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IEDs: Hidden Danger

On September 16, 2022, one Frontier Corps trooper was killed and three were injured when Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) cadres targeted a Frontier Corps vehicle with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on Sabzal Road at Podgali Chowk in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. BLA ‘spokesman’ Azad Baloch claimed responsibility of the attack.

Assam: Islamist Shadow

On August 31, 2022, Police arrested Amjad Ajmal Hussain, an Ansar al-Islam/Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) suspect, in the Fatasil Ambari neighborhood of Guwahati in Kamrup (Metropolitan) District. 

Maoist: Targeting Intelligence Flows

On August 30, 2022, Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres killed Irpa Rama Rao (30), the deputy Sarpanch (head of the Panchayat, village level local self-Government institution) of Kurnapally Gram Panchayat, branding him a ‘police informer’, in the Cherla Mandal (administrative sub-division) of Bhadradri Kothagudem District, Telangana. Police disclosed that four CPI-Maoist came militia (people’s army) members went to Rao’s residence late in the night of August 29, woke up his wife Kanak and told her that they were taking Rao with them. In the early hours on August 30, the militia members brought him back to the village, smashed his head with an axe and left him dead in a pool of blood on the outskirts of the village. A letter from the CPI-Maoist Cherla-Sabari Area Committee was left at the spot, stating that the deceased had been working as a ‘police informer’ and was consequently punished. The letter also cautioned the public not collaborate with the Police for greed of the money offered.

Odisha: Malkangiri: Mainstreaming Maoists

Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

Jharkhand: PLFI: Rankling Irritant

On August 18, 2022, Police arrested Badal Oraon, a cadre of the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a splinter group of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), from Badchorgai under Bagdu Police Station limits in Lohardaga District.

Chronicling the Lived Experiences in a Conflict Zone: Dispatches from Jammu and Kashmir's Doda

It was late afternoon in mid-1996 when people began to arrive at our house to inquire about the health of my badi mummy (aunt), cousin, and brother. The whole conversation centred on the magnitude and effect of a bomb detonation in a neighbouring arcade, where three of my family members were caught up.

Balochistan: Targeting Oil and Gas

On August 3, 2022, Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) cadres blew up the gas pipeline in the Chashma Aab area of Mach in the Kachhi District of Balochistan. BLA ‘spokesman’ Azad Baloch claimed responsibility for the attack and warned, "Our such attacks will continue till the independence of occupied Balochistan."

Balochistan: Targeting Outsiders

On June 20, 2022, two labourers from Sindh were shot dead by unidentified assailants in the Hoshab area of Kech District in Balochistan. Four assailants riding motorcycles opened fire on the office of a road construction company in the zero-point area of Hoshab and killed the labourers, who were working on an under-construction road that would link Turbat with Hoshab.

China’s SIGINT facilities in Cocos Islands, a threat to India

The Coco Islands are two islands in the north-eastern Bay of Bengal. They are part of Yangon region of Myanmar.

Manipur: NRFM: Splintering hazard

On May 6, 2022, an improvised explosive device (IED) blast was reported from the residence of R.K. Virendra at Khurai Thoidingjam Leikai in Imphal East District. This was the second blast reported within 24 hours. Though no casualty was reported, three vehicles parked in the area and windows were damaged due to the force of the blast.

Chinese debt-trap: Africa should take lesson from Sri Lankan economic crisis

The island nation of Sri Lanka is facing one of the worst economic crisis, skyrocketing inflation, food shortages and weak government finances. This has been an outcome of a sharp rise in foreign debt since 2010, reaching 88 percent of the country’s GDP in 2019, causing a severe economic crisis.

India and Nepal: Connecting for mutual prosperity

India and Nepal enjoy age-old bilateral relations and special ties of friendship, mutual understanding and cooperation.

Andhra Pradesh: Remnants of a Revolution

On February 15, 2022, a 17-year-old woman Dalam (armed squad) member of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), whose identity has not been disclosed as she is a minor, surrendered before the Police in East Godavari District. She had joined Maoists rank in 2019.

Telangana: Failing Struggle

On January 18, 2022, three Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres were killed in an encounter with the Police in the Karriguttalu Forest area under the Venkatapuram (Nuguru) Mandal (administrative sub-division) in the Mulugu District of Telangana, close to the Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The slain Maoists were identified as Venkatapuram-Wazedu ‘area committee secretary’, who hails from Chhattisgarh; Madakam Singe aka Shanta, Kommula Naresh aka Buchanna, Yellandu-Narsampet ‘squad commander’, from Jaggaihapet village under the Regonda Mandal in Jayashankar Bhupalpally District, and Kovasi Mooyal aka Kailas of Cheekupal village in Dantewada District, Chhattisgarh. A constable of the Greyhounds, Telangana’s elite anti-Naxal [Left Wing Extremism, LWE] squad, sustained injuries in the encounter. One SLR [Self Loading Rifle], one INSAS [Indian Small Arms System] assault rifle, 10 Rocket Launchers, and other materials were recovered from the encounter site.

Blasphemy: The Murderous Faithful

On December 3, 2021, a violent mob at the Wazirabad Road in Sialkot city (Sialkot District) of Punjab tortured a Sri Lankan national, Priyantha Kumara, to death over blasphemy allegations before burning his body. Kumara was accused of blasphemy for allegedly tearing down stickers of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) from a wall of factory. Kumar was working as a senior manager at a leading Sialkot factory that manufactures and exports sports products,