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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby SSridhar » 04 Aug 2011 07:33

LeT threatens blasts at railway stations & temples on Aug. 15
The terror outfit, Lashkar-e-Taiba, has threatened to blow up railway stations here {Haridwar} and at Dehra Dun and Rishikesh on the Independence Day.

A letter containing the threat was received by Haridwar railway station superintendent Samarendra Goswami on Wednesday.

The letter, purporting to be from LeT area commander Kareem Ansari, has also threatened to blow up Har-Ki-Pauri, the main bathing ghat, and several famous temples here on August 22.

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Postby SSridhar » 04 Aug 2011 07:55

India's marine police programme floundering - Praveen Swami in The Hindu
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs' annual report for 2010-2011 records that the Ministry alone will spend a staggering Rs. 5.23 billion on an ambitious coastal security programme — a figure that does not include Rs. 63.3 million paid to the Coast Guard for building three new bases, Rs. 627.7 million for new ships it will operate, and investments in the Navy's capacities.

But investigations by The Hindu show the dividends are far from heartening: police forces in the coastal States are operating ill-designed craft; receive no training in marine combat or search-and-rescue techniques; and do not have critical equipment needed to identify potential threats.

Put simply, India's shoreline is just as vulnerable to attack as it was on 26/11.

Each morning, 183 marine police boats — small, five-tonne versions designed for patrolling, and high-powered 12-tonne interceptors — are supposed to set out on patrol for up to 10 hours a day, up and down India's more than 7,000-km coastline.

Purchased at Rs. 3.29 billion, the single biggest item on the post-26/11 bill, the patrol boats form the cutting-edge of the marine police reforms: such was the need that the deliveries were “compressed by six months,” says the Home Ministry's annual report.

Police officers assigned to the boats described them as a floating hell —unequipped with the basic amenities needed for extended patrolling. Each has a cabin enclosed on three sides, and this means the crew must suffer unbearable heat. There are no canopies outside either, to protect the crew on watch from the rain and the sun, nor bunks for them to rest on. The drinking water tanks routinely run dry on the five-tonne boats, crew say. Incredibly, no toilets have been fitted.

“Forget fighting terrorists,” says a police officer serving in Raigad, “just surviving an afternoon on these boats is a test of courage.”

In essence, each patrol boat is supposed to pull over as many fishing craft and small boats as it can: random checking to deter intrusions by terrorists. Plans to fit transponders on India's fishing boats and coastal radar stations, though, are running behind schedule; field-tests are only scheduled to begin after the monsoon ends. That means authorities have no way of identifying which of the estimated 180,000 fishing boats out at sea across India might pose a threat.

Even if the patrol boats were to interdict terrorists, marine police officials admit, their crew are untrained to respond. Each marine police officer receives four weeks of training from the Coast Guard, focussing on rudimentary navigation skills. There is no training in marine combat techniques or the procedures needed to chase and board a vessel. Nor crew survival techniques.

“No one wants this job,” a Mumbai-based police officer admits. “The only people stationed on these boats are the ones without enough goodwill to get themselves posted elsewhere.”

Evidence of waste isn't hard to come by. The Ministry of Home Affairs has already spent Rs. 2.5 million, its annual report states, on issuing biometric cards to some 100,000 crew of fishing boats — vessels vulnerable to hijack, as the events of 26/11 showed, for use in a terrorist landing. No State, however, has received machines to read the cards — meaning neither patrol crews nor landing staff can verify their contents. Put simply, the expensive cards serve no useful purpose.

The Ministry has, however, promised another Rs. 3.9 million to the scheme —and is also backing a separate project to issue multi-purpose national identity cards to all members of coastal communities.

Marine police stations have also been reporting persistent mechanical problems. The 12-tonne patrol craft use an advanced jet propulsion system to enhance their pursuit capacities. But the engines also suck up debris and sand, leading to frequent breakdowns.

“At any given time,” a Gujarat police official says, “just about a third of our boats are actually working.”

Poor planning

The coastal policing project, some officials argue, was misconceived to start with. Initiated in 2005, on the recommendations of a Group of Ministers who studied the lessons of the Kargil war, the coastal protection plan envisaged the setting up of 73 coastal police stations, 97 checkpoints, 58 outposts and 30 barracks. Most coastal States, though, had already had several coastal police stations: Maharashtra alone had 33.

Rather than upgrading facilities at these centres, the Centre gave Rs. 2.4 million in grants for building new ones, on the understanding that funds would be made available by the State governments. Those funds have rarely materialised — which means few boats operate from proper jetties, and police stations rarely have proper accommodation.

“We've been throwing money at the problem without trying to solve it,” a senior official of the Maharashtra government concedes.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby chetak » 04 Aug 2011 10:11

The bane of Indian babudom, ego and domain clashes, just like flea bitten mangy mutts marking out boundaries by pissing in corners. :evil:

Ghost ship sinks India's coastal defences claims

The accidental detonation of 1,400 tonnes of explosives stored on SS Fort Stikine, a 7,142-gross tonne freighter, killed at least 740 people and injured more than 1,800 at Mumbai's port in 1944.

In a paper published in the South Asia Intelligence Review , maritime security expert Vijay Sakhuja recorded that India's port authorities were “conscious of scenarios such as a fully loaded tanker exploding in harbours, explosives in containers, ship hijacking and terrorists as stowaways.” However, he said, they were “constrained by the lack of adequate security personnel and equipment.”

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Stan_Savljevic » 05 Aug 2011 04:32

Yet another crippling blockade in Manipur, this time by the Kukis in Sadar Hills demanding a separate district. First, the Nagas under ANSAM, now the Kukis. The only one left in this four-way toss-up are the Pangals. The majority Meiteis will have to sit around and see each group tear apart the state as it exists today. I have nt seen much progress after PC's visit to Imphal. The GoI and MHA's silence is rather deafening. The care the MHA, PMO and GoI shows for the terrorists from NSCN of different stripes is amiss when it comes to treating the wounds of Manipur. And no, we dont need another uvacha on AFSPA by HR nazis.

Background: There are nine administrative districts in Manipur: i) Bishnupur, ii) Churachandpur, iii) Chandel (formerly known as Tengnoupal), iv) Imphal East, v) Imphal West, vi) Senapati, vii) Tamenglong, viii) Thoubal and ix) Ukhrul. Of these the four districts of Bishnupur, Imphal West, Imphal East and Thoubal form the Valley region while the rest form the Hilly area. The Hilly area is the predominant home of the tribal people with Ukhrul, Tamenglong, Churachandpur, and Chandel having more than 90 per cent of the district’s population as ST. The Valley has ~59% population of the state, the Hills ~41%. The Valley is the pre-dominant home of the Meiteis and Pangals, the Hills of the Kukis and Nagas. The Kukis dominate the Nagas in the Hilly region in terms of population, so make that appx a 50-20-17-13 split in terms of % between the Meiteis-Kukis-Nagas-Pangals. The %s are first-order ok, but there may be some discrepancies.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby abhishek_sharma » 05 Aug 2011 07:54

From the Urdu Press

The Norway killing

The daily Inquilab, in its editorial “Europe ka tajahul-e-aarefana”(Europe’s feigned ignorance) on August 1, writes: “Norway’s tragedy has been a devastating and painful experience for the entire world. But it is also becoming clear that Europe and America did not care to provide security to their own people while making a hue and cry about so-called Islamic terrorism. If the main objective had been security, greater efforts would have been made to come down on all sources of danger. Instead, these governments, as a result of their enmity towards Islam and Muslims, warned the world about the phantom menace of ‘Islamic terrorism’... Ignoring the beam in their own eyes has resulted in the birth of people like Anders Behring Breivik.”

The Jamaat-e-Islami’s biweekly, Daawat, in a front-page comment on August 1, speculates on the Norway assault and its connections with Hindutva. Quoting a leading Indian daily, the paper describes the dangers from the unity of “Zionists, Crusaders and Hindutva terrorists”. These revelations point to the “deep contacts” between Breivik and his supporters and Hindutva adherents, says the paper.

Siasat, in an editorial titled “Europe and the Hindutva view”, writes on July 28 : “The mass murderer of Norway, Anders Behring Breivik, has made India’s Hindu nationalist movement an important part of his mission.” It goes on: “The campaign to create enmity between communities (aqwam) and anti-Islam propaganda has been so widespread that a common citizen of Europe was filled with hate and decided to kill his own people.”

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby AdityaM » 06 Aug 2011 23:43

which cabinet minister is a sex addict?

An NDTV journalist also spoke about him without naming him. and now this:
@vbg111
Vishwabandhu Gupta
Dear Mr Manmohan Singh, You know u have a sex addict in your cabinet. IB has reported to you repeatedly on this. Why r you quiet?
http://twitter.com/#!/vbg111

This guy would be a major security concern since he must have been honey trapped sometime or the other!

Damn looks like the guy trusted to run indias internal security! :eek: :shock:

Dear Mr Manmohan Singh, You know u have a sex addict in your cabinet. IB has reported to you repeatedly on this. Why r you quiet?
Barring a DSP at night who drinks with Fevicol as his friend,security of Fevicol is absent so that no one gets to know abt "Party Packs"
Chidambaram made tens of thousands of crores in 1998 VDIS SCheme as Finance Minister.
Why does Chidambaram have no security at his house at night. Who visits his house at night from Mumbai.?
When will Chidambaram's wife be arrested for taking case of Hasan Ali and Tapuria when billions of dollars were found in Swiss Account?
Chidambaram molested a woman IAS JS in his room as FM. Manmohan Singh listened to husband-wife couple, both IAS, and did nothing.
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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby vera_k » 06 Aug 2011 23:53

The PP site has long fingered P. Chidambaram as a sex maniac. Didn't seem believable back then, although this tweet is also being cagey about who the person is.

Chidambaram will destroy Rahul-Sonia politics

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby AdityaM » 07 Aug 2011 00:01

cross posted here with more info
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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Rahul M » 07 Aug 2011 00:06

PP guy himself is a maniac. one of the nuttiest fellows on the internet.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby sanjeevpunj » 07 Aug 2011 05:59

For the first time in the history of the United Liberation Front of Asom, someone as authoritative as its chairman, Arabinda Rajkhowa, admitted on Friday that it had been backed by Pakistani fundamentalists. And that, he said, led to ULFA’s alienation from the people. Rajkhowa, 57, who is in the Capital now, leading an ULFA team for peace talks with the Centre, told HT in an exclusive interview that the Pakistani elements — a fundamentalist strand within the state establishment — started supplying weapons to the rebels from 1990. “Our secular ideology took a hit and we started depending more on them.”
“ULFA took to arms because a democratic space was absent. The Assamese were losing their political rights in their own homeland even as illegal immigration continued unabated encouraged by powers that be. But all this while, we knew that a military solution was not possible.”
He said sophisticated weapons were being brought in ships to Bangladesh and then transported inland in trucks.
“One big consignment was caught in Chittagong, many ships were captured and in one case an entire shipload of arms was dumped into the sea to evade seizure. But many made it through.”
“Ironically, the seized weapons are being used by the elite Rapid Action Battalion of Bangladesh (RAB) now, the same force that nabbed me,” Rajkhowa said.
Rajkhowa was arrested by the RAB on November 30, 2009 and later handed over to the Indian security agencies.
Claiming that the close ties with the Pakistani fundamentalists led to "a rot within the organisation", he said, "Many deals were taking place without the knowledge of the ULFA central committee."
"There were severe misunderstandings, emanating from commercial transactions in weapons procurement. It also led to mistrust with like-minded groups in Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura, as the ULFA was the chief procurer of weapons," he said.
The ULFA chief also claimed that the main force behind the ULFA making an impact in the international fora was Nobel laureate Jose Ramos Horta of East Timor. "We went to the United Nations in '95, '96, and '98 and garnered a lot of support in Geneva."

Source:http://www.hindustantimes.com/Pak-weapons-made-us-weak-Ulfa-chief/Article1-730339.aspx
Consequently,Pakis must be trying to get at him,before he spills the beans, and the centre seems to be aware of that, so he has been brought to Delhi, and ULFA might factionalise, as the Pakis will just look for others.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby sum » 08 Aug 2011 10:30

Salwa Judum: When the government defends the indefensible

Nandini Sundar teaches sociology at Delhi [ Images ] University and is the lead petitioner in the case in which the Supreme Court ordered the disbanding of the Salwa Judum.


When outgoing Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily [ Images ] declared that he was being penalised in the Cabinet reshuffle for the sins of the line ministries, he was only voicing the sad truth -- that governments often find it easier to shoot the messenger than understand the message.

The Salwa Judum leaders and Special Police Officers upset at the Supreme Court order disarming them (Nandini Sundar and others vs State of Chhattisgarh, July 5, 2011) have claimed to reporters that they were not properly represented in court. Similar noises have emanated from the Centre. Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium's resignation and the appointment of Rohinton Nariman in his place may have multiple reasons.

But insofar as the Salwa Judum case goes, I can vouch for the fact that both Subramanium and the lawyers appearing for Chhattisgarh, did their best to defend the patently indefensible. I should know. I was present in almost all of the 29 hearings that have been held in the case over the past four years.

Of course, I have a predilection for our advocates who have selflessly argued pro bono, waiting patiently through endless adjournments sought by the other side, and putting both soul and skilled advocacy into this matter.

Right from T R Andhyarujina, Ashish Chugh and Pragya Singh who took on the case in 2007 when no one thought we had a remote chance of winning, to Ashok Desai, Nitya Ramakrishnan, Menaka Guruswamy, Sumita Hazarika and others, who have brought it to its current position, we are lucky in this country to have a class of people who believe, for both personal and professional reasons, in the rule of law.

While many activists were sceptical about the courts, and the Maoists, almost by purpose, appeared to time their blasts to coincide with our hearings, it is the lawyers who have provided not just the intellectual but the moral support to pursue this case.

From them, I learnt not just the intricacies of the judicial system, showing off to non-lawyer friends with newly acquired terms like 'giving appearance', 'dasti', 'settling cases', but also the several intangibles that constitute good lawyering, such as Desai's courteousness to opponents, Andhyarujina's ability to get to the point, and Nitya Ramakrishnan's passion for thoroughness.

They showed me how evidence is created from both silences and slips, the kind of documentation required, and the importance of choosing the right battle.

Before this case, I had little idea of the everyday life of a lawyer. As an academic, each adjournment felt exactly like studying for an exam which was cancelled at the last minute. The advocates would come prepared, we would lug all our files to court -- which grew more and more voluminous as time went on -- and then, for one reason or another, the item would not come up. One despairing afternoon when I wanted to give up, Menaka Guruswamy lectured me on not betraying the rape victims.

This advice was backed by the inspiring example of the younger lawyers -- with Suhasini Sen working on the case till 11 pm on her birthday even as her friends waited to party, and Aditya Swarup diligently digging out relevant cases, even while studying at Oxford.

But dedicated as our lawyers were, they were helped by the wisdom of the judges and the poverty of proof on the other side. The only defence offered by Chhattisgarh from the beginning rested on the easily disprovable claim that the petitioners were a front for the Maoists: 'It is reiterated that the petition is to eulogise Naxalite activity and not to combat Naxalite violence or to alleviate sufferings of people'.

On the other hand, there is clear evidence from government records itself, including police diaries, of State sponsorship of the Salwa Judum; and multiple fact-finding reports, including those by the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights and the National Commission for Women, which attest to the horrors on the ground.

Even in the National Human Rights Commission's understated report, which the state government tried to use as their defence, evidence of grave and widespread human rights violations seeped through so clearly, that while reading the report out in court on January 18, 2011, Harish Salve, appearing for Chhattisgarh, was forced to admit: 'Such things happen when people become hotheaded'.

When confronted by Nitya Ramakrishnan with the evidence of an SPO who had an arrest warrant for rape against him, but was moving freely and even attacking government supplies to affected villages, he volunteered to ensure that such egregious cases were punished. Despite Salve being given a list of offending SPOs, the Chhattisgarh government has taken no action.

The Chhattisgarh affidavit on SPOs was so patently ridiculous -- such as the claim that they learnt the principles of forensic science, human rights, Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, the history of Bastar and the use of guns, all in a matter of two months -- that Krishnamani appearing for Chhattisgarh conceded on April 5, 2011, that: 'The number of SPOs should be reduced. They should be given alternate employment. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam chief V Prabhakaran sent his children to London [ Images ] to study, he should have sent them to fight. Instead the children of the poor were sent to fight.'


Much of the discussion since then has centred around the need for a high level monitoring committee, with the court asking us at one point to get consent letters from people willing to serve on such a committee. To attribute the current order to some assumed ideological preference is to ignore the entire history and facts of the case.

The matter is far from over. In creating an auxiliary police force consisting of the same SPOs that they were ordered to disband and disarm, the Chhattisgarh government has once again clearly betrayed its contempt for the court and the Constitution. The lawyers on both sides have their work cut out for them, as do the judges.

But the question arises: can governments which consistently let their lawyers down, be trusted to uphold the rights of their people? How much longer will the State fight against its own citizens, inside and outside court?

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby anmol » 08 Aug 2011 11:56

PP guy is (probably) the husband of Thara Devi Siddhartha who once was MP from Chikmagalur... he just vents his frustration against those who have sidelined his wife..


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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby sum » 09 Aug 2011 09:15

Sri Katju weighs in with his pearls of wisdom. Guess the days of most wanted guys ever being punished are gone( jails are like resorts and not a punishment) :
Cops involved in fake encounters should be hanged: SC

Police personnel involved in fake encounter killings should be awarded death sentence and hanged, the Supreme Court has said. A bench of justice Markandeya Katju and justice C K Prasad said that police personnel as custodians of law are expected to protect people and not eliminate them as contract killers.

"Fake encounter killings by cops are nothing but cold-blooded brutal murder which should be treated as the rarest of rare offence and police personnel responsible for it should be awarded death sentence. They should be hanged," Justice Katju, heading the bench, said.

The court observed this while directing the surrender of two senior Rajasthan IPS officers (Additional DGP Arvind Jain and SP Arshad) allegedly involved in the fake encounter killing of an alleged gangster (Dara Singh) by the Special Operations Group of Rajasthan Police on October 23, 2006.

The bench said the accused police officers if they fail to surrender shall be arrested by the CBI which is investigating the case.

"The same parameters will apply and the law shall take its own course," justice Katju observed when counsel for Singh's widow Sushila Devi said that one of the accused Rajender Rathore, a former minister, was also absconding.

"...If crimes are committed by ordinary people, ordinary punishment should be given but if the offence is committed by policemen much harsher punishment should be given to them because they do an act totally contrary to their duties."

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Sachin » 09 Aug 2011 10:00

sum wrote: Guess the days of most wanted guys ever being punished are gone( jails are like resorts and not a punishment)

Guess my SHQ's prediction would come true. That police sooner or later would become an organisation which would become reduntant and of no practical use. People may still join it because after all it is a government job. But with every other single authority breathing down the neck of the police, they may just sit idle.

If you ask me, the judges can sit and hang every single police man accused of custodial death, or encounter deaths. But what would they plan to do, if police just does not work on cases any more?

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Stan_Savljevic » 09 Aug 2011 20:49

Katju has remarked earlier that people caught in dowry harassment cases should be hanged under the rarest of the rare tag. They should be punished aright, but rarest of the rare?

With this kinda background, most of his judgments seem like ideological pontificating than any real well-studied judgment. Katju is also hearing the Padmanabhaswamy temple case. Since Katju and Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra have split == on bail to Madhany (with Katju being for bail of Madhany), this is going to another bench. I am not sure of the Sanjeev Bhatt case, it is going to some Bench in the SC.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby sum » 09 Aug 2011 21:47

^^ He is retiring on Sep 19....so hopefully doesnt do too much other gyaan-giving before that!

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Stan_Savljevic » 09 Aug 2011 22:05

His appointment list to the end of this week is so booked. If the trend continues, there are going to be one or 2 more bombs before he leaves. And then there is always the need to deliver a last moral pontification of a Judgment. Justice Reddy did that with SPOs, Katju wont be too far away.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby sum » 09 Aug 2011 22:07

^^ Just as a data-point:
Retiring in a rush

The Supreme Court is set for a serious churn with seven of its judges set to retire in the next five months.

That will leave Chief Justice of India S.H. Kapadia with many important cases and a new team. The judges due for retirement are Justices R.V. Raveendran (October 14), Markandey Katju (September 19), H.S. Bedi (September 4) V.S. Sirpurkar (August 21), B. Sudershan Reddy (July 7), J.M. Panchal (October 5) and Mukundakam Sharma (September 17).

So, we will have 7 moral pontifications soon?

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby ramana » 10 Aug 2011 00:20

Things are getting murkier.


Was part of covert military operation:Purohit

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Lt Col Prasad Purohit, prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, on Tuesday told the Bombay High Court that he "mingled" with other accused like sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Dayanand Pandey as part of a "covert military intelligence operation".

Arguing for his bail plea, Purohit's counsel Shrikant Shivade said, "He had mingled with the other accused and attended meetings with them so as to get intelligence information. Purohit had informed his superiors in the army about the meetings and discussions."

After his arrest, Purohit had requested the chief of the Army Staff to permit him to disclose about the army operations to the investigating agencies but he was not allowed to do so, he said.

"Earlier, Purohit had infiltrated the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and pretended to be one of them so as to earn their trust and gather inside information. He has received several meritorious awards from Army for his work," Shivade said.

Justice A M Thipsay, however, was not convinced with the argument.

"This is not prima facie acceptable. If this was the case then logically the Army would have protected Purohit when he has been accused of such serious offences," the court said.


Special public prosecutor Rohini Salian argued the military authorities have denied that Purohit was part of any covert intelligence operation. The court will continue hearing the arguments on Thursday.

Maharashtra ATS had arrested 12 people, including Purohit and Pragya, for allegedly orchestrating the blast in the powerloom town of Malegaon in September 2008 in which six persons were killed and several injured.

The high court had recently granted bail to two of the accused - Shyam Sahu and Shivnarayan Kalsangra – after observing that there was no material against them.


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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby sum » 10 Aug 2011 09:02

^^ The week has a cover story on Col.Purohit in this edition and it claims there are many,many more MI and ex-MI folks hobnobbing with the "saffron loonies", either on their own or as part of a covert op.

Also, the story claims that Col.Purohit had already informed IA before his arrest as to how he had infiltrated SIMI and was now going to do the same to Hindu groups. Only hoping that INC didnt blow a good undercover op in search of votes.

Need to read the whole story though..

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Dilbu » 10 Aug 2011 09:30

Why should MI investigate such outfits?


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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby sum » 10 Aug 2011 12:55

Red Fort attack: SC rules death for LeT terrorist Mohd Arif

The apex court had reserved its verdict on Ashfaq's appeal on April 20.

Ashfaq had challenged the high court's judgment dated September 13, 2007, which had upheld the death penalty awarded to him but had acquitted six others sentenced for varying jail terms.

The high court had dismissed Ashfaq's appeal against a trial court verdict awarding capital punishment to him for waging a war against the state and killing three persons, including two Army jawans, in the Red Fort.

Wonder what Diggy Raja has to say about this?
All happened becasue of RSS/Na-Mo onlee.

Found this archive article of red fort case:
Kingpin in Red Fort attack arrested

Sustained interrogation of Ashfaq revealed that he was the kingpin in the incident. Others who participated included Abu Shamal, Abu Sadd alias Abu Sajjid, Abu Sakhar, Billal and Haider. "Ashfaq rented a house in Jamia Nagar in Batala House where all other accomplices moved in later.

Batla house even in 2000? Same place used by multiple guys seperated by 8 years ( LeT in 2000 and IM in 2008)?

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby rohitvats » 10 Aug 2011 13:18



There you go....couple of madarc*#@^ sitting at top have released a genie which will be used on every possible occasion by gyanees like in NCM to forward their agenda....!!!

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby menon s » 10 Aug 2011 17:08

Terror has a business plan
Excellent article from Forbes India
http://business.in.com./article/boardro ... sm/27442/1

Take the LTTE in Sri Lanka. It was primarily a shipping company carrying contraband merchandise that regular shipping lines wouldn’t accept. Secondly, it was a terrorist group. Its legitimate businesses included a string of shopping malls in different parts of the world including Toronto, Canada, home to a large number of Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora. Drug dealing and gun running were some of its illegitimate pursuits.

Naxalites stick to road taxes. Businesses pay them for being allowed into their domain and trucks pay a charge to be left alone. In the North East, groups like United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) extort even government employees.

In Pakistan, the business of terrorism spans the ISI, various Jihadi forces, recruiters, a network of religious institutions and poppy cultivators in Afghanistan. A Strategic Foresight Group study estimated the size of this conglomeration to be Rs. 264 billion Pakistani rupees, or 6.6 percent of the country’s GDP. Call it the Gross Terror-Economic Product (GTP) but as long as economic interests of such colossal magnitude continue, terrorism is too lucrative for the concerned players to abandon and go away.


Great article and a superb read.

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Postby A_Gupta » 10 Aug 2011 19:54

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/a ... 343743.ece

Item in full:
A Delhi court on Wednesday acquitted two Pakistani nationals, suspected to be Lashkar-e-Taiba militants, of the charge of involvement in the massacre of 35 Sikhs in Chattisinghpora in Jammu and Kashmir 11 years ago.

Mohd Suhail and Waseem Ahmed, who hailed from Sialkot and Gujranwala in Pakistan respectively, were acquitted by Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja as the prosecution failed to produce evidence against them.

The case relating to the massacre was transferred here by the Supreme Court in November 2008.

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Postby Aditya_V » 10 Aug 2011 20:30

A_Gupta wrote:http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2343743.ece

Item in full:
A Delhi court on Wednesday acquitted two Pakistani nationals, suspected to be Lashkar-e-Taiba militants, of the charge of involvement in the massacre of 35 Sikhs in Chattisinghpora in Jammu and Kashmir 11 years ago.

Mohd Suhail and Waseem Ahmed, who hailed from Sialkot and Gujranwala in Pakistan respectively, were acquitted by Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja as the prosecution failed to produce evidence against them.

The case relating to the massacre was transferred here by the Supreme Court in November 2008.


WKK brigade will now cry how some innocents have lost 3 years of thier life by Fascist Hindus, However, whenever a right winger is acquitted it is miscarriage of justice.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby sum » 10 Aug 2011 21:04

^^ Wouldn't expect the Pakis to just walk away free... am sure they will remain on some other charges or this is a ploy by counter-intel after having turned them...

Wonder whatever happened to the other acquitted Paki 2 years back who had just vanished when he went for routine eye-checkup in a Dilli hospital about which the hospital itself didn't know.. :wink:

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby ramana » 10 Aug 2011 21:10

UPA sends Afzal Guru petition to President with recommendation to carry out the sentence.

Govt rejects Afzal Guru's mercy petition

Are they getting ready for elections?

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby sum » 10 Aug 2011 21:13

^^ Can bet my left $%#^ that INC will not touch Afzal with a bargepole and hanging him seems too improbable..

Just a ploy by INC to take the heat off the current "hand in cookie jar moment" of all its netas.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby ramana » 11 Aug 2011 02:17

Sum, can you start and manage a thread on terrorist warnings in India say from July 2011?

Thanks, ramana

PS: We used to have a warnings/indicators thread long time ago.

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Postby A_Gupta » 11 Aug 2011 03:14

A western POV - "We cannot let terrorists cost us billions"
http://govinthelab.com/terrorism-the-di ... -of-dolts/

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby Muppalla » 12 Aug 2011 04:45

ramana wrote:Things are getting murkier.


Was part of covert military operation:Purohit

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Lt Col Prasad Purohit, prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, on Tuesday told the Bombay High Court that he "mingled" with other accused like sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Dayanand Pandey as part of a "covert military intelligence operation".

Arguing for his bail plea, Purohit's counsel Shrikant Shivade said, "He had mingled with the other accused and attended meetings with them so as to get intelligence information. Purohit had informed his superiors in the army about the meetings and discussions."

After his arrest, Purohit had requested the chief of the Army Staff to permit him to disclose about the army operations to the investigating agencies but he was not allowed to do so, he said.

"Earlier, Purohit had infiltrated the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and pretended to be one of them so as to earn their trust and gather inside information. He has received several meritorious awards from Army for his work," Shivade said.

Justice A M Thipsay, however, was not convinced with the argument.

"This is not prima facie acceptable. If this was the case then logically the Army would have protected Purohit when he has been accused of such serious offences," the court said.


Special public prosecutor Rohini Salian argued the military authorities have denied that Purohit was part of any covert intelligence operation. The court will continue hearing the arguments on Thursday.

Maharashtra ATS had arrested 12 people, including Purohit and Pragya, for allegedly orchestrating the blast in the powerloom town of Malegaon in September 2008 in which six persons were killed and several injured.

The high court had recently granted bail to two of the accused - Shyam Sahu and Shivnarayan Kalsangra – after observing that there was no material against them.



There is no material even against Purohit. Why can't they give bail? daal mae kuch kaala hai. This fellow has some (lot) of info that folks are afraid of.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/a ... 340718.ece

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Postby svinayak » 12 Aug 2011 04:46

Muppalla wrote:
There is no material even against Purohit. Why can't they give bail? daal mae kuch kaala hai. This fellow has some (lot) of info that folks are afraid of.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/a ... 340718.ece

Idea is to give publicity. all groups will be wary of such actions

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby brihaspati » 12 Aug 2011 05:31

The army does not lie. Never lies. Therefore Purohit must be lying. The judge is a functionary of Indian judiciary who are declared by another legal luminary to have had a sublime mind. Therefore his reasons must be impeccable. It is a sin to suspect the wings of the rashtra - including the judiciary and the military.

Lesson : Islamists, Maoists are our boys to play with and use. Don't go over our heads and damage our game and our tools. By the way, have we moved over from the famous early Nehruvian jealousy of the army?

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby ramana » 12 Aug 2011 06:23

Bji, Don't bring in Army. Its above all this games played by politicians. We don't need muck on that hallowed institution.

Purohit did what he did for whatever reasons.
The judge ruled based on evidence presented. He can't go beyond or ignore.
Naya yug ka intezaar ki jiye.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby sum » 12 Aug 2011 08:53

So, the name of MI gets dragged through the mud and is now a == with ISI due to INC:
MI my

Too many Military Intelligence officers having links with right-wing extremists


he mobile phone call records of Major (retd) Ramesh Upadhyay, former president of hardline Hindu organisation Abhinav Bharat, and Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, who is an accused in the Malegaon blasts case, and their interrogation led to the arrest of Lt-Col Prasad Purohit in 2008.
Purohit’s interrogation led to the arrest of Swami Amrutanand Tirth alias Dayanand Pandey alias Shankaracharya, an ideologue and fundraiser of Abhinav Bharat, in November 2008. While examining his laptop, investigators found 37 audio/video recordings, which pointed to the involvement of several retired and serving Army officers with Abhinav Bharat. The recordings referred to some retired officers who actively participated in the terror confabs, and mentioned other officers who helped Abhinav Bharat. Apart from Purohit and Upadhyay, seven prominent officers (three of them have worked for Military Intelligence) figure in the recording clips.

According to investigators, Col (retd) Aditya Bappaditya Dhar of the Parachute Regiment actively participated in Abhinav Bharat meetings and had openly supported the idea of a military coup. In one of the meetings, he mentioned writing more than 3.5 lakh letters to Army personnel, exhorting them to unite for a Hindu nation. The transcripts of his conversations show that he was held in high esteem by members of Abhinav Bharat and played a key role in its activities.
In one of the clips, Purohit mentioned that Col (retd) Hasmukh Patel (an officer of the infantry division of the Jat Regiment who was with the Military Intelligence) was responsible for training Abhinav Bharat cadre. Patel, who joined Reliance after retirement in 2007, is under the scanner of Central investigation agencies.

Col (retd) Shailesh Raikar, a former Military Intelligence officer who was close to Purohit, was responsible for organising training camps for Abhinav Bharat cadre. Raikar, who began his Army career with the Maratha Light Infantry Regiment, joined Bhonsala Military School in Nashik after retirement and was its commandant at the time of the Malegaon blasts. According to investigators, Purohit held a few meetings of Abhinav Bharat in that school prior to the blasts.
The name of Bhonsala Military School had figured in the investigation into the 2006 Nanded blasts—while being assembled, a bomb went off in the house of Bajrang Dal activist Yogesh Deshpande, killing him and another activist Himanshu Panse. Investigators say he had organised a training camp on the Nagpur campus of Bhonsala school seven years earlier. In one of the recordings, veteran RSS leader Shyam Apte asked Dayanand Pandey to use the money (04 lakh) in the custody of Raikar to finish off RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. The Abhinav Bharat apparently believed that Bhagwat and Indresh Kumar, another RSS leader, had accepted 024 crore from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence.

Major Prayag Modak, of the Military Intelligence whom Purohit referred to as the “officer in charge of international affairs”, is also under the scanner. In one of the recorded conversations, Purohit referred to Modak’s meeting with close relatives of King Gyanendra of Nepal to arrange for safe hideouts.
In another recorded clip, Purohit asked a Captain Nitin Joshi to eliminate Bhagwat and Indresh Kumar. Joshi’s name also cropped up in the conversation between Apte and Pandey. Apte told Pandey to inform Joshi that he had to wait for instructions to kill Bhagwat. Post retirement, Joshi joined Bhonsala Military School in Nashik.

Apart from the names that came up in the recordings, a few more officers are on the radar of the investigation agencies. Brigadier (retd) A.K. Mathur, who was mentioned as the “devil’s advocate” in the infamous WikiLeaks, is alleged to have helped Hindu extremists. The leaked cables also referred to a Lt-Gen. P.N. Hoon, who headed the militancy wing of Hindu extremists and got tactical support from other senior officers.
Surprisingly, investigators have rather neglected the Bhonsala Military School. There is clear evidence that two training camps were held at the school in Nagpur while its Nashik campus witnessed various meetings of Abhinav Bharat, including the final meeting before the Malegaon blasts.
The investigation agencies have given the Army a list of officers, both serving and retired, with whom Purohit was in regular touch. A few of them have been transferred.

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Re: Internal Security Watch

Postby sum » 12 Aug 2011 08:56

The colonel in his element

“How many terrorists have you trained in the jungles, Purohit?’’ was the question put to the colonel by his senior officer on October 24, 2008, at the commandant’s office. What followed was his detention, interrogation and arrest by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, the CBI, Haryana Police and finally the NIA. However, the NIA is yet to further investigate the case and point out the lacunae in the 2008 Malegaon blast case and link it to the 2006 Malegaon blast case. He was also not named in the charge-sheet in the Samjhauta Express blast case, which was filed in June.

Basically dead end

“There was no substantial evidence against him to link him [Purohit] to the Malegaon blasts,” said a senior intelligence officer. This is not the first time Purohit has been rescued. Earlier this year, Purohit’s Court of Inquiry was set aside by the Armed Forces Tribunal, as some witnesses had been cross-examined in his absence. Neela Gokhale, his lawyer in the AFT, pointed out that as per Army Rule 180, he should have been given full opportunity of being present throughout the proceedings.

Aseemanand, who is now in judicial custody and is named in the Samjhauta Express blasts by the NIA, had divulged a lot of information, but he did not link Purohit to the blasts directly. Purohit’s lawyer, Shrikant Shivade, argued that his involvement with Hindutva outfits could be part of his Military Intelligence training. Purohit used to embed himself in organisations to collect information. Shivade had produced a document dated February 20, 2007 which quoted Purohit’s annual confidential report: “The officer infiltrated the SIMI and other underground outfits in the region through his capabilities and go-getter attitude.” Since his area was close to the border of Gujarat-Maharashtra, he tried building a rapport with every organisation of the area.

However, Aparna believes that her husband joined the Sanghatana with honest intentions. “Purohit was a member of the Sanghatana, but that was solely to motivate and encourage the youth. This cannot be used as evidence against him,” she said.


The most important charge against Purohit is that he procured 60kg of RDX, which was seized from Jammu and Kashmir in 2006. A part of it was allegedly used in the Samjhauta Express and Malegaon blasts. The Maharashtra ATS accused him of giving a portion of the substance to an Indore-based godman named Bhagwan. A witness told the ATS that Purohit had collected the RDX from Kashmir and had thrown some of it into the river Chenab. He also said Purohit had shown him the RDX, which was kept in a green sack in a cabinet in his computer table in his house at the Deolali camp in Nashik.

However, sources in the defence ministry and the Army rubbished the allegation. “It is the most ridiculous allegation made against him. It is not possible for an Army officer to sneak and steal seized material, as every possible seizure has to be made public to a team of officers, recorded and handed over to the ordnance factory or destroyed. No one can even touch the confiscated arms, ammunition, explosives and run away with it. This charge, in itself, will make the case fall flat,” they said. Said Gokhale: “Colonel Purohit is being tried for the charge of stealing RDX from a seizure during his posting in J&K in the criminal court and thus cannot be tried in the AFT. Anyway, we have completely denied the charge and out of 71 Army officers who deposed before the court, about 57 supported Purohit.”


Interestingly, the witness later told the court that he had confessed under duress. In addition, Shivade submitted that the Military Intelligence had found an ATS officer in Purohit’s room on November 3, 2008, and that it was later that the ATS collected RDX swabs from the same house. “How can one be sure that the RDX was not planted in his room?” asked Shivade. The Maharashtra ATS, which had seized Purohit’s computer, is tightlipped on whether or not it contained crucial information. The laptop could contain the names of 54 persons who underwent training in handling arms and explosives at the RSS-run Bhonsala Military School in Nashik in 2001.


Purohit’s lawyer, Shrikant Shivade, argued that his involvement with Hindutva outfits could be part of his Military Intelligence training. Purohit used to embed himself in organisations to collect information. Shivade had produced a document dated February 20, 2007 which quoted Purohit’s annual confidential report: “The officer infiltrated the SIMI and other underground outfits in the region through his capabilities and go-getter attitude.” Since his area was close to the border of Gujarat-Maharashtra, he tried building a rapport with every organisation of the area.

Seems to be a covert op blown apart by INC in the hunt for votes...Might be wrong though!!


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