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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Huge cache of arms, explosives seized at Ellora, three in cop net

After a high-speed chase in Aurangabd, the Anti-Terrorist Squad of the Maharashtra Police intercepted a vehicle carrying arms and explosives—including 30 kg of RDX and 10 AK-47 rifles—and arrested three people.

The operation followed specific inputs from the Intelligence Bureau and ended at Ellora village where the police blocked a Tata Sumo carrying the arms. The ATS arrested two from the spot while two others managed to flee. One of them, however, was caught by the villagers and handed over to the police.

All the three, Mohamamed Amer Shakeel Ahmed Sheikh (30), Saiyeed Zuber Saiyeed Anwar (26) and Mohammed Muzaffar Mohammed Tanvir (24), are residents of Aurangabad. A hunt has been launched to nab the fourth, ATS officials said.

While officials are still not clear about the affiliations of the three men, they suspect they were locals hired by a terror outfit to transport the arms consignment. ‘‘Prima facie it seems that the consignment was meant to be divided and distributed in Mumbai and other places,’’ said an intelligence official. ‘‘The arms seized from two LeT operatives in Delhi recently could be part of the same consignment.’’

Delhi Police Deputy Commissioner (Special Cell) Ajay Kumar, in fact, was part of the operation in Aurangabad along with his team.

Delhi Police had arrested two Pakistan-trained militants, Abdullah and Ubedullah, and based on the information provided by them, killed Pakistani terrorist Abu Hamza on Monday evening. The police said that they had planned strikes in Mumbai and Gujarat.According to ATS officials, apart from the RDX and AK-47 rifles, 2,000 rounds of ammunition, 40 AK magazines and six magazine pouches were recovered, all neatly stacked and concealed inside 10 computer CPUs.

As per the ATS version, the four men were reportedly moving the arms cache to Aurangabad when their vehicle was stopped by the ATS and Aurangabad police teams, which had put up road-blocks. They tried to speed away, but were caught at Ellora village on the outskirts of Aurangabad.

ATS sources told The Indian Express that Shakeel Ahmed Sheikh had been an active member of SIMI and had also been involved in a case of rioting in the town about five years back. The other two do not have any criminal history. They were remanded to 14 days in ATS custody by a Mumbai court on Wednesday evening.

Later in the day, while addressing media persons at the state police headquarters, Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil—in the presence of DGP P S Pasricha, ATS chief, Joint Commissioner of Police K P Raghuvanshi, and Mumbai police chief A N Roy—announced a cash award of Rs 5 lakh for the ATS officers involved in the operation.

After temples other Indic culture symbols are on target. Islamic invasion on India is still on.
<b>Diminishing Indian Status Under UPA</b>
By M.D. Nalapat

Looking at the way the UPA has transformed a free country into a colony in two years, it is not surprising why India became enslaved for over a thousand years. Provided independence is taken away in bits and pieces, there is no protest, nor even notice. And this is what is taking place now.The country’s freedom of action is being taken away in thin slices.

Today’s UPA government—under the orders of Sonia Gandhi and her chosen instrument, Manmohan Singh—functions as a tributary of Washington. George W. Bush is a generous man, and he has given chosen favourites such as the UK and Germany an important voice in the council of government in India.

While an independent country is respected, even if small, a country that is under the control of another is treated with disdain, no matter what its size. Hamid Karzai, the formal head of government in Afghanistan, has to get clearance from NATO for every major decision he takes, and several minor ones as well. And of course, NATO relies overwhelmingly on Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the two “experts” on the “Muslim World”.

Small wonder that the only thing that the international media concentrates on is Karzai’s cloak. For all other matters concerning Afghanistan, they need to contact the NATO commanders and their political superiors. Similar is the case of Iraq, where for two months the elected parliament was unable to generate a government, because the new masters of Iraq, the US and the UK, did not approve of Ibrahim Al Jaafari as the head of the new administration. The reason is clearly that Al Jaafari is not as pliant as a Karzai or an Allawi.

Today, there is a third country that has joined Iraq and Afghanistan in their present status of newly-colonised countries, and this is the Republic of India. Today’s UPA government—under the orders of Sonia Gandhi and her chosen instrument, Manmohan Singh—functions as a tributary of Washington. George W. Bush is a generous man, and he has given chosen favourites such as the UK and Germany an important voice in the council of government in India. Another country with substantial influence over India is Italy, but this country of course does not need the US to take care of its interests in India. The UPA itself does the job, for reasons that the Indian media never discuss.

“Coincidentally”, two cabinet ministers known to be against the unipolar world view followed by South Block have been turfed out, one from his job, the other from a sensitive portfolio. Entirely accidently, it turns out that both of Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran’s offspring are in the US, while one of Montek Singh Ahluwalia’s is, the other being in London. Naturally, while one of the daughters of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh jet sets, the other is based in—where else?—the US. And as for “India’s” envoy to the US, Ronen Sen, information from Washington suggests that one of his children has already become a US citizen, while the other is well on the way to that particular nirvana. The list of foreign connections of leading lights in the UPA government would fill a telephone directory.

Small wonder that the steady growth of Maoist enclaves and the increasing temerity of the jehadis do not worry them. After all, they can always go away to the homes of the children and other close relatives who have sworn allegiance to alien flags. It is people like us—who do not have close relatives who are foreign nationals—who are at risk as the country begins to crumble. While in both Afghanistan and Iraq, the US and its allies had to go to war to control the governments in Kabul and Baghdad, in India all it has taken are a list of Swiss bank account numbers and a few Green Cards to achieve the same result.

Looking at the way the UPA has transformed a free country into a colony in two years, it is not surprising why India became enslaved for over a thousand years. Provided independence is taken away in bits and pieces, there is no protest, nor even notice. And this is what is taking place now. The country’s freedom of action is being taken away in thin slices, like the Japanese method of kaizen.

Today, it is seen as “normal” for the union government to ignore the role of the Pakistan army in the killing of Hindus in Doda, and for the Prime Minister to sit down for discussions with individuals who have for two decades backed the jehadis. It is seen as “natural” for the Prime Minister to hand over the future energy security of India to the mercy of the US Congress. Once the country goes in for $20 billion worth of atomic power plants from the US and its allies, and becomes dependent on fuel from those sources, the country’s economy can be shut down by Washington and its allies at any time, by simply turning off the nuclear fuel tap, the way they did at Tarapur. One needs to congratulate Sonia Gandhi.

Even the Left parties have become accomplices in the handover of India to an outside power Sonia Gandhi may not have the qualities that some see in her, at least on record. But she has remained true to her core beliefs since she settled in India in the 1960s. Although she talks loud and long about “her” family (meaning the Nehrus), the fact is that relatives from Rajiv’s side of the family tree are almost never seen in 10 Janpath, much less staying there as guests the way those from her side of the fence do. A list of Sonia Gandhi’s house guests over the past years would illustrate the enormous distance between her and “her” family. It is easier for a diplomat from a western embassy to gain access to 10 Janpath than it is for a member of the Union Cabinet, if one excludes those who haunt her ante-room, such as H.R. Bharadwaj and Suresh Pachauri.

Small wonder that Manmohan Singh—who openly tells his staff that he cannot take decisions without clearance from “Madam”—has converted India into as obedient a poodle of alien interests as Afghanistan and Iraq. Whether it is the former foreign ministers Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul and Natwar Singh in New Delhi, or Ibrahim Al Jafaari in Baghdad, those blackballed by Washington and its NATO allies have zero chance of remaining in high office. From now onwards, the best way to preferment in India is through the resident US envoy, as Sonia Gandhi has secluded herself from most of the natives.

If any proof is needed that India has become insignificant, it can be found in Kathmandu. The King of Nepal refused to even see the Foreign Secretary of India, and even for relative, Karan Singh, he spared only a mealtime slot. On the other hand, there is time aplenty for even junior officials from the US, as King Gyanendra knows exactly who is in charge in New Delhi. There is no need to waste time on Shyam Saran when it is Nicholas Burns who calls the shots in the MEA, as has been made clear by the ministry’s interventions within the DAE to force through acceptance of the US position on issues connected with the nuclear deal. Or the PMO and the MEA’s adopting the US position on Siachen, as opposed to that favoured by the Army.

Of course, even the NDA had elements that had allowed outside influences to dominate, as for example when the Bangladesh Rifles tortured and killed several BSF personnel. Not only was there no retaliatory action taken, a smear campaign was launched to make it appear as though it was the BSF that was to blame for being killed. Similarly, after Doda, there has not been a word of condemnation for the ISI, which is still masterminding the insurgency in Kashmir, Pervez Musharraf knows that Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh are his best bet for prising loose the Kashmir Valley from India, and to accelerate the takeover of Jammu and Ladakh by elements who have inflitrated from the Pakistan side.

Hundreds of jehadis are now being allowed to re-enter the Valley, after “promising” to renounce violence. Indications are that it is a cohort of such returnees who was responsible for Doda. If so, the charge of murder can be laid at the door of those in New Delhi who are looking the other way while a steady flow of fanatics crosses back freely into that part of Kashmir still nominally in Indian control. In bits and pieces, Indian interests are being first compromised and then surrendered. Today, one fifth of the districts in the country are in the control of Maoists. Key areas on the international borders of UP, West Bengal and Assam are in the control of jehadi fanatics. Ten years from now, even as the UPA’s leaders enjoy their peaceful existence in the US and Europe, the country will look like Nepal today. There too, civil society did not act until it was too late.

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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Maharashtra: 12 killed in Naxal blast

May 16, 2006 22:13 IST

Twelve persons of a marriage party, including four women, were killed when Naxalites triggered a landmine blast on Tuesday at Halewara near Kasansur forest in Gadchiroli district of south-eastern Maharashtra, police said.

The members of the marriage party were travelling in a vehicle, which was tossed in the air by the powerful blast, police said adding, it is suspected that the Naxalites felt that police were moving in a non-official vehicle and carried out the blast.

The bride and groom survived the explosion as their vehicle had crossed just before the blast occured, police said.

The marriage party was returning to Pakhanjur in Kanker district in adjoining Chhattisgarh from Sunderban in Mulchera area of Etapalli taluka, police said.

Additional SP Anant Rokade has been rushed to the scene.

Following is the list of victims in landmine blast at Gadchiroli district: Subrath Amulyakumar Roy (43), Amit Khagendranath Roy (28), Sachin Gyanandra Hazari (35), Arun Prafulla Sardar (43), Sukdev Kanahai Mistry (40) Harinand Naresh Sarkar (55), vehicle driver Babber age not mentioned, Mamata Viswanath Badai (45), Sushila Viswanath Badai (12), Chanchala Niranjan Roy (15), Netatai Karmarkar (43), The 12th victim's name was not identified, a release issued by the police department said in Nagpur.

The Naxals had on March 14 triggered a blast blowing the anti-land mine vehicle of the police, but all the police personnel had escaped without any major injury.

The second attack was on April 19 when the ultras triggered a landmine blast, killing a young constable on the spot and injuring four others, including a 57-year-old sub-inspector, who later succumbed to injuries in a city hospital.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->16 May 2006
"Militancy in India's Northeast"
[From: Power & Interest News Report]

India's northeast is a geopolitically strategic region. It comprises
eight states -- Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura,
Mizoram, Meghalaya and Sikkim -- and is spread over a 262,179 square
kilometer (101,201 square miles) area. The eight states contain a
total population of 39 million. India's northeast connects with five
countries -- Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, China and Nepal -- by a
4,500 kilometer (2,796 miles) international border; the region,
however, connects to India only through a narrow and tenuous land
corridor measuring merely 22 kilometers (14 miles).

A fact that further jeopardizes mainland India's links with the region
is the thriving militancy in most of the northeast states. The demands
of the different militant groups range from autonomy within the
provisions of the Indian constitution to outright secession. Such
militant movements started early with India's independence in 1947. At
one point, more than 120 militant groups operated in India's
northeast. In recent years, the Indian government has had some success
in achieving stability in the region, using tactics from negotiations
to military operations to root out militants. Nevertheless, the region
remains a potential tinderbox.

Militants in India's northeast once enjoyed vast popular support since
they, in their formative years, voiced genuine grievances of the
people such as poor governance, alienation, lack of development and an
apathetic attitude from the central government in New Delhi; in recent
years, however, this influence has been reduced. Nevertheless, in most
of the states in the northeast, anti-government militants retain
significant nuisance value and often indulge in successful strikes
against government interests.

Militancy: An Early Beginning

Nagaland, then part of the larger state of Assam, was the first to
experience militancy. Long before the British left India, Nagas
considered themselves to be independent and petitioned the British to
declare them as an independent country. After being snubbed by both
the British and the new regime in New Delhi, Nagas, under the
leadership of the Naga National Council (N.N.C.), headed by A.Z.
Phizo, declared independence. In his declaration, Phizo argued that in
a plebiscite held in Nagaland in May 1951, more than 99 percent of
voters favored independence. The veracity of the plebiscite remains

Subsequently, the N.N.C. split into different factions and its
breakaway faction, the National Socialist Council of Nagaland
(N.S.C.N.) also broke into two factions; those factions were the
Isak-Muivah faction (N.S.C.N.-I.M.) and the Khaplang faction
(N.S.C.N.-K.). These organizations have continued separate violent
struggles for Nagaland's independence.

Similarly, in Mizoram, which was a part of the state of Assam before
it was granted statehood in 1987, experienced militancy after the
Union government failed to respond positively to its demand for
assistance during the massive "Mautam famine." The Mizo National Front
(M.N.F.), led by the legendary leader Laldenga, launched the movement
on February 28, 1966 and demanded independence for Mizoram.

In Tripura, the smallest of the northeastern states, migration of
Hindus from the British-ruled East Bengal, which subsequently became
East Pakistan and then Bangladesh, is believed to have been
responsible for reducing the indigenous tribal people in the state to
minority status; this development sparked a violent backlash among the
indigenous people. Starting in 1970, militant groups sprang up in the
state demanding the restoration of the tribal rights from the Bengali
population, who are accused of dominating the political and economic
affairs of Tripura state.

Migration from Bangladesh, a fact that is refuted by that country, was
the source of militancy in the state of Assam as well. A movement that
started demanding the deportation of the illegal migrants also
witnessed the birth of the militant outfit the United Liberation Front
of Asom (U.L.F.A.) in 1979. Following U.L.F.A.'s example, a number of
militant groups, each claiming to represent the aspirations of
different tribal communities in the state, formed. Prominent among
these groups are the Bodo Liberation Tigers, the National Democratic
Front of Bodoland (N.D.F.B.), the United People's Democratic
Solidarity (U.P.D.S.) and the Dima Halim Daogah.

In the state of Manipur, militancy originated in protest against the
forcible merger of the former Manipur Kingdom with India. In 1964, the
United National Liberation Front formed with an avowed objective of
ending the discrimination against Manipur, which was accorded
statehood only in 1972 nearly 23 years after its merger. Subsequently,
a number of militant organizations have formed with each representing
the cause of different tribes, sometimes more than one outfit
espousing the same cause.

Transformation of Militancy

Analysts indicate that most of the militant outfits in the region have
been quick to transform themselves into purely terrorist entities,
bereft of their original objectives and ideology. For example,
U.L.F.A. in Assam, which originated as a reaction to Bangladeshi
migration into the state, has found shelter in Bangladesh and through
a publication in the 1990s has repudiated its earlier anti-Bangladeshi
position. Militant outfits in Tripura, the National Liberation Front
of Tripura (N.L.F.T.) and the All Tripura Tiger Force espousing the
tribal cause have indulged in a number of attacks on the tribal
population. Militant groups in certain states also have clashed among
themselves. For example, in Nagaland, most fatalities are recorded as
a result of the infighting between the two factions of the N.S.C.N.,
rather than from government forces.

With small arms being easily available in the region and the
neighboring countries, capabilities of even relatively smaller groups
to challenge state authority have dramatically grown over the years.
As a result, militant groups have successfully transformed themselves
into huge abduction and extortion rackets collecting regular
contributions from the public, government servants and the business
houses. With little protection available from the state government,
people have often found it convenient to bribe the militant groups for
peace, rather than risk death and abduction.

Military Operations

Security force operations using the army, state police forces and the
paramilitary forces remain the preferred mode of official response to
contain militancy. A strong military presence has been the feature of
all the militancy-affected states in the region. The Union government,
as a matter of policy, reimburses security-related expenditure
incurred by the states. It also has an ongoing program for the
modernization of the state police forces that sometimes possess
weapons of lesser sophistication than the militants. Interestingly, in
all of the northeastern states, the ratio of policemen per 10,000
people is far above the national average.

Military operations in Mizoram, where the army reportedly launched air
strikes to neutralize the M.N.F. cadres, resulted in several
fatalities and displacement among the civilian population. Military
operations in Nagaland, too, resulted in civilian fatalities and
large-scale displacement. In Assam, in the beginning of the 1990s, two
military operations, Operation Rhino and Operation Bajrang, were
launched against U.L.F.A. militants. These forced U.L.F.A. to move out
of the state and locate itself in areas outside the country. However,
such operations have not been able to post conclusive gains against
militancy in any of the states. In states like Manipur, militants have
been able to carve out vast stretches of "liberated zones" where only
their laws and dictates hold sway.

Dialogue for Peace

While military operations have achieved only limited results, it is
the dialogue for peace with the militant outfits that has brought some
order to the northeastern region. Dialogue with the M.N.F. remains the
only example of the culmination of a successful peace process that
ended militancy in Mizoram in 1986. Experiences such as the Mizo Peace
Accord, however, have not been replicated. Other peace deals such as
the Shillong Accord in 1975 with the N.N.C. in Nagaland, the 1988
agreement with the Tripura National Volunteers in Tripura, the
Bodoland Autonomous Council agreement of 1993 with the Bodo militants
in Assam have all fallen through as new factions, dissatisfied with
the terms of the agreement, have resumed hostilities under new

At present, the Union government has ongoing ceasefire agreements with
six militant groups in different states. The oldest one with the
N.S.C.N.-I.M. dates back to July 25, 1997 and the other one with its
rival outfit the N.S.C.N.-K. has lasted since April 28, 2001. In
Assam, the following organizations have ceasefire agreements with the
government: U.P.D.S. since January 1, 2004, the U.P.D.S. since May 23,
2002 and the N.D.F.B. since May 25, 2005. Similarly, in the state of
Meghalaya, the Achik National Volunteer Council has had a ceasefire
agreement with the government since July 23, 2004. U.L.F.A. in Assam
in 2005, too, has appointed a People's Consultative Group to prepare
the groundwork for eventual dialogue with the government.

Whereas ceasefire agreements with different groups have led to a
reduction in the militancy-related fatalities in their respective
states, the Union government has not been able to carve out a road map
toward a situation of permanent agreement. In many cases, the process
of dialogue is yet to formally start with the outfits. Militant
groups, on the other hand, have taken advantage of the protracted
peace processes and continued with their activities such as extortion
and abduction with impunity. In Nagaland, fratricidal clashes between
militant groups have remained a major issue of concern. In Assam, even
after its moves for peace, U.L.F.A. continues to indulge in sporadic
acts of violence.

Foreign Hand

Although most militant outfits have originated within their respective
states and have operated with relative ease in their homelands, the
Indian government has accused neighboring Bangladesh and Pakistan of
promoting insurgency in the region. The Border Security Force -- the
paramilitary force guarding India's borders -- has furnished the
details of the militant camps that function in Bangladesh. Bangladeshi
authorities have refuted Indian claims and have refused permission for
a joint operation by forces of both countries against such camps.

Similarly, Pakistan, through its intelligence agency the I.S.I., is
believed to have assisted the militant groups in terms of training and
finance. Photographic evidence, passports seized from the arrested
militants and the confessional statements by the arrested and
surrendered militants has been provided as evidence behind the Indian
claim. Pakistan, however, refutes such claims.

China, too, is believed to have provided some assistance to groups
such as the N.S.C.N. in the 1980s. The militant leaders have on record
confessed to have traveled to China and secured help for their
movements. However, such a nexus, if any, does not exist today.

Besides, militant camps in Nagaland as well as Manipur militant groups
exist in the bordering areas of Myanmar. Outfits like U.L.F.A. and the
N.D.F.B. have reportedly used the facilities. The Myanmar army,
starting from mid-1990s, launched several operations against the
organizations, although successes in such operations have been
temporary. Militant groups reestablish their camps after the army

Bhutan remains the only country that successfully dislodged several
militant camps of the northeastern groups through a military operation
launched in December 2003. A number of cadres of U.L.F.A., N.D.F.B.
and the Kamatapur Liberation Organization, an outfit operating in the
North Bengal area, stationed in the country since the early 1990s,
were either arrested or were forced to flee following the operation
launched after several reminders by the Bhutanese authorities failed
to force the militants exit.

Costs of Militancy

No estimates exist regarding the fatalities in militancy-related
violence during the pre-1992 period in the northeast. According to the
Indian Ministry of Home Affairs, between 1992 and 2005 over 15,600
fatalities have been reported from each of these states, though the
actual number is believed to be much more. Civilians account for more
than 50 percent of the total fatalities.

Apart from the body count, the development of the region has been a
sheer casualty of the raging militancy. Recently, on April 23, 2006,
the chief minister of Manipur said that all development projects have
been stalled due to interference by militant groups. He said,
"Militants are extorting money from each and every one, including
barbers, small-time traders and low-ranking government employees. This
has become unbearable for the people." Prevalence of militancy ensures
that a large chunk of the development fund passes on to the coffers of
the militant organizations. In the oil-rich Assam, militants have
periodically targeted oil and gas pipelines for sabotage, alleging
that India is exploiting the natural resources of the state. In
Tripura, national projects -- such as the extension of the rail lines
-- have either been stalled or have moved with a tardy pace after
militants attacked the construction sites and abducted workers.
Militancy has also stalled the prospect of linking the economy of the
northeast with the neighboring Southeast Asian countries.

Tourism, which could have flourished in the scenic northeast, has
suffered. Although no foreign tourist has been abducted by the
militants, an atmosphere of fear and trepidation has prevented
national as well as international tourists from choosing the region as
their destination. The education sector too has been affected by
militancy. A number of schools in states like Tripura's interior areas
have been shut as teachers avoid the areas due to fear of militant
strikes. Extortion by the militant groups on the national highways
that connect the different states with mainland India has shot up the
prices of essential commodities. Trucks and buses have been burned and
destroyed for non-payment of "taxes."

The Way Forward

In 2005, with 410 militancy-related deaths, Manipur was the second
most violent state in the country behind Jammu and Kashmir. Still,
neither Manipur, nor the northeast, has figured prominently in the
policymaking of the national leaders. For instance, fencing the 4,095
kilometer (2,545 miles) long Indo-Bangladesh border, pitted as the
solution to the problems of cross-border militancy as well as illegal
migration, has progressed at a tardy pace.

While the government's military options have achieved only minimal
results, lack of development continues to alienate the people of the
region further from the mainstream. The region has also received
little attention from either the national or the international media.
Achievements by a separate ministry created by the Indian government
for the development of the region remain minimal. With the current
trend, the region is expected to remain volatile for the foreseeable

Report Drafted By:
Dr. Bibhu Prasad Routray


<b>LDF terror nexus</b>
<b>Huge arms haul</b>
By S. Chandrasekhar

The fervour with which, both the CPM led LDF and the Congress led UDF courted the jehadi outfits like the PDP, NDF, Jamaat-e-Islami, INL, Kanthapuram Musaliar, etc. for gaining the Muslim votes, has converted the State of Kerala into a volcano waiting to erupt anytime. Close on the heals of the seizure of 800 gelatine sticks stored at the cloak room of the Kerala State Roadways in Kozhikode and the two bomb blasts near the Kozhikode bus stand, came the discovery of highly explosive bombs under the private bus seat and the bombs placed in a plastic cover in a hospital ward, both in Kozhikode.

Earlier Kozhikode, adjoining Marad and Beypore were witness to the mass murder of eight Hindu fishermen and blasting of huge fishing boat by jehadi terrorists. Moreover spates of anonymous bomb hoaxes are keeping the police, bomb disposal squad and sniffer dogs on their toes. The jehadis want to tire out the security forces and then strike when they start ignoring such calls.

<b>The IB, RAW and Military Intelligence have warned off heightened ISI sponsored terrorist activities in north Kerala. The General Officer Commanding of the Army’s south zone has also warned off Islamic extremist activities in north Kerala</b>. Now the centre and central intelligence have for the first time in the history of Kerala, warned off the Pak-based Hizbul Mujahideen threat to the State during or after the polls.

Now in an apparent shift in strategy, the jehadis are expanding operations down south, especially in the <b>Thrissur district, which has several Islamic strongholds like Chavakad, Vadanapally, Kodungallur etc. Four arms haul have been unearthed in Thrissur district during the last week of April. About 1,275 kgms of gelatine sticks and 4,500 electronic detonators were seized from a truck near Ollur in Thrissur when it met with an accident. The arms haul was near a helipad, where Sonia Gandhi was to arrive the following day for campaigning. Next came the seizure of 100 gelatine sticks, 100 electronic detonator, 1,000 detonators and 400 metres of fusewire from a private bus in Thrissur. Third was the accidental haul of 28,500 detonators, 317 cartridges and 300 metres of fusewire from an abandoned shed. Last was the discovery of 10 country made bombs, concealed in a bucket at an isolated place near Thottipalam in Thrissur district</b>

While on the one hand the CPM is honeymooning with all jehadi outfits to win the polls, on the other it is stockpiling bombs to attack the Muslims in Nadapuram, which was the scene of CPM-Muslim clashes. <b>A stored bomb went off accidentally in a CPM Panchayat member’s house (Sarala Gopalan) at Kuttiyadi near Nadapuram, destroying it completely. A huge haul of powerful country made bombs were seized from a private bus in Nadapuram. Meanwhile a son of a CPM leader suffered injuries when a steel pipe bomb stored in the house went off accidentally in Nadapuram.</b>

The hobnobbing of the CPM and the Congress with the jehadi outfits and their supply of explosives for use against political opponents, especially RSS and BJP is creating dangerous consequences for the State. Probes into various terrorist activities by jehadis are being scuttled by the ruling Muslim League. A future CPM regime will be no better since it is courting jehadis like Madani with open arms. Top police, Army and IAS officials belonging to Kerala and having served in Jammu and Kashmir say that ruthless and tough actions and political will is needed to crush terrorism, otherwise it will be too late and Kerala may become another Jammu and Kashmir which is what the jehadis want. Will the Congress and the CPM wake up to the threat of jehadi terrorism and act strongly or will they soft-pedal for petty vote-bank politics? Perhaps only time will tell. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b> J&K Cong MLA, his brother helped finance, smuggle explosives: Army </b>
Muzamil Jaleel / Mir Ehsan
Posted online: Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 0000 hrs IST

A senior Congress legislator who was a minister in the former Mufti-led coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir and his brother have helped finance and smuggle into the Valley the biggest ever haul of explosives last year, according to a confidential report of the Army’s Counter Intelligence Unit.

The report, obtained by The Sunday Express, names former Congress minister and current MLA from Dooru (Anantnag) Ghulam Ahmed Mir and his brother Iqbal Mir as being key to a well-knit militant ring that smuggled 48 quintals of explosives from New Delhi’s industrial explosive market.

This material, J&K Director General of Police Gopal Sharma had said, was used to manufacture improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and car bombs especially after the flow from across the Line of Control began to dry up.
This network was exposed after the 49 Rashtriya Rifles arrested Sajjad Ahmad Malik alias Bitta Malik on August 17 last year. A week later, the J&K police recovered 14 quintals of explosives from the premises of a transport company in Srinagar and two explosives dumps in warehouses in Anantnag.

Malik, a close aide of the Congress MLA, was interrogated by the Army along with the explosives “courier” Bashir Ahmad, a resident of Banihal in J&K and an employee of a transport company based in New Delhi.
The Army’s report said Congress MLA Mir and his brother were both “Over Ground Workers (OGWs)” (Army’s phrase for those who actively help militants). And the MLA’s “vehicle was used for transporting the explosives and persons.’’ Mir’s brother, the report said, is a ‘‘close associate of Bitta Malik and had provided finances for procuring explosives’’.

Curiously, the Army handed over Malik to the Dooru police immediately after his arrest. In the intervening night of August 19 and 20, Malik escaped from police custody. The Army’s report claims that Mir, then a junior Roads and Buildings Minister, “reportedly had influenced and helped Bitta to escape from police custody.”

Over the next few days, as the Army picked up other people from Bitta Malik’s gang—especially Bashir Ahmad—and cracked the entire ring, Malik surrendered. Sources reveal that Congress legislator Mir (who was then a minister) used his influence to speed up Malik’s detention under Public Safety Act so that no other agency would interrogate him and thus avoid exposure of Mir’s connection with the militants. How crucial Malik was in the ring is evident in his interrogation statement to the J-K police. Based on his leads alone, 15 militants were arrested and arms and ammunition seized.

While the police report doesn’t mention Mir or his brother, the Army’s report couldn’t be clearer: “During February, 2004, subject (main courier Bashir) was told by Bitta Malik that he is opening a factory to chemically treat dry fruits... in partnership with Iqbal brother of present Congress MLA GA Mir.’’ Bashir, the report said, also met Iqbal Mir in Jammu in March, 2005.

Express, G A Mir said:

On links with Bitta Malik: He belongs to my constituency, he voted for me. He was a surrendered militant who lived a normal life. There are dozens of people like him who are with all political parties, National Conference, PDP and Congess.

On Army’s report that his vehicles were used to transport explosives: When Bitta Malik attended my rallies and meetings, not a single security agency warned me about his anti-national activities.

On Army’s report that he helped Bitta escape from police custody. “After he (Malik) was arrested, my block president visited Dooru police station to ask about Malik only because he belonged to my constituency. It’s not our fault that he escaped. The police allowed him to move around in the lawn at midnight. It was I who told his family that he must surrender. Within three days, he surrendered.”

<b>Terrorists pen messages with urine</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->We were told by forensic experts at these agencies that terrorists had found a novel way to exchange communication - by penning their letters in urine, which works as invisible ink,' Srivastava told IANS.

He said: <b>'Text written with urine cannot be read with the naked eye, but it can be seen under an infra-red lamp or ultra-violet rays'</b>
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>UP defies Centre, refuses to ban SIMI  </b>
Yet another round of confrontation between the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh Government seems to be brewing with the Samajwadi Party Government refusing to back the ban on Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). The move is seen as an attempt to woo the Muslim vote by pandering to the lowest common minority denominator. State Assembly election is expected any time in Uttar Pradesh <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

National security is not important. Why Mullah Yadav is treated diffently? Why Congress is always on Modi's throat?
ZeeNews reports of some terrorists trying to blow up RSS HQ in Nagpur, cops foil the attack. Details awaited.
<b>Cops foil terror bid on RSS headquarters; three killed</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->RSS Chief KS Sudharshan was not present at the headquarters when the militants dressed as Police Sub-Inspectors and travelling in a white ambassador car with a red beacon light tried to pass through the barricade but were challenged by policemen deployed there.

Police suspects the militants belong to Pakistan-based Lashka-e-Taiba. <b>Three AK-56 rifles, five kgs of RDX and 14 hand grenades were recovered from the slain militants after the encounter that took place around 4 am about 100 metres away from the headquarters.</b>

The militants were in the age group of 20-22 years.

The terrorists were carrying RDX in a tiffin box and they were planning to blast the entire complex, official sources said.
This is serious. .

How they know they are planning to destroy whole complex, DDM at its best.
Why they are calling them Pakistan-based terrorist not Indian Muslim from Lucknow or Azamgargh?

Indian media should stop speculation, let police provide some evidence.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Three LeT rebels killed in encounter</b>
link - NDTV
Shai Venkatraman/Sunil Prabhu
Thursday, June 1, 2006: (Nagpur)
At least three militants were killed by the police in an encounter early Thursday morning in Nagpur.

According to the police sources the militants were trying to sneak into the RSS headquarters, which is a high security area with round the clock security. The encounter is now over.

<b>The rebels were dressed up in police attire.</b>

A sub-inspector, who was posted at the permanent security camp in the premises, was injured in the encounter.

Police said they have recovered three Ak-47 rifles from the terrorists suspected to be belonging to Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit.

The arms and ammunitions were being transported in computer boxes.

<b>Prior information</b>
Ram Madhav, former RSS Spokesperson, said that around 4:00 am (IST), the militants came in an ambassador car and tried to enter the headquarters in Mahal in eastern part of the city but were challenged by the police.

He said that both the police and the RSS had prior information about the terrorists plan to carry out attack on the headquarters this week.

"We are happy that the police took firm action," he said.

Madhav said main concern now was the security of RSS offices all across the country and they were taking steps in this regard.

<b>PM condemns</b>
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the terrorist attack at the RSS headquarters and appealed for calm and communal peace.

"The entire nation is united against terrorism. All communities should live in amity and peace," said Singh.

The arms seizure is the biggest seizure of RDX after the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai.

Authorities have sounded a red alert in Nagpur city. (With PTI inputs)

So IB had info, why they even let these terrorist near complex.
<b>Six policemen killed in landmine blast in Jharkhand </b>
<b>Slain terrorists were from Pakistan: CID</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>They were identified as Afzal Ahmad Butt and Abu al Kalam Alad, both from Lahore, while the third person was Mohammad Usman Habib from Gujranwala," </b>a top CID official said.

Their identity could be established on the basis of seized diaries, where names were written in Urdu along with their telephone numbers, he said, adding that their links with Islamic terrorist organisations was, however, yet to be ascertained.

When contacted, Additional Director General of Police and city Commissioner of Police SPS Yadav said, <b>"We have no information (regarding their identities) since we have not received possession of the dead bodies and materials (diaries) seized from them".</b>
by B. Raman

Still wondering why B.Raman failed to come out with any report on Jama Masjid attack or Lucknow or Aligarh Jihadi attacks.
<b>Mumbai jeweller in RSS HQ attack probe</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->2 June 2006: A Mumbai businessman with a jewellery business in Dubai is a key suspect in the failed Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) attack on the RSS headquarters in Nagpur<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->


Peace will be elusive, strikes are visible but worse, even violence which can affect the life of the nation and top men.

What has happened so far
Strikes - It started with airports.But the worst so far has been the ongoing strike of doctors and medical students ever since the reservation issue hit the nation and it is being described as Mandal II. Have they the welfare of the nation at heart or are merely aiming at enlarging their vote bank is a legitimate question everyone should ask.

Caste/ethnic strife

The same combination shows ethnic and caste strife which at the time of writing this piece( 19 May) is at its peak. The Hindu community is divided into forwards and backwards as usual-- our centuries old curse. Hindus as usual are divided among castes with the BSP taking away the lower caste votes. OBCs and caste Hindus are divided over reservations. Now united Muslims are reminding us of the pre partition days and the formation of Pakistan. The danger signals are too many.

And with USA in a hurry to attack Iran anytime this year there can be a conflagration also in India though aimed at USA. But such situations go out of control.


Communal harmony will be missing

What has happened so far

a) There were riots in Baroda but that was a small event compared to what is happening. The visit of George Bush, the US president, created a tense communal situation in Lucknow in UP when there were demonstrations by Muslims leading even to deaths of some.

The possibility of attack on Iran, has united Muslims, Shias and Sunnis. The result has been revival of the days preceding the formation of Pakistan in 1940-47 period.
Read the new item.

b) New UP Muslim front is formed - By Amita Verma

Lucknow, May 15: Inspired by the success of the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF), seven Muslim political organisations have joined hands in Uttar Pradesh to form a new political front called the People's Democratic Front (PDF).

The parties which have pooled in their resources to float the new front are the Muslim Majlis, Parcham Party of India, Momin Conference, Loktantrik Party, Indian National League, All India Muslim Forum and Jamaat-e- Islami.

The People's Democratic Front is backed by the Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, Maulana Ahmad Bukhari, who is the patron of the new organisation, and well-known Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad, who has been named chairman of the front."

Possible Hindu backlash

c) It was UP which provided the brains for the agitation for the formation of Pakistan. The nation with bitter memories of the partition of the country in 1947 cannot afford to see another partition as will become inevitable with demands which will be made in future is what everyone fears. It is to be watched very closely. There are dangerous indications which had better been not spelt out. But Hindu backlash, this time armed backlash seems inevitable.


Naxalites now operating in fifteen states of India represent a caste war in actuality though they claim to be Marxists.

And Christians too

What we never witnessed before is happening. Roman Catholics are up in arms against the Da Vinci Code film.

3) Foreign Policy

the difficulties in foreign policy. In the earlier years, India had come closer to USA and Israel. Is the change now towards Arab countries at the cost of Israel-India relations is the one question which will be uppermost in minds. Then the relations with USA may not be as cordial as in previous particularly in the uncertain year of US election.

What has happened so far

a) Volckert report

What is being uttered in hush hush silence about the Vokckert Report is much more and the sacrifice of Natwar Singh to protect some powerful people is being talked of secretly. In one stroke USA has succeeded in getting removed two anti US IFS officers turned politicians, Natwar Singh and Mani Shanker Iyer.

The television channels of India

In the present world of consumerism there is no moral code is what one must remind oneself when we discuss the print and electronic media these days.

In India, we have journalists who are incapable of scoring scoops as happened during Watergate scandal in USA and even now we read about stories of Seymour Hersh. In India, the private electronic media in Hindi which claim to be news channels have become pitiable victims of tabloid culture covering sex, crime cricket and titillating items, paroxysm of sexual violence capable of provoking a recoil.

For instance, if there is intense heat in Delhi's summer, they will show a good looking buxom woman wearing sleeveless blouses with full make up, sitting in an air conditioned room and telling the television journalist about the "torture" of the intense heat ! India's private television channels are engaged in a fierce competition to be vulgar, more vulgar and most vulgar to be ahead of each other. The call themselves news channels but actually are sex and crime channels who squeeze out some time for news.

In western countries, it is said, there are some dignified, responsible private channels though many of them are vulgar. In India, we can hardly expect to see a dignified private television channel in Hindi now. The government controlled Doordarshan alone is worth viewing. the government would control it through legislation this year.

Nuclear lap of USA
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2) India has jumped into the nuclear of lap of USA, annoyed all Muslim countries and even China. In the meantime, USA has been chocking the nuclear programme of India </span>http://www.asianage.com/

India was to have launched AGNI III missile in the second fortnight of May 2006 but under US pressure it was stopped under the pretext advanced by the Defense Minister, Pranab Mukherji that as "responsible members of international community" India must keep its international commitments on non proliferation. If that was so, why was it announced and the nation asked to watch India's spectacular progress in nuclear field ? What is the truth is what we will never know.
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3) The relation with West Asian Muslim countries is now a trapeze trick for India's foreign policy makers.</span></b>

4) The disastrous failure in our Nepal policy has been pointed out by Natwar Singh the former External Minister. The Maoist will grow in strength they may first join the government constitutionally and then wreck it and capture power and become a perennial menace for India in future is what the nation is failing to see.

Manmohan Singh's term has seen most violent and dangerously failing foreign policy of India in recent memory. Communists have been talking about but from their well known anti-American angle.

The Venezulian president, Hugo Chavez, in his aggressive anti American speeches has been talking of the last days of the US imperialism.

Bush bans arms sales to Chávez

Tuesday May 16, 2006 The Guardian The US was "an irrational empire" that "has a great capacity to do harm".

President Bush has become the chosen instrument of history to bring about the downfall of USA provoking Muslims to such extreme reactions that they will sooner or later starve USA of its oil and wreck its economy.

Can India stand in the international comity of nations as a strong, independent nation not kowtowing before USA so sheepishly as would make Pervez Musharraf look more dignified than Manmohan Singh ?

Economic progress

However, the euphoria of economic progress and booming stock exchange can divert the attention of the nation from these problems.

But the nation marches on and all these may be just the twinkles of contemporary history.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Assam on the boil </b>
Syed Zarir Hussain | Guwahati
Bombs in tiffin box, on Rajdhani track and in markets ---- Separatist guerrillas in Assam went berserk Saturday, killing one person and seriously wounding 28 more, including six policemen, in a string of powerful explosions. 

<b>The police blamed the United Liberation Front of Asom for the bombings but ULFA denied any role in the terror attacks.</b>

Scores of children in Guwahati had a narrow escape when a powerful time bomb concealed in a tiffin box was detonated by the police.

<b>"The bomb was to explode minutes before the cops intervened, saving lives schoolchildren in Panbazar area where the tiffin box was found by a passersby,"</b> a police official said.

A bomb planted on the tracks was detected and defused minutes before the Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express was to pass by, averting a major tragedy.

A crude oil installation was also blown up. The police said there were five explosions on Saturday.
<!--emo&:clapping--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/clap.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='clap.gif' /><!--endemo--> Front Page: Hindu

Centre toughens anti-hijacking policy

Vinay Kumar

New policy will do away with formalities for getting aircraft for NSG commanders


DGCA can look for first available passenger aircraft at airport for transporting NSG commandos
The effort is to avoid wastage of time for operations against hijackers

NEW DELHI: Toughening its anti-hijacking policy, the Government has cleared a proposal that will enable the National Security Guards (NSG) to commandeer any available aircraft for launching "hot pursuit" of hijackers.

This step will do away with the need for the NSG to requisition an aircraft, put its commandos on it, chase the hijackers and, if need be, storm the hijacked aircraft.

With the Government nod for the latest proposal of the security agencies and the Civil Aviation Ministry, it would mean that NSG commandos face "zero time loss'' in looking for a passenger aircraft at the airport for transporting them in case of a hijack.

Saving time

"Precious time is lost in requisitioning an aircraft and going through the procedural rigmarole.

"It happened in the case of the IC-814 hijack during the previous National Democratic Alliance regime when the NSG commandos had to be rushed to Amritsar but the hijacked Indian Airlines aircraft could neither be prevented from taking off from there nor could the commandos reach in time to storm it and rescue the passengers," sources in the Ministries of Home and Civil Aviation explained.

The Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) can now look for the first available passenger aircraft at the airport in which commandos can travel.

"The idea is not to disturb the flights where passengers have already boarded and cause a disruption," the sources said.
<b>I sent men to kill Bhatt, says gangster Ravi Pujari </b>
Posted Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 12:42
Updated Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 18:00 
Mumbai: Gangster Ravi Prakash Surya Pujari on Wednesday told CNN-IBN that it were his men who fired shots at Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt's office on Wednesday morning.

Pujari, who spoke to CNN-IBN on the phone, said he had sent two men to kill Mahesh.

He alleged that Mahesh Bhatt is connected to Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel.

<b>"Mahesh Bhatt works for Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel and launders their money. He travels overseas to meet them and that is why I targeted him,"</b> said Pujari.

"If I was scared of the police, I would not take responsibility for my actions. Why should I be scared? I am helping the country by trying to eliminate those linked with Dawood and Shakeel who were responsible for the Mumbai blasts. I am doing the work the police should be doing. If we had found Mahesh Bhatt we would have killed him, not for money but for the nation," he added.
"The reason why I wanted to kill Mahesh Bhatt is because he works for underworld dons Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel and launders money for them."

<b>"I think I am doing the police's work by killing people who are affiliated to Dawood and Chhota Shakeel. I am doing a great service to the nation by killing such people." </b> <!--emo&Big Grin--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->

"I did not give anyone a contract. I have a big gang, I assigned the job to two of my boys to kill him. But he was not there in the office, so they just fired at the office and left."
— Gangster Ravi Pujari<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

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