Category Archives: Security

BJP brings up issue of revoking Article 370

BJP has revived its agenda by once again calling for abolishment of article 370 of the Constitution, under which Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) enjoys special status. BJP’s central office bearers, which met here on Thursday, unanimously passed the resolution.

“Article 370 has worked against the interests of the people of the state. It has created a psychological barrier between the state and the rest of India. It has prevented investments, job creation and natural integration of the state with India on account of transfer of human population,” leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitely said.

China’s reduced disputed border length increases concern in India

Many in India have expressed anger that China has substantially truncated the length of its disputed border with India to take out the portion represented by Jammu and Kashmir State, although New Delhi is yet to react to this development.

India rebuffs China with ‘one-China’ policy omission
India was reported to have rebuffed China, albeit diplomatically, on two significant issues during Premier Wen Jiabao visit to New Delhi from Dec 15 to 17, namely on regional trading arrangement (RTA) and the “one- China” policy.

Chinese Premier ends visit with platitudes on issues anxious to India
India and China exchanged diplomatic platitudes about their bilateral relations and places in the world but gave no indications that any of the mostly China-made issues that had seriously soured their relations recently would be resolved any time soon.

Two militant modules unearthed

The police have arrested nine militants who ran two modules that they said instigated youths to indulge in stone-throwing the Kashmir Valley and were responsible for grenade attacks in south Kashmir.

“These [modules] were instigating, motivating and funding youths to indulge in stone-throwing. There is a clear link between militant groups and the recent law and order situation in the Valley,” DIG Shafqat A Watali told reporters here.

Nine grenades, 35 kg of explosives, a pistol with a magazine and 11 rounds, four combat uniforms and two IEDs fitted in a pressure cooker were recovered from them. — PTI

Delhi hospital confirms ISI agent’s death, details vanish from Pak site

A day after The Indian Express reported on the entry on the Pakistan Army website about the “martyrdom” in Delhi of an ISI agent on a “Suicide Attack” operation, top sources in the capital’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital confirmed that the death did indeed occur.

The ISI operative, Naik Zulfiqar Ahmed of the HQ 30 Corps, was referred to the hospital by the Pakistan High Commission, which also paid his medical bills, the sources said.–details-vanish-from-Pak-site/724958

Agni-II Prime missile launch fails

The maiden launch of the Agni-II Prime missile from the Wheeler Island, off the Orissa coast, on Friday failed.

Within moments of takeoff from a specially designed truck at 10.05 a.m., the missile plunged into the Bay of Bengal following a deviation in its trajectory. As the consoles in the Block House showed that the mission failed, gloom engulfed missile technologists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The two-stage, surface-to-surface missile has a range of about 2,500 km. The 17-tonne missile is 20 metres long, capable of carrying nuclear warheads of one tonne.

The DRDO originally planned to test-fire Agni-II Prime on Thursday. But rain off the State’s coast forced it to put off the launch.

V.K. Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, told The Hindu: “During the liftoff, a control problem could have occurred.” He said the failure was nothing unusual. “We have to check many things. We have to check whether there was any component failure,” said Dr. Saraswat, who is also DRDO Director-General and missile technologist himself.

The DRDO had built Agni-II Prime, earlier called Agni-II+, to fill the gap in the range between Agni-II and Agni-III. While Agni-II has a range of more than 2,000 km, Agni-III can target places more than 3,000 km away. All the three were strategic missiles, capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

Agni-II Prime was an improved version of Agni-II, boasting several new technologies. While both stages of Agni-II were made of metal casing, the second stage of Agni-II Prime was made of fibre reinforced plastic (FRP), or composite casing. The FRP reduced the missile’s structural weight, enabling it to carry more propellants, and to have a better range than Agni-II’s.

Agni-II Prime also had a better stage separation system, efficient propulsion, high-energy propellants, more efficient batteries to provide better power supply and sophisticated retro rockets. It had a good configuration which meant the user (the Army) could move it around easily.

Meanwhile, the DRDO is preparing to launch an interceptor missile from the Wheeler Island between December 18 and 20. It will intercept in mid-flight another ballistic missile that takes off from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, near Balasore, also off Orissa. The interception will take place at an altitude of 15 km, in what is called the endo-atmosphere.
The Hindu

Group clash in Arunachal Pradesh

Map of Arunachal Pradesh 

Tension persisted in the Namsai subdivision of Lohit district in Arunachal Pradesh following clashes between tribals and non-tribals  over demand for permanent residential certificates by the non-tribals.

Trouble broke out when a procession organised by the Lohit Changlang Development Forum — which represents people from the Deori, Ahom, Moran, Nepali, Lishu, Adivasi, Mising, Sonowal-Kachari and the Koiborta communities — marched towards the subdivisional headquarters town of Namsai from Dirak Gate in Mahadevpur at 9am demanding permanent residential status.

The rallyists to proceed up to a certain distance but they, numbering around 20,000,  crossed the mark. Then the rallyists were provoked by a group of around 20 armed indigenous people who threatened them to leave.  The trouble started and the situation turned worse. Some indigenous poeple also attacked the residence of minister Chowna Mein at Namsai and ransacked it.The nine communities residing in Arunachal Pradesh for several decades had been demanding permanent resident certificates for various reasons.

The State government has passed an order on June 24 this year for issuing Permanent Resident Certificates (PRC) to non-indigenous communities who had settled in the State prior to 1968. The government decision sparked off severe protests from the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union and Tai Khampti Students’ Union, forcing revocation of the decision.

The Lohit Changlang Development Forum had been campaigning on behalf of the nine communities against the government’s decision.and today’s procession was taken out to press for the demand of issuing permanent residential certificates

Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad is agitating demanding permanent residential certificates for the non-tribals of the two districts of Lohit and Changlang. This demand has been strongly opposed by the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union and Tai Khampti Students’ Union.

Additional central forces had been deployed in vulnerable locations. Arunachal Pradesh Police Battalion and India Reserve Battalion jawans, too, are keeping a strict vigil on the situation.

The army had been conducting area domination operations in villages and interior parts of the district at the request of the Lohit district administration to ensure that there was no more trouble. The administration has also issued prohibitory orders in Namsai and Mahadevpur police station areas under Section 144 CrPC and has banned assembly of four or more persons at a place and carrying of any sort of arms or ammunition.

Huts of non-tribals being burnt in some interior areas in Piyong circle of Namsai. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu on Monday ordered airlifting of forces from Itanagar to Namsai sub-division in Lohit district to contain clashes

Sources:               The Hindu               Indian Express              Telegraph-1                        Telegraph -2