A Special CBI court in Patiala on February 5 awarded life sentences to Abdul Latif, Dalip Kumar and Yusuf Nepali for abetting and conspiring with terrorists who hijacked the Indian Airlines flight IC-814 to Kandahar in Afghanistan on December 24, 1999. They were found guilty on various counts, including murder1.
The Union Government on February 7 decided to re-impose the ban on Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) for two years for its anti-national activities2.
The DMK paper Murasoli quoted the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi as stating that the LTTE would not be allowed a free run in the state. The report further noted that as many as eleven LTTE cadres, 92 LTTE supporters were arrested during the last 20 months of the DMK rule. It noted that 40 of the arrested were detained under National Security Act3.
Meanwhile, the US Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Mike McConnell, while briefing the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence noted that the “Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and other Kashmir-focussed groups will continue attack planning and execution in India. Shia and Hindu religious observances are possible targets, as are transportation networks and government buildings…"4