Operatives of Pakistan’s espionage agency ISI are making efforts through moral and financial support to revive pro-Khalistan elements for anti- India activities, the government informed the Rajya Sabha today.Certain elements in Pakistan are providing funds to separatists for secessionist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir as well, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said in response to a question.”Inputs indicate that ISI operatives are making efforts towards moral/financial support to pro-Khalistan elements for anti-India activities as well as to revive militancy in Punjab,” he said.He said the government has adopted an integrated approach to counter the attempts to revive militancy. This includes sustained vigilance along the borders, strengthening of mechanisms for intelligence gathering and sharing.”A close watch is maintained on the activities of various groups known to have been engaged in trying to foment terrorist activities. Necessary action is taken so as to maintain peace and harmony in the State,” he said.
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Despite the fatal Shahpura accident, electricity transformers continue to infest threat to public safety, mostly due to un-certified equipments. Those using such transformers are government electricity distribution companies as well.Notably, the government had earlier this year made it mandatory for distribution transformers to be ISI certified, however, no such compulsion rests on current transformers.Experts consider these uncertified transformers as threat to public safety. “Current transformers should be ISI marked. A sub standard current transformer can blast easily if the voltage goes higher than what can be handled. Anyone standing nearby will be brutally burnt due to the blast. Moreover, the sub standard product can also burn the meter if it is overloaded,” said Harish Jain, owner, Roshan Marketing, distributor of transformers from last 34 years.However, Bureau of Indian Standards believes that LT Current Transformers s are not hazardous enough to be made mandatory for ISI marking.“Current transformers are not very hazardous as compared to the distribution transformers. The actual load of electricity supply is on distribution transformers. I have not come across any CT blast. There is an ISI mark for the same but is not compulsory,” said RB Srivastava, deputy director, Jaipur BIS.It is to be noted that Rajasthan State Electricity Board had issued a notification in 1997, which has not been updated since then, which “advised”acceptance of ISI marked CTs only for private consumption. “Nobody even remembers this notification and it is completely violated when CTs are purchased from the market,” Jain explained.Furthermore, even the latest tender released by Discom does not mention anything about certification of the product for government use.“If there is a standard created by BIS for any product, that is automatically made mandatory for application on all tenders,” said Naveen Arora, technical director, Jaipur Discom.The certificationBIS certification was mandated for distribution transformers in January 2017. Transformers set up by Discom across the state were mostly set up before the date, hence are un-certified and are of sub standard quality. Rajasthan Discoms have no plans of replacing the transformers even after experiencing several blasts and loss of life in past few months.
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The Congress today termed as “baseless” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s allegation that its top party leaders recently met the Pakistani envoy and an ex- Pakistani minister and said he made the charge as he was worried about the BJP’s impending defeat in Gujarat Assembly elections. Modi told an election rally today that suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar had called him “neech” (a lowly sort of a person) a day after the alleged meeting of Pakistanis with top Congressmen. “Holding the country’s topmost post, Modiji is making baseless allegations. Modiji is worried, dejected, angry. Such a statement has no truth or fact, and is based on lies. Such a behaviour is unbecoming of a prime minister,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters here. Modi alleged that former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Aiyar had met the Pakistani high commissioner in India and an ex-Pakistani foreign minister at the residence of Aiyar recently. “The entire country knows who loves Pakistan and who has been giving protection to the separatists,” Surjewala alleged. He asked Modi that if he planned to contest the elections on Pakistan-related issues, then he should also tell the people of Gujarat as to why he “trusted Pakistani spy agency ISI and offered it entry to Pathankot Airforce Base for investigation”. Surjewala also questioned Modi’s “unplanned” Pakistan visit to attend the wedding of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s granddaughter, soon after “Pakistan-sponsored terrorist attacks at Gurdaspur and Udhampur”. He also alleged that the Modi government failed to arrest Pakistan-based terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s wife, who “managed to reach Mumbai from Pakistan and then fly back to Pakistan”. “We would also like to ask him as to why no action was taken against former minister in the BJP government in Maharashtra Eknath Khadse, who was removed after Indian agencies taped his conversation with Dawood Ibrahim,” he said. The Congress spokesperson also claimed Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan attended the marriage of Dawood Ibrahim’s daughter and asked why 11 BJP leaders, including the head of Madhya Pradesh’s IT cell, were arrested for “spying for ISI”. Surjewala also sought an apology from the prime minister and the BJP over the release of Pakistan-based terrorist Maulana Masood Azhar by taking him and two others to Kandahar after hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane in 1999.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major breakthrough in cases of targetted killing of Right wing Hindu leaders in Punjab, the state police has discovered the alleged link of ISI behind the murders while arresting and investigating four people.”The conspiracy was hatched by ISI on foreign foil to disrupt communal harmony and destabilize the state,” said Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, asserting that that it was the eighth such module cracked under his governance.Punjab has witnessed several such tragetted killings in last two years, including that of RSS leader Brig (retd) Jagdish Gagneja who was shot dead in Jalandhar, followed by killing of pastor in Ludhiana. Another Right wing leader, a member of Shri Hindu Takht Amit Sharma, was shot dead in a similar manner in January. RSS leader Ravinder Gosain was shot dead outside his house in Ludhiana on October 17 and two weeks later, Vipin Sharma, president of Amritsar unit of Hindu Sangharsh Sena, was shot dead in a market.Highlighting that Punjab Police has solved most such cases; Captain Amarinder said the four accused had met abroad where they were trained. They were using encrypted mobile software for communication with handlers.These handlers were based in Pakistan and some Western countries.The accused were identified as: Jimmy Singh, a resident of Jammu who recently returned to India from UK after spending several years there and was apprehended last week from Delhi’s IGI airport; Jagtar Singh Johal alias Jaggi, a UK national who was apprehended in Jalandhar and Dharmender aka Guggni, a gangster from Meharban in Ludhiana who was lodged in Nabha Jail and was supplying weapons to the killers.”The fourth accused, who was the main shooter in the various cases, was caught this afternoon and details about him cannot be disclosed at this juncture as he is under interrogation,” said the Chief Minister, adding that the police had both forensic and ballistic evidence against him.While the Gagneja murder case was transferred to CBI, Gosain’s case was recently transferred to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).Punjab DGP Suresh Arora said the weapons used by criminals in all the eight cases were standard 9mm, .32 and .30 bore pistols. “The assailants had left behind footprints in every case, which led us to them,” said DGP Arora.Indicating a growing nexus between gangsters and radicals, Captain Amarinder said the ISI was always looking out to radicalize the youth. “It was evident from investigations that such killings were aimed at fanning communal disturbances to further ISI’s anti-India gameplan since there was strong indication of the active involvement of Pakistani intelligence operatives based in Pak and foreign soil,” he said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Pakistan army, along with terror groups and ISI, has stepped up attempts to infiltrate and carry out attacks in Kashmir to derail efforts of special representative Dineshwar Sharma to initiate talks in the conflict-hit state, intelligence inputs shared with top security officials suggest.According to ground intelligence two days after the announcement of Sharma’s appointment on October 23, Syed Salauddin, who heads the United Jihad Council, an umbrella group of terror organisations active in Kashmir, in a meeting on October 25 gave instructions that 45-50 terrorists should infiltrate India and carry out strikes aiming to disrupt any efforts for a dialogue.ISI and Pakistani army officials were also present in the conference held in Muzaffarabad, according to reports based on human and technical intelligence shared with top officials in the security establishment.Sharma, a former Intelligence Bureau chief, reached Srinagar on Monday to begin talks with all stakeholders.The Centre decided to initiate talks with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir hoping to restore peace by appointing Sharma as a “special representative for a sustained dialogue” following a prolonged period of violence in the state over the last one year.The separatist Hurriyat Conference has already rejected the offer of any talks through the interlocutor.In another instance, at a meeting of 3 PoK Brigade in Kotli across the Line of Control infiltrations and cross border raids were discussed.Intelligence inputs indicate that Pakistani terror groups, with the help of Pakistani army, will continue infiltration attempts even as winter sets in.Security agencies have also indentified 10 locations from where the terrorist infiltration or a cross border raid that included Paksitani army regulars can take place. Movement of terrorists and intercepts at these locations indicate they are planning a strike.Over the last one year, since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, there has been an escalation in violence. The stone-pelting mobs including women and children clashing with security forces had become a routine affair last year. With terror outfits luring local youth and terrorists burning down schools, the dialogue process will help bringing them back to mainstream.The security forces have gunned down nearly 180 terrorists this year compared to 150 in 2016.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The surgical strikes across the LoC were precise and conducted at frenetic pace but the major, who led the daredevil mission, says that the return was the most difficult part and bullets fired by the enemy soldiers were so close that these were whistling past the ears.The Army Major speaks about the stunning mission in a new book being brought out on the first anniversary of surgical strikes in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.The officer is referred to as Major Mike Tango in the book, titled “India’s Most Fearless: True Stories of Modern Military Heroes”.The Army had decided to use soldiers from the units that had suffered losses in the Uri attack for the elaborate revenge mission.A Ghatak platoon was formed and soldiers from the two units that had lost men were roped in to man border posts and provide crucial terrain intelligence and support to the mission that lay ahead.”Tactically, this was a smart move – few knew the lay of the frontier land better than they did. But there was another astute reason.”Involving them in the mission would at least begin to lay the ghosts of Uri to rest,” says the book.About the details of the planning, it says, “The target list was scrutinised along a top-secret chain of command that numbered barely a handful of people, with ‘need to know’ rules applicable throughout.”The options were vetted by designated officers from the Intelligence Bureau and the Research and Analysis Wing, before a final recommended brief was presented to the government.” Maj. Tango was entrusted with the job of leading the operation to carry out the strikes.”As team Leader, Maj. Tango had chosen every man himself, including the officers and men who would play a supporting role. He was also acutely aware of the fact that the lives of 19 men were, quite literally, in his hands,” the book says.Though Maj. Tango chose the best men for the job, one thing was bothering him – the de-induction or the return.”That’s where I knew I could lose guys,” the book quotes him as recalling.”Even the actual attack was not something that flustered the commandos. It was the return, an uphill trek to the LoC that was the truly daunting part.”Their backs would be facing a blaze of fire from Pakistan Army posts, belatedly roused from their slumber. And the dominant position held by the posts would make the escaping warriors easy targets to spot and kill,” the book says.A total of four terror launch pads operated by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and protected by the Pakistan Army were selected.”Through a series of masked communications over mobile, Maj. Tango’s men contacted four ‘assets’- two local villagers in PoK and two Pakistani nationals operating in the area – both moles in the dreaded Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group, men who had been turned by Indian agencies a few years before.”All the four assets separately confirmed the target information that was placed before them. In terms of intelligence, there was nothing further for the team to do on this side of the LoC,” the book says.The book, written by Shiv Aroor and Rahul Singh and published by Penguin India, tells 14 true stories of extraordinary courage and fearlessness, providing a glimpse into the kind of heroism India’s soldiers display in unthinkably hostile conditions and under grave provocation.The mission was brief – the soldiers were expected to reach their targets, study the latest intelligence they could possibly access with their satellite devices and then proceed to wipe out every man they saw there, the book says.The weapons and equipment were then finalised.”Maj. Tango would be armed with his M4A1 5.56-mm carbine, the rest of the assault team with a mix of M4A1s and standard-issue Israeli Tavor TAR-21 assault rifles, Instalaza C90 disposable grenade launchers and Galil sniper rifles.Batteries on night-vision equipment were checked and other devices were charged too,” the book says.Two of the terror launch pads identified as targets for Maj. Tango’s team were well inside PoK and roughly 500 metres away from each other, it says.”Each launch pad is really a transit staging area for terrorist infiltrators before they are sent across the LoC.Both launch pads were close to Pakistan Army posts for logistical and administrative purposes. ISI handlers would often visit these launch pads before infiltration attempts,” according the book.”From the moment the firefight began until the last bullet was fired, it had been just over an hour. The frenetic pace of the assault meant the teams, now united after the split attack on two launch pads, would prepare to leave with only a very rough estimate of the number of terrorists they had managed to kill: 20. The figure would be corroborated days later by India’s external intelligence.”A total of 38-40 terrorists and two Pakistan Army personnel were killed at the four targets. The three separate teams had simultaneously struck 4 launch pads across the LoC.Their entry into PoK had been coordinated and precisely timed,” it says.As for the return, the major decided to take not the route used to enter PoK but a different path that was longer and more circuitous, but comparatively safe.But while the Indian soldiers were returning, the Pakistan Army posts opened fire with everything they had – enraged by the cross-border strike.”At one point, the bullets were so close, they were whistling past our ears. There’s a familiar put-put sound when rounds fly very close to your head,” Maj. Tango recalls.”If I were a foot taller, I would have been hit many times over.”During the circuitous escape, the men were frequently flat on the ground as trees in their path were shredded to bits by hails of ammunition, the book says.”A particularly vulnerable 60-metre patch in the de- induction route gave the commandos their closest call. Still flat on their bellies, but with no natural feature hiding them, they needed to slither the full distance without being hit. Crossing in pairs as ammunition hit the ground inches from them, Maj. Tango’s team made it to the LoC before the sun was up, finally crossing it at 0430 hours.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. 2 speeches, 1 message: PM Modi, Prez Mukherjee talk law, order and a corruption-free IndiaPresident Pranab Mukherjee and PM Narendra Modi gave a message that was loud and clear. Read more here2. Need transparency in political funding: CEC Nasim ZaidiThe Election Commission has asked the government to review the changes it made in the Companies Act removing the cap barring a company from donating more than 7.5 per cent of its average net profit. Read more here3. Man arrested for links with ISI chargesheeted, booked for treasonGulshan Kumar, who was arrested from south Delhi in the month of January this year for his alleged links with the Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has been chargesheeted and booked for treason (waging war against the country). Read more here4. BCCI decides to fall in line, but with ‘finer adjustments’The seven-member committee, comprising Rajiv Shukla (chairman), TC Mathew, Naba Bhattacharjee, Jay Shah, Anirudh Chaudhry, Sourav Ganguly, and Amitabh Choudhary, met for the first time in Delhi. Read more here5. With Global Forgiveness Day coming up, here’s who we can forgive and who we can’t for their recent deeds and misdeedsThey say it’s best to ‘forgive and forget’. And rightly so, because to err is human. With Global Forgiveness Day on July 7, there’s no better time. Read more here
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goa Police has issued an order making wearing of helmet compulsory for pillion riders along with the rider. Traffic police has also been ordered to intercept those breaking the law.The Goa police has intensified its drive to challan those breaking the law. The compulsion regarding helmets for both riders has been implemented as 55 pillion riders have lost their life in various accidents across Goa in the last one and half year.Statistics released by the police reveal that 228 people lost their life in fatal accidents involving two wheelers in 2016. Till now, in six months this year, 103 riders and pillion riders have died in two wheeler accidents.”Many of the pillion riders’ life could have been saved if they were wearing helmets. We cannot allow such loss of young lives. So we have made helmets compulsory for both,” Devesh Kumar, Superintendent of Police for traffic said.The police also clarified that the helmet should have an ISI certification of safety. Traffic police manning roads have been instructed not to stop any vehicle merely to check documents. They have been guided to halt only those vehicles that are involved in breaking traffic rules.This instruction has been issued due to numerous complaints that tourists are unnecessarily stopped and harassed by the traffic police. The department has issued orders to conduct a focused drive to curb violations on the road.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra ATS, in a joint operation with Latur police and the Department of Telecommunications, has busted an illegal Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone exchange in Latur by arresting two accused. This comes after the ATS received intelligence inputs from a Jammu and Kashmir-based military intelligence unit.The accused would allegedly communicate illegally across the borders using international gateways/SIM box that has caused losses of Rs 15 crore collectively to the government in the past six months. The ATS suspects that the call centres may have been operated by the Inter-services Intelligence (ISI), the Pakistani spy agency, to acquire sensitive military information.The accused have been identified as Shankar Biradar, 33, and Ravi Sabade, 27, who both hail from Latur. According to police, the duo would run two separate exchanges at separate locations in the city, and would allegedly convert VoIP calls from abroad into a voice illegally and would transfer that voice to the beneficiary and call receiver in India through an illegal international gateway.An ATS source said these kinds of illegal VoIP exchanges were earlier used by an intelligence agency of the neighbouring country to acquire sensitive military information. The ATS is now conducting an investigation to ascertain if the accused were instrumental in providing military information, gathered by them or their accomplice, across the border. The agency also wants to understand with whom the accused had communicated in the past.”We are trying to crack down on the entire racket. We suspect that the accused are just mediators and someone else may have provided financial and technical assistance to them. Our probe is on. Possible links with the ISI cannot be ruled out,” said an ATS officer on the condition of anonymity.Two separate cases have been registered in two police stations in Latur against the accused. Police has also recovered 96 SIMs, one computer, a CPU and three machines for call transforming worth Rs 4.60 lakh in raids. “We conducted three raids in Latur. The accused started the illegal call exchange by using the international gateways,” said Chiranjeev Prasad, Inspector General of Police, Nanded.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Punjab police today claimed to have busted a terror module by arresting three men, who allegedly had been trained and tasked by Pakistan’s ISI to carry out attacks in the country. In a statement released here, the police claimed that the three accused – Gurdial Singh, Jagroop Singh and Satwinder Singh, were directly linked with the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), an ISI backed outfit. They had been instructed by Pakistan-based ISYF chief Lakhbir Rode to carry out attacks on certain individuals, said the police in the statement. According to the police, Gurdial, the chief operative of the group, was also in touch with J&K based militant outfits. The police also said that during investigation, Jagroop had revealed that he had been imparted training by the ISI to sabotage rail tracks. Investigations have revealed that a part of the consignment of arms and ammunition seized on May 21 by the BSF, near the international border in Amritsar, was supplied by the ISYF, the police said. Two alleged terrorists, Maan Singh and Sher Singh, had been arrested by the BSF last month, when they attempted to pick up the consignment. The police said that Gurdial had been introduced to Rode, who they claimed was staying “in an ISI provided safe-house in the Lahore cantonment,” by Germany based Balvir Singh. Gurdial had met Rode several times during his visits to Pakistan, as part of religious jathas (groups), in the last six to seven years, the police said. Gurdial allegedly arranged a visa for Jagroop, who too travelled to Lahore with a ‘jatha’. According to the police, during interrogation, the duo revealed that during his stay in Lahore (November 12-21, 2016), Jagroop had also met Rode through Balvir Singh. Jagroop confessed that he was blindfolded and taken to the ISYF chief at an undisclosed location and imparted a four-day training course by the ISI in handling an AK-47 rifle and smaller weapons, the police said. He was also trained in techniques of sabotaging railway tracks by loosening the securing and fastening mechanisms of the fish-plates, nuts and bolts, the police statement said. Both Gurdial and Jagroop were tasked to carry out terror strikes in India and target various individuals, the police said, adding that Rode and his associates had promised to provide them arms and ammunition from across the border. The interrogation also revealed that during his visits to Pakistan, Gurdial was in regular touch with Balvir, who hails from village Paddi Surat Singh, Mahilpur in Hoshiarpur, the police claimed. The spokesperson said that Satwinder was also an active member of the group and, along with Jagroop, was directly in touch with his handlers in Pakistan and Germany. Both Gurdial and Balvir have terrorist backgrounds, with criminal cases registered against them in 1992 and 1988. A Thompson gun had been recovered from Gurdial in 1992, the police said. According to the Punjab police, Gurdial hails from Road Majara, Garhshankar in Hoshiarpur district while both Jagroop and Satiwinder are residents of Chandpur Rurki, in Pojewal, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district. A .32 bore pistol, with one magazine and 10 cartridges and a .38 bore revolver, with 7 cartridges, was recovered from the suspects, the police said. While Gurdial and Jagroop were arrested from their homes, Satwinder was apprehended at a checkpoint close to his village in Pojewal police station in Balachaur sub-division, the police claimed. The spokesperson said the alleged terrorists were nabbed after a meticulous intelligence-led operation of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar District police. They have been booked u/s 121,121A, 120B of the IPC, Sec 25,54 and 59 of the Arms Act and Sec 15, 16, 17 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities Act, the police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader R P N Singh today alleged that the Centre has “failed” to handle internal security issues in naxal-affected areas and in Jammu and Kashmir. “The BJP is celebrating three years of being in office at a time when the country is facing internal security and foreign policy issues with Pakistan and China,” he said here. When the UPA was in power, the BJP had created an uproar that the government had failed to address internal security issues, Singh said. “In fact, on the internal security and foreign policy fronts, the current government in the Centre has knelt down before Pakistan,” he said. The Congress had made efforts to bring peace and normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir, and was better in dealing with internal security issues, Singh said. He claimed that 172 terrorist attacks have been reported in the country in last three years, of which 12 were severe attacks. “More than 570 jawans have died in three years and more than 1,300 cease fire violations have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir in last three years,” Singh claimed. He said, “Our security establishments are being attacked and they call the ISI to get it probed. Is it nationalism or something to boast about with a 56-inch chest.” “At present, more than 9,000 posts for officers, 25,000 for JCOs and 52,000 for jawans,” Singh said. The defence budget is being reduced and even the allocated budget is not being utilised properly, the Congress leader alleged. “BJP agents are being caught in Madhya Pradesh and Assam for anti-national activities. BJP MLAs are found attending wedding function of Dawood Ibrahim’s family members in Maharashtra and they teach lessons of nationalism,” Singh said. The Centre has no policy to deal with naxalism and China, which is in the process of building an economic corridor, Singh said. BJP supports the ‘Make-in-India’ campaign but in fact imports of Chinese goods have increased in last three years of BJP rule, he claimed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 20-21 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) members have entered the country under the directions of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), as per an intelligence alert, and consequently, security in the national Capital and neighbouring states has been stepped up multifold.The alert, received just after the Manchester attacks, has prompted the security agencies across India to maintain the highest level of alertness. Accessed by DNA, the alert read, “Under directions of ISI, a group of 20-21 terrorists of LeT has entered India recently and is placed in Mumbai, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Delhi. There plan is to carry out a 26/11-type incident in India.” The alert was sent to other vulnerable cities as well.Senior police officers said additional force has been ensured at crowded market places, such as Connaught Place, Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Karol Bagh, and other crowded areas, such as inter-state bus stations and shopping malls. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has also been directed to step up the vigil at stations, and watchtowers have been erected in crowded areas. Other security agencies concerned, including the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), that secures airports and the Delhi Metro, has also been alerted.“All those entering bus terminals and railway stations with luggage are being scanned thoroughly and a strict vigil is being maintained. Armed men have been deployed on watchtowers and announcements are being made to keep the visitors alert. Delhi Police dog squad and anti-terror squad commandoes have been deployed, as required,” a senior police officer said.Security at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has been stepped up as well, and armed men have been deployed inside terminal buildings. “Flight marshals have been directed to keep an eye on the air side threat.Additional pickets have been raised on the approach road to both terminals and frequency of the anti-sabotage checks has been increased. Regular patrolling on both the city side and the air side is being ensured by the Quick Response Teams (QRTs). Additional deployment in Delhi Metro has also been ensured,” a senior CISF officer said.Officers have requested the civilians to stay alert and inform the police about any suspicious happening. Measures takenAfter the intelligence alert was received, Delhi police has deployed additional forces at markets, stations, airports. Airport and metro stations have increased security check-ins to ensure safety of the commuters.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A suspected ISI agent has been picked up by the intelligence branch of Rajasthan police from Jaisalmer district.The accused, a resident of Jaisalmer, was nabbed on Friday and was taken to Jodhpur for initial questioning, the ADG (Intelligence), U R Sahoo, said.There were certain inputs that he allegedly had some “connections” with Pakistan’s spy agency ISI. He was on the radar of the intelligence agencies for some time now and was nabbed from his village.”The man has not been arrested so far,” the officer added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Expressing satisfaction on the massive development by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) of booking Hurriyat leaders for allegedly receiving funds from Pakistani sources, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said that its time to get to the bottom of the revolt in the Kashmir, which seems to be ?provoked?. ?It can be said that this has come as a shock to everybody. Now we must get to the bottom of this with the Pakistani connection to the revolt in pockets of Kashmir, which seems to be provoked and is not natural agitation,? Swamy told ANI. Earlier on Friday, the NIA registered a preliminary enquiry into the funding of Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Naeem Khan and others in Jammu and Kashmir by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed and other Pakistan based terrorists. According to sources, a team of NIA led by senior member reached the Valley for inquiry into Hurriyat funding. The team probed into the nuances of the funding which are mostly being made for subversive activities including stone pelting and damage of public properties there. While Hurriyat leaders and separatists have been telling Kashmiris to not send their children to army-run schools, alleging that these institutions were weaning the next generation away from their religion and culture, the family members and children of many of these have got the best education, settled abroad and eventually led a luxurious life. An apparent example of how the kith and kin of these Hurriyat leaders availed the above-mentioned is the faction of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, which inversely always has goaded the youth of Kashmir to come out on the roads and leave their studies for a ‘bigger cause’, indirectly urging them for ‘stone-pelting’. Nayeem Geelani, son of Geelani, who, a few days back, had blamed the army-run schools for indoctrination, is a medical practitioner in Rawalpandi, Pakistan. His other son, Zahoor, is crew member of a private airlines in India. Geelani’s daughter is a teacher in Jeddah and her husband is an engineer there. According to reports, post the recent arrest of two ISI operatives in India, it has come to light that separatists in Jammu and Kashmir area have been getting a constant flow of funds – to the tune of Rs 70 lakh – from the Pakistan ISI over the past few months. Slew of documents that have been accessed cite that the nexus between Pakistan and the separatist leaders is responsible for instigating the youth to conduct violent acts in the conflict-ridden state of Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier on April 28, reacting on the Supreme Court orders, wherein it asked the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) to take to various stakeholders and consider their opinion in connection with the plea against the use of pellet guns in the state, the Centre categorically said that it would not talk to people who were separatist leaders and those who talk of ‘Azaadi’ and freedom. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, top law officer representing the Centre, made this statement to the apex court. The court asked the association leaders to get names of the people, who can hold talks with the Centre for the resolution of the present situation in the state. JKHCBA was also asked to assure the top court that no stone pelting would be committed in the future if they wanted prohition against the use of pellet guns. The apex court had earlier asked the Centre to consider effective means other than use of pellet guns to quell stone pelting mobs in Jammu and Kashmir as it concerns life and death.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In what can be termed as a major breakthrough for the Centre in the ongoing Kashmir unrest, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday registered a preliminary enquiry into the funding of Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Naeem Khan and others in Jammu and Kashmir by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed and other Pakistan based terrorists. According to sources, a team of NIA led by senior member has reached the Valley for inquiry into Hurriyat funding. The team will probe into the nuances of the funding which are mostly being made for subversive activities including stone pelting and damage of public properties there. While Hurriyat leaders and separatists have been telling Kashmiris to not send their children to army-run schools, alleging that these institutions were weaning the next generation away from their religion and culture, the family members and children of many of these have got the best education, settled abroad and eventually led a luxurious life. An apparent example of how the kith and kin of these Hurriyat leaders availed the above-mentioned is the faction of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, which inversely always has goaded the youth of Kashmir to come out on the roads and leave their studies for a ‘bigger cause’, indirectly urging them for ‘stone-pelting’. Nayeem Geelani, son of Geelani, who, a few days back, had blamed the army-run schools for indoctrination, is a medical practitioner in Rawalpandi, Pakistan. His other son, Zahoor, is crew member of a private airlines in India. Geelani’s daughter is a teacher in Jeddah and her husband is an engineer there. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on May 7 said that time has come for everyone to realise that Pakistan is the core reason behind the rampant terrorist activities in the Valley. “Now they must address the truth and the truth of Jammu and Kashmir is something else. If solution has to be found out then it has to come to this process of discovering the truth and trying readdress the situation,” BJP leader Sudesh Verma told ANI. Verma said that Pakistan’s only motive is to create trouble in the Valley and everybody is aware of that. “Now it’s time for everyone to realise this, including those pseudo-liberals, who see no fault with Pakistan and go on blaming the Indian Security forces,” he said. According to reports, post the recent arrest of two ISI operatives in India, it has come to light that separatists in Jammu and Kashmir area have been getting a constant flow of funds – to the tune of Rs 70 lakh – from the Pakistan ISI over the past few months. Slew of documents that have been accessed cite that the nexus between Pakistan and the separatist leaders is responsible for instigating the youth to conduct violent acts in the conflict-ridden state of Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier on April 28, reacting on the Supreme Court orders, wherein it asked the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) to take to various stakeholders and consider their opinion in connection with the plea against the use of pellet guns in the state, the Centre categorically said that it would not talk to people who were separatist leaders and those who talk of ‘Azaadi’ and freedom. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, top law officer representing the Centre, made this statement to the apex court. The court asked the association leaders to get names of the people, who can hold talks with the Centre for the resolution of the present situation in the state. JKHCBA was also asked to assure the top court that no stone pelting would be committed in the future if they wanted prohition against the use of pellet guns. The apex court had earlier asked the Centre to consider effective means other than use of pellet guns to quell stone pelting mobs in Jammu and Kashmir as it concerns life and death.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
UP ATS continues thorough grilling of arrested ISI agents
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said that time has come for everyone to realise that Pakistan is the core reason behind the rampant terrorist activities in the Valley. ?Now they must address the truth and the truth of Jammu and Kashmir is something else. If solution has to be found out then it has to come to this process of discovering the truth and trying readdress the situation,? BJP leader Sudesh Verma told ANI.Verma said that Pakistan?s only motive is to create trouble in the Valley and everybody is aware of that. “It?s time for everyone to realise this, including those pseudo-liberals, who see no fault with Pakistan and go on blaming the Indian Security forces,? he said. According to reports, post the recent arrest of two ISI operatives in India, it has come to light that separatists in Jammu and Kashmir area have been getting a constant flow of funds – to the tune of Rs 70 lakh – from the Pakistan ISI over the past few months. Slew of documents that have been accessed cite that the nexus between Pakistan and the separatist leaders is responsible for instigating the youth to conduct violent acts in the conflict-ridden state of Jammu and Kashmir.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court here today sent suspected ISI agent Aftab Ali to 14-day judicial custody till May 17. Special CJM Azad Singh fixed for tomorrow the hearing of an application moved by UP ATS seeking his police remand for 10 days. In the application, the UP ATS said since the accused has admitted that he was a spy of the Pakistani intelligence outfit, his custodial interrogation was required. Aftab was arrested from Faizabad, 120 km from here yesterday by the UP ATS, which in a joint operation with Maharashtra Police nabbed two more suspects from Mumbai. They were part of an espionage racket linked to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 37-year-old hawala operator, who allegedly funded a suspected agent of Pakistan’s spy agency ISI, has been arrested, a police official said today. Altaf Qureshi was arrested late last night from Masjid Bunder area in South Mumbai in a joint operation by anti- terrorism squads of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, the official said. Qureshi had allegedly deposited money in the bank account of arrested ISI agent Aftab Ali in Lucknow for carrying out espionage activities, he said. ATS officials seized a cellphone and Rs 71.57 lakh in cash from the house of Qureshi, who himself is suspected to be an operative of ISI, he said. The hawala operator, who was in the business at the behest of one Jawed Naviwala, was nabbed after his name cropped up during interrogation of Aftab, who was held from Faizabad yesterday, the official added. Aftab, booked under the Official Secrets Act, had allegedly passed on information about Indian Army’s movements to officers posted at Pakistan High Commission and also to ISI, the official claimed. He had allegedly provided information about the army’s movements and units in Faizabad, Lucknow and Amritsar, he said. Police were questioning Qureshi to know on whose directive he had deposited the money in Aftab’s account, the official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (UP-ATS) and Military Intelligence (MI), in a joint operation arrested an ISI agent from Faizabad. Later UP-ATS along with their Mumbai counterparts nabbed a hawala operator from Nagpada, who was allegedly funding the agent.The arrested ISI agent has been identified as Aftaab Ali, while the hawala operator has been identified as Altaf Qureshi. According to an UP-ATS, Ali was trained in Pakistan by the ISI in espionage and was in constant touch with a senior officer at the Pakistan Embassy in Delhi. Several maps, photographs of Faizabad Cantonment area and other sensitive places were recovered from his possession. His mobile call and chat details are being sought to ascertain what information he had passed on to his masters in Pakistan. Meanwhile, it was learnt that Qureshi, a native of Rajkot was staying in a rented accommodation in Nagpada had given money to Altaf.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh ATS today claimed to have smashed an espionage racket by arresting a suspected ISI agent from Faizabad and his accomplice from Mumbai besides picking up another suspect for questioning. This comes days after intelligence inputs had warned of a possible terror attack in the state by ISI-trained terrorists. In a joint operation conducted by the UP Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), Military Intelligence and UP Intelligence, Aftab Ali was picked up from Faizabad, 120 km from here, this evening, IG ATS Aseem Arun said. Aftab is believed to have received training from the ISI in Pakistan and was in constant touch with officials in the Pakistan High Commission, he said, adding that the ATS was in possession of strong evidence against him. The deposits made in Aftab’s bank accounts will also be verified, he said. While Aftab was arrested, another suspect was taken into custody and was being questioned. In another statement late night, Arun said the UP ATS in a joint operation with its Maharashtra counterpart arrested Aftab’s accomplice Altaf Qureishi from Mumbai. Altaf was involved in Hawala transactions and had allegedly transferred money to the account of Aftab on the direction of ISI, the ATS said. Rs 70 lakh cash has been recovered from Altaf, it said. Aftab, son of Wajid Ali, is a resident of Khwaspura area of Faizabad, Arun said. Pictures of the cantonment area have been recovered from his mobile phone and more clues are likely to be found through his mobile chats, he said. Aftab was also allegedly keeping a close vigil on the movement of troops in the area, especially between Faizabad and Lucknow, besides deployment of battalions, an ATS release said. ADG (Law and Order) Aditya Misra said more information about the ISI network will be known through the mobile phone of the accused and more arrests are likely. ATS sources said Aftab had gathered information on several army cantonment areas and defence establishments in the state. The ATS was continuously getting reports about military information being leaked to intelligence officials in the Pakistan High Commission and the ISI and the agency was working on it through electronic surveillance, ATS sources said. Aftab is believed to have received training from the ISI in Pakistan and had contact with an official in the Pakistan High Commission and had also met him in New Delhi, Arun said, adding that the name of the official was being verified. “He was in constant touch with Pakistan High Commission,” the ATS statement said. A government spokesman said tonight that the team led by ASP Rajesh Sahni will be awarded. The Uttar Pradesh Police had issued a warning of a possible terror attack in the state by ISI-trained terrorists. “The group, allegedly trained by Pakistan’s ISI, has reportedly been asked to target Ayodhya (in Faizabad district), Varanasi, Vrindavan, and the Taj Mahal in Agra,” UP police said. Acting on intelligence inputs, security was upgraded at several religious places – including Ayodhya, Kashi and Mathura – and also at vital installations, including airports, bus and railway stations. Taking cognisance of the intelligence warning that an ISI-trained group in the garb of Hindu seers might strike prominent religious sites in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had ordered construction of boundary walls around the holy spots. The priest-turned-politician had also asked the officials concerned to ensure laying of 4-lane road connecting famous temples for the convenience of visitors. The UP ATS has already alerted all district police chiefs and railway superintendents of police about the threat. “We are coordinating with other agencies to thwart such attempts,” Arun said. Central intelligence agencies have been sharing inputs with the UP Police since February about increased activity of terrorists in the state. According to the latest alert, the ISI is planning to launch attacks in the northern state under the code name ‘Operation Krishna India’. “The agency (ISI) has reportedly trained the group for months to familiarise them with Hindu religious practices. Members of the module are planning to enter UP through the Nepal border in the guise of seers,” the reports said. In February, Intelligence agencies in the state were tipped off about four dozen terrorists sneaking into UP through the porous border with Nepal. Uttar Pradesh shares a 599.3-km open border with Nepal touching seven districts – Pilibhit, Lakhimpur Kheri, Bahraich, Sravasti, Balrampur, Sidhharthnagar and Maharajganj. “As per the Intelligence inputs, the group has also been trained by Pakistan’s ISI in Hindu religious practices, and might try to blend with the local populace before carrying out deadly strikes at prominent religious sites and other sensitive spots,” police said. The Intelligence agencies had picked up intercepts through electronic surveillance in which youths were heard discussing the deaths of banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) men in Telangana as well as IS suspect Saifullah in Lucknow. A Khurasan module was busted after Saifullah’s death last month. Recently, some self-radicalised youths were also arrested by the UP Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). In 2016, eight suspected members of SIMI had tried to evade the police by adorning saffron robes in Madhya Pradesh. The men were later killed in a police encounter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Pakistani man, who surprised Indian security agencies by claiming to be an ISI agent who wanted to stay in India, has been sent to Nepal after investigators found him to be mentally unstable, officials said here today. After several rounds of questioning by various security agencies, it was found that 38-year-old Muhammad Ahmad Sheikh Muhammad Rafiq was mentally unstable and his statements were incoherent and without any substance, the officials said. Rafiq, a Pakistani passport holder, had approached a help desk at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here on April 28 and claimed that he was an ISI agent and did not wish to continue any further and wanted to stay in India. He had flown in from Dubai and was scheduled to take a connecting flight to Kathmandu the same day, they said. The security agencies, after questioning Rafiq for several hours, finally called in some doctors from mental hospitals who found that Rafiq could be suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder and required medical attention, they said. It was decided that he should be deported. He was yesterday sent by Air India’s early morning flight to Kathmandu, the officials said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sikh Human rights Advocacy group has filed a defamation suit against the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for alleging ISI links to the group.Captain Amarinder had recently sparked a controversy after he refused to meet Canada Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan alleging that he was among the five “Khalistani sympathisers” in the Canadian government. The Congress leader came under attack from various Sikh extremist groups over his statement. The groups alleged that the CM was addressing his personal grouse against Sajjan for stalling his visit to Canada last year.Hours after Sajjan reached Delhi, a Canada-based Sikh Human Rights Advocacy group, Sikh For Justice (SFJ) announced a reward of $10,000 to anyone who would serve the summon to CM. Claiming damage of $1 million, the defamation suit was filed in Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice against Captain Amarinder who had alleged that the Sikh human rights group had links with the ISI in Pakistan.The group issued a statement that CM’s remarks had caused reputational damage to SFJ’s status as a non-profit organisation and hindered its ability to address issues of Sikh community in Canada. SFJ had earlier got the summon issued for Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi for shielding leaders allegedly involved in instigating 1984 riots. However, various efforts by the group to legally implicate senior leaders in the past have been largely unsuccessful as the summons need to be personally served to initiate any legal action.Several Sikh extremist groups condemned the CM’s remarks and rebuffed him for a one-sided attack and insinuating an unwarranted controversy. Dal Khalsa Chief HS Cheema alleged that it was an attempt on CM’s part to please the Hindu vote bank which voted for him in the elections.The Canadian Minister is slated to visit Golden Temple in Amritsar and meet his family members in Hoshiarpur. It is Sajjan’s first visit to Punjab after being elected as the Minister of Defence, Canada. Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which is the highest temporal body for Sikhs, has announced to honour the Canadian Minister. Other Sikh groups, including Dal Khalsa, also expressed interest in honoring the leader.Sajjan is also slated to inaugurate the Canadian’s Consulate General’s new office in Chandigarh on April 21.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Alarmed by the influx of Rohingya Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), the Centre is finally looking at ways to pinpoint their presence and take action against them, including deporting them to Myanmar.Assigned the task by a two-judge divisional bench of the J&K High Court that is hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) on the issue, the Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi on Monday held a high-level review meeting with J&K Director General of Police SP Vaid and Chief Secretary BR Sharma. According to sources, the government has been able to pinpoint the presence of 6,684 Rohingya Muslims in the state, but their population could be in the vicinity of 10,000 to 11,000 people, as many are believed to have managed to hoodwink the authorities despite J&K having rigid rules on who can be a state subject.“They are mainly concentrated in the districts of Jammu and Samba. We have not come across their presence in the valley so far. But what is alarming is the reason why 25 per cent of the total Rohingya influx is in J&K, which is far from the route they take to enter India,” said a senior official.India is estimated to have 40,000 Rohingyas who, facing persecution back in Myanmar, illegally entered India using a sea route via the porous Indo-Bangladesh border and through the Indo-Myanmar border. Bangladesh, which has an estimated number of three lakh Rohingya Muslims, is also believed to be pushing them into India illegally to ease pressure on its resources.“There has to be some design in their coming to J&K, which happens to one of the farthest corners from their point of disembarkation in India. Is it at somebody’s behest. We are in the process of finding out who,” the official said. Indian security agencies suspect that Rohingya Muslims, already among the most persecuted communities, might become easy prey for Pakistan’s ISI to support jihad and the wider call of the Ummah (Shariat-based Muslim rule) to create trouble in J&K, which is already on the boil.“So far, we have found them indulging in petty crimes, but then that is where the journey towards terrorism starts,” said a senior official.What adds to the Centre’s worries is that many Rohingyas have found a way through marriages to assimilate with the local population. After finding two instances in 2015 in which Rohingya Muslims got married to local natives of Kishtwar and Baramulla, security agencies have stumbled upon more such cases. Sources said the tipping point came in 2012 when, following the Buddhist riots in Rakhine, Myanmar, close to 10,565 Rohingya Muslims entered India, according to Bureau of Immigration figures.Hide-and-seek The Centre has reportedly pinpointed 6,684 Rohingyas in J&K. But their population could be in the vicinity of 10,000 to 11,000 people, as many are believed to have managed to hoodwink the authorities.India is estimated to have 40,000 Rohingyas.“What is alarming is the reason why 25 per cent of the total Rohingya influx is in J&K, which is far from the route they take to enter India,” said a senior official.Security agencies fear Rohingyas might become easy prey for Pakistan’s ISI to support jihad.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday rubbished Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim of ISI hand in Kanpur train accident and alleged that the BJP is used to seek votes by misguiding people.”Our railway minister could not take care of Kanpur tracks and gave false report to the prime minister that ISI had damaged the tracks. I want to say that the incident took place in UP, at least I should have been informed about this… But no information… no truth in it,” he said at an election rally here.Ghazipur is the Lok Sabha constituency of Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha.The first train accident had occurred in Kanpur on November 20, killing 150 people with another derailment taking place on December 28 and the two mishaps were later attributed to ISI operatives.On deluge of BJP ministers’ election tours in UP, Akhilesh said, “Had PM brought his work here (in UP), ministers need not have campaigned.”In an obvious reference to the campus row in Delhi, he said, “To the patriot people of BJP, who are showing their nationalism in Delhi, I want to ask what they have done for soldiers who laid down their lives for the country. What help did they give (to the soldiers’ kin)?””Only SP government helps families of soldiers who lay down their lives,” he said.He said in the five phases of elections held so far, the SP is leading due to works done by its government and it’s all written on demoralised faces of BJP and BSP leaders.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>terror incidents in Jammu and Kashmir in the last two and a half years? Will the Prime Minister take responsibility for it,” he asked. The Congress leader said it was the Modi government that invited “the rogue Pakistan based ISI” to investigate the Pathankot terror attack. “Since the PM is now stating its involvement in the Kanpur train accident, the nation would like to know why did the PM invite ISI to investigate Pathankot,” he claimed. “It is a fact that the JIT (Joint Investigation Team) probing the Pathankot attack went back to Pakistan and in return blamed India for carrying out such an attack,” he said. Joshi also claimed that the Prime Minister’s Saree-Shawl diplomacy viz-a-viz Pakistan was “a complete failure”. Alleging that the recent arrests by Madhya Pradesh ATS in connection with the ISI-run spy racket have “completely exposed” the “‘Chaal Charitra and Chehra’ of the Bharatiya Janata Party”. He asked if it was true that atleast four persons out of 11 arrested are BJP-VHP Bajrang Dal members and have active connections with the Sangh Parivar. “Is it not true that they teamed up with the ISI to spy on the Indian Army? What action will the PM and BJP chief Amit Shah take on such elements in their own party,” he said. Addressing an election meeting yesterday in Gonda district, which is close to the Indo-Nepal border, Modi touched upon the derailment of 14 coaches of Indore-Patna Express near Pukhraya in Kanpur Dehat district on November 20 and said the findings showed it was a “conspiracy”. “The Kanpur rail accident in which hundreds of people were killed was a conspiracy and conspirators carried it out sitting across the border…Gonda is adjoining Nepal,”he said. “If the cross-border foes want to carry out their work, is it not necessary that more vigil is maintained in Gonda,” Modi asked people as he exhorted them to vote for the BJP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Away from the battlefield in Uttar Pradesh, political parties are crossing swords over Army Chief Bipin Rawat’s stern warning in Kashmir of tough action against locals engaging in obstructing Army’s operations against militants holed up in villages and localities. Two days after the comments, even as the BJP fielded union minister Jitendra Singh to defend the Army Chief and accuse the Opposition of playing politics over security forces, the Congress charged some BJP members with having links to the ISI racket busted by the Madhya Pradesh ATS and demanded a CBI probe monitored by the Supreme Court.Less than an hour later, Jitendra Singh alleged that Congress was playing politics and said, “we appeal to political sections and Congress to not indulge in any kind of politicking at the cost of security forces’ morale.”Asking Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to spell out his stand, he said, “it is appalling and a matter of concern that Congress is falling to this temptation of politicising the army chief’s statement … This party can go to any extent for political benefits. It is speaking the voice of separatists for lowly political gains.”He defended Rawat saying that his comments were an expression of concern. He said National Conference had adopted the jargon of separatist parties. NC spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu had described Rawat’s statement as ‘tragic’ and said the government should engage with the youth in the valley.Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said the Anti Terrorism Squad of Madhya Pradesh Police has arrested 11 people who provided information to ISI on army installations, army movement and about its officers, four of whom are linked to the BJP and are its members.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Suspected Pakistan spy Haji Khan, who was arrested earlier this month by the security agencies, had been using name of weathers as codeword for passing on information to ISI and other agencies about the movements of BSF, Army and Air Force, his interrogators have said.According to an intelligence source, he used the word cold for BSF, hot for Army and rain for the Air Force. “When border surveillance by BSF would be stepped up, he would convey to the Pak agencies it was too cold and the same was the method for army and the air force,” the source said.As per his disclosure earlier, he had been actively working for ISI and two other agencies for about past 3 years and has got about Rs 15 lakh from these agencies by way of deposits in his wife’s bank account in Pakistan or through hawala transaction to his cousin in Dubai. “In order to extract information from the border guards or army soldiers, he would sit with them near the bordering areas and offer them milk and tea of goat milk,” said the source.Security agencies have been interrogating Khan since he was caught in Kishangarh in Jaisalmer district on February 11. The agencies are trying to find out through interrogation what information, he has shared so far with the Pak agencies, and how important and serious were they in nature.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party today demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into alleged infiltration of “ISI agents” into Madhya Pradesh BJP, describing it as a “grave threat” to internal security.With opposition parties including Congress seeking to corner BJP over the issue, the saffron party said that the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Madhya Pradesh, where it is in power, is investigating the matter and has made arrests which must be appreciated. Addressing a press conference here, AAP leaders Ashutosh and Kapil Mishra said that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and BJP National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya must come clean on their “links” with one of the accused.”BJP goes around handing out certificates of patriotism. But the arrests have shown that BJP and RSS are the biggest anti-national outfits,” Ashutosh said. “Three of the arrested were active members of BJP”. Eleven people were arrested from different places of Madhya Pradesh on February 9 for being part of an alleged espionage racket being run from Pakistan to collect strategic information on important Indian establishments.The ATS had picked up one person from Satna, five from Gwalior, three from Bhopal and two from Jabalpur. Hitting back at the opposition, BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said, “Investigation agency has arrested people on the basis of credible information. Is it not to be appreciated? Law will apply to everyone irrespective of anything.” Mishra, who is a minister in the Delhi government, took a dig at the ruling party at the Centre saying Army chief Bipin Rawat’s remarks that people who support terrorists in staging attacks would be treated as anti-nationals was “apt for the BJP”.Demanding a high-level probe, Congress workers in Bhopal had taken to streets earlier this week and clashed with BJP activists. “Before levelling allegations, will Congress like to answer why is that they never sought to take action when corruption, other illegal activities were happening in their government and party at very high level?” Kohli asked. A Bhopal court on Thursday sent the accused mastermind Rajan Tiwari of the Bhopal espionage case to police remand till February 21. The other two accused, Mohit and Dhruv have been sent to judicial remand till February 27. The Madhya Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) had on February 9 busted an international call racket that allegedly helped ISI agents to spy on Indian military operations. The aforementioned were accused of supplying information related to operations of the Army and Air Force in Madhya Pradesh.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the suspected ISI operative Samshul Hoda, a prime accused in the Kanpur train derailment case, was deported to Nepal from Dubai, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) took into custody three other suspects in the case. The probe agency on Tuesday said that three suspects — Moti Paswan, Uma Shanker and Mukesh Yadav — had been taken on police remand from the Bihar Police in connection with the Motihari train derailment case, adding that they would be produced in a special court in Patna on February 14. Hoda, 48, was arrested by a special team of Nepal Police along with three others.Hoda was arrested at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Monday soon after he was brought to Nepal from Dubai in coordination with Interpol, Sources said an NIA team might travel to Nepal to interrogate the accused. The three other arrested by the police in Nepal are Brij Kishor Giri, Ashish Singh and Umesh Kumar Kurmi, all from Kalaiya district in that country. Last month Union Home Ministry had handed over the Ghorasahan (Motihari), Indore-Patna Express train derailment and Hirakhand Express train derailment cases to the NIA to probe the sabotage angle and unravel any larger conspiracy.This was after claims by the Bihar Police that the derailment of the Indore-Patna Express, in which 150 people were killed and another 200 were injured, was the ISI’s handiwork.The Bihar Police had said that Moti Paswan, Uma Shanker and Mukesh Yadav were paid by suspected ISI agent Brij Kishore Giri for planting IEDs at Ghorasahan railway station in Motihari on October 1 last year.NIA sources said that the preliminary probe suggests that Giri was in touch with Hoda, who is said to be a major fake Indian currency notes operator.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A prime suspect in the Kanpur train accident, in which at least 150 people were killed, has been arrested from Nepal.Nepal police and Indian agency have arrested Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agent Shamshul Hoda, who has links with one of the train blast accused, reported ANI quoting sources.The role of Pakistan’s snooping agency ISI in the derailment of Indore-Patna train on November 20 last year in Kanpur is being looked into. ISI’s role was suspected after Bihar police arrested three people who they claimed were working for the Pakistani intelligence agency to target Indian railways.During interrogation, the three arrested persons had reportedly provided some “positive lead” about the Indore-Patna Express derailment in Kanpur.Moti Paswan, Uma Shankar Patel and Mukesh Yadav were arrested from arrested from East Champaran district of Bihar, and they allegedly confessed to having worked for a Nepalese contact suspected to be connected to ISI to target the railway,” District Superintendent of Police Jitendra Rana had said.The three were paid Rs three lakh by a Nepali man Brajesh Giri, who allegedly has connections with Shamsul Hoda of Dubai who has links with ISI, the SP had said.”The money was paid to them to plant a bomb on railway tracks at Ghorasan in East Champaran district, bordering Nepal, in October 1 last year.”(More details are awaited)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reiterating that Article 370 of the Constitution which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir was responsible for the most of the state’s problems, BJP today said it should be abrogated to ensure development, peace and communal harmony. “Article 370 is responsible for the most of the problems of the state and its people. It is better for the development of the state, for peace and communal harmony to prevail, that it is abrogated,” BJP’s state spokesperson Virender Gupta said. He criticised Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for her remark in the Assembly that those demanding abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A are “anti-national”. “It is a paradox that the party and its followers, who are committed to nationalism, fighting separatist forces and want to end the uncertain conditions prevailing in J&K by abrogating Article 370 and putting their best efforts to bring its people in the national mainstream, are being abused as anti-national. “Whereas those who have always exploited the people of the state under the shelter of Article 370 and appease the separatist forces for the vote bank politics, are being portrayed as nationalists,” he said. Gupta claimed that political opponents were trying to use the chief minister’s remark to disturb the harmonious relations between the ruling alliance partners. “They are forgetting the fact that majority of the state population, that includes people of Jammu region, Ladkah region and a good section of population of the Valley are in favour of abrogation of the Article,” the BJP leader said. Gupta said that Article 370 is responsible for creating the psyche among the Kashmiri masses that Jammu and Kashmir is not a settled issue and breeding secessionism among them, which are being exploited by separatists, ISI and Pakistan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
Thu, 26 Jan 2017-06:10pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will probe the sabotage angle in the recent train derailments in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur and Andhra Pradesh’s Kuneru area.The agency has taken over the probe in these cases following an order from the Home Ministry, official sources said today. An NIA team has already conducted an inspection of the site in Vizianagaram near Kuneru where Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express went off the track to ascertain if it was an “act of terror” as the railway suspected sabotage. 39 people were killed in the accident that took place on Saturday. The role of Pakistan’s snooping agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in the derailment of Indore-Patna train on November 20 last year in Kanpur in which 150 people lost their lives is also being looked into.Three persons arrested by Bihar Police in this connection had claimed sabotage by the ISI. However, the NIA has found no evidence or input to this effect during its preliminary probe. Moti Paswan, Uma Shankar and Mukesh Yadav, arrested from East Champaran district of Bihar, had claimed they had received Rs 3 lakh to plant IEDs at Ghorasahan railway station on October 1 last year. The three had claimed they worked for the ISI and reportedly confessed about its possible role in the derailment. The NIA had registered a case in this regard and started its probe. A team of officials had also gone to Bihar to question the accused.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The role of ISI in the recent train disaster in Kanpur was being suspected after Bihar police today arrested three people who they claimed were working for the Pakistani intelligence agency to target Indian railways.The ISI link to the November 20 train disaster, in which 150 people were killed, was being suspected after the interrogation of the trio, police said. During interrogation, the three arrested persons provided some “positive lead” about the Indore-Patna Express derailment in Kanpur, District Superintendent of Police Jitendra Rana said. He said ATS and central agencies have been apprised of it for comprehensive investigation.Moti Paswan, Uma Shankar Patel and Mukesh Yadav were arrested from Adapur police station area and they allegedly confessed to having worked for a Nepalese contact suspected to be connected to ISI to target the railways, Rana told reporters. The three are “professional criminals” involved in more than a dozen criminal cases.The three were paid Rs three lakh by a Nepali man Brajesh Giri, who allegedly has connections with Shamsul Hoda of Dubai who has links with ISI, the SP said. The money was paid to them to plant a bomb on railway tracks at Ghorasan in East Champaran district, bordering Nepal, in October 1 last year, Rana said.”Fortunately, the bomb was detected with the help of villagers at Ghorasan and defused which prevented the sinister designs of the terror elements,” Rana said.The arrest of the trio came in course of investigation in the murder of two persons of East Champaran district in Nepal on December 28 last year for failing to successfully blast bomb on track in Ghorasan, he said.Efforts are on to arrest, in this connection, two others identified as Gajendra Sharma and Rakesh Yadav, who are “hiding” in East Champaran, he said. While three persons were arrested from East Champaran district, three others have been captured earlier at Tailaya in Nepal for targeting railways on behalf of suspected terror elements in India, the SP said.East Champaran is a district bordering Nepal. Indian Mujahideen chief Yasin Bhatkal was arrested from Raxaul in the district in August 2013.