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Assam Timeline - 2015

Date

Incidents

January 1

SFs arrested an unidentified militant belonging to NDFB-IKS at Chhagaliya near the Assam-West Bengal border in Dhubri District.

January 2

The dead body of an Adivasi villager, Kero Hasda, was recovered in Chirang District. The death toll in the violence which started with the December 23, 2013 NDFB-IKS attacks, its backlash and in Police firing has gone up to 82. "He [Kero Hasda] was missing since December 25 from Koraibari village in Chirang district," Inspector-General of Police (law and order) S.N. Singh said.

An AR jawan was injured, in unconfirmed reports, during an encounter between AR personnel and suspected NDFB-IKS militants under Itakhola Police Station area in Sonitpur District. A meeting of the Special Operations Group of Unified Command was held at the Army's Red Horns Division Headquarters at Rangiya on January 2 to review the security situation following the NDFB-IKS attacks.

SFs arrested one KPLT linkman, identified as Babu Hanseyin Kheroni Police Station of Karbi Anglong District. Police also recovered one 9mm pistol with 4 ammunitions and 5 bullets of AK series assault rifle from the residence of Sarmen Enghi located in village Notun Enghi Gaon.

Home Commissioner Prateek Hajela said that the number of Adivasi and Bodo people taking shelter in relief camps has come down to 2,08,000 (on January 2) from 2,36,000 (on January 1), with more people returning home.

A Junior Commissioned Officer of 12 Assam Rifles was killed, in an encounter, with militants of the NDFB-IKS in Sonitpur District. Official sources said a group of 12 NDFB-IKS militants came down from the hilly Seijosa area near Pakke reserve forest in East Kameng District of neighboring Arunachal Pradesh and opened fire on Security Forces (SFs).SFs had launched operations against NDFB-IKS after the later carried out December 23 massacre of Adivasis in Sonitpur, Chirang and Kokrajhar Districts.

January 3

Inspector-General of Police (law and order) S.N. Singh said that the ULFA-I might carry out strikes ahead of Republic Day.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that the December 23 attack on Adivasi could not have been possible without the knowledge of the NDFB-IKS's 'Commander-in- chief' Ingti Kathar Songbijit. "The attacks could not have taken place without Songbijit consent. His deputy might have executed the attacks but it is not possible that the attacks happened without Songbijit knowing of it," Gogoi said at a press conference here.

January 4

Six relief camps have been closed down in Chirang and Kokrajhar districts, and with this, the total number of relief camps has come down to 96 in the four Districts namely Chirang, Udalguri, Kokrajhar and Sonitpur. As on January 4, approximately 164,790 inmates are living in 96 relief camps.

Activists of the ATPC, led by 'general secretary' Manak Chandra Bordoloi, staged a dharna [non-violent sit-in protest] on January 4 to demand dissolution of the present Tiwa Autonomous Council (TAC) and holding of elections in February 2015.

Talks are on with Bhutan at the highest-level for a possible "coordinated" operation against the NDFB-IKS. A senior official today said it might take a few days for the discussions to yield results on the ground. Though India is not planning any joint crackdown in Bhutan as of now, it wants the Himalayan kingdom to back-up the operations launched in Assam.

SFs arrested two militants belonging to NDFB-IKS, identified as Nakul Narzary and Raju Rabha, from Namora under Jinjia Police Station area of Sonitpur District.

The Chief Executive Officer of ASDMA, P.K. Tiwari, said during the last 24 hours, 11 relief camps have been closed down with 24,651 inmates returning home. Now there are 140,139 inmates in 85 relief camps in Kokrajhar, Chirang, Udalguri and Sonitpur Districts, P.K. Tiwari, said.

SFs arrested two suspected NDFB-IKS militants from Shamuktala area under the Shamuktala Police Station in Alipurduar District. The militants were nabbed of West Bengal close to the border with Assam. A huge quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered from them, police added.

January 5

SFs arrested a NDFB-IKS militant, Daimu Narzary, from Kajalgaon in Chirang District. IGP-law and order S.N. Singh said Narzary was involved in a grenade blast at Chapaguri in Chirang some months ago."Two grenade shells of 40mm UBGL and a Chinese grenade were recovered from him," Singh said.

IGP-law and order, S.N. Singh retracted from his earlier statement absolving NDFB-IKS 'commander-in-chief' I.K. Songbijit of the December 23 carnage of Adivasis. "Whatever the chief minister has stated is correct and I stand by his statement," he told reporters. The IGP-Law and Order had on January 2 said that the killings were carried out under direction of G. Bidai, the number two leader of the NDFB-IKS without the consent of Songbijit.

SFs arrested ULFA-I militant, Kamal Laskar alias David Asom (32), from Dhemajigaon near Raha in Nagaon district. ADGP-Law and Order RM Singh further revealed that several political leaders of the State belonging to different parties could be targeted by the banned outfit.

Police killed a suspected militant of NDFB-IKS in the Bogijaan area along the Golaghat-Karbi Anglong border. Two grenades, a 9mm pistol, seven rounds of cartridges and two mobile phones were recovered from the site. The suspected NDFB-IKS cadre who was killed in the encounter was identified as Birat Basumatary of Gohpur in Sonitpur District.

January 6

Army, in an encounter, killed a suspected KPLT militant near Hamren in Karbi Anglong District. An M16 rifle and ammunition were recovered.

SFs arrested five GNLA militants from Rongsoi on the Assam-Meghalaya border. Five pistols and ammunition were recovered.

SFs arrested two militants belonging to NDFB-IKS, identified as Probin Brahma and Vijay Kumar Brahma, from Banshijhora in Parbatjhora subdivision in Kokrajhar District. A 9mm pistol, a 7.62mm pistol, ammunition and mobile phones were recovered.

Police arrested two UDLA militants from Hailakandi District.

January 8

SFs killed two KPLT cadres in a gun-battle at Rongtang village in Karbi Anglong District. Three small fire arms were also seized from the incident site, Police informed. KPLT has called for a 48-hour bandh in Karbi Anglong District from January 11. The bandh (shutdown) has been called to protest the killing of its member, believed to be the 'deputy commander-in-chief', Kengkam Terang.

Police, in another operation, arrested one UPLA militant, identified as one Aspee Bey, from Phonglopet village in Karbi Anglong District. According to Police, Aspee Bey was supposedly involved in the killing of Hamren SP, Nityananda Goswami in June 2014.

January 8-9

Security Forces arrested nine NDFB-IKS cadres along with a huge cache of arms and ammunition. Seven of them were arrested in Kokrajhar District on January 9 while the other two were nabbed at Gohpur on January 8. Seven of the arrested cadres were identified as Milan Mushahary alias Mithinga (‘second in-command of Kokrajhar platoon’ of NDFB-IKS), Gautam Moholia, Joyanta Muchahary, Bina Basumatary, Swamkar Brahma alias Khurai, Khanda Narzary and Deuthwai Basumatary. The remaining two were not unidentified yet.

January 10

SFs, during a counter-insurgency operation, killed a ‘platoon commander’, identified as B.Jeblang, of NDFB-IKS at Khalsibazar within Serfanguri Police Station jurisdiction in Kokrajhar District. The news report stated that Jeblang was involved in the killing of five Adivasis at Pakriguri in Kokrajhar on December 23, 2014 and was also involved in the killing of five Hindi-speaking people in the same District. Inspector General of Police (BTAD) L R Bishnoi said "We have intensified our combing operation in the area. Two NDFB-IKS militants, identified as Genda and Bullet, were also arrested today (on January 10)," Bishnoi said. Four pistols and ammunition were seized from the two rebels.

January 11

SFs recovered a Chinese grenade near BJP district office located in GF Road in Bengenakhowa area in Golaghat town in Golaghat district. The report adds that the incidence comes a day after a ULFA-I's deadline to disrupt the BJP's meetings aimed at winning the 2016 state Assembly election. "The grenade is a Chinese-made one and powerful. We are already on high alert regarding the warning issued by ULFA-I to attack the BJP's offices and workers and it was because our strict vigil that we have managed to foil the plot of criminals," Additional superintendent of Police Numal Mahato said.

SFs arrested 12 NDFB-IKS militants from three different locations in the forest areas along the Indo-Bhutan border in Chirang District and recovered a large cache of arms and ammunitions. The arrested militants are Parmanesh Narzary alias N. Pwlersa (24), 'council member' and 'joint secretary media and publicity wing' of the NDFB-IKS, 'deputy commander' Swmkwr Basumatary alias B. Simang (27), Rahul Islary alias J. Rwmwilu (31), 'sergeant major'/'commander' Joleswar Basumatary alias B. Jakrup (29), 'sergeant major' Swrang Narzary alias N. Saya (25), 'corporal/section commander' Anan Brahma alias B. Aorai (26), 'corporal' Josao Muchahary alias M. Jahar (25), 'lance corporal'/'section commander' Karan Muchahary alias Kwiram Dwiram, Nagen Boro alias B. Tharun (35), Kalaram Goyary alias Kala (30) and Riten Basumatary alias B. Awgao (26).

January 12

Normal life came to a grinding halt following the 48-hour Karbi Anglong bandh (shutdown strike) called by KPLT from 5am on January 11,. The militant outfit called the bandh to protest against the killing of its 'deputy commander-in-chief' Kangkan Terang in an encounter with SFs near Rangjangfong under Hamren subdivision of the hill District. Government offices and business institutions remained closed in district headquarters Diphu and two subdivisional headquarters of Bokajan and Hamren during the strike.

The UMHA has issued an official order to resume the fourth official tripartite parley with JACAS to look for a solution to settle the long-standing demand for implementation of Article 244 (A).The meeting is scheduled to be held on January 19 in New Delhi. In the parley, top officials from Assam and Union Government will sit together with JACAS leaders for talks.

SFs arrested 'platoon commander of Belsiri area' "corporal" of NDFB-IKS, Bodosha Narzary alias Bishnu Narzary (28), from Dhemaji district. During interrogation, Bodosha confessed to his involvement in the carnage at Sonajuli in Biswanath Chariali in Sonitpur district and his association in other unlawful activities.

SFs arrested an NDFB-IKS linkman, Subungma Basumatary alias Suresh (37), from Biswanath Chariali in Sonitpur District on January 12. L.R. Bishnoi said nearly 50 NDFB-IKS militants have been apprehended and a top leader of the outfit killed in the four BTAD Districts since the operation against the rebel group was intensified.

The NIA will take three militants of the NDFB-IKS; arrested from Chirang district on January 11, into custody to interrogate them in connection with the killing of minorities in the BTAD in May 2014. The militants are Swmkwr Basumatary alias B. Simang (27), Surjoy Goyari alias G. Sujulang (25) and Joleswar Basumatary alias B. Jakhrup (29) into custody in connection with cases RC-01/2014 and RC-02 2014 registered at the agency's Guwahati branch.

Government sources stated that NDFB-IKS 'Deputy Army Chief' G. Bidai alias Bishnu Goyari, one of the mastermind behind the December 23 Adivasi massacre, had discussed the possibility of talks with the State Government nearly a week ahead of the killing, report. The discussions failed and an encounter on December 21, 2014 resulted in a massacre by Bidai's men. Sources here said Bidai had been sending feelers on coming to the negotiation table for some time, which prompted the Assam Police to explore the opportunity of getting the entire group.

January 13

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reiterated that there will be no talks with militant outfits that indulge in violence, though doors are open for parleys with others.

SFs arrested the 'second lieutenant' and "chief recruiting officer", Enon Bargoyary alias Erkhang (30) 'platoon commander of Amteka', Rinen Basumatary alias Majhi (30), from a forested area in Amteka on the Indo-Bhutan border in Chirang District on January 13. He is also very close to the I.K. Songbijit, 'commander-in-chief' G. Bidai and his 'deputy commander-in-chief' K. Batha, sources said. Rinen Basumatary had surrendered after the Operation All Clear in 2003 but rejoined the NDFB-IKS two years back, the sources said. IGP- BTAD L.R. Bishnoi said an AK-47 rifle, an AK-56 rifle, two 7.65mm pistols, two magazines, a grenade and 219 live ammunitions were seized from them.

SFs arrested six more NDFB-IKS militants from unidentified locations on January 13. The arrested militants were identified as Pranjit Basumatary (19), Kerkho Mushahary (21), Pribol Chumpamari (21), Milan Basumatary (28), Anjalus Basumatary (27) and Pradit Swargoyary (26).

SFs arrested six militants of UGPO, from different locations in Baska and Udalguri districts. Police sources said six persons including UGPO 'commander-in-chief' Suraj Magor, 'chairman' Lal Bahadur Tamang, 'vice-chairman' Suresh Ghimire and two cadres Arjun Chetri and Birkha Bahadur Limbu were arrested from different locations in two districts.

Leaders of now disbanded militant formation DHD-N sought a CBI inquiry into the recent killing of its former 'general secretary', Rajesh Naiding.

January 14

SFs arrested a 'platoon commander', identified as Pradeep Brahma, of the NDFB-IKS from Goalpara district.

The Army arrested two RVA militants, identified as Ful Kumar Rabha and Bishwajit Rabha, from Kokrajhar district.

January 15

SFs arrested two suspected NDFB-IKS linkmen from Lawdangi under Dhekiajuli Police Station in Sonitpur District. Police sources said the duo was identified as Lakhi Basumatary alias Faila and Debasri Mochahari. A grenade and eight rounds of live cartridges of M16 rifle and a money receipt book were recovered from them.

January 16

SFs arrested two militants of NDFB-IKS from Gauripur under Bijni Police Station in Chirang District. The arrested cadres were identified as Suwambam Basumatary and Toten Basumatary. SFs recovered a hand grenade from the duo.

The counter-insurgency operation against the NDFB-IKS militants has spread from the India-Bhutan and Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border areas to Assam-Meghalaya and India-Myanmar borders. With the SFs cracking down on the Bodo rebels in the India-Bhutan and Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border areas, the militants are now trying to slip into Bangladesh and Myanmar through Meghalaya and Manipur, respectively.

Normal life was paralyzed in Dima Hasao District in the wake of a 48-hour bandh (shutdown strike) beginning. The bandh, called by the HPWS, an NGO formed by the ex-militants of the disbanded militant outfit DHD-N, would end at 5 AM on January 18. All schools, colleges, commercial establishments, markets, offices, banks, post office, transport remained closed in the district but no untoward incident has been reported so far, a district police officer said.

January 18

Police arrested a suspected KLO militant, Govinda Roy, from Golokganj area of Dhubri District. The militant was arrested on charges of serving extortion notes to businessmen of the district.

January 19

Army arrested 18 militants of NDFB-IKS and eight suspected KLPF cadres from across the State. Eleven NDFB-IKS militants were arrested from Panbari forest in Chirang The militants include Deven Goyari [an IED expert], Hokom Boro, Upendra Nath, Raton Bengali, Namal Basumatary, Sanjay Goyari, Ulla Basumatary, Raju Boro, Konin Basumatary, Prakash Narzary alias Gahen and Ranjan Basumatary alias Kipihungla. The arms and ammunition recovered from the militants include two improvised explosive devices (IED), nine detonators, two 7.65mm pistols with 10 rounds of ammunition, five rounds of ammunition of 7.62mm pistols and a packet of ball bearings.

SFs arrested five NDFB-IKS militants along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border in Udalguri District The five include "commanding officer" of the '13th battalion' Binku Narzary alias Birlangbai [on the "most wanted" list], Bidai Singh Narzary alias Bugdaw, Lohit Basumatary alias B. Ferkw, N. Araibaw alias Ajak Narzary and Durga Sing Basumatary alias B. Khamshaw. One AK-56 rifle with magazine, one 9mm pistol, 25 rounds of live ammunition of 7.62mm pistol, 54 rounds of live ammunition of 9mm pistol and a hand grenade were also recovered.

SFs arrested 'Nalbari platoon commander' of NDFB-IKS "sergeant" Bimal Boro alias Khwobla (26), from Antaibari under Tamulpur Police Station in Baksa.

SFs arrested another NDFB-IKS militant, identified as Danswrang Daimary (21), from the Paltan Bazar Police Station area in Guwahati in Kamrup.

SFs arrested eight suspected KLPF militants from Gandhipur in Karbi Anglong District. The five were identified as Biren Ingti, Mohan Terang, Andres Teron, Bizu Teron, John Teron, Babu Teron, Rakesh Ingti and Rup Singh

January 21

NIA has revealed that a section of State forest department personnel had teamed up with NDFB-IKS o kill 36 people, including women and children, from the minority community in Assam's Baksa district in 2014. NIA stated that "Some forest officials have joined hands with suspected NDFB-IKS cadres and formed a 30 to 40-member group, who took part in mass killing of innocent people at N.K. Khagrabari village on May 2, 2014, with firearms and sharp weapons like dao (machete)," An NIA source said the forest staff of Bansbari range, who were from the Bodo community, were against people from the minority community staying in the fringe areas of the forest as they consider them as outsiders and because of that they joined hands with NDFB-IKS to carry out the massacre.

January 22

Army defused an IED which as kept inside a white gunny bag along with some rags near the Bongaigaon Railway Engineering workshop, in Bongaigaon District. Bongaigaon SP stated that We have inputs that the Independent faction ULFA-I has planned to attack local BJP leaders and grenade attacks might be carried out by IK Songbijit faction of NDFB-IKS in the town on the eve or after Republic Day. As part of these plans, the IED was planted close to the security picket."

A 'section commander' of NDFB-IKS Sirkhung Basumatary, who was involved in the killing of Adivasis on December 23 was arrested at Bangalore in Karnataka. A source stated that he was also suspected to be involved in an earlier incident of killing of Hindi-speaking people.

Four NDFB-IKS militants Binku Narzary alias Birlangbai, Ajoi Basumatary alias B. Buhum, Dilip Basumatary alias Bir Baisa alias Lambu and Khamrei Basumatary alias Udla , who were earlier arrested were shifted to Sonitpur from Guwahati by NIA for detailed interrogation. NIA has registered two cases in connection with killings in Sonitpur and another two in connection with killings in Kokrajhar. A source stated that Binku Narzary, the self-styled 'commanding officer' of the outfit's '13th battalion', and Khamrei Basumatary, the deputy commander of the '14th battalion' of NDFB-IKS, will also be questioned by the NIA in connection with killing of minorities in Baksa district in May last year, which is also being investigated by the central anti-terror probe agency,". More than 40 NDFB-IKS militants have been arrested so far in the ongoing operations

January 23

BSF IG Meghalaya Frontier Sudesh Kumar stated that umber of camps of Indian militant groups in Bangladesh has gone down after security authorities of that country launched a crackdown. He also added that there are only 39 camps of Indian militant groups in Bangladesh and most of these camps are located in inaccessible areas of the Chittagong Hill Tract (CHT). He also said that most these Indian militants now do not have any well-mechanized training camps but instead they have set up small sheds from where the insurgents usually operate.

Bangladesh security forces had last year overrun the hideouts of NLFT and gunned down eight of its cadres in Bangladesh CHT. The combined team of army and paramilitary forces arrested a NLFT "commander" Kwaplai Debbarma, 33, alias Karna, from the house of a former All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) 'commander' Jewel Debbarma in Char Mile area on the Khagrachari-Dighinala road. They also recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition, which included 263 rounds of ammunition for 9mm pistol, 70 rounds of ammunition for .762 rifles, 11 hand grenades, 17 rounds of rocket-launchers, 19 wireless sets, two very high frequency wireless sets, nine G3 magazines, 1,200 detonators, 18 sets of detonator cable, seven magazines of sub-machine guns, a pistol and a revolver. Number of camps of insurgents was over 100 five years ago.

Shambhu Singh, Joint Secretary for North East in Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stated that a massive security alert has been sounded across North East India after separatist rebels announced a boycott of the Republic Day celebrations on January 26. ULFA (NDFB) , (KLO) and CorCom had earlier announced their boycott through a joint statement e-mailed to several media houses.

January 25

Five NFDB-IKS militants were arrested from Ripu reserve forest area of Kokrajhar. . Three militants has been identified as Daneshwar Basumatary alias B Dapung alias Ustad Laoga Basumatary and Girish Soren. Two pistols and three hand grenades were recovered from Daneshwar Basumatary and two hand grenades and eight detonators with fuses were recovered from Laoga Basumatary and Girish Soren.

January 26

Suspected militants of ULFA-I triggered two blasts near Digboi town in Tinsukia District. SP of Tinsukia stated that "While one blast was triggered on the outskirts of Digboi town, another blast took place near a drain in the town. Both were low intensity crude bombs and there is no injury or any damage". Police also recovered an IED from Jorhat town in Jorhat District.

Bangalore Crime Branch arrested B. Sibigiri alias Sanju Bordoloi, 'organising secretary' of NDFB-IKS from Electronic city in Bangalore in Karnataka. NIA Guwahati has sought the custody of Sanju Bordoloi, alias Sibigiri, He allegedly confessed to have participated in the recent attacks in Assam, which had forced Indian Army to intensify its operations in the area.

Police recovered timed IED just hours before the Republic Day celebration in Jorhat. Police recovered the timed IED planted by ULFA-I from the Hatigarh area of Jorhat under Lahdoigarh Police outpost. The IED was later disposed of safely.

Mohammad Sahidul Islam and Mohammad Kamrul Hasan, DCs of Sylhet and Moulvi Bazaar Districts of Bangladesh, stated that Bangladesh and Sylhet division of the county bordering India, in particular, is free from terror activities triggered by JMB. They also stated that NDFB-IKS ULFA-I or any other Indian militant outfit do not have any hideout inside Bangladeshi territory.

CM Tarun Gogoi said that the process of up NRC intended at helping solve the issue of illegal migration from Bangladesh to the State will be completed in the current year. He stated that "The procedure devised for updation envisages use of latest information technology and aims at ensuring that no names of foreign nationals find place in the NRC. The NRC will be published in January 2016. He also added that issue of illegal migration has been a matter of serious concern in Assam for long, and updating the NRC was one step towards a permanent solution. "We are committed to detect and deport foreigners under provisions of the Assam Accord [signed in 1985], but there are certain difficulties too. Our government is committed to the imperative of preventing illegal infiltration from across the international borders and various measures have been taken in this regard.

CM Tarun Gogoi further claimed credit for bringing to the mainstream several militant groups through the strategy adopted by his Government in the past 14 years under the Unified Command Structure. "The success has been reflected in SoO agreements with as many as 17 extremist outfits, out of which four have signed MoS with the government," he added.

January 27

SFs arrested three NDFB-IKS militants Sarakpur Dhuli Nalah, a remote village bordering Arunachal Pradesh in Sonitpur. The arrested militants were identified as Nitul Daimary alias Naihab, Runilush Daimary alias Mwnthai and Sukson Basumatary alias Jondesh. An AK-47 a Chinese rifle and a hand grenade were recovered from the militants. Nitul Daimary alias Naihab was 'deputy commander' of the outfit's 'third battalion' and was allegedly involved in the killing of former Sonitpur Additional Superintendent of police Gulzar Husain in an ambush at Thaolo under Dhekiajuli police station in Sonitpur District, on January 28 2014.

SFs arrested two militants of the NDFB-IKS in Kusrabari village in Udalguri District Militants identified as Dhananjay Basumatary alias Didum and 'section commander' Sanjay Basumatary alias Jingabil. Two pistols, three hand grenades, four rounds of ammunitions and an ignitor set were recovered from them.

SFs arrested KPLT militants identified as Binit Tokbi and Francis Teron from Dokmoka bus stand in Karbi Anglong. One .22 mm pistol, 10 rounds live ammunition, a magazine and one mobile handset were recovered from them.

January 28

In a joint operation Meghalaya Police along with Army and Assam Police, on January 28, arrested finance secretary of a newly-formed militant outfit AJRK as Ramu Sangma.He was arrested from Santipur village in Kamrup District. Police recovered one 9mm pistol, three live ammunition, one notepad, several demand notes, one walkie-talkie, one mobile handset besides AJRK seal from his procession.

GoI closely monitoring the CI operations and has directed the forces on the ground to lay stress on recovery of weapons along with arrest of militants. Meanwhile, for the first time, the militants are feeling the pressure from SFs of Myanmar. Following pressure from India, the Government of Myanmar has moved army personnel towards the area where the militants have their bases. Though a full-scale operation is yet to be launched by Myanmar, the army movement has forced the militants to shift some of their bases.

MHA official stated that stated that more than 70 militants of NDFB-IKS have been arrested since December 23 2014. Sources said there have been reports that some militants gave themselves up in the face of sustained operations. But most of the militants managed to hide their weapons. It is also reported that the militants managed to bury some sophisticated weapons. Also, Bhutan Government is fully cooperating with India in dealing with militancy.

January 29

A militant of NDFB-IKS identified as 'sergeant major' Jornaluis Narzary alias Jankla was killed in an encounter with Police at Ripu Reserved Forest under Kachugaon Police Station in Kokrajhar. Arms and ammunition including .65 mm pistol, a magazine, and two grenades were recovered from him. He was a close associate of G Bidai, the 'commander in chief' of NDFB-IKS. He was the main man involved in the killing of schoolgirl Priya Basumatary and was also involved in snatching of weapons from the Eco Task Force in October 2014.

Two NDFB-IKS militants and three OGWs were arrested from Chirang and Kokrajhar Districts. One of the arrested militant has been identified as Sansuma Brahma alias B Susrwn, a Myanmar trained militant. One 7.65mm pistol, two-country made revolvers, crude bomb and two hand grenades were recovered during the operations.

Three UALA militants were arrested during a joint operation by Army and Police near Mechelkhowa area in Goalpara District. Two 12 bore country-made rifles, ammunition, two mobile phones and some cash were recovered.

A 'second lieutenant' Sagar Dutta of ULFA-I was arrested from a hideout near the Assam-Nagaland border in Jorhat.

Deposition and cross examination of Prosecution Witnesses in NIA case against UNLF 'chief' Meghen alias Sanayaima, continued for the second day at the special court NIA Guwahati.

Top bureaucrats of Assam and Bhutan participated in the 10th two-day border District coordination meeting which concluded at the Circuit House in Bongaigaon. The meet among other things discussed law and order in the both sides of the India-Bhutan border. Baksa, Udalguri, Kokrajhar and Chirang, four Districts of BTAD have their borders with Bhutan.

NIA has found that laptops, offered to meritorious students in Assam under a government scheme, were used by the JMB militants in the operations. Sleuths of the agency, who came from Kolkata, recovered an unspecified number of such laptops in the state over the last few days. "The JMB had developed its network through these laptops. The first of these laptops was recovered from a madrasa in West Bengal. Subsequently, interrogations of the arrested JMB members led to the recovery of some more laptops from Assam," an NIA source told the newspaper

January 30

BSF arrested two individuals from Badarpur Market in Karimganj District and recovered FICN worth INR 198,500. The arrested individuals have been identified as Salim Uddin Barbhuiya and Aftar Uddin.

January 31

NIA found that laptops offered to meritorious students in Assam under a government scheme, were used by JMB in their operations. NIA source stated that "The JMB had developed its network through these laptops. The first of these laptops was recovered from a madrasa in West Bengal. Subsequently, interrogations of the arrested JMB members led to the recovery of some more laptops from Assam

February 1

Three persons, including a rickshaw puller and two pedestrians, were injured in a grenade explosion on Sib Bari Road in Hailakandi town of Hailakandi District.

SFs arrested three person linked to KPLT an area commander and two linkmen, in Karbi Anglong. The arrested trio was identified as Munthir Engti, 'area commander' of KPLT, while the linkmen were identified as Horen Teron and David Engti.

SFs have arrested more than 60 per cent cadres of the KPLT. Many small militant groups are operating in the Hill District and these groups are involved in a number of extortion cases."Some of these small groups were formed by former members of UPDS or KLNLF We have managed to arrest 66 KPLT cadres while 11 were killed in encounters in the past year. About 50 cadres are still at large, mostly in eastern part of the district and Hamren. Now But the KPLT now has been split into five groups - KPLT (Buche group), KPLT (Pratap), KPLT (Donri), KPLT (Symbon) and KPLT (Sojong). Some of these groups have six-seven members," Karbi Anglong Superintendent of Police Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta said.

ED has recently filed a prayer before the designated court of PMLA in Guwahati seeking physical possession of cash and other assets worth INR 10.3 million recovered from DHD-J and its sympathisers.

Army is facing a tough challenge in tracking down a handful of NDFB-IKS militants who are based approximately in a 15,000 square km area and have mixed among villagers. Intelligence sources said G Bidai, who was behind orchestrating the killings, is believed to have escaped to West Bengal. Some leaders have also escaped to Nagaland. Besides Bidai, the SFs are also in look out for leaders like Batha, Madan and Soha. Army sources said many of the cadres have fled to the foothills of neighbouring Bhutan. Army had set up 80 operation bases on the north bank of the Brahmaputra River to fight the militants. Over 100 to 300 villages are cover by each of the operation base adds the report.

A higher secondary school teacher, identified as Iqbal Rafique , of Tura Christian Girls' School in Meghalaya, was abducted by unidentified militants from Mankachar in Dhubri. The family of the victim later received a call from an unidentified individual speaking in Bengali, asking for a ransom of INR 5 million.

February 2

AASU and 26 organisations representing different ethnic groups of the State called upon the Government to prepare a handbook of guidelines for the officers to be engaged in the process of updating the NRC 1951. AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said that the Government should devise a foolproof mechanism to ensure that no foreign national can get his or her name included in the NRC with false documents.

Movement of Myanmar Army towards the Taga area created panic among the militant groups of the North East, who are taking shelter in Myanmar. Highly placed security sources state that Myanmar Army personnel started moving towards the Taga area on January 18. As most of the camps of the militant groups such ULFA-I and NDFB-IKS are based in the Taga area, the movement caused panic among them. There is no reports of any large-scale offensive against militants in Myanmar so far. The real reason for the movement of the Army is also not known. A source stated that "There is one belief that the operation was aimed against the KIA. However, the possibility of Myanmar deploying the Army in Taga area to send a message to the North East Indian militants also cannot be ruled out as the incident occurred a few days before the Republic Day.

February 3

Militants from Karbi Anglong hills killed a rhino at Kaziranga National Park, and engaged in a gun-battle with forest guards. The incident took place near Borgho forest camp under Burapahar range of Kaziranga Park.

Two unidentified militants of DHNA were arrested from Maibong in Dima Hasao.

A suspected ULFA militant identified as Rukmoh Chetia was arrested at Borgaon village in Tinsukia District.

Over 70 NDFB-IKS militants have been arrested since December, after the crack down began against them. , NIA found that among those arrested were at least seven militants, who were wanted for their involvement in the killings in Baksa on May 1 and 2.

Union Minister for Law and Justice DV Sadananda Gowda on February 3 expressed his dissatisfaction with the functioning of the foreigner's tribunals in the State and assured that his ministry would do the needful to make the mechanism more effective, reports The Assam Tribune. He stated that there was a need for more foreigners' tribunals and promised that his ministry would take steps to ensure that the vacancies in the tribunals are filled up at the earliest as the foreigners issue was crucial for the State.

February 4

Three NDFB-IKS a militant, including Ringsar Basumatary was arrested from Manas Reserve Forest of Chirang District a combined team of Assam Police and Indian Army. Ringsar who is an active terrorist of the outfit and was recruited in 2010.One 7.65mm pistol, two hand grenades and large quantity of ammunition were recovered.

Two KPLT militants identified as Dineson Terang and Jinong Terang were arrested from Diphu Railway Station in Karbi Anglong District. Police recovered five demand notes of KPLT.

Two unidentified youths were arrested on charges of serving an extortion letter to a businessman at Chandmari in Kamrup Metropolitan District, demanding INR 500000 in the name ULFA.Police stated they were not members of ULFA.

NIA court extended the remand period of NDFB-IKS militant Bikunas Narzary alias Birlangbai, who was arrested on January 19, for 12 days. NIA source stated that "He is an important member of the outfit. Further interrogation will reveal more about the outfit's presence at Manas National Park and in areas along the Assam-Arunachal border,".

16 NDFB-RD cadres joined NDFB-P at Barbari designated camp in Baksa District. This is the third time that the members of NDFB-RD have joined NDFB-P.

February 5

A bomb blast occurred at Kazidahar village near Sonai in Cachar District, injuring a 10-year-old boy Zabir Husain Barbhiuya.

Two NDFB-IKS militants identified as Lwmsao Narzary and Sistu Basumatary were arrested from Baksa and 12 KG of RDX was recovered from them.

Fearing human casualty Army and SFs are yet to go full throttle against top NDFB-IKS 'army chief', B Bidai who ordered the massacre of Adivasi villagers on December 23. MHA fear that final assault by the Army in these areas could result in the killing of civilians. A source stated that "These areas are populated and we do not have information about Bidai's exact location. We do not want to rush in forces".

According to a senior Army official, only a handful of the outfit's cadres are left but tracking them down is proving to be a challenge. Security agencies estimate that the cadre strength of NDFB-IKS would be less than 300. The Army has about 80 operation bases on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra and each of these bases has more than 100 villages in the vicinity

Former DHD leaders threatened to stop the ongoing broad gauge conversion and East-West corridor projects in Dima Hasao District for an indefinite period unless a CBI inquiry was conducted into the killing of its former 'general secretary' Rajesh Naidin on January 9.

BSF Meghalaya Frontier IG Sudesh Kumar stated that Bangladesh country no longer has any full-fledged training camp of any militant outfit. He added that BSF BGB are working in close co-ordination and sharing information on a regular basis. "There are 39 vulnerable locations which have been identified by the BSF.

Police arrested Sharif Uddin from his rented house in the Mohanpur locality in Hailakandi District, reports The Times of India on February 9. Police suspect all arrested individuals to have links with JMB.

February 6

Police arrested Jahangir Alam Sheikh, a trader from his rented house in the Alakulipur locality of Badarpur in Karimganj.

six individuals identified as Abdul Mannan Sheikh, Ismail Sheikh, Anwarul Sheikh, Ibadul Sheikh, Sharif Sheikh and Noor Alam, were arrested from ward No. 11 of Hailakandi town in Hailakandi District in connection with February 1 blast. All of them were arrested from a rented house belonging to Shahid Husain Majharbhuiya

February 8

A militant of DHNA Bishwanath Sengyung was lynched by villagers of Tongikro in Dima Hasao. Four militants entered the village was celebrating Bushu Dima, and assaulted some villagers and when escaping, one of the militants, brandishing a pistol, started firing and a bullet hit a child identified as Bushit Hojai. The villagers ultimately caught them lynched them, leading to the death of a militant and injuring two others. The injured militants are Diboajoy Daulagupu, Kameswar Haflongbar alias Bouring Dimasa and militant identified as Mikar Langthasa, alias Moton managed to escape.

AGP leaders identified as General Secretary Rusvelt Rabha, Purandar Rabha and Ratna Das were arrested for alleged link with ULFA-I, from Goalpara District. All three were SULFA members.

Assam ED Debojit Borah received death threats from DHD. ED had launched a prosecution against some of the top DHD leaders, who are accused of being involved in the NC Hills Scam in a special court on January 19 2015.

February 9

A militant of NDFB-IKS identified as Orga was killed in an encounter with joint team of SFs at Fulkumari forest in Kokrajhar District. Kokrajhar Additional SP Surjeet Singh Panesar informed that Orga was a close associate of senior NDFB-IKS militant Rangabaja. One 7.65 mm pistol, two magazines, one hand grenade, 9 live rounds of 7.65 pistol, 10 detonators, one magazine of Ak-47, five live round ammunition of AK 47 were recovered from the dead militant.

Four NSLA militants were arrested on February 9 from Kokrajhar District. Two 7.62mm Rifles and two muzzle loaded guns and huge quantity of arms and other war like material were recovered during the operation.

Army recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition from Manas Reserve Forest in Chirag. The recovered items include an IED documents with details of extortions being carried out by NDFB-IKS and details of important and linkmen of NDFB-IKS.

In the previous week, Five NDFB-IKS militants were beaten up by a mob when they had come to extort money during a function in Borsimaluguri village in Baksa and was handed over to Police.

ULFA-I stated that said the "immigrant" tag reflected how people from other parts of the country think about the Northeast Earlier BJP vision document for New Delhi elections had mistakenly printed that people from North East as 'immigrants'.

NRC project is on schedule with the draft NRC to be published by mid-November this year and the final NRC to be out by January 2016.

Pramod Boro, president of ABSU stated that ABSU will keep mounting pressure on the Government to ensure a violence-free society by taking action against all those in possession of illegal weapons. The student body also demanded that the Assam State Election Commission take help from the Central Government to ensure that the ensuing election to BTC is free and fair.

Election to the 74 urban local bodies in Assam passed off peacefully on February 9 with a turnout of 72%

February 10

The , 'chairman' of KPLT identified as Donri Kramsa was arrested by a joint team of SFs from Parokhuwa Bazar near Dokmoka in Karbi Anglong. KPLT is the breakaway faction of KLNLF,. with an objective to carve an autonomous Karbi state out of Assam.

Police booked an individual identified as Chandan Kalita under NSA act and took him into preventive custody for 90 days. He was arrested in December 2014 in connection with an abduction case, is an accused in at least six murder, abduction, extortion and arms-related cases.

MHA directed Police and SFs engaged in counter-insurgency operations to continue with sustained operations against NDFB-IKS. MHA also said the forces should not be complacent with the recent success of the operations against the militant outfit as the top leaders of the groups were still at large. Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, Chairman of JIC RV Ravi and other officers of the Ministry reviewed the security scenario and the success of operations at a meeting with senior officials of the State Government, Assam Police, Army and the paramilitary forces involved in the operations.

Sources have revealed that 'chairman' of NDFB-IKS, IK Songbijit, commander-in-chief G Bidai and a few others are abroad. Songbijit is in Myanmar, while it is believed that Bidai managed to escape to Bhutan. However, around 40 to 50 hardcore members of the outfit are still hiding in the jungles inside Assam and there is a need to intensify operations in those areas. The meeting also discussed the problem of logistics faced by SFs.

February 11

In separate news, though the Army, Police and Paramilitary Forces achieved considerable success in the counter-insurgency operations since the beginning of this year, recovery of the arms of the militants and ensuring security in the "ethnic fault lines of the State" remain a major challenge.

An army source stated that only about 50 per cent of success in finishing off NDFB-IKS has been achieved despite arrest of around 150 cadres and over ground workers. Sources admitted that the top leaders of the outfit are still at large and they are believed to be in the neighbouring states or countries. Moreover, another area of concern is the weapons of the outfit. Though a substantial number of weapons have been recovered, majority of those are small arms as the hardcore members managed to hide the sophisticated weapons and are now moving around with small arms. "It is a fact that the forces managed to recover some sophisticated weapons like AK series rifles and M16 rifles, but majority of the weapons recovered are small arms.

On reports that some militants moved into Arunachal Pradesh, Army sources said that as per provisions of the Disturbed Areas Act, the Army can move into 20 kilometres inside the state and operations are going on in those areas. However, there is need for augmenting the capacity building of Police forces in Arunachal Pradesh.

ASM lambasted the wrong policies of AASU nd categorically stated that if names of those illegal Bangladesh origin citizens totalling 70 lakh in number figure in the NRC as Indian citizens, then the identity of the Assamese people would be at stake.

Demanding inclusive rehabilitation and compensation to Adivasis, who were the victims of the December 23 massacre, activists of AASA All Santhali Students' Union, BCF and ACF militants and the inmates of the Deusri-Santipur relief camp in Chirang District staged a four-hour sit-in demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office at Kajalgaon in Bongaigaon. 29,375 Adivasis of around 90 villages had taken shelter in 19 relief camps in Chirang of who 20,055 had returned to their respective villages after the situation became normal. The rest of the 9,320 Adivasi inmates have been staying in four relief camps in the Deusri and Santipur areas in Chirag District.

February 13

Unknown persons travelling in a cycle hurled a grenade at the house of a businessman, identified as Biren Agarwal, in Sepon Market in Sibsagar District, killing his younger brother Situ Agarwal and their driver Dimbeswar Bhuyan. The locals claimed that ULFA-I had recently demanded extortion money from the Agarwal family who refused to make the payment.

ULFA-I militant identified as Bidyut Bikash Khanikar surrendered near Ranghar Sena Camp in Sivasagar District.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh stated that process of recruiting surrendered militants from Manipur and Assam to raise two battalions of CSFs would begin soon, but didn't give any time frame. MHA plan to recruit 750 former militants each to form two battalions in BSF and SSB.

February 14

200 gelatine sticks, 230 detonators and a coil fuse were recovered from a Mon bound bus in Bokajan in Karbi Anglong District. Four individuals, identified as Jakir Ali, Durga Bahadur Chetri, Kishor Sing and Ramada Kumar were arrested from the bus by CRPF. They were travelling to Mon in Nagaland to deliver the explosive items to a certain person residing in Mon.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, while on a brief visit to Tripura, appealed to the underground groups to shun violence. He stated that GoI will develop the Northeast in 10 years if insurgency comes to an end. He said insurgency remained a hurdle to restoration of peace and development of the region.

February 15

Police recovered RDX explosives weighing around 20 kilo grams from Kausi Bazar Prem Nagar village in Kokrajhar.

Three militants of KPLT identified as Birton Timung alias Rock, the 'finance secretary', Hemai Singh Kro alias Mysing, 'auditor', along with Langtuk Rohang were arrested by a joint team of Army and Police from Karbirongsope village, in Hamren in Karbi Anglong. One AK rifle, two pistols along with assorted ammunition, including other incriminating documents was recovered from the militants. The Telegraph further adds that SFs have arrested over 70 cadres of KPLT in 2014 and killed 12.

Security Sources stated that after the operations were launched following December 23 massacre, senior NDFB-IKS leaders who were in Assam , managed to escape. Security agencies involved in operations state that there was a need for a full-scale and well-coordinated operation in Bhutan to nab the senior leaders of NDFB-IKS. Security sources revealed according to inputs available, around 25 militant of NDFB-IKS are now in Bhutan. However, they have not been able to set up camps in the neighbouring country as the security forces of that country are also keeping a close watch on the situation.

Village Headmen (gaon burahs) will be asked to assist villagers to enlist themselves in NRC which is to be updated by January 2016.

February 16

Seven KPLT militants including the ‘commander in chief’ of KPLT Sunder Dera  and Danger Ingti , the ‘deputy commander in chief” were arrested in a joint operation by Army and Police from a hideout in the Amring forest area near a hamlet called Tapat, in Hamren sub-division in Karbi Anglong District, after a fire fight. a huge cache of arms, ammunition and other stores that included four AK series rifles, two pistols, one grenade launcher, fourteen magazines of AK rifles, six magazines of pistols, 2,343 rounds of 7.62 caliber ammunition, 14 rounds of 9 mm calibre ammunition, dummy rifles for training new recruits and various incriminatory documents like extortion notes of KPLT and money receipts were recovered.

NIA which is probing several cases in Assam in connection with JMB has traced terror links to Pakistan. NIA source stated that MULTA leader Abdur Rahman, who had fled Assam, was traced to Karachi. The ISI helped him to flee the country as they wanted Rahman to command operations in the region from there without any risk. He also added that MULTA and the ISI have been working together to create disturbance in the region. The source said "Rahman was once caught from the Chapori area in Dhubri district in 2009. But he managed to escape. Pakistan appears to be intentionally propping up MULTA so that fundamentalist forces here can be aided. Abdur Rahman is also believed to have close links with ULFA-I.

Assam-Nagaland border area is tense once again following attempts made allegedly some nagas  to build houses inside Assam territory.  According to information, a group of people came to the areas under the B-sector of the Assam-Nagaland border area and threatened the Assamese people saying that they will build their houses in the area. The Naga people came to Rajapukhuri, Romanbasti in Golaghat District on February 16 and asked the Assamese villagers to vacate the land.

February 17

Five KPLT leaders were arrested from Lacheng area in Hamren Sub Division in Karbi Anglong District by a joint team of Police and Army. The militants were arrested after a brief fire fight. With this arrest the entire top leadership of KPLT has been arrested. In the last three days 15 KPLT militants have been arrested..SFs recovered one Universal Machine Gun, six AK series rifles, seven pistols, a grenade launcher, 10 pistol magazines, 16 magazines of AK-16, 2,490 rounds of AK rifle ammunition, 31 rounds of pistol ammunition and one Drum Magazine of UMG.

Army expressed hope that it would be able to wipe out NDFB-IKS as operations were on against them after the December 23 massacre. Major General C P Mohanty stated that over 171 NDFB-IKS militants have been arrested so far during continuing successful operations against the group.

February 18

‘commander in chief ‘ of AANLA identified as Nirmal Tirkey and four others were arrested by Golaghat Police from an unspecified location. Three of the arrestees have been identified as Padmeswar Ghatowar, Bubai Ghatowar and Sanjay Singh alias Ram Singh. Police said they had taken a group of 30 youths from Assam to Chhattisgarh for Maoists training.

Assam Police and SSB personnel’s demolished six houses built by Naga miscreants in B Sector of Golaghat. 

February 19

SFs arrested 4 NDFB-IKS militants from Rangajan village in Sonitpur. The arrested militants were identified as Rohit Narzary, Prosen Basumatary, Asish Basumatary and Rajib Uzir.Biswanath Chariali Superintendent of Police Manobendra Roy told this correspondent that a 7.65 pistol, six bullets, some documents, a few SIM cards and handsets were seized from the militants.

February 20

The ceasefire between NDFB-RD and Union Government was extended till June 30. . The decision to extend the ceasefire, which was earlier for an indefinite period, was taken at a joint monitoring committee (JMC) meeting held at Dispur.

Kuki and Adivasi militant groups such as KRA, ACMA, APM, BCF,AANLA,UKDAwhich also took part in the JMC meeting, raised their respective demands. The Adivasi outfits demanded ST status for the Adivasi people living in the State while the Kuki outfit again raised their demand for a Kuki Regional Council in Karbi Anglong district. APM ‘chairman’ Bijoy Sing Lokra, after the meeting, said, “We are hopeful that our demands will be considered by the Central government.” KRA ‘joint secretary’ J Hangsing said, “Our main demand is the formation of the Kuki Regional Council for the greater interests of Kuki people.”

NIA taken over investigation of another case related to the killings of Adivasis by NDFB-IKS NIA had earlier registered four cases in connection with the killings and on February 20, a case (number RC 01/2015) was registered at the NIA's Guwahati Branch office in connection with killings of Adivasis at Pakhriguri village in Kokrajhar District. NDFB-IKS militants had opened indiscriminate fire with sophisticated weapons at Pakhriguri, resulting in the death of five persons and injuries to several others.

February 22

PVM, an NGO against infiltration said that Assam Government was not doing its bit to tackle the illegal migration issue from Bangladesh.

Anup Chetia, top ULFA leader is unlikely to be deported by Bangladesh till India ratifies the land boundary agreement with Bangladesh.

 

 

 

 

 
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