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AFSPA Would End During My Tenure: Omar Abdullah

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has expressed confidence that the day is not far when the controversial AFSPA will be withdrawn from the state very much during the tenure of his government.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has expressed confidence that the day is not far when the controversial AFSPA will be withdrawn from the state very much during the tenure of his government.

"I can say with confidence that AFSPA withdrawal will take place during the tenure of this government and that day is also not very far," he said in his Independence Day address at the Bakshi stadium in Srinagar on Wednesday.

Omar said discussions were still on with the Defence Ministry and Army. "I am confident that the assurance made on the floor of the state assembly that the process of revocation of AFSPA will begin during my tenure will be a reality."

The Chief Minister said that while talks were on with various stake holders on its revocation, the point of reaching an amicable solution was yet to be arrived at.

"We wanted to reach a position where we could revoke the AFSPA from some areas of the state but, unfortunately, we have not reached that point yet and I will not like to go into details," he said.

"Recently, Defence Minister (A K Antony) and top brass of the Army were in the state. Discussions on the issue continued," Omar said.

The state government had constituted two committees for identifying areas from where the AFSPA could be withdrawn.

The Committee comprised state's Chief Secretary, state police chief and Corps Commanders of Srinagar and Jammu-based Army establishments.

Not many meetings have taken place due to reluctance from the Army to partially withdraw the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

Referring to his tenure so far, Omar said during the last three-and-half years, the state has seen "some good days and some bad days".

"However, due to the total cooperation of the people we are now witnessing one of the most peaceful times that the state has witnessed during the 22 years," he said.



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“No Part of Assam to be Allowed to be Included in Nagalim”

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Assam Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary on February 13 informed the State Assembly that no part of the State would be allowed to be included in any proposed ‘Nagalim’.

Chandra Mohan Patowary also assured the House that the government would strongly oppose any move to do so in the future also.

He was replying to Opposition Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Ajanta Neog raising the matter in the Assembly here about media reports that Assam’s land would come under proposed ‘Nagalim’.

The Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak Muivah (NSCN-IM) has been seeking integration of the Naga-inhabited areas of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur into Nagalim.

All the three states have opposed the proposal.

Assam Chief Minister Had Already Issued a Statement

Reacting to the violent incidents in Dima Hasao over Nagalim, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on January 25 had said that no land of Assam will be included in proposed Nagalim.

“The state’s geographical territory would not be compromised. The people in any part of the state need not worry about proposed Nagalim and people in Dima Hasao should not have any apprehension regarding this,” Chief Minister Sonowal said in a statement issued from New Delhi.

Stating that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has already assured of non-inclusion of Assam’s land in Nagalim and state government has also taken all steps to ensure the same, Sonowal called upon the people of the state to maintain peace and harmony.

Following the chief minister’s directive, a crucial meeting was held at Dispur on January 25 where chief executive member and executive member of Dima Hasao Autonomous Council along with representatives of various organisations of Dima Hasao took part.

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In his reply to the opposition question in the Assam Assembly, Patowary claimed that the neighbouring state was not “cooperating with Assam in maintaining peace and status quo along the 512.1 kilometre-long inter-state boundaries.”

He also claimed that Nagaland has been attempting infringement of Assam land with the latest major instance being of setting up a sub-division inside Assam in November last year, which, he said, Assam government has been successfully and firmly resisting.

But the minister said that he was hopeful the border dispute would be settled soon as the Supreme Court was dealing with it.

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Odisha Police and the Maoists Exchange Heavy Fire

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The Police and Communist Party of India-Maoist cadres exchanged fire during a raid on a camp of the Maoists near Tikarpadu under Jodamba Panchayat (village level local-self government institution) of Chitrakonda Police limits in Malkangiri District on February 12.

The heavy exchange of fire took place inside the jungle near Tikarpadu when a joint squad of Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Odisha Police Forces swooped down a Maoist camp during a joint combing operation. No casualties have been reported during the exchange of fire.

Malkangiri Superintendent of Police (SP), Jagmohan Meena said there were around 50 Maoists, including some leaders, at the camp at the time of firing.

“Specifically, we can’t divulge as which Maoist leader was present at the camp, but there were a few Maoist leaders. Unable to face heavy firing from our side, the Maoists fled the spot,” Meena told The Telegraph newspaper.

According to reports, taking advantage of the difficult terrain and dense jungle as many as 50 Maoists, including their top leader Akkiraju Haragopal alias Ramakrishna alias RK managed to escape.

Police suspect that top rebel leaders had congregated at the camp to chalk out their strategy to carry out a major attack.

At least 45 Maoist kit bags, six AK fire ammunition, two INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) assault rifle rounds, six live 303, wire bundles, gas cutters 9 mm carbine magazine, explosive slurry and detonators were recovered from the camp.

Meanwhile, work on the Gurupriya River Bridge, which aims to connect about 151 villages of seven panchayats with Malkangiri District, has been extended for the fourth time after missing three deadlines.

An official said the bridge was expected to be operational by March end. “Out of the 22 concrete slabs, work on 19 has been completed. We hope to complete the work before the March end,” said the Malkangiri Public Works Department (PWD)’s Executive Engineer, Arun Kumar Sahu.

(South Asian Terrorism Portal)

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NIA Arrests Another Suspected ISIS Operative in Tamil Nadu

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on February 12 arrested Ansar Meeran (29) from an unspecified hideout in Poonamallee of Poonamallee Taluk, Tiruvallur District in Tamil Nadu.

Meeran is accused of being Islamic State (IS) sympathiser and for plotting terror attacks in Tamil Nadu

Meeran is the fourth accused stated in the First Information Report (FIR) of IS-Tamil Nadu case. Meeran and other eight accused were charged under Sections 120B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sections 17, 18, 18B, 20, 38, 39, and 40 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act [UA(P)A] 1967.

Meeran was produced before the designated Special Court and was sent to judicial custody at Puzhal Central Prison in Chennai District (Tamil Nadu). Meeran and his associates conspired the terror attacks, recruited members for IS, raised illicit funds, arranged travelling for individuals to travel to Syria and join IS, said an unnamed Investigation Officer (IO).

(South Asian Terrorism Portal)

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