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Jharkhand: Facebook post leads to communal tension, 5 arrested

Wed, 28 Dec 2016-11:32pm , Medininagar (Jharkhand) , PTI

The objectionable material, posted on Facebook on Tuesday night, triggered communal tension in Medininagar town. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five persons were on Wednesday arrested by the police here in Palamau district for allegedly attacking people and ransacking shops following a write-up on the social media on animal sacrifice.The objectionable material, posted on Facebook on Tuesday night, triggered communal tension in this town, prompting the police to act swiftly and arrest five persons, including Mohammad Taz who wrote the post, Palamau SP Indrajeet Mahatha said.Mahatha and Sub-Divisional Magistrate Nancy Sahay have gone to the area with an adequate force to restore law-and-order.A police contingent has been posted in the locality. The SP said the situation was now under control.

Jammu and Kashmir 2016 review: Curfew, Mehbooba Mufti, Burhan Wani and surgical strikes

Srinagar: The year 2016 saw Mehbooba Mufti taking over as the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Army for the first time carrying out surgical strikes on militant camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) while violent protests for months hit hard normal life and resulted in shutdown of schools and death of 86 people.

The government had also to grapple with the NIT unrest, mysterious school burning incidents and blinding due to pellet gun firing issues.

The only silver lining during all this mayhem was that the annual Amarnath yatra to south Kashmir Himalayas went on, though with some interruptions due to authorities’ stopping the pilgrims from travelling during day to avoid any casualties.

In fact, local residents of Bijbehara town defied curfew to help a group of Amarnath pilgrims to hospital after their vehicle met with an accident.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. PTI

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. PTI

7 January – Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passes away

The year, however, started with Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who had cobbled up an unimaginable coalition government between his PDP and the BJP a year earlier, losing his battle against illness at AIIMS in Delhi on 7 January.

Following Saeed’s death, a smooth transition of power was expected to his daughter and political heir Mehbooba Mufti but the PDP president refused to take charge for over two and half months. As the days passed, it seemed increasingly difficult for the two parties to come together again with the PDP setting some conditions like initiation of the confidence building measures by the Centre.

4 April – Mehbooba sworn in as first woman CM of Jammu and Kashmir

Finally, Mehbooba was sworn in as the first woman chief minister of the state on 4 April.

No sooner had she assumed office, Mehbooba faced her first real test. An unrest began at NIT Srinagar where students from outside the Valley were accused of beating local students following a tiff over an India-Pakistan cricket match.

However, the outside students alleged they were tortured by police inside the campus, sparking off a massive crisis that hogged national headlines for several days. The authorities had to shut down the institute for some time to allow the frayed tempers to cool down.

The NIT dust was yet to settle down when Mehbooba’s government faced with two more controversies. The reported plans to set up Sainik colonies and exclusive colonies for migrant Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley drew severe criticism from mainstream Opposition parties as well as separatist groups, which threatened to launch an agitation over these issues.

The government on several occasions, including during the Budget Session of the assembly, stated that it had no such plans.

8 July – Burhan Wani encounter

As it appeared that the worst was over for the PDP-BJP government, Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani — who had become the poster boy of militancy in Kashmir — was killed in an encounter with security forces on 8 July.

Kashmiris carry the body of Burhan Wani, a separatist militant leader, during his funeral in Tral, south of Srinagar. Reuters

Kashmiris carry the body of Burhan Wani, a separatist militant leader, during his funeral in Tral, south of Srinagar. Reuters

As the news of his death spread, there was an unprecedented outpour of outrage on the streets of the Valley as rumours were abound that the 21-year-old militant was killed when he was unarmed. The security forces dismissed the allegations.

However, violent street protests and clashes between protestors and security forces across the Valley over the next several months left 86 people dead and hundreds — including 5000 security forces personnel — injured.

For the first time in the past 26 years of turmoil in Kashmir, over 300 people were blinded as security forces fired pellet guns to quell the protests, leading to calls from various quarters to ban its use.

Authorities imposed curfew across Kashmir valley, snapped mobile and Internet services, banned newspapers for three days and took several news channels off air in an attempt to end the street violence but protests continued unabated.

The separatists, sensing an opportunity, jumped in and started issuing weekly agitation calendars as they did in 2010.

Almost all separatist leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik were either arrested or put under house arrest. More than 8000 people were also arrested on the charges of stone-pelting or incitement to violence.

Curfew and shutdowns brought life in Kashmir valley to a standstill as schools remained closed, businesses shut and transport off the roads.

18 September – Surgical Strikes 

The deadly attack at Uri, close to Line of Control, on 18 September prompted perhaps the strongest peacetime reaction from the armed forces against the militants.

As many as 19 soldiers were killed at Uri before the Army eliminated the four intruders, who had crossed the LoC just a day before launching the attack.

The special forces crossing the LoC into PoK and destroying several militant camps in which over 40 ultras and their sympathisers were killed was a departure from the traditional policy of exercising restraint after every ceasefire violation or an attack on security installation.

As the Valley was going through its worst unrest in 26 years, there was an increase in hostilities along the LoC between armies of India and Pakistan. Both sides accused each other of violating the ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir along the LoC and the international border.

The surgical strike led to more skirmishes and exchange or artillery fire between the two sides till November, leading to fears among people here of outbreak of full blown war between the two countries.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the Valley several times to assess the situation. In the month of September, Singh led an all-party delegation of national parties in an attempt to reach out to all sections of the society to end the street protests.

A splinter group of delegation including Sitaram Yechury and Assadudin Owaisi tried to meet the separatist leaders including Geelani but they shut their doors on them saying the visitors did not have the mandate to resolve Kashmir issue.

Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha led a delegation of “concerned citizens of India” and met people from all sections of the society here. This time separatists met them and conveyed their viewpoint.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Curfew was lifted after the visit of the all-party delegation from many parts of Kashmir but the shutdown continued with no end in sight.

The shutdown not only affected the livelihood of the masses but also put a question mark on the future of the students.

The government announced that board examinations will be held in November but promised to make it easy for the students. The examinations were held in November with thousands of students appearing and the government keeping its word by giving 50 per cent relaxation in the syllabus.

While the unrest is dying out, the educational infrastructure suffered massive damage in the Valley as more than 32 schools were gutted in mysterious fire incidents.

The frequency of burning of schools prompted the Jammu and Kashmir High Court to take suo moto cognisance and initiate PIL proceedings, directing the state government to take steps for ensuring safety of the school buildings.

First Published On : Dec 26, 2016 11:22 IST

Rajasthan ATS officer who helped nab Islamic State-sympathiser, kills paramour, commits suicide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Rajasthan ATS officer, who was instrumental in the arrest of an IS-sympathiser Mohammed Sirajuddin last year, allegedly committed suicide after killing his 24-year-old paramour with his service pistol at Jagatpura here, police said today.It appears that ASP at the Anti-Terrorism Squad, Ashish Prabhakar, first murdered Poonam Sharma and then committed suicide in an SUV late last night near the under-construction Bombay Hospital, DCP South Manish Agarwal said, adding the victims had bullet wounds at their foreheads.The officer after murdering the woman informed the police control about the crime, police said.”He left two suicide notes in his briefcase. One for his wife where he apologised for choosing the wrong path and said Poonam was blackmailing him. In the other, he named six to seven persons- with whom the woman was in touch,” the DCP said.Prabhakar also mentioned that Poonam had spoilt his life and she should be punished, he said.The victims met in 2013 at a coaching centre where Poonam, who was divorced in 2011, was preparing for her civil services examinations, police said.”The forensic team has found two bullet shells, seven bullets in Prabhakar’s pistol and two beer bottles near the SUV,” Agarwal said, adding police are probing why he had mentioned the persons in his note.The post-mortem was conducted today but we are yet to receive the report, the DCP said.”Prabhakar was instrumental in the arrest of Mohammad Sirajuddhin, an IS-sympathiser December last. The NIA had filed a charge-sheet in July and maintained all the sections of the Unlawful (Activities) Prevention Act,” he said.The officer is survived by his wife and two sons, who are in Class V and VII.

Lucknow: Chikankari weavers say business hit, blame it on note ban

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The famous chikankari and zardozi business in Lucknow city has taken a beating following demonetization, weavers complain.The usually over-crowded markets like Ameenabad and Chowk are witnessing much less footfall for past one and a half month. Ameenabad and Chowk are the hub of chikan clothes while Hazratganj has many grand showrooms. Zardozi workers are mainly found in the area between Akbari gate and Gol darwaja in the walled city.While chikankari is a traditional embroidery style from Lucknow believed to have been introduced by Noor Jahan, the wife of Mughal emperor Jahangir, weavers use gold and silver threads in zardozi work.Lucknow zardozi products are manufactured in areas in Lucknow and six surrounding districts of Barabanki, Unnao, Sitapur, Rae Bareli, Hardoi and Amethi.B K Rastogi, owner of the over six-decades-old ‘Bhagwat and Sons’ shop at Chowk area, says sales have dropped by 40% due to demonetization. “70% of contractual workers are struggling and there are difficulties in circulation. The worst affected are kaarigars (weavers) who are not getting enough work. We supply to cities like Mumbai and Delhi but there is around 40% drop in sales,” Rastogi said.”The process of chikankari includes designing, engraving, block printing, embroidery, washing and finishing and for every step we hire kaarigars who are paid in cash. It is difficult for businessmen as there is a withdrawal limit post demonetization. We can’t pay them through Paytm or cards,” he adds.Zafar Ali, who has been handling his ancestral zardozi business at Shahi Shafakhana Chowk, says the note ban has made their lives very difficult.”There are 12-13 kaarigars working on daily wages here. We purchase raw material in cash and it is difficult now due to lack of cash. Normally we get orders from big showrooms but there are not enough orders these days. Forget about profit, it is getting harder even to retrieve the cost,” he adds.Ali says now nobody in his family is willing to take up this business. “Zardozi is an art but we don’t have many artisans nowadays. Not many kaarigars are left in the city now and my family is not unwilling to take this business forward,” he rues.The owner of Kailash Chikans at Bhootnath Market in Indirapuram is only hoping that business gets back on track soon. “Though this (demonetization) decision was taken in the interest of country’s economy, it has affected our business adversely. We are now praying that things become normal,” he says.Another attraction of Lucknow which no one likes to miss when on a visit to the city is Tunday Kababi at Ameenabad.The over-a-century-old outlet which serves mouth-watering galawati kebabs is also witnessing reduced footfall since November 8, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetization decision. “We don’t use Paytm and since our shop is situated at the basement, there is problem with the mobile network. We deal in cash only and the biggest issue is change. On normal days, our outlet remains crowded but now there has been a drastic drop in footfall,” says Mohammad Usman, the owner of the outlet.

SC to hear plea seeking Shahabuddin’s transfer to Tihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Thursday will hear the plea filed by Asha Ranjan, the wife of slain journalist Rajdeo Ranjan, seeking shifting of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin from the Siwan jail in Bihar to Tihar Central Jail in New Delhi for a free and fair trial in the case relating to her husband’s murder.The apex court had deferred the hearing to December 15 during the hearing last week.Asha Ranjan’s plea stated that free and fair trial against Shahabuddin was not possible if he remain lodged in the Bihar jail as witnesses would not be able to depose against him with his goons threatening them.Shahabuddin is facing trial in 45 criminal cases.Meanwhile a separate petition is filed by Chandrakeshwar Prasad, whose three sons had been murdered at the behest of the RJD leader.Forty-two-year-old Ranjan, the bureau chief of The Hindustan, was shot dead in July this year at Phal Mandi near the Siwan railway station, barely half-a-kilometre from the police station.The Bihar Government had recommended the Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) to probe the case.The case came into limelight again after a photograph appeared in the media showing murder suspects Mohammad Kaif and Mohammad Javed with gangster-politician Mohammed Shahabuddin after his release from jail.Kaif, however, later rubbished all accusations against him and said he has no involvement in Rajdeo’s murder case.

J&K: Separatists hint at calling off six-month long shutdown, want a ‘long-term plan’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid unease and fatigue displayed increasingly by people over shutdown, Kashmiri separatists hinted on Wednesday at calling off the six-month long strike call from the beginning of next year, saying they would instead focus on long-term plan of programmes and initiatives. In a joint statement, hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani, chief of moderate faction of Hurriyat Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLJ chief Mohammad Yasin Malik said they are working on a plan for transition from weekly protest calendars to a long term-plan of programmes and initiatives.They said the announcement of the “transition plan” may take some more time as “most of the leadership has been caged and all kinds of hurdles put in place to thwart and sabotage our every move by force”. They stated this while issuing a fresh protest calendar for the next two weeks, during which the number of strike days has been scaled down.While people have been asked to observe complete shutdown on Fridays and Saturdays, there will be no strike on rest of the five days of the week till December 31, as per their call. The change of strategy comes amid unease and fatigue displayed over the prolonged shutdown by the people who are increasingly defying the call and going about their work for livelihood and other aspects of normal life.

American connection in Indian Islamic State modules

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An emerging American link has come to light in the investigation of the Islamic State inspired terror cases with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) identifying a key recruiterAbu Isa al Amriki–one of the planners of the terror group’s external operations division which planned and executed terror attacks in foreign countries– to have set his eyes on India for recruitment of young Muslims. NIA officials have found glaring similarities in the modus operandi employed by al Amriki in at least two instances, Hyderabad module involving five men and a case of a lone wolf in Kolkata where the suspects were ready to commit terror acts in the name of IS. It has now prompted the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to keep a close eye and coordinate with the NIA on the Indian IS related cases.A team of FBI officials arrived in Kolkata, last week, to interrogate IS suspect Mohammad Masiuddin alias Musa, who was instructed by his handler to target foreigners particularly US nationals, behead them with machete and make videos of the act. In December 2015, the FBI uncovered a plot involving American citizens to attack revellers on new year’s eve with machete and knives in the name of IS. The man who masterminded the new year plot, Amriki, is now found to have influenced Hyderabad resident Ibrahim Yazdani.“We are in touch with the FBI and American authorities on the investigation in the IS cases. They have refused to accept Amriki as an American national (he is described as Sudanese) but have charged him in the New York case,’’ a senior NIA official said. He added that Amriki was using the social media platforms to influence people worldwide including US and Indian nationals to join IS in Syria or make terror attacks in their home country.Killed in April this year in a US coalition forces airstrike outside his home in Aleppo, Syria, Amriki and his wife were prominent recruiters for the IS. In an FBI investigation, Amriki was indicted for his role in recruitment and indoctrination of a New York resident Emanuel Lutchman to plan an attack on US soil. Lutchman was also advised to make a video making a pledge of allegiance to IS before making the operation, so that IS can claim responsibility for the attack.Like in the Lutchman plot, Amriki encouraged Yazdani to leave the land of kuffar (infidels) and make a hijra (immigrate) to Syria to join the IS. When Yazdani failed to travel to Syria, Amriki gave him contact of another Urdu speaking fighter who directed him to recruit more `brothers’ and form a module to make terror attack in India.In neighbouring Bangladesh, IS in alliance with Jamatul Mujaheedin Bangladesh– a home-grown terrorist group banned since 2005–carried a series of attacks targeting foreign nationals and minority community with machetes including the deadly attack at Holey Cafe in Dhaka. According to Kolkata police and NIA investigation, Massiudin was recruited by Abu Suleiman–allegedly one of the top JMB leaders in Bangladesh to commit terror attack, which IS will announce as its India operation.The overlapping trajectories involving machetes and foreign nationals, prompted the US Embassy in New Delhi last month to issue a travel advisory to American citizens warning of increased threats of attacks by IS.FBI interrogates IS Suspect MusaA team of FBI officials arrived in Kolkata, last week, to interrogate IS suspect Mohammad Masiuddin alias Musa, who was instructed by his handler to target foreigners particularly US nationals, behead them with machete and make videos of the act. In December 2015, the FBI uncovered a plot involving American citizens to attack revellers on new year’s eve with machete and knives in the name of IS. The man who masterminded the new year plot, Amriki, is now found to have influenced Hyderabad resident Ibrahim Yazdani.

President Mukherjee and VP Ansari greet nation on Milad-un-Nabi, spread message of universal brotherhood

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari greeted people on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi on Sunday, the birthday of Prophet Mohammad, and appealed to them to recall his message to work towards universal brotherhood, tolerance and well-being of all. “On the auspicious occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of the Holy Prophet, I extend my heartiest greetings and best wishes to all my fellow countrymen, in India and abroad,” Mukherjee said in a message on the eve of Milad-un- Nabi.”May the message of the Holy Prophet inspire us to work towards universal brotherhood, compassion, tolerance and the well-being of all. Let us on this day recall the life and ideals of Hazrat Mohammed Saheb and re-dedicate ourselves to the service of humanity,” the President said.Vice President Hamid Ansari, in his message, said the Holy Prophet showed the humanity the righteous path of compassion and universal brotherhood. “Convey my warm greetings and best wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Milad-un-Nabi/ Id-E-Milad, celebrated as the Birthday of Prophet Mohammed,” Ansari said in his message.The Holy Prophet showed the humanity the righteous path of compassion and universal brotherhood, he said. “May His eternal message continue to guide us to building a peaceful and harmonious society,” Ansari said.

Demonetization: Janardhan Reddy’s associate who helped him convert black money arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special land acquisition officer and another person named by his driver in a note before allegedly committing suicide last week, have been arrested by the Mandya Police in Karnataka on Sunday. Ramesh KC had allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison at a lodge at Maddur in Mandya district on December 6, leaving a note in which he has listed out alleged illegalities committed by Bheema Nayak, special land acquisition officer (Bengaluru) and held him and his personal driver Mohammad responsible for his death.Ramesh had also alleged that there was a threat to his life as he was in the know of the illegalities allegedly committed by the officer and how he got money converted into white for the wedding of mining baron G Janardhan Reddy’s daughter recently. “Mandya Police team has arrested Bheema Nayak and Mohammad from a relative’s house today,” police here said.
ALSO READ Driver’s suicide note claims he knew how Janardhan Reddy laundered Rs 100 crore The note claims that Reddy had got Rs 100 crore converted into white money for his daughter’s marriage with the the help of Nayak. “He (Nayak) had got converted Rs 1000 and 500 notes belonging to them (Reddy) worth Rs 100 crores for 20% (commission) to Rs 50, 100 and 2000 notes. As I was aware of all these things, they had threatened me of dire consequences and told me they will get me killed from rowdies,” the note claimed.Mandya Police, which had registered a case under section 306 of the IPC (abetment of suicide), had formed three teams to look into the suicide of Ramesh. The Criminal Investigation Department is also probing the case.

Thane youth who joined ISIS found life with terrorist organisation ‘cushy’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 28-year-old Thane youth, who has allegedly joined ISIS along with his friend, had told his family members to join him, saying life with the terrorist organisation was ‘cushy’, a senior ATS official said on Friday.Tabrez Mohammad Tambe, a resident of Mumbra, had asked his family members to ‘settle’ in the country from where he is operating now, the official said. “Sensing that he was in the wrong place, his (Tabrez’s) brother asked him to return to India but he rejected the plea and said you (family members) come here as life is cushy,” the official said.Tabrez was in contact with his wife, brother and mother via cell phones, social media and other modes of communications and told the family about his activities for the Islamic State. ATS feels Tabrez, who completed his post graduation in cargo management and transportation and got married three years ago, has actively participated in ISIS operations.He visited some countries in the last five years for jobs, the official said. In January, he left India, and said he has got a job in Egypt. “From Egypt, he went to Libya to join ISIS with his friend Ali,” the official said, adding it was Ali who prompted Tabrez to join ISIS. Both knew each other as they worked together at Riyadh in Saudi Arabia a year ago, he said.”We are collecting information about Ali. We are not sure whether Ali is Indian or not. As per our information, he has visited India before,” ATS chief Atulchandra Kulkarni said.

Kashmir: Normal life partially hit as separatists placed under house arrest

Srinagar: Normal life was partially affected in Kashmir on Monday due to a strike called by separatists even as authorities placed Hurriyat Conference leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest to foil their plans of holding a march to Lal Chowk city centre.

“Geelani and the Mirwaiz have been placed under house arrest as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order,” a police official said.

File image of Syed Ali Shah Geelani. AFPFile image of Syed Ali Shah Geelani. AFP

File image of Syed Ali Shah Geelani. AFP

The separatist groups had called for a march to Lal Chowk on Monday to protest civilian deaths during the unrest in the Valley that began on 9 July, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces.

The authorities have sealed off Clock Tower and surrounding areas in Lal Chowk to prevent the separatists from assembling there.

Shops and other business establishments remained closed due to the strike call but transport — both public and private — was plying in many parts of the city.

Schools and government offices are closed on Monday due to public holiday to mark the 111th birth anniversary of former chief minister and founder of opposition National Conference Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.

Reports of shutdown were received from other districts and towns of the Valley but the situation so far is peaceful, the official said.

The unrest in the Valley has left 86 people dead and thousands others, including 5,000 security personnel, injured.

Meanwhile, JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was taken into preventive custody along with several supporters from Sarai Bala area of the city as they were trying to march towards Lal Chowk.

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 19:10 IST

J&K: Separatists placed under house arrest, life partially affected

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Normal life was partially affected in Kashmir on Monday due to a strike called by separatists even as authorities placed Hurriyat Conference leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest to foil their plans of holding a march to Lal Chowk city centre.”Geelani and the Mirwaiz have been placed under house arrest as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order,” a police official said.The separatist groups had called for a march to Lal Chowk today to protest civilian deaths during the unrest in the Valley that began on July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces.The authorities have sealed off Clock Tower and surrounding areas in Lal Chowk to prevent the separatists from assembling there.Shops and other business establishments remained closed due to the strike call but transport — both public and private — was plying in many parts of the city.Schools and government offices are closed today due to public holiday to mark the 111th birth anniversary of former chief minister and founder of opposition National Conference Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.Reports of shutdown were received from other districts and towns of the Valley but the situation so far is peaceful, the official said.The unrest in the Valley has left 86 people dead and thousands others, including 5,000 security personnel, injured.

Heart of Asia declaration which named Pak-based terror outfits LeT, JeM was unanimous: Sartaj Aziz

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The declaration adopted at the ‘Heart of Asia’ conference, which named Pakistan-based terror outfits LeT and JeM, was unanimous, said Sartaj Aziz, advisor to the country’s Prime Minister, who attended the meet in Amritsar.On his return home, Aziz sought to play down its significance by highlighting that other groups were also mentioned in the declaration along with Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, the terror groups blamed for attacks in India.Addressing a press conference, he said the emphasis of the conference was on tackling all regional outfits to stamp down militancy. HOA is a platform for discussing reconstruction of the trouble-torn Afghanistan.The HoA declaration expressed serious concern over gravity of the security situation in Afghanistan and in many parts of the region, holding that united efforts are required to contain terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e- Mohammad, Taliban, the Haqqani Network, Al Qaida, IS and its affiliates, TTP, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Jundullah and other foreign terrorist groups.Aziz said the declaration was unanimous and not only Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad were mentioned but several groups were named.”We are not under pressure to deal with militancy. It is not true as we are already doing it in our own interest,” he said.”I put forward the objective situation in my statement. I said that we need holistic approach, as there are different groups and foreign elements. Afghanistan is complex and needs careful handling,” Aziz said.He also defended the Pakistan government’s decision to attend the HoA conference.”It was good decision to attend HoA. It was good to attend multilateral forum…to show solidarity with Afghanistan. If we had boycotted, then India would say that first they expelled Pakistan from SAARC and now from HoA,” he said.Aziz also said that on the sidelines of the conclave he met Iranian foreign minister Jawad Zarif, foreign minister of Turkmenistan and Chinese assistant foreign minister.To a question, he said India had restricted movements of the Pakistani delegation.”Our interactions were not structured but overall there were constructive,” he said.

Raheel Sharif may command international Islamic anti-terror force: Pakistan media

Islamabad: Pakistan’s former army chief, General Raheel Sharif (retd.) has agreed to command a multinational Islamic anti-terror force, on certain terms and conditions, including being allowed to arbitrate between belligerents, a media report said.

Raheel Sharif in this file photo. AFPRaheel Sharif in this file photo. AFP

Raheel Sharif in this file photo. AFP

Daily Pakistan, citing sources, reported that Sharif, who relinquished office of the army chief command last week, was willing to command the 39-nation Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT) set up under Saudi Arabia’s auspices in December last year.

The report said that Iran has also assured to accept Pakistan’s role in mediating Yemen crisis if Sharif becomes IMAFT chief with an authority of arbitrator, and would use its influence on the Houthi rebels to bring them to the negotiating table.

It quoted the sources as saying that Sharif had expressed his willingness for the arbitration during his meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz.

The creation of IMAFT, with a joint command centre in Riyadh, was announced by Saudi Arabian Defence Minister Mohammad bin Salman Al-Saud on December 15, 2015.

Initially with 34 members, the military alliance of Muslim countries spanning Nigeria to Malaysia intended to undertake military intervention against IS and other anti-terrorist activities across the Middle East and other countries, had risen to 39 by March 2016.

First Published On : Dec 4, 2016 22:07 IST

Complaint against Farooq,Omar for alleged objectionable remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A complaint has been filed in a court here against former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah, alleging that Farooq had made anti-national remarks during a TV show recently.Bundu Khan, a resident of Mira Sarai, filed the plea in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Mohammad Aslam Siddiqui, who has fixed December 14 for hearing the matter, petitioner’s counsel Gajendra Pratap Singh said.The petition accused Farooq of making certain anti-national remarks during an event which was shown on prime time on a leading news channel on November 25, the counsel said.”The remarks made by Farooq have harmed country’s unity, integrity and sovereignty and amounted to fanning hatred,” the petitioner’s counsel alleged and said “though Omar was present at the meeting, he did not deem it fit to check his father”.

J-K: JKLF chairman Yasin Malik detained

Fri, 2 Dec 2016-03:33pm , Srinagar , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police detained JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik after he, along with his supporters, tried to take out a protest march towards Lal Chowk city centre here.Malik was detained near Maisuma here as he and his supporters tried to take out a protest march towards Lal Chowk after Friday prayers, a police official said.He said Malik was taken to police station Kothi Bagh.

SC mulls shifting Mohd Shahabuddin to Tihar jail, case adjourned for tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Monday mulled shifting RJD strongman Mohd Shahabuddin, facing trial in 45 criminal cases, from Siwan jail in Bihar to Tihar Central Jail in the national capital saying it is test case for the “concept of fair trial and witness protection”. “This is a case which gives a test for criminal jurisprudence on the concept of fair trial and witness protection,” a bench of justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said while also favouring all the pending criminal cases in Bihar to Delhi.The bench adjourned the hearing for Tuesday and asked the advocates to come prepared on the point of transfer of cases and accused to Delhi from Siwan. At the outset, senior advocate Shekhar Naphade appearing for Shahabuddin said the petition filed by wife of a journalist who was killed in May has sought his transfer out of the jail in Siwan.He said that the plea is an interested litigation and is politically motivated and just because there are allegations he should not be transferred. To this the bench said that for the concept of fair trial he can be transferred out of Siwan jail. Naphade said it will be unfair on his part as he will loose the visitation rights. “We are not saying you do not have any visitation rights but we have to weigh a balance somewhere,” the bench said.The senior lawyer then said that there are no allegation against him and the only allegation is that police was not acting against me. “There are only allegations and not a single one is against me. Let CBI investigate whether I was in custody on May 13 when the alleged murder of a journalist took place.Just I am declared hardened criminal and a victim of media trial, I cannot be allowed to move out of Siwan jail,” Naphade said. Additional Solicitor General PS Narasimha appearing for CBI filed its status report in the court and said that it will welcome if the cases are transferred to Delhi.The bench asked the counsel appearing for Bihar government as how many cases are pending against Shahabuddin to which he said that 44 cases are pending in the state while one case is pending is neighbouring Jharkhand against him.Senior advocate Dushyant Dave appearing for Chandrakeshwar Prasad whose three sons were allegedly killed by Shahabuddin said that it is a fit case where accused should be transferred to Tihar jail for ensuring fair trial and protection of witnesses. “The principle is that justice should not only be done but also appears to be done,” he said, adding that witnesses are terrorised to depose against the accused.He said that district magistrate of Siwan has investigated the jail in which Shahabuddin is lodged and his report is very “damning”. To this the bench said to the counsel for Shahabuddin that once their is a FIR and someone has been killed, the accused has to face trial as per the law. “The fair trial is what we can structure for ensuring justice for all,” it said.On October 17, the apex court had granted three months time to CBI to conclude probe in the sensational scribe murder case, and directed that six accused, including Mohammad Kaif and Mohammad Javed who were seen alongside the RJD leaders, cannot seek statutory bail on the ground of non-filing of charge sheets in the matter.Rajdeo Ranjan, 42, a senior journalist working with a vernacular daily, was shot dead on the evening of July 22 in Siwan town in Bihar. The apex court, on September 23, had directed CBI to proceed with its probe into the murder of the journalist and asked Bihar police to provide protection to the family members of the slain scribe.It had also issued notices to Shahabuddin, Tej Pratap Yadav and Bihar government on a petition by Ranjan’s wife who also sought transfer of the case from Siwan in Bihar to Delhi. The RJD chief’s son was seen in a photograph published in newspapers with one of the two sharp shooters of alleged gangster Shahabuddin.Asha widow of the deceased scribe had moved Supreme Court seeking transfer of probe and trial in the case to Delhi alleging that media photos had shown two absconding killers of her husband in the company of Shahabuddin and Tej Pratap Yadav.

Bhopal jailbreak: Inscriptions glorifying SIMI activists removed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The inscriptions on the graves of five SIMI activists killed in an alleged encounter in Bhopal last month, which implied at glorifying their acts and described them as martyrs, have been removed, police said on Wednesday. “We raised the issue with the elders of Muslim community who got the inscriptions on the graves painted,” District Superintendent of Police Mahendrasingh Sikarwar said.Some inscriptions which tried to portray the deceased as Islamic martyrs and some other things written on the graves in Urdu and Hindi were whitewashed last night, sources said. Amjad Khan, Zakir Hussain, Mohammad Salik, Sheikh Mehboob and Aqueel Khilji were among the eight SIMI activists who were killed in an alleged encounter with police after they escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail on the intervening night of October 30-31.On November 2, they were laid to rest at Bada Cemetery in Khandwa amid tension and tight security. Over 2,000 people had taken part in their funeral procession and police had to drive people away at some places, to avoid any stampede-like situation.

Pakistan summons Indian Deputy High Commissioner for the third time this week

Islamabad: Pakistan summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh for the third consecutive day on Wednesday to condemn “unprovoked ceasefire violations” at the LoC and claimed Indian troops were “intentionally” targeting civilian areas.

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Director-General (South Asia and SAARC) Mohammad Faisal summoned Singh and strongly condemned the ceasefire violations by Indian troops in Dhudnial sector “by intentionally targeting a civilian bus”, resulting in the death of nine civilians and injuries to another nine, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

This was the third time Singh was called in by Pakistan to lodge a protest over the ceasefire violations at the LoC. On Monday — and then on Tuesday — he was summoned.

Earlier on Wednesday, Pakistan Army said seven persons, including three of its soldiers, were killed in an exchange of fire with Indian troops on the LoC.

The clash occurred a day after India warned of retribution after losing three soldiers in Pakistan firing and after Pakistan yesterday rejected as “false” and “baseless” the charges that the body of an Indian soldier was mutilated by Pakistani soldiers in a cross LoC-attack.

Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Nafees Zakaria in a series of tweets had said the reports about the mutilation were aimed at maligning Pakistan.

Indian and Pakistani DGMOs also talked today in an “unscheduled” hotline interaction during which the “unethical” act of mutilation of bodies of Indian soldiers by “terrorists” was raised. The interaction between the military officers was requested by Pakistan after the Indian action at the LoC.

First Published On : Nov 24, 2016 10:02 IST

J&K: Fire engulfs six houses in Srinagar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A massive fire engulfed half-a-dozen houses in the residential area of Buchwara Dalgate in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. Fire tenders were quick to douse the flames. The fire started from one of the houses and spread to others. A gas cylinder blast is said to have caused the massive fire.”The government should do something for the victims of this tragedy,” a local resident, Mushtaq Ahmad said. “Only 50 percent of the fire has been controlled,” fire officer, Ali Mohammad said.Firefighters faced difficulty reaching the house as no proper roads were there in the locality.After two days relaxation called by Hurriyat Conference leaders, the Kashmir valley was again shut down on Monday. Schools, colleges and other business establishments were also closed. In the visible effects of the recent demonetization move by the Centre, the 133 day-long shutdown was called-off by the separatist leaders two days ago. The valley had been caught in a series of protests and shutdown since security forces killed Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8.

Demonetisation: Vegetable vendors, farmers affected as trade slowdown cripples them

It is a market that at the best of days sees flurry of business activity with no time for even a small talk with anyone. Now that rush has slowed down considerably. The vegetable market in Vashi (formerly the APMC market) is slowly picking up though losses have mounted due to demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes and traders left with no small notes to give in place of the annulled notes.

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Riaz Mohammad Hussain, who has been an onion and potato wholesaler and running his family business for around 50 years, is hoping that the market turns around the corner soon and the hustle and bustle returns. “We have given credit to people but mostly the buyers are giving us old notes. We don’t take any of these annulled notes,” he says.

To get a clear picture of the business, consider this: Hussain normally sells 500 bags of potatoes and onion daily which has now come down to just 50 bags daily due to the unavailability of new currency notes from banks. Onions are being sold at Rs 8 a kg in the wholesale market and are not finding buyers at the price due to lack of currency denominations that will be accepted by the dealers.

The Modi government’s decision, announced on 8 November, to replace Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination currency with new ones post midnight took people by surprise. The government has said the move is aimed at tackling black money, fake currencies and corruption. In his address on television, the PM said the notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 “will not be legal tender from midnight tonight” and these will be “just worthless piece of paper.” The Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes constituted 86 percent of the value of the total currency in circulation.

Though everyone welcomed the move, the subsequent cash drought in ATMs and bank branches, has caused panic among the public at large.

Shortage of new currency notes
From a daily run of 1500 trucks carrying fruits and vegetable, the number has come down to 1000 at the Vashi market. There are around 4000 traders – license holders and unlicensed – at Vashi. Each trader would need at least 1 truck-load of either fruits or vegetables. Each truck carries around 10 tons of fruits or vegetables at an estimated price of Rs 2 lakhs.

“The traders don’t have new currency notes to give the farmers in exchange for goods. We cannot sell the produce to dealers on the annulled notes as that would mean a huge problem for us,” says Ashok Hande, chairman, fruits and traders association, Vashi.
Some fruits like apples can be stored for some days but the issue is now the store rooms in the market are full. “We have told farmers not to send their produce to the market anymore. Of the 1000 trucks that come daily, 100 trucks with produce goes waste – either the fruits and vegetables rot because there are no takers on account of the cash crisis due to demonetisation,” he says.

Hande estimates that each vegetable and fruit market in the city would be suffering around Rs 8-10 crore loss daily. “This would go up to Rs 3-4 crore in Pune and around Rs 5-7 core in Nagpur and much higher at around Rs 20 crore in Delhi. This is a national waste,” he says.

The traders say that the restricted money available from the banks are not helping them either. PM Modi had said people holding notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 can deposit the same in their bank and in post office accounts from 10 November until 30 December. The government had initially said customers can exchange up to Rs 4,000 of their old currency notes at the banks. This later increased to Rs 4,500 only to be cut to Rs 2,000 on Thursday. Similarly, ATM withdrawal limit was first set at Rs 2,000, which was later increased to Rs 2,500.

Even after 10 days post-demonetisation, the ATMs and bank branches are struggling to meet the panic-driven cash demand from regular customers. Part of the reason for the cash drought is that people are hoarding money anticipating difficult days ahead. To understand the picture, one needs to look at only State Bank of India alone, the country’s largest lender by assets, which saw withdrawals to the tune of Rs 18,665 crore, Rs 5,776 crore in exchange of old currency notes and deposits of Rs 1.14 lakh crore up to 16 November.

The farmers who send their produce through middle men to the Vashi market have been most hit, says Ashok Walunj, a trader of onions and potatoes and former director, APMC. “The dealers have the annulled notes which we cannot accept and hence the produce that is now coming to the market is in far lesser quantities,” he said, adding that even if a trader wants to change Rs 2,000 denomination notes, there are no takers. “No one has the time or space to run around looking for change,” he says exasperation seeping through his voice.

Lack of planning
The government’s move to flush out black money is ambitious, the traders said. Their complaints against the government is like the rest of India that points to ‘lack of planning’ on the part of the government. “India is not Canada or the US where online transactions are a way of life,” said Tajli, a wholesale vegetable vendor. “People here will use the latest Android phone but be wary of using the computer,” he said.

Balkrishna Shinde, fruit trader at Vashi would have a daily turnover of Rs 8-10 lakhs before the demonetisation was announced. Now, he says, he is struggling to make Rs 1,000 daily. “No one has the new currency notes to trade in for goods and the old notes cannot be accepted either,” he says.

Businesses trade in lakhs at the market and the Modi government issuing restricted amount of Rs 2000 notes and Rs 100 notes in short supply has hit them hard. Business in the market has gone down to 30-40 percent on a conservative estimate but traders are furious at the lack of business only because of the lack of currency notes in the denominations that can be used as legal tender. “When the government can have an entire machinery in place for voting – schools, municipal schools, etc – to conduct elections or make Adhaar cards, could they not have done the same by deploying bank managers and staff to dispense the money that is rightfully theirs?” asks Hussain. It is not the traders at APMC or the dealers who are suffering but the farmers whose produce is not being sold and are rotting due to lack of buyers because of lack of legal tender, he pointed out.

Tajli points out that the traders have to pay interest to the banks. “We still have to pay it. But there are no mathadi workers to be found here to load and unload the sacks of vegetables from trucks. No one has new currency to pay daily wages. He says that the situation is slowly limping back to normalcy with new currency notes. “However it will be at least six months before the business can go back to the pre-monetisation phase,” he said.

While hoping that the government may step up efforts to bring in normalcy on the currency front in the coming days, other trader community at APMC are keeping their fingers crossed, although deep inside they know it will take at least four to six months before business gets back to normalcy.

Data support from Kishor Kadam

First Published On : Nov 19, 2016 12:11 IST

Sheila Dikshit’s son-in-law denied bail in case theft, misappropriation of his wife’s property

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s son-in-law was on Friday denied bail by a court in New Delhi in a case of theft and misappropriation of his wife’s property. Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma denied the relief to Syed Mohammad Imran, who was arrested from Bangalore and brought here on transit remand, and sent him to judicial custody till December 2.The court had on Thursday denied the police plea for extension of Imran’s two days remand for custodial interrogation which expired on Thursday, saying enough time was given to the police. During the arguments on Imran’s bail plea, the probe agency opposed the application moved by the accused, saying that if granted bail, he was likely to tamper with the evidence and intimidate the witnesses. It also said that the probe was still on. The counsel appearing for complainant also opposed the bail plea, saying that the offences were very serious and there were charges against the accused that he attempted to murder his wife. Dikshit’s daughter Latika and Imran had got married in 1996, but were living separately for the last 10 months. In her complaint filed in June, Latika had alleged that Imran’s attitude had changed towards her and had become aggressive and rude after her mother lost in the Delhi Assembly polls. Latika had alleged that Imran took away papers of a piece of land owned by her in Nainital, despite having been told not to do so in May.According to the police, she also alleged that some of the belongings, kept at her Hailey Road house in central Delhi, had gone missing and whenever she asked for these, Imran was evasive. She also alleged that he took away jewellery and other expensive items from there. Latika also alleged that one of her female relatives was “in connivance” with Imran, they said.A case was registered against Imran under Sections 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property), 120 B (Criminal conspiracy), 201 (destruction of evidence)and 420 (cheating) of IPC and under 66 of the IT Act.

Kashmir unrest: Normal life remains unaffacted in the valley; banks see heavy rush of customers

Srinagar: Some shops opened, while passenger vehicles plied in some areas of the city and other towns of the Kashmir Valley on Thursday, where banks witnessed heavy rush of customers.

Meanwhile, the death toll in the ongoing unrest in Kashmir on Thursday rose to 86 as an elderly man injured in security forces action against protesters two weeks ago succumbed at a hospital here.

Ghulam Mohammad Khan, 70, who was hit by a tear smoke shell fired by security forces on protesters at Anchar locality of Soura on 2 November, succumbed to injuries at a hospital this morning, a police official said.

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Elsewhere in the Valley, normal life remained affected for the 132nd consecutive day due to the unrest triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces in July.

Shops, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut in Srinagar, as well as in other district headquarters of the Valley due to the strike called by the separatists, officials said.

They said while the annual board examinations were currently on, the class-work in schools, colleges and universities remained affected due to the unrest.

Most of the public transport in the Valley was also off the roads.

However, in some areas in the civil lines and the outskirts of the city here as well as in some other towns of the Valley, few passenger vehicles were seen plying, the officials said, adding few shops were also open in these areas. Some inter-district cabs, connecting the summer capital with other districts of the Valley, were also plying.

Many vendors have put up their stalls along TRC Chowk-Batamaloo axis through Lal Chowk city centre, while banks were also open across the Valley and witnessed rush of customers.

The separatists, who are spearheading the ongoing agitation since Wani’s killing in an encounter with security forces on 8 July, have announced two full days of relaxation on Saturday and Sunday in the agitation programme — the first full day relaxation since 8 July.

First Published On : Nov 17, 2016 13:24 IST

Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit’s son-in-law sent to 2-day police custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s son-in-law was on Tuesday sent to two-day police custody by a city court in a case of theft and misappropriating his wife’s property.Syed Mohammad Imran, who was arrested from Bangalore and brought here on transit remand, was produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma who remanded him to police custody till November 17.Delhi Police sought two days custody of Imran saying they have to recover the articles which he had allegedly stolen.Advocates P Banerjee and Neeraj Kumar, appearing for Imran, opposed the police plea saying the probe agency has violated the provisions of CrPC and he should be released from custody.The counsel argued that the arrest of accused was not mandatory in this case and the police should have given notice to him to appear before the officer.According to police, Latika, Dikshit’s daughter, had also accused her estranged husband of subjecting her to violence. Latika and Imran had got married in 1996 but were living separately for the last 10 months.In her complaint filed in June, Latika had alleged that Imran’s attitude had changed towards her and had become aggressive and rude towards her after her mother lost in the Delhi Assembly elections.Latika had alleged that Imran took away papers of a piece of land owned by her in Nainital, despite having been told not to do so in May.According to police, she also alleged that some of the belongings, kept at her Hailey Road house in central Delhi, had gone missing and whenever she asked, Imran was evasive.She also alleged that he took away jewellery and other expensive items from there.Latika also accused one of her female relatives of being “in connivance” with Imran, they said.A case was registered against Imran under Sections 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property), 120 B (Criminal conspiracy), 201 (destruction of evidence)and 420 (cheating) of the IPC and under 66 of the IT Act.

Sheila Dikshit’s son-in-law arrested on charges of theft, adultery

New Delhi: Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s son-in-law has been arrested on charges of theft, adultery and misappropriating his wife’s property, police said on Sunday.

Syed Mohammad Imran was arrested two days ago from Bangalore and brought to New Delhi on transit remand, said a senior police officer.

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Latika, Dikshit’s daughter, had also accused her estranged husband of subjecting her to violence, they said. Latika and Imran got married in 1996 and living separately for the last 10 months.

In her complaint filed in June, Latika had alleged that Imran’s attitude had changed towards her and became aggressive and rude to her after her mother lost in Delhi Assembly elections.

Latika had alleged that Imran took away papers of a piece of land owned by her in Nainital, despite having been told not to do so in May.

According to police, she also alleged that some of the belongings, kept at her Hailey Road House, had gone missing and whenever she asked, Imran was evasive.

She also alleged that he took away jewellery and other expensive items from the house.

Latika also accused one of her female relative of being “in connivance” with Imran, they said.

Imran has been booked under the relevant sections of law and IT Act, police said.

First Published On : Nov 14, 2016 08:20 IST

Ideas from India to use and abuse redundant cash

After hearing news that the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes are no longer legal tender, Indians have come up with more creative uses for their money.

India NDTV 24-hour broadcast ban is suspended by government

India’s government suspends a one-day ban on NDTV’s Hindi channel amid widescale criticism of the move.

Police asked me why I married a terrorist’s sister: Brother-in-law of slain SIMI suspect

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terming the October 31 police shootout of eight suspected members of Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) as a “criminal conspiracy”, the other of one of the deceased filed a complaint against senior cops and the Home Minister of Madhya Pradesh. Others related to the deceased undertials, however, continue to live in a state of fear and paranoia. DNA spoke to some of the family members and relatives of the SIMI suspects who made claims that could further cause discomfort to the state government which is already facing flak over the way the jail break case has been handled. Mohammad Feroz (28) is the brother-in -law of Amjad Khan, one of the eight killed in a police shootout on October 31. While speaking to DNA over the phone, Feroz claimed that on the day of the encounter he was blindfolded and picked up by police from his home in Khandwa, only to be let off 36 hours later. Feroz’s ‘release’, according to him, was made possible only after his family and neighbours pressurised the anti-terrorism squad officials posted in Khandwa. Feroz also claimed that he was the last one to have met Amjad one-and-a-half month ago in Bhopal Central Jail.”I got married to Amjad’s sister on September 25 this year. Before the ceremony, I had gone to jail to visit him (Amjad) to talk about how the ceremony preparations. He had wished me luck and told me to take care of his sister,” Feroz said. The 28-year-old works at a factory dealing with scrap material in Khandwa. According to him, on the day of the encounter he too was picked up by police early morning.”I was blindfolded and once in the jeep they told me to lie down on the floor of the car. They covered me with a blanket. Initially, I was scared to go along with them but my father told me to leave as the ATS would not heed to our requests. They drove me around for hours and took me close to Indore which must be about 150 kms from my home,”added Feroz.When asked if he knew the reason he was allegedly detained, Feroz said, “I didn’t know about the jailbreak at that time but they kept on asking me why I married Amjad’s sister. Why did I marry a terrorists’ sister. I am afraid something might happen to me as well,”said Feroz. He is not alone to fear what lies in the future for families and relatives of the deceased SIMI suspects.Jaleel Khilji, the younger son of Mohammad Aqeel Khilji, told DNA that he too does not feel safe after the encounter. “The encounter was fake. There are videos which show how the police staged the whole thing. I am not saying my father was guilty or innocent but if they did run away from prison police should have tried to arrest them. There were injury marks on father’s body and later we learnt that all of them were beaten up by using lathis,” he claimed.While the two youth are finding it difficult to handle the situation, for now Mahmooda Bi, mother of Khalid Muchale, in her complaint claimed that the “murder” of her son was a well “hatched up conspiracy” and thus demanded for registration of an FIR against Bhupendra Singh, Yogesh Chaudhary, IG Bhopal; Rishi Kumar Shukla, DG Madhya Pradesh; Arvind Saxena, SP Bhopal; Akhilesh Tomar, Superintendent of Central Prison Bhopal and Sanjeev Shami, Chief of ATS, Madhya Pradesh.”His killing was claimed as an “encounter” whereas it is neither possible nor feasible by any stretch of an imagination. There was no occasion or reason for my son to escape from the prison as the entire family, including him, were confident and assured about his innocence,” she wrote in her complaint. “It is clearly a cold-blooded murder which was well designed and executed in accordance and furtherance of their conspiracy”, she alleged.DNA has repeatedly tried to reach senior MP police officials for a comment however messages and phones calls made by the paper did not see a response.

Goa DGP Muktesh Chander tweets appealing people to boycott ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa’s Director General of Police Muktesh Chander has appealed people to boycott Karan Johar’s latest film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” for allegedly insulting legendary playback singer Mohammad Rafi.Chander is upset over the dialogue in the movie which allegedly equates singing of Rafi to crying. In the film, Anushka Sharma is seen telling Ranbir Kapoor, “Mohammad Rafi? Woh gaate kam, rote zyada the na?”The singer’s family has taken objection to the dialogue in the movie which was embroiled in a controversy before its release as it featured Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.
ALSO READ Watch: Anushka Sharma now sings ‘Cutie Pie’ from ADHM to her dog”Md Rafi was one of the greatest singers of India and needs no certificate from anyone. If you are a Rafi fan, boycott this movie,” Chander tweeted.The 1988 batch IPS officer, who is posted as Director General of Police also quoted a national newspaper report which has interviewed Shahid Rafi, the son of the late singer.Chander could not be contacted for his comment despite repeated calls and text messages while his office confirmed that he is in Delhi to attend official meeting.The movie had earlier faced protests when MNS had raised a flag against the presence of Pakistani artists in Indian films.The stand-off between MNS chief Raj Thackeray and Johar was resolved after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanavis struck a truce between them.

Bhopal encounter: Seven SIMI members buried in MP; relatives say ‘conspiracy’ needs to be probed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bodies of seven of the eight SIMI activists, who were killed in an alleged police encounter following a daring prison break here, were laid to rest in different parts of Madhya Pradesh amid tight security.Bodies of five deceased – Amjad Khan, Zakir Hussain, Mohammad Salik, Sheikh Mehboob and Aqueel Khilji – were buried in their home district – Khandwa.The five bodies were kept at Khilji’s residence at Gulmohar locality before being laid to rest at Bada Cemetery close to Abana river around 11 PM.Over 2,000 people took part in the funeral procession. At some places, to avoid any stampede-like situation, police had to drive people away, who had come to take a glimpse of the deceased.Around 700 police personnel, some of them in plain clothes, kept a watch on the funeral procession, sources said.Meanwhile, the body of Sheikh Mujeeb was taken to Ahmedabad by his family members, his lawyer Parvez Alam said.The bodies were handed over to the family members after the post-mortem in Bhopal. While taking custody of the bodies, the relatives questioned the genuineness of the police encounter.The kin of Abdul Majid argued with police officials outside the morgue of Hamidia Hospital in Bhopal and alleged foul play in the way he was killed. Zakir Hussain’s mother Salma Bi and brother Azaz said the “conspiracy” needs to be probed thoroughly.”Zakir had told me that he did not feel safe and feared for his life,” Salma Bi said adding, “My son has attained martyrdom.”The eight SIMI activists were killed in the alleged police encounter on the outskirts of Bhopal hours after they escaped from the high-security Central jail, killing a security guard there yesterday.Meanwhile, one slain SIMI operative, Mohammad Khalid, who hailed from Maharashtra, was laid to rest in Bhopal.”Khalid was from Solapur, but his parents are no more and his brother, who was also a SIMI operative, is lodged in Bhopal Central Jail. Since nobody came to claim his body, he was laid to rest here by police,” a police officer said.Another deceased, Abdul Majid, was buried at his hometown at Mahidpur in Ujjain district.

With Bhopal encounter, all suspects of Pune blast case now dead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three among eight members of SIMI who were killed in an alleged encounter by Madhya Pradesh police after they escaped from Bhopal Central Jail on Monday were the suspects in a 2014 bomb blast case in Pune.Ahmed Ramzan Khan, Zakir Hussain alias Sadiq and Shaikh Mehboob alias Guddu alias Ismail who were killed in the encounter were wanted in a case related to the low-intensity blast on July 10, 2014 in the parking lot of Faraskhana police station here in which five people were injured.The famous Dagdusheth Halwai Ganesh temple is adjacent to this spot.Two other suspects in this case — Mohammad Aizazuddin and Mohammad Aslam — were killed in an encounter in Telangana last year. An officer of Anti-Terrorism Squad which is probing the blast case said it was trying to get custody of the three SIMI members, but could not get it as the accused were facing several cases in Madhya Pradesh itself.”With all five suspects, including the three who were killed on Monday, now killed in encounters, the case is likely to be closed,” said the ATS officer.”Had we got the custody of these three, we would have been able to establish the local links of these suspects.However, now that all three suspects are dead, it seems the case might be closed,” he said.

SIMI encounter in Bhopal: Court documents contest police version

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As questions continue to be raised over the encounter between the Madhya Pradesh police and eight suspected Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) members, who had allegedly escaped from the Bhopal Central jail on Monday, court documents relating to at least two of the deceased highlight glaring contradictions in the police version.The Madhya Pradesh government, in the meantime, has decided to reward Rs 40 lakh to the cops involved in the encounter.According to the Madhya Pradesh police, the two men, identified as Mohammad Aqeel Khilji (s/o Mohammad Yusuf) and Amjad (s/o Ramzan Khan), were arrested under terror charges on June 13, 2011. At the time of the arrest, the police claimed that at 11.45 pm, they had raided Khilji’s house in the Gulmohar Park area and busted a meeting attended by alleged SIMI operatives. The police further claimed that Khilji, Amjad and the other suspects were planning terror strikes.However, court documents accessed by DNA tell a different story. In the form of affidavits, pleas, bail applications, and most importantly—a magisterial court order – all of them dating between June 6 and June 10, these documents clearly show that the accused were in the custody of the police before June 13.Furthermore, the families of Khilji and Amjad claim that they were arrested on June 6. They claim that they had moved applications in the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court on June 6 complaining that the police had detained their sons.Documents back up the families’ claims. DNA has access to a Court order acknowledging the bail applications by the families of the accused men. According to the order, the matter was heard in the court of CJM DS Chauhan on June 10, three days before the alleged meeting of SIMI operatives took place, as per the police’s claims. The CJM further posted the matter to be heard on June 13, while the police claimed that accused were arrested on the intervening nights of June 12 and June 13.In one of the applications on June 6, Amjad’s mother claimed that the police detained Amjad’s father Ramzan first, and she had then requested his release in exchange of Amjad. Another affidavit by Amjad’s father on June 10, which recorded the signature of Ramzan Khan, showed that he was in police custody at the time. The family’s applications cite Section 437 (when bail may be taken in case of a non-bailable offence) suggesting that it was not serious terror charges as claimed by the police.Defence lawyers representing the accused claimed that most of the undertrials had a good chance of being acquitted. For instance, Javaid Chauhan, who represented Khilji, said that two of the four cases against his client were cleared. Chauhan also claimed that the evidence gathered by the police against the SIMI suspects was weak.Tahawur Pathan, another advocate representing the accused, said: “All accused were booked under multiple sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. The main evidence showcased by police was literature supporting SIMI, communalism or extremism.”Pathan added that the main charge was Section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc. and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony). Some of the accused were already acquitted of this offence.The Madhya Pradesh police refused to comment.

Situation in Kashmir wasn’t surprising: Mohammad Yasin Malik

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, who was released after four-months of detention on Saturday, claimed on Sunday the ongoing agitation in Kashmir was “indigenous” and “spontaneous” and would continue till people support it. “The situation in Kashmir after the killing of (Hizbul Mujahideen commander) Burhan Wani was a spontaneous reaction. It surprised India and the world but there was nothing surprising in it,” he told reporters here.”People of Kashmir had opted for peaceful means for resolution of the Kashmir issue during similar agitation in 2008, 2009 and 2010. But the military response of the government forced the likes of Burhan Wani to take up arms,” he said. “Burhan Wani and his associates never went to Pakistan but still joined militancy after they realised that the peaceful means for resolution of the Kashmir issue was being crushed by the government,” Malik said.He claimed the burning of schools in Kashmir was a conspiracy to defame separatist leaders.

Siwan murder: SC issues notice seeking their reply to shift Shahabuddin to Tihar jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to former RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin, the Bihar Government and the Centre seeking their reply to shift the former from Siwan district jail in Bihar to Tihar jail in Delhi .The next hearing of the case is scheduled for November 28. Slain journalist Rajdeo Ranjan’s widow Asha Ranjan had filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking to shift Shahabuddin from the Siwan to the Tihar jail so that witnesses in her husband’s murder case are not influenced.Hearing Asha Ranjan’s plea on October 17, an apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Mishra had directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete the murder probe within three months. The apex court also issued notices and sought responses from Shahabuddin and Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav. During the last hearing, Tej Pratap had admitted that he had accepted a bouquet from one of the murder accused, but denied his involvement in the murder. Ranjan (42), the bureau chief of The Hindustan, was shot dead in July this year at Phal Mandi near the Siwan railway station, barely half-a-kilometer from the police station. The Bihar government has recommended the CBI probe into the case. The case came into limelight again after a photograph appeared in the media showing murder suspects Mohammad Kaif and Mohammad Javed with gangster-politician Mohammed Shahabuddin after his release from jail. Kaif, however, later rubbished all accusations against him and said he has no involvement in Rajdeo’s murder case. Meanwhile, a separate petition filed by Chandrakeshwar Prasad, whose three sons had been murdered at the behest of the RJP leade. Shahabuddin, who had been in jail for more than 10 years in connection with multiple cases, was granted bail by the Patna High Court on September 7 in connection with the murder of a man who witnessed the killing of two brothers in Siwan.

J-K: Army kills terrorist in Kawari Warnow in Kupwara

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One terrorist has been killed in an encounter with security forces in Kawari Warnow area of Kupwara (Jammu and Kashmir) on early Monday. The search operations are underway.Two terrorists from Hafiz Saeed’s Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit were arrested on Saturday in Baramulla. AN AK-47, a pistol and ammunition were seized from them.Tension in Jammu and Kashmir has been high since the surgical strike by Indian force.A BSF jawan was killed while three others injured today as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire, resorting to heavy shelling and firing from automatic weapons in several sectors along the International Border in Jammu district. Pakistani troops fired mortar bomb shells and fired from automatic weapons, targeting over 25 border out posts (BoPs) and civilian villages in several sectors along the International Border (IB) in Jammu district of Jammu and Kashmir.Official figures reveal that there have been 30 ceasefire violations on the LoC from January to July 31 this year. Last year, 152 ceasefire violations were reported on LoC. In 2014, the number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan was 153.

J-K: 2 JeM terrorists arrested in Baramulla

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two terrorists from Hafiz Saeed’s Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit were arrested on Saturday in Baramulla. One AK-47 and one pistol and ammunition were seized seized from them.Tension at the border was particularly high since yesterday at border over ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir and infiltration bid at border supported by gun-fire across the border.Pakistan Rangers suddenly opened fire to give cover to an infiltration attempt near the Bobiyan village of Hira Nagar sector in Kathua, but had to flee back because of heavy retaliatory fire from BSF troopers positioned near the infiltration prone border.Pakistani army also violated the ceasefire on the LoC in Rajouri sector even as Indian army foiled a major infiltration bid in Poonch sector. Official figures reveal that there have been 30 ceasefire violations on the LoC from January to July 31 this year. Last year 152 ceasefire violations were reported on LoC. In 2014 the number of ceasefire violations from Pakistan was 153.

Bomb kills one, wounds dozens at Shi’ite mosque in Karachi | Reuters

Bomb kills one, wounds dozens at Shi’ite mosque in Karachi | Reuters

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KARACHI At least one child was killed and dozens of people were wounded in a drive-by bomb attack at a Shi’ite mosque in Karachi, police said.Police said two men on a motorcycle lobbed the bomb as women and children sat outside the mosque in the Pakistani port city’s densely populated Liaquatabad district.Radical Sunni Islamists periodically target mosques frequented by minority Shi’ites, whom they see as infidels. Shi’ites make up about a fifth of Pakistan’s mainly Sunni population of around 180 million. “One boy has expired and another boy and a woman are in critical condition,” Karachi police chief Mushtaq Meher told Reuters. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Soon after the blast, Shi’ite men and woman gathered outside the mosque and chanted slogans to protest about the lack of security provided to them in the Islamic month of Muharram.That marks the time when Shi’ite Muslims around the world frequent mosques to mourn the slaying in battle of Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Imam Hussein.

The government pledged to crack down on all militant groups following the December 2014 massacre of 134 children at an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar.It has reintroduced the death penalty, set up military courts to speed convictions and widened its military campaign in lawless tribal areas.

But Pakistan’s religious minorities, among them Shi’ites, Ahmadis, Christians and Hindus, say the government is still doing little to alleviate their daily struggle against discrimination and violence. (Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan; writing by Mehreen Zahra-Malik; editing by John Stonestreet)

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Uniform Civil Code: A common code for the common man

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uniform Civil Code is one of those many contentious topics in Indian politics that can stir up a hornet’s nest. But before we take our stands, form opinions over dinner table conversations, and make our personal views known on a public domain, let’s understand what the Uniform Civil Code is, and how it can change the lives of Indians.The originLet us first understand that the UCC is not an invention of the ruling government. It was proposed in the original constitution of India, and was debated in the Parliament in 1949, and later between 1951 and 1954. Even though Prime Minister Nehru was personally in support of the bill, he was unable to convince the other members. Thus it was agreed to place the responsibility of a Uniform Civil Code on the State by including it in the Directive Principles of State Policy. This ended the first serious debate about the UCC, and gave birth to various laws and law boards, who created their respective the customs and practices for their community to abide by.One nation, one lawOnce adopted, the UCC will ensure the implementation of one law on issues like marriage, divorce/separation and inheritance, which will be uniformly applicable for all Indians irrespective of religion, caste, and community. In the current format, there are different laws for each major community. The logic? India is a diverse country and it consists of various communities that derive their personal laws based on their beliefs. But, let’s pause here and ask some relevant questions – is it fair when some laws start discriminating deliberately on the basis of gender.The decision of the current government is simply to ensure that we are all governed by a single law. As long as personal law boards exist in this country, equal rights will be a utopian concept. For example, in the current system, if a Hindu woman’s husband elopes with another woman, she can drag him to the court of law and seek justice. On the other hand, a Muslim woman has no such right. On matters like divorce, women don’t enjoy equal rights. Even the Supreme Court of India has indicated the need for laws that are common to all citizens. The SC through its rulings in different cases has repeatedly given a message — that the personal laws are not final.Redefining secularismIn a country that prides itself on being the world’s largest democracy and where debates on secularism occupy the centre stage every other day, for a woman of that country to still file petitions seeking maintenance after being divorced in a very abrupt way, it is shameful.Possibly the idea of different personal laws was feasible before, but given the current scenario and the alarming rise in gender crimes, the UCC will unite the society against evils like gender inequality and misogyny. This bill should be thoroughly debated upon, and every teen needs to voice his/her opinion about one homogenous India. The entire world is seeing a rise in religious extremism, and India can set a classic example of how a diverse nation can stand united.The youth of our country must come together to redefine secularism. A thorough study will tell you that secularism doesn’t mean that religion must be separated from state institutions, as far as personal laws are concerned. We are quite vociferous on issues like net neutrality, and the UCC too deserves a similar enthusiastic treatment.Landmark CasesThe Supreme Court first directed the Parliament to frame a UCC in 1985 in the case of Mohammad Ahmed Khan v. Shah Bano Begum. In this case, a penurious Muslim woman claimed for maintenance from her husband under Section 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, after she was given triple talaq from him. The SC held that a Muslim woman has a right to get maintenance from her husband under Section 125.
The second instance in which the SC again directed the government of Article 44 was in the case of Sarla Mudgal v. Union of India. In this case, the question was whether a Hindu husband, married under the Hindu law, by embracing Islam, can solemnize second marriage. The Court held that a Hindu marriage solemnized under the Hindu law can only be dissolved on any of the grounds specified under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. Conversion to Islam and marrying again would not, by itself, dissolve the Hindu marriage under the Act. And thus, a second marriage solemnized after converting to Islam would be an offence under Section 4945 of the Indian Penal Code.

Editor’s Guild asks J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti to reconsider ban on Kashmir Reader

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Editor’s Guild of India has asked the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to look into the complaint of daily newspaper published from the state which alleged it had arbitrarily been asked to cease publication. In a statement issued on Monday, the Guild emphasised it believes that any move to obstruct, infringe or impose a ban on the press is an assault on democracy and asked the state government to reconsider its decision. It, however, also put the onus on editors to uphold the best editorial practices.In the statement, the Guild said it has received an email from Mohammad Hayat, Editor-in-Chief of Kashmir Reader, a daily published from Srinagar, complaining that the J&K Government had ordered it to cease publication till further notice.Hayat states that order dated October 2 charged the Kashmir Reader with “publishing content that can incite acts of violence” and “disturb public tranquility”, the statement said. Also, the government information department had issued a statement that the order had been issued a week after the Kashmir Reader was served a notice to explain its position on a series of items it published that allegedly disturbed public tranquility, the statement added.Hayat, the Guild said, states that no such notice was served to him before the “ban” was imposed.”The Editors Guild of India has always championed the cause of the freedom of the press and believes that any move to obstruct, infringe or impose a ban on the press is an assault on democracy itself,” the statement said.The Guild has also put the onus on editors to uphold the best journalistic standards of fairness and balance while publishing news, it added. The Editors Guild of India requests the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir to go into the complaint of Hayat that the ban was “arbitrary” and that “no notice was served” before the ban was imposed. “Also to reconsider the order to ban the publication,” the Guild said.

Pampore encounter: Congress asks govt to handle terrorist activities with all seriousness

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking serious note of the ongoing exchange of fire between the militants and security forces in Pampore area of Kashmir, the Congress on Monday pointed out that there has been increase in terrorist activities post the September 21 surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) and urged the BJP-led NDA regime to handle this issue with all seriousness.Congress General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed dubbed the ongoing encounter as extremely unfortunate and said that efforts should be made to stop such events.”But all of us are observing from the past few days that especially after the latest surgical strikes such events have increased, ceasefire violations have increased, terrorist activities have increased. So, the government should handle this with all seriousness,” he told ANI.Earlier on Monday, a soldier was injured in the gun battle between the security forces and militants holed up inside a government building in Pampore. As per reports, two to three militants are believed to have entered into the building of Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) in the early hours of Monday.Meanwhile, commenting on reports suggesting that the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) plans to execute a 2001 style attack on the Parliament to avenge the Indian Army’s surgical strikes, the Congress leader said this information should be taken with all seriousness.”There was an attack on the Parliament earlier when Vajpayee ji was the Prime Minister. So, the government must initiate all effective steps to ensure that such incidents are not repeated in the future,” he added.

As revenge against surgical strikes, JeM may target Indian Parliament, says report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To take revenge against the surgical strikes conducted by Indian Army on the terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC), the intelligence agencies have reportedly been tipped off about Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) planning an attack on the Indian Parliament.JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar is thinking about attacking Indian Parliament, again, reported Times of India, saying that the intelligence agency and the Jammu and Kashmir CID had been tipped off about Jaish planning a ‘spectacular attack.’The report also said that the chatter picked by the agencies suggested that the operatives had been told to attack the Delhi Secretariat, the Akshardham and the Lotus temple if they failed to carry out the suicide attack on parliament.In 2001, Afzal Guru had carried out an attack on the parliament. He was hanged to death on February 9, 2013, following his conviction.The Interpol has already issued a fresh Red Corner notice against Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar and his brother Abdul Rauf for their alleged involvement in the attack on the Indian Air Force Base.Meanwhile, NIA is awaiting a response from Pakistan on letters rogatory seeking information and interrogation of Jaish-e- Masood Azhar and his brother Abdul Rauf in connection with the Pathankot air base strike.Last week, civil airports in western states and important ones like those in Delhi, Hyderabad and Bengaluru were put on a high alert as part of the heightened security arrangements following cross-LoC surgical strikes by the Indian army.Seven terror launch pads across the LoC were targeted by the Indian Army on the night of September 28 in a nearly five-hour-long operation during which heli-borne and ground forces were deployed.The announcement of the strikes came 11 days after the attack by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad on an Indian army camp in Uri in Kashmir, after which Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said the attackers will not go “unpunished” and that they will not be forgiven.

Dadri lynching: Akhlaq’s younger son disturbed by accused being called ‘martyr’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A year ago Mohammad Akhlaq’s family witnessed the brutal night of their lives when a mob barged into their house in Bisara village of Dadri and lynched him to death. In the attack Akhlaq’s family was not spared either. His mother, daughter were thrashed but Akhlaq’s younger son Danish Saifi was the one the mob left in a near-dead condition. Among the attackers was Ravi Sisodia, whose death in judicial custody due to suspected sickness brought Dadri lynching case into news again. On Friday, when Ravi was cremated amidst a hero’s farewell, the television visuals of Bisara villagers wrapping his coffin in a tri-colour and elevating him to the position of a ‘martyr’, forced the family to relive the night of horror yet again. Their only only regret, “how can our own people declare him a martyr when they know what he did”.”My family is distraught. I hope better sense prevails and we live to see the day when justice is served,” Akhlaq’s elder Sartaj Saif, an Indian Airforce corporal. An officer of the airforce, Sartaj seems to have learnt to keep his emotions under control while talking bout his father. The same cannot be said about his younger brother Danish, who was not only a victim and a witness to the violence that was unleashed onto Akhlaq’s family on the night of September 29.” When we heard the news of Ravi passing away, we didn’t know how to react. Our family had hopes that all those who killed my father will be served justice but if this what fate had kept in store for us then we will accept it. But one thing I can’t accept is terming him (Ravi) as a Shaheed (martyr),” said Danish.The 23-year-old was a civil services aspirant when the incident took place and till now garners the dream but is not able to study for more than 10-15 minutes due to the headaches. The pains, according to Danish’s family, have never subsided ever since he was twice operated twice due to injuries he had received in his head. As a result of the beating, Danish was left unconscious and spent quite a time in hospitals subsequently. Danish was not aware of his father’s death in fact was not told about it for months owing to the strain that the news would cause him. Once he was told about it the family protected him from any distressful aspects that kept on surfacing related to the probe into his fathers killing. Slowly however, Danish learnt to process what happened on the September night. However the Ravis death and the subsequent funeral procession has left his disturbed again.”It is a feeling I can’t explain. This man (Ravi) was carrying a stick and kept on hitting me and Papaji. He rained few blows on me and then on Papaji. He repeated this several times. I became unconscious only when another man hit me hard in the eye with the sewing machine kept in the house,” he said. “He was not a martyr,” added Danish.

Dadri on edge, family of Mohamad Akhlaq’s murder accused refuse to cremate body

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Calls for revenge against Muslims and a revolution were heard in Bisara village of Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri area where tension continue to simmer after body of Ravi Sisodia, an accused in the murder of Mohamad Akhlaq, was brought back to his native. Wrapped in a tri-colour, Ravi’s body was placed in the heart of the village with an open casket with villagers refusing to cremate until demands of villagers are fulfilled by the UP government.The area reeled under heavy security deployment throughout the day and armed police officials were directed to keep a vigil on Thursday night despite day-long negotiations between the UP administration and villagers led by Ravi’s kin. The villagers here have made six demands and told authorities that the body will not be cremated until all demands are met. Among the demands is a demand for compensation of Rs1 crore, government job for Ravi’s wife, suspension of jail officials, who allegedly beat up Ravi, arrest of Jan Mohammad, the brother of Akhlaq whom the villagers believe had slaughtered a cow and finally an inquiry into the death of Ravi by Central Bureau of Investigation.While a judicial probe had already been initiated into Ravi’s death, villagers believe there is foul play involved. In fact the situation in Dadri deteriorated when Ravi Sisodia, who was earlier lodged in Kasna jail after being arrested for allegedly taking part in lynching of Akhlaq last year, died while receiving treatment in a Delhi hospital. While police and even counsel for the accused have claimed that Ravi was suffering from chikangunya, villagers claimed that he died due to injuries inflicted on him by police following a fight that took place between him and other inmates of Kasna jail.The day saw a heated environment throughout with local leaders and some villagers making provoking statements and calling for “revenge”. Close to 300 villagers attended speeches made by local leaders as well as Sadhvi Prachi who called for a “revolution “. “Hindus must unite against this government. The incident has to be converted into a revolution,” Prachi said.” I had said then, till their families get justice I won’t be quiet Hindus , it’s your test now,”she added referring to the 18 people charged with murdering Akhlaq last year in September. Another speaker identified as Kapil Bhati said, “We have to seek revenge. Hindus are not wearing bangles. We will uproot these mullahs from roots,”he said to the crowd.Till the filing of this story the body was still not cremated and administration officials were in talks about two of the demands made by the angry villagers. Rs10 lakh for Ravi’s family was announced and the an internal probe will be launched to establish if the jail officials were allegedly involved in Ravi’s death.NP Singh, Gautam Buddh Nagar District Magistrate, said the state government would give its consent for a CBI probe if the deceased’s family is not satisfied with the ongoing inquiry. Local police said they were trying their best to pacify the villagers but it remains to be seen how situation will pan out on Friday.

Dadri accused’s coffin draped in tricolour, villagers call him ‘martyr’ of ‘Hindu values’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bishada in Uttar Pradesh is on the boil once again as villagers on Thursday refused to cremate the body of 22-year-old Ravi, accused in the Dadri lynching case. Ravi alias Robin died at Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Hospital in Delhi on Tuesday of kidney and respiratory failure. Villagers draped his coffin in a tricolour, saying he had been martyred protecting “Hindu values”.Tensions rose as the body reached the village, as villagers outrightly rejected Ravi’s death report claiming he was murdered. Heavy police force was also deployed in the area.Seeing the body draped in a tricolour, policemen and administration officials, however, preferred to remain mum as objections might have sparked violence in the area.”Villagers demanded Rs 1 crore for deceased’s family, arrest of Akhlaq’s brother Jaan Mohammad in a cow slaughter case and an FIR against the jailer. Villagers told administration that they will not cremate the body till their demands are met,” said Sanjay Rana, BJP leader and father of one of the accused.Gautam Buddh Nagar District Magistrate N P Singh said the state government would give its consent for a CBI probe if the deceased’s family is not satisfied with the ongoing inquiry. The DM said a judicial inquiry had been initiated, adding that the Chief Judicial Magistrate is conducting it.Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced Rs 10 lakh compensation to the deceased Ravi’s wife Pooja. Uttar Pradesh Police claimed that Ravi was suffering from high fever and his death was suspected to be due to dengue.Ravi’s brother Vicky, however, claimed he was “assaulted by police in jail due to which he sustained injuries. Unlike, what police is saying, he was not suffering from any fever. The state government had earlier said that the jailer of the prison where Ravi was held would be transferred once the probe found him guilty.But in an apparent attempt to pacify villagers, the jailer S K Pandey was transferred to Lucknow headquarters. The National Human Rights Commission has also issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and demanded reply from district administration. The postmortem was conducted yesterday in Delhi under the supervision of a Metropolitan Magistrate from a local court.

Radical Pro Pak woman separatist leader arrested in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir police achieved major success on Tuesday when they arrested hard-line pro-Pakistan woman separatist leader and Dukhtaran-e-Milat (DeM) supremo Aasiyeh Andrabi from her hideout in Kral Khud area of Srinagar city.Aasiyeh, who was instrumental in mobilizing women protests and leading the agitation from underground, has been evading arrest for more than three months.Despite being one of the most wanted by police, Aasiyeh managed to reach Tral and lead a massive protest after the killing of Hizbul Mujhadeen poster boy Burhan Wani.”Aasiyeh was not keeping well for the last three months. Her health was continuously deteriorating since she was forced to stay indoors. Aasiyeh was arrested from Kralkhud area earlier on Tuesday. She has been taken to an unknown location,” said Nahida Nasreen, DeM general secretary.Aasiyeh, (52) had been evading arrest for many months now and the police raided several of her hideouts without any success. A science graduate and a fiery orator, Aasiyeh is the chairperson of Kashmir’s biggest women separatist group, Dukhtaran-e-Milat (DeM). Belonging to a highly respected family of Srinagar, Aasiya was influenced by the Islamic teachings from her student days.She is influenced by her brother Inayat ullah Andrabi, a former teacher of Linguistics at Kashmiri University now living in self-imposed exile. He was member of Islamic Jamiat Tulba, the student wing of Jamat-e-Islami and left a deep imprint on his sister who first hogged the limelight in 1987-88 when she started a campaign against the obscene posters and hoardings in Srinagar.She married a militant commander of Jamait-ul-Mujadeen Mohammad Qasim Faktoo in early nineties. She and her husband were arrested with her new born baby and sent to jail. Her husband is facing a life sentence for allegedly killing a human rights activist in Kashmir. A scholarly person, he completed PhD in jail.After she was released, she started the Purdah campaign asking women to wear the veil or Abhaya. Such was her impact that at one time black cloth went out of stock because of the heavy demand from the women. Her cadres even sprinkled colour on women who did not observe purdah.She has two sons Mohammad Bin Qasim and Ahmad Bin Qasim. “We appeal the general masses to continue the struggle for freedom till the occupier calls it quits. We should not feel tired and the arrests of our leaders should not let us down at any cost. This is the part of our struggle against Indian occupation,” Nasreen said.

Tension escalates on LoC as Pakistan army fires high caliber mortar bombs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tension has escalated on the Line of Control (LoC) after Pakistani Army shelled civilian areas and Indian forward positions injuring two civilians in the Shahpur village of the Poonch district of Jammu district.Pakistani troops fired high caliber 80mm and 120 mm mortar shells to target the Indian positions and villages in different areas including Shahpur, Krishnaghati, Mandi and Sabzian sectors.Initially Pakistani troops violated ceasefire in Shahpur sector at 10.45 am on Monday. Later they extended the firing to other sectors including Sabzian sectors. Indian Army also retaliated and the firing was continuing intermittently between two sides through the day.Deputy Commissioner of Poonch Mohammad Harun Malik told dna that two people received minor wounds when Pakistani shell landed in their field at Shahpur village along the LoC. “They have been rushed to the hospital. Both of them suffered minor injuries,” he saidPakistan has intensified shelling on the LoC since Indian Army carried out surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir last week. Pakistan earlier targeted Indian posts in Akhnoor sector and then extended it to Poonch sector of Jammu.Fear has gripped the villagers living along the LoC though there has been no significant migration given the fact that the people are presently busy in harvesting crops.”It is harvesting season and people are not willing to leave the area as they have to farm their fields. In the evening they go to their relatives places nearby, but come back on fields in the morning,” said Malik.District administration has set up shelter camps for the people who want to shift because of the cross border shelling. “We are pressing them (people living on villages near LoC) to leave. We have kept have shelter camps ready. But people are very reluctant,” he said.Official figures reveal that there have been 30 ceasefire violations on the LoC from January to July 31 this year. Last year 152 ceasefire violations were reported on LoC. In 2014 the number of ceasefire violations from Pakistan was 153.Official figures reveal two ceasefire violations were reported from International Border (IB) from January 1 to July 31. Last year 253 ceasefire violations were reported from IB compared to 430 in 2014.Official figures reveal this year one soldier was killed in the ceasefire violations. Last year six soldiers and 16 civilians were killed in the ceasefire violations. In 2014, 13 civilians and one soldier were killed in the ceasefire violations on the borders.

Publication of Kashmir Reader stopped, accused of disturbing public peace

It has been observed that the contents published in the Kashmir Reader newspaper is of such nature that can easily cause incitement of acts of violence and disturbance of public tranquillity in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and Srinagar district in particular, the order issued by the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Authorities on Sunday stopped publication of a local English language newspaper, Kashmir Reader, accusing it of carrying content which tends to incite violence and disturbs public peace and tranquillity.The Editor-in-Chief and owner of Kashmir Reader, Haji Hayat Mohammad Bhat, said a two-page letter was delivered at his office by Police this evening asking him to stop publication of the newspaper. It has been observed that the contents published in the above newspaper is of such nature that can easily cause incitement of acts of violence and disturbance of public tranquillity in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and Srinagar district in particular, the order issued by the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar said.The order said it had become expedient in the interest of prevention of this anticipated breach of public tranquillity to forthwith take necessary precautionary measures. There are sufficient reasons to invoke the powers vested in me by Section 144 CrPC read with Section 3 of News Papers Incitement of offences Act, 1971 and Section 10 of Press and Publication Act, 1989 and proceed further in the matter by passing a conditional order of stopping the printing and publishing of News Paper namely Kashmir Reader through printing presses mentioned above, the order reads.

US objects to Pakistan’s threats of nuclear warfare against India

Washington: The United States has strongly objected to threats of nuclear warfare made by Pakistan against India and has conveyed its displeasure to that country in this regard.

“We made that (American objection on nuclear threat) clear to them (Pakistan). Repeatedly,” a senior State Department official said.

The official who spoke on condition of anonymity, however, would not reveal the level at which the message was conveyed to Pakistan.

Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif. AFP

Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif. AFP

“It is very concerning. It is a serious thing,” the official said when asked about Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif’s assertions, twice in the last 15 days, that his country could use nuclear weapons against India “We will destroy India if it dares to impose war on us,” Asif had told a Pakistani news channel in his latest interview.

“Pakistan army is fully prepared to answer any misadventure of India.”

“We have not made an atomic device to display in a showcase. If a such a situation arises we will use it (nuclear weapons) and eliminate India,” Asif had said.

The statements raised eyebrows in the Obama Administration and are seen as “irresponsible” behaviour by top Pakistani leadership.

In a tacit acknowledgement that it has concerns over the safety of nuclear weapons in Pakistan, the official said the US is closely monitoring the safety and security of those weapons of mass destruction.

“The safety of these weapons is always a concern for us. So we are always monitoring it, regardless of what they said on this particular occasion,” said the State Department official.

Meanwhile, Deputy State Department Spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference that nuclear-capable states have “a very clear responsibility to exercise restraint regarding nuclear weapons and missile capabilities”.

The United States, meanwhile, continued to urge both India and Pakistan to take steps to de-escalate tension following the Uri terror attack that has claimed the lives of 19 Indian soldiers.

“At the same time we have made it very clear that what happened in the Indian army base (Uri) is an act of terror,” the senior State Department official said.

According to another official of the department, “everyone knows” where the perpetrators of the Uri terrorist attack came from.

At his news conference, Toner said the US continues to follow the situation on the ground very closely.

“From our perspective, we urge calm and restraint by both sides. We understand that the Pakistani and Indian militaries have been in communication and we believe that continued communication between them is important to reduce tensions.

“I think we certainly don’t want to see any kind of escalation and certainly any kind of break in that communication. We have repeatedly and consistently expressed our concerns regarding the danger that cross-border terrorism poses for the region, and that certainly includes the recent
attacks – terrorist attacks in Uri,” he said. “We continue to urge actions to combat and de-escalate –

“We continue to urge actions to combat and de-escalate – and delegitimise terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Haqqani Network, as well as Jaish-e-Mohammad,” Toner said.

Mohammad Shahabuddin sent to jail, Supreme Court cancels Patna HC’s bail order

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin back to jail in the Rajiv Roshan murder case.

The Bihar government along with Rajiv Roshan’s father Chandrakeshwar Prasad had challenged the bail granted to Shahabuddin in the apex court.

A file photo of Mohammad Shahabuddin. PTIA file photo of Mohammad Shahabuddin. PTI

A file photo of Mohammad Shahabuddin. PTI

A 7 September order of the Patna High Court had granted bail to Shahabuddin and he was released on 10 September from the Bhagalpur jail.

Chandrakeshwar Prasad’s three sons — third one being Rajiv Roshan — were killed allegedly by Shahabuddin’s henchmen.

On Friday, the court told the Bihar government, “Take him into custody immediately,” according to a report by NDTV.

Shahabuddin, a former lawmaker, was a controversial leader in Lalu Prasad’s party RJD and is accused of over 40 cases of murder, extortion and kidnapping.

When Shahabuddin was set out on bail, the opposition in Bihar had accused CM Nitish Kumar of buckling under the influence of Lalu Prasad and facilitating Shahabuddin’s release. Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan, who had filed one of the petitions, on Thursday argued before the apex court that Shahabuddin did not follow any rules and walked out of jail at will.

With inputs from IANS

Fear grips Uri residents amid high alert

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fear has gripped the people living in the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir after Indian army carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir on Wednesday night.Jammu and Kashmir has put the administration in border districts on high alert to meet any exigency in case Pakistan resorts to any misadventure.”We have been alert for so many days now. We have chalked out a plan which we can implement at any point of time,” Mohammad Harun Malik, district development commissioner of Poonch, told dna.The administration has identified several safe places including schools and government buildings where they can lodge displaced people in case of evacuation.”We did not want to create any panic at this point of time. People are well aware of the situation. There was firing in Sabzian last night too,” said MalikPoonch area often witnesses shelling and firing from across the LoC. In fact, Pakistani forces breached the Line of Control few years ago and beheaded Lance Naik Hemraj and mutilated the body of another army soldier. The head of the soldier was later taken away by fleeing Pakistani soldier.Pakistan has been violating the border ceasefire at will for the last few years. Several villagers have been killed and property worth crores destroyed in the shelling.Inside a well laid room Abdul Rashid, 68, is frantically flipping television news channels. Everytime news about border escalation flashes on the screeen, Rashid rubs his hands in panic. Flashback of 1998 cross LoC shelling plays in his mind. Rashid’s two houses were raised to ground and his family had a narrow escape.”How can I forget that fateful day. It was Friday I had gone for Namaz when someone told me shells have landed in the village. And one of the shells hit my home,” Rashid, a retired government employee told dna.Cut to September 2016, Rashid’s worries have magnified. Neither are there any underground bunkers nor are any safety valves.”The bunkers have been damaged in 2005 earthquake. People have constructed new houses. Families have grown manifold. If shelling resumes this village is bound to suffer given the fact that we are in direct firing range of across the LoC,” he said.Like other border areas Uri has suffered in silence before 2003 ceasefire when guns were ogling fire from both sides of Line of Control. Hundreds of people have died umpteen suffered permanently disabilities. Hundreds of houses were damaged and property worth crores destroyed.”No one can feel the pain than us. We know the effects of war because we are the sufferers. How can a person living in cozy air condition rooms know what war is? War is devastating. We have suffered its effects”, said Jameel Ahmad, a shopkeeper of Uri.

SC to hear Mohammad Shahabuddin bail cancellation plea tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Wednesday deferred the hearing of a plea for the cancellation of bail of former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Member of Parliament Mohammad Shahabuddin. While hearing the matter, Lawyer Prashant Bhushan told the apex court that if Mohammad Shahabuddin would be out on bail then the witness’ life would be in danger.Bhushan had earlier on Monday told the apex court that there were 45 cases against Shahabuddin, out of which nine are related to murder and ten are related to convictions. Bhushan told a division bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh, that Shahbuddin is a serious threat to society if his bail is not cancelled. Shahabuddin’s lawyer asked for more time to respond.The top court was hearing the petitions challenging a Patna High Court order to grant bail to Shahabuddin earlier this month. The top court had on September 19 issued a notice to Shahabuddin while hearing pleas of the Bihar Government and Chandrakeshwar Prasad against the bail granted to him.The Bihar Government had earlier filed an appeal before the apex court, challenging the Patna High Court’s order of granting bail to Shahabuddin. The petition has been filed by Bhushan on behalf of the victim’s family, which was upset to see Shahabuddin walk free.Shahabuddin, who had been in jail for more than 10 years in connection with multiple cases, was granted bail by the Patna High Court on September 7 in connection with the murder of a man who witnessed the killing of two brothers in Siwan. Shahabuddin’s release from jail evoked widespread criticism of the grand alliance in the state with the opposition accusing the government of paving way for his release by not opposing the bail strongly in the court.

Jammu and Kashmir: Man decamps with AK-47 rifle of security guard

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A relative of a former legislator today decamped with the service rifle of his security guard in Shopian district of south Kashmir, police said.Wasim Ahmad Khanday allegedly took away the AK-47 rifle along with a magazine and 30 rounds from the guard room at the residence of former CPI MLC Abdul Rehman Tukroo at Tukroo village of Shopian this morning, a police official said.He said the weapon was allotted to Tukroo’s personal security guard Constable Mohammad Abbas.It was not immediately clear as to where the constable was when the accused person decamped with the rifle.A departmental inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the circumstances of the incident even as authorities have sounded an alert in the area to track down Khanday, the official said.Several cases of weapon snatching have been reported from south Kashmir this year with the biggest arms haul of 39 rifles looted from police station Damhal Hanjipora in Kulgam district at the start of the current unrest in July.

One year since Dadri lynching, Mukhtar Naqvi claims communal tension have reduced under NDA govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A year after the Dadri lynching, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi claimed incidents of communal tension have reduced “substantially” under the NDA government and stressed on the Prime Minister’s message of “empowerment and not appeasement” of Muslims.”Over the past two-and-half years, the number of incidents of communal tensions have gone down substantially. “We want such incidents to be zero. We are working on that,” he said in remarks which come on the eve of completion of one year since the lynching of Mohammad Aqlakh in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri over suspicion of beef consumption.The Minister of State for Minority Affairs said it was a “very unfortunate” incident and an act of people “who are bent on dividing communities”. “But there has been no repeat of such incident over the past one year,” he said. The Ministers was responding to queries from reporters on the sidelines of launch of Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) at the annual conference of state channelising agencies of National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC).The BJP-led NDA government at the Centre had come under attack over the September 28, 2015 killing of 50-year-old Aqlakh with some Union Ministers and BJP MPs making controversial statement regarding it. The incident also led to a section of artistes and litterateurs returning their awards in protest against the alleged intolerance.Naqvi did not specify the data on communal incidents, but stated that there is an “atmosphere of confidence and development” among all including minorities and added the government’s agenda of development can only “defeat the agenda of destruction”. He also defended Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reported “parishkrit” remark relating to Muslims, which has stoked a controversy, saying that the PM was right in asserting that there should be “no appeasement, but empowerment” of the community members.”Prime Minister has said it rightly. He has said that appeasement of minorities should be stopped and work on their empowerment should begin in the spheres of education and employment,” Naqvi said.

Burhan Wani wanted to join Indian Army, play cricket for India as a child, says father

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Since the killing of Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, peace has finally come to the valley after 79 days of clashes between protesters and security forces in which over 80 people lost their lives.Wani’s father Muzaffar has spoken about his son’s aspirations to join the mainstream and his opinion on the Uri attack.In an interview with the Times of India, the senior Wani revealed that Burhan wanted to join the Indian Army when he was ten. “When he was 10, he told an Indian Army officer that he wanted to join the Army. He said this when a raid was being conducted to search militants in our village.” “Burhan had a strong liking for camouflage outfits,” said Muzaffar. He also said that his son would have loved to play for India and not Pakistan. Muzaffar said that they had talked about Burhan’s childhood aspiration during a conversation dissuading him from joining militancy.Speaking about the recent Uri attack, Wani said that he did not believe that Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) or Pakistan was behind it. “Even a Muslim from Hindustan can come. It could even be an attack by Kashmiri militants,” he said. He added that if there was indeed any evidence to this effect, then the matter should be probed.He also said that he liked PM Nawaz Sharif’s speech about his son, “I liked everything that Nawaz Sharif said. He said Burhan’s killing had brought a new light in this movement of freedom.”Muzaffar added that he was unhappy with PM Modi’s response to the Kashmir unrest.”More than 100 people have been killed in Kashmir in the last two months. He hasn’t shown any grief. He only expressed grief over the killing of soldiers,” he added.He also said that he wants his daughter Irm Jahan to become a teacher and believes his youngest son Naveed will study and not pick up arms.

Ram Jethmalani to represent RJD MLA Mohammad Shahabuddin in Supreme Court

Patna: Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani is set to represent criminal-turned-politician Mohammad Shahabuddin in the Supreme Court on 26 September after the apex court on Monday issued notice to former RJD MP on a plea challenging grant of bail to him in a murder case.

File image of Mohammad Shahabuddin. CNN-News18

File image of Mohammad Shahabuddin. CNN-News18

“Jethmalani has accepted Shahabuddin’s request to appear in the Supreme Court on his behalf. Jethmalani is likely to file ‘wakalatnama’ on Saturday to argue in the apex court for Shahabuddin,” a Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader close to Shahabuddin said on Thursday.

Jethmalani is a Rajya Sabha member of the RJD from Bihar and is considered close to RJD chief Lalu Prasad. The RJD is a partner in the ruling coalition in the state.

Lalu’s younger son and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav told media that he was not aware that party MP Jethmalani is to argue for Shahabuddin in the apex court.

According to party leaders, Shahabuddin received the Supreme Court notice on Tuesday at his native village Pratappur in Siwan district, where he has been staying since September 10 when he was released from the Bhagalpur Central Jail after 11 years.

The bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy on Monday also issued notice on a plea that sought to put on hold the execution of the Patna High Court order granting bail to Shahabuddin.

The court order came on a plea of Chandrakeshwar Prasad, whose three sons were allegedly killed by a henchman of Shahabuddin, and that of the Bihar government challenging the high court order granting bail.

The Bihar government had also sought issuance of non-bailable arrest warrant against Shahabuddin.

Earlier, Shahabuddin said he is ready to go back to jail if the apex court ordered it. He refused to comment on the apex court order which did not grant an interim stay on his bail.

“I am a law-abiding citizen and respect the court order. Earlier, I was sent to jail by the court and ten days ago I was released from jail after the court granted me bail. It is all for the court to decide,” Shahabuddin told the media in Siwan.

Opposition BJP has appealed to Jethmalani, who was earlier parliament member of that party, not to defend Shahabuddin in the apex court.

Bandipora encounter: Firing between militants, security personnel in Kashmir kills one terrorist

Early on Thursday morning, suspected militants and security personnel are engaged in a gunfight in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to latest updates, the firing is ongoing.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

According to ANI, one of the terrorists has been gunned down and an operation is still underway.

Greater Kashmir reported that the encounter is ensuring in Aragam village of the district. According to the army officer quoted by the report, the encounter had “erputed after forces cordoned off a house located in the forests” in Aragam village. The army officer also mentioned that terrorists were holed up inside the house and that there was firing going on from both sides.

This attack comes just days after the Uri attacks which claimed the lives of 18 soldiers, leaving several others injured. In the Uri attacks, 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.

Firstpost’s Sameer Yasir has reported that the Army confirmed that the Uri attacks were carried out by terrorists belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit based in Pakistan.

According to an IndiaSpend report, the army’s combat death toll in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is 64 this year (until 18 September), the highest since 2010, when 69 soldiers died.

Uri attack was the worst in 26 years: Has India ignored the growing threat of Jaish-e-Mohammad?

Soon after the deadly attack on Sunday at one of the Army bases in north Kashmir’s Uri town, Indian intelligence agencies said that Jaish-e-Mohammad militants were behind the attack.

“All four killed were foreign terrorists and had carried with them items which had Pakistani markings. Initial reports indicate that the slain terrorists belong to Jaish-e-Mohammad tanzeem (outfit),” Lieutenant-General Ranbir Singh said, while briefing the media after the attack.

Based on all the evidences, the Army confirmed that Jaish militants carried out the 18 September attacks.

File image of JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar. Reuters

File image of JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar. Reuters

Since its inception in 2000, the signature of the Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit was attacks on Army bases at Mohra and Tangdhar in north Kashmir, at Kathua and Samba in Jammu region, and at Pathankot airbase in Punjab, as Sameer Yasir points out in this Firstpost article.

After a debilitating period of being infiltrated by Kashmiri police, “the outfit has fast replaced Lashkar-e-Taiba in launching suicide missions on military and other security formations in the state,” Yasir pointed out.

Even though there was enough evidence of the outfit’s rising popularity and overt threats, it looks like India failed to keep a track of its activities.

The group claimed that it will use violence to force the withdrawal of Indian security forces in Kashmir. After the 2001 attack on the Parliament, the US State Department added it to its foreign terrorist organisation list. India seems to have ignored the cognisance of the group’s gradual rise.

Despite efforts, the Indian authorities have not managed to tighten the strings of JeM’s activities in India. It continues to grow and create havoc in the country, possibly with the help of Pakistan’s ISI.

In 2016, the group carried out the daring attack on the Pathankot airbase. The Indian police even arrested 12 JeM operatives for their involvement in the attack. Offices of the JeM in Bahwalnagar, Bahawalpur, Multan and Muzafargarh were also identified and sealed in January 2016.

Although the Pakistani government too tried to crack down the outfit’s militants (or projected to), it operates almost without any constraints in the country now.

Pakistan conducted raids in Gujranwala and Jhelum regions, and questioned the family of one of the Jaish leaders following the Pathankot attack.

The Hindu reported that Pakistan even announced the arrest of several JeM members. Chief Maulana Masood Azhar and his brother Abdul Rehman Rauf were also detained. “Based on the initial investigations in Pakistan, and the information provided, several individuals belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammad, have been apprehended,” the office of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was quoted as saying in The Hindu report.

Soon after, ANI reported that the mosque-cum-seminary run by JeM was sealed and the Counter-Terrorism-Department arrested 14 people from Mundeyki Goraya village. The Dawn also reported that the police raided and sealed Jamia Masjid and Madressah Al-Noor.

According to PTI, Pakistani authorities also raided and sealed religious seminary operated by JeM. The madrassa was sealed after a thorough search, reported DNA.

In February, the Jammu and Kashmir police busted a module of JeM and three militants were arrested, The International Business Times reported. Mohammad Sadiq Gujjar, a JeM terrorist, who carried out an attack in Kupwara was arrested by security forces towards the end of February.

In May, 2016 the Army arrested a terrorist belonging to JeM in the Baramulla district of Kashmir, The Hindu reported. Abdul Rehman, a resident of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), had infiltrated in January and was engaged in recruiting local youth for “suicide” attacks, the Army said.

In July, according to reports, the outfit was seeking funds outside mosques in Karachi to send jihadists to fight in India and Afghanistan.

According to the South Asia Terrorism Portal, JeM released a video issuing threat against mainstream politicians and Kashmiri ‘informers’ working for security forces in the Valley on 9 September.

And just days later, it carries out the Uri attack. The JeM has had an adventurous year with arrests and some major attacks. The speedy rise of the outfit becomes a matter of concern for India.

With inputs from PTI

Pakistan’s inaction against terrorists stems from its ‘India phobia’: Afghanistan

New York: Pakistan’s lack of will in dealing with insurgents stems from its “India phobia”, its military and civilian tensions and its trust deficit with neighbours, Afghanistan’s foreign minister has said while demanding the dismantling of “safe havens” in Pakistan to defeat terrorism.

“The way Pakistan behaves is because they have India phobia, there are military and civilian tensions and there is trust deficit between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” Salahuddin Rabbani said in New York when asked what motivates Pakistan in dealing with insurgent groups and its “lack of will” to help deal with Taliban and other terror groups.

Afghanistan's Minister for Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani. ReutersAfghanistan's Minister for Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani. Reuters

Afghanistan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani. Reuters

In a talk at the Council on Foreign Relations on Tuesday, Rabbani said out of these three reasons, Afghanistan and Pakistan can work on the issue of the trust deficit. “After the formation of the national unity government, we did our best to go and work with Pakistan and we tried to open a new chapter of relations. On India phobia and the military and civilian tensions of the Pakistani leaders, this is something that they (Pakistan) have to sort it out,” he said.

He said Afghanistan does not expect the violence and terror to subside anytime soon “as the Taliban and affiliate groups are sustained with logistical, financial and material support from elements in Pakistan.” Kabul has repeatedly underscored that terrorism will not be defeated in Afghanistan or elsewhere “as long as the distinction between good and bad terrorist continues” coupled with the lingering problem of terrorists’ safe havens and sanctuaries which remain unaddressed.

“As our fight against terrorism continues, we have not closed the widow of opportunity for peace and reconciliation with the elements of armed opposition ready to give up violence. Yet we know that any prospect for the success is strictly contingent on the extent to which the government of Pakistan is ready and willing to clamp down on extremist groups,” he said.

On the safe havens provided to terror groups in Pakistan, he said the spike in violence in Afghanistan shows that terror groups have continuous support “from somewhere” otherwise they would not have been able to fight in several provinces at the same time.

“We saw where their leader (Mullah Akhtar Mohammad) Mansour got killed,” he said referring to the Taliban leader killed in an airstrike in Pakistan in May this year. “Their sanctuaries, bases are somewhere in Pakistan. The Pakistani leadership should take this seriously and should make sure that these groups don’t operate in those areas,” Rabbani said.

Uri attack carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammad militants, confirms Indian Army

Hours after Sunday’s deadly attack on one of its base in north Kashmir’s Uri town — that left 18 soldiers dead — the Army said four militants who carried out of the attack belonged to the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit based in Pakistan.

“All four killed were foreign terrorists and had carried with them items which had Pakistani markings. Initial reports indicate that the slain terrorists belong to Jaish-e-Mohammad tanzeem (outfit),” Lieutenant-General Ranbir Singh said in South Block in New Delhi after the attacks.

Investigators probing the Uri suicide attacks are working overtime to identify the four fedayeen who stormed into 12 Infantry Brigade in Uri, and all the initial indications are leading towards Jaish outfit. The NIA, which overtook the investigation of the Uri attack from Army, is looking into the case from different angles, which also include studying the previous successful infiltration attempts made by the outfit and the attacks carried out by the group along the LoC.

Soldiers stand outside the army base in Uri. PTISoldiers stand outside the army base in Uri. PTI

Soldiers stand outside the army base in Uri. PTI

A majority of the attacks carried out by Jaish in recent years have been suicide attacks, in fact, the outfit introduced the concept of the suicide bombing in Kashmir insurgency when it carried out its first suicide attack in April 2000. An 18-year-old Srinagar boy detonated a car-bomb outside the Army’s 15 Corps headquarters in Srinagar. It was also for the first time that a militant laced with explosives blew himself up in the conflict-ridden state.

What is alarming for the security agencies is the increasing number of attacks carried out by the group in recent years, particularly along the LoC. The majority of these attacks have taken place along the LoC and all of them were suicide attacks. The outfit has fast replaced Lashkar-e-Taiba in launching suicide missions on military and other security formations in the state.

“The life of a Jaish militant once he leaves Pakistan to carry out attack is very short, most of them have been killed along the LoC. In recent years all the attack carried out by the group almost mirror each other. They attack the first Army installation they encounter after crossing the LoC,” an intelligence officer told Firstpost.

So when Baramulla police early this year in February arrested Mohammad Sadiq, a member of the outfit, alive from Kanispora area, everyone was shocked. On 25 November, Jaish militants attacked a Gorkha Rifles Camp along Kalsuri Ridge in Tangdhar area near the LoC in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, leaving a military contractor dead before three attackers were gunned down. What rattled the forces was the recovery of bags inscribed with Afzal Guru Squad from the three slain militants. All the four militants infiltrated through Tangdar area and struck the camp but Sadiq managed to flee from the spot. He was one among the four tasked to carry out suicide attacks in Kashmir.

Earlier Colonel Santosh Mahadik, the Commanding officer of 41 Rashtriya Rifles, was killed during an encounter in Haji Naka forest area of Kupwara. The outfit took the responsibility of the attack saying three militants, who attacked the camp in Tangdhar, were its members.

Jaish was founded by Maulana Masood Azhar, a fiery orator, in January 2000 after his release in Taliban-governed Kandahar, Afghanistan, from Jammu’s Kot Balwal jail in exchange for passengers of hijacked IC-814 Indian Airlines plane. Azhar was arrested in Srinagar in 1994 on terrorism charges.

“Revenge has begun and it will reach where you cannot even imagine,” Azhar said in January 2014 in a rally organized by the outfit in Muzaffarabad in PoK.

Since then, the signature of Jaish-e-Mohammad was found in attacks on army bases at Mohra and Tangdhar in north Kashmir, at Kathua and Samba in Jammu region, and at Pathankot airbase in Punjab. The comeback was lethal.

The outfit was once considered to be the most infiltrated group by Kashmir police, which led to its decline in valley and by mid 2013 it was on the verge of extinction when two of its last three surviving commanders were killed in that year, leaving the outfit with a total cadre capacity of eight militants in Kashmir, the lowest since it was formed 13 years ago, according to the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

Earlier it was considered the deadliest group only second to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). But after the killing of Gazi Baba, a top brass of the outfit and the mastermind of the Parliament attack, the outfit was never able to regroup in Kashmir. Jaish has been accused for the 13 December, 2001 terrorist attack on Parliament in New Delhi. The outfit was banned by the Indian government under provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) on 25 October, 2001.

However in recent years it has carried out a sustained trail of attacks on Army installations along the LoC, one in which Colonel Mahadik was killed.

Army on Tuesday dealt a major blow to militants who tried to sneak into Uri region in Kashmir, killing ten militants. It is not clear who carried out the infiltration but don’t be surprised if the fingers are pointed at Jaish as it fast replaces Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Kashmir again.

Shoving off Lashkar, Jaish becomes the face of terror

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Forget Lashkar-e-Taiba, Moulana Masood Azhar led Jaish-e-Mohammad is fast becoming the face of terror in Jammu and Kashmir.After lying low for some years, Jaish is emerging a formidable force on the terror map of the state. From Tangdhar attack to Pathankot attack to Uri fidayeen attack, Jaish militants are trying to leave Lashkar-e-Taiba behind in launching suicidal mission on military and other security formations in the state.Four Jaish militants, in the age group of 18 to 22 years, stormed the headquarters of 12 infantry brigade in Uri killing 18 soldiers and injuring 20 others. All the four fidayeens, who were foreigners, were later killed. Sources said the attack again proved that Jaish is the new darling of Pakistani security and intelligence agencies who want to prop up its cadres to trim down its dependence on Lashkar-e-Taiba.Jaish’s revival process started when Indian army repulsed a major fidayeen (suicidal) attack on its Gorkha Riffles (GR) camp near the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar on November 25 last year. What rattled the forces was the recovery of bags inscribed with Afzal Guru Squad from the three slain Jaish-e-Mohammad militants.Even before the security agencies could pick up the leads, Jaish militants struck again when they launched a fidayeen attack on the Pathankot airbase killing eight people including NSG officer and injuring 20 others on January 2. The operation continued till January 5 when the base was cleared by the forces.Founded by Moulana Masood Azhar, one of the three militants released in exchange of passengers of the Indian Airlines flight IC 814 in 1999, Jaish-e-Mohammad has been the deadliest group only second to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). But after 2001, security forces had managed to break the back of Jaish by eliminating its top brass including Gazi Baba, the mastermind of the Parliament attack which prompted New Delhi to mobilize Indian army and launch Operation Parakaram.Intelligence agencies pointed out that the Jaish is making all efforts to push in small group of highly trained militants into Kashmir to raise the cadre base from the local youth. Since January this year, the security forces have arrested two Pakistani Jaish militants who were tasked to establish local modules for fidayeen attacks in Baramulla.After the arrest of Sadiq Gujjar (Pakistani Jaish commander) in February, Pakistani handlers had pushed in Abdul Rehman along with four other militants from Machil sector to recruit people for Jaish in Baramulla. But Rehman too was arrested which blew the lid off the conspiracy to revive Jaish in the north Kashmir.Jaish’ revival was again visible when security forces killed two Pakistani Jaish-e-Mohammad commanders in Saria Bala locality, which is half a kilometre away from Civil Secretariat and Legislative Assembly in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar in May this year.Police said the duo had taken a room on rent and were masquerading as engineering students in the area. Acting on specific information police raided a four storey residential building and shot dead both alleged Pakistani militants. Police identified one of them as Saifullah, a top Jaish commander who was operating in the central Kashmir for the last four years.On October 4, 2015, two top Pakistani Jaish commanders Adil Pathan and Chota Burmi were killed in a surgical operation at Hariparigam Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Operating in the valley since 2010, the duo was involved in number of attacks on the security forces and civilians particularly in south Kashmir.Revival processJaish’s revival process started when Indian army repulsed a major fidayeen (suicidal) attack on its Gorkha Riffles (GR) camp near the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar on November 25 last year. What rattled the forces was the recovery of bags inscribed with Afzal Guru Squad from the three slain Jaish-e-Mohammad militants.Even before the security agencies could pick up the leads, Jaish militants struck again when they launched a fidayeen attack on the Pathankot airbase killing eight people including NSG officer and injuring 20 others on January 2. The operation continued till January 5 when the base was cleared by the forces.

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