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Black Widow ultras surrender arms
Bijay Sankar Bora
Tribune News Service

Guwahati, September 15
Responding to September 15 deadline set by the Union Home Ministry, cadres of proscribed tribal militant outfit, Dima Halam Daogah (J) or Black Widow have surrendered their weapons to set the stage for a peace process with the Government of India.

Inspector General of Police (Special Task Force), PP Singh informed The Tribune that total 374 cadres of Black Widow group had surrendered their weapons including some sophisticated weapons till Monday to set the stage for peace negotiation. Out of these 193 cadres surrendered arms on Monday while the rest did so on Sunday. The outfit had earlier given a list of 350 cadres. They have deposited weapons at the headquarter of Fifth Assam Police battalion at Sontila in the hill district.

The cadres are coming over ground under the leadership of a deputy commander in chief senior leader of the outfit Daniel Dimasa while commander in chief Niranjan Hojai who was believed to be in foreign soil is still being expected to join the peace process. Those who have handed over their weapons are now being kept under heavy security at a Red Cross hospital at Jatinga in the hill district. They will be shifted to designated camps once the government gives its nod for the peace process after verifying the weapons surrendered by the outfit.

The chairman of the outfit Jewel Garlosa and another senior leader Partha Warisa had been arrested by Assam Police from a Bangalore hideout on June 3 last serving a severe blow to the outfit which has been running amuck in North Cachar Hill district and adjoining areas in Assam since the year 2004 perpetrating rampant killings and extortions.

Once their chairman fell into the hands of the police, the outfit declared unilateral truce and appealed for peace negotiation with the Government of India. However, the Centre set the pre-condition that all cadres would have to surrender arms for a peace process to happen.

Rampaging Black Widow militants jeopardised works on East West Corridor project of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) as well as a gauge conversion project of Indian Railways causing irreversible delay in implementation of these projects besides causing huge cost escalation.

According to Assam police Garlosa masterminded killing of about 200 persons. The police believes that Black Widow is in possession of a huge amount of money as well as the biggest armoury among all the militant groups in Assam.

Meanwhile, Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC), the main tribal regional party in hill areas has hailed the process of surrender of weapons by Black Widow cadres. ASDC general secretary Kalijoy Sengyung hoped that the Centre would capitalise on the opportunity to establish permanent peace in the troubled hill district to pave the way for development.

China tension: NSA summons meeting

Nitin Gokhale, Tuesday September 15, 2009, New Delhi

China's soldiers, helicopters and now even fighter jets have been intruding into Indian territory and airspace in the last month. Beijing's new aggressiveness comes even as talks continue to resolve the border issue.

Though, officially both sides are playing down the incidents, NDTV has learnt that the National Security Advisor (NSA) is clearly worried and has called a meeting of the government's highest China policy making group on Thursday.

Each day seems to bring more bad news from the Chinese border.

Air intrusions:

* Chinese fighters intrude in Eastern India

NDTV has learnt that for the first time in several years, two Chinese Sukhoi planes intruded into Indian air space in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.

Significant timing:

* Incident a day before key meeting

Although the Air Force says it has no conformation of this incident, intelligence sources say it happened on August 6, just a day before India-China talks on the boundary issue were being held in New Delhi.

Some in the Indian establishment believe that this was a mischievous move. Then there are other incidents.

Tension areas:

* Incursion in Uttarakhand

On September 7, Chinese soldiers on horseback came three Km inside Indian territory at Barahoti in Uttarakhand

Alarmed by increasing border violations and aggressive signals by the Chinese, NSA MK Narayanan has convened a meeting of the China Study Group on Thursday.

Narayanan will meet the Cabinet Secretary and Secretaries of Defence, Home and External Affairs besides the chiefs of the three Armed Forces and the Intelligence Bureau and the RAW to formulate Indian response to the developing situation.

Indian policy makers believe that the recent trend of aggressive patrolling, assertive transgressions and vituperative articles in state media aimed against India, is all part of the larger Chinese design to keep India off balance.

Despite 13 rounds of talks, Beijing and New Delhi have not made much progress on the boundary issue and these fresh incidents have only added to the unease.

China training, arming militants against India

Nitin Gokhale, Monday September 7, 2009, New Delhi

China denies incursions by its troops into Indian territory across the Line of Actual Control. But NDTV has exclusive information that China is actively training and arming insurgent groups in Manipur and Nagaland.

On video, an alleged Manipur militant is interrogated. Intelligence officials say he confirms that China is training Manipuri militants.

Sources say at least 400 cadre of a Manipuri insurgent group, the People's Liberation Army (PLA), have been undergoing arms training in China's Yunnan province for the last year. Ronie, alias Robindro, a self-styled major of the Manipur PLA, brags "16 platoon went to China recently, some of them have come back."

The insurgents travel to Yunnan via Myanmar. Arms for these militants also come via this route. And China's role doesn't stop at training militants.

Issac Chisi Swu, chairman of the NSCN, a Naga insurgent group, which is still upholding a ceasefire with India, has been hosted in Beijing and Kunming this May. His main officer in charge of acquiring weapons has also been twice to China.

According to intelligence operatives, a Chinese company supplies machine guns and hi-tech communication equipment to both Naga and Manipuri militants. Anti-aircraft guns have also been acquired from China by these groups, which are currently in Myanmar.

The arrested Manipuri militant has told interrogators that the PLA and other Manipuri groups are being armed and trained by Chinese experts in Myanmar. This is apparently in preparation for a major showdown with Indian security forces next year.

IAF fighter drops bomb accidentally
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
A major tragedy has been avoided due to sheer providence. An Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter aircraft accidentally dropped a weapon that it was carrying under its wings over the deserts in Rajasthan last night.

A French made Mirage-2000 combat aircraft was on a routine night flying practice session when it dropped a 250 kilogram bomb near the barren lands of Pokhran, Rajasthan, well sources confirmed. The bomb exploded and caused crater in the ground. It landed away from habitation and was off-target, said a source while adding that it could have caused damage had it hit a habitation or any of the defence installation.

It was a “practice” bomb. The aircraft had taken off from a base in Central India and the pilots were practicing in the night when the accident occurred. A court of enquiry has been ordered.

A source added that there could either be a problem with the “pods” - which hold the weapons to the plane - or the pilot could have erred in judgement and released the bomb earlier than intended.

The IAF is tight lipped about the accident. Mirage is one of the front line fighters India. The avionics of these fighters are being upgraded.

In a separate incident, a pilot had died in an air crash near Bathinda when the MiG 21 he was flying crashed. The pilot had sacrificed his own life in trying to save a village where his plane was set to crash land.

NSA calls meeting to discuss Chinese incursions

New Delhi, September 15
Apparently concerned over repeated incursions by Chinese troops, National Security Advisor MK Narayanan has convened a meeting of top officials, including Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrasekhar and Secretaries of Defence, Home and Foreign Ministries.

The meeting of the China Study Group has been called to take stock of the situation along the Sino-India border, official sources said here tonight.

Besides Chandrasekhar, the meeting would be attended by Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar, Home Secretary GK Pillai and Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao.

Top officials of the three armed forces and the Intelligence Bureau would also attend the meeting. — PTI

DGPs, stand up!
Cops should serve only the people

IN their own ways, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambram have underlined the need for modernising the police force in such a way that the new-age policemen can be equal to the challenges posed by internal as well as external forces. While addressing a conference in Delhi of Directors-General and Inspectors-General of Police organised by the Intelligence Bureau, Dr Manmohan Singh favoured a new-age policeman who is well-trained, more professional and suitably empowered, Mr Chidambaram did some plain-speaking while underlining the fact that policemen have been reduced to a football, being kicked from one post to another.

The Home Minister pointed out that the policemen too have allowed themselves to be used by the ruling establishment in many states. The IPS officers have the protection of the Constitution and yet they allow themselves to be kicked around by the politicians for their convenience. This happens because the officers are themselves hankering after cushy posts, favourable transfers and quick promotions. In many states the relationship between the politicians and the police top brass is too cozy for comfort of citizens whose interests the police is to protect.

There are some pliable police officers who become subservient because they want to have a share of the extracurricular gains that come with the misuse of authority. It is no secret that certain thanas are so “lucrative” that they are virtually auctioned off to the highest bidder. In such a situation, politicians, moneybags and corrupt police officers join hands to rob the government and the public alike. Apparently, the Centre wants to break the unholy nexus.

The operation to replace the spine of the police force has to start from the top. The IPS officers are the best placed to call the bluff of the politicians who want to treat policemen for their ends. If they show the necessary grit, morality and integrity, the message will seep down to SHOs and other ranks. That will ensure that the police actually does what it is meant to do — serve the public — instead of the high and mighty.

Western Command marks 62nd Raising Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
Several events marked the 62nd Raising Day of Western Command at Chandimandir Military Station today. It was on this day in 1947 that the Western Command came into being at Delhi.

A solemn wreath laying ceremony was held at the Veer Smriti war memorial to pay homage to martyrs. A wreath was laid by Lt Gen MS Buttar, Chief of Staff, Western Command. A ceremonial guard reversed arms as a mark of respect to those who had laid down their lives in the line of duty, while buglers sounded the Last Post followed by the Rouse. Senior officers, JCOs and other ranks were present on the occasion.

In his special order of the day, Lt Gen TK Sapru, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, said the Indian Army’s ethos of accepting its grave responsibility and having an unwavering will to succeed was ingrained in all soldiers.

Stating that the sacrifices made by our heroes and the path shown by them would be the driving force in all future ventures, he added that we re-dedicate ourselves to work towards sustaining and building up the indomitable traditions of valour that were the hallmark of the Army.

General Sapru said the Command was instrumental in effectively blunting the Pakistani aggressions in 1947, 1965 and 1971, and subsequently carrying the battle into enemy territory, thereby underlining the resilience and offensive spirit of the men who form part of this Command. The victories won by Western Command have enabled the country to have an upper hand in the negotiations that followed at the end of each conflict.

A ‘bara khana’ for troops in the afternoon and a get-together at the Shivalik Officers’ Institute, which was attended by civilian and military dignitaries, were also organised on the occasion.

Raised as Delhi and East Punjab Command and controlling all formations with an operational role in the territorial areas of the present Western, South Western and Northern Commands, it was redesignated as Western Command in January 1948. In 1954, the Command Headquarters moved to Shimla.

After the 1971 Indo-Pak war, Northern Command, Headquartered at Udhampur, was carved out of it to assume responsibility for Jammu and Kashmir. The year 2005 again saw reorganisation of the Western Command after South-Western Command based at Jaipur was raised.

The Command has also played an important role in disaster management and aid to civil authorities in times of need, besides training para-military forces in specialized operations.

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