senior police officer said that it was being investigated whether Kaushik had fallen into bad company and bought the pistol from people who were into gunrunning. His close friends are being questioned to ascertain whether he was moving in the company of anti-social elements, who could have sold the pistol to him. Known as a .30 bore or 7.62 calibre, the Chinese Star pistol is a hit with criminals and gangsters. "It is quite lethal and is even considered to be superior than the .38 bore which is normally used by the police and para-military forces. It could be bought even in Delhi at a price of Rs 60 to 70,000," said a police officer who had busted many a gang involved in smuggling sophisticated weapons. Delhi's dalliance with the Chinese pistol started in the early 90s when certain residents of Kairana in Muzaffar Nagar district of western Uttar Pradesh, owing allegiance to Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), started smuggling them. On February, 18,1996 the special cell of Delhi Police intercepted a caravan bus carrying 361 Chinese Star pistols and being driven by a Swiss national. Haji Anees, the chairman of Kairana municipality escaped to Pakistan after the seizure of these pistols but is still reported to be actively involved in sending Chinese pistols to India by using the services of sawaris, the passengers of Samjhauta Express. Sources in Delhi Police maintained that Chinese pistols were finding their way into Delhi and its adjoining areas from Rajasthan and Punjab. It was initially smuggled into India by exploiting the porous Rajasthan and Punjab borders for various militant outfits. After, terrorism was crushed, Pakistanis started pumping Chinese pistols into the National Capital Region. Prior to being smuggled into India, it reaches Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) from China and is available at a lowly price of Rs six to seven thousand in Pakistan. Another route is that of 2500 kilometre long Nepal border. Maoist insurgents active in Nepal are also said to be behind the smuggling of these pistols for generating funds for their fight against Nepalese government. It is sold to the Indian gun traffickers for a price of Rs 20 to 25,000 and doubles up when it is sold to gangsters and criminals, the sources added. Delhi Police has been arresting criminals with Chinese Star pistols but the flow of these guns just refuses to stop. Sandeep Bhuri, a notorious gangster and extortionist of Delhi who reportedly committed suicide while being cornered by Ludhiana police, few years back was deeply involved in this nefarious trade. Punjab Police had recovered 25 Star pistols from his car. Subsequent investigations have revealed that Bhuri was supplying weapons to the gangs spread across, Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh. Another dreaded gangster of Punjab, Prabhjinder alias Dimpey, who was recently arrested by the Special Cell, is also said to be involved in this racket. Dimpey and a gangster turned MLA of Uttar Pradesh are said to be involved in this racket, sources added.

Posted by: Mudy Apr 8 2005, 08:58 AM

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60-70K
In Delhi they are asking too much. In Baramullah and poonch it can be bought as low as 4k-5k.

Posted by: rajesh_g Apr 22 2005, 06:25 PM

Was looking for something else but found this old link.. http://www.wjin.net/Pubs/2269.pdf

Posted by: Mudy Apr 23 2005, 08:36 AM

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'Missing' Pakistani fans come under suspicion Agencies/ Chandigarh Pakistan's cricket tour to India may have ended but to 11 "missing" fans from that country, the game seems to be far from over. Security agencies now suspect them to be Pakistani intelligence agents or terrorist operatives. The fans were part of the 2,754 Pakistani entourage that was granted visas by India as a goodwill gesture for the tour starting here early March. The Pakistani fans had been allowed to come to Mohali near Chandigarh where the first Test match between India and Pakistan was played at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium during March 8-12. Senior Punjab police officials say the state and central security agencies are coordinating to get hold of the missing Pakistanis and send them back. But the security agencies were virtually groping in the dark. There are apprehensions that some of these missing fans could be linked to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) or even to terrorist organisations like the Al-Qaeda. "Had they wanted to stay legally, they could have sought extension of visa. None of them or their relatives and friends has cared to inform the police for over a month now. Suspecting them is natural," a senior Punjab police officer said. A case has been registered against the missing fans under Section 14 of the Foreigners Act at the Gharinda police station near Wagah land border check post between both countries. Search parties are being sent to various locations in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and other states to trace them. Those missing include Ibrahim Khan, Mohammed Zahir, Malik Zeb Alam, Syed Mohammed, Shahzad, Tasveez Khan, Inayat Samuel, Mohammed Kamran, Qayum Ayub, Waliyaz Khan and Nawar Khan. For about a week after the match ended on March 12, 34 fans were reported missing after expiry of their visa. However, 23 of them reported at the Wagah check post in the next few days. The fans had come through the Wagah land border and had been brought to Chandigarh - the joint capital for Punjab and Haryana states - by special buses. The majority of the fans who arrived for the Test match were not seen at the stadium during their stay. They went shopping, sightseeing and watching movies. Others went for trips to Delhi, Shimla, Patiala and other places.

Posted by: Mudy Apr 24 2005, 10:03 AM

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Over 250 cartridges, four semi-automatic rifles, one revolver, deer and animal skin were recovered during raids at RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin's ancestral house and that of his relatives at his native Pratappur village in Siwan district of Bihar today. The raids by a joint team of Special Task Force (STF) and district police which began at 4 a.m. was continuing even at 7 p.m., Siwan Superintendent of Police Ratan Sanjay told reporters. Of the 250 cartridges recovered during the raids, 82 were seized from the ancestral house of Shahabuddin alone, the SP said. One sophisticated Webley Scott revolver and a country made revolver of 315 bore were also recovered from the MP's house, he said. Six two-wheelers, one Tata Sumo, one Maruti car and a Tata Sierra vehicle without proper documents were also seized from the RJD MP's house, he said. Skin of two deers and that of a tiger were also seized from the MP's house, he said. Two persons identified as Jamaluddin and Maksud were arrested during the raids, Sanjay said. The raids prompted Shahabuddin and his party leader Lalu Prasad to train guns at the local administration. While, Shahabuddin, who is currently out of Bihar, termed the raids as "prejudiced" to avenge his giving a privilege notice to Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee against Siwan District Magistrate C K Anil, Lalu took up the matter with Governor Buta Singh and Chief Secretary K A H Subramanian.

Posted by: Mudy Apr 24 2005, 07:56 PM

When PM's house can be sold for a song-PM is not far away Fraudster sells PM's residence on website Monday April 25 2005 00:00 IST Reuters NEW DELHI: The intelligence department is investigating reports that a fraudster sold an American businessman the prime minister's residence in the heart of New Delhi recently, a leading daily reported on Sunday.The businessman forked out 35 million rupees ($802,600) for the house that was up for sale on a Web site as a "huge sprawling mansion in the heart of Lutyen's Delhi with 24x7 running water and electricity", the daily said.He soon received the title deed for the house and arrived in the Indian capital late in March to take possession of the house for an office he planned to set up only to discover he had been cheated.

Posted by: Venkat_A Apr 24 2005, 09:19 PM

Indian national identity cards This is a long due step. Faster it is done, better for the country http://www.dailypioneer.com/indexn12.asp?main_variable=OPED&file_name=opd1%2Etxt&counter_img=1 What is on the cards? Shailaja Chandra At a recent dinner party I ran into a former Cabinet Secretary - one of the more respected and looked up to ones, if comparisons are to be made. It is difficult to start a conversation with such an eminent person because common ground has to be first found. In keeping with civil service tradition, cabinet secretaries, even those retired, have the last word. I asked him, "So, Sir, where do you think we are going now?" "Things are bad, very bad," responded the former Cabinet Secretary. I mentally sought to anticipate why - would he lament about how China has leapt ahead of India, the nadir to which the civil service had sunk or the ills that democracy has bestowed on this hapless nation? Taking a leaf out of most of these woes, he complained about how difficult it is to get a driving license, to open a bank account, to secure permission to build a house, to register a society - all of which according to him are accomplished in a twinkling of an eye "in other parts of the world". Since former Cabinet secretaries only go to one part of the world when they are rewarded on retirement, it was easy to deduce the country upon which he was basing his experience. "I am a citizen of this country," he held forth. "Why should I be asked to identify myself or prove who I am? This is purely a colonial hangover and this need to identify oneself happens nowhere else to world. It is rank interference by the Government in the private lives of citizens." I ventured to say something about problems that normally arise when a person's identity is not known but he snapped back saying, "That's for the law enforcement agencies to keep track of - it's not for me to prove who I am. I pay taxes for my protection. Why should I be explaining to everyone who I am?" A three-day weekend presented itself, despite the Supreme Court's disapproval of such wanton profligacy, (a view with which I concur with personally). I used some of the time to read up about the National Identity Card Scheme adopted by other countries. By a coincidence as it were, the weekend newspapers also reported a recent internal security meeting where the State chief ministers were stated to have unanimously agreed to implement such a scheme throughout the country. I was naturally keen to know what other countries were doing. About a hundred have official, compulsory national ID cards that are used for a variety of purposes. The majority of the 25 members of the European Union have had such identity card requirements for years. Starting with Belgium in 1919, such cards have been in use to access public facilities including health, education, voting rights, banks and for determining entitlement for benefits from welfare schemes. The Blair Government introduced a Bill in Parliament in 2004 which has already been through numerous hearings in the Commons and the House of Lords. The Government argues that it would be a powerful means of fighting fraud, identity theft being one of the fastest growing crimes in the UK. Additionally, identity cards are expected to curb illegal employment. Entitlements for treatment under the much abused National Health Scheme are also expected to be capable of being checked. Since all this information pertained to developed countries, I looked for less obvious examples and discovered that Indonesia, a vast country of 21 crore and 13,000 islands, whose administrative capabilities can hardly come near to those of India, has been implementing a National identity scheme for decades, without a problem. Brazil, Chile, South Korea, Malaysia and Pakistan are other countries where residents are obliged to carry ID cards. All Government benefits, dealing with financial institutions, securing employment or rental accommodation, renting cars or equipment require a card. In Japan, the Government has moved to introduce a National ID System. On the other hand, countries like Australia and New Zealand have not adopted such a scheme. In those countries, there are strong public feelings about privacy and personal liberty and though efforts have been made, political leaders have been deterred by public opinion. Even in the United States, confronted as they are with genuine fears about terrorism after the horrors of 9/11, politicians are simply not convinced of the need for such a scheme which would be seen as an infringement of the rights of the individual. In that country Social Security Numbers (SSN) continues to serve as the de facto national identifiers. The SSN is apparently quite easy to get and is free of cost. Drivers licences serve the need for most day-to-day requirements. The approach of other countries throws up profound implications for India. How can we ensure that the identity card, once introduced, will be in tune with our beliefs and concerns about the liberty of citizens? Do we need safeguards to protect the privacy of card holders? With the advent of magnetic stripes and microprocessor, technology it would be possible one day to include information on income tax returns, investments, change of employment, property, monetary transactions. Fears about invasion of privacy are bound to arise as they have in Japan, the US and Australia. On the other hand, it can also be argued that if you are indeed leading a blameless, law-abiding life, you should not mind if agencies, which in any case have access to this information, use the identity card to keep track of what you have been doing. In fact, considering the colossal number of cases of citizens who do not pay the taxes due, who open bank accounts in different names, sell and resell property through General Powers of Attorney by undervaluing the property to pay less Stamp duty, who fudge birth certificates and acquire fake degrees, they all deserve to be put under surveillance and strict surveillance at that. It really depends on which category of citizens you belong to. Today, the National Identity Cards Scheme has come up under the overall umbrella of maintenance of internal security. It would hopefully enable the authorities to identify and disqualify existing and prospective illegal immigrants from settling in the country, voting in elections, and gobbling up the benefits of welfare schemes and pre-empting the limited avenues of employment available to citizens. Certainly, the identity card scheme would put an end to the woes experienced in having to prove ones identity through ration cards, passports, electricity bills, driving licences and birth certificates, which is absurdly irksome and antiquated. On balance, I would argue that, keeping in mind trends that are taking place the world over, we do need to have a system of National Identity Cards, and the sooner the better. But strict safeguards to minimise the possibility of one's life story being made accessible on the ID card must be introduced before there is any move to widen its scope.

Posted by: Mudy Apr 24 2005, 09:51 PM

I am still surprised why Banks and credit companies are not forcing government to have Indian national identity card ASAP. It will help private organization to watch defaulters and verify credit history as it’s done in US. Private companies should fund INC card.

Posted by: Mudy Apr 25 2005, 01:14 PM

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Two LeT ultras killed near Pragati Maidan Staff Reporter/ New Delhi The special cell, the anti-terrorist cell of Delhi Police, once again foiled the evil designs of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), a terrorist outfit, after it gunned down two hardcore terrorists of LeT in a late evening encounter in the capital on Monday. The encounter took place near gate no-1 of Pragati Maidan. Joint Commissioner of Police Karnail Singh said the real names of the terrorists are yet to be established. However, according to the documents and a diary in Urdu recovered from them revealed their names as Osama (21) and Abu Shad (22), probably residents of Pakistan. Police suspect them to be residents of Sialkot in Pakistan. They also had Indian voter I-cards in the names of Manjur Ahmed Butt and Mohd Amin Butt with addresses of Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir. Police recovered two AK-56, about 2 kg of RDX, two magazines with 59 rounds and a satellite phones, along with a world class ABCD timer from a Maruti 800 car bearing registration number DL3CK 3792. The encounter took place just opposite to the National Science Centre next to the Pragati Maidan. Other things recovered included a bag containing clothes, chocolates and packets of sweets bought from Pehalwan-Di-Hatti, Jammu
Cricket fans from Pakistan.

Posted by: Venkat_A Apr 25 2005, 02:11 PM

How do you think commies and congress are winning elections in the NE? Because of the lack of national identity cards and the powers of state governments to legalize illegal immigrants by issuing ration cards. The central govt. can act on it by amending the citizenship act to raise the bar for proof of citizenship but it won't. Why? VOTES, VOTES, VOTES.

Posted by: k.ram Apr 26 2005, 04:15 AM

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The Big Scam of NGO's Posted April 24, 2005 THE FERENGI’S COLUMNS (A Western journalist opening his eyes to the true India) By François Gautier You think that the most corrupt organizations in India belong to the Government? But you may be wrong, because some of the biggest scammers in this country could be the Non Governmental Organizations, or NGO’s, and it is all done in the name of the poor of India. In the old times, the leaders of NGO’s used to be working in the field, dressed simply, lived in humble dwellings, and had minimal salaries, sufficient for their most essential needs. But nowadays, the new breed of NGOs you meet in Delhi, or Bombay, is smartly dressed in jeans, he or she usually comes from India’s upper elite class, carry the latest laptop and often travel around in a/c cars. These NGO’s spend half of their time abroad, in London, Paris, or New York, doing smart presentations, with mesmerizing slides and Excel spreadsheets, in front of gullible westerners, always ready to shed a tear for the poor "downtrodden Indians", so as to convince them to grant more funds. And what is usually all about? 70% of the time "woman empowerment", or "uplifting" the villagers. It is nowadays fashionable in India to always highlight the downtrodden condition of Indian women and their underprivileged place in Indian society. But no country in the world has granted such an important place to women in its spirituality and social ethos. And even today, behind all appearances – arranged marriages, submission to men, preference of male children in some rural areas (but girls are loved in India like nowhere in the world) - it can be safely said that very often, from the poorest to the richest classes, women control –even if behind the scenes – a lot of the family affairs: the education of their children (men in India are often "mama’s boys"), monetary concerns, and husbands often refer to them for important decisions. Countries such as France or the United States, who are often preaching India on "women’s rights" never had a woman as their top leader, whereas India had Indira Gandhi ruling with an iron hand for nearly twenty years; and proportionately they have less MP’s than India, which is considering earmarking 33% of seats in Parliament for women, a revolution in human history! But this obsession of NGO’s with women and village empowerment (usually they take one village and make it like a showcase, for the benefit of visiting donors from abroad) has completely eclipsed the burning issue that would require NGO’s attention with the tremendous amount of funds they attract from abroad : afforestation, as there are hardly any forest worth the name left today in India. Take the Himalayas for instance, and a region like the lovely Kumaon hills. Less than forty years ago, people in Almora, the ancient capital of the Kumaons, still remember the beautiful blue cedars forests. Today, there are no forests left around Almora - they were cut down in the early 70’s by contractors from the plains with the full knowledge of the Government - except commercial pine forests, which impoverish the soil and do not hold it properly. Yet, there is terrible shortage of water in Almora, the climate has warmed-up considerably in the last twenty years and wood is fearfully expensive. There are literally hundreds of NGO’s in the Kumaon hills, who are doing lots of women empowerment, lots of village uplifting, lots of weaving this and weaving that… but absolutely no tree planting. Why? "Because the others do not do it", is the usual answer, when you ask some of the NGO’s or :"because it is too hard work". But the beauty of the Kumaon hills around Almora is fast going: more and more hotels are coming up, cutting more trees, like near the Kassar Devi temple, above Almora, where Vivekananda is supposed to have meditated and which has been bought to make into a resort by a non- resident Muslim who is suspected to have links with Ibrahim Dawood. Most of the big NGO’s are funded by Western countries; but what is not always known is that they often get the bulk of their budgets from big Christian organizations, such as Christian Aid, or Oxfam. There is no doubt that Christians are doing selfless work in India and that they still provide the best in health care and education (work which Hindus should do themselves). But it may so happen – more in the case of American Protestants than European Catholics, who are more tolerant - that there is a slight catch, a string attached to the money donated, not only because there is always that western obsession with "woman empowerment" and the "exploited" low caste Indian (by the Brahmins, of course), but often also, these charitable organizations have a downright bias against Hindus and even towards the BJP ! Some of them even had posters advising people not to vote for the BJP in the last elections. Can you imagine an Indian NGO asking Indians settled in France not to vote for some pro-catholic party? They would be immediately kicked out! This is not to say that there are no selfless NGO’s who are not fattening themselves on money meant for the poor. Some of them do bring drinking water to remote villages in the Himalayas, or like the Young India Group, teach villagers to stand for their own rights. But there has to be a shift away from empowerment, to fight the real burning issues which are affecting India such as afforestation and water collection (there is no Government policy for collecting the tremendous amounts of water India gets from monsoons, which would save millions of gallons of precious ground water which is fast depleting). And the Government, while leaving to NGO’s the freedom of expression they already have, should make it mandatory that they have a certain percentage of their activities dedicated to these two areas.

Posted by: k.ram Apr 28 2005, 11:56 AM

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ULFA, CPI-Maoist in US terror list Press Trust of India Washington, April 28: The United States has listed Assam's banned militant outfit ULFA and the Communist Party of India (Maoist), formed after the merger of various naxalite groups, as terrorist outfits. They have been mentioned in the list of Other Selected Terrorist Organisations (OSTO), released by the US department of state in its country reports on terrorism released on Wednesday. Terror organisations that do not target the national interests of the United States or its citizens are listed in the OSTO. The listing of the two organisations under OSTO follows the attacks by the outfits on civilians, said the country report on terrorism on India. Referring to the ULFA as the most prominent group in the northeast, the report said it uses extortion to finance military training and weapons purchases. The outfit reportedly procures and trades in arms with other northeast Indian groups and may have linkages with other ethnic insurgent groups active in neighbouring states, it said. According to the report, the ULFA receives aid from unknown external sources. In eastern India, the report said, the primary naxalites groups took steps towards consolidation by combining to form the Communist Party of India (Maoist). Naxalite violence dropped significantly in 2004, but the future of peace talks was uncertain at the year's end, it said. It also expanded the description of Pakistan-based militant outfit Lashkar-e-Tayyaba to include its operation under various fronts and names of convenience. http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=45653

Posted by: Mudy Apr 28 2005, 12:02 PM

Azmi, Akthar, Roy, Pandey, Nayyar, Bidwai, Ramn, Angana Chatterji, Biju Mathew, Vijay Prasad..................... are now terrorist sympathizer. rocker.gif

Posted by: Venkat_A Apr 29 2005, 03:56 PM

Terrorists are our brothers & sisters: Indian home minister http://www.dailypioneer.com/indexn12.asp?main_variable=EDITS&file_name=edit3%2Etxt&counter_img=3 Imperatives of justice KPS Gill For decades, India's leadership has floundered in a miasma of sentimentality, of a false, confused and disastrous rhetoric that has enormously empowered the enemies of the law, of the state, and of civilisation. Worse, it has yielded policies that have directly undermined the capacities of enforcement agencies to effectively confront a wide range of extremely violent political actors who have persistently employed the methods of terrorism - repeatedly targeting innocent civilians and non-combatants, including women, children and the poorest of the poor. Vast areas of the country have, consequently and progressively, been surrendered to lawlessness and disorder. Finally, however, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke out with exemplary clarity on the issue of terrorism at the Chief Minister's Conference at New Delhi on April 15, 2005, raising hopes - indeed, creating a measure of conviction - that the confusion and vacillation of the past was finally to be expelled from the national policy-framework. Within ten days, however, the Prime Minister's perspective and position came under challenge from his own Minister of Home Affairs, exposing the incoherence of the present regime and making a mockery of the idea of collective Cabinet responsibility. It is useful to analyse the conflicting positions that are presently being projected from these two sources at the highest level of the Government. Leaving no room for ambiguity, the Prime Minister had stated, "There can be no political compromise with terror. No inch conceded. No compassion shown... There are no good terrorists and bad terrorists. There is no cause, root or branch, that can ever justify the killing of innocent people. No democratic Government can tolerate the use of violence against innocent people and against the functionaries of a duly established democratic Government." He added, further, that "there is no place for violence and extremism of any kind in a democratic, rule-based society". Specifically referring to the tendency to underplay the growing dangers of Left Wing extremism (Naxalism), he emphasised the "inter-State and external dimension to Naxalism today. This requires greater coordination between State Governments and between the Centre and States. We have to take a comprehensive approach in dealing with Naxalism given the emerging linkages between groups within and outside the country..." And while he did state that the option of negotiations "should always be welcomed", he made it clear that this avenue could be pursued only with groups that abjured violence: "...the basic issues regarding violence and the state's obligation to curb it should be clarified at the outset, so that there are no misunderstandings or a feeling of being let down at later stages. In our country, symbols and gestures matter. Nothing should be done which detracts from the authority of the Indian state and its primary role as an upholder of public order. The state should not even remotely be seen to back away in the face of threats of armed violence." In sharp contrast, on April 24, 2005, at a high level meeting with Ministers, Government officials, Opposition leaders and intellectuals at Bangalore, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil stated: "The Government is not interested in using weapons. They (the Naxalites) are our brothers and sisters and we know that this is a socio-economic problem rather than one of law and order. We can solve these problems through dialogue and discussions... Whatever the political difficulties, force should be used only if nothing else works and only to protect innocents. Let us deal with Naxalism as a socio-economic problem, not a law and order problem..." He did, of course, concede a secondary role to "policing", declaring, "good policing is... important for development", but his general orientation was squarely located in the "root causes" approach to terrorism that his Prime Minister had explicitly rejected. It is evident that both these postulations have been stated with obvious sincerity, but are clearly irreconcilable within a coherent policy framework. Those who are familiar with the dynamics of governance would recognise immediately how devastating this can be; all administrative organisations - including the senior police leadership - operate within a political and policy framework, and any ambivalence, confusion, contradiction or muddleheadedness at the top of the policy pyramid impacts directly on their functioning. In addressing them as "our brothers and sisters", and in an earlier speech, as "our children" the Home Minister has sought to establish an entirely specious distinction between "Naxalites" and other "terrorists". The truth is, all criminals - and this includes terrorists and others engaged in political crime - are at some level "our children" and "our brothers and sisters". They cannot, on this account, escape the imperatives of the justice system. Crucially, moreover, the victims of such terrorists and criminals are also "our children" and "brothers and sisters", and it is the state's primary duty to protect these vulnerable groups, rather than to seek to circumvent the law and extend extraordinary indulgences on those who torture, maim, murder and otherwise terrorise helpless citizens - citizens who continue to abide by the law, and expect the state to protect their lives and properties. To the Naxalites' victims, it matters little whether his Government is negotiating with those who terrorise him, or whether it regards them as a "law and order" or a "social" problem; their primary concern is the terror that is inflicted on them. Worse, what is not understood by those who treat the Naxalites - or "Maoists", as they now style themselves - as a "special case" and seek a negotiated solution with them, is just how irreducibly opposed to our constitutional democracy these groups are, and how integral terrorism is to their strategy. Terror is not just an accidental element of their political strategy or military tactics; it is an essential, dictated by the ideological vision they have embraced. Mao Tse Tung declared explicitly, "To put it bluntly, it is necessary to create terror for a while in every rural area, or otherwise it would be impossible to suppress the activities of the counter-revolutionaries in the countryside or overthrow the authority of the gentry. Proper limits have to be exceeded in order to right a wrong, or else the wrong cannot be righted." The truth is, even if the traditional "class enemies" of the Maoists were all eliminated, they would continue to invent them, in order to inflict their terror. Even today, it is not the rich and the powerful who fall victim to "Maoist" violence - these can always, with rare exception, successfully bribe both the Naxalites and the politicians, each of whom is quite happy with the absence of effective administration that gives them a free run in vast areas. It is, overwhelmingly and in all theatres of such conflict, the poorest of the poor who are maimed, tortured and killed. Policy makers are ordinarily told whatever they want to hear. But India's leaders should visit the sites of history where terrorists have - however briefly - prevailed, and should have the writings of extremist ideologues translated into a language comprehensible to our policy community, so that they can learn from the awful experience of other societies, instead of inviting comparable misfortunes on the people of this country. Finally, it is the primary and overarching duty of the state to protect its citizens from the depredations and violence of those who refuse to accept the authority of its laws. It is time the Indian state and its Home Minister stopped fabricating excuses for those who use violence against the State and its vulnerable citizens, and fulfilled their fundamental obligation to their people.

Posted by: keshto patel Apr 29 2005, 06:45 PM

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Terrorists are our brothers & sisters: Indian home minister
Lahore via kuwait, LOLLL Indian national security is a name of four feet flying bird of burkina faso.

Posted by: Mudy Apr 30 2005, 06:07 PM

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1093509.cms It is business as usual for ISI -- TIMES NEWS NETWORK FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2005 NEW DELHI: India has said that it remains unimpressed by Pakistan's public postures on global terrorism since the terror infrastructure created by the latter's ISI remains in tact. This network continues to recruit, finance and train terrorists for infiltration, not only in the north-west, but also in the north-east, annual report of the home ministry noted. Tabled in Parliament on Friday, the report is silent on the ISI's coordination with the eastern neighbour Bangladesh, considered as a hub of terrorist activities and religious extremism in the latest US report released earlier this week. The report says that it has been constantly sensitising state governments about the threat perceptions and activities of the ISI, sharing inputs and intelligence with them to counter such activities. On the naxal issue, the report notes that "despite all out efforts by the security forces, naxalite groups remain steadfast in their efforts to realise the Compact Revolutionary Zone (CRZ)." To the list of 76 districts in nine states (Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal) three more states (Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala) have been added where the naxals have been trying to increase their influence and operations. The expansionist designs of the naxals have been underlined by the merger last October of the Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist-Peoples War) and the Maoist Coordination Centre of India under the new name, Communist Party of India (Maoist), together with the Communist Party of Nepal. The emergence of the CPI (Maoist), as a result of the merger, adds a new dimension to the naxal scenario, says the annual report for 2004-05. The naxalite groups as a whole have 9,300 hardcore underground cadres that hold around 6,500 regular weapons, besides a large number of unlicensed country-made arms, the report says.

Posted by: Mudy May 3 2005, 08:26 AM

http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=46038

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I met a senior Army officer recently who said the questioning of defence deals that the Sonia-Manmohan government has ordered would leave the Indian Army dangerously short of modern equipment. ‘‘With all these inquiries going on, not a single babu in the government of India will clear a single file,’’ he said gloomily, ‘‘when it comes to matters of security the government and the Opposition should at least come to some sort of consensus not to politicise defense purchases.’’
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Meanwhile, if for no other reason than respect for those who defend our borders the Bangladesh government needs to be given a severe, ‘‘secular’’ reprimand for what happened on April 16. As someone who does not believe secularism is more important than the country’s security I would also like to hear our Prime Minister tell the Bangladesh government that it needs to do something about those madrasas. The last thing India can afford is more Islamic fundamentalists
But why she is blaming opposition? It’s elected government responsibility to run country and opposition to keep them on track. When government behavior is dictatorial, what else opposition can do. If you see today's IE, it seems systematically they are targeting Advani and propping up Jaitely who had no political base. Purpose seems very sinister.

Posted by: keshto patel May 3 2005, 05:30 PM

http://indiareacts.com/nati2.asp?recno=3283 Mukherjee is under pressure from the Congress leadership to implicate Fernandes in defence deals, but he is finding the going rough in the ministry, and sources said that the bureaucracy has united against him, and to add to the minister’s woes, differences have also cropped up with the army, which feels Pranab did not stand up against the mishandled situation in Nepal, which has begun to impact on the morale of Gurkha troops serving here. Finding Mukherjee not effective in saving the Nepal situation, top sources said that army chief General J.J.Singh approached the national security advisor, M.K.Narayanan, to establish direct links with the Royal Nepalese Army, but the NSA advised him to lobby with his minister, but not succeeding at that, relations have cooled off between Pranab and the general staff. This is how Indian National Security is being looted!

Posted by: Viren May 4 2005, 01:42 PM

No, this ain't the humor thread ...http://ww1.mid-day.com/news/city/2005/may/108542.htm

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Latur: Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil-Chakurkar’s residence was broken into by thieves on Friday in Latur, but it was not known whether anything had been stolen. A complaint has been lodged with the Shivaji Nagar police in this regard by Patil’s relatives. It says, thieves entered the ‘’devghar’’ residence of the home minister at Sadbhavana Nagar by cutting the window grills. The police have registered an offence under sections of 457, 380 and 511 of the IPC.

Posted by: Mudy May 4 2005, 03:23 PM

Op-ed in Pioneer

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Demoralised force without motion Prakash Singh At a recent seminar on national security at IIC, it was heartening to hear experts say that unless the police was given the kind of autonomy it enjoys in progressive Western countries, internal security would remain fragile and, to that extent, threats to national security would grow bigger in dimensions. Why is there such neglect of the police? Yes, police is a convenient instrument in the hands of political masters. It is also a handy tool for the bureaucracy. But, do people realise the consequences of not restructuring and reforming the police forces of the country? One does not intend to be an alarmist, but the very democratic structure of the country may collapse one day because of the disintegration of the criminal justice system, of which police is the central pillar. Police has already been politicised. It is now in the process of being criminalised as well. The spectacle of police officers kowtowing to criminal politicians is very disturbing. Besides, the economic progress of the country that we are so proud of, would be jeopardised if law and order continues to take a nose-dive. A healthy police is the key to good governance. It is essential to uphold human rights as well. The stakes are too high and those in positions of authority would be doing a great disservice to the country if they do not take up the crucial police reforms. It is amazing that though there is near consensus on the subject, the matter is still not being pursued. The National Human Rights Commission has been, year after year, repeating the need to insulate police from "extraneous pressures" and set up security commissions in the states. Former Chief Justices of India MN Venkatachaliah and JS Verma have spoken unambiguously in favour of police reforms. One Union Home Minister (late Indrajit Gupta), in a letter addressed to the chief ministers of all State governments, exhorted them to "rise above any narrow and partisan considerations to insulate the police from the growing tendency of partisan or political interference in the discharge of its lawful functions". The Ribeiro Committee, which was set up by the Supreme Court to re-examine the "need, relevance and practicability" of the salient recommendations of the National Police Commission in the present context, endorsed them substantially. The Malimath Committee too, while supporting the need for police reforms, made comprehensive recommendations to overhaul the entire criminal justice system. The vested interests have, however, stalled any progressive measures. The matter is now pending before the Supreme Court. The shameful part is that even Pakistan and Sri Lanka have forged ahead of us in this sphere. In Pakistan, the Government promulgated a Police Ordinance in 2001 to replace the Police Act of 1861. It defined its objective as setting up a police system which is "independently controlled, politically neutral, non-authoritarian, people friendly and professionally efficient". The Ordinance has since been modified, first by the Police Order of 2002 and later by the Police Order (Amendment) Ordinance of 2004. Nevertheless, it is a progressive measure aimed at making the police accountable to the law and to the people of the country. In Sri Lanka, the Government has, through the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, provided for the setting up of a National Police Commission which has been vested with the powers of appointment, promotion, transfer, disciplinary control and dismissal of police officers other then the Inspector General of Police. It will also determine all matters relating to recruitment, training and improving the efficiency and "independence" of the police service. Interestingly, any person who influences or attempts to influence or interferes with any decision of the commission shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction liable to pay a fine not exceeding Rs 100,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years, or both. The commission shall be answerable to Parliament, only to which it would submit a report every year. When will our leadership wake up? The common man today is groaning under a system in which he has scant faith in the law enforcement machinery - getting an FIR lodged at the police station itself calls for a tremendous effort. Then, sincere and honest investigation is an exception rather than the rule. The police must be accountable to the laws and the Constitution of the country rather than to the executive. A new Police Act must be formulated to replace the antiquated legislation of 1861. The country has suffered much as a result of executive stranglehold over the police apparatus. It may sound an exaggeration, but it is quite possible that the country could have been saved the trauma of 1984 anti-Sikh riots and the Gujarat riots if the police had the autonomy to play its mandated role. The severity of the trauma, in any case, would have been much less. Police reforms, it has rightly been said, are too important to neglect and too urgent to delay. (The writer was Police Chief of Uttar Pradesh and Assam)

Posted by: Mudy May 5 2005, 12:02 PM

http://www.outlookindia.com/full.asp?fodname=20050504&fname=ias&sid=1&pn=1 I appeal to the Prime Minister, Dr.Manmohan Singh, to personally intervene to ensure Anil-Ratn's security -- to withdraw Shahabuddin's Z-security and accord it to Anil-Ratn instead.

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But, finally, by reading out the law to Mohammed Shahabuddin, MP, in his own language, the duo has redefined the lingua franca of good governance in Bihar. Raids on Shahabuddin's house have revealed tiger and deer skins, night-vision goggles, laser-aided guns and other arms with markings of Pakistan ordinance factories. Further photos of the honourable MP with some of India’s most wanted criminals have reportedly been seized. In other words, a man who sits inside the hallowed walls of Parliament is a national security threat! And the union government continues providing him Z-category security, to protect a habitual criminal. What a shame. Can Shahabuddin explain to the nation why, and how many times, he visited Kashmir and the border areas in the past four or five years? Did he go there to procure the rocket launchers with which he fired on SP B.S. Meena? He is also said to have had the president of the Siwan Policemen’s Association killed because he refused to support him in the recent elections. Lastly, there's the matter of those who have vanished from Siwan. Every child in Siwan knows where these people vanished, and where more than a hundred bodies lie buried now. The government should order this private graveyard, bang in his backyard, to be dug up, bodies exhumed, scientific identification done and the pictures displayed for the nation to see, so that shame is out in the open and not hidden. And to see that justice is done to the perpetrator of this outrage

Posted by: rajesh_g May 8 2005, 12:44 PM

http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/may82005/state19275200557.asp

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Nasru and his exploits DH News Service Bangalore: In February 2000 a team of Bangalore police raided a house in Kolar and arrested Nasru, who was responsible for abducting more than 30 women dancers from bars in the City. One dancer was rescued following a shootout. Nasru was charged with abduction and releasing them after sexually assaulting them. The abductions had spread terror in the city in 1999, till his arrest in February 2000. The problem was compounded because majority of the women crooners who were kidnapped and released registered a complaint with the police. Nasru frequented dance bars and made propositions to the women dancers after the show was over. In most cases, he waited for the women to leave the venue at night, followed them in his car and abducted them at knife-point, the police said. The women were usually taken to outskirts of Bangalore and forced to spend the night with him. The women were given expensive gifts and released the next day outside Bangalore. Some of them were abducted more than once. After Nasru’s arrest, the other members of his gang, including his brothers, allegedly resorted to dacoity, robbery and extortion on the outskirts of Bangalore. Many software engineers became victims of their extortion and robbery. Nasru was bailed out recently. With their chief back, the gang attacked Shafiq Khan, a resident of Gurappanapalya and a member of rival rowdy Asghar’s gang, and hacked him to death near a mosque. Nasru, his brothers Jaffru and Wasim, and his associate Ilyas, had come to offer prayers at the mosque when they spotted Shafiq. After the murder of Shafiq, the gang was at large. Police claim that the gang had a narrow escape from the police on three occasions. Their luck, however, ran out on Saturday night, when they were nabbed in an encounter with the police.

Posted by: rajesh_g May 10 2005, 08:34 AM

http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/may/10tarun.htm

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India's forgotten state May 10, 2005 With the NDA in strange boycott mode, which nobody either understands or supports, and the nationalists and secularists in narcissistic mood, either appreciating their mirror images or trying to settle scores with each other, god seems to be the only agency available to take care of national affairs, as devotees would like to see, believing this is god's own nation. Hence we can be content with our IIC (the India International Centre) discussions and missiles on the Election Commission. The nation is perfectly in the hands of the upper storied Master of the Heavens. Manipur is in serious turmoil, yet none bothers. It is a jewel in the crown of the age-long civilisational body of the nation, surrounded by beautiful lakes, mountains, inhabited by the great dancers and scholars and poets who have influenced the heart and mind of rest of India and taken the fragrance of our cultural garden far and wide around the globe. But now it is burning and the soul of India is in tears. Last week the greatest treasure of the tiny tribal state, a library containing thousands of rare manuscripts and books, dating hundreds of years back, was burnt down. The physical losses ran into several crores of rupees, but the real value can never be calculated, as the national treasure of the rarest of manuscripts and literature is lost forever. It was burnt because the local Meitei movement, actively supported by the Communists and the church, wanted the Bengali script to be replaced by Meitei and the library contained books in the Bengali script, because that has been the long time cherished tradition of the state. Now, who owns Bengali? It is an Indian script, having its roots in Sanskrit and a perfect national language. Why should the love for Meitei be transformed into a hatred for Bengali? Knowledge in any language and script is precious and needs to be preserved unless you decide to be the Taliban, happy to destroy a Bamiyan and a Takshshila. But neither the so-called mainline press nor mainland politicians bothered to read the agony of Manipur and kept issuing statements on the Election Commission and the blunder-land called Parliament. Manipur is bleeding and its age-long relations with the rest of India and her traditions are under great strain. Why Manipur is burning A couple of months back the vice-chancellor of Manipur University was abducted and tortured, because the extremist organisation Kanglei Yayol Kannan Lup wanted its own man to head the audio-visual research centre at the university. He had, in fact, appointed a person supported by another extremist students organisation, the United National Liberation Front, and was later shot in the leg. None protested, not the faculty nor the students. In Manipur, the national song is banned and is not sung either in schools or any other public platform. Even Manipuri books are not allowed to include it in their pages. In the text book screening committees, set up by the government representatives of separatist organisations like the All Manipur Students Union, the Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur, the Manipur Students Federation (a Maoist outfit) force the committee to teach only Manipur issues, leaving out of its gambit Gandhi, Nehru and other national heroes. The State Council of Research and Training just cannot say 'no' to these elements. The Manipur Implosion In a Robin Hood role, student organisations check teachers' conduct and cut their salary if they are found to be absent from classes. The money collected is deposited in students' organisations accounts. In the government sector, the Kanglipak Communist Party, the United National Liberation Front and the Kanglei Yayol Kannan Lup are most active and impose a 'tax' none can refuse. Government employees are forced to give 1 to 2 per cent of their salary and each central project contractor or the officer in charge has to cough up 10 to 20 percent of the project cost. It is all in the open. People who have the 'blessings' of the separatist organisations run the show in the offices like gangsters, become the source of all information and guide the 'actions' if needed. The separatist movements have taken root with clear support from Leftist extremist groups and church-inspired elements. The Soldier's Dilemma This tendency has further been strengthened by the sheer apathy of the Delhi sultans, who remain satisfied with their blurred image of a Hindustan, which does not really matter beyond Kolkata in the east. The last ten years have seen a meticulous consolidation of the separatist forces. The AMSU was formed in 1962 as a genuine students body, which was 'taken over' by the separatist UNLF in 1997. The People's Liberation Army, another insurgent outfit, ended up having a different students body named the Manipur Students Federation (Maoist). A breakaway group from the UNLF was formed as the KYKL in 1985 which joined hands with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland -- Isaaac-Muivah group (NSCN-IM) who helped it counter the influence of the UNLF, its arch enemy. The KYKL has established its students group, DESAM, having almost total control over Manipur University. Another influential revivalist movement leader revered is Khonangthava who emerged as a powerful reformist in the early 20th century and emphasised Manipur's pre-Vaishnavite traditions. After great debate and pressure from separatist students organisations, the vice-chancellor had to concede their demand to have his statue on the university campus, though the teachers opposed it saying Khonangthava was neither a religious leader not an academician. Mass murders, burning of books, denouncing Indian tradition and laws, nude demonstrations against army 'brutalities' and Delhi's rule and opposing anything that makes Manipur undisputedly a part of the national mosaic are the signs representing this tiny state of the famous Radha Krishna dance forms and a great tradition of literature. Anyone listening? When you push your own people to harder options even to meet modest legitimate demands, old ties are severed in a fit of anger, that's the lesson of history Delhi should not forget.

Posted by: keshto patel May 10 2005, 07:34 PM

http://www.indiareacts.com/archivedebates/....asp?recno=1137 This sham secularism is not the preserve of men like Laloo. There are high practitioners of it in the Congress party, the Union urban development minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, for one, and worse is the party’s general secretary, Ahmed Patel. Patel networked everyone of consequence in Delhi and Patna to get the criminal politician and alleged ISI agent, the RJD MP from Siwan, Mohammed Shahabuddin, off the hook, when district officials were raiding his properties for hidden criminals, contraband, illegal weapons, and stolen goods. And Ghulam Nabi was campaigning for a Muslim chief minister to replace Sheila Dixit, so he could escape going to Jammu and Kashmir following the end of Mufti Mohammed Sayeed’s half term. Sham secularism and political correctness do not end here. You can be jailed for referring to a Dalit by his caste, and yet the same caste is sought to be perpetuated by a system of never-ending reservations that no one has the political will to question or adapt to the social progress made by Dalits. And now, there are Christians who want to be called Dalit Christians to avail the benefits of reservations, and similar demands are coming from sections of Muslims. The more things change, the more they seem to remain the same.

Posted by: k.ram May 11 2005, 05:31 PM

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India's northeast rebels warn 'worst may come' Reuters Posted online: Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 1802 hours IST Updated: Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 1815 hours IST Guwahati, May11: The leader of a powerful insurgent group in northeast India warned there could be fresh violence after lengthy peace talks with New Delhi failed to resolve the decades-old conflict, the insurgents said on Wednesday. The warning from the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN I- M) came after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said at the weekend that finding a solution to the revolt by the Naga tribes people would take more time. But the NSCN (I-M), which began a ceasefire with Indian security forces in 1997 and held talks in India and abroad to seek a solution to their demand for an independent homeland, signalled its patience was wearing thin. "The worst may come again. Be prepared for any eventuality," a senior NSCN (I-M) official quoted general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah as telling supporters late on Tuesday at the rebel headquarters near Dimapur, the commercial hub of Nagaland state. About 20,000 people have died in the rebellion in Christian- dominated Nagaland since it began more than five decades ago. Muivah was speaking after returning from New Delhi where the latest series of talks between the militant group and Indian officials failed to make a breakthrough. Nagaland is one of seven states in the insurgency-riven northeast, surrounded by China, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar and linked to the rest of India by only a narrow strip of land. More than two dozen major insurgent groups operate in the region, home to over 200 ethnic and tribal communities. The rebel outfits are fighting variously for independence, greater autonomy, statehood or just more tribal rights. BALL IN GOVERNMENT COURT Muivah told cadres it was up to the government to make the next move. "If there is political will, they can solve it. The ball is in their court," he was quoted as saying. But an Indian official said the NSCN (I-M)'s frustration with the latest talks in New Delhi, which have dragged on for more than four months, was unlikely to cause a breakdown of the truce. "It will be difficult for them to break the ceasefire all of a sudden, because their cadres are confined to designated camps under our supervision," a Union government official said on condition of anonymity. The main sticking point in talks has been New Delhi's refusal to accept the NSCN's (I-M) demand to merge Naga-dominated areas, including districts from neighbouring northeastern states, into a 'Greater Nagaland'. Indian officials fear giving in to the demand would set the stage for an independent Naga homeland, or that a "Greater Nagaland" would lead to bloodshed as other ethnic and tribal groups in the troubled region would violently oppose the move. "We should know our rights and our freedom. Nagas are not born to be ruled by others," Muivah said.

Posted by: k.ram May 12 2005, 05:55 PM

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Russia Said to Uncover Spying by 4 Nations Russia:NGOs are Spy Fronts By STEVE GUTTERMAN, Associated Press Writer 15 minutes ago MOSCOW - Russia's security chief said Thursday his agency has uncovered spy activity that was being conducted under the cover of non-governmental organizations from the United States, Britain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Federal Security Service chief Nikolai Patrushev also suggested that foreign governments are using NGOs to fund and support changes of power in former Soviet republics. Patrushev's remarks reflected concern in President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin as it grapples with waning regional influence following the ascent of pro-Western governments in ex-Soviet states. The Kremlin is also worried about outside influence within Russia amid U.S. accusations of backsliding on democracy. "Along with classic forms of influence on political and economic processes, foreign intelligence agencies are ever more actively using nontraditional methods," including working through "various non-governmental organizations," Patrushev told lawmakers. "Under cover of implementing humanitarian and educational programs in Russian regions, they lobby the interests of the states in question and gather classified information on a broad spectrum of issues," he said. Patrushev said his agency, which is known by its Russian acronym FSB and is the main successor to the Soviet KGB, "has prevented a series of espionage operations" carried out through foreign non-governmental organizations." He named the Peace Corps — which pulled out of Russia in 2003 amid FSB spying allegations — as well as the British medical aid group Merlin, the "Saudi Red Crescent" and a Kuwaiti group he called the Society of Social Reforms. Patrushev reiterated claims by Russian officials who have accused the United States and other Western nations of using NGOs to aid opposition forces that have brought down governments in other ex- Soviet republics in the past two years. His comments came just two days after President Bush visited Georgia, site of the "Rose Revolution" 18 months ago that marked the start of a wave of uprisings against entrenched leaders in ex-Soviet republics. One followed in Ukraine, then in Kyrgyzstan. "Our opponents are steadily and persistently trying to weaken Russian influence in the Commonwealth of Independent States and the international arena as a whole," Patrushev said. "The latest events in Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan unambiguously confirm this." Patrushev said the International Republican Institute, a U.S. democracy support organization, held a meeting in Slovakia last month during which "the possibility of continuing 'velvet revolutions' on the post-Soviet space was discussed." Patrushev suggested Russia believes the next Western target is Moscow ally Belarus, where U.S. officials have not masked their disgust at authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko and have called for free elections next year. Bush has called Belarus the last dictatorship in Europe, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said it was time for a change there. He claimed that the IRI has earmarked $5 million to finance opposition groups in Belarus this year and asserted that there were efforts under way to bring Ukrainians involved in last year's "Orange Revolution" to train opposition forces in Belarus, which has close ties with Russia. In Washington, Peace Corps spokeswoman Barbara Daly dismissed Patrushev's charges as "completely baseless, without merit and not true." She said 700 volunteers have served in Russia since the program was started in 1993, mainly as teachers of English and business education. A spokeswoman for Merlin, speaking on condition of anonymity from its London office, said it "categorically denies any allegations that it has been involved in espionage operations or activities." She said Merlin had worked in Russia since 1996 on anti-tuberculosis programs, and that the group believed it could continue to work in close collaboration with its Russian partners. Patrushev is considered a close ally of Putin, a longtime KGB officer and former FSB chief. The FSB routinely claims to have uncovered spying by foreign countries including the United States, but Patrushev's remarks in the lower parliament house came just days after Putin and Western leaders Bush celebrated unity during commemorations of the 60th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany. Putin also reached a new agreement this week deepening cooperation with the European Union. Patrushev's statement was the latest from a top official assailing civil society groups in Russia, which Putin criticized last year as often being more interested in foreign funding than in helping Russian people. He called for tighter legislation governing NGOs, saying current laws were not sufficient to stem "activity by foreign non-governmental organizations that damages the security of our country." The Russian security services have long expressed alarm over U.S. NGOs. In 2003, Russia refused entry to a longtime resident U.S. labor activist. It has also frequently expelled foreigners considered a threat to the nation, including missionaries and Peace Corps volunteers. Patrushev accused Peace Corps volunteers of spying in 2002, and that year Russia refused to extend volunteers' visas or issue new ones — forcing the program to shut down.

Posted by: acharya May 13 2005, 07:08 PM

Send this Article to a Friend ISI, Iran funded NDF: Rawat Staff Reporter KOZHIKODE: Neera Rawat, Senior Superintendent of Police, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, has said that the Kozhikode Special Branch during her tenure as Kozhikode City Police Commissioner from March 22, 1997 to May 16 1999, had gathered information and prepared a report about the National Development Front's (NDF) links with the Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). Ms. Rawat was deposing before the Marad Judicial Inquiry Commission, Thomas P. Joseph, through the video conferencing facility at the Reliance Web World here on Friday. While the Commission conducted its sitting at the Reliance Web World at East Nadakkavu, Ms. Rawat deposed as a witness at the Reliance Web World at Bareilly. Her deposition lasted less than an hour. During her examination Ms. Rawat said that she had also constituted a special squad to assist the Special Branch to collect information about the activities of the NDF. The police had then prepared reports that the ISI and Iran were the fund sponsors of the NDF. The Special Branch had collected reports using its sources and methods. Its reports were confidential and authentic, she said. She also told the Commission that the police in connection with an investigation into a case registered against NDF activists had come to know that the NDF had drawn up plans to send a person for ISI training. However, he was unable to attend the training due to some reasons. The police had also arrested another person, `Ooma Babu,' an accused in the Coimbatore serial blast case from Kozhikode, during her tenure. Ms. Rawat also stated that the Special Branch had also given reports regarding the transportation of arms in ambulance vans. The Medical College police had also arrested some persons for conducting arms training. After getting the reports the police had prepared a history sheet of NDF activists and kept a close surveillance on their activities. The police conducted routine investigations into the activities of various organisations. Information on organisations was being collected when they were active and their activities become suspicious in nature. Not all reports would be discussed with the District Collector. Only matters such as the case dealing with Coimbatore blast case that needed joint operations would be discussed, she said. Counsel for the Commission, P.V. Hari, Hindu Aikya Vedi counsel, E.K. Santosh Kumar, NDF counsel, Mohammed Sheriff, and Indian Union Muslim League counsel P. Mohammed Hanif examined Ms. Rawat. Later addressing newspersons, the Kozhikode District Session Judge, said that the videoconferencing helped the Commission to ``save a lot of time, energy and money.'' The State Government also benefited out of the system. The whole exercise was conducted in an hour. ``Let us see,'' he said in reply to a query whether the Commission planned to do more videoconferencing. Around Rs.2,000 would be charged for services at one centre. The proceedings were also recorded at the Reliance office in Mumbai. The compact disc containing the proceedings will be submitted to the Commission in a couple of days. Meanwhile, the Commission also issued orders to examine the former Chief Minister, A.K. Antony, on June 10 and the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau, C.M. Pradeep Kumar, and the Assistant Commissioner of Police, (State Special Branch), V. Mohanan, on May 25.

Posted by: Mudy May 14 2005, 08:54 PM

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http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/2568.asp Research Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s elite intelligence counterpart to CIA has in the recent past tough experience with CIA. One of the RAW directors who according to the rumor world, was a double agent, defected to America through Nepal after being caught stealing intelligence details. The rumor world says, RAW many more moles from many intelligence organizations of many countries. According to some think tanks, the new intelligence tactics and new techniques for undercover operations may include recruiting prominent politicians. Again rumor world says, some politicians from all the parties in India including the Communists are on foreign intelligence pay rolls.

Posted by: Bhootnath May 15 2005, 03:08 AM

Why Worry Folks, after all we have most HONEST PM smile.gif) ... x-post

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http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/2568.asp Research Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s elite intelligence counterpart to CIA has in the recent past tough experience with CIA. .

Posted by: utepian May 16 2005, 11:02 AM

Posting from Sulekha:

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LeT activist held, terror plot to target HAL unearthed New Delhi, May. 16 (PTI): With the arrest of a technically educated activist of banned Lashker-e-Taiba militant outfit here, Delhi Police today claimed to have unearthed a terror plot to target Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in Kanpur. Haroon Rashid (24) alias Farooq, a mechanical engineer who worked with HAL for over two years, is a member of a module which also had planned to attack Indian Military Academy but the plot was aborted with the arrest of two terrorists and killing of three others in an encounter in a South West Delhi area two months ago, Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Karnal Singh, told reporters. Hailing from Siwan in Bihar, Rashid was arrested at the IGI Airport here on arrival from Singapore where he had gone for training for maritime engineering, Singh said, adding the accused is believed to have returned to India to revive the LeT module that was smashed after March encounter. Investigations revealed that large amounts of money had been transferred at least twice by Rashid to the militants involved in the March 5 encounter, he said. Rashid had resigned from HAL in December last year to join a Singapore-based company and went to the south-east nation for a 22-week preparatory course for graduate mechanical engineers in Singapore Maritime Academy, Singh said.

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Mines seized in Andhra Visakhapatnam: In a major catch, police on Monday seized several mines, including heavy duty directional mines, from the dense forests of the Andhra Pradesh-orissa border. "It's for the first time police has seized heavy duty mines from the forest at GK Veedhi which can cause a heavy blast within a radius up to one km," District Superintendent of police Sanjay Kumar Jain said. The seizure includes three heavy duty directional mines and four claymore mines, he said. Police, on a tip off intensified the combing operations in the maoist stronghold gk veedhi Mandal and found the dump on the outskirts of Nerellabanda village.
Naxal and ISI love affair and timid response from state Govt. may destroy state economy for long time.

Posted by: Dev May 19 2005, 03:42 PM

I guess this belongs to internal security. Reader responses to Congress party workers attack on defence minister Pranab Mukherjee in Kolkata. http://www.telegraphindia.com/1050520/asp/opinion/story_4755806.asp

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In the line of fire Sir — The manner in which the Union defence minister, Pranab Mukherjee, got assaulted by Congress workers protesting against the distribution of election tickets for the forthcoming civic polls raises serious doubts about the security arrangements for our political leaders (“Pranab defence cracks”, May 16). Crores are spent to keep our netas out of harm’s way every year. Despite this, a few rowdy Congressmen managed to get their hands on Mukherjee at the party headquarters in Calcutta recently. This ugly incident could have been avoided if the minister’s securitymen went about doing their job properly. The government should take serious note of this incident and order an inquiry to ensure that the errant officers are pulled up for dereliction of duty. Yours faithfully, Prashant Solomon, New Delhi Sir — The treatment meted out to a senior and respected politician like Pranab Mukherjee by the supporters of his own party reflects the sorry state of affairs in West Bengal Congress. Party members are busy settling personal scores, that too at a time when municipal elections are round the corner. The incident is also a reminder of the infighting in West Bengal Pradesh Congress. The fact that the miscreants could get away with manhandling the defence minister of the country also goes to prove that the attack was endorsed by some powerful sections of the party. Yours faithfully, Arjun Chaudhuri, Calcutta Sir — Many Indians had taken a strong exception to the former defence minister, George Fernandes, being strip-searched by airport officials in the United States of America. Now, Pranab Mukherjee, the current defence minister, has been mobbed by his own partymen in his home state. The incident, which pointed to the party’s internal squabbles and tarnished its image, proves that ordinary Indians have little respect for the country’s defence minister. Can we really find fault with other nations ill treating our politicians when we ourselves are guilty of the same crime? Yours faithfully, Neha Shah, Calcutta Sir — Ordinary Indians have reasons to feel worried about Pranab Mukherjee getting beaten up by Congress workers in Calcutta. After all, is the country safe in the hands of a defence minister who is incapable of protecting himself? During the scuffle, Pranabbabu did attempt to fight off his assailants, but his punches missed their target, forcing him to launch a verbal attack on the assaulters instead. The Congress high command, quite expectedly, ordered an inquiry. But surprisingly, the defence minister has refused to attach much importance to the incident and absolved the offenders of any wrongdoing. A defence minister, who is willing to compromise with his assailants, is certainly not good news for the country’s security. Yours faithfully, Diptimoy De, Calcutta Sir —The attack on Pranab Mukherjee in the state Congress headquarters suggests that a sizeable section of party workers have an aversion to leaders who are unwilling to take on the left in West Bengal. Clearly, the Congress leaders hobnobbing with the communists in Delhi has not amused party workers in the states. With the Trinamool Congress being a spent force and the Congress in disarray, the Left Front government can be assured of a few more decades of uninterrupted rule in West Bengal. Yours faithfully, Susobhan Sarkar, Calcutta Sir — The fact that Pranab Mukherjee was punched and abused by party-workers only shows that the long tradition of heckling senior leaders is still very much alive in the Congress. Can a party, which cannot, or does not, extend adequate protection to its leaders, claim to meet the demands of the electorate if it were the win the civic polls? Yours faithfully, Jayanta Datta, Hooghly Sir— The manhandling of Pranab Mukherjee by Congress workers is an indication that the state unit of the party is headed the Trinamool way. Now is a good time for Mamata Banerjee to trace her steps back to the parent party since there is hardly any difference left between the two. Yours faithfully, Kalyan Das, Kharagpur

Posted by: rajesh_g May 19 2005, 04:08 PM

Yes, yes Lalu should demand the dismissal of the WB govt.. tongue.gif

Posted by: utepian May 20 2005, 08:11 AM

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guess this belongs to internal security. Reader responses to Congress party workers attack on defence minister Pranab Mukherjee in Kolkata.
This belongs in the "We are like this onlee" section. The way Pranabda was being kicked, I thought I was watching a Johnny Lever movie, not the news.

Posted by: Mudy May 20 2005, 10:07 AM

http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/may/19raman.htm-- B.Raman

Posted by: ramana May 20 2005, 11:30 AM

It does belong to the Int security thread. Pranabda is still the Raksha Mantri. What were his guards doing? Or where they allowign this tamasha? Because in the heirarchy the RM is the holder of the suitcase after the PM atleast in the NDA.

Posted by: utepian May 20 2005, 11:33 AM

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http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/may/19raman.htm-- B.Raman
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R&AW had been penetrated once in the 1980s at the joint secretary's level.The Intelligence Bureau in the 1990s even at a higher level. If he had not been detected in time, the IB might have been headed in the 1990s by a CIA mole.ohmy.gif
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Issuing an American passport to him to enable him to escape to the US was tantamount to admitting in the open town hall that he was their man. The fact that they did it without worrying about its likely impact on Indo-US relations is indicative of three things: * His extraordinary importance for the CIA. * The CIA's over-anxiety to prevent his detention and interrogation by Indian counter-intelligence, lest he reveal more on his role as the CIA's mole than the Indian counter-intelligence had been able to gather. * Despite all the talk of close Indo-US relations and close co-operation between the agencies of the two countries in counter-terrorism, the US agencies couldn't care less about Indian sensitivities over their continuing efforts to penetrate the Indian official set-up and Indian non-governmental organisations.
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Why are the BJP and Congress fighting shy of talking about the issue in their public debate? :shock; Is it due to a fear that the US might react adversely? Why are the Communists, who have no reason to heed American sensitivities, keeping quiet over it? :?:

Posted by: rajesh_g May 20 2005, 12:49 PM

Who was this traitor who got caught in the 80s ?? What did we do to him ?

Posted by: Viren May 20 2005, 01:51 PM

Was it the http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/2002/07/19/stories/2002071903061200.htm

Posted by: Mudy May 20 2005, 08:58 PM

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It does belong to the Int security thread. Pranabda is still the Raksha Mantri. What were his guards doing? Or where they allowign this tamasha? Because in the heirarchy the RM is the holder of the suitcase after the PM atleast in the NDA.
What about Z security? This is serious. Suitcase must be in Sonia closet or in forgotten corner of 1 Race Course.

Posted by: Mudy May 20 2005, 09:02 PM

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Was it the Coomar Narain espionage case of 1985?
yes, Plus two Major General brothers. They are still in jail.

Posted by: utepian May 21 2005, 07:22 AM

Mudyji, who are the two Major General Brothers?

Posted by: Mudy May 21 2005, 11:33 AM

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Mudyji, who are the two Major General Brothers?
trying to recall name, they were 2 Christian brothers caught in Race Course, Delhi. Reason for spying was to fund their children education in US and Australia. It happened when Rajeev Gandhi was PM. They are still in Tihar Jail, Delhi.

Posted by: keshto patel May 21 2005, 11:19 PM

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Mudyji, who are the two Major General Brothers?
trying to recall name, they were 2 Christian brothers caught in Race Course, Delhi. Reason for spying was to fund their children education in US and Australia. It happened when Rajeev Gandhi was PM. They are still in Tihar Jail, Delhi.
FD Larkins and KH Larkins. KHL is absconding though.

Posted by: keshto patel May 21 2005, 11:28 PM

From the earlier prize catches from the Prime Minister’s Secretariat and top echelons of the Army, the current crop of accused come in the form of serving or retired assistants, technicians, sergeants and drivers. A majority of them are Muslims, some are Pakistanis. http://www.expressindia.com/kashmir/full_story.php?content_id=19853 Never keep muslims on sensative posts in India. http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1364810,00070001.htm Dawood was freind of Indian captain Azhrudin who lost several matches to make himself rich.

Posted by: Mudy May 22 2005, 10:48 AM

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Blasts at two Delhi cinema halls Agencies/ New Delhi Explosions, suspected to be caused by bombs, rocked two cinema halls in the capital today, injuring many people seriously. There were no confirmed reports on any casualties as yet. The explosions took place in Liberty Cinema hall in central Delhi and the Satyam Multiplex in Patel Nagar. The blast at the Liberty cinema hall took place in the rear stall during the screening of the controversial film Jo Bole So Nihaal.

Posted by: Mudy May 22 2005, 10:51 AM

keshto patel

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FD Larkins and KH Larkins. KHL is absconding though.
Thanks, It was a big story and shame for armed forces.

Posted by: Mudy May 22 2005, 01:22 PM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1372126,000600010001.htm http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1372423,00080001.htm Congress is back and bomb blast are back. Well, another punishment not tabling Nanvati report. Whether you have Sikh PM or not. Well Tytler, Bhagat, Sajjan are free and enjoying.

Posted by: rajesh_g May 22 2005, 02:43 PM

Takht has cleared the movie. There is a strong possibility that some paki scum are trying to create trouble and some old time khalistanis are playing along.

Posted by: GDiwan May 22 2005, 02:50 PM

this looks like a work of LET piglets on behalf of pukistan's ISI. Probably in a hope of reviving Kahilstan movement.

Posted by: Mudy May 22 2005, 04:03 PM

1984 riots emotions still present in some corner of Delhi e.g. Nariana, Rajori Garden/Raja Garden and North Delhi. This may be LeT+ Babbar Khalsa.

Posted by: Mudy May 22 2005, 06:02 PM

Pioneer

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Terror returns to Delhi: One dead, 50 injured Staff Reporter/ New Delhi In the first terrorist attack in more than three years in Delhi, one person died and more than 50 people were injured when two simultaneous bomb blasts in Liberty cinema and Satyam Cineplex rocked the Capital on Sunday evening. ... In cinema halls blasts Ironically, the blast came on the day when the UPA government was celebrating completion of first year in office. Both the halls were showing Sunny Deol starer Jo Bole So Nihal, a film which has run into controversy due to certain references to Sikh scriptures. Late at night, the Union Cabinet met to take stock of the situation. The Prime Minister is likely to visit the injured on Monday. Preliminary investigation conducted by the Delhi Police and other investigating agencies, however, has revealed that the twin blasts in both the cinema halls were caused by bombs laced with RDX and fitted with timers, a possible handiwork of trained subversives. In the case of Liberty cinema, the bomb was placed under the seat in the sixth or seventh row from the front on the ground floor. The explosive at Satyam was placed in the toilet of the cineplex. The police are banking on the footage from the CCTV fitted at Satyam cinema to crack the case. "This could also be the handiwork of Islamic fundamentalists owing allegiance to various terrorist outfits active in Kashmir valley. There is also the possibility that certain operatives of al-Qaeda known as "Sleeper Cells" could be behind the blast. Both the blasts were triggered by applying the same modus operandi. Fresh intercepts emanating from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) and the Kashmir valley suggest that there could be some more subversive activities in the coming days," well-placed sources said. .................. When asked specifically whether Sikh militants owing allegiance to Khalistan Commando Force headed by Paramjeet Singh Panwar or another militant outfit, Khalistan Zindabad Force headed by Navneet alias Neeta could be behind the blasts, intelligence sources said this aspect was also being looked into. Three Delhi Police teams have been dispatched to various areas of Punjab to investigate whether there was a Sikh militancy angle with subversives trying to exploit the anger among the Sikhs on the screening of the film .....

Posted by: keshto patel May 22 2005, 06:07 PM

India's best defense against Muslim terrorism is electing Narendra Modi as the next Prime Minister. He is a living, breathing POTO. user posted image

Posted by: keshto patel May 22 2005, 06:19 PM

In case if we missed it............. www.christianaggression.o...e=articles Sandhya Jain

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The Daily Pioneer, OP-ED column Tuesday, May 17, 2005 Though it is nearly two decades since the agitation for the Ram Janmabhoomi questioned the meaning of secularism, there has since been little serious discussion of the concept. Growing Hindu unease over heightened pro-missionary activism by Congress-led regimes in various States, however, demands that the community's views be articulated to facilitate mature public discourse on the subject. Secularism originated in the Christian West as a truce offered by a denominational State to sister denominations, whereby they could coexist in peace for the larger good of the nation. With time, the State ceased to be denominational (though Britain formally remains so), and the offer of coexistence was extended to other faiths that entered Christian lands as immigrants. The rise of immigrant groups in Western countries gave rise to the doctrine of multi-culturalism, whereby non-Christian, non-European peoples were permitted to live a separate existence within the host culture. The rising tide of Islamic fundamentalism, however, is tearing this tolerance apart and voices are being raised in favour of the coercive assimilation that was once the hallmark of the American way. Hindus, therefore, are not the only people in the world to question the attitude of forbearance towards the abuse of native kindness. Hindus are aware that while Islam openly professes the unity of mosque and State, Christianity detests the separation of church and State and has, from the time the cleavage was forced upon it, continued to use the state to secure its ends. The Western reality, therefore, is that the State is Christian at some level and the church in turn serves as a political arm of the State. Hence the active interest in evangelical activities by Western regimes. India's secular State extends undue patronage to the Church; as a result Hindu patience is beginning to wear thin. The situation has deteriorated with the rise of the Sonia Gandhi-led Congress in some states. So we have a situation in which BJP-ruled Rajasthan has to change the name of a colony named after the Goddess Sati, but Maharashtra sanctions a Christian township! Press reports suggest that former Australia cricket captain, Steve Waugh, wishes to set up a 100-400 acre "Christian township" in Mumbai. A rabid evangelist, Waugh recently donated millions for the conversion of tsunami victims. Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has already appointed State Industry Secretary as nodal agency for the proposal, no doubt scoring points with his party chief. In Karnataka, Congress Chief Minister Dharam Singh shamelessly facilitated Benny Hinn's evangelical blitzkrieg, which mercifully fell flat, causing embarrassment even to the official church. Dharam Singh's predecessor, SM Krishna, patronized HT Sangliana, Director General of Police (Prisons), who openly supports missionaries. A 1969-batch IAS officer from Meghalaya, Sangliana became famous in November 2001 when he ordered the arrest of Hindu activists protesting against mass conversions in Doddabalapur (Bangalore Rural). Sangliana and some senior police officers openly lecture on the Bible at Bible College of India, Bangalore, at weekends. While this is by no means a contraband activity, one does wonder if the State administration's tolerance of this display of religious freedom would extend to a Hindu officer indulging in weekly Ram kathas. Even if not openly victimised, such an officer would be sidelined and derided as a bit of a 'crank.' Sangliana however, suffers no such disability; he openly sided with missionaries when the Ma Bhagavati temple in Devanahalli (Bangalore Rural) and Sri Durgamba Temple in Banaswadi (Bangalore) were demolished and churches erected in their place in 2002. In both cases, the Chief Minister and important Congress leaders supported the evangelicals. It is hardly surprising to learn, therefore, that as many as 84 Churches have sprung up in this area in just the last two years. But the Chief Minister who takes the cake is Y Samuel Rajasekhara Reddy (YSR) of Andhra Pradesh. A practicing Seventh Day Adventist, Reddy reportedly had 350 farmhands converted by the Adventists on his own farm, and is now building a church for them. Reddy is openly pro-missionary. Recently, when it was found that a church is being constructed on lands belonging to the famous Bhadrachalam Rama Temple, given to a Christian organisation for setting up a school, the chief minister prevented restoration of the land to the temple. So now the church is coming up and conversion activity is in full swing at an exceedingly sacred Hindu site. Mandir lands are also being freely distributed in Naxal-infested areas; a sub-inspector who opposed this was done to death, allegedly by Maoist Naxalites. YSR has handed over the distribution of mid-day meals to government school students to Christian bodies and NGOs, who make the children recite "yesu nama" before giving them the food. This is not only tantamount to forced conversion but also involves the psychological abuse of minors. The worst offence, however, is the gifting of the contract for procurement of materials for prasadam at Tirupati Balaji to a Kochi Syrian Christian, GB Mathew and his firm, the JRG Wealth Management Limited, three weeks ago. Hindu activists suspect that Christians are being smuggled into crucial areas of decision-making at Tirupathi. For instance, some time ago YSR laid the foundation stones for the construction of Vasantha Mandapam in Tirumala, and construction of a new building for Sri Venkateshwara Oriental College in Tirupati. It is feared that the contracts for these Rs 109-crore projects may be awarded exclusively to Christian firms, thereby making mandir funds available for proselytisation activities. One week ago, YSR engineered a deal between the Sri Venkateshwara Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital (SVIMS, which is owned and run by the TTD) and Dr Cherian's Frontier Lifeline and Dr KM Cherian Heart Foundation for a telemedicine facility. Dr Cherian is the founder of Madras Medical Mission, a true missionary hospital based in Chennai, and YSR inaugurated the telemedicine facility through video-conference. Personally, I have little doubt that Dr Cherian is a thorough professional. But given the scale and audacity of missionary activity in the southern states, Hindus feel alarmed that a premier institution owned by one of the most sacred Mandirs of the Hindus (the funds for which come from ordinary Hindu bhaktas) should be made to tie-up with a missionary organization by the State Government. It is well known in Andhra Pradesh that there are more than a dozen Hindu institutions that can match and even surpass the facilities offered by Dr Cherian and his team. In the unlikely event that YSR is not aware of them, they include hospitals of the stature of Apollo Hospitals; Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Hospitals; Sri Sai Baba's hospital at Puttaparthi; Mata Amritanandamayi's Hospital at Kochi; Narayana Hridayalaya of Bangalore; Escorts Hospital, and many other super-speciality hospitals in Hyderabad. YSR has been equally generous to the State's other monotheistic community. It is well-known that the Andhra Government owes nearly Rs 100 crores to Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam as compensation for Mandir lands acquired for the construction of bus stands and bus depots. Though it has failed to remit even one rupee of this amount, the Government recently demanded property tax dues from TTD and on receipt of rupees six crores, instantly diverted the sum to create an Idgah Maidan on railway lands next to the Sri Venkateshwara University lands owned by TTD. This, then, is secularism in one country

Posted by: keshto patel May 22 2005, 06:27 PM

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Existing No. of Temples, Mosques and Churches in AP as on 31st March 2005. District Temples Churches mosques Adilabad 12,346 3,347 18,482 Ananthpur 14,008 4,892 9,328 Chittor 26,120 9,098 12,320 Cuddpah 22,982 7,241 14,223 East Godavari 8,220 12,123 9,230 Guntur 9,302 16,388 5,429 Hyderabad 13,144 3,204 15,203 (Rangareddy) Kakinada 7,203 8,585 5,274 Karimnagar 4,129 1,648 9,714 Khammam 5,210 7,203 5,922 Krishna 8,929 8,462 3,769 Kurnool 6,549 5,203 9,293 Machlipatnam 5,000(appx) 8,320 6,493 Mahboobnagar 3,299 3,128 7,235 Medak 6,302 3,203 3,234 Nellore 7,993 6,782 7,323 Nalgonda 6,882 2,412 5,239 Nizamabad 4,638 3,203 9,366 Prakasham 4,255 5,583 4,932 Srikakulam 7,339 9,879 2,140 Warangal 1,393 6,320 1,342 West Godavari 3,293 5,464 2,765 Vishakapatnam 6,430 3,203 4,203 Vizianagaram 3,891 3,100 3,500 If This is the State of Affairs, the day is not far when Andhra will be be divided into Vatican and Mecca.

Posted by: Mudy May 22 2005, 08:56 PM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1372480,000600010001.htm Another blast. thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif

Posted by: Mudy May 23 2005, 10:19 AM

http://www.indianexpress.com/ie20010503/op1.html-- -THE LARKINS CASE http://www.tribuneindia.com/2003/20030813/nation.htm#5

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When solid proof was available against an accused about the possession of restricted documents that contained the names, number and field formations of the units of each individual officer... “and being important information from the defence point of view of the country, no further proof is required and his possession sufficiently substantiates that he or somebody on his behalf obtained or collected it for him,” the apex court said. The High Court in its order of April 30, 2001, had upheld the sentence of 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment to retired Major-Gen F.D. Larkins (retd) and his brother Air Vice Marshal K.M. Larkins (retd), but acquitted Lieut-Col Jasbir Singh (retd) and Jaspal Singh.
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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46716099.cms NEW DELHI: The saga of the infamous Larkins spy scandal, which rocked the country's defence establishment in the 1980s, continues. In the latest development, one of the convicted brothers, Air Vice Marshal (retd) K H Larkins, has been declared 'absconding.' ..... K H Larkins' present whereabouts are unknown. "He no longer lives at the Goa address provided to the court at the beginning of trial. Now he is said to be living with a relative in Sri Lanka," says special public prosecutor B R Handa. In 2001, When the Delhi High Court dismissed their appeal against their 1985 conviction by the trial court, K H Larkins was living in Australia with his daughter. He apparently returned to India and filed the appeal in the Supreme Court.

Posted by: Mudy May 23 2005, 01:08 PM

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Twin blasts: Work of organised terror groups Pramod Kumar Singh/ New Delhi The twin blasts on Sunday evening, recovery of 5.5 kg of RDX with detonators from an operative of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) and a purse bomb blast on Monday morning in Nand Nagari area of north-east Delhi point a finger towards the involvement of organised terror groups penetrating the Capital all over again. As Delhi relives the terror of 1997 once again when it shook to a series of bomb blasts, Delhi Police and the security agencies have a big job on their hand. The explosive used in the blasts has been now confirmed as 'C-4', a plastic based highly lethal derivative of RDX explosive. "This type of explosive is normally used by Kashmir-based terrorist groups and it was also used by Sikh militants groups in Punjab. There are certain definite leads in the two incidents and they are being followed, Delhi Police Commissioner KK Paul told The Pioneer. Police nabbed hardcore LeT member Mohammad Ishaq Ittoo (24), as he was waiting to deliver his deadly consignment, near Safdarjung hospital. A resident of Anantnag in Kashmir, Ittoo was intercepted by a special cell team led by ACP Rajbir Singh. Having trained in LeT's Muridke (Pakistan) based camp, Ittoo was in touch with the sleeper agents of LeT who are said to be hiding in the adjoining areas of Delhi. Though his involvement was ruled out in the twin blasts case, he is believed to be in the capital to carry out recce for more subversive strikes, JT CP, Special Cell, Karnal Singh said. The twin blasts in Liberty and Satyam cineplex were carefully planned, while the purse bomb is believed to be the handiwork of mischievous elements who apparently wanted to test the newly acquired expertise from their handlers. The fact that the victim, Ram Prasad lost his two fingers the moment he opened the purse lying on the road confirmed that the tiny bomb concealed in a lady purse was fitted with detonator. Amateurs cannot pack such a bomb, as it requires a high degree of training, a senior Delhi Police officer said. Similar was the case with the high intensity RDX laced bombs placed in the premises of the two cinema halls. When asked about the twin blasts on Sunday evening, a senior police officer said, "It is a very clever game being played by Pakistan-based terrorist groups to confuse the security agencies and also to ignite the moribund Sikh militancy by fomenting their religious sentiments. The investigations carried out so far does not indicate the involvement of Sikh militant groups but the activities of International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), headed by Jasbir Singh Rhode, the nephew of Jarnail Singh Bhinderawale is definitely being looked into." Rhode, who lives in Vancouver in Canada is said to be close to LeT. During investigation into the serial bomb blast cases in Delhi, ISYF was found to be close to Abdul Karim Tunda of LeT who masterminded the blasts. Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) headed by Wadhawa Singh Babbar, Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) headed by Ranjir Singh alias Neeta and Paramjit Singh Panjwar's Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) are also being investigated but it will be premature to bracket them for the blasts, the officer added. Investigators are trying to identify couriers who could have entered the cinema halls on the pretext of watching movies. Rajender Narain, the security guard of Liberty who was on the exit gate duty told the police that he heard two couples, leave the hall ten minutes before the blast. One of the men was turbaned and the other was clean-shaven. They were loud in their condemnation of the films, while their companions left quietly. Crime Branch is preparing their computer generated sketches and the portraits will be matched to see if they have a record. Investigators believe that the twin blasts were carried out by people who are still holed up in the city. They have a reason to believe this. Amba cinema at Pul Bangash near old Delhi railway station and Delite cinema, situated near New Delhi railway station, also showing Jo Bole So Nihal were not targetted. In the past, the blasts in Delhi were triggered in the areas closer to Railway stations and Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) since that made the escape of the agents provocateurs easy. Many people have been picked up for questioning and raids were being carried out in Delhi, Western Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and the Kashmir valley. It is also being verified whether any international calls were made after the twin blasts as in the past. "We have identified certain sleeper agents who have been hiding in the periphery of Delhi and their movements are also being verified," the police officer added.

Posted by: rajesh_g May 23 2005, 01:43 PM

Just as expected. And Madmohan Singh (and before him ABV) wants to talk peace with these paki suars.. When will we learn ?? Will we ever ? This incident needs to be raised at the highest levels. mad.gif Meanwhile Bibi Jagir Kaur must apologize for whipping up public hysteria over this matter.

Posted by: Viren May 26 2005, 10:30 AM

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In defence of deals -Kaushik Kapisthalam http://www.dailypioneer.com/indexn12.asp?main_variable=oped&file_name=opd3%2Etxt&counter_img=3 25th May 2005 Recent events bode ill for India's military modernisation efforts. While Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee has lived up to his reputation as an able administrator, party politics has crept into the defence procurement arena of late with potentially devastating consequences for the Indian military. One of the first casualties of this witch-hunt is the Indian Navy's proposed purchase of new submarines to replace its aging fleet. While the Navy has made it clear that it has decided on merit to purchase French Scorpene submarines, it now appears the deal is dead in the water. The Army seems to be taking an even bigger hit with planned purchases of self-propelled artillery guns and other systems essentially at standstill. The issue in this case is the allegation of bribery against the South African firm, Denel, which is eerily reminiscent of the Bofors case of the 1980s. The IAF too seems resigned to see its planned acquisitions of fighter jets delayed by several years. First, if one were to re-examine every single Government contract in the past few years, there are bound to be irregularities in some of them. Military purchasing is only partly based on objective criterion; political and diplomatic considerations are often used as tie-breakers between equally good products. For instance, if a particular Government decides to buy a weapon from a country which is allied to India and is willing to transfer the technology while there is a cheaper product on offer from a country that might employ sanctions in the future, can anyone say that this indicates an irregularity? Second, the mere presence of a commission agent does not imply corruption. It would be one thing if some agent manages to convince the Government to procure substandard products, but it must be noted that the Indian armed forces have seldom, if ever, inducted systems that they knew would not meet their standards. The much-maligned Bofors gun was a life-saver in Kargil, and one should simply ask Pakistani soldiers how they felt about the howitzers. Does it matter now that some person in another country made a quick buck in the Bofors deal? How many more Indian lives could have been saved in Kargil if we had completed the Bofors contract in full, which would have included local production? One would also hope that our politicians and media look at the opportunity cost of these scam-hunts. Take the Scorpene deal in which every passing day adds Rs 2 crore to the cost of the submarines. What would we achieve if we spend an extra year or so to "eliminate middlemen" only to end up spending hundreds of crores more than we should have? Would it not be wise to go ahead with what is a technically sound purchase and discreetly investigate and root out any middlemen? Another aspect that is missed is that there are only a few companies in the world that make weapons. Artillery guns are not like plastic cups which can be ordered from vendors. If India blacklists Denel and Bofors, then there aren't too many others available to procure weapons from. The US military, for example, recently discovered a mega-scam involving Boeing's tanker planes, but is still purchasing other items from the company. Similarly, why should India not go ahead with artillery purchase from Denel, while quietly investigating alleged irregularities with a purchase of rifles from the same company? Do we need to provide a running commentary of investigations before the facts are ascertained? It is also strange to see the furore over the NDA Government's "emergency" purchases during Kargil when the very reason for those last-minute purchases was because past governments were not diligent. Raincoats always cost more during the monsoon. Defence modernisation paralysis has ominous implications for India's security, especially with respect to Pakistan. Kargil happened because the Pakistani militarists saw India asleep at the wheel and decided to press the issue militarily. However, during our 2002 mobilisation, Pakistan was forced to back down and essentially give up its use of Jihadi groups in J&K because of India's military might. Today, Pakistan is getting advanced weapons including F-16 fighters, Harpoon-II anti-ship missiles and other systems from the US and China. Without new submarines, the Indian Navy's ability to enforce a blockade of Karachi will not be taken seriously, especially since Pakistan has the Agosta-90B submarines which are better than anything India has. Similarly, if the IAF's multi-role fighter acquisition is not finalised, our dominance of South Asian skies will take a big hit given that Pakistan is likely get its new American and Chinese fighters in the next three years or less. The irony of all this is that our Armed forces were mobilised in response to an attack on our Parliament, while our lawmakers seem loathe to return the favour to our jawans today. One hopes the Prime Minister is able to resist the political pressures to scapegoat former NDA ministers and fast-track the much-needed military modernisation acquisitions.

Posted by: keshto patel May 27 2005, 04:57 PM

http://indiareacts.com/nati2.asp?recno=3319&ctg=Defence 27 May 2005: The Indian Army is satisfied with an Israeli system to check illegal infiltration and border migration much before it happens, and initially, twenty-five pieces will be sold on a trial basis, and if India approves, as many as three hundred more can be bought. The system was demonstrated in Barmer in Rajasthan, with a capacity to detect infiltrators or migrants five to fifteen kilometres from point zero, but to make it all-weather, Israeli experts have suggested to make it satellite-linked. Officials said that the system has been highly successful in the Golan Heights border between Israel and Syria, and they said the system could be linked with the present C4ISR network of the integrated defense headquarters. The system is activated by ground vibration, body heat and microwaves, but officials said to buy the system, India would have to raise its defence budget.

Posted by: Mudy May 28 2005, 07:21 AM

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3 killed as Maoists storm Orissa village Agencies/ Sambalpur Three persons were killed and four others injured as suspected CPI (Maoist) activists stormed a village under Jujumara police station in Sambalpur district, police said Saturday. The ultras, who had frequented the village earlier, arrived in the night and started behaving in a disorderly manner leading to argument with the villagers most of whom woke up from their sleep, the sources said. They then fired indiscriminately in which three persons died and four others were injured, the sources said. Those killed in the firing have been identified as Aswini Barik (20), Kanhu Sahu (55) and his son Dibakar Sahu (25). The injured have been rushed by the police to the V S S Medical College Hospital at Burla near here for treatment where the condition of one Desha Patra (70) was serious, hospital sources said. The bodies had been taken to the hospital for the post- mortem.Senior police officials had rushed to the village with police force.

Posted by: Mudy May 31 2005, 07:05 AM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1382891,0000.htm As expected Babbar Khalsa hand. Congress is back and so Punjab terrorism.

Posted by: Viren Jun 1 2005, 08:54 AM

Home minister's home in Maharashtra is burgled. Defense minister in defenceless in Bengal and is heckled and slapped around. Now...http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1123885.cms Not much one can expect from this bunch I guess mad.gif

Posted by: Viren Jun 1 2005, 08:57 AM

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It does belong to the Int security thread. Pranabda is still the Raksha Mantri. What were his guards doing? Or where they allowign this tamasha? Because in the heirarchy the RM is the holder of the suitcase after the PM atleast in the NDA.
Ramana, here's the pictures of the episode... user posted image user posted image

Posted by: Mudy Jun 1 2005, 09:51 AM

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May be someone took his mobile phone just to get his contact numbers. biggrin.gif Assam election ????

Posted by: Mudy Jun 1 2005, 12:18 PM

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Babbar had three on assassination list Pramod Kumar Singh/ New Delhi The interrogation of Jaswinder Singh, the prime accused in the twin blasts, has revealed that Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) was planning to assassinate three prominent personalities in Punjab. The targetted persons included Baba Ajit Singh Phoola, a Nihang Sikh and Ashutosh Maharaj, the head of Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan and Piara Singh Panyara, a Dalit Sikh leader. Baba Ajit Singh Phoola of Taran Taran district in Punjab, who heads Tarna Dal, a sect of religious Nihang Sikhs had helped Punjab Police and administration during the height of Sikh militancy in Punjab, figures on top of the BKI's hit list. Their hatred of Baba Ajit Singh Phoola dates back to mid-eighties, when the Nihang leader sided with police in crushing the Sikh militancy which had declared Taran Taran as the capital of Khalistan. Jaswinder reportedly confessed to have received instructions from the BKI leadership holed up in Pakistan and Germany to eliminate Baba Phoola for his anti-Sikh activities. Godman Ashutosh Maharaj, the head of Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan who propagates Noormahalia Sect through its various branches in Punjab is another religious head, whom BKI perceives as anti-Sikhs and had been thirsting to liquidate him. Even former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had demanded a ban on Divya Jyothi Sansthan. Mr Badal had alleged the activities of Noormahalias had been objected by some sections of Sikh community. Piara Singh Paniyara, a Dalit Sikh leader is another personality whom militants groups had tried to target in the past. Jaswinder told the cops during interrogation that these three have been strident critics of Sikhs and their presence was proving detrimental to the society in general. He and Jaspal alias Raja were tasked to assassinate these three and logistics were provided to them by Satnam Singh, Germany based son-in-law of BKI chief Wadhawa Singh Babbar. They had met Shahid an operative of notorious mafia don Dawood Ibrahim for hatching the conspiracy to kill these three and create blasts in the Capital to encash the anger among Sikhs over the objectionable scenes in Sunny Deol starer Jo Bole So Nihal. Dawood and the members of his gang have been working in tandem with BKI at the instance of Pakistani extrenal agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). Dawood was using his vast network spanning across the country for smuggling RDX and other explosive materials for BKI and its operatives, intelligence sources said. Balwinder and Jaspal, the two hardcore members of BKI had roped in Vikas and Jagannath for this purpose. Vikas who was very close to Jaspal was passing through financial mess and they exploited it. Jagannath Yadav, who worked as a courier to smugglers active on Indo-Nepal border had joined them at the behest of his masters. In a related development Delhi Police on Wednesday searched the Inderpuri residence of Jaspal alias Raja, who is wanted in connection with the twin blasts in Delhi. A Delhi Police officer said that during the search, one automatic rifle, one kg of high grade RDX, a police uniform, detonators and timers. Their planning was to wreak havoc in Delhi and Punjab, the officer added.

Posted by: keshto patel Jun 3 2005, 03:09 PM

In case we missed it! INTER SERVICES INTELLIGENCE DIRECTORATE’S FIFTH COLUMN IN INDIA---- THE STUDENTS’ ISLAMIC MOVEMENT OF INDIA By Lieutenant Colonel Thakur Kuldip S Ludra(Retd) http://members.tripod.com/israindia/isr/week6/simi.html http://members.tripod.com/israindia/isr/may22/simi.html

Posted by: Mudy Jun 6 2005, 08:27 AM

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Sikh militants spread arms; smuggle RDX, drugs into India Pramod Kumar Singh/ New Delhi With the spectre of Sikh militancy rearing its ugly hood again in Punjab, the smuggling of deadly Research Developed Explosive (RDX) into India from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK), Ranbirsingh Pura sector on Indo-Pak border and Raxaul-Beerganj sector on Indo-Nepal border has intensified. The smugglers active on these sectors are sending drugs, arms and RDX into India and it has put the security agencies on alert. A huge cache of weapons recently smuggled into Western Uttar Pradesh for the operatives of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) and Students Islamic Movement in India (SIMI) has been worrying intelligence and law enforcing agencies. Intelligence sources say that the arms consignment was clandestinely routed to the "sleeper agents" working for Babbar Khalsa International(BKI), Khalistan Zindabad Force (KCF) and Khalistan Commando Force(KCF) through these fundamentalist groups by Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), the external agency of Pakistan. Intelligence inputs suggest that certain smuggling syndicates active on Indo-Pak border are said to be working for Pakistan based Sikh militant groups. The RDX used for causing blasts in Satyam and Liberty cinema was smuggled into the country from the Ranbirsingh pura sector. Jaspal Singh alias Raja of Nawanshahar in Punjab, who is wanted for the twin blasts in the capital was handed over a consignment of RDX on the borders of Punjab and Jammu. Jaswinder Singh who alongwith Jaspal planted RDX laced bombs in the cinema halls, reportedly confessed during interrogation by the Delhi Police that the consignment was much more than what has been recovered so far. They had used around one kg for the twin blasts in the capital, one kg was recovered during the search of Jaspal's rented accommodation. A Special Cell team led by ACP Rajbir Singh apprehended Bahadur Singh and Gurdeep Singh of Nawanshahar on Sunday at the instance of Jaswinder and recovered another one kg of RDX and detonators. Investigations have revealed that a larger quantity of RDX is still in the possession of the subversives and that is a major cause of worry, intelligence sources added. ISI is employing new strategies to revive moribund Sikh militancy in Punjab and putting pressure on the remaining militants to "undertake some dare-devil terrorist actions". Pakistan-based Punjab militant groups, particularly KCF(Panjwar), BKI and International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), are under pressure from ISI to undertake some sensational terrorist actions they said. The screening of controversial film Jo Bole So Nihal was taken as a ruse by the BKI to create blasts and thus create disaffection among Sikhs, the sources further said. ISI has embarked upon a new strategy to revive the atmosphere of terror in Punjab. The reason for this seems to be the lack of support of the people to its machinations. As apart of this new strategy, is insisting on coordination among militant groups of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir and various fundamentalist organisations, they said. The intelligence agencies have also discovered that new militant groups, comprising splinter groups like Dal Khalsa, Babbar Khalsa (Parmar) and Tiger of Sikh Land are also trying to regroup. Intelligence agencies have also discovered recent emergence of narco-terrorism with growing nexus between people involved in smuggling of drugs and Punjab militants. Besides, militants released from jails are being "re-used" for terrorist activities in Punjab and elsewhere in the country, the sources said. In addition to these, ISI has intensified its efforts to propagate the cause of "Khalistan" and Sikh jathas visiting Pakistan have been subjected to "high pitched anti-India and pro-Khalistan" propaganda, they said.

Posted by: keshto patel Jun 6 2005, 04:02 PM

15 pcnt muslims rule indians with gundaraj in connivance with congress Patna judge seeks transfer out of state http://in.news.yahoo.com/050204/139/2jf53.html Patna, Feb. 4 (ANI): In what could be bad news for the RJD president Lalu Yadav, a High Court judge here has said he will ask the Supreme Court to transfer him out of the state. "It's become virtually impossible for a high court judge to work in this state," Justice RS Garg said. Justice Garg said he was being dragged into a political controversy over an order in which he had ruled that loudspeakers should not be used during namaaz (prayers). "Going by the conspiracy being hatched against me, I think I should request the Supreme Court to transfer me out of Bihar so that I can carry on my work honestly and others can do what they like," he said. Justice Garg's order had evoked angry protest and threats against him. The implementation of the order had also lead to the arrest of a local imam in Patna. No need no rocket science to know he was threatened.

Posted by: acharya Jun 12 2005, 10:00 PM

Namaste, There is not just one, but many splinter unidentified 'faceless' groups which draw and focus on small yet significant changes. The target is 'support one team to target and convert a team of five families in a time frame and get them on the electoral rolls'- If you are familiar with the chain operations and rackets, this is the model. Once on the electoral roll document with a certain identity, that is taken as prime document to build the next strategy of action. Imagine if 10% of the current population just get documented in the electoral rolls as today's Christians'; the impact of this in exactly twenty years and the cycle of twenty years will be a 10% shift in the demographic statistics; and that guides the political strategies. To harness a great country and tradition like India/Asia, twenty years is nothing. The speeding and acceleration of this process takes place through other means of conversions of current older people, conversions at the disasters and the like. It is a strategy and is made to work slowly. If iraq is opposing democracy, the prime reason is this. And they are not able to articulate it. The pressure of the super power and the economy is like that. The worry is not about the where the chain breaks. The intention is to build and hand over a critical mass and trap them to a phase of life style where they just become the 'numbers for the game of democracy'. The democracy process allows one vote for a blind and lame as legitimate as it allows only one vote for the most learned scholar and political strategist. The sheer game of number building is the frightening thing. In a place like yours, there is always enough voters who care for days evening drink or a week end pleasure and spare their vote to such teams. These 'vote bank control' is the key of success in the politics of democracy. A very dangerous game indeed. Regards. BVK Sastry -----Original Message----- From: Bhaskar Chatterji [mailto:bhaskar_chat@...] Sent: Tuesday, February 08, 2005 8:15 PM To: bharatvani@yahoogroups.com; 'Indian Civilization'; 'Jaia Bharati Egroup'; 'ROOTS'; 'Bharat Nirbhaya' Subject: RE: [bharatvani] Organised minorities vs. Unorganised Majority - SGurumurthy "The action point therefore, is : First get one team/leader -one banner -One goal-one (set of )books under which ALL the Hindus (INDIANS, NRI's and Practicing Hindus) fit in. This is the job of the strategist. And with that wage your field war. There is NOT all the time in the world. Choice is either we all do this in a frame of time and sharing resources OR Go to same hellish end all at different times! " Being from West Bengal, I am very worried. Seeing the perils quite ahead, even in next decade or two. Would like to know which groups/People are working in and around Burdwan-Bankura-Purulia-Birbhum areas. Please send me an offline email, with the contact person's name/phone #. I would like to get involved, and discuss. During my last visit, I have seen innumerable Churches coming up in "remote" places, with active connivance of Ruling Marxists. We are heading for disaster. Dhanyabad

Posted by: keshto patel Jun 13 2005, 05:43 PM

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August 2001 Union disinvestment minister Arun Shourie dropped a bombshell in Parliament that despite the best efforts of the government, it could not trace the owner of Jet Airways. He demanded that Jet Airways must be grounded until it is proved to be owned by an Indian national. As per the Project information submitted to International finance corporation on 16th May 2000 the sponsor and major shareholders of project company was Jet Airways (India) Limited (Jet), is 100% owned by M/s Tailwinds Limited, a company incorporated in the Isle of Man a tax haven. Tailwinds Limited is 100% owned by Mr Naresh Goyal, a Non-Resident Indian. Total project cost was given as US$445 million. While the entire US$358 million debt is proposed from local sources against a US EXIM guarantee, International Finance Corporation was considering providing US$15 million in quasi-equity for its own account. Jet Airways board members are Naresh Goyal, non-resident Indian; Ali Ismail Ghandour, Jordanian; Garrit D.V.Der Veer, South African; Vic P.Dungca, American; Harry Tirvengadum, Mauritian; Peter Bouw, Dutch; Saroj K.Datta, formerly with Indian Airlines; Javed Akhtar, Indian; K.K.Mehta, Indian; J.R.Gardat, Indian; T.N.V.Ayyar, Indian; T.M.Kadri, Indian; and Dipankar Basu. Shatrughan Sinha joined the Jet Airways board in February 2001 and resigned in April 2001 when Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal was being investigated for money laundering and connections to underworld dons Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel. Jet Airways was approved in 1992 under the Government of India's NRI scheme. 60 per cent NRI equity participation in the holding company, the Isle of Man-based Tailwinds whose exact ownership is not known to the Government of India and the rest with Gulf Air and Kuwait Airways that has a 20 per cent stake each. In November, 2001 Jet Airway's executive director Saroj Datta said. that Jet Airlines is controlled by Tailwinds, a company registered in the Isle of Man. owned by a German called Naresh Goyal who is the sole shareholder and is a non-resident Indian. But no one knows the details of the original transfer for the initial $10,000,000 that Naresh Goyal claims to have started his airline with, in 1991 and from where did it came from? No one knows the details of who receives all of the benefits from Tail Winds? It is now believed from the general talk in the Gulf, that the Jet Airways, India's largest private air carrier is largely funded by Dawood Ibrahim, one of the most wanted terrorist in India. Dawood may be the front man for the Arabs, who were smugglers of gold in to India, who have become investors in Bollywood and every business in India. The drug money and the terrorist funding money are extensively laundered through the banks in Dubai and an alarmed US president Bill Clinton raised this issue through US defense secretary William S Cohen during a 1999 meeting with his Emirates counterparts. US have even named some of the Dubai banks like Dubai Islamic bank etc as the centre of the money laundering activity. The Washington Post in January 2002 reported that the United Arab Emirates rulers betrayed sympathy for Osama bin Laden's aims. It was also reported that Osama Bin Laden was treated in one of the private hospitals in Dubai after the 9/11 WTC attack. Dubai is known now as the nerve centre of International Terrorism. Initial approvals for Jet Airways (India) were given during the time of P.V.Narasimha Rao and H.D.Deve Gowda regimes and further approvals during the time of NDA when Syed Shahnawaz Hussain was civil aviation minister. On 2nd May 2002 Law Minister Arun Jaitely informed the Lok Sabha that the NDA government has ordered an inspection of Jet Airways under section 209 A of the Companies Act. .The Union home ministry asked the civil aviation ministry to examine if it could review the airline's security clearance in view of adverse remarks from the IB. The taped conversations, which took place between operatives of the underworld, do mention the names of Jet Airways chief Naresh Goyal and executives of the airline. Home secretary Kamal Pandey and Syed Shahnawaz Hussain had given clean chit for Jet Airways. It is not surprising for a nation where terrorists can blast cities like Bombay and blast our buses and the culprits will go free because of the weak links in our government and judiciary. Even Judges like J.W. Singh was seen asking Dawood Ibrahim's help for civil dispute and the cases of politicians are well known. The presentCivil Aviation Minister Praful Patel from NCP has been found to be favoring Jet Airways by a parliamentary standing committee headed by CPM's Nilotpal Basu. The report finds the ministry's actions too speedy, arbitrary and partial. Almost around the same time as Jet Airways opened its $375-million Initial Public Offering (IPO) on February 18, the ministry of civil aviation gave it the much-coveted permission to fly to the US, making it the country's first private sector airline to fly on the lucrative sector. State carrier Air-India gets a major portion of its revenue from this sector. All these things show that our politicians belonging to all parties are being bribed by Dawood Gang. Dawood also employs many retired IB and RAW officials in his empire. It is so easy to kill Dawood by our government, while he is Dubai, but what I had seen is that on every Friday most of the Indian businessmen go and visit him on social calls. Most of our politicians have huge bank deposits in Dubai. Dawood is also a pimp for the Dubai Sheikhs and supply our leading heroines of India to them. Only thing that happened during the NDA regime is that Dawood might have added Syed Shahnawaz Hussain and even our Hajjpayee or may be his PMO as his assistants. Dawood has contacts with all congress politicians. Romesh Sharma is Dawood's top right hand man. He started out as a penniless vagabond on the footpaths of Delhi's Sadar Bazar and with political connections with the Congress; he progressed to a man worth over Rs 200 core with plush property in Delhi's Mayfair Gardens and Juhu in Mumbai. Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister persuaded Romesh Sharma to join her party and made him secretary of the All India Kisan Cell. Sharma became an AICC delegate and even attended the Tirupathi session sitting on the dais. Then Mahabir Prasad, president of the UPCC had him inducted into the PCC as a first time delegate from Amroha in Moradabad district. Sharma was close to the political adviser to the then Congress president. In fact Congress was so eager to accommodate Sharma that the quota of AICC members from Moradabad district was raised to four from three. V Balasubramaniam, also known as Balu, president of the Reliance Industries Ltd. (Delhi operations.), was a partner in one of Romesh Sharma's company, The Reliance Investments and Developers. Balu was a partner in the Regal building property with Romesh. The participation of Balu in Sharma's company elicited the trust of thousands of investors who were misled into believing that Reliance Investment and Developers was one of the companies belonging to the Reliance group. Police raids on Balu's house revealed that he had in his possession top secret classified documents of ministries. He even had copies of correspondence between secretaries to the Government of India. The police have taped conversations between Abu Salem, Romesh Sharma and Balu. During the 1993 Bombay blasts, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Sharad Pawar, of congress provided the airplane to transport Dawood Ibrahim's relatives and friends to safety. Salman Khursheed, of congress was the Central Minister of State for External Affairs during the same blasts. Romesh Sharma, of congress was the right hand man of Dawood Ibrahim and made the arrangements to acquire the passport for Dawood's mother in 24 hours. :Babloo Srivastava, general secretary of congress youth organization was Dawood's pointsman and Babloo was accused in 45 cases of murder, extortion, rioting and possession of illegal arms. In over 95% of the instances where Indian politicians have colluded with the Mafia linked to Dawood Ibrahim, the links can be traced back directly to the congress. Sharma was especially close to Laloo Prasad Yadav, a fact which is evidenced by CBI records of Yadav's office booking rooms for Sharma's stay at Maurya Hotel on three occasions in 1997-98. Yadav also used to be a regular at parties organized by Sharma at his Jai Mata farmhouse in Satbari in Mehrauli. Sharma got his famous Mehrauli farmhouse from Congress MP M K Subba. Subba offered his farmhouse to Sharma at a dirt cheap price in return for a stake in the partnership for a proposed Disneyland in Haryana. The Disneyland plan originated from Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala. When Romesh Sharma was arrested the Delhi Police uncovered a tape from his home. In it Romesh Sharma was speaking to Dawood Ibrahim. Here is an excerpt from the chilling conversation: Sharma: "Bhai, I've formed a new political party. (Bharatiya Congress Party) I'll field some of my candidates in the Lok Sabha polls. Arrange for some money. When my men win the polls, they'll work only for you." Dawood: How many candidates will you field? Sharma: "16." Dawood: How much is needed for each one of them? Sharma: "At least 5 khokas (crores)." Dawood: Done. The muslim underworld is involved in Bollywood since our independence. Most of the successful film actresses were concubines of the Dubai Sheikhs and the mafia dons like Dawood are pimps for the Sheikhs. . These girls are picked by Dawood Ibrahim, flown to Dubai presented to Arabs and if Dawood is also satisfied are given openings in Bollywood. The link of the Dubai mafia started from the day oil was discovered. Indira Gandhi who is a converted muslim had closed all investigations on the gold smuggling, murder rape etc registered in various states against the Dubai Sheikh and Lootah, Galadhari etc and in return they paid Rs 2 crore to Indira Gandhi. Mr. Manmohan Singh when he was the governor of Reserve Bank of India was advised by RAW not to issue license for opening the ISI bank BCCI branch in Bombay as BCCI was funding spying in India and was also funding the Pakistani nuclear programme. Yet Manmohan simply approved BCCI branch in India. BCCI had grown as a result of it running a supply centre for `Pakistani minor girls' to Sheikh Zyed and other leading Sheikhs in the Gulf. Naturally Sheikh became the leading share holder of BCCI. Even they bought a USA bank bypassing US regulations and bribed US politicians. These details are available in the US senate reports. The BCCI also known as the cocaine bank collapsed with a loss of $ 16 billion. All that Manmohan got was a scholarship for his daughter, but his main benefit turned out to be that the congress party immediately inducted him to the party. Many details are available in our parliamentary proceedings when the collapse of the BCCI was discussed. It is no wonder that Mushareef is asking Sonia Gandhi to be the mediator for the Kashmir issue. Sonia was Antonia Maino and was born in1944 in Luciana in Italy as per her birth certificate submitted to our Government. Strangely her official father Stefano Maino a mason, a fascist, and a Nazi army volunteer was a prisoner-of-war in Russia continuously from 1942 to 1945. At the time of Sonia's marriage to Rajeev the papers had even reported that both were of the same age. So a new birth date of 1946 was created and the place of birth became Orbassano in Italy and the name became Sonia which is uncommon in Italy. In 1966 she was working in London for an ISI operative Salman Thassir. Sonia's link to KGB is also reported in the press. When Manmohan Singh's government taken office, Russia called back its career diplomat Ambassador in New Delhi and posted as the new Ambassador a person who was the KGB station chief in New Delhi during the 1970s. So it may not be surprising that recently we made urgent payment to Russia that was widely reported, even though the prices are not negotiated or finalized. Facts are stranger than fiction and if Pakistanis say that our nation is being run by two ISI operatives Indians may find it difficult to deny it. KGB records released when USSR collapsed show that they paid $2 billion to Rahul Gandhi. It is not surprising that an Italian Antonia Maino alias Sonia Gandhi is now discussing our nation's future with Putin. The recent Jharkand fiasco by the ruling congress and the explosive book by an ex IB official clearly showed that the government agencies like IB is being used by the Gandhi family for a long time. We know that Congress is directly linked to ISI and Dawood Ibrahim from Indira's time. Recently India's two big gutkha barons, Rasiklal Dhariwal and Jagdish Joshi, are wanted by the police for their alleged links with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Dhariwal owns Manikchand and Joshi heads Goa Gutkha and both are NRIs. And may be even few from the BJP appears to be linked to Dawood, because they did not ground Jet airways. That may be the reason why Advani was reluctant to present a white paper on Islamic terrorists which he promised before while in power and was seen recently praising Jinnah while on a visit to Pakistan. . What I see now in the running of Jet Airways is the new form of Gold smuggling by the criminalized Islamic nations of the Gulf in India. These Gulf nations charge $2 extra for every barrel of oil we purchase compared to the price at which they sell it to developed nations. This extra money is used for funding terrorism in India, to pay the Islamic mafia operating in India and to pay our brainless politicians starting from Indira Gandhi. Al-Qaeda and Dawood flushed with oil money can buy any Indian politicians and businessmen easily. .The next generation of muslim terrorists may not be from Pakistan which now controls madrassa education, but the more educated Indian muslims, brain washed in the mushrooming madrassas of India. The Jet Airways Inc of America, which opposed the foreign air carrier permit application of Jet Airways (India) before the US Department of Transportation, filed fresh terrorist link proof against Jet Airways (India). On June 10, 2005 in an affidavit filed before the US Department of Transportation the US firm complained that company officials and staff were being "threatened and intimated" by low class thugs a standard operating procedure of Dawood Ibrahim... There is a long term strategy in investing in an airline in a nation like India by terrorists. Dubai is also the centre where Indian passports are forged extensively to help the movement of terrorists and workers, in and out of various countries. With the high tech security measures, detection has become much easier. So another method apparently adopted appears to be to tear up some pages of passport of innocent passengers while leaving India. Most of the time that page may contain visas to countries like USA. This helps the forgers at Dubai while the networking Indian staff can make some additional money. When fake Indian currency is being printed in the Gulf nations, printing of Indian passports or even stealing other passports for terrorist activities with proper networking with Indian immigration, Air India, Indian police etc is made easy if airlines like Jet Airways are operated by the terrorists. One way to look at the funding is to look at the employees in that firm. In Dubai one Kerala Christian Sunny Varkey is running not only schools for Indians but also is running schools for Pakistanis.. He employs not only his own community from Kerala, but large number of even unqualified Pakistanis. The wife of the Pakistani counsel in Dubai is in his management team. It is known that Sunny Varkey is a front man for the ISI funding and is under RAW scanner. In the same way Jet Airways employs a very high proportion of muslims as its employees which is well over 50%. In India the muslims are around 14% and are educationally backward. Yet the very high percentage of muslim in Jet Airways clearly indicates that the money for Jet Airways had indeed came from Muslim terrorists, Gulf Nationals and Dawood Ibrahim.
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Posted by: keshto patel Jun 13 2005, 07:04 PM

http://ccc.domaindlx.com/socialcause/june011505/Naxals.htm Different Naxal groups now control 19 per cent of India’s forests over an area two-and-a-half times the size of Bangladesh, reveals a study. Sala India ka koi mai bap hai ke nahi?

Posted by: keshto patel Jun 13 2005, 07:16 PM

http://www.dailypioneer.com/indexn12.asp?main_variable=front%5Fpage&file_name=story5%2Etxt&counter_img=5 IGI intact; hats off to alert cop An alert head constable of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) saved the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport on Sunday night from being blown apart after he intercepted and checked a truck carrying 10.5 kg of white explosive substance suspected to be sodium azide or potassium chlorate. He also seized highly potent 69 detonators of "8 strength", which are used for triggering high-intensity blasts and 15 metres of cordex wire. Explosive experts, who examined the substance, said that the explosive could be converted into a highly lethal combination by mixing it with diesel. The same combination was used with telling effect in 1997 when Abdul Karim Tunda, the commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) had caused 27 blasts. Intelligence sources maintained that the consignment seized from the premises of IGI airport was part of the conspiracy to bomb the airport after the twin blasts in Satyam and Liberty cinema halls. The driver of truck No HR-55-B-1208, Noor Kamal, has been arrested for carrying explosive materials into the highly protected area under Sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Explosive Substances Act. Sources at the IGI airport said Noor Kamal, a resident of Ramgarh town in Alwar district in Rajasthan, was being interrogated by joint teams of intelligence agencies. Though he tried to mislead the interrogators by claiming that he was going to the hill on the north side of the runway No 10-28. His preliminary interrogation has revealed that he was handed over the consignment by a local conduit of LeT. It appears that Noor Kamal was trained to make bombs by mixing the explosive substance with diesel and then attach it with the cordex wire and detonator to trigger blasts. A CISF official said Bhagwan Singh, the head constable posted at Gate No. 17, stopped the truck during routine checking at around 10 pm on Sunday night. Driver Noor Kamal flashed his driving permit issued by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and the permission papers for the entry of the truck. M/s HD Gupta Contractors, owner of the truck, has been granted a contract for levelling of the strip of the airport hill. The driver tried to move ahead, but head constable Bhagwan Singh noticed one gunny bag hidden below the driver's seat. He entered the driver's cabin and took out the bag. He was stunned after he noticed detonators, fuse wire and explosive substance. He immediately flashed a message about the seizure. Soon AAI's manager coordination reached the spot and the Delhi Police was also informed. The driver was taken into custody after an FIR was registered. The incident has once again highlighted the fact that all is not well with the security of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI). This is the second major security breach at the high secured IGI airport after a sub-inspector posted with elite Special Protection Group and his female accomplice, a constable with CISF had managed to enter the bay when a flight was about to take off. An enterprsing thief had managed to steal a tractor used for towing aircraft to the parking bay and it is yet to be recovered

Posted by: keshto patel Jun 13 2005, 07:54 PM

http://www.deepikaglobal.com/ENG1_sub.asp?state=ES16%2CGujarat#107357 The POTA court today began hearing into the Gujarat government's reply on the POTA review committee's recommendation to drop the charges against the accused in the Godhra train carnage, for want of evidence against them.

Posted by: Mudy Jun 13 2005, 07:58 PM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1397545,0006.htm

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The recoveries included two detonators, fuse wires and other explosive materials, said police sources.
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IGI intact; hats off to alert cop Pioneer Pramod Kumar Singh/ New Delhi An alert head constable of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) saved the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport on Sunday night from being blown apart after he intercepted and checked a truck carrying 10.5 kg of white explosive substance suspected to be sodium azide or potassium chlorate. He also seized highly potent 69 detonators of "8 strength", which are used for triggering high-intensity blasts and 15 metres of cordex wire. Explosive experts, who examined the substance, said that the explosive could be converted into a highly lethal combination by mixing it with diesel. The same combination was used with telling effect in 1997 when Abdul Karim Tunda, the commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) had caused 27 blasts.

Posted by: Mudy Jun 15 2005, 06:35 PM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1400329,0008.htm

Posted by: Mudy Jun 16 2005, 09:38 PM

Deccan Chronicle, June 17, 2005

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MIM wants UT status for Hyderabad Hyderabad, June 16: The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen wants union territory status for Hyderabad and 10 municipalities that surround it if the Centre decides to create a separate Telangana. The MIM had bitterly opposed the 1969-70 movement for separate Telangana. Senior MIM leader, Mr Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi, told this correspondent that the decision on the future of the State should ideally be left to the second State Reorganisation Commission. The issue of Telangana should be decided by the SRC, when it is set up, he added. “There should be no arbitrary decision in this regard,” he said. Mr Owaisi said that the best solution would be the formation of regional development boards for Telangana, Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra. An attempt should be made to redress the grievances of the people of Telangana by formulating a special package for the development of the region. “The government should release at least Rs 10,000 crore initially,” he said. The MIM leader said he did not trust the proponents of separate Telangana. “In the past it was Mr Channa Reddy who spearheaded this movement,” he recalled. “We opposed him and our stance was vindicated when his Telangana Praja Samiti merged with the Congress. He didn’t do anything for the region though he became chief minister twice.” Mr Chandrasekhar Rao launched the TRS after he was denied a berth in the cabinet by Mr Chandrababu Naidu, the MIM leader pointed out. “If the TRS was serious about a separate State, why did it join the governments in the State and the Centre?” he asked. “Why didn’t it wait for the formation of a new State?” The MIM did not expect any fair treatment for Muslims from the TRS. “They don’t have a Muslim MLA or MP,” said Mr Owaisi. A large number of Muslims were residents of Hyderabad and its surrounding municipalities. The area was also home to sizeable population of people from coastal Andhra, Rayalaseema, neighbouring States and other parts of India. “All these people are wary of the call for a separate Telangana,” he said. “There is need to look into their concerns. We want Hyderabad and the 10 municipalities to be declared as union territory.” The MIM and Muslim leaders from various other parties met the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and the UPA Chairperson, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, recently and submitted a memorandum explaining their views.

Posted by: Mudy Jun 19 2005, 02:58 PM

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BJP MP shot dead by 3 unidentified assailants Lucknow Former BJP MP Lakshmi Narain Tripathi was shot dead along with his car driver on Saturday night by three unidentified assailants here, police said.

Posted by: Mudy Jun 23 2005, 08:42 AM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1408804,000900030012.htm

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At least 10 people have been killed as villagers in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region have turned against Maoist guerrillas, accusing them of blocking development work. According to officials, angry villagers killed three guerrillas of the Communist Party of India-Maoist in the past week. The rebels in turn killed seven villagers. The villagers have reportedly accused the guerrillas of committing acts that have pushed the poor to the verge of starvation.

Posted by: Mudy Jul 1 2005, 10:29 PM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1418442,000600010001.htm

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Police recovered four Chinese pistols, its 18 cartridges, 35 cartridges of AK-47 rifle, one hand grenade, Rs 50,000 fake currency and a cheque for Rs 9.5 lakh. They also recovered a map of Indira Gandhi International Airport and army dresses from the terrorists.

Posted by: Mudy Jul 2 2005, 10:46 PM

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NDTV Correspondent NAXALS blasted hospital ,one killed Saturday, July 2, 2005 (Warangal): One person has been killed and 12 injured in an explosion at a government hospital in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh. The explosives were reportedly placed in a bag near the gate of the Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, the biggest government hospital in the district. The blast occurred minutes after some undertrials were brought to the hospital for treatment amidst tight security. The condition of three injured policemen was stated to be serious, police said. The incident comes a day after the killing of a top naxalite leader Riaz alias Venkateshwarulu, along with three others in a police encounter in Karimnagar district. (With PTI inputs)

Posted by: Mudy Jul 3 2005, 10:08 PM

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http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/jul42005/city213950200573.asp Maharashtra police seized Rs 4 lakh worth fake currency notes Maharashtra police seized Rs 4 lakh worth fake currency notes from a bus belonging to the Bangalore-based National Travels and arrested three employees of the travels on Saturday, according to sources. Chamarajpet MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan is the owner of the travels. Police found the fake currency, hidden under seat number 5 of the bus, during inspection at Kolhapur, where the bus had stopped for snacks. The passengers were unaware of this. Police arrested two drivers and one cleaner as they failed to give convincing replies. The drivers stay in Chamarajpet area, while the conductor is a native of Magadi, said sources. A source said that a police team along with the accused had left Sangli for Bangalore to pursue investigations. But city police said they knew nothing about the case. “Nobody has contacted us, hence, we do not know whether they are in the city or not,” said Mr Ramasubba, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South Division). Mr Zameer Ahmed Khan is presently not in town and is said to have gone abroad

Posted by: k.ram Jul 5 2005, 06:07 AM

http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/sair/index.htm#assessment2 http://www.newindpress.com/newspages.asp?page=f&Title=First+Editorial&

Posted by: Mudy Jul 5 2005, 09:43 AM

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Internal security of country has become weak: Advani Guwahati, July 05: The internal security of the country under the Congress-led UPA government has become weak, BJP president l K Advani today said, referring to the terrorist strike on the Ram temple at Ayodhya. Addressing BJP workers here, Advani said unlike the UPA government, the NDA regime gave top priority to containing terrorism and took effective measures to maintain peace. He recalled that the NDA government on coming to power had immediately called a meeting of the army, paramilitary forces and intelligence officials to chalk out a suitable strategy for internal security. The meeting was followed by another of naxalite-infested states at Hyderabad where it was decided that the affected ones and the Centre would work in a coordinated manner to deal with the problem as it affected both the state and the Centre, he said. Accordingly,[B] a coordination committee was formed and it met every three months during NDA rule government was in power between 1998-2004, he said.[/B] After the UPA government came to power, he said, "It instead declared the naxalite menace a state problem and each state was asked to independently tackle the issue."

Posted by: Mudy Jul 6 2005, 05:53 PM

http://www.telegraphindia.com/10...959614.asp

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Ranchi, July 6: In a severe blow to the anti-extremist campaign in the rebel-infested Gumla district, three members belonging to the Shanti Sena were beheaded by the outlawed CPI(Maoist) activists last evening. Police sources said the incident took place at Khairpani village, located in the hilly areas amid dense forest tracts, some 10 km away from Palkot police station in Gumla district. The extremists, apparently angered by the formation of the Shanti Senas in the villages of Gumla district that had full support from the state police and district administration, later beat up the family members of the three beheaded activists, seized all their household goods and blew up their houses. More than a hundred armed extremists surrounded Khairpani village yesterday. To preven the villagers from coming together, they bolted every house in the hamlet from outside and began an intensive search operation to locate the three Sena leaders, Mahesh Singh, Mangal Singh and Khirodhar Singh. Mahesh was the first to be dragged out of his house. However, he managed to set himself free and in turn attacked one of the extremists with a sharp-edged weapon. He was soon overpowered, thrashed severely and then beheaded in full view of his wailing family members. Two other Shanti Sena activists, Mangal and Khirodhar, too, met the same fate. Irate extremists later pumped in dozens of bullets on the three dead bodies. Household goods of the three Sena activists were also seized by the extremists who used dynamite sticks to blow up the houses of the three. The extremists also decamped with three licensed firearms belonging to the deceased.

Posted by: Viren Jul 8 2005, 12:55 PM

Remember those folks from CPI who marched in Orissa with Angana Chatterji with their fake report and bogus claims distracting the police ... well they just struck in Orissa. This time http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=74046

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Police confirmed that the attacks were carried out by CPI(ML) activists.

Posted by: Mudy Jul 8 2005, 01:08 PM

Here is http://www.india-forum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=616&view=findpost&p=35404

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In a related incident, women activists of a CPI-M-affiliated body today staged a demonstration in front of the SP office here demanding arrest of those who had misbehaved with the IPT members. http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?...sess=1&id=80231
It means she started re-run of Gujarat. 1. Angana Chaterjee visit Orrisa. 2. Claim Rape Rape Rape. 3. Refuse to file FIR 4. March by CPI-M affilated bodies 5. False complaint to HRO and radio interview. 6. Temple Demolished by minorites 6. Beheading by CPI-ML Angana Hand everywhere.

Posted by: acharya Jul 10 2005, 09:33 AM

from tft Serene Kerala contracts ‘Islamophobia’ Iftikhar Gilani Law enforcement agencies feed far-fetched stories to the local media about Pakistani ships dropping arms in Muslim majority Malappuram coastal villages and Kerala Muslims getting arms supplies from Kashmir he Indian Union Muslim League has been part of Kerala’s politics since 1960 and has consistently returned MPs to Lok Sabha. Since Muslims and Christians together constitute 43.7 percent of the state’s total population, communalism has not been able to make a dent here. That may be changing. The stigma of a connection with Pakistan and the ISI has begun to haunt Muslims in this calm, quiet coastal state. According to noted human rights activist and secretary-general of the Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (CHRO), Mukundan C. Menon, it was extremist Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders who initially started the scare that Muslim political parties were in touch with Pakistani intelligence agencies. However, now, police officials mostly posted to Kerala from north-India have also joined the anti-Mulsim chorus. According to Menon, this is bogus because RSS leaders have never been able to provide any evidence to substantiate their oft-repeated charge of Kerala Muslims having links with the ISI. Recently, while deposing before a judicial enquiry commission, a senior police officer from north-India charged the Muslim groups of supporting the ISI. Neera Rawat, who is presently the Senior Superintendent of Police at Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh (UP), has particularly targeted the National Development Front (NDF), a Muslim group formed in 1993 to work on human rights and environmental issues. Rawat told the Marad Judicial Enquiry Commission headed by Justice Thomas P. Joseph that under her instruction, a special team of the Calicut Special Branch headed by then Traffic Circle Inspector, C M Pradeep Kumar, had gathered information and prepared a report about NDF receiving funds from Iran and having ties with Pakistan’s ISI. Quoting the Special Branch report, Rawat said that the NDF initially had plans to send a man, Ashraf, to be trained in Pakistan. However, this idea was abandoned later. Interestingly, she also admitted that no further investigation or action was undertaken after the findings of the police report. NDF Chairperson E M Abdul Rehman has denied Rawat’s allegations and told TFT that his organisation had never solicited assistance from outside the country. Alleging that a section within the police force, mostly from north-India, was siding with Hindu nationalists against Muslims, Nazarudheen, general secretary of the NDF,demanded that an investigation be held to find out how the supposedly top-secret police report was leaked to the Hindu organisation. The NDF leader pointed to the incident when an RSS Malayalam daily called Janmabhoomi had carried a report about NDF’s connection with Iran while Rawat was the Police Commissioner.When challenged in the Court, the RSS organ was forced to publish an open apology as well as pay NDF’s court expenses. Predictably, Rawat’s disclosure before the commission has dovetailed with demands from different Sangh Parivar bodies to ban the NDF.BJP State President PS Sreedharan Pillai has asked for a CBI probe into NDF’s link with ISI and questioned why the Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) had not followed up investigations. Both these parties have ruled Kerala in the last seven years. While Rawat claimed that the report was confidential, Hindu Aikya Vedi general secretary Kummanam Rajasekharan deposed before the Marad Commission on April 4 by submitting the same police report against the NDF. Rawat, naturally, had no convincing explanation for how the Hindu militant leader managed to procure the top-secret report. Interestingly, Rawat’s version of the story has been contradicted on several counts by Pradeep Kumar who she had appointed to probe NDF’s activities. Presently posted as DySP (Vigilance), he deposed before the Marad Commission on May 20 that it was not the NDF but Abdul Nazar Madani, the founder of the People’s Democratic Party, who unsuccessfully tried to send a man called Ashraf to Pakistan via Bangkok for training. According to Pradeep, Muslim organisations including NDF received funds from Muslim gold smugglers rather than from Iran. He said he had come to know about this when more than 100 Muslim smugglers held a meeting at a hotel in Calicut. Madani, the man Pradeep holds responsible, was disabled in a bomb attack at him by Hindu activists in 1992. He has been in jail for the past 7 years as an under-trial prisoner accused in the 1998 Coimbatore bomb blasts. Madani’s long incarceration has made history, with the Islamic scholar having spent the longest period in prison as an under-trial prisoner. According to Madani’s wife Sufia, legal action should be initiated against Pradeep Kumar for making false allegation about her husband. “Pradeep Kumar was part of the conspiracy to implicate Madani in the Coimbatore blast case in 1998,” alleges Sufia. “Kumar, along with then Police Commissioner Neera Rawat and Asst. Commissioner Chandran, mistreated my husband while he was in their custody.” Sufia said that after arresting Ashraf, Kerala police tortured him for days until he agreed that he would say that he knew Madani. “Ashraf’s signatures were then taken on blank papers through coercion,” she told TFT. “The police later filled the blank pages with the frivolous story about Ashraf having told the police that Abdul had wanted to send him to Pakistan via Bangkok.” According to Menon, a nexus between Sangh Parivar and police officers in Kerala has developed since the BJP-led NDA government assumed office in New Delhi in 1998, and especially after L K Advani became the Union Home Minister.He says that the Islamophobia of officials as revealed by Rawat’s unsubstantiated charge about NDF’s ISI connection stems out of this nexus. “In particular, during the last NDA regime, union ministers visiting Kerala had made it a habit to level wild allegations against Kerala Muslims and speak about imaginary ISI threats”, said Menon. Observers also feel that it has proven handy to label the supporters of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as ISI agents. Originally formed by Islamic scholar Madani as Islamic Sevak Sangh in 1989-90, the party was later re-christened in 1992-93. Law enforcement agencies feed far-fetched stories to the local media about Pakistani ships dropping arms in Muslim majority Malappuram coastal villages and Kerala Muslims getting arms supplies from Kashmir. This hoax has especially increased since late Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani Lone visited the state three-years ago.

Posted by: Shambhu Jul 10 2005, 12:19 PM

Z TV "special correspondent" program today showed how Mush advised Hurryrats to convert "jihad" to "intifada"; and has recruited Dawood to coordinate terror throughout India to highlight their "Kashmir issue" to the western countries. Tactically brilliant move number 128 to come out from the Mush tv_feliz.gif

Posted by: Mudy Jul 16 2005, 09:38 PM

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The Salman Tapes HT Mumbai Special Mumbai, July 14, 2005 These telephone conversations between Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai were recorded between August 28-30, 2001. Ash was supposed to leave for a long tour of the US. Salman starts calling her on the eve of her departure. The conversations start friendly enough, but rapidly degenerate into threats, boasts and abuse. Following are excerpts from the Salman Tapes: Aishwarya Rai: Hello. Salman Khan: I want you to do the Abu Salem show. Hello? SK: When I told you to do the Salem show you put the phone down. F**k you. You are doing the Salem show because of me. I asked you to the Salem show. You are not talking to me. Ash: F**k you. SK: You f***ing bitch. Are you doing the Salem show or not? I want to know whether you are doing the Salem show or not? Ash: Oh really, you got drunk. SK: Are you doing the Salem show or not? Abu Salem show or not? Abu Salem show or not? Ash: Your phone is tapped. SK: You know my phone is tapped. I want to save my own ass, you f***ing b***h. I would like to know whether you are doing the show or not. Ash: Salman. SK: No, tell me, you f***ing b***h whether you are doing the Salem show or not. Ash: You're too late. SK: You know Chori Chori Chupke Chupke? I was the only one who knew it was a Chhota Shakeel film. Ash: Listen, listen. Now stop it, Salman. SK: I will call up Salem and compromise. You don't know anything that is happening. It is a big bad world. You don't know the connectivity (sic) of the underworld. No listen to me. Chori Chori Chupke Chupke was a Chhota Shakeel film. I was the only one who knew. Not even Nadeem Rizvi or Bharat Shah. I did this role because I was scared of Chhota Shakeel... (Shakeel said) Yeh Mussalman aadmi hamara Hindustan ko agey lekar jayega. So I did Chhota Shakeel's film and that is what I had to do. Ab mujhe Salem Saheb ke phone aa rahe hain. Ab aap ke mere relationship hain. Jaise Dawood Bhai mere bade bhai ke relationship hain. Chhota Shakeel ka mere relationship hain. To aap ka hoga. We are hand in glove. Ash: Hello? SK: Abi aap ne disconnect nahin kiya. Itna information ley liya phone pe. Ash: Hello? Kyonke main underworld se taluk rakta hoon... mujhse contact nahin rakna? (They get disconnected) SK: Phone nahin rakha. Mere liye point prove karne ke liye. Ha. Tum ne kabhi Salem se baat nahin kiya? Ash. RAW hain jo mere conversation sun reha hain. Dawood Ibrahim kuch nahin hai. Salem kuch nahin hain. Chhota Shakeel kuch nahin. Jo bhi hain woh main hoon. Yeh muje malum hain ki Ash ka phone tapped hain. Is liye disconnect ho gaya. Muje malum hain mera phone tapped hain. Ash law abiding citizen hain. Unhone London airport mein phone guma diya. Kyonke main underworld se taluk rakta hoon. To mujse contact nahin rakna? Ash: Ho Ho. SK: You are trying to pretend you don't have to do anything with me. Suno mere bhai suno. Salman Khan, don't you dare... Ash: Yeah? SK: You had a problem. You call me up. Ash: I called you up because I had a problem. SK: You never call me up otherwise. Anyway Ashji. You are going to be there for 47 days. Ok, 47 days my guys are there. They will watch what you do there like the last trip. Ash: Salman Khan, don't you dare. SK: Don't you dare f**k with me, Ash. I know Abu Salem, Chhota Shakeel, Dawood Ibrahim, Guru Satam... SK: Underworld people call me up here. I am their main man in Bombay. I do all that s**t. Ash: Stop it. Don't talk nonsense. You can get into trouble. Ash: Ok, Christ. SK: F**k you. F**k you. Don't use that language towards me. Ash: Stop it. SK: You use abusive language against me. I know Abu Salem, Chhota Shakeel and I know Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Rajan. I know Guru Satam and all these underworld people. If I say ,"Aisi r***i ne mujhse aise baat ki", they will shoot you. Pehle baap ko maro m*******d, phir bhai ko maro, phir isko maro. Pehle pao pe maro, phir thigh pe maro, phir haat pe maro. I have the power to do that. You know I can do that. It is a fact, it is a fact SK: Because of my connection with the underworld Abu Salem will speak to you. I know all the people. Ash: Salman Khan, stop all this rubbish. What is this? SK: It is a fact, it is a fact.

Posted by: Mudy Jul 16 2005, 09:41 PM

"If Aamir calls you at 5/6 in the morning, your mom will be more than happy. Aamir is going to f**k my daughter, a married man."

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The Salman Tapes July 15, 2005 Salman Khan: Somi aao beta Tum ne phone off kiya. Aur tum bolti ho ki mujhe yeh karna hai, woh karna hai. Phone off kyu kiya? Raat bhar off kiya. Uske pehle bhi off kiya. Aur mujhko blame karti ho tum. Oh you have lost a Salman Khan, you have lost a Salman Khan. Ghar ka phone off kar diya aur mobile bhi off kar diya Somi Ali: Off nahin hai, Salman Khan, mai to ghar so nikli nahin SK: Tum hamesha sab ka phone leti ho Somi: OK, tell me, you were indulging in bouts of drinking till 3 am. You have to get up at 2 pm. So why did you leave so early in the morning? SK: I am working. I am editing. I have to release the film in December. I am shooting continuously for the same film. Somi: You fled in such a way that your oxygen is there SK: Yeah Somi: I’ve known you for 10 years. I know when you are acting and when you’re being real SK: You really understand me Somi: Yes, I understand you. I understand why you are not getting married. After marriage I would be repenting all my life By the time you come back, I am going to get married... F**k you, slut Aishwarya Rai: Don’t you dare me. SK: Don’t you dare f**k with me, Ash. SK: Put the phone down you f**king bitch. F**k Aamir, F**k Aamir, F**k Aamir, F**k Aamir. You f**king bitch. You f**king slut. F**k Abhishek. F**k Aamir. In your f**king history. F**king slut. Nobody has been f**king like people have f**ked you. You f**king slut. Ash: Like what? SK: Put the phone down. It is a mistake. It is a mistake calling you up. It is a mistake calling 100 people to get your number. It’s a mistake finding out how you are. By the time you come back I am going to get married. F**k you slut. You b***h. Are you Aishwarya Rai? Are you Aishwarya Rai? Aamir Khan, early in the morning I used you. I used you. I used you right. I used you. The way I used you, you used me. I am glad you woke up to the way you used me like I use you. Once in a while, when you f**ked my happiness. Once in a while. Now 47 days from today. 47 days. Ash: You are counting all the days on me. SK: Yes I was. Yes I was counting all my days. Now count those on you too. Ash: Ah. Ah. SK: If Aamir calls you at 5/6 in the morning, your mom will be more than happy. Aamir is going to f**k my daughter, a married man. She has problems with Salman Khan. Ash: (inaudible) SK: Yes I like his balls. So do you. Ash: Enough SK: And you will get to them before I do. And you will lick him through his underwear Do you remember the good time we had watching Biwi No. 1? SK: Aamir Khan chaat raha hai aur bhag gaya cheen ke. Akshay Khanna chat raha tha aur bhag gaya. He is sorry. Ash: Sorry SK: Yes I do. I do like. Mummy is coming today. Yeah Ash: Do you remember the good time we had watching Bibi No. 1? SK: Who is interested in Aa Ab Laut Chale? You know I f**ked (name withheld) on the set of Chori Chori Chupke Chupke. Quite a f**k. Ash: Don’t try to maro line. SK: I don’t want that bitch’s number. I want your number. Ash: You tried your luck. SK: Yeah. I did that. But it is not a problem. SK: She’s masturbated on me 100 times. Ash: To make her what? SK: Take it easy, Ash. Ash: No, no SK: Take it easy. Ash: Take her what? SK: I said thrice. This is the fourth time. I can make (name withheld) masturbate on the floor anytime. You have all the s**t. You know all that stuff. Come on, Ash. You’re going to meet Aamir right now. AR: Stop all the crap. SK: What, we’re talking crap right now? Ah, right. Ash: That was not also an honest request. Oh, and by the way... SK: I have the power to do that. Do you know the underworld is controlled by me? You know it is true. You know I can do that. Why are you saying I will be in trouble? Ash: I heard about (name withheld). SK: Because she is supposed to star. Ah. I f**ked (name withheld) too. Hello?

Posted by: Mudy Jul 17 2005, 08:00 AM

Three Babbar Khalsa militants arrested http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/jul/17babbar.htm

Posted by: Mudy Jul 18 2005, 09:33 AM

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http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEP20050717051356&Page=P&Title=States&Topic=0 Villagers revolted against Naxalites , 3 killed Monday July 18 2005 00:00 IST IANS RAIPUR: Two civilians and a Maoist have died in skirmishes between the rebels and residents of five Chhattisgarh villages who have revolted against the guerrillas. Police said guerrillas armed with sharp edged weapons attacked on Saturday night Faresgarh, Usenar, Kutru, Aklanka and Bandepara villages in Bastar region, about 370 km from here. The rebels killed two civilians and injured 18. In a counter-attack, villagers armed with bows and arrows killed a rebel and injured five others. Police said the villagers chased away the rebels, who were shocked by the counter-attack. But the rebels abducted nine villagers and took them to their stronghold in nearby forest areas. The injured were admitted to a hospital. Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) M.W. Ansari said the police had stepped up searches in the forests for the kidnapped villagers. He described the rebel attack on civilians as "a growing sign of frustration after the local population of Bastar's Danetwada district revolted against the guerrillas last month".

Posted by: Viren Jul 22 2005, 02:17 PM

Didn't Mulayam Singh Yadav welcome this guy to his SJP partry? http://www.dailypioneer.com/indexn12.asp?main_variable=front%5Fpage&file_name=story4%2Etxt&counter_img=4?headline=7~yrs'~RI~for~Osama~agent

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7 yrs' RI for Osama agent Mumbai A special POTA court convicted and sentenced a al-Qaeda operative Mohammed Afroze to seven years of rigorous imprisonment for being a part of a terrorist module that had conspired to blow up Parliament House in New Delhi, House of Commons in London and Riyalto Towers in Sydney. The court convicted Afroze under IPC Section 120-B (conspiracy) read with Section 126 (committing depredation on territories of power at peace with the Government of India). On this count, he was sentenced to five years of rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000. The court also convicted Afroze under Section 467 (forgery) and 471 (using forged documents as genuine) - which meant he would undergo seven years of imprisonment and pay a fine of Rs 10,000. In default of payment of fine, the RI would be extended by one more year. Both the sentences would run concurrently, the court ruled. However, Afroze was acquitted of the charge of conspiring to wage war against the nation - Section 121-A of IPC. Son of a tailor and a resident of Cheetah Camp at Trombay in north-east Mumbai, Afroze was arrested a few months after 9/11 attacks in the United States. (PNS)

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Didn't Mulayam Singh Yadav welcome this guy to his SJP partry?
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http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_909740,000900040001.htm Suspected Al-Qaeda terrorist joins RJD Press Trust of India Mumbai, July 26 Mohammed Afroze, who shot into limelight after being arrested under POTA on suspicion of being an Al-Qaeda operative, has joined the Rashtriya Janata Dal, as he wishes to take up the cause of Muslim youths. Maharashtra unit RJD President SK Singh on Monday announced that Afroze had joined the party recently. Afroze said that he has joined politics as he wished to take up the cause of minority youths, who have been traumatised. "There has been a lot of injustice to me and my friends and I do not want it on others," he said. On his decision to join RJD, Afroze said he had decided to join the party as it was secular and it on others," he said. On his decision to join RJD, Afroze said he had decided to join the party as it was secular and its leader Laloo Prasad Yadav was the only one to raise Godhra issue (re-inquiry into the incident). Denying that he had joined Samajwadi Party earlier, he said another reason to join RJD was because Laloo Yadav is a dashing leader. A pilot trained in US and Australia, Afroze was arrested by Mumbai police from his Cheetah camp residence in Trombay in 2001, suspecting him to be an Al-Qaeda operative and accused of being part of a group that had allegedly conspired to fly a plane into the British Parliament, similar to the WTC attack

Posted by: Mudy Jul 24 2005, 09:25 PM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1440876,0008.htm

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Sources said the Dubai authorities had co-operated with the Indian intelligence agencies, assuring that neither Dawood nor any other criminal against whom there is an Interpol notice would be allowed to attend the wedding.
Why they were not interested to arrest them? Why there objective was not to allow them to attend wedding? Am i missing something?

Posted by: Mudy Jul 25 2005, 11:52 AM

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Alert along coast for N Korean arms ship Gun-Running Naval intelligence says M V Shangdok headed for Maharashtra, Gujarat coastline July 25, 2005 MUMBAI, JULY 24: Naval Intelligence has sent a ‘‘classified and specific alert’’ to Customs officials to be on the lookout for a North Korean ship that is carrying arms and ammunition and heading towards India. The alert also said that the ship is likely to drop its consignment somewhere along the western coast. Confirming the alert, Commissioner of Customs (Preventive) K B Mishra said that ‘‘security and vigil has been intensified’’. Middle-ranking Naval officials personally passed on the ‘‘evaluated intelligence’’ late on Saturday night to the superintendents of Customs attached to the Marine and Preventive (M&P) wing. This morning, senior Customs and Naval officers also briefed the Rummaging and Intelligence (R&I) wing, which is in charge of the ports. Sources said Naval Intelligence has identified the North Korean ship as M V Shangdok and has information indicating that the ship may dock at one of the minor ports that dot the coastlines of Maharashtra and Gujarat. A senior defence official, requesting anonymity, said that the Customs have been told to detain the ship if they spot it and contact the Navy immediately. Weekly holidays of Customs superintendents posted at sensitive points along the coast like Alibaug, Srivardhan, Vengurla, Ratnagiri, Dabhol, Taloja and Umargaon have been cancelled. Because of the paucity of patrolling vehicles in the remote coastal areas, additional vehicles have been hired to intensify vigil on the shores and roads in these areas. Customs officials say this time they are not taking any chances as they do not want a repetition of the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts wherein the explosives and AK-47s were smuggled in from the landing points along the western coast. The then Customs commissioner (Preventive), in January-February, 1993, following reports in The Indian Express buttressed with his own intelligence reports, had issued a similar alert. But officers from both R&I and M&P did not take that alert seriously. That allowed arms traffickers to smuggle in RDX and firearms into the city. thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif www.indianexpress.com/ful...t_id=75054
For Maoist or D-Company or SIMI???????

Posted by: Mudy Jul 28 2005, 08:41 AM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1444548,000900010004.htm thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif

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At least seven persons were killed and 80 injured, 20 of them seriously, when an explosion ripped through the Delhi-bound Shramjeevi Express from Patna near Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, about 150 km from Lucknow on Thursday evening. The blast took place near the toilet of the general compartment of the train, two bogies from the engine, at around 5.15 pm, Railway officials said.

Posted by: Mudy Jul 28 2005, 09:16 AM

http://www.ndtv.com/topstories/showtopstory.asp?slug=Blast+in+Shramjeevi+Express%2C+9+killed&id=17424

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Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is going to inspect the site, has ordered a probe into it. ......... He did not rule out the possibility of a gas cylinder explosion. Meanwhile, the police have recovered 22 bombs from the Dhanbad-Gaya passenger train. Four people have been detained in this connection.
Now Laloo will comeup with some coverup story. mad.gif

Posted by: Viren Jul 28 2005, 10:54 AM

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshowbnews/1184238.cms

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THE Lok Sabha was adjourned abruptly this afternoon in the pre-lunch session when Shiromani Akali Dal members brandished newspaper photographs of Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh standing in a Toronto-based gurdwara known as the hotbed of Sikh secessionist activities in Canada, with the slogan of `Khalistan Zindabad’ forming the backdrop.
Would Amarinder Singh have dared being spotted within 100 yards of a sign saying say something derogatory about Indira/Rajiv/Sonia Gandhi?

Posted by: Mudy Jul 29 2005, 09:02 AM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1445793,000600010001.htm

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Raising a security scare, unidentified car-borne persons opened fire at the office of Army's Engineers Regiment in high-security Delhi Cantonment, injuring a sentry and triggering a brief exchange of fire. Two occupants of a black Qualis opened fire at around 4.15 pm after an argument with two sentries who objected to parking of the vehicle in front of the main gate of 4 Engineers on Thimayya Marg, police and army officials said. The assailants fired 7 or 8 rounds, one of which hit a sentry Shiv Kumar in his knee, Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range) BS Bassi said. The army guards retaliated after which the vehicle sped away towards the Indira Gandhi International Airport, he said. The vehicle had come from the airport side and halted in front of the gate. After the army guards raised objections, the driver drove towards the Cantt, took a U-turn and opened fire from the other side of the road, army spokesman said. He said the driver was bearded and wearing a black dress while the other person had his face covered by a black cloth.
This is very serious and its on main road. I won't call it very secured area but Sentries are everywhere.

Posted by: Bharatvarsh Jul 29 2005, 11:27 AM

RDX used in Shramjeevi blast: Bomb experts Rahul Shrivastava Friday, July 29, 2005 (Jaunpur/New Delhi): Bomb disposal experts have confirmed that RDX was used in Thursday's blast on the Shramjeevi Express. Authorities say they suspect that RDX used on the Delhi-bound train was part of the consignment used in the attack in Ayodhya earlier this month. Nine people were killed and more than 60 injured when an explosion occurred in a general coach near Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh around 5.15 pm (IST) yesterday. Shramjeevi Express, which reached Delhi this afternoon, left the damaged bogey at Harpalganj Station. Union Railway Minister Lalu Yadav visited the site of the blast late last night and announced relief measures. "The people who have been targeted are all poor people, workers and labourers. A full investigation will have to be carried out," Lalu Yadav said. Terror attack The scene of the blast had telling signs that it was not an ordinary explosion that ripped through the general compartment of Shramjeevi Express, travelling from Patna to Delhi. Security agencies and forensic experts have picked samples for analysis but preliminary observations suggest that RDX was used in the blast. Officials of the special task force of Uttar Pradesh police say this could have been a part of the RDX consignment that was used for the Ayodhya attack on July 5. "The blast led to disruption of rail traffic for several hours on the Varanasi-Delhi route. All the injured were shifted to the BHU and a hospital in Jaunpur. Several others were given first aid and discharged," said A Yadav, district magistrate, Jaunpur. Sinister design Nine hours after the accident, the Minister of State for Railway inspected the damaged bogey. He said there is a need for better monitoring in trains. "This has been a tragic incident. It does not seem to be due to a manual fault but this blast has been designed by someone," said Narayan Bhai Ratwa, Minister of State, Railways. The nightmare for the passengers of the ill-fated Shramjeevi Express began after 5 pm (IST). Fear and panic The explosion in the general coach spread panic and fear among the passengers. As the train was halted, they ran out in the open and stayed there till 11 pm (IST), until railways officials asked them to board the train again. "After hearing an explosion we started running. I hurt my head very badly. The bogey then became dark and everyone panicked and started running. The train stopped and we ran out," said a passenger. Medical teams were quick to reach the site of the blast but the passengers had to wait till late in the night for food and water. "We got a call at around 5:15 and rushed to the spot immediately," said a relative of Raghuvansh Pathak, a passenger who was going to Delhi to find a job. The blast on the Shramjeevi Express, which has happened within a month of the attack in Ayodhya, highlights the need for better intelligence so that trains don't become soft targets for the militants. http://www.ndtv.com/topstories/showtopstory.asp?slug=RDX+used+in+Shramjeevi+blast%3A+Bomb+experts&id=17431

Posted by: Mudy Jul 29 2005, 11:51 AM

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SIMI behind Shramjeevi blasts Deepak K Jha/Pramod K Singh / New Delhi The hand of banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) is suspected to be behind the twin blasts on board Shramjeevi Express which killed nine persons. Security agencies have started an intense survey of eastern Uttar Pradesh to identify SIMI cadres after their footprints were found in Thursday's twin blasts in the general bogey of Shramjeevi Express. What is surprising is that intelligence had warned three railway zones, the Northern Railway, North-Central Railway and Eastern Railway about the possibility of a blast or passage of explosives on their lines and the Shramjeevi Express had been searched, and its passengers frisked at Varanasi Junction. National Security Guards (NSG) explosive experts have collected the debris from the bogey after inspecting the blast sight at Harpalpur station in Jaunpur district. Fitted with timers, the explosives are suspected to be C-4, a highly lethal derivative of RDX. The explosives used in the device were enough to blow up at least three bogeys. The impact was so severe that mangled portions of human flesh were found stuck to the ceiling of the packed compartment, a senior UP Police official said. Intelligence sources said the man who planted the bomb was also travelling in the same compartment. Intelligence agencies had tipped the Railways of a possible blast or movement of explosives in trains passing through Varanasi Junction. A senior railway security official told The Pioneer that all three zones, the Northern Railway, North-Central Railway and Eastern Railway had been cautioned and had actually given a date of July 28 for the attack. As SIMI has been very active in the area, the officials were warned of a possible attack by the group. Following the tip-off, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) frisked passengers and searched the trains on Wednesday and Thursday as well. Shramjeevi Express was searched on Thursday at Varanasi Junction but the bomb remained undetected in the toilet of a general compartment. It went off a couple of hours after the train left Varanasi Junction at around 3.30 pm. The railways have claimed they have tightened security in the three zones following the tip-off and also as part of the beefing up of security before Independence Day. All the trains were being checked by the RPF and GRP under the supervision of state security officials. Intelligence sources said, it is being investigated whether the 22 live bombs recovered from a compartment of Gaya-Patna were linked to the Shramjeevi blasts. The bombs were definitely not made in India. Ballistic experts will examine the bombs to ascertain which terrorist groups use such bombs. The ill-fated train is being brought to Delhi and it will be studied in detail, they said.

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Shramjeevi blast: Probe points to ammonium nitrate not RDX Agencies/ Lucknow -Pioneer Preliminary investigations into Thursday's blast in the Shramjeevi Express indicate that ammonium nitrate was the explosive used and not RDX. "In investigations conducted so far, ammonium nitrate appears to have been used in the blast in the packed general compartment of the train," Assistant Director General of Railways B K Bhalla said. He said there were "no features of RDX being used" but a final conclusion on the nature of explosive used was expected by this evening with the forensic experts completing their tests.

Posted by: Mudy Jul 31 2005, 03:32 PM

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Security agencies intensify hunt as SIMI bares its fangs again Pramod Kumar Singh / New Delhi The Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), banned under the Unlawful Activities Act, 1997, is baring its fangs again. The involvement of its cadres in the Ayodhya attack and the Shramjeevi Express blast has put the security agencies on an alert. The SIMI members were found to be the facilitators in both the Fidayeen attacks. The hunt for its over 500 "Ansars" (fulltime members) and 25,000 ordinary members has been intensified since the intelligence inputs suggest more terrorist strikes in the future. Investigations have revealed that SIMI, an Islamist fundamentalist organisation which advocates 'liberation of India' by converting it into an Islamic land, has virtually turned into an arm of the banned terrorist group Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT). It is involved in providing safe hideouts to the LeT terrorists, supplying weapons and explosives, and even conducting a recce for them for the final assault. SIMI has integral and demonstrable links with both the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan and Pakistan-based LeT. Ever since its inception, the outfit has declared an open war against India. Security experts are of the opinion that the seeds of SIMI were sown by the ISI to create a force of Muslim youths on the lines of the Talibans in Afghanistan. It also propagates Shariat-based rule as Talibans tried to foist in Afghanistan. An offshoot of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, SIMI was formed at Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh on April 25, 1977. Mohammad Ahmadullah Siddiqi, professor of Journalism and Public Relations at the Western Illinois University Macomb, Illinois, was the founder of the organisation. Dr Shahid Badar Falahi, its president, was arrested on September 28, 2001, from its office in the Zakir Nagar area of Delhi. He was subsequently charged with sedition and inciting communal disharmony in Uttar Pradesh. However, its General Secretary, Safdar Nagori, who managed to escape, is said to be running the outfit from an undisclosed destination. Nagori is alleged to have established links with the operatives of the ISI and other Islamist fundamentalist leaders in a bid to revive SIMI cadres under the umbrella of a different outfit. He is also suspected to be functioning as a conduit for the ISI and the LeT for coordinating subversives strikes, intelligence sources said. Indian intelligence agencies have evidence to prove that the SIMI cadres have been reportedly securing generous financial assistance from the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), Riyadh in Saudia Arabia. It also maintains close links with the International Islamic Federation of Students' Organisations (IIFSO) in Kuwait. Chicago-based Consultative Committee of Indian Muslims is also reported to have supported SIMI morally and financially. The organisation also has links with the Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) units in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. The SIMI is also alleged to have close links with the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. The ISI has also brought together SIMI as well as the Sikhs and Kashmiri terrorists for carrying out coordinated terrorist activities. According to intelligence assessment, the SIMI cadres have a strong presence in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Assam. It reportedly has a strong base in various universities in these states. SIMI is also believed to enjoy the support of a large section of the Muslim populace in cities such as Kanpur, Rampur, Moradabad, Saharanpur, Lucknow and Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. Official sources are reported to have identified nine districts in Uttar Pradesh where the SIMI is suspected of engaging in subversive activities. They are Lucknow, Kanpur, Aligarh, Agra, Faizabad, Bahraich, Barabanki, Lakhimpur Kheri and Azamgarh. SIMI is also being utilised by various terrorist outfits because it has a well-knit network in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, the intelligence sources added

Posted by: Viren Aug 4 2005, 07:22 AM

http://us.rediff.com/news/2005/aug/04par.htm

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Supreme Court confirmed the death sentence of Mohammed Afzal in the Parliament attack case, but condoned the death sentence of Shaukat Hussain Guru and passed the order of 10 years rigourous imprisonment
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While upholding the acquittal of Geelani, the Supreme Court judges said that the conduct of Geelani was not above suspicion as his actions seem to approve of the attack on Parliament.

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said that the conduct of Geelani was not above suspicion as his actions seem to approve of the attack on Parliament.
All Roys and other jies must be very disappointed by this statement.

Posted by: Mudy Aug 4 2005, 08:47 AM

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GUWAHATI/NEW DELHI, AUGUST 3: The Army has confirmed that a Lance Naik attached to 4 Corps Headquarters in Tezpur passed on sensitive documents to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan. The documents, sources say, include details of deployment of Indian troops along the China border and minutes of high-level strategic meetings. Arrested on July 12, Lance Naik Javed Khan will be brought to the Capital soon for further interrogation by officials of the Intelligence Bureau. The liaison department at 4 Corps, under Gen H.S. Lidder, is currently investigating the breach in coordination with the police and IB. www.indianexpress.com/ful...t_id=75600
How a Lance Naik managed to get such information?

Posted by: Viren Aug 4 2005, 01:40 PM

http://us.rediff.com/news/2005/aug/04spy.htm

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person, allegedly having links with Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence, has been arrested on the charge of spying on Indian defence forces, police said in Ahmedabad on Thursday. The accused is a native of Godhra town in Panchmahals district and a communal riot survivor, they said. Ahmedabad crime branch officials alleged that the arrested person had links with ISI agents and had been passing on vital information about the army and para-military forces via fax and phone for about a year now.

Posted by: acharya Aug 4 2005, 05:34 PM

http://www.tamilnation.org/index.htm http://www.geocities.com/tamiltribune/99/0402.html Has anybody browsed this website \

Posted by: acharya Aug 4 2005, 06:00 PM

http://www.yahind.com/articles/roleofmuslims.shtml Anybody seen this site Role of Muslims in India’s Freedom Movement The history of Indian national movement would be incomplete and biased without the presentation of the actual role of Indian Muslims in it. Many historians tried to prove that Indian Muslim leaders preached the gospel of separation right from the Revolt of 1857 to the day of independence in 1947, and the Muslim antagonism to the Freedom Movement dates back to its beginning itself and that Religion can never allow a true Muslim to adopt India as his motherland. There is also a propaganda that this tendency was ultimately the reason for partition of the country in 1947 and the ideology of separatism has influenced the Muslim masses so intensely that they were not satisfied by the concessions granted to them by the majority community which resulted in fresh demands for a separate homeland. This propaganda has been resulted in the campaign of hatred against the Muslims. After the attainment of independence it was hoped that our intellectuals would say good-bye to the British historiography of infusing communal politics and sowing the seeds of dissension between the two communities in India and usher in the golden age of freedom. No adequate coverage But contrary to the expectations, the role of Indian Muslims in the national movement has not been given adequate coverage in the press or books. It has either been sidetracked or referred to here and there by scholars. Instead of factual and secular historiography it has been communalized. The contribution of Muslim revolutionaries, poets and writers is not known today. Similarly scarcely is known about the contribution of Muhammad Ashfaq Ullah Khan of Shahjehanpur who conspired and looted the British treasury at Kakori (Lucknow) to cripple the administration and who, when asked for his last will, before execution, desired: No desire is left except one that some one may put a little soil of my motherland in my winding sheet. Likewise present generation of students do not know about Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, a great nationalist who had passed 45 years of his 95 years of life in jail for the freedom of India; Barakatullah of Bhopal, one of the founders of the Ghadar party who created a network of anti-British organization and who died penniless in Germany in l927; Syed Rahmat Shah of the Ghadar party who worked as an underground revolutionary in France and was hanged for his part in unsuccessful Ghadar uprising in 1915; Ali Ahmad Siddiqui of Faizabad (UP) who planned the Indian Mutiny in Malaya and Burma along with Syed Mujtaba Hussain of Jaunpur and who was hanged In 1917; Umar Subhani, an industrialist and a millionaire of Bombay who presented a blank check to Gandhiji for congress expenses and who ultimately gave his life for the cause of independence, Muhammad Basheer, Khuda Bux, A. Zakaria, Zafar Hasan, Allah Nawaz, Abdul Aziz and tens of thousands of revolutionaries are ignored. There is no doubt about that the Muslims have contributed massively to the national movement. Their struggle started since the advent of British rule in India. In the annals of archives Qaiser-ul-Tawarikh mentioned that the number of Muslims executed only in Delhi during 1857-58 was 27,000, not to speak of those killed in the general massacre. This shows the great sacrifices they made for the emancipation of their country from British rule. In all the national uprisings from Sanyasi Movement to independence, the files of the Home Department are replete with their immense sacrifices that finally led to the withdrawal of British from India in 1947. What surprises one is the thing that even during the celebration of 50 years of Independence, their role was not properly taken care of by the press which led the All-India Milli Council, a body of Muslims to launch a Karavan-e-Azadi Rally, one from Srirangapatnam where the mausoleum of Tipu Sultan is located and the other from Silchar (Assam) to educate people about the role of Muslims in the country s freedom struggle. What further pains one is the fate of Sultan Tipu s epitaph, put on the memorable place where he fell fighting with the British in defense of his metropolis his country which had been made a cricket wicket by the youngsters for their cricket practice during the World Cup 1999. No one, not even the local administration prevented this. This shows the ignorance of Indians of their greatest patriots who laid their lives for India s freedom. There is no dearth of books on the Indian National Movement but only passing references have been made in them about the role of Muslims. So much so that in her book entitled Women In India s Freedom Movement Manmohan Kaur makes reference to only Begum Hazrat Mahel and Bi-Amma out of the hundreds of women who fought the battle of freedom with their men folk against the British Raj. Several monographs in which Santimay Ray s Freedom Movement and Indian Muslims or P.N. Chopra s Role of Indian Muslims in the Struggle for Freedom; Kamta Chaubey s Muslims and Freedom Movement in India and a few regional studies like Muzaffar Imam s Role of Muslims in the National Movement and Hasan Imam s Indian National Movement regarding the role of Muslims have been published. But the subject is wide and needs a comprehensive study. Such a study is essential to help eradicating prejudices and many misconceptions against the Muslims grown in the absence of fair historiography. Shan Muhammad s book Aligarh University professor Shan Muhammad s book Muslims and India s Freedom Movement that he dedicated to those who suffered for the cause of India s Independence, is a marvelous work in this regard. It was Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi, which extended due encouragement to bring this work in its present shape. This project was to be released on the 50th anniversary of our independence but got released last year. An objective study of the national movement reveals that Muslims have never been wanting in nationalist upsurge. Shoulder to shoulder they have fought with the other communities for the Independence of India. No single political party could have driver the British and it was with the indefatigable struggle of all that the British were forced to quit. The Faraizi and the Wahhabi Movements had disturbed the pace of British plan in the initial stages of its expansion in India. These movements may rightly be called as the most organized struggle to oust the British. The Wahhabis with their network all over India obstructed the smooth sailing of the British and fought gallantly against them. It is in this sense that they are said to be the early fighters for India s freedom. They resisted their fresh masters, gave them a befitting reply and convinced them that their stay in India was momentary. It is a pity that their role in the struggle for freedom has not been adequately presented in the national history. What is more surprising is the fact that the role and contribution of Muslim women in the war of independence and the subsequent movement have been totally ignored by the historians. Along with their counterparts they fought gallantly and suffered heavily. In the revolt of 1857 Asghari Begum (mother of Qazi Abdur Rahim, the revolutionary of Thana Bhawan, Muzaffarnagar) fought the British and was burnt alive when defeated. Similarly Habiba and Rahimi who obstructed the advance of English forces were caught and hanged. It is estimated that about 225 Muslim women gave their lives in the revolt. The history of the national movement would be incomplete without mentioning the services of Abadi Begum (mother of Maulana Muhammad Ali), Amjadi Begum (wife of Maulana Muhammad Ali), Nishat-un-Nisa (Begum Hasrat Mohani), Saadat Bano Kitchlew (wife of Dr Saifuddin Kichlew), Begum Khursheed Khwaja (wife of M.A. Khwaja), Zulekha Begum (wife of Maulana Azad), Khadeja Begum and Khursheed Sahiba of frontier, Mehr Taj (daughter of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan), Zubaida Begum Daoodi (wife of Shafi Daoodi, the reputed nationalist of Bihar), Kaneez Sajida Begum (Bihar), Muneera Begum (wife of Maulana Mazhar-ul-Haq), Asmat Ara Begum Sughra Khatoon (Lucknow), Amina Tyabji (wife of Abbas Tyabji), Begum Sakina Luqmani (wife of Dr Luqmani and daughter of Badruddin Tyabji), Rehana Tyabji, (daughter of Abbas Tyabji), Hamida Tyabji (granddaughter of Shamsuddin Tyabji), Fatima Taib Ali, Safia Saad Khan, Shafaat-un-Nisa Bibi (wife of Maulana Habib-ur-Rahman, Ludhiana), Kulsoom Siyani (wife of Dr Jan Muhammad Siyani, nephew of Rahmtoo They participated in all the political movements from partition of Bengal to the partition of India with Congress banners in their hands. They were imprisoned, fined, baton-charged and suffered for a cause. Their life story itself is a part of the national movement, which cannot be denied and obliterated. The Collected Works of Gandhi speaks of their magnificent contribution to India s struggle for freedom. By: Ashraf A. Shah - Special to YaHind.Com

Posted by: acharya Aug 4 2005, 06:51 PM

A New Reader Writes TAMIL TRIBUNE, August 2005 (ID. 2005-08-f1) This article is archived at: http://www.geocities.com/tamiltribune/05/0701.html I accidentally came across your website and you are giving me answers like nobody have. I have been supporting the cause of Tamil Nadu independence for the past 15 years. That was when I was in north India for a short period of time. It all started with history books. If they do not read about the Tamil royal dynasties of Cheran, Cholan and Pandiyan, why should we read about northern royal dynasties? Please let me know if you know one north Indian who knows of Kappalottia Tamizhan or Kattabomman (who fought against British rule). I knew them only through Tamil movies; a sad state of affairs. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President Karunanidhi is talking about autonomy for states for years. He has been in politics for 50 some years with the same principles and has not achieved anything. May be he does not want to achieve anything! You scream for equal rights and make sure you do not get equal rights, just in case if you get equal rights you cannot scream anymore. Tamil Tribune is an interesting read. If the dreams of ours has a way to be achieved please let me know and I would be glad to contribute in person. I do not believe in violence. There should be a political struggle roping in like-minded people to actively engage in the current political situation and keep raising slogans like "Thaneer illaendral thani Thamizh Naadu (If no water (from Cauvery River), then independent Tamil Nadu). Independence is achievable. Anything is achievable. Belief is the key. You have come up with such a great collection of articles about your belief. You have given your time and efforts. I have always believed in it for the past 15 years and my friends (all my friends) ridicule me. I was in fact surprised to find your articles in the web talking about my core beliefs. (I forwarded your articles to all my friends). There will definitely be a time in our life span for an independent Tamilnadu...definitely. I am in USA, waiting for an opportunity to return. Raj April 23, 2005 http://www.angelfire.com/tn3/tamil/200508.html

Posted by: Bharatvarsh Aug 4 2005, 07:03 PM

lol nutcases can bang on abt separation of Tamil Nadu but it ain't never gonna happen, all these Dravidian parties are made up of nutcases who live in a dreamworld. The dravidian movement was popular in Tamil Nadu in the 60's but even at the height of its popularity I don't think majority of Tamils supported independence for Tamil Nadu, I certainly don't think they support it now. The dravidian parties were never that popular in the other 3 southern states, in Andhra no one cares about the crappy Dravidian movement, hope Karunanidhi dies a painful death like a dog. But I do agree that there is domination of the North on the rest of the country thru policies like imposition of Hindi (I wud have preferred to learn Sanskrit).

Posted by: Mudy Aug 6 2005, 07:59 AM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1453718,000900010001.htm Its Mann or Congress is back repeating same mistake which it did in 1982.

Posted by: Bharatvarsh Aug 7 2005, 08:52 AM

Toll rises to 14 in Shramjivi Express blast VARANASI, AUG 7 (PTI) Two more passengers injured in Shramjivi Express blast succumbed today taking the toll in the incident to 14. One Manoj Kumar, a native of Nalanda district, succumbed to burn injuries in Sunder Lal Hospital at BHU here, while another person Amarnath Chauhan died in Safadarjang hospital in new delhi, Raiway sources said. The death of the duo has taken the toll in Shramjivi Express blast to 14. Over 60 passengers had sustained injures in the blast in the general compartment of the train in Jaunpur district on july 28. The condition of three more passengers, undergoing treatment in Sir Sundra Lal hospital, was stated to be serious, they said. http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=315527

Posted by: Bharatvarsh Aug 7 2005, 08:55 AM

Seven injured, blast on ONGC pipeline GUWAHATI, AUG 7 (PTI) ULFA militants stepped up violence in Assam in the run-up to the Independence Day, exploding a bomb at Boko near here, injuring seven people, and causing an explosion in an ONGC oil pipeline in Sibsagar district today. The militants exploded a bomb hidden inside a bag on a bicycle in the busy Boko bus station in Kamrup district injuring seven people, three of them critically. The three injured were rushed to the Guwahati Medical College hospital. They also hurled a bomb at the Dhamdhama Army camp in Nalbari district late last night, but missed the target. The bomb exploded inside the Dhamdhama Telephone exchange. There was no report of any casualty or injury. Only slight damage was caused to the telephone exchange. In another incident, a bomb exploded on the pipeline at Panbishe in the Sibsagar Police station area of the district causing damage to the pipeline and an oil spill over a two-km area. The police said that the blast was caused by a China-made bomb and three people had been picked up for interrogation. Passengers of the Guwahati-Lumding train had a providential escape when an alert police detected and later defused a bomb planted by the ULFA near Lankar railway station of the North East Frontier railway. http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=315546

Posted by: Bharatvarsh Aug 7 2005, 09:06 AM

Activist of banned Al Umma arrested CHENNAI, AUG 7 (PTI) An activist of the banned Al Umma, wanted in connection with a number of cases including the Coimbatore serial bomb blast case, has been nabbed by the police at a village near Koodankulam in Tirunelveli district. Police said S K Mohideen, the prime accused in the murder of three RSS volunteers in 1997 at Melapalayam in Tirunelveli had been absconding and was nabbed by the police last night. He was also involved in the serial bomb blast that rocked Coimbatore in 1998. Police had announced a cash prize of Rs.Two lakh for providing information about the activist. http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=315540

Posted by: Bharatvarsh Aug 7 2005, 05:57 PM

Lashkar-e-Toiba operative held in Hyderabad Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad | August 07, 2005 16:45 IST The Hyderabad city police has arrested an Inter Services Intelligence-trained Lashkar-e-Toiba operative and seized some incriminating material from him. In a statement, the police identified the militant as 24-year-old Mohammed Ibrahim alias Khalid alias Fareed of Gulshan Iqbal colony in Hafezbaba Nagar in the Old City. The central zone task force team arrested him following a raid on Santosh Lodge near the Ganesh temple at Secunderabad railway station on Saturday. The police seized one cell phone, two Indian SIM cards, a Bangladeshi SIM card and some provocative Jehadi literature from his possession. The Intelligence Bureau, which has been keeping tabs on ISI followers by their e-mails, had zeroed in on Ibrahim in early 2004 but could not locate him. He then disappeared from the police radar in December 2004 but suddenly resurfaced last month. On December 2, 2004, he left Hyderabad and illegally crossed over to Bangladesh with the help of a person, identified as Peku Bihari, to receive training in the use of firearms from the ISI. He met Ghulam Yazdani alias Naveed, who was involved in a bomb blast at Saibaba temple in Saroornagar, Hyderabad in 2002 and one of the main conspirators in a plot to blow up a Ganesh temple in Secunderabad in 2004. In Bangladesh, Ibrahim underwent training under the leadership of Abdul Muthee of Harkat-ul-Jehad in the Sundarban-Bandarban forest for six months and became proficient in the handling explosives, firing AK-47, sniper rifle, pistol and grenades. On July 28, this year, he infiltrated back from Bangladesh and reached Hyderabad a few days ago with the mission to lure local youth in the city to join the LeT to carry out sabotage activities. http://us.rediff.com/news/2005/aug/07let.htm

Posted by: Mudy Aug 8 2005, 05:26 PM

http://indiareacts.com/archivedebates/nat2.asp?recno=1201 Now, the LeT is planning a hijack to secure freedom for the terrorist, Mohammed Afzal http://www.newsinsight.net/nati2.asp?recno=3417

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The terrorist message intercepted by the security agencies says, “Hum baaz bejh rahein hein. Chidiya ko pakad lenge.” (We are sending the falcon. The bird will be caught.)

Posted by: Bharatvarsh Aug 9 2005, 07:20 AM

ULFA steps up violence ahead of Independence Day August 09, 2005 17:11 IST Stepping up violence ahead of Independence Day, United Liberation Front of Assam blew up a gas pipeline, a steel bridge and a transformer across Assam, police said in Guwahati on Tuesday. Militants blew up an Oil India Limited gas pipeline at Disaibotha in Sibsagar late Monday night leading to extensive loss of gas and affecting supply to several tea gardens. The banned outfit also blasted a steel bridge on Namsai-Bordumsa road along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. But no major damage or casualty was reported, official sources said. In another incident on Monday night, they blew up a transformer in a Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) powerhouse at Narengi under Noonmati police station, affecting power supply in the area. Repair and restoration work is on and power supply is expected to be restored soon, the sources said. Meanwhile, a major disaster was averted in Jorhat town when the police defused a time bomb found in front of two adjacent schools about five minutes before it was to explode yesterday, the sources said. http://us.rediff.com/news/2005/aug/09ulfa.htm

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Suspected Babbar Khalsa member arrested in Chh'garh August 11, 2005 16:24 IST Four suspected militants, including a Babbar Khalsa member, allegedly involved in the recent blasts in Delhi, were arrested on Thursday. "Three persons were arrested from Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh, while one was arrested from Lakhimpur area of Uttar Pradesh," Raipur range Inspector General of Police Durgesh Madhav Awasthy told PTI. After the three were interrogated, a fourth person was nabbed in Uttar Pradesh, the Raipur IGP said, adding that he was being brought to Chhattisgarh. On a tip-off, Mahasamund district Superintendent of Police Dipanshu Kabra accosted the three militants when they were at a petrol pump, sources told PTI from Mahasamund. Of the three, one Gurdev is a suspected member of Babbar Khalsa and is believed to be involved in recent Delhi bomb blasts, the SP said, adding that it was revealed during interrogation that in 1997, Gurdev was arrested with three kg RDX and other explosives in Punjab. Besides Gurdev, his younger brother Devendra, both residents of Baba Bakala of Punjab and Narendra Singh, resident of Bhilai, had also been arrested and were being produced in Mahasamund court on Thursday for police remand, SP Kabra told PTI. During interrogation, the trio told that Punjab and Delhi police were chasing Gurdev after some of his associates were arrested and he had initially come to Bhilai last month to take shelter. They also confessed of being involved in some other crimes in Chhattisgharh, the SP claimed. http://us.rediff.com/news/2005/aug/11babbar.htm

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ULFA operation 'Red List' on GUWAHATI, AUG 12 (PTI) The banned ULFA is carrying out an operation code named 'Red List' since July last to avenge the killing of 24 of its cadres by security forces, intelligence sources said here today. ULFA is carrying out recent attacks to avenge the kiling in "fake encounters" at a time when peace overture to the Centre involving Jyanpith Award winner Indira Goswami was at an advanced stage, they said. A big ULFA gang entered neighbouring Meghalaya where it was divided into three teams, one each for upper, central and lower Assam, the sources said. Each of the three teams was again sub-divided into smaller groups comprising two or three cadres who are carrying out subversive activities at random, they said. Since the groups are smaller in size, it is difficult for the security forces to identify them. A five-member group led by senior ULFA cadre M Chetia is still at Garoghuli along the Assam Meghalaya border with two of them being bomb experts and the other three sharp shooters. http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?gid=51&id=316614

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'Funds being raised in Kolkata for assisting mujahids' Kolkata, Aug. 13 (PTI): Two days ahead of Independence Day, the Kolkata Police are inquiring into handbills being circulated in the metropolis by an organisation having 'al-Qaeda' in its name seeking donations for assisting 'Mujahids'. The organisation 'Mujahideen al-Qaeda Pacific International', was distributing coupons of Rs 25 to Rs 100 denomination, written in Urdu, in the minority dominated Topsia, Ripon Street area, Zakaria street and Calootola areas in central Kolkata, with appeals to help 'Mujahids'. "We are seized of the matter and an inquiry is on," city Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee told PTI today. Handbills being circulated with the coupons blamed the RSS, Bajrang Dal, and VHP for trying 'to discredit Muslims in India after the July 5 armed attack on the makeshift Ram Temple in Ayodhya.' Refusing to divulge details, Mukherjee said the police were making inquiries to ascertain who had circulated the coupons to raise funds as also the handbills. The police were viewing the matter seriously, he said. No one had been arrested though, he added.

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Missile programme on course: Pranab August 13, 2005 19:24 IST Two days after Pakistan test fired its first 500-km range cruise missile, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said India's missile programme was progressing on schedule and without any hitches. "The country's missile development programme is running smoothly and on schedule", the Minister said in an address to the troops on the eve of Independence Day. Other major defence programmes like development of Light Combat Aircraft were also progressing speedily, he added. He said the fencing of the 742-km stretch of the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir had been completed. Mukherjee agreed that in spite of the fencing, infiltration of terrorists from across the border had shown a sharp upswing in the last two months. http://us.rediff.com/news/2005/aug/13missile.htm

Posted by: k.ram Aug 14 2005, 06:14 AM

http://in.news.yahoo.com/050814/137/5zpuq.html

Posted by: Mudy Aug 14 2005, 07:59 AM

Whenever COngress is in power all type of freedom struggles resurface e.g Khalistan, Naga, Assam.... WHY???????????

Posted by: Viren Aug 14 2005, 08:45 AM

Might be relevant for another thread.. but for now it's here...

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A really interesting article on "INDIA'S GREATEST SPIES." EXCERPTS: G.C. (Gary) Saxena RAW's fourth director, from 1983-86, is considered by all the finest India had in the field of external intelligence. And he's also regarded highly for his two tenures as Governor, J&K; the state was under Governor's rule when he first took over in 1990, and it was during the worst phase of the Kashmir crisis. Suffice it to say, he was a very hands-on Governor. As RAW chief, his specialty was Pakistan. No one talks about what he did, but according to the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), published reports in Pakistan alleged that a big influx of RAW operatives into Pakistan began in 1983. Over the next decade, they numbered 35,000, according to FAS. Of these, 12,000 worked in Sindh, and 5,000 in Balochistan. Pakistan's major terrorism headache in the 1980s was the Mohajir Qaumi Movement (MQM) in Sindh. It was founded by Altaf Hussain in 1984, of the mohajirs who were the refugees and their descendants who migrated from mostly northern India. For them, Punjabi domination had turned Pakistan from a dream into a nightmare; they took to violence, and Karachi throughout the 1980s was convulsed by urban terrorism. Some thought it was India's payback for Punjab. But the government apparently took a decision not to drive Sindh the Bangladesh way. It's no wonder that when Gary retired, Rajiv Gandhi appointed him security advisor, and V.P. Singh appointed him Governor. In J&K, he is believed to have reluctantly turned down options for "aggressive, night-time" operations against militants somewhere close by. A.S. Dulat Kashmir from 1988 onwards was the battleground of a cold war between India and Pakistan, and if there is one person who can be credited with getting India through its toughest security challenge in the 1990s, it is this man. No surprise, then, that this lifetime IB official ended his career as RAW chief under the NDA government. If you go to Kashmir, there is virtually no one in any sphere of life, of consequence, who did not know Dulat. His easy-going way befriended him with politicians both in the mainstream - and among separatists. Some even suspect him of running the All Parties Hurriyat Conference. But that's not all. During the 1990s, he befriended many terrorists, high and low, and "turned" them - he sent them back to Pakistan. As a result, India came to know in great detail the ISI's Kashmir operation. But Kashmir is such a thorny problem that Dulat suffered setbacks on occasion - the most notable being the Rubaiya Sayeed kidnapping case. The daughter of Home Minister Mufti Mohd Sayeed (currently the J&K chief minister) was kidnapped by JKLF militants. Dulat made contact with the father of one kidnapper, and nearly got her unconditionally released - until Mufti opened another channel and made the swap of five JKLF prisoners for her release. It was the event that led to the explosion of militancy in J&K. He had an intense cat-an-mouse game with the ISI in Kashmir - agents were often double and triple, pretending to work for India but working for Pakistan - but actually working for India. He continued this work at RAW. And after retirement, the then NSA Brajesh Mishra appointed him as an OSD at the PMO. B.N. Mullick The “father of Indian spooks” who gave shape, structure and system to free India’s Intelligence Bureau (IB). He was actually its second director (1948-64); the first, T.V. Sanjivi, was shifted out following Mahatma Gandhiji’s assassination (in further trivia, Sanjivi wasn’t the seniormost police officer when India became independent; that gentleman opted for Pakistan). But Mullick’s 17-year tenure enabled him, in the words of a retired officer, to “lay down the parameters of how intelligence agencies operate” in India (the second-longest tenure was that of current National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan, under the late Rajiv Gandhi). Every year Mullick would handpick five or six IPS officers to create the backbone of the organisation. A.K. Dave He was the China expert who warned the government on 8 June 1962 that the Chinese would attack in September if the border was not settled. The intelligence was never relayed down the line, perhaps because, at that time, the Directorate of Military Intelligence had still not settled down — because its predecessor organisation went back to the British War Office after independence. After the Chinese attack, Dave paid serious attention to border management, and set up the SSB, a then secret organisation which mobilized border residents for preventive action, like behind-the-lines sabotage and subversion, against invaders. He set up many IB posts in remote border areas where there was no access to any supplies. He was also a communism expert, and played a crucial role in dealing with the Telengana uprising (1946-51). That may have also the reason for his falling out of favour when Mrs Indira Gandhi decided to move politically closer to the communists. Dave, an intellectual and a legend in intelligence by the late 1960s, was in line to become IB director, but left prematurely after being transferred to the Centre for Police Training. Some say since he was close to Home Minister Y.B. Chavan, Mrs Gandhi wanted to sideline Dave. But he left because he was opposed to the way a new external intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was being set up. The founder of RAW, R.N. Kao, was a rival of Dave’s. Kao, who’d spent time mostly in S-branch (dealing with general security), was not considered by his peers to be a top-notch officer. Kao’s claim to fame was his help to the Chinese in the investigation of the 1955 blowing up of the Kashmir Princess, the aircraft in which Chinese premier Chou En-lai was supposed to travel. Kao developed a proximity with Mrs Gandhi, which some claim was based on shared ethnicity, and was chosen to set up RAW from the IB’s South Block offices. Dave thought the setting up was haphazard, but Kao’s access and vision won the day. Dave left government and joined ITC, and ironically became known for his work there, especially in setting up their hotel chain. K. Sankaran Nair He was Kao’s number two man, and the man responsible for the 1971 operation that led to the breaking up of Pakistan and the liberation of Bangladesh. At the time, RAW and IB were sharing personnel as the bifurcation of IB into two separate organisations was still in progress. RAW wouldn’t fully settle down till about 1975-76, and then, in 1977, suffered a blow when Prime Minister Morarji Desai, suspicious of its role in domestic politics, decided to trim its wings. The Bangladesh operation was an exploitation of Pakistan’s mishandling of its east wing. The denial of Prime Ministership to Sheikh Mujibur Rehman led to protests, and the RAW probably helped the insurgent ‘Mukti Vahini’. The key person handing this for Nair was P.N. Bannerji, serving as both joint director of the Calcutta IB and commissioner, RAW. Bannerji was a friend of Sheikh Mujib. The story is that Bannerji suffered an untimely death in a hotel in Bangladesh. He was sitting, having a cup of tea when he hiccupped and collapsed. No foul play was suspected; officially, he died of a massive heart attack. In any case, the Bangladesh operations was a success. Nair became the second RAW chief, after Kao’s retirement in 1977, but lasted only three months; he resigned over Morarji’s decisions regarding RAW. When Mrs Gandhi returned, she asked Nair to review the working of India’s intelligence organisation, and affect a restructuring in the RAW. The RAW has never gotten over its early problems of ad hoc-ism, and still suffers from problems of a lack of cohesiveness, despite having a number of top-notch spies. G.C. (Gary) Saxena RAW’s fourth director, from 1983-86, is considered by all the finest India had in the field of external intelligence. And he’s also regarded highly for his two tenures as Governor, J&K; the state was under Governor’s rule when he first took over in 1990, and it was during the worst phase of the Kashmir crisis. Suffice it to say, he was a very hands-on Governor. As RAW chief, his specialty was Pakistan. No one talks about what he did, but according to the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), published reports in Pakistan alleged that a big influx of RAW operatives into Pakistan began in 1983. Over the next decade, they numbered 35,000, according to FAS. Of these, 12,000 worked in Sindh, and 5,000 in Balochistan. Pakistan’s major terrorism headache in the 1980s was the Mohajir Qaumi Movement (MQM) in Sindh. It was founded by Altaf Hussain in 1984, of the mohajirs who were the refugees and their descendants who migrated from mostly northern India. For them, Punjabi domination had turned Pakistan from a dream into a nightmare; they took to violence, and Karachi throughout the 1980s was convulsed by urban terrorism. Some thought it was India’s payback for Punjab. But the government apparently took a decision not to drive Sindh the Bangladesh way. It’s no wonder that when Gary retired, Rajiv Gandhi appointed him security advisor, and V.P. Singh appointed him Governor. In J&K, he is believed to have reluctantly turned down options for “aggressive, night-time” operations against militants somewhere close by. Ajit Doval A legend, he’s the best operational man India has had. His first success was ending the Mizo insurgency; Laldenga in an 1984 interview claimed that Doval had won over six of his seven army commanders, making peace his only option. Doval had once walked from Aizawl to the Kachin areas in China to meet Mizo cadres. His next success was turning the tide in Punjab. He was behind successful operations like “Black Thunder” (see illustration) and the rescue of Romanian diplomat Liviu Radu (the mastermind behind the kidnapping was ensnared by a honey trap); he launched pre-emptive operations against various militant groups; and he planned out the 1992 state assembly elections, the most visible step towards normalcy. He went to Kashmir in the mid-1990s and persuaded militants like Kuka Parrey to become counter-insurgents, targeting hardline anti-India terrorists. This helped pave the way to the 1996 elections, which were said by many to be rigged, but which helped put Kashmir on the path to the wildly successful 2002 elections. And it was during Doval’s tenure as head of counter-espionage, from 1998-2002, that the largest number of spy rings were uncovered and “neutralised”. He ended his career as the IB Director, though it was a short stint as some in the UPA government perceived him to be close to BJP president L.K. Advani. A.S. Dulat Kashmir from 1988 onwards was the battleground of a cold war between India and Pakistan, and if there is one person who can be credited with getting India through its toughest security challenge in the 1990s, it is this man. No surprise, then, that this lifetime IB official ended his career as RAW chief under the NDA government. If you go to Kashmir, there is virtually no one in any sphere of life, of consequence, who did not know Dulat. His easy-going way befriended him with politicians both in the mainstream — and among separatists. Some even suspect him of running the All Parties Hurriyat Conference. But that’s not all. During the 1990s, he befriended many terrorists, high and low, and “turned” them — he sent them back to Pakistan. As a result, India came to know in great detail the ISI’s Kashmir operation. But Kashmir is such a thorny problem that Dulat suffered setbacks on occasion — the most notable being the Rubaiya Sayeed kidnapping case. The daughter of Home Minister Mufti Mohd Sayeed (currently the J&K chief minister) was kidnapped by JKLF militants. Dulat made contact with the father of one kidnapper, and nearly got her unconditionally released — until Mufti opened another channel and made the swap of five JKLF prisoners for her release. It was the event that led to the explosion of militancy in J&K. He had an intense cat-an-mouse game with the ISI in Kashmir — agents were often double and triple, pretending to work for India but working for Pakistan — but actually working for India. He continued this work at RAW. And after retirement, the then NSA Brajesh Mishra appointed him as an OSD at the PMO. http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1461349,0008.htm

Posted by: Bharatvarsh Aug 14 2005, 09:52 AM

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With I-day round the corner, Al-Qaeda begins its mission in Kolkata Sunday August 14 2005 00:00 IST KOLKATA: The world famous terrorist organization Al-Qaeda has finally arrived in the city. Members of the dreaded organization are collecting funds through a specially printed coupon and distributing leaflets against the Indian government. The sudden spurt of activity by the organization has taken the police department completely by surprise. Even the state administration is worried that with Independence day just round the corner the militant organization may carry out bombings and attacks. A source in the detective department stated on Saturday that the movement of the terrorist organization had taken them completely by surprise. "We were aware that they were trying to enter the state through the Bangladesh border. But we were unaware of the fact that they already established base here." Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee informed that he was aware of the developments. "At this moment, however, I would not like to comment as investigations are on," he added. The coupon through which Al-Qaeda members are collecting funds is in Urdu. Roughly translated it means, "When a seed is sown it develops into a tree. From the tree comes fruits, which again provides thousands of seeds which later develop into thousands of tree and fruits. Similarly small donations and contributions given in the name of Allah can provide for thousands of Muslims all over the world." The coupon is marked with a `Khalifa' stamp along with an address in Dhaka. Sources in the police department confirmed that the coupons and leaflets are being distributed by an organization called the Mujahideen Al-Qaeda Pacific International. The leaflets are on behalf of Harkat ul Jehad Islami and Al Jehad Islami Oha Al-Qaeda Mujaihedeen. They state that the time has come to pay back the Indian government for their atrocities on the Muslims. It also asks the young Muslims in the city to fight for the religion and become martyrs. These coupons and leaflets are being distributed in only those areas, which have a predominantly Muslim population. Those who are not ready to contribute to the cause are being asked to at least read the two leaflets. Sources informed that the main aim however, of the organization is to develop a base in Kolkata. "The intention is to create a safe passage for the members of the organization in Bangladesh. As West Bengal and Bangladesh have a very porous border it will be easier for the criminals to escape and take refuge in the neighbouring country. It is a well known that quite a few ISI supported organizations have a strong base in Bangladesh," stated a very senior police officer investigating the case. He also added that the group will help in transporting arms and explosives from Bangladesh into various parts of India though Kolkata. "More than anything else that is the main reason why they are planning to set up shop in the city," he concluded. Whatever the plans may be of the Al-Qaeda, Kolkata may soon be transformed into a bloody battlefield. http://www.newindpress.com/Newsitems.asp?ID=IEH20050813120013&Title=Top+Stories&Topic=0

Posted by: Bharatvarsh Aug 14 2005, 10:04 AM

INDIA’S NEW HIJACK POLICY

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Nearly six years after the Kandahar hijack and four years after 9/11, India has woken up to adopt a bold and tough hijack policy. Under this, for the first time, the Government can shoot down a commercial aircraft if it is turned into a ‘‘missile’’ by hijackers. The policy also rules out any negotiations with hijackers on their demands. The policy, approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) this week, also makes it clear that there will be no negotiations with hijackers on their demands. Hijackers will be engaged in negotiations only to bring an end to the incident, comfort passengers and prevent loss of life but without conceding to any demand. http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=76245

Posted by: LSrini Aug 14 2005, 01:07 PM

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INDIA’S NEW HIJACK POLICY
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Nearly six years after the Kandahar hijack and four years after 9/11, India has woken up to adopt a bold and tough hijack policy. Under this, for the first time, the Government can shoot down a commercial aircraft if it is turned into a ‘‘missile’’ by hijackers. The policy also rules out any negotiations with hijackers on their demands. The policy, approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) this week, also makes it clear that there will be no negotiations with hijackers on their demands. Hijackers will be engaged in negotiations only to bring an end to the incident, comfort passengers and prevent loss of life but without conceding to any demand. http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=76245
At the risk of sounding pro-UPA, a policy on hijacking should have been implemented by NDA when the plane was hijacked 2001. The BJP did not have the initiative or the guts to do this. It is proper shopkeeper's party trying to please one and everybody. Ofcourse this policy is not complete. At least thinking is in the right direction. Not like the home minister travelling with the terrorist for exchanging with hostages.

Posted by: Mudy Aug 14 2005, 05:48 PM

But don't forget, when J&K minister's daughter was kidnapped, they freed 5 terrorist which started Kashmiri terrorism forever. Policy should be one and only one, Don't negotate with terrorist, Kill these terrorist they don't even deserve time in jail.

Posted by: Mudy Aug 14 2005, 06:18 PM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1462031,000900040001.htm

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According to sources, Pakistan's ISI may be looking at Dawood to have access to the atomic plant at Tarapore as it is close to Surat. Dawood also wants to control the corridor connecting Surat to important ports like Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and the docks in Mumbai to boost activities. Officials say travel, transport and recruiting agencies are priority areas for Dawood. The newly-acquired business houses in Surat may be used to bolster D-Company's hawala trade. Gangsters are already minting money by controlling the stolen car business and diamond trade here. Gujarat has been a major headache for the Mumbai police. Most of the splinter groups behind the Mumbai blasts claimed they were avenging the post-Godhra carnage.

Posted by: Mudy Aug 14 2005, 07:23 PM

http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=76208 The arrest of a Chinese national in Dehra Dun’s Tibetan colony raises security concerns

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Lobsang who has been living in India since 1999, was able to get a birth certificate from the Dehra Dun Municipal Corporation, on the basis of which he got a passport as a Tibetan refugee. He was also granted a two-year visa
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Posted by: G.Subramaniam Aug 15 2005, 05:57 AM

Moderator Alert ------ Please get this posted on Bharat-Rakshak on the Bangladesh thread -------- Subj: Press Release: Hindu Woman raped by Muslim-Mob in West Bengal...first hand report by Tathagata Roy, Prez Dated August 07, 2005 Shri L.K.Advani, National President, BJP Shri Rajnath Singh, Observer, West Bengal (camp : Kolkata) Shri Vijay Kumar Malhotra, Dy. Party Leader, Lok Sabha Sm. Sushma Swaraj, Dy. Party Leader, Rajya Sabha Shri Sushil Modi M.P. Shri Kharabela Swain, M.P. Please find below a report on the heinous gang-rape and murder of a Hindu girl near Raiganj, Dt. North Dinajpur, followed by attempts on the part of the Police to hide the factum of rape, and the unlawful arrest and torture of some RSS Pracharaks and others. The murder was further followed by an unprovoked Police firing of more than 100 rounds in which at least two people have been killed, and several injured. The brutality that the Police exhibited was no less than what happened at Gurgaon. Raiganj, incidentally, is Priya Ranjan Das Munsi’s Parliamentary Constituency, and very close to the Bangladesh border. Illicit organizations such as SIMI and the “Jagroto Muslim Janata” (a Bangladesh-based Islamic fundamentalist organization led by one Siddiqul Islam @ “Bangla Bhai”, are active here. Please try to raise this matter on the floor of either house of the Parliament. (Tathagata Roy) President, BJP, West Bengal REPORT ON THE VISIT OF TATHAGATA ROY, PRESIDENT, BJP, WEST BENGAL, TO RAIGANJ, DT. NORTH DINAJPUR, WEST BENGAL AUGUST 05, 2005 By TATHAGATA ROY President, BJP, West Bengal On receiving news on 4th August 2005 afternoon that there had been heavy Police firing in Raiganj in the wake of the gang-rape and brutal murder of a Hindu girl and several Sangha Pracharaks, and BJP and other Vividh Sangathana Karyakartas had been arrested, I proceeded to Raiganj and reached there on 5th August morning. Thereafter I held detailed discussions with our Karyakartas as well as those of the Sangha and other Vividh Sangathanas, as also with Shri Meena, IG (North Bengal) of the West Bengal Police, Shri Sanyal, SP, North Dinajpur district, Shri Nilkanta Das, father of the deceased girl, his neighbours, S/Shri Gobinda Ghosh, Vibhag Pracharak, RSS and Shyamal Pal, GS(Orgzn), BJP of North and South Dinajpur districts, and a Sangha Pracharak, two persons injured in police firing and undergoing treatment at Raiganj Govt. Hospital, and Shri Pradhan, Officer-in-Charge Hemtabad P.S., also undergoing treatment at Raiganj Govt. Hospital. I visited the village Kasba Mahaso (near Kamalabari), P.S. Hemtabad, Dt. North Dinajpur, where the crime took place and the Raiganj Jail where the arrested persons are held in custody. On the basis of the same I have the following to report. The late Pratima Das @ Felani, d/o Nilkanta Das aged about 14, of village Kasba Mahaso, P.S. Hemtabad, Dt. North Dinajpur, was being stalked and teased by four Muslim youths named Hero Mohammed (24) s/o Rafiqul, Martuza Md. (28) s/o Saqul Md., Hussain Ansari (22) s/o Aso Md., and Mukhtar Ali (20), s/o Sabul Md. Of the same village. Nilkanta Das is an illiterate farmer of very modest means. Nilkanta had more than once told Rafiqul, father of Hero, of the incident, and had warned him that he would go to the police if the teasing persisted. On 2nd August 2005 as Nilkanta was returning from field, he was informed by his nephew and a few others that Pratima had been killed. According to one Sm. Pal, a teacher of the local school and the wife of a Congress leader, Pratima had been found in a jute field nearby in a nearly naked state, her private parts bloodied and marks of biri-burns on her face. She had been strangulated to death with a piece of green jute stalk. The police were informed and took away the body for post-mortem examination. Meanwhile the word got round that an innocent girl had been tortured, gang-raped and murdered in this manner. When even until 3rd August midday the body was not available a huge crowd gradually collected at the village near Nilkanta Das’s house. They then barricaded the main road in protest against the murder — a very common form of protest in West Bengal. A police party under the leadership of Shri Mahendra Nath Diu, the SDO, then arrived and asked them to remove the blockade. A large number among the villagers were Sangh Swayamsevaks, and had informed the Vibhag Pracharak Shri Gobinda Ghosh about it, and Shri Ghosh arrived with Shri Shyamal Pal, another Pracharak and the General Secretary (Organisation) of the BJP for the district. They tried to pacify the crowd which was getting more and more restive. The SDO then asked them to remove the block within ten minutes, failing which he said he would order a lathi-charge. Shri Ghosh and Pal told him not to take any precipitate steps, and tried to pacify the crowd. However, the crowd was incensed and would not listen so easily. Shri Ghosh and Pal kept telling them that the administration had basically accepted whatever they wanted, and they should now disperse peacefully. Until this point there is very little difference between what I learnt from our party and Sangh sources and what was said by Shri Sanyal, the SP. Beyond this the versions differ. Shri Sanyal said that after some time S/Shri Ghosh and Pal told them that they could not help the matter, as the crowd was not listening to them. Then the crowd started pelting stones at the police and the police had to fire in self-defence. It is generally agreed that more than 100 rounds were fired. On the other hand our party workers present at the spot said that while S/Shri Ghosh and Pal were trying to reason with the crowd, someone, presumably the SDO suddenly ordered a lathi-charge, and thereafter the situation went out of control. The people killed in the firing were of course all innocent bystanders. S/Shri Ghosh and Pal were rounded up and brought to the Hemtabad P.S. where they were roundly thrashed with lathis. Shri Pal seemed to have suffered some kind of hemorrhage, and possibly a fracture, on one of his wrists, and Shri Ghosh possibly has one or more rib fractures, because of which he could not talk very well. When they were produced in Court on 4th August the Magistrate is said to have taken note of the fact that they were both injured and ordered their treatment in the Jail Hospital while ordering Jail Custody for them till 19th August. Apart from the two of them another four persons, namely S/Shri Dinesh Sarkar of the RSS and Rakesh Roy, Dilip Pramanik and Bileshwar Singh of the ABVP, were also arrested, beaten up and thrown into jail. They are apparently meant to be charged u/ss 147, 148, 149,333,353,427,153A,307,120B,337 and 338 of the IPC. When I spoke to the SP and IG I asked them that even assuming what the SP was saying was true, the Sangh functionaries were at the most guilty of incompetence, having first committed to control the crowd, and later expressing their inability about it. How could such action be construed as chargeable under serious sections such as 307 (Attempted Murder), 153A (Communal Provocation) etc.? The IG and SP had no answer and advised me to engage competent lawyers to bail them out. It is now clear that this arrest was done only to try to prove that the RSS had given provocation for the rioting, which forced the Police to do first a Lathi-charge and thereafter fire with level guns. The intention was to prove in one stroke that the RSS are guilty and the Police are innocent. This ill-motive of the government became clear when on the same evening Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee announced rejection of our demand for Judicial Enquiry, and in the same breath said that an all-party meeting would be convened the very next day, but the “RSS would not be called to the meeting on the grounds that they were themselves involved in the rioting”. The BJP were, however, called. Another sordid aspect of the whole incident was an attempt on the part of the police, with the connivance of the autopsy surgeon, to prove that there was no rape, only a simple case of murder; possibly because rape, more than murder, might result in a greater embarrassment for the administration, and greater polarization of popular opinion. When four young men strangle a penniless young girl to death in a jute field, it is clear that they did not do Puja to the girl before the heinous murder, they gang-raped her. Yet the post mortem report has tried to point at signs which would indicate that there was no rape. The factum of rape would, of course be conclusively established only after forensic examination of the vaginal swab, which has not yet been done. Yet, in the post-mortem report there are remarks like “Hymen intact, deceased’s underclothes not in disarray”, etc. There is no mention whether the underclothes contain any semen marks or blood. Contrary to what eye-witness Mrs. Pal had stated, there is no mention of biri-burn marks on the face. It is worth mentioning in this connection that The CPI(M) government has always been extremely anxious to hide cases of gang-rape, especially where the perpetrators are Muslim and the victims are Hindu women (as is usually the case). This had happened in the cases of gang-rapes that occurred in the wake of Panchayat elections in West Bengal 2003. There were three such cases : under Dhantala P.S. in district Nadia ; under Goaltor P.S. in district Pashchim Medinipur ; and under Budbud P.S. in district Bardhaman. The first two were investigated by the National Womens’ Commission, as a result of which the truth came out in the open, but the third one was hushed up

Posted by: Mudy Aug 15 2005, 07:49 AM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1462469,000900020004.htm

Posted by: Viren Aug 15 2005, 08:02 AM

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1200572.cms

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The anti-hijack policy, cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) earlier this week, rules out negotiations with hijackers on their demands and makes it clear that talks will only be aimed at preventing loss of life or ending the incident, official sources said. The CCS gave its approval to fresh proposals by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, the Indian Air Force and other agencies to tighten existing guidelines in view of the September 11 terror attack in the US and Kandahar hijack in December 1999.

Posted by: Mudy Aug 15 2005, 08:06 AM

What will happen if Gandhi or Yadav clan is sitting in Hijacked plane? Who will shoot that plane? In India this will never happen. Think about if BJP is in power and plane get hijacked with opposition important leader. Congress will have rasta roko everywhere with gun on temple sitting outside race course bungalow.

Posted by: chandramoulee Aug 15 2005, 08:04 PM

It was disgraceful to see India's Defence Minister escorting the terrorists to freedom during the aftermath to the highjack of IC 814. It was even more disgraceful to see the TV pictures of the friends and relatives of the captives, lamenting and asking the Government to concede to the highjackers demands and thus get the victims released ! There were reports that these protests were organised by the then opposition party. Will the Government which has formulated the present rules- of not conceding to any of the highjackers' demands and shoot down the high jacked plane if necessary- still remain firm against such demonstrations? Will the electronic media cooperate and desist from airing such protest scenes? It is a big 'if' but 'if' only the Govrnment of India had not fed 'biryani' to the terrorists--'if' only they had tried to show the same firmness they exhibited when an employeee of a public sector firm was taken hostage-- during the abduction of the Home Ministers daughter in Kashmir....

Posted by: Mudy Aug 15 2005, 08:28 PM

It was organized by Congress, even they offered MLA ticket to Doctor who was ring leader, but lack of guts of NDA was indeed shameful. Media was showing round the clock circus outside race course was pathetic. Performance by relative was disgusting. Every Indian Govt did blunder and they will keep on doing it. In India, in any plane you may find some VVIP or industrialist or some Son or daughter of VVIP, everyone will expect one exception. So scene will repeat again and may be whoever in opposition will use that opportunity.

Posted by: Bharatvarsh Aug 16 2005, 12:40 PM

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Ghatkopar bomb blast accused surrenders August 16, 2005 18:19 IST Shaikh Mohammed Muzamil, acquitted by a special POTA court in the Ghatkopar bomb blast case, surrendered on Tuesday before the trial court which took him into custody. The order on his bail plea will be given on Wednesday. Three other accused in the case --- Abdul Mateen, Imran Rehman Khan and Mohammed Altaf -- had surrendered earlier while co-accused Toufiq Ahmed is yet to surrender. The accused had surrendered after the POTA court issued warrants against them in view of Bombay High Court admitting an appeal filed by the Maharashtra government challenging the acquittal of the 5 accused in the Ghatkopar bomb blast of December 2, 2002. Defence lawyer said the 4 had voluntarily surrendered before the execution of the warrant against them since they had no intention to obstruct trial and were not absconding. In cases where appeal is admitted, the accused has to surrender before the trial court to enable the High Court decide the issue of their acquittal, the lawyer said, adding that it was up to the court to grant bail or take them into custody. http://us.rediff.com/news/2005/aug/16ghat.htm

Posted by: Mudy Aug 16 2005, 05:27 PM

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Clerics want Shari'ah, many 'courts' working Pioneer News Service/ New Delhi Arguing in support of Shari'ah courts, Radiance, official organ of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, has demanded the establishment of "Darul Qaza" (office of qazi, euphemism for a Shari'ah court) as an "alternative dispute resolution" mechanism. Praising the role of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board in the establishment of "Darul Qaza" across the country, Mohammed Abdur Rahim Quraishi, Secretary of AIMPLB, says: "The duty to settle, determine and judge mutual disputes by laws revealed and laid down by Allah and his messenger is regardless of age and clime, and status and area of abode." Mr Quraishi asserts: "In whatever part of the world they reside and live, whether they are the rulers or the ruled... Muslims should settle their mutual disputes in accordance with Shari'ah laws..." According to statistics provided by the journal, the AIMPLB has set up three "Darul Qaza" in Madhya Pradesh, two in Delhi, two in Uttar Pradesh, 11 in Maharashtra, one in Tamil Nadu and three in Karnataka. In addition, "Darul Qaza" have been set up under Imarat Shari'ah. These exist in Bihar (26), Jharkhand (seven), West Bengal (four), Orissa (two), Karnataka (five) and Assam (88). "The Muslims... of India have to evolve a system of Qaza (that is, a system of qazis) and establish Darul Qaza(forum for adjudication according to Shari'ah) at places where Muslim population is significant," writes Mr Quraishi. Muslims must "evolve a network of Darul Qaza all over the country", he adds.
Sonia shared stage with head of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind during public meeting, it means they had her blessing. What a gift she gave to India? Break India ASAP so that she can collect booty and fly to her motherland.

Posted by: Bharatvarsh Aug 16 2005, 06:10 PM

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Ex-hijacker punches holes in new policy Arun Joshi Jammu, August 17, 2005 Among the critics of the government’s new anti-hijack policy is Hashim Qureshi. But he is ready to endorse the strategy in one case: if it is used solely to defend vital installations. Qureshi feels that if used in ordinary cases — like for shooting planes on runways — it would be like “the state fulfilling the objectives of the hijackers”. Apart form being a death warrant for air passengers, such a policy would not be a deterrent to potential hijackers, he says, revealing the mindset of hijackers. Qureshi should know. He was Asia’s first hijacker. In 1971, Qureshi hijacked an Indian aircraft from Srinagar to Lahore. No longer a Kashmiri militant, Qureshi has now turned peacenik. “A plane should be shot down only if it is heading toward an atomic installation or a symbol of the country’s sovereignty, like Parliament or Rashtrapati Bhavan,” he says. Qureshi says that the government should act to remove the causes that motivate men to hijack planes in the first place, rather than devise irrational laws like the new anti-hijack policy. “Hijackers do not undertake such misadventures to save their lives,” he says, adding: “How can such laws impact the minds of men bent upon killing themselves?” Recalling the 1971 hijacking, in which Qureshi (then 17) was helped by a distant relative who now teaches at Lahore University, he says that plane was blown up at the behest of the ISI on February 1, after a three-day wait. Qureshi then had to do time in a Pakistani jail, from April 1971 to May 1980. In 1985, the then ISI director Akhtar Rehman asked him to return to the Valley and start secessionist militancy. Qureshi, however, refused and fled to Holland. In December 2000, he was arrested in Delhi. After being handed over to the Jammu and Kashmir police, he was kept at the joint interrogation centre in Srinagar for a year. Currently out on bail, Qureshi has challenged the clamping of hijacking charges against him in the state high court. His argument: he cannot be punished twice for the same crime. http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1463811,0008.htm
Next they will ask rapists and murderers about what gov't policy towards them should be, nutcases.

Posted by: Mudy Aug 16 2005, 07:21 PM

It’s a ridiculous policy, till you don't really read fine print which they are not discussing and disclosing openly. They should let Indians know when they will not shoot. One day they say we don’t negotiate with terrorist and very next day they issue those idiots passport for foreign travel and Heart surgery in top Indian hospital with Tax money. Till they don't behave like ruthless leaders whose prime goal is to protect citizens, all policy are not even good on paper.

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Next they will ask rapists and murderers about what gov't policy towards them should be, nutcases
When policy makers(ministers) are criminals, they will check there brothers for advice.

Posted by: Bharatvarsh Aug 17 2005, 02:46 PM

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Govt willing to have talks with ULFA August 17, 2005 17:37 IST As many as 115 cases of Border Security Force personnel involved in smuggling on the Indo-Bangla borders have come to the notice of the government and it was taking strict disciplinary actions against those found guilty after enquiry, Minister of State for Home S Reghupathy told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. He also threw light upon reports of United Liberation Front of Asom owning hotels in Bangladesh. Disclosing this, Reghupathy said in a written reply that several steps including round-the-clock surveillance of the border by patrolling, conduct of special operations, upgradation of intelligence network and erection of border fencing have been undertaken. He said the government has no specific report to suggest existence of hotels and bank accounts of ULFA in Bangladesh. However, reports indicate existence of Indian Insurgent Groups camps in Bangladesh territory. To another question, Reghupathy said government has received appeals for peace talks with ULFA, which indicate the willingness of the organisation to hold talks with the government, but there has been no change in the pre-condition for holding talks, namely, their 'core demand' of sovereignty. In reply to the ULFA appeal, he said it has been reiterated that Government of India is willing to talk to all groups, which were prepared to abjure the path of violence, but without preconditions. http://us.rediff.com/news/2005/aug/17ulfa.htm

Posted by: Bharatvarsh Aug 17 2005, 02:51 PM

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No move to convert Prithvi into anti-missile: Pranab August 17, 2005 16:01 IST Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee has ruled out any move to convert the short range surface-to-surface Prithvi missile into an anti-missile or a nuclear shield. "There are no plans to integrate Prithvi missile with the Israeli Greenpine radar as a defence cover in respect of a nuclear threat," the defence minister told the Rajya Sabha in written answer on Wednesday. The minister's reply assumes significance amidst reports that the Defence Research and Development Organisation has been working on a project to develop an anti-missile shield. But experts feel that Prithvi, with its liquid base propellent, does not fit the bill. While working on development of an indigenous system, India is also looking to acquire such a system from abroad with the United States administration now offering it the advanced Patriot PAC-3 anti-missile system. Indicating this, Mukherjee said that during the recent bilateral discussions, Washington had conveyed its willingness to enter into defence supply, co-production and research and development relationship in areas of advanced defence technologies with India. On whether the country proposed to increase the range of the Prithvi missile from 150 km to 350 km, he said the missile already had a range exceeding 150 km. http://us.rediff.com/news/2005/aug/17pranab.htm

Posted by: Bharatvarsh Aug 18 2005, 06:55 PM

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Reprieve for Shahabuddin, but to be arrested soon PATNA, AUG 18 (PTI) Fugitive RJD Lok Sabha member Md Shahabuddin today got a respite from the Patna High Court which quashed the arrest warrant by the Siwan District Magistrate against him in connection with proceedings under the Bihar Control of Crimes Act, but the state police chief said three other non-bailable warrants against the MP would be executed soon. A Division Bench of Justice Nagendra Rai and Justice Barin Ghosh quashed the June 22 arrest warrant issued by Siwan District Magistrate, S K Mal following repeated refusal by Shahabuddin to appear before him despite summons to show cause why CCA should not be applied against him. The court, however, allowed the District Magistrate to conclude the proceedings initiated by him against Shahabuddin under CCA within a month and pass appropriate order. The judges accepted the plea of Shahabuddin's counsel Raju Giri that under Article 20 (3) of the Constitution no person accused of any offence shall be compelled to be a witness against himself. Earlier, the High Court had on July 13 stayed the execution of the warrant issued by Mal and directed him to explain the reason for issuing the order. Before issuing the warrant on June 22, Mal had issued summons to Shahabuddin for appearance on an earlier order by his predecessor C K Anil to book the MP under CCA for his alleged involvement in criminal activities post-February 18, the day Anil had externed him from the district for six months. Shahabuddin had failed to turn up on June 20, the deadline set by Mal, who had on June 22 ordered the police to arrest the MP and produce him before the court. Anil had applied CCA on the MP on February 18 and externed him, apprehending breach of peace during the Assembly poll in Siwan on February 24. However, that order was later overruled by Saran Division Commissioner C Lal Sota prompting Anil to issue a fresh order on May 16 to book Shahabuddin under CCA. Anil had contended that he had fresh evidence of Shahabuddin's continued criminal activities post-February 18 as was reflected by the recovery of illegal firearms, ammunition and unaccounted foreign currency during a raid on his premises at Pratappur on April 24. Meanwhile, Bihar Director General of Police A R Sinha has said the three non-bailable arrest warrants against the controversial MP would be executed soon. "We are on the job and warrants of arrest against Md Shahabuddin will be executed soon," he told reporters. The Election Commission as also the High Court have asked the state administration to arrest all those against whom non-bailable arrest warrants were pending. Three NBWs are pending against Shahabuddin for execution by the Hussainganj police station relating to recovery of illegal firearms, ammunition, unaccounted foreign currecy, power theft and violation of the Wildlife Act. Despite the warrants, the MP was in a RJD delegation that called on the Election Commissioners recently and addressed a function organised by the RJD minority cell at Muzaffarpur. http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=317602

Posted by: Bharatvarsh Aug 19 2005, 06:46 AM

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Shramjivi Express blast case: Prime suspect arrested Friday August 19 2005 12:56 IST UNI LUCKNOW: In a major breakthrough, the Government Railway Police (GRP) arrested a prime suspect in the July 28 Shramjivi Express blast case near Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh that killed 14 people and wounded about 70. Aslam Khan was nabbed from Godhra in Gujarat after his physical features matched with sketch of a suspect in the crime released by the police. Khan, originally hailing from Etah district of UP, is presently based at Pratapnagar in Vadodara, Gujarat. “The terrorist belonged to the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and is one of the two prime suspects directly responsible for triggering the ghastly blast”, the GRP sources claimed on Friday. They said although Khan admitted that he was in UP between July 13 to 30, he was yet to accept his hand in the blast. Meanwhile, the GRP is expected to bring him to Varanasi for http://newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEL20050819023521&Page=L&Title=B+R+E+A+K+I+N+G++++N+E+W+S&Topic=0&

Posted by: Bharatvarsh Aug 19 2005, 07:02 AM

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In Al-Queda’s shadow West Bengal the new Kashmir in Eastern India – Communists, BJP and Congress all responsible for the stupidity Preetam Sohani Aug. 18, 2005 It was the master plan of Pakistan! Their plan was to keep India busy in Kashmir. Allow Al-Queda to create a massive presence in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal. Help millions of Bangladeshi Jihadists cross the border into India. Fool the communists with lure of Muslim votes. Fool the Congress with more Muslim votes all over India. Keep BJP busy with Kashmir bus trips, peace talks and blind the Hinutva leadership in seeing what is happening in West Bengal by using the Marxists against them. The net result is that Pakistan has opened a second Kashmir front – the West Bengal. Under the protection of the Marxists, Al-Queda has extended its heavy presence in Park Circus, Metiburuz and other Muslim localities of Kolkata. They are armed to the teeth. The sleeping cells are ready to strike. They can wipe out the Hindus in no time that will mimic the ethnic cleansing that happened in Jammu and Kashmir. Indian politicians are to be blamed for this stupidity. They allowed Pakistan’s ISI, Al-Queda and Bangladeshi Jihadidts to create another Kashmir in West Bengal. Still the communists protect the Jihadists in West Bengal. They need the Muslim votes to keep staying power. The communists are in power for the last thirty-five years. The language of Bangladeshi Jihadists and West Bengal population is same. It is difficult to distinguish a Bangladeshi from West Bengal resident. They are coming into West Bengal at the rate of 6000 per day. The population of Bangladesh is increasing at an exponential rate. India and West Bengal must rise up. Stop this infiltration. Ban parties who use minorities for their votes. Stop creation of another Kashmir in Eastern India. http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/4244.asp

Posted by: Bharatvarsh Aug 19 2005, 07:04 AM

Kolkata police arrest two for raising money for al Qaeda

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Police in Kolkata said on Thursday they were questioning two suspected Bangladeshi nationals arrested in connection with distributing leaflets and raising money for an organisation which had al Qaeda as part of its name. The flyers explained in Urdu that the money would be used by 'mujahideen' (holy warriors) fighting in support of Muslims around the world. The coupons, priced at 25 rupees ($0.6) each, were sold under the name of 'Mujahideen al Qaeda Pacific International'. The leaflets had messages from two Islamist groups identified as 'Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami', a Bangladeshi group, and the previously unheard of 'Al Jihad Islami al Qaeda Mujahideen', he said. http://in.today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2005-08-18T183036Z_01_NOOTR_RTRJONC_0_India-213051-2.xml

Posted by: Bharatvarsh Aug 19 2005, 07:09 AM

CPI(Maoist) emissary arrested Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad | August 19, 2005 11:54 IST Last Updated: August 19, 2005 14:03 IST

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In a crackdown on members of the Revolutionary Writers Association (Viplava Rachiyatala Sangham-Virasam), which has been banned alongwith the Communist Party of India(Maoist) and six other frontal organizations, Andhra Pradesh police arrested former Maoist emissary and prominent revolutionary writer Varavara Rao from his residence in Malakpet area in Hyderabad early Friday morning. http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/aug/19ap.htm

Posted by: Mudy Aug 19 2005, 10:36 AM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1466838,000900010004.htm

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Photographs of 28 suspected terrorists have been discovered in a photo laboratory in Uttar Pradesh and have been sent to Jammu and Kashmir for further investigations since the faces resembled people from that state, an official said on Friday
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"Investigations have revealed that the roll was given to Deoband-based Geetanjali Studio for developing and printing by a young girl on Wednesday. The studio sent it to Mann Photo Laboratory in Muzafarnagar, where it routinely gets such jobs done. The prints were to be delivered on Friday," Sinha added. The laboratory owner got the shock of his life when the 28 photos seemed to be those of militants carrying sophisticated rifles and guns. The owner instantly reported the matter to the police, who seized the photographs and also took into custody the owner of Geetanjali Studio.
They should waited and arrested whole chain by setting up a trap. mad.gif

Posted by: acharya Aug 19 2005, 08:14 PM

Internal security jeopardised, says Advani Staff Correspondent BELLARY: Internal security has been jeopardised under the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president, L.K. Advani, said here on Friday. Mr. Advani said that the threat to internal security was a greater challenge than poverty, illiteracy, and price rise. Cross-border terrorism and naxal activities were on the rise and the Government had failed to contain them. Mr. Advani and other party leaders, including Sushma Swaraj, Jagadish Shettar, H.N. Ananth Kumar, B.S. Yediyurappa, and D.H. Shankarmurthy, were here to attend a mass marriage organised by the BJP's district unit. The occasion coincided with the BJP's 25th anniversary. Mr. Advani said that peace talks initiated with Pakistan by the BJP-led NDA Government under the leadership of the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, had come to a standstill after the change of guard at the Centre. Mr. Advani said the UPA had failed in administration. "With just six years in office, the NDA could usher in a lot of development and ensure that the country emerged powerful among the comity of nations. Had it been allowed to continue in government for another 20 years, all steps would have been taken to contain cross-border terrorism, naxal and terrorist activities besides taking up developmental activities," he said. The former Deputy Prime Minister said that he was moved by the felicitation given to him (he was presented a "petha," a silver sword and a shawl). Ms. Swaraj, MP and senior BJP leader, recalled her association with Bellary ever since she contested in the 1999 elections to the Lok Sabha against Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her regular visits to perform Varamahalakshmi puja here.

Posted by: Mudy Aug 21 2005, 02:31 PM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1468381,000900020003.htm

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An attempt by a knife-wielding man to attack spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi at her Vallikavu Ashram, near here, was foiled by her disciples on Sunday evening.
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The man donned a white shawl under which he concealed a knife which he took out and wielded at the inamtes who prevented him from moving towards the podium. He was later handed over to police. He was identified as Pavithran from Venmani in Idukki district.

Posted by: Viren Aug 23 2005, 08:40 AM

QUOTE(Mudy @ Aug 15 2005, 11:06 AM)
What will happen if Gandhi or Yadav clan is sitting in Hijacked plane? Who will shoot that plane?
Mudy, This belongs to undemocratic idealogy of Congress, but will post here as it deals with internal security. In (around) '78, couple congress loyalists perceived that Indira Gandhi was being unnecessararily harrassed by the then Morarji Desai Govt at center. One Bhola Nath and his brother expressed his displeasure by hijacking a Indian Airlines plane with - a cricket ball (disguised as a bomb) and landed in Lucknow airport. They were arrested and later released with slap on wrist. Couple years later, these two characters were rewarded (a la Sajjan/Tytler) by Congress with tickets to UP's legislative assembly and went on to become MLAs!

Posted by: Mudy Aug 27 2005, 10:17 PM

Bulletproof & grenadproof securty 4 Ayodhya Mathura Varanasiwww.newindpress.com/NewsI...es&Topic=0 Rs. 560 mn plan to secure Ayodhya, Mathura, Varanasi Friday August 5 2005 00:00 IST IANS LUCKNOW: A grenade-proof cover for the makeshift temple in the Babri mosque Ramjanmabhoomi complex is part of a Rs. 560 million plan to modernise security at Uttar Pradesh's contentious shrine complexes in Ayodhya, Mathura and Varanasi.

Posted by: Mudy Aug 27 2005, 10:18 PM

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4190570.stm By Subir Bhaumik BBC News, Calcutta Our Experiences has been widely circulated Rebels in India's north-eastern state of Tripura are making pornographic films to raise money for their separatist campaign, officials say. .................

Posted by: k.ram Aug 31 2005, 11:18 AM

Glorifying Naxal Terrorism!

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http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/aug/31spec1.htm The Rediff Special/Syed Amin Jafri August 31, 2005 With the Naxal issue back in the news and the peace process between the Maoist rebels and the Andhra Pradesh government having failed, here's a look at one of the most enigmatic figures of the ultra-red bastion, the folk singer Gaddar.

Posted by: acharya Sep 2 2005, 05:21 PM

Send this Article to a Friend IUML turning communal, says Karunakaran: Special Correspondent `We are prepared for any kind of adjustments to defeat UDF' THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Democratic Indira Congress (Karunakaran) leader K. Karunakaran has said that the Indian Union Muslim League's functioning was communal in recent times, but he did not hold the opinion that the party was a communal outfit. Replying to questions at a press conference here on Friday, Mr. Karunakaran said he could give several examples of the IUML's communal positions. As far as his party was concerned, it did not propose to have any kind of alliance, either privately or publicly with any of the UDF coalition partners, let alone the IUML. Neither he nor his party had any connection with the IUML since the last elections, except for one occasion when he had dialogues with that party's leader P. K. Kunhalikutty. `No roadblocks' Asked about the roadblocks in forging an alliance with the Left parties, Mr. Karunakaran said he had expected some opposition from a few LDF constituents. But the CPI and others had adopted an accommodative position that had made seat sharing dialogues easy. Asked whether there was any formula for sharing of seats, he said the criteria adopted was to allow parties to contest sitting seats. Besides, the party commanding large number of votes would be given the upper hand. "We are prepared for any kind of adjustments to defeat the anti-people Government led by Oommen Chandy," he said. Mr. Karunakaran said he was confident that all anti-Government forces would be with the DIC and Left combination. "We propose to be on the side of the people.

Posted by: ashyam Sep 2 2005, 06:24 PM

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Send this Article to a Friend IUML turning communal, says Karunakaran: Special Correspondent `We are prepared for any kind of adjustments to defeat UDF'
Do not take his words seriously. He is another corrupt leader who used to bed with IUML to remain in power for long. Actually he is the one who made religious parties like Muslim IUML and Christian Kerala Congress powerful entities in Kerala.

Posted by: acharya Sep 3 2005, 04:59 PM

Bomb hoax at three places in city Staff Reporter Commercial complex on MG Road, two colleges receive anonymous calls TAKING NO CHANCES: Bomb disposal squad personnel and tracker dogs checking vehicles at the Prestige Meridian on Mahatma Gandhi Road in Bangalore on Saturday. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy BANGALORE: A person, who claimed himself to be an Al-Qaeda activist, on Saturday called the Cubbon Park police station and said that a bomb has been planted at Prestige Meridian, a multi-storeyed commercial complex on Mahatma Gandhi Road. The Cubbon Park police alerted the Ashoknagar police, in whose jurisdiction the commercial complex is situated, and the Control Room. Personnel of the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad, along with tracker dogs, rushed to the commercial complex, housing several offices, and conducted sabotage checks. No explosives were found and the call turned out to be a hoax. The caller spoke in Kannada, the police said. Two colleges in the city also received anonymous calls on Saturday that bombs have been planted in their buildings. The police said the calls were made to the principals of Vijaya College on R.V. Road in Basavanagudi and Krupanidhi College, off KSRP grounds, in Koramangala. The two colleges suspended the classes as the police conducted searches. Both the calls turned out to be hoax, the police said. A senior police official said that they could not trace the calls as the Cubbon Park police station and the two colleges do not have caller identification devices.

Posted by: Mudy Sep 7 2005, 07:15 PM

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Maoists thriving due to lack of unified policy Pioneer News Service/ New Delhi Director General (DG) of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) JK Sinha rang an alarm bell on Wednesday likening the situation in the Maoist-affected areas as "war-like" and said it was lack of unified policy that was coming in the way of checking the menace. He advocated tough measures against the outfits. "It is definitely complicated as law and order is a state subject and as central forces we can only help state governments. We cannot interfere. There is a need for a national policy because of the involvement of Central Para-Military Forces (CPMFs) in anti-Naxal operations. It create some confusion among the forces when state governments adopt different policies to deal with the Naxal groups," the DG said. The DG was speaking after visiting Cherpal in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh where 24 CRPF personnel were killed in a massive landmine explosion on Saturday last. The CRPF team, led by Commandant BK Toppo, was returning in a Mine Proof Vehicle (MPV) after the completion of the Operation Green Hunt, which ended in the killing of 10 Naxalites. Mr Sinha said it was the heaviest mine blast any security force ever faced in Insurgency-affected areas. At least 60 to 80 kg of plastic explosive was used to trigger the twin blasts. Briefing newspersons, Mr Sinha admitted that CRPF men may have been complacent because the MPV in which they were travelling was mine-proof. The same MPV had withstood a mine blast few months' back. Built by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Medak, the eight-ton MPV had the capacity to carry 12 persons at a time and it could withstand the blast impact of about 15-kg of plastic explosive. "A team of experts from DRDO Medak inspected the damaged vehicle and a new MPVs would come with improved technology to withstand impact of such attacks in the future," the DG added. The MPV, carrying 24 CRPF men and three personnel from the state police, was barely 10 km away from Bijapur when Maoists triggered two simultaneous blasts. Besides power landmine, they had also planted a fully wired network of gelatins. The impact of the explosions was so severe that the vehicle tossed up 35 feet and then was strewn over 90 feet radius. An eight feet deep and 10 feet wide crater was formed at the spot. While Toppo and two others, who were occupying the front seat, survived, 24 CRPF men died owing to critical spinal injuries as the vehicle formed a parabola in the air and crashed with a loud thud. The Maoists then raided the vehicle and tried to loot arms and ammunitions from the vehicle. Toppo single handedly managed to engage the Naxalites till another CRPF contingent arrived at the spot after one hour. Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said after the ban on Maoists by Andhra Pradesh government, the adjoining states of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Orissa were warned about the movement of Naxal groups in these states. At present six battalions of CRPF have been deployed in Chhattisgarh and there was a proposal to move one battalion to Andhra and replace that with a battalion of Nagaland Armed Police However. after the Saturday attack, the plan has been put on hold, the sources said. Chhattisgarh is one of the worst Naxal-affected states. Naxalites are active in eight out of the state's 16 districts. An anti Naxalite movement, euphemistically called Salva Zudoom (peace initiative) is currently going on in the state to mobilise villagers against Naxal violence. As many as 250 villages of the Bastar region have been mobilised under this movement, which commenced in mid-June 2005. Apart from holding relatively large meetings, releasing anti-Maoist posters and pamphlets and maintaining vigils at the local level, the villagers have killed three Maoists.

Posted by: Mudy Sep 11 2005, 03:40 PM

http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=77941

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KOCHI, SEPTEMBER 10: On Thursday night, five armed men boarded a Tamil Nadu State Road Transport Corporation bus at Ernakulam, hijacked it at gunpoint and burnt it, demanding the release of Abdul Nasser Madani, Islamic extremist and a key accused in the Coimbatore blasts. Madani was arrested after the serial bomb blasts on February 14, 1998 in Coimbatore during BJP leader L K Advani’s visit that killed 58 people. This is Kerala’s first case of an armed hijack. The operation was almost the stuff of a B-grade movie, but the hijackers armed with guns and knives had shooed out the bus crew and the passengers before dousing the vehicle with petrol and setting it aflame. ......

Posted by: ashyam Sep 11 2005, 09:39 PM

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http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=77941
I would like Abhishek_d who believes that Kerala Muslims are more peaceful and have assimilated Hindu culture to read this report.

Posted by: Mudy Sep 14 2005, 02:49 PM

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Finally, Centre thinks Naxals national threat Pramod Kumar Singh / New Delhi In a dramatic U-turn of its non-policy on tackling Maoist violence, the UPA Government now proposes to revert to the NDA Government's pro-active, national-level strategy to combat Left extremism. Moving towards a "unified policy" to combat Maoist terrorism, the Union Government has convened a meeting of Chief Ministers of the affected States on September 19 to devise ways and means to collectively meet the challenge. Tough measures across the country to nail the Maoists and punish those who have been involved in supplying arms and logistical support to the various outfits are likely to be discussed at the meeting. The NDA Government, aware that the Maoist problem needed to be tackled at the national level as it was not merely a State law and order subject, soon after it came to power took the initiative to set up a coordination committee of senior functionaries of the affected States. Headed by the Union Home Secretary, the committee would meet once every three months to review the situation and take appropriate measures to address various aspects of the Maoist menace. But immediately on coming to power last year, the Congress-led UPA Government disbanded this committee on the specious plea that it was difficult to evolve a national policy on combating Naxalites as law and order was a State subject. The UPA's action may have been based on the alleged deal that the Andhra Pradesh unit of the Congress is said to have struck with the People's War Group before the 2004 Assembly election. Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy revoked the ban on the PWG and offered peace talks, giving the extremists enough time to unite the various factions and form a political party. Thus was born the Communist Party of India (Maoist). However, the recent spate of violence unleashed by the Left extremists has forced the Centre to backtrack; it now appears to realise that the UPA's honeymoon with the Maoists is over. Unfortunately, by the time the Andhra Pradesh Government banned the Maoist groups and front organisations again and cracked down on them, the extremists had already infiltrated the neighbouring States of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. The killing of 24 CRPF personnel by Maoists in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh and the murder of Mahendra Prasad, three-term CPI (Marxist-Leninist) MLA of Giridih in Jharkhand are part of the grim fallout of the disastrous Andhra Pradesh experiment. Recently, as part of the "unified policy" that is now being promoted by the UPA Government, the CRPF has launched "Operation Hunt" in all the affected States to neutralise the Maoist cadre. The Union Government and Central agencies are alarmed by reports that Maoists in Bihar are amassing arms and ammunition to strike during the coming Assembly election. Intelligence input suggests they are plotting large-scale killings, apart from fielding candidates to swing results in their favour through violent means. To try and checkmate the Maoists' gameplan, the Union Government plans to deploy 150 companies of Central Para-Military Forces in the 32 Maoist-affected districts of the State. Recently, the Maoists in Bihar and their comrades in Nepal have set up what they call the 'India-Nepal Coordination Committee' to expand their areas of terrorism. The Union Government is viewing this with concern as the India-Nepal border is inadequately policed.
What a joke is UPA, finally

Posted by: acharya Sep 27 2005, 01:57 PM

Plea to Manmohan Special Correspondent NEW DELHI: Abu Asim Azmi, Samajwadi Party leader and Rajya Sabha member, has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene and lift the ban on the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) imposed in 2001. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr. Azmi said that there was nothing on record to suggest that SIMI was engaged in hostile activities and was dangerous to the nation. He said the ban was totally unjustified and prejudicial to fundamental rights.

Posted by: Mudy Oct 8 2005, 04:31 PM

Pioneer

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Maoists lure 13 securitymen to death Nityanand Shukla/ Ranchi Maoist ultras lured security personnel with money bag. The money bag was in fact a live bomb and the blast of the bomb cost lives of at least 13 security personnel. At least 13 security personnel belonging to both state police and para military were killed in a blast that took place in Chatra district of Jharkhand on Saturday morning. According to G S Rath, Additional Director General of Police (Special Branch) the blast took place near Baniadih village of Chatra district which about 270 Km from Ranchi at 8.30 am. About 20 to 25 security personnel belonging to state police and Central Para Military Forces (CPMF) were on Long Range Patrolling in five vehicles. The security personnel found a container which was containing a live bomb. "Money" was written on front of container which attracted the security personnel. The bomb exploded and killed 13 security personnel including two senior officials. The killed security personnel include Deputy Superintendent of Police, Binay Bharti, Assistant Commandant of CRPF, Z.D Umar. The bomb was in a container which got blasted when the security personnel tried to open it. The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) allegedly left the container which blasted to trap the security personnel. Senior police officials have rushed to spot. Two choppers were sent to Chatra from Ranchi to bring the injured security personnel for treatment. The blast has taken place in the interiors of the jungles. Police reached to sport after four hours of the incident. The previous landmines blast had alerted the police but Maoist adopted new funda to lure the security personnel to kill them. Maoist Guerrillas are active in 16 of the 22 districts of the state. Nearly 540 persons including 220 policemen have been killed since creation of the state in November 2000.

Posted by: Mudy Oct 18 2005, 11:57 AM

http://us.rediff.com/news/2005/oct/18inter1.htm?q=tp&file=.htm

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Do you believe the Gujarat riots has had a big impact on the young Muslim psyche? I don't accept this answer that every time something happens... that means you are living in the age of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. I think the prime minister has made it very clear that no cause can justify terror. If Gujarat has happened or XYZ... if there are millions of things like that... why only Gujarat? Then you should have Sikh terrorism all your life. If you start that argument who started what, then it's a chicken and egg situation. I think we need to be very clear. That's the first thing to root out terrorism. You can't justify terrorism. You can deal with the cause, you can deal with the grievance, but you can't justify terrorism. I am sorry to say that the press doesn't ever do this. There is no cause that can justify terrorism! There is the argument that India's close relationship with America -- as you know world opinion is not much in favour of the Iraq war -- and since we have the second largest Muslim population, it is said it can also create an internal effect. We have the second largest Muslim population, the second largest Shia population. We are trying to tell the rest of the world that we can tell you how to deal with this problem. But if you justify this (terrorism), then you are lost. 'We are not going to sign the NPT' Gujarat should never have happened. The Sikh riots should never have happened. But if you say that is the cause then there are million issues. Does it become a cause only if so many hundreds die? It can happen if only five people die. If you try justifying, then there is no limit to it. I don't think you can justify terrorism for any reason. I am not trying to justify terrorism. I am trying to find out if the government recognises this phenomenon and is doing something to address it. Because many young Muslims are still very, very angry about Gujarat and... They are angry about so many things. They are angry about Kashmir, they are angry about... You just cannot accept this. I refuse to. Yeah, you have to rehabilitate people. You have to recognise their demands. The answer to that is not that we will allow them to indulge in violence. Unless that is understood I believe you can never deal with terrorism. That is what Pakistan says about jihadi terrorism in Kashmir. You have the issue of Kashmir, does the issue of Kashmir justify terrorism? Now the Iraq war is the rallying point. If you accept that, then there is no limit to it. The sophistication you mentioned -- are we going to see more attacks on emblematic figures like perhaps IT company campuses? Do you foresee attacks like this? It can catch world attention, that is one way. But the other thing is that every time you do that the jihadis are losing whatever support they have. The World Trade Centre set them back sufficiently in a way. See, the basic point the jihadis must realise -- something we have avoided doing in Pakistan, whatever may be the allegations that are made -- is that you cannot bring down a nation by killing a few people. Certainly not in a country like India with a billion people. 'We will decide how many bombs we want' When a few lives are lost you feel sad and sorry, the country is not going to implode because of it. We have lived through the Sikh riots, we have lived through the Gujarat riots. We have lived thorough language riots in the past. We have gone through all that. I think the greatness of India is really that we have not used this to carry out... 1984 and 2002 are aberrations. The less that we sort of hype it the better for our nation.

Posted by: Mudy Oct 23 2005, 12:17 PM

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Temple beefs up security after terrorist threat http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEK20051023011610&Page=K&Title=Southern+News+-+Karnataka&Topic=0 Sunday October 23 2005 11:37 IST KOLLUR: Following the threat issued by the Anjuman Deendar, the Kollur Sri Mookambika Temple management has taken every possible step to ensure the security of the temple and its devotees who come from various parts of the country, said temple administrative officer and deputy commissioner T Shyam Bhat. The management has also requested the police to advise them about the security arrangements that should be made. Bhat said: “We have also written to the Department of Religious Endowment, Bangalore, requesting it to approve the bills for security equipment such as metal detectors, close circuit TV, which have yet to be purchased from the temple funds.” “The Department has agreed in principle to approve our proposal and we will install the internal security equipment soon,” he added. The genuineness of the threat mail received the Anjuman Deendar was yet to be ascertained, he said. The Udupi district police have already beefed up security at the temple in the wake of the threat from the Anjuman and also from Naxalite groups.

Posted by: Mudy Oct 25 2005, 08:48 AM

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RSS flays attempts by Church to divide North-Eastern states www.christianaggression.o...&type=news Chitrakoot October 24, 2005 webindia123.com The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) today accused the Church leaders for ''instigating'' the recent Karbi-Dimasa clashes in the Karbi-Anglong district of Assam with a view to createing ''Greater Nagaland'' by ''dividing'' three North-Eastern states. The three-day national executive of the RSS here adopted a resolution to this effect, spokesman Ram Madhav told newspersons here. The resolution called upon the civil society to ''thwart the designs of the separatist designs of the Church who are propagating two-nation theory''. ''It is the constitutional and democratic duty of the administration and political leadership to initiate moves to defeat the communal forces,'' the RSS said. ''The demand to include some districts of Manipur in the proposed Greater Nagaland will put the very existence of the small state in jeopardy and therefore the resistance of people is natural and justified.'' Flaying the Manipur administration for its indifferent attitude towards the 52-day economic blockade in the hills of Manipur in July-August, the RSS said the blockade was ''totally deplorable''. ''The proposed Greater Nagaland would also include parts of Karbi-Anglong and North Cachar Hills districts where Hindus are present in large numbers. The separatist forces are trying to create divide between the Karbis and Dimasas who were so far cohabiting peacefully to achieve their plan. Many were killed as a result and thousands rendered homeless,'' the RSS said. The resolution also flayed the move of the Churches to convert people in the Tirap and Changlang districts with a view to including them in ''Greater Nagaland'' and called for a need to check the drive

Posted by: Mudy Nov 2 2005, 04:16 PM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1535838,000900030010.htm

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Naxalites struck in south Orissa killing a villager and blowing up the house of former minister Arabinda Dhali at his MV-55 village in Malkangiri district on Wednesday night, official sources said. DIG of Police (Sunabeda range), Sudhansu Sarangi said that around 150 Naxalites surrounded the house and started firing. They overpowered the small posse of armed policemen posted there as security cover. A villager was killed in the crossfire, he said adding the ultras used explosives to demolish the house.

Posted by: acharya Nov 8 2005, 09:57 PM

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Threat to blow up some temples, ashram Staff Reporter RSS headquarters receives anonymous letters, police yet to ascertain authenticity BANGALORE: The State headquarters of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has reportedly received two anonymous letters that the Tirumala Tirupati Temple, Mookamibika temple at Kollur in Dakshina Kannada district and Sri Satya Sai Ashram at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh will be blown up. The first letter that was received by the RSS office "Keshava Krupa" in Shankarapuram here on Thursday said that besides the three temples, major information technology companies in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will also be blown up, sources in the city police said. The second letter, which was received on Monday, reportedly said Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, N. Dharam Singh and J. Jayalalithaa respectively, will be assassinated, the sources said. It is also reportedly mentioned in the letter that the RSS was obstructing the activities of Deendar Anjuman. The sources said they are yet to confirm whether Deendar Anjuman, a banned organisation, has written the letters. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Alok Kumar said no formal complaint has been registered so far and only a "diary entry" in this regard has been made in the Shankarapuram police station. Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) H.C. Kishorechandra told The Hindu that the police are verifying the genuineness of the anonymous letter. "If required, we will register a case and take necessary action," he added. The Centre had banned the "Pakistan's ISI-backed" Deendar Anjuman after it was accused of carrying out serial blasts at churches in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Goa in May-June 2000.

Posted by: Viren Nov 11 2005, 08:50 AM

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/000200511111001.htm?headline=Abu~Salem,~Monica~Bedi~extradited~to~India

Posted by: rajesh_g Nov 11 2005, 10:41 AM

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This is the first extradition from any European nation to India which was ensured only after New Delhi gave an executive assurance to Portugal that neither of the two would be sentenced to death if found guilty of charges.
Whats up with these europeans ?? Oh well we should pull a ab tak 57 on this jerk after he sings..

Posted by: Viren Nov 11 2005, 11:00 AM

laugh.gif When was the last time anyone in India put to death (one last year I think)? BTW, anyone keeping an eye on how these Europeans are rallying to drive out those 'trouble makers' after the riots in France and Belgium. Guess when the shoes on other foot it hurts.

Posted by: Mudy Nov 11 2005, 06:22 PM

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Bollywood gets jitters as Salem sashays in Pramod Kumar Singh / New Delhi With the extradition of Abu Salem and Monica Bedi and the interrogation that will follow, a number of Bollywood personalities would be scurrying for cover worried about beans being spilled and skeletons tumbling out. Abu Salem is expected to unlid a can of worms that may not be very comforting to many Mumbai politicians and Bollywood celebrities. CBI sources said that Salem would be questioned on his links with film financiers, directors and movie stars. It is a fact that Salem's name was enough to settle financial disputes among squabbling film personalities and procure leading roles for many stars and starlets. Girlfriend Monica Bedi can vouch for this as she wrangled many roles opposite big stars despite being a novice. Other Bollywood personalities used Salem's name to recover their long pending dues from creditors. Financiers too used Salem's name to make stars crawl and cooperate by giving dates for working in their films. Just when things were normalising actor-turned-politician Govinda could feel the heat again. Govinda was recently in the eye of a storm after videos showing him in the company of Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, his brother Noora and Anees and Chhota Shakeel were made public. Loudly denying his involvement with the baddies of the Underworld, Govinda had claimed he was instead compelled to be at the beck and call of the D-Company. Sources told The Pioneer that Govinda could be summoned for interrogation if Salem names him as one of the actors who enjoy the patronage of Dawood Ibarhim. Salem's interrogation could also queer the pitch for Sanjay Dutt as he had given an AK-47 to him and also procured 9 AK-56 assault rifles before the 1993 Mumbai blasts at the instance of Chhota Shakeel. Another personality who would be worried is former cricket captain Md Azharuddin and his wife, former actress Sangeeta Bijlani. Investigations have revealed that this couple was footing the legal expenses incurred by Salem in Portugal. Sources maintained that the don's bank transactions were monitored closely and the names of Azharuddin and his wife popped up for money laundering and taking care of Salem's expenses in that country. ohmy.gif Many actors who were already under the police scanner will have a lot of fresh explaining to do. The drama that started with the startling tape of Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai may take another new turn once Abu Salem comes out about what prominent politicians and Bollywood celebrities did in Mumbai to kill more than two hundred and fifty people during the serial blasts The most prominent case against Salem is his involvement in the murder of cassette king, Gulshan Kumar. Investigations have revealed that Kumar who once owned a juice-shop before launching his successful music-company was allegedly killed by Salem's gang several years ago at the behest of rivals. A senior Mumbai Police officer further said that the extradition of Salem may lead them to his henchmen and informers in the film industry who constantly provided him with inside information on film personalities. Struggling movie stars, star secretaries and technicians are among several others believed to have informed Salem on the developments in Bollywood. Salem used his network to carry on his extortion activities though he lived abroad for more than 10 years, the officer added. For any comments, queries or feedback, kindly mail us at feedback@dailypioneer.com or pioneerletters@yahoo.co.in

Posted by: rajesh_g Nov 11 2005, 07:36 PM

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1051112/asp/nation/story_5466688.asp

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Most unwanted, by folks in hometown TAPAS CHAKRABORTY Policewomen accompany Monica Bedi (face covered) after her arrival in Mumbai. (Reuters) Sarai Mir (Uttar Pradesh), Nov. 11: A flourishing underground pistol-making industry, humming hawala channels, over 60 PCOs for a population of 7,000 — Sarai Mir is just what you may expect an underworld don’s hometown to be. But mention the name “Abu Salem” here, and townsfolk would turn and walk away without a word. Take even the name of his brother, known here as “Chunchun Miyan”, and neighbours blanch in fear. With the extradition of Salem, Sarai Mir’s greatest fear is that police will revive the old cases against him and start “harassing” the town again. “Allah knows where he (Salem) lived,” a neighbour said. “Chunchun who?” asked another. “I’m not a cop; why should I keep track of a don or his family?” “What have you come here for? To rake up the past?” a man asked rather menacingly from among a huddle of sullen residents. “Go away, we can tell you nothing… we have had no connection with Salem for the last seven years.” The police pooh-pooh the claim. “Every month, Mumbai and West Asia dons pump in some Rs 1 crore through the hawala channels into this district (Azamgarh in eastern Uttar Pradesh),” a special task force officer said. “Salem used to do that, too. “The mafia recruit young hitmen from here. The supari killers who shot Gulshan Kumar in Mumbai and Left leader Shankar Guha Niyogi in Chhattisgarh, all came from here. So did the ones who tried to kill Rakesh Roshan (producer-director father of actor Hrithik Roshan). They are all experts with the kattas (the locally made pistols).” The kidnappers of Kanpur industrialist Arun Gupta in March 2002 were later traced to Sarai Mir. The hostage was freed after the ransom was allegedly sent to Dubai through hawala, with the local gang getting a one-third share. Sarai Mir, set on the banks of the river Ton, betrays its newly acquired wealth through the rows of prosperous-looking shops that flank the road to Azamgarh town 30 km away, the foundries criss-crossing the landscape, and the array of gleaming phone booths. The Salem family is said to own 27 of the shops. But the family disowns Salem, at least in public. “He does not keep any contact with us. We don’t know anything about him. Please excuse us,” said Chunchun Miya alias Abu Hakim, who runs a construction business in a lane near the town’s lone bus stop. “I have nothing to say,” Salem’s 67-year-old mother Asrafi Begum said before slamming the door of the three-storey house. But outside the town, people are willing to speak. “Ever since he made a name in the Mumbai underworld as Dawood Ibrahim’s hitman, Salem has maintained links with his home district,” said a man in Bamhaur, a village 12 km from Azamgarh town. “Yes, Azamgarh supplies sharpshooters to the mafia in Mumbai, Dubai, Malaysia and Singapore,” rued Liaquat Hasan, a schoolteacher. The area’s underground economy is based as much on hawala as on the kattas. “Bamhaur ka kattas to bejor hai (pistols made in Bamhaur are without parallel),” said a resident, adding that at least 400 villagers make their living by making and selling the crude guns. “Bamhaur’s kattas were used in the killings of Gulshan Kumar and Guha Niyogi,” an officer at Sarai Mir police station said. “A few years ago, when Mumbai police learnt about the trademark, they sought the help of Interpol to trace it, thinking that Bamhaur might be somewhere in Europe. Imagine their shock when they realised the place was in their own backyard!” S.K. Bhagat, Azamgarh superintendent of police, said.

Posted by: Mudy Nov 12 2005, 10:14 AM

x-post http://www.india-forum.com/articles/48/1 ---By Dr. Babu Suseelan

Posted by: vijayk Nov 14 2005, 07:35 AM

Is Shivraj Patil listening? http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1294746.cms

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It is not Pakistan, but Bangladesh which is the new capital of terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism, says Hiranmay Karlekar in his recently published book "Bangladesh: The next Afghanistan."
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The author uses newspaper and Indian intelligence reports to show how Islamic fundamentalist organizations have enclaves in India. As a result brings to light the problem of Bangladeshi illegal migrants. In the process, he questions the motives of the present Home Minister Shivraj Patil in particular who he says doesn't seem to recognize the dangers posed by a porous border and continuous illegal immigration from Bangladesh and the Congress Party in general.
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Giving details and examples, Karlekar points out how the Shibir -- according to Indian intelligence -- actively help United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), and how it maintains close links with other terrorist outfits in South Asia and Afghanistan alongside Harkat-ul Jihad-al-Islamic Bangladesh (HUJIB) and later Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB). The JMJB has come to be known as the most prominent and dreaded outfit in Bangladesh. Its leader -- popularly known as Bangla Bhai -- has the whole of north-western Bangladesh under his control. Interestingly Bangladesh National Party (BNP) supports JMJB and a firm action against Bangla Bhai was neutralized by the BNP and the Jamaat.

Posted by: Viren Nov 14 2005, 09:57 AM

http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=58318

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Headlines Today has reported that Salem admitted he went to the Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt's residence and gave him one of the three AK-56 assault rifles in his possession.
meanwhile, Sanjays' sister Priya Dutt who's in campaign mode stated: http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/nov/14priya.htm
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"I will always stand by Sanjay. Just as I have done in the twelve years since the allegations first surfaced," she said. At a press conference in Mumbai, Priya refused to comment further on the issue and said the matter is still sub judice.

Posted by: utepian Nov 14 2005, 11:47 AM

http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/nov/14bihar.htm

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Naxalites (over 1000 gun totting of them- per Aaj Tak) on Sunday night stormed Jehanabad district, 45 kilometres from Patna killing at least 12 people and triggering a fierce gun-battle with the police. CPI (Maoist) activists attacked the district prison in an apparent bid to free their associates. The ultras launched simultaneous attacks on the jail and police lines located in the heart of the town, Superintendent of Police Sunil Kumar said. The entire area reverberated with sounds of gunfire that continued for about two hours as police offered resistance at the gates of the jail and near the district collectorate.
http://us.rediff.com/news/2005/nov/14nax2.htm?q=tp&file=.htm
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Eight 'Ranvir Sena' men kidnapped during Sunday night's massive attack by the communist Party of India- Maoist members in Bihar's Jehanabad district were butchered in cold blood with their bodies being discovered on Monday as the Centre rushed additional security forces to the state to bring the situation under control.
Couple of thoughts: 1. Looks like that this was pre-meditated and authorities knew about it. One possibility is that Buta Singh led Governor's rule may have let this pass just to disturb the elections. 2. Have been watching Aaj Tak since the attack happened. Some 14 hours later, the DM appeared outside the jail and pushed the reporter and the cameraman out with some NC-17 verbage in Hindi. For the press this has become a bigger issue than the fact that the DM needs to set back the rule of law - and that might include getting pesky reporters out of the way. 3. Aaj Tak is also talking on telephone to the Naxal leader who organized "Operation Jailbreak". How?

Posted by: Viren Nov 14 2005, 12:06 PM

utepian, ZeeNews too had this covered, some IG police was on phone, as usual had little clue of what was happening. Seemed to hint that all the forces are busy with ongoing polls in Bihar which could have provided the naxals the opportunity to launch this attack. Was disappointing to see that no one was covering Gov's residence or see what Buta Singh had to say. Seems like a complete breakdown of state's law and order machinery.

Posted by: rajesh_g Nov 14 2005, 07:26 PM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1546381,0008.htm

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Meanwhile, the CBI is trying to find out who exactly is picking up the tabs for the don's cases. Well-placed CBI sources told HT that the agency was interested in finding out if Salem was using his underworld links and funds to hire his lawyers. When the HT asked Siddiqui who had hired him, the lawyer said, "…the day Salem was to be produced in TADA court, I received a call around 12.30 pm from lawyer Ashok Sarogi. He told me to handle Salem's case, I was not prepared for the case at that time but I was told that the hearing would in any case only begin at around 2.30 pm." Siddiqui added, "Apart from me, the team that will defend Salem also includes Sarogi and Mohammed Rashid. We have been hired by a London-based barrister Harjot Singh."
Oye ye harjot kaun hai ?

Posted by: Mudy Nov 14 2005, 08:17 PM

I think its typo, There is one liberal(Khalistani) higher-end London based barrister Harjit Singh.

Posted by: Viren Nov 16 2005, 01:52 PM

http://us.rediff.com/news/2005/nov/16sheela.htm?q=tp&file=.htm

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The Abu Salem case has paved the way for Indian intelligence officers and investigators to move for Dawood Ibrahim's extradition from Pakistan under the UN convention by citing the Portuguese precedent
Nice wishful thinking.

Posted by: Mudy Nov 16 2005, 06:22 PM

http://www.upi.com/InternationalIntelligence/view.php?StoryID=20051116-064157-7881r

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"Our political class looks upon it (Maoists) as a socio-economic issue, while police and security forces insist on making it a law and order problem. It should be looked in a different manner," said Mahendra Ved, a senior political analyst at the Times of India. He said the Maoists' influence was growing fast in India's rural areas because the political leadership and the bureaucracy had different approaches. "As a result, the problem is increasing day by day. It is increasing at a rate of one district every two months," Ved said. He said the political leadership and security establishment had not yet realized how deep the rebels had penetrated rural India

Posted by: Dev Nov 16 2005, 07:30 PM

Nothing will change especially from this spineless, clueless, neck-deep-in-corruption UPA government. Only time when these bombs and bullets explode or hit the kith and kin or the politicians themselves will they wake up and do something. Until then let the mayhem continue. It is astonishing how the law and order deteriorated so rapidly so fast in last 1 year or so.

Posted by: Mudy Nov 16 2005, 10:28 PM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1548408,000900030009.htm

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The ultra, Shyam Bihari alias Devid, was killed on Wednesday night after an hour-long gunfight with police in Gautampur jungle, Sarguja range Inspector General of Police AN Upadhyaya said ........... Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh governments had announced awards of Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 25,000 respectively on his head, he said.
Kudos!!! cheers.gif

Posted by: rajesh_g Nov 16 2005, 10:44 PM

I hate this word "ultra". I could have sworn this ultra word was on decline. It seems to be getting fashionable again. cheers.gif:

Posted by: Mudy Nov 24 2005, 10:21 PM

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http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=58641 Look East, terror may be lurking there: Gill Press Trust of India Posted online: Sunday, November 20, 2005 at 1447 hours IST New Delhi, November 20: India needs to wake up to new realities believes 'Super Cop' K.P.S. Gill who wants the authorities to acknowledge the 'threats' emerging from the eastern neighbour-Bangladesh. "Threats to India's security have been emanating from the East and the north-east for a very long time now. But somehow the Indian security has never considered it seriously," says gill, who is the president of Institute of Conflict Management. The former Punjab DGP, who is credited with rooting out terrorism from militancy-infested Punjab and Assam, believes that as East has never been the 'focus of attention' as far as India's security is concerned, resultantly Bangladesh has never been seen as a 'cause of worry' for India. "It's time we understand the changing scenario in our neighbourhood. Bangladesh has experienced an alarming rise in Islamist fundamentalism in the recent years. The country is being used as a base and a training centre by terrorists. Of late, it has become a supplier of arms and weaponry to al-Qaida and allied terrorist outfits," says Gill who believes 'strongly' that India needed to deal with this situation seriously. Known for his 'expertise' in dealing with terrorism, he is a key advisor to the governments and institutions on security-related issues. He strongly believes that the government needs a rethink on the immigration policy of the country. "There is so much of illegal immigration. There are thousands of Bangladeshis who come to India. We must understand that it is not always due to poverty as some of these areas that they come to are no better, economically, than the ones they have migrated from. So it's clear that they are coming for some other purposes," he says. Speaking at a recent panel discussion to mark the release of the book--Bangladesh-The Next Afghanistan?--Gill also felt that the Bangladesh government is doing little to combat terrorism in their country. "Bangladesh have sheltered terrorist groups from India for many years. They have encouraged them, promoted them. Their ministers address these terrorists as 'freedom fighters'," he says, adding that such a scenario had 'serious implications' for South and South-East Asia. However, even as he indicted the Bangladeshi government for 'supporting' terrorism, he added that 'this was in no way a reflection on the society as a whole' and that the country was not completely shorn of liberals. His argument found support in other panelists like--Justice G.N. Ray, chairman, Press Council of India and H.K. Dua, editor, The Tribune who believe that India should not haste in branding Bangladesh as a 'terror state'. "Even as there are many activities done to destabilise the state, we should take into account the moderate elements in Bangladesh who want peace," says Ray. Dua believes that even if Bangladesh had seceded from the Indian cultural ethos and had adopted a 'hostile' attitude towards India, we should not disappoint the secular and liberal elements of that country who want 'only peace'. "India should deal with the growing threat from Bangladesh carefully. It is a soft state and the fundamentalism there has reached a serious stage. But we should support all the secular people there, the writers, the civil society, the journalists who have the courage to fight the terror elements within their country," he says. Dua reasons that one way to do so would be to discourage the fundamentalist activities in our own country. "We should not do anything here in India that encourages the terrorists in Bangladesh. We should condemn the fundamentalist elements of our country, discourage the rath yatras and outfits like Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and stand by the secular fabric of our country. All this will convey a strong message to militants in Bangladesh that we would not tolerate any of their activities," he concludes. The bottom line: Bangladesh with its 'growing Islamic terrorism' today is like an unexploded grenade and India has to gear itself to not just prevent it from exploding but also be suitably equipped for the aftermath of the explosion.

Posted by: acharya Dec 5 2005, 07:29 PM

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 E-Mail this article to a friend Printer Friendly Version India introduces communal violence bill NEW DELHI: The Indian government introduced a bill in the Rajya Sabha on Monday that aims to prevent a recurrence of the type of communal violence witnessed in Gujarat in 2002. The Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill provides for an institutional arrangement for relief and rehabilitation of the victims of communal violence and also gives special courts powers to punish the offenders. However, human rights activists here say the bill falls short of the Congress-led government’s promise for a comprehensive law to tackle communal violence. The bill says the central government will send paramilitary forces to quell violence only at the request of the state government. Similarly, trials of communal riot cases will be moved outside the state only at the state government’s request. Human rights activists point out that the “communally insensitive” state government of Gujarat would not have made either request, and that state governments have always had the power to ask the central government to send troops in situations where law and order breaks down. They fear that the bill, which state governments are supposed to model their own anti-communal laws on, would put draconian powers in the hands of local police. They point out that the bill borrows such powers heavily from the withdrawn Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in operation in northeast India. They say the proposed law gives the government “extraordinary powers” once the centre or the state has declared an area “communally disturbed”. In such circumstances, the police would be able to keep people in detention without charge for up to a year. The police would also be able to get judicial remand from a lower-ranked magistrate, who could also be an assistant commissioner of police, than in normal circumstances. A similar provision in POTA was severely misused, according to human rights groups. They say provisions in the Special Armed Forces Act that gave security agencies the power to make arrests and conduct searches without a warrant have also been added to the bill. iftikhar gilani

Posted by: acharya Dec 5 2005, 07:31 PM

Nod for Bill to curb communal violence P. Sunderarajan "Decisions on Lok Pal Bill and Pension Bill soon" # Clears changes to Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill # Gives nod to a Bill to replace Taxation Law (Amendment) Ordinance # Approves changes to Disaster Management Bill NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the introduction of a Bill in Parliament for prevention and control of communal violence. The legislation would also provide for the rehabilitation of the victims of such violence. Announcing this, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the Bill would be introduced in the current session of Parliament and later referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee relating to the Ministry of Home Affairs for its opinion. People's views to be sought Simultaneously, the draft Bill would be published in the Home Ministry's website to get views from the public. Chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Cabinet also decided to move official amendments to the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, on the basis of the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs. The Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in August 2003 and later referred to the Parliamentary panel. After studying it, the panel presented its report to Parliament in March this year. The Cabinet meeting accepted most of its recommendations, Mr. Mukherjee said. But he declined to give the details on the ground that Parliament was in session and it was necessary that the details were presented to Parliament first. The Cabinet also approved the recommendations made by the Parliamentary panel for changes in regard to the Disaster Management Bill and gave its nod for introduction of a Bill during the current session for replacing the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Ordinance with an Act. The Ordinance provided for Income Tax concessions on profits of export-oriented units in special economic zone. Asked when the Government proposed to introduce Pension Bill, Mr. Mukherjee said discussions were continuing between Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and leaders of Left parties. After they reach a consensus, the Bill would be brought before Parliament. On the Lok Pal Bill, he said a decision would be taken soon.

Posted by: acharya Dec 5 2005, 07:32 PM

PUCL, August 2005 PUCL Gujarat Conference Communal Violence Suppression bill analyzed 26th June was the 30th anniversary of the Emergency .The PUCL of Gujarat met on 26-6-05 in Gandhi peace Research Centre, Gujarat Vidyapeeth. A conference was held to discuss the Communal violence (Suppression ) Act 2005. The conference was presided over by Sri D.N Pathak the President of PUCL Gujarat State. The inaugural address was delivered by Sri Gautam Thaker, the Secretary of Gujarat chapter of PUCL. The delegates discused the act and suggested many valuable points. A sub committee was formed with Prof. D.N. Pathak (PUCL), Shri Girishbhai Patel (Advocate), Shri Indukumar Jani (Editor ; Nayamarg), Dr. Ilaben Pathak (AWAG, )Dr. Shakil Ahmed (Jamate Islami Hind), Shri Dilip Chandulal (Movement of Secular Democracy), Shri Dwarikanath Rath (MSD), Shri Gautam Thaker (PUCL) to suggest the amendments to the act. The draft was prepared by Sri Girish bhai Patel. After a proper scrutiny of the draft it is sent to the M.Ps, 3rd August 2005 Letter to members of parliament Commual Violence (Suppression) Act, 2005 -- Problems and answers We welcome the concern of the U.P.A. Government for the increasing communal violence on such a scale which threatens the secular fabric, unity and integrity of the Nation and its commitment to suppress it and to generate faith and confidence in minority communities suffering from the atmosphere of fear, intimidation, insecurity and violence at the hands of the politically organized majoritarian communal forces. It is with these aims and objectives that the U.P.A. Government has decided to enact the Communal Violence (Suppression) Act, 2005. This Bill is on the legislative agenda of the current Parliamentary session to commence from 25th July, 2005. We, the concerned citizens from Gujarat and committed to and working for the basic values, principles and practices of the democratic secular constitution, have seriously deliberated upon the draft Bill, its underlying principles, approaches and provisions and we have come to a conclusion that the Bill in its basic form, in spite of its laudable objectives requires serious nation-wide debate, discussion and dialogue before it takes final shape. We hope, expect and desire that the Bill may be submitted to the Select Committee to involve different sections of the society in the decision making process. Our principal points of concern, anxiety and apprehensions can be summed up as under: 1. The Preamble of the Act clearly declares the aims and objectives of the law, namely, secularism as a basic feature of the Constitution, the duty of the Union under Act. 355 to protect the State against external aggression and internal disturbance, the tendency of communal violence to create internal disturbance, destroy the secular fabric and threaten the unity and integrity of the Nation and need to generate faith and confidence in minority communities. The basic questions are: whether the proposed Act in its various provisions reflects and realizes these aims and objectives; whether the basic features of the Constitution, namely, democratic values, human rights and federalism have been adequately respected and protected; whether the law is more draconian and would it be more dangerous that the evil itself; whether the law has clearly understood the real character of the current communal violence at all, and can effectively deal with it; whether the law will prove to be counter-productive and may threaten the minority communities themselves, whether the law is sufficiently comprehensive to cover all aspects and dimensions of communal violence; whether the law is capable of being enforced in its letter and spirit, considering the character and quality of the police, politicians and legal profession; would it be more desirable to have separate laws for dealing with different aspects; whether the existing laws can be strengthened, improved and invoked to deal with communal violence etc. 2. At present there are various laws relating to communal violence as defined in the Act, e.g. certain provisions of Indian Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, Police Acts, Arms Act, other minor Criminal Acts, Atrocities Act about dalits and adivasis etc. We must thoroughly examine why these different laws have not proved to be effective, and have really failed. Because of inherent gaps and lacunas which can be taken care of ? Because of failure of enforcement from absence of political will or compulsions or failure of obligation from the civil society? If the latter are the real causes, there is no guarantee that the new law will also be enforced. More particularly the failure of the Atrocities Act similar to the proposed law in relation to caste conflicts is very significant with may lesson to learn. 3. The Act brackets together religious, racial, linguistic, regional and caste conflicts or violence. These are qualitatively different and call for different approaches. One law will not work. For example, the Atrocities Act makes detailed and comprehensive provisions for suppressing and preventing violence against SCs and STs. Why new law to cover this ? 4. The much more dangerous problem which the Nation faces to day is the communal violence against religious minorities of communities. It has to be separately dealt with. 5. Even these communal conflicts between Hindus and Muslims and even Christians are, of late, to be classified into two distinct categories - (1) ordinary cases of communal riots, localized and confined to certain groups and not highly politicized (2) State sponsored, supported or aided communal violence supported by political or powerful social groups, with a distinct ideological and political programme, as the communal holocaust in Gujarat in February 2002. One law alone will not able to deal with both, and as the communal violence after 80s and 90s is of the second class, clearly organized, political, majoritatian and State sponsored, the proposed law giving extensive powers to the Government will not be an answer to it. The Gujarat riots of 2002 were not simply a case of communal violence against Muslims, but a clear case of genocide of Muslims perpetrated by politically supported organizations and aided and supported by the Government of Gujarat with indifference or connivance of the Union Government. How will the proposed law deal with such violence ? 6. Though the proposed Act aims at protecting the minorities and creating faith and confidence in minority communities, the provisions do not seem to secure a guarantee as Sections 3 and 4 can cover all cases of violence against any religious or other groups. It would definitely cover violence by the minority groups also. In the present days, Muslims are sought to be equated with terrorists, any assertion or protest or resistance or programme by them would be treated as communal hatred and violence. The result would be that like TADA and POTA, the new law has the dangerous potentiality and even certainty of being invoked and used against Muslims. Can you prevent it ? 7. The Act gives power to the State Government and the Central Government to deal with the communal violence - declaring areas as communally disturbed areas with all consequential measures. What about the communalized State Government like Modi's Government in Gujarat ? What can Central Government do? Can it nullify the Notification by State Government under Sec.3 except making its own declaration? And the worst will be the situation when both the State Government and Central Government are controlled by the same or similar political parties or alliances as the case of Modi Government in Gujarat and Vajpayee Government in the Centre ? In such a situation, the minorities will have to suffer at both the ends - Criminal violence in society and law's abuse by the Government. 8. The Act confers drastic powers upon the appreciate Government and the Central Government to deploy armed forces and to take draconian repressive measures like shoot at sight, use of police force, arrest, detention and deportation, combing of houses, religious places and areas, seizure of all goods or materials or weapons etc. All those provisions do find place in various penal laws in force and the experience is that they have been grossly abused against minorities in communal disturbances even when the minorities are the victims of violence as in Gujarat. 9. The stringent bail provisions modified by the Act are reproduction of the TADA and POTA provisions and will be abused for indefinite detention of the members of the minority communities. 10. Most of the provisions are similar to Armed Forces Act in force in Assam against which people's movement is going on. 11. There is nothing much objectionable about special courts, with a few riders. One is that the criminal justice is under the Central and the State Government - its investigating police and its public or police prosecutors. How to ensure their neutrality, impartiality and objectivity ? The second rider is the quality of the ordinary criminal courts manned by the Judges coming from the common social strata and background. Can you be sure of undiluted commitment to enforce the law without bias or prejudice and without fear and favour ? Where is the guarantee that Gujarat scenario will not repeat again ? 12. The provisions of compensation by the Courts to the victims are welcome, but with the same limitations and apprehensions as stated above. 13. Chapter V "Relief and Rehabilitation" is very good and most welcome. But more attention is required to be focused on how to make the Communal Disturbances Relief and Rehabilitation Council function effectively, timely and meaningfully? The Constitution of the Council by the State Government raises many doubts in a situation like Gujarat. The Central Government (provided it is above party or communal considerations) should have greater participation and role in the composition and function of the Council, along with special fund to be created or allocated by it. Many independent persons of recognized eminence are required to be involved in it. A Central independent monitoring machinery is necessary to be included. Complete transparency and continuous supply of information to the public are essential requirements of successful R & R. 14. What is surprisingly conspicuously absent is the preventive and pre-emptive measures. The best solutions of communal violence is the pre-emptive and preventive measure before time. Very good provisions are to be found in the Atrocities Act. Independent intelligence agencies, designation of a Communally sensitive areas, diffusing steps in case of any rumor mongering of mis-information of small incident, Checking and controlling hate-speeches and propaganda like oral of written, preventive arrests for short period, information cells with open eyes and ears, providing correct and timely information, joint peace committees, enlistment of voluntary orgaisations, and eminent personalities in the locality, higher participatory machinery to supervise, guide, direct and monitor the working of the system are necessary to prevent continued violence and diffuse such Situation. Of course, honesty, integrity bona fide and commitment are required but cannot be guaranteed. But we have to strive. These Measures are the most important part of any strategy of action to suppress communal violence and are required to be separately provided for. 15. Separate and special courts of high caliber should be established to deal with and prosecute the hate-speeches offences and provocative offences with all deliberate speed and without any discrimination. Timely prosecution, injunction provisions, speedy trials and clear punishments can nip in the bud the trouble. 16. The need for designation of communally sensitive areas and appointment of special civilian and police officials with fixed responsibility and personal liabilities for the breakdown of communal harmony will go a long way in preventing and suppressing communal violence. The Supreme Count has recognized the principal of personal liability of individual officers, in addition to the state liability, for acts of misfeasance and non-feasance. 17. The Act seriously disturbs the constitutional balance of powers, functions and duties between the Centre and the State in favour of greater of greater centralization, which might make it judicially vulnerable. Instead the Cooperative and collaborative arrangement can be worked out, if all sincerely and in good faith try. 18. The Act suffers from a very serious and basic flaw, namely, it treats communal violence as more of less purely law and order problem. In fact, it is essentially a political and social problem which calls for a different policy, programme, strategy and action, including police measures. A high level commission for communal violence consisting of national eminent persons from different walks of life including eminent Judges, Academicians, statesmen and activists can be established with investigative, interrogatory, preventive, initiating supervisory and monitoring powers, along with such Sate level Commissions. We believe that in the final analysis it is a question of crises of Character and ideology. But we Cannot remain a silent spectator. Communal cancer is destroying the Constitution and nation It is gathering dangerous of fascist ideology and genocidal programme. It is also a very sensitive and delicate issue. It calls for liberal, secular, democratic and rational approach from all sections of people. We have to stand firm by the principals that the State Government, executive/administrative, police and army, Courts and tribunals, public institutions and educational centers must be solely by the Preamble, Fundamental Rights, Directive Principals and Fundamental Duties both in letter and spirit and should not hesitate to expose resist and challenge any forces, groups, parties or ideology with are antithetical and repugnant to our Constitution, democracy, secularism and pluralist culture, But while fighting, we may not succumb to the same evils and vices as are afflicting the authoritarian and fascist forces. We must abide by the Constitution. The above represents our immediate reaction which may please be taken into consideration We hope to be able to send you our suggestion and recommendation on the issue later on, so as to have long term policy and imaginative strategy, to Control Communal Violence. - Prof. D.N. Pathak (PUCL) - Shri Girishbhai Patel (Advocate) - Shri Indukumar Jani (Editor ; Nayamarg) - Dr. Ilaben Pathak (AWAG) - Dr. Shakil Ahmed (Jamate Islami Hind) - Shri Dilip Chandulal (Movement of Secular Democracy) - Shri Dwarikanath Rath (MSD) - Shri Gautam Thaker (PUCL)

Posted by: acharya Dec 5 2005, 07:35 PM

Drafting A Law To Prevent Communal Violence http://www.countercurrents.org/comm-engineer201004.htm By Asghar Ali Engineer 20 October,2004 Centre for Study of Society and Secularism The Gujarat carnage had shaken the country very badly and it was felt that there should be a separate law to prevent recurrence of such carnage resulting in the death of hundreds of innocent people and bring shame to our country in the comity of nations. The UPA Government also promised such a law in its Common Minimum Programme but it is hardly its priority. It is no more talking about it nor is it preparing any draft for discussion. Some NGOs like the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism and Communalism Combat took initiative to prepare such a draft and circulate it for discussion among other NGOs and other concerned people. Surprisingly Mr. Ajit Singh of U.P. also took initiative and drafted a bill to this effect and a discussion was held in Lucknow. We will throw some light on these drafts here. It is felt that such law must come into effect as early as possible so that future recurrence of communal violence may be stopped. Before we proceed with the draft law it is also important to point out that some police and IAS officers who were invited to participate in the discussion on the draft bill pointed out that there was no need for such special law as present laws are sufficient to take care of any such situation. Problem is that these laws are not honestly implemented. The need, therefore, is to implement these laws effectively and punish the culprits who create disturbances in the society. This is also a valid point of view. The laws are not implemented and not only this the guardian of law themselves violate the law i.e. the police. The provisions of IPC section 153 (A), if enforced honestly can prevent the provocateurs from delivering provocative speeches resulting in outbreak of violence. How far the police is responsible for this state of affairs? It would be of course unfair to blame the police alone though the police should also share part of the blame. In fact the complicity of the politicians is no less responsible. If the state government is determined to prevent violence no communal riot can occur and if it does, it can be checked within no time. The best examples of this are states of West Bengal and Bihar. In West Bengal no major communal riot has taken place for last 27 years since the Left Government is in power. The West Bengal Government has issued strict instructions to the police not to allow any communal riot to take place and in the event of any riot taking place the police officers of the area will be held responsible and punished. It has worked very well. Similarly since Lalu Yadav took over in Bihar no riots have occurred though Bihar was highly sensitive state. The last major riot in Bihar took place in Sitamarhi in 1993. Mr. Yadav controlled it effectively. But in most of other states the governments have no will to control communal riot as it is part of their political culture. Some chief ministers have even encouraged communal violence for their own selfish political gains. A chief minister in Maharashtra in early eighties even made a political deal with the Shiv Sena Supremo to unleash communal violence for his personal political gain and Bhivandi-Bombay witnessed major outbreak of communal violence in 1984. Hundreds were killed and properties worth crores of rupees were completely destroyed. Thus much depends on political will. In Gujarat carnage it is well known that Mr. Narendra Modi not only looked the other way when communal carnage was taking place but even allowed his cabinet ministers to lead marauding and pillaging mobs. This clearly shows that Narendra Modi was encouraging the violence. The violence went on unchecked for months. The police openly sided with rioters and marauders. If the existing law is violated with such impunity what the new law will achieve? This question of course cannot be dismissed lightly. But still there is some point in drafting the new law. This will be a Central enactment. In fact law and order is a state subject. Normally Centre does not interfere with law and order matter in the states. But when state fails to ensure law and order the Indian Constitution makes a provision in the form of articles 355 and 356 to intervene. The proposed law will be a Central enactment and if a state government totally fails to check widespread communal violence the provisions of this law will apply and the Centre will intervene to check the violence. But if in the state and Centre same party governments are there the Central government may be reluctant to take action. When Gujarat carnage took place BJP was in power both in state as well as in the Centre and when in Mumbai widespread communal violence broke out after demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992 the Congress happened to be in power both in Maharashtra as well as in the Centre and hence no action was taken in both cases by the Centre. But due to regionalisation of political power and possibility of only alliances of parties ruling at the Centre such probabilities of same party government both at the centre and in the state is becoming less and less. And even if it does happen and such a law against sectarian violence does exist one can file a case under this law in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has much better record for delivering justice to the aggrieved and hence it can be relied on enforcing provisions of such a law if state or Central governments fail in their duty. Thus seen from whatever angle this law does have its validity. The Centre for Study of Society and Secularism took initiative to draft this law and requested Justice Daud to prepare a draft for discussion. A meeting of justices, eminent lawyers, retired and on duty police officers, writers and social activists were invited to discuss the draft. The draft provides both for pre and post violence situations. The Bill was originally called the "Act to Prevent and Punish Genocide" but after discussion it was agreed to drop the word genocide and replace it with "sectarian violence". The statement of objects and reasons of the Bill says, among other things, "For more than 5 decades after getting independence this country had to contend with several genocides conveniently classified as communal riots, caste conflicts, and group differences. These carnages are a blot on the nation and seriously prevent its emergence as a strong, united and throbbing democracy. The origin of every group riot lies in something insignificant or obscure. It is the spark lit by the evildoers who have driven the targeted group into a corner by painting it as treacherous, lecherous, unreliable and unscrupulous. The yellow press, which unfortunately has a fairly large readership in this country, is not slow to embellish accounts received by it and knowingly publish accounts, which are untrue, orexaggerations of what has really transpired." The Bill states that "With a view to prevent group-hatred and violence emanating there from and in furtherance of the duty cast upon the Union Government under Article 355 of the Constitution of India, it is hereby enacted as follows" and then various sections of the Bill follows. In Section 4 of the Act it is states "wherever within the territory of India, (a) speaks and or writes in any manner or publish matters tending to incite hatred or ill-will against any group or individual belonging to a group, resident of any State on account of their or his group identities; (b) aids or abates the physical, social or economic harm to any person or persons on the grounds of their affiliation to any such group; © advocates the perpetration or perpetuation of any injury to any group or individual belonging to that group as a constituent of that group, shall be punished with imprisonment of either descriptions for seven years and also with fine." The section 5 of the Bill provides for registration, the investigation and the trial of offences falling under this Act shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973. Under Section 6 of the Bill the Central Government shall have the power to issue directions to all authorities functioning in the land to do or refrain from doing that will trigger, aggravate or give rise to disharmony amongst groups of people in any part of the country. The authority so directed shall be bound to carry out the directions given. The Act also provides for compulsory inquiry of all such acts of sectarian violence. Thus it says after every act of genocide irrespective of the number of those killed, wounded or maimed and the value of the property destroyed, the Central Government shall appoint a Commissioner to ascertain the perpetrators of the violence and destruction of the property, whether it be on individual or organisations, if the State Government has not done so. The report will have to be submitted in any case within 12 months of appointment of Commissioner and in section 8 the Central Government on the basis of the Commissioner's report shall compensate the bereaved families, the injured persons and those suffering financial damage as a consequence of the rioting, in full. Thus this Bill will also take care of proper compensation as today it tends to be arbitrary. It will mot depend on the whims of the chief minister. The section 10 of the Bill also provides for debarring the perpetrators, abettors and initiators of the violence from contesting or canvassing elections to any representative body for a period of 10 years. Today the perpetrators not only contest and win elections but also become ministers or chief ministers as it happened in Gujarat. Thus enactment of such a bill will greatly help control communal violence and Gujarat like situation will not repeat. If the state government fails to act it will be the duty of the Central Government to intervene and check violence and punish the culprits. It is for the UPA Government to enact such a law before communal violence again breaks out in any other State. The UPA government should fulfil its pledge to people of India on priority basis. Unfortunately so far it has not moved in the matter. It is for NGOs and activists for communal harmony to put pressure on the UPA Government to act as early as possible in this direction. This exercise by the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism is part of that campaign.

Posted by: acharya Dec 5 2005, 07:43 PM

http://www.sandeepweb.com/2005/04/26/central-tyranny-by-another-name/ This Bill is sinister on several counts. If it gets through, it will mean a return to the golden era of concentration of power at the Centre. And there’s no mention of the conditions under which an area can be branded as “communally sensitive.” Even assuming that these conditions are well-thought out, given its record, the Congress can declare any area as “communally sensitive” at its whim. For a party that shamelessly sought to overturn the Constitution on occasions too numerous to count (latest, Goa, and Jharkhand), imposing this law should be a cakewalk. Worse still, is a clause that states, …the ‘’special court shall presume, unless the contrary is proved, that such person has abetted the offence.'’ In other words, guilty unless proved innocent. It is worthwhile to ponder over the timing of this bill. Why now? Also, the brains that have worked overtime to formulate this bill merit special mention. The draft Bill, finalised by the Home Ministry is being studied by the Prime Minister’s Office and the National Advisory Council (NAC) headed by Sonia Gandhi. A lady whose educational qualification is suspect, heads a council formed to formulate a law as sensitive as this. A lady, who is merely a party functionary–she might be designated President, but she still is a functionary–with no active role in running the government has agreed to supervise this. And she definitely gives her assent to these words of the bill, According to the preamble to the Communal Violence (Suppression) Bill 2005-a promise made by the UPA in its Common Minimum Programme-the Bill is in exercise of the constitutional ‘’duty of the Union to protect States against external aggression and internal disturbance.'’ Sonia’s name as the top lady is too conspicuous to be ignored because on the other burning issue of the Naxal menace, her silence is conspicuously thunderous. More so when the officials of the Home Ministry are worried and angry about the Naxal threat. “Either the naxalites helped out with funding or in influencing the electorates, and some CMs are in power on account of them,” said an enraged home official, “and, therefore, they want no part in a joint strategy which will ultimately combat the naxalite menace.” (Source: India Reacts, linked above)

Posted by: Aryawan Dec 5 2005, 07:58 PM

Any insight in to Chinese involvement with Maoists/Insurgents all over India?

Posted by: Mitra Dec 6 2005, 11:41 AM

acharya, Let me point out one mistake in the quote - there has been a number of riots in WB during the left rule. Two of the most prominent are the Katra Masjid riot of Murshidabad in 1989 and, of course, the december 1992 riots after the babri demolition. Apart from that minor clashes take place regularly, especially along the border with BD. The UPA is feeding us Indians a whole lot of Humbug. Another very interesting fact is that the CPM is practically the all pervading party in WB. So most of the Hindus in Bengal belong to the CPM and it is these ground level CPM workers (they are not by any means communists, just members of the 'kings party') who are, in most cases, spearheading the Hindu assaults or counter assaults in Bengal. In Kolkata, in the '92 riots the Hindu assaults were nearly all led by armed local toughs of the CPM in areas like Tiljala, Park Circus, Raja Bazar, Tangra and Khidderpur. In the border areas too, it is the CPM hindus who are having to bear the brunt of the depredations of the illegal Bangladeshis. And they are retaliating. However they fully utilise the cover their association with the ruling party provides. The police rarely molest them. While those openly with the bajrang dal are thrown in jail. In some places there are men who are CPM by day and Bajrang by night. Aryavan, IMHO the chinese are really not very eneamoured of the Maoists. In china itself the hardliners (Maoists) are being ruthlessly suppressed. The naxal funding have more to do with ISI and jihadi networks than china. Look at Nepal, China is terrified of a Maoist triumph over there as it might spill over into Tibet. Thats why they offered every help to King Gyanendra

Posted by: Manu Dec 8 2005, 05:29 AM

Now that Abu Salem has told CBI that he gave several AK-56 and Hand grenades to Sanjay "Don" Dutt, the leftist infested NDTV has gone in full overdrive to defend him (son of great secular Sunil Dutt). http://www.ndtv.com/template/template.asp?category=National&template=catchingsalem&slug=Salem+links%3A+Sanjay+breaks+his+silence&id=81314&callid=1

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But legally or politically, Sanjay has little to worry (who the hell is NDTV to decide that?). For starters, he's already been tried in the case and according to the constitution, no one can be tried for the same case twice. "Under Article 20 of the Constitution, no person can be tried twice for the same offence. Sanjay's trial is overand you can't try him again," said Majid Memon, his lawyer.
http://us.rediff.com/news/2005/nov/23salem.htm?q=tp&file=.htm
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In December 1991, I had given dates to actor-producer Feroz Khan for his film Yalgar. He took the entire unit to shoot in Dubai. During one of the shoots, Khan introduced me to one Dawood Ibrahim. He introduced me to his brother Anees during another shooting session. After that meeting, Anees used to visit us regularly during the shooting and also where we were staying. One day, Dawood Ibrahim invited the entire unit for dinner at his residence. I attended the party like other unit members. There were many others in the party and we were introduced to Iqbal Mirchi, Sharad Shetty, Chota Rajan. There were also many artistes from Pakistan. Since Anees used to frequent the sets, I got to know him quite well.

Posted by: Mudy Dec 8 2005, 12:55 PM

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Internal security scenario in the country intellibriefs.blogspot.com/2005/12/internal-security-scenario-in-country.html SHRI ARUN SHOURIE, initiating the discussion, said: We are discussing the subject after one year from the last discussion and we will soon be given the figures about the decrease in the number of causalities in Jammu and Kashmir and the increase in the number of tourists. I have been hearing these figures for almost seven years since. But the fact of the matter is, there has been very great deterioration of the situation in many parts of the country. I have very grave apprehension about the general approach of the Government on security matters. This approach is comounding the problem of security and the problem for the security services in the naxalite areas, in the North East, and in Jammu and Kashmir. Last time, I had mentioned that the number of districts which have been affected by the naxalite activity has gone up from 143 to 157. But, the home Minister denied the fact. Now, we have 165 districts which are affected by the naxalite activities and they expand to over 14 States. What were guerrilla pockets became guerrilla zones. Replying to the discussion on this subject last year, the Hon'ble Home Minister had assured the House that he would reply orally to all the 50 points made by the hon'ble Members and in addition, he would also send replies in writing. No written reply came to me nor to anybody else. The result of laxity shown by the government is that not only the figure of affected districts has now gone from 157 last time to 165 districts 14 States, there is a complete change in the pattern of assault. It is a matter of grave concern to the Home Minister and the Prime Minister. According to the statement of Mr. Jaiswal in Lok Sabha on 13th November, at Jahanabad, 300 to 400 naxalites gathered. They simultaneously attacked the sub-jail the district court, the district armoury and the S.S. College, where a para-military camp had been set up. They looted arms and ammunition and killed six people on the spot. The Minister of State for Home said that there had been intelligence inputs that they would be doing all this. It was happening when the State Government was under the direct control of the Central Government for seven months. Two days before there had been a similar attack on the Home Guard Training School at Girdih in Jharkhand. There also, they looted 183 guns, two revolvers and 2500 rounds of ammunition. On 23rd June, 200 naxalites attacked in East Champaran. It was a synchronised attack on the police station, on the branches of the SBI, the Central bank of India. On 6th February, in Koraput in Orissa, there was a prolonged operation of district armoury lasting several hours. They looted 2000 firearms. In Karbi Anglong that has happened. Hundred people were massacred. That was happening also in 2004. The point to ponder is that: what the mechanism has done, that the Home Minister was telling us in the statement he made on the 29th in the Lok Sabha. They have done another study. In my reckoning, this is the eighth study on left wing extremism. Higher technology is being used in the explosives that they are using. There are synchronised attacks at many locations over many hours. And, they are, now, in each of these, looting enough arms and ammunition to start equipping a small army. Now, in large parts of the country, individual officers do not dare go individually. They go with company and there they become easy targets of landmines. In large parts of the country, civilian life, economic life is being ceded to these groups. They collect taxes. They demand protection money from Government officers, from forest guards. They set up Kangaroo courts to dispense the so-called justice. In Eastern UP and four districts of Bihar are today completely under the grip of mafia. The rule of law exists only on paper. In Ghazipur district, where the BJP, MLA was killed along with six others, most of the station House officers owe their position to the local don. We are protecting people in Afghanistan; but, here, this is our situation. It is said that cross border linkages of Maoists constituted an even greater threat to India than militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and the North East. The apprehension is that all this is now happening with ULFA without that precondition which the Prime Minister had prescribed, and it is happening just on the eve of the next elections that are going to take place. My suggestion for the consideration of the hon. Home Minister is, please, violence is not due to any of these causes. With regard to this development expenditure, each time throw more money there. This violence is spreading because civil and police administration and the criminal justice systems in these areas have just evaporated. Therefore, you must establish the authority of the State in those areas before just pouring in money, and please, give up the illusion that you can sweet talk them out of their objective. Everyone who violates the law must be brought to book by the utmost severity of law. My another suggestion is to establish the authority of law. Unless the police station is strengthened, nothing will happen. Of the one thousand persons in a battalion, 350 persons are available for operations. Please, make your own inquiries about the condition of the police stations and their effectiveness on the ground in the 165 districts. I have examined instances where technologies were denied to security forces. It is the attitude, which is the problem. And I would plead with the hon. Home Minister to work on this matter. An important point is that much of this is happening not because of naxalites or Ulfas, but because of the local dons and the mafia. This nexus has to be broken. Please start publishing a white paper, about the links of various groups with various persons. Similarly, publish the reports of the task forces on internal security and on border management. Because it is only when the people realise how alarming the situation is that Governments will be able to get the support they need. We must stand by the security personnel. I would urge that an inquiry be made about the civil administrators and the magistrates who just fled from the area and did nothing at that time. In Jammu and Kashmir, 35,000 people have been killed. Only 15 convictions have been there for minor offences. There should be a similar investigation and disclosure to the House about the so-called NGOs that functioning immediately in areas that get disturbed. What was the basis of the allegations that the Human Rights Organisations were making? I will also urge upon the Home Minister to publish a White Paper on the depredations done by these terrorist groups in different States. There should be a joint command and I would urge that the law under the Constitution should be amended for these types of areas. I will take up the question of Nepal because the hon. Home Minister said that it is affecting the security of the northern areas. This is the exact situation, that happened in Myanmar. We followed the lead of Western Governments and Myanmar went to China. So, why are we repeating this in Nepal? Pakistan is pursuing a clear objective to acquire Kashmir. What is our objective? We would be very delighted to be educated as to whether you stand by IMDT Act. The concerned persons were asked to do the seventh study on the ruinous impact of infiltration and this study is even more reliable.(Speech finished)

Posted by: Mudy Dec 25 2005, 12:29 PM

Digital Inspiration writes "According to Yahoo News, the Indian Government, 'concerned over satellite images of its strategic installations being made available in the public domain by internet search engine Google, has decided to constitute an expert group to suggest ways to safeguard the country's interests.' Earlier, The President of India expressed concerns that terrorists could use Google Earth to plan assaults on the Indian parliament, the President's house and government offices in New Delhi, all of which show up clearly in Google Earth's photos. Google Earth has expressed its readiness to have discussions with the Government regarding the issue."

Posted by: Mudy Dec 25 2005, 12:32 PM

http://www.arabtimesonline.com/arabtimes/breakingnews/view.asp?msgID=10836

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HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - Maoist guerrillas attacked an Indian passenger train carrying more than $100,000 in railway money and killed at least four policeman on Sunday, police said. Unconfirmed reports say two more policemen might also have died in the attack between the states of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. Four were injured. About 60 armed rebels raided a train as it reached remote Koneru railway station, 635 kms (395 miles) northeast of Hyderabad, the Andhra Pradesh. They attacked a special coach carrying cash chests containing 5 million rupees ($110,900) for railway workers.............

Posted by: jayshastri Dec 30 2005, 07:24 PM

Since this forum has sort of become like the 'illumanati's'. It would be only right to bring this up here. If we come up with right plans here simply by debating and sharing our information, few of us just might be able to bring real change in India. To start with, I have become a member of this group http://www.friendster.com/group/tabmain.php?gid=365 (friendster is a cool website everyone here should be member there and we may have our own little group. You might find cool chicks here too cheers.gif specool.gif ) Most of the people in this group are young sikhs 18-25 men and women mostly living out side India. I was shocked to see how convinced they are that there would be Khalistan and how commited they are for this cause. Some of us may or may not agree to that. but it is significant to know the hate for india in the minds of some of this younger Sikh generation has not died down, but infact intensified. It is definatly an issue worth dealing with. though the sikhs partisipating in the discussions are very few. but it is important that we resolve every issue they have in their mind against india by giving them right information and correct perspective. Though the next wave of Sikh terrorisim may not still devide India or may be not even happen in significant streangth, but to know that the hope of Kalistan is still not died down, is a significant leavarage for countries like Pakistan to use against us to cause chaos.

Posted by: acharya Jan 1 2006, 05:51 PM

BJP demands all-party meet to tackle 'Islamic terrorists' Hyderabad, Jan. 2 (UNI): Demanding an all-arty meeting to deal with the rise in the activities of "Islamic terrorists," BJP National Secretary B Datattreya, on Sunday asked Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, to tender an apology to the nation for granting remission of sentence to Hizbul Mujahideen city chief Mujib Ahmed. The Chief Minister owed an explanation to the nation as to how Mujib, convicted for gunning down police officer G Krishnaprasad and released from jail last year, could be granted remission in sentence, he told a press conference here and expressed concern over reports that "Bangaldesh was breeding web-savvy terrorists." Alleging that Hyderabad as also interior parts of the state, including Nalgonda, Kurnool, Nizamabad and Rajahmundry, had become a "safe haven" for Islamic terrorists, he charged both the Centre and the State Governments with turning a 'blind eye' to the grave issue due to vote bank politics. Demanding constitution of a Cell headed by an officer in the rank of DIG of police to curb terrorism with an iron hand, he urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to increase funds for modernisation of police force in Andhra Pradesh for the purpose. The Rajasekhara Reddy Government, which was determined to stamp out naxalites from the state was not showing the same interest in tackling terrorist activities, the BJP leader charged. He said Director-General of Police Swaranjit Sen's admission that the city had ISI modules fostering 'anti-national' activities and that the police had gathered evidence about persons involved in training youths from Hyderabad in Bangladesh showed the seriousness of the threat. Mujib was arrested on December 27 on information from Rajasthan police that the militant having links with his counterparts in Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan, was allegedly planning to indulge in large-scale violence in Hyderabad.

Posted by: acharya Jan 2 2006, 02:09 PM

The Indian Muslim The Asian Age India | Seema Mustafa http://www.iht.com/getina/files/299709.html Well known American journalist Selig Harrison was in town recently, and particularly interested in finding out why the Indian Muslim had not been lured by the "jihadi" movement. He was too polite to say it bluntly, but the question really was: how is it that the Indian Muslim has not become a terrorist? I had just the duration of a lunch to attempt to answer this question, that can only be dealt with in a book, if at all, but I must say that the question has been asked by many other visitors and Delhi based diplomats who appear very intrigued by the ability of the Indian Muslim to stay out of the "movement" as it were. Harrison's questions were pertinent and to the point, and definitely made one think deeply about what we here take as granted, but what others in the rest of the world find very significant and interesting. And particularly those who have been travelling through West and South Asia and find that despite its large mix of castes and religions, India remains largely peaceful from within. Terrorism continues to be exported into the country, and does not have a support base at any level. Intelligence agencies are now the first to admit that the sleeper cells of the Pakistan sponsored terrorist groups, be it the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, the Hizbul, the Harkat or the Jaish-e-Mohammad, are functioning largely in isolation and have not been able to rein in the Indian Muslims despite relentless efforts. Why? How is it that the Indian Muslim has remained outside the "war" that has taken grip of West Asia, and what the West likes to describe as the Islamic world. There are any number of reasons, but because of limited space I will restrict the column to two broad heads: historical and political. Historians, of course, will take us back several centuries and with reason, but as a student of political science, I will trace back the political genesis of what the world is admiring as a "phenomenon," to the freedom movement. The Congress struggle against British rule was unique, to put it simply, as it was not exclusive in nature and made a conscious effort to involve all sections of society and in particular the Muslims. The result was that despite the Muslim League that managed the partition of India, a majority of Muslims were brought into the Congress-led struggle for independence and developed, even before the birth of this nation, major stakes in its future. At the time, the Muslims along with all other sections, rallied under the leadership of secular leaders like Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, and learnt from the onset not to look for a Muslim leadership to represent their cause. Those who believed in a separate homeland, and an Islamic nation, left for Pakistan with the majority of Muslims staying back to weave their destiny with that of India. The promises made then were inspiring, and the decision by Maharaja Hari Singh to bring Jammu and Kashmir into the Indian fold came as a major boost for the secular forces seeking to make India a secular, democratic polity, and not a Hindu rashtra. The Indian Muslims at that time embraced Jammu and Kashmir as a symbol of secularism (and an endorsement of their decision to stay back in India), and this is one of the reasons why even today the major resistance to Pakistan's claim over Jammu and Kashmir comes from the Muslims in India. The ability of the national leaders to make the freedom struggle inclusive, and not exclusive, is a major historical reason why the Indian Muslims felt involved and in command of their future. The decision to make India a democratic, secular polity is the other major reason as the story would have been very different if Nehru and Gandhi had succumbed to pressure at the time and declared it a Hindu rashtra. The Indian Constitution embodied the spirit of the freedom struggle, and convinced the minorities that their participation had not been in vain, as every citizen of India was protected, and given equal rights including the freedom to worship and follow their own personal laws. The state was enshrined in the Constitution as a secular entity, with not a word in the document that could be even vaguely interpreted as being discriminatory in nature. This was in itself a major achievement for a country torn apart by partition and communal violence, a testimony to honest intent and a vision for India that spelt security for the minorities. In practice, there have been aberrations, but despite the Gujarats and the Narendra Modis, the Muslims in India have been assured of their right to vote, and of a say in the democratic process. This is the one singular political reason why the Indian Muslim has never been tempted to take law into his own hands. Under the law — even if not always in practice as the Dalits know better than the minorities — everyone is equal, and this in itself is a major accomplishment in a region where the law of the land discriminates against its own people. The state has tried to grapple with the problems of reality, through direct action. The ballot box remains the source through which anger and frustration can be translated into a change in government. And the sanctity of the vote in India remains undiluted. As it has moved mountains that appeared invincible, over and over again. The Indian Muslim has of course had to bear many crosses, and these are not just of ghettoisation and poverty. To some degree these ills afflict other sections of Indian society, with the Dalits in particular feeling the discrimination worse than the minorities. But the communal riots do leave a sense of deep insecurity, the taunts of being pro-Pakistan continue to haunt the Muslims, the partisan approach of the administration and in particular the police force leaves scars that do not always fade but deepen with experience. Fortunately, the anger that was growing particularly in the generations born after Independence, has been contained to a great deal by the regional parties that have been able to understand and accommodate this in states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar by addressing the minorities directly through a more sensitive and responsive administration than that provided by political parties like the Congress. The BJP of course, would like to create mayhem and where in power — Gujarat and Rajasthan in particular — has been pursuing distinctly anti-minority policies. The third political reason is one that is not always mentioned, but has perhaps contributed the most in making the minorities feel they belong and are not alone. And that is the attitude of the majority of non-Muslims in this country, who rarely hesitate to rise to the occasion to demonstrate the true meaning of secularism. If a BJP government rushes to arrest an innocent Muslim journalist describing him as a terrorist, his case is fought not by Muslims, but by non-Muslims who carry on a relentless campaign and eventually secure his release. If a government arrests innocent lecturers as terrorists, again the court case is fought by non-Muslims who work through the night to secure justice. If a Narendra Modi kills thousands of Muslims in Gujarat, it is not the Muslim bodies but the secular NGOs who rush in to provide relief and succour, to file cases in court, and to defy threats to their own lives as they work to bring justice to the victims. It must be pointed out here that terrorism has little to do with Islam and more to do with the Muslims who have established theocratic states, suppressed democracy, taken away their rights, and indulged in the worst kind of oppression to keep themselves in power. As Sudanese leader Hasan Turabi has been saying for a long while now, if democracy is brought to these Arab lands, terrorism will disappear. If people have a stake in their own government, freedom to determine their future, and equal rights under the law, there will be no need for this misplaced jihad, and violence and terrorism. The West is better not because it is Christian, but because it had the education and the leadership to usher in democracy as the favoured form of government. West Asia was colonised and exploited, with the Palestinians having to pay for the Holocaust, and the region having to pay for despotic regimes like Saudi Arabia. The Indian Muslim should not be treated as an exception. He is the rule, if the climate is right. Place a man in a storm and he will emerge with all the weapons necessary to protect himself. He will kill if he is told that that will bring him peace. Place a man in a soft breeze and under a shining sky, he will plant flowers and sing lullabies. India's founding fathers discovered the right climate (although the Sangh is trying hard to convert it into a storm). http://www.asianage.com/?INA=2:175:175:200511 © 2005 The Asian Age

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Terror plot foiled in Hyderabad Staff Reporter Plans to target offices of DGP, Police Commissioner and Hitech city, claim police # Police arrest two, IEDs seized # Terrorist group was backed by ISI, say police # More attempts possible: Commissioner http://www.hindu.com/2006/01/03/stories/2006010307830100.htm

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http://indpride.com/Danger%20comes%20disguised%20and%20bewitching.html Danger comes disguised and bewitching It was the eve of Varsha Pratipada and celebrations for the New Year were on with Baba Satyanarayan Mourya’s famous, colourful Bharat Maa ki aarti. This young bhakt of Bharat Mata kept the audience enthralled with his songs, poems, jokes, paintings and inspiring talk. Swaying with the music, completely carried away with the devotional songs, suddenly I was struck by something Baba said. Baba was narrating the story of Ravana going to kidnap Sita in the garb of a Brahmin sadhu. Baba warned that whenever danger comes, it comes disguised in a beautiful form and we are not able to recognise it. Just like Ravana had come not as a rakshas but as a sadhu and Sita was not able to recognise him and so was caught off-guard, even today potential dangers face us disguised in niceties and we are unable to recognise them. How true were his words! Indeed when the British imperialists came, they came as traders in the form of the East India Company and the Indian rulers could not recognise their evil designs. China had posed as a friend and Nehru failed to recognise the potential danger hidden in the “Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai” slogan. While we were busy enjoying Pakistani hospitality through bus diplomacy for strengthening the ties between the two nations, the Pakistani army was quietly infiltrating into Kargil. When the Christian missionaries came to India, they came with smiling faces, soft words and help for the needy. Little did the people know that behind the smiling masks lay the strategy of conversion and separatism. The results can be seen in the north-east where the activities of the foreign missionaries have led to terrorism and violence. Even today the missionaries are trying to create another north-east in the tribal zones of Jhabua, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, but owing to their white robes, the innocent people are unable to identify the imminent danger that comes with this attire. Even today the possibility of another foreign invasion faces us in the form of the pleasing personality of Sonia Gandhi. Fooled by her gentle looks, we do not even care to find out about her chequered past, the possibilities of her links with foreign intelligence agencies and the real dangers faced by the country under her leadership. [.....]

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Two arrested, two abscond 12 militants travelled in Samjhauta on passport By Sanjeev Pargal JAMMU, Jan 8: A day after India and Pakistan inked an agreement to run a second train between the two countries on Khokhrapar-Munabao route, two Al-Jehad militants arrested recently by the Counter Intelligence (CI) sleuths and Special Operations Group (SOG), Jammu, have disclosed that about a dozen militants have crossed over to Jammu and Kashmir via Wagah in Attari Express on the passports issued by Pakistan authorities. The militants have also revealed that Pakistan authorities and militant leaders were now finding it difficult to push the militants through Line of Control (LoC) or International Border (IB) due to fencing. Therefore, they have adopted a new strategy to either send the militants on passports through Wagah in train or re-route them via Nepal. The militants, who have made the revelations, had themselves came on Attari Express, also known as Samjhauta Express, via Wagah in Amritsar sector on the passports issued by Pakistan authorities. They have been identified as Saif Ali son of Abdul Rashid Sheikh R/o Hamirpura, Shiva in Doda district and Iftikhar Ali son of Haji Ghulam Qadir R/o Bharti, Gandoh. Their passports have been seized by the CI officers. They disclosed that only few days back two more militants of Doda travelled from Pakistan to Amritsar in the train and then reached Jammu on the passports issued by Pakistan. Their identity has been established as Nazir Ahmed son of Saif Din, a resident of Pranu, Bhaderwah and Nazir Ahmed son of Nasarullah R/o Thathri. Both Nazir Ahmeds, who belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, had gone underground after reaching Jammu and hadn’t been arrested so far. Saif Ali and Iftikhar Ali told the interrogators that they had crossed over to Pakistan from Kupwara sector in a group of 12 militants. They underwent training in arms and explosives in different training camps of Pakistan. The militants said they made two unsuccessful attempts to cross LoC from Poonch sector but failed due to fencing. They, however, admitted that some of their associates did manage to cut fencing and sneaked into the Indian territory from Mendhar sector. They also disclosed that as per their information, some militants were first sent to Nepal by the Pakistan authorities from where they successfully managed to reach Jammu and Kashmir. Investigations conducted by the CID officers here revealed that passports recovered from the militants were genuine but the names written on them were fake. While Saif Ali had been issued passport on the name of Mohd Ramzan, Iftikhar Ali had the passport of Mohd Shabir. They had been shown as residents of Jammu and Rajouri. This, according to sources, had been done to keep the Intelligence agencies here in doubt. By their original names, the militants would have been identified immediately as their names figured in the list of those who had crossed over to PoK for arms training. Sources said the CID authorities were in the process of writing to the Central agencies for taking up matter with the External Affairs Ministry. The Ministry will further write to Pakistan Government as the issuance of passports to the militants was a serious matter, they added.

Posted by: Bhootnath Jan 10 2006, 12:49 PM

Jhappad and more Jhappads for Intellectuals ... http://www.outlookindia.com/full.asp?fodname=20060110&fname=kpsgill&sid=1 http://www.outlookindia.com/full.asp?fodname=20060110&fname=kpsgill&sid=2 God had he been a Hindu by now he would have been labelled as HINDUTVA guy. Just the excerpts.. By Shri KPS Gill For one thing, whenever a particular political party or formation comes to power, it has become the norm - with rare personal exception - that its various constituents and members try desperately to underplay the magnitude and significance of terrorism. On the other hand, the same parties and formations, when they are out of power, seek constantly to raise the issue and make many a brave statement about fighting terrorism. .................................... On the other hand, you will find numberless leaders and public figures who are willing to speak the language of the terrorists and their apologists, who constantly exhort us to understand 'root causes' and the motives of 'our children' and 'our brothers and sisters' who inflict mass murder on innocents. { A Certain Gandhian fellow who posted in HeathenInHisBlindness has recently tried the above mentioned trick by associating Nellie with terrorism in J&K at another web forum } ................................... Today, so many of those who bravely fought terrorism have been abandoned to the mongrel formations of the terrorists and their 'human rights' fronts, and to the vagaries of a flawed and deeply prejudiced judicial system; and the weight of national institutions appears disproportionately to be exerted to benefit those who are intent on the destruction of these very institutions, rather than those who seek to protect them. ................................

Posted by: acharya Jan 10 2006, 06:41 PM

Man held in Mangalore for suppressing information Special Correspondent MANGALORE: The Mangalore South (Pandeshwar) police have arrested a man on charge of providing false information to the Passport Office and the police while applying for passport. The accused has been identified as Mehmood Kukkar Mammu Haji alias Mehmood Mohammed Sayeed, resident of Attavar, Mangalore. He allegedly helped the accused in Kandahar hijack get fake Indian passports. Mehmood had applied for Indian passport and his application was sent to Mangalore south police station for verification. When Mehmood appeared before Venkatesh Prasanna, Police Inspector, it was found that Mehmood had stayed in Mumbai in the past. The Mangalore police emailed his details to Mumbai police to ascertain his antecedents. The Mumbai police sent a reply stating that Mehmood was an accused in Mumbai DCB-CID. He was arrested in this case on January 18, 2000 and was released on bail by the Supreme Court after being imprisoned for one year. This case relates to forgery of Indian passports. Mehmood and five others had allegedly created false passports for the terrorists who had hijacked the Indian Airlines flight IC 814 from Kathmandu to New Delhi to Kandahar on December 24, 1999. Mr. Prasanna took up a case against him in Mangalore South Police Station under Section 12 (B) of the India Passports Act, 1967 as he had suppressed this information in application for passport. He was arrested and produced before the court and has been released on bail. Investigations are on.

Posted by: acharya Jan 10 2006, 06:48 PM

Police in for major image-related exercise Plan to transfer of police personnel who have been posted at a place for more than three years Patna: Keen to improve the image of Bihar Police, the State's Director General of Police, Ashish Ranjan Sinha, has announced plans for a major image rebuilding exercise that could involve reshuffling officers to make the law enforcement force more effective. Mr. Sinha is presiding over a meeting of the Zonal Inspector Generals of Police and Deputy Inspector Generals of Police to plan the transfer of police personnel, who have been posted at a place for more than three years. The meeting is also expected to discuss the promotion for capable officials. The police administration believes that the reshuffle will make the police force more effective in dealing with crime control. "Zonal IGs and DIGs are meeting on Tuesday to discuss the transfer of police officials, who have been posted at a place for more than three years. It is an effort to transform the police force for better. Police force is effective even now but we are trying to make it more effective," said Mr. Sinha. The police force has been one of the principal targets of of 28 Bihar policemen In 2005 alone. In 2002, according to Bihar police sources, a total of 104 persons, including 19 Naxalites, six police personnel and 79 civilians, were killed in Naxal violence, while in 2001, 121 persons were killed, which included 14 Naxalites, 24 police personnel and 83 civilians. Lack of resources including sophisticated weapons, modern equipment, other infrastructure and the absence of a proper mechanism to train and motivate police personnel are some of the reasons for police vulnerability. Unfortunately, despite the repeated attacks, no attempt has been made by the State Government to formulate a comprehensive anti-Naxal policy and equip the police force with modern weapons. The secretary of the Bihar Policemen's Association (BPMA), K.K. Jha, claims that the police force does not even have sophisticated weapons to take on the Naxalites. Despite several reminders, the Government has not provided the latest weapons to the police to take on the ultras particularly in the Naxal-hit areas. Mr. Jha alleged that 70 per cent of the personnel still carry World War II-vintage rifles, which are no match to the sophisticated weapons and explosives of the Naxalite groups. Even after change of guard in the State Government, the number of crimes in Bihar remains the same. The top brass in the State police department are passing sleepless nights as the law and order problem has turned to be a major challenge for the new State Government. -- ANI

Posted by: acharya Jan 10 2006, 06:57 PM

City police to prepare for tackling terrorist threat Anand Haridas Institutions asked to do a four-prong check KOCHI: The city police say they will take up `more serious assignments' this year. "As the law and order situation is under total control, we will now be concentrating on two main issues — security preparations against terrorist attacks and fighting back the increasing trend of cheating in the form of overseas placement agencies and bogus courses," said City Police Commissioner P. Vijayan. No major crimes were reported in the city during the last couple of months. During the New Year revelry, most cases registered were against drunken driving. Even these were fewer than what was registered last year, according to records available with the police. Also, the drive to increase interaction with various sections of the public became streamlined by the yearend. "This made the flow of information smoother, while making the public aware about the nature of work that the police are doing. Also, the morale of the force has been boosted by the good times," Mr. Vijayan said. The city police have now started a long-term drive to enhance general security as well as specific security to public sector units and other major institutions. "We have asked all institutions to do a four-prong check in their respective places — status of threat, vulnerability, security measures in place and their existing emergency response steps," he said. One-to-one meetings with officials, both at security and administrative levels, will follow. All the institutions have been asked to prepare their employees against intentional disasters. A system of intelligence sharing between the city police, the Special Branch and the Intelligence Bureau is also being worked upon. A review meeting of security status in these institutions is being planned during the first week of February. During the initial meetings, it was realised that almost all important organisations are currently on level-one security, whereas they are expected to work on level-two following the general alert. The police say another area they will be concentrating on this year will be a crackdown on fake recruitment agencies. "Many complaints have been coming up, of late, about people being cheated by false promises of overseas placements and also non-existent courses abroad," Mr. Vijayan said. The police have convened a meeting of licensed recruitment agencies in the city on January 23. An awareness drive for the public is also being planned in this regard.

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Cops Hunt For Let's Mystery Patron In City Author: Bhupen Patel Publication: Mumbai Mirror Date: January 9, 2006 URL: http://www.mumbaimirror.com/nmirror/mmpaper.asp?sectid=1&articleid=1820062312530182006231016671 Arrested militants tell police a 'respectable and well-connected man in Mumbai' was supposed to give them orders to carry out terror acts Mumbai police are hunting for a "respectable and well-connected" patron of the Lashkar-e-Taiba in the city after the three LeT militants arrested from Nagpada revealed that this mystery man was supposed to give them instructions on carrying out subversive activities. The three militants have told the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) that their bosses in Kashmir told them an "izzatdar aadmi" (respectable man) in Mumbai, who was also "acche jaankaari wala" (well-connected and well-informed), would get in touch with them once they reached the city and tell them what they were supposed to do. The militants, however, have told the ATS they do not know the man's identity. An ATS official who is on the team interrogating the militants said it was possible they had no clue. "Terrorist attacks are carried out by various small modules instead of one big team. One module generally does not know what the other is up to or even who its members are," the official, who did not wish to be named, said. However, ATS officials said the arrest of this man could reveal all of LeT's terror plans in the city. At the time of their arrest, the three - Qurshid Ahmed alias Lala (29), Arshad Ghulam Ahmed Hussain Badru (27) and Mohammed Ramzan Abdul Kazi (50) -- were found in possession of detonators, timers and a .32 bore foreign-made revolver. ATS officials have also seized from them a telephone diary which contains some names and numbers written in Urdu. "We will translate this and make inquiries," ATS officials said. The officials said two of the three militants had visited Mumbai twice in the past and had confessed that money for carrying out terror acts was routed through Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Secunderabad. An ATS official said that in two days of interrogation, the militants had broken down several times. However, their regret was not their association with a terrorist outfit but their failure to carry out their mission, the official said.

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http://intellibriefs.blogspot.com/2006/01/foreign-spy-flying-cessna-plane-over.html Foreign spy flying Cessna plane over ISRO and Filming in Kerala This has come to our attention from our IntelliBriefs source in Kerala that , the other day a foreigner ( either Italian or Swiss) came to Thiruvananthapuram, hired the Cessna plane belonging to the Trivandrum Flying Club, flew over the city and filmed the entire sensitve defense installations which include the ISRO Indian Space Research Organisatio's VSSC, the premier Space Research Centre of the country. The fact is that as per the legislations of the country, no foreigner is allowed to fly over the the cities in hired planes and film the locations without the permission of the defence forces. But in Kerala, it is reported that a senior offiocial (it goes without asking that he is a Christian) forced the flying club authorities to take the foreigner for a joy ride. The interesting thing is that the foreigner left the country with all ther video rercordings. Now public representatives must question the government , particularly Civil aviation and Defense minister , demanding answers -- who is the person and for what reason he came to Kerala, who allowed him to fly violating the law of land . If this incident is ignored , such things will repeat leading to undermine our national defence and security
This is serious. ISRO is full of PWG and naxalite supporters, as some are members of notorious anti-india yahoo groups

Posted by: Mudy Jan 13 2006, 12:17 PM

The Threat to India's High-Tech Sector January 11, 2006 23 59 GMT http://www.stratfor.com/products/premium/read_article.php?selected=Analyses&id=260653 By Fred Burton

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Terror break: 2 J&K politicians on the run; IISc & Lashkar link J&K: Cops say Cong, PDP men ran fidayeen network, in Delhi MUZAMIL JALEEL http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=85917 Posted online: Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 0135 hours IST SRINAGAR, JANUARY 13: A week after the arrest of a National Conference municipal councillor in Mumbai for his alleged Lashkar links, the J-K Police are looking for two “mainstream politicians” who they allege have been “running the fidayeen networks in Srinagar and Ganderbal.” One of them is a municipal councillor, said Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, K Rajendra, who confirmed the search to The Indian Express. “It’s a fact that we are looking for two politicians (from mainstream parties). They are involved.” Top sources say the politicians are from the ruling Congress-People’s Democratic Party alliance—one is from the Congress and the other is with the PDP—and are currently in New Delhi. “We are keeping an eye on them. They are hiding in the homes of senior politicians. mad.gif We have sent word and want them to surrender as soon as possible,’’ a police officer said. Just a month ago, the nexus between militants and politicians was exposed when a lawyer and a businessman from Kreeri Baramulla were picked up after the chance arrest of bank robber. The lawyer was a card-holding member of the Congress and the businessman from the National Conference. One of them was even allotted government accommodation in a high-security hotel here. For the past one year, the police said, both ferried militants to carry out fidayeen attacks in their vehicle which had a special security pass to enter high-security offices and residential colonies. In fact, the assassins of J-K Education minister Ghulam Nabi Lone, too, were taken to the fortified Tulsi Bagh colony by the two.

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Top ISI man puts south India on radar from Colombo Kanchan Gupta/ New Delhi Is there a Colombo angle to the increasing level of jihadi activities in southern India? This question is being asked in Intelligence circles, counter-terrorism experts and diplomatic staff at foreign missions in Delhi who monitor Islamist terrorism in India after the December 28 terror strike on Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and subsequent arrests of operatives and members of sleeper cells. The attack on IISc is not being seen in isolation of the suicide bombing in Hyderabad, arrest of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operatives in Andhra Pradesh and Islamists in Tamil Nadu. Intelligence experts are trying to fit into the larger jigsaw puzzle of jihadi violence and arrest of operatives in the southern States. The emerging picture suggests that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence has effectively encircled India by making Colombo one of its hubs for disruptive activities. Dubai and other stations in the Gulf region continue to be used by the ISI for covert Intelligence gathering and indoctrination of potential recruits for sleeper cells in India among the Indians working there, as well as for briefing and debriefing operatives. Kathmandu is a launching pad for operatives. Dhaka is increasingly becoming a major hub of ISI operations. And, now ISI's long-term plans of using Colombo in the south are coming to fruition. The plan took off with Pakistani President and Army chief Pervez Musharraf appointing a former director of the Pakistani Intelligence Bureau, Col (retd) Bashir Wali Mohammed, as High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. Col Bashir Wali Mohammed had earlier served as head of Intelligence operations in the Pakistani High Commission in Colombo during the 1990s. After his 1999 military coup, Gen Musharraf has effectively made the Pakistani Intelligence Bureau a part of the Inter-Services Intelligence, putting it under the overall control of the ISI chief. It was during his earlier posting in Colombo that the Tamil Nadu based jihadi outfit Al Ummah spread its wings. Col Bashir Wali Mohammed's next posting was at the Pakistani High Commission in London. It is believed that he was involved with recruiting operatives for Lashkar from the immigrant Muslim community during his stint in Britain. So successful was he in this enterprise that the British Government had to step in and impose a ban on the LeT. The sleeper cells that he set up then were subsequently pressed into action. A report prepared by a former senior analyst of the Cabinet Secretariat points out: "Col Wali was and still is an active member of the Tablighi Jamaat (TJ), which acts as the cover organisation of Pakistani jihadi organisations such as the LET, the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HUM), the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI) and the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JEM) and helps them in their recruitment of cadre not only in Pakistan, but also in other countries of the world." The report adds also provides another clue as to why this Pakistani Intelligence officer is among Gen Musharraf's favourites and has been posted to Colombo as mission head: "During his earlier stay in Colombo, he had reportedly sent a number of Tamil Muslims from the Eastern Province to Karachi to study in the Binori madarsa on scholarships provided by the Tablighi Jamaat. Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai of this madarsa, who was considered the mentor and godfather of Taliban, Al Qaeda and Pakistani jihadi and anti-Shia organisations, was assassinated by unidentified elements in Karachi on May 30, 2004." According to this report, "While in Pakistan, Col Wali used to attend regularly the annual conventions of LeT at Muridke near Lahore, and was also attached to Taliban as an adviser for some months in the 1990s. He was considered a protege of Brig (retd) Imtiaz, who headed the political division of the ISI during the tenure of the late Gen Zia-ul-Haq, and had helped Imtiaz in running the ISI operations for training the terrorists from India's Punjab in Pakistani territory and arming them." There is credible evidence to believe that ever since Col Bashir Wali Mohammed took charge of the Pakistani mission in Colombo, there has been an upsurge in radical Islamic fervour in the Eastern Province among young Tamil Muslims. The process began with the 2002 riots that saw the free distribution of pamphlets purportedly issued by the 'Osama Brigade'. It is suspected that the Pakistani mission in Colombo is using the services of recruits among Tamil-speaking Sri Lankan Muslims who freely travel to India and collect information. It is also suspected that the mission is using Colombo as a transit point for ISI operatives from India who are ferried to Pakistan on PIA aircraft without their passports being stamped. Curiously, the Government of India, which could have tried to stall the appointment of Col Bashir Wali Mohammed as Pakistan's High Commissioner by bringing pressure on Sri Lanka chose not to do so. Nor did the Sri Lankan Government hesitate to accept the appointment despite his past record. Southern Discomfort The Pakistani mission in Colombo is using the services of recruits among Tamil-speaking Lankan Muslims who travel to India and collect information. It is also suspected that the mission is using Colombo as a transit point for ISI operatives from India who are ferried to Pakistan on PIA without their passports being stamped

Posted by: acharya Jan 16 2006, 10:38 AM

IUML to launch drive against `misinformation' Special Correspondent Plea to keep `madrasas' closed on January 24 MANGALORE: Indian Union of Muslim League (IUML) will launch `Janandolana,' a three-month drive against the misinformation campaign against `madrasas.' According to the party's State unit general secretary Ahmad Jamal, a well- planned campaign is being carried out in the district by a section of the media. Despite repeated appeals by the community's leaders, the district administrations of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts have done nothing to put an end to the campaign, he said. `Madrasas' of coastal Karnataka have a history of 1,400 years and nothing has happened that will harm the community, he said. Launch `Janandolana' will be launched by the president of IUML's State unit Mirza Ahmad Mehdi; vice-president Sayyed Zainul Aabideen Thangal will preside. MLA of Manjeshwara, former Kerala Minister Cherkalam Abdulla and other Muslim community leaders will be present on the occasion. Member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board Moulana Mufti Ashraf Ali will also be present during the launch of the drive. It will begin with a `Dharani Satyagraha' in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office on January 24, Mr. Jamal said. He appealed to all `madrasas' to remain closed on the day as a mark of protest.

Posted by: Mudy Jan 16 2006, 11:30 PM

NAXALITES go on rampage in BRO camp, KILL ENGINEER Monday, January 16, 2006 timesofindia.indiatimes.c...urpg-2.cms

Posted by: Mudy Jan 18 2006, 08:48 AM

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http://www.hindu.com/2006/01/18/stories/2006011807761400.htm Arrested Imam was in touch with Lashkar-e-Taiba, say police Special Correspondent "Arrest based on solid evidence" # Imam's origins being traced in West Bengal, say police # He was arrested under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act # Kashmir police expected to take custody of three suspected terrorists MUMBAI: The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Mumbai police says there is strong evidence that an Imam of the Haj House in Mumbai, who was arrested last Saturday, was in contact with one of the commanders of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Ghulam Elahi Yahya Baksh's arrest is based on solid evidence and not merely the fact that he provided accommodation to one of the three suspected terrorists arrested in Mumbai on January 6, said Joint Commissioner of Police, ATS, K.P. Raghuvanshi. The Imam leads the prayers at the Haj House and has been a resident of Mumbai for over a decade. His arrest has shocked the community, while many voluntary organisations have voiced protests. The ATS, which has made all four arrests, says it has concrete evidence of the links of the Imam and the other three with LeT. Mr. Raghuvanshi said police are tracing his origins in West Bengal. The Imam was arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, which was used in Mumbai for the first time. Remanded to custody On January 6, the ATS arrested three persons from the Nagpada area in South Mumbai and seized 20 detonators, five timers, a revolver and some electronic circuits. They were identified as Khursheed Ahmed (29) and Mohammed Ramzan Abdul Kazi, both residents of Baramulla and Arshad Ghulam (27) of Sopore. Khursheed Ahmed is wanted by the Kashmir police in a case of a bank robbery and a blast. The three have been remanded to police custody till January 20. Mr. Raghuvanshi said the Kashmir police were expected to take custody of the three shortly. After interrogating them, the police got to know the Imam's role, who arranged accommodation for Kazi at Haj House. Though LeT does not have a base in Mumbai, the arrests reveal they may have been in the process of setting up one. The police are now questioning the Imam for information on explosives suspected to have been sent to Mumbai.
Also see http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1372419.cms

Posted by: acharya Jan 20 2006, 06:18 PM

Bangalore police nab two more suspected Lashkar operatives Staff Reporter However, their role in the attack on IISc is yet to be ascertained BANGALORE: The Bangalore police, who are investigating the terrorist attack on the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), have arrested two more suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives. Police sources gave the names of the arrested as Irfan and Afsar Pasha. They said Irfan, an Islamic preacher from Uttar Pradesh, had settled in Mulbagal in Kolar district. Pasha, a native of Chintamani taluk also in Kolar district, was working as a radiator mechanic at a garage in Lakkasandra in Bangalore, the sources told The Hindu. The two are accomplices of the Lashkar's south India chief, Abdul Rehman, who was arrested in Nalgonda in Andhra Pradesh on January 1. Though the role of Irfan and Pasha in the IISc attack is yet to be ascertained, their links with the Lashkar have been confirmed, the sources said. The police have booked against the two a case of waging war against the nation and spreading communal disharmony in the country, the sources said. The police took into custody Irfan and Pasha for questioning a few days ago, the sources said. After confirming their links with the Lashkar, the formal arrest was made on Friday. The police are interrogating another person, Munna, who was taken into custody in Chintamani, the sources said. In Cuddapah A police team from the city took into custody on Friday two persons in Cuddapah district in Andhra Pradesh, the sources said. The two, who are said to have connections with Abdul Rehman, are being brought to Bangalore, the sources added. In a related development, the police have taken Mehaboob Ibrahim, who was arrested in Alamatti on January 15, to his hometown, Guledgudd in Bagalkot district, to corroborate the information given by him during interrogation. By arresting Ibrahim, a Saudi Arabia-returned fabrication mechanic, the police had unravelled Lashkar's plans to carry out explosions at the Kaiga nuclear plant, the Alamatti dam and the Sharavathi power transmission lines. The police had seized gelatine from Ibrahim's garage in Alamatti. Though the police have so far arrested four persons connected with the Lashkar, they are yet to identify and arrest the man who opened fire at the IISc on December 28, 2005, killing a scientist and injuring four civilians.

Posted by: Bhootnath Jan 21 2006, 04:59 AM

Train carnage: Banerjee comm refuses to give up docs http://news.indiainfo.com/2006/01/21/2101banerjee-panel-refuses-part-findings.html

Posted by: Mudy Jan 21 2006, 03:47 PM

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Assam on alert after ULFA blasts refinery Syed Zarir Hussain / Guwahati Security forces in Assam were put on high alert Saturday a day after insurgents triggered a powerful explosion at a State-owned petroleum refinery wounding ten people, officials said. "We have put our security forces on maximum alert to prevent further attacks, particularly in crowded places and in other vital installations where militants tend to target in the run-up to the Republic Day," Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi said. Militants from the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) attacked the fortified refinery gates in Guwahati with an improvised explosive device, leaving eight paramilitary troops and two civilians wounded.

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Train carnage: Banerjee comm refuses to give up docs http://news.indiainfo.com/2006/01/21/2101b...t-findings.html
Banerjee's fake investigation will come out in open. Lets see how long he can hide his fraud.

Posted by: Bhootnath Jan 21 2006, 04:02 PM

Somewhere tucked inside the "Anti Hindu" http://www.hindu.com/2006/01/22/stories/2006012216171000.htm No proof against Modi as yet: panel Special Correspondent Nothing before us that could warrant summoning of Modi: Nanavati Advocate for riot victims says the commission has enough evidence The then Health Minister accused of "interfering with police operations" Nanavati Commission has no jurisdiction over Central agencies AHMEDABAD: The G.T. Nanavati and K.G. Shah Inquiry Commission, probing the Godhra train carnage and the post-Godhra communal incidents in Gujarat, has so far not come across any evidence to implicate Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the riots. At a sitting here on Saturday, Justice Nanavati said that "as of now'' there was nothing before the Commission that could warrant summoning Mr. Modi to depose before it. It would be pointless to ask the Chief Secretary or the then police chief to file affidavits on the role of the Chief Minister in the riots. "They will always say everything was all right," Justice Nanavati commented. The Commission was considering an application submitted on behalf of the Jansangharsha Manch by Mukul Sinha, advocate for the riot victims. The application sought a directive to the Government to submit an intelligence report and other government documents on the role and conduct of the Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers, other leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress and that of the Sangh Parivar outfits in the train carnage and the riots. `Enough evidence' Speaking to mediapersons later, Dr. Sinha claimed that the Commission had "enough evidence" on the role of the Chief Minister and some of his Ministers in the communal carnage. Additional Director-General of Police R. B. Shreekumar had filed two more affidavits, quoting the then DGP, K. Chakravarthy, as having "overheard" a conversation between Mr. Modi and some of his Ministers implicating them in the riots. He had also referred to the then Health Minister, I. K. Jadeja, as "interfering with the police operations" sitting in the police control room on the day a Gujarat Bandh was called by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, supported by the ruling BJP, to protest against the train carnage. Dr. Sinha's application also requested that Mr. Shreekumar be summoned for a second time for cross-examination on his fresh affidavits. The Government through a revised notification had brought the Chief Minister, his Council of Ministers, top police officers, political parties, non-government organisations and others within the purview of the Commission to inquire into their roles in the train carnage and the riots. Even while asking the government pleaders to give the Government's views on Dr. Sinha's application on or before the next sitting on February 8, Justice Nanavati rejected a request for a CBI investigation against some "suspicious" political leaders and police officers. The Commission, he said, did not have jurisdiction over the Central agencies and it could direct only the State Government agencies to act in a particular manner. "There is no meaning requesting the CBI, they may or may not agree." The Nanavati Commission, while taking a serious view of the U.C. Bannerjee Commission turning down its request again for sending the documents and records in its possession about the train carnage, said it would issue an "appropriate order." The Bannerjee Commission, through a letter, showed its reluctance to send copies of the documents sought. "Analyse CDs" Dr. Sinha requested the Commission to order a "detailed processing and analysis" of two compact discs submitted by the then Bhavnagar DSP, Rahul Sharma, who was later shifted to the Intelligence Department. Dr. Sinha, in his application, said the CDs contained a list of mobile phone calls made to and from Ahmedabad implicating several persons in the Naroda Patia and Gulberg Society incidents as well as the "complete failure bordering on collusion" by some police officer And ))))) http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1380793.cms Godhra panels on collision course? AHMEDABAD: Has a war of words broken out between two commissions probing the Godhra carnage of February 27, 2002? So it seems, going by a confidential letter that Justice UC Banerjee commission has written to the Nanavati-Shah commission on Saturday. The Banerjee commission, which is also probing the cause of the fire in S-6 coach from a technical perspective, has demanded back the copy of its interim report sent to the Nanavati-Shah commission earlier. This report had concluded that the fire was accidental, contrary to Modi government's theory that a conspiracy was behind it. READ THIS NEXT PARAGRAPH ..... This letter, the contents of which were not divulged during the hearing, reportedly contains a rider that the report when returned should have a certification stating no copies of it has been made! ********************* Highly placed sources confirmed the letter was written to Nanavati-Shah commission after it summoned Banerjee's investigation papers citing clause 4 (d) of the Commissions of Inquiry Act which allows a commission to seek papers from a court. contd .. in url page 2

Posted by: acharya Jan 21 2006, 11:42 PM

Nine-day campaign to address misconceptions about madrasas Staff Correspondent Students' Islamic Organisation to launch `Shaantigagi Madrasa' from today # Suspicions about madrasas have been raised in the aftermath of the recent attack in IISc # `Madrasas are religious centres committed to peace' # Campaign aims at shedding light on their role MANGALORE: The Dakshina Kannada unit of the Students' Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) will undertake a nine-day campaign called "Shaantigagi Madrasa" in the district from Sunday. The aim of the campaign is to reverse the general misconception among people that madrasas are fostering anti-social elements. The campaign is to clear doubts on the role of madrasas following suspicions raised in the aftermath of the recent attack in the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore. Abdul Shukur, convener of the campaign, told presspersons here on Saturday that while the SIO condemns the terrorist attack on IISc and regrets the death of a scientist, the suspicion against madrasas in the district following the attack is regrettable. Madrasas are religious centres committed to peace and aim at inculcating spiritual values among the youth. Teachings of love and reverence and human values are imparted in these centres. Madrasas also teach students to love their brethren, Mr. Shukur said. The ability to declare oneself a patriot is also part of person's character. Students are taught ideals of patriotism, equality and brotherhood on a purely religious and spiritual platform. Students in madrasas are also taught about human rights and religious practices such as offering "namaz" and its significance. They are also taught about cleanliness, building good character and steps to memorise the Quran in Kannada so that they can understand and grasp its teachings. Tarnishing the entire madrasa system of education in the wake of the Bangalore incident is unwarranted, he said. An act of terror is to be condemned irrespective of the faith of people who carried it out and targeting members of a particular religious community after such incidents is unacceptable. The campaign will seek to shed light on these and other aspects of functioning of madrasas, he said.'

Posted by: k.ram Jan 25 2006, 10:42 AM

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Two policemen have been killed in attacks by separatist rebels in the north-east Indian state of Assam, days ahead of India's Republic Day parade. The rebels blew up oil pipelines, disrupting supplies, and also targeted a military base. More than 30 people have been injured in nine bomb explosions and several grenade attacks by the separatist violence which began on Sunday. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4637574.stm

Posted by: Mudy Jan 27 2006, 12:26 PM

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Hand grenades recovered from a locker Mumbai Twelve hand grenades and a sten gun were on Friday recovered from a locker of State Bank of India's Turner road branch in suburban Bandra, police said. The locker, which was in the name of Ronald Vaaz, was not operated since 1990. The bank broke open the locker and discovered that it contained grenades and a sten gun, police said.

Posted by: Mudy Jan 31 2006, 09:53 AM

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http://news.webindia123.com/news/showdetails.asp?id=235107&cat=India Jagdalpur Chhattisgarh | January 30, 2006 7:38:44 PM IST Eleven people, including three Naxalites, were killed and nine injured in an attack by the CPI (Maoist) ultras on a relief camp of displaced tribals at Gangalur in Chhattisgarh's Dantewara district last night, police said today. Among the injured were five Special Police Officers, who are local youths recruited by police on fixed honorarium to work as a conduit between the villagers and police in the Naxal-hit south Bastar region, bordering Andhra Pradesh. ..........................

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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5,000 Pakistanis 'missing' in India: Govt Sonepat, January 31, 2006 More than 5,000 Pakistan nationals who entered India in the past five years are missing. Acting on intelligence report, the Union Home Ministry has directed the Haryana police to trace 342 who had not returned after the expiry of their visas. It had also alerted the police chiefs of all the other states in the country to trace Pakistan nationals who were granted visas and had not returned, Haryana Home Department officials said. Director General of Police Nirmal Singh had issued a directive to Superintendents of Police of all districts in the state to launch a massive hunt to apprehend them and send their reports to state headquarters by February 16, they said. The Union Home Ministry had sent a list of 342 Pakistan nationals issued visas to visit different parts of Haryana who had not returned. It had taken the action on the basis of reports from intelligence and security agencies that more than 5,000 of them who had entered India in the past five years were missing, the officials said. hindustantimes.com/news/1...010006.htm
Now why they want to open more roads for paki scums?

Posted by: rajesh_g Feb 1 2006, 08:18 PM

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Kerala becoming another Kashmir, fears RSS Pioneer News Service/ Thiruvananthapuram Is the growing influence of fundamentalist organisations in Kerala turning the State into another Kashmir? The recent discovery of gelatin sticks at the Kozhikode bus stand, intelligence reports indicating that the coastal belt of northern Kerala is becoming a den of anti-social activities, and other reports strengthen this viewpoint. Kerala's internal security is facing a major threat as more and more anti-social and fundamentalist organisations are taking roots in Kerala, saha pranta pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), J Nandakumar, has said. The prime concern for Kerala is the threat to its internal security. Since the Army Chief himself has pointed to the growing influence of Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaishe-e-Mohammad in Kerala, it is high time we acted, he said. "Islamic fundamentalists are planning a show-off in Kerala, but the State Government and the CPI (M) are more interested in wooing the minority votes than curbing this menace," Mr Nandakumar said. "It is shameful that we have a PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kerala) in the State. Neither the Kerala police nor the intelligence agencies have been able to enter these areas till now. The authorities are neglecting the fact that the length and breadth of the 'PoK' strip is increasing day-by-day," he said. In this circumstance, the RSS is striving to make the people aware of the growing need to protect our society from the clutches of these organisations. The people have lost faith in both the LDF and UDF, as both are more interested in vote-bank politics than the security of the State. The Government is neglecting the fact that development cannot be achieved without adequate security, he said. With this as the main motto, the Rashtraraksha Sanchalan organised by the RSS recently, covering 700 km from Bekkal Fort in Kasargod to East Fort in Thiruvananthapuram, evoked a positive response from the people who are yearning for peace and prosperity. Mr Nandakumar told The Pioneer that the march was organised with this message to society: 'Be vigilant." Though the march was organised as a low-key affair, the dimension changed from the beginning with the overwhelming support from the people in various districts. The march gave a sense of confidence to the people to be ready to face the growing menace of terrorism. The message that the mach could spread is that it is the responsibility of society to fight terrorism. An organised society, irrespective of caste and religion, should actively take part in the struggle or else we will soon face a situation where we will fail to protect our own security, Mr Nandakumar said. The RSS, he claimed, is an organisation working in society and hence "we believe we have a great role in bringing back peace and in protecting society." Mr Nandakumar said the success of Rashtraraksha Sanchalan is reflected in the increase in the number of RSS shakhas (branches) by about 1,000 after the march. Over 3,900 RSS volunteers took part in the march at different stages and 136 eminent persons were honoured in various districts. The march was held as a part of the birth centenary celebrations of Guruji Golwalkar.

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Mumbai's Haj House imam planned terrorist strikes in Mumbai (By Anil Nair in Mumbai ) www.organiser.org ’Sev pak gaya kya?” (Are the apples ripe?) ”Badam bhejoon kya?” (Should I send the almonds?) The Mumbai police have deduced that these are the statements which are loaded with meaning. The conversation is between the imam of the Haj House at Masjid in Mumbai — Maulana Ghulam Yayha Ilahi Baksh and the Lashkar-e-tayyaba terrorist Salauddin in Kashmir. The imam here is not, according to the police, dealing with Kashmiri apples but with RDX and plans to cause devastation in Mumbai. He was arrested on January 13 for planning to execute a major terrorist attack in the city with the help of the LeT colleagues in Kashmir. The imam is a hard-core cadre of the Lashkar and was acting as a conduit for the financial network of the Pakistan-based terrorist outfit in Mumbai. He came to Mumbai in 1987 and has been working at the Haj House since 1996 as a peon, and then imam. He led the prayers, including the Friday prayers. “He even led the prayers the evening before his arrest,” said Akhbar Shaikh, superintendent of the Haj Committee. Officially, the imam has been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 2004, for harbouring terrorists and conspiring for a terrorist act. The police have recovered a mobile phone from him. The Haj House is a landmark building in south Mumbai very close to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus; the choice of the location is also part of the investigation of the police. The police are now trying to decode all the conversations between the imam and LeT terrorist Salauddin. “In the long transcript the police have now deduced that that the conversation abounds plans to strike, and the reference of almonds could be RDX or such explosive material”, say the police. In media reports the police further stated that Salauddin would give the imam over eight missed calls everyday on his mobile phone. The imam would then call Salauddin from the PCO just below the Haj House. It was just being too clever by half. The police after questioning the PCO owner at Haj House confirmed that the imam called Salauddin often. The J&K police had tapped the phone of Salauddin when these conversations were recorded. They passed the details to the Intelligence Bureau who in turn set off the Mumbai police. But the media reports in Mumbai also speculate the link between a sitting MLA in Mumbai who has close links with Dawood Ibrahim and who has transferred over Rs40-lakh to Salauddin through hawala.. The imam, according to the police, is also link between the RDX suppliers and the three LeT terrorists who were recently apprehended by the Anti-Terrorist Squad of the Mumbai police. The three terrorists, Khurshid Ahmed (29), Arshad Ghulam Badru (27) and Mohammad Ramzan (50) who were arrested at Nagpada on January 6 had 20 detonators, five remote-control devices and a .32 bore revolver in their possession. The terrorist network has evolved to an extent that the arrival of the explosive material like RDX in Mumbai would be unknown to these terrorists outfits. One module will never know what the other is doing, according to the police. Interestingly, the police during the interrogation of the imam found that he had helped one of the three terrorists from Nagpada Ramzan Abdul Kazi in carry huge amounts of cash to Kashmir. The imam on one occasion even arranged for a higher denomination of currency notes so as to help Kazi take the cash from Mumbai to Kashmir. The Haj House at Crawford Market in south Mumbai, very close to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a place meant for accommodating Haj pilgrims was used by the imam to lodge terrorists. Also, the police now say that Haj House was preferred by Salauddin as the centre of planning and execution of a terrorist strike as the place was close to Mumbai’s business centre. The J&K police seem to have been on the trail of the imam for over a year. The police also believe that the imam has transferred over Rs 87-lakh last year, though the sources of the funds are yet to be ascertained. Further, the imam had mobilsed some LeT operatives during his visits to the Gulf. There is also evidence to prove that he has connections to the Bangladesh-based Sipah-e-Sabha which is aided by Pakistan’s ISI. Not very surprisingly, political parties, in true secular tradition, either made no statement regarding the arrest of the imam or made any nuanced attempt to delink religion from terrorism. The studied silence is telling. Muslim vote-bank politics overrides the necessity to appear politically correct. The Samajwadi Party MP Abu Asim Azmi even visited the house of the imam after the arrest to probably commiserate with the family. The visit was a media event with photographers jostling to get the right picture of the Samajwadi party MP holding the hands of the imam’s children. All-India Forward Bloc (AIFB) leader Kalimuddin Shams had even issued testimonials of the imam. Imam’s brother Iliyas Ahmed is president of the party’s local committee in Haroa.

Posted by: Mudy Feb 6 2006, 07:08 PM

12 killed in Orissa landmine blast

Posted by: vijayk Feb 10 2006, 06:55 PM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1622706,001100040003.htm Former sleuth links ex-Chief Minister to ISI A former Indian spy master on Friday accused Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency of corrupting journalists and even top Indian politicians, including a former Chief Minister. "We see the ghosts of the CIA and KGB everywhere. The ISI has also made deep inroads into the media and political structure," former Intelligence Bureau Joint Director MK Dhar said at the launch of his new book Fulcrum of Evil: ISI-CIA-Al-Qaeda Nexus (Manas Publications). Dhar, who worked with India's internal intelligence agency for nearly three decades, however did not name the former Chief Minister whom he accused of working for the ISI. Despite repeated provocations, he refused to say anything specific and took refuge in the Official Secrets Act that forbids such disclosures. He only said his book was confined to events before 1995. "It's for you to find out," he said cryptically. "2006 is going to be a year of more upheavals as far as ISI operations are concerned." Samata Party leader and former Defence Minister George Fernandes launched the book at the Foreign Correspondents Club. Dhar's first book, Open Secrets: India's Intelligence Unveiled, published last year, created a big splash by raising questions about the propriety of former civil servants divulging government secrets. "Like the two other major fulcrums of evil - the CIA and KGB - Pakistan has targeted sensitive segments of Indian panorama. This segment contains the most sensitive areas of Indian politics, media and opinion makers," says the book. "Fulcrum of Evil" seeks to expose the supposed links between the ISI, CIA, Saudi intelligence and various Islamist outfits linked with Al-Qaeda, besides the ISI's evolution as a primary breeder of terror and subversive activities in the region. Dhar says he has also traced the operations of the ISI inside India and India's "intelligence encirclement" from Nepal and Bangladesh. Fernandes said: "We have often been casual about national security. We are not able to pre-empt crises. Terrorism is spreading everywhere. "We should be wary of those who talk like friends, but operate like enemies," he said.

Posted by: k.ram Feb 11 2006, 07:28 AM

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Hindu leader, seven others gunned down Lucknow, Feb. 11 (AP): A Hindu religious leader and seven of his followers were shot and killed by unidentified attackers in northern India, police said on Saturday. Swami Sadanand Sant Gyaneshwar and seven of his disciples were killed, while five others were injured in the attack by unknown assailants which occurred late Friday near the city of Allahabad, said Surendra Srivastava, a police spokesman here. ``The killers used sophisticated weapons, including an AK-47, in the operation,'' Srivastava said. The seer was returning to his ashram near the Hindu holy city of Varanasi, 300 kilometers (185 miles) southeast of Lucknow, when he and his followers were attacked. ``The attack was so sudden that the seer and his disciples were taken by surprise,'' Srivastava said. Gyaneshwar was killed instantly in the attack. The injured were in a hospital near Allahabad. Doctors had described the condition of three of the injured as serious, the police official said. Police were questioning people living near the area where the attack took place and would later speak to residents of Gyaneshwar's ashram, he said. Gyaneshwar was a popular religious leader with several religious retreats across Uttar Pradesh. --New Yorker Hindu seer gunned down in India Map A Hindu religious leader and seven of his followers have been shot dead in northern India, say police. A convoy of cars carrying Swami Sant Gyaneshwar was ambushed near the city of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh state. The seer was killed instantly. It was not immediately known who carried out the attack. Media reports in India say Gyaneshwar was wanted in connection with 16 criminal cases, including the murders of three local officials. He was returning to his ashram near the Hindu holy city of Varanasi late on Friday when the attack took place. "The killers used sophisticated weapons, including an AK-47, in the operation," said police spokesman Surendra Srivastava in Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh state. "The attack was so sudden that the seer and his disciples were taken by surprise," he was quoted by the Associated Press as saying. Five people were injured in the attack and taken to hospital near Allahabad. Three were said to be in a serious condition. Mr Srivastava said police would question people living near the scene of the shooting, as well as residents of Gyaneshwar's ashram. A senior state official was quoted by the Press Trust of India as saying Gyaneshwar had been wanted in connection with the killing of a district magistrate, a regional politician and a local government official. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4703246.stm Swami Gyaneshwar gunned down near Lucknow Associated Press Posted online: Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 1139 hours IST http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=62698

Posted by: Mudy Feb 13 2006, 05:27 PM

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http://www.outlookindia.com/full.asp?fodname=20060213 India’s spies have thus stepped in where its politicians have failed. Malik’s case, though, provides excellent illustration of kinds of consequences this can have. The JKLF leader’s decision to share a platform with the Lashkar, a move intended to protect his person, violated Indian law on association with terrorist groups. In the interests of enabling his secret meeting, however, no action was taken. As a result, others under credible threat, like the All-Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, have been gifted an excuse to appease Pakistan and the terror groups it chooses to patronise. Second, and more important, these moves undermine the credibility of the legal framework against terrorism. While covert contacts with figures across the political spectrum might indeed be useful, the decision not to prosecute Malik signals that the Indian state is willing to bargain away its commitments to punish terrorism. Third, and most important, contact at the level of the PMO leaves no room for failure. If dialogue involving the Prime Minister of India fails, New Delhi will be left with no alternative medium through which negotiations with secessionists in J&K might credibly be conducted.

Posted by: k.ram Feb 15 2006, 08:35 AM

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Journalists in India northeast walk a thin line By . T. Simchinthang - Asian Tribune Lamka, 11 February, (Asiantribune.com): Journalists working in India's restive northeast are caught in a Catch 22 situation, often becoming the targets of both state and non-state actors, leading to a muzzling of press freedom.
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Editors and the managements of daily newspapers published from Manipur took the extreme step of ceasing work to protest direct pressure being put by an outlawed militant group, the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), led by guerrilla leader City Metei, on media houses.
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Journalists in Assam and Nagaland too face pressure from the state and rebel groups, both sides trying to coerce counter the media into toeing their line. In Assam, more than extremist groups, it is the government that has on several occasions tried to muzzle the freedom of the press. More than 30 journalists were arrested during the past decade on charges of aiding and abetting insurgency.

Posted by: Mudy Feb 15 2006, 03:08 PM

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NEW DELHI: A suspected Pakistani spy who had been on the run for 10 years was arrested at the international airport here while trying to flee to Pakistan, officials said on Tuesday. Police said they had been looking for Gayur Ali for the past 10 years when 28 pistols and 27 spare magazines were recovered from his hideout at Karol Bagh in central Delhi.

Posted by: k.ram Feb 17 2006, 06:31 AM

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Revealed: ISI's Operation Andhra Author: George Iype Publication: Rediff.com Date: February 1, 2006 URL: http://in.rediff.com/news/2006/feb/01spec1.htm The recent arrest of a suspected Laskhar-e-Tayiba operative from Nalgonda in connection with the terrorist attack on the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore holds a lesson for the country: That Andhra Pradesh is fast becoming jihad's production factory. But just how deep is the problem? And why do terror touts find easy prey in the south Indian state? The concluding part of an investigation by Rediff India Abroad Managing Editor George Iype. Intelligence agents who have tracked the operations of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence say since the ISI has been involved in establishing Andhra Pradesh, and Hyderabad, the hub of its activities in south India, since the late 1980s. According to security officials, the ISI has today a considerable base in and around Hyderabad. 'The thrust, subversive activities and secessionist plans of the ISI are of grave concern and great threat to the state's security,' said a document that the Intelligence Bureau's Andhra Pradesh wing prepared three years ago. The ISI kingpin in Andhra Pradesh, Azam Ghauri, was killed in a police encounter in Jagityal town in Karimnagar district in April 2000. The most active terrorist group recruiting young men from towns like Nalgonda is the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, the ISI-aided urban warfare outfit operating mainly in the Kashmir valley. The police say Lashkar leader Hafiz Mohammad Sayeed recruited the Warangal-born Ghauri in 1990. In messages to several Muslim fundamentalist organisations in the country, Sayeed had proclaimed that Lashkar's priorities were 'the liberation of Kashmir and Hyderabad.' After being trained at the Lashkar headquarters in Pakistan and with the Taliban militia in Afghanistan, Ghauri returned to Andhra Pradesh in 1993 and conducted terrorist strikes across southern India. He subsequently floated the Indian Muslim Mohammadi Mujahideen, that claimed to be the Lashkar's sister outfit. The police estimate that Ghauri recruited more than 200 youth from across Andhra Pradesh. "The masterminds of the Bangalore IISc attack could have been part of this group," says a police officer. He says young men from towns like Nalgonda have been trained at various Lashkar camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. They then formed different terror groups and conducted some 60 attacks in Hyderabad and across Andhra Pradesh in recent years like: The first ISI killing masterminded by Ghauri was in 1992, when G Krishna Prasad, an additional superintendent of police, was killed in Hyderabad. In 1993, four ISI agents killed two Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists, Nandaraj Gaud and Pappaya Gaud, who had participated in the kar seva in Ayodhya that led to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, in December 1992. In 1994, terror operatives led by Dr Jalees Ansari, a native of Mumbai, planted bombs inside the Madina Education Centre, on the Andhra Pradesh Express and the Secunderabad railway reservation complex. In November 1999, terrorists killed Devender Sharma, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh worker. In 2000, the terror outfits executed Mahavir Prasad, a Hyderabadi jeweller, who had sparked off a furore in 1997 when he ordered his staff to search a burkha-clad Muslim woman who he wrongly accused of shoplifting. Three Nalgonda youth were allegedly involved in the sensational killing of former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya in an Ahmedabad park in March 2003, in retaliation for the 2002 Gujarat riots. * The Deendar Anjuman module, which blew up places of worship in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, too had a Nalgonda link. Of the 40-odd accused, seven hailed from Nalgonda. The police shot Ghauri dead in April 2000, but the men he trained are still at large. In the early 1990s, the Lashkar-e-Tayiba also trained a man named Salauddin from Nalgonda and to groom youth from the area in subversive activities. The police is said to have either arrested or killed several youth who Salauddin had trained. S A Khan, a teacher in Nalgonda, says several student organisations in the area have been established to foment trouble. "I always tell everyone let us not spread trouble, but instead work for the progress of Andhra Pradesh. Largely, people here are nice, through they are poor. A few dozen people have brought us a bad name," he says. Khan says Nalgonda's biggest communal problem occurred in 1990, after riots in Hyderabad claimed over a hundred lives. The shilanyas programme then undertaken by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bharatiya Janata Party turned Nalgonda into a beehive of communal activity. The police say the backwardness of districts like Nalgonda is a breeding ground for terrorists. "We have come across at least a dozen terrorist modules across Andhra Pradesh," says a police officer. "Of which, six are from Nalgonda."

Posted by: Viren Feb 18 2006, 10:13 PM

There's a blast at Ahmedabad railway station with about 15 people injured. Don't see much on-line about this but ZeeTV covered it. Blast happened around 1:40 AM next to a phone booth on platform, minutes after a train pulled of the platform.

Posted by: Mudy Feb 19 2006, 11:16 AM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1629845,0008.htm

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government action follows media reports that war room leaks pertain to the recent mega deal worth Rs 13,000 crore for purchase of six French Scorpene submarines. The media reports had alleged that commission had been paid in the deal.

Posted by: acharya Feb 19 2006, 04:08 PM

Asaduddin, 3 Majlis leaders surrender Staff Reporter Remanded to judicial custody till March 3; MP condemns violence, demands action against guilty # MP denounces depiction of Hindu goddess on brandy bottles in US # RAF takes up patrolling in sensitive areas of Old City # It is mischief no matter what anybody says: South Zone DCP ABIDING BY THE LAW: Asaduddin Owaisi, MP, arriving with his party MLAs to surrender to the police at the South Zone DCP office on Sunday. — Photo: Satish H. Hyderabad: Four Majlis leaders, including its MP, Asaduddin Owaisi, surrendered before South Zone DCP Sandeep Shandilya on Sunday following booking of cases against them in connection with Friday's violent incidents at Charminar. Party legislators Akbaruddin Owaisi (Chandrayangutta), Syed Ahmed Pasha Qaudri (Charminar) and Patharghatti corporator Ahmed Bin Abdulla Balala also surrendered before the police. All four have been remanded to judicial custody till March 3 and shifted to Cherlapally Jail. Rapid Action Force was deployed in strength at the South Zone DCP office at Purani Haveli where Majlis workers gathered in large numbers well before Mr. Owaisi and others came at 2 p.m. Other Majlis MLAs, Mumtaz Ahmed Khan, Afsar Khan and Mouzzam Khan accompanied the Hyderabad MP. `Clear conscience' "We have come on our own to surrender. If cases are booked against us we are not going to run away. Our conscience is clear," Mr. Asaduddin said and urged the people to agitate peacefully against the offending cartoons. Speaking to press persons, he accused the police of acting under BJP pressure. "We are being victimised for no fault of ours," he said. For the last 25 days the Majlis was peacefully agitating against the cartoons. On February 11 it had sought permission to hold a meeting at Mecca Masjid but at the last moment it was rejected, Mr. Asaduddin said. He condemned the incidents of arson and demanded action against the guilty. Charminar corporator Ghouse was controlling the crowed. He himself was moving with Additional Commissioner of Police Tejdeep Kaur appealing people to remain calm. But still the police filed cases against them. Mr. Asaduddin condemned the depiction of Hindu Goddesses on brandy bottles in US. "It is time Muslims and Hindus stood up against western cultural imperialism," he said. The Majlis leaders remained at the DCP office for more than an hour before they were whisked away for production before the Magistrate. Police had a tough time taking away the Majlis leaders as the crowd milled around and kept raising slogans. The RAF took up patrolling in the sensitive areas of the Old City. Mr. Shandilya said the Majlis had to face the consequences of organising an `unlawful assembly' and taking out a rally without permission through areas having mixed population. The police could have taken a lenient view if some Majlis leader had come forward to prevent the arson and ensured that the crowed dispersed peacefully. But the Majlis leader was busy delivering speeches. Police `slip' "It is mischief no matter what anybody says," Mr. Shandilya said. He admitted that there was a `slip' on the part of the police in not preventing the rallyists from breaking the cordon at Charminar police station. To a question, the DCP said the police had not anticipated trouble as they took Mr. Asaduddin's word at face value. and believed nothing would happen. In connection with Friday incident, eight cases were booked in Mirchowk police station, four in Husaini Alam, three in Charminar and one in Humayunnagar police station.

Posted by: Mudy Feb 20 2006, 12:24 PM

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1631182,000900030009.htm

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The police seized the bombs and chemicals from the room, Gandhi added. While two bombs weighed 750 grams, the third's weight was 250 gram, he said and added the chemicals had been sent for test.

Posted by: Ravish Feb 20 2006, 02:40 PM

The detection of country bombs is nothing unusual in any part of India. These are very commonly used by the criminal for a variety of purposes. The most important question is how to handle the Naxalite activities in Jharkhand, South Bengal and parts of Orissa. It is perhaps time for the Central Government to review the entire socio economic condition of the area and lunch some special program for accelerated economic development of the area. Although, most of the affected areas are very rich in mineral resources, in matters of rural development they are the most backward areas of India. This is the main cause today for the unrest in the region.

Posted by: Mudy Feb 20 2006, 02:47 PM

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The most important question is how to handle the Naxalite activities in Jharkhand, South Bengal and parts of Orissa. ....... Although, most of the affected areas are very rich in mineral resources, in matters of rural development they are the most backward areas of India. This is the main cause today for the unrest in the region.
They are getting outside support. Mineral Ganglords don't let any development effort to start. They have full backing of local politicians and lack of will by central government is another problem.

Posted by: k.ram Feb 20 2006, 04:04 PM

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http://www.organiser.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=119&page=11 North-east Newsletter Greater Nagaland: Great danger to India's sovereignty By K. Kath NSCN(IM) leader Th. Muivah had given Delhi "only a few more months to decide on his proposals for reaching a final political settlement". "No one should take Nagas for granted", he warned during an interview with BBC in the middle of November last year. In a recently held talk at Bangkok in December 2005, he alleged that some elements in India were trying to drive the NSCN(IM) back to war. He threatened that GoI should know the truth that neither the NSCN nor the Nagas will ever bow down under threats. To create additional psychological pressure on GoI and to show his capacity of again returning to war he has shortened the ceasefire period from one year to six months which expired. The soil beneath the feet of Muivah and NSCN(IM) is dithering away. His cadres have turned extortionist. NSCN(IM)'s higher cadres are living a luxurious and lustful life. For them, insurgency has become a flourishing business. They do not want any solution so that insurgency continues and they can live a royal life without doing any work. The inaction on the part of state and central government encourages them to continue on the path of terrorism. This is the reason that Muivah and his cohorts are putting such demands which GoI cannot fulfill and they can continue tread the path of terror. Most of the NSCN(IM) cadres are married and are enjoying happy life with family-parents, wife, children etc. But innocent Naga people are paying the price. They are subjected to extortion and humiliation. On refusing to pay extortion money, the innocent Naga people are gunned down. Since people are afraid of reporting their torture to police, things look normal from above but beneath the surface, there is a powerful storm against NSCN(IM). People say Nagaland cannot produce even a match-stick, how shall we survive if India leaves us. All the extortionists working under the garb of NSCN(IM) cadres will have a hey day if there is no control of the Centre. There will be murders and counter-murders only. Muivah and Issac can serve American interest better than any other Naga. That is why, America and UK are extending all possible help to Muivah is neither interested in the welfare of Nagas, nor of Tangkhuls of Manipur. He is more interested in his own welfare. He gets VIP treatment in America, UK and other European countries because latters interests are served through Muivah. These countries don't want India to be a competent country in the world and this could be possible if there is no peace. That is what Muivah is doing not only in Nagaland but also in Manipur, Arunachal and other N-E states through various sister terrorist organisations. Muivah and Issac can serve American interest better than any other Naga. That is why, America and UK are extending all possible help to NSCN(IM). They are not only providing money and material help but they are properly looking after their well-being. With their help, Muivah has opened several offices in USA, UK, Netherland, Bangkok and many other countries. Organisations like Naga International Support Centre (NISC) and Naga Vigil are functioning from foreign soil to destabilize India and Muivah and Issac along with their cohorts are dancing to the tune of Americans and Britishers. A person by the name of Grace Collins, a registered foreign agent for Nagaland and believed to be working for NSCN(IM) in US, drafted the following speech for Senator Barbara Boxer, Chairperson of US Senate Foreign Relations Committee: "After studying the location of Nagaland, I realise, it has military importance. Nagaland is sandwiched in between some very different and large nations in terms of political philosophy, culture and religion. It may be small with a population of 3.5, million and 42 distinctive tribes of Sino-Mongoloid descent but the significance of their location is great. To north Nagaland borders China (Communist), to the east Burma (Buddhist), to the West India (Hindu) and to South Bangladesh (Muslim). I believe the potential military importance of Nagaland to the US is akin to that of South Korea's 38th parallel. Like South Korea, Nagaland falls in the middle of powerful countries. America's Army holds the dividing line between democracy and communism is South Korea." Barbara Boxer says further, "While Nagaland has evolved its own type of social system, it is founded on American principles and its political structure has been influenced by American missionaries who went there in 1839. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Nagaland's presence in Washington and recommend our committee to provide technical training to Nagaland to create a voice (for Nagaland) in US, support their right to self-determination and freedom from their oppressors." Boxer attended the opening of NSCN(IM)'s office in Washington. She backed the group's demand for a Greater Nagalim including Naga-inhabited areas in other states of Northeast. The Senator's daughter Nicole is married to Hilary Clinton's brother Tony Rodham. She is known to wield clout in Washington in favour of NSCN(IM) being a member of the important Committee (Time of India, October 4, 2003). It is alarming that NSCN(IM) is given free hand to open its office in US. They already have their offices in Bangkok, Amsterdam and London. In similar tune, former President of US, Jimmy Carter has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to push the peace dialogue with NSCN(IM) in order to bring about an acceptable solution, which would assure the rights of Naga people. In a letter addressed to Manmohan Singh(June 18, 2005) Carter has tried to influence Manmohan Singh to concede to the demands of Muivah for "Greater Nagalim". NSCN(IM). They are not only providing money and material help but they are properly looking after their well-being. There is no Christian country in third world. Right from Israel upto Japan including the countries like Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh and other smaller countries, there is no Christian country and nearly 375 crore population live here. This is the pain of nexus of USA, UK and Vatican. They want to create a Christian country and Greater Nagaland. If carved out, it will be the proposed Christian country in the subcontinent. This strategy of America is an echo of Pope's declaration that Europe was won over in first millennium, Africa and America in the second millennium. Now, in third millennium, Asia must be won over. And the means are Bible (forced conversion), booze (destruction of youths by preaching the philosophy of hedonic consumerism) and bullet (the way NSCN-IM works). America has one more reason to help NSCN(IM) and forcible conversion of Indians particularly in North-east region. The zone is rich in natural and mineral resources. When America remembers this richness, the water comes in her mouth. Bush is a fanatic Christian. Condoleeza Rice is the daughter of a Christian priest and most of the top-ranking and policy-making politicians and bureaucrats in Bush government of USA are fanatic Christians. They are helping N-E Churches through multinational companies, NGOs, particularly, working in the fields of HIV/AIDS and other visible and invisible means. Jirsong Asong in Diphu is helping the Karbi outfits to foment clashes between Karbis and Dimasas. Recently, Asia's biggest Ao Church was inaugurated in Dimapur in December 2005. In a very strange manner, Vatican has appointed two bishops in Arunachal Pradesh-one at Itanagar and the other at one place in East Arunachal Pradesh. How the divisive forces are allowed to work in sensitive bordering areas? In August 2005, NSCN(IM)'s Chairman Issac Chisi Swu was in USA. He revealed in an interview at Beverly Hills(USA) that Nagaland had 10,000 missionaries poised to take the Gospel to nearby lands. Issac said, "We want to penetrate China, Cambodia, Burma Vietnam, Laos and Nepal with the Gospel and we have 10,000 missionaries who are ready to go. What is holding up the outreach is the finalisation of peace talks between the Indian government and the four million people of Nagaland which borders China, Burma and Bangladesh who have been in military dispute for many years." NSCN(IM)'s chairman says further, "we want to request the whole world to pray for us so that the peace process with India will be successful so that God will then release us and we can send us to preach the Gospel around the world particularly in the neighboring countries." Muivah has threatened to adopt the path of jungle if their demands for Greater Nagaland and then sovereignty(limited) are not granted by January 31, 2006-the day present ceasefire expires. Meanwhile, several eyebrows were raised on the visit of Vatican Ambassador-Pedro Lopez quantana, the apostolic Nuncio and Vatican Ambassador, to India into Nagaland. The 11-member team from Southwick Christian Community Church, England, arrived Nagaland on November 16, 2005 and visited Mokokchung, Akumen, Molungkimong, Kohima, and Dimapur to provide resources so as to help the Christian community grow. They told to media that they contributed and supplied the resources in the field of medicine, education and also helped to built church at Akumen. Now, Muivah has proposed the name of a Dutchman to salvage the Naga talks. Known to be a longtime friend of Muivah, Dutchman Michael C.Van Walt van Praag of the International NGO Kreddha set to attend the next round of talk between NSCN(IM) and Delhi as the third party mediator and perhaps GoI has agreed to it. If the Dutchman is allowed to mediate, it will prove to be a disastrous game. Dr Michael C. Van Walt van Praag is an international lawyer and former General Secretary of the Unrepresented Nations and People's Organisation (UNPO). The soil beneath the feet of Muivah and NSCN(IM) is dithering away. His cadres have turned extortionist. NSCN(IM)'s higher cadres are living a luxurious and lustful life. This side, NSCN(IM) with the help of its frontal organisations like Naga Students Federation (NSF), Naga People's Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR), Naga Hoho, Naga Mother Association (NMA) and Nagaland Baptist Council of Churches (NBCC), Council of Baptist Churches of Nagalim (CNBC), All Naga Students Association of Manipur(ANSAM) and United Naga Council (UNC) of Manipur have taken up a vigorous mass awakening program to mobilize the opinion in his favour. NSCN(IM) cadres are on spree of encroachment of Assam lands. They have encroached reserve forest areas-Diphu Reserve Forest-18, 053 hectares, Nanbor(Golaghat)-25,000 hctrs, Rengma-11,800 hetrs, Doyang-1,500 hetrs. Dessoi Valley-21,000 hctrs. Geleki(Sibsagar) 2,950 hectares (The Sentinel, December 28, 2005). Similarly, they had occupied 2500 hectares of reserve forest in Misibailam village near Dhansiri. Earlier, Dimasa-Hmar clashes and now Dimasa-Karbi clashes are NSCN(IM)'s creation. But Government of India should know that people's response to NSCN(IM)'s call is very poor. Whosoever attend their meetings, most of them are their cadres, Church functionaries, forced invitees or hired people. People have no interest in smaller or Greater Nagaland. Now, Naga society has understood the tricks played by NSCN(IM). So they want development. They want university, medical college, engineering college, industry, road, railway line and airport. They are not interested in autonomy or sovereignty. They don't want Greater Nagaland also. http://www.nagalim.nl/news/00000112.htm

Posted by: Mudy Feb 28 2006, 10:17 AM

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Maoists blow up 50 tribals Shivanand Shukla / Raipur In the biggest ever Maoists' attack, over 50 people were feared killed and over a hundred others were injured in a landmine blast detonated by the Left wing ultras near village Darbhagura on Sukma Konta road of Dantewada district, more than 500 km from Chhattisgarh's Capital Raipur on the border of Andhra Pradesh, on Tuesday morning. Chief Minister Raman Singh said that one vehicle was blown in the landmine blast while the Maoists opened fire on another bus and truck in which people were returning after attending a salwa judum (peace march) meeting. He said though the number of the death toll was likely to change, the Government had till Tuesday afternoon information about the death of 25 people. He said that according to reports till then, 38 people were injured. Later, while official sources put the death toll at 25, unconfirmed reports however said, that more than 50 people were killed when a timber truck was blown in a landmine blast. The people were returning after attending a salwa judum meeting in Dornapal. About 15,000 people were said to have attended the meeting. After triggering the landmine blast, the Maoists burnt vehicles and opened fire. While a military helicopter was called in to send the injured to Bhadrachalam in Andhra Pradesh for the treatment, additional security forces along with commandoes were sent to the spot. "Our first priority is to evacuate the people and provide medical assistance," Raman Singh said before leaving for the spot along with Home Minister Ram Vichar Netam and DGP RP Rathod. The Chief Minister said he had earlier pointed out that people should go on foot and cycle in the infested areas. "Such incidents are due to carelessness," he added. Asked if it was a setback to the ongoing salwa judum, Mr Singh said that the march could not be stopped. However, he added that the strategy would be reviewed in view of the latest incident. The issue was raised in the ongoing Assembly session. A statement about the incident was given by the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ajay Chandrakar. After paying condolence to the deceased, the Assembly was adjourned till Wednesday. Interestingly, Congress seemed to be divided over the issue of salwa judum. While Leader of Opposition Mahendra Karma, who is known as the hero of salwa judum, described the incident as an act of desperation among the Maoists, the former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Ajit Jogi held the State Government responsible for the incident. He alleged that the tribals were being used as security cover in the name of salwa judum by the Government and police. He said the salwa judum in its present form was not correct and that before going ahead with the meeting, proper protection to the people should be ensured. Meanwhile, Mr Singh after having visited the spot, denied reports of kidnapping by ultras. He said that the Maoists were resorting to violence because the people had challenged them. Besides, the Government is taking all possible measures against the ultras. "Naxalites are reacting because here they are being challenged by the people and the Government is taking action," Singh told The Pioneer over telephone. "How can the problem be solved if only Chhattisgarh takes action against the Naxalites and other affected States remain reluctant?" he asked. The problem can be solved if all affected States made a joint action plan against the Maoists, he added. An ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next-of-kin of the deceased has been announced.

Posted by: Mudy Feb 28 2006, 10:18 AM

Sad day. 




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