India releases list of most 50 ‘most wanted fugitives’ in Pakistan

Dawood IbrahimTurning more heat on Pakistan, India today released a list of 50 “most wanted fugitives”, including underworld don Dawood Ibrahim , 26/11 mastermind and LeT founder Hafiz Saeed and dreaded terrorist Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi , hiding in that country.

Hafiz Saeed, who is involved in Mumbai terror attack and various other attacks in India, tops the list which also includes Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar , the principal accused in the 2001 Parliament attack after his release in exchange of hostages in the Khandhar hijack episode in 1999.

The government’s action comes in the midst of acute discomfort for Pakistan which has been tying itself in knots over the charge of sheltering al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a unilateral US special forces action in Abbottabad.

The list includes names of al Qaeda operative Illyas Kashmiri, who is accused of transnational crime and conspiracy to commit various terrorist acts in India, close associates of Dawood, Memon Ibrahim alias Tiger Memon, Shaikh Shakeel alias Chhota Shakeel, Memon Ayub Abdul Razak, Anis Ibrahim Kaskar Shaikh, Anwar Ahmed Haji Jamal and Mohammed Ahmed Dosa, all involved in the 1993 serial bombing in Mumbai.

Chief of Hizbul Mujahideen Sayeed Salauddin, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front founder Amanullah Khan, Punjab terrorists Lakhbir Singh, Paramjit Singh Panjwar, Ranjit Singh alias Neeta and Wadhawa Singh were also named as most wanted fugitives.

Names of Mumbai terror attack case accused Sajid Majid, Major Iqbal, Major Sameer Ali, Sayed Abdul Rehman alias Pasha and Abu Hamza were included in the list of fugitives.

Key Dawood gang members Javed Patel, Slaim Abdul Gani Gazi, Riyaz Abu Bakar Khatri, Munaf Abdul Majid Halari, Mohammad Tainur, Khan Bashir Ahmed Ainul Haq Khan, Yakub Khan, Mohammad Shafi Memon, Irfan Ahmed Gulzar, Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan, Ishaq Atta Husain alias Ali Moosa, Sagir Sabir Ali Shaikh, Aftab Batki find mention in the list of India’s most wanted fugitives.

Rashid Abdullah alias Abu Rehan, involved in 2008 Bangalore blasts, LeT commander Cheema Azam, Syed Zabiuddin Jabi, who was involved in 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, Indian Airlines IC 814 hijacking case accused Ibrahim Athar, Azhar Yusuf, Mistri Zahur Ibrahim alias Bhola, Sayeed Shahid Akhtar, Shakir Mohammad alias Ram Gopal Verma, Abdul Rauf are also included in the list.

Sufiyan Mufti, prime accused in the Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya muder case, three accused in the 2003 explosion in Mumbai’s Mulund railway station – Nachan Akmal, Khan Wazhul Kamar and Chaneparambil Mohammed Bashir -, Yaqoob Khan Pathan, involved in recruitment of Indian boys for terrorist activities and Amir Khan, who was involved in transnational crime, also included in the list.

Superstar Rajinikanth bares ballot, votes for ‘2 leaves

CHENNAI: ASuperstar Rajinikanth bares ballot, votes for '2 leaves'ctor Rajinikanth cast his vote on Wednesday just like many other voters in Chennai. But there was a difference. While others went behind the makeshift ply-board screen to exercise their franchise in privacy, the actor was caught in the act of pushing the button against the two-leaves’ symbol on the electronic voting machine by the flashing cameras.

Mobbed by the huge gathering of media representatives at the polling booth in Stella Maris college, which falls within the Thousand Lights constituency, a smiling Rajinikanth, unaware of the mischievous visuals and the controversy brewing over his secret ballot being bared, said, “The price rise is an issue and we want a stable government. This election is crucial and very tough.” However, after the initial enthusiasm, a couple of television channels that began to telecast the visuals showing Rajinikanth pressing the button hastily pulled back the visuals after a warning by the chief electoral officer Praveen Kumar. “Telecasting such visuals is a crime. Both the videographer and the broadcaster will be punished,” the officer told TOI.

Sources said the actor, who had a date with the DMK chief M Karunanidhi in the evening to watch a film, informed Kalaignar’s close aides that the channels had insisted on him repeating the act of pressing a button and his finger had strayed to the two-leaves’ symbol representing the AIADMK candidate B Valarmathi in a symbolic gesture. The DMK leadership seems to have accepted the explanation as Karunanidhi watched the film Ponnar Shankar’, scripted by him, with Rajnikanth at the Prasad preview theatre in the evening.

In the run up to the elections, many politicians, including the deputy chief minister and Kolathur candidate MK Stalin, had called on Rajinikanth to seek his support for the elections. Interestingly, in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, the actor came out of a polling booth of the central Madras constituency happily showing two fingers in a sign of peace, a symbolic indication of which party he had voted for.

Later in a conversation with TOI, Rajinikanth was non committal about taking the political plunge. “Politics, I don’t know. Let’s see, God only knows,” he replied to a query. Speaking at length on the corruption issue, he said he would like to join the Anna Hazare movement. “I will join Anna Hazare in his fight against corruption, which is a major issue in the country now. We should tackle it in a big way,” he said.