Deadly nexus: ISI-underworld-naxals

The arrest of four persons from Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh a couple of days back has thrown light on the alleged links between the ISI and the naxal movement in India.

Both security agencies as well as the intelligence bureau have repeatedly warned to keep a watch on the activities of both the naxals and also terrorist groups from Pakistan. M L Kumawat, former Chief of the Border Security Force had told in an earlier interaction that the naxals have a single point agenda and that was to derail democracy in India. To attain this they can go to any lengths and even team up with terror groups for this purpose.

Information that has been gathered by the Intelligence Bureau so far would go on to suggest exactly this. IB sources told that the move to team up with the naxal movement started around a year back. The ISI jumped to seize such an opportunity and decided the entire operation would be logistics vs arms.

The first of the attempts was made by the ISI when it sent in Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative Ummer Madani into India to start the process of teaming up with the naxals. Madani who is half a century old was one of the financers working for the Lashkar. He was sent in from Pakistan via Nepal in the month of May 2009 to strike a deal with the naxals.

He was however arrested by the Delhi police and during his very long interrogation this is what he had to say. I was told to meet with the Lashkar handlers in India and hand over money to them. This money was specifically supposed to be passed on some of the naxal leaders. I was to hold a series of meetings with my handlers in India and through them make contact with some naxal leaders. I had been specifically instructed by my higher ups to lure the naxals with money and weapons and seek logistic support in exchange. There were some attempts made before I could come into the picture but they failed and hence I was asked to do the needful.

However before Madani could complete his task, he was arrested that same year in the month of June by the Delhi police, which prompted the Lashakar to send Yusuf Salim two months later into India.

Yusuf Salim who was picked up in Kashmir by security forces was interrogated both the police and the intelligence bureau. During his interrogation, he confesses to being an operative of the Lashkar. Salim who was in possession of a Pakistani passport told his interrogators that he was on his way to Delhi where he was meet with a couple of persons who in turn would take him up to some naxal leaders. He however makes it clear to the police that the Lashkar has been sending feelers, but the deal with the naxals was not struck as yet. He too narrated the exact story that Madani did and said that his specific brief was to offer arms and finances in return for logistic support.

The recent arrest of Altaf too goes on to prove the same point. Altaf who was a member of the D gang reporting to Chota Shakeel during his interrogation too has said that they were targeting the naxal movement. However unlike the others, he did manage to get in touch with a sympathizer of the movement and was all set to hand over Rs 25 lakh in cash before he was picked up two days back by the Cottonpet police in Bangalore.

The IB says that the Lashkar and the ISI are desperate for logistic support. They believe that the naxals enjoy a great deal of local support which in turn makes their operations a success. The naxals in turn are looking for more sophisticated arms and finances which is drying out thanks to increased movement of security forces in their bastions.

In addition to this the Lashkar is also seeking help of the naxals to set up more sleeper cells. They have already identified areas such as Nanded, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh to set up more such cells.

The IB says that in the days to come, each and every terrorist who infiltrates into India will come in with the sole purpose of striking deals with the naxals. Security forces have to be on the look out or else this problem could go from bad to worse.


Terror financing in India linked to Pak

India has decided to take the issue of money laundering in terror operations on a world stage and the latest inputs that it has managed to piece together is an indication of how big this menace has become.

Investigations that have been conducted by the Financial Wing of the Indian Intelligence go on to show that nearly 24 billion US dollars have come into the Indian market and this amount is being specifically used for terrorism purposes. Worse the number of illegal transactions to fund terror has gone up to nearly 6000 in the years 2009-10 in comparison to 367 between the years 2005 and 2007.

A report that has been prepared to this effect has been handed over to the Financial Action Task Force as per the recommendation of the United States of America which had some time back told India to work along with this wing in order to curb terror financing. India also saw the need to work alongside the FATF since financing was an international issue.

However the IB which has worked as per the directive of the Finance Ministry has found that there are several high profile personalities who are involved in this racket. Intelligence Bureau officials working on this project told that there are many high profile personalities who are involved in this aspect. These are just mules who are being used to give the impression that the money which is pumped in gets a legal look and feel to it. They have also claimed to have seized Rs 150 crore in cash from a couple of people after they got wind of the fact that this money was being used to finance terror activities in the country.

The IB says that Dawood continues to be the biggest financer of terror and in the report submitted to the FATF, they have made a mention of the same. His network has being growing very rapidly and since the past couple of months, the financing activities have gone up multi fold they pointed out.

Counterfieting used to be his major operation to raise money for terror financing, but off late that has come down thanks to a great deal of security which has been put in place. We have information that they are improvising in Pakistan to work around the security pattern but as of now this menace has come down.

However there has been a steady rise in the narcotics trade which itself amounts to billions of dollars. The D-Gang has upped this trade a great deal and have struck a 60:40 deal with the ISI sponsored groups in Pakistan. This would mean that the D-gang would have to part with 40 per cent of the income that it generates from this trade to the ISI which in turn uses the same for terror financing.

There is a lot of work to be done regarding this aspect and there is also a need to cut the finances at the source. We are sure that a lot of this money is being pumped into the Indian market through film producers and also businessmen. These persons hold the money for these terror groups and later it is picked up by the point men appointed by them.

The report to the FATF makes plenty of mention about Pakistan. The IB feels that there ought to be pressure from the international community. We can clean up our house, but to get something done in Pakistan, there has to be international intervention.

The money is being laundered into the Indian market and the most common routes that are being used at the ones through the UAE, Bangladesh Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand and very recently Sri Lanka also.

The money which is generated out of Pakistan is pumped into the above mentioned countries and each of these countries the ISI has set up point men who collect and then deliver it into India. In India it usually lands up with respectable individuals who hold the money for a certain period of time, until they are instructed to hand it over.

Conviction rate: While it was earlier mentioned that the number of cases which are pending in files in relation to illegal transfer of funds is 7000. However the shocking aspect is that there has been just one conviction till date from the year 2005. Legal experts say that the conviction in such cases is extremely tough. This is not an issue which pertains to just India and it has its routes outside the country. The evidence from the other countries is never forthcoming and hence it at the end of it becomes a case of presumption which is never good enough to seek a conviction. Hence it is essential to work around with the FATF and agencies of other countries in order to ensure a better conviction rate.

Madani arrested for role in Blore blasts case

Abdul Nasar Madani who is on the radar of the Karnataka police for his alleged role in the Bangalore blasts case is most likely to surrender than being arrested. A member of the Karnataka police team informed that when they approached Madani at Kerala and sought to pick him up, he himself suggested to them that he should be allowed to surrender.

Madani reportedly told the police, “why do you want to arrest me. If you do, it will only lead to a law and order problem. Let me surrender instead and I am ready to cooperate fully with the investigation. However don’t expect me to surrender immediately, I need some time before I can do that.”

Earlier during the day, there was talk that the Bangalore police are waiting for a formal nod from the Karnataka Home Minister before they can carry out the arrest. The Home Minister, Dr V S Acharya however told that he has no information of what exactly is going on there. I am aware that there is a team, but whether they carry out the arrest or not does not come under my purview. Don’t be under the impression that the Home Minister has to approve the arrest. The police work under the provisions of the Cr PC and the IPC and they are empowered to take action. There is a commissioner of police and a Director General of Police who are the competent authorities to take such a decision.

For the Bangalore police, the major concern is the law and order problem. At present they are pushing hard for a surrender so that they can bring him down to Bangalore with no problem whatsoever. Their counterparts in Kerala too have allayed fears of a law and order problem and have told the Karnataka team they should push for a surrender.

All about HuJI and its terror trail

The United States of America and the United Nations declaring the Harkat-ul-Jihadi Islami as a terrorist organisation recently has come as a welcome relief for India, especially since this dreaded outfit has been spreading its tentacles across the country. Vicky Nanjappa takes a look at the inception of HuJI and also the major attacks that it has been involved in.

The beginning:

HuJI is commonly known as the ‘younger sister’ of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and is a Bangladesh-based outfit. Their primary focus is West Bengal and also southern India. Intelligence Bureau sources say that their strongest base is in Kerala, and most of their cadres come from there.

Although this outfit has come to the forefront only recently, the IB says that it has been existent since the Soviet invasion of in Afghanistan (1979-1989). Pakistani spy agency Inter Services Intelligence and the Lashkar found the need to branch out and have a strong base in Bangladesh, and hence created the HuJI.

At that point of time, the main idea was to train men and send them for the war against the Soviets.. After the war, it merged with the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and also the Harkat-ul-Ansar, and continued the fight in Kashmir for a while.

It was then that the ISI felt that it was necessary to have a Lashkar-like outfit in Bangladesh. All the fighters battling in Kashmir were pulled out and there was a lull until 1992. The year, the outfit was re-launched as the Harkat-ul-Jihadi-Islami Bangladesh, and since then it has been operating from there.

Since then the HuJI has been fighting against the Bangladesh government and has always fought to ensure that Islamic rule is imposed completely there.

While the HuJI has been active in Bangladesh for a long time now, there was a shift in its operations from 2000 onwards. There was a directive from the Pakistan based groups and the ISI to start concentrating on India and also begin the infiltration process through the West Bengal borders.

The India operations were launched under the leadership of Bashir Ahmed Mir who proved to be very effective. Prior to being shot dead in Jammu and Kashmir in 2008, Mir had undertaken various operations apart from setting up the command base in India.

He did a long stint in Manshera in Pakistan where he recruited people for the outfit. He shuttled often between Bangladesh and Pakistan before he was killed, the IB points out.

The IB says that Mir managed to set up bases in India with ease with the help of Shahid Bilal, the Hyderabad-based operative who was blamed for the twin blasts in the city. Bilal had a major following in Hyderabad and managed to recruit boys with ease.

However, Bilal was killed in an encounter in Pakistan. His death saw a slow down of operations in Hyderabad, and the HuJI decided to gradually migrate to Kerala where they saw a huge potential in the communally-sensitive state.

The IB says that the HuJI has never found it a problem to appoint successors. Bilal was specifically told to focus on operations in Gujarat as well. He took the help of Rasool Khan Party to build operations in Gujarat. It is alleged that the duo had even masterminded the assassination of Haren Pandya, the then home minister of Gujarat.

The death of Bilal was quite a setback for the outfit. But they managed to find Amjad Mohammad, a Bangladesh-based operative, to take over from Bilal. Amjad has primarily been focusing on West Bengal and Kerala. In these two states the outfit today has a cadre strength of 750 persons, IB reports suggest.


The HuJI today is a large force, says the IB. While India is their primary concern, they are believed to operate along with other Pakistan-based groups in 20 other countries such as Chechnya, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Iran among others.

Intelligence reports suggest that they operate more in the southern parts of India and Kerala will continue to remain the target.

In West Bengal,where they started off their India operations, they have been advised to go slow since there is already unrest being caused by the Naxals.

It is believed that the HuJI plays a great role in helping the Naxal movement and there have been evidence of them having supplied arms and providing financial assistance to the Naxals in Bengal. HuJI, however, has only one major operation to its credit in the state — the attack on the American Centre in Kolkata in 2002.

Today in India a large number of cadres belonging to the HuJI are ex-Students Islamic Movement of India operatives who had in the past provided logistical support to the group.

Kashmiri link:

Today the entire operation of the HuJI is being controlled by Ilyas Kashmiri who is based in North Waziristan, Pakistan.

Although Indian intelligence officials have been issued warnings regarding this man, he started to be taken seriously by the United States of America only after LeT operative David Headley confession.

Headley had repeatedly spoken about Kashmiri and his role in the HuJI. Kashmiri along with Amjad had stated on several occasions that they relied heavily on the cadres from Kerala to build their India force.

Moreover they were planning another 26/11 type attack in India, intelligence alerts point out.

Trail of terror:

The first of the terror strikes undertaken by the HuJI was in 2002 when it carried out an attack on the American Centre in Kolkata. The attack left five police personnel dead. Investigations led to the HuJI trail and even the outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

They announced their arrival in south India when they sent a suicide bomber into the Special Task Force office in Hyderabad in 2005. One policeman died in the incident. Two months later in the same year, an attack was carried out at the Indian Institute of Sciences in Bangalore in which one professor was killed.

In 2006, HuJI executed a successful attack in association with SIMI at the Sankatmochan Temple and the railway station at Varanasi.

A year later, the HuJI carried out its biggest attack on Indian soil when two blasts took place simultaneously in Hyderabad. The twin blasts at the Gokul Chats and the Lumbini Park killed 40 persons. This attack was masterminded by Bilal in retaliation to the Mecca Masjid blasts.

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Congress power show in Bellary

The Congress had to wait at least ten years to put up a show like the way they did in Bellary today. Having lost nine years in a row to the BJP in this high profile Bellary which is the mining district, the Congress leaders concluded their padayatra which lasted 16 days and 300 kilomtres on Monday.

We have accepted and won the challenge, the Congress leaders who were dared by the Reddy brothers to step into home turf said on reaching Bellary. Bellary was quite a sight on Monday. Almost every resident of Bellary barring the Reddy brothers were present on home turf to witness this event. The Congress wore a picture of unity with Union Ministers, S M Krishna, Mallikarjuna Kharge, Veerappa Moily, Ghulam Nabi Azad and K H Muniyappa joining the state leaders who reached in the afternoon.

All the leaders of the Congress were unanimous in their demand. They said that there is no other option but to hand over the investigation into the illegal mining scam to the Central Bureau of Investigation. They said that their entire idea of going on a padayatra was to highlight the misdoings of the BJP government in Karnataka.

Ghulam Nabi Azad reminded the people that the union government was not weak and added that it would act on this issue. He said that it was high time that the state government in Karnataka too acted and took action against those guilty.

Siddaramaiah, the opposition leader was the crowd favourite. While demanding a CBI probe into illegal mining, he challenged the Reddys to come clean in public. How have you people earned so much money in the past six years? Let us compare what you used to earn in 2004 and what you earn now. Make your income tax filings public and let us see what you have to say to the public? If you call yourself as a representative of the public then tell the public what you own and what you earn.

The Congress leaders said that this was not the end of their fight. We have slept in the assembly and then we have taken this yatra out. Our fight does not stop here and will end only once a CBI probe is instituted into this multi crore scam. They also felt that the only way to save the state is to change the government which has failed the people miserably.

According to the police there were over 15000 people who had come to witness the event. The turf of the Reddys was dominated by the Congress supporters today. The Reddys were however away on their own yatra to prove their innocence. They had said earlier that this is a democracy and they would not obstruct anyone who enters their turf. They however challenged the Congress to win one single seat from Bellary.

The Congress leaders who marched into Bellary were seen sporting Gandhi caps and were holding the tri-colour. Lookking tired and tanned after walking for 16 days, they reached the iron ore rich district forming a seven kilometer long human chain.

The police who were around 5000 in number were all assembled around the district stadium in Bellary. Security was tight and the entire event was monitored through close circuit televisions.

Images: Jagadish Kurugodu

Purifying the Reddy’s

The Reddy brothers of Bellary have decided to conduct a yagna or a purification ritutal in a bid to counter the congress rally that was held in the town on Monday.
The reddy brothers announced soon after the congress wound up it’s rally that they would hold a big cleansing ritual in Bellary on Tuesday.

This is being done because the Congress workers who came in large numbers polluted the entire town. The yagna would be held at the Moti Chowk in bellary and 30 pundits have been called in for this job.
The congress workers of Karnataka just concluded a 16 day Padayatra in Bellary today which
Lasted 300 kilometers. They were demanding a CBI probe into illegal mining and were also seeking the heads of the Reddy brothers who are alleged to be involved In this.

Jagan is hero of Telugu speaking people: Ambati Rambabu

A fresh war has broken out in the Andhra Pradesh Congress between what people call the Rosaiah and the Jagan Mohan Reddy camp. In matter of three months the Congress in that state has issued a warning twice to members who have spoken out against Rosaiah.

Ambati Rambabu, veteran Congress leader who is under suspension for his remarks against Rosaiah, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh has lashed out yet again against his own party in defence of his party member Konda Surekha who too had spoken against the CM.

There is a conspiracy against Jagan Reddy, his family members and all his supporters. What is so special about Rosaiah that people are not supposed to question him, Rambabu says in this interview with

You have done it again. Despite the suspension, you have spoken against Rosaiah and this time in the defence of Konda Sureka, the Parakal MLA.

There is no hard and fast rule which says I am not supposed to question the Chief Minister. The Congress is a democratic party with its own constitution and it does not state anywhere that we are not supposed to question him.

But, why the special treatment only for those who in the eyes of the public are hardcore Jagan followers?

I don’t know really. I personally feel that there is a conspiracy against all supporters of Jagan. Off late there has been action being taken against all those who are speaking in favour of Jagan. This is something that Rosaiah alone can answer.

So is Jagan frustrated now and will he start a new party?

There is no such plan and I really cant speak on his behalf at the moment. He is touring at the moment and I can say for now there is no plan of breaking away from the party. He wants to be with the Congress and has no aspirations for the CMs post. He wants to work for the party. Everyone in the party knows that he is the future and he is the hope. There is not a single leader leave alone in the Congress but in the entire Andhra Pradesh who has the charisma that Jagan has. In fact he has more charisma than Chiranjeevi and Chandrababu Naidu too. He is the hero of all the Telugu speaking people.

The Babbar Khalsa-ISI terror plan for India

The months to follow would see a steep rise of the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and this outfit which is operating presently out of Pakistan will play a major role in terror in India, Intelligence agencies have warned.

Latest inputs that having been trickling in would suggest that this outfit which had held the country ransom two decades back has been using the Kashmir conflict to its advantage. We have information that a number of person who have been causing trouble in Kashmir are from this outfit. Intelligence Bureau officials told that the members of this outfit have used the ongoing violence to infiltrate into the country. In addition to adding to the trouble in Kashmir by taking on security agencies, they are also using this issue as an excuse to infiltrate. We have warned security agencies to keep a watch on such persons since it would get out of hand if they manage to infiltrate in large numbers.

For the ISI, the BKI is an elite wing and has been guarding them for quite some time which gives the indication that they want to use them for bigger operations. It is not a secret that the operatives of the BKI have been housed in Pakistan. IB reports state that there are at least 1500 operatives of the BKI who have been undergoing training for quite some time now. They specialize in fidayeen strikes and also are capable of carrying out hijacks.

The IB says that India must not take this threat lying down since this outfit is being groomed into being the next Indian Mujahideen. It is a known fact that the ISI has been trying to put an Indian face to terrorism and they feel like the IM, the BKI could achieve their purpose. The ISI has also made it clear that apart from reviving terrorism in Punjab, they would want this outfit to take care of other Northern States, but the main target would be New Delhi.

The recent arrests of Daljith Singh and Purshotham Singh at Mohali and their subsequent interrogations have made the ISI’s plans clear. They have said that their leader. Paramjith Singh who figures in India’s dossier to Pakistan is holed up in Pakistan and they have been acting on his instructions. They also revealed that they have been told specifically to pump up infiltration and with the infiltrator bring in fake currency, arms and other weapons for terrorist strikes. They also revealed during interrogation that the ISI has been housing them in camps in Pakistan and they undergo rigourous training along with other militants of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and other groups. Further they stated that they had been asked to set up camps in Punjab and also said that a large number of their accomplices have been pushed into Kashmir to fight alongside the rest of the terrorists.

The IB says that for the CWG the two major threats are from the naxals and also Pakistan based groups. They do not rule out the role of the BKI since they would be able to gain easy access since they are familiar with the terrain and the local language.

Security experts say that the ISI has managed to forge a relationship successfully between the Khalistani terrorists and also those operating in the Valley. In this regard the ISI had also formed the Pakistan Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee nearly a decade back. Under this arrangement, the leaders of the Lashkar were to impart arms training to these militants and nearly 20 dedicated camps at Lakhpat, Chakwal, Gujranwala, Mianwali, Kot ,Peshawar, Attock, Shahidan Da Banga and Gulbarg in Lahore.

Another intercept that has been received goes on to the operatives who have managed to infiltrate into India have been told to get in touch with local operatives of the D Gang. The members of this gang have been helping these operatives raise funds which in turn is sent across the border so that this group can purchase arms and ammunition. The financial transaction of the BKI have been managed by a person by the name Wadhwa Singh who too is holed up in Pakistan.

If charges are proved, Reddy to hang self

The much awaited BJP rally at Davangere came to a close with the Reddy brothers throwing open a challenge saying, “if an iota of evidence is provided against us on illegal mining, we are ready to hang ourselves.”

The Reddy brothers especially, Janardhan Reddy was in full swing challenging the Congress to come forward and prove their allegations against them. They cannot do it since there is nothing against us. I will hang myself if they are able to prove anything against us.

Reddy also went on to speak of his loyalty towards the party and said that till his death he will remain with the BJP. There is no other party for us. Even if we are expelled from the party, we will remain loyal to the BJP and will work for it until our death.

He also opened a challenge to the Congress and said let us fight with the ballot box. I challenge any Congress leader to contest against us in Bellary and win, he said.

The BJP tried to put up a united front, but the cold war between the Chief Minister and the Reddy brothers were pretty evident. Both of them did not talk to each other during the public meeting. They were to have a core committee meeting to iron out the differences, but that has been postponed to August 7.

Chief Minister, B S Yeddyurappa in his address said that he would hold a rally from Agust 20 onwards. It would cover every district and would aim at highlighting the achievements of his government.

ISI’s new game plan for Kashmir

The violence in Kashmir is back and Intelligence Bureau inputs suggest that once again it is the external forces which are fuelling the violence. What the security agencies are more worried about is that the violence will continue to escalate since Pakistan based terror groups, especially the Lashkar-e-Tayiba don’t have plans of backing down. What is even more interesting is that the Pakistan groups have come well prepared and the ISI has even given these jihadis pay hikes to boost their morale so that they can keep the violence afloat.

Sources in the intelligence bureau told that as per the intercepts available this time, the ISI has specifically told groups such as the Laskhar to step up violence so that the attention of the world turns to Kashmir. There has been a lot of international pressure on these groups and the recent leaks have dragged the ISI’s name in the open and accuses it of sponsoring terrorism.

The IB says that Kashmir is like a safe house for the ISI and whenever it finds itself on the back foot it uses this issue to divert attention. The ISI feels that barring India, a large part of the international community treats the Kashmir issue as a freedom struggle and hence they can manage to dish out sympathy from certain quarters.

As per the new plan, the ISI has instructed specifically its groups to target only security personnel. They have been constantly provoking the security personnel under the garb of stone pelters and luring them on to fire so that innocent civilians are killed.

Off late the Pakistan based groups were finding it difficult to carry forward their movement since the sympathy factor among the locals were missing. The IB says that by getting Indian security personnel to kill innocent civilians, they hope that the mindset of the locals change completely and hatred is developed in the minds of the people for the Indian set up.

Well prepared: The IB says that it is a well prepared force which the ISI has in place for the Kashmir battle. The Lashkar today will not just comprise Pakistanis Mujahideens alone. They have roped in Arabs, Sudanese Sikhs of the Bindranwale group, Palentines and Nigerians for this battle. They have a strong, dedicated contingent of 4500 persons exclusively for this battle. The job of these persons is to keep infiltrating into the valley and create confusion. Although these cadres belong to the Lashkar and the Hizbul Mujahideen, they operate as one force for this battle.

Salary Hikes: This is not some knee jerk reaction which has come in the backdrop of the statements made by British Prime Minister David Cameron on Pakistan. The ISI has been nurturing its Kashmir team for quite some time now. The violence in the Valley had come down to a large extent over the past one year. The ISI found its troops demoralized since none of them were able to operate well due to lack of local support. As a first step, the ISI instructed the group heads to hike up the salary of the jihadis from Rs 5000 to Rs 10000. In addition to this they have also promised better perks for the family members in case any of them died fighting. In addition to this the ISI also offered an additional allowance of Rs 3400 for these jihadis.

The ISI found that it was not getting enough men to fight this battle and felt that better perks would attract more people for this battle. This indeed has worked for the ISI, the IB says and they have managed to get a lot more people on board.

With such combinations in place, they have managed to keep Kashmir on the boil. The clear instruction however is not to fight the security agencies with weapons, but to keep irking them so that more innocents Kashmiris die and the sentiment of the public turns towards them.

The IB says that Indian agencies have their task cut out since these persons who have infiltrated are trained fighters and cannot be bogged down easily. They were very much capable of keeping a battle going for a long time and withstanding security forces from India, like they did during the Mumbai attack.

Image: Anti-India protests in Kashmir go voilent