Incidents and Statements involving ULFA:
December 31: SFs on December 31,
2012 arrested a Bangladeshi linkman of ULFA, identified as Gorango
Hajong, in West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya when he sneaked
into the country from Bangladesh.
December 30-31: one ULFA-ATF militant
was killed, in an encounter with Bangladesh Border Guards (BGB),
about a fortnight back at Salsati under Jinaikhati Police Station
in Sherpur District of Bangladesh bordering West Garo hills District.
Though the identity of the killed militant is yet to be established,
a bag found on him has been confirmed to be that of Drishti Rajkhowa.
Another ULFA-ATF militant, Gauranga Koch and an unidentified GNLA
militant were arrested in that incident.
December 30: ULFA-ATF accused AXX
[apex literary body of Assam] of 'going into the clutches of a section
of non-Assamese businessmen of India origin' and said that these
businessmen are 'trying to Indian-ise the AXX and turn it into a
forum for their business interests'. In a statement issued to the
press, Arunoday Axom, 'Assistant Information & Publicity secretary'
of ULFA-ATF, objected to the AXX move to name the main pandal of
the ensuing Barpeta Road session of the Xabha after the name of
Late BP Saraf who was the former Chief Justice of Jammu & Kashmir
December 25: Four ULFA militants,
led by 'sergeant major' Indrajit Neog, surrendered before Police
in Tinsukia town of same District.
December 23: One SULFA militant,
Mansur Islam, was apprehended from Gauripur in the Dhubri District.
December 20: One militant belonging
to ULFA-ATF, identified as Jayanta Gogoi, surrendered before Police
in Dibrugarh District.
December 19: SFs arrested two ULFA-ATF
militants, Asif Ali Khan (45) and Mujamil Haque (30), from village
Falimari and Kuntirchar under Dhubri Police Station in Dhubri 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
December 15: SFs arrested two SULFA
militants, identified as Jyoti Chandra Nath (32), and Dilip Kumar
Rai (38), of from Halakurahat under Golokganj Police Station in
the same District.
UHM has extended the ban on ULFA
and NDFB under the Unlawful Prevention Act.
December 9: SFs arrested one Debabrata
Baruah of Tingiripam Kahagaon under Rajgarh Police Station in Dibrugarh
District for claiming to be a member of ULFA and issuing threats
December 5: ULFA-ATF said it would
launch a series of activities to oppose, what it called aggression
of "Indian culture" and " Indian economy". In a statement, publicity
in-charge of ULFA-ATF, Arunodoy Asom, said it will launch its activities
soon after Bhogali Bihu in January 2013.
The personal security of four Upper
Assam MLAs and overall security scenario in the region have been
reviewed in the wake of allegations of extortion threats by the
ULFA-ATF. The MLA's who claimed to have received extortion threat
are Rupjyoti Kurmi (Mariani constituency), Debabrata Saikia (Nazira
constituency), Bolin Chetia (Sadiya constituency) and Dilip Moran
(Doomdooma constituency). While Kurmi, Saikia and Chetia are Congress
MLAs, Moran is from the BJP.
December 4: Paramhans Singh the
businessman who was abducted by suspected ULFA-ATF militants managed
to escape from captivity.
December 3: Suspected ULFA-ATF militants
abducted an owner of a brick field, Paramhans Singh (50), at Dehajan
Kachumari under Demow Police Station in Sivasagar District.
December 1: ULFA-ATF sent an extortion
note of INR 2 million to Doomdooma (Tinsukia District) MLA, Dilip
Maran. Police has picked up one person identified as Bitupan Maran
in this connection.
Two militants, suspected to be cadres
of the ULFA and GNLA, were killed in an encounter with the army
and Police at Maladhara under Lakhipur Police Station of Goalpara
District. The slain duos have been identified as GNLA 'corporal'
Nazrana K. Marak and ULFA 'lance corporal' Sumanto Roy.
November 28: Security Forces arrested
three migrant labourers from Assam suspected to have links with
ULFA from Kanhirapally in Kottayam District. According to Police,
the mobile phone sets seized from them had pictures of key ULFA
leaders and visuals of parades conducted by the ultra outfit in
parts of Assam. The arrested trio was identified as Hemanth Gogoi
(22), Dhaniyam Gogoi (53) and Bidyut Chetia (18), all hailing from
Sivasagar District of Assam.
ULFA-ATF on its Protest Day vowed
to continue its "struggle" till restoration of the "sovereignty"
of the State. ULFA observes November 28 as Protest Day or Black
Day against the army's Operation Bajrang, which was launched against
the outfit in 1990 and the State was brought under President's rule.
Sources in the intelligence said, "ULFA is gaining strength with
the help of GNLA, NSCN-K, RVA and splinter group of NDFB too. Several
groups, led by senior ULFA leaders like Tibrajit Hazarika, Rupanta
Kakati, Arpajyoti Lahkar and Pradeep Gogoi (junior), are sheltering
in Arunachal Pradesh's Tirap, Changlang and Lohit Districts and
Mon in Nagaland."
November 19: ULFA-ATF in a statement,
"thanked" the people of Upper Assam for making the strike a success.
ULFA-ATF had called for a Strike in Upper Assam Districts to protest
the killing of one of its cadres and two others in Majuli.
SFs shot dead 'sergeant major 'ULFA-ATF's
western command, Saurav Asom alias Bolin Gogoi, in the Shantipahar
area under Krishnai Police Station in Goalpara District in an encounter.
Arunodoi Asom, 'assistant publicity secretary' of ULFA-ATF, confirmed
the death of Saurav Asom. While Saurav was conferred with "second
lieutenant" posthumously, Ripunjoy Asom alias Ajit Saikia,
who was killed in Majuli on November 15, was given the post of a
"captain," the release stated.
November 18: SFs in an encounter
killed a suspected ULFA-ATF militant at Upper Tarabari under Boko
Police Station in Kamrup (Rural) District. SFs are yet to ascertain
the identity of the slain militant.
Security has been intensified in
Upper Assam ahead of Chhath Puja, which coincides with the 12-hour
strike call by the ULFA-ATF in five Districts of the region.
November 16: ULFA-ATF called for
a 12-hour State shutdown on November 19 to protest the killing of
three people in an encounter by Security Forces in Majuli on November
15. ULFA-ATF maintained that all the people killed in the staged
gun-battle were civilians.
November 15: A suspected ULFA-ATF
militant along with two civilians, were killed and two civilians
critically injured in an encounter against ULFA-ATF militants in
Majuli Island in Jorhat District.
November 14:UMHA has ordered the
continuation of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 in the
state and retained the 'Disturbed Area' tag for another year. The
UMHA said Paresh Baruah is one of the primary reasons for renewal
of the 'Disturbed area' tag, which had expired on November 3. The
other reason given by UMHA to justify the renewal is the KPLT, which
operates in the Sixth Schedule tribal hill District of Karbi Anglong.
IGP, L.R. Bishnoi said SFs have
been put on alert after they received intelligence inputs about
Anti-Talks faction of ULFA-ATF's plan to target SFs in the run up
to its "Protest Day" on November 28.
November 10: SFs recently arrested
two ULFA-ATF linkmen from Pengeree under Pengaree Police Station
in Tinsukia District.The duo was identified as Hunkan Baruah (24)
and Rajiv Dwara (22). SFs recovered a country-made rifle from the
November 4: ULFA-ATF denied its
alleged involvement in a spate of recent incidents in which several
business houses of upper Assam claimed to have received extortion
notes from the outfit. In an email to the media, publicity department
member of ULFA-ATF, Aranya Asom said that the outfit's name and
fake letter pads were being misused by "bad elements" to demand
money from businessmen and commercial establishments.
November 3: SFs arrested one militant
belonging to ULFA-ATF, identified as 'Sergeant' Shiva Chutia alias
Biplab Rajkhowa, at Lahing Noihiporia village under Teok Police
Station in Jorhat District of Assam. Further, SFs arrested a ULFA-ATF
linkman, identified as Rajesh Agarwal, from the same area.
October 31: BSF arrested a Bangladeshi
ULFA linkman, identified as Allauddin, in South Garo Hills District
while he was trying to infiltrate into India.
State's Water Resource Minister
Rajib Lochan Pegu dismissed reports of paying protection money to
ULFA-ATF. In a statement, Lochan Pegu denied having making any comment
on paying extortion or protection money to any militant outfit,
including the ULFA-ATF.
October 29: ULFA-ATF has increased
their extortion bids in Majuli River Island in Jorhat District.
Water Resources Minister Rajiv Lochan Pegu, who represents Majuli
Assembly constituency, disclosed this to the newspaper. Pegu further
said that according to information available, ULFA-ATF managed to
set up base in Ahatguri area of Majuli and one militant Pradeep
Baruah is masterminding the actions of the ULFA-ATF in the area.
October 28: A Police informer, Papuna
Prasad Thakuria, was killed and OIC of Moran Police Station, Utpal
Bora, was injured during an encounter between SFs and ULFA-ATF militants
at Nazirapuriya village near Khowang town in Dibrugarh District.
Thakuria was a surrendered ULFA militant.
October 27: SFs arrested a suspected
ULFA-ATF militant, identified as Nitul Das, from Chabua in Tinsukia
District. A pistol was recovered from him.
October 26: SFs arrested two ULFA-ATF
militants at Thorko under Lakhipur Police Station in Goalpara District.
The arrested militants were identified as 'sergeant' Gopesh Hajong
(35) and Durlabha Hajong (30).SFs recovered five Chinese grenades,
one pistol and 20 rounds of AK-47 rifle from them.
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 16: Bangladesh has expressed
its willingness to hand over the ULFA 'General Secretary' Anup Chetia
without waiting for extradition treaty. At the 13th Home Secretary-level
talks that concluded in Dhaka on October 16, Bangladesh formally
conveyed that Chetia may be handed over soon under the existing
SAARC Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance. The only hurdle was
a case pending in a court but it has been assured that it would
not stand in the way, said an official who took part in the discussion.
SFs arrested a linkman, identified
as Bijoy Doley, belonging to ULFA-ATF from Majuli in Jorhat District.
Doley is the president of Ahataguri gaon panchayat and allegedly
had links with ULFA-ATF militant Rajib Das. Doley reportedly assisted
the latter in extorting contractors, executives, politicians and
farmers on the island.
October 15: A security source disclosed
that the Government had intelligence inputs about the ULFA-ATF acquiring
sophisticated arms and devices to strike terror in the State in
order to make its presence felt. It is suspected that a group of
well-armed ULFA-ATF cadres has already sneaked into the State probably
from the outfit's Myanmar base to carry out subversions during the
coming festive season for the purpose of striking terror as well
as to terrorise those who have defied the outfit's demands for money.
October 13: Security Forces arrested
a youth in connection with the bomb explosion that took place in
front of Laxmi Cinema hall in Sivasagar town on September 24, from
Cooperation in combating terror,
repatriation of ULFA 'General secretary' Anup Chetia and early conclusion
of an extradition treaty will top the agenda at the two-day India-Bangladesh
Home Secretary-level talks in Dhaka from October 15.
October 11: The Security Agencies
are apprehensive that the militant groups of the North East may
try to re-establish bases in Bangladesh if a Government, which is
not very friendly to India, assumes office after 2013 elections
in that country.Highly placed security sources told the newspaper
that despite crackdown launched by the Sheikh Hasina Government,
some militant groups of the North East still have their bases in
that country, but most of the bases are in Bangladesh-Myanmar areas.
October 10: SFs exchanged fire for
two hours with militants of ULFA-ATF at Lakiligaon along the Assam-Arunachal
Pradesh border. Sources said 10 militants taking shelter in a house
opened fire at SF personnel.
A Myanmar-trained ULFA-ATF militant
surrendered to SFs in Dibrugarh. The militant was identified as
'sergeant major' Ramen Konwar alias Partho Gogoi.
BJP national general secretary,
Tapir Gao clarified that the party's Shahid Shradhanjali yatra
scheduled from October 18 is not aimed at provoking China but meant
to pay homage to the martyrs of the 1962 Chinese aggression. Gao's
reaction was a response to ULFA-ATF' vice chairman' Paresh Baruah's
recent emailed statement asking the people of Assam not to participate
in the said yatra, as it could provoke China to wage a war on India.
October 6: ULFA 'General Secretary'
Anup Chetia, currently lodged in a jail in Bangladesh, is likely
to be handed over to India by the end of 2012. This indication was
given by Dhaka saying the procedure to repatriate Chetia was underway,
a senior Government official told PTI. The issue is likely
to be discussed at the three-day India-Bangladesh Home Secretary-level
talks beginning in Dhaka on October 14.
October 5: SFs have recovered a
Chinese-made sophisticated weapon from an alleged militant of the
banned outfit ULFA who was killed in an encounter on October 4 in
Tinsukia District of Assam. Officials said this substantiated their
claim that Paresh Baruah, the head of ULFA's anti-talk faction,
who is absconding, is getting help in procuring arms and ammunition
October 4: SFs killed a ULFA-ATF
militant at Tarani Reserve Forest under Pengaree Police Station
in Tinsukia District.
Illegal immigration and resurgence
of northeast India militant groups in Bangladesh will feature at
the Home Secretary-level talks in Dhaka. The Home secretary level
talks will start from October 15.Union home secretary R.K. Singh,
who officials said is likely to be in Dhaka around October 15, is
also likely to take up the issue of deportation of ULFA 'general
Secretary' Anup Chetia during his visit.
September 29: SFs killed a militant
belonging to ULFA-ATF at Bordumsa in Tinsukia District. The encounter
took place when a group of militants hurled a grenade on patrolling
September 28: A group of ULFA-ATF
under the 'Deputy Commander-in-chief (c-in-c)' Dristi Rajkhowa alias
Manoj Rabha is trying to sneak into Guwahati city with explosives,
said intelligence sources. The group of around 17 cadres, including
some IED experts, is believed to be hiding in jungles of Garo Hills
in Meghalaya bordering Kamrup District.
September 26: Bangladeshi Home Minister
Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir said a process to hand over detained ULFA
leader Anup Chetia to India was underway.
SFs arrested a ULFA linkman, identified
as Prakash Mondal (33), of Chagolia II village under Golakganj Police
Station of Dhubri District.SFs recovered a country made weapon,
some explosives, two improvised crude bombs and one mobile phone
with two SIM cards.
September 25: SFs arrested three
suspected ULFA militants from Kaithalkuchi area in Nalbari District.
September 24: ULFA-ATF militants
exploded a bomb in Sivasagar town killing one person on the spot
and injuring eight others. The deceased was identified as Nirup
Das (30). The condition of three injured persons are said to be
ULFA-ATF is suspected behind the
murder of Manoj Konwar (30), Manab Adhikar Sangram Samity (MASS)
activist, a resident of Lukhurakhan Gorukhowa village under Tingalibam
Police Station. SFs had recovered the bullet-ridden body of Konwar
on September 23.ULFA-ATF had blamed Sivasagar SP Akhilesh Kumar
Singh for the killing.
September 23: SFs and ULFA-ATF militants
were engaged in an encounter at Ratanipathar in Tinsukia District.
Later, the militants fled into Arunachal Pradesh. No casualties
were however reported.
September 22: The 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.
The ULFA-ATF has warned the Yuva
Morcha (Youth Wing) of the BJP from protesting against China on
the 50th anniversary of the Sino-Indian War in the month of October.
ULFA-ATF also asked senior BJP leaders like Nitin Gadkari and L
K Advani not to take any step that could increase tension between
Assam and China.
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
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. It is reported that ULFA-ATF had recently
set up several camps in the two areas bordering Tinsukia District
with help of NSCN-K.
Bangladeshi Security Forces have
launched an intensive operation to track down ULFA-ATF leader Drishti
Rajkhowa from their territory. Rajkhowa alias Mohan Rabha allegedly
operates in lower Assam and reportedly has links with the Meghalaya-based
GNLA. In April, 2012, the GNLA and RVA reportedly reinforced the
ULFA. It is suspected that the RVA was floated by ULFA to get logistics
support in Goalpara and Kamrup Districts (Assam). The GNLA, meanwhile,
would provide support in Garo hills (Meghalaya).
September 18: Bangladeshi Security
Forces have launched an intensive operation to track down Anti-talk-faction
of ULFA-ATF leader Drishti Rajkhowa from their territory.
September 16: Paresh Baruah-led
ULFA faction urged the people of Assam to continue with their agitation
against illegal migrants in the State to protect the interest of
September 15: The Manipur based
PLA has given bomb assembling and handling training to the cadres
belonging to Assam based ULFA-ATF led by Paresh Baruah, with an
aim to strengthen the outfit's military power after its former 'chairman'
Arabinda Rajkhowa and his faction parted ways to hold peace talks
with the Centre.
September 14: A businessman was
robbed of INR 2 million and shot dead by three persons, including
a surrendered ULFA militant and a RPF trooper, in broad daylight
at Nalbari town.
September 13: ULFA-ATF's flow of
funds to the members of the outfit has come down, the outfit reportedly
managed to send a few major consignments of money to the leaders
of the outfit in Myanmar in the last couple of months. Further,
both the eastern and western commands of (ULFA-ATF) are trying to
indulge in acts of violence in Guwahati city to attract maximum
possible publicity. The lower Assam group is headed by Drishti Rajkhowa
and the western sector commanded by Bijoy Das.
The BSF and Bangladesh, BGB have
shifted focus on Sherpur in the neighbouring country to neutralize
the GNLA and ULFA cadres who are holing up in the area.
ULFA linkman identified as Karimul
Islam was arrested from Kalanchipara village of Howrarpar gaon panchayat
under Dhubri police station.
September 12: A 40-year-old man
identified as Dhaneswar Boro injured in the grenade blast in Bongaigaon
town in the evening of September 11, died at a private nursing home
in the night. Boro and four others were injured when the grenade
lobbed by ULFA rebels exploded.
One of the ULFA militants identified
as Manoj Rabha alias Monibantha Asom was arrested at Mahavirstan
as security was beefed up following the blast.
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 afternoon.
September 10: SFs killed a ULFA-ATF
militant, in an encounter, in Khardang area of Goalpara District.
State Police have intensified security
arrangements after receiving intelligence inputs about ULFA-ATF
might try to attack Police and SFs in the State.
ULFA-ATF dined any collusion with
fundamentalist forces and further stated that it is not using hired
criminals to carry out subversions in the State as claimed by Police.
SFs have two - ULFA-ATF militants
at Lohit District in Arunachal Pradesh during separate operations.
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 9: ULFA-ATF claimed responsibility
for the Guwahati blast and an earlier blast in Doomdooma on September
6, which left twelve people, injured, including a Policeman and
September 8: A Chinese grenade explosion
on September 8 resulted in the death of a CRPF trooper, Bhabani
Singh, and injury to 13 others, including three CRPF personnel,
at Paltan Bazar in Guwahati.
September 6: A grenade blast by
suspected ULFA-ATF left 14 persons including three Police personal
were injured in Doomdooma town of Tinsukia District.
United Front formed by northeastern
militants in Myanmar and resurgence of their activities in Bangladesh
was on the agenda of a three-day annual DGP Conference that began
in New Delhi.
September 5: ULFA-ATF has asked
Arabinda Rajkhowa, 'chairperson' of ULFA-PTF, to join the non-violent
movement for implementation of the Assam Accord. ULFA-ATF said that
the key to the solution that Rajkhowa is seeking from the ongoing
peace talks with the Central Government lies in total implementation
of the Assam Accord.
September 2: Pub Mandal (East Zone)
of ULFA-PTF joined the campaign against illegal migrants in the
State and threatened to take up arms again for the cause. ULFA-PTF
further warned AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal to keep away from igniting
communal tension in the state and "banned" him and AAMSU members
from entering Tinsukia District until they desisted from igniting
communal feelings and violence in the State.
"very credible" intelligence inputs
indicate that substantial amounts of money was paid to then ULFA
in order to persuade the outfit to withdraw the ban on the National
Games held in Guwahati. RN Ravi, a retired Special Director of the
IB, made this disclosure.
September 1: ULFA-ATF in an email
claimed responsibility for the fire, saying the outfit had caused
a blast in the oil well located in Chandmari village of Tinsukia
District. Investigations said that the fire broke out due to an
attempt to steal oil from the well.
August 31: SFs arrested a militant
belonging to ULFA-ATF, identified as Mithun Rabha alias Rocky (21),
at Rajadwar from North Guwahati.
August 30: SFs on arrested three
ULFA-ATF linkmen - Bhuvan Dahotia of Maithang, Dipanjit Sonowal
of Saru Maithang and Biju Sonowal from Maithang - from Kakopathar
Dirak Saru Maithan in Tinsukia District.
August 29: SFs arrested one ULFA
linkman, named Biju Baruah alias Raju Rajkhowa, along with a cash
of INR 50,000 and a mobile phone from Kakopathar Bazaar in Tinsukia
District when he had gone to collect extortion money from a person
at Kakopathar Government Hospital.
August 28: M. Ramachandran, MoS
for Home Affairs, said in the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament)
that ULFA-ATF was consolidating organizationally and strengthening
its military capability for carrying out violence in the State.
He said ULFA-ATF wants to maintain its dominance and create fear
psychosis to facilitate extortion. The State Government has been
advised to alert security forces to control the activities of ULFA-ATF,
August 26: ULFA-ATF leader Paresh
Baruah, in an emailed statement to newspapers, warned of attacks
on people from other states living in Assam if the attacks on Assamese
people did not halt in other parts of the country. Paresh Baruah
said that 14 Assamese youth have been killed in different places
outside the State. Baruah also warned Muslim groups against spreading
communal hatred in the state and alleged that Congress and BJP are
playing their own games keeping in view the coming parliamentary
elections in 2014.
August 25: ULFA-ATF demanded a ransom
of INR 3 million from Debabrata Saikia, MLA of Nazira constituency
in Sivasagar District. ULFA-ATF threatened to kill him if the amount
was not paid.
August 23: Three unidentified militants
abducted Tinku Bajaj, owner of Kasamari tea garden, at Kasamari
area near Demow in Sivasagar District. "We suspect ULFA is involved
in the abduction. At the same time, Maoists involvement cannot also
be denied," said the Police.
August 22: SFs arrested two ULFA-PTF
members from Gorchuk in Guwahati city in connection with the murder
of Binit Jain and Suresh Patel, who were killed by ULFA-PTF leader
Hira Sarania and his group. The duo was identified as Anjan Barman
of Nalbari and Ajonto Kalita of Sualkuchi (Kamrup).
ULFA-ATF militant, Hiteswar Dihingia
alias Guli, surrendered before the Superintendent of Police,
Arabinda Kalita in Dibrugarh District.
ULFA-PTF, in an email statement,
announced that the outfit has decided to suspend Hira Sarania from
ULFA until the investigation concludes.
August 21: SFs recovered one AK-56
rifle, 30 rounds of live ammunition and INR 1.2 million in cash,
from arrested ULFA-PTF leader Hira Sarania's residence at Helosa
in Nalbari District. Sarania was arrested a day earlier.
August 20: Police arrested 'commander'
of 709 battalion of ULFA-PTF, Hira Sarania, on charges of extortion
and abduction. According to Police sources, a team of city Police
arrested the ULFA leader from the designated camp at Helacha in
Nalbari District. Police sources claimed that the ULFA-PTF leader
was reportedly involved in the abduction and extortion from a businessperson,
Ranjan Lohia of Guwahati city. The SFs had first arrested one Pankaj
Kalita from the camp three days ago. SFs have also arrested two
youths Pradip Chaudhury and Charafroj Ali from Nalbari and Baksa
Districts. Both are said to be very close to Sarania. The Police
said that the Sarania is also involved in the killing of Binit Jain,
an employee of Lohia.
August 19: SFs arrested a ULFA-ATF
linkmen from Jagoon. The arrested linkman were identified as- 'advocate'
Amar Shah, Munu Kaul, Rajen Karmakar and Atul were on their way
to hand over money and materials to ULFA-ATF leader Haren Moran
at Kharsang in Arunachal Pradesh. SFs recovered an amount of INR
1.2 million in cash, medicine, mobile handsets and camp building
materials from them.
August 17: The ULFA-ATF blamed "infighting"
within the ruling Congress party in Assam for the violence between
Bodos and muslims and said people in BTAD area are being made "political
scapegoat" for the sake of individual political ambitions of leaders.
In an email to media, ULFA 'Commander-in-Chief' Paresh Baruah said
that "power struggle between Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and
one of his cabinet colleagues has led to the present situation."
August 16: ULFA-PTF has extended
support to the Bodos in their "fight against infiltrators." He said
that the illegal migrants from Bangladesh are out to establish their
supremacy in Assam's territory in order to play a decisive role
in the politics, economy and social life of the State.
The ULFA-PTF raised alarm against
the vested forces working on behalf of illegal migrants swarming
Assam with an attempt to expand their influence in political, social
and economic spheres in Assam.
Mrinal Hazarika warned the Government
on the recent exodus of people from northeast from other parts of
the country, by saying that the Government will be held responsible
for similar attacks in Assam, if the Assamese people continue to
be assaulted outside.
Senior leader of the ULFA-PTF, Jiten
Dutta, based in Tinsukia said that if the attacks on the people
from Assam in various states of the country were not stopped immediately,
the group would force all companies and firms of those states, operating
in Assam, to shut down.
August 13: SFs recovered a new explosive
detonating device used by the ULFA-ATF. They also recovered two
bombs with mobile activated unit device connection in Chanok Gaon
in Majuli river-island. Later, an Army bomb disposal team defused
the two bombs attached to two mobile phones.
AAASA staged a protest in front
of Mathurapur Police Station against the killing of a village Defence
guard of Adivasi Community and shouted slogans against ULFA-ATF
and Paresh Barua. Suspected ULFA-ATF militants had killed Adivasi
Village Defence naik, Michael Purti, on August 9.
August 11: SFs recovered one powerful
IED, suspected to be planted by ULFA-ATF, from Bakupukhuri area
at Charaideo in Sivasagar District.
Major militant formations operating
in the Northeast called for a general strike on August 15 to boycott
Independence Day celebration. However, during the strike, essential
services, emergency measures, media and religious activities will
be exempted. The militant formations that has called for a general
strike, include CorCom of seven rebel organizations HNLC, KLO, NDFB,
NLFT and ULFA-ATF.
August 10: ULFA-ATF has stated that
it will strive to involve the UN by using international instruments
to restore 'sovereignty' of Assam from the clutches of the 'colonial
occupation of India'. The newly-appointed full-fledged 'chairman'
of the ULFA-ATF, Dr Abhizeet Asom , e-mailed a statement here saying
that 'ULFA will continue to strive to involve the United Nations
by using international instruments which have been successfully
used in similar circumstances in restoring the sovereignty wrongfully
taken away from Assamese by colonial powers.'
August 9: When SFs from Mathurapur
arrived in the Lengribor area, to recover the body of Michael, a
powerful IED exploded, which was planted at an electric post. Sivasagar
SP, Akhilesh Kumar Singh on August 8 had informed the media that
a group of 20 ULFA-ATF cadres equipped with sophisticated weapons,
under the leadership of 'lieutenant' Rupantar Kakoti had managed
to sneak into Sivasagar district.
CRPF personnel on three vehicles
had made a narrow escape after an IED went off at Khardang along
the Assam-Meghalaya border in Goalpara District. The police have
suspected the involvement of one Mohit Rabha, a cadre from the ULFA-ATF.
August 8: ULFA-ATF has removed Arabinda
Rajkhowa from the post of 'chairman'. In an email sent to media
houses, Arunudoy Asom, 'assistant secretary for information and
publicity' of ULFA-ATF, informed, "We had given a three-month ultimatum
to chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa to return to his post and meet the
goals of the outfit. The time set for his return expired on July
29. Dr Abhijit Asom, who had been discharging his duties as chairman
of the outfit since November 6, 2011, will be the official chairman
of the outfit from today."
ULFA-PTF has, however, refused to
accept this decision. Mithinga Daimary in this regard said, "This
decision is one-sided and we refuse to accept it."
Three armed ULFA-ATF militants abducted
and killed a 'village defence party naik', identified as Michael
Purti, from no. 5 Bakupukhuri village in Sivasagar District. ULFA-ATF
suspected the deceased to be a police informer.
August 6: SFs arrested two ULFA
militants at Mushalpur in Baksa District, reports The Sentinel.
The militants were identified as Arup Deka and Sanjay Thakuria.
SFs recovered two nine mm pistols, two magazines, one life cartridge
and a bike from the duo.
August 5: SFs killed two militants
belonging to ULFA-ATF in Goalpara District. Police further added
that another ULFA-ATF militant has sustained bullet injuries and
might have tried to abscond to neighbouring Garo Hills in Meghalaya
where ULFA-ATF reportedly share bases with the GNLA. The injured
militant is suspected to be Saurav Gogoi, a top ULFA-ATF cadre who
is an IED expert and have been sent to Lower Assam to carry out
a series of attacks ahead of Independence Day.
Police claimed to have identified
three cadres of ULFA-ATF who carried out the attack on an army convoy
in Goalpara District on July 31. According to a police source, investigations
into the incident have revealed that ULFA-ATF militant, Saurav Gogoi,
who is a native of Tinsukia District, was the prime supect who carried
out the blast with the help of two cadres of the outfit, Ratul Rabha
and Manish Rabha.
August 3:ULFA-ATF has stepped up
their extortions in the three Upper Assam Districts of Tinsukia,
Dibrugarh and Sivasagar, besides carrying out disruptive activities
to create a sense of panic among the people of the area.
State has been put on a general
security alert in view of the threat by the ULFA-ATF to engage in
subversive activities in the run-up to Independence Day celebrations.
August 1: SFs arrested four ULFA-ATF
linkmen in connection with the IED blast that took place at Hadlapara-Bamunghopa
in Goalpara District on July 31 killing one Army personnel and injuring
six others. SFs arrested the linkmen from Khardang village under
Krishnai Police Station in the District.They were working under
the command of ULFA-ATF leader Dristi Rajkhowa.
July 31: An Army trooper was killed
and six others were seriously injured in an IED blast at Bamungopa,
just one-and-a-half kilometres from the Naranarayan Setu Bridge
in Jogighopa under Agia Police Station in Goalpara District. In
a statement claiming responsibility, Arunudoy Asom, spokesperson
of ULFA-ATF claimed three SF personnel were killed and nine others
were seriously hurt in the attack carried out by the outfit.
July 28: The process for sending
one top ULFA-PTF leader to Dhaka to meet Anup Chetia, ULFA 'general
secretary' who is in jail there, is in full swing. The ULFA-PTF,
led by 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa will send sufficient documents
to Government of India to prepare the passport for Chetia. However,
the name of the ULFA-PTF leader heading the mission is yet to be
July 27: SFs arrested two ULFA-ATF
militants from Molandubi area under Krishnai Police Station in Goalpara
District. The duo has been identified as Nabadeep Gogoi (23) and
Ramen Bhumiz (20). SFs claimed that they have recovered explosive
device from the cadres.
The 'Commander-in-Chief' of ULFA-PTF
Raju Baruah, while attending the 20th Martyrs' Day of ULFA at Halodhibaari
designated camp in Nalbari District, said, "Commander-in-Chief'
[Paresh Baruah] of ULFA is not a vital person for the ongoing peace
talk process." Raju Baruah further said that there is only a small
group of cadres in the ULFA-ATF and they would join in the ULFA-PTF
ULFA-PTF unit of South Assam comprising
Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi and Dima Hasao Districts attended
by a sizeable number of cadres observed its martyrs day at its temporary
camp at Haticherra in Cachar District. The 'prominent figures' of
ULFA-PTF attending martyr's day were Manil Rajbongshi, Aftab Uddin
Laskar and Ramosena Charai.
July 26: ULFA-ATF militant, identified
as Mukti Moran, surrendered at the 5th JKLI army camp at Paltan
Bazar in Dibrugarh city. Moran also deposited a US-made carbine
with a magazine and six rounds of ammunition.
SFs arrested two ULFA-ATF linkmen
in possession of Foreign Indian Currency Notes worth USD 1 million
at Namrup in Dibrugarh District.
July 25: ULFA-ATF leader, Mrinal
Hazarika, said that groups like MULTA and Pakistan's ISI might be
involved in triggering the clashes in the BTC area. Further, Hazarika
backed BTC 'chairman' Hagrama Mohilary's claim that anti-India forces
from the neighbouring country (without naming Bangladesh) were responsible
for the violence. However, State Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has
denied the allegation leveled by BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilary that
the ongoing ethnic violence in the BTAD was orchestrated by the
Bangladeshi nationals. UMHA team visiting the State has ruled out
the involvement of Maoists or Bangladesh-based groups in the ethnic
violence in the State and had asked the State Government to immediately
arrest the people who are instigating the mobs.
July 24: ULFA-ATF is trying to carry
out acts of sabotage in Upper Assam Districts at important Government
establishments on the eve of its martyrs' day on July 27 and in
the run-up to Independence Day (August 15). The report states that
a group of about six ULFA-ATF militants, under the leadership of
Babul Gogoi and Rohendra Moran, alias Guli, were staying at the
NSCN-K camp at Kharseng in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh,
and directing ULFA-ATF militants to trigger blasts by themselves
or by hiring youths. Rohendra is a former office-bearer of the All
Assam Moran Students' Union.
July 22: ULFA-ATF alleged that the
"divisive policies" of the government has led to clashes between
Bodos and minority immigrants in Kokrajhar District.
July 20: ULFA militant, Phatik Hatimota
alias Pankaj Saikia, an accused in the Sanjoy Ghose murder
case, was released from jail after being granted bail. Hatimota
is among 11 persons charge sheeted by CBI relating to the abduction
and subsequent murder of social worker Sanjay Ghose by ULFA. Ghose
was abducted from Majuli in Jorhat District on July 4, 1997. Three
more accused in the case, including ULFA 'commander-in-chief' Paresh
Barua, are still absconding, while two others, Mani Neog alias
Ramen Neog and Kaniya Hazarika, were awarded life sentences on August
July 15: SFs arrested an ULFA-ATF
militant, Ranjit Gogoi alias Vicky alias Biswajit,
from Borkherimia Borbaam village under Namrup Police Station in
Unidentified armed men abducted
a private firm official of a cashew processing firm at Phulbari
near Tikrikilla in West Garo Hills District. The account manager
of the private firm identified as Tolaram Sharma (78) was going
along with three others in a private car to Guwahati when they were
stopped by armed men between Phulbari and Tikrikilla. On getting
the information of his abduction, Police managed to arrest one person,
identified as one Manik, in this connection. The ULFA and the NDFB
regularly use the area, where the abduction took place, for movement
and seeking shelter. The GNLA also operates in the area.
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.
SFs arrested two ULFA-ATF militants
Debojit Gogoi and Satyajit Baruah from Bhangamurghat under Barbaruah
Police Station in Dibrugarh District. SFs recovered a grenade from
SFs arrested one linkman of the
ULFA-ATF, identified as Dhanjit Rabha, at Totolapara from the Baksa
District. SFs recovered two magazines and one 9mm pistol in his
July 9: ULFA-ATF has sent an extortion
note of INR five million to Golokganj MLA and Parliamentary Secretary
(Environment and Forest) Abu Taher Bepari. The extortion note also
states that the MLA has to pay INR two million every year from now
ULFA-ATF slammed the State Government
and blamed it for attacking KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi in Nalbari District.
Akhil Gogoi was attacked on July 6 in Nalbari District when he was
surveying flood-affected areas of Purni village in Dharmapur constituency.
Police has arrested a Congress worker Tapan Barman for his alleged
involvement in the attack.
DGP J.N. Choudhury while talking
stated that Left-wing extremism is increasing in different areas
of Assam and about 200 Maoist cadres are working jointly with the
ULFA linkmen and other local rebel groups to spread their tentacles
in the State. He said the Maoists were targeting the people in the
rural areas and brainwashing them. DGP further said that Maoists
are running a cell in Guwahati for facilitating transit of their
top leaders from other parts of the country to Assam or vice-versa.
July 8: ULFA cadre was arrested
by the BSF from West Garo Hills District while he was trying to
enter neighbouring Bangladesh. Three other untrained cadres who
were with the arrestee, however, managed to flee. The arrestee has
been identified as "sergeant" Ratul Pathai alias Rahul (34).
The BSF team recovered INR 800, a mobile phone with a SIM card and
a bag from him. During preliminary questioning, Rahul said he was
going to Bangladesh to meet ULFA leader Dristi Rajkhowa.
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
July 5: Some movements of personnel
of the Myanmar Army have been noticed in the areas where most of
the militant groups of North East have their bases in the neighbouring
country recently. However, no operation has yet been launched against
the militants. The news report further states that intelligence
inputs about attempts by the ULFA-ATF to strike before the Independence
Day celebrations and the Police have been alerted to frustrate any
such attempt. Sources revealed that the militants, who are now in
Assam, have been directed to indulge in acts of violence, but their
movements have been curbed due to operations by police and security
forces in upper Assam Districts.
Myanmar has agreed to ask the NSCN-K
to reduce strength of the Meitei militants to one-third of their
current strength. This could be seen as a move to moderate Myanmar's
failure to push out Manipur-based insurgents out of the country.
The agreement was reached at a meeting of Union ministry of home
affairs officials with a nine-member Myanmar delegation in Kolkata
(West Bengal) on June 26 and 27. Another commitment of this decision
was made to Indian officials in Myanmar on July 4, the source added.
July 4: SFs arrested two-suspected
ULFA-ATF militants at Potiagaon under Bhugdoi Police Station in
Jorhat District. The arrested militants have been identified as
Rajat Dutta and Raju Saikia.
SFs arrested Thomai Bora and his
wife Sun Mai Bora of Dahikhur Dolakasaria village on the charge
of giving shelter to the ULFA militants. Based on the confession
of the ULFA militants arrested, SFs arrested one Khgeswar Pegu of
Dhudang Chapori- West of Jorhat.
July 3: Union Government has categorically
stated that the NSCN-K led by S.S. Khaplang, which signed a ceasefire
with Myanmar on April 9, is providing shelter to Northeast insurgent
outfits. The union representatives and the NSCN-K leadership that
met in Kohima discussed several issues, including the one on providing
shelter and aiding northeastern outfits, including ULFA, despite
being warned by New Delhi against doing so. The chairman of the
ceasefire supervisory board, Major General (retd) N. George, said
during the meeting that the security forces had tabled clear evidence
that NSCN-K still shelter cadres of other outfits. He said there
was clear evidence that ULFA camps in Changlang and Tirap Districts
of Arunachal Pradesh were aided by the NSCN-K. "There is enough
evidence that the NSCN (K) is providing shelter to cadres of other
insurgent groups," George said.
July 1: ULFA-ATF will oppose to
the visit of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and United Progressive
Alliance (UPA) 'chairman' Sonia Gandhi to the State on July 2 to
take the first hand knowledge of flood situation. However, the ULFA-ATF
will not call bandh (General strike) this time taking the
immense hardship faced by the flood-affected people.
June 30: SFs arrested three ULFA-ATF
militants, identified as Gokul Lahan, Ganesh Lahan and Dijen Buragohain,
from Goalpara District. SFs recovered 10 Kilograms of RDX from the
possession of the arrested militants.
June 29: ULFA-PTF leaders sought
a "practical approach" to decide issues anchored in Assamese identity
that is the central part of the ULFA's demands during their discussion
with Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh. Singh told reporters after
the talks that ULFA-PTF 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa also discussed
the possible formation of Legislative Council in Assam that will
have representation from the District councils and various communities.
ULFA-PTF discussed the issue of illegal Bangladeshi immigration.
ULFA-PTF also demanded recognition of some communities as Scheduled
Tribes. After the talks, ULFA-PTF leadership described Centre's
response to the issues and termed the talks "cordial and positive".
Biswamohan Debbarma, the 'chairman'
of NLFT-BM is virtually on the run especially after the arrest of
Utpal Debbarma, 'Foreign Secretary' of the outfit and surrender
of two top-ranking rebel leaders - Tipu Debbarma alias Titus
and Salgora Debbarma. Biswamohan went to Myanmar after arrest of
Utpal to have dialogue with ULFA and NSCN-K leaders for allowing
him to establish a permanent base there.
June 28: Peace talks between Arabinda
Rajkhowa led ULFA-PTF and UMHA Joint Secretary (North East) Sambhu
Singh and Centre's interlocutor PC Halder will take place on June
June 27: A senior leader of ULFA-PTF,
who will be visiting Bangladesh to meet ULFA 'General Secretary'
Anup Chetia, is likely to be selected after the ensuing rounds of
talks with the Centre in Delhi on June 29. Kamal Kachari, a senior
member of the ULFA-PTF's 'publicity wing' said, "The Centre is keen
to send one senior leader. He will be selected after discussions
between Ulfa and the Centre on June 29 in Delhi". The news report
further states that ULFA-PTF leaders, including 'Chairman' Arabinda
Rajkhowa, have applied for Indian passport.
June 25: SFs arrested four ULFA
linkmen involved in extortion cases from Ahutuguri area of Majuli
Island in Jorhat District. The arrested linkmen were identified
as Pinku Dutta, Bijoy Chinta, Ganesh Wati and Khaplu Paresh Pal.
June 24: SFs arrested a one militant
of ULFA-ATF militant at Moran area in Sivasagar District and recovered
one pistol, detonators in his possession.
The movement of ULFA-ATF militants
along the Indo-Myanmar border via Tirap and Changlang Districts
has come down recently, reports Assam Tribune. The news report assigns
deterioration of the weather in the area and inter-factional clash
between members of the NSCN-IM and NSCN-K as principal reasons for
the lowering of activity in the area (Tirap and Changlang).
June 21: Police arrested two persons,
identified as Bijoy Prashad and Trishuldeep, for their alleged role
in demanding money from a business firm in Tinsukia District, posing
as ULFA cadres.
June 20: ULFA-PTF Central and State
Government would meet on June 29 for the next round of formal tripartite
political dialogue. The agenda for the discussion is yet to be finalized,
said 'spokesman' of the ULFA-PTF group, Sasha Choudhury.
June 18: SFs arrested two militants,
Bhaimon Changmai and Diganta Gogoi, of the ULFA-ATF, from their
hideout at Milannagar area in Dibrugarh. SFs recovered one grenade
and an IED from their possession. The arrested militants confessed
during interrogation that they brought the explosive to blow the
Gammon India Company office, which is engaged in construction of
Bogibeel Rail-cum-Road Bridge and to carry out blast at Marwari
Patty in Dibrugarh town in order to disrupt law and order situation
in the district before the forthcoming Independence Day (August
June 14: SFs recovered a 4-kilogram
IED from the Teok Habigaon area under Charaideo sub-division in
Sivasagar District. SFs sources following the recovery said that
there was information about the movement of a group of ULFA-ATF
militants in the area since the last few days. "The outfit has been
serving extortion notices to oil companies, several businessmen
and tea garden owners in Upper Assam. A few blasts would create
fear among the public and ensure that the persons who have been
served with extortion notices pay up," a Police official involved
in counter-insurgency operations said.
Bangladesh envoy to India Tariq
Ahmad Karim on June 14 asked India to have patience with Dhaka over
the issue of handing over of ULFA 'General Secretary' Anup Chetia,
who is presently in a Bangladeshi jail. "India and Bangladesh are
friendly neighbours and India has been requesting Bangladesh to
extradite Anup Chetia like other Indian terrorist, but he (Chetia)
has applied for political asylum and that takes legal course of
action," Karim said. "India must have patience and definitely our
government will act on this issue according to the law of our land,"
Karim said. However, Karim also said that if Chetia had not applied
for political asylum like some of the ULFA leaders, he would have
been pushed back to India long before. Karim said, "Bangladesh too
is fighting against terrorists. We don't provide shelter knowingly
to any terrorists on our soil so we are also acting on the issue."
June 13: SFs arrested one ULFA-ATF
militant, identified as Nabajit Baishya, from a bus at Sipajhar
in Darrang District and recovered a Chinese grenade from him. The
bus was on its way to Tezpur from Guwahati.
June 11: SFs arrested a former ULFA
militant, Manoj Phukan, from Hahnsora Chetia Gaon in Teok in Jorhat
ULFA-ATF blamed both the State and
the Central Government for the controversial 'secret killings' in
the State between 1998 and 2001. Earlier on June 9, Tarun Gogoi,
while speaking on the issue of 'secret killings', had said that
the probe was difficult due to the alleged involvement of the then
AGP Government. Further, reacting to Gogoi's statement, AGP president
and former chief minister Prafulla Mahanta on June 10 blamed Congress
of playing politics in the name of the 'secret killings'
June 8: Guwahati based special judicial
magistrate's court rejected the final report submitted by the CBI
in the case of killing of P.C. Ram, former executive director (northeast)
of FCI, who allegedly died in crossfire between SFs and ULFA militants
on July 17, 2007 after he was abducted by the militant outfit, reports
Times of India. The court further directed the CBI to get the case
reinvestigated by another efficient official.
June 6 ULFA and CPI-Maoist have
links, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi said. When asked about Union
Home Minister P. Chidambaram statement at a media conference recently
that there was nothing to suggest that ULFA had links with Maoists,
Gogoi said, "Let him say that. He has got his own sources; I have
my own (sources)". Gogoi said he was aware about Maoist infiltration
into Assam and their links with ULFA for a long time. Gogoi also
said the Maoists had links with many insurgent groups in the Northeast
and Ulfa was just one of them. Gogoi stressed on improving connectivity
in the remote areas, especially along the border to counter insurgency.
June 5: ULFA-PTF 'chairman' Arabinda
Rajkhowa has said the Central Government is keeping the dialogue
strictly within the framework of discussion submitted by the ULFA-PTF
and described Central Government response as positive.
Suspected militants belonging to
ULFA-ATF handed over a demand note of INR 500,000 to senior officer
of the OIL as well as known Assamese writer Phanindra Kumar Dev
June 4: NIA arrested a director
of a private school, Jatiya Vidyalaya identified as Pallab Barbora
alias Profull, at Merapani in Golaghat District for his alleged
links with Maoists. "Borbora is deeply involved with Maoists. He
and Aditya Bora were the initial Maoist members," ADGP-SB Khagen
Sarma said. He further said, "After Ulfa's [United Liberation Front
of Asom] downfall started, Borbora and Bora both became Maoists."
Both Borbora and Aditya Bora were also members of the ASYO, known
to be funded by ULFA. The duo severed formal ties with ASYO in 2009
after having differences with the ULFA leadership over the latter
targeting Hindi-speaking population.
In a press statement issued on email,
the ULFA-ATF 'publicity in-charge' Arunudoy Asom claimed that Mr.Pallab
Barbora was a prominent human rights activist of the State and his
arrest was a gross violation of human rights.
June 3: Though the Government of
Bangladesh has launched a crackdown against militants of NE using
the territory of the country as safe haven, the recent arrests of
militants by personnel of the BSF proved that the militants still
have a number of camps and bases in the neighbouring country. Highly
placed security sources told that the militant groups, particularly
the groups of Manipur, still have camps in the Moulvi Bazar area,
while, a number of other outfits including the hardline faction
of the ULFA are maintaining camps in the jungles in the Bangladesh-Myanmar
border areas. Sources said that the militant groups of North East
also have some camps in the Chittagong Hill Tracts area.
June 1: Union Home secretary R.K.
Singh said that the ULFA-ATF was small and insignificant, adding
that talks with the Arabinda Rajkhowa led group [Pro-Talks faction
of ULFA] group were on the right track. On the condition of talks
with the ULFA-PTF and a probable date for dialogue in June, Singh
said, "We are already in a dialogue with Ulfa. We have had two rounds
of talks with them. Our interlocutor P.C. Haldar is doing a follow-up
on different details and it is time for me to fix a date for another
round at my level."
May 31: ULFA-ATF militant, Robin
alias Hobendra Moran ,who was suspected to have been killed in an
encounter with SFs at Lalmati along the border between Sivasagar
and Mon (Nagaland) Districts, surfaced at Lengribor Baghpukhuri
area under Mathurapur Police Station with bullet injuries. Initially,
Robin was admitted to Sivasagar civil hospital, which referred him
AMCH in Dibrugarh. Meanwhile, ULFA-ATF
alleged that SFs had taken away INR 2 million from its member Robin
Asom, who was injured in the encounter.
May 30: SFs killed an ULFA-ATF militant,
identified as Robin Moran, at Rangamati village under Sonari police
station in Sivasagar District. An AK56 rifle, an IED, two grenades,
around 75 AK-series ammunitions, one time device and some camp material
have also been recovered from him.
SFs arrested two youths, Ranjan
Barman and Mrinal Moran, at Doomdooma in Tinsukia District for extorting
INR 200,000 from a nursing home, in the name of ULFA.
Security has been beefed up in the
State following inputs of possible attacks by ULFA-ATF militants
on the relatives of Congress ministers and MLA.
May 29: ULFA-ATF and the Maoists
operating in the State are on a collision course with the latter
building base on the former's home turf besides serving demand notes
on the same section of people and recruiting militants from same
communities, reports Times of India. The news report quoted a top
security source as saying, "Recent radio intercepts show that Baruah
[Paresh Baruah] is not happy with Maoists eating into ULFA's resources,
both man and money. He has even ordered his men to take action against
Maoists wherever necessary."
A Police constable was killed and
three others were injured in an attack by a group of militants near
Gasuapara in South Garo Hills border in the night, Police informed
. While Constable Pearson Sangma was killed in the firing, three
other Policemen, identified as Gopal Rai, Jopline Kharkongor and
Dilip Marak sustained injuries. A Police official said that the
four police constables who were patrolling on foot were fired upon
from a hillock by a group of militants at around 11:40 pm. Police
are yet to ascertain which militant group was involved in the attack.
There is presence of both GNLA and ULFA in the bordering areas of
Gasuapara where the incident took place. Police have denied rumours
that the constables were attacked in a case of mistaken identity
by another group of armed constables on duty.
May 28: SFs neutralised an IED weighing
13 kilograms, suspected to be placed by ULFA-ATF, at a village in
May 26: SFs arrested two persons,
Palash Saikia (19) and Badan Chutia (48) for their involvement in
the May 25 blast at Filobari in Tinsukia District suspected to be
carried out by ULFA-ATF. The SP Diganta Gogoi said that a senior
ULFA-ATF leader had given the bomb to the Palash and Indrajit Moran
(22) and paid INR 300 each to execute the job. Moran died in the
blast as the bomb went off before Moran could place it at the intended
May 25: A bomb went off in the evening
at Philobari under Doomdooma Police Station in Tinsukia District.
The bomb carrier, a young boy, died on the spot. He has not been
identified as yet. The blast took place at around 8 pm in front
of the shop of Lakhiram Agarwala, who is the brother of Gavarubheti
mandal Congress president Mungi Ram Agarwala. Businessmen in Philobari
had allegedly been receiving extortion notices from the ULFA-ATF
and in protest against this, the Gorkha Students' Union had held
a meeting. It is suspected that the unidentified youth was planning
to carry out subversive activities in the area.
Congress president and UPA chairperson
Sonia Gandhi will arrive in the city on May 26 to attend the first
anniversary celebration of the third consecutive term of the Congress
government in the state. ULFA militants, meanwhile, have called
a bandh on the same day and Police have intelligence inputs
of possible attacks by the outfit on Congress offices.
May 24: The Terrorist and Disruptive
Activities (PREVENTION) ACT, 1987 (TADA) designated Court in Guwahati
acquitted ULFA 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa giving him the benefit
of the doubt in the Surrendra Paul murder case. Three other accused,
Pradip Gogoi, the ULFA 'vice-chairman' who was arrested in Calcutta
in 1998, Saurav Gogoi, and the outfit's commander in Dibrugarh and
Tinsukia, and Jugal Kishore Mahanta, its president in the two Districts,
were the three acquitted earlier. The two remaining accused are
yet to be cleared of the murder charge are - unsplit ULFA's 'commander-in-chief'
Paresh Barua and 'general secretary' Golap Barua alias Anup
Chetia. Suspected ULFA militants killed Surrendra Paul, brother
of UK-based businessperson Swaraj Paul, on April 9, 1990, at Laipuli
in Tinsukia District. "We do not indulge in criminal activities.
Ours is a political movement," Arabinda Rajkhowa following the acquittal
SFs are in a state of high alert
to prevent any disruptive attempt made by ULFA-ATF militants on
the eve of the visit of INC President Sonia Gandhi to the State
on May 26. The news report quoting highly placed security sources
states that senior leaders of the ULFA-ATF have issued instructions
to the cadres on the ground to target INC offices wherever possible.
May 23: The body of one Dipankar
Rabha was recovered at Landakhunda in Dhanubhanga under Dhupdhara
Police Station in Goalpara District on May 23 after he went missing
on May 21. Rabha (27) went out from his home on the May 21 afternoon
for some business purpose with some of his friend and did not return.
But on May 23 his body was found near the road. It may be mentioned
here that on May 20, two linkmen of ULFA was arrested by a joint
operation of both Goalpara and Guwahati City Police. The local people
suspected that Rabha was murdered following the arrest of ULFA linkmen.
May 22: ULFA-ATF called a 12-hour
State bandh on May 26 to protest the scheduled visit of UPA
chairperson Sonia Gandhi to Guwahati city.
May 21: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi,
paying homage to former Prime Minister, late Rajiv Gandhi renewed
appeal to ULFA-ATF leader Paresh Barua and others to abjure violence
and sit across the table to solve their problems through democratic
May 20: SFs recovered powerful explosives
stockpiled by the ULFA-ATF in Goalpara District near the state's
border with Meghalaya. SFs recovered 3.5 kilograms of plastic explosives,
seven detonators; one remote control device and other bomb-making
material. SFs also arrested two ULFA-ATF linkmen, identified as
Bekingson Marak and Jyoti Charan Boro, in connection with the seizure.
May 18: ULFA-PTF launched an 'Assam
Navnirman Kendra' to promote agriculture and related activities
in Nalbari District with the help of Army and the State Government.
State Government has provided 100 bighas of land at Banbagh Salmari,
which will have nine fishponds, piggery, poultry farm, duck farm
and banana plantations.
May 15: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
welcomed KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi's decision to float a political
party in 2015-16 and appealed to ULFA-ATF 'Vice Chairman' Paresh
Baruah to launch a political party and win the trust of the people
to serve them.
May 14: 84 remote villages in Kamrup
District bordering Meghalaya under the jurisdiction of KVDC have
now vowed to resist militant activities in the area, which is frequently
used by ULFA and GNLA militants. Community leaders representing
84 Gram Sabhas (Village council) will formally join hands
on May 15 in Kinan village to resist insurgent activities including
extortion, passage of rebels through their villages and providing
shelter to them.
May 13: A militant belonging to
the ULFA-ATF sustained bullet injury during an encounter with Security
Forces (SFs) at Tairai Gaon in Sivasagar District along the Assam-Nagaland
interstate border. The injured militant however managed to flee
from the incident site, disclosed an unnamed senior Police officer.
Later, SFs recovered 4-kilogram Tri-Nitro-Toluene (TNT) explosives,
14 detonators, live wires, batteries, 4 mobile phones and a list
of code numbers from the encounter spot.
An encounter between SFs and suspected
ULFA militants took place at Tairai Gaon of Sapekhati under Charaideo
sub-division in Sivasagar District.
May 12: The SFs arrested four militants,
belonging to ULFA-ATF, from Majuli in Jorhat District. The arrested
militants were identified as Nayan Mudoi, Pramod Hazarika, Bapukon
Hazarika and Junali Hazarika.
May 11: Assam Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi said that the Maoists were spreading their wings and have
set up a strong base in the Districts of upper Assam. Gogoi added
that the militant groups of the region supported them. "ULFA c-in-c
Paresh Baruah's letter to the media yesterday proves this. The NSCN-IM
is also imparting training to the Maoist cadres," he said, adding
that the training is given in some places outside Assam "by taking
advantage of the ceasefire agreement" with the Centre. "We will
have to conduct operations not only in Assam but also in neighboring
States like Arunachal Pradesh. I am supporting the NCTC because
it will help us in this regard," said Gogoi. "Earlier, the Centre
had refused to believe us. Now they know that Assam is also affected
by the Maoist menace. Given the fast manner in which it is spreading
across the Northeast, I need the support of our neighboring States
to control the Maoist movement now," the Chief Minister said.
May 10: DGP Jayanta Narayan Choudhury
said that there around 150 people in the State having links with
the Maoists and that the Police have identified 21 Police Stations
in Maoist-prone areas. Stating that nobody from the State joined
the Maoist movement for its ideology, the DGP said most of the new
cadres previously used to be linkmen with the banned ULFA. He said,
"We will continue to keep strict vigil on these people and we are
working in close coordination with the security forces in Arunachal
State Police is closely coordinating
with SFs in neighboring Arunachal Pradesh to contain the Maoist
activities in the State. There are reports that the Maoists have
set up some bases and training camps in the Manbhum reserve forests
in Arunachal Pradesh'.
Union Home Secretary R. K. Singh
on the killing of Maoists in the State said that Maoists were trying
to set up a base in Assam and three AK-47s, grenades and lots of
ammunition was seized from them. "This encounter would halt their
operations in a big way, it is a blow to them", Singh further said.
ULFA-ATF has strongly condemning
the killing of four Maoist rebels in Sadiya in Tinsukia District.
In a statement e-mailed to the media, Paresh Baruah said that though
the ULFA has ideological difference with the Maoists, it has moral
support to the movement of the Maoist groups. As reported earlier,
SFs on May 9 killed four Maoists in Sadiya Sub-Division of Tinsukia
District while two Maoist rebels managed to flee the scene.
May 9: SFs arrested a ULFA linkman,
identified as Narul Islam (23), from Nalbari District. SFs recovered
one 7.65mm factory made pistol, one magazine, one live bullet, three
Mobile phones and four SIM cards from him.
May 7: SFs arrested two ULFA militants,
identified as Abdul Rahman alias Jyunti Ali (31) and Wahidul Rahman
alias Pappu (24), at Santak under Bihubar Police Station in Sivasagar
District. The SFs recovered one 7.65 Italian made pistol, one magazine,
ammunition, two mobile phones and three SIM cards from their possession.
SFs arrested three persons suspected
to be ULFA-ATF linkmen from Shantipur in Majuli Island in Jorhat
District. The trio has been charged with giving refuge to Dipak
Gogoi alias Baba, a leader of ULFA-ATF. Dipak Gogoi, however, managed
April 30: UHM P. Chidambaram while
referring to the last round of tripartite talks with ULFA-PTF held
on April 9 stated that the process would be slow as the leaders
of ULFA-PTF are treading very cautiously. Chidambaram said, "The
Home Secretary held the talks and he has reported to me that it
is making progress but it will be slow progress because there is
an anti-talk faction. So the pro-talk leaders are proceeding with
great caution". The Central Government and ULFA-PTF leaders have
so far held three rounds of formal dialogue and substantive discussions
on the charter of demands submitted by the outfit are yet to begin.
SFs arrested a linkman of the ULFA-ATF,
identified as Jintu Dulakakhoria in Tinsukia District for his alleged
role in the March 31 bomb blast at the daily market in Doomdooma
where three Police personnel were injured. Following revelations
made by the militant, the SFs recovered 21 detonators, four grenades,
three packets of explosives, one remote control, three electric
circuits and six electric conductors, from the compound of the house
of Tikheswar Hazarika at Bordumsa in the same District.
April 29: A group of six ULFA-PTF
militants entered the Bihu function in Bongaigaon District and assaulted
a boy named Kanuwa Singha (25), Sator Singha (30) and Kalu Singha
(35) on the pretext that the boy was consuming alcohol in the function
and the other two were running a temporary wine shop in the Bihu
SFs recovered a powerful IED weighing
five kilograms from Titkuri village in Rangiya in Kamrup (Rural)
The ULFA-ATF gave an ultimatum to
ULFA-PTF 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa to return to "active duty"
within three months. ULFA-ATF 'Assistant Information and Publicity
Secretary' Arunudoy Asom said that in case of failure to comply
with the deadline, the outfit would be forced to change its leadership.
ULFA-ATF also accused Arabinda Rajkhowa of compromising with the
April 28: A suspected ULFA-ATF linkman,
Bogen Moran, (26), succumbed to his injuries at Assam Medical College
and Hospital in Dibrugarh. As reported earlier, Moran was injured
during an encounter with SFs on April 21 at Kordoiguri under Doomdooma
Police Station in Tinsukia District.
After building close links with
ULFA-ATF, GNLA are developing contacts in the neighbouring Nagaland
and procuring sophisticated arms from Naga militant groups, who
route the weapons via Guwahati (Assam), making it more difficult
for the city Police to intercept them. Intelligence sources confirmed
that GNLA is buying lightweight assault rifles and guns as well
as ammunition from various agents backed by NSCN.
Assam Rifles personnel arrested
four UPDF cadres, identified Lamlai Chowai alias Babu, Dipankan
Chakma alias Pinti, Kina Marak and Arun Chakma, from Manabum
area in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh. The militants were
arrested from Maitri Village under Diyun Police Station, where they
had taken shelter in the house of a Chakma widow. The cadres visited
the village to serve extortion note to a local businessmen in the
area and had forcibly taken shelter in the house.
Two US made 7.65 mm Pistols, one
.22 mm Chinese made Pistol and ammunition were recovered from the
militants. UPDF is involved in extortion and kidnapping and other
illegal activities in Namsai and adjoining areas. The group is believed
to have strong linkages with ULFA and NSCN-K.
April 27: The designated TADA court
acquitted ULFA-PTF 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa and 'Vice-president'
Pradip Gogoi along with surrendered ULFA militant Munin Nobis of
the murder charge of a Guwahati city based businessperson, Giridharilal
Harlalka, on grounds of lack of evidence. Harlalka was killed in
1998 in Fancy Bazar area of Guwahati city by ULFA. ULFA-ATF 'Vice-president'
Paresh Baruah and ULFA 'General Secretary' Anup Chetia alias
Golap Barua are also accused in the case.
April 26: SFs recovered a powerful
IED weighing approximately five kilograms, suspected to have been
planted by ULFA-ATF, at Kakojan village under Filobari Police Station
in Tinsukia District. Militants had planted the IED in front of
the house of Ramesh Prasad, an owner of a small tea garden.
April 22: ULFA-ATF uploaded
videos propagating its cause and a recitation asking ULFA-PTF ‘Chairman’
Arabinda Rajkhowa to pull out of the peace process on an internet
site. The visuals in the two songs show ULFA-ATF leader Paresh Baruah
mingling with his cadres in the group's known base in Myanmar. The
videos also show the group's armory.
April 21: Police arrested
one of the prime accused, identified as Ajoy Gogoi in the April
19 railway track blast that occurred in Sivasagar District. He is
the brother of ULFA militant Akon Gogoi alias Pradip Asom,
who provided logistical support to the ULFA militants for carrying
the attack. Ajoy was arrested from his native Hauphau village under
Sapekhati Police station in Sivasagar District.
SFs arrested three cadres
of ULFA-ATF, identified as Baba Gogoi, Bogen Moran and Babul Baruah,
after an encounter near Doomduma in Tinsukia District. Gogoi and
Moran sustained injuries during the exchange of fire. SFs recovered
a pistol from the trio.
SFs arrested a suspected
ULFA-ATF militant, Purna Lahon, in Sivsagar District for alleged
involvement in the bomb blasts on railway tracks in the District
on April 19.
April 20: Normal life
was severely affected due to the 12-hour dawn-to- dusk Assam bandh
(shutdown strike) called by ULFA-ATF, in protest against the
visit of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
April 19: Suspected ULFA
militant, identified as Nijut Dangaria, was arrested by the army
from Kakapathar in Tinsukia District.
Another ULFA cadre, identified
as Farooq Islam, was arrested from Laluk Kachordubi under Laluk
Police station. About 18 live cartridges along with heavy arms and
ammunition were recovered from him. Farooq, who hailed from North
Lakhimpur joined the outfit in 2008 and had undergone training in
April 19: A powerful
grenade blast occurred at a power station at Kalakhuwa under Bhogdoi
Police station in Jorhat District in the evening. The ULFA-ATF is
suspected to be behind the blast. Police, however, denied this and
said that a ‘technical fault’ caused the explosion.
ULFA-PTF ‘Chairman’ Arabinda
Rajkhowa, asserted that the ULFA-PTF was opposed to the bandh
(shut down strike) call given by the ULFA-ATF in protest against
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s scheduled day-long visit on April
20. “The Centre has honoured its commitment for talks with the outfit
to resolve the long-standing issues and we are opposed to the bandh
in protest against the Prime Minister’s visit,” Rajkhowa said. ULFA
anti-talk faction has called a 12 hour bandh beginning from
5 am on April 20 in protest against the Prime Minister’s day-long
visit to Guwahati.
developed over the last few months by field operatives of Central
intelligence agencies in the Northeast, Bangladesh and Burma has
confirmed that the ULFA-ATF top ‘commander’ Paresh Baruah is now
using his terror network to smuggle narcotics into India.
Baruah and his trusted
aides, the report adds, are being helped by two important ISI agents,
Khwaja Sultan Malik and Qalil Ahmed, who are operating out of Bangladesh.
Both Malik and Ahmed also have close links with drug cartels in
Southeast Asia who are smuggling narcotics into India through the
porous Indo-Bangladesh border with the ULFA’s help. The report states,
“The ULFA is not only helping drug cartels use India as a transit
point but also pumping narcotics into the country for local consumption.’’
The report further reveals that the terror outfit is using its formidable
network in the Northeast for narcotic smuggling as it has yielded
them high returns. The ULFA has been taking both money and arms
in return for helping the drug syndicates. “As India is an important
transit point in the Golden Triangle of narcotic smuggling, involvement
of terror groups in India in this business is an extremely dangerous
trend,” adds the report. Baruah, who is now believed to be shuttling
between Burma and Bangladesh, saw narcotic smuggling as a quick
and easy way to rake in money to fund his terror machinery.
Sudesh Kumar, Inspector
General of the BSF (Meghalya-Assam Frontier) said several militant
outfits, including the ULFA-ATF, NDFB and others, used the local
population as guides while following elephants that move about freely
across the international border. "The locals as well as the
militants know that the security forces will not come in the way
of the pachyderms and so they take advantage to move in and out
of the country using the routes taken by them," Kumar said.
"The locals guide the militants by trailing the herds,"
April 17: ULFA-ATF reiterated
its call for a bandh (General Shutdown) on April 20 to protest
against the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the State.
State Education and Health
Minister Himanta Biswa Sarmah said that ULFA issue would be resolved
in the near future, but the threat by CPI-Maoist was a matter of
concern for the State.
An attempt by the ULFA-ATF
to trigger at least two blasts in Guwahati, ahead of Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh's visit on April 20, has been foiled and three militants
were arrested, Tinsukia District Police claimed. Police said they
arrested three militants, including a woman identified as Paban
Das, Jaya Boro and Ganesh Das from the District while they were
on their way to Guwahati and recovered two grenades from their possession.
Tinsukia SP P P Singh
said that Paban Das was assigned by the top brass of the ULFA-ATF
to bring the grenades to Guwahati and trigger blasts ahead of the
Prime Minister's visit. "The three have also confessed that
they were being coordinated by Babul Gogoi, a senior leader of ULFA's
anti-talk faction," Singh added.
April 16: The ULFA-ATF
has called a State bandh (general shutdown) on April 20,
the day Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is scheduled to visit Guwahati
to attend the State Assembly’s platinum jubilee celebrations and
a programme at B Barooah Cancer Institute.
April 15: SFs raided
a house premise at Bura Gaon Jabaka under Sonari Police Station
in Sivasagar District used by militants of ULFA-ATF. The owner of
the house, Dehiram Arandhara, is being interrogated.
April 14: A militant belonging to
ULFA-ATF, identified as 'lance corporal' Suraj Gogoi alias
Anurag Asom (Baruah), surrendered before SFs in Tinsukia.
April 12: Suspected militants belonging
to ULFA-ATF exploded a grenade at remote Bordumsa area in Tinsukia
District along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.
SFs denied ULFA-ATF claim that one
SFs personnel was killed in the encounter, which took place on April
8 at Bolbola under Dhupdhara Police Station of Goalpara District.
April 10: ULFA-ATF has called a
dawn-to-dusk Assam bandh (General strike) on April 20 to
protest the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the State.
April 9: ULFA-PTF as well as Government
termed the peace talks held as successful. About the issues, which
figured in the talks, the Union Home Secretary, R.K.Singh said that
the ULFA-PTF team raised issues like "safeguard" to the indigenous
people of Assam but a detailed discussion on it and issues like
Centre-State relations would be taken up in the next round of dialogue.
Also discussed were adherence to ground rules, signed by both sides,
surrender of arms and ammunition and a total halt of operations
by Security Forces against the ULFA-PTF. The next rounds of talks
are likely in May-June this year. Central Government has responded
'positively' to the appeal of the ULFA-PTF for extradition of the
ULFA's 'general secretary' Anup Chetia who is now lodged in a jail
April 8: SFs killed a suspected
ULFA-ATF militant, identified as Bobit Rabha alias Calendar,
at Medhikona under Dhupdhara Police Station of Goalpara District.The
militant is suspected to be behind the blast on a Tura-bound BSF
convoy on March 31 in the same District.
ULFA-PTF leaders led by its 'chairman'
Arabinda Rajkhowa left for New Delhi to hold the third round of
talks with the Central Government on April 9.
April 5: Two ULFA-ATF militants
were arrested in a joint operation by the army and Police from Fakiragram
in Kokrajhar District.
SFs will start focusing on Goalpara
District bordering Garo hills Districts of Meghalaya where ULFA-ATF
under the leadership of Drishti Rajkhowa and collaboration with
GNLA have stepped up their activities.
April 4: SFs arrested five-suspected
extortionist belonging to ULFA-ATF, including a woman, from Sonari
town in Sivasagar District. The Police said the five demanded money,
over phones, from several government officials, doctors and businessmen
using the name of ULFA in the last week. The arrested persons, residents
of Sonari area, were identified as Horen Gogoi, Suren Saikia, Ajit
Saikia, Boby Saikia and Dilip Raut.
UMHA warned the Northeast States
of Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh about probable attacks
by ULFA-ATF around April 7. ULFA celebrates its foundation day on
April 3: Central Government has
given clear indications to ULFA-PTF that it is ready to admit all
its demands in principle, which includes constitutional amendments
and giving more powers to the State on the lines of Jammu & Kashmir
under Article 370 of Indian constitution. The ULFA-PTF leadership,
though, remains skeptic about Indian Parliament giving the nod to
the desired amendment.
NIA raided an apartment at the Janakpuri
area of New Delhi on the suspicion that ULFA-ATF 'publicity secretary'
Arunoday Asom was in that apartment.
SFs arrested two ULFA-ATF linkmen
from the Bokota Nemuguri area of Sivasagar District on charges of
extortion.The arrested persons were identified as Bolin Gogoi (33)
of Naginimora and Ramen Bhumij (19) of Amguri. SFs maintained that
Bolin is close to the outfit's 'sergent major' Raktajit Hazarika.
Ramen is suspected to be involved in the grenade explosion at Demow
Police Station on March 27.
April 2: Security Forces in Meghalaya
have been put on alert especially in Meghalaya-Assam border ahead
of ULFA raising day on April 7, top Police officers said. The alert
came in the wake of the report that a top leader of the ULFA-ATF,
Dristi Rajkhowa, is currently being holed up in between Goalpara
District of Assam and East Garo Hills District of Meghalaya.
DGP Jayanta Narayan Choudhury said
that ULFA-ATF could carry out attack in the State on the run up
to its raising day on April 7. He further said, "The bomb that exploded
in Doomdooma town in Tinsukia district on Saturday night was inside
a tiffin box but the involvement of Maoists in the incident cannot
be ruled out". The DGP said that while top ULFA-ATF leader Dristi
Rajkhowa was currently holed up in Goalpara District bordering Meghalaya,
two militants Babul and Pradeep Gogoi are active in upper Assam.
Security has been intensified security
in all five upper Assam Districts of Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar,
Jorhat and Golaghat to prevent any kind of untoward incident by
April 1: SFs arrested two militants
of ULFA-ATF, identified as Abhigyan Bora and Mridul Kumar Phukan,
from an unspecified location, in connection with the bomb blast
at Doomdooma in Tinsukia District on March 31.
SFs arrested two more suspected
ULFA-ATF militants from Kakopathar in Tinsukia District following
the earlier reported encounter in which one suspected ULFA-ATF militant
was killed and four others were arrested.
SFs killed a suspected militant
belonging to the ULFA-ATF during an encounter at Kakopathar in Tinsukia
District. SFs also arrested four other suspected ULFA-ATF militants
following the encounter. However, ULFA-ATF in an emailed statement,
said no armed cadre of the outfit was killed in any incident.
Tinsukia District Administration
has suggested a multi-pronged strategy to crack down on illegitimate
coal trade especially in Margarita Subdivision, which CPI-Maoist
is now reportedly eyeing, besides militant groups like the NSCN
and ULFA, to create what is called "slush funds" to carry out subversive
activity. The steps include deployment of CISF and AISF to safeguard
CIL properties. Besides setting up of a composite verification point
at Jagun, this will have staff from Police, sales tax, forest, and
excise and transport department besides CIL.
ULFA-ATF has denounced anti-China
protests by Tibetan refugees (on march 10) in the State and urged
the people of the State not to allow such anti-China activities,
as there was need for a powerful friend like China for the ULFA
to lead the struggle of the people to a just conclusion.
March 31: A five-member militant
group belonging to the ULFA-ATF opened fire on an Assam Rifles patrol
party at Takubasti under Charaideo Police Station in Sivasagar District.
A hardcore ULFA-ATF militant was believed to have sustained serious
injury during the encounter. Meanwhile, ULFA-ATF claimed that three
Assam Rifles troopers were killed and one trooper was in the incident.
Three SF personnel received minor
injuries and two grocery shops and a godown were badly damaged in
a bomb blast triggered by suspected ULFA-ATF militants at Doomdooma
daily market in Tinsukia District.
March 30: Suspected militants of
ULFA-ATF hurled a grenade targeting the convoy of vehicles carrying
BSF personnel at Dudhnoi in Goalpara District. However, no casualty
SFs recovered an unexploded grenade
from the premises of Mathuranagar Police Station in Sivasagar District.
suspected ULFA-ATF militants had hurled the grenade on March 29.
March 28: ULFA-ATF claimed responsibility
for the grenade attack at Dimow Police Station in Sivasagar District
on March 27.
ULFA-ATF has served an extortion
notice on the FCI office in North Lakhimpur District. The extortion
demand was made over phone earlier this week.
March 27: ULFA-ATF militants hurled
a grenade at Dimow Police Station in Sivasagar District. A wall
of the Police Station was partially damaged, though no casualty
Militant outfits of the State are
suspected to have been using women and anti-social elements to carry
out extortion and abductions by outsourcing responsibility of picking
up the target and serving the demand notes. The news report states
that ULFA and NDFB were using its women cadres to trap businessmen
for kidnapping. Security sources said that at least four-five such
cases of women inviting the businessmen to some isolated locations
before kidnapping has already come to light.
March 25: SFs arrested two militants
of NDFB-RD, identified as Sonen Basumatary and Biswijit Narzary,
Kachugaon village in Gossaigaon Sub-Division of Kokrajhar District.
Central Government and ULFA-PTF will be held in New
Delhi on April 9.
ULFA-ATF has now started using satellite
phones marketed by ACeS, an Indonesia based company and according
to inputs available, ULFA-ATF now has at least 10 such phones.
March 24: North East militant outfits
have changed their routes to bring in weapons and explosives to
the North East region after the improvement of relation between
India and Bangladesh. Sources told the media that the militant groups
have stopped bringing in weapons through Bangladesh and most of
the weapons are now brought into the region through Myanmar where
most of the militant groups of the region have their strong bases.
The weapons are brought through different routes along the India-Myanmar
border and though Mizoram is now one of the most peaceful states.
The militant groups of the region
including the ULFA-ATF now have abundance of weapons including sophisticated
weapons like AK series rifles, machine guns, rocket launchers, etc.
and most of the weapons are manufactured in China.
March 23: Security across the State
is being beefed up keeping in view April 7 when Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh visits the State, which also happens to be the Raising Day
State Police is keeping a close
watch on select group of advocates, journalists, businesspersons,
politicians and college lecturers for their alleged link with ULFA-ATF
leader Paresh Baruah. Three others, including a student leader,
have been sent to jail in this regard. This came after monitoring
the calls of eight ULFA-ATF phone numbers, three are satellite phones
and rest mobiles.
The Indian Journalist Union condemned
the 'quit notice' issued by ULFA-ATF against owner of a private
March 22: ULFA-ATF served a quit
notice to the owner of a leading private Assamese news channel,
Santosh Jaiswal, and his family for allegedly trying to paint a
negative picture about the outfit. Jaiswal owns a channel by the
name of DY365.
March 21: ULFA-ATF clarified that
the extortion notice to St Luke Hospital was meant for the chairperson
of the hospital, N Stephen Nag, who is also a 'tea planter' besides
being a missionary.
March 17: ULFA-ATF warned of attack
on mobile phone towers in the State in protest against what it termed
as, 'Indian security forces attempt to prevent the leaders and cadres
of the ULFA to keep contacts with people in Assam's society in the
capacity of an organization having base among the masses.
UC of SFs in the State has decided
to launch joint operations with its counterpart in Meghalaya to
contain the activities of ULFA-ATF in western part of the State,
where a sizeable amount of development fund is alleged to have been
going into the coffers of militant outfits. UC also decided to launch
operations against KPLT in Karbi Anglong District. The report further
adds that a batch of newly-trained 60 KPLT militants have completed
their training in a NSCN-K camp near Dimapur in Nagaland and may
join the outfit soon.
ULFA-ATF leader Drishti Rajkhowa
is planning abductions, extortions and other acts of terrorism in
collaboration with GNLA.
March 16: A Sivasagar court sent
Mahendra Chetia from Dulakharia village in Sivasagar District to
judicial custody. SFs on March 15 had arrested Chetia on charges
of providing shelter to militants of the ULFA-ATF.
SFs arrested a bomb expert belonging
to the Anti-Talks faction of ULFA-ATF, identified as Tapan Phukan
alias Bhabani Khaklary, from Solmari village in North Lakhimpur
District. Phukan was trained in Myanmar said the report.
March 14: Union Home Ministry sounded
a high alert and asked the State government to tighten security
in view of ULFA's 'army day' on March 16.
SFs rescued Dr M C Agarwala from
a house at Naharbari near Dhamdhama in Nalbari District. Police
sources said one of the arrested is affiliated to ULFA-PTF.
SFs arrested three extortionists
associated with ULFA in Kiranigaon (Kadoguri) in Tinsukia District.
They were identified as identified as Aurobindo Moran (32) Lileshwar
Moran (27) and Bitupon Moran (23).
March 13: ULFA-ATF has recently
demanded St. Luke's Hospital at Chabua in Dibrugarh District to
pay INR 2 million. The report further adds that people from 20 neighboring
villages are angry at the ULFA's extortion bid from the Hospital.
March 9: SFs arrested four top militant
belonging to GNLA, identified as Tengrile Sangma, Teran Sangma,
Mukhar G Areng and Paul Ektaus Momin, from kiling area. SP Apurba
Jibon Baruah verified that GNLA was behind the abduction of one
Dinesh Sarma of Beltola, from a coal depot in Pllingkata on March
2.GNLA, a Meghalaya-based outfit, is trying to sneak into Guwahati
city to carry out unlawful activities. Baruah further said investigations
have revealed that the GNLA and the ULFA-ATF had reached an understanding
and both were helping each other.
March 7: SFs arrested seven persons
from different places of Tinsukia District in connection with extortion
cases. The arrested persons include a ULFA militant, three ULFA
linkmen and three men who posed as ULFA.
March 5: One ULFA cadre, identified
as SS Binod Buragohain alias Madhujya Boruah alias
Aaichang Gohain, surrendered along with one pistol and one Chinese
March 4: ULFA-ATF exploded an IED
at Borpathar in Sivasagar District, damaging a power transmission
tower of NEEPCO. The Police suspect ULFA-ATF had carried out the
blast to threaten the ULFA-PTF 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa, who
hails from the area.
ULFA-ATF is in desperate need of
funds and might carry out violent act in the State to make their
March 3: A ULFA cadre was killed
in an encounter with the Police and the Army at Thakurvila under
Lakhipur Police Station in Goalpara District.
March 1: Governor J B Patnaik appealed
to the ULFA-ATF led by Paresh Baruah to join the peace process like
other militant formations in the State.
February 29: DGP JN Choudhury said
that investigators of the grenade blast on February 28 in Guwahati
have pointed finger towards involvement of ULFA-ATF in the incidence.
Forensic experts revealed that the grenade lobbed on February 28
is mostly used by ULFA.
SFs arrested a Bangladeshi linkman
of ULFA and GNLA in West Garo Hills District. During interrogation,
Marak revealed that he was staying in Samalchura area in Bangladesh's
Sherpur District and that he has been working for ULFA for the last
10 years and got involved with GNLA in 2011.
NF Railway has abandoned its plan
to shut down one of its lower primay school at Hijuguri in Tinsukia
District following a threat issued by ULFA-ATF.
February 28: Two civilians were
injured in a grenade explosion near Punjab National Bank branch
at the Nursery area in Ganeshguri area of Guwahati City on February
28. "Two people were injured in the blast and they were taken to
Gauhati Medical College Hospital. We can't comment on any militant
outfit's involvement before we investigate the matter," said G P
Nath, Inspector General of Police -Central Western Range (IGP-CWR).
However, intelligence sources suspect the hand of ULFA-ATF behind
the incident. No militant formation has yet claimed responsibility
for the attack.
SFs arrested three persons, including
a ULFA-PTF militant, Ashim Bora alias Pankaj Gogoi, from the Lakua
area of Sivasagar District on charges of extortion. They served
an extortion note of INR 2 million on APL in Sivasagar; recently.
February 26: SFs arrested a suspected
militant belonging to ULFA-ATF, identified as Akhil Das (25), along
with explosives from Mirza area in Kamrup (Rural) District.
February 25: SFs arrested two suspected
ULFA-ATF militants, identified as Kehsav Gogoi and Shofik Gogoi,
from Noshdia area of Tinsukia District.
February 24: ULFA-ATF in small groups
of five or six members, have managed to sneak into the country,
they are in areas of Nagaland, and Arunachal Pradesh bordering the
SFs arrested three militants belonging
to Anti-Talks faction of ULFA-ATF at Machkhowa area of Guwahati
February 19: CM Tarun Gogoi had
a meeting with Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram to review the
law and order situation in the State. After the meeting Gogoi said,
"The Maoists are getting support from other NE rebel groups, like
the ULFA and the ISI too is getting involved". He further said that
the State requested the Union Minister for additional Central forces
to prevent any kind of militant activities in the State.
On the peace process with various
militant groups, Gogoi said, "Our doors for talks are still open
for everyone including the Paresh Barua-led ULFA faction. We want
peaceful resolution of all problems and we will back the Centre
Tarun Gogoi went on to say that,
Myanmar continued to be a base for NE militants even after India's
relations with the neighboring nation have improved.
SFs arrested four militants of the
ULFA-ATF, identified as Dulu Saikia alias Rinku, Dipankar Bora,
Numal Gogoi and Robin Bora, from Phool Bagan in Dibrugarh Town.
February 14: TADA Designated Court,
in Guwahati acquitted 'finance secretary' of ULFA-PTF, Sasha Choudhury
in connection with an extortion case. The case was registered against
ULFA members for allegedly demanding an amount of INR 100, 000 from
Dalim Gogoi, a resident of Anand Nagar, Bhangagarh of the City on
December 5, 1986.
February 13: On the issue of ULFA-ATF
leader Paresh Baruah, G.K Pillai said, "Paresh Baruah lost all his
assets when he left Bangladesh. Now, he is struggling to garner
funds to run the ULFA anti-talks faction. Our efforts should be
geared towards preventing him from creating any assets". He further
stated, "There could be tacit support from China. India has raised
the issue with China at the diplomatic level last year. We have
even provided a copy of Baruah's air ticket from Dhaka to Yunnan.
But, as usual, China has been denying Baruah's presence in its territory."
February 11: State Police have arrested
620 cadres of various outfits involved in peace talks on charges
of extortion, abduction and other crimes.
February 9: SFs arrested 'Commander-in-Chief'
of newly floated Black Rhino Commando of Assam and a former ULFA
linkman, identified as Rajib Banik alias Ajit Phukan (26),
from Nagaon District.
February 8: SFs arrested two suspected
ULFA militants, identified as Abdul Hussain and Kashal Barua, from
Kenduguri village under Simaluguri Police Station in Sivasagar District.
February 7: ULFA-ATF has been trying
to create division among the ULFA-PTF members, while making efforts
to increase its own strength.
February 5: Pro-Talks faction of
ULFA-PTF charter of demands to the Central Government include a
separate Constitution on the lines of Jammu & Kashmir for Assam,
an "Upper House" in the state Assembly and the setting up of a Supreme
February 3: Suspected militant belonging
to ULFA-ATF killed a businessperson, identified as Ikramul Hussain
(32), at Alu Chauka chowk of Mongoldoi in Darrang District. Another
civilian, identified as Pankaj Sahoria (25), sustained bullet injury
on his hand when he tried to help the deceased businessperson.
Growing ties between the ULFA-ATF
and GNLA have become matter of serious concern for the Government
of Meghalaya as well as for the Security agencies.
February 2: ULFA-ATF 'Vice Chairman'
Paresh Baruah confirmed his group's links with CPI-Maoist.
A plea for extradition of ULFA
'General Secretary' Anup Chetia was made by India to Bangladesh
during a meeting between officers of the foreign ministries of the
two countries in Dhaka recently.
January 30: The next round of talks
between the Central Government and ULFA-PTF will be held in New
Delhi in February 2012.
January 24: Three militants belonging
to the ULFA-ATF surrendered before SFs at Philobari in Tinsukia
SFs have intensified their operations
to take out the ULFA-ATF militants under Rajib Das who have reportedly
taken shelter in the numerous chaporis (sandbars) in and
around in Majuli island in Jorhat District and are serving extortion
notes and planning sabotage during the Republic Day (January 26).
January 22: SFs arrested a top ULFA
militant, identified as Dipak Rabha alias Shankar from Sonapur
area in the suburb of Guwahati city.
Security has been beefed up along
the interstate border with Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland
to frustrate any attempt by the militants to sneak into the State.
CorCom of seven militant outfits
of Manipur have joined hands with five other Militant groups of
the Northeastern and called for a mass boycott of Republic Day celebrations
on January 26 in the entire northeast. Five other outfits include
the ULFA-ATF, HNLC, KLO, NLFT and ATTF.
January 20: The central jail in
Jorhat has been put on high alert following an intelligence report
about a purported ULFA-ATF plan to attack a state minister inside
the jail premises during his customary visit there after hoisting
the Tricolour on Republic Day (January 26).
Security has been beefed up in Guwahati
following apprehension that the ULFA-ATF and NDFB might carry out
subversive activities in the Dispur ahead of Republic Day.
The ULFA-ATF announced that henceforth
all the surname of its leaders and cadres would be same and the
common surname will be 'Asom'. In a statement issued to the media
through e-mail, the ULFA-ATF said to replace the surnames of its
members with 'Asom' was aimed at reflecting the outfit's commitment
to expedite the evolution of the 'great Assamese nation' irrespective
of caste, creed and religion.
January 17: SFs arrested two ULFA
linkmen, Robin Biswas (20) and Rakhal Chandra Biswas (47), from
Balajan in Dhubri District.
January 16: SFs arrested one ULFA
militant, identified as Padamdhar Moran alias Poya Kaye (35),
at Makum under Makum Police Station in Tinsukia District.
SFs arrested a ULFA militant, identified
as Sapring Rabha (29) alias Khaplang, from Kasumari village
under Krishnai Police Station of Goalpara District.
January 15: Paresh Baruah would
expel ULFA Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and other senior leaders and
Central Committee of the outfit permanently to start afresh the
armed struggle. Further, Senior ULFA-ATF, Drishti Rajkhowa alias
Manoj Rabha and Bijay Das alias Bijay Chinese would now act
as the overall Commander of Lower and Upper Assam region respectively.
January 10: SFs arrested three ULFA-ATF
linkman, at Basbari village of Kokrajhar District.
January 6: Militant groups operating
in the Northeast have realised that violence will never pay and
the only way to solve their problems is peace negotiations, Union
Home Minister P. Chidambaram said. "Most militant groups have come
to realise that violence will not pay, state will never allow the
violence to pay. The state will never allow any violent group to
overthrow, overpower the state and talks are the only way to find
solutions to their problems," he said. Chidambaram said it was heartening
that most of the militant groups were in the mood to talk and most
part of Northeast was free from conflict. He also said that the
Centre, in collaboration with State Governments, made efforts to
deal with insurgent groups operating in the region through various
ways in the last two years.
Chidambaram said peace agreements
have been signed by the Government with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in
West Bengal, UPDS in Assam and again it was on the verge of concluding
another agreement with at least two groups in Assam. "ULFA, both
factions of NSCN -- IM and K -- as well as NDFB are in talks mood.
The talks are at different degrees. Formal talks are underway with
NSCN-IM. Talks have began with ULFA and I am confident that shortly
talks will begin with NDFB. Many other smaller groups are in talks
mood," he said.
He said most of the Northeast was
today conflict-free and there was no violence in most parts of Northeast
as 2011 witnessed a new low in the level of violence where in all
states together there were only 627 incidents in which 70 civilians
and 32 Security Force personnel were killed. "There is a grain of
truth (to it). But much has been changed in the Northeast. By any
measure, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and most
parts of Assam are conflict free. Conflict is today confined to
Manipur, to some extent in Nagaland, and it might be paradoxical
to note that the level of violence (in Nagaland) is extremely low,
and some parts of Assam," he said.
The Home Minister, however, said
there were still some areas of concern that include extortion and
occasional kidnapping for extortion. "Extortion keeps the militant
groups going. That is their source of funds....I have been saying
this with responsibility that these extortion rackets must be stopped,"
he added. Chidambaram said the Central government was offering support
to all state governments in the region to ensure that extortion
does not take place and kidnapping for extortion does not take place.
"During the last year, these incidents have come down dramatically
and I am confident that in 2012, the situation will be better,"
January 5: State home department
has sounded a high alert in Upper Assam Districts, following intelligence
reports that the ULFA-ATF may try to target the Hindi-speaking population
in the run-up to Republic Day (January 26).
January 4: SFs arrested a Bangladeshi
ULFA linkman identified as Philipa Sangma (21) along with FICN worth
around INR 3,000 from Gopinathkilla in the same District.
January 3: ULFA-ATF has taken to
moral policing. ULFA-ATF 'chairman' Abhijeet Barman, in an emailed
statement said, "We also want to know from the people about their
suggestions on what exemplary punishment would be suitable for those
who commit crimes that contribute to overall degradation of society."
January 2: Suspected ULFA-ATF militants
exploded a grenade injuring three persons, one of them critically,
on GNB Road in Tinsukia town.
SFs recovered a 5-kilogram IED from
a winger at Chabua in Dibrugarh District.
SFs arrested an ULFA-ATF militant,
identified as Hemakanta Changmai, from Lekhapani in Tinsukia District.
January 1: It is not possible for
the leaders of the militant groups of North East including 'Commander-in
Chief' of ULFA, Paresh Baruch to stay in China without the knowledge
of the Chinese authorities, said former GOC of the 4 Corps of the
Army, Lt Gen (Reid) DB Shekhatkar.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said
that the insurgency situation in the State was under control.
The ULFA-ATF e-mailed a video to
the media houses, showing about 50 cadres taking part in a parade
in battle fatigue at an unknown hideout surrounded by hills and
jungles. The video did not reveal anything about the group's intention
of sending it or its future plans.
December 28: Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi said that the ongoing protest in the State against the 2000-MW
Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project in neighbouring Arunachal
Pradesh has the support of ULFA-ATF and Communist Party of India-Maoist
(CPI-Maoist). Gogoi said, "It is out in the open now. ULFA rebels
and Maoists [CPI-Maoist] are very much there. They are trying to
enforce lawlessness in the state and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity
[KMSS] is also there."
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.
December 19: Expressing concern
at the spread of the CPI-Maoist in the State, Governor Janaki Ballav
Patnaik said, "Now a new insurgent element has entered the scene.
It is the Maoists. "They are mostly active in Dhemaji and Tinsukia
Districts bordering with Lower Dibang valley and Lohit Districts
of Arunachal Pradesh.
December 18: Police arrested two
SULFA militants, identified as Manjit Roy and Nitya Roy, for their
alleged involvement in the abduction of a businessman in Dhubri
December 15: BSF spokesman Ravi
Gandhi said, "We have given them a list of Indian insurgents' camps,
including the banned ULFA, NSCN-IM, NDFB, NLFT, HNLC, PLA and GNLA
in Bangladesh. We are hopeful they will soon act on it".
December 13: In recent times, ULFA-ATF
has recruited 20 youths from the Districts of Nalbari, Baksa, Barpeta,
Kamrup (Rural) and Kamrup.
December 12: ULFA-ATF stated that
Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was a member
of the political wing of the outfit.
December 11: SFs arrested three
ULFA militants from a farmhouse in Baihata Chariali in Kamrup District.
Another three ULFA militants were
arrested from Golakganj in Dhubri District.
December 10: SFs arrested an ULFA
linkman, identified as Phanindra Deka (37), from Noonmati area in
December 9: Security has been beefed
up in the Districts of Tinsukia and Dibrugarh following the threat
by ULFA-ATF to target Non-Assamese.
December 8: ULFA-ATF 'publicity
in charge' Arunodoi Dohotiya, said that the "Indian forces", particularly
the personnel of the CoBRA, are committing atrocities on innocent
people in upper Assam, particularly in the District of Tinsukia.
He further said that the outfit would not tolerate such atrocities
on innocent people and if such acts are not stopped immediately,
the "Indian citizens" living in Assam would have to face the consequences.
According to information available with the security agencies, at
least 40 cadres of the outfit are moving around in Tirap and Changlang
Districts of Arunachal Pradesh as well as in Majuli and Sadiya.
December 7: Regarding the detention
of Jibon Moran 'second-in-command' of ULFA-ATF, Shambu Singh, Joint
Secretary (Northeast) in the MHA said, "Myanmarese authorities have
conveyed to the MEA (ministry of external affairs) about the arrest
of two Indian journalists from Myanmar-China border, but said there
has been no arrest of any person by the name of Jibon Moran".
December 6: ULFA-ATF abducted wife
and son of a businessman, Binod Bansal, from Sonari in Sivasagar
District. The abducted mother and son were identified as Padma and
Suspected ULFA militant armed with
sharp weapons attacked and seriously injured six people at Jagun
in Tinsukia Distict.
SFs arrested one militant of NDFB-Ranjan
Daimary, identified as Ashish Boro, from Kacheripara village in
Udalguri District. SFs recovered a 9mm pistol and a magazine from
December 4: SFs exchanged fire with
militants of ULFA-ATF at Na Tal Pathar under Bordumsa Police Station
in Tinsukia District.
December 3: Thirty-three militants
of the anti-talks factions of the NDFB Ranjan Daimary-faction and
the ULFA-ATF surrendered before the Army and deposited their arms,
ammunition and explosives in Assam.
Jivan Moran, a top leader of the
militant outfit ULFA-ATF and an Indian journalist were reportedly
detained by authorities in Myanmar.
December 2: ULFA-ATF 'Commander-in-Chief'
Paresh Baruah has sought help from highly trained militants of Manipur-based
PLA to launch offensive in Assam. Sources said that it was second
instance within 2011 when the PLA militants are roped in by the
December 1: New 'acting chairman'
of Anti Talks faction of ULFA-ATF Dr Abhijeet Bormon is an Assamese
Doctor living in Cleveland region of UK. Dr Borman is believed to
run a frontal organisation of the ULFA from UK.
November 28: ULFA-PTF 'Chairman'
Arabinda Rajkhowa said that only discussions can lead to a political
settlement and cautioned that failure of which would lead to a state
of civil war. He further said, "People of Assam means not only Assamese
people but all 'bhumiputras'(son of the soil) who have raised the
demand for establishing peace in the state. We have only obeyed
their demand and initiated peace talks with the government."
DPC urged Pro-Talks faction of ULFA-PTF
'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa to support the demand for merger of
Dimasa inhabited area of Nagaon, Cachar, Karbi Anglong and Nagaland
contiguous to Dima Hasao District by incorporating it in ULFA's
charter of demands, which would be placed before the Central Government.
November 27: Three militants of
ULFA-ATF, identified as 'corporal' Bhadiya Bhumij alias Bidea
Gowala, 'corporal' Tankeswar Moran and 'corporal' Rocky Bordoloi,
alias Bidul Sonowal, surrendered at Laipuli in Tinsukia District.
November 26: SFs recovered arms
and ammunition following an encounter between SFs and Anti-Talks
Faction of ULFA-ATF militants in the forests between Madhupur and
Medela in Dibrugarh District.
November 25: SFs arrested another
suspected ULFA militant, Kumud Das alias Ron Hazarika, from
November 24: ULFA 'General Secretary'
Anup Chetia's extradition will face legal hurdle even after signing
of extradition treaty with Bangladesh as Chetia has applied for
political asylum. Further, Bangladesh Government cannot take any
unilateral decision on handing over Chetia to India unless the court
allows it and so India can only seek his possession.
November 23: ULFA-ATF announced
a new 16-member central committee, but left all positions occupied
by ULFA-PTF leaders free except that of the deputy commander-in-chief.
ULFA-PTF described the move as unconstitutional,
as it went against the outfit's basic tenets.
A top source in the MHA said the
name of the new chairman could be a "fictitious one". He added,
"We find a couple of fictitious names in the new committee like
Lt Salim and Lt Azahar Ali, both of whom are designated as assistant
The Central Government has warned
State Government of possible subversive acts by ULFA-ATF between
November 27, 2011 and January 26 2012 after intercepting two phone
calls made by Paresh Baruah to his cadres based in the state.
November 22: The Central Government
has formally confirmed that several militant outfits of Northeast,
including ULFA, NDFB, both factions of NSCN have camps in Sagaing
Region, and States of Chin and Kachin in Myanmar.
November 20: SFs recovered an IED
weighing 12 kilograms suspected to bat Lakhurakhan Gaon under Sonari
Police Station in Sivasagar District. Officer-in-Charge of Sonari
Police Station Abdul Hannan on the issue said, "The IED was dug
out based on information provided by ULFA [United Liberation Front
of Asom] linkman Naba Gogoi who was picked up from Sungi Gaon under
Lukhurakhan area today."
ULFA-ATF announced that a new 16-member
Central committee of the outfit would be formed soon. Central publicity
secretary-in- charge of ULFA-ATF, Arunodoi Dohotiya said that the
new body of the ULFA would not have an executive body but a three
member permanent committee and there is possibility of expanding
the same committee in a later date. ULFA-ATF has decided to appoint
three prominent persons, who support the demand for sovereignty
of Assam, as political advisers. Further, it also announced that
if the ULFA-PTF 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa or any other leader
returns to the outfit, due honour would be given to them.
Security Sources are worried about
ULFA-ATF revival plans. ULFA-ATF is reported to have recruited more
than 120 new cadres in the past six months, revamped its political
wing and extorting money from leading business houses in Assam.
Two top militants of the ULFA-ATF
were killed when the explosives they were trying to plant on a railway
track exploded at Aouhatia Sarangabam between Bhojo and Longpotia
railway stations, in Sivasagar District.
Governor of the State Janaki Ballav
Patnaik said that as far as money and weapons are concerned, the
CPI-Maoist cadres in Odisha and Chhattisgarh are getting constant
help from ULFA-ATF.
November 18: ULFA-ATF 'Chief' Paresh
Baruah has instructed his cadres to drive the CPI-Maoist out of
their territory. Subir Bhaumik, 'Editor' of English daily Seven
Sisters Post said, "Baruah is informing his cadres through various
selective media houses to keep them away from areas where Maoists
are operating since he does not want his boys to come under Army
attack. Since he is a name to reckon with in Assam, a threat from
him will also keep the Maoists away from his territory-his main
idea is to scale down Army operations and alert his men of the impending
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.
State Government is worried following
intelligence inputs suggesting presence of senior CPI-Maoist leader
Koteswar Rao alias Kishenji somewhere in Bongaigaon or Kokrajhar
District in the State. Sources said that the inputs available also
indicated that a few former members of the ULFA were giving a helping
hand to the Maoist leader to sneak into Assam to establish bases
of the rebel groups in North East.
SFs have beefed up vigil in the
State apprehending attempts by the ULFA-ATF to strike on and around
the 'Black day' on November 28.
November 16: SFs recovered five
bottle grenades from the house of one Dhaneshwar Konwar, a resident
of Laguabari village under Demow Police Station in Sivasagar District.
The recovery was based on information provided by the ULFA-ATF linkman,
identified as Trailakya Hazarika (35), arrested on November 15 from
Lukhurakhan under Sonari Police Station in Sivasagar District. Deputy
Inspector-General of Police (Eastern range) Anurag Tankha said that
the bottle grenades were suspected to be of Chinese origin. Tankha
said that the ULFA-ATF had acquired the bottle grenades recently
for carrying out sabotage in the run-up to the "black day" which
the ULFA observes on November 28.
India is likely to lodge its protest
against the presence ULFA-ATF 'Chairman' Paresh Baruah in China,
besides the flow of weapons into the Northeastern region.
November 15: A Bangladeshi court
indicted ULFA commander-in-chief Paresh Barua and 10 others, including
former Junior Home Minister Lutfozzaman Babar, JeI leader Matiur
Rahman Nizami and former top bosses of the Bangladesh's intelligence
agencies, in the country's biggest weapons smuggling case when 10-truck
loads of arms for ULFA were seized on April 2, 2004. The hearing
(of the main trial) will start on November 29, 2011.
Officials familiar with the investigation
said their extended investigation found Chinese firm NORINCO to
have produced the weapons but they could not identify the ship that
carried the illegal consignment to Bangladeshi territory.
November 13: SFs arrested one ULFA-ATF
'Medical wing' militant, identified as Rajiv Choudhury alias
S Haque, from Sijubari under Hatigaon Police Station of Guwahati
City. Security sources further said that attempts are being made
by the ULFA-ATF to create disturbances in the city along with the
assistance of the Manipur-based PLA.
ULFA-PTF 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa
said, "Our priority is getting an honourable solution and an acceptable
agreement. Lifting of the banned outfit label and general amnesty
are not on our mind right now. These may come at a later stage,"
he said. Issues like ground rules of ceasefire are also too trifle
to be discussed at the moment. Rajkhowa said, "We have not raised
the banned outfit and the amnesty issues in our talks so far with
the government". Rajkhowa further said, "Our principle concern is
to empower the people of the state to assert their rights to control
their lands and their natural resources for an honourable existence
and also to protect their identity. The people feel insecure in
their own land."
SFs arrested a linkman belonging
to the ULFA-ATF, identified as Roshan Lal Shah alias Sita Ram, a
resident of Khonsa in Arunachal Pradesh from Nagakhat village under
Joyore Police Station in Dibrugarh District. SFs recovered1500 assorted
live cartridges and 42 thermo wears from his possession.
November 11: A MHA note, confirmed
the presence of ULFA-ATF chief Paresh Baruah in China. The note
confirms that Baruah along with the entire top leadership of ULFA-ATF
has now set up camp in the Yunan province of China. The MHA note
talks about how Baruah and his associates are training the new cadres
in the area. Various press release emails sent by ULFA has been
traced to be sent from China in the past and sources have revealed
that Paresh has succeeded in taking away his family from Bangladesh
SFs recovered one kilogram of Trinitrotoluene
(TNT) explosive at Na-Saudhang village under Tingkhong Police Station
in Dibrugarh District following the leads provided by arrested SULFA
militant Tapan Gogoi alias Kanak Baruah. The Police claimed
that Kanak Baruah had been keeping a good liaison with the ULFA-ATF.
SFs arrested ULFA-ATF militant "corporal"
Pankaj Gogoi alias Lakkhi alias Vicky alias
Tutu alias Kutub from Lachit Nagar area of Guwahati City.
Police sources revealed that Gogoi had been involved in the murder
of SULFA Tileswar Lahon on October 29. A police official said, "Pankaj
was here in the city for the last two weeks and was collecting extortion
money from some of the business giants here. He was working under
ULFA's sergeant major Babul Gogoi alias Bipul Mahanta, whom we are
still looking for."
November 5: Suspected ULFA militants
killed a businessman, identified as Nanki Pandit, at Bamunbari in
November 4: ULFA-ATF fired at the
Police personnel and injured one constable, identified as Kamal
Nath near Borhat Police Station in Sivasagar District.
ULFA-ATF chief Paresh Baruah has
taken absolute control of the outfit by sacking all his comrades
and disbanding the political outfit currently holding peace talks
with the Central Government. In the new set-up, Jibon Moran, who
is in-charge of ULFA's base in Myanmar, will be next to Paresh Baruah,
as the outfit's 'deputy commander'. Bijoy "Chinese" Das will act
as "army commander", while Nayan Medhi will work as Bijoy's deputy.
Pranmoy Asom, a new recruit, will be the "foreign secretary", Drishti
Rajkhowa, "finance secretary", Arunadoy Dohotiya as "central publicity
secretary," while Partha Gogoi will be "cultural secretary" and
Michale Dekaphukan has been appointed "organization secretary".
Earlier, Paresh Baruah had restructured
his battalions as 1st battalion in Bangladesh (Lakhimi), 2nd battalion
in Myanmar (Rongili) and 3rd battalion in Majuli at Assam (Kopili).
Earlier, ULFA-PTF 'Chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa had amended ULFA
constitution by forming a new committee, called the "Central and
Naba Niraman Kendra Steering Committee," which will oversee every
detail of the peace process and report only to the General Council
of the outfit.
November 2: Shortage of funds has
made the ULFA-ATF issue extortion threat to traders in the Districts
of Tinsukia and Dibrugarh and some small tea growers.
The 'publicity in charge' of the
ULFA-ATF, Arunodoi Dohotia on November 2 said that they would not
wait forever for ULFA 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa or other central
committee members to return to the organization and there would
be change of leadership of the outfit if necessary. Dohotia further
said that the ULFA leaders who gave up the demand for sovereignty
would be considered as the "pasts of the ULFA".
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi reacting
to the ULFA-ATF threat said, "There is nothing new in the threat.
The government is always prepared to reply to such threats. Paresh
Baruah is no longer a threat as he is himself weak now. This threat
is not a matter of concern". Gogoi expressed concern over the rise
in Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) presence in the
state and said," Maoists are bigger threat now. We are contemplating
seeking more Central forces to tackle this problem."
Minister of State for Defence M
M Pallam Raju on November 2 said the Government was aware of the
CPI-Maoist spreading their activities in the northeast and was taking
steps to contain them.Earlier on October 19, Joint Intelligence
Committee Chief Ajit Lal had said in Shillong that there was evidence
of the ULFA having established linkages with Manipur-based secessionist
rebel group People's Liberation Army and the Upper Assam Leading
Committee of the CPI-Maoist.
November 1: ULFA-ATF threatened
to target political leaders and others who have been working against
the interests of the people of Assam. ULFA-ATF 'Publicity Secretary',
Arunodoy Dohotia, on November 1 said, "We want to appeal to all
indigenous people of the state to stay away from vehicles used by
occupational forces, people associated with the forces and their
residences, vehicles of leaders of political parties, outside companies
and businessmen who are busy exploiting local resources and the
corrupt like those who take bribes and blackmarketeers".
In an email sent by Kamal Kochari,
a member of ULFA-PTF publicity cell said, "As an organisation, ULFA
has nothing to say about the personal statement of Paresh Barua
which was made without the slightest knowledge of the present situation
of Assam. It is always easy to issue warnings from a distance in
the name of a so-called movement. In today's scenario, the people
of Assam are in favour of a political solution of the ULFA-Government
problem, the demand to establish sovereign Assam is nothing but
an imagination. There is no real value in the demand."
Former ULFA militants, under the
banner of Prakton ULFA Samanyarakhi Samiti, gave a call for a 24-hour
bandh (shutdown strike) in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia Districts
from 5am on November 3 in protest against the October 28 killing
of Tileswar Lahon, SULFA.
ULFA-ATF is imparting arms training
to CPI-Maoists cadres in jungles of Arunachal Pradesh.
October 31: The Goalpara-West Garo
Hills corridor is being used by the Bangladesh-based residual group
of ULFA-ATF under the leadership of Drishti Rajkhowa and providing
all logistics to GNLA. The report further states that Paresh Baruah
has set up his camp at a place called Tagugumsa on China-Myanmar
Border in Yunan Province. It is reported that they have acquired
a large number of sophisticated weapons like T-81, Heckler and Kolts,
Chinese bottle grenades, RCIED, adding a new dimension to the security
scenario of the State.
Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh
on October 31 described the formal peace talks with ULFA as constructive.
ULFA-ATF 'chairman' Paresh Baruah
in a statement said, "Permanent solution of the Assam-India conflict
will not be found unless discussion is held on sovereignty of Assam,
the main objective behind ULFA's formation, Unless colonial India
recognises the right of freedom of Assam and the people of so-called
Northeast, the promises of establishing permanent peace in the region
is nothing but a fanciful slogan," he further said, "Thuingaleng
Muivah has continued the peace process for 14 years. But during
this time, the Centre has disintegrated and weakened the Nagas.
If Muivah signed any agreement compromising the sovereignty issue
of the Nagas the generations will never accept it."
October 30: Assam Government is
not considering the appeal from some civil society groups to grant
general amnesty to the members and the leaders of the ULFA-PTF.
SJA, a forum of intellectuals who played a key role in facilitating
dialogue between Government of India and the ULFA- PTF along with
some other civil society groups want the Government to withdraw
cases against the militants.
October 29: SFs arrested two suspected
militants belonging to ULFA, identified as Monowar Hussein Mondol
and Sattar Ali, near Naranarayan Bridge at Jogighopa under Jogighopa
Police Station of Bongaigaon District. SFs recovered two hand-made
pistols along with two-extortion letter from the militants.
October 28: A former ULFA cadre,
identified as Tileswar Lahon, was shot dead by unidentified assailants
near his Moran residence in Dibrugarh District. Police sources said
three unidentified gunmen fired several rounds from AK-47 rifles
at Lahon before fleeing on a motorcycle. The Police said it was
not yet clear whether any militant outfit was behind the attack
or it was spurred by business rivalry.
October 26: A day after a formal
round of negotiations with the Centre and Assam Government, ULFA
leaders met Government of India's interlocutor, P C Haldar for an
informal discussion. According to sources, ULFA leader Sasha Choudhury
met Haldar to discuss about the agenda for the future round of political
dialogue on the basis of the militant outfit's charter of demands.
ULFA 'commander-in-chief' Paresh
Baruah slammed the first official peace talks between the ULFA and
the Centre held on October 25 in New Delhi.
October 25: A tripartite meet involving
the Union Government, the Assam Government and ULFA had broad discussions
on the outfit's charter of demands that it had submitted to the
Government in August. The ULFA team was led by its Chairman, Arabinda
Rajkhowa. Union home secretary R.K. Singh, who presided over the
discussions, said that "The steps taken by the ULFA leaders for
restoration of peace and normalcy in the area would yield speedier
socio-economic development for the people of Assam." He promised
to review the status of talks, which will now be carried forward
by the Union Government's interlocutor for the peace talks with
ULFA, P.C. Haldar, periodically. Assam Chief Secretary Naba Kumar
Das described the meeting as cordial and fruitful. "There was some
discussion on rehabilitation as well as issues relating to setting
up of designated camps - to be christened as Nabanirman Kendras
- for the ULFA cadres," he said. Echoing Das, ULFA vice-chairman
Pradip Gogoi said the talks were positive. "The issue of designated
camps, framing of ground rules were also discussed," he said. "It
(the meeting) has set the ball rolling for further talks to bring
about a lasting solution to Assam's insurgency problem," the official
October23: SFs arrested a gang of
five youths from Lekhapani under Jagun outpost in Jorhat District
who were demanding money in the name of ULFA.
Giving a fresh impetus to the ongoing
peace process, the Government will hold talks with the ULFA on October
25 with an aim of finding a lasting solution to Assam's three-decade-old
insurgency problem. Top ULFA leaders will discuss with Government
representatives various aspects of the group's 'charter of demands'
which sought amendment in the Constitution for finding "meaningful"
ways to protect the rights and identity of the indigenous people
The Terror Victim's Family Forum,
Assam, an umbrella organisation of victims of militancy, said they
would oppose any move seeking bail for NDFB leader Ranjan Daimary,
the prime accused in the October 30, 2008, serial blasts that killed
close to 100 people and injured hundreds. The forum, which has nearly
6,000 members, condemned the government's move that facilitated
the release of ULFA leaders from jail and said a similar move to
release Daimary, if made, would be unacceptable.
October 22: Giving a fresh impetus
to the ongoing peace process, the Government will hold talks with
the ULFA on October 25 with an aim of finding a lasting solution
to Assam's three-decade-old insurgency problem. Top ULFA leaders
will discuss with Government representatives various aspects of
the group's 'charter of demands', which sought amendment in the
Constitution for finding "meaningful" ways to protect the rights
and identity of the indigenous people of Assam.
PCPD has been formed in Sivasagar
with the objectives of providing guidance and direction to ULFA
to the possible extent, in convening talks with the Government of
India by taking into account the real aspirations of the people,
the views and approach, as well as, to make the people aware of
the conditions and to make them conscious to form opinions and verdicts
in this context.
Peoples' Council for Peace and Development
(PCPD) has been formed in Sivasagar with the objectives of providing
guidance and direction to ULFA to the possible extent, in convening
talks with the Government of India by taking into account the real
aspirations of the people, the views and approach, as well as, to
make the people aware of the conditions and to make them conscious
to form opinions and verdicts in this context.
The Terror Victim's Family Forum,
Assam, an umbrella organisation of victims of militancy, on October
23 said they would oppose any move seeking bail for NDFB leader
Ranjan Daimary, the prime accused in the October 30, 2008, serial
blasts that killed close to 100 people and injured hundreds. The
forum, which has nearly 6,000 members, condemned the government's
move that facilitated the release of ULFA leaders from jail and
said a similar move to release Daimary, if made, would be unacceptable.
October 21: Assam CM Tarun Gogoi
on the role of NSCN-IM in Dima Hasao (NC Hills) said, "It is a fact
that the NSCN-IM has been found to be involved in violence in the
border areas of the State. We have been taking up the matter with
the Centre so that the militant group desists from such activities".
On the involvement of ULFA cadres in the recent spurt in attacks
on businessmen in Guwahati city apparently with a motive to loot
cash, the CM said that the matter would be taken up with the ULFA-PTF
group if the arrested ULFA cadres were found to belong to that faction.
SFs reportedly arrested four militants,
including a central committee member of the ULFA, Vimal Roy alias
Dergrah Sarania, from Dalu along the Indo-Bangladesh border in West
Garo Hills District. Another ULFA militant, 'second lieutenant'
Akash Thapa alias Saranga Patwari, was also among the arrestees.
The SFs also recovered seven mobile handsets from the three occupants
of the vehicle. According to sources, Saranga Patwari initially
claimed that he was one of the members of the ULFA-PTF. However;
the Police are still verifying the claim. Dergrah Sarania was arrested
in 2009 under the Bangladesh Passport act for having fake documents
and spent some time in prison in Bangladesh. Sarania is also reportedly
close to ULFA 'commander' Dristi Rajkhowa.
October 20: ULFA-ATF warned tea
companies in the state to pay the correct price of green leaves
to small tea growers in the state or face the consequences. ULFA-ATF
'publicity in-charge' Arunodoy Dohitiya on October 19 in an email
said, "We appeal to big tea companies to pay the right price to
them and urge the growers to intensify their protests if they don't
get the correct price. ULFA will be forced to take action if the
small tea growers are deprived of their dues."
ULFA-ATF has reorganized its member
under three groups namely Rongili, Lakhimi and Kopili. Rongili (the
cheerful lady) is the identification code for ULFA-ATF's biggest
group based in Myanmar, Lakhimi (the homely lady) is the group still
left behind in Bangladesh and Kopili (the speedy river) stands for
the erstwhile 27th battalion, which is now temporarily based in
Union Home Ministry said that terrorist
outfits NLFT, ATTF, ULFA, NDFB and Meitei extremist outfits of Manipur
continue to have close links between themselves to carry out subversive
October 19: Joint Intelligence Committee
Chief Ajit Lal said that there was no evidence of linkages between
the CPI-Maoist and the ULFA, but the Left-wing Extremists have already
made inroads in the Northeastern region. Lal said, "There are no
evidence of linkages between the CPI-Maoist and the ULFA, but there
are evidence of their linkages with the People's Liberation Army
(a Manipur-based rebel group) [PLA] and the Upper Assam Leading
Committee of CPI (Maoist)".
October 18: ULFA-ATF militants on
October 10 killed a buisinessman, identified Sanjay Basak, and injured
his younger brother and looted an unspecified amount of Indian currency
along with jewellery in Fatasil Ambari of Guwahati city. The revelation
was made when SFs arrested a top ULFA-ATF militant, identified as
Chandan Kalita, from the Chandmari area of Guwahati. SFs later on
October 19 arrested another suspect identified as Safikul Islam
October 16: Publicity in-charge
of the ULFA-ATF, Arunodoi Dohotiya said that if the ULFA 'chairman'
Arabinda Rajkhowa signs any accord with the Government of India
by going against the principles of the outfit, they would not accept
October 15: ULFA-PTF has deposited
its weapons ahead of the peace negotiations scheduled for October
25. However, the faction has deposited just 57 assorted weapons,
a number believed to be far smaller than the outfit's actual arsenal.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in this regard said said, "Initially,
there was some objection from ULFA leaders to depositing the weapons,
but the government has convinced them to do so. It is a uniform
policy followed with all outfits that before talks start they should
deposit their weapons, stay in designated camps and not resort to
any extortion." Gogoi said the first round of talks between ULFA
and the Centre, since the tripartite ceasefire agreement was signed
last month, will be held in New Delhi on October 25. A memorandum
of settlement would also be signed with the United People's Democratic
Solidarity (UPDS), another militant outfit of the state, on October
24 in New Delhi.
Giving details of the deposit of
weapons with the Centre, State Home Secretary G D Tripathi said,
"They have so far deposited 57 weapons but they might still have
some weapons with them. We will be getting the rest of the arms
as well." Tripathi further said, "They are under a double-lock safe
custody, with keys to one lock with the local police officer and
the other with the ULFA leader. Very soon, we will be shifting these
weapons to the camps where the ULFA cadres will be staying while
the peace talks proceed." On the issue of designated ceasefire camps
home secretary Tripathi said, "There will be nine such camps in
the state and the camp at Goalpara is ready to be handed over to
the cadres. When the cadres of that area move into the camp, we
can shift the deposited weapons there." The home secretary said
that the ULFA-PTF cadres would have to stay in designated camps,
which they want to be named as Assam Naba Nirman Kendra. The home
secretary said the Rajkhowa faction has also submitted a list of
the cadres of the ULFA-PTF who number 297.
Suspected militants belonging to
the ULFA-ATF on October 15 abducted a small tea grower, Dhruba Duwania
in Tinsukia District. Duwani had earlier received an extortion note
of INR 500,000from the ULFA-ATF.
October 14: ULFA-ATF demanded an
explanation from ULFA-PTF 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa regarding
his recent commitment to ailing singer Bhupen Hazarika in Mumbai
that a "pact" on the vexed Assam issue would be signed with the
Centre by next year. ULFA-ATF 'central publicity chief 'Arunodoi
Dohotia said, "After so many pacts involving the Northeast and Jammu
and Kashmir turning out to be worth naught in the past, ULFA does
not believe in any more treaties. Neither can independence be any
kind of a pact. It is not for a pact or treaty that ULFA has waged
a rebellion for the last 32 years, during which over 13,000 people
laid down their lives." Further Dohotia said, "It appears that Rajkhowa,
who is on bail, is adopting an initiative towards a compromise and
ULFA is not party to it. After so many sacrifices, ULFA cannot afford
to let down people's expectations, The AASU and the AJYCP have been
fighting for the state's problems from a time when ULFA was not
born and now an individual, Akhil Gogoi, is taking over the reins
to fight for the cause of the state. But they have always been taking
up their demands with the Centre. ULFA was not born to take up Assam's
issues with the Indian government. A pact with the Centre will defeat
the very purpose of raising the outfit which we will never approve
Under pressure of the North-Eastern
States, the Government of India is likely to renew its plea to Myanmar
to bust the camps operated by militants of the region.
India is preparing to host the
biggest-ever official delegation of Myanmar led by President U Thein
Sein. The delegation which includes at least 13 senior ministers
comprises Minister Border Affairs, Foreign Minister, and Chief of
General Staff of Army. A number of agreements are likely to be signed
when the two sides formally meet on October 14. Top on the agenda
are discussion on cooperation on fighting the militant groups, cross-border
infrastructure projects, improvement of border connectivity between
Myanmar and North-Eastern States, development of border trade and
bilateral trade ties.
Sources said India is, however,
likely to press for sustained operations against the militant outfits
operating out of the border areas of the country. Several of the
militant outfits including NSCN-K, ULFA, NDFB, besides PLA, UNLF,
and PREPAK, among others, maintain and operate bases in that country.
The Myanmar Army had recently mounted an operation against the militant
outfits and destroyed some camps belonging to NSCN-K, where ULFA
had stationed their cadres.
October 13: SFs arrested two suspected
ULFA militants, identified as Satyajit Buragohain alias Tutu
(30) and Loharjyoti Hazarika (25), from Nao Mechaki area under Kakopathar
Police Station of Tinsukia District . One 7.65mm Pistol, One 9mm
Pistol, live rounds, one mobile phone with two SIMs and one Bajaj
Pulsar motorcycle were recovered from their possession
October 12: ULFA-ATF in an email
statement stated that as the Central government for long has been
taking advantage of the discord among various outfits of the region.
Way back in 1985, ULFA had proposed to NSCN-IM 'General Secretary'
Thuinglang Muivah to initiate a unity move among the outfits, as
the government would try to play the divisive game and create fratricidal
killings. Had the unity move taken place then, the movement for
sovereignty in the northeastern states would have been at a different
ULFA-PTF 'Chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa
ruled out the possibility of any adverse impact on the peace process
between Central Government and ULFA-PTF because of alleged fresh
recruitment of youths by the ULFA-ATF in recent times. Rajkhowa
was hopeful that the ULFA 'general secretary' Anup Chetia, currently
lodged in Bangladesh prison (Rajshahi), would be able to join them
for the peace talks. Rajkhowa said, "We have not been able to understand
why Anup has not been able to withdraw the asylum plea he had earlier
filed with the Bangladesh government as it is coming in way of his
release and coming here". He further said, "Anup was the first among
the top ULFA leaders to speak in favor of having a dialogue with
the government to arrive at a solution years back".
October 11: SFs arrested two surrendered
ULFA (SULFA) militants, identified as Pranab Saikia and Dipak Rajkhowa,
from a medical shop at Dergaon in Golaghat District, when the duo
had allegedly come to extort money from the shopowner in the name
of ULFA. Later, SFs arrested another person identified as Biju Bora,
for his involvement in the incident.
October 10: The anti talks faction
of the ULFA-ATF accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Assam
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi of secretly giving away Assam's land
to Bangladesh in the recent land swap agreement.
SFs arrested one ULFA linkman,
identified as Haren Gogoi (30), near the Maibela Bridge of Sonari
area in Sivasagar District. SFs recovered an amount of INR 173,000
October 7: Assam Power Minister
Pradyut Bordoloi said the state government has proof that CPI-Maoist
is trying to gain foothold in the Northeast by trying to organise
protests against Hydel Power Projects. Bordoloi said, "Opposing
mega power projects and gaining foothold among people is the new
modus operandi of Left-wing extremism. We have evidence to substantiate
that Maoists are looking to make inroads in Sadiya area of the Tinsukia
District". An officer with one of the intelligence agencies said
the growing presence of Naxals [Left Wing Extremists] in the Tinsukia
District, a stronghold of the Anti-Talks faction of ULFA-ATF and
adjoining District of Arunachal Pradesh was a security concern.
Maoists have initiated a recruitment drive in the area and are targeting
the youth of the area. Bordoloi further said, "To counter Maoist
influence, we are initiating developmental measures. We will install
transmission line along the Dholla-Sadiya Bridge. This bridge over
river Brahmaputra will cut down the traveling time between Assam
and Arunachal Pradesh".
October 3: A Bangladeshi court is
set to frame charges against 52 suspects, including Paresh Barua,
chief of the ULFA, and top Islamist leader Matiur Rahman Nizami
in the country's biggest ever arms smuggling case when 10-truck
loads of arms destined for the banned Indian separatist group were
seized on April 1, 2004. According to reports, the court has set
the date on October 25 for framing the charges. The CID has sought
INTERPOL assistance to arrest Paresh Barua who is among the 41 absconders
in this case.
SFs arrested two militants belonging
to the ULFA-ATF, identified as Pulin Dangoria (23) and Nijut Dangoria
(20), from village Litong under Kakopathar Police Station in Tinsukia
District. SFs recovered a weapon, explosives, detonators and material
to fabricate an IED and mobile phones.
October 2: With Tirap and Changlang
Districts of Arunachal Pradesh becoming a hotbed of militant activities,
the Government has decided to launch a full scale operation in the
area. Highly placed security sources said that the militants belonging
to the ULFA normally use two major routes to enter India from the
camps in Myanmar. One of the routes is through the Mon District
of Nagaland and the other through the Tirap and Changlang Districts.
But in recent times, the ULFA cadres are mostly using the route
through Arunachal Pradesh and launching of an offensive in that
area would make it difficult for the militants to maintain the shelters
in the place.
October 1: suspected militants of
the ULFA-PTF were involved in the killing of a businessman, identified
as Anil Jain, at his garment shop near the Harimandir market in
September 30: During the biannual
conference of BSF and BGB held in Dhaka from September 25 to 30,
the BSF handed over a fresh list of Indian insurgents hiding in
Bangladesh to the BGB and demanded action against them even as the
latter ruled out presence of rebels in Bangladesh. BSF Director-General
Raman Srivastava on September 30 said, "BSF has furnished a fresh
list of camps and hideouts of Indian insurgents hiding in Bangladesh
soil like NLFT , ULFA, ATTF, NSCN-IM, NDFB, HNLC, PLA, and UNLF."
September 29: BTC chief Hagrama
Mohilary on September 29 urged the Central Government to hold talks
with jailed Anti-Talks faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland
NDFB-ATF leaders and accord them the same status and facilities
as given to the ULFA-PTF headed by Arabinda Rajkhowa.
September 28: ULFA 'General Secretary'
Anup Chetia, currently at Rajshahi jail (Bangladesh) had refused
to join the peace process between Central Government and Pro Talk
faction of ULFA led by Arabinda Rajkhowa without ULFA 'commander-in-chief'
Paresh Baruah has reportedly purchases
arms, particularly Chinese-made, which are either locally manufactured
under franchise by the United Wa State Army (UWSA) of Myanmar or
part of the lot the Chinese People Liberation Army has discarded
while overhauling its armory. Baruah then supplies them to CPI-
Maoists through Nepal border.
September 26: Citing intelligence
inputs from top intelligence agency reports that ULFA- ATF 'chairman'
Paresh Baruah received a massive consignment of arms and ammunition
worth $2.5 million from China as recently as in May. The consignment
includes 1,600 pieces of arms and ammunition, including AK-47s,
rocket launchers, light machine guns and 800,000 rounds of ammunition
were sent to Paresh Baruah from two units of National Ordinance
Factory in North and South China. The consignment was loaded at
South Chinese port of Beihai near Vietnam". It was then brought
to the deep sea territory of Bangladesh near Moheshkhali Island.
In mid-sea the consignment was shifted to three trawlers and then
further transported to Bangladesh. Sources said that two Singapore
nationals carried out the job, the input further adds that these
men are said to be close to arms smugglers in the region and organize
transport for such activities.
September 25: Assam Police have
asked the business community and tea industry officials not to take
calls from a set of 12 phone numbers, which they suspect that the
ULFA-ATF has been using to make extortion demands. Police sources
said all the calls were made by a person who identified himself
as Jiban Moran, a senior ULFA-ATF leader in-charge of the outfit's
camps in Myanmar.
ULFA and Maoists may try to disturb
the public hearing of 3000 MW Dibang Multi Purpose Project scheduled
to be held on October 24. In a security review meeting held on September
24 at Roing in Dibang valley District, Deputy Commissioner Garima
Gupta and Superintendent of Police B Bansal disclosed that Maoists
and some insurgent groups may have entered the District from neighboring
Assam with the objective to disturb the impending public hearing,
official sources said on September 25.
September 22: India's Zee TV has
published an exclusive report on September 21 quoting Indian security
and intelligence that ULFA leader Paresh Baruah allegedly has widespread
financial network in Bangladesh and has invested more than USD 20
million in a number of business ventures in Bangladesh. The report
revealed that ULFA 'commander' has invested USD 7 million for acquiring
17 per cent share with Bashundhara Real Estate [East-West Properties]
in Bangladesh and USD 3 million in Jamuna Group's housing project.
He has also ventured into shipping, restaurant, hospital and textile
industries. The counter-terrorism specialists are of the opinion
that ULFA's monthly revenue accrued from the invested projects is
above USD 9-8 million, if not more.
September 21: SFs arrested a ULFA
militant, identified as Upen Dihingia alias Chandra Dihingia, from
near Kareng Dhaba at Naphuk under Charaideo Sub-Division in Sivasagar
District.Police has recovered a copy of extortion letter from him.
September 18: A group of suspected
ULFA militants looted four rifles and some ammunition from two forest
camps inside Dibru- Saikhowa reserve forest namely Mirichapori and
Koliachapori in Tinsukia District. The Police were yet to confirm
whether the militants belonged to the Pro-talks or Anti-Talks Faction
of the ULFA.
In a statement, ULFA-PTF 'Publicity
secretary' Mithinga Daimary said, "There is no truth in the news
item that the outfit was planning to redraft the constitution to
September 17: Two suspected militants
and four linkmen of ULFA were arrested from West Garo Hills District
of Meghalaya on September 17, while trying to infiltrate into Indian
Territory from Bangladesh. Two Chinese-made pistols, three rounds
of ammunition, three mobile phones, four Indian and Bangladeshi
SIM cards, INR 23,800 in cash and 30 demand letters signed by self-styled
'sergeant major' Drishti Rajkhowa were recovered by the Police.
Four Bangladeshi nationals believed
to be ULFA linkmen arrested by the BSF from West Garo Hills District,
three out of these four linkmen have confessed that were hardcore
cadres of the ULFA, reports The Shillong Times. The militants have
been identified as Subal Sangma (22), Linkeky Marak (19) and Raju
Sangma (18) from Badagazini of Sherpur District in Bangladesh.
September 16: The Director of IB,
Nehchal Sandhu, said action would be taken against the ULFA-ATF
in Upper Assam. Sandhu added that Paresh Baruah has enlisted the
support of NSCN-k in Myanmar and support of the People's Liberation
Army (PLA). He further said that the Government is, however, concerned
about a worsening situation vis-à-vis Naga rebels in Tirap and Changlang
Districts of Arunachal Pradesh and by the violence unleashed by
the GNLA. Sandhu said, "A detailed plan for Tirap and Changlang
has been drawn up."
'Executive committee' of ULFA, which
met in Guwahati city on September 16, adopted a resolution for making
the changes as decided at the general council meeting held in Nalbari
in July 31. The resolution is about bringing forth amendments to
the ULFA's constitution, which will bring the command structure
of the different battalions of ULFA by placing them under the 'Chairman'
Arabinda Rajkhowa, instead of 'Commander in Chief 'Paresh Baruah.
four Bangladeshi nationals believed
to be ULFA linkmen arrested by the BSF on September 17 from West
Garo Hills District, three out of these four linkmen have confessed
that were hardcore cadres of the ULFA, reports The Shillong Times.
The militants have been identified as Subal Sangma (22), Linkeky
Marak (19) and Raju Sangma (18) from Badagazini of Sherpur District
September 15: ULFA-ATF has added
105 militants to its ranks drawn mainly from Tinsukia District.
The new recruits are already undergoing training in Myanmar, these
disclosures were made by Goluk Moran, an ULFA-ATF militant who joined
the ULFA-PTF on September 3.
An alleged ULFA linkman, identified
as Ranjay Hajong (40), was arrested by BSF personnel in West Garo
Hills District while he was trying to cross the border into India.
Preliminary investigations revealed that Hajong had been working
as a linkman since 2004 and facilitating cross-border movement of
ULFA cadres. West Garo Hills shares a porous border with Bangladesh
and in the past, several linkmen and cadres of the ULFA had been
arrested by Police and BSF.
September 12: SFs arrested Nabadeep
Baishya, a militant belonging to the ULFA-ATF, from Barpura in Nalbari
A powerful IED, weighing about 5
Kilograms, planted by suspected ULFA militants was detected and
diffused by the Army, in the Wathoi village under Kakopathar Police
Station in Tinsukia District.
September 11: Myanmar army launched
a second offensive in Sagaing province against various Indian militant
groups, including ULFA, who have their bases there.
Around 250 cadres of about 10 North-Eastern
militant outfits, including ULFA-ATF, NSCN-K, PLA, PREPAK and UNLF,
were present in camps at Sagaing in North Myanmar bordering India.
Sources said the militant outfits have sent about 200 armed cadres
as reinforcement to Myanmar.
Shambhu Singh, Joint Secretary (North-East)
of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), said, "We haven't received
any official information from the Myanmar Government. We are not
sure if there is any casualty or arrests."
The Myanmar Army had launched its
first attack on September 7. There are reports that ULFA's mobile
headquarters at Sagaing was destroyed in the attack. Unconfirmed
reports said ULFA 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah and S.S Khaplang,
the former 'chief' of NSCN-K, managed to escape unhurt. Besides
Sagaing, ULFA has three other camps in Myanmar.
In 2003, Bhutan's Operation All
Clear had dealt a body blow to ULFA. The Royal Bhutan Army had destroyed
at least 14 ULFA camps in a military operation in Bhutan's Samdrup
A statement issued on September
8 by ULFA faction led by Baruah said India has been urging all its
neighbours to attack and destroy the outfit in return for money.
"It is well known that India had given Bhutan Rs 1,000 crore [INR
10 billion] in aid for the military operation," the statement said.
India also gave Bangladesh $ 1 billion loan to act against ULFA.
"We have learnt that India has offered Rs 1,000 crore [INR 10 billion],
if Myanmar can kill ULFA commander-in-chief and other leaders,"
September 10: ULFA-ATF denied media
reports that Paresh Barua and several cadres were injured during
a raid by Myanmar's forces on a camp of the rebels in that country,.
'Publicity in-charge' of ULFA-ATF, Arunodoy Dohotiya in an email
said, "Our leaders and cadres are safe and secure. News about our
leaders being injured is not only false, but is a misinformation
campaign by government agencies to mislead the people of Assam."
ULFA and NSCN-K are planning to
shift their camps in Myanmar amid reports of a crackdown by the
Myanmarese army on them. The NSCN-K claimed that about 400 Myanmarese
soldiers had moved into the area where its headquarters were located.
September 9: Paresh Baruah (55),
Chairman of ULFA-ATF, was injured when Myanmar's Army shot at him
during a counter-insurgency operation on Indian insurgents in Myanmar
along the Myanmar-China Border.
September 8: SFs have confirmed
the claim made by ULFA-ATF that the Myanmar's Army has launched
an offensive against Indian militants holed up in the neighboring
September 7: Myanmar Army personnel
attacked the camp of ULFA-ATF. In an e-mailed statement chief of
the central publicity unit of ULFA-ATF, Arundoy Dohotia, said: "The
Myanmar army attacked our camp today. Nobody was injured, however,
in the attack. We had prior information about this attack and hence
were prepared for it. More such attacks are expected in the near
Union Minister of State for Home
Affairs, M Ramachandran replying to a question about ULFA links
with Pakistan-based organisations, including the ISI, stated that
Government of India has conveyed to the neighbouring country that
it must fulfil its commitment of not allowing territory under its
control for aiding and abetting terrorist activities.
Paresh Baruah slammed Assam Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi for ceding parts of the state's land to Bangladesh
by an agreement and promised to intensify his fight for Assam's
sovereignty. In an e-mailed statement Baruah said, "Tarun Gogoi
did not have the courage to oppose the Centre's decision to hand
over Assam's land to Bangladesh." Paresh Baruah also appealed to
the people to oppose this move by the Government to give away state's
land to Bangladesh.
September 6: Police arrested a surrendered
woman ULFA militant and her husband from their rented house at Gorchuk
in Guwahati, on charges of extortion.
September 5: SFs arrested one top
ULFA-ATF militant, identified as Arup Baishya (20), at Dirak in
the Hunjan Gate area under Kakopathar Police Station in Tinsukia
District. One 7.65mm pistol, three live rounds and one mobile phone
along with two SIM cards have been recovered from his possession.
During interrogation, the militant confessed his involvement in
grenade lobbing at Tihu Police Station on September 2.
September 4: Central Intelligence
agencies are worried that huge stockpiles of Chinese-made arms in
possession of the ULFA-ATF may fall into the hands of CPI- Maoists.
September 3: In the first step towards
finding ways for ushering in permanent peace in Assam, a tripartite
agreement for Suspension of Operations (SoO) was signed among the
Centre, the Assam Government and the ULFA. The Union Government
was represented by the Joint Secretary (North East), Home Ministry,
and the Assam Government by the Home Commissioner. Shahdhar Chaudhuri,
Chtraban Hazarika and Raju Barua, three key ULFA functionaries,
represented the organisation, said an official release.
Two militants - one each from ULFA
and NDFB - surrendered to Police in N.Lakhimpur District. The ULFA
militant was identified as Keshob Gogoi. The militants deposited
two 7.65 pistols, four magazines, ammunition and two mobile handsets.
September 2: A grenade was lobbed
by the ULFA -ATF at the barrack of Tihu Police Station in Nalbari
District, causing damage to the wall of the barrack. Police later
caught a youth identified as Bakul Swargiary for the attack, although
ULFA-ATF denied Swargiary's involvement in the incidence.
September 1 : Government of India
will ask the leaders of ULFA-PTF to submit a detailed list of its
cadres in the meeting to be held in New Delhi on September 3.
Central Government would not allow
the ULFA leaders to carry weapons after the signing of the agreement
for SoO and they would be provided PSO, if necessary.
August 31: ULFA-ATF opposed the
proposed move to exchange land between India and Bangladesh to resolve
the boundary dispute. In a statement released by ULFA-ATF 'Publicity
in-Charge', Arunudoi Dohotia, said, "The ULFA has strongly condemned
the insulting statement of the central government's local representative
Tarun Gogoi that some lands will be ceded to Bangladesh. His comment
has insulted the history and geography of Assam and given a bad
signal to the indigenous Assamese people".
ULFA-ATF had remarked on the exchange
of land between India and Bangladesh to resolve the boundary dispute
between the two countries by saying that Government of India was
going all out to please Bangladesh to ensure that the ULFA 'General
Secretary' Anup Chetia can be forcibly brought back to India against
A delegation of ULFA-PTF leaders,
led by 'Chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa is scheduled to arrive in New
Delhi on September 1 (today) to take part in a discussion for finalising
the draft ground rules for Suspension of Operation against ULFA-PTF.
August 30: Former Union home secretary
Gopal Krishna Pillai said that ULFA 'Commander-in-chief' Paresh
Baruah had been trained by Pakistan's ISI and New Delhi was aware
of the leader belonging to the outfit visiting Pakistan. Pillai
said "Baruah has been trained by the ISI. He had visited Pakistan
many times. Not only Paresh, many ULFA leaders had gone to Pakistan.
But that's past."
August 28: Government of Bangladesh
is likely to hand over ULFA 'General Secretary' Anup Chetia, to
Indian authorities before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit
to Dhaka on September 6 and 7.
The dialogue to pave the way for signing of the
formal ceasefire agreement with ULFA-PTF is scheduled to be held
on September 3 in New Delhi.
August 27: SFs arrested a top militant
belonging to the ULFA-ATF, identified as Tumoni Chetia (21), at
Geliki of Nazira Subdivision in Sivasagar District.
A ULFA linkman, identified as Ajit
Sangma, was arrested by BSF when he illegally entered India from
Bangladesh crossing over the border at Gopinathkilla in Meghalaya.
August 26: Assam Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi saying that a formal ceasefire agreement will be signed
with ULFA by September 2011.
On the issue of extradition of ULFA
'General Secretary' Anup Chetia from Bangladesh, Tarun Gogoi said
that the Central Government has taken up the matter with Bangladesh.
August 24: Union Minister of State
for Home Affairs Mullapally Ramachandran saying that details of
action initiated by the Government of Bangladesh for handing over
Anup Chetia are not available. Hence no time frame can be indicated
in this regard. He added that the matter is being pursued with the
Government of Bangladesh.
August 23: ULFA-ATF has recently
procured at least 400 weapons, including AK- series rifles, M-20
pistols, remote controlled improvised explosive devices. It also
reports that the ULFA-ATF has managed to get the weapons without
payment of any money and it is suspected that the militant outfit
received the weapons from China.
Three ULFA linkmen were arrested
from Sonitpur and North Lakhimpur Districts, when they were transferring
INR 415,000 meant for wife of ULFA leader Jeevan Moran. Uddipan
Chetia alias Prakash Chetia and Pabitra Phukan were arrested by
Biswanath Police in Sonitpur District, while Madhu Satula was arrested
from Narayanpur in North Lakhimpur District.
All Assam Surrendered ULFA Samittee
'president' Rajkumar Duarah addressing a press conference in Guwahati
said, "In the name of peace talks, the government has divided the
ULFA into two factions - one led by Paresh Baruah and the other
by Arabinda Rajkhowa. We are against this division". He further
said, "We do not agree with the charter of demands submitted recently
by the Arabinda Rajkhowa-led faction to the Centre."
August 18: ULFA-PTF wants its 'General
Secretary' Anup Chetia, who is in a Bangladesh jail, to be part
of the delegation when the group starts the first round of discussion
with the Government of India, on the charter of demands which it
submitted on August 5.
Hiranya Saikia, former member of
PCG, who took the initiative for bringing the United Liberation
Front of Asom (ULFA) to the negotiation table in 2005 said that
the people of Assam wanted dialogue with all the members of the
ULFA and not only with one faction of the outfi. He said that talks
without participation of ULFA commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah would
not help in bringing lasting solution to the problems and Pro-Talk
faction leaders of the ULFA should have waited for the return of
ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia before starting the process of
talks with the Government.
August 15: suspected militants
of the ULFA-ATF blew up a railway track in Darrangiri near Goalpara
Town. The blast damaged a 10m stretch of the broad gauge track.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
called upon Paresh Barua, 'Chairman' of the ULFA-ATF, to join the
ongoing peace process. Tarun Gogoi said "Every underground and insurgent
group has realised the futility of violence. While most of them
including the pro-talk faction of ULFA led by Arabinda Rajkhowa
have come forward for peace talks, I appeal to Paresh Barua's faction
to come out and become part of the peace process." He further said
"Talks alone can lead to permanent peace, and we have left no stone
unturned to bring different groups to the negotiations. We have
already announced suspension of operations against various groups
including United People's Democratic Solidarity [UPDS], Black Widow[BW],
DHD (N), Adivasi Cobra Force[ACF], Birsa Commando Force[BCF], Karbi
Longri North Cachar Hills Liberation Front [KLNLF], Pro-Talks Faction
of National Democratic Front of Bodoland [NDFB-PTF] and the ULFA
faction led by its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa. The Anti-Talks Faction
of National Democratic Front of Bodoland [NDFB-ATF] has announced
a unilateral ceasefire."
August 14: Central Government is
trying to open a channel of communication with ULFA-ATF 'Chairman'
Paresh Baruah with the help of his friends of non-militant background
in order to persuade him to join the ongoing peace process between
the government and the Pro-talks faction of ULFA.
August 12; A former ULFA militant,
Subhas Barman, was killed on August 12 by suspected KLO militants
at Kherbari under Golokganj Police Station in Dhubri District.
SFs recovered a powerful IED weighing
almost 5 kilograms from a suspected NDFB-ATF militant Kumud Gwayari
(25) at Pancharatna railway station in Goalpara District. During
interrogation, the suspected militant said that the IED was to be
delivered at Bongaigoan to Azad Baruah, a militant belonging to
the ULFA-PTF, who is said to be involved in illegal business and
running extortion rackets. SFs also recovered a letter which instructed
him to carry out the job sincerely.
August 11: Upper Assam Chamber
of Commerce has appealed to its members to immediately inform Police
if extortion threats were received from ULFA or any other militant
SFs arrested an ULFA cadre, Lachit
Das from Jorhat Town. Confession from the arrested militant led
to the arrest of another ULFA militant identified as Arup Konwar
from Sonari in Sivasagar District. Police recovered a China-made
bottle grenade from him.
August 10: ULFA linkman was arrested
at Bhadoi Panchali under Duliajan Police Station in Dibrugarh District.
commenting upon ULFA-PTF' chairman'
Arabinda Rajkhowa's reported statement that the ULFA procured weapons
and also had taken the help of the Pakistani Government as well
as Inter Services Intelligence(ISI), ULFA-ATF 'chairman' Paresh
Baruah said, "This allegation is completely baseless and such reports
have been made with a purpose. It is nothing new that such malicious
negative publicity is given to the ULFA, but this time chairman
Rajkhowa has been quoted….We challenge those making such claims
to prove with direct or indirect evidence that we took weapons and
other help from Pakistani fundamentalists or the ISI," He further
said: "Since the day the ULFA started its armed struggle, such malicious
campaigns have been launched against us by the colonial rulers and
they will continue to do so.
On the controversy over 'Publicity
Secretary' of ULFA-ATF' 'Lieutenant' Arunudoy Dohutia issuing press
statements on behalf of the ULFA, Baruah said, "There is no cause
for debate on the existence of the convener of the ULFA central
publicity wing. Whatever statement he issues is the present status
of the ULFA."
August 9: During the last two decades
ULFA received help from ISI and Bangladeshi agencies. ULFA 'Foreign
Secretary' Sashadhar Choudhury, who joined ULFA in 1985, said, "Pakistan's
ISI trained ULFA. In 1991, I was part of the first batch of ULFA
members to go to Pakistan for training in small arms, including
main battle rifles." He further said "Soon after joining, we had
trained with the Nagas of the undivided NSCN. In 1988, we were the
second batch of ULFA who went over to Kachin in Myanmar. We fought
along with KIA for two years and shared their guns." Choudhary also
said that Individuals in various Bangladeshi agencies helped ULFA
with logistics and support, "I had Bangladeshi national ID card
issued by their army and passports of several countries, including
Bangladesh, Myanmar, Fiji and South Africa." Regarding China's role
he said "The Chinese sold ULFA weapons but indirectly. They are
not fools to train insurgents or get directly involved."
GOC of Tezpur based 4 Corps, 'Lieutenant
General' Shakti Gurung, expressed hope that ULFA commander-in-chief
Paresh Baruah would come to the mainstream very soon.
ULFA Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa
denied there was a split in the group and also claimed that 'commander-in-chief'
Paresh Baruah too wanted a solution to the conflict. Rajkhowa said
"There is no split in the ULFA. There are no factions. It is only
the media which says one faction is led by Paresh Baruah and another
by Arabinda Rajkhowa. Paresh Baruah as the 'commander-in-chief'
of our organisation may want a military solution and I as the head
of the organisation want a political solution... but both of us
want a solution to the conflict". Asked if he has spoken with Baruah
to be present at the peace talks, he said, "He is interested, but
has doubts about how much we can trust the Government of India.
Besides, he has never himself opposed the talks. It is only a person
by the name of Arun Udoy Dohotia who issues press statements opposing
August 8: The Chittagong Court on
August 8 fixed September 7 for submitting report on execution of
arrest warrant against ULFA leader Paresh Baruah, absconding accused
in the Chittagong 10 Truck Arms case. Public Prosecutor Kamal Uddin
Ahmad said that the Court order to arrest Paresh Baruah was sent
to the Foreign Ministry to forward it to the separatist leader's
village home at Dibrugarh in Indian state of Assam.
August 7: SFs arrested four ULFA
linkmen from Sualkuchi in Kamrup District who were attempting to
collect INR 500,000 as extortion money from a businessman. The arrested
persons were identified as Maniran Kalita, Barun Das, Banjit Das
and Jakir Hussain. An extortion demand note was also recovered from
ULFA-PTF 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa
said that Pakistani fundamentalists had lent support to the group
in the past.
August 6: In a meeting held among
representatives of the Upper Assam Chamber of Commerce, tea industry
and the Police in Jorhat, Police warned the tea and business communities
not to concede to extortion demands and to inform the Police immediately
if any demands were made.
August 5: One ULFA militant, identified
as Jayanta Roy alias Sudhir (28), was arrested by SFs from
Dhubri District. one .303 pistol, 3 round live ammunition, one mobile
hand set, two mobile SIMs and two extortion notes was recovered
ULFA-PTF sought amendment in the
Constitution of India for finding "meaningful" ways to protect the
rights and identity of indigenous people of Assam dropping its earlier
demand of Sovereign. In the 'charter of demands' submitted to the
Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Arabinda Rajkhowa, the Chairman of
ULFA-PTF, said that "We demand Constitutional and political arrangements
and reforms, including protection of the identity and material resources
of indigenous population of Assam". On the issue of Paresh Baruah's
(ULFA-ATF) opposition to any dialogue with the Government if 'sovereignty'
issue is not on the table, ULFA-PTF 'Foreign Secretary' Shashadhar
Choudhury said, "Baruah himself is yet to make any comment about
the peace process. We hope that one day he will join in the talks,"
he said adding that of late there has been no contact with Baruah
and he is "probably" living in Myanmar now. On the fate of 'General
Secretary' Anup Chetia, who has been in detention in Bangladesh
since 1997, Shashadhar Choudhury said, "the government of India
officials told us that Chetia will be in India in soon, may be in
August 4: SFs on August 3 arrested
one ULFA militant, identified as Manuranjan Pegu, at Jengraimukh
in Majuli Sub-Division of Jorhat District.
AAGSU, apex body of Gorkha youths
and students of Assam, on August 4 urged the Pro-Talks leaders of
ULFA to negotiate the best in lieu of sovereignty and wished them
best of luck, reports Shillong Times.
August 3: A delegation ULFA headed
by 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa, and comprising of 'vice chairman'
Pradeep Gogoi, 'foreign secretary' Sasha Choudhury, 'finance secretary'
Chitraban Hazarika, 'cultural secretary' Pranati Deka, 'deputy commander
in chief' Raju Baruah and 'publicity secretary' Mithinga Daimary
will go to New Delhi on August 4 to submit a charter of demands
to the Government of India to pave the way for formal talks with
August 1: Extortion activity of
ULFA-ATF has increased in recent times at Moran under Dibrugarh
District and Mahmora in Sivasagar District. ULFA-ATF has slapped
huge extortion notes demanding amounts between INR 100000 to INR
7million, to tea garden owners, businessmen, Oil India Limited (OIL)
employees and even to some teachers allegedly signed by 'lieutenant'
B Das and 'lieutenant' Jitu Bora of ULFA-ATF.
Special Metropolitan Tribunal-1
in Chittagong, rejected bail to six people, including Jamaat-e-Islami
(JeI) chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, in two cases relating to smuggling
of 10-truck arms in Chittagong. The haul, largest ever in Bangladesh,
was reportedly destined for rebels of Indian separatist group ULFA.
The court fixed August 8 as the next date for hearing in the two
The Tribunal also asked the authorities
to submit reports on the arrest warrant for two newly charge-sheeted
accused--ULFA leader Paresh Barua and former Additional Secretary
of Industries Ministry Nurul Amin--both of whom are absconding.
India has requested Bangladesh to
hand over "as early as possible" banned ULFA's 'general secretary'
Anup Chetia. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram stated that, "Anup
Chetia is in jail. There is a case against him so it's tied up with
what the court will do. But we have made a request that Anup Chetia
should be handed over to India as early as possible." Chidambaram
also complimented the Bangladeshi leadership for extending "splendid"
cooperation in apprehending insurgent commanders.
July 30: A ULFA cadre, Tapan Borkakati
(32), was arrested in a joint operation by Police and the Army from
Sakadol village under Mushalpur Police Station in Baksa District.
Police said he was involved in extortion in the area.
Bangladesh is looking for ULFA leader
Paresh Barua and wants to arrest him in connection with the 2004
Chittagong arms haul. Bangladesh Home Minister Sahara Khatun stated:
"Yes, Paresh Barua is wanted in Bangladesh, and we have served an
Interpol Red Corner Notice against him. We are searching for him...I
don't know (if Paresh Barua is in Bangladesh)...if he is found in
Bangladesh we shall arrest him." She further promised to root out
terrorism from Bangladesh and admitted the Pakistani Inter-Services
Intelligence ISI is active in Bangladesh.
July 29: Union Home Minister P.
Chidambaram is likely to formally seek extradition of ULFA 'General
Secretary' Anup Chetia who has completed his jail term in Bangladesh.
July 28: Suspected ULFA militants
abducted Bhagawati Prasad Sarma and Bijoy Sarma near Tarani reserve
forest under Pengeri Police Station in Tinsukia District. Bijoy
Sarma was, however, released later on the same day.
July 27: Suspected ULFA-ATF militants
exploded a grenade on July 27 (ULFA Martyrs' Day) near DDR College
at Chabua in Dibrugarh District. Police said four shops were partially
damaged while no one was injured in the attack.
In another incident, a powerful
bomb was defused by the Police at a bus station in Dhubri Town.
ULFA-PTF observed 'Martyrs' Day'
at their designated camp at Kakopathar in Tinsukia District.
ULFA-PTF 'finance secretary' Chitrabon
Hazarika on July 27 said, "The charter of demands is almost ready
and it will be finalized within a couple of days." He further said,
"We will submit the charter of demands to the Centre soon."
SFs Arrested one ULFA militant,
Lachit Khanikar, and a linkmen in Tinsukia District. One Pistol
and two Chinese grenades were seized from them.
Arrested 'Publicity Secretary' ULFA-ATF
Rittik Hazarika alias `Lieutenant' Arun Udoy Dehotia informed
interrogators that Paresh Baruah was holed up in Myanmar's Kachin
State and he was part of a ULFA mobile camp in Nagaland's Mon District
which has around 6 to 7 cadres under senior Nayan Medhi. Hazarika
had arrived in Sonitpur for a recruitment drive and to understand
the people's reaction to the news of ceasefire by ULFA-PTF and the
proposed peace talks between Central Government and ULFA-PTF.
Arabinda Rajkhowa 'chairman' ULFA-PTF
said, "A majority of the people of the state have formed an opinion
that Assam's existence can be protected only within a sovereign
country of Assam." He added, "The people of Assam believe that one
or two constitutional amendments will not guarantee protection of
July 26: SFs arrested 'Publicity
Secretary' of ULFA -ATF Rittik Hazarika alias `Lieutenant'
Arun Udoy Dehotia, at Gingia of Biswanath subdivision in Sonitpur
District. One 9-mm pistol along with two magazines and two mobile
phones has been recovered from his possession. Meanwhile, ULFA-ATF
has claimed that Rittik Hazarika and Arun Udoy Dohotia were two
different persons but also confirmed Rittik Hazarika as one of its
members. Police, however, is non-committal on the identity of the
July 24: ULFA-ATF is eyeing to strike
Sivasagar, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, and Golaghat Districts in
the upper Assam ahead of the Independence Day. A 10-12 member group
of the ULFA-ATF has managed to enter recently into India from its
bases in Myanmar and taking refuge in the hill areas along Assam-Nagaland
and Assam-Arunachal borders. The militants are believed to be somewhere
in the Mon District of Nagaland, waiting to enter Assam through
the Charaideo sub-division of Sivasagar District. It is also reported
that a heavily armed group led by one Pradip Gogoi [not to be confused
with Vice-President Pradip Gogoi of (ULFA-PTF)] has been given the
tasks of hitting public sector including ONGC and attack the security
A senior Pro ULFA-PTF leader, saying
that ULFA-PTF has not included the demand for a sovereign Assam
in its charter of demands prepared for next month's first direct
negotiations between ULFA-PTF and the Government.
SFs arrested suspected ULFA-ATF
militant Suren Mura alias Khagra (40) along with three of
his relatives Sanjay Karmakar (35), Ajoay Karmakar (19), and Ajoy
Mura (28) from Samdung Tea Estate under Panikhowa Division in Tinsukia
District. SFs recovered a Chinese AK 81 with 116 rounds of bullets
during the process.
July 22: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
said that Assam ministers are on militant hit list and also confirmed
the reported merger of Anti-Talks Faction of United Liberation Front
of Asom ULFA-ATF, PLA, and other North-Eastern militant groups in
Myanmar. In this regard Tarun Gogoi said, "It is true that Paresh
Baruah is taking help from Manipuri's PLA now. I have been informed
of this by central intelligence agencies. Security forces have been
put on a high alert as the ULFA-PLA joint operation is planning
major strikes. There is threat to some of my ministers, but I don't
want to name them."
Also, Security agencies have learnt
that the two groups of ULFA-ATF-PLA militants have entered Sivasagar
and Tinsukia Districts through Mon District of Nagaland to carry
out attack on oil installations (particularly pipelines), railway
oil tankers and Security Forces (SFs). The group that has entered
Tinsukia has about 30 cadres divided into smaller groups that are
concentrating only in the District.
Union Government has decided to
hold direct peace talks with ULFA and the first round of the proposed
dialogue would be held at the secretary level. Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi said, "The Centre will now directly talk to ULFA." he added"
ULFA has to first give us its charter of demands. The Union Government
and the State Government will give their opinions after going through
the charter. We will tell them how far we can accommodate their
demands," Gogoi said. The Chief Minister said Haldar has bought
the peace process to the final stage. "The Centre should now step
in and hold direct talks with the outfit".
SFs found fake ULFA letterheads
in a passenger bus at Baihata Chariali in Kamrup District
July 20: Two-day anti-terrorism
Peace Convention, held under the aegis of "The Terror Victim's Family
Forum of Assam", an umbrella organization of victims of militancy,
attended by 500 'victims' families at the Sivasagar Natya Mandir
in Sivasagar District. Former president of Axom Xahitya Xabha Kanak
Sen Deka, who was attending the convention as chief guest, said,
"ULFA has created a new trend in the insurgency-infested Northeast
by killing people and triggering blasts in public places and busy
localities. The ULFA also did not hesitate to kill innocent school
children who had gathered to observe Independence Day. Compared
to other northeastern militant groups like the NSCN, who have refrained
from killing people, ULFA has been doing this even at the cost of
erosion of its mass base." Speaking on the occasion, senior journalist
Ramen Kumar Goswami said, "The ULFA must shun violence and its armed
activities. If the ULFA were to rethink its demand for sovereignty,
then, peace is possible."
July 19: Suspected ULFA-ATF militants
ambushed Assam Rifles personnel escorting a school bus at Bailung
Gaon near Kenduguri in Simaluguri area of Sivasagar District. Militants
lobbed grenade and opened fire on Assam Rifles personnel. Later
Security Forces (SFs) arrested Vijay Manki (28) alias Dipak
Gowala from the area of the ambush.
ULFA-ATF has started using members
of Manipuri militant outfits, PLA to indulge in acts of violence
in Assam, particularly in the upper Assam Districts and might plan
to indulge in major acts of violence in the run up to the Independence
ULFA-PTF has started work for the
first designated camp at Baniakuchi in Tihu in Nalbari District
and nine more camps of similar nature will be constructed. In this
regard ULFA-PTF 'foreign secretary' Sashadhar Choudhury said "These
camps will be christened 'Assam Naba Nirman' and all our cadres
will stay here".
July 18: 40 ULFA-ATF militants,
trained by KIA, are trying to enter the State before Independence
Day by crossing the Patkai hills from Lohit and Changlang Districts
of Arunachal Pradesh.
July 17: Silvister Tirki alias
Rajiv alias Silva Orang revealed that the explosives used
in the blast that derailed the Guwahati-Puri Express were procured
from the heavy artillery shooting range of the Army at Tamulpur
in Baksa District and coal mines in Meghalaya. He further revealed
that APA received help from the ULFA during its formation and several
militants of the outfit were even given training by militants of
ULFA while APA did not enjoy good relations with NDFB.
July15: SFs recovered and neutralised
two IEDs, weighing between 10 and 12 kilogrammes each, suspected
to be planted by ULFA-ATF, at Medalajan area of Sivasagar District.
Peace talks with ULFA-PTF are going
to start from August 2011, Times of India reports. Centre's
interlocutor for peace talks in Assam P C Haldar said on July 15,
"The peace process entered a new stage after Ulfa announced a unilateral
ceasefire (on Tuesday). This is a positive development and we are
inching closer to the final stage. We expect the peace talks to
start in August". He further said "The entire process to find a
solution may take some time. Anything done at a breakneck speed
may not yield a permanent solution." On the issue of ground rules
and modalities, he said, "The Government and ULFA have to decide
how to go about it and ensure that there's no ambiguity in the entire
July 14: 'central publicity secretary'
of the ULFA-PTF 'Mithinga Daimary said that that the unilateral
cease fire was not a personal decision of the ULFA 'chairman' Arabinda
Rajkhowa. He further said that two-third members of the ULFA are
in favour of political solution to the conflicts, while; as per
the constitution of the ULFA, only the 'chairman' is authorized
to comment on behalf of the outfit. He also said that 99 per cent
of people of Assam want negotiated solution to the conflicts.
July 13: Union Home Minister P.
Chidambaram acknowledged the ceasefire announced by ULFA-PTF in
Assam and said "The Government of India welcomes the announcement
made by the ULFA," adding that "The Government of India in consultation
with the Government of Assam will facilitate an early start to the
talks". The Home Minister said it was expected that a SoO agreement
will be signed and ground rules for observing the agreement will
be finalised in the near future.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi welcomed
the ceasefire declared by ULFA-PTF and said that the State government
would take all steps to carry forward the peace process. The Chief
Minister further stated that the State Government has also invited
the Paresh Baruah faction of the ULFA to take part in peace negotiations,
but will not be kept waiting indefinitely. Peace talks with the
faction are possible provided it renounces the path of violence,
Meanwhile, Paresh Baruah 'chairman'
of ULFA-ATF has said that he will not abide by the cease-fire declared
July 12: ULFA-PTF 'Chairman' Arabinda
Rajkhowa declared unilateral and indefinite cease-fire with the
Government. He said that in the interest of creating a congenial
atmosphere for talks, he declared a unilateral ceasefire. He called
upon all the members of the ULFA to abide by the cease-fire and
warned that any infringement would be treated as anti-organizational
act and would be dealt with accordingly. He noted that the 5th general
council of the organisation, held on February 22 2010, deliberated
upon various dimensions of the armed struggle launched by the ULFA
since 1979 for independence of Assam. The meeting decided to respect
the desire of vast majority of people of Assam for peaceful solution
to the issues and authorized the chairman to declare ceasefire whenever
required for talks with the Government.
July 10: 'Chairman' of ULFA-ATF,
Paresh Barua, condemned blast that derailed the Guwahati-Puri Express
at Bhatkuchi in Kamrup (Rural) District.
ULFA-ATF has appointed Drishti Rajkhowa
for fund collection from the Districts of Goalpara, Dhubri, Bongaigaon
July 9: Documents and explosive
material recovered by the Police from the GNLA transit camp in Nengmalgre
forest, East Garo Hills District have revealed links between the
GNLA and ULFA. GNLA 'military chief' Sohan D Shira, along with 12
armed cadres of his outfit and three ULFA militants, left behind
2 kg of explosive material and a number of incriminating documents
while fleeing from the transit camp during an encounter with the
police on July 8. Apart from Shira, GNLA 'area commander's Savio
Marak and Rakstar Sangma and other militants were taking shelter
in the camp. The police overran the transit camp after over half-an-hour
gun battle. Though the militants managed to escape, the recovery
of explosives and incriminating documents unveiled GNLA-ULFA links.
The three ULFA men in question are said to be associates of ULFA-
ATF leader Dristi Rajkhowa. Dristi Rajkhowa is functioning from
the Resubelpara, Goalpara and Kamrup areas of Assam in order to
maintain the outfit's links with the GNLA and to use the Garo Hills
belt as a transit route to Bangladesh.
July 8: SFs produced one ULFA militant,
Gajen Konwar alias Samudra Nirmolia, before the Dibrugarh
court. The militant claimed that he had surrendered himself at the
Army camp at Chowkham in Arunachal Pradesh on July 2.
ULFA-ATF 'commander-in-chief' Paresh
Barua has appointed Pranmoy Asom as the 'foreign secretary' of ULFA-ATF.
ULFA-ATF publicity in-charge Arunodoy Dohotiya in an e-mailed statement
said that the 'foreign secretary' will be responsible for strengthening
ties with Far East and South Eastern countries sympathetic to the
July 7: Bangladesh authorities have
launched a manhunt to arrest Champion R. Sangma, the leader of the
GNLA, an Indian militant leader, after Meghalaya (India) Police
confirmed he has shifted base to Bangladesh, reports Newsone.com.
Champion, who wants to fight for a 'sovereign Garoland' in the western
area of Meghalaya, has forged a close operational relationship with
other northeast-based insurgents groups such as ULFA and NDFB.
July 5: Anti-talks faction of ULFA-ATF
with instructions from senior ULFA-ATF leader Jibon Moran has started
recruiting school dropouts. A source said, "The cash incentive,
which is given right at the time of joining, ranges between INR
1,000 and INR 6,000. Moreover, the cadres are also promised monthly
pay once they are trained and are fit for operations,"
ULFA leader 'Major' Ranjan Chowdhury
(48) and his alleged Bangladeshi accomplice Pradip Marak (58) were
produced in a court in Kishoreganj District. Earlier on July 17,
2010, acting on a tip-off, a team of RAB-9 arrested both of them
along with two pistols, four bullets, bomb making materials and
four fresh bombs from in front of Abedin Hospital at Lakkipur area
of Bhairab in the same District.
ULFA 'chief' Paresh Baruah's and
his business associates' assets and investments in Bangladesh will
be confiscated as asked by the Government. Security sources have
said that Tarique Rahman, son of Opposition leader Khaleda Zia,
has been identified as one of the ULFA chief's business associates.
The objective of the Government is twofold: to expose Tarique Rahman's
nexus with Indian insurgent groups and also to choke the flow of
Bangladeshi funds to the ULFA 'chief'. The security sources also
confirmed that Baruah was shuttling between Myanmar and frontier
areas of China, and that his position in Myanmar was secure with
NSCN-K 'chief' S. S. Khaplang offering support.
An ULFA militant, identified as
Palash Hazarika alias Pawan Hazarika, involved in extortion and
also suspected to be the bodyguard of the leader of the ULFA-ATF
Paresh Barua, surrendered before the SFs along with an AK-56 rifle
and six grenades at Chetia Pathar in Chabua of Dibrugarh District.
July 4: Peace talks between ULFA
and Central Government, Central Government appointed peace interlocutor
P C Haldar said "I am positive on the peace talks," and stressed
on peace as the backbone for development.
July 3: SFs killed 'corporal' Horen
Sonowal alias Narendra and arrested Sijanto Moran of anti-talks
faction of ULFA-ATF along with one AK-56 rifle, five live rounds,
a Chinese grenade, three electronic detonators and INR 50,000 from
Ratanpur under Pengeri Police Station in Tinsukia District.
ULFA-ATF refuted the claim made
by Ranjan Daimary of NDFB-ATF about the soft approach by the SFs
towards ULFA. ULFA-ATF publicity-in-charge, Arunudoi Dohotia in
this regard said "Daimary's recent statement that the government
was soft on ULFA but was continuing operations against NDFB was
not only incorrect but also misleading. It is true that a section
of our outfit (ULFA) is enjoying the protection of the government
and operations have been suspended against them but security forces
have actually intensified operations against those who are committed
to the spirit and ideals of the outfit".
With ULFA-ATF deadline to Shiv
Vani Oil and Gas Services Pvt Ltd. to leave Assam ending on July
18, Security measures have been beefed up at all the projects sites
of the company. The company has four oil rigs in collaboration with
the ONGC in Sivasagar District and five in collaboration with OIL
in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia Districts. It has a project office in
Duliajan in Dibrugarh District and a base office in Tinsukia.
June 30: Suspected militants of
ULFA-ATF killed a trader Shiwji Sahini (62), at No. 3 Shantipur
under Chapakhowa Police station of Sadiya sub-division in Tinsukia
June 29: A Bangladesh court has
issued an arrest warrant against Paresh Barua, 'chief' of the separatist
ULFA in relation with Chittagong Arms haul case of April 2 2004.
June 28: The Assam Police have
alerted Nagaland Police about the possible use of Mon District by
the ULFA-ATF to carry out attack in Assam.
June 26: From last November to June
this year ULFA-ATF is said to have recruited about 100 youths from
Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Sivasgar Districts and 30 of them have re-entered.
They have been involved in two encounters and also involved in extortion
at Upper Assam, Changlang and Lohit Districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
Charges have been pressed against
11 new suspects including former State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman
Babar and JeI Chief Motiur Rahman Nizami in two cases filed in connection
with the 10-truck arms haul in Chittagong on April 2, 2004, reports
Daily Star. The investigation officer on June 26 stated that, the
arms produced in Chinese factory Norinco were to be transported
to India for Assamese separatist group ULFA.
Apart from Babar and Nizami, ULFA
leader Paresh Barua, former Director General of National Security
Intelligence (NSI) Brigadier General (retired) Abdur Rahim, the
then Director of the DGFI Major General (retired) Rezzaqul Haider
Chowdhury, who was later appointed as the DG of NSI, are on both
the charge sheets.
The others are former NSI Director
Wing Commander (retired) Shahab Uddin, ex-NSI Deputy Director Major
(retired) Liakat Hossain, ex-NSI Field Officer Akbar Hossain Khan,
former Additional Secretary of Industries Ministry Nurul Amin, ex-CUFL
Managing Director Mohsin Talukder and former CUFL General Manager
(administration) Enamul Hoque. All 11 new suspects except ULFA leader
Paresh, and Nurul Amin are in prison, said the investigator.
UPDF rejected the bill of fifteenth
amendment to the Constitution. They criticised the Government's
move to keep 'Bismillah' in the Preamble and Islam as State Religion
in the Constitution. Terming the bill controversial, the president
of UPDF Prosit Khisha in a written statement said ethnic communities
of Bangladesh will not accept the Bangalee nationality. They further
said activities of AL are as same as BNP and JeI.
Blitz Comprehensive Tabloid Weekly
reports that Hizbut Tawhid openly declares its publication named
'Dajjal' as "anti-Christ" and is spreading the content of this book,
which is filled with hate speech against Christians, Jews and non-Muslims,
via Facebook and other social networks. All such illegal activities
are conducted from its headquarters in Dhaka. It also maintains
close links with various Islamist militancy outfits including Taliban,
LeT, Sipah-e-Sahaba, al-Qaeda etc. This group is funded by dubious
Arab sources as well as some fanatic Muslims in the Muslim dominated
nations in the world.
Founder of Hizbut Tawhid, Bayezid
Khan Panni aka Selim Panni was a collaborator of Pakistani occupation
forces during the war of independence of Bangladesh. It is even
apprehended that, Hizbut Tawhid is a brainchild of ISI, as in most
cases, Panni pronounced his support towards separatist groups as
well as ISI-patronized Islamists in India. Hizbut Tawhid has also
expanded its network in a number of Asian countries in the recent
Hizbut Tawhid also owns pages in
Facebook including : Hezbut Tawheed, Dajjal and True Islam, Ayman
Bin Moshi, This Islam Is Not Islam [Jihadist content], Dajjal The
Judeo-Christian Civilization, Islam, Islam and Dajjal, Anti Dajjal,
Dajjal Documentary, Awareness of Dajjal, Beware of Dajjal, Dajjal
June 24: SFs have warned ULFA-PTF
that they could come under attack from ULFA-ATF. The Deputy Inspector-General
of Police (Eastern range), Anurag Tankha, told that there was information
about the ULFA (ATF) trying to regroup in Mon District of Nagaland,
bordering Sivasagar District and cadres of ULFA-PTF could be their
June 22: SFs arrested two ULFA militants,
identified as Bolen Moran and Birudh Gogoi (20), from Dhola in Tinsukia
District. One AK 81 rifle, 30 rounds of live bullets, mobile phones
and documents were recovered from their possession. One of the militant
'Birudh Gogoi' confessed to his involvement in the firing case at
Bogribarigaon in Tinsukia District on June 6.
June 21: During the 2009 anti -ULFA
operations in Bangladesh, a seizure of more than 500 weapons was
Union Government is trying to pursue
the ULFA-ATF led by Paresh Barua to sit for talks, reports. ULFA-ATF
is reportedly based on the Taga area of Myanmar and has found itself
in the middle of the fight between Kachin militants and Myanmar's
An IED was recovered from Teok Habigaon
in the Sonari area in Sivasagar District on June 21. The IED weighed
about 5 kilograms. The ULFA-ATF is suspected behind the incident.
The IED was later diffused by the SFs.
June 20: ULFA-PTF 'chairman' Arabinda
Rajkhowa sounded optimistic about the proposed peace talks with
the Centre, and said that the talks would usher in peace and progress
in the State, Rajkhowa further said that hectic correspondence was
going on to include the outfit's 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah
in the dialogue. He expressed confidence that the Anti-Talk Faction
would also join the peace process.
June 19: Deputy 'commander-in-chief
'Raju Baruah of ULFA-PTF said that ULFA-PTF was set to declare ceasefire
formally to pave the way for Peace Talks with the Centre. He said
that that general council decided to declare ceasefire either by
the end of this month or the first week of July. The ceasefire declaration
by ULFA-PTF was expected soon after some formalities are completed.
This will be followed by signing of the suspension of operation
between the Government and ULFA-PTF. This may happen either in the
third or fourth week of July. The ceasefire ground rules will be
finalized at the same time,'' he said.
June 16: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
met Home Minister P Chidambaram to work out the modalities of talks
with ULFA. The meeting, held at the North Block, was also joined
by Joint Secretary (North-east), Shambhu Singh.
Vice President of ULFA-ATF), Pradip
Gogoi said that Arabinda Rajkhowa-led ULFA was ready to declare
ceasefire with the Government for the sake of peace talks and Rajkhowa
was having the power to take any decision on peace talks.
June 15: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
said that the next round of dialogue between the ULFA-PTF and Government
of India is likely to be held in a couple of months' time after
they write a formal letter to Government of India expressing their
intention to sit for negotiation.
June 14: Security in Upper Assam
was reviewed and beefed up following a threat by ULFA-ATF to non-Assamese
people residing in the state.
June 13: ULFA-ATF threatened to
target Indian citizens from various parts of the country residing
in Assam if "killings of innocent indigenous people of Assam by
SFs do not stop.
June 11: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
said that the ULFA cadres would have to formally sign a ceasefire
accord vowing suspension of operations, before the peace talks takes
a concrete shape. "Everything would be done as per the norms and
even though they have come over ground formal announcement of ceasefire
from both the sides would be a necessity," Gogoi said, while replying
to a question at a press conference. Gogoi also informed that the
Ranjan Daimary-faction of the (NDFB) has expressed its willingness
to meet him to discuss certain issues, to which he had obliged.
"I will meet them within this month and ask them to submit a report
to facilitate talks. Our stand is the same even with the BW). We
welcome talks but those who resort to violence would be dealt with
firmly," the Chief Minister added.
A ULFA militant, identified as Akon
Sonowal, was shot dead during an encounter with the Police at Uvotajan
village near Krishna tea estate under Digboi Police Station in Tinsukia
District. The militant hailed from Mahadevpur Police Station area
in Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh. Police recovered one 9mm
pistol, four live rounds and empty rounds from the site of the encounter.
June 9: The NIA will be filing cases
against the four ULFA militants and the seven PLA militants who
were arrested from different parts of Guwahati recently.
June 6: An army officer, Lt Manoj
Misra, was injured in an encounter with a group of ULFA cadres near
the Koilamati during a search operation against ULFA militants under
Digboi Police Station in Upper Assam's Tinsukia District.
Some militants loyal to Paresh Baruah
may launch attacks in three upper Assam Districts. Sources in Security
agencies said ULFA hawks are trying to sneak into Tinsukia, Dibrugarh
and Sivasagar Districts from neighbouring Nagaland and Aruanchal
Pradesh and may cause damage with the help of some other groups.
"They are trying to sneak into Sivasagar, Tinsukia and Dibrugarh
districts from two neighbouring states which share borders with
Myanmar. Inputs revealed that they may launch attacks in these Districts
to make their presence felt," said a senior security officer.
June 4: A self-styled 'lieutenant
corporal' of the ULFA, Gona Sarania (24), was killed in an encounter
with Security Forces at Thalkuchi under Borbori Police Station in
Baksa District One Ak-47 series rifle, one pistol, 30 live rounds
of ammunition and 10 empty cartridges were recovered from the possession
of the slain militants.
June 3: ULFA militant identified
as Susen Tanti, alias Rajesh Tanti surrendered before Security Forces
(SFs) in Dibrugarh District. He handed over a magazine and a bullet
during his surrender.
ULFA-ATF served a 'quit notice'
to a private oil and gas company in Assam alleging that they were
exploiting the State's natural resources against the local people's
interest, reports Assam Tribune. "We are giving them the notice
to stop all their operations in the State and leave within one and
half months from June 3, said an ULFA statement on the quit notice
to Shiv-Vani Oil and Gas Exploration Services Ltd.
Security agencies refused to allow
family of 'commander-in-chief' of ULFA-ATF, Paresh Baruah to India
from Bangladesh. Baruah fled the neighbouring country months before
the top ULFA leaders, including 'Chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa, were
held and sent back to India in November 2009. An official said that
we know that his wife and children are in Dhaka. But we do not want
to see them deported to India. Once they are back home, Baruah will
be a relieved man. He certainly will not like his family to live
a life of uncertainty in a foreign country. And we believe this
will keep him under pressure.
June 2: Two ULFA militants, identified
as Abhoy Gogoi (25) and Akon Borgohain (25), sustained serious injuries
in an encounter with SFs at Tamulibari Gaon in Dibrugarh District.
May 26: SFs arrested a ULFA militant
from Merapani area in Golaghat District. The arrestee was identified
as Palashjyoti Baruah. SFs recovered a 9mm pistol, bullets of AK-47
rifles, .22mm pistol, an IED, two mobile handsets and some incriminating
documents with ULFA stamps from him.
Two militant outfits accused the
Government of India of giving "preferential treatment" to the ULFA-PTF
and demanded that the laws should be equal for all, reports Assam
Tribune. Highly placed official sources said that the NDFB-PTF recently
sent a letter to the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh alleging that
same rules were not applied in case of all the militant outfits
of the region. Sources said that another militant outfit Black Widow
also echoed similar sentiments in a letter to the Government of
May 25: 'Chairman' of the ULFA-PTF
'Chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa publicly sought forgiveness for the
killing of 10 children and three women in a bomb blast in Dhemaji
District on August 15, 2004. Rajkhowa, at a public meeting in Dhemaji
town, where 'foreign secretary' Sasa Choudhury, 'political advisor'
Bhimkanta Buragohain and 'cultural secretary' Pranati Deka were
also present asked for forgiveness from the families of the victims
and the people.
May 24: 'Chairman' of the ULFA-PTF,
Arabinda Rajkhowa said that the outfit will make the people of Assam
aware of its charter of demands before submitting it to the Government
of India to start the process of formal talks on May 24. Talking
to the Assam Tribune, Rajkhowa said that the people of Assam have
the right to know what the ULFA would demand for political solution
of the conflicts. Although the ULFA was yet to set any deadline
for finalizing the demand charter, Rajkhowa asserted that it would
be ready before the next round of talks with the Government of India.
Replying to a question on whether there was any chance of ULFA 'commander-in-chief
'Paresh Baruah joining the peace process, Rajkhowa said, "So far
Baruah has never said that he was against political solution to
the conflicts. He also never said that he wanted military solution
to the problems."
May 20: Two ULFA militants identified
as Haricharan Barman (25) and Dipak Das (24), were arrested by SFs
from Borobazar under Bongaigaon Police Station in Dhubri District.
The SFs recovered one Japan-made revolver and eight rounds of ammunition
At least 30 hardcore militants of
ULFA's ULFA-ATF led by Paresh Baruah, under the leadership of '2nd
lieutenants' Pradip Gogoi alias Aaka and Tibrajyoti Baruah
and 'sergeant major' Muhim Baruah entered Sivasagar District in
Assam from Myanmar through Waksing Basti of Nagaland along Assam
Nagaland border of Charaideo sub-division in Sivasagar District
recently. The 30-member group was trying to enter nearby Tinsukia,
Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur Districts for organisational purposes and
for secure shelter. The activities of the group will be controlled
by 'MMHQ' 'Major' Jeevan Moran will be in charge of MMHQ.
May 19: ULFA-PTF is yet to finalize
its charter of demands to pave the way for starting formal talks
with Central and State Governments. Sources in the pro-talk faction
of the ULFA said that they had a few rounds of discussion on the
draft charter of demands prepared by the SJA and a few more rounds
of talks would be held within the next few days. The formal charter
of demands would be finalized before the formal talks on political
issues resume, sources said. The pro-talk group was also thinking
in lines of sending one senior member to Bangladesh to meet ULFA
general secretary Anup Chetia, who was under the protective custody
of Bangladesh after completing his jail term.
May 18: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
said that the new Congress Government in Assam would work towards
finding a lasting solution to the demands raised by the ULFA and
other rebel groups of the State. He said that the people gave a
mandate for peace and conciliation and it is his duty to find a
permanent solution with the ambit of the Constitution of India.
May 17: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram
said that Centre would start negotiations with ULFA even if its
military chief, Paresh Baruah, didn't take part in the peace process.
"The dialogue with ULFA will begin soon after the new Assam government,
led by Tarun Gogoi, assumes office. The previous government in the
state, also led by Gogoi, was keen on finding an honourable solution
to the Ulfa problem," Chidambaram told newspersons.
NDFB-PTF demanded a clarification
from Chidambaram over why ULFA was treated with kid gloves despite
being a banned outfit, while rules were different for other militant
groups. NDFB 'general secretary' B. Swmkhwr said that we submitted
a memorandum to the Centre and hope for a favourable response adding
that the outfit was in favour of expediting the dialogue.
May 14: ULFA
said that formal talks between ULFA and the Government will begin
in the first week of June. He said the ULFA was holding talks with
distinguished persons and organizations in a bid to take their views
on the peace process.
PTI reports from New Delhi that
the Centre was arranging a meeting between a top leader of the Pro-Talk
faction of the ULFA and the outfit’s ‘general secretary’ Anup Chetia,
currently lodged in a jail in Bangladesh, ostensibly to get his
consent for the dialogue. Government officials said the Centre’s
interlocutor PC Haldar was in regular touch with the ULFA leaders,
who met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram
in February and expressed their willingness to engage in a dialogue.
Before the talks, one of the top leaders of the outfit will travel
to Dhaka to meet Chetia to brief him about the initiatives taken
by them to bring lasting peace in Assam and get his consent for
it. If Chetia comes on board, it will further isolate the outfit’s
‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah, who was steadfastly opposed
to any peace dialogue with the Centre.
May 12: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram
said that the next Government would be a Congress-led government
and that the new Government will resume the talks process. The Centre
and the State Governments are engaged in talks with pro-talk factions
of ULFA-PTF, NDFB and DHD among others. Dialogue with the Pro-Talk
faction of ULFA is slated to resume in June.
Five leaders of the top brass of
the ULFA, namely Major Bening Rabha, Major Ashanta Baghphukan, Major
Jeeban Moran (Senior),Lt Nilu Chakravarty, 2nd Lt Sarat Sarania
alias Abhijit Deka along with few others who were missing since
the Operation All-Clear by joint operation of Indian & Bhutan
Royal Army in Bhutan in 2003 are in secret custody of Bhutan Government.
The exact location of these ULFA men is not known yet but in most
likelihood they are kept together in the same location. Evidence
was found that this news is known to the top section of ULFA and
that the outfit never declared this knowledge to the public for
the fear that Bhutan might kill the leaders secretly to wash off
their hands from allegations. It was learnt that the ULFA is aware
of this and tried to contact the Government of Bhutan for this in
the past. ULFA’s Commander of the dreaded 709 Battalion, Heera Sarania
sent an email to the King of Bhutan as well as to some of the Bhutanese
ministers in January 2008 asking them to release the leaders. However
there was no positive response to this from Bhutan authorities.
May 11: Government of India agreed
to set up nine rehabilitation centres in various districts in Assam
for about 400 ULFA militants who have come over ground but stopped
short of surrendering before or declaring ceasefire with the Government.
The State Government moved the Centre recently seeking funds for
rehabilitation of the overground ULFA militants so that they do
not get into illegal business ventures. According to sources, the
Centre agreed to set up nine rehabilitation centres for the 400
ULFA rebels – two each in Nalbari and Sivasagar Districts and one
each in Goalpara, Bongaigaon, Kamrup, Nagaon and Golaghat Districts.
May 10: Home Ministry sources revealed
that the Sheikh Hasina Government is ready to give access to someone
from Assam to meet Anup Chetia, the ULFA leader in protective custody
in a Bangladeshi jail, reports Telegraph. The source further revealed
that following the signal from Dhaka, at least one leader from among
the eight engaged in peace efforts with the Centre will visit Dhaka.
The purpose is to try and include Chetia, a member of ULFA’s permanent
standing council, in the talks.
ULFA ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa
along with Chitrabon Hazarika and other leaders met the families
of former ULFA cadres at Kardang village in Goalpara District.
May 9: 200 SULFA militants of the
outfit’s 709th battalion for the first time after their surrender
met the ULFA leadership which convened the meeting at Helacha village
in Nalbari district. The ‘commander’ of the 709th battalion Hira
Saraniya invited the surrendered militants for a meeting at the
temporary base at Helacha for their cooperation in the peace talks
with the Central Government. The deputy ‘commandar-in-chief’ of
the outfit Raju Baruah and ‘Foreign Secretary’ Sasha Chaudhury called
upon the former colleagues to extend their full cooperation to the
outfit. The former militants from Nalbari and Baksa Districts attended
While addressing on behalf of the
surrendered militants Bikash Dutta, Jitu Talukdar and Mrigen Haloi
assured the leadership to extend support to peace talks. Sources
further said that the ULFA leadership exchanged their views towards
the surrendered militants only in the interest of the common public.
The sources further said that in order to strengthen the relations
between these two groups, coordination committee was formed. The
meeting with the surrendered militants, which was held for the first
time in the State, is considered a major development in the outfit’s
ongoing peace process with the Centre.
May 8: ULFA claims that it was not
involved in any extortion in the State. The outfit's publicity cell
in-charge Arunudoi Duhatia said that ULFA-PTF (Pro-talk Faction)
members now in talks with the Government of India is out to issue
extortion notes in order to malign the image of the ULFA.
The move by 'commander-in-chief'
of the outfit Paresh Baruah to revive the anti-talk faction has
created a lot of concern for the security agencies. Security sources
that the elusive ULFA leader is in Myanmar and he is trying to revive
the outfit with fresh recruitments. Sources said that Baruah and
his close aides are reportedly staying in Taga area of Myanmar and
from the bases in that area; he can easily proceed to China whenever
required. Security sources further stated that according to information
available, at least 150 cadres of the ULFA are still with Baruah
in the camps of the outfit in Myanmar, while, a few of them are
in Assam. Though the ULFA does not have any camp in Bangladesh,
a few elements of the outfit are still staying in hideouts in Bangladesh.
Baruah not only tried to revive the outfit by dismantling the existing
battalions, but there are also reports of fresh recruitments. Sources
said that there were specific reports of a few batches of new recruits
taken to Myanmar for training from the Districts of Dibrugarh and
Tinsukia, while, the intelligence agencies also came across reports
of Baruah procuring weapons from China in recent times to strengthen
the armoury of the outfit.
ULFA-PTF leader Mrinal Hazarika
lashed out at Paresh Baruah, and asked him not to disturb the peace
talks. "He said that we have been requesting again and again that
he (Paresh Baruah) be at a safe distance and should not disturb
the peace process. Let him give a moral support, let the process
move ahead and if the process doesn't move in the right direction
and if the government betrays the people of Assam, people of Assam
will once again support Paresh Baruah," said Hazarika.
ULFA leadership has started discussion
on the charter of demands prepared and handed over by the SJA, a
civil Society group to the outfit in Guwahati on May 7. The charter
of demands prepared for the much-awaited talks between the outfit
and the Union Government are being discussed at an important executive
meeting held at Helacha in Nalbari district on May 9. A high level
source of the outfit said the executive meeting presided over by
its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, is studying the demands thoroughly.
The executive body meeting of the ULFA's central council may also
discuss the latest law-and-order scenario in the State. The executive
meeting is being attended by ULFA's 'vice-chairman' Pradip Gogoi,
'Foreign secretary' Sasha Chaudhury, deputy 'commander- in-chief'
Raju Baruah, 'Finance Secretary' Chitraban Hazarika, 'cultural secretary'
Pranati Deka, 'Publicity Secretary' Mithinga Daimari executive members
Anu Burhagohain, Hira Sarania, and Phanindra Medhi alias Lebu.
May 6: Mrinal Hazarika, leader of
ULFA-PTF accused outfit 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah of being
an agent of the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI and drawing funds
from various international agencies for running the outfit. Hazarika
raised the allegation against Baruah vehemently countering the anti-talks
ULFA's claim that he was a broker of the Government of India at
a seminar. ''Paresh Baruah is an ISI agent and draws funds from
various international agencies,'' he said while addressing seminar
on the topic "Relevance of Swadhin Asom, mainstream and its suffering,
and ways to solve the problems", organized by the former ULFA members
of undivided Dibrugarh and Tinsukia Districts.
May 4: ULFA 'chairman' Arabinda
Rajkhowa said that taking ULFA leader Mrinal Hazarika and his group,
who had announced unilateral ceasefire with the Government, in the
mainstream of the peace process without making them change their
economic agenda was a mistake. The economic agenda adopted by Mrinal
Hazarika and his group was against the ideology of the ULFA, he
said, and added that they needed to mend their ways.
May 3: The process to identify sites
for setting up designated camps for the members of ULFA-PTF has
started and no member of the outfit will be allowed to keep weapons
during the process of talks. Talking to Assam Tribune, Additional
Director General of Police (Special Branch), Khagen Sarma said that
the ULFA-PTF has given a list of around 400 cadres and the process
of setting up the designated camps would start immediately after
selection of the sites. He said that seven to nine designated camps
would be established for the members of the ULFA-PTF. Sarma said
that as per the accepted principle of the Government, the ULFA-PTF
would have to deposit their weapons. However, the modalities in
this regard are yet to be finalized.
ULFA-ATF's 'publicity in-charge'
Arunudoi Duhatia reacted to ULFA-PTF's leader Mrinal Hazarika's
statement in which he questioned the moral of ULFA 'commander-in-chief'
Paresh Baruah by saying that Hazarika might assassinate Paresh Baruah's
character before the media but he could never erode the high revolutionary
morale of Baruah. He said that Hazarika was acting at the diktat
of the intelligence wing of "colonial India."
May 2: SFs recovered a bomb weighing
about five kilogram from a bus at Simaluguri in Sivasagar District.
APW urged the government to seize
the arms of the ULFA-PTF and SULFA leaders to ensure that they do
not engage in any "gang war" in the name of running of business
syndicates. APW 'chairman' Abhijit Sarma and 'general secretary'
Bitu Talukdar said that the government should seize the arms of
the pro-talk and SULFA leaders to prevent them from engaging in
possible gang wars over business matters. Moreover, the ULFA-PTF
leaders should be asked to stay at designated camps, they added.
Police suspect the involvement of
militants belonging to the ULFA-ATF in the killing of Manjit Rabha
(31), a militant of ULFA-PTF, in Udalguri District. An unidentified
gunman fired at Rabha at Nalkhamra village in Udalguri District,
when he was on his way to Kolaigaon on a motorcycle. Rabha died
on the spot.
April 30: The Paresh Barua Faction
of the ULFA lashed out at former 'commander' of the outfit's 28th
battalion Mrinal Hazarika for declaring that ULFA-PTF militants
would make a foray into the coal business for sustenance. A statement
by Arunodoy Dohotia, leader of the outfit's 'central publicity'
cell that was mailed to media houses said that ULFA was in no way
connected with the statement. It was purely Hazarika's personal
opinion, which exposed his arrogance and inclination to mafia raj.
opposition leader and former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta
said the AGP would come down heavily on the syndicate business if
it comes to power this time. He said involvement of the Surrendered
ULFA leaders in the syndicate business provides evidence of total
failure of the law and order in the state. Mahanta said all former
ULFA leaders must deposit arms and enter designated camps for meaningful
peace talks with the Government.
April 29: In addition, the ULFA-PTF
leader Mrinal Hazarika stated that the outfit would involve itself
with business activities in Assam and Hira Saraniya, the 'commander'
of the outfit's 709th battalion' was appointed as the in-charge
for the purpose. Claiming that the intervention is aimed at evicting
'mafia raj' and 'syndicates' from the existing business scenario,
the ULFA leader said that the outfit's intervention would facilitate
involvement of local youths in coal and other lucrative businesses.
April 27: State Government decided
to set up nine more designated camps in the State for the cadres
of the Pro-Talk faction of ULFA, as per the directive of the Ministry
of Home Affairs. According to a high level Police source, out of
the nine new designated camps, two camps will be set up in Nalbari
District, which is considered to be a hotbed of ULFA militants.
He added that the other seven designated camps will be set up in
Durbin, Baihata Chariali, Morigaon and Golaghat but the process
is still in preliminary stage.
Intelligence inputs reveal that
the Paresh Barua faction was carrying out recruitment in lower and
central Assam Districts as well. The recruitment is being carried
out in the rural areas, particularly from interior villages. ULFA
is recruiting youths from Goalpara, Dhubri, Barpeta, Kamrup, Nalbari
and Baksa Districts in lower Assam and Darrang and Morigaon in central
Assam. In Goalpara and Kamrup Districts, ULFA is recruiting youths
mostly from the Rabha community. The recruitments are taking place
in Rabha-dominated areas such as Dudhnoi in Goalpara and Boko in
Kamrup. "Recruitments are also reportedly taking place at Patacharkuchi
in Barpeta District, Tihu in Nalbari district and Barama in Baksa
District. According to sources, the Paresh Barua faction carried
out most of the recruitments in the run-up to the Assembly polls
when the Security Forces (SFs) were focused on carrying out free,
fair and peaceful elections.
April 24: ULFA may be offered jobs
for their surrendered cadres in the Central Armed Police Forces
when they come here for the second round of talks later next month
or sometime in early June. "The option is being explored, taking
cue from what we did in case of surrendered militants in Jammu and
Kashmir. A number of Kashmiri militants have been recruited in the
CRPF over the years," said an official who is privy to the proposal.
He said the idea was to offer something which could help bring them
into the mainstream and run their families/dependents, provided
the surrendered cadres of the pro-talks faction of the outfit fulfilled
certain conditions and required parameters.
ULFA denounced a recent declaration
by the Paresh Barua faction that all the battalions of the outfit
were dissolved and there would be no battalion commander, reports
The Hindu. The declaration by Paresh Barua on disbanding of the
battalion lacks any substance or meaning. The decisions taken by
the Central Executive Council and the General Council of the ULFA
are the final decisions. The ULFA constitution has not given any
authority to anyone else to take decision on behalf of the organisation.
Any decision taken unilaterally in the name of organisation is not
constitutionally valid," sand a statement e-mailed by member of
the ULFA's central publicity unit Kamal Kachari. Earlier, on April
21, the Paresh Barua faction said all members of the armed wing
would now function under the command of the mobile headquarters
and all the old formations had been dissolved.
April 23: ULFA leaders were given
INR 40 million by the Union Government for daily expenses and to
run their families. The Union Home Ministry released the first installment
of financial assistance to the ULFA leaders, including 'chairman'
Arabinda Rajkhowa, 'vice-president' Pradip Gogoi and others besides
its cadres - totaling approximately 400. "We have disbursed the
money to the ULFA through the Assam Government. The money has been
given to take care of the daily expenses of ULFA members and other
family requirements," a Union Home Ministry official said.
April 22: ULFA talks, tentatively
scheduled for the first week of May, are likely to be pushed back
by a few more weeks as the Union Government's condition that militants
should deposit their weapons before a substantial dialogue remains
unfulfilled, reports Telegraph. The weapons are reportedly in the
possession of two of ULFA's eight senior leaders but the outfit
is undecided on whether it wants to double-lock the arms, that is
keep it in joint custody with one set of keys remaining with the
Government and the other with the militant outfit.
April 21: The Paresh Barua-faction
of ULFA re-organized its armed wing by dismantling its existing
battalions and bringing all its cadres under the mobile military
headquarters. The decision to re-organize the armed wing was taken
during a 10-day meeting, chaired by 'commander-in-chief' Paresh
Barua, held from March 20 to 29 at the outfit's mobile headquarters.
The resolution was to come into effect from April 21.
April 13: For the first time in
years, militant outfits were not involved in creating disturbance
during the polls barring one incident of blast in the Rajiv Bhawan,
the headquarter of the APCC on March 14, but threat from the militants
is far from over as Security agencies received inputs about possible
attacks on SFs, The anti-talk faction of the ULFA, headed by 'commander
in chief' of the outfit Paresh Baruah, threatened the Congress and
managed to trigger off an explosion in the Rajiv Bhawan, but the
outfit could not indulge in any other major act of violence due
to tight security measures taken up. Though there were intelligence
inputs of a few ULFA militants entering the city, the elections
passed off peacefully. Polling in the militancy hit Districts of
Dima Hasao (formerly known as North Cachar Hills) and Karbi Anglong
was also by and large peaceful with most of the militant outfit
operating in the area are under ceasefire agreement with the Government.
April 8: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram
invited the ULFA-ATF led by its 'military chief' Paresh Baruah for
talks. He urged the people of Assam to vote for peace as the peace
process initiated by the Congress Government of Tarun Gogoi has
yielded positive results. The Union Home Minister claimed that there
was a dramatic turnaround in the law and order situation in Assam
and almost every insurgent faction is in the negotiation mode.
April 7: ULFA-PTF observed its 32nd
Raising Day in the designated camp at Kakopathar in Tinsukia District.
On the occasion, ULFA 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa hoisted the ULFA
flag and the 'political adviser' of the outfit Bhimkanta Buragohain,
performed Shahid Tarpan (commemorating ceremony of Martyrs). Later,
an open session was held under the Presidentship of Arabinda Rajkhowa
while ULFA 'vice-chairman' Pradeep Gogoi explained the objective
of the meeting.
April 6: ULFA-ATF will observe its
foundation day (April 7) in the jungles of Myanmar, where the group
is reportedly holed up. The Government sounded a security alert
across the State to restrain Paresh Baruah's group from carrying
out any show of strength on the day.
April 5: ULFA decided not to go
ahead with its earlier plan of calling bandhs (shut down) from April
6 to 15 during the visits of PM Manmohan Singh and other Central
leaders for election campaigning in Assam. The anti talks faction
led by Paresh Barua said that it will not call any bandh during
the period in view of the upcoming Regalia Bihu celebrations in
the State. As reported earlier, ULFA had called for a bandh on April
2 protesting against the Prime Minister's visit to address two poll
rallies during the first phase. The PM Singh is scheduled to visit
Barpeta and Mangaldai assembly constituencies in Lower Assam on
ULFA is preparing to celebrate its
raising day (April 7) in a 'grand way' at its Kakopathar designated
camp in Tinsukia District. Prabal Neog, a leader of ULFA's Pro-Talks
group said that it will be the first time that we will celebrate
the raising day in such a grand way and with the people of Assam.
He further added that all the leaders of ULFA's 'central executive'
barring Paresh Barua and Anup Chetia will attend the function.
April 3: One 7.62 pistol, an IED
weighing one kilogramme with a remote controlled- switch and four
rounds of live ammunition were recovered during a search operation
by SFs from the house of Narayan Roy, the younger brother of Pradip
Roy, a member of the central committee of ULFA, at Madhusolmari
village in Dhubri District.
April 2: Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh said that the Union Government was open to talks with all
militant outfits and the discussions with the ULFA ad been good
beginning, "The ULFA peace talks are a good beginning. Our doors
for peace talks with all militant groups are open. We want the militants
to shun violence and come for talks," the Prime Minister said at
an election rally in Dhakuwakhana in eastern Assam, about 500 kilometers
from Guwahati while campaigning for state assembly polls.
SFs arrested five ULFA militants
in the Hahkhati area under Dhola Police Station in Tinsukia District.
One of the arrested militant was identified as 'lance corporal'
Bolin Gogoi alias Saurabh Bora (24), who is a known explosives expert
in the outfit. SFs recovered one 9mm pistol and an IED.
March 31: The ULFA-ATF called for
a 12 hour Assam bandh (shut down) on April 2 in protest against
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s scheduled visit to the State. The
ULFA-ATF accused the Prime Minister of failing to find a solution
to the ‘‘Assam-India conflict’’.
March 25: To strengthen
its organizational set-up, ULFA lifted ban on the four Pro-talks
group leaders who took the lead to declare a unilateral ceasefire
in June 2008. Announcing the decision at a news meet held at the
outfit’s designated camp here in Tinsukia District, ULFA ‘chairman’
Arabinda Rajkhowa said all the four leaders, Mrinal Hazarika, Prabal
Neog, Jiten Dutta and Jun Bhuyan (all from the outfits 28th
battalion), would very much be a part of the peace process initiated
by the central leadership.
March 20: Security Forces got the
whiff of a plot hatched ULFA ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Barua to
use militants of other outfits from neighbouring States and even
Myanmar to ambush Congress leaders and men in uniform in the run-up
to the Assembly elections. Sources revealed that another worrying
factor is the tacit understanding between the ULFA-ATF and NDFB-ATF
as both may carry out attacks in tandem.
The Pro-talk faction of ULFA led
Arabinda Rajkhowa, decided that its cadres will not stay in designated
camps like those of other outfits engaged in peace dialogues with
the Government. ULFA ‘vice-chairman’ Pradip Gogoi said the decision
was taken as the members of the central executive committee felt
that staying in designated camps would further alienate the ULFA
cadres from society.
March 17: The ULFA-ATF hit out against
the leaders of the pro-talk faction and said that no one has the
right to talk about the constitution of the ULFA and its ideals
by staying with the enemy. The leaders of the ULFA-ATF also said
that the true feelings of the people of Assam on the demand for
sovereignty would come out only through plebiscite and not by holding
"Jatiya Abhibartan". In a release issued to the media, the ‘publicity
in-charge’ of the ULFA-ATF, Arunodoi Dohotiya called upon the ULFA-PTF
leaders, who are out on bail after their arrest, to come out of
the grasp of the "enemy" and lead the outfit again. He said that
the differences within the ULFA could be settled through discussions
within the organization.
March 16: The ‘commander-in-chief’
of the ULFA, Paresh Baruah is making all out efforts to revitalise
the outfit and according to intelligence inputs, he even "promoted"
more than a hundred militants to keep them happy. The anti-talk
faction of the NDFB-ATF may target SFs in the days to come in retaliation
to the recent setbacks received by the outfit. As per information
available with the Security agencies, senior ULFA cadre, Jiban Moran,
was given the status of ‘Lieutenant Colonel’ by Paresh Baruah and
by virtue of his rank, he is now the second in command of the outfit.
Similarly, two other high ranking cadres, Drishti Rajkhowa and Bijoy
Chinese, were promoted from the rank of ‘self styled Second Lieutenant’
to ''self styled Major'', giving them a major jump in the outfit.
March 15: One Assam Police sub-inspector
identified as Pranjal Saikia and two suspected ULFA militants were
killed during an encounter at Tongona Majgaon under Kakopathar Police
Station of Tinsukia District. The identity of only one ULFA militant
was ascertained as Ilu Mahanta. An AK56 rifle along with 19 live
rounds, one 7.65 mm pistol along with three live rounds, a large
quantity of empty cartridges, two detonators, two mobile phones
were recovered from them.
March 14: Five persons were injured
when ULFA militants triggered IED blast at Rajiv Bhavan, the state
head office of INC, at Guwahati. APCC spokespersons Mehdi Alam Bora
and Akshay Rajkhowa were among the persons injured in the blast.
March 11: ULFA militant Arpan Saikia
and his MASS accomplice Tapan Das, who were arrested by SFs on March
10 in Guwahati on extortion charges were produced before the Kamrup
SDJM court on March 11.
March 10: SFs arrested two militants,
including Keshav Mahanta, ULFA militant, from Bamuni-maidam area
in Guwahati. The other arrestee was identified as Tapan Kumar Das,
whose further detail yet to be ascertained.
SFs arrested a Pro-Talk ULFA militant,
Arpan Saikia alias Pradan Saikia, from Guwahati on extortion charges.
March 9: Highly-placed sources in
the MHA revealed that the Maoist rebel groups are making efforts
to establish tactical alliance with the hard line faction of ULFA
headed by the ‘commander-in-chief’ of the outfit, Paresh Baruah
in the wake of the recent developments including the move of the
pro-talk members of the ULFA including the outfit’s ‘chairman’ Arabinda
Rajkhowa starting the process of talks with the Government of India.
March 7: ULFA founder member and
‘vice chairman’ Pradip Gogoi, who was released from prison after
twelve years, said that he was hopeful of "meaningful talks" with
New Delhi to resolve the conflict in Assam.
March 4: Highly placed sources said
that strong bonding between the militant groups of the North East
having bases in Myanmar is a major cause of concern for the security
agencies. The ULFA-ATF and NDFB-ATF recently sent small batches
of new recruits to the neighboring country for training in handling
of weapons. The sources revealed that the militant groups of the
North East are coming closer to each other in Myanmar in the interest
of their own survival and most of the outfits of the region are
having strong bases in the Taka (Taga) area in the Sagain division
February 25: Bhutan Prime Minister
Lyonchhen Jigmi Thinley said that law-breakers from Assam, especially
militant groups including the ULFA, will not be allowed to take
refuge in his country. He categorically said that the ULFA had stopped
setting up base in Bhutan and the leaders and activists of the outfit
had left the neighbouring country. "There is no ULFA camp in
Bhutan. People of Assam who are not law-abiding will not be allowed
to take refuge in Bhutan," Thinley told reporters at Borjhar
February 24: Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh disclosed that four years ago he almost succeeded in engaging
ULFA in peace talks but the outfit backed out. Referring to the
North-East, the Prime Minister said the situation in Manipur and
some parts of Assam is a cause of concern. But the overall the situation
February 23: Seven ULFA and one
NDFB militants were arrested by SFs from Tinsukia District and Dhekiajuli
Panbari under Rangapara Police Station in Sonitpur District, respectively.
Assam requested the Centre for additional
paramilitary forces with the twin objectives of thwarting any attempt
to disrupt the peace process that had recently got under way with
ULFA as well as the ensuing Assembly elections likely to be held
Police issued an alert that sophisticated
arms and ammunition may be sneaked into Upper Assam to be supplied
to militant outfits or for settling political scores as SFs fear
United ULFA, using such weapons in coming Assembly elections.
February 20: In an e-mail to the
press, ULFA anti-talk faction publicity in-charge Arunudoy Dohotia
said, "We have already apprised the people of Assam that we
will not compromise on the issue of Assam’s sovereignty, and the
question of supporting the talks does not arise". He claimed
that ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and other leaders had to sit
for the talks since they were now under the control of the "enemy
Three ULFA militants Antu Saudang,
Pradip Chetia and Pranjit Saikia were produced before the Chief
Judicial Magistrate court in Guwahati in connection with the 2009
Maligaon bomb blast. The court remanded them to four days Police
Febraury 19: The anti talks faction
of ULFA led by its fugitive ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah threatened
to launch an armed strike against the ruling Congress in the state
for splitting the outfit.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asserted
that peace talks with the ULFA held a ''good future'' and downplayed
the threats to the Congress issued by the outfit's Paresh Barua
faction ahead of Assam Assembly polls.
February 17: Eleven days after being
abducted on February 6 at gunpoint by suspected militants belonging
to the anti talks faction of NDFB-ATF, the three remaining volunteers
of WWF- Syed Nausad Zaman, Goutom Kishore Sharma and Pranjal Kumar
Saikia - were released unharmed near Kokrajhar town in Western Assam.
Three top Assam-based CPI-Maoist
leaders, who were arrested by Orissa Police on February 12 from
Saranda forest, were taken on transit remand by the Assam Police
for further interrogation. Police sources said that a team of Assam
Police and IB visited Rourkela in Orissa and found some vital clues
linking their activities with the ULFA.
February 16: Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh said the talks with the ULFA will have ‘far-reaching consequences’.
The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh refused to commit a time-frame
for resolution of their vexed problems, though he mentioned that
Government of India is serious about an honourable solution. He
also observed that the situation in North-east is getting normalized.
Chief Secretary-Director General
of Police level meeting held in Guwahati between Assam and Meghalaya
reviewed the current situation in the ethnic-violence hit border
areas and contemplated roping in the army for joint patrolling in
the areas on a "long-term basis". The meeting discussed various
confidence building measures.
The North Eastern States including
Assam supported the Centre’s move to extend the ban on ULFA for
another term. An Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal heard
the counsels for the four States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya
and Nagaland and posted the matter for further hearing on March
3. Nagaland Government, which is yet to give its opinion on banning
ULFA, has been directed to submit it by the next date of hearing.
February 15: ULFA ‘Chairman’ Arabinda
Rajkhowa said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured an honourable
and acceptable solution to the ULFA-Centre peace talks. The ULFA
‘chairman’ while terming the meeting with the Prime Minister and
the Union Home Minister as fruitful, said that the Prime Minister
assured that the rights of the people of Assam would be upheld through
an honourable and acceptable solution.
Surrendered militants of Assam are
taking lessons to become entrepreneurs. Altogether 28 surrendered
militants are attending a programme conducted by the Indian Institute
of Entrepreneurship. The militants from ULFA and NDFB appreciated
the programme, which includes behavioural lessons, identifying opportunities
and preparation of business plans.
February 14: A delegation of the
ULFA called on the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his official
residence for an informal discussion. The delegation, headed by
the ‘chairman’ of the outfit, Arabinda Rajkhowa, arrived at the
residence of the Prime Minister and held talks for about ten minutes
in presence of the National Security Adviser Shivsankar Menon and
Centre’s interlocutor for talks, P C Haldar. Official sources, however,
termed the ULFA leader’s meeting with the Prime Minister as a courtesy
Leaders of the ULFA, minus the outfit’s
‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah, met Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh for the first time in New Delhi.
February 11: Union Home Minister
conveyed to ULFA that Government of India is willing to amend the
Constitution, if need arises to solve the problems of Assam. This
was revealed by ULFA ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa.
Addressing the Assamese Student
Association in New Delhi ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa told the youth
that it is not ULFA’s desire that the future generation be forced
to take up arms as ULFA had been forced to. The ULFA leaders had
a word of advice for the students: "Do not ever pick up guns.
You should never take the path we had adopted."
February 10: Ahead of the Centre’s
meeting with the ULFA, the Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said
that the Constitution of India is flexible and resilient enough
to accommodate the aspirations of the people of the North Eastern
Region. While addressing a meeting of the Consultative Committee
attached to the Ministry, the Minister said aspiration of the ethnic
groups can be fulfilled under the provisions of the Indian Constitution.
The meeting was on "Matters relating to insurgency in NE: peace
process". The Government is in talks with nine insurgent groups
from the North-east and expects to reach agreements with some of
them during the year. The Government is open to talks with groups
which abjure violence, Chidambaram said. The Home Minister said
that the situation in the North-east has shown remarkable improvement
in 2010 as compared to the previous year. The number of incidents
of violence and the casualties of civilians and Security Force personnel
has come down.
A delegation of the ULFA held talks
with Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram at the North Block in New
Delhi. Chidambaram said that both Central and State Government
will engage ULFA in sincere and meaningful talks to find a just
and honourable solution. Besides ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, the
other ULFA leaders at the talks were ‘vice-chairman’ Pradip Gogoi,
‘political adviser’ Bhimakanta Buragohain, ‘foreign secretary’ Shashadhar
Choudhury, ‘finance secretary’ Chitrabon Hazarika, ‘cultural secretary’
Pranati Deka, ‘publicity secretary’ Mithinga Daimary and ‘deputy
commander-in-chief’ Raju Barua. Meanwhile, asked if the ULFA leadership
in view of the talks with the Government would appeal to its cadres
to abjure violence and refrain from calling for economic blockade,
‘foreign secretary’ Shashadhar Choudhury pointed out that for the
past one year, ULFA cadres had not indulged in any acts of violence.
February 9: ULFA ‘chairman’ Arabinda
Rajkhowa, along with other leaders of the outfit, met Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi at his Kainadhara residence before leaving for New Delhi
to hold talks with Government of India.
SFs arrested a ULFA militant, identified
as Tutumoni Mahanta alias Hiten Kakoti (25), of Dingdingigaon
village in Nalbari District.
February 7: The ULFA has vertically
split with the ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah rejecting the
proposed February 10 peace talks between New Delhi and the militant
leadership now out on bail. "The decision taken by the general council
to hold peace talks with the government cannot be considered legal
as the general council itself was unconstitutional," an emailed
statement by Arunodoi Dohotia, ULFA publicity secretary, said. However,
the ULFA leadership now out on bail had told journalists on February
5 that the outfit's general council held on February 2 decided to
open unconditional peace talks with the Union Government and that
all the resolutions adopted at that meeting were conveyed to Paresh
February 6: Three ULFA militants
- ‘captain’ Antu Chaudang, ‘second lieutenant’ Pradeep Chetia and
another cadre Pranjit Saikia - were remanded to ten days’ Police
custody by the Court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup,
reports Assam Tribune on February 7. The three were pushed
back by Bangladeshi Security Forces (SFs) after they were arrested
in the neighbouring country on February 5, the day when the outfit’s
leadership formally announced its decision to sit for talks on February
10 without any precondition.
Meanwhile, Union home minister,
P. Chidambaram is likely to attend the Karbi Longri North Cachar
Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF) arms decommissioning ceremony on
February 11 at the Karbi Anglong Sports Association (KASA) stadium,
reports Nagaland Post. Assam chief minister, Tarun Gogoi
confirmed his presence for the event. All eyes are now set at Diphu
to witness the historic moment when more than 400 revolutionaries
would decommission arms. The Karbi Anglong Bangali Samaj (KABS)
expressed hope that with the KLNLF deciding to end, people would
witness a new peaceful and prosperous Karbi Anglong in near future.
February 5: The ULFA said that its
general council had endorsed the resolution of the central executive
council (CEC) to sit for talks with the Centre without any precondition.
ULFA ‘vice-chairman’ Pradip Gogoi, along with the outfit's ‘foreign
secretary’ Sashadhar Choudhury and ‘central publicity secretary’
Mithinga Daimary, made the announcement at their first-ever press
conference in Guwahati.
The ULFA leaders said the general
council, which met after 15 years on January 30, unanimously endorsed
the decision taken by the CEC to honour the resolution adopted at
the Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan (SJA). Choudhury said the outfit
had received an invitation for the first round of preliminary dialogue
with the Government of India to work out the modalities in New Delhi
on February 10.
February 4: SFs arrested a KPLT
militant from Dillai Police Station limits. The police recovered
two mobile phones, copies of extortion demands and other incriminating
February 3:Two militants, one belonging
to the ULFA and the other to NDFB, were arrested by the SFs from
Zoo Road area in Guwahati and Bharalumukh, respectively.
The first rounds of talks between
the Government and the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) is
scheduled to be held in New Delhi on February 10.
February 2: The Election Commission
of India asked the State administration to curtail the use of the
armed pro-talk members of the militant outfits during the ensuing
Assembly election in the State.
February 1: The general council
meeting of the ULFA concluded at a makeshift camp of Helacha in
Nalbari District. The general council meeting was attended by the
representatives from the all four battalions of the outfit including
709, 109, 27 and 28 battalions besides the central executive body.
Sources added that senior leaders wanted talks on the issue of sovereignty.
However, most of the leaders favoured the peace talks.
The ULFA decided to dissolve the
PCG at the outfit’s central committee meeting in Nalbari District.
The PCG, a citizens’ group in Assam, was constituted by the ULFA
in 2005 to initiate the talk process between the Central Government
and the outfit.
The ULFA ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa
rejected Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s offer for peace talks, saying
"there can be no talks while in custody". Earlier on January
31, Chidambaram had said that the Government was ready to hold talks
with the jailed ULFA leadership without the presence of the ‘commander
in chief ‘Paresh Baruah.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said
unless the ULFA leaders express their willingness for talks in writing,
no negotiations would take place.
January 31:The Union Home Minister
P. Chidambaram that the position related to the ‘general secretary’
of ULFA Anup Chetia, who has been in the custody of Bangladesh since
1997, remained unchanged.
Chidambaram said that the NDFB-ATF
plea for talks would be considered once Government is satisfied
that violence, abduction and extortion have come to an end.
January 28: The ULFA 'secretary'
Jiten Dutta said that at a time when the ULFA's Central Committee
is making an effort to hold talks with the Union Government, videos
released by 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah on January 21 created
confusion over peace talks. The 'secretary' said, "They are trying
to pressurize the executive committee of ULFA who are in Nalbari
District (where the executive council meeting is going on). Paresh
Barua's threatening will not affect anyone from taking a decision
in favour of the public of Assam."
January 27: The general council
meeting of the ULFA will be held in Tezpur in the first week of
February, 2011 which will finalize the outfit's stand on the proposed
peace talks with the Government, said a top leader of ULFA.
January 25: A top Home Department
official said that the Assam Government's talk of providing "safe
passage" for the ULFA rebels to facilitate peace talks will have
no bearing on Meghalaya. The official's statement came amid reports
that most of the ULFA men belonging to the 109 battalion of the
outfit are inclined towards the peace process. DGP S.B. Kakati said
the ULFA was a banned organization, and that there was no question
of giving any leeway to any of its members using the soil of Meghalaya.
January 24: ULFA claimed that the
two youths killed by SFs in Tinsukia District were innocent villagers
and not its cadres. ULFA's 'publicity in-charge' Arunodoy Dohotiya
in an e-mail claimed that Arup Chowrak and Kanteswar Chetia were
residents of Goriating village in the Makum Police Station area
and were picked up by SFs while cycling back to the village. "The
state Government is resorting to fake encounters to wipe out the
indigenous Assamese and this will not be tolerated by us," the e-mail
warned, adding that the outfit would be forced to strike back if
its patience was tested.
January 23: SFs killed two ULFA
cadres, identified as Arup Chowrak (22) and Kanteswar Chetia (28),
in an encounter at Budlabetta under Doomdooma Police Station in
Tinsukia District. SFs also recovered one 7.65mm pistol, two live
rounds of ammunition, three hand grenades and two cell phones.
ULFA-PTF leader Mrinal Hazarika
demanded immediate ouster of the ‘chief’ of ULFA-ATF Paresh Baruah
for his arbitrary decisions on the issue of peace talks, flouting
January 21: In a video clip sent
to local TV channels, the self-styled 'commander-in-chief' of the
ULFA Paresh Baruah and his followers in the outfit made it clear
that they were opposed to the 'so-called' peace process being pursued
by the Central Government with the ULFA-PTF leaders led by its 'chairman'
Arabinda Rajkhowa. The video clip contains slogans rejecting the
peace talks and reiterating his original demand for an "independent"
Assam. An e-mail, signed by Arundoy Dohotia, self-styled ‘commander’
of the publicity wing of the outfit, attached with the video footage
stated that the ‘slogans are the slogans of the indigenous people,
which the Government of India and the so-called peace brokers should
realize’. It also showed over 100 ULFA cadres - including few women
cadres - in uniform, wielding sophisticated weapons and shouting
January 20: ULFA began its central
executive meeting after about eight years at Choria village in Nalbari
District under its ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa aimed at working
out modalities for opening formal peace talks with the Union Government.
Apart from Rajkhowa, those taking part in the meeting include ‘vice
chairman’ Pradeep Gogoi, ‘deputy commander-in-chief’ Raju Baruah,
‘foreign secretary’ Sasha Choudhury, ‘finance secretary’ Chitraban
Hazarika, ‘publicity chief’ Mithinga Daimary, ‘cultural secretary’
Pranati Deka, and political ideologue Bhimkanta Buragohain. The
executive meeting reportedly passed five resolutions including the
decision to hold the general council meeting within the month of
February 2011. However, the ULFA leadership maintained secrecy regarding
the decisions of the executive body meeting. The executive meeting
also decided to send a letter to ULFA’s commander-in-chief Paresh
Baruah to invite him to join the proposed peace talks. They also
decided to mount pressure on the Union Government for handing over
ULFA’s ‘general secretary’ Anup Chetia, who is in the custody of
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
said the peace process with ULFA is on the right track for a permanent
solution to the insurgency problem of the state and will continue
even without the group’s ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah.
January 19: Leaders of the ULFA
led by ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa met at Baganpara area near India-Bhutan
border in Baksa District over the issue of talks with Government.
Sources in Nalbari informed that about 200 ULFA cadres and leaders
have come out of hiding and taking shelter in makeshift camps at
residential campuses of recently released ULFA ‘deputy commander
in chief’ Raju Barua and ‘foreign secretary’ Sasadhar Choudhury.
The ‘commander-in-chief’ of ULFA,
Paresh Baruah, is yet to change his stand on the issue of talks.
He also claimed that he was fully prepared to continue the arms
struggle till the ‘goal’ of the ULFA is achieved.
January 18: The rifts within the
ULFA deepened as the leaders of the outfit had difference of opinion
regarding the demands of ULFA in the ‘central executive council
meeting’, the highest decision making body, held at Nalbari District.
The ULFA-ATF led by ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah contradicted
the position of ‘chairman‘ Arabinda Rajkhowa and demanded complete
sovereignty for Assam. In an email statement he asserted that they
would continue with their struggle until the sovereignty of Assam
was achieved. The central executive council meeting was also attended
by the released leaders of ULFA.
India and Bangladesh began a two-day
joint secretary level security meeting to discuss cooperation on
sharing terror-related information, firing incidents along the border
and exchange of prisoners as New Delhi pressed for extradition of
‘general secretary’ of ULFA Anup Chetia.
January 17: The ‘chairman’ of the
ULFA, Arabinda Rajkhowa, wrote a letter to Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi regarding unconditional talks with the Centre. An official
source informed that the letter was sent by the ULFA ‘chairman’
who was released on bail on January 1, 2011 to facilitate his engagement
in the spadework for holding peace talks with the Centre. Gogoi,
while confirming the receipt of the letter from Rajkhowa, termed
it a positive signal for the peace process. He said it is up to
the ULFA now to come forward for talks as early as possible.
January 12: ULFA 'finance secretary'
Chitraban Hazarika, one of the last 'central committee' member of
the outfit in prison, released from Guwahati Central Jail. After
being released from jail, Hazarika said that illegal migrants from
Bangladesh must be deported from Assam and demanded special measures
to stop illegal influx from the neighbouring country.
January 11: ULFA 'foreign secretary'
Sasha Chaudhury said solving the ULFA problem was not possible under
the Constitution of India. To find a solution to the differences
between 'Assam' and India, the Union Government should amend the
Constitution. He also raised his voice against the illegal Bangladeshi
migrants, by admitting that they pose a serious threat to the State.
"If I get the scope to take part in the negotiation to be held with
the Indian Government, then my agenda will include this vital issue,"
January 10: Two top ranking ULFA
leaders, 'foreign secretary' Sasha Choudhury and 'finance secretary'
Chitraban Hazarika, were granted bail by a special TADA court paving
the way for their release.
Tarun Gogoi ruled out general amnesty
for members of the ULFA despite an atmosphere amenable for talks
to start indicating that members of the outfit would have to go
through the legal process for acts of violence.
January 9: ULFA 'chairman' Arabinda
Rajkhowa, alias Rajiv Rajkonwar, said that "militancy was
not able to solve any problem in last 30 years". "We want to solve
the ethnic problems of Assam, so that a true democratic atmosphere
will prevail where every one will be free to speak up for the safety
and security of Assamese people", he added. Rajkhowa said no one
was above the people of Assam. "We are not going to compromise on
anything secretly. We have no desire for power, nor do we have anything
to do with election. We want to solve the problems of Assam through
dialogue with dignity," Rajkhowa added further.
January 8: ULFA 'commander-in-chief'
Paresh Baruah's presence in China was confirmed by the arrested
chief of the United National Liberation Front (UNLF) chief R. K.
Sanayaima alias Meghan. Meghan confessed during interrogation that
he had met the elusive 'commander-in-chief' of ULFA during the 2010
Shanghai World Expo. Highly-placed sources said the Manipuri militant
leader also told National Investigative Agency (NIA) investigators
that both of them had intensive talks in Shanghai about the activities
of the two outfits, future plans, arms procurement, and the casualties
suffered during the offensive launched by Security Forces.
January 5: The Assam Government
said that ULFA will have to give up its demand for sovereignty and
use of violence before the ban on the outfit was lifted.
The ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa
apologized, on behalf of the outfit, for the killing of innocent
people by the ULFA during its three-decade-long struggle. Interacting
with reporters on the Lakuwa School premises in Sivasagar District,
Rajkhowa termed the killings "undesired" and "unplanned mistake".
The special public prosecutor filed
the affidavit on behalf of the Home Department stating that it has
no objection if both ULFA 'finance secretary' Chitraban Hazarika
and 'foreign secretary' Sasha Choudhury, were granted bail.
The Centre's interlocutor, P.C.
Haldar, indicated that the dialogue with ULFA may begin in the next
few weeks, ahead of the Assam Assembly polls. He said that the Government
and the ULFA leadership were inching closer to start the parleys
for bringing a lasting peace into the North-eastern state.
January 4: No important member of
the ULFA is active in Bangladesh any more as hardcore militant Drishti
Rajkhowa also returned to India recently, highly placed security
sources said. Drishti Rajkhowa, the Second in Command of the Operation
Unit, entered India along with Jeeban Moran, one of the Central
Committee Members of ULFA, sometimes in December, 2010. Meanwhile,
Self-styled Captain of ULFA, Antu Chowdang and Second Lieutenant.
Arunudoy Dohotia, were arrested by the Border Security Forces (BSF)
in Bangladesh on December 13, 2010. According to Security sources,
after the arrest of Antu Chowdang and return of Drishti Rajkhowa,
no important member of the ULFA is active in Bangladesh. ULFA does
not have any camp in the neighbouring country at present and though
the possibility of some lower level cadres hiding in the Sherpur
area of Bangladesh cannot be ruled out, they are not in a position
to create any disturbance in India from such hiding places, sources
January 3: Assam Government spokesman
Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the Government would pave the way
for the general council meeting of the ULFA so that the outfit could
reach a consensus and submit its proposal to the Government. He
said that, "The Government wants to lift the ban imposed on the
ULFA, but prior to that the outfit has to drop its demand for sovereignty
and shun violence. Talks with the outfit should be sustainable,
leading to peace, not to another round of violence in the State.
The Government will give a special permission to the ULFA for holding
its general council meeting so that it can reach a consensus and
submit its proposal to the Government."
January 1: The chairman of the banned
outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Arabinda Rajkhowa
was formally released from the Guwahati Central jail in Assam.
December 31: ULFA rejected the Assam
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s proposal of safe passage to militant
outfits in the State during the ensuing Bhogali Bihu celebrations
as an initiative to start the peace talks. "Safe passage is offered
to thieves and dacoits. Dacoits of Chambal accept safe passage offer,
not freedom fighters," an e-mail signed by self-styled ‘second lieutenant’
Arunodoi Duhotia stated.
The ‘General Secretary’ of the ULFA,
Anup Chetia, currently in custody in Bangladesh, is likely to be
handed over to India within the next four months. PTI reported.
According to official sources, around 30 to 50 middle-level leaders
of ULFA are also all set to move out of Bangladesh and enter India
within the next two days. Anup Chetia was arrested on December 21,
1997 in Dhaka for illegally entering into Bangladesh and possessing
two forged passports of that country.
December 30: The TADA Court, Guwahati
granted bail to the chairman of the ULFA Arabinda Rajkhowa, in connection
with all the six TADA cases registered against him. The ULFA chief
was allowed to go against a bail amount of INR 1 lakh with two sureties
of the like amount. The TADA Court granted the bail on condition
that the accused shall not leave the country till the case is disposed
of and must also deposit his passport, if any, to the TADA Court.
Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi
invited ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa to join politics, saying
that let him serve people through politics. "Let Rajkhowa join politics
if he wants to serve people."
December 29: With the Bangladeshi
SFs intensifying operations against the ULFA, at least ten ULFA
cadres entered Guwahati via Assam-Meghalaya border from Bangladesh.
The ULFA militants who sneaked into Guwahati from Bangladesh were
led by ‘sergeant’ Jitu Goswami and his wife Sadhana Rabha. The others
include ‘sergeant major’ Antu Chowdang’s wife Alisa Chowdang and
their two children, 2nd lieutenant Pranjit Saikia’s wife
Arsita Saikia, Pradip Chetia alias Robel’s wife and ‘sergeants’
Hasan Ali and Siraj Ali.
December 27: The crackdown on the
ULFA in Bangladesh will force its elusive ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh
Baruah to rethink his intransigent stand, R.C. Saxena, Inspector
General of Border Security Force (Assam-Meghalaya). "Baruah
is under tremendous pressure because of the crackdown by Bangladeshi
authorities. He will give up some day," he added.
The hearing of ULFA 'chairman' Arabinda
Rajkhowa's bail plea was on December 27 deferred till December 30
following submission of an affidavit in the TADA court on the rebel
leader's latest status. On December 24, the court had asked the
home and political department to submit an affidavit regarding the
latest status on him.
December 25: The BDR claimed to
have neutralised a suspected ULFA hideout close to the Indian Meghalaya
border, seizing mine manufacturing equipment, radio sets and propoganda
material. The hideout suspected to be that of ULFA separatist group
was busted in the hilly forest areas in northern frontier area of
Sherpur, close to country's border with Meghalaya.
The ULFA said that its ‘commander-in-chief’
Paresh Baruah’s son Arindam, who was kidnapped on an unspecified
date, had been held hostage with his face covered with a black cloth,
physically tortured and threatened with death by his kidnappers
before being released.
December 23: The ‘commander-in-chief’
of the ULFA Paresh Barua claimed that his son has been ‘kidnapped’
and blamed the authorities for using blackmailing tactics with his
son as a bait. He, however, did not clarify from where or when the
kidnapping took place.
ULFA’s ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa
and ‘finance secretary’ Chitrabon Hazarika were granted bail by
the Guwahati High Court in connection with the Special Operation
Unit police station case number 1/95 registered u/s 120(B)/121(A)/122
IPC read with 10/13 of the Unlawful Activities(Prevention) Act.
This came after A.K. Phukan, Advocate General submitted that the
State Government has no objection in the ULFA leaders being granted
bail in view of the peace talks.
December 21: ULFA Bhimkanta Buragohain
made an appeal to the state Government not to politicise the issue
of peace talks even as the designated TADA Court deferred ruling
on ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa to December 22.
December 17: Meanwhile, the Centre’s
interlocutor, P.C. Haldar said that the proposed talks between the
ULFA and the Government will be held in three weeks.
The ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa
suggested that ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia should be brought
to Assam from Bangladesh and all the ULFA leaders, now in jail,
be released before the peace talks.
December 16: The judgment on the
bail petition of the ULFA’s self-styled ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa
in connection with six TADA cases would be pronounced on December
20 by the TADA Court in Guwahati. This comes after public prosecutor
representing the State Government filed the no-objection petition
against the release of the ULFA leader on bail.
ULFA’s ‘finance secretary’ Sasha
Choudhury was also produced before the Court. Similarly, UNLF self-styled
‘chairman’ Rajkumar Meghen has been remanded to judicial custody
by the Special NIA Court, Guwahati, after the expiry of 13 days
December 13: ULFA claimed that two
of the ULFA leaders have been arrested by Indian intelligence agencies
in Bangladesh. In a statement e-mailed to the press, ULFA ‘publicity
cell manager’ Arun Dohotia said, "ULFA captain Upen Buragohain
alias Antu Chaudang and second lieutenant Pradip Chetia were
arrested by Indian intelligence agencies in Bangladesh on December
13. Buragohain and Chetia have gone missing since then." The
Assam Police has, however, expressed ignorance about the arrest
of the two ULFA leaders.
December 12: The 28th battalion
of ULFA extended its full support to the proposed peace talk between
the ULFA and the Centre. Self-styled ‘commander’ of the battalion,
Bijoy Chinese alias Bijoy Das, in a statement issued to the press,
he favoured peaceful solution to the three-decade-old conflicts
through dialogue. Chinese reiterated that his battalion would only
extend direct cooperation to the proposed talks if it would be held
in a conducive and honourable atmosphere.
December 11: Five suspected ULFA
linkmen were arrested in a joint operation of SFs from Hahkhati
in Tinsukia District of Assam.
December 7: The vice-chairman of
the ULFA Pradip Gogoi said that ULFA is firm in its stand that peace
talks would be possible only when all the leaders of the outfit
were released from jails unconditionally. "After all the jailed
leaders are set free, we will certainly decide for holding parleys
with the Centre," he said.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said
that Government needs to create an environment conducive for talks
and then make its stand clear on discussing the issue raised by
ULFA. "When we sit for talks, ULFA will also see that the demands,
issues and aspirations of various ethnic communities, intellectual
societies, non-governmental organisations, religious groups, minorities
etc of the State are brought out for discussion," Gogoi said.
Political advisor of the ULFA, Bhimkanta
Buragohain alias Mama said that ULFA is not just seeking
peace through dialogue but wants that the exploitation, oppression,
negligence and draining of wealth from the State by the Centre comes
December 5: The Political Adviser
of ULFA, Bhimkanta Buragohain alias Mama, was released from Guwahati
Central Jail. Following the release Mama said, "The peace talks
are moving in the right direction. Paresh Barua is the military
chief of the organisation and, hence, he is very relevant in any
matter relating to the outfit, including peace talks."
The commander of ULFA’s 709 battalion,
Hira Sarania, issued a statement to media houses saying the battalion
would actively cooperate with the outfit’s central leadership’s
efforts towards a peaceful settlement of the Indo-Assam political
December 2: The detained ULFA ‘general
secretary’ Anup Chetia is likely to be handed over to India by Bangladesh
before talks with ULFA commences in January, 2011. Inspector-General
of Border Security Force (BSF) (Assam and Meghalaya frontier), R.C.
Saxena, said that efforts are still on to get Chetia handed over
to India before commencement of the tripartite talks, adding that
a team from the Ministry of home affairs had gone to Dhaka to discuss
the modalities of the hand-over with the Bangladesh Government.
November 26: The deputy ‘commander-in-chief’
of ULFA Raju Baruah was granted bail by the CBI ad hoc Court in
Guwahati. The Court granted bail to Baruah while hearing the last
case (50 K06) pending against him.
November 23: The designated TADA
Court in Guwahati granted bail to the ULFA ‘deputy commander-in-chief’
Raju Baruah against a sum of INR 100,000 with two sureties in connection
with three cases, i.e., TADA case Nos. 32/01, 43/01 and 350/91.
The Court also imposed four conditions on Baruah while granting
the bail. These are: the accused shall not leave the Court till
disposal of the cases and shall deposit his passport, if any, with
the Court; shall not leave Assam without informing the officer-in-charge
of the local Police Station where he is a resident; shall not threaten
the victims and their near and dear ones besides the witnesses of
the cases; and shall not commit any offence during pendency of the
November 19: It was reported that
the verdict on the bail petition of ‘Deputy Commander-in-Chief’
of ULFA Raju Baruah in connection with three TADA cases will be
delivered on November 23 by the designated Court in Assam.
November 18: TADA Court in Guwahati
is reportedly going to grant bail to ULFA ‘deputy commander-in-chief’
Raju Baruah on November 19 when it conducts the final hearing of
three TADA cases pending against him.
November 16: TADA Court wanted to
know if the Government had any objection to granting of bail to
ULFA ‘deputy commander-in-chief’ Raju Baruah. Government counsel
K. Munir said the Government had no objection to Baruah’s bail plea
because the Government favoured release of some ULFA leaders, including
Baruah, from jail in view of their willingness to sit for peace
November 15: Suspected militants
of the ULFA abducted a tea planter, identified as Om Prakash Chowkhani
and his son Atulya from Tinsukia District of Assam. The whereabouts
of the duo is not known.
November 7: The 28th battalion of
the ULFA is on a recruitment drive in Jorhat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh
and Tinsukia Districts. According to intelligence sources, ‘sergeant
major’ Rupantar Kakoti is overseeing the recruitment drive. Sources
have also revealed that the ‘area commander’ of ULFA Sivasagar division,
Bidyut Baruah, is on an extortion spree.
November 5: According to the Police
sources CPI-Maoist has established links with Adivasi People’s Army
(APA) raised in Sonitpur District through ULFA. This was revealed
during the interrogation of Tarjan Majhi, the Sonitpur District
‘commander’ of the APA. Majhi was arrested with five others on November
3 at Bhairabguri under Dhekiajuli Police station of Sonitpur District.
Majhi claimed that an ULFA self-styled sergeant Major Das had provided
arms training to APA cadre in Majbat area of Udalguri District and
helped them contact the Maoists. The APA ‘District commander’ from
Gossaigaon in Kokrajhar District claimed he had recruited a large
number of APA members and procured some firearms.
November 3: Four ULFA militants
snatched two AK-47 rifles and a carbine from Police personnel at
Rajgarh of Dibrugarh and fled the scene.
November 2: The hardliners of the
ULFA headed by the ‘commander-in-chief’, Paresh Barua are trying
to launch a fresh recruitment drive to increase the strength of
ULFA. Highly placed Police sources said that the outfit has been
able to start the recruitment drive in the upper Assam Districts.
However, sources said that the ULFA has not been able to recruit
large number of youths as was the case before.
October 30: The Meghalaya Police
recovered three grenades – commonly known as Australian pineapples
– and 125 rounds of live ammunition, belonging to the United Liberation
Front of Asom (ULFA), from Assamese Navodaya Vidyalaya located at
Madan Laban in Shillong. Later on, a search conducted by the Police
also recovered two AK-47 assault rifles, five Kilogram of RDX, two
walkie talkies, a flash gun, two detonators and six magazines, besides
incriminating documents, all wrapped in plastic bags and kept underground
below the permanent stage of the school. The documents found revealed
that the arms and explosives were procured and delivered to one
Young Changmei by ULFA ‘commander’ Drishti Rajkhowa way back on
May 13, 1998.
October 25: Special Operation Team
personnel arrested two ULFA militants along with a linkman from
their hideout in Guwahati and recovered two grenades and several
incriminating documents from their possession. According to the
sources one of the arrested militant was identified as Paresh Deka,
a self-styled ‘sergeant major’ of 27th Battalion of the outfit.
The arrested militants were suspected to be involved in a bomb blast
in Goalpara District that killed four Sashastra Seema Bal personnel.
October 14: ULFA ‘second lieutenant,
Arunodoi Dahotia, an aide of ULFA ‘commander-in-chief, Paresh Barua
warned a section of its leaders to keep away from influencing its
cadres in Bangladesh and appealed to all to focus on their objective.
"While we are eagerly awaiting the release of senior leaders
of the outfit, including ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, a section
of the leaders, at the behest of the enemy, are trying to influence
our cadres in Bangladesh either by giving money or by threatening
them with dire consequences. These leaders have also been putting
pressure on our cadres by threatening their family members,"
Dahotia said, adding that these would have a bad impact on Assam
as a whole.
October 13: Two ULFA militants,
identified as Prabhat Baruah and Miya Bora, were arrested at Dergaon
in Golaghat District on. Both hailed from Majuli.
The bail petition of ULFA leader
Raju Baruah in connection with three TADA cases, which was supposed
to be heard was deferred till October 26. Other jailed ULFA leaders
including the outfit’s ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, ‘financial
secretary’ Chitraban Hazarika and ‘foreign secretary’ Sasha Choudhury
and ‘cultural secretary’ Pranati Deka were produced before the Court
of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup in connection with different
October 12: The ‘deputy commander-in-chief’
of the ULFA, Raju Baruah, was granted bail in connection with a
case relating to killing of a Superintendent of Police.
The Assam Government is yet to receive
any formal communication from the Union Government on the issue
of release of the jailed ULFA leaders to pave the way for talks
with the militant outfit. However, the State Government, on its
own, has decided to facilitate the release of the jailed central
committee members of the ULFA in phased manner by not opposing their
ULFA ‘deputy commander-in-chief’
Raju Baruah alias Hiten Kalita and ‘cultural secretary’ Pranati
Deka was produced in the TADA Court in Guwahati. The Court would
give its final hearing in the cases lodged against the two on October
13. The court would also give its decision on the bail plea of Baruah
on the same date.
October 11: The Satradhikar (head)
of Natun Kamalabari Satra (hermit) in Majuli of Jorhat District,
Narayan Chandra Goswami, alleged that a few "rebel" cadres
led by Prabhat Bora, who had levelled charges of financial irregularities
and dictatorial attitude against him, had conspired to assassinate
him with ULFA help in 1997.
One ULFA militant surrendered before
the Army at the Laipuli of Tinsukia District.
October 10: A ULFA cadre, Chandan
Kalita (24), was arrested by the BSF at Mancachar of Dhubri District.
October 8: After being in judicial
custody since 2003, ULFA ideologue and ‘political advisor’ Bhimkanta
Buragohain was granted bail by a District court. Sonitpur District
and Sessions Court Judge Dinesh Chandra Choudhury granted bail to
Buragohain, against two sureties of INR 25000 each. Buragohain was
in judicial custody since December 2003 under the Unlawful Arms
October 7: With the Government of
Assam planning to facilitate release of the jailed leaders of the
ULFA in phased manner to pave the way for talks, the senior leaders
of the militant outfit has started filing bail petitions and two
such petitions will be heard by the court. Among the jailed central
committee members of the ULFA, two are already out on bail and if
the process to initiate talks with the outfit progresses as per
expected lines, the other senior leaders may be bailed out in the
days to come.
Sasha Choudhury, ‘foreign secretary’
of ULFA was produced before the TADA court in Guwahati. The next
hearing will be on November 16. When asked to comment on the peace
talks, Choudhury said, "You cannot have peace talks when ULFA
leaders are in handcuffs. ULFA leaders have to be released first
for any peace talks to happen." He further said, "Let
the talks begin, Paresh Baruah will come to the peace table,"
when asked if the ULFA ‘commander-in-chief’ will join the peace
October 6: ULFA cadre, Akhil Changmai,
surrendered before the Army at the Joysagar Army camp in Sivasagar
District. Changmai, a self-styled ‘Lance Corporal’ of the outfit
and a close associate of top ULFA leader Jibon Moran, surrendered
with an AK-47 rifle, three magazines and 68 rounds of ammunition.
He joined the ULFA in 2002 and received training at the Papong camps
in Myanmar. Speaking to the media, Changmai said that he returned
from Myanmar in 2009 and stayed at Mon District in Nagaland for
Asserting that more and more ULFA
men were favouring a negotiated settlement of the outfit's grievances,
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on said that the Government had received
feelers from ULFA camps based in Myanmar to that effect. "Most
of the ULFA men are in favour of talks with the Government. While
around 80 per cent of the ULFA men based in Bangladesh have left
their bases to have a dialogue, similar indications are coming from
Myanmar," Gogoi said at a press conference.
October 4: Though ULFA has lost
almost all its key shelters in Bangladesh with the incumbent Bangladesh
regime extending cooperation, the outfit’s base in Myanmar has remained
a cause for concern and major hurdle in facilitating peace talks
with the group. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on indicated similar
attempt to bring in ULFA cadres based in Myanmar to Assam ‘could
take some time’. "The Myanmar faction (of ULFA) has not yet come.
They will have to come through a difficult terrain controlled by
different insurgent groups," he said and also reiterated that talks
could be held in the absence of ULFA’ commander-in-chief’ Paresh
Intelligence sources said that six
top ULFA leaders entered Nagaland from the neighbouring Myanmar
and Bangladesh, and they are in favour of peace talks with the Government.
A ULFA linkman was killed after
an encounter between the Police and a group of suspected ULFA militants
at Salbaripara village in West Garo Hills District in the night.
The Police subsequently recovered one revolver with live rounds
of ammunition from the encounter site. The slain linkman, who was
identified as Sadon Koch (32), was earlier arrested and charge-sheeted
in connection with theft of bikes in parts of Garo Hills, said the
September 30: The family members
of jailed ULFA ‘deputy commander’ Raju Barua moved a bail petition
before the designated Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention)
(TADA) court in Guwahati.
September 27: Three well-trained
ULFA militants were handed over by the Bangladesh Rifles to the
Border Security Force at Halchati border outpost between Dalu and
Purakhasia in West Garo Hills District. They were subsequently taken
into custody by the Assam Police. They were identified as Praful
Hazarika, Bhoben Dahatia and Rajiv Changmai. They belonged to Tinsukia
District of Assam and were operating under the ‘28th battalion’
of the ULFA. They had undergone training at the main ULFA camp at
Bangkakura, opposite Dalu, under Sherpur District of Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, sources said that the
Bangladesh Government has in its custody senior ULFA leader Dristi
Rajkhowa who happens to be a close ally of the outfit’s ‘commander-in-chief’
Paresh Barua. Government sources indicate that Dristi Rajkhowa could
be handed over to India any day now. The senior ULFA leader held
complete sway over the border area on the Bangladesh side and was
the chief architect in creating safe routes to and from India as
well as in establishing camps along the border areas. He trained
the cadres and supervised the shipment of arms from Bangladesh into
India through the Garo Hills sector, informed a senior security
September 26: Reports mentioned
that a huge cache of sophisticated arms and ammunition, which was
recovered six years ago in Bangladesh, was procured from a Chinese
state-run arms factory for the ULFA.
The top ULFA leader Mithinga Daimary,
who is on bail, rejected the reports of split in the ULFA, reports
Sentinel. He also rejected the media reports that ULFA ‘chairman’
Arabinda Rajkhowa had conspired from the jail itself to make 23
leaders of the outfit desert their camps in Bangladesh and come
to Assam. Daimary said that the 23 ULFA leaders and cadres who had
left Bangladesh recently were under the safe custody of ‘709th battalion’
of the ULFA.
Arun Dahutia, who was made ‘publicity
secretary’ of the ULFA after Mithinga Daimary, had said in a statement
that ULFA ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa would be responsible for
any split in the outfit if he had hatched any conspiracy to bring
the 23 ULFA leaders and cadres to Assam from Bangladesh. Based on
that statement by Dahutia, there were media reports stating that
the ULFA had split. However, ULFA ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah
in an e-mail said that there was no split in the ULFA. "It’s
only a temporary internal conflict. I will keep myself away from
meaningless verbal duel. The difference in the ULFA is only on the
mode of going in for the peace process. The enemy is out to split
the ULFA. I hope our chairman will be able to foil the move."
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
confirmed the reports that the ULFA militants and their family members
had neither been arrested nor had they surrendered.
Union Government’s P.C. Haldar held
talks with some leaders of the outfit inside the jail, including
Arabinda Rajkhowa and Sasha Choudhury, who are likely to play critical
roles in the proposed peace process.
G.M. Srivastava, Security Advisor
to Assam Chief Minister, said the ‘commander-in-chief’ of the ULFA,
Paresh Barua, who is still adopting a hardline on the issue of talks,
will be sidelined in the days to come with more and more of his
close aides coming back to Assam from abroad. Srivastava said that
according to information available, Paresh Barua is believed to
be in China, while, Antu Chowdang and Drishti Rajkhowa are in Bangladesh.
Hira Sarania moves between Bangladesh and India and Jiban Moran
is in Myanmar. He said efforts are on to establish contact with
Hira Sarania to persuade him to come over ground.
A woman ULFA cadre, Purnima Konwar
(25), was arrested from Bilotiagoria Chapori in Jorhat District.
The Union Government interlocutor
P. C. Haldar met the jailed leaders of the ULFA in the Central jail,
Guwahati for a detailed discussion on the possibility of initiating
the process of talks, while, three more cadres of the militant outfit
returned from Bangladesh. The ‘Central Publicity Secretary’ of the
ULFA, Mithinga Daimary told the daily that Haldar had talks with
ULFA ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, ‘Foreign Secretary’ Sasha Choudhury
and ‘Deputy Commander-in-Chief’ Raju Baruah in a "cordial atmosphere’.
He refused to divulge the details of the discussion but termed the
outcome as a "positive one".
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
exuded the hope that the talks with ULFA could be held within the
next two months. He was making this statement after his meeting
with P.C. Haldar, at his Khanapara official residence in Guwahati.
The Chief Minister said that efforts are also on to involve ULFA
‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Barua in the negotiation process.
September 25: Two ULFA militants,
including a woman cadre, were arrested by the Police, when they
hiding in the residence of a person at Borpathar areain Golaghat
District. Two cellular phones with four SIM cards and some documents
were recovered from the possession of the duo who got arms training
in Myanmar in 2008, said Police adding that the two militants hail
from Mahmora area in neighbouring Sivasagar District.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said
that he was hopeful of engaging the ULFA in a dialogue soon even
as he denied having any information about the 23 hardcore ULFA militants
held in Bangladesh being handed over to the Indian authorities on
September 24. "The only information we have is that the militants
left their camps…they have not been handed over to us," he
said at a press conference. He also said, "We are optimistic
about starting a dialogue with the ULFA soon even though I cannot
give you a date for that right now. And not just the ULFA, our efforts
are on to bring other outfits such as the NDFB to the negotiation
September 24: Former ULFA cadres,
who had abjured violence and given up arms to join the mainstream,
are not satisfied with the attitude of the present Government. They
have decided to go on the agitational path for wresting their rights.
A meeting of the coordination committee of former ULFA cadres was
held at Nagaon in which representatives of 18 District committees
Telegraph reports 15 middle-ranking
ULFA leaders and their families, including eight women and five
children, handed over to Assam Police by the BSF in Meghalaya. A
Police official in West Garo Hills of Meghalaya said the BSF had
detained the ULFA cadres, their wives and children after they were
"pushed back" by the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in the border
village of Halchati near Mahendraganj.
23 ULFA militants and their family
members were "arrested" in Bangladesh and handed over
to India. According to sources, the Bangladesh Police "arrested"
them on September 22. The arrested militants include ‘lieutenant’
Bhaiti Baruah alias Apurba Baruah, ‘lieutenant’ Anu Buragohain,
‘captain’ Pradyut Gohain, ‘captain’ Biju Deka, ‘second lieutenant’
Anjan Borthakur and ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah’s body guard
Kotia. Bhaiti Baruah is the ULFA’s in-charge of arms and weapons,
while Anu Buragohain is the outfit’s ‘publicity secretary’. The
others are their wives and children. The Union Government has, however,
not confirmed the ‘arrest’ in Bangladesh.
September 23: A suspected ‘self-styled
captain’ of the ULFA, identified as Chandan Roy alias Kanu Roy (32),
was shot dead by the Army and Police in a joint operation at Maktaigaon
village of Sapkata outpost under Gossaigaon subdivision in Kokrajhar
District. One 9-mm pistol, four live bullets and one used bullet,
one magazine, two empty fire cases, one cellular phone were recovered
from the incident site.
India and Bangladesh will discuss
issues related to cross-border terrorist activities and joint patrolling
of the frontiers as top officers of border guards of both the countries
began their five-day meeting in Dhaka. The 20-member Indian delegation
headed by BSF chief Raman Srivastava on September 23 left for Dhaka
for the meeting which will also discuss with Bangladesh Rifles chief
Major General Rafiq ul-Islam issues relating to fencing and border
management. Srivastava is likely to hand over to his counterpart
a list of Indian insurgents who are believed to be hiding in Bangladesh,
including ULFA ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah, and others. The
issue of terrorist camps, especially those from India’s Northeast,
and which operate within the territory of Bangladesh and harbouring
of some criminals wanted by India will also be taken up during the
September 21: Ajoy Kumar Subba,
the abducted small tea grower who had been missing since September
14 reached home after he was released by the abductors at Talap,
reports Assam Tribune. The Police claimed that Subba was released
by the abductors, a gang of criminals, due to the pressure created
by the Security Forces in search operations. Earlier it was reported
that he was abducted by suspected ULFA militants.
BSF troops of the Assam and Meghalaya
frontier killed four militants of ULFA and Military Council of the
Karbi Longri North Cachar Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF), arrested
17 militants belonging to the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council
(HNLC), KLNLF, People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Military Council
faction of the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), United National
Liberation Front (UNLF), Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Assam
(MULTA) and Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) among others. They
also got nine militants of ULFA, NDFB and All Adivasi National Liberation
Army (AANLA) to surrender along with arms and ammunition.
September 20: A ULFA cadre, Hodeshwar
Neog (25), was arrested during a joint operation by Tinsukia District
Police and Army. The report adds that the suspect opened fire at
the security personnel to which they retaliated and injured Neog.
A 7.65 mm pistol, two fired cases and four live rounds have been
recovered from the spot.
Two militants of the ULFA and NDFB
surrendered before Border Security Force (BSF) Inspector-General,
Assam and Meghalaya frontier, R.C. Saxena, in Shillong, Meghalaya.
The duo deposited two 7.65-mm pistols, two magazines and eight rounds
The ULFA cadre, Mahesh Bora alias
Biman Kalita, joined the outfit in 2006 and got training in a camp
at Papong Basti in Myanmar along with another 50 cadres for six
months. "At present, there are about 150 cadres in the Myanmar
camp," Bora said.
September 16: Security adviser to
Assam Chief Minister, G.M. Srivastav, said that peace talk initiative
between the ULFA and the Union Government is going on the right
track. "Peace interlocutor and former Intelligence Bureau chief
PC Haldar is on the job and things are moving in the right direction,"
Srivastav said. He, however, informed that so far there has been
no formal proposal from the ULFA regarding the peace talks.
September 14: A ULFA militant, Ukhit
Paw, was arrested by SFs from Ampung village in Tinsukia District.
SFs recovered a pistol, five live rounds of ammunition, ULFA extortion
pads and a large amount of incriminating material from his possession.
‘self-styled sergeant’ of the ULFA,
Myke Antony alias Rajib Saikia who led the outfit’s medical wing
in Myanmar, surrendered before the Eastern Command Counter Intelligence
Unit of the Army in Tezpur of Sonitpur District. Saikia said most
of the cadres of the outfit in Myanmar were depressed, particularly
after the arrest of some of ULFA’s top brass. "There are about
150 cadres in Myanmar now, including 15 women. Almost 75 per cent
of these cadres are desperately looking forward to come back to
the mainstream," he added.
Rajib Saikia had been providing
medical cover from 2002 to 2010 to all cadres of ULFA at three camps
in Myanmar, namely ‘28th battalion’ headquarters at Panshu and Meenakshu,
ULFA council headquarters at Nyamung and Akran camp at Panchu. The
surrendered cadre said that he was given duties to impart guerrilla
training and medical training to the new recruits. Rajib further
added that, the ULFA cadres were frustrated after arrest of their
top leaders. He had met Jibon Maran at Manmar camp, he added. Moreover
National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), National Socialist
Council of Nagaland – Khaplang (NSCN-K), Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup
(KYKL) camps are situated there. He also disclosed there was no
rift among the leaders of ULFA.
A six-member group of suspected
ULFA militants abducted a tea planter, Ajay Kumar Subba (45), at
Borbheta from Mahakali Tea Estate in Tinsukia District. He is nephew
of former Member of Parliament (MP) belonging to Congress party
Mani Kumar Subba. Ajay Kumar Subba is also the chief adviser to
the All Assam Gorkha Students Union and the secretary of Asom Gorkha
Tinsukia additional Superintendent
of Police Mukul Saikia, said, "We (the police) rule out the
involvement of Ulfa in the abduction. We have some information that
Subba’s abductors have not been able to take him out of the district.
Therefore, we have launched a massive search in certain pockets".
SFs are of the view that many gangs are operating in the name of
ULFA and investigations have led to the involvement of some petty
goons in most of these cases.
September 13: The United People’s
Federation of Assam (UPFA) has urged the Assam Government to hold
talks with the militant outfits, including the ULFA and DHD that
are in ceasefire or have offered to sit for a dialogue without further
delay for a solution to the insurgency problem and peace and development
in the State. UPFA working president John Phoithong warned that
if the Government did not consider the October 2, 2010 deadline
given by the Dilip Nunisa faction of the DHD over the issue of "Dimaraji",
the Dimasa militants might go back to forests leading to fresh incidents
of violence in North Cachar Hills District.
Four ULFA militants, including a
woman, were arrested by Tinsukia Police on an unspecified date.
They were produced before the Tinsukia court on September 13. They
were identified as Janmoni Moran (24), Ramesh Konwar (22), Rubul
Moran (27), Khagen Konwar (23) and Jayanta Handique (26). They were
arrested on charges of serving extortion notes to various citizens
of Tinsukia, one of them being a teacher in Makum, who was asked
to pay INR 0.2 million. A number of extortion notes and other incriminating
documents were recovered by Police from the residence of Janmoni
Konwar. During interrogation, she revealed that Khirod Konwar and
Jayanta Handique were former ULFA militants.
September 12: Army arrested the
secretary of Sarabari Anchalik Committee of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP)
party, Deben Kalita from Lathapara village under Sipajhar Police
Station of Darrang District for his alleged link with the ULFA.
The Army suspected his involvement in extortion drive in the name
of the outfit and recovered some incriminating documents from his
September 10: A fake ULFA cadre,
Ajay Kachari, was arrested by the Police from the Broholla area
in Jorhat District. Arms and ammunition were recovered from his
September 9: SFs arrested
an alleged ULFA militant, Ratan Loing, from Jalukonibari Chariali
in Jorhat District.
September 7: A ULFA
militant, Ismail Hussain, was arrested by the Army at Namtichariali
area of Sibsagar District. A 9-mm pistol and ammunition were recovered
from his possession.
The Meghalaya Police
raided a hideout of the ULFA in Danal Dasik area under Songsak Police
Station of East Garo Hills District and exchanged fire with militants.
The incident took place where around six ULFA militants were hiding.
An exchange of fire took place between the Special Weapons and Tactics
(SWAT) unit of the Meghalaya Police and the militants, who later
fled into the nearby forests, said a Police official. A top 'commander'
of the '109th battalion' of the ULFA, Gulit Das, was
among the six militants hiding in the place. The Police recovered
a laptop, solar plates, two wireless sets, medium machine gun boxes,
MMG chain and bullets and three Chinese-made pistols with ammunition
from the incident site.
September 5: A ULFA
militant, Moheswar Ray alias Chatu alias Manjit, was shot
dead by Security Forces in an encounter at Bijilibari near Ontaigwlao
under Kokrajhar Police Station in Kokrajhar District.
A suspected ULFA militant,
Pabitra Mohan, was arrested by the Police from near Assam State
Transport Corporation (ASTC) counter in Sivasagar District.
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. Altogether
76 militants of both the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah
(NSCN-IM) and National Socialist Council of Nagaland–Khaplang (NSCN-K)
along with 14 United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) cadres and
19 of All Adivasi National Liberation Army (AANLA) surrendered during
the period, Dabi said.
Two ULFA linkmen were
arrested by the Guwahati City Police from Geetanagar area of the
city. The duo Utpal Kalita and Mridul Kalita had close links with
ULFA cadre Chandan Kalita.
September 3: ULFA ‘chairman’
Arabinda Rajkhowa threatened to call off the peace process if the
Government went ahead with its raids on the houses of the leaders
of the SJA and the general public in the name of their manhunt for
Tripura Police Chief
Pranay Sahaya said that with crackdowns on the camps in neighbouring
Bangladesh, militants of the Northeast are now shifting base to
Myanmar. Outfits like ULFA, KLNLF and UNLF have already shifted
their bases to Myanmar which has a 1650 kilometre long border with
India, according to reports, the DGP said. The DGP said the Centre
has already taken up with the Myanmar Government the issue of their
soil being used by insurgents from Northeast India.
September 2: The MHA
is of the view that the Assam Government should play the lead role
in starting the process of talks with the ULFA and the Centre would
play the role of facilitator Official sources told the daily that
the Government of India has not changed its stand on the issue of
talks with the militant groups including the ULFA. Sources said
that the Government of India has not softened its stand on the issue.
The Government is keen to talk with any militant group, which abjures
violence and comes for talks within the framework of the Constitution
of India sources added.
The Police arrested
Biren Chakrabarty, a lecturer of Nalbari College, on charge of having
links with the ULFA, from his residence at Shantipur. The Police
also recovered two grenades and some explosives from his residence.
September 1: Assam
Tribune reports indicate the ULFA ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh
Barua has received visa to visit China. Sources told the daily that
Barua received a visa to visit China in January 2010 for a period
of six months and the visa was stamped on the Bangladeshi passport
used by him in the name of Kamrul Zaman. Sources, however, admitted
that the Government is not aware of the present whereabouts of Paresh
August 31: A ULFA cadre
was arrested by Security Forces (SFs) in Barundanga village of Dhubri
District on an unspecified date. One 9-mm pistol and other incriminating
documents were recovered his possession.
August 30: Another
ULFA linkman Mujibur Rehman was arrested by the SFs from Nij Rangamati
village under Mangaldai Police Station in Darrang District. He served
a number of extortion demands in the locality in the name of ‘27th
battalion’ of the outfit.
August 29: The pro-talks group of
ULFA directly named the NSCN-IM as the main culprit in the recent
Charaipung episode in Sivasagar District, reports Telegraph. ULFA
pro-talks leader Mrinal Hazarika said that the NSCN-IM has been
systematically trying to grab territories under Assam and Arunachal
Pradesh for inclusion in its 'Greater Nagalim'. Assam Tribune adds
that the Assam Government has taken up with the Government of India
the issue of involvement of militants belonging to the NSCN-IM in
creating disturbance in Assam.
of the All Assam Ex-ULFA Coordination Committee have threatened
to take up arms again in protest against the alleged Government’s
failure to implement the proposed rehabilitation package for the
former militants. The former cadres of the ULFA staged a sit-in
in front of the Governor’s House in Guwahati in a bid to put pressure
on the Government to meet their demands. Two major demands are withdrawal
of all the pending cases against the former ULFA cadres and employment
opportunities for them.
The HNLC maintains an on-and-off relationship with
the NSCN-IM, NDFB and NLFT, according to the ADGP (Meghalaya) who
also said the outfit's nexus with ULFA is not yet ascertained. At
present, the HNLC has around 50 active cadres, but each one of them
does not have arms and ammunitions. "The figure might not be accurate
as it is based on our assessment on sightings and technical intercepts,"
Jain said. The outfit has its camps at Maulvi Bazar, Sylhet and
Chittagong Hill Tract of Bangladesh. Many of its leaders are into
betel nut plantations and own stone quarries in the neighbouring
August 28: Suspected ULFA cadre,
Tarun Barua, was arrested by a team of the Army and Tinsukia Police
from near Doomdooma on the same day, reports Telegraph. A pistol
was also recovered from his possession.
August 26: A team of pro-talk ULFA
visited Charaipung of Sivasagar District. Mrinal Hazarika, leader
of pro-talk ULFA criticized the State Government for its failure
to protect the geographical boundary of the State. He asked the
Government to handover the border area to them in case the Government
can not secure the life and property of the citizens living in border
August 25: Reacting to the threats
by NSCN-IM that it would evict Assamese people living in Tirap District
of Arunachal Pradesh if the economic blockade launched by All Assam
Students Union (AASU) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad
(AJYCP) activists in the wake of NSCN-IM attacks on the villagers
of Charaipung area in Assam continues, the pro-talk faction of ULFA
said it would begin an economic blockade against Changlang District
by closing the Margherita-Changlang road at Margherita from 5am
on August 25 for 72 hours.
Two ULFA militants were killed in
an encounter with the Security Forces in Naharkatiya in Tinsukia
District. Two pistols were recovered from the bodies of the slain
The 72-hour road blockade on the
Margherita-Changlang Road in Changlang District, which started at
6am on August 25 by the ceasefire group of ULFA, was lifted after
a few hours following a discussion between representatives of the
Tinsukia District administration and Margherita sub-divisional administratio.
Jiten Dutta, one of the ceasefire group leaders, said they have
temporarily withdrawn the road blockade, but it would be re-imposed
if the situation turned violent again.
Reacting to the warning of pro-talk
ULFA group of taking action against Naga people in Assam if the
NSCN-IM attacks the people of Assam in the trouble torn Assam- Arunachal
Pradesh border, the NSCN-K appealed for the restraint.
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram
said that while the year 2009 was a distinct improvement on the
year 2008, it is in the 2010 that we have seen a dramatic decline
in the number of incidents and in the number of casualties in the
Northeast, according to Assam Tribune. There have been only 464
incidents until August 15, as against 1,297 and 1,561 for the whole
year in 2009 and 2008 respectively. He pointed out: "Only 52 civilians
have been killed, as against 264 and 466 respectively, and we have
lost only 15 men of the security forces. Nevertheless, I must admit
with regret that Manipur and Assam have been affected by long-duration
blockades and bandhs and by intermittent violence."
The Union Minister said that it
is a matter of great satisfaction that a number of groups are engaged
in talks with the Government of India. Among them are National Socialist
Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM), pro-talk faction of the
National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), Nunisa faction of
the Dima Halim Daogah (DHD), Black Widow (BW), United People's Democratic
Solidarity (UPDS), Achik National Volunteer Council (ANVC), Karbi
Longri North Cachar Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF), Kuki National
Organization (KNO) and United Peoples Front (UPF), he said. H further
added, "We have appointed two Interlocutors: RS Pandey to talk to
the NSCN (IM) and PC Haldar to talk to NDFB (PT), DHD (Nunisa),
DHD (J), KLNLF, UPDS and ANVC, besides ULFA [United Liberation Front
Chidambaram called on the groups
- or factions of groups - that have stayed away from talks to give
up violence and accept the offer of the Governments to hold talks.
"It is my hope that ULFA will also formally come forward to begin
talks with the Government of India and the Government of Assam.
There is no denying that the success achieved in bringing so many
groups to the negotiating table has contributed immensely to the
decline of violence in the North-eastern States," he stated.
August 24: ULFA 'commander-in-chief'
Paresh Barua described the recent comments of Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan
(SJA) spokesman Hiren Gohain on him (Paresh Barua) as harmful to
the "national liberation struggle of the indigenous people of Assam."
Gohain said at a public meeting at Nalbari District recently that
Paresh Barua would not be allowed to become the sole authority of
Assam. Sentinel adds that Paresh Barua said that he was not opposed
to talks but was against any deviation from the outfit's ideology.
August 23: A seven-member armed
group of suspected ULFA militants abducted a small tea grower, Bhagwan
Swami, from Duarmara Singpho village under Pengeri Police Station
in Tinsukia District. They abducted Swami from his residence and
took him towards the adjacent Tarani reserve forest on foot. The
militants first tried to abduct Swami's son, Kulendra (22), who
managed to escape.
August 22: A rickshaw
puller was killed in crossfire between Security Forces and ULFA
militants in Sualkuchi in Kamrup District. Police said two militants
had come on a motorcycle to extort money from a businessman at Sualkuchi.
A Police team, which had prior information, had laid an ambush in
the area. SFs arrested Harakrishna Deka alias Siraj, and recovered
a grenade and several extortion notices from his possession, while
the other escaped. "We also recovered a pistol following the
interrogation of the arrested militant," the additional Superintendent
of Police of Kamrup, H.K. Nath, said.
August 18: The pro-talks
group of the ULFA said the outfit’s jailed leaders have asked the
group to "go slow" on its peace initiative and wait for
the leaders to join them. "This was the reason we have stopped
our activities to take forward the peace process," leader of
the pro-talk group, Mrinal Hazarika, said on August 18. He, however,
said that this "go slow" on the peace process would not
mean that the pro-talks group would wait forever for the leadership
to join them.
A joint team of the
Army and Police recovered two rocket launchers and three chargers
from a namghar (place of worship) at Dekhibangha village under Baganpara
Police outpost in Baksa District. They recovered the weapons from
inside the namghar. The launchers and chargers, wrapped in polythene
bags, were buried in the recovery site. "The police are suspecting
Ulfa as the area is a stronghold of the outfit," said a Police
officer in Baksa. Two suspected ULFA linkmen, Prahlad Barman (30)
and Dimbeswar Barman (32), were arrested from the incident site.
August 16: Two ULFA
militants were shot dead by the Police during an encounter a kilometre
way from the Office of the Goalpara Superintendent of Police. They
were identified as self-styled ‘second lieutenant’ Francis Rabha
leader of ‘109th battalion’ and Pathak Rabha. One 9-mm pistol and
a hand grenade were recovered from their possession. They were suspected
to have been involved in the July 30 ambush that killed six CRPF
August 15: The Assam Government
on August 15 asked the ULFA and NDFB militant groups to accept the
offer for talks to end the insurgency problem afflicting the State.
Addressing the Independence Day function at the Latasil playground
here, caretaker Chief Minister Bhumidhar Barman said, "The government
is sincere in its efforts and hopeful that ULFA and NDFB outfits
respond positively to the offer and sit for negotiation and help
in restoring peace in the state".
August 14: A hardcore militant of
'28th battalion' of the ULFA, Ripu Sonowal, surrendered
before the Army in Sivasagar District. He deposited a 9-mm pistol
August 11: Sangai Express
reports that the KLO, Manipur People's Liberation Front (MPLF),
NDFB, National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), Tripura Peoples'
Democratic Front (TPDF) and the ULFA called for a general shut down,
and asked people in the Northeast region to boycott the Independence
Day celebrations on August 15.
August 10: Arunachal Pradesh asked
the Union Government to fence the India-Myanmar border to check
the movement of militants from India's Northeast who have set up
base in the dense forests of the State. Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister,
Tako Dabi, in Agartala said the ULFA, the NDFB, the NSCN-IM and
NSCN-K have set up their base camps in the forests of Arunachal
August 9: A ULFA cadre, Rajit Moran
alias Kiron Boruah (26) of Hebeda gaon under Bordubi Police
Station of Tinsukia District, was arrested by Jorhat Police from
Dhodang Sapori area of the District. Jorhat Superintendent of Police
Debojit Hazarika said the arrested ULFA cadre is from the '28th
battalion' of the outfit and was coming from a Myanmar-based training
camp to allegedly carry on subversive activities in the District
ahead of Independence day. Police recovered some explosives and
objectionable documents from his possession, he added.
Four suspected ULFA cadres, including
a woman, were arrested by the Tingkhong Police from No 1 Dhamal
Gaon under Tingkhong Police Station of Dibrugarh District. They
were identified as Golapi Sonowal (30), her brother Apple Sonowal
(22), Chandra Sonwal (26) and Dina Changmai (30). All the cadres
are in Tingkhong Police custody. Meanwhile, Police and other security
agencies have launched massive patrolling in and around Dibrugarh
in order to bring entire District under security domain in order
to prevent untoward incidents on the eve of the Independence Day
Hatigaon Police arrested an ULFA
linkman, Upen Deka. Chandmari Police arrested another ULFA linkman
identified as Dilip Kalita in the Guwahati city.
Teok Police arrested one Mithon
Doley of Dergaon under Golaghat District in connection with a case
of extortion. Police said that Doley demanded INR 0.4 million from
Ajit Bora, a physician of Teok FRU, on July 20 over telephone introducing
himself as an ULFA cadre.
Two ULFA linkmen, Bikash Baruah
and Heramba Baruah, were arrested by the Police from Hapjan in Tinsukia
District for allegedly demanding money from a businessman.
August 8: Two ULFA cadres, Gopal
Sarma alias Kancha Tamang and Pradip Sarma alias Sarat Gurung, managed
to escape from the outfit's Myanmar camp recently and are currently
taking shelter at the Moran-based designated camp of the ceasefire
group. Peacenik Jiten Dutta said the duo, hailing from the Disangmukh
area in Sivasagar District, was in touch with the ceasefire group
for some time and had expressed their desire to join them.
Security arrangements in and around
the city of Guwahati has been strengthened in view of the Independence
Day celebrations on August 15, reports Sentinel. The recent subversive
activities by ULFA and National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB),
particularly the blast at Goalpara and recovery of grenades at Guwahati
Railway Station premises, have prompted the District administration
to install regular checking posts outside the station. Sources also
confirmed that the strength of CRPF and paramilitary forces in the
city has been increased.
August 7: SFs arrested two ULFA
cadres, Bitupon Gogoi and Suresh Baruah, from Mohkhuti area under
Demow Police Station in Sivasagar District. Two hand grenades were
recovered from them.
Two cadres of the pro-talks faction
of the ULFA, Bhabesh Mahanta and Nibaron Bora, were arrested by
the Police in connection with an attempted robbery case in the Arikuch
area of Nalbari District.
August 5: A bag containing 10 hand
grenades was found at Guwahati railway station, raising fears of
militant attacks in the run-up to Independence Day (August 15).
A Government Railway Police (GRP) constable spotted the bag around
2.30 am. Senior officials and a bomb disposal squad rushed to the
spot. On examination, the bomb experts said these were .36 high
explosive grenades. It is suspected that the grenades were brought
in by either ULFA or NDFB militants to carry out strikes in the
city ahead of Independence Day.
August 3: One major ULFA leader
surrendered with arms along with his wife and lone minor daughter
before the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Dhubri District. Rajesh
Barman alias Sahadeva Roy (39), 'sergeant major' of the '709th
Battalion' of the ULFA, wife Puja Barman alias Babita Roy (35) and
one year old daughter surrendered before Dhubri SP. Rajesh joined
the militant group in 1994 and got trained in arms in Bhutan. The
surrendered militant hails from No.2 Kanupara village under Kachugaon
Police Station of Kokrajhar District. He surrendered with a Bulgarian
made 9-mm Pistol and 12 rounds of live ammunitions - Police sources
August 2: Assam Tribune reports
that the leaders of the ULFA asked the cadres to target SFs and
Central Government installations. However, the ULFA cadres were
asked to avoid killing of civilians as far as possible, Police sources
said. Sources said that in recent times, the '109th battalion'
of the ULFA has become active in lower Assam Districts, particularly
in Goalpara District and the recent ambush of CRPF personnel, proved
the intercepts to be correct. On the activities of the other battalions
of the ULFA, sources revealed that recently Police and SFs foiled
a bid by the '27th battalion' of the outfit, headed by
Nayan Medhi to target the Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL). Sources,
however, refused to divulge the details of the operation.
The '28th battalion'
is concentrating more on launching extortion drive in recent times
members of the unit have not launched any major offensive. After
the surrender of a number of cadres, the leaders of the unit are
apprehensive of sending cadres to Assam from their bases in Myanmar,
sources added. The '709th battalion' headed by Hira Sarania
has not indulged in major act of violence in recent times and Police
believes that Sarania is closer to the ULFA 'chairman' Arabinda
Rajkhowa and the possibility of his agreeing for talks in future
cannot be ruled out.
A 10-member group of the ULFA built
tent on some chaporis (sandbars) along the Brahmaputra River close
to Majuli Island to intensify its operations in the Upper Assam
Districts, according to Telegraph. Sources in the State Intelligence
Bureau said the group was taking shelter at a few chaporis near
Lakhimpur District and coordinating a fund collection drive in Lakhimpur,
Jorhat and Golaghat Districts. "The group, led by Biplab Barua of
Sivasagar district, is using the river network and was shuttling
between Sikoli Chapori and Charai Chapori till a few weeks back
it is distributing extortion notes among businessmen in Lakhimpur,
Golaghat and Jorhat districts," the source said.
RDX weighing five kilogrammes was
recovered from Majuli, the River Island. The recovery in the wake
of some ULFA militants pitching tent in the area as reported in
The Telegraph has triggered speculation among Security Forces over
whether the outfit was using the island to stock arms and explosives
to carry out strikes in the neighbouring Districts in the run-up
to Independence Day. The sub-divisional Police Officer, Majuli,
Amitabh Basumatary, said the consignment was buried in the courtyard
of a villager at Morihuti under Jengraimukh Police Station, bordering
Lakhimpur District. "The consignment was probably kept by Ulfa militant
Rajib Bora who hails from Majuli. We suspect that more such consignments
are being kept on the island," Basumatary said. The owner of the
house, Umesh Saikia, is absconding.
Two ULFA militants belonging to
the '907th battalion', identified as self-styled 'sergeant'
Rajesh Barman and self-styled 'corporal' Puja Barman surrendered
before Dhubri Superintendent of Police Dipak Choudhury.
Jailed leaders of ULFA told Sanmilita
Jatiya Abhibartan (SJA) spokesman Hiren Gohain during his visit
to the Guwahati Jail that they were not in a position to make any
public statement from inside the jail. Gohain said that he had been
told by the jailed leaders of the outfit that scopes were there
to misinterpret their public statements from inside the jail as
something made under pressure. Meanwhile, Gohain said that on behalf
of the SJA, Rohini Barua has already issued a statement to the effect
that both the Government and ULFA need to observe restraint so that
preparations for talks between the two sides are not affected.
August 1: Confusion prevails over
the identity of the outfit that triggered a blast in Goalpara on
July 30. Suspicion has fallen on the ULFA and the anti-talks faction
of the NDFB. A central intelligence source said Goalpara Police
appeared to be confused as Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram had
on July 30 condemned the attack without specifying any outfit. Director-General
of police Shankar Barua has rushed to Goalpara and taken up the
investigation to end the confusion before zeroing in on a militant
group, the source said.According to him, ULFA and the anti-talks
faction of the NDFB after being marginalised have been seeking each
other's support to survive.
The outfits have been on extortion
drives jointly in lower Assam districts, particularly in Goalpara
and Kamrup. Sources said at the instance of the 'commandant' of
'109th battalion' of ULFA, Drishti Rajkhowa, Gulit Das
and Pradeep Basumatary of the battalion had been operating an extortion
network in Goalpara since March 2010. Rajkhowa has been camping
in Bangladesh and Das was acting as the de facto 'commandant' of
the ULFA battalion, they said.
A bomb expert of '709th
battalion' of the ULFA, Bolen Kalita, was arrested from a rented
house at Bodo Basti in the Noonmati Police Station area. Kalita
was arrested in a joint operation by SFs. A cellular phone and two
subscriber identity module (SIM) cards were recovered from his possession.
July 31: An ULFA linkman Taimur
Ali, was arrested by the Army from Barkuriya area under Rangia Police
Station on, reports Sentinel. The Army recovered 1.5 kilogramme
explosive and 20 detonators from his possession.
July 30: At least five CRPF troopers
were killed and 33 others injured, when the ULFA triggered an IED
blast by damaging a bus at Bhalukdubi under Goalpara District. Anu
Buragohain, who introduced himself as the 'spokesperson' of ULFA,
called up a local television channel claiming that the blast was
carried out by the outfit. He said though ULFA had 'remained quiet'
for some time, Security Forces continued to target its cadres and
that is why it had retaliated. He warned of more such strikes. Intelligence
sources, however, did not rule out the possibility of the anti-talks
faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants
executing the blast at the behest of ULFA. "The precision of the
execution certainly points to such a possibility," a source said.
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram
said that the anti-talk factions of the ULFA and the NDFB might
be responsible for July 30 bomb blast in Goalpara District in Assam
where CRPF troopers were killed. He said that the personnel were
targeted when they were returning from an Army training centre.
Chidambaram said that a faction each of the ULFA and the NDFB had
not joined the peace process. "These groups may be behind the blast
today," he added.
P. Chidambaram said factions of
ULFA and NDFB were not ready for talks with the Centre, added Telegraph.
He was speaking at the monthly presentation of his Ministry's report
card on July 30. "Not all rebel groups have come to the table. One
faction of the NDFB and another of Ulfa are against talks," Chidambaram
told reporters. Terming this incident as "very sad", Chidambaram
said it was still unclear who perpetrated the attack on the CRPF
An ULFA militant was arrested by
SFs from Barama in Baksa District and several extortion notes and
documents were recovered from him.
Security has been beefed up in lower
Assam ahead of Independence Day following intelligence reports that
NDFB and ULFA militants would carry out subversive activities, according
to Shillong Times. The militants have brought in huge quantities
of RDX and other explosives in the region, official sources said
quoting the reports. The explosives were suspected to have been
brought to Guwahati, Goalpara or South Kamrup and search operations
have been intensified in these areas.
July 28: A ULFA cadre, Columbus
Marak (27), was arrested by the BSF from Hathimara in West Garo
Hills District. He was arrested by West Garo Hills Police for carrying
out criminal activities, including extortion, in Garo hills in February
2008, escaped from Tura Jail with three others the next month after
beating up the warden. He is a cadre of the '109th battalion' of
ULFA, had been at large since then and was on the wanted list of
Meghalaya Police. According to the BSF, Colombus had undergone training
in Bhutan in 2003 before he was sent to operate in Garo hills where
he was engaged in large scale extortion.
A ULFA linkman, Golzim A. Sangma
(19) of Chibongre village in the West Garo Hills was arrested by
the BSF at Mahendraganj border outpost in West Garo Hills District.
July 27: A security alert had been
sounded across the State in view of the "Swahid Divas" (Martyrs'
Day) of the ULFA and the Independence Day on August 15, reports
Sentinel. According to sources, the State Police Department is not
taking any chances and has asked all Police Stations to remain prepared
to tackle any eventuality that may arise out of the ULFA's bid to
carry out subversive activities to mark the "Swahid Divas" on July
July 26: Pro-talks ULFA 'chairman'
Mrinal Hazarika has sought legal action against the All Assam Minority
Students' Union (AAMSU) leaders involved in the Barpeta incident
and said that the Bangladeshi issue has assumed serious proportions
in Assam only because of the Jamiat. Reacting to statement issued
to a section of the media by leaders of the AAMSU, All India United
Democratic Front (AIUDF) and Jamiat that the ULFA leaders should
be called Bangladeshis as they had stayed in Bangladesh for long,
Hazarika said, "When war breaks out between two parties, one of
them being a government, the party opposed to the government normally
seeks the help of neighbouring countries. ULFA leaders did take
refuse in Bangladesh but many of the ULFA men were active in Assam
July 25: Five ULFA linkmen, identified
as Kapil Rabha, Jalal Ahmed, Banomali Das, Arup Das and Ananta Rabha
were arrested by the Army on National Highway 37 at Tiplai on while
they were travelling to Rongjuli from Dhupdhara in Goalpara in a
Tata Sumo. The Army recovered four pistols, extortion pads and receipt
books from their possession.
July 24: Three ULFA cadres, Tapan
Barman, Debojit Ray and Mahant Singh, were arrested by the Police
from Bijni in Chirang District.
July 23: Peace interlocutor P.C.
Haldar met the jailed members of the central executive members of
the ULFA at the Guwahati Central Jail. Haldar discussed various
issues with the jailed ULFA leaders for almost an hour. Exact content
of the discussion were not made public. Haldar also had a meeting
with the members of the Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan (SJA) where
six members of the SJA participated.
The ULFA appealed to its jailed
leaders not to give up the demand for sovereignty. In a release,
the ULFA said that there is no alternative to sovereignty of Assam
and if the outfit gives up the demand, it would mean bowing down
before the enemy, according to Assam Tribune. The release was signed
by self-styled 'Lieutenant' of the ULFA, Anu Buragohain, who is
a member of the central publicity wing of the outfit.
July 22: President of the pro-talks
faction of the ULFA, Mrinal Hazarika, said that Barpeta violence
was a pre-planned act by certain sections to stop updating of the
National Register of Citizens (NRC) of 1951.
July 21: Former Director of Intelligence
Bureau (IB), P.C. Haldar, who was appointed an interlocutor for
talks with the ULFA, arrived at Guwahati on a three-day visit aimed
at preparing the ground for negotiations with the outfit. During
his stay here, Haldar will do the spadework for an ULFA-Delhi dialogue
by holding consultations with stakeholders, including ULFA leaders,
civil society groups, intelligentsia and senior Government officials.
July 20: A ULFA militant, Biplob
Baruah alias Tinku Phukon (25), was shot dead by Security Forces
(SFs) in an encounter at Jokai Ghitiapathar, Borbeel village in
Dibrugarh District. He is the first cadre to be killed by the SFs
after he rejoined the outfit after fleeing from the Kakopathar designated
camp. Dibrugarh Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP, Headquarters)
Debasish Sarma said the Police had received clues about the presence
of the ULFA militant from another cadre of the outfit who was arrested
from Namrup on July 19. "We have recovered a universal machine gun,
a drum magazine, 15 rounds of live ammunition, a satellite phone
disc, some cell-phone recharge vouchers, 20 batteries, a heavy battery,
probably used in a motorcycle, five electronic detonators and the
like from the encounter site," the additional SP said. Five cadres
had fled from the Kakopathar camp in the past two years after the
Alpha and Charlie companies of '28th Battalion' of ULFA
declared unilateral cease-fire.
July 18: Bangladesh authorities
have registered four cases against ULFA militant Ranjan Chowdhury
and his associate whose arrest was announced. A court in Kishoreganj
in northeastern region remanded the two to three-days custody of
the paramilitary Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). The cases have been
registered against Chowdhury under arms, explosive substances and
July 17: The personnel of Rapid
Action Battalion (RAB) arrested two ULFA militants from Bhairab
in north Kishorganj area of Dhaka. The duo, Ranjan Chowdhury (45)
and Pradip Marak (55), were taken into custody from the Lakkhipur
area of Bhairab, RAB spokesperson lieutenant commander Mohammad
Sohail said. A sophisticated pistol, a revolver and four small bombs
were recovered from the duo, he said. The duo was arrested while
they were waiting to board a bus to Sherpur District, he added.
Chowdhury told RAB officials that he hailed from Madhusolmari at
Gauripur of Dhubri District in Assam. He had joined ULFA in 1988
and undergone three months of training. "He then went to Bhutan
to meet ULFA's top commander (military wing) Paresh Barua in June
1995 and was arrested by Indian security forces on his return a
month later," Sohail said. Chowdhury was detained in a Guwahati
jail for a year and released in 1996.
July 14: An encounter between three
ULFA cadres and Police was reported from Deodhaigaon Bezapathar
under Khowang Police Station in Dibrugarh District. However, all
the three militants managed to escape from the encounter site. An
ULFA linkman was subsequently arrested by a joint team of the Police
and Army from the village. "We have picked up an ULFA linkman and
recovered an Apache motorcycle from the encounter site. Our operations
are on to track down the fleeing militants," Dibrugarh Superintendent
of Police Arabinda Kalita Kalita said over phone.
Intelligence agencies had earlier
received reports that a 15-member ULFA group had entered Dibrugarh
District from Myanmar through Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh.
They said the group has hardcore cadres like Samudra Nirmaliya and
Gojen Konwar. However, the 15 to 20-member group was not moving
together. "They have split into groups of two or three and are working
in areas like Joypur, Tingkhong, Namrup, Naharkatia, Duliajan and
Moran. They have also served extortion notes to some businessmen,"
a Police official said. "Ulfa is desperately trying to make its
presence felt in Upper Assam by making efforts to rebuild its network
in the villages," the official added. The Police also believe that
the hardliners within ULFA were encouraged by the fact that the
direct talks between the Centre and the outfit were not making much
July 13: Nagaland Page reports
that four militant groups of Manipur, ULFA and the National Socialist
Council of Nagaland- Khaplang (NSCN-K) have jointly decided to put
up a joint front against the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah
(NSCN-IM) in Manipur, following a senior level meeting held in Bangladesh
recently. According to sources, United National Liberation Front
(UNLF), People's Liberation Army (PLA), ULFA, Kanglei Yawol Kanna
Lup (KYKL), PREPAK and NSCN-K discussed the prevailing situation
in Manipur and Nagaland and expressed their satisfaction in putting
up a joint front against NSCN-IM in Manipur. UNLF 'chairman', R.K.
Meghan reiterated the aim to achieve independence of Manipur and
integration of Kabaw valley of Myanmar. He expressed his desire
of having good relationship with the NSCN-K, PLA and ULFA. Meghan
also pressed upon having strong bondage with Paresh Baruah, 'commander-in-chief'
of ULFA in restoring glory of Ahoms and Meitei confederacy.
ULFA linkman, Koushik Choudhuri
(27), was arrested in a joint operation by the Police and the army
from Kamargaon village in Barpeta District. Police recovered one
writing pad of ULFA from his possession.
July 12: Assam Environment and Forest
Minister Rokybul Hussain informed the State Legislative Assembly
that militants killed 1,549 civilians and 205 Security Forces (SFs)
between 2001 and June 2010. In the armed encounters between the
SFs and the ULFA, NDFB, KLNLF etc, 1,703 militants were killed during
this period. 144 innocent persons were killed when SFs opened fire
to bring law and order situation under control during the period.
The Minister said that in the incidents
of encounter between the SFs and the militants, 26 civilians were
killed during the period. During this period, 2,043 ULFA cadres,
899 NDFB cadres and 102 KLNLF cadres surrendered before the Government
and 10,242 members of various militant outfits were arrested. He
also told the House that so far six ULFA leaders and 53 cadres of
the outfit are in jail and between January 1, 2010 and June 30,
2010 two of its leaders and 164 cadres were released on bail. The
Government is interested in holding talks with ULFA, he said.
Further, he said the House that
six militant outfits are active in the State at present. These organisations
include-ULFA, NDFB, All Adivasi National Liberation Army (AANLA),
Hmar People's Convention- Democracy (HPC-D), Muslim United Liberation
Tiger of Assam (MULTA) and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM). According
to him seven new outfits are active - Liberation Democratic Council
of Mising Land (LDCM), United Tribal Liberation Front (UTLF), United
Tribal Revolutionary Army (UTRA), Dimasa National Liberation Front
(DNLF), Gorkha Liberation Army (GLA), Hills Tiger Force (HTF) and
Santhal Tiger Force (STF) have come to light, said the Minister.
July 11: The Union
Government decided to hold talks with jailed leaders of militant
outfits in "special jails", thus ruling out the possibility
of releasing them for starting a dialogue, reports Telegraph. Union
Home Secretary G.K. Pillai said there was no impediment to holding
talks even if the leaders were in jail since the exercise could
be conducted at venues which may be designated as special jails
where they may be shifted for the purpose.
However, the process
of shifting the leaders to a special jail would involve the judiciary,
which has to give permission to move out anyone in judicial custody.
The step would meet halfway the demand from various quarters and
the jailed leaders themselves for their release for talks. Holding
the leaders in these special jails would mean they are not in prisons
and yet they would remain in custody. Pillai said the same formula
would apply to ULFA leaders as well. Further, Assam Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi on July 11 said the peace process was on and there was
no "stalemate", as apprehended by the steering committee,
and asked elusive ULFA ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Barua to come
forward for negotiation.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
said that peace process with the ULFA was "on the right track".
"There is no stalemate and the peace process is definitely on the
right track," he said. Gogoi said that efforts were on to rope in
more ULFA leaders who were outside India.
July 9: Assam Tribune
reports that official sources said that the Government of India
is likely to wait for the ULFA leaders to make the first move for
talks. A delegation of the Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan (SJA) recently
met the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister with the request
to start the talk's process. Sources said that the stand of the
Government of India on the issue of talks with any militant group
is very clear. To start the process of talks, the militant groups
must abjure violence and all talks must be held within the framework
of the Constitution of India.
The ULFA leaders have
not so far announced their willingness to come for talks within
the framework of the Constitution of India and the Centre would
start the process only after receiving a formal communication from
the top leaders of the outfit, sources added. Sources further clarified
that as the top leaders of the ULFA including the 'chairman' Arabinda
Rajkhowa were under judicial custody, the Government cannot release
them. However, they can obtain bail from the court if the State
Government does not oppose their bail plea and so far no such decision
has been taken, sources added.
of extortion in Digboi and Tinsukia were received following the
extortion threat to Oil Company Canoro operating in Sonari area,.
Canoro has sought Union Government’s help after it received an extortion
note demanding INR five million. ‘Sergeant Major’ of ‘28th Battalion’
of ULFA Pradip Baruah alias Rajib Das along with an 11-member group
is allegedly operating in Lakhimpur and other Upper Assam Districts.
A couple of weeks ago, one Mintu Saikia alias Madhav Das, a SULFA
cadre of Merapani was arrested along with three others for collecting
huge sums of money from tea gardens and other companies and individuals
in the name of ULFA’s Rupantar Kakati and Bijoy Chinese.
The ULFA has condemned
July 8 bomb blast on the rail track at Gossaigaon Balubil and also
termed it as an "inhuman" act. In the statement, signed
by its ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Barua, the outfit also mourned
the death of minor boy in the incident. "Such incidents can
never bring about liberty for the people of the country, rather,
such incidents are attacks on the indigenous peoples," Barua
said. To save the country and people from the conspiracies of the
enemies, Paresh Barua had made an appeal to those who triggered
the blast not to target the indigenous peoples of Assam.
All Police Stations
in upper Assam were asked to beef up security and to remain alert
following Intelligence reports indicating alleged entry of ULFA
cadres of the ‘28th Battalion’ in Majuli a few weeks ago and fanning
out from there. Intelligence sources hinted that a few more ULFA
cadres had entered Majuli on July 7 and sources have reported that
high Police officials are doing the rounds of interior areas in
this connection for the last few days.
July 8: A cadre of
'709 battalion' ULFA, Bijoy Deka was arrested by Police from Beltola
area in Guwahati, on charges of extortion,
July 7: A national
TV channel and Intelligence sources on July 5 reported that ULFA
‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah was provided safe home in Pakistan
by Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Earlier it was reported that
he was shifted to Kachin province of Myanmar following Bangladesh
crackdown on Northeast insurgents. Sources said, Barua was escorted
by the ISI from his hideout in Chittagong Hills Tract and brought
to an undisclosed location of Pakistan.
A section of anti-Awami
League (AL) elements in the SFs helped ISI to ferry out the ULFA
commander. He is also believed to be in touch with Jaish-e-Mohammed
(JeM), Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) to launch
‘sleeper cells’ in the State.
July 5: Atul Bordoloi
of Pulibor area under Pulibor Police Station of Jorhat District
was arrested on charges of an extortion case by Jorhat Police. Police
sources said the arrested person is involved with extortion from
various persons of the District with the help of ULFA.
The steering committee
of the Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan (SJA) has asked the Government
to issue a clear and unequivocal statement forthwith on objectives
and modalities of the proposed talks between it and the ULFA, and
to allay the fears of the general public on the issue. Spokesman
of the SJA Hiren Gohain said in a statement that the committee would
like to place on record its deep dismay at the way Government circles
have proceeded in the matter of resumption of the stalled talks
July 4: A ULFA cadre,
identified as Montu Dehingia alias Aman Mohan and another youth,
secretary of the regional unit of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra
Parishad (AJYCP), were arrested at Dholla in Tinsukia District.
A pistol along with five live rounds and four ULFA extortion letters
were recovered from the possession of the duo. The Army and Police
are currently conducting operations based on the information provided
by the two. There were reports of ULFA cadres serving extortion
notes to officials of tea gardens along the Assam-Arunachal border,
the most recent being from Pengeri.
July 2: Tinsukia Superintendent
of Police Diganta Bora told that the two ULFA cadres, Amjad Chetia
and Akon Moran, had teamed up with a heavily armed ULFA group after
roaming around with the AK-series rifles and other arms and ammunition
they had fled with for some time. The Police had later confiscated
all the arms at the designated camp. Both had fled the designated
camp of the pro-talks faction of the ULFA at Kakopathar in Tinsukia
District in early 2009 have become the latest challenge for SFs
in the District and along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh boundary.
ULFA has suddenly become active
in Tinsukia District, the latest being targeting the tea industry
for money, sources in SFs and intelligence agencies said. Through
these operations, the anti-talks group is trying to make its presence
felt, they added. The meeting of the Unified Command drew up an
elaborate strategy with some re-adjustments and redeployment of,
SFs a Police official said. The SFs identified certain zones like
the Tarani-Sikorajan-Kenduguri-Mohong-New Mohong-Maithong-Betoni
as the focal points for their operations as intelligence agencies
have reported frequent movement of the ULFA group in these areas.
July 1: The Government indicated
that it will not release the jailed ULFA leadership to facilitate
the peace process. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said, "How can
we release them (ULFA leaders)? It depends on the judiciary to decide
whether or not to release them." He was reacting to the Union Home
Minister P. Chidambaram's statement in New Delhi on June 30 that
there was no immediate plan to release the jailed leaders.
Suspected ULFA militants assaulted
the manager of a tea garden and an employee before setting ablaze
two mini trucks and a motorcycle in the estate at Bijulibon under
Pengeri Police Station in Tinsukia District. The armed group of
seven cadres, believed to be ULFA cadres, assault Sadhan Kumar Tamuli,
the manager of Luit tea estate, and an employee, Bhaskar Jyoti Changmai
Phukon, while the duo were on their way to the garden.
June 30: The Union Home Minister
P. Chidambaram said in New Delhi that the detained ULFA leaders
could talk with the Government from the prison, reports Assam Tribune.
Further, Chidambaram maintained that the ULFA leaders were in judicial
custody and utive cannot release anybody who is in judicial custody.
His response was same as the reply he gave to a Sanmilita Jatiya
Abhibartan (SJA) delegation last week. Virtually ruling out the
possibility of releasing the ULFA leaders, the Union Home Minister
had cited serious legal charges pending against them.
June 28: The families of those reportedly
killed in blasts and other violent activity of the ULFA have demanded
punishment to the cadres of the outfit as per the Constitution of
India involved in the killings. They also opposed any move to release
the jailed ULFA leaders in the name of peace talks.
June 27: Two ULFA cadres, Romen
Bhuyan and Puspa Doley, surrendered in Lakhimpur. They deposited
an M-22 rifle, 16 detonators, AK-47 ammunition and letter pads.
June 26: chief convenor of the steering
committee of the Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan (SJA) Hiren Gohain
on June 26 said that they had very little to say on the reaction
of ULFA 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Barua to their effort to resolve
the vexed ULFA insurgency issue. However, he described the reaction
of Paresh Barua to their effort as 'entirely negative.'
June 25: In a setback to the efforts
of a civil society group in reviving talks with the ULFA, the outfit
on said the body of senior citizens and intellectuals do not represent
the common people. In an e-mail to the media, ULFA 'commander-in-chief'
Paresh Baruah rejected the recent move of Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan
(SJA) to move the Union Government to hasten the talks process.
"It is the view of ULFA and we have nothing to say," Gohain said
on arrival from New Delhi in reply. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had
on June 24 said peace talks with ULFA would take place even if Baruah
A ULFA area 'commander' was shot
dead by SFs at Udalguri.
The Police arrested eight militants,
including four ULFA cadres, from various parts of the Guwahati city.
The ULFA cadres had been identified as Tapan Deka, Naba Kumar Das
and Bidyut Kalita. Another cadre, identified as Manas Roy, was arrested
from Chandmari area. The Police also recovered explosives weighing
700 grammes, a laptop, a pen drive, 15 subscriber identity module
(SIM) cards and five cell phones after it raided a house in Noonmati
area. The other four arrested militants include two cadres of the
United National Liberation Front (UNLF) and as many cadres of Liberation
of Achik Elite Force (LAEF), a newly-formed outfit of Garo Hills
June 24: Union Ministry of Development
of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Minister B.K. Handique said the
peace initiatives with the ULFA is in right direction, but demand
of NSCN-IM for Greater Nagaland can not be met. He said, "It does
not matter if the ULFA 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah attends
the peace meet or not since the interest of Assam has to be topmost
in everybody's mind not any leader's wishes." Assam Tribune added
that he hinted at the possibility of considering the rebels' demand
for grant of amnesty during talks.
The ceasefire group of ULFA reiterated
its demand before the Union and the State Governments to expedite
the peace process with the outfit, during a celebration at the Kakopathar
designated camp to mark the completion of the second year of the
June 23: The Union Government said
it wanted ULFA leaders to come for a dialogue with "dignity" but
left the issue of the release of those in jail to the judiciary
and the Assam Government. The release of the leaders was discussed
between prominent Assamese citizens, led by Hiren Gohain, and Union
Home Minister P. Chidambaram. Gohain later said, "Chidambaram said
those who come for talks will be allowed to come with dignity and
not as criminals with charges."
Pro-talks leader and former commanding
officer of the outfit's '28th battalion' of the ULFA,
Mrinal Hazarika, said, "There is no question of frustration. It
is totally immaterial as to who did what. We have maintained right
from the first day when we declared unilateral ceasefire that we
will be happy to even sacrifice our lives if Assam can have permanent
peace. That statement still stays. The basic thing is that we all
want peace, that's all."
One ULFA cadre, Ajay Deka alias
Pallav Baruah, was arrested by the troops from village Balipota
under Kalaigaon Police Station in Darrang District. The cadre is
an active member of the 'publicity wing' of '27th battalion'
of the ULFA and was reportedly operating in Sonitpur District.
June 21: In its meeting with Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi slated for to explore the possibility
of opening peace talks with the ULFA, the six-member steering committee
of the Sanmilita Jatiya Abhivartan (SJA) led by Hiren Gohain would
raise the issue of release of the jailed ULFA leaders so as to enable
the outfit to take a decision of peace talks with the Government,
sources said. The sources also said that the SJA team might also
appeal to the Prime Minister to put on hold all cases against the
jailed ULFA leaders till the peace talks were over, but there were
no likelihood of the delegation raising the demand for talks on
'sovereignty' as a member of the delegation had told newsmen in
Guwahati before leaving for New Delhi that he personally did not
support talks on sovereignty.
June 18: Sentinel reports that a
group of ten ULFA cadres has entered the Guwahati city to carry
out extortion and subversive activities as per directions from commandant
of '709 battalion' Hira Sarania. "Sarania has directed the ULFA
team to carry out extortion and subversive activities in Guwahati
city." The presence of the outfit had been confirmed by ULFA's 709
battalion cadre Binoy Baishya who was arrested on June 17. Based
on the confessional statement made by Binoy, the Police are hunting
for other ULFA activists holed up in the city. Police sources said
Binoy was one of the accused in the abduction and murder of Food
Corporation of India (FCI) officer P.C. Ram.
June 17: A senior ULFA cadre, Darika
Saikia, was killed by SFs during an encounter at Gondhia Gharmora
village in Lakhimpur District. However, three others managed to
escape from the incident site.
A cadre belonging to '709th
battalion' of the ULFA, identified as Binoy Baishya, was arrested
by the Police from Panjabari in Guwahati city. Five rounds of ammunition
were recovered from his possession.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
said that the ULFA outfit was heading for a split and sharp cracks
have surfaced. He said that half of the central committee members
were in jail and the rest are outside Assam. "Yes, there is a division
within the outfit," he observed. "Paresh Barua is not keen for talks.
But even then we are trying, though we are prepared to go ahead
even without him," he said, adding that Government was prepared
to grant him safe passage, in case he turns up for talks. He admitted
that it was not numbers, but the ULFA military chief's firepower
and the potential to create trouble that is bothering the Government.
The Chief Minister also ruled out
the possibility of declaring a unilateral cease-fire, asserting
that the Government had information that Paresh Barua's group was
still trying to foment problem in the State. He further disclosed
that Barua was not opposed to dialogue but he wants to discuss about
'sovereignty', which Government does not want to discuss. "Sovereignty
is non-negotiable and we have made it clear," he said.
A group of ULFA militants attacked
the Bajrangpur tea estate and attempted to kill manager Indra Kumar
Baruah in Tinsukia District. Intelligence sources said that the
attack by ULFA militants showed that the outfit was in the process
of recovering lost ground in the Tinsukia District. The attack was
said to be the fallout of the garden authorities' refusal to pay
INR one million demanded by the outfit in January, 2010. According
to intelligence inputs, some groups of ULFA cadres have either entered
the District with arms and explosives or are taking shelter in the
inter-state border areas of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The sources
also said Arindam Saharia alias Bijoy Kalita - who was arrested
in Siliguri of West Bengal, along with former commanding officer
of the outfit's '28 battalion' Mrinal Hazarika and later granted
bail rejoined the outfit and had been leading the cadres to re-establish
bases in Upper Assam, particularly in Tinsukia District.
Manik Chandra Baishya, senior engineer
of the technical branch of the State Agriculture Directorate, Khanapara
of Guwahati city, was abducted and killed for money. The Police
subsequently arrested three persons, including the driver of Baishya,
on the charge of committing the crime. The arrested include Baishya's
driver Ganesh Bharali, Ramendra Bharali and Dinesh Das. The Police
confirmed that the ULFA had demanded money from Manik Chandra Baishya,
senior engineer of the technical branch of the State Agriculture
Directorate, Khanapara of Guwahati city, but said that only investigation
would reveal if the outfit was involved in the killing of the engineer.
June 16: The former Director of
Intelligence Bureau, P.C. Haldar, would be appointed as the interlocutor
for the negotiation with the ULFA. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
suggested his name to Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram. The Union
Home Minister has given the "go ahead" and assured of all possible
assistance to the State Government to start the peace process, said
Gogoi. The Chief Minister said, "He has given us the go ahead."
June 14: The body of former ULFA
leaders, All Assam Prakton ULFA Samannayarakshi Sommittee, on June
14 said that talks between the Government and the outfit should
be held without any precondition set by either side. The association
also said that the rights of the indigenous people should figure
in the peace talks failing which the former ULFA cadres would resort
to andolan (movement) once again.
Assam Tribune added that
the association further warned that if the State Government fails
to meet their demands on rehabilitation packages and withdrawal
of the TADA cases within a month's time, they will go for a State
wide 'militant democratic' agitation. The former ULFA members, who
have returned to the mainstream either by surrendering or without
surrendering before the authorities, number around 14,000.
June 13: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
said that the ULFA had formally expressed its willingness to open
peace talks with the Government to end more than three decades of
violent insurgency in the State, reports Assam Tribune. "We have
got a formal communication from the ULFA regarding holding peace
talks," the Chief Minister said. He also said, "We also appeal to
Paresh Baruah to come and join the peace process. Efforts are also
on with other military commanders of the ULFA to get them into the
June 12: A ULFA cadre, Kishore Das
alias Puali, was arrested by the Police from Amingaon area under
Jhalukbari Police Station in Guwahati city. According to Police
sources, Puali came to Guwahati following a directive from 'commander'
Heera Sarania of '709th battalion' of the ULFA.
A senior cadre Dimbeswar Roy of
the '109th battalion' of the ULFA, surrendered before
Kokrajhar Police. The Police said the ULFA cadre, who joined the
outfit in 1998. He deposited one grenade and confessed that he had
been involved in extortion drives in the lower Assam Districts.
He is from Borpathar under Bijni Police Station in Chirang District.
June 10: A ULFA linkman, Firoz Rahman
of Bhatipara in Goalpara town, was arrested by the SFs from Paikan
in Goalpara District.
June 9: Assam Tribune quoting
sources revealed that the 'council headquarters' of the ULFA in
Myanmar is headed by senior leader Jiban Moran, while, another camp
is headed by Prakash Baruah, while, the headquarter of the '28th
battalion' located near the NSCN-K camp is headed by Bijoy Das alias
Bijoy Chinese, reports Assam Tribune. The total strength of the
ULFA cadres in Myanmar would be around 100 or so. A number of hardcore
militants belonging to the ULFA have sent feelers to the Police
and Security Forces to express their desire to come over ground
following the arrests of the top leaders of the outfit.
June 7: The ULFA is unlikely to
formally express its willingness to sit for the proposed peace talks
with the Government until Bangladesh hands over its 'general secretary'
Anup Chetia, despite the apparent desire of its leaders in Assam
to start the process at the earliest. A section associated with
the process said, ULFA leaders were convinced that inclusion of
Chetia in the process would not only be a big boost to the fledgling
initiative but would also send the right signal to its cadres and
masses about "unity" in its rank and file. ULFA 'publicity secretary'
Mithinga Daimary said at Nalbari that Dispur's insistence on a formal
letter to start the process has become a dilemma for the outfit,
which it would like to sort out in accordance with its constitution.
Sentinel reports that the
report submitted to the Union Government by the IB stated that the
ULFA is no longer a force to reckon with. In its report on peace
talks with the ULFA and the law-and-order situation in Assam, the
IB official said, the IB clearly mentioned that unlike the NSCN-IM
in Nagaland, the ULFA was not the "sole representative" of the people
of Assam, and hence the Centre directly holding peace talks with
ULFA would be simply giving the outfit more importance that it deserved.
June 6: Sentinel reports that 13
militant organizations from the Northeast States of Assam, Manipur,
Tripura and Meghalaya figure in the list of banned organizations
as it appears in the website of the Union Home Ministry (MHA). The
United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) heads the list. The other
outfits were: National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), People's
Liberation Army (PLA), United National Liberation Front (UNLF),
People's Revolutionary party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), Kangleipak
Communist Party (KCP), Kanglei Yaol Kanna Lup (KYKL), Manipur People's
Liberation Front (MPLF), Revolutionary People's Front (RPF), All
Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF), National Liberation Front of Tripura
(NLFT) Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) and Achik
National Volunteer Council (ANVC).
Dutta also referred to specific
inputs that KLO 'chief' Jiban Sing was presently roaming in the
border areas of Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Dhubri Districts of lower
Assam keeping nexus with ULFA cadres to strengthen militant activities.
He also did not rule out the movement of CPI-Maoist cadres in the
bordering area, but said that strong vigil was being maintained.
June 5: Bangladesh Police arrested
a ULFA leader, Ranju Chowdhury alias Rattan Sarkar, from Mymensingh
District months after the chief of the separatist outfit Arbinda
Rajkhowa was handed over to Indian authorities.
Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai
said that a number of top commanders and leaders of the ULFA based
in Bangladesh and Myanmar are expected to surrender shortly and
join the peace process. Pillai was in Meghalaya on a three-day visit
to review the security situation that concluded. "There are legal
problems in extraditing Anup Chetia as he had moved a petition seeking
political asylum," the Home Secretary said.
G.K. Pillai said that there was
evidence of CPI-Maoists establishing links with insurgents in the
Northeastern region. Thuingaleng Muivah, leader of the NSCN-IM,
admitted that the CPI -Maoists had approached him. Intelligence
sources said that the Naga separatist group helped the CPI-Maoists
in arms-smuggling through Myanmar and Bangladesh. The CPI-Maoists
also established links with the banned ULFA and the Manipur-based
May 31: Sentinel reports
that SFs neutralised an isolated ULFA hideout in a Char (riverine)
area at Bangalpota near Rangamati under Mangaldai Police Station
in Darrang District on an unspecified date. ULFA cadre Deepak Kalita
alias Pradeep alias Bhaiti and linkman Indra Nath
were arrested in the operation from Char area. They were involved
in various subversive activities including extortions sponsored
by '27th battalion' of the ULFA. One revolver with six
rounds, two magazines of AK-47 with 30 live rounds, two cellular
phones and Aircel recharge vouchers worth INR 884 and some ULFA
related documents were recovered from the hideout.
May 31: The central committee leaders
of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), including 'vice-president'
Pradip Gogoi and 'publicity secretary' Mithinga Daimary, met in
the central jail on the issue of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's statement
on May 30 that the outfit should send a formal proposal for peace
talks to the Government, reports Sentinel. Pradip Gogoi said, "This
proposal should come from the government formally. Any decision
on this issue will be taken by the organization, but prior to that,
we want all the jailed ULFA leaders should be freed."
May 30: Assam Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi asked the ULFA to formally apprise the State Government of
its decision on peace talks to end three decades of insurgency in
the region, according to Sentinel. He said that the rebel group
should tell the Government what they want and the Government would
discuss their proposals in detail, and do whatever was possible
to get the talk process going.
May 28: ULFA said that it had never
agreed to start a dialogue without Paresh Barua, reports Telegraph.
Its 'publicity secretary' Mithinga Daimary, in a signed ULFA press
note issued, welcomed the decision, but clarified the outfit's position
vis-à-vis Barua. He said, "At this moment, it is the first and foremost
responsibility of the government to create the right atmosphere
for the Ulfa leadership to take a decision on the proposed political
dialogue. Since no formal decision has been taken by us, the question
of leaving out Paresh Barua does not arise. We have never said talks
will be held without him nor did the 'national convention' held
in Guwahati take any such decision. We, therefore, request the people
of the state not to be misled by such reports," Daimary clarified.
May 27: With the Assam Government
deciding in principle to initiate talks with the ULFA, the outfit
responded by saying that any decision on its participation would
be taken by its 'general council'. ULFA 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa
said that he could not comment till the 'general council' decided
on the issue.
Assam Government stated that the
role of the Union Government's interlocutor P.C. Haldar will "remain
intact" despite Union Government handing over the mandate to carry
forward the political process with insurgent outfits to the State
May 26: The Assam State Cabinet
decided to start the process of talks with the ULFA without Paresh
Baruah, the 'commander-in-chief' of the outfit, who is still maintaining
a rigid stand on the issue of talks. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
said that the Government waited for Paresh Baruah for a long time
and there was no reason to wait for him for an indefinite period.
He said that the Government received indication that majority of
the leaders of the ULFA are in favour of talks and the Government
has decided to go ahead and start the process without waiting for
Paresh Baruah. However, at the same time, he said that the State
Government would intimate the Centre about the Cabinet decision
and wait for the response from the ULFA before taking the next step.
May 25: Self-styled 'lance corporal'
of '28th battalion' of the ULFA, Panjal Baruah alias
Jayanta Sonowal, surrendered before SFs in Tinsukia District.
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram
in Guwahati said that there had been a dramatic improvement in the
State's security scenario. He said that a number of leaders of the
major insurgent groups like ULFA, NDFB and the BW had been arrested.
He also informed that while the Chief Minister has been asked to
carry forward the political process for negotiation with the militant
outfits the Security Forces have been instructed 'to continue implementing
the policy that is in force.'
Union Home Minister said that Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi would take decisions on peace talks with the
ULFA - when, with whom and how- and that the Union Government would
extend all help towards that end. Toughening New Delhi's stand on
countering-insurgency operations in Assam, he said that security
offensive would continue in full steam till the militant outfits
lay down arms and surrender.
May 24: Assam Tribune reports
that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in Dispur said, "The law-and-order
situation has improved and groups like ULFA and NDFB, besides others
have realised the futility of violence, which is a good sign." while
renewing his appeal to ULFA 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah to
come for peace talks.
May 23: A large quantity of explosives,
suspected to be belonging to ULFA, was recovered by the SFs from
Joypur reserve forest of Dibrugarh District. The team recovered
plastic explosives, Cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine (RDX), electric
wires, accessories and IED along with a rubber stamp of the ULFA.
May 21: A ULFA linkman, Raju Sarkar
(45), was arrested by the SFs from Salbari in Kokrajhar District.
A pistol, four rounds of ammunition and several extortion notes
were recovered from his possession.
Assam Tribune reports that
security sources said that the ULFA has started a massive drive
to extort money to boost its coffers and a number of persons including
businessmen received extortion notes. Most of the extortion notes
were sent by post and not delivered by anyone personally as was
the case earlier. According to information available with the security
agencies, some of the persons, who received such extortion notes,
also received phone calls from persons identifying themselves as
leaders of the militant outfit and apparently on most occasions,
the militant outfit is ready to negotiate the amount demanded. However,
no one is very sure whether anyone was paying up and if someone
really paid, where the exchange of money took place.
A few such extortion notes received
by businessmen in Guwahati are in possession of and the letters
were signed by self styled 'captain' Apurba Baruah, who is now in
charge of the central finance unit of the ULFA after the arrest
of Finance Secretary Chitraban Hazarika. Sources further said that
the ULFA is now controlling the extortion drive through its Central
Council Headquarter (CCHQ), which is still operating from Bangladesh
and most of the instructions to the cadres are routed through the
May 20: Ttwo ULFA cadres, identified
as Rahul Gogoi and Nabjeet Vaishya, were arrested by the BSF troops
from Jorhat. A 9-mm pistol was recovered from their possession besides
Dismissing reports on the arrest
of ULFA 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Barua in Bangladesh, Union Home
Secretary G K Pillai said the Government has no information about
it. "There is no information regarding Barua's arrest." Pillai said.
Senior intelligence and Police officials also dismissed the reports
as a rumour.
May 19: A person returning from
"a business trip" in China was arrested in Bangladesh, prompting
the Indian Government to verify whether he is ULFA 'commander-in-chief'
Paresh Barua. Sources said that the person suspected to be Paresh
Barua had been lodged in a safe house somewhere close to the Indian
border in the east and he was being questioned by the Directorate
General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI). Officials in India and Bangladesh
are moving with extreme caution - almost a fortnight has passed
since the arrest - as several similar alerts had turned out to be
false alarms earlier. Unconfirmed reports also said that ULFA 'general
secretary' Anup Chetia, who had been in Bangladesh for over 10 years,
was handed over to Indian authorities in New Delhi.
May 18: Two ULFA linkmen- Ajit Nath
alias Pranjit Barua - and Shamsher were arrested by SFs operating
in Darrang District. The duo was intercepted near Patharighat in
an Army mobile check post. One locally made pistol, four live rounds,
two cellular phones and six blank ULFA leaflets were recovered from
the possession of the linkmen.
May 10: Two top ULFA leaders said
that the banned outfit would not change its stance on ‘sovereignty’
while opting for talks with the Government, saying ULFA was not
"chasing a dream aimlessly."
The All Assam Tribal Sangha (AATS)
asked the State as well as the Union Governments to initiate peace
talks with the NDFB. According to AATS, arrest of Ranjan Daimary
would not solve the NDFB problem permanently. The Sangha members,
alleging of discrimination against Daimary by the State Government,
said that Daimary should be given the same status as Arabinda Rajkhowa
or Raju Barua of the ULFA.
May 9: Union Home Secretary G. K.
Pillai said the Union Government is aware that the CPI-Maoist had
been in touch with some of the other militant outfits in different
parts of the country like NSCN-IM and ULFA. In its latest report,
the Standing Committee attached to the MHA, however, quoted the
Home Secretary as saying, "We don't have any evidence of direct
outside support. This, in one sense, is so far a fully home grown
and very clever and intelligent movement." About the links between
the CPI-Maoist and Northeast-based insurgent groups, Pillai said
that the CPI-Maoist had talks with the outfits in an effort to widen
their movement. The Parliamentary Standing Committee has recommended
that more counter-insurgency and jungle warfare colleges in line
of the Vairengte in Mizoram should be opened.
May 6: Two ULFA militants, Prafulla
Cho and Madhav Bora, surrendered before BSF at Salmora BSF camp
India has sought custody of detained
ULFA 'general secretary' Anup Chetia. The latest request was passed
on to the visiting key aide and Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister
of Bangladesh Mashiur Rahman. National Security Advisor (NSA) Shivshankar
Menon reportedly conveyed New Delhi's desire to have custody of
the ULFA leader Anup Chetia. Menon also expressed India's gratitude
to Rehman for handing over NDFB 'chairman' Ranjan Daimary to India.
The detained ULFA leader has completed his jail term in Bangladesh
and currently under 'protective custody'. Dhaka has been maintaining
that his application for political asylum is pending.
ULFA 'vice-chairman' Pradip Gogoi
said that the decision on the talks process would be taken collectively
by its central committee. Gogoi said, "The presence of any particular
individual is not important in this case. The decision has to be
taken by the outfit's central committee leadership." ULFA 'commander-in-chief'
Paresh Baruah, who is opposed to talks with the Government sans
sovereignty, had said that no leader of the outfit could individually
take a decision on whether talks should be held or not. He further
said that efforts to create a rift among people following Daimary's
arrest should be avoided.
May 6: Sources said that the next
target of the banned ULFA to carry subversive activities is Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi's home District Jorhat. "A group of six cadres
of the outfit has already entered the district from the Nagaland
side and are currently taking shelter in the district. The militants
of the group are members of the B Company of the 28th battalion,"
sources added. Security measures have been tightened in the District.
Police are on strict vigil at the suspected spots and Police checking
have been increased all along the District.
The United People's Federation of
Assam (UPFA) urged upon the Government of India to expedite the
peace talks with the NDFB, pro-talk ULFA, DHD, KLNLF and other outfits
who are already under ceasefire to solve their problems politically.
May 5: A10th class student, Santosh
Agrahari, was injured when some ULFA militants opened fire at Pabon
Agarwala at Moran under Moran Police Station in Dibrugarh District.
According to sources, Pabon Agarwala had been issued an extortion
note by the ULFA. When the militants came to collect the cash, they
had an altercation with Agarwala leading to the firing.
May 4: The steering committee formed
by the April 24 Sanmilita Jatio Abhibartan (United National Convention)
said that the ULFA central committee could only decide whether or
not the militant outfit would sit with the Government of India for
negotiation without its 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Barua. Moreover,
it is also up to the central committee of the militant outfit to
take a decision on whether or not the issue of sovereignty would
be there on the agenda of the outfit's negotiation with the Union
Further, All Assam Tribal Sangha
(AATS) has said that the Ranjan Daimary should be treated in the
manner the arrested ULFA leaders are being treated.
May 3: Expressing concern over the
activities of the Manipur-based militant outfit UNLF and CPI-Maoist
in the State, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that the case of the
two recently-arrested UNLF leaders would be handed over to the National
Investigation Agency (NIA). Tarun Gogoi condemned the ULFA for being
'insincere' about the proposed talks by adamantly insisting on 'sovereignty'
as the issue, saying that no dialogue was possible under the circumstances
as sovereignty was 'non-negotiable'. Gogoi was also critical of
the intellectuals who had been urging the Government to be flexible
on the sovereignty issue. Gogoi said that the ULFA was not a revolutionary
group as its leaders maintained a lavish lifestyle in foreign countries
at the expense of their cadres. He further added that while some
camps of the ULFA and other militant groups still existed in Bangladesh,
the country was extending full cooperation to India in flushing
out the militants.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
said the Ranjan Daimary was responsible for over 90 deaths during
the October 30, 2008 serial blasts in the State. He said, "The arrest
of Ranjan Daimary has definitely been a prized catch, as he was
the most wanted ultra leader along with ULFA [United Liberation
Front of Asom] 'c-in-c' Paresh Baruah. We have evidence that Daimary
was responsible for over 90 deaths in the October 30 serial blasts."
The NDFB was also maintaining close
ties with different anti-India groups having bases in Bangladesh.
According to an assessment by the SFs, at least a hundred trained
cadres of the outfit are still in Assam, while, around 50 cadres
must be in Bangladesh. Sources further said that the NDFB launched
joint operations with the ULFA from time to time, but the outfit
also maintained close ties with other groups like NSCN-IM, UNLF,
All Tripura Tiger Forces (ATTF) and NLFT etc, as well as with some
other anti-India groups in the neighbouring country. Sources revealed
that under pressure in Bangladesh, anti-talk faction of the NDFB
recently established a camp in Myanmar and is located near a camp
Sources said that after the arrest
of NDFB 'chief' Ranjan Daimary, the Government of India provided
information about the whereabouts of several other militant leaders
in Bangladesh and waiting for the response. Though the arrest of
Ranjan Daimary is viewed as a major diplomatic victory for India,
the Government will keep mounting diplomatic pressure on Bangladesh
to take action against the militants, particularly those belonging
to the ULFA and the NDFB, who are still staying in Bangladesh. Sources
added that from the security point of view, the arrest of Ranjan
Daimary was even more important than the arrests of the leaders
of the ULFA.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
warned that NDFB and ULFA cadres were looking to carry out subversive
activities jointly in the State, including the capital city. His
comments came hours after the anti-talks group of the NDFB vowed
to continue its struggle for the legitimate rights of the Bodo people.
An emailed statement from B. Ohnjalu of the NDFB 'publicity cell'
to the media on May 2 stated that "the arrest of NDFB chief is unfortunate
but the fight against India to liberate the Bodo people will continue."
The statement also threatened that the Assam government would "get
a better answer in the days to come if it does not hold talks with
May 1: Bangladesh handed over Ranjan
Daimary, the 'president' of the NDFB to India. Ranjan Daimary (50),
wanted in numerous cases, was handed over at Dawki along the India-Bangladesh
border in Meghalaya. Daimary's handing over came exactly five months
after ULFA 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa and two others were arrested
and brought to India. He is the fifth militant leader of an armed
underground outfit of Assam to be handed over by Bangladesh. Daimary,
founder of the NDFB was named as the prime accused by the Central
Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the serial blasts of October 30,
2008 that had killed 88 persons and injured 540 persons in Guwahati
and four other towns of Assam. Confirming his arrest, official sources
in Guwahati said Daimary was handed over by Bangladesh Rifles to
the Border Security Force (BSF), which in turn handed him over to
the Assam Police. He was later shifted to Guwahati. Sources said
Daimary was detained at Jinaighat in Sherpur District of Bangladesh
April 30: ULFA militant Raja Bora,
bodyguard of outfit's 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa, was produced
before the Kamrup Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Court in connection
with the Bharalumukh blast, Bhangagarh blast and a case relating
to the Special Investigation Team (SIT). The court sent him to 14-day
Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai
said that Union Government is waiting for a nod from Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi to start dialogue with the ULFA - with or without Paresh
Barua. He said that the discussions are on between the State Government
and Union Government. G.K. Pillai said, "We are waiting for a response
from the Chief Minister of Assam. We would be initiating the talks
with or without Paresh Barua." His response confirmed that the Union
Government has endorsed the Chief Minister's view on holding dialogue
Tarun Gogoi said that talks between
the Government and the ULFA were possible without Paresh Baruah's
participation, reports Sentinel. "The Centre had held talks with
Naga leaders minus A. Z. Phizo. So, talks between the government
and the ULFA are possible without Paresh Baruah's participation.
To me, Paresh Baruah is not more powerful than Phizo." The Chief
Minister, however, said, "We want Paresh Baruah to join the talks
but we can't wait for him indefinitely." Gogoi also said his Government
was getting signals from some ULFA leaders about their willingness
to sit for talks with the Government. He played down the threat
to his life by the ULFA. "I simply don't care about ULFA's threats
as these are nothing new to me. There has always been a threat perception
on my life and still I move around freely," he said.
April 29: The ULFA has launched
an extortion drive and served extortion notices to people in different
parts of Assam. Security agencies expressed apprehension that the
outfit might indulge in acts of violence to prove its existence
so that those served with extortion notices can be forced to pay
the demanded amounts. Sources revealed that the ULFA had divided
the upper Assam area into three zones for launching extortion drives.
The Districts of Jorhat and Golaghat were in one zone, Dhemaji and
Lakhimpur Districts and Majuli River Island were included in the
second zone and the Districts of Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia
were included in the third zone. Sources said that different sections
of people including politicians, traders etc received extortion
demands from the ULFA in upper Assam areas.
Sources further said that the '109th
battalion' of the ULFA had been asked to launch extortion drives
in Boko, Palasbari and Chaygaon areas of Kamrup District and in
Goalpara District. Drishti Rajkhowa, who heads the battalion, is
now believed to be in Bangladesh and Gulit Das and Pradeep Basumatary
have been entrusted with the responsibility of extortions on behalf
of the battalion. Also, Hira Sarania 'commander' of '709th
battalion' is still at large and the battalion served extortion
notices in parts of Guwahati city. The battalion also carried out
joint operations with the members of the anti-talk faction of the
NDFB from time to time to collect funds for the outfit in recent
The MHA has sent a wireless message
to the Assam Director General of Police (DGP) Sankar Barua that
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, State Health Minister Himanta Biswa
Sarma and his brother Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Sushanta
Biswa Sarma were on the hit list of the ULFA. The MHA has asked
the State Police Chief to intensify the security of the three persons.
The threat to the Chief Minister and the Health Minister comes even
as State intelligence agencies warned of plans by the ULFA to stage
serial bombings in Guwahati, besides carrying out abductions in
ULFA 'commander-in-chief' Paresh
Barua once again stated, "ULFA will sit for talks only if sovereignty
is included for negotiations. There is no point for the organization
to put forth any further proposal." He said, "Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi has violated the rights of the indigenous Assamese by stating
that there can be no talks on the issue of sovereignty." Barua asked
people to put pressure on the Government to hold a referendum on
the issue of sovereignty.
April 27: The Assam Police detained
six persons from Goalpara and Kamrup Districts, including two from
Guwahati, for planning to carryout bomb blasts in the Guwahati city.
Sources confirmed that a team of '109th battalion' of
the ULFA had carried out a survey of the city and it was planning
to carryout blasts in Guwahati. Sources revealed that the blasts
were being masterminded by Drishti Rajkhowa, 'commander' of '109th
battalion' of the outfit.
Sources said, "The ULFA team is
concentrating somewhere in Goalpara and the explosives, as per our
intelligence report, have already been procured." However, sources
refused that the subversive activities are being planned to derail
the peace initiative taken by a group of distinguished citizens.
Sources further claimed, "This appears to be a desperate move on
the part of the outfit to make its presence felt and make some quick
bucks through extortion."
Telegraph quoting sources
adds that explosives were suspected to have smuggled in from Bangladesh
to Goalpara via the Garo Hills in Meghalaya. Police said, "According
to information available with us, Drishti Rajkhowa, alias Mohan
Rabha, has entrusted self-styled sergeant major Dipak to carry out
blasts in the city. Ulfa is trying to hire outsiders like the poor
unemployed youths or daily wage-earners to ferry and plant the bomb,"
adding that Dipak Das has several aliases like Dipak Rai, Arman
Ali and Master.
April 26: Assam Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi on said, "Let the ULFA first respond to the resolutions adopted
by the Citizens' Forum. We have to know what the ULFA thinks about
the forum and also if the outfit's leadership acknowledges the initiative
taken by it." He further said, "We are ready for talks, but they
should shun violence and send a written proposal for peace talks
The dead body of a surrendered ULFA
militant, Jibon Bora, was recovered from near the railway tracks
in Chungajan in Golaghat District. Police suspects it to be a case
April 25: ULFA 'commander-in-chief'
Paresh Baruah might have returned to Bangladesh recently. Sources
pointed out that Baruah always maintained close links with a section
of officers of the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI),
the intelligence agency of Bangladesh and India still believes that
the political leadership of Bangladesh still does not have full
control over all the Government agencies. Sources also pointed out
that though four 'central committee leaders' of the ULFA were handed
over to India, most of the hardcore militants, who are operationally
active, have not been handed over. Sources said that the 'chairman'
of the anti-talk faction of the NDFB, Ranjan Daimary, and a number
of his followers are still in Bangladesh, while several key leaders
of the ULFA, including Antu Chowdang and Drishti Rajkhowa are, also
staying in Bangladesh.
The State level convention organized
by prominent citizens in Assam called for release of the jailed
leaders of the ULFA to enable the outfit to hold its central committee
meeting. Sources said that it would be difficult for the Government
to do so without going through the judicial process. Sources said
that it is unlikely on the part of the Government to grant general
amnesty to the ULFA leaders till a settlement is arrived at. However,
sources said that if the ULFA leaders in judicial custody apply
for bail and the Government does not oppose it, they can come out
On the demand of the convention
that both the Government and the ULFA should come forward for talks
without any pre-condition, sources said that the Government of India
(GoI) is yet to change its position regarding talks. The GoI is
of the view that talks with any militant group must be held within
the framework of the Constitution of India and the militant groups
must give up violence to come for talks. The Government has made
it clear that sovereignty is not negotiable and the stand is yet
to be changed.
April 24: The NDFB and ULFA formed
and nurtured several radical outfits like MULTA to get logistical
support, shelter and passage in minority-dominated Districts of
lower Assam. Also, the arrest of a MULTA cadre in Dhubri District
on April 23, has unravelled involvement of MULTA in drug peddling.
Four months ago, two MULTA cadres had been arrested with 400 grams
of brown sugar in Meghalaya's Garo Hills District on December 29,
Sources said that MULTA that stepped
up its drug-peddling activities after intensive counter-insurgency
operations against the ULFA and the NDFB, which have been supporting
it reduced its strength considerably. Sources mentioned, "This is
evident from the fact that many youths of minority community belonging
to the NDFB or acting as its linkmen have been arrested from the
lower Assam districts in the past few years." The source added,
"The ISI is sitting at the helm of affairs and controlling the situation
in the Northeast from Bangladesh and the fundamentalist organisations
are carrying out their activities under the umbrella of Ulfa and
the NDFB without much hue and cry." The report adds that it took
a long time for the intelligence agencies to understand that ULFA
and the NDFB were using these fundamentalist organisations as their
Meanwhile, sources also said that
no direct link had been found between the MULTA and any National
Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) faction. But since MULTA's
patrons, ULFA and the NDFB, camped in Bangladesh and had tactical
understanding with the NSCN factions for logistical support, it
could be involved in arms racket, mentioned sources. The strategic
location of Dhubri serves their purpose very well as the District
shares an international border with Bangladesh, inter-State boundaries
with Meghalaya and West Bengal and is in close proximity to Bhutan.
All the narcotics routed to this part of the region come through
Bangladesh. The Police and the Army have seized brown sugar five
times in the past three years. Sources said though MULTA had lost
considerable strength and was lying low at present, it was not totally
The Sanmilita Jatiya Abhivartan
convened at Guwahati by intellectuals and civil society activists
of Assam on April 24, adopted several resolutions appealing to the
Government to hold discussion with the ULFA on its various demands,
including the core demands.
April 23: ULFA stated that it might
soften its stand on the sovereignty issue, a demand which the group
had set as a precondition for talks with the Government, reports
PTI. The outfit's 'vice chairman' Pradip Gogoi said, "Sovereignty
is a vital demand of the ULFA. The government should show an interest
in this demand." He, however, said "Discussion on sovereignty does
not mean it has to be granted."
Gogoi said that the people of Assam
are hoping that the Government will create a favourable atmosphere
for peace talks and are concerned about the ongoing operations by
the Army and Paramilitary Forces. Gogoi hoped that the state-level
convention of Committee of Intellectuals, formed to facilitate talks
between the Union Government and ULFA, scheduled to be held on April
24 (today), would come out with valuable suggestions to take forward
the peace process. He also hoped that the convention would create
a favourable atmosphere so that ULFA central committee leaders could
meet either outside or inside the jail, where they are currently
Amid opposition from the ULFA 'commander-in-chief'
Paresh Baruah, a number of intellectuals and litterateurs of the
State are going to hold the Sanmilita Jatiya Abhivartan at ITA Cultural
Centre for Performing Arts at Muchkhowa, Guwahati on April 24. The
convention, according to the intellectuals, has been convened to
pave the way for talks between the ULFA and the Government.
April 22: The ULFA 'chairman' Arabinda
Rajkhowa, deputy 'commander-in-chief' Raju Baruah and 'foreign secretary'
Shashadhar Chouhury were produced in the TADA-designated court,
in connection with eight cases pending against them. When asked
to offer his views on ULFA 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah's
rejection of a State-level convention by the peace forum constituted
to take forward the peace process, Rajkhowa declined to make any
comments. He said, "Personal views would only add to the confusion
and lead to the people of Assam getting confused."
The Union Government has clarified
that no formal request for release of the ULFA leaders from jail
has been received by Assam Government. In Rajya Sabha (Upper House
of Parliament), Union Minister of State for Home Affairs M. Ramachandran
said that the Assam Government has informed that no demand for release
of detained leaders from jail has been received from the ULFA. He
declined to comment on the question whether the Government of Assam
was keen on granting parole to at least eight top leaders currently
in jail to facilitate talks.
In another e-mail statement, Paresh
Barua once again criticized some intellectuals of the State for
having failed to understand the ULFA's ideology.
The Assam Public Works (APW) criticized
the ULFA Paresh Baruah for being a stumbling block to the peace
process in Assam. APW President Abhijit Sarma and Secretary-General
Bitu Talukdar, in a press statement issued, said that Paresh Baruah
had been hindering several peace initiatives in Assam since 1990.
"Paresh Baruah is being held captive by foreign forces. He has changed
his name and religion and is working for the ISI and DGFI. He has
never been interested in a peaceful solution to the ULFA issue,"
said Sarma and Talukdar.
April 21: A suspected ULFA cadre,
Dinesh Das, was arrested from Narangi area of Guwahati. Some incriminating
documents, including demand notes of the outfit, were recovered
from his possession.
The ULFA 'commander-in-chief' Paresh
Barua in an e-mail to the newly floated Citizen's Forum's leader
Hiren Gohain, over the panel's plan to hold a convention on peace,
said "There is no question of talks without the issue of sovereignty
on the agenda. Agreeing to hold talks without the sovereignty issue
would be like surrendering to the colonial forces," reports Telegraph.
Barua's statement questioned Gohain's knowledge about ULFA and his
commitment to solving the ULFA issue. "We believe that Gohain is
not among those intellectuals who are working at the behest of the
colonial forces to divide Ulfa. He should try to go deep into the
Ulfa issue before coming up with suggestions," the statement further
said. Reacting to Barua's statement, Gohain said, "I was Ulfa's
critic earlier, I would rather advise Paresh Barua to read my books
and numerous articles on the Ulfa issue".
The 'deputy commander-in-chief'
of the ULFA, Raju Barua, said that it was the central committee
of the outfit that was empowered to take a decision in a free and
fair atmosphere on holding peace talks with the Government of India,
according to Shillong Times. He said that there was no division
in the ranks of ULFA and all cadres and leaders of the outfit including
those lodged in jail now supported the outfit's core demand for
'restoration of sovereignty' of Assam.
April 20: Hiren Gohain, President
of the Preparatory Committee for All Assam Convention for Revival
of Talks between Government and the ULFA, said, "Let Paresh Baruah
examine the contents of suggestions given by the State-level convention
as a member of the central committee, which alone has the authority
to take a final decision on the matter. If Baruah honours the constitution
of the ULFA, he should wait until conditions are suitable for a
meeting of the central committee in a situation free from constraints
before rushing to the press." He stated, "We are not proposing an
abject dishonourable surrender to the political and bureaucratic
bosses in Delhi unmindful of the legitimate claims and demands of
the natives of the State."
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
in New Delhi said that the Government will not wait "indefinitely"
for elusive ULFA military 'chief' Paresh Baruah to come for talks
but expects "some good news" in the next few days, reports Shillong
Times. He said, "We will not wait indefinitely for Paresh Baruah
to come. We are ready to initiate dialogue with other leaders on
all issues, except sovereignty." Gogoi said that Government wanted
to involve all leaders of ULFA in the negotiations but everything
will depend on the willingness and sincerity of the insurgent leaders.
Regarding the ULFA's links with
the CPI-Maoist in Assam, the Chief Minister said that all extremists
groups like Maoists and ULFA are "in the same boat" as all of them
believe in armed struggle, which is not acceptable for a democratic
country like India. "Naxals, ULFA are in the same boat. Their objective
is to achieve their goals through armed revolution. They just want
to create problem for the country," he said. The Chief Minister
also advised the Maoists to follow the footsteps of the erstwhile
Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT), a militant group which after surrendering
arms joined the democratic process and is now in power of the Bodoland
Territorial Council (BTC), if they really care about the development
of poor people.
April 19: Two ULFA linkmen were
arrested by Security Forces (SFs) from village Outala and Chamuapara
under Mangaldai Police Station of Darrang District on an unspecified
date. The duo was, reportedly, close associates of self-styled 'lieutenant'
of the '27th battalion' of the outfit, Manoj Kama alias
Mukul Rabha. Documents pertaining to banned ULFA outfit and some
recharge vouchers of cellular phone were recovered from the possession
of one of the ULFA linkman Jyotish Deka.
ULFA 'commander-in-chief' Paresh
Barua rejected the peace initiative taken by the newly floated Citizen's
Forum stating that the outfit would never compromise on its demand
for sovereignty. "We will never compromise on the issue of sovereignty.
As such, we fail to understand how the Citizen's Forum will go ahead
with the peace talks without our core demand for independence,"
Barua said in an e-mailed statement to the media. The forum had
been floated to help broker peace between ULFA and the Government.
Barua said, "We know that the persons
organizing the convention on April 24 are prominent personalities
of Assam, but they are committed to the Constitution of India, which
took away the legitimate rights of the people of Assam." Also, the
ULFA 'chief' added that the ULFA would sit for talks only if the
Government of India agrees to hold talks on the issue of sovereignty
of Assam and hoped that the convention would not call upon the outfit
to come for discussions by giving up its demand and ideology. He
said that the prominent citizens of Assam should put pressure on
the Government of India to hold talks on the issue of sovereignty
of Assam. They should also call upon the Government of India to
arrange for a plebiscite on the issue of sovereignty of Assam.
Paresh Barua said that 12,000 persons
lost their lives during the ULFA's struggle for restoration of the
historical rights of the indigenous people of Assam and now the
outfit would never compromise on its demand for the interest of
holding talks with the Government of India. "We will not respect
any call by the convention of prominent citizens if we are asked
to give up our demand," he asserted.
April 18: Former General Officer
Commanding (GOC) of the Army's 4 Corps, Lieutenant General (retd)
D.B. Shekhatkar warned that though the fundamentalist forces are
lying low at this moment, the region is virtually sitting on a sleeping
volcano, which may erupt at any time and "one should not be surprised
if a demand for separation comes up by the end of the year 2018."
He also pointed out that effective steps must be taken to prevent
infiltration of foreigners to the region and a close watch must
be maintained on the activities of the fundamentalist forces.
He further pointed out that there
have been demands for inclusion of the Northeast in the erstwhile
East Pakistan (Bangladesh) since the time of Independence and even
today, the demand is raised from time to time. The fundamentalist
forces and Islamic militant groups are now lying low but they have
their "sleeping cells", which can become active when they feel that
the time is ripe for them to strike. The militant groups backed
by Pakistani Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), including the ULFA,
are still active and there is no reason for the fundamentalist forces
to use their manpower to create disturbance in the region at this
April 16: ULFA 'vice-president'
Pradip Gogoi and 'publicity secretary' Mithinga Doimary visited
Barpeta on an unspecified date, to know the views of the people
of Barpeta about the ULFA and the Union Government talks before
the Sanmilit Jatiya Abhibartan which will be held on April 24. The
duo exchanged their views regarding the issue of ULFA-Government
and also took advice from the leading citizens of the town. In their
talk they said that at present ULFA is not a problem for the government.
But the demands that ULFA raised at present became a great problem
for the government. The duo cadres hoped that the noted persons
of Assam must help them to make the ULFA cadres free who are in
jail. The duo also mentioned that the people opined that there should
not be any barrier to discuss about the issue of sovereignty of
Assam which have been raised by ULFA since a long period.
April 14: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
said that Assam Government will have no objection in allowing jailed
ULFA 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa to visit his ailing 90-year-old
mother, especially with people celebrating Assamese New Year or
Bohag Bihu. Gogoi said, "I received a written appeal from Rajkhowa's
family to allow him to see his old mother during Bihu. We have absolutely
no problems in allowing the ULFA chairman to go and meet his mother.
But since he is in judicial custody, it depends on the court." The
Chief Minister further said that the Government would have no objection
in allowing even other jailed leaders to visit their families during
Bihu beginning on April 15. "We want peace and on the eve of Bihu
I am extending my best wishes and greetings to even Paresh Baruah
(the elusive ULFA commander-in-chief). Let all of them realise the
futility of an armed struggle and see how we all are celebrating
Bihu with our families," added Gogoi.
April 13: Ajay Rajkonwar, brother
of ULFA 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa, sent a fax message to Assam
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi requesting him to allow Arabinda Rajkhowa
to go home to meet his ailing mother during Rongali Bihu festival.
April 12: Assam Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi admitted the links between insurgent groups like ULFA and
the CPI-Maoist. "There are reports about links between our insurgent
outfits and Maoists. There is a probable link. I don't find much
of a difference between them if you look at their respective ideologies
and styles of functioning. Both start off by exploiting sentiments
of the masses in underdeveloped areas and try to solve problems
through armed struggle. The whole idea is to destabilise the government,"
Chief Minister said.
Assam Chief Minister said that the
Government would wait for some more time to have ULFA 'commander-in-chief'
Paresh Baruah in the proposed peace dialogue, but hinted that the
talks could start without him as well, reports Assam Tribune. He
further said that the doors for talks with militant outfits were
open but that operations against them would continue as long as
they indulged in violence.
The Assam Government has to spend
around INR 7.59 million a month for the 4,006 militant cadres who
have been staying in various designated camps in the State. The
militant outfits now in ceasefire and whose cadres are in such camps
are the UPDS, DHD, BW, NDFB, Adivasi Cobra Force (ACF), Birsa Commando
Force (BCF), KLNLF and the ULFA.
One ULFA linkman, Asraf Ali (35),
was arrested by the Army from Nampara village in Goalpara District
on the same day.
April 11: A Policeman was killed
and another seriously injured in an encounter with the ULFA militants
at Kochgaon Tinthengia in Dibrugarh District. The slain Policeman
was Sisuram Das of 19 India Reserve Battalion (IRB). No militant
was killed in the encounter. Additional Director-General Of Police
(special branch) Khagen Sarma said that the Police team launched
an operation in the area on the basis of information provided by
three arrested ULFA cadres that a group of about five cadres, led
by Ratul Bora, was camping in the area. The trio were arrested while
trying to extort money from a brick kiln in the area.
Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister
Tako Dabi said that there were definite intelligence inputs about
ethnic guerrillas of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) from adjoining
Myanmar infiltrating into the State's Changlang District in recent
weeks. "We have already launched a military operation to drive out
the KIA rebels, although we don't have any immediate information
of them setting up bases in our state," Dabi said. The Home Minister
said the KIA controls large part of northern Myanmar - a region
where up to a half-a-dozen Indian separatist groups from the restive
Northeast have well entrenched bases under KIA's direct patronage.
"We cannot allow the KIA to stay here for long as it could have
dangerous ramifications in the long run as Arunachal Pradesh does
not have any home grown terror groups, but the State is becoming
a hot bed of imported terror groups. We are also trying to find
out if the KIA is trying to become close with the NDFB of Assam
to help them shift bases to Myanmar and China," the Home Minister
further said. The Home Minister added further that two of Assam's
main militant groups, NDFB and ULFA, besides NSCN-IM and NSCN-K
of Nagalnd, have presence in Arunachal Pradesh.
A militant, identified as Bhadia
Bhumij, managed to escape after a brief encounter with SFs at Kulapathar
in Tinsukia District along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border on
the same day.
With the Assembly elections in Assam
slated for 2011 drawing nearer, State Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
has been putting pressure on the ruling United Progressive Alliance
(UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
for the initiation of direct talks with the ULFA, even though top
intelligence officials still maintain that time is not ripe for
peace talks with the militant outfit. Top intelligence officials
are of the opinion that the Government should take the issue of
ULFA 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah into consideration while
taking any decision on peace talks with the outfit.
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram
also said, "Our efforts are on to bring Paresh Baruah to the table
for talks. However, nothing can be said with certainty so long as
Paresh Baruah is at large." According to sources, the Assam Government
has already asked ULFA 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa and 'vice-president'
Pradip Gogoi to prepare a list of their demands that are within
the Constitution of India before the initiation of peace talks.
April 10: Two former ULFA militants,
identified as Pikash Rabha and Santu Rabha, who laid down arms in
2000, were arrested by the Goalpara District Police from Salpara
for acting as linkmen.
Myanmar's Ambassador to India U.
Kyi Thein at Shillong in Meghalaya said that action against Indian
insurgents in its territory will be initiated only after receiving
military assistance from India. "We have informed India of our requirements
to help us in fighting against the insurgents," the Ambassador said.
"India has agreed to provide us our military requirements, but I
cannot share with you our requirements," Thein said. He said, "We
also shared the same problem (insurgency) like India. This problem
will be sorted once India meet our requirements." The report adds
that there are at least 15 insurgents' camps operating from Myanmar
soil, fighting either for an autonomous or independent homeland
in Manipur, Nagaland and Assam. The Centre asked the Myanmar to
take action against the militant groups, including Manipur-based
United National Liberation Front (UNLF), People's Liberation Army
(PLA), Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL), People's Revolutionary Party
of Kangleipak (PREPAK) Assam-based ULFA and Nagaland-based National
Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) and National
Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) operating from Sagaing
division and the Chin State of Myanmar. Thein said that the problem
of insurgency across the India-Myanmar border can be sorted out
through infrastructure development. "We (India- Myanmar) now plan
to develop infrastructure in the border with special emphasis on
enhancing connectivity," the Ambassador informed.
April 9: The Dhubri Zila Praktan
ULFA Samannayrakshi Samiti (an organisation of former ULFA cadres)
has called a 12-hour Dhubri District bandh (general shutdown) beginning
from 5am. Dilip Barman, who was attacked on April 7, is a central
committee member of the organisation. The president of the Samiti,
Sushil Chandra Roy, said that Barman was attacked by Bodoland Peoples''
Front (BPF) candidate Doneswar Goyari and his armed supporters when
he was on his way back home from his uncle's house in Satipara village
in the Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD).
The Samiti (Dhubri Zila Praktan
ULFA Samannayrakshi Samiti) asked Assam Governor J.B. Patnaik to
use his office to get ULFA, 'general secretary', Anup Chetia, extradited
from Bangladesh. A seven-member group of the Samiti in a memorandum
also said the Government and ULFA should start honourable talks
at the earliest and Chetia should be part of the dialogue. Chetia
is in custody of Bangladesh. The development comes a day after ULFA,
'vice-chairman' Pradip Gogoi, writing in the outfit's mouthpiece,
Freedom, said the time had come to seek the opinion of masses, of
different organizations and races.
Two ULFA cadres, Bharat Kataki (20)
and Balin Bora (19), were arrested by the Police from Deotala under
Narayanpur Police outpost in Lakhimpur District. The Police recovered
two cellular phones, five subscriber identity module cards, one
khukuri (knife) and a bike from their possession.
April 7: Suspected ULFA cadres hoisted
the outfit's flag in Rajgarh market, while supporters of the outfit
tried to hoist the flag in an open field near the Tinsukia deputy
commissioner's office. "We chased two boys who were carrying an
Ulfa flag and managed to catch one of them, Lakhi Moran, a resident
of Pengeri and a student of Tinsukia ITI. His accomplice, Raju Moran,
is absconding," a senior Police official in Tinsukia said.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
said that operations against ULFA would continue because the outfit
was still recruiting cadres. "If Ulfa continues to indulge in violence
we will keep our operations going. We can't lower our guard," Gogoi
ULFA leader Arabinda Rajkhowa's
former personal bodyguard, Dilip Barman, was attacked in Dhubri.
The ULFA hoisted its organizational
flag at Bakaliaghat in Karbi Anlong on account of its Foundation
Day. The outfit hoisted flag at No. 2 Udali Lower Primary School
premises. The local administration claimed for a long time that
the ULFA was inactive or has been neutralized in the hill District
Karbi Anglong. But the ULFA's organizational flag hoisting only
at a distance of 200 metres from the 5th Rajputna Rifles Camp has
shown presence of the militant organization in the District.
April 6: ULFA celebrated its '31st
raising day' with supporters and suspected cadres unfurling the
proscribed outfit's flag in various places across Assam. A flag
was hoisted on the Moran College campus under Moranhat Police Station
in Sivasagar District on April 6. Police later removed the flag
and picked up Gopal Bhujjal, the night chowkidar of the college,
A cadre belonging to the outfit's
'28th battalion' of the ULFA, identified as Pinku Bora,
was arrested by the Police from Lakhimpur.
April 5: A ULFA militant, identified
as 'captain' Apurba Barua, was shot dead by a combined force of
the Police and the Army during an encounter at Rongalgre village
in West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya near Meghalaya-Assam border.
Other militants managed to escape from the encounter site.
ULF is said to have stepped up activities
across some pockets in Upper Assam with a group entering Borhat
in Sivasagar District and the Kakopathar-Pengeri areas in Tinsukia
District, prompting SFs to sound an alert. The development comes
ahead of the outfit's Raising Day on April 7, a day when it has
carried out strikes in the past. An MIU source said "The group is
equipped with sophisticated weapons like AK-series rifles, hand
grenades and a huge quantity of explosives. We are tracking them
and hope to get them soon."
The sources added that the group
had come from the Myanmar camps of the outfit and entered Assam
through Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh. However, the tardy
progress in the peace process affected the confidence of the pro-talks
ULFA group and boosted the morale of the anti-talks faction. There
is another report of yet another seven-member group entering the
Pengeri-Kakopathar-Bordumsa area in Tinsukia District. All these
areas had always been a hotbed for the outfit. "We are tracking
the movements of this group. An alert had been sounded throughout
the district and we are confident that we will be able to prevent
this group from carrying out any acts of violence," a senior Police
official of the District said. Mrinal Hazarika, a leader of the
pro-talks ULFA camp, blamed the State as well as the Union Government
for the reported resurgence of ULFA in Upper Assam. He said "Talks
are the only possible way out. We will keep on repeating this. Direct
talks between the Centre and the outfit are the only solution."
April 4: An exchange of fire took
place between the Army and suspected ULFA militants at Litong Betoni
village under Pengeri Police Station in Tinsukia District. The encounter
took place when the Army personnel were carrying out a search operation
in the village after receiving information of ULFA militants taking
shelter at the house of one Bholen Moran. However, no casualty was
reported in the incident.
Sources said that though the cadres
of ULFA and anti-talk faction of the NDFB also visit Tirap and Changlang
Districts of Arunachal Pradesh, from time to time, their activities
have not caused much concern as yet. "The ULFA and NDFB use the
area for tactical retreat whenever pressure is mounted on them in
Assam and though there were some reports of the members of the groups
indulging in extortions, they have not created much trouble in the
area so far. Moreover, the NSCN-IM, which is demanding inclusion
of the Districts in the 'Greater Nagalim', has a stake in the area,
which the ULFA and NDFB do not have," sources added.
April 3: Communist Party of India
(CPI) National Executive member Promode Gogoi demanded of the State
Government to release all the jailed leaders of the ULFA so as to
initiate political dialogue with the militant outfit. Gogoi said
that from the very beginning, the Assam State Council of the CPI
had been demanding that the demands raised by the ULFA should be
solved through discussion without any preconditions.
April 2: One ULFA cadre, identified
as Kaushal Kunwar alias Amar Kakoti, was arrested by Security
Forces (SFs) from Pithalibam village in Dibrugarh District. His
wife Nomi Kunwar alias Runi Tai was also called in the Police
Station for further interrogation. Police sources said both the
husband-wife duo was staying in Pithalibam village in disguise.
P. Chidambaram said that violence
and militancy in the "Northeast have come down". Chidambaram said,
"We simply have to get more groups to talk to us. 2009 was a big
success in containing militancy and talks through interlocutors
are going on with some major groups, including the NSCN-IM." On
talks with the ULFA, he further said: "We are ready to talk to ULFA
and others also if they abjure violence and express willingness.
However, there are splinter groups which are carrying out extortion
and other unlawful activities. We will take firm action against
them." He reviewed the law and order situation in Arunachal Pradesh,
particularly Tirap and Changlang Districts that were declared disturbed
under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, with the Army, Indo-Tibetan
Border Police (ITBP) and other security agencies.
March 29: One 'commander' of the
'27th battalion' of the ULFA, identified as Mridul Kalita
alias Samar Jyoti alias Saurabh, was killed in an encounter with
the SFs, at Madeligaon village near Dalongghat under Kalaigaon Police
Station in Udalguri . As the SFs reached the house of one village
farmer Chinta Ram Barua, the militant lobbed three grenades upon
the troops, which immediately exploded on the spot, in an attempt
to escape. But the retaliation made by the SFs resulted in the killing
of the militant on the spot. One 9-mm pistol along with two magazines
and 12 rounds of live ammunition, a cash of INR 204000, 95 subscriber
identity module cards along with seven cellular phones, several
unaddressed extortion notes and some incriminating documents were
recovered from the possession of the slain militant.
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram
would make an aerial survey of the India-Myanmar border along Arunachal
Pradesh on April 3, fuelling speculation that a joint operation
against Northeast militants based in the neighbouring country is
on the cards. He would visit Arunachal Pradesh on April 1 during
which he would also visit Tawang, Tirap, Changlang, Lower Subansiri
and Papum Pare Districts to take stock of the situation along the
China-India and India-Myanmar borders. Cadres of ULFA and NDFB are
said to be hiding in the forest camps in Myanmar's Sagaing division
where the NSCN-K has its headquarters. Source said Chidambaram would
address a high-level security meeting with officials of the Army
and other security agencies on April 3 after visiting Tirap and
Changlang Districts, which border Myanmar, and have been affected
by insurgency in an otherwise peaceful State.
Assam Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain
in the State Legislative Assembly said that among the active militant
groups, the ULFA has a strength of 875 cadres, while the anti-talk
faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) has
225 cadres, AANLA has 30 cadres, Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA) has
40 cadres, Hmar People's Convention- Democracy (HPC-D) has 50 cadres,
MULTA has 110 cadres and Assam unit of the Harkat-ul-Mujaheedin
has 45 cadres. The Minister further said that the Unified Command
structure is active in the State for launching coordinated operations
against militants. The Minister informed the House that in the last
two years, 535 persons, including 494 civilians and 41 SFs, were
killed by militants, while, during the same period, 333 militants
were killed by SFs in counter-insurgency operations. He added that
two outfits, Bircha Commando Force (BCF) and Adivasi Cobra Force
(ACF), are in suspension of operation with the State Government
and two others- BW and KLNLF laid down arms to join the mainstream.
March 28: One US carbine, a gun
and ammunition were recovered by the BSF from the house of ULFA
linkman, M. Lotha at Binapur in Golaghat District.
March 24: A three-member team of
the 'B' company of the '28th battalion' of the ULFA led by Sujit
Mohan is reportedly holding talks with the Assam Police on a possible
ceasefire agreement. Sources said, "The 'B' company of the ULFA's
28th battalion has come forward for ceasefire with the government.
A three-member team of the 'B' company is holding talks with the
Special Branch of the Assam Police."
March 23: The Meghalaya Police launched
a counter-insurgency operation to flush out the ULFA militants from
the thick forests of East and South Garo Hills Districts, in Meghalaya.
March 21: Two suspected cadres belonging
to the '27th battalion' of the ULFA, identified as Samesh
Choudhury and Dipak Bora, were arrested by the SFs for demanding
money from a person in Dispur area of Guwahati city.
March 19: The Meghalaya Governor
R. S. Mooshahary expressed concern over mushrooming of militant
groups in Garo hills and the activities of Assam-based outfits along
the border. The Governor said that recent developments, such as
reports on the formation of militant groups in Garo hills, were
a cause of concern. Other militant groups active in Garo hills are
LAEF, People's Liberation Front of Meghalaya (PLF-M), Achik National
Security Defence (ANSD), Atong Liberation Army (ALA), and United
Achik National Front (UANF). ULFA and NDFB are also active in Garo
hills and border of Ri Bhoi District. The Governor said that the
Government was committed to contain militancy at all costs. The
Governor added that the security establishment of the State has
acted swiftly to break up and contain the activities of the Hynniewtrep
Liberation Front (HLF) in Khasi hills, and LAEF in the Garo hills.
He said the activities of the local militant organisations like
the HNLC and ANVC have been substantially controlled.
March 17: General Officer Commanding
(GOC) of 4 Corps Lieutenant General Gyan Bhusan at Tezpur said the
outlawed ULFA in Assam is a spent force and has lost its sting following
sustained counter-insurgency operations and people's apathy towards
the insurgent group now. "The ULFA today has become weak with a
large number of their top leaders either eliminated or captured.
The ULFA is in total disarray," said Gyan Bhusan. He further said,
"The ULFA is not in a real position to even regroup now. In the
last few important occasions like the Republic Day and the Bihu
(Assamese harvest festival in January) they simply could not do
anything as they are on the run."
March 16: Saurav Gogoi, surrendered
ULFA leader, was arrested by the Police following an instruction
from the Union Government on the charge of threatening Brahmaputra
Crackers & Polymers Limited (BCPL) officials. He was, however,
released on bail later on.
The outlawed outfit ULFA hoisted
a flag of the outfit in the District headquarter town of Darrang
at Mangaldai. The cadres of the outfit on the occasion of the ‘Military
Day’ of the outfit unfurled their flag near the Swahid Bedi at Mangaldai
College. However on receipt of the information Darrang Additional
Superintendent of Police Sushanta Biswa Sarma rushed to the spot
and seized it.
Amid speculation over peace talks
with the ULFA, the outfit is busy reorganising, in a bid to emerge
as a force to reckon with ahead of the Assembly elections, slated
for early next year (2011). The SFs have received "disturbing" inputs
about ULFA ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Barua re-allocating specific
tasks and responsibilities among his top rung leaders. The outfit
has finalised its blueprint for regrouping at a meeting held at
its central command headquarters, known as Rupohi Ashroy Shibir,
at Bakapura in Sherpur District of Bangladesh recently, sources
added. According to the Police, cadres will function under the direct
supervision and command of Barua and self-styled ‘major’ Jibon Moran.
"Although Ulfa has weakened, we can’t afford to lower our guard
as no one knows how long this lull will last. Moreover, they may
try to carry out strikes ahead of the Assembly polls in order to
create pressure on political parties and their candidates," the
More than 10,000 militants surrendered
before the Government in Assam since 1998. As per the list submitted
by the Assam Government in the State Assembly, the ULFA topped the
list of surrendered militants as during the period from 1998 to
March 5, 2010, more than 4260 militants belonging to the outfit
have laid down arms. The list included 2711 militants of the BLT,
which was disbanded following the signing of the Memorandum of Settlement
between the Government and the outfit in 2003. The list included
514 KLNLF and 416 BW militants. These outfits surrendered weapons
to come for talks with the Government for political solution of
The Union Government has ruled out
the possibility of the ULFA maintaining permanent camps in Arunachal
Pradesh. "There is no report of any permanent camp of the ULFA in
Arunachal Pradesh, although there are reports of some activities
of ULFA in the State," said Union Minister of State for Home Affairs
M. Ramachandran in Rajya Sabha (Upper House). In 2009, Assam recorded
424 incidents, marking an increase over 2008, when 387 incidents
took place. However, killing of civilians had declined last year
with 152 deaths, while in 2008, 245 civilians fell to bullets of
insurgents, he added. Manipur continued to lead the table, with
the State recording 659 incidents last year, which was marginally
less than the previous year, when 740 incidents were recorded.
March 15: Assam Tribune quoting
security sources reports that the interrogation of the Communist
Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) leaders arrested in recent past
indicated the game plan of the groups to extend cooperation to militant
groups in the Nortesat. The main aim of the Maoists is to divert
the attention of the Government and SFs. The Maoists have already
tried to establish links with the ULFA as such a move would be beneficial
for both sides.
March 8: A ULFA linkman, identified
as Dipak Bhumij of Tiphuk tea estate, was arrested by the SFs at
Sivasagar. A 9-mm pistol was recovered from his possession.
The Assam Government assured the
Assembly that all efforts were on to trace the ‘commander-in-chief’
of BW, Niranjan Hojai, who had gone missing from a designated camp
about two months ago. According to other sources, Hojai could remain
in hiding till the political process with the BW begins and he manages
to get amnesty. "In that case, he doesn’t have to go to jail although
the process of getting amnesty could be time consuming. Otherwise,
he lands in jail as soon as he surfaces," a source said, adding
the court could soon declare him a "proclaimed offender". Assam
Forest and Environment Minister Rockybul Hussain said that action
would be taken against the cadres of the militant groups who had
fled their designated camps. So far, 15 BW militants, seven DHD
militants, 40 NDFB militants and five ULFA cadres have fled their
March 7: The Union Government may
not be willing to allow ULFA ‘commander in chief’ Paresh Baruah
to "hold talks to hostage" for an indefinite period if the other
leaders of the outfit express their desire to solve the problems
through discussions, highly placed official sources said.
Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC)
Chief Hagrama Mahilary held talks with ULFA ‘publicity secretary’
Mithinga Daimari at the latter’s residence at Nizzuluki near Barama
of Baksa District in Assam.
‘Chairman’ of the ULFA’s women wing
Kaberi Kachari, who is also the wife of the ULFA ‘chairman’ Arabinda
Rajkhowa, also held dialogue with Mithinga Daimari at Nizzuluki.
Kaberi met Mithinga along with Runumi Chetia, wife of ULFA’s ‘foreign
secretary’ Sasha Chaudhury.
March 5: A 45-year-old businessman,
Nepal Halder, who was abducted on February 21 and held hostage in
forests — possibly in Assam — returned to Malda District of West
Bengal. A day after his abduction from Old Malda on February 21,
his wife Gangarani had received a call demanding INR ten million
for his release. But the family members refused to say if they had
paid the ransom to secure the release. Police suspect that he had
been abducted by KLO or ULFA militants and a financial deal had
been struck for his release.
March 4: Founder ‘vice-chairman’
of ULFA, Pradip Gogoi, was released from jail after 18 years and
he immediately called for initiation of the peace process to end
insurgency in Assam. The court of the Kamrup Chief Judicial Magistrate
freed Gogoi after the ULFA leader furnished INR 1.2 million in bail
bonds as sureties in nine cases. Gogoi urged the Government to release
other top jailed leaders, including ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa,
ideologue Bhimkanta Buragohain and ‘deputy commander-in-chief’ Raju
Baruah to expedite the peace process.
The Centre clarified that it had
not received any formal request for peace dialogues so far at the
organizational level from the ULFA. The Union Minister of State
for Home Affairs said that the Government of India has always shown
its willingness to enter into dialogue with any group, which is
willing to abjure the path of violence and place its demand within
the framework of the Constitution of India. Sources added that at
least one round of meeting between top officials and the ULFA leaders
were held in the jail premises. The ULFA leaders were advised to
draft its charter of demands.
March 3: Two ULFA cadres, identified
as Prahlad Malakar and Akon Das, were arrested by the Police at
Barpara in Bongaigaon District.
March 2: The ‘commander-in-chief’
of ULFA, Paresh Baruah, has started reorganising the outfit. Security
sources said that at least 30 to 40 members of the outfit are still
in Bangladesh. The ‘central committee headquarters’ of the ULFA
is still located in the Bakapura area in Sherpur District of Bangladesh.
After the arrests of the top leaders of the outfit, the ‘commander-in-chief’
is now the most powerful man in the outfit and Jiban Moran is the
‘second in command’. Sources added that ULFA has made three ranks
among the remaining senior members. Most of the members of these
three groups are still in Bangladesh. Sources further said that
all is not well in the ‘28th battalion’ headquarter of the ULFA
in Myanmar and the top leaders have ‘suspended’ a senior member
Sujit Mohan. Though Bijoy Das alias Bijoy Chinese is now
heading the ‘28th battalion’, still considered the strongest wing
of the outfit, personality clashes among the senior members have
In the Budget Session of the Assam
Legislative Assembly, the Governor of Assam, J. B. Patnaik said
that the Government is ready for talks with the militants within
the framework of the Constitution of India. In his speech, the Governor
said that there has been perceptible improvement of the law and
order situation mainly because of constant pressure by the SFs.
A number of top United Liberation Front of Asom ULFA leaders were
arrested in last few months, while, two important militant groups
- KLNLF and Black Widow surrendered arms. "While we will
continue to deal with any act of violence firmly, I would like to
say that the doors are open for negotiation within the framework
of the Constitution of India," the Governor added.
February 25: A ULFA
cadre was shot dead and another cadre arrested when the SFs neutralised
a hideout at Chachinat village of East Garo Hills District in Meghalaya.
The slain cadre was identified as self-styled 'sergeant' Bidyut
Kalita of the '109th battalion' of the ULFA. Two AK-81
assault rifles, 129 live rounds of ammunition, one Dragonov sniper
rifle with 76 bullets, one kilogram of RDX explosives and a wireless
set, one voltmeter and extortion notes were recovered from the hideout.
The '109th battalion' is entrusted with mainly logistical
work, like guiding ULFA militants to and from Bangladesh through
Garo Hills, which borders the neighbouring country and Assam. The
Police said the villages along the border areas of East Garo Hills
have become a safe hideout for ULFA militants. The anti-talks faction
of NDFB also uses the tract.
Modalities for ULFA talks may figure
at the meeting slated to be held between Assam Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi and Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram in New Delhi.
After meeting with Union Home Minister
P. Chidambaram, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in Delhi reiterated the
outfit's need to drop the issue of sovereignty and abjure violence
before any parley. They discussed ULFA's demand for direct talks
with the Centre. However, a source said both agreed that the talks,
as and when they are held, should also involve the State Government.
The meeting also dwelt upon the efforts being made to bring all
the ULFA leaders, including Barua to the talks table, but was unanimous
on the view that the Government could not keep waiting. After his
discussion with Chidambaram, Gogoi said, "The government is ready
for talks with the ULFA but there will be no discussion on sovereignty.
There is also no plan to suspend operations against the group."
On ULFA 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Barua, Gogoi said, "We will
also try to bring Paresh Barua to the negotiation table. But if
he doesn't come, we will go ahead with the peace process." Gogoi
said the indication from the ULFA was positive and the Government
was hopeful of initiating the peace process soon. "But we don't
specify any time-frame," he added.
After six years in prison, the ULFA
'publicity secretary', Mithinga Daimary (43), was released. After
his release from the Guwahati Central Jail, he went to his house
at Barama in Nalbari District. Daimary said, "I will meet the jailed
ULFA leaders within a day or two on peace talks. It's not possible
to take any decision inside the jail, and as such the Government
should ensure the unconditional release of the jailed ULFA leaders."
He appealed to 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Barua to agree for talks
on. However, ULFA 'vice-chairman' Pradip Gogoi said peace talks
would depend much on the Government's stand. "We can't take any
decision till our general secretary Anup Chetia comes from Bangladesh,"
February 23: The Terrorist
and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, court released two top
ULFA leaders, 'vice-chairman' Pradip Gogoi and 'publicity secretary'
Mithinga Daimary on bail, according to Sentinel. IANS quoted the
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi saying, "We also hope talks will
begin and are confident that the jailed ULFA leaders will respond.
We would hold talks with them with dignity and honour."
February 21: The Assam Government
transferred ULFA's political ideologue Bhimkanta Buragohain alias
Mama to the Guwahati Central Jail from Tezpur in an attempt to allow
all the top jailed leaders of the outfit to meet inside the prison
to chart out a road map for peace talks.
February 19: An unidentified ULFA
cadre was shot dead by the Army at Lakhopur village in the Helecha-Lakhopur
area in Nalbari District.
The designated TADA court granted
bail to ULFA 'vice-chairman' Pradip Gogoi in three cases registered
against him. His counsel said that the bail was granted on conditions
that till the disposal of the cases he would not travel abroad,
deposit his passport, if any, in the court and not leave Assam,
area under the jurisdiction of the court, without prior permission
from the court or the officer-in-charge of the Police Station of
the area where he is a permanent resident.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
in Guwahati said: "We haven't got any indication from the ULFA for
peace talks as yet, and without any indication from the outfit we
can't move ahead. The outfit is adamant on its stand that talks
can't be held in handcuffs and from jail. We know this difficulty,
but can't do anything before the initiation of peace talks," reports
Sentinel. On ULFA 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah, he said, "We
also want that he should take part in the peace process, but we
can't wait for him for long. Our efforts to persuade him for peace
talks or arresting him are on."
February 17: A person, Ajay Rajkhowa,
was arrested by the Police from Nazira of Sibsagar District for
demanding money from a businessman in the name of ULFA.
February 16: A designated Terrorist
and Disruptive Activities (TADA) court deferred its decision on
bail applications of ULFA ‘vice-chairman’ Pradip Gogoi and ‘publicity
secretary’ Mithinga Daimary by a few days. Meanwhile, the Assam
Government stated that it has no objection if the two jailed ULFA
leaders were granted bail by the court, adds Telegraph. The Government
made the submission before the designated court during the hearing
of the bail plea. A source said that all the jailed ULFA leaders
were likely to be released in phases as part of the groundwork for
starting a dialogue.
February 15: The Assam Government
asked the Centre to equate ULFA with the NSCN when it comes to setting
pre-conditions for cease-fire and subsequent talks.
February 14: A suspected militant
belonging to '709 battalion' of the ULFA, identified as Kamal Boro,
was arrested by the Police from Adamgiri Hill at Maligaon in the
February 13: Assam Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi in Guwahati said that ULFA's self-styled 'commander-in-chief'
Paresh Baruah is trying to regroup the cadre to derail the peace
process initiated in Assam. "Paresh Baruah, with a handful of his
supporters, is trying to regroup the residual cadre for a showdown
in the coming days apparently to derail the peace process which
seems to be in the offing with the arrest of many top leaders,"
Gogoi said. The Chief Minister further said that the activities
of NSCN-IM were on the rise in the border Districts of Assam including
North Cachar Hills, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat, Sibsagar and
factor, he added, was attempt by leftists' elements to influence
adivasi and other tribal youths in the State. Meanwhile, Assam Tribune
quoting sources reports that Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)
leader Koteswar Rao alias Kishan met ULFA 'commander-in-chief' Paresh
Baruah on an unspecified date after the arrest of ULFA 'chairman'
Arabinda Rajkhowa. Security sources said that Myanmar could be the
venue. The meeting between the two was confirmed when Kishan himself
admitted the fact in an interview.
The 'chairman' of ULFA,
Arabinda Rajkhowa said that his outfit was not for peace talks but
was keen to resolve long-drawn contentious political issues through
negotiations. When asked about ULFA's demand for sovereignty, he
said, "I don't want to say anything more as things may get complicated.
We don't want to complicate the situation."
February 12: A day after the KLNLF
gave up its arms, the Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi asked the
ULFA, NDFB and other militant groups to lay down their arms
to build a peaceful Assam founded on the ideals propagated by Sankardev,
in Titabor of Jorhat District. "The ULFA, NDFB and other terrorist
groups of Assam should follow Sankardev’s ideology and humanism
to build a peaceful Assam. They should follow the ideals of the
great Assamese prophet and lay down their arms in the greater interest
of a peace in the State," said Gogoi.
The pro-talks ULFA described the
Government’s decision to the arms surrender term for talks as a
step in the right direction, which might even prompt the outfit
to consider coming forward for talks. Mrinal Hazarika, a leader
of the pro-talks group, said, "Ulfa is not like the DHD or the KLNLF.
You cannot impose conditions on them." Union home secretary G.K.
Pillai on February 11 had said that the Centre had never asked the
NDFB or ULFA to lay down arms but only to abjure violence if they
February 10: Bangladesh High Commissioner
to India Tariq Ahmed Karim said in Shillong that Anup Chetia, ‘general
secretary’ of the ULFA, under detention in Bangladesh, after serving
a jail term, would be handed over to India soon. He said "It’s
happening. You will know when you get him." He further claimed
that there were no camps of Northeast militants in Bangladesh at
present, added Telegraph. "There are no militant camps that
I know of. Action has been taken very seriously against the insurgents
who had set up camps", Karim added further.
February 9: Union Home Secretary
G.K. Pillai said, "We are trying to apprehend Paresh Baruah who
is in the Kachin region bordering China. We are putting pressure
on Myanmar for this. Paresh Baruah is trying to establish links
with China for shelter and arms." He said that Union Home Minister
P. Chidambaram and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will decide
on whether talks with the ULFA [United Liberation Front of Asom]
should be held even without Paresh Baruah's participation. He further
said that the Centre will discuss Paresh Baruah's links with the
NSCN-IM during the meeting with the Naga outfit in April. About
ULFA leader Anup Chetia, now in Bangladesh, he said, "We are hopeful
that Chetia would come back to Assam soon," he further added.
The main opposition party of Bangladesh,
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), denied reports that its key
official and party chief's son Tarique Rahman had met Indian fugitive
militant Paresh Barua, according to Sentinel. Opposition chief whip
in Parliament Zainal Abedin Farroque said that the reports were
"a concocted story" based on a confession made by Mohammed Hafizur
Rahman, a key witness in the Chittagong arms haul case.
February 7: A ULFA
militant, identified as Biswajeet Rabha, was arrested by the SFs
from Majapara village in Goalpara District.
The arrested prime
accused in the Bangladesh's biggest ever arms haul case has claimed
that former Bangladesh Premier Khaleda Zia's son Tarique Rahman
was involved in an abortive smuggling of weapons, believed to be
meant for the ULFA militants. The State-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha
(BSS) news agency quoted a senior Police official as saying, "Hafizur
Rahman (the prime accused) has told the magistrate that he had met
Tarique Rahman at Hawa Bhaban along with ULFA leader Paresh Barua
on April 1, 2004." Investigation Officer Mohammad Moniruzzaman said
the latest statement of Hafiz seemed to be a "major development"
in the investigation process since a reinvestigation into the scam
was ordered two years ago.
The Assam Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi called for strict vigilance along the India-Myanmar
border following reports of ULFA ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah
seeking to regroup the remaining ULFA cadres in a bid to derail
the peace process. He said, "Hence, the need of the hour is
to increase vigilance along the Indo-Myanmar border by advancing
the BOPs manned by Assam Rifles closer to the border." He further
said, "The Myanmar-based NSCN-K has been offering all forms
of assistance and logistical support to the ULFA, ever since it
was formed, which must be curtailed at this crucial juncture though
the good office of the central government." Both Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram expressed
satisfaction over the comparative downward trend of level of violence
in the Northeast barring, of course, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Prime Minister Singh said that in the Northeast, the number of incidents
has gone down in 2009 as compared to the preceding year.
The Meghalaya Chief
Minister, D.D. Lapang asked the Centre to go for a tripartite political
and development accord with the Achik National Volunteer Council
(ANVC) to bring the ongoing peace process to a logical conclusion,
reports Shillong Times. He also stated that insurgent outfits like
ULFA, National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), NDFB and UPDS
are not only supporting groups like Liberation of Achik Elite Force
(LAEF), but also providing them arms, ammunition and training. He
said that insurgent outfits both from the Northeast and adjoining
Bangladesh were also using the peaceful State of Meghalaya both
as temporary sanctuary and corridor. Lapang further claimed that
both ANVC and Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) have
been largely neutralised with a sustained Police operation. But
passive militancy is still a cause for concern, he further added.
February 6: A ULFA
militant was shot dead in an encounter at Garobasti in Goalpara
District. Two Chinese grenades and a pistol were recovered from
the possession of the slain militant.
February 5: A suspected
ULFA militant was shot dead by SFs at Chakrashila reserve forest
near Choaikhola in Kokrajhar District.
The Centre convened
a meeting in Delhi to review the ongoing counter-insurgency operations
in Assam, with focus on efforts to draw ULFA to the negotiating
table. A source said this would be the first meeting involving high-profile
officials since the arrest of several ULFA leaders, including 'chairman'
Security agencies have
drawn up a list of 22 ULFA and NDFB militants whose arrest or elimination
would deliver a terminal blow to the network of operatives of both
the outfits within Assam. Source said, "All of them are currently
in Assam and we have taken all possible steps to ensure that they
cannot leave the state." Both the militant outfits are operating
in tandem in several Districts of Assam.
A meeting of the top
Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Intelligence Bureau and Assam
Police officials held in New Delhi decided to continue counter-insurgency
operations against ULFA in Assam till the outfit agreed to talks.
Halting anti-ULFA operations was ruled out during the meeting since
officials feared that such a move would offer the outfit an opportunity
to regroup, as had happened a couple of years ago.
The Assam Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi, endorsing the stand of the Centre on the peace process,
emphasised the need for a written communication from the jailed
leaders. "We need a letter from the ULFA leaders to start the
peace process," he said. "Without some kind of written
commitment from the ULFA leaders it will be difficult on our part
to start the process. What happens tomorrow if they back out,"
Gogoi added further.
February 3: An ULFA
militant, Diganta Sonowal, was arrested by Teok Police from Kaliapani
in Jorhat District. 13 bullets of AK-47 rifle were recovered from
ULFA 'publicity secretary'
Mithinga Daimary denied the outfit's 'commander-in-chief' Paresh
Baruah's statement that 'some broker intellectuals' of the State
have been putting mental pressure on the jailed ULFA leaders on
peace talks with the Government.
Bangladesh High Commissioner
to India Tariq Ahmed Karim hinted at handing over jailed ULFA 'general
secretary' Anup Chetia, but wanted Indian Government to reciprocate
by deporting some of its wanted terrorists allegedly hiding in India.
He said, "I cannot comment on whether Anup Chetia would be handed
over. But let me say, if you have got back some of the terrorists
(meaning the recent handing over of ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa
and three more top leaders and their family members to India), I
see no reason why you cannot get others also."
February 2: Two suspected
ULFA cadres, identified as central Assam 'area commander' Bosa Singh
alias Ranojjal Kakoty and his bodyguard Ankur Bonia alias
Bishnuram Deka shot dead by troops of 65 Field Regiment of Red Horns
Division during an encounter at Dakkhin Bhokelikanda under Kalaigaon
Police Station in Udalguri District. A six year old boy, Lakhya
Jyoti Deka, was killed in crossfire of the encounter. A trooper
was also injured in the encounter. . An AK-56 rifle, 60 rounds of
live ammunition, two pistols, four Chinese grenades, a satellite
phone, six cellular phones and incriminating documents were recovered
from their possession.
The hardcore militant
belonging to '709th battalion' of the ULFA, identified as Raju Deka
alias Mustafa Mohammad (30) of Mangaldoi, was arrested by SFs personnel
from the Talap area in Tinsukia District. Around three kilograms
of explosives were recovered from his possession. SFs claimed to
have thwarted the outfit's designs to create fresh terror with the
arrest of the militant. Military intelligence sources said that
another militant, Hemanta Rajbongshi was leading a 12-member group
from '709th battalion' and was looking for possible targets in Upper
Assam Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi said that the Assam Government is ready for peace talks
with the ULFA, but the outfit has to give to its written assurance
that is ready for peace talks. Gogoi said, "If the ULFA just writes
- we are ready for peace talks with the government - the government
gets the basis to start the peace process. We will consider other
demands of ULFA leaders like 'no talks with handcuffs in hands,
The ULFA 'chairman'
Arabinda Rajkhowa said they could not talk with the Government while
in custody. He said, "We cannot propose to hold talks with the government
when we have handcuffs on." ULFA 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Barua
on the other hand warned 'intellectuals' working at the behest of
the Government against the outfit of dire consequences. In an e-mailed
statement, he once again came down harshly on people he described
as 'local dalals and India-loving intellectuals' who were playing
a devious game to derail the outfit's freedom movement. He said
that these people were trying to put pressure on the jailed ULFA
leaders to sit for talks by citing 'false aspirations of the people'.
He added, "However, we are sure that our jailed leaders will not
forget the sacrifices made by thousands of youths for the sake of
the freedom movement."
ULFA started moving some of their camps in Myanmar deep into the dense
forest areas, apprehending a crackdown. This revelation came following
February 1 surrender of a ULFA militant Akash Bora before the Inspector
General of Border Security Force (BSF) at Shillong in Meghalaya. Security
sources said that from the revelations made by Akash, it was clear
that the ULFA is still recruiting new boys and new recruits in small
batches are still sent to the camps in Myanmar for training. The ULFA
has four major camps in Myanmar where around 150 to 200 cadres are
staying. Sources quoting Akash said that life is tough for the militants
in Myanmar because of the terrain, and the recent arrest of ULFA 'chairman'
Arabinda Rajkhowa and other senior leaders frustrated and demoralised
the cadres. Sources further added that the camps of the ULFA in Myanmar
are run mainly by ULFA 'central committee member' Jiban Moran and
hardcore militant Bijoy Chinese. Akash revealed that some senior ULFA
cadres are maintaining links with some Army officials of Myanmar.
One militant belonging to '28th
battalion' of the ULFA, identified as 'sergeant' Ranjit alias
Akash Bora, surrendered before the Border Security Force (BSF) at
Shillong in Meghalaya. He deposited one AK-56 rifle and its two
magazines besides, 140 bullets. He claimed that ULFA cadres were
getting arms training in the four camps in Myanmar. He said, ''The
morale of the ULFA cadres in the Myanmar camp has not been affected,
knowing Paresh Baruah is still around and supporting the cause of
The Centre is ready for a dialogue
with the pro-talks groups of both ULFA and the NDFB even without
their top leaders Paresh Barua and Ranjan Daimary. Union Home Minister
P. Chidambaram said, "Our offer to talk to ULFA remains. But we
have not yet got an offer to talk from those who have been apprehended.
Paresh Barua is not with us. We do not think he is in India. Just
because Paresh Barua is out of the country it does not mean that
talks can be avoided indefinitely." Chidambaram, however, said that
the Centre was also willing to talk to the NDFB without its 'chairman'
The ULFA said that it would discuss
the offer made by Home Minister P. Chidambaram for peace talks with
the jailed rebel leadership. Jailed ULFA 'vice-chairman' Pradeep
Gogoi said, "We shall have to discuss the matter and I, alone, cannot
make any comment on the Home Minister's offer. There has to be a
conducive climate for talks and also a lot would depend on the government's
January 29: ULFA 'chairman' Arabinda
Rajkhowa has said that a decision on a dialogue with the Government
would be taken soon, with leaders of the outfit in prison holding
marathon discussions on the issue. Mrinal Hazarika, 'commander'
of 28th battalion' of the outfit said, "Both sides should not impose
any precondition as it may create hurdles in holding dialogue. The
agenda for the talks can be finalised at the negotiating table."
He also appealed to the Government to release the jailed central
ULFA leaders to facilitate early talks. "We want Paresh Barua also
to join the peace process but one can't wait for him endlessly.
Dialogue must start even if Barua refuses to be a part of the peace
process," he added. "Greater autonomy for Assam will solve the problems.
It will function like a federating unit where all indigenous groups
will have political roles to play," he further added.
January 27: Two militants belonging
to ‘28th battalion’ of the ULFA, identified as David Doley alias
Ganesh Kumbang of Dhemaji District and Biraj Sonowal alias
Ajit Sonowal of Dhakuakhana were arrested by the SFs at Dhodang
Chapari area under Pulibar Police Station of Jorhat District.
January 25: One militant belonging
to the '109th battalion' of the ULFA, identified as Donjison
Rabha, was arrested by the SFs in Krishnai area of Goalpara District.
Three IED, two grenades and 20 AK-series ammunition were recovered
from the possession of the militant.
The ULFA in its changed strategy
has moved men from '109th and 709th battalions' to Upper Assam to
carry out subversive activities around Republic Day. Sources said
that a 12-member unit drawn from both the 'battalions' led by bomb
expert Hemanta Rajbongshi from Nalbari had entered Upper Assam in
early part of January 2010 and had been carrying out surveys to
figure out possible targets.
militant, identified as Prithvi Raj Rabha,
was arrested by SFs during a search operation in Goalpara District.
He was the
most wanted bomber of the outfit.
January 24: Two ULFA
militants, identified as Hiteswar Kachari and Maheswar Rabha, were
arrested by SFs from Goalpara District.
January 23: The Police
recovered an IED from Lalmati area under Basistha Police Station
in Guwahati City. Police, however, failed to arrest the ULFA cadre,
identified as Lakhi Das alias Jishu belonging to the '109th battalion'
of the outfit. "We have received information about the movement
of a few suspected persons in the city, which is why we have put
our team on alert to avert any untoward incident," a senior Police
January 22: One
militant belonging to the '28th battalion' of the ULFA,
identified as Dipak Saikia (33) alias Bhai, was arrested
by the Police from Elengmora area under Pulibor Police Station in
Jorhat District. Three kilograms of Trinitrotoluene (TNT) explosive
was recovered by the Police from the Major Sapori area in Majuli
following his confession.
January 21: Ruling
junta of Myanmar assured that it plans to launch co-ordinated operations
with India to flush out Northeast militants from its territories
and has promised to help track down elusive ULFA 'commander-in-chief'
January 19: One ULFA
militant, identified as Santosh Rabha (22), was arrested by the
Assam Police at Japorigog area in Kamrup District. One Austrian
grenade and a bomb were recovered from his possession. He hails
from Nalanga Pahartoli in Goalpara District. However, the Police
have collected information about a four to five-member group of
ULFA cadres belonging to '109 battalion' of the outfit entering
Guwahati with explosives to carry out strikes before January 26.
Sources said, "He [Santosh] was operating under directions from
self-styled sergeant major of 109 battalion, Dipak Das alias Dipak
Rai, and commander Pradip Basumatary. During interrogation, Rabha
said there were three more cadres of the '109 battalion' holed up
in the city." Sources also added that their biggest worry was there
are two more bombs in the city, which are yet to be found. This
arrest assumes significance in the light of ULFA 'commander-in-chief'
Paresh Barua's threats of attacks ahead of Republic Day.
Pradip Gogoi and 'publicity secretary' Mithinga Daimary filed petitions
in the special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention)
Act (TADA) Court seeking bail. Legal experts said, "The court can
consider the bail plea of the ULFA duo if the State Government is
convinced that they will not jump parole and not destroy evidence
of cases against them."
The ULFA stated that
autonomy would divide the State. In its mouthpiece Freedom, the
outfit criticised the State Government for its alleged failure to
punish the "secret killers". The ULFA mouthpiece also said that
the outfit would continue to attack the Border Security Force (BSF),
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police
(ITBP), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Sashastra Seema
Bal (SSB), Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and the Army.
January 18: A
surrendered ULFA militant, Kamal Nath, stated that the Congress
party was behind the secret killings during the Prafulla Kumar Mahanta
January 18: The ULFA stated that
its jailed leaders would not jump parole, if freed from prison to
facilitate peace talks with the Government. "Let me assure the government
and the people of Assam that if released on parole we shall never
betray the trust... we shall not flee," said jailed ULFA leader
Pradeep Gogoi. He responded following reports that the Assam Government
was contemplating granting parole to at least eight top jailed ULFA
leaders to facilitate peace talks, but the Centre is apprehensive
that the militant leaders might jump parole and go underground.
He further added, "Let the people of Assam and the government first
take us into confidence... we are not going to break that trust."
January 17: Dead body of a businessman,
identified as Prabhu Choudhury, was recovered from Mohgaon village
in Pengeri Police Station of Tinsukia District. He was reportedly
abducted by suspected ULFA militants with the help of a surrendered
militant, Dilon Duara, from Kakopathar on October 28, 2009.
January 16: The Assam Police arrested
a ULFA militant, identified as Pradip Kalita, from Woodland Hospital
in Shillong. Pradip Kalita was suspected to be a member of the '27th
battalion' of the ULFA.
January 15: The Army arrested four
suspected ULFA militants from Surya Pahar under Naranarayan River
Police Station of Goalpara District. A pistol, a revolver and two
hand grenades were recovered from their possession.
Telegraph reports that Tinsukia
District Police registered at least six cases of abduction and extortion
against a group formed by surrendered ULFA militants and a gang
of insurgents who managed to escape from the outfit's designated
camps. A Police Official said these cadres, armed with sophisticated
weapons, had teamed up with a few surrendered militants and was
operating in Upper Assam, especially in Tinsukia. At least five
ULFA cadres, who managed to escape from the designated camps in
Upper Assam, are part of this new group.
Telegraph quoting SF sources
reports that China's own political exigency in Myanmar was the factor
responsible for ULFA ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Barua finding
a safe haven along the China-Myanmar border. Sources said Barua
had been traced to Ruili in Yunan province of China bordering Myanmar.
"Most of the arms deals are struck at Ruili and from there the Chinese
arms are brought to Bamo in Myanmar, from where they are routed
to different places mostly through the Irrawaddy and its tributaries.
ULFA and other militant outfits of the northeast also bring their
arms and ammunition through this route," sources said. "Since the
Myanmar junta and these rebel groups are in ceasefire, the Indian
insurgent outfits like National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang
(NSCN-K), ULFA, and Meitei groups of Manipur have found safe haven
in the areas under control of the Kachin and Wa rebels [Myanmar],"
added sources. Sources further mentioned that after the Bangladesh
Government had stepped up action against the ULFA, Barua shifted
base to the China Sino-Myanmar border and also set up camp in rebel-administered
areas in Myanmar's Kachin.
January 13: One militant belonging
to ceasefire-group of the ULFA, identified as Dilon Dowerah, and
one Army trooper, Havaldar Dayal Singh, were killed in an encounter
at Talpathar village under Pengeri Police Station in Tinsukia District.
The Army, however, said that another member of the gang might be
injured in the encounter. Superintendent of Police of Tinsukia District
Diganta Bora said that ULFA cadre Dilon, who hailed from Mutapung
in Tinsukia, had formally laid down weapons on December 28, 2007.
After two ULFA cadres, Akon Moran alias Ajit Moran, and Biplob Baruah
alias Pinku Phukon, managed to escape from the Kakopathar-based
designated camp belonging to ceasefire-group of the outfit on July
23, 2009, the trio teamed up to form a gang which extorted and abducted
in the name of ULFA. AK-56 rifles, some live ammunition, a magazine,
a cellular phone, some incriminating documents including ULFA extortion
notes, were recovered from the incident site.
January 12: Assam Tribune
quoting security sources reports that the links between the ULFA
and Pakistani Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) is a well established
fact and the ULFA is still receiving help from ISI. Sources added
that the militant groups, including the ULFA, are still receiving
explosives, including RDX, from the ISI. The report adds that ULFA
still has a good quantity of ISI introduced Programmable Time Devices
(PTDs) and PTD switches.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh referring
to issues related to the talks with the ULFA, said that the Government
does not intends to humiliate anyone, but wanted to restore peace
in Assam. He said, "Though we tried to bring them to the negotiation
table in 2006, they (ULFA) backed out. I hope this time good reason
prevails. If Assam becomes peaceful, nothing can stop it from making
rapid progress as the state has tremendous potential in all spheres.
We are also in touch with our neighbors so that insurgents from
the North-East do not get shelter in their territories."
January 10: Two suspected ULFA militants
were killed in an encounter with the SFs at Na-Kuchi under Khetri
Police Station in the Kamrup (urban) District. One 9 mm pistol,
a hand grenade, two magazines and six rounds of live ammunition
were recovered from the possession of the slain militants. The suspected
ULFA militants were believed to be led by 'self-styled sergeant
major' Jayanta Kalita alias Jintu. Kalita, a top 'commander'
of the 109th battalion' of the ULFA operating in Western Assam,
was reportedly escaped towards the jungles of Meghalaya border.
January 8: A senior leader of the
ULFA, identified as Bhim Kanta Buraguhain alias Mama, was
produced in Tezpur court.
Assam Rifles (AR) Director General
Lieutenant-General K. S. Yadava, addressing the 175th anniversary
of the AR said, "United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) was raised
in Assam on the slogan of `Assam for Assamese'. But it's no longer
what it was. My personal perception is that 50% of the lower cadre
of ULFA is from across the border''. He added that the `hardcore
cadre' of ULFA was now down to just about 200 or so.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
said, "Some positive signals are there that they are willing to
hold discussions with us. We are expecting something in writing
Bangladesh Local Government
Ashraful Islam said that former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf
had a secret meeting with jailed ULFA leader Anup Chetia during
a visit when the then Premier Khaleda Zia belonging to the Bangladesh
Nationalist Party (BNP) was in power. He said "Pervez Musharraf
[former Pakistan President] came to Dhaka ... When the ULFA leader
was detained in the (Dhaka Central) jail, from where he was brought
to the Sheraton Hotel".
January 7: Assam Police described
ULFA ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Barua’s threats as nothing but
old wine in new bottle while asserting that Security Forces (SFs)
were on high alert and prepared for any challenge. Reacting to the
threats, Assam Director-General of Police Shankar Barua said "Threats
from ULFA are always there and there is nothing new in his statement."
He, however, said that SFs were placed on high alert to foil any
bid by ULFA to carry out strikes ahead of Republic Day.
The ULFA ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh
Baruah, who joined Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) as a porter
in 1978 and went underground a few months later, was sacked by the
Indian Railways. Having conducted an inquiry into Baruah’s absence
from work for over 30 years, the NFR issued instructions to strike
Baruah’s name off the Railways’ rolls. A senior NFR official said,
"An order stating Baruah’s removal from service has been issued
on Thursday [January 7]. It has been put up on the notice board
at the Tinsukia railway station."
January 6: The ULFA threatened to
attack Security Forces (SFs) and vital installations in Assam ahead
of the Republic Day celebration on January 26. "We are going to
step up our offensive and target security forces and other vital
installations," self-styled ULFA ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah
said in an e-mailed statement. Titled ‘new guidelines and instructions’,
the rebel statement also warned of action against Assam Police personnel
and ‘informers’. "We are not going to spare those who act as informers
to pass on inputs to the security forces," the ULFA leader said.
The rebel statement also threatened action against ‘intellectuals’
who are anti-ULFA. "We shall identify the intellectuals and first
warn them and then take action on such people," the statement said.
January 4: Bangladeshi High Commissioner
to India, Tariq A. Karim, in a recent letter to Bangladesh Government,
said a possible backlash from ULFA and religious extremists in Bangladesh
has made the mission’s compound in New Delhi extremely vulnerable.
"These developments have meant that the High Commission and
its personnel have become extremely vulnerable as targets for retaliatory
attacks in India aimed at humiliating the government of Bangladesh,"
the letter stated.
January 1: A ULFA linkman, Sanjay
Sarkar, is arrested by the Kokrajhar District Police and Army from
North Rangapara village under Fakiragram Police Station. Explosives
are recovered from his possession.
Source:Compiled from news reports and