According to reports, states like Bihar, Rajasthan and software developer Wipro are posing hurdles to CCTNS from being rolled out any time soon. Mooted by the last UPA Government and supported by the new Narendra Modi Government, the system aims to connect all police stations in the country for real-time exchange of information on criminals and terrorists. Sources said that, while as many as seven states are lagging behind in digitizing and connecting database at their end, Bihar and Rajasthan have not even been able to kick off the system. To make things worse, Wipro, which is the core software developer for the programme, has allegedly delivered a system that neither enables real-time exchange of information nor supports search and query options. Government sources said that without these features, the system would be of no use.
2. July 1
Jaisalmer District administration banned the use of Pakistani SIM cards in Jaisalmer to contain illegal activities along the Indo-Pakistan border. Mobile towers installed in Pakistan’s border have strong signal connectivity with its local SIM and hence it was necessary to ban it with immediate effect, an official said quoting the District Collector and Magistrate Vishwa Mohan Sharma’s order. No person in Jaisalmer District would be allowed to use Pak’s SIM, the order said.
3 August 13
Police arrested three men, identified as Abdul Khalid, Anwar and Kaka Singh from an unspecified location, for printing FICNs using a colour printer and circulating them in the remote rural areas of Rajasthan. The Police said that FICNs valued INR 18,000 were seized from the trio’s possession. They were scanning and printings notes in the domination of INR 1000, 500 and 100. The Police are investigating how long the accused had been involved in circulation of fake currency notes prior to their arrest. One of the accused is said to be member of a known gang
4 September 15 Rajasthan
A key person involved in FICN racket run from Pakistan was found poisoned to death by a NIA team in Rajasthan. NIA was following a lead on Bhojraj Singh in a case of a major seizure of INR 20, 00,000 worth fake currency on a train in Delhi. The NIA, in a charge-sheet submitted recently in the case, has said the death of Singh has “affected the investigation as it now becomes difficult to ascertain the persons responsible for providing him funds for purchase of FICN and also to ascertain other people involved in the business”.
5 September 28 Delhi
Central intelligence agencies have alerted Delhi and Rajasthan Police of possible terror strike by IS. Delhi Police’s intelligence unit has forwarded the threat perception alert to special cell of Delhi Police. Central intelligence agencies have said a possible strike by IS is eminent in the coming festive season. Delhi’s vulnerability has grown manifold with the merger of IS and AuT, which has been voicing its plans to target India for some time. Besides, agencies have been warning Delhi Police of impending threats and possible recruitments by IS.
With the festive season round the corner, intelligence agencies and Delhi Police have gone into overdrive to check a massive influx of FICN into the capital. According to sources, FICN kingpin Iqbal Kana and Dawood Ibrahim’s aide, Aftab Batki, are in the process of sending in huge consignments of FICN by road and air.
6 December 10 Jaipur
One Mohammad Sirajuddin was arrested by Rajasthan ATS on charges of “working for the Islamic State”, publicising its ideology online and via social media, and “instigating youth to join IS”. Mohammad, posted as a marketing manager at IOC in Jaipur, according to ATS sources had been propagating “IS ideology” via his Facebook page, which had about 1,00,000 followers and was blocked following his arrest. “He was in touch with some youths from Maharashtra and a girl from Hyderabad. We tracked him after we got information about suspicious activities on his computer’s IP address,” sources said.
7 December 12 Jaipur
The preliminary investigations of the ATS suggested that Mohammad Sirajuddin could have been lured by the Islamic State (IS) through the woman who first befriended him on Facebook. Officers said that globally IS operatives use women who first send friend request to the male Muslim members on Facebook and later divert them towards the ideology of IS. ATS officers are going through the 2,000-page record of Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram to find out and corroborate various evidences against the arrested IOC official. “It appears that the man was first allured by a woman who sent him a friend request on Facebook. It just started from pressing the “like” button on a post relating to the IS ideology and later the accused himself started commenting and liking it to an extent that he started urging youth to join IS,” said a senior officer of ATS.
8 December 12
Tonk District / Rajasthan
Police arrested at least four men for allegedly shouting pro-Islamic State (IS) slogans during a rally in the Tonk District of Rajasthan. The four accused have been identified as Firoz, Wasim, Wasim Akram and Mohammad Fahid, all of whom are reportedly aged 25-32 years. The arrested were reportedly shouting the pro-Isis slogans along with several others in the Malpura town on December 11.”The accused shouted slogans at a rally on Friday. They were identified on the basis of video footage and were named in an FIR. Some other accused are unidentified and the matter is being investigated,” according to investigating officer. An FIR was registered under IPC Section 153 (A).
9 December 27
A Revenue Inspector, identified as Birbal Khan was arrested on charges of spying for Pakistan. Sources told there is possibility of a ‘huge network of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spies’ being neutralised, adding that more arrests are likely in coming days. The youth detained on was taking photographs of the preparations of the Indian Air Force’s soon-to-be-held Iron Fist exercise at the highly sensitive Chandan field firing range in Jaisalmer. He was also clicking photographs of other sensitive areas nearby.
TADA court in Ajmer remanded alleged LeT bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda in CBI custody for six days in a case relating to tiffin box blasts in Jaipur on September 30, 1993, in which a teenager was seriously injured.
2 February 14 Jaipur
Police arrested six persons with FICN worth INR 11,500 while they were trying to sell the notes to a vendor in Jaipur.
3 February 24 Rajasthan
IM has established a new module in Rajasthan and operatives of the outfit were “highly motivated” to carry out terrorist activities in the country, the NIA has said in its charge sheet filed in a Delhi court.
4 February 26 Rajasthan
IM terrorists had on their target some tourist spots, a royal train and some other places in the state, especially in western Rajasthan including Jodhpur, Barmer and Jaisalmer, sources said.
5 February 28 Kolkata
NIA revealed that Kolkata (West Bengal) has been an important hub for the activities of IM.
6 March 10 Rajasthan
A chargesheet filed by the NIA has claimed that IM had attempted putting in place a local module on the border of Jodhpur-Nagaur Districts in 2013.
7 March 22 Rajasthan
Four IM terrorists were arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell from Rajasthan. IM top ‘commander’ Waqas alias Javed Mohammmad alias Zia Ur Rehman is a Pakistani who came to India for the first time in September 2010, along with Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi. Waqas was arrested outside Ajmer railway station when he alighted from a train, which came from Bandra. His three associates, identified as Mohammad Mahruf (21), Mohammad Waqar Azhar alias Haneef (21), both residents of Jaipur, and Shaquib Ansari alias Khalid (25), were arrested at his instance from their residences with the help of Rajasthan Police.
8 March 25 Rajasthan
Barkat Ali, an alleged accomplice of suspected IM terrorist Mohammad Sakib Ansari, was arrested in Jodhpur (Rajasthan).
9 March 25 Rajasthan
A well-coordinated network of IM sleeping cell was in existence in Rajasthan for the past few months. “It was a completely different module of IM cropping up in Rajasthan.
10 March 26 Rajasthan
The ATS of the Rajasthan Police took over the investigation of IM modules in the state.
11 March 27 Pushkar / Rajasthan
The IM planned to hit tourism in India by targeting famous places like the Taj Mahal in Agra (Uttar Pradesh) and Pushkar in Rajasthan.
12 March 28 Sikar
Five persons were arrested by the ATS from Sikar (Sikar District) in connection with the ongoing investigation into the IM Rajasthan module.
13 March 31 Barmer
Police arrested a smuggler of drugs and FICN from Barmer.
14 April 1 Kota
A threatening letter demanding the release of suspected IM terrorists arrested from Rajasthan over the past few days was delivered to the Kota SP’s office.
15 April 19 Jaipur
The Rajasthan ATS brought three suspected IM operatives Mohammed Mahroof, Mohammed Waqar and Mohammed Saqib to Jaipur and taken them on Police custody for interrogation.
16 April 21 Jodhpur
The main terror suspect of IM module in Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Mohammad Saqib Ansari has been remanded to 10 days’ Police custody.
17 May 1 Rajasthan
The Rajasthan ATS arrested a suspected IM operative, Ashraf Ali from Chidambaram town in Cuddalore District.
18 May 9 Jodhpur
Rajasthan ATS arrested IM operative Zahir from Jodhpur and they also contacted the Gujarat Police to ascertain whether Zahir had visited Ahmedabad along with IM operatives Shaqeeb, Adil and Barkat in March 2013.
19 May 11 Pokhran
According to an intelligence source, Pakistan’s ISI is making efforts to get a sample of the sand in Pokhran (Rajasthan) to test the sand and analyze how the testing was done scientifically and technically.
20 May 12 Jaipur
Rajasthan High Court turned down the prayer of five Jaipur (Rajasthan) blast accused of May 13, 2008 (Shahbaz Ahmed, Mohammad Sarvan, Mohammad Salman, Saif ur Rehman, and Mohammad Saif) for a joint trial of their cases instead of different cases at several places.
June 29 Rajasthan
LeT ‘founder’ and JuD ‘chief’ Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has set up terrorist camps in Islamkot and Mithi areas in Pakistan opposite Tanot and Kishangarh areas of Jaisalmer District in Rajasthan, according to BSF. He was seen in Islamkot, Meerpur Khas, Mithi and Kherpur in Sindh Province of Pakistan opposite south west Tanot area of Jaisalmer border. The BSF was given directions to be on alert and it believes that Saeed would try to push in terrorists via the Rajasthan border. Saeed has been giving provocative speeches against India and even threatened Hindus staying in Pakistan, asking them to work against India.
July 2 Bharatpur
Three persons, identified Kamalu, Mufeed and Bhanwar Singh were arrested along with FICN with a face value of INR 1,00,000 near Bhorni village in Bharatpur District of Rajasthan. The notes are in the denomination of 500 and 1,000. However, two other accused managed to escape and they are being traced.
August 11 Jaipur
A team of the ATS of the Jaipur Police has been camping in the town of Bhatkal to collect information regarding two IM?cadres from the town, who are alleged to have had a role in bomb blasts and acts of terrorism across India. Ten suspects had been arrested at Jaipur in April, 2014. During questioning, the suspects had mentioned the names of Shafi Armar and Sultan Armar, hailing from the town. The ATS?team suspects them to have fled to Karachi.
August 18 Jaipur
ATS from Jaipur was in Mangalore to investigate the alleged links to terror organizations from the coastal belt. It is said that a team of six persons had been camping for a few days with Ullal as centre, and conducted investigations in places like Attavar, Suratkal, Pandeshwar and Mukkacheri.
August 21 Jaipur
Delhi Police charge sheet stated that the three engineering students, Mohammad Maroof alias Ibrahim, Waqar and Mehrajudeen who were arrested from Jaipur for allegedly being IM members in March, 2014 have been accused of helping IM operatives Tehsin Akhtar and Zia-ur-Rahman in setting up an illegal arms factory in Meet Vihar area of Delhi from where a huge quantity of arms and ammunition were seized.
August 29 Rajasthan
ATS of Rajasthan Police informed that at least 15 militants have been waiting to enter Rajasthan from across the International Border. BSF increased patrolling in border areas.
September 16 Rajastan
Nearly six months after neutralising an alleged IM network in Rajasthan, the ATS will file chargesheet this week against the IM suspects arrested from Jaipur and Jodhpur. Under the UAPA and Section 121A of IPC (waging war against nation), the State Government provides prosecution sanction but the ATS waited for almost two months to get the prosecution section.
September 18 Sikar
Engineering student, Mohammed Maroof, has emerged as the brainchild of IM Rajasthan module. He not only recruited six people from Sikar on instructions from his IM handlers, but also contacted people in Jodhpur to join the terror outfit. All these claims have been made in two charge sheets filed in courts in Jaipur and Jodhpur.
September 21 Jaipur
Investigations in Jaipur and Hyderabad into recent attempts by global jihadi outfits to recruit Indian youths has revealed the presence of at least two Indian origin recruiters on the Internet luring youths on behalf of ISIS or IS and al Qaeda, and working in collaboration with each other. Former Bhatkal native Abdul Khader Sultan Armar, who is believed to be currently based on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and associated with the Ansar ul-Tawhid ul-Hind has emerged as a common al Qaeda-linked recruiter in both the Jaipur and Hyderabad investigations. Besides, a SIMI man from Karnataka currently said to be based in the Gulf region has been identified as a recruiter for the ISIS and as the one who recently attempted to recruit four Hyderabad youths via the Internet.
September 24 Rajasthan
The IB has warned that “groups and elements supportive of extremist ideology similar to al-Qaeda” are trying to “increase communal tension” in states like J&K, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, UP, Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala and Delhi. The intelligence report (reference no-3627-60 & 3698- 3731/C&R Cell-C-2/SII), has reiterated that al- Qaeda ‘chief’ Ayman-al-Zawahari, who launched a new branch for the Indian sub-continent, also intends to target commercial centres, tourist destinations, religious places, aviation sector, railways infrastructure and BJP offices in various states, including West Bengal and Assam. The report has been dispatched to all state police agencies.
September 26 Rajasthan
The Special Cell of Delhi Police claimed to have neutralised an international FICN racket with the arrest of two men, identified as Rasmuddin and Nasirul Sheikh. They were arrested from Delhi-Haryana border in Old Toll Plaza on NH-8. Rasmuddin hails from Mewat District in Haryana while Nasirul is from Malda District of West Bengal. FICN of the face value of INR 700,000 was seized from them. Police also found that huge quantities of FICN pumps to the NCR through sub-syndicates based in Mewat and Rajasthan.
A Rajasthan Court sentenced one accused to death while awarding life term to six others in 1996 Rajasthan bus blast case. Abdul Hameed who was awarded death sentence belongs to Uttar Pradesh along with two other accused, the rest four belong to J&K. Another accused was acquitted in the absence of solid evidences.
In a joint search operation ATS and SOG, arrested two persons, identified as Nawab alias Nabiya and Kachra Khan along with FICN with a face value of INR 2,40,000 at Hatma-Phanta check post in Barmer District. Both were being interrogated to explore their links with other FICN suppliers.
Munabao Railway Station, Barmer District
Mohammad Yusuf, a Pakistani national, was arrested for possessing FICN worth INR 20,000.
2 April 22
Nagal village, Bharatpur District
8,750 kg of illegal ammonium nitrate along with explosives, 25 detonators, 75-meter fuse wires, 21-meter safety fuse wires and five boosters were also recovered.
3 May 18 Jaipur
An Upper Division Clerk, B.K. Sinha (43), was arrested in Jaipur by the special branch personnel for allegedly sharing classified information and documents with Pakistan’s ISI through a Nepal-based agent.
4 May 26
Sri Ganganagar sector, Ganganagar District
Foiling an incursion, the BSF personnel shot dead an intruder at along the IB.
5 October 24 Rajasthan
Israel was briefed last month about a possible IM attack against the country’s nationals visiting Rajasthan, said Union Ministry of Home Affairs and Israeli sources.
6 November 6 Rajasthan
Official security sources said in the last few months, IM terrorists from the Nepal border were given the task to attack Israeli and American tourists visiting leading places like Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Jaipur.
7 December 17 Rajasthan
The cyber Police station in Jaipur (Rajasthan) neutralised a Pakistan-based racket involved in cheating people and arrested three persons including one Pakistani national who allegedly duped a Jaipur-based man of INR 1.87 lakh.
November 28: Pakistani hackers are routinely attacking Rajasthan Government’s websites by name of Khantastic, Dr Den, Dr Neo, Dr Freak, The Ajan, ndh and Mafia Hacking Team.
November 9: An African national and a local resident were arrested with FICN with a face value of INR 13.20 lakh at Bhiwadi Industrial Area in Alwar District (Rajasthan).
November 2: Ahmedabad (Gujarat) city Crime Branch arrested an alleged agent of Pakistan’s ISI, identified as Naushad Ali from Jodhpur (Jodhpur District) on charges of espionage.
October 16: Crime Branch said Pakistan’s ISI agent, Sirajuddin Fakir, arrested on October 14, in Gujarat, has turned out to be an ISI ‘zonal coordinator’. Police said Fakir has been working to set up a network of spies in western India and has recruited a number of youths in Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat for this.
October 10: IM terrorist, identified as Langde Irfan, allegedly involved in the Pune (Maharashtra) serial blasts (August 1, 2012) was arrested in Jaipur by the Delhi Police. With this, the total number of arrests in the case has gone up to four.
October 9: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot gave approval to notifications for setting up of a state-level cyber crime Police Station and one nodal Police Station at every District in Rajasthan to deal with FICN.
October 8: The BSF troopers killed one person who was trying to exfiltrate into Pakistan from border pillar number 521/1 located at the International Border in Mohangarh area of Jaisalmer District (Rajasthan). INR 1,470, a wire cutter and an old Gujarat Gas Company ID card were recovered from him.
October 7: Pakistani smugglers have found a new way to smuggle goods, through Rajasthan border which they find safe for smuggling FICN and weapon consignment and drugs into the Indian territory especially the border adjoining Ganganagar, Barmer and Jaisalmer Districts.
September 30: BSF has formed a new anti-terrorist commando force “Desert Scorpion” to deal with incidents of cross border intrusion in Rajasthan.
September 3: Left Wing Extremists are targeting Rajasthan for fund-raising activities through dacoities and extortion in a bid to step up their operations in Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha, top intelligence sources revealed.
August 29: Police arrested two persons trying to deposit FICN worth INR 63,000 in the main branch of SBI in Beawar area of Ajmer district.
August 12: A high alert was sounded at Jaipur airport by the CISF and the city Police in the wake of an IB alert on a possible hijack plan at four probable spots in the country, including Jaipur.
August 8: Special Police team from Rajasthan launched joint operations with the Palamu District Police and arrested two persons link with CPI-Maoist cadre, in connection with a dacoity incident in and recovered jewellery worth INR 7 million.
August 6: Rajasthan State ATS intensified its search for the four absconding suspects associated with the IM terror outfit of the Jaipur serial blasts of May 13, 2008.
August 1: The department of home, Rajasthan is planning to have a nodal police station to deal with FICN cases at every district in the state.
June 16: SOG of Rajasthan Police busted a FICN racket and arrested two persons, identified as Mohammed Taiyab (32) and Mubarak Khan (22) involved in illegal trafficking of INR 1.38 million worth FICN from Pahari area in Bharatpur District.
April 24: A designated TADA Court in Jaipur, awarded 15 years of rigorous imprisonment to Pakistan-trained militant Jalees Ansari and 20 years rigorous imprisonment to his aide Abrar Rehmat Ansari in the 1993 tiffin box blasts case in Jaipur (September 30, 1992).
March 21: A fast-track court in Ajmer handed a 10-years jail sentence to two militants, Shabir Ahmed Ratar and Ravindra Mali, and a seven-year sentence to two others, Mujib Ahmed alias Ahmed bhai and Mohammad Yasin, for smuggling weapons, including an AK 47 rifle, from Jammu and Kashmir to Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) and for conspiracy. Shabir was a member of JKLF and Ahmed was a cadre of HM.
December 25: The 60-page NIA charge sheet (filed on December 24), highlighted roles of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed, LeT commander Zakir-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, al-Qaeda operative Ilyas Kashmiri and two serving Pakistani ISI officers – Major Iqbal and Major Sameer Ali in “larger conspiracy to organize spectacular terrorist attacks on places of iconic importance in India”.
It also gave details of how Headley during his post-26\11 visits to India in March, 2009, went for reconnaissance trips for synchronized terror strikes on Jewish houses located in five places – New Delhi, Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra, Goa and Pushkar (Rajasthan) – at the behest of Ilyas Kashmiri.
According to the charge sheet, Headley was scouting only the Jewish targets on instructions from Kashmiri.
India will share NIA’s charge sheet, filed against American terrorist David Coleman Headley and eight others, including Hafiz Saeed and two serving Pakistani ISI officials, with Pakistan during home secretary-level talks between the two countries in Islamabad in January, 2012.
It also documented the communication between Headley and his accomplice Tahawwur Hussain Rana through an email account – “firstname.lastname@example.org” – enlisting property details and debts. Details of Headley’s stay in two hotels – De Holiday Inn and Anand – in Delhi’s Paharganj area and other hotels in places like Pune, Goa, Mumbai, Pushkar are given in the charge sheet, backed by records of his visit and travel documents. The charge sheet said: “He also collected critical information and videos of places including but not limited to Chabad houses in India, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mantralaya and Air India building in Mumbai, National Defence College in Delhi and so on”.
September 9: Two suspects from Jammu and Kashmir were detained in Alwar District in Rajasthan on the basis of their resemblance to the sketches of suspects released in connection with the Delhi high court blast.
April 7: A local court in Ajmer in Rajasthan rejected the application of the extremist leader Swami Aseemanand, an accused in several terror cases, to turn an approver in the Ajmer Dargah blast.
March 31: The Rajasthan ATS said that it would file a charge sheet in the Ajmer Dargah blast case (October 11, 2007)against the extremist leader Swami Aseemanand on April 8.
December 25: The Rajasthan Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) claimed to have seized the car used in transporting explosives for the blasts in Ajmer dargah (October 11, 2007). According to ATS officials, the explosives were brought to Ajmer from Indore by Harshad Solanki who is currently in the custody of Madhya Pradesh Police.
November 3: The Rajasthan Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) arrested a person suspected to be involved in the Ajmer Dargah blast case (October 11, 2007). The arrestee, identified as Mukesh Vasani is the second person from Gujarat, to be arrested by the ATS following the arrest of Harshad Bhai Solanki. Vasani, an anti-cow slaughter activist, was arrested from Godhra in Gujarat. According to the ATS, he had conducted a recce of the Dargah three days before planting explosives there. The ATS has so far arrested five men, including senior RSS functionary Indresh Kumar, in connection with the case.
November 1: The bomb-maker in the Ajmer Dargah blast case (October 11, 2007) was arrested by the Rajasthan Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) in Ajmer in Rajasthan, where he was remanded to Police custody by a local court till November 9. The arrestee, identified as Harshad Bhai Solanki alias Munna alias Raja, resident of Vadodara in Gujarat was also involved in the Best Bakery case (March 1, 2002) and was absconding after the carnage. Additional Director General of Police Kapil Garg, who is also in-charge of the ATS, said that Harshad played an active role in gathering bomb-making material, assembling them and packaging the bombs to Ajmer.
October 26: A lower court in Ajmer in Rajasthan committed the trial of the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast case to the Sessions Court. Chief Judicial Magistrate Ratan Lal Moond, in whose court the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Rajasthan Police filed charge sheet against the five accused on October 22, fixed the next hearing before the District and Sessions Judge on November 2 after the sessions’ committal. The five accused in the blast case include Devendra Gupta (who is also affiliated to Abhinav Bharat), Lokesh Sharma and Chandrashekhar Lave. Two of the accused, Sandeep Dange and Ramji Kalsangre are stated to be absconding, while another accused, Sunil Joshi from Indore, was murdered during the course of investigation.
October 22: Rajasthan ATS filed a charge sheet against five accused in the 2007 Ajmer blast. They have been charged with murder and defiling of a place of worship.
October 21: The Rajasthan Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) arrested three suspected LeT militants, Babu alias Nishachandra Ali of Bikaner, Arun Jain of Nagaur and Hafiz Abdul Majid of Jhalawar, allegedly involved in luring youths in terror activities and sending them to Pakistan for training. They were under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act 1967. Preliminary investigations have revealed that the LeT ‘commanders’ based in Pakistan were planning to carry out anti-India activities through the Indians trained as terrorists on Pakistani soil, according to an official release of Criminal Investigation Department. The anti-India activities included bomb explosions, circulation of counterfeit Indian currency, smuggling of arms and ammunition, fuelling communal riots and violence in the country and also working to ensure release of Pakistani terrorists from Indian prisons. During the course of investigations it has also come to light that the imprisoned Pakistani terrorists used to take other jailed Indian criminals into their confidence and involve them in terror activities. After their release, these criminals used to indulge in terrorist activities on the directives of the LeT ‘commanders’ of Pakistan, the release said. During the probe, it was also found that Pakistani spy Asgar Ali, who is being held in Jodhpur jail, used to lure Indian inmates to undergo training in Pakistani training camps and perpetrate terror in the country on the behest of Pakistan-based LeT ‘commander’ Wahid alias Vikki Bhai. Among those who were lured by Asgar were Nisha Chandra Ali and Arun Jain. Both Ali and Jain had direct interaction with Vikki and plans were afoot to hand over huge quantity of counterfeit Indian currency to both of them, the release said. Efforts were made to obtain Indian passports for Ali and Jain and send them to Pakistan. However, as a number of criminal cases were pending against both of them, the passports were not issued, the release said. Plans were also made to send both of them to Pakistan through Nepal but it could not materialise, the release added. However, the LeT ‘commanders’ were successful in inducting Hafiz Abdul, who used to teach in a madrassa (seminary).
October 15: The Rajasthan Police and Karnataka anti-terrorist squad (ATS) arrested two alleged LeT militants from Kasargod (Kerala) and Ajmer (Rajasthan) for their role in the 2008 blasts in Bangalore in which one person was killed and over a dozen people were injured. The suspects were identified as Umar Farooq and Ibrahim Moulvi. “Umar was held in Ajmer and Ibrahim in Kasargod in Kerala,” said Bangalore Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari. There were reports that an accomplice of Farooq was also caught in Ajmer, but it could not be confirmed. The Police have named 32 people in the chargesheet in the blasts case. Sources said Farooq was arrested from the railway station, where he had gone to receive a guest. Farooq and another suspect had been staying in Nala Bazaar area of Ajmer for two months and were under Karnataka ATS surveillance. Farooq is also accused of recruiting youth for militant activities in the Kashmir Valley. The case surfaced following the death of four Malayalee youth in an encounter with Security Forces in Kashmir. He is also said to be the key conspirator in the September 2005 case of burning of a bus belonging to the Tamil Nadu State Road Transport Corporation in Aluva near Kochi. This was to protest the TN Government’s decision to oppose the bail plea of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Nasser Madani, who was then in jail for the 1998 Coimbatore serial blasts. Farooq belongs to Prappanangadi in Malappuram District. Police sources said Ibrahim Moulvi was arrested from Badiyadukka in Kasargod District, where he worked as a cleric in a mosque using a fake identity. Moulvi had also played a significant part with LeT south India operative T. Nasir in recruiting Malayalee youth for terror training across the border. Farooq and Moulvi are suspected to be linked to 26/11 plotter Tahawwur Hussein Rana through Sabir, a LeT operative believed to be hiding in the Gulf.
October 10: The Union Home Ministry asked Rajasthan and three other States to be alert during the festival season. The alert has been issued on the basis of some specific inputs about a possible terror strike at certain places, including Jaipur and Pushkar where the Pakistani-American militant David Coleman Headley is reported to have conducted a recce. According to reports just after 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, Headley had stayed for more than 40 days in Pushkar to keep an eye on the situation after the Mumbai mayhem. A National Investigating Agency (NIA) team identified two hotels where Headley stayed as a tourist. The agencies believed that Headley in Pushkar was plotting an attack on Israeli tourists visiting the holy town. Some specific leads, hinted that Headley had done a recce of the Bed-khabad — the prayer hall of the Jews, where hundreds of them gather every evening for routine prayers.
August 29: A huge cache of explosives bought from Rajasthan Explosives and Chemicals Limited (RECL) at Dholpur in Rajasthan in the name of Ganesh Explosives was diverted and sold to 40 parties in different States. During interrogation, the prime accused in the missing explosives case, Jaikishan Aswani revealed that 61 consignments of explosives bought by Ganesh Explosives from RECL between April and June were further sold to around 40 people. Aswani had surrendered before Bahediya Police in Sagar District of Madhya Pradesh on August 27. The three other accused Shivcharan Heda, Deepa Heda and Devendra Singh Thakur are still absconding.
May 21: A local court extended the Police remand of Lokesh Sharma, arrested in connection with the October 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast, till June 1. In addition, the court sent two other accused in the case to judicial custody. The Chief Judicial Magistrate Court here extended the police remand of Sharma by 10 days, and sent Devender Gupta and Chandra Shekhar Leve to judicial custody.
May 14: One more person was arrested by the Rajasthan ATS in connection with the October 2007 Ajmer dargah (Sufi Shrine) blast, Police said. Lokesh Sharma was arrested by the Rajasthan ATS while he was along with his family members at Lasudia Police Station area of Chhindwara District. Sharma, a resident of Indore, is an accused in the murder of All India Congress Committee (AICC) leader Pyar Singh Nenama, who was killed at Manpur locality of the District in August 2003, Police said.
May 12: The ATS of Rajasthan has informed that out of the 13 identified terrorist who planted bombs at eight places in the Walled City in May 13, 2008, four are still absconding. They include Khalid, Arif, Shajid Bhai and Salman.
May 2: A team of the Rajasthan ATS detained one more suspect, identified as Sanjay Gupta, a small-scale industrialist, from Mhow, 25 kilometres from Indore for questioning in connection with the 2007 Ajmer (Rajasthan) Dargah (Sufi Shrine) blast. In all, two people have been arrested and two others detained for the Ajmer blast so far.
April 26: A person, identified as Devendra Gupta, a resident of Bihari Ganj in Ajmer, was arrested in the night of April 26 by Rajasthan Police in connection with the 2007 Ajmer Dargah bomb blast, in which three people were killed and over 30 injured. He reportedly had links with ‘Abhinav Bharat Sangathan’ and is suspected to be involved in the bomb blast inside the Dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty at Ajmer in October 2007, Police said.
March 23: Security was beefed up at Marwar Junction after authorities received two separate letters containing threats to blow up the station, reports PTI. While a postcard threatening to blow up the station was received by the Government Railway Police (GRP) and the Railway Police Force (RPF) at the junction this morning, a similar letter was found outside the station master’s office, Superintendent of Police (GRP-Ajmer) Veerbhan Ajwani said. Written in Hindi, the postcard bears the name of Indian Mujahideen (IM) at the end and mentions the date 24 for the strike but does not specify the month, he said. However, taking no chances and assuming the date to be 24th of March, security has been tightened at the station, the official said.
February 18: Rajasthan Police issued a terror alert for the One-Day International (ODI) cricket match between India and South Africa to be played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium (SMS) in Jaipur on February 21, reports IANS. “We do have intelligence inputs, though a bit vague, of a terror threat to the first ODI,” Inspector General (IG) of Police of Jaipur B. L. Soni said. “We don’t want to take any chances, especially after the Pune blast,” Soni added.
September 13: Rajasthan Police and the Special Operations Group (SOG) seized a consignment of explosives and firearms from a village in the Barmer District. With the latest seizure, the Police have foiled attempts by the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) to execute attacks in the country, said official sources. Intelligence agencies and the SOG in Rajasthan have come across facts which indicate that the Pakistani ISI was using the India-Pakistan border in Rajasthan to push in lethal material into India. Two carriers, Fotia and Alia, belonging to Pakistan, were entrusted with the task of pushing the consignment.
September 10: A consignment containing illegal arms, cartridges, explosive and equipment for making bombs were recovered in the Barmer District of Rajasthan, Police sources said. Following a tip off, the consignment, which was sent from across the Indian border for an unidentified terrorist outfit, was recovered in the night of September 9 near Moradi village in the Barmer District before its delivery, the sources said. Eight foreign-made revolvers, over 400 cartridges and several detonators have been recovered.
July 10: The intelligence agencies sounded an alert of a possible terror strike by LeT militants in Jodhpur city of Rajasthan in the coming days. Intelligence sources said the militants were planning blasts in the city on either July 11, 14 or 28 or on August 21. According to sources, the Intelligence Bureau sounded the alert on the basis of inputs received from Jammu and Kashmir.
June 1: A court in Bikaner remanded the arrested agent of Pakistan’s ISI, Mohammad Sajid, to five days’ Police custody to facilitate investigation into his local contacts and his alleged espionage activities. The accused was also sent to the P.B.M. Government Hospital in Jaipur for medical examination. As reported earlier, Sajid, who allegedly carried out printing work for the Indian Army, was arrested in Bikaner District on May 31.
May 31: A suspected ISI agent, Mohammad Sajid, who allegedly carried out printing work for the Indian Army, was arrested in Bikaner District. Sajid, a resident of Bilalganj at Lahore in Pakistan, infiltrated into India via Bangladesh and Nepal and had established himself as a resident of Bikaner as a tenant under the assumed name of Lakhan Joshi since 2005, the Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence), M. K. Devarajan, said. Sajid had been reportedly running a printing press in the city where he purportedly managed to get some job works for Army units located there. Devarajan affirmed that the ISI gave him training in intelligence work and Hindi in the Lahore Military Hospital for three months. Meanwhile, the Rajasthan Police have registered a case against Sajid under the Official Secrets Act, 1923, and the Foreigners Act, 1946.
November 18: Police filed charge sheets against 11 Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) cadres, identified as Mohammad Qureshi, Mahndi Hassan, Imran, Nazakat Hussain, Shahbaz Hussain, Mohammad Toufiq, Munnavar Khan, Ateeq-ur-Rahman, Mohammad Iliyas, Mohammad Sohail and Mohammad Azam, in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate in capital Jaipur. The charge-sheets claimed that they were associated with the SIMI and had taken part in the meetings held by the banned group across the country. They were also accused of conspiracy against the nation for giving shelter to main accused of the Jaipur serial blasts, Sajid, Karimudeen and Taukir.
September 7: Two youths, identified as Mohammad Sohail and Azam, detained in Jodhpur were arrested by the Special Investigation team (SIT) of Rajasthan Police on charges of involvement in the May 13, 2008 Jaipur serial blasts case. During investigation, it was found that both had links with the banned SIMI and the main accused of the Jaipur serial blasts, including Sajid, Karimudeen and Taukir. They had allegedly arranged hotel rooms for the meetings of Sajid and his accomplices. The SIT sources claimed, “Sajid and his associates like Taukir, Karimudeen and others had visited Jodhpur many times and generated funds from there. It was found that Sohail and Azam had also gathered Zakat (charity) for them”. With these two arrests, the total number of people arrested in connection with the Jaipur serial blasts has gone up to 14.
September 1: Police arrested four SIMI cadres suspected to be involved in the May 13 explosions in Jaipur. The arrested were identified as Munawar Husain alias Muzaffar Husain, Atiqur Rehman alias Abdul Hakim, Nadeem Akhtar alias Yaminuddin, all residents of Kota and Mohammed Iliyas alias Mohammed Husain from Baran. All of them were produced in the court and were sent on 11 days Police remand.
August 25: Rajasthan Police arrested seven persons from Kota District for their involvement in the May 13 explosions in Jaipur. Police sources said the suspected mastermind behind the explosions, Shahbaz Hussain, who has since been arrested and remanded to 10 days Police custody held three terror camps in Nanta of Kota District between November 2007 and January 2008, along with other SIMI activists, Mufti Abu Bashir and Sajid Mansuri.
August 24: Rajasthan Police, with the assistance of the Anti-Terrorism Squad of the Uttar Pradesh Police, arrested Shahbaz Hussain, a resident of the Maulviganj area of capital Lucknow, for his suspected involvement in the May 13 terrorist attack in Jaipur. A. K. Jain, the Additional Director General of Police (Crime) and chief of the Special Investigation Team in Rajasthan, said, “Shahbaz was a key player in planting the bombs in Jaipur as he was instrumental in mobilising resources as well as selecting the team, which executed the blasts.” Police sources said that 25-year old Shahbaz, a diploma holder in mass communications and owner of a cyber cafe in Maulviganj, was a key aide of Sajid Mansoori who reportedly masterminded the Jaipur blasts.
June 13: Ajmer District Police received a letter from the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) threatening to carry out bomb blasts in the State between June 12 and 20. The letter, sent on a postcard and written in English, warns of dire consequences if the Rajasthan Government and Police do not stop their crackdown on illegal Bangladeshi migrants. The letter also demands the release of Bangladeshis detained in Rajasthan for suspected terror links.
June 9: The Special Operations Group (SOG) of Rajasthan Police investigating the May 13 Jaipur blasts case formally arrested Bharatpur cleric Mohammed Ilyas, who had been detained by the Police on May 26 under the Passport Act. Ilyas was also charged with possessing disproportionate assets and has been taken to Jaipur for further interrogation. Police recovered two forged passports from Chandigarh and Jaipur, a computer, a mobile phone and diaries from him. Police sources said that Ilyas is the imam (priest) of the Bharatpur mosque and also the convener of the Madarsa Jamia Islamia Arabia Darool Uloom’s Bharatpur chapter.
May 27: The Special Investigation Team probing the May 13 serial bomb blasts in Jaipur detained a madrassa (seminary) teacher and a telephone booth owner in Bharatpur for their alleged role in the bombings that killed 80 people. The teacher, identified as Hakimuddin, a resident of Nagla Imam Khan village in Mathura District, was living in Bharatpur for the past two years. The telephone booth owner, Kamil, had his shop at Khumer Gate in Idgah Colony in Bharatpur. The name of both persons had been disclosed by Mohammed Ilyas, the imam of the Jama Masjid, who was arrested on May 23.
May 17: Police conducted raids across the State targeting SIMI activists. A SIMI cadre, Mohammad Shajid, was detained for questioning. Raids were conducted at Jaipur, Ajmer, Fatehpur, Godhpur, Tonk and Sikar on the basis of Intelligence inputs. A senior Police officer said, “Raids were conducted, but it seems most of the activists have gone underground fearing arrests.”
May 14: A day after the serial bomb blasts in Jaipur, the Rajasthan Police released the sketch of a suspected terrorist on the basis of details provided by a shopkeeper at Kishenpole Bazaar who sold him a cycle, which was used in planting a bomb in the crowded area of the walled city. Inspector-General of Police, Pankaj Kumar Singh, said the shopkeeper remembered the suspect as he behaved suspiciously and seemed to be in undue hurry to buy the cycle.
An e-mail by an outfit known as Indian Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the serial bomb blasts in Jaipur. The e-mail, which was sent on May 14-night to various television channels, has given the frame number (129489) of the bicycle which was planted at Choti Chaupad near Kotwali in Jaipur. The frame number of a bicycle recovered by the Rajasthan Police from the spot is same, official sources said, adding the e-mail was written on May 14 from a cyber cafe in Sahibabad in the outskirts of the national capital New Delhi. The e-mail id used was “guru_alhindi_jaipur@yahoo.Co.Uk”, the sources said. The e-mail said India should stop supporting the US in the international arena, “and if you do continue then get ready to face more attacks at other important tourist places…”
May 13: At least 80 persons were killed and over 150 others wounded when eight serial bomb blasts were triggered at Johari Bazaar, Hanuman temple, Hawa Mahal, Badi Chaupad, Tripolia Bazaar and Chandpole in Jaipur, capital city of Rajasthan. The first blast took place at 7.20pm (IST) in the crowded Johari Bazaar and within 15 minutes seven more blasts occurred in adjoining areas in the walled city area – near the Hanuman Mandir, which was reportedly crowded with devotees, near Hawa Mahal, at Badi Chaupad, Tripolia Bazaar and Chandpole. “We have information that 80 people have died,” Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria was quoted as saying.
October 13: Rajasthan Police sources said six people, including two Bangladeshis, had been detained for questioning following the blast that killed two people and injured nearly 17.
October 12: A live bomb was found near the main gate of the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer.
October 11: Two persons, including one identified as Mohammed Shoaib, were killed and 17 others injured when a bomb exploded in the dargah (shrine) of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer. Official sources said that the bomb exploded at 6.12 pm (IST) near the Ahata-e-Noor courtyard. Intelligence sources revealed that the device used to execute the explosion was fabricated by packing a low-intensity explosive and metal fragment inside a metal lunch-box. Some fragments of a mobile phone were also recovered from the incident site.
Source: South Asia Portal