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Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed walks free; vows to fight for ‘Kashmir cause

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai attack mastermind and banned JuD chief Hafiz Saeed on Friday walked free from house arrest and said he would gather people across Pakistan for the “cause of Kashmir” and try to help Kashmiris get their “destination of freedom”.The Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) head, who carries a USD 10 million American bounty for his role in terror activities, was freed after the government decided against detaining him further in any case. He was under detention since January. “I was detained for 10 months only to stop my voice for Kashmir,” Saeed told his supporters gathered outside his residence to celebrate his release.“I fight for the cause of Kashmiris. I will gather the people from across the country for the cause of Kashmir and we will try to help Kashmiris get their destination of freedom,” he said upon his release.Punjab province’s Judicial Review Board comprising judges of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday unanimously ordered Saeed’s release on the completion of his 30-day house arrest which expired last night.Saeed said that he was detained when he announced a month of solidarity for Kashmiris in January.Using the release order to buttress his claim of “innocence”, Saeed said: “I am very happy that none of the allegations against me were proved as three judges of the LHC ordered my release… India had levelled baseless allegations against me. The LHC’s review board decision has proved that I am innocent”.The JuD chief said that the US, on India’s request, pressured Pakistan to detain him. “I was detained on the pressure of the US on the Pakistani government. The US did so on the request of India,” he claimed.Several JuD supporters, gathered outside Saeed’s house in Lahore’s Jauhar town to celebrate his release, shouted anti- India slogans and described their leader as “a hope for the Kashmiri people”.“We are happy to see our leader free. Hafiz sahib received his release order from the jail officials. Now he is a free man,” JuD spokesman Ahmad Nadim said.“Saeed has been freed as the Punjab government decided not to detain him further in any other case,” a top government official told PTI.He said that after a long deliberation, it has been decided to follow the review board’s decision.Saeed’s release would invite strong criticism from India and the US, official sources said. “It remains to be seen as how would the PML-N government handle the foreign pressure to again detain Saeed,” they said.Punjab Assistant Advocate General Sattar Sahil said the government law officer had presented “some important evidence” to justify Saeed’s detention, but all three members of the board unanimously rejected it and ordered his release.On January 31, Saeed and his four aides Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain were detained by the Punjab government for 90 days under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 and the Fourth Schedule of Anti- Terrorism Act 1997. The last two extensions were made on the ‘public safety law’The board refused to give further extension to the detention of Saeed’s aides. They were set free last month.According to the rules, the government could detain a person for up to three months under different charges, but for an extension, it needs approval from a judicial review board.The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai terror attack in 2008 in which 166 people, including six Americans, were killed.Saeed was put under house arrest after the Mumbai attack in November 2008 but he was freed by a court in 2009.India has repeatedly asked Pakistan to re-investigate the Mumbai terror attack case and demanded the trial of Saeed and LeT operations commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi in the light of the evidence it had provided to Islamabad.Ten LeT militants had killed 166 people and wounded dozens in Mumbai in November 2008. Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught and executed after a court found him guilty. Saeed was declared a global terrorist by the US and the UN after the Mumbai attack.A day after a Lahore High Court judicial review board ordered 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s release from house arrest, India on Thursday expressed “outrage”, saying Pakistan has exposed its true face by attempting to “mainstream” UN-proscribed terrorists.

8 youth held for trespassing yellow zone near Ram bhoomi

The arrested youth have been identified as Mohd Wahid, Mohd Sayeed, Mohd Irfan, Mohd Sakir, Mohd Shakeel, Mohd Raza, Mohd Madani and Mohd Hussain <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Late on Friday night, eight Muslim youth from Rajasthan were arrested in Ayodhya after they tried to force their entry through the no-entry zone — known as yellow zone — at around 2 pm.The arrested youth have been identified as Mohd Wahid, Mohd Sayeed, Mohd Irfan, Mohd Sakir, Mohd Shakeel, Mohd Raza, Mohd Madani and Mohd Hussain, all aged between 20-30 years and residents of Nagaur district in Rajasthan.After multiple identity cards were found on their person, the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) interrogated the arrested persons and sought their details from Rajasthan police.”They were moving in a suspicious manner near a sensitive barrier of Ram Janmabhoomi complex. No one is allowed to enter or go near that barrier,” said an ATS officer.Moreover, timings for entry to the disputed complex for ‘darshan’ of Ram at the makeshift temple are fixed. “How these people went up to the barrier near Katra Police station is a matter of concern and investigation,” added the ATS officer.It was the same gate from where four Pak-trained terrorists had forced entry into the complex in 1995.

UP cops caught napping as B’deshi terrorist gets passport, flies to Saudi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an exposé, police in Saharanpur have found that a Bangladeshi terrorist going by the name of Zahir Khan, not only acquired government documents like Aadhaar card, but was also able to get an Indian passport verified and issued using which he was able to go perform Haj and settle in Saudi Arabia.Intelligence sources said that Khan, who belongs to the terrorist organisation Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), had been staying in Deoband for many years without raising any suspicion. It was only after an intelligence tip-off that local police began a probe to find out that everything — the address he gave and his government documents — were all fake. It was then that their worst fears were realised, Khan had been quietly working to radicalise Muslim youth.”So far we have found that 20 youths from Deoband and nearby areas in Saharanpur have gone missing,” the intelligence official said. “We suspect they are being radicalised and trained by the ABT.”To crack down on the terror menace, Saharanpur police are now scrutinising all passports that have been verified between 2007 and 2017. Deoband MLA Brijiesh Singh said the move was not directed at any community and appealed locals to maintain calm.”Only people who have made passports illegally need to worry. Those who have followed the law have nothing to fear,” he said. In August this year, the UP Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had arrested a Bangladeshi national named Abdullah Al-Mamon who was a member of ABT as well. Abdullah, who was arrested along with a youth named Faizan Ahmad, had been staying in Deoband for several years before his arrest from Muzaffarnagar.Sources said that Faizan had been acting as a middleman in bringing radicalised youth to Abdullah who then trained them for jihad.

Suspected LeT terrorist apprehended from Mumbai Airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Saleem Khan was on Monday arrested from the Mumbai Airport. A resident of Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh, Khan was arrested as part of a joint operation carried out by the Mumbai Police and Uttar Pradesh?s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). According to reports, Khan was travelling to India from the UAE, when he was following which he was detained at the Mumbai Airport. Further details are awaited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak court orders seizure of Imran Khan, Tahirul Qadri’s assets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan today ordered the seizure of properties of opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric-turned politician Tahirul Qadri after they failed to appear in hearings of terrorism cases registered against them. The ATC here heard the case which was registered with the secretariat police station against the duo for committing violence during protests in 2014 which paralysed Islamabad. According to a lawyer, the court also issued notices to relevant police stations and revenue boards to implement the order. On February 3, the ATC had issued perpetual arrest warrants against Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i- Insaaf(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bomb scare at Mumbai’s Churchgate station, security stepped up

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An unidentified caller today warned of an impending bomb blast at Mumbai’s busy Churchgate train station, prompting a massive search operation, but no explosive was found. According to the Railway Protection Force (RPF), its control room received a call around 10:45 am that a bomb would go off at the station which is chock-a-block with people at that time. Immediately, the RPF and other security agencies launched a search operation involving among other agencies the Mumbai Police and the Anti-Terrorism Squad which lasted for about two hours-and-a-half. The call turned out to be hoax and no bomb was found. “Following the call, we have taken precautionary measures and security has been tightened at the station,” an RPF official said. Both the RPF and the Government Railway Police (GRP) are keeping a close watch at the station and on trains, the official said. “The call was received from an unidentified source. An inquiry is underway,” he said. Following the incident, the Western Railway (WR) said security has been beefed up at all the stations. “In the search operation, the agencies did not find anything. As a precautionary measure, security has been tightened at all the stations, including Churchgate,” WR’s chief public relations officer (CPRO) Ravinder Bhakar said. Sachin Bhalode, senior divisional security commissioner of RPF (Mumbai division), said, “Security has been stepped up at all the suburban railway stations and we have asked officials to conduct proper security checks.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Faraskhana blasts: Maharashtra ATS says all five accused dead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Tuesday filed a final report in connection of Faraskhana blast case to Additional session judge in Pune.The ATS in its report stated all the five accused related to the case are dead. Three died during Bhopal jailbreak and two others were killed in an encounter in Telangana in 2015.The Pune court sanctioned the final report filed by Maharashtra ATS in this case on June 23.The Faraskhana blast took place in the parking area of the Faraskhana police station in July 2014, when a low-intensity improvised explosive device (IED), planted on a motorcycle, gone off.Five people were injured in the blast.It was later revealed that the motorcycle, which belonged to a constable with Satara Police, was stolen from the premises of a court in June that year.Case was registered in September 2014, the Maharashtra ATS’s investigation pointed towards the alleged involvement of five suspects.

Missing Mahim youth had fled fearing exams

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ashraf Sayyad, 20, a resident of Mahim, who had gone missing for three months, kept the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), cyber police, and Mahim police on their toes, who feared that he might be involved in anti-national activities. The inquiry revealed that Sayyad was afraid of appearing for HSC exams and left his home out of guilt. Sayyad told the ATS officers and police that he did not wish to appear for HSC examinations and was fearing that he would fail too.According to police, Sayyad went missing on the night of February 27, just a day before his HSC exams were to commence. The disappearing act triggered suspicions because prior to the act, Sayyad had been keeping mostly to himself and would spend hours in a cyber cafe chatting online. The ATS, cyber police, Mahim police, and the Intelligence Bureau combined, struggled to track him down. He was later found working in a hotel in Shirdi on June 1.Sayyad was found after his employer Laxman Jadhav, owner of Sai Prasad Hotel in Shirdi called his family members and informed about him working there. Jadhav told the police that he did not know that Sayyad was absconding because he had told him that he has lost his memory. Jadhav had found him at a bus stand in Shirdi on February 28.ATS officers said, “When we interrogated him, he lied initially, saying he has lost his memory. On pressing further he confessed that he was not prepared to write his exams and did not wish to appear for it either. We will still keep a watch on him.”

Indian mission in UK organises anti-terror pledge for NRIs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian mission in the UK today organised the first community-wide anti-terrorism pledge. The pledge is taken by Indian embassies and missions around the world to coincide with former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary on May 21, marked as Anti-Terrorism Day in India. This year’s pledge in London was organised as a wider event to involve Indians based in the UK. “The scourge of terrorism affects innocent lives not just in one country but across the globe. No country and no people should shelter terrorists, promote terrorists or appease terrorists,” said the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, before he led the community leaders and mission staff in taking the pledge at India Place here. The pledge invokes India’s faith in the tradition of non-violence and tolerance. “We pledge to uphold and promote peace, social harmony and understanding among all fellow human beings and fight the forces of disruption threatening human lives and values,” it reads.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Terror suspect held in Maha wanted to do "sabotage work": ATS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Online propaganda videos on Jihad inspired Nazim Shamshad Shah, the suspected ISIS member who was arrested last week during a nation-wide sweep, and he wanted to do some “sabotage work”, investigators today claimed. “He was impressed by Jihadi thoughts while watching some video clips on Facebook and started chatting (online) on the topic,” an official of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad said here. Shah was arrested from Mumbra in neighbouring Thane in a joint operation of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh ATS as a part of a multi-agency nationwide crack-down on April 20. Three others were arrested from Punjab, UP and Bihar. Shah had come to Mumbra from Bijnour in UP for a job three months ago, the ATS officer added. He wanted to do some “sabotage work” and his local connections were being investigated, said the official. Investigation also revealed that Shah had worked in Saudi Arabia in two stints. First he worked as a plumber in Damam for two years and then at “Habab in Makkah” in 2015, the official added. While in Saudi, he was arrested by local police in a passport-related case and jailed for 18 days. He was then deported to India. Currently he is in the custody of UP police.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ISIS ‘recruit’ Areeb Majeed’s case adjourned till Mar. 29

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court on Thursday adjourned till March 29 the case of Areeb Ejaz Majeed, who is being prosecuted after his return from the ISIS. Earlier in the day, the NIA special court filed a chargesheet against two accused for indoctrination of Keralite youth to join the ISIS. The NIA special court ordered framing of charges against arrested accused Areeb Ejaz Majeed for having conspired to carry out terrorist acts. The case was registered on the basis of credible source information that four youth from Kalyan, Maharashtra, had gone to Iraq with a group on May 25, 2014, under the guise of performing Ziyarat (religious) tour. Subsequently, they left the group without intimating the tour guide and the other pilgrims and went to Syria to join the ISIL, a banned terrorist organisation. The family members of these youth had filed missing complaints as they had left without intimating anyone. Out of the four youth, Majeed returned to India on November 28, 2014, but was apprehended by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). He was later arrested by the NIA on November 29, 2014, after registration of the case. The NIA probe has established that Majeed and his three associates had joined the proscribed terrorist organisation ISIL and had undergone training in guerrilla warfare. After joining the ISIL, Majeed had participated in various terrorist acts in Iraq and Syria. He was injured on two occasions while performing Fidayeen attacks.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India-US to strengthen training programmes under Anti-Terrorism Assistance pact

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and the US are set to further strengthen their bilateral security ties under the Trump administration with the two countries deciding to continue exchange programmes on hostage crisis, terror crime scene probe and cybercrime. A delegation of officials from the US met their counterparts in the Home Ministry last week and discussed ways to streamline the training programmes being conducted under the Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) pact.Indian police officers will undergo training programmes in the US training institutes on negotiations in hostage situations, terror crime scene investigations, besides on two new courses relating to cyber crime and maritime security.India and the US are working towards strengthening bilateral ties on security front, including training programmes. The US will be introducing two new courses for Indian police officers this year, a Home Ministry official said. Indian police officers currently can opt for six training programmes under the ATA pact.These courses have been an integral part of the bilateral cooperation on internal security between the two countries. India is a key strategic partner of the US in its war on terror and with groups like ISIS using Internet to reach out to potential recruits in India, the ATA courses are seen as extremely relevant, the official said.Currently the ATA courses include among others, investigating the dark web (IDW), hostage negotiation training, terrorist crime scene investigation. Around 120-150 police officers from Central police organisations and state police forces visit the US every year for training in these courses under the ATA. The number may go up to 200 this year with introduction of two new courses.

DGP holds high-level meet to discuss rail sabotage incidents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A high-level co-ordination meeting chaired by Maharashtra Director General of Police, Satish Mathur was held here to discuss various security issues plaguing the Railways with focus on suspected rail sabotage incidents across the state, police officials said today. The meeting was held yesterday at the DGP office and was attended by senior police officers from various districts, sleuths of the Anti-Terrorism Squad, Railway Police officers from neighbouring states, Railway Protection Force (RPF) officials, and Zonal officers of Railway administration as well as Mumbai Rail Vikas Nigam Corporation (MRVC) officials. Five incidents of suspected rail sabotage were detected across the state in the last couple of months. Deliberations were held on the ongoing investigation into these incidents besides suggestions to prevent them, a senior police official said. Also, security issues like unauthorised gates, verification of antecedents of employees of contractual staff in Railways, inspection of railway bridges, tunnels and their repairs, track patrolling, removing of strewn rail pieces along railway tracks and implementation of integrated security system was discussed, the official added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Evening Must Reads: No end to drama in Tamil Nadu after EPS wins trust vote; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu LIVE: No end to drama after EPS wins trust vote, now MK Stalin detained at Marina BeachThe Palaniswami government won the confidence vote in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Saturday by a comfortable 122-11 margin after high drama and bedlam in the House. The vote was preceded by eviction of principal opposition DMK and walkout by its allies, which have 98 legislators in the 234-member House, in protest. Follow live updates here. Bharat jaan se pyara: CRPF CO Chetan Cheeta risked his life to kill top Lashkar terroristThe CRPF Commanding Officer of the 45th battalion was shot multiple times while fighting terrorists in Bandipore and was airlifted from Srinagar to AIIMS Trauma Center in Delhi. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday visited. Read more here. Pakistan lists Hafiz Saeed & 4 aides in 4th schedule of Anti-terrorism ActMumbai attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed has been listed under Pakistan’s anti-terrorism act by the provincial Punjab government, a tacit acknowledgement of his links to militancy. Read more here. GST council approves Draft Compensation BillGST council meet took place on Saturday in Udaipur, wherein the Draft Compensation Bill was approved. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that they plan to bring the GST bill in the second phase of Budget session which begins on March 9. Read more here. India A v/s Australia: After Oz’s huge total, Shreyas Iyer stands tall with unbeaten 85Shreyas Iyer stroked his way to an unbeaten half-century in an otherwise unimpressive batting display by India ‘A’ in reply to Australia’s first-innings total of 469 for seven declared on the second day of the three-day practice game. Read more here. Box Office: Jolly LLB 2 outperforms all other releases of the week!Akshay Kumar starrer Jolly LLB 2 released last Friday and has been going strong at the ticket windows. The film has already crossed the Rs 80 crore mark and is soon going to enter the Rs 100 crore club. Read more here.

ATS probe in 2008 Malegaon blast case incoherent: NIA tells HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA today told the Bombay High Court that the probe conducted by the Maharashtra Anti- Terrorism Squad (ATS) in the September 2008 Malegaon blast case was “incoherent and riddled with loopholes”. NIA counsel Sandesh Patil today told a division bench of Justices R V More and Shalini Phansalkar Joshi that though the ATS theory was correct, the probe was not properly conducted. “It was not coherent and thus NIA couldn’t accept it as it was. We tried to fill those gaps when we took over the probe,” Patil said. The bench was hearing the appeal filed by one of the main accused Prasad Purohit challenging a sessions court order rejecting his bail application. Advocate Patil was responding to the court’s query on the need to re-examine ATS’ witnesses. He said that the NIA had re-examined 504 witnesses of whom 149 were new. Purohit has sought bail on the grounds that he has been in custody for eight long years and that the probe agency had not obtained proper sanction for his prosecution under the Unlawful Activities prevention Act. The court will continue to hear arguments tomorrow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NIA seeks more time from court for Malegaon blasts probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday asked the Bombay High Court to give it more time to complete its probe of the Malegaon blast case. The Malegaon 2008 blast case was a first case in which Hindu extremists, including army Lt. Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, were chargesheeted by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad in 2009. The September 2008 blast in the Muslim-majority Malegaon town killed six people and injured 101 others.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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