The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has opened its branch office in Ahmedabad. The place has been allotted at BSNL office on SG Highway, just a few metres from the Gujarat ATS office. More than five cases of Gujarat related to alleged terror activities, including Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN), drug seizures which have a direct or an indirect link to terror activities and hijacking are currently being probed by NIA.Police sources said SSP Dhruman Nimbale, a 2010 batch Punjab batch IPS officer who hails from Gujarat has been put in charge of the branch.IPS officer Dhruman Nimbale, who was in the news following frequent transfers as SSP in various districts of Punjab, was moved to the NIA in July 2022. Nimbale has seen 18 transfers in eight years and is known as an expert against illegal mining.The Gujarat Branch of NIA has already started calling on police officials and police personnel who had applied for posting in NIA. Officers and police personnel posted in NIA get security allowances in addition to their pay scale. A top police officer said, “Many senior police officers have applied for posting in NIA branch at Ahmedabad.”NIA was formed in December 2008 after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Its headquarters is in New Delhi and it had 12 branch offices in the country, before the Gujarat branch. These include branches in Jammu, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Raipur, Ranchi, Ahmedabad, Guwahati and Kolkata.Gujarat is a border state that shares both land and sea border with Pakistan. There have been instances of Gujarat ATS having intercepted boats from Pakistan and Iran carrying large quantities of drugs.
#New YorkAmericans are remembering 9/11 with moments of silence, readings of victims’ names, volunteer work and other tributes 21 years after the deadliest terror attack on US soil.Victims’ relatives and dignitaries will convene Sunday at the places where hijacked jets crashed on Sept 11, 2001 - the World Trade Centre in New York, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.Other communities around the country are marking the day with vigils, interfaith services and other commemorations. Some Americans are joining in volunteer projects on a day that is federally recognised as both Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance.The attacks have cast a long shadow into the personal lives of thousands of people who survived, responded or lost loved ones, friends and colleagues. Agencies
The ongoing probe into the brutal killing of Kanhaiya Lal in Uadipur has revealed that the registration number of accused Riyaz Attari’s bike had a connection with the Mumbai terror attacks.Sources said that Riyaz’s bike, RJ 27 AS 2611, was bought by him to remember the terror attack in Mumbai on November 26, 2011.The police team is working on collecting further details of the purchase of the bike and how the accused took the special number. Reportedly, the bike number 2611 was taken after depositing an additional Rs 5,000 in 2013.According to police, after the murder of Kanhaiya Lal in his shop on June 29, the accused fled on this bike, but were later arrested in Bhima town falling under Rajsamand.The motive of the accused behind the bike number linked to the date of Mumbai attack will also be investigated.
AHMEDABAD: The strong camaraderie between the four men accused of being a part of the 1993 Mumbai blasts plot led to their capture, said the officers of Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad. On Wednesday, the ATS officers said that the four had strong bonds since 1985 when they formed the Arjun Gang, named after a Sunny Deol starrer. On Tuesday, Gujarat ATS officers said that they had arrested Abu Bakar, 52; Sayyed Qureshi, 52; Mohammad Shoeb Qureshi alias Shoeb Bawa, 52; and Mohammad Yusuf Ismail alias Yusuf Bhatka, 51. They were all originally the residents of Mumbai. They were caught near the airport in Sardarnagar in Ahmedabad. They were produced in a local court and remanded to seven days’ custody. During their interrogation in connection with the forged passports case, the cops sensed that the four were intensely loyal to each other. “All except Abu Bakar went to Oman in 1995. In 2000, Abu Bakar ended up there as well and each ran his own business,” an ATS officer said. “But they used to live together. If they had to part for some reason, a reunion was always planned once in six months.” The ATS officer said that the four had obtained new passports. Abu Bakar and Shoeb Qureshi got their passports as Bengaluru residents. Sayyed Qureshi got his from Villupuram in Tamil Nadu, and Bhatka as a Mumbai resident. As their passports were valid only up to March 23 next year, Yusuf Bhatka started searching for an agent to get new passports. “The agent who had helped them get their passports earlier had died four years ago. Bhatka found a Mumbai agent,” the ATS officer said. “Bhatka offered to go alone to make inquiries but the rest insisted on joining him.” They landed in the city on May 7. “We got inputs that the four Arjun Gang members were moving together,” the ATS officer said. “Their desire to stick together led to their arrest.” The four accused initially worked with the smuggler brothers Mohammed Ahmed Dosa and Mohammed Mustafa Dosa, who were close associates of the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. After the Babri Masjid demolition, the Dosa brothers were summoned by Dawood to his residence in Dubai to plan massive terror attacks in Mumbai and other places of the country. The four of Arjun Gang attended that meeting in which they were allegedly told to undergo training in Pakistan for the operation. According to police, the four travelled illegally to Pakistan and were trained to use weapons and handle explosives. They got arms and ammunition by the sea but before they could strike, Tiger Memon, a Dawood aide, orchestrated the blasts on March 12, 1993. The four then fled. Sections of the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act were invoked against them and they were also charged with waging war against the nation.
One of the most awaited films of the year, ‘Major’ is based on the life of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, the decorated NSG commando who laid down his life while saving dozens during the 26/11 terror attacks.As the film inches closer to its theatrical release, the makers organised a special screening of the trailer for Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.Actor Adivi Sesh and director Sashi Kiran Tikka met with the Defence Minister on May 1 in Delhi wherein the team showed the trailer of the film and discussed the story of the national hero. Adivi Sesh portrays the titular role of Major Sandeep in the film.Rajnath Singh unveiled the slogan of the film. The words ‘Jaan Doonga Desh Nahi’ in tricoloured font set against a pure white canvas. These words are the fundamental philosophy by which Major Sandeep lived. The slogan highlights his spirit, the emotion by which he saw the world. For him, the country always came first.During the course of interaction, the Defence Minister appreciated the team for their efforts. He congratulated the director Sashi Kiran Tikka and Adivi Sesh for presenting the story of a brave hero of India. The makers would soon be organising a special screening of the movie for Defence Minister and his family.Celebrating the spirit of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s life, ‘Major’ traces the varied phases of the beloved soldier’s life, sneak peeks of which were witnessed in the teaser that has been playing in cinemas with all the recent blockbuster movies.Designed for the big screen experience and mounted on a large scale, the bilingual film was shot in both Hindi and Telugu, and will release in Malayalam as well. The film offers an insight into Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s dedication, courage, sacrifices, love and spirit of life.Produced by Sony Pictures International Productions in association with Mahesh Babu’s GMB Entertainment and A+S Movies, ‘Major’ is directed by Sashi Kiran Tikka, and stars Adivi Sesh, Sobhita Dhulipala, Saiee Manjrekar, Revathi, Prakash Raj, Anish Kuruvilla and Murali Sharma. It will be released in Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam on June 3.
Haryana Police on Thursday claimed to have foiled a major terror attack bid with the arrest of four ‘highly radicalised Punjab-based terrorists, who were in touch with Pakistans Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), from the Bastara toll plaza in Karnal in a joint operation with their Punjab counterparts and Central security agencies.A large cache of arms, ammunition and explosives were seized from their possession. The accused persons were going to deliver the explosives at Adilabad in Telangana, the police said.Besides key accused Gurpreet Singh, who had met Rajbir Singh, an associate of Pakistan-based handler Harjinder Singh Rinda, in jail, the other suspects have been identified as Bhupinder Singh, Amandeep Singh and Parminder Singh, all from Punjab.They were arrested from the toll plaza when they were on their way to Delhi in a white Toyota Innova.As per the police, the four suspects were in touch with Rinda. Earlier, the terrorists supplied IEDs twice at Nanded in Maharashtra.Additional Director General of Police (law and order), Sandeep Khirwar, said the police have recovered three IEDs, one Pakistan-made pistol, 31 cartridges and Rs 1.30 lakh in cash from the arrested persons.Officials said the weapons were air-dropped using a drone at the behest of Rinda in Ferozepur, Punjab. During interrogation, Gurpreet confessed that they received the explosives from across the border.Superintendent of Police, Ganga Ram Punia, told the media that the terrorists were in regular touch with their handlers in Pakistan who sent locations to them to deliver explosives and weapons.According to forensic experts, each box carried a timer, a detonator and a battery. The detonator and timer were connected to the IEDs but they were not power connected yet.While Gurpreet Singh, Amandeep Singh and Parminder Singh are residents of Ferozepur, Bhupinder Singh is from Ludhiana.Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij said the explosives were supplied to the accused by Rinda using drones and they had to deliver them at Adilabad in Telangana.He said the case is being investigated and more information will be revealed after the inquiry is completed.A case under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Arms Act has been registered against the accused at the Madhuban police station in Karnal.
At least four people, including three Chinese citizens, were killed and several others injured in a explosion inside the University of Karachi campus on Tuesday in what police termed a terror attack, media reports said.The incident occurred near Confucius Institute - a China-funded teaching centre, Geo News reported, citing rescue sources.According to the reports, the blast took place in a van near the Confucius Institute. The dead Chinese comprised two women and one man, all employees of the institute. The fourth fatality was a male driver.Rescue and security agencies reached the site location and cordoned it off.Police sources said that there were seven to eight people in the van.The injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital, where the condition of three of the injured, which comprises another Chinese national is said to be critical, Geo News said.While Deputy Inspector General of Police, East, Muqaddas Haider said it was too early to say and Superintendent of Police, Gulshan, said that an investigation is being conducted, Karachi Police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon said that according to the initial investigation, it was a terror attack and a burqa-clad woman may be involved in the suicide blast.
A terror attack in Pakistan’s metropolitan city Karachi has claimed lives of Chinese and Pakistani nationals, in what is being seen a targeted attack on Chinese nationals in the country.As per details, the blast occurred outside the Karachi university campus of IBA (Institute of Business Administration), in a vehicle parked outside the campus building with at least three Chinese nationals and a driver aboard.The blast set ablaze the parked vehicle in flames, killing the three Chinese nationals — one male and two females, and a driver in what is now being suspected as a targeted suicide bomb attack, carried out by a burqa-clad female bomber.The killed Chinese nationals include Zhang Xiaoping, director of a Chinese language institute of IBA called Confucius Institute. The other two female Chinese nationals were also part of the faculty of the same institute. Police authorities, the rangers and the bomb disposal squad cordoned off the area and later confirmed that the explosion in the vehicle was a terror attack. “Clear marks of ball bearings can be seen on the vehicle, which confirms that it was a terror attack. It can also be seen that one side of the van is more damaged, which also signifies that the attack may have been done by a suicide bomber who exploded after reaching close to the vehicle from one side,” said an eye witness.It can also be seen no crater emerged in the ground, which also clarifies that the attack was not done through an improvised explosive device.Police authorities say that investigation is being done and forensics will be taken along with the CCTV footage of the institute to ascertain the actual cause of the blast.The attack has been claimed by Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), a banned terror group operating out of Balochistan province in Pakistan.The attack was carried out by a Baloch female suicide bomber, who belonged to the Majeed Brigade.”The mission was carried out by first female fidayee of the Brigade. Fidayee Shari Baloch alias Bramsh today added a new chapter in Baloch resistance history,” read a press release issued by BLA.”Majeed Brigade of Baloch Liberation Army accepts responsibility of today’s self-sacrificing attack on Chinese in Karachi,” the BLA press release added.After the explosion, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah contacted the police chief. The IGP informed the Chief Minister that the blast took place inside a van near the Commerce Department of the university.The chief minister also ordered the Karachi commissioner to submit a report on the bombing.This is a first attack by a female suicide bomber from the BLA in Pakistan, adding massive concerns over the security situation in the country, which has seen a major surge in terror attacks by various terror organisations including the Baloch separatists and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).China’s increasing influence, investments and presence in Pakistan has also been questioned and criticised by Western powers and has been targeted by various terror organisations in the past.The latest attack targeting Chinese nationals raises serious security concerns and challenges for Pakistan’s security forces.
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat high court on Monday questioned the income tax department whether the amount received as compensation for death can be considered an income taxable under the law. Compensation was received for a death during hijacking of Pan Am flight 73 that was hijacked in 1986.The taxation department sought time to address the court on this issue and the court has posted hearing on this subject on March 14. When the issue of law arose, the court said, “This is a unique case. This is something interesting.” The case pertains to the I-T department’s demand of tax on certain amount of Rs 18.6 crore compensation received for death of one Trupti Dalal in a terrorist attack. The compensation was awarded by a court in Columbia in the US. Trupti’s husband, Kalpesh Dalal, has filed the petition objecting to I-T department’s notices issued last year seeking to levy tax on the amount he received towards compensation for his wife’s death and for reopening an assessment for the year 2013-14 and 2014-15.Trupti was one of 43 victims in the terror attack on the flight that took off from Mumbai for New York and landed in Karachi for a layover, where four gunmen entered the flight and shed blood of the passengers in September 1986. Libyan government took responsibility of the incident and paid $1.6 billion in compensation to the US in 2004. The victims’ families filed lawsuits and the Dalal family received Rs 18.60 crore in three instalments between 2012 and 2014, Dalal’s lawyer submitted and added that such an amount received as death compensation cannot be considered an income taxable under the I-T Act. The bench of Justice J B Pardiwala and Justice Nisha Thakore questioned the I-T department whether it is seriously contesting the matter. To this,the department’s lawyer said, “We have full sympathy that is a different issue, but..” The court interjected, “We will not go by sympathy, but it makes sense in what the petitioner’s advocate is submitting that something received as compensation, can it be taxed?”After a brief discussion on facts of the case, the department’s lawyer submitted, “In order to decide whether this amount is taxable or not, would it not be proper to go into sufficiency of reasons?”
Ahmedabad: More than 13 years after 20 bomb blasts had Ahmedabad convulsing in terror, a special court here on Tuesday held 49 persons guilty and acquitted 28 others. The coordinated terror attack on the city on the evening of July 26, 2008, had killed 56 people and injured 246. The case also included the planting of 29 bombs in Surat, which did not explode and were found a couple of days later. On Wednesday, the court will decide on the quantum of punishment for the convicts and the compensation for the victims. The synchronized bomb blasts which ripped the city through a span of 90 minutes had the nation shocked as it was seen an upgrade terror strike preceded by low-intensity blasts across India in Varanasi, Jaipur and Bengaluru. Top Gujarat cops cracked the case in record 20 days with a major breakthrough coming as 15 phone numbers, which were used only on July 26 and never after, leading to a massive police hunt nabbing accused from 11 states across India including Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, and Uttar Pradesh. Special judge A R Patel read out the operative part of his 6,752-page judgment in a videoconference in 6 minutes flat. In all, 78 persons had been put on trial. Special judge Patel granted the benefit of the doubt to 28 persons after evidence against them was found inadequate. The court granted pardon to one accused, Aijaz Saiyed, who had turned an approver. Two persons accused of conspiracy and sending threat mails and subsequently claiming responsibility for the terror strike, Mubin Shaikh and Mansur Pirbhoy, have been acquitted. Among the 49 convicted are a former leader of the banned outfit Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), Safdar Nagori, and his associates. P 2 & 3
Riteish-Genelia reunite for quirky comedyBollywood couple Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza are all set to star in the upcoming Shaad Ali film, Mister Mummy. The comedy drama will tell the story of a grumpy man, played by Riteish, inexplicably getting pregnant. At the core of the movie is the story of a couple with opposing choices on the matter of children. Destiny, though, has something else planned for the childhood sweethearts as they set off on a mad, bumpy ride in this comedy drama of revelations and realisations. The film will also mark the reunion of Riteish and Genelia on screen after a decade. They were last seen together in 2012’s Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya.Randeep Hooda has injured self on set of crime thriller seriesActor Randeep Hooda recently suffered an injury on the sets of his upcoming web series Inspector Avinash. According to a source, Randeep got injured while performing an action sequence.After the mishap, he “took some safety measures and used frozen packs to numb the area so he could complete the shoot”. Only after the shoot was completed, he went to see a doctor. Inspector Avinash is a crime-thriller show and is currently being directed by Neeraj Pathak of Sunny Deol-starrer Bhaiaji Superhit fame.Adivi Sesh’s ‘Major’ finally finds releaseAfter being postponed more than a couple of times, Adivi Sesh’s biographical movie Major is to hit the screens finally on May 27. Now in the last leg of its making, Major is to have Adivi Sesh playing the 26/11 braveheart, NSG Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan.Major traces Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s journey from childhood, teenage years and years with the Army, up to his tragic end during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.Directed by Sashi Kiran Tikka, the film was shot simultaneously in Telugu and Hindi. It will also be released in Malayalam. Sobhita Dhulipala, Saiee Manjrekar, Prakash Raj, Revathi and Murli Sharma are the other prominent members of the cast.Kher’s hilarious take on Sam’s ‘Oo Antava’Anupam Kher uploaded a humorous video of a Hum Aapke Hain Koun! song edited to the tune of Samantha Ruth Prabhu’s item number Oo Antava from Pushpa: The Rise. Kher’s edited video features late actress Reema Lagoo as she seems to lip-sync to the item song, followed by the entire scene edited in a way that is in sync with Devi Sri Prasad’s Telugu composition, which is burning the charts. Adding to the humour, Kher wrote: “Samdhan Ji is back.” He added: “Keeping with the trend. An iconic song from #HumAapkeHaiKoun appreciates a very popular song from #Pushpa in its own inimitable style! Enjoy! #Koka #AajHamareDilMei @alluarjun @Samanthaprabhu2 (sic).”
The 73rd Republic Day functions on Wednesday will be held under tight security after central intelligence agencies issued terror attack warnings. Gujarat is taking special congnisance of the warning given that it is a coastal state sharing both its land and sea borders with Pakistan.Police sources said keeping in view the terror threat perceptions, tight security arrangements have been made with extra teams of Bomb Detection and Disposal Team, Anti-Sabotage teams and police force kept on high alert.“The intelligence generated by central agencies quoted several terror attacks which took place during the past one year. The incidents mentioned in the intelligence are detection of drones in the border area, the Gazipur incident, tiffin bombs terror attacks, which have taken place at several places in the country. The intelligence agencies have also warned about possible attacks by Khalistan terror groups.“Gujarat being a coastal state and Gir-Somnath itself being a coastal district, we have also beefed up security. Marine police, Coast Guard and Navy, all are on high alert,” said a senior officer. “We have witnessed the Mumbai attack of 26/11 which was carried out by Pakistan-based terrorist, hence we have taken all precautions and security measures. We have also deployed drones for surveillance of the coastal region,”he said.Sources said keeping in view the recent spread of Covid, the R-Day will not be longer than 35 minutes, in which Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, Governor Acharya Devrat will share the stage with other dignitaries. “There will be a select 600 guests at the function. Four people will be vaccinated as a symbolic gesture to promote vaccination and 12 children who have been given bravery award by PM Narendra Modi will be feted. Some Covid Warriors and those rewarded under the Karuna Abhiyan will also be honoured at the event. The programme will be conducted with all Covid-19 protocols in place,” said a government source.As part of the celebrations, a march-past will be held by 19 platoons of ICG, RAF, SRPF, Marine police and local police, while the dog show and the horse show have been cancelled. However, police dogs and horses will take part in the march-past. There will be no tableaus atthe function.
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat high court has issued a notice to the Income-Tax department after a petition questioned the tax demand on death compensation granted by a US court. The compensation was awarded by the court to the family of Trupti Dalal, a victim of 1986 Pan Am flight 73 hijacking incident. Kalpesh Dalal has filed a petition in the HC objecting to I-T department’s notice issued on March 31, 2021 seeking to levy tax on the compensation amount. His wife Trupti was one of the 43 victims of the terror attack on the flight in September 1986. It had taken off from Mumbai for New York and landed in Karachi for a layover when four gunmen took control of the aircraft and killed 20 people. Dalal’s advocate submitted that the Libyan government took responsibility for the incident and paid $1.6 billion in compensation to the US government in 2004. The victims’ kin then filed a lawsuit in a US court for compensation. A compensation of Rs 34,24,526 was disbursed to the Dalal family between 2012 and 2014. In 2014, when the I-T department issued a summons for investigation into receipt of the compensation, it was informed that the amount was received as a result of the lawsuit in the US. In 2021, the I-T department reopened the assessment considering that Dalal sought to escape income assessment. It once again issued notice to Dalal and sought to levy tax on the compensation amount. He has challenged the I-T notice and questioned whether the amount received towards compensation on US court’s order can be considered taxable at all. The bench of Justice J B Pardiwala and Justice Nisha Thakore issued notice to the I-T department and sought a reply on whether death compensation amount awarded by a court of foreign country is liable to be taxed, and under which provisions of law it intends to levy the tax. The high court has temporarily stayed the department from proceeding further in this case.
South actor Adivi Sesh’s multilingual feature Major, based on the life of 2008 Mumbai terror attack martyr Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, has been postponed from its scheduled February release due to the rising cases of Covid-19.The Sashi Kiran-helmed action drama was gearing to open theatrically on February 11. The film traces the journey of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, who selflessly fought to save the lives of people during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.“The release of #MajorTheFilm stands postponed owing to the pandemic. The new release date would be announced at the earliest possible time,” the makers posted on the official Twitter account of the film. The note further read that the makers decided to defer the release as there are “restrictions in various parts of the country”.Backed by south superstar Mahesh Babu, Major has been delayed a number of times owing to the coronavirus pandemic.The film also stars Sobhita Dhulipala, Saiee Manjrekar, Prakash Raj, Revathi and Murli Sharma in pivotal roles.Major is produced by Sony Pictures Films India in association with Babu’s GMB Entertainment and A+S Movies.
A powerful blast in Pakistan’s Punjab province’s provincial capital Lahore has claimed at leat two lives and injured dozens, in what is being seen as a targeted terror attack.As per locals, Lahore’s hub of wholesale markets, located around the Lohari Gate area, which is a congested and densely-populated vicinity, was rocked by a powerful blast, claiming lives of at least two, including one teenager, and injuring at least 25 others. Among the injured, 22 are men while three are women.”The blast was so powerful that we could see things flying in the air,” said a local shopkeeper of the area.Officials are suspecting that the blast was of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as a deep crater was formed at the site of the blast.”Investigation is in the initial stage and the nature of the blast can not be ascertained without a probe,” said DIG Operations Lahore Dr. Muhammad Abid Khan.Meo Hospital, the closest to the blast site, has received at least 27 people till now, out of which, at least two people were received dead, while 25 others are under treatment. Hospital authorities say that at least 5 more are in critical condition.The blast was so powerful that at least nine shops and establishments got damaged, including a private bank, while dozens of motorbikes, stalls and other roadside selling points caught fire.No group has claimed responsibility of the attack even as security forces cordoned off the area to carry out investigation into the tragic incident.Lohari gate area is part of Lahore’s old city, with narrow streets and congested localities. The market is known to be frequented by lower class and poor people, who opt to buy cheaper things for themselves.At the time of the blast, a big number of locals were present in the market.
Punjab Police have cracked the case of hand grenade attacks, including the attack at the Pathankot army camp, by busting a major terror module backed by International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) with the arrest of its six operatives.The SBS Nagar police have also recovered six hand-grenades, one pistol (9 mm), one rifle (.30 bore) along with bullets and magazines from their possession, Director General of Police (DGP), V.K. Bhawra, said here on Monday.Those arrested have been identified as Amandeep, Gurwinder Singh, Parminder Kumar, Rajinder Singh, Harpreet Singh and Raman Kumar, all from Gurdaspur.As per the information, in two instances, some unidentified persons had hurled hand grenades at Pathankot — one near Chakki Pull on November 11, 2021 at about 9.30 pm, another outside Triveni Dwar, 21 sub-area of the army in Pathankot, on November 21 at about 9 pm.Separate FIRs in this regard were registered in Pathankot.The DGP said during preliminary interrogation, the accused revealed that they were directly in touch with self-proclaimed chief of ISYF (Rode), Lakhbir Singh Rode, and his close aides, Sukhmeetpal Singh alias Sukh Bhikhariwal and Sukhpreet alias Sukh, for planning the terror attacks.”The entire cache of the recovered hand grenades, arms and ammunition were pushed in from across the international border by Lakhbir Rode, and the arrested accused persons had been tasked for further attacking the pre-identified targets which were mainly police and defence establishments, religious places etc.,” the DGP said, adding that the accused also confessed to have lobbed hand grenades twice in Pathankot.SBS Nagar SSP Kanwardeep Kaur said the police have also registered a case at a police station in Nawanshahr. “Further investigations are on,” she added.Notably, the role of Lakhbir Rode was also found in the killing of Comrade Balwinder Singh at Bhikhiwind on October 16, 2020, besides in the recovery of IED, RDX, arms and ammunition from his relative Gurmukh Singh Rode from Jalandhar in August 2021.Sukhmeetpal Singh, alias Sukh Bhikhariwal, who is presently lodged in Tihar Jail in Delhi, was also involved in the killing of Comrade Balwinder Singh and in the case of murderous attack on Honey Mahajan at Dhariwal on February 10, 2020.He was deported from Dubai in December 2020. Sukh Bhikhariwal provided foot-soldiers, arms and ammunition, logistics, funds etc. for the execution of the criminal acts.
Ahmedabad: Madhuri Rahate, one of the nurses in the night shift at Cama Hospital in Mumbai, was one of the staff members trapped inside the hospital which was targeted by Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab on November 26, 2008. Cama Hospital was where the presence of mind of the staff prevented the terrorists from taking hostages. âWe earlier thought there was a celebration going on with the noise and people running amok. We soon realized that something was amiss â I saw two guards just collapsing after gunfire. A panicked message by the telephone operator asked us to implement complete blackout,â recounted Rahate, a staff nurse at the hospital on Thursday. âWe were ready with spirit to attack terrorist and used stretchers to block path amid blackout. We even prevented the children from crying, lest the intruders know any specific location.â Rahate was among the three nurses â the two others being Yogita Bagad and Laxmi Shetty â who were virtually present on the occasion of launch of documentary âMore Than Uniform: Nurses at the Frontline of 26/11â on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the terror attack on Mumbai at IIM Ahmedabad (IIM-A). The documentary is created by IIM-A professor Rajesh Chandwani along with a team from National Institute of Design (NID) led by Anshuman and consultant Vinita Satija. âWe were working on a project of disaster management by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) when we stumbled upon the case of Cama Hospital. We generally associate a good response with thorough training and company ethics â but here was the case where the nurses worked on their intuition and humanity to ensure that all the patients get saved,â said Prof Chandwani, adding that the documentary will be launched on YouTube on Friday that encompasses first-hand account of 11 staff nurses. The nurses said that it took a long time for them to come out of the trauma of the incident. âSome training and preparedness will surely help the staff. But at the end of the day, if we don the uniform, itâs our moral responsibility to put the patients first,â said Shetty. Prof Chandwani said that the learning from the event will be taught in the HR practices course to the IIM-A students.
A Pakistan national arrested by Delhi police’s special cell in October this year was brought to Gujarat Forensic Science Laboratory (GFSU) for narcoanalysis.Sources said he had been living in India for years on forged identity and had allegedly entered the country through the Bangladesh border touching Siliguri.Narcoanalysis involves intravenous administration of drugs such as sodium pentothal, scopolamine and sodium amytal that causes the subject to enter into various stages of anaesthesia. In such conditions most of the time the subject reveals truth in a sub-conscious mental state. Sources said that the terror suspect named Mohammed Ashraf was arrested by Delhi police’s special cell from Laxminagar area of the national capital. Police claimed to have recovered an AK-47 rifle and grenades from Ashraf who was being handled by a person named Nasir from Pakistan, supposed to be backed by Pakistan’s Inter Service Intelligence (ISI).Sources told Mirror that Ashraf had got his fake identity documents from Bihar and even married a woman from Ghaziabad.A team of Delhi police is also camping in Bihar to track down his contacts who helped him forge the identity documents. He had also procured a passport in 2014.Sources said they are also interrogating Ashraf, from where he got the AK-47 assault rifle and grenades. “We suspect Ashraf was planning a major terror attack during the upcoming festive season,” added a highly placed source.According to sources, Ashraf was constantly in touch with his handler Nasir through various secure communication channels. He was allegedly receiving money from Nasir in the name of his Ajmer- based friend.“He was brought here as a part of investigation and to know more about his local contacts,” said a senior police official.