Show Reddy brothers the door

The Reddy brothers of Karnataka should be given the same treatment that both Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi were given by the people when they were both sent back home. S R Hiremath of the Samaj Parivartana Samudaya which has been battling the issue of illegal mining the most rampant activity in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh says that there is very little one can expect from any government in Karnataka regarding this issue.
I however feel that with the right intervention of the authorities and the Supreme Court of India, the days of the Reddy brothers are numbered. In this interview, Hiremath says that they have ample documents on hand and have all been submitted to the Supreme Court and if acted upon then it would surely bring about the end of illegal mining in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Tell us about the litigation.
We have filed a public interest litigation through our senior advocate Prashanth Bhushan way back in the year 2009. Along with the PIL we have clubbed reports of the Lokayukta along with various other documents.

What have you sought in this PIL?
In this 1274 page petition that we have filed, we want action against illegal mining which the governments are unable to take. The whole idea is to bring about some control to illegal mining. The Karnataka government instead of controlling it is only helping the rise of illegal mining. Moreover there are so many reports which nail these persons involved in illegal mining but the government and its officials ensure that no action is taken.

There is already a Lokayukta report on the issue. What would be your role in the middle of all this?
The Lokayukta report nails many persons, but unfortunately has not been implemented. Our job would be to bring the executive before the judiciary in order to make them work, which unfortunately they have not been doing so far.

What is the status of the PIL in the Supreme Court?
The court has issued a directive to the Central Empowerment Committee to prepare a report on illegal mining.

There appears to be a delay in the proceedings before the Supreme Court.
When we filed the PIL, Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan headed the forest Bench. We wanted to wait for his retirement and then move the matter. We finally did it when Justice Kapadia took over.

Why were you waiting for the retirement of Justice Balakrishnan?
I would not want to mention the obvious reasons for that.

There have been many hearings before the CEC. What have you sought from them?
We have sought the cancellation of the mining leases belonging to the Reddys. We made a 499 page submission to this effect.

You speak of proof against the Reddy brothers. Can you share some of them with us?
We have put together a map which shows that the Reddy brothers encroached into the Forest area of Bellary. They have also destroyed a temple in the same area due to their greed to mine some more. The CEC was impressed with this and they had recommended
cancellation of the lease.

Speaking about official apathy, can you point out an instance please?
I had visited the Ramgad village in Sandur Taluk, Bellary. There is a Ram Malai block here where the mining is rampant. I had met with the forest department officials. A month later I met with the additional Principal Conservator of Forests regarding the same. However he refused to go ahead with this work and said he would speak with the conservator. Despite reminding him that the conservator was not doing anything, he still did not react.

Why do you think this is the case?
We all know who are the most powerful people in Bellary. The government has come to a grinding halt in Bellary and the officers are all hand picked. The CEC however visited these areas which we have been speaking about and later there was a presentation at the Vidhan Soudha in Bangalore. The presentation by the government of Karnataka was a very general one speaking about what they were doing to control illegal mining. However when they were asked for specific instances, they did cut a real sorry figure.

Could you be more specific about the case against the Reddy brothers?
I spoke about the Ramgad area. We have seen a company called Park Line operate from there. Had we not gone there they would have broken down a Rama temple over there to further their mining greed. These Reddy brothers have been saying that they have no mining in Karnataka. We have documents showing how Janardhan Reddy and his wife were brought in as partners into the Associated Mining Company which operates in Karnataka. The mining by them is rampant in the Ramgad area which has 220 million tones of rich iron ore. In addition to this we have submitted documents which speak about their complex financial maneuvering which they did with the Black Gold mines in Karnataka. We have submitted the lease deed of the Associated Mining Company as well. Further to this we have also submitted details regarding the manner in which they ship ore at very low costs in order to dodge tax when in reality the shipment reaches elsewhere are a very high price.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa says he is serious about stopping illegal mining. Your thoughts on that.
The CM has more statements than political will. That is all I have to say.

When people speak of mining, they associate the BJP with it. Don’t you think all other parties too have their share of interest?
As I have studied for the last few years there are mining sharks in every party. S M Krishna, Dharam Singh, H D Kumaraswamy and B S Yeddyurappa all have got support from illegal mining. I feel all these persons must be held accountable. However the reason why the Reddy brothers get associated everytime is because they have taken it to a whole new level.

I have been wanting to ask you about the Sushma Swaraj link to the mining lobby in Karnataka.
The association between Sushma and the Reddy brothers goes a long way back when she contested the polls against Sonia Gandhi. I would not be able to say what her interests in mining is, but what I hear is that she is the one who suggested to the Reddy brothers to enter into mining. I must also add that she has double standards.

This is an inter state menace and even Andhra Pradesh is involved. Do you see that government to be more receptive to your demands?
After the death of Dr YSR, the Reddys here lost all support from AP. Today I can say some right noises are being made in AP. AP will at least act. They may not be perfect, but today the officers are far more assertive and have been giving better reports. In Karnataka I have no hope. Don’t forget Yeddyurappa who had transferred some corrupt officials out of Bellary had to reinstate them when the Reddy brothers threatened to withdraw support.

Do you see the issue ever being resolved?
Yes I think it would be sorted out. I feel that their days are numbered. The people should do the same thing to the Reddys what they did to Indira and Sanjay Gandhi post emergency. That day is not too far according to me and I hope the officials act in a better manner when dealing with this problem.


Badaruddin and the Kashmir worries

Badaruddin Sirajuddin Haqqani will be the new face of the Al-Qaeda according to reports from Islamabad. The reports also suggested that he would emerge as a household name in the world of terror and he will be the most feared Al-Qaeda leader till date.
Badaruddin is one of the sons of Maulana Jalaluddin Haqqani of the Afghan Taliban which is closely associated with the Al-Qaeda. Indian intelligence agencies see this as a surprising move since the Al-Qaeda appears to be springing up some new names to head their organizational and operational activities.
Sources in the intelligence bureau say that this is something that they had been discussing for quite sometime and the fact that a member of the Haqqani network has been roped in to head the Al-Qaeda is only an indication that the group is planning on splitting into splinter groups. When groups are bifurcated into splinter groups it is an indication that the focus would be on particular targets and this would include India as well.
Under Badarrudin who is lethal, young and is being groomed into a full fledged terrorist, the Al-Qaeda would see a lot of changes. Badarrudin has been in the fray for quite sometime now and he has been trained under his father a fierce warrior himself who has been battling US troops in Afghanistan.
The IB says that the plan to split into splinter groups would be confusing for very many security agencies since these would report to one head, but would fight independent battles. Moreover Baddarudin is a surprise factor and popping up such a name would only confuse security agencies. Moreover springing up new names would also mean that security agencies would take a while to commence their chase since a whole load of new information needs to be derived on this man.
Coming to the Indian problem, a group under Baddarudin would be in charge of Kashmir. Under the joint operation of both the Al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban, Baddaruddin has managed to recruit nearly 26000 persons to wage a battle in Kashmir. In addition to this they have also formed 30 suicide squads for Kashmir alone. However the IB adds that this new faction would not restrict itself just to Kashmir and there is every possibility of it spilling into the rest of the country.
The entry of Baddaruddin into the main fray would not necessarily mean the end of the likes of Osama Bin Laden, Mullah Omar or Jalaluddin Haqqani. These men would continue to play a prominent part in the operations, but the introduction of young blood would only boost the two outfits, the IB points out.
Another dangerous ploy which can be witnessed in this is that most of these developments have taken place without the blessings of the Pakistan establishment. The reason why these groups decided to go aggressive against India is because they felt that the Pakistan establishment was going soft on the Kashmir issue. Moreover they felt that the groups such as the Lashkar-e-Tayiba which is completely under the control of the ISI was walking away with pie. The Afghan Taliban and the Al-Qaeda feel that the Lashkar acted only on the instructions of the ISI and they feel that being a toy in the hands of an establishment was not allowing them to wage their battle effectively. These groups want a solution while the ISI wants an issue alive is what the Al-Qaeda feels. Unfortunately for the ISI too this thought process appears to be catching up among the cadres of the Lashkar as well and they are finding it difficult to keep the group united.
The IB says that in the days to come one could find a more aggressive approach from the Al-Qaeda both in Kashmir as well as Afghanistan due to this revamp within the jihadi forces.

Jaya, Karuna not the richest in TN

The AIADMK will go to the polls this year with 43 candidates who have pending criminal charges against them while their arch rival DMK has fielded 24 such candidates, according to a report by the National Election Watch.

The report has been prepared on the analysis of 679 candidates so far in the Tamil Nadu 2011 Assembly Elections. There are 125 candidates out of 679 analyzed, (i.e. about 18.4%) who have pending criminal cases against them as per their self sworn affidavits given to the Election Commission.

Out of these 125 candidates with pending criminal cases, 66 have declared pending serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery, extortion etc. on them.

All major parties analyzed have given tickets to candidates with criminal backgrounds. AIADMK has 43 out of 144 (30 %), DMK has 24 out of 111 (22 %), BJP has 19 out of 169 (11 %), PMK has 14 out of 27 (52 %), DMDK has 7 out of 36 (19 %), INC has 6 out of 54 (11 %), VCK has 3 out of 6 (50 %) and CPI(M) has candidates with pending criminal cases.

All major parties have also given tickets to candidates with serious pending criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, theft, dacoity etc. in the Tamil Nadu 2011 Assembly Election. Of the candidates analyzed, AIADMK has 27 , BJP has 10 , DMK has 9 , PMK has 6 , INC has 5 , DMDK has 2 , VCK has 2 , CPI(M) has 2 , PTP has 1 , BSP has 1 such candidate.

Top five candidates with pending criminal cases:

M Muruganandam (Nagapattinam )of the BJP has a total of ten cases ranging from attempt to murder and dacoity.

J Gurunathan of the PMK from the Jayankondam constituency has 9 cases ranging from voluntarily causing hurt and promoting enemity.

Raja of the DMK from the Anthiyur constituency has 4 pending cases ranging from theft to abduction.

P G Bose of the BJP fighting from the Didigul constituency has 4 pending cases which include attempt to murder.

R Elango of the BJP from the Peravurani constituency has 2 pending cases against him ranging from obscene acts and attempt to murder.

The richest:

When it comes to the richest candidates the AIADMK again leads the pack with 75 crorepati candidates while the DMK has 73.The Congress and the BJP come third and fourth with 33 and 25 candidates respectively. The DMDK and the PMK have 12 and 11 such candidates respectively.

c of the Indian National Congress is the richest candidate with 133 crore

S Duraiswamy of AIADM is worth Rs 64 crore

E Subaya of AIADMK is worth Rs 60 crore

Mohammad Sheikh Dawood of the IUML is worth Rs 53 crore

J Jayalalithaa of the AIADMK is worth Rs 51 crore

M Karunanidhi chief minister from DMK is worth Rs 44 crore

Karthe of PMK is worth Rs 33 crore

Vijaykant of DMDK is worth Rs 27 crore

c of DMK is worth Rs 27 crore

Doraiswamy R of AIADMK is worth Rs 27 crore.

The poorest:

Easter Rajan S of MGRSP has no assets. RR Jeyram ( DMDK), Marthanandan, Manidhan and Karupanannan ( all independents) have shown zero assets.

8-5-11: Will it be the end of the Congress?

Jagan Mohan Reddy
May 8 2011 will be a turning point for the politics in Andhra Pradesh. Sources now confirm that Jagan Mohan Reddy, son of the late Dr Y S Rajashekhar Reddy will be contesting the Lok Sabha elections from the Kadapa constituency while his mother will fight from the same constituency in the assembly segment.
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Kiran Kumar Reddy would watch with bated breath the results of these two results since his future would depend largely on the result of this election.
Jagan ever since he broke away from the Congress due to differences with the high command has aspired to be the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh a position held by his father. It sounds surprising that he is contesting the Lok Sabha elections when the aseembly seat from Kadapa is lying vacant. However Jagan has decided to field his mother Y VIjayalakshmi to that seat. The justification given by Jagan to his followers is that if he contested the assembly seat and won that would mean he would be entering into the Andhra Pradesh legislative assembly. This would be seen as a move to destablise the government. He says that he has no intention of destablising a government which was brought to power by his father.
However Jagan has bigger plans on his mind while contesting the Lok Sabha seat on May 8. He realizes that it is time for him to build the party in a big way and it is very important that he has ample representation in the Parliament. Once in the Parliament, Jagan will first enter into talks with the National Congress Party, the DMK and the Trinamool Congress. Although these parties hail from different states and do not have any presence in Andhra Pradesh, Jagan feels that these parties could support his cause in the Parliament. He has intentions of raising various issues regarding his state in the parliament and would need strong support from these parties which will support him. Moreover this would also mean that he becomes a stronger force in the Parliament when compared to the Telegu Desam Party and also the Telangana Rastriya Samithi.
Now coming to the state related issues, these by-polls to both the assembly and the lok sabha constituencies will have a direct bearing on the fortunes of Kiran Kumar Reddy and the rest of the Congress. Political observers and also supporters of Jagan say that a victory especially by a thumping margin will make a huge difference. Jagan has no intention of pulling out MLAs from the Congress at the moment and toppling the government led by Reddy. He has asked these MLAs to wait and watch and also play their cards carefully this time around.
Today there are 27 Members of the Leigslative Assembly, 2 Members of the Leigslative Council and two Members of Parliament from the Congress who openly support Jagan. While Reddy knows fully well that he will lose these leaders at some point of time, the bigger worry for him are the 30 other invisible members of his party who support Jagan behind closed doors. The Congress has managed to keep them within the party with the lure of lucrative posts in the corportations and also more funds for their respective constituencies. In addition to this they are also being warned about disciplinary action if they go to the Jagan camp.
However the worry is that these 30 MLAs have not yet bitten the bait and are waiting for the result of this by-poll. A victory for Jagan and his mother would give them the confidence to cross over from the Congress and once this happens the downfall for the Congress in Andhra Pradesh begins. Jagan has also told these MLAs to remain in the Congress for now and to put in their resignations once they witness the results of these by-polls. Sources say that what is also very important is the margin by which Jagan wins. If he manages to sweep the by-polls by a record margin there will be more in the Congress who will cross over since the confidence of these MLAs in Jagan is also expected to rise.
The Jagan camp feels that once he wins these by polls then the Congress will lose at least 57 of its MLAs. This camp expects panic at such a stage and feels that more will come into their fold. These MLAs have also been told that they should not cross over blatantly from their party and join Jagan. They would need to resign to their posts first and then immediately face the by-elections, which according to them would be helpful to avoid the anti defection law.

Firing at Mecca Masjid and the aftermath

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The Mecca Masjid bombing at Hyderabad was a turning point in the social dynamics in Hyderabad many would claim. The case took many twists with the Harkat-ul-Jihadi being blamed at first before the CBI was brought in who finally concluded that it was an act committed by some extremist Hindus.

The blame that was laid on the Muslim community at first was not too well received with a large section of them asking one question, “why would our own people bomb a Mosque?” However that sentiment has now calmed down among the Muslim community in Hyderabad and they appear to be happy that the truth in so far as this case has finally come out.

However the burning issue today is the police firing subsequent to the bomb blasts of May 18 2007. Immediately after the blasts, there was chaos around the Mosque. The police claims that there was stone pelting protesting the blasts and hence they had to fire at them. Nine people lost their lives in this firing.

A commission of inquiry was set up and was headed by Justice Bhaskar Rao. The Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee which has been spearheading this cause to bring out the real picture says that the commission report which is of extreme importance appears to have gone into the cold storage.

The convenor of this committee, Lateef Mohammad Khan says that it is clear that the police had acted out of spite and had fired indiscrinately at the mob which was just trying to help out those who were injured in the bomb blast. The government fears that if the report by the Commission which was handed over when K Rosaiah was the Chief Minister will bring about the down fall of many in case it is made public. The commission worked for nearly 3 years trying to find out tthe reason for the firing and in the bargain the government has spent crores of rupees.

Although it is not clear what exactly the commission has said at the end of it, here are some records to show what the submissions before it were. The special branch of the Hyderabad city police and also the state intelligence bureau in their preliminary reports stated that the police firing on the protestors was ‘indiscriminate and unwarranted’. The preliminary reports admitted that the police had shot both at the protestors as well as the panic stricken people who were present around the Mosque at the time of the incident.

Further the commission also relied upon the post mortem reports which indicated that the police firing was indiscriminate in nature. The report also went on to state that the bullets were fired from self loading rifles which are normally used in battle against extremists such as terrorists and naxalites.

Further before the commission was also the report of the City Security Wing which stated that 90 rounds were fired by the police force at that time. 6 constables of the Quick Response Team of the City Police had fired 72 rounds, 3 constables of the City Armed Reserve had fired 11 rounds, and 3 constables of the West and North Zone Task Force had fired 7 rounds at Punch Mohalla and Charminar bus stop near Mecca Masjid.

Khan goes on to state that the police men were chosen specifically for the job by the then additional commissioner of police (crime branch). Civil Liberties in its fact finding report had also indicated that there was a connection between the blasts and the police firing. When the commission submitted its report to the government, the Congress government as usual dumped it in cold storage, Khan further adds. The government fears to place the facts before the people.

We expected that report would be presented during the budget session, but that was not done. Worse even the Muslim representatives in the assembly did not make any noise about it. Khan says that many families who lost their loved ones in the firing are badly affected by the incident

The mystery T comity 8th chapter

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The mysterious 8th chapter in the Shri Krishna Committee report which was never made public has become a talking point in the whole of Andhra Pradesh. Manage the media to curb the movement and if Telangana is given it could turn into a land for Hindutva forces, Jihadi elements and Maoists is something that this 8th chapter has to say.

The 8th chapter has become a fighting point between the people of Telangana and the residents of the Seema-Andhra region today. The people of Telangana are obviously up in arms against this portion of the report and say that they will not settle for anything less than the arrest of Justice Shri Krishna.

The 8th chapter has some very controversial recommendations and suggestions which have not gone down well at all with the public. Firstly it says that Telangana will become a hub for militant Hindutva forces and Jihadi elements. Further it says that if the state is divided then Telangana region will become a den for the naxal movement. Further it also speaks about the MIM gaining in strength if Telangana movement is allowed to succeed. The report also speaks of increase in communal clashes if Telangana is handed over.

However the portion which has been taken very badly is the point where there are suggestions given to the government to manage the print and electronic media in order to curb the movement. Giving these organizations more government advertisements will keep them in good books and they should be told to curb the movement, the committee also suggests.Further the committee has also gone to say that additional forces should be used to curb the movement.

The big question that is being asked is why did the Government not make this chapter in the report public while it was released more than a month back. The matter was taken to the court where petitioners had alleged that the report was biased in nature. The court during its last hearing ordered the government to make this report public. While passing the order, the court had observed that this chapter makes it clear that there has been some amount of bias in the report.
The government is however mum on this chapter in the report. The government does not speak about the contents in the report and neither does it say anything as to why it had not been made public. They however say that they would go in appeal against the order of the High Court which had ordered making of the report public.

There has been a lot of debate in Hyderabad regarding this chapter. Lateef Mohammad Khan who heads the Muslim Forum for Telangana says that there is clear pressure from the government not to make that chapter of the report public. In fact we wanted to address the media about this issue and we received a call from the police asking us not to do it. We were told there is no need to discuss this issue in public.
Dr Prithviraj who heads the students movement for Telangana says that he had been maintaining since day one that this is a biased report given out by the Congress. This chapter 8 has only vindicated my stand. If the Congress had nothing to hide then why did he intentionally prevent this portion of the report from coming out.

The report says that Telangana would become a Maoist den if a separate state is created. I want to ask them one question. Chandrababu Naidu was attacked in the Andhra region by naxalites. M Subbirami Reddy was shot in the Andhra region by naxalites. What do they have to say about this? All this is just nonsense talk to curb the movement at the behest of the Seema-Andhra people. They want to brand all the people of Telangana as naxalites and underworld elements.
They should make this a public document if they have the guts. Frankly speaking we were against the committee since day one since we were expecting a report to this effect. Today we want Justice Krishna to be put behind bars.

Khan goes on to add that the situation will become dirtier in the days to come. Recently Samba Shivudu, a TRS leader was murdered. He was a strong leader who had command over the movement and today we suspect that the government could have got him killed. What has been suggested in the report to curb the movement has already started taking effect, Khan also adds.

No drugs from your country please

The talking point between the two Home secretaries of India and Pakistan has so far been terrorism. During the talks both the countries are expected to reach an agreement to fight the menace of fake currency and also a bigger problem- narcotic smuggling.
Statistics would go on to show that the drug trade in India has its roots from both Pakistan and Afghanistan. Statistics go on to show that the drug trafficking from across the border has been increasing steadily and the talks would speak about cooperation between the two countries in stemming this rot.
India and Pakistan have always acted as transit points for the drug trade which emerges out of Afghanistan. However what India would look to push through to Pakistan is that their establishment is providing an easy route to the peddlers in order to push their drugs into India. Indian authorities say that on an average at least 2000 kilograms of opium alone is seized. This would show that the quantity is much higher since a large chunk goes through the radar of the security agencies.
India would expect more cooperation from its counterparts in Pakistan in stemming the rot, but Indian Intelligence agencies point out that there is no point in being too hopeful. The ISI is the one which facilitates drug trade to a large extent since it acts as a major source of funding of terrorism activities. In Afghanistan where the drug is produced, the ISI has helped create safe routes to smuggle drugs out. They have either been through Nepal or into Pakistan and then India.
In addition to this the ISI has specifically instructed its rangers parked along the borders to permit peddlers from smuggling drugs out. India would expect Pakistan to act tough in Afghanistan in order to curb drug smuggling since 70 per cent of the drugs that are smuggled into India are from that country, sources also point out.
Indian intelligence agencies say that only Pakistan can take stock of this problem since all these peddlers are answerable to the ISI which facilitates this trade. In the year, the Narcotics bureau had arrested two peddlers who made it clear that they were pushed into this trade by the ISI. Probing them further revealed that the ISI had created a safe passage for them so that they could carry the drugs into India without any problem.
India will need Pakistan to be more serious about this problem since it finds itself battling the menace in almost every part of the country. Chennai had become a hot spot for this trade and this cartel was controlled by the one operating out of Goa. Now it is also found that the menace is spreading deep into Kochi. Earlier the trade was restricted mainly to Tirupur, Tuticorin and Varanasi. However these operatives have now managed to go down south as well, sources point out.
While drugs peddling does contribute to 40 per cent of funds for terrorism, another worry is that these routes are also being used to smuggle in arms. It is a known fact that the Dawood Ibrahim gang which controls 95 per cent of the drug trade had to agree to financing terrorism and also smuggle arms in order to keep his trade alive. He had dedicated routes between Afghanistan-Pakistan and India until one day the ISI decided to put its brakes on his operations. If Dawood wanted to continue functioning, then the ISI had made it clear that he will have to do his bit for terror operations, an option Dawood picked up.
Intelligence bureau officials say that the money that is generated through drug trade is huge. Drug lords earn anything between Rs 10000 to Rs 20000 crore every year through drug trade and a large chunk of this is to be handed over to terror operatives. The Lashkar-e-Tayiba and the Taliban earn anything between 1500 to Rs 2000 crore through drug trade, sources also point out and it is common knowledge what these funds are used for. It is compulsory for these drug lords to hand over a large chunk of their income to these terror groups and this is an instruction given to them by the ISI which has total control over this trade.
In addition to this India too will have to do much more on controlling the menace. It is evident that the borders are weak which eventually allows these peddlers to get into the country easily. These groups from across the border will ensure that drugs are pumped in at any cost. They have also started using the Gulf route to enter down South in order to keep their trade alive and Indian agencies will have to step up the vigil. However if Pakistan does act on the problem, then the problem could be sorted out at the source itself.

Jama Masjid attack and the re-birth of the IM

The Jama Masjid case which took place a couple of days before the Common Wealth Games was a wake up call for security agencies who had by then thought that the Indian Mujahideen was dead and gone. Since day one the Delhi police probing the case had maintained that it was an IM hand in the blast.
Today it has been decided that the probe into this case would be handed over to the National Investigative Agency. At the outset it appears that the case has not made much headway under the Delhi police. However sources say that the fact is that there is a major jurisdictional issue that the Delhi police faces and hence the NIA has been roped in.
Although when compared to the rest of the attacks carried out by the IM, the Jama Masjid was on a smaller scale, it is still a very important case. Following a series of attacks by the IM, there was a major crack down and the operations of this group had come down considerably. The Jama Masjid case was more of a trial run for the IM and through this attack they were only testing the waters. This attack was followed by the Varanasi blasts which was on a bigger scale.
Today security agencies believe that the two attacks are inter connected and hence it is important that it is investigated together. The Delhi police were scratching in the dark since it is not easy for them to step out of their jurisdiction and probe in other states. However the NIA does not face this problem since the NIA act permits them to operate inter-state.
Indian Intelligence agencies say that the Jama Masjid attack was carried out by a splinter group of the Indian Mujahideen operating between the old city of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. Some of the members such as Asadullah Akthar who control the operations of the IM in India have now moved out of the country and his last known location was in Sharjah. These are the basic problems which the Delhi police would not have been able to handle and hence it was necessary for a national agency to handle this case.
The IB says the Jama Masjid case cannot be taken lightly. There were sophisticated ammunition used in the attack and it is crucial to understand where they have procured it from. An officer in the NIA when asked about this development refused to comment stating that the official communication is yet to reach them.
The case as of now has reached a dead end under the Delhi police who have questioned nearly a 100 people in connection with this case. However there has been no break through which itself is an indication that the attackers were not from within the city where the attack took place.
In addition to this the police also found clues that the id from which a mail claiming responsibility for the attack was created in California and then the mails bounced off from India. All this would require a large amount of coordination and only the NIA can handle this. Moreover the NIA would also be looking into the re-grouping of the IM which is said to be happening down South particularly in areas in Kerala.
The Jama Masjid case is just a pre-cursor to the re-grouping of the IM and hence this matter cannot be taken lightly or treated as an one off attack, sources also pointed out.

Fake currency will dominate Indo-Pak talks

The Indian dossier to be handed over to Pakistan has the names of nearly 400 terrorists that India would want in their custody. The war against terror being fought by India largely revolves around financial terrorism sponsored by Pakistan which according to Indian security agencies will be crucial to break.
Financial terrorism is the backbone of every terrorist group and it is common knowledge that the Fake Currency racket is the main aspect of financial terrorism. While Dawood Ibrahim the fugitive don hiding in Pakistan is the key player in this racket, it would be interesting to note that his two honchos, Aftab Bakti and Babu Gaithan are his two eyes in this menace. While these two men are in the UAE, the issue of fake currency would still be raked up during the talks with Pakistan since that country would be able to stem the menace as the currency is being printed out of there.
Bakti is the key player in this racket and continues to be, Indian agencies say. Hailing from Maharashtra and having a strong network in Hyderabad, Bakti still holds the key to the fake currency market in India. Bakti who initially operated out of India shifted base to Pakistan and then to the United Arab Emirates from where he continues to operate. During the Indo-Pak talks, the latter is bound to deny the presence of this man in their country, but security agencies point out that they would be in the best position to curtail his movements and provide all vital information regarding this man.
The intelligence says that the nabbing of Bakti may not bring to an end the fake currency menace, but it would hamper the operation a great deal. What Bakti has managed to do is create a dedicated route for the circulation of these notes. There have been several papers put out by the Hyderabad police speaking of the manner in which he operates the market through Hyderabad. A major haul before the twin blasts in Hyderabad was also the doing of Bakti. Along with Gaithan who now operates out of Dubai, they had managed to take into their fold several construction labour who shuttled between India and the UAE and these persons acted as carriers of the notes. Apart from this they have also set up modules in various states which carry out this business unabated.
What Pakistan will need to monitor is the flow of the notes from their country into the UAE from where it is transported into India. The notes are all printed in Pakistan with high quality machinery and only Pakistan can take control of this problem.
Bakti has been in the eye of the Indian agencies since quite some time now. A couple of years back, the CBI had moved a court in the UAE seeking the extradition of Bhakti. However not much success had been attained by the Indian agencies to secure him. There has been a look out notice against Bhakti since the year 2002. Born in the year 1958, speaks, Hindi, Urdu and English, Bhakti is 162 cms tall, has brown eyes and red haid. He wears dentures who three gold teeth and his primary job is to circulate fake currency, the look out notice against him reads.
Indian agencies say that Pakistan cannot shift the blame on the UAE regarding this man since it is very clear that Bhakti’s networks are in Pakistan and Dubai through which he pumps in fake currency into India.
Indian agencies say that despite safeguards being adopted, the menace of fake currency continues in India and the entire onus is upon Pakistan to stop this menace. With the help of the ISI, the D gang continues to procure high quality paper from London and prints high quality notes and it makes it very difficult to tell the difference. Moreover the menace appears to be taking stronger roots and the last reported cases have been from Tamil Nadu and Kerala where this network is becoming stronger. Indian agencies say that these persons are constantly innovating and appear to be countering every strategy. Hence it becomes pertinent that this issue is debated during the Home Secretary level talks so that Pakistan could act upon this problem with more seriousness so that menace of financial terrorism comes to a halt in India.

Yeddi trouble again

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It is Yeddi trouble again in Karnataka and 50 rebels led by the Chief Minister’s closest friend, K S Eshwarappa are in New Delhi seeking a change in the leadership. This appears to be a serious problem for B S Yeddyurappa as he faces his biggest dissent from within his party ever since he came to power. BJP sources in Karnataka say, “it has gone from bad to worse for the Chief Minister.

K S Eshwarappa, the state BJP president, the Reddy brothers of Bellary, senior leader Jagadish Shettar are all in New Delhi seeking a change in the leadership. Round one of the meeting was with Nithin Gadkari who according to the rebels gave them a patient hearing. Gadkari had however said later that there shall be no change in guard. The next round of meetings will be held with L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.

The rebels are really pushing their case hard and think this is their best chance to get Yeddyurappa out of the hot seat. Yeddyurappa has had a host of allegations of corruption against him and this is the major point that the rebels are pushing. Apart from this they also say that he has become too arrogant and does not give his own party leaders a hearing. In addition to this they feel that Yeddyurappa is giving away too much to those leaders who have joined the BJP from other parties while their own party men are waiting for important posts.

However the biggest set back for the Chief Minister of Karnataka is the court order of Thursday. The special court which was hearing corruption cases against Yeddyurappa has ordered the Lokayukta police to probe the case. The rebels feel that this is would be their trump card since a court will refer a matter for probe only if it feels that there is a prima facie case on hand.

However Yeddyurappa who is in Bangalore appears to be unfazed by all these developments. He refuses to accept that there is a crisis on hand and says that the party leaders are in Delhi to seek more funds for the state. When asked about the leaders camping in Delhi, he had this to say, “ they are in the national capital to speak with senior leaders. There is no rebellion and they have gone there with my permission.”