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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Singha » 18 May 2017 19:53

india should work toward exchanging prisoners like east and west did in some bridge in berlin

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby chetak » 18 May 2017 22:18

Singha wrote:india should work toward exchanging prisoners like east and west did in some bridge in berlin


checkpoint charlie.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Falijee » 20 May 2017 17:56

Zakir Naik granted citizenship of Saudi Arabia: sources

According to MiddleEast Monitor, Indian Islamic preacher, Dr Zakir Naik, who is wanted by authorities in Delhi for alleged terrorist offences, has been granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia.Arab sources reported that King Salman had intervened to grant Naik Saudi citizenship to protect him from arrest by the International Police Organisation, Interpol.Last month, Indian courts issued a second arrest warrant for Dr Naik in connection with his alleged role in a terror-related case and over money laundering allegations. Naik, who was on tour at the time, decided not to return to India and remained in Malaysia where permanent residency status was granted to him five years ago by the Malaysian government.The 51-year-old preacher left India last year, allegedly to evade arrest after some perpetrators of the Dhaka terror attack claimed they were inspired by him.Indian press reported that the country’s enforcement officials were moving to revoke his passport and request Interpol issue an arrest warrant for him.It was believed that Naik, who had by then moved to Saudi Arabia, would be forced to return to India if his passport was revoked. The Mumbai passport office, which appears not to have anticipated Saudi Arabia granting citizenship to Naik, moved to revoke his passport while a special court sent out an arrest warrant for him.

If confirmed , it is BIG ! First, it proves this (so-called) preacher's radical status. Secondly, his guilty conscience. Thirdly, it shows to what extent, Saudi Arabia, the fountainhead of extreme Islamism and Wahabism , would go to protect one of its own propagators , in spite of overwhelming evidence against this person and Saudia's professed friendly ties with India . India should lodge a strong protest !!!

PS: Saudi citizenship - for non-Saudi born - is exceptional !

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby chetak » 20 May 2017 21:21

^^^^^^^

It's a very very specific message to India and the ummah.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby uddu » 20 May 2017 22:28

The Saud's have taken their stance. They declared that they are against the Indians. So from now on let's add them to our enemy list.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby abhik » 20 May 2017 23:44

And we let the Saudi rapist diplomat and father-in-law go scot free.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby vijayk » 21 May 2017 02:29

can we knock off zakir naik b4 kutta goes to saudi?

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby ramana » 21 May 2017 11:57

He is in Saudi no?

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Karthik S » 21 May 2017 12:00

^^ Malaysia.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby anupmisra » 21 May 2017 19:09

Will India offer citizenship status, if asked, to saudi dissidents? Does India have an extradition treaty with the saudis?

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Austin » 23 May 2017 21:51

Zakir Naik has already won King Faisal award from Saudi King thats like the Highest Civilian Award in Saudi for any one to get.

So its not surprising he would be granted Saudi Citizenship , He has been preaching Wahhabism Islamic doctrine faithfully in many countries.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Pathik » 24 May 2017 07:13

The jackal will lead a luxurious life in the desert kingdom, touring countries and doing what he does best - spew venom from the mic. It will only get louder and anti-hindu/pagan. The SA citizenship is his license to kill. Question is, what can India do to stop creating more jackals in future or remove his legacy?

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Austin » 24 May 2017 13:30

Pathik wrote:The jackal will lead a luxurious life in the desert kingdom, touring countries and doing what he does best - spew venom from the mic. It will only get louder and anti-hindu/pagan. The SA citizenship is his license to kill. Question is, what can India do to stop creating more jackals in future or remove his legacy?


We should just demand he be returned back as he is Indian Citizen and wanted in criminal charges under Indian Law.
Getting him back from Saudi is more difficult then getting Dawood back from Pakistan.

Saudi has been known to fund Madarasas in Kashmir and if we push to hard they would tighten the screw in Kashmir and we have no way to retaliate against the Muslim Terror Ummah in chief.

Best would be to confiscate his property and bank account , Ban his Videos etc on youtube in India and hope he does not turn back to India.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Karthik S » 24 May 2017 13:34

Austin wrote:Saudi has been known to fund Madarasas in Kashmir and if we push to hard they would tighten the screw in Kashmir and we have no way to retaliate against the Muslim Terror Ummah in chief.


They will tighten screws in Kashmir, how? And that will lead to what?

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Sachin » 24 May 2017 16:30

A positive news, on how vigilant or alert people are getting these days.
Mumbai: 6 youths detained after typing out 'bomb' in WhatsApp chats
An alert train passenger noticed the group of six youths speaking in a unknown language (for him; which was Malayalam) which made him also notice what they were typing on WhatsApp chat. He informed the police when it was found that they were typing in words like "Bomb".

The same news, was completely twisted and reported by the local vernacular Malayalam daily - "Mathrubhumi".
'വാട്സാപ്പ് ബോംബ്' കുരുക്കായി; മലയാളികളായ 'കുഞ്ഞു ഭീകരര്‍' മുംബൈയില്‍ വലഞ്ഞു...... (Small children 'terrorists' land in trouble, when they wrote Bomb on WhatsApp).

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby shravanp » 24 May 2017 19:47

During UPA rule, ZN was roaming freely in India giving virulent speeches and it simply outrageous how in a supposedly "secular" nation can one be allowed a public platform for someone to openly say "My religion is better than yours". RoPers would immediately counter this argument by saying "You are free to challenge ZN on debate". (Yea sure, in front of blood thirsty mob as audience, what a sight it would be to behold if I were to call Mo a con-man).

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Anindya » 25 May 2017 02:31

Was talking to a friend who sometimes writes opinion columns on Pakistan & other security issues....

Reminded me of the last time, we had significant tensions on the border & a BJP government at center - Gujarat riots followed. Riots in Saharanpur may just be the beginning apparently....

There are already reports of the Bhim army being funded by shady sources....

Any thoughts on similar situations being created or exacerbated as tensions rise on the border?

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby sudeepj » 25 May 2017 07:26

Far left extremist and promoter of communist violence, Kavita Krishnan has promoted the founding day of the Naxalbari terrorist movement on her twitter and linked to the website of a terrorist organization, CPI-ML. Do your bit for a Swachh Bharat and report her account for promoting hate towards a group of people. Linking her tweet for you to read and report for yourself.

https://twitter.com/kavita_krishnan/sta ... 7118642176

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Raja Bose » 25 May 2017 07:56

I have reported that tweet. I suggest everybody here do so. You don't need a twitter account to report I think.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Marten » 25 May 2017 09:35

Raja Bose wrote:I have reported that tweet. I suggest everybody here do so. You don't need a twitter account to report I think.

Did too. Reported it for spreading hatred against a group of people.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Rudradev » 25 May 2017 09:40

Reported.

Please do what you can to ensure this initiative takes off with as many reports as possible

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Marten » 25 May 2017 09:43

Can we use the Social media thread and have someone alert the list so such tweets can be reported?

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Santosh » 25 May 2017 10:23

#GauravPradhan‏ @DrGPradhan 12h12 hours ago

By the way @Shehla_Rashid Ji, is it true that behind "abhijeet" handle suspension, it was all Lal Salaam & JNU gang?
WHY? How is Janab?

Looks like DGP twitter handle may also get suspended. Abhijeet is suspended and Sonu Nigam quit twitter.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby SSridhar » 25 May 2017 10:44

Gujarat blasts case accused held in Kerala - The Hindu
The Ahmedabad police have arrested Shoaib Pottanikal, a key accused in the 2008 serial blasts case, from Kozhikode in Kerala.

A police team, involving officials from the Ahmedabad Crime Branch, Kerala Police and Intelligence arrested the accused after he landed at the Kozhikode airport on an international flight.

Shoaib is one of the 18 absconding accused in the blasts in which 56 people were killed in the city. “He had escaped overseas after the blasts,” Ahmedabad Crime Branch joint commissioner of police J.K. Bhatt said on Wednesday.

Shoaib knew Sainuddin and Sarfuddin, the two persons held for allegedly providing electronic chips used in bombs for the 2008 blasts, and helped the operatives of Indian Mujahideen and SIMI get in touch with them, Mr. Bhatt said. Yasin Bhatkal, one of the main accused, had also told the sleuths about Shoaib’s role. Shoaib hails from Malappuram.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Karthik S » 25 May 2017 14:18

Republic‏Verified account @republic
#BREAKING: Three Pakistani nationals arrested in Bengaluru for producing incomplete documents. More details awaited

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Supratik » 25 May 2017 14:28

Ho ho. tit for tat.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Singha » 25 May 2017 14:55

http://www.ndtv.com/bangalore-news/3-pa ... ed-1703776

^^ absconding lovers they claim to be

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Singha » 25 May 2017 14:58

uddu wrote:The Saud's have taken their stance. They declared that they are against the Indians. So from now on let's add them to our enemy list.


I say india should abandon the saudi labour market , and ban any form of saudi funding into indian mosques and madrasas. a lot of indian muslim workers have got radicalized there, nobody knows what damage they will do later. let them work in other parts of the world.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Sachin » 25 May 2017 17:18

Singha wrote:^^ absconding lovers they claim to be

Seems to be frauds of the first order!!
Pak woman reaches India to stay with Keralite husband, arrested in Bengaluru......
  • The husband/lover of the Pakistani woman is said to be a Malayali, from Kannur Dt. North Kerala.
  • Muhammad Shihab got acquainted with the Pakistanis while he was working in Qatar. He had an affair with Sameera, which ended up in their marriage. Later, they got disconnected for reasons unknown {Yeah, may be for getting some training on spy work}.
  • The woman landed up in Bangalore, nine months ago along with two more Pakistanis (a couple). Shihab was happy to provide them with Indian ID proofs and documents {Off course, any thing for love}.
  • They were all camping at Yarab Nagar, Kumaraswamy layout, Southern Bangalore {Off course at a friendly ghetto}.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Singha » 25 May 2017 17:20

could be trying to worm into the various Govt labs here or setup sleeper cells.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Sachin » 25 May 2017 18:20

x-posted from the Phobia thread..
A curious case of "Love Jehad" (from Kerala)

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Supratik » 25 May 2017 20:36

Malabar along with Kashmir are areas where Islamists have impunity. The only official Islamic conversions centers after ZN was exiled are in Kerala.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby IndraD » 25 May 2017 21:28

Image
uzma crossing over into India ..


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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby SSridhar » 27 May 2017 07:50

Terror alert issued in Delhi, Mumbai - Somreet Bhattacharya, ToI
Intelligence agencies have issued an alert about a possible terror strike by Lashkar-e-Taiba in metros, including Delhi and Mumbai, or in border areas of Punjab and Rajasthan.

The agencies said a group of 20-21 LeT operatives may have entered India from Pakistan and subsequently divided themselves into smaller groups.

These men have been trained by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, the input said.

Police have issued an advisory to ensure tight monitoring and strengthened anti-terror measures at Metro and railway stations, airports, hotels popular among tourists, crowded markets, religious places and stadiums in Delhi, said the advisory. The alert says the infiltrators plan to out a "spectacular terrorist incident," so as to attract media attention.

Intelligence officers suspect the terrorists may carry out a medium intensity blast by a suicide bomber at a crowded location. Police have also been asked to conduct proper frisking and checking, besides tightening security. Earlier in May, a top US intelligence official had warned that Pakistan-based terrorist groups were planning attacks in India while asserting that Islamabad had failed to rein in terrorists.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby chetak » 27 May 2017 08:27

Singha wrote:http://www.ndtv.com/bangalore-news/3-pakistani-nationals-staying-in-bengaluru-under-false-identities-arrested-1703776

^^ absconding lovers they claim to be


If the nepal route to India is as simple as these pakis claim that it is, it simply means that there already may be tens of thousands of pakis already in India.

Something is very fishy here.

Why is foolish India having open borders with all and sundry two bit countries who are openly inimical towards us??

What are we trying to prove and to whom??

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Asit P » 27 May 2017 20:41

chetak wrote:If the nepal route to India is as simple as these pakis claim that it is, it simply means that there already may be tens of thousands of pakis already in India.

Something is very fishy here.

Why is foolish India having open borders with all and sundry two bit countries who are openly inimical towards us??


India and Nepal have a porous border and citizens of both the countries don't need a passport or a visa to cross the border. There are millions of Nepalis who work in India, and there are many Indians who have their business interests in Nepal. The general border area population on both the sides suffer from acute poverty (although their situation is now beginning to improve), and it is pretty common for the locals to cross the border (they can literally walk on foot) for buying goods that are cheaper on the other side. For example items of daily usage like salt is cheaper in India while Nepal is flooded with cheap Chinese products.

Owing to thousand of years of historical ties, marriages between people from both the sides is also very common. It is worth mentioning that Janakpur, the capital of King Janak whose name is mentioned in the holy epic Ramayana happens to be in Nepal, while the place (Sitamarhi) where his plough struck the pot which had goddess Sita; is in India. The people living on the border area in Nepal side are known as 'Madhesis' and unlike their 'Pahari' countrymen, some of whom have become sympathetic towards China owing to Maoist indoctrination, are still very friendly and loyal towards India.

Pakistan has been using the Nepal route to send terrorists to India every now and then. However, owing to several problems such as Nepal's strong ties with India, problem in smuggling automatic weapons etc., it is not their preferred route. What is a matter of great concern though is the fake currency racket run by ISI in both Nepal and India, and also the mushrooming of mosques and madarsas in the border areas. If not nipped in the bud, they would definitely turn out to be the thorn in our flesh sometime in future.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby chetak » 28 May 2017 08:08

Asit P wrote:
chetak wrote:If the nepal route to India is as simple as these pakis claim that it is, it simply means that there already may be tens of thousands of pakis already in India.

Something is very fishy here.

Why is foolish India having open borders with all and sundry two bit countries who are openly inimical towards us??


India and Nepal have a porous border and citizens of both the countries don't need a passport or a visa to cross the border. There are millions of Nepalis who work in India, and there are many Indians who have their business interests in Nepal. The general border area population on both the sides suffer from acute poverty (although their situation is now beginning to improve), and it is pretty common for the locals to cross the border (they can literally walk on foot) for buying goods that are cheaper on the other side. For example items of daily usage like salt is cheaper in India while Nepal is flooded with cheap Chinese products.

Owing to thousand of years of historical ties, marriages between people from both the sides is also very common. It is worth mentioning that Janakpur, the capital of King Janak whose name is mentioned in the holy epic Ramayana happens to be in Nepal, while the place (Sitamarhi) where his plough struck the pot which had goddess Sita; is in India. The people living on the border area in Nepal side are known as 'Madhesis' and unlike their 'Pahari' countrymen, some of whom have become sympathetic towards China owing to Maoist indoctrination, are still very friendly and loyal towards India.

Pakistan has been using the Nepal route to send terrorists to India every now and then. However, owing to several problems such as Nepal's strong ties with India, problem in smuggling automatic weapons etc., it is not their preferred route. What is a matter of great concern though is the fake currency racket run by ISI in both Nepal and India, and also the mushrooming of mosques and madarsas in the border areas. If not nipped in the bud, they would definitely turn out to be the thorn in our flesh sometime in future.


The situation has changed and in keeping with the changed situation, we should protect ourselves instead of professing some outmoded cultural connection and dangerous sympathy for the nepalis who have become hostile towards us and its high time that we recognised it as such and acted accordingly.

Seal the borders and institute strict border controls and be done with it.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Sachin » 30 May 2017 15:22

Dawn-to-dusk hartal in Ernakulam......
This may be a "first" in Kerala (and may be India). A new organisation "Muslim Ekopana Samithi" (Muslim Unification Commitee) has called for this harthal/bandh, against a High Court order.

The case was that a Hindu girl, studying for a Homeo Medicine course was lured by two of her hostel mates to Islam. She was then moved to an establishment Satyasarini, where she converted to Islam, after "understanding Islam". The girl's parents could not find her, and had also filed a habious corpus petition. The court had asked the people who brought her into the court to provide her in safe custody, till the next hearing. During the next hearing (happened a week back), the court found out that the girl was also married to another Muslim man. Some other people had officiated the marriage in the capacity as "parents". The High Court annulled the marriage stating that in an Islamic marriage, it is the girl's father who has to sign on the marriage contract and that has not happened in this case. The High Court then asked the girl to be taken to a government approved holding center for women, and then ordered her to be sent back with her parents. The police complied, and the girl was sent to her original home; even when she was heard saying that she did not want to go back. The Muslim organisations were protesting against this court order.

From social media, I understand that the harthal/bandh was lukewarm, with BJP & RSS encouraging Hindu shop keepers to open their shops and continue business.

Rampur molestation video row: Four arrested in Uttar Pradesh, police to slap Gonda Act on accused
#Rampur incident update~Total 4 arrested till now .1-Shahnawaz 2-Saddam 3- Danish 4- Farman. Gonda Act shall be imposed on t molestors.
This incident too was on expected lines, especially when it comes to perpetrators. Looks like Goonda Act should teach these people a few lessons in life.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby chetak » 30 May 2017 17:34

x posted from the political thread

Two decades after this letter, and little has changed. The State continues to discriminate between terrorists and policemen in favour of the former.


Ungrateful Nation: Letter to Prime Minister I K Gujral by K P S Gill

same letter here too

http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/kpsgill/terrorism/97PM.htm



29 May 2017

Ungrateful Nation: Letter to Prime Minister I K Gujral by K P S Gill


Punjab Director General of Police, K.P.S. Gill, wrote a personal letter to then Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, on 30 May 1997, after attending the funeral of Senior Superintendent of Police, A.S. Sandhu, who committed suicide, thanks to the harassment unleashed by our human rights industry. As we mourn the passing away of Mr Gill on 26 May 2017, we reproduce the letter. The indictment of various organs of the government, especially the Judiciary, warrants attention even today as we cope with myriad challenges. It would be pertinent to remember, and it was my proud privilege to state this before Mr Gill at a seminar during the NDA-I, that grim as the Punjab militancy problem was, it was resolved, not by the Indian Army, but by a Police officer of exceptionable ability and men of valour who recognised and trusted his leadership. As we salute them all, we hope that the nation – above all, the political class – will draw the appropriate lessons from this chapter in our history for other troublesome theatres – Editor]

30th May, 1997
New Delhi

To,
The Hon’ble Prime Minister,
Government of India,
South Block,
New Delhi

Dear Prime Minister,

1.1 I am writing to you on my return to Delhi from the funeral of SSP A.S. Sandhu. I have maintained a silence on events in Punjab for over two years in the hope that the leadership of the nation will do justice, now that peace has returned to the state, to those brave men and women who made this peace possible.

1.2 Recent events, however, force me to speak out now; a continued silence on my part would be a betrayal of trust, an abdication of responsibility. I cannot remain silent when the memory of the men who sacrificed their lives under my command is denigrated; and when those who have survived the greatest of dangers and made immeasurable sacrifices in campaigns during a virulent proxy war are subjected to an unprecedented and unprincipled inquisition.

1.3 Men in the uniformed services are bound by a rigid discipline that imposes a code of silence on them, even when they are subjected to the greatest injustices. It is a measure of their commitment that, despite the deepest despair among the rank and file of the Punjab police, brought into dramatic focus by A.S. Sandhu’s suicide, no voice has been raised in protest.

1.4 I owe these men a debt of gratitude, as I believe this entire nation does. I therefore wish to draw your attention, and through you, the attention of the Minister for Home Affairs, the Indian Legislature and Judiciary, to urgent and distressing realities of the Punjab situation.

2.1 You have most perceptively observed, on your recent visit to the state, that the battle in Punjab was the nation’s battle, and that, consequently, the entire nation must share its costs. But what about those who were at the vanguard of this battle? Having served the national cause, are they now simply to be forgotten? Or worse, to be persecuted with impunity?

2.2 You are known to appreciate the finer nuances of Urdu poetry. Ram Prasad ‘Bismil’s’ lines can perhaps best express the sentiments of the ordinary policeman of Punjab today:

Ham bhi bach sakte the ghar pe reh kar,
Ham ko bhi maan baap ne paala tha dukh seh seh kar.

2.3 For over a decade, to wear a police uniform in the Punjab was to proclaim yourself a wilful target for preferential terrorist attack. Yet thousands of men in uniform stood as a bulwark of democracy against the unconstrained depredations of the extremists. Thousands sacrificed their lives. Thousands of others witnessed the murder of their parents, their brothers and sisters, their wives and their children.

2.4 At this time, the actions - or the failure to act - of every other branch of Government demonstrated their abject surrender before terrorism. But officers from these services are today enjoying the fruits of peace in Punjab.

2.5 This is an old story. Those who do nothing, those who risk nothing, not only ensure their survival; they equally ensure that they will return to positions of power and pelf, their “honour” intact. But the best of men, who put their lives on the line, having survived the guns of the terrorists, find themselves targets of a sustained and vicious campaign of calumny, of institutional hostility and State indifference.

2.6 The ultimate irony is that the instruments and institutions of democracy are, today, arrayed against the very people who made democracy possible in Punjab. For those who were comprehensively defeated in the battle for ‘Khalistan’, ‘public interest’ litigation has become the most convenient strategy for vendetta.

2.7 The ‘targets’ of this vendetta are being denied even the basic minimum of an impartial investigation and competent defence; even the uniform and equitable application of peacetime laws and processes. Simultaneously, they are subjected to a sustained process of ‘trial by the Press’ in which utter falsehoods are reported as truths without qualification, even though the matters that are written of are sub judice.

2.8 At the same time, the doctrine of equality before law is invoked to incarcerate police officers with the very terrorists they fought and protected the nation from. No thought is given and no provision made for their security. These officers are assaulted in jail, and no visible action is taken against their attackers. The State’s mechanism for investigation and litigation is disproportionately focused against the police even as many of the terrorist leaders who inspired and participated in some of the most heinous crimes walk free.

2.9 It appears almost as if the State is discriminating between terrorists and policemen in favour of the former.

3.1 The question repeatedly asked in this context is, ‘Were they any police excesses?’ Only a liar or a fool would deny that random excesses occurred in a campaign of the magnitude and duration of the struggle in Punjab. Wherever such excesses were detected, action was inevitably taken. The real question is whether a strategy of State Terrorism was adopted by the police; and the answer is unequivocally in the negative.

3.2 The evidence is visible everywhere in the Punjab. The victory over terrorism was not merely a military victory, it was a moral victory. Nowhere in the world has State Terrorism, irrespective of how many people it killed or tortured, ever been able to extinguish an ideology as completely as the idea of Khalistan has been extinguished in Punjab. An idea can never be destroyed by violence. Blood fuels revolution. Each police excess creates new enemies for the force and for the State it represents. Police excesses of the magnitude being alleged would have created an ever-widening base of support for terrorism. Instead, it was the support of the people in Punjab that made the decisive win over the militants a possibility. Sickened by the extremists’ acts of senseless violence, it was the people who opened the floodgates of information to the police. The victory over the venomous advocates of Khalistan was a people’s victory. That is why there is such a mood of celebration and freedom in Punjab today. Were this not so, terrorism would still be an overwhelming reality in the state.

3.3 The police strategy against terrorists gave the latter four options. The first three were conventional measures of response: the possibilities of arrest, flight, or armed engagement. The fourth option was offered in the later phases of the campaign. The terrorists were told that, if they chose surrender, they would be welcomed and embraced with warmth. At first all surrenders took place in my presence and in some cases in the presence of the then Chief Minister. But after a while the deluge became difficult to handle, and SSPs were authorised to accept surrenders. The largest number of surrenders were before SSP A.S. Sandhu. And yet, he was a “blood thirsty man”!

3.4 It must, nonetheless, be recognised that the situation that prevailed in Punjab for over a decade was a state of war - a proxy war, perhaps; “low intensity conflict” as others prefer to term it - but war, nonetheless. The Punjab Police and various central forces were engaged, not in simple law enforcement activities, but a battle to retain control over large areas of the sovereign territory of the Indian Union, against an utterly unscrupulous and heavily armed enemy who recognised no constraints.

4.1 It is for your government and for the nation’s Parliament to debate on, and define, the appropriate criteria to judge the actions of those who fought this war on behalf of the Indian State and people. What you decide will have far-reaching consequences for other theatres of current conflict. A great urgency must attach to these initiatives, if future tragedies are to be averted. A delay in addressing these issues will affect the destiny of India far more than any other single decision your government may currently be contemplating.

4.2 Low intensity wars are presently being fought by our forces in Kashmir, in Assam, in Manipur in Nagaland, and in Tripura. India, in fact, is being subjected to a systematic and sustained strategy of destabilisation from within and without, a strategy that preys on every incidence of local disaffection; it is imperative that we should define a systematic and proactive strategic response to this challenge.

4.3 The low intensity war that took place in Punjab, and those occurring in other areas of the country today reflect a pattern that can only be expected to grow in the future. Unfortunately, these are still dismissed by the national leadership as ‘non-military threats’ and an ill equipped Home Ministry is required to deal with them. The result is that the Army is repeatedly called out in these conflicts to ‘aid civil authority’. The fact is that neither the police nor the army, by virtue of their basic orientation and training, are properly equipped to handle these crises.

5.1 There is another vital issue that I would like to raise here. In a democracy, the conduct of every arm of government, every wing of the State, must be subject to review. And yet, the conduct of the judiciary throughout the years of terror in Punjab has completely escaped examination.

5.2 What is to be said of judges who failed to consider overwhelming evidence of the most heinous crimes? Who failed to administer justice according to the laws of the land for over a decade in terrorist related cases? Even in a case as fully documented as Operation Black Thunder, where the entire action was carried out in full view of the media, not a single conviction was pronounced.

6. I urge upon your government to take up these issues urgently and seriously and to take necessary steps, in combination and co-ordination with all other arms of India’s democratic polity, to ensure necessary action on the following:

6.1.1 In view of the future threat potential of low intensity wars, it is crucial that a radical reformation of internal security forces be initiated, creating the skills, knowledge, attitudes and infrastructure necessary to confront this danger, and possibly raising entirely new forces to grapple with this specific hazard.

6.1.2 The parameters within which each agency of government must respond to such challenges should also be debated in detail by your government and by the legislature. The powers, the range of extraordinary actions permitted in these situations, and the applicable legal criteria and context of evaluation of these actions - whether these are the same as those applicable in peacetime or are to be akin to articles of war, or are to be redefined in terms of the new category of “low intensity wars” - should be clearly determined and suitably legislated.

6.1.3 Until the necessary criteria are sufficiently debated, defined and legislated, immediate steps should be taken to ensure that the pattern of humiliation through litigation and trial by the media is prevented forthwith. This trend of ‘punishment before trial’ must cease immediately.

6.1.4 Police personnel who may be facing charges should be assured a fair investigation and a fair trial. To this end, the State must create a fund to ensure that the best legal assistance, advice and representation are made available to them.

6.1.5 Police personnel under investigation or trial should be incarcerated only if there are sufficient grounds to believe they are attempting to coerce witnesses, destroy evidence, or in any other way to distort the processes of justice. In every such case due care must be taken to ensure their safety in jail so that the unforgivable incidents of the past are not repeated.

6.2 Lest any of this be misinterpreted or misrepresented as a plea for ‘immunity’, let me state explicitly that I am not asking for immunity, either for any member of the Punjab Police, or for myself. But let the investigations and trials be according to the laws of the land, and let the special circumstances that prevailed in Punjab be taken into consideration by the statutes applied. Investigations and trials should not proceed according to the processes that are being improvised from day to day to implicate the police in Punjab.

6.3 A Constitutional Commission should be set up to examine the records of judicial processes and judgments during the years of terrorism in Punjab; to identify the judicial officers who failed to discharge their Constitutional obligations, and to honour their oath to dispense justice without fear or favour; to determine their accountability; and to take suitable action to ensure that the judicial and criminal justice system does not collapse or fail ever again in the face of lawlessness.

6.4 As a corollary to the preceding point, a Commission also needs to be appointed to identify officers in all branches of Government and Administration who were guilty of wilful and gross dereliction of duty during this period, in order to ensure a system in which acts of cravenness are punished rather than, as is the present case, rewarded.

These steps demand the active involvement and participation of the judicial and legislative wings of the State. I am, therefore, taking the liberty of sending copies of this letter to the Chief Justice of India, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha and the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

Thanking you,

Sincerely yours,

K P S Gill
(Personal Correspondence)


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