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India Timeline - Year 2017



January 1

In a joint operation, the AR and Ledo Police arrested two linkmen of ULFA-I, identified as Raktim Moran and Manab Moran from Itakhola Ledo in Tinsukia District. According to the report, the two linkmen were sending information to ULFA-I and were engaged in illegal coal mines of Ledo area.

Five FICNs of INR 2000 were recovered in Demow Kachumari Pathar in Sivasagar District.

A combined team of Imphal East District Police Commando and 21 Para (Special Force) conducted frisking and checking at the eastern side of Top Khongnangmakhong bridge in Imphal East District and arrested one ‘self styled captain’ of UNLF, identified as Magsatabam Gojendro Singh alias Telheiba  (45).

January 2

Two persons hailing from Kerala's Kasaragod District were arrested near Panaji, while canvassing for a convention of Salafi Muslims scheduled to be held in Karnataka's Mangalore later this month, and distributing Kannada language pamphlets which had Islamic State (IS) symbol and a message titled, “ISIS Shaitan”. The arrested persons have been identified as Ilyas and Abdul Nazir. According to Police sources, the pamphlet is being analysed by top Police officials as the content of the pamphlet canvasses for a convention of Salafi Muslims due to be held in Mangalore from January 9-16. Police is also checking the mobile number mentioned on these pamphlets. "They have been booked under sections 107 (breach of peace) and 151 (preventive arrest) of the Criminal Procedure Code. They have been sent for medical examination at the Goa Medical College”, Police official said.

The producers of an upcoming film have filed a complaint alleging that they have been receiving threat calls from Dawood Ibrahim. According to the Police complaint, the producers have been receiving threat calls for the past 10 days. The complaint registered at the Parliament Street Police Station (New Delhi) said that since January 1, the producers had received five calls from a Pakistan-based mobile number.

Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat said that dynamics of terrorism is constantly changing, and that Army must think ahead in that direction. "The fact that terrorists infiltrating from adversary's side means that they are getting support from them (Pakistani forces)," the Army Chief said. "We also have to think ahead, and ball has already rolling in that direction," he further added.

On surgical strikes, Rawat said that it was well though through operation and India has sent across a message with the strikes that attacks won't be tolerated. He further said Indian Army will not shy away from a second surgical strike if peace in the region is disrupted. The Army Chief also lauded the soldiers and officers who serve in the most challenging terrains, including those who have fought insurgency.

A top operative of the Bangladesh-based terrorist outfit JMB, Mohammad Mosiuddin alias Musa has revealed that Islamic State (IS) is planning to carry out terror attacks in the eastern part of the country. Mosiuddin claimed that the IS want to establish an Islamic caliphate in India. The SFs and the intelligence agencies are now verifying the possibility of an IS attack from the east following the interrogation of Musa. During his interrogation, Musa has made revelations that terror groups now aim at targeting foreigners at Kolkata's Mother House and lone wolf attacks on foreign tourists in Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir).

The UAE Government had seized properties of Dawood Ibrahim worth INR 150 billion. Earlier in the day, Indian UHM Rajnath Singh had stated that the Government is continuing efforts to bring back Dawood Ibrahim, However, even last year the UHM had asserted that India’s most wanted mafia would soon be arrested and brought back to the country.

The slogans 'ISIS coming soon' were found painted on Mata Mansa Devi temple walls in Dharampur town of Solan District in Himachal Pradesh located on the Kalka-Shmla highway. A case has been registered by the local Police against unidentified persons. The IB officials visited the spot and were keeping an eye on the possible ISIS sympathiser in the area. The slogans painted in red colour, possibly with the help of a stencil, have been blackened by the local police following the panic spread by the writings. Confirming the development, Superintendent of Police, Solan, Anjum Ara, who also visited the spot, said the Police was investigating the case and will soon arrest the people involved in the mischief. "I cannot reveal the information at this stage as it is very sensitive. A forensic examination had been conducted and the report is awaited. The investigation is on," Anjum Ara told. Sources said the intelligence agencies were keeping an eye on migrant labourers besides suspicious people. Dharampur is surrounded by sensitive Army cantonments and the authorities do not want to take any chances.

Mohammad Faheem Ansari, LeT operative, is being tried for his role in the 2007 attack on CRPF camp in Rampur, (Uttar Pradesh) visited Pakistan and obtained a passport there on fake papers, Manpreet Singh Vohra, the then Deputy High Commissioner at Indian High Commission in Pakistan, told the court of additional district and sessions judge. Vohra, who is now Ambassador to Afghanistan, said he obtained this information with officials in Pakistan at that time. Public Prosecutor Dalwinder Singh told the court that Pakistan’s ISI had helped Ansari get the passport.

Additional District Government Counsel Dalwinder Singh said, “Manpreet Singh Vohra had carried out the investigation into a Pakistani passport recovered from Faheem Ansari at the time of his arrest by the ATS and the sleuths of the special task force on February 10, 2008. At that time, Vohra was the deputy high commissioner of India in Islamabad.”

According to Singh, after the Mumbai attack, both India and Pakistan governments had exchanged the information through dossiers where it was revealed that Faheem Ansari had managed to get the Pakistani passport on fake identities. Ansari had been earlier accused of conducting reconnaissance for the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008 but was subsequently acquitted of those charges.

Several Naxal groups in Jharkhand were reported to have incurred losses to the tune of INR 800 million said a top Police officer at Ranchi District. The Naxal groups are desperate ever since the Narendra Modi-led Government had decided to demonetize INR 500 and 1000 currency notes from the midnight of November 8, 2016, which had an adverse impact on the activities of Naxal groups in the State, said the ADG, Jharkhand, R K Mallick. Quoting an intelligence report, he added, at least INR 800 million cash of the Naxal groups has thus been destroyed due to demonetisation. The Naxal outfits have weakened as their major economic system was destroyed post-demonetisation, which prompted the Naxals to indulge in looting cash in desperation, going against the Maoist ideology, Mallick claimed. However, the State Police was prepared to foil all their nefarious design, he said.

Police have received evidence that the CPI-Maoist, with the support of tribal people, took control of forest land, along Kerala and Tamil Nadu border, by cutting down hundreds of trees. A series of video clip, released by Police, show that the armed CPI-Maoist and tribal people are jointly removing trees in forest and installing CPI-Maoist flag in the area. Police suspect that the area shown in the video is Agali forest region of Palakkad District. According to Police, the visuals were recovered from the digital documents that were seized after the recent Police encounter with CPI-Maoist in Nilambur forest in which two CPI-Maoist leaders, Kuppu Devaraj and Ajitha, were killed.

A self styled ‘platoon commander’ and a cadre of the NDFB-IKS, identified as Danial Muchahary and Rahen Muchahary were arrested after an encounter with a joint team comprising the Police and the Army from Lawdangi area under Dhekiajuli Police station in Sonitpur District. Police recovered one 7.65 pistol, three round live cartridges, three mobile phones along with six SIM cards from the militants. Police sources said that Danial was the self styled ‘platoon commander’ of NDFB –IKS of ‘38 battalion’ of the outfit.

A suspected Bangladeshi citizen, identified as Sohail Ahmed alias Omar Nasser Saju was arrested by Cachar District Police at Sadhinbazar area in Cachar District. However, in a reply to a question about Sohail’s link with terrorist outfit JMB and also about his possible links behind the Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan Police Station of Dhaka, the Police said that nothing conclusive could be arrived at so far and they were investigating all possible angles.

A militant of PREPAK-Pro, identified as Kangjam Premananda (40) was arrested by a team of Imphal West District Police at Thangmeiband Hijam Leikai in Imphal West District. Two hand grenade and two mobile phones were recovered from the arrested militant. According to the Police sources, the hand grenades were meant to be exploded at MPSC office and also at the residences of some of its top officials and the militant was operating under one Lamtakpa alias Langamba of PREPAK-Pro. 

A Chinese hand grenade was recovered by Imphal West District Police at Suraj Paint Centre at Nagamapal in Imphal West District. No one has claimed responsibility for the act so far.

Self styled ‘chairman’ Helun Haokip of the militant outfit, KNLF, announced that his ‘organisation’ KNLF had been merged with another militant group, the UKLF.

The Court of CJM, Imphal East District remanded the UNC President Gaidon Kamei and Information Secretary Shangkhel Stephen to Police custody till January 11.

Three militant outfits of North East, KLO, NLFT and PDCK had set March 31 as ‘deadline’ for ‘Hindi speakers’ and Bengalis to ‘quit Kamatapur, Karbi-Longri and Tripura’ in an statement. The statement was signed by KLO ‘chairman’ Jiban Singh Koch, NLFT ‘organising secretary’ Seng-phul Borok and PDCK ‘chairman’ JK Lijang. The statement also condemned the killing of suspected NDFB-IKS, Ratna Narzary of Khunguri village of Chirang District on December 29 by SFs. According to the report, all these three militant groups are mentored by the NSCN-K and ULFA-I.

One civilian, identified as Athari Samson (54) and an AR trooper, identified as Bhupal Singh (42) were killed in an encounter with suspected militants at Khunthak village of Kasom Khullen sub-division in Kamjong District. Troops of 27 AR were going on foot for an operation when they were attacked by militants who opened indiscriminate fire at around 10.30 am. The AR troops too retaliated. The encounter left one AR trooper and another man dead.

A team of Imphal West District Police arrested a militant of KCP, identified as Akoijam Khamba Singh (45) from Bamon Kampu Mayai Leikai in Imphal East District. Three hand grenades, four detonators and a .32 pistol along with 2 live rounds were recovered from his possession. According to Police he joined the outfit in 2008.

January 3

The probe carried out by NIA into the January 2, 2016 Pathankot attack finds out that JeM had plans to attack a local police station too. An intermittent delay in reaching the Pathankot Air Force in Punjab had almost prompted JeM to change their plans and attack a local Police Station instead of the air force base. The information is part of several other conversations, accessed by NIA, which took place between the JeM attackers and their handlers based in Pakistan. The conversations also include chats which took place during and after the attack between JeM handlers and other individuals based in Pakistan.

According to the probe conducted by NIA, four attackers, who belonged to Pakistan based JeM, grew weary due to a delay and had spoken about their concern to Kashif Jan, a senior JeM member through a telephonic conversation. The attackers, all of whom were Pakistani nationals, had made calls to their handler to update him about their movement once they had crossed the border. At around 3.31 am on January 1, 2016 the handler, identified as Kashif, referred as Ustadji by the attackers, made a call on a phone which the attackers had snatched from Ikagar Singh, a taxi driver who was killed by the Pakistani nationals.

A CPI-Maoist ‘area commander’ carrying a reward of INR 1.5 million on his head and wanted in three States was shot dead in an encounter with Police and CRPF at the Ramtandi forest under Ghorabandha Police Station in Ghatshila sub-division of East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. Supai Tudu, an ‘area commander’ of a faction of the CPI-Maoist, was found dead after an exchange of fire between security personnel and the Maoists. Tudu’s wife, Sonali Tudu, was arrested at the site after the incident.

A DRG jawan was injured in an exchange of fire with CPI-Maoist cadres in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The incident occurred in evening in Basaguda Police Station area when a joint team of SFs was out on a anti-Naxal operation. A composite squad of DRG, STF and CoBRA had launched the operation to the interiors of Basaguda, around 450 kilometres away from Raipur, Police said. While the SFs were cordoning off a forested patch close to Tarrem area, they came under heavy fire from a group of ultras that led to the gun-battle. "A DRG jawan sustained bullet injuries on his leg in the incident. However, ultras soon escaped from the spot," the Police added.

A LeT militant identified as Abu Umar Khitab of Pakistan was killed in an encounter with SFs in Sopore area in Baramulla District. SFs had laid an ambush at Haritar in Sopore during the intervening night following information about movement of militants through the area, a Police official said. He said SFs on noticing suspicious movement in the wee hours challenged the persons who opened fire. "In the retaliatory firing, one terrorist was killed," the official said. The militant affiliated with LeT and was active for last four years. He was believed to part of the militant group, which escaped from the SFs cordon several times last month in Hajjan area of North Kashmir. Sources said that the militant was operating in Sopore, Hajin, Gunde Jehanghir and Shah Gund areas of North Kashmir and SFs were tracking his movement for long. They said one AK 47 rifle, one hand grenade, three magazines, 70 AK ammunition rounds, one I-com set, one compass, one bag and one torch was recovered from his possession.

A CRPF ASI was critically injured in a militant attack in Murran Chowk in Pulwama town in Pulwama District. The ASI identified as BN Thakur was hit by a bullet in his back and was shifted to army hospital for treatment. The firing caused panic in the township and senior Police and CRPF officers reached the spot immediately cordoned off the area and searches were conducted in the area but the militants managed to flee after carrying out the attack.

A search operation was launched by SFs in Kuta Satri forest area of Bandipora District, following an input about the presence of militants. The operation was, however, later called off due to heavy snowfall.

Investigating Officers of nine Police Stations of Kashmir valley are yet to recover, 63 rifles and 186 magazines looted by the militants and mob from 16 different locations, despite lapse of considerable period of time. According to the official data provided by the Home Department in the Legislative Assembly, 16 incidents of looting/snatching of rifles and magazines besides huge number of rounds took place under the jurisdiction of nine Police Stations in Kashmir valley during the period between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Of these incidents, maximum four incidents took place under the jurisdiction of DH Pora Police Station followed by Pulwama (three) and Kulgam and Shopian (two each). The other incidents took place under the jurisdiction of Batamaloo, Anantnag, Dooru, Chadoora and Budgam Police Stations. Giving gist of the cases, the Home Department said that in some cases the militants fired upon the Police personnel deployed in the general areas and decamped with their service rifles after killing them while as in other cases they attached the Police deployed for the security of political workers and looted their service rifles after eliminating or injuring them. In some other cases the militants even entered the guarded places and snatched rifles, magazines and rounds from the Police. The incidents of militants forcibly snatching the weapons from the Police without harming them physically were also reported from some parts of Valley.

According to the official data, five incidents of mob attacking guard posts and decamping with the weapons and arms during the period of unrest in Kashmir valley were reported from five different places. In all these 16 incidents of weapon looting, FIR under different sections of RPC and Arms Act were registered but till date no major headway has been made by the concerned Police Stations as a result of which neither the accused could be arrested nor looted weapons recovered. AK-47s, SLRs, INSAS Rifles, Pistols and Carbines were among the weapons looted by the militants and mob, the Home Department said in reply to the question of independent MLA, Er Abdul Rashid. According to the data, a total of 2690 cases of stone pelting were also registered during the period between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. The maximum cases were registered in Sopore (492) followed by Srinagar (339) and Baramulla (318). The other stone pelting incidents were reported from Ganderbal (65), Budgam (163), Anantnag (271), Shopian (173), Pulwama (143), Kulgam (167), Awantipora (121), Bandipora (109), Kupwara (218) and Handwara (111).

In reply to question of Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen, the Minister Incharge Home said that during the recent unrest 2632 FIRs were registered and almost all are still under investigation. “Besides, 463 persons were detained under Public Safety Act out of which 145 were released and presently 318 are under detention”, the Minister added.

Replying to question of NC MLA, Mubarak Gul, the Government said that a total of 59 youths joined militant ranks after the killing of HM militant Burhan Wani in an encounter with Security Forces on July 8 last year. “As reported by CID Headquarters, 59 youth have joined militant ranks after 8th July, 2016”, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said in a written reply, adding the Government has notified a Surrender Policy which was superseded by Rehabilitation Policy to encourage the misguided youths and militants to abjure violence and accept the integrity of India and the Constitution.

At least 14 people were injured when Police resorted to force while dispersing a mob picketing Manipur Government offices in Senapati District headquarters. The incident occurred when about 300 people gathered and marched towards the barricades put up across the road leading to the Senapati District Administration Office before being stopped by security personnel. Under the aegis of UNC, the picketing of Manipur Government Offices in Naga Districts began from midnight of December 31.

Gunfire erupted in Ukhrul District, near the District Mini-Secretariat. According to sources, armed gunmen exchanged fire with security personnel manning the Mini-Secretariat. The firing which started around 9:00 pm lasted around half an hour. Casualty is not reported so far. The persons responsible for the firing also remain unknown till now.

In a joint operation by AR and Tezpur Police, one suspected individual was arrested along with arms from Barchola village in Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur District. One AK series rifle, two magazines and 21 live rounds were recovered from the arrestee.

One person, identified as Rajiv Rajkhowa was arrested by Pengaree Police following a public chastisement at Dwarmara village in Pengaree in Tinsukia District. The arrested person, Rajiv Rajkhowa, shot a local VDP member, identified as Umesh Rai, at his residence who narrowly escaped death. Then he was caught by the son of the victim with the help of the villagers and later handed him over to Pengaree Police. Local sources said that Rajiv Rajkhowa had served an extortion letter to Rai last year in the name of the ULFA. The Police recovered two handmade revolvers and a writing pad belonging to the ULFA from the arrestee.

Unidentified assailants fired at the residence of Prashanta Gogoi, President OBC wing of BJP, located at Milan Nagar in Dibrugarh District. However, no one was injured in the firing incident. At the time of the incident, Prashanta Gogoi who had joined the BJP few months back was stated to be in Guwahati for some personal work. The Police immediately rushed to the spot and reviewed the situation. No one has been arrested till the filing of this report.

AR arrested a Myanmar-trained NSCN-R militant, identified as ‘self-styled corporal’ Pingwang Kanglom in Changlang town in Changlang District. The militant had been involved in extortion activities in the District, sources in the paramilitary force said. A pistol and five rounds of live ammunition were recovered from him.

January 4

A suspected Naxal was killed in an exchange of fire with SFs in dense forest of Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. "The skirmish took place late in afternoon in forest between Puvarti (Sukma District) and Kondapalli villages under Basaguda Police Station limits of Bijapur," Bijapur SP, K L Dhruv said. A joint team of CoBRA – a CRPF specialised unit, DRG and local Police had launched the Counter-Insurgency Operation in the jungles of Basaguda and Awapalli, he said. While SFs were cordoning off a restive pocket on Bijapur-Sukma border, they came under heavy fire from a group of armed naxals leading to a heavy gun-battle, the SP added. SDG (Anti-Naxal Operations), D M Awasthi, said that the operation was “intelligence based” and the recovery of the INSAS LMG was very significant for the Chhattisgarh Police”. 

Two members of New SPM were allegedly killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Pathal village in Chatra District of Jharkhand. The bodies were found near the Gaya-Chatra border and the two men, identified as Sanjay Singh Bhokta and Vijay Singh Bhokta, who were abducted from their house. Chatra, SP, Anjani Jha said that a CPI-Maoist poster, in which the murderers claim to represent the banned LWE faction, was found on the site of the incident. A total of four shots were fired, two on each of the victims, Jha added. Jha said, "It has been verified that one of the victims, Sanjay Singh, was an active member of New SPM and was involved in activities which might have led to a fight with the Maoists." Sources indicate that the New SPM group recently started as an offshoot of the CPI-Maoist and have been growingly active in the last few days.

The Police Department is fortifying 24 Police Stations in the areas affected by Naxalism in Telangana. The Government machinery in Telangana, particularly the Police Department, is anticipating trouble from the CPI-Maoist cadres in the coming days. New state-of-the-art Police Stations is being constructed at a total cost of INR 500 million. Each of these 24 Police Stations will have impenetrable fencing and reinforced sentry points, both at the entry point and on the rooftop, where armed Police personnel would keep guard round the clock, sources said. Further, the Government is developing two state-of-the-art Police Training Centers – one in Karimnagar District at a cost of INR 480 million; and the other one at Medchal in Medchal–Malkajgiri District, at a cost of INR 300 million where Police recruits would be trained to be battle-ready. Also, the Government is raising two IRBs in the State, the sources said. This being so, recruitment has slowly begun among CPI-Maoist circles.  The recruits are being trained in what is considered a safe bastion: Chhattisgarh. This time, the CPI- Maoist cadres will have good firepower, since they are getting the support of CCOMPOSA, sources said. DGP, Anurag Sharma recently said that they would not allow the Maoists to make a comeback in the State.

SFs arrested a LeT militant from Handwara area of North Kashmir in Kupwara District, who was planning to carry out attack on security convoys in the area. Police said that on specific information one LeT militant identified as Ashiq Ahmed alias Abu Haider was arrested by Handwara Police and 21 RR of army near Fruit Mandi crossing in Handwara in the District. “On sustained interrogation he disclosed that he was a close associate of Abu Bakar a LeT ‘commander’ killed in Sopore few days back. On further discloser the arrested militant said that in near future he was planning to attack security forces convoy in Handwara area”, Police said. Police said that huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from him. These include one AK-47 rifle, 3 Magazines with live cartridges, one Chinese Pistol with one Magazine, three Hand Grenades, one Magazine Pouch, one Map and one Haversack.

IG of CRPF, Zulfikar Hassan, said that militants take advantage of presence of common people on NH and at times escape after carrying out the attack. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in South Kashmir, Hassan said that at times militants flee after carrying out an attack on the NH by taking advantage of common people and SFs avoid collateral damage. “The attacks on National Highway occur many times during a year. Many-a-times we are successful in killing those who attack. Sometimes due to presence of common people we don’t fire because that can result in collateral damage and we restrain ourselves. The militants sometimes take advantage of crowd and escape”, he said. Hassan said that at times militants manage to escape from the security but SFs make their efforts to prevent them from fleeing. “Sometimes the stone-pelting takes place so that militants manage to escape. But security forces, CRPF, Jammu and Kashmir Police try not to make it successful and sometimes we do manage to stop militants from escaping”, he said.

Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh met President Pranab Mukherjee to discuss the UMHA report to the EC that termed the law-and-order situation in the state as “grave”. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Singh rubbished the report saying it “wrongly” concluded that the prevailing situation was “not conducive” to conduct free-and-fair polls there. However, just ahead of Ibobi’s meeting with the President, the EC declared that the Assembly election will be held in two phases — on March 4 and 8 — in Manipur. Ibobi, later, welcomed the decision. The CM said issues such as insurgency, blockades, strikes are not unique to Manipur but they affect the entire north-east and that even in 2012, the state Assembly polls were boycotted by hill and valley-based underground organisations including the PLA and the UNLF.

UNC- the apex body of the Nagas based in Manipur- said they would continue with the economic blockade despite the announcement of Manipur assembly elections by the EC. According to the UNC, elections cannot be held peacefully in the Naga-inhabited areas of Manipur until the prevailing problems are resolved. “The blockade will continue. Solving of Manipur’s problems has to be done through dialogue between the parties in conflict. So far, the government of Manipur has failed to respond politically. We have no other option but to intensify the blockade, no matter what the EC has announced regarding the polls in the state,” K.S. Paul, former President of the UNC, said. Paul - an active member of the UNC -said the Manipur Government has betrayed the Nagas of Manipur. “We have been betrayed by the Manipur government, as it did not consult us on the creation of seven new Districts out of our ancestral land. We do not know whether the situation will be conducive for holding free and fair elections in the Naga areas of the state,” said Paul.

Belagavi Police along with Assam Police arrested a suspected militant associated with NDFB at a sugar company in Belgaum District of Karnataka.

January 5

China dismissed as “untrue” allegations of double standards by India by blocking its bid to list JeM leader Masood Azhar as global terrorist by the UN, claiming that it had adopted a “just, objective and professional” attitude in deciding the matter. “With regard to the listing matter of the Security Council 1267 committee the so called double standards adopted by China on this relevant issue is not true. We take action based on solid evidence that is the standard upheld by us,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

Intelligence agencies are weighing inputs indicating the radical elements within the proscribed SIMI are forging links with similarly minded groups within the recently banned IRF and may lead to the birth of a new radical outfit. Such inputs, described by sources as “very disturbing”, have been pouring in for more than a month ever since the Central Government banned IRF led by controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. The IB is likely to issue a note to State intelligence agencies regarding these developments shortly. Top sources disclosed that over the past couple of months, person-to-person contact and group interactions between members of the banned groups have been taking place lately. ''Similar inputs have been coming from certain areas that are known to be breeding grounds for militants in different states. Some political parties, which used to sympathise with SIMI, are now sympathising with IRF too,'' said one senior official.

While IRF, an NGO run by Salafist preacher Zakir Naik, was banned for five years in November 2016, SIMI was 16 years ago and still has a large number of supporters. Sources in the intelligence agencies said they consider SIMI as a ''very active'' group despite the ban. Though SIMI members attending the taqreer (speeches) of Zakir Naik is nothing new, intelligence sources say there is electronic evidence of increasing interaction between members of these two groups, especially since the IRF ban.

Interestingly, just days after IRF was banned, the Kerala-based Islamic fundamentalist organisation PFI organized massive rallies in different parts of the country in support of Zakir Naik. A majority of PFI members are actually from SIMI. “Since SIMI is banned, the members work in different outfits. But SIMI is alive and kicking,'' said a senior official. Sources said inputs indicate that these radical interactions could lead to the formation of a new radical outfit similar to IM which was involved in a series of bomb blasts across the country since it was founded by Abdus Subhan Qureshi in 2010. IM mostly comprised of lower-tier SIMI members.  The change in name was widely seen as a change in tactics by SIMI members. Till date, while senior SIMI leaders are still available, there are minimal inputs about the cadres. “The same tactic is being used again. Only this time, SIMI has IRF to look to. IRF has dedicated members across the length and breadth of the country, which will come in handy and this is enough for extremist elements in both groups to form a new group and continue with their subversive activities,'' another official said.

Members of NOJ, left a note threatening to kill Pipra (Supaul District) of Bihar, MLA, Shyam Babu Prasad Yadav if he did not quit the BJP by FebruaryNOJ is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist. The group has sought an extortion of INR 500,000 from Yadav.

The ‘deputy commander’ of Kasansur Dalam Jyoti Gawade was killed by Gadchiroli District Police's C-60 Commandos at Boteyjhari and Badhgaon forest in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. Jyoti is alleged to have led the arson attack at Surjagarh on December 23, 2016. 76 trucks, 3 JCBs and 1 motorcycle were burnt by the Naxals. Shivaji Bodkhe, IG of State ANO, said that Jyoti was trying to break through the Police cordon when she received bullet injuries in retaliatory fire. "Police have also seized Jyoti's .303 rifles," he added. On January 4, the Police had cornered Naxals at Nihalkai forest near Gyarapati from where two .12 bore rifles were seized. After intensifying the search operations, the Police spotted Jyoti's Dalam following which a battled ensued. Jyoti alias Sagobai Narsingh, was earlier ‘commander’ of Surjagarh LGS which was later amalgamated with Kasansur Dalam.

A surrendered Naxalite was allegedly killed by CPI-Maoist cadres in Dhanora Tehsil of Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The victim Sukhram Lalchu Wadde (35) was a member of Naxal militia, who had surrendered before the Police in July 2016, a senior Police official said. The Naxals attacked Sukhram at Kehakavi village and murdered him using an axe, he said. "The CPI-Maoist cadres were angry as Sukhram had turned himself in before the police," the official added. Further the officials said last week (December 29, 2016) three villagers were killed allegedly by Naxalites in Aheri and Korchi tehsils in Gadchiroli on the suspicion of they being ‘informers’. The victims were identified as Laccha Bande Madavi (36) resident of Rumalkasa, Patali Doge Atram (36), resident of Gurja, and Talwarsha Kunjram, resident of Korchi.

A militia member of the CPI-Maoist, who was involved in the Chamundia beat-house torching case in July 2016, was arrested by Police in Senepuri forest near Badasilinga in Nayagarh District of Odisha. The arrested Maoist, Santosh Majhi (35), had been working with the Kalahandi-Kandhamal-Boudh-Nayagarh (KKBN) division of the CPI-Maoist for the past three years. Two associates of Majhi escaped during the raid. One of them has been identified as Bipin, while the other’s identity is yet to be established. Majhi and a dozen of his associates had damaged the beat house and set fire to a jeep which was being used for anti-poaching operations in Nayagarh Forest Division (NFD).

The UKLF categorically stated that it was not involved in any manner in the ambush against State Police ahead of CM Okram Ibobi Singh’s visit to Tengnoupal (Tengnoupal District) near Lokchao along Imphal-Moreh highway on December 15. Speaking to a team of media persons at an undisclosed location in Chandel district, UKLF ‘home secretary’ Daniel Thadou said that the KNLF ‘chairman’ had merged with the UNLF on his own volition. Daniel contended that the UKLF was not involved in the Lokchao ambush, and the State Police and its intelligence agencies would know the truth.

Earlier KNLF ‘general secretary’ Lalmoi Haokip alleged that the Lokchao ambush was carried out by UKLF at the instruction of NSCN-IM. Flatly rejecting Lalmoi’s allegation, Daniel said that the same allegation was baseless and fabricated. The UKLF has a suspicion that the Lokchao ambush was carried out by a gang of criminals led by Lalmoi, Daniel said.

January 6

As many as nine vehicles were set on fire by about 30 cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Gondahur Police Station limits in Kanker District of Chhattisgarh. SP, ML Kotwani said the Maoists set ablaze eight tractors and one excavator. He said the Maoists had threatened to stop the road laying work in between Maharashtra’s Pendi village to Chhattisgarh's border. After the threat, the contractors from Maharashtra had parked their vehicles in the territory of Chhattisgarh, Kotwani said, adding that Police force was sent to the place of occurrence.

Five Naxals were arrested with arms and ammunition from Gumla and Garhwa Districts of Jharkhand. Two cadres of the PLFI were arrested from Palkot in Gumla District while three cadres of the TPC were arrested in Ranka, Garhwa District. A country made gun, bullets and mobile phones were found on PLFI cadres Vinay Gope and Ravi Gope while Police recovered 25 kilograms explosive from TPC cadres Rajesh Yadav and his aides Sunil Singh Kharwar and Mehboob Alam. Gumla SP, Chandan Kumar Jha said Vinay and Ravi had demanded INR 300,000 levy from a petrol bunk owner on December 30, 2016. In Garhwa, Police first arrested Rajesh. During interrogation, he revealed about his aides who were arrested from Ramkanda village. Police seized mobile phones, pamphlets and posters. TPC and PLFI are splinter groups of the CPI-Maoist.

The UMHA flagged the operational efficiency of SFs in the Naxal-affected areas as one of its biggest achievements during a presentation before PM Narendra Modi. The Ministry informed Modi that since the NDA Government came to power in May 2014, there had been a 45 per cent increase in the efficiency of Central Forces (CFs) in operations against the Naxals. In a presentation made by Home Secretary, Rajiv Mehrishi, Modi and other officials were informed that the number of Naxal cadres killed in 2016 had been the highest ever in six years. Eighty-Four cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in 2015 and in 2016, the number swelled to 218, which was an increase of 160 per cent. There was also an increase in the number of Police encounter from 237 in 2015 to 316 in 2016. UHM Rajnath Singh told in a press conference earlier this week that demonetization had increased the problems of CPI-Maoist and that they had weakened. The EFC has already given the go-ahead for an ambitious road project in the 44 worst Naxal-affected Districts. Under this project, the Government proposes to construct 5,412 km of roads and 126 bridges and it would cost INR 117.25 million. The Government is redrawing the ‘Red Corridor’ — the area affected by LWE — and may soon take off 20 Districts from the list of Naxal-affected areas. The 106 Districts which span 10 States — Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh — constitute the Red Corridor. Of these, 44 Districts are said to be the worst affected. India has a total of 683 Districts.

Al-Badr terrorist Muzzafar Ahmed, who had links with LeT, was gunned down by the SFs after heavy exchange of fire in Budgam District. Ahmed, who was wanted in several cases, was earlier associated with LeT. Also, a Policeman sustained critical injuries during the encounter.

The call traffic between hawala agents in India dropped almost by half post demonetisation, says a recent assessment by the central intelligence agencies. Payments to the end beneficiary of hawala deals are traditionally in cash, with INR 500 and INR 1,000 being the favoured denominations. The demonetisation of these high-value notes on November 9 severely affected hawala operators, and going solely by call traffic, their business may be down by 50%, said an intelligence source. Terror funds are mostly sourced in counterfeit currency, comprising high-quality fake notes that Indian agencies suspect are printed at the Pakistan government printing press in Quetta and its security press at Karachi. Given this fact and the drop in hawala transactions, demonetisation has dried up funds used for organised stone-pelting in J&K and paying overground terror supporters in the State. Intelligence officials claim that terrorism-related violence in J&K dipped by 60% post the cash ban, with only one major blast reported from the valley in December. An intelligence official claimed that apart from organised stone-pelting, a direct casualty of demonetisation in J&K was the overground network of terror facilitators. "The overground support base of terrorists depends on instant cash payments. A weakened OGW network due to demonetisation has resulted in several successful counterterrorist operations in the Valley over the past several weeks," said the officer.

A Field Assistant of Veterinary Department, identified as Ds Stephen (45) was shot by one unidentified assailant at Maringphai village, near Pallel in Tengnoupal District. Stephen who sustained bullet injuries on the calf and thigh had been taken to Jeevan Hospital, Kakching, and then shifted to a hospital of Imphal. According to the sources, it is not clear who the assailants are and what is the motive so far.

The ‘chairman’ of the KNLF wrote to the chairman of the JMG of the SoO, to delist the outfit from the KNO as it had merged with the UKLF. In the written communication sent to the chairman of the JMG, the ‘chairman’ of the KNLF said that all former members of the KNLF including the 'c in c’ had already been absorbed by the UKLF and hence to instruct the KNO not to mention KNLF or use the name of KNLF.

One militant of ULFA-I, identified as Lakheswar Baruah alias Lavang Axom was arrested by Bordumsa Police in association with Indian Army at Kathgalguri near Bordumsa in Tinsukia District. 

In a statement, the NSCN-IM strongly objected to India's decision to fence the borders between Myanmar and Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. In the statement, NSCN-IM said that such ‘artificial boundary fencing imposed upon the Naga people’ was against the will of the people and was gross violation of human rights. Other Naga groups like, NNC and ENDO were also against the fencing.

Combined team of Bishnupur District Police commandos and AR troopers recovered a 9 mm carbine machine gun along with one magazine from an abandoned Bajaj Discover bike at Torbung in Bishnupur District. However, the assailant, who was seen coming out from Torbung bazar Mamang Leikai with that bike and abandoned it at Torbung auto shed managed to escape.

January 7

Describing the counter-terrorism cooperation between India and the US under the eight years of Barack Obama administration as “incredibly successful”, Peter Lavoy, Senior Director for South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, White House, has said this has not only “diminished the threat” of terrorism in the two countries, but also foiled several terror plots. “I can tell you quite definitively that due to our partnerships, several terrorism plots were foiled. Indian lives and American lives were saved because of this partnership,” said Peter Lavoy. “So it’s a very significant development and I think, it can continue,” he added.

International radical outfit Street Daawah has opened offices in Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai to recruit non-Muslims, including those from the IT hubs in these cities, for enlisting them into suicide missions. The outfit had begun its operations in the UK and Australia in 2012 following which a number of youths were radicalised with presentation of concocted forms of Islam. In the wake of the outfit’s activities, a few Indians, including Indian- origin British national Siddarth Dhar, joined the Islamic State (IS). Dhar is also believed to be the new Jihadi John, a masked executioner for the IS whose videos relating to mass executions have been released by the Caliphate-seeking terror outfit after the liquidation of the original Jihadi John whose real name was Mohammad Emwazi, a British origin IS executioner. Many of the Street Daawah cadres have been known to have either joined the IS ranks or emerged as suicide bombers for them. As many as 25 suicide bombings have been committed globally by the Street Daawah cadres during the last few years.

India and Portugal called upon the global community to avoid double standards in addressing terror and to strengthen cooperation in combating international terrorism with zero tolerance towards it. “They underlined that states should not support any terror entity including ‘non-state actors’ on any grounds and that violent extremism fueled by misuse of internet and the social media needs to be countered. Similarly, networks of terrorist financing and terrorist infrastructure should be dismantled,” said a joint statement issued after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Portuguese counterpart, Antonio Costa.

Three Maoists, two of them carrying cash reward on their heads, were arrested from separate places in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. While a ‘commander’ rank cadre identified as Vetti Varsa was arrested from Katekalyan Police Station limits, two others were arrested from Kotwali Police Station area. Of them, Varsa was active as Jan militia ‘commander’ under Katekalyan area committee of Maoists, he said, adding that the rebel was carrying a reward of INR 100,000 on his head. Two others arrested were identified as Masa alias Kumma Madvi, head of Janatana Sarkar group and Panda, a member of the same group, he added. The two were tasked with the recruitment of fresh cadres for the banned outfit, the official said, adding Masa was also carrying a reward of INR 100,000 on his head.

Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist set ablaze three construction vehicles at Ruam village near Chaibasa in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. The attack was a reaction to the construction company's failure in paying levy. The damaged vehicles included two bulldozers and a mixer owned by RKS constructions. SP, Anish Gupta said, "We are tracing the rebels involved in the incident. The construction of this road, which had begun in 2014, has suffered repeated setbacks due to Maoist activities. Last year, Maoists had burnt vehicles involved in the construction of the same road after the company refused to pay levy."

Khunti Police conducted an operation, led by SP, Ashwini Jha, at Kuisar village forest in Khunti District of Jharkhand. Police had got a tip-off about a meeting of the PLFI in the forest, 25 kilometres from Khunti. Three country-made carbines, one regular carbine, two double barrel breach loading guns, three magazines and two haversacks were seized in the raid. Jha said, "We reached the location at 3:30 am and discovered a rebel camp. However, the rebels escaped by the time we reached the camp. We chased them for half a kilometer but failed to catch them. Maoists Jidan Gudiya, Prabhu Sahai Bodra, Bagrai Champiya, Pattu Naag and others were among those who fled.'' PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

Maoist ‘zonal commander’ Dimba Pahan (58), who carried INR 1.5 million reward on his head, surrendered before Khunti SP, Ashwini Kumar Sinha at his office. A native of Barigarha village in Arki area of Khunti of Jharkhand, Dimba joined the Maoists in 1998. He was involved in several cases of Ranchi, Khunti, Saraikela-Kharsawan and West Singhbhum Districts, including the killing of former Tamar MLA, Ramesh Singh Munda, Bundu DSP, Pramod Kumar Gupta and special branch inspector Francis Indewar. He also robbed an ICICI Bank cash van of over INR 50.7 million and 1.2 kilograms gold in May, 2008.

East Singhbhum District (Jharkhand) Police have intensified search operations at Ghurabandha and Dumaria in Ghatshila and deployed SFs along NH-33 in wake of a bandh call by Maoists on January 10 to protest killing of Supaye Tuddu on January 3.

Normal life in Jammu and Kashmir was affected due to shutdown called by separatists. Shops and commercial establishments remained closed across Srinagar and public transport was partially off the roads. The private vehicles were, however, plying normally. Street vendors had set-up their stalls at multiple places in the city’s civil line areas.

A complete shutdown was observed in Sopore town of Baramulla District, to mourn the killing of senior militant ‘commander’ associated with Al Badr Mujahideen, Muzzafar Ahmad Naiko alias Muz Molvi, who was killed on January 6 in an encounter. During the shutdown, hundreds of security men were deployed to prevent outbreak of protests across the Sopore town.

Two CRPF jawans, identified as constables Visvendar Jat and Brajesh Singh, were injured one of them seriously, in a powerful blast in Imphal West District. Police said the two constables were passing by in a bicycle when an IED planted by the wayside at Naoremthong Khullem Leikai under Lamphel Police Station exploded. The IED was detonated by suspected militants using a remote control device, they added. No outfit has claimed responsibility so far.

The UNC decided to continue its economic blockade during Manipur polls which will be held in the first week of March. The UNC also decided to ‘intensify’ the economic blockade in the meeting held at Senapati Town in Senapati District. 

January 8

The Q Branch of CID Police arrested an advocate from S. Alangulam village in Madurai District of Tamil Nadu on the charge of having links with CPI-MaoistThe Q Branch CID Police had been conducting surveillance on advocate A. Murugan ever since the two alleged CPI-Maoist cadres – Kala (53) and Chandra (51) – were arrested in Karur District on July 2016. Sources said that Murugan’s younger brother, Velmurugan (35), an active CPI-Maoist cadre, was accused in two naxal cases in Varushanadu in Theni District and Uthankarai in Coimbatore District. The advocate used to appear for CPI-Maoist in court. The Q Branch CID team seized a huge quantity of homeopathic medicines allegedly in possession of the advocate, which, sources claimed, were being supplied to some Maoists. A few printed literatures relating to Maoists were also alleged to have been recovered.

The Jharkhand Police are now concentrating their offensive on the CPI-Maoist ‘area commander’ Kanhu Munda in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. To revive people's confidence in the administration, Police have decided to hold a crime meeting at Gian village in Ghatshila subdivision. East Singhbhum Rural SP, Shailendra Burnwal said they had chosen Naxal-hit Gian for the meeting because Kanhu Munda hailed from the village. He added, "We are already carrying out anti-insurgency operations in Ghurabandha and Gian. The crime meeting at Kanhu Munda's village will surely make a difference among people who may have been associated with the Naxalites because they are petrified of Munda”. Police sources said there were four to five armed naxals in Munda's squad. "We are working on a plan in which villagers will no longer co-operate with the CPI-Maoist like they have been doing so far," SP Burnwal said. Munda's squad is active in the Ghurabandha region, which shares border with Mayurbhanj District of Odisha. Police will also hold a janata durbar for villagers of Gian. "At the durbar, local problems - including the ones that have cropped up owing to Naxalite activities - will be heard and resolved, if possible," the SP said.

UHM Rajnath Singh held a review meeting on Naxalism situation in Jharkhand with senior Police officials of CRPF and the State Police at Eastern Sector Headquarters of CRPF in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. A senior Police official told, “A demand was raised before the UMHA to increase the strength of SFs in the state to carry out anti-Naxal operations in the state, replying to which, he said that the demand will be taken up only after UP Election.” The State Police also requested the UHM to recommence the fund allocation for setting up of STF against terrorism which has been discontinued for quite some time. With security advisor K Vijay Kumar and CM Raghubar Das in tow, Singh claimed that the Centre's demonetization move has broken the backs of banned LWE organizations like PLFI and CPI-Maoist. Maintaining that dialogue was the only means to resolve differences, the minister urged armed groups to come to the discussion table and place their demands instead of 'stopping the development of the poor'. Singh, who inaugurated the Eastern Sector Headquarters of CISF in the state capital, said increasing the 'technological and core competence' of the forces is the need of the hour. The new Eastern Sector Headquarters in Ranchi's Tiril spreads over 158 acres. This new headquarters has been relocated from Bihar for better synergy, CISF Director General OP Singh said.

The dead bodies of the abducted civilians identified as, the village chief of N-Gamnom village S Otkhomang (57) and church chairman Tilpao Haokip (51) were found in Nungkham Gamnom Village in Manipur’s newly-created Tengnoupal District. Earlier, on January 6, these two civilians were abducted by some unidentified assailants and they were taken toward Indo-Myanmar border. According to the sources, the assailants also fired some rounds while taking away the duo. The sources also added that fatal bullet injuries were seen on the dead bodies. Regarding this sensitive issue, a joint meeting attended by members of various organisations including Hill Tribal Council, Meitei Council Moreh, Kuki Chiefs Association (Moreh Block) and women leaders was held and the meeting resolved to impose a bandh along Moreh road on January 9.

A hand grenade planted by unidentified assailants was recovered at the residence of Bishnupur DSP, Y Sushil’s wife at Thangmeiband Hijam Dewan Leikai in Imphal West District. After recovering the grenade, the bomb disposal squad of Manipur Police exploded it safely at a dumping site at Lamphelpat,

The Additional Secretary for Mizoram’s Home department Lalbiakzama said that the proposed repatriation of over 32,800 Brus lodged in six relief camps in Tripura was scheduled to begin from the second week of February, 2017. Lalbiakzama attended a meeting between the UMHA and Mizoram Government in New Delhi over the issue of the repatriation of the 5,413 Bru families.

One cadre of the Lamyanba Khuman faction of KCP-MC militant, identified as Kangabam Chaoba alias Mohen (63), who was involved in placing a hand grenade at the office of Pandam, an evening daily on December 26, 2016 was arrested by Imphal West District Police at Sagolband Kangabam Leikai area in Imphal West District. One Chinese hand grenade along with detonator and three demand letters were recovered from the arrested militant. The militant disclosed that he had been working under the command of self styled ‘commander’ Laishram Mangoljao alias Lamyanba Khuman of the militant group who was staying in Nepal. He also disclosed that he collected one Chinese hand grenade from another militant, AK Khamba (48) who was recently arrested by Imphal East District commandos.

A militant of NDFB-IKS, identified as Dhananjay Boro alias B.Dahal Thungri (32) was arrested by the Police along with Indian Army at Shantipur area under Runikhata Police Station in Chirang District. One 9mm Pistol, one magazine and 4 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the arrestee. The Chirang District SP Shankar Raimedhi said that the militant was a trained NDFB-IKS cadre of 38th batch and after training he had been operating in Baksa District. But he was on the run after anti-militancy operation was intensified in the state.

January 9

Three civilians working as labourers were killed in a pre-dawn terror attack by militants on a GREF camp near LoC in Akhnoor sector of Jammu District. Two or more militants attacked the GREF camp around 1 AM near LoC in Battal village, sources said. Militants likely infiltrated from across the border to carry out the terror attack, sources said. In the attack, three civilians were killed, they said, adding that the victims were working as labourers with GREF.

Four persons, including a woman, were arrested along with FICNs with a face value of INR 41,000 in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. The four came under Police scanner when their vehicle was checked, SP (Rural) Vinit Bhatnagar said. "Twenty fake notes in denomination of 2,000, a Rs 100 note, two pistols and a car have been seized from them," he added.

The UMHA reviewed the security situation in poll-bound Punjab and alerted the state Police on possible attempts by Pakistan’s ISI to foment trouble. Punjab will also see the largest deployment of SFs out of the 85000 Central Armed Police Forces personnel sanctioned by the UMHA for Assembly polls in five states. The UMHA asked the state Police to be on alert for communal incidents triggered by desecration of religious books, as had happened in 2015. The role of Pakistan was suspected in the incident. The BSF has been asked to step up vigil and keep a close tab on the activities along the border with Pakistan.

Islamic State (IS) is spreading its activities to Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said. "ISIS..Slowly it is establishing its activities. If you sanction Rapid Action Force, it will go a long way to control ISIS," Chandrababu told UHM Rajnath Singh. Chandrababu also wanted an additional battalion of CRPF for the state "to face Left Wing Extremism".

Two persons, identified as Ashish (23) and Krishan Bhardwaj (25) were arrested on January 9 for allegedly printing FICNs of INR 500 and INR 2000 denominations and circulating them in weekly markets in southwest Delhi. Police also recovered FICNs worth of INR 6,10,500 from them. The team probing the matter found that a syndicate, operating in Uttam Nagar, Dwarka among others, is involved in printing and circulating fake currency in the market to hamper country’s economy, DCP-(Southwest), Surender Kumar said.

The UMHA reviewed the security situation in poll-bound Punjab and alerted the State Police on possible attempts by Pakistan’s ISI to foment trouble. UMHA asked the State Police to be on alert for communal incidents triggered by desecration of religious books, as had happened in 2015. The role of Pakistan was suspected in the incident. The BSF has been asked to step up vigil and keep a close tab on the activities along the border with Pakistan. The meeting at UMHA was attended by Punjab DGP Suresh Arora. Punjab will also see the largest deployment of Security Forces out of the 85000 CAPF personnel sanctioned by the UMHA for Assembly polls in five states. “We expect violence only in Punjab and Manipur and are taking adequate measures,” said a senior UMHA official.

Even as Andhra Pradesh DGP, N Sambasiva Rao, recently claimed that the CPI-Maoist numbers have dwindled specially after the major encounter at Ramaguda in Bejjangi area in Odisha in October 2016, the CPI-Maoist is reportedly planning to set up a 'Janatana Sarkar' in the AOB. Despite losing ground in places like Palnadu and the South Andhra Districts like Krishna and West Godavari in the last two decades, Maoists have till date managed to retain their hold in the AOB Districts like East Godavari and Visakhapatnam. According to sources, members of the division committee and red guerrillas have been continuously conducting meetings in the AOB villages. 

UHM Rajnath Singh has said the Centre would establish Greyhounds Centre, sanction RAF and give one more CRPF battalion to curb terrorist and Naxal activities in Andhra Pradesh. UHM Singh laying the foundation stone for the construction of the campus for the NDRF 10th Battalion, at Kondapavuluru village in Gannavaram mandal, at a cost of INR 2 billion, said: “The Home Ministry has sanctioned more CRPF personnel for Andhra Pradesh and instructions have been given in this regard. Once elections are over in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and three other States the force will come to the State. The AP Government has sent a requisition for RAF and for setting up of Greyhounds, and we will look into the matter.” The Greyhounds was doing good work in Telangana State (TS) in controlling the LWE, and the Greyhounds Centre would be on par with TS, UHM Singh said. 

UHM Rajnath Singh has said that the menace of CPI-Maoist activities and infiltration into northeastern States came down drastically. Further he said that LWE declined by 55 per cent. Infiltration to northeastern States also decreased by over 70 per cent, he asserted.

A highly volatile situation was witnessed in the whole of Senapati town in Senapati District, following the arrest of leaders of ANSAM by AR. According to the report, ANSAM President Seth Shatsang, Finance Secretary of the association Joseph Adani and Executive Secretary AC Thotso were arrested by the AR personnel from Taphou area of Senapati town while they were enforcing the economic blockade. However they were released after the intervention of the Naga people.

After the arrest of the militant of Lamyanba Khuman faction of KCP-MC on January 8 by Manipur Police, who suspected to be involved in planting a hand grenade at the office of Pandam, an evening daily on December 26, 2016, a spokesperson of AR claimed that CorCom, an apex body of six outfits of Manipur responsible for the threatening of the local editors.

Sources in Assam Police said that at a time when majority of Karbi militant outfits were joining the peace process, PDCK was trying to spread its tentacles in the hill District. The source said that formed under the guidance of I.K. Songbijit, who was earlier the hardliner leader of NDFB-IKS, PDCK has reportedly launched a recruitment drive in the region. The source said, "Ever since the genocide of Adivasis in 2014, Songbijit got reportedly unpopular among the Bodos for his barbaric ways. Sidelined and pushed to Myanmar, the rebel leader formed PDCK with Karbi youths drawn from the NDFB faction." Many Karbi youths were recruited in the NDFB-IKS faction when Songbijit was heading it and Police suspect that these youths helped him to form the new outfit. According to the source, there are around 60 cadres under IK Songbijit in Myanmar training camps. The PDCK is talking about ‘sovereignty’ and it is backed by NSCN-K and ULFA-I, the source added.

The militant group, NSCN-R, in a statement, opposed the proposed Pangsha fencing (in the border of India and Myanmar) by India and Myanmar Government in the Nagaland. The statement said that ‘dividing the Nagas’ is ‘highly questionable and unacceptable.’

January 10

A special MCOCA court issued a production warrant against IM ‘co-founder’ Yasin Bhatkal and six others in connection with the July 13, 2011 Mumbai triple blasts case. “The court issued a production warrant against Yasin Bhatkal, who is presently lodged in Cherlapally central prison in Hyderabad,” an ATS official said. The official added that the court also issued warrants against three other accused lodged in the same jail. “Apart from them, production warrants were also issued for an accused lodged in Tihar jail in New Delhi and two others in Parappana Agrahara central jail in Bangalore,” the official added. Special MCOCA judge V V Patil directed that all the seven accused be brought before him on January 27.

Five CPI-Maoist cadres, including two ‘commander-level’ cadres, were killed in two separate exchanges of fire during an operation launched by Chhattisgarh Police in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. Senior officials, however, said that one DRG trooper was killed in the first exchange of fire with the Maoist cadres. Teams with close to 400 SFs entered the jungles in an area that is home to CPI-Maoist military company number two. D M Awasthi, Special Director General, anti-Maoist operations, “The operation was launched on a specific intelligence input about the presence of CPI-Maoist cadres in the area. In the first exchange of fire in the morning in Irpenar, four CPI-Maoist cadres were killed. One trooper was also hurt and evacuated, but he unfortunately passed away.” Intermittent firing continued. In the second exchange of fire, this time in the adjoining Kanker District’s Koylibeda area, one CPI-Maoist cadre was killed and an AK-47 recovered from his possession. The CPI-Maoist cadres killed in the first exchange of fire have been identified as Tirupati, ‘Divisional Commander’, East Bastar division, Ratna Markam, ‘medical in-charge’, company number 6, Shyamu Yadav of company number 6 and Mangalram Salam, a Janmilitia member from Irpenar. The body recovered in the second encounter has been identified as that of Roshan, ‘divisional commander’ of the North Bastar division. “It is clear that there has been a big loss to the CPI-Maoist cadres in this encounter. We have recovered the bodies, but our personnel have narrated stories of the CPI-Maoist cadres dragging away other members of their party under the cover of LMG fire. This indicates that these could be senior cadre,” Awasthi added.

SFs have recovered and defused as many as nine IEDs allegedly planted by CPI-Maoist in restive Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The explosives were planted near a culvert on a kuccha road between Bhejji and Injram villages under Bhejji Police Station limits, according to Sukma SP, Indira Kalyan Elesela.

Cadres of the PLFI attacked workers and set ablaze equipment at a pipeline laying site of IOC in Khunti District of Jharkhand. PLFI is a splinter group the CPI-Maoist. Armed PLFI cadres arrived at the site near Karo River on Tapkara-Rania Road under Tapkarao outpost late last night, beat up some labourers and set the equipment on fire. Two tractors, a dumper, an earth moving machine, two generator sets and a jointer machine used by a Bengaluru-based company hired by IOC were set ablaze.  SFs have launched a search operation to track down the Naxals. DGP, D K Pandey directed the Police to provide security to ensure completion of the work as well as other development works in Naxal-affected areas after he had a meeting with the District Armed Police, CRPF and Intelligence officials. Pandey said that Naxal and extremist activities would be wiped out from the state in 2017.

Five Naxals from different outfits were arrested along with arms and ammunition from Palamau and Garhwa Districts of Jharkhand. Umesh Paswan and Shyamdeo Singh Kharwar, and TPC-II member Satyendra Singh were arrested from different parts of Palamau. Shiv Kumar Korba and Mukhdeo Choudhary were arrested from Ramkanda area in Garhwa. TPC is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist while TPC-II, a splinter group of TPC. SFs have recovered a country made pistol, cartridges, five sets of camouflaged uniforms, mobile phones, TPC pamphlets and a motorcycle from their possession. 

Naxals belonging to JSJMM attacked a road construction site in Bharno, Gumla District of Jharkhand.

Ahead of the process of filing of nomination papers for the three-tier panchayat elections, the CPI-Maoist has warned the tribals of Malkangiri District of Odisha, to abstain from the poll. More than 500 tribal residents of Ralegada panchayat, on the other side of cut-off Chitrakonda reservoir, took out a protest rally and dared the Government to hold elections in the area. The villagers, under the aegis of ‘Malkangiri Zilla Adivasi Rayat Kuli Sangha’, a frontal organisation of CPI-Maoist, organised a meeting at Ralegada panchayat, which was also attended by top Maoist leader Raman. Shouting slogans against the Government, they protested the BJD’s failure to provide basic needs to the villagers over the years. The Maoist-supported villagers declared to boycott the panchayat election over the issue. At the meeting, which continued for more than an hour, the rebel leaders have threatened that those who participate in the poll process will be punished in a ‘Praja Court’. The electorates have been threatened that their thumbs would be chopped off if they dare to go for voting. 

A top LeT militant was killed in a gun battle in Bandipora District. SFs including 13-RR of army and SOG of JKP, Bandipora, cordoned off Parray Mohalla Hajan in the District. A LeT militant, who was hiding in a house opened fire on the troops, leading to a gun battle in which he was shot dead by the troops. After the gun battle during searches one AK 47, three AK Magazines, three hand grenades, one radio set, one pouch, one matrix sheet and 200 AK rounds were recovered from the encounter site. The militant was identified as Abu Maviya of LeT.

SFs including 55 RR and SOG Shopian cordoned off Heff Shermal in Shopian District. There are seven militants of LeT from the village and SFs had information about their movement in the village. However, the operation was later called off and no one was arrested. 

SFs including 50 RR, 183 Battalion of CRPF and SOG Kakapora cordon off Kandi Zal area of Pampore in Pulwama District. Sources said that the SFs had information about presence of Reyaz Dar of LeT and his associates in the village. However, the operation was later called off. 

SFs including 55 RR and SOG Awantipora cordon off Khandaypora, Awantipora in Pulwama District. They had information about presence of Reyaz Naiku of HM and his associates in the village. However, the operation was later called off. 

SFs including 42 RR and SOG Awantipora cordon off Batpora, Noorpora, Tral in Awantipora area of Pulwama District. They had information about presence of some militants in the area. The troops also cordoned off Ratsuna in Tral area of Awantipora. However, the operations at these places were later called off.

A soldier was injured in a mine explosion in forward area of Mankote sector in Poonch District. Official sources said that Naik Deepak Singh of 15 Mahar Regiment received serious injuries in his legs when a land mine exploded as he over stepped it while patrolling. The injured soldier was rushed to unit hospital and then shifted to Military Hospital, Rajouri.

Unidentified assailants hurled nine petrol bombs at the resident of Tamenglong DC, M Luikham in Tamenglong District. Out of nine, five bombs exploded, but no injuries were reported. According to the report, the guards at the residence of M Luikham opened several rounds of fire in the air to ward off the attackers. The identity of the attackers is not yet confirmed, as no militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. 

Unidentified assailants allegedly attacked BJP activist, Mohammad Rajauddin’s residence at Mayang Imphal Bengoon in Imphal West District by firing numerous rounds. According to the report, a group of unidentified assailants travelling inside a four wheeler vehicle allegedly attacked the resident. No injuries were reported, and identity of the assailants was also unknown so far. 

A team of Imphal East District Police arrested a KCP militant, identified as Ningthoujam Yamba Singh alias Sanayamba (35) at Keirao Awang Leikai in Imphal East District. Incriminating articles were recovered from the arrested militant.

Eleven traders were abducted by suspected militants near Gasuapara in South Garo Hills District. However, out of 11, eight traders managed to escape from the abductors. The three traders, who are still in the captivity of the abductors, are identified as Tamal Dey (38), Dulan Mahanta (36) and Durgapada Dutta (35). All these three traders are from Dalu in West Garo Hills District.

The terms of the ceasefire agreements with NDFB-RD and NDFB-P had been extended by six months. According to the official sources, the Joint Secretary (North East) of the UMHA and senior officials of the State Government had discussions with leaders of the NDFB-RD and NDFB-P to review the ceasefire agreements. The meetings decided to increase the term of the agreements by six months with effect from January 1 this year (2017).  

Security was beefed up after a bomb threat to a bridge at Jirighat in Cachar District by militant groups. Ahead of the Assembly elections in Manipur, intelligence report said that the NSCN-IM or the NSCN-K might blast the Jirighat Bridge, which connects Assam and Manipur.

One militant of NSCN-IM, identified as self styled ‘corporal’ Phawang Wangsu was arrested by AR at Niausa village in Longding District. One pistol, live ammunition and opium was recovered from the arrested militant.

The AR arrested one NSCN-K militant, identified as Velasayi (35) along with arms at Jail Colony in Kohima District. One point 22 mm pistol was recovered from the arrestee.

One militant of NSCN-K, identified as ''corporal'' Cheimang, was arrested from Mon Town in Mon District by AR. One .22 mm pistol along with ammunition and some other indoctrinatory documents were recovered from the arrested militant. According to PRO of AR, IGAR-N, the militant was involved in illegal ''tax collection'' for NSCN-K.

The ADGP, L R Bishnoi, said that Chinese intelligence agencies had been helping various insurgent groups of North Eastern India having bases in Myanmar. L R Bishnoi also claimed that the chief of ULFA-I, Paresh Barua had currently set up base in Ruili, a Chinese town in the Myanmar border. He said that Paresh Barua had drawn up plans to supply arms procured from Chinese agencies to smaller armed groups of the North-eastern region. “Chinese intelligences have been helping, directly or indirectly various insurgent groups of the North-eastern region that have their bases and hideouts inside Myanmar. These groups are under increasing influence of the Chinese agencies, and ULFA-I leader Paresh Barua is among those top leaders who have been in regular touch with the Chinese liaison office in Ruili on the China-Myanmar border,” ADGP LR Bishnoi said.

Giving a break-up of the cadre strength of different North-eastern rebel groups in Myanmar, ADGP Bishnoi also said that while the NSCN-K had over 1,000 cadres there, PLA– a Manipuri group came second with over 250 men. “Taking into account at least ten North-eastern rebel groups having their bases and hideouts in Myanmar, there should be close to 2,500 militants from the region in that country. Of them NSCN-K alone has a little over 1,000 men, followed by around 260 of the PLA, 230 of the UNLF and a little over 200 of the ULFA-I,” Bishnoi said. According to him, the strength of the NSCN-IM there would be between 80 and 120, NDFB-IKS about 160, KYKL, PREPAK and PREPAK-Pro around 10 each. “Two things that have been happening there is that while the rebel groups of the region work in close coordination, they get almost 100 per cent support from the local communities close to the Indo-Myanmar who belong to various Naga tribes. These villagers not only provide them food and shelter, but also guide them through the mountainous track,” Bishnoi said.

January 11

Odisha Government has targeted to complete the Gurupriya Setu (bridge) in Naxal-affected Malkangiri District of Odisha by the end of September 2017.The bridge which was opposed by the CPI-Maoist. On completion the bridge will connect the cut off area with the main land and provide access to more than 25,000 tribal people who were cut off from the mainland of Malkangiri after Chitrakonda Reservoir was constructed in 1964 for Balimela Hydel Project.

Two militants were killed by the Army as it foiled an infiltration bid along the LoC in Poonch sector in Poonch District. An Army spokesman said the troops present along the LoC detected movement of two terrorists along the Betar Nala in the wee hours of January 10 and engaged them with heavy automatic fire. “While one terrorist was eliminated by afternoon of January 10 the second was eliminated today (January 11),” he said. He said the bodies of the slain terrorists and their weapons lie on the LoC.

CM Mehbooba Mufti said that 4088 missing persons and terrorists belonging to J&K, who had crossed the borders, are still in Pakistan and PoK. She was responding to the question of BJP MLA from Jammu East, Rajesh Gupta, in the Legislative Assembly. “As per the figures of the Home Department, 4088 missing persons and terrorists are still camping/residing in Pakistan and PoK”, she said. It is pertinent to mention here that during peak of militancy in this State huge number of misguided youth had crossed over the borders to get arms training in the camps established in different parts of Pakistan and PoK by the outfits of terrorists and ISI, Pakistan's external intelligence agency.

One ZUF militant, identified as Abel Gangmei (30) was killed by suspected NSCN-IM cadres at Padanpung village in Noney District. Two spent cartridges were recovered near the dead body of the militant.

Eleven persons, including six NSCN-IM militants were arrested and arms were recovered by the Thoubal District Police in three separate incidents from different parts of the Thoubal District. In the first incident, a team of Thoubal District Police led by SP M Pradeep conducted a search operation at Tuisem village under Pallel Police Station and arrested seven persons including three former NSCN-IM cadres who failed to produce proper identification proof. Four SSBL guns and one unauthorized weapon were recovered in the operation.

In the second incident, the Police team carried out a search operation at Khangshim village under Kakching Police Station and arrested a sympathizer and a self styled ‘captain’ of NSCN-IM identified as Hongsha Moshel (32) and Ashang Hongsha (42) respectively. One .38 pistol with four live rounds, two mobile phone handsets and a wallet containing some documents were recovered from their possession.

In the third incident, the Police carried out search operation at Serou quarry area where they arrested two NSCN-IM cadres, identified as Bungdon Bingham Ningham (29) and Seltun Thohrin Anal (23), who were collecting ‘illegal tax’ from trucks at that area. One .32 pistol loaded with one live round and a sum of INR 1100 were recovered from the arrestees.

One arms dealer, identified as Abdul Huissen alias Japan (38) was arrested by Bishnupur District Police commandos, at a mobile vehicle check post at Moirang Lamkhai along Tiddim road in Bishnupur District. One 9 mm pistol along with a magazine was recovered from the arrestee.

A strategic group meeting of the Unified Command Structure was held that focused on the increasing activities of JMB and other insurgent groups in Assam. In the meeting, UMHA Joint Secretary Satyendra Garg was present along with Assam Chief Secretary VK Pipersania, Home Commissioner LS Changsan and top officials of other security agencies including the Indian Army.

After the meeting DGP of Assam, Mukesh Sahay said, “In today’s meeting, we held detailed discussion on the activities of JMB and other insurgent groups in Assam. All security agencies have been put on high alert for approaching Republic Day.” According to the sources, in recent years, at least 40 cadres and linkmen of JMB were arrested in different parts of Assam.

A patrolling party of SSB carried out an operation in the area of Riphu Reserve Forest and busted a camp of NDFB-IKS. The patrolling party recovered sleeping bag for six persons, three country-made guns, one diary, four solar plates, SIM cards, 10 blankets, mosquito nets and many food items, along with various cooking utensils and clothes.

According to the sources, the GNLA still had 30 active members including self-styled ‘c-in-c’ Sohan D Shira and others wanted leaders like Kamdak and Megam. The Meghalaya DGP Swaraj Bir Singh said, “The GNLA has been weakened but there is certain nucleus located in separate areas that needed to be overrun.” The sources also said that the GNLA was still in touch with the ULFA-I leadership.

January 12

The ‘c-in-c’ of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup, identified as Khoirom Ranjit alias Rocky alias Great Macha (35) was arrested at Mayur Vihar area in East Delhi along with a female cadre of the militant group identified as Inungbam Sanatombi Devi (26). The Delhi Police recovered 100-150 mobile SIM cards and laptops from the militant leader and his associate in Delhi. The Delhi Police also disclosed other information related to the militant group after interrogation. DCP-(special cell) Sanjeev Yadav said, “They are involved in large number of cases of terror activities like lobbing of grenades, shoot-outs, killings, planting of bombs, running extortion network by intimidating businessmen and politicians."

India roundly condemned the terrorist attacks that happened in Kabul and Kandahar in Afghanistan on January 10, with an official statement pointing a finger at Pakistan without naming it. The Ministry of External Affairs statement emphasised the "inhumane suffering inflicted on the peace-loving people of the region by the abominable phenomenon of international terrorism, which sadly continues to have its epicentre in our region and is pursued brazenly as an instrument of state policy to achieve narrow political objectives."

PM Narendra Modi also wrote a letter to Afghanistan President, Ashraf Ghani condemning the terrorist strike, particularly the explosions that targeted UAE officials in Kandahar that left both the UAE ambassador to Afghanistan and the governor of the province injured. "India condemns these attacks on Afghanistan, and on its legitimate authority. Such attacks are unacceptable and are aimed at undermining the progress made by the people of Afghanistan against all odds," he said.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault pressed for “decisive action” against Pakistan-based terror groups such as the LeT, JeM and HuM, which “are targeting” India. France vowed to work with New Delhi to get JeM ‘chief’ Masood Azhar proscribed by the UNSC.French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault also said: “The international community’s determination to combat terrorism must be the same everywhere, regardless of the threat.

In addition, on the cross-LoC surgical strikes carried out by India in September 2016 after an attack on the Uri Army camp in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Ayrault, said that a country had a “right to defend itself” in the wake of such threats.

On the front of counter-terrorism activities, he said, France and India hold “constant and very operational exchanges” on the terrorist threat. “We have a bilateral working group that brings together all the players concerned over counter-terrorism, and, among others, cooperation with regard to investigations and between our respective intervention units, the GIGN [Groupe d'intervention de la Gendarmerie nationale] from the French side, and the National Security Guards [NSG] from the Indian side. I welcome the development of all these cooperations,” Mr. Ayrault said.

Ahead of Indian Republic Day, Indo-Pakistan border adjoining Rajasthan is on an high alert following intelligence input over possibility of infiltration bid by suicide attackers. Patrolling on the International Border in the state has been intensified. According to sources, input received by the officials hint at terrorists are expected to try and cross the border along with consignment of heroin and explosives. After these inputs, BSF has been further alerted and directed to be extra alert. The night curfew is already on and additional security forces have been deployed at the sensitive places and vigil is being done with surveillance gadgets. BSF is also going to start operation Sard Hawa in next 2-3 days.

Confirming about increasing vigilance at the borders, BSF official sources said that at the international borders adjoining Rajasthan, strict vigilance is being made. Patrolling is being done at the borders and surveillance is being done through gadgets and additional alertness is being kept. Sources said that during the night, curfew is being imposed and directions have been given to shoot at sight on those violating the curfew.

The UAE Ambassador to India, Ahmed Albanna, assured that UAE will cooperate with India in order to enable it to get hold of Dawood Ibrahim. Albanna said that UAE is determined to have a strong strategic relationship with India and will be signing a strategic cooperation agreement with the country soon. Condemning the global terrorism, Albanna said that some countries are using terrorists for proxy war, which needs to be stopped soon.

A CRPF jawan and a sniffer dog were injured in a pressure bomb blast allegedly triggered by CPI-Maoist cadres in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The incident took place when a ROP of CRPF’s 85th battalion was out to ensure security to a patch on Bijapur–Bhopalpattanam road. When the party reached near Chinna Kodepal village in Mahadev Ghat area, dog master Surendra Kumar stepped over the pressure IED connection. 

Two Maoists, one of them carrying cash reward on his head, surrendered before the Police in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. The cadres, identified as Kaveram Salaam and Jagnu Salaam (30), turned themselves in at Narayanpur District headquarters, Narayanpur ASP, Anil Soni said. They were active as members of the Bagjhar Janatana Sarkar group of Maoists in the Benoor Police Station area of the District. They were assigned tasks like arranging meetings as well food for rebels, dropping Maoist pamphlets and posters, collecting information and inputs and others local work, he said adding that Kaveram was carrying a reward of INR 10,000 on his head.

The ‘group commander’, Abhay, of the TPC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, was killed in an encounter under Chainpur Police station area of Palamu District of Jharkhand. The encounter took place between the team from Garhwa Police, along with a contingent of the JAP. SFs have recovered two rifles, cartridges, batteries, their chargers, blankets and other materials. 

Three cadres of the (PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, who were part of the group that set ablaze heavy machinery engaged in IOC’s Paradip-Ranchi-Raipur underground pipeline project on January 10, were arrested from Murhu area of Khunti District of Jharkhand. The trio has been identified as Dinesh Gudiya - brother of PLFI ‘zonal commander’ Jeedan Gudiya - Sunil Nag and Batu Kachchhap. PLFI pamphlets and jerry cans, used for carrying fuel like petrol or kerosene oil, were also recovered from them.

Two civilians, Ramesh Atala (27) and Manohar Atala (55) were killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The Gadchiroli Police statement said that the Maoists shot the victims claiming they were ‘Police informers’. It added that the victims were farmers and provided food to Maoists and travelled with them to nearby villages. The Police claimed that CPI-Maoist fear their influence is reducing in the District as developmental work by the administration has earned the confidence of tribals. A section of the Police has claimed that the latest killing was carried out by Chatgaon LOS which is headed by ‘commander’ Yogesh.

Intelligence agencies have identified 12 active terror launch pads with 300 terrorists in Pakistan. The launch pads were identified as Balakot, Garhi Habibullah, Batrasi, Mashar-e-Akshah, Abdullah bin Mausam, Dalai, Chela Bandi, Kotli, Dungi, Gulpar, Barali and Mandakuli. According to an intelligence report there are "reception" areas within Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, where these terrorists would be received. The reception areas where the terrorists meet their handlers, who provide them logistics and money, are Lojab Valley, Rajwar forest, Bandipora, Kazikund, Rafiabad and Naugam.

A civilian was killed and three others were injured when unidentified armed men attacked an Imphal-bound convoy of loaded trucks escorted by heavy security personnel at Imphal-Jiribam road in Lukhambi of Noney District. The deceased has been identified as one Dikhonang (25) of Tamenglong while the injured were identified as Thuannilung (31) – a school teacher from Taobam village, Jacky Kahmei (30) of Tamenglong, and Nipen Kalita (24). According to Police, a convoy of over 500 goods-laden trucks was on their way towards Imphal when they were attacked by the unidentified people with sophisticated weapons, killing one civilian and injuring three others at the spot. However, a separate source said that the victims (all civilians) were travelling in a car when the incident happened. The Police report said the injured were rushed to AR Unit Hospital, Noney where they were treated but later sent to Imphal for better treatment. However, Police did not divulge any information on whether they retaliated to the alleged ambush.

A cadre of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup, identified as Pukhrihongbam Ibomcha was arrested in Imphal in Manipur. A 9 mm pistol and 2 hand grenades were recovered from his possession.

The ZUF categorically clarified that Abel Gangmei (30), who was killed by suspected NSCN-IM militant at Padangpung village in Noney District on January 11 was not related to the outfit and he was a civilian.

The ‘c-in-c’ of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup, identified as Khoirom Ranjit alias Rocky alias Great Macha (35) was arrested at Mayur Vihar area in East Delhi along with a female cadre of the militant group identified as Inungbam Sanatombi Devi (26). The Delhi Police recovered 100-150 mobile SIM cards and laptops from the militant leader and his associate. The Delhi Police also disclosed other information related to the militant group after interrogation. DCP (special cell) Sanjeev Yadav said, “They are involved in large number of cases of terror activities like lobbing of grenades, shoot-outs, killings, planting of bombs, running extortion network by intimidating businessmen and politicians."

Unidentified assailants hurled a crude bomb at the residence of Hokuto Zhimomi, a BJP candidate for DMC polls, at Veterinary colony of Burma camp area in Dimapur District. The blast damaged the concrete floored compound but no casualties were reported. Police recovered some plastic materials from the spot.

Meghalaya Police announced a reward of INR 200,000 on the whereabouts of Reding T. Sangma, the ‘c-in-c’ of militant group ASAK. SP of South Garo Hills District, Anand Mishra, while announcing the reward, said, “Any person who provides any information which leads to the apprehension of Reding T. Sangma will be rewarded in cash a sum of INR 2 lakh by the office of the Superintendent of Police, South Garo Hills.”

January 13

Naushad, a resident of Bijnor (Uttar Pradesh), who was acquitted of terror charges was arrested again by Police. Police had arrested Naushad in 2007 claiming that he was planning a terror attack. However, in 2015 he was acquitted by a special court after spending more than eight years in jail. The Uttar Pradesh government had challenged the order in the High Court. The High Court had issued a non-bailable warrant against him in December, 2016. Naushad, who was arrested in Bijnor, will be taken into transit remand and brought to Lucknow on January 16. The next hearing of the matter is on January 31.

A special NIA court in New Delhi, levelled charges against Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal in a matter related to conspiring terror attacks in various parts of India. The charges against Jundal, who is also the convict in the Aurangabad arms haul case, have been framed under the IPC Section 153 A and other sections of UAPA.The trial on the same will begin from January 31, 2017.

A case was registered on June 8, 2012 under section 18 of UAPA against Jundal and his associates, who happened to be the members of LeT. After the Mumbai terror attack of 26/11 (November 26, 2008), Jundal with senior functionaries of LeT hatched the conspiracy in Pakistan in 2010 to recruit youngsters from India for terrorist activities and to promote enmity between different groups in the name of religion. In August, 2016 the designated MCOCA court sentenced life imprisonment to Jundal in the Aurangabad arms haul case.

Six SF personnel were injured in an IED blast in Burha Pahari area of Latehar District of JharkhandThe blast took place during an encounter with the cadres of the CPI-Maoist. Officials said that three explosions took place first around 5:30 AM, then another took place around 10 AM and then again at 1 PM. Two Assistant Commandants of CRPF, one head constable and two SIs and a Jharkhand Police jawan were injured.

One Naxalite, identified as Mahendra Manjhi, was arrested in a major anti-Naxal operation carried by the 26th CRPF and local Police in Lugu-pahari forest area in Gomia block in Bokaro District of Jharkhand. The CRPF also seized large quantity of fire arms, including a rifle of .315, with one magazine, three .315 cartridges and five 303 cartridges from him. Mahendra was a close associate of Santosh Mahto group. However, no loss of life reported and no Policemen were injured in the operation, said ASP, Sanjay Kumar (Operations).

The CPI-Maoist cadres abducted five persons including four Odisha Government officials from Chitrakonda in Malkangiri District.  Odisha is going to have panchayat elections on February 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 2017. Sources said a group of Maoists produced them at a ‘Praja Court’ at Similipodar village. The five persons have been identified as poll officials Hrushiskesh Naik and Purshottam Behra, junior engineers Praveen Soren and Kamini Kanth as well as Jodamba village head Lakshaman Sisa's son Manoranjan Sisa, sources said. However, another officer Lingaraj Majhi managed to escape.

The District Police have arrested a relative of Naxalite, Thota Ramulu (35), in Karimnagar District of Telangana. Ramulu is the relative of Jadala Nagaraju, a surrendered Naxalite told Karimnagar Commissioner of Police, V B Kamalasan Reddy. Police have recovered 50 rounds of ammunition of different weapons, a 18mm rifle, one SBBL rifle, three DBBL rifles, one 9 mm carbine, one .32 pistol, a 8mm tapancha from his house at Karimnagar town.

The BSF foiled major infiltration attempt by a group of four to six militants, trying to infiltrate into the Indian Territory, along the IB in Samba sector in Samba District by killing one of them and forcing others to retreat to Pakistan. Official sources said the BSF troops observed the movement of four to six militants, who were moving towards the Indian Territory along Tarnah Nullah between Samba and Hiranagar sectors on the IB. As the alert BSF troops challenged the militants, after heavy exchange of firing one of the militants was killed on spot while others were reported to have retreated to Pakistan taking cover of darkness in the area. The BSF didn’t suffer any casualties in the encounter.

SFs busted a militant hideout and recovered cache of arms and ammunition in Charmar area of Surankote in Poonch District. Acting on tip off, police and army launched joint operation in Charmar area of Surankote and recovered the cache of arms and ammunition from an underground dump, which included two AK 56, two Chinese pistols, two RPG guns, four HE 36 grenades, 10 AK magazines, 302 AK ammunition, LMG ammunition 88, sniper ammunition 12, one wireless set damaged, one bayonet cover, three pistol magazines, two pistols ammunition, three M 16 Rocket and one 51 motor ammunition.

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat made it clear that more surgical strikes cannot be ruled out as India has the “right to retaliate” if Pakistan does not react positively to offers of peace. General Rawat also said India needs to “wait and watch” the Pakistani response in Jammu and Kashmir. He accepted that challenges of proxy war, insurgency and terrorism will keep India embroiled for “years to come”. The General said the DGMOs of both sides have spoken to each other and want peace and tranquillity along the LoC. The two officers spoke on November 23, 2016 and since then there has been relative peace along the LoC, he said. Asked if surgical strikes conducted along the LoC, and operations conducted in Myanmar, would now be part of the doctrine, the Army chief said, “We have told the adversary to accept peace and in case that offer is not reciprocated this method of operations (surgical strikes) shall continue”. He also said the aim is to ensure peace and tranquillity and it (surgical strike) shall not be needed if there is peace.

Police arrested a KCP militant, identified as Rishikesh Singh (41), from Sangakpham Bazar area in Imphal West District. Incriminating articles were also recovered from his possession.

Thounaojam Shyamkumar , MLA from INC, denied Delhi Police's charge that he had nexus with the arrested militant leader of the KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup. ‘C-in-c’ of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup, identified as Khoirom Ranjit alias Rocky alias Great Macha (35) was arrested from New Delhi on January 12.

January 14

In a shocking report that discloses the state of Police Stations and Police Forces, it has been revealed that even basic infrastructure to fulfill their duties have not been provided to the Police Stations. Many of the Police Stations do not have the basic facilities such as vehicles, phones and wireless to carry out their duties more effectively. As per the report, there are a total of 15,555 Police Stations in the country and out of these, 188 Police Stations are without a single vehicle, 402 lack telephone lines and 134 don’t have wireless sets. 65 of these neither have a telephone line nor wireless set, as per the data accumulated by the BPR&D.

Insurgency-struck Manipur has the maximum number of Police Stations without a phone or wireless set. The North-east State has 43 Police Stations without phones or wireless sets. Chhattisgarh has 161 Police Stations without vehicles. MP has 111 Police Stations without any telephone line. MP is followed by Meghalaya and Manipur at 67 Police Stations each. UP also has 51 Police Stations without a telephone line and 17 without wireless, the report says. BPR&D figures revealed that there are only 10.13 vehicles for 100 Policemen at the national level. Only 1,75,358 vehicles in all available for law enforcement. Maharashtra has the maximum number of vehicles (17,131), followed by Tamil Nadu (15,926) and UP (13,452). “In the case of Chhattisgarh and MP, most Police Stations are in Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)-affected areas where wireless sets or vehicles are often snatched by Naxalites [Left Wing Extremists (LWEs)]. This cannot be an excuse as police need at least phones, vehicles and wireless sets for communication and mobility,” said an official. There were 22,80,691 Police officers across all States and Union territories (UTs) as of January 2016. The issue is particularly serious in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, UP, West Bengal, Dadar & Nagar Haveli and Delhi where there is one Policeman for 1,100 people.

After reports on abduction of five poll officials in Malkangiri District of Odisha on January 13, the abducted officials claimed that they were in the captivity of the LWEs and produced before a praja court. Of the five poll officials, two of them – gram panchayat technical assistants Praveen Soren and Kaminikanta Singh – have narrated their ordeal to media after their release. “We were abducted while we were on duty at our respective panchayats. We were taken to a place near Gora Setu and produced before a praja court where around 20-22 Maoists were present. The ultras threatened us not to participate in the panchayat polls and asked us to go back,” Kaminikanta Singh said. Another abducted official Praveen Soren said: “The Maoists told me that whether it is police encounter or other issues, district administration has not reached out to people. The villagers have been deprived of the welfare schemes. They will not allow polls to be held in the region till the government benefits reach them.”

The separatists in J&K have further scaled down their ongoing agitation by restricting the strike call to every Friday and have asked people to observe a 'black day' on Republic Day. In a fresh protest programme issued late last night (January 14), the separatists - hardline APHC-G chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, moderate APHC-M chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik - asked the people to observe strike only on Fridays. In view of Republic Day, the separatists have called for a shutdown on Thursday (January 19) as well this week. They have also called for joint protest on Monday (January 16) after the afternoon prayer.

In terms of militancy related violence, Assam was the only State in the Northeast which recorded higher casualties during 2016, as compared to the previous year (2015). Referencing Government official records, a report said that, in 2016 (up to November), Assam recorded a total of 80 casualties, including 29 civilians, 4 security personnel and 47 extremists. But, in 2015, Assam recorded 58 killings, including 9 civilians and 49 insurgents.

Significantly, the number of civilian casualties in the State rose sharply to 29 in 2016 from 9 in 2015. In 2014, 168 civilian fatalities were recorded. In 2013, 35 civilians were killed in insurgency-related violence across the State. Similarly, casualties among the SFs also increased from zero in 2015 to four in 2016. Due to sustained operations by SFs, 47 militants belonging to various insurgent groups lost their lives during 2016, as against 49 in 2015, 102 in 2014 and 52 in 2013 in the State. According to the high level security sources, there was a substantial decline in insurgency related incidents in 2015. In that year, the level of violence steeply declined to the lowest since 1997. Official records further state that 125 persons were kidnapped in Assam in 2013, 94 in 2014, 27 in 2015 and 14 in 2016. On the other hand, 348 extremists were arrested in 2013, 319 in 2014, 645 in 2015 and 343 in 2016 in the State.

According to the security sources the militant groups having bases in Myanmar have started using different routes of Arunachal Pradesh-Myanmar border to enter into the North East region. Earlier, Nagaland-Myanmar border was considered to be the most vulnerable. Sources said that though some militants are still sneaking to the country through Nagaland, most such infiltrations are taking place through Arunachal Pradesh which is considered to be a peaceful state. Security sources said that most such movements were taking place through the Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh. The Arunachal Pradesh CM also held a high level meeting with senior officers of the Army and paramilitary forces last month to discuss the situation.

The UNC of Manipur opposed the fencing work between India and Myanmar and ''appealed to Nagas'' to jointly oppose it. The fencing work is on at remote Pangsha village in Nagaland’s Tuensang District. The NSCN-IM, NSCN-K, ENPO and several other Nagaland based social organization had also opposed the move to fence the India-Myanmar border in Nagaland.

The Government officials said that the UHM Rajnath Singh had sought a report on the ambush of January 12 on NH 37 in Manipur in which one person was killed and three injured.

CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze three vehicles involved in road construction work in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. According to Police, the Maoists raided camp of a construction company at Roam village situated under Guwa Police Station and set the three vehicles on fire.

January 15

France has reiterated its support to India's pitch to get JeM 'chief' Masood Azhar designated as a global terrorist, days after China blocked such a proposal at the UN. It added that there are "very strong arguments in favour" of designating Azhar as an international terrorist and said that it wants to see decisive action taken against terror groups targeting India.  French Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrhoo, who was on a four-day India visit, stated that France is also a co-sponsor of the proposal to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. He regretted the fact that despite joint attempts by France and India and wide support from the Sanctions Committee, unanimity could not be reached.  He further said that JeM is already included in the UN Sanctions Committees list of terror organisations.

Anti-terror intelligence agencies have found instances of medicines from India landing up with the Islamic State (IS). The agencies strongly suspect that medicines supplied to the Gulf countries were ending up in Syria and Iraq for the use of the terror group.

At the recent All-India Police Science Congress in Kerala, a top IPS official of the IB noted during a discussion on the IS: “A total of 70 incidents of violence have been reported outside the area of ISIS control in 20 countries including several lone wolf attacks. The targets have been remarkably similar to the ones chosen by other terror outfits targeting India, whether it is the Indian Mujahideen or the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba.” The officer said, “There have been loose ISIS motivated or inspired groups in Hyderabad (one led by one Yazdani), one in Roorkee and lone wolves like in Parbhani. Instances of supply of logistics have come to our notice, particularly in the form of supply of medicines.”

According to top IB sources, around 300 individuals in India are on the radar of various Police forces and central agencies for their “proclivity towards the ISIS cause”.

So far, around 100 persons have tried to travel to join IS and around 67 have reached the area of operation of the extremist group. Agencies have arrested about 60 persons, including some in Telangana state for linkages to the IS.

Explaining the magnitude of the problem, an IB officer said, “Over 70 lakh Indians work in the Gulf and West Asia and remain vulnerable to radical propaganda.” Several expats from Hyderabad based in the UAE and Saudi Arabia have joined the IS, as has one person from Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh who was based in Kuwait. Analysis by the police has revealed that recent IS recruits from India were young - about 90 per cent in the 18-33 age group. More specifically, half the recruits from India were in the 23-28 age group. About 70 per cent had a technical background and 50 per cent were graduates.

Investigations following the arrest of five members of a group called Base Movement in November 2016 have revealed that a leader of the group was involved in four blasts carried out in Madurai between 2011 and 2014,. The five members were arrested by the NIA from Madurai in Tamil Nadu in connection with a series of bomb blasts at court premises in South India. One of the arrested men, N Abbas Ali, who is linked to former operatives of Al Ummah, has revealed that he planted four bombs in Madurai between 2011 and 2014. Ali is accused by the NIA of planning and executing blasts in the premises of courts in Chittoor, Kollam, Mysuru, Nellore and Malapuram between April 7 and November 1, 2016.

Following are the accounts of the Madurai blasts provided by Ali to investigators, which are corroborated by news reports:

The May 2011 blast occurred in a dustbin near the crowded Mattuthavani bus stand at 9.15 pm. Nobody was injured in the minor blast. On September 29, 2011, Ali planted a device in a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation bus to mark the anniversary of the 2002 killing of Al Ummah leader Imam Ali by police in Bengaluru. The IED, made with materials sourced from firecrackers, was found by employees of the transport corporation and defused. On September 29, 2012, Ali planted an IED outside a TASMAC wine shop in Theni to mark the death anniversary of Imam Ali. The device exploded but no casualties occurred. The fourth blast occurred on February 9, 2014, at the venue of an AIADMK meeting in Madurai. The bomb, placed below the stage, exploded when no one was around. The date was the anniversary of the hanging of Afzal Guru, who was convicted in the 2001 Parliament attack case. “Ali has claimed to have been involved in four blasts in the Madurai region. It seems that these cases are undetected or some others have already been arrested,’’ a source said.

The Police arrested six cadres of the CPI-Maoist along with arms and ammunition during a raid at Karmpur Bhataulia village under Paroo Police Station in Muzaffarpur District of Bihar. The Police have also seized two country made pistols, six detonators, four cartridges of .315 bore, 17 cartridges of 7.62 bore, hand-written six leaflets meant to threaten people to realise levy and two motorcycles. The arrestees were identified as Dashrath Ram, Santosh Sahni, Baidyanath Paswan, Mukesh Paswan, Rajesh Paswan and Sanjay Kumar Sahni.

CPI-Maoist cadres have warned villagers through posters in Narayanpatna block of Koraput District of Odisha to abstain from voting during panchayat polls. The posters were found in Balipeta and Tentulipadar panchayats of the District. The panchayat polls will be held in five phases: February 13, 15, 17, 19 and 21, 2017.

Two villagers were killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Taringa village under Goeilkera Thana area in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand.  The victims were identified as Suresh Bhuiyan (25) and Jiten Lomga (15). No reason was cited by West Singhbhum District Police for the killings. 

A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an encounter with SFs in Kandanar forest area under Darbha Police station in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh. SFs also recovered a .303 rifle, its five live rounds, one SMBL rifle, a couple of detonators, bags, Naxal literature and items of daily use. The identity of the Maoist killed is yet to be ascertained. The total number Maoists killed in separate gun-battles in Bastar Division in January 2017 has reached to 8.

The SFs in Kerala have warned that the CPI-Maoist cadres are planning a coordinated movement of its urban and rural forces for strengthening its activities in southern States of India, mainly in Kerala. SFs claimed this on the basis of the review report of the SZC of the CPI-Maoist retrieved by the Police from the site of Nilambur encounter. The report says, that they were able to defeat the enemy plans and successfully organize the meeting in the forest area of tri-junction under the protection of PLGA Forces, support and participation of people.

The three parties, the IPFT, the INPT and the NCT, announced a hartal (general strike) in areas under the TTAADC on February 8 to protest the new citizenship policy of the Union Government. The proposed amendments will grant swifter Indian citizenship to persecuted minorities from countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

UHM Rajnath Singh, along with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, reviewed the prevailing situation in Manipur. The State is reeling under a 75-day long economic blockade on NHs, called by the UNC, which has crippled normal life. Top officials including CoAS General Bipin Rawat, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, and AG Mukul Rohatgi were also present in the meeting. The presence of AG is leading to speculation of the Union Government mulling some legal action. The blockade of the NHs leading to the Manipur valley has been in place since November 1.

In a joint operation conducted by the Indian Army and Police, two persons identified as Rahim Badshah (30) and Abdul Sahid (25) were arrested with 800 detonators, a pistol and ammunition from the Shantipur-Beparipara border village under Sukchar Police Station of South Salmara-Mancachar District. Police said that the consignment was meant to be delivered to militants groups in Meghalaya''s Garo Hills or to Bangladesh-based militants.

The Maoists of AOBSZC issued a Press release asking people of the cutoff areas to boycott the panchayat polls, leaving the SEC and the State administration of Odisha in a tizzy.

In a bid to curb the menace of LWE, Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh and his Jharkhand counterpart Raghubar Das, discussed modalities for better inter-state coordination and information sharing in the border area of the two neighbouring States in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh. During discussions, Singh said Chhattisgarh shares a long border with Jharkhand (in its northern part) and better coordination between the forces of the two States would help in strengthening the surveillance system on the inter-State border and thereby controlling Naxal activities, an official release issued said. Jharkhand CM reiterated commitment of his State to control Naxal menace. “The Jharkhand CM assured Singh that State Police and armed forces will work in better coordination with Chhattisgarh Police to check Naxal menace,” the official release said.

Imphal West District Police arrested a KYKL militant, identified as H Priyokumar (45) from Naoremthong Shamushang under Lamphel Police Station in Imphal West District. Police said that the arrested militant was working under the ‘deputy finance secretary’ of the militant group, Ingba and involved in several extortion cases.

January 16

Three LeT militants were killed in an encounter with SFs at Awoora village in Pahalgam area of Anantnag District. Acting on specific intelligence input about the presence of three LeT militants, ‘commander’ Adil, Masood and Abid, hiding in the village, Army’s 3rd RR and SOG launched a search operation in the area on January 15. An army official said as the SFs were conducting the search operation, the hiding militants fired upon them and the SFs retaliated. The exchange of fire went on till late in the evening after which it was halted for the night, the official said, adding it was resumed in the wee hours today and the three militants were killed in the gunfight. Three AK-47 rifles have been recovered from the encounter site, the official said adding the operation has been called off.

NCB and BSF seized around 500 gram of heroine from a border outpost near Lalgola in Murshidabad District. The seized drug, which was to be sent to Bangladesh, has a market price of INR 1.5 core. The agency has seized more than 300 gram of heroine from Siliguri earlier this year.  According to NCB sources, after a crackdown at Malda District, clandestine laboratories have started mushrooming in Murshidabad. The areas across Plassey and Lalgola in the district are under the radar of the agency now.

The CPI-Maoist cadres of the AOBSZC warned Andhra University Professor Jarra Appa Rao, former Naxalite Pilli Venkateswarlu alias Satyam and TDP leader, SV Ramana, in Vishakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. In a press release by the CPI-Maoist AOBSZC official spokesman Jagabandhu stated that these people were threatening local tribals and claiming that the banned outfit had permitted contractors to mine, following which they had set up crusher machines to extract granite and other reserves. Further, Jagabandhu stated, that Ramaguda encounter of October 24, 2016, in Odisha, was a pre-planned elimination of unarmed CPI-Maoist cadres by Andhra Pradesh and Odisha Government.

Six tribals have been abducted by CPI-Maoist cadres from three interior villages of GK Veedhi in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. According to sources, the rebels had abducted six persons from Boddamanupakalu, Tukkagoi and PK Gudem by branding them as ‘Police informers’. The Maoist cadres have informed the people to attend a meeting in the forest area of GK Veedhi and they were taken away by them from the spot. However, SP, Rahul Dev Sharma ruled out the kidnap angle. He said that no complaint was lodged by the locals about the kidnap. Rahul Dev also opined that after the recent kidnapping in Odisha, locals were exaggerating the incident as kidnapping.

UHM Rajnath Singh assured Chhattisgarh Government of greater road connectivity, new Police Stations and mobile towers in the Naxal affected Districts while chairing a review meeting on anti-Naxal campaign and development at the CM Raman Singh’s residence in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh. UHM approved 50 new Police Stations, installation of 35 additional mobile towers and improving the road network. 850 kilometres will be constructed new roads in the Naxal-affected areas. Sixteen out of the 27 Districts of Chhattisgarh have the presence of rebels. CM Raman Singh told that the CPI-Maoist cadre’s activities in the northern region of the State like Surguja Division were almost under control while activities were on the decline in Bastar region in the South.

Jharkhand’s DGP, D K Pandey asked CPI-Maoist cadres to either surrender or get ready to face the bullets of the SFs in Palamu District of Jharkhand. The DGP directed to establish a Police picket in Mahudanad of Hussainabad.

Following the call of CPI-Maoist cadres to people to boycott the upcoming panchayat elections and their subsequent abduction of poll officials in Malkangiri District of Odisha, the SEC, informed that any decision on whether to announce a new poll schedule for the cutoff areas in the District would be taken after withdrawal of candidatures scheduled on January 22. SEC Secretary Rabindra Sahu told reporters in Bhubaneswar, “Filing of nominations is left for another two days. Once the process gets over tomorrow, the SEC will take a decision after assessing the situation not only for Malkangiri but other places as well where similar situations have occurred. As per the poll norms, if a nomination is not filed for any panchayat due to any reasons in the first phase, a new schedule is announced by the SEC. In case all the nominations are rejected or withdrawn, a new schedule is also declared.”

Police commandos, during combing operations, raided the house of a NSCN-IM militant, identified as Mashuring Tangkhul, at Ringpham village in Chandel District. However, no arrest was made.

Security had been tightened in and around the capital city Imphal and District headquarters in Manipur ahead of the upcoming Republic Day celebration and State Assembly elections.

A court in New Delhi, remanded Inugbamsanatombi Devi, the female associate of ‘c-in-c’ of KCP-Poirei Lup, to judicial custody until January 31. She was arrested on January 12 along with Khoirom Ranjit, the ‘c-in-c’ of KCP-Poirei Meitei, who is in Police custody until January 19.

State Police officials stated that the GNLA militants had started using children as a shield to protect themselves from the ongoing operations being carried out by SFs in Garo Hills Districts. SP (South Garo Hills), Anand Mishra, in this regard, said, “With pressure mounting on GNLA militants, whose strength is dwindling, the use of children by the militants has been reported from parts of South Garo Hills.” Police have reports from several villages that the militants had taken away many children. According to the sources, the militants are using the children also to get information about the movement of security personnel and to carry ration, besides entrusting them to do other menial jobs. The Police official also said that a Police team had visited several villages and contacted parents to know the whereabouts of their missing children.

State’s Governor Banwarilal Purohit had extended the term of KAAC for a period of six months with effect from January 13 or till the date of the first sitting after completion of fresh polls to the KAAC, whichever is earlier. The term of the present Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council expired on January 13 on completion of its five year term.

January 17

The NIA arrested one IS operative, identified as Mohammed Irfan alias Abu Jafar, a resident of Mir Alam Mandi in the old city of Hyderabad. He was produced before NIA special court, which sent him to judicial custody for seven days.

According to the investigation agency, he along with the other accused took part in searching of hideouts and physical training. Irfan allegedly collected the explosive precursors along with another accused from the outskirts of Pochampally village of Nalgonda District in Telangana.

Underlining that India alone cannot walk the path of peace, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urged Pakistan to “walk away from terror” if it wants resumption of bilateral dialogue. On relations with China, Modi said it was not unnatural for two large neighbours to have some differences but both sides should show sensitivity and respect for each other’s core concerns and interests.

A city civil court in Bengaluru issued a body warrant for Yasin Bhatkal, who has been sentenced to death for the Hyderabad blasts case, in connection with the ongoing M. Chinnaswamy Stadium blast case (April 17, 2010). Yasin, touted as the mastermind behind IM, has to be produced before the court on February 4. The warrant was issued based on an application filed by Special Public Prosecutor C.A. Ravindran on behalf of Central Crime Branch sleuths attached to Bengaluru City Police.

The role of the ISI in the November 20, 2016 train disaster in Kanpur is being suspected after Bihar Police, arrested three people, Moti Paswan, Uma Shankar Patel and Mukesh Yadav, who, they claimed, were working for the Pakistani intelligence agency to target Indian railways. The ISI link was being suspected after the interrogation of the trio, Police said. During interrogation, the three arrested persons provided some “positive lead” about the Indore-Patna Express derailment in Kanpur, District SP Jitendra Rana said.

The trio was arrested from Adapur Police Station area and they allegedly confessed to having worked for a Nepalese contact suspected to be connected to the ISI to target the railways, Rana told. The three are “professional criminals” involved in more than a dozen cases. The three were paid INR 3 lakh by a Nepali man Brajesh Giri, who allegedly had connections with Shamsul Hoda of Dubai, who had links with the ISI, the SP said. The money was paid to them to plant a bomb on the railway tracks at Ghorasan in East Champaran District, bordering Nepal, on October 1, 2016 Rana said.

Pakistan's ISI operatives in Nepal had offered a flat and a luxury vehicle besides huge cash to each member of the group that was assigned to plant explosives to derail the Indore-Rajendranagar Express near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh in November, 2016, Police sources said.

Concerned authorities have increased the security of Delhi-Lahore bus and Samjhauta Express following an alert from intelligence agencies that terror groups are on the lookout of targeting these two modes of transportation between India and Pakistan. Highly placed sources said that intelligence inputs suggest terrorists groups are planning to disrupt the Republic Day event in the national capital. They may target Samjhauta Express and Delhi-Lahore bus service.

A joint team of District Police, DRG, STF and ITBP arrested five CPI-Maoist cadres in Kondagaon District of Chhattisgarh during an anti-Naxal operation. The arrested Maoists were identified as Ramdhar Nag (28), Jaisingh Nag (27), Neeldhar Yadav (21), Sukman Kashyap (26) and Sahu Kashyap (25).They were active Janmilitia members and were involved in various crimes including spreading false information about encounter, arranging meetings for ultras and others.

Bastar’s first woman CRPF officer, Usha Kiran had launched a special campaign to control the Maoist activities in the Bastar Division. Kiran said she wants to neutralise Naxals, which stops people from moving towards development. Kiran is first woman officer to be posted in the Maoist hotbed and a potent PR tool for the security forces battling accusations of grave excesses, including rape.

A handler of a sniffer dog, PK Samal, was injured and 'Aminika', a sniffer dog belonging to CoBRA battalion, was killed in an IED blast by CPI-Maoist cadres in Buda Pahar area in Latehar District of Jharkhand.

CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze four vehicles at a bridge construction site at Ganeshpur Chatam under Garu Police Station in Latehar District of Jharkhand. Maoists set ablaze two dumpers and two tractors engaged by the construction company to build a bridge over Koel River and assaulted workers engaged at the site.

SFs laid a trap and arrested a Maoist supporter and three employees of Bauxite mining company from Bishunpur area in Gumla District of JharkhandSFs have seized INR 0.299 million cash, an SUV and a motorcycle from them. The Gumla SDPO, Bhupendra Rawat, added, "Upon frisking them, we recovered 149 currency notes of INR 2,000 denomination and two new notes of INR 500 denomination. During interrogation, they admitted that the cash was actually meant for Maoist 'zonal commander' Nakul Yadav and his next in command Madan Yadav."

CPI-Maoist cadres have again put up posters at various places threatening the tribals to boycott the Panchayat elections in Malkangiri District of Odisha. According to reports, the posters were found from the Chitrakonda area of the District in which the Malkangiri District Divisional Committee of the CPI-Maoist has asked the tribals not to cast their votes. Earlier reported, the CPI-Maoist cadres had on January 10 also put up posters in Malkangiri warning the tribals to abstain from the polls.

CPI-M (Red Star), a Naxalite outfit that has contested elections has token presence in Kerala and West Bengal, led land agitation near Kolkata. CPI-ML (Red Star) has become the key organiser of a movement at Bhangar village in South 24 Parganas District of West Bengal. It is to be noted that the villagers are demanding cancellation of a power grid project designed to transmit electricity through high tension overhead lines. A senior Police officer said, “All the leaders of the movement belong to the CPI (ML) (Red Star). We never monitored their activities because they held little influence.”  Police said they are keeping a close watch on are Alik Chakraborty, Sharmistha Chowdhury and Pradip Singh Thakur, all leaders of the Red Star faction of CPI(ML). The leader of the party is K N Ramachandran, who hails from Kerala. Thakur and Chakraborty are politburo members of the party and Choudhury a central committee member. Chakraborty is also the spokesperson of the committee spearheading the movement.

The three militants killed in the overnight gun battle with SFs in Anantnag District of J&K on January 16, were affiliated with HM and were identified as Abid Sheikh, son of Farooq Sheikh, resident of Satkipora Srigufwara, Maqsood Ahmad Sheikh alias Masoom, son of Ghulam Nabi, resident of Bewoora Srigufwara, and Adil Reshi, son of Mushtaq Ahmad, resident of Iqbal Mohalla in Bijbehara. Three AK-47 rifles, 9 magazines, 80 rounds and 3 pouches were recovered from the encounter site. Police said that Adil Reshi was involved in number of incidents. Adil along with Amir Nabi alias Ibn Qasim was involved in attack on SDPO Bijbehara and his PSO on 24th of December 2015. The 1-Sector Commander of RR Brigadier R Chakraborty stated, “It is a major success as their moving freely and preparing a video, in which they were playing with snow, appeared that they were challenging us.” The Commander urged the rest of the militants of the group to join mainstream. “I urge rest of the three militants to surrender and join mainstream”, he said. He further said that they were all A category militants with one each being A++ and A+. “They are part of a six member militant group that recently appeared in a video playing in snow. We ensured that there is no collateral damage during the encounter”, he added.

A man allegedly trying to sneak into the Nagrota Army camp in Jammu District was shot and injured before being arrested. “During last night, an unidentified man was found moving suspiciously near the fence of the Nagrota Army camp along the banks of river Tawi,” a Defence spokesman said.

JKP has turned into an important force in fighting militancy and modernization of the force has become imperative to enhance capacity of the force, stated DGP, Dr. S. P. Vaid in the meeting of the 16th CCTNS Empowered Committee for implementation of CCTNS Project held at PHQ in Jammu District. In order to make the department high-tech, we are focussing on high security capacity building in future. Special focus is given on technical up-gradation to enhance the capabilities of the force in order to commensurate with the modern requirements, he added.

SFs arrested three militants of MULTA, identified as Zehrul Islam (36), Joved Ali (36) and Ajit Ali (30), from Nayekgaon area of Kokrajhar District. Seven rifles were recovered from the arrested militants. According to Police, the three were involved in extortion and arms dealing on behalf of the militant group.  

PDCK, a Karbi militant formation, repeated its earlier ‘final ultimatum’ to the Hindi and Bengali speaking inhabitants of Karbi Anglong Autonomous District to leave the District before March 31, 2017. This has led to a panic situation among the two communities. PDCK along with two other groups - KLO and NLFT on January 2 had asked the two communities to quit ‘Kamatapur’, Tripura and ‘Karbi Longri’ within March 31. The outfits have further warned that after the dateline both the communities would have to face ‘the gravest of the grave’ situation. 

SFs arrested one NDFB-IKS militant, identified as Pushpo Basumatary alias B Fighter, from Daiphang Gaon area in Udalguri District. One AK series assault rifle, one magazine and ten live rounds were recovered from the possession of the arrested militant.

The Karbi Anglong based UCF, local Christian leaders’ forum denied the allegations of possible links between the churches and militant leader IK Songbijit to create violence in the region. UCF expressed its concern over these allegations which it states were first expressed by a person named Ranjit over a talk show aired by an Assamese channel on December 7, 2016. In a memorandum submitted to Karbi Anglong DC in Diphu, UCF stated, “It is nothing but an attempt to marginalize the tribal people of Karbi Anglong and ultimately drive them out from the hill District like what they have done in Tripura”. UCF also alleged that certain organization was working to destabilize the tribal region and forcing into conflict.

Abductors released three traders, identified as Tamal Dey (38), Dulan Mahanta (36) and Durga Pada Dutta (35), from their captivity at an unidentified place near Telekali Reserve Forest close to Rongrikkimgre village in South Garo Hills District. The trio was abducted by a group of criminals linked to Bangladesh from a place near Gasuapara in South Garo Hills District on January 10. The role of the militant group ASAK also came to the fore as reports emerged about the abductors seeking the help of ‘c-in-c’ Reding T. Sangma to aid in the negotiation for ransom with an assurance of a share of the loot. The families of the abducted people paid a ransom of INR 25,000.

Extortion activities, which had been on the wane since the announcement of demonetisation, have resumed once again in the Garo Hills Districts, albeit with the activities confined mainly to the coal belt areas for now. “There were stories going around about people being kidnapped by militants not for extortion but for depositing their old notes. It did happen in many interior areas of South and North Garo Hills, where militants pressurized villagers to deposit their old notes,” said a highly placed Police source. Some businessmen too of these two Districts may have been pressured to deposit old notes by the outfits.

Police recovered thirty gelatin sticks and twenty-four fuses from one abandoned labour camp at Mynpher under Nongkhlieh area in Jaintia Hills District.

AR arrested one NSCN-K militant from Manyaksho village in Mon District. AR also recovered one pistol and three rounds from the arrested militant. 

January 18

UHM Rajnath Singh made an appeal to Nagaland CM TR Zeliang to try to convince the Naga leaders in Manipur to call off their economic blockade and come to some sort of understanding with the Manipur Government. UHM Rajnath Singh called Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang to New Delhi to discuss the matter. In the meeting, Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh and Deputy CM Gaikhangam were also present.

Pakistan's ISI operatives in Nepal had offered a flat and a luxury vehicle besides huge cash to each member of the group that was assigned to plant explosives to derail the Indore-Rajendranagar Express near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh in November, 2016, Police sources said. The revelations came to the fore during interrogation of Moti Paswan, who was arrested from East Champaran District of Bihar, close to the India-Nepal border, on January 16. The arrest was in connection with the abortive attempt to blow up the railway tracks near Ghorasahan in East Champaran, 200km north of Patna, to derail the Raxaul-Sitamarhi passenger train on October 1, 2016.

 Moti, one of the three accused arrested in the case, had, according to the Police, revealed to his interrogators that two pressure cooker bombs were planted on the railway tracks at the behest of an India operative of the ISI, who had introduced himself as Brajesh Giri. He was offered INR 3,00,000 for carrying out the blast on the tracks on October 1, 2016. He was accompanied by Arun Ram, also called Mohan, and Deepak Ram, known as Sohan, who were subsequently killed in Nepal for their failure to accomplish the task.

 Moti was in constant touch with Brajesh alias Giri Baba, who was assigned to hire people from East Champaran to carry out subversive activities in India at the behest of ISI, the Pakistani spy agency.

 Police said that during interrogation, Moti revealed that Giri had promised to provide sufficient funds to the group to make investments in Bhojpuri movies. Giri, who acquired citizenship of Nepal, was introduced to the ISI operatives in Nepal by one Shamshul Hoda, who settled in Dubai for business purposes. Paswan stated, "I left for Nepal after the derailment of the train near Kanpur on November 20 last year. I, along with other members of the group, was supposed to get a house in Delhi where two operatives - Mohammad Zubair and Ziaul - were already settled".

Two women and a minor girl were killed while four others were injured when an IED, planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres, exploded in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh.

Maoists killed Raju Netam (40), sarpanch of Masenar village, at his native place under Bhansi Police Station area in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh.

A CoBRA jawan and a Naxal were injured during an encounter in Jharamunigiya village forests under Bhairamgarh Police Station limits in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. Constable Rajnish Kumar, belonging to CoBRA 204thbattalion, sustained injury in his leg after he inadvertently stepped over spike-trap laid by the Naxalites, during the face-off. After the encounter, the SFs found and arrested an injured Naxalite, identified as Dasu Banjam, who had been hit by a bullet.

CMAS, a CPI-Maoist front organization, leader Nachika Linga’s nomination for Zilla Parishad member in the upcoming Panchayat elections was rejected during scrutiny in Koraput District of Odisha. Linga, currently lodged in Koraput Circle Jail after his arrest in 2014, had sent his nomination paper for Narayanpatna zilla parishad member to the DRO through his counsel Gupteswar Panigrahi.

SFs arrested Arzoo Bashir, a militant of HM, from Tral area in Pulwama District. Sources said that the SFs conducted an operation in Tral area during which they arrested the HM militant who was active in the area and one pistol and 15 rounds of ammunition were recovered from his possession.

The AR arrested 13 militants of NSCN-IM along Mon-Tizit road in Mon District along with arms. Four AK-56 rifles, two HK-32 rifles, one MA-MK 4 rifles, four pistols and a huge quantity of live ammunition apart from other warlike stores were recovered from the arrested militants. PRO, AR, IGAR-N also informed that the militants were arrested while they were travelling in two Maruti gypsies on Mon-Tizit road.

The NIA conducted search operations at various Government offices in Nagaland that are believed to be funding underground terrorist organisations, including the NSCN-K. Earlier, one militant of NSCN-K identified as S. Khetoshe Sumi, who was arrested on July 31, 2016, revealed that different Government departments of the State pays illegal ‘tax’ to the militant groups. The NIA took over the investigation on August 17, 2016. 

Police arrested three militants, during a series of search operations, from different locations across the State. The arrested militants belonged to UNLF, NSCN-K and NSCN-IM. Besides the militants, 58 other suspected persons were also detained and arms were recovered during the operations. These operations were conducted in Andro Kharam Leikai and Andro Bazar area in Imphal East District, Mahakabui Namching village in Senapati District, Dharmasala in Imphal West District, Kakching town in Kakching District and its surrounding areas, Pallel in Chandel District and Tuismi Bazar areas, and Kwakta in Bishnupur District. This drive was launched in order to foil any unwanted incident ahead of the Republic Day celebration (26th January).

UHM Rajnath Singh and CM of Manipur Okram Ibobi Singh met and discussed the situation in Manipur due to the continued blockade of two NHs in the State by UNC. During the meeting, the UHM expressed grave concern over the prevailing situation especially with regard to availability of essential commodities.UHM Rajnath Singh further stated that the ongoing blockade is likely to adversely affect democratic process in the forthcoming elections by hampering movement of people, including election officials.

In a statement, NSCN-IM asserted that the ‘historic Framework Agreement’ on August 3 of 2015 after 19 years long ‘political negotiation’ with GoI would be outside the Constitution and Union of India recognizing every aspects of ‘Naga’s legitimate rights’ without compromising the principles.

The ‘c-in-c’ of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup, Khoirom Ranjit alias Rocky alias Great Macha (35) will be taken back to Delhi on January 18 (today) for further investigation. Khoirom Ranjit was brought back to Manipur on January 13 after he was arrested by a special cell of Delhi Police from Mayur Vihar area of New Delhi on January 12.

SFs arrested one linkman of NSCN-K militant, identified as Aham Konyak in Sivasagar District. SFs recovered one pistol, two live bullets and a mobile phone with SIM card of Nagaland from the arrestee.

The NIA arrested one ULFA-I militant identified as ‘second lieutenant’ Gagan Hazarika alias Joydeep Cheleng from Guwahati in Kamrup Metropolitan (Guwahati) District. He was arrested in connection with a case the NIA had registered against ULFA-I in 2013. Sources in NIA said, "He has been taken into custody for six days. His arrest is likely to throw light on the activities of senior ULFA leaders like ‘chairman’ Mukul Hazarika and ‘c-in-c’ Paresh Baruah."

UHM Rajnath Singh made an appeal to Nagaland CM TR Zeliang to try to convince the Naga leaders in Manipur to call off their economic blockade and come to some sort of understanding with the Manipur Government. UHM Rajnath Singh called Nagaland CM TR Zeliang to New Delhi to discuss the matter. In the meeting, Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh and Deputy CM Gaikhangam were also present.

January 19

Saudi Arabia deported a man, identified as Syed Zaker Raheem wanted in connection with a conspiracy to target leaders of BJP and other Hindu right wing outfits.  Raheem is brother-in-law of wanted LeT terrorist Farhatuallah Ghori, who is learnt to be holed up in Pakistan. Syed Zaker Raheem, who comes from Saidabad in Hyderabad and was living in Riyadh for many years, was arrested by Saudi authorities in May 2016 on the request of Indian authorities. After completing formalities, he was deported to Delhi and taken to Hyderabad on January 20 where Telangana Police arrested him.

Ghori is an absconding accused in an NIA case in connection with LeT’s recruitment of several youth in Karnataka and Telangana in 2010-11 to execute terror attacks and assassinate right-wing leaders. NIA had arrested several youngsters in the case. Thirteen of them were convicted by a court in September, 2016 after they pleaded guilty to the charges.

A man, identified as Sukhdas Baghel was killed by Naxals at a shop located opposite Chintagufa Police Station in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. 

A SF constable, Santosh Markam, was injured in an exchange of fire with Naxals at Kodenar village under Orchha Police Station in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. SFs were out on a counter-insurgency operation when they spotted a CPI-Maoist camp in Kodenar. Sensing SFs presence Naxals opened indiscriminate fire.

Six Naxals, three of them carrying cash reward, surrendered in Kondagaon District of Chhattisgarh. The CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered citing intensified counter-insurgency operation as well as impressive State surrender and rehabilitation policy. Sukhder alias Jangu Potai (26) ‘section commander’ of Military Company Number 6 of CPI-Maoist, Somaru- a Janmilitia ‘commander’ and Samlu- head of ‘Janatana Sarkar’ a wing of the CPI-Maoist were the key cadres who surrendered. Other CPI-Maoist cadres were identified as Budharu, Kodu and Ramu.

Around 15-20 armed rebels of the PLFI, a splinter group of a CPI-Maoist, set ablaze vehicles at the construction site near Latrtu Dam in Khunti District of Jharkhand. The rebels set ablaze one dumper, two tractors, two bikes and two generator sets.

An ‘area commander’ of the PLFI, identified as Ruben Kerketta and a CPI-Maoist operative Ladu Munda surrendered in Khunti District of Jharkhand. Kerketta was carrying a reward of INR 200,000 and Munda was carrying a reward of INR 50,000 on their head.

Khunti SP, Shwini Jha held a meeting at his office in Khunti District of Jharkhand to plan out a strategy to monitor the rising activities of CPI-Maoist cadres and its splinter groups in Khunti, Simdega, Gumla and other Districts of Jharkhand.

A LeT militant was killed in an encounter with SFs in Bandipora District. Acting on specific intelligence inputs that there might be militants hiding in Parray Mohalla in the Hajin area, SFs launched a search operation in the village. As the forces were conducting the search operation, the hiding militant opened fire on them. In the ensuing encounter, the LeT militant Abu Musaib was killed and a SOG soldier was also injured in the brief encounter, Police said.

One unidentified civilian got killed in the crossfire between GNLA and Police in the remote Rongsu Agal area in South Garo Hills District. According to the report, GNLA militants opened fire on the Police team which had reached the spot after receiving information about the hideout which was used by GNLA ‘c-in-c’ Sohan D Shira. Police recovered a shotgun and several live rounds of AK ammunition from the militant hideout. 

A GNLA linkman, identified as Tengman D Shira (25), was arrested by Police in Thapa Darengchi village in North Garo Hills District. Police recovered one 7.65 mm pistol with three rounds (Chinese make), 9 mm pistol with eight rounds (factory made), one Chinese pistol with 18 rounds and four magazines from the arrested linkman.

SFs arrested one GNLA linkman identified as Thengman Sangma (25) from Thapa Agitchak village in North Garo Hills District. Three pistols and 25 rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the arrestee. 

The State Police said that they had beefed up security measures in the entire state to prevent any kind of terrorist activities in the upcoming Republic Day celebration (26th January). Assam is also closely coordinating with Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland in an effort to curb militant attacks in the run-up to Republic Day. DGP of Assam, Mukesh Sahay, has been touring Upper Assam, along with representatives from the two states, since January 18 to review the security scenario.

SFs arrested three arms dealer including two women from two different places of Churachandpur District along with arms. In the first incident SFs arrested two women identified as Esther Haokip and Chongboi Haokip in Churachandpur Town. Five pistols were recovered from their possession. Based on their disclosure, another arms dealer identified as Gumlalmun was also arrested at Loklaiphai village along with one pistol and a magazine.

The militant group, ASUK, in a statement, threatened the 68th Republic Day celebration (26th January) in North East. In the statement, the militant grouped ‘banned’ the 68th Republic Day celebration in the entire WESEA.

A city court in New Delhi extended by five days the Police custody of Khoirom Ranjit, the arrested ‘chief’ of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup militant, after Delhi Police said he was needed further custodial interrogation.

In a statement, the NSCN-IM called upon all Naga groups to come together on a ‘single platform’ before the announcement of the peace settlement with the Central Government of India. The peace process started with a ceasefire agreement with NSCN-IM in 1997 and a final peace settlement had started gaining momentum after the Central Government of India signed the ''framework agreement'' in August, 2015.

January 20

ED issued summons to Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and his IRF under the PMLA. The Union Government had declared the IRF as an “outlawed organisation” under the anti-terror law for its alleged terror activities, following which the Maharashtra Government said it would keep a close eye on locals and organisations funding the IRF and would be treated as “anti-social elements”.  However, the IRF said it would be arguing before a Central government tribunal against the validity of the ban imposed on it and invoking of the UAPA.

PM Narendra Modi, UHM Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah, face threat from CPI-Maoist cadres, stated top intelligence sources. CPI-Maoist cadres have urged the leadership to target them during their campaign for Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. They have further suggest to carry out serial IED blasts in Eastern Uttar Pradesh by deploying 'suitable cadres' from outside, while promising to provide assistance to carrying out the task.

A CPI-Maoist cadre demanded an extortion of INR 1 million from BDO, Satish Kumar, of Jhajha in Jamui District of Bihar. The sender in the letter identified himself as Umesh Yadav, and claimed himself a native of Jhajha Police Station area. BDO lodged an FIR at Jhajha Police Station.

A ‘Haat-Bazaar’ was re-opened with the joint initiative of SFs and Netanar village in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh. The rural ‘haats’ were facing closure due to Naxal violence in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh for a decade. Netanar’s sarpanch, Sahadev Naag told, “We always wanted to restart the market here but fearing Naxal violence, which breaks out at any time in the area, local traders and villagers avoided it.” It is important to note that in 2011, six SFs, including Darbha Police SHO, were killed in an ambush of with the CPI-Maoist cadres at the place which is very close to where the weekly market is being held.

SFs recovered 50 Kilograms of IED below a small bridge in the rural road of Gomia Block in Bokaro District of Jharkhand. SFs launched a search operation at Chitu, Bankheta, Banchatra, Barokocha and Bhochukdiha villages within the limits of Gomia Police Station area.  DIG, Saket Kumar Singh said the raids would continue in Jhumra. He added,”The recovered IED was diffused later. Frequent recovery of landmines and explosives in that area helps Police foil the attempts of the CPI-Maoist cadres who were looking for triggering any untoward incident there “said Singh.

The United States of America sought a safe and secure environment for its nationals visiting Odisha in view of the rampant CPI-Maoist cadre’s activities. The issue was raised by Consul General Katherine B Hadda at the US Consulate in Hyderabad when she met Odisha’s DGP K B Singh.

A pressure bomb, believed to have been planted by CPI-Maoist cadres, was found inside the Pasaraganda Forest under Adaba Police limits in Gajapati District of Odisha. A bomb squad from Paralakhemundi reached the site and defused the explosive. The squad also seized 50 Kilograms gelatine, a tiffin bomb, 40 metres of wire and gunpowder from the spot.

Odisha DGP, K B Singh reviews Maoist situation in Malkangiri District of Odisha. DGP was on a visit to the District to review security arrangements in view of the call given by the Naxals to boycott elections. The DGP first visited BSF camp at MV-3. Later he visited the BSF camps at Jodamba and Badapada in the cut-off area.

Maoists put up fresh posters at several places in Malkangiri and Koraput Districts of Odisha and have called for poll boycott.

Rizwana Begam, a surrendered CPI-Maoist, who was accused in a case registered in Yapaladinni Police Station, was produced before II Additional Judicial Magistrate Court in Raichur District of Karnataka. “She surrendered before the Chikkamagaluru police three months ago and was produced in the court here in connection with the pending case,” Chetan Singh Rathore, SP, said.

PM Narendra Modi, UHM Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah, face threat from CPI-Maoist cadres, stated top intelligence sources. CPI-Maoist cadres have urged the leadership to target them during their campaign for Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. They have further suggest to carry out serial IED blasts in Eastern Uttar Pradesh by deploying 'suitable cadres' from outside, while promising to provide assistance to carrying out the task.

Militants hurled a grenade on a Police party in Narbal area in Budgam District. The grenade exploded on the road causing minor damage to a Police vehicle. Police and Army launched an operation and laid a naka at Narbal crossing on National Highway against the militants responsible for the grenade blast.

The security agencies defused an old live shell which was recovered from a pond at Kharote village in Kathua District. A Police spokesman said that a villager noticed a shell lying in the marshy pond and informed Police and the Army and it was defused by the security agencies.

SFs arrested one militant of UNLF, identified as Thiyam Nungshithoi alias Lokhon alias Buno alias Saphaba Meitei (34) from Keishampat Keisham Leikai in Imphal West District. SFs said that Nungshithoi was a KYKL cadre till 2002 before he joined the UNLF together with six others in 2003.

NIA probe into institutionalized extortion rackets run by Naga militant groups in Nagaland has revealed that these militant formations were getting money allegedly from 14 State Government Departments. The news report names the Naga militant groups involved as the NSCN-K, NSCN-IM and NNC.

Sources said these Government Departments include the Directorate of Information Technology, Directorate of Soil and Water Conservation, Directorate of Irrigation, Directorate of Rural Development, Directorate of Urban Development, PWD, Roads and Buildings and Directorate of Information and Public Relations. “We have found documents that show that at least 14 Government Departments made regular payments to Naga groups, including NSCN-IM,” an NIA officer said. “We have seized receipts that show payments of INR 2 crore. Further investigation is on.”

The civilian victim of the crossfire that took place between GNLA militant and Police remote Rongsu Agal area in South Garo Hills District on January 19 was identified as Kerok R Marak (23) by the villagers.

Locals caught two KPLT militants at Pubsilputa village under Bakaliaghat Police Station in Karbi Anglong District. According to information, two KPLT cadres were on a bid to extortion drive and reached at SGB Jagnarayan Singh house for extorting money from him. In the mean time the villagers got the information and caught them and handed over them to Bakaliaghat Police. The arrested KPLT cadres have been identified as Rabindra Tokbi (23) and Jiten Phangcho (24).

January 21

12 of the 52 arrested in India over the past two years for links with Islamic State (IS) terror group are from Maharashtra. The terror organisation has become a major concern for security agencies as out of the 64 suspected terrorists arrested by the NIA in all terror-related cases in the past two years, 52 of them have been arrested for their role in IS.

Two cadres of the PLFI, identified as Fagua Singh and Turtan Guria, were arrested at Bano in Simdega District of Jharkhand. PLFI is a splinter group of a CPI-Maoist.

CPI-Maoist threat forced the SEC to postpone the rural polls in Chitrakonda block of Malkangiri District of Odisha. The SEC announced it based on a report jointly submitted by the District Collector and SP. The report said that adequate security personnel could not be deployed for safety and security of poll personnel in the cut off areas. "The law and order situation in the block is not satisfactory according to a report filed by the district administration. So, we have decided to postpone the elections in Chitrakonda block," said SEC secretary R N Sahu. The block with heavy Maoist presence has total 222 wards, 18 each gram panchayats and samitis and two zilla parishad zones. Fearing Maoist attack, not a single nomination was filed for the posts of sarpanchs and ward members in the nine panchayats inside the cut-off areas.

Life was affected in several parts of Srinagar, as authorities imposed restrictions amid shutdown to thwart protests called by separatists on the 27th anniversary of Gaw Kadal killings. Over 50 persons were killed on this day of 1990 when security forces opened fire at Gaw Kadal on a procession. To mark the anniversary, the separatists had called for a shutdown and protests. In view of the separatists call, a complete shutdown was observed in Lal Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Gaw Kadal, Maisuma, Amira Kadal, Jehangir Chowk, Basant Bagh and Habba Kadal markets.

Seven organizations jointly called for a 12-hour bandh (strike) in Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council Districts, on January 24, from 5 a.m. in protest against their unfulfilled demands including a separate electoral roll by the KAAC election and strengthening of Karbi Customary Laws. The seven organizations include UKSA, KSYA, Karbi Farmers Association (Rajesh Tisso faction), NNKRAA, and PP, KARAA and Sixth Schedule Implementation-Committee.

SFs arrested four unidentified cadres of NSCN-IM from Khongshang area on Imphal-Jiribam road in Noney District. SFs also recovered 40 gelatin explosive sticks, 58 detonators, 26 metres of cordtex detonating fuse and 18 air guns from the arrested militants.

In a statement, the UNC called a boycott of the upcoming Republic Day celebrations (26th January).

January 22

Ranchi Police arrested Yamuna Prasad a member of PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, at Bero Block in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. Prasad was a close aide of PLFI chief Dinesh Gope. A Policeman told, “On several occasions, Yamuna had accommodated Gope's black money in different bank accounts and channelised the cash by investing in business ventures."

Palamu Police arrested Chhotan Yadav a CPI-Maoist cadre in Mohammadganj near Bheem Barrage at Kadal in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. Chhotan Yadav used to perform varied works for Ajay Yadav (a top CPI-Maoist leader) like moving in his dasta, writing Maoists Parchha poster and literature and IEDs. Yadav has three cases and the cases are in two Police Stations, Pandu and Mohammadganj.

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has commuted death sentences of four cadres of the MCC, now known as the CPI-Maoist, to life imprisonment setting aside a recommendation from the MHA. The Four men identified as Krishna Mochi, Nanhe Lal Mochi, Bir Kuer Paswan and Dharmendra Singh were convicted of killing 34 upper-caste Bhumihars in Bihar 25 years ago.

SFs cordoned off Fatehgarh Sheeri area in Baramulla District, after inputs about presence of militants in the area. Reports said that around 30 people were detained for questioning and majority of them have been let off. However, a Police official said that few of them who are OGWs are being questioned.

Two AR personnel were killed and several others injured when suspected militants attacked an AR vehicle escorting tourists in Tinsukia District. Militants lobbed several grenades targeting the vehicle at Jagun 12th Mile Barabasti on NH-315 bordering the District in the run up to Republic Day, a defence spokesman said. The AR vehicle and three vehicles of tourists returning from the Pangsau festival have been damaged in grenade explosions, the spokesman added. The Pangsau Festival is held along the Indo-Myanmar border in the area.

SFs killed two unidentified militants involved in the ambush which claimed the lives of two AR troopers at 12th Mile Barabasti along NH-315 near Jagun village in Tinsukia District. Defence PRO, Lieutenant Colonel Suneet Newton, said that bodies of two militants had been recovered along with five IEDs, two grenades, a G3 rifle, a pistol and fired cases of nine lathode. The ambush was jointly claimed by militant conglomerates namely UNLFW and CorCom under ‘Operation Barak’.

SFs arrested three militant of NDFB-IKS, identified as Dakaru Mushahary, Kapilau Basunatary and Birjay Mushahary from Taisoguri under Runikhata Police Station in Chirang District. A 7.65 mm pistol, two magazines, a country made pistol, two grenades and four round ammunitions were recovered from the arrested militants.

Unidentified assailants attacked the ‘chairman’, Seipu Singsit, of militant group UTLA, at Tollen village in Churachandpur District. The militant leader sustained injuries during the attack. Presently, UTLA is under SoO agreements with Union and State Government.

Four unidentified civilians were abducted by suspected ASAK militant, from Kolapara village near Sibbari in South Garo Hills District. According to Police, six armed cadre of suspected ASAK militant waylaid a truck and a bus and abducted the two drivers and two helpers at gunpoint.

The UAE pledged its full support to India in combating terrorism, as it aims at boosting bilateral defence and security ties and signing a strategic cooperation agreement during the three-day visit to India of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, beginning on January 24. UAE Ambassador Ahmad Al Banna said, “We support Indian government in its efforts to fight terrorism and extremism all over the world". Asserting that his country was among the first to condemn the terror strike on Indian airbase in Pathankot, Al Banna said the UAE had also supported the surgical strikes carried out by India. “When the bombing of the airbase took place, we were the first one to condemn it. The UAE was among the first countries which supported Indian surgical strikes and we support India’s efforts to fight and respond to attacks terrorists and extremists,” he said.

The UAE ambassador also said the national security advisers of the UAE and India have been holding consultations regularly. Asked about the role UAE, which is seen as a “key interlocutor” by India, could play in conveying Indian concerns to Pakistan over terrorism emanating from there, Al Banna said: “We listen to them (Indian authorities). We coordinate with them and will be more than willing whenever we are asked by the Indian side to assist or interfere or take any action for betterment of our relationship”.

January 21

SFs arrested one KCP militant identified as Sanjenbam Chandramani Singh alias Boynao alias Eyamba at Sawombung in Imphal East District. Incriminating articles were recovered from the arrested militants.

January 22

During combing operation by the SFs, an IED exploded at Wara Basti area of Tinsukia District. The report further states that militants had placed landmines in the approach road to Wara Basti, the site of January 22 ambush, slowing the approach of SFs.

Thakur Das Mahto (35), a contractor for Brajesh Construction Company, was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres in Ramgarh District of Jharkhand. His body, riddled with bullets and the throat slit, was found dumped on Rajrappa-Murpa Road. Local residents protested at Gola Police Station. The pamphlets were found near the body say that Mahto was killed because he was a ‘Police informer’.

SFs arrested four cadres of the PLFI from Karra in Khunti District of Jharkhand. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

January 23

In a joint statement, the CorCom, GNLA, HNLC and the ULFA-I called for a ‘total shut down’ in the entire North East India on Indian Republic day (26th January), reports The Sangai Express on January 24. In the joint statement issued by the militant groups asserted that the ‘Western South East Asia (WESEA)’ should ‘collectively boycott’ the Indian Republic Day on January 26, 2017.

Three live IED were recovered by the SFs from Wara Basti area of Tinsukia District where the January 22 ambush claimed the lives of two AR troopers and two unidentified militants.

According to a source in State Police, arrested former Chairman of the APSC, Rakesh Paul had been funding ULFA-I and GNLA militant in the last few years. According to the source he paid nearly INR 1 crore to each of the militant groups in the last few years.

Four militant groups, including NDFB-IKS, KLO, PDCK and NLFT, in a joint statement, called 24 hours ‘total shut down’ on the Republic Day of India (26th January) in the entire North East India. They asked the people of ‘WESEA’ to ‘boycott’ the Republic Day celebration in their statement. 

SFs intensified their combing operations in the border areas of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and busted a militant hideout at Samru area in the State. SFs intensification of operations follows the militant attack at Jagun in Tinsukia District of Assam on January 22.

Security officials said that Indo-Myanmar border has been placed at a state of alert based on specific intelligence inputs about the militants exfiltrating into Myanmar to escape the ongoing operations by SFs. "The stretch of the border from pillar number 168 to border pillar number 173 - from Pangsau Pass to Tirap River - has been put on high alert," a source said.

SFs arrested two PLA militants, identified as Angom Arunkumar alias Chinglen (62) and Khundrakpam Suresh alias Mocha (47) from Wangkhei Thangjam Leikai and Palace Compound Thangapat Mapal respectively in Imphal East District in two separate incidents. Three mobiles phones were recovered from them. SFs sources said that they were involved in several extortion cases.

Police detained six bailed out militants from different places in Thoubal District. Out of six, four belongs to PLA militant and two belongs to UNLF.

The proposed tripartite talk between Manipur Government, Centre and UNC scheduled on January 23 was postponed indefinitely. Further, Manipur Government had agreed to UNC’s demand to shift the venue of the proposed talks from Imphal to New Delhi. UNC had demanded that the venue for the talks should be held in either New Delhi or in ‘Naga dominated area’.

AR arrested one NSCN-K militant, identified as ‘lieutenant’ Yantril Sangtam from Longkhim Town in Tuensang District. An IED with a detonator, a reserve detonator and one .22 pistol with four live rounds were recovered from the arrested militant.

In a statement, NSCN-K said that it would boycott India’s Republic day celebration on January 26 in ‘all over Naga inhabited areas’.

In a joint statement, the CorCom, GNLA, HNLC and the ULFA-I called for a ‘total shut down’ in the entire North East India on Indian Republic day (26th January). In the joint statement issued by the militant groups asserted that the ‘WESEA’ should ‘collectively boycott’ the Indian Republic Day on January 26, 2017.

A senior State Home Department official said that the Mizoram Government had decided to go ahead with the physical repatriation of Brus from six relief camps in neighbouring North Tripura District scheduled to commence from the second week of February. The State Government officials who conducted the identification in the Tripura relief camps during November two to November 23, 2016, had identified 32,857 people belonging to 5,413 families for physical repatriation.

The SFs killed two CPI-Maoist cadres in an encounter near Padmetta village under Bedre Police Station in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. “Two bodies of Maoists in uniform have been recovered along with one .303 service rifle, one .315 rifle and one Bharmar in Bijapur district after an encounter. The encounter took place in the forest near Padmetta village under the Bedre police station limits,” said Bijapur District SP K.L. Dhruv.

Ranjan Bala and his son Indrajit Bala (17) were injured in an IED blast triggered by the Naxals on an under-construction road in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The incident took place near Malempalli village under Jagargunda Police Station limits while the victims were on way to Dornapal in their motorcycle.

CPI-Maoist cadres set on fire at least 15 vehicles and equipment deployed for road construction works in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. A road is being constructed between Tarlaguda and Annaram. A combing operation is underway to trace the insurgents.

Activist Bela Bhatia was allegedly asked to vacate her house in Pandripani village in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh by the villagers who held a protest outside it accusing her of being a ‘CPI-Maoist sympathiser’. In a complaint to Police, villagers alleged Bhatia had named herself as “Somari Naag or Bela Somari” (to use tribal identity) which they feel is an insult to tribal masses, told SP, RN Dash.

Hundreds of villagers of Malkangiri District of Odisha gathered in an anti-CPI-Maoist rally in Jagdalpur, administrative headquarters of Bastar District of Chhattisgarh, in the bordering region of Odisha and Chhattisgarh, and raised voice against the ‘torture’ by the Maoists. The Jana Varjan Samabesh/Prajameli was attended by inhabitants of at least 15 villages in the region. “In the absence of security forces and DVF, Maoists enter some remote villages and start torturing the villagers. Sometime they even rob the villagers their belongings,” said a villager. “If security is tightened in these Maoist-prone areas, then they will not dare to enter these places to trouble the innocent villagers,” stated another villager. Meanwhile Police said it will analyse the situation and take proper step. “Attending a large gathering here (Jagdalpur), the villagers of Tulsi, Mahupadar, Dundipadar and Kirmiti (Odisha) allege that a lady along with some other Maoists is torturing them. We have intensified anti-Maoist operation and deployed some forces in those regions. Very soon we will neutralize the Red Rebels who are active in the area”, said Bastar (Chhattisgarh) SP, RN Dash.

West Singhbhum District Police of Jharkhand has constituted a committee to probe the alleged death of CPI-Maoist Politburo member Prashant Bose alias Kisan da in Saranda forest on the Jharkhand-Odisha border.

The tribal rights activists met DC, ASR Naik, and demanded probe into exploitation of two women by C-60 Commandos in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The delegation comprising Sainu Gota, Ramdas Jarate and others also claimed in their representation to the Collector that Police had been harassing tribals protesting mining projects across the District. The C-60 Commandos comprise of 60 Police personnel to contain the Naxal menace and was constituted in the year 1992. They are imparted trainings in various types of guerrilla warfare.

The Army in a joint operation with JKP busted a suspected militant hideout and seized a huge cache of arms, ammunition and war-like stores in the Hilnar area of Chhatru tehsil in Kishtwar District. The team came upon a suspicious natural cave, whereupon, on further probing and digging, forces recovered one AK-47, one Pistol with Magazine (Chinese), one UBGL, seven Grenades of UBGL, two Chinese Hand Grenades, three AK-47 Magazines, 428 rounds of 7.62mm AK-47 and two Kenwood Radio Sets (Transistor TH 28A 144MH).

January 24

Ahead of the Republic Day parade on January 26, security in Delhi and NCR, particularly at Rajpath, has been increased, as an intelligence note says that "Pakistan-based groups are trying to use Afghan identities to enter India and that some of them have fraudulently acquired Afghan passports". Pakistan's ISI is trying to create tensions between India and Afghanistan, said sources. RAW has received inputs that ISI plans to recruit Pakistan-Afghani nationals and then send them to India to orchestrate a terror attack. Ahead of the Republic Day celebrations in the National Capital, intelligence and security forces have conducted a fresh recce of sensitive areas. Specific inputs were received on outfits including HM, LeT, IM and AQIS hatching a plot to simultaneously launch terror attacks in various parts of the country.

A person wanted in a case of trafficking of FICN has been arrested by NIA officials from Malda area in Malda District. Mohammed Ashraful, was wanted in a case registered initially by Kerala Police pertaining to the seizure of high quality FICN having face value of INR 67,000 from migrant labourers hailing from West Bengal.

Driver of an oil tanker was injured when suspected NSCN-IM militants attacked a convoy of loaded trucks at Awangkhul under Noney Police Station in Noney District. The driver was identified as Elangbam Birjit Singh (38) resident of Wangbal Mayai Leikai of Thoubal District. According to reports, 373 loaded Tata trucks were coming towards Imphal from Jiribam with CRPF escort on account of the ongoing economic blockade.

Police arrested one linkman of NDFB militant, identified as Chabin Boro (28) from Bagrikhuti village under Tamulpur Police Station in Baksa District. According to the Police, he was involved in several extortion cases in the name of NDFB.

Paresh Baruah, the ‘c-in-c’ of the ULFA-I militant, made a statement threatening the theater owners of the State accusing discrimination against a regional film. The director of the film Himanghshu Prasad Das made an appeal in an open letter to the militant leader on Facebook after several theatre owners decided to remove his movie- ‘Shakira Ahibo Bakultolor Bihuloi’ on January 25. In response to his letter, the militant leader threatened the theatre owners to continue regional films instead of Hindi movies.

  The CPI-Maoist cadres triggered an IED blast in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The blast took place when SFs were patrolling between Timmapur and Murdanda. A sniffer dog, named ‘Pluto’ died in the blast.

CM Raman Singh assured the IAF authorities at Raipur District of Chhattisgarh that the Chhattisgarh Government would provide all possible assistance in conducting the ‘Indian Air Force Recruitment Rally' in insurgency-infested Districts of the State. The CM held a detailed discussion with Air Vice-Marshal O.P. Tiwari, VSM, at his official residence. Notably, the Bastar Battalion of CRPF is also being raised by recruiting 744 ST youths from four insurgency infested Districts of Bastar region in Chhattisgarh, the Central Government has informed.

Two cadres of the PLF, Manish Dahenga alias Rejan Dahenga and a minor boy were arrested on the outskirts of Khunti District of Jharkhand. Police also seized INR 48,000 in cash and seven mobile phones from the duo. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

A Patna Police team stumbled upon a diary in Beur Central Jail in Patna District of Bihar, which has names of people who paid levy to jailed CPI-Maoist leader Ajay Kandu. Kandu, the alleged mastermind behind the November 2005 Jehanabad jail break, is in the Beur jail that was raided by a Police team headed by Patna SSP, Manu Maharaj. Acting on a tip-off, the SSP with a SDPO and officials from the District administration reached the jail around 2.50am and conducted the raid. The Police also seized six mobile phones, four chargers, a few packets of marijuana, four knives, packets of khaini and earphones during the search.

The Central leadership of CPI-Maoist had warned their comrades operating the tri-junction area in South India against launching attacks on Police from Kozhikode District of Kerala. The leadership thought such an action would be detrimental for the organisation in the current stage of the movement. This was revealed in a letter suspected to be written by a Central Committee or politburo member of the party, which was recovered from the camp inside the Nilambur forest after the Police firing on November 24, 2016. The central leadership of the Maoists felt that the strategy in the tri-junction area should have been devised, based on the experiences of four-and-a-half decades history of revolutionary war in India. But they believe that the comrades in zonal committee were instead inspired by the People's war in Peru and Nepal.

SFs launched a search operation against a group of militants in Ganderbal District. They said 5 RR and SOG of J&K launched a joint operation at Handoora village in Ganderbal following a tip-off about the presence of militants.

Two top militants of the LeT outfit were killed in a gun battle on the outskirts of Srinagar in Ganderbal District. Following a tip off about the presence of militants in Hadoora, Shuhama area in Ganderbal District, Police from Srinagar and Ganderbal along with 5-RR and CRPF cordoned off the area and launched the search operation. “The hiding militants opened fire on joint search party which was retaliated, triggering an encounter during which two militants of LeT were killed. Two AK-47 rifles, one grenade, six magazines and 180 rounds of AK ammunition were recovered from the encounter site”, SSP, Ganderbal, Imtiaz Ismail Parray, said. The two LeT militants have been identified as Qari Hanzullah and Anas Bilal and both of them were residents of Pakistan. They were associates of top LeT ‘commander’ Abu Hurraira who is operating from Dachigam area in the outskirts of Srinagar for last several years. They were operating in Srinagar and Ganderbal districts since January 22, 2013 and had recently started coordinating with HM.

SFs averted a major tragedy after they detected and defused an IED on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad National Highway in Baramulla District. Sources said that on receiving specific input of planting of IED at Srinagar- Muzaffarabad national highway a joint operation by 53 Bn of the CRPF, SOG Baramulla, was launched and an IED of around 10 kilograms was recovered.

A Policeman was injured as militants hurled a grenade at a Police party at Haal Pulwama and fired at them. Police had established a naka at Haal when militants attacked them. Massive operations have been launched in the area against the militants.

Army and BSF foiled two major infiltration attempts, along the LoC and IB killing a top Pakistani militant and arrested another while three other infiltrators managed to escape back to PoK following effective retaliatory firing brought down by the troops. Official sources stated that the troops observed movement of a group of four militants along LoC in Dadal Maneka area of Sunderbani sector in Rajouri District when they were trying to infiltrate into the Indian Territory along with a consignment of heavy arms, ammunition and explosive material. Immediately after the gunfight, troops conducted searches along LoC in Sunderbani sector and recovered the body of the slain militant who was believed to be a top Pakistani militant.

The BSF thwarted another infiltration attempt along the IB in Suchetgarh sector of RS Pura tehsil in Jammu District when they captured a Pakistani national alive soon after he entered into the Indian Territory. The captured person reportedly disclosed his identity as Mohammad Ahmad (35), son of Mohammad Aneef, a resident of Kot Din Dhan in Sialkot District of Pakistan. He was carrying some currency with him when he was captured.

January 25

Police recovered four crude bombs from Bongaigaon District. SP (Bongaigaon) Hridayjit Barman said the bombs were found hidden under a haystack at Bhoralkundi village, about 5 kilometres from Jogighopa Police Station. He said the search was conducted based on intelligence inputs. The bombs were packed inside polythene bags and it is suspected that militants may have kept them there to carry out blasts on Republic Day (January 26).

SFs arrested one PLA militant, identified as Kh Kiran (25) from Kaiphundai village in Tamenglong District.

MBDPF, the umbrella organisation of Bru refugees lodged in six relief camps in North Tripura, made it clear that they would stick to their long-standing ‘13-point demands’ and wrote a letter to UHM Rajnath Singh regarding the issue on January 24. The MBDPF, in its letter to Singh, sought his intervention on the issue of the Bru repatriation and reconsider the present package of the repatriation. Further, the Bru organisation alleged that the Mizoram Government’s Bru repatriation programme was not realistic and practical. The present stand of MBDPF may create hurdle to the Mizoram Government’s decision to start Bru repatriation from second week of February of this year (2017).

A CISF trooper suffered minor injuries after he was shot with arrow by CPI-Maoist cadres, in an iron ore mines area of NMDC in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The incident happened when a CISF patrolling team ran into a group of lower-rung ultras who were putting up pamphlets against Republic Day celebrations. On spotting the CISF troopers, CPI-Maoist cadres shot an arrow and escaped into the forests.

The Police arrested a CPI–Maoist cadre and his associate while receiving "levy" of INR 10,000 from a private company staff near Indrapuri Barrage in Rohtas District of Bihar. SDPO, Mohammad Anwar Javed Ansari said that the two arrested had been identified as Arun Kumar alias Birbal and Dhiraj Kumar. Arun Kumar is an accused in a murder case in Aurangabad District of Bihar.

Two militia members the CPI–Maoist surrendered before Paderu Sub-Division, DSP, M Mahendra in Vishakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. The surrendered have been identified as V Nageswara Rao and K Bhagwan Rao (35). The duo was vexed with the stringent rules being followed by the dalam and they wanted to return to the social mainstream.

The ‘most wanted’ CPI–Maoist leader Ranjit Pal (45) laid down his arms and surrendered before of the STF of Kolkata Police at Kolkata District of West Bengal. Pal surrendered before State DGO Surajit Kar Purakayastha and Kolkata Commissioner of Police, Rajiv Kumar along with his wife Jharna alias Anita also a top CPI-Maoist leader along the Bengal-Jharkhand border mostly in Purulia District. Pal surrendered with a SLR. Pal said, “I am surrendering before Kolkata Police STF and beginning a new life and appeal those who are wrong path to join the main stream.” He added, in past 17 years he had realised that taking up arms was not a solution to people’s problems and the issues had been sorted out in Bengal to a large extent.

Unidentified militants opened fire at a Police picket at Gofabal in Kulgam District. Police returned the fire, forcing the militants to flee from the place. No casualties were reported in the incident.

SFs detected an IED planted by militants at Batamaloo area in Srinagar District. The IED was later safely defused.

January 26

All total seven bombs were exploded by ULFA-I militant, during the day of celebration of India’s Republic Day (January 26) in different places of Sivasagar, Charideo, Tinsukia and Dibrugarh Districts. However no casualties were reported. According to the Police sources low intensity IED were used in the blasts. According to the sources, in Sibsagar District the blast took place in Majpani area and in Tinsukia District two blasts took place at Sisimi village and Sukan pukhuri area. While, in Charaideo District bomb exploded in Angera, Lengeribor and Bihubor area and in Dibrugarh District one explosion took place in Chowkidinghee area.

ULFA-I militant, claimed responsibility for the seven bomb blasts that took place in Assam on the Republic Day of India (January 26), terming it as ‘symbolic protest’.

Two low intensity explosions were triggered at Mantripukhri and Singjamei Chingamakha area in Imphal West District. No casualty due to these explosions was reported. No group has taken responsibility of the blasts so far.

Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Das Tandon said a wave of security and development coupled with the faith of people in Bastar region signals that Naxalism will come to an end soon in the State. Tandon was speaking at the 68th Republic Day function held at the Police Line grounds in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh. He also added that demonetization has not only supported the country in fight against terror forces but also helped in controlling CPI –Maoist activities in Chhattisgarh.

 CM, Raghubar Das in his Republic Day address said, innocent tribals were being misled by vested interests, in Naxal affected Dumka District of Jharkhand. He also pointed out that Jharkhand Government has allotted a separate budget for development of SC and ST, and 2 per cent reservation in State and District level vacancies, a Police battalion and 18 health centres for particularly vulnerable tribal groups in Jharkhand.

Jharkhand Police will initiate proceedings to seek custody of CPI –Maoist leader Ranjit Pal who, along with his wife, surrendered before West Bengal Police. Pal, a member of the Bengal-Jharkhand-Orissa border committee of CPI-Maoist, is wanted in the murder of JMM leader and then East Singhbhum in Jharkhand, MP, Sunil Mahato in 2007.

A cordon and search operation was launched by the SFs in Pulwama town in Pulwama District, after an explosion, believed to be grenade thrown by militants, occurred near local Police Station without causing any damage. However, no one was arrested during the search operation.

SFs conducted search and cordon operations at Hassanwadi and Badibagh villages in Pulwama, after receiving inputs about the presence of militants.  During the searches, locals came out of their houses and pelted stones on forces and hampered the search operations. Police fired teargas shells and chased away the stone-pelting mobs. The search operations were later called off.

January 27

The NIA arrested two people, identified as Abdul Rashid Abdulla and Yasmeen Mohammad Zahid from Kochi (Kerala) in connection with the criminal conspiracy hatched within and outside India, with the intention of furthering the objectives of the IS and for joining and supporting the organization. Accused Abdul Rashid, resident of Kasaragod District and Yasmeen Mohammad Zahid, resident of Sitamarhi District, Bihar were booked under sections 120-B and 125 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), besides sections 38, 39 and 40 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967.

The NIA probe has established that accused Abdul Rashid was the main conspirator behind the offence of motivating youth, hailing from Kasaragod District to exit from India along with their families, to join the terrorist organisation.

India and UAE issued a joint statement through which both the countries committed to work together to counter radicalisation and misuse of religion by groups and countries for inciting hatred and perpetrating acts of terrorism. UAE's Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan also declared that ‘strong condemnation of and resolute opposition to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, wherever committed and by whomever, and declared that there could be no justification for terrorism anywhere.’

Without naming Pakistan, the statement also states ‘The two sides condemned efforts, including by States, to use religion to justify, sustain and sponsor terrorism against other countries. They further deplored efforts by countries to give religious and sectarian colour to political issues and pointed out the responsibility of all States to control the activities of the so-called 'non-State actors'. With this joint statement, India enhances diplomatic pressure on Pakistan to take firm action against terror activities conducting on its land.

The State Congress spokesperson Khumukcham Joykishan said that the Manipur Government had given final touches to the proposal of declaring the UNC as an unlawful organisation and it would be forwarded to the Central Government.

The Prakasam District Police unearthed huge cache of arms and ammunition in the Nallamala Forest near Palutla village in Yerragondapalem mandal in Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh. SFs observed a few electrical wires popped out from earth. After digging at the place, they found 79 rounds of SLR, 31 rounds of .303 rifle, 17 rounds of 0.500 rifle, and three barrels of double barrel guns, two barrels of single barrel guns, two double trigger tapanchas and one charger in the dump. The Police suspect that the CPI-Maoist cadres made the dump around 2003, after inspection of the contents.

A Naxal was killed in an exchange of fire with SFs in a dense patch of forest under Fulbagdi Police Station limits in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. SFs have recovered the body of a male Maoist, clad in uniform, along with a .303 rifle and some other items of daily use from the spot.

CPI-Maoist cadres dislodged a 1,000-year-old 4-feet long Ganesha idol and felled it from a height of about 12,000 feet into the deep gorge at Dholkal Mountain in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The Police blamed the Maoists for “deliberately planned to let (sic)” the structure of Ganesha idol fall from the mountain top in an “attempt to destroy” it.

Khunti District Police of Jharkhand arrested two contractors, identified as Dinesh Kumar Nag and Khuleshwar Gope, for having financial ties with PLFI, Chief Dinesh Gope and assisting the group's terror activities in Khunti District, reports Times of India. According to Police, PLFI funded INR 8.5 millions in six construction projects of Nag and Gope and were supposed to receive 50% of the total profits in return. PLFI is a splinter group of CPI-Maoist.

Simdega Police airdropped pamphlets and posters with names and bounty on top functionaries of the PLFI cadres hiding in remote areas of Simdega District of Jharkhand. The pamphlets carried names of PLFI’s top commanders, including its supremo, Dinesh Gope, who carries a bounty of INR 2.5 millions on his head.

The RPF of Bangalore Railway Division arrested a Naxal, in connection to derail the Chalukya Express on December last year in Tamil Nadu, at Bengaluru District of Karnataka. The Naxal has now been handed over to the Q branch of the Tamil Nadu Police. He has confessed to being part of a Naxal outfit based in Kerala.

A Police source said that in the Republic Day (January 26) serial blast, the ULFA-I militant used local people for planting bombs instead of their regular militant cadres. The Police source also claimed that they had already identified some of these people.

January 28

Three persons were arrested for allegedly running a FICN racket in Delhi, and INR 1.8 million in the form of counterfeit INR 2000 notes was recovered from their possession. Accused Azad Singh (36), Manoj (37) and Sunil (27) were arrested by a team of Special Cell from Singhola village in Narela Tehsil (revenue unit) of North West Delhi District in Delhi, said DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav.

SF arrested one NDFB-IKS militant, identified as Rahul Daimari (26) alias Mulungsa alias D Riwiriwa from Khoirabari area in Udalguri District. One 7.65mm pistol, 5 rounds of live ammunition and two magazines were also recovered from the arrested militant.

Osman Ali alias Raja (40), who has been serving as courier man for CPI-Maoist, surrendered in front of SP, Rahul Dev Sharma in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. Osman Ali, is a native of Korukonda village under Chintapalli mandal, Visakhapatnam Agency, and is running a grocery shop in the village. The police said that Ali had served as Maoist courier between Maoist leader Krishna and others and he had supplied groceries and a few others to the Left Wing Extremists, for the last few years.

CRPF jawan was killed in an explosion of a pressure bomb allegedly planted by CPI-Maoist cadres near Kottacheru village under Bhejji Police Station limits in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The deceased, Havaldar Parasnath Saroj, was posted with the 219th battalion of CRPF, senior Police officials said. “A road construction work was going on in the area and a CRPF team was patrolling when Saroj accidentally stepped on the pressure bomb and suffered serious injuries,” the Police officials said. Later, he succumbed to his injuries.

The Police recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunitions from a Naxal hideout in Latehar District of Jharkhand. A SLR, three made in America semi-automatic rifle, two country-made rifles and at least 81 live cartridges were among the arms and ammunitions that were recovered. The Police are probing the matter and have not arrested any person in this regard so far.

January 29

ISI operative Mehmood Akhtar's statement to interrogators in Delhi that many people from Bhopal had handed over sensitive documents to him, has left intelligence officials in Madhya Pradesh worried. Now efforts are on to identify Akthar's 'agents' in Bhopal, said sources in the intelligence wing. There are inputs that Akhtar had visited Bhopal thrice in the last few years.

Two workers out of three, who were abducted on January 26, by a group of suspected KNF-N militant, were killed in an alleged gunfight between the militant group and KNA militants at Moulsohoi village under Litan Police Station in Ukhrul District. The two deceased workers were identified as Laishram Tompok (27) and Laishram Thoi (22). However, the third abducted worker, identified as Khumujam Bijen (25) was rescued by the villagers. One suspected abductor, identified as Thangminlun Khongsai (25) also got bullet injury in the incident. According to the report, the injured abductor is a member of UTLA and one pistol was recovered from his possession. The three workers were abducted from Maphou dam project in Senapati District on January 26, by four suspected Kuki militants. The abductors were attacked by KNA cadres when they entered the Moulsohoi village, which according to KNA militants ‘fall under the jurisdiction’ of their designated camp. However, another source said that the abductors were not from any militant group and they were just a gang of criminals. 

A bomb was recovered, by SFs, which was planted by unidentified assailant at the residence of a worker at Khabam Bamdiar under Nambol Police Station in Bishnupur District.

Two UTLA militants identified as Robert Thangboi Kipgen and Thensei Singsit, who were involved in the attack of the ‘chairman’ of UTLA on January 22, were arrested by Police from K Lhangnom village in Churachandpur District. According to the Police the arrested militants belong to a rival faction of the UTLA. 

AR arrested two persons, identified as Vizoto Angami, (40) and Supi Chaya Angami (35) from Medziphema Town in Dimapur District along with arms. According to the AR, one of the arrestees, Vizoto Angami is a member of NSCN-IM. AR recovered one .22 mm Pistol and 339 bottles of IMFL from their possession. 

Two Naxals including a woman were killed in an encounter with the SFs in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The gun battle took place in Purangel forest which comes under Kirandul Police Station limits. SFs recovered a rifle, a revolver and a huge cache of medicines. IG, S.R.P. Kalluri said, “The identity of the rebels is being ascertained. Prima facie, it appears that they belong to the medical supply team of the outlawed CPI-Maoist as a large quantity of medicines was seized from the encounter spot.”

195 lower rung Naxals, including 24 women, surrendered in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. The surrendered Naxals expressed a wish to join the mainstream. The cadres belong to Janmilitia or Janatana Sarkar wing of CPI-Maoist. The surrendered cadres were from 24 villages of the region including Gumiyabeda, Okpaad, Mohndi, Nelnaar, Ikpaad, Murnaar, Nirameta and Kodkanaar.

The Central Government of India has sanctioned INR 6.57 billion for implementation of road projects in CPI-Maoist affected areas of Koraput and Malkangiri District of Odisha. The State Government of Odisha had submitted the road project proposals under RRP-II which was approved by the UMRD. UMRD also cleared road plans having a length of 5412 Kilometers including 126 bridges in eight other Naxal affected States. The State projects include Kalimela-Gomphakonda-Bejingiwada-Orkel, Khairiput- Mathili, Mathili-Kaliaguda, Podia-Sikhapali, Kudumuluguma-Katameta, MV-76-Vejangiwada and several other roads in Malkangiri District of Odisha.

The BSF is overhauling its deployments in Malda District of West Bengal, ill-reputed as the national hub for FICN notes and illegal narcotics smuggling. The overhaul move has been initiated following a caution sent by the UMHA to the West Bengal home department that Indo- Bangladesh border sector in Malda District of West Bengal, is increasingly becoming a corridor for movement of cross- border terrorists.

 According to the BSF Commandant, deputed in the Malda sector, A K Hotker, the border guard force is involving the local residents in the Indo-Bangladesh border villages in the Malda sector in getting information about outsiders frequenting these bordering villages.  

According to sources from the border guard agency of the Union government, four major steps are being taken as a part of the agency’s overhauling exercise in the Malda sector.

The BSF foiled attempts by a group of African nationals to illegally enter India from Bangladesh through the Muharichar border in Belonia in South Tripura. A mobile phone and some personal belongings were seized from him. However, rest of the accomplices managed to flee from the place.

January 30

Three girls from the Philippines and Tunisia, who were alleged to be IS sympathisers, were given money by a Dubai-based Indian supporter, Mohammed Farhan Shaikh of the terror outfit on the instructions of a Pakistani national, the NIA has said. The agency has claimed that Shaikh, who was arrested in 2016 along with two others after being deported from the UAE for alleged IS links, had funded these girls, after money was given to him in Dubai by one Khalid, who is alleged to be from Pakistan.

 NIA has alleged that Shaikh, who was in Dubai in 2015, had transferred 3894.24 UAED to a Tunisian girl, Sarra Ghribi, who wanted to join IS, in seven installments through the global payment service, Western Union, between February 5, 2015 and April 24, 2015. NIA has claimed that Shaikh had transferred 1257.63 UAED and 846.75 UAED to Jannah Qassim and Johaira L Macasimpang, residents of Philippines, on June 24, 2015.

In his disclosure statement recorded by NIA which has been annexed in the charge sheet, Shaikh has claimed that in January 2015, he got in touch with Ghribi through Facebook. She was a "supporter and sympathiser" of IS.

The State Government decided to withhold counter insurgency operations by the SFs against the KPLT till April 20 this year. The KPLT declared unilateral ceasefire for a period of six months with effect from October 20, 2016 till April 20, 2017, which they communicated through a letter signed by the militant group’s ‘general secretary’ Vojaru Hanjang.

SFs arrested two HNLC militants, identified as Samuel Wahlang Pahsyntiew (30) and Hebingstun Khongbuh (18) from Shillong in East Khasi Hills District. Police said that both are new cadres of HNLC, but Samuel Wahlang Pahsyntiew was trained in Bangladesh camp of the militant group.

Three abducted persons from West Garo Hill District, identified as Muzamil Haque, Biswajit Neogi alias Bappi and Mohammad Rouf Asraf Ayub, were released by the abductors of ASAK militant in the Ramchenga jungles near Dumnikura in South Garo Hills District.

Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh, in a public meeting at Bhairamgarh in Naxals hit Bijapur District in Bastar Division of Chhattisgarh, urged all CPI-Maoist cadres to give up the arms and join the mainstream, saying violence and terror cannot solve any problem. "Peace and harmony are the only ways to prosper and develop the society. If Maoists quit the violent path, we are ready to embrace them", CM Singh said. "Government is building roads, bridges, schools and hospitals, providing clean drinking water and taking care of people. I wonder why the Maoists are opposing development initiatives in the region," he added.

Sanjay Pandey, a ‘munshi’ with Raj Kumar Constructions, was beheaded for not paying extortion money to the Naxals in Jamui District of Bihar. Jamui Police claimed to have recovered the CPI-Maoist literature from the scene of the crime. One such leaflet said those executing Government plans with the help of Police, and without obtaining CPI-Maoist permission, would meet similar fate.

Khunti Police arrested three cadres of the PLFI at Birsa Chowk in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. PLFI is a splinter group of CPI-Maoist. The identity of the arrestees is yet to be ascertained.

SPs from six Districts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha led by two DIGs held a meeting at Koraput District of Odisha. They gathered to plan joint operations and eliminate the CPI-Maoist from the border areas. According to sources, all the SPs and DIGs came to the conclusion that coordination, cooperation and sharing of information should be done at regular intervals. They also chalked out plans to penetrate the interior pockets of the tribal belt to reach out to the public with community policing programmes.

SFs busted a hideout of unidentified militant and recovered large cache of arms and ammunition at Tranz area in Shopian District. SFs recovered one SLR, which was snatched by militants from guard at Samnoo Kulgam in October last year (2016), two magazines of SLR, 37 SLR rounds, two RPG, one grenade, 503 AK rounds, one AK magazine, one ammunition pouch, one solar charger, one charger pin and a small black pouch containing medicines from the militant hideout.

Over 200 persons were killed in unrests in 2008, 2010 and 2016 in Jammu and Kashmir, the State Government told Legislative Assembly. CM Mehbooba Mufti, in a written reply, told the House that 76 civilians and two Police personnel were killed in “law and order disturbances” in the Valley in 2016. In 2010, 101 persons were killed and 4,288 others, including SFs, injured, she said. Mehbooba said 46 persons were killed and 1,265 others, including SFs, were injured in 2008. In 2016, as many as 8,587 persons were arrested, out of which 8,473 have been released till January 21, the Chief Minister informed. In addition, 522 persons were booked under the J&K PSA, and 265 persons among 1,978 booked in the recent unrest, were still under detention as on January 21, she stated. Further, Mehbooba said as many as 133 buildings, including Police Stations and schools, were damaged or set ablaze during the “law and order disturbances” in the Valley last year and 213 persons were arrested in this connection. She said 2,655 cases have been registered in various police stations across Kashmir since July 8 last year.

January 31

SFs arrested two women cadres of the UNLF militant, identified as Huidrom Chingkheinganbi Chanu (22) and Oinam Chanchan alias Jayenti alias Langlen (22) from Laipham Khunou under Heingang Police Station in Imphal West District.

Two unidentified civilians were killed when Police open fired to control a highly agitated mass in Dimapur town in Dimapur District. Five civilians were also injured in the firing. While seven other agitated civilians were injure in Longleng District by Police firing.

SFs recovered arms and ammunition dumped by CPI-Maoist cadres from Dangrapahar of Ghatshila in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. SSP, Anoop T. Mathew told that a joint team of SFs conducted search in four dumping areas and recovered a SLR, one 303 rifle, both looted from SFs, an improvised Musket along with 50 rounds of live ammunition, electronic items and explosives for preparing IED, CPI-Maoist flags and literature, multi-circuit meter, uniforms and daily core items. A book titled “Mamata Bandopadhyay ke Jemon Dekhechi” authored by one Deepak Kumar Ghosh was also recovered.

SFs arrested three CPI-Maoist action team members and a newly recruited member in Hanamkonda District of Telangana. The arrested were identified as T Devender alias Rama Rao of Sudhanapalli in Hasanparthy Mandal, Bhukya Srinivas alias P Srinu of Ponugodu of Gudur Mandal and Ch Narayana Swamy of Sriramulapalli of Kamalapur Mandal. The newly recruited member has been identified as Lingala Vennela alias Dhannu of Paidipalli in Hasanparthy Mandal. A case under sections 10, 13, 18(B) of UAP Act 1967, section 25 (1-B) (9) of Arms Act 1959, section 5 of ES Act 1908, section 8 of TSPS (APPS) Act was booked against them at KCU Police Station.

Four persons were injured after SFs fired to disperse protesters in Samboora village of Pampore area in Pulwama District. An Army party conducted a search operation in the Samboora village of Pampore area and people started stone pelting on them and they fired injuring four persons.

SFs cordoned off Heff Shermal area of Shopian District and launched searches. However, as the searches were underway, locals came out of their houses pelted stones on SFs. Police fired dozens of teargas shells to disperse the locals hampering the operation. Later the search operation was called off.

Pakistan army again resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing on forward Indian posts and villages in Shahpur sector of Poonch District. Official sources said Pakistani troops started shelling forward areas in Shahpur at 9 pm, prompting the Indian side to retaliate. Heavy exchange of shelling and firing continued, however, there were no reports of any casualties or damage on the Indian side. Sources said Pakistan army was trying to push a group of militants into the Indian side from the LoC. The shelling was aimed at facilitating the infiltration attempt, they added.

January 31-February 1

Police arrested three militants belonging to ASAK along with one cadre of the GNLA at South Garo Hills District. The ASAK militants, who were arrested in between January 31-February 1, were identified as Sahid Ch Marak (26), Lamingstone Ch Sangma (29) and Jainish R Marak (29).The GNLA militant, who was arrested from Gare Nawak village, near Nangalbibra was identified as Herod R Marak (32).

February 1

Ten posters and five painted messages highlighting IS were found in Solan town of Himachal Pradesh. Police interrogated about 20 persons suspected to be involved in the case. Their handwriting samples were also taken and will be compared with the writing on the posters. It was interesting to note that spray paint had been used while writing the IS on various buildings of the Subathu cantonment board while no private building had been targeted.

SFs recovered a bomb from a paddy field at Uyokching in Kakching District.

Unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at Indian Army’s 2nd JKLI troopers, who were on ROP duty, injuring a JKLI personnel at Nachou along Tiddim Road under Bishnupur Police Station in Bishnupur District. The injured personnel identified as Mohammad Arshad has been taken to Leimakhong military hospital (Kangpokpi District).

A GNLA militant, identified as ‘deputy commander’ and working with the ‘finance wing’ Ninja M. Sangma alias Megam (23), surrendered before the Police at Williamnagar in East Garo Hills District. He, however, did not deposit any weapons. Sangma has informed Police that the finance unit comprised seven cadres prior to his surrender and has now been further reduced to five men after another member disappeared a few weeks ago apparently to form his own group.

At least eight Police personnel were killed and five others injured in a landmine explosion suspected to have been triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres near Mungarbhumi on Sunki ghat in Koraput District of Odisha. The van carrying 13 Police personnel was on its way to Angul. They were going to the Police Training College, Angul to get special Police driving training when the Maoists blasted them off at around 2 pm. The number of deaths of Police personnel in the Maoists’ Sunki landmine explosion rose to eight with the body of lone missing driver Tulasi Ram Majhi found this morning (February 2), informed Koraput SP, Charan Singh Meena. Seven Police personnel died and five others sustained injuries yesterday (February 1) as the landmine planted underground at Sunki ghati in Koraput District on AOB exploded. Tulasi Ram was missing, he said. The identities of the slain personnel are Somnath Sisa, Sanjay Kumar Das, Arun Kumar Nayak, Subarna Kumar Raj, Pradipta Kumar Rout, Ganesh Prasad Das, Harekrushna Prushti and Tulasi Ram Majhi.   

The CPI-Maoist cadres exploded a crude bomb in the Amrapali Open Cast Project of CCL under Tandwa Police Station of Chatra District of Jharkhand. Three personnel have been reported to be injured in the blast. Police have recovered hand-written pamphlets which talks about stopping work in Amrapali and its adjacent mine, Magadh. The newly raised SISF will be deployed at the CCL's Amrapali coal project.

The CRPF personnel of 26th Battalion distributed a solar light system at Daribagh Tola in Gomia Block of Naxals affected Bokaro District of Jharkhand.

The CPI-Maoist cadres attacked the camp office of Ramie Construction Company and set ablaze a mixer machine and a roller near Barachatti town in Gaya District of Bihar. Locals said the Maoists had earlier demanded ‘levy’ from Ramie Construction Company, engaged in various road construction projects near Barachatti.

Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, stressed for high level of alertness and vigil along the LoC and to foil the nefarious designs of militants and their masters across. While interacting with the troops and the Commanders at 19 Division headquarters in Baramulla and 28 Mountain Division in Kupwara, General Rawat stressed for alertness along the LoC to foil the infiltration attempts from across. He stressed for terminating infiltration attempts right on the LoC so that peace is restored in Jammu and Kashmir.

February 2

Assam Police registered a suo moto case of sedition against the filmmaker, Himangshu Prasad Das, who had openly sought help from ‘leader’ of the ULFA-I, Paresh Barua, to ask film distributors not to take his film (Shakira Ahibo Bokultolor Bihuloi) off screens to make way for the Hindi movies 'Raees' and 'Kaabil' last week. Police said that it was a very serious crime and they were waiting for an individual or organisation to file a FIR, but when that did not happen, they chose to take up the suo moto case.

UNC ‘president’ Gaidon Kamei and ‘publicity secretary’ S Stephen was escorted to New Delhi in order to enable them to take part in the tripartite talk scheduled on February 3.

Meghalaya DGP S.B. Singh said that the ‘c-in-c’ of the disbanded militant group- UALA, Norrok X. Momin, was not traceable and probably he was on the run since there were criminal cases pending against him. UALA was disbanded on June, 2016. Earlier in December 2015, the UALA signed a peace pact with the Indian Government. 

The senior leader of the GNLA militant, Ninja M Sangma (23) alias Megam, who surrendered on February 1, revealed that there were only 27 cadres left in the militant group. Furthermore, he revealed that besides these cadres, there were also five other cadres of ULFA-I militant who were still working with ‘c-in-c’ of GNLA, Sohan D Shira.

Acting on inputs, Police raided the house of  Raimond Lyngdoh (30) at Kudeng Rim village under Amlarem in West Jaintia Hills District and recovered one country-made gun, pellets, one steel pipe [apparently for manufacturing the gun barrel]. Police also arrested the house owner.

Angry Protestors, who were not, satisfied with State Government’s response the ‘ultimatum’, served by NTAC, set ablaze several Government offices. The damaged Government property includes, the KMC, Regional Transport Office, offices of the SSA, Superintendent Excise Office, Nagaland Legal Service Authority and the Kohima Press Club.

The State Government responded by declaring the ULB poll process ‘null and void’, and informing that the State Cabinet has decided to ‘immediately transfer’ the DCP and DCP Zone (1), Dimapur, in order to facilitate an impartial inquiry. 

The JCC informed that the indefinite bandh (general strike) in Dimapur District over the issues of ULB would continue ‘until and unless the State Government heed to the people’s demands’.

One Munna Singh alias Munna Ganjhu and his friend Murari Sharma were killed by unidentified men in Kunda area of Chatra District of Jharkhand. Police suspect hand of TPC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a ward member candidate of Bara village under the Mathili Police limits in Malkangiri District of Odisha. The deceased was identified as Dasu Dharua. According to reports, about 20 armed Maoist rebels of the Darbha Division of the banned outfit CPI-Maoist called Dharua out of his house before being shot dead them later. Police sources said the Maoists were aggrieved over Dhurua, suspecting his links with Police. Dhurua’s brother, who was part of a Maoist outfit, recently shunned the path of violence and surrendered before the Police, much to the chagrin of the Maoists

Posters and pamphlets by the CPI-Maoist cadres threatening to disrupt the upcoming Uttarakhand Assembly polls emerged near Dhari area in Nainital District of Uttarakhand. An official's vehicle was also set on fire, prompting the administration to put Kumaon Division on high alert and step up deployment in the region. The car belongs to a Tehsildar Magistrate and the pamphlet bore the name of Vijay Pahru who introduced himself as Secretary CPI-Maoist. The Uttarakhand Assembly polls are slated to be held on February 15, 2017.

SFs detected and defused an IED on the Srinagar-Jammu NH in Pampore area in Pulwama District. A patrol party of Police detected the IED planted by terrorists between Kadlabal and Chursoo section of the NH and later the bomb disposal squad destroyed the explosive.

The BSF foiled a major infiltration attempt by the militants on the IB in Samba sector of Samba District, in which the SF personnel had a very narrow escape in three UBG thrown by the militants on them in a bid to enter into this side. According to the sources, the grenade attacks and firing by the militants was to be followed by the infiltration attempt. However, finding the BSF troops on very high alert on the IB, the militants retreated to Pakistan.

Pakistan army resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing on forward Indian posts and villages in Baba Khori area of Nowshera sector along the LoC in Rajouri District. Sources said Pakistani troops started shelling forward areas in Baba Khori area of Nowshera at 6.20 pm, prompting the Indian side to retaliate. Heavy exchange of shelling and firing continued for about half an hour. However, there were no reports of any casualties or damage on the Indian side so far.

February 3

UHM Rajnath Singh stated that Government cannot guarantee that surgical strikes won’t happen in future as any such action will depend on the situation prevailing at that time. UHM Rajnath Singh also dismissed as “a mere eye wash” the house arrest of LeT ‘chief’ Hafiz Saeed, saying if Pakistan was serious about acting against Saeed and terrorists, it must take legal action against them.

The MoS for Home Kiren Rijiju expressed hope that work on installing 'smart fence' along 3,323-kilometre long the Indo-Pak border will begin soon. The testing for the fence is in final stages and soon work for erecting it along the Indo-Pak border will begin, MoS Kiren Rijiju said in New Delhi. The new fencing is likely to have a multi-tier security ring comprising an alarm to security force personnel in case of any infiltration bid or attempts to cut the fence.

An unidentified militant belonging to the NSCN-K was killed and another injured during an exchange of fire with the AR at Ozakho village in Longding District.

AR arrested a militant of NSCN-R, identified as Kamsing Ngemu, from Miao town in Changlang District. According to the sources the arrested militant was involved in several extortion cases in Miao town in the name of ‘SS Captain Jimmy’.

SFs arrested one cadre of KNF-N militant, identified as Thomas Lenminthang Guite (27), near Kopibung area in Senapati District. According to the report the militant was involved in several abduction and extortion cases. Incriminating articles related with the militant group were also recovered from the arrested militant.    

The Union Government stated that it had brokered a peace deal between the Manipur Government and UNC and three-month-old economic blockade would be ended by the Naga groups in Manipur very soon. The statement came after the tripartite talks between the UNC, Manipur Government and UHM in the North Block in New Delhi. The UHM said that they had made ‘substantial progress’, but denied to reveal detail about the meeting.

SFs arrested a militant belonging to NSCN-IM, identified as ’chapel’ Thijuangpau Panmei, from Tamenglong town (ward no 5 area) in Tamenglong District. SFs later ‘handed over’ the arrested NSCN-IM militant to Imphal Police Station.

SFs arrested a linkman of the ULFA-I, identified as Bubul Das alias Bubul Barman, at Sarupathar in Golaghat District. According to Police sources, the ULFA-I had appointed some persons for abduction and extortion and the arrested linkman was one of them.   

In a statement, the PDCK militant strongly opposed the move of the Government of India to give citizenship rights to the Hindu Bangladeshis in Assam and said that the organization would resist the move.

The NTAC, Kohima, evening announced an indefinite Nagaland bandh (general shut down) till CM T.R. Zeliang steps down with his cabinet. The stand-off between the State Government and civil society groups continues after the Government’s decision to hold the ULB on February 1 by reserving 33 per cent seats for women. Zeliang had partially met three demands of the NTAC. NTAC had wanted the polls declared null and void, suspension of the Dimapur Police Commissioner and Zeliang's resignation. Further, leaders of the JCC, which is also against reservation, also said in Dimapur that the protest would continue.

However, no fresh incident of violence was reported in the State. “The situation is under control. No violent incidents were reported from anywhere,” said Director General of Police LL Doungel, adding that curfew was lifted from some places in Kohima but continued in Dimapur. The dead bodies of two youths, killed during the Police firing on January 31, were also buried after a meeting between NTAC and the State Governor.

A group of 50 CPI-Maoist cadres killed Shyamo Mandavi (25) and assaulted six villagers, including a woman in Burdikarka of Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The slain youth had submitted an application form for local Police recruitment drive recently. 

Assistant constable, Sukhuram Netam (33), was killed in an exchange of fire with the Maoists in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh. A patrolling party had launched the operation from Bakarkatta area. SFs recovered CPI-Maoist-related documents, bags and other items from the encounter site.

The DG of CRPF, Durga Prasad, reviewed the ground situation, military preparedness and issues faced by SFs in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh. According to officials, Durga Prasad also shared his plan with the top officials of neighbouring states and apprised them about the strategy. With the inter-state operations, the CRPF can now enter other states and continue their anti-Maoist operations without any barriers.

The Nainital Police issued warrants against nine suspects in connection with "inflammatory" slogans written by suspected of CPI-Maoist cadres on the walls of houses in a village of Nainital District of Uttarakhand. Police have also announced a bounty of INR 10,000 on one of the suspects Kheench Singh Bora. Police said Bora alias Vijay Nehru alias Prabhakar, a resident of Someshwar in Almora District of Uttarakhand, had been active in Naxals related activities in the State. Nainital SSP, Janmejay Khanduri said, "Intense search and combing operations are going on. All suspects are on our watch and we will soon locate people who were behind the incident."

The Madras High Court has confirmed life imprisonment for three belonging to TNLA. They were involved in a groups attack at the Puthur Police Station in Cuddalore District of Tamil Nadu on April 6, 1991. TNLA is the armed wing of TNCPML, a splinter group of the CPI-ML. The HC bench has now confirmed life term only for Suba Elavarasan alias Pandian alias Vallavan, Kumar alias Gopalsamy and Amulraj alias Selvam.

Police and paramilitary CRPF recovered a cache of arms and ammunition during a search operation in Ganderbal District. A joint party of Police and 118 BN (Battalion) CRPF busted a militant hideout in Fraw area of Gund tehsil of the District. SFs recovered two AK 47 magazines, 32 rounds, a 5-kilograms gas cylinder and few biscuit packets were recovered during the operation.

SFs arrested a LeT militant from Nowpora Payeen village of Lassipora in Pulwama District. Police said that based upon specific input, SFs including Police and Army’s 55 RR launched a cordon and search operation at Nowpora area of the District, during which a local militant identified as Manzoor Ahmad was arrested, along with one pistol, two pistol rounds, 36 AK rounds, one Chinese grenade, two pistol magazines, one pouch and first aid kit, from the possession of the arrested militant. During the cordon and search operation, locals came out of their houses and pelted stone on Police and Army. Police fired several teargas shells on protesters and also resorted to aerial firing to break up the stone pelting protest. However, no protester was injured in the clashes and later the cordon was lifted by forces.

AR arrested two senior leaders and a suspected militant of the UDLA at inter-State boundary of Assam and Mizoram. The arrested militants were identified as UDLA's ‘army chief’ Raj Kumar Reang, ‘financial secretary’ Neta Rai Reang and the suspected cadre Mela Rai Reang. The arrested militants were handed over to the Assam Police as they were arrested within the jurisdiction of Assam.

February 4

India has been asked to send the name of its nominee for inclusion in a global team to assist a UN committee which decides on banning terror outfits and their leaders. Following the request, the ministries of Home Affairs and Finance have been asked to recommend names of suitable individuals who can be part of the key team, official sources said.

 The presence of the country's nominee on the panel may facilitate the government's efforts to get Masood Azhar, head of JeM, banned, they said. India's effort to get Azhar listed in the UN's sanctions list of organisations and individuals linked to Al-Qaida and IS (Islamic State) has been repeatedly blocked by China. The nominations have been sought from qualified individuals to serve on the 'Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team' in support of the important '1267/1989/2253 ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee'.

In some declassified reports of CIA of the United States of America, it was revealed that the North Eastern militant groups had been receiving Chinese assistance in terms of arms and training since 1960s. The CIA report was submitted on July 26, 1968 and from the report it is evident that the militant groups of the Northeast were receiving help from China even during that time. The report said that the Naga militants first established contacts with China in December, 1966. The report revealed that the first batch of approximately 200 militants crossed over to Northern Burma (now Myanmar) to obtain arms training in Yunnan.

Police said that the ‘chief’ of the ASAK militant, Reding T. Sangma, who is currently on the run, is reportedly using Bangladeshi mobile SIM cards to avoid detection. According to the Police the militant leader is also using other modern software which is easily available in the market to avoid Police tracking.

In some declassified reports of CIA of the United States of America, it was revealed that the North Eastern militant groups had been receiving Chinese assistance in terms of arms and training since 1960s. The CIA report was submitted on July 26, 1968 and from the report it is evident that the militant groups of the Northeast were receiving help from China even during that time. The report said that the Naga militants first established contacts with China in December, 1966. The report revealed that the first batch of approximately 200 militants crossed over to Northern Burma (now Myanmar) to obtain arms training in Yunnan.

A senior official of the State Home department of Mizoram said that the date for the fourth round of peace talks between the Mizoram Government and the Manipur based HPC-D would soon be fixed. The official said that the meeting of Home department officials to be chaired by Additional Secretary Lalbiakzama. While from the HPC-D side, the delegation would be led by the working ‘chairman’ L T Hmar.

According to the security sources, Assam is a vulnerable place in the North East for the increasing Jihadi threat. Potential risk according to the sources includes existence of sleeper cells in the State. The source also said that in recent promotional videos, jihadi groups mentioned about the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in BTAD area for several times. Sources also pointed out that growing presence of the jihadi elements in Bangladesh like JMB, which has affiliation with Islamic State is also a serious matter of concern for India, particularly for the Northeast.

Several CPI-Maoist posters bearing the signature of CPI-Maoist Secretary Umakanta Mishra were found at several places in Sikarpai of Kalyansinghpur area in Rayagada District of Odisha. In the posters, the Maoist rebels have asked people to abstain from the panchayat polls. Earlier, the Maoists had put posters in Malkangiri and Koraput Districts threatening people to boycott the upcoming panchayat polls in Odisha.

The landmine blast on Sunki ghat road in Koraput District of Odisha on February 1, and killing of a ward member in Mathili block in Malkangiri District on February 2, by CPI-Maoist cadres is part of a series of attacks planned by Naxals to avenge the Ramaguda encounter in Malkangiri District on October 24 – 27, 2016, where 30 Maoists were killed, says Odisha Police. The landmine blast at the Sunki ghat road was well planned and executed by the Maoists, sources said. Police of both Odisha and Andhra Pradesh suspect that Nandapur area committee led by Andruu, Narayanpatna area committee led by Chaitanya alias Aruna and also the Maoists military PLGA team third CRC company were involved in the action. The main role was played by the Nandapur area committee, the sources said. According to the sources, generally, Maoists never attack unarmed cops, but they did it at Sunki ghat road in a desperate attempt to boost the morale of the cadres who were losing confidence after the Ramaguda encounter on October 24, 2016.

A senior Police officer said, "The victims were all newly recruited cops who got jobs through a court direction and were going for training. Naxals had knowledge about the movement of the cops from the starting point at Koraput District of Odisha. They planted the landmine under a culvert on the highway that was busy with vehicular movement. Hitting the target in such a manner shows that it was a pre-planned execution. Maoists knew that the minivan was coming. They ignited wires to detonate the landmine by using a flash. They knew exactly that the bus carrying the newly recruited drivers did not have weapons. Usually, when Naxals attack cops they loot the arms. They also fire at those who survive the attack. But, here nothing like that happened. There were no arms and no firing on the injured persons. This shows the Maoists had knowledge of every detail." As per the inputs, around 40 to 50 Maoists including 30 women cadres participated in the action.

Police and SFs thwarted a major terrorist action by killing two HM militants in an encounter in Sopore area in Baramulla District. SFs launched an operation in Amargarh area in Sopore following information about presence of militants in the area. When challenged, the militants lobbed a grenade and fired upon the Police party in which SP operation Baramulla, Shafqat Hussain and SI, Mohammad Murtaza were injured. Two AK series rifles, one pistol, four hand grenades and other arms and ammunition was recovered from the encounter site. The two militants have been identified as Azhar Khan of Kupwara and Sajjad Ahmed Lone, a resident of Eidipora Bomai in Sopore. Sajjad had gone to Pakistan in March 2016 via Wagah border.

February 5

Gujarat ATS arrested a person suspected to be involved in a conspiracy to spread terror in the state to avenge attacks on Muslims during the 2002 post-Godhra riots. Based on a specific tip off, a team of the squad officials arrested Javed Chauhan (38) from a village in Chhota Udepur District, an ATS release said. According to ATS officials, he was part of a larger conspiracy of spreading terror in the state to avenge the killing of Muslims during the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

 In a statement, the disbanded ANVC-B threatened to work against the Indian National Congress party led Meghalaya MUA-II Government in the upcoming 2018 assembly elections in Garo Hills area. In the statement the ANVC-B alleged that the Government had not respected the peace agreement signed by them and the State Government including the Central Government of India. The statement further accused the State Government that they had been trying to ‘create division’ between the ‘leadership’ and the general cadres of the ANVC-B. 

The protestors are all set to enforce a “total bandh” (general shutdown) on State Government offices and vehicles for an indefinite period starting from February 6. “The Chief Minister is solely responsible for all the trouble. He is responsible for the death of two youths in police firing outside his residence in Dimapur on January 31. He is also responsible for the mob fury that led to the burning down of so many government offices in Kohima on February 3,” said, explaining their position, K T Vilie, ‘convener’ of the NTAC. However the NTAC, Kohima, and the JCC, Dimapur, relaxed the indefinite strike on Sunday (today) to allow people to attend Church services.

DGP of Assam, Mukesh Sahay, said that the peace talk with KPLT militant would be started soon. Earlier on January 30, the Assam Government announced to withhold counter-insurgency operations against KPLT till April 20. This followed the declaration of a six-month unilateral ceasefire from October 20, 2016, by the KPLT.

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a tribal man identified as Parsika Pullaiah (45), in Chintoor Mandal of agency area of East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. A group of four to six armed CPI-Maoist cadres surrounded Pullaiah in broad daylight, opened fire and fled. CPI-Maoist alleged Pullaiah as a ‘Police informer’. East Godavari, SP, M Ravi Prakash told that Pullaiah was a trader working in Bhadrachalam for the past one year and was in no way connected to the Police.

A DRG, Constable Pratap Singh Markam, was injured when an IED blast triggered by Naxals in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The incident took place in the wee hours between Nayanar and Gatam villages under Katekalyan Police Station limits when a team of SFs was out on an anti-Naxal Operation, told SHO, Vijay Patel.

A CPI-Maoist cadre, Dhiraj Singh, was arrested from Jobang in Lohardaga District of Jharkhand.

A Pakistani infiltrator was arrested by the BSF personnel from the IB in Ramgarh sector of Samba District. Official sources said Jawans on duty observed suspicious movement across the IB near Balhad Post along Basantar River in Ramgarh sector this afternoon. They rushed and challenged the suspect, who had intruded deep inside the Indian Territory and arrested Mansheer (25), a resident of Kingra Morh in Sabekote area of Pakistan.

SFs recovered a 7.56 mm pistol, one magazine, three live rounds and two hand-made grenades from the residence of Emdadul Haque at Dhupaguri area under Dhing Police Station in Nagaon District. Emdadul Haque was detained by the SFs after the recovery.

February 6

As per the report titled ‘A New US Approach to Pakistan: Enforcing Aid Conditions without Cutting Ties’ which will be released in Washington DC on February 10. Pakistan’s military continues to support terrorist groups that attack India to keep it “off balance” and draws international mediation into dispute over Kashmir, according to the report. “Pakistani military leaders continue to support terrorist groups that attack India in an effort to keep it off balance and to draw international mediation into the dispute with India over Kashmir,” said the report.

Nine Indians joined the IS in 2016 - eight from Tamil Nadu and one from Telangana, the NIA learnt from the central security agencies that interrogated three people who were deported from Abu Dhabi for recruiting Indian for IS.

According to the report, the NIA's FIR which was registered on Republic day, both in the capital and in Chennai, says that the agency took custody of the three men who were working in Abu Dhabi on behalf of IS. Sheikh Azhar Al Islam Abdul Sattar Sheikh, Mohammed Farhan Maohammed Rafiq Shaikh and Adnan Hussain Mohammed Hussain were working to 'identify, motivate, radicalise, recruit and train Indian citizena located both in India and other countries for planning and executing terrorist attacks in India and other friendly countries'

The agency's probe has reportedly revealed that a module of nine persons, all below the age of 30, had managed to join IS in Syria. The group left India for Dubai and then headed to Syria. Following the direction of the UMHA, a case has been filed under section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, sections 17 (punishment for raising funds for terrorist acts), 18 (punishment for conspiracy), 18B (punishment for recruiting for terrorist act), 20 (for being member of terrorist gang) and 38 (for being associated with a terrorist organisation) among others.

Police arrested six militants of ATF at Dharamtul, near Bishnu Mandir in Morigaon District. The arrested militants were identified as ‘Nagaon district commander’ Milan Bhuyan, Bihu Kurung, CR Mangyang, Rajen Garh, Ajoy Singh Ghatowar and Rasraj Biswash. Police recovered six 7 .65 mm pistols, 96 live rounds, 6 cartridges, 10 mobile handsets, ATM card, PAN Card, cash INR 5,000 and lots of objectionable materials from the possession of the arrested militants. According to the Police, the ATF has links with Maoists groups and the Maoists are assisting the force with money and sophisticated arms.       

State Water Resources Minister Keshav Mahanta informed the Assembly that the Union Government is examining the feasibility of sealing the unfenced portion of Indo-Bangladesh border, comprising riverine and char areas, in the State by using ‘high tech physical and non-physical barrier’ technology. “Out of the total length of 280.06 kilometers of Indo-Bangladesh border in Assam, fencing work for 208.65 kilometers has been completed,” the Mahanta informed the Assembly. Mahanta further said that out of 71.41 kilometers unfenced area, 6.5 kilometers is land area and the rest is a composition of riverine / char (river isles) / bridge and culverts. Out of the unfenced land area border, 3.5 km is under Karimganj Town area and discussion is going on in between BSF and BBG. The settlement of disputes and land acquisition process for the remaining 3 kilometers area, also under Karimganj District, is going on. Bridges and culverts account for 3.696 kilometers along the unfenced border. “For the riverine and char area, feasibility study and examination is going on to seal these areas using ‘high tech physical and non-physical barrier’ technology by the Government of India,” the Minister informed the House. Flood lighting works had already been completed along the border and work was in progress for electricity service connection to the installed lights, the State Water Resources Minister Keshav Mahanta added.

A non-political organisation, BJSM opposed the move of the BTC authority for providing 500 acres of land to the members of the ULFA-PTF in BTC area. The issue of land allotment came during a meeting held recently in Kokrajhar, between the leaders of ULFA-PTF led by Anup Chetia and the BTC Chief for uniting the ULFA-PTF cadres in BTAD.

The Chhattisgarh Police killed Sukhram Lekam alias Sukku, a Janatana Sarkar President of the CPI-Maoist, in an exchange of fire at Pedia in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. SFs recovered a 12 bore rifle, 10 cells, and other CPI-Maoist material from the encounter spot.

An armed group of JJJMP cadres attacked heavy machinery and vehicles near CCL’s Sikni colliery in Latehar District of Jharkhand. JJMP is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

Gurubari Munda (32), a member of Munda squad of the CPI-Maoist was arrested by SFs at Bhakar forests in Ghurabandha block of Ghatshila in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand.

The NIA has booked a case against LWEs for the Hirakhand Express derailed around midnight on January 21, 2017. The Bhubaneswar-bound Hirakhand train mishap happened in Kuneru on the AOB border and killed more than 46 passengers.

The State Home Department of Maharashtra Government has allotted two helicopters to the Naxal affected District administration of Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The election in Gadchiroli is scheduled from February 16 and February 21. The elections will be conducted in two phases. The aim to allot helicopters is to ensure that the Gram Panchayat and Zilla Parishad elections are conducted smoothly and the election staff, Police officials and electoral machinery is transported to the Naxal affected poll bound city safely.

The BSF thwarted an intrusion bid at IB, which originated from Pakistan side, in Samba sector in Samba District, followed by heavy mortar shelling and firing in the forward areas. Official sources said a group of heavily armed militants reached close to the IB on Pakistan side taking advantage of undulating ground in Samba sector and opened heavy firing on the BSF personnel deployed on duty mound in forward areas with automatic weapons. The BSF personnel swiftly organized coordinated effected fire over the militants and forced them to retreat to Pakistan.

February 7

The suspected IS Chennai module, which had a Telangana native in its ranks, received funds from unknown sources in Syria at the behest of the banned outfit. NIA had registered a case in the last week of January against nine members of the module on the charge of working for Islamic State. Of the nine-member module, only one person actually joined the terrorist outfit, while the rest failed to reach Syria, NIA officials said.

The IS sympathisers had reportedly organised several meetings and even chalked out plans to reach the terror hinterland to work in the so-called caliphate. "Based on information available with us, only one person from Chennai reached Syria. Prima facie, we have information that the module got funding from abroad and they were at an advanced stage of executing their plans to reach Syria," the NIA officials told. They were still in the process of identifying the place where they undertook training in Tamil Nadu. The IS module member from the state is suspected to be from Karimnagar in North Telangana and the state Police was unwilling to disclose his identify. Though he hails from Telangana, he had been working in Chennai. It is through social media the nine came to know each other.

The NIA has begun probing the angle of sabotage in the Indore-Patna Express derailment in Pukhrayan area of Kanpur Dehat district, which had claimed 147 lives on November 20, 2016. On January 27, NIA’s Lucknow unit had lodged a case against unidentified persons on charges including culpable homicide not amounting to murder. It had done so after Moti Paswan who was arrested last month for allegedly attempting to blow up railway tracks in Bihar’s East Champaran District, claimed to have planted a cooker bomb on the tracks at Pukhrayan with the help of his associates, causing the derailment.

NIA has also invoked the Railways Act and UAPA in the case. A team of officials is presently camping in Pukhrayan for the investigation. “Apart from the Pukhrayan train derailment case, we have also registered a case in East Champaran district. Investigation is ongoing in both cases,” said Alok Mittal, IG, NIA. Sources said the agency had registered two cases as they suspected that the derailment was a “terror act”.

NIA special court in Punjab, issued proclamation notices against JeM 'chief' Masood Azhar and three others in connection with the January 2016 Pathankot terror attack case. Apart from Azhar, the notices were issued against Abdul Rauf Asghar, Shahid Latif and Kashif Jan. According to the agency’s chargesheet, Azhar along with his brother Abdul Rauf, Latif and Jan masterminded the Pathankot attack.

Latif and Jan were the key handlers of the four attackers and gave them directions all the way from their infiltration into India till the beginning of the attack. The proclamation notice, which has been issued under section 82 of Criminal Procedure Code, will have to be published in newspapers, including in Pakistan, NIA sources said. The agency had filed the chargesheet last December against Masood Azhar and the three others for plotting the terror strike that left seven Indian security personnel dead and 37 injured. The chargesheet is part of documents used by India for advocating its case for imposing UN sanctions against Azhar.

The ‘c-in-c’ Jharu Lohar alias Horen Karmakar of the NSCA militant surrendered before Police in Sonitpur District. The militant also deposited one 9mm pistol, two magazines and large number of ammunition. According to the Police, the militant was accused in the murder case of ACMS Secretary Niranjan Patra at Koliabor, killing of the accountant of Singlijan Tea estate in Dibrugarh, killings at Khatkhati in Karbi Anglong District and abduction cases in past years.

SFs recovered one .22 mm pistol, five rounds live bullets and one IED from the residence of Ali Akbar at Tuktuki under Dhing Police Station in Nagaon District.

The BSF arrested three illegal citizens of Bangladesh from Baghmara in South Garo Hills District and another one at Lalghat in South West Garo Hills District. The arrested illegal Bangladeshi citizens were identified as Mohammad Rukoddin (18), Sharif Miya (15), Mohammad Ridul Islam (16) and Mohammad Zuwel Miya (20).

In a statement the NSCN-IM militant asked all business establishment and shops of Dimapur to remain closed on Sundays with ‘immediate effect’. The militant group also threatened ‘stern action against defaulters’ in their statement.

With the death of one of the persons injured in clashes of January 31, over ULB elections in Nagaland, the total death in the violence has raised to three.

Nagaland CM T.R.Zeliang informed that the border fencing along the Indo-Myanmar border by the Myanmar Government at Pangsha in Tuensang District has been stopped with the intervention of the Central Government of India.

After the tripartite agreement signed on January 30 with the JCC and NBCC, CM T.R. Zeliang apologized to JCC and NBCC for the recent turmoil in the State regarding the ULB election. Citing the tripartite agreement, he said that since JCC had agreed to support 33% women reservation, the State Government had intended to declare partial conduct of the ULB election in those areas where there was no opposition.

SFs arrested two militants of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup, identified as Sanjenbam Ningthem Singh (40) and Wankhem Bihari Singh (34), in Kabowakching area of Bishnupur District.

One PLA/ RPF militant, identified as Naorem Indrakumar Meitei (36) arrested by SFs at Thanga Ngaram Machin in Bishnupur District.

SFs arrested one militant of NSCN-K, identified as Soraisam Milan Singh (47), at Heirangoithong in Imphal West District.

The UNC decided to continue their agitation until the State Government withdraws the decision to declare Sadar Hills and Jiribam as full-fledged Districts. The decision was taken in an emergency ‘presidential council’ meeting of UNC in Senapati District.  The meet was held to consider the outcome of the tripartite talk involving Central Government of India, State Government and UNC in New Delhi on February 3. Meanwhile, the Central Government of India expressed its disappointment over the issue. A meeting took place in Imphal where representative from the UHM, State Government and UNC participated. But the outcome of the meeting was quite disappointing for the Central Government. The sources of the Central Government expressing its disappointment said that the Manipur Government was not cooperating and the UNC was taking ‘a different stand’.

In a statement the ANSF accused the State Government of ignoring the safety and security of the people of insurgency-affected Tirap, Changlang and Longding District. ANSF mentioned about the activities of the NSCN-K and NSCN-IM in their statement. They further urged the UHM and Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju to intervene in the matter and take appropriate measures to stop skirmishes and bring back peace and normalcy in the area.

A group of Naxals fired at the CISF troops at Deposit No. 5, atop Bailadila Hills near Kirandul town in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The CPI-Maoist cadres attacked vehicles of NMDC carrying explosives. They looted explosives and detonators and held employees hostage who have now been freed. They also set ablaze burnt machinery and two vehicles. There are no reports of death or injury.

Police said it have arrested miscreants who pelted stones on vehicles at Baramulla town last week. “In the evening of February 4 (Saturday) a group of miscreants boarding three vehicles appeared in Baramulla market near Karripa Park and started pelting stones on vehicles and created law and order problem,” a Police spokesman said. He said all these miscreants were detained and a case was registered in Baramulla Police Station.

Sub-Judge/Judicial Magistrate first Class, Rajesh Kumar ID Abrol of Chadoora in Budgam District, denied bail to two militants of HM outfit. According to the prosecution case, the militants identified as Younis Bashir of Checkpora and Adil Ahmed of Lasjan were arrested under Sections 419, 506, 387, 511 and 120B RPC at Nowgam Police Station on the basis of the complaint filed by Mohammad Amin Bhat of Checkpora. These militants were demanding INR 500,000 from the complainant for HM outfit with the warning that he and his family will face the consequences of death if the complainant failed to follow their directive.

The J&K Police has prepared a report, warning about the possibility of a ‘more dangerous repetition of 2016’ after March and highlighted the ‘lack of the preparedness to handle such crisis on part of the civil administration and Police’. DG of the J&K Police SP Vaid confirmed that there were reports of ‘possible unrest after March’ but maintained that Police was ready to handle any ‘law and order’ situation, adding that APHC leaders who lead such agitations were to be ‘squarely blamed’ for the consequences. The report submitted to the chief minister’s office in January sees joint APHC leadership of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer and Yasin Malik as a ‘threat to peace’ and their ‘unification on Pakistan’s insistence a trouble’. “The mass contact programme of Hurriyat leaders and their meetings with their small constituents are a matter of concern. And by reaching out to victims of the 2016 unrest, they are reaching out to the common man and thus preparing the ground for another unrest,” the report said.

February 8

Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said that nuclear terrorism is an international threat that should not serve national strategy. "The power of the atom is wondrous and it has benefited mankind in various ways. The scientific community has also played a vital role in harnessing the nuclear energy but the negative consequences of atomic power cannot be ignored. World has witnessed immense destructive power of the atom," Jaishankar said.

Police recovered 40 pieces of fake INR 2000 notes from West Bengal's Murshidabad District, officials said, reports According to Police reports, acting on a tip off, Police booked a suspect- Ajijur Rahman- from Chatra Ghat area under Islampur Police Station limits in Murshidabad District and seized FICN INR 2000 notes with face value of INR 80,000 rupees from his possession.

At least 50 persons were injured in sporadic clashes during a 12-hour bandh (shutdown) called by the ATIRPF in TTAADC area, to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, introduced by the BJP-led NDA. The INPT, IPFT and the NCT last month (January) formed the ATIRPF to oppose the bill. The bill, introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016 and now under the scrutiny of a parliamentary committee, seeks to enable Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who have fled to India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh without valid travel documents or those whose valid documents have expired in recent years, to acquire Indian citizenship through the process of naturalization.

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a tribal trader identified as M Jeenabandhu (30) in the agency area of Munchingput mandal in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. The CPI-Maoist cadres killed him after branding him as a ‘Police informer’.

A PLFI cadre, Arvind Gope, was arrested at Sirka village in Murhu Tehsil of Khunti of Jharkhand. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

Police arrested Vinod Marandi, Chief of the RCC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, in Gaya District of Bihar. Police also recovered 7 Kilogram of Ganja. The arrested Maoist was involved in a parcel bomb explosion in which a close aide of Tekari, MLA Abhay Kushwaha was killed at Kujapi village in 2015.

Two PLFI cadres were killed and five others injured in an exchange of fire with SFs in the Pital Forest under the Bisra Police limits in Sundargarh District of Odisha. SFs recovered 11 magazines; an AK-47 rifle and eight other guns, 190 live bullets, 45 mobile phones, clothes and shoes were seized from the spot. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

Sunderbani Police arrested nine persons along with two weapons (.12 bore guns), in Rajouri District and busted a racket involved in making fake gun licenses and recovered 13 such licenses from their possession.

February 9

India hit out at China for its remarks that there was no consensus over the US' proposal to ban JeM 'chief' Masood Azhar at the UN, saying if there is a change in the Chinese position, there will be a consensus as well. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup also said the matter has been taken up with the Chinese Ambassador in Delhi and a similar demarche is being made in Beijing.

Observing that the proposal was not moved by India but by three permanent members of the UN Security Council the US, the UK and France, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup described it as a "classic counter-terrorism proposal" and hoped that China will also come around to accept this view. "It is our understanding that this was a classic counter- terrorism proposal meant to proscribe a dreaded terrorist leader Masood Azhar whose organisation the JeM has already been proscribed by the UN 1267 Committee.

The NIA filed a charge sheet against two persons in connection with its probe in the alleged indoctrination of Kerala youths to join terror group IS. The agency filed the charge sheet in a special court here against Arshi Qureshi (47) alias Arshid, a resident of Thane, Maharashtra who has been arrested by the agency, and Abdul Rashid Abdulla (30), hailing from Kasaragod in Kerala, who is absconding. The NIA said it has charged the two for "their involvement in unlawful activities and in spreading hatred against India and for providing support to the proscribed terrorist organisation IS by furthering its activities", under various sections of the Unlawful Activity (Prevention) Act-UAPA.

Unidentified militants gunned down two civilians, Bakul Rabha(40) and Saru (35), at Chengapara village under Kolaigaon Police Station in Udalguri District. Militants also set ablaze the hut of the deceased couple. The Police Personnel who reached the spot after being informed by local residents found the charred bodies of the deceased couple along with 25 rounds of empty bullets. "Since we found bullets, we are certain about the involvement of militants in the incident but we are yet to pinpoint the group. Both ULFA-I and NDFB-IKS are active in the area and we are trying to identify the assailants," a Police official in Udalguri said. Villagers told the Police that the couple could have been killed as they were suspected to be informers of SFs.

Suspected militants belonging to TPLA abducted an auto-rickshaw driver, identified as Robin Thapa (26), at an area between Motbung and Keithelmanbi in Senapati District. According to the sources, the militant group served extortion demands to auto-rickshaw associations operating along the Highway particularly in between Sekmai and Motbung last month (January).

In a press release, the militant group UNLF said that their ‘armed wing’ the MPA had observed its 30th ‘raising day’ in different parts of the State and at other places.

The NTAC volunteers damaged one gypsy belonging to State Police department at high school junction Kohima, during the ongoing indefinite bandh (general shutdown) against the Government offices and Government vehicles, over the issues of elections to ULBs. NTAC, which is enforcing the total bandh (general shutdown) on State Government offices and vehicles for an indefinite period starting from February 6, is demanding the resignation of Chief Minister T R Zeliang and his cabinet following the killing of three youths in Police firing incident on January 31, during the protest over conducting ULB elections with 33% women reservation.

Based on specific input, 5 AR in an operation, arrested two NSCN-K militants, identified as ‘sergeant major’ Ivuto Chophy and ‘corporal’ Kunovi, from Sumi Gate area in Zunheboto District. According to PRO of IGAR-N the arrested duo was indulging in extortion activities at Zunheboto town. PRO stated that, the cadres were in possession of an extortion note addressed to the engineer, Irrigation Department of Zunheboto.

State Governor P B Acharya declared the entire process of elections to ULBs in the State, which was strongly opposed by Naga tribal groups, as null and void. State Election Commissioner Sentiyanger Imchen also in a notification said following the Governor’s decision the election programme for the ULBs, notified on December 21 last year, is now null and void. Earlier, on February 2, the state Cabinet had decided to declare the election process null and void.

The NSCN-K militant released a press statement over the issue of ULB election and the subsequent violence in the State and said that the State Government ‘should pave way for people’s interest’. It also condemned the State Government for the recent violence in the State over the issues of ULB election in their statement.

 A Jagdalpur-based organisation anti-Maoist organisation AGNI dissolved itself in Jagdalpur District of Chhattisgarh. The AGNI has organised almost 15-16 rallies during the past one year across the Bastar region protesting against the CPI-Maoist activities and violence. One of them, called `Lalkar' rally, was convened by the outfit in Jagdalpur in September 2016 and attended by thousands of people. Civil rights groups and some local journalists have dubbed the AGNI as another version of the anti-Maoist militia Salwa Judum, which was banned by the Supreme Court in 2011.

A former Naxal, Phulo Markam was found killed in Jagdalpur District of Chhattisgarh. Markam surrendered before Police along with 60 other CPI-Maoist cadres in Darbha in April 2016 and had joined Police as a 'Gopaniya Sainik. Phulo's brother Gagan alleged Constable Dinesh Sethia for Markam’s death.

Sunki Ghat-like blast was averted by CRPF at Lanjigarh Block in Kalahandi District of Odisha. A bomb disposal squad of the CRPF from Rayagada led by Commandant Manoj Sharma with the help of sniffer dog defused a 25 Kilogram IED.

SOG personnel and CPI-Maoist cadres exchanged fire during a combing operation at Kutudi forest under Bijaghati Panchayat in Narayanpatna District of Odisha. No injuries have been reported.

Two Police constables from Raigad have arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre, Biljaram Buddharam (40), from Dali village, in Palamu District of Jharkhand and brought to Mumbai in Maharashtra by train.

February 10

An Abu Dhabi module of the IS comprising three Indian youths, recruited eight men from Tamil Nadu and one from Telangana, and even sent some of them to Syria to join the IS, a probe by the NIA has revealed. The NIA registered a case a fortnight ago regarding the recruitment “of nine persons — eight hailing from Tamil Nadu and one from Telangana, and some other unknown persons, with the intention to further the activities of Daesh/ISIS, a banned terrorist organisation in India”.

According to NIA case records, a criminal conspiracy was hatched “in Chennai and other parts of the country by forming a terrorist gang which raised and received funds, organised camps, recruited and trained some persons, and facilitated their travel to Syria, to join ISIS”. The Abu Dhabi module was neutralised in January 2016 following the arrest and deportation of the three Indians from the UAE: Adnan Hussain from Karnataka, Mohammed Farhan from Maharashtra and Sheikh Azhar Al Islam from Kashmir.

The records show they were accused by the NIA of being “involved in a conspiracy to identify, motivate, radicalise, recruit and train Indian citizens located both in India and other countries for planning and executing terrorist attacks in India and in other friendly countries”.

 ATS from Mumbai detained a suspected SIMI operative from Khajrana area of Indore (Madhya Pradesh). The suspect identified as Jadil Parvez was held from Khijrabad Colony in the area where he had been living since the past 2-3 months, ATS sources claimed. Jadil, who hails from Unhel town of Ujjain District, had allegedly been living with his sister Heena.

Two militants of GPRN/NSCN, identified as ‘guard commander of Ao region’ Merentoshi and ‘major’ Tongpang, were abducted by NSCN-IM militants from Tzuremen village area in Mokokchung District.

The JCC informed that it would intensify the ongoing bandh (total shutdown) indefinitely starting February 13 if the CM T.R. Zeliang does not resign within the ‘3-day deadline’ given by the JCC and NTAC that expires February 10 midnight. Further, a meeting of the legislature party of the ruling DAN supported CM T.R Zeliang on the whole issue and appealed to the agitators to end the indefinite strike and engage with the Government.

The Chairman of JIC and interlocutor for the Naga peace-talks, Mr R. N. Ravi said that ongoing economic blockade in Manipur may have an impact on the peace-talks. JIC Chairman RN Ravi said, “The Naga issue can’t be dealt in political isolation. Naga neighbours are important stakeholders. A durable solution is not possible by disregarding neighbours’ sentiment and confrontational attitude towards them.” The news report further adds that over the stubborn attitude displayed by the NSCN-IM over Manipur, Mr Ravi had said, “It is bound to impact the tenor and character of further talks with NSCN-IM.”Notably, the Manipur based UNC is spearheading the economic blockade in the State for over three months and two rounds of meetings with the stakeholders to resolve the crisis has failed to elicit any result. UNC is protesting against creation of seven new Districts in the State of Manipur.

The CLP, in a meeting chaired by CM Okram Ibobi Singh, unanimously passed a resolution urging the Central Government of India to declare the UNC as an unlawful organisation for imposing the indefinite economic blockade on the NHs and banning construction and developmental activities of National and State projects.

A Naxalite was killed in an exchange of fire with SFs in a dense forest under Basaguda Police Station in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. SFs recovered the body of a male CPI-Maoist cadre along with weapon, grenades and Naxal-related material from the spot.

A villager, Barse Deva (32), was found killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres near Lakhanpal village under Chintalnar Police Station limits in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The victim was picked up by armed rebels from his native place Konanguda, in the night of February 8, Police said.

A CPI-Maoist was killed in an exchange of fire with SFs in a dense forest pocket of Bilaspur District of Chhattisgarh. SFs recovered the body of a male Maoist cadre along with weapon, grenades and Naxal -related material from the spot.

SFs recovered arms including one AK-47 rifle, its three magazines and 26 cartridges, one carbine, its one magazine and 35 cartridges after an exchange of fire with the Maoists in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh.

The newly appointed IG of Bastar Range in Chhattisgarh, Sundarraj P asserted that “aggressive” operations against the Naxals will continue. Sundarraj said, “Security Forces are in a dominating position. The aggressiveness (in the operation) will be continued.”

A villager, Birwal Murmu (25), was killed by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Virangatta village under the Madhuwan Police Station in Giridih District of Jharkhand. The Maoists accused him of being a ‘Police informer’.

The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze two earthmoving machines, two tractors and a water tanker in Rayagada District of Odisha. The vehicles belonged to a contractor engaged in road construction near Sandengleli in Parsali Panchayat under Kalyansinghpur Block of the District.

The CPI-Maoist calling for the boycott of the February 15 Assembly Elections in Uttarakhand, painted slogans in Someshwar in Almora District of Uttarakhand. Posters, banners and painted slogans were found at various places in and around Someshwar.

During a joint operation by the Army and the Police, a major terrorist hideout was busted at Mislai Bonjwah area in Kishtwar District of J&K. SFs recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from the location, which included one AK-47 rifle with 450 rounds, 224 Pika ammunitions, one UBGL, two UBGL ammunitions and one binocular.

CRPF and SOG arrested a militant from Janbazpora area in Baramulla District. Police said that a local militant, Irshad Ahmad Khwaja, a resident of Seelo village, was arrested after specific information by a team of SOG of J&K Police and 53 BN CRPF. One pistol, two magazines and a hand grenade were recovered from his possession.

SFs arrested one NSCN-IM militant, identified as Nokme Hakun at Pahar village under Margherita Police Station in Tinsukia District.

February 11

A tape was released by ‘secretary’ of Bansadhara, Ghumusar and Nagabali Division of the CPI-Maoist, Umakant at Malkangiri District of Odisha. The tape threatened villagers of calling for poll boycott in three southern Odisha Districts, Kalahandi, Kandhamal and Rayagada.

SFs arrested a militant belonging to ULFA-I, identified as Pranjal Nath alias Sailendra Asom alias Protim Asom, at Jelehua Gaon under Dergaon Police Station in Golaghat District. According to the sources, the militant joined ULFA-I in 2011 and he had undergone training in Myanmar.

February 12

A magistrate court has discharged Mirza Himayat Baig, along with alleged IM 'operative' Maulana Shabbir Hussain Gangawali, in the case registered by the Maharashtra ATS under the UAPA, for allegedly circulating jihadi literature to Muslim youth in Pune, who were alleged members of the banned SIMI. Judicial Magistrate (first class) V B Gulve Patil, Shivajinagar Court, passed on order in this regard on December 22, 2016. It may be recalled that Gangawali, a native of Bhatkal of Karnataka and an alleged aide of IM founders Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal, was arrested by the Pune unit of the ATS on December 30, 2008, with possession of 250 counterfeit notes of Rs 100 denomination at a Janawadi mosque in Shivajinagar area.

A ‘leader’ of UKLF militant, identified as Thangboi Haokip alias Jacob Thadou was arrested at Imphal Tulihal Airport in Imphal East District after CISF posted at the airport recovered 4 live round of 9 MM pistol with him. The CISF handed him over to the Singjamei Police along with the recovered ammunitions, but he was later released by the Police. UKLF is signatory to SoO agreement with State and Union Government.

Violating the cease fire ground rule with the GoI, the NSCN-IM opened a new ‘battalion’ called ‘Phungtha Battalion’ consisting 45 cadres of the group at Kangkum Village in Ukhrul District.

Reacting on the CLP’s resolution, for declaring UNC as an unlawful organisation, the UNC asked the Manipur Government why they had participated in the tripartite talk in New Delhi if the UNC was ‘unlawful’.

Demanding the resignation of CM TR Zeliang from his post over the issues of ULBs election and the subsequent violence in the State, JCC and NTAC, Kohima had called for a total indefinite bandh (shutdown) in Nagaland from 6 am to 6 pm daily from February 13.

Police Constable, Korsa Naga was seriously injured in an exchange of fire with CPI-Maoist cadres in a dense forest pocket of Bhejji Police Station limits in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The skirmish took place in the forest coming under Bhejji Police Station limits when a joint team of STF and DRG was out on a counter-insurgency operation, SP, Indira Kalyan Elesela said.

Four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested by SFs from a forest of Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. A team of DRG had launched a counter-insurgency operation on February 9 towards Mohndi, Kutul and Kodliyar villages. The Maoist cadres has been identified as Lakhma Varda (35), medical team member Sayabi Varda (45), ‘militia commander’ Maalu Varda (31) and ‘militia member’ Fagdu Usendi (25).

Chhattisgarh Police has set a base camp in the Naxals’ stronghold of Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh to expedite construction of a road on a national highway that leads to the neighbouring Telangana State. The camp was set up on February 8 near Taarud River between Bhadrakali and Tarlaguda to particularly facilitate the construction of bridge over the river on the under-construction strategically important Bhopalpatnam-Bhadrakali-Tarlaguda road.

The opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, said that he is ready to take the initiative to facilitate negotiation talks between the Government of Kerala and the CPI-Maoist, if Maoists were ready to surrender their arms and create an atmosphere of peace first.

The MDC of the CPI-Maoist in a fresh banner has threatened the villagers to chop off the hands of voters who defy its call to boycott the Panchayat elections at Dekrikota in Malkangiri District of Odisha. Similar posters were found in Rayagada District of Odisha calling for Panchayat polls boycott.

The SEC had identified 27,422 booths as hypersensitive and sensitive. Out of the total, 8,491 booths are hypersensitive and 18,931 sensitive. Kandhamal District has the maximum of 1,076 booths identified as hypersensitive.

According to data collated by the NBDC of the NSG the areas affected by Naxalism saw a 21 per cent increase in bomb blast incidents in 2016 as compared to 2015. Casualties in such incidents went up by almost 60 per cent, the NBDC said in its annual report. 65 per cent of all IED blast casualties occurred in LWE-affected areas. According to the report, the figures available till December 15, 2016; 1,420 Naxals surrendered last year as compared to 570 in 2015. In Chhattisgarh, the IED incidents increased by 50 per cent and Andhra Pradesh saw a five-fold increase over 2015. Odisha witnessed an almost 100 per cent jump in IED incidents — from 15 blasts in 2015 to 29 blasts in 2016. Only Jharkhand and Bihar witnessed a decrease in IED incidents. Jharkhand witnessed nine IED explosions in 2016 as compared to 15 in 2015. In Bihar, it was 10 against 12 in 2015.

Eight persons including four militants, two Army personnel and equal number of civilians were killed and around 24 civilians were injured in an encounter followed by clashes in Kulgam District. Acting on specific information about the presence of militants in Nagbal, Frisal area of the District, Kulgam Police along with 1-RR and 18th Battalion of CRPF cordoned off the suspected house and started the search operation, Police said. The four militants killed in the encounter were identified as Farooq Ahmad Bhat of Checki Dessand, Mohammad Younis Lone of Hawoora, both were HM militants and Mudisir Ahmad Tantary alias Assim of Redwani Kulgam and Wakeel Ahmad Thoker of Hadigam, both were LeT militants. Two AK rifles, two pistols, one INSAS rifle and ammunition were recovered from the encounter site. Further, people in the area came out in street as the encounter was in progress and pelted stones on SFs near the encounter site. The SFs fired teargas and pellets in which around two dozen persons were injured, out of which one Mushtaq Ibrahim Itoo succumbed to his injuries.

The separatists have called for a strike on February 13 against the killing of two civilians.  Both the factions of APHC and JKLF have called for the general strike against the killings.

Indian Railways suspect that sudden rise in the number of train accidents in the recent past are the act of sabotage. 'In 2017, in the first 40 days, there have already been 16 cases and this is abnormally high,' Mohammed Jamshed, Member Traffic, Railway Board stated. Terming it an 'abnormally high', a top railways official said that most of these 16 instances of rail sabotage in 2017 have occurred in non-traditional LWE- affected areas, and does not carry the signature of Maoist subversive activities.  'There were 45 incidents in 2016, including seven blasts, three instances of track tampering, 27 cases of sabotage and attempt to sabotage and eight agitation related incidents. Moreover, Shamsul Hoda, who was arrested in Nepal in a murder case is wanted by for allegedly funding terror plots that led to train derailments in Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Hirakhand in Andhra Pradesh and a foiled attempt in Bihra's Ghorasan.

Two persons, identified as Subash Agarwal and Shyam Sunder, were killed and two others injured by CPI-Maoist cadres gunfire near Ramanitard in Bhelwaghati Panchayat  at Giridih District of Jharkhand. Sources said that these armed cadres are from Maoist leader Surang Yadav's group. The reason of the killing is not yet clear but Maoists were afraid of growing popularity of the Government schemes and in anguish they were taking such steps, SP Giridih, Akhlesh V Varier said.

Two-dozen armed cadres of the TPC set ablaze the excavator and compressor machines of Hindalco Industries at the Gurdari bauxite mines in Kathupani village in Gumla District of Jharkhand. TPC is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

A female 'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist, Kaushalia Kumari alias Sabita, was arrested by the District Armed Police and CRPF from Tansia village in Seraikela-Kharsawan District of Jharkhand. She was carrying a reward of INR 200,000 on her head.

At least five construction equipments were torched by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Kulihamunda village of Rengali Gram Panchayat under Khaparakhol block of Balangir District of Odisha. 10 armed Maoist cadres including five women cadres entered the camp of a local contractor, Md Illaish, in Banjipali village at around 11 PM. The contractor was carrying out road construction work for PWD from Ghunsar to Rengali.

AR arrested a linkman identified as Alan Rai, who worked for both ULFA-I and NSCN-K, at Old Khamdo village in Changlang District. According to the AR source, the arrested linkman was involved in extortion cases and blank letters bearing names of ULFA-I and NSCN-K were recovered from his possession. During the interrogation, the linkman also revealed that he was helping these two militant groups for four years and had regular contact with the ''sergeant'' Rupam Asom of ULFA-I.

February 13

Protesters belonging to the DHDC and the DDJAC, along with seven other organisations, who were demanding for making Likabali as headquarter of Lower Siang District, set ablaze the office of the SDO (civil) at Likabali. It was the second day of the 96-hour general strike of the protesting organisations.

The second phase of indefinite total bandh (shutdown) called by the JCC and NTAC along with various tribal organisations, started in the entire State has crippled normal life in the State. Business establishments, educational institutions and Government offices remained closed while vehicles were off the road during the bandh. However no violent incident from any part of the State was reported so far.

While, the organisations are demanding resignation of CM TR Zeliang following the killing of two youths in Police firing in Dimapur on January 31, the CM Addressed the people of Nagaland in a broadcast by AIR in Kohima and appealed the agitating organisations to lift the bandh. He specially mentioned his concern over the board exams of the students which were scheduled on February 14.

Mobile internet services and SMS in the State remained suspended for the 15th day. In order to thwart rumors, Nagaland Government snapped the services on January 30 after the public upheaval arising out of holding of ULB elections.

A top level meeting between former Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio, NSA Ajit Doval and JIC Chairman R.N Ravi to discuss the current situation in Nagaland arising out of the ULB elections was held. Neiphiu Rio expressed his concern over the ongoing turmoil of the State over the issues of ULB elections and said that the situation of the State had to be tactfully handled as it could adversely affect the already fragile ‘Indo-Naga peace talks’. He also strongly urged upon the Centre to bring about an early solution to the Naga issue.

A Court in New Delhi extended the judicial custody of the ‘chief’ of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup militant Khoirom Ranjit and his two associates, Inugbam Sanatombi Devi and Pukhrihongbamibomcha Prem Kumar, till February 27.

SFs arrested four unidentified militants of NSCN-IM at Nungba in Tamenglong District. According to the SFs the arrested militants were involved in extortion and other illegal activites.

Indian Army arrested a linkman of ULFA-I militant, identified as Netra Bania (53), from Haufau area under Borhat Police Station in Charaidew District. The arrestee is a small tea grower in the village and according to the Army he had been keeping relation with ULFA-I for a long time and he was involved in collecting money from businessmen.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs has wondered why JeM terrorists let go Punjab Police SP Salwinder Singh after waylaying his official vehicle and using it to reach the Pathankot airbase on January 2, 2016 to wreak havoc. The multi-party committee has also asked the Government to investigate the role of drug smugglers in facilitating the terrorists' entry into India. While the 70-page report directly attacks Punjab Police, it has asked many questions about the role of the NIA.

Joint teams of Jalandhar Rural Police and Jharkhand Police arrested a wanted CPI-Maoist cadre, Avidhesh Yadav from Alawalpur locality at Adampur city in Jalandhar District. Yadav is facing attempt to murder and cases under the Arms Act. CIA, Punjab Police, head said Jharkhand Police took Yadav back to Latehar District of Jharkhand.

One of the key accused in Kanpur and Ghorasahan rail track sabotage incidents, Gajendra Sharma, surrendered before a court in East Champaran District of Bihar. Police sources said Gajendra, a named accused in Ghorasahan blast attempt case, was also involved in the derailment of Indore-Patna Express near Kanpur in which at least 150 people were killed on November 21, 2016.

A CPI-Maoist cadre was gunned down in an exchange of fire between the Maoists and SFs at a village in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The identity of the killed Maoist was yet to be ascertained.

The Police destroyed five illegal mini-gun factories in Rishikund jungle in Munger District of Bihar. Police also seized four automatic pistols and equipment used for manufacturing illegal guns. According to Police illegal mini-gun factories was being operated under CPI-Maoist cadres protection. Police arrested a person called Shrimant Kumar who was in constant touch with Maoists. Five of his associates managed to escape from the spot during the raid.

Irpa Usendi, cousin of South Gadchiroli's Perimili LGS ‘commander’ Sainath, was arrested in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. He was finally made co-accused in the December 2016 Surjagarh arson case earlier this week by Etapalli Police after his involvement behind the incident in which the Naxalites had set ablaze around 80 vehicles at mining project site came to fore. Intriguingly, cops had intercepted new currency notes worth INR 400,000 from Irpa.

Joint teams of Jalandhar Rural Police and Jharkhand Police arrested a wanted CPI-Maoist cadre, Avidhesh Yadav from Alawalpur locality at Adampur city in Jalandhar District of Punjab. Yadav is facing attempt to murder and cases under the Arms Act. CIA, Punjab Police, head said Jharkhand Police took Yadav back to Latehar District of Jharkhand.

Official sources of Mizoram said that the meeting of the JMG held in Guwahati on February 12,  to discuss the repatriation of Bru refugees from the six relief camps in Tripura to Mizoram was ‘inconclusive’ as Bru representatives ‘refused to budge from their demands’. Mizoram State Additional Secretary for Home Lalbiakzama said that the meeting was ‘inconclusive’ as MBDPF, the apex body of Bru refugees demanded that all their demands be fulfilled by Centre and Mizoram Governments. The demands of MBDPF are allotment of at least five hectare land to each repatriated Bru family, enhancement of rehabilitation package, provision of free ration for two years, INR 5,000 per month be given to each family and the Brus be given the same status as given to Kashmiri Pandits. The meeting was chaired by Special Secretary (Internal Secretary) in Union Ministry of Home Affairs MK Singla and attended by officials of Mizoram and Tripura Governments, representatives of MBDPF, BCC and central committee of YMA.

Pakistan army violated ceasefire along the LoC in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri District, targeting forward Indian posts with small and automatic weapons and mortars. "The Indian side effectively retaliated, leading to heavy exchanges that continued for some time," sources said, adding that there were no casualties or damage on the Indian side in Pakistan shelling and firing. Casualties or damages, if any, on the other side were not known.

Normal life was affected in Jammu and Kashmir, due to a shutdown called by the separatists against the killing of two civilians and four militants in an encounter in Kulgam District of South Kashmir while curfew like restrictions were imposed in parts of South Kashmir. Shops and commercial establishments remained closed in Srinagar and Public transport was mostly off the roads. However, some vehicles were plying.

February 14

Seven workers of a limestone quarry at Sangkini Dabgre near Sangkinigre village of Chokpot region in South Garo Hills District were abducted by suspected Garo militants. The workers were identified as Shyama Rabha, Manoj Das, Dipak Baiswa, Khitish Rabha, Amulya Kalita, Dinobandhu Roy and Kameshwar Pandit. According to the Police, the ASAK headed by Reding T. Sangma is the prime suspect for involving the abduction so far. However, they are also not ruling out the involvement of Sohan D. Shira-led GNLA, which is said to have a small number of armed cadres operating in the Chokpot region.

The NIA probing the rail track sabotages secured additional four-day Police remand of Umashankar Patel, Motilal Paswan and Mukesh Yadav, all accused in Ghorasahan and Kanpur cases. Earlier, the special NIA court of Judge Manoj Singh had granted 11-day police remand for the trio on February 4.

The derailment and blast conspiracies were allegedly hatched by ISI. Its agent Shamshul Huda, a Nepalese citizen, was handling the terror mission from Dubai. Huda was arrested by Nepal police in Kathmandu on February 5. His interrogation later revealed another railway track blast near Nakardei in East Champaran. Brajkishore Giri alias Baba Giri, Mujahir Ansari, Ashish Singh Kurmi aliasSujeet and Umesh Giri, all associates of Huda, have  already been arrested by Nepal Police.

Suspected IS supporter Mohammad Iqbal, who is in the custody of the Rajasthan Police, had allegedly mobilised funds from India and China for the terror organisation, Police said. Iqbal alias Travel Haq had allegedly transferred money from China and through hawala (illegal money transaction) from India to Dubai, Additional Director General of Anti-Terrorist Squad Umesh Mishra told reporters in Jaipur.

Iqbal allegedly used to transfer funds to IS operative Jameel Ahmed who was arrested by the ATS from Sikar in November, 2016 Mishra said. His name cropped up during the interrogation of Jameel following which he was arrested by Tamil Nadu Police earlier this month. “Jameel and Iqbal were in touch on social networking sites. Iqbal used to transfer funds to Jameel who was based in Dubai. From Dubai, he further transferred the money to the IS in countries like Turkey, Lebanon,” Mishra claimed.

The accounts of his social networking sites and his foreign visits are being probed to ascertain further details, the police official said. Iqbal was brought to Jaipur from Chennai on production warrant on February 12, and was placed under arrest yesterday. He was produced before a local court where the magistrate remanded him to police custody for four days, till February 18.

East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand Police has intensified anti-Naxal  operation in the Naxal-hit Ghatsila Sub-division in order to mount pressure on the top CPI-Maoist leader Kanhu Munda-led squad to surrender, which operates in the bordering areas of Jharkhand-Bengal-Odisha, reports Business Standard. Kanhu, a ‘zonal secretary’ of Jharkhand-Bengal-Odisha outfit, is carrying a reward of INR 2,500,000 lakh on his head.

The UHM’s senior Security Adviser K. Vijay Kumar, at a meeting held at the Police Head Quarter in Bhopal District of Madhya Pradesh, asked the Police of three States to share the information related to Naxals. Police officials of three States Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra attended the meeting. He asked to provide better training to the Hawk Force and better use of Police force while taking action against Naxals. The SPs from all three states submitted the reports of the Naxal operations. The SPs of Dindori, Balaghat, Gondia, Mandla and Rajnandgaon made presentations. He also took personal meeting with the officials. The DGP, Madhya Pradesh, Rishi Shukla informed the officer that they are running community policing to eradicate the Naxal problems in their Naxal-affected areas. He also claimed that due to social policing they are getting positive results.

Two militants, belonging to UNLF and PLA, were arrested by SFs in two different incidents. In the first incident, SFs arrested an UNLF cadre, identified as ‘sergeant major’ Thongbram Gyanjit alias Chinglensana (32) from Hatta Golapati area in Imphal West District. After the arrest he revealed that under the instruction of his ‘commander’ Itomba of UNLF, he came out of his camp in October last year (2016) and stayed in Imphal areas to disturb the forthcoming 11th State Assembly election. In the other incident, one militant of PLA, identified as Yumnam Surendra alias Suren (64), was arrested by SFs from the resident of the militant in Imphal West District. The militant revealed that he was working under the ‘captain’ Nongpoknganba of PLA and extorted money from contractors and businessmen for the militant group.

SFs arrested another cadre of an unspecific militant group, identified as Ramanuse Dhan (31) at Binaypur village in Golaghat District. SFs also recovered one 7.65 auto pistol (made in Italy), one magazine and four live ammunition from the arrestee.

Suspected militants of NSCN-R from neighboring State of Nagaland entered into and issued ‘demand notes’ (extortion notes) to villagers, along the Assam-Nagaland interstate boundary, in Jorhat District. According to the report, at least 16 people, mostly cultivators, got the demand notes ranged from INR 10,000 to INR 50,000. Two villagers, identified as Benu Orang and Joydhan Mirdha, were assaulted by Naga assailants. However, Jorhat SP Prasanta Bhuyan said that a team from District administration held a meeting with the village council of the adjacent Naga village on the other side of the boundary. “They have assured to nab the culprits. In fact, we were informed that two of the four persons who distributed the notes have been caught by the Naga village people,” he also added.

Clarifying the stand of the present Union Government towards insurgents groups, the UMHA has indicated to a parliamentary panel that it is open to negotiations with only those militant formations that abjure violence and opt for a solution within the Constitution of India. The Government proposes to adopt a multi-pronged strategy to deal with extremists/separatists of the northeastern region. The parliamentary panel in its report advised that the government should start dialogue with these groups and address sympathetically their grievances within the framework of the Constitution of India with an aim of bringing them into the mainstream. The multi-pronged strategy includes this aspect also.

Currently, the Union government is engaged in peace talks with various insurgent groups of the Northeast and talks are continuing with the ULFA-PTF, NDFB-P, NDFB-RD, KLNLF– all from Assam, while the NSCN-IM, NSCN-KN and NSCN-R of Nagaland are under ceasefire agreements.

A total of 23 underground outfits of Manipur, consisting two conglomerates – the UPF and KNO are currently under SoO agreement with the Union Government. Three valley-based underground outfits of Manipur – the URF, KCP-L and KYKL-MDF have signed MoU with the Union Government.

The Union Government has informed that pursuant to the policy of talks, various insurgent outfits, including the UPDS, DHD of Assam and ANVC and ANVC-B of Meghalaya have signed memorandum of settlement with the Government and dissolved themselves. As a result, a number of members of insurgent outfits have surrendered after laying down arms and joined the mainstream of society.

Two top LeT 'commanders' were among four militants and four soldiers including an Army Major killed while six soldiers and a civilian were injured in two separate gun battles in North Kashmir. Sources said that on a tip-off, Army, SOG of JKP and CRPF launched a joint search operation at Parray Mohalla Hajan in Bandipora District. They said that as the SFs were sealing the area, militants hiding in the village opened fire on troops and hurled hand grenades. The SFS returned the fire killing one militant who has been identified as Abu Haris, a top 'commander' of LeT. Srinagar based Defence Ministry spokesman, Lt Col Rajesh Kalia identified the Army men killed in the gun battle as Dharmendera Kumar of Pataliya, Uttarakhand; Rifleman Ravi Kumar of Meen Sarkar Tabela of Samba and Gunner Astosh Kumar of Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Three militants were killed and an Army Major was injured in Handwara area in Kupwara District. SFs received information about presence of three-four militants in Khan Mohalla Hajin Kralgund area of Handwara's Kupwara District. Major S Dhaiya, who was leading the operation, succumbed to his injuries. One of the killed militants has been identified as Abu Darda, a top 'commander' of LeT and the identity of other two is being ascertained.

Three Pakistan army personnel were killed in heavy exchange of firing between Indo-Pak troops in Thoob area of Bhimber sector opposite Sunderbani in Rajouri District along the LoC. Pakistan army has confirmed the killing of their three personnel.

A joint team of Army and Police busted a hideout of the militants in Chajla forest area of Mendhar tehsil in Poonch District and recovered large quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives. Recoveries included one Pika Machine Gun with 90 belted rounds, one AK-74 rifle, one AK-47 rifle, two UBGL launchers, 22 UBGL grenades, two Chinese grenades, one I Com radio set and antenna and 500 rounds of AK-47. Later, SFs also undertook search operations in Chajla forest area but the militants remained untraced.

The BSF pre-empted a major terror strike by detecting a tunnel originating from Pakistan and opening up just about 20 meters ahead of border fencing inside the Indian Territory in Ramgarh sector of Samba District. The tunnels had been dug beneath the border fencing to facilitate infiltration by the militants. "The tunnel was under construction when the BSF detected it during major anti-tunneling measures taken along the International Border following very specific inputs that the militants were being trained for infiltration at Rattu training camp in PoK," official sources said.

February 15

India has called for collaborative preventive approach to address terrorist cyber attacks against critical infrastructures, underlining that current international law is not well positioned to deal with the threat. Citing the 26/11 (November 26, 2008) Mumbai terror attacks, India said that financial hubs are targeted by terrorists to impact a country’s economy.

The NIA has arrested a Kerala youth, Mouinudheen Parakadavath (25), for being part of an IS terrorist conspiracy in India. The agency said the youth hailing from Kasaragod District was questioned at the NIA headquarters when he arrived at the IGI airport in Delhi from Abu Dhabi. During his examination, he admitted to his involvement in the conspiracy, NIA said. The case relates to a terror module in which a group of youths from Kerala including some members based in the Middle-East, hatched a conspiracy as per instructions from their online IS handlers.

Based on intelligence inputs, five accused, associated with this terror module, were arrested from Kanakamala Hill in Kannur District in Kerala on 2 October, 2016 and another associate was arrested from Calicut the same day. Their disclosures established that Mouinudheen was a key figure in the module, which was actively planning various aspects of the terrorist plot, on a Telegram group. Mouinudheen was using the online identity Abu-Al-Indonesi as well as Ibn Abdullah, on the telegram group, NIA said. It was revealed by the arrested persons that Mouinudheen had sent funds from Abu Dhabi to members of the terrorist module in Kerala, for the conspiracy, through Western Union Money Transfer, last year (2016).

Two personnel of the Chhattisgarh STF were killed in an encounter with the CPI-Maoist cadres at Mardapal in Kondagaon District of Chhattisgarh. The Police claimed to have killed at least four CPI-Maoist cadres but their bodies could not be recovered by the SFs. The killed SFs are identified as Hitendra Chaturvedi, an Assistant Platoon Commander from Madhya Pradesh, and constable Krishna Tingu from Surguja in Chhattisgarh.

The SFs in AOB and their counterparts in Odisha are on a high alert as CPI-Maoist cadres are gearing up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of GPCR and Naxalbari Armed Uprising. SFs suspect that Maoists, who are on a killing spree as an act of revenge for the Ramaguda encounter, may engage in violent activities to show their presence. A document released in the name of their ‘General Secretary’ Ganapati recently urged the cadres to use the occasions as a platform for recruitments and creating awareness among the people to wage war against the state.

A ‘Zonal Secretary’ of Jharkhand-Bengal-Odisha Zone, of CPI-Maoist and six other Maoist cadres surrendered at East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. The Maoists, including a woman, laid their arms before SSP of East Singhbhum District Police, Anoop T Mathew in Kanhu’s native village Jiyan under Ghurabandha Police Station area in Ghatshila sub-division. Kanhu Munda alias Mangal Ji, ‘Zonal Secretary’ and his aide Fogra Munda, were carrying rewards of INR 2.5 millions and INR 1 millions on their heads respectively. Kanhu and Fogra were wanted in a number of Naxal -related incidents including murder of Police Inspector, Sushil Nag and three others in Singhpura under Ghurabandha Police Station area in 2006. Apart from them, Chunnu Munda, Bhoglu Singh Munda, Jiten Munda, Shankar and Kajal, a woman Maoist, were among those who surrendered. The surrendering Maoists also deposited one INSAS and two pistols.

Due to threat of CPI-Maoist cadres, no voter came out to vote for elections at 13 booths of a Panchayat in Korukonda Block of Malkangiri District of Odisha. This happened in Nakamamudi Panchayat of Korukonda block. As many as 19 polling booths had been opened in this remote CPI-Maoist-infested Panchayat. But till 12 noon, the end of polling time, no voter turned up to cast his vote in 13 of these booths. In the rest six booths polling was too low. Ahead of the Panchayat polls, the Maoists had put threatening banners and posters in remote areas of Malkangiri District of Odisha.

SFs arrested one militant of NDFB-IKS, identified as Khamin Swargiary alias S. Khasia, in Udalguri District. A .22 mm pistol, one magazine, and other ammunition were recovered from the arrested militant. According to the SFs the militant was trained in the militant camps of Bangladesh.

SFs arrested one cadre of NSCN-K militant, identified as Kangkam Haseng, from Burma camp near Ledo in Tinsukia District.

SFs arrested one unidentified militant of ULFA-I at Tengakhat in Dibrugarh District. According to the SFs he was involved in the blast in Dibrugarh''s Convoy Road on the Republic Day (January 26). SFs also recovered one motorcycle with two different registration numbers from his possession.

SFs released photographs and names of four suspected militants who were involved in the killing of a couple, named Bakul Rabha alias Teckhon (35) and his wife Saru Rabha alias Malika Deka (25)  in Chengapara village in Udalguri on February 10. The four suspected militants are identified as Rajan Deka, Tilak Boro, Ramesh Bora and Biswajit Deka.3

Police and para-military forces heavily deployed in Kulgam District foiled separatists' March in the District. Separatist leaders had called for protest March to Kulgam against the civilian killings during an encounter at Frisal in the District on February 12. Four militants, two civilians and two Army men were killed in the encounter. All entry routes towards Kulgam were sealed off and curfew like restrictions were imposed in the District. The situation remained peaceful and under control, and no protest March or clashes were reported from anywhere in the town. There were clashes in Pulwama as protesters pelted stones on Police and CRPF, who, in retaliation, fired tear smoke to disperse them. And in Srinagar city, there was a complete shutdown and most of shops and business establishments also remained closed. The areas like Old City and Maisuma witnessed shutdown.

JKLF chairman Yasin Malik was arrested to prevent him from marching towards Kulgam. APHC-M chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed house arrest to prevent him venturing out to take part in protest march towards Kulgam.

The BSF seized a wireless set from the IB in Londi area of Hiranagar sector in Kathua District. "The wireless set resembled to the one that was seized by police from near the border in Kathua few days after the terror attack on Nagrota Army camp on November 30,2016,'' official sources said. Sources added that a civilian Ashwani Kumar of Londi was spraying his field when he spotted the wireless set and informed the BSF officials, who rushed to the spot and seized the set.

Police identified the militants who were killed in the encounter at Parray Mohalla Hajan in Bandipora District on February 14, as LeT 'commander' Abu Darda alias Shafiq, operating in North Kashmir between 2008 and 2010 and later he ex-filtrated to Pakistan and again infiltrated in 2016 and was operating in Handwara and Kupwara areas of North Kashmir, while the other two militants have been identified as Abu Maviya and Abu Saad.

Police detained three persons during separate raids in North Kashmir. Sources said that Showkat Ahmad Lone, Mohammad Azam Dar, both residents of Kachloo Kralgund and Tanveer Ahmad Bhat of Trichoo Rafiabad were picked up in separate raids by Police for questioning regarding the encounter at Parray Mohalla Hajan in Bandipora District on February 14.

Army chief Bipin Rawat, warned those attacking SFs during anti-militancy operations of "tough action", as the hostile conduct of locals was causing higher casualties in the Kashmir valley. The stern message from Rawat came a day after three soldiers faced heavy stone-pelting at Parray Mohalla of Bandipora when they were about to launch an operation against militants holed up there. Alerted by the stone-pelters, the militants got an opportunity to fire hand grenades and empty a few magazines from AK-rifles into the advancing troopers, leaving three jawans dead and some others, including a Commanding Officer of CRPF, injured. One terrorist managed to flee the area. General Rawat said SFs in J&K were facing higher casualties due to the manner in which the local population was preventing them from conducting the operations and "at times even supporting the terrorists to escape". "We would now request the local population that people who have picked up arms, and they are the local boys, if they want to continue with the acts of terrorism, displaying flags of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and Pakistan, then we will treat them as anti-national elements and go helter-skelter for them. They may survive today but we will get them tomorrow. Our relentless operations will continue," the Army chief said, sending out a stern message to those who support militants.

SFs arrested one ULFA-I cadre, identified as Anuj Konwar alias Konwar Asom from Tengakhat in Dibrugarh District.

February 16

Normal life was severely affected in the Gandacherra Sub-division as the IPFT, a tribal-based party, called a 48-hour bandh (shutdown) in tribals-dominated Dhalai District to protest the alleged Police ‘high-handedness ‘during the February 8 when three tribal parties had called a 12-hour bandh to oppose the Centre’s citizenship bill.

Aamir Gazdar, a close aide of Zakir Naik, was arrested by ED in connection with its probe in a money laundering case against him and others. Officials said Gazdar, director in certain firms under scanner in this case, was arrested late evening by the Enforcement Directorate under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). "Gazdar, a confidant of Naik, was put under arrest around 7:30 PM today. He will be produced in a court tomorrow for further custody," an official said. Gazdar, officials said, was called for questioning at the ED's office here and was arrested as he was allegedly "not cooperating" with the investigators.

Officials claimed the agency suspects that Gazdar allegedly handled cash funds and transactions worth INR 200 crore on behalf of Naik and his NGO named IRF. They added Gazdar's firm used to reportedly provide content for IRF's Peace TV, and its operations were handled from the western metropolis here.

Al-Qaeda has used America's "preoccupation" with the IS to regain strength in South Asia and preparing to spread its ideology in India from its "home" in western Pakistan, Bruce Hoffman, Director, Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, told members of the House Armed Services Committee. "Al-Qaeda has never changed, and it still sees itself in what it conceives as an existential struggle against the West and against the United States in particular," Bruce Hoffman, stated.

The NIA had arrested a woman for her alleged role in the procurement and circulation of high quality FICN.

The CPI-Maoist cadres cut down trees at Pega and Edugurallapalli villages of Chintoor in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. The trees obstructed the road transport between Bhadrachalam and Rajamahendravaram. SFs also recovered landmines from the spot. Each of these landmines has about 20 Kilogram explosives.

The ‘zonal commander’ Anil Kushwaha aka Sandesh and cadres of the TSPC set ablaze a JCB machine and two tractors in Kaimur District of Bihar. Maoists attack on a makeshift forest department camp housing construction equipment has led to cessation of work on a 55 kilometres stretch of the all weather Adhaura-Akbarpur Road spread over Rohtas and Kaimur Districts of western Bihar. Forest officials fear for their lives after the TSPC ‘zonal commander’ threatened Forester Manoj Kumar of dire consequences if they dared to resume the work on the project.  TSPC is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

The CPI-Maoist cadres attacked a BSF camp at Kartalpali near Mathili Police limits in Malkangiri District of Odisha. BSF jawans retaliated when CPI-Maoist cadres fired at the BSF camp to oppose the election at Kartalpali. No casualty has been reported in the incident. Maoists had warned the tribals not to contest or cast vote.

Criticizing the State Government for creating new Districts, NSCN-IM said that the move by the Manipur Government to carve out seven Districts ‘out of Naga territories with colonial design’ is an ‘intrusion’ upon the rights of the Nagas. They also supported the economic blockade against the creation of new Districts in the State.

Police arrested two PLA militants, identified as Mohammad Nawaz Khan and Khulakpam Farooque, from Kairam Palli of Keirao Litan Makhong near Trio English School in Imphal East District. Police recovered one .9 mm pistol along with five rounds in the magazine, a Bolero car and incriminating articles from the arrestees. 

The indefinite State-wide bandh (shutdown) called by Naga Tribal groups continued in the State and entered its fourth consecutive day. The bandh across the State was by and large peaceful. However, in Districts like Kohima, Wokha and Tuensang the bandh was relaxed as only Government offices and Government vehicles were barred from functioning.

CM T.R. Zeliang appealed to the agitating tribal groups to give him two-three more days ‘to step down’ to ensure smooth transition of power, after ruling NPF legislators backed party supremo Shurhozelie Liezietsu to take over.

In a statement issued, BPCC-A-N appealed to public on either sides of the border to avoid all such affairs that could affect peace coordination on Assam-Nagaland border and likely to deteriorate age-old good relations of Assam and Nagaland. The appeal comes in the wake of an incident of assault and extortion demand that reportedly took place near Hoolungooree Tea Estate on Assam side of the Nagaland border in Jorhat District on February 15, 2017.

Militants fired gunshots and forcibly entered into Jammu and Kashmir Bank's Turkawangam Branch in Shopian District and decamped with INR 304,000 from the bank. Police said four militants were involved in the robbery. Police said that two out of four militants involved in the bank robbery have been identified as Tariq Ahmad Bhat of Barburgh, Shopian and Zeenat-ul-Islam of Sugan, Zainapora Shopian. Tariq was identified by the INSAS he was carrying. Tariq was kept as guard outside while the other three went inside.

CRPF IG (Operations) Zulfiquar Hasan said locals were under pressure from militants to help them flee in certain areas in Kashmir which was harming the anti-terror operations. IG Hasan asserted that the forces have been acting with restraint in crowded areas to check any collateral damage and the residents should not succumb to the threats of the militants. "The casualties (of the security forces in recent operations) have taken place in crowded areas and the forces operate with restraint so that there is no collateral damage. But the crowds break the cordon and help the militants to flee. This is happening in certain areas of Kashmir, and villagers and local residents do this under pressure from militants," Hasan said.

Authorities asked the public in Kashmir to stay away from the places of encounters between SFs and militants and decided to impose prohibitory orders in the radius of three kilometres from such sites in three Districts. The decision came a day after Army Chief General Bipin Rawat warned of tough action against those hampering counter- insurgency operations. "District Administrations of Srinagar, Budgam and Shopian advised people not to move towards or assemble near the places where encounters take place between security forces and militants to avoid loss and injuries to precious human lives," an official spokesman said. "Prohibitory restrictions have been imposed within the radius of three kilometers from the site of any counter- insurgency operation in these districts," the spokesman added.

February 17

SFs recovered a single .32 caliber bullet while checking in Imphal Tulihal Airport from a passenger identified as Awungshi Naomi.

BSF seized INR 2,000 notes worth INR 2, 00,000 FICN in West Bengal's Malda District.  

Meanwhile, according to a report, it has taken barely two months for Pakistan-based counterfeiters to come out with fake INR 2,000 notes. Punjab used to be the permeable border but now the money is being pumped into the country via the India-Bangladesh border. The details surfaced following recent arrests and seizures made by NIA and BSF, the report say.

A CRPF Inspector, Bhim Singh, was injured in an explosion IED planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The incident took place in Mahadev Ghati area when a team of CRPF’s 229th battalion was on patrolling duty.

A Naxal couple, ‘commander’ Punau Ram Kumeti and his wife Sarita alias Jarina surrendered in Kanker District of Chhattisgarh. They cited disillusionment with CPI-Maoist ideology and violence. They surrendered before BSF and Police officials at the headquarters of BSF 165th Battalion in Durgkondal of the District.

CPI-Maoist cadres have given a call for “nationwide shutdown” on February 27 to protest against the policies of the Centre and the Chhattisgarh Government in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh. The Naxals claimed that the demonetization has led to inflation, unemployment and poverty in the country. They also demanded release of seven members of TDF jailed in Sukma jail and halting of search operations and ‘fake encounters’ against the Maoists in the region.

SFs arrested a NDFB militant, Raja Basumatary, when he came to collect extortion money worth INR 2 million from the office of a private cement company at Dispur in Kamrup (metro) District. 

RPF personals recovered 19 live ammunition of 7.62mm caliber in an unclaimed bag on a general coach of Katra-Kamakhya Express on platform number 2 at Kamakhya Railway Station of Guwahati in Kamrup (metro) District.

While the bandh (shutdown) in some Districts like Kohima, Wokha and Tuensang was relaxed, the indefinite ‘State wide bandh’ by different Tribal groups entered the fifth day in Dimapur District. However, NTAC postponed the ‘public rally’ and ‘fast unto death’ stir in Kohima scheduled to be held on February 17. The decision was made in view of the appeal of CM TR Zeliang to give him two-three more days to ensure smooth transition of office and in the larger interest of the State.   

Reacting on the present situation and the ongoing bandh in the State, the NSCN-K made a statement. In the statement, the militant group stated that it is “highly perturbed” over the lengthy disruption of normal lives in the State of Nagaland and called for immediate resolution “which can be possible only if the incumbent leadership heed to the call of the people.”

AR jawans arrested a NSCN-IM cadre from Khonsa town in Tirap District during an operation. The cadre was reportedly carrying out extortion activities in the District headquarters town. He was found in possession of a loaded pistol, contraband and slips indicating collection of money, official source said.

Two Police personnel were injured when Militants hurled a grenade on a Police party in Nowgam area of Srinagar. Police said that militants hurled grenade on the Police party and ran away under the cover of darkness.

A militant was arrested in a joint operation by Police, Army and CRPF in Srinagar. The militant was identified as Irshad Ahmad Bhat of Wailoo, Pattan in North Kashmir. "The accused offender Irshad has been an active militant of HM terrorist outfit who had joined militant ranks after killing of his militant father Fayaz Ahmad Bhat in inter gang rivalry in year 2015", SSP Baramulla, Imtiaz Hussain, said. One AK series rifle, 2 AK magazines, one Chinese pistol, one pistol magazine, four hand grenades and other ammunition were recovered from the possession of the militant.

Protesters clashed with SFs in Srinagar and Sopore, after youth pelted stones on them post Friday prayers. After the culmination of congregational Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of the city, locals took to the streets to protest against the civilian killings in Kashmir. They pelted stones on the SFs, who were deployed there. Police and CRPF intercepted the protesters, triggering clashes. SFs fired several rounds of tear-gas canisters to disperse the protesters.

Delhi Police arrested two persons, identified as Sanjeev alias Mukesh and Arbin along with FICN of INR 6,00,000 face value from Sonia Vihar in Delhi.

February 18

The NIA team investigating the case related to the radicalisation of Kerala youths by terror groups, has found key accused Shajeer Mangalassery had created a group titled ‘The Gate’ on the Telegram app for coordinating terror activities in South India. Shajeer, a hardcore IS ideologist, is the 13th accused in the Kanakamala secret terror camp case. Earlier, the agency had arraigned seven persons as accused in the case.

Shajeer is suspected to be fighting for the IS in the Nagarhar province in Afghanistan. He was one of the leaders of the South Indian module of the IS, which was busted at Kanakamala. Holed up in the IS stronghold in Afghanistan, he had been in contact with the IS operatives in Kerala through Telegram and regularly posted comments on his Facebook page. According to an NIA officer, seven Telegram groups were created by the local IS activists, and their administrators are different persons. Currently, the agency is trying to retrieve information from the accounts.

An IED laid by CPI-Maoist cadres was recovered by SFs from Sarkeguda Police Station limits in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The IED, weighing five kilograms, detected by a team of CRPF personnel was planted by Maoists to target SF personnel during their operation in the area, a senior Police official said, adding it was later defused.

CPI-Maoist cadre, Bhandari Rammurty (24), was arrested from a place under Usoor Police Station in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. A joint team of CRPF and District Force launched a search operation around Galgam, Bhusapur and Marudbaka villages in Usoor region, and rounded up Rammurty who was trying to escape after spotting the patrolling party, Police said. During interrogation, Rammurty admitted to his involvement in the indiscriminate firing on SFs in the Usoor forests on December 13, 2015, Police added.

Acting on information, the 156th Battalion of CRPF and in association with District Police, recovered a large cache of explosives from a bus at Dahalapara area under Bijni Police Station in Chirang District. Shankarbrata Rai Medhi, Chirang SP, said that about 21 gelatin sticks, 20 detonators along with 12 extortion letters of NDFB -IKS were recovered during mobile checking. “We interrogated all the passengers of the bus but nobody has been found suspicious to be arrested. We will continue our interrogation and hope we will get a result soon,” he said. All the materials recovered have been seized by police. On the backside of an extortion letter, it was written that the explosives had to be handed over to some Baburam Gayari.

SULFA Samittee has stated that its members will hit the streets in Dispur, demanding the arrest of the lawyers who had assaulted Ajay Kumar Phukan, a judge of FT in Goalpara District. A group of lawyers assaulted Ajay Kumar Phukan on February 15 after an adverse opinion against their clients.

The fourth round of peace talks between Mizoram Government and HPC-D, which was scheduled to be held in the second week of February, has been deferred. The officials said that the next round of talks had to be deferred as other departments like Finance, DP&AR and Law have to be consulted in the process of the ongoing negotiation. The exact date for talks could not, however, be decided, but it is likely to take place in the last week of February, they added.

Suspected militants of Reding T. Sangma led ASAK released the seven abducted limestone quarry workers at Kama Adugre near Sangkinigre in South Garo Hills District. The six lorry drivers and a mechanic, identified as Shyama Rabha, Manoj Das, Dipak Baiswa, Khitish Rabha, Amulya Kalita, Dinobandhu Roy and Kameshwar Pandit, were sleeping at the quarry site at Sangkini Dapgre village in Chokpot (South Garo Hills) when they were abducted on February 14. The men after their release walked on foot to reach the main road early on February 19th morning and further went to their respective homes. Although it is not clear whether any ransom money was paid to secure their release, Police is not completely ruling out this possibility.

February 19

Chairman’ Bernard N Marak of the now disbanded ANVC-B alleged that the account numbers of the former cadres were submitted without the knowledge of the ‘leaders’ of the outfit and described it as an attempt to derail the Garo settlement with corrupt intention and also to deprive the ex-cadres of their due packages. According to him on December 9, 2016  former ANVC-B ‘leaders’ and senior members had a meeting where all cadres, clarified how Police made them to believe that accounts were to be submitted to the Police else they will not receive any packages.

CM T R Zeliang resigned hours after he called an “emergency meeting”. Two organisations, NTAC Kohima and JCC, are leading the agitation against the State Government's following its decision to conduct ULB polls in the State with 33 per cent reservation for women. Both the bodies are yet to call off the indefinite bandh (shutdown) in the State since February 6, demanding the resignation of CM T R Zeliang, following the death of two civilians in Police firing on January 31.

Earlier, NTAC Kohima has asked all citizens to be prepared for any eventuality in the event CM T.R. Zeliang failed to keep his word to step down by February 19 midnight. NTAC also informed that the ongoing bandh (shutdown) on Government offices and movement of Government vehicles will continue till further information. In this regard, NTAC media cell informed all tribal hohos in their respective Districts to deploy volunteers to ensure that the bandh has been enforced. Further, NTAC appealed private hospitals and medical establishments to be on standby for any casualty or emergency cases in the event the situation aggravate and goes out of hand.

The State Home Department is preparing a ‘special report’ on the status of the FT in the State to be sent to the UMHA. The report would also detail about what led to the recent incident of assault on a Judge of FT by lawyers at Goalpara. A team of Home Department has been entrusted with the job of preparing the report, which is expected to be sent to the UMHA within this week. 

UHM Rajnath Singh stated that the Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and NSCN-IM on August 3, 2015 would not affect the integrity and territorial boundary of Manipur in any manner. The Framework Agreement does not mention anything about Manipur and the word ‘Manipur’ cannot be found in any place of the agreement, UHM Rajnath Singh stated. Further, UHM Rajnath Singh said, “The Manipur Government did not send any representative for the first round of tripartite talks to end the economic blockade.” Disclosing that the Centre had provided the paramilitary forces as sought by the Manipur Government, he said, “I do not understand why the Centre is blamed for the blockade. India has the federal system of Government and the Constitution clearly says that the Centre cannot intervene on a State subject like law and order.”

Court of CJM, Imphal East remanded UNC ‘president’ Gaidon Kamei and ‘information secretary’ Shangkhel Stephen to judicial custody till March 3. The two UNC leaders are currently lodged in Manipur Central Jail. The duo will be produced before the Court of CJM Imphal East on February 21 and the High Court of Manipur on February 22.

In a revelation, it has come to the fore that Dawood Ibrahim used to fund Zakir Naik's IRF. According to Zakir Naik's CFO Aamir Gazdar, "Dawood Ibrahim has funded Zakir Naik's NGO Islamic Research Foundation." Aamir Gazdar said, "the said funding by Dawood Ibrahim used to take place through a mediator - Sultan Ahmed." The Enforcement Directorate officials said they suspected that Gazdar handled funds and transactions worth INR 200 crore on behalf of Naik and his NGO. These important details have now revealed Zakir Naik's Pakistan and Dawood connection.  Authorities are investigating other details too.

A group of 40 Police personnel escaped a landmine blast triggered by CPI-Maoist cadres at Kaligonda forest area under Chintoor Police Station limits in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. Chintoor SI, P Srinivasa Kumar, who headed the combing team, told that they suspected the Sabari Dalam of CPI-Maoist behind the blast.

In an exchange of fire with the SFs, two cadres of CPI-Maoist were killed in two separate encounters in Bijapur District and Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. In Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh, one female CPI-Maoist cadre was killed and two weapons were recovered in a joint operation of Telangana Greyhounds and Bijapur District Police. In Sukma District of Chhattisgarh, STF and the DRG killed one CPI-Maoist cadre and two weapons were recovered. No injuries were reported among the SFs.

SFs engaged in anti-Naxalite operation arrested ‘area commander’ Upendra Yadav (35) and Ajit Yadav (25), a cadre, of TPC from two different places in Ranka Police Station area of Garhwa District of Jharkhand. Two bikes and cell phones were recovered from Upendra and Ajit. TPC is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

SFs have planned a new strategy to nail down rest of the Naxals along the Bengal-Jharkhand border. A number of Naxal squads have also become active in Banspahari and Simulpal in West Midnapore of West Bengal. Joint forces are expected to raid both places when operations begin. Sources informed that the high alert has been sounded after intelligence report that the Maoists may attack at Naxal areas of Ghatshila and Patamda in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand.

No affect on polling was reported in Koraput District and Malkangiri District of Odisha during the polls in Odisha. The polling percentage was reported 72. Most of the polling booths were situated in Naxal -hit areas in both Bandhugaon and Boipariguda blocks. In Malkangiri, there was a voter turnout of 75 per cent in Kalimela.

Two persons were injured in a low intensity blast in a house at village Sungri in Mahore in Reasi District. According to SSP Reasi, Tahir Sajjad Bhat, the blast took place around 11.30 AM in the house of Shabir Ahmad, when he was cleaning the junk on the roof top. In the blast, Shabir Ahmed received injuries in hand while his brother-in-law Bashir Ahmed, resident of Sar Mahore, who was also present at the scene, sustained injuries in his leg.

A militant was arrested after he fired at the CRPF camp in Nawdal village of Tral in Pulwama District. A Police official said that Mohammad Maqbool Ganaie of Lam Tral fired at the 180 Battalion of CRPF camp at Nawdal before attempting to lob a grenade. The official said that a pistol and a grenade were recovered from his possession and no casualties were reported in the firing. Ganaie had joined militancy in 2007 and later surrendered before SFs in the same year after remaining active for seven months. He was jailed for three years after his surrender but was released in 2010. Sources said that he had become active again and was arrested by the SFs.

BSF seized 48 FICN of INR 2,000 with face value of INR 96, 000 from Indo-Bangladesh border in Malda District of West Bengal. Official sources said, acting on a tip off, BSF booked a man- Shariful Shah (32)- from Baishnabnagar near NH-34 with 48 FICN of INR 2,000. "Following the introduction of new currency notes of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500, there have been around half a dozen cases where fake currency notes in the denomination of Rs 2,000 were recovered but their quality of far inferior. Most of them were just scanned copy of the note. But the recovery made last night on by our investigators appear to be better than what was seized by the force sometime back," said a senior BSF official.

Acting on input provided by an arrested ULFA-I militant, Anuj Konwar alias Konwar Asom, SFs recovered a high-power grenade from Khanikar Tea Estate in Dibrugarh District.

SFs arrested a suspected linkman of NSCN-IM at Maibela of Sonari in Charaideo District.

SFs recovered a 9-mm pistol from a paddy field at Bhalukoni Gaon under Kakotibari Police Station in Charaidew District.

AR arrested one militant of NSCN-IM, identified as Tuithung Achan from Jalukie Town in Peren District. AR also recovered one 7.65 mm pistol with magazine and two live rounds from the arrested militant.

February 20

A Delhi Police special cell team arrested Akhruzama Khan (40), the suspected kingpin of FICN racket in India, from Chandra Vihar Colony under Rajeev Nagar Police Station area in Patna. Fake INR 100 notes of INR 20,000 face value were also recovered from his house. Khan was arrested following the arrest of Sanjeev alias Mukesh and Arbin with FICN of INR 6,00,000 face value from Sonia Vihar in Delhi on February 17.

Two militia cadres of PAC of the CPI-Maoist surrendered before the Rural Police at Paderu of Visakhapatnam Agency in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. They are identified as Korra Appa Rao (40) and Korra Chinna Rao (25) and are natives of Mandibha area of G Madugula Mandal in Visakhapatnam agency. The Maoist said that they were fed up with the CPI-Maoist ideology.

CPI-Maoist cadres killed Sunil Yadav, husband of a deputy mukhiya, at Champapur village in Lakhisarai District of Bihar.

A team of Police and the CRPF recovered eight can bombs, two hand grenades and mixtures of explosives from Katia forest at the Chhipadohar Police Station area in Latehar District of Jharkhand.

A CAG of India’s performance audit of special development initiatives in the Naxal-affected areas over the past five years has found most of these programmes failed miserably in Odisha. A final report of the same audit is likely to be placed in the Budget session of the Odisha Assembly starting next week.

Seven CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered to the SP, Bharati Ghosh, in West Midnapore District of West Bengal. The seven had 48 cases pending against them. The seven surrendered CPI-Maoist cadres were – Saheb Murmu alias Jayanta, Saheb’s wife Manasi Mahato, Dilip Singh, Malati Singh wife of Dilip, Samir Mahato, Baidyanath Mahato and Banamali Mahato. The surrendered CPI-Maoist cadres deposited one AK-47 rifle and seven country made guns to the Police. The surrendered Maoists, all residents of Jhargram Sub-Division, were allegedly involved in extortion, attacks and other criminal cases in past few years.

A militant was killed by the BSF during an infiltration bid along the LoC in Rajouri District. Officials said the incident occurred around midnight when BSF troops deployed along the LoC fence in Keri sector of Rajouri detected some suspicious movement and a heavy exchange of fire ensued in which the militant was killed. During search the BSF party recovered the body of the militant along with an AK-47 rifle, six loaded magazines and a monocular night vision device from the Pakistan side. A black bag containing another loaded AK magazine, dry fruits and juice was also recovered. The identity of the militant is yet to be ascertained.

A Government official source said that on the basis of a confession made by arrested ULFA-I cadre Gagan Hazarika alias Joydeep Cheleng, the NIA had confirmed about the proper identity of the ‘chairman’ of ULFA-I. According to the NIA, the real name of the ‘chairman’ Abhijit Asom is Mukul Hazarika and he is a doctor at Billingham town in Durham of UK.  The source said that apart from being a practising doctor in the UK, Hazarika was associated with the UK-based human rights group, Assam Watch, which used to raise alleged incidents of human rights violation by SFs in the State. The Assam Watch is an alleged front of ULFA, which had arranged the travel of then ULFA ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa and ‘general secretary’ Anup Chetia to Geneva to attend a meeting of the UN Sub-Commission's Working Group on Indigenous People in July 1997. The source further said that the NIA would soon move the court for issuing an arrest warrant against Dr Hazarika as a prelude to requesting the UK for his extradition.

The JCC and NTAC decided to lift the bandh (shutdown) on Government machineries with effect from February 20 evening. JCC convenor, Supu Jamir said that the decision to call off the bandh was made following the resignation of T.R. Zeliang.  The Government authorities also finally decided to restore mobile internet/data and SMS services which were snapped since January 30.

NPF President and DAN Chairman Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu was unanimously elected as leader of DAN Legislature Party by the alliance legislators at a meeting in Kohima to replace TR Zeliang as Nagaland CM.

The AMSU categorically rejected UMH Rajnath Singh’s assurance that the Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and NSCN-IM does not mention anything about Manipur and it would not affect the territorial integrity of Manipur. In a statement issued by the AMSU, its ‘secretary general’ Manjit Sarangthem said, “We would like to see and study the Framework Agreement if it contains anything inimical to the interest of Manipur.” AMSU further stated that this verbal assurance given by UHM Rajnath Singh was not enough. Framework Agreement between Union Government and NSCN-IM was signed on August 3, 2015.

Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh said that he was ready for tripartite talks with the UNC to end the three-month-long economic blockade.

A team of Special Force-10 commandos, in an encounter, killed a GNLA militant, Walamdaria M. Sangma, at Riangdim village in Shallang in West Khasi Hills District. A group of GNLA militants were there to collect tax from coal dealers and exporters.

February 21

A doctor from Eluru in Andhra Pradesh who was abducted by Islamic State (IS) in Libya has been freed, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted in the late night. She announced: "We have rescued Dr. Ramamurthy Kosanam in Libya. Dr.Kosanam has suffered a bullet injury. We are bringing him to India shortly. With this, we have rescued all the six Indians abducted there. I appreciate the good work done by our mission there." Dr Ramamurthy was working for Lbn-E-Sina Hospital at Sirte when he was kidnapped on September 8, 2015 along with some others.

The government decided not to support a Private Member's Bill which seeks to declare Pakistan a country sponsoring terrorism, reports "India can't declare any country a 'Terror State' as it has to maintain diplomatic relations with all countries. Besides, in principle it is very rare that government supports any Private Member's Bill," an official of UMHA said.

'The Declaration of Countries as Sponsor of Terrorism Bill, 2016', moved by Independent member Rajeev Chandrasekhar in Rajya Sabha seeks to call out states like Pakistan that continue to associate, promote, patronise and sponsor terrorism against our nation and provides for snapping all economic and trade relations with that country. The UMHA has conveyed to the Rajya Sabha Secretariat about its opposition to the Bill, saying such a move may ‘jeopardise’ international relations.

SFs killed seven CPI-Maoist cadres in an exchange of fire in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. According to AIG of Police of the ANO, Devnath, three deceased were identified as CPI-Maoist Bodh Ghat area committee member and LOS ‘commander’ Nirmala, Deputy LOS ‘commander’ Somji and area committee member Nasik. All three carried a reward of INR 500,000. Two INSAS rifles and four other weapons were also recovered.

A CRPF jawan Ghanshyam of 212 Battalion was injured in an IED blast in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The blast took place near Paidigudem village under the Kistaram Police Station limits when the CRPF team was out on a patrol.

Mantu Khaira, ‘zonal-commander’ of CPI-Maoist, was killed in an anti-Maoist operation, led by SP, Rajeev Ranjan, in Dahibara forests under Anandpur in Banka District of Bihar. The SFs, comprising personnel from the STF of Bihar Police and Sashastra Seema Bal SSB, recovered two SLRs, an AK-47 rifle and some grenades at the encounter site. No SFs were injured during the encounter.

One Munna Yadav (28), brother of Naxal outfit JPC, ‘sub zonal commander’ Dasrath, was arrested near Panch Mandir Chowk in Hazaribagh District of Jharkhand. SFs recovered INR 250,000 from him, which was extorted from a company constructing Tandwa-Simaria road, and two mobile phones.

Four persons were arrested and huge quantity of explosives recovered from Shikaripara area in Dumka District of Jharkhand. Mithun Sheikh, Latiful Sheikh, Afzal Ansari and Md Ansari were carrying illegally 3,000 electric detonators, 400 neo gel sticks and 21 kilogram of ammonium nitrate in a pick-up truck, when they were intercepted by the Police.

Gadchiroli Police arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres from the Etapalli forest area in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The Maoists are members of Platoon 3, have been identified as Nilesh Potawi and Ajit Pude.

About 68.27% polling was registered in second phase of the ZP and Panchayat Samiti elections in the highly restive four tehsils of Aheri division in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The Maoists had called for a boycott of the polls and had put posters and banners in some sensitive areas of the District..

A group of about 30 armed CPI-Maoist cadres abducted at least five villagers of Mahupadar and Kamarpalli villages under Mathili Police Station limits in Malkangiri District of Odisha on February 20. Maoist suspected them to be ‘Police informers’ and held them hostage for more than 12 hours before setting them free today. The Maoists had tried them in a Praja court on the charges of being ‘Police informers’. They were also beaten up severely before being allowed to walk free. The abducted villagers were Rama Kabasi, Rame Madhi, Unga Kabasi, Chaitanya Madhi and Deba Madkami.

Three Kashmiri youth from Sopore in Baramulla District were arrested by Special Cell of Delhi. Three youth were identified as Yawar Muzaffar, Waseem Dar and Danish Dar of Batpora Sopore, who were wanted by Sopore Police in stone pelting cases, were evading arrest and had fled to Delhi. Jammu and Kashmir Police in Sopore after getting information about the presence of the trio in Delhi informed the Police who arrested them in a raid. A Police officer said that they were on the run and were instrumental in stone pelting incidents and protests in Sopore area. 

Two Policemen were injured when suspected ZUF militants attacked the convoy of Deputy CM Gaikhangam as he went visit his Khoupum Tampak residence in Noney District. Militants launched the first attack at around 7.50 am at Lubanglong Khunou (Namkaolong) Part II area along Old Cachar Road in Noney District. Then the militants carried out the second attack on a Police team which came from the direction of Rengpang near Irang River at around 8.30 am. No one was injured in the both the attacks but the Gypsy of the Police team suffered some damages. Later, the militants launched the third attack at Lubanglong Khunou Part II, some distance away from the spot where the first attack was launched, at around 12.30 pm when the Deputy CM was at his residence. One Police personnel identified as Yumnam Jinesh (34) was injured in this attack. After Deputy CM Gaikhangam had left his village for capital Imphal, militants attacked Police forces who were heading for Imphal for the fourth time at around 3 pm along Old Cachar Road near the spot where the first attack was carried out. One Police personnel, identified as Kh Bobo, injured in the attack. 

Students and women vendors of Bishnupur District have launched agitations supporting the series of agitation taken up by AMSU demanding a white paper on the Framework Agreement signed between Union Government and NSCN-IM.

Underscoring the essence of ethical and respectable voting, the militant group, KRA, under the umbrella of KNO, called for free, fair and clean election in the ensuing 11th Manipur State Assembly Election, 2017.

The ‘chairman’ of GNLA, Champion Sangma, was granted bail by a lower court, more than four years after his arrest from an area near Indo-Bangladesh border on July 30, 2012.

The agitating tribal groups led by NTAC and JCC withdrew their indefinite bandh (shutdown) on Government offices and plying of Government vehicles on the road, following the resignation of CM T.R. Zeliang on February 19.

In a statement, the umbrella organisation of displaced Brus, MBDPF said that the Bru refugees lodged in seven relief camps in northern Tripura since the last 20 years had decided not to return to Mizoram as the Mizoram Government has “refused” to meet their demands. The MBDPF said that a public meeting was held at all the seven relief camps on February 14 and 15 in which the refugees expressed their unwillingness to return to Mizoram by raising their hands. The public meeting was conducted as per the decision of a meeting of JMG in Guwahati on February 12 in which the MBDPF was entrusted to submit the public decision within three months. The JMG meeting, comprising representatives of the Ministries of Home Affairs of Mizoram and Tripura and MBDPF, went inconclusive.

February 22

Police arrested two men from Dharwad (Karnataka), for alleged involvement in circulating INR 6, 84,500 FICN. Police seized fake currency notes, from them in old INR 500 and INR 1000 denomination.

Intelligence inputs have confirmed that Pakistan’s ISI has activated its networks in Bangladesh and Nepal, to once again circulate FICN across the country. According to a report ISI has roped in Dawood Ibrahim’s men who function from Mumbai. While fake currency notes of the denomination INR 100 is also in circulation, ISI will start printing high quality INR 2,000 and INR 500 notes. The increasing number of people being caught with fake currency also shows that wrongdoers are not being deterred from indulging in printing illegal currency. These fake notes are originating from Pakistan and that country has been pushing fake currency for decades now in an effort to foment terror and other extremist related activities in India.

Mangal Mara (25), a native of Timapur village was injured in an IED blast, triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The incident took place between Timapur and Murdanda villages under Basaguda Police Station limits, Bijapur ASP, Mohit Garg said. CPI-Maoist cadres have planted the IEDs to target SFs on this strategically important route often used by SFs. Security personnel have set up their camps both in Timapur and Murdanda.

CM Naveen Patnaik, requested Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, to ask the UMHA to waive the entire amount of charges on deployment of CAPFs personnel in the Naxal affected areas in Odisha. Around 15 Battalions of State Police Forces have been raised and engaged in combat of the Naxals. Over a 20,000-Police Force cadre has been created to face the CPI-Maoist menace. At present, 16 Battalions of CAPFs have been deployed in the State’s Maoist zones, besides a CoBRA Battalion in Koraput. The State Government has been repeatedly drawing attention of the Union Government that there is a gross asymmetric deployment of CAPFs in Malkangiri and Koraput Districts along the border vis-à-vis Chhattisgarh. This is creating serious security vacuum in these two districts, for which there is influx of Chhattisgarh-based CPI- Maoist cadres into Odisha.

At least three militants including ‘district commander’ of HM, fled from the cordon after stone pelting by locals on SFs during the operation in Kulgam District. Massive stone-pelting clashes erupted in two villages of the District as SFs launched search and cordon operations against a group of militants including HM ‘commander’, Altaf Ahmad Kachru. Sources said that Army’s 1-RR, SOG of JKP and CRPF cordoned off Tarigam village of Kulgam District after receiving an input about the presence of three militants. Sources said that as the searches were started, the locals including women came out of their houses and held protests. The locals pelted stones on SFs involved in operations and tried to break the cordon to give safe passage to militants who were believed to be trapped inside. 

Police fired teargas and fired gun shots in air to disperse the protesters. Clashes between the two sides continued for several hours and few persons were reported to be injured. Following the clashes, the cordon and search operation in the Tarigam village was called off and sources said that militants managed to flee from the cordon. Clashes also erupted at Qoimoh area of the District after SFs launched a cordon and search operation following information that the militants who fled Tarigam have taken shelter in nearby Makhdoom Mohalla locality of Qoimoh. SFs called off the operation at Qoimoh following clashes. Minor stone-pelting clashes were also reported from Kakpora area of Pulwama District. However, the situation there was brought under control by Police.

The State Government has started the process of raising a strong second line of defence to work behind the BSF along the International Border with Bangladesh to check infiltration of foreigners to the State. Meanwhile, more than 800 chars (mid-channel bars on the river Brahmaputra) have been surveyed by Police and the process to carry out such surveys in the other chars is on. Sources in the State Home Department told the newspaper that the first step towards a strong second line defence would be to create posts of SP-Border in the Districts having international border with Bangladesh. The process of creation of the posts has started. 

The ANC cut short its 12-hour rail blockade at Kokrajhar and Udalguri Railway stations by nearly five-and-a-half hours after submitting a memorandum addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal through the Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner. ANC's demands included inclusion of Adivasis (Santhal, Oraons, Kharia, Munda, Gonds, Sawras, Kishan, Lohras, Kol, Bhils, Porjas, Bedias, Mirdhas and the like) in Scheduled Tribes list, political solution to the issues of Adivasi militant groups that have entered into a truce with the Government, rehabilitation and allotment of land and land documents to the Adivasi and tea garden workers who had been evicted. "We will launch a 100-hour blockade of national highways from March 22 if we don't get any response from the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister regarding our demands," ANC ‘general secretary’ Birsing Munda.

District Police arrested Hiralal Kherwar and Veerendra Kherwar during a search operation in Naxal-hit areas of Lohardaga District of Jharkhand. Police recovered wire used for making IED, Codex wire, Ammonium Nitrate and other materials.

February 23

Suspecting them to be sympathisers of CPI-Maoist, Vizag Rural Police and Special Forces arrested up to 60 villagers in Koyyuru and GK Veedhi Mandals at Visakha Agency in Vishakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. It is important to note that, two persons from GK Veedhi Mandal — Gemmela Ashok (32) and Pangi Naresh (25) — were arrested, on February 2, at Chitrakonda area in Odisha by SFs when they were allegedly purchasing food grains for Maoists.

The District administration of Vishakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh plans to set up around 200 mobile towers in the rural areas including a major portion of Visakha Agency to curb CPI-Maoist movement as well as address various other issues.

Five cadres of CPI-Maoist were arrested by SFs from the forest of Ganganpalli village under Basaguda Police Station limits in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. One of the arrested Maoists is Velkamrama (25), who was active as head of DAKMS and carried a reward of INR 100,000. The other four arrested Maoists were identified as Podiyam Shankar (25), Karam Ramesh (20), Odiyam Hurra (25) and Sodhi Samaiyya (30), all active as lower rung members.

An active cadre of CPI-Maoist, Ramlagan Paharia was arrested in Latehar District of Jharkhand. Paharia was arrested during a joint anti-Naxal offensive of the Police and the CRPF.

Two hardcore women cadres of the CPI-Maoist carrying cash reward of INR 400,000 each surrendered in Malkangiri District of Odisha. The surrendered Maoists have been identified as Sumitra Madvi alias Manila (35) of village Simrikhal under Gadchiroli District in Maharashtra and Jagi Madkami alias Namita (33) of Tekguda village in Malkangiri District. According to SP, Mitrabhanu Mohapatra, Sumita joined the CPI-Maoist organisation in 2001 and was working as an ‘area committee member’ of the AOBSZC.

The LWE wing of Crime Branch in Bhubaneswar in Khordha District of Odisha, asked Police to expedite LWE cases. The State Crime Branch has asked the Naxal-affected Districts of Odisha to create a databank of such cases and appoint dedicated officers to pursue the progress of investigations. The LWE wing of Crime Branch supervises investigation into Maoist offences in the State. Official sources said at least 700 LWE related cases were registered in different Police Stations since 2000. Nearly 70 per cent of the cases are pending investigation whereas conviction rate stands at nearly seven per cent.

Three jawans and a woman were killed after terrorists attacked a patrolling party at Mulu Chitragam in Shopian District of J&K. Four other army personnel were injured in the ambush. The woman was killed in the cross-firing. The army personnel, who belonged to 44th RR, were returning from an operation at Kungnoo Shopian when the militants opened fire. The Police said one woman, identified as Taja, “was hit by a stray bullet inside her house during the cross fire”. “She also succumbed to her injuries,” said Police spokesman.

AR troopers arrested a NSCN-K militant, Pansai Pansa, from Wakka village in Longding District. One pistol, five live rounds of ammunition and four mobile phones were recovered.

One NSCN-IM militant, 'sergeant' Solomon, was killed, during an encounter, between suspected NSCN-IM cadres and 2/5 GR at Khoupum Chingthak area in Noney District. Two others including one NSCN-IM cadre 'lieutenant' Kahaulun and a woman Ajingna Rongmei (50) were injured during the incident.

Two fratricidal clashes between NSCN-IM and ZUF cadres were reported from Tanripou area of Dialing village in Tamenglong District and Lanjaising area of Noney District. Three unidentified NSCN-IM cadres were injured in the twin clashes. These clashes happened as NSCN-IM cadres were taking their injured fellow cadres to Hospital following the encounter with 2/5 GR.

Governor Dr Najima Heptulla appealed to the UNC leaders and its supporters to lift the indefinite economic blockade taking into consideration the immense hardships faced by the people and in light of the upcoming 11th State Assembly election.

The CorCom, a conglomerate of six Imphal Valley-based militant outfits, announced a total shut down of Manipur over the PM’s scheduled visit to the State on February 25. CorCom called for total shut down all over Manipur from 6 am morning of February 25 till the Indian PM leaves Manipur. However, medical services, religious activities, media, water supply, electricity and fire services would not be covered by the total shut down, it added.

The State Government revealed that it incurred a loss of INR 259.4 million in terms of salary to its employees, including teachers, during the agitations in 2013 called by 14 pressure groups demanding implementation of the ILP system in Meghalaya.

The loss was highlighted in the deposition made before the Special Court dealing with ILP-related case by Commissioner and Secretary of the Personnel Department L. Diengdoh.

February 24

A team of Greyhounds, the elite anti-Naxal force of Andhra Pradesh Police, killed two Naxals in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. The slain Maoists were identified as Gemmeli Narayan Rao alias Jambri and Chittibabu. Jambri was a ‘divisional committee member’ of Galikonda area committee of the CPI-Maoist. Police recovered a Thompson sub-machine gun, a shotgun and three detonators. Jambri, native of Mettiguda under GK Veedhi Mandal in Vizag Agency area, carried a reward of INR 400,000 on his head. He had played a key role in the killing of 37 members of Greyhounds in Balimela in 2008.

The 44 ITBP recovered explosives along with empty cans and Naxal literature recovered at Pallemadi village in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh.

Jharkhand DGP, D K Pandey, said Naxals activity in Parasnath hills in Giridih District of Jharkhand. He said the state administration is serious about the security arrangement in Bhelwaghati situated on the Jharkhand -Bihar border of the District.

Stone-throwing clashes broke out in parts of summer capital Srinagar and in Sopore town of North Kashmir, after Friday prayers during which Police used teargas against stone-throwers. Witnesses said soon after the culmination of Friday congregational prayers, dozens of masked youth came out of Jama Masjid in Nowhatta and started sloganeering. Amid sloganeering, the masked youth pelted stones on SFs deployed in the area and clashed with them for nearly an hour. Later, the clashes spilled over to nearby neighbourhoods and Police used dozens of teargas shells against the stone-throwers at Saraf Kadal and Rajouri Kadal localities. The clashes continued for several hours.

Similar clashes raged soon after Friday prayers culminated at Jama Masjid in northern Sopore town of Baramulla District. Masked youth resorted to heavy stone-pelting on SF personnel in Jama Masjid area and the forces retaliated by lobbing teargas canisters. Police said no one was injured during post-Friday clashes.

A major tragedy was averted as Police recovered explosive hidden in a farm land in Kishtwar District. Several gelatin sticks weighing around 800 grams wrapped in a polythene bag were recovered from a farm land on the Jammu-Kishtwar Highway, reports said. A Bomb Disposal squad was called to dispose of the explosives.

AR arrested NSCN-R cadre, Ranapio Sampit, at Kharsang in Changlang District.

Police arrested an agent of a suspected Islamic radical groups identified as Alamgir Hussain, from an unidentified area. The suspect came under Police scanner after he bought properties worth crores at Badarpur town in Karimganj District. He visited Singapore frequently on a Bangladeshi passport between 2001 and 2013. "We have taken him into seven-day custody. We have doubts on his source of income going by the wealth he has amassed within a short period of time. He could be a member of some Islamic radical group. We will get all the facts only after a thorough investigation," said SP of Karimganj PR Kar.

Union MOS Home Kiren Rijiju stated that the rumour that the FA signed between the Union Government and NSCN-IM on August 3, 2015 may affect the territorial integrity of Manipur is devoid of any basis. Speaking to media persons in Imphal, Rijiju maintained that the Framework Agreement is not a final agreement. A final agreement would be reached only after the dialogue process ends. The political dialogue is not an isolated process. Centre’s interlocutor for the political dialogue, RN Ravi has been going to different places and consulting all stake holders. There is not an iota of truth in the assumption that the Framework Agreement may affect the integrity of Manipur. Yet some people have been deliberately trying to misinterpret the FA without having any knowledge about it. The FA is only a half page document and it only acknowledges the uniqueness of Naga history and Naga problems. The half page document merely states the position of the Government of India regarding the Naga issue but the final outcome of the dialogue process would be determined after consulting all stake holders, Rijiju stated.

 Citizens' groups reiterated their demand for disclosure of the framework agreement fine print on the eve of Prime Minister’s visit to the State on February 25. "We demand details of the framework agreement as the territorial integrity of Manipur is threatened by the Centre and NSCN-IM talks," Johnson Elangbam, the president of the UCM, said at a daylong discussion on the pact. The discussion was organised by the UCM and CCSK.

Police recovered a hand grenade and a bomb from separate places in Manipur, a day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the Northeastern State to address an election rally. The recovery comes even as an apex body of six rebel groups in Manipur has given a call for a "complete shutdown" in the state on February 25 to protest against Modi's visit, saying it was aimed at "hoodwinking the people of Manipur".

Four senior cadres of the GNLA, including an area commander, surrendered to Police at Williamnagar in East Garo Hills. The four militants, ‘commander’ Sengbat Ch Momin alias Kamdak, Wesefield Ch Marak alias Dakchak, Joshua N. Marak alias Kolgrik alias Balmika and Tush M. Marak alias Gotcheng, submitted three automatic rifles and ammunitions during the surrender.

The BSF has informed the BGB that seven militant outfits from the Northeast have set up as many as 20 camps in Bangladesh. Sources in the BSF said the NLFT has 10 camps, HNLC from Meghalaya's Khasi hills has three camps, ULFA-I and MPLA have two camps each while GNLA of Meghalaya, PREPAK and KYKL, both from Manipur, have a camp each.

NSCN-IM has cautioned certain individuals that their “campaign” to sabotage the peace talks with a new approach of “Nagas of Nagaland” and “treacherous venom” to mislead the people by demanding the declaration of the content of the framework agreement would not deter the dedication of the true Nagas. In a release, NSCN-IM maintained that the Naga people have hope that the agreement will bring peace and honourable settlement of the Naga goals. A framework agreement was signed between the NSCN-IM and the Union Government on August 3, 2015.

India has decided to throw open its border roads to help Bangladesh construct border outposts in CHT, known for its inhospitable terrain. Some areas in Chittagong, bordering Tripura and Mizoram, have no motorable roads and India has decided to allow the BGB to construct 13 border outposts using the road connectivity available in the two States.  

India has decided to throw open its border roads to help Bangladesh construct border outposts in CHT, known for its inhospitable terrain. Some areas in Chittagong, bordering Tripura and Mizoram, have no motorable roads and India has decided to allow the Border Guard Bangladesh to construct 13 border outposts using the road connectivity available in the two States. 

February 25

District Force and CRPF 85 Battalion arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre from Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. SFs also demolished a Naxal memorial during the time the search operation to find the Naxalites were on. The identity of the Maoist is yet to be ascertained.

CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a private passenger bus in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. Security has been stepped up across Bastar division which comprises the Districts of Dantewada, Bijapur, Bastar, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Sukma and Kanker.

Five suspected cadres of the TPC, a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, were arrested from Ranchi District of Jharkhand. City SP, Kaushal Kishore said two of them, Rajesh Ganjhu and Pradeep Kesri, have been identified to be squad members of the outfit, while the others — Rohit Kesri, Jairam Bhuinya and Mahesh Mahato — are their supporters. "One country-made pistol and three live cartridges have been seized from their possession and the Kotwali police are interrogating them for further details," the SP said.

CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a private bus at Metlacheruvu village under Bhadrakali Police limits in Suryapet District of Telangana. The bus was carrying about 26 passengers to Bijapur of Chhattisgarh from Venkatapuram of Jayashankar Bhupalapally District of Telangana.

SFs arrested 12 persons on stone pelting charges during which 15 persons were injured in Pulwama town in Pulwama District. A shutdown was observed in Pulwama town amid stone-throwing clashes against arrest of a shopkeeper. A Police official said the arrested shopkeeper, Bilal Ahmad Mir, is a stone-pelter and was held on charges of stone-throwing in the town. Protesters came out of their houses and pelted stones on SFs in the town. The clashes continued throughout the day and security men lobbed dozens of teargas shells to disperse the rock-hurlers. The protesters were seeking release of the arrested shopkeeper. Eight SF personnel were among 15 persons who were injured in these clashes. Police later detained 12 persons on charges of stone pelting during the clashes in Pulwama.

Suspected ULFA-I militants fired inside the bungalow of a Dipankar Buragohain ,tea garden manager of Disam tea estate in Naharkatia  of Dibrugarh District. Militants opened fire after the manager refused to pay the extortion money amounting to INR 600,000, as contribution for ULFA-I.

The RPF, political wing of PLA, observed its 38th foundation day. A press release issued by the ‘publicity secretary’ of the organisation stated that the foundation day was observed at the party’s ‘General Headquarters’, ‘council headquarters’, ‘central bureau’ and its various divisions, SR-1, SR-2, SR-3, SR-4, PLA general headquarters, ‘tactical command’, ‘strategic command’, ‘252 mobile battalion’ and other PLA units, ‘departments’, ‘stations’ where the party’s flag was unfurled.

Militant formation, ZUF’s ‘chairman’ Kamson has raised the demand for creation of a common homeland for Zeliangrong people on the occasion of the outfit’s 6th raising day. “Our present struggle is not seeking secession from India but we are demanding a common homeland within the Union of India for the fragmented Zeliangrong territory which was divided by the British rulers and continues in independent India,” Kamson said.

A Police team included SF-10 commandos, in an encounter, killed ‘c-in-c’ of disbanded UALA, Singbirth N. Marak alias Norok. X. Momin, who was on the run, in a hideout located inside a forest near Thapa Matronggre village in North Garo Hills District. The Police team recovered a Chinese AK-47 rifle, a US pistol, one hand grenade, ammunition, SIM cards and some documents from the encounter site. “The gunfight began when the armed militants fired at the commandos while resisting to surrender,” Dalton P, Marak, the SP of North Garo Hills, said. Police further claimed that four others had managed to flee the spot under the cover of darkness.

Singbirth N Marak alias Norok X Momin, who had reluctantly participated in the disbanding ceremony on June 9, 2016, allegedly hid a sizeable number of arms from the Police. In 2016, East Garo Hills District Police intercepted a cache of weapons and ammunition that were being shipped to GNLA and also recovered the payment amounting to several lakhs of rupees that was paid for the weapons. With a red alert against him, Norok slipped into Assam and began the process of forming a new militant group with the support of NDFB, ULFA and a section of UALA which, according to Police, had already been named as UANF.

NSCN-IM delegation led by Thuingaleng Muivah and JIC ‘Chairman’ RN Ravi are holding weekly meetings to iron out differences and solution is in sight. The report sources the information from an official, privy to the talks, who said that New Delhi, believes a breakthrough has been made in the talks with the NSCN-IM agreeing, in principle, that Naga communities can exercise autonomous political rights within existing State boundaries. The evolving formula, it believes, would meet the group’s demand for integration, while at once addressing Manipur’s territorial anxieties.

AR arrested one cadre of NSCN-R, identified as Vekupe, at general area of Porba Junction in Phek District. AR recovered four extortion money ‘collection slips’ from the arrested militant.

February 25-26

One of the youth among the 21 persons from Kasaragod District of Kerala suspected to have joined the Islamic State (IS) in June 2016, identified as Hafeesudheen T K, was reportedly killed in a drone attack at an IS-stronghold in Afghanistan. The information on Hafeesudheen's death reached the relatives in Padanna village in Kasaragod District on February 26 through a ‘Telegram app’ message from the account of Ashfaq Majeed, who is also a member of the 21-member group that joined the terrorist outfit.

According to Afghan media, at least six leaders of the IS were among 47 other militants killed in an air and ground operations carried by the SFs in Haska Meean and Bati Kot Districts of Eastern Nangarhar Province. As many 25 other IS cadres were also wounded in operation, the reports said.

However, the Kerala Police have intimated the relatives of Hafeesudheen that there is no immediate possibility to confirm the news. The Nangarhar Province is out of bound even for Afghan Government agencies and NIA has sought the help of Interpol to get the details of the Indians in the IS.

February 26

ATS arrested two suspected Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) operatives from Rajkot and Bhavnagar, who had conspired to carry out terror activities in the country and was planning to collect chemical explosives from cracker manufacturers in Gujarat. Two brothers, Wasim and Nathin, were arrested from Rajkot and Bhavnagar respectively, in an operation launched by the state ATS.

Dr Kosanam Ramamurthy, a physician of West Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, who was abducted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants at Sirte in Libya in 2015, was reunited with his family members. Dr Ramamurthy, who was freed by the terrorists, thanked PM Narendra Modi, External Affairs Ministry and other agencies who made efforts for his safe release.

CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze two vehicles, in two separate incidents including a private passenger bus in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The bus was set ablaze near Gatam village and a MUV was set ablaze at Karcheli. Nobody was injured in the two incidents. SFs were rushed to both the spots and a combing operation was launched.

Two CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered before Police in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The identity of the CPI-Maoist cadres is yet to be ascertained.

A 207th CoBRA jawan of West Bengal, identified as Om Prakash (32), was seriously injured in an encounter with the CPI-Maoist cadres at a hill near Basadera village under Ghatshila Police Station area in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand.

A Naxal, Shyam Pahan, carrying a reward of INR 500,000 on his head, was arrested by Haryana Police from a poultry farm at Yamuna Nagar District of Haryana. SP, Rajesh Kalia told, Shyam Pahan booked in more than 80 cases of murder and robbery among others. A country-made pistol was also recovered from him. Pahan is a resident of Khunti District of Jharkhand.

Army and Police laid an ambush in Ahmadpora-Tantraypora area of Magam in Budgam District in Central Kashmir. A joint party of 2 RR Gagarpora and SOG Magam laid the ambush late last night. One person was detained during the operation and shifted to Budgam.  His identification couldn’t be established. SFs also fired some gun shots in air as they had information about militant movement. 

Shutdown was observed in twin Districts of Pulwama and Shopian to protest against the arrests of youth on February 25. Over 12 persons were arrested in Pulwama on charges of stone pelting from Pulwama on February 25.

AR troopers arrested a NSCN-K cadre, identified as Machow Ngaimong, from Mulong village in Changlang District.

February 27

SIMI ‘chief’ Safdar Nagori and other 10 members of his terrorist outfit were sentenced to life imprisonment in a 2008 case of sedition by a special CBI court in Indore in Madhya Pradesh.  Special CBI judge B K Paloda convicted all 11 for sedition, collecting arms, ammunition and explosives with the intention to wage war against the nation and for being active members of a banned terrorist outfit. Nagori was the ‘general secretary’ of SIMI when it was banned. Besides 45-year-old Nagori, the others convicted are Hafiz Hussain (35), Aamil Parvaz (40), Shivli (38), Qamruddin (42), Shahduli (32), Qamran (40), Ansar (35), Ahmed Baig (32), Yasin (35) and Munroz (40).

"The judgment was delivered to 10 of the 11 accused through video-conferencing as they are lodged in Sabarmati jail in Ahmedabad where they are being tried for the Ahmedabad blasts (Gujarat, 2008)," public prosecutor Vimal Mishra said. Only one of the accused, dental student from Karnataka Munroz, was in the Indore court and his father wept upon hearing the verdict.

UHM Rajnath Singh said that the Islamic State (ISIS) won't be allowed to become a threat to India. "The government has kept an eye on the ISIS, and that won't be allowed to become a major challenge for the country", said Singh in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Replying a query on the arrest of two suspected ISIS men on February 26 in Gujarat, he said that the ISIS would fail to influence Indian youth, as the people are alert and supportive to the government. "In fact the parents of some misguided youths contacted me and informed about their concerns," he said adding that the government is keeping eyes on them.

The two Islamic State (IS) terror group suspects arrested from Rajkot and Bhavnagar (Gujarat) on February 26 confessed to their plans of planting bombs in the thickly populated Trikon Baug and Gundawadi areas of Rajkot this week. The suspects Waseem Ramodiya and his brother Naeem were remanded to the custody of the ATS till March 10. Investigators have got names of at least 40 other persons from across Gujarat, including Ahmedabad, who were engaged with the brothers regarding IS activities across the globe. "We are conducting verification of these persons to know the extent of their indoctrination," an official said.

A day after the startling message to his close relatives that Hafeezuddin (26), a native of Padanna village in Kasaragod District, who was among the 21 suspected to have joined the Islamic State (IS), was killed in a drone strike, the local Police are groping in the dark about the information. The Kerala Police are still ascertaining the veracity of the information even as a ‘WhatsApp’ message said to have been received by a relative of the ‘slain’ youth showed the photo of his body lying on the ground, Special Branch DSP V.T. Assainar said. “The local police could not as yet ascertain the whereabouts of the persons who went missing under mysterious circumstances in June last year and are said to have joined the IS later,” Assainar said, adding that only Central agencies like the NIA could get any information, a stance maintained by SP K.G. Simon too.

Two persons, identified as Rakesh Goyal and Mubashara have been arrested by the Police, along with FICN of face value of INR 1,50,000 from Sanjay Place, the commercial hub of Agra. The duo was carrying these notes from Delhi to Kanpur. They have confirmed that the fake currency was being printed in Karachi and Rawalpindi in Pakistan at the behest of ISI and being sent to India via Bangladesh.

Two persons were arrested along with four FICN of face value of INR 2000 near Farakka in West Bengal. The two, who hail from Murshidabad District, were caught and arrested when the Police found them moving around in a suspicious manner. They were produced at the local court which remanded them in Police custody for five days. Before demonetization Malda in West Bengal had become one of the main transit points for smuggling in FICN from Bangladesh before pushing it into the country.

AR troopers arrested a NSCN-IM cadre, ‘lance corporal’ Akha Wangsu, from Longding village in Longding District. A pistol, five rounds of A-K series rifles, two rounds of ammunition and opium were recovered from his possession.

AR killed one militant of NSCN-K, identified as Wahang Sumyen, at Lyangche village in Tirap District. A pistol and other war-like stores were also recovered from the killed militant.

According to data given by State Government, 13 illegal migrants were deported from the state till October 2016. This was preceded by the deportation of a single illegal migrant through whole of 2015. Previously in 2014, total 24 migrants were deported. According to the data on deportation of illegal migrants from the state tabled in the Assembly, 29,712 migrants were deported between 1985 and October last year, with the 2015 figures being the lowest during this period. Notably, the highest number of illegal migrants deported was 3,228 (in 1988).

Unidentified militants allegedly planted a bomb which later exploded outside the house of two editors located in Imphal. There were no reports of any casualty but a car was damaged. The editors work for a Manipuri daily and a local cable television, Police said.

The MNRF has appealed to all the Nagas of Manipur to stand against the oppression of NSCN-IM and cast their votes for the deserving candidates according to their own will. A press release issued by the ‘assistant secretary’, ‘information and publicity’ of the group stated that the Nagas of Manipur have been reeling under the pressure of the NSCN-IM to vote for their favoured candidates.

In a statement, the KSO asserted that the Kuki people must be consulted before a final settlement is worked out to the political dialogue going on between NSCN-IM and the GoI.

Unidentified militants abducted a coal labourer, identified as Azanur Islam, from a coal mine at Era Aning under Nangalbibra  in East Garo Hills District.

SFs busted an organized set up for collection of extortion money and arrested one NSCN-K, identified as Tokuto Aye, near BOC in Kohima District.

The AET of Dimapur Police arrested one assailant, identified as Khaka Yepthomi, in Dimapur District for collecting extortion money in the name of NSCN-IM. According to the source, the matter is under investigation.

A CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Kotesu, died on the spot and a Sabari Committee ‘militia commander’, Kaaki Kannayya, suffered serious injuries while planting pressure bomb in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. The spot where the incident took place was near National Highway 30.

Manoj Kumar Mahto, a JCB driver, who was abducted by Naxals from Hazaribagh District of Jharkhand on February 26. Mahto was released today.

The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze trucks and damaged a culvert on National Highway in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. Two trucks were set ablaze by CPI-Maoist cadres in Kukanar Police Station of the District. The CPI-Maoist cadres also blew up an under-construction culvert near Pedakurti village under Dornapal Police Station in the District. The Maoist cadres damaged a slurry pipeline belonging to a private steel company in Gadiras area of the District bordering Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh.

CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a timber depot at a forest and blocked a road in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. They (Maoists) blocked the Sironcha-Alapalli road by placing some tree trunks, thus disrupting the vehicular movement.

The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze the machines used for road construction at Mankidi village under Podapadar Panchayat in Koraput District of Odisha. According to sources more than ten Maoist cadres stormed into a contractor’s camp and set a JCB and a road-roller machine on fire.

An uneasy calm reigned over the interior tribal pockets in Bhadrachalam division in Khammam District of Telangana along the restive inter-State border AP and Chhattisgarh during the nation-wide bandh called by CPI-Maoist against “Operation Green Hunt”. The bandh had some impact on the bus services in the remote tribal areas in Charla and Dummugudem mandals adjoining the strife-ridden south Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. The Bhadrachalam sub-division Police also intensified road opening patrol in the interior areas bordering AP.

CRPF DG K Durga Prasad said the paramilitary force had taken the decision of modifying the pellet guns to minimise injuries. The modified version of pellet guns will have a "deflector", an attachment on the muzzle end to prevent the pellets from going up. The force has tasked a special BSF workshop to deploy metal 'deflectors' on the muzzle of these guns so that shrapnels in the pellets do not hit above the abdomen region. CRPF troops deployed in Kashmir Valley have been asked to fire the pellets aiming at the feet of the protesters now as against laid down procedure of hitting the abdomen area.

The CRPF is moving back to its ‘old mandate’ in J&K, when it was sent there in 1989 for carrying out counter-insurgency operations aggressively, said CRPF DG K Durga Prasad. He said that "we (CRPF) are now not just doing normal law and order duty in Kashmir. We are engaged actively in intelligence based counter-terror operations where our men hunt down the militants in their den." Prasad said that CRPF was originally sent to J&K two decades back for counter-insurgency operations only. However, this role had been reduced to normal law and order duty in disturbed areas in last several years.

February 28

SFs recovered a bomb near the gate of a residential building in Khongman Bashikhong Turel Mapal area in Imphal East District. The bomb was later defused safely by the SFs.

The Central Government of India clarified that it has not signed any final accord with the NSCN-IM though a framework agreement has been sealed. The issue figured at a meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on UMHA, which was chaired by former Home Minister P Chidambaram. Officials of the Home Ministry, briefing the members of the Committee, gave a broad account of the framework agreement, which has been kept under tight wraps. The ‘Framework Agreement’ between the Centre and the NSCN-IM was signed on August 3, 2015. Home Ministry officials explained that a final accord has not been signed as the Centre proposed to take along all Naga groups and the concerned State Governments of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.

As many as nine Districts of the State are now Muslim majority, State Planning and Development minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed the Assembly. As per 2011 census, Dhubri District has 79.67%, Barpeta District has 70.74%, Darrang District has 64.34%, Hailakandi District has 60.31%, Goalpara District has 57.52%, Karimganj District has 56.36%, Nagaon District has 55.36%, Morigaon District has 52.56% and Bongaigaon District has 50.22% people of Islamic faith.

SFs recovered one 7.65 mm pistol and three live ammunitions from Patradisa area in Karbi Anglong District. SFs also arrested five persons in connection with the recovery.

Red Horns Division of Indian Army launched a ‘large scale operation’ in the areas of East Karbi Anglong District on the basis of intelligence inputs about movement of armed militants of KLF. According to the report, the army is also keeping a strict vigil and maintaining a robust area domination and counter-terrorism posture in the disturbed areas of Upper Assam and East Arunachal Pradesh amidst regular inputs of terrorist groups trying to make their presence felt in the area and also seeking opportunities to cause attrition to the SFs.

A senior State Home Department official said in a statement that the fourth round of peace talks between Mizoram Government and HPC-D militant will be held in March (this month). Earlier the fourth round of peace talks scheduled to be held during mid-February, was postponed as the Home Department had to approach Law and Finance departments before the talk.

A special NIA court in Bilaspur District of Chhattisgarh sentenced five Naxal sympathisers to ten years of imprisonment for acting as couriers of the CPI-Maoist and supplying explosives to them. Five sympathisers are identified as Babulal Sharma, Tarak Kundu, Katiyaram Nareti, Rajesh Dhurva and Shatrughan Vaishnav. The court also slapped a fine of INR 500 on each of them. Chhattisgarh has two NIA courts, one at Bilaspur District and another at Dantewada District. This is the first case in the state in which an NIA court has given its verdict.

Five CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested by SFs near forests of Parcheli village under Katekalyan Police Station limits of the Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. Those arrested were identified as Hidma Vetti (22), Pojja Vetti (22), Somaru Mandavi (20), Somdu Vetti (20) and Fagnu Vetti (19), all natives of Parcheli village. They were involved in setting ablaze two vehicles, including a passenger bus, in Dantewada District on February 26.

SFs launched a hunt for the last squad of CPI-Maoist, led by Akash, secretary of the state organising committee in West Midnapore and Purulia Districts of West Bengal. The squad comprises seven to 10 cadres and is based near Ghatshila area in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. According to Police, the squad is active in and around Dampara area in Ghatshila sub-division. Atul Mahato, believed to be another cadre of the state organising committee, is also with the squad. The squad popularly known as Gurabandha squad was also involved in formulating policies for revival of Maoist armed units in Purulia and West Midnapore Districts.

March 1

A delegation of officials from the US met Indian counterparts in the Home Ministry and discussed ways to streamline the training programmes which include negotiations in hostage situations, terror crime scene investigation, besides new courses relating to cyberspace and maritime security. "India and the US are working towards strengthening bilateral ties on security front. Besides, the US will be introducing two new courses for Indian police officers this year," a Home Ministry official said.

India has asked Pakistan to reinvestigate the 26/11 (November 26, 2008) Mumbai terror attack case and put on trial JuD 'chief' Hafiz Saeed who is currently under house arrest in Lahore under the anti-terrorism law. India has made a fresh demand in a reply to Pakistan's request to send 24 Indian witnesses to record their statements in the case, Pakistan's interior ministry official said on March 1. "We have received a reply from Indian government in response to our letter regarding sending 24 Indian witnesses to Pakistan to record their statements in the Mumbai terror attack case. But instead of entertaining our request India has sought reinvestigation of the case and also demanded trial of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and LeT operation commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in the light of evidence it had provided to Pakistan," the official said.

SFs, after an encounter, arrested one militant ‘leader’ of NDFB-IKS from an unspecified area along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh boundary, of Sonitpur District. The militant leader was identified as Badaisa Basumatary. SFs also recovered a pistol, several rounds live ammunition and other warlike stores from the arrestee.

The ‘chairman’ of the GNLA, Champion Sangma was back in judicial custody due to the case of extortion in Baghmara of South Garo Hills District, in which he was charge sheeted by the Police. Earlier, on February 21 Champion Sangma was granted bail by the lower court in connection with another case.

The IPFT, a tribal-based party in the State launched a three-day protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi against the central Government’s citizenship bill and demanded a separate State in Tripura. The IPFT, along with two other tribal based parties - the INPT and the NCT-formed the ATIRPF to oppose the citizenship bill introduced by the BJP led Government.

The TPC ‘zonal commander’ Anil Kushwaha alias Rakesh Mishra and 10 cadres killed Jitendra Kharwar (18) over delay in serving them food in Rohtas District of Bihar. TPC is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

Naxals of JTG set ablaze three vehicles involved in bridge construction work in Chatra District of Jharkhand. Anjani Kumar Jha, Chatra, SP, said, "The group left a poster at the spot, taking responsibility for the arson. They want to threaten contractors who do not pay levy to them."

According to Intelligence agencies, stone-throwing protests in Kashmir, which picked up after militant leader Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with SFs July 2016, have now spread to rural regions. Report said that authorities are worried as they say the crowds in the countryside are more belligerent. Boys as young as four and five are participating in the stone-pelting, said an officer. After being caught, many of these kids reveal that they have no idea what they are involved in.

The Central Government has given a major push to equip the Army and central paramilitary forces with advanced weapons and equipment in anticipation of increased militant activity in Kashmir valley in summer. Intelligence agencies have hinted that militant activity may reach an all-time high this summer, people familiar with the matter said. This was the first time in over a decade that any Government has overhauled the entire weapon system of SFs deployed in the Valley, the people said.

SFs arrested a HM militant, identified as Hilal Ahmad Bhat from Dahwatoo in Awantipora area in Pulwama District. Two Chinese grenades, one camouflage uniform, one knife and some other incriminating material were also recovered from Bhat’s possession, said Police. Bhat had joined the HM ranks recently, the official said adding a case under relevant sections of the RPC have been registered against him.

March 2

Kolkata Police neutralised a FICN racket and arrested five persons along with FICN amounting to INR 56,74,000 from Howrah District of West Bengal. "Five persons were arrested from the Fancy Market area in Kolkata's Watgunj and fake notes totalling Rs 56.74 lakh seized from them," Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Vishal Garg told. Garg said the five were caught while buying cell phones at Kabitirtha Sarani in Watgunj. "Accused Manohar Mollah, Syeed Rehan, Seikh Eklakh Ahamed and Seikh Abul Kalam Azad are residents of West Bengal's Howrah district while Balai Mondal hails from Bankura," the officer added.

The terror outfits that Pakistan created against India are now harming its host country, Indian Ambassador to UN said in Geneva. "Pakistan has created terrorist outfits against India. This monster is now devouring its own creator," Anil Kumar, India's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN said. The most wanted terrorists of the world have found "succour and sustenance" in Pakistan in the last two decades, Mr Kumar said.

US Democrat Senator Mark Warner and his Republican colleague in the Senate Dan Sullivan expressed concern over Pakistani terror threat to India. Speaking at a programme in Washington DC, the US Senators said while India and the US have a very strong relationship between the intelligence community, there is an enormous concern not only about Pakistan’s role in the unrest in Kashmir, but also the terrorist organisations from Pakistan.

At least seven people were injured when a powerful IED blast was triggered by two suspected assailants at the residence of K Leishiyo (43) at Langol Laimanai Lanthungching in Imphal West District. The injured persons were identified as Mark Keishing (37), Gideon Keishing (50), Zeneatte Ningshen (30), Samson Maku (55), Fanny Grace (40), Reishang Ningshen (35) and Star Shinglai (30). The owner of the residence is contesting in the ensuing Assembly election from Phungyar Assembly Constituency on NPF ticket. Police suspect the blast is related to the upcoming Assembly elections but could not immediately identify those behind the attack. "We are investigating the case," a Police Officer said.

Manipur CEO Vivek Kumar Dewangan on March 2 announced that altogether 2,228 underground cadres belonging to various militant groups who are under SoO and MoU with the GoI will cast their votes through postal ballot at 14 designated camps across the State.

SFs arrested a militant belonging to NSCN-IM, identified as Withonbou (28), from Kadi-IV village in Tamenglong District. SFs also recovered NSCN-IM uniform, kit bag and INR 4,800 from the arrested militant.

The CRPF top brass are keeping their fingers crossed hoping that no major ambush is carried out by insurgents on its personnel deployed in the State. Sources within the CRPF have said that the personnel were fighting with their backs to the wall following the UHM refusal to provide them mine-protected vehicles and other enhanced security infrastructure despite intelligence inputs of possible attacks on SFs by insurgent groups. In January, 2017, the CRPF had alerted the UHM on how the "conduct of the Assembly election will be critical and challenging both from the insurgency and law and order point of view", considering the economic blockade on NH 2 and 37 since November 1 against the Okram Ibobi Singh Government's plan to create seven new Districts. "Intelligence input indicates infiltration of insurgent groups from Myanmar and other areas to attack security forces and disrupt the election process. To counter the threat of IEDs from insurgents during the elections, 10 mine-protected vehicles are required in the vulnerable and critical areas," the CRPF had written to the ministry. Besides, CRPF had also asked for 20 bunker vehicles, additional bomb detection and disposal squads and satellite phones.

Kuki Inpi (apex body of Kuki tribe in Manipur) submitted a memorandum to PM Narendra Modi appealing to settle the alleged ‘heinous acts’ committed by NSCN-IM and also to reveal the contents of the ‘Framework Agreement’ that was signed between the militant group and GoI.

Four unidentified KNA militants were arrested by AR at Sangaikot in Churachandpur District. AR also recovered two AK-56 rifles, two magazines and 142 bullets, a 9mm pistol along with a magazine, 6 rounds of ammunition and four mobile handsets from the arrested militants.

An overground cadre of ULFA-I, identified as Amulya Gogoi, was arrested by Police from Duliajan town in Dibrugarh District. The arrestee was involved in extortions on behalf of the militant group.

Three Bangladeshi assailants, who were involved in the attack on three persons, a woman and her two daughters on March 1, at Jarapata village in Karimganj District were arrested by the BGB and Bangladeshi Police and subsequently handed over to the BSF. The arrested Bangladeshi nationals were identified as Numan Uddin Aajmal, Jabir Ahmed, and Sahab Uddin. Jarapata hamlet is located on no man's land on the Indian side (between zero point of India-Bangladesh border and the Indian border fence). India has erected the border fence 150 yards from zero point. However, in some places the no man's land stretches beyond 150 yards, as a result of which many Indian villages have fallen on the other side of the fence.

On the basis of the security inputs, Police warned that ULFA-I militants might carry out sabotage activities in Guwahati and intensified patrolling and checking in the city.

The ‘c-in-c’ of the ASAK militant, Reding T Sangma alias Saljapang, surrendered before Police along with seven other cadres of the militant group at Baghmara in South Garo Hills District. The other cadres who surrendered along with Reding are identified as Tengrang A. Sangma alias Gring (18), Seldom K. Sangma alias Jorai (25), Pintu R. Marak alias Waira (19), Kiljang M Sangma alias Amrak (17), Hame Ch Marak (25), Biani Ch Marak (28) and Tengman M. Sangma (28). Police recovered a German made Heckler and Koch automatic rifle with 128 live rounds, three single barrel shotguns (SBBL), four walkie-talkie communication handsets and 22 electronic detonators and explosive powder from the surrendered militant.

AR arrested four cadres of NSCN-IM, identified as Asakha Kayni (29), Makavo (42), Ohehe (40) and Lokho (35), from Khuzama Junction along the NH-29 in Kohima District. The militants were involved in extortions. AR recovered 30 cash ‘receipts’, four mobiles phones, INR 8,730 in cash and 68 copies of ‘receipt’ of Dimapur Bus Owners Association from the arrestees.

A self-proclaimed CPI-Maoist leader Vijay Kharbar was arrested from Adhaura in Kaimur District of Bihar. SP, Harpreet Kaur said a rifle and 47 live cartridges were seized from his possession. Kharbar was wanted by Kaimur and Rohtas Police for his involvement in Naxalite related incidents.

One woman CPI-Maoist cadre killed in encounter with SFs at Jagdalpur in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh. Arms and ammunition also recovered in search operation.

A top woman CPI-Maoist cadre Budhri alias Geeta surrendered before the Commandant of CRPF's 80th Battalion at Jagdalpur in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh. Budhri, a member of military wing of CPI -Maoist - PLGA was absconding for several years and SFs had announced a reward of INR 800,000 on her head. She carried a 303 rifle with her.

The Home Minister of Chhattisgarh, Ramsewak Paikra, informed Chhattisgarh Assembly, in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh, that a total of 3,507 Naxal incidents took place in the State between 2010 to 2016, reports. The Minister informed that a total of 205 CRPF jawans, 43, SPO, 210 Chhattisgarh Police and 49 of other SFs were martyred during the period. He stated, a total of 2057 Maoists surrendered during the period, 4939 were arrested and 140 prosecuted. There are 34 Maoists against whom trials are yet to start.

CPI-Maoist cadres launched a poster campaign in Latehar District of Jharkhand to refute allegations of their involvement in promoting poppy cultivation. The posters have been pasted in Bandhua and Palheya village under Manika Police Station of Latehar District.

An explosion took place on Jugasaipatna road in Kalahandi District of Odisha. SFs suspected CPI-Maoist cadres might have planted landmines which led to the explosion on the road. No casualties have been reported in the explosion.

March 3

MLAs, cutting across party lines opposed the move to amend Clause VI of the Assam Accord (signed in 1985) and demanded its full implementation for the protection of identity of the indigenous Assamese. Sources said that INC MLA Abdul Khaleque had moved the resolution as a section of intellectuals had recently called for the replacement of 'indigenous Assamese' phrase with 'indigenous people' in the clause. Many have also said the word 'indigenous' would remove the concern from the minds of many ethnic communities. Clause VI of the Assam Accord calls for constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards for indigenous Assamese people but the clause has remained unimplemented mainly because there is no consensus on who is an Assamese yet.

Former CM of the State, Tarun Gogoi, demanded assurance from the Centre that the Peace Accord between NSCN-IM and GoI will not affect the State. He also criticised the Cental Government of India for not making the ‘Framework Agreement’ public.

CM Mukul Sangma announced the appointment of Former State DGP, Rajiv Mehta, as the State's maiden security adviser. CM Mukul Sangma, explaining the logic behind the decision, said that the State required a dedicated and experienced person with a thorough knowledge of the State and the region while dealing with internal security. CM further said the security adviser will give suggestions and recommendations regarding strategies while dealing with state security, border issues with neighboring countries like Bangladesh, human rights issues and strengthening Police organisation, among others. The appointment is for the duration of one year.

In addition, the SSC has not decided whether officiating DGP S.B. Singh should be given full charge or if the panel should opt for a new DGP. The CM informed that the SSC would meet next week to take a call on the issue. The State is yet to have a full-fledged DGP.

A GNLA militant, identified as Chadam Ramed A Marak alias Mad alias Chitmang (22), surrendered before Police at Baghmara in South Garo Hills District. 

The State Government has made a shift in the Government’s approach to ending militancy in the State. Unlike in the past when there would be repeated appeals to militants for talks, the Government is now focusing on facilitating the rebels to surrender.

The AET of Dimapur Police arrested two persons, identified as Angukavi Yepthomi and Tovika Sema, at Purana Bazaar area in Dimapur District. According to the Police, one arrestee, identified as Angukavi Yepthomi is a militant of NNC-NA. AET also recovered demand slips of NNC-NA from their possession.

Two SF personnel of the CAF 10th battalion were killed and two others sustained injuries in an exchange of fire with the CPI-Maoist cadres near Cherli village under Mirtur Police Station limits in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh, when a joint team of CAF and District Police was out on a road security operation. The two slain SFs were Hemant Kumar, constable of the CAF and Gubba Ram, assistant constable of District Police.

Two OGWs of JeM were arrested by the Police in Baramulla District. The Police also recovered two Chinese pistols from their possession. The arrest comes a month after the Police busted an OGW network of the JeM in Handwara and arrested three persons. The OGW network, which was operating since April 2015, was involved in various subversive activities and determined to target political workers, SFs installations and Police establishments. The operators were providing logistic support to the JeM militants and were close associates of a top commander of JeM.

One civilian was killed and four others, including one CRPF personnel were injured in a grenade attack on a CRPF party in Murran Chowk in Pulwama District. According to sources, militants lobbed a grenade at a CRPF party in Murran Chowk, resulting in injuries to four civilians and one CRPF personnel. One of the injured civilians, identified as Mohammad Ayub Wani succumbed to injuries at a hospital. However, militants fled after carrying out the attack.

Protesters clashed with Police and SFs at Ratnipora and Kakapora in Pulwama District after Friday prayers. Protesters pelted stones on SFs who responded by firing tear smoke.

Stone-throwing clashes and protests also erupted in parts of Srinagar and in North Kashmir’s Sopore Town of Baramulla District after Friday congregational prayers. After culmination of Friday prayers, large number of youths came out of Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area here and started sloganeering.

SFs arrested 23 persons from Ratnipora and Kakapora villages of Pulwama District during nocturnal raids. 19 persons were arrested from Ratnipora and four from Kakapora on charges of stone-pelting. Sources said that these persons were wanted by Police for their involvement in stone-pelting during a PDP minister’s visit and bank robbery by militants in the village last month.

Several separatist JKLF activists were held by Police after they held a sit-in protest at Budshah Chowk in Lal Chowk in Srinagar District post-Friday prayers. The held leaders were shifted to Central Jail Srinagar.

One militant of newly formed militant group ARA, identified as Rohit M. Sangma alias Gettingson Sangma of Karbi Anglong District, Assam, was arrested after an encounter during Police checking at Thapa Darenchi village in North Garo Hills District. He is one of the close aids of the leader of the militant group William A. Sangma.  

March 3-4

A joint operation between the Army and the SOG of J&K Police was launched against militants on March 3 evening and the encounter is still (March 4) underway in Chilli Pora village in Shopian District. Officials said that troops of 55 RR and SOG of J&K Police launched the operation after SFs received specific input about the militant presence in the village. Officials said they had input that two to three militants had been hiding in the village.

The High Court of Manipur declared the more than four months old economic blockade of the UNC as illegal.

A joint team of 32 AR and State Police, during a search operation, arrested a NNC kilonser (minister), identified as N. Mar Longkumer (43), in Clock Tower area of Dimapur town.

March 4

Police arrested a man, identified as Mukulesh Mian alias Bhutto from Rathbari area in Malda District of West Bengal and recovered FICN of INR 2000 with a face value of INR 92,000 from his possession. "We have charged the man under IPC sections 489B (Using as genuine, forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes) and 489C (Possession of forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes) and we are quizzing him to know more about his involvement with FICN (Fake Indian Currency Notes) trafficking racket," a senior official of Malda District Police told. However, the man was produced in a local court on March 5, and was remanded to Police custody for further interrogation.

The UPF and KNO, umbrella organisations of the armed Kuki Groups observing SoO with the Government, for the first time officially participated in exercising their adult franchise in the Manipur State Assembly polls 2017. Further the KNO ‘leader’ Seilen Haokip said that they were seeking settlement within the India Constitution.

An official source of IB said that the ULFA-I and GNLA have planned to carry major explosions and attack on security forces in Lower Assam and Garo hills. The IB source further said that, the outfit groups plan to use professional criminals and carriers to carry explosives and to plant IED and bombs. After intercepting telephonic conversation between two top leaders of ULFA-I and GNLA, IB officials managed to find out the planning of the outfits. The source said that, IB has already informed the UHM, Police and Home Departments of both States and other security agencies about the militants plan.

Eight CPI-Maoist militia members surrendered before the Police in the Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. Chintapalli Deputy DSP, Anil Pulaapaati said the CPI-Maoist militia members surrendered voluntarily at GK Veedhi Police Station limits. The eight members include Pangi Sobhan, Thambelu Lakshmana Rao, Korra Kameswara Rao, Vanthala Srinu, Lakshmana Rao, Malleswara Rao, Sana and Gemmali Balayya. All the surrendered Maoists hail from Lakkavarapu panchayat of Pedda Konda village, Pamurai village and Devarapalli villages of GK Veedhi in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh.

Lohardaga and Latehar Police, along with CRPF and Jharkhand Jaguar, busted hideouts of the CPI-Maoist commanders Ravindra Gonjhu and Muneshwar Gonjhu, at Kisko Police station in Lohardaga District of Jharkhand. SFs recovered three powerful cylinder bombs, besides a 20-metre codex wire, planted along a road.

Khunti Police arrested a PLFI cadre Kanho Bodra from Tapkara Bazaar of Khunti District of Jharkhand. Bodra was earlier associated with PLFI ‘area commanders’ Dakwal Purti and Sanika Purti, who were gunned down in August 2015 during an encounter in Arki. Bodra is wanted in nearly five cases, including injuring cops in landmine blasts, abduction and murder. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

An IED planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres was discovered by villagers in Venkatapuram Mandal of the Jayshankar Bhupalapally District of Telangana. Local Police officials cautioned villagers and shepherds not to enter into the forest as they had no clue as to how many such IEDs may have been planted by CPI-Maoist cadres.

SFs had to call off anti-militancy operation in Shopian District of South Kashmir after militants holed up in a house managed to escape following intense protests and stone pelting from locals.

In an incident of terror, as many as 12 terrorists carried out a raid at a Policeman’s house and proceeded to ransack it thoroughly, virtually trashing the establishment in Shopian District. The people affected had been too terror-stricken to take the complaint to authorities initially as they feared being attacked again. Militants have been targeting Policemen in Kashmir as they have been maintaining law and order despite repeated protests welling-up in the region. Militants have warned cops to not obey orders from their superiors and to let the situation deteriorate.

AR arrested one arms dealer and another suspected militants in two separate operations in Dimapur District. In the first incident, AR arrested the arms dealer, identified as Ibomcha Khan (50) from Khermahal. AR recovered one 7.65 mm pistol, two magazine and 28 live rounds of 7.65 mm from the arms dealer. In the second incident, AR along with Police launched a search operation at Bus Station in Dimapur and arrested one cadre of KPLT, identified as Mukhim Rongti (28). One air gun pistol (country made) and air gun pen pistol (country made) were also recovered from the arrested militant.

Lohardaga and Latehar Police, along with the CRPF and Jharkhand Jaguar, busted hideouts of the CPI-Maoist, ‘commanders’ Ravindra Gonjhu and Muneshwar Gonjhu, at Kisko Police Station in Lohardaga District of Jharkhand. SFs recovered three powerful cylinder bombs, besides a 20-metre codex wire, planted along a road.

Khunti Police arrested a PLFI cadre, identified as Kanho Bodra, from Tapkara Bazaar of Khunti District of Jharkhand. Bodra was earlier associated with PLFI ‘area commanders’ Dakwal Purti and Sanika Purti, who were gunned down in August 2015 during an encounter in Arki. Bodra is wanted in nearly five cases, including injuring Policemen in landmine blasts, abduction and murder. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

An IED planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres was discovered by villagers in Venkatapuram Mandal of the Jayshankar Bhupalapally District of Telangana. Local Police officials cautioned villagers and shepherds not to enter into the forest as they had no clue as to how many such IEDs may have been planted by CPI-Maoist cadres.

March 4-5

At least two militants, identified as Aqib Molvi of Tral and Umar of Pakistan and one J&K Police constable, identified as Manzoor Ahmad Naik of Uri were killed while an Army major and four CRPF personnel were injured during an encounter between SFs and militants which started on March 4 evening in Shikargah in Tral in Pulwama District.  According to reports, the house where the militants were hiding has been demolished by the SFs. The identity of the militants hasn’t been revealed yet. However, at least two HM terrorists, including the right hand man of slain Hizbul ‘commander’ Burhan Wani, Sabzar Bhat, were believed to be trapped in the encounter, sources said.

As the news about the encounter spread in the area, a law and order problem erupted, with civilians pelting stone at the SFs. One assailant hit an ASI and snatched his AK-47 rifle before disappearing into the crowd. A separate operation is on to recover the weapon. A top officer said, “Security forces were stopped by civilians. Resistance was shown. We had to rush in reinforcement. An ASI of CRPF was injured his weapon snatched by (the) belligerent crowd.”

March 5

The CISF, tasked with providing armed cover to 59 civil airports in the country, has embarked on a first-ever mission to prepare a ‘concept paper’ to standardise security gadgetry and infrastructure at these locations. Once in place, the country’s airports would be among some of the best secured across the world.

In a statement, the HNLC militant denied the surrender option of the State Government and said that it will continue ‘the struggle’. In the statement, the ‘publicity secretary’ of HNLC, Sainkupar Nongtraw, said that the ‘council’ has its own principles and till today they are receiving annual support in terms of finance, arms and ammunitions from ‘anti-India countries’ which when compared is far greater than the rehabilitation packages offered by CM Mukul Sangma.

The militant ‘leader’ William Sangma, who was planning to float a new outfit called UANF, managed to escape along with three others, leaving his vehicle behind during a Police check in North Garo Hills District.

A hardcore CPI-Maoist cadre, Waga Kawasi (35) alias Raju, involved in at least nine murders, surrendered before Malkangiri SP, Mitrabhanu Mohapatra in Malkangiri District of Odisha. The Odisha Government had declared reward of INR 100,000 for his capture. Waga joined the CPI-Maoist organisation in 2004 and has been an active member of the Kalimela Area Committee.

J&K saw a three-fold increase in cases of rioting and a substantial rise in arson cases in 2016 which also witnessed five-month-long unrest after killing of terrorist Burhan Wani, official data of Crime Branch of State Police showed. According to data, J&K has witnessed as many as 3,404 cases of rioting in 2016 as compared to 1,157 such cases in 2015, an increase of 2,247. Similarly, Police registered as many as 267 cases of arson in 2016 as compared to 147 such cases in 2015, thereby showing an increase of 120 during the period, it said.

Officials of the Crime Branch point towards this increase because of the 2016 unrest in Kashmir Valley for five months following killing of HM ‘militant commander’ Burhan Wani in July 2016. There has also been an increase of 143 cases of attempt to murder from 2015 to 2016. As many as 573 cases of attempt to murder have been registered in 2016 as compared to 430 such cases in 2015. There has also been an increase in murder cases. As many as 140 cases of murder were registered in 2016 as compared to 133 such cases in 2015, it said. The statistics reveal there has been no custodial death in 2016 and 2015.

The cases of communal riots have also registered an increase in 2016 as compared to 2015. As many as six such cases were registered in 2016 as compared to four in 2015, it said. The year 2016 also saw an increase in cases under UAPA. While 146 cases were registered under the Act in 2016, only 44 were registered in 2015 showing an increase of 102. The figures have further revealed increase in cases under Arms and Explosives Acts in 2016 as compared to 2015. While 180 cases were registered under Arms Act in 2016, as many as 146 such cases were registered in 2015. Similarly, 39 cases were registered under Explosives Act in 2016 as compared to 34 such cases in 2015.

Of the total 2,690 incidents of stone pelting, North Kashmir accounts for the highest number of 1,248 incidents followed by 875 incidents in South Kashmir and 567 in Central Kashmir, according to official data of State Home Ministry. Sopore, which is part of Baramulla District, has recorded the highest number of 492 incidents of stone pelting during the unrest, while the total number of such incidents in the entire Baramulla District is 810, the data said. Baramulla is followed by Srinagar and Kupwara Districts with 339 such incidents each reported, it said adding 271 such incidents took place in Anantnag District, followed by 264 in Pulwama, 173 in Shopian, 167 in Kulgam, 163 in Budgam, 109 in Bandipora and only 65 in Ganderbal District.

A day after HM ‘deputy chief’ Sabzar Ahmad along with some of his associates escaped from an encounter site in Tral area in Pulwama District of South Kashmir, CRPF has admitted that stone pelting is hampering anti-militancy operations in the Valley and many militants have escaped from the encounter sites during the clashes. “The stone pelting is hampering our anti-militancy operations,” said IG CRPF (Operations), Zulfikar Hassan. At least six CRPF personnel, including an officer, were injured on March 4 evening, in Hayena area of Tral in Pulwama District when locals pelted stones on Police, paramilitary and army men, who were laying siege around the village to conduct operation to flush out a group of militants hiding there. An INSAS assault rifle of a CRPF officer was snatched by the mob after injuring him. During the clashes between locals and security men, the HM ‘deputy chief’ Sabzar Ahmad along with some of his associates managed to escape from the area, Police sources said.

The ‘general secretary’ of UTLA/KNO, identified as Sehjahao Singsit alias Haopu Singsit alias Abunidhar was reportedly killed by the suspected cadres from his own militant group over unknown internal conflict at Songsang area in Thanlon sub-division in Churachandpur District. According to the sources, the UTLA leader’s killing may be related to the just concluded Assembly polls as he is believed to have a disagreement on the issue. 

Suspected militants abducted two persons and later released after beating them severely in Churachandpur town of Churachandpur District.

Indian Army troopers recovered an IED from a paddy field of Dubluhabi area of Charaipung forest division in Charaidew District. Army arrested one suspected person, identified as Ghanakanta Gogoi in this connection. According to the Army the arrested person was secretly working for the ULFA-I. 

The CPI-Maoist cadres demanded INR 800,000 ‘levy’, from Nutan Construction Company in East Champaran District of Bihar. Nutan Construction Company employee Sonu Singh registered an FIR  at Pakridayal Police Station in the District, saying some motorcycle-borne persons had visited the site of the construction firm and threatened to blow up its equipment if INR 850,000 was not paid as ‘levy’ to the CPI-Maoist. “One of them identified himself as CPI-Maoist ‘area commander’ Mithu Ram”, Sonu said. Nutan Construction Company is engaged in construction of approach road to a bridge on Patahi-Shikargunj road in the District.

March 6

SFs faced protests at Pinjoora area in Pulwama District of South Kashmir, where they had gone to conduct search operations after receiving inputs about presence of the militants. Later, the operation was called off after no militant was found. Asked what measures have been taken to prevent protests and stone pelting at encounter sites, IG CRPF said, “The local administration is taking steps to prevent people from staging protests and pelting stones on security men during anti-militancy operations in the Valley.”

However, despite these measures intense stone pelting takes place at some places during the encounters, Hassan said. According to him, most of the stone pelting incidents during anti-militancy operations have taken place in South Kashmir.

Pakistan-based terror groups finance terrorism in J&K by generating millions in donations through their charity organisations, said Atul Goel, SP, NIA. Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), a charity run by terror outfits JuD and LeT, and Al Rehmat Trust, backed by another terrorists group JeM, have been supporting terrorists and funding terrorism in Kashmir, said Atul Goel, addressing a session at the 19th Asian Security Conference on 'Combating Terrorism: Evolving an Asian Response' in New Delhi. Goel said the NIA was looking into the activities of JuD, LeT and JeM and also the working of trusts associated with them in Pakistan. "These outfits collect donations from people in Pakistan and then pass on the money to finance terrorism in Kashmir through their overground workers," he said.

An operation against militants was called off in the Newa area in Pulwama District after people took to the streets and threw stones during the counter-insurgency operation. The Army’s 55 RR, the Police’s SOG and the CRPF’s 183 Battalion cordoned off the area around 10 p.m. on March 6. A tip-off suggested movement of LeT militants in the area. Police sources said the operation was called off at night when mosques in the area started blaring pro-freedom songs and residents from many adjacent villages marched towards the operation site.

One militant of KNA/ KRA-U, identified as Kamminlun Hmar alias Henry alias Pupu (27) was reportedly killed in a gun battle between a combined team of KRA, KRA-U under KNO and KNF under UPF at Khengjang village in Kangpokpi District. Both the formations are under SoO agreement; KRA-U is under KNO and KNF under UPF.    

The UTLA expressed its disappointment over the alleged abduction and threatening of Longpi village chief by NSCN-IM on February 27. The chief of Longpi village, Kailal Gangte Kuki, who is also the chairman of the area's Chief Association, was reportedly abducted by the NSCN-IM on February 27 and later released the next day after threatening him. NSCN-IM threatened him about participating in the Assembly polls to be held on March 8.  

According to some unofficial sources, ahead of the second phase Manipur polls scheduled on March 8, NSCN-IM, which is undergoing peace talk with the GoI have served threat to the villagers in Naga inhabited areas in the State to cast vote in favour of their ‘sponsored’ candidates.

State Government said that it has instructed all SPs to remain alert and tighten security at all sensitive places in view of the possibility of ISIS recruiting youths from the State. Replying to a discussion during the zero hour in the assembly, Assam Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said all the SPs have been ordered to keep a strict vigil and maintain a close watch on doubtful people. “We have also ordered to strengthen security along Indo-Bangla border and secure the river ways. Police have been strictly asked to maintain close coordination with various intelligence agencies,” he also said.

Besides, security and other agencies have been keeping a close watch on social media as these can be tools of influencing youths for joining the global terror outfit, he added. The minister informed the house that two trained members of JMB were nabbed from Nalbari District. Assam Police, he said, has so far arrested 56 JMB extremists after the Burdwan blast in West Bengal in 2014. “Apart from them 10-12 JMB members are absconding at present,” Patowary added without elaborating.

Three restaurants owned by Bengalis located in Golaghat town in Golaghat District were vandalized by unidentified persons. This incident comes after NBBUSS activists vandalized the office of the AASU in Silapathar in Dhemaji District. NBBUS held a procession after a daylong meeting demanding unconditional removal of the names of Hindu Bengalis from the list of D (doubtful) voters. AASU said it would organise Satyagraha (a form of civil disobedience) at all District headquarters in the State. AASU has further said that the BJP government's move to give citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis had instigated the incident.

Police recovered a 7.65 mm pistol from a person, identified as Michael Bhanglaluth (27) at Fulertal in Cachar District.

A joint team of 32 AR and State Police launched an operation and arrested an arms dealer, Igato Sumi (31), from Govinda Paira Colony of Burma Camp, in Dimapur District. The joint team recovered one .22 mm pistol and mobile from him.

Narayanpatna Police arrested four suspected CPI-Maoist cadres from Koraput District of Odisha. The arrestees are identified as Basanta Hantal of Kotiya village, Purno Tadangi and Rajiv Tadangi of Upar Gumandi village - all in the District - and S Murali Krishna, a contractor from Gajapati District of Odisha. Suspected Maoists had allegedly set fire to a JCB machine and other road construction equipment near Podapadar village under Narayanpatna Police limits on February 27.

March 7

In the first-ever strike in India by Islamic State (IS), a module radicalised by the terrorist organisation triggered a low-intensity blast in Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train Madhya Pradesh, injuring 9 passengers. The incident occurred near Jabdi station in Shajapur District of Madhya Pradesh. A high alert has been sounded across the state after the explosion. IG (Law and Order) Makrand Deouskar said the explosion was caused by a pressure pipe bomb filled with ammonia nitrate kept inside a bag on the luggage rack.

Moments after the train blast, three men were held as they stepped off a bus near Pipariya in Hoshangabad District of Madhya Pradesh and after they were interrogated they revealed of other suspects in Lucknow and Kanpur. Following a standard protocol, the information was shared with Central Intelligence agencies, which alerted the Uttar Pradesh Police and the state ATS. Three men arrested in Pipariya, Madhya Pradesh are identified as Danish Akhtar alias Jaffar, Aatish Muzaffar alias Al Kasim (both from Kanpur) and Syed Mir Hussain alias Humza a native of Aligarh, in Uttar Pradesh.

The ATS in Uttar Pradesh carried out a massive search operation in Kanpur and arrested three persons linked with Bhopal-Ujjain train blast. The three held in Kanpur are identified as Mohammed Imran alias Bhai, Mohammed Faisal Khan (both are brothers) and Fakre Alam alias Rishu, a native of Etwawah. The Police said that they recovered a laptop, cellphones and found IS videos and literature in the laptop.

Balwinder Singh (41), a citizen of India, was sentenced to 15 years in a U.S. prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiring while living in northern Nevada to plot terror strikes in his home country (India). U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks in Reno also ordered Balwinder Singh to remain under lifetime federal supervision upon his release from prison after prosecutors argued that Singh has had ties to known terrorist groups in India for more than two decades.

FBI Special Agent Aaron Rouse of Las Vegas said the plot was foiled after a co-conspirator was arrested trying to board a flight in San Francisco bound for Bangkok, Thailand, with two sets of night vision goggles purchased by Singh at a Cabela's sporting goods store in Reno.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Sullivan said it's possible Singh still will be extradited to India where he faces criminal charges in connection with a terror attack on a passenger bus that killed three people in India in April 2006. "This isn't somebody who was just recruited like some of the young people who think it's really cool to go get involved with the Jihad," Sullivan said. "Mr. Singh has been involved with terrorism or terrorist organizations for over 20 years."

Growing public interference in anti-militancy operations forced the SFs to call off two anti-militancy operations in south Kashmir in the past 24 hours. A search-and-cordon team of the Army and the Police came under heavy stone throwing in Mohamadpora village in Kulgam District, thus delaying the operation. Police sources said the residents started throwing stones as the SFs were throwing a cordon after a tip-off about militants’ presence. “Heavy teargas shelling was used to disperse protesters from the site,” said a senior Police official. Several local people, including a woman, were injured in the process.

Mehmood Shah, an LeT spokesman, praised people for “ensuring the safety of the militants”. “We won’t let the people-militant bond to break. Till people are in the field, militants will continue to outsmart Indian troopers,” said the LeT spokesman.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that “at least a dozen youth who had picked up guns were brought back to their homes in the past two or three months”.

One AR jawan (trooper) and one poll official were injured when three IEDs exploded at two separate places of Phungyar Assembly Constituency under Kamjong District. The first two IEDs exploded almost simultaneously at a place near Aishi village where an AR jawan identified as R Vasnet injured. The second explosion took place near a polling station located at Ashang Khullen. One unidentified polling official sustained injuries in this second explosion.

Unidentified armed assailants abducted four unidentified workers of an independent candidate TS Warngam who is contesting in the second phase of the 11th State Legislative Assembly election from Chandel Assembly Constituency from a place in between Chandel and Chakpikarong in Chandel District.

Due to the UNC-spearheaded economic blockade on Manipur since November 1, 2016, there have been no talks between GoI’s Interlocutor for ‘Naga Peace Talks’ R.N. Ravi and NSCN-IM ‘leaders’ for over a month. According to the report, both sides used to hold both formal and non formal meetings almost on a regular basis but the UNC’s economic blockade appears to have caused some disruption. Ravi was also quoted as saying that the blockade had brought about serious misapprehension between the Nagas and non-Nagas in the Northeast and which would make his task of finding an early amicable solution to Naga issue difficult, added the report.

A tense situation continued for the second day at Silapathar in Dhemaji District even as the Indian Army staged a flag march after activists of NBBUSS ransacked the office of the AASU on March 6 demanding Indian citizenship for Hindu Bengalis who came to Assam from Bangladesh after 1971. 

Cutting across party lines, members of Assam Assembly ‘vehemently condemned’ the incident of attack on the AASU office at Silapathar by NBBUSS, demanding stern action against such divisive forces even as the State Government constituted a high-level inquiry to hunt down the culprits behind the incident. So far nine persons suspected to have been involved in the incident have been arrested. The Police prepared a list of about 20 persons suspected of involvement in the incident. The State Police also declared Subudh Biswas, the ‘president’ of NBBUSS, as an absconder and alerted all Police Stations across the State to hunt and arrest him.

Some unidentified miscreants set ablaze Mandal Hotel situated at Silapathar Namsuk area in Dhemaji District.

After a discussion with Golaghat DC and SP, CJCS [a student organistaion of Chutiya community] and six other organisations of ‘indigenous people’ withdrew their call for a bandh (shutdown) in the District for indefinite period.

AR troops have arrested, Naoba Metei (16), a cadre of the Manipur-based outfit KCP, from Kunsa village in Tirap District.

A joint squad of District Force and ITBP recovered two IEDs, allegedly planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres during a search operation in the interiors of Iragaon area in Kondagaon District of Chhattisgarh. The explosives, one IED weighed 10 kilograms, another was of around five kilograms, packed in steel tiffin boxes were seized from a dirt track near Churegaon village under the Iragaon Police Station limits, a District Police official said.

Delhi University Professor, G N Saibaba and four others were sentenced to undergo life imprisonment by Gadchiroli Sessions Court of Maharashtra, for their links with CPI-Maoist cadres. The wheelchair-bound English teacher of Ram Lal Anand College in New Delhi, Saibaba (47), with 90 per cent disability, was arrested in May 2014 from his home in Delhi by Maharashtra Police's ANO unit. The court also sentenced to life JNU student Hem Mishra, former journalist Prashant Rahi, Mahesh Tirki, Pandu Narote.

The CISF is raising a STW in Hyderabad District of Telangana. The STW are being raised on the lines of SWAT, and will cater to the needs of hypersensitive airports, and sensitive units in Naxal-affected areas. The role of bomb disposal squad and quick reaction team will be focused upon in STE to counter the aircraft hijacking and other contingencies like armed attack and IED threats, said CISF DG, OP Singh.

March 8

After 12 hours of intensive firing and the use of tear gas and smoke bombs, one Islamic State (IS) suspect was killed by ATS in Thakurganj area in outskirts of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, and the operation ended at around 3 am on March 8. At least six persons were reportedly arrested in an anti-terror sweep and combing operation was underway to flush out one suspect holed up in a house, hours after a low intensity blast in Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train. The body the suspect holed up in the house was identified as Mohammed Saifurullah alias Ali, a resident of Kanpur.

Eight pistols, 650 rounds of ammunition, 50 fired rounds, explosives, gold, cash, passports, SIM cards and a train time table were found along with the body.

Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said India has been dealing with terror attacks for long and is capable of tackling incidents like the one in Lucknow where a suspected Islamic State (IS) terrorist was killed. Bhamre said terrorism is a global phenomenon and there is a need to tackle this in a united manner.

Investigations in the suspected IS (Islamic State) terror module operating in India revealed that Ghaus Mohammed Khan, an ex-Indian Air Force officer was the leader of the group planning attacks in the country. According to a report Ghaus Mohammed Khan is currently absconding. Earlier yesterday, the Anti-Terrorist Squad managed to kill the terrorist hiding inside a house in Thakurganj area of Lucknow after 10 hours of long battle. However, it was the Counter Intelligence Cell of the Telangana Police that tracked, monitored and intercepted calls and messages of the suspected terrorists for months. According to sources, all the module members, including the slain, Saifullah, who was identified as their leader were reported to have been under electronic surveillance for months.

Uttar Pradesh ATS IG Aseem Arun revealed that the neutralised terrorist was a member of the IS Khorasan module. “We got the intelligence from a sister agency that a person named Saifullah affiliated to ISIS is hiding in a residential area in Lucknow. In 2016, the NIA had taken down Khalid Rizwan, as a part of a nationwide mission against the IS, resulting in the arrest of more than 20 people. In October 2016, the CIC had decoded texts between 6 men in Kerala recruited by an IS handler to plan terrorist attacks. In June 2016, the Telangana Police had provided the NIA with inputs to bust an IS terror module preparing to attack various Police Stations in Hyderabad.

The J&K Police busted a HM module by arresting its three suspected members, identified as Reyaz Ahmad Wani, Ikhlaq Ahmad Khanday and Tawseeul-Nabi in Bemina area of Srinagar District. The Police recovered two pistols, two pistol Magazines, 20 rounds, four grenades, one wireless set and a packet of explosive substance from the militants. During preliminary investigation the trio said they were working with Jehangir, an active militant in Kishtwar, the Police said.

DGP of J&K, Shesh Paul Vaid, on March 8 warned terrorists to desist from attacking the families of Police personnel in Kashmir valley. DGP Vaid said: "Don't bring in families in this conflict, you too have families. If you harass our families we will do same to your families." The remarks came a day after some terrorists ransacked the house of a Police officer and asked the families to tell the officer to quit the job else face the consequences.

With the onset of spring and melting of snow, BSF warned of increased infiltration along the LoC but said it along with Army is alert to tackle it. IG, Subsidiary Training Centre (STC), BSF, Sushil Kumar Shinde, said in Srinagar that the infiltration of militants increases after melting of snow. “Definitely after melting of snow, infiltration increases because during snow accumulation, it is difficult for them (militants) to cross the LoC. But after melting of snow, the infiltration increases…,” he said on the sidelines of a passing-out-parade at STC Humhama on city outskirts (Srinagar). However, the IG, BSF said that the infiltration could be prevented through alertness of Army and BSF. “Our alertness accordingly increases and (as a result) we are successful in securing our borders,” he said and added that as far as preparation (to tackle infiltration) is considered, they are always ready (to curb militant infiltration).

At least nine civilians were injured in a powerful IED blast carried out by unidentified militants in front of Vikas Pharmacy at Kasturi Bridge of Imphal Bazar in Imphal West District. The injured persons were identified as Dilip Kumar (26), Anil Kumar (28), Dinesh Prasad Sahu (40), Meera Roy (50), Dolly Roy (29), Khumanthem Modhubala (34), Yumnam Ibempishak (47), Yumnam Jiten (50) and Sapam Eros (44).

The polling official, identified as H Ramkating, who was injured in an IED blast in Ashang Khullen of Kamjong District on March 7, succumbed to the injuries.

Tension prevailed on the third day at Silapathar and its adjoining area with shops and business establishment remained closed over the issue of vandalism incident of March 6. Army, Police and CAPF carried out a flag march at Silapathar. Police have arrested 14 persons in this connection.

Over 10,000 people participated in a protest rally, led by activists of AASU along with 21 other local ethnic organisations, against Silapathar incident, in Dhemaji. The rally was in protest against the vandalism of AASU local office by the activists of NBBUSS [a group which is demanding citizenship for Hindu Bangladeshis and removal of their names from D-voter category] at Silapather on March 6.

The Special Director General of Police (DGP-law and order), Kula Saikia assured that all possible precautionary measures have been taken to prevent any conflict between linguistic groups following the Silapathar incident, which caused widespread repercussion all over the State. DGP Saikia said that instructions have been issued to all the district Police forces to keep close watch on the situation and to improve the intelligence network. The District Police forces have been directed to identify the vulnerable areas and increase Police and security presence in such areas. Police officers are asked to hold talks to people of different groups to ensure that peace and harmony is maintained between all sections of people.

One Bangladeshi security personnel of Griha Rakshi Bahini, identified as Nausad Mia (62), was lynched and another detained by the villagers at Siddhinagar village under the jurisdiction of Puran Rajbari Police Station in South Tripura District when 12 intruders attempted a robbery. Informing about the incident South Tripura District SP Tapan Debbarma said, “Twelve Bangladeshis comprising eight Griha Rakshi Bahini personnel (equivalent of Indian Home Guards), two Government employees and two civilians illegally crossed the India-Bangladesh border and tried to rob Indian villagers on Wednesday night.” Senior BSF and Police officers, along with reinforcements, have been camping in the tension ridden areas.

Four CPI-Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter with the 205th battalion of the CoBRA of the CRPF, at Baskatwa jungles under Gurpa Police Station in Gaya District of Bihar. Acting on tip-off of a meeting of top Maoist leaders in the area, the SFs launched an operation in the forest. On seeing the SFs, the rebels started firing leading to fierce encounter, in which the four rebels were killed. SFs found the four bodies of the rebels along with their arms lying close to them. The arms included two INSAS assault rifles, one SLR and one AK-47 assault rifle. The slain Maoist cadres were identified as Anil alias Deepak, ‘zonal commander’ of Magadh area committee action team, Rajesh Ravidas, ‘sub-zonal commander’, Nepali Yadav and Uttam.

A BSF officer was injured, when an IED, apparently planted by the CPI-Maoist, exploded while it was being defused by a BDS in Kanker District of Chhattisgarh. The incident took place near a BSF camp in Korenar village under Bande Police Station limits. The injured officer was identified as Assistant Commandant Pradeep M, attached to the BSF’s 171 Battalion. The home-made bomb was placed beneath the ground on a dirt track between Korenar village and the BSF camp, about 125 kilometres from Raipur, and it was spotted during a search operation by security personnel.

A landmine, planted by CPI-Maoist cadres, on a road leading to Palem Vagu irrigation project near Rachapally village at Venkatapuram Mandal in Jayashankar Bhupalapally District of Telangana was defused by the Police. SP, R Bhaskaran told that since the village was near the Chhattisgarh border, the CPI-Maoist group, in order to establish their presence, planted the landmine and tried to create panic among the locals. The landmine was spotted by the workers of the Palem Vagu project on March 4, and the Police was informed about it.

March 9

India asked Pakistan to take action against the increasing number of terrorists being spotted at "launch pads" along the LoC. "In the DGMO-level talks over the hotline, Lt-Gen A K Bhatt expressed concern to his Pakistani counterpart about the movement of terrorists noticed along the LoC," said an Army officer. With infiltration attempts on the rise once again as the snow in the mountain passes melts, sources said it was clearly conveyed to Islamabad that the "onus was on the Pakistan Army to take action against the terrorists and not allow them to cross-over into Kashmir." The Pakistan Army, on its part, "rejected Indian concerns on movement of terrorists along the LoC" and asked the Indian Army to "look inward, share evidence".

A Nepalese national allegedly killed in firing by the SSB along the border Indo-Nepal border at Lakhimpur Kheri District in Uttar Pradesh after SSB men tried to stop a group of Nepalese citizens from constructing an illegal bridge on no man's land. The Nepalese citizens allegedly responded to this by assembling a mob which pelted the SSB men with stones, injuring seven border guards. In response, the SSB fired in the air to disperse the crowd. Heavy security force has been deployed at the spot and the situation is being monitored by senior officials, who are also in talks with authorities across the border.

Two militants were killed in a fierce gun battle broke out between SFs and LeT militants in Padgampora area of Pulwama District in the morning. "The slain militants have been identified as Jehangir Ganai and Mohammad Shafi alias Sher Gujri," a senior CRPF officer said, adding that Ganai was involved in the killing of a local Policeman last year (2016). SFs from the CRPF and SOG of J&K Police have started search operations and cordoned off the area where two-three militants of the group were holed up even. Army was deployed to carry out combing operations.

A fifteen year old teenager, identified as Amir Nazir was also killed by a bullet-hit when he was throwing stones to disrupt the anti-terror operations of SFs against two hiding LeT terrorists at Padgampora in Pulwama District, DGP of J&K, Shesh Paul Vaid said. Amir Nazir was part of a mob pelting stones when a bullet hit him in the neck. The incident happened despite Army chief Bipin Rawat's recent warning against those attacking SFs during anti-militancy operations of "tough action". The SFs came under intense attack from stone pelters, which forced them to open fire, leaving several injured.

Locals hit the streets and started pelting stones on SFs near the encounter site. Additional SFs have been rushed to the area, where locals are pelting stones to disrupt the operation. Sources said there could be two to three militants in the area. SFs have sealed all roads leading to the village, including from Awantipora to prevent people from moving towards the encounter site

A HM militant, identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Seergojri was killed and an Army major injured in a shootout near Police Station in Bandipora in Bandipora District in the evening. A joint team of Army and SOG of J&K Police had laid a naka following specific inputs about the movement of militants. A militant who was travelling in a vehicle opened fire on Army in which Army Major was injured. In the retaliatory fire, the militant was gunned down. One pistol and a grenade were recovered from his possession.

The authorities placed separatist Hurriyat Conference (G) leaders, including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Mehrajudin, Mohd Ashraf Laaya and Umer Adil Dar under house arrest following a strike called by them against the killing of civilian. Security has also been intensified to prevent violence in Kashmir.

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has expressed deep anguish and grief over the killing of a 15 year old Amir Nazir in Padgampora village of Pulwama District. Extending her sympathies to the bereaved, the Chief Minister said it was highly unfortunate that youth are caught in the vicious cycle of violence in the State which has consumed so many precious lives and left behind a trail of death and destruction.

 An Army jawan (trooper), identified as Deepak Jaganath was killed when Pakistani troops violated ceasefire in Poonch sector in Poonch District of Jammu region. Official sources said Pakistani troops opened fire at Indian posts around 2 pm at Gulpur area which was effectively retaliated by the Army. The sources said the jawan was injured in the firing from across the border and he was shifted to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries this evening.

One IED was exploded by unidentified militants targeting a security convoy at Singjamei Super Market in Imphal West District. The security convoy narrowly escaped and no injury was reported.

Imphal valley based militant group PREPAK, in a statement, claimed responsibility of the IED blast of Vikas Pharmacy at Kasturi Bridge of Imphal Bazar in Imphal West District.

A house of BJP candidate SS Olish at Kanankhu village in Chandel District was set on fire by suspected cadres of NSCN-IM as post-poll violence continues in various parts of the State. However no one was injured in the incident. According to the report, NSCN-IM threatened the villagers of Chandel Assembly constituency to cast their vote in favor of an Independent candidate earlier.

The ‘foreign secretary’ of GNLA, identified as Briyan R. Marak alias Millam (40) surrendered before Police without any arms at Baghmara in South Garo Hills District. According to Police, Briyan played a key part in forging close ties with the ULFA-I, NDFB and NSCN-U in Bangladesh. Briyan R. Marak’s surrender has come as another body blow for the elusive GNLA ‘c-in-c’ Sohan D. Shira after scores of senior leaders and cadres surrendered in the past one year. The GNLA ‘c-in-c’ is learnt to be with a handful (approximately 20) cadres and well armed, stated another source in the Police headquarters.

Assam Police sounded an alert across the State to prevent violence following the attack on the office of AASU in Dhemaji District and set up a SIT to investigate the incident. Assam Police also announced a reward of INR 1, 00,000 for information about Subodh Biswas, the key accused in the attack on the AASU office.

State Police has received intelligence inputs that NDFB-IKS militants would take to rhino poaching to shore up funds. The State Forest minister Pramila Rani Brahma confirmed that the Special Branch of Assam Police has alerted the forest department about the NDFB-IKS cadres getting into rhino poaching. In her written reply to a question by Congress legislator Abdul Khaleque, Brahma said that a letter has been received from the ADGP (Special Branch), Pallab Bhattacharyya, informing the Government about the threat.

Reacting to the Silapathar incident, NDFB-S blamed the State Government for the whole incident and threatened that the outfit will not tolerate on the destructive policy of the Government to annihilate the ‘indigenous people’ of the State by giving soft heart to the illegal immigrants on the pretext of their political gain.

In a joint statement issued to the media after a joint meeting between ‘Working Group’ of NNPGs and NGBF held at Dimapur urged for initiating a separate ‘political dialogue’ between the GoI and NNPGs of present Nagaland State. The statement was signed by NGBF president, I. Shanlem Konyak and general secretary Shikuto Zalipu and NNPGs represented by Government of the GPRN/ NSCN-KK ‘ato kilonser’ and ‘convenor’ WG, N. Kitovi Zhimomi NNC parent body ‘general secretary & co-convenor’, V Nagi NSCN-R ‘president & co-convenor’, Wangtin Naga NNC/ NPGN & ‘co-convenor’, Hozheto Chophy and NNC/ GDRN & ‘co-convenor’, Kiumukam Yimchunger.

Nagaland CM Shürhozelie Liezietsu met a joint delegation of the JCC and the NTAC, the two groups which spearheaded the movement against holding of civic polls, in a bid to resolve misunderstandings.

One extortionist, identified as Himato Yepthomi was arrested by the AET while he was caught extorting money from the trucks at Bamunpukhuri area in Dimapur Town. Money in cash and incriminating documents in the forms of leaflets belonging to the NSCN-IM was also recovered from his possession.

March 10

A complete shutdown was observed in Kashmir, following a call by the Valley’s joint separatist leadership against the killing of a civilian during an encounter March 9, disrupting normal life. Shops, business establishments and educational institutions were closed and the streets remained deserted. Hardliner Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Geelani, moderate Hurriyat chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and chairman of the JKLF Yasin Malik had given call for a complete shutdown and after-prayer protests on Friday (March 10) in the wake of Pulwama encounter (March 9).

Two teenage boys from PoK, against whom the NIA dropped charges of conspiracy in the Uri terror strike (September 18, 2016), were reunited with their families at the Wagah border after spending nearly six months in detention. Faisal Hussain Awan and Ahsan Khursheed had been handed over to the Jammu-based 16 Corps of the Army this week after the probe agency came to the conclusion that the two had strayed into the Indian side after a tiff with their parents due to the pressure of studies. The NIA had said that the evidence collected in the form of statements, technical analysis of their mobile phones, seized GPS devices and other circumstantial evidence collected by the NIA "did not reveal any linkage of the suspects with the Uri attackers". Earlier, the Army had detained the two on September 23, 2016 barely days after the terror strike, and claimed that the two had allegedly acted as guides of the four terrorists who carried out the attack on the Uri garrison in North Kashmir.

Junaid Qureshi, son of Kashmiri separatist leader Hashim Qureshi, said that Gilgit Baltistan is an integral part of J&K and Pakistan has no right to divide the state. "Gilgit Baltistan (region) is an integral part of (India's) Jammu and Kashmir State. Pakistan has no right to divide the state further and sell its resources under false rubric of infrastructure development," Junaid Qureshi said, adding that the "state is not for sale." Qureshi who also heads European Foundation for South Asian Studies, was speaking at the UN's Geneva convention. He also rejected the construction of CPEC along the line of control through Gilgit Baltistan region. "Construction of CPEC is illegal and a contravention of International law. It requires your (UN) urgent attention and intervention," he said.

One civilian, identified as P Loni (28), was injured when unidentified militants opened fire at a polling station at Purul Akutpa area of  Senapati District where re-polling was held.

The Dhemaji District administration has clamped indefinite curfew in Silapathar after six shops were set ablaze by unknown persons in the heart of the town. Miscreants also had set ablaze three houses at Sengajan and Majarbari in Simen Chapori despite the night curfew. When asked about the duration of their ‘ban’ on shops owned by Bengalis, the ‘general secretary’ of AASU's Dhemaji District unit, Krishna Ranjan Chutia, said that they would discuss the issue. Also, the AAJYS has called a 12-hour Dhemaji District bandh (shutdown) starting from 5 am on March 11. This bandh will take the number of days affected due to similar bandh in Silapathar to five. The situation has remained tense ever since the NIBBUSS activists allegedly vandalized the AASU office at Silapathar on March 6.  On that day, NIBBUSS had organised a meeting which was later followed a procession seeking removal of names of Bengali Hindus from the D-voters list.

Police arrested a NDFB-IKS militant, in connection to the abducting Ranjit Dutta (of Kokrajhar District), at Duttapur area under Runikhata Police Station of Chirang District. The arrested militant was identified as Mitichar Mushahary.

An indefinite hunger strike staged by ABSU and its allied organizations- PJACBM and the - NDFB-PTF, demanding early solution to the demand for creation of ‘Bodoland State’ and ensure political rights of the Bodos living outside the proposed ‘Bodoland’ area got underway in Kokrajhar Town.

One militant of NSCN-R, identified as Wangdi Tailong, was arrested by AR during an operation at Jungmaisung in Changlang District. A Pistol and live ammunition was also recovered from the arrested militant.

AR busted an abandoned hideout of NSCN-K at Nogna village in Tirap District.

Meghalaya CM Dr Mukul Sangma refuted claims by the opposition that his Government was yet to pay rehabilitation package to cadres of the disbanded ANVC and its splinter group ANVC-B. While replying during a debate, he informed that rehabilitation packages were disbursed to 363 out of the 367 cadres of the AVCB and 139 cadres of the disbanded ANVC-B. He informed the House that three of the members of the disbanded ANVC members did not avail the rehabilitation package while one expired.

Dr Sangma also informed that out of the 139 members of the disbanded ANVC-B only 11 have been able to take advantage of the rehabilitation package while 53 cadres their cases were sent for minor corrections and 74 cadres were yet to submit details of the bank accounts.

A former Sarpanch, Madvi Dula (55), was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres at in Tokanpalli forest under Chintagufa Police station in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. Dula was abducted by Maoists, on March 9, on suspicion of being a ‘Police informer’.

Two women CPI-Maoist cadres, Tati Bheema and Kunjam Somdi, were arrested from Usoor Police Station area in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. SFs recovered a .303 rifle, 41 live rounds, electronic detonators and Maoist uniform.

About 200 Dongria Kondhs tribals of Niyamgiri Hills staged a demonstration in front of the Rayagada District Police Office of Odisha. Tribals were demanding release of Bari Pidikaka of Tahali village, Dashuru Kadraka and Saiba Pushika of Gortha village, who were arrested on charges of being Naxals. Ladda Sikaka, convener of NSS, said unable to fight the Maoists, Police is targeting innocent Dongria Kondhs branding them as Maoist supporters. They have threatened to stage mass protests from Rayagada to Bhubaneswar if their demands are not met.

As many as 474 civilians have been killed in Naxal violence in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra since 1982, Maharashtra Police issued a statement giving the statistics. According to the statement, the total number of civilian deaths in Naxal violence till now stood at 474. Also, 312 citizens were injured. As many as 191 Policemen were martyred in line of duty and 511 injured in the Naxal-affected District. Similarly, Government property worth INR 107,030,299 was destroyed, while loss of private assets stood at INR 185,007,016.

Three extortionists identified as ‘captain’ Athongba Sangtam, Zhaito Sumi and Khunu Sangtam belonging to NNC-NA militant was arrested by AET from Khermahal area in Dimapur Town.

March 11

Two persons were arrested by Railway Police at Mazhama railway station in Budgam District, along with old scrapped currency notes worth over INR 3.4 million. An official said that following a specific input, Railway Police officials intercepted two persons identified as Farooq Ahmad Labru and Mohammad Shafi Labru when they were about to board train at Mazhama railway station.

The ground situation in several parts of Dhemaji District still remains tense, even six days after the vandalism of Silapathar situated AASU office by NIBBUSS activists on March 6. Indefinite curfew imposed by the District administration is still in place. On that day, NIBBUSS had organised a meeting which was later followed a procession seeking removal of names of Bengali Hindus from the Doubtful-voters (D-voters) list.

The 12-hour Dhemaji bandh (shutdown-from 5 am to 5 pm) called by the Dhemaji District unit of AJYCS in protest against the vandalism and reportedly raising anti-Assamese slogans by NIBBUSS activists on March 6th passed off peacefully with some stray incident of motor tyres burning. AJYCS workers showed protest by burning motor tyres on the NH at Sissiborgaon, 15 km away from Dhemaji town. Normal life in Dhemaji was badly hit during the bandh as all shops, business establishments and financial institutions, including educational institutions at Dhemaji town and its adjacent areas remained closed during the bandh.

A joint forum of several organizations in Golaghat District had called a 12-hour Golaghat bandh (shutdown) protesting against the Silapathar incident passed off peacefully.All business establishments, Government and non-Government offices remained closed during the bandh.

Twelve CRPF personnel were killed and three others injured in an attack by the CPI-Maoist near Bhejji in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. Senior Police officials of Sukma District said that Maoist opened indiscriminate fire on a ROP between Bhejji and Kottacheru. Reports said the rebels looted weapons from the slain security personnel and took away the wireless radio sets from the spot. Further, details are awaited as the operation is going on. The deceased CRPF personnel have been identified as Inspector Jagjit Singh, Assistant Sub-Inspectors H.B. Bhatt and Narender Kumar Singh, Head Constables Jagdish Prasad Vishnoi and P.R. Minde and Constables Mangesh Pal Pandey, Rampal Singh Yadav, Goraknath, Nand Kumar Patra, Satish Kumar Verma, K Shankar and Suresh Kumar.

Under the scheme of NFADP, East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand administration will be organising a Vikas Mela at Jualkanta in Ghurabandha Police Station area in Ghatshila sub-division on March 15. The Police and Paramilitary Forces are carrying out anti-insurgency operation in places bordering West Bengal's Purulia District and Odisha’s Mayurbhanj District in order to make the fair a success. SP, Shailendra Kumar Burnwal told, that after the surrender of top naxal leaders in February, the remaining naxals operating in the area have united. The idea to launch the operation is to force them to shun path of violence.

SFs recovered explosives from a shop at Goraimari in the Barpeta District. SFs recovered five explosives, each weighing approximately 500 grams, which were wound with rope and shrapnel and further packed with red tape. Another plastic bag with ‘white powder’ was also recovered, which was suspected to be potassium nitrate, a substance used to make explosives. One unidentified person was arrested in this connection so far.

A video of a scene of extortion in broad daylight at a fuel outlet in Kohima town by a couple of unidentified gunmen has gone viral on social media. However, with the witnesses denying any extortion activity, the Police did not register any case after the incident.

One person identified as Lukheyi Yepthomi was arrested by the AET while he was ‘collecting taxes’ in the name of the 'NPG’ from various commercial vehicles around Doshehe Market area in Dimapur Town.

Four cadres of the PLFI were arrested by the Police in two separate incidents in Khunti and West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. PLFI is a splinter group of CPI-Maoist. In the first incident, three PLFI cadres, including a woman, Nirmala Kandulana, Jagai Pahan and Karam Singh Munda, were arrested when they came to collect ‘levy’ at Bhagat Singh Chowk in Khunti District of Jharkhand. In other incident, Police arrested PLFI cadre Rugu Gudia under Tebo Police Station limits in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. Police recovered two double barrel gun and 46 live cartridges from the spot of arrest.


March 12

Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire by resorting to firing and mortar shelling in Krishnagati sector along the LoC in Poonch District.

One NDFB-IKS militant, identified as Agostin Mushahari (30), was arrested by Indian Army in Udalguri District. Sixteen live rounds of ammunition of 5. 56 mm AK 47, four mobile phones, a contact book and weapon repairing materials were also recovered from the militant.

State Police ordered a precautionary ban on the NBBUSS following acts of violence in Silapathar. The order means that NBBUSS will not be allowed to conduct any public meeting or activities.

The NSCN-IM, in a press release, threatened the people who are involved in money lending business to stop their business immediately in and around Dimapur Town.

CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a road construction machine and a two-wheeler at Badapadar village under Bijepur Police limits in Kalahandi District of Odisha. According to reports, a group of over five Maoists set ablaze a JCB and a motorcycle belonging to the contractor, identified as Rajendra Sahoo, protesting road construction work. “Last night a group of Maoists arrived at my home in search of me. However, I managed to hide following which they took the key of the JCB from driver and set the machine on fire on the outskirts of the village,” said Rajendra.

March 13

A former Sarpanch was killed by unidentified gunmen in Pulwama. Police said gunmen abducted former Sarpanch Fayaz Ahmad from his Kakoora residence in Pulwama, and his bullet riddled body has been recovered from Chewa Kalan village in the District.

Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and firing by automatic weapons along the LoC in Poonch District, prompting the army to retaliate. “There was unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army in Poonch sector from 0640 hours today, using 82 mm mortars, automatic weapons,” a Defence spokesman said. There is no casualty on Indian side, he said. This is the second ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Poonch District, since yesterday, in less than 24 hours.

Police, probing a case against Tabrez Tambe (28) from Mumbra (Thane District, Maharashtra), who had left to work in Egypt this January and allegedly joined the banned outfit Islamic State (IS), have found that he is in a Libyan jail. He was caught by the Libyan authorities in December, 2016. His detention has been confirmed by Dr Ramamurthy Kosanam, who saw Tabrez in IS custody. Kosanam, a native of Andhra Pradesh's Krishna District, was abducted by IS cadres one-and-a-half years ago. He was rescued by the Indian mission in Libya in February, 2017. Maharashtra ATS officials apparently showed Tabrez's photograph to Kosanam to establish if he was in a Libyan jail. Tabrez, had on December 5, 2016 called up his family and said he had been arrested by the Libyan government and requested them to file a missing complaint for him and approach the embassy for his release. He had also told them to uninstall the Telegram app, through which he was communicating with them.

Tabrez's brother, Saud, filed a complaint with the state ATS after his mother received his call. "My brother also gave us his Facebook and Gmail passwords and told us to delete his accounts," Saud told police. An ATS officer said they had contacted the Union home ministry about Tabrez. The home ministry contacted the ministry of external affairs. "We are trying to bring him back," said an officer. The ATS had registered a case under various sections of the UAPA against Tabrez and his associate, Ali. The family suspects Ali indoctrinated Tabrez and took him to Egypt, from there they went to Libya. Police have also found that Ali had sent around INR 4,00,000 to Tabrez last year for travel and other expenses.

In a development in the Lucknow Islamic State (IS) encounter, a purported message posted by a pro- IS Telegram channel has identified Saifullah, who was killed in an encounter in Lucknow earlier this week, as a soldier of the Caliphate. Officials said they are verifying the veracity of the post and has sought cooperation from foreign intelligence agencies. This is the first time that any IS supported channel on Telegram has owned up Saifullah, who was part of the alleged terror module, which planted a bomb on a train near Bhopal on March 7.

US based intelligence website Site Intel Group posted a screen grab of the Telegram message on Twitter, which said, “Pro-#ISIS Telegram Channel Incites for Attacks in #India, Points to Suspected IS Fighter Saifullah as Example.” The website also posted a photograph of Saifullah describing him as a “soldier of the Khilafah from India.” The photo was juxtaposed with a message in Urdu, Arabic and English. It said, “Think not of those who are killed in the way of Allah as dead, Nay, they are alive, with their Lord, and they have provision.”

In another incident of ceasefire violation along LoC in border District Poonch of the Jammu region, the Pakistani troops targeted the forward Indian posts along the LoC for the third time in the last 24 hours, forcing the authorities to suspend the Poonch-Rawalkote bus service and postpone examinations.

SFs busted an extortion racket of the NSCN-K and arrested two militants of the outfit, identified as Belin Lego and Dibya Koch and a link woman, identified as Moina Basumatary from the Kalapani Chapori area along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border under Sadiya Police Station in Tinsukia District. One AK- 47 rifle, 19 live ammunitions, one fired case, 14 rounds of. 22mm weapon, eight cell phones and SIM cards were also recovered from the arrested militants. 

The State Police arrested Binoy Biswas (55), one of the main accused who executed the March 6 vandalism incident at Silapathar in Dhemaji District, from Kakobari Dharmapur village in Dhemaji District. He is the ‘national organising secretary’ of NIBBUS. With the arrest, the total number of persons arrested in connection with the Silapathar incident has gone up to 43. The Dhemaji District administration also relaxed the curfew for four hours.

On the fourth day of their hunger strike to press for a separate Bodoland State, the hunger strikers said that they would not accept any medical aid until a formal assurance for a comprehensive political dialogue is given. The ABSU, NDFB-P and the PJACBM are together holding the indefinite hunger strike at Kokrajhar Government Higher Secondary & MP School playground.

SFs arrested one CPI- Maoist militant, identified as Tapan Mahatta (33) alias Prabhat alias Prakash Kurmi alias Ranjit from the ASTC bus stand in Tinsukia District during checking. Two SIMs and a mobile phone were also recovered from him.

A team of leaders of the UNTABA have met with Interlocutor for Naga peace talks RN Ravi and ‘general secretary’ of the NSCN-IM Th. Muivah recently. The UNTABA leaders had deliberations Th. Muivah “for the restoration of transferred Naga lands in Assam to Nagaland and in what manner traditional and historical boundary can be settled with Assam during the final political settlement.”

One extortionist, identified as Alferd Sumi, reportedly a ‘leacy’ of the ‘NPGN’, was arrested by the AET around Metro Hospital area in Dimapur Town while he was extorting money from the business establishments.

Four unidentified militants reportedly threatened two Mizoram forest guards who were guarding the forests along Meidili River near Assam-Mizoram border to curb bamboo smuggling. According to Mizo Zirlai Pawl (Mizo Students’ Association), the two foresters were threatened at gun point by the four militants armed with AK-47 assault rifles and one pistol and told to stop guarding the riverine forest. However, Police said that they received the information of militants threatening foresters, but could not confirm it.

Naxals blew up the house of a para-teacher and held a ‘Jan Adalat’ at Baltharwa village atop Jhumra Hill under Mahuataad Police Station in Bokaro District of Jharkhand. At least 30 Naxals pasted posters across the village, branding the teacher Jailal Mahto as a ‘Police informer’. Mahto was not present at his residence at the time of the explosion. Naxals assaulted his wife Bijli Devi (27) and his father Moti Mahto. The group then blew up Mahto's house. Villagers in Baltharwa remained angry with the Police for not visiting the spot more than 24 hours after the incident.

March 14

A 26-year-old man, identified as A Shaikh, was detained in Khargone District of Madhya Pradesh by the Maharashtra ATS in connection with a case related to Islamic State (IS). He is being brought to Mumbai for questioning, a senior Police official said here. According to Police, Shaikh, who has completed his M.Tech, was allegedly in constant touch with one of the accused in the case, who was earlier arrested for his alleged links with the banned terror group. “Shaikh has not been placed under arrest so far. We are examining his role in the case,” the official said without elaborating further.

Arrested for alleged involvement in the October 2016 murder of an RSS worker in Bengaluru (Karnataka), Asim Shariff, leader of the District chapter of social and political organisation PFI, was associated with members of terror groups such as IM and Al Ummah, the NIA has alleged. The probe agency made its contentions while arguing in a plea filed by Shariff in Karnataka High Court. Shariff has questioned the invoking of provisions of UAPA, 1967, against him for the murder of RSS leader R Rudresh, and the suo motu decision of the UMHA to ask the NIA to probe the case. In the course of arguments, the UMHA and NIA have stated that provisions of UAPA are applicable in the case since it involves issues of national security.

The air base at Pathankot in Punjab has been put under high alert after a terror threat was reported. Choppers kept vigil at the air base in Punjab after the threat and search ops were underway around the air base, report said. According to local Police, the security has been beefed up on the basis on intelligence inputs. No suspicious person/ activity has been reported so far.

The NIA has registered a FIR in the latest Islamic State (ISIS) inspired cases in the Madhya Pradesh and Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) terror operations. The principal focus of the investigators would now be to digitally track the mastermind behind the modules, who is believed to be abroad. The move is to ensure that further radicalisation of Indian youth is stopped. After forces managed to identify a Lucknow terror module linked to ISIS, top intelligence sources had confirmed that search activities were initiated to find 20 odd youths who might have joined the Islamic radical group earlier and are now back in the country. As per information, all the 20 members - mostly based out of Kerala - were in Syria recently and might have returned to India to act on the radical groups agenda. While there have been no ISIS related terror activities in India, the Lucknow terror module raised a lot of security concerns for the country. The Centre has pinpointed five states where ISIS activists could surface, including Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Intelligence operations have already commenced in these states for monitoring any kind of terror activity.

Pakistan state sponsored terrorism where "good terrorists" are used against India is most lethal form of terror threats that countries in the Indian Ocean Region are facing, said Vice President Hamid Ansari. "Pakistan's use of terror as an instrument of state policy has been acknowledged by US state department. Pakistan uses good terrorists vis­a­vis India while battling bad terrorists at home," Ansari said in New Delhi without mincing any words while inaugurating third edition of Counterterrorism conference organised by noted Delhi­based think-tank India Foundation.

Warning of attacks in India, terror outfit Islamic State (IS) released a graphic depicting Taj Mahal as a possible target. According to reports, the graphic image showing an image of Taj Mahal in the backdrop with an IS terrorist standing next to it was posted by the Ahwaal Ummat Media Center on a channel of Telegram, the encrypted communication app.

Site Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadi activity on the web, has confirmed the report. The graphic also has an inset which shows another image of the Taj Mahal within crosshairs with the words “New Target” written below it. Also, there is an image of a van with the Arabic text “Agra istishhadi” (Agra martyrdom-seeker) written in English. The security agencies have claimed that some 75 Indians have so far joined IS. This includes 45 who went from India, mostly from Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka, while the remainder were Indians living abroad.

SFs arrested one suspected CPI-Maoist, identified as Malu Sethi, from Paharpur village near Lekhapani in Tinsukia District. Two guns, 3kg of explosives, a detonator, 20m of wire, 500gm of nails, switches and a mobile phone were recovered from the arrested militant.  

The ABSU, NDFB-P and PJACBM decided to end the indefinite hunger strike that began from March 10 after the Government assured to hold talks on Bodo issues before April 14.  

The Dhemaji District administration lifted day curfew in Silapathar town, even as it decided to continue with the night curfew. The curfew was imposed after the widespread violence when activists of the NIBBUS ransacked the office of the local AASU unit following a rally by the lesser known organisation on March 6. Police has arrested 46 persons since the March 6 clash between NIBBUSS activists and AASU members.

SFs arrested a militant of a newly formed militant group named ARA, identified as Sengman Ch. Marak alias Miksal alias Bacheng from Alda Cheran village near Songsak in East Garo Hills District. A US-made M-4 automatic rifle with ammunition, which allegedly belonged to William A. Sangma, a militant leader and wanted criminal who had escaped from Mendipathar Police Station in 2014, was recovered from his possession.

In wake of the continued rate of crimes committed against women and children in the State, the militant outfit HNLC announced its decision to ‘restart Operation Kyllang’ to punish rapists in the State.

SVC asked the NSCN-IM to take stringent action against one of its ‘kilonsers (cabinet minister)’ who had allegedly abducted and beaten up the VCC of Shangnyu village in Mon District on March 5.

Mizoram Governor Lieutenant General Nirbhay Sharma said that the final stage of peace dialogue between the State Government and the Manipur-based HPC-D militants was expected soon. Addressing the State legislature, the Governor said that three rounds of dialogue have so far been held. “During these talks, arms and ammunition snatched from the police by the HPC-D cadres were returned,” he added.

AR arrested two IS suspects, identified as Nazir Mohammad and Abu Bakir, both are from Tamil Nadu, at a border check post at Khudengthabi along the Trans Asian Highway No 1 in Chandel District. Fourteen SIM cards and some handsets, besides INR 75,130 and a huge amount in foreign currencies were recovered from the arrestees.  

A man identified as Kaushal Paswan (30) was shot dead by CPI-Maoist cadres near Mahuraushan village in Gaya District of Bihar. Paswan was a member of an anti-Maoist outfit – Bhakt Sangharsh Samiti – formed last year by some Dalits as a vigilante group against Maoists after they had killed some members of Bhuian and Paswan communities during assembly polls in 2015.

Assistant constable, Phagu Ram Mandavi (42) of the CRPF was killed by a group of CPI-Maoist cadres in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. Mandavi was visiting Bodli village 'Mela' (fair) under Bangpal Police Station.

UHM Rajnath Singh told Lok Sabha that “unprecedented success’’ by SFs led to “uneasiness” among Naxal groups. UHM Singh told that improved efficacy of the SFs is evident from the fact that the number of Left-wing extremist killed increased by 150 per cent in 2016. Similarly, surrenders and arrests registered a combined increase of 47 per cent over 2015. In 2016, SFs arrested 779 Naxals while 1,198 surrendered and 135 were eliminated. In 2016 there were 67 per cent encounters and exchange of fire that resulted in neutralization of LWE cadres as against only 36 per cent in 2015.Mr Singh said sustained operations by the security forces ensured that South Bastar districts saw a considerable fall in violence in 2016 — 252 incidents, as against 326 in 2015.

Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Ahir, informed the Lok Sabha that although the Government had made significant headway in the areas affected by LWE, the Centre was willing to hold talks with the Maoist cadres, if the latter agreed to give up arms.

Two TPC armed ‘squad commanders’, Rajesh Ganju and Hiralal Ganjhu, were arrested by Jharkhand Police and the CRPF in Chatra District of Jharkhand. SFs recovered a US-made rifle and a carbine, seven other firearms, 450 cartridges, four mobile phones, six magazines and INR 56,000. TPC is a splinter group of CPI-Maoist.

Deva Madhi alias Raghu, a CPI-Maoist cadre, carrying INR 100,000 reward on his head, surrendered before Police in Malkangiri District of Odisha. Raghu was working as a member of LGS of Kalimela Dalam for the last four years. He was allegedly involved in the murder of Tulsiram Bedara, Jaga Madkami, Deva Madkami, Ganga Padiami, Madan Hantala, Gurumurti Madhi, Sama Padiami and Badu Hantala in 2013.

March 15

Two businessmen were arrested along with FICN having a face value of INR 6,20,000 in denomination of INR 2,000 in Hyderabad. Acting on credible information, sleuths of the Special Operation Team of Rachakonda Commissionerate arrested the duo, Sakethwala Ramesh and Mohammad Riyaz Baba, after raiding the latter's house in Ibrahimpatnam, Police said. Another accused Mohammed Hazi is at large. 

Inspector of SOT, LB Nagar zone, K Narsing Rao said Ramesh was the kingpin of the fake currency circulation gang. He was earlier arrested on November 26, 2016 as he attempted to circulate bogus notes which were photocopies of the original INR 2,000 currency notes. Ramesh had concealed the fake currency notes in the house of Riyaz. He was released from the prison on January 20, 2017 and since then he had planned to circulate FICN hidden with Riyaz, the Inspector said.

Calling Pakistan a terrorism factory, India said Pakistan's terror policies have alienated its own people through continued mistreatment of minorities. In the UN, India accused Pakistan of spreading terrorism and illegally occupying some territories in Kashmir. Exercising its right to reply during a UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, the Indian Representative said Pakistan must rein in its “compulsive hostility” towards India. “We ask Pakistan to stop inciting and supporting violence and terrorism in any part of India and refrain from meddling in our internal affairs in any manner,” the official said.

Three LeT militants and a minor girl were killed while another minor boy and a SF person were injured in an encounter at Hyhama area of Kupwara District of North Kashmir. SSP Kupwara, Shamsher Hussain, said that three militants of LeT, identified as Abu Mala, Anas Bhai and Abu Mansoor (all of them were Pakistani nationals) were killed in gun battle at Jagityal Kulnard area of Kupwara this morning (March 15). A minor girl, identified as Kaneeza and a minor boy Faisal were injured when they were hit by bullets during the encounter. Girl Kaneeza succumbed to her injuries and boy was shifted to Srinagar for treatment. A Police constable identified as Danish Ahmad was also injured in the encounter. Three AK-47 rifles, six hand grenades, one GPS, one wireless set, six magazines and large quantity of ammunition was recovered from them.

The SSP said that these militants were active in Kralpora, Dardpora, Marhama, Awoora and its adjacent areas for last one year. He said that they had infiltrated last year (2016) and were part of reception party of LeT. He said that they were receiving infiltrated militants from Keran and Tangdhar sectors and providing them logistic support before launching them to Kashmir valley.

Cross LoC trade between India and Pakistan via Chakkan-da-Bagh trade point in Poonch in Poonch District has been suspended in view of the mounting tension along the LoC after ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops. The Pakistan Army has targeted Trade Centre complex during shelling on March 12 and March 13. A school building and another structure at Chakkan-da-Bagh have been affected with the shelling by Pakistan.

Militants hurled a grenade on District Police Lines Pulwama in Pulwama District in the night. However, no damage was done. Police and SFs immediately cordoned off the area and the searches are on for the militants responsible for the attack.

The NIA filed the first supplementary chargesheet in the special NIA court in Guwahati against Rabi Basumatary, a suspected cadre of NDFB-IKS, for his alleged involvement in the killing of seven people at Balapara village in Kokrajhar District on May 1, 2014.

SFs arrested two unidentified militants of NSCN-K from Ligiripukhori area of Sivasagar District.

The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to a question by D.P. Tripathi in the Rajya Sabha said that the Framework Agreement of August 3, 2015 between the GoI and the NSCN-IM is a relevant document and details of the final settlement are being worked out within the parameters of the Framework Agreement. Hence, he added that it would be premature to make public the Framework Agreement.

One militant of NSCN-R, identified as ‘sergeant’ Bokito Sumi, was arrested while collecting extortion money from the commercial establishments in Dimapur Town.

In an address to a conference, via video conferencing from Raipur District of Chhattisgarh, on ‘’Counter-Terrorism’’ in New Delhi, CM Raman Singh, said that effective and good governance will spell the death-knell of Naxalism and terrorism. He added that LWE had been brought to an end in Surguja division. The authorities are working on the socio-economic front in Bastar division and the results will be known soon. Further, he told that the LWE had destroyed education, health, roads and communications links in the far-flung regions of Bastar division. He also elaborated that, medical services are being expanded in Bijapur District under the new innovative model. Five Prayas Residential schools had been opened in Raipur, Bilaspur, Ambikapur (Surguja), Jagdalpur (Bastar) and Durg Divisions to cater to the educational needs of children in the Naxalites’ violence affected Districts. He also informed that additional funds of INR 2 billion for Dantewada and INR 4 billion for Korba had been allocated under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s DMFP. It had created a positive environment in the regions.

Mohan Murmu and Sundar Soren of Ghurabandha squad of the CPI-Maoist surrendered before the District administration in Jwalkata village under Ghurabandha Police Station area at Ghatshila sub-division in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. They were aides of Kanu Munda, who is the former ‘secretary’ of JBORC of CPI -Maoist.

A group of 15 to 20 CPI-Maoist cadres abducted three villagers, Hari Pradhan, Banamali Naik and Sudarsan Naik of Narlapat village, from Thuamul-Rampur Police Station limits in Kalahandi District of Odisha. A senior Police official said the rebels either take the support of locals or resort to violence to trigger a fear psychosis among them to carry out their activities unhindered.

A report of the Home Department of Odisha Government, the standing committee chairman Ramesh Chandra Chaya Patnaik, told the Odisha Assembly that as 39 CPI-Maoist were neutralised while 23 civilians and three security personnel were killed in 2016. Report also stated that LWE situation remained challenging in parts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Bolangir, Bargarh, Boudh, Angul and Nayagarh Districts.

March 16

The Delhi HC upheld the Centre's decision to ban Zakir Naik's organisation the IRF. Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva who was hearing the matter dismissed Naik's plea against the immediate ban observing that the UMHA had "sufficient material for immediate ban." On November 17, 2016, the UMHA had banned IRF for five years under the UAPA. Contesting the ban in January, Senior Advocate Dinesh Mathur representing IRF submitted that the ban was imposed without "any application of mind on the part of the government authorities." The petition further contended that "the impugned notification, in fact, discloses no grounds or conclusions that have been drawn from any facts and material that was before the government to sustain its decision."

UHM Rajnath Singh said countries and state-supported groups, which violate the definition of terrorism as prescribed by the UN, should be punished by the international community. The minister said coastal borders of 36 countries touch the Indian Ocean, and nations, including India, need to work together to ensure safety and protection of maritime domains and trade and economic activities through sea routes. “To achieve this, we have to accept the comprehensive definition of terrorism given by the United Nations. The nations which violate this definition should be punished and ostracised,” he said.

Singh said the “comprehensive definition of terrorism” should include state-supported groups and nations which are supporting such groups and they should be brought under this definition...Identification of state-sponsored terrorism and isolating such state-sponsored groups will certainly be most important encouraging factors,” he said.

Police disallowed a joint press conference of separatist leaders, including the chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference, and took them into custody. The separatist leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yaseen Malik were scheduled to hold a joint press conference at Geelani’s residence in Hyderpora in Srinagar District but Police did not allow Mirwaiz and Malik to enter into Geelani’s residence. Police took the trio into custody and did not allow the press conference.  Before being taken away, the Hurriyat leaders called for the boycott of the by-polls to two Lok Sabha constituencies of Srinagar and Anantnag which are going to polls on April 9 and 12 respectively.

India termed as “entirely unacceptable” any possible attempt by Pakistan to declare the Gilgit-Baltistan region, bordering disputed PoK, as the fifth Province. Reacting sharply to reports that a committee headed by Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz has proposed status of a Province to Gilgit-Baltistan, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said any such step would not be able to hide the illegality of Pakistan’s occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir which it must vacate, forthwith. Noting that the issue pertains to the sovereignty of India, he said the Government’s position is very well known on the matter.

“The entire State of J&K is an integral part, has been an integral part and will be an integral part of India. No attempt or unilateral attempt or step to change that would have any legal basis, whatsoever, and it will be entirely unacceptable. “Any such step would not be able to hide the illegality of Pakistan’s occupation of parts of J&K which it must vacate, forthwith. It will also not be able to hide the tremendous, very concerning human rights violations and denial of freedom that has been going on in parts controlled by Pakistan for the last 70 years,” the spokesperson said.

HM militant Zakir Rashid Bhat, who took over from Burhan Wani who was killed in an encounter July 2016, has urged Kashmiri Muslim youths to pelt stones at SFs in the name of Islam, rubbishing Hurriyat's claim that the militant movement was "secular" or for "freedom" and Kashmiri "nationalism". In a 12-minute video, circulated widely on social media, Zakir Rashid Bhat, alias Zakir Musa, is seen preaching violence in the name of Islam. The terror outfit also separately directed voters to boycott the upcoming by-polls for two parliamentary seats and panchayat polls in the Valley. "When you pelt stones, don't think you're helping just one Musa or one mujahideen. You must do it to help and protect Islam," Musa said. "We'll hoist Islam's flag in our Kashmir one day," he proclaimed. Wearing an Afghan cap, a beige coat over a brown sweater, Musa appeared to be imitating Wani's strategy of using Islamic State (IS)-style videos and social media propaganda to lure youth into militancy. Calling Kashmiri informers and J&K Police "kafir" (infidel), Musa said both deserve to be killed. "We're fighting for Islam. We want to be martyrs for our Islam."

Two extortionists, identified as Heyito Aye and Atoshe Murru, both are members of FGN were arrested by AET at Murgipatti area in Dimapur town while collecting extortion money.

The ULFA-I, in a joint statement issued by its ‘chairman’ Abhizeet Asom, and ‘c-in-c’ Paresh Asom, hinted that it will continue ‘joint operations’ with the CorCom, an umbrella body of Manipur-based militant groups, against security forces of India. Last year, both the militant formations have carried out coordinated attacks on Security Forces under ‘operation Barak’.  The statement was issued on the occasion of ULFA-I’s ‘army day’ on March 16.

The Dhemaji District administration announced lifting of night curfew at Silapathar town which was imposed after the vandalism incident of AASU office by the NIBBUSS in Silapathar and the subsequent violence. Further, another accused of the vandalism incident, the NIBBUSS’s Dhemaji District unit ‘vice-president’ Sadhan Biswas (35) was also arrested from his residence at Number 2 Kashinath Chapori Mishing Gaon near Majarbari under Silapathar Police Station, taking the total arrestees to 49.

Members of CRPC, Assam, an organisation of Barak valley, have expressed their shock and anguish at the manner in which the government and its machinery are handling the case of the untoward incident that took place at Silapathar on March 6, till date. The organisation also demanded a high level impartial enquiry of the incident.

CM Sarbananda Sonowal appealed all the militant groups of the State for peace talks and said his Government wants to rid the state of the militancy, the illegal foreigners and the corruption.

The BJP-led Manipur Government appealed the UNC to immediately lift the indefinite economic blockade in a special meeting convened by CM Nongthombam Biren Singh. However, the UNC rejected the appeal to end the economic blockade of the State. UNC made it clear that the blockade would continue until the Government held talks with it over its demands.

Two cadres of the CPI-Maoist were killed in an encounter with SFs in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. The skirmish took place between a team of the DRG and CPI-Maoist cadres near Kochwahi village under Narayanpur Police Station limits. SFs recovered a .315 rifle, a country-made revolver, two wireless sets and Naxal LWE related materials. Two powerful IED weighing 25 kilograms each were also recovered. A massive combing operation has been launched in the region to trace the attackers.

Two CPI-Maoist cadres, Bijja Poonem (26) and Raghu Kadiyam (31), were arrested from Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. Two of them were carrying a reward of INR 5,000 on their head.

Eleven CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered during 'Police Mitra’ programme at the Ongnaar village under Benoor Police Station limits in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. Of the surrendered, Nemchand Gavde, Ramsingh Potai, Giluram Potai, Sonu Gavde, Manghal Singh Korram, Bholu Ram Potai, Dhansingh Vadde, Ghasia Potai and Sudu Ram Salam, were carrying low cash rewards on their heads. Besides, warrant was pending against Jamru Ram Potai and Sumita Kavde.

March 17

The Odisha Police neutralised a FICN printing unit at a slum in Bhubaneswar after seizure of certain materials used for making counterfeit notes. The seizure was made from Salia Sahi area. Sources said the Police got clue about printing of fake currency notes in the state after it arrested a college student from Baripada on March 9. The youth was identified as Shagen Tudu. He was caught while trying to use FICN of the face value INR 500 at a shop in Sunagadia area. Police have seized papers used in printing fake currency notes, colour printer and cartridge from the spot. Also 32 counterfeit notes of INR 500 denomination were seized. All the currencies bore identical series and serial number, the Police said. Shagen during interrogation had revealed that he had got the notes from a friend residing in Patia area in Bhubaneswar.

The `business' of FICN appears to be on the rise in Hyderabad, with the city Police arresting 10 people, involved in the crime, over the last one month. Officials, closely following the case, say that these photocopied notes are being brought into the city from places like Sircilla, Nizampet and Ibrahimpatnam. Confirming the rise in count of the fraudsters, Deputy Commissioner of Police (task force) B Limba Reddy said, "Only Non-Resident Indians have been given permission till March 31 to deposit old demonetised currency. Now, many scammers have also taken on the role of NRIs and tell their victims that they can deposit the money without any hassle, for a certain share."

There were 15 terror attacks on the Army in 2016 as the force lost 68 soldiers, the Lok Sabha was informed. The year 2016 also recorded 449 instances of ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC and IB in J&K combined. In a written response to a question in Lok Sabha, Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State for Defence, said 10 cases of terror attacks were recorded in 2014, followed by 11 in 2015, 15 in 2016 and three until March 15, 2017.

2015 and 2016 also saw a spike in the number of deaths of army personnel, recording 67 and 68 casualties respectively in terror attacks and along the border. In 2014, 38 army personnel died in terror acts while 13 have lost their lives this year. Bhamre said, in 2016 the area along the LoC , which is under operational control of the Army, saw 228 instances of ceasefire violations while the area along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, under the control of the BSF, recorded 221 instances of ceasefire violations.

This accounts for more than one instance of ceasefire violation every day. In 2017, 30 instances of ceasefire violations were recorded along the LoC while six such instances along the international border were recorded until February 6, 2017 by the BSF.

An encounter broke out between SFs and militants in Pulwama District of J&K, according to Police. According to reports, the area has been cordoned off by defence personnel as the militants have fled from the spot. This comes two days after a clash between the militants and SFs in north Kashmir’s Kupwara District had killed three LeT militants and a minor girl.

At least three militants managed to escape from cordon after a brief gun battle in Batnoor village of Pulwama District of South Kashmir. A Police official said that SFs cordoned off village Batnoor during the night. Police official said that SFs and SOG of J&K Police launched search operations at several places in Pulwama after HM posters appeared asking people to boycott bypoll in Anantnag Parliamentary constituency on April 12. However, the operation ended as the militants managed to escape and no arrests were made.

A day after HM posters put up in Pulwama in Kashmir provoked the youth in Kashmir to “fight for Islam, not Kashmir,” posters have been put up by the LeT in the neighbouring District of Anantnag asking the people not to vote in the upcoming local polls. The posters have warned people to stay away from the election process and not to cast their vote. The J&K Police have taken cognizance of these threats and have launched a probe to check the veracity of these posters. “The terror outfits have trying their best to ensure terror in the valley through the posters but not much heed should be paid into it,” Colonel (retired) VN Thapar said. “The government shouldn't bring its own guard down; rather it should ensure swift action.”

There were 15 terror attacks on the Army last year (2016) as the force lost 68 soldiers, the Lok Sabha was informed. 2016 also recorded 449 instances of ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the J&K border. In a written response to a question in Lok Sabha, Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State for Defence, said 10 cases of terror attacks were recorded in 2014, followed by 11 in 2015, 15 in 2016 and three until March 15 this year (2017). 2015 and 2016 also saw a spike in the number of deaths of Army personnel, recording 67 and 68 casualties respectively in terror attacks and along the border. In 2014, 38 army personnel died in terror acts while 13 have lost their lives this year.

Bhamre said, in 2016 the area along the LoC, which is under operational control of the Army, saw 228 instances of ceasefire violations while the area along the IB in J&K, under the control of the BSF, recorded 221 instances of ceasefire violations. This accounts for more than one instance of ceasefire violation every day. In 2017, 30 instances of ceasefire violations were recorded along the LoC while six such instances along the international border were recorded until February 6 by the BSF.

ATS of the Karnataka Police arrested a suspect here having links with the 2005 terror attack at Bengaluru's IIS from the outskirts of Agartala town in West Tripura District. "The Karnataka ATS personnel, with the help of Tripura Police, arrested terror suspect Habib Mia (37), from Jogendranagar on the outskirts of Agartala," a senior Tripura Police official told IANS on condition of anonymity.

The officials of BSF recovered FICN of new denomination worth INR 440,000 near the fence of Kushnimari border outpost in Dhubri District. They recovered the FICN in a packet containing 220 pieces of INR 2000 notes. However, the security personnel could not arrest anyone as they saw the bag being thrown from the Bangladesh side. The packet has been submitted to the authority.

The AASU and 28 other indigenous organisations demanded ban on the NIBBUS in Assam and arrest its leader Subodh Biswas along with his aide Sahadeb Das, who were involved in the vandalism of the AASU office in Silapathar on March 6.

CM N Biren Singh said that he would apprise the Central Government of India about reports of “unofficial designated camps’ of NSCN-IM in the State”. He said that a report would be soon compiled about the reported presence of “unofficial designated camps of NSCN-IM and lawlessness prevailing along the Indo-Myanmar border areas.” The “official designated camps are the duty of the Government” but the reported “existence of unofficial camps needs to be identified with photographs.”

State Government in its first Cabinet meeting in Imphal decided to initiate talks with UNC on March 19 to resolve the economic blockade issue in the State.

Chhattisgarh Police arrested Raju Korcha, a ‘platoon commander’ of CPI-Maoist, carrying reward of INR 800,000 on his head from Rengawahi area of Kanker District of Chhattisgarh.

March 18

Posters inviting youths to join Islamic State (ISIS) surfaced in  Rohtas District of Bihar, prompting the State Police to launch an inquiry to “get to the bottom” of the matter. The posters, pasted on electric poles, were first noticed at Sikrauli Bigha village in the State’s Nauhatta block, some 230 kilometers south-west of Patna. “ISIS come to Bihar and please new boys to join (sic),” was written in them. After a while more posters were seen around Nauhatta high school area. It said, “ISIS, please come to all Bihar districts”. The UMH) has been alerted after the development, the first instance of any pro-ISIS poster surfacing in the State.

A terror wave stares at SFs in Kashmir with a massive influx of Pakistani terrorists, and spiraling of local recruits pegging the number of armed radicals at 400 in the State, a three-fold increase following the killing of Burhan Wani in July 2016. A recent review done by the Army shows there are 250 local recruits and 150 Pakistani terrorists in Kashmir as of now. The increase from 91 locals and 60 Pakistanis respectively June (2016), a month before Wani, a local HM ‘commander’, was gunned down, has alarmed security agencies. Wani’s killing triggered months of unrest in the State with frequent violent clashes between civilians and SFs. Pakistani terrorists have also increased to 150, whereas the number was only 60 before Wani was killed. “With increased numbers and infiltration bids scaling, the forces are preparing for challenges in the summer,” said an Army officer.

A day after separatists asked voters to desist from participating in the bypolls to Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary constituencies, JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik was arrested from his office in Srinagar. "A posse of Policemen raided Abi Guzar office of the JKLF in the heart of Srinagar and arrested Malik to desist him from spearheading the poll boycott campaign," a JKLF spokesman said.

Police team arrested three extortionists, identified as Tengsrang Ch Momin (22), Mantu Ch Momin (35) and Suhrab Miah (35) from Ampati in South West Garo Hills District. According to the Police they were involved in extorting money from businessmen in the name of GNLA. 

In the 127th session of the KAAC Budget, a resolution for granting of an autonomous State by the Centre was adopted. Soon after the passing of the Council budget, the KAAC Chairman Bidyasing Tokbi gave time for discussion on the adoption of the resolution regarding demand for granting of Autonomous State as per Article 244(A) by the Central Government of India for the hill districts of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao. This was the third time that a resolution regarding Autonomous State issue was adopted. The CEM while referring to the signing of MoU between the then ASDC and Central government in 1995 and later the signing of MoS between the disbanded armed organisation UPDS and Central Government for granting of Statehood for the hill districts of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao, said it was signed by the leaders of the hill districts, but the Central as well as State Governments have not been serious enough in resolving the matter.

The ‘general secretary’ of the NSCN-IM, Thuingaleng Muivah and 19 other NSCN-IM leaders arrived in Camp Hebron of Dimapur from New Delhi to participate in ‘Naga Republic Day’ celebration. Muivah will deliver a speech at the celebration at Camp Hebron on March 21.

A woman and four other cadres of CPI-Maoist surrendered before Vizag Rural Police on Vishakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. The Maoists cited a range of reasons from ill-health to harsh treatment from their leadership which prompted their decision to surrender. The surrendered CPI-Maoist cadres are Gemmili Chandramma alias Akhila (33) of ACM of Kalimela (Odisha) Dalam ‘commander’ of Armed Militia Lasingi Matchayya (27) alias Matsya Raju, Korra Subba Rao (27) and his uncle Korra Lakshmana Rao (55) and Takkiri Hedbeen (33). Hedbeen surrendered due to harassment from Maoists.

Six Maoists including a senior woman cadre and two Policemen were killed while three SFs personnel, including two SI were injured in a gun-battle in forests of restive Dantewada District in Bastar Division of Chhattisgarh. An injured Maoist cadre was also arrested from the spot. IGP in-charge Bastar Range Sundarraj P said, "The skirmish took place at around 2 PM between a team of state Police's DRG and the ultras in the jungles of Burgum village under Aranpur Police station limits." During search, five bodies of ultras, including two women, belonging to Malangir Area Committee of Maoists, and a few weapons, including one AK 47 rifle and one INSAS rife, were recovered, the IG said, adding one injured Maoist was arrested. However, DRG constable Nirmal Netam and a Gopniya Sukram Gavde also killed in the exchange of fire, he added. Of the women Maoists killed in the encounter, one was identified as Palle, who was active as ‘secretary’ of Malangir Area Committee and member of Darbha Divisional Committee of Maoists and another as Vijje, a member of the same area committee, he said. Palle was carrying a reward of INR 800,000 on her head while Vijje was carrying a reward of INR 500,000, Police said. The identity of three other Maoists was being ascertained, he added.

Armed cadres of CPI-Maoist killed, Jotra Lohra (55), labelling him as a ‘Police informer’ in Gumla District of Jharkhand. CPI-Maoist cadres left a note proclaiming that Lohra was punished for being a ‘Police informer’. However, SP, Gumla District, Chandan Kumar Jha said: "Lohra was in no way associated with the police. He was a common man who eked out a living by working as a farm labourer. We are combing the nearby areas to nab the culprits."

Armed cadres of CPI-Maoist blew up the two-room house of a para teacher, Beerbal Ram, at Gowasarey village under Pandu Police Station, 52 Kilometers from Daltonganj in Palamu District of Jharkhand. Nobody was injured in the incident. SP, Palamu District, Indrajeet Mahatha said, "The Maoists suspect this para-teacher to be a sympathizer of a rival outfit TPC and we believe this was the reason behind this attack on his home." TPC is a splinter group of CPI-Maoist.

One of the three villagers abducted by the cadres of CPI-Maoist, on March 15, was killed by the Maoists, while other two were released unhurt in Kalahandi District of Odisha. The body of Banamali Naik was found today in front of his house.

SFs arrested one militant of NSCN-IM, identified as ‘kilonser (minister)’ N. Kire (57), from Kohima Town. SFs also recovered one .22 mm Rifle, one .22 mm (GSG5) Rifle, one AK-47, one magzines .32 mm, 87 live round of assorted ammunition and 10 fired cartridges from the arrested militant. 

A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an encounter with SFs near Burgam village in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. SFs also recovered an AK series rifle from the encounter site.

March 19

Pakistan troops on March 19 violated ceasefire and resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing with automatic weapons in civilian areas and targeting forward posts of the Indian Army at Bhimber Gali (BG) and Balakote sectors along the LoC in Poonch District. Official sources said Pakistan Army started shelling with two inch mortars and firing with automatic and semi automatic weapons in several forward areas falling under BG and Balakote sectors in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch District at 6 am on March 19. “Troops from this side retaliated effectively, leading to heavy exchanges that continued for 45 minutes. The firing and shelling from Pakistan side stopped after befitting retaliation was given by the Indian side to silence the guns of enemy troops and prevent civilian casualties and loss of property,” they said. There were no casualties of Army or civilians on the Indian side in Pakistani shelling and firing. Also, no major damage was reported as majority of mortar shells fired by Pakistan fell away from the civilian population and exploded harmlessly. However, Pakistan side claimed that a 60-year old woman was killed on their side at village Thandi in Kot Kehera sector opposite Bhimber Gali in retaliatory firing by the Indian troops.

Sources described ceasefire violation by Pakistan army as totally unprovoked. They didn’t rule out the possibility of Pakistan army trying to push militants from other parts of the LoC after firing in one sector. The troops were already maintaining high alert along the LoC in anticipation of infiltration attempts by the militants under the garb of ceasefire violations by Pakistan army, which was trying to facilitate intrusions by the militants.

A Pakistani national, awaiting deportation after completing a jail term for illegally crossing the border, has been slapped with PSA provisions and sent to the Kotbalwal jail in the district, the Police said. The J&K Home Department issued a warrant under the PSA against Khalid Parvez alias Junaid, and it was executed by the Samba Police, a Police official said. Khalid has been lodged in the Central Jail, he said, adding that the detenue was awaiting deportation to Pakistan after completing his sentence.

The economic blockade on Manipur Highways by UNC over the creation of new districts in the State came to an end on the 139th day. The UNC agreed to lift the economic blockade after a round of tripartite talk involving both the State Government and the Union Government at Senapati District headquarter. The tripartite meeting was chaired by Ministry of Home Affairs, Joint Secretary (North East in-charge) Satyendra Garg. In response to the decision of the UNC, the State Government agreed to release UNC’s ‘president’ Gaidon Kamei and ‘information secretary’ Stephen Sangkhel without any condition. All cases related to the economic blockade against them would be closed also. Apart from that, another round of tripartite meeting would be held at the political level within a month over the issue.

CPI-Maoist cadres released a press statement, at Bastar District of Chhattisgarh, carrying an image of assembled modern weapons they looted from the dead CRPF personnel. The picture along with the statement released by the South Bastar Divisional Committee of CPI-Maoist showed four AK-47 assault rifles, six INSAS assault rifles, one Light Machine Gun LMG, one UBGL two wireless sets and over 1130 bullet cartridges taken away by the rebels. The Maoists praised their cadres of PLGA -- the armed wing of the banned organisation-- that "carried out" the attack on a road opening party, killing twelve CRPF jawans in Sukma on March 11.

SFs recovered a powerful, nearly eight Kilograms, IED, suspected to be planted by CPI-Maoist cadres to harm a patrolling team, in Kanker District of Chhattisgarh. The IED was later destroyed with the help of a BDS.

Posters written in Odia by the CPI-Maoist cadres of the Rayagada Area Committee affixed in tree trunks were found at Parsali Gram Panchayat office under Kalyan Singhpur Block in Rayagada District of Odisha. The posters depicted the pro-people works undertaken by the CPI-Maoist.

Five CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested, in two separate incidents, by SFs during a search operation in Bijapur District of Bastar Division of Chattisgarh. In the first incident, a CPI-Maoist, identified as Uika Baru (50), was arrested from an unspecified area under Basaguda Police Station. In other incident, four lower rank CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested by CRPF’s 199th Battalion and District Force from an unspecified area under Mirtur Police Station. Those arrested were identified as Bhima Telam (25), Ayatu Banjam alias Bodda (30), Sukman Vanjam (25) and Baman Mandavi (25).

March 20

Three senior cadres of NSCN-IM, including one ‘kilonser (minister)’ identified as Tongsim Bengam Anal alias Prem (70) and two ‘deputy Kilonsers’ identified as Tongsin Thumwar (42) and Nula Hrangam Anal (45), were arrested by SFs from a place under Sekmai Police Station in Imphal West District. 

UNC ‘president’ Gaidon Kamei and ‘Information and publicity secretary’ SK Stephen were released unconditionally by the court of CJM, Imphal East District. Kamei and Stephen were declared innocent by CJM, Imphal East Aribam Noutuneshwari Devi and acquitted. The court also closed six different cases against the UNC leaders. However, the leadership of UNC is still against the creation of seven new districts. After the release, ‘president’ Gaidon Kamei said that the issue of the districts creation will be brought up during the next round of tripartite talk.

AR arrested three militants from different places in two separate incidents. In the first incident, AR arrested two militants of NSCN-R, identified as ‘captain’ Kampong and ‘revenue secretary (industries)’ Longkam Tunghang in Changlang District. In the second incident, AR arrested one militant from NSCN-U, identified as ‘captain’ Khampai Wangsu in Longding District.

Different Naga militant groups greeted the ‘Naga people and its neighbors’ before the 38th ‘Naga Republic Day’, which will be celebration on March 21. NNPG/ NNC-NA, NSCN-K and NSCN-R/ GPRN are the militant groups who sent statements in media about their ‘celebration’.

An Indian Army source reveals that the ULFA-I, which suffered severe setbacks due to sustained operations, was forced to allow militant outfits from other States to operate in Assam. The source further said that, demonetisation of the old INR 500 and INR 1,000 currency notes also resulted in severe setback to the militant group. Army sources added that as it is not in a position to carry out operations on its own, the ULFA-I was forced to allow militant outfits from Manipur and Nagaland to operate in Assam.

Police have stepped up vigil in Districts bordering Bangladesh following reports of an increase in infiltration by militants. There have been reports that the Bangladesh government has informed the Union home ministry that over 2,000 HuJI and JMB militants had crossed into the Indian side and are hiding in West Bengal, Assam and Tripura.

A report from the Bangladesh government to the UMHA over the recent spike in infiltration of terrorists to India has rung alarm bells in the security establishment. According to the report, 2016 witnessed an over-three-fold increase over 2015 in infiltration by HuJI and JMB extremists into the border states of West Bengal, Assam and Tripura. The development assumes significance as the NIA has found overseas terror links and the direct role of JMB in the October 2014 Bardhaman blast at Khagragarh.

The report said approximately 2,010 HuJI and JMB operatives had entered the three states. While nearly 720 men made a safe passage through the Bengal border, the remaining 1,290 are suspected to have entered through Assam and Tripura. Bengal government officials are skeptical about the report, but even if just a close estimate, the number is disturbing as intelligence reports pegged the number of infiltrators in 2014 and 2015 at 800 and 659, respectively. "We are trying to gather information to confirm the veracity of the report," a senior Bengal home department official said. However, Assam Police is concerned about the development.

Armed with confessional statements of some of the witnesses, the NIA on March 20 issued a second notice to Zakir Naik asking him to appear before it on March 30, 2017 in a case filed against him under an anti-terror law. An NIA spokesman said that nearly 60 persons had been examined by the probe agency so far which included some of family members of Naik, some of his business associates, some employees and staff of the IRF as well as Harmony Media Private Limited, founded by Naik.

"Some of the witnesses have given statements before the Magistrate, wherein they have stated as to how Dr Zakir Naik had promoted enmity and hatred among the people of different religious beliefs, through his public utterances, and how he had hurt the religious sentiments of followers of other sects or religions," the spokesman said.

The notice has been sent to the Mumbai residence of Naik, who is believed to be staying in Saudi Arabia to evade arrest after his activities came under scanner following accusations that he had inspired some of the terrorists who attacked a cafe in Dhaka last year.

ED attached his assets worth INR 18.37 crore in the form of mutual funds, properties and bank balance. ED and NIA sources claimed that if he ignores the summons, he stands the chance of being declared a proclaimed offender and a red corner notice would be issued against him through Interpol. Sources added that they are also in the process of finalising a chargesheet against him so that his extradition from Saudi Arabia could be initiated. ED said in a statement that Zakir Naik had been issued four summons by it but he has avoided all four of them.

The Crime Branch of Delhi Police arrested a former Khalistani terrorist, Gursewak Singh Babla (51) near Rajokri in Delhi. They seized a pistol and some live rounds from him. Police claim that the accused was planning to revive the terror outfit, Khalistan Commando Force (KCF), following instructions from his boss Paramjeet Singh Panjawar, now based in Pakistan. Babla claimed to be a close associate of slain militant, Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, who was killed during Operation Blue Star in June 1984. He was involved in more than 50 terror cases. He was jailed for 26 years and released in 2010.

"He has been evading arrest ever since he was declared a proclaimed offender by a city court. A team led by DCP Bhisham Singh had laid a trap near Rajokri and arrested him with a loaded pistol and some rounds," said Praveer Ranjan, Joint Commissioner (crime). During interrogation, Babla told that he was in touch with former KCF 'chief' Jagtar Singh Hawara and some other militants of Punjab in order to revive the terror group. Police say that Babla and his associates have been targeting shops and ATMs in Delhi and Punjab in order to save money for terror operations.

A joint squad of District Force and CRPF’s 195th Battalion arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres from an area under Katekalyan Police Station in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The arrestees were identified as Hando Mandavi son of Budhram Mandavi and Kosa Mandavi son of Deva, both native of Metapal village. Maoists were carrying cash reward of INR 100,000 each.

A group of CPI-Maoist cadres killed a para-teacher, identified as Charku Yadav alias Sandip Yadav (30), at Jori village in Gumla District of Jharkhand. CPI-Maoist cadres also left a pamphlet which labelled Yadav as ‘Police informer’ and accused Police of giving patronage to JJMP. JJMP is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist. The pamphlets also decried Operation Green Hunt - an anti-Naxal drive that has been stopped long back - and urged the masses to support the Naxals in fighting Police oppression. They claimed that CPI-Maoist and their subsidiaries such as PGLA and JMP now stood united.

Ranchi Police arrested Ganesh Shankar alias Ganesh Kumar, a self-styled ‘commander’ of PLFI in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist. Nalanda SP, Kumar Ashish told reporters that Ganesh, son of one Nageshar Mistri, was wanted in connection with murders of a Jharkhand businessman and a Hilsa resident. He also added that Ganesh has over 12 criminal cases of heinous nature registered against him with different Police Stations in Nalanda, Bakhtiarpur in Patna District and Barhi in Hazaribagh District of neighbouring State, Jharkhand.

District Police arrested three CPI-Maoist sympathisers and recovered explosives from their possession at Charla forest region in Bhadradri Kothagudem District of Telangana. Accused were identified as Mohan of Mahbubabad, Gunji Vikram and Sode Deva from Chhattisgarh. It is learnt that the arrested persons took INR 80,000 from the CPI-Maoist cadres to bring explosives from Yampuram market in Chhattisgarh.

March 21

The discovery of some handwritten letters with IS initials, hailing Pakistan and threatening destruction in eastern Uttar Pradesh has prompted police to beef up security in the area. The anonymous handwritten letters were found by the roadside in Mirzamurad Police Station area. "A case has been registered against unidentified persons after nearly 5-6 handwritten letters were recovered on which Pakistan Zindabad slogans and IS initials were scribbled along with threats given for carrying out destruction in Purvanchal," SP (rural) Ashish Tiwari said. An alert has been issued and Intelligence agencies are also probing the matter. "24/3/17 Ko Purvanchal Mein Tabahi. Bacha Sakte Ho to Bacha Lo (There will be destruction in Purvanchal. Save it if you can)," said the letter.

Asserting that terrorism continues to be the single most significant threat to their stability, India and six other countries in the region on March 21, decided to take concrete measures to enhance cooperation and coordination among their intelligence and security agencies. It was agreed upon during the first meeting of national security chiefs of BIMSTEC, which has India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal as members. The meeting decided to establish a Track 1.5 BIMSTEC Security Dialogue Forum among the strategic community, a MEA release said.

"Given that terrorism continues to remain the single most significant threat to peace and stability in the Bay of Bengal region, the meeting recognised the need for urgent measures to counter and prevent the spread of terrorism, violent extremism and radicalisation...And decided to take concrete measures to enhance cooperation and coordination among their law enforcement, intelligence and security organisations and enhance capacity building," it said.

Noting that BIMSTEC member states face common security challenges, the participants underlined the necessity of addressing traditional and non-traditional security challenges to harness economic prosperity and human security in the region. The meeting underscored the importance of recognising the Bay of Bengal as common security space and agreed to work out collective strategies for common responses, the release said. Concerned over the emerging trends in cyber space that have security implications, the meeting decided to deepen cooperation among the respective cyber institutions through a Joint Forum on cyber security.

William Sangma, the wanted militant leader of Meghalaya, who newly formed a Garo militant group named ARA and his aide identified as Niksrang Sangma were arrested by SFs from Bongaigaon Town in Bongaigaon District.

SFs arrested two ULFA-I militants from Koriapani village at Jagun in Tinsukia District, near Assam-Arunachal inter-State boundary. The arrested militants were identified as Bitu Rajbanshi and Bitul Shimpo, Defence PRO Colonel Chiranjeet Konwer said. A pistol, live ammunition and cash were seized from their possession. "On sustained interrogation, the duo admitted to their allegiance to ULFA-I. Rajbanshi further revealed that he had undergone training at Kachin training camp in Myanmar," the officer said.

Governor of the State, P B Acharya said that the Nagaland Government supports the ongoing dialogue between the Government of India and NSCN-IM and would strive for a final solution to the six-decade old Naga political issue. The Nagaland Government has also recently constituted the ‘Political Affairs Mission’ to spearhead the Government’s efforts in this area, replacing the erstwhile Political Affairs Committee of the State Government, Acharya said while addressing the budget session of the Nagaland assembly.

Celebrating their ‘38th Republic Day’, the ‘vice president’, ‘general (retired)’ Kholi Konyak of NSCN-IM militant at ‘council headquarter’, Hebron in Dimapur District, assured that the future of the Naga people is safe under the Framework Agreement signed between the GoI and NSCN-IM on August 3, 2015. NSCN-IM ‘general secretary’ and chief negotiator of the ‘Indo-Naga Peace Talks’, Th. Muivah also delivered speech in the occasion and asserted that integration of Naga inhabited areas and people is very much alive and within the ambit of the Framework Agreement.

NSCN-IM ‘general secretary’ Thuingaleng Muivah said that the Framework Agreement signed with the Centre two years ago recognizes NSCN-IM’s demand for territorial integration of all Naga- inhabited areas in the region. “NSCN had consultative meetings with the people on talks consecutively for eight times. The historic Framework Agreement recognizes the unique history, identity, sovereignty and territories of the Nagas. It also recognizes the legitimate right of the Nagas to integration of all Naga territories,” Muivah said in his address to NSCN-IM cadres at Camp Hebron, the group’s headquarters in Nagaland, on its’38th Republic Day’.

Two Police constables, identified as Budra and Mansai posted at Darbha Police Station were injured in an encounter between SFs and the CPI-Maoist cadres in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh. Police recovered some Naxal documents, uniform and other related materials from the spot.

Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Ahir, informed the Lok Sabha in New Delhi that 150 per cent jump has been witnessed in the number of Naxals killed, it is 222 in 2016 in comparison to 89 in 2015. The Minister said the Government has approved the 'Road Connectivity Project for LWE Affected Areas' that includes construction/ upgradation of 5,411.81 kilometer  roads and 126 bridges/cross drainage in 44 Districts of nine LWE affected states at an estimated cost of INR 117.24 billion. He also added, "There is no proposal under consideration to exclude 20 districts from the list of 106 LWE affected Districts.”

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed an abducted villager by slitting his throat and released other in Rayagada District of Odisha. According to reports, Mali Pusika and Mandu Pusika– two villagers of Sapalajhola under Muniguda Police limits in the District– were abducted by the Maoists on March 19. While Police recovered the body of Mali Pusika this morning (March 21), Mandu Pusika was reportedly freed by the Maoists.

The DGP of Odisha KB Singh reviewed anti-CPI-Maoist operations at the District Police headquarters in Kalahandi District of Odisha. Singh held discussions on shortage of Force and proposals for upgradation of the Police Stations particularly in border areas in the District. “Today, we reviewed the crime and naxal activities in Kalahandi where couple of incidents has been reported recently. We have detected movement of few naxal groups in the district and nearby areas for which we are framing our strategy, “said Singh. He further informed that Naxals are well under control and the process of recruitment to address shortage of Police personnel would be completed within six months.

The District Police arrested two suspected CPI-Maoist couriers while they were allegedly transporting detonator fuse wires in Khammam District of Telangana. The Police also seized 3,000 metres of fuse wire from Madivi Kosa (21) and Madakam Kamulu (23) both residents of Bijapur District of Karnataka had purchased the fuse wire from one Mohan for INR 40,000, on the instructions of Haribhishan, Damodar, Azad and others and were arrested during vehicle checking, said Charla Police. The arrestees are allegedly members of the Pamedu LOS and were working under their ‘commander’ Kamalakka, Police said.

A HM militant wanted for arson and looting last year, identified as Sabzar Ahmed Mantoo, was arrested from a house in Thakrakot area in Reasi District. According to Police, the captured militant was associated with HM outfit and had been involved in arson and looting incident under Police Station DH Pora in 2016.

Ahead of by-polls, Police have arrested at least 24 persons accused of stone-pelting in multiple raids at Pulwama and Kulgam Districts of South Kashmir. Police raided Murana and Kangan villages of Pulwama District during nocturnal hours and detained at least 21 persons, mostly youths. Police said all the detained persons were involved in stone-pelting. Three youths were also detained from Budroo and Chawalgam villages of neighbouring Kulgam District. The trio was detained over their alleged involvement in stoning recent election rally of ruling PDP that was held at Chawalgam in the District.

Deputy CM Nirmal Kumar Singh said terrorism has no religion and the people involved in carrying out heinous crimes against humanity need to be condemned by every section of the society. “We should all collectively synergize our efforts to beat the forces preaching secessionism and give befitting reply to the anti-national forces,” he said and added that such elements are hell bent to create disturbances in the country and are trying hard to disturb the social fabric of the nation.

DGP of J&K, Shesh Pal Vaid said that certain elements trying to radicalize young minds in the Kashmir valley wouldn’t succeed as the youth wouldn’t accept their ideology, which was also evident from thousands of youths turning up for the Army recruitment in Baramulla District, which was earlier a hub of stone pelters. Vaid said that some `Wahabi elements’ were trying to change mindset of the youth but they have out-rightly rejected them. “The youth of Kashmir are for peace. No one likes violence. Kashmir is the land of Sufis and Saints, which has been inhibited by them for centuries together. There has been no place for radicalization of the youth, who have themselves rejected this approach and want to grow with education and jobs,” he said.

A total of 88 Kashmiri youths joined militancy in 2016, the highest in last six years and the infiltration almost tripled last year as compared to 2015, said Central Government. In written replies to two separate questions in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir shared data about Kashmiri youths taking up arms, infiltration attempts and law and order situation in the Valley. The data shows a steady increase in the number of youths taking up arms in the Valley from 2014 onwards as compared to ones between 2010 and 2013. It, however, said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has “improved to a large extent” in the current year.

March 22

The NIBBUS ‘president’ Subodh Biswas was arrested along with one of his close accomplices Subhas Biswas from a remote village in North 24 Parganas District. Both the accused were brought to Guwahati later in the evening by air. Police arrested the duo for their role in allegedly inciting a mob to attack and vandalize the AASU office in Silapathar town of Dhemaji District in Assam.

Two persons were sentenced to life on March 22, for the 2007 Ajmer blasts, which killed three people and injured 15. The Special NIA Court also imposed a fine of INR 5,000 and INR 10,000 respectively on “RSS pracharaks” Devendra Gupta, 41, and Bhavesh Patel, 39. Judge Dinesh Gupta ruled out a death sentence citing mitigating circumstances, including the fact that the two had not been involved in any criminal activity prior to the blasts; they hadn’t been shown to be a constant menace to society; and they had been found guilty by drawing inferences from circumstantial evidence. At the same time, the court questioned the NIA on its clean chit to two other accused, Ramesh Gohil and Amit, as well as “suspicious persons” such as senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar, Pragya Singh, Rajenda Chaudhary and Jayant, stating that it could not be done without invoking appropriate sections of the CrPC. 

FICN with a face value of more than INR 15,00,000 has been seized along the Indian borders with Bangladesh and Myanmar post demonetisation, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told Rajya Sabha  (Upper House of Indian Parliament).

Rijiju said in a written reply that till now FICN of the face value of INR 14,76,000 have been seized from the Malda District while another such haul of INR 1,00,000 has been made from the Murshidabad District, both along the Indo-Bangla border in West Bengal. He said that another INR 1,000 worth of fake notes were seized from Tamenglong District of Manipur along the Indo-Myanmar border during the same period.

When asked whether out of the 220-km of the border area in Malda, only 150-km was fenced, Rijiju said “Some portion of Indo-Bangladesh border in Malda district is unfenced due to low lying or riverine areas, pending land acquisition etc.” He also added, “The government of India has decided to plug the gaps along the Indo-Bangladesh border by means of physical and non-physical barriers".

The MoS for Home Affairs clarified that surrendered militants without any criminal cases pending against them can contest in elections. Kiren Rijiju on the issue further informed that at least 15,314 militants have surrendered under the surrender-cum-rehabilitation policy for the northeastern region. Altogether, 235 individuals are still undergoing rehabilitation under the Surrender-cum-Rehabilitation Scheme as of financial year 2016-17.

Tabrez Tambe (28), a Mumbra resident who allegedly fled to Libya to join Islamic State (IS), is currently in custody of the Libyan army, according to sources in the security establishment, Indian Express reports on March 22. Efforts were under way to get him back to India and bring him to book. The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has booked him under certain sections of the UAPA. “We have managed to trace him with the help of the Libyan authorities and he is currently in custody of their army. Now, we are working towards bringing him back,” said an official.

According to the sources, Tambe was identified by Dr Ramamurthy Kosanam, a doctor from Andhra Pradesh who was recently rescued and brought back to India from Libya in February, 2017. Dr Kosanam had been held captive by IS militants for around two years. He identified Tabrez as a medical attendant in the hospital where the doctor was forced to work by the militant group. “Upon his return, an ATS team visited him and showed him Tabrez’s photographs. Through the photographs, Dr Kosanam identified him and informed us that he was working as an attendant,” said the official. After the identification, security agencies mounted efforts to track him and subsequently the Libyan authorities confirmed Kosanam’s claims and informed the Indian agencies that he was in custody of their army.

The ATS probe has also revealed that Tabrez had booked a return ticket to India to avoid suspicion. “Tambe made a booking through an online travel portal. We interrogated the Delhi-based representative who made the booking. The investigation has revealed that he booked a return ticket just to show that he intended to return to India. However, our investigation has revealed that the plan to go to Egypt for employment was an alibi; the real purpose was to leave India to join the IS,” said an ATS officer, adding that the investigators were combing Tabrez’s social media profile and questioning his friends.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation in the Northeastern States of India and directed officials to enhance vigil along the international borders in the region. During the hour long meeting, the Home Minister was given a detailed presentation on the prevailing situation in the Northeast, especially militancy in the region. Singh was also told about the steps taken to ensure peace, especially in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur, the four states considered to be affected by insurgency, official sources added.

SFs arrested NDFB cadre Debojit Basumatary from Tirap colliery, under Margherita subdivision in Tinsukia District.

The NIBBUS ‘president’ Subodh Biswas was arrested along with one of his close accomplices Subhas Biswas from a remote village in North 24 Parganas District. Both the accused were brought to Guwahati later in the evening by air. Police arrested the duo for their role in allegedly inciting a mob to attack and vandalize the AASU office in Silapathar town of Dhemaji District in Assam. NIBBUS claims to be spearheading the movement across the country for granting citizenship to Hindu Bengalis by amending the Citizenship Act.

NSCN-IM re-elected its ‘vice chairman’ ‘general’ Khole Konyak and ‘general secretary’, Thuingaleng Muivah for another term of six years during the meeting of the NSCN-IM council at council headquarters, Camp Hebron in Dimapur District.

NSCN-IM ‘general secretary’, Thuingaleng Muivah stated that the NSCN-IM is for “harmonious interdependent relationship with our neighboring peoples and nations on the basis of mutual respect and recognition of right.”

UNLF claimed responsibility for eliminating Ajay Kumar Shahu, whose lifeless body was recovered from the road connecting Langol Game Village and Lamdeng Khunou in Imphal West District on March 17. In a statement issued to the press, the outfit said that Ajay Kumar Shahu was eliminated, not because he was a non-Manipuri, but for pimping by running a pan dukan (shop) at New Checkon. Detailing, the outfit claimed that Ajay Kumar Shahu used to pimp for commercial sex workers and hence was eliminated for using women as commercial commodities.

One militant of KCP-N, identified as Kshetrimayum Jiten Meitei (44), was arrested by SFs at Kakching Bazar in Kakching District. One Chinese grenade and one pressure bomb were recovered from the arrested militant.

Police arrested three militants of NSCN-K, identified as Dagar Perme (30), Obang Lego (36) and Bobel Lego (32), after an encounter at Kalapani area of Dambuk in Lower Dibang Valley District. One automatic German made HK 33 Rifle along with one loaded magazine and 25 live rounds of AK 47 was recovered from the arrested militants. All these three militants were involved in several extortion cases.

The CPI-Maoist handed over the charge to Takkedapalli Vasudeva Rao aka Asanna as the new secretary of the east division. Asanna, the nephew of former AOBSZC member Gopanna, led the action team that attacked CM Chandrababu Naidu at Alipiri in Tirupati in 2003. He is known to be a mastermind of deadly surprise attacks. Asanna also was a member of the action team that killed former Andhra Pradesh Home Minister Madhava Reddy while he was returning from Bhuvangiri in 2000.

An encounter took place between SFs and CPI-Maoist cadres at Kanker District of Chhattisgarh. However, there were no reports of causalities.

A Policeman was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres in Bijapur District of Bastar Division in Chhattisgarh. The incident took place at Kuprel village coming under Farsegarh Police Station limits when the Assistant Constable Tarun Sodi (29) had gone there for some personal work, Bijapur District SP KL Dhruv said. A group of Maoists reached into the village and shot Sodi before slitting his throat with a sharp edged weapon, the SP further said.

Taking stock of loses suffered in recent encounters in Chhattisgarh due to lack of a strong courier system, the CPI-Maoist is seeking to spread its activities and the outfit is planning to establish a faithful courier system in Khammam District of Telangana. According to information, the CPI-Maoist leadership is planning to recruit new cadres and also recruit couriers by offering huge amounts as they cannot survive without couriers as all materials, medicines and essential commodities including arms are supplied by the couriers to them. It is learnt that Maoist recruitment is ongoing near the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border. Maoists are focusing on Guttikoyas and unemployed tribals and luring them with their preaching.

Two CPI-Maoist operatives from Belpahari area surrendered before the Police in West Midnapore District of West Bengal. Maniram Sardar and Kabita Sardar were part of the Madan Baske squad of the Maoists and had expressed desire to shun violence and return to the mainstream of the society, the Police said. The duos also laid down one rifle, 13 one-shutter pistols and live cartridges. Both Maniram and Kabita were wanted in as many as 12 cases in the District and neighbouring Jharkhand and were accused of being involved in the murders of JMM MP, Sunil Mahato, and Belpahari CPI-M leader Sudhir Singh Sardar, the Police said.

Terrorist violence in Jammu and Kashmir has declined in the aftermath of surgical strikes executed by the Army in September 2016, the Union Government said in Parliament. According to statistics furnished by the Government in reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, terrorist incidents fell to 87 between October 1 and December 31, 2016, from 110 between July 1 and September 30, 2016. Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir told the House that 34 SFs were killed in the three months prior to the surgical strikes, while 19 died in the subsequent quarter. Civilian killings also fell from 7 to 6 in the corresponding period. According to sources, the fall in number of terrorist incidents is largely on account of weakening of violent protests that broke out after HM ‘commander’ Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter in July. Law and order disturbances peaked in the Valley state between July and September 2016, but violence witnessed a sharp decline thereafter as the protests died down and normalcy returned to the State.

March 23

 Terror suspects Atif and Danish were arrested in Lucknow by the NIA in connection with the Lucknow terror operation. Sources in the NIA said the arrested duo will be taken to Kanpur and other places in Uttar Pradesh by the investigating agency for further investigation. Uttar Pradesh’s ATS had earlier on March 14 handed over the Lucknow terror operation probe to the NIA.

One senior militant belonging to AMEF, identified as Raksim Ch Momin alias Arikam (22) surrendered before Police and Church leaders at Williamnagar in East Garo Hills District. The militant was a cadre of GNLA earlier and later formed the ASAK along with another militant Reding T Sangma. He surrendered in 2014. But he managed to escape from Police custody and joined AMEF in 2015.

SFs of Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh found three arrow bombs used by CPI-Maoist cadres in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. These bombs were planned and designed in Visakha Agency. Arrow bombs were designed and tested in Vizag Agency 10 years ago. These bombs are aimed in the air and not directly at the target. The bombs are made with detonators which blasts on hitting the target, said a senior officer involved in the anti-Naxal operations.

Simdega District Police arrested six PLFI cadres near village Mahuatoli under Parba Police Station in Simdega District of Jharkhand. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist. Police recovered two 7.62 mm bolt action rifles, several rounds of ammunition, three mobile phones and other paraphernalia from the operatives. The six men arrested included; ‘area commander’ Sachin Topno, Dubraj Topno, Ram Topno, Nitmohan Kongari, Ramesh Surin and Simone Kongari. The six were residents of Kamdara in Gumla District of Jharkhand.

The Central Committee of the CPI-Maoist, called a 24-hour countrywide bandh on March 29, in Ranchi District of Jharkhand, to protest the life imprisonment of CPI-Maoist ‘ideologue’ and DU Professor G.N. Saibaba and four others by Gadchiroli District (Maharashtra) court for aiding Naxal activities. 

The State Government of Odisha has pressed the MHA for mobilisation of two more Battalions of CAPF to strengthen anti-CPI-Maoist operations in Odisha. State DGP K B Singh informed media persons that the demand was made to CRPF Special DG (Central Zone). At present, 16 battalions of Central Forces have been deployed in Odisha in comparison to more than over 100 Battalions each in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. Of the 16 battalions of Central Forces deployed in Odisha, eight are from CRPF, while one is a CoBRA unit of the CRPF.

Militants attacked the residence and official vehicle of Mohammad Yusuf Bhat, a MLA from Shopian in two separate incidents, in the Shopian District. Militants attacked the residence of MLA Bhat, at Memander in the District. Police said that militants fired several rounds at the residence of Bhat at Memander and the security guards deployed there retaliated. However, no one was injured in the attack. Earlier in the day, militants fired on his official bullet proof vehicle at Hajipora in Shopian. Several rounds of fire hit a Police bullet proof vehicles and his ambassador car. However, the MLA was not in his car at the time of attack. Police fired back but militants escaped.

SFs cordoned off Moshward village in Keller area of Shopian District, after inputs about the presence of three militants. However, the operation was later called off after no militants were found in the village.

March 24

AR arrested one militants of NSCN-K, identified as Narang Hakum (34) from Malo Pahar of Ledo in Tinsukia District. One 9 mm pistol and two live rounds of ammunition were recovered from the arrested militant. The militant was involved in extortions.

Three militants of NSCN-IM, identified as Ato Rengma, Ating Muisao and Hotobi Rengma were arrested by CRPF while conducting a routine check of a passenger vehicle plying to and fro between Dimapur and Golaghat Districts. Nine bullets of 12-bore rifle, many pairs of camouflage outfits and substantial incriminatory documents were also recovered from the militants. In the primary investigation it was revealed that the trio was bound for Jangfai, a remote Rengma Naga village in the hills of Karbi Anglong District. The arrest hint at a possible bid by Naga rebels to establish control in Rengma Naga-dominated areas of Karbi Anglong Hill District of Assam which had earlier in December 2013 witnessed a series of bloody turf battles between the KPLT and RNHPF for territorial control and major share of the extortion pie.

In a statement, the ULFA-I criticised the Assam Government for spending INR 0.14 billion to organise the five-day Namami Brahmaputra Festival, beginning on March 31. In the statement, militant group express its suspicions that organising Namami Brahmaputra on the lines of Namami Gange programme ‘could be a prelude’ to linking the Brahmaputra with the Ganges and it ‘vowed’ to oppose linking of any river of Assam with any river outside the State.

Following the raging controversy over NSCN-IM ‘general secretary’ Thuingaleng Muivah’s sensational declaration on territorial integration of all Naga-inhabited areas in the Northeast on March 21, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal, clarified that no discussion has taken place with the Central Government of India regarding the demand of Nagalim. Reacting on Muivah’s statement, the AASU ‘president’ Dipanka Kumar Nath and ‘general secretary’ Lurinjyoti Gogoi, in a statement warned that nobody can take one inch of Assam’s land. The AASU also sent a letter seeking clarification on whether the Framework Agreement contains parts of Assam for the proposed Nagalim to PM Narendra Modi and CM Sarbananda Sonowal.

Following the sensational declaration on territorial integration of all Naga-inhabited areas in the Northeast on March 21 by ‘general secretary’ Th Muivah of NSCN-IM, confusion and anxiety raised among the masses in the State. Referring the statement on the Framework Agreement, the Manipur Congress demanded an unambiguous clarification from the Central Government India as well as the State Government. 

The Chhattisgarh High Court at Bilaspur District of Chhattisgarh rejected the bail application of the seven activists from Telangana, who were arrested by the Chhattisgarh Police in Sukma District in December 2016. They were charged of carrying CPI-Maoist literature and banned currency. They were booked under Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act.

Police arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres, wanted in about a dozen cases, Rohtas District of Bihar.  Police also recovered two country-made rifles, detonators and live cartridges from their possession.

Three cadres of the TPC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, were killed after an internecine clash at Seeta Chuan under Mohammadganj Police Station in Palamau District of Jharkhand. One of the killed TPC cadre was identified as, ‘zonal commander’ Ajay Yadav, who has a reward of INR 500,000 on his head. Yadav was involved in the Kala Pahad IED blast case in which seven Police personnel were killed in Palamu on January 27, 2016. The other two killed were identified as ‘area commanders’ Krishna Kharwar and Ravindra Mahto. Police also recovered one AK-47 rifle, one INSAS rifle, one semi automatic rifle, one 303 rifle and one 0.315 bore gun along with 630 live bullets, 23 magazines, 11 cell phones, several IEDs ,50 meter of Codex wire, flash and 6 back packs. A person Uday Oraon was also arrested from the site. Palamu Deputy DIG Vipul Shukla said, “It appears that the loss of life is due to the inner fight.”

Police recovered cash worth INR four million, sophisticated weapons such as AK-47, self-loading rifle and a .315 bore rifle and over 100 cartridges from a TPC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, hideout in Balumath area of Latehar District of Jharkhand. The raid was followed by an exchange of fire between Police and the rebels. However, there was no report of any casualty or arrest.

In order to deny compensation to the family of ‘Naxal’ Varghese shot dead by Police in 1970, the Kerala Government told Kerala High Court, in Kochi District of Kerala that Varghese was a "notorious criminal" and the conviction of former Inspector IGP, K Lakshmana, for ordering his extra-judicial killing doesn't vindicate Varghese's character.

March 25

Claiming that the MLA from Jiribam assembly constituency, Ashab Uddin, is a ‘non-indigenous person’ of Manipur, the DESAM announced a 17-hour Manipur bandh (shutdown).

Police launched massive search operation to arrest Mahendra Gogoi, a suspected linkman of the ULFA-I, who has been serving extortion notes in Majuli Island District for the last several weeks. Majuli Police have announced cash award to anybody who can give specific information about the ULFA linkman who has been collecting money in name of the banned outfit, informed Police sources. However, Police so far recovered several extortion pads and notes and two mobile phones, eight chargers and list of people’s names.

A massive public protests following the sensational declaration of NSCN-IM ‘general secretary’ Th Muivah on the Greater Nagalim issue was registered in Golaghat District. As the District has been suffering a lot of harassment following the boundary dispute over the last few decades, the people of the District have come out to protest the proposed inclusion of the land of the District in Nagalim. The people here have demanded the Centre to make public the Framework Agreement signed between the NSCN-IM and the Central Government of India on August 3, 2015.

The UHM clarified that there was no decision to carve out Nagalim from areas of states bordering Nagaland. The statement comes after demands from several organisations and political parties in Assam and Manipur that the Centre clarify its position on the claim of the ‘general secretary’ of NSCN-IM, Thuingaleng Muivah, over the issue of integration of Naga areas. “Some media reports have appeared recently to the effect that the Government of India has agreed to carve out a larger Nagaland State by taking away the territories of the states contiguous to Nagaland. Such reports are erroneous. It is clarified that there is no such agreement or decision of the Government of India,” said the UHM statement. 

The AATS, during a central executive meeting sought the creation of a separate autonomous council to safeguard members of the Bodo-Kachari tribe living outside the BTAD area.

SFs destroyed a solar-powered printing press installed by the CPI-Maoist on a mountain top in a remote forest of Madopara in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The printing unit was reportedly used to publish documents, statements and other publications of the banned organization. “During a search operation, the forces found a small printing press set up, powered by portable solar panels. Some printed documents and other publications of the Maoists were traced at the location. This is the first time that the police have found out such a setup used by Maoists,” said a senior Police officer. Acting on a tip-off about the location of Maoist leaders, a joint team of District Police Force and the DRG launched a search operation and reached the area. “The rebels, after being cornered, had opened fire on the troopers. There was exchange of fire following which the ultras fled. The forces further continued their movement and found the printing press unit, heavy batteries and solar plates on the mountain”, the Police said.

Three wanted cadres, including two women of the CPI-Maoist, surrendered before the District Police in Malkangiri District of Odisha, citing exploitation from their leaders and ill health as the reasons. Each of them carried a reward of `one lakh on their heads. The trio, Malle Bedingi alias Malle, Merry Karnem alias Divya alias Laxmi and Deba Madkami alias Deba belonged to Kalimela LOS under the AOBSZC of the CPI-Maoist. All three were active members of Kalimela Area Committee under the Malkangiri division of the AOBSZC.

March 26

Two persons including a Bangladeshi national were arrested from Samsherganj in Murshidabad District, when they were trying to smuggle in FICN by crossing a river. The Police have recovered FICN worth INR 5,00,000 and all the notes were of INR 2,000 denomination. Police arrested Babu Sheikh, who is a resident of Shibganj at Chapai Nawabganj District of Bangladesh, and his Indian counterpart Salim Sheikh who is a resident of Baishnabgarh in Malda District.

The Police suspect that Babu might be involved in an international fake currency racket. They will be interrogating both the accused to know about their associates who are operating to circulate fake currency in India. The Police feel that Babu is also involved in terror activities. The reason being that the circulation of fake currency is a task which members of terror outfits take up to earn money. The police are trying to know whether Babu is in any way linked with terror outfits like JMB.

Officials from the MEA have allegedly established contact with Mumbra’s alleged IS recruit Tabrez Tambe (28), who left the country in September, 2016 to join the terror outfit’s fighters in Libya. The MEA allegedly asked Tambe, who is wanted in a case, registered by the Maharashtra ATS under the anti–terror UAPA last December, to return to India and face the probe.

Sources from the ATS said that MEA officials spoke to Tambe on the telephone on “encrypted channels”. “We traced Tabrez through sources and later made MEA officers talk to him two weeks ago on encrypted channels,” said an ATS source. After contacting Tambe, the ATS shared the contact details with the MEA. Sources from the MEA were tight-lipped about the exact details of the encrypted conversations with Tambe as the process is still underway. The MEA has begun approaching the various power centres in Libya to facilitate Tambe’s return. He is allegedly under the custody of Libyan authorities.

A tensed situation prevailed over disputed land in Nagaland-Assam border (Dimapur and Karbi Anglong District areas) over the allegation of intrusion of Assam Police in Rilan village. The villagers alleged that over 30 armed Assam Police personnel including forest guards had come inside the village and destroyed boundary fences and plantations. They also claimed that while leaving the village Assam Police fired some blank shots in the air. The Nagaland Police reached the place soon after Assam Police left the site.

Reacting on the claim of greater Nagalim by the ‘general secretary’ of NSCN-IM, Th Muivah, the CM of the State, Nongthombam Biren Singh said that the territorial integrity of Manipur will be protected at any cost.

The 17-hour State wide strike called by DESAM to protest the induction of independent MLA, Ashab Uddin, as parliamentary secretary partially affected normal life in the State capital.

The PREPAK militant, celebrated their ‘37th Red Army Raising Day’ at different undisclosed places with different communities. The militant group announced about their celebration in a press release to media houses.

UHM Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation in Assam along with CM Sarbananda Sonowal and top officials of both Central and State Governments. During the meeting, Rajnath Singh was briefed about the steps taken to check violence perpetrated by the militants, ongoing process of preparing the NRC and security along the Indo-Bangladesh border, besides other. Singh directed that action should be taken against those who continue to indulge in violence, official sources said. Further, the Minister expressed hope that the work on NRC would be completed at the earliest without anomalies.

Two Naxals of JJMM were arrested from Dega Degi riverside, under McCluskieganj Police Station area in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. JJMM is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

A  PLFI cadre and cousin of late PLFI ‘Commander’ Mahadeo Munda, Shankar Munda was arrested from Charam Bartoli under Khunti Police Station area in Khunti District of Jharkhand. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

District Police recovered a bagful of Naxal literature from Daltonganj in Palamu District of Jharkhand. The SP of Palamu, Indrajeet Mahatha told reporters that Naxals have set up Gram Kranti Committee and there is a huge list of villagers drawn from many places. Mahatha said the documents showed how deep is the inroads of the Maoists in zameen vivad which used to be settled on caste line more than on another consideration like possessing of land etc.

CM Raghubar Das reiterated the stand of the Government and extended a fresh appeal to the Naxals active in Jharkhand to shun violence and join the mainstream in Nagar Untari of Garhwa District of Jharkhand.

Two militants of the HM were killed in an encounter with SFs in Awantipora area of Pulwama District, after they fired at the vehicle of a Police officer. A Police officer said that ASP Pulwama, Chandan Kohli, was on his way from Pulwama to Anantnag in a car along with two PSOs when a group of militants coming from opposite directions in another car fired at the bullet proof vehicle of the ASP near Padgampora village leading to an exchange of fire in which two militants were killed on the spot while two of the militants fled from the spot leaving behind the car. The slain militants have been identified as Shahbaz Shafi Wani alias Rayees Kachroo, resident of Beloo Rajpora of Pulwama and Farooq Ahmad Hurrah, resident of Nazneenpora of Shopian. “Both of them belonged to Hizb ul Mujahideen. The dead bodies have been handed over to the legal heirs for last rites”, the Police officer said. One AK rifle, one SLR, one AK magazine, 2 SLR Magazines, 2 pouches and a grenade was recovered from the spot. The car in which militants were travelling was also seized by the Police. IGP Kashmir, SMJ Gillani said, “An AK-47 rifle and one SLR were recovered from them. Interestingly, the SLR weapon was snatched from a minority picket in the month of October”.

Soon after the encounter clashes broke out between SFs and stone throwing protesters at Beloo, Padgampora, Awantipora and Pulwama. SFs fired tear smoke to disperse the protesters. And this morning (March 27) 1-RR of army and Kulgam Police launched a cordon and search operation at Gretbal Qaimoh area of Kulgam District. One SLR, three magazines and 132 rounds of SLR ammunition were recovered during the searches.

Militants snatched five SLRs from the security guards at the ancestral house of Minister of State, Syed Farooq Indrabi, in Dooru area of Anantnag District. A Police officer said that at least 13 militants including their OGWs attacked the ancestral residence of Minister of State for Industries and Commerce, Hajj and Auqaf and Power Development Department, Syed Farooq Indrabi, at Shestargam in Dooru area of Anantnag District. One of the security guards, Gulzar Ahmad, of the Minister was injured in the attack.

Police arrested two more suspects – one from Ban Toll Plaza at Nagrota and another from Shopian taking total number of arrests in AK-47 rifle snatching of Police constable to three, while the main accused remained at large along with the rifle. IGP, Jammu Zone, SD Singh Jamwal told that one of the suspects was arrested this morning when he was trying to flee to Kashmir while another one was captured from Shopian. “We are on the job to nab the main accused, who is absconding with AK-47 rifle of police constable,’’ Jamwal said, adding a high alert is being maintained throughout the region to nab the accused and recover the snatched weapon,’’ Jamwal, who was monitoring the search operation, said.

Reliable sources told that Shahid Ahmad, a resident of Memander in Shopian was arrested by the Police from Ban Toll Plaza at Nagrota on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway this morning (March 26), when he was fleeing from Jammu in a Tavera taxi car to Kashmir. Another accused Mohammad Asif, resident of Shopian has been arrested by the Police from Shopian on a tip off given by Jammu Police to their counterparts in Shopian. The main accused Amir Hussain, resident of Hallpora, Ratnipora of Shopian is absconding along with AK-47 rifle and 30 rounds. Fourth accused Masrool Ahmed, resident of Ratnipora in Shopian was arrested from the spot yesterday (March 25). Two motor-cycles have also been seized from the accused.

March 27

The SOG of Bhavnagar Police arrested two persons from Atabhai Chowk in Rajkot city along with FICN145 of INR 1,000 denomination.The arrested accused were identified as Ashish Agrawal, 26, a resident of Devki Nandan Apartment near Atabhai Chowk and Abdul Rashid Khursheed Sheikh, 20, a native of Daulatabag in West Bengal. One fake note of INR 2,000 denomination was also seized from them. H A Jadeja, Police sub-inspector, SOG said that the duo were probably trying to pass off the fake notes to someone for commission as RBI is accepting the invalid INR 500 and INR 1,000 notes till March 31, 2017. Agrawal, who is also a native of West Bengal, is engaged in gas welding work at the Alang ship breaking yard.

Two of the three men arrested from Madhya Pradesh within hours of an explosion on board the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train on March 7 have told the NIA that their original target was not this train but the Lucknow-Bhopal Pushpak Express on which they travelled the previous night, Indian Express reports on March 28. Atif Muzaffar and Syed Mir Husain told the NIA that they travelled in the Pushpak Express on March 6 with an explosives-filled bag, but could not plant it because of the “heavy rush” and “alert passengers”.

Official sources said Atif bought three tickets for the Pushpak Express but throughout the journey, they could not find a suitable spot or the right time to plant the bomb. They got off at Bhopal railway station on March 7-morning where Atif and Danish made a last-minute decision to place the bomb on the passenger train that was waiting to leave for Ujjain. “After their failure to plant the bomb on the Pushpak Express, they got desperate. They managed to get into the last coach of the Bhopal-Ujjain train that was about to leave the station, left the bag filled with explosives and got off”, sources said. The explosion left 10 persons injured.

From the question of the arrested men, the NIA has learnt that the four Saifullah included met each other in December 2015 and two months later, in February 2016, they decided to form a group in the name of jihad. “They rented a room in Lucknow where they gave themselves “code” names — Jiya Abu Ibrahim for Atif; Jafar Abu Ismail for Danish; Ali Abu Makaiel for Saifullah; and, Hamza Abu Waqas for Husain,” sources said. Syed Mir Husain told his interrogators that they used the code names while interacting with each other, and also with the intention of hiding their original identities. “Saifullah had even made a fake ID card in the name of Ali,” sources said.

For one year, from February 2016 to February 2017, the four travelled across the country, hoping to cross over into Pakistan from Jammu, Kashmir, Punjab and Rajasthan; or into Bangladesh, but found it was not as simple as they had imagined.

They also went to Kozhikode in Kerala to explore ways of “migrating to the Caliphate”. While they did not meet with much success, they met several persons who they thought could help them establish contact with the IS, sources said. In July 2016, during Ramzan, Atif became the ameer (chief) of the group and the four took the oath of allegiance to the Islamic State.

SFs recovered an IED, planted on the Ukhrul-Imphal road near the abandoned cement factory, at Hundung in Ukhrul District. 

SFs arrested one arms smuggler, identified as Mohammad Najir Ali (37), from Arapti Bridge under Lilong Police Station in Thoubal District. One 9 mm pistol was also recovered from the arrestee.

After the new initiative of CM Nongthombam Biren Singh, who invited the JAC-AATB to a meeting, the Joint Action Committee continued its series of consultations with various sections of the tribal society. Earlier, on March 24, the JAC-AATB said that they were not in a position to attend a meeting arranged by the Manipur CM over the current agitation in the hills, saying they were in the process of holding a series of consultations with various sections of tribal society.

The AAPSU termed the comments of NSCN-IM ‘general secretary’ Th Muivah on integration of Naga-inhabited areas as ‘disturbing.’ The apex students’ body of the State stated that the people would not accept any solution at their cost and that of the land of the state.

A 24-hour bandh (shutdown) called by the NCHIPF seeking bifurcation of the Dima Hasao District, crippled life across the Hill District. Addressing the media in Haflong, NCHIPF working ‘president’ S Zemi and ‘general secretary’ Vairinsingh Verte said that the bandh has been called seeking bifurcation of the Hill district between the Dimasas and the non-Dimasa ethnic groups.

After UHM Rajnath Singh termed NSCN-IM ‘general secretary’ Th Muivah’s statement that New Delhi has said “yes” to integration of Naga areas as “erroneous”, there was no reaction from the militant group and instead it maintained a studied silence over the Government of India’s flat response over Muivah’s statement.

Suspected PLFI cadres killed David Soy (20), outside his house in Gompilla under Torpa Police Station in Khunti District of Jharkhand. The rebels suspected Soy of being a ‘Police informer’. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

Suspected militants opened fire on the house of two Policemen, who are brothers, in Shopian District. The militants opened fire on the houses of ASI, Dilbar Ahmad and Constable Reyaz Ahmad at Keegam in Shopian. A Police official said the militants broke some window panes of the house and vehicle of the Policemen before fleeing. However, no one was injured in the attack.

SFs busted a HM militant module in Kulgam District, and arrested eight of its members who were tasked to carry out attacks on SFs and snatch weapons. SP of Kulgam, Shridhar Patil, said that the District Police and Army received a specific intelligence input on March 21 that HM militant has constituted a module of about a dozen OGWs to carry out attacks on SFs, Police personnel and snatch weapons. Patil said that the module was formed by district ‘commander’ of the outfit Altaf Dar alias Al-Kachroo and Towseef Sheikh alias Mossad. “We registered a case on the basis of this information and during the investigations, it came to the fore that Zubar Ahmad Badar, a resident of Nai-Basti in Qoimoh area of the district  was the main king-pin of this module and he was subsequently arrested along with one of his associates”, he said. The SP said that during further course of questioning, it became evident that leader of this module and other members were having large quantity of arms/ammunition for conduct of subversive activities.

March 28

No ‘high quality’ FICN have been recovered post demonetisation, although some scanned/photocopied notes were seized by BSF  and NIA at the Indo-Bangladesh border, Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal stated. He also said the government has been taking a host of steps, including setting up of a special cell in the UMHA to deal with the menace of FICN.

In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) Meghwal said: “No high quality FICN has been recovered post demonetisation.” The government had scrapped old currency of INR 500 and INR 1,000 on November 8, 2016 and replaced them with new INR 500 and INR 2,000 notes. As regards seizure of FICN of 2,000 denomination by BSF and NIA on the Indo-Bangladesh border, Meghwal said: “The forensic lab had reported the use of stamp paper in printing these notes. These notes have been scanned/photocopied. Examination of the specific parameters reveals that the notes are of low quality.”

The government on its part, he added, has taken various measures to combat terror funding and check smuggling and circulation of fake notes. These initiatives including setting up of a special CFT cell in the UMHA of coordinate with the central intelligence/enforcement agencies and state law enforcement agencies for an integrated approach to tackle the problem. Also, he added, a TFFC has been constituted in the NIA to investigate terror funding and fake currency cases.

The ULFA-I, in an open letter, signed by its ‘chairman’ Abhijeet Asom, reacted on the Dalai Lama’s upcoming 12-days visit to North East India from April 1. In the letter, the militant group expressed their concern that his visit might deteriorate the fragile relationship between India and China which will ultimately bring sufferings to the people of Assam. In the letter, the militant group also mentioned the ‘Nan Zang (southern Tibet)’ or Tawang as an ‘occupied territory’ and appealed to avoid anti-China statements.   

A coordination committee of 13 apex bodies of different groups of communities living in Dima Hasao District staged a protest against any move to create 'Nagalim' (greater Nagaland) by carving out a territory from the Hill District of Assam. Nagalim is the purported objective of the NSCN-IM, consisting of all the Naga-inhabited areas of neighboring Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and some portions Myanmar, which it considers to be the rightful homeland of the Nagas.

Deputy CM of the State, Yumnam Joykumar Singh appealed to the people not  to speculate "too much" on the contents of the framework agreement signed between the Centre and the NSCN-IM.

The NSCN-IM run ‘GPRN’ held its two-day ‘budget session’ last week and kept its ‘tax rate’ (euphemism for extortion) unchanged for the current fiscal year due to demonetization of high currency notes. “The budget proposal for the 2017-18 fiscal was unanimously approved by the house after thorough deliberation,” Medo Angami, GPRN’s ‘minister for Chaplee (financial) Affairs’, said. Angami did not specify the size of the budget that allocates much of the money for the ‘Naga Army’ and the rest for the GPRN. But a member of NSCN-IM’s ‘publicity wing’ said the size of the budget for the next fiscal is “more or less” the same as that of the current (2016-17) where “tax collection suffered due to the high-value cash ban” last year. “House tax charged by the rebel Governments has remained the same at INR 110 per house per year. They are also likely to continue charging INR 250-500 to issue work permit or identity cards to outsiders,” a Nagaland-posted Central Intelligence Officer said. “The rebels generate a bulk of their so-called tax from goods-laden trucks that enter via Assam for delivery within the state or in Manipur beyond. This ‘tax’ varies from INR 15,000-35,000 per six, 10 or 12-wheel trucks. Often, the ‘UG (underground) tax collectors’ issue receipts of Rs 1,500 for 15,000 collected or INR 2,500 for INR 25,000 collected,” said a Police officer based in Dimapur, Nagaland’s commercial hub. Also unchanged is the ‘income tax’ slab for the salaried class, both government and private sector. Each employee in Nagaland has to pay 24% of a month’s gross pay annually to the NSCN-IM, though resident tribes of the state are exempt from paying taxes to the State Government.

AR recovered cache of arms, ammunitions and “warlike stores” suspected to be hidden by the NSCN-K militants from a forest in general area Asukhomi and Lizu Naghuto in Zunheboto District. According to PRO of IGAR-N the recovered items included one 5.56 mm HK-33 Rifle with magazine, one 7.62 mm AK-56 Rifle with magazine and 66 live ammunitions and other warlike stores.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik claimed that law and order situation in the State remained peaceful and CPI-Maoist activities had been curtailed to a great extent. "The Left-wing extremism remains largely contained to few pockets in the state, such as in parts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Nuapada, Kalahandi and Rayagada districts. The security forces have been successful in handling the rebels on all fronts," said CM Naveen. Giving a reply on the Home Department budget discussion, CM Naveen also said: "Altogether 39 rebels were neutralised during anti-Maoist operations in 2016. In a major success, 28 rebels were neutralised in the cut-off area of Malkangiri during anti-Maoist operation jointly planned by Odisha and Andhra Pradesh police." CM Naveen said recruitment to the CPI-Maoist organisation had dwindled and the mass support base of the Maoists had weakened because of proactive governance initiative and Police action. He also stated: "The overall crime situation in the state has remained under control. In 2016, no significant increase in cases has been registered in comparison to 2015."

Roopesh, Shyna, Anoop, Kannan and Veeramani of the CPI-Maoist were produced before the Principal District Sessions court in Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu. On the day, the Judge was likely to hear their plea for translation of the charge sheet in either Tamil or English. Their lawyer M. Balamurugan said that portions of the charge sheet were in Malayalam, Hindi and a few other languages that the accused did not understand. As the argument related to the plea went on for some time with the Public Prosecutor objecting to it, Judge R. Pongiappan adjourned the case and said that he would hear the plea on April 17. The five Maoists were arrested in Karumathampatti suburb of Coimbatore District in May 2015.

A HM militant was killed and a Para-commando was injured in a fierce gun battle in Chadoora area of Budgam District. A joint team of the Army, Police and CRPF surrounded a house at Zuin village in central Kashmir's Budgam in which the HM terrorist was hiding. Civilian protesters soon gathered at the spot and began pelting the forces with stones, injuring more than 60 Police and CRPF personnel along with four soldiers, Army spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said. The Army had to fire at the protesters, killing three of them, before the eight-hour-long operation ended with the terrorist, as Tauseef Ahmad Wagay of Kanjijulla village of Yaripora in Kulgam District, being gunned down. Sources said that one militant managed to escape during massive stone-pelting.

Amid clashes, one civilian identified as Ishfaq Ahmad of Rangreth area of Rawalpora in Srinagar was killed when he was shot by SFs. One of the protesters identified as Zahid Rashid son of Ab Rashid Ganie received bullet injuries and later succumbed to his injuries. Another youth identified as Saqib Ahmad who was admitted at hospital succumbed to his injuries. Twenty civilians have been injured in day-long clashes at Chadoora area. The clashes and protests also erupted at Yaripora Kulgam, Rawalpora, Tral, Pulwama, Rangreth and other areas. Thousands of people attended the funeral prayers of three civilians in their respective areas amid massive anti-India protests.

At least four militants ransacked the house of SP, Hazratbal in South Kashmir of Kulgam District. Sources said that four militants barged into the house of Mohammad Ayub Mattoo father of SP, Hazratbal, Dawood Mattoo, in Khudwani area of the District and ransacked the house. The militants also beat up father of the SP, and broke window of the house. Before fleeing, they fired in air.

Mohammad Amir, who along with his associates had snatched rifle from a Police man near Tawi Bridge in Jewel Chowk in Jammu, surrendered before SSP, Shopian, Tahir Saleem, along with AK-47 rifle and magazine. Three Kashmiri youth identified as Amir, Masood and Shahid, all residents of Shopian District, attacked Police constable Mohammad Hanief posted as PSO of Anjuman Minhaj-e-Rasool chairman Maulana Dehlavi, near the main Tawi bridge in Jammu, last week. They attacked the Policeman with a stick and also threw chilli powder in his eyes. They snatched the AK-47 rifle from him and fled. Masood was arrested in Jewel area in Jammu, and his bike was also seized, while Shahid was arrested near Toll Plaza in Nagrota.

The SC said that Bru refugees, lodged in relief camps in Tripura after being displaced from Mizoram, should be allowed to voluntarily return to their native State. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice S K Kaul referred to the February 6 order in which Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar had informed the court that he would convey to the authorities concerned that status quo be maintained on shifting back of displaced families to Mizoram. “We accordingly hereby clarify that such Bru families that were displaced to Tripura and desiring to return to Mizoram voluntarily, shall be allowed to do so on their own will and such of the families, which desire such rehabilitation, will be provided the necessary pre-requisites as has been provided to others who have been rehabilitated,” it said. The solicitor general told the court that rehabilitation process of Bru families is going on and a joint monitoring group, headed by the Union home secretary, is looking after it.

March 29

An IED went off near a temple in Moreh town in Tegnoupal District. No one was injured, the Police said. According to Police, the explosive went off near a Shiv temple, considered the second largest temple in Northeast India.

Another IED exploded close to the residential gate of a former MLA, Bijoy Koijam in Thongju area under Singjamei Police Station of Imphal West District. However, no one was injured in the blast.

AR arrested a NSCN-K cadre, Wanghu Rangshong, from Laju village in Tirap District.

An ASAK militant, identified as Komol Ch Marak, surrendered before BSF authorities at Dobasipara in Tura in West Garo Hills District.

IG of BSF (Meghalaya Frontier) P.K Dubey, during his interaction with media persons, referring to the recent terrorist raid in Sylhet (Bangladesh) said that any incident that happens near the border is always a threat. P.K Dubey said that neo-JMB is acting on the agenda of IS. Reacting to a query if sealing of Indo-Bangla border was a feasible solution, Dubey pointed out that there were plans to seal the Indo-Bangla and Indo-Pakistan borders and since the Supreme Court has given a deadline of 2019 to complete the fencing along the Indo-Bangla border, the BSF is coordinating with the State government in this regard.

BSF troops arrested a suspected Bangladesh National Army militant, Mohammed Raju (30). Raju is a resident of Maijkandi in Jokiganj area of Bangladesh. Police sources said he entered Karimganj illegally through the Gojukata border area. He was handed over to Karimganj Police.

The ‘general secretary’ of the ULFA-PTF militant, Anup Chetia, opposed the proposed bill for granting citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis in Assam during a meeting at Silchar of Cachar District. He said, “We oppose the decision of the Indian Government to grant citizenship to Hindus from Bangladesh. This is a blatant threat to the demography of the state.” The militant leader further pointed that there are more than 1.5 crore Hindus living in Bangladesh and the Indian Government must start diplomatic talks with its Bangladeshi counterpart.

Nagaland CM Shurhozelie Liezietsu asked the various warring factions of Naga rebel groups to come together to bring about a permanent settlement to the six-decade-old separatist Naga movement. “It is unfortunate that Nagas are fragmented into several groups and all are asking for sovereignty for the Naga people. But can we expect all of them to bring different sovereignty to the Naga people?” The CM further said, “We support the Framework Agreement signed between the Central Government and the NSCN-IM. But this does not mean we support the NSCN-IM alone. We have made it clear to the Indian government and the NSCN-IM that to bring about a final and acceptable solution to the Naga political problem, all Naga political groups and sections of the people must be included in the process”.

John Szlazak, a Canadian national who went missing from Sukma District of Chhattisgarh on March 27, returned safe. Szlazak, who was on a bicycle expedition from Mumbai to Bastar, was allegedly held by lower-rung CPI-Maoist cadres in Singamadgu village under Chintagufa Police Station limits of Sukma District. “He is safe. He is reported to be in Singamadgu village area with ‘Sangham’ (local Maoist group) members,” Sukma, SP, Abhishek Meena said. The officer said the Canadian national hadn’t been taken hostage, but it seemed to be “a case of communication gap.”

Militants attacked Police parties in two separate incidents in South Kashmir. In the first incident, Militants attacked a Police party at Yaripora in Kulgam District. Militants opened fire upon the Police party outside the Police Station Yaripora. However, no one was injured in the attack. SFs launched searches in the area after the attack however, no one was arrested. In the second incident, Militants threw a grenade at a Police Party in Goriwan Chowk in Bijbehara area of Anantnag District. Police in retaliation fired several rounds in air and the militants fled under the cover of darkness. However, no damage was done. SFs conducted searches in the area. However, no one was arrested.

Strike was observed across Kashmir, against killing of three civilians who were killed at Chadoora in SFs firing during clashes amid a gun battle in the village of Budgam District on March 28. In Srinagar, a complete shutdown was observed.

Stone-pelting clashes broke out at Rawalpora, Bagh-e-Mehtab, Zampa Kadal, Batamaloo, Habba Kadal, Safa Kadal, HMT, Parimpora and other areas of the city. The clashes were also reported from several old city areas including Rainawari. Police used teargas shells to disperse the protesters. One civilian was injured during clashes at Rawalpora. Reports of shutdown were received from all parts of the Valley. Protests were also reported from parts of Budgam District while massive clashes raged at Baramulla Old Town and Palhallan hamlet. A protest was also reported from Ajas area of Bandipora District.

As many as 104 local youths of J&K have joined the militancy since 2016 and 65 of them are currently active there, Lok Sabha was informed. Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said among the 104 local youths in J&K who have joined the militancy in 2016-17, 12 were killed by SFs, 25 were arrested while two have surrendered. Ahir also said the State Government has reported that during the counter-insurgency operations, 18 incidents of stone pelting were reported during the last two years. He further said that there were 371 incidents of attempts to infiltrate in J&K from across the border in 2016 of which 119 were successful. While 217 militants have returned, 35 were killed and three were arrested last year, he added.

Replying to another question, the Minister said J&K has been affected by terror violence which is sponsored and supported from across the border. “The levels of terrorist violence in the hinterland of Jammu and Kashmir are linked to the infiltration from across the border. The activities of separatist and militant outfits also remain a challenge in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

March 30

The Kanpur module owing allegiance to IS, involved in the March 7 Ujjain train blast, had exploded a bomb outside the venue of PM Narendra Modi's Dussehra rally in Lucknow last year (2016), according to the interrogation report of Atif Muzaffar, the IS operative. The original plan was to target the `secured area' inside the rally but the terror squad couldn't get access due to heavy security.

The group, while making trial runs of IEDs, learnt that Prime Minister Modi was to visit Lucknow. Muzaffar, a resident of Kanpur and self designated ‘Amir’ (chief) of the Kanpur module, discussed the possibility of targeting the PM with former Indian Air Force air man G M Sahab. As part of the plan, about 5-6 days before the October 11 rally, which was attended by home minister Rajnath Singh as well, Atif and his deputy Danish prepared a pipe bomb using steel pipes and chandelier bulbs. In order to make the IED more lethal, they even bought two packets of splinters (iron ball bearings) from a cycle shop. Before planting the bomb, they also conducted a reccee of the venue in order to observe security arrangements.

Two militants of NDFB-IKS, identified as Lukash Narzary alias Langfa and David Islary, were killed following an exchange of fire with a joint team of Indian Army and Police at Simlagri under Amguri Police Station in Chirang District. One Insas Rifle with 10 rounds of live ammunition, one 7.65 revolver with three rounds of ammunition and one Chinese grenade were recovered from the killed militants. 

The Karbi Anglong District administration held discussions with the leaders of various social organisations and senior citizens at Diphu Circuit House on militant organizations’ ‘quit ultimatum’ served on Bengali and Hindi-speaking communities and how to defy it. Three militant outfits, KLO, NLFT and PDCK had on January 2, 2017 issued ‘quit notice’ against the Bengali and Hindi-speaking communities to leave Kamatapur, Karbi Anglong and Tripura by March 31, 2017. SP Dr GV Siva Prasad assured the oganisations of maintaining law and order in the District. He revealed that Police personnel need to be deployed at some interior hamlets. Meanwhile, he said that required number of armed forces will arrive within 24 hours. He sought the cooperation from all sections of people to prevent untoward incidents.

A woman sympathizer of the KCP-MJC militant, identified as Vahey Kipgen (30), was arrested along with extortion letters near Hotel Imphal in Imphal East District.

MCPM, in a press release, retracted its earlier ‘ban’ on Hijam Irabot Memorial Public School based in Langjing (Imphal West District) in connection with ‘commercializing educational institution’. A statement released by the outfit on March 26, 2017 said that the school had agreed not to ‘commercialize educational institution’. The outfit will not remain a mute spectator if such kind of activity is done in future, the statement added. MCPM also appeals to the people to report such type of ‘misdeed’ by educational institutions.

Around 20 armed CPI-Maoist cadres stormed into Daikallu railway station office in Rayagada District of Odisha, and exploded a tiffin bomb inside it after dragging out the station master outside. “At least 15-20 armed Maoists arrived at the station at around 1.30 a.m. They first ransacked the office,” said station master S.K. Parida. The Maoists then pulled the station staffs out of the office. Soon they triggered an explosion in the office and snatched away the walkie-talkie used by the Station Master, the statement of the East Coast Railway said. The Maoists left the station after 2 a.m. The window of the office and several properties were damaged in the explosion, sources said. Before fleeing the spot, the Maoists also put up posters and banners of the CPI-Maoist protesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Odisha and appointment of non-Odia administrative and Police officers in the State.

The Odisha Government decided to intensify its anti-Maoist operation in the worst LWE affected areas of the State. The decision was taken during a unified command meet in Bhubaneswar (the states’ capital) held under the chairmanship of State Chief Secretary A P Padhi. “Among other issues, we discussed the development of infrastructure in police stations, road and bridge connectivity in LWE-hit areas, intensifying joint operations against Maoists, deployment of force and sharing of information between states at the unified command meeting,” DGP, Odisha, K B Singh said. Barring the Sunki Ghat blast incident in Koraput District, there has been noticeable decline in Maoist violence and incidents, Chief Secretary Padhi said adding, the recently concluded panchayat elections were comparatively peaceful in LWE-hit areas than the previous rural polls in 2012. “The Gurupriya Bridge connecting the cut-off area in Malkangiri District would be completed soon. This will improve connectivity to far flung areas and will also be helpful in carrying out operations,” Padhi stated.

Cadres of the JJMP, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, set ablaze a dumper near a CCL colliery in Tandwa area in Chatra District of Jharkhand. At least 10 to 15 Maoists raided Magadh colliery project, a private company engaged by the CCL at Tandawa and set the vehicle on fire. Denial of ‘levy’ sought by Maoists is suspected to be the reason behind the attack.

Police and CRPF demolished a Maoist bunker in Dumri in Giridih District of Jharkhand during a search, and recovered Maoist literature and items of daily use.

CPI-Maoist cadre Soma Munda was arrested from the outskirts of the town in Khunti District of Jharkhand. ‘Levy’ amounting to INR 48,000 was found on him. Soma figures as a named accused in over a dozen incidents of Maoist violence and carried a reward of INR 50,000 on his head.

Two active cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested from Tamar Police Station area in Khunti District of Jharkhand. Ram Mohan Munda and Dawood Tirkey were involved in the murder of Jivan Singh Munda, head of Burusingu village, in Tamar last year. Based on their information, Police have recovered the murder weapon - a country-made pistol and some incriminating documents from the arrested Maoists. Both of them also have a criminal background.

The NIA suspects that the Kuneru rail accident in Andhra Pradesh, in which over 40 people were killed due to the derailment of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express near Kuneru on January 22, was orchestrated by the CPI-Maoist, a FIR registered by the agency said. “The Central government is of the opinion that the act of derailment is a suspected terrorist act by Left Wing Extremists and is a scheduled offence under the NIA Act,” an FIR registered by the NIA said. A senior NIA official said it was preliminary information and the probe was yet to be completed and they were exploring all angles. Since the area is close to the Maoist-affected zone, the suspicion of their involvement cannot be ruled out, said an official.

The CRPF recovered arms and ammunition from Chardarie forest area of Baramulla District. 53rd Battalion of the Force recovered one pistol, three grenades, two pistol magazines, one AK rifle and SLR ammunition from Chardarie forest area of the District during searches that were launched on specific input.

Youths who storm the encounter sites in the Valley to hurl stones at security personnel are committing suicide, Jammu and Kashmir Police said, and appealed to them to refrain from such activity. “In the encounter, even SFs and Police take cover of a bullet-proof vehicle or a house. Youths coming to the encounter sites are committing suicide," DGP, S P Vaid said. He appealed to the youngsters not to rush to the encounter sites, saying they were being misled and misused by elements inimical to peace in the Valley for their short-term political gains. "A bullet does not know whom it will hit. My appeal to all the young boys is that they should remain in their homes and not come to encounter sites. The youth must understand that they are being used by people for their short-term political gains," he said.

March 31

UHM Rajnath Singh, accused Pakistan of using the social media to incite youths in J&K to storm encounter sites to help holed-up militants, after some members in Lok Sabha (Lower House of the Indian Parliament) raised the issue of death of three civilians in Budgam District in firing by SFs. He said the strife-torn region had seen a “new trend” of late in which youths from nearby villages gather at the sites of encounter between SFs and terrorists and pelt stones to help the militants holed-up there to flee. “I will appeal to youths not to be misled by Pakistan. Some social media applications like Whatsapp and Facebook are used to gather youths at places of encounters. These groups are based in Pakistan. “Security forces are dealing with terrorists exactly the way they should and will continue to do so. I want to say that we will definitely be successful,” UHM Singh said, adding, Pakistan-sponsored terrorists are trying to destabilise not only J&K but entire India.

The Indian army recovered three live grenades from a grocery shop at Boko in Kamrup (Rural) District. According to the report, an Army team along with a State Police representative launched a search operation at the shop and during the course of the search a lady entered the shop and lobbed a grenade at the army team, which, however, did not explode. On further search, two more UBGL-type grenades were recovered. The owner of the shop along with the lady has been handed over to Boko Police for further interrogation.

Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres shot dead a villager in Malkangiri District of Odisha, suspecting him to be a ‘Police informer’. The deceased has been identified as Raghu Hantal from Cheliamunda village under MV 79 Police Station limits in the District.

Maoists killed a GRS of Jantapali village under Chitrakonda Police limits in Malkangiri District of Odisha by slitting his throat. The deceased was identified as Jaga Rao. The Maoists had earlier threatened Jaga to leave his job. However, he didn’t do so for which a group of Maoists stormed into his house during night, dragged him outside and murdered him by slitting his throat.

The 26th CRPF battalion during a combing operation recovered two powerful can-bombs suspected to be planted by the Naxals from the forest area in between Tilaya-Dakasaram road in Gomia block in Bokaro District of Jharkhand. The CRPF personnel also recovered 105 pieces of detonators within limits of Jagesher –Bihar Police Station of Bermo sub-division in the District.

At least 33 cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including half-a-dozen middle level ranking cadres (surrendered) laid down arms to join the mainstream in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh. Significantly, 14 of these surrendered Maoists hailed from Bhudrimahu village, considered citadel of dreaded Kanger Valley Area Committee operating in the District. “Significance of today’s surrender of Naxals is fall of the citadel of the Kanger Valley Area Committee,” Bastar range IGP in-charge P. Sunder Raj said. Kanger Valley Area Committee, functioning under Darbha Division of the CPI-Maoist, was considered the most ruthless unit of the outlawed outfit.

An Army trooper was killed in gun fire at a post located closer to the LoC, in Mendhar sector of Poonch District. The incident took place during early morning when Sepoy Kulwant Singh of 49 RR, hailing from Punjab had been deployed at a forward post. He had sustained bullet injury in his abdomen.

A top HM ‘commander’, identified as Amir Nabi Wagay, surrendered before SFs in Anantnag District. A Police official said that Amir was suffering from kidney failure and doctors had advised him dialyses. He said that he was involved in the grenade throwing incidents in South Kashmir and various other militant activities. He had joined militancy on August 16, 2014 and was active since then. His surrender was facilitated by the CIK, Police said. However, sources said that in the official records he has been shown arrested by the SOG of JKP and 1-RR from whose operational area he was hailing from.

UHM Rajnath Singh, accused Pakistan of using the social media to incite youths in J&K to storm encounter sites to help holed-up militants, after some members in Lok Sabha raised the issue of death of three civilians in Budgam District in firing by SFs. He said the strife-torn region had seen a “new trend” of late in which youths from nearby villages gather at the sites of encounter between SFs and terrorists and pelt stones to help the militants holed-up there to flee. “I will appeal to youths not to be misled by Pakistan. Some social media applications like Whatsapp and Facebook are used to gather youths at places of encounters. These groups are based in Pakistan. “Security forces are dealing with terrorists exactly the way they should and will continue to do so. I want to say that we will definitely be successful,” UHM Singh said, adding, Pakistan-sponsored terrorists are trying to destabilise not only J&K but entire India.

AET of Dimapur Police arrested a suspected militant, identified as Khekivi Ayemi, from Purana Bazaar area of Dimapur Town in Dimapur District for collecting extortion money from the area. Cash and incriminating documents in the form of money demand slips of the NNC/ GDRN-NA were recovered from the arrested militant.

April 1

Activists of AASU and 29 other ‘indigenous bodies’ took out a protest rally against granting citizenship to Bangladeshi Hindu migrants and further demanded immediate implementation of the Assam Accord, in Guwahati in Kamrup (metro) District. The protest programme was also supported by a number of other organisations, including Sadou Asom Karmachari Parishad, All Assam Lawyers Association and Central and semi-Central government employee bodies. This apart, Purvottar Marowari Sanmilan, Purvottar Hindustani Sanmilan, Purvottar Marwari Yuba Mancha, Purvottar Hindustani Yuva Samaj and All Assam Bhojpuri Parishad also extended their support to the cause and took part in the demonstration. The protesters, representing all the tribes and communities of the State, unanimously voiced their opposition to granting citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshi migrants, coming to Assam after the cut-off date of 1971, arguing that the proposed amendment in the Act would put a huge burden of illegal migrants on Assam.

NSCN-IM claimed that 32 Assam Rifles arrested its ‘steering executive member’, Zaremo Murry along with his wife and a lady ‘helper’ from his residence at Burma Camp in Dimapur District. A ‘press note’ from the ‘MIP’ of the NSCN-IM ‘condemning’ the act and further claimed that Murry was “falsely accused as a member of Khaplang group.” “He was forcibly made to sign as a worker of NSCN-K. It may be noted that Zaremo joined the NSCN/GRPN in 2016 after discharging himself from NSCN-R,” it informed.

Stating that the Indo-Naga talks were on the verge of conclusion to create a ‘new history’ for the Nagas, the NSCN-IM has appealed to all the Naga people to be cautious in words and deeds, or otherwise it could have a detrimental effect on the political talks process. In order to resume the Indo-Naga political talks process, the ‘collective leadership’ of NSCN-IM led by its ‘general secretary’ Th. Muivah and ‘vice president’ ‘general’ (retired) Kholi and dialogue team members left for Delhi, the outfit informed in a release.

IPS officer Vivekananda Sinha was transferred to Bastar region of Chhattisgarh as its IGP, an official statement said. Sinha, currently the IGP of Bilaspur, is succeeded in that post by P.S. Gautam, who was currently IG (Administration) at the Police headquarters, while Sundarraj P. has been divested on the additional charge of IGP, Bastar, according to an order issued by Chattisgarh Government's Home Department.

Three Army personnel were injured, as militants attacked an Army convoy heading towards Baramulla, on Srinagar-Bemina Bypass in Srinagar District. Terrorist group HM has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Nearly two dozen supporters of the CPI-Maoist surrendered before Police in Malkangiri District of Odisha. 23 rebel supporters, including 11 women cadres, surrendered before the Police at Kalimela Police Station in the District. The surrendered include four militia members, sources said. All the 23 surrendered belong to Elakanur village under Kalimela Police limits. The villagers said that they were disillusioned by the Maoist ideology and wanted to join the mainstream.

April 2

IM wanted to carry out a big terror strike in Surat (Gujarat) in 2008 to avenge the killings of Muslims in 2002 Gujarat riots and the demolition of Babri Masjid, Police said. Sources in the Gujarat Crime Branch said IM 'India cheif' Yasin Bhatkal had travelled to Surat with a plan to plant 29 bombs on July 26, 2008, the day 20 blasts rocked Ahmedabad. During the second round of questioning on April 2, Bhatkal told that IM was planning to carry out bigger attacks in Gujarat after the July 2008 serial blasts. "Bhatkal had thought after carrying out serial blasts in Jaipur, Bangalore and Delhi, they would get away with Ahmedabad blasts too. But within a week of the attack, Gujarat police caught some of the key IM operatives," an official said.

Bhatkal, however, fled to Koppa in Karnataka with Abdul Subhan alias Taukeer, another IM operative. Police said they have records of chats between Bhatkal and Ashadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, the prime accused in the 2013 Dilsukhnagar blasts case of Hyderabad, which point to their deadly plans in Gujarat. Bhatkal, Haddi and three others have been sentenced to death by a special NIA court in the case.

Thirty-three (33) Indians who were stuck in IS-captured Erbil in Iraq arrived in India on April 3 (today) after being rescued by the Indian government. The rescued people claimed that they were duped by their agent with the promise of employment in Iraq and further informed that many people like them are still stranded there. “Earlier 35 people were rescued and came back to India and this time we are 33. The agent deceived us by promising for giving jobs and took us to Iraq. More people like us are still there,” said a rescued person. They arrived at Indira Gandhi Airport (IGI) in New Delhi after efforts by both state and central government.

SFs in an encounter killed three militants of the UKDA in Jullian village under Manza Police Station of Karbi Anglong District. Another militant was injured during the encounter. A joint operation was launched by the troops of 15th GR and the Assam Police team led by Karbi Anglong Additional SP at the remote area in Singhasan hills based on intelligence input about the presence of a militant group at the area.

Imphal West District Police Commandos arrested one ‘active worker’ of PREPAK-Pro, Geeta Sharma (39), from a rented house at Majorkhul under Imphal City Police Station in Imphal West District.

Imphal West District Police Commando arrested one ‘active worker’ of PLA from Thangmeiband Lourungpurel Leikai under Imphal Police Station in Imphal West District. He also revealed that he was instructed to extort money from Government offices including Electricity Department, NIT, MANIDCO, Cooperative, Registrar, Science and Technology etc.

Police arrested a KRA-U militant, Chongtham Ibomcha Singh (43), during an operation at Taothong Ayungba Maning Leikai under Lamshang Police Station in Imphal West District. The arrested militant had abducted Soibam Dhanabir Singh (70), the proprietor of SDS Brick Field of Lamdeng Khunou on February 16 2017 and demanded Rs two crore for his safe released. Later, the proprietor was rescued by the Police on February 23 from Samurou area of Imphal West District but the abductors managed to escape.

An IED allegedly planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres was recovered under a culvert near Mohpal village in Kondagaon District of Chhattisgarh. The explosive, weighing around 20 kilograms and packed in a steel container, was planted under the culvert in the Badedongar area of the District, ASP, Maheshwar Nag said. The explosive was immediately destroyed on the spot; Nag said adding that it was meant to harm the security personnel during their operations in the area.

The SIB Police officials arrested three Naxalites belonging to the CPI-ML New Democracy from Kamayyakunta and Kannapuram villages in Buttayagudem and Koyyalagudem mandals in West Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. According to information, three Naxalites of the Chandranna Dalam, Karam Kannayya, Madakam Ramarao alias Ramanna, Chimala Vasantha Rao tried to extort money from a timber merchant in Kannapuram village.  The SIB team raided on the cashew garden and took Kannayya into their custody. Later, the team tapped the mobiles of other persons and arrested them in Kannapuram village of Koyyalagudem mandal. The team had received information that these three Chandranna dalam cadres of CPI-ML New Democracy have planned to kill a timber trader at Kannapuram village, suspecting him as ‘Police informer’. They seized one pistol, 10 rounds bullets from the LWEs.

A Policeman, identified as Shamim Ahmad, was killed and 14 others were injured in a grenade attack in the Nowhatta area of Srinagar. Militants hurled a grenade on a patrol of SF personnel when they were withdrawing from security duty in Botagali area of Nowhatta at around 7 pm.

Police raided Baramulla sub-jail in Baramulla District. Police recovered 14 mobile phones, two of them belong to hardline separatist Masarat Alam Bhat, and incriminating material from Baramulla sub-jail during a search operation in North Kashmir. Police suspects that these phones were being used for creating trouble in Kashmir. SSP, Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain Mir, said that Police received a request from sub-jail authorities that they are suspecting use of mobile phones inside the prison.”Thereafter police and jail authorities jointly launched a search operation there. During the search operation, we recovered 14 mobile phones along with some incriminating material. Mostly, these communication devices were recovered from those inmates who are involved in stone pelting, its instigation and militancy activities.” Sources said that the incriminating material recovered include diaries and books.

Life was affected in the Kashmir Valley as separatist groups called a strike in protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the State for inaugurating the Chenani-Nashri tunnel on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. Asking people to observe a general strike, the chairmen of the two factions of the APHC, Syed Ali Shah Geelani of the APHC-G and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq of the APHC-M, and JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik, in a joint statement on March 30, said “all rhetoric about development or construction of tunnels and roads are futile and will not succeed in luring us”. They said the Prime Minister was visiting the State at a time when the situation was “extremely gloomy”.

In a fresh attempt to nudge Myanmar to launch a flush out operation against the militants of the Northeast, India reduced the allotment to its Aid to Myanmar programme significantly and allocated INR 225 crore only this Year (2017-18). In the previous year, (i.e. in 2016-17) India sanctioned INR 400 crore to Myanmar; but the indifferent attitude of Myanmar over the issue of Northeastern militant groups disappointed India and this time India has clearly shown its displeasure over the issue, claims the report.  

A BSF patrol seized fake notes with face value of INR 300,000 near the IB fence gate in the Churiantpur area of Malda District around 11:45 PM on April 2.  The seizure was made after suspected smugglers flung a packet into the Indian side from across the border.

As Zakir Naik, being probed under terrorism charges, defied the NIA summons once again, the agency has once again issued fresh summons asking him to appear before it on April 17. This is the third time in last one month NIA has issued notice to Naik but there is no sign of him willing to come to India and join the probe. Earlier, he was asked to join the probe on March 14 and then March 30.

Naik is on the run and is being probed by NIA for allegedly spreading communal hatred and inciting others through his speeches to commit terror acts. His now banned NGO IRF even allegedly funded few terror suspects. The agency has already questioned around 20 associates and employees of Naik in last few months about his business ventures, properties and funding from abroad. He had recently signalled his willingness to appear via video-conferencing, an option the NIA rejected.

Officials said that legal process calls for declaring him a proclaimed offender and then approach Interpol to issue a red corner notice against him and arrest him there. NIA has also identified 37 properties owned by him directly or indirectly. Sources said that many properties have suspicious ownership. An officer said there is enough evidence to make a strong case of illegal and unexplained flow of money to Naik's business ventures, particularly Harmony Media Pvt Ltd, in which he and his wife were directors till a few years back.

Four people, including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar, have been cleared of their alleged role in 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast by the NIA, according to the final report filed by the agency. The NIA couldn’t find enough evidence to build a case against the four, the closure report submitted before the special NIA court in Jaipur said.

 Among those acquitted were Harshad Solanki, Lokesh Sharma, Mehul Kumar, Mukesh Vasani, Bharat Bhai and Chandrashekar. Three accused -- Sandeep Dange, Ramchandra and Suresh Nair -- are still absconding, according to the NIA.

April 3

One CRPF trooper was killed and five others were injured after suspected militants opened fire at a CRPF convoy at Pantha Chowk area in the outskirts of Srinagar. Unidentified militants fired at a civilian passenger vehicle carrying CRPF personnel of 97 Battalion at Sempora in Pantha Chowk area. Two civilians, including a 10-year-old girl, were also injured in the crossfire. One of the injured personnel, Head Constable Basappa, later succumbed to his injuries. LeT claimed responsibility for the attack. The personnel were on their way to Srinagar for election duty for Lok Sabha by-polls scheduled to be held on April 9.

Pakistan army violated ceasefire and resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling and firing along the LoC in Digwar and Balakote sectors of Poonch District. Official sources said Pakistan army started heavy firing in all forward villages and Army posts in Digwar sector of the District at 9.30 am and soon extended the ceasefire violation to Balakote sector of the same District. Pakistan army used mortars, automatic and semi-automatic weapons in shelling and firing, which was retaliated very effectively by the Indian side, leading to heavy exchanges that lasted till this afternoon. However, there were no reports of any casualties or major damage on the Indian side.

BSF personnel seized FICN of the face value of INR 300,000 from Anantapur village in Malda District. The BSF personnel during patrolling along the Indo-Bangladesh border found 150 fake currency notes of the denomination of INR 2000 in a bag at Chowri Anantapur village under Baisnabnagar Police Station, BSF sources sources.

The second incident was reported from the Farakka area in Murshidabad District when the BSF troops intercepted a Jharkhand-based man on a tip-off. Fifty fake currency notes of INR 2,000 was seized from the man, they said. “Genuine currency totaling Rs 1,350, a mobile phone, an Aadhaar card and a driving licence was recovered from the man identified as R K Mondal (31),” a senior officer said. With this, the BSF has so far seized FICN of face value INR 696,000 this year in four instances near the border area here. The Kaliachak and Malda areas of West Bengal along the border are notorious for FICN smuggling. In 2016, BSF’s South Bengal Frontier (comprising five border districts of West Bengal) had seized fake currency with face value of over INR 1.47 crore and arrested 19 smugglers. The trend is being witnessed post demonetisation too although the trickle is slow, the officer said.

In a statement, CorCom, the conglomerate of several militant groups of the State threatened one lady named Konsam Ongbi Sanahanbi from Kwakeithel Akham Leikai of Imphal West District to appear before them by April 30. The militant group alleged that the lady has collected a huge amount of money in the name of the militant group.

Police carried out a cordon and search operation at Dewlaland near Inter-State Bus Terminus in Imphal West District and detained one suspected person who failed to verify his identity.

State Home Department wrote to the Union Ministry of External Affairs about the recent encroachment into Indian Territory (Holenphai village of Tengnoupal District) by Myanmar army and to intervene and take necessary steps to stop cross border activities. According to the report Myanmar Army intruded into Holenphai village on March 4 last and vandalized a saw mill. Manipur based NGOs who conducted spot visits at the border village after the recent incidents alleged that the Myanmar Army was continuing its activities on the Indian side.

The militant group, ZUF, said that it is ready to hold talks with the Central Government of India if it recognizes the demand for bringing together the Zeliangrong community. The new ‘chairman’ of the militant group, Jenchui Kamei said, "The Zeliangrong United Front is ready for talks with the Government of India provided it recognizes the demand for bringing together the Zeliangrong community scattered across the Northeastern States under a single administrative unit." The militant group with around 300 cadres mainly operates in Tamenglong District of Manipur and SFs reckon it as a force.

NTC reacted on the speech of the CM and NPF President, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsü, which he delivered during the Kohima Division NPF convention held recently in Kohima and expressed support to the August 3, 2015, ‘Framework Agreement’ signed between GoI and NSCN-IM. ‘When the party President, who is also the CM of the State, is so confident in expressing such unconditional support to an exclusive agreement between GoI [Government of India] and NSCN-IM, NTC believes that the state leadership knows the contents of the agreement and feels contented with the provisions in it,’ NTC ‘media cell’ stated. It urged the State leadership to divulge the contents of the agreement for the people of Nagaland to know and understand, adding the State leadership has first to satisfy the stakeholders before he lends support to such an important deal.

CPI-Maoist cadres allegedly killed a former Salwa Judum activist in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. Modiam Somlu (50) was fatally attacked by the Maoists at Loharpara village in the District early this morning, Police said. Somlu, a native of Pundri village, had gone to Loharpara, to fetch ‘sulfi’ when a group of armed rebels stormed there. The Maoists pumped bullets into him and also stabbed him with sharp-edged weapons, he said.

A CPI-Maoist cadre was arrested in a joint operation of Bihar Police, SSB and CRPF, from Manikkhtan village of Jamui District of Bihar. The Police recovered heavy arms and ammunition including 1 AK-56 rifle, 5 AK-56 magazines, 108 rounds of AK ammunition, 1 pistol, 2 grenades and three detonators.

CPI-Maoist cadre was arrested from Lausinha village in Gaya District of Bihar. Acting on a tip off, a joint team of CRPF’s CoBRA unit arrested the Maoist in connection with setting on fire an under-construction railway station at Kharaundh in Nawada District in October 2016.

April 4

Mumbai has been on high alert, after the Indian Coast Guard informed the Mumbai Police that three suspected terrorists of the IS group might try to enter the city via sea. The police are checking lodges and low-end hotels where identity proof isn't asked for by the owners.

A prominent political leader from Kozhikode and the Chabad House at Vattakanal near Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu frequented by Israeli tourists were the prime targets of the IS module, says the NIA chargesheet filed in the Kochi Special Court. But the name of the politician does not appear in the report. It says the module operated in Kerala and Tamil Nadu under the leadership of its 'amir' (chief) and NIT graduate Shajeer Mangalasseri. The kingpin from Kozhikode, also known as Abu Ayisha, appears in one of the Telegram groups as AfdolAX. Shajeer, who holds an Indian passport (M2957534), was working in the Gulf before shifting to Afghanistan.

He came to India on a two-week-long visit last year and gave his brother the power of attorney before returning on April 30. Another accused Saddik, who is close to Shajeer, is in Saudi Arabia. With over 15 members, the module had created several groups in Telegram to discuss IS ideology and plan attacks, says the chargesheet. “They had different names like The Gate, Bait-Al-Noor, Darul Fiqa, Kudumbam and Play Game,” said an NIA officer. He added, “The plot to attack the political leader and the Chabad House were discussed by Thaasveeb and Knowledge groups. The module had also planned to carry out an attack on a religious meeting near the Kerala High Court by ramming a lorry into the crowd.”

SFs arrested a ZUF militant, identified as Johnson Kamei (33), at Langol Games Village in Imphal West District. According to the SFs, the arrested militant was involved in several extortion cases.

One Bangladeshi immigrant, Iraj Ali (son of Isub Ali) who had migrated to Assam after 1971, and was illegally residing in Langia village under Dhing Police Station in Nagaon District was arrested. The arrested person was declared as foreigner by the Nagaon District FT on an unspecified date. After his arrest, Iraj Ali was sent to the Foreigners Detention Camp in Tezpur, the sources added.

Diphu based youth organizations- People for People and United Hills Development Organization have rejected the threat of PDCK to Bengali and Hindi speaking community to leave the Karbi Anglong District. The militant group has earlier warned the Bengali and Hindi speaking community residing in Karbi Anglong to vacate the autonomous District within March 31, 2017 failing which they would face grave circumstance. Addressing a press conference at the office of the Ex. UPDS, the leaders of both the organisations termed PDCK demand as unjustified. There is no necessity of any kind of violence to protect the right of the sixth scheduled tribes of this place as the Constitution of India has made ample provision under sixth schedule to defend the right of the tribal, added the leaders.

One militant of the NSCN-K, identified as Nawang Konyak (38), was arrested by the Indian Army from Namtola area of Assam-Nagaland border in Charaideo District. A Chinese grenade, two bottle bombs, some fuse wires and two mobile phones and many other items were recovered from the arrested militant.

AR arrested one NSCN-IM militant, identified as ‘corporal’ Pangchak Arangham, from Rangluwa village in Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh.

A group of CPI-Maoist cadres allegedly set ablaze two poclain machines and a truck engaged in laying water pipeline in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The incident took place near Muchnar village under Barsoor Police limits where a water pipeline is being laid. A group of rebels stormed at the work site and after threatening the workers to leave the place, they set on fire two poclain machines engaged in excavation work and a truck parked at the spot this morning, he said. “No one was injured in the incident,” Police said.

The hardcore CPI-Maoist cadre arrested from Jamui District of Bihar, with an AK-56 assault rifle and hand grenades, was identified as Shyam Marandi alias Manoj Da alias Umesh Marandi. Jamui SP, Jayant Kant, said Marandi was arrested from his hideout on the Jamui-Banka border where the rebels had assembled to carry out a major operation, during a raid jointly conducted by the Jamui Police, STF, SSB and CRPF. According to Jamui SP, Kant, 106 live cartridges, three country-made pistols, three detonators and two hand grenades were also recovered from Manoj's hideout. CRPF sources said Umesh hailed from Kuchugaon in Kokrajhar District of Assam. Fluent in English, Hindi, Assamese, Santhali and Bengali, he frequently changed his name as he operated in Bihar, Jharkhand and Assam. "It's a major achievement... Manoj was involved in several criminal cases in the district and adjoining areas," the SP said, adding he was being interrogated.

Two youths identified as Birsa Purti (25) and Bandeya Munda (22) was shot dead at Toner village under Murhu Police Station in Khunti District of Jharkhand. An official of Murhu Police Station said that Bagrai Champia, an ‘area commander’ of the PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, was involved in the twin killings.

Police arrested one Satyendra Oraon alias Gilhari, an active cadre of the TPC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, from Chandwa locality in Latehar District of Jharkhand. OIC, Chandwa Thana, Kamleshwar Pandey, said that Oraon was wanted by Police for over six cases including an abduction of contractor Jhalo Thakur.

Four PLFI cadres, including a woman, were arrested from Bodomada under Bano Police Station area in Simdega District of Jharkhand. The woman has been identified as Poonam Topno (21) while the three others are Albins Topno (23), Sukhram Topno (19) and Jeevan Soren (19). As many as 25 rounds of ammunition used in INSAS assault rifles, a mobile phone and pamphlets with PLFI messages were recovered. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.

April 5

Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and firing by automatic weapons along the LoC in Poonch District, prompting the Army to retaliate. "There was unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army in Digwar sector of Poonch today, using 82 mm mortars, automatic weapons," a defence spokesman said. Indian Army personnel took positions and responded befittingly to the Pakistani firing, the spokesman said, adding that intermittent firing was going on. However, till the time of reporting there is no casualty on either side. The defence spokesman said, on April 4, Pakistani troops had resorted to firing and shelling of mortar bombs on forward posts in Bhimbher Gali sector of Rajouri District from 1100 hours and it continued for some hours. Earlier, SATP had reported that Pakistan army, on April 3, violated ceasefire and resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling and firing along the LoC in Digwar and Balakote sectors of Poonch District.

Suspected militants ransacked house of a former PDP Sarpanch at Nagbal area in Shopian District. A Police officer said that unidentified assailants knocked door of the house of Abdul Qayoom Sheikh at Urpora village of Nagbal in the Shopian, the door was, however, not opened from inside and these persons broke window panes and glasses of the house, adding that no one was, however, injured. He further said that it was not immediately known whether the Sarpanch was present inside his house. The official said the identity of the attackers has not been ascertained so far but sources said that they were suspected militants.

Clashes erupted in Pulwama town in Pulwama District, against the arrest of nearly one dozen youth in Police raids. The clashes erupted in the main market Pulwama after some youths protested against the arrest of one Jehangir Ahmad of Dallipora and others during night raids at neighbouring Kakapora area. The protesting youth enforced shutdown in the main market of Pulwama and resorted to heavy stone-pelting on SFs. The SFs retaliated by lobbing teargas. The situation, however, returned to normal later.

At least eight militants have infiltrated into Kashmir this year (2017) in first two months of winter while over 150 militants are waiting on launch pads to sneak in. Army has intensified its vigil along the LoC in J&K that runs through North Kashmir after fresh infiltration this year. According to MAC figures, eight militants have infiltrated into Kashmir in winter this year. These militants mostly infiltrated from Keran sector of the LoC where the snow depth was less compared to other areas. The figures suggested that the militants came in two groups. However, sources said that the number of militants who infiltrated this year in winter months of January and February is 12.

Sources further said that these militants are still in the forests of North Kashmir after infiltration and are waiting for logistic support to get into Valley. However, SFs are keeping an eye on the possible routes which they can take for entering into Valley from the forests and want to engage them inside forests only. The infiltration of militants into Kashmir has started early this year as compared to last year. Last year, the first infiltration reports were received in May and as per MAC figures, 114 militants infiltrated into Kashmir last year which was highest since 2014. Sources said that over 150 militants are on launch pads mostly in Neelam Valley area of PoK. These militants have gathered in last two months and are waiting to infiltrate into Kashmir.

Authoritative security sources in the Union Home Ministry claimed that China has roped in militant groups of North East to launch a proxy war against India. The source further claimed that the recent statement of ULFA-I, on March 28, against the visit of Dalai Lama in Assam was dictated by China. Also, asserting that China was not interested in organizational strength of ULFA-I, the security sources said that China intends to intensify its proxy war against India in the North East through the separatist groups.

A 37-year-old man, Amjab Arshad suspected to be associated with IS was arrested on April 5, from the national capital after he was deported from Saudi Arabia, said the NIA. The accused operated online using multiple aliases, is an alleged IS sympathiser and recruiter and was arrested after his deportation on April 4. "He was deported from Saudi Arabia, in connection with its probe into activities of the West Asia-based terror group and its affiliates in the country," the agency said.

The Hyderabad youngsters, identified as Arshad Ayub and Abdul Khadeer, joined the IS with the help of Amzad Khan. “Arshad Ayub, a resident of Murad Nagar, and Abdul Khadeer of Moti Mahal in Golkonda, are the youngsters from Hyderabad, went to Syria in December 2015 just before the nationwide crackdown on terror suspects. They are now in Syria and  agencies are trying to locate them,” said an NIA official.

The ‘president’ of the UKLA, identified as Thangkhosei Guite alias James alias Seiboy alias Max (33), was arrested along with two other militants, identified as Seigoulen Doungel alias Gogou alias Kenny Gou (31) and Lenkhomang Kipgen alias Mamang (29), from Hotel Serena in Senapati District. Many incriminating articles were also recovered from the possession of the arrestees. The ‘president’ Thangkhosei Guite was involved in many cases of abduction and other criminal activities. Earlier, in a notification issued by Manipur Police on January 30 this year (2017) announced a cash reward of INR 100,000 each to anyone who could provide information leading to the arrest of Thangkhosei Guite and his cadre James alias Henkholun Kipgen (36).

One militant of KRA-U, identified as Ningthoujam Ojit (40), was arrested by the Police from Tera Lukram Leirak in Imphal West District. According to the Police, the arrested militant was involved in the abduction of a brick field owner. 

A woman, identified as Naorem Lukamani Devi, who was declared an absconder by Special Court, NIA Guwahati on March 28 last year (2016) was arrested by the investigation agency from Takyel Khongbal Mayai Leikai in Imphal West District. The husband of the arrested woman, Priyokumar alias Kesho Meitei, is the ‘c-in-c’ of the KCP-MTF, who was arrested by NIA from Siliguri in West Bengal in June, 2012.

The Meghalaya DGP Swaraj Bir Singh said that fresh induction of SF-10 will add new impetus to the counter-insurgency operations in Garo Hills Districts to wipe out the GNLA. He said, “The SF-10 stand out because of the specialized training modules aimed at combating militancy”. “They are highly motivated and can stay long in advanced and remote areas frequented by militants”, stated Singh.  He referred to the success in virtually wiping out the GNLA militants in four districts of Garo Hills as a glaring illustration. Besides gunning more than a dozen militants and the combat pressure that forced more than 150 GNLA cadres to surrender in the past one year (2016), the DGP further added while the pursuits is on in last remaining bastions of a motley group of 18-20 GNLA cadres, the passing out of the second batch of SF-10 in two months time will provide more thrust on the counter insurgency operations in Garo Hills.

Authoritative security sources in the Union Home Ministry claimed that China has roped in militant groups of North East to launch a proxy war against India. The source further claimed that the recent statement of ULFA-I, on March 28, against the visit of Dalai Lama in Assam was dictated by China. Also, asserting that China was not interested in organizational strength of ULFA-I, the security sources said that China intends to intensify its proxy war against India in the North East through the separatist groups.

AR arrested two militants of the NSCN-K, identified as ‘sergeant’ Wangchatt and ‘corporal’ Nokwang, during a search operation at Lungwa village in Mon District. Two pistols, one radio set and assorted ammunition were recovered from the arrested militants.

A CPI-Maoist cadre who was allegedly involved in the murder of two sarpanchs was arrested from Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. Laxman Bhaskar (45), active as a ‘Janmilitia’ member of Maoists, was arrested from the District hospital in Dantewada town where he had arrived for his treatment, Police said.

District Police and CRPF's 154th Battalion busted three bunkers and recovered huge cache of explosives from Parasnath and its adjoining jungles during an anti- CPI-Maoist operation in Giridih District of Jharkhand. A Maoist cadre, identified as Deepak Munda, was also arrested during the operation.

The CPI-Maoist, once again issued fresh warnings to the people, especially tribals of Rayagada and neighbouring Districts in Odisha, through posters to oppose the proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the State. Two such hand written materials in the name of Odisha State Committee of CPI-Maoist were found stuck on a tree at Sikarpai in Rayagada District of Odisha. One of the posters read “Oppose Modi’s visit to Odisha on April 14, 15 and his Land Acquisition Act”. It also appealed to the people to oust Vedanta and save Niyamgiri hills. Another poster threatened the SFs against combing operations in the Maoist infested forests. The Maoists also alleged Rayagada SP, lured the tribal youths with money to become ‘Police informers’ and asked him to refrain from such activities.”Rayagada SP should stop instigating tribal youths to become police informers”, the poster mentioned.

Disbanded anti- CPI-Maoist front, the AGNI, regroups in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh. AGNI came into existence for the second time during a meeting of “imminent citizens” in Jagdalpur. The former convener of the AGNI, Anand Mohan Mishra and representatives from some other organizations like the Bastar chamber of commerce met at Jagdalpur. Many imminent citizens stressed on the need of the existence of AGNI during this meeting. After this meeting, Sampat Jha and Subba Rao have decided to announce that the AGNI has been regrouped again,” said a statement circulated by the AGNI.

Police arrested two persons, identified as Tiakaba Jamir and Sanjeev Rai while they were robbing an Autoriskshaw at Sewak Gate area, Dimapur Town.

April 6

 IS has reportedly made a ‘hit list’ of 15 Malayalees including four journalists who, according to the terror outfit, have allegedly been campaigning against Islam. The list includes 11 computer professionals and four journalists from Kerala. There are reportedly 152 Indians in the list. The NIA got the information from the laptop seized from Najir Bin Yafi, a Maharashtra ­ native recruiting people for IS. The list was handed over to IS leader Shafi Armar via Instagram.

Nagaland CM Shürhozelie Liezietsu hailed the "bold step" taken by PM Narendra Modi to resolve the Naga political problem but called for "oneness" of the Naga people for a lasting solution. Last week, at a meeting of leaders of the ruling NPF in Kohima, the CM said that though his party and Government support the August 3, 2015, framework agreement between the Central Government of India and the NSCN-IM, it does not mean that the party and State Government support a single faction of the Naga underground.

ULFA-PTF ‘general secretary’ Anup Chetia said that peace talks with ULFA-I, led by Paresh Axom (Baruah), is only possible if the Union Government  comes forward for a dialogue process. However, the leader declined to comment when asked if he has received any indication from Paresh Baruah for the peace talks. The ULFA ‘general secretary’ also expressed concern at the alleged “apathetic attitude” of the Central Government towards the peace talk process with the ULFA-PTF.

Two CPI-Maoist cadres, allegedly involved in the last month's attack on a CRPF patrolling team in Bhejji in South Bastar on March 11, in which 12 troopers were killed, were arrested from Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The cadres, identified as Padam Mukka (28) and Kuram Guddi (27), were picked up by a joint team of the DRG and the District Force from Konta Police Station area. While Mukka was active as the head of ‘Janatana Sarkar’ squad of Maoists, Guddi is a ‘jan militia’ member. They are natives of Jinetong village in Bhejji area, Police said.

Following a tip-off, two suspected CPI-Maoist supporters were arrested by Herhanj Police from a local market in Palamu District of Jharkhand. The identities of the arrestees’ are yet to be ascertained.

Police busted a mini gun factory in Tetar under Nagar Utari Police limits in Garhwa District of Jharkhand and recovered country made pistols.

AR arrested one militant of NSCN-K, identified as Rolise (21) in general area Pungro Junction in Kiphire District. One Pistol, magazine and 4 live rounds were recovered from the arrested militant.

April 7

SFs arrested two new militant recruits of HM from Sopore area in Baramulla District. Acting on specific information about the presence of HM militants in an orchard near Achabal village of Sopore, the Police along with Army and CRPF cordoned off the orchard and launched search operation, a Police official said. The newly recruited militants were identified as Yawar Nabi Mir and Arsalan Rasool Teli – both hailing from Sheikh Sahib Locality of Chinkipora area of Sopore.

The ULFA-PTF observed their 37th ‘raising day’ of the organisation at Kakopothar designated camp in Tinsukia District. Apart from the ULFA-PTF leaders, AJYCP president Biraj Talukdar, convener of Gana Mukti Sangram Samity Lu Chun Gohain, advocate Nekibur Zaman and several others prominent people attended the meeting. The speakers criticized the Central and State governments on the proposed amendment to the Citizenship Bill. On the other hand, the All Assam Surrendered ULFA Samittee warned of an agitation if its demands were not met. The group, consisting of former undivided ULFA cadres who had surrendered between 1992 and 2014, held a meeting on the occasion of the ‘raising day’ and adopted several resolutions. The members unanimously agreed to press for their demands which include provision of interim relief, monthly stipend, lifting of pending court cases, granting of sovereignty to the State, imposition of inner-line permit and granting of ST status to the six communities of Assam. 

Twenty four Karbi Anglong based tribal organizations have jointly called for a 36 hours Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong District bandh (shutdown) starting from April 10, 5 a.m. till April 11, 5 p.m. The bandh has been called in order to pressurize the KAAC and Assam Government to enact the Representation of Peoples Act 2017, to make Representation of Peoples Act rules 2017 and prepare KAAC’s voters list on the basis of the new act. The organizations have also demanded that the election to the KAAC should be on the basis of the new voters list, which would be prepared by KAAC after amending the old Representation of Peoples Act. The tribal organizations have also filed a PIL (no 9/2017) in the Gauhati High Court against KAAC.

The first round of talk between Churachandpur-based JACAATB and Manipur Government was held with CM Nongthombam Biren Singh in the chair at the latter’s Secretariat in Imphal. In the talk, the CM expressed his desire to let the families perform the last rites of the victims considering their mental trauma, official sources said. He also said any crisis or problem can be resolved through talks. Reiterating that without hills and tribals there is no Manipur he thanked the JAC for responding to the appeal of the government for talks. The JACAATB submitted a charter of demands to the Government. Both sides agreed to have the next round of talk on April 10.

The BSF has set up two new posts in the Naxal-affected Kanker District of Chhattisgarh to facilitate road construction projects. “Both the COB was set up last week in the highly sensitive region of Kanker bordering with Maharashtra,” IG, Frontier Headquarters of BSF in Bhilai, Mahendra Singh said. One BSF post has been set up at Kanhargaon village which is on the border of Kanker and Gadchiroli (Maharashtra) to ensure security to the Bande-Irpanar road and the other at Charre-Marre village for the Antagarh-Amabeda road, he said.

A 28-year-old man was allegedly killed by CPI-Maoist cadres on suspicion of being a ‘Police informer’ in Kanker District of Chhattisgarh. The body of Sagau Ram Sori was found in the forests near his native Belodi village under Amabeda Police Station limits. Prima facie Sori was strangled, a District Police official said.

A sniffer dog of the CRPF famed as ‘Crackers’ died and his handler was injured when a pressure bomb planted by Maoists went off in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The incident occurred when a ROP of CRPF’s 170th battalion was returning to its camp after a combing operation in Modakpal Police Station area, a District Police official said. The ROP, accompanied by a sniffer dog, had launched the operation from its camp in Chinna Kodepal village.

CPI-Maoist cadre identified as Ram Pati Ram alias Awadhesh Ram was arrested along with an associate from Dumarpokhar village in Kaimur District of Bihar. Police said Ram, a native Chandauli District of Uttar Pradesh, was wanted in several Naxal-related incidents in the neighbouring State and had been hiding in Kaimur. The identity of Ram’s associate is yet to be ascertained.

District Police arrested PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, ‘area commander’ Prabhu Sahay Bodra and his three associates from Murgidih under Arki Police Station area in Khunti District of Jharkhand. Police also seized 20 bullets from the PLFI ‘area commander’ Sahay. The identity of the three associates is yet to be ascertained.

April 8

Militants opened fire on a Police team near an election meeting venue of the ruling PDP in poll-bound Anantnag District and fled from the scene. No one was injured in the firing, even as the meeting, chaired by Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Chowdhary Zulfikar Ali, remained unaffected and later concluded peacefully, a Police official said. The militants opened fire on a Police party patrolling the area around Magray Mohalla in Achabal, 65 kilometres from Srinagar, the official said. However, there was no report of any casualty on either side, the official stated. The meeting was being held in connection with the Lok Sabha by-poll to Anantnag parliamentary constituency scheduled for April 12.

Pakistan army resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing along the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri District. Reports said Pakistan army started shelling and firing in Jhanghar, Karali and surrounding areas targeting forward posts of the Indian troops and civilian areas. The Indian side retaliated effectively, leading to heavy exchange of shelling and firing. Pakistan army used mortars, automatic and semi-automatic weapons in the firing, drawing matching response from this side. The shelling and firing continued till late night, reports said. Yesterday also, Pakistani troops had shelling forward army posts and civilian areas in Nowshera sector while prior to that, there had been exchange of shelling and firing at Digwar, Khari Karmara, Bhimber Gali and other sectors of Poonch District, the reports added. However, there had been no casualties or damage on the Indian side in shelling and firing, reports stated, adding that civilians confined themselves to their houses and didn’t venture out.

Four women and a class 10 boy were arrested by the 34 AR from an Imphal bound-passenger bus at Karong on the Imphal-Dimapur road in Senapati District. Police sources informed that one of the arrested women is reported to be the wife of the NSCN-K’s ‘western military supervisor’, ‘Lieutenant General’ Nikki Sumi, and the boy his son. The five were arrested by the 34 AR while travelling from Dimapur to Imphal in the passenger bus, the Police said, adding that INR 1, 85 million in cash was also seized from their possession.

SFs arrested a militant of the NSCN-K, ‘second lieutenant’ Kijen Rongshong, from Lazu village of Tirap District. The arrested militant was allegedly involved in an attack on SF and also involved in extortion activities, according to an Army release.

A SI and a Policeman were killed in a gunfight with the PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, in Simdega District of Jharkhand. Bano Police Station in-charge Vidhyapati Singh and his team of four guards stormed a house in Mahabuang village in Bano block in the night after they were alerted about the presence of PLFI ‘second-in-command’ Guddu Gope, Police said. As the SFs came face to face with the rebel ‘commander’, Singh asked him to surrender but Gope opened fire with an AK-47, injuring Singh and District Constabulary trooper Raju Biruli. Gope managed to flee under the cover of darkness but a gunfight broke out between his men and the SFs.

As many as 15 armed CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a Government-run liquor shop at Raghubari village under Ambadola Police limits in Rayagada District of Odisha. The Maoist also set a motorcycle ablaze which was parked in the liquor shop’s premises and assaulted three of its staff. Some posters left by the Maoists at the spot mentioned that this move conveys opposition towards ‘Operation Green Hunt’ and called for a ‘liquor-free Odisha’.

The Naxal (LWE) NSD of the District Police conducted combing operations at the forest areas of Tamil Nadu-Kerala border in Coimbatore District SFs conducted the operations to curtail the movements of CPI-Maoist cadres. Maoists' activities were reported from Attappady and Agali Police limits in Palakkad District of Kerala. These two areas are located near Annaikatti in Coimbatore District.

April 9

Eight persons were killed and around 200 injured during Poll violence at Pakherpora in Chrar-e-Sharief area of Budgam District. An official said that hundreds of protestors stormed a polling station at Pakherpora in Chrar-e-Sharief area of Budgam district and ransacked a building housing a polling booth and SFs fired several warning rounds to disperse the rampaging mob, which did not relent. “Six persons were injured in the firing, of whom two, 20- year-old Mohammad Abbas and 15-year-old Faizaan Ahmad Rather, succumbed to bullet wounds”, he said. Violence marred polling in some other parts of Srinagar Parliamentary seat as stone pelting incidents were reported from around 200 places across the three districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal, which constitute the Srinagar constituency.

One Nissar Ahmed was killed as SFs opened fire to quell a stone-pelting mob in Ratsuna area of Beerwah in the Budgam District. At the Daulatpura in Chadoora Assembly segment of Budgam District, one person, identified as Shabir Ahmed, was killed in firing by SF personnel. Another youth, Adil Farooq, succumbed to multiple pellet injuries in the Kawoosa area of Beerwa constituency in Budgam District. One Aqib Wani was shot dead as Police opened fire on a crowd of protestors in the Beerwah area in the afternoon. Amir Bashir Malla, resident of Sogam, Chadoora in district Budgam, who was injured earlier in the day succumbed to injuries in the hospital. And Omar Farooq Gania, who was injured in SFs firing at Barsu in Ganderbal District, also succumbed to injuries at hospital.

A Police official said that three vehicles were also set on fire and 33 were damaged, 21 Electronic Voting Machines were damaged and re-poll will be held at those places, where polling could not be held. At several polling booths in Budgam, Police had to rescue the polling staff for safety as protesters attacked and ransacked the booths. Army was called out to help SFs quell a rampaging mob which pelted stones and hurled petrol bombs to set a polling booth ablaze in Ganderbal District of the Srinagar constituency. Chief Electoral Officer Shantmanu said that six people were killed and around 117 including Police and para-military forces were injured in 200 incidents of violence in Central Kashmir. He said that around 7.14 percent voter turnout was recorded in Srinagar Parliamentary constituency.

Militants attacked Yaripora Police Station in Kulgam District. However, there was no damage. Also, the assailants set on fire the Government High School Arihal in Pulwama where polling booth was set up for by polls in Anantnag constituency that goes to vote on March 12.

Separatists called for a two-day shutdown against the killing of protestors in SFs firing saying it was the only way for them to express solidarity with the families of those killed and the cause for which they laid down their lives. “We know hartal would not affect Government policy towards us but it is the only option to express our collective grief,” the separatist leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mohammad Yasin Malik said in a joint statement.

To strengthen Army’s infantry and held it in operations in J&K, Army has started the process to procure around 1,500 anti-materiel lightweight rifles capable of damaging targets like battle tanks, low-flying helicopters and bunkers. Official sources said, a RFI for purchasing the rifles which should have a range of at least 1.8 kilometers with a caliber of 12.7 mm/0.50, has been issued. The light weight rifles will boost operational capabilities of the troops both along the borders as well as hinterland.

SFs based on intelligence output, had launched an operation and busted a NDFB-IKS transit camp in the in the thick jungle along Khungkhora Jhora Nala under Rangijhora under Amguri Police Station of Chirang District. During the search, one SLR rifle along with one magazine, 37 rounds live ammunition, one modified carbine with one magazine, three SBBL guns and two grenades were recovered.

SFs recovered an IED under a culvert near Nungshang Bridge along Imphal-Ukhrul road in Ukhrul District.

SFs, during a cordon and search operation, arrested two RPF/PLA militants from around Kangu Chingjin area under Lamlai Police Station in Imphal East District. The arrested militants were identified as Mutum Dolen alias Melei and Laitonjam Dinesh. They revealed that they were working under the command of ‘finance secretary’ of Imphal East RPF/PLA named Sanatomba.

RPF claimed that Nongmaithem Leisemba alias Chitesor, Meisnam Inaobi and his brother Meisnam Inaocha of Kwakeithel Nganappithong who were arrested by Imphal West Police commandos on April 8, have no connection with the organisation.

An exchange of fire took place between cadres of the CPI-Maoist and the District Police at an unspecified area under Annavaram Police Station limits in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. Police also recovered nine kit bags, cooked food along with explosives.

Two women cadres of the CPI-Maoist, Maso Vekko (30) and Madkami Nande (24), were arrested from an unspecified place in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. Vekko, a member of ‘Military Platoon no.16’ of CPI-Maoist, was carrying a cash reward of INR 200,000 and Nande, a member of Malangir LOS, carried a reward of INR 100,000. Police also recovered 12 bore Gun, a machine used in repairing guns and commodities of daily.

A joint team of CRPF and District Force arrested two CPI-Maoist cadres from Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The arrested CPI-Maoist cadres were identified as Ichami Boti (36) and Laxman (28). The duo was facing charges related to murder, attempt to murder, abduction, arson and possession of illegal arms.

A banner, suspected to have been put up by Koraput-Srikakulam division of CPI-Maoist cadres has surfaced at Nilabadi under Bandhugaon block in Koraput District of Odisha. The banner threatened the elected representatives to stop the projects undertaken by Panchayat. It also reads, “Asish Senapati (son of ward member) is indulging in the liquor business thereby ruining the life of innocent tribals. Being aware of his business, the sarpanch has awarded him various project works. If he does not give up the works, we would eliminate him”.

An NSCN-IM leader, Mhonsao Kikon, who was a ‘steering executive member’ of the militant group from ‘Kyong/Lotha region’, passed away after a prolonged illness at Zion Hospital Dimapur. Earlier he was a cadre of NNC and became the 3rd President of NNC-NA after the signing of Shillong Accord. Later he joined NSCN-IM in 2002.

The militant group, KRA-U under the umbrella of UPF, an entity of tripartite talks with the State Government and Central Government India clarified that it was ‘not involved in any way’ in the abduction of SDS brick field owner named Soibam Dhanabir Singh.

An exchange of fire took place between cadres of the CPI-Maoist and the District Police at an unspecified area under Annavaram Police Station limits in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. Police also recovered nine kit bags, cooked food along with explosives.

Two women cadres of the CPI-Maoist, Maso Vekko and Madkami Nande, were arrested from two separate places in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. Vekko, a member of Military Platoon no.16 of CPI-Maoist, was carrying a cash reward of INR 200,000 and Nande, a member of Malangir LOS, carried a reward of INR 100,000. Police also recovered 12 bore Gun, a machine used in repairing guns and commodities of daily.

A banner, suspected to have been put up by Koraput-Srikakulam division of CPI-Maoist cadres has surfaced at Nilabadi under Bandhugaon block in Koraput District of Odisha. The banner threatened the elected representatives to stop the projects undertaken by Panchayat. It also reads, “Asish Senapati (son of ward member) is indulging in the liquor business thereby ruining the life of innocent tribals. Being aware of his business, the sarpanch has awarded him various project works. If he does not give up the works, we would eliminate him”.

 A tribal, Lalsu Kundi Atram, was killed by a group of CPI-Maoist cadres in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. The CPI-Maoist cadres alleged him to be a ‘Police informer’. He was abducted from his Bejur village under the Bhamragad Division. According to Police statistics, Atram is the fifth civilian victim of Maoist violence in 2017. The tally for 2016 was 19.

April 10

NIA, which is probing the Pathankot terror attack (2-3 January, 2016), has submitted a list of 39 prosecution witnesses. Although the name of Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh of Punjab Police has not been included, the agency will make him a witness in the case and put his name on the preserved list, which is likely to be produced in court during the next hearing of the case on May 2, 2017.

NIA, filed the fourth supplementary charge-sheet before the Bankshall Court in connection with the Khagragarh blast (October 2, 2014) against three more operatives of the JMB. In the earlier charge-sheets, NIA had mentioned names of 30 accused. Nine of the accused are still at large. In the charge-sheet filed, names of Mohammad Rubel alias Rafiq, Jahidul Islam and Mohammad Sahidul Islam have been mentioned. Two of them were residents of Bangladesh and one is from Assam. Rubel and Jahidul are residents of Rajshahi and Delduar respectively in Bangladesh while Sahidul is a resident of Barpeta in Assam.

Investigation has revealed that the accused had planned to carry out attacks in places of Bangladesh and had made their base at Khagragarh. But for many reasons they had failed to take up the task. 

A trial court in the Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka convicted three persons for supporting the early operations of IM, and acquitted four who were on the periphery of the group’s support system in the state. Among the acquitted is Maulana Shabbir Gangolli alias Shabbir Bhatkal alias Hussain Shabbir Meheruddin Gangolli. The 34-year-old was arrested in 2008 on suspicion of being a mentor for members of IM.

Brussels-based think-tank, ICG, in its recent report, titled 'Counterterrorism Pitfalls: What the US Fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda Should Avoid' has said that if Pakistan-based terror groups carry out another attack like that which killed large numbers of civilians in Mumbai in 2008 (26/11), then it would be difficult for India to show restraint. The report says that the two main anti-India groups –LeT and JeM for whom Pakistan is a ‘safe haven’, also pose grave threat to the US.

India said the dastardly terror attacks in Egypt once again highlighted the urgent need for concerted action by the international community to effectively deal with the scourge of terrorism. "India, herself facing cross border terrorism, stands by the people and the Government of Egypt in our common fight against terrorism...The dastardly attacks in Egypt again highlights the urgent need for concerted action on the part of the international community against the scourge of terrorism," the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

Army foiled infiltration bid on the LoC in Keran sector of Kupwara District. In the operation four terrorists were killed, the operation is still in underway. Army spokesman said the infiltration bid was foiled along LoC in Keran. "A group of militants attempting to infiltrate was intercepted Sunday night by alert troops deployed on the Line of Control. In the ensuing encounter four terrorists were gunned down," official said. However, no causalities were reported in the attack, the officer added.

 The NIA, which is probing the Pathankot terror attack (2-3 January, 2016), has submitted a list of 39 prosecution witnesses. Although the name of Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh of Punjab Police has not been included, the agency will make him a witness in the case and put his name on the preserved list, which is likely to be produced in court during the next hearing of the case on May 2, 2017.

The court has also summoned an officer of the rank of flight lieutenant posted at the Pathankot airbase to record his statement during the next hearing. NIA officials also told the court that it would submit another list of witnesses during the next hearing. It would include the names of some officers from US who helped NIA crack the GPS devices used by the JeM terrorists, who allegedly came from Pakistan. “We have submitted the list and told the court that we want to examine all the witnesses. We have a preserved list of some of the witnesses which we will submit in the coming days. We have also filed an application to seek permission to examine the witnesses,” said an NIA officer.

The NIA has also filed an application in court, saying it wants the trial to begin under Section 299 of the CrPC which means that if it is proved that an accused person has absconded and that there is no immediate prospect of arresting him, the court is competent to try or commit for trial such person for the offence in his absence, examine the witnesses (if any) produced on behalf of the prosecution and record their depositions and any such deposition may, on the arrest of such person, be given in evidence against him on the inquiry into, or trial for, the offence he is charged with.

A trial court in the Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka convicted three persons for supporting the early operations of IM, and acquitted four who were on the periphery of the group’s support system in the state. Among the acquitted is Maulana Shabbir Gangolli alias Shabbir Bhatkal alias Hussain Shabbir Meheruddin Gangolli.

Brussels-based think-tank ICG, in its recent report, titled 'Counterterrorism Pitfalls: What the US Fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda Should Avoid' has said that if Pakistan-based terror groups carry out another attack like that which killed large numbers of civilians in Mumbai in 2008 (26/11), then it would be difficult for India to show restraint.

The report says that the two main anti-India groups –LeT and JeM for whom Pakistan is a ‘safe haven’, also pose grave threat to the US. “Though neither has formal links to al-Qaeda, their fighters rub shoulders with other militants and global jihadists in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The gravest danger they pose for Pakistan and the U.S. is another strike on India,” says the report.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s response to attacks last year on Indian forces in Kashmir suggests his reaction would be calibrated carefully, and public opinion would weigh only so far on that calculation. But it would be difficult to show restraint in the event of an attack like that which killed large numbers of civilians in Mumbai in 2008,” it added. The report holds significance as relations between India and Pakistan are at an all-time low, especially after the terror attack on Army camp in Uri in September, 2016. India, in a retaliatory action, had carried out surgical strikes at terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir neutralising several militants.

The report states that the main challenge for the US is to persuade Pakistan's military establishment to push the Taliban toward talks and rein in anti-India groups. The report says Pakistan's jihadi problem is largely of its own making and is "deeply entrenched". "That Afghan Taliban leaders who talk to the US or Afghan government without Pakistani blessings are promptly jailed or disappear showing how the military can clamp down," it says.

India said the dastardly terror attacks in Egypt once again highlighted the urgent need for concerted action by the international community to effectively deal with the scourge of terrorism. "India, herself facing cross border terrorism, stands by the people and the Government of Egypt in our common fight against terrorism...The dastardly attacks in Egypt again highlights the urgent need for concerted action on the part of the international community against the scourge of terrorism," the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

At least 45 people were killed and nearly 120 injured in the powerful blasts in two churches packed with worshippers in Tanta and Alexandria cities. "We offer our deep condolences to the bereaved families and wish speedy recovery to the injured," the MEA said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had condemned the attacks. "Deeply pained by the attacks in Egypt. We condemn these attacks. My thoughts are with families of the deceased and prayers with the injured," he had tweeted.

 A 47-week-long training for CISF women constables has commenced at the CISF’s RTC at Thakkolam near Arakkonam in Vellore District. As many as 1,794 women constables recruited by CISF are undergoing training at the centre. The Centre had increased the number of CISF personnel from 1, 45,000 to 1,80,000. According to press release, the personnel would be trained in handling terrorists and Naxals [Left Wing Extremists (LWE)]. Training as per the security needs of the country would be imparted to them.

Replying to a question by MP Krupal Balaji Tumane, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir revealed that insurgent activities in the Northeast along the Indo-Myanmar border saw an increase compared to the Indo-Bangladesh border in the last three years. According to the report, during the period from 2015 to March 31, 2017, terror activities along Indo-Myanmar border increased alarmingly in view of insurgents groups shifting their bases from Bangladesh to territories within Myanmar and China. According to the Minister, during this period, 10 encounters took place in three North Eastern States — Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura along the Indo-Bangladesh border.  Even though no casualties were reported in these encounters, a total of 11 suspected rebels were arrested. In Assam along the Indo-Bangla border, three encounters were reported and four militants arrested in 2015. No such incident was however reported in Assam along the Indo-Bangla border in 2016-17. On the other hand, the Indo-Myanmar border has been witnessing steady rise in insurgent activities during the period with as many as 206 encounters reported between militants and security personnel spread across four Northeastern States Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. While 18 security personnel lost their lives, 32 insurgents were killed in these encounters. A total 337 rebels were arrested from the international border in the four States during this period. Among the four Northeastern States sharing Myanmar border, maximum number of encounters took place in Arunachal Pradesh. As many as 81 encounters were reported in that State where three security personnel and 13 militants were killed. During this period, 114 suspected insurgents were arrested. Even in 2017, 13 encounter cases have been reported till March in Arunachal along the border with Myanmar. Union Minister Ahir said the Central Government of India in tandem with Northeastern State Governments has adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross-border infiltration. This includes strengthening of border management, multi-tiered deployment along the international border and Line of Control, synergizing intelligence flow to check infiltration and pro-active action against terrorists.

A senior State Home department official said that the fourth round of peace talks between Mizoram Government and the HPC-D militants is scheduled to be held on April 21. The official informed that the parleys were expected to revolve around giving more autonomy to the Sinlung Hill Development Council and also on the financial aspects including proposals for rehabilitation and resettlement of the HPC-D militants, after they lay down arms in the event of the agreement being signed. The State Government delegation would be led by Additional secretary in the Home department, Lalbiakzama while the HPC-D delegation would be headed by working president of the HPC-D, L T Hmar and comprising of overground Hmar leaders from both Manipur and Mizoram.

Security sources said that the ULFA-I had started a drive to recruit youths from the upper Assam Districts of Tinsukia and Dibrugarh by engaging linkmen. According to the sources, around 15 youths from the upper Assam Districts have been taken to Myanmar recently for training. But the exact number of the fresh recruits is yet to be ascertained. Sources also said that some of the bids of the ULFA-I to recruit youths have been foiled following arrest of the linkmen of the outfit, while, a few new recruits were also nabbed before they could be taken to Myanmar.

The bandh call given by CPI-Maoist in Gaya District of Bihar evoked partial response. While the bandh was near total in Dumaria, Imamganj, Banke Bazar and Raushanganj areas of Sherghati sub-division, life remained normal elsewhere in the District. The bandh call was given by the CPI-Maoist to register protest against the recent encounter in which four Maoists were killed in the Fatehpur Police Station area of the District on March 8. Calling the encounter as fake, the Maoists alleged that the killing was done in cold blood.

SFs arrested Gurua Munda, a CPI-Maoist cadre and right hand man of ‘area commander’ Maharaj Pramanik, from Harbagadh village under Tamar Police Station in Ranchi District of Jharkhand. Munda had joined CPI-Maoist in 2014 and was wanted by Police in at least 10 cases, including five murders. He was involved in the murder of Ram Singh Munda and Jagran Manjhi (Tamar), Mohan Singh Munda and Jitendra Singh Munda (Kuchai) and Amit Karmakar at Palna Dam in 2014 and 2015. Gurua revealed that Maharaj Pramanik, Amit Munda, Pradeep Swansi and Duryodhana are some of the top Maoist operatives who are trying to regroup in the area.

A gang of fake CPI-Maoist cadres was busted by Rayagada Police in Rayagada District of Odisha. Eight members of the gang arrested are Trinath Mahanandia, Bali Majhi, Balaram Naik, Suresh Mahanandia, Bishikeshan Sahu, Mohan Sahu, Senapati Roy of JK Colony in Rayagada town and a woman, Sabitri Karkaria of Kalyansinghpur Block.

A 47-week-long training for CISF women constables has commenced at the CISF’s RTC at Thakkolam near Arakkonam in Vellore District of Tamil Nadu. As many as 1,794 women constables recruited by CISF are undergoing training at the centre. The Centre had increased the number of CISF personnel from 1, 45,000 to 1,80,000. According to press release, the personnel would be trained in handling terrorists and Naxals. Training as per the security needs of the country would be imparted to them.

Two CPI-Maoist cadres, Madivi Kosaiah and Madivi Joga, were arrested by a combined squad of Charla Police and CRPF personnel from the remote forest areas of Danavaipeta forest at Bhadrachalam Agency in Bhadradri District of Telangana. SFs also recovered six wall posters of CPI-Maoist.

April 11

One militant of KYKL, identified as ‘captain’ Khwairakpam Ibungo alias Jiten, was arrested by SFs at Keirao Awang Leikai under Irilbung Police Station in Imphal East District.

Police arrested three extortionists, identified as Joydeep Chakraborty alias Babul (20), Rahul Sah (20) and Aman Verma alias Biki (24), who demanded money from a small tea garden owner by impersonating ULFA-I militants at Doomdooma in Tinsukia District. 

RN Ravi, the Government of India’s Interlocutor for Naga talks, is likely to meet representatives of the newly formed NNPG in Kolkata later this month (April). Earlier, six Naga ‘political groups’ – GPRN/ NSCN, FGN, NNC (parent body), NPGN/ NNC-NA, NSCN-R and NNC/ GDRN-NA- united and formed an ‘interim platform’ by the name ‘Working Group’ on December 13, 2016. Recently, on April 8, the PAM of Nagaland Assembly led by CM Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsü met with the NNPGs at the Police Complex, Chumukedima to solicit understanding for a bringing an early solution to the Naga political issue. The NNPG representatives were reported to have said that they intend to pursue a solution for the Nagas of Nagaland since NSCN-IM has been engaged in an exclusive (sans other Naga political groups) negotiation with the Government of India. The NNPGs wanted to know from the Government the contents in the Framework Agreement.

Suspected cadres of the TPC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, on April 9 night raided the construction site of GAIL, the agency engaged in laying gas pipeline passing through Gurua Police Station area of Gaya District of Bihar and "ordered" stoppage of work for the company's failure to pay the ‘levy’ demanded by the outfit. City SP, Awakash Kumar said a case has been registered and work will resume. "Full Police protection would be provided to those engaged in gas pipeline laying work," said the City SP.

Two hand grenades suspected to be of the LWEs were recovered from a maize field in Kapasia village of the Samastipur District of Bihar, following a tip-off by a mukhiya.

Two extortionists identified as Thsarose Sangtam and Hito Chishi, were arrested by AET from Murgipatti area of Dimapur Town. Money demand slips of NSCN-R were also recovered from them.

April 12

 Police arrested five persons for making FICN and seized INR 178,000 such fake notes in denomination of INR 2000, INR 500 and INR 100 rupees from them at Bassi, a sub-urban town of Jaipur. “The gang members using modern printer, scanner and computer/laptop have already floated fake currency worth around Rs 4 lakh in the villages, SHO Bassi Virendra Singh told.

Three operatives of IM, who were convicted on charges of terrorism and manufacturing explosive devices on April 10, were, sentenced to life imprisonment by a trial court in the coastal Karnataka region of Mangaluru. The third additional district and sessions judge at the trial court, S H Pushpanjali Devi, sentenced Sayyed Mohammed Naushad (33), Ahmed Bava (41), and Fakeer Ahmad Bava (44), all residents of the Dakshina Kannada on charges of terrorism, preparation of bombs and criminal conspiracy.

The NIA, told a Delhi court that it has no objection to the applications of two persons pleading guilty of criminally conspiring to raise funds for the ISIS and recruiting people for the terror outfit. The accused, Azhar-ul-Islam (24) from Jammu and Kashmir and Mohammed Farhan Shaikh (25) from Maharashtra, took a U-turn more than a month after the court framed charges against them.

The UK, said it wants to further strengthen cooperation with India in the fight against terrorism and extremism, while also offering cutting-edge military technology for co-production of weapon systems to jointly become "world beaters" in arms exports. "No country is immune from terrorism. India and the UK need to work even harder, and more closely, to combat it," said visiting British secretary of state for defence Michael Fallon, who had earlier held that his country had made it "very clear" to Pakistan that there cannot be any excuse or justification for terrorism.

"Terrorism is high on our agenda," said Fallon, taking note of the series of terror attacks in recent days in London, St Petersburg, Egypt and other places. He also stressed the need to bolster cooperation on the cyber-security front to counter the expanding online radicalism of youth. With the UK looking to bolster ties with major economics like India after Brexit, Fallon said the combination of "British expertise and experience with Indian intelligence and brainpower" could be game-changing in the defence production sector.

The APW, a rights body in the State, claimed that the ULFA-I might try to create trouble in the Government's project of dredging the Brahmaputra. On April 4, 2017, the Centre had signed a MoU with the State Government to dredge the Brahmaputra and construct a national expressway on its bank. The APW president Abhijeet Sharma said, "The Brahmaputra dredging project has upset the Chinese authorities who try to assert their rights over the river that flows down from Tibet. Paresh Baruah, being a Chinese agent, may try to lead a proxy war in the State in a bid to create hindrance in the project." The organisation further alleged that the April 15-17 scheduled visit of Chinese envoy to Assam, Luo Zhaohul, is part of ‘a greater design of China’ in the region and urged the Central Government of India to cancel it.

CM Sarbananda Sonowal was assured by the PM Narendra Modi that the sealing of the international border (India-Bangladesh) is one of the top priorities of the Central Government of India and he would instruct the Ministry of Home Affairs to take up the matter on a war footing.

The Central Government of India moved the SC, against its verdict by which protection to armed forces under the AFSPA for anti-militancy operation in Manipur has been negated. Centre is seeking hearing on its curative plea against the verdict. The SC had delivered a verdict on July 8 last year (2016) giving the State Police liberty to probe the role of armed forces in alleged encounter cases in areas where AFSPA is in force. A Bench comprising Chief Justice JS Hear and Justices DY Chandrachud and SK Kaul agreed to hear the curative plea in which it has been alleged that the army and paramilitary forces are combat forces and there should not be this kind of fetter on them in anti-militancy operations. The apex court verdict on investigating the role of armed forces in encounter cases had come on a plea alleging that armed forces were misusing the protection under AFSPA in Manipur during anti-militancy operation. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Centre, said the apex court verdict gave the powers to the State Police to probe the role of armed forces in anti-militancy operation. “This court ought to have appreciated that the principles of right to self-defence cannot be strictly applied while dealing with militants and terrorist elements in a hostile and unstable terrain. “This court ought to have taken into account the complexity and the reality of the conduct of military operations and tactics especially while combating terrorists,” the curative plea said.

AR arrested two militants of NSCN-K, identified as Nyanei Konyak (44) and Lemnyei Konyak (43), from Tizit area under Mon District. A sum of INR 198,000 was also recovered from the arrested militants. 

The GoI has informed that Chhattisgarh is one of the eight States which has requested the MHA for waiving off cost of charges towards deployment of CAPFs in the State. As many as 259 battalions of CAPF were deployed in Chhattisgarh’s LWE-affected regions as on 2015-16. The deployment in other States was as follows- Andhra Pradesh (16), Telangana (12), Bihar (57), Jharkhand (144), Madhya Pradesh (8), Maharashtra (34), Odisha (102), Uttar Pradesh (six), and West Bengal (53). A total of 691 battalions of CAPF were deployed across the country in LWE areas as on 2015-16, Officials stated. A total of 106 Districts in the States are considered as LWE-affected. Of these, Bihar has maximum 22 Districts, followed by Jharkhand (21), Odisha (19), Chhattisgarh (16), Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, - both eight each, West Bengal and Maharashtra, - both four each, Uttar Pradesh- three and Madhya Pradesh, one.

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a tribal, identified as Chaitu Uika, on suspicion of being a ‘Police informer’ after holding a 'Jan adalat' in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. As per information, the armed CPI-Maoist cadres, on April 3, abducted Uika from his native place Kamkanaar, located around eight kilometres away from Gangaloor, and tortured him for a week.  

A CPI-Maoist, Budhram Kunjam (29), allegedly involved in the murder of a former 'Salwa Judum' worker, was arrested in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. ‘Salwa Judum’ was disbanded in 2011, after Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional.    

CPI-Maoist ‘zonal commander’ Nakul Yadav and his deputy Madan Yadav have reportedly surrendered before a Ranchi Police team in Bishunpur area of Gumla District of Jharkhand.

A woman cadre of the CPI-Maoist, Kantamani Hareka alias Padma, was killed in an exchange of fire between Police and CPI-Maoist cadres at the Lehri jungle on the borders of Koraput and Rayagada Districts of Odisha. There was no report of any injury to Police personnel. Some items used by the CPI-Maoist cadres were recovered from the encounter spot. SP Charan Singh Meena, said, one civilian lady Mali Miniaka of Tudu Leleri was also found injured near the site of exchange of fire and was immediately taken to the hospital and was out of danger. Two live IED, SBML gun, Bharat Gun, detonator, walkie talkie and good number of Maoist literature and books were recovered from the encounter site.

The Periyakulam Sub-Court sentenced six CPI-Maoist cadres, to various terms of rigorous imprisonment at Theni District of Tamil Nadu. CPI-Maoist cadres were convicted under various Sections of the IPC in a case relating to arms training by a group of Maoists in Murugan Malai near Periyakulam.

The trial of the Mavelikkara CPI-Maoist meeting case was completed at the NIA Court at Kochi in Ernakulam District of Kerala. The court is likely to adjourn the judgement on April 22. NIA found the accused were members of RDF, a frontal organisation of the CPI-Maoist. It is worth mentioning that, Rajesh of Mavelikkara, Bahuleyan of Njarayilkonam, Devarajan of Kollam, Gopal - a scientist with the IGCAR at Kalpakkam - belonging to Tamil Nadu and Mannur Ajayan were the accused.

April  13

Jharkhand Police launched an initiative ’Tarey Zameen Par’ to help the Naxal -affected children in Palamu District of Jharkhand. Citizens also supported the initiative by donating articles such as clothes, school bags, instrument boxes, water bottles, shoes, slippers, toys, comic books etc.

Khunti Police arrested Anil Herenj a cadre of PLFI, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, from Karra Police Station in Khunti District of Jharkhand. Police recovered one pistol and nine live bullets. Anil was supposed to be appointed as the ‘area commander’ of Tupudana and Karra.

Odisha Police have arrested eight supporters of CPI-Maoist on charges of killing the husband of a woman ward member candidate in the recently concluded Panchayat polls in Malkangiri District of Odisha. The incident had taken place on February 2, 2017 at Bara village under Mathili block in the District. The arrested have been identified as Masa Madkami, Budra Madkami, Sahadeb Pujari, Maga Sodi, Narasingha Madhi, Manga Durua, Madhaba Durua and Motiram Sodi of Bara village.

In what is deemed as the first step to bring back Zakir Naik from Saudi Arabia to India, the ED obtained a NBW against him from a PMLA court in Mumbai. Counsel for ED Hiten Venegaokar said, “Naik has failed to respond to the agency. He has till date not revealed his location and also not given his permanent address.” The court has hence allowed the plea of the agency observing that there exists an extradition treaty between the UAE and India and he can be brought back. “Naik failed to appear before the IO and has given evasive replies. For thorough investigation in such offences, the presence of the accused is necessary,” said special PMLA Judge PR Bhavake.

At least two of over 20 people from Kerala who were lured by the IS are feared killed in US's superbomb attack on Afghanistan's Nangarhar. The Pentagon confirmed that the US dropped GBU-43 bomb, the largest non-nuclear weapon in its arsenal, on the IS tunnel in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province.

The NIA has approached the Bombay High Court challenging a special court order discharging suspected IS recruit Areeb Majeed from a section of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act-UAPA, which charges him with being a member of a terrorist outfit. A division bench on April 13, posted the case for hearing on June 6, but refused to stay the trial before the special court underway under other charges.

In February, the Special court had dropped the charge under Section 20 of the UAPA on a technicality, stating that when Majeed allegedly joined the outfit, the IS had not yet been declared a banned terror outfit under Indian Law. Majeed, a resident of Kalyan, is alleged to have, along with three other yourth from Kalyan, left the country join the terror outfit in May 2014, on the pretext of going on a pilgrimage. In November 2014, Majeed was arrested on his returned to India. He was charged under various sections of UAPA. NIA, in its appeal claimed that the Islamic State was banned by the UNSC in 2014, which was binding on all members including India. Hence dropping of section 20 of the UAPA against Majeed was erroneous.

Terrorist attacks against India are an attempt to "destabilise, break and weaken" the country, UHM Rajnath Singh said. He added that security agencies, in the present and emerging security scenario, should develop core competence against cyber crimes that are increasing globally. Singh added India's progress has become a sore in the eye of certain elements as they cannot see it emerging as the fastest growing economy, which he said, will rise to be a USD 5 trillion economy from the present USD 2 trillion.

"Why are terrorist incidents taking place? They are taking place to destabilise, break and weaken India. Forces inimical to India do not like the country's progress and hence have cast an evil eye on this country," he said. He added one of the biggest challenges of the current times is to effectively tackle cyber crimes as they can be perpetrated by sitting in "any corner of the world". "All organisations need to develop core competence and go for technical upgrade to meet this challenge there will be no dearth of resources in this regard," he said.

In an interview with ‘The Week’ magazine, the ‘chief of Naga army’ of NSCN-IM, Phunting Shimrang, accused the GoI of delaying the final settlement to the decades-old Naga issue. “It is only after we went to China that India woke up. Will India wake up only if the Naga army starts doing that again?” Shimrang was quoted as saying by the magazine. He further alleged that the Central Government was trying to “humiliate” the Nagas by delaying the settlement. 

NSCN-R/ GPRN asked all the printing press/press owners of Nagaland not to ‘entertain’ the printing of its ‘pad, challan and stamp or any other instruments related to them’, without their permission.

Two militants of PREPAK-Pro, identified as ‘sergeant major (finance section)’ Salam Sitoljit alias Seven Kumar alias Seven Star (28) and ‘colonel (civil section)’ Pebam Bishorjit alias Tomcha (24), surrendered before CM N Biren Singh in a solemn surrender programme held at the CM’s Secretariat in Imphal.

Thirteen Indian Islamic State (IS) militants and two of its 'commanders' of Indian nationality were killed in the GBU-43/B attack by US in Afghanistan on April 13. The US had dropped the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, also known as the "Mother of All Bombs" or "MOAB," over the Achin District of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, to destroy a tunnel and cave network of the Islamic State.

According to the Kabul based Pajhwok Afghan News agency, out of the 96 militants killed in the strike, 13 were Indians. Thirteen IS 'commanders' too were killed in the attack, and two of them were Indians, the report said. A security officer was quoted saying "13 Indian Daesh militants were also among those killed". He said two of the "Daesh commanders Mohammad and Allah Gupta were from India".

However, diplomatic sources in Kabul and Indian security sources had said there was no confirmation of Indian IS operatives being killed. The security source also said that NIA officials were in touch with the families of IS operatives.

At least two of over 20 people from Kerala who were lured by the Islamic State (IS) are feared killed in US's superbomb attack on Afghanistan's Nangarhar. The Pentagon confirmed that the US dropped GBU-43 bomb, the largest non-nuclear weapon in its arsenal, on the IS tunnel in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province.

Indian intelligence agencies said that the last known location of Indian IS recruits was Nangarhar, the region where the US military dropped its 'Mother Of All Bombs' (MOAB) targeting secret tunnels of the terror group. The NIA is now planning to send a team to Afghanistan to ascertain the fate of Indians affected in the US bomb attack.

In what is deemed as the first step to bring back Zakir Naik from Saudi Arabia to India, the ED obtained a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against him from a Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Mumbai. Counsel for ED Hiten Venegaokar said, "Naik has failed to respond to the agency. He has till date not revealed his location and also not given his permanent address." The court has hence allowed the plea of the agency observing that there exists an extradition treaty between the UAE and India and he can be brought back. "Naik failed to appear before the IO and has given evasive replies. For thorough investigation in such offences, the presence of the accused is necessary," said special PMLA Judge PR Bhavake.

The NIA has approached the Bombay High Court challenging a special court order discharging suspected Islamic State (IS) recruit Areeb Majeed from a section of the UAPA, which charges him with being a member of a terrorist outfit. A division bench on April 13, posted the case for hearing on June 6, but refused to stay the trial before the special court underway under other charges.

In February, the Special court had dropped the charge under Section 20 of the UAPA on a technicality, stating that when Majeed allegedly joined the outfit, the IS had not yet been declared a banned terror outfit under Indian Law. Majeed, a resident of Kalyan, is alleged to have, along with three other yourth from Kalyan, left the country join the terror outfit in May 2014, on the pretext of going on a pilgrimage. In November 2014, Majeed was arrested on his returned to India. He was charged under various sections of UAPA. NIA, in its appeal claimed that the Islamic State was banned by the UNSC in 2014, which was binding on all members including India. Hence dropping of section 20 of the UAPA against Majeed was erroneous.

Terrorist attacks against India are an attempt to "destabilise, break and weaken" the country, UHM Rajnath Singh said. He added that security agencies, in the present and emerging security scenario, should develop core competence against cyber crimes that are increasing globally. Singh added India's progress has become a sore in the eye of certain elements as they cannot see it emerging as the fastest growing economy, which he said, will rise to be a USD 5 trillion economy from the present USD 2 trillion.

Manipur CM N Biren Singh appealed to all militants in the State to join the mainstream. "I appeal to all local militants to join the mainstream. I also appeal to those youths who have fled their homes to join militancy to return to mainstream," Singh said.

April 14

A dozen of armed cadres of CPI-Maoist torched 11 tractors and an earthmover of a road construction firm at Pithaura locality under Pipra Police Station in Palamau District of Jharkhand.

Kamlesh Ganjhu a cadre of TPC, a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested from Lawalong area of Chatra District of Jharkhand. SFs recovered AK-47 rifle, a pistol, two magazines, 152 cartridges and INR 3,614,000 in cash from  Ganjhu’ s house during the raid.

A ‘sub zonal commander’ of CPI-Maoist, Damodar Yadav, surrendered before Palamau range DIG, Vipul Shukla in Latehar District of Jharkhand. Yadav was carrying a reward of INR 500,000. He was given Rs 50,000 in cash and INR 500,000 in cheque following his surrender.

Police interrogated a 20-year-old tribal woman in Bishunpur area of Gumla District of Jharkhand. She was forcibly taken away by CPI-Maoist ‘zonal commander’ Nakul Yadav's squad a few years ago and exploited at the rebel camp. She was forced to marry CPI-Maoist’s Anil Oraon and gave birth to a baby girl two months ago.

The CPI-Maoist Rayagada Area Committee puts up five posters at different places at Parasali village in Rayagada District of Odisha. The posters mentioned opposition to Odisha Government and Government of India.

CPI-Maoist Koraput-Srikakulam Division puts up posters and erects red flags in more than hundred acres land at Katulpeta, Aalmanda Areas in Koraput District of Odisha.

The Zilla Parishad chairman polls will be conducted on April 26 in Malkangiri District and Nuapada District of Odisha, said a notification of SEC. Notably, the polls were not held for the Zilla Parishad chairman in Malkangiri and Nuapada Districts earlier. Earlier, the SEC had stayed polls in Chitrakonda I and II zones out of the total 13 Zilla Parishad zones in Malkangiri District after getting a joint report from the DC and SP regarding safety issues of the candidates, voters and election officials due to CPI-Maoist cadres.

April 15

ED filed a charge sheet against Aamir Gazdar, a close aide of Zakir Naik, in a money laundering case before a court in Mumbai (Maharashtra). The agency had arrested Gazdar on February 16. The 250-page charge sheet contains statements of five persons including Gazdar himself, Zakir Naik's sister and an accountant of Naiks NGO, IRF, an ED official said.

BSF, night recovered FICN worth INR 700,000 from Anantapur area of Kaliachak in Malda District. The fake currency notes were of INR 2,000 denomination. During their vigil, some of the BSF troopers found a plastic bag lying along the Indo-Bangladesh border. Upon inspection, they found the fake currency notes wrapped inside the packet. Police have started a case in this regard and a probe has been initiated. No one has been arrested in this connection so far.

Mizoram Home Minister R Lalzirliana said that the fourth round of peace talks between Mizoram Government and HPC-D was scheduled to be held on April 28. The State Government delegation would be led by Additional Secretary, Home department, Lalbiakzama while HPC-D delegation is expected to be headed by working ‘chairman’ of HPC-D LT Hmar and comprising Hmar leaders from Manipur and Mizoram. Earlier the date of the scheduled talk was reported as April 21 in SATP from a different source.

Home Minister R. Lalzirliana said that the Mizoram Government was ready to carry out repatriation of Bru families lodged at relief camps in Tripura any time. Speaking to reporters in Aizawl at a press conference, the Mizoram Home Minister said that the State Government has completed all formalities which were supposed to be done in connection with the repatriation process. Mizoram officials who conducted the identification in the Tripura relief camps during November 2 to November 23, 2016, had identified 32,857 people hailing from 5,413 families for physical repatriation. It can be noted here that the physical repatriation has been put on hold as the Supreme Court directed both the UMHA and Mizoram Government not to go ahead with the repatriation process following the 20 points demands raised by MBDPF, an apex body of displaced Bru people staying in six refugee camps in Tripura. The Mizoram Home Minister said that the Supreme Court on March 28, 2017 clarified a status-quo on Bru repatriation that such of the Bru families, as were displaced to Tripura, who desire to return to Mizoram voluntarily, shall be allowed to do so on their own volition and volition and, as such, all the Bru families who desire to return to Mizoram will be provided with the necessary pre-requisites, as are extended to other Bru families, who were rehabilitated to Mizoram.

UPRF (Zogam Army), an ethnic Kuki militant outfit having its base in Singhason hill range of Karbi Anglong Autonomous District, has decided to shun the path of violence and join the mainstream. Expressing its keenness for coming over ground, Johnson Kuki one of the ‘leaders’ of the group, on behalf of the UPRF through a press release informed that the organization has decided to join the mainstream in response to the call of Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal who has invited insurgent outfits to ‘come to table for talks.’ “The UPRF (Zogam Army) has full faith on the government of Assam led by Sarbananda Sonowal hence have decided to shun the path of violence and join the mainstream,” the statement said. The UPRF has also directed all its units and cadres to stop ‘regular routine operation in their areas’ and remain inside their camps till the peace process completes. The UPRF has requested all civil societies to extend support to the peace process for the greater interest of peace and harmony in Karbi Anglong.

A 13-year-old boy, Sumrit, was killed and a minor girl, Kavita (9), was injured in an IED blast suspected to have been laid by the CPI-Maoist cadres, in Kanker District of Chhattisgarh.  CPI-Maoist cadres on many occasions have planted IEDs at several places, targeting SFs deployed in Bastar region, killing personnel besides villagers.

Suspected CPI-Maoist militants killed an unidentified JCB driver and set ablaze six vehicles at Gangatia ghat on the bank of Kiul River at Badaspur village under Chanan Police Station area of Lakhisarai District of Bihar. Lakhisarai SP, Ashok Kumar said five trucks, a tractor, a JCB machine and a motorbike were torched.

SFs arrested two arms dealers, identified as Suankhan Khual (47) and Dalkhan Lian (38), at Bungmol village in Chandel District. One M-16 assault rifle, one M-16 magazines, two mobile phones with two Airtel SIM cards and INR 10,300 were also recovered from the arrestees. The two arrestees revealed that they were involved in smuggling of arms to various militant groups of the State.

April 16

MHA has identified two civil rights groups linked with Naxalites. The ministry has named the Niyamgiri Suraksha Samithi (NSS) in Odisha and Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan (VVJVA) in Jharkhand as the two organisations acting as fronts for Naxalites groups. The report by MHA also says that the NSS had campaigned against mining activity by the Odisha Mining Corporation at the Niyamgiri Hills which would have given the Vedanta Group access to natural resources. The VVJVA on the other hand opposed the decision by the Jharkhand Government to amend two tenancy laws which allowed the use of agriculture land of tribal people for non-agricultural purposes.

A highly Naxal infested block Naudeeha in Palamu District of Jharkhand will have Jharkhand Balika Awasiya Vidyalaya for the girl students living in its 11 Panchayats. The school is expected to be ready by 2018. Jharkhand Balika Awasiya Vidyalaya is on the pattern of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Awasiya Vidalaya.

Punjab Police arrested two suspected terrorists belonging to a terror module set up by a Europe-based Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) in Batala town of Gurdaspur District. Police also claimed to have recovered "a huge cache of arms and ammunition from their possession". The seizure included one 9 mm pistol, two magazines and 13 live rounds, two 32 bore pistols, along with 4 magazines and 33 live rounds and one 12 bore country made gun. The arrests have come just before Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, who has been dubbed a 'pro-Khalistani' by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder, is scheduled to visit Punjab.

The two arrested, Palwinder Singh alias Ghodu is a resident of Ball in Batala and Sandeep Kumar alias Kaalu alias Shinda is a resident of Puriyan Mohalla in Batala. Police said investigations revealed that the duo was tasked with the job of creating political instability in the state by fanning communal passions.

Police officials said the module was controlled by Shaminder Singh alias Sherry, currently operating from Germany and believed to be in touch with other militant leaders based in Belgium, such as Jagdish Singh Bhoora, originally from Mohi village in Ludhiana. "These militants, based in different countries of Europe, are also wanted in various criminal cases in Punjab on charges of promoting terrorist activities in the state," a Police spokesperson said.

Two abducted persons, identified as Deputy Ranger of Forest Department Angam Leivon and another one as Lalal Sitlhou, were released by the abductors in Kangpokpi District. Angam Leivon was abducted on April 12 and Lalal Sitlhou was abducted on April 14 by some unidentified abductors.

Division in the IPFT become official when the dissident faction led by Budhu Debbarma formed a separate committee and declared that they are the real IPFT. The committee was formed in a workers conference held at Sahid Bhagat Singh Yuba Awash. Rana Kishor Reang and Rajeswar Debbarma were elected as 'president' and 'secretary' of the committee. The elected 'secretary' Rajeswar Debbarma said that the IPFT since its formation veered only around one issue a separate state comprising the areas of TTAADC. But the conference has decided to give a new dimension to the party program and to include different social economic issues like unemployment, opposition to the proposed amendment of the Indian Citizenship Act etc.

In a meeting with the former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaohui said that China is not harboring ULFA-I or any other militant group from the Northeast and that the Dalai Lama should not have 'meddled' in the Sino-Indian affair.

The Union Government seems to be exploring the possibility of forming another ADC in Mizoram with an aim for final settlement of the two decade old Reang refugee crisis. The speculation emanated from a recent UMHA letter seeking observation of the Mizoram Government regarding the possibility of forming such ADC for the Reangs. The Joint Secretary UMHA in his letter told the Chief Secretary of the state to submit a report regarding the possible administrative structure of the proposed ADC. Considering the history, geography, composition and economy of the area the letter said such ADC may be formed comprising areas from three districts, the Mamit, Kolasib and Lunglei, where most of the state's second largest ethnic community, the Reangs, resides. According to the report, official reaction of the Mizoram Government over the new development is not yet available but it is presumed that it will not be acceptable to the state government headed by CM Lal Thanhawala.

Three unidentified militants belonging to BDFM were arrested in south Mizoram's Lawngtlai District while trying to enter Mizoram from Bangladesh. Two AK-47 rifles and 39 rounds of ammunition were also recovered from the arrested militants.

A cadre of NSCN-K, identified as 'lieutenant' Vechita Vero (38) was arrested by the AR at Hebron Colony in Phek District on April 16 along with one 7.65mm pistol, live rounds and extortion slips.

AR arrested two militants of NSCN-K, identified as Toshi Kamzuk (28) and Samaho Sumi (23), from Tuensang District. Two .22 mm pistols with magazine and INR 30,320 in cash were also recovered from the arrested militants.

Two Naxals were arrested by SFs at Mandaldih village under Pirtand Police Station area of Giridih District of Jharkhand. The arrested Naxals were identified as Vijay Manjhi (35), a resident of Pargo village under Nimiyaghat Police Station and Babu Lal Murmu (40) of Bega gadha village in Bokaro. SFs recovered two IED, Maoist literature, uniforms, and banners from them.

April 17

Eight Pakistani Army soldiers were reported killed when Indian troops retaliated to unprovoked heavy shelling and firing from across the LoC in several areas of Nowshera sector in Rajouri District. However, there was no official confirmation of the Pakistani casualties. Two Indian Army soldiers also sustained minor injuries during the incident.

Scores of protestors and a Police Officer were injured as thousands of protestors of various colleges across Kashmir valley protested on April 17 against last week's Police action in Pulwama Degree College in Pulwama District that left 54 students injured. A Police spokesman said: "Students of different colleges protested at some places in Kashmir valley today. While at most of the places the students protested inside their college premises, at few places in Srinagar, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam the students assembled on the roads and indulged in stone pelting thus disrupting the movement of general people and traffic on busy roads.

The police at these places exhibited maximum restraint and dispersed the stone pelting mobs of students by using some teargas shells. At some places the College property was also damaged. In the resultant chaos some students received minor injuries and most of them were discharged after first aid. While tackling the stone pelting SHO Kothibagh and four policemen were injured at MA Road Srinagar. A lady constable had a fracture in her arm."

SFs arrested one person, identified as Sangsar Boro, and recovered 12 hand grenades from his possession in Hortola village under Darrangamela Police Station in Baksa District.

Preparations for the upcoming KAAC are underway even though Assam State Election Commission is yet give formal notification concerning poll schedule. The polling to the KAAC is expected to be held during the last part of May, 2017.

A press release from the 'MIP' of the NSCN-IM informed that its Cease-fire Review Committee met with the GoI for discussing and reviewing "important issues". "After minute discussions and thorough deliberations, decisions were made in an accommodative spirit," stated the press release, and that the meeting concluded with a "very progressive result."

SFs recovered four .22 rifles from the residence of a person identified as Khrievotso of Botsa village in Kohima District.

Aizawl District SP F Lalhuliana said that the Police had made seven seizures of FICN, mainly in INR 2,000 denomination with a face value of INR 5.4 million in recent times. The first seizure of FICN during this year was made on March 24 when 252 FICN in INR 2,000 denomination and two FICN in INR 500 denomoination were unearthed. On March 28, FICN with a face value of INR 198,000 (INR 2,000 denomination) were recovered. The biggest catch was made on April 14, when 1,300 FICN in INR 2,000 denomination were seized at Bairabi near the Mizoram-Assam border. The face value of the fake notes was INR 2.6 million. Altogether, 11 persons have been arrested in this connection so far.

Two personnel of the STF, APC Rakesh Singh and constable Mukesh Kunjam, were injured when a pressure bomb, laid by the cadres of CPI-Maoist, went off in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The incident took place near Gudse village under Katekalyan Police Station limits when the SFs were returning after an anti-Naxal operation.

Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa visited the Naxal-infested Bastar District of Chhattisgarh. The aim of the visit was to boost the morale of the IAF personnel deployed there. A statement issued by the MoD said, "During the visit, he was briefed by the local commanders of various paramilitary forces deployed in Bastar area. He reviewed the operational preparedness of forces deployed in the sector. He also interacted with personnel from various state agencies and air warriors to boost their morale." The IAF has been operating its helicopters in the Bastar region since the past several years to give logistical support of Central Armed Police Forces and police personnel fighting the LWEs in the state.

A villager Shiv Nath Yadav (55) and his son Guddu Yadav (28) were killed by over 20 armed cadres of CPI-Maoist at village Kulheya under Harihurganj Police Station in Palamu District of Jharkhand. The two were suspected by CPI-Maoist cadres as TPC supporters. TPC is a splinter group of CPI-Maoist.

MHA has identified two civil rights groups linked with Naxalites, The ministry has named the Niyamgiri Suraksha Samithi in Odisha and Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan in Jharkhand as the two organisations acting as fronts for Naxalites groups. The report by MHA also says that the NSS had campaigned against mining activity by the Odisha Mining Corporation at the Niyamgiri Hills which would have given the Vedanta Group access to natural resources. The VVJVA on the other hand opposed the decision by the Jharkhand Government to amend two tenancy laws which allowed the use of agriculture land of tribal people for non-agricultural purposes.

A highly Naxal infested block Naudeeha in Palamu District of Jharkhand will have Jharkhand Balika Awasiya Vidyalaya for the girl students living in its 11 Panchayats. The school is expected to be ready by 2018. Jharkhand Balika Awasiya Vidyalaya (JBAV) is on the pattern of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Awasiya Vidalaya.

A highly Naxal infested block Naudeeha in Palamu District of Jharkhand will have Jharkhand Balika Awasiya Vidyalaya for the girl students living in its 11 Panchayats. The school is expected to be ready by 2018. Jharkhand Balika Awasiya Vidyalaya (JBAV) is on the pattern of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Awasiya Vidalaya.

The CPI-Maoist cadres issued a poster opposing the Lower Suktel project at Paradhiapali village in Balangir District of Odisha. CPI-Maoist cadres, operating in the Gandhamardhan Hills, issued the warning to stop the ongoing construction of the project. The estimated cost of the project is around INR 11 billions.

The Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti, the organisation that has been opposing bauxite mining in Odisha's Niyamgiri hills since 2003, strongly denied that it was working as a front organisation for the CPI-Maoist cadres in Rayagada and Kalahandi District of Odisha. The organisation has been branded as frontal organisation of CPI-Maoist cadres in a MHA's report recently.

Narayan Sanyal (80) a top ranking leader of the CPI-Maoist died in Kolkata District of West Bengal. Sanyal was suffering from cancer. Sanyal was the Politbureau member of the CPI-Maoist at the time of his arrest in 2005 and perhaps the second most important leader after the party's national secretary, Muppalla Lakshmana Rao.

April 18

FICNs worth INR 1,00,000 in INR 2,000 denomination, was seized by the BSF along the Indo-Bangladesh International Border in West Bengal’s Malda District. A BSF patrol party found a packet in a mango orchard near the Churiantpur border post area of Malda around 12:45 pm during an operation to arrest FICN smugglers active along this border, officials said. While no smugglers were found in the area, they said the packet seized by the patrol party had 50 fake currency notes, each of INR 2,000 denomination, with a total face value of INR 1,00,000.

The seized fake notes have been handed over to the Kaliachak Police. With this, the BSF has seized FICN with face value of INR 22,98,000 and apprehended two smugglers so far this year from the border area here, the officials said.

The meeting between the NSAs of India and the US concluded on a positive note with both sides deciding to extend cooperation in the fight against terror. India's NSA, Ajit Doval met with his counterpart from the US, Lt. Gen. H R Mc Master at Delhi on April 18 where a host of issues were discussed.

The meeting was a significant one and the issue of Kulbhushan Jadhav was also raised. Jadhav was sentenced to death in Pakistan on the charge that he was an Indian spy. Mc Master's meeting with the NSA was held after the former completed his visit to Pakistan and Afghanistan. India said in a statement following the meeting that the NSA conveyed the greetings of President Donald Trump to PM Narendra Modi. During the meeting between Modi and Mc Master, the former recalled his telephonic conversation with Trump. During the telephonic conversation which Modi described as positive, Trump had reaffirmed the importance attached by both sides to the strategic partnership and to stepping up India-US engagement across the board The NSA shared his perspective with the PM on the security situation in the extended region, including in Afghanistan, West Asia and North Korea. During the conversation, they exchanged views on how both countries can work together to effectively address the challenge of terrorism and to advance regional peace, security and stability, the statement also read.

One unidentified militant of ULFA-I was killed by 7 Madras Regiment of Indian Army near Dirak Charali in Tinsukia District. Two 7.65 pistols and a fake driving license in the name of Pulin Dutta was recovered from the killed militant. However the proper identity of the militant is not yet known. The encounter took place when the militant tried to run away by firing from a vehicle during a checking by the search team of the Indian army.

A report of the UMHA said that the insurgency-related violence has continued to decline and the year 2016 witnessed the lowest number of insurgency incidents since 1997 in the State. The major militant outfits presently active in Assam are the ULFA-I and the NDFB-S. The ULFA and NDFB have been declared as unlawful associations under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. Besides, the KPLT is also active in Karbi Anglong District. In Assam, there was a substantial decline in insurgency-related incidents in 2016. There were 75 incidents in 2016 compared to 81 in 2015. At least 51 insurgents were neutralised by security forces, while 366 insurgents were arrested. Security forces lost four personnel in these operations, the report said. In 2016, the number of civilian deaths went up to 29. During the period from 2014 to 2016, 873 cadres and linkmen of the NDFB-S were arrested with the recovery of a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from them and 50 cadres were neutralized in counter-insurgency operations. Meanwhile, the report said that the security situation in the North Eastern States, which has remained complex for quite some time due to diverse demands of ethnic groups and various militant outfits, improved substantially in 2016. The number of insurgency-related incidents in the region decreased by more than 15 per cent compared to 2015. In 2015, at least 574 incidents were reported as compared to 484 last year.

Unidentified militants attacked a convoy of 47 oil tankers and LPG bullet tankers escorted by a team of CRPF in a place between Kangpokpi and Changoubung. Two oil tankers were damaged in the attack. Subsequent upon the attack, oil tanker drivers have launched a cease work strike.

Union Government announced about the extension of the ceasefire with two Naga armed groups- NSCN-R and NSCN-NK till April 27, 2018. The decision was taken during a meeting between Union Home Ministry officials and the Ceasefire Supervisory Board of both the Naga factions in New Delhi.

Two extortionists, identified as Naratho Pochury and Hezekiya Awomi, were arrested from PWD area of Dimapur Town. According to the Police, both are member of GPRN/ NNC-NA.

An angry mob of villagers lynched an unidentified Bangladeshi citizen, who allegedly crossed over to India over the suspicions of criminal activities, near Bamonpara village in Dalu in West Garo Hills District. Despite the strict vigil being by the BSF, the entire stretch of the border in West Garo Hills District has seen sporadic incidents of dacoity committed by Bangladeshi criminals in collusion with Indian thugs.

A villager Sanna Markam (35) was killed and Sannu Markami (45) was injured in a blast of a pressure bomb, which was planted by the cadres of CPI-Maoist, in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. According to the Police, the incident took place when the villagers of Takahwada were heading towards the jungle area to celebrate a local festival.  

Police arrested three cadres of CPI-Maoist engaged in manufacturing illegal firearms from the Bariarpur and Gangta Police Station in Munger District of Bihar. The arrested CPI-Maoists were identified as Anil Yadav of village Dhanmani Patam under Naya Ramnagar Police Station, Chanchal Yadav of Nista under Surajgarha Police Station in Lakhisarai District of Bihar and Kesho Yadav of Kajichak under Bariarpur Police Station. SFs recovered two unfinished pistols, two unfinished regular guns, one base machine, one drilling machine and 13 magazines besides a large number of tools used in manufacturing firearms.  

A woman CPI-Maoist cadre, Suna Wadeka alias Jibani, carrying cash reward of INR 100,000 surrendered before South-Western, DIG, S Shyni in Koraput District of Odisha. Jibani said she was fed up with the torture and harassment of the senior CPI-Maoist cadres and decided to surrender. Jibani was involved in Sunki landmine blast that had occurred on February 2 this year killing seven Police personnel and injuring several in Koraput District of Odisha.  

Seven tribal families of Elkanur village under Kalimela Police limits in Malkangiri District of Odisha have left their native village, due to a threat by CPI-Maoist cadres. According to reports, members of the seven families, who were CPI-Maoist sympathisers, had recently surrendered before the Police expressing their unwillingness to support CPI-Maoist.

April 19

A youth, Muzaffar Ahmad Mir (22), injured in firing, allegedly by SFs, on the day of bypolls for Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, died. While locals alleged that BSF  personnel had opened fire, BSF spokesperson Vishwa Bandu said there was no BSF deployment in Ganderbal on the day of by-election on Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency,

Police claimed to have foiled a bid to snatch away weapons of CRPF jawans by some students during a clash with them in Banihal District. The incident occurred on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway after an altercation between the students and the CRPF personnel when a vehicle carrying the former overtook the security force’s convoy in which one of their vehicles was hit, they said.

The State Government ordered the extension of teaching work in colleges across Kashmir for two more days from April 20, as a precautionary measure following the April 17 Student protests. “According to the divisional commissioner, Kashmir, teaching work in all colleges of Kashmir division shall remain suspended on 20 and 21 April as a precautionary measure,” an official spokesman said.

SFs arrested two unidentified persons and explosives recovered from them during a routine check at Sakheti in Kamrup District. 50 electronic detonators and 600 gelatin sticks were recovered from them.

SFs arrested a linkman of NDFB-IKS, identified as Pranjit Basumatary alias Tengna from Hakma village under Gossaigaon Police Station in Kokrajhar District. One pistol was also recovered from the arrestee.

Mizoram Government said that it has not received any letter from UMHA, which proposed creation of another ADC to solve the Bru (Reang) refugee crisis. State Home department additional secretary, Lalbiakzama said that the State Government did not receive such letter purported to be written by Joint Secretary of UMHA to the State Chief Secretary. Meanwhile, State Home Minister R Lalzirliana ruled out creation of any other ADC, saying that the Government would never agree to further balkanise of the small hilly State on ethnic grounds. 

One militant of NSCN-K, identified as Yitelmpa Yaden alias Alemba was arrested by AR at Pungro road junction in Kiphire District.  

A PLFI cadre, Kapil Pradhan, was arrested from Jaldega area in Simdega District of Jharkhand. PLFI is a splinter group of CPI-Maoist. SP, R.R. Singh said Pradhan was involved in pasting PLFI posters near Kurdeg bus stand on April 16

Over 3,000 Police and CRPF personnel have intensified anti-Maoist operations in Burhapahar forests spread over Latehar, Palamau and Garhwa Districts in Jharkhand and Balrampur in Chhattishgarh.

A ‘militia commander’ of CPI-Maoist, Madivi Idama, and two cadres, R Hanumaiah and K Nagesh, were arrested in Jayashankar Bhupalpally District of Telangana. The trio belonged to Bijapur District in Chhattisgarh and were working for Venkatapur Area Committee of the CPI-Maoist in Jayashankar Bhupalpally District for the last five years.  

The DG of CRPF, Sudeep Lakhtakia, appreciated Saina Nehwal's gesture of contributing INR 600,000 for the next of kin of martyrs who were killed in a CPI-Maoist attack in Chattisgarh.  

At least four Police stations reportedly facing CPI-Maoist threat in rural Kozhikode District of Kerala are awaiting funds from the State Government and the Centre for their fortification. Thottilpalam, Peruvannamozhi, Kurachoondu and Valayam Police Stations are the Police Stations which do not properly meet the standards of protection. Incidentally, the LWE Division under the MHA has released INR 6.23 billion for the fortification of 400 Police Stations in various parts of the country. However, none of the stations from Kerala figures in the list.  

The BSF would provide two bullet-proof boats for patrolling in the cut-off Naxal affected areas in Odisha in three to four months, told BSF DG, KK Sharma in Bhubaneswar District of Odisha. He further added that bullet-proof boats would not only intensify patrolling in the areas but also help in anti-Naxal operations.

April 20

The 20-year-old man, identified as Muzammil alias Gazi Baba was arrested from Jalandhar, in a joint operation conducted by the Uttar Pradesh ATS and the Jalandhar Police. He is a resident of UP's Unnav and is accused of being involved in anti-national activities on the social media. The man was living in Jalandhar for two-and-a-half years and used to work in the boutique here. The police have initiated an investigation for further information in the case. Report said that Muzammil was among the suspected IS (IS) terrorists who were arrested from various places in India for in a major multi-state operation.

A special NIA court issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW), against Zakir Naik, who is wanted by the agency for his alleged role in a terror case. “There are reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. Naik is evading arrest and that he will not voluntarily appear before the court or the agency. I am of the view that an NBW is necessary to be issued,” Special Judge V.V. Patil said in his order. The court also observed that it found substance in the allegations made by the NIA. “Naik did not respond to the notices issued by the NIA to appear before the investigation officer,” the court said.

NIA has made a fresh request to the US for the extradition of David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Rana for their roles in the 26/11 (November 26, 2008) Mumbai attacks. The NIA raised the issue with FBI Deputy Chief Andrew McCabe. The request was made earlier this month (April) when McCabe visited India and met senior officials from the NIA.

In a multi-state joint operation, the Police teams of Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh, arrested four suspected terrorists belonging to the Islamic State (ISIS) Khorasan module and detained six others. The arrests were made during raids April 20 morning in Mumbra (Maharashtra), Jalandhar (Punjab), Narkatiaganj (Bihar), and Bijnor and Muzaffarnagar (both in Uttar Pradesh), the officials said. IG of the UP ATS Aseem Arun, in a statement in Noida, said that four persons were arrested on charges of hatching terror conspiracies. He said the accused were planning a major terror attack in the country. Important documents relating to the ISIS were seized from them, Arun claimed.

According to Police, two persons, identified as Mufti Faizan and Tanveer, allegedly connected with the ISIS, were arrested from Bijnor District of Uttar Pradesh. Nazim Shamshad Ahmed (26), who hails from Bijnor, was nabbed from Mumbra township in Thane District adjoining Mumbai in Maharashtra. Another suspect identified as Muzammil was arrested from Jalandhar District of Punjab. According to an UP ATS statement in Lucknow, six others were taken into custody and were being questioned in Noida, on the outskirts of Delhi. The accused had got in touch with each other over the internet, Arun said, adding that central security agencies played an important role in the operation.

Scores of mainstream political workers have fled after militants broke into their homes, beat them with sticks and guns, ordered them to tender a public apology and dissociate from mainstream politics, before recording their 'dissociation' on mobile phones across South Kashmir’s four Districts. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met dozens of her party workers from these four districts and assured them that the government would provide safety and security to all political workers, irrespective of their political ideology.

Dozens of videos had started surfacing on social media in which political workers, surrounded by gun-wielding militants, were seeking forgiveness from the general public, before the 3G and 4G services were snapped in the Valley. The gunmen had periodically released these videos to "teach (political workers) a lesson" and have, according to political workers in Pulwama and Shopian District, recorded many such video, but are yet to release them on the internet.

Four militants of NSCN-R, identified as ‘lieutenant colonel’ Kuhoto V Anche, ‘lieutenant’ Atoka Awomi, ‘major’ Ato Yeputho and ‘major’ Samuel, were arrested by SFs at a MVCP near the general area of Patkai Bridge in Dimapur District. One .32 mm Pistol with magazine, one AK-56 Rifle, one 9 mm Pistol, one .32 mm Pistol and eight live rounds of assorted ammunition were also recovered from the arrested militants.

Activists of MZP allegedly burnt vehicles in the complex of Champhai deputy commissioner’s office as the indefinite bandh (shutdown) called by the students’ organisation in the eastern Mizoram’s town turned violent. The bandh was called by the Champhai District MZP in protest against shortage of doctors at district civil hospital.

Two militants of KCP -Tamnganba, identified as Taorem Jamesh Khuman alias Nongdamba (24) and Thounaojam Surjit alias Mamo (34), were arrested by SFs at Wangjing near Canteen Lampak under Thoubal Police Station in Thoubal District. One 9 mm pistol with four live rounds of bullets, four mobile phones and a wallet containing INR 1570 were also recovered from the arrested militants.

The Supreme Court asked the Union Government and State Government to suggest five names each of officials, ex-officials whom they deem fit are suitable for SIT to be constituted to investigate into the killings in which judicial inquiries have been conducted. The Supreme Court was said that operations against militants or insurgents may be affected if FIRs are lodged against the Army. The Army also told the apex Court that it cannot be subjected to FIRs for carrying out anti-militancy operations in insurgency-prone areas like Jammu and Kashmir and Manipur, while alleging local bias in the judicial inquiries conducted against it in these regions, which have tarnished its image.

Police arrested four militants of KRA, identified as ‘sergeant major’ Demminthang Haokip (38), ‘lance corporal’ Sagoulal Baite (30), Hengoulen Haokip alias Haosapa alias Yago (18) and Thanglanmoi Chongloi alias Calvin (30), from Kangpokpi District. According to the Police these four militants were involved in the incident of firing at oil tankers on April 18 at S Golai located between Kangpokpi and Changoubung along NH-2. Five mobile handsets and nine SIM cards were also recovered from the arrested militants.

The joint secretary, Union Home Ministry, in charge of the North East, Satyendra Garg said that the peace pact that was signed by the State and the Central governments with two disbanded rebel groups, ANVC and ANVC-B, will be reviewed in May or June this year (2017). The peace agreement was signed by the Central Government of India, the State Government, ANVC and ANVC-B in Delhi on September 24, 2014.

Replying to the questions of the reporters Satyendra Garg said that the Central Government of India will not initiate peace talks with any militant outfit at the moment in Meghalaya. He said that for the Centre to come to the talks table, the groups have to first abjure violence and abide by the Constitution. The GNLA, and the HNLC, had earlier expressed their willingness to come forward for peace talks with the Government.

The ‘former chairman’ Bernard Rimpu N Marak of ANVC-B, in a statement, blamed the State Government for the failure of the ‘Agreed Text of Settlement’ signed in 2014 and threatened that if it is not implemented by September 24, the agreement will be “burned publicly”.

Visakha Rural Police resumed their efforts to set up a Police outpost at Darakonda in GK Veedhi Mandal in Vishakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. A Police team visited Dabbakota and Rolugunta villages, 3 Kilometers from Darakonda village, to identify a suitable place for the Police outpost. There was an outpost at Darakonda village around 17 years ago, but the CPI-Maoist cadres blew it up and killed seven security personnel in February 2000. Keeping that incident in mind, locals fear that Maoists may increase their presence in the area and plan explosions if the Police set up an outpost.  

Two employees of a road construction contractor, Kampani Sao and Amar Kumar, were arrested with INR 100,000 cash meant for payment to a CPI-Maoist operative in Bihar's Munger District of Bihar. Police seized three mobile phones and a diary from the two men.  

Gadchiroli District of Maharshtra will become the first Naxal affected tribal District to have CCTVs in around 25 villages for surveillance on Naxalites. These cameras would make the images of the remote places — from Kamlapur in Aheri taluka to Hedri in Etapalli taluka — available at the local Police Station as well as District Police control room at Gadchiroli, more than 100 kms away. In the first phase, the more sensitive south Gadchiroli is being covered, with distant villages like Challewada, Kodselgudam, Tarigudam and a few more already connected.

April 21

Report said that six people detained in Uttar Pradesh on April 20 on suspicion of association with ISIS have been handed over their families to facilitate their “de- radicalisation”, Police said. “Six persons, who were detained interrogated in Noida have been handed over to their families. Legal action will be taken if any proof is found against them,” a senior official of the UP’s ATS said. “However, keeping in mind that they were being influenced by radical propaganda, management will be made with the help of their families for their de-radicalisation,” the official said. About the four others arrested, the officer said they will be produced in the court and their remand will be sought for interrogation.

A NIA court convicted two persons for criminal conspiracy, raising funds and recruiting people for the Islamic State (IS). Those convicted are Sheikh Azhar-ul-Islam, 24, a resident of Ganderbal in Jammu and Kashmir, and Mohammed Farhan Shaikh, 25, a resident of Kausa Mumbra in Thane near Mumbai. In the chargesheet, the duo had been accused of criminal conspiracy, conspiracy to commit terrorist acts, being members of a terror outfit, supporting the activities of a terror outfit and raising funds for it. The case had been registered in January, 2016.

IM India operations 'cheif' Yasin Bhatkal, had recruited 25 youths while on the run since 2010. Some of these youths had visited Bhatkal when he was hiding in Nepal, sources in the city crime branch said. Bhatkal had sneaked into Nepal through the Raxual border in Bihar and was staying in Nepal under the assumed name of Dr Yousuf. An officer claimed that during interrogation, Bhatkal had 'confessed' that he, along with Asadullah alias Haddi, had raised a network of 25 youths. "The youths had become regular visitors to Bhatkal's house in Nepal," the Police officer said. Police claimed Bhatkal used to change his mobile handset and sim cards often to avoid being detected. He had chatted with some of the IM fugitives such as Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal who are reportedly based in Pakistan.

Senior Police officers said they are still trying to unravel the IM module set up by Bhatkal. "We have a few inputs and are working with security agencies to track and nab some foot soldiers and sleeper cells of IM who were in touch with Bhatkal when he was absconding," a Police officer said. In 2013, Bhatkal was sentenced to death in the Dilsukhnagar blasts case of Hyderabad.

The European Union (EU) and India resolved to step up counter-terror cooperation, besides agreeing to expand engagement in several areas such as maritime security, trade, energy and environment. EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini had separate meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during which key issues of common interest were discussed with a focus on further ramping up overall ties. The EU said the two sides resolved to enhance cooperation, bilaterally and multilaterally, in combating terrorism and agreed to work closely in dealing with multilateralism, climate change, sustainable development and free and fair trade.

Around 100 naked youths from Karbi tribal community marched through the streets of Diphu town demanding KAAC to prepare fresh electoral roll before conducting election and alleged deprivation of their political rights by the Government. The naked demonstration was jointly organised by 24 tribal organizations. The 24 organizations, which represent the schedule tribes living in Karbi Anglong District, had been urging the KAAC to frame act and rules for preparing new voters list and for conduct of election of the council as enjoined by paragraph 2 (7), based on paragraph 20 of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India. “Because act and rules for the conduct of Council Elections have not yet been made, and because the obsolete and defective rules of 1951 are still used by the KAAC as well as the state government the non tribal emigrants have taken away political power of the schedule tribe guaranteed by the Constitution of India…hence the naked demonstrations,” said a press release issued by the 24 organizations.  

CM N Chandrababu Naidu and some Police officers are on the "hit list" of the CPI-Maoist cadres, Andhra Pradesh DGP N Sambasiva Rao told to reporters in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh.  

Five cadres of CPI-Maoist, including a woman, surrendered in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. Those surrendered were identified as Shanti alias Rambati Modiam (25), Raju Vacham (25), Munna Veladi (28), Somaru Mandavi (25) and Manoj Bhogami (22). Of them, Shanti was active as a member of a 'military company' of the CPI-Maoist carrying a reward of INR 800,000 on her head. Vacham, a member of a LOS, and Veladi (28), a 'deputy commander’, were carrying cash rewards of INR 300,000 and INR 200,000, respectively, on their heads.’

The PLFI operatives have called a state-wide bandh on April 24 to protest against the arrest of ‘zonal commander’ Gujju Gope's wife Sangeeta, who worked as a nurse at a state-run health centre in Rania, in Khunti District of Jharkhand. PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI-Maoist.  

Jharkhand Police have intensified anti-Naxal op