The who is who in the dossier to Pak


India on Thursday handed over three dossiers to Pakistan, dealing with three different aspects of terrorism being bred in Pakistan.

The first dossier deals exclusively with the 26/11 Mumbai attack. The second dossier is about Ilyas Kashmiri, leader of Al-Qaeda’s 313 brigade, while the third sought the handing over of the Khalistan militants and Indian Mujahideen cadres, sources told rediff.com.

In the first dossier, India sought the handing over of Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed. Sources say that Hafiz could not figure in the earlier dossiers sent to Pakistan as agencies were gathering collective proof of his role in terrorism in India.

Moreover, the JuD’s role has come into the limelight following the mass meeting they held on Kashmir Solidarity Day, in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir where an open threat was made to target various Indian cities.

The same dossier also deals with American terror suspect David Coleman Headley, who has proven to be a major link in the 26/11 case.

Coupled with the proof handed over by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is interrogating Headley, the Indian dossier speaks in particular about two Pakistan Army officials, one of whom is retired.

The serving army official has been referred to as Major Iqbal. The name of this Major had cropped up during Headley’s interrogation when he admitted to reporting to a serving Pakistan Army Major. The Intelligence Bureau, who are also on this case, however, point out that the name Major Iqbal is fake since during such an operation the real name would never be given out.

This officer was a link between several foreign operatives and Pakistan-based terror groups. He played a major role in facilitating Headley’s travel and cross over into Pakistan with ease.

Another name is that of Major Samir Ali, a retired officer of the Pakistan Army. His name had cropped up both during the investigations into the Mumbai attack as well as the Headley case. He is believed to be associated with the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.

He had served with the Pakistan Army as well as the Inter Services Intelligence, and following his retirement, worked along with terror groups as a trainer. It is believed that he was part of the team, which imparted training to 26/11 gunmen. However, the IB believes that this too is a pseudo name used for the operation.

The other names that find mention are those of Zabiuddin, a resident of Beed, who had played an active role in the Mumbai attack. The dossier also seeks the handing over Abu Hamza, who imparted accent training to the gunmen.

The second dossier is all about Ilyas Kashmiri, India’s next headache. There is a lot of proof that has been built up against Kashmiri by the Indian agencies. His first ever statement came out following the news of his death in a drone attack. In a statement, he claimed that he had taken part in training the gunmen who attacked Mumbai.

He had stated that the entire operation was originally planned by the Al-Qaeda, but was hijacked by the Lashkar and the ISI. He had further threatened to launch Ghazb-e-Hind (Hate India), which involved carrying out deadlier attacks than the one in Mumbai.

Kashmiri’s name cropped up again during the interrogation of Headley, who had communicated with the former for future India-based operations. The latest communication from Headley was through an email sent to a Pakistan-based website in which he had warned to disrupt every event, which had international participation.

The third dossier was prepared initially with the names of the Khalistan-based militants. However, following the Pune blast, the names of several terrorists belonging to the Indian Mujahideen too were added.

While India tells Pakistan in the dossier to probe the role of the Indian Mujahideen operatives in connection with the Pune blast, it also lays emphasis on the role of the Khalistan militants in future operations.

Following the Mumbai attack, the initial dossier that was sent out had the names of several Khalistan militants. However, more names have been included in the dossier following the revelation that Khalistan-based groups in coordination with the Lashkar were readying themselves for a fresh attack in India.

While making a mention about the Khalistan-based militants, it also talks about the Karachi plot in which the Lashkar had roped in these Khalistan militants to carry out assassinations of various leaders. Jagtar Singh Hawara, Ranjeet Singh and Lakhvinder Singh are the three key persons who are part of the dossier.

The Indian Mujahideen aspect too is dealt with in the third dossier. Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal and Amir Raza are the three key persons who have been running the Indian Mujahideen from Pakistan.

India has proof to show that the Bhatkal brothers are holed up in the Defence Enclave in Karachi and are under the protection of the ISI. India says that the handing over of the Bhatkal brothers would be a great step towards cracking the IM code.

Amir Raza too is an important personality in the IM set up. Following the Pune blasts, his name has cropped up several times. Raza is a Pakistan national, who oversees IM’s operations from that country itself.

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Rs 170k worth FICN in Indian Market


Rupees one hundred and seventy thousand crore (Rs 170,000 crore) is believed to be the amount of fake Indian currency that has been circulated in India in the past five years. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh [ Images ] had said in a recent conference that fake currency continued to be India’s primary concern in its war against terror.
Various security agencies have preparied reports on the issue and say most of the fake currency floating around has been pumped in in the past five years. While it is a known fact that Pakistan’s Inter-Services-Intelligence continues to be the major sponsor of this activity, the worry is that despite steps being taken to counter this menace, they are deriving newer techniques to outwit security agencies.
Indian agencies have managed to stop smuggling of counterfeit notes from the Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan borders, to a large extent. This has prompted the terror groups to shift their focus to Dubai and Saudi Arabia to send fake currency into India.

The IB believes that the terror groups have altered the manner in which they transporting fake currency. At first, terror operatives who used to infiltrate into the country were used as mules to transport fake currency. After this was exposed, they decided to use the migrant labour class working in the Middle East. However following a big haul in Hyderabad prior to the twin blasts, the ISI had no option but to change this modus operandi as well.
Now terror groups look to women to carry out this task. Signs of women being used to transport fake notes came to light when the Research and Analysis Wing picked up three women from Maharashtra while they were circulating fake currency.
Until six months ago, Maharashtra was a major landing ground for fake currency. However now operations are believed to have been shifted to Hyderabad, since terror groups feel that it is a safer bet following the 26/11 attacks. The IB says although the base has been shifted to Hyderabad, the remote control is still very much in Maharashtra.

Fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s aide Hamza who was arrested recently revealed that Dawood helped a great deal in this racket and was constantly pumping fake notes along with consignments of arms and ammunition into India. He has been using his network in Dubai and other countries in the Gulf to further this operation, Hamza said.

Men vs Women-Do we need a men’s welfare ministry in the Govt.?


There are a 1000 laws that protect women. Maybe such laws were required at one point of time. However the world has changed today and women sure are in a much better position today. The issue today is that such laws are being misused and it is very evident that cases pertaining to harassment of men are on the rise.

In this context let us discuss whether there is a need to set up a Men’s Welfare Ministry in the Government. Chat with Virag, member, research Team, Save Indian Family Foundation on My Rediff Page. You can post your questions and Virag will answer them later during the day

Why fix one day for love

When one speaks of Valentine’s Day, the immediate thought that comes to mind is the mindless ruckus that was caused in Karnataka last year on the issue.

It started off with an assault on women at a pub in Mangalore which then spiralled into violence over Valentine’s Day celebrations.

The Sri Ram Sene in Karnataka was blamed for the violence and its activists had openly proclaimed that they were not in favour of people celebrating Valentine’s Day.

Their aggression was countered with a strange campaign, called the ‘pink chaddi’ campaign, in which some women sent pink-coloured undergarments to every member of the Ram Sene.

As Valentine’s Day approaches this year, the government in Karnataka is making all arrangements to ensure that the celebrations are not disrupted.

The Ram Sene, on its part, says that it has no intentions of disrupting the celebrations. Ram Sene cheif Pramod Muthalik, in this interview with rediff.com’s Vicky Nanjappa, says that his organsation will create a huge awareness drive against Valentine’s Day.

What is the Ram Sene planning against Valentinne’s Day celebrations this year?

People are free to do whatever they like. We have decided not to resort to any violence. Nobody can drag us into creating any kind of violence and our members don’t want any trouble. However, we have a huge awareness programme, which has already commenced all across Karnataka, and even on Valentine’s Day, we will continue with the programme.

So basically moral policing again.

It is not moral policing.

Who has given you the right to do this?

I don’t need anybody’s permission for this. We are a responsible organisation and we think that we need to conduct an awareness campaign, since the girls of our society are getting ruined because of this.

Why not an all-year-round vigil, if you are so very concerned about our girls?

We are always on the look out. Women complain to us about atrocities and we take care of their problems. It is not as though we express concern only during Valentine’s Day.

But you are in the limelight only during Valentine’s Day.

Maybe because you chose to interview me only before Valentine’s Day.

Anyway what sort of awareness are you creating?
We have gone to schools, colleges and hotels and told them not to support Valentine’s Day. We have been distributing pamphlets. We have told all of them that Valentine’s Day is aimed at ruining our culture. We are hopeful that the colleges and schools will support what we are saying in the interest of the children who get blindly carried away.

Can you give us an assurance that there will be no violence?

Yes, we can give an assurance. We will not do anything to those who celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Remember the ‘pink chaddi’ campaign? What do you think about it?

What kind of agitation was that? Was that decent? Being women, they are sending undergarments and making a public issue out of it. Do they even belong to our culture? It is some other culture, and I don’t want to speak the language that they deserve. I don’t have to give my opinion about them. The people of India know what those women are. They will give their opinion.

If they resort to such a campaign once again, what will you do?

We won’t do anything. Let them do what they want. We don’t deal with street people.

You raised your voice against Love Jihad. Can you tell us something about it?
Yes, our organisation is very much on the job. The available data shows that since the past three years, 8,000 Hindu women in Karnataka alone have been forcibly converted. We have made CDs and pamphlets on this issue. We are going from village to village creating awareness. We have been successful to a large extent on this. The Karnataka high court too has taken a note of this matter, and has told the police to look into the issue.

You are considered to be a prodigy of the Shiv Sena. What are your thoughts about their current actions?

We need to blame Jawaharlal Nehru for creating states on the basis of language. Now that it has been done, nothing much can be done about it. I agree that locals should be given preference in any state, but not at the cost that nationalism and patriotism.

Earlier you had spoken about women getting ruined due to Valentine’s Day. What is the basis of this statement?

Since last year, 118 women have committed suicide, 320 have been raped and Rs 3,000 crore worth of roses sold. This itself tells a big story. Women are being dragged into celebrating such a day under the pretext of love, and they are being used for wrong things.

Many women are trapped into such things. Look at the sale of roses, a market which is being controlled by the multi-national companies. Who is benefiting? Moreover, it is during Valentine’s Day that the sale of drugs is also very high. Women are being induced into all this, and in the bargain they are being ruined.

There are genuine cases of love as well. How can you stop a natural emotional feeling?

We are not against love. But why fix one day for love? According to me Valentine’s Day is not about love, it is just about lust.

If your intentions are so correct, then why is it that your activists go to jail?

That is the sad part of it. We are being fixed because we are protecting women. We are being fixed because we tell people not to take drugs.

Sir, you are being fixed because you hit people and tell them not to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

That is incorrect. You please take your words back.

The Bharatiya Janata Party government in Karnataka has said that it won’t tolerate anyone disrupting Valentine’s Day. What do you think of this?

Does this government have any sense or brains? Is this a statement they should be issuing? I don’t agree with them at all. However, we are not planning on disrupting the celebrations. All we want is to create awareness, so that people realise it on their own.

Chat with Lateef Mohammad Khan on My Rediff Page


We are pleased to have with us Lateef Mohammad Khan, prominent Human Rights Activist of the Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee with us for a chat. Khan who is also leading the Muslims of Telangana for a seperate Telangana state will answer your questions pertaining to the movement. To chat with Khan at 11.30 am on February 10, Wednesday please log into my page at http://pages.rediff.com/Vicky%20Nanjappa/912. See you there.

Sea will continue to be Lashkar’s main terror route


Shahzad, the man the alleged Indian Mujahideen operative who was arrested in Azamgarh, spilt the beans regarding the IM and Lashkar-e-Tayiba’s plans to wreak havoc using air and water-based terror attacks.

Officials interrogating Shahzad told rediff.com said he spoke of the Lashkar’s plan on setting up hi-tech modules across north India. The LeT wanted to ensure that Indian terror outfits possessed the capability to carry out attacks by homegrown terrorists. Since the 26/11 Mumbai attack, the Lashkar has focused heavily on making the Indian terror organisations as capable as their Pakistani counterparts.

During the interrogation, Shahzad spoke of how the Lashkar along with the IM had been working closely on setting up more sea-routes into India. The Lashkar is interested setting up more sea routes since the navy has upped security along with the Indian coast.

During the interrogation, Shahzad says The LeT planned on air strikes and a team, which he had constituted were training for this. Shahzad is believed to have trained in a flying school at Bengaluru . Shahzad was also mobilising men to join similar programmes.

Shahzad told the cops that the sea route was being strengthened with a specific purpose. The groups in Pakistan were finding it extremely hard to transport men and ammunition through the over land route and hence they had decided to use the sea.

A team was being prepared so that arms and ammunition could be sent to India for further use. Even if fidayeen manage to enter the country, they would not have to carry arms and ammunition, along with them since it would slow down their progress.

The Lashkar had used a similar strategy for the Mumbai attacks. The terrorists who had attacked the Central Reserve Police Force camp in Uttar Pradesh were specifically ordered to carry additional arms and ammunition and dump it so that it would be picked up later and used by the Mumbai attackers. However that plan flopped since the terrorists were apprehended and during the interrogation they revealed details about the weapons.

IB sources said that the LeT would continue to target the sea route since they are aware of the vulnerable situation. There are over 200 minor ports in the country which do have an X-ray scanner which can scrutinise cargo and LeT is likely to target these.

The mystery surrounding the MLA who is alleged to have sheltered Shahzad still continues. Shahzad had told his interrogators that he was sheltered by a former MLA from Azamgarh who is currently living in Noida. He had said that he had been given shelter after the Batla House encounter, from which he managed to escape. Shahzad and the rest of his gang were hiding at Batla House after the Dehi blasts. However the residents of Azamgarh claim that there is no former MLA who lives in Noida.

Man who was called mad by Jairam Ramesh

During the course of the Bt brinjal discussion held at Bangalore on Saturday, Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh may have faced his worst opposition during the series of meetings he has held across the country. There was an ugly altercation between the minister and a member representing the scientific community which prompted the minister to call him mad.

Santosh B Min, a physiotherapist who is also working on the subject along with the scientific community was targeted by the minister during that meet. Min has not taken the remarks too kindly and in his interaction with rediff.com said that he is preparing a defamation suit and will back down only once the minister ‘comes down to Bangalore and apologises for the remarks’.

The meeting was held so that public opinion could be gathered about Bt brinjal. However all of us were taken aback when the minister said that he will discuss only about Bt brinjal and nothing about genetic engineering.

I immediately got up and said that if this is the case then this discussion is a big joke. I said we should be given an opportunity to speak about genetic engineering also. During the course of the discussion many, however, spoke about genetic engineering and also on its pros and cons.

However what we realised through the meeting was that Ramesh was making very unnecessary comments about the public. He was mocking us and this irritated us to no end.

When it was the turn of the scientific community to speak, we brought to his notice a gazette notification of October 2009 in which his ministry had removed 190 plants including the banyan tree from the bio diversity list. Ramesh was obviously taken aback by this and so were a lot of members at the venue.

He did not take too kindly the fact that this notification was brought to his notice. It was then that he started abusing the people there. He remarked that NGOs are undemocratic in nature. My question is who is he to say that? NGO’s would have been non-existent if the government had done its work properly. When he said this, I once again stood up and said that this entire public discussion is undemocratic. The police immediately came and tried to remove me from the venue. I somehow managed to stay back.

I was not given a chance to speak. I waited for a long time and tried making eye contact with the minister. Finally he called out my number and when I was about to speak, he asked me if I was the same person who interrupted him earlier. I said that I interrupted since I felt that Monsanto is the biggest killer. That is when he made this rather personal remark and said, ‘you go to NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences) and I am not ready to listen to a mental patient’.

How can a minister make such a remark? I never said that he was an agent of Monsanto but only said that he was holding a brief for them. This is something that he cannot run away from. Monsanto is a death knell and instead of introducing Bt brinjal, you might as well starve the people to death in our country.

I will ensure that he resigns and repents for what he said. I am preparing a defamation suit and Ramesh must come down and admit to the nation that he had done wrong and this is no way to speak to the public.

Monsanto is a money spinning machine-former MD

Even as the nation waits with bated breath for the decision to be taken by Jairam Ramesh, the debate on whether Bt brinjal should be introduced in India or not continues.

The minister of state for environment and forests Jairam Ramesh was in Bangalore on Saturday to hold the last leg of discussions with non-government organisations, farmers and scientists on whether Bt brinjal should be introduced in India or not.

After a chaotic meeting, he said the final decision could be expected by Wednesday.

Farmers and others who were opposing the introduction of Bt brinjal got support from an unexpected quarter during the course of the discussion.

T V Jagadishan, former managing director (India) of Monsanto, the company which proposes to introduce Bt brinjal, was quite vocal in his opposition. He made it clear that Monsanto was in the habit of controlling the market and making money.

According to him, the introduction of Bt brinjal in India will have a disastrous effect.

In this interview with rediff.com, Jagadishan spoke in detail about the long-term effects of introducing Bt brinjal and how Monsanto would gain complete control over the market if the Union government decides to go ahead with this plan.

Do you think Bt brinjal should be introduced? If not what are its immediate bad effects?

I oppose the introduction of Bt brinjal. Once the gene is released into the environment, then even God won’t be able to stop it.

You have been very vocal about Monsanto. You held a top position in that company. Could you tell us what ill will do you nurture against them?

I have no ill will against the company. When I was the managing director, there was a plan to set up a butachlor plant in collaboration with the Government of India.

However, despite all the hard work by my team and me, Monsanto walked away from the project. That was a setback. We resigned in protest.

Coming back to the subject, could you take us through the ill-effects of introducing Bt brinjal?

We grow eight million tonnes of natural brinjals in our country. In fact, in various parts of north India, brinjal is produced in excess and sometimes most of it is fed to the cows.

Once Bt brinjal is introduced and the gene is released, it is bound to contaminate the natural brinjal.

Our native brinjal has a medicinal value and once there is contamination, the medicinal value in the natural brinjal will automatically be lost.

Not only brinjal, the gene will affect a lot of other plants, which contain medicinal value. Hence, it will be nothing but disastrous.

What interest does Monsanto have in the project? Why are they so aggressively pushing for Bt brinjal?

There is a lot to gain for Monsanto. They have 280,000 shares in the Maharashtra Hybrid Seed Company (Mahyco).

Mahyco on its part will be marketing the seed. With so much investment by Monsanto, they are bound to push hard for the crop to be introduced. It is all about economics.

Is the issue as big as its being made out to be?

Yes, of course, it is. Monsanto is looking for control and with the introduction of Bt brinjal the control enters the bio-diversity of India.

Once the gene is released, it would for sure destroy the 2,400 different varieties of natural brinjal that the Indian farmers grow.

Is the government ready to take such a big risk? Don’t you think that decision to even debate this issue must have been taken after some trial or research?

That is the primary issue. Such things are not tested on humans. Hence, we don’t know what its ill-effects on humans could be.

In this case, I could say with confidence that not much research has been carried out and no long-term trials have been conducted.

You say that natural brinjal will be wiped out once Bt brinjal is introduced. How is that going to happen?

Once Bt brinal is introduced, the fruit and shoot borer will affect natural brinjal.

Once this starts to happen, the plant will naturally get affected and will be gradually eradicated.

The problem here is that these issues are to be looked into by the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee.

In this case, the committee is completely bogged down by Monsanto.

If there are so many problems, on what basis has the government even thought of introducing Bt brinjal?

Sadly, the government has depended largely on company-generated data. When a company decides to introduce a new product, the government labs should conduct a trial and produce believable results.

But in this case, the government has not bothered to do so. Based on the data given by the company, the government committee has approved the idea.

What are the long term benefits of the company in this case?

As I said earlier, Monsanto has invested a lot in Mahyco. Once the government decides to introduce this, every seed will then have to be purchased from Monsanto for Mahyco as they will patent the seed.

Then there is this issue of the gene contaminating the natural brinjal. This would only ensure that they would have complete dominance in the market.

What do you think the decision of Jairam Ramesh would be?

I have a feeling that Ramesh is drawing a thin line between public opinion and the US.

We don’t have the strength to withstand pressure from the US. Hence, it would be a hard decision for him. Although I hope and pray that he decides against introducing Bt brinal, I feel that he may try and maintain status quo for some time.

What do you think will happen if the government decides to go ahead with the introduction of Bt brinjal?

First, we will lose the natural brinjals. The government will have to bear with countrywide agitation on the issue. Let me tell you, it will not be able to control such protests, they will be that fierce.

Why won’t the farmers protest? They will be losing their bread and butter, after all.

Indo-Maldives ties And its importance


The meeting between Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and his Maldives counterpart Mohamed Shihab on Tuesday is an important step towards fighting terror.

The main reason being an increase in the activities of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba in the Maldives. The Pakistan-based outfit is already in the process to setting up a major base there.

Reports regarding the Maldives being the next terror hub for the Lashkar had started trickling in immediately after the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.

In fact, the Lashkar has started to set up a base in the Maldives around two years before the Mumbai attacks, and it had identified nearly 600 isolated islands in the country to set up base.

Intelligence Bureau sources told rediff.com that India cannot afford any slip in its Maldives policy, since the approach of the Lashkar is ‘extremely aggressive’ and ‘we need to keep a constant vigil in order to keep them at bay.’

The Lashkar now has nearly 1,000 of its operatives active in the Maldives, say IB sources. And the worrying factor for India is that at least 60 per cent of them are Indian nationals.

Closer ties with the Maldives will ensure the extradition process of these people would be easy, so that India can curb the Lashkar operations there.

The setting up of anti-terror measures and sharing of information with the Maldives is extremely crucial. The IB says that there is no way in which the operations of the Lashkar can be curbed unless there is very good intelligence sharing with their counterparts in the Maldives.

Since the past three months, there has been an increase in LeT activities in the Maldives, and several persons from Lashkar’s Kerala module have slipped into the country and are busy setting up operations there.

Another activity that has been noticed is that the activists of the Jaish-e-Mohammad have joined hands with the Lashkar and are training operatives in Tamil Nadu for the Maldives chapter.

The IB says that apart from trying to launch terror operations on India, terror groups would also try and target the huge tourist population in the Maldives. Over 500,000 tourists visit the Maldives annually.

India is doing its bit to prevent the Maldives from turning into another terror hub by helping in patrolling the territorial waters to keep a watch on terror groups. IB sources say there are nearly 70 sleeper cells operating in the country

Rahul Dravid advised 15 days rest

Rahul Dravid, who sustained a jaw injury during the Bangladesh series, has been advised by his doctors to stay away from active sports for the next 15 days.

The ace batsman, who had to prematurely retire from the just-concluded Test series which India won 2-0, underwent surgery on his jaw at the Manipal hospital in Bangalore on Friday.

Doctor Dr Kishore Naik, who performed the surgery, said that the operation went off smoothly and Dravid would be discharged by Friday evening.

“He has been advised rest and told not to play any sport for the next 15 days,” he added.

Dravid was injured during the second Test at Mirpur when he was batting on 111. He tried to duck a low bouncer from Shahadat Hossain and was hit on the ear guard of the helmet. He sustained a nasty blow that left him with a broken jaw.

He was kept under observation in the ICU at Square Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh, before being shifted to hometown Bangalore, where he underwent surgery.