December 2010-January 2011 Issue

Chronology of Events

Dec.8:  An LeT terrorist was killed and another managed his escape in the Sopore encounter while the Army Captain injured in the encounter succumbed to his injuries. Omar Abdullah said that due notice has been taken of Sham Lal’s Azadi statement and the action will be taken after examination of the speech. Centre admitted that track-II talks were on with Pakistan on many issues including Kashmir but these talks are not official in nature.

Dec.9:   A terrorist hideout was busted near LoC in Uri and huge quantity of ammunition was recovered. Arms and ammunition were recovered from a terrorist hideout in Gulabgarh, Reasi. P Chidambaram said that contours of political solution to Kashmir will be found soon while Geelani termed the statement jugglery of words. Interlocutors are to pay a four day visit to Jammu region from Dec. 17. Ram Jethmalani opposes talks with sepratists. China said that it will solve the stapled visa issue and it will not affect the bilateral relations.

Dec.10: A cop was injured while the holed up terrorist managed his escape in an encounter in Ganderbal. In an unprecedented development, a lecturer of Gandhi Memorial College, Srinagar was arrested for setting controversial questions regarding recent unrest in valley in an English paper at undergraduate level. Inquallibi and his four associates were sent to JIC as police remand was extended for six days.

Dec.11:  A plot to attack IMA was foiled as a Divisional Commander of HM from Doda, Javed Qureshi and his associate were held in Dehradun. A boy was killed and his brother injured as they fiddled with an explosive device at Pera, Mendhar. Two Kashmiri youth were arrested at Kanpur for a bomb hoax call but were released as there was no criminal record of the duo. An OGW was arrested in Kishtwar. The arrested lecturer was remanded to police custody. Army Chief said that cease-fire violations were not serious. Congress High Command served notice to Sham Lal for his Azadi remarks. Germany opined that terrorism is not a means to solve political problems and it is unacceptable.

Dec.12:  LeT commander Salmans’s associate and maternal uncle was arrested while the former was on run. Doda police is to leave for Dehradun to seek Qureshi’s custody as about two dozen OGW’s in Doda go underground apprehending their arrest.

Dec.13:  A large quantity of explosives and ammunition was recovered in Mahore. Doda polioce left for Dehradun to take custody of Javed Qureshi and his associate Tanveer Ahamed. For the first time since its launch, LoC cross bus on Poonch-Rawlakot route left empty. There are reports that the terrorists’ number is swelling on launching pads and the infiltration may go up in foggy nights. Omar Abdullah said that legal course should be followed on Guru while MHA said that it will take time on Guru’s file as nation paid tributes to the Martyrs of the Parliament attack on the 9th anniversary. CM said that panchayat poll boycott call will have no effect.

Dec.14: Nine people including two CRPF Jawans were injured in two grenade attacks in Pulwama district. Police claimed that Masart Alam admitted taking Rs 40 lakh from Geelani through different channels to fuel unrest as Pak uses new channels to fund terrorists. JKP took the custody of the terrorists arrested in Utranchal. Army Chief General V K Singh said that Pakistan Army stands exposed as it claimed one of the suicide bomber Zulfikar Ahamed as an ISI agent who was on a suicide mission in India, and was killed in New Delhi. Special teams have been framed to trace about 31 terrorists belonging to Indian Mujahideen (IM) and Jam-i-yyathul Ansarul Muslimeen (JIAM) who are either in India, Pakistan or Middle East.

Dec.15:  At least two dozen Shia mourners were injured and over hundred others detained as they tried to take out traditional procession despite curfew in the area. The number of terrorists of J&K arrested out side the state rose to five as two more terrorists were arrested in Kangra, HP. Amidst controversy over the Stapled Visa, Dr Karan Singh refused a Chinese award as he didn’t turn up at a function where Chinese PM honoured nine other personalities including CPIM leader Sita Ram Yachury. Centre enhances subsidy to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in J&K at par with North-East states.

Dec.16: A large quantity of arms and ammunitionwas recovered in Rajouri and Poonch districts. Curfew was imposed in parts of Srinagar to prevent Moharram procession. Qureshi and his associate were shifted to Doda for interrogation as SOG team leaves for HP to take the custody of the terrorists arrested in Kangra.  Singh-Wen meet discussed key concerns but reportedly failed to make any breakthrough on the issue of Stapled Visa, terror and UNSC seat. Mirwaiz Farooq said that there will be no solution to J&K issue within the frame work of the constitution and there is need for India, Pakistan and Kashmiri leadership for negotiated settlement.

Dec.17: Terrorists lobbed a hand grenade on a CRPF patrol in Pulwama but the grenade failed to explode.A JCO was found dead in his camp at Kakpora, Pulwama. An arms haul was recovered on the disclosure of Qureshi in Marmat, Doda. An OGW of HM was arrested in Gulabgarh. Padgaonkar said that CBMs will facilitate dialogue.and added that his remarks on Omar govt. and Self Rule have been fabricated. Omar Abdullah said that they do not condone torture but distanced himself fron Wikileake expose.

Dec.18: A powerful IED and explosives were recovered in Budhal, Rajouri. Two HM terrorists were reported to have removed arms and ammunition from the hideouts of Qureshi known to them, before the security forces could recover the same. Most of the delegations in Poonch described accession final and opposed Azadi and sought concil on the pattern of Ladakh. Polic remand of the terrorists arrested in Kangra was extended for six more days. BJYM is to launch  Ekta Yatra from Kolkata to be concluded in Kashmir on the Republic Day.

Dec.19:  Two terror modules were busted in Anantnag and Pulwama districts and nine people arrested. Police discovered that the terrorists used blue tooth to bypass ban on SMSs. Five more terrorists from Doda are reportedly hiding in HP and terror attacks have not been ruled out. Interlocutors faced queries on the neglect of the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri and they briefed CM on their visit to the districts. MHA confirmed that each of the interlocutors will be paid Rs 1.5 lakh monthly renumeration besides other facilities. Sonia Gandhi underscored need to reach to the youth in J&K and added that the doors for dialogue with the extremists were open. China is reportedly making ground to claim 1600 KM border area and understanding has been reached on the Stapled Visa issue.

Dec.20:  Police recovered another consignment of arms and ammunition including a looted SLR on the disclosures of Qureshi. Curfew was imposed in Sumbal area after the sectarian violence. Interlocutors met NN Vohra and Muftis as BJP fumed on delayed invitation and NPP protested for keeping them waiting despite being given time. GoC 16 Corps Lt Gen J P Nehra said that terrorists are running to HP as troops have mounted pressure. Asking Pakistan to dismantle terror syndicate, PM described the relations with the country tense.

Dec.21:                 One infiltrator was killed and two-three others injured as an infiltration bid of about six terrorists was foiled in Rajouri. Pakistan violated airspace in RS Pura. Describing Fayaz a threat to the society, a Gaziabad court awarded 10 years RI to the terrorist, a resident of Srinagar and wanted in several blast cases in Kashmir as well. Curfew continues in Sumbal. Interlocutors got details of district wise funds to study discrimination.

Dec22: Anotrher infiltration bid was foiled in Mendhar while BSF formally protested Airspace violation. An OGW was detained under PSA. Interlocutors held an open meet at Langate; the meet was arranged by the local MLA Engineer Abdul Rashid.An SPO Abdul Rashid of Doda claimed that he was instrumental in the killing of nine terrorists and was injured in an operation but was terminated instead of being rewarded for the services.

Dec.23: A Pak terrorist was killed while four others were arrested in Kashmir valley. Curfew continued in Sumbal and other places.Pak ultras beat up a cop in Kot Bhalwal jail.A complaint was filed against Geelani and Arundati Roy.Four LeT terrorists have reportedly sneaked into Mumbai. Interlocutors opined that serious efforts are needed to reduce trust deficit and violence must end to start dialogue with militants. Less allocation of funds and intra region bias remained main issues as the Task Force visited Rajouri, Poonch, Udhampur and Kathua districts. Doda police rubbished claims of Abdul Rashid and said that he was terminated for his unwanted behaviour. BJP called for an end to regional discrimination and called for total integration of J&K as Advani said that there will be no compromise on national integration.

Dec.24: Four people including a security force personnel were injured in a grenade attack in Sopore.Task Force takes cognizance of the developmental needs. Describing article 370 responsible for the unemployment in the state, BJP said that it won’t allow autonomy, self-rule or Azadi in J&K. Yasin Malik flayed BJP for its stand on J&K and reminded it of its stand when in power. CM of Uttranchal said that the activities of China are on rise in the neighbourhood.

Dec.25: A terrorist was killed in Kupwara. A huge arms haul including AKs were recovered as police cracked on the hide-outs of Qureshi in Doda. Two BSF Jawans were killed as mines exploded near LoC in Balakote sector. Mufti Mohd Sayeed advised BJP not to wreck Vajpayee’s initiative on J&K.

Dec. 26: Forces continued recoveries in Doda as huge cache was recovered today also. Curfew continues in parts of Bandipore district.

Dec.27: An HM terrorist was killed in Gandoh, Doda. Qureshi reportedly admitted 51 killings and links with 25 OGWs.Pakistan again violated cease-fire as an infiltration bid was foiled in KG sector. An arms haul was recovered in Rajouri. Police said that 20 women are active as OGWs in Sopore. State government said that the children and spouse of ultras who have married in Pakistan and will return will be treated as Pak citizens.

Dec.28: Security forces averted a tragedy as they detected and defused an IED on Palmar-Patimal road in Kishtwar. Police took custody of terrorists arrested in Kangra, HP.  Panun Kashmir organized a rally as KPs celebrate Homeland Day.AICWC member Satyabrat Chaturvedi asked for removal of regional discrimination.

Dec.29: Police arrested a terrorist and recovered arms from his possession in Baramulla.Pak again violated cease-fire as infiltration bid was foiled in Samba. HR activist, sepratists are playing a major role in developing nexus between terrorists and naxalites on the behest of Pakistan.

Dec.30: An LeT terrorist Sajad Khan of Batmaloo, Srinagar mobilized stone-pelters from Rajouri through mobile and paid handsome money through hawala transactions and was reportedly preparing youth for coming summer. C-in-C Northern Command Lt. Gen.  B S Jaswal described AFSPA must for effective performance of forces in J&K.

Dec.31: A top HM terrorist surrendered in Doda. An infiltration bid was foiled in Balakote as terrorists tried to infiltrate under the cover of Pakistani firing. While the govt. has made plans for rehabilitation of terrorists in PoK and Pak, many terrorist victims of Jammu region reportedly await to get justice.

Jan. 1: Two TA jawans were killed by terrorists in Gool and Moosa group is believed responsible for the killings. Two Kashmiri terrorists Shoukat Ahmed and Mehrajudin , hailing from Bandipur, were arrested in MP. A Pak guide was arrested in Poonch. BSF lodged protest with Rangers over cease-fire violations. J&K is reportedly not ready to return 60 Para-military companies keeping in view the situation. Lt. Gen. K T Parnaik took over the command of Northern command.

Jan. 2: Massive hunt has been launched for Moosa as the killed TA Jawans turn out to be the victims of their resource who played as double agents. After resuming its services in December, Railway is to increase frequency of its services in the valley. Name of half a dozen women harboures and about 30 OGWs of Doda have surfaced during the interrogation of Qureshi. Mufti Mohd Sayeed said that resolution of Kashmir cannot be put to cold-storage risking the future of the people of the region. Senior Hurriyat leader Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat said that leaders like Molui Farooq, A G Lone were not killed by Army or security personnel but our own people.

Jan. 3: An infiltration bid was foiled in KG sector. DGP described five districts- Jammu, Kathua,

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Samba, Reasi and udhampur, free of militancy. Reacting to Prof. Bhat’s revelations, DGP said that he didn’t say something new as it was known to all and added that Mirwaiz and his killer are buried in same graveyard. A Delhi court convicted five JeM terrorists for waging war against the country.

Jan. 4: SHO Batmaloo and his PSO were shot at by terrorists in Batmaloo. Describing summer unrest unfortunate and regrettable, P Chidambaram said that the visit of the Parliamentary Delegation and interlocutors improved the situation. Describing the UN a failed body, Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq asked for time bound dialogue between India, Pakistan and people of J&K under international monitoring.

Jan. 5: A cop was injured in a mine explosion in Mendhar while an Army Jawan went missing near LoC in Rajouri. A youth was killed in an ambush in Kupwara. Geelani ruled out any unity move. FArooq Abdullah said that Mirwaiz Umar and Prf. A G Bhat spoke the truth and should come forward for talks. Reacting to the BJPs plans to hoist the National Flag at Lal Chowk Srinagar on the Republic Day, Omar Abdullah said that BJP wants to burn Kashmir by hoisting the Tri Colour. BJP leader Arun Jaitaly rubbished Omar’s remarks.

Jan. 6:  An OGW was arrested in Baramullah. Security has been beefed up to foil Geelani’s march to Sopore to protest alleged massacre of civilians on the day in 1993. BJP leader Rajnath Singh wrote to the President on the tri-colour hoisting issue. CM asked Sepratists to come forward for dialogue but termed PDP part of problem while PDP said that the people are looking to the patry as the alternative. A Delhi court awarded life term to five JeM terrorists while DP sought time to probe Geelani-Roy case.

Jan. 7:  An Over Ground women worker Yasmeena was arrestd in Doda on Qureshi’s revelations. Arms and ammunition were recovered in Rajouri. A Delhi court deferred order on a Kashmiri terrorist.  Terming displacement of Pandits from valley “one of the darkest chapters” in the history, Farooq Abdullah asked for the forgiveness. Umar Farooq didn’t talk politics in his Friday sermons.

Jan. 8: A consignment of ammunition including an IED fitted with LPG cylinder was seized in Mendhar. KBA chief Mian Qayoom was remanded to three days custody in a case filed by Grota Police. President Pratibha Patil said that if aggression is thrust upon India, Indian Army will give a befitting reply to keep the country’s flag flying.

Jan. 9: Several people are absconding in Doda as name of two more women surfaced in Qureshi’s interrogation. Chinese troops again entered in Ladakh and stopped construction work while Farooq Abdullah called for strict vigil along the Chinese border. Yet another FIR was registerd against KBA chief and this time by Janipura police.

Jan. 10: Police arrested three persons and recovered arms and ammunition that were to be supplied to the terrorists in Uri, Baramulla. A Jawan was found dead in Ladakh. A Delhi Court convicted Jafar Umar Khan who had links with HM and other terrorist outfits to 14 year jail term for raising terror funds. Farooq Abdullah said that talks could solve Kashmir and accused Pakistan of taking no action against 26/11 terror accused. Accusing the Centre of pushing the youth to wall and forcing them to take to arms, A S Geelani asked youth not to take gun again and use other peaceful means to carry forward the freedom struggle.

Jan. 11: Two OGW were held in Ramban. A CRPF jawan committed suicide in his camp at Sopore. Farooq Abdullah assured full security to the Sikhs in the valley.

Jan 12: Four youth, Two Kashmiri and two Bengali, were arrested for their suspected terror links and an amount of Rs 1.5 Lakh was recovered from their possession while the kingpin of the racket was still at large. Army today recovered ready-to-use IEDs and Pak made medicines from Kandi, Kotranka in Rajouri.Another consignment was recovered in Sabjan, Poonch. Interlocutors said that there are positive changes in J&K. Hundreds of youth turned up for Police jobs from the localities in Srinagar that witnessed stone-pelting and protests in the recent past. BJP’s ‘Rashtriya Ekta Yatra’ takes of from Kolkata.

Jan. 13: A major infiltration bid was was foiled in Kerni, Poonch. An IED was detected and defused at Mankote on Jammu-Poonch road. Three OGWs were arrested in Ganderbal district. While CM J&K asked BJP to shun Flag hoisting plans, BJYM said that no power can prevent them from hoisting tri-colour at Lal Chowk, Srinagar. The NIA charge sheeted 30 SIMI activists from nine states for sedition and waging war against the state.

Jan 14:  Home Secretary G K Pillai announced 25% troopps cut in J&K and unilateral six months entry permits to PoK people. While CM, PDP and Hurriyat hailed the announcement, Army Chief said that there was no need for troop reduction. Pak plan to stall Kishan Ganga project thwarted.

Jan.15: Security agencies have traced the links of fake currency being pumped to J&K and other places to Malda in West Bengal as Pak Army is reported to have installed machines to print notes resembling to the Indian Currency. HC restrained CoI from submitting final report in 17 deaths in the valley last year. GOC-in-C Northern Command said that time is not ripe for troop reduction and AFSPA is must in J&K. Six HUJI ultras accused of plotting to kidnap Tendulkar and Ganguly in 2002 were awarded life term. Terror alert sounded in Metropolis.

Jan. 16: An HM commander was arrested in Lal Chowk, Srinagar. High alert has been sounded in the Valley amidst reports that the terrorists may try to disrupt Republic Day function. Unified Hqrs discussed security scenario, BJP’s Ekta Yatra, AFSPA, troop cut, summer unrest and gave nod to formation of ‘Friends of People’ commities. BJYM Yatra evokes huge response as it reached Lucknow.

Jan. 17: A student named Irshad Ahamed Bhat was arrested for instigating violence by opening a page KALKHARAB- short-tempered. Interlocutors are to write to CEC on delimitation as they meet JU top brass, BJP and NPP leaders. Mehbooba Mufti announced launch of campaign against state government from January 19 on issues of resolution of Kashmir, troop-cut, revocation of AFSPA, release of prisoners and electricity. IG CRPF Jammu sector said that no directions have been received on troop reduction and added that 40% of the force is deployed in the state.

Jan. 18: Police arrested dismissed Cop Devinder Kumar alias DK for his alleged links with the terrorist Qureshi. Interlocutors met delegations in Udhampur and called on Governor and DY Chief Minister. A Kashmiri Vijay Sazawal has been appointed to the US nuclear expert panel. LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan accused BJP of vitiating atmosphere in J&K.

Jan. 19:  A womarn terrorist Kulsooma Begum and a cop Satish Kumar alias Doctor were arrested for their links with Qureshi. Another air space violation from Pakistan was reported in Niki Tawi area. Kashmiri Pandits observed holocaust Day. Omar Abdullah met Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister to discuss AFSPA and Ekta Yatra and asked BJP not to precipitate situation in the valley. BJP said that they don’t neeed certificate from Omar Abdullah. The Interlocutors today said that solution to the state should be found as a single unit and there should be no bifurcation or trifurcation and the special status should continue. They also advised BJP to reconsider its plans of Tri-colour hoisting and hoped that the Army would be on the same page with MHA on the troop reduction issue.

Jan. 20: Five terrorists from Rajouri are reported to have shown their willingness to return from PoK in response to the rehabilitation policy. Umar Farooq talked to the interlocutors on phone but reportedly refused to meet them. S M Krishna described Pakistan as the epicenter of terrorism. BJP vowed to go ahead with the Yatra as government decided not to allow it while L K Advani described Yatra a challenge to the sepratists and not to the government.

Jan 21: the parents of 68 terrorists in Rajouri-Poonch are reported to have applied for the return of terrorists while the response from Doda belt is awaited. An infiltrator was killed while two others managed their escape as BSF foiled an infiltration bid in Pargwal sector. Interlocutors said that majority of the people they met were not concerned with the UN resolution and division of the state and added that people’s environment can address the vexed issue. A K Antony ruled out any more troop reduction.

Jan 22: Another woman terrorist Ruksana was arrested as soon as she was about to accept Rs 50,000 terror fund from a BDO; her associate Farooq Ahamed was also arrested. The UN Rapporteur on situation of Human Rights Defenders Margret Sekaggaya called for addressing the people’s issued and repeal of AFSPA and PSA. With out naming BJP, Dr Man Mohan Singh said that the solemn occasion of the Republic Day should not be used for scoring political points as the Yatra entered HP.

Jan.23: Terrorists fired upn a police post and an Army patrol in Mendhar. A woman OGW was arrested in Ramban.Geelani’s aide G M Bhat has been arrested and Rs 21 lakh hawala money was recovered from his possession. JKLF chief goes in hiding before his plans of Lal Chowk Chalo. BJP deplored PM and expressed its commitment to the Yatra while Punjab refused to stop the Yatra.

Jan. 24:  A cordon has been thrown after the terrorists managed their escape after firing in Sopore. A woman hawala operator Nighat Sidiquee carrying Rs three lakh for the terrorists was arrested in Srinagar. 13 mines exploded in Poonch. Security has been beefed up as sepratists go into hiding. BJP top leaders – Sushama Swaraj, Arun Jaitely and Anant Kumar- were ill-treated and confined to the Airport before being deported to Madhopur.

Jan. 25: Yatra was stopped at Lakhanpur and top brass of BJP arrested while the activists of BJP and BJYM were ill-treated across the state. In their Republic Day messages, Governor asked for strong and stable J&K while Omar Abdullah asked sepratists to be part of the dialogue. S M Krishna renewed his invitation to his Pakistani counterpart S M Qureshi for talks.

Jan. 26:  India celebrated Republic Day but foiled BJYM’s efforts to unfurl the tri-colour at Lal Chowk though scores of their activists had managed to reach Srinagar and were arrested as soon as they appeared waiving the National Flag. BJP vowed to take the issue to the parliament and even to the court; the party activists attacked the vehicle of A R Rather. Dismissing Pakistan’s apprehension s that India was not willing to discuss all the issues, India said that it was ready for step to step approach.

Jan. 27: Three boys were saved from joining terrorism in Kulgam district. Four wireless sets and grenades were recovered in Marmat, Doda. A BSF vehicle was targeted by Pak Rangers in Samba sector. Army Chief termed BJP’s Yatra political wrangling and said that presently there was no question of troop reduction. Farooq Abdullah said that J L Nehru would have solved the Kashmir issue had he not died in May 1964.

Jan. 28:  BJP accused the state government of torturing its woman activist Heleema, who unsuccessfully contested Assembly elections from Uri in 2008, but the govt. termed Halema’s story concocted. Police claimed to have recovered Rs six crore worth foreign currency from the offices of the trust backed by the17th Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorjey and is investigating his Chinese links in an effort by China to control monasteries from  Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh, SC said that the Haj subsidy was not unconstitutional.

Jan. 29: Army Chief said that long term vision is needed to solve Kashmir issue and troop reduction was not option as of now. G N Azad said that there is no proposal for the rotational C M.

Jan. 30: Task Forces constituted to review  developmental needs of Jammu and Ladakh region are to submit their interim reports by mid-February but the submission of final report is to take time and the implementation will take place during the 12th five-year plan. G N Azad said that RSS stands exposed for promoting terrorism and the investigation agencies have even arrested the activists of the organization in connection with Malegaon, Hyderabad, and Samjota Express explosions. Package for central government employees in the valley has been extended till December 31, 2011.

Jan. 31: The J&K HC has asked the state government to submit its report within two weeks about the killings during the summer unrest. P Chidambaram is to visit the state from February 3 to review the situation. Justice Sageer Ahamed, who headed the Committee to look into Centre-State relations and was criticized for the presentation of the report without taking into cognizance the suggestions of the most of the members, passed away. L K Advani said that BJP is examining legal options on the Tiranga Yatra.