Presence of militants along LoC gone up before winter: Army

Last Updated: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 15:40

Jammu: Apprehending an increase in attempts
of cross-border infiltration before winter, the Army today
said it has received reports indicating the presence of 500 to
600 militants on the other side of the Line of Control (LoC).

"The infiltration attempts would increase before the
on-set of winter in J&K. The concentration of armed militants
along the Line of Control on that side has increased to 500 to
600 now," top Army sources said.

Latest intercepts and border monitoring reports point
towards large-scale attempts of infiltration by militants from
several random places before winter period, they said.

The sources said that increasingly desperate attempts are
being made on a daily basis to infiltrate into Jammu and
Kashmir, but tight security and alertness of the forces along
the border have been foiling the militants` designs.

"Pakistan security forces are clearly involved in
supporting terrorist activities to create insecurity in J&K,
especially in Jammu region," Col (General Staff) G Arora said.

There have been increasing ceasefire violations, firing
and shelling incidents on Indian posts in order to facilitate
infiltration of terrorists who find it more and more difficult
to make entry through the LoC, he said.

"The leadership of various outfits such as Hizbul
Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, HUJI had done
recces along the LoC to plan infiltration. Hizb supremo and
United Jehad Council (UJC) Chief Syed Salludin also visited
camps to morally boost his cadres along the Indo-Pak border
some time back," the sources said.

However, security has been beefed up along the border
with Pakistan which has been increasing the frustration of the
militants and their commanders, they said.

The said that eight to nine ultras are in each group, who
keep attempting to cross into this side on a daily basis.

"Once they fail on one place of infiltration due to high
alertness of troops, they immediately move to another location
to try and infiltrate into this side," they added.

They said that intelligence inputs keep coming regularly
in this direction and necessary action is taken as per the
situation.

General Officer Commanding (GOC), 16 Corps and Security
Advisor, Lt Gen Rameshwar Roy told reporters here last week
that there has been an increase in infiltration bids from
across the border by terrorist groups during the past several
months and most of them have been foiled by the troops.

"We will utilise all our resources, including gadgetary
and man power, to thwart these intrusion bids into our
territory from across the border," the GOC had said. PTI

PTI

Guwahati: The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which investigates terror related crimes, has come up with startling revelations indicating that government funds worth millions of rupees have been going to the coffers of a separatist group in Assam.

The findings point to a politician-militant-bureaucrat-contractor nexus in Assam.

NIA, in its second chargesheet submitted in the court of Special Judge in Guwahati Oct 18, said elected members of the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) helped the outlawed Jewel Garlosa faction of the Dima Halim Daogah (DHD-J) siphon off government funds.

"The main activity of the DHD-J after 2006 was to siphon off government funds through extortion with the help of elected members of the council, contractors and government servants, in order to finance their subversive activities," says the NIA chargesheet.

NIA was entrusted by the central government in June 2009 to investigate a criminal case after Assam police arrested two DHD-J rebels in April with Rs.10 million cash and weapons.

The two arrested rebels, Phojendra Hojai and Babul Kemprai, spilled the beans during interrogation by Assam police, saying the cash was handed over to them by the chief executive member of the NCHAC, Mohit Hojai.

Among the 16 people chargesheeted by the NIA are Mohit Hojai, a politician, R.H. Khan, a bureaucrat who was the deputy director social welfare department, Jibangshu Paul, a contractor, and Jewel Garolosa, the leader of DHD-J.

The North Cachar Hills district is in southern Assam where the writ of the DHD-J reigns supreme. The DHD-J in September last year surrendered en masse before Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

"Phojendra Hojai and other accused entered into a criminal conspiracy during November 2008 and created false and fabricated documents and defalcated huge sums of money from the funds available with the NCHAC, which was channelised through hawala (illegal channels) operators in Guwahati and Kolkata to reach arms smugglers, who in turn supplied weapons to the DHD-J to commit acts of terror," the NIA chargesheet said.

The NIA accused 16 people in the chargesheet, 14 of whom are in jail. The two arrested DHD-J militants are out on bail.

The state social welfare department Deputy Director R.H. Khan, also an accused, is in jail now for conniving with militants in swindling development funds in the same case.

Interestingly, despite media reports of state minister and legislators being involved in the scam, the NIA chargesheet has not named anybody except politicians belonging to the NCHAC.

In the first chargesheet submitted in November last year, the NIA was categorical in naming two political parties.

"Elections to the NCHAC were held in 2007 and the Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) party was elected to power in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The ASDC had the tacit support of the DHD-J," the first NIA chargesheet said.
"Investigations revealed that a portion of funds allotted to two public health engineering (PHE) departments and social welfare department were utilised by the DHD-J. Rs.130.5 million was directly siphoned away from the social welfare department and about Rs.30 million from the PHE department in 2009," the chargesheet said.

It indicated there was large scale corruption by the NCHAC under Mohit Hojai with business contracts being given to fictitious firms and payments made without the job actually being completed or not even started.

The NIA has now referred the matter to the central government for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe as there were government officials involved in criminal misconduct.
The CBI is also probing the case but said it was too premature to claim the involvement of more politicians in the multimillion rupee financial scam involving the swindling of government funds.

"The investigation is on in full swing. It`s too premature to say whether there are other politicians involved in the case," a CBI official said.

IANS



First Published: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 15:40

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