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Punjab Timeline - 2018



January 2

Punjab Police has claimed to implement a ‘second line of defence’ to contain any infiltration by terrorists from the International Border with Pakistan. The Security Personnel deployment in the sensitive border zones has manifold of bullet-proof SUVs, tractors, night-vision devices, and cameras. All the Nakas (checkpoints) are strengthen as a part of ‘second line of defence’ with the permanent posting of two Battalions of the Punjab Police and movement of 4th IRB from Kapurthala in Kapurthala District to Pathankot District, said an unnamed senior Police official. Apart from these security measurements, a post of Asst. I-G of Counter-Intelligence has been created in Pathankot District, Pathankot (Punjab). The intelligence-sharing with the BSF includes the collection, compilation and dissemination of the information between the Police and other concerned agencies, said an unnamed SSP posted at Pathankot District.

Six ‘anti-india’ outfits remain proscribed in the UK’s list of ‘Proscribed Terrorist Organisations’ that includes 74 groups operating in and across various nations. Out of six, four groups related to the terrorism in J&K, namely Harakat-Ul-Jihad-Islami (HuJI), Harakat Mujahideen (HuM), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and its splinter group Khuddam Ul-Islam (KuI), and Jamaat Ul-Furquan (JuF). The list also includes Indian Mujahideen (IM) which is described as an organisation that aims to establish an Islamic state and implement Sharia law in India using violent means. Apart from Islamist groups, the list includes only Babbar Khalsa, a pro-Khalistan group which was described as “a Sikh movement that aims to establish an independent Khalistan within the Punjab region of India”. The International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF)—another pro-Khalistan outfit, was banned in 2001 but was removed from the proscribed list in March 2016.

January 4

Addressing the threat of ongoing radicalisation and to interact directly with the citizens, the Punjab Police has aspired to launch its own Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts in the month of January, said Punjab DGP Suresh Arora. Providing the details of Punjab Police’s achievements of 2017 and further plans in 2018, the Punjab Police had dismantled eight terror modules with the arrests of 47 persons and seizure of 43 different weapons. Around 21 foreign nationals were accused of providing logistics and financial assistance to these terror modules, said DGP Suresh Arora. Comparing the crime data of 2016 and 2017, the homicide cases came down from 771 in 2016 to 656 in 2017, attempt to murder from 862 in 2016 to 795 in 2017, kidnapping/abduction related cases from 1591 in 2016 to 1462 in 2017, robbery cases from 147 in 2016 to 116 in 2017, and cases of dacoits from 43 in 2016 to 26 in 2017, added DGP Suresh Arora.

January 6

The NIA will seek support from the Interpol in providing information regarding Pakistan’s ISI involvement in the ‘targeted’ killings of Hindu leaders at various places in Punjab during the last two years. The ongoing investigation and interrogation of gangsters and Sikh radical group members had revealed that the financial support was routed from Pakistan to various members of radical groups based in the UK, Italy, France, Germany, Canada, the US, and UAE in a proposal to revive Sikh militancy in the state of Punjab, said an unnamed official of Punjab Police. Some specific intelligence inputs does support that ISI was keen to establish allegiance between Khalistani outfits and LeT. The NIA had confirmed that Harmeet Singh alias PHD— who is based in Pakistan, was an essential link between ISI and Sikh militant outfits, said unidentified sources.





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