Army troops today foiled an infiltration bid after a brief exchange of fire along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. Surveillance devices picked up the movement of a group of three suspected militants inside Indian Territory along LoC in Ghambir-Tarkundi belt of Bhimber gali sub-sector in Poonch district around 0200 hours, a senior army official told PTI.
The troops guarding the border attempted to stop the suspected militants, following which the intruders opened fire at the troops, he said. The troops retaliated, he said, adding that, the firing ended after 20 minutes. During the search operation conducted this morning, a body of a suspected militant was found, he said.
(http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_army-foils-infiltration-bid-suspected-militant-killed_1692147 22/05/12, DNA India)
It was a moment of pride not just for Gujarat but for our country too when P G Nambiar, a police sub-inspector with CID (Crime), was selected in 2011 as a fellow at Police Foundation, Washington DC.
The reason was apparent – he was the first policeman from across the country who had received the fellowship for police research. Nambiar carried out a research on ‘Radicalization of Islam and Homegrown Threat to the United States’.
On India’s Anti-terrorism Day to commemorate the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Nambiar feels that while both India and the US are victims of Islamic terrorism, nature of the persons involved is very different. “In India, it is mainly the terrorists who come from across the border who carry out violent strikes, whereas in case of the US, it is the disgruntled and violently radicalized persons living right inside the country who indulge in these acts,” said Nambiar.
(http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Faces-of-terror-in-India-and-US-are-different/articleshow/13369515.cms 22/05/12, The Times of India)
A Hizbul Mujahideen militant, who was involved in the killing of an Army jawan, was on Monday shot dead in a gunbattle with security forces in Kishtwar district.
Acting on a tip off about presence of militants, police launched a cordon and search operation in Patimah area of the district early this morning, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Kishtwar-Ramban range, Gareeb Dass said.
An encounter took place in the area after the militant fired at the operation party, he said, adding in the ensuing gunbattle Hizb militant Akhtar Hussain was shot dead. Police recovered an AK rifle and two magazines from the spot. Akhtar was involved in the killing of Noor Hussain, a jawan of 17 Rashtriya Rifles. Akhtar, who was earlier in Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT), had surrendered twice, but had recently joined Hizbul Mujahideen.
(http://zeenews.india.com/news/jammu-and-kashmir/hizb-militant-killed-in-encounter_776659.html 21/05/12, Zee News)
A day after Kashmir’s police chief SM Sahai declared that militants won’t be allowed to disturb peace in Srinagar, 14 people including 10 civilians were injured, four of them critically in two grenade attacks that rocked Sopore and Batamaloo areas of the Valley Saturday morning. Both the grenade attacks came after a long lull. All the 14 fourteen persons were injured in Sopore grenade attack and police says that Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) was behind it.
Eyewitness said the suspected militant hurled the grenade at Sopore police station at around 10 am. The grenade exploded at the gate with big bang leaving 14 persons injured, four of them seriously. All the injured were removed to Sub-District Hospital (SDH) Sopore. Among them four were declared serious and shifted to Srinagar for treatment. They were identified as Nazir Ahmad Tantray of New Colony Sopore, Ghulam Hassan Nadroo of Sopore and two constables of J&K Armed Police (JKAP) Sanjay Kumar and Sandeep Kumar.
(http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/2012/May/20/14-persons-injured-in-twogrenade-attacks-49.asp 19/05/12, Greater Kashmir)
Suspected militants have come out with a hit list of the people to be “killed” for allegedly “collaborating” with the police and security forces in north Kashmir tehsil of Pattan in Baramulla district.
Almushtraqa Lashkar-e-Tioba and Hizb-ul-Mujhadeen have named 13 people including a woman who are on their hit list. Handwritten posters and list in Urdu have been issued by Abu Talha, district commander and Javid Khan Tehsil commander for Pattan and put up at various places.
“Entire world knows Kashmiris have giving umpteen sacrifices for freedom struggle. But some people are collaborating with police and security forces. We had warned them to mend their ways. But they have not listened to us so far. Now their body bags will reach you (public) soon”, reads the translation of the posters in Urdu.
The militants have named the people allegedly working for security agencies. The outfits have also accused them of getting the militants either arrested or killed through police and other security agencies.
The militants have also warned the newly elected panchs and sarpanchs not to participate in the civic body elections. The militants noted that Jihad in Kashmir will continue till their goal is achieved.
Police have registered a case under section 13 of unlawful activities act and questioned some people in this regard. “We are investigating the matter. A case has been registered and some people were summoned for questioning. So far no body has formally been arrested”, said one of the police officers investigating the case. Police is also not ruling out rivalry and mischief mongering by some unscrupulous elements.
(http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_terrorists-hit-list-spreads-panic-in-kashmir_1688802 15/05/12, DNA India)
The number of militants killed in Thursday’s foiled infiltration bid near the Line of Control in Uri sector of north Kashmir has risen to six, an Army spokesman said today. The bodies of two militants were sighted near the scene of the gun battle in Maidan Nalla area of Uri, close to the LoC, the spokesman said, adding that the rugged and difficult terrain was making it difficult to retrieve them. Meanwhile, the bodies of four other militants, recovered soon after the encounter, were buried today after forensic experts collected samples for DNA test. The samples were collected on the direction given by the State Human Rights Commission to the police last year to maintain a DNA profile of unidentified militants. The Commission had issued this direction after its investigative wing established the existence of over 2,000 unmarked graves in north Kashmir.
(http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/militant-death-toll-in-foiled-infiltration-bid-rises-to-six/997930.html 12/05/12, IBN Live)
Were Indian security agencies conned into issuing the May 6 terror alert when photographs of four traders and a security guard from Pakistan were splashed as those of Lashkar terrorists who had sneaked into India to carry out attacks in Mumbai?
As the government probes the embarrassment which on Sunday sparked protests from traders in Lahore, they are closely looking at the possibility of an Indian intelligence operative having been hoaxed by Pakistani tricksters who have been seeking to exploit India’s anxiety to prevent terror attacks from across the border.
Sources in the government said that post-26/11, conmen have been approaching Indian agencies and journalists; in one case even a politician, offering “credible information” for money.
The usual modus operandi is to offer “information”; for instance a photograph of what is claimed to be an ISI facility or a terrorist training camp at an undisclosed location deep inside Pakistan. Although the veracity of “inputs” cannot be ascertained, Indian agencies with their dire need for intelligence on terror plots are compelled not to disregard them. Confidence gained, the tricksters are in business, regularly peddling information for amounts which have increased considerably after the attack on Mumbai.
(http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Security-agencies-conned-into-issuing-fake-May-6-terror-alert/articleshow/13128280.cms 14/05/12, The Times of India)
A 12-year-old boy, the son of a Special Police Officer, was killed when suspected militants lobbed a grenade at their house late Monday night in a remote village of Kishtwar district in Jammu and Kashmir.
Police sources in Kishtwar said militants lobbed the grenade late Monday night at the house of Shadi Lal, a Special Police Officer (SPO). Lal’s house is in the Dachhan area, 250 km north-east of Jammu. The explosion killed his 12-year-old son Inderjit and injured three other inmates.
“Shadi Lal is posted as the bodyguard of a local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader in Dachhan,” said a police source adding that Shadi Lal had taken part in a number of anti-militancy operations in the area and “this seems to be a revenge attack”. Security forces comprising police and army have launched search operations to catch the militants involved in the attack.
(http://zeenews.india.com/news/jammu-and-kashmir/12-year-old-boy-killed-in-grenade-attack-in-kishtw_773940.html 08/05/12, Zee News)
The Union Home Ministry has circulated a fresh note to state governments on the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre or NCTC.
In the note, which has been accessed by NDTV, the Centre has restricted the NCTC’s power to search, seize and arrest. The contentious clause was a major irritant for the states. The draft Standard Operation Procedure states that “in the normal course, arrest/search/seizure shall be carried out by the ATS (Anti-Terror Squad) or other police units of the state concerned. However, in situations “where immediate action is required” on intelligence inputs, officers of the Operations Division of the NCTC may arrest or the search or the seizure without informing the local police. The note goes on to clarify that the Director of the proposed anti-terror body will have to clear such action.
Moreover, it says that in all other cases “the Director, NCTC” shall try to keep the Director General of Police or state’s Anti-Terror Squad informed of the operation in advance. Further, the note states that “after effecting the arrest or search or seizure, the NCTC team shall, at the earliest, hand over the arrested person(s)/seized material to the nearest police station together with a written statement giving the details of the case. As a means of oversight, the operations wing of the NCTC shall “submit a report” to the Director of the NCTC, the Director of Intelligence Bureau and the Union Home Secretary and the DG of the state police.
Al Qaeda has named computer literate Farman Ali Shinwari, a resident of the restive Khyber tribal region and whose brothers have been associated with terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, as its new chief in Pakistan. A statement was issued by the al Qaeda leadership about Shinwari being chosen the new head of the terrorist network in Pakistan, The News daily on Monday quoted its sources as saying.
Unnamed local officials confirmed the development, the report said. The statement issued by al Qaeda’s Dawa Wing said 30-year-old Shinwari was made the head of the network in Pakistan after consultations and approval by the top al-Qaeda leadership. The statement cited Shinwari’s knowledge about Pakistan’s tribal belt and his close affiliation with slain al Qaeda commander Badr Mansoor as reasons for his appointment. The statement cited the names of al Qaeda leaders like Badr Mansoor and Osama bin Laden and said they sacrificed their lives for the sake of Islam.