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PostPosted: 31 Oct 2009 21:57 
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This thread is conspicuous on BRF by its abscence.

I believe it is appropriate to have one focussed thread in this forum to report and log all Counter-Terror and COIN operations in the country. We are get a lot of good imagery on J&K and other ops in the Misc Photos thread but all of that is lost due to its temporary nature.

Post here news, pictures and information on specific counter terror operations. Objective is ensure this thread becomes a constant fixture and old versions can be archived for future reference and research. Names of martyrs, officers, operations, men, places, dates will be logged.

For high level strategy/analysis I suggest appropriate threads can be found in Strategic Issues forum.


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PostPosted: 31 Oct 2009 22:05 
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http://www.ptinews.com/news/356607_Mili ... ity-forces

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Militant killed in gunbattle with security forces

STAFF WRITER 19:56 HRS IST

Srinagar, Oct 31 (PTI) A militant was today killed in a day-long gunbattle with security forces in Sopore in Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

The gunbattle which broke out this morning between a group of militants hiding in a house at *deleted* 55 km from here, left one militant dead so far, they said.

Police have recovered the body of the slain militant from the site of the gunbattle.

The shooutout began when acting on specific information, police assisted by the army launched an operation this morning. As the security forces reached their hideout, militants opened fire which was retaliated to by the security forces.

The operation was still continuing, police said.


Pics from the op:

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An Indian soldier runs during a gun battle with suspected militants in Sopore, 48km (30 miles) north of Srinagar, October 31, 2009. A militant of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group was killed on Saturday and a residential house damaged in a gun battle with Indian soldiers in Kashmir that is still ongoing, a spokesman for the Indian army in Srinagar said.


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Indian soldiers keep guard inside a residential house during a gun battle with suspected militants in Sopore, 48km (30 miles) north of Srinagar, October 31, 2009. A militant of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group was killed on Saturday and a residential house damaged in a gun battle with Indian soldiers in Kashmir that is still ongoing, a spokesman for the Indian army in Srinagar said.


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An Indian soldier takes cover as a residential house is blown up by an improvised explosive device during a gun battle between Indian soldiers and suspected militants in Sopore, 48km (30 miles) north of Srinagar, October 31, 2009. A militant of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group was killed on Saturday and a residential house damaged in a gun battle with Indian soldiers in Kashmir that is still ongoing, a spokesman for the Indian army in Srinagar said

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PostPosted: 01 Nov 2009 12:32 
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Daily Exclesior has consistently given the most informative and objective reports, which are free from any opinionated nonsense that is so common is other press these days...

http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/web1/09nov01/news.htm#2

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SRINAGAR, Oct 31: Security forces today eliminated two top militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), including a self styled commander who had managed to give slip to security forces twice during recent gun battles.....

An encounter broke out in *deleted* village of Sopore area at around 10.30 a.m after security forces launched an anti-militancy operation, official sources said.

They said the operation was launched following specific information about presence of Lashkar commander Abdullah Yuni and his associate Zubair in the village *deleted*

As the security forces were closing in on the house where the ultras were hiding, the militants opened firing on them, which was retaliated.

The exchange of fire between the two sides lasted nearly six hours and ended with the killing of both the militants. The slain militants were identified as Abdullah Yuni and Zubair.

Yuni had twice escaped the security forces dragnet during encounters in Sopore area, which is turning out to be safe haven for the ultras as indicated by the number of encounters and attacks on security forces in the area. Last week, Yuni had managed to escape from an encounter at Batapora in Sopore area.

House of Ghulam Mohiuddin Mir, in which the militants were hiding, was completely damaged in the gun battle as the security forces had to use mortar shells to penetrate the shield of the militants.

Some arms and ammunition were recovered from the debris of the house but search operations were still going on till reports last came in.

The encounter comes just a day after two militants were killed in failed infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC). Army accused Pakistani counterparts of violating the ceasefire along the LoC by firing mortar shells to give cover to the infiltrating column of ultras.

The Army has requested for a flag meeting with Pakistani commanders after one of the militants killed yesterday carried an identity card of Pakistan army .......


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Anyone has a list of reference books, journal papers written on COIN Ops in India?

Also, are there any 1st person accounts for the same?

India's current COIN ops with the IA involved-
1. Operation Rakshak - J&K COIN
2. NE Ops (mostly in Manipur and Assam) - Operation Rhino I believe

Not sure if Anti-naxal ops can be classified as such.


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PostPosted: 01 Nov 2009 19:44 
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Rishi

the first hand accounts generally are in Army journals

Manoj Joshis book is the starting ref point for J&K ops

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PostPosted: 01 Nov 2009 22:52 
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Rishi wrote:
Anyone has a list of reference books, journal papers written on COIN Ops in India?

A few I browse through on Google Books occasionally:
Low intensity conflicts in India: an analysis -- By Vivek Chadha
Terrorism history and facets: in the world and in India -- By N. S. Saksena
National security problem in India: a case study of the insurgency problem in Nagaland and Manipur -- By Longjam Randeep Singh


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PostPosted: 02 Nov 2009 00:23 
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Debris flies as a house is hit by munitions fired by Indian army soldiers as they combat rebel positions during a gun battle in Sopore, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) northwest of Srinagar, India, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009. Indian Army and paramilitary soldiers killed one suspected rebel and blew up two houses during the gun battle that began Saturday morning in Sopore town. Search operations continue in the area, an army spokesman said.


What kind of weapon caused this explosion?

meanwhile another commander is shot ...

http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/web1/09nov02/news.htm#1

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JAMMU, Nov 1: Security forces and police today eliminated a commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) during an encounter in Mahore area of Reasi district ....

Official sources said a joint team of 61 Rashtriya Rifles and police launched a joint search operation at village Bal Angralla under the jurisdiction of Mahore police station in Reasi district last night after developing an information about the presence of a couple of militants in the area.

The militants were spotted in an abandoned dhok in early hours of this morning. In the exchange of firing between two sides, a militant commander was gunned down by security forces and police while his associate managed to escape taking cover of a surrounding forest area.

Security forces continued searches to apprehend the absconding militant.

Slain militant has been identified as Mohammad Farooq alias Abu Tala son of Abdul Gani, a resident of Baddar Falaskote, Mahore. He was a front ranking commander of the LeT outfit operating in Mahore and other areas for past quite some time.

Recoveries made from the site of encounter include one AK-47 rifle, three magazines, 90 AK rounds, one wireless set, one Mobile telephone, one Chinese grenade, eight pencil cells, two SIM cards, 12 audio cassettes and a number of incriminating documents including letter heads of the LeT outfit.

Police party in the operation was led by SDPO Mahore Sujit Kumar under the supervision of DIG Udhampur-Reasi range Gulzar Singh Slathia and SSP Reasi Anand Jain.

IGP Jammu Zone Ashok Gupta has complimented security forces and police, who jointly planned and executed the operation meticulously. He said that such sustained and surgical anti-terrorist operations would continue to be launched throughout Jammu zone to defeat nefarious designs of anti-national elements.


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I may be wrong but it seems some tactics have changed after the incident involving Maj. Suri. No more assaults to save the home/hideout at the cost of IA lives - they are being blasted to kingdom come.


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I may be wrong but it seems some tactics have changed after the incident involving Maj. Suri. No more assaults to save the home/hideout at the cost of IA lives - they are being blasted to kingdom come.


It definitely is not a new tactic... just chanced upon a similar photo from a much older op; Not the expert on explosives but probably its the same stuff and technique

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Apparently such targets are blown up using military explosive.


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I think its Carl Gustav talking


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http://www.hindustantimes.com/Seven-mil ... 71565.aspx

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Seven separatists killed in Manipur encounter

Seven separatists were killed in a pre-dawn encounter with security forces on Sunday in Manipur, police said.

A police spokesperson said the encounter took place between a group of heavily armed militants and a column of the paramilitary Assam Rifles near village Sanapat in Imphal East district, about 30 km southeast of Manipur's capital Imphal.

"Based on hard intelligence, an Assam Rifles column went to the area for an anti-insurgency operation when they came under attack from the militants with automatic weapons," the police officer said.

The Assam Rifles troopers retaliated and the encounter lasted for close to an hour in which seven militants were killed.

"Maybe, a few of them might have escaped under the cover of darkness," the officer said.

A huge cache of explosives and weapons, including rifles, carbines, and small arms, was recovered from the dead militants.

The identity of the militants was not established as yet.

"The process of identification is on although we are not sure as to which group they belong to," the officer said.

There are some 20 militant groups active in Manipur, a state of 2.4 million people bordering Myanmar, with demands ranging from secession to greater autonomy.

More than 10,000 people have lost their lives to insurgency in Manipur during the past two decades.


http://www.telegraphindia.com/1091102/j ... 688336.jsp

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Manipur’s day of death
- Seven rebels killed hours after ambush claims three jawans

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Earlier that day, United National Liberation Front militants ambushed a road opening party of 43 Assam Rifles in Chandel, killing three personnel, an army spokesperson said.

Junior commissioned officer Ramesh Bahadur Thapa, who originally hails from in Nepal, havildar Samuel Kuki from Kerala and lance naik Arup Kumar from Bengal were killed in the attack.


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A Sharma wrote:
I think its Carl Gustav talking

The explosive force is directed towards the sky. More likely that the building is being blown up with explosives rather than a Carl Gustav.


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Aditya G wrote:
It definitely is not a new tactic... just chanced upon a similar photo from a much older op; Not the expert on explosives but probably its the same stuff and technique

Apparently such targets are blown up using military explosive.


Aditya, I am not referring to the technique - which has been used a-plenty in the past. What I was referring to is the tactic that instead of assaulting the house and engaging in CQB, they might be blowing it up in the first go itself after some warnings. Earlier it seems they would clear the house (or attempt to) and then blow it up (or it would get blown up anyways but with the loss of some IA lives) and in the case of Maj. Suri he was actually asked to assault despite his requests to blow up the house - we all know what happened.


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Since this is a CT discussion thread also, I would like to ask one question. The IA tactic of blowing up houses where terrorists are holed up- this tactic has been practised for quite a long time, and has been criticised too. Can someone please elaborate on it? Do they blow up houses where "suspected" terrorists are holed up? Do they do that every time? Is it a tactic to avoid casualities on their side? How successful has it been, till now? And what happens to the residents of that particular house?
And is this tactic used in COIN operations in North-East also? Or is it J&K-specific only?


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Bear mauls 2 militants to death

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/indi ... 190873.cms

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Since this is a CT discussion thread also, I would like to ask one question. The IA tactic of blowing up houses where terrorists are holed up- this tactic has been practised for quite a long time, and has been criticised too.
Can someone please elaborate on it?
Do they blow up houses where "suspected" terrorists are holed up?
sure, if you can call people who are shooting at you from AK's "suspected terrorists".
people aren't fired at unless they open fire on the forces first, let alone blowing their house. there are some strict rules of engagement in place.

Do they do that every time?
How can they do it every time ? :roll: if they did civilian casualties would have mounted much beyond what the pakis achieve.
please bear in mind that the security forces are operating in their own country, they have to be careful to avoid unnecessary loss of civilian life and property, many a times at the cost of their own lives.

Is it a tactic to avoid casualities on their side?
yes.
How successful has it been, till now? And what happens to the residents of that particular house?

they get compensation for the house. (I'm assuming that you are not crazy enough to question if the blowing up happens with the people inside the house. :eek: if terrorists take refuge in a house with people inside that is called a hostage situation and is dealt with accordingly)

And is this tactic used in COIN operations in North-East also? Or is it J&K-specific only?
haven't heard of its use in NE. I think the reason is that skirmishes in NE don't usually happen in urban/semi-urban environment where such a thing can take place.


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Latest news on the wild bear attack: :eek:

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik released a statement late on Monday night blaming Indian intelligence agencies for training wild animals to kill innocent freedom loving Kashmiris. Hurriyat Conference hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani also saw a conspiracy and called for an indefinite strike in J&K demanding the expulsion of all bears from the Valley.

Urdu newspapers in Pakistan are also claiming that the Rawalpindi bombings was planned by R&AW, and carried out by wild bears bearing suicide vests supplied by the Taliban. According to the same newspapers, the entire animal kingdom is now suspect in the eyes of the Pakistani establishment as collaborators of the evil Yindoos and Zionists.

And so life goes on in Pakistan, the land of outrageous conspiracy theories...


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^^ Can you provide a source?


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Gagan wrote:
A Sharma wrote:
I think its Carl Gustav talking

The explosive force is directed towards the sky. More likely that the building is being blown up with explosives rather than a Carl Gustav.


Let me pst a previous discussion here;



RayC wrote:
Aditya G wrote:
Dear Ray,

Why must explosives be 'laid' to destroy a house? Cant a 84 mm rocket be used?


Good question.

There is no doubt one has to understand the practical use of weapons to understand the effects that the said weapon can achieve.

A Direct firing weapon will only blow a hole. One could achieve the same by kicking open the door and then going in. Therefore, the bottom line is - going in.

Do we want to go in?

What do we want to do if not go in since that is not too safe a method?

We want to do a WTC to that house so that all terrorists inside perish, even those holed in in secret cavities of the building.

How do you do it?

With explosives.

Thus, explosives have to be laid.


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^^ Can you provide a source?

:rotfl: :rotfl:


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Infiltration bid foiled in Kashmir, militant killed
PTI 3 November 2009

SRINAGAR: Army foiled an infiltration bid on Tuesday morning by killing a militant in Kupwara district of north Kashmir.

Troops noticed some suspicious movement in Tangdhar, 170 kms from Srinagar, and challenged a group of militants who were trying to infiltrate, a defence spokesman said.

They were asked to surrender but they opened fire. In retaliatory action, a militant was killed.

The operation in the area was still going on when last reports came in.


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the bear should be made a SPO..... :-)))


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^^ Can you provide a source?

Without source you cannot post in BRF


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^^ Can you provide a source?

Without source you cannot post in BRF


Dear Acharya and Gaur- the fictional news item was meant to be in jest! There was no "source" for the news! Please take it in the right spirit.

I was merely hoping to lampoon the the most important trait of the Pakistani character- the tendency to take implausible conspiracy theories as the gospel truth.


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Dear Acharya and Gaur- the fictional news item was meant to be in jest! There was no "source" for the news! Please take it in the right spirit.

I guess, even they know that it was a joke and are just adding to the fun :wink:


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Rahul M wrote:
atreya wrote:
Since this is a CT discussion thread also, I would like to ask one question. The IA tactic of blowing up houses where terrorists are holed up- this tactic has been practised for quite a long time, and has been criticised too.
Can someone please elaborate on it?
Do they blow up houses where "suspected" terrorists are holed up?
sure, if you can call people who are shooting at you from AK's "suspected terrorists".
people aren't fired at unless they open fire on the forces first, let alone blowing their house. there are some strict rules of engagement in place.

Do they do that every time?
How can they do it every time ? :roll: if they did civilian casualties would have mounted much beyond what the pakis achieve.
please bear in mind that the security forces are operating in their own country, they have to be careful to avoid unnecessary loss of civilian life and property, many a times at the cost of their own lives.

Is it a tactic to avoid casualities on their side?
yes.
How successful has it been, till now? And what happens to the residents of that particular house?

they get compensation for the house. (I'm assuming that you are not crazy enough to question if the blowing up happens with the people inside the house. :eek: if terrorists take refuge in a house with people inside that is called a hostage situation and is dealt with accordingly)

And is this tactic used in COIN operations in North-East also? Or is it J&K-specific only?
haven't heard of its use in NE. I think the reason is that skirmishes in NE don't usually happen in urban/semi-urban environment where such a thing can take place.


Ok...got it. And no sir, I wasn't asking whether they blow up houses with civilians INSIDE the house! :eek: :lol:


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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/arti ... page-1.cms

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J&K: 3 infiltrators killed, Army Capt injured
TNN 4 November 2009, 04:21am IST

SRINAGAR: The Army said on Tuesday that its troops foiled an infiltration bid by killing three terrorists in Kupwara district of north Kashmir. Captain Gautam Singh of 12 Bihar Regiment was injured in the crossfire.

Defence ministry spokesman Lt Col J S Brar told TOI troops of 11 Jat and 12 Bihar regiments noticed some suspicious movement along Line of Control near Eagle Post at Tangdhar, 170 km from Srinagar, in the frontier district. Asked to surrender, the terrorists opened fire, triggering an encounter, he said adding the operation was still going when last reports came in.

This is the third infiltration bid foiled by troops in less than a week. On October 29, troops killed an infiltrator in Tangdhar area. The next day, they killed two more in Keran sector of Kupwara district.

In a separate incident, terrorists on Monday hurled a hand grenade at a Sufi shrine at Astan Mohallah in north Kashmir's Baramulla district. The grenade exploded close to the shrine injuring two people, police said.


Where is Kupwara?:

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Madhuparna Das Posted online: Tuesday , Nov 03, 2009 at 0345 hrs

Kolkata : Even as the Maoist violence continues unabated in the Jungle Mahal area, four companies of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), a specialised unit of the CRPF to counter the Naxal menace in the country, has seen little action in the absence of specific intelligence inputs for which it depends on the state CID and the state Intelligence Bureau.

In the past four moths, the four companies of CoBRA have just made five forays. Unlike the Greyhounds, who fight Naxals in Andhra Pradesh, the CoBRA does not have an intelligence wing of its own.

“Our force cannot operate in the Jungle Mahal area due to lack of ground intelligence. The commandos are mostly confined to the barracks. We have been asking for specific inputs from the state intelligence agencies for a long time, but to no avail,” said a senior officer leading the CoBRA units in West Midnapore.
:roll:

However, the state government has sent a proposal to the Centre asking for four more CoBRA companies for deployment in West Midnapore district.

State DGP Bhupindar Singh said, “We have been asked by the CoBRA commandos to provide specific inputs. The state intelligence agencies have been alerted about it. In view of the vulnerable situation in the Jungle Mahal area, we have asked the Centre for additional four companies of CoBRA.”

A senior Union home ministry offcial, however, said, “No decision has been taken about sending additional forces of CoBRA to the state as the Centre would evaluate how the present CoBRA forces are operating in the state.”

According to a senior officer of district police, around Rs 1.5-2 lakh are spent for one company of CoBRA commandos per month. “We are spending huge money for the force but are not able to use it properly. If we get additional CoBRA force, we have to keep them confined to the barracks and spend more money on them,” said the officer.

“In a recent meeting between officers of joint forces and the state intelligence agencies, we asked them to supply information about Maoist leader Koteswar Rao alias Kishenji so that the CoBRA can be pressed in action to capture him. But we are yet to receive any specific information about him. Instead, lot of confusion has been created about the identity of Kishenji through media reports,” said the officer.

Niraj Pandey, IG, CID,refused to comment on the matter.


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Maoist base out of bound for forces
THE MAOIST FRONTLINE 4
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Narainpur (West Bastar), Nov. 3: The best news for the Maoist guerrillas of Dandakaranya is the worst kept secret of the security establishment — Abujmadh, the vast forest base of the rebels, can’t be reclaimed anytime in the near future.

The de facto headquarters of Maoist military operations — nearly 50,000sqkm of undulating jungle straddling parts of Bastar (Chhattisgarh), Gadhchiroli (Maharashtra) and Karimnagar (Andhra Pradesh) — is not merely beyond the reach of the government and its forces, it is currently also beyond their ambitions.

“Forget taking Abujmadh, even entering it is not on the agenda at the moment,” says a top police officer orchestrating Green Hunt, the anti-Maoist operation in Chhattisgarh. “We are simply not prepared for that, Abujmadh will have to be another war, after and if we wrap up this one.”

Abujmadh is not an intractable and forbidding prospect for the government merely for being a military fortress of the Maoists; it is so also because it represents the great unknown to everyone outside. For reasons that range from logistical handicaps to concerns over tribal habitat protection, Abujmadh is one of the few pockets of India that have never been surveyed.

The forces have very little sense of its lay and topography, and even littler of how the Maoists have positioned themselves. Attempts have been made at aerial mapping but most of Abujmadh is under forest cover, a camouflaged temptress that persistently taunts efforts at unmasking.

Security forces will, in fact, consider themselves fortunate if their current scheme — Green Hunt and the impending joint security operations under central supervision — can merely succeed in pushing the guerrillas back into Abujmadh and keep them restricted.

One senior Chhattisgarh policeman told The Telegraph in Jagdalpur: “It’s not unacceptable to us that they remain in Abujmadh, it is sparsely populated and really inaccessible, that kind of terrain does not require regular policing or even governance. At the moment, though, they are all over the place, and using their Abujmadh base both to feed their resources and to seek sanctuary, the challenge is to get them out of here, from the next village. That will be tough enough, I can assure you.”

The Abujmadh bush doesn’t have a marker to it; a fair way of locating its onset in the wilds is the last point motorised transport can take you. The scattered hamlet of Maranaar is a four-hour trek from where the road peters out into an impossibly rutted track and the underbrush begins.


The deeper you press, the more primitive and remote the landscape gets; it’s like entering a lost world, detached from time, turning on contrary allegiances. A young villager — a country-made gun strapped to his shoulder — proclaims this to be realm of the ‘People’s Government of East Dandakaranya’ and himself to be the chief local representative of the ‘Janatana Sarkar’, people’s government.

“Welcome to a genuine people’s movement,” he says, declamatory of tone. “The government you recognise has forgotten the majority, the majority is here, with us.”

It doesn’t seem out of place in Maranaar to begin wondering whether the Maoist ‘parallel government’ is really a misnomer --- it’s the only government around, it has no entity to run parallel to. The police officer in Jagdalpur who’d referred to Abujmadh as “rather remote” begins to ring right; this is truly rather far off place from India as it is known, almost another sovereignty. Village elders, gathered under a gnarled tree, nod assent to the gun-carrying youngster, evidently a native.

“Yehi sarkar hai, aur to keu nahin,” says one of them. (They are the government, there is none other.)

Another, more forthcoming villager steps forward and begins what seems like a command performance. “Contractor atyachar band kiya, samanti atyachar band kiya, humko jangal ka haq diya, Janatana Sarkaaaar, Zindabad! Zindabaad!” (They stopped exploitation by contractors and feudals, they gave the our jungle back to us, long live the people’s government.)

Quite suddenly, the old village tree is under threat of collapsing under the torrent of ‘lal salaams’.

It can be tough to measure what support to the Maoists comes from faith and what from fear; the reasonable among them and open to admitting they have used the gun to expand their sphere where mere slogans haven’t worked.

There are those in these jungles who’d stand up and be counted among willing votaries of the ‘Janatana Sarkar’ but there are others who aren’t so sure but don’t know how and when to say it.

In another settlement further down — sparse and by a pristine rivulet — a man of middle age lumbers up a tad conspiratorially to whisper. “It’s not all a straight story, sir, very tricky situation, but what am I to do but put a red flag on my hut? They have guns. I would rather have a government without guns, but where is that to be found?”

The good news for him is that people in Raipur and Delhi are desperately trying; the bad new is they aren’t going to get here in a long, long time.


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HM terror module busted in Doda
*6 top militants arrested

By Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU, Nov 6: Police today busted a major terror module in Doda district by apprehending six top militants of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, who were active in Doda and Bhadarwah for past several years and were involved in Major subversive activities including killings. Besides killings, several grenade attack and IED blasts were expected to be worked out with the arrest of militants, who were plotting fresh terror strikes in Doda and Kishtwar districts.

Official sources said about a dozen special teams of Doda police headed by Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Bhadarwah Abdul Qayoom and SHO Bhadarwah Tilak Raj Bhardwaj camped at upper reaches of Doda and Bhadarwah for more than a month following reports that Hizbul Mujahideen outfit has revived itself in some areas with a plan to carry out fresh strikes.

All six militants, who were part of the terror module, were arrested by police from different parts of Doda and Bhadarwah after several days of search operations in remote and hilly areas of Doda and Bhadarwah.

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It may be mentioned here that the Hizbul Mujahideen cadre had been lying low for past few months after suffering major reverses at the hands of security forces and police in which a number of their cadre including top commanders were eliminated in Doda district.

However, the intercepts had revealed that the HM’s low lying cadre had once again started re-grouping to carry out fresh strikes in Doda and Bhadarwah towns. Sources expressed confidence that with the busting of fresh Hizbul Mujahideen module, the terror plot has been thwarted.


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PS: it is impossible to find a map with correct representation of Siachen :roll:

Here is a rough estimate.
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Maoists getting arms from China: India


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Some mind boggling numbers - sadly. And rather surprising as well.

> Uttar Pradesh police has highest number of deaths - More than even J&K and all NE states!
> Maximum deaths are in Maharashtra
> Punjab Police, RPF and SSB are also surprsing - what are these depts upto which is not covered by media?
> Bihar is doing better

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/531353/

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Over 840 policemen died on duty within a year

Agencies Posted online: Wednesday, Oct 21, 2009 at 1230 hrs

New Delhi : Over 840 police and para-military personnel sacrificed their lives in the past one year during operations or attacks on them with Uttar Pradesh topping the list with 107 such cases.

A total of 841 personnel from state police and para-military forces like BSF and CRPF were killed from September 1, 2008 and August 31 this year.

According to official figures, at least 249 policemen of state police lost their lives in naxal-affected states, with Maharashtra topping the list.

CRPF and BSF followed UP Police in causalities with 81 and 72 cases respectively.

Naxal-affected states of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh the next to follow after UP in the number of policemen deaths with 72 and 64 casualties respectively.

Punjab Police lost 54 policemen during the period while another naxal-affected state Jharkhand had 51 casualties of policemen followed by Jammu and Kashmir (36), ITBP (33), RPF (32), West Bengal (31), SSB (27) and CISF (23).

A Commemoration day was observed by various police organisations in the national capital for them on Wednesday. National Security Advisor M K Narayanan, Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal and other senior officials were present on the occasion.

Delhi Police lost eight police officers during the period, which included Special Cell Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, who was killed on September 19 during a gunbattle with suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists who triggered serial blasts last year.

Twenty each policemen died in Orissa and Karnataka followed by Bihar (19), Assam (18), Uttarakhand (15), Madhya Pradesh (12), Gujarat (7), Manipur (5), Mizoram (5) and Nagaland (5). The National Security Guards lost three of their sharpshooters during the Mumbai terror attacks in November last year while Rajasthan Police lost three of their personnel during the period.

Sikkim (2), Kerala (1) and Tripura (1) were the other states where police lost their personnel.


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Maoists kill four jawans, dare govt to counter Naxal terror
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The Maoists ambushed a jeep carrying the jawans at around 5.30 pm. Arms may also have been snatched by the Naxals. The bodies of all the four jawans were lying at the bazaar area. The Maoists escaped with arms looted from the slain jawans.


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Finally ....

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_to ... ad_1309589

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A top Naxal commander, wanted in connection with 32 criminal cases in UP and Bihar, was gunned down by security forces in a fierce encounter in Sonebhadra district, police said today.

The self-styled Maoist zonal commander Kamlesh Chowdhary, who was trying to reactivate the Naxalites in Sonebhadra-Mirzapur region, was gunned down in a three-hour-long fierce encounter in the forests of Kanach in the district, 80 km from here, last evening, inspector general of police Gurudarshan Singh said.

Claiming it to be a big success of the police force, Singh said that on a specific input a team of SOG and local police surrounded the forest area of Chopan in the district and started combing operations.

The joint team spotted Naxal activity in the forest of Kanach and challenged the Naxals hiding there to surrender but the Naxalites opened fire on the forces.

Police retaliated and in the subsequent encounter, the Naxal was killed while some of his associates were injured.

After the encounter, police recovered the body of the top commander, but the injured Naxals were taken away by their associates.

He said Chowdhary was wanted in over 21 crimes in Bihar and 11 crimes in Sonebhadra district.

He was on the run for the last eight years.

The UP police had declared a reward of Rs1 lakh on his head while the Jharkhand and Bihar police had announced a reward of Rs50,000 each on his head.

He was also involved in the Hinaut landmine blast at Naughar in Chandauli district in 2004.

Two rifles, including one belonging to the police, and a revolver were recovered from the slain Naxal.

ADG (law and order) Brijlal told PTI over phone from Lucknow that the team of police and SOG engaged in the encounter will be rewarded.

Meanwhile, in view of threats issued by the Maoists, an alert has also been sounded in the region.

Singh said police of all Naxal-infested districts — Sonebhadra, Mirzapur and Chandauli — have been asked to be vigilant



According to Wiki:

Sonbhadra or Sonebhadra(Hindi:सोनभद्र) is the largest district of Uttar Pradesh, India. The district has an area of 6788 km² and a population of 1,463,468 (2001 census), with a population density of 216 persons per km². It lies in the extreme southeast of the state, and is bounded by Mirzapur District to the northwest, Chandoli District to the north, Bihar state to the northeast, Jharkhand state to the east, Chhattisgarh state to the south, and Madhya Pradesh state to the west. The district headquarters is in the town of Robertsganj.


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The hills have eyes
No room to blink on Indo-Pak border as Taliban threat looms
By Syed Nazakat/Rak ki Haveli Post, LoC

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The patrol party takes a steep, slippery, narrow path cleared of mines towards the fence. Erected along steep mountainsides, the double-row concertina wire fence, 12ft high and 4-9ft wide, is connected to a network of thermal imaging devices and alarm systems. Sharp-edged metal tape and glass pieces on the ground make infiltration difficult; in some places the fence is electrified.

On the Jammu border, the Army uses dogs, which recognise soldiers and civilians and bark at intruders. “No fence in the world can prevent movement unless there is surveillance,” says Lt Col A.K. Gopi. The brief to his unit is to be vigilant 24x7.

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Army sources say infiltration attempts have risen over the past year. An officer says infiltrators were trying to enter in small groups, using GPS, cutters, insulators and folding ladders. A 50m tunnel was found at Chapriyal on the Jammu border. “This is a kind of cat-and-mouse fight. The more difficult you make the fence to cross the more new ways they [militants] try to find to sneak in,” says a soldier. Besides, the passes and folds in the mountains help the infiltrators.

But senior military officers say the fence has reduced infiltration by 80 per cent. “Militants have become so desperate that, despite knowing it is almost impossible to cross the fence, they try it, only to get arrested or killed at the border or somewhere in the state. The average life of a militant once he enters the valley is less than a year,” says Lt Col Gopi.

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Top LeT Commander among 2 killed in Reasi encounter

JAMMU : Two militants, including a top militant of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit, were killed by the security forces in an encounter in the mountainous Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, official sources here today said.

"A joint operation was launched by police, 61 Rashtriya Rifles and the troops of Uniform Force on specific information in Kalwa area of Mahore tehsil about the presence of militants," official sources told.

On seeing a patrol party, the militants opened fire which was retaliated, in which a self-styled District Commander of LeT identified as Rafiq alias Noman and another militant Jabrar were gunned down, the sources added.

"This is the third killing of a LeT militant in one week in Reasi district, while one militant of the outfit also surrendered before the security forces yesterday,’’ the sources informed.

The slain militant Rafiq, was acting as a top commander after the killing of Abu Abdullah alias Romeo 8, the sources said, adding that he was active in Gool, Arnas areas of Reasi district.

"One Ak-47, two magazines, three hand grenades, one satellite phone and a radio set were recovered from the encounter site," they said. (UNI)


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The National Security Guards lost three of their sharpshooters during the Mumbai terror attacks in November last year while Rajasthan Police lost three of their personnel during the period.

Sikkim (2), Kerala (1) and Tripura (1) were the other states where police lost their personnel.


Who is the 3rd NSG casualty? :-?


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Aditya G wrote:
The National Security Guards lost three of their sharpshooters during the Mumbai terror attacks in November last year while Rajasthan Police lost three of their personnel during the period.

Sikkim (2), Kerala (1) and Tripura (1) were the other states where police lost their personnel.


Who is the 3rd NSG casualty? :-?


Incorrect reporting ,Sandeep Unnikrishnan and Gajendra were the only martyrs.


Some "spread the cheer" news now.

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Two Lashkar militants killed in J-K's Reasi district

Reasi (J-K), Nov 12 (ANI): Security personnel have gunned down two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants, including a self-styled commander after a fierce encounter here on Wednesday.

Acting on a tip off, security personnel cordoned off the area around a house in the Kalwa forest area of the district where the militants were hiding.

"We received pinpoint information that they were hiding in someone's house. And one among them was a local militant, who was operating in our area from last one month and also belonged to LeT. So as soon as we got the information we cordoned the nearby area," said Surinder Chaudhary, Deputy Superintendent of Police.

The slain militants were later identified as Rafiq alias Noman, the lashkar's district commander and his accomplice Jabrar.

One AK-47, two magazines, three hand grenades, one satellite phone and a radio set were recovered from the encounter site. (ANI)



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JAMMU, Nov 12: Close on the heels of busting a terror module with the arrest of six militants and Over Ground Workers (OGWs), police and CRPF today arrested five more cadres of two militant outfits including brother of Hizbul Mujahideen’s surrendered militant Bashir Lohar

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The SSP Doda office, according to sources, is on hit list of the LeT as well as Hizbul Mujahideen outfits as a large number of their cadres including the commanders have been eliminated by police and their over ground workers arrested across Doda district. Sources said a HM plot to target Police Headquarters in Doda has been foiled with the arrest of Bashir Ahmed.

Bashir was immediately whisked away to an unknown location for sustained questioning after his arrest. :mrgreen:

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Three Hizbul Mujahideen workers were apprehended by Doda police and CRPF from Manwas and Kud Dhar. The HM workers pelted stones on police when their hide-outs were raided to apprehend them :lol:

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All of them are being subjected to sustained questioning to ascertain hide-outs and location of the LeT and HM militants in upper reaches of Doda district, sources said.


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