More Infiltrators Killed In J&K This Winter: Shinde

More Infiltrators Killed In J&K This Winter: Shinde

10 January 2014
The Daily Excelsior


New Delhi: India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim is in Pakistan and joint efforts with the US were being made to nab him, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said today. “As per our information, Dawood is in Pakistan. When I went to America last year to discuss inland security, I met the Attorney General who looks after the FBI. “I talked to him and we decided that we will pass whatever information we have on Dawood amongst each other. We decided we will make joint efforts,” Shinde said when asked about the whereabouts of Dawood who is wanted in a number of cases by Indian agencies including the 1993 Mumbai blasts. The minister was addressing his monthly press conference here. The Home Minister, on the same question about Dawood last year, had said all such wanted elements will be brought back “one by one”. “All will come. Just wait,” he had said. Dawood, who heads a vast and multifaceted illegal business, has emerged as India’s most wanted terrorist after the 1993 Mumbai bombings, which he allegedly organised and financed. An INTERPOL red corner notice is still pending against him. According to the US, Dawood maintains close links with terror outfit Al-Qaeda. As a result, the US declared him a “global terrorist” and pursued the matter before the United Nations in an attempt to freeze his assets across the world and crack down on his operations. During the tenure of Shinde as Home Minister, security agencies successfully brought back several wanted terrorists including Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, key plotter of Mumbai attack terrorists Fasih Mahmood aka Fasih Mohammed, Abdul Karim Tunda and Yasin Bhatkal. Shinde became the Home Minister on July 31, 2012. The NIA probe into the circumstances leading to the arrest of alleged Hizbul Mujahideen militant Liaqat Shah is still on, Shinde said. Without elaborating further on the case, Shinde said any decision on the role of officials of Delhi Police or security agencies in the matter could only be taken once the probe was completed. National Investigation Agency (NIA) is probing the circumstances leading to the arrest of Shah, who was nabbed while returning from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) last year as per the surrender policy of Jammu and Kashmir Government. Talking about the security situation in J&K, Shinde said that Indian forces had killed more infiltrators this winter as compared to the last. “We have alerted local police and central paramilitary forces in this regard,” he said, adding that the infiltration this winter in the area had come down as compared to the last. Replying to a separate question during the Minister’s monthly press conference here, Home Secretary Anil Goswami said that a “detailed investigation” was underway into the role of senior Delhi Police officers during the December 16, 2012, gangrape case in Delhi. “We will soon be giving a report in this regard to the Home Minister,” Goswami said. The Centre will ask all State Governments to set up review or screening committees to assess role of minority youths languishing in jails on terror charges without trial. Shinde said he will again write to the Chief Ministers this time asking them to set up screening or advisory committees on the lines of Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) to review cases of minority youths languishing in jails. “I am again writing to all Chief Ministers saying we will appoint a screening or advisory committee like in the case of POTA. These will be state-level committees,” he said in reply to questions after presenting his report of Ministry for December. Shinde said that he had earlier asked all Chief Ministers to ensure that no innocent minority youth is wrongfully detained in the name of terror. “I had written to all Chief Ministers to be careful while arresting youth of minority community. That I said in my earlier letter and it was not one community but all those who are concerned.