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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>State of inalert </b>
The Pioneer Edit Desk
<b>Securing votes is UPA's only credo</b>
How many wake-up calls does a Government pretending to be asleep need?<b> An official no less than the chief of the Intelligence Bureau, Mr ESL Narasimhan, has broken the tradition of maintaining service-period discretion (normally such things are "aired" only after retirement) by telling a conference of police heads about the need to revert to stronger anti-terror laws. Mr Narasimhan has attempted to highlight the phenomenon of "new threats" which were "not envisioned" when the country's legal architecture was framed. </b>The IB chief has gone on to describe the "modern environment" with all its technological support systems that obviate the need for terrorists to travel to their targets. He obviously means cyber terror, mass murder involving biological weapons and the like. The embarrassment that this must cause the UPA is deserved. <b>In 2005, the UPA Government got President APJ Abdul Kalam to tell the joint session of Parliament that it was discarding POTA, the only updated piece of legislation developed against terrorism</b>. Unstated though implicit was the objective to "appease" the minority community.<b> However, now that the IB chief has stressed on the need for a stronger law to deal with terrorism, the UPA's political chicanery stands thoroughly exposed. The weakness of the state under the existing legal framework against the modern scourge of terrorism has been discussed ad nauseam in Parliament</b>. Countless seminars and editorials have been held and written. However, the UPA Government remains oblivious and, in the process, culpably presides over the emasculation of the Indian state. The thrust given in the early 2000s to strengthen the national legal framework and equip it to check the mushroom growth of terrorism has been lost. POTA's repeal has thus left the security forces without the necessary legal back-up. Pseudo-secular rhetoric has repeatedly hijacked the discourse on national security for which the people of the country are unlikely to forgive the UPA Government.

<b>Viewed against Home Minister Shivraj Patil's estimation about marine jihadis preparing to attack India's nuclear power plants along the coast, Mr Narasimhan's courageous remarks are actually an expression of frustration felt by honest elements within the security establishment</b>. Not so long back, the National Security Adviser had himself gone public with similar statements. But the spectre of "political cost" looms large over the UPA. <b>Its Communist backers would willingly mortgage the lives of countless innocent people rather than fight the likes of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba. Since </b>1995, the year TADA was allowed to lapse, the stock response to accusations of diluting the national response to terrorism has been that "dialogue" with terror's patrons is preferable to confrontation. This is akin to fish seeking an understanding with fishermen. The Indian leadership would do well to study the international response to terror. Strong anti-terror laws may not be an insurance against jihadis of the fidayeen variety. Nonetheless, these would be an apt indication of a nation's resolve to bring terrorists to justice.
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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Keep the powder dry </b>
Pioneer.com
Arun Jaitley
UPA Government's lackadaisical, unhurried approach to national security is bound to extract a heavier price from the people

Is India safe in the hands of the UPA? If we see the performance of this Government, we go back disappointed with a great sense of insecurity. Every time any major incident of sabotage or terrorist violence takes place, we see the leaders of this Government, the Prime Minister and the Home Minister, come up with the usual clichés: This is condemnable; the Government and the country will have zero-tolerance to terrorism. But after this, the Government simply sits back and waits for the next attack to take place. This has been the history of the last two-and-a-half years.

<b>Today, we have the situation in Jammu & Kashmir; Assam is again erupting and now a complete zone of violence is emerging from Left-wing extremism.</b>

The past two-and-a-half years have seen internal security crumbling under this Government, if not collapsing. I went back to the national common minimum programme (NCMP) to see what the UPA had to say on the subject. When it comes to the NCMP, the UPA generally asks for a strict enforcement. Yet<b>, the 24-page document made virtually no reference to the management of the country's internal security! It was not a UPA priority. There was no mention of what the national strategy has to be to deal with terrorism, what the way forward has to be in order to ease the situation in J&K, on how Left-wing extremism has to be combated</b>. The NCMP did not spare time or attention to all this. It is, therefore, understandable that the UPA's inaction does not bring turmoil within the UPA or its supporting parties in the Left. We are disappointed, but not surprised.

Are the UPA, the Prime Minister and the Home Minister living in denial? I don't think they are unaware of what is happening. All security and intelligence agencies have the eyes and ears of the Prime Minister and the Home Minister. And professional as they are, I have no doubt that our agencies have been keeping the highest functionaries of the Government informed as to what the ground-level situation is.

<b>The problem is not that there is lack of professional advice, the real problem is the UPA's own approach. Hard decisions are not taken, terrorism is to be dealt with kid gloves, and the punch to be delivered must have a velvet coating. The approach of the UPA is: Can I make political capital out of it? Can I use the fight against terrorism as an instrument of vote bank politics?</b>

In 59 years of India's independent history, has it ever happened that an exasperated head of an intelligence agency chooses a public platform to deliver his views? These are all agencies that usually, very quietly advise the Government on the steps to be taken. But even these agencies - I refer here to the speech made by the Director, IB - have come to realise that the Government is not merely to be rapped on its knuckles but to be knocked on its head.

Before the entire country, television and media, the Government is advised that all existing traditional legal architectures for dealing with terrorism have failed and, therefore, think of a solution commensurate with the problem. Within 48 hours came the Prime Minister's response that the Government had no intention of enacting any tough law to deal with terrorism!

Today, you have a situation where terror attacks and networks are not merely limited to J&K, but ISI modules have been expanding across the country. In different towns of Maharashtra, for instance, the kind of recoveries being made are not of explosives made by our security agencies.<b> How many recoveries have been made from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal?</b>

<b>Today, the targets of principal terrorist attacks are chosen very carefully so as to destroy the economic, religious and social fabric of society</b>. Take the major attacks past one year or so. On July 5, 2005, the chosen target was Ayodhya. On the eve of Diwali last year - October 29, 2005 - it was Delhi, the capital of India. Then, they chose Bangalore, the technological hub, on December 28, 2005. On March 7, 2006, came Varanasi, an attack against a religious and cultural hub. Next Nagpur, an attempted attack on the headquarters of the RSS. On June 1 and July 11 it was Mumbai, the commercial capital. Thereafter, Malegaon - a town in which minority community is in majority. The target of attack was the minority itself so that some kind of upheaval could be created.

Each one of these attacks is believed to have been planned across the border. <b>But, then, you find reports there is also an indigenous element to the terror. From what was initially a support only for logistics by local groups, you have to face an unfortunate reality that these cross-border attacks are also being supported at places by homegrown terrorists. Let us not forget that the centre of activities has also shifted. The fencing across the western border has made infiltration more difficult. And, therefore, a large amount of infiltration is taking place from Nepal and Bangladesh. And, from Nepal, it is of both kinds - not only the ISI but also the Left-wing extremists. </b>

Take the Mumbai bombings of July 11, 2006. Separated by about a minute, bombs went off at seven different places. Dozens of people must have been involved. They had picked up different stations, different trains, different people must have transported the explosives, funded them, placed the material in local trains. Despite these large numbers, did we have advance intelligence information?

<b>In 1993, when Mumbai was attacked, within days, if I remember correctly, the whole case was cracked. When Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated, in less than 24 hours our intelligence agencies, I remember, had drawn out the sketch of the assassin, with a belt round her waist. When the Akshardham Temple was attacked, within hours, the terrorists were liquidated and those who provided logistical support were arrested. Today, if you were to ask who was behind the Malegon or Mumbai bombings, information only trickles in. The Government, with its inadequate response, has lowered national morale.</b>

A major promise the NCMP did make was: "The anti-terrorism law, POTA, will be repealed." That was the only real response that the UPA had to terrorism. You repealed POTA, saying it was not against terrorists, but a particular community. What has happened thereafter? Obviously, the security agencies advised the Government, and the Home Ministry said that several aspects in POTA, such as, interception of communications, ban on organisations, confiscation of terrorist properties, defining terrorism, would be lifted and put in another law, the Unlawful Activities Act.

But there were two important provisions that were kept out. One, POTA had special provisions that made bail extremely difficult, if not impossible. Unless the court was satisfied that the accused was virtually innocent, bail was not to be granted. The second aspect was that confessions made to a police officer of high seniority were admissible as evidence. Safeguards were introduced in POTA that within 24 hours of the confession, the accused is to be produced before the magistrate, and he can always deny to the magistrate that he made the confession. The magistrate can then direct the medical examination of the accused.

These two special provisions were not merely in POTA. Several States want the same power to deal with organised crime. So, Karnataka, Andhra, Maharashtra, all asked for the same permission and were granted it. So, now you have tough law not for terrorists but for organised crime. For terrorists civil liberties are safeguarded, but for mafia no such consideration is required. This is the illogical approach of the UPA Government.

Let us see what happened thereafter. The Rajasthan and Gujarat Governments asked for the same law. Their assemblies passed the same law as MCOCA, and the Karnataka law and Andhra law. For over two years the UPA Government says, "No such permission will be granted, we are still examining it."

The entire argument is that terrorists should be tried under ordinary law. If the assassins of the late Rajiv Gandhi had been tried under ordinary law, what would the judgement have been? We now have a series of pronouncements from a Mumbai court in relation to the 1993 blasts. Without the benefit of the evidence provisions in TADA, how many of these accused would have been convicted?

The proof of the pudding is in its eating. Today, you have a Congress-NCP Government in Maharashtra. You don't have POTA because you think it violates civil liberties. After 7/11, the State Government arrested some people. What law has it tried them under? Not the ordinary law. They know that under the ordinary law these two advantages that the investigation has against terrorists will not be available. So, they have now formed a new device.<b> We opposed POTA for political reasons, so we cannot bring POTA back. Ordinary law will be insufficient. So, MCOCA, which is not meant for terrorists but for organised crime, will be used. All terror suspects who have so far been arrested for the July bombings are being tried under MCOCA, so that the benefit of a hard law is available to prosecution</b>!

The case of Afzal Guru is an illustration of this Government's attitude. Somebody tries to attack this most vital institution of Indian democracy, the Parliament; he conspires in it, and three courts, one after the other, find there is adequate evidence against him. He tries to annihilate the entire political leadership. This attack, if it had succeeded, if our security guards had not laid down their lives, if these 12 doors had not been closed, a large number of us may not have been here. Is that why you are rewarding the gentleman concerned?

There are mercy petitions the Government may go on considering indefinitely, but there are cases where the Governments in the past disposed within hours. In the case of the assassins of General Arun Vaidya the clemency application was disposed of within hours. There has to be some time-bound system within the Government, within the highest constitutional functionaries of the Government, to dispose this off. Otherwise, it is reflective of the kind of national intent that we have.

(Excerpted from BJP MP Arun Jaitley's speech in the Rajya Sabha on Monday)
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<b>India forging links to fight `faith-based` terror: NSA </b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->
New Delhi, Nov 29: India is strengthening political and security linkages with countries in the region to combat "faith-based" terrorism with "external linkages" that has emerged as one of the biggest challenges globally, National Security Advisor M K Narayanan said today. 
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Hahaha! check name, these sick-coolers can't even call Islam based terror.
My Webpage<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Intelligence experts have managed to piece together the information obtained from the train bombings and probes into other terrorist attacks to reach a "conclusion about the existence of a common thread linking attacks on mass transport networks, such as the Mumbai blasts, with targeted attacks on religious places like Varanasi and the Ram Janmbhoomi complex" and the blast in Delhi`s Sarojini Nagar Market, he referring to terror attacks on mass transportation systems in India, Narayanan said the Mumbai bombings were not a solitary instance of their kind, though it was the most serious terrorist strike to date.

He also pointed to cases of bombs being planted inside train compartments, including the blast in the Shramjeevi Express in July last year that killed nearly a dozen passengers.

In the past 18 months, he said, there have been at least half a dozen attempts at tampering with rail tracks, including the removal of fish plates.

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Now all attacks are done by Pakistani/Bangladeshi according to NSA, Could they tell us now how they are going to resolve this issue. Why they are not kicking out Bangladeshi and Pakistani from India? Why government is using them as vote bank?
Why relax visa for Pakis?
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Ramananda Sengupta
November 29, 2006 12:56 IST
A senior Indian intelligence official has expressed concern over what he described as the "dramatic increase" in Chinese attempts to woo Indian politicians and business leaders with gifts, some of them "phenomenally lavish."

Reacting to a story in Businessworld magazine, which refers to Chinese attempts to buy influence in India, the Indian official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said while this is nothing new, what is of concern is the sudden and dramatic increase in the number of "influential Indians" being tapped by the Chinese.

<b>The recipients of these gifts "spanned the political spectrum", the official said, expressing his "serious worry over this alarming trend, which has increased in leaps and bounds over the past three or four years." </b>

<b>Indian intelligence agencies, however, could do nothing much beyond "keeping an eye on the recipients" and bringing this to the attention of the Prime Minister's Office and the National Security Council, since there were "major political implications," the official said. </b>

The remarks are significant as they come soon after Chinese President Hu Jintao visited India last week.

<b>Admitting that this had been going on for "quite some time", the official said of late, there has been a dramatic surge in such incidents. Politicians in India's northeastern states and West Bengal are among the recipients of Chinese largesse, he said. </b>

<b>While most of the gifts involve large sums of money and other incentives, leaders are also invited to China, ostensibly on lecture and "get acquainted" tours, and "treated like royalty there," the official said. </b>

<span style='font-size:21pt;line-height:100%'>The money involved is so large, the intelligenc official charged, that it would "certainly influence the political scenario not just at the provincial level in some states close to the Chinese border, but even during the next Indian general election." </span>

Most of these attempts are made by "so-called" private concerns in China, though all of them are actually Chinese government funded, and the main objective so far seemed to be to acquire "lucrative telecom and infrastructure contracts, among other things" in India, he said.

Indian leaders known to be sympathetic to the Tibetan cause are also being targeted, he claimed.

"The point is, you cannot blame the Chinese," he said. "They are doing whatever it takes to buy influence in India, mostly for economic, but also for political and strategic reasons," he said.

According to the official, who has been studying China for over two decades now, this influence had already led to strange spinoffs, including the government's reticence "to support serious studies" on the border dispute with China.

"While there are several Chinese think tanks which are studying the issue for a long time, in India, there is not one Indian scholar that I know of who is engaged in similar studies," he said, "simply because the government discourages such efforts and is reluctant to fund them."

Another Indian specialist on China, however, played down the extent of Chinese influence, saying while it is true that the Chinese have no qualms about buying influence, "if the Chinese have actually penetrated our political establishment in such a massive way, Hu Jintao would have addressed a Joint Session of Parliament during his visit. He did not."

A Chinese business leader, who accompanied Hu during his visit to India, put it differently.

"India and China are friends. We are also business partners. Sometimes it is necessary to express our admiration and respect for our friends through gifts. They are not aimed at 'peddling influence,' as you describe it. Besides, even your businessmen bring gifts for Chinese officials. Should we start looking at them as bribes, or attempts to influence Chinese interests?" asked the man, who identified himself only as Zhao.

http://in.rediff.com/news/2006/nov/29ram.htm
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28 charged in India July train bombings

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Police say the 28 suspects belong to <b>Lashkar-e-Tayyaba</b>, or Army of the Pure, a Pakistan-based Islamic militant group, as well as the Students' Islamic Movement of India, or <b>SIMI</b>, a banned group based in northern India.
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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Whodunit at Malegaon </b>
Pioneer.com
Kanchan Lakshman
"Hindu extremists" were blamed for Malegaon, but now we know better
With the disclosure by Maharashtra Police that the Malegaon bomb blasts case had been "solved", there is certain clarity now with regard to one of the most intriguing terrorist incidents in recent times.

At least 38 people, including many women and children, died and 297 sustained injuries in the serial bomb explosions at Malegaon in the Nashik district on September 8. On November 27, the Maharashtra Director-General of Police, PS Pasricha, disclosed that two Pakistani nationals, including one Muzammil, manufactured the improvised explosive devices and assembled the four bombs.

<b>"The conspiracy was hatched in Malegaon on May 8 on the occasion of the wedding of Noor-ul-Huda, one of the accused. All eight persons arrested in this case are former SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India) members. The RDX was transported from Mumbai to Malegaon in the third week of July (after the 7/11 train bombings), and the bombs were made there,"</b> Mr Pasricha informed the media.

<b>He added that while eight SIMI activists have been arrested in connection with the blasts, an equal number are still at large. Both the Pakistani nationals are yet to be arrested.</b> Mr Pasricha further said that while one of those arrested, Zahid Ali, planted the bomb at Mushawerat Chowk, Huda and his accomplice Raees Rajjab Ali planted bombs in the cemetery.

<b>In the immediate aftermath of the incident, reports mentioned investigations scrutinising the involvement of "some Hindu extremist groups like the Bajrang Dal". </b>It is now certain that they do not have the wherewithal to carry out operations of this scale. Subsequently, the Anti-Terrorist Squad of Maharashtra Police reportedly ruled out the involvement of groups like the Bajrang Dal for two reasons: "RDX is only available to Islamist terrorist outfits. Second, Bajrang Dal activists so far have used only crude bombs, as seen in the blasts at Parbani and Nanded."

<b>The modus operandi of 7/11 and Malegaon now look similar. Police said explosives used in Malegaon were a mixture of RDX, ammonium nitrate and fuel oil - the same assortment used in 7/11.</b>

Muslims - most of whom are reportedly migrant weavers from Uttar Pradesh - constitute the majority of the Malegaon population. "To kill their own" is intrinsic to any terrorist strategy. Across the globe, Islamist terrorists are currently targeting innocent Muslim civilians - Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc.<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'> Although, there are no clear linkages, there is a definite pattern of association among the various theatres of jihad across the globe. The spread of disorder and violence are currently being orchestrated by the same forces whose ideological worldview supplements the essential logic and dynamic of their operations.</span>

<b>It is significant to note in this context that Pakistan-backed jihadis in Jammu & Kashmir have killed scores of their own "Muslim brothers and sisters", </b>whose "rights" they claim to be fighting to protect. In fact, nearly 90 per cent of all civilian fatalities inflicted by terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir are Muslims. A parallel was the case in Punjab where 65 per cent of the civilian victims of the "Khalistani" terrorists, who claimed to be fighting for "Sikh rights", were themselves Sikhs.

<b>Same is the case in India's neighbourhood. Sectarian violence between Sunnis and the minority Shia community in Pakistan has claimed at least 2,435 lives between 1989 and 2006</b>. A recent illustration was the suicide attack in Karachi on April 11, when 57 people were killed and over 200 wounded. Virtually, the entire leadership of the Sunni Tehreek, which is of Barelvi orientation, was killed by extremists suspected to belong to the Deobandi school. Ironically, the blast occurred at a stage erected in a park where religious leaders and scores of the faithful were offering prayers at a meeting to mark the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed. And, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, arguably, the most lethal terrorist group in the world, has killed more Tamils than Sinhalese.

Since July 2005, there have been at least six Islamist terrorist attacks outside Jammu & Kashmir, which were, in one way or the other, linked to the milieu of Hindu-Muslim relations. Of these, two targeted Hindu places of worship (Varanasi on March 7, and the earlier failed attack at Ayodhya on July 5, 2005). One was in a Muslim place of worship (at Jama Masjid in Delhi on April 14); another targeted Muslims near a mosque (Malegaon). In addition, there have been two attacks against civilians (on Diwali-eve in Delhi, October 29, 2005 and Mumbai, July 11). More than 300 civilians died in these terrorist attacks, which were clearly meant to engineer instability in the country through a communal polarisation.

<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>The SIMI is only an instrument in the larger stratagem of Pakistan-based Islamist terrorists to weaken India by striking at its perceived "fault lines" and "to pursue the policy of a thousand cuts".Their intent and strategy is "increasingly apparent in a wide range of activities intended to provoke communal confrontations, engineer terrorist attacks, and recruit soldiers for a pan-Islamist jihad in pockets of Muslim populations across India".</span>

During a three-day annual congregation of the members of the Markaz-ud-Da'awa-wal-Irshad at Muridke near Lahore on February 6, 2000, its chief, <span style='color:red'>Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, declared that Kashmir was a "gateway to capture India" and that it was the aim of the Markaz and its military wing, the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, to "engineer India's disintegration". </span>

Such declarations are expressions of pan-Islamist ambitions shared by all Islamist extremist groups operating in the region, and a reiteration of Pakistan's larger strategy of destabilisation beyond the "core issue" of Kashmir. Acts of terror - especially like the one at Malegaon - represent the culmination of years of preparation that are reflected in motivation, mobilisation and organisational development of Islamist extremism.
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Finally, someone saying what I am trying to tell for last 3 years, Its all about Pan-Islamic agenda. Its not about Kashmir but whole India, they are dreaming about destruction of India.
Fools are those who believes Peace with Pakistan will resolve issue, neither Lahore bus or train will solve issue. Problem will be solve when Pakistan will embrace their ancestors religion and customs.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>RAW REPORT BLOCKED by PM & HM</b>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Union Home Minister has decided not to make a report Public prepared by R.A.W Officials (Intelligence wing of India). The Report prepared during Vajpayee Tenure will reveal some stunning facts which will expose the lapses on the part of Government of India.

Some Highlighted points in the report are

a) Terrorists from Pakistan and Bangladesh have acquired Prominent jobs in various sectors. The Cause of the worry is more than 2,000 people said to be trained in pakistan have got enrolled as workers and Officers in Defence Forces

b) Pak born militants have infilitrated into various Media houses spread across the nation. Many are holding some prime positions even today (quoted in Aug 2004)

c) The Report states "As per our assumption, they are more than 35,000 paki based militants who have already taken up other jobs in private and Public sectors companies and an additional 60,000 militants who have completed their education in pakistan and Bangladesh are prepared to take up jobs in india in disguise.

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F<b>our arms dumps unearthed in Andhra</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->A huge cache of arms and ammunition, including 600 cartridges and 14 rocket launchers were recovered from the dumps, police said.

Special police teams engaged in combing operations in the district found arms dumps at Amagondapalem, Palyamgutta, Sabbanaguntapalli and Pattareballi villages.

The arms and ammunition recovered from the dumps included 12 landmines, 19 claymore mines, 71 hand grenades, 280 gelatine sticks and 1,175 electric detonators.
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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->GADCHIROLI (MAHARASHTRA): Notching up a major success in their anti-Maoist operations, police in Maharashtra killed three hardcore guerrillas conducting an undercover training camp along the state's border with Chhattisgarh.

Among the three Maoists, known as Naxalites, killed in the gunfight on Friday in the Wangetura forest in this tribal district was a deputy commandant of the Maoists' Platoon Dalam, Shamru Samru alias Chaitu, and two of his trusted lieutenants.

In a swift operation, three teams of the 360 Commands Force of the Gadchiroli police, joined by a team each of Chhattisgarh police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), struck at the ongoing training camp forcing the outlaws to dismantle it, Superintendent of Police (SP) Shishir Jain said.

The Maoists would have had many more casualties but for a claymore landmine blast triggered by their sentries guarding the camp to enable them to flee, said Jain, Gadchiroli district SP.

Four police constables suffered minor injuries in the retaliatory fire by the fleeing Maoists.

The police, who used two-inch mortar bombs and grenades in the assault, found half a dozen abandoned tents, three boxes of explosives and a generator besides a TV set at the camp site.

The concerted police strike was based on a tip-off about the camp obtained from the State Intelligence Department and confirmed by the Intelligence Bureau, Jain said.

Kanker (Chhattisgarh) district SP Pradip Gupta coordinated the action with his Maharashtra counterpart under an overall supervision of the Special Inspector General of Police (Anti-Naxal Operations) Maharashtra, Pankaj Gupta.

Friday's encounter was the 19th this year in which 20 Maoists were killed as well as three police officials as against 20 casualties suffered by the police last year, Jain said.

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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Explosives meant for disrupting next year's Assembly elections

Jalandhar: Three members of a Sikh terrorist group were arrested here on Sunday and 11 kg of RDX and other explosives meant for disrupting next year's Assembly elections in Punjab were seized from them.

A huge cache of explosives, arms and ammunition including 11 detonators, four hand grenades, 11 timer devices, two pistols with four magazines, 100 live cartridges, a walkie-talkie set was seized from the arrested persons of the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF-Rode) group, Senior Superintendednt of Police Naunihal Singh told reporters. — PTI

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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Mumbai: 6 arrested in Rs 12 cr drug haul

December 24, 2006 18:05 IST

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Survey on Drug/Alchol abuse among Punjab students

Drug abuse in Punjab
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<b>Prescribed Medicine & Weird Ways to get High</b>
http://sikhgiving.com/drugs/gallery.htm
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Petrol </b>- They dip a piece of cotton wool in petrol and keep it under their nose and inhale the air and they get high by doing that.
 
<b>Lizard </b>- They kill and burn the lizard and eat it to get high.
 
<b>Boot Polish</b> - They rub the boot polish onto the back of their neck and turn it towards the sun and they high feeling by doing that.
 
<b>Petrol Pipes</b> - They eat the dirt deposited on the leaking petrol pipe of vehicles and petrol pumps.
 
<b>Bhang in Cigarette</b> - They rub the Bhang leaf in oily hands until it turns into a small ball of dirt and they put that small ball into the cigarette and smoke it. This gives them more thrill/high than normal cigarettes.
 
<b>Iodex </b>- They use Iodex in place of Jam on a toast and with that taste they get high. Iodex is a pain relief balm.
 
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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Lashkar men held at Delhi Railway Station with IEDS </b>
Pioneer.com
Staff Reporter | New Delhi 
As the national Capital braced for the New Year eve bash, the Delhi Police Special Cell on Sunday evening arrested two Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) militants in New Delhi Railway Station and have recovered explosive devices from them. The terrorists had arrived in Chennai-bound train Andaman Express from Jammu.

The terrorists planned to set off two explosive devices in the Paharganj market at around 6 pm and had to leave in the train they had arrive in as the train stops at the New Delhi Railway Station for 45 minutes.

The terrorists were identified as Samiullah and Ali Mohammed, both in the age group of 25 and 30, and had been directed by Divisional Commander of LeT in Srinagar area to carry out the blasts in Delhi on the New Year eve, said sources. Both of them are reportedly from Kashmir and had visited Delhi earlier.

It was prompt action on the part of the Special Cell team that prevented a major attacks in the Capital. The two terrorists were nabbed at round 5.35 pm while they were coming out of the Railway Station from the Paharganj side.

The Andaman Express was coming from Jammu and was heading to Chennai. It stops at New Delhi Railway Station for 45 minutes. The train's schedule time to reach Delhi is around 4 pm but it reached Delhi on Sunday an hour and half hour late. The terrorists were carrying two IED explosives with them.

"The intensity of the explosives is being examined. It would also be clear as to who sent them and what was their future course of action. Meanwhile, we have increased security at all markets, railway stations, public places, hotels and other sensitive areas," said Karnal Singh, Joint Commissioner of Police, Special Cell.
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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Changing face of terrorism </b>
Pioneer.com
Wilson John
In 2006, Pakistan-sponsored jihadi terrorism in India underwent several significant changes that is bound to define the terror strategies of different groups inimical to India and its national interests.

The most significant indication is the growing alliance between jihadi groups operating from Pakistan and Bangladesh - Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) and Harkat-ul Jihadi-al-Islami (HuJI) - with ideologically extreme groups in India like the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). This development signals a new phase of terrorism within India where groups like LeT are tying up with smaller and diffused groups of extremists with the primary objective of hitting at the foundation of our open, democratic society's plural character and tradition.

Another visible change has been the conscious attempt on part of the jihadis to expand the theatre of operation beyond Jammu & Kashmir. Different parts of the country, particularly in the west and the south, are increasingly coming under their focus. The northern and North-Eastern States are already afflicted by different shades of terrorism. In all likelihood, the North-East, especially Assam, will increasingly come under threat from Islamist terrorists operating out of Bangladesh. New terror bases have been discovered in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala.

The third point of concern is the changing profile of terrorists. They are no longer necessarily bearded, madarsa-educated jihadis. A sizeable number of them are well educated - doctors and engineers - and adept in exploiting latest communication technologies like Internet, e-mail and satellite phones. These men are also trained in explosives by experts in Pakistan; their ability and ingenuity is reflected in the use of locally available material like pressure cookers to cause mayhem.

They use computer-aided tools like e-mail (processing data through draft folders in e-mail accounts) with equal felicity to plot and execute terrorist acts. Their skill sets in IT enable them to tap into the World Wide Web of terror which has not only become a virtual university of jihad but also an overarching umbrella of faith, bringing all the faithful together on a single cyber platform.

<b>Which brings us to the fourth point: A large number of local recruits are influenced not by any ideology as such but by, what they perceive as, communal hatred and injustice inflicted by certain sections of society. A clear indication of this development is the large number of CDs, books, magazines and pamphlets highlighting the Gujarat riots and other incidents that portray "victimisation of Muslims at the hands of the Indian state".</b>

Although India has witnessed communal riots since Independence, it was the demolition of the disputed mosque in Ayodhya which drove a deep division between the two communities, bringing to the fore, perhaps for the first time since Partition, the clash between the majority community and the minority community on a pan-India scale. For the Muslim community as a whole, this incident raised the spectre of being totally subjugated in a nation of their choice.

Riding on this communal frenzy and hatred, groups like SIMI stoked the fire, supported in no less measure by the ISI and different groups in West Asia, creating the first group of home grown jihadis who wanted to avenge the demolition of the mosque by inflicting death and pain on the majority community and on what they perceived to be a "Hindu state". The ISI has been playing on the fears of the common Indian Muslim (which is no different for members of other religion in an impoverished country struggling to make progress) to create dissensions within society. For instance, recently the ISI-backed LeT has begun aggressively floating the idea of a separate Muslim State carved out of Uttar Pradesh.

Another added dimension to the growing threat is the increasing ability of Muslims to voice, and often broadcast widely, dissent and thus breakdown the walls of perception and communication among different groups within the community. <b>Terrorist groups like LeT (and in the near future, Al Qaeda) are beginning to exploit this to destabilise India and carve out an exclusive Muslim conclave within, which will then become the critical bridge between Islam in the West and its proponents in the East. Several Indian Muslim organisations are now using cyber space to articulate views on issues that had hitherto remained confined to mosques and drawing rooms.</b>

Of the multiple objectives a terrorist attack has, the least articulated and understood is the cycle of terror and hate. This is the sixth point. When groups like LeT carry out attacks, they expect and know that there will be a harvest of hate that inevitably follows in the wake of mass (and mindless) arrests of people from the Muslim community, harassment and torture of perfectly ordinary citizens and demonising the community by parading bearded accused before mediapersons even before investigations have been completed (most often even before they have begun in right ernest).

<b>Last but not the least is the oft-repeated argument that Muslims, whether in India or elsewhere, are radicalised by reading Quranic verses on jihad or listening to speeches on the theme. This is fallacious. The radicalisation of the community, at least some sections of it, needs to be studied in the context of political events and processes, changes at the social, economic and religious levels, especially in a country like India which has a sizeable share of the world's Muslim population. Analysing religious beliefs in isolation is not enough to understand why and how some sections of a particular community, in this case Muslims, are prone to get radicalised and take up arms against the state in the name of religion.</b>

It will be fairly prudent to estimate that given Pakistan's own internal security and political situation, Gen Pervez Musharraf's failure to extract a "solution" on Jammu & Kashmir out of India and the growing clamour from the jihadis to "liberate" Jammu & Kashmir, we are likely to witness a renewed cycle of violence and communal disharmony in the coming months.
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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->17 killed in serial attacks in Assam

IANS
Posted Friday , January 05, 2007 at 23:25
Updated Saturday , January 06, 2007 at 15:39

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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>26 gunned down, Rajdhani targeted by the UFLAs </b>
Agencies | Guwahati
The migrants in Assam have once again been the main targets of ULFA militants today when the terrorists shot dead 26 people and injured five others in three separate attacks in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts.

In another incident, a militant group patronised by the ULFA <b>set off a bomb on the tracks damaging the air-conditioning unit and the water tank of a three tier coach of the Dibrugarh-bound Rajdhani Express from New Delhi</b>. There was, however, no casualty in the explosion.

Heavily armed ULFA militants descended on the Ghuramora village in Tinsukia district in the wee hours today and<b> shot dead 16 milkmen, mostly from Bihar</b>. Another four were killed and five injured at Charaipung forest village in the district.

Six other milkmen were gunned down in neighbouring Dibrugarh district, official sources said.
<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd--><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Home Minister Shivraj Patil, who convened an emergency meeting to discuss the situation, described the incidents as "an attempt to disturb communal harmony in Assam".

Expressing the Government's commitment to deal with terrorism firmly, he sought full cooperation of the people of Assam in the fight. 
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WHy sudden spike?
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->High-level central team leaves for Assam to review situation
[ 7 Jan, 2007 0901hrs ISTPTI ]

NEW DELHI: A high-level central team led by Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal on Sunday left for Assam for an on the spot study of the situation arising out of the violence carried out by ULFA which claimed 56 lives in last two days.

The team is expected to visit the violence hit Upper Assam districts of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia, meet the affected families and review the law and order situation with state government officials during its day-long tour.

Jaiswal is accompanied by Secretary (Internal Security) in the Home Ministry G S Rajagopal besides other senior officials.

The decision to send the central team was taken after an hour-long meeting, convened by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil here on Saturday, to take stock of the situation following the last two days' violence in Assam.

In one of the worst militant attacks, 36 people, mostly migrants from Bihar, and seven poll personnel, were killed by ULFA and another insurgent group in Assam, taking the death count in the mayhem since Friday night to 56.

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<b>ULFA strikes again in Assam; toll reaches 68 </b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Guwahati, Jan 08: ULFA militants on Monday struck in yet another district of Assam, gunning down two migrant labourers and injuring another to take the number of non-Assamese people killed since Friday to 68, officials said. Meanwhile, five persons were injured, some seriously, when two bombs hidden in bicycles by the ULFA exploded at Satgaon area. Centre has already rushed 2,000 additional para-military personnel to strife-torn Assam to carry out operations against the militants.

Heavily armed militants raided a small village in Golaghat district, killing two Hindi-speaking persons as they were working in a field. One person was injured in the attack, they said. ............<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Arms haul in Kochi from Dubai container </b>
Pioneer News Service | Kochi
Godown owned by IGP's brother used for storage
Kochi Customs stumbled upon a huge cache of sophisticated arms from a container stored in a Cochin Port godown owned by the brother of a controversial senior IPS officer who holds the rank of Inspector-General of Police.

The container, which was shipped to Kochi from Dubai on January 4, ha<b>d 810 boxes. Officials, during a routine check, found high calibre guns. A subsequent search of 110 boxes has yielded 97 guns, of which 49 are meant for training and 38 are rifles. </b> 

Rema Mathew, Additional Commissioner of Customs, speaking to mediapersons said the <b>guns were shipped along with knocked-out furniture</b>. Officials are continuing their search and the exact number of weapons being smuggled in can be ascertained only after all the boxes are opened.

<b>The seized guns are manufactured by Beretta, Walther and Gamo in Germany, Spain and Italy. </b><b>The guns meant for training are from Gamo. A person who receives training with these guns can operate any sophisticated rifle, according to experts.</b>

Sources said the role of Islamists is suspected in this attempt to smuggle guns into the country.

Kerala Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told mediapersons in Thiruvananthapuram that the Government has ordered an immediate inquiry into the seizure with ADGP, Intelligence, Jacob Punnose, heading the probe team.

Meanwhile, the police and Customs conducted a raid on the house of OK Koya in Chavakkad in Thrissur district. The Thrissur district Suprendiendent of Police T Chandran told The Pioneer said that as the shipment was addressed in Koya's name, there was a raid on his house. He refused to comment further .

<b>Customs has also taken Anand Pai</b>, owner of Premier Export who acted as the import agent for the container, into custody . A raid is being conducted in his offices in Kochi and Mattancherry.

<b>The container was parked in a godown of Asian Terminal Centre which is owned by Tissin J Thachankery, brother of controversial IPS officer Tomin J Thachankery. The music studio owned by the IPS officer's wife is in the midst of a piracy controversy.</b>

<b>Directorate of Revenue Intelligence sources told The Pioneer that there was a tip off from intelligence agencies about a possible influx of arms through Cochin Port and that some international organisations were behind this move.</b>

The State police have once again been caught on the wrong foot and there are several versions emerging on the present seizure. According to top police officials, there had been tip offs from Central intelligence agencies on the reported movement of containers within the State from ports like Mangalore and Kochi and there was also information about the possibility of arms transfer through the State.
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Are they meant for Islamic or xitian or Maoist terrorist?
Kerala had becaome terrorist hub another frontier.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Raza Academy’s Bhiwandi chief arrested for murder of cops
Express News Service

Mumbai, January 5: Yusuf Raza, president of the Bhiwandi unit of Raza Academy and one of the accused in the lynching of two policemen that followed police firing to quell rioting over the construction of a police station in the Mumbai suburb, has been arrested and sent to judicial custody till January 10.

Raza was arrested yesterday, six months after the incidents. The police filed a chargesheet in October against 39 people for the murders on July 6 and 150 others for rioting the day before.

In its remand application in the court soon after the first arrests, the police had said that Yusuf Raza was absconding. But residents said he has been in Bhiwandi all this time, barring a few days immediately after the incidents.

“We arrested him yesterday from his residence and have handed him to the Crime Branch as they are investigating the case,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Bhiwandi) Ravindra Sengaonkar. “Arresting any of the accused at any point of time is the prerogative of the investigating officer.”

The police are now looking for Shakil—secretary of the Raza Academy, Bhiwandi—and Sharjil, one of the main accused in the case.

On July 5, the police had lathi-charged an angry mob in Bhiwandi that was protesting against the police’s move to construct a police station on a disputed site next to a burial ground and mosque. Organisations like the Raza Academy and Bhiwandi Action Committee Group (BACG) had told the people that the police station was being built on the mosque’s land.

When the protestors starting pelting stones and went out of control, the police opened fire. Two people were killed.

Later in the night, an angry mob while protesting the police’s action attacked two constables patrolling the area, and stoned and stabbed them to death. They then threw their bodies inside burning state transport buses.

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ULFA <b>kills 48 in Assam within 24 hrs</b>, alert sounded
Assam puts Manmohan Singh in Rajya Sabha and eventually in PM seat; but he's got little to show for his achievements for Assamese.


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