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India refutes media claim
Published on 18 Dec. 2008 12:27 AM IST
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After Pakistani media reports that the sole surviving Mumbai terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Kasab having been arrested in Nepal two years ago turned out to be false, India has now denied a Nepali daily’s claim that its army team is in Nepal to hunt for the chief of a militant group. Kantipur, Nepal’s biggest daily, Wednesday reported that an Indian Army Gorkha Rifles team was currently in Nepal, looking for Jewel Garlosa, president of the Dima Halam Daogah (DHD), who faces over 100 cases in India’s Assam and Nagaland states for the murder of security personnel. Garlosa, whose outfit broke a ceasefire with the Indian government in 2003 and renewed attacks, is suspected to be hiding in Nepal, the daily said. The report was rejected by the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu that said it was baseless and false. “No Indian Army team has come to Nepal to look for Garlosa,” the embassy said. Security sources said that the report could have been triggered by an Indian Army group arriving in Kathmandu to take part in a trekking expedition. The DHD, also known as the Black Widow, was born in 1996 after the demise of its parent body, the Dimasa National Security Front. Estimated to have around 400 members, the DHD is seeking the formation of a Dimasaland for the Dimasa tribe that would include Assam as well as parts of Nagaland. It is known to be behind ambushes of security forces, arson, bombing, kidnapping and extortion. Similarly, the Indian embassy also dismissed media reports about Indian Ambassador Rakesh Sood meeting ousted King Gyanendra in a five-star hotel. Two Nepali language weekly newspapers had reported that Sood last week met Gyanendra in a five-star hotel and discussed the current political situation. The news reports were “totally false and baseless,” the embassy official said.

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