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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby sum » 21 Jun 2011 22:27

Either he needs to provide more trash cans or the chewing gum was used to place 16 bugs and which removed prior to the investigation.

Even more scary is that as per IE, the CDBT went in for a second sweep by a private company after IB concluded it was only chewing gum ( in 16 places :roll: :roll: )..

Something definitely isn't kosher here if the IB also isn't being trusted ( and IB isn't helping by giving ridiculous reasons like chewing gum).

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby ramana » 21 Jun 2011 22:35

sum, The ToI reports:

NEW DELHI: Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said investigative agencies found nothing during their probe of the alleged security breach at his office in the North Block, PTI reported.

Commenting on the reports of a possible breach of security in his and other senior officials' offices, Mukherjee told reporters on the sidelines of function, "In respect of news item, IB investigated into it and they found there is nothing."

According to a media report, Pranab Mukherjee had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last year asking him to order a secret inquiry into the serious breach of security in his office.

On September 7, 2010, the finance minister wrote to the Prime Minister asking him to order a "secret inquiry" about the presence of "planted adhesives" in 16 key locations in his office, the newspaper Indian Express reported.

These locations included the office of Mukherjee himself, the office of his adviser, the office of his private secretary Manoj Pant, and two conference rooms used by the finance minister.

However, in his letter to the Prime Minister, Mukherjee mentioned that no "live microphone" or recording devices were found.



So quite clearly it was the FM that was object of curiousity. The bugs were removed and the adhesivs left due to negligence or sign of the monitoring. I assume the adhesive pads were like the 3M contact pads for temporary hanging things on walls.

When he says no "live devices" did they find dead devices?

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby sum » 21 Jun 2011 22:38

Ramana-garu, BJP also hinting that things are little kaala:
FM bugged: BJP hints at civil war between Pranab, Chidambaram

The reported bugging of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's office gave BJP a handle to allude to a "civil war" between him and Home Minister P Chidambaram, saying this seems to have led the former to ask for a probe by a private agency and not government sleuths.

Same doubt as what i was having..

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Stan_Savljevic » 22 Jun 2011 04:36

Government tries to engage Myanmar-based ULFA faction in talks
http://www.rediff.com/news/report/govt- ... 110621.htm

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby IndraD » 22 Jun 2011 13:43

Pranab tries to down play bugging in FM

On aajtak; S Swamy alleges that bugging was done on behest of Sonia, executed bu Chidamabaram, they are scared of Hassan Ali case, Sonia trying to protect this man as big names likely to come out.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby chetak » 22 Jun 2011 14:23

IndraD wrote:Pranab tries to down play bugging in FM

On aajtak; S Swamy alleges that bugging was done on behest of Sonia, executed bu Chidamabaram, they are scared of Hassan Ali case, Sonia trying to protect this man as big names likely to come out.
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Good Boy S Swamy!!

He can dish it out with the best.

Expecting the "chewing gum bubble" to burst soon. :D

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Raghavendra » 22 Jun 2011 19:45

Home ministry orders probe into assets of former CJI KG Balakrishnan http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_ho ... an_1557944

The home ministry has asked the Revenue Department to conduct a probe into the allegations of disproportionate assets against former Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan.

In a letter to the revenue secretary, the home ministry asked him to institute an inquiry through the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the investigative wing of the department.

The home ministry missive came after it received a petition alleging that Balakrishnan, currently chairperson of National Human Rights Commission, had acquired assets disproportionate to his known sources of income and some of these properties were purchased in the name of his close relatives.

"The petition with allegations has been sent to secretary of revenue department for inquiry," official sources said.

When contacted, Balakrishnan refused to comment, saying that he had already cleared the air about his assets.

The petition listed the income and properties of Balakrishnan and his relatives and also attached documents showing purchase of some of the properties and has demanded investigations by the CBDT.

"Since the CBDT has the expertise to probe into anyone's income and disproportionate assets, the task has been given to it," the sources said.

If the allegations against Balakrishnan are found to be true, the home ministry may move to President of India seeking sanction to prosecute him and also remove him from the post of NHRC.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Pranav » 23 Jun 2011 06:43

NAC clears draft of Communal Violence Bill - http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/a ... 126748.ece
Sonia's word prevails: word ‘minorities' stays in the draft

This is reminiscent of how VP Singh started the Mandal Mania when he was in trouble over other issues.

Incidentally here is a study by Zenab Bano showing how many of the riots historically have been started by minorities - http://dadf.gov.in/dahd/reports/report- ... -ii-7.aspx

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby mraghu » 23 Jun 2011 07:44

Not sure if anyone is following this case http://www.deccanherald.com/content/170 ... unsur.html

The KFD people kidnapped 2 boys for ransom to fund their activities. This group is asscioated with PFI..

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby sum » 23 Jun 2011 08:33

Sonia's word prevails: word ‘minorities' stays in the draft

Once Bharat mata has given her full backing, isnt this "NAC draft" almost 400% turning into a law soon?

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Aditya_V » 23 Jun 2011 10:45

Pranav wrote:NAC clears draft of Communal Violence Bill - http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/a ... 126748.ece
Sonia's word prevails: word ‘minorities' stays in the draft

This is reminiscent of how VP Singh started the Mandal Mania when he was in trouble over other issues.

Incidentally here is a study by Zenab Bano showing how many of the riots historically have been started by minorities - http://dadf.gov.in/dahd/reports/report- ... -ii-7.aspx


Take it from me once the Idea of this draft is to create more communal incidents like Swami Lakminanada Saraswati Muder(As of today nobody offically is supposed to have killed him, no arrests, only some so called Maoists from thin air) and Keep the Congress Going. This sort of stuff is going to keep going until the seculars get caught in thier own web.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby sum » 23 Jun 2011 21:57

This news of KFD ( now PFI) members kidnapping and brutally killing couple of youngsters in small town of Hunsur is catching lots of attention in K'taka. Of course, the "secular" media is downplaying this and its only upto the "loonie fringe rightists" to talk about this:

Bangalore: PFI denies involvement

The Popular Front of India (PFI), the organisation with which KFD merged in 2006, has categorically denied any connection with the killings of the students. PFI has no connection with any such incident. We wish to make it clear that the source of finances for the PFI is monthly contributions from its members and donations from the public, said Elyas Muhammad, State president of the PFI.

Asked if the arrested youth were members of the organisation, he told The Hindu: We have thousands of people who come to our programmes as participants. We are now making enquiries in Mysore to find out if they were members at all. However, to link them and their criminal act to the organisation is part of the Government's ploy to divert attention from numerous charges of scandals it is facing today.


Interesting part:

While providing details about the KFD, police sources said the six arrested are active members of the outfit and operated from its Mysore and Hunsur branches. The KFD, a senior police officer said, works on issues related to minorities and backward communities and several of its activists were allegedly involved in communal riots in Mangalore and Udupi.

On August 15, 2010, some KFD cadres made an attempt to hoist the flag of a neighbouring country.

Wonder which this neighboring country was? Sri Lanka?

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Virupaksha » 23 Jun 2011 22:27

sum wrote:
On August 15, 2010, some KFD cadres made an attempt to hoist the flag of a neighbouring country.

Wonder which this neighboring country was? Sri Lanka?[/quote]
Any doubts who that is??

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Aditya_V » 24 Jun 2011 09:13

ravi_ku wrote:
sum wrote:
On August 15, 2010, some KFD cadres made an attempt to hoist the flag of a neighbouring country.

Wonder which this neighboring country was? Sri Lanka?

Any doubts who that is??[/quote]

Heh lets that flag is maily dark green with a little bit of white on it.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby sum » 24 Jun 2011 09:17

ravi_ku wrote:
sum wrote:
On August 15, 2010, some KFD cadres made an attempt to hoist the flag of a neighbouring country.
Wonder which this neighboring country was? Sri Lanka?

Any doubts who that is??

He he, saar...sarcasm onlee... Have seen such flags being drawn/hoisted etc with eyeball Mk.1 in certain "sensitive" localities
( and before the "seculars" jump in, no it wasnt the simple green with crescent which is supposed to be flag of a certain religion but actual paki flags with the white band on the left of the crescent).

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby ramana » 24 Jun 2011 09:46

The NAC guys now they are on short leash. So they are enacting parallel structures in case INC doesnt come back to power. This is just like the Socialist coup in changing the Constitution.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Stan_Savljevic » 24 Jun 2011 10:53

Raj Kumar Singh, an IAS officer of the 1975 batch Bihar cadre, is all set to take over as the next Union home secretary. He will succeed G K Pillai who retires on June 30. Singh, currently secretary, defence production, in the ministry of defence, had last week appeared before home minister P Chidambaram for an interview, along with a few others including Punjab chief secretary S C Aggarwal.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/indi ... 970189.cms

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby chetak » 24 Jun 2011 11:17

ramana wrote:The NAC guys now they are on short leash. So they are enacting parallel structures in case INC doesnt come back to power. This is just like the Socialist coup in changing the Constitution.



Same genetic cesspool saar.

Successful mutation does not need to evolve often.

Aided and abetted by our very concerned papal cousins who wish to attach permanently to the teats of state!!

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby sum » 24 Jun 2011 13:27

So they are enacting parallel structures in case INC doesnt come back to power. This is just like the Socialist coup in changing the Constitution.

Hmmm....nice point.. Never thought of it this way. So, the INC is insuring itself for future also.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Singha » 24 Jun 2011 15:18

assamtribune.com

BSF involvement in timber smuggling exposed
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TURA, June 23 – It was long suspected that personnel from the Border Security Force (BSF) posted in the Garo Hills sector were involved in smuggling timber to neighbouring Bangladesh but evidence was scant until this week when State Forest department personnel came across a truck laden with freshly felled sal timber deep inside Baghmara reserve forest in South Garo Hills.

A forest protection party of the Forest Department on routine patrol came across a BSF truck (AS01 Q 0687) that belonged to 40 Bn of the BSF based at Dobasipara camp in Tura. The truck was loaded with the freshly cut trees and those involved had even made an attempt to conceal the identity of the

vehicle using a mixture of diesel and mud to avoid detection.

Forerst officials found 1.487 cubic meters of sal (Shorea robusta) timber inside the truck and confiscated the logs. The same truck was spotted a day earlier collecting timber inside another part of the reserve forest that spans over an area of roughly 400 hectares.

The Baghmara Reserve Forest is one of the most densely forested areas of Garo Hills with a rich bio-diversity. Its proximity to Bangladesh, which is just a stone’s throw away, hasn’t helped matters.

Timber smugglers would take advantage of the monsoons to fell the trees and push it down to the mighty Simsang river that flows into the neighbouring country.

To check the cross border smuggling and to act as a deterrent, the BSF is on deployment all through the border. Sadly, the very force that was to check illegal activites today stands accused of being a part of the smuggling racket.

Despite the overwhelming evidence of involvement by BSF personnel its senior officials refuse to accept blame.

The BSF Deputy Inspector General GS Chaudhry, quoting his company commander has informed members of the press that the men went inside the forest to collect firewood. He added that his office has received a complaint and action would be taken if any personnel was found guilty of involvement.

In the meantime, the Range Forest Officer has served a show cause notice to one Daram Dayal, the BSF constable who was caught leading the team involved in the illegal felling.

“There have been many pending complaints against BSF for their alleged involvement with timber collection from reserve forests of Garo Hills,” informed PR Marak, DFO (Territorial) of Garo Hills.

The involvement of senior officials is not being ruled out given that the scale of the illegal smuggling which went beyond the powers of junior constables.

There has been tremendous pressure on smuggling of timber to Bangladesh and there have been reports of involvement of Bangladeshis in timber smuggling in the Balpakram Baghmara Landscape.

Wildlife activitists in Garo Hills reveal that smuggling of timber still remains rampant despite strong border fencing. Most smuggling continues to occur through the riverine route.

Baghmara Reserve Forest is a crucial wildlife habitat that is home to key species such as the Asian wild elephant, marbled cat, hoolock gibbon, leopard, Malayan giant squirrel, clouded leopard among others.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Singha » 24 Jun 2011 19:19

riots and firing in the middle of guwahati on June22.

background - the govt had not developed layouts or transport in outlying areas for 63 years after independence. guwahati has a bunch of wooded hilly areas and wetlands on periphery and some islanded in the middle. in last 20 yrs, migrant workers from other parts of the state had settled in these areas via encroachment. they cut the vegetation, built huts, then permanent housing. a network of paths and lanes lead up these hills where bajaj autos and bikes can go mostly. its like the desi version of the brazilian favellas but not so densely populated.

the spark - GoA decides to evict these people for whatever reason and use police and elephants to get into these areas.
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/11602 ... mages-News

this obviously pissed off the settlers and they protested under various orgs.

the counterstrike - there is a protest by these evicted people led by one akhil gogoi, a new 'leader' of the resistance who allegedly says he will turn assam into another libya. so while the evictees join the protest, the real operational manouver group stages from deep in western part of the state as far as dhubri on BD border (per reports pieced together from train travellers by TV later).....groups of 100s of young men all motivated and trained as the elite storm troopers. they join the protest near dispur capital complex, moving through gaps in the frontal "holding echelon" and running amuck once they breached the frontline....burning cars with prepared cans of petrol....hurling huge stones...beating up police with thick lathis......
I could see even a woman's elite batallion using sticks to break windows of buses.

police started firing and killed 3 people when tear gas failed. one 9 yr old boy died from two direct shots to the chest - the guy who dragged him to hospital told his father he had seen a cop come off the line of cops and use his service revolver to pump 2 shots at nearly point blank range into the poor kid. TV footage of the corpse confirms the 2 chest shots. this is another side scandal about the whole mess.

meantime prafulla mahanta has also made an appearance. and GoA says the evictions will continue and only those >15yr encroachers will get land pattas.

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/117104030/AFP
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/117105872/AFP
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/a ... 126774.ece
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJs_H_AB ... r_embedded

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Singha » 24 Jun 2011 19:19

riots and firing in the middle of guwahati on June22.

background - the govt had not developed layouts or transport in outlying areas for 63 years after independence. guwahati has a bunch of wooded hilly areas and wetlands on periphery and some islanded in the middle. in last 20 yrs, migrant workers from other parts of the state had settled in these areas via encroachment. they cut the vegetation, built huts, then permanent housing. a network of paths and lanes lead up these hills where bajaj autos and bikes can go mostly. its like the desi version of the brazilian favellas but not so densely populated. it used to be one of my hobbies to walk through all these semi-forested areas to explore unknown facets of my neck of the woods

the spark - GoA decides to evict these people for whatever reason and use police and elephants to get into these areas.
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/11602 ... mages-News

this obviously pissed off the settlers and they protested under various orgs.

the counterstrike - there is a protest by these evicted people led by one akhil gogoi, a new 'leader' of the resistance who allegedly says he will turn assam into another libya. so while the evictees join the protest, the real operational manouver group stages from deep in western part of the state as far as dhubri on BD border (per reports pieced together from train travellers by TV later).....groups of 100s of young men all motivated and trained as the elite storm troopers. they join the protest near dispur capital complex, moving through gaps in the frontal "holding echelon" and running amuck once they breached the frontline....burning cars with prepared cans of petrol....hurling huge stones...beating up police with thick lathis......
I could see even a woman's elite batallion using sticks to break windows of buses.

police started firing and killed 3 people when tear gas failed. one 9 yr old boy died from two direct shots to the chest - the guy who dragged him to hospital told his father he had seen a cop come off the line of cops and use his service revolver to pump 2 shots at nearly point blank range into the poor kid. TV footage of the corpse confirms the 2 chest shots. this is another side scandal about the whole mess.

meantime prafulla mahanta has also made an appearance. and GoA says the evictions will continue and only those >15yr encroachers will get land pattas.

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/117104030/AFP
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/117105872/AFP
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/a ... 126774.ece
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJs_H_AB ... r_embedded

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby ramana » 24 Jun 2011 19:56

sum wrote:
So they are enacting parallel structures in case INC doesnt come back to power. This is just like the Socialist coup in changing the Constitution.

Hmmm....nice point.. Never thought of it this way. So, the INC is insuring itself for future also.



Keep the mind open and it will reveal itself. The NAC gamut of laws are to bring about changes by law while their ilk is in power and to repeal will require quite an effort by later regimes.

Could Morarji and all others amend the Constitution to remove the Socialist vebiage brought in during Mrs G's excesses? Even after liberalisation/collapse of FSU, Rao nor ABV couldnt.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby svinayak » 24 Jun 2011 20:15

ramana wrote: So they are enacting parallel structures in case INC doesnt come back to power. This is just like the Socialist coup in changing the Constitution.
Hmmm....nice point.. Never thought of it this way. So, the INC is insuring itself for future also.

Keep the mind open and it will reveal itself. The NAC gamut of laws are to bring about changes by law while their ilk is in power and to repeal will require quite an effort by later regimes.

Could Morarji and all others amend the Constitution to remove the Socialist vebiage brought in during Mrs G's excesses? Even after liberalisation/collapse of FSU, Rao nor ABV couldnt.

This is also long term social engineering which once put in place will change the system. The process they put in place in the 1970s - secular, socialism has resulted in national debate in the 90s and later.
The entire process has been designed by one generation who have been educated in the post indepndent era.These are the first marxist and leftist of the new generation born during the period of independence. They also were educated in the western sociology and media development.
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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Sachin » 24 Jun 2011 20:46

Singha wrote:guwahati has a bunch of wooded hilly areas and wetlands on periphery and some islanded in the middle. in last 20 yrs, migrant workers from other parts of the state had settled in these areas via encroachment. they cut the vegetation, built huts, then permanent housing.

I was re-reading the book "Simply Khakhi" by E.Rammohan, an IPS officer who spent quite a lot of his time in North East and mainly in Assam. He explains the area quite nicely and specially mentions about these sort of islands, and low-lands next to the river (or wetlands) and how encroachers occupy these places. His book mainly talk about Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants barging in and occupying these areas (which other wise was used by Assamese folks for cultivation, when the river is not swelling with water). Looks like this has now become an "All caste, all religion affair".

The PSI who is first seen facing the attack from a woman, then defending himself from another gang of women and finally getting hit by these women; he seems to be ill-protected against any sort of blows or hits. He only has a shield for himself. The police men behind him seems to me much more protected.

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Postby Singha » 24 Jun 2011 21:09

the woman is certainly using a thick piece of firewood, enough to crack a skull open. TV showed one policeman had his head wounded pretty bad.

anyways its a fascinating place these hilly uplands...there is a island hill within the city called Gandhi Mandap...it has desolate memorial to gandhiji with some huge B&W pics of the freedom struggle. the road goes round and round. there is a kali cave temple near the top. bunches of people had cut into the slopes near the road from where proper approved houses ended and built up tiers of huts reached by steep lanes and series of steps.
http://static.panoramio.com/photos/orig ... 574121.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/azam24x7/815962663/

sometimes with "associates" , and sometimes alone I used to explore these paths less trodden. we looked at the hills behind the guwahati refinery in high school era and boy everyone and their unkil had staked out some encroached land there (incl my buddy who was with me and his dad worked in the refinery itself!)...they had put up a fence and grown some rubber trees there. and this was way up in the hills well beyond any vehicular track.

"how green was my valley then". now people in my "platoon" are so out of touch, we wouldnt recognize each other in the street. I suppose there's high school and there's real life...

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Stan_Savljevic » 24 Jun 2011 23:04

Singha, that riot was instigated by Krishak Muktir Sangram Samiti and its frontsman Akhil Gogoi. Basically, folks lost the elections after campaigning on the anti-corruption plank (amongst other infinitely many grievances including building dams, NDFB cash funneling etc.) against Tarun Gogoi & co. AGP also had its backside handed back in the elections. The immediate cause was eviction of Bodos in Haflong, but there have been too many half-starters and it is patently obvious that this is just an instigated riot.

There are three or four issues where each one is heading an onslaught against Tarun Gogoi & co. now: 1) D voters issue which AIUDF is championing and which TG is trying to nip by recognizing and illegally correcting course on this issue without an IMDT tribunal, 2) big dams which obviously is an issue that KMSS etc. are going after, with possible help from "lower-riparians" such as the Bodoland district, BD, Manipur, etc., 3) NDFB and extortion which NDFB (all the three factions, BTC and BTAD) want to be silenced without any legal issues to worry about + there is this "grievance" factor on different rules for ULFA canard. Actually Mamta didi's truce with the Gorkhaland rioters and backpedalling on Telengana seem to be the excuse given for no Bodoland, but all this may come to pass because that is how India works -- day to day, hour to hour, 4) ULFA talks which is like ever-pregnant never-baby (Anup Chetia seems to be coming on board, some funding is on to KIO in Burma to hit the PB faction to come overground, Suspension of Operations due any time soon, etc.), 5) spill-over from NSCN(K)-NSCN(IM) feud-fest from Nagaland and Arunachal (Last week saw the Khole Konyak and SS Khaplang factions come to a fist-fight and expel each other and Arunachal-based Nagas joined officially the NSCN(K). Plus, the Nagas in Manipur want to be a part of a tri-partite talks without any direct parleys with the Govt of Manipur. Basically, all this is strengthening NSCN(IM) hands, which is in a better truce mode with GoI. A new Home Sec is due, and PC Haldar may make way for someone else. I dont know if NSCN(IM) is the first among equals, but all indications are that it is.)

Basically, TG is fire-fighting so many fronts that Assam really looks like a mid-war state now. Where is time for development or infra building?

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Stan_Savljevic » 25 Jun 2011 03:06

Another group called Brihattar Guwahati Mati Patta Dabi Samiti is also involved in the gherao/lathi-charge. Action Aid and another organization called North East affected Development Society (NEADS) are in the background and have been inflaming people for a while, looks like.
This violence comes 10 days after the Garchuk incident when people blocked National Highway 37 for three hours and prevented forest department personnel from evicting settlers from the Fatasil reserve forest (a government owned wetland). The forest department had launched the eviction drive on city hills on June 10. Garchuk was part of a historic rampart with a biodiversity-rich forest called Garbhanga nearby.

This incident looks more like over-crowding + huge stress on arable land + long-held whinefests on "indigenous"ness that is already under attack with illegal immigration + self-appointed custodians of accountability, morality and democracy (alias civil society, alias RTI champions, alias 21st century satyagrahis, alias intelligentsia, alias peaceful protesters akin to the 'Nam era) acting as the lead actor to inflame opinions and make a reasonably handle-able situation difficult, tense and then extremely unsafe.
Moral: Expect more of the same.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Singha » 25 Jun 2011 09:12

over the course of last 20 years as economic development in assam stagnated, a LOT of people (incl educated salaried class) migrated from upper assam to guwahati and settled there. those who could afford it purchased land and built house, or atleast purchased a flat. the weaker sections headed for hilly surrounding areas and built huts with tin corrugated roofs usually, or even pukka houses. the loose red soil floods the city after rains
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people in lower assam even unto 100km away started using daily morning and evening trains to work in guwahati but live cheaply outside in their native places.


so pressure on the city has been immense. on top of it we have the redoubtable Town and Country planning board which has not been able to develop even a single layout or area in last 63 years to facilitate planned expansion of the city. in any residential area, 11 feet wide roads is par for the course, with smallish drains on either side. so when wetlands get filled to big homes, where will the water go - right onto the road which gets flooded. 11 ft also means two cars can just about pass each other.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Singha » 26 Jun 2011 06:57

within a decade, guwahati lost half or more of its forest cover and grassland/marshes....a lot of it was forest and revenue land being quietly encroached.

assamtribune.com
Satellite images reveal city degradation
Prabal Kr Das
GUWAHATI, June 25 – The State government or the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS) may find it hard to accept, but probing eyes in space have revealed the manner in which Guwahati’s natural landscape has been degraded by human intervention in recent times.

Embarrassingly for the Congress, a major shift in land use pattern in the city occurred during a period the party was in power.

While the issue of land use is now being utilized for political gains, data from satellite images suggests, that the city’s most important features have undergone drastic and irreparable changes.

In the year 1998, there was 20.14 sq km under dense forest cover in the city. By 2010 it shrunk to 7.84 sq km. The effect on biodiversity cannot be overlooked, with the city losing a range of flora and fauna, some of them endemic and rare.

The status of marshy lands is no less a matter of concern. In 1998, satellite imagery recorded 20.25 sq km of marshy lands spread across various parts of the city. In 2002 it was down to 17.79 sq km. Last year the area covered by marshes covered barely 12.11 sq km. Marshy lands and wetlands have been encroached not just by the landless, but by reputed institutions and influential people.

While the district administration is well aware of the encroachments, there has not been any corrective action so far.

The land use change in the hilly areas has been evident in the data gathered by satellites. In 1998, the total hilly residential area was around 18.10 sq km, which grew to 22.36 sq km in 2002. It expanded to 23.71 sq km in 2005, and proliferated to 27.45 sq km in 2010.

Many of the hilly residential areas have spread after destruction of green cover, which has contributed to more surface run off and clogging of the city’s drainage network.

It is inconceivable that the district administration and the State government did not know of the situation, but with an eye on the Assembly elections in 2011, no action was taken to evict illegal settlers on the hills.

Another revealing picture related to land use changes is about the loss of agricultural land and grassland in the city. In 2010 it stood at 7.72 sq km, whereas it was 29.07 sq km in 1998. Along with land where forest cover was lost, these areas have been transformed into builtup areas.

Those who made the data available to The Assam Tribune pointed to a sharp increase of built up areas in and around the city, and that has primarily come at the cost of green cover and wetlands.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby chetak » 26 Jun 2011 07:49

Some sanity at last!!


Justices Verma and Srikrishna red-flag NAC draft anti-communal violence Bill






The Congress may dismiss the BJP’s attack on the National Advisory Council’s draft Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill as “communal propaganda”. But there’s mounting criticism from quarters it may find hard to shrug off — independent jurists with an impeccable record of having intervened in cases of communal discord or violence.



Their argument: existing laws need to be better implemented, access to justice needs to be expanded — another law isn’t the answer. Especially one which, just like the one for a Lokpal, sets up panels of eminent people of “good moral character” and expects to equip them with a magic wand.



Commenting on the Bill — its amended draft was released this week — former Chief Justice of India Justice J S Verma says: “No law can eradicate communalism in the country...We need to identify lacunae in present laws, if any, and make amendments. We have enough laws, in fact the maximum in the world. The problem is in faithful implementation. It is not the Constitution that has failed us but we who have failed the Constitution

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Anindya » 26 Jun 2011 13:00

Unfortunately, this kind of directed violence has become quite common in border areas of West Bengal - journalist friends tell me that at least people in the telegraph have been asked not to make too much of such violence, so as "not to cause trouble"...

From http://southbengalherald.blogspot.com/2011/06/hindu-youths-stabbed-for-resisting.html

...four such thugs, regular visitors to Uttar Nibra Panchanantala from Ankurhati in the vicinity, arrived as usual and started teasing Hindu girls and using foul languages to make the job more erotic. To be precise, at this time Hindu girls return to home from tuition classes. Finding no other way to stop them Malo Ram (26) and Babla Bera (27) strongly protested.

Within the next couple of minutes both were stabbed. While Malo Ram received severe injuries on his neck and hands, Babla Bera got injuries on the back. Both were rushed to the Howrah District Hospital. What followed these was nothing but a mass outrage. Angry locals got hold of two of four Muslim guys riding motorcycles and manhandled them. Malo Ram is still in hospital, Babla Bera has been released after treatments.

The two Muslim rowdies – Hasan Gazi (28) and Mukul Ali (27) – were then handed over to the police. They were remanded in police custody after being produced before a court.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Hari Seldon » 26 Jun 2011 14:58

Wow. Am shocked to see mass outrage on a 'communal' issue in West Bengal. I was (Seriously) under the impression the Calcutta riots of 1946 made our Bangla bandhus immune to communalism of all stripes. Even during the 1971 genocide in BD, there wasn't much murmer of outrage in WB. Good to see spine and outrage returning to WB.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby chetak » 26 Jun 2011 16:05

Anindya wrote:Unfortunately, this kind of directed violence has become quite common in border areas of West Bengal - journalist friends tell me that at least people in the telegraph have been asked not to make too much of such violence, so as "not to cause trouble"...

From http://southbengalherald.blogspot.com/2011/06/hindu-youths-stabbed-for-resisting.html

...four such thugs, regular visitors to Uttar Nibra Panchanantala from Ankurhati in the vicinity, arrived as usual and started teasing Hindu girls and using foul languages to make the job more erotic. To be precise, at this time Hindu girls return to home from tuition classes. Finding no other way to stop them Malo Ram (26) and Babla Bera (27) strongly protested.

Within the next couple of minutes both were stabbed. While Malo Ram received severe injuries on his neck and hands, Babla Bera got injuries on the back. Both were rushed to the Howrah District Hospital. What followed these was nothing but a mass outrage. Angry locals got hold of two of four Muslim guys riding motorcycles and manhandled them. Malo Ram is still in hospital, Babla Bera has been released after treatments.

The two Muslim rowdies – Hasan Gazi (28) and Mukul Ali (27) – were then handed over to the police. They were remanded in police custody after being produced before a court.



There has got to be a gazi involved, right? :roll:

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby sum » 27 Jun 2011 11:54

X-post:
sum wrote:http://www.indianexpress.com/news/politician-policeman-builder-bhai/806921/0Politician,%20policeman,%20builder,%20bhai

Reform the Mumbai police? But how do you clean a cesspool of oceanic depth?

I do not claim to be an expert on the Mumbai police. But I’ve worked as a reporter in India’s richest metropolis for 25 years, and remained in close touch for another two decades. Some of this time has been spent in exploring the underbelly of Mumbai.

As a cub reporter, I was offered my first bribe on the steps of a magistrate’s court. I soon discovered that a senior reporter was running a lucrative business writing on crime. So before I learned about corrupt policemen or politicians, I was introduced to the venality of fellow journalists.


If this theory turns out to be true, then it’ll only confirm what’s been said for some time — that now there’s little to distinguish the Mumbai police from the city’s legendary underworld.

Some of India’s phenomenally rich policemen, serving or retired, live in Mumbai. The list includes IPS officers, an elite bunch that commanded countrywide respect and admiration up to the ’80s. Many factors brought about the descent of the Mumbai police into corruption and criminality. To begin with, there were the policy blunders, both at the state and the national level. Prohibition and the ban on the import of gold, which helped create smuggling syndicates, immediately come to mind. But IPS officers generally remained outside this circle of infamy. What ultimately sucked everyone into the whirlpool was the crazy ’90s property boom.

Stupid policies — a draconian law protecting tenants; the decision to keep big business out of construction; the land ceiling law; and the failure to create housing for the poor — all helped bring the underworld into Mumbai’s real estate business in the ’80s, either as enforcers or as builders. The ’90s boom made many fabulously wealthy. Today, the builders and land sharks, straight or “history-sheeters”, have become so influential that they virtually run Mumbai. And preside over a vast empire of graft running into thousands of crores.


It therefore surprises no one that occasionally the Mumbai police grapevine hums with rumours of the senior posts selling for as much as Rs 50 crore. These incredible amounts are allegedly paid to politicians by builders’ syndicates whenever they succeed in getting the top job for their chosen candidate — the primary qualification being willingness to serve the builders’ mafia. The builder-government nexus is so flagrant that not long ago a highly influential builder, now in jail, was virtually camped inside a bureaucrat’s office.

This sea of cash has introduced a totally new dimension to old rivalries between corrupt policemen. The stakes are now exceedingly high for everyone — politician, policeman, builder, gangster (“bhai” in Mumbai patois). As a result, top cops launch vicious campaigns against rivals in the race for senior executive posts.

In this internecine, intra-force lobbying, the capable cops become the victims. Two unquestionably brave officers didn’t get police medals for 26/11 as they don’t belong to any camp. Other honest and diligent officers are cooling their heels in non-executive posts. At the same time officers guilty of criminal dereliction of duty can be constantly rewarded. sAnd when the anti-corruption bureau wanted to investigate top officers with disproportionate assets, the request was summarily rejected. Is it any wonder then that, before he was slain on 26/11, a conscientious professional like Hemant Karkare wanted to return to RAW?


How does one change such a seemingly hopeless state of affairs? As we’ve seen in other spheres, it’s still possible in India to salvage a doomed situation. Sometimes a few good officers can do the job, provided they get the right structural support. Everybody knows what’s to be done. The basic need is to create a buffer between politicians and the police, reduce ministerial interference, ensure good officers take command, and have a watchdog committee of officials, judges and eminent citizens to oversee police functioning.

Several expert committees and a national police commission have done extensive studies and made detailed recommendations. Soli Sorabjee also produced a model draft police act. Five years ago, the Supreme Court issued seven directives to state governments on instituting police reforms. Last November, it issued a notice to Maharashtra for “total non-compliance.”

The problem is compounded in Mumbai since under the coalition government, the spoils are divided — the Congress oversees the municipal corporation, and Sharad Pawar’s NCP the police. Pawar knows the Mumbai police like the back of his hand — he could begin clearing the cesspool on his own if he so desired. But who said the NCP chief is a reformer?

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby saadhak » 28 Jun 2011 12:59

On the agency hired for sweeping the finance minister's office (for chewing gum)

Shishir Gupta , Ritu Sarin
Posted: Tue Jun 28 2011, 02:56 hrs
New Delhi:
Its “corporate head office” is located in a farmhouse named Flower Valley in the capital’s Vasant Kunj. There is no signboard but once you step in, it’s clear: designed as a plush residence in the city’s green belt, it’s now a bustling office with at least 90 staffers on duty. This is BCL Secure Premises Private Limited, a security firm boasting an ISO certification, which in September last year, was chosen by the Central Board of Direct Taxes for the sensitive assignment of performing an electronic sweep of the office of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and those of his key aides.

As The Indian Express first reported, that sweep detected “plantable adhesives” at 16 key locations.

BCL’s website states that its Managing Director is S K Gupta who retired as Joint Director (Technical) of the Intelligence Bureau and has decades of experience in the security business. The company employs several former Army and Air Force officials and on its Board of Directors is Vikram Sood, the former head of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW).
On BCL’s “list of clients” are the Embassies of Argentina and Qatar, Gurgaon’s Gold Souk, Uttarakhand Police, Alacatel-Lucent and Videocon.

The hiring of the private firm — which has a large detective unit handling “market intelligence” for corporates — has raised key questions.
For one, under what financial guidelines was BCL paid for the assignment? Who cleared the payment? Why was a private security firm run by an ex-IB official brought into North Block and not the IB itself?
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Similarly, CBDT officials have refrained from divulging details about the operation. What is known is that around a year ago, the CBDT made a formal proposal to the Finance Ministry for the purchase of surveillance and debugging equipment and that the proposal was still in the discussion stage when the unprecedented request for a non-IB team to do a electronic sweep was made by the Finance Ministry.

Sudhir Chandra was then CBDT’s Member (Investigations) who called in BCL.

Sources said the company’s technical unit arrived in a strength of over 10 members with sophisticated surveillance equipment. After finding what the Finance Minister — in his September 7, 2010 letter to the Prime Minister — called “plantable adhesive substances”, it was S K Gupta who briefed the FM’s advisor, Omita Paul, and Chandra about the “porous points” in the FM’s office and possible points for planting bugs.

“For days after the sweeping operation, we were speaking in whispers even in our own office,” a CBDT top official told The Indian Express.

The security paranoia that gripped North Block had a multiple effect. For one, the CBDT investigation wing acquired the much delayed consignment of surveillance equipment (costing around Rs 25 lakh) and trained a team of inspectors to regularly sweep the chambers of the Finance Minister and his aides.

And after September 7, once the IB was assigned by the Cabinet Secretary to check the Finance Minister’s complaint, the Government agency, too, has left nothing to chance. The IB’s sweeping team, sources said, has since September last, been spotted in the chambers of the Finance Minister over a dozen times.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Singha » 28 Jun 2011 14:35

sir may we know your user name in a language all can read?

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Hari Seldon » 28 Jun 2011 15:00

Radheychandra or something like that (OK, I dunno how to read kannada, just extrapolating telugu script westwards only...)

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Manishw » 28 Jun 2011 15:16

Raghavendra, I guess.

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