LeT’s Sri Lankan module worries India

The Lashkar-e-Tayiba may have gone quiet for sometime now, but Indian Intelligence agencies say that this is just part of the strategy which they are adopting to regroup. A few months back a top ranking official of the US military had warned that they had specific inputs that the Lashkar was setting up a base in Sri Lanka in a bid to take control over the South Asian nations.

Confirming this development,Indian Intelligence agencies told rediff.com that there has been a very slow build up of Lashkar forces in Sri Lanka and this is a worrying factor for India.

Latest inputs go on to suggest that there has been a mix of old and new recruits in the Sri Lanka operations and the fall of the LTTE has led them to slowly set up base in this nation. Today the Lashkar boasts of around 100 cadres for the Sri Lanka operations. The foot soldiers have not been sent in as yet, but the men who exist on the ground in this country are planners and those who can set up cells and modules to carry pave the way for future attacks.

The IB says that the Lashkar may take over two years at least before it is fully functional in this country. Inputs picked up show that the new recruits who walk into Pakistan are first sucked in by the Lashkar and the latest rounds of recruitments are taking place for the Sri Lanka operation.

There was an understanding between the Lashkar and the LTTE when the latter was dominant in Sri Lanka. The Lashkar deliberately did not make an entry into this country at that point of time. However now with the LTTE gone, the Lashkar has seized this opportunity to make a foot hold in Sri Lanka and so far have successfully achieved their target.

As part of the plan, they are relying very heavily on some old timers of the LTTE who have been forced to drop arms after their outfit was wiped out. From these persons they get help pertaining to logistics which would help them set up cells and modules in that country.

The IB say that the Lashkar entering into Sri Lanka is more much of a worry for that nation since the obvious target is India. If they manage to successfully set up a strong base then India is covered with this dreaded outfit. They are following a similar module like they did in Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives.

The ISI has been specifically helping this group set up bases all around India since they would have a better choice in carrying out attacks. Moreover it becomes a nuisance for security agencies since there is no one route from which they would enter. Earlier it was only the Kashmir route through which Lashkar militants penetrated into the country. Today they have forces in Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal and of course Pakistan.

The Sri Lanka module is expected to focus more on the Southern part of India.

The United States of America has expressed fears over this new development and says that it needs to work closely with India to wade away this threat. Indian Intelligence agencies too are sharing intel with the US based agencies since this is considered to be a huge development which not only threatens India, but other South Asian nations.

According to Indian agencies, the agencies in Sri Lanka too have expressed concerns over this development and would seeking help of their counterparts in India to fight the Lashkar. They too have full realization that if the Lashkar is allowed to grow, they it could turn into a full fledged menace for their country too which will always be on the radar of these terrorist groups.


Cong tried wooing Reddy bros: Sushma

It was the turn of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka to hit back at the Congress and in a bid to do so, it held a mammoth rally in Bellary today. Sushma Swaraj who was invited by the organizers of the rally, the Reddy brothers said that the biggest dream of the Bharatiya Janata Party was to fly the flag of the party in Andhra Pradesh.

She said she was here on the auspicious occasion of Vara Mahalakshmi 12 years back and had prayed that the BJP came to power in Karnataka. That dream has come true. I come here every year and pray on this day and today in my prayer I have asked for the flag of my party to fly high in Andhra Pradesh. I am sure my prayer will be answered and it is just a matter of time before the BJP forms the government in Andhra Pradesh.

Taking the Congress head on, on the illegal mining issue, she asked, “ why is that they have sought the resignation of the Reddy brothers. Have all of you forgotten that it is the same Congress which sought to enter into a pact with the Reddy brothers and take them into the Congress. Why do they sing a different tune today? I know the name of the Congress leader who made this offer and will reveal his name at an appropriate time. The Congress speaks so much about illegal mining, but it is the BJP which has banned the export of ore. The Congress was in power for so long, why is that they could not do it?

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa who joined the rally struck an emotional note and questioned the Congress as to why he needed to step down. Should I resign for implementing such a successful Girl education scheme? Should I step down for banning export of iron ore? The Congress has no moral right or locus standi to seek my resignation after looting the country this state for 60 years.

I have decided to take out a mega rally in the month of September. It will be a government sponsored rally and will comprise the beneficiaries of the Girl education programme or the Bhagya Lakshmi scheme. In and around Bellary alone there are 50,000 beneficiaries and this rally will be unique in nature.

Photograh: Jagadish Kurugodu

New modus operandi helps continue illegal mining

The ongoing probe into illegal mining have revealed some startling facts and the main one among them is that transportation of ore has gone up two fold after the ban on it was imposed.

The issue of illegal mining which rocked Parliament a couple of days ago is being probed by Lokayukta of Karnataka, Justice N Santosh Hegde. Justice Hegde who is expected to submit the entire report on illegal mining in another 4 months time told rediff.com that the ban imposed a month ago has had absolutely no impact on the transportation of ore.

When the ban was initially imposed, I was happy that it would bring all activity to a halt and it would make the probe easier. However miners have made good use of the clause which states that there is a ban only on transportation where export of ore is concerned.

Over the past one month, some of the miners have started obtaining transport permits and under the guise of supplying ore to value added units, they have been exporting ore.

What we have found during the investigation is that all hold valid permits to transport ore to value added units in the state. However the trail has led elsewhere and not once has the ore reached a value added unit in the state. Instead it has always been exported illegally.

A new modus operandi:

Transportation of ore on the West Coast which leads up to the Karwar, Bilikere and Goa ports have come to a complete standstill. However a new road has opened up in Bellary on which illegal exporting of ore takes place. Our officers have found that there is a road called Hagari in Bellary which has opened up now for this purpose. On an average there are thousand lorries that ply on this road. This road which is a national highway was never used before for transportation of ore. However this highway which leads up to Ananthpur in Andhra Pradesh has now opened up and there is excessive activity on it. There is no reason why iron ore laden lorries have to ply on this particular road since there is not a single value added unit that is housed in the entire stretch.

The miners transport ore on the Hagere road and then reach Ananthpur from where they export the ore from the east coast.

The Karnataka government while issuing the ban had also stated that there shall be no export to the Goa ports. However we have found several instances where ore is being transported to the Goa port. However they are not using the road these days to transport the ore. We have been keeping a tab on the trains and have found that ore is being transported in them.

We have ample material to show that under the guise of supplying ore to a value added unit ore is being exported. In fact a few weeks back we found that ore had been transported to the Krishnapatnam port for port. I plan to write to the Andhra Pradesh government about this.

My team has to work over time to prevent such activitiy. The Central Empowered Committee’s job is restricted to handing out icences while the day to day monitoring is the job of the forest department and sadly we have seen no action from them.

The job ahead is tough and we need to deal with it and ensure that the property of the state is not clandenstinely looted.

Why naxals attack schools?

The past five years have seen attacks on schools by naxals on at least 48 ocassions. Although the years 2005 to 2007 did not witness many such attacks it was the years after that the attacks on schools went up and in Jharkhand alone 13 schools were attacked in just one month in the year 2009.

Attacking schools is something that is part of the naxal policy. However there are two sides to this argument. Here we take a look at the numerous attacks on schools by the naxals and also discuss the logic behind such attacks.

Over the past three years, the number of attacks on schools have seen a steep rise. The argument advanced by the naxals is that schools are acting as police stations and security forces take cover in these places. To substantiate their claim they have never attacked a school when the children were in it and attacks have always taken place when the school premises is closed.

Security personnel who battle the naxals however claim that the reason behind attacking schools is only to gain mileage and create a pyschological impact. Basically this trend of attacking schools was started in Nepal and it followed suit in India. Security personnel say that schools are a symbol of the government and this is a way of expressing opposition to the state. Whenever a school is targetted it has a huge impact and the same is immense in the minds of the parents who send their children to school. This would mean that there is a fear pshycosis that is caused and the battle is half won. Moreover in villages, a school is always a central structure and an attack on such a structure would always cause much more impact, the naxals believe.

Meenakshi Ganguly of Human Rights Watch who has documented such attacks in a report called Sabotaged Schooling says that the Naxalites a longstanding, pan-Indian Maoist revolutionary movement are directly targeting and blowing up government schools, including those not used or occupied by security forces. The government’s failure to promptly repair damaged schools enhances the lasting negative impact of these attacks. The Naxalites claim that their attacks on schools cause no disruption to children’s education because, they assert, they only target schools being used by state security forces in counter-Naxalite operations. We however suggested that this claim is false. Our research suggests that many schools that have been attacked were not being used by the security forces at the time. Deficiencies in government monitoring make it difficult to get clear information on the extent and pattern of Naxalite attacks. Schools are a high-visibility, soft target—attacking them garners media attention and increases fear and intimidation among local communities. While the Naxalites do not appear to be targeting students directly, attacks on schools that are not being used for a military purpose are violations of both international humanitarian law and Indian criminal law.

We have visited 22 schools and interviewed over 130 people, including 48 children ages 7 to 17.

The Naxalites have frequently bombed schools in government-controlled areas. These attacks typically occur during the evening or night, and are carried out with improvised explosive devices known locally as “can bombs” metal cans packed with explosive materials. Naxalites have depended for explosives primarily on gelignite, as well as dynamite, potassium nitrate, ammonium nitrate, and emulsion explosives.

A time line:

Jharkhand 2006

May 24 : At Meghania village in the Chatra district, a group of suspected Maoists blew up a school building.

November 24:
CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a school building in the Latehar district.

October 25: CPI-Maoist cadres destroyed a school building by exploding landmines at Sobaranpur in Giridih district


September 28: CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a school building in the Palamau district.

November 29: 50 cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered an explosion targeting a school building at Panki in the Palamau district.


March 21: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a primary school and a primary health centre at Nitar under Manatu Police Station in Palamu District.

March 30: CPI-Maoist cadres blew up exploded two buildings housing primary schools in Ghansitola village in the Latehar District. In another incident, a primary school building in the Banalat area of Gumla District was blown up destroying a portion of the structure.

April 2: CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a school building in the Moktama village of Chatra District. They also blew up a school building and an anganvadi (mother and child centre) building in the same village.

April 9: Armed Maoists blew up the building of the Belhra High School at Bishrampur in the Palamau District.

April 19: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a school building in Kiukra village under Pirtand Police Station in Giridih District.

May 24: In Chatra District, Maoists blew up two blocks of a middle school building in the Kaura village under Pratapur Police Station.

October 13: CPI-Maoist blew up a school building in the Chatra District.

October 27: Maoists blew up two schools in the Giridih District.

November 5-6: The CPI-Maoist cadres rebels blew up a school building in the Chatra District, Police said on November 6. The extremists blew up a middle school building at Asona village of Chatra.

November 10: CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a school building at Banbirua in the Latehar District

November 9-10: CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a school building at Kona village in the Latehar District.

November 23: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up three schools in Palamu and one in Giridih District.

November 23: CPI-Maoist cadres blew up three schools in Palamu and one in Giridih District in the night. The Manjhladih Middle School at Dumri in the Giridih District was also blown up.

March 21: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a primary school at Nitar under Manatu Police Station in Palamu District.

April 19: Armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a school building in Kiukra village under Pirtand Police Station in Giridih District.

May 24: In Chatra District, suspected Maoists blew up two blocks of a middle school building in the Kaura village under Pratapur Police Station.


April 4: CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a school run by an NGO, Alternative for India Development (AID), at Chapee under Panki Police station in Palamu District.

July 1: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist damaged the middle school Charai village in Palamu District.

August 8: Armed cadres of CPI-Maoist blew up a school building in Kanda village in Palamau District in the night.

BIHAR- 2007

April 10: CPI-Maoist cadres blew up two adjacent schools that housed a CRPF picket at Banahara village under Haveli Khadagpur police station in the Munger district.


March 29: Over 200 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up two school buildings at Duddha village in Kaimur District.

April 10: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a school at Sarodag village in Kaimur District.

Chattisgarh- 2007

July 28: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up three school buildings at Gordand and Karmari villages in the Bastar district during July 28-31.

October 20: About 250 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist stormed into Murdanda village of Bijapur district and damaged three school buildings. Maoists also set ablaze books and papers at the schools and took away food grains stored in one of the schools

December 9: The CPI-Maoist cadres destroyed a school building at Sangam village in the Pakhanjur area of Kanker district.

December 28: Around 200 armed cadres and Sangham members of the CPI-Maoist destroyed a under construction primary school building and a primary health centre at Morlle village in the Bijapur district


November 7: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a primary school building in the Dantewada District, Police said.


February 21:
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a state-run school building at Maheshwari village in Jamui District.

July 19:
Nearly 100 Maoists damaged a school building at Puspal village of Dantewada District.



December 22-23: In a series of attacks, the Maoists on December 23 blew up four school buildings in the areas bordering Jharkhand.


May 1: About 200 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist stormed the girls’ school premises at Dhepaguda under Narayapatna area in Koraput District and triggered at least three bomb blasts.

July 6: About 100 heavily-armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a school building in MV-21 village under Kalimela Police station area in Malkangiri District.

August 14: Around 30 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up the newly constructed hostel building of the residential Sevashram School at Manyamkonda in Malkangiri District to threaten students and teachers not to hoist tricolour or observe Independence Day.

B’lore police crack IPL blast case

The April 17th blasts at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore a couple of hours before the Indian Premier League game appears to be a solved case, with the Bangalore police narrowing down the mastermind to Indian Mujahideen operative, Salman alias Chotu.

Although this man was arrested exactly a month before the incident occurred, the police have gone ahead with his name and say that he had planned it, but the same was executed after his arrest.

Bangalore police officials told rediff.com that they are narrowing down the accused in this case, but investigations are still on. All angles of investigations point to the involvement of Salman the Indian Mujahideen operative from Uttar Pradesh. Currently Salman is being treated as the main accused in the case, the Bangalore police said.

Salman is wanted in a lot of case and according to the Intelligence Bureau, he was one of the primary operatives of the Indian Mujahideen.

Salman’s first major operation in India was the Jaipur blasts. He came in fresh from training in Pakistan along with ten others as a foot soldier to Jaipur. He is the man who planted the bomb at the Manak Chowk area on May 13 2008.

Following the success of this attack, Salman was roped in for bigger operations and had also played a role in the Delhi blasts soon after the Bangalore and Ahmedabad serial blasts. After the Delhi blasts, he kept shuttling between India and Nepal and in the month of March 2010 he was apprehended by the Delhi police who still have custody of the man. He will first be interrogated by the Rajasthan police before the Bangalore police can gain access to him.

Madani’s affidavit longest in history

Even as the Bangalore police await a central team to arrive in order to start the interrogation of Abdul Nasar Madani, the 31st and most high profile accused in the Bangalore blasts case, the state has filed an affidavit before the Karnataka High Court accusing him of wanting to form an Islamic India.

State Public Prosecutor H S Chandramouli who filed the objections said that this is a historic one since never in the history of any criminal jurisprudence has such a lenghthy objection been filed. He said that the objections which narrate the modus operandi alone run into 57 pages apart from the affidavit.

Opposing his application seeking discharge from the case, the state in a very lengthy affidavit before the Karnataka High Court says that Madani had a dream of converting India into an Islamic nation and Bangalore blasts was just a tip of the iceberg to commence a proxy war against India. Not only do they accuse him of co-conspiring the serial blasts at Bangalore, but they also accuse him of being involved in the circulation of fake currency in order to destabilize the economy.

The affidavit further goes on to accuse him of planning a proxy war against the nation by using members of the PDP. He had also planned on engaging other fundamental outfits to carry out this operation, the affidavit also mentions. The state of Karnataka also states before the court that he had helped get the bombs, microchips manufactured which were finally used in the case.

The affidavit records a conversation between Madani and prime accused T Nasir and states that the latter had made a call on June 27 and provided him with the details of the operation. They say that a person by the name Joseph from Kerala had over heard the conversation between Madani and his other associates regarding the Bangalore operation. Further it is also said that Madani had visited Naseer in Coorg district and paid him 2500 rials for the operation. Madani has a lot of cash at his disposal and has been raising funds from Gulf countries to undertake subversive activities in India, the affidavit also states. Further the state government also says that there was evidence of him being involved in the Coimabtore blasts.

The government goes on to state that since the accused is high profile in nature and there is a need to complete the trial against him urgently, a special court be set up for this purpose. The state government says that there is an utmost need to complete the trial soon since there is every possibility of this man’s associates destroying evidence.


Meanwhile there has been a delay in the interrogation of Madani who is currently in the custody of the Bangalore police. The Bangalore team does not have the required expertise to interrogate such a high profile personnel and are awaiting members of the central team to come down. The team is expected to arrive in a day or two following which interrogation will commence, sources said.

Madani chargesheet marred with loopholes

The Bangalore police have an uphill task when it commences the interrogation of high profile Bangalore blasts accused, Abdul Nasar Madani. A crucial document in our possession regarding the visits made by this Madani in the past run contrary to the chargesheet filed by the Bangalore police.

The chargesheet against Madani states that just a couple of days prior to the Bangalore blasts he had visited Madapur in Coorg district in Karnataka to discuss with T Nasir about the blasts. Madani has been given B grade security by the Kerala state government and it is mandatory that every movement of his has to be monitored including what he eats. The same information has to be reported to the Ministry of Home Affairs on a regular basis. However this particular report handed over to the Home Ministry does not make any mention of his visit to Madapur. The Bangalore police will have a lot of explaining to do on this aspect since the accused’s legal team is all set to cling on to this point while arguing his case.

Another point is with regard to the mobile phone which the police have claimed belonged to him. Although this is a minor diversion in the chargesheet, it would still come up for argument. The police says that he made calls from his phone to stay in touch with prime accused T Nasir whereas the phone company during the verification process have said that the phone belongs to Soofya Madani.

The third point that comes up for discussion is that point in the chargesheet where the police have alleged that he had circulated his book which allegedly contains jihadi literature. However this cannot be used a very strong ground since the book in question has not been banned and is in the market for the past ten years.

The Bangalore police begins its interrogation of Madani today. A special team is in place for this purpose. A source in the investigating team says that this could probably be one of the toughest interrogations that they have conducted. Madani is known for his oratory skills and moreover all he has been coached thoroughly by his legal team and hence it may be very difficult to find anything new from him. They will need to corroborate whatever little he is saying along with the version given by T Nasir in order to build up a case, an ATC official also said.

Was early landing cause of Mangalore flight crash?

Did an early arrival cause the Air India Express to crash at Mangalore? Day one of the proceedings into the Mangalore Air Crash has revealed two shocking truths- one it did not land on schedule and secondly the radar at the airport was non functional at the time of the crash.

A special court of inquiry set up on the directive of the DGCA to probe the horrific Mangalore air crash which claimed over a 100 lives on May 22 back commenced its hearing at the Bajpe airport on Tuesday. During the course of the hearing on Tuesday it was reported for every 100 times, the plane has landed beyond schedule 49 times. Even the ill fated plane landed ahead of schedule and this point prompted the commission of inquiry to raise questions

When the commission questioned whether this landing before or after schedule did not cause any problems, Girish Kamath, Watch Supervisory officver at the ATC said that this is creating a problem. He further said that the radar was not functioning at the time of the crash. He said due to this the procedures were being undertaken manually two days before the crash.

He further pointed out that the ATC reopens at this airport at 6 AM after the earlier staff complete their shift at 5.30 AM. He however added that there were 9 staff at the time of the crash and this was not a problem and they could have managed it well. However there was a problem since the plane landed slightly before schedule. When the commission asked him whether he had complained to Air India regarding this problem, he said no.

Mahesh Pai, duty officer at the ATC during his deposition said that he had seen a fire ball near the localiser before the crash and he even triggered the sire and contacted other officials. He however added that at such crucial times, it is the pilot who is the best judge.

On the visibility at the airport at the time of the crash Ronald John of the Meteriological department said that the visibility was good. The wind was calm, there was no drizzle and the runway was dry.

The commission of inquiry which is headed by B N Gokhale and six others recorded the statements of 20 witnesses on day one

India Pak now fight a cyber war

The alleged hacking of liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s by the Pakistan Cyber Army only goes on to show that cyber war between the two counties is on the rise. Cyber security experts are of the opinion that such a war is only going to escalate and India will soon find itself on the backfoot since we don’t have a dedicated team to counter such an attack.

Indian agencies say that they have always been warning that the next fight on terrorism would be on cyber space since the security system in India is not in place where this aspect is concerned.

A cyber war with India first commenced in the year 1998 when the nuclear tests were conducted. Minutes after India announced that it had conducted the tests, a group called Milworm hacked into the Bhabha Atomic Research centre website and posted some anti India messages. The cyber war then continued during the Kargil war when a group of hackers from Pakistan hacked into the website, http://www.armyinkashmir.com and posted pictures of atrocities allegedly by Indian troupes.

Pakistan today has three very crucial groups which are dedicated to hack into Indian sites. The Pakistan Hackers Club, G Force and now the Pakistan Cyber Army. The most prominent among them is the Pakistan Hackers Club which works specifically for the cause of Kashmir and Palestine. During the Kargil war and the time when India tested its nuclear weapons both these groups concentrated a lot on India. However today both these groups have been focusing more on the US and Isreali establishments and reports would suggest that they have managed to deface over 215 sites till date.

India started to hit back only in the year 2000 through a group called the Patriotic Indians. They are alleged to have defaced the websites of the Pakistani government. However statistics available would go on to show that the ratio of hacking between the two is wide. Statistics show that the Pakistan based hackers have defaced Indian sites nearly 180 times in comparison to the 23 times by the Indian hackers.

The Pakistan Cyber Army was established after some Indian hackers allegedly defaced the OGRA website of Pakistan. The claim of the PCA was that some Indian hackers were using abusive language against their country on Pakistani blogs by hacking into them. They hit back with the defacing of the Indian based ONGC site and in their message they had said that this was done in response to OGRA. Today the same group has hacked into the site belonging to Vijay Mallya.

Cyber security experts say that in this game Pakistan has beaten India since the hackers over there enjoy the patronage of the security establishment and are a more dedicated group. The hackers over there have formed a group and dedicate themselves only for this work, while in India it is most of the time a solo operation and there is no patronage by the security establishment.

Indian security agencies say these Pakistan based hackers are awarded and encouraged by the ISI, something that the Indian counterparts don’t do. Out here there are a pack of hackers who are more in counter attack, but they are most of the time solo. Moreover another key difference is that the cyber war from Pakistan is an official one whereas in India is still very much unofficial.

Expert on Cyber Laws, Pava Duggal tells rediff.com that there have been undercurrents on this front for quite sometime now. There have been peak and low points of such a cyber war and it usually escalates at the time of war of political developemtns. The idea of the people from across the border is to create instability by defacing Indian websites. Moreover if you notice that they have been attacking important sites only to show the netizens that if websites owned by powerful persons can be hacked then the entire establishment is weak.

It is high time that India puts in place a dedicated cyber army to protect the sovereign rights of India in cyber space. We do not have a dedicated cyber army which could work constructively to wade off external threats on our cyber space. There is a political will, but flow of such a thought process is missing. We need to take a step further to ensure pro-active preservation of our cyber security and it needs to be government sponsored since today our cyber space is extremely vulnerable.

Rahul asks youth to learn to question

Rahul Gandhi, commenced his two day Karnataka tour at Mysore in which he sought to connect to the youth as part of his Future of India and Youth Programme. The city of Mysore which is 120 kilometres away from Bangalore was buzzing with activity in the wake of his visit.

During his interaction with at the St Philomenas College in Mysore, he told the students and the other youth numbering around 600 present over there that the only way to move forward is to develop a questioning attitude. During the hour long interaction he said that one can grow only through questioning — question yourself, question others and question the people in authority.

Rahul Gandhi arrived at Bangalore early this morning and left for Mysore in a chartered flight at around 9.30 AM. On his arrival at Mysore he was immediately escorted to the college where he delivered the address and also interacted with the students.

He called upon the youth to join him in order to develop the country and said that the youth could play a vital role in the political arena as well. He also spoke about the need to join hands and fight the menace of terrorism and said that there is a need to eradicate it completely if the country needed to progress.

The students at Mysore were an excited lot but were in for a huge disappointment when they realised only 600 would be allowed to interact with Rahul Gandhi. Prior to the interaction they were given a list of dos and donts during the interaction.

Principal of the college Leslie Moras told students to refrain from asking personal questions and focus only on queries pertaining to the future of the youth and also education. The Police had a tough time trying to control students who tried to get close to the leader

After this interaction he left for Shimoga, the home constituency of Karnataka Chief Minister, B S Yeddyurappa. Rahul is on a mission to mobilize the youth to join politics and will hold similar programmes in other states as well. He will also hold discussions with the National Students Union of India (NSUI), the Student Congress, regarding the strategy to mobilize more youth into the movement.

After his meeting at Shimoga, Rahul will travel to Hubli where he will spend the night. On Saturday he will visit Gulbarga before coming back to Bangalore and then leave for New Delhi the same day.