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Centre bans CPI (Maoist)

Posted by :) on June 23, 2009

Source : Vinay Kumar, the Hindu

Hope West Bengal government will also do so: Chidambaram

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday banne d the Communist Party of India (Maoist), terming it a terrorist organisation. It invoked Section 41 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against the extremist outfit.

The CPI (Maoist) came into existence following the merger of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), the People’s War Group (PWG) and the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC).

The ban came two days after West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee met Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram in the backdrop of violent incidents in Lalgarh and the ongoing operation by the police and the security forces to reclaim the area.

The Chief Minister had said that his government would give a “serious thought” to banning the CPI (Maoist) as advised by the Home Minister.

The ban was to avoid any ambiguity though all formations and front organisations of the PWG, the MCC and the CPI (ML) came under the purview of the ban.

In September 2004, the CPI (ML) and the MCC announced their decision to merge and named the new organisation CPI (Maoist). There was some opposition to the merger and some elements in the two organisations continued to function independently.

Mr. Chidambaram said the merged organisation would continue to be listed as a terror organisation. “When I looked into the matter a couple of days ago, I said that may be the position in the law. In order to avoid any ambiguity, let us add the CPI (Maoist) by name in that schedule of the Act.”

Many States, including Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, had declared the CPI (Maoist) an unlawful association. Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu had done so under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

“When I had a discussion with Mr. Bhattacharjee, I advised him to ban the CPI (Maoist) under Section 16 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1908. That power is available with the State. I did not change my view. I still think that West Bengal should declare the CPI (Maoist) an unlawful association,” he told journalists.

Asked about the Left parties’ opposition to the ban, Mr. Chidambaram said the Left had taken a view which was not that of the West Bengal government. “I hope distinction between the party and the government is still there in this country. I expect that the Chief Minister will look into the matter.”

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CCTVs, squads out to capture terrorists

Posted by :) on June 18, 2009

Police Chiefs Of Six Metros Meet Up To Discuss Proposals


Bangalore: Over 500 surveillance cameras will be fitted across the city, and monitored from an advanced dedicated control room. Eyes peeled, they will wait for the unexpected to happen — like a terror attack.
The cameras will be part of the Rs 500-crore central package to six metros to counter a terror attack. Bangalore’s proposal includes the control room and surveillance cameras.
These measures were part of discussions that took place on Wednesday in the city, where police top brass from six cities held a meeting over the issue. Apart from the control room, the city police is also contemplating a special anti-terror squad, trained and equipped to handle the situation.
Police sources said there would also be a proposal for mobile vehicle bomb detectors and sophisticated arms and ammunition for the trained cadre.
“All these are part of the action plan for the city, thought out by the police to take on the growing terror menace, following the central home ministry’s initiative,’’ the sources added.
Police top brass from Chennai, Hyderabad,
Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kolkata who had arrived in the city, held a brainstorming session
with officials from the Directorate of Police
Research and Development (DPRD) and Bangalore police. Since the Delhi police will co
ordinate with the central ministry, they did not attend the meeting.
All the metropolitan police chiefs had attended a meeting in Delhi on June 10 this year. The home ministry allocated Rs 500 crore to upgrade and provide all help to these vulnerable cities to tackle terror. Now, the police chiefs have chalked out action plans for their respective cities.
Asked about the action plan for Bangalore, Bidari said the city police will make a formal request to the Union home ministry through the state government and this will be disclosed when the department gets the sanction.

500 surveillance cameras To be monitored by advanced control room Anti-terror squad Mobile vehicle bomb detectors Arms and ammunition
Six cities to benefit Other cities: Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata Centre’s grant: Rs 500 crore Police chiefs chalk out plans for their cities


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26/11 mastermind is let off the hook

Posted by :) on June 3, 2009

Lahore Court Finds No Proof Against Him

Omer Farooq Khan & Agencies

Lahore/Islamabad: Six months after the Pakistani government put him under house arrest following 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, the Lahore High Court on Tuesday ordered the release of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, chief of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and founder of the outlawed Lashkere-Taiba (LeT), citing lack of evidence.
“The court accepts the petition of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and Col Nazir Ahmed (retd) against their detention, which is illegal. The court orders their immediate release. A detailed order will be pronounced later,’’ the court said.
“No material (evidence) was produced in the court against Saeed. The court held the detention as a violation of the constitution,’’ said Saeed’s counsel A K Dogar, adding there were no charges against Saeed except the sanctions imposed by the UN. “Pak courts are not bound by UN resolutions,’’ he said. The sanctions included freezing of Saeed’s and his associates’ assets, a ban on their travel and an arms embargo against the outfit.
Significantly, the Pakistani government had increased the period of Saeed’s detention by 60 days on May 6 and justified his incarceration on May 30, saying it had evidence that JuD had links to al-Qaida.

At the same time, concerned about the international ramifications of the court order, the Punjab government said it would appeal against the order. While Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah said the court orders ‘could create problems for the country internationally’, provincial home secretary Nadeem Hasan Ashraf said the government was consulting experts about filing a review plea.
“Under the Pakistani constitution, a detainee has to be given grounds for his arrest within 15 days. If this isn’t done, the detention is void,’’ said Dogar. He shouted slogans like Allah-o-
Akbar along with Saeed’s supporters after emerging from the court.
Saeed claimed in Lahore that the lone surviving Pakistani terrorist in 26/11 Mumbai attack, Ajmal Amir Kasab, has no connection with his outfit. He also claimed he and his associates were detained due to Indian pressure in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks. Kasab, however, has admitted before a special court in Mumbai that he is a Pakistani national trained by the LeT for the Mumbai attacks.


Why Most Wanted?
Kasab has admitted he and his fellow killers were trained by Saeed’s associates, Lakhvi & Zarar Shah On the Mumbai attack chargesheet with 34 others for aiding attackers. Met one of the main accused in Dubai. Gave motivational speech to 26/11 attackers UN Security Council has designated Saeed as terrorist while banning JuD. Apart from Mumbai attack, Saeed allegedly involved in numerous attacks on India, including Akshardham

Why Was He Released?
India says Pak not serious; did not make a strong case for Saeed’s prosecution
Lahore high court also said there was insufficient evidence against Saeed
Saeed named in 26/11 chargesheet
New Delhi: The release of top jehadi leader Hafiz Saeed by the Lahore high court is a blow to India’s effort to ensure Pakistan walks its talk on terror against India, particularly in the wake of strong evidence of his involvement in the 26/11 carnage in Mumbai. A close aide of Saeed, Col (retd) Nazir Mohammad, also held in connection with the November 26 attacks in Mumbai, too was freed by the court.
India’s claims to have forced Pakistan to act against the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, hardline politico-religious front of Lashkar-e-Taiba, seemed less than convincing as Saeed’s release is a big step back for New Delhi’s bid to bring masterminds of 26/11 to book.
The weak case that Pakistani authorities presented to the court point towards the essential ambiguity of its anti-terror commitments and underline a self-evident truth that Islamabad only acts on Indian concern under pressure. Despite important LeT figures like Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, a close aide of Saeed, being in direct contact with Mumbai attackers, Saeed has been able to walk free. The detention of the man who has preached jehad against India, inspiring thousands of youth in Pakistan to volunteer on tours of duty in India was termed as unconstitutional by the Lahore court.
Indian authorities were appalled as they said Pakistan facilitated his release by not pursuing the case against Saeed, who was placed under house arrest on December 11 last year in the face of extreme international pressure. Foreign minister S M Krishna said the
development was regrettable, adding Pakistan had not even reported any progress in investigations into the attacks. While Union home minister P Chidambaram said, “we are unhappy that Pakistan does not show the degree of seriousness and commitment that it should to bring to justice perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attack.’’.
Meanwhile, India objected to Pakistan’s attempt to link Kashmir issue with terrorism in the region. Krishna said that dialogue between the two countries would resume only if Pakistan created the requisite condition.


26/11 is one of the strongest cases against Saeed Aligned with al Qaida and Taliban Has a well established background of planning and launching terrorist acts against India Was allowed to function as chief of LeT and JuD even after being under house arrest His professed ideology and public statements leave no doubt as to his terrorist inclinations

Source : TOI

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