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JMB hatched conspiracy to topple Hasina govt in Bangladesh: NIA

National Investigation Agency on Monday filed a second supplementary charge sheet in connection with the blast that took place on October 2, 2014 against accused Nurul Hoque Mondal alias Naeem and 27 others at a city court for waging war against Bangladesh.

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Investigations by NIA into the last year’s Burdwan blasts has revealed that Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was trying to topple Sheikh Hasina government by establishing Sharia law and spread its tentacles in India.National Investigation Agency on Monday filed a second supplementary charge sheet in connection with the blast that took place on October 2, 2014 against accused Nurul Hoque Mondal alias Naeem and 27 others at a city court for waging war against Bangladesh, an Asiatic power which is in alliance and peace with India. “They (JMB) hatched a conspiracy wherein the main purpose was to establish Sharia Law in Bangladesh by toppling (the) democratically elected government and to spread tentacles in India for the furtherance of their goal,” a NIA release issued here today said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Their (JMB’s) intention and conduct was evident from the preparation they made in the form of full-fledged bomb making factory at Khagragarh, Burdwan to radicalise vulnerable sections, recruit new members and train them at selected madrasas viz Simulia and Mukimnagar and certain other places/hideouts. “They also intended to collect funds for the banned outfit for its members on the pretext of helping poor Muslim students– a fact which was established during further investigation,” it said.Probe into the matter established that all the 27 accused were associated with each other, the NIA said in its release. On grilling Naeem, NIA had learnt that the outfit was trying to build networks in Howrah, North and South 24 Parganas and Hooghly districts too.Naeem had gone to Bangladesh and stayed at Jatrabadi in Dhaka and also to Mirpur for nearly one and half months and was trained in bomb-making by one Bashir alias Talha and Anish alias Kausar, the release said.Bashir is the son of senior JMB leader Saidur Rahman in Bangladesh, it said. Naeem, a resident of Bakshipur in Murshidabad, was arrested in June from Howrah railway station. “Materials recovered from Naeem revealed that he was following the incidents of atrocities against Muslims all over the world and videos of Osama Bin Laden, Mulla Omar, Bangla Bhai and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). “It also revealed the way he was trained in handling weapons, fidayeen attacks and IED blasts,” the NIA release said.During the probe, it was also established that a Bangladeshi national Sadik alias Sumon was one of the trainers of JMB and used to teach violent Jihad by delivering motivational speeches.”He was actively involved in motivating the vulnerable youths from Sahebganj area as well as from Murshidabad for undergoing terrorist training camps organised by JMB in which handling of arms, explosives besides manufacturing bombs and physical training were imparted to them,” as per the release.

NIA seeks details of internet use, finances of arrested ISIS recruit Areeb Majeed from foreign countries

Earlier, NIA had sent Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) requests to United States, Australia, Canada, Iraq and Turkey seeking technical evidence.

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has sent judicial requests to five countries – Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Luxemburg – seeking details of chats, travel routes and possible financial transactions of Islamic State (IS) recruit Areeb Majeed, who was arrested last year for terrorism-related activities, reports a news daily.The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has sent Letters Rogatory requests to get details of login history, IP addresses, search history, contents of the messages exchanged on Majeed’s email account and also his finances related to travel, stay etc.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>* “These LRs are very important for India’s point of view. If evidence is shared with us by these countries, it may establish the whole chain of conspiracy by Majeed and others who joined the terror outfit with him,” said an official to the news daily. The NIA hopes that IS recruiters, trainers and logistics providers will be identified if the evidence is provided by the contacted countries.Related Read: Islamic State jihadis just rape and butcher: Areeb Majeed tells NIA​Earlier, NIA had sent Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) requests to United States, Australia, Canada, Iraq and Turkey seeking technical evidence.Australia and Canada had invoked the death penalty clause while sharing evidence with India, saying information can only be shared if Majeed is not given death penalty, because it is illegal under Australian law. Only life imprisonment is possible.NIA, through ministry of home affairs, has sent a written reply to Australia as well in which India’s stand has been cleared. India says that it is a case of evidence, not extradition, and therefore Australian law does not apply. Australia’s Attorney General George Brandis had also met home minister Rajnath Singh in October over the issue.Related Read: Areeb Majeed discloses names of handlers, local contacts; NIA may conduct narco testsThe NIA had filed a 8500-page chargesheet against him under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and also included his accomplices.

NIA arrests Chennai man attempting to join ISIS in Libya

It is the first instance of an Indian being deployed in Libya by the ISIS.

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday arrested a 23-year-old man from Chennai who was on his way to join the Islamic State (IS), reports Hindustan Times.According to the report, the youth, Mohammed Naser Packeer Mohammed, had allegedly reached Sudan and intended to travel to Libya to fight with ISIS militants there. It is the first instance of an Indian being deployed in Libya by the ISIS.According to Union home ministry’s data, so far 23 Indians have joined ISIS and all of them were reported to be in the terror outfit-held area along the border of Iraq and Syria. Out of them, six have been reported killed.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Mohammed Naser Packeer Mohammed is a computer expert. He got in touch with an IS recruiter known as ‘Mad Mullah’ sometime in May this year while he was in Dubai. Mad Mullah told him to reach Sudan from where he was to be sent to Libya to join the IS but his activities came in the notice of Sudanese authorities who detained him and sent back to India,” a senior government official said to HT.”NIA chief Sharad Kumar confirmed that an FIR has been registered by the anti-terror agency against Naser but refused to divulge further.Naser’s father worked in a car showroom in Dubai. Naser travelled to Dubai in 2014, came back to Chennai in May this year and went back again. During the same period he started looking for the ISIS related activities online. The ISIS recruiters promised to train him in Sudan before deployment in Libya. His handler arranged for a Sudanese visa for him and dispatched it to Dubai.So far, Indian security agencies have managed to stop more than 60 Indians from joining the ranks of ISIS, the report said.

Extradited NSCN (IM) sent to NIA’s custody till Dec 21

It also said that a non-bailable warrant was issued against Naruenartwanich by the court on April 15, 2011 and a red corner notice was also issued by Interpol.

A special court on Wednesday sent alleged NSCN (IM) member Wuthikorn Naruenartwanich, who was extradited to India from Bangkok, to NIA’s custody till December 21 in a case of allegedly supplying arms and ammunitions to insurgent groups in the north-east. Naruenartwanich, a resident of Bangkok, was produced before District Judge Amar Nath after he was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) following his extradition. Seeking 15-day police remand of the accused, the NIA told the court that he was one of the conspirators in the case and was required to be interrogated thoroughly to unearth the entire conspiracy.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Naruenartwanich is a Thai national and was stationed in Bangkok. Upon request made for extradition of accused Naruenartwanich in the instant case, the criminal court in Thailand has ordered extradition of the accused to stand trial in India in the instant case,” the NIA said. Subsequent to the order of Thai criminal court, Thailand handed him over to Indian authorities on December 8. Now he has been extradited to India, the probe agency said in its remand application filed in the court.It also said that a non-bailable warrant was issued against Naruenartwanich by the court on April 15, 2011 and a red corner notice was also issued by Interpol. During the proceedings, advocate Asim Ali, who appeared for Naruenartwanich, opposed NIA’s plea seeking police remand of the accused. NIA said that the case was lodged against Anthony Shimray, the chief arms procurer on NSCN (IM), T R Calvin, Hangshi Ramson Tangkhul and others under various sections of the IPC and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for conspiring to procure huge quantity of arms and ammunitions from foreign countries.It claimed that these arms were to be used for committing terror activities to wage war against the government of India and these accused had negotiated with arms dealers in Thailand and China for purchase of arms and ammunitions and had also deposited money for it with the foreign arms selling firms. It said that a charge sheet was filed on March 26, 2011 against Shimray, Calvin, Tangkhul and Naruenartwanich and out of these four accused, only Shimray was under arrest while the others were absconders and red corner notices were issued against them. Shimray is facing trial in the case in special NIA court here.

Three out of four terror cases in last two years unsolved, government tells Lok Sabha

The data on terror attacks in the hinterland of the country given by Minister of State for Home Affairs shows that there have been three such attacks in 2014 and one in 2015, in which a total of 11 people were killed.

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Investigation agencies have failed to arrest the perpetrators or identity groups behind three out of four terror attacks in the country in 2014 and 2015, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.The data on terror attacks in the hinterland of the country given by Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary shows that there have been three such attacks in 2014 and one in 2015, in which a total of 11 people were killed. The data says bomb blast in Burdwan on October 2, 2014 is the handiwork of Jammat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh in which seven arrests were made by the NIA.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The perpetrators of the remaining three–IED explosion at Chennai Central Railway Station on May 1, 2014 probed by CB CID Tamil Nadu, IED blast in Bengaluru on December 28, 2014 probed by NIA and terror attack in Gurdaspur on July 27, 2015 probed by Punjab Police remain unidentified with no arrest being made, the data shows.It shows two terror attacks took place in 2012, four in 2013 in which 51 arrests have been made.

SIMI camp case: Two convicts get 14 years rigorous imprisonment, three 12 years

The court found all accused guilty under section 13(1)(b) of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and awarded a maximum sentence of seven years RI besides sentencing them under various sections of UAPA and IPC.

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A special NIA court on sentenced two convicts in the Panayikulam SIMI camp case to 14 years rigorous imprisonment and three others to 12 years after they were found guilty under various IPC sections and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.Additional District and Sessions Court Judge K M Balachandran said the accused are not entitled to get the benefit of concurrent running of case.The court had on November 25 convicted five SIMI activists and acquitted 11 others in the case relating to a ‘secret’ meeting of the banned outfit at Pannayikulam near Aluva in 2006.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court found all accused guilty under section 13(1)(b) of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and awarded a maximum sentence of seven years RI besides sentencing them under various sections of UAPA and IPC.Even though counsel for the accused canvassed for extending the benefit of Probation of Offenders Act to the accused, “since the offences committed by them are against our nation, I find that this is not a fit case wherein the benefit of the Probation of Offenders Act could be extended to them,” the judge said.The court imposed a Rs 60,000 fine each on first accused P A Shaduly and second accused Abdul Rasik while a Rs 55,000 fine each was imposed on third accused Ansar Nadvi, fourth accused Nizamudeen and fifth accused Shammi.”The sentences shall run consecutively with the result, the accused 1 and 2 will have to undergo substantive sentence of 14 years each and the accused 3,4 and 5 will have to undergo a substantive sentence of 12 years each,” it ruled.The period of remand undergone by the accused would be given set off as mandated under CrPc section 428, it said.The second accused Abdul Rasik and third accused Ansar Nadvi were found guilty of sedition, while first accused P A Shaduly, fourth accused Nizamuddin and fifth accused Shammin were convicted under Section 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy).Hailing the verdict, NIA prosecutor P G Manu said the court has awarded maximum sentences to the convicted who have been found guilty of anti-national activities.The prosecution case was a Sub-Inspector of Binnanipuram in the district had received information that the accused had assembled unlawfully at a hall in Pannayikulam and made inflammatory speeches.Books and pamphlets which were pro-Pakistan and anti-government, seditious and provocative in content with a view to create religious animosity were seized from them, it was stated.The accused hailing from districts like Idukki and Kottayam, Thrissur and Palakkad assembled at Pannyikulam only for the ‘secret’ meeting, the prosecution stated.The case was first probed by state police and later handed over to National Investigation Agency, which filed a charge sheet in December 2011.The charges were framed by the court in June 2014 and trial commenced on July 2014.The prosecution completed arguments on March 2015.

26/11 Mumbai attacks: NIA makes fresh request for quizzing David Headley’s Moroccan wife

NIA hopes that the statement of the Moroccan lady will help in completing the jigsaw about role of ISI officials.

NIA has sent a fresh request to Moroccan authorities for recording the statement of Faiza Outalha mainly pertaining to her knowledge about her estranged husband David Headley’s association with Lashker-e-Taiba terror group, a move which is apparently aimed at unravelling the role of state actors in Pakistan in 26/11 Mumbai attacks. The development came after the Moroccan authorities, while executing a Letters Rogatory (LR) sent by the NIA in 2012 after many months, had sent a statement of Outalha recorded by the law enforcing agencies of that country. It, however, did not address many concerns of the NIA, which has registered a case in 2009 to probe the activities of Headley in India, official sources said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to the sources, the NIA sent a fresh request requesting the Moroccan authorities to allow a team of the NIA to question Outalha in person so that the role of two Pakistani army majors and Lashker terrorists Hafeez Saeed and Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi is further ascertained. The fresh request has been with a French Translation as the Government of Morocco had returned previous requests asking for a translation of the documents as per the rule of the requested country, they said. French is generally used by the Moroccan government for international diplomacy.In the absence of any Mutual Assistance Legal Treaty between India and Morocco, the LR has been issued on the basis of “Assurance of Reciprocity”, thereby promising the African country of all assistance in any legal cases in future. Outalha had visited India twice and was used by Headley, a US national of Pakistani origin, while carrying out a reconnaissance mission at Hotel Taj Mahal in Mumbai where she was ostensibly on a visit.As the US authorities are sitting on India’s request for questioning Headley, who is at present undergoing a prison term of 35 years in Chicago, the NIA hopes that the statement of the Moroccan lady will help in completing the jigsaw about role of ISI officials, the sources said. NIA, which was handed over the task to probe the activities of Headley, has already filed chargesheet against Headley, his Canadian-Pakistani born Tahawuur Rana, Saeed, Lakhvi and five others including two army majors believed to be working for Pakistan’s ISI.

Odisha: NIA official takes stock of Puri train fire

Officials, probing the matter, suspected that the accused might have been employed by some terror groups trying to create disturbance in religious places.

The NIA officer was likely to interrogate the accused as well.

A senior officer of National Investigation Agency (NIA) today reached here to take stock of the train fire incident at Puri and take a call on whether the agency will take up investigation into it. A Superintendent of Police (SP)-rank officer, Prasant Kumar met senior officials of intelligence wing, Odisha Police, and GRP, who had interrogated Ramachandran Subas, the lone accused arrested in connection with the train fire incident. Kumar, a state police official said, was sent to Bhubaneswar after the Odisha Police sought NIA’s assistance for investigation into the serial train fire incidents in the state. The NIA officer was likely to interrogate Ramachandran as well, the official said.Ramachandran, a native of Tamil Nadu, was arrested on November 12 immediately after a fire broke out at Puri railway station.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Officials, probing the matter, suspected that the accused might have been employed by some terror groups trying to create disturbance in religious places. The Puri train fire incident succeeded similar incidents at Gaya, Kharagpur and Hyderabad. Earlier on Friday, the sub-divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM) court of Puri had allowed the Government Railway Police to take Ramachandran in three-day remand. A major fire had broke out at Puri Station on November 12, gutting two coaches each of Nandankanan Express and Tirupati Express and one coach of Puri-Howrah Express, even though there was no casualty. Ramachandran was arrested from the spot on November 12, and a knife, a blade and a match box were seized from him.

Two more arrested in connection with Udhampur terror attack case

New Delhi: Two more persons have been arrested in connection with the terror attack on a BSF convoy in Udhampur in August, taking to five the number of those held in the case being probed by the NIA.

Khursheed Ahmed Ittoo and Fayaz Ahmed Ittoo were arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police over the last two days and handed over to the NIA, the investigating agency said.

Captured LeT terrorist Mohammad Naved. PTI

Captured LeT terrorist Mohammad Naved. PTI

They were arrested after their names surfaced during the investigation in the terror attack in which two BSF personnel were killed and a number of others injured on 5 August, NIA said.

With the arrest of these two, the number of people nabbed in this case has gone up to five. This includes Pakistani terrorist of banned Lashker-e-Taiba Mohammed Naved, one of the two attackers overpowered by locals after the terror strike. His associate was killed in the return fire by BSF.

NIA alleged that Khursheed used his car as pilot vehicle for the truck in which Naved and his accomplice Mohammed Noman travelled from the Kashmir valley to Udhampur for executing the attack at Samroli in Udhampur.

Khursheed is alleged to be in constant touch with the truck driver Fayaz Ahmed Ashwar and he coordinated with the militants regarding the place of attack and other logistics, the NIA said in a release.

The entire conspiracy of Udhampur terrorist attack was executed in the house of Fayaz in Kudwani of South Kashmir. NIA had announced a cash reward of Rs two lakh on information leading to his arrest.

The two arrested accused will be produced before the Special NIA court. The NIA is expected to seek their custody for interrogation.

A group of four LeT terrorists Mohammad Naved Yakub, Zhargham alias Mohammed Bhai, Abu Okasa and Noman had entered India from Baba Reshi in Baramulla district to south Kashmir.

The group split into two. One group attacked BSF convoy in Udhampur on August 5, during which Naved was arrested and his associate Mohammed Noman alias Momin was killed.

The main conspirator of the case Abu Qassim, the Lashker’s terror group’s top commander, was killed last month during an encounter at Kulgam.

The NIA had already arrested Showkat Ahmed Bhat and Khursheed Ahmed who were also involved in the alleged transportation of the terrorists in Kashmir.

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Kerala: Key accused in professor hand-chopping case surrenders

Nasar was the “chief conspirator and mastermind” of the July 4, 2010 brutal attack that sent shock waves across the country, according to NIA.

TJ Joseph, professor of Newman College in Thodupuzha in Idukki district (File Photo)

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An alleged key conspirator in the college professor hand-chopping case in Kerala in 2010 surrendered before a special NIA court on Friday and was remanded in judicial custody. An activist of radical Islamic outfit Popular Front of India (PFI), M K Nasar, the 28th accused in the case and absconding since the incident, surrendered in the court around 11.00 am, a National Investigation Agency (NIA) official said. The court remanded him in judicial custody, the official said, adding NIA is likely to seek his custody for interrogation.Nasar was the “chief conspirator and mastermind” of the July 4, 2010 brutal attack that sent shock waves across the country, according to NIA. His surrender comes months after ten persons belonging to PFI were sentenced to eight years rigorous imprisonment by the NIA court in the case. They were held guilty of chopping off a hand of TJ Joseph, professor of Newman College in Thodupuzha in Idukki district, for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of a community through a question paper he had set. In his verdict in May, NIA Court Judge P Sasidharan had also awarded two years rigorous imprisonment to three others in the case and imposed a fine of Rs eight lakh on the 13 convicts to be given to the victim.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>37 people were chargesheeted by NIA in the case. However, only 31 underwent trial as the remaining six, including accused Savad and Nasar, were absconding. The right hand of Joseph was chopped while he was returning home after attending Sunday mass at a church in Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district.

J&K: Top Lashkar commander & mastermind of Udhampur BSF convoy attack Abu Qasim killed in encounter

Top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander and mastermind of Udhampur attack Abu Qasim alias Abdur Rehman was killed in an encounter in South Kashmir on early Thursday.

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Top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander and mastermind of Udhampur attack Abu Qasim alias Abdur Rehman was killed in an encounter in South Kashmir on early Thursday.The mastermind behind Udhampur BSF convoy attack was killed by security forces in an ambush at Khanday Pora area of Kulgam district.Qasim was also involved in some of the major attacks on security forces in Kashmir. In June 2013, he attacked an army convoy at Hyderpora, in which eight army soldiers were killed in. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Qasim had killed a police officer early this month in Bandipora district and managed to escape.Recently, the NIA-led probe into the Udhampur terror attack had revealed the role of Abu Qasim. The probe agency had stated that Qasim, had arranged logistics for the four Pakistani militants who later on carried out an attack on a BSF convoy on August 5.Qasim is believed to be a resident of Bawalpur in Pakistan. The NIA had declared cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs for the arrest of Qasim.More details to follow.

Bangladeshi terrorist involved in Burdhwan blast had acquired Aadhaar, Voter Card

New Delhi: Tarikul Islam, the Bangladeshi terrorist arrested in connection with Burdhwan blast, is believed to have acquired Aadhaar card and Voter Card to project himself as an Indian citizenship and avoid being arrested by the NIA, official sources said in New Delhi on Sunday.

Even after he was picked up by the NIA last week from Jharkhand, he had been maintaining that he was not involved in
the blast, they said.

However, after his finger prints matched with one of the crime scene preserved by the NIA, he started spilling some of the beans about his association with banned Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terror group, the sources said.

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He claimed during interrogation that he had been jailed in Bangaldesh prison for five years where he met Sheikh Rahamatullah alias Sajid, the mastermind of JMB terror group, and his radicalisation process begun, the sources said.

This information has been shared with Bangladesh authorities to ascertain the veracity of his claim, they added.

He crossed over to India in 2012 for indoctrination of youth in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar for recruiting them in the terror group with an aim of destalising Sheikh Hasina’s government in Bangladesh and enforce Sharia-based Islamic rule “through violent terrorist acts”.

For the purpose of establishing his credentials as an Indian, he claimed to have bribed local election and Aaadhaar card officials to procure the same, the sources said.

He also married an Indian girl who was minor at that time, they said, adding that the wedding was solemnised at Simulia madrasa in Burdwan, West Bengal where the terrorist training camps were organised by JMB.

The wife along with an eight-month old baby and his brother-in-law are missing from the day he was arrested from Jharkhand.

Islam, who was arrested from Ramgarh district of Jharkhand by a team of NIA and Anti-Terror Squad of Jharkhand police, carried a cash reward of Rs five lakh as he is alleged to be an important member of ‘Shoora’, the decision-making body of JMB. He is in the NIA custody till October nine.

NIA has already chargesheeted him for his alleged role in the Burdhwan blast which occurred in a house on 2 October, 2014, leaving two persons dead.

During investigation of the case, NIA claimed that Islam was a part of larger conspiracy of JMB to organise terror attacks in Bangladesh and in India and had been frequently entering India illegally, at different times since the year 2008-2009.

NIA took over the case from West Bengal police a few days after the explosion on October 2 when international links started emerging. Investigators have found that improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were being fabricated in the house where the explosion took place and later smuggled to Bangladesh.

NIA has so far found that members of JMB has established a network in different places like Murshidabad, Nadia, Malda, Birbhum, Burdwan in West Bengal and Barpetta in Assam, Sahibganj and Pakur in Jharkhand.

In its charge sheet filed in March this year, NIA claimed to have busted an international conspiracy of JMB which wanted to overthrow the democratically-elected government of Sheikh Hasina “through violent terrorist acts and replace it with a hard-line Sharia based Islamic rule, which came to light after the accidental blast.”

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Delhi police’s anti-terror files first FIR against ISIS

At least twelve Indian youth were said to have gone to Iraq and Syria to fight for the Islamic State.

The Delhi police’s anti-terror unit has filed an FIR against ‘unknown persons’ in connection with Islamic State, reports The New Indian Express. The anti-terror unit had gathered intelligence on the sympathisers which pointed that they were engaged in activities for radicalisation of gullible youth.At least twelve Indian youth were said to have gone to Iraq and Syria to fight for the Islamic State.Earlier four people were detained in Kerala by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) on Tuesday. They were deported by the United Arab Emirates government for allegedly being Islamic State sympathisers. Read more here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Bangladeshi national held in connection with Burdwan blast

A Bangladeshi national, alleged to be a member of banned Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terror group and suspectedly involved in Burdwan blast of last year, was arrested by NIA and Jharkhand Police on Tuesday.

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A Bangladeshi national, alleged to be a member of banned Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terror group and suspectedly involved in Burdwan blast of last year, was arrested by NIA and Jharkhand Police on Tuesday.The accused identified as Tarikul Islam alias Sadiq was arrested from Ramgarh district of Jharkhand by a team of NIA and Anti-Terror Squad of Jharkhand police, official sources said. He carried a cash reward of Rs five lakh.Islam is alleged to be an important member of ‘Shoora’, the decision-making body of JMB.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NIA has already chargesheeted him for his alleged role in the Burdhwan blast which occurred in a house on October 2 last year, leaving two persons dead.During investigation of the case, NIA claimed that Islam was a part of larger conspiracy of JMB to organise terror attacks in Bangladesh and in India and had been frequently entering India illegally, at different times since the year 2008-2009.He is also alleged to have obtained false identity documents on assumed Indian identities, by submitting forged documents. NIA also alleged that the probe showed that Islam along with other accused was an active member of JMB who attended terrorist training camp organized by senior members of the terror group.The NIA took over the case from West Bengal police a few days after the explosion, when international links started surfacing. Investigators have found that improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were being fabricated in the house and later smuggled to neighbouring Bangladesh.The NIA has so far found that members of the JMB terror group has established a network in different places like Murshidabad, Nadia, Malda, Birbhum, Burdwan in West Bengal and Barpetta in Assam, Sahibganj and Pakur in Jharkhand.In its chargesheet filed in March this year, NIA alleged to have busted an international conspiracy of JMB terror group which wanted to establish Sharia rule in Bangladesh by overthrowing the democratically-elected government of Sheikh Hasina.NIA had alleged that the accused were involved in a conspiracy to overthrow the existing democratic government in Bangladesh “through violent terrorist acts and replace it with a hard-line Sharia based Islamic rule, which came to light after the accidental blast.”

Militants involved in Udhampur attack might branch out to evade authorities

Security officials believe that the killing might have led the militants, wanted for their involvement in the Udhampur attack, to branch out for a while in order evade arrest.

The NIA-led probe into Udhampur terror attack might face a temporary setback after the death of Irshad Ahmad Ganai, a Lashkar-e-Taiba commander who was killed during an encounter with the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Army last week.Security officials believe that the killing might have led the militants, wanted for their involvement in the Udhampur attack, to branch out for a while in order evade arrest.Ganai was second-in-command of LeT and one of the closest associates of Abdur Rehman alias Abu Qasim, the Pakistani chief of the group who is accused of masterminding the Udhampur attack that took place on August 5 in which two BSF personnel were killed.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A resident of Awantipora area of Pulwama district, Ganai was a student of theatre, before joining Lashkar in 2012. He has also been an overground worker for the LeT but gained prominence in the group after him and another militant ambushed an army convoy on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway at Hyderpora in Srinagar, killing 10 soldiers and wounding another dozen.Even though investigating officials told dna that Ganai was not involved in the Udhampur attack, his close association with the band of militants who provided logistics for the same will force the LeT men to change their strategy to avoid ‘unprepared confrontation’ with the security agencies.Officials told dna that Abu Dujana, a Pakistani militant, was accompanying Ganai at the time of the encounter but managed to escape successfully. The NIA, a day before the encounter, had announced a cash reward of 8 lakh rupees on Dujana who is said to have played a role in the Udhampur attack.The probe agency had also announced cash rewards other accused namely Adil Sher Gujri alias Abu Baqa, Ashiq Hussain Bhat alias Obiada and Manzoor Ahmed Bhat alias Fahadullah — all residents of Pulwama – along with Moin Kachroo, alias Altaf Dar, and Majid Zargar alias Talhaa, residents of Kulgam, in South Kashmir. All the men, (except Kachroo who is said to belong to Hizbul Mujahideen) are LeT militants and were named as linked to the conspiracy behind the August 5 assault.”There are chances the militants might decide to branch out for sometime to avoid being noticed as a group,” said an officer privy to the investigation into the Udhampur attack. The officer also said that the militants who are operating mainly in Pulwama and Tral tehsil of Pulwama district might not risk to travel a longer distance and instead camp in separate areas of South Kashmir.Pulwama is one of the largest districts of Kashmir which is spread over 900 square kilometers. The district is divided into five tehsils – Awantipora ,Pulwama, Pampore ,Shopian and Tral.

Four suspected Islamic State sympathisers detained by security agencies in Kerala

They are being interrogated by the officials of National Investigation Agency (NIA), Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), state police intelligence.

The National Intelligence Agency(NIA) on Tuesday morning detained four Indians in Kerala, who were deported by the United Arab Emirates government for allegedly being Islamic State sympathisers. Two people were detained at Thiruvananthapuram airport and two others at Karipur airport at around 3:30 am.According to reports, two youths detained from Thiruvananthapuram have been identified as Anas of Pulimath and Karthik of Adoor in Pathanamthitta.They are being interrogated by the officials of National Investigation Agency (NIA), Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), state police intelligence.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also read: Indian woman involved in recruiting for ISIS deported from UAE, arrested in HyderabadWorld’s most dreaded terror organisation ISIS or Islamic State controls a large part of Iraq and Syria and has made headlines for some of the most gruesome killings in the last year.Last week, an Indian woman allegedly involved in recruiting people for the dreaded Islamic State terror outfit was deported by UAE and subsequently arrested in Hyderabad. 37-year-old Afsha Jabeen alias ‘Nicky Joseph’ hails from Hyderabad but had been portraying herself as a British national while luring youth for IS through social media, officials said. She was deported along with husband and children.Jabeen was tracked in Abu Dhabi and after initial questioning, she was deported to Hyderabad where sleuths took her into custody at the airport and questioned her. Police then arrested her and registered a case against her.

Udhampur attack: NIA announces cash reward for information on six terrorists

Of the six absconding accused, three carry a reward of eight lakhs while the other three five lakhs.

NIA had earlier released a sketch of some of the militants.

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday announced a cash reward for six terrorists in connection with Udhampur terror strike on a BSF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir. Of the six absconding accused, three carry a reward of eight lakhs while the other three five lakhs. The accused are accomplices of a Pakistani national and a self-styled commander of LeT in Kashmir Abdul Rehman. A Pakistani LeT terrorist Mohd. Naveed was caught alive in the terror attack on BSF convoy on August 5th. (

2008 Malegaon blasts: SC asks Centre, NIA to reply on PIL against Special Public Prosecutor

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought response from Centre and National Investigating Agency (NIA) on a plea challenging removal of Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case and alleging that Government was exerting pressure on her to “go soft” on the accused.

A bench comprising Justices J Chelameswar and AM Sapre asked Centre and NIA to file their responses within one week.

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Supreme Court of India. Reuters

The bench, however, did not allow the submission of senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Indira Jaising that hearing on the bail applications of the accused persons be stayed for the time being.

The bench has also issued notice to Maharashtra government in the case.

Earlier, a Supreme Court Judge had recused from hearing the plea, saying that he had represented certain accused in the matter.

The PIL, filed by social activist Harsh Mander, has accused NDA government of trying to interfere with the functioning of the prosecutor in the case by exerting “pressure” on her to “go soft” on the accused. It alleged that the executive was attempting to influence the judicial system.

It has alleged that NIA officials had pressured erstwhile Special Public Prosecutor in case, Rohini Salian, “presumably” under instructions from their “political masters”.

Salian, who was SPP in the case, had alleged that an NIA officer had told her to go soft on the accused. She also claimed the same officer had told her that she would be replaced. Salian is no longer on NIA’s panel of lawyers.

The petition has sought the apex court’s intervention to ensure a fair trial as there were reasons to “credibly fear” that “executive is attempting to influence the judicial system to cave in to the pressure exerted by it in all matters, including affording protection to right-wing extremists who sympathize with its ideology”.

The PIL also sought direction to the Centre to appoint an SPP to conduct “fair” trial and constitute a Special Investigating Team of CBI to probe alleged actions of NIA officials who allegedly pressured Salian.

The high-profile accused in the case include Lt Col SP Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur.

The 4,000-page charge sheet had alleged that Malegaon was selected for the blasts because of its sizeable Muslim population. It named Pragya Singh Thakur, Purohit and another accused, Swami Dayanand Pandey, as the key conspirators.

The charge sheet had alleged it was Pandey who had instructed Purohit to arrange for RDX, while Pragya owned the motorcycle which was used in the blast.

Ajay Rahirkar, another accused, allegedly organised funds for the terror act, while conspiracy meetings were held at Bhonsala Military School in Nasik, according to charge sheet.

Rakesh Dhawde, Ramesh Upadhyay, Shyamlal Sahu, Shivnarain Kalsangra, Sudhakar Chaturvedi, Jagdish Mhatre and Sameer Kulkarni were the other accused.

The blast on September 29, 2008 had left four dead and nearly 80 injured.

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India-Pakistan DG-level talks extended by a day to discuss strategies to end ceasefire violations

New Delhi: India and Pakistan on Thursday decided to devise new strategies along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir to put an end to incidents of ceasefire violations as they began their three-day DG-level border dialogue in New Delhi.

BSF Director General DK Pathak shakes hands with Pakistan Rangers Director General (Punjab), Major General Umar Farooq Burki. PTI

BSF Director General DK Pathak shakes hands with Pakistan Rangers Director General (Punjab), Major General Umar Farooq Burki. PTI

In what can be seen as an encouraging development in bilateral talks between the two neighbours, the BSF-Pakistan Rangers meeting has been extended for a day to “discuss and finalise” these new protocols and strategies.

“The most significant takeaway of the talks has been that the two sides agreed that maintenance of peace and tranquility on this border is the most important issue and this needs to be implemented on the ground,” a top government source said.

According to the set agenda, the talks were to be wrapped up today as tomorrow the Rangers are scheduled to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his South Block office and later meet staff and officials in the Pakistan High Commission.

On their last day in Delhi on 12 September, a joint record of discussions was to be signed between the two sides after which the visitors were to leave for Islamabad.

“Yes, the talks have been extended for a day and a special session will be held tomorrow to decide on protocols that will be put in place to put an end to ceasefire violations and make the Indo-Pak border tranquil,” the source said.

Border Security Force (BSF) chief DK Pathak, during a public function of central investigative agency NIA in the evening in New Delhi, told PTI that the Indian side was “happy” after the deliberations on the first day.

“I wouldn’t say anything beyond that. The talks went on in a very cordial manner and we are happy about it,” Pathak said.

Sources said the Indian side suggested that rather than debating and contesting about the past incidents, the two sides should work on a “future” strategy to make this border peaceful and safe for the troops and civilians alike.

Pakistan agreed to this point and after some more positive talks it was mutually decided that the session should be extended by a day, they said.

The Rangers, led by their DG (Punjab) Umar Farooq Burki, asked BSF to initiate the joint patrolling along some mutually identified areas on this border which was agreed by India, they said.

The sources further said the Rangers “did not bring on table” the issue of activation of the UNMOGIP (UN Military Observer Group in Indian and Pakistan).

These much-awaited talks are happening amid escalating tensions and continuing cases of ceasefire violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir and after over 1.5 years.

BSF also put forth its agenda points of stopping infiltration from across the border, smuggling of narcotics and construction of unauthorised defence structures by the other side on the frontier, the sources said, which was taken note by Pakistan.

The Rangers told the BSF that firing from their side had claimed the lives of their troops and civilians and this should be stopped.

Earlier, Rangers DG Maj Gen Burki was accorded a guard of honour at the border guarding forces’ headquarters here and later welcomed by Pathak and other senior officers prior to the formal commencement of the deliberations taking place after December 2013 when BSF went to Lahore.

The Pakistani delegation, which had reached Delhi last evening via Amritsar, includes officials of Sindh Rangers, the country’s interior ministry, Survey of Pakistan, anti-narcotics force and immigration department, among others.

This is the first high-level interaction between the two countries after the National Security Adviser (NSA)-level talks scheduled in Delhi on 23-24 August were cancelled due to differences over the agenda.

The issue of “no response” by the other side when BSF raises the ‘white flag’ that is used to indicate suspension of firing to allow a meeting of on-ground commanders of the two sides was also taken up and it was decided to have more channels of communication between field commanders, the sources said.

“The confidence building measures would be finalised tomorrow and jointly signed by their two DGs on September 12,” one of the sources said.

BSF is also understood to have taken up the issue of intrusion into the ‘Harami Nallah’ area in the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, and illegal movement of suspects up to the ‘zero line’ area along the IB, at many times in the dead of the night.

“Pakistan said it is doing its best with available resources and infrastructure it has and will also improve it to keep an effective vigil on the border,” the source said.

When the other side raised the issue of air space violation, the BSF said it was not their domain as they do not have any air assets.

“Much of the talking was done by the Indian side and the Pakistani side was very receptive,” the source said.

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NIA announces cash reward for info on NSCN-K leader SS Khaplang, armed wing chief Niki Sumi

The agency said any member of the public giving any reliable information about the whereabouts of these hardcore terrorists that could lead to their arrest will be rewarded.

Khaplang is a resident of Myanmar while Sumi hails from Nagaland.

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Three months after the gruesome attack in Manipur that left 18 army personnel dead, NIA on announced a cash reward of Rs 7 lakh for information leading to arrest of SS Khaplang, Chief of NSCN-K, a rebel Naga group allegedly responsible for the killings NIA also announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on Niki Sumi, self-styled chief of the armed wing of NSCN-K, who is alleged to have led a group of rebels on June four and carried out an attack on Army personnel in Manipur’s Chandel district.”SS Khaplang is head of the NSCN (K) group and Niki Sumi is holding the charge of armed wing of said group. They were closely associated with the decision to attack Assam Rifles personnel at Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima on March 26 and subsequent string of attacks on armed forces including the attack on 6 Dogra Regiment Convoy in Chandel district of Manipur on June four killing 18 Army personnel,” the National Investigation Agency(NIA) said in a statement.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The agency said any member of the public giving any reliable information about the whereabouts of these hardcore terrorists that could lead to their arrest will be rewarded. Khaplang is a resident of Myanmar while Sumi hails from Nagaland. There are reports that 75-year-old Khaplang was in a hospital and later shifted to Taga, a place which is at a junction of India-Myanmar-China border.Piecing together the evidence collected so far, the anti-terror probe agency said the total number of militants who participated in the attack was 23 out of whom two were killed on June four in retaliatory action by the Army in Chandel district of Manipur, official sources said. Army trucks were attacked with ‘Lathod guns’ and grenades by suspected terrorists of NSCN (Khaplang), killing 18 soldiers and injuring 15 others in the Manipur attack. The militants had formed three groups to carry out the attack and explosive-laden cans were planted alongside the road to maximise the damage, the sources said.During the investigations, NIA examined several surrendered militants of NSCN-K, who also helped them identify many of the accused. In retaliatory strikes following the ambush, Indian army commandos had hit two insurgent camps at different locations along Myanmar’s border with Nagaland and Manipur, inflicting significant damage and casualties. NSCN(K), which walked out of a ceasefire agreement with India in March this year, has been involved in a series of attacks in tandem with some other militant groups in the North-East under the banner of ‘United Liberation Front of South East Asia’. NIA had registered a case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with the attack.

NIA announces bounty to capture NSCN-K top brass involved in Manipur attack

New Delhi: Three months after the gruesome attack in Manipur that left 18 army personnel dead, NIA on Thursday announced a cash reward of Rs 7 lakh for information leading to arrest of SS Khaplang, Chief of NSCN-K, a rebel Naga group allegedly responsible for the killings.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

NIA also announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on Niki Sumi, self-styled chief of the armed wing of NSCN-K, who is alleged to have led a group of rebels on 4 June and carried out an attack on Army personnel in Manipur’s Chandel district.

“SS Khaplang is head of the NSCN (K) group and Niki Sumi is holding the charge of armed wing of said group. They were closely associated with the decision to attack Assam Rifles personnel at Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima on March 26 and subsequent string of attacks on armed forces including the attack on 6 Dogra Regiment Convoy in Chandel district of Manipur on June four killing 18 Army personnel,” the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said in a statement.

The agency said any member of the public giving any reliable information about the whereabouts of these hardcore terrorists that could lead to their arrest will be rewarded.

Khaplang is a resident of Myanmar while Sumi hails from Nagaland. There are reports that 75-year-old Khaplang was in a hospital and later shifted to Taga, a place which is at a junction of India-Myanmar-China border.

Piecing together the evidence collected so far, the anti-terror probe agency said the total number of militants who participated in the attack was 23 out of whom two were killed on June four in retaliatory action by the Army in Chandel district of Manipur, official sources said.

Army trucks were attacked with ‘Lathod guns’ and grenades by suspected terrorists of NSCN (Khaplang), killing 18 soldiers and injuring 15 others in the Manipur attack.

The militants had formed three groups to carry out the attack and explosive-laden cans were planted alongside the road to maximise the damage, the sources said.

During the investigations, NIA examined several surrendered militants of NSCN-K, who also helped them identify many of the accused.

In retaliatory strikes following the ambush, Indian army commandos had hit two insurgent camps at different locations along Myanmar’s border with Nagaland and Manipur, inflicting significant damage and casualties.

NSCN(K), which walked out of a ceasefire agreement with India in March this year, has been involved in a series of attacks in tandem with some other militant groups in the North-East under the banner of ‘United Liberation Front of South East Asia’.

NIA had registered a case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with the attack.

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NIA to conduct polygraph test on alleged LeT operative from south Kashmir

Bhat (36) was produced before district judge Amar Nath during an in-camera proceeding after the NIA arrested him on September 1.

A special court on Monday allowed a plea by National Investigation Agency seeking permission to conduct polygraph test on Showkat Ahmed Bhat, a south Kashmir resident, accused of transporting Lashkar-e-Taiba militants, who on August 5 ambushed a BSF convoy in Udhampur district in Jammu and Kashmir. The NIA in their application stated that Bhat’s statements have been found inconsistent and that a polygraph test is essential “to expose the larger conspiracy behind the instant terrorist attack.Bhat (36) was produced before district judge Amar Nath during an in-camera proceeding after the NIA arrested him on September 1.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”During the custodial examination of the accused, certain facts regarding larger conspiracy behind the instant terror act which includes but is not limited to the entire network of conspirators, supporters, financers, facilitators and handlers of arrested accused Mohammad Naveed and other co-accused persons came to light which needs to be further verified/ strengthened by conducting the polygraph test of accused person,” the NIA said.The probe agency contended that the inconsistent statements during Bhat’s interrogation have been ‘hampering the leads in the investigation’ into the Udhampur terror attack. The agency told the court that investigation so far has revealed that Bhat was part and parcel of the larger conspiracy hatched by LeT to wage war against the government of India.”The accused possesses the knowledge of intricate details of the conspiracy being furthered by the senior functionaries of the LeT, who are operating from Pakistan and in various parts of State of Jammu and Kashmir,” said the NIA. It also said that Bhat had facilitated Mohamad Naveed, his accomplice Noman and two other LeT militants, identified as Abu Okasa and Zargham, “by transporting them from near the Indo-Pak border till the place of their hideout in district Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir).”While Noman was killed during the fierce encounter, Naved was captured by a group of villagers whom he had attempted to take as hostages. He was later handed over to the police.While allowing NIA’s plea, the court said that Bhat’s polygraph test will be conducted at Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) at Lodhi Road here on Tuesday.Bhat, a resident of south Kashmir’s Pulwama, is the second driver to be arrested by the NIA. The agency last month arrested another truck driver identified as Khursheed Ahmed who initially was accused of ferrying the militants to Udhampur on two occasions one on July 20 and on August 5, the day of the attack.On August 23 dna had reported that in fact Khursheed was not the driver who had transported the LeT men on August 5. Sources had told dna that the agency was searching for Showkat,and had added that in fact Khursheed was driver who had brought the three men back to the Valley when a third militant, an Afghan National, showed reluctance to be a part of the ‘mission’ which at that time was to take place on August 4.

NIA brings LeT operative held in Udhampur attack

Earlier, the anti-terror agency had arrested Khursheed Ahmed, who ferried the terrorists to Jammu on two occasions.

He is said to be an overground worker of LeT (File Photo of NIA in J&K)

Showkat Ahmed Bhat, arrested by NIA in connection with last month’s Udhampur terror strike on a BSF bus that left its two personnel dead, was brought here this evening for a scientific analysis of his statements and will be subjected to a lie detector test. A resident of Pulwama in south Kashmir, Bhat was placed under arrest on September one by NIA which is probing the case in which two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists from Pakistan attacked a BSF bus in Jammu’s Udhampur and killed its two personnel. One of the attackers identified as Mohammed Noman alias Momin was killed in retaliatory fire, while another Mohammed Naved Yakub was captured alive by villagers and handed over to the police.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bhat will be produced before a court tomorrow for seeking permission for carrying out the polygraph test on him at the central forensic science laboratory, official sources said. He was in the custody of Jammu and Kashmir police immediately after the terror strike on August five and was booked under sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Arms Act. NIA said 36-year-old Bhat was allegedly involved in transporting a group of four LeT terrorists–Mohammad Naved Yakub, Zhargham alias Mohammed Bhai, Abu Okasa and Noman from Baba Reshi in Baramulla district to south Kashmir soon after they had infiltrated India from PoK.He is said to be an overground worker of LeT. Earlier, the anti-terror agency had arrested Khursheed Ahmed, who ferried the terrorists to Jammu on two occasions.

Udhampur attack: National Investigative Agency arrests the second driver

The Afghan national, who is said to be in his teens, was supposed to accompany LeT militant Mohamad Naved and his accomplice Noman, but refused to be a part of the attack at the last moment.

The National Investigative Agency on Tuesday arrested a 36-year-old resident of south Kashmir for his alleged role in the Lashkar-e-Taiba-led ambush on a BSF convoy in Udhampur. The accused, a driver by profession, is said to have allegedly transported the LeT militants who ambushed a BSF convoy killing two soldiers on August 5. The accused, identified as Showkat Ahmed Bhat, is the second driver to be arrested by the NIA. The agency last month arrested another truck driver identified as Khursheed Ahmed who initially was accused of ferrying the militants to Udhampur on two occasions one on July 20 and on August 5, the day of the attack.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On August 23 dna had reported that in fact Khursheed was not the driver who had transported the LeT men on August 5. Sources had told dna that the agency was searching for Showkat, a resident of south Kashmir’s Pulwama and had added that in fact Khursheed was driver who had brought the three men back to the Valley when a third militant, an Afghan National, showed reluctance to be a part of the ‘mission’ which at that time was to take place on August 4.The Afghan national, who is said to be in his teens, was supposed to accompany LeT militant Mohamad Naved and his accomplice Noman, but refused to be a part of the attack at the last moment.Sources had told dna that reasons behind his reluctance are not clear but questioning of Naved and others who had a role to play in the attack revealed that the Afghan ‘was not motivated enough to carry out the assault’.”The driver of the truck, identified as Khursheed, tried to counsel the Afghan but he refused to comply as a result of which they returned to the Valley. The next day, that was August 5,only Naved and Noman left for Udhampur along with a different driver who was identified as Showkat,” said a source adding that the Afghan militant is still on the run.While Noman was killed during the fierce encounter, Naved was captured by a group villagers whom he had tried to take as hostages. He was later handed over to the police.”Showkat was involved in transporting a group of four LeT terrorists, including Mohammed Naveed, from near Baba Rishi in district Baramulla, soon after they had infiltrated into India from PoK. He will be produced before the Special NIA Judge, Jammu for obtaining his Police Custody for further investigation. This is the third arrest made by NIA in this case, so far,” said an NIA official.According to the agency, Showkat, in June this year was booked under sections of the The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Arms act. He had been accused of facilitating terrorist activities in the state.

Fear aborted massive terror strike in Udhampur, says LeT’s Naved Yakub

These details have emerged during interrogation of Naved and have been corroborated by truck driver Khursheed Ahmed, who had ferried them to Bari Brahmana, official sources said here. The truck driver has since been arrested.

Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist, who had infiltrated into Kashmir along with Mohammed Naved Yakub, who was captured alive after Udhampur terror attack, had come with a mission of targeting market place but developed cold feet at the last minute.They were part of a four-member LeT which had crossed over into the Valley from Gulmarg sector in June and were headed towards Bari Brahmana in neighbouring Samba district where a market frequented by army men was to be targeted. An army installation is also nearby.Naved, now in custody, and Abu Okasa were approaching their target on the outskirts of Jammu city on July 20.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Suddenly Abu, a 17-year-old resident of Khyber Pakthunwa in Pakistan, started crying and developed second thoughts on the mission he was supposed to carry out.These details have emerged during interrogation of Naved and have been corroborated by truck driver Khursheed Ahmed, who had ferried them to Bari Brahmana, official sources said here. The truck driver has since been arrested.The area to be attacked was the market place and an adjoining army installation but Abu started crying bitterly and was shaking due to fear, the two told the sleuths and said the plan was aborted and they returned to the Kashmir Valley.Besides Abu and Naved, the other two who had infiltrated with them were Zhargham alias Mohd Bhai and Mohammed Noman alias Momin, who was partner of Naved on August 5 and was killed in retaliatory fire by BSF. Two personnel were also killed in the attack. NIA has announced a cash reward of Rs five lakh each on Abu and Zhargham.Abu was handed over to Abu Qassim, a Pakistani national who is self-styled commander of Lashker in South Kashmir, and there was no information about him thereafter, they said. NIA has announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on Qassim also.NIA, which is probing the case, was handed over three GPS recovered from a hideout in Tral by the army and two smart phones which gave away the over ground network of Lashker terror outfit in South Kashmir.The GPS was carried by the team of which Naved was a part and he told his interrogators that they deleted all the points entered in the GPS, which is used by travellers while trekking, the sources said.
Naved, who has been subjected to a lie detector test, has already recorded his confessional statement before a magistrate here last week

Pakistan terrorist Naved before CJM for recording statement

The case will be taken up on August 26 for recording of statement, they said.

Naved

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Amid tight security, Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Naved Yakub was on Monday produced before a Chief Judicial Magistrate here by NIA for recording his statement in connection with Udhampur terror attack in which two BSF jawans were killed and 15 others injured.Naved was produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) S Gupta at High Court Complex early this morning for recording his statement under section 164 CrPC (recording of confession and statement), court sources said.The CJM sent the LeT terrorist in judicial custody for two days as part of the process to ensure that he is giving the statement voluntarily, they said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The case will be taken up on August 26 for recording of statement, they said. Sources claimed that Naved had agreed to record his statement on Monday after confessing of his involvement in the August five terror attack.Naved, who had been captured after the attack, was also produced today before the NIA court which had granted the agency his remand for 14 days on August 11. A resident of Faisalabad in Pakistan, he was earlier brought from Srinagar by the NIA team and was also taken to the spot of terror attack on highway at Narsu Nallah in Udhampur district.

dna exclusive: Investigation reveal not two, but three miltants, behind Udhampur attack

The NIA and Jammu and Kashmir police force are currently pursuing him, said an investigating official who refused to name the militant, stating that ‘disclosing more details about the identity of the wanted terrorist can interfere with the ongoing investigation.

The Lashkar-e-Toiba led ambush on a BSF convoy in Udhampur was supposed to occur on the fourth of August instead of the fifth, with with three and not two militants leading the attack. The third militant, who said to be a teenager, was supposed to accompany the captured LeT gunman Mohamad Naved and his slain accomplice Noman is said to be an Afghan national, and is currently on the run. According to official sources, the Afghan militant, on August 4, had traveled halfway to Udhampur with Naved and Noman but decided not to participate in the attack. Sources told dna that reasons behind his reluctance are not clear but questioning of Naved and others who had a role to play in the attack revealed that the Afghan ‘was not motivated enough to carry out the assault’. “He panicked when their truck was on the way to Udhampur. He is even said to have wept. The driver of the truck, Naved and Noman tried to counsel him but he refused to comply as a result of which they returned to the Valley. The next day only Naved and Noman left for Udhampur,” said a source adding that the Afghan militant is now on the run.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “The NIA and Jammu and Kashmir police force are currently pursuing him,” said an investigating official who refused to name the militant, stating that ‘disclosing more details about the identity of the wanted terrorist can interfere with the ongoing investigation’. The official, however, did say that the LeT militant from Afghanistan is the youngest in the group responsible for the attack and had been been active in the southern parts of the Kashmir Valley for a few months now. Investigative agencies now believe that it might have been his young age that could have deterred him from participating in the ‘Fidayeen’ attack which claimed the lives of two BSF personnel. Lashkar is largely considered as one of the first organisations to have introduced ‘Fidayeen tactics’ into the Valley with its militants entering into army camps without having much of an escape plan. The involvement of the Afghan national had come to the fore earlier during Naved’s interrogation and confirmed by a truck driver identified as Khursheed Ahmed alias ‘Surya’. Khursheed, who was arrested by the NIA on Friday, had allegedly ferried the LeT militants to Udhampur. Initially it was believed that Khursheed had ferried the militants to Udhampur on two occasions (July 20 and August 5), officials told dna that Khursheed was in fact the driver who had brought the three men back to the Valley when the Afghan militant had shown reluctance on August 5. According to NIA officials, Khursheed had taken Naved and his accomplices to Jammu on July 20 on a reconnaissance mission during which the timings of convoys of BSF and Army were marked. Official sources now disclosed that the driver who had taken Naved and Noman to Udhampur August 5 was a different one and is said to be a resident of Pulwama .He has been identified as Showkat and is currently absconding. Meanwhile Khursheed, who is also a resident of South Kashmir, is being interrogated by the NIA. On Friday NIA also revealed the role of Pakistani national Abu Qasim alias Abdur Rehman, the Lashkar-e-Toiba ‘commander’ of South Kashmir. Khursheed, who is alleged to be an overground worker of Lashkar, is said to have been briefed by Qasim who is now being considered as the mastermind of the attack. According to the NIA, Qasim provided the logistics and was responsible for arranging resources, identifying targets and arranging transport . Qasim (27), a resident of Bawalpur, Pakistan, was the one who chose the now-absconding Afghan militant for the attack and agencies are now attempting to nab both of them along with Showkat, the second driver.

Udhampur Attack: NIA probe reveals role of LeT ‘commander’ Abu Qasim

Sources said the agency is trying to corroborate the information given by Usman and gather more details about the plans of the militants.

A policeman uses catapult to disperse protesters during a clash over the house arrest of Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani at Nowhatta Chowk in Srinagar on Friday

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The NIA-led probe into the Udhampur terror attack has revealed role of Abu Qasim alias Abdur Rehman, the Lashkar-e-Taiba ‘commander’ of south Kashmir. The disclosure was made soon after NIA on Friday arrested a truck driver, who allegedly ferried the captured LeT gunman, Naved to Jammu on two occasions. The driver, is said to be a resident of south Kashmir’s Chursu village in Awantipora district.The NIA and Jammu and Kashmir police have also detained three people for questioning in Redwani village of Kulgam district sparking protests and clashes in the area. Three people were detained following the information given by Pakistani militant Mohammad Naveed alias Usman, captured alive after Udhampur terror attack, during interrogation to NIA.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All of them are being questioned at an undisclosed location. Sources said the agency is trying to corroborate the information given by Usman and gather more details about the plans of the militants. Clashes broke out in the area after the news of the three being taken into custody spread in the locality.The probe agency on Friday stated that Qasim, had arranged logistics for the four Pakistani militants who later on carried out an attack on a BSF convoy on August 5. The logistics, according to the NIA, go beyond accommodation, food and transportation for the militants. NIA officials told dna that Qasim might as well be one of the masterminds of the Udhampur attack as it has come to fore that he was responsible for arranging resources, identifying targets and arranging transport . “The driver must have been briefed by Qasim, especially in the area of identifying targets,” said an NIA official.The driver was identified as Khursheed Ahmed alias ‘Surya’, who is said to be an overground operative of the LeT. Khursheed, 35, is a resident of Awantipura in south Kashmir, the region in which Qasim is believed to be operating as a ‘commander’ of the LeT .Officials said that Naved was ferried to Jammu on two occasion, including on August four, a day before he and his accomplice Mohammed Noman alias Momin ambushed a BSF bus, killing two of its personnel. Naved later tried to take three hostages who overpowered him and handed him to the police.According to officials Khursheed had taken Naved and his accomplice to Jammu on July 20 on a reconnaissance mission during which the timings of convoys of BSF and army were marked. The agency now believes that Qasim might have briefed the militants as well as the driver before launching the attack.Qasim, aged 27-28 years, is believed to be a resident of Bawalpur in Pakistan. NIA declared cash reward of Rs10 lakhs for arrest of Qasim who photograph has been obtained by the agency. The driver meanwhile will be produced before the Special NIA judge in Jammu for obtaining his police custody for further investigation. Khursheed has already served a prison term of two-and-a-half years on charges of smuggling narcotics.

5 NSCN-K militants involved in Manipur ambush on army held

Special teams which were tasked to investigate the incident said they were able to establish the identity of the perpetrators.

Special teams which were tasked to investigate the incident said they were able to establish the identity of the perpetrators.

The army have arrested five insurgents of NSCN (Khaplang) involved in the June 4 ambush of a military convoy in Manipur’s Chandel district which killed 18 armed forces personnel, sources said on Thursday. “Five members of the ambush team have been caught and the search for the remaining killers is on. All the above apprehended are being handed over to NIA for further investigation,” an Army source said.After the ambush, the worst such attack on the Army in two decades, special teams were tasked to investigate the incident and crucial evidences were found, the sources said adding that they were able to establish the identity of the perpetrators.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Based on inputs, the army established a vehicle check post in Utlou area of Bishnupur district and apprehended 22-year-old NSCN (K) cadre S S Pte Giftson yesterday, they said. The source claimed that he revealed about his involvement in the ambush against 6 DOGRA regiment at Paraolon village and gave further information about the movement of his fellow team members.Another operation was launched yesterday and one more NSCN (K) cadre involved in the ambush was held from Kakching Lamkhai yesterday. The apprehended was identified as H Bojesh Monsang, 24, a resident of Chandel district.On July 19 also, Mayanglangbam Manglemba alias Touthing Ngangba of NSCN-K was nabbed from Tuisimi village in the state.On June 4, a team of 6 Dogra Regiment was on a road opening patrol (ROP) as part of its daily routine along Tengnoupal-New Samtal road, about 80 km from Imphal, when it was attacked with a powerful Improvised Explosive Device. After the IED blast, the insurgents had resorted to heavy firing at the convoy of four army vehicles with RPGs and automatic weapons.Based on his information given by Mayanglangbam Manglemba, alias Touthing Ngangba, intelligence teams of army carried out further search for the remaining members of the ambush team after which Chingkhiurei Gangmei was apprehended at Tamenglong on August 4. In between, another cadre Rajanglung was also arrested, the sources said. In June, National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested a key member of NSCN-K for allegedly being a part of the conspiracy.Hitting back after the June 4 ambush, Indian army commandos had carried out what was claimed to be surgical strikes, hitting two camps of insurgents at two locations along Nagaland and Manipur borders with Myanmmar, inflicting serious damage on the ultras.NSCN (K), which reneged from a ceasefire in March, has been involved in a series of attacks in tandem with some other militant groups under the banner of an umbrella group ‘United Liberation Front of South East Asia’.

Gujarat police detains two suspects who resemble sketches of people released by NIA yesterday

The sketches were made on the basis of interrogation of arrested terrorist Naved. The two terrorists were named Zargham alias Mohammad Bhai and Abu Okasha by the NIA.

Sketches of the two terrorists released by NIA on Tuesday.

The Gujarat police on Wednesday nabbed two terror suspects from Jammu and Kashmir who were planning to enter Maharashtra through Tapi district, one of whom resembled the sketch of absconding accomplices of Pakistani terrorist Naved Yakub issued by NIA, a police officer said. The two were held at Songadh check-post on Gujarat- Maharashtra border in Tapi district of Gujarat by special operations group and handed over to the state Anti-Terrorism Squad.”Two suspects who belong to Kashmir have been detained from Tapi District. Face and features of one of them are similar to a person in sketches of two suspects released by the NIA recently,” said the superintendent of police, Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad, Himanshu Shukla.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, Shukla added, “So far there is nothing to say that they are terrorists. Till now we can say there is no material to say that they are involved in terrorist activities.” NIA issued sketches on Tuesday of two absconding accomplices of Naved Yakub who was captured after the Udhampur attack. Shukla said the two arrested men would be brought to Ahmedabad for interrogation.The NIA has declared a reward of Rs 5 lakh each for Zarghan alias Mohammed Bhai, aged about 38-40 years, and Abu Okasha, aged about 17-18 years, who were suspected to be involved alongwith Naved in the attack on BSF convoy in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.Two BSF personnels were killed in the attack. Superintendent of police, Tapi district, M K Nayak had said earlier that the two were captured only on suspicion.

Captured terrorist Mohammed Naved AKA Usman admits he is from Pakistan

Captured Pakistani terrorist Naved alias Usman Khan was subjected to lie detector test on Tuesday after he had made ‘contradictory and misleading’ statements about his Indian contacts and the route taken by his group to infiltrate India.

According to various media reports, Mohammed Naved, who is also known as Usman, has admitted that he is from Pakistan during a polygraph test. He also claimed to have been trained at an LeT camp and also admitted he had been asked to target security forces in India. Captured Pakistani terrorist Naved alias Usman Khan was subjected to lie detector test on Tuesday after he had made ‘contradictory and misleading’ statements about his Indian contacts and the route taken by his group to infiltrate India. Pursuant to a Delhi court order, Usman was brought to central forensic science laboratory (CFSL) under tight security and kept in isolation for some time before being subjected to the polygraph test. Officials from various security and intelligence agencies were present during the test. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a related development, NIA released two sketches of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists, who were claimed to have infiltrated Jammu and Kashmir’s Gulmarg sector with Usman. The anti-terror agency also announced a cash reward of Rs five lakh to anyone providing information leading to their arrest. The two have been identified as Zarghan alias Mohammed Bhai, aged about 38-40 years, and Abu Okasha, around 17-18 years. During the test for which Usman had given written consent, he is believed to have been questioned about how many people were with him when the group infiltrated J&K and people he had met and lived with during his two-month stay in the state. Sources in the NIA said Usman had been giving conflicting statements about the strength of the group and the route taken by it to sneak into India, besides those with whom he came into contact in J&K. He had also given wrong information about the number plate of the vehicle that carried him and accomplice Noman to ‘Tamatar Modh’ on Jammu-Srinagar highway on August 4.
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Udhampur attack: Captured Pakistan terrorist Naved subjected to lie detector test

In a related development, NIA on Tuesday released two sketches of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists, who were claimed to have infiltrated Jammu and Kashmir’s Gulmarg sector with Naved.

Sources in the NIA said Naved had been giving conflicting statements about the strength of the group and the route taken by it to sneak into India.
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Captured Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Naved Yakub was subjected to lie detector test on Tuesday after he had made ‘contradictory and misleading’ statements about his Indian contacts and the route taken by his group to infiltrate India. Pursuant to a Delhi court order, he was brought to Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) this morning under tight security and kept in isolation for some time before being subjected to the polygraph test.Official sources said officials from various security and intelligence agencies including the Intelligence Bureau were present during the test, whose detailed analysis is awaited. In a related development, NIA on Tuesday released two sketches of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists, who were claimed to have infiltrated Jammu and Kashmir’s Gulmarg sector with Naved. The anti-terror agency also announced a cash reward of Rs five lakh to anyone providing information leading to their arrest. The two have been identified as Zarghan alias Mohammed Bhai, aged about 38-40 years, and Abu Okasha, around 17-18 years old.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During the test for which Naved had given written consent, he is believed to have been questioned about how many people were with him when the group infiltrated Jammu and Kashmir and people he had met and lived with during his two-month stay in the state. Sources in the NIA said Naved had been giving conflicting statements about the strength of the group and the route taken by it to sneak into India, besides those with whom he came into contact in J&K. He had also given wrong information about the number plate of the vehicle that carried him and accomplice Noman to ‘Tamatar Modh’ on Jammu-Srinagar highway on August 4, lest it would expose those helping LeT.The NIA also took DNA and voice samples of Naved who was overpowered by the locals following the attack on a BSF bus in Udhampur district of Jammu on August five that left its two personnel dead. His accomplice Mohammed Noman alias Momin was killed in retaliatory firing by the BSF.NIA sources said collecting the DNA samples of the militant from Faisalabad in Pakistan could help in proving his nationality. Islamabad has been insisting that Naved is not a Pakistani national. Before being brought from Jammu last weekend, Naved, in his 20s, was confronted with other militants from Faisalabad lodged in various jails and his interrogators concluded he was not lying about where he hailed from.

NIA issues sketches of Pakistani terrorists who accompanied Naved, Rs 5 lakh reward announced

New Delhi: National Investigation Agency has issued sketches of two absconding accomplices of Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Naved Yakub, who was captured after the Udhampur attack, and announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh to anyone providing information leading to their arrest.

The NIA said it has declared the reward of Rs 5 lakh each for Zarghan alias Mohammed Bhai aged about 38-40 years and Abu Okasha aged about 17-18 years.

Sketches of Udhampur terrorist attack suspects Abu Okasha (R) and Zargham alias Mohammadd Bhai, residents of Hazara Khyber, Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. PTISketches of Udhampur terrorist attack suspects Abu Okasha (R) and Zargham alias Mohammadd Bhai, residents of Hazara Khyber, Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. PTI

Sketches of Udhampur terrorist attack suspects Abu Okasha (R) and Zargham alias Mohammadd Bhai, residents of Hazara Khyber, Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. PTI

“These accused persons are accomplices of Mohammed Naved alias Usma who was caught alive and accused of attacking a BSF convoy in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2015.

“They have crossed over into the Indian territory with the intention to commit terrorist attack. They are wanted in NIA case,” the NIA said.

The agency said any person from public, who will give any fruitful, reliable information about the whereabouts of these terrorists leading to their arrest will be rewarded and their identities will be kept secret.

Naved was the caught after the Udhampur attack in which two BSF personnel were killed.

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Pakistan lodges protest over bail to Samjhauta blast accused Aseemanand

Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad and lodged a protest over the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) decision not to oppose bail to Swami Aseemanand, an accused in the case of the 2007 Samjhauta blasts in which 42 Pakistanis were among 68 killed.

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Foreign Office (FO) said that Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh met the Director General (SA& SAARC), who lodged a protest against the decision of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to not oppose the bail granted to Aseemanand on “Special Leave Permission”.

“The Government of Pakistan has serious reservations on the efficiency of the Court in processing and disposal of cases regarding terrorism, especially those involving deaths of Pakistani citizens,” the foreign office said.

It said Pakistan expects India to take steps to bring to justice all those involved in the heinous act of terrorism on the Samjhauta Express, in which 42 Pakistani citizens were killed.

The Samjhauta Express, the only rail link between India and Pakistan, was bombed in February, 2007.

Four Improvised Explosive Devices were planted on the Samjhauta Express, a twice-weekly train service connecting Delhi, India, and Lahore, Pakistan on 18 February, 2007, in which 68 lives were lost.

The NIA decided not to oppose the conditional bail to Assemanand as it did not find any grounds for it, Minister of
State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary had informed the Lok Sabha earlier this week.

However, Aseemanand, 78, remains in jail in Haryana in connection with two other terror cases.

Pakistan action comes ahead of the talks between the National Security Advisors on 23 August on terror-related issues and is an indication of Islamabad’s plan to rake up issues like 2007 Samjhauta Express bombings.

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Udhampur attack: NIA takes captured militant Naved to Delhi for interrogation

On August 11, a special court in Jammu handed over Naved’s custody to the central agency for 14 days.

On August 11, a special court in Jammu handed over Naved’s custody to the central agency for 14 days.

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The captured Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Naved Yakub was today taken to New Delhi from Jammu for further questioning. Naved was shifted to Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC) in Miran Sahib in Jammu and taken to New Delhi today by NIA team, police sources on Thursday. NIA chief Sharad Kumar yesterday flew to Jammu to interrogate LeT’s Pakistani militant Naved, who was captured during an attack on a BSF bus last week. Soon after arriving here at 1130 hours, Kumar reached the Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC) at Miran Sahib on the outskirts of the city where he interrogated the militant, sources said. At 1310 hours, he left for Udhampur district that left two BSF personnel and a terrorist dead. Kumar also visited Udhampur where terror attack took place on Wednesday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He held meeting of police officers of Udhampur at Sheri Kashmir Police Academy, inspected the bus which was fired upon by the militants and personally spoke with the injured BSF jawans at military hospital in Udhampur yesterday. He also met some people connected with case. He also reported to have met army officers at Northern Command.In a reply to reporters’ question while he was leaving from JIC at Miran sahib, Kumar said he had come to “ascertain the facts and review the case personally”.Sources in the agency, which had sought Naved’s custody for further investigation, had yesterday said that he could be sent to Delhi for further questioning. The anti-terror agency chief also held a meeting with NIA officers to review the case here and discussed the detention of several people in Kashmir Valley in connection with the matter. NIA and J&K Police have been questioning nearly 11 people detained after Naved was caught by some villagers whom he had taken hostage. “It’s a very important case for us and the entire probe is being done in a scientific manner,” Kumar had said.On August 11, a special court in Jammu handed over Naved’s custody to the central agency for 14 days.Naved was also taken to all the places in Kashmir that he had mentioned during interrogation after he was overpowered by two of the three villagers he had taken as hostages. Naved along with another terrorist Noman had ambushed a BSF convoy killing two constables. Noman was killed in a retaliatory fire.NIA has expressed unhappiness over leak of interrogation reports to the media, which has created hurdles in reaching to some of the vital and important people linked with the August 5 Udhampur terror attack, police officials said.

Udhampur attack: NIA officials say enough proof to link Naved with ISI, Pakistan

NIA officials also said that Naved revealed his links to the Pakistan’s Inter-Services-Intelligence.

NIA officials also said that Naved revealed his links to the Pakistan’s Inter-Services-Intelligence.

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AFter Pakistan’s vehement denial that lone captured Udhampur attacker Mohammed Naved was not its citizen, the NIA has said that they have enough evidence to show that Lashkar militant had links with the neighbouring state, reports CNN-IBN.NIA officials also said that Naved revealed his links to the Pakistan’s Inter-Services-Intelligence.Naved was brought to Delhi for a thorough interrogation by the NIA. The NIA had jointly grilled the Naved along with the Jammu and Kashmir police. The NIA Director-General had earlier said to CNN-IBN that the Udhampur attack was an ‘open and shut case'<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan had earlier said that Naved was not listed in their citizens’ database. The proposed NSA meet between Pakistan’s Sartaj Aziz and India’s Ajit Doval too had hung in balance over the allegations of the neighbouring nation’s hand in Udhampur and Gurdaspur attack. Sartaj Aziz said that he would be present for the meeting, though Indiais yet to receive official confirmation.Naved along with another terrorist Noman had ambushed a BSF convoy killing two constables. Noman was killed in a retaliatory fire.

2007 Samjhauta blasts case: Opposition slams govt for decision not to appeal Aseemanand bail

The decision not to oppose the bail granted to Swami Assemanand chargesheeted in 2007 Samjhauta blast case was slammed by opposition parties on Wednesday with NC leader Omar Abdullah asking how this was different from Pakistan justifying bail for Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.

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The decision not to oppose the bail granted to Swami Assemanand chargesheeted in 2007 Samjhauta blast case was slammed by opposition parties on Wednesday with NC leader Omar Abdullah asking how this was different from Pakistan justifying bail for Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.”How is the Indian justification of bail for #Aseemanand any different from the Pakistani justification of bail for #Lakhvi?,” Omar, the leader of National Conference and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, wrote on micro blogging site Twitter.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Parliament was informed by the Government yesterday that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has decided not to oppose the conditional bail granted to Assemanand as it did not find any grounds for it.Lakhvi, a LeT terrorist and the Mumbai attack mastermind, was granted bail by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan early this year, in a decision that was slammed by India. The NIA decision was also slammed by the CPI-M.”He(Aseemanand) is accused in the Samjhauta train Blast case. It was a major terrorist attack in our country. After the coming of this(NDA) government, the various terrorist cases in which Hindutva extremists are involved, attempts are being made to end all cases like that. And the attempt to not appeal against the bail is also an indication to that,” CPI-M leader Prakash Karat said.

Udhampur attack: India to request Pakistan for information on terrorist Mohammed Naveed, says report

Naveed Yakub was on Wednesday remanded to NIA custody for 14 days by a court in Jammu to enable the probe agency to identify other culprits involved in the Udhampur terror attack.

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India will likely request Pakistan for more information on LeT’s Pakistani militant Mohammed Naveed Yakub aka Usman, who was captured after Wednesday’s attack on a BSF convoy in Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir last week.”The National investigation Agency will write a letter to Pakistan to provide more information on Naveed’s activities,” reported NDTV, quoting sources.Naveed, who hails from Faisalabad, had told investigators that he had come to attack and avenge the atrocities inflicted on the Kashmiris. The report also said that the investigation agency will request other countries for details of Naveed’s VoIP calls, messages on Viber and WhatsApp under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Naveed Yakub was on Wednesday remanded to NIA custody for 14 days by a court in Jammu to enable the probe agency to identify other culprits involved in the Udhampur terror attack. NIA chief Sharad Kumar will personally interrogate Naveed Yakub.Meanwhile, a truck driver, who ferried him along with his accomplice Mohammed Noman alias Momin to Udhampur, and a businessman who is alleged to have paid Rs.5 lakh to Naveed and his handler, have been missing and a manhunt has been launched to nab them.His accomplice Noman was killed in retaliatory firing by BSF during the terror attack.After undergoing two modules of training with LeT, Naveed is reportedly perceived to be a hardened militant who is trying to confuse his interrogators, a tactic apparently aimed at buying time for his other accomplices in the terror network to allow them to slip away.

2007 Samjhauta blasts case: NIA not to challenge bail for Aseemanand in SC, says govt

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has decided not to oppose the conditional bail granted to Swami Aseemanand, chargesheeted in the 2007 Samjhauta blast case, as it did not find any grounds for it.

Swami Aseemanand

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has decided not to oppose the conditional bail granted to Swami Aseemanand, chargesheeted in the 2007 Samjhauta blast case, as it did not find any grounds for it.This was stated by Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in Lok Sabha while replying to a written question by Asaduddin Owaisi of All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM).The Government has also declined to grant permission to challenge a bail order granted to two other accused in Mecca Masjid blasts case–Devender Gupta and Lokesh Sharma– on the “grounds of parity” since bail had been granted to Bharat Mohal Lal and Tejaram Parmar which had not been challenged by the prosecution.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, the Minister made it clear that both the accused were in jail as they were accused in other cases wherein they have been denied bail.On Swami Aseemanand, whose actual name is Naba Kumar Sarkar, the Minister said he continues to remain in jail as he “could not comply with the conditions of bail specified” in the order of Punjab and Haryana High Court last August.The certified copy of the said order was issued by the court only on May 1, 2015. “The NIA examined the feasibility of filing a Special Leave Petition and decided that there were no grounds to challenge the order in Supreme Court,” the Minister said.Four Improvised Explosive Devices were planted on Samjhauta Express, the only rail link between India and Pakistan, on February 18, 2007, in which 68 lives were lost.NIA has come under sharp criticism from political parties including Congress and has been accused of failure to carry on investigations in all terror cases in which right-wing groups have been associated.Special Public Prosecutor in Malegaon 2008 case Rohini Salian was said to have been eased out of the job after her claims that NIA was pressurising her to go soft on accused which included Sadhvi Pragya and Col Srikant Purohit. However, the NIA has denied her charge.In a related development, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Supreme Court today in which a plea has been made seeking an appropriate “writ, direction or order appointing an advocate of eminence and reputation having high standards of integrity as the Special Public Prosecutor for conducting the trial in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case”.Seeking a court-monitored investigation into the case, the PIL also wanted a direction to the CBI for registering a case against NIA officials and “their political masters” on whose instructions they were “pressurising” Salian to go soft on the accused.

Udhampur Attack: Two more arrested in connection with terrorist plot

The missing links in the case are the Lashkar-e-taiba (LeT) commanders Abu Qasim, LeT militant Dujana and a Srinagar based businessman who allegedly paid Rs. 5 lakhs to Lashkar-e-Taiba.

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Two more people have been arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the Udhampur attack that took place in Jammu and Kashmir on August 6. One of the men arrested is the truck driver (name undeclared) who transported Mohammad Naveed aka Usman and other militants to Udhampur in a truck with the license plate JK13-2586.The other person is an over ground worker named Fayaz Ahamed who is a welder, hailing from South Kashmir. Fayaz was arrested from Kulgam for allegedly giving Shelter to Usman. NIA has almost connected all the dots in the case. The missing links are the Lashkar-e-taiba (LeT) commanders Abu Qasim, LeT militant Dujana and a Srinagar based businessman who allegedly paid Rs. 5 lakhs to Lashkar-e-Taiba.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Late evening on Friday, Usman was taken from Jammu by road under tight security with SSP and DIG rank officers. They stopped at Tamatar Morh where Usman said he and his associate Nouman spent the night in a truck during his stay in Kashmir. He was then taken to Kulgam to identify the person who gave him shelter. It’s still unclear if the arrests were made during Usman’s ‘tour’. Sources say that Usman might be handed over to the NIA with case diary as well as the arms and ammunition recovered from him. Currently, he is being held at the interrogation centre in Srinagar under high security. The NIA team headed by Inspector General Sanjeev Kumar Singh reached Udhampur on Thursday. Usman will be taken to Delhi in the coming week, a source said. Before this, he will be taken to the places he mentioned he had lived in during his 45 days stay in Kashmir, including Baba Reshi, Gulmarg , Khrew, Pulwama and Kakapora to identify hideouts and the people who supported the Lashkar cadre in Kashmir.

Delhi court to hear Abu Jundal case via video conferencing

“I am of the considered view that the application of NIA deserves to be allowed. I, therefore, allow the application of NIA under section 273 of the CrPC for commencing the trial through video conferencing,” district judge Amar Nath said.

Abu Jundal

A Delhi court on Thursday allowed a National Investigation Agency (NIA) plea, requesting it to conduct proceedings in a case against suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal through video conferencing.The decision was taken after the NIA last month informed the trial court about the apprehensions of the Maharashtra government that Jundal might be assassinated by “rival groups” while being transporter from jail to the court. Jundal is currently lodged in Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I am of the considered view that the application of NIA deserves to be allowed. I, therefore, allow the application of NIA under section 273 of the CrPC for commencing the trial through video conferencing,” district judge Amar Nath said.The trial court referred to an order by the Bombay High Court, which had dismissed Jundal’s plea against the 2013 resolution passed by the Maharashtra government after Mumbai police commissioner had informed the dispensation of a threat to Jundal’s life.The plea was opposed by Jundal’s counsel MS Khan, who had argued that it was premature for the trial to be conducted through video conferencing. Khan also maintained that his defence would be affected.The court, however, rejected Khan’s plea and said that its order be sent to the superintendent of Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail in order to make necessary arrangements for the video conferencing on the next date of hearing on September 24.Referring to the resolution, the NIA urged the court to exclude personal appearance of accused Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari after taking into consideration the request of the Mumbai police commissioner for the same due to the possibility of assassination bid on him by a rival group or a bid to kidnap him.Jundal is alleged to be one of the masterminds of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. The court is scheduled to hear arguments on framing of charges against him for allegedly attempting to recruit men through the Internet to carry out the attack. Jundal is also facing trial in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, filed under the provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.

Udhampur attack: Jammu and Kashmir govt sanctions prosecution of Naved; DM says he was backed by Pak’s ISI

“It has been established beyond reasonable doubt that an offence of criminal conspiracy has been committed by the terrorist which attracts the provisions of sections 121 and 121-A RPC. Sanction is hereby accorded as per the provisions of section 196 CrPC for prosecution in the court of law following due procedure established under law,” the DM said in a prosecution order on Thursday.

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The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday gave prosecution sanction against captured Pakistani militant Mohammed Naved for waging war against the country. District Magistrate of Udhampur, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, said the Pakistani national has been booked under Section 121 of RPC (waging war against the country) among other sections. “It has been established beyond reasonable doubt that an offence of criminal conspiracy has been committed by the terrorist which attracts the provisions of sections 121 and 121-A RPC. Sanction is hereby accorded as per the provisions of section 196 CrPC for prosecution in the court of law following due procedure established under law,” the DM said in a prosecution order on Thursday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While section 121 of Ranbir Penal Code is waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India, section 121-A is conspiracy to commit offences punishable by section 121.Section 196 of CrPc deals with prosecution for offences against the state and for criminal conspiracy to commit such offence. Constable Rocky and Constable Sudhendu Roy laid down their lives while fighting terrorists during an attack on BSF convoy on Jammu-Srinagar national highway at Samroli belt in Udhampur district yesterday. Not only they killed a terrorist but also saved lives of their fellow jawans. Two BSF jawans lost their lives and 13 others got injured in the attack. The captured Pakistani militant was part of the attack.Meanwhile, a high-level team of National Investigation Agency (NIA), which arrived here yesterday, interrogated the terrorist for the whole day in Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC) at Miran sahib in Jammu today. The terrorist has said that he had undergone training in two different modules with Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group.NIA team later shifted him to some unknown destination this evening. A case under section 120/120-B/307/302/RPC, 7/25 Arms Act, 15/16 unlawful activities prevention Act is registered at police station Chenani, the DM said. In the preliminary investigation, it was found that the terrorists were trained ‘fidayeens’ and backed by Pakistan’s ISI, he said. “During the course of preliminary investigation, it transpired that the terrorists involved in the attack are trained fidayeens and backed by Pakistan’s ISI in order to wage war against the Government of India. The act committed by the terrorists attracts the provisions of section 121 and 121-A/RPC apart from other provisions of Law,” he said.”This satisfies the legal requirement as laid down in Sub-Section 3 of Section 196 CrPC requiring a preliminary investigation before grant of prosecution sanction by the district magistrate,” he added.

Udhampur attack mastermind Abu Qasim carried out similar attacks in the past: Jammu and Kashmir Police

Jammu: A south Kashmir-based Lashkar-e-Taiba commander, Abu Qasim, who masterminded the attack on an army convey in which eight Indian army soldiers were killed in June 2013, is allegedly the mastermind of Wednesday’s attack in Udhampur, that left two BSF soldiers dead and 10 others injured. Eight soldiers were killed and 16 others injured when two militants attacked an army convoy on 24 June, 2013 near Hyderpora on the city’s outskirts, a day before former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi were to visit the troubled region.

Abu Qasim, Lashkar-e-Taiba’s divisional commander for south Kashmir, is believed to be operating in the forests of Kulgam and Shopian, and has carried out similar attacks in the past, according to intelligence sources. The Jammu and Kashmir Police has announced a bounty on his head.

Mohammad Naved, the militant who was captured in Udhampur on Wednesday. PTI

Mohammad Naved, the militant who was captured in Udhampur on Wednesday. PTI

Mohammad Naved has reportedly told investigators in Udhampur that they met Pakistani national Qasim in south Kashmir’s Kulgam forests, where they were instructed to board a truck and proceed towards Jammu. The police had earlier said the terrorists belonged to Pakistan’s Faisalabad area, and had sneaked into Jammu and Kashmir around 12 days ago.

According to sources, Naved — allegedly Pakistani, although the country has denied the claim — who along with Mohammad Nomen, the terrorist who was killed in the attack, had first crossed the LoC in Kupwara, but returned to their launchpad in PoK after their contact failed to receive them. Finally, according to sources in intelligence agencies, Naved and three others infiltrated from Uri in north Kashmir, and travelled to the Kulgam area where Qasim received them.

“They must have stayed in the forest areas of Kulgam before boarding a truck heading to Jammu. But primary information suggests that the two attackers stayed in the tourist resort area of Patnitop, before launching the attack on Wednesday,” sources said and added, “The truck driver must have dropped them a kilometre from Narsunala, the site of the attack.”

Naved was captured in Chirdi village by local residents when he took two locals hostage. When he was caught, he denied belonging to any terror outfit, and later told villagers that he “enjoyed killing Hindus”.

“I am from Pakistan and my partner was killed in the firing but I escaped. Had I been killed, it would have been Allah’s doing. There is fun in doing this … I came to kill Hindus,” Naved had said.

A five-member National Investigation Agency (NIA) team from Delhi has already arrived in Jammu to question him. The NIA will be taking over the investigation of the Udhampur terror attack.

During the course of his interrogation, Naved also revealed that he was part of a four-member group that sneaked into the Kashmir Valley. After Nomen was killed during the attack, Naved had tried to escape to more densely populated civilian areas.

Beware! NIA may snoop on you personal chat for terror links

According to NIA officials, terrorists have long changed their modus operandi.

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In order to keep a tab on the increasing menace of radicalisation of youth by terrorist organisations through social media and other online platforms, National Investigation Agency (NIA) has formed a special cell. According to a report published in a leading daily, the special cell is equipped with state of the art software tools to single out conversations in online chatter, which may be specially significant from terrorism or radicalisation point of view. Until now, only intelligence agencies like the Research and Analysis Wing (RA&W) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) were in possession of such tool. But now NIA is also armed with similar surveillance software. It has been a long standing demand of the agency to cultivate its own intelligence capabilities so that it can generate information regarding its ongoing investigations. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of Indians left to fight for ISIS after getting radicalised through social media. One of the most vocal proponents of ISIS in the digital space, Shami Witness was found out to be a guy working in a software company in Bengaluru. Earlier too there have been several instances where Indian Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba have used the internet to attract youth cadres in their ranks. Thus, NIA is looking to keep a tab on such conversations but in the process personal privacy will unfortunately be a cruel martyr. According to NIA officials, terrorists have long changed their modus operandi. They no longer operate using phones and are often taking recourse in online mediums to pass on their information. Hence, NIA is looking to up the ante so that they can beat terrorists at their own game. However, terrorists are also no longer merely using plain messages. Often highly encrypted messages are passed, cryptic codes exchanged. So analysing the data to reach to the proper conclusion is the most key element. It is like obtaining a needle from a haystack and NIA is hoping that it will be able to get lucky on occasions to aid their investigations.

NIA files charge sheet against 26 NDFB(S) militants

The NIA had filed a charge sheet at Special NIA Court, Guwahati yesterday against four NDFB(S) militants in the case where they have been accused of killing six persons in Hatijuli and Shantipur villages under Dhekiajuli police station in Sonitpur district, he said.

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NIA has filed charge sheet in five cases this month against 26 NDFB(S) militants accused in the killing of tribal villagers and members of the minority community in three Assam districts last year. The agency has filed three chargesheets against 18 militants of the outlawed outfit accused of killing 41 tribal villagers in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts in December last, a senior NIA official here said. A supplementary charge sheet was filed against six militants along with two others in a separate case this month, in addition to the one filed against two militants in October last year for their alleged involvement in the killing of 39 members of the minority community in Baksa district in May last year, the official said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA had filed a charge sheet at Special NIA Court, Guwahati yesterday against four NDFB(S) militants in the case where they have been accused of killing six persons in Hatijuli and Shantipur villages under Dhekiajuli police station in Sonitpur district, he said. The charge sheet was filed against the outfit’s ‘assistant organising secretary’ Sanju Bordoloi alias Sibigiri, who was arrested in Bangalore early this year, ‘commanding officer’ of the outfit’s third battalion Ajoy Basumatary, ‘deputy commanding officer’ Nitul Daimary and Bishnu Narzary.The NIA would continue with further investigation into the case, he added. The NIA had filed a charge sheet on July 3 against 10 militants accused of killing 10 persons in Pakhiriguri village of Kokrajhar district in December last year, the official said. The charge sheets were filed against Milan Mushahary, Swmkhar Brahma, Bullet Basumatary, Ganda Basumatary, Bina Basumatary, Jayanto Mushahry, Gautam Mahalia, Khanda Daimary and Dwithai Basumatary. The investigation agency had filed yet another charge sheet on July 13 against four NDFB(S)militants accused of killing 30 adivasi/santhal villagers at Sonajuli village of Sonitpur district in December last year, he said.The chargesheeted militants are the self-styled ‘commanding officer’ of the outfit’s 3rd Battalion Ajay Basumatary, ‘assistant forest secretary’ Dilip Basumatary, Nitul Daimary and Khamrei Basumatary. The NIA had registered five cases related to the December 23, 2014 killings by NDFB(S) in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts, of which chargesheets have been submitted in three cases against the 18 militants. Efforts are on to complete the investigation in a timely manner, the official added.The NIA has also filed chargesheets on July 15 against six militants in two cases related to killing 39 members of the minority community on May 1, 2014. In the first case, the charge sheet was filed against two militants – Bikunash Narzary and Swmkwr Basumatary – accused of killing three persons at Narsingbari village of Baksa district. A supplementary charge sheet was filed on July 15 against six others accused of killing 36 villagers and burning houses at Khagrabari village in Baksa district. In the same case a charge sheet was filed against four militants on October 31, 2014 and their trial was under progress in the Special NIA Court, Guwahati.The NIA would continue further investigation in both the cases as some hardcore NDFB(S) militants are yet to be apprehended, the official added.

Azamgarh on intelligence agencies’ radar again

Azamgarh, once controversially dubbed as a ‘factory of terrorists’, is on the radar of the Central intelligence agencies once again. The trigger is the news of Mohammad Sajid alias ‘Bada Sajid’, who was on the ‘most wanted’ list of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), being killed in Syria while fighting for the ISIS there.Sajid had masterminded the serial blasts in Delhi, Jaipur and Ahmedabad in 2008. NIA had declared a reward of Rs 10 lakh for information on Sajid’s whereabouts. His younger brother Chhota Sajid had been killed along with another youth in a police encounter in the well-known Batla House encounter in Delhi on September 19, 2008.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives — Mohammad Saif and Zeeshan — were arrested while a fourth accused Ariz Khan had escaped. All these youngsters, suspected to be IM operatives, were from Azamgarh. For a long time after the Batla encounter, Azamgarh had virtually become a political battlefield.After the latest development, the intelligence agencies are learnt to have quickened their search for seven other suspected hardcore terrorists on NIA’s ‘most wanted’, all hailing from Azamgarh, four of whom carry a reward of Rs 10 lakh.“We are definitely in touch with Central agencies to find out more about Sajid’s death in Syria,” says Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) IG Ram Kumar. Efforts are on to find who all he was in touch with, he adds. However, he says the ATS is looking at the entire state to ascertain these contacts and not only Azamgarh.The question before intelligence agencies is whether these IM operatives are working as recruiters for ISIS fighters and sending them to Iraq and Syria to participate in the civil war going on there. The focus is on Azamgarh considering the past track record.Sources say surveillance on a large number of telephones and mobiles of Azamgarh has already been started and efforts are on to find out who all have been in contact with people in Syria and Iraq since the ISIS started its bloody campaign to usurp power.

Manipur ambush: NIA arrests key member of insurgent group NSCN-K

New Delhi: National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a key member of Naga insurgent group NSCN-K for allegedly being a part of conspiracy to carry out the 4 June ambush that killed 18 army men in Manipur, in the first breakthrough in the probe into the incident.

NIA arrested a key member of NSCN-K for the Manipur ambush. AFP

NIA arrested a key member of NSCN-K for the Manipur ambush. AFP

Khumlo Abi Anal, 40, the self-styled ‘Regional Commander’ of NSCN-K, is alleged to be a part of the conspiracy that was hatched to carry out the attack on army men at Chandel area of Manipur on June four, NIA said.

The accused has been produced before Special Judge, NIA, who remanded him to the agency’s custody till July seven.

This is the first breakthrough achieved by NIA which was handed over the probe in the case within a couple of days of the attack. The investigating agency had deputed a team of experts, led by a Deputy Inspector General, to the spot.

About Anal, the officials said that after the attack, he got himself arrested in a different case to evade his role in the June four killings.

However, during investigation, his role started surfacing after which he was he was subjected to sustained questioning by NIA sleuths. He finally broke down and has reportedly admitted to being part of the conspiracy, they said.

Giving details about the investigations, NIA officials said that 23 NSCN-K members participated in the attack, including the two killed who were killed in the incident. Out of the remaining 21, NIA has been able to identify 14 NSCN-K cadre members who had carried out the ambush.

The militants had come in three groups and carried out the attack, they said.

During the investigations, NIA examined several surrendered militants of NSCN-K who also helped them identify many of the accused in the case.

In a retaliatory attack claimed to be surgical strikes, Indian army commandos had hit two camps of insurgents at two locations along Nagaland and Manipur borders with Myanmmar, inflicting serious damage on insurgents.

After the 4 June attack, Army had carried out surgical strikes on NSCN-K camps located along the Indo-Myanmar border.

It was noticed that insurgents would sneak in from across the border to carry out their strikes and then return there, they said.

NSCN(K), which reneged from a ceasefire in March, has been involved in a series of attacks in tandem with some other militant groups under the banner of ‘United Liberation Front of South East Asia’.

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NIA arrests key member of insurgent group NSCN-K in connection with Manipur ambush

New Delhi: National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a key member of Naga insurgent group NSCN-K for allegedly being a part of conspiracy to carry out the 4 June ambush that killed 18 army men in Manipur, in the first breakthrough in the probe into the incident.

NIA arrested a key member of NSCN-K for the Manipur ambush. AFP

NIA arrested a key member of NSCN-K for the Manipur ambush. AFP

Khumlo Abi Anal, 40, the self-styled ‘Regional Commander’ of NSCN-K, is alleged to be a part of the conspiracy that was hatched to carry out the attack on army men at Chandel area of Manipur on June four, NIA said.

The accused has been produced before Special Judge, NIA, who remanded him to the agency’s custody till July seven.

This is the first breakthrough achieved by NIA which was handed over the probe in the case within a couple of days of the attack. The investigating agency had deputed a team of experts, led by a Deputy Inspector General, to the spot.

About Anal, the officials said that after the attack, he got himself arrested in a different case to evade his role in the June four killings.

However, during investigation, his role started surfacing after which he was he was subjected to sustained questioning by NIA sleuths. He finally broke down and has reportedly admitted to being part of the conspiracy, they said.

Giving details about the investigations, NIA officials said that 23 NSCN-K members participated in the attack, including the two killed who were killed in the incident. Out of the remaining 21, NIA has been able to identify 14 NSCN-K cadre members who had carried out the ambush.

The militants had come in three groups and carried out the attack, they said.

During the investigations, NIA examined several surrendered militants of NSCN-K who also helped them identify many of the accused in the case.

In a retaliatory attack claimed to be surgical strikes, Indian army commandos had hit two camps of insurgents at two locations along Nagaland and Manipur borders with Myanmmar, inflicting serious damage on insurgents.

After the 4 June attack, Army had carried out surgical strikes on NSCN-K camps located along the Indo-Myanmar border.

It was noticed that insurgents would sneak in from across the border to carry out their strikes and then return there, they said.

NSCN(K), which reneged from a ceasefire in March, has been involved in a series of attacks in tandem with some other militant groups under the banner of ‘United Liberation Front of South East Asia’.

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Go soft on Malegaon accused: NIA rubbishes allegations, denies officer briefed Rohini Salian

New Delhi: National Investigation Agency on Thursday refuted claims made by its Special Public Prosecutor in the 2008 Malegaon blast case that the agency asked her to “go soft” on the accused, saying they had not been charge-sheeted so far, and denied any officer had met her to create “impediments” in her work.

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The agency, in a long statement, said that Rohini Salian was empanelled as Special Public Prosecutor in National Investigation Agency (NIA) on September 1, 2010.

The NIA said that its Director General Sharad Sinha, an official of the Home Ministry and legal Advisor of the agency had met in January this year to review the performance, suitability and availability of the Special Public Prosecutors who are in the panels of five years or more or who are in the last quarter of completing five years, will be assessed and if need be, recommendations be made for denotifying them, the statement said.

“In compliance of the decision of the designated committee heads of NIA branches were asked to send their recommendations for denotification. In response, the Mumbai branch on June 16 has recommended for denotifying three Special Public Prosecutors including Rohini Salian (who will be completing five years on August 31) in view of many SPP already available for representing the branch,” it said.

“Recommendation of the branch has reached the head office and the matter is under process,” it said.

The NIA claimed that the work for a SPP starts only after the investigating agency files charge-sheet in a trial court.

“NIA Special Court proceedings during the stage of investigation are of miscellaneous nature and usually the branch PPs deal with the same, except when a complex legal matter is involved which warrants the services of SPP.

“The Malegaon blast case 2008 has not yet reached the trial stage. Therefore, it is incorrect to infer that Salian was being bypassed for court appearances,” it said.

“Further, NIA completely denies the issuance of inappropriate briefing by any officer of the agency to the SPP or creating impediments in her prosecution work of NIA cases she has been handling,” the statement said.

The Malegaon 2008 case was investigated by late Hemant Karkare, who was killed in the 26/11 terror attack, and this case opened a Pandora’s box in country’s terrorism history, with groups owing allegiance to Hindu outfit was unravelled.

After this case, the Malegaon 2006 blasts was also found to be a handiwork of right-wing terror groups, besides the infamous blast in Samjauta Express, the rail link between India and Pakistan, Ajmer Sharif blast in Jaipur and twin blasts in Hyderabad.

A serving Colonel of Indian Army Col R Purohit, and Sadhvi Pragya have been arrested in connection with Malegaon 2008 blast case and have been since in custody.

Salian had alleged that she had been asked to “go soft” on the accused who were to apply for bail in the Bombay High Court again.

The NIA has filed a charge sheet in the Malegaon 2006 bomb blast case against four accused Lokesh Sharma, Dhan Singh, Manohar Singh and Rajendra Choudhary, who were arrested by the agency after two years of probe from various places. However, the charge sheet in 2008 case was yet to be filed due to litigations in various courts from time to time.

While 37 deaths took place in 2006 blasts, the 2008 blasts had claimed lives of eight victims.

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NIA refutes claims of Special Public Prosecutor Rohini Salian on Malegaon blasts case

The National Investigation Agency on Thursday refuted claims made by its Special Public Prosecutor in the 2008 Malegaon blast case that the agency asked her to “go soft” on the accused, saying they had not been charge-sheeted so far, and denied any officer had met her to create “impediments” in her work.

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The National Investigation Agency on Thursday refuted claims made by its Special Public Prosecutor in the 2008 Malegaon blast case that the agency asked her to “go soft” on the accused, saying they had not been charge-sheeted so far, and denied any officer had met her to create “impediments” in her work.The agency, in a long statement, said that Rohini Salian was empanelled as Special Public Prosecutor in National Investigation Agency (NIA) on September 1, 2010.The NIA said that its Director General Sharad Sinha, an official of the Home Ministry and legal Advisor of the agency had met in January this year to review the performance, suitability and availability of the Special Public<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prosecutors who are in the panels of five years or more or who are in the last quarter of completing five years, will be assessed and if need be, recommendations be made for denotifying them, the statement said.”In compliance of the decision of the designated committee heads of NIA branches were asked to send their recommendations for denotification. In response, the Mumbai branch on June 16 has recommended for denotifying three Special Public Prosecutors including Rohini Salian (who will be completing five years on August 31) in view of many SPP already available for representing the branch,” it said.”Recommendation of the branch has reached the head office and the matter is under process,” it said. The NIA claimed that the work for a SPP starts only after the investigating agency files charge-sheet in a trial court.”NIA Special Court proceedings during the stage of investigation are of miscellaneous nature and usually the branch PPs deal with the same, except when a complex legal matter is involved which warrants the services of SPP.”The Malegaon blast case 2008 has not yet reached the trial stage. Therefore, it is incorrect to infer that Salian was being bypassed for court appearances,” it said.”Further, NIA completely denies the issuance of inappropriate briefing by any officer of the agency to the SPP or creating impediments in her prosecution work of NIA cases she has been handling,” the statement said.The Malegaon 2008 case was investigated by late Hemant Karkare, who was killed in the 26/11 terror attack, and this case opened a Pandora’s box in country’s terrorism history, with groups owing allegiance to Hindu outfit was unravelled.After this case, the Malegaon 2006 blasts was also found to be a handiwork of right-wing terror groups, besides the infamous blast in Samjhauta Express, the rail link between India and Pakistan, Ajmer Sharif blast in Jaipur and twin blasts in Hyderabad.A serving Colonel of Indian Army Col R Purohit, and Sadhvi Pragya have been arrested in connection with Malegaon 2008 blast case and have been since in custody.Salian had alleged that she had been asked to “go soft” on the accused who were to apply for bail in the Bombay High Court again. The NIA has filed a charge sheet in the Malegaon 2006 bomb blast case against four accused Lokesh Sharma, Dhan Singh, Manohar Singh and Rajendra Choudhary, who were arrested by the agency after two years of probe from various places.However, the charge sheet in 2008 case was yet to be filed due to litigations in various courts from time to time. While 37 deaths took place in the 2006 blasts, the 2008 blasts had claimed lives of eight victims.

NIA man nabbed in extortion racket; dismissed from service

The constable was allegedly demanding Rs 1 crore from the businessman and finally settled at Rs 60 lakh, official sources said.

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A constable of NIA was arrested by Gujarat Police for allegedly extorting money from a businessman, following which he was dismissed from service. Constable Devilal Gopaldas Vaishnav, a BSF constable who was absorbed in National Investigation Agency (NIA), was on a holiday to Ahmedabad where he contacted a businessman alleging that his name had figured in an interrogation of terrorists in hawala link in Jammu and Kashmir. The constable was allegedly demanding Rs 1 crore from the businessman and finally settled at Rs 60 lakh, official sources said. The businessman informed the crime branch who laid a trap after informing the NIA top brass about it.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The constable was arrested while he was allegedly receiving the money from the businessman, they said. NIA spokesperson said that the constable was dimissed under Article 311 (withdrawal of Presidential Pleasure) after an internal enquiry allegedly found him guilty. Also Read: NIA team visits Manipur ambush scene, seizes shells, IED

NIA officials visit Pingla blast site at West Midnapore district of West Bengal

While the Centre is yet to handover the case to NIA, officials here are collecting the samples from the blast site.

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Close to two weeks after a major blast at an illegal firecracker factory at Pingla at West Midnapore district of West Bengal, a five-member team comprising National Investigation Agency officials –led by Superintendent of Police of NIA, Vikas Vaibhav visited the blast site on Saturday.On May 7, a major blast at a firecracker factory claimed lives of 12 people – all between the age of eight and 16 years.Two days ago, a second blast rocked the same spot while members of civil society were on their visit to the blast site. While no one was injured in the second blast that occurred at the same location but, this second such blast has put the district administration on the docks.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to sources in the district police, the site was an illegal firecracker factory allegedly run by Ranjan Maity, who is a Trinamool Congress supporter. Maity, who was absconding immediately after the incident, was later arrested by the police and remanded to police custody.While the Centre is yet to handover the case to NIA, officials here are collecting the samples from the blast site. Earlier a team of Central Forensic Science Laboratory officials had collected samples from the site and are likely to submit the report soon. NIA officials will be examining the CFSL report too.Few days ago, Congress MP Pradip Bhattacharya had written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh demanding an NIA probe.Currently, the district police and the state CID are probing the blast.

Alleged Hizbul Mujahideen militant lodged in Tihar accuses prison authorities of abuse

Dar (45) in his letter has said, other criminals are able to avail facilities like reading newspapers, books while ‘Kashmiri inmates jailed for alleged anti-India activities are harassed regularly including keeping them in solitary confinement for weeks, sub-standard medical treatment and serving filthy water.

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An under-trial inmate from Kashmir currently lodged in New Delhi’s Tihar jail, has written a letter to his family narrating the ‘ordeal’ he allegedly faces in the prison. Inmate, Muzaffar Ahmed Dar, an alleged member of militant group Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), was shifted to Tihar from Srinagar’s Central Jail after National Investigating Agency (NIA) sought his transfer in 2014.Dar (45) in his letter has said, other criminals are able to avail facilities like reading newspapers, books while ‘Kashmiri inmates jailed for alleged anti-India activities are harassed regularly including keeping them in solitary confinement for weeks, sub-standard medical treatment and serving filthy water.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dar’s younger brother Irfan, a farmer by profession, who corroborated the statement and said that his elder brother had been in regular touch with his family for the entire time in Tihar except the last three weeks. “He is allotted a total of five minutes per week to speak over the phone. Because five minutes is too less of time, we would exchange letters. He writes detailed letters inquiring about things back home and updates us with the situation in Tihar but the last three weeks the letters didn’t come neither did he call,” Irfan added.Dar called his family last week and told them that for 20 days at a stretch he was kept in solitary confinement in BSF camp Chawla House where due to consumption of filthy water, he developed several ailments. “He was not allowed to call. At the end of three weeks he was allowed to send a letter. Even before the letter reached us, he was given the permitted to call. He said that a letter is on the way and not to worry too much because everything is fine now,” Irfan further said.When asked to comment, jail authorities said that they were willing to examine the case if Dar would have complained to them instead writing to his family. “We do not discriminate among prisoners but if an inmate has claimed he was abused, he should have dropped his complaint into any of the petitions boxes which are meant for the prisoners,” said DIG Tihar, Mukesh Prasad. The prison has three petition boxes he said, one each for jail superintendent, visiting judge and Director general. Dar a native of Chichilora in Tangmarag area in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district was arrested for his alleged affiliation HM from Sadrabal area of Srinagar in April 2009.Accused of being the Chief Operations Commander (HM), Dar was lodged in the same jail till 2014 when NIA sought his custody on the grounds that Dar while in jail continued to raise and distribute funds to wage war against India. His family, however claims that Dar was pursing a degree in law and had no access to the internet. “He was permitted to do LLB by the High Court and was hoping to practice law when he is released” Irfan said .As of now, charges have not been framed against Dar with his next hearing slated on May 14. The content of the letter however remains the prime focus of Dar’s family, especially for his 8-year-old girl. “On April 8 2015, all the Kashmiri prisoners in High Risk Ward were forcibly separated from one another and shifted to separate narrow and dark cells. The doors of these cells were locked and opened after over a week,” reads the letter“On April 10 Tamil Nadu Special Police (TSP) (which is responsible for guarding the outer peripheries of the prison), suddenly raided our cells, ransacked our items including books and seized everything.Some of our items were given back to us, after we went on a hunger strike“On April 11, I was suddenly shifted to Jail number 8 of Tihar against the orders of the doctor. TSP raided my cell again and seized all the items again including my medicines,” it further read.”We have heard about all kinds of atrocities happening in jails but it is a different thing to imagine someone close to you undergo the horror,” Irfan concluded.

Kolkata train blast: BJP hints at terror plot, demands probe by Central agency

New Delhi: Hinting at a terror plot behind the train blast in West Bengal, BJP on Tuesday demanded a probe by a central agency into the incident which left at least 14 people injured.

BJP National Secretary Sidharth Nath Singh, who is also the state in-charge, also rejected the state police version in the last week’s Pingla blast in which 12 people were killed and said it was an evidence of “terror infrastructure spreading” in the state.

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At least 14 passengers were injured when an explosion took place inside a compartment of Sealdah-Krishnanagar local train early this morning.

“The explanation given by the state police regarding the train blast is a mere cover. It lacks logical reasoning. In the early hours at 3.55 am two rival groups will not board a train to hurl bombs and settle their scores.

“Similarly in the Pingla blast the argument given that it was a cracker factory falls flat. The intensity of the explosion was so severe that body parts were flung on the tree tops. No one can believe that a cracker factory, that too illegal, can make such high intensity crackers,” he said.

The state government should come out with a credible defence, Singh said, in a dig at the Mamata Banerjee government.

“BJP demands that a central investigation agency like NIA should look at all these incidents more holistically. Already NIA in their Burdwan chargesheet has pointed to terror activities spreading in the districts of Birbhum, Nadia, Burdwan and Murshidabad,” he said.

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Professor’s hand chopping case: Eight years rigorous imprisonment to 10 men

Those awarded 10-year rigorous imprisonment were found guilty under various sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), along with different sections of the IPC and Explosive Substances Act. The rest three were convicted for offences under IPC.

Ten persons belonging to a radical outfit were today sentenced to eight years rigorous imprisonment by a special NIA court for chopping off a hand of a college professor in Kerala in 2010, accusing him of hurting religious sentiments through a question paper he had set.NIA court judge P Sasidharan also awarded two years rigorous imprisonment to three others in the sensational case and imposed a fine of Rs eight lakh on the 13 convicts which will be given to the victim, T J Joseph, professor of Newman College in Thodupuzha in Idukki district.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Those awarded 10-year rigorous imprisonment were found guilty under various sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), along with different sections of the IPC and Explosive Substances Act. The rest three were convicted for offences under IPC.Since many of the convicts have been under judicial custody for five years, they will have to serve only the remainder of the period in jail.The court, which began trial in July 2013, examined over 300 prosecution witnesses, four defence witnesses, over 950 prosecution documents, nearly 30 defence documents, and over 200 material objects.Thirty-seven persons were chargesheeted by NIA in the case. However, only 31 underwent trial as the remaining six, including first accused Savad, were absconding.The 13 persons owing allegiance Popular Front of India were convicted in the case in which the right hand of Joseph was chopped while he was returning home after attending Sunday mass at a church in Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district on July 4, 2010.The court in its judgement had said the prosecution has proved beyond all reasonable doubts that eight of the accused along with some others entered into a criminal conspiracy to eliminate the professor by inflicting grievous injuries.They did it out of enmity towards Joseph,accusing him of hurting religious sentiments of a community through a question paper he set for his students.

NIA to probe killing of three armymen by NSCN in Arunachal Pradesh

New Delhi: The NIA will probe the killing of three army personnel by suspected NSCN militants in Arunachal Pradesh recently.

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The home ministry has decided to hand over to the National Investigation Agency the case of the attack on an Army convoy in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district on 2 April where the armymen were killed, official sources said.

The three Army personnel of the 4 Rajput Regiment were killed and four others injured when suspected NSCN insurgents had ambushed the Army convoy near the Arunachal-Nagaland border.

The army convoy was on its way to Longding district in Arunachal Pradesh from an army base in Assam’s Tinsukia district when it came under attack in Toip area in Tirap district.

Since the 1990s, three districts of Arunachal Pradesh – Tirap, Changlang and Longding are entirely covered by AFSPA while nine other districts have a 20-km corridor, bordering Assam, covered under AFSPA.

In a notification issued on 27 March, the home ministry extended AFSPA to these nine districts in their entirety, prompting angry protests from Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

Tuki alleged that AFSPA was extended to his “peaceful state without any consultations.”

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Supreme Court allows Italian marine Massimiliano Latorre to stay in Italy till 15 July

New Delhi: Italian Marine Massimiliano Latorre, who along with a colleague, is accused of killing two Indian fishermen three years ago, was on Thursday allowed by the Supreme Court to remain in Italy for three more months on medical grounds.

“We grant the extension till 15 July,” said a three-judge bench of justices AR Dave, Kurian Joseph and Amitava Roy, after taking on record the undertaking of Latorre that he would abide by the conditions imposed by the apex court.

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The bench also asked senior advocates Soli Sorabjee and KTS Tulsi, appearing for the Italian Marine, not to delay the hearing of the petition by which the jurisdiction of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the case has been challenged.

“There should be some progress in the case,” the bench said and queried about the status of trial and setting up of the special court for prosecuting the marines in the case.

On being told that the trial is stayed by the apex court on the plea of marines, the bench said, “Let the issue be decided, otherwise the sword will be hanging on their heads.”

It also asked the Supreme Court registry to list the petition of marines, also including co-accused Salvatore Girone, to be listed for hearing in the last week of April.

Tulsi said the plea challenging NIA’s right to probe the deaths was filed as the Centre, in an affidavit, has said that the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against Safety of Maritime Navigation and Fixed Platforms on Continental Shelf Act (also known as SUA Act) does not apply in the case.

Latorre, who had suffered a brain stroke on 31 August, last year, was allowed by the apex court on September 12 last year to go to Italy for four months.

The apex court had also taken on record an “unequivocal” and “unambiguous” undertaking by Latorre regarding the dates of departure and arrival back to India.

The apex court had also taken on record the undertaking furnished by the Italian Ambassador on behalf of the Republic of Italy that the ailing marine would abide by all terms and conditions set for his travel to his native country.

The case against marines pertains to the killing of two Indian fishermen allegedly by Latorre and Girone on board ship ‘Enrica Lexie’ off Kerala coast on 15 February, 2012. The apex court, on January 14, extended Latorre’s stay in Italy by three more months after he underwent a heart surgery.

The marines’ plea was referred to this court by a bench headed CJI H L Dattu saying it was not proper for it to take up the application of the marine, seeking extension of stay on health grounds, as it had earlier expressed some reservations and made certain observations on a similar plea.

The complaint was lodged by Freddy, the owner of the fishing boat ‘St Antony’, in which the two Indian fishermen were killed when the marines started firing on them allegedly under the misconception that they were pirates.

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Jammu and Kashmir tops in terror financing cases; Rs 2.93 crore seized in 9 years

The highest number of 80 cases relating to alleged terror financing have been registered in Jammu and Kashmir involving 190 accused and seizure of Rs 2.93 crore was effected by security agencies in the last nine years.

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The highest number of 80 cases relating to alleged terror financing have been registered in Jammu and Kashmir involving 190 accused and seizure of Rs 2.93 crore was effected by security agencies in the last nine years.Besides it, a total of 41 such cases were registered in north eastern states of Manipur (26), Meghalaya (nine), Assam (five) and Tripura (one), according to Home Ministry data.About Rs 3.33 crore allegedly meant for terror financing were seized in these cases registered between 2006 and 2015, it said.National Investigation Agency (NIA) seized Rs 3.66 crore proceeds meant for terror financing while probing 11 cases involving 101 accuseed during the period, the data said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A total of 213 cases of alleged terror financing were registered by NIA and 15 other state police forces involving 873 accused. About Rs 14.85 crore have been seized in these cases, it said.21 cases of alleged terror financing were registered in the national capital, 16 in Punjab, 14 in Karnataka, 11 in Odisha and nine in Maharashtra. About Rs 3.19 crore was seized from these states, the data said. Three each such cases were reported in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, two in Tamil Nadu and one each in Bihar and Kerala. About Rs 1.71 crore was seized from these states, it said.Of the total of 213 cases, 101 are under trial and 81 of them are under the investigation. Trial has been completed in 31 cases, the data said.

Mamata Banerjee holds protest rally against land bill, accuses Modi government of intimidation

“If anybody raises voice against it (Modi govt), his voice is gagged. He is intimidated with either CBI or ED or NIA,” she said

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee led a street protest against the land bill on Wednesday. The rally began from Mouali to Gandhi statue area in Kolkata to protest the controversial Land Acquisition Bill. Addressing the rally, Banerjee said,”If anybody raises voice against it (Modi govt), his voice is gagged. He is intimidated with either CBI or ED or NIA.”Hitting out at the Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) plan to lead a protest rally against the Land Acquistion Bill in Kolkata, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said the parties that have exploited farmers are now trying to become the champions of their rights.”All the parties that have compelled farmers to remain in poverty and exploited them are now trying to become champions of farmers’ cause,” said BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi.United in opposing the Land Bill, the Congress party will also stage a massive rally for farmers on April 19 at the Ramlila Maidan in the national capital. Farmers from across the country will participate in the rally where party president Sonia Gandhi and other leaders will address them. The lower house of the Parliament last month passed the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015, with nine amendments. However, it could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha where Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in minority.With inputs from ANI and PTI.