Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh
SFs arrested two NSCN-K militants identified as
'sergeant major' Wangphiam Letey Lowang and Hangdam Aboh from
Deomali town in Tirap District. Wangphiam was arrested from Borduria
village, while Aboh was arrested from Laptang village. One AK-47
rifle with magazine, 30 live rounds of ammunition, a .22 pistol
with five live rounds were seized from them.
Both the militants were involved in kidnapping
and killing of businessman, MB Singh of Deomali town in January
Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh
SFs killed an ULFA-ATF militant, in an encounter,
at Mudoi village in Lohit District.
Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh
Three NSCN-IM cadres, including the "commander"
of Khonsa town committee of the outfit and a United Liberation
Council of Arunachal Pradesh cadre were arrested from Damdam village
at Khonsa in Tirap District. Three pistols with ammunition, explosives,
detonators and extortion notices were recovered from them.
Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh
An Assam Rifles trooper sustained minor injuries
in an exchange of fire with NSCN-IM militants at Soha village
near Deomali town in Tirap District. The exchange of fire lasted
for about three hours, informed Tirap SP Vikramjit Singh. The
incident happened when the cadres of NSCN-IM launched an assault
on healthcare workers, including doctors, of Soha for not meeting
their ransom demands.
Reacting to the reported exchange of fire between
NSCN-IM and security forces in Soha village, ACR has asked NSCN-IM
officials and cadres to exercise the "tolerance" and avoid "unproductive
Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki informed
the Assembly that more security personnel will be deployed in
insurgency dominated Tirap, Changlang and Longding Districts of
the State soon. The Chief Minister said that a batch of newly
recruited Police personnel is undergoing training at training
camps and they will pass out shortly. As-soon-as they pass out
they will be deployed in different areas of these Districts to
maintain law and order situation as per requirements, he said.
The Centre acknowledged the fact that anti-national
activities of CPI-Maoist in some Districts of the north-eastern
States are posing a threat to internal security.
In a reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union
MoS for Home Affairs RPN Singh said, "The Assam-Arunachal border
has emerged as another theatre for Maoist activities. The CPI
(Maoist) are trying to establish organizational base in the Northeast
with a view to forge relations with other insurgent groups to
meet its military requirements." According to him, while Maoist
activities have been reported in 2012 in Dhemaji and Tinsukia
Districts of Assam, Maoist influence has been noticed in Dibrugarh,
Sonitpur and Chirang Districts. The movement of the Maoists have
also been reported in Lohit and lower Dibang valley Districts
of Arunachal Pradesh. The Upper Assam Leading Committee (UALC)
of the CPI (Maoist) is operating in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh
and has been involved in incidents of looting of weapons and extortion
from local villagers. The UALC is also engaged in recruitment
and training of cadres of militant outfits in Assam. The foray
of CPI (Maoist) into the sensitive north-eastern States is fraught
with serious strategic implications since it has potential trans-border
MoS for Home affairs RPN Singh further said that
the Centre has alerted the State Governments concerned in this
regard. The Home Ministry is also monitoring the situation closely
and is sending advisories, as and when required, based on intelligence
inputs, the Minister added.
Longding District of Arunachal Pradesh
SFs arrested two NSCN-IM cadres, identified as
Silai Pansha and Wangsiang Wansha, from Longding Niru village
in Longding District.
December 17: SFs rescued abducted
Assam small tea grower Pradip More and his associate, Chandrapal
Sharma, from a remote hilltop at Khainala area under Namsai Police
Station in Lohit District. SFs launched the operation three days
ago. The duo was abducted by militants of the ULFA-ATF and UPDF
and were kept in a makeshift camp, said Namsai Police Station officer-in-charge
A joint team of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam Police
arrested a 'brigadier' of the NSCN-IM, Absalom Raman alias Absalom
Tangkhul, from a village in Tirap District along Assam-Arunachal Pradesh
border. "This is probably the biggest catch of an insurgent leader
in Arunachal Pradesh", the sources claimed. The NSCN-IM 'top gun'
was active in Tirap and Changlang Districts for over 10 years and
was behind the ingress and establishment of NSCN-IM in an area previously
dominated by NSCN-K.
December 3: Suspected UPDF militants recently abducted
businessmen, Pradip More (42) of Naolia in Dibrugarh District of
Assam, from Likanag Kkhamtigaon under Namsai Police Station in Lohit
District. According to Police source, the victim was abducted while
he was supervising work at his newly raised green tea garden located
at Likang Kkhamtigaon in Namsai.
November 5: Longding District administration has
taken effective steps to bring succor to the families affected by
the NSCN-IM-NSCN-K factional clash at Ojakho village and provided
them with food, blankets, utensils etc. Further, a company of 4
Rajput Rifles placed at Ojakho village is trying to rebuild the
confidence of the people.
November 1: The cadres of NSCN-IM and NSCN-K clashed
in Ojakho and Chasa village in Longding and Tirap Districts which
left one NSCN-IM militant dead and injured another cadre. Seventeen
houses in the villages were completely gutted and two others destroyed.
October 26: SFs arrested a militant belonging to
ULFA-ATF identified as Upakul Moran from Longvi village in Changlang
District. SFs recovered a China-made AK-series rifle, three magazines
and 67 rounds of ammunition.
October 8: Security Forces arrested a UPDF militant,
Jina Kapat, at Wagun village in Namsai sub-division of Lohit District.
October 5: Insurgent outfits in Changlang District
had been illegally mining coal, using the proceeds for buying sophisticated
weapons from arms dealers based in Thailand and China. On March
26, 2012, Union home ministry wrote to the coal ministry drawing
its attention to the illegal mining being undertaken at the 45-km-long
Kharsang block by Naga militants. Home ministry also requested the
coal ministry to consider taking over all the coal mining operations
in the state. "The Arunachal government has taken the necessary
steps to ensure that these outfits no longer use the mines," said
Shambhu Singh, joint secretary North East, Union home ministry.
October1: SFs arrested seven cadres of the UPDF,
including its 'commander-in-chief' Sumona Munglang, from Mimi village
near Namsai in Lohit District.
September 22: ULFA-ATF is trying to promote a new
militant outfit in Arunachal Pradesh for its own benefits. Highly
placed Security sources told the newspaper that a new militant outfit
named as UPDF backed by ULFA-ATF has cropped up in Arunachal Pradesh.
September 21: Union Government has alerted Assam
and Arunachal Pradesh on the resurgence of anti-talks faction of
ULFA-ATF and Ranjan Daimari faction of NDFB-RD, taking advantage
of the security gap created by the recent ethnic violence in Assam.
September 19: Increased activity of ULFA-ATF militants
from camps located at Manabhum and Kharsang area in Arunachal Pradesh's
Changlang District has become a major headache for the SFs. The
report adds that ULFA-ATF had recently set up several camps in the
two areas bordering Tinsukia District with help NSCN-K.
The camps were reportedly set up under the command
of one Rohendra Moran, a former office-bearer of the AAMSU and an
September 15: Arunachal Pradesh Police rescued a
tea garden manager from Lohit District who was abducted by armed
militants of the UPDF on September 12. C.N. Pandey, the manager
of Sati tea estate at Piyom under Namsai subdivision in Lohit District,
was abducted at gunpoint from his home.
May 12: UHM P. Chidambaram asked
the Arunachal Pradesh Government to be on guard against Maoists
who are reported to have already achieved "minimal presence" along
the state's boundary with Assam.
September 14: One ULFA militant was killed and another
injured in an encounter with the Army at Insushi village, Nangtao
under Namsai circle in Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh in the
September 10: SFs have arrested five underground
activists including three UPDF cadres and two - ULFA-ATF militants
at Lohit District in Arunachal Pradesh during separate operations.
SFs arrested one Nakkya Chakma, second-in-command
of the UPDF during an encounter at Emphum Village under Chongkham
circle of the District. A pistol, three mobile handsets, live ammunitions
and incriminating documents were recovered from him.
SFs in the District of Lohit and Changlang arrested
two UPDF militants. A UPDF militant identified as Unseng Pomong,
was arrested at Bamchuk Village under Namsai circle in Lohit District
while another UPDF cadre Ranjit Chakma, and was arrested from Joypur
Village under Diyun circle in Changlang District.
SFs arrested a ULFA-ATF militant, identified as
Rongmon Gogoi, from Wingseng Nongtaw Village under Namsai circle
in Lohit district last night. A grenade and explosives weighing
three kilogram were recovered from his possession.
SFs arrested an ULFA-ATF linkman Indrajit Maran
from the area and recovered an IED from his residence.
September 8: SFs arrested 'Finance Secretary' and
third in command of UPDF, Hemchandra Barphukan alias R Gohain
(42), from Chowkham area of Namsai sub-division in Lohit District.
September 6: Three hardcore UPDF cadres surrendered
before the Deputy Commissioner of Lohit district, Commanding Officer
of 12 Assam Regiment and Superintendent of Police, Lohit District.
A 12-hour bandh (General Shutdown strike)
called by the NESO affected six northeastern States. The Bandh was
called to protest against atrocities on people from the region in
cities outside the region and against influx of illegal migrants
into the region. The bandh was supported by student unions of these
States, which are part of NESO. The bandh affected life in Mizoram,
Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and tribal-inhabited
areas of Tripura.NESO organised a rally in Guwahati, which was attended
by 26 student organisations of the region.
August 24: Four linkmen of the UPDF have been arrested
in connection with extorting money from businessmen at Bijoypur
in Itanagar (Papum Pare District). They were identified as Anil
Chakma, Chowpinto Thaman, Sanjiv Singh and Arvind Singh. During
the course of interrogation Anil Chakma admitted in collecting money
from the area and depositing the amount with one Bishnu Chakma.
The ransom letter was written on UPDF pad and signed by its 'commander'
Sumana Munglang, and its 'finance minister' R Gohain.
The six other accused still at large were Bishnu
Chakma, Boksu Chakma, Patharmoni Chakma, Dayalu Chakma and Mytiodhan
Chakma. The UPDF had been continuing extortion in Bordumsa (Changlang
District) area to strengthen their organizational setup.
August 7: SFs arrested three NNC militants at Deomali
in Tirap District. The arrested militants were identified as 'private'
Joywang Moingchan, 'corporal' Toto Rochill and Wangtung Socia.Rochill,
a resident of Surrumi in Zunheboto District of Nagaland, said he
had been an active cadre of NSCN-K from 2007 to 2010 and joined
NNC in 2010.
July 27: SFs arrested a top NSCN-IM cadre identified
as 'Sergeant Major' Wangpan Mophuk alias Sina Mophuk from Khonsa
in Tirap District.
July 25: SFs arrested three Maoists from Kaupatani
village under Mahadevpur Police Station of Lekang circle in Lohit
District. Those arrested were identified as Nipenjyoti Chetia (30)
of Haru Dirak village, Totong Neog (18) of Barmigai village, both
under Kokapathar Police Station of Tinsukia District in Assam and
Jintu Chetai of Dhola village Police Station in the District. Police
seized demand notes and three mobile sets with seven SIM cards from
SFs arrested one Bitu Chakma, member of UDFB from
July 22: Assam Rifles (AR), with support from Arunachal
Pradesh Police arrested one NSCN-K cadre, identified as Winnok Nokbi,
from Khonsa in the District. Apart from an extortion note signed
by 'major' Johan and an extortion amount of INR 670, a pair of combat
shoes was seized.
July 19: Security agencies have busted the "blueprint"
of the action plan of the CPI-Maoist in the Northeastern region.
According to the road map, Maoists have plans to form a "strategic
zone" comprising hilly terrains of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao
Districts of Assam and Dibang valley of Arunachal Pradesh.
July 10: Six militants including four militants
belonging to NSCN-K militants, one militant belonging to ULFA and
one NDFB militant surrendered at an Assam Rifles base in Joyrampur
in Tinsukia District. The militants deposited a 9mm pistol, a .38
revolver, two 7.65 mm pistol and 2.9 kilogram of RDX.
July 7: SFs arrested a 2008 batch of Myanmar trained
militant belonging to ULFA-ATF, identified as Manoranjan Gogoi alias
Arup Bora (25) of Bosa gaon of Sadiya in Tinsukia District, at Sitpani
in Mahadevpur near Namsai in Lohit District.
May 16: Top CPI-Maoist leaders, including one Moina
Dohotiya are actively involved in the outfit's expansion into the
northeast. The report quotes a source within the security establishment
as saying, "There are about 100 listed cadres and they have three
carbines, a couple of .315 rifles and pistols, few grenades and
one M16 rifle. In the middle and lower Assam regions, they are probably
at a very nascent stage. We have not observed any Maoist activity
in these places". The source further said, "The Maoists have so
far recruited youths from the state and few Khamti boys from Arunachal
Pradesh. However, unlike Jharkhand, there is just a sprinkling of
Adivasi youths here. There are couple of youths from Goalpara and
Kamrup district but the majority are from Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and
Golaghat districts and many from Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts".
May 12: UHM P. Chidambaram asked the Arunachal Pradesh
Government to be on guard against Maoists who are reported to have
already achieved "minimal presence" along the state's boundary with
December 24: SFs destroyed a major
training camp belonging to NSCN-K and ULFA in Namchik Reserve Forest
near Panchum under Kharsang circle of Changlang District.
A new militant group UPDF led by 'Commander-in-Chief'
Sumona Munglang has emerged in the State. The objective of the outfit
is to fight for creating an ADC out of nine Circles in Lohit and Changlang
December 18: SFs destroyed a training camp of the
NSCN-IM located deep in the forest near Longbu of Tirap District.
November 18: SFs intensified combing operation in
the area under Piyong Circle of Lohit District following the killing
of ULFA militants by SFs on November 17 in the District. Meanwhile,
Arunachal Police have identified certain locations at Piyong Circle
- Nangchow,Wingko, Bamchuk and Janglai villages along Assam-Arunachal
border as vulnerable.
November 17: SFs busted a hideout and killed three
militants of the ULFA in the Namsai Reserve Forest area in Lohit
District. Two of the three militants were identified as Kapil Bora
and Ramen Gogoi while the third remains unidentified. SFs recovered
one AK 47 rifle and grenades during the operation.
November 6: Two persons who were abducted by NSCN-IM
militants on November 2 were rescued from Bogapani Reserve forest
in Tirap District. The rescue team recovered an extortion note signed
by 'Colonel' Hormi Tangkhul.
November 2: Two persons were abducted by NSCN-IM
militants from Noksam colony at Deomali in Tirap District.
November 1: ULFA-ATF is imparting arms training
to CPI-Maoists cadres in jungles of Arunachal Pradesh.
October 24: A top NSCN-K cadre, identified as Laitwang
Wotey (35), was arrested by SFs in Bank Colony at Khonsa in Tirap
District. Two Chinese grenades and an extortion note and recruitment
letters of the organization were recovered from him.
September 26: Security measures have been stepped
up in Lower Dibang Valley District of Arunachal Pradesh following
intelligence reports of infiltration by some militants and Maoist
groups from neighbouring Assam.
September 25: ULFA and Maoists may try to disturb
the public hearing of 3000 MW Dibang Multi Purpose Project scheduled
to be held on October 24.
August 31: SFs arrested one NSCN-IM militant identified
as 'Collector' Teliam Panka (39) from Deomali in Tirap District
of Arunachal Pradesh. One .22 mm country-made pistol, four live
rounds and a forged driving license were recovered from him.
August 17: A joint Police team from Arunachal Pradesh
and Assam, including personnel of 26 Maratha Light Infantry regiment
of the Army, arrested four cadres of the CPI-Maoist from Mahadevpur
area under Namsai circle of Lohit District during an operation.
August 12: SFs arrested two NSCN-K militants from
Longkhao village under Longding sub-division in Arunachal Pradesh.
They were identified as a 'sergeant major' Abo Wangpan and 'second
lieutenant' Botai Wangsu. Both are senior cadres of the outfit and
were camping at the village for carrying out extortion activities.
August 11: Ahead of Independence Day celebrations,
SFs arrested three NSCN-K militants from Tirap in Arunachal Pradesh.
SFs arrested NSCN-K cadre identified as 'corporal', Tedam Ngowa
at Deomali, Tirap in Arunachal Pradesh. A .22 mm pistol with magazine,
five .22 mm lrounds, cash amounting to INR 2,500 and Kyat 20 (Myanmar
currency) were seized from him.
August 4: Three militants of NSCN-K surrendered
along with arms before SFs in a simple ceremony at the headquarters
of 19 Assam Riffles at Khonsa in Tirap District.
July 28: One ULFA-ATF 'sergeant major' Junmoni Gogoi
(26), a close associate of ULFA-ATF leader Jibon Moran surrendered
before the Security Forces at Jairampur base camp in Arunachal Pradesh.
He deposited one AK-47 and 16 rounds of live bullets.
July 13: Fierce shoot out is being reported NSCN-IM
and NSCN-K factions at Kothin, 35 kilometres off Khonsa, the District
headquarters of Tirap District. Police sources confirmed that heavy
encounter between the two factions have been going on for the last
two to three days, however, there is no report of any casualties.
SFs could not recover any dead body apart from discovering splatter
of blood everywhere.
June 19: The cadres of ANLF led by "commander-in-chief"
Hanglon Nocte and 'general secretary' Sepkam Lungphi, reportedly
merged with NSCN-K. In a statement 'ministry of information and
publicity secretary' of NSCN-K said ANLF members also deposited
"huge cache of arms and ammunition" in one of its mobile camp under
Changlang District, Arunchal Pradesh. According to the 'secretary',
the joined members vowed to "stand uprightly after chairman S.S.
Khaplang in all situations". ANLF "commander-in-chief", in his short
speech, said no force on earth could divide Naga family, the 'secretary'
March 16: The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS)
gave the green signal to the Army to flush out armed cadres of the
NSCN-IM and NSCN-K from Tirap-Changlang sector in Arunachal Pradesh.
The report said Army will launch a major offensive to flush the
NSCN-IM and NSCN-K from the eastern sector of Arunachal where their
cadres have been involved in major extortion and arms procurement
February 24-25: Over 35 cadres of the Isack-Muivah
and the Khaplang factions of the NSCN were killed on the night of
February 24-25 on the Tirap-Myanmar border cadres in the fierce
fighting when a 100-strong armed group, trying to enter Tirap from
Myanmar's Sagiang division, were ambushed by the rival Khaplang
faction, intelligence reports reaching New Delhi said.
This was the largest clash in an ongoing conflict
between the two groups since December 2010. Both factions are currently
in talks with the Centre and have been observing a ceasefire with
government forces. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), alarmed at
the escalating conflict, wanted the Assam Rifles and the Army to launch
an operation to disarm the NSCN cadres of both the factions but so
far the Army has resisted the pressure, arguing that these are not
banned groups and the clashes should be treated more as a law and
order issue than pure insurgency.
January 19: The special crime branch
(Kolkata) of CBI arrested an NSCN-IM cadre, identified as ‘lance
corporal’ Kaping Luikham, for his alleged involvement in the murder
of former Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) member from Arunachal
Pradesh Wangcha Rajkumar, from Imphal, the capital of Manipur.
December 27: One cadre belonging
to the NSCN-IM was injured when about 110 cadres of the rival NSCN-K
attacked a post of the NSCN-IM in Changlang District of Arunachal
December 22: Three militants belonging
to the NDFB-ATF were arrested from Bhalukpung in Arunachal Pradesh.
They were suspected to be involved in the killing of eight Hindi-speaking
persons in Boimara near Seijusa on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border
on November 8, 2010. Three 9mm pistols with live ammunition were
recovered from them.
September 4: At least 109 militants
of different outfits surrendered in Arunachal Pradesh in the past
eight years along with a huge quantity of arms and ammunition, Home
Minister Tako Dabi informed the State Legislative Assembly. Most
of the militants surrendered in Tirap and Changlang Districts before
the Army and Para Military Forces since 2003, he said.
August 2: At least 37 militants
surrendered before the Assam Rifles at Khonsa in Tirap District.
They included 23 NSCN-K and seven each from the NSCN-IM and All
Adivasi National Liberation Army (AANLA).
June 15: Three extortionists, linked
to an unspecified militant outfit, were attested by the Assam Rifles
personnel in two separate search operations in Changlang District.
INR 8 00, 000 was recovered from the possession, who were carrying
the ransom to deliver to representative of an unspecified armed
group in Changlang.
June 14: Two NSCN-K cadres were
arrested by troops during a search operation in the same Changlang
District. They were Myanmarese nationals.
June 13: A new outfit, Arunachal
Naga Liberation Front (ANLF), has emerged in the Tirap District
in May 2010. The NSCN-IM has already been active in the District.
The NSCN-K also brought in heavily-armed members of Myanmar-based
outfit KIA to gain an upper hand over its rival group in December
Confirming the launch of the ANLF
in the Paniduria area of Tirap in May, a Police source said that
the outfit was holding a training camp in the District under the
supervision of a self-styled ‘sergeant major’ who was a former cadre
of the NSCN-IM. Source said.
May 29: Two NSCN-K cadres were arrested
in a joint operation by a combined force of the CRPF, the Army and
Deomali Police in Tirap District.
May 27: A NDFB militant, Rahul Brahma,
one of the accused in the serial blasts on October 30, 2008, was
arrested by the CBI at Ziro in Lower Subansiri District.
May 24: Three NSCN-IM cadres were
arrested by Assam Rifles and Police, including self-styled ‘sergeant
major’ Athot, and four linkmen in an operation at Khonsa in Tirap
May 12: Suspected NDFB militants
abducted an Indian Forest Service (IFS) official of the Maharashtra
cadre, V.S. Bardekar, from Daimara village in West Kameng District.
He was on a private visit to Arunachal Pradesh when he was abducted.
April 4: Noklem Wansu, a hardcore
cadre of the NSCN-K operating in Longding sub-division of Tirap
District, was arrested by the Assam Rifles from Longding market
in Tirap District.
March 31: Twelve NSCN militants,
including a woman cadre, surrendered before the Assam Rifles at
Khonsa in Tirap District.
February 7: A NSCN-K militant was
arrested by the SFs, after an encounter at Longding sub-divisional
headquarters in Tirap District. One Police officer was injured in
the exchange of fire.
A NSCN-IM militant, was arrested
by the Assam Rifles personnel at Khonsa in Tirap. He was a prime
suspect in the killing of Wangcha Rajkumar, former Parliamentarian
of the Congress party, at Deomali in Tirap in December 2007.
January 17: Assam Rifles personnel
arrested a NSCN-IM cadre during a search operation in Tirap District.
December 13: The All Arunachal Pradesh
Students' Union (AAPSU) has alleged that 18 youths, aged between
18 and 23, were recruited by the NSCN-K from Pongchau circle in
Tirap District on November 19. Of the 18 reported recruits, 16 were
from Pongchau village while two others belonged to Bonia village
under Pongchau circle.
December 1: Nagaland Post quoting
UNI sources reports that 14 youths were abducted from Ninu village
under Wakka Circle of Tirap District in November 2009 by the NSCN-IM,
as part of its ongoing recruitment drive. However, according to
another source, a local man of Ninu Village, suspected to be an
NSCN-IM cadre, has reportedly recruited 16 youths from the village,
besides two from Longsom, three from Bera and one from Konsa in
the District, with a target to recruit 50 youths from Khonsa, Longding
and Kanubari Circles. The report adds that the District administration
is, however, not sure whether the youths had been abducted or they
voluntarily joined the outfit. Moreover, they are also resorting
to extortion and have employed some locals for the purpose, the
sources claimed, adding these were violation of the cease-fire ground
rules, the report said.
October 30: The manager of a road
construction company is abducted by around seven suspected NDFB
militants at Sereng under Nari Police Station in West Siang District
along the Arunachal Pradesh-Assam border.
October 20: The arrest of five youths
by West Siang District Police from Aalo has exposed the designs
of NSCN-IM to rejuvenate the National Liberation Council of Taniland
outfit by supplying arms to trained youths from Arunachal Pradesh.
October 12: The Nationalist Congress
Party's State unit president and former Home Minister Lowangcha
Wanglat said that one self-styled NSCN-IM area 'commander' threatened
of killing him if he ventured into Shoha near Deomali under Namsang
Assembly constituency of Tirap District to campaign for his party
candidate, Wanglong Rajkumar.
October 11: Suspected NSCN-IM militants
abduct 16 activists of the Congress party from Tirap District, fanning
fears in the area ahead of Assembly elections in the State on October
13. Sources said armed militants entered Chanu, Longsam and Chattong
villages under Kanubari circle in two groups, abducted 16 Congress
activists, including the party's block president Abu Wangpan, at
gunpoint and took them away to Mon District in the neighbouring
State of Nagaland. The report adds that on October 3, the NSCN-IM
militants had abducted five Congressmen, including the village chief,
from Langhua Basti in Kanubari and taken them to Lakhunbasti in
Nagaland. All the five were "released" on October 11 and returned
to their respective families.
October 5: A NSCN-IM cadre, Jupha
Sungam, is arrested by the troop from Zedua village in Tirap District.
He confesses during his interrogation that he met Panthai, 'town
commander' of the NSCN-IM, at Longding and handed over a pistol
to him. Later, the self-styled 'town commander' moved to carry out
extortion in the area. Interrogation also reveals that the NSCN
factions were trying to influence the outcome of Assembly elections
scheduled to be held in Arunachal Pradesh on October 13.
The Assam Riffles personnel arrest
two NSCN-IM cadres from Pongchau area in Tirap District. One 9-mm
pistol with 20 rounds of bullets and one single-barrel gun with
66 rounds of ammunition are recovered from their possession. Police
sources said that two NSCN-IM cadres had infiltrated in civil dress
with an intention of disrupting the Assembly polls.
October 4: A NSCN-IM cadre is arrested
by the troops from Zedua village of Longding circle in Tirap District.
September 21: 28 militants from
various outfits surrender at Assam Rifles battalion headquarters
in Khonsa of Tirap District. The militants deposit a large cache
of arms and ammunition.
September 3: The Security Force
personnel recover a cache of explosives from the Hatiduar reserve
forest of Lohit District. The seizure includes five detonators,
26 kilograms of improvised explosive device and packets of explosives.
August 24: Two NSCN-IM linkmen,
Joshua Ngobang and Samchang Wangsu, are arrested by the Police from
a hotel in capital Itanagar, for trying to extort money from three
politicians in Tirap District. Police have reportedly arrested them
after the Arunachal Pradesh Forest Minister Newlai Tingkhatra has
tipped it off about the NSCN-IM linkmen taking money from him. The
duo has also extorted money from a Legislator belonging to the Congress
party, Kamthok Lowang, and another politician from the District,
Anok Wangsa of the Naga People's Front. Each of them is asked to
pay INR 500, 000. The report adds that Naga militant outfits are
targeting politicians from the Naga-dominated Tirap and Changlang
Districts for extortion as the Legislative Assembly elections are
July 8: A senior official of a retail
chain was seriously injured in an attack by armed militants at Maxmart
Guest house in capital Itanagar. Police sources said four armed
militants intruded into the Maxmart Guest house in the morning and
started firing on Mukesh Choudhury, local manager of the Maxmart
shopping mall chain, seriously injuring him.
April 25: The ULFA has started extorting
money from traders in Arunachal Pradesh. The State Police said that
two cadres of ULFA's 28 battalion, Ghanakanta Saikia and Deepak
Bhuyan, were arrested from Bihpuria in Assam's Lakhimpur District
on April 24, for serving an extortion notice for INR one million
to a trader at Banderdewa in Arunachal Pradesh last week and intimidating
him. They were remanded to Police custody for 14 days by a local
magistrate next day.
March 19: Two NSCN-IM militants
are killed and three other injured during an internecine clash with
the rival NSCN-K cadres at Lapnam village in the Tirap District.
The Assistant Superintendent of Police in Tirap District, A.K. Ojha,
says about 50 armed cadres of the NSCN-IM carried out a sudden attack
on the NSCN-K hideouts. "The gunbattle, which continued for an hour
and left two NSCN (I-M) cadres dead and three injured, was pre-planned,"
he adds. Ojha says a Police team which visited the spot could not
trace the dead bodies, which are believed to have been taken away
by the outfit.
Another Police official in Tirap
District has said three NSCN-K cadres were killed and three of them
injured during the clash at Lapnam. According to him, the NSCN-IM,
which is dominant in the Tirap District, has been facing a tough
challenge from its rival group in recent months. He says the NSCN-K
has been able to establish its grip in the area with the help of
the ULFA and the UNLF.
March 13: Two NSCN-IM militants
and a cadre of the rival NSCN-K are killed in two separate factional
clashes in the Tirap District. The report added that the ULFA and
the NSCN-K are holding joint training sessions in the hilly interiors
of Tirap District to win the "turf war" over the NSCN-IM.
March 12: At least four militants
are killed during a clash between the combined cadres of the NSCN-K,
UNLF and ULFA on one side and the NSCN-IM on the other in the Tirap
District. Two slain militants are from the NSCN-IM and the other
two were the combined group of the three militant outfits.
December 1: At least 14 youths were
abducted by the National Socialist Council of Nagaland - Isak-Muivah
cadres from the Ninu village under Wakka circle of Tirap District
in Arunachal Pradesh in November 2008, as part of its ongoing recruitment
drive. The report added that a local man of Ninu village, suspected
to be a NSCN-IM cadre, had recruited 16 youths from the village,
besides two from Longsom area, three from Bera area and one from
Konsa area in the District, with a target to recruit 50 youths from
Khonsa, Longding and Kanubari circles.
August 29: The Arunachal Pradesh
Police arrest four persons, including a 'major' of the NSCN-IM for
running an extortion racket in the capital Itanagar. They are identified
as Nokngam Wangsa, the NSCN-IM 'major', Wangnam Nokte, a former
Assam Regiment trooper, Janlung Wangpan and Oyar Panor, a peon at
the civil secretariat in Itanagar. Panor, a local resident, used
to act as a linkman in the extortion racket. Police also recover
INR 110000 from Nokte, besides two mobile phone sets. Wangsa has
contacted Panor, who accompanied him to the house of a former Minister,
on August 27 and August 28, 2008 and demanded money.
June 17: Two militants of the United
Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA)
were killed during an encounter with Army personnel at Bandarkhati
Khamti village in the Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh. One pistol,
a revolver and an IED weighing ten kilograms were recovered from
May 22: A top ULFA leader, identified
as Suren Borah alias Baba Sonowal, was arrested by the Army from
Pasighat in the East Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh. Borah
was functioning as an important part in the outfit's operation in
Arunachal Pradesh as 'company commander' of the Charlie Company
of the outfit's 28th Battalion. According to Army sources, "Bora
was responsible mainly for providing logistical support to the members
of the outfit who use Arunachal Pradesh as a major corridor for
launching operations in Upper Assam." The sources also added that,
"He used to ferry all articles for the cadres of the outfit. Arms,
camp materials, clothes, food, medicines; you name it and he used
to arrange it." Borah who was a constable in Assam Police was first
arrested in 1992 for storing arms for ULFA. He was released later
but he did not come back to join the Police force. Instead, he joined
ULFA and went underground.
April 21: Nagaland Post quoting
Government sources reports that a Unified Command Structure would
be set up in Arunachal Pradesh to combat militants from neighbouring
Assam and Nagaland who are using the mountainous region as a base
to carry out their hit-and-run guerrilla strikes. Militant groups
like the ULFA are reportedly setting up well-entrenched bases in
the Tirap, Changlang, and Lohit districts. "The Unified Command
that is likely to be initiated would be similar to the one currently
operational in Assam," an unnamed senior official says. "The ULFA
is not only setting up bases in the state but also using Arunachal
Pradesh as a transit to Myanmar. We cannot allow our State to be
used by militants from other states for anti-national activities,"
he states. One police official says, "Extortion and kidnappings
are common place in parts of Tirap and Changlang districts by the
NSCN. The area is gradually becoming a lawless region." Meanwhile,
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu had earlier said that the NSCN-K was
on a recruitment drive in the State and abducted more than 50 local
tribal youths to join the outfit. "These are serious issues and
we cannot allow our peaceful state to be vitiated," he says. The
report adds that while the overall head of the Unified Command would
be Chief Minister Khandu, general officer commanding of the army's
Four Corps based in Assam's northern town of Tezpur Lt. Gen. B.S.
Jaswal would command the operations.
March 31: Army recovers US $100000
from a ULFA hideout at Mimi zone of Manabhum reserve forest. "The
Ulfa militants managed to escape with their weapons taking advantage
of the darkness, but our troops found the bag containing the cash,"
Colonel Harbir Singh, Commanding Officer of 11 Sikh Light Infantry,
January 27: Police arrest Tikhon
Mossang, an 'assistant section officer' of the NSCN-IM, while playing
cards with a government employee in the residence of Tingpong Wangham,
former Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, at Senki park in the capital
Itanagar. Mossang has served extortion notices to several Ministers,
high-ranking government officials and politicians.
December 26: Two National
Socialist Council of Nagaland - Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) cadres, M.B.
Singh alias Cobra and Changen Akhom, were arrested under
Deomali Police station in the Tirap District.
November 28: One civilian,
identified as Tultul Shah, was killed and 14 others injured in a
bomb attack by the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) militants
at Bordumsa in the Changlang District.
November 23: Army personnel
in a counter-insurgency operation shot dead one 'sergeant major'
of the ULFA, Lambu Moran alias Suren Moran, at Manabhum Reserve
Forest under Dayon Police station in the Lohit District. One pistol,
four live rounds of ammunition and six detonators were recovered
from the slain militant. Lambu hailed from Mohong village under
Pengeree Police station in the Tinsukia District of Assam.
November 12: Five women
were injured in an internecine clash between the NSCN-IM and the
rival National Socialist Council of Nagaland - Khaplang (NSCN-K)
at Lazu village in the Tirap District. The five women were identified
as Potoi Moinyak, Ngayum Hato, Pojen Wotey, Ngana Matchang and Nyamo
November 11: A self-styled
'corporal' of the 28th battalion of the ULFA, identified as Utpal
Bora, was killed in an encounter with the Security Forces (SFs)
at Mahadevpur area in the Lohit District. One 9-mm pistol and four
rounds of ammunition were recovered from his possession.
October 29: Two ULFA
cadres, Nitul Sonowal and Muleswar Sonowal, were killed in an encounter
with the SFs at Rangoli village in the Lohit District. The slain
militants hailed from the Dibrugarh District in Assam.
October 25: Three Assam
Rifles (AR) personnel and a civilian were killed and eight persons
injured in an ambush by the NSCN-IM militants in a remote jungle
in the Tirap District. The victims were identified as Mohan Singh,
S. K. Tiwari and Lowang and civilian contractor Mukesh Srivastava.
Defence sources said that the militants targeted the AR commanding
officer and three vehicles moving from Kunsa to Panchu by exploding
a powerful Improvise Explosive Device. Sources added that the NSCN-IM
carried out the ambush in retaliation to Operation Orchid, launched
by the AR in the District to flush out the group.
October 19: SFs arrested
one ULFA cadre of the 28th battalion, Dhajen Gogoi alias
Ranjan Gogoi, from Manbhum Reserve Forest in the Lohit District.
October 16: One senior
cadre of the 28th battalion of the ULFA, Pranjal Saikia alias Hiren
Hazarika, surrendered to the SFs at Teju in the Lohit District.
Saikia hails from Doomdooma in the Tinsukia District of Assam and
had joined the outfit in 1990.
September 19: Police
arrested Ranu Das alias Gita Gogoi, wife of the Myanmar-based
ULFA cadre Dipen Das, along with her 14-month-old child, from Naharlagun
in the Papum Pare District. Several compact discs and incriminating
documents were recovered from the house in capital Itanagar, where
she was staying. The house was rented by Purabi, wife of Prabal
Neog, who was arrested from Tezpur town in Assam on September 16.
September 11: The dead
body of an unidentified ULFA cadre of the 28th battalion
was recovered from the Manabhum reserve forest in the Lohit District.
Sources said that the militant had died of malaria.
August 20: A ULFA militant,
Ananta Gogoi, was assaulted by local people of Chakma Basti near
Chowkham in the Lohit District after he and his associates demanded
a ransom of INR 1000000 from a shopkeeper.
August 17: An ULFA
militant was killed and a transit camp of the outfit inside the
Manabhum reserve forest in the Changlang District was neutralised.
June 18: Rudra Bora
alias Bikram Bora, 'second lieutenant' of ULFA's 709 battalion,
was killed in an Army operation at Modai Ghat in the Changlang District.
June 8: SFs launched
a major military operation against the ULFA in Arunachal Pradesh.
Army sources said the operation has been launched to flush out and
arrest ULFA cadres taking shelter at the Namdapha Reserve Forest
in the Changlang District. A large battalion-sized force, exclusively
trained for jungle and counter-insurgency operations reportedly
took part in the crackdown.
May 18: A NSCN-IM cadre,
identified as Taichat Wangpan alias Thomas, was arrested
by the Assam Rifles personnel from Longding market in the Tirap
District. Subsequent to his arrest, he was shot at and injured by
the AR personnel as he tried to snatch a rifle from a soldier. He
succumbed to his injuries later.
April 25: Four SF personnel
were injured in a ULFA-triggered bomb explosion at Medo in the Lohit
District. Army sources said ULFA militants triggered an explosion
when a two-vehicle convoy of the Army's 581 light regiment were
on a routine patrol in the area, adjoining Manabhum forest, where
a major flush-out operation against ULFA is on for the past several
April 10: SFs killed
seven top ULFA militants, including two women cadres, identified
as 'corporal' Rituparna Davidar alias Rishab Bora, 'Lt. corporal'
Lily Moran, 'corporal' Jayanta Sonowal, Binanda Tsering, Prafulla
Hazarika alias Brajen Sarma and Papu Gohain alias
Himadri Gohain alias Moina Gohain at Tikoribam in the Lohit
District along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.
March 30: SFs killed
two ULFA cadres, identified as Himeswar Borsaikia alias Rameshwar
Borsikia and Papu Moran, at Manabhum Reserve Forest in the Changlang
February 19: A NSCN-K
cadre, Vijai Chakma, surrendered at Chowkham in the Lohit District.
February 14: A ULFA
militant, Kabin Moran, was killed in an encounter with the SFs at
Inthang village near Manabhum Reserve Forest in the Lohit District.
Three other militants, including one injured during the encounter,
managed to escape from the incident site.
February 7: SFs recovered
75 kilograms of TNT from the NSCN-K militants in the Saching village
of Changlang District. While the NSCN-K claimed that two SF personnel
and a 'sergeant major' were killed during the raid, SF sources said
that the casualties among the militants could be higher.
January 17: A ULFA
linkman, Shankar Chakma, was arrested by SF personnel while neutralizing
two camps run by the outfit by at Monobhum reserve forest in the
Tirap District. Books showing location of top ULFA leaders, medicines,
clothes and rations were recovered from the camps.
January 14: Two ULFA
militants were arrested during a search operation in the Changlang
A ULFA militant, Jaan
Bhuyan alias Jim Chowdang, surrendered before Assam Rifles at Jairampur
in the Changlang District. He deposited an AK-series rifle, a sub-machine
gun and explosives. Bhuyan confessed that at least 60 ULFA cadres
were currently undergoing training in Myanmar under the guidance
of the NSCN-K.
January 13: Two militants
belonging to the NSCN-K and ULFA respectively surrendered before
the Assam Rifles at Jairampur. They had reportedly fled from their
respective camps in Myanmar.
Army claims to have
arrested an ULFA sympathiser, identified as Mutlib Ali, near Santipur
in Lower Dibang Valley District.
January 10: A joint
counter-insurgency operation was launched by the Army, Assam Rifles,
Arunachal Pradesh Police and Assam Police targeting the ULFA militants
taking shelter in the forest areas of Arunachal Pradesh.
Source: Compiled from English language