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three prisoners from Indian side to the hijackers at Kandhar airport.Masood Azhar had founded the outfit Jaish-e- Mohammad that later masterminded the attack on Indian parliament in 2001. Ahmed Omar Sayeed Sheikh was allegedly involved in 9/11 attack in USA and was also alleged to be involved in the abduction and murder of Daniel Pearl. He was later arrested by Pakistan in 2002. And Mushtaque Ahmed had played active role in training Islamic militants in POK. 2001, June 1. 2100 IST. The Narayanhiti Royal Palace, Kathmandu. The King of Nepal Birendra Vikram Shah, the queen Maharani Aishwarya and eight more family members were massacred to death. Five more were seriously injured. The weapons used were Colt rifle, submarine gun, shotgun and 9mm pistol. The royal family had gathered on monthly reunion dinner. Crown Prince Deependra was officially blamed for these killings. He also died of bullet injuries. The stories of conspiracy and involvement of next King Gyanendra and his son Paras are still rife in Nepal. The ISI and Maoist involvement have also been talked about frequently. In the aftermath, the sole Hindu nation in the world Nepal became a secular country, the power of the Royal family was gradually seized and Nepal headed for an absolute democracy. 2013, August 28. Motihari, near the Indo Nepal border in Bihar. Founder leader of Indian Mujahideen (IM) Mohammad Ahmed Siddibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal was arrested by Indian security forces. Nepal Intelligence agencies had earlier spotted him and informed the IB in New Delhi. He was on the most wanted list of NIA. He, a resident of Karnataka, was trained for explosives in Pakistan in 2006. On interrogation, on 31 August 2013, he admitted to have recruited young unemployed youth from North Bihar & Nepal for terror attacks across India. NIA court in Hyderabad sentenced Yasin to death in 2016. It’s noteworthy that he was involved in Zaveri Bajar & Dadar bomb explosions in Mumbai on 31 July 2011, that saw 27 dead and 130 injured. He was also wanted in the German Bakery blast in Pune on 13 February 2010, which saw 17 dead. Maharashtra ATS had earlier announced a prize of Rs 10 lakhs and Delhi Police had put a prize money of 15 lakhs on him. Yasin had a knowledge of Unani Medicine and was called ‘Doctor’ by the locals where he was staying. While roaming in North Bihar he often wore ‘burka,’ and was always accompanied with a group of persons, who were his guards in disguise. 2018, February 13. Ariz Khan, an alleged IM militant linked to the serial blasts in UP, Gujrat and Delhi, and had escaped during the Batla house encounter in Okhla, Delhi, was arrested near Sharda Inter College, Banbasa on Indo Nepal border. There was intelligence information that SIMI and IM had established bases in Nepal to train recruits from India. Ariz was a key person for these camps. He had forged fake papers of nationality of Nepal, married a hindu Nepali girl and got her converted to Islam. She was now called Sara. The above mentioned few examples suffice to bring home the crucial point that the Indian intelligence agencies had certainly failed to foresee these anti-national activities along the Indo Nepal border on either side. The policymakers sitting in New Delhi seemed to be more obsessed with the operations in the Jammu and Kashmir, and in the bargain they loosened their hold on the other frontiers. Be it LTTE in Sri Lanka, various outfits in North East, Rohingyas from Myanmar or the Maoists in Nepal, Indian authorities 45 | May 2018 | www.smartgovernance.in