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Killer of Russian ambassador took sick leave on day of attack | Reuters

By Orhan Coskun and David Dolan
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ANKARA The 22-year-old Turkish policeman who gunned down the Russian ambassador in Ankara called in sick on the day of the attack and promised to bring a doctor’s note for his supervisors, a senior security official told Reuters.The government has identified Mevlut Mert Altintas as the gunman who shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo!” and “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire repeatedly on envoy Andrey Karlov while he was giving a speech at an art gallery in the Turkish capital.The attack, caught on video and widely circulated on social media, was a grisly reminder of the spillover faced by both Turkey and Russia from the Syrian civil war, where they are on opposing sides and where Russian-backed Syrian forces last week ended rebel resistance in the northern city of Aleppo.On Monday morning, Altintas called the division of the Ankara riot police where he had worked for 2-1/2 years and said he was unwell and would bring a doctor’s note upon his return, the official said.Altintas, who lived in a shared flat in the Demetevler neighbourhood on the outskirts of Ankara, spent the night before the attack at a hotel in central Ankara close to the gallery, the official said.”He walked from the hotel … to the gallery. He showed his police ID at the entrance,” the official said.

This allowed him to bypass a security check and bring his gun into the venue.SMARTLY DRESSED

Karlov was speaking at an event for the gallery’s showing of an exhibition of photos from Russia, entitled “From Kaliningrad to Kamchatka”. Media present captured the killing in graphic detail.In one photo, Altintas – dressed smartly in a suit, necktie and white shirt – is seen standing just behind Karlov as the ambassador spoke. In a video from moments later, Karlov is shown crumpling as he appears to be shot from behind.Altintas fired some 11 shots with nine of those hitting Karlov, the official said, citing the initial police report. Photographs from the incident showed a wall marked by what appeared to be gunfire.

Turkish special forces stormed the gallery and gunfire was heard for some time after, according to a Reuters cameraman at the scene. As they entered the building, Altintas initially waited by the ambassador’s body and would not allow him to be treated, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.A source familiar with the gallery said Altintas was spotted at the exhibition on the opening night, the Friday before the attack.”There was a ceremony for the opening of the exhibition on Friday evening and the attacker came to that event,” the person said. “Probably he was doing reconnaissance.” (Additional reporting by Ece Toksabay and Daren Butler; Writing by David Dolan; Editing Giles Elgood)

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First Published On : Dec 20, 2016 22:54 IST

After Pathankot, JeM chief Masood Azhar owns up Nagrota attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as India names Jaish-e-Mohammad chief in the charge sheet for master-minding attack on an Indian Airforce base in Pathankot earlier this year, Maulana Masood Azhar continues to freely run the terror group’s online publication and brazenly claim responsibility for last month’s attack on another military camp in Nagrota from Pakistan.Following an 11-month investigation, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has named Azhar and his brother JeM’s deputy chief Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar both resident of Bahawalpur, Pakistan along with six other members of the terrorist group for planning and carrying an attack in Pathankot on January 2. This is the first time India has charge-sheeted Azhar on terror offence, following his release in exchange of victims of Kandahar hijack.Since the Pathankot attack, Pakistan Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz claimed that Azhar was under ‘protective custody’ since January 2014. But this has not restricted the head of the proscribed terror group to propagate jihad against India or own credit for the attacks by its cadres. Earlier this month, writing in the December 6 issue of al Qalam weekly—an online media arm of the JeM— Azhar talks about significance of Babri Masjid demolition and hanging of Afzal Guru in the continuance of jihad, demonetization not impacting funding of militancy and the Nagrota attack.”This week’s publication was delayed as the attack in Nagrota was still in action at the time of writing and communication failure (on details of the attack) from Kashmir,” Azhar wrote under his pen name Saadi. On November 29, three militants entered the army camp in Nagrota killing seven personnel. The militants left behind posters claiming the attack as a revenge for hanging of Afzal Guru.Elaborating on the attack in the ‘heart of the Northern Command of the Indian Army’, Azhar says the attack was carried by the Afzal Guru squad involving five militants and two of them managed to escape to safety. “There were three security cordons around the camp… it is not easy and inexpensive to gain entry and set the stage for the attack.” He indicates that the squad was helped by people with close knowledge on the geography of the camp and who are its frequent visitors, as any strange man walking a few steps could be caught and killed by the Army.Addressing an important aspect, on where did the money to buy equipment or prepare for the attack come from, Azhar says the demonetization of high currency denomination has not deterred the Kashmiri mujaheeds nor has impacted the funding for militancy. The money changers and industrialists, Azhar says were aware of demonetization before its public announcement by PM Narendra Modi. “The Kashmiri Mujahideen, Maoists and Khalistan fighters will not suffer any financial hardship. We are able to get the small currency by exchanging dollars, pounds and euro easily. The Nagrota attack is an evidence for this.”Invoking the demolition of Babri Masjid and Afzal Guru’s death, Azhar says these two events have shaped the narrative of `Ghazwa-e-Hind’ or the jihad against India. “India could’ve stopped the demolition of Babri Masjid, but it did not. It could have stopped the hanging of Guru, but it did not. There is now no power in India that can stop their revenge.”The Indian government is desperately trying to include Azhar on the UN Security Council’s 1267 sanctions list and subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban. JeM is already proscribed by the UNSC in 2001 for its terror activities and links to the al-Qaeda. China has so far vetoed India’s appeal to that would declare him as an international terrorist.THE JAISH HAND IN 2016January 2: 4 JeM militants attack Pathankot Air Force baseMay 20: 5 JeM militants killed in an encounter, KupwaraMay 23: 2 JeM cadres killed in Lal Chowk, SrinagarAugust 17: Three JeM militants ambush an Army convoy in Baramulla killing 2 army menSeptember 18: DGMO announces JeM militants attack Army camp in Uri (though NIA and other agencies claim Lashar-e-Taiba for the attack)November 29: Three militants entered Army camp in Nagrota dressed in Army fatigues.Posters claiming revenge for Afzal Guru recovered. Five army personnel killed.

Jammu and Kashmir: Three soldiers killed in terrorist attack on army convoy in Pampore

Three soldiers were killed and two others injured in a terrorist attack on an army convoy at a crowded place at Pampore on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway on Saturday.

“Three soldiers have been martyred in a terrorist attack on a convoy at Pampore. Search operations are underway,” an army official said.

He said further details were awaited.

A police official said two soldiers were also injured in the attack that took place at the place crowded with civilians at Kadlabal in Pampore town of Pulwama district on Saturday afternoon.

He said the security forces exercised restraint and did not retaliated in order to avoid civilian casualties.

Preliminary investigations suggest that the militants might have used motorcycles to carry out the deadly attack, the official said, adding search operations were going on in the surrounding areas to track down the assailants.

The army convoy was on its way from Jammu to Srinagar when the attack took place.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 17, 2016 16:34 IST

Unemployment major problem for acid attack survivors: Activist

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Acid attack survivors face a grim situation when it comes to finding a job as people hesitate to employ them, says campaigner Lakshmi Saa. Lakshmi, who herself is an acid attack survivor and a campaigner with Stop Acid Attack, said since most of the victims are women, their life is really hard. “The major problem that comes across survivors is that nobody wants to give them a job. And since the victims are mostly girls they become more of a burden as they cannot support their families financially,” she said. Lakshmi and her husband Alok have started “Sheroes Cafe” – an initiative by Stop Acid Attacks campaign, which provides employment to such people. “The survivors face grim situation wherever they go to ask for jobs. Sheroes is one such project where these survivors have got space to work for themselves and live their life with dignity,” Lakshmi said while speaking at Ericsson to mark Global Diversity Awareness Month. The activist, who runs ‘NGO Chaanv’, talked about the stigma she faced while applying for jobs despite having degrees in several skill development courses. “I did several skill development courses but when I went asking for job, people said they would be scared of me. So, I thought why not work in a call centre as my face won’t be visible to the clients, but there too I faced rejection. I was told my colleagues will be scared of my looks,” she said.Journalist-turned-activist, Alok called for a positive environment around survivors, who face discrimination in myriad ways while trying to get back on their feet. When asked whether he has approached companies other than Sheroes to give spaces to survivors to work, he said, “When we started the cafe, the number of survivors who wanted to work were not much because tracing them was difficult. “There is no such data on the number of attack survivors. It was also difficult to reach out to such people because most of these attacks happen in village and remote areas.”He said after Sheroes, he has witnessed a change in the working environment at different places. “Slowly, I think these stereotypes will be broken with the awareness being created,” said Alok, who has written vigorously to sensitise people about the attacks. He also called for proper education for those, who face attack at an early age. “It is a grim issue that girls, who have been attacked in their childhood, do not got to school and complete their education because of the stigma, which is automatically attached to them. We need to address this issue seriously so, that most of such girls are educated.” Lakshmi, who received the international women of courage award in 2014, is one of the first survivors who decided not to hide her face. She recalled the challenges she was met with after taking the decision. “The disturbing part is when you go out with an open face there are lesser than women, who talk bad about you. It was a challenge to uncover my face and fight for my own respect in the society. It is after these campaigns that I started getting love from people and importantly, platforms to speak up against this menace,” she said.

Tamil Nadu: Woman AIADMK councillor stabbed in Villupuram

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman councillor of AIADMK was today stabbed by unidentified persons in this town, police said today. Sumathy, a member of the Villupuram Municipality, was seriously injured and had been hospitalised, they said.The assailants fled the scene immediately after the attack. Tension prevailed in the locality in view of the incident.

Kashmir: Militants attack SSB convoy in Zakura near Srinagar, four jawans injured

Kashmir: Militants attack SSB convoy in Zakura near Srinagar, four jawans injured

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A Sashatra Seema Bal patrol party was ambushed in Zakura, around 14 kilometres from Srinagar on Friday evening, CNN-News18 reported on Friday. According to PTI, four jawans were injured in the shootout.

Militants attacked three SSB vehicles, which were part of a patrol party. The convoy was returning from duty.

The firing started around 7.10-7.15 pm in Zakura, a densely populated town outside Srinagar, and may pose extra challenge for the security forces in neutralising the attack. It is also home to a Bhabha Atomic Research Centre.

According to the TV news channel, this is the eighth attack in Jammu and Kashmir in the last two months.

“The firing lasted around 20 minutes, and the security forces are searching for militants in the area,” CNN-News18 reported. However, according to the channel, militants are believed to have escaped the area.

More details are awaited.


— With inputs from PTI

Cross-border terror and radicalisation pose grave challenges to security: PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that cross-border terrorism and radicalisation were grave challenges to security.Addressing a joint conference with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, PM Modi said, “Terrorism and radicalisation have threatened the very fabric of our societies. It is my firm belief that those who believe in peace and humanity need to stand and act together.”Welcoming the PM of Singapore, Modi said, “You are a friend of India, it is an honour for me to welcome you here today.””During my visit last year, we had drawn a road map to realise our ambitious agenda. Our defence and security cooperation is a key pillar of our strategic partnership,” he added.The Prime Minister also said that if there is one country that seemed to act in the present, but was alive to the future, it was Singapore.Meanwhile, PM Lee Hsien Loong said that Singapore also condemned terrorism in all forms, adding, “I would like to extend my condolences to the Indian government and the families of the soldiers who lost their lives in Uri Attack.”India and Singapore inked three pacts, including one on technical education and skill development.

Kashmir unrest: Grenade hurled at SSB camp in Srinagar, no casualty

Kashmir unrest: Grenade hurled at SSB camp in Srinagar, no casualty

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Srinagar: A grenade was lobbed by suspected militants at a camp of paramilitary SSB in Bilal colony area here this evening but no one was injured.

Officials said the incident was reported around 7:30 PM =when a grenade was hurled at the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) company location in the said area and it landed about 15 metres from the first sentry post.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

“The grenade blast did not hit any personnel present in the post which is surrounded by a residential area. Police and SSB reinforcements have rushed to the spot from Soura,” they said.

The camp lodges to the 47th battalion of the force deployed in the area for security duties, they said.

Cartoon row: Saamana office pelted with stones by pro-Maratha organisation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Office of Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana in Navi Mumbai was allegedly stoned on Tuesday apparently over a cartoon published in the daily alluding to the “silent march” being taken out by Maratha community. A pro-Maratha social organisation, ‘Sambhaji Brigade’, later claimed responsibility for the attack.Three youths arrived in a vehicle at the Saamana printing press building located at Sanpada in Navi Mumbai at around 1.45am. They called the guard of the press and requested him to take a letter, police said. As the guard was approaching their vehicle, the youths got down from the vehicle, rushed towards the press building and allegedly pelted it with stones and fled, they said.Two-three glasses on the building’s outer wall were damaged in the attack, they added. After getting information of the attack, police reached the spot and a complaint was lodged by the office-bearers at Sanpada police station. Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagarale confirmed the incident.Police said an offence has been registered against the culprits and appropriate action will be taken. The Sambhaji Brigade took responsibility of the attack and condemned the cartoon published in the mouthpiece.”We are condemning a cartoon which was published in Saamana. Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray and Saamana’s executive editor Sanjay Raut must apologise to the women of Maharashtra,” the brigade’s spokesperson Shivanand Bhanuse told PTI.”The attack was spontaneous and an expression of emotions of the Maratha community,” he said.On Sunday, a cartoon on “silent march” was published in Saamana, which drew criticism from various political quarters. The Marathas have been organising silent marches across the state following the Kopardi rape and murder incident, in which the victim was a member from the community. Some more such rallies are also planned in the state in the coming days.

Pro-Maratha group Sambhaji Brigade attacks Shiv Sena’s Saamana

Mumbai: Office of Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana in Navi Mumbai was allegedly stoned on Tuesday, apparently over a cartoon published in the daily alluding to the “silent march” being taken out by Maratha community.

A pro-Maratha social organisation, ‘Sambhaji Brigade’, later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Three youths arrived in a vehicle at the Saamana printing press building located at Sanpada in Navi Mumbai at around 1.45 PM. They called the guard of the press and requested him to take a letter, police said.

Image courtesy: Saamana website

Image courtesy: Saamana website

As the guard was approaching their vehicle, the youths got down from the vehicle, rushed towards the press building and allegedly pelted it with stones and fled, they said.

Two-three glasses on the building’s outer wall were damaged in the attack, they added.

After getting information of the attack, police reached the spot and a complaint was lodged by the office-bearers at Sanpada police station.

Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagarale confirmed the incident.

Police said an offence has been registered against the culprits and appropriate action will be taken.

The Sambhaji Brigade took responsibility of the attack and condemned the cartoon published in the mouthpiece.

“We are condemning a cartoon which was published in Saamana. Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray and Saamana’s executive editor Sanjay Raut must apologise to the women of Maharashtra,” the brigade’s spokesperson Shivanand Bhanuse told PTI.

“The attack was spontaneous and an expression of emotions of the Maratha community,” he said.

On Sunday, a cartoon on “silent march” was published in Saamana, which drew criticism from various political quarters.

The Marathas have been organising silent marches across the state following the Kopardi rape and murder incident, in which the victim was a member from the community.

Some more such rallies are also planned in the state in the coming days.

Uri attack: Twitterati condemn the terror strike on Kashmir Army camp

On Sunday, terror struck an Army camp in north Kashmir’s Uri town when militants stormed a battalion headquarters in the wee hours of the morning, killing 17 soldiers.

Four militants were killed in the shootout with the Indian Army which lasted a few hours.

Sources in intelligence agencies said that Jaish-e-Mohammad was identified as the perpetrator of the Uri attack after a representative of the terror outfit called up a local journalist in Kashmir to claim responsibility.

This was one of the deadliest on an army base in Kashmir since militant attacks began in 1989.

Many took to Twitter to express their grief over the attack.

In an apparent reference to Pakistan, President Pranab Mukherjee stated that Indian Security forces will thwart the evil designs of terrorists and their backers. He also condemned the attack and the loss of lives of the soldiers in Uri.

Strongly denouncing the attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluted the soldiers who were martyred and said their service to the nation will always be remembered.

US Ambassador to India Richard Verma too responded to the attack.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too condemned the attack while his mother Sonia Gandhi expressed hope that the perpetrators of the attack will be brought to justice.

Textile Minister Smriti Irani termed the attack as ‘mindless’ and extended condolences to the families of the martyred soldiers.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the attack was inhuman and cowardly.

Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray also reacted to the cowardly attack.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Ramdev said that it’s time to destroy all Pakistan-organised terror camps

Various Bollywood actors and Indian cricketers prayed for the jawans.

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Ritesh Deshmukh

Anupam Kher

Shekhar Kapur

Akshay Kumar

Virat Kohli

Irfan Pathan

Mohammad Taqi

Congress leaders hit out at BJP for their inaction against Pakistan. Priyanka Chaturvedi pointed out past incidences of attacks in Kashmir and the promises made by BJP leaders to curb terrorism.

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Dharmendra Pradhan

Vijay Kumar Singh

Harsha Bhogle

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Brahumdagh Bugti, founder and leader of Baloch Republican Party, blamed Pakistan for the attack and said that the country is exporting terrorism.

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Uri attack LIVE: Rajnath Singh, NSA Doval high-level meet to discuss India’s response, ends

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In one of the deadliest attacks on the Army in recent years, 17 jawans were killed and 19 others injured as heavily armed militants stormed a battalion headquarters of the force in North Kashmir’s Uri town early on Sunday. Four militants involved in the terror strike were killed by the Army. Heavily armed militants stormed a battalion headquarters of the Army. Explosions and gunfire erupted as the militants attacked the camp, which is located barely few metres away from the Army’s Brigade Headquarters in Uri town, 102 kms from Srinagar, around 4 am on Sunday, official sources said.

The jawans of the Dogra Regiment were sleeping in a tent which caught fire due the explosion. The fire also engulfed the nearby barracks, the sources said. 17 jawans were killed in the terror attack, the Northern Command of the Army said. Nineteen other personnel were injured in the strike in which four militants were killed.

“A group of heavily armed terrorists targeted the rear administrative base of a unit at Uri, Kashmir. In the counter action, four terrorists have been eliminated and combing operations are in progress,” the Army said in a statement. “The administrative base had large strength of troops of units turning over after their tour of duty who were stationed in tents/temporary shelters which caught fire, and resulted in heavy casualties. We salute the sacrifice of 17 soldiers who were martyred in the operation,” the statement said.

Helicopters from the Army’s 19 divisional headquarters in Baramulla have been pressed into service and the injured Army personnel have been evacuated from the encounter site, the sources said. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag are rushing to Kashmir in the wake of terror attack in Uri.

Army soldiers rush to the attack site in Uri. PTI

Army soldiers rush to the attack site in Uri. PTI

The Home Minister has also called an emergency meeting to review the situation arising out of the terror attack. The attack comes two years after militants had carried out a similar type of attack at Mohra in the same area. Ten security personnel were killed in the attack that took place on December 5, 2014.

It is believed that the attack was the handiwork of a freshly infiltrated group of militants who could have entered along the Salamabad Nallah into the town. The Home Minister has postponed his scheduled visit to Russia and the United States in the wake of the attack in Uri and the unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh also spoke to the Jammu and Kashmir Governor and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on the situation arising out of the terror strike in Uri. The Home Minister was scheduled to leave for Russia tonight for a four-day bilateral visit and later to the US on September 26 for a six-day tour to attend the Indo-US Homeland Security Dialogue. “Keeping the situation of Jammu and Kashmir in mind and in the wake of terror attack in Uri, I have postponed my visits to Russia and the US,” he said in a statement here.

The Home Minister said he has spoken to Governor N N Vohra and the Chief Minister and discussed with them the situation arising out of attack on a Army Brigade Headquarters in Uri and both of them apprised him of the overall situation in Jammu and Kashmir. “I have given instructions to Home Secretary (Rajiv Mehrishi) and other officers in the Home Ministry to closely monitor the situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

The Home Minister also called an emergency meeting to review the situation arising out of the attack on the Brigade Headquarters in Uri. National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, the Union Home Secretary, top Army, paramilitary and Home Ministry officials are attending it. The Home Minister has postponed his scheduled visit to Russia and the United States in the wake of the attack in Uri and the unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh also spoke to the Jammu and Kashmir Governor and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on the situation arising out of the terror strike in Uri. “Keeping the situation of Jammu and Kashmir in mind and in the wake of terror attack in Uri, I have postponed my visits to Russia and the US,” he said in a statement here.

The Home Minister said he has spoken to Governor N N Vohra and the Chief Minister and discussed with them the situation arising out of attack on a Army Brigade Headquarters in Uri and both of them apprised him of the overall situation in Jammu and Kashmir. “I have given instructions to Home Secretary (Rajiv Mehrishi) and other officers in the Home Ministry to closely monitor the situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

The Home Minister also called an emergency meeting to review the situation arising out of the attack on the Brigade Headquarters in Uri. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, the Union Home Secretary, top Army, paramilitary and Home Ministry officials are attending the meeting.

How India’s army might avenge the Kashmir attack

With fury growing over the killing of 17 soldiers in Kashmir, India’s military establishment is considering the ways it could strike back – but options may be running out.

Militants attack Indian army base in Kashmir ‘killing 17’

Heavily-armed militants attack an army base in Indian-administered Kashmir, killing at least 17 soldiers in an attack officials appear to be blaming on Pakistan.

LeT terrorists ambush CRPF convoy in J&K, kill 8 jawans

A heavily armed group of fidayeen (suicide attackers) ambushed a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bus, killing eight jawans and injuring 22 others. The condition of five of them are critical.The ambush occurred on the Srinagar-Jammu highway near Frestbal in the saffron-rich town of Pampore on Saturday. Two fidayeens were later killed in retaliatory firing.Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) has claimed responsibility for the attack. In a statement to a local news agency, LeT spokesperson Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi said two militants belonging to a fidayeen squad attacked the CRPF bus on the highway, in which 13 soldiers were killed and 20 others injured. He also confirmed the death of both the fidayeens in the attack<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police said the incident occurred at 4.50 pm when a CRPF convoy carrying jawans was returning to Srinagar after a firing practice at the Lethpora area of south Kashmir. Police said militants hiding in the area attacked the convoy with automatic weapons and tried to barge inside.However, CRPF personnel travelling in two other vehicles immediately retaliated and gunned down the two.”They (CRPF troopers) were coming from Lethpora to Srinagar when the fidayeens ambushed them. We immediately retaliated and killed two militants,” KK Sharma, deputy inspector-general of police, CRPF, told dna.The injured were rushed to the army hospital. “Injured CRPF personnel evacuated to the hospital… Injured CRPF personnel being attended to,” tweeted the Northern Command of the Indian Army.Panic gripped the area after the gun battle. People ran helter-skelter and shopkeepers downed shutters and fled. Traffic on the highway also came to a halt as security forces launched a massive operation to track down any remaining militants.The attack comes just a week before the Amarnath yatra takes off in the Himalayas in Kashmir.The Srinagar-Jammu highway is an important axis for the pilgrims who board buses from the base camp in Jammu to the cave shrine from Pahalgam and Baltal route. The attack has sent shivers down the security establishment, who are now busy rejigging the security plan for the pilgrims.Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the attack and said that such acts would only add to the tragedies and miseries of the people and subvert the government’s efforts to bring peace and prosperity.PTI adds: The terrorists appeared to have carefully chosen the spot for the ambush as every vehicle has to slow down there because of a sharp curve on the road. Security agencies suspect a reconnaisance might have preceded the assault.Asked whether the slain terrorists were from across the border, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police K Rajendra said: “In all probability, they seem to be from Pakistan.”

Kashmir terror attack: Eight CRPF troopers killed in Pampore ambush

In one of the deadliest attacks of this year, eight Central Reserve Police Force personnel were martyred and 24 injured on Saturday after militants opened fire at a convoy belonging to the paramilitary force in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Two militants were also shot dead in retaliatory fire.

The attack happened on the busy Srinagar-Jammu national highway when the security personnel were returning from a training exercise, police said, according to the latest reports from CNN-News 18.

Rajesh Yadav, CRPF commandant also said that 20 jawans injured in the attack were taken to the Army’s 92 Base hospital in Srinagar. He told ANI that the jawans were returning from firing range practice when the attack took place.

“A CRPF convoy on way to Srinagar was attacked by militants at Namblabal near Pampore town on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway,” a senior police officer told IANS.

Nalin Prabhat, IG, CRPF said that both the terrorists killed in the attack appeared to be from Pakistan and from Lashkar-e-Taiba.

“Firing exchanges are still going on at the attack site as two militants are still reported to be firing at the security forces,” he said, adding reinforcements have been rushed to the area to ensure that the surviving militants don’t escape.

Traffic on the busy highway came to a halt immediately after the attack, while tension has gripped nearby Pampore town. There is a high security alert issued in Srinagar and search is on for the two escaped terrorists. The DG is likely to visit Pampore on Sunday.

According to ANI, security personnel recovered arms and ammunition, including two AK-47 rifles, 11 hand grenades from the two terrorists killed in the attack.

With inputs from IANS

In Punjab, drug mafia loves pipelines meant to water farms

After the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM)-led Pathankot air force station attack in January 2016, dna visited Punjab in order to explore, among other things, the drug angle to the attack.dna spoke to a number residents in villages notorious for drug abuse. On one such visit, the tour guide, himself a drug peddler, intended to show routes used by syndicates.”There is a Punjabi movie about the drug problem here. You should watch it,” said the local peddler, who was under the impression that this dna correspondent was a potential client.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Months after this gracious advice by a person, who himself was part of Punjab’s ‘drug problem’, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) asked the makers of Udta Punjab to remove all references to the state as well as other areas in Punjab. While references to Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Amritsar and Ludhiana were asked to be removed, there are dozens of places, especially those bordering Pakistan, that continue to be plagued by drugs and yet remain almost anonymous.One such place is Bhadroya, a village at the border of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, and is perhaps one of the most important junctions used by cross-border drug syndicates of Punjab. “To truly understand Punjab’s drug problem, one needs to see how things work in Bhadroya,” said a Damtal- based advocate.With a population of less than 2,000, Bhadroya falls under Nurpur tehsil of Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh and is located 5 km from the Pathankot air force station.While villages like Narot Jaimal Singh, Tash, Pharwal and Bamiyal are some places which serve as bases where chitta (local drug) is transported and stored briefly before its subsequent distribution, Bhadroya serves as the nerve centre of drug syndicates – even with the presence of army cantonments and BSF camps in Pathankot,Bhadroya is important for its ‘strategic location’ as drugs that are imported to India through the international border are forwarded not only to different parts of Punjab but also to Himachal and the national capital.Soon after the attack, the Himachal police swept the area ‘clean’ in multiple raids and had rid this village from drug dealers who were operating from one-room hutments built with the only purpose of selling drugs.”Both the Himachal and Punjab police have cracked down on drug smuggling after the attack but it’s a matter of time. There is a lot of media pressure but once everything dies down, business will be as usual,” a local drug dealer told dna en route to avail chitta.His main supplier is a woman known as Bhabhi and given the ‘hard area’ in which she supplies drugs, the woman is considered to be a tough nut to crack among drug smugglers.dna had requested a meeting with Bhabhi after taking the local peddler into confidence that this reporter wanted to sell drugs in Delhi. While waiting for a green signal from Bhabhi in a car parked on the dusty patch of road that led to Bhadroya, the meeting was cancelled after two teenagers on a motorcycle, who had been following our vehicle, informed that Bhabhi had some last-minute work.”You should have come before the attack. Things were better,” a drug dealer told dna. While travelling to Punjab’s villages, one encounters a multitude of police checkpoints and one would assume that, being a high-security border area, transporting drugs through these villages would be difficult. This, however, seems not to be the case. The network seems to have become sophisticated in the past two decades when Pakistani drug peddlers would use simple methods of transportation.The ‘package’ would be thrown over the fence or the same would be handed over after cutting through the electric fencing. In some places, where the border is completely porous, the package would be simply handed over. But as the trade grew, methods of transportation became elaborate.The International Border (IB), which divides India and Pakistan, falls on massive tracts of farming land. There are patches of farming land owned by Indians, which fall on both sides of the IB. Technically, the farming land on the other side of IB is Indian and farmers are even issued a special ID to work on the fields.The pipes meant to water the farms have long been used by drug dealers to transport their product. dna also learnt that pipes have been laid under the fence that divides India and Pakistan. The same pipes are used for transportation is no surprise to anyone here.This was confirmed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) as well as a deputy superintendent of Punjab police in Pathankot. While the Punjab administration continues to face criticism over its alleged inaction, the police in the neighbouring state are hoping against hope.”This is not the first time we have conducted raids. We have been doing so for many years. We are determined to stop the influx of drugs into Himachal,” said a senior police officer posted in Damtal area of Himachal. “We will protect Himachal,” the officer said.

Tamil Nadu Elections 2016: Alagiri says DMK will not win a single seat in Madurai

DMK leader Stalin was in Madurai to address a rally on May 7, but his elder brother MK Alagiri was not seen anywhere close. The party’s chief M Karunanidhi has stated that Stalin will be chief minister if the party wins and has also declared that if something happens to him, it will be Stalin who takes over the leadership. A report in The Indian Express states that MK Alagiri will not be voting for any party in the upcoming elections in Tamil Nadu. Alagiri told the daily that it has been two-and-half years since he spoke to his brother Stalin and nearly three years since he spoke to his half-sister Kanimozhi. He added that DMK will not win a single seat in Madurai and that he was not interested in the kind of politics that is going on now. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the election of 2011, it was MK Alagiri who was spearheading the campaign in Madurai for the DMK. But he was under the scanner for numerous issues at the time and was held responsible for the ‘self-styled’ rule in the city and the rise of mafia leaders like ‘Pottu’ Suresh, ‘Attack’ Pandi and ‘Karate’ Pandian.
ALSO READ Tamil Nadu Elections 2016: MK Alagiri loyalists send out warning to DMKMK Alagiri is now a shadow of his former self where politics is concerned. A close aide told the daily that they could not be seen openly supporting Alagiri due to the issues in the family. The report adds that Alagiri is definitely planning something as his loyalists have told the daily that they plan to defeat the candidates close to Stalin in Madurai.

Two armed men attack Chhattisgarh church; set afire Bible, thrash pastor

Raipur:  Two unidentified men armed with sharp-edged weapons barged into a church in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district and allegedly set ablaze a Bible and other articles besides thrashing the pastor and his pregnant wife, police said on Tuesday.

The incident took place on Sunday evening at village Karanji Matagudi Para under Parpa police station limits.

“As per the written complaint of Pastor Deenbandhu Sameli, an FIR has been lodged in this connection. Continuous patrolling is being done in the region to nab the attackers. We are pretty sure that the culprits will be arrested soon,” Bastar Superintendent of Police RN Dash told PTI.

As per the complaint, two men identified themselves as belonging to some other denomination of the Christian community and expressed their desire to pray in the church.

After entering inside the premises, they launched an attack on the pastor and poured inflammable liquid on the Holy Bible, furniture and other religious material kept inside and set them ablaze.

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“After getting information about the incident, we immediately rushed to the spot and deployed a policeman for security throughout the night,” Dash said.

A case under sections 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship), 392 (robbery), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt), 435 (mischief by fire or explosive substance), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 34 (common intention)
of the IPC was registered against the unidentified persons, he added.

Meanwhile, president of Chhattisgarh’s Christian Forum Arun Pannalal alleged that the attack was carried out by the workers of Bajrang Dal and accused police of “covering up” the incident.

“This was third attack on the religious premises of Christian community in the region. It was carried out by the goons of Bajrang dal. Police are trying to cover it up,” Pannalal claimed.

The attackers were armed with a knife, hammer, sword and petrol.

After breaking locks of church premises, they barged inside and poured petrol on the Bible, other holy books, furniture and mike set and torched them, he said.

They also poured petrol on pastor Deenanath and his pregnant wife, Meena and tried to set them afire but somehow they managed to escape, Pannalal added.

Police personnel immediately reached the spot after getting report of the incident and deployed night gaurds there, he added.

Pakistan, India peace talks ‘suspended’

Pakistan’s ambassador to India says the peace process between India and Pakistan is currently suspended.

Jammu and Kashmir: Terrorists attack police party in Pulwama, one policeman injured

Terrorists attacked a police party at Muran Chowk in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on Sunday, according to reports.Reports also state that one policeman has been injured in the attack. Terrorists attack a police party at Muran Chowk in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama. One policeman injured. pic.twitter.com/rSxn5wDcuk
April 3, 2016More details on the attack awaited.

Pakistan team in India to probe attack

The five-member team’s arrival marks the first time that Pakistani intelligence and police officials are in to India to investigate a militant attack.

dna Morning Must Reads: From India’s World T20 triumph against Pakistan to International Happiness Day

1. World T20 India v/s Pakistan: And, the dominance continuesIndia maintained their win-record against Pakistan in ICC World events in tact as Virat Kohli stars in tricky run-chase of 119. Read more here2. ‘Hurt’ PDP braces up for a showdown against BJPUpset by BJP’s hardened stand, PDP is bracing up for a major showdown to put the saffron party on a defensive. Read more here<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>3. Arun Jaitley’s assurance of no ‘inspector raj’ ends 18-day jewellers strikeJewellers on Saturday called off their 18-day old strike demanding roll-back of proposed excise duty on non-silver jewellery after the government assured them that there will be no harassment by excise officials. Read more here4. Attack suspect Abdeslam initially wanted to blow himself up at Paris stadiumSalah Abdeslam, the prime surviving suspect for November’s Paris attacks, told Belgian investigators on Saturday that he had planned to blow himself up on Nov. 13 at the Stade de France. Read more here 5. International Day of Happiness: Here’s a recipe for why we are happyThe takeaways of these studies, the biggest and most credible of which are listed below, shouldn’t surprise all that much. For that’s the wonderful thing about happiness – it’s something that each one of us can discover for ourselves. Read more here

Watch: Chattisgarh police fires over 100 bullets to kill murderous bear

Over 100 bullets were fired at a female bear in Chattisgarh and the attack was filmed by the police. The bear reportedly killed two villagers and a forest official who was trying to tranquillize her. The police were called in after the forest official failed to trap the bear.Out of the 100 bullets 16 pierced the bear. The animal was reportedly a sloth bear which can grow up to six feet in length and weigh up to 140 kg. A police officer said that the bear was very aggressive and on the rampage, killing the forest officer, and the cops had no other option.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Govt hits back at Congress, says your hallmark is ‘words for poor, deeds for rich’

The BJP-led NDA Government today hit back at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and said the grand old party’s hall mark all these years has been ‘words for the poor, deeds for the rich’.ICC World Twenty20 2016: Hong Kong vs Zimbabwe, Group B 1st T20 Match Live Cricket Scores & Ball by Ball commentary”The Congress vice-president says that the government may attack him personally but don’t attack the poor. I want to tell him that you (Congress) are attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally, even about his dress and other things also. You attack and we cannot stop that, but don’t attack the people, particularly the poor, by stalling the Parliament, by stalling important legislations connected with the welfare of the people. That is my appeal to the Congress Party,” Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs M. Venkaiah Naidu said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”You have ignored poor all these days. ‘Words for the poor, deeds for the rich’ has been the hallmark of your government for all these years,” he added.The minister’s comment came a day after the Congress-vice president accused the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Government of crushing the voices of poor and weak and dared the ruling dispensation, saying ‘attack me but spare the poor people of the country’.Gandhi, who met a delegation of tribals from Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region, said that the government was oppressing anyone who spoke against them.”Our tribal brothers and sisters from Bastar have come to meet me. They told me that they are being threatened and oppressed in Chhattisgarh. The nation is not going to gain from the oppression of people. In Hyderabad, you oppressed Rohith Vemula, here you are trying to oppress Kanhaiya and students. The NDA Government is trying to crush the voices of poor and the weak,” he told the media here.”Narendra Modi ji and his Cabinet will attack me. Modi ji even attacked me personally. People of his party attack me daily. Attack me as much as you want, but do not crush the poor, labourers, farmers, adivasis, Dalits. Attack me, but spare the poor people of the country,” he added.

Militants attack Indian consulate in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad; gunfire heard

Kabul: Militants on Wednesday attacked the Indian consulate in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city, causing unspecified casualties, media reports said.

The attack, involving at least one suspected suicide bomber, took place around noon, causing panic in the area. Civilians fled from the site while security forces engaged gunmen, police officers said.

Journalists at the site reported explosions and gunfire. Security forces moved in armoured vehicles.

AFP quoted an Indian diplomat as saying: “Our consulate has been targeted but everyone is safe.”

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Afghan police. Representational image. AP

A shopkeeper near the consulate told the news agency that he saw several injured people lying around the area after a “big boom” shattered his windows.

The area is also home to other diplomatic missions.

“We cannot provide details on casualties. There is a fear of possible casualties, both civilian and security personnel,” Xinhua quoted a police official as saying.

The nature of the blast might have been group attack or complex assault, involving several attackers, Xinhua news agency reported.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

In January, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a deadly gun and bomb siege targeting the nearby Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad, the first major attack by the group in an Afghan city.

The attack comes ahead of direct peace talks this week between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

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Now, Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed praises Pampore terrorists, leads prayers

A video uploaded by Lashkar affiliate Jamaat-ud-Dawah shows Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed leading prayers for the three terrorists who were killed by the Indian Army in Pampore, Jammu and Kashmir, recently.In the weekly Friday prayers, traditionally led by Saeed at Qadsiya masjid in Lahore, where JuD and LeT have their headquarters, he eulogised the three militants.Saeed is also seen making a speech against the background of moving images, like smoke billowing from the Entrepreunership Development Institute (EDI) building in Pampore, where the terrorists were holed up, scenes from the conflict between military personnel, Kashmiri protestors and even the Indian Parliament.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Commending the “honourable young men and women of Islam in the battlegrounds of jihad in Kashmir”, Saeed says: “Last week, there was an impressive attack in Kashmir. The fight continued for three days. There were three mujahideen against thousands of Indian Army personnel.”He said that the funeral prayers were held in Pakistan following a request by the Hurriyat and Dukhtaran-e-Millat’s Asiya Andrabi to read eulogies for the “martyrs” in Kashmir.Indian security agencies believe that the Pampore attack is the handiwork of LeT. However, no militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.Yet, JuD leaders have been supporting the attack on social media platforms. Saeed’s endorsement of the Pampore militants strongly asserts that the attack on Indian armed forces was carried out by the LeT. Both Lashkar and its charitable organisational front Jamaat are banned by the UN Security Council as entities of al-Qaeda.On February 20, militants led siege to the EDI building and the fight with security agencies lasted for more than 48 hours.On the second day, as the encounter continued, local residents started pelting stones on military personnel cordoning the area and mosques in the vicinity blared songs hailing the mujahideen.Saeed said this scene was being seen after many years and shows the faith of Kashmiri population in the acts of mujaheeds. Recently LeT’s Kashmir chief Mehmood Shah, in a statement to local news agencies, said that the attack was carried out to avenge the death of two young civilians – Shaista Hameed and Danish Farooq Mir–in Pulwama earlier this month when security forces opened fire on a mob that was protesting against the killing of a local militant in Kakpora village. Saeed reiterated that the mujahideens took revenge for the killing of their sister Shaista.In the video, Saeed also talks about how the Pampore attack has shown that these jihadis are on the right path. “The United States and India conspired to support new militant groups in Pakistan, including the Islamic State (ISIS), so that people will join these groups. But the sacrifice of mujahideens in Kashmir struck down this conspiracy to divert militants from jihad in Kashmir.”LeT supports al Qaeda and opposes IS.

Pathankot attacks: India ‘disappointed’ as Pakistan FIR omits JeM, Masood Azhar names

India on Friday expressed disappointment that neither terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed nor its chief Masood Azhar were named in an FIR registered in Pakistan to probe last month’s Pathankot terror strike.”It is a small step in the right direction. But it is disappointing that neither the name of Jaish nor Masood Azhar was incorporated in the FIR,” a senior government official said. Pakistan filed the FIR against “unknown persons” after weeks of probe into the attack on the air base on January 2 in which seven security personnel were killed.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was registered at the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) in Gujranwala in the neighbouring country’s Punjab province. “We have failed to understand why Jaish and its chief’s names were not included in the FIR despite India giving adequate evidence about their involvement,” the official said.According to Pakistan’s CTD, the FIR is needed for starting police and judicial proceedings on the basis of evidence collected in connection with the attack for which India has blamed Pakistan-based JeM. India has identified Azhar as the mastermind behind the attack. It has also blamed his brother Rauf and five others for carrying out the attack.Law Minister of Pakistan’s Punjab province, Rana Sanaullah, said if anyone, including Azhar, is found guilty of involvement in the attack, they will be prosecuted. “No one becomes guilty upon naming (in a case). I don’t want to name anyone at this stage. Let the probe be completed and if Masood Azhar is involved, action will be taken,” Sanaullah said. He also urged India to provide any evidence it has on Azhar or anybody else’s involvement in the attack.

Why is everyone so reluctant to brand the attack on the Tanzanian woman in Bengaluru as racist?

The Karnataka government was accused of utter incompetence and insensitivity in the handling of the affair of the attack on the Tanzanian girl. But events on Friday seemed to swiftly turn things around.

In what can only be seen as a volte-face, Tanzanian High Commissioner to India John WH Kijazi said in Bengaluru that the attack on the Tanzanian woman last Sunday was not racist. He told the media on Friday, after being briefed by the state government, “What has happened is very unfortunate. We had a meaningful discussion with the state government and I am happy with the action taken against the policemenand we were told nine persons have been arrested. I have got a clear picture of what happened prior to the accident and after that. It is not a racist attack. It is a case of friction between the local community and the students.”

Minister of External Affairs (MEA) joint secretary Partha Sathpathy chipped in: “I request the media to refrain from being judgmental while reporting such incidents because the media’s projection about the country and Bengaluru would send a wrong message.”

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Without doubt, Kijazi and the MEA have both bought into the state government’s story that this is not a racist attack. Even more interesting, Kijazi told the Bangalore Mirror, “It is the media that projected it as racist attack.” Indeed, national TV channels did go berserk terming this an assault prompted by the fact that the woman was from Africa, which is only partly true. Firstpost discovered while reporting the incident that the attack was fuelled by a combination of road rage, racism, and a clash of rural and city cultures.

But why is the Karnataka government denying that the incident had no elements of racism in it? Even more interesting, you would think the opposition parties such as the BJP would do their best to politicise the incident. Instead, audiences of TV debates have, for the first time in many years, been treated to the piquant situation where spokespersons from the Congress, the BJP, and even the RSS are all agreeing with each other and refusing to acknowledge its racist elements.

A couple of days after five people were arrested for the incident, some Congressmen on social media announced that one of the arrested persons was a prominent BJP panchayat leader. This, they said, was an attempt to derail the then on-going state government’s Global Investors’ Meet. However, the strategy of trying to blame the BJP was quickly dumped; there were no follow-up posts on this angle. In fact, outside of social media, it never made the news.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Dr G Parameshwara, city police commissioner NS Megharikh, and BJP local area MP and union law minister DV Sadananda Gowda, have, to the point of insensitivity, denied that the incident was racist, but insisted that it was road-rage. Interestingly, till yesterday, when Kijazi switched his stance, the Tanzanians were not buying the road-rage story. The victims themselves alleged racism in the attack on those in the second car, which arrived on the scene of the accident around 30 minutes later. Although its occupants had nothing to do with the accident, they were attacked, the girl stripped (although there are varying accounts of this, she certainly was not paraded), and their car set on fire. This happened only because the occupants of the second car were African.

Back in Tanzania, the incident has understandably created a furor. According to reports appearing in The Citizen, a leading Tanzanian newspaper, the Tanzanian foreign ministry summoned Indian high commissioner Sandeep Arya, who was told in no uncertain terms that Tanzanian students in India need to be fully protected and action must be taken against the offenders. On the floor of the Tanzanian parliament, MP Augustine Olle, who himself had studied in India for four years, said, “It is unfortunate that while we encourage diversity in Tanzania and we live in peace with people of various races, the situation is very different in India where Tanzanians are subjected to serious abuse.”

In the light of all this, the Tanzanian high commissioner’s about-face is somewhat surprising. The question that needs answering is this: why is there such a staunch denial of the incident’s racial overtones? Who, if anyone, is being protected?

The police have been cagey of releasing the names of the arrested persons, but some newspapers and channels did carry the names of the first five persons arrested. The Hindu identified the arrested persons as Lokesh Bangaru, Venkatesh, Saleem Pasha, Bhanuprakash, and Rahmatulla. Lokesh reportedly belongs to the BJP. Since then, four more were arrested and three policemen suspended for dereliction of duty, all of which seems to have gone down well with the Tanzanian high commissioner and the MEA, both of whom appreciated the police action.

But going back to the list of people arrested, odious as it may seem, it is impossible not break it down to its communal components. Shabana Taj, 35, the unfortunate victim of the accident who has been forgotten in all the brouhaha over the attack on the Tanzanian girl, is Muslim. The Sudanese student driver, allegedly drunk, as well as the Tanzanian girl who was attacked, belong to the same community. But, as can be seen from the list of the arrested, the mob that attacked the Tanzanian girl, beat up her friends, and burnt the car was constituted of people from both majority and minority communities.

When Sadananda Gowda visited the site of the incident he was heckled by Hindus and Muslims alleging wrongful arrests and demanding their release. They complained that the African students of the area were known for their loud behavior and rash driving. The attack on the students, following Shabana Taj’s death, was a reaction to years of pent-up anger. Gowda was quick to buy it. This was not racist, he declared to the media. Instead, he blamed the state government for failing to protect the interests of the people.The government should also ensure that the foreign students abide the law and also ensure their safety, he told The Hindu.

Except for such low-level rebukes, neither political party has come down hard on each other, both preferring to stick to the road-rage theory, which dismisses racism. The liberal elite, which normally feed on such events, has also kept away. With the Tanzanian establishment acquiescing, this incident is doomed to die a natural death. No doubt, the arrested men and the suspended policemen will soon return to status quo. The media will move on and find another event to earn TRPs.

There is a saying that the two things that unite all Indians are racism and dowry. The Bengaluru attack will prove half of that statement correct.

Pakistan to seek more proof from India on Pathankot attack: Report

With no headway made in the probe into the Pathankot terror attack, Pakistan plans to seek more evidence from India, a media report said on Monday, days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the outcome of the investigation into the assault would be made public soon.A Pakistani government team investigating the Pathankot airbase attack will ask the foreign ministry to seek more evidence from India.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The team has almost completed its investigation into five cellphone numbers (allegedly used for making calls from Pakistan to India) provided by the Indian government. No further leads were found from these numbers because they were unregistered and had fake identities,” Dawn newspaper quoted a source as saying.”The probe is not heading further. The team needs more evidence. Therefore, it has written to the government to speak to India and apprise it of the situation and demand more evidence to move forward in investigation here,” he said.Answering a question about the people, including banned Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar, detained in connection with the Pathankot incident, the source said “Let first more evidence come from India”.Pathankot incident, the source said “Let first more evidence come from India”.Sharif had formed the six-member investigation team headed by the Additional Inspector General of Punjab’s Counter- Terrorism Department (CTD) in the second week of January to look into India’s allegations that the JeM was behind the January 2 attack.The team headed by AIG Counter Terror Department, Punjab Rai Tahir has so far held two meetings.The prime minister told reporters in Lahore on Saturday that the investigation was underway and its findings would be made public.”Whatever facts come out we will bring them forth before everyone,” he said, adding that Pakistan would go to “any length” to uncover the alleged use of its soil in the Pathankot attack.”It is our responsibility to uncover if our soil was used in the attack. We will do this and the ongoing investigation will be completed soon,” he said.Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies have not produced before court any of the suspects arrested in connection with the attack over the past two weeks since their detention.The government has not disclosed the number of suspects detained. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah only confirmed that Maulana Masood Azhar had been taken into “protective custody”, along with some of his “accomplices”.”He (Masood) is not arrested,” the minister clarified.India says Masood Azhar was the mastermind of the attack. It alleges that his brother Rauf and five others were also involved in the attack which killed all six terrorists and seven Indian soldiers.

Seven dead, six injured in Maoist land-mine blast in Jharkhand

At least seven policemen were killed and six others were injured in a Maoist land-mine blast in Chattarpur area of Palamu in Jharkhand.”Seven policemen were killed and six others were injured in a Maoist laid land-mine blast at police vehicle in Palamu, Jharkhand. Search operations are underway,” Jharkhand Director General of Police D.K. Pandey told ANI.According to reports, a mini-bus carrying 12 police personnel was attacked by a Maoist in Palamu yesterday night.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The attack comes after a relatively quiet 2015, when for the first time since 2011, there hadn’t been a single Naxalite attack on police stations in Jharkhand.

Swami Agnivesh calls for ‘beti bachao’, equality in society

Pitching for equality in society, social activist Swami Agnivesh on Thursday said there was a need to save the girl child and to fill the gap between poor and rich in the society.”No one wants beti (girl child), no one celebrates the birth of a girl…even in big and rich families…most of the time there is female foeticide in the country…lakhs of girls are being killed in the womb every day…it is mass murder…genocide,” he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He was delivering a lecture on ‘Attack on Expression in Democracy’ organised in the backdrop of Aklera (Jhalawar district) incident in which RTI 12 activists were attacked allegedly by a BJP leader and party workers on January 16.No individual nor any TV news channel has raised a strong voice on the issue, he said and added that equal opportunities should be provided to people in the society, irrespective of religion and creed.”We may not require any temple, masjid or any religious place…what we need is equality…no demarcation…real democracy of live and expression…every human is equal…we should be enemy to those who differentiate with humans based on caste, creed and religion,” he said.On issue of intolerance, Agnivesh claimed, “There has been a process of radicalisation in the society because of fundamentalist forces like RSS in the name of religion”.”RSS ki soch kattarpanthi soch hai…Veer Savarkar ke samay se…ye samaj ki jaroorat nahin hai (The idealogy of RSS has been fundamentalist since Veer Savarakar’s time… This is not required in the society,” he alleged.Speaking on the occasion, Rampuniyani, a retired IIT professor, said under the BJP-led NDA government, the three issues of ‘love jehad’, ‘beef’, and ‘gharvapsi’ have brought negative changes in the society in the last one and a half years.

BJP issues notice to MLA Kanwar Lal Meena for attack on NGO workers, seeks explanation

The NGO workers, who were attacked on Sunday, had said that Meena was the one leading the attack against them. The Rajasthan Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) issued a notice to MLA Kanwar Lal Meena to explain his role in the attack on NGO workers affiliated to organisations of activists Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey in Jhalawar.The NGO workers, who were attacked on Sunday, had said that Meena was the one leading the attack against them. Following this, the BJP state president Ashok Parnami issued a notice seeking a clarification within a week.The police had arrested four people on Sunday in connection with the attacks, which injured a dozen workers.

Pathankot terror attack: Instead of giving proof to Pakistan, we should attack their terrorist camps, says Ramdev

Ramdev said there is no communal intolerance in the country but intolerance towards thoughts and ideas. “Once this intolerance ends, there will be complete peace in the country. The Constitution provides us with some fundamental rights through which we can raise our voice. Stifling that voice is the intolerance of thoughts and politics,” he said.

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Nawaz Sharif calls Modi, assures support in investigations, but questions remain

To save aborting the nascent peace process, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday called up Narendra Modi from Colombo, assuring full support in the investigations into the terrorist attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot, even as the government was under intense pressure, both from its allies as well as opposition Congress to call off talks.While PM Modi emphasised the need for Pakistan to take firm and immediate action against the organisations and individuals responsible for or linked to the attack, it is believed that National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar are in touch with their Pakistani counterparts and have shared telephonic intercepts of terrorists and numbers to whom they had called, prior to the attack. “Specific and actionable information in this regard has been provided to Pakistan,” the PMO confirmed. Sources said that Sharif also called his NSA Lt General Nasser Janjua and foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz from the Sri Lankan capital , directing them to coordinate with India. Sharif told Modi he is upset with this attack and requested the PM to continue on the roadmap to peace that they had decided on.While the government continued to say, it is mulling options to decide about continuing dialogue and is awaiting Islamabad’s response, a view is emerging to go ahead with talks, but to limit their scope to discussing the issue of terrorism only. Officials here also confided that they were awaiting DNA samples of slain terrorists to be handed over to Pakistan along with Letter Rogatory (LR), which is a formal request from a court to a foreign court for judicial assistance. The terrorists are believed to have made multiple calls to their handlers, based in Bahawalpur in Pakistan’s Punjab, which used to be the headquarters of banned terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad. (JeM).Sources here said, while PM was firm with Sharif on telephone, conveying to him that there was telltale evidence of the assistance from Pakistan to the culprits, over the past two days while presiding over meetings of the National Security Council (NSC), he also expressed his displeasure at the gaps in India’s security setup. He has been peeved particularly at the poor security along the borders that allowed the terrorists to sneak in. More worrisome however is the fact that Pathankot is the fifth attack in the area since September 2013, despite fencing and patrolling. PM during his meetings has also asked security czars to find technological solutions to plug the border, which according to them was difficult to patrol, due to its riverine terrain.Sources also said that United Jihad Council (UJC) claiming responsibility had further eliminated the argument that the terrorists involved were non-State actors. “The UJC, whose main faction is the Kashmir-based Hizbul Mujahideen, lacks the werewithal, stamina as well as cadres for such lethal fidayeen strikes,” they added, pointing out that someone in the official machinery in Islamabad could be firing from their shoulders. Mostly security establishments here are in consensus that Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) was widely suspected to be behind the attack with active support from elements in the Pakistan military.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

‘Fresh clashes’ at raided India base

Indian troops reportedly battle remnants of a group that attacked an air force base near the Pakistani border on Saturday.

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