A surrendered NDFB cadre, identified
as Darendra Basumatary was killed and another injured in a clash
among the group at the outfit's camp at Sudempuri in Kokrajhar
town in Kokrajhar District. Police said Darendra Basumatary died
on the spot when he was shot by another member of the camp, Rakesh
Brahma, after a fight. According to SP S.P. Sarma, Rakesh Brahma
was arrested along with arms later.
According to sources, at least
31 militants were killed and over 766 arrested by SFs in 'Operation
All-Out' in the state over the past one year. The Army launched
the operation to flush out rebels of the NDFB-IKS after the militants
gunned down over 69 Adivasis on December 23, 2014. The
operation, which completed a year, is still on. The security situation
in the state in 2015 was grim in the aftermath of the mass killings
of Adivasis. The scars of the May 2014 killings of 46 Muslims
were yet to be healed. Relentless operations resulted in significant
improvement of the security situation in the state, with the seizure
of more than 443 firearms and many arrests, said Defence PRO,
Lieutenant Colonel Suneet Newton.
The Army also claimed that most
terrorist groups, including NDFB-IKS and KPLT had gone on the
back foot with their activities severely curtailed. "This was
achieved through synergistic intelligence-based joint operations
of the Army, Assam Police, Central Armed Police Forces and coordination
with the state administration," the defence statement added. The
Army made sure of community development initiatives to meet the
aspirations of BTAD by organizing events such as the BTC Army
Goodwill Football Premier League to provide a platform to local
youth to showcase their talent. The Army said it will facilitate
the success of upcoming events in the state, including the SAF
Games and the assembly election.
A Tura-based businessman, who
also handles transportation of FCI materials for Garo Hills, identified
as Nanhelal Shah was abducted from near Gairong village under
Krishnai Police Station in Goalpara District. The trader, who
has residences in Krishnai and Mendipathar in North Garo Hills,
had gone to a friend’s house for a New Year party when he was
picked up the kidnappers. According to Police sources, the abduction
could be the handiwork of the ULFA.
Security was stepped up at Army
and air force installations located in the northeastern region
in the wake of the terrorist attack at an Air Force Base at Pathankot
in Punjab. The northeast, which is surrounded by Bangladesh, Myanmar,
Bhutan and China, on all sides, barring a chicken-neck corridor
towards north Bengal, is a strategic defence area. The seven states
in the northeast house many Army cantonments and air force bases.
The Eastern Air Command of the IAF is located in Shillong in Meghalaya.
Army sources in the region said
that forces guarding defence installations in the northeast are
already on a high alert as the region is an insurgency-affected
area and shares borders with four countries. Security was also
beefed up at LGBI airport in Guwahati as it is located adjacent
to the Borjhar air base. Defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel
Suneet Newton said that along with other SFs in Assam and the
entire region, are deployed on a counter-insurgency/terrorism
grid and are always on a high alert. "We are always prepared to
effectively contain any such untoward incident," he said.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
appealed to insurgents to join the mainstream and take part in
dialogue to solve their issues. “I appeal to those who are outside
the mainstream to give up the path of confrontation and adopt
conciliatory posture by joining the peace process to usher in
durable peace and faster economic development in the state,” Gogoi
said in a statement. He said the gusto with which the people celebrated
New Year points that peace and stability have returned to the
state despite attempts by certain forces to disturb peace. “Assam
is on the path of peace, development and social harmony. Though
the state has surged ahead on various fronts, it has still miles
to go,” Gogoi said.
UHM Rajnath Singh visited Karimganj
sector of the India-Bangladesh border in Assam and said the porous
border will be sealed this year. The Minister, who reviewed the
fencing project at Steamerghat, expressed his satisfaction at
the progress of the work. He said, two major issues that were
stalling the project - protests by locals whose properties would
be affected by the fencing and objection by BGB in certain patches
- have been resolved. Along with the fencing, the installation
of flood lights will also be completed this year. "Security measures
have been tightened and this has resulted in drastic reduction
in cross border crimes and also infiltration from that side of
the border," Singh added.
UHM Rajnath Singh admitted that
there are "gaps" in the Indo-Bangladesh border in Assam
and that managing a riverine border is a tough challenge. The Minister
visited the Dhubri sector of the border with AASU leaders and assured
that two pilot projects on how to stop infiltration in riverine
areas are going on and depending on the success of these two projects,
steps will be taken. "It is a 263 km long border. But gaps
are there and these need to be filled up. Covering the riverine
stretch is a problem. We hope measures can be worked out depending
on the findings of these two pilot projects, which are likely to
be completed soon," the Minister said addressing a press conference.
Rajnath Singh, however, added that he was not "entirely satisfied"
with the sealing work, though he did not specify any details.
After the joint border visit with
UHM Rajnath Singh, the AASU submitted a memorandum clarifying its
stand of not accepting any illegal foreigner entering the State
after 1971. AASU leaders Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya, Dipanka
Kumar Nath and Lurin Jyoti Gogoi discussed several lingering issues
with the Minister that included implementation of the Assam Accord,
border security, constitutional safeguard, economic development,
and the status of illegal migration post 1971. Two memorandums were
submitted to the Home Minister in this regard.
A team of Army personnel, along
with Police representative from Khoirabari Police Station in Udalguri
District launched a joint operation and arrested two hardcore cadres
and one linkman of NDFB-IKS. The arrested cadres were identified
as Raju Daimary and Rikhang Daimary. Raju Daimary was also involved
in numerous extortion cases and heinous crimes in Udalguri and Chirang
Districts. Both the cadres were in the lookout list of Udalguri
and Chirang Police. On questioning Raju Daimary and Rikhang Daimary,
NDFB-IKS linkman, identified as Shankar Dutta was arrested from
Misahatkhola village in Darrang District. A grenade and five money
receipts of extortion and three mobile phones were also recovered
from their possession.
The GNC, GWC and Garo youth Council
asked All Rabha Students’ Union and All Rabha Women Council not
to interfere in the internal matter of the Garo people of Assam,
stated a press release. They said that Garo leader AG Momin in no
way involved in the 2011 Garo-Rabha ethnic conflict as alleged by
ULFA-PTF opened an office in the
Hatigaon area in Kamrup District. The office was inaugurated by
the outfit's ‘chairman’, Arabinda Rajkhowa.
Police arrested two persons identified
as Ramen Barman and Rameswar Saikia, the masterminds behind the
abduction of a small-time businessman Hazrat Ali, who was abducted
on December 29, from Tulsibari under Rangia Police Station in Kamrup
District. According to Police, Ramen Barman of Shahpur and Rameswar
Saikia of Suwapur, both under Tamulpur Police Station in Baksa District,
abducted Ali at gunpoint in a Tata Sumo, identifying themselves
as NDFB-IKS cadres and wearing SSB uniform on the evening of December
29 when Ali was returning home from his shop at Tulsibari under
Rangia Police Station in Kamrup District. Police said the abductors
along with another associate took Ali to Lotibari under Tamulpur
Police Station in Baksa where he was kept in the house of Saikia
The SSB and Police, in a joint operation,
arrested a militant of NDFB-IKS, identified as Nirmal Basumatary
(27) from Rangjihoura village in Chirang District. A 9 mm pistol,
three rounds of ammunition and a mobile phone were recovered from
him. “He is a trained militant of the outfit and was trained in
Myanmar,” SSB sources said.
ULFA ‘General Secretary’ Anup Chetia
said that he is not going to put pressure on Independent faction
of ULFA (ULFA-I) ‘Commander in Chief (C-in-C)’ Paresh Baruah to
come for dialogue with the Central Government. Anup Chetia said
in Darrang that it is up to the ‘C-in-C’ to decide himself whether
to take part in the dialogue process, and in this regard Chetia
will never put pressure on him.
Top leaders of NDFB-IKS, including
‘army chief’ G. Bidai and his deputy K. Batha, are hiding in the
dense jungles along the Indo-Bhutan border, BTAD IGP L. R. Bishnoi
said. Bishnoi said operations as a part of the army's "final
push" against the militant group were on. Bishnoi claimed that
the NDFB-IKS was becoming weak with many of its top leaders having
been killed or arrested since the operation against the outfit was
intensified last year (2015). A joint force of the Army, Police,
SSB and CRPF had started a massive operation against the outfit
on September 18 last year to apprehend the "last remaining
20-25 cadres of the NDFB (S)", including Bishnu Goyari alias
Bidai, the mastermind of the Adivasi carnage on December 23, 2014,
and his deputy Binod Mushahary alias Batha. Bidai carries a cash
reward of INR 5 lakh on his head.
He added that altogether 21 militants
of the outfit have been killed, 256 arrested and 185 of its linkmen
apprehended since the operation began. A total of 15 AK-56 rifles,
10 AK-47s, two M-16, two HKs, seven Insas rifles, 495 rounds of
ammunition, 21 grenades, 81kg of explosives 14 lakh in cash and
12 motorcycles have also been recovered from the outfit's militants,
Bishnoi said. The top leaders of the outfit arrested so far include
its ‘self-styled deputy commander in chief’ Dwiswrang Daimary alias
Dhananjay, ‘self-styled army chief’ Rabi Basumutary alias
Rongja Baja, his ‘personal security officer’ Jwnglaw Narzary alias
Jekhai and the former ‘personal security officer’ of Bidai, Biron
Narzary alias N. Bapeibai. Bishnoi said the SFs were continuing
their operation against the group and expressed confidence that
Bidai and his 20-25 associates would be arrested soon.
Bishnoi said other than NDFB-IKS
militants, 86 militants belonging to various groups like the KLO,
RVA, NSLA and the MPTFA were also arrested by SFs last year (2015).
Besides, fundamentalists trying to gain a foothold in lower Assam
Districts had been neutralised, he said, adding that 30 fundamentalists
were arrested and 22 country-made arms recovered in 2015.
Police arrested a ULFA cadre, identified
as Ajit Bora alias Dhaniram in Dibrugarh District.
Three NSLA militants were arrested
from Barabil under Gossaigaon Police station in Kokrajhar District.
The arrested NSLA militants were involved in extortion of money
and other illegal activities, Defence officials said. Two pistols
and a revolver with 3 live rounds were recovered from them, they
Haluwating Police, in an operation,
arrested one person, identified as Konwer Singh Tanti (28) along
with a hand grenade and four bullets of a 9mm pistol from the Tifuk
Tea Estate in Sivasagar District. Police suspected him to be linkman
ULFA ‘general secretary’ Anup Chetia
was given the responsibility of leading the peace-talks with the
GoI in place of its ‘chairman’ Arbinda Rajkhowa. The decision to
lead ULFA talks was taken formally in a central committee meeting
which was attended by ULFA ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, ‘vice-chairman’
Pradeep Gogoi, ‘deputy commander-in-chief’ Raju Barua, ‘foreign
secretary’ Sasha Choudhury, ‘finance secretary’ Chitraban Hazarika,
and several other leaders of the outfit, including Mrinal Hazarika,
Jiten Dutta and Pranjit Saikia.
Though, the outfit has ruled out
that decision in this effect would marginalize the ULFA ‘chairman’
who was leading the peace-talks so far, security sources claimed
that Chetia’s elevation to lead the peace-talks might subside the
simmering dissension in the ULFA-PTF to a large extent. Pointing
out that some hard-core ULFA cadres were not happy over the way
day-to-day affairs were being handled by the ULFA leadership, security
sources said that the situation had come to stage that some cadres
were contemplating to join back to anti-talk faction of ULFA lead
by its ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah.
SFs arrested two persons, identified
as Buddha Narzary and Nripen Boro along with four gelatin sticks
weighing 200 gm and fuse wire from Guwahati Railway Station. The
duo was bringing the consignment from Manipur to Tamulpur.
Former AGP president Brindaban Goswami,
at an AJYCP meet at Jelkajhar in Bongaigaon District, said Assam
cannot accommodate any more illegal migrants.
The demand for a separate Bodoland
got a boost with former Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga and chairman
of the all-party Telangana Political Joint Action Committee M. Kodandaram
offering to help. Addressing the 48th annual conference of(ABS)
at Turibari Noudari Pwthar in Bijni subdivision of Chirang District,
Zoramthanga said, "If my humble service is needed, I am ready
to help you." "The ball does not lies in the court of
Delhi or in Guwahati (Dispur). It lies only in the hands of the
Bodo people. With all effort, I believe an amicable solution, which
is welcome and accepted by Delhi, Dispur and the Bodo people will
be achieved soon," he said. Kodandaram, who attended the conference
as chief guest, said the demand needed to be discussed.
Security has been tightened around
IAF station at Chabua in Dibrugarh District following intelligence
inputs about threats to the air base, a Police official said. Following
the Pathankot terror attack (Punjab), Police has received certain
inputs which need to be corroborated and confirmed in consultation
with various agencies and SFs but security has been tightened around
the airbase, Dibrugarh SP Bir Bikram Gogoi said.
One person, identified as Ram Tudu
(27) was arrested with arms from Sukhanjuli in Baska District.
An unidentified cadre of NDFB-IKS
was arrested from Islampur in Tinsukia District.
A NSLA cadre was arrested from Gossaigaon
in Kokrajhar District.
A suspected linkman of ULFA-I, identified
as Babul Dihingia was detained by Assam Police in Kakopathar of
Tinsukia District along with INR 25 Lakh. Dihingia has not been
produced in court by Police even after 24 hours have been passed,
A team of Army personnel from Borrengajuli
Army camp along with Assam Police launched a joint operation and
arrested a cadre of NDFB-IKS, identified as Rituraj Basumatary (18)
from Bainara village under Khairabari Police Station in Udalguri
District. A country-made hand grenade was recovered from his possession.
SFs arrested linkman of NDFB-IKS,
identified as Khonsai Gaorao Mashahary from an undisclosed place
in Assam. Khonsai was planning to kidnap three persons and he had
already collected INR 1 lakh from VCDC chairmen in the locality
in Kachugaon area in Baksa District, BTC IGP, LR Bishnoi said, adding
that the Police could recover INR 82,000 and a mobile handset from
SFs arrested a KLO linkman, identified
as Atul Barman alias Dabla from an undisclosed place in Assam.
Sivasagar District Police arrested
a ULFA hardliner's linkman from Changmaibari area in Sibsagar District.
A hardcore cadre of the NSLA, identified
as Ram Kishku alias Ram Hembrom was killed in an encounter
with Assam Police near Grahampur under Srirampur Police outpost
in Gossaigaon subdivision of Kokrajhar District. The BTC IGP, LR
Bishnoi said the Police team recovered one 7.65 mm pistol, four
rounds of ammunition and two hand grenades from his possession.
He also said the slain cadre was involved in several criminal activities,
murder and extortion in the area.
Bishnoi said after eliminating Hembrom,
the area would be peaceful to a great extent as most of the criminal
activities were carried out under his command. He said the total
strength of the NSLA was around 40 of which 22 have been arrested
in 2015, four were killed in different encounters and the remaining
cadres are involved in criminal activities.
The ULFA-I opposed the construction
of a war memorial on the bank of Dighalipukhuri in Guwahati. In
a statement, ULFA-I ‘assistant information and publicity secretary’
Arunodoy Asom also extended support to a group of citizens opposing
construction of the memorial. "We have immense respect for
soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country. But the Indian
government is forcefully invading Assam and its action to destruct
a heritage site and ecology for construction of the war memorial
is in no way is acceptable," the statement said. The outfit
is against peace talks with the Government without discussion on
its key demand for a "sovereign Assam".
George Kuki, claiming to be the
‘self styled in-charge of publicity and information’ of KLF based
somewhere in eastern Karbi Anglong District claimed that the outfit,
which was formed in 2008 and remained active until 2010, has been
revived. KLF remained silent when a faction of the organization
formed the UKDA and laid down arms along with the KRA in 2012 at
Guwahati, stated George.
He also alleged that the leaders
of both KRA-A and UKDA have seized the bank pass books and ATM cards
of the surrendered cadres thereby denying them of all Government
sponsored benefits. The same leaders have also misused the Government
fund given to the cadres for establishing camps, he added. George
has also alleged that the over ground Kuki militant leaders instead
of protecting the interest of its own community are exploiting the
ginger farmers mostly concentrated in Singhason hills. The KLF also
claimed that three sophisticated arms have been recovered from the
possession of UKDA and KRA-A cadres (one SLR, one M-16 rifle and
one AK rifle) recently.
Assam Police and Army, in a joint
operation, arrested three militants of NDFB-IKS along with a huge
cache of arms in Baksa District. Acting on a tip off, Police launched
operation at Dolabari area under Barama Police Station in Baksa
District and arrested a cadre of the outfit, identified as Ranjit
Based on the confession of the detained
militant, a joint Police and Army team arrested NDFB-IKS militants,
Jimi Boro alias Dharmendra Boro from Panbari in Kumarikata
and Sansuma Boro from Bagajuli area of the District. “A 7.65 pistol,
one magazine, two live ammunition of 7.65 pistol, ten bullets of
9mm pistol, three live grenades, a handmade gun and ten extortion
notes were found on them, “ said SDPO Tamulpur, Asif Ahmed. Police
sources also said the detained rebels were involved in various subversive
activities in BTAD.
A top Police official said with
30 to 35 cadres, the NDFB-IKS is still strong and active in lower
Assam. He said apart from the NDFB-IKS, various outfits like the
KLO, RVA, NSLA and the MPTFA are trying to gain a foothold and strengthen
their base in the area. He said SFs are continuing counter operations
against the groups.
ULFA is planning to include a few
additional points in its charter of demands already submitted to
the GoI, disclosed by the ‘general secretary’ of the outfit, Anup
Chetia. Chetia, who was brought back to Assam recently from the
protective custody of Bangladesh, said that he would participate
in the next round of talks between the outfit and the GoI. However,
the dates for the next round of talks are yet to be announced. He
said a meeting of the ULFA was held in Jagiroad on January 9 where
the progress of the peace process was discussed.
He said that as the people of the
State have raised a few questions on the charter of demands submitted
to the Government by the ULFA, a few additional points may be added.
However, he said that as a charter of demands has already been submitted
to the Government, “we will have to request the Government to allow
us to add the new points in the charter of demands.” The issue will
soon be discussed with the Centre’s interlocutor for talks, PC Haldar.
The three Bodo groups, ABSU, PJACBM
and NDFB-P demanded a "solution" to the Bodoland issue
and not false promises. Leaders of these groups said they would
convey this message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his maiden
visit to Kokrajhar on January 19. The three Bodo groups, which have
been jointly working for the community since 2013, appealed to Modi
to "announce a clear-cut policy on creation of Bodoland"
as promised in the manifesto of 2014 Lok Sabha polls by the BJP.
"People in (proposed) Bodoland are eagerly awaiting a prudent
decision," said ABSU president Pramod Boro.
Cachar Police arrested nine persons,
including a woman from different places midnight for being allegedly
involved in abductions and extortion in Barak valley. The nine arrested
persons were identified as Bapan Mazumder (31), Akhtar Hussain Laskar
(35), Imran Hussain Raj Barbhuiya (27), Shammim Choudhury (22),
Santo Roy alias Shaymal Sarkar (22), and his wife Mahi Deb
(20), Moinul Haque Barbhuiya (30), and Abdur Rahman Tapadar (22),
including Tiklu (28). Cachar Superintendent of Police (SP) Rajveer
Singh said that the gang used Mahi to lure men and then abduct them.
The racket was busted after the Police started an investigation
into the abduction of college student Sohail Ahmed Laskar of Saidpur
village of Cachar District.
SFs arrested a NSLA militant, identified
as Robvan Hembram (22) from Serfanguri in Kokrajhar District.
Police arrested one more person
belonging to the gang allegedly involved in abductions and extortion
in Barak valley, identified as Tiklu Mazumder. "Around 14 to
15 people are involved in the racket. We have arrested 10. We have
continued our hunt for those who have been running abduction rackets
here for the past four to five years," SP Rajveer Singh added.
Representatives of six ethnic communities
of Assam met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Lokapriya Gopinath
Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati to discuss the issue
of granting ST status. Leaders of the communities said the meeting,
which lasted for about 15 minutes, failed to get a timeframe on
granting ST status. “The Prime Minister only told us that his office
is seriously considering the issue. We do not know when the status
will be granted,” said AKRSU president Hitesh Barman. The six communities
demanding ST status are Tai Ahoms, Koch Rajbongshis, Morans, Motocks,
adivasis and Soteas.
One woman, identified as Asma Kahtun
of South Salmara-Mancachar in Dhubri District lodged a FIR after
she was allegedly threatened by a GNLA militant over phone, demanding
INR 10 lakh.
The ABSU, NDFB-P and the PJACBM
demanded early permanent solution to the Bodoland issue and constitutional
safeguard and political rights to the Bodo people.
Karbi Anglong Police arrested five
militants, including ‘commander-in-chief’ of UKPLA, identified as
Roben Phangcho, from the Dolamara area of Diphu in Karbi Anglong
A joint team of Barpathar Police
and SFs arrested three KPLT cadres at Bokajan in East Karbi Anglong
District. Acting on a tip-off, the joint team conducted a search
operation at Majung Teron Gaon under Barpathar Police Station and
arrested one cadre, identified as Winson Teron (26) along with a
muzzle loaded rifle, a .22 pistol with three live ammunition and
three live ammunition of AK-47 rifle in his possession.
The arrested cadre was later interrogated
and based on his information, the joint team conducted another raid
in the Bonarea locality and successfully arrested two other cadres,
identified as Biren Engti (26) and Amus Ingti (45), thereby recovering
a .22 pistol with two live ammunition from their possession.
Two persons, identified as Naren
Chouhan and Mohan Turi were arrested for allegedly trying to extort
money from a business-man in Jorhat District.
Police arrested a wanted NDFB-IKS
militant, identified as the ‘self-styled platoon commander’ Lwithwi
Brahma alias Lafa from his hideout in Dolaigaon under Dhaligaon
Police Station in Bongaigaon District.
Police arrested two persons from
Satra Kanora in Barpeta District for carrying illegal arms and ammunition.
Seven leaders of the ULFA-PTF, including
Anup Chetia and ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, met interlocutor P.C.
Haldar at the BSF camp in Patgaon in Guwahati and discussed issues
concerning the ongoing talks with the Centre. The outfit's leaders
did not disclose the issues discussed in the meeting but sources
said they spoke of new demands they want to include in their charter
of demands already submitted to the Centre in 2011. After the meeting,
Rajkhowa said that Chetia's inclusion would give a fresh impetus
to the talks and a solution would soon be worked out with the Government.
According to sources, the Central
Government has turned down the offers of the NDFB-IKS for a ceasefire
to start the process of talks. Meanwhile, the Centre has also decided
not to talk with any insurgent group involved in killing of innocent
persons. Highly placed sources UMHA revealed that after receiving
major setbacks in sustained operations by the SFs, NDFB-IKS has
sent feelers on several occasions to go for a ceasefire agreement
followed by talks with the Government. But such proposals from the
outfit were emphatically turned down by the Government.
UMHA sources revealed that immediately
after coming to power, the present Government at the Centre took
a tough stand against outfits involved in killings of innocents
and the same formula would be adopted in case of all other militant
groups. Sources further said that the Government has decided not
to go for ad-hoc measures for solution of the problem of militancy.
From now on, the Government would try to go for comprehensive solution
of the problems and there would be no discussion with any outfit
involved in senseless killing of innocent people, sources added.
Kokrajhar district has the highest
number of children who have lost their parents in terrorist attacks,
said ADGP of Railway Police, Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta. "As many
as 267 children were affected by militancy in Kokrajhar district,
which is the highest in Assam. The number is quite high in Bodoland
Territorial Areas District (BTAD)," said Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta
while addressing a gathering at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra
KPLT has called for a 48-hour Karbi
Anglong bandh (strike) beginning from 5 a.m. January 25 to
5 a.m. of January 27. Claiming to be KPLT source, a text message
to local media at Diphu stated that the organization has called
for boycotting the Republic Day celebration in protest against “reprisal
measure of the government” against it.
SFs, in an operation, arrested two
militants of the NSCN-IM from Kashipur and Lodi villages in Dima
Hasao District while they were carrying out extortion activities
in the area. A pistol, along with seven rounds of live ammunition
was also recovered from their possession.
Four militant outfits operating
in north-east India called for their boycott of Republic Day celebrations
on January 26. In a joint statement the four organisations, the
United National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFWSEA),
CorCom of Manipur, GNLA and the HNLC called for the shutdown in
the region on January 26. “We call upon the citizens to put out
a strong, clear message and protest against the imposed celebration
of the Republic day in our West Eastern South East Asia (WESEA).
We call for a total shutdown of our region from 00.01 hrs to 18
hrs of January 26,” the statement mailed to the media said.
Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi
claimed that Islamic militant group, Islamic State (IS/ ISIS) has
not been able to make significant inroads into the State that has
a sizeable Muslim population. Gogoi said that though the threat
from ISIS exists everywhere, the group so far had failed to strike
roots in the State which, of course, can’t be a reason for the SFs
to become complacent. Pointing out that ISIS was using social media
in its attempt to radicalize youth with its doctrines, Gogoi said
close watch was being kept at all levels to ensure that the group
was not able to penetrate the state. He also underlined that youth
of the country, who have been radicalized by the ISIS, had to be
made to see reason and return to the mainstream.
Assam DGP, Mukesh Sahay sounded
an alarm over the growing threat of ISIS in different fronts and
use of social media to recruit vulnerable youth to its ranks. Assam
stands vulnerable to threat from radical groups like the ISIS because
of presence of a large pool of unemployed youth from the backward
Muslim community. The State has witnessed rising activities of jihadi
elements in the recent years. Several training dens of jihadis
were busted in western Assam in the last couple of years following
dismantling of JMB modules in neighbouring West Bengal by Indian
security agencies including the NIA. A number of leaders and cadres
of various Islamic fundamentalist groups were arrested in the State
in the last couple of years.
Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi,
while hoisting the national flag at the Republic Day celebrations
in Guwahati, made an appeal to elusive ULFA ‘chief’ Paresh Baruah
and other separatist leaders to shun the path of violence and join
the mainstream. Gogoi also warned that his Government would continue
to take stern measures to crush the armed rebel groups in the State.
State Transport, Excise and Sports
Minister Ajit Singh while welcoming the militant groups that have
come over ground and joined the peace process repeated his call
to those outfits which are still in wilderness. He described their
move as a positive signal which will contribute towards the strengthening
of unity and solidarity. Ajit Singh said, “No solution is possible
through gun-culture.” It is in their overall interest that they
should return to the mainstream life. He at the same time cautioned
if any group makes any attempt to challenge law and order and create
disorder, his Government will not hesitate to deal with them firmly.
Unidentified assailants abducted
three persons, identified as Lala Nampui (75), Josepha Nampui (25)
and Luapui Thiaite, from New Sangbar village under Umrangsu Police
Station in Dima Hasao District.
Three Policemen, identified as Dharmendra
Das, Tilak Nath and R K Rajesh Singh, were injured when unidentified
assailants hurled a grenade at them during patrol duty in Ram Nagar
under Haflong Police Station in Dima Hasao District. Investigations
are on and a search has been launched to nab the culprits, the Police
Unidentified assailants fired at
the residence of District BJP General Secretary Deben Thaosen in
Haflong in Dima Hasao District. However, no casualties were reported.
Assailants abducted one Bijon Kemprai,
brother of Dima Hasao DCC president Mahendra Kemprai, from Thaijuari
in Dima Hasao District.
Police and Army, in a joint operation,
arrested one NDFB-IKS militant, identified as Gangaraj Wary alias
Dableu Gold (35), and a linkman, identified as Kalicharan Brahma
(25) from Chirang District. Spot interrogation and search led to
recovery of one 7.62 mm pistol with two rounds of ammunition, one
.305 Rifle with 25 rounds of ammunition, 14 rounds of .315 rifle,
one Chinese hand grenade and other war like stores, an Army official
said in a statement.
Army and Tengakhat Police in a joint
operation arrested a leader of the ULFA-I and his wife from Ulton
area under Tengakhat Police Station in Dibrugarh District. The arrested
militants have been identified as Abhinash Gogoi alias Dudu
(18), a resident of Tengakhat Lohali Village under Duliajan Police
Station and Puja Marak (20), resident of Sherpur District in Bangladesh.
According to Police sources, Dudu was joined banned outfit ULFA-I
in 2011 and subsequently he was sheltered at Bangladesh and had
involved in various activities of ULFA.
One person, identified as Dip Neog,
who was arrested on charges of making an extortion demand to a local
resident in Rajahowli in Jorhat District, was sent to judicial custody
by a local court in Jorhat.
A jihadi identified as Jahidul
Islam (28) was arrested from Gossaigaon in Kokrajhar District.
Chirang Police arrested one jihadi,
from Hatigaon in Guwahati in Kamrup District. The jihadi
identified as Tota Miya (40) was residing as a tenant at Mina Begum’s
residence situated at Masjid Road in Notboma. Police have recovered
one 7.65 pistol and two rounds of live ammunition, one magazine
and two mobile phones from his possession.
Nearly 1,450 cadres of different
militant groups were arrested across the state last year (2015)
and a huge cache of arms and ammunition seized, Governor Padmanabha
Balakrishna Acharya informed the State Assembly. "During 2015,
the security forces apprehended 1,449 cadres of different militant
groups," Acharya said in his address to the House on the first
day of the February Session. "The security forces also recovered
577 assorted arms, 15,515 rounds of live ammunition, 58 IEDs, 307
grenades, 144 kg of explosives, 2,979 detonators and cash amounting
to Rs 29,85,510 from different extremist elements," he added.
Acharya also said 58 militants and 10 civilians were killed last
year in encounters, while 49 other people were kidnapped in extremist-related
"Identification of one module
of JMB in the state in the wake of the blast in Khagragarh, Burdwan
district, West Bengal, led to the arrest of 30 members of the module
from Barpeta, Nalbari and Chirang districts of Assam as well as
recovery of 10 bombs," he added. Acharya said efforts are going
on to apprehend the remaining members of the module. Currently 13
militant groups are on the path of joining the mainstream after
laying down their arms, he said. "My government would also
like to appeal to Shri Paresh Baruah and his faction of the ULFA
and other insurgent groups to give up the path of violence and come
back to the national mainstream in the interest of the people of
Assam and the country at large," he added.
BSF troops of Dhubri sector seized
FICN worth INR 100,000 from three Indian FICN racketeers. Based
on a specific input provided by BSF intelligence wing, a joint operation
was launched by troops of BSF Dhubri sector along with Police and
arrested three FICN couriers, identified as Golam Hussain (50),
Jahar Ali (28) and Jamaluddin Sheikh (25) with the FICN worth INR
100,000 from Jogmaya Ghat, adjacent to Dhubri town, BSF official
The Red Horns Division operating
in the parts of Darrang and Udalguri Districts arrested six hardcore
militants of the NLFB. The arrest was made after a combined operation
by Army Camp based at Chapai in Borrengajuli and Deomornai assisted
by the joint teams SDPO Bhergaon and Police representatives from
Khoirabari and Dimakuchi Police Stations. Intelligence inputs received
from sources about the presence of a new insurgent outfit, NLFB,
being actively involved in killing and several extortion activities
across Darrang and Udalguri Districts. Intelligence inputs also
revealed about their connection with several militant outfits based
at Dimapur like NSCN-IM, NSCN-K and NDFB-S.
The Assam State Government said
that the killing of civilians and SF personnel has declined significantly
during recent years. Replying to a call attention motion by AIUDF
MLA Abdur Rahim Khan in the Legislative Assembly, Parliamentary
Affairs Minister Rakibul Hussain said that only four SF personnel
died in counter-insurgency operations in 2014, and none in 2015.
Similarly, 10 civilians were killed by militants in 2015, and none
so far in 2016. “The situation has improved significantly since
our Government took charge. The fear psychosis that existed earlier
is now absent. A total of 89 security personnel had died in 1997,
77 in 1998 and 87 in 1999. No doubt, in some areas problems do exist,
but the situation now is much better,” Hussain said. Earlier, citing
a media report, AIUDF’s Khan said that 272 Police personnel lost
their lives in Assam during the last 15 years.
Unidentified assailants fired at
the gate of former Doomdooma MLA and secretary of APCC, Durga Bhumij’s
residence at Milantirtha in Rupai Siding in Tinsukia District. According
to Bhumij, a Tata Indica vehicle came at a breakneck speed and fired
indiscriminately at his gate and fled towards Daimukhia Tea Estate.
He was inside his residence and no casualty was reported. Police
recovered six empty shells of 7.65 mm pistol from the site of the
incident. Various organisations have condemned the incident and
demanded an inquiry into the incident.
Another firing incident took place
at Ultapul near Digboi town in Tinsukia District at 6.45 pm. Three
persons riding a car stopped in front of a paan shop owned
by one Rameswar Majhi. Alighting from the car, they first asked
for cigarettes. Suddenly, one of them whipped out a pistol and fired
at the shopkeeper, missing him narrowly. The trio boarded the vehicle
and sped off but not before firing again. No one was injured in
Members of a newly-floated militant
outfit of the Moran community, Moran Tiger Force (MTF) are said
to be behind the two incidents of firings happened in Tinsukia District.
ADGP (special branch) Pallab Bhattacharya said "We have reports
about a new outfit, Moran Tiger Force, floated a week ago. We also
have clues about Paresh Baruah's involvement. The situation in Tinsukia
district is tense and we have issued orders to bring the situation
under control so that it does not spill over to Dibrugarh."
Tamulpur Police arrested two militants
of NDFB-IKS, identified as Sudem Muchahary alias Manual (24)
and Khassar Muchahary (36) along with arms and ammunition from Naokata
under Tamulpur subdivision in Baksa District. Police sources said
that the militants were involved in various cases of extortion.
Acting on a tip off a team of Tamulpur police arrested the rebels
when they came to collect extorted money from a trader at Naokata.
Tamulpur SDPO Asif Ahmed said that the detained militants threatened
MP Biswajit Daimary and BTC EM Ganesh Kachari several times.
A NDFB-IKS militant, identified
as ‘self-styled section commander’ Lothen Basumatary alias
Birai (42) was arrested in a joint operation by the Army and the
Assam Police in Gorebil village in Kokrajhar District. A 7.65mm
pistol and some ammunition was recovered from him.
Assam Police have launched an operation
to arrest at least 10 jihadi militants, who are now on the
run. The operation will be centred around the BTAD, but various
minority-dominated Districts of the State have also been alerted,
report said. Besides, three BTC Districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang
and Baksa and neighbouring western Assam Districts of Barpeta and
Nalbari have been marked sensitive on the suspicion that the Jihadi
elements might have settled to spread tentacles in these areas.
The Police have been conducting
a major search operation against the jihadis for the past
six months in the area and have arrested 18 people who are directly
or indirectly involved in the recruitment, gun running and extortion
rackets of various Muslim fundamentalist outfits. The biggest success
was the busting of a training module at Daukhanagar in Dhaligaon
in September 2015. The Police teams recovered eight handmade AK-47
lookalike rifles that were hidden in a pit. A Police official said,
"During the combing operation, we found 28 uniforms meant for
the cadres. So far we have arrested 18. We suspect that 10 more
jihadi cadres are at large. Already, six among them have been identified."
The CBI, while probing the 2012
BTAD riots, has disclosed the involvement of Islamic elements in
the violence. Post Burdwan blast (October 2, 2014), the arrest of
JMB cadre, Sahanur Alom, and his wife by an NIA team in Burdwan
District of West Bengal had clearly proved the presence of jihadi
elements in the State. Recently, Chirang Police arrested Tota Miya
from the city's Hatigaon area with a pistol. He has been taken into
three-day police custody. "We hope to get vital infofrom him,"
said IGP BTAD, L R Bishnoi. One of the biggest catches in the operation,
Bura Bhai, who was engaged in arms training and gun running for
jihadi groups in the state, has revealed, during interrogation,
how the char areas in the state have been used by such modules.
Hundreds of Adivasis (tribals),
armed with bows and arrows, marched on the National Highway in Tinsukia
District in protest against two incidents of firing in the District
on February 3.
According to written replies to
a series of short notice questions in the State Assembly, eight
bloody ethnic clashes in different parts of the State, which ended
in the deaths of 535 people, including 45 children and 80 women,
form the biggest blot on the unbroken but chequered 15-year Congress
rule under Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. On the positive side, as
many as four militant outfits signed peace deals with the Government
and 13 other outfits, including ULFA, declared ceasefire and began
peace talks. Since Gogoi's first term from May 2001, militancy claimed
at least 2,275 civilians and 309 security personnel. A total of
2,103 militants were killed and 8,930 others laid down arms. Another
213 people were killed in Police firing.
On the crime chart, a total of 19,821
murder cases, 21,556 rape cases, 43,879 cases of kidnapping, 91,419
cases of crime against women, 158 cases of witch-hunts, 4,816 cases
of dacoity and 43,328 cases of suicide were registered between May
2001 and December 2015.
According to the replies, ethnic
clashes during Gogoi's terms include the Hmar-Dimasa clash in Dima
Hasao District and the Kuki-Karbi clash in Karbi Anglong District
in 2003, Karbi-Dimasa clash in Karbi Anglong District in 2005, Muslim-Bodo
clash in Darrang and Udalguri Districts in 2005, Zemi Naga-Dimasa
clash in Dima Hasao District in 2009, Rabha-Garo clash in Goalpara
District in 2011, Bodo-Muslim clash in BTAD areas in 2012 and Karbi-Rengma
Naga clash in Karbi Anglong District in 2013-14.
The State Government informed that
6,658 cases of ethnic clashes were registered. Of these, chargesheets
were filed in 159 cases, final reports were submitted in 3,594 cases,
5,353 cases are under investigation, 12 cases were transferred to
the CBI and 2,358 cases were amalgamated
Apart from ethnic clashes within
the State, another 36 clashes with neighbouring States also took
place in which 87 people were killed and 78 injured. Interstate
clashes include fights with Mizoram in Hailakandi District in 2003
and 2008 and in Cachar District in 2013, with Meghalaya in Kamrup
(Metro) District in 2010 and in Dhubri District in 2013, with Nagaland
in Golaghat District in 2002, 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2015, in Sivasagar
District in 2005, 2007 and 2015, in Jorhat District in 2013, in
Karbi Anglong District in 2014, with Arunachal Pradesh in Dhemaji
District in 2001, 2006, 2008, in Lakhimpur District in 2004, 2007,
2008 and 2011, in Sonitpur District in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and in
Biswanath Chariali Police District in 2015.
Two incidents of firing in Tinsukia
District, both by the hitherto-unknown MTF, has sent local Police
in a tizzy. Police arrested Surajit Moran, president of the Tinsukia
unit of AJYCP from Doomdooma in Tinsukia District for his alleged
involvement with the outfit.
Police recovered three handmade
bombs from the house of Bipul Basumatary at Sahoriagaon under Dhing
Police Station in Nagaon District. Later, several weapons and ammunition
were also recovered at the house of Basumatary's father-in-law Khuken
Hazowari at Boragaon in Kamrup District.
Tinsukia ASP-headquarters, Lamhao
Doungel said that Police were trying to gather more information
about MTF, a new kid on the block as far as rebel groups are concerned.
"Our team has found vital clues (about the outfit) after going
through the call details of the phone number used to send text messages
after the firings. We have found evidence of Moran's involvement
with the perpetrators of the two incidents. Unlike militant outfits
like ULFA and NDFB-Songbijit, MTF doesn't seem to have any particular
leader," he explained.
A suspected Islamic State (IS) operative,
identified as Suman Aziz Laskar was arrested at SMC in Cachar District.
Police have launched an operation to arrest three others based on
information revealed by him during interrogation. A senior Police
officer said the 20-year-old man was taking the fourth semester
examination of MBBS at SMC on February 6 morning. The students said
that the man, in question, was not a student of the medical college.
ASP-Cachar, Subhashini Shankaran said the investigation was conducted
on the basis of the information revealed by the man adding that
some incriminating documents have been recovered from him including
a file that contains certain codes of Mumbai and other cities.
However, reports also said that
during interrogation, the arrested person said he was involved with
a Bangladesh-based terror group and that he hails from Bangladesh.
ULFA-PTF leader Anup Chetia made
a sudden visit to ex-MLA Durga Bhumij’s house at Rupaisiding in
Tinsukia District along with Prabal Neog. The visit has carried
much significance in view of the fact that on the evening of February
3, some miscreants claiming to be member of the MTF indiscriminately
fired at the house of Durga Bhumij from an Indica car and immediately
escaped from the spot.
The State Government has written
to the UMHA asking the latter to facilitate formal deportation of
suspected Myanmarese nationals, currently lodged in the detention
camps of Assam, through diplomatic channels. The letter, written
by the Home Department at Dispur, has also requested the UMHA to
pursue the matter with the MEA so that the nationality of the Myanmarese
nationals, caught in Assam from time to time, can be cross-checked
after which the process could be started.
Sources stated that the MEA had
already taken up the matter with its counterpart in the neighbouring
country. In the letter to the UMHA, the Home Department had sent
a list of 28 Myanmarese nationals, which also comprises Rohingya
Muslims who had fled the neighbouring country fearing their lives.
These also include women and children, official sources said. The
28 Myanmar nationals, who were lodged in the detention camps situated
in Goalpara, Kokrajhar and Silchar after their arrest, are now being
shifted to the new detention camp in Tezpur. The State has six detention
camps, including one each in Dibrugarh and Jorhat.
A ‘platoon commander’ of the NDFB-IKS,
identified as Uday Narzary alias N. Khilikhang (30), wanted
for the Adivasi massacre of December 23, 2014, was killed
in an encounter with SFs in Chirang District of lower Assam. An
AK-56 rifle with a magazine and INR 31,000 were recovered from the
slain militant. Chirang SP Ranjan Bhuyan said Narzary, who hails
from Bengtol in Chirang District, was also involved in extortions
and abductions. "He had joined NDFB (S) in 2010 and was a member
of the outfit's 35th batch. He had undergone training in use of
arms and explosives in Myanmar," the Police officer added.
Narzary's killing is being seen
as a major success for the SFs, who have been carrying out relentless
operations against the NDFB-IKS since the outfit killed more than
65 Adivasi villagers in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur Districts
in December 2014. A source said 25 cadres of the outfit have been
killed and about 600 of its members and linkmen arrested in the
operation. However, about 25 to 30 militants, including top leaders
G. Bidai and K. Batha, are still at large.
Two militants of the PLF-M, identified
as Babul Momin and (Energy) Momin, were beaten to death by a mob
at Rowmari Garopara area under Rongjuli Police Station in Goalpara
District. The militant-brother duo were beaten to death by a mob
on charge of terrorizing them by demanding extortion money, District
SP Nitul Gogoi said. One of the slain militants Babul Momin was
wanted by Police for indulging in anti-social activities and extortion
demands, the SP said. Extortion demand letters and the Meghalaya-based
PLFM letter pads were recovered from the slain militants.
SFs arrested one person, identified
as Hitesh Roy, along with FICN worth of INR 17,000 from Amguri in
SFs arrested a ULFA-I cadre, identified
as Deepak Das (27), along with a 7.62 mm pistol and some ammunition
from Kachiabari Borogopha in Kokrajhar District. The militant was
involved in money collection, extortion and providing administrative
support to ULFA-I.
The attempt on the part of the suspected
GNLA-ULFA combine to attack the Police personnel in Resubelpara
in North Garo Hills District was foiled, following the recovery
of IEDs and arrest of a person by a joint team of both Assam and
Meghalaya Police from Goalpara District of Assam. Based on the revelation
of one of the GNLA cadre, one Malsing R Marak was arrested on the
outskirts of Resubelpara and three remote controlled IEDs and gelatins
sticks were recovered from a house at Kalaring village adjacent
to the forest area of Dorenkitip in Assam. Later, all the IEDs were
defused by a bomb disposal team of Meghalaya Police.
Based on intelligence input about
NDFB-IKS militants holed up deep in the jungles of Rowta Reserve
Forest North of Mazbat town (Udalguri District) bordering Arunachal
Pradesh, a 48 hour long search and destroy mission was conducted
by the Army and Udalguri Police and arrested two persons from the
camp location. The operation was launched on February 10 by Army
and Assam Police, was a major success and resulted in successful
busting of NDFB-IKS militant camp, report said. The camp was being
used to train and provide logistic support to the active cadres
of the NDFB-IKS. The destruction of the NDFB-IKS camp goes a long
way in reducing the menace of this unlawful organization from the
Udalguri District and will help in bringing peace and normalcy in
the region, Army said in a statement.
SFs arrested a senior cadre of the
NSLA, identified as Everest Tudu alias Jambua from Siyalmari
village in Kokrajhar District. A pistol along with some ammunition
and a mobile phone were recovered from his possession.
BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate
in Assam Sarbananda Sonowal said that illegal immigrants were the
enemies of the people of the State. In an interview, Sonowal, said,
‘’Congress is trying to bring illegal migrants to the state. The
local people have been reduced to ‘microscopic minority’. These
people (immigrants) are the enemies of the people of Assam. Claiming
that unabated infiltration from Bangladesh is still on, Sonowal
said if voted to power, his party will find a lasting solution to
the burning issue which is threatening the basis of Assamese society.
A linkman of the NDFB-IKS, identified
as Ila Narzary, was arrested from Mainaguri under Serfanguri Police
Station in Kokrajhar District. He was involved in extortion and
information gathering for the outfit. A country-made pistol, along
with live bullets were recovered from him.
In a joint operation, the Indian
Army and Kokrajhar Police killed two militants of the NDFB-IKS,
identified as Sanjib Basumatary alias Khardes and Jangswrang
Basumatary alias Ladai at Auzarguri in Kokrajhar District.
“An ambush was laid following a tip-off regarding the movement of
some NDFB-IKS militants in the area. When the militants were challenged,
they opened indiscriminate fire, prompting the security forces to
retaliate. Two militants were killed in the exchange of fire”, defence
spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Suneet Newton said. One of the slain
militant, Ladai is wanted by the NIA in connection with the Adivasi
massacre of December 2014 and for kidnapping Hindi-speaking people
in January 2014. Khardes is also a wanted terrorist involved in
subversive acts. Two 7.65mm pistols with five rounds of ammunition,
six empty cases of 7.65mm pistol, a 7.62mm AK magazine, six 7.62mm
empty cases, eight 7.62mm live rounds, two grenades, some explosives
and two mobiles were recovered from the duo.
The NDFB-IKS claimed that Sanjib
Basumatary alias Kharde who was killed by the joint team
of Army and Police on February 14 morning at Auzarguri in Kokrajhar
District, was not their cadre but a student. The outfit also alleged
that a hand of Kharde was cut off brutally by the Army.
Suspected Garo militants abducted
an owner of a grocery shop, identified as Laldev Shah (Basu), from
Bakharapara village in Bongaigaon District. Laldev Shah was returning
home at Dhupdhara in Goalpara District at around 5 pm when armed
militants allegedly kidnapped him from Bakharapara village at gunpoint.
According to sources, a substantial
portion of the funds generated from illegal activities like timber
smuggling, poaching etc are going to the coffers of the North East
militant groups. Highly placed official sources said that timber
smuggling and other such illegal activities are matters of serious
concern, more so, because some of the militant groups are surviving
on the money generated from such activities. Sources said that the
Central Government had alerted the States of the region that such
activities helped the militant groups to survive and the concerned
State governments should take all possible steps to stop such illegal
Sources further revealed that for
years the NDFB survived from the money that they received from those
involved in illegal activities like timber smuggling and poaching.
The other income source of the NDFB was abduction and extortion.
But of late, after the Central Government decided to launch a massive
combing operation against the militants belonging to the NDFB-IKS
after the involvement of members of the outfit in the gruesome killing
of more than 70 persons on December 23, 2014, the fund flow to the
outfit came down as its members, including senior leaders are on
the run. The outfit has not been able to indulge in any kidnapping
since the operation was launched and the extortion amounts are also
coming down. However, sources admitted that according to reports,
the remaining militants are surviving because of the money that
they are receiving from the persons involved in timber smuggling.
Following an intelligence report,
the Army launched a combat operation near Assam and Arunachal Pradesh
border and killed four militants in Na Kathalguri village under
Bordumsa Police Station in Tinsukia District. According to sources,
three of them were from NSCN-K and the fourth one was from the ULFA-I.
Police recovered 2 pistols, 2 magazines with 25 rounds of ammunition,
one AK-56 rifle with 3 magazines, 82 rounds of ammunition of AK
series, 13,500 Kyat (Myanmarese currency), 6 mobile phone sets,
2 sets of Army fatigue, 1 pouch, 2 solar plates and 2 solar lights.
One person, identified as Amir Hussain
was arrested for allegedly demanding INR 2 lakh at gunpoint from
Dhubri District Congress vice-president Rezaul Islam on February
ULFA leader Anup Chetia, while urging
for peace and harmony among all the ethnic tribes of the State,
cautioned the divisive forces which tried to destroy the age-long
communal harmony in the State. Chetia was addressing a meeting at
the Doomdooma Bangiya Durgabari Hall which was convened by the ULFA-PTF
in the wake of firing to the residence of former Doomdooma MLA Durga
Bhumij by an organisation named MTF. The meeting was also addressed
by ULFA ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, former MLA Durga Bhumij and
several leaders of various ethnic student and youth organisations.
In his address Rajkhowa alleged that an unknown force is trying
to disturb the communal harmony among the ethnic tribes of Tinsukia
A link man of NDFB-IKS, identified
as Rana Narzary was arrested by SFs from Saraibil under Gossaigaon
police station in Kokrajhar District. He was involved with money
collection, extortion, providing administrative support and information
about movement of security forces to militant outfit organization.
Two youths were arrested from Hingoritoli
in newly formed Charaideo District on charges of demanding money
from some businessmen in the name of ULFA-I.
The NIA arrested a cadre of NDFB-IKS,
identified as Sibiary alias Sansuma alias Daoka Basumatary
when he was produced before the special NIA court in Guwahati. According
to an official source, the accused, who was wanted by the NIA in
the Adivasi massacre case (December 23, 2014), had surrendered
before the special NIA court a few days ago. The court remanded
him in NIA custody for 12 days.
Basumatary, who hails from Dhalkata
village at Nalkhamara in Udalguri District, was allegedly involved
in killing of five Adivasi villagers, besides injuring others, at
Pakhriguri under Serfanguri police station in Kokrajhar District
on December 23, 2014. The source said after carrying out the massacre
he was hiding in Nepal and Chennai (Tamil Nadu) disguised as a worker
before he surrendered in the court.
A suspected NLFB militant, identified
as Ajoy Roy (20) was arrested along with one handmade pistol, six
hand grenades and two blank cartridges from Darrangamela in Baksa
District along Indo-Bhutan border.
A militant belonging to NSCN-K,
identified as Tabroi Konyak was arrested near a tea garden on Sonari-Namtola
Road in Charaideo District.
ULFA ‘general secretary’, Anup Chetia
met the family members of deceased ULFA cadres in Bakaliaghat in
Karbi Anglong District and said that a ‘Martyrs’ Trust’ would be
set up by them and soon a museum in the name of deceased ULFA members
would also be constructed. The families appealed to him to make
them a part of the ongoing talks with the Government of India. The
ULFA leader said that the outfit had urged the Government of India
to start search operation for ULFA cadres who went missing after
the anti-insurgency operation in Bhutan.
The ULFA leader held a meeting with
the ceasefire groups of militant organizations like KLNLF, former
DHD, UKDA and KRA. The chairman of the KLNLF, P Dilli said that
they also would like to form the ‘Martyrs’ Trust’ with the ULFA.
During the meeting, Thong Teron, general secretary, publicity secretary,
Rejak Dera of KLNLF, former DHD leader Pranab Nunisa, Alex Kuki,
general secretary, UKDA and Bruce Kuki, leader of KRA were present.
Six Assam villagers were wounded
when they were attacked by unidentified Naga militants near Holonguri
along the inter-state border in Jorhat District. According to sources,
six Assamese villagers, who had gone to collect firewood in the
Dessoi Valley forest, were held captive by Naga militants and assaulted
brutally. The victims belonged to the tea community. Two of the
critically injured, identified as Karma Karmakar and Manoj Mirdha
were shifted to Jorhat Medical College & Hospital for better
treatment. Senior Police officers from the District headquarters
rushed to the spot and are also learnt to have communicated with
their counterpart in Nagaland seeking assistance in nabbing the
culprits. “We are in touch with Nagaland police. We have also identified
one miscreant and his details have been shared with Nagaland police,”
Titabor SDPO Kulen Deka said, adding no arrests have been made so
far. “Security measures have been beefed up to avoid escalation
of the situation,” he added.
A joint team of Army and Police
arrested three NDFB-IKS militants, identified as Bhubneswar Boro
(36), Sarjib Basumatary (27) and Lepho Boro (30) from Barimakha
village near Mochalpur in Baksa District. Two AK-47 rifles, one
9mm pistol along with ammunition were also recovered from the militants.
The three militants were involved in extortion, arms smuggling and
other nefarious and anti-national activities, Army official said.
All three militants were handed over to Barbari Police for further
Two ADF cadres, identified as Budu
Tudu (29) and Mirjan Kisku (23), were arrested from Mandaria under
Gossaigaon Police station in Kokrajhar District.
Condemning the NDFB-IKS for demanding
extortion of INR 20, 000 from a journalist of a vernacular daily
and member of the central committee of JAFA Babu Rava, the federation
urged the militant outfit to stop harassing journalists. In a statement
condemning the incident, JAFA said that the NDFB-IKS even took away
the bike of the journalist after threatening him with arms in their
hands. It also condemned the Police inaction as four days have passed
since the incident, but not a single arrest has been made so far.
Police arrested three suspects,
belonging to NDFB-IKS, identified as Sanjay Brahma, Nerswn Brahma,
and Ramen Basumatary, from Tipkai Harjhora village in Kokrajhar
District and recovered INR 36,500, two cellphones and a wallet from
SF personnel arrested a cadre of
the MTFA, identified as Samsul Haq, from Kadamguri in Kokrajhar
Police recovered of a large number
of IEDs from a stronghold of the banned GNLA in East Garo Hills
of Meghalaya. Assam Police believes that the presence of such a
large number of IEDs at this juncture in Garo Hills area of Meghalaya
definitely looks ominous for the poll-bound State. DGP Assam, Mukesh
Sahay said that any threat to the upcoming Assam Assembly elections
will be seriously dealt by the Police, which is also geared up to
tackle communal forces ruthlessly. “Threat, either from militants
or any other source, will be seriously dealt with,” Sahay said.
“In the past, there have been instances of candidates having financial
dealings with militants. This time such instances will be treated
as terror offence under the UAPA,” the DGP said.
Reacting to the press release issued
by IGAR-N and published in the local, regional and section of the
national dailies on January 26, 2016, with regard to the some northeast
insurgents involved in narco-terrorism, Independent faction of ULFA-I
expressed dismay that their organization was named as being involved
in the “cultivation and trade of opium in Kachin province of Myanmar”.
In a statement, ULFA-I ‘Assistant Information and Publicity Secretary’
‘Captain’ Arunudoy Asom objected and refuted the statement.
Five days after he was abducted,
a trader of the Lamajuar area in Karimganj District, identified
as Abdul Kalam (52), was rescued by the Police. Kalam was abducted
by a gang of armed assailants on the midnight of February 21, from
a place near Janakibazar in Hailakandi District, when he was returning
home in a car. Six persons, including two women, were also arrested
for their alleged involvement in the abduction. They were identified
as Afsalur Haque, Safrul Islam, both drivers, Faruq Ahmed, his wife
Saleha Begam Talukdar, Bahar Uddin Laskar and Hafiza Khanam Laskar.
Karimganj SP PR Kar said that more persons might have been involved
in the incident. A hunt is on to nab the rest.
A team of Army personnel from Deumornai
Army camp along with Assam Police launched a joint operation and
arrested five cadres of NDFB-IKS, identified as Ringchar alias
Mukang (20), Ranchai Baro alias Birkhang (20), Shaumangcha
Baro (23), Jugchar Baro and Ajoy Haloi from Gurihati village under
Khairabari Police station in Udalguri District. One 2.22 pistol
and four live ammunition were also recovered from the militants.
Army carried out operations in the
Goalpara District and arrested an ULFA-I militant, identified as
Bhukan Nath. A 7.65 mm pistol, live rounds and a magazine were recovered
A delegation of ULFA leaders, led
by its ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, met Union Home Secretary Rajiv
Mehrishi in his office in New Delhi and reviewed the progress of
their ongoing talks. It was decided that the formal tripartite meeting
of ULFA leaders with the Home Secretary and representatives of Government
of Assam will be held in the middle of March, a Home Ministry spokesperson
Chirang Police arrested an NDFB-IKS
militant from Rangijhora Kherdanda area under Amguri Police Station
in Chirang District. The arrested militant has been identified as
Charchil Islary (32). Police official said Charchil was involved
in various cases of extortion and abduction and was a close associate
of NDFB-IKS ‘finance secretary’ B Doimalu and other top leaders
of the outfit based in Myanmar.
The ‘deputy commander-in-chief’
of the KLO identified as Dibankar Barman alias Anupal alias Jabarjung alias Raghav,
was killed by SFs at Siljan Kakrikola area in Kokrajhar District.
BTAD Inspector-General of Police L.R. Bishnoi said that depending
on inputs about the presence of some KLO rebels in the area, a joint
operation was carried out by the Army and Assam Police where the
rebel leader received serious bullet injuries in the gun battle.
Later, he succumbed to his injuries. Two other militants managed
to escape, Bishnoi said. A 7.65mm pistol, two fired cases of 7.65mm
pistol, three live rounds of 7.65mm, eight fired cases of 7.62mm
pistol and a grenade were recovered from the slain militant, who
was wanted in many cases of abduction and extortion.
District Police arrested an ULFA-I
militant, Hiren Gogoi, and his accomplice, Hemkanta Changmai, from
Tinuskia District, and recovered a number of incriminating documents
Based on specific information, Army
and Nalbari Police launched a joint operation and arrested a linkman
of NDFB-IKS from Barajol village in Nalbari District. The arrested
linkman has been identified as Gajen Boro (27) Narayangaon village
under Ghagrapar Police Station in Nalbari District. Gajen was involved
in extortion, arms smuggling and other nefarious and anti-national
activities. One 7.65mm Pistol along with four live rounds and one
magazine of 7.65mm Pistol were recovered from him.
Army and Police in a joint operation
arrested a militant of the NDFB-IKS in Nalbari District. The arrested
militant has been identified as Khomin Boro (30), a resident of
village Dalbari under Barama Police Station in the District. The
arrested militant was involved in extortion, arms smuggling and
other nefarious and anti-national activities, Army official said.
One 7.65mm pistol along with one magazine and three live rounds
were recovered from him.
Police arrested another NDFB- IKS
militant along Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border in Biswanath District.
The militant has been identified as Chatu Narzary. A carbine and
six rounds of live ammunition were found on him.
Based on specific information, Army
Camp Boko and Police launched a joint operation, and arrested one
arms supplier from Bholkmari (South Kamrup) who was reported to
be supplying weapons and ammunition to NDFB- IKS and MULTA militants.
The arms supplier has been identified as Mokshed Ali (42) of Bholkamari
village under Chhayagaon Police Station in South Kamrup District.
The arrested arms supplier was also reported to be involved in arms
smuggling and other nefarious and anti-national activities and had
been working with extremists for many years, Army official said.
One .22mm pistol and one magazine along with four pistol ammunition
were recovered from him.
Two ULFA linkmen, identified as
Hiren Gogoi alias Rabin (24) and Hemakanat Changmai alias
Jatin alias Pinku, both belonging to Deoghoriya village of Lakhipather
under Digboi Police Station in Tinsukia District were arrested
by joint forces of District Special Team and Digboi Police. According
to sources, the arrest was made after the demand for fifty hunting
boots were made by the rebels from a local businessman in Digboi
which was meant for the banned ULFA faction.
Police recovered an automatic
pistol with two live cartridges at Khaksi under Haluwating Police
Station in Sivasagar District. According to reports, local residents
of Khaksi area of Amguri TE saw a man roaming here and there and
they informed the nearby CRPF camp immediately. When CRPF personnel
reached the suspected man fled from the spot leaving a packet
wrapped with polythene. An automatic pistol, two live cartridges,
one torch light, one water bottle and one cigarette packed from
the polythene bag.
Based on specific information,
Army and Baksa Police launched a joint operation and arrested
a cadre of the NDFB- IKS identified as Namal Boro (28), from Alagjhar
village under Barama Police Station in Baksa District. The arrested
linkman has been involved in extortion, arms smuggling and other
nefarious and anti-national activities. One 7.65mm pistol along
with one magazine and two live rounds were recovered from him.
Namal has been handed over to Barama Police Station.
SFs seized a huge cache of weapons
in separate raids in Assam. One 7.5 pistol, two magazines, 190
live rounds, three mobile sets, cash, ATM cards and other documents
were seized from a mini truck at a check post near Azara Police
Station in Guwahati city. The truck was plying from Dimapur to
Goalpara. Two persons - Rafiqul Islam of Boko and Irakdau Sargyari
of Tamulpur - were arrested from the vehicle.
Lumding GRP recovered a large
quantity of ammunition from the Tinsukia Avadh-Assam Express at
Lumding railway station in Nagaon District. The cache included
497 cartridges of various calibres.
The Khatkhati Police in an encounter
killed a UPLA militant at Bokajan in East Karbi Anglong District.
SFs conducted a raid in the Lalmati area along Assam-Nagaland
border on being tipped off about the movement of some unidentified
militants in the area and while the Police team was on move, the
militant group opened fire and the column retaliated. After a
thorough search, a bullet ridden body was found while others managed
to escape under cover of darkness. A 9 mm pistol and a 7.65 pistol
along with other incriminating documents were recovered from possession
of the slain militant. The killed militant is yet to be identified.
A linkman of KLO was arrested
from Simlubari village under Tamulpur Police Station in Baksa
District. Acting on intelligence input, a team of Police led by
Tamulpur SDPO Ashif Ahmed launched an operation in Simlubari village
and arrested one Indrajit Barman (24). Police sources said that
a group of KLO militants along with a top leader of the outfit
were taking shelter in the house of Barman in Tamulpur area.
Two militants of the ULFA-I surrendered
before SFs in Tinsukia District after SFs launched operation against
them. A group of UNLFWSEA and some other extremist organizations
entered Upper Dihing Reserve Forest in Tinsukia on March 8. Police
official said the group was a conglomerate of ULFA-I, PLA, KYKL,
and NSCN-K and was led by self-styled 'Lieutenant' Prodip Gogoi
alias Akon and their intention was to carry out subversive activity
in Tinsukia before or after March 16, which is "ARMY DAY" of ULFA-I.
On getting information Police, Army, CRPF and SSB jointly conducted
search operation in probable hide outs, as a result of which two
ULFA-I militants namely War Asom and Biman Asom deserted the group
along with arms/ammunitions and expressed their willingness to
join the mainstream. Two PLA cadres and one KYKL cadre are also
suspected to have deserted the group.
The NIA submitted a supplementary chargesheet
before the Special NIA Court in Guwahati (Assam) against three
NDFB-IKS militants in connection with the killing of five Adivasi
people at Pakhriguri village under Serfanguri Police Station in
Kokrajhar District on December 23, 2014. The accused are Amal
Mushahary alias Aogoi, Kamakhya Daimary alias Kwnasong
alias Konkor alias Kanta and Jeba Basumatary alias
Jangsha Borgoyari alias Lambu alias Ziba Borgoyari.
SFs have traced the movement of a 16-member special
hit squad comprising of militants from several rebel groups in
upper Assam's Tinsukia District, and have sounded an alert as
these militants are likely to attempt to disrupt the upcoming
Assembly polls in Assam. "On March 8, a group of UNLFWSEA and
some other extremist organisations entered Upper Dihing Reserve
Forest, Tinsukia. The group was a conglomerate of Independent
faction of ULFA-I, PLA, KYKL, NSCN-K," Assam Police said.
In a joint operation by Police and 168 Field Regiment
of Army, one dreaded NDFB-IKS militant identified as B. Shumla
was killed in Asrabari under Mazbat Police Station area in Udalguri
District. One 7. 65 mm pistol, two rounds of ammunition and one
36 hand grenade were recovered from the killed cadre.
A joint team of Manja and Dillai Police recovered
huge cache of ammunition from Serlongri Tisso Gaon under Manja
Police Station in Karbi Anglong District. As per information,
the joint Police team acting on specific information launched
an operation at midnight at Serlongri Tisso Gaon about six kilometres
west of Manja and recovered 36 hand grenades, 24 rounds of live
ammunition of AK series, 10 rounds of live ammunition of 7.65mm
pistol and other belongings from the village in the following
Army and Assam Police in a joint operation arrested
three NDFB-IKS militants in Chirang District. Acting on specific
intelligence input, a joint team of Army and Police arrested one
cadre and two linkmen with arms, ammunition and other war like
stores in the District. The arrested cadre and linkmen were involved
in extortion and unlawful activities, an Army official said in
A huge cache of explosives with 69 electronic
detonators and wires were recovered at Pherighat in Lakhipur in
Cachar District, in a joint operation of Police and CRPF. The
recovery was made from a boatman accompanied by two women who
were taken into custody. On initial interrogation, they revealed
that they were coming from Borobekra in Jiribam in Imphal East
District of Manipur.
Acting on a tip-off, the 14 Dogra Regiment of
Army arrested two hardcore militants of the NDFB-IKS from Jaljali
village under Rangia Police Station in Kamrup District. According
to Army sources, the militants have identified as Durga Baro of
village Bonguri, Tamulpur under Baksa District and Umesh Daimary
of Gandhibari village. One sophisticated pistol, two grenades
and four live cartridges were recovered from their possession.
Janagram Tudu, an overground worker of NSLA, was
arrested from Kashiabari in Kokrajhar District. A pistol and live
round was recovered from him.
A JMB operative, Asad Ali alias Asadullah,
an associate of Bardhaman blast (October 2, 2014) accused Sahanur
Alom was arrested while trying to cross over from Bangladesh at
Sutarkandi in Assam's Karimganj District on March 20. An official
source told that the fugitive was arrested in an operation led
by Karimganj SP Pradip Ranjan Kar on basis of a tip-off. Ali,
who hails from Kaplabari village in Mukalmua Police Station area
of Assam's Nalbari District, is known as Moinul Islam and Ismail
Hussain within the organisation. Confirming Ali's arrest, Assam
DGP Mukesh Sahay said that he was one of the six JMB activities
of the state who went underground after the arrest of Sahanur
and other members of this group.
40th Field Regiment of Army and Udalguri Police
in a joint operation arrested a hardcore NDFB-IKS militant. The
arrested militant has been identified as Mukuta Boro alias B Mwsagra
of Chinakona village under Khoirabari Police Station in Udalguri
District. Rakesh Roshan, SP of Udalguri said huge quantities of
arms including one factory made 7.65mm pistol, four grenades,
three fuse wires, 20 7.65 live rounds of ammunitions were recovered
from the possession of the militant.
Indian Army and Kokrajhar Police arrested three
KLO cadres who were on their way to attend a training camp at
Myanmar. Ranjay Barman was arrested from Maktaigaon in Kokrajhar
District, while Hitesh Roy and Shibu Prasad Choudhury were held
at Maurigaon in Morigaon District. Two rifles, one pistol and
few rounds of ammunition were recovered from the arrested cadres.
The NIA sleuths will interrogate JMB activist
Asad Ali alias Asadullah, who was arrested by Assam Police while
he was trying to cross over from Bangladesh to India at Sutarkandi
in Karimganj District on March 20. The accused is close to Burdwan-blast
accused Sahanur Alam, who was charge sheeted by the NIA in the
case. An official source said, a team of NIA officials will come
from its Calcutta office and interrogate the JMB member to ascertain
if he had any role in the Burdwan blast.
Two Bru (Reang) militants were killed in an encounter
with the Police in Ramshantipur locality in Hailakandi District.
Two persons, who had been abducted by them, were rescued. Police
and CRPF personnel launched an operation in the District near
the Assam-Mizoram border to rescue the two persons who had been
abducted from Silchar in Cachar District on March 25. They are
yet to be identified. The officer said three other militants were
arrested during the operation.
Based on continuous inputs of insurgent activities
over last two weeks in Karbi Anglong District, the Army carried
out extensive area domination, and recovered a hideout with large
cache of arms and warlike stores and neutralised it in Disama
Reserve Forest. The cache includes six country made rifles, two
pistols, eight grenades, detonators and huge quantity of explosives.
Two militants of KPLT, which is opposing the upcoming
Assembly polls in Assam, were killed in an encounter with a joint
team of Police and the Army at Borpung Terang village in Karbi
Anglong District, ahead of the April 4 voting in the area. The
slain militants were identified as 'commander-in-chief' Sajong
Bey and 'general secretary' Mukrang Bey of the outfit. The Police
have recovered one AK series rifle and one 9 mm pistol along with
some assorted ammunitions from the slain militants. The insurgents
exchanged fire with the joint Police and Army team at Borpung
Terang village under Chokikhola Police Station. The KPLT had issued
threats to media persons recently after journalists at a meeting
in Diphu Press Club unanimously decided not to publish the extremist
outfit's press releases calling for bandhs opposing the voting
scheduled in the District on April 4.
Based on specific information on movement of an
NDFB-IKS cadre received from Army Intelligence Unit, a team of
Indian Army and Baksa Police launched a joint operation and arrested
a cadre of NDFB-IKS from Rampur in Baksa District. The rebel has
been identified as Samar Ramchiary alias B Bathaou of Nutan Sripur
village under Mushalpur Police Station in Baksa District. "The
cadre was actively involved in at least six cases of extortion
in last six months and was pivotal in NDFB (S) activities in the
area," Defence PRO Suneet Newton said. One 7.65mm pistol along
with five live rounds of 7.65mm, one no 36 hand grenade and INR
8050 were recovered from the arrested cadre, he said.
Based on specific information, Army launched a
joint operation with Bongaigaon Police and arrested one RNLF cadre
from North Salmara in Bongaigaon District. The arrested militant
has been identified as Sunil Rabha alias Chinese. The individual
joined the group in 2005 and was trained in Parbatjhora in Kokrajhar
District. One 7.65mm pistol with magazine, some live rounds, one
letter pad of RNLF and some currency were recovered from his possession.
At least two persons were killed and over twenty
others injured in a powerful grenade attack at Dudhnoi in Goalpara
District of Assam. Sources said two motorcyclists lobbed the grenade
near a BJP election office at Dudhnoi Chariali under Dudhnoi Police
Station. One person, Bapan Saha (35), succumbed to his injuries.
SP Nitul Gogoi said another person was also killed in the explosion.
His identity was not yet known. The condition of at least five
others are said to be critical, with doctors stating that the
toll might go up. A Police SI, Rajen Talukdar, was also seriously
injured in the blast. No outfit has claimed responsibility, but
Police suspect it to be a handiwork of ULFA-I outfit.
The BSF troops of Guwahati Frontier, deployed
in Dhubri District, in a joint operation with Kokrajhar Police
recovered three country made guns, from Tipkai forest area under
Bogribari Police Station in Kokrajhar District of Assam. On specific
information of BSF intelligence wing, a search operation was launched
in the area and the troops recovered the cached weapons, which
were buried in the ground, deep inside the forest.
The investigators of NIA’s Guwahati branch arrested
a 26–years–old hardcore cadre of NDFB-IKS. Jwnglaw Narzary alias Jekhai,
a resident of Duligaon in Kokrajhar District, BTAD, was taken
into custody for his involvement in a case relating to killing
of innocent civilians in Kokrajhar District of Assam in December
One Assam Police commando, Swapan Nath, and a
hardcore cadre of the ULFA-I were killed in an encounter in Krishnai
area in Goalpara District. The death toll in on April 4 blast
went up to three, with Dipankar Saha (23), succumbing to his injuries
at Guwahati Medical College and Hospital. The other two deceased
have been identified as Ajit Dutta (40) and Bapan Saha (35), District
President of AABYCF. Altogether 25 persons, including four policemen,
were injured in yesterday's blast. SP Nitul Gogoi said ULFA-I
militant, Pabitra Rabha, died in an encounter with the Police
at Jira village under Krishnai Police Station. The operation was
launched on the basis of information that three militants were
holed up in a house in the village, the SP said. "When the
police team approached the house, the militants opened fire, leading
to an encounter. The other two militants managed to escape but
we have recovered a remote control device, which is believed to
have been used in the blast," the SP said.
Two top militants of the newly formed militant
outfit UKPLA were arrested by Police and arms along with ammunition
were recovered from them in Karbi Anglong District. SP Debojit
Deuri said Police launched an operation at Reshakhidi area and
arrested the two militants. The militants were identified as UKPLA
'finance secretary' Bikash Timung alias Chinthur
Dera and 'general secretary' Ranjit Hanse alias Sar
Chingri. One .22 pistol with 20 rounds live ammunition and one
.32 pistol with 15 rounds live ammunition were recovered from
City Police arrested two alleged militants of
UALA from Ganesh Nagar under Basistha Police Station area in Guwahati Tehsil in
Kamrup District. Police said the duo, Jakaeuss K. Marak (25),
and Super D. Sangma (32), were plotting abductions for ransom.
The operation was carried out by a joint team of Basistha Police
Station and the Crime Branch of City Police.
The army in a joint search operation with Dhubri
Police arrested one MTFA militant, Mohammad Sahidul Islam Miah,
from Rupsi near Basbari in Dhubri District.
Based on specific information, the Army and Kokrajhar
Police in a joint operation arrested a top NDFB-IKS militant,
Raju Mushahary alias Rajesh Mushahary, from Kachugaon
in Kokrajhar District of Assam. PRO, Defence, Guwahati, Lieutenant
Colonel Suneet Newton, said Raju has been trained in Arunachal
Pradesh. "He was actively involved in extortion, arms peddling,
recruitment of insurgents and providing logistical support to
the banned organisation. A 7.65mm pistol with magazine, few live
rounds of ammunition and one hand grenade were recovered from
him," he said.
Three NDFB-IKS militants were taken into custody
by the NIA, for their alleged role in the December 2014 Adivasi
massacre in lower Assam's Kokrajhar District. An official source
said Armish Basumatary (22), Lothen Basumatary (42), and Gangaraj
Wary (33), who were held by Assam Police earlier in some other
cases, were rearrested by the NIA after investigations revealed
their involvement in the massacre. Armish and Lothen are from
East Jardanpur village and Goribil village under Kokrajhar Police
Station while Gangaraj is from Birhangaon village under Dhaligaon
Police Station in Chirang District. The NIA is investigating five
cases related to the Adivasi carnage in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur
Districts on December 23, 2014.
The pro-talks and hardliner factions of ULFA separately
observed the outfit's 37th raising day. The pro-talks faction
organised a daylong programme at its designated camp, the Asom
Naba Nirman Kendra at Lakuwa in Upper Assam's Sivasagar District,
while the Paresh Barua-led ULFA-I observed the day at an undisclosed
location. Besides the group's top leadership, including ‘chairman’
Arabinda Rajkhowa and ‘general secretary’ Anup Chetia, the leaders
of the Progressive and Ranjan Daimary factions of the NDFB, NSCN-R
and various Kuki organisations attended the function. ULFA was
founded at the Rangghar in Sivasagar on April 7, 1979. The outfit
split in 2011 when a faction headed by the ‘commander-in-chief’
Paresh Barua opposed the peace talks led by ‘chairman’ Arabinda
Based on specific information, Army and Police
launched a joint operation at Rajparain area in Chirang District,
and arrested one NDFB-IKS militant identified as Joni Basumatary.
Basumatary was involved in extortion activities in Chirang District
on behalf of Subol, a top militant of NDFB-IKS. One Pistol and
few rounds of ammunition were recovered from his possession.
A driver of a Max pick-up van was shot twice from
point blank range by unidentified assailants when he stopped the
vehicle near a roadside dhaba at Panichokuwa area under Pulibor
Police Station in Jorhat District. The driver, identified as Abdul
Ali, informed the investigating officer that he was driving back
to Nazira from Baihata Chari-Ali and had stopped near the dhaba
when two unidentified assailants on a bike approached him and
demanded money. Abdul’s refusal provoked the duo to fire.
A tea estate manager was abducted by unidentified
gunmen from his residence in Dima Hasao District. Debendra Nath
Tiwari, manager of Kopili tea estate at 15 Kilo, 5 kilometres
from Umrangso town, was abducted from his residence on the garden
premises by a group of six to eight gunmen who reportedly overpowered
the two on-duty SF personnel.
FICN with a face value of INR 50,000 were seized
from Paresh Deka at Noonmati in Guwahati.
An unidentified body of a male person was recovered,
on the road to Barbhyuan, Sootea on NH-52 in Sonitpur District.
Passers-by discovered the body, whose face was smashed. The Sootea
Police sent the body for post-mortem to Tezpur.
A KLO cadre, Ajay Barman alias Takla (20),
of Baksa's Darnagpur was arrested from Nayekgaon area in Kokrajhar
District. A pistol and a bullet were recovered from him.
BSF troops of Guwahati Frontier, deployed in Mancachar
in South Salmara-Mankachar District, recovered FICN with a face
value of INR 150,000 at the residence of Abdul Kalam alias
The Kokrajhar and Chirang Police, in a joint operation,
arrested four suspected jihadis, identified as Abu Bakar
Siddique, Jahanur Alam Sheikh, Samad Ali Mandal and Azizul Sheikh
from three different locations in Kokrajhar District. A grenade,
a revolver, seven rounds of M20 ammunition, two army camouflage
dresses and five mobile phones were recovered from their possession.
Based on specific information, Army launched a
joint operation with Kokrajhar Police in general area Harjhora
in the Mahamaya Reserve Forest in Kokrajhar District and arrested
a cadre of NDFB-IKS, identified as Sudem Borgoyari. Sudem Borgoyari
was wanted in Kokrajhar District in many cases of extortions and
abductions for the banned militant outfit. One 7.65mm pistol with
magazine and few live rounds were recovered from Sudem.
The 'self-styled area commander' of ADF, identified
as Supol Hembrom, was arrested from Simbargaon in Kokrajhar District.
Army along with Kokrajhar Police arrested one
NSLA-AT militant, identified as Pranjit Tudu, who was involved
in various subversive activities in the area, from Bharatnagar
in Kokrajhar District. One pistol and few live rounds were recovered
from the militant.
According to Highly placed Police sources, Modern
gadgets provided to the Assam Police by the Government of India
before the recently-concluded South Asian Games will be of great
help to check the activities of extremists and criminals, while
the same played a vital role in the arrest of four jihadis from
Kokrajhar and Chirang Districts on April 17. Police sources said
that Police and SFs were after them for a long time, while the
Central intelligence agencies also provided vital inputs. At the
same time, the technical gadgets now available with the police
also played a vital role in nabbing the jihadis. Sources also
revealed that all the arrested jihadis were members of the JMB.
Sources added that at least two key JMB functionaries,
including a Bangladeshi national, are still at large and Police
and SFs are on their trail. However, it is still not known whether
they are still inside Assam or they managed to escape either to
West Bengal or Bangladesh. Police also said that the JMB members
were not planning any major action in Assam as yet and they were
concentrating mostly on recruiting boys from lower Assam Districts
and they also tried to use Assam as a base.
Army launched a joint operation with Kokrajhar
Police in general area of Mainaguri in Kokrajhar District and
arrested a cadre of NDFB-IKS, identified as Bipul Mushahary alias
Bigrai Mushahary from the mobile check post on road Mainaguri-Siyalmari.
The arrested NDFB-IKS cadre has been locally trained in Ripu Reserve
Forest area in 2011. One 7.65mm Pistol and few live rounds have
also been recovered from the individual, said an Army official.
Army launched a joint operation with Chirang Police
at Samugaon area in Chirang District and arrested another NDFB-IKS
cadre, identified as Manjit Basumatary, who was involved in extortion
and kidnappings for the banned militant organisation. One revolver
and few live rounds were recovered from the individual.
One civilian, identified as Rupsing Kramsa, a
resident of Monsung village under Dilai Police Station in Karbi
Anglong District, was allegedly killed by unidentified assailants.
According to report, Rupsing Kramsa came out for a while to the
courtyard of his house after taking dinner in the night. Suddenly,
unidentified armed assailants opened fire at him and he died on
the spot, sources said.
The Chirang Police arrested seven jihadis
suspected cadres of JMB from two different areas in the Chirang
District. Five of them were nabbed from the Dawkanagar area. Two
others, including the imam of Rajapara Masjid, Joynal Abedin,
were arrested from the Amguri area in Chirang District. Besides
Joynal, the other arrested suspected JMB cadres were identified
as Rezzak Ali, Soleman Ali, Dildar Ali, Md Nurul Islam, Rafiqul
Islam and Ukhiluddin.
BTAD IGP LR Bishnoi said, "After the police busted
a training camp in Dawkanagar in September 2015, initial probe
pointed to the presence of at least 28 jihadi cadres in the area.
But with the latest arrests, the total number of arrested jihadi
cadres shot up to 29 and interrogation revealed that at least
seven others are on the run." He said the numbers may go up further.
Last week, Police had arrested four suspected JMB cadres in Chirang
and Kokrajhar districts.
Following the arrest of the imam, locals protested
at the Amguri Police station, demanding his release. "Police have
not arrested anyone without specific inputs. The locals thought
that Joynal, an imam, was innocent but the arrest was based on
intelligence we received. We don't harass innocent people," LR
The Government of India has made it clear that
no militant outfit under ceasefire agreement, including the NSCN-IM,
would be allowed to indulge in unlawful activities and the concerned
State governments should take strict actions against anyone involved
in such illegal activities. Reacting to media reports about the
involvement of the NSCN-IM and NSCN-K in large scale extortions
in Upper Assam Districts, particularly from the tea gardens, highly
placed sources in the UMHA said that the ceasefire agreements
did not give license to any militant group to indulge in unlawful
Sources pointed out that it is the responsibility
of the concerned State Government to ensure proper implementation
of the criminal justice system. The State Governments must ensure
that the laws of the land are strictly implemented and if anyone
is found involved in unlawful activities, strict action should
be taken as per the provisions of the law. Sources said that it
is up to the concerned State government to ensure that all criminal
cases are properly investigated and those involved in criminal
activities are brought to book.
Police arrested two cadres of BRA-U, identified
as Aranjay Reang (25), 'self styled commander' and Boilaram Reang
(24), his trusted cadre, from the premises of the Court in Silchar
in the Cachar District. According to source, this arrest shows
that the Bru militants of the breakaway faction of BNLF of Mizoram
and ULFBV are still active in the region. There have been several
cases of kidnappings and extortions against them and other cadres
in Karimganj and Hailakandi Police stations.
According to a Police source, BRA-U has created
a reign of terror in the bordering areas of Karimganj and Hailakandi
with Mizoram. The non tribals of Ratabari, Gharmoora, Ramnathpur,
Katlicherra, Cheragi, Durgabazar areas have been subjected to
a lot of harassment and virtually living in panic. In view of
the situation, a contingent of AR was posted at Ratabari to deal
with the militants who made frequent forays for criminal activities.
The seven suspected cadres of JMB arrested by
Police on April 20 were remanded in Police custody for three days
after they were produced in a court at Kajalgaon.
According to Security sources, illegal flow of
substantial amounts of money from the Middle East countries to
Assam become a major cause of concern for the security agencies
and efforts are now on to track down the recipients of such money
so that the actual reasons for the phenomenon can be found out.
Highly placed security sources said that according to inputs available
with the security agencies, the major sources of money were the
countries like UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. But interestingly,
the money is not sent directly to Assam and it is routed mostly
Sources also pointed out that there is a huge
number of people from Kerala working in the Middle East countries
and hawala transfer of money to India from those countries is
very common. The unscrupulous elements have now started to use
the hawala channels to transfer money illegally to Assam through
Kerala. Sources revealed that those involved in such illegal transfer
of money are not from Assam and the report of such huge transfer
of funds caused major apprehension as the reasons are still unknown.
However, sources pointed out that the recently concluded elections
to the Assam Legislative Assembly had nothing to do with such
transfer of money as there was no indication of use of such illegally
transferred funds during the elections.
According to statistics given by the State Police
force, the number of extortion cases kept on increasing every
year from 2006 to 2015. According to statistics given by the Assam
Police, the number of extortion cases in 2006 in the State was
460 that rose to 574 in 2007, to 626 in 2008, to 645 in 2009,
to 909 in 2010, to 992 in 2011, to 1074 in 2012, to 1214 in 2013,
to 1357 in 2014 and to 1361 in 2015.
Army and Rupshi Police arrested
a Muslim Fundamental Organisation cadre, identified as Zahidul
Islam, of Gobindapur village of Barpeta District, at Rupshi under
Kazigaon police station in Kokrajhar District.
The Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS),
a literary body of the Bodos, demanded of the Government of India
to take stern action against the Muslim fundamentalist organizations
operating in BTC region of Assam before the situation takes an
ugly turn. The Sabha submitted a memorandum to the UHM Rajnath
Singh via e-mail demanding action against the fundamentalist operatives
in the region.
Gorchuk Police arrested a youth,
identified as Jitumoni Deka who demanded INR 25 lakh from the
guardian of a Royal Group of Institutions (RGI) student in the
name of IM in Guwahati. Jitumoni has been working as a peon at
RGI. He demanded the cash from Ghanashyam Gogoi, the guardian
of an engineering student, on April 16. A case has been filed
in Gorchuk Police station in this regard. Investigation is on.
A farmer, identified as Afazzudin
Ahmed (45), was shot dead by suspected ULFA-I militants in Barpukri
village under Kalaigaon Police Station in Darrang District.
A senior leader of the ULFA-I,
identified as ‘sergeant major’ Rongmon Asom alias Mecuri
was killed in an encounter with Army at Talpathar village in Tinsukia
District. Acting on specific input, the army conducted a search
operation at the village on April 25. On April 26 night, Rongmon
came into contact the Army team and was killed in a fierce close
quarter battle on April 27. An AK-81 assault rifle along with
a magazine and some other items were recovered from the spot.
Rongmon was active in upper Assam since a long time. He was actively
involved in killing/extortion activities in the area.
Acting on a tip-off, Manja Police
arrested three persons from Khanbomon Hill black topping under
Manja Police Station in Karbi Anglong District. The Police also
recovered an old .22 rifle from their possession. The arrested
persons have been identified as Babu Sing Timung, Bikram Ronghang
and Adin Chonglong. Adin Chonglong had come to buy the gun from
Eleven persons, mostly from the
Hindi-speaking community, were injured when a suspected IED exploded
in Devi Pukhuri Paanchali of Tinsukia District. The explosion
occurred in a garbage bin in front of a shop owned by one Upendra
Yadav around 7.40 pm. "Of the injured, three are critical
while six had minor injuries. All the injured were rushed to Tinsukia
civil hospital," a local resident said. One of them was shifted
to Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh. "All
of them are out of danger," DGP Mukesh Sahay said.
A crude bomb exploded in front
of the main gate of a tea manager's bungalow at Padumoni estate
in Tinsukia District around 2 am. There was no casualty in the
attack. ULFA-I is suspected to be behind it.
Police said Podumoni tea garden
owner Vivek Agarwal had received an extortion demand from the
ULFA-I last year, but he reportedly did not pay up. The attack
in the town this evening is seen as retaliation to the killing
of a senior ULFA-I cadre in the District on April 27. SFs had
gunned down ULFA’s ‘self-styled sergeant major’ Rongmon Asom alias
Mekuri, during a search operation at Talpathar village of Tinsukia
District on April 27.
A UPLA militant, identified as
Black Dimasa alias Sumesh Hojai, was arrested by the Army
from Haflong in Dima Hasao District. Black Dimasa was wanted for
several criminal cases, including the abduction of a 12-year-old
minor boy Abinash Shah from Diphu on July 25, 2012. The Police
are looking for two other persons, Rahim Ali and Raju Rai.
The Home Department has given
its nod to setting up of the first ever full-fledged foreigners’
detention centre in the State (Assam) for those facing deportation
to their respective countries. The need for finding separate camps
for the declared foreigners was felt as most of the jails are
Alleged jihadi forces in
lower Assam Districts are trying to establish links with arms
smugglers of Nagaland and Myanmar to gain direct access to the
underground market of sophisticated arms. This came to light during
an investigation of the growth of jihadi forces in the
state following the arrest of 29 alleged militants across the(BTA)
in recent times, report said. So far, Police recovered two AK-47
assault rifles from their possession besides a few country-made
fire arms. Questioning of the arrested cadres revealed they were
befriending gunrunners in Nagaland and Myanmar. Police teams had
recovered eight handmade AK-47 lookalike rifles in a raid earlier.
Bura Bhai (already arrested) and
two others from West Bengal were imparting arms and physical training
to recruits at Daukhanagar and Amguri camps. The AK series rifles
were bought for this purpose from the Nagaland side. Besides,
some local clandestine arms makers are also helping with a few
handmade arms," sources said. The two 'cadres' from the neighbouring
state of West Bengal are now on the run, along with seven other
suspected members of a jihadi module.
BTAD IGP LR Bishnoi said the module
follows the same training programme as that of the JMB. Though
State Police have not commented officially on the possible nexus
between this module and other militant outfits of the region,
sources said some gunrunners in the Barak Valley are helping these
modules get access to the clandestine arms market in Myanmar.
Illegal arms allegedly enter the country through the borders of
Nagaland and Manipur from Myanmar. These travel to Assam through
Dimapur and reach rebels in the state and in Meghalaya. In recent
years, Assam has witnessed a steep rise in cases registered under
the Arms Act. Official records point out that, 492 cases had been
registered under the Arms Act in the State in 2010. This rose
to 592 in 2015.
DGAR, Lieutenant General Harminderjit
Singh Sachdev said that India and Myanmar have started joint border
patrolling in some stretches of the “unfenced border” between
both the countries. “In some places (joint border patrolling)
it has started but not fully. The patrolling has not started all
over, but in some specific areas. They (Myanmarese Army) also
come and we also go there (Myanmar),” Sachdev said on the sidelines
of investiture ceremony of the Assam Rifles. India has been urging
Myanmar to take action against the rebels which include Manipur-based
UNLF, PLA, KYKL, PREPAK; Assam-based ULFA and the NSCN-K operating
from Sagaing division and the Chin State of Myanmar.
The Police recovered two dead
bodies in different places of Kokrajhar District. The first body
was recovered in the forest areas of Badrampur village in Kokrajhar
District. Later, the body was identified as Ashinta Basunatary,
who was missing since April 22.
On the other hand, the Police
recovered another body from Padmabil area under Serfanguri Police
Station in Kokrajhar District. The body was identified as Bishnu
Boro (42). Sources from Podmabil village said Bishnu Boro was
allegedly killed by a group of unidentified assailants. The assailants
crushed his head with a stone and hung the body in a bamboo grove
near his house. Police lodged two cases and started investigation
in this connection.
The Governor of Assam and Nagaland
PB Acharya expressed his grave concern over the recent increase
in atrocities on religious minorities in Bangladesh. He said that
the killing of minorities, especially of Hindu origin, in Bangladesh,
should be stopped. The Governor stressed that the friendly relationship
between the two neighbouring nations be strengthened and that
no untoward incident should be allowed to take place to hinder
this relationship. The Governor also urged that strong action,
as per law, should be taken against the perpetrators of violence
and crime on minority religious people. Several people including,
foreign nationals, bloggers, human rights activists and university
teachers were hacked to death in the last one year in Bangladesh.
In most of the cases, al Qaeda or the Islamic State (IS) have
ULFA-I ‘chief’ Paresh Baruah probably
celebrated his 59th birthday on May 1 “on the run,” as the UMHA
said. The ULFA-I chief is constantly moving to avoid arrest and
possible extradition. Joint Secretary, UMHA (in-charge North East)
Satyendra Garg said that Paresh Baruah, according to intelligence
input, has always been on the run, after he fled Bangladesh some
years ago. “He doesn’t remain in one place now, he keeps on moving,”
Garg said. Reports say Baruah is hiding in the jungles of Ruili
in south-western Yunnan Province of China. Contrary to media reports,
Garg referred China as a “friendly nation” indicating that the
ULFA-I chief would not be given refuge in their territory.
If on one hand the combined forces
of Assam Police and the Amy are busy targeting and eliminating
cadres of militant outfits active in Assam such as the ULFA-I
and the NDFB, on the other hand, intelligence and Police sources
disclosed about recruitment being done by the banned ULFA-I, especially
from the Upper Assam Districts, and this time the banned organization
is using social media like Facebook as a powerful tool
to attract new faces and talented youths with an high IQ rather
than the conventional method of one-to-one personal contact recruitment.
Six cadres of AANLA, including
its ‘Commander-in-chief’, identified as Dilip Nayak alias Anand
Nayak (41) were arrested with arms from Jilango village under
Bakulia Police Station in Karbi Anglong District. The other five
arrested cadres are Mahadev Gour, Somon Gour alias Rahul
Gour, Kanakeram Gour, Uttam Munda and Riten Munda. Two 9 mm pistols
with magazines, four 7.65 mm pistols with six magazines, two hand
grenades, eight rounds of 9 mm ammunition and 28 rounds of 7.65
mm ammunition were seized from the hide out of the militant group.
The Central Government was urged
to take strong measures to tackle the activities of Islamic militancy
in Assam before the situation gets worse. BJP MP Bijoya Chakravarty
said in the Parliament that JMB activities in Assam came to the
notice of authorities after the Burdwan blasts in West Bengal
(October 2, 2014), as militants from Assam were involved. The
JMB is active in at least 65 districts of Assam and West Bengal.
In Assam, the JMB is active in Baksa, Kokrajhar and Goalpara Districts.
The BJP MP said that arms and ammunition were procured from Nagaland
and Myanmar. The situation in the area is not normal and that
is why arms and ammunition can be procured easily, she said. At
least six persons were taken into custody from Barpeta District
for their alleged involvement in the Burdwan blast in West Bengal
in 2014. Preliminary investigations had revealed that the arrested
persons were part of a module operating under the patronage of
Minister of State for Home Affairs
Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary told the Rajya Sabha that
there is, currently, no intelligence input to indicate that terrorists
are making efforts to set up terrorist training camps in the hinterland
of the country. However, during investigation of certain earlier
bomb blast cases, it was noticed that IED-related training was
imparted by leaders of some of the organisations to their cadres
at various places in the country. In order to counter terror activities,
there exists close and effective coordination between intelligence
and security agencies at the Centre and the State levels. The
Multi Agency Centre has been strengthened and reorganized to enable
it to function on 24x7 basis for real time collation, analysing
and sharing of intelligence with other intelligence agencies and
States, which ensures seamless flow of information between the
State and the Central agencies. This has resulted in busting of
many terror modules in the country.
A class XII student of Jorhat
based AR Public School, was abducted from Tezpur Mission Chariali
in Sonitpur District in Assam by a gang of unidentified assailants.
Border guards of Assam Police
and unidentified assailants from Dimapur exchanged gun-fire near
Monglamukh border Police outpost in Karbi Anglong District. Police
said that the firing began around 8 p.m. and the alert personnel
on duty retaliated. However, no casualties were reported. Border
patrolling has been intensified with additional reinforcement
sent to the area.
Police arrested an unidentified
militant belonging to UPLA from Tengkeralangso under Boithalangso
Police Station in Karbi Anglong District. A 7.65 mm pistol along
with 10 rounds of live ammunition and some extortion notes were
also recovered from his possession.
The villagers in Karbi Anglong
District expressed anger against extortion by militants and the
constant threat they face from them. On four occasions in April,
villagers in the District refused to pay money to rebels. Locals
of remote Metargaon village in East Karbi Anglong caught and beat
a militant and handed him over to Police on April 26. The person
was a linkman for a rebel outfit and was trying to extort money
from the villagers. Earlier, three such incidents were reported
from Rongiongphong, Jinglagso and Cheklangso villages of Karbi
Anglong on April 11, 14 and 18, respectively. In all three cases,
the villagers confronted the rebels and refused to pay extortion
money. Confirming the incidents, an Army source said, "Locals
are fed up with gun-culture here."
Relentless operations by SFs have
decimated rebel outfits like KPLT. "Because of Army operations,
money is drying up for militants and they are now targeting remote
villages for extortion," the source added. Locals, who already
suffer from acute poverty and unemployment, are fed up with such
atrocities. Last year, locals of Sirajuli village in Sonitpur
District overpowered and apprehended a militant. A peaceful assembly
election, where the Army helped civil administration maintain
order, also showed that the militants' influence has declined.
Army launched a joint operation
with Chirang Police in Nagdalbari area of the Chirang District
and arrested one ADF cadre, identified as Lakhiram Murmu. Lakhiram
Murmu is a local trained cadre of ADF and was involved in carrying
out extortion activities in the area. One Pistol and three live
rounds were also recovered from him.
Army and Kokrajhar Police launched
a joint operation and arrested a militant of NSLA-AT, identified
as Junas Mardi alias Joyking Mardi from Guruphella village
in Kokrajhar District. He was involved in numerous cases of extortion,
money collection and providing administrative support to the banned
outfit. One rifle along with one live round of ammunition was
recovered from the terrorist.
The Court of Foreigners Tribunal
of Nalbari District sent two Bangladeshi nationals illegally residing
in the district to the detention camp in Kokrajhar District in
the past one week. In the first case, the tribunal identified
one Ramani Das, owner of Badya Bhandar of Nalbari Thana Chowk
as a Bangladeshi national on April 29. Das had failed to produce
valid documents regarding his citizenship despite repeated notices
by the court. After a few days, another woman Chandra Banu alias
Barbala Char under Mukalmua circle was picked up on May 6. The
woman had also failed to submit valid documents in support of
her citizenship. The documents produced in the NRC application
were also found fake. The court directed the Nalbari Police to
hand over the woman to the BSF to keep her in the detention camp
of Kokrajhar District.
Central Government is implementing
a scheme in the northeast for surrender-cum-rehabilitation of
militants. Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs said
in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian
Parliament) that the objective of the scheme was to wean away
the misguided youth who have strayed into the fold of militancy
and bring them to the mainstream. He also said “Surrenderees are
paid monthly stipend upto INR 4,000 for a period of 36 months
and an immediate grant upto INR 250,000 is kept in a bank in the
name of each surrenderee as fixed deposit for a period of 3 years.”
Eligible persons under the scheme are initially lodged in a rehabilitation
camp where they are trained in a trade/vocation of their liking
or befitting their aptitude. The eligible surrendered militants
would also be given the opportunity for applying in the State
police/Central Para Military forces. Impact assessment of the
policy would be done every year to ensure corrective measures
in the scheme provided.
The Police and CRPF, in a joint
operation, arrested an armed assailant, identified as Prabin Moran
alias Dipu (35), from his residence at Inthem Naga Pathar
village under Pengeree Police Station in Tinsukia District. A
.22 pistol with 7 rounds of live ammunition were also recovered
from his possession. However, Police could not establish his link
with any extremist organization yet.
ULFA-I, led by Paresh Barua, joined
the public tirade against drug menace in Assam by warning action
against the drug mafia. A statement purportedly emailed by the
militant group to media houses in Guwahati, urged the people to
provide information about drug users, peddlers and traders, based
on which the rebel group would take action.
A joint team of the Army and the
Police arrested two cadres of the NSLA, identified as Joseph Hembram
(35) and Sushil Hembram (26) from Pokihaga village under Gossaigaon
Police Station in the Kokrajhar District. Two country-made guns
and two cartridges were reportedly recovered from their possession.
Sources also said Joseph Hembram was a cadre of the ACMA before
he joined the NSLA.
A NSCN-R cadre, identified as
Kamlin Boro (27) was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Kawlibhangi
village under Tangla Police Station of Udalguri District. Reportedly
the cadre was travelling from Tangla to his native village Kawlibhanga
in his Pulsar bike when assailants who came in a motorbike shot
dead the cadre near his residence from point blank range. The
cadre succumbed to his injuries with three bullets injuries in
the head, heart and stomach. The assailants immediately fled from
the scene. Meanwhile, Police rushed the spot at about 4.30 pm
and recovered the body. Two empty cartridges of 9mm bullets were
also recovered from the spot.
At least 43,000 Bangladeshi nationals,
who entered India on valid documents, have vanished during the
last four years, whereas only 19,995 could be deported during
the same period, said Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren
Rijiju. Revealing this, Kiren Rijiju said in a Rajya Sabha
reply that the highest number of 24,364 disappeared in 2011, while
6,761 was deported the same year. Last year (2015), only 116 Bangladeshi
nationals disappeared, while 474 were deported.
The illegal immigrants fall into
two categories: foreign nationals who have entered India on valid
travel documents and found to be overstaying, and foreign nationals
who have entered the country without any valid travel documents.
A number of Bangladeshi nationals who came to India on valid travel
documents have been found to be overstaying after expiry of their
visas, he said. “There are also reports of Bangladeshi nationals
having entered the country without any valid travel documents.
As entry of such Bangladeshi nationals into the country is clandestine
and surreptitious, it is not possible to have accurate data of
such Bangladeshi nationals living in various parts of the country,
Army and Assam Police, in a joint
operation, busted an NDFB-IKS camp and killed a cadre of the outfit,
identified as Birbal Islary alias Banjai in the dense
Ripu Reserve Forest in Lalbhita area in Kokrajhar District. The
slain cadre was known to be close to NDFB-IKS leader Bidai and
was involved in numerous cases of extortion, money collection,
providing administrative support to the banned organisation and
other subversive activities. The slain militant was also involved
in December 23, 2014 massacre. One AK-56 along with a magazine
and 30 live rounds were recovered from the slain militant.
Dhola Police arrested four youths,
identified as Bhaskar Moran (27), Durgeswer Hazarika (33), Raman
Borpatragohain (24) and Ajoy Moran (27) on charges of extorting
money in the name of ULFA-I in the wee hours. One pistol and live
ammunition were recovered from them.
India and Bangladesh began a five-day
dialogue in Dhaka (Bangladesh) between border guarding forces
over a host of security issues, including drug trafficking and
cattle smuggling across the over 4,000-km frontier the two neighbours
share. A 21-member delegation led by BSF Chief KK Sharma on May
11 reached Dhaka to hold the talks at the Pilkhana-based headquarters
of their counterpart BGB. The 23-member Bangladeshi delegation
is being led by BGB Chief Maj Gen Aziz Ahmed.
The situation along the Indo-Bangla
boundary has improved after the two sides signed an agreement
on exchange of border enclaves. The Indian team, including officials
from the UMHA and border enforcement agencies, will discuss measures
to further enhance security along the border and brief the BGB
delegation about measures put in place to completely stop instances
of cattle smuggling and other illegal substances across the boundary.
Indian delegation sources said that the BGB is expected to raise
the issue of bringing about a complete halt on border killing
incidents and suggest enforcement of some strict security protocols
by both the sides to achieve this goal. “A host of issues relating
to activities of Indian insurgent groups suspected to be operating
from the other side, smuggling of fake Indian currency, drugs
and other banned items will be discussed,” they said.
Army in a joint operation with
Bongaigaon Police arrested four militants belonging to the MTFA,
identified as Ismail Ali, Mohidul Islam, Mouizinur Ahmed and Saiyyuddin
Islam from Abhyapuri area in Bongaigaon District. Three pistols,
three mobile phones and other warlike stores were also recovered
from them. They have been involved in cases of extortion and
kidnapping, sources said.
A cache of gelatin sticks and
detonators were recovered from a cruiser that was coming from
Jiribam towards Silchar at Lakhipur in Cachar District at around
5 pm. During the vehicle checking on NH 37 in Phulertol area at
Phulertol point, Police found packets of around 1 kg which contained
5 gelatin sticks and 2 detonators from a cruiser. Two persons
from the cruiser, Nazrul Laskar (28) and Mofiz Uddin (27) were
taken into custody for further investigation. The two accused
will be presented before the Court.
The Myanmarese Parliament approved
a decision to join the BIMSTEC Convention on cooperation in combating
international terrorism, transnational organised crime and drug
trafficking. The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical
and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) includes Bangladesh, India,
Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal. Myanmar's Deputy
Home Affairs Minister General Aung Soe told: "BIMSTEC can
increase cooperation with the international community and promote
the country's stability and security. It will benefit the nation
and the region".
Though Bangladesh is no longer
a preferred route for the militants and criminals to bring in
weapons to the Northeast, the porous international border with
Myanmar is still a major worry as sophisticated weapons are still
being brought into the region through that route and security
agencies suspect that Dimapur in Nagaland is the hub of clandestine
arms dealers. Highly placed security sources said that at one
point of time, the militants used to bring in weapons to the Northeast
through Bangladesh, but that has almost stopped in recent times
as the security along the international border has been intensified,
while the present Government in that country has also launched
a crackdown against those involved in such arms smuggling.
But the porous border with Myanmar
remains a cause of concern as militant groups as well as criminals
are still bringing in weapons to the region through that country.
The arms smugglers mostly use the Nagaland-Myanmar and Manipur-Myanmar
borders to smuggle in weapons. Dimapur is still suspected to be
the main hub of arms smugglers in the region from where the smuggled
weapons are sent to the other states of the region. According
to information available with the security agencies, one AK series
rifle costs around three lakh rupees in the clandestine market,
while a pistol costs around one lakh to 1.50 lakh rupees depending
on the quality. One grenade costs around 30 thousand rupees.
Police and CRPF, in a joint operation,
arrested ‘Chairman’ of the KPLT, identified as Arabh Terang from
Balipathar Sencho Bey Village under Bokajan Police Station in
Karbi Anglong District. He was involved with many extortion cases
in different areas of Karbi Anglong.
Morigaon Police arrested an unidentified
cadre of TLA, identified as Babu Phangso from Nallie in Jagiroad
in Nagaon District.
In a joint operation, Police,
Army and COBRA arrested a cadre of KLO, identified as Vikram Barman
(22) from Bajugaon area under Gossaigaon Police Station in Kokrajhar
District. He was involved in a number of money extortion cases
and provided logistic support to the militant outfit. A country-made
rifle and live bullet were recovered from his possession.
A militant belonging to NSCN-IM,
identified as Yimso (a resident of Half Nagarjan in Dimapur, Nagaland)
was arrested by Police from Lahorijan Market under Khatkhati Police
Station in East Karbi Anglong District. A .22 pistol along with
magazine and a mobile phone was recovered from him.
At least three people were injured
after suspected militants lobbed a grenade at a shop in Nagaon
District. The blast took place two days ahead of the counting
of votes in Assam. Police said that lesser-known outfit TLA has
claimed responsibility for the blast. According to Police, the
incident took place at Raha Chariali after two motorcycle-borne
men lobbed the explosive at a shop. "Three people who were
around the shop received injuries during the incident and they
have been shifted to a local hospital immediately," Police
Pushing for a comprehensive approach
in dealing with illegal influx, the NESO asked the Centre Government
to update the NRC in other north-eastern States in the lines of
Assam, with 1951 as the base year. An executive body meeting of
the eight constituent students’ bodies of the NESO also asked
the Union Government to realize the region specific needs of the
Northeast, in its policies related to education, economy and security.
NESO chairman Samuel Jyrwa, while addressing the media in Guwahati,
said that the NRC update in Assam was a welcome move, but other
States facing similar problem of illegal migrations and its daunting
impact on economy and socio-cultural fabric, must get a similar
measure to protect the indigenous tribes and communities. “Union
Government was yet to take up the specific issues of the North
East in a desired way. For a clear picture on the penetration
of illegal migrants in the region, the NRC must be updated in
other NE States, with 1951 as the base year. We also demand total
repeal of the draconian Armed Forced [Special Power] Act (AFSPA),”
The NBCC said that the India-Bangladesh
border will be fenced within the next three years. The NBCC, which
is executing the project along the Indo-Bangladesh international
border in the North-East, has been building fences for the last
15 years, said the chairman-cum-managing director, Anoop Kumar
Mittal. Referring to the fencing project, the CMD said that there
was no issue with the technical part and they have been using
the latest fencing technology in the North-East.
The NIA filed a chargesheet against
five NDFB-IKS militants including their ‘chairman’ Songbijit Ingti
Kathar and ‘SS Army Chief’ Bishnu Goyari in the terror attack
at Narsingbari in Baksa District in BTAD on May, 2014, which had
killed three persons. The top leaders of NDFB-IKS were charge-sheeted
for the first time by NIA in a terrorist act case. The five hard-core
terrorists of NDFB-IKS, evidence revealed, had planned the ghastly
terrorist attack in the night of May 1, 2014 on innocent villagers
of Narsingbari village in Baksa District.
Those named in chargesheet are
- Songbijit Ingti Kathar alias I K Songbjit (Chairman cum
Interim president of NDFB-IKS), Bishnu Goyari (SS Army Chief),
Binod Mushahary alias Batha (SS Deputy Army chief), Lankeswar
Boro and Santosh Khekatary. They have been charged for murder,
criminal conspiracy, waging war against India, Explosives Act,
UAPA, Arms Act among other sections. The accused persons are evading
arrest and wanted in the case, said NIA. "Till date, NIA
has arrested total 61 terrorists of different ranks of NDFB (S)
in connection with eight cases entrusted to NIA for investigation,
pertaining to the terrorist attacks upon innocent people of different
communities in Assam in the month of May and December of 2014.
With this charge-sheet against five accused, the number of NDFB
(S) cadres charge-sheeted by NIA till date stands at 60,"
the agency said.
An NDFB-IKS cadre, identified
as Ubram Narzary, and an overground worker of the outfit, identified
as Uresh Narzary, were arrested from Balamguri in Chirang District.
The new BJP-led Government in Assam will give
top priority to finding a permanent solution to the problem of
infiltration of illegal migrants from Bangladesh into the north-eastern
State, BJP leader Sarbanand Sonowal said. "The sealing of borders
with Bangladesh will get top priority," Sonowal, who was elected
BJP legislature party leader, said in an interview. He said the
issue of "identity crisis" in Assam vis-a-vis bona fide citizens
of India and infiltrators from Bangladesh was a matter of concern.
However, infiltration had come down "after an agreement with Bangladesh",
said Sonowal. The focus of the new Government will also be on
maintaining law and order in the state and creation of employment
opportunities for the youth.
Sensation prevails in Pratapkata area under Gossaigaon
subdivision of Kokrajhar District following the alleged recovery
of cow's head in a Hindu worship centre. Sources alleged that
miscreants put a cow's head in a Hindu worship place on May 22-night
at Bhaban Nagar near a Shiva linga. The miscreants also allegedly
chopped off the head of the Kali Devi in a Shani temple situated
near the Shiva linga on the same night. The incidents drew sharp
reactions from the local people. Sources added that the local
people informed the police and they took away the head of the
cow and buried it near a small stream about 100 metres away from
Police and Army, in a joint operation, arrested
a ULFA-I cadre, identified as Akon Moran alias Jitu Bora from
a hideout in Tekeri in Tinsukia District. Moran was accused of
various criminal charges including extortion, kidnapping, and
theft and providing arms to his fellow cadres. The sources informed
that his activities were mostly confined to Tinsukia District
and Sadiya in particular. The SFs recovered a 7.6 mm pistol and
seven rounds of live ammunition from the possession of the ULFA-I
ULFA-I said the allocation of land by the BTC
to yoga practitioner Ramdev is an anti-Assam move. In a statement
released to the media, the outfit said it had come to know that
the council was almost through with the process of handing over
3,800 hectare of land to Ramdev. "The move of Hagrama Mohilary,
one of the leaders of the Bodos, to hand over the land to Ramdev
was sad and anti-Assam in nature," said the statement signed by
the ULFA-I 'president' Abhijit Asom.
Chirang Police and Indian Army arrested a cadre
of NDFB-IKS, identified as Saneswar Brahma from Hauliyapara area
under Panbari Police Station of Chirang District. One 7.65 mm
pistol with three rounds live ammunition was recovered from him.
SFs arrested one NDFB-IKS linkman, identified
as Hebol Basumatary (36) from Dhaligaon Bazar in Chirang District.
One Passion bike bearing registration no AS-26-5553 and INR 20,000
was recovered from his possession. Upon preliminary interrogation
it has been learnt that the money was collected through extortion
and the linkman was given the job of sending the money to Myanmar-based
leaders," the SP Sankarbrata Rai Medhi said.
The special designated TADA court in Guwahati
acquitted the ULFA founder 'general secretary' Anup Chetia in
three cases registered against him under TADA. This includes the
sensational murder case of Surrendra Paul that stunned the country,
shook up the tea industry and led the State to President's Rule
in the 1990s. Chetia, along with five others, including the outfit's
elusive 'commander in charge' Paresh Baruah and 'chairman' Arabinda
Rajkhowa, were accused of the killings. With Chetia's acquittal,
now the lone accused in the case is Paresh Baruah. Rajkhowa and
others were already acquitted in the case on the 'benefit of doubt'
in 2012. The other two cases in which Chetia was also given a
breather included the sensational murder cases of city-based businessman
and former president of Kamrup Chamber of Commerce Girdharilal
Harlalka in 1988 and the killing of three persons, including the
wife of a top cop and a personal security officer, at Chabua in
Dibrugarh District in 1989. Chetia has been facing trials in all
the pending cases after he was handed over to India by Bangladesh.
The Union cabinet gave its approval to the introduction
of bills in the parliament to grant scheduled tribe status to
Bodos living in the hill District of Karbi Anglong and Karbis
living in the plain areas of Assam. The Union cabinet, chaired
by PM Narendra Modi, approved the introduction of two bills in
the parliament for certain amendments in the Constitution (Scheduled
Tribes) Order, 1950 to modify the list of Scheduled Tribes in
Assam, Tripura, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu, and for
the identification of new communities in Puducherry. A central
Government statement said Boro, Boro Kachari and Bodo, Bodo Kachari
and Karbi (Mikir) communities were found eligible for their inclusion
in the scheduled tribe list in the bills. Community leaders said
names of the communities from Assam mentioned in the bills are,
in popular parlance, referred to as Bodos, dwelling in the hills,
and Karbis, living in the plain areas.
Indian Army conducted an operation and arrested
two suspected JMB cadres, identified as Imran Hussain (32) and
Mujammil Azan (35) from Parmaiguli village in Tezpur under Mahabhairob
Police outpost in Sonitpur District. However, according to reports,
after the arrest of the two fundamentalists, Mujammil Azan tried
killing himself by cutting his throat. He was immediately rushed
to the Kanaklata Civil Hospital in a critical condition. Though
details are awaited regarding the entire incident, sources informed
that the two accused are the mastermind of various unlawful activities,
including the recent robbery case of popular singer Zublee Barua's
Later, it was confirmed that the two arrested
jihadis were members of a Muslim fundamentalist group, JMB, Assam,
that has been carrying out subversive activities in the greater
Pachmile area since the last several years. Army sources informed
that following grilling of a jihadi, Imran Hussain, the Army conducted
a search operation at his residence and recovered two guns, five
mobile phones having contact numbers with militants based in a
foreign country, one Tablet and letterheads with the heading,
'Jamat-ul-Muzahiddin, Assam, Sonitpur district committee.'
City Police arrested a couple, identified as Khanin
Swargiari and Roushmi Boro for their links with the NDFB-IKS from
Guwahati. Dispur Police said the two were cadres of the rebel
outfit and had already confessed to having links with top leaders
of the outfit. "They were providing shelter to rebels and passing
information about various police activities to NDFB (S) linkmen.
Investigation will throw light on their other possible subversive
activities if any," a Police source said. The couple was involved
in several extortion activities in the city, too, a Police source
said. "Khanin has criminal records and the duo has been extorting
huge money since 2013 for the outfit," a Policeman added.
In a major breakthrough, the joint team of AR
and Police rescued Praful Kumar Tiwari, resident of 12 Kilo, Umrangso
in Dima Hasao District, who was abducted by a group of unidentified
armed assailants near 15 kilo where he runs a small shop. After
an exhaustive search operation of 48 hours, the joint team of
AR and Assam Police launched another search operation in which
they successfully rescued the victim safely from the clutches
of the kidnappers. In the attempt to ensure safety of the victim,
however, the SFs could not arrest the kidnappers.
SFs arrested a cadre of KLO, identified as Madhusudan
Barman alias Hakau (22) from Maktaigaon in Kokrajhar District.
A rifle and a live round were recovered from him. Sources said
the arrested militant was involved in numerous cases of extortion,
money collection, providing administrative support to the banned
organization and other subversive activities.
Three suspected JMB cadres, identified as Md Mohiruddin
Sheikh, Md Mafidul Sheikh and Md Rojob Ali Patowary from Chirang
District in lower Assam. They were reportedly fresh recruits of
a 'jihadi' module which has been trying to widen its operation
in lower Assam, report said. A senior Police officer at Kajalgaon
in Chirang said the three were part of a module that set up training
camps in lower Assam. "The three persons were arrested during
multiple raids at Aamguri and Daukhanagar last evening," the official
said. Mahiruddin participated in a physical training camp at Amguri
while Mafidul and Rajab participated in a training camp in Daukhanagar.
The three were on the run, he added.
The police have so far arrested 32 people from
different parts of lower Assam in connection with the busting
of the training camp at Daukhanagar in September 2015. The Police
have a list of 36 people involved with this module.
One NSCN-R cadre, identified as
‘Razou Peyu’ Hokuto Ayemi was killed by unidentified assailants
at Green Land hotel in Mariani (near Nagaland border) in Jorhat
District of Assam. However, the NSCN-R on May 31 asked both the
NSCN-IM and NSCN-KK to make inquiry regarding the “cold-blooded
killing” of its cadre.
Condemning the incident, the NSCN-R
said the Naga national movement is not a personal issue or business
that some individual or group can use it to do away with any Naga
life. The NSCN-R requested the NSCN-IM to inquire into the incident
from their workers as well as the public whether the claim that
the ‘killers’ are from the NSCN-IM command is true or not.
Police recovered an IED planted under a bridge
at Dirak Chariali on NH 52 under Kakopathar Police Station in
An NDFB-IKS linkman, identified as Alfrat Basumatary
(22), was arrested by a joint team of SFs from Auguri under Serfanguri
Police Station in Kokrajhar District. A pistol with two live rounds
was recovered from him.
Though the level of violence involving militants
in Assam came down drastically in the face of relentless counterinsurgency
operations, the security and intelligence agencies recently came
across disturbing inputs on the attempts by militants to go for
recruitments in at least four Districts. Highly placed security
sources said that the ULFA-I recently started making efforts to
recruit youths from upper Assam Districts and according to information
available, a few boys have already joined the outfit. On the other
hand, the NDFB-IKS, the leaders of which is lying low after the
outfit suffered major setbacks in the operations by Police and
SFs, is trying to recruit cadres from the Districts of Kokrajhar
Sources revealed that both the outfits are now
not in a position to create major trouble in the State. The ULFA-I
tried to push in a few cadres to upper Assam districts on the
eve of the elections to create trouble, but they failed to do
so, while, the NDFB-IKS leaders are totally on the run and their
strength came down drastically in the last two years. However,
the outfits are trying to recruit youths not to use them as "armed
cadres" but to use them to indulge in extortions. The leaders
of the outfits are calling up middle men and sympathizers requesting
them to provide boys who are willing to join the outfits. The
ULFA-I leaders have been making efforts to extort money from upper
Assam Districts and called up a number of tea garden owners and
managers, contractors and other businessmen. But they do not have
cadres on the ground to collect the demanded amount. On the other
hand, the NDFB-IKS leaders called up a number of Government officials
but security sources said that so far, there is no report on whether
anyone paid money as per the demand of the militants.
Police arrested two cadres of the NSCN-R, identified
as Pianthong Sitiji and Solangthong Ekan, while they were collecting
money from trucks from the market at Purana Laharijan under Khatkati
police station of Karbi Anglong District.
Police arrested two cadres of the NSCN-R, identified
as Pianthong Sitiji and Solangthong Ekan, while they were collecting
money from trucks from the market at Purana Laharijan under Khatkati
police station of Karbi Anglong District.
Based on specific information,
Army launched a joint operation with Assam Police in general area
of Hatogaon in Dhubri District and arrested two GNLA linkmen,
identified as Julius Sangma and Malceng Marak. One Pistol with
magazine, two mobile phones and seven SIM cards were recovered
from the arrested linkmen, an Army official said.
Morigaon Police arrested one person,
identified as Abdul Wahid along with .22 pistol and six live bullets
at Pub-Rangadoia under Mikirbheeta Police Station in Morigaon
Four militants belonging to KLO,
identified as Mridul Ray (25), Dhananjay Ray (27), Kanak Ray (22)
and Konujeet Ray (19) were arrested by a joint team of the Army
and Police from various places in Kokrajhar District.
Police arrested an NDFB-IKS recruiter,
identified as Tarun Narzary, from Guwahati Railway Station at
Paltan Bazar in Kamrup District. Narzary hails from Bijni of in
A NDFB-IKS recruiter, identified
as Bikram Muchahary, was brought from Dimapur in Nagaland by a
team of Guwahati City Police. Muchahary hails from Sonitpur town.
City Police Commissioner Mukesh
Agrawal said that the NDFB-IKS was "targeting" Guwahati
to set "up an extortion network". The commissioner's
warning came in the wake of the arrest of two suspected NDFB-IKS
"recruiters" who were involved in demanding money from
people here using the outfit's letterheads. "We have reports
that the NDFB (S) is attempting to form a network here, but we
have already launched our operations and spoilt their intent to
a great extent," Agrawal said.
Assam Governor PB Acharya, in
his customary address to the members of the State Legislative
Assembly, said that security, good governance and development
for all will be among the top priorities of the Government. The
Governor said, “We will do our best to give a clean, efficient
and responsive administration, and will strive to ensure that
our delivery system works with full accountability and complete
transparency in all the areas of governance. “All the initiatives
of my Government will be geared towards bringing Assam to be one
of the State on the top of the list in development,” he said.
The BJP-led NDA Government ordered
complete sealing of Assam’s border with Bangladesh by June next
year (2017), fulfilling an electoral pledge of BJP within a week
of assuming power in Assam to check illegal immigration from the
neighbouring country. UHM Rajnath Singh issued the order at a
high-level meeting attended by top Home Ministry officials in
New Delhi. During the meeting, the UHM directed that the Indo-Bangladesh
border in Assam should be sealed completely,” a Home Ministry
The 4.5-kilometre-long India-Bangladesh
border in Assam's Karimganj town area will be single-fenced, said
BSF Director General K K Sharma. The BSF chief's visit is significant
as it comes at a time when both the Centre and the State Government
have announced that Assam's border with Bangladesh will be sealed
within one year. During his visit to this part of India's border
with Bangladesh, the BSF chief informed that the international
border along Karimganj on the banks of the Kushiyara will be fenced
soon. The fence will not be erected 150 metres away from the zero
point of the border in line with international norms. Instead,
fencing work will be carried out by the banks of the Kushiyara
that separates the international border in this part of the country.
This is to ensure less suffering of residents on the Indian side,
The peace talks between the Centre
and several militant outfits in the northeastern region are moving
positively and peace would be restored in the whole region soon,
UMHA Joint Secretary Satyajit Garg said. “The Central government
has been holding peace talks with several militant outfits in
the northeastern region. The talks are progressing positively,”
he said. After meeting Tripura Chief Secretary Yashpal Singh and
State Police chief K Nagaraj, he said: “Peace talks are going
on with the NSCN-IM, ULFA and many other militant outfits of several
North East States.” The official said the government is hopeful
that with the positive outcome of the on-going peace talks with
the extremists’ groups, absolute peace would be restored in the
entire northeastern region soon. “Government’s policy is to hold
talks with the militant groups that shun violent activities. The
Centre is closely observing the situation in the North East and
bordering areas,” Garg said.
“Tripura and Mizoram are the most
peaceful States in the North East India,” he said, adding that
northeastern states are in a strategic location adjoining five
countries – China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. “India’s
strategies for China, Myanmar, Bangladesh and other neighbours
are different. For India, Myanmar is located in a significant
position,” said Garg.
Police arrested one NDFB-IKS militant,
identified as Janak Brahma along with a pistol and ammunition
from Kokrajhar District.
A NDFB-IKS militant, identified
as Sobhaigo Mushahary was arrested by the Police from Chirang
District. The arrested militant was in close contact with top
NDFB-IKS leaders and was providing them crucial logistics support
and early warning of troops' movement. Both these terrorists were
involved in extortion activities and other subversive activities,
Army and Police in a joint operation
in the thick jungles of Kakulong in Chirang District of Assam
busted a camp of NDFB-IKS militants. According to reports, while
no militant was in the site, a large number of items were recovered,
indicating presence of terrorists not long ago. A rifle, some
gun powder, clothes, sling shots, utensils and rations were recovered
from the spot. It is also suspected that some insiders from the
Police Force might have tipped them off, report said.
Defending the imposition of the
controversial AFSPA in the North East, the Army said there was
no recent case of misuse of the law in the region. “In the Eastern
Command, during the time I have spent here, there has not been
a single incident which has been reported where AFSPA has not
been used for the right reason,” Eastern Army Commander, Lieutenant
General Praveen Bakshi said. He said if there was any breach of
AFSPA, it was dealt with firmly by the army. “If the army is required
to handle insurgency, we require AFSPA. If we don’t have AFSPA,
our hands are tied and we cannot do our job. It is an enabling
provision and not a draconian provision,” he said.
Acting on specific inputs, a joint
team of SFs comprising Police, CRPF and AR cracked militant’s
attempts to regroup and float DHNA by arresting eight suspected
militants, identified as Pankaj Phukan, Chandra Mohan Rajbangshi,
Mrinmoy Choudhury, Junesh Hojai, Parthajit Thaosen alias
Ashit Thaosen, Pabitra Batari Debashis Rajowar and Binod Langthasa
from different locations of Cachar District. SFs first took into
custody Pankaj Phukan and his interrogation led to the arrest
of others. According to a top Police officer, these militants
who were earlier linked to ULFA, SULFA and DHD joined hands together
under the banner of DHNA with the sole purpose of extortions,
kidnapping for ransom, loot of ATMs and other criminal activities.
Some among them have been involved in criminal activities earlier
in Dima Hasao District. Though some arms and ammunitions have
been recovered from their possession, Police officer is confident
of recovering heavy arms and for which they will be subjected
to sustained cross-examination.
Gauhati High Court (in Guwahati)
ordered an inquiry into the alleged pitiable living conditions
in four BTAD relief camps sheltering victims of the 2012 ethnic
violence. A division bench of Chief Justice Ajit Singh and Justice
Suman Shyam passed the order, directing the registrar (vigilance)
of the high court to visit these camps and submit a report on
their condition. Of these four camps, three are in Chirang District
while one is in Kokrajhar District.
Acting on specific information,
Police arrested a linkman of the NDFB-IKS, identified as Rajen
Narzary (28) at Shantipur village under Kachugaon police station
in Kokrajhar District.
A joint team of Tamulpur Police
and 21 Mahar regiment of Indian Army arrested one NDFB-IKS militant,
identified as Deepak Boro alias B. Daithun from Kalakuchi
village under Tamulpur police station in Baksa District. Police
recovered two grenades, two hand-made bombs, one mobile hand set
and some incriminating documents from his possession.
Based on specific input, Chirang
Police and Indian Army launched an operation and arrested one
NDFB-IKS cadre, identified as Sabian Mochahary alias Adam (27)
from Amteka area under Amguri Police Station of Chirang District.
“One hand grenade was recovered from him. This NDFB-IKS cadre
fled away to Bangalore last year (2015) due to ongoing intensive
CI operations. He was a close associate of slain hardcore cadres
Ringsur Basumatary, Gundai, Jwnthwi and others,” the official
A joint team of Police and Army,
in an operation, arrested a cadre of the NSLA, identified as Berenthius
Hembrom (29) from Thakurpur village under Gossaigaon Police Station
in Kokrajhar District. He was arrested on the basis of CDR analysis
and found to be involved in extortion from Grahampur VCDC chairman,
The NIA Special Court at Guwahati
convicted 18 members of the UNLF, including its chairman Raj Kumar
Meghen, under various sections of the UAPA and the IPC for various
offences, including criminal conspiracy of terrorist acts and
waging war against the Government. The members of the outfit have
been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment ranging from seven to
10 years for hatching criminal conspiracy of terrorist acts in
Assam and Manipur and waging war against the Government of India.
The NIA had submitted two chargesheets in the case, charging 25
persons for their involvement in terrorist conspiracy and waging
war against the Government. Of these, 18 persons faced the criminal
trial while the remaining seven are absconding.
The case relates to a search conducted
on April 30, 2010 at a rented house in Guwahati in which two persons
including Khundong Tomba alias Bikramjit, vice chairman
of the outfit and Y Nabichand, another UNLF cadre were arrested
and a laptop, three pen drives, one mobile phone, one wireless
internet connection and INR 50,000 in cash were recovered from
their possession. In the subsequent investigation, NIA and Assam
Police arrested 20 more members of the UNLF, who were charged
with hatching terrorist conspiracy in Manipur and Assam. It was
alleged that the outfit had indulged in large scale extortion
from Government officials, recruitment of cadres, purchase of
arms and ammunition, for waging war against the Government.
The NIA also arrested UNLF chairman
Raj Kumar Meghen alias Sanayama and a large number of digital
articles like laptop and mobile phones were recovered from him
and other cadres, which revealed financial dealings of the organisation
as well as money trail of investments by the organisation.
Tinsukia Police arrested two linkmen
of the ULFA-I, identified as Lakhyajit alias Akon Gogoi
and Subhash Gogoi from Tinsukia District. The Police also recovered
live ammunition and two mobile handsets from them. According to
the Police, the duo was involved in several cases of extortion.
The Police arrested a linkman
of ULFA-I, identified as Anupam Gogoi alias Baba from Kukurekhuwa
in Tinsukia District.
An assistant engineer of the Assam
State Electricity Board, identified as Jatin Dhekial Phukan was
shot at by unidentified assailants in the Kahilipara area in Kamrup
District. After being hit by a bullet, Phukan rushed to the GMCH
on his own on his motorbike, where he was admitted. Although the
Police claimed it to be a stray bullet, the source of the same
is being investigated.
Four suspected linkmen of the
NDFB-IKS were arrested from different places in the Kokrajhar
District. Three of them, identified as Krwmdwo Basumatary, Sunsuma
Basumatary and Bilipang Brahma, were arrested by Kokrajhar Police
from Owabari village in the district while the fourth linkman,
identified as Kundan Narzary, was arrested from neighbouring Bishmuri
village. Three stolen bikes were recovered during the Owabari
arrests, one of which was supposed to be handed over to an NDFB-IKS
cadre on June 10. Kundan's call details reveal that he is in contact
with cadres of the outfit in Myanmar. BTAD IGP L.R. Bishnoi said
40 NDFB-IKS linkmen have been arrested in the past three months,
30 from Kokrajhar District and 10 from Chirang District.
ULFA-I in a media communiqué expressed
that each of its members were deeply saddened by the news of conviction
of the UNLF of Manipur, Chairman, Raj Kumar Meghen alias Sanaiyama’s
by another 10 years. It said that the Indian Government machinery
in occupation is “scared” of the impact of Sanaiyama’s principle.
A KPLT militant, identified as
Deven Tisso (22), was killed at Kollonga in West Karbi Anglong
District in an encounter with Police. A 7.66mm pistol and four
live cartridges were recovered from his possession.
Based on specific inputs from
military intelligence, the Indian Army and Assam Police launched
an operation and arrested a militant of LAEF, identified as Suparo
Swargyari from the area of Deuripara near Goalpara in Goalpara
District. One 7.65 mm pistol was recovered from the militant along
with some ammunition. According to the militant, he joined the
LAEF in 2014 and has been active in carrying out subversive activities
Based on specific input, a joint
team of Tinsukia Police and Army team conducted an operation at
Wathoi Kailashpur and arrested a linkman of ULFA-I, identified
as Jitu Dohotia (34), from the vicinity of Koriajan reserve forest
in Tinsukia District. Later, Jitu Dohotia confessed to having
been involved in the bomb blast in front of the residence of Vivek
Agarwal, owner of Podumoni Tea Estate on the night of April 28.
Army and Police launched a major
operation and arrested a linkman of NDFB-IKS, identified as Jibon
Arjya from Kokrajhar District in the wee hours. This particular
operation was launched on receiving specific inputs about a linkman
who was extorting large amounts of money and preparing to send
it to the Bidai group. Reacting swiftly, the Army launched operation
and arrested Jibon Arjya, who was extorting cash to the tune of
INR 1 lakh. The cash was recovered from the linkman along with
a pistol and ammunition. It is alleged that the outfit was using
it to threaten local businessmen and other people.
A meeting on peace and communal
harmony was organised by the Udalguri District administration
at Bishnu Rabha Kristi Sangha at the Udalguri town.
Two women cadres of the NDFB-IKS,
identified as Ansuri Narzary alias Ansu (20) and Rekha
Mushahary (18) were arrested from Kokrajhar District. Kokrajhar
SP Sarma said Ansuri was arrested from Theka Bazar under Kachugaon
police station in Gossaigaon subdivision of Kokrajhar District
while Rekha was arrested from Bishmuri. "The two were arrested
based on intelligence inputs about movement of the women cadres,"
Sarma said. The Police recovered INR 1 lakh and a mobile phone
with SIM from Ansuri. The amount was extortion money collected
from businessman, contractors and was to be handed over to B.
Bidai, the ‘self-styled vice-president’ of the outfit, Sarma added.
Two NDFB-IKS militants, identified
as Bharat Basumaraty alias B. Phunkhag and Dipak Daimary
alias Dhunphang were arrested from Daisunguri in Kokrajhar
District. Two 7.65 pistols and live bullets were recovered from
them, the Police said. Both the militants were trained in Myanmar.
Both of them were reported to have fled the area after the operation
was launched against the outfit in the BTAD and returned recently
to revive and strengthen the outfit, sources said.
A joint team of Police and CRPF
busted an illegal gun and explosive manufacturing factory at No.2
Magurmari Char in Darrang District and arrested two persons in
this connection. According to Police, acting on a tip-off the
SFs raided the house and campus of one Hafej Ali and found the
illegal factory. The SFs arrested two persons, identified as Kitap
Ali and Ekambar Ali, both residents of Morigaon District, while
they were manufacturing handmade arms. Police recovered a huge
quantity of instruments and materials, including electric wires,
iron ball-bearings used in cycles, nuts and bolts, sharp weapons,
ammunition of handmade rifle, among others. However, the main
accused, who also hails from Morigaon, managed to escape.
Myanmar and India vowed to cooperate
on issues of border security and stability, sources with the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs (Myanmar) said. The pledge came as Myanmar
Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi met Ajit Doval, the Indian NSA
who is visiting Nay Pyi Taw as a special envoy of Indian PM Narendra
Modi, report said. Their discussions also covered development
of long-term advantages from road connectivity between the two
Dibrugarh Police claimed to have
unearthed an ULFA-I’s plan to carry out explosions outside the
BJP District office in Dibrugarh town in Dibrugarh District, following
the arrest of a cadre of the outfit. Police sources said that
an ULFA-I militant, identified as Mamon Gogoi alias Biplob
Asom (27) was arrested from a hideout at Betoni Sariali under
Khowang Police Station in the Dibrugarh District. Nearly 700 grams
of TNT, one detonator, one timer device, three battery cells and
wires were recovered from him. Sources said during interrogation,
the arrested militant, who hails from nearby Dulia Lahowal village,
reportedly confessed to the Police that he was entrusted with
a mission by the top ULFA-I leadership in Myanmar to carry out
subversive activities like triggering blasts in Dibrugarh. The
BJP District office at Amolapatty and a hotel at RKB Path opposite
Dibrugarh Sadar Police Station were the targets, the sources said.
Dibrugarh SP, Bir Bikram Gogoi
said that the arrested militant revealed that he was deputed by
senior ULFA-I leader Arunodoy Dohotia (self-styled publicity secretary
of the outfit based in Myanmar) to "execute the mission".
The militant reportedly told the Police that he had joined the
outfit last year and had undergone two months' training in the
camp on making bombs and triggering blasts. The SP said they were
investigating whether the hotel was the specific target or the
police station opposite the hotel. He said the BJP's district
unit office could have been selected by the outfit.
In a joint operation by the Army
and Police, an ULFA-I linkman, identified as Rupjyoti Gogoi, was
arrested from near Naharkatiya in Dibrugarh District. Altogether
11 extortion notes, two cell phones and a list containing the
names of a few small tea growers were found in his possession.
In a joint operation conducted
by Army, Dibrugarh Police and CRPF arrested three ULFA-I militants,
identified as ‘self-styled sergeant’ Ritupon Borah alias
Irfan Asom (23), Dipon Moran alias Prthiraj Moran, 'corporal'
Nakul Rabha alias Bishal Asom (18) and one GNLA militant,
identified as Saltiush N. Marak alias Chem (21) from Chetia Pathar
in Dibrugarh District. The SFs recovered three .9 mm pistols,
six magazines, 40 rounds of live ammunition and 2 BFDX BF 860
Chinese wireless radio sets from them. The militants confessed
they were making transit halt at Chetia Pathar on their way to
Arakan camp (1st Brigade), Myanmar from Tura (Meghalaya) on the
orders of their deputy ‘commander-in-chief’ Dristi Rajkhowa and
were waiting for their guide to take them to Myanmar.
Tamulpur Police arrested two ULFA-I
linkmen, identified as Sukumani Das (34) and Manab Kalita from
Tamulpur in Baksa District. According to Police, they had sent
a demand letter to a businessman of Kaurbaha under Tamulpur police
station by using the letter pad of ULFA few days ago. Later Police
investigated the case following the complaint made by the businessman
and nabbed the both from their house. According to the statement
of Sukumani and Manab Mrinal Kalita, they worked in the forest
department and had used the letter pad to demand money with the
help of former ULFA cadres Gitu Kalita and Babli of Rangia. Police
are trying to nab Babli and Mrinal. Police recovered letter pad
of ULFA from the possession of Sukumani and Manab.
Two linkmen of NDFB-IKS were arrested
in Kokrajhar District.
A general meeting of senior citizens and noted
intellectuals was held at the Jorhat Press Club under the aegis
of an alliance of the Anti-Influx Platform led by a Supreme Court
advocate, Upamanyu Hazarika and Jorhat Bar Association advocate
Rintu Goswami, against the grave issue of influx of illegal migrants
that has already converted indigenous inhabitants into a minority
in large parts of Assam.
They said, "The need of the hour is to apprise
the present government about how by the year 2040 the indigenous
Assamese people will become minorities in view of the continuing
influx and the present drawbacks of the NRC update process through
which many illegal migrants will get legalized rights to become
Indian citizens. The Central Government in Parliament on July
14, 2004 had admitted about the presence of 50 lakh illegal migrants
from Bangladesh in Assam. Union Home Minister Prakash Jaiswal
had given details of about 20 per cent of the 2.61 crores of Assam
population to be foreigners. As against this, in between 1985
to 2012 only 2,442 illegal migrants have been detected and deported
(White paper of October 2012, Assam Government)."
Police arrested a cadre of ULFA-I, identified
as Rahul Hazarika alias Laden Asom (24) from the Moran area of
Dibrugarh District. A hand grenade and twelve demand notes signed
by ULFA-I 'deputy commander-in-chief' Drishti Rajkhowa on the
outfit's letterhead were also recovered from him. Dibrugarh SP
Bir Bikram Gogoi said the cadre confessed that he arrived from
Myanmar in December 2015 to carry out extortion activities in
the district following Rajkhowa's orders. He had joined the banned
outfit in 2013 and underwent arms training in Bangladesh in 2014.
In a joint operation, Army Lahoal Police arrested
an ULFA-I militant, identified as Sagar Gogoi alias Feroz Asom
(22) from Lohali Gaon under Tengakhat Police station in Dibrugarh
District while he was moving towards Namsai District of Arunachal
Pradesh via Tinsukia in order to reach Arakan camp of proscribed
outfit in Myanmar. SFs recovered 14 rounds of live ammunition
of 7.62 mm AK 47 assault rifle, five 9 mm pistols, 11 rounds 0.22
mm and two fired cases of 0.22 mm from the militant. The arrested
militant later during interrogation had revealed that he infiltrated
to the District from Dauki village in Meghalaya and was instructed
by the 'commander-in-chief', 'self-styled Major' of ULFA-I, Dristi
Rajkhowa to reach Arakan Camp in Myanmar through Arunachal Pradesh.
"The ULFA has faltered on many occasions in its
struggle to achieve independence for the State of Assam as its
method of struggle remained debatable, but the entire issue is
still relevant even in the face of the changing times in today's
world," said Anup Chetia, 'general secretary' of the ULFA. Addressing
a gathering at the Kanaklal Baruah auditorium of the Assam State
Museum in Guwahati on the occasion of the launching of his poetry
collection, Karabandee, the top ULFA leader, who had been imprisoned
at the Rajshahi Jail in Bangladesh for nearly 20 years, sought
forgiveness from all the people who lost their kith and kin in
the hands of ULFA cadres throughout the State. Lamenting that
lack of an internal control mechanism among the various cadres
of the outfit at different times led to many unfortunate and heart-rending
incidents, including killings, Chetia remarked that the struggle
for a sovereign Assam is at a crossroads now, though the concept
has become somewhat misplaced.
Urging the intelligentsia, media and the common
people of Assam to suggest and advise the outfit at this crucial
period when the ULFA is involved in peace talks, the ULFA leader,
who was among the few who gave birth to the armed struggle, stressed
the need to relocate the movement in the context of the demographic
and other crises currently plaguing the indigenous people of the
Government denied having agreed to a proposal
of Naga insurgent outfit NSCN-IM of granting separate passport
and flag for Nagas saying peace talks with the group was still
continuing. "Government recognises the unique Naga history and
is committed to it. Talks with NSCN-IM is going on. News of granting
separate passport and flag are not true," Minister of State for
Home Kiren Rijiju said in New Delhi. Rijiju's comments came in
the wake of reports which suggested that the Government has agreed
to NSCN-IM's proposal for separate passport and flag for Nagas.
The appearance of the flag of the GPRN/NSCN and
banner on a cardboard written as Greater Nagaland area near Meghnarayan
bridge at Maibang in Dima Hasao District of Assam raised several
questions in the minds of the people of Dima Hasao. The local
people of Maibang are of the opinion that they have been living
in peace, harmony and brotherhood with the Zeliang Naga tribe
since time immemorial, so it could be a handiwork of outsiders
to disturb the peace in the region.
Two youths, identified as Jangshaw Brahma (25)
and Birdaw Brahma (20) were arrested along with one 9 MM pistol,
four rounds of live ammunitions and three mobile handsets in an
operation conducted by Tamlpur Police at Barkhata under Tamulpur
Sub-Division in Baksa District.
Tamulpur Police arrested a linkman of NDFB-IKS,
identified as Manjay Boro from Kekerikuchi village under Tamulpur
Police Station in Baksa District. Police recovered an amount of
INR 1.8 lakh from his possession. According to Police, Manjay
Boro has collected money from a contractor of Nalbari District.
The pact for Suspension of Operations with the
insurgent group, NDFB-P was extended by the government till December
31, 2016. A meeting of Joint Monitoring Group consisting of representatives
of the Centre, Government of Assam and NDFB-P was held in New
Delhi. The observance of agreed ground rules for suspension of
the operations was reviewed. "After discussions, it was agreed
to extend suspension of operations for a period of six months
up to December 31, 2016," a Home Ministry official said.
Three persons allegedly involved in the brutal
killing of two tea garden workers of Bhutiachang Tea Estate in
Udalguri District surrendered before the court of CJM Gitali Rabha.
Police identified the trio - Sunil Thakur, Kanchan Chauhan and
Ajay Chauhan, as the prime accused in the killing and a case under
section 120B/143/109/325/302/34 of the IPC was registered against
them at Paneri Police Station in the District. The CJM court sent
the trio to judicial custody.
Based on specific inputs, a team of Army, SSB
and Chirang Police arrested a cadre of NDFB-IKS, identified as
Jordan Narzary alias Jaolang, in a joint operation at Oxiguri
village under Amguri Police Station in Chirang District. A 7.65
mm pistol, a grenade, a mobile phone and some incriminating documents
were seized from Jordan, a cadre of 38th batch of NDFB-IKS. Though
he was earlier arrested on March last year in Bangalore of Karnataka
state, he was bailed out from jail on April 3. As per input, after
coming out from jail he was in touch with senior cadres of NDFB-IKS
and was secretly working for the organization and engaged in extortion
and other subversive activities, said a top Police official.
A team of Kharupetia Police acting on a tip off
recovered one 7.65 mm pistol made in Italy along with two rounds
of live ammunition and an empty magazine from the rented house
of one Bubul Choudhury (38) at Ghanasimalu village in Darrang
District. Bubul who originally hails from village Kosolukhowa
of Panigaon in Nagaon District has reportedly been practicing
Ayurvedic treatment for last 14 years in the locality. In this
connection Kharupetia Police has registered a case (No. 299 /16)
under the sections of Arms Act. Meanwhile according to police
the accused has confessed before Police that the certificate of
Ayurvedic degree to be a fake one.
One person, identified as Rajiv Chasa (24) a resident
of Dewan tea estate in Cachar District, was arrested for abducting
a three-year old boy, Sun Kumar Hajam a resident of Labok tea
garden, by Lakhipur Police. Rajiv abducted the baby in the midnight
of June 5. Soon, people came to know about the incident and it
was confirmed as a case of kidnapping when Rajesh received a ransom
call. On the same day (June 5), the baby was found near a pan-shop
near Silchar Medical College and Hospital. It has been informed
that Rajesh has paid the ransom money.
In a joint operation of Army and Police, Dipak
Basumatari (33) was arrested at Goreswar of Baksa District. Dipak
is a resident of Chinakuna village under Khoirabari Police Station.
A 9mm pistol with magazine was recovered from his possession.
Dipak was reportedly involved in many extortion related cases
in the name of NDFB, added Army and Police sources.
Chirang Police arrested two persons - Mathla alias
Sunil Tudu (23), an ANLA ceasefire cadre and Biswanath Hembrom
alias Chinese (31), an ACMA ceasefire cadre in connection
with the attempt of abduction of one Raj Kishore Shah from Ghorsingpara
under Runikhata Police Station in Chirang District on June 16.
Mathla is from Podotola Amguri in Kokrajhar District while Biswanath
is from Paschim Golajhar under Runikhata Police Station in Chirang.
SP Sankar Brata Raimedhi said during interrogation the duos had
confessed regarding their involvement in the crime and stated
that the motive was abduction for ransom.
Police and the Indian Army, in a series of joint
operations over last few days, arrested 11 cadres of the recently-floated
militant outfit, Halam Tiger Force (HTF) from Umrongso in Dima
Hasao and Larkercha village in West Karbi Anglong District along
Assam-Meghalaya border, defence sources claimed. The operation
led by Major Rajneesh and Lieutenant Pratik also recovered two
9mm pistols, three 7.65 pistols, three rifles, one hand grenade
and 40 rounds of live ammunition from the militants. The arrested
militants confessed before the interrogators that the chief of
HTF is camping in Manipur, sources further said. The unearthing
and arrest of a majority of cadres of this outfit which has links
with KPLT and UPLA; has been a major setback to the nexus between
the outfits which have been involved in kidnapping, extortion
and ‘tax-collection’, added the official.
Four linkmen of the NDFB-IKS, identified as Ram
Tudu, Santosh Hembram, Mwikwm Mushahary and Jwisar Borgoary were
arrested in a joint operation by Kokrajhar Police and Army from
Pakriguri and Padmabil village under Serfanguri Police station
in Kokrajhar District. One 7.62 mm pistol, one 7.62 mm country-made
pistol and three live rounds of pistol were recovered their possession.
The NDFB expressed shock over the demise of Issak
Chisi Swu, ‘chairman’ of the NSCN-IM at the Fortis Hospital in
New Delhi on June 28. ‘The information and publicity secretary’
of the NDFB, B. Naijab said in a statement, “The NDFB salutes
the departed soul of brave Issak Chisi Swu and pays homage to
him.” The NDFB leader conveyed deepest condolence to all the
leaders and cadres of the NSCN-IM, the bereaved family and prayed
for peace to the departed soul. He also hoped that the dreams
of Issak Chisi Swu would be fulfilled.
Assam Police issued an alert across the State
following the killing of 20 people by Islamic State (IS) militants
at a cafe in Dhaka (Bangladesh), which is about 500 km from Guwahati
via Shillong. Assam Police ADGP-special branch, Pallab Bhattacharya
said, "We can't say anything about any specific threat, but
we have issued an alert after the Dhaka incident. There are Jamaat-ul
Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) modules still at large in the state
though we have arrested many of their cadres."
An anti-migrant body in Assam on July 2 said that
updating the NRC alone can't prevent the indigenous population
from becoming a minority unless the BJP-led Government puts in
place special legal measures to free the State from illegal Bangladeshi
migrants. The Prabhajan Virodhi Manch (PVM), which mobilized the
indigenous electorate through signature campaigns ahead of the
assembly polls, said the BJP-led government should not forget
that safeguarding 'jati, bheti and maati' (identity, homeland
and land) was one of its main electoral promises which helped
in consolidation of indigenous voters.
Based on specific
input Chirang Police launched a 48-hour operation starting from
July 2 and arrested four NDFB-IKS cadres, including Monika Basumatary,
wife of the outfit's general secretary Ranjit Basumatary alias
BR Ferenga, two teachers and a linkman, identified as Pinkush
Narzary (23) from Chirang District. Chirang SP, Sankar Brata Rai
Medhi said that during interrogation it had come to light that
through social media networking site Facebook, Ranjit Basumatary,
general secretary of NDFB-IKS, created some fake accounts and
established contacts with Pinkush and motivated and instructed
him to collect extortion money in Bengtol area.
collected Rs 31,000 from one Pradip Narzary, who is assistant
teacher of Bengtol M V School and Rs 12,865 from one Jitendra
Narzary who is Principal of Tukrajhar H S School. The money was
further handed over to Monika Basumatary, wife of Ranjit Basumatary
alias Ferrenga, who passed it onto the banned organization.
All the above mentioned OGWs have been arrested on charges of
terror financing and stringent provision of Unlawful Activities
Prevention Act has been invoked. A total of four mobile phones
and Rs 13,000 extorted cash have been recovered. Further investigation
is on to unearth the full design of the banned organization,”
the SP said.
SFs arrested a cadre of NDFB-IKS, identified as
Ristw Narzary alias Adaw from Rupnathpur area under Kachugaon
Police Station in Kokrajhar District. He was actively involved
in extortion of money for the banned outfit as well deliveries
of rations and other administrative stores, which includes medicine.
A pistol, two round live bullets were also recovered from him.
In the wake of terror
strike in Dhaka in neighbouring Bangladesh that left 20 foreigners
dead, alert has been sounded in Assam and Tripura especially in
the Districts having border with Bangladesh apprehending possible
attempts of terror elements to cross over the border which has
remained porous in many stretches till date. The Governors of
Assam and Tripura told the BSF to tighten their vigil on the border
with Bangladesh following the terror attack on Dhaka. Assam Governor,
PB Acharya who visited the Sutarkandi border areas in Karimganj
District of South Assam, held discussion with BSF officials. The
governor has asked the BSF to keep “maximum vigil” along the winding
border. Acharya also met officials of district administration,
and also talked to Border Guards Bangladesh officials, a senior
In Tripura, Governor
Tathagata Roy met BSF officials to take stock of the situation
along the 856 Km long border with Bangladesh in the land-locked
state. “We have apprised the governor about the steps taken along
the India-Bangladesh border,” said BSF’s Tripura Frontier Inspector
General JB Sangwan
Assam's Muslim intellectuals,
activists and academicians have condemned and raised their voice
against atrocities inflicted upon minorities in Bangladesh and
the recent Dhaka attacks by Islamic militants. They strongly opposed
the use of religion for creating terror among minorities, liberals
and the common people. In solidarity with victims of the attacks,
the Muslim Nagarik Samaj (MNS), a citizen group, will organize
a peace procession at Dighalipukhuri here on July 5, in which
prominent Muslim citizens and community members will participate.
Badruddin Ajmal appealed to all people of the State to stand united
against the Islamic State (ISIS). In a statement, Ajmal said,
“News reports based on an intelligence report on the presence
of ISIS in Assam is a matter of concern. If the ISIS has really
set up its base in Assam, there’s every possibility of a section
of youth of the State going astray and an innocent section is
likely to face harassment. In order to avoid such a situation
in the State, the people of the State, especially the Muslims,
should come forward united against the ISIS. The Muslims of Assam
have always been against insurgents. The Muslims of the State
never patronized insurgents. It is high time all should be careful
that no anti-social elements misled the new generation of the
Muslims of the State. I appeal to all Muslims of the State to
carry out their anti-ISIS activities, parallel to their rituals
related to Ramadan.”
keeping a close
watch on the cyber space is one of the keys to prevent terrorist
outfits like the Islamic State (IS) from launching their propaganda
to influence youths, while the Police and security agencies are
working in close coordination to prevent such outfits from establishing
roots in the State, said the DGP, Assam, Mukesh Sahay. The DGP
said that though no footprint of the IS has been noticed in Assam
till date, “we have to learn our lesson from the recent incident
in Bangladesh and adequate precautionary measures will have to
a cadre of NDFB-IKS, identified as Bidyaram Brahma, from Udalguri
District. A 7.65mm pistol, a magazine and five live bullets were
recovered from him.
The NDFB-IKS condemned
the arrest of four persons, including a school principal and teacher,
from Chirang District for their alleged links with the outfit
on July 4. In a statement issued to the media, NDFB-IKS ‘general
secretary’ B.R. Ferengga said, "It is a baseless and false
allegation imposed upon Jitendra Narzary, the principal of Tukrajhar
Higher Secondary School and Pradip Narzary, a teacher of Bengtol
Middle Vernacular School."
The Assam Police
has been put on alert after the recent terror attacks in Bangladesh
and reports of five suspected terrorists crossing over from the
neighbouring country (Bangladesh) into India and heading for Assam,
Assam DG) Mukesh Sahay said. The reports said five suspected terrorists
from Bangladesh had crossed the India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya’s
Garo Hills region. “There were reports that residents of a remote
village in South Garo Hills District had spotted the five youth
coming from other side of the border. We are yet to confirm it
and are in touch with our counterparts in the Garo Hills,” Mukesh
Sahay said. The report assumes significance as Bangladesh-based
Islamic terror module, JMB, has been active in Assam, where several
alleged jihadi operatives working for the JMB have been arrested
in the past two years.
In view of the latest
threat perception, security agencies in Assam have been asked
to re-verify the criminal antecedents of the Bangladeshi nationals
detained in Assam in the recent past. This comes close on the
heels of the recent attacks masterminded in Bangladesh by the
JMB and threat inputs received by the Indian security agencies.
Well-placed sources said that the Assam Police, in coordination
with other security agencies, has detained nearly 100 suspected
Bangladeshis since April 1 this year (2016) and although the standard
operating procedure was already followed, the recent threat percept
and the string of violent activities reported across the world
by the radical groups has necessitated a re-check.
on the update of the NRC in Assam are confident of completing
the task within this year. Sources said the new BJP-led Government
at Dispur is extending full support and providing all possible
logistics to the NRC authorities to carry out its ongoing verification.
State chief secretary V.K. Pipersenia recently wrote to his counterparts
in other States to extend necessary help to the NRC authorities
to verify documents like birth certificates and university certificates
submitted by applicants who are currently staying outside Assam.
The NIA special
court in Guwahati awarded life sentence to a NDFB-IKS militant,
identified as Pradip Brahma alias Pwler for killing seven
people, including four women and two children in Balapara village
of Kokrajhar District on May 1, 2014. The 26-year-old accused,
Pradip Brahma was convicted by NIA special judge M.K. Bhattacharjee
under Sections 302, 307 and 368 of the IPC and Section 16 of the
UAPA. "He was sentenced to life imprisonment and Rs 5,000
as fine. In case of default in payment of fine, he will have to
undergo imprisonment for another three months," said Dilip
Kumar Das, special public prosecutor of NIA. Brahma, who hails
from Besorkona village under Bagribari police station of Kokrajhar,
is a commander of Monglajhora section of the Dhubri platoon of
the outfit's 14th battalion.
Elusive ULFA-I chief,
Paresh Baruah, sent a team of ULFA militants from Myanmar (Burma)
to carry out subversive activities in upper Assam Districts in
the run up to Independence Day (August 15), according to security
sources. Disclosing that ULFA militants are reported to have crossed
over the international border and entered Arunachal Pradesh on
their way to Assam, authoritative security sources said that the
State Police has already been alerted and asked to take necessary
steps to foil their attempts. Informing that failure of ULFA-I
militants in carrying out any subversive activities has demorlised
the ULFA-I leadership, security sources said that the outfit was
desperate to make their presence felt. Pointing out that the security
agencies are yet to establish the identity of ULFA-I militants,
security sources said that instructions have been given to ULFA
militants to target SFs and trigger bomb blasts in public places.
Assam Police intensified
its hunt to trace 11 "missing" cadres of the JMB, in
which three of them from the State. Top Police sources said all
the Districts have been alerted with details of the wanted cadres.
Three of the wanted cadres are residents of Assam while the other
eight are Bangladeshi citizens. They are reportedly part of the
JMB module set up in Assam and West Bengal by the Islamist outfit
after its cadres sneaked into India following a crackdown in the
ADGP - special branch,
Pallab Bhattacharyya said one Sahidul Islam of Barpeta has been
missing since the Burdwan blasts. The NIA is also on his look-out.
After clearing his matriculation examination, Sahidul had gone
for higher education to Burdwan. "Since the blasts, we have
no contact with him," his father Zaharuddin, a resident of
Roumari Pathar under Tarabari police station of Barpeta District,
said. Another key wanted person is Zahirul Islam. "Initially
we thought he was an Indian. But later we realized he was a Bangladeshi
national. He had put up in a rented place at Nali of Bhoktoduba
under Sarthebari police station. He had married an Indian girl,
but later abandoned her and has since been missing," a Police
The SC verdict saying
the Army should not use excessive force in its counter insurgency
operations has not gone down well with the Army veterans who feel
that it does not reflect their operational principles under which
they use minimum of force in operations against insurgents. The
former veterans were unanimous that any dilution of the AFSPA
would affect their operations in dealing with insurgents and consequently
the security of the country. Hoping that the Centre would seek
review of the judgment, Lieutenant General J.B.S. Yadav (retd)
said that the army seeks to use minimum force in insurgency operations.
“In our training or as a matter of principle we always use minimum
force and we scrupulously abide by the ten commandments of the
army chief,” Yadav said. The commandments include respecting human
rights, no torture resulting in death and no act resulting in
military disgrace. Lt. General Yadav, who retired in the year
2006 and had participated in anti-insurgency operations in Northeast,
Assam, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir said: “The operations are
done in good faith and not to kill anyone.”
of the North East India which have been seeking the creation of
separate states decided to intensify their movement after August
15 under the aegis of NFNS. NFNS is led by Raja Bundela, who has
been leading the movement for a separate Bundelkhand state, and
Shrihari Aney, leader of the Vidarbha movement. “If the Centre
doesn’t come up with a policy on the creation of new states, we
will launch a united movement across the country after August
15,” president of ABSU and NFNS joint secretary, Pramod Boro,
said. NFNS’s northeast chapter said the Centre should pave the
way for the creation of Bodoland, Kukiland, Karbi Autonomous State
and Tripuraland in the region.
Based on specific
information, a team of Indian Army and Baksa Police launched a
joint operation and arrested a cadre of NDFB-IKS, identified as
Milon Daimary alias D Mushagara from Tamulpur village in
Nalbari District. One 7.65mm pistol along with three live rounds
of 7.65mm and two magazines were recovered from the cadre. The
arrested cadre was trained in the 38th batch of NDFB-IKS and was
involved in extortion, arms smuggling and other nefarious and
anti national activities and was pivotal in NDFB-IKS activities
in the area.
Chirang Police arrested
a NDFB-IKS cadre, identified as Derasat Basumatary from Panbari
in Bijni subdivision of Chirang District. “One 7.65 mm pistol,
two magazines and nine rounds of live ammunition of 7.65 pistol
were recovered from his possession. Our interrogation is on,”
Chirang SP Sankar Brata Rai Medhi said.
concerns over terrorist activities around the globe and the recent
attacks at an up market cafe in Bangladesh, madrassa chiefs of
Karimganj District in Assam gave a clarion call for a collective
fight against terrorism. Superintendents of at least 25 senior
madrassas of Karimganj near Bangladesh, in a meeting held at Asimganj,
condemned the terror activities across the world. The madrassa
chiefs appealed to the people to come forward and fight against
such inhuman acts.
BTAD IGP L.R. Bishnoi said three overground workers
of NDFB-IKS, identified as Nimesius Iswary (28), Jaharlal Borgoyary
(45), and Birkholas Narzary alias Laoga (31) were arrested in
a series of operations, at different parts of Kokrajhar District,
in the past 48 hours.
"Based on specific inputs about the overground
workers trying to transfer funds to the NDFB (S) in Myanmar at
the behest of the outfit's self-styled finance secretary Dwimalu,
Kokrajhar police launched an operation in Kokrajhar and Gossaigaon
town areas. When the overground workers had come to deposit cash
that were collected through extortion and other illegal means,
the police arrested two linkmen - Nimesius Iswary and Jaharlal
Borgoyary - and seized Rs 91,000 from their possession along with
three mobiles and five SIM cards", Bishnoi said. Based on interrogation
of the two linkmen, Birkholas Narzary alias Laoga was arrested
as he was about to transfer the same money to the cadres in Myanmar
in the past week.
Security has been beefed up in lower Assam, including
the four Districts of BTAD, following reports that five religious
extremists from Bangladesh were planning a major strike. BTAD
IGP L.R. Bishnoi said vital installations like the NTPC at Salakati
and railway tracks are under close watch. High alert has been
issued in Kokrajhar town too.
Also, the DGP Mukesh Sahay confirmed an intelligence
report about intrusion of five suspected persons from Bangladesh,
but said reports of intrusion of jihadis into the State is yet
to be confirmed or corroborated. "The reports of 5-10 jihadis
entering Assam are unverified and uncorroborated as of now. We
are in constant touch with other security agencies and there is
no confirmation till now," he said, addressing a press conference.
Sahay said the State security machinery was "extremely alert"
in the wake of the recent attacks in Bangladesh. The Chief Minister
is also constantly reviewing the situation, he said.
Assam Police and Army in a joint operation detained
four suspected jihadis from Roumari Pathar in Barpeta District
on July 11 and subsequently arrested two of them for their alleged
links with JMB on July 12. Police officials in the District said
four persons were picked up from Roumari Pathar by an army team
based on intelligence inputs about their possible links with the
JMB. Two of them, Kasim Uddin and Akram Ali were subsequently
arrested. A Police officer said according to preliminary investigations,
Kasim, who runs a hardware shop at Daulasal in Nalbari District,
started a physical training institute in 2012. Some unknown persons
had visited him frequently, raising suspicion about his involvement
in unlawful activities. The arrest comes a day after DGP Mukesh
Sahay said a hunt was on for a few JMB members in the State.
Panic gripped the State after local TV channels
on July 11 telecast a video clip, allegedly posted by the Islamic
State (IS) after the spate of terror attacks in neighbouring Bangladesh,
which showed a Bengali-speaking militant issue a threat against
what many mistook as 'Assam'. State Police on July 12 scrutinized
the video and clarified that the word spoken by the militant was
'Al-Sham', not 'Assam'. The media cell of Assam Police said, "On
careful observation of the video, it (the word in question) appears
to be Al-Sham and not Assam. It refers to the area in the eastern
Mediterranean covering Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel." DGP
Mukesh Sahay said, "We have increased vigilance on the ground
and in cyberspace to the maximum level."
Sealing the international border with Bangladesh
is one of the keys to dealing with the possible growth of jihadi
elements in Assam, said Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. He
also said that the Police and SFs are keeping a close watch on
the situation and there is no reason for the people to be alarmed.
Sonowal also said that sealing of the international border is
on the top of the agenda of the GoI. The State Government is also
in close touch with the Centre in this regard, he added
A militant belonging to the NDFB-IKS, identified
as Ripak Narzary alias N Rwhw Rwhw was arrested by Police and
Army in a joint operation from Ghograpar area in Nalbari District.
One 7.65mm pistol along with six live rounds of 7.65mm was recovered
from the arrested militant. The militant was trained in the 39th
batch of NDFB-IKS in Myanmar and was involved in extortion, arms
smuggling and other nefarious and anti national activities.
At a time when reports of entry of Islamic terrorists
from Bangladesh into India are hitting the headlines almost every
day, a joint meeting of the DCs and SPs of Cachar, Assam and the
East Jayantia Hills Districts of Meghalaya was held at the office
of the Cachar DC. The meeting discussed vital issues between both
the Districts, including insurgent movement into India from Bangladesh
via Meghalaya, improvement of the road connecting Silchar and
Guwahati through Meghalaya and ways to lessen the number of road
accidents, law and order and other matters relevant for better
border management between the two States.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren
Rijiju asserted that the overall security scenario in the North
East has improved since 2014. He announced that the target of
his Ministry is to secure complete peace in the region so that
development is expedited here (North East). Rijiju revealed that
the entire international border that Assam shares with Bangladesh
will be sealed by 2017. All fencing work in the other States will
also be completed, he said divulging that funds for border management
have been enhanced by 44 per cent from this financial year. Rijiju
also said that his Ministry has adopted a two-pronged strategy
to deal with extremism and separatist forces. "Our stand is tough
and soft where required," he added.
An NDFB-IKS militant, who was a NIA under trial
prisoner, was killed and another escaped from Police custody when
they were on their way to Kokrajhar from Guwahati at Choibari
in the Kokrajhar District. Four NIA under trials were returning
to Kokrajhar jail from Guwahati when two of them sprayed analgesic
spray on the eyes of the escort party after they reached Choibari
tea garden around 5pm and tried to escape. One of the NDFB-IKS
militant, identified as Swmla Basumatary was shot by the escort
team while another one, Rajib Basumatary fled into the tea bushes
and its adjoining forest. The other two under trial prisoners,
Sanjoy Narzary and Lebao Basumatary who were handcuffed, could
not escape and were escorted back to Kokrajhar jail.
AIUDF leader, Dahit Chandra Brahma was attacked
by unidentified gunmen at Chandamari in Kamrup District when he
was on way to Dotma with his own vehicle. He was safe on the attacked,
but vehicle was saw bullet injury. Assailants attacked him by
AK 47 with ambush, said Dahit.
Four overground workers of NDFB-IKS, identified
as Simhiring Narzary (32), Michael Hasda (21), Sibu Hasda (23),
and Maiku Hasda (23) were arrested from the Pakriguri and Nijemguri
areas in Kokajhar District. Police said the overground workers
were actively involved in extortion and collection of money for
the banned outfit as well as delivery of rations. They were also
involved in providing information regarding the movement of SFs
to NDFB-IKS cadres Luthai Basumatary alias Dimasha and Sudem Borgoyari.
One rifle, one pistol and two live rounds were recovered from
Kokrajhar SP Syamal Prasad Saikia said the two
Policemen, including ASI Dilip Basumatary and unarmed battalion
constable Ukundwi Brahma, were arrested for negligence of duty
and helping the two under trials escape on July 13. Nalbari Police
had a tough time when an NDFB-IKS militant, identified as Mithinga
Narzary, tried to escape from the Police custody while he was
being taken to court. He was in captivity for over six months
for various antinational activities and was lodged in Nalbari
Jail. "Narzary tried to give the slip to the police escort team
when he reached the court campus. One head constable had to resort
to warning fires to stop him. Two rounds were fired," Nalbari
police sources said. Immediately, locals too jumped into action
as the militant hid himself in the crowd in the nearby area. After
a few minutes of suspense, locals succeeded in catching him and
handed him over to police again. A police official said additional
charges would be slapped on him as per law.
Two AANLA cadres, identified as Sanjay Sama (35)
and Mansuk Kheruar (38) surrendered at 142 Battalion, CRPF Jonaki
Nagar Head Quarters in Golaghat District with arms and ammunitions
recently. Sanjay was a third batch cadre of the outfit and underwent
training in Nagaland while Mansuk was second batch cadre of AANLA.
They deposited one hand grenade, a point-22 pistol and 12 rounds
of live ammunition.
Dhula Police arrested two members of an interstate
FICN racket, identified as Rasul Ali (52) and Wazed Ali (26) during
search operation in the house one Abu Taher of Galandi Habi village
under Daipam police outpost of the Darrang District. The Police
recovered FICNs amounting INR 5500 in the denomination of INR
1000 and INR 500, from their possession. The arrested persons
confessed before Police that they along with their accomplices
in Karnataka, Kerala, Malda in West Bengal etc used to spread
huge quantity of fake currency in Darrang and adjoining Udalguri
District. Further investigations are on to nab absconding house
owner Abu Taher and other identified members of the notorious
A NDFB-IKS militant, identified as Sudem Borgoyary
alias Gorom was killed in the SFs' first CI operation in Kokrajhar
District while the other cadres managed to escape. Two pistols,
two grenades, ammunitions, cash and an extortion note of NDFB,
a mobile phone, one solar panel, rice, dal and medicines were
recovered from the spot.
A group of militants raided a house and looted
valuables at Bhubandahar village under Lakhipur sub-division in
Cachar District. Sources said a group of 16 armed tribal militants
at 11pm came to the house of Jumma Khan, an affluent trader, with
a motive to abduct him. However, as Khan was not in the house
at that time, they started to beat up other members of the family,
including Khan's wife and mother. The militants looted cash, gold
ornaments and other valuables from the house at gun-point. They
left the place in the darkness of the night. The injured family
members were admitted to the local government hospital with the
help of Police and villagers.
After hearing about the incident, Police from
Lakhipur rushed to the place and launched an operation along Assam's
border with Manipur and Mizoram. However, the whereabouts of the
militants remains unknown. Many Hmar and Bru (Reang) militants
live in this part of Cachar District.
The threat from the Islamic State (IS) and other
jihadi elements towards Assam and other parts of the northeastern
region cannot be overlooked and the Government should take adequate
precautionary measures before the situation goes out of control,
said security analyst Lieutenant General (Retired) DB Shekhatkar.
Shekhatkar said, "We will be fooling ourselves if we say that
the threat is not real." He pointed out that there is a new term
called 'home grown terrorism', which is now frequently used in
Bangladesh that is facing a serious terrorist threat.
He said that the outfits like the IS do not have
to send fighters all the way from Iraq and Syria to create disturbance
in places like Assam. Such outfits only need to radicalize local
youths with their ideology to create trouble as they have done
in Bangladesh, he pointed out. He also said that Assam having
a sizeable immigrant population, the threat is very much real
and the government would have to take adequate measures to thwart
any such threat.
SFs killed two top cadres of NDFB-IKS during a
series of CI operations in Kokrajhar District. The encounters
took place at Khalasi and Saralpara of Ultapani near Indo-Bhutan
border area in the wee hours in which two NDFB-IKS militants,
identified as Ritu Basumatary alias B. Rugungsha and Rahul Basumatary
alias B. Rakhao were killed. Ritu is stated to be from the 41st
batch while Rahul is from the 42nd batch of the outfit. Two 7.65
mm pistols, five 7.65 mm live rounds, two 36 hand grenades, one
AK-47 magazine, dry ration, rice, spices, cash, medicines, two
letter pads of NDFB-IKS, toiletries and other incriminating materials
were recovered from the area, SP Shyamal Prasad Saikia said.
Police and Army launched the operation after getting
information of entry of some NDFB-IKS cadres into Kokrajhar from
Myanmar side, ADGP of BTAD, L R Bishnoi said. He said that SFs
received an input that the militants were moving with ration and
medicines in Khalasi jungle area under Serfanguri Police Station.
The materials were meant to delivered to Bidai's camp in Bhutan.
The report adds that in a desperate attempt to tide over its financial
crisis and demonstrate its existence, a batch of the banned NDFB-IKS
militants has entered the State from its hideouts in Myanmar recently
to carry out extortion activities and terror strikes in the region,
said a source. Security has been beefed up and counter-insurgency
operations intensified in Kokrajhar District.
Police arrested six persons, identified
as Md Nijam Ali (28), Md Taibor Rahman (29), Hanif Ali (25), Md
Najrul Sk (36), Md Zakir Hussain (28) and Saja Ali (25), for allegedly
trying to kidnap an Adivasi (tribal) girl from Deosri area
under Runikhata Police Station in Chirang District.
Former Governor Lieutenant General
(Retired) SK Sinha called upon Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal
to take immediate effective steps to seal the international border
with Bangladesh to prevent fresh infiltration of foreign nationals.
Lt Gen Sinha said that he has already written to the Chief Minister
with his suggestions to deal with the problem of infiltration
of foreigners. However, he said that he is yet to get a reply
Two cadres of the NDFB-IKS, identified
as Mahindra Champramary alias Rankhw (22) and Bamansing
Mushahary alias Gendra (60) were arrested by the joint
team of Police and SSB in Chirang District. One 36 hand grenade
was also recovered from them.
Assam Police arrested two persons,
identified as Nur Islam Mandal and Jaher Ali, in connection with
a jihadi module in the state in Chirang District. Chirang
Police claimed that the duo had participated in religious indoctrination,
physical and arms training at Daukanagar in the District. Police
had last year (2015) busted the Daukanagar training camp of an
active Jihadi module and recovered arms and ammunition.
"Nur Islam was personally recruited by Bura Bhai alias
Aashiq, the key person for setting up the training camp for jihadis,"
said a Policeman. Bura Bhai is accused of having close links with
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal
told the State Assembly that the State Government had accorded
top priority to the NRC updating process and that the exercise
would be taken to its logical conclusion in a foolproof manner.
Earlier, replying to a question by legislator Pobindra Deka, who
wanted to know whether a timeframe had been set for completion
of the NRC, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary
said that the NRC would be completed ‘as soon as possible’ and
that it was difficult to set a deadline because the exercise was
a vast and sensitive one that also involved technicalities.
Even as the issue of large-scale
presence of illegal Bangladeshi migrants in Assam continues to
dominate the State’s politics, the six detention camps in six
Districts have in total a meagre 527 legally-detected illegal
migrants as on June 30, 2016. A total of 902 declared foreigners
and 27,252 convicted foreigners have been ‘sent back’ to Bangladesh,
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary stated in
In another written reply to legislator
Ramendra Narayan Kalita, however, the number of deported illegal
Bangladeshis (during the period from April 2001 to 2016) has been
stated as 265, while the number of detected illegal Bangladeshis
is 27,002. The detention camps are in the Districts of Goalpara,
Kokrajhar, Silchar, Dibrugarh, Tezpur and Jorhat. Stating this
in the Assembly, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister said that
there were no Indian citizens in any detection camp and that the
camps had the required basic facilities. In the last five years,
two detention camp inmates have died – one at the GMCH and the
other on the day he was shifted to camp.
The Bangladesh cabinet made extradition
easy with India as it accepted the proposal by which no evidence
of crime is required between the two neighbouring countries for
extraditing convicted or under-trial suspects. Unlike earlier,
the new proposal allows extradition of the convicted and under-trial
criminals merely if a court in any of the two countries issues
an arrest warrant against them, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul
Alam told reporters following a cabinet meeting presided over
by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
According to clause 10/3 of the
Extradition treaty with India, evidence alongside the warrant
of arrest was needed to extradite such persons, report said. The
proposal was moved after the Indian Government requested Bangladesh
to make the extradition process easier. India wanted a "complex"
section of the treaty "simplified", said Alam. The provision
was brought in by amending a section of the existing Extradition
treaty, which was enforced from October 23, 2013, between the
Mariani Police arrested two persons,
identified as Along Tushiba and Warmo (both from Mokokchung District
of Nagaland) along with arms including two German-made pistols
and six rounds of ammunition from Sivasagar District.
An Assistant Teacher in Chanbecha
Binapani Primary School under Demow Block Primary Education Office
in Sibsagar District, identified as Umesh Rajbonshi received a
letter in which unidentified assailants had allegedly demanded
INR1 lakh from him.
An arms smuggler, identified as
Babul Lahon was arrested along with recovered a 7.35 mm pistol
with ammunition by the Police from an interior place under Garmur
Police Station in Jorhat District. According to Police, with numerous
cases of murder, extortion, honey trapping, arms smuggling, contract
killing and possessing illegal arms, the wanted criminal was absconding
since March this year (2016) after shooting and injuring 26-year
Pinku Gogoi in the Chenijaan area of Jorhat on March 13.
An ULFA-I cadre, identified as
Babul Dihingia alias Engineer, was arrested in a joint
operation by SFs from Chepatoli gaon in Dibrugarh District. Police
said they recovered two hand grenades from him and that he had
sneaked into Assam to carry out subversive activities in the run-up
to Independence Day. Dihingia is an associate of ULFA ‘publicity
secretary’ Arunodoy Dohotia.
However, ULFA-I, in a press release,
denied that Dihingia is a member. The outfit said Dihingia is
Tinsukia SP Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta's man and it is only to show
the outfit in poor light that Mahanta is trying to portray him
as an ULFA cadre. Earlier, there were reports that Dihingia is
a hardcore ULFA cadre who was trying to trigger a blast in Tinsukia.
A suspected MULTA cadre, identified
as Karim Ali (16), was arrested by the SFs from the Beltoli area
in Dhubri District. A country-made revolver was recovered from
his possession. Ali allegedly confessed that one Rofiqul Haque
of Sonamukhi gave him the revolver and told him to sell it for
INR 30,000. In return, Haque offered to pay him INR 5,000, an
Army source said. Ali was handed over to Bilasipara Police for
interrogation. The District administration clamped Section 144
CrPC in Dhubri district fearing a breach of peace.
PDMB urged the Union Home Minister
to take the initiative to expedite the peace talks with ceasefire
groups of the NDFB and re-initiate tripartite talks with other
Bodoland movement organisations for an amicable solution to the
Bodoland issue. “We hope that once the political dialogue starts
in a meaningful way, the NDFB (S) which has recently become a
member of the UNLFW will also join the peace process,” said the
PDMB, insisting that Chapter X of the Assam Land and Revenue Regulation
Act, 1886, be enforced in true spirit with inclusion of this Act
in the Ninth Schedule to clear the tribal belts and blocks from
Based on specific inputs on the
movement of few arms dealers in and around Makum and Digboi in
Tinsukia District, Tinsukia Police arrested three persons, identified
as Rahul Bora (25), Pantik Sonowal (24) and Kalyan Konwar (22)
from different hideouts and recovered a .32 pistol from their
Security agencies are on the alert
to foil any attempt by jihadi outfits or other terrorist
groups to create any untoward incidents in Assam and 52 cadres
of the JMB have been arrested during the recent months from various
locations in the State, stated Parliamentary Affairs Minister
CM Patowary in the Legislative Assembly. Replying to a question,
the Minister said that there is no specific input about entry
of a group of Bangladeshi jihadis into Assam via the international
frontier in Meghalaya but he added that the Unified Command structure
in the State is prepared to deal with any situation. “The Unified
Command structure is fully prepared to deal with any situation.
As the India-Bangladesh border is not sealed, we have intensified
long-range patrolling along the frontier,” he said, adding that
the Chief Minister is personally monitoring the situation.
India is likely to take up the
issue of growing jihadi activities in Bangladesh, when
the Home Ministers of the two neighbouring countries will meet
here on July 28. A delegation, led by Bangladesh Home Minister
Asaduzzaman Khan, will be on a three-day visit to India from July
27, official sources said. The Indian delegation, which will participate
in the talks, will comprise NSA, Union Home Secretary, Director
General of BSF and Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau.
Fighting with their backs to the
wall with depleting cadre strength due to relentless NIA action,
Bodo militants threatened to target the agency's officers and
their families. In a direction issued to its cadres, the leaders
of NDFB-IKS have asked them to track NIA officers even in the
national capital (New Delhi) and strike at the right opportunity,
sources said. Following the threat, security has been tightened
at NIA's Guwahati office while the agency has asked it officers
to be extra vigilant while on the move. NIA's Guwahati office
is the hub of its investigations against outfits like NDFB-IKS,
NSCN-K, ULFA and the arrested cadres are brought there for questioning.
Officials said that the NDFB-IKS's threat is a result of its frustration
lately after 86 of its cadres were arrested in the last 2-3 years
from Assam, 63 of whom have been charge-sheeted. A senior commander
of the militant outfit, Pradip Brahma alias Pwler, was
recently sentenced to life imprisonment by a Guwahati court.
ASP of South Kamrup Dr Sadique
Ali Ahmed said that a major area domination combing operation
has been going on along the Assam-Meghalaya border in South Kamrup
District to foil any attempts by militants to create disturbance
ahead of the Independence Day on August 15. The ASP said that
the Police force of South Kamrup District has been conducting
raids and picking up suspected persons as preventive measures.
The ANCC, a conglomeration of
different Adivasi (tribal) organizations including militant
outfits who are in ceasefire mode, staged a three-hour NH blockade
at 31 (C) at Karigaon and Srirampur in Kokrajhar District on July
22 from 9 am to 12 noon demanding ST status and solution of problems
of the militant groups who are under ceasefire with the Government.
Some hundreds of activists of the Adivasi community from
different parts of the region thronged the NH shouting slogans
in support of their demands that included ST status and tripartite
talks with the militant groups of the Adivasi like BCF, AANLA,
STF, APA, ACMA and NSLA who are currently under ceasefire with
the Centre for a long time.
Tamulpur Police arrested an NDFB-IKS
linkman from Patkijuli village under Darrangamela Police out-posts
in Baksa District. The arrestee has been identified as Luis Mushahary
(39) and Police recovered 7 hand grenades from his possession.
SDPO Ahmed said that Luis collated the grenades to supply to the
Troops of Guwahati Frontier of
BSF in a joint operation with Bogribari Police arrested one arms
supplier, identified as Gaji Rahman (20) along with one 7.65 mm
pistol, 10 rounds of ammunition, two magazines, one bike and a
mobile phone with two SIM cards from Angarkati village in Kokrajhar
Based on specific intelligence
inputs about an IED planted at Namrup in Dibrugarh District, a
Police team launched an operation and arrested suspected ULFA-I
linkman, identified as Lakhyajit Gogoi from Kamarchuk village
in Dibrugarh District on July 23 night. Based on Lakhyajit's revelations,
the Police recovered an IED, weighing about 3kg, around 10.15pm
in the same day. "During questioning, Lakhyajit revealed
that the IED was given to him by ULFA-I cadre Pradip Asom alias
Akon, to plant it at a crowded market at Naharkatia town. He said
two other bombs are also ready for detonation at Moranhat and
Sonari," an officer in the state Police headquarters in Guwahati
Based on Lakhyajit's lead, Dibrugarh
Police alerted their counterparts in Tinsukia and Sivasagar Districts
and subsequently three other suspected linkmen of ULFA-I, identified
as Sankar Gohain, Nirab Saikia and Haren Rajkonwar were arrested
on July 24. The Police source said an operation was under way
to arrest Pradip Asom and a few more ULFA-I linkmen who were out
to trigger blasts ahead of Independence Day.
Tinsukia Police arrested one Anupam
Chutia alias Suchan Asom for his alleged involvement in
planting the IED near the platform of Tinsukia station. The Police
said Anupam was an ULFA-I cadre and sent by Arunodoy to plant
the bomb. He joined ULFA-I earlier this year (2016), the police
Intelligence inputs suggest that
ULFA-I along with NSCN-K and NDFB-IKS, all members of the newly
floated UNLFW, have been planning to strike in upper Assam Districts,
which borders Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh on the eastern part
of the State and provides the access to the bases of these outfits
in neighbouring Myanmar.
Two cadres of the NDFB-IKS, identified as Jwngsar
Basumatary alias Laudum and Phungkha Narzary, were killed in an
encounter with SFs in Jharbari area under Serfanguri Police Station
in Kokrajhar District. According to Kokrajhar ASP Sreejit T, based
on specific inputs about the movement of NDFB-IKS cadres in Jharbari,
a joint operation was launched on Sunday (July 24) evening by
Kokrajhar Police, 3rd Rajput Regiment of the Army and 210 CoBRA
in the North of Jharbari area, where two cadres of the outfit
were neutralized. The NDFB-IKS cadres opened fire on the operational
party first and the party retaliated, killing two cadres. He also
said that two 7.65mm pistols, five rounds ammunitions of 7.65mm
pistols, four fired cases of 7.65mm pistols, seven 7.62 mm AK-47
fired cases, two Chinese grenades and a backpack were recovered
from their possession.
The Commanding officer of the 3rd Rajput Regiment,
Col IP Singh termed the killing as a major setback to the militant
outfit which was trying to carry out subversive activities in
the run-up to the Independence Day celebrations. The senior officer
said since January this year (2016), a total of 123 persons including
53 cadres of various militants group, 68 linkmen including four
females and 13 sympathizers have been arrested. The arrested include
11 NDFB-IKS cadres, 13 NSLA cadres, 14 KLO cadres, 3 ADF cadres,
one STF cadre, 3 MTFA cadres, 1 NLFA cadre, 1 ULFA cadre, 2 RVA
cadres and 4 jihadis (Islamic Terrorists). As many as 10 rebels
including 7 NDFB-IKS cadres, one each of NSLA and KLO were killed
in encounters this year. Singh also said 13 sympathizers of NDFB-IKS
have been apprehended so far.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren
Rijiju said Assam and the northeast were vulnerable to terror
attacks by jihadi militants because of their strategic locations
and proximity to international borders. He said the region was
put on high alert and adequate security arrangements were made
as preventive measures. "Assam and the entire northeast are sensitive
places. The region shares a major portion of the international
border and so its vulnerability is high. It is also prone to jihadi
activities. Steps have been taken and arrangements made to ensure
the region's safety," said Rijiju.
Indian Army and Police in a joint operation arrested
'C-in-C' of UPLA, identified as Nikunja Kathar along with two
cadres from Bardalong area near Kheroni in Karbi Anglong District.
Kathar is a hardcore terrorist and has been involved in numerous
acts of killing, extortion and kidnappings including the brutal
killing of Nityananda Goswami, SP, West Karbi Anglong in June,
2014. He is an ex-UPDS cadre who was instrumental in raising,
training and illegally equipping the rebel outfit UPLA.
Assam Police has a total of 72,118 sanctioned
posts, of which 11,782 are lying vacant, said Parliamentary Affairs
Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary in the Assembly. Of the vacant
posts, 4,076 are under the process of being filled up. The vacancies
include 20 posts of IPS officers and 114 APS officers. The State
has 346 Police stations and 221 Police outposts, and these Police
stations and outposts have a total of 62, 041 cases that are yet
to be disposed off. The State currently has 107 IPS officers and
456 APS officers. There are pending cases against 17 IPS and APS
The Minister, also said that the State Government
had embarked on a Police modernization drive involving construction
of buildings, purchase of vehicles and firearms, expanding dial-100
service, setting up CID cyber labs and other latest technologies
such as CCTNS, etc., besides ensuring better police-public relations
and gender sensitization.
Updating the NRC is the number one priority for
the Government of Assam and an amount of INR 24,932 lakh is proposed
to be released from the State Budget for the purpose. In his Budget
speech, Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that to have
a fresh insight into the proper implementation the Assam Accord,
the department will be revamped and made more robust. The Government
will give priority to support and strengthen the functioning system
of the Foreigners' Tribunals.
The UMHA alerted all the eight North Eastern states
to maintain a maximum vigil to deal with any threat of jihadi
activities in the region, a top official said. "The UMHA has requested
all the eight North Eastern states to remain maximum alert to
tackle any threat of jihadi actions in North East India, especially
in Assam," the top official of Tripura Government's home department
said quoting an advisory of the UMHA. The official also said that
the UMHA also alerted the all central and state intelligence agencies
to keep a close watch on the situation especially along the international
Police arrested two persons, identified as Papu
Bora and Mrinal Neog along with a .756 pistol and cartridges from
near Mariani police station in Jorhat District.
A 26-year-old youth from Silchar in Cachar District,
identified as Afaz Uddin Laskar filed a case before the chief
judicial magistrate, accusing a person of trying to send him to
join the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. Afaz Uddin Laskar, a resident
of Berenga, in his complaint mentioned that Maqbul Hussain Choudhury,
imam of a mosque in Silchar, sent him to Saudi Arabia with the
promise of a driver's job. When he reached Saudi Arabia he was
taken to another person named Ibadur, who happens to be a resident
of Karimganj District and has been living there for the past many
Army and Assam Police, in a joint operation, recovered
an explosive from a remote village along the Assam-Meghalaya border,
Nagaldonga, around 18 kms from Boko town in South Kamrup District.
According to source, on the occasion of martyrs' day of ULFA,
a group of militants planned to carry out an attack in Boko or
Chaygaon town. However, Indian Army and Assam Police took immediate
action and recovered the explosive.
The Centre Government ruled out the possibility
of holding any dialogue with the Paresh Baruah led ULFA-I and
NDFB-IKS. In a Rajya Sabha Question Hour discussion, Minister
of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said that with regard to
the ULFA faction led by Paresh Baruah, there is no formal offer
or anything because it is still engaged in anti-national activities.
So there is no proposal of talks with this ULFA faction. "The
gruesome killing of innocent people by the NDFB (Songbijit) on
December 23, 2014, in Assam had led to an operation which was
carried out jointly by the State and Central forces. We also got
support of the Government of Bhutan. Therefore, there is no question
of talks with the NDFB (Songbijit) because it has carried out
mass killing of innocent people," Rijiju said. "We have already
stated our position very clearly that the Government is not averse
to talking to the militants, but the only condition is that they
must abjure violence. Once they give up arms, they will be welcomed
back to the mainstream," Rijiju added.
Rijiju said the Government, however, is in "a
very cooperative mood" to allow groups which want to shun violence.
He said that sometimes a group participates in the talks process
but at the same time some of its members, through splinter groups,
continue to indulge in undesirable activities. He said the Centre
and the Assam Government have entered into suspension of operations
agreements with certain insurgent groups of Assam, which include
ULFA-PTF, NDFB-P, NDFB-RD and KLNLF. In addition, the Assam Government
has entered into suspension of operations agreements with ACMA,
BCF, KRA, UKDA, AANLA, STF, APA, KLO/KLA and HPC-D.
To a question related to Meghalaya, Rijiju said
that AFSPA has been imposed on its border with Assam for upto
20 kilometres but added that the law has not been imposed in the
The Centre Government admitted that illegal immigrants
are able to enter Assam despite several checks and control measures
taken along the international border. Since entry is clandestine
and surreptitious, the number of illegal migrants cannot be ascertained,
said Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in a Rajya
Sabha reply to a question by Dr Sanjay Sinh.
Even though there is no major terror threat along
the India-Bangladesh border, border forces of both countries are
maintaining a strict vigil, BSF and BGB officials said in Agartala.
"There is no major problem along the India-Bangladesh borders.
Trans-border crimes along these borders have reduced drastically.
However, we are tightening the security along the India-Bangladesh
borders," Additional Director General of BGB, Brigadier General
Mohammad Habibul Karim said after a four-day BSF-BGB border coordination
conference. "For better guarding of the borders, the Border Guards
Bangladesh is setting up 35 new border outposts. We have a plan
to set up 50 more such posts along the frontiers with Northeastern
states of India to check trans-border movement of inimical elements.
The new posts are being set up at those places that have remained
unguarded for 40 years," he added.
India and Bangladesh signed an agreement amending
Article 10(3) of the Bilateral Extradition Treaty between the
two countries. The pact was signed in the presence of UHM Rajnath
Singh and his Bangladeshi counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.
The two sides also agreed on the necessity of
signing a Repatriation Treaty to simplify and expedite the procedure
of repatriation of each other's nationals. Both sides also agreed
to undertake urgent action for the repatriation of released prisoners
and victims of human trafficking. They further agreed on the need
to immediately operationalise the Agreement on Combating Terrorism
and Organised Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking and expressed
satisfaction over the signing of an addendum to the Bilateral
Extradition Treaty of 2013 to further streamline the Treaty and
to make it more effective.
Further, India and Bangladesh emphasized the need
for speedy operationalisation of the bilateral MoUs - MoU between
Indian Coast Guard and Bangladesh Coast Guard for the Establishment
of Collaborative Relationship to Combat Transnational Illegal
Activities at Sea and Develop Regional Cooperation.
Both sides emphasised the importance of effective
implementation of the Coordinated Border Management Plan to enhance
cooperation between the border guarding forces of the two countries
and to enable them to better monitor the identified vulnerable
areas with a view to preventing criminal activities, irregular
movement and acts of violence and loss of lives along the border
ULFA-PTF 'general secretary' Anup Chetia admitted
that it was a mistake on its part to have killed social worker
Sanjoy Ghosh in 1997 and killing of innocent people. Interacting
with reporters at Guwahati Press Club in Guwahati, Chetia said
that the killing of rural development activist Ghosh were "mistakes
on the part of the ULFA". Ghosh of NGO AVARD-NE, along with a
colleague of his, were abducted by ULFA on July 4, 1997 from the
river island of Majuli where they were working for community health
and development. His colleague managed to escape but Ghosh was
killed. Chetia said that ULFA is also somehow responsible for
the killing of journalist Parag Kr Das.
Taking on the JMB and Islamic State (ISIS) threat
to Assam, Chetia said, "When I was in Bangladesh jail, I met some
top JMB leaders there who had told me that they want to set up
base in Assam. They even told that some JMB operatives were taking
shelter in Assam."
ULFA-I and the NDFB-IKS are desperate to carry
out strikes in Assam ahead of Independence Day. A Police source
said both the outfits have not been able to carry out any major
attack in the past several months, as a result of which they are
now desperate to strike in a big way to prove their existence.
Based on specific inputs that NDFB-IKS cadres were planning subversive
activities at Laimoti in Chirang District ahead of Independence
Day, an operation was launched by SFs, led by ASP (headquarters),
Chirang, Tabu Ram Pegu, on the intervening night of July 28 and
29. NDFB-IKS cadre Pradip Narzary alias Thaigir Bedla (30), was
arrested in that operation. During interrogation, Narzary confessed
that he had concealed an INSAS rifle, which was looted from Territorial
Army personnel in Kokrajhar District in 2014. "Based on his confession,
the INSAS rifle, three magazines and 60 rounds of live ammunition
were dug out from a pit shown by him. His interrogation is going
on and the operation is continuing," the source said.
Three NSLA militants were arrested by SFs from
Kachuabil in Kokrajhar District.
Satyendra Narayan Singh, ADGP, Assam, who has
been camping in Tinsukia since the last few days, assured full
security in Tinsukia District. At a press conference held at the
Police Guest House, the ADGP claimed that the alert SFs foiled
the attempts of a group of ULFA-I militants, who had sneaked into
the State, especially upper Assam, to trigger blasts at public
places to mark its ‘Swahid Divas’ on July 27. The ULFA-I may again
try to carry out subversive activities in the run-up to the Independence
Day on August 15, but the security forces are on high alert to
foil their designs. There is no cause for panic on the part of
the public, the ADGP added.
Police stations and outposts along the Assam-Arunachal
Pradesh border under Margherita subdivision of Tinsukia District
have been put on high alert following intelligence reports on
the movement of NSCN-K militants along the border in the past
The Myanmar Government has established contacts
with its Indian counterpart expressing its desire to visit the
foreigners detention camps in Assam where a number of Myanmarese
nationals, caught for illegally crossing the border, are languishing.
The team is expected to prepare a detailed investigation report
concerning Myanmarese detained in Assam and subsequently take
up the issue with the Indian government to facilitate their release.
A letter in this connection is expected to reach the State Government
through the MEA within a week’s time. At present, 29 Myanmarese
nationals are lodged in detention camps in Goalpara, Kokrajhar,
Silchar, Jorhat and Tezpur.
SFs arrested a militant belonging to the NDFB-IKS,
identified as Phukan Borgoyari (22) from Bansbari in Kokrajhar
District. A 7.65mm pistol, two rounds of live ammunition and a
mobile handset were found with him.
NDFB-P appealed to tribal MPs to support and raise
the issue of a separate Bodoland in Parliament. In a statement,
S. Sanjarang, the outfit's information and publicity secretary,
said the outfit has had 14 rounds of dialogue with the Centre
on sovereignty. "Owing to lack of political will on the part
of the Centre, the dialogue has not been productive," he
said, adding that the ABSU has resumed its movement together with
the NDFB-P. "Till now, five rounds of talks have been held
with ABSU and its allied organisations but with no progress. The
last one was held on the June 9, 2015," Sanjarang said.
He said the Bodo people have a distinct history
because they were an independent nation and have a distinct identity
with unique language and culture. "Not only that, their population
is the biggest among the indigenous people of the region,"
he said. "Despite all these, the Bodo people have been repeatedly
denied and deprived of their legitimate right to a state. This
is a gross historical injustice." "Instead of granting
statehood, the Centre attempted to console the Bodos by granting
Bodoland Autonomous Council and later Bodoland Territorial Areas
District (in 1993 and 2003), which practically are paralysed and
impotent administrative set-ups, incapable of addressing the very
fundamental questions of the Bodos and other indigenous people,"
Sanjarang said. The NDFB-P appealed to the MPs belonging to the
indigenous community to raise the issue in Parliament so that
the long-standing problem can be resolved to usher in permanent
peace in the region.
The NDFB-IKS leader Kormeswar Basumithri (28)
who was arrested by the Palakkad Police from a Kanjikode factory
in Palakkad District of Kerala on July 28, will be taken to Assam.
After the arrest he lodged in the Sub-jail in Palakkad. ASP of
Udalguri, Bedanta Prakash Barkakati, who is camping in Palakkad,
said that there was a delay in getting clearance from the Director
of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security as it was a weekend in
between. Now that it has been cleared, Kormeswar will be taken
to Assam. Kormeswar who was a member of the banned organisation,
NDFB-IKS, was arrested from a factory in Kanjikode were he had
been working for the last two months. It was the Assam police
that had provided intelligence inputs to the Palakkad Police which
led to the arrest.
The NDFB-IKS ‘platoon commander’, Kormeswar Basumithri
(28) who was arrested by the Palakkad Police from a Kanjikode
factory in Palakkad District of Kerala on July 28, was brought
to Assam. Udalguri Police officially recorded his arrest on August
SFs arrested four NDFB-IKS militants, identified
as Monelal Brahma alias Naga (35), Amit Khaklari alias
Takla alias Lantha (28), Sumbu Basumatary (24), and Rajib
Narzary alias Goldum (27) from the Audang Bazaar area in
Kokrajhar District in the wee hours. A 7.62mm pistol, a 7.65mm
pistol, an AK-type gun, a .325 revolver, two live 7.62 pistol
rounds, three .325 rounds, two 7.65mm rounds, two No. 36 hand
grenades, three mobile handsets, one extortion note and INR 500
were recovered from the quartet. "They are locally-trained
cadres and actively involved in extortion and in delivering rations
to members of the outfit (at the Bidai camp)," BTAD IGP L.R.
Bishnoi said, adding that their arrest will hit the Bidai camp
Based on a specific input, Police and the Army
arrested a NDFB-IKS cadre, identified as Sanjib Narzary alias
Sanjit (39) from the Sijouguri area under Amguri Police Station
in Chirang District. One 7.65mm pistol and four rounds of ammunition
were recovered from him. A senior Police officer in Chirang said
Narzary was involved in the two gunfights between SFs and the
rebel group on August 2014 in Laimoti and December 2014 in Selekhaguri
(both places are in Chirang District). "He had received a
bullet injury in the exchange of fire in August 2014. After the
launch of ‘Operation All Out’, he ran away to Bangalore in 2015
and returned only recently to strengthen the banned organisation,"
the officer said.
A Myanmar-trained NDFB-IKS militant, identified
as Mriga Daimari alias D. Mwnthai was arrested during a
joint operation by the Army and Police in Dimakuchi area of Udalguri
District. A 7.65mm factory made pistol, one magazine, five live
rounds of ammunition and a grenade were recovered from his possession.
North Lakhimpur District administration is on
alert as Independence Day draws to a close. The Police officials
are checking vehicles and two wheelers on a regular basis.
Assam Police recovered a powerful IED weighing
around 1.5 kg from Torani Reserve forest adjacent to Goyal Tea
factory located along the Pengaree Bordumsa road in Tinsukia District.
The SP of Tinsukia, Mugdhajyoti Mahanta said that the IED must
have been kept in the jungle by unidentified assailants to terrorize
people on the eve of Independence Day. Mahanta urged the people
to remain vigilant and cooperate with the local Police. Meanwhile,
security has tightened and combing operation has been intensified
in the entire belt.
A self-styled ‘area commander’ of UPLA, Angjok
Teron was arrested in a joint operation conducted by the Army
and Hamren Police inside general area of Bhoksong under Baithalangso
Police Station in Karbi Anglong District. One 7. 65 mm country-made
pistol along with 3 live rounds of ammunition and a large number
of documents belonging to UPLA were recovered from him.
Fourteen civilians have been killed after suspected
NDFB-IKS militants opened fire at a weekly market at Balajan Tiniali
in Kokrajhar District. SFs in the area have killed one of the
militants. Fifteen civilians have also been reported injured in
the incident. An AK-47 has been recovered from the militant who
was killed after an intense gun battle that lasted about 20 minutes.
Additional forces have been rushed to the spot, even as other
terrorists are being pursued by SFs. Apart from opening fire on
the market, the militants also lobbed a grenade that ravaged three
shops. Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay has said the attack was carried
out by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit),
or NDFB (S). Defence PRO Lieutenant Colonel S Newton said, "We
suspect there were at least three militants and one of them have
been killed. Army is searching the area for the other militants."
Ledo Police and Army in a Joint operation arrested
a NSCN-K militant from Ledo area of Margherita Sub Division in
Tinsukia District. The arrested NSCN-K militant has been identified
as Nange Gunje alias Johny who belongs to Finbiro of Changlang
District of Arunachal Pradesh. A pistol and live ammunitions were
recovered from his possession.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, in a statement
in Guwahati said, that the State Police has laid its hands on
some vital information which prove direct involvement of NDFB-IKS
in Friday’s (August 5) Kokrajhar violence that claimed the lives
of 14 civilians. The CM said the involvement of other groups with
NDFB-IKS would also come to light soon.
UHM Rajnath Singh in a meeting with senior officers
of the UMHA gave strict instructions to the forces operating on
the ground to intensify operations against the militants. UHM
Singh reiterated the Centre’s stand on the issue and asserted
that there would be no talk with the NDFB-IKS, which is involved
in killing of innocent persons. Singh also expressed his displeasure
over the fact that despite launching a full-scale operation against
the outfit in December 2014, the outfit still has the capacity
to come out to an open market area in broad daylight to kill innocent
Police arrested an All Assam Revolutionary Army
(AARA) ‘commander’, identified as Bipul Bora alias Tutu
Baruah (36) from Biswanath Chariali town in Biswanath District.
Two live ammunitions, one leaflet of the AARA (a newly-formed
militant group) and one mobile phone were recovered from his possession.
The militant was arrested when he was about to open fire from
his weapon at people, according to District SP Ankur Jain. Bipul
is prime suspect in the Narayanpur blast near higher secondary
school on May 5, 2016 and was wanted by Police in Lakhimpur District
and also suspected to be involved in many extortion cases, Jain
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited
the militant attack site at Balajan Tiniali Market in Kokrajhar
District and said strong action would be taken against the banned
NDFB-IKS outfit and "none would be spared" for the killing
of 14 people. Sonowal said, "No matter how strong the militant
group is, our government will take strong action against it. All
those connected with the killing will be hunted out and brought
to book". "Whatever evidence has been collected so far
show that NDFB (Songbijit) is behind the killings. All the security
forces are coordinating the search operations and none will be
spared," he said. "It is the prime duty of the government
to protect the people and their property. All will be given protection,
I assure," the Chief Minister added.
The strategic group of the state's unified command
structure ordered Counter-Insurgency (CI) forces to go all out
in eliminating the NDFB-IKS, the group linked with Friday's (August
5) shootout at the market in Kokrajhar District. The strategic
group comprises the Army, State Police and state Paramilitary
Forces. It met at Kokrajhar and was chaired by Chief Minister
DGP Mukesh Sahay said that the slain NDFB-IKS
militant, whose body was recovered, would be identified by DNA
test as his parents were unable to recognize his body as they
had not seen him for the past 8-9 years. Earlier on August 6,
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the slain
militant has been identified as Manjoy Islari alias Maodang,
a commander of the outfit.
The Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner Madhu Prasad
Sarma said that the killers were believed to have come from Pakriguri
on the Indian side, about 10 km from Bhutan border.
A delegation of the ULFA-PT led by its ‘chairman’
Arabinda Rajkhowa visited Kokrajhar and urged the Government to
ensure the safety and security to the lives and properties of
the people of Assam.
An NDFB-IKS militant suspected
to be closely associated with those involved in the attack in
Kokrajhar on August 5 that claimed 14 lives was arrested from
Nalbari District, the Police said. Based on specific information,
a joint team of the Army and Police arrested the militant, identified
as Bodoland Boro alias B. Bebung (22) along with a 7.65 pistol,
four rounds of ammunition and some documents from a bus at Ganesh
Mandir Chowk on NH-31 in the Nalbari District. The militant hails
from Dhurmopur village in Kokrajhar District and was on his way
to Guwahati from Kokrajhar, Police said
Denying allegations of intelligence
failure, UHM Rajnath Singh clarified that the probe in the Kokrajhar
terror attack case is being conducted by Assam Police but hinted
that it may be handed over to NIA in consultation with the Government
of Assam. The Minister made statements in both the Houses in Parliament,
while MPs raised the killing of August 5 in the two Houses. In
Rajya Sabha, replying to a question, the Home Minister
said that all investigations are being done by Assam Police but
if at a later date the need is felt then the probe may be handed
over to NIA in consultation with the State Government. Singh also
played safe and unlike the State Government, he refrained from
naming any group. “I cannot say with certainty which group was
involved,” the Home Minister said.
Referring to queries about circulation
of illegal weapons in the Northeast, the UHM held that foreign
forces were responsible for supplying such weapons. “It is a reality
that external agencies have a role,” he said. The Home Minister
said that in the Northeast there are about 60-70 insurgent outfits
but in Assam 2014-2015 was the most peaceful year after 1988.
Violence level was lowest in that year and no security force personnel
and civilians fell prey to bullets of the insurgents. The NDFB-IKS
has intensified its activities since December 2014. The SFs have
also launched counter offensive and 39 militants were killed and
600 arrested. There was improvement in the situation and peace
had returned. Some outfits are indulging in violence and stern
action will be taken, he warned.
About withdrawal of Central Forces,
Singh said that the forces were deployed on demand of the Election
Commission but were withdrawn after the polls. But currently,
eight companies of CRPF, nine companies of Army are deployed in
Kokrajhar, while additional four companies of Army are being rushed
to the area, he said.
Investigation is on into the Kokrajhar
attack to ascertain if any other force besides NDFB-IKS was behind
it, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said. Replying during a
Zero Hour motion raised by AIUDF MLA Aminul Islam, Sonowal said
available information and evidences have revealed that NDFB-IKS
was behind the brutal killings. “On this matter, investigation
is going on. This is to bring to light involvement of any other
force behind this incident,” Sonowal said, adding one militant
was killed in retaliatory action by Police and SFs. “Police have
recovered one AK-56 rifle, one grenade, lots of bullets of AK-series
and one mobile phone from the site … During investigation, numbers
in the mobile and other sources have revealed that NDFB(S) was
behind this (the attack),” Sonowal said.
The Forum for Terrorists Victims
Family, Assam demanded to the Government to seize all illegal
arms and ammunition allegedly being kept with the ceasefire terrorists
groups. In the 7th annual conference of the forum held at Radha
Kanta Handique Bhavan in Jorhat, the forum took seven-point charter
of resolutions, including expediting the peace talks with the
ceasefire terrorists groups.
The organizations also took resolutions
like starting judicial investigation into all terrorists attacks
occurred in the State and to resume all the court cases pending
disposal in various courts, to introduce a new package for the
terrorists victim families and to construct a memorial building
in Guwahati for the sacred memory of terror victims, to take
all required steps to stop violence in Assam, to organize awareness
programme regularly in all districts in the State on terrorism
and to rename the Dhemaji bomb blast memorial building as Swahid
ULFA-I warned the Assam Government
of a "violent clash" if Independence Day is celebrated
for three consecutive days. "Our organisation will not tolerate
the celebration of the so-called Independence Day for three days.
It is an open appeal not to create a conflict-like situation while
celebrating Independence Day in Assam for three days," an
email statement purportedly signed by the outfit's ‘assistant
publicity and information secretary’, Arunodoy Asom, said.
The warning by the militant group
comes amid the Government preparations to celebrate Independence
Day from August 13 to 15 with the rest of the country. Various
cultural programmes, processions and contests have been lined
up as part of the celebrations. ULFA-I and an umbrella body of
rebel groups in the Northeast issues customary boycott calls on
Independence Day and Republic Day.
Police said the attack at the
Balajan Tiniali Market in Kokrajhar District on August 5 was carried
out by a lone wolf who was also "heavily drunk" at the
time. The slain militant was identified as Monjoy Islari alias
Mwdhan, ‘commanding officer’ of the NDFB-IKS 16 battalion. The
Kokrajhar SP, Shyamal Prasad Saikia, said though the assailant
was a member of the NDFB-IKS, he had acted in an individual capacity
and no group was involved in the attack that left 14 dead and
17 others injured. Addressing a peace meet at the deputy commissioner's
conference hall, Saikia said, "He was heavily drunk and fired
indiscriminately at the market before he was gunned down."
A day after MPs have expressed
concern over flow of illegal weapons in the Northeast, the Central
Government claimed that there is no information so far that insurgent
groups in the region are getting support from neighbouring countries.
In a Lok Sabha Question Hour discussion, UHM Rajnath Singh
said that while there is intelligence input that Indian Insurgent
Groups (IIGs) have established their camps, shelter houses and
training centres across the border in neighbouring countries of
the northeastern region, there is no specific information that
NSCN-K is acting at the behest of neighbouring countries.
Replying to questions, Minister
of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir later said that
if there is any such report that insurgents in the Northeast are
getting external support, then it would be looked into and action
would be taken. Ahir said the Government does not have any such
information so far that neighbouring countries are supporting
insurgent activities in the Northeast. “There is also no information
about such groups getting financial support,” he added.
Police arrested one youth, identified
as Anuj Munda for demanding money from a businessman on behalf
of ULFA-I from Demow in Sibsagar District. Nirmal Mittal, a businessman
of Kachumari, since the last few days through the phone INR 3
lakh had been demanded.
With the possibility of attacks
from militants not being ruled out, security in all the airports
as well as the vital oil installations in the northeastern region
have been beefed up and the CISF personnel deployed in those places
have been kept on high alert. Highly placed security sources said
that there is no specific input as of now about any move by militants
to target any of the airports in the Northeast, but the threat
perception cannot be overlooked as any such attack would attract
Two overground workers of the
NDFB-IKS, identified as Jathi Basumatary alias Gaithiya
and Sarat Basumatary alias Boba were arrested from the
Laimoti area of Chirang District. Two pistols and two rounds of
live ammunition were recovered from them. "They are active
overground workers who were assisting NDFB (S) cadres Subash Basumatary
and Pradip Narzary alias Thaigir Betla in their extortion
bids in the border areas of the Laimoti and Laopani," an
official source said.
Assam witnessed the lowest civilian
casualties in 25 years due to extremist violence in 2015 with
only 10 persons losing their lives, while 58 militants were killed
in encounters with SFs. The 13th Report of the Standing
Committee on Home Department, which was tabled in the assembly,
said the state witnessed improvement in overall law and order
situation last year. “One of the most significant achievements
under the Unified Command structure is that the total number of
civilians killed in extremist violence in 2015 in the state is
10, which is an all-time low since 1991,” it said.
According to the report, 58 militants
belonging to different organisations were killed in encounter
with SFs in last year. “During 2015, the security forces apprehended
1,449 cadres, including many top leaders of militant groups,”
the Standing Committee Report said. In 2016, 608 cadres of militant
groups have been apprehended from across Assam till July 21, the
report said. A total of 31 militants of various groups have been
killed in encounter with SFs in this year so far
Several North East insurgent groups
have called for a total shutdown in the region on August 15 while
announcing their decision to boycott the Independence Day celebration.
A joint statement of the UNLFWESEA, CorCom, Manipur; GNLA and
HNLC appealed to the people of the region to boycott the Indian
Independence Day. The insurgent groups also announced for a total
shutdown on August 15 from 1 a.m. till 6 p.m. They further asked
all public and private transportation to stop their services,
shops and markets to down their shutters and educational institutions
to remain closed.
The State Government’s decision
to celebrate the Independence Day with a three-day programme has
added to the worries of the police and security forces, more so
following intelligence inputs that a few groups of militants managed
to sneak into the State from their camps in Myanmar to create
disturbance during the celebrations. Moreover, though there is
no input about any threat from jihadi elements during the
celebrations, the SFs are keeping a close watch on that front
also as the threat perception cannot be overlooked. Highly placed
Police sources said that the ULFA-I militants are being helped
by the members of the NSCN-K and both the outfits are trying to
go for joint operations, particularly in upper Assam Districts.
Sources said that according to intelligence inputs, a few groups
of ULFA-I militants, along with NSCN-K militants, managed to sneak
into upper Assam Districts and they are desperate to strike.
Suspected ULFA-I militants triggered
a powerful IED blast in a drain near the Budlabeta Tea Estate
along the Doomdooma Bypass in Tinsukia District of Upper Assam.
However, no casualty has been reported. The incident comes at
a time when SFs have intensified operations against the militants
as part of the stepped-up security measures ahead of Independence
Day, which the outfit has boycotted like previous years. Police
said around 7.30 am an explosion occurred in a drain near the
Budlabeta tea estate near Doomdooma Bypass causing a huge sound
and a small crater on the ground. Sources said SFs, who use the
road to move into the interior areas believed to hotbed of ULFA-I
during counter-insurgency (CI) operations, might have been the
Two persons, identified as Sultan
Masud (27) and Ashraful Islam (20), were arrested with a gun from
Jogomaya ghat of Dhubri town in Dhubri District.
A total of 28 Banga Sena cadres
surrendered before DC of East Karbi Anglong District, Mukul Gogoi.
The surrendered cadres were taken to DC’s office by J.I. Kathar,
a retired IAS officer and prominent Karbi leader evening. It may
be mentioned that none of the surrendered Banga Sena cadres belong
to Bengali community- maximum of them belong to Karbi and other
ethnic tribe. According to one of the surrendered cadre Ramsing
Killing, he was lured by one Haridon Das of Hatigarh, under Laopani
Police station of Nagaon District, to join the organization. Killing
revealed that Das called the organization as ‘National Army’ which
would pay him and other INR 10,000 to INR 20,000 per month after
completion of training following their recruitment. Killing also
revealed that Das had assured ‘free movement’ for any member of
the ‘National Army’. The surrendered Karbi cadres claimed they
were not given any arms and that Muslims were also present in
the organization. SP Karbi Anglong, Debojit Deori who was present
said that ‘Bangabhumi’ was formed by Chakma and Muslim leaders.
Suspected ULFA-I militants killed
two persons, identified as Kishori Shah and Rajen Shah and injured
eight others at Bahbon village in Philobari area of the Tinsukia
District. A Police source informed that a group of five militants
coming on foot opened fire at the two households at Bamungaon
at around 7. 30 pm killing two persons on the spot and injured
An IED was recovered from near
Rupalim cinema hall in Sivasagar District.
Police recovered an IED, concealed
in a bag and abandoned on the main road near State Forest Guard
School under Makum Police Station in Tinsukia District. A bomb
disposal squad from the Army diffused the IED in nearby field.
A series of five bomb explosions
triggered by suspected ULFA-I militants rocked Charaideo and Tinsukia
Districts of Upper Assam on August 15 as the State celebrated
the country’s Independence Day. Police said that there was no
casualty or injury in any of the explosions.
One blast was reported at an abandoned
place beside an interior road at 7.40 a.m. under the Tengapukhari
outpost in Charaideo District, SP A.P. Tiwari said. The militants
had apparently placed the bomb under the ground.
The other four explosions were
reported from Tinsukia District. An IED went off near Indira Gandhi
School in the Laipuli area on the outskirts of Tinsukia town in
Tinsukia District at 7.15 a.m. This was followed by another blast
in line No. 6 of Badlabhata Tea Estate in the Doomdooma area where
the third IED was set off at Masuwa, officials said. The fourth
one exploded at Gamtumati in the Philobari area.
Tinsukia, which shares a border
with Arunachal Pradesh, has been targeted by ULFA-I in the past
few months. Militants “sneak” in from their Myanmar-based camps.
Tinsukia ASP (headquarters) Lamhao Doungel said the IEDs were
of low intensity. “We have launched an operation against them,’’
The ULFA-I hoisted its own banner
and flag in the Moronigal area of Mariani in Jorhat District.
Strung on two poles, the ULFA banner was planted at Morongial
Pathar under a tree with the words ULFA Zindabad and Hindi
baaxi hoshiyar (Hindi speaking people be careful). The flag
with the rising sun was planted on the side of the Assam-Nagaland
border road at Moronigal, about 28km from Jorhat town bordering
Mokokchung District of Nagaland. “It must have been planted after
we had completed our patrol at 4am,” an Assam Police constable
stationed at the Border Observation Post said.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda
Sonowal said the State Government plans to complete the NRC update
by 2017. The day also saw the NRC authorities announce the best
performing districts, revenue circles and seva kendras in the
ongoing process. “To take our national commitment to its logical
end, we are on a mission mode to complete the NRC update by 2017.
Our government is committed to safeguarding the interests of every
ethnic community, tribe and race,” Sonowal said in his Independence
Day speech, at Guwahati.
The NRC authorities have completed
verification of 97.34 per cent of the 68.08 lakh application forms
received. A total of 5.88 crore supporting documents were received
along with the applications and of them 4.45 crore documents have
been verified and 2.51 lakh documents were sent to other states
for verification. “With a view to prevent illegal influx through
the porous border once and for all, sealing India-Bangladesh border
is high on our priority list. We will fortify the barbed-wire
fence along the border. The department of border areas development
will be renamed border protection and development department to
give more teeth to it,” the chief minister said.
CEM of KAAC, Tuliram Ronghang,
has reiterated the demand for statehood of Karbi Anglong and called
for implementation of 244 (A) of the Constitution of India. Speaking
on the occasion of the official 70thIndependence Day celebration
at KASA stadium as chief guest, Tuliram asserted that Karbi Anglong
with a total area of 10,434 Sq Km was much larger than several
states in the country, including Goa and Sikkim, but was receiving
mush less financial allocation from the centre merely because
of the difference in the political status.
The CEM, however, made it clear
that the youths associated with extremist organizations like KPLT
and UPLA must shun violence and come forward to pursue the cause
of statehood peacefully and democratically like the UPDS and the
KLNLF. He said that if the KPLT and UPLA shunned violence and
embraced peace, the KAAC would extend help. Tuliram also highlighted
the achievements made by the KAAC under his leadership and also
the plans and programmes chalked out by the BJP Government under
Narendra Modi and the chief minister of the state Sarbananda Sonowal.
UHM Rajnath Singh held a high-level
review meeting on Assam and Jammu and Kashmir, and instructed
security officials to restore peace and normalcy in those states.
The instructions came after Singh was briefed by top officials
on the prevailing situation in Kashmir and the infiltration bid
along the LoC in the Uri sector in the state and a series of blasts
that rocked Assam in the run-up to the Independence Day celebrations.
The meeting was also attended by NSA Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary
Rajiv Mehrishi, chiefs of intelligence agencies and other top
civil and security officials, sources said.
Reviewing the overall security
scenario in Assam, the Union Home Minister instructed security
officials to tighten vigil in the State. Suspected militants exploded
five bombs in Charaideo and Tinsukia districts as the State was
celebrating the 70th Independence Day on August 15. At least 11
factions of militant outfits in the Northeast, including the ULFA-I,
the NDFB, GNLA and others had called for a shutdown on August
Tezpur Police arrested a cadre
of ULFA-I, identified as Dilip Das alias Bogai from the
house of Tulshi Das at Teleria under Bebejia Police Station in
Sonitpur District where the militant was sleeping.
An NDFB-IKS militant, identified
as Swmkwr Khaklary alias Saikhlong was arrested from Ai
Poali village in Chirang District. One 9mm pistol with two live
rounds of ammunition and a grenade were recovered from his possession.
Highly placed security sources
said that the investigation into the five blasts that took place
on the Independence Day, led to the disturbing fact of the ULFA-I
using school students to plant the bombs. Two boys – one in Class
IX and the other in Class X – were arrested following an intelligence
input and during questioning, the students admitted that they
were asked by the militants to plant the bombs.
Giving details of the events,
sources said that the school students, both of whom belong to
Number 4 Kakojan village under Philobari police station in Tinsukia
District, were taken to a nearby forest by one ULFA-I man, who
belongs to the same village, on August 10. Sources said that four
ULFA-I men met them in the forest. They sat down under a tree
and the ULFA-I men persuaded them to plant the IEDs fitted with
timers in different places.
Sources said one ULFA-I man, Rupam
Asom, was the brain behind using the school students to plant
bombs and till now, the police and security forces are not aware
whether the senior leaders of the outfit approved such a plan.
As the school students picked up by the police are juveniles,
they will not be tried in normal courts for the crime they had
committed and they would be tried in special juvenile courts.
Sources pointed out that in the past, the ULFA-I had used linkmen,
couriers and even common criminals to plant bombs. But this was
for the first time, the outfit used school students for such jobs.
The NDFB-IKS militants killed
a couple in Chirang District at around midnight for allegedly
being in possession of the outfit’s extortion money. Police and
Defence sources said a group of seven to eight militants of NDFB-IKS
came to the couple’s house at Shantipara-Sulekhaguri village night
and tied their limbs before killing them with sharp weapons. Before
being killed, the couple was beaten up in front of their children
who ran out to their neighbours’ houses in fear, local people
said. The deceased man was identified as Buta Benga, an overground
worker of the outfit, who was in possession of extortion money
totaling INR 45 Lakhs which belonged to NDFB-IKS dreaded leader
Bidai, the sources said.
On December 22, 2015 in a joint
operation by Army and Police, INR 5.48 lakhs were recovered and
repeated attempts have been made to ascertain the whereabouts
of the balance amount, they said. Benga, who was in jail, was
released on bail in the last week of March and was under constant
threat from the group for the balance money.
The NIA arrested a ‘section commander’
of NDFB-IKS, identified as Arkulash Musahari from the Batasipur
area under Dhekiajuli Police Station in Sonitpur District. He
was involved in several anti-social activities, including killing
Police recovered a pen pistol,
five live cartridges and two blank cartridges from a pork outlet
of Sirajuli town under Borsola Police Station in Sonitpur District.
Police have taken into custody the pork outlet owner for interrogation.
Categorically refuting the allegations
of Assam Police regarding employing two students of Kakojan in
Tinsukia District of Upper Assam for planting bombs on and before
Independence Day, the ULFA-I termed it as a ‘drama’ initiated
by ADGP and SP Tinsukia and a ‘conspiracy’ by a lobby of Hindi-speaking
people of the State to promote their cause and hide their weakness
to counter the revolutionary act of the organization protesting
the Independence Day celebrations. The ULFA-I in a press communiqué
strongly criticized the entire episode as a drama, claiming that
it did not employ the school-going children in any of the acts
of sabotage carried out so far.
ULFA-PTF leader Anup Chetia met
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at his office chamber in Guwahati
and submitted a memorandum enlisting various demands of the organisation
including rehabilitation of the surrendered cadres. Chief Minister
Sonowal assured the ULFA-PTF leader that his Government would
sincerely consider their demands. Minister for Agriculture Atul
Bora was also present during the discussion.
SFs arrested ULFA-I linkman, identified
as Bitul Moran from Kakojan village under Phillobari Police Station
in Tinsukia District. Tinsukia SP Mugdhajyoti Mahanta said that
a five-member ULFA-I group involved in the attack on Hindi-speaking
people in Phillobari on August 5 and the serial blasts, took shelter
in Moran's house. Mahanta said the linkman also introduced the
two arrested school students to the outfit. The Class IX and X
students, aged 15 and 16 respectively, were "brainwashed"
into planting the bombs by the group. The boys had planted five
bombs in different areas in Tinsukia district, of which four exploded
on Independence Day. The two are now in an observation home in
Three cadres of the NDFB-IKS,
identified as Raikhoo (platoon commander), Gothal (section commander)
and Aranga, were killed in a joint operation by Police, CRPF's
Cobra battalion and the Army at Mainaoshree Paharpur under Rangapara
Police Station in Sonitpur District. “Search operations are on
to apprehend four other cadres who managed to flee," Sonitpur
SP Sanjukta Parashar said. Rangapara Police Station officer-in-charge
Jatin Borah said Aranga was from Kokrajhar while the two others
were from Sonitpur District, which borders Udalguri District in
Report said that a small camp
used by the militants was also busted and from the spot three
pistols with eight rounds of live ammunition, two grenades, five
mobile handsets, besides one receipt book were also recovered.
Tinsukia Police arrested four
militants of the NSCN-IM and rescued an engineer who was abducted
from Deomali of Arunachal Pradesh. According to Police sources,
the highway patrol team of Tinsukia Police during a routine check
spotted a suspicious vehicle in Tinkonia in the town and brought
all occupants to Police Station. On questioning, it was revealed
that out of five persons four were NSCN-IM militants, including
a minor and the other was the abducted engineer Lova Yekar. A
pistol and nine rounds of ammunition were recovered from their
possession. The three NSCN-IM militants barring a minor have been
identified as Phoren Ramwa alias Nagato Sumi, ‘self-styled
sergeant’, Jayway Moanchan, ‘self-styled chairman’ and ‘area commander’
of Nokte region residing at Hebron camp and Kamri Ymc alias
Yumchunga, ‘self-styled sergeant major’ while the minor has not
According to the statement of
Phoren Ramwa, who resides in Laptambasti in Tirap of Arunachal
Pradesh, they abducted Lova Yekar, an engineer from Deomali from
whom the NSCN-IM militants demanded INR 300,000 as ransom. Not
satisfied with his offer of INR 10,000, Phoren and his accomplices,
brandishing a pistol, dragged Yekar out of his government quarter.
While travelling to Dimapur via Tinsukia, the militants fell into
After maintaining that insurgency
is on the wane in the North-east, the Centre has conceded that
Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Meghalaya continue to account for
the bulk of insurgency-related incidents in the region. In a report,
the UMHA described Tripura, Mizoram and Sikkim as peaceful. In
Arunachal Pradesh, barring a few incidents, there was a general
atmosphere of peace, the report said. The year 2007 proved to
be the most violent year in the last nine years with the northeastern
states recording 1,498 violent incidents in which 498 civilians
were killed and 79 security force personnel lost their lives.
In comparison, last year 574 violent incidents were witnessed
in the region in which 46 civilians and equal number of SF personnel
were killed, the report said.
In Assam, barring a few incidents
of violence, the security situation has improved since early 2010,
with minor variations from year to year, the report said. The
SFs were able to contain activities of insurgent groups and the
situation improved remarkably in 2015, the report said, adding,
peace talks with various insurgent groups in Assam are continuing.
The report said that sustained counter-insurgency (CI) operations
are continuing against the NDFB-IKS group. During the period from
December 26, 2014 to January 9 this year, 584 members of the NDFB-IKS
were arrested and a huge quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered.
At least 24 militants were also killed in these operations, the
In order to curb infiltration,
smuggling and other antinational activities from across the Indo-Bangladesh
border, the government has undertaken the construction of fencing
along this border. The target date for completion of the project
is March, 2019, the report said, adding, accordingly measures
have also been taken along the Indo-Myanmar border to check illegal
The ULFA-I for the first time
in its history, released a video of abducted Kuldeep Moran, son
of Tinsukia Zilla Parishad vice president and BJP leader Ratneshwar
Moran, to demand a ransom of INR 1 crore. Kuldeep was abducted
from near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border on August 1. The
ULFA-I militants on August 22 released a video footage of the
abducted youth and later demanded a ransom of INR 1 crore from
Sadiya BJP MLA Bolin Chetia. Sources said releasing the video
to media was aimed at creating pressure on the persons concerned
and panic among the people.
The video showed Kuldeep appealing
to his family, BJP legislator from Sadiya constituency Bolin Chetia
and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to secure his release by
paying the outlawed outfit. The video shows a terrified Kuldip
surrounded by five armed and black masked youths. He pleads for
his life and talks about his failing health, expressing fears
of getting killed in any crossfire between militants and SFs.
Kuldip’s father, however, has
expressed his inability to pay the ransom. “They (ULFA-I) have
demanded Rs 1 crore for the release of my son Kuldip. Forget about
Rs 1 crore, I cannot even pay Rs 1 lakh. I can only request the
kidnappers to release my son without any condition,” said Ratneswar
The ULFA-I has suddenly become
active in upper Assam areas and launched an extortion drive, while,
in another disturbing fact, a number of members and linkmen of
the NDFB-IKS, who were arrested during the crackdown launched
against the outfit in December, 2014, have been released on bail
because of the police failure to submit the chargesheets on time.
Highly placed security sources said that in recent times, the
ULFA-I has started sending messages on mobile phones of businessmen
and tea gardens owners and managers demanding money, while, some
even received Whatsapp messages on their mobile phones.
Police arrested a suspected worker
of NDFB-IKS, identified as Paulina Basumatary (22) from No. 1
Nandipur village in Kokrajhar District.
Tinsukia town in Tinsukia District
of Assam is being used as transit route and corridor by NSCN-IM
militants from Hebron Hq of Dimapur (Nagaland) to Lohit District
of Arunachal Pradesh since the past several years, said Phoren
Ramwaone, arrested NSCN-IM militant currently in Tinsukia Police
custody who was involved in recent abduction case of a Deomali-based
Arunachale engineer. Phoren revealed that the two school children
arrested in the kidnapping case and currently lodged in Juvenile
home Jorhat, were sleeper cells and it was a common practice to
lure school children from Naga dominated areas of Arunachal Pradesh,
particularly Nokte and Wancho, in return for just INR 3,000 –
INR 4,000 and to transport them to Hebron camp for training, who
in later stages are inducted into either civil or military wing
of NSCN-IM and in an average 5-6 children are picked up from Lohit
and Longding Districts annually.
Myanmar gave an assurance that
it will not allow any insurgent group to use its territory against
India. "Myanmar leadership assured that they will not allow
any insurgent groups to use any territory for action against India,
(that) they all recognised is a friendly country which has stood
by people of Myanmar and they look forward to a very productive
partnership with India as Myanmar continues on its journey of
peace, progress and development," India MEA spokesperson
Vikas Swarup said.
The assurance comes in the backdrop
of certain insurgent groups from northeastern states using Myanmar
for launching attacks against India. The Indian Army had carried
out a major operation against these groups in June 2015 along
the India-Myanmar border. Another such operation was launched
few days back.
Four suspected Bangladeshi militants
were arrested from the Neelam Bazar area in Karimganj District.
SP (Karimganj) PR Kar said Police have recovered a Bangladeshi
passport from them. "We are interrogating them and likely
to get more information about their movements," added Kar.
A team of special branch will arrive from Guwahati for questioning
them. According to reports, five suspected militants had crossed
the border in Meghalaya on August 14 and took shelter in a rented
house in the Kaliganj area.
A man, identified as Nasiruddin
Sheikh was detained by Guwahati Police while allegedly clicking
photos of sensitive sites in Kamakhya temple in Nilachal Hills
in Kamrup District. Police said the man clicked as many as 177
photographs including toilets and car parking area of the temple
with his mobile phone camera. “We apprehended him for taking pictures
of prohibited areas within the temple complex. He took certain
photographs which other visitors do not normally take,” said an
official of Kamakhya Police outpost. Intelligence agencies on
earlier occasions have warned that Kamakhya temple is in the target
list of Islamist terrorists. Security in Kamakhya temple was beefed
up in July 2016 following suspected entry of five people from
Bangladesh through Meghalaya to Assam.
Assam Police sought the help
of their counterparts in Nagaland to ensure the safe release of
Kuldeep Moran, a BJP leader's son who was abducted by ULFA-I militants
from Arunachal Pradesh on August 1. Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay said
that they had alerted their Nagaland counterparts about the possibility
of ULFA-I rebels holding Kuldeep captive somewhere along the Nagaland-Arunachal
Pradesh border. Earlier, assistance had been sought from the Arunachal
Assam Police and the Army killed
a KPLT militant in a joint operation in Karbi Anglong District.
The militant is yet to be identified. The SFs recovered a 9 mm
pistol, ammunition, fired cases and a hand grenade from the site
of the operation. "Based on intelligence, a joint operation
was launched in the Nalbarigaon area of Karbi Anglong district
on Tuesday (August 23) night. At around 4am, the rebel opened
fire and was killed in the ensuing gun battle," said defence
PRO Lieutenant Colonel Suneet Newton.
In the midst of sensation created
over the arrest of four Bangladeshis and two Indian linkmen from
Balia border of Karimganj District on August 23, and reports about
their being involved in recruitment drive for Islamic State of
Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Anurag Agarwal, IG, Southern Range, said,
“It is too early to come to any conclusion about ISIS links. We
are investigating all aspects and angles. Everything will be clear
after that”. Of the six arrested, five were produced before the
CJM Court of Karimganj. There has been much sensation in the bordering
areas of Karimganj following the arrests. According to a Police
source, the Bangladeshis and the Indian linkmen were arrested
while disposing of a dead body identified as that of Izzat Ali
of Sylhet of Bangladesh.
ULFA chief Paresh Baruah, said
that the BJP member's son whom they are holding captive was not
abducted for ransom. Kuldip Moran was picked up for `trial' for
passing information to the Army, which resulted in the killing
of his men, he said. Baruah contacted media houses from an undisclosed
location and insisted that his group had not made any ransom demand.
"Kuldip is safe. We kidnapped him because he was an Army
informer and was keeping a close watch on the movement of our
cadres in Arunachal Pradesh," Baruah said. "He will
be tried by our court. If found innocent, he will be released.
Reports suggesting we demanded ransom are false.'' Kuldip's father
Ratneshwar is a panchayat (village level local self government
institution) level functionary. Baruah's statement came
as Assam Police stepped up operations to rescue Kuldip from Arunachal
Pradesh's Changlang District. Police suspect the abduction may
have been carried out to pressurize the government for negotiations.
Ratneshwar Moran had said the rebels demanded INR 10 million for
releasing his son.
The Khatkhati Police in Karbi
Anglong District thwarted a bid to smuggle a loaded 10 wheeler
truck which was hijacked from Dhubri in Assam-West Bengal border.
As reported, the truck loaded with mustard oil was on its way
to Tinsukia from Delhi. The owner of the truck reportedly lost
contact with his driver after it entered Assam through Srirampur
border. The truck was fitted with a GPS navigation device which
alerted the owner that it has changed its course towards Dimapur
from the Numuligarh junction in Golaghat District. The truck was
later recovered from the parking lot of a fuel station in Assam-Nagaland
interstate border. “We have arrested a person viz. Aamir Hussain
from the truck. However, two other fled from the spot seeing the
police team”, said the investigating officer. The shocking revelations
made by Aamir in custody led Police to the recovery of a body
from Kanchanjuri area under Bagori Police Station in Nagaon District.
The body is believed to be of the driver Mukesh Jadav who had
been killed and his face burnt with acid to conceal identity by
the unidentified assailants.
In a joint operation launched
by Indian Army and Police recovered an IED weighing around three
kilograms along with detonators from a house at Notun Dewsar village
under Boko Police Station in Kamrup District. Later Assam Police
bomb experts defused the IED. Police arrested one Amir Chand from
his house in this connection.
The movement of a group of militants
between the age group of 25 to 30 in the foothills of Bhuvan in
Cachar District created a sense of panic in the area. According
to sources, the group of around 20 militants with their faces
covered with black clothes and equipped with arms and ammunitions
descended down from the forested area of the hill, taking the
inhabitants by surprise. They were then seen moving downwards
towards the Bhuvandar Tilka, a nondescript village, and then advanced
towards the plantation areas of Binnakandie tea estate. On being
informed, Lakhipur Police immediately launched an operation with
the help of 27 AR, 147 CRPF and a contingent of sub divisional
Police in and around the areas down the Bhuvan hills where the
militants were spotted. According to the ground information, the
militants in jungle-fatigue were talking in broken Hindi, creating
the impression that they are from some tribal outfit. It is suspected
that the group might have been in hunt for some operation to fill
in their coffers.
Indian Army and Assam Police,
in a joint operation killed the ‘self-styled defense secretary’
of KPLT, identified as Chingengri Kronjang in Sering Ringa near
Bordikharu under Dokmoka police station in East Karbi Anglong
District. According to sources, acting on specific intelligence
input, SFs launched the operation in Bheleu Ghat area of the District
and later came in contact with the militants who opened fire in
a bid to escape. An encounter followed in which Chingengri Kronjang
was killed and the outfit’s ‘self styled commander-in-chief’ Moses
Terang was arrested when he attempted to escape. Two 9 mm pistol,
ammunition, cell phone etc. were recovered from their possession.
Extremist problem and bandh culture
in Tinsukia District have crippled normal life and development
in the District, said Sanjay Kishan, MLA of Tinsukia, in a largely-attended
public meeting in Tinsukia. While rest of the districts of Assam,
have progressed considerably, the Tinsukia District, on the other
hand, was sinking day by day, said Sanjay Kishan.
According to sources in the State
Home Department, 89 militants were killed in different operations
in the last one and half year while 2,057 cadres of different
underground outfits were arrested in the State. During the year
2015, 58 militants belonging to different outfits were killed
in encounters with SFs. The SFs also arrested 1,449 cadres including
many top militant leaders. This besides, 577 assorted arms, 15,515
rounds of live ammunition, 58 IEDs, 307 grenades, 143.84 kg of
explosives, 2,979 detonators and cash worth INR 29,85,510 were
recovered from extremist elements.
During the current year, 2016
(up to July 21), 3l militants of different outfits have been killed
in encounters with SFs, while 608 cadres have been arrested. The
SFs also recovered 290 assorted arms, 2,691 rounds of live ammunition,
101 grenades, 16 IEDs, 1,250 detonators and cash INR 17,47, 358
from extremist elements.
At a time when courts in Assam
are weighed down with thousands of pending cases, a steep fall
in the conviction rate related to cases of illegal arms possession
has raised questions over the way investigations are being conducted
in the State. Under the Arms Act, 1959, 1,642 cases were registered
during 2012–2014 in various Police Stations across the State,
but the rate of conviction is abysmal. The Police have failed
to file charge–sheet in courts in 50 per cent of cases related
to illegal possession of arms. In the last few years, availability
of illegal arms and the use of the same have increased in the
State, of which anti–social elements are taking full advantage.
Though the Police have recovered several licensed arms in different
parts of the State in the last few years, the availability of
illegal arms is yet to be dealt with.
According to Government records,
during 2012–2014, out of 1,642 cases registered, there were convictions
in 61 cases; 86 persons were convicted out of 2,301 persons arrested.
Out of 1,642 registered cases, charge–sheets in 891 cases were
filed by the Police. In 2014, a total of 423 arms (322 unlicensed,
73 licensed and 22 other types of arms) and 3,279 ammunition were
seized by the Police in different parts of the State. Due to non–filing
of charge–sheets in many such cases, the persons involved got
bail easily and now have a free run. In various police stations,
according to records, 62,000 cases including possession of illegal
arms and ammunition have been pending for long.
The LFA-I raised alarm against
the BJP-led NDA Government’s bid to grant citizenship to Hindu,
Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jain and Parsi `refugees’ who have
come to Assam from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan till the
year 2014 by bringing about an amendment (2016) to the Foreigners’
Act 1955. In a statement issued to the media ULFA-I termed it
(to grant citizenship to refugees from neighboring countries)
an attempt by the ‘occupational Indian rulers’ to create an atmosphere
of communal hatred in the state where indigenous communities were
already facing threat to their identity because of illegal infiltration
from Bangladesh. “By inducing ethnic and communal conflicts in
the state, the shrewd occupational Indian State wants to ensure
its permanent occupation of the state,” the ULFA stated in the
The ULFA-PTF sought 702 bighas
(a traditional unit of measurement) of land from the Assam Government
to set up projects through the PPP mode to create employment opportunities
for nearly 1,500 of its cadres living in seven designated camps.
ULFA ‘general secretary’ Anup Chetia, who joined the talks in
January 2016, said that he proposed the public-private partnership
model when he met CM Sarbananda Sonowal on August 18. "We
have requested the chief minister to give us five government farms
lying unused for years. If the government gives initial financial
support, our members can not only revive the farms but also share
the profits with the government. We hope the government will work
out a model to generate employment for our members by engaging
them into agriculture, pig rearing, goat rearing and other activities,"
he said. ULFA wants to develop four of the farms through the public-private
partnership route and another mechanism is being worked out for
a piggery and goat farm at Khanapara in Guwahati.
Chetia said nearly 1,500 ULFA
members are living in designated camps in Kakopathar (Tinsukia),
Moran (Dibrugarh), Jagiroad (Morigaon), Nalbari, Tihu (Nalbari),
Sipajhar (Darrang) and Goalpara since 2010, when the group engaged
in talks. The designated camps have been named Asom Nabanirman
Kendras. "Most of them are now dependent on the monthly stipend
of Rs 3,000 from the government and are over 40 - so they have
crossed the age-limit to apply for government jobs. Hence, we
need to provide them with job skills for their rehabilitation.
If the government gives us the land and supports us financially,
we can generate employment for them and their families,"
said Chetia, one of the founding leaders of ULFA, was extradited
from Bangladesh in December 2015 after spending 18 years in jail.
Sources said the dialogue with
the ULFA-PTF was on hold as the Centre was working out the modalities
for granting ST status to six more ethnic communities - Ahoms,
Morans, Muttocks, Sutias, Koch Rajbongshis and tea garden communities.
Chetia also urged Sonowal to increase the monthly stipend from
INR 3,000 to INR 10,000 and make sure that the money is paid regularly
and without delay. "The chief minister said the government
is considering the increase in stipend but had not yet decided
the amount," Chetia said. Sources said Dispur was taking
time to increase the stipend as members of other rebel groups,
such as the NDFB-P and Adivasi groups, were also demanding a hike.
AR arrested two persons, identified
as Bijit Bhakta (30) and Mayur Kohn (28) along with pistol and
three mobile handsets at Ulubari area in the connecting road of
Thelamara and Missamari under Thelamara Police Station in Sonitpur
A militant of UDLA, a Bru (Reang)
militant outfit active in the Barak Valley, was killed in an encounter
with Police in Banglabhasha hamlet in Hailakandi District near
the Assam-Mizoram border. The dead militant was identified as
Hanuman Reang, a resident of Kanjiyala village in the area. A
senior Police officer said a group of militants fired at SFs when
the latter were out on a routine patrol in the jungles of south
Hailakandi. Reang was killed by police in retaliatory firing.
Two other cadres, identified as
Shaila Reang and Harendra Reang were arrested while the rest managed
to flee. Police recovered an AK-56 rifle and 10 rounds of cartridge
from the area. UDLA has been active in the Barak Valley area over
the past decade and is mainly engaged in extortion and kidnapping
and has been demanding autonomy for the tribal group.
Acknowledging that security interests of India
and Myanmar were closely aligned, PM Narendra Modi said that both
the countries have agreed to work together for safety and security
of the people. Modi was addressing a joint press conference with
the visiting President of Myanmar U Htin Kyaw at Hyderabad House
in New Delhi. "The President and I agreed to work together for
the safety and security of our people," Modi said. Stating that
Myanmar is special for India, the Prime Minister said the neighbouring
country holds a unique position in India's neighbourhood. It is
a land bridge that connects India with Southeast Asia, he said.
Confirming that the two sides discussed about security-related
issues, the Prime Minister said that India and Myanmar agreed
on the need to remain sensitive to each other's strategic interests
and concerns and "actively cooperate to combat the common challenges
of terrorism and insurgent activity in our region."
India is learnt to have conveyed its concern to
Myanmar about the activities of the Northeast-based insurgents,
which have bases inside Myanmar. India has for long been pressing
Myanmar to launch a flush-out operation like those carried out
in Bhutan and Bangladesh.
Following specific intelligence inputs about attempts
of infiltration by 'jihadis', the Assam Police proposes to divert
at least three companies of the central forces from the law and
order duties to be deployed close to the international borders
of Bangladesh and Bhutan. The move seeking a change in the concentration
of forces was reportedly necessitated after the Assam Police headquarters
in Guwahati received specific information about 'jihadi' elements
trying to sneak in from across the border in Bangladesh to plan
terror strikes in Assam. This is for the first time in recent
years that such a move has been proposed by the Assam Police to
fight cross-border terrorism and the UMHA too is being moved in
this regard, top Assam Police sources said.
As part of the meticulously drafted exercise,
these personnel would be strategically deployed in vulnerable
areas and border outposts close to the international border once
the decision gets the final nod. "The threat from the Islamic
State (ISIS) and jihadi elements can no longer be overlooked.
With various intelligence agencies feeding us with inputs of such
infiltration, the border security has to be stepped up," sources
pointed out, adding that the security scenario will be reviewed
from time to time and as and when deemed fit, the forces would
be diverted back to the respective districts.
Recently, many noted businessman, government officials
and tea garden owners of the Jorhat District received extortion
demand from the banned ULFA-I. The amount demanded ranges from
INR 5 to INR 50 lakh. Besides, the extremist organization has
of late resorted to the use of mobile phones for extortion in
a complete shift of method of serving demand note on a ULFA pad.
Notably, the extortion demand is learnt to be undertaken by ULFA
cadres namely Jibon Asom and Abhizeet Asom. There are numerous
cases of fake threats served to ordinary people and most of the
time, prompt police action has brought to the light the involvement
of local crooks who pose as hardcore members of the organization.
Though most of the businessmen are reported to have got the demand
through phone calls, in other cases government officers and tea
garden officers have been served demand letters.
Activists of ABSU, NDFB-P and PJACBM staged a
road blockade in support of their demand for a separate Bodoland,
at Barama in Baksa District. Later ABSU also submitted a memorandum
to the Prime Minister of India through the Deputy Commissioner
Activists of ABSU, NDFB-P and PJACBM staged a
road blockade in support of their demand for a separate Bodoland,
at Barama in Baksa District. Later ABSU also submitted a memorandum
to the Prime Minister of India through the Deputy Commissioner
The Army arrested two persons with a 7.65mm revolver
and six live ammunitions from Baburhat of Dhubri District.
A NSLA cadre was arrested from Mornai tea estate
in Kokrajhar District.
The Kokrajhar Police arrested a KLO cadre, identified
as Snajit Chandra Barman from Choutara under Gossaigaon Police
Station in Kokrajhar District.
Eleven Bangladeshi nationals including two minors
currently lodged in the detention centre in Silchar, will be deported
back to Bangladesh soon, Cachar Deputy Commissioner S Viswanathan
said. "The Bangladesh government has agreed to take back nine
nationals of their country from Silchar detention centre and they
will be deported after final clearance of the state government
along with the two minors," he said.
Bangladesh suspects two top leaders of a reorganized
JMB took secret refuge in neighbouring India to mobilise weaponry
and financial support for the banned outfit to carry out the July
1 terrorist attack on a Dhaka cafe, according to reports. One
of the two JMB leaders, Shariful Islam Khaled, is also blamed
for hacking to death his liberal university professor, who was
on the way to work, in April, 2016. Mamunur Rashid Ripon alias
Jahangir and Khaled left for India in April, days after the murder
of the Rajshahi University professor, the report said. "(Mamunur
Rashid) Ripon and Khaled went to the neighbouring country in April
and they have been hiding there since then," it quoted the Police's
CTTC unit chief, Monirul Islam, as saying. He said Bangladesh
has already informed India about the militants' possible stay
in Kolkata in West Bengal.
Police arrested three youths of Bollagaon of Goalpara
District for allegedly demanding INR 5 lakh from a trader of Krishnai
in Goalpara District.
KPLT called for a 24-hour Karbi Anglong bandh
on September 3 from 5 am as a mark of protest against the killing
of its 'defense secretary', Sering Ringa by SFs.
Four NDFB-IKS cadres, identified as Thunkara Basumatary,
Lengra Basumatary, Marchal Daimari and B Swr were arrested from
Paharpur area under Chariduar Police Station in Sonitpur District.
SFs recovered two grenades, one G-3 rifle, one 9 mm pistol along
with live ammunition, several mobile sets and documents from the
Peace talks between Myanmar Government and various
militant ethnic minorities started at conference hall in the capital
Naypyidaw in a bid to end decades of conflict that have claimed
thousands of lives and kept the country mired in poverty. The
summit is veteran democracy activist Suu Kyi's much-trumpeted
effort to reshape Myanmar as a federal democracy following decades
of oppressive military rule. The Nobel laureate has made bridging
the ethnic fault lines that have fractured the nation since its
mid-century independence a priority of her new government, which
took power in March. "So long as we are unable to achieve national
reconciliation and national unity, we will never be able to establish
a sustainable and durable peaceful union," she told delegates.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is also
attending the talks, described the gathering as a "historic" moment
for the country following its transition towards democracy. "The
long civil war has cost numerous lives and robbed successive generations
of their dignity, tranquillity and normalcy," he said during a
speech to delegates. "It is now clear that there can be no military
solution to your differences." Few expect a concrete deal to emerge
from the five-day talks, which are seen as the start of a peace
process that could take years. Seventeen rebel groups have joined
the talks in the capital, but others have not laid down their
arms and some remain locked in combat with the military.
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini urged
negotiators to seek a "new path towards sustainable peace, equitable
development and the wider consolidation of the democratic reform
process". The US also backed the talks, calling it an "important
process towards a lasting peace" in a statement from its Yangon
Dispur Police arrested a youth, identified as
Lalrochan Pangante (27) along with a huge cache of explosives
on GS Road in Six Mile area in the Kamrup District. Lalrochan
Pangante, was arrested by Police while he was travelling in an
auto-rickshaw from Khanapara to Guwahati Railway Station. The
youth hails from Mahur in Dima Hasao District. "A total of 206
gelatin sticks and 800 detonators and some wires have been seized
from him," said a Police official. Police said he brought the
explosives from Manipur and planned to take it to Dimapur by train.
At least 11 militants belonging to different militant
outfits were arrested during a multiple operations launched by
Army, Police and other SFs in Assam during last 24 hours. Defence
PRO Lt Col Suneet Newton said that the militants were arrested
along with large cache of arms and ammunition in Karbi Anglong,
Dima Hasao and Sonitpur Districts of the state. He said of the
11 militants, five belonged to KPLT, four to NDFB-IKS and two
Five KPLT militants, identified as Jamson Kro
alias Kronihang, Sohan Bey, Ranjit Tisso alias Archim, Ben Killing
and Mohon Teron were arrested during a joint operation conducted
by SFs in Borlangso and Taralangso areas of Karbi Anglong District,
a senior Police official said. A cache of arms and ammunition
were also recovered from their possession. The arms recovered
include one AK-56 Rifle with 15 live rounds and one magazine,
one .32 pistol with one magazine and two live rounds, two live
Chinese grenades and two country-made guns.
Two militants of HSULF, a splinter militant group
in Dima Hasao District, identified as Somesh Badosa and Diyunmukh
Kemprai were arrested from in Karbi Anglong District. One 9mm
pistol and one handmade gun were recovered from them.
Police arrested three persons, including two women,
for their alleged link with the NDFB-IKS from Oxiguri in Baksa
District. Police sources said based on a tip-off, Mamita Borgoyary,
Poloti Mushahary and Kwmdwn Kachari, were arrested. Mamita is
said to be sister-in-law of wanted NDFB-IKS leader B. Bidai. Police
claimed to have recovered INR 5,000, which was extorted from a
Four persons, Abdul Hai (21), Sanidul Haque (22),
Md Motleb Ali (18), and Azizul Haque (20), who were allegedly
involved in extortion in the name of the NDFB-IKS, were arrested
in Barpeta District.
KPLT called for a 24-hour Karbi Anglong bandh
(general shut down strike) on September 3, in protest against
killing of its 'defense secretary' during an encounter with Assam
Police and SFs recently.
Chirang District Police in association Army arrested
one militant of NDFB-IKS, identified as Jayanta Musahary from
Baikhungaon area on NH-31(C) under Dhaligaon Police Station of
Chirang District. One pistol and one round live ammunition was
recovered with his possession. He was in Bangalore in the past
few days. During preliminary interrogation he disclosed that he
was working with Ransrao in Biswanath Chariali prior to escaping
to Bangalore," Chirang SP, Sankar Brata Rai Medhi said.
A senior cadre of the NDFB-IKS, identified as
Agun Basumatary, a close associate of NDFB-IKS leader B. Biday
was killed by Assam Police in Kokrajhar District. An AK 81 rifle,
two grenades, a magazine, several round of live ammunition from
the slain militant. ADGP L.R. Bishnoi said, "Based on specific
information, three police teams laid three ambushes in and around
Mainaopur area under Kochugaon police station in the district
since Monday (September 5) night. The team led by me came face
to face with two militants around 4.20 am (September 6). When
we challenged them, they started firing at us forcing us to retaliate.
Later, we could find one injured militant while the other one
managed to escape," adding that although he was taken to the hospital
immediately, doctors there declared him brought dead.
SFs in Assam said NDFB-IKS has set up camps in
the neighbouring country; Bhutan. "We are now certain about some
NDFB (S) camps in Bhutan. Their 'commander-in-chief' G. Bidai
is also said to be hiding there," ADGP, L.R. Bishnoi, said, hours
after a "hardcore cadre" of the outfit, identified as Agun Basumatary,
was killed during an operation in Kokrajhar District that shares
its border with Bhutan's Sarpang District. Although security forces
had earlier suspected the presence of NDFB-IKS camps in Bhutan,
they officially disclosed this for the first time.
The Guwahati city Police arrested a NSCN-K cadre,
identified as Tobika Sumi alias Boni Mech (33) from Nabagraha
in the Guwahati city in Kamrup Metropolitan District. The arrested
cadre joined the outfit in 1996 and got training in Myanmar. He
hails from Kuchiya Bil in East Dimapur in Nagaland. Along with
the Police, sleuths from the IB and the NIA were also interrogating
the cadre. The city Police is interacting with their Nagaland
counterparts to know the background of the militant.
The Agia Police arrested a GNLA linkman, identified
Sayed Saiful Islam (29) of Tukura village in Krishnai in Goalpara
District. He was arrested in connection with a case related to
serving of extortion letter to a businessman in the name of GNLA.
Police was looking for Saiful who was instrumental in serving
demand letters to some of the selected businessmen of the area.
The GNLA, as part of their strategy, use local youths to identity
their soft targets and serve demand letters in return of which
the youths are paid scanty amount of money. The Assam-Meghalaya
border areas have always been an extortion hub for the extremist
Expressing concern at the unabated illegal migration,
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju underlined
the need for formal agreements and creation of joint mechanisms
between India and its neighbours to ensure elimination of illegal
crossovers, drug trafficking and infiltration. "Unless India's
neighbours are made to realise that it was in the interest of
both countries to stop infiltration and incursions, the security
of countries will remain at stake," he said while delivering the
keynote address at FICCI-India Foundation convention on 'Homeland
Security-2016: Smart Borders Management' in New Delhi. Development
and security go hand in hand and mere physical delineation of
territories will not suffice, he said, adding that although India
had fenced borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh, and the Government
was trying to make the security mechanism foolproof, drug trafficking,
illegal crossing and infiltration remain the order of the day.
Previous Governments had adopted a "defeatist"
attitude by not constructing roads in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh
as they felt Chinese forces could use them, Kiren Rijiju added.
Chirang Police foiled an attempt by NDFB-IKS militants
and their sympathisers to remit money obtained through extortion
to their camps in Myanmar and arrested five persons in connection
with this case. ASP, Chirang, Tabu Ram Pegu, said the accused
had planned to transfer INR 40,000 to a bank account in Nagaland
and from there human couriers would have been used to ship the
money to the outfit's camps in the forests of Myanmar. "They tried
to transfer the money from the Basugaon branch of the SBI yesterday
(September 7) but could not do so because of link failure at the
bank. They would have tried it again today but before that we
arrested them and seized the money," he said. "The cash seized
from them was part of Rs 60,000 that they had extorted from one
Kumar Basumatary, a timber smuggler from the Khungring area of
Chirang District, some days ago," ASP said.
The series of arrests began with 22-year-old NDFB-IKS
cadre Daukha Narzary alias Dopthai. He was arrested from the Sundari
area under Sidli Police Station of Chirang District on September
7 evening during an operation launched on the basis of a tip-off.
Narzary belongs to the 40th batch of NDFB-IKS cadres and was trained
in Myanmar. Based on his confession, two linkmen, identified as
Kwmtha Basumatary and Swrangsar Basumatary were arrested from
Rangsaidam under Basugaon Police Station in Chirang District on
September 7 night and INR 40,000 was recovered from them. "Further
questioning of the accused persons revealed names of their other
accomplices and multiple raids were conducted and two more linkmen
of the outfit, Bhim Basumatary and Jwngdao Basumatary were apprehend
from Kashikotra under Sidli Police Station around 1.30pm today
(September 8)," the ASP said.
According to SFs, the NDFB-IKS has stepped up
its extortion drive in the BTAD and adjoining areas though their
cadres and linkmen as the outfit has been going through a major
financial crunch. The militant group is using linkmen and sympathisers,
mostly local youths belonging to poor families including girls,
to carry out extortions. A Police source said the NDFB-IKS is
using bank accounts of some persons in Nagaland to route extortion
money to their Myanmar camps. "Certain percentage of the money
is given to the bank account holder as commission," the source
said. In order to avoid detection by the RBI, the funds are transferred
in small amounts not exceeding INR one lakh.
The ULFA-I released Assam BJP panchayat leader's
son, Kuldeep Moran, at the Indo-Myanmar border in Arunachal Pradesh.
He was abducted on August 1 and the militants had demanded INR
1 crore ransom. Earlier, ULFA-I leader Paresh Baruah said Kuldeep
has been not been abducted for ransom, but to stand 'trial' for
passing on information to the Army, which resulted in the killing
of several cadres of the outfit in encounters.
Special DGP (Law and Order) Kuladhar Saikia in
his tour to the Upper Assam Districts of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia,
disclosed that massive security operations would be initiated
against the insurgent group like ULFA-I and NDFB-IKS or any other
group in the State. "The security forces have been instructed
to be strict against all those forces who have been trying to
create an atmosphere of terror and fear among the people," he
said. During his visit to Dibrugarh, Saikia interacted with the
leading citizens and media persons at Police Reserve auditorium.
The AJYCP asked the Centre to resume peace talks
with the ULFA and other militant outfits to help Assam restore
permanent peace. It further threatens to launch a statewide agitation
if the Centre fails to hold the peace parleys with the rebels
afresh. In a statement issued in Guwahati, AJYCP president Biraj
Kumar Talukdar deplored that neither Delhi nor Dispur has invited
the rebel outfits to resume the stalled peace talks. The AJYCP
leader said that the government would have to pay a heavy price
if it keeps mum on the issue.
The NDFB-P expressed its dissatisfaction over
the Centre's alleged lack of commitment in solving the Bodo imbroglio.
Speaking on the occasion of its 28th martyrs' day celebration
of the NDFB's western zone designated camp at Serfanguri in Kokrajhar,
S. Sanjarang, the outfit's 'information and publicity secretary',
said it was unfortunate that the peace dialogue had not been productive
as a result of a lack of political will on the part of the Centre.
He said the outfit had 14 rounds of dialogue with the Centre but
there have been no progress in the last one-and-a half years of
the BJP-led NDA Government. The talks were last held on June 9
last year (2015), Sanjarang said. He slammed the Narendra Modi
Government for the lack of measures to resume talks with the organisation,
whereas during the UPA Government, several rounds of negotiations
were held and the Government had taken initiatives for a peaceful
solution. He added that the BJP had assured them before the last
elections of solving the Bodo issue but did not keep its word.
The Army's Red Horns Division and Police launched
an operation in the Hatoka area of East Karbi Anglong District,
and arrested two militants, including Binod Gowla, the self-styled
'deputy commander-in-chief' of NSCA. The operation was carried
out based on information provided by the Army's intelligence unit,
defence spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Suneet Newton said. A
7.65-mm pistol, grenade and ammunition were seized from the duo.
The NSCA is a fringe outfit involved in extortion and unlawful
In an operation by Army and Police, an NDFB-IKS
cadre identified as Hwbtasad Brahma alias Darga alias Jathi, was
arrested in West Daisamguri of Chirang District. A pistol and
ammunition were seized from him.
The State Government has directed the Assam Police
to step up efforts to trace the nearly 38,000 illegal Bangladeshi
nationals of the post-1971 stream, who have been evading arrest.
As per the new directives, the SPs of all the Districts will have
to henceforth file a detailed monthly status report on the untraced
infiltrators. The monthly report by the respective SPs must also
carry the reasons behind the respective District Police's inability
to catch the illegal immigrants missing from their respective
areas of jurisdiction. "We want an improved synergy among all
the 500 police units and task forces meant for tracking down untraced
Bangladeshis. The baggage of 38,000 untraced illegal immigrants
is a bit too much to carry," official sources said. The Home Department
has also asked the law-enforcers to intensify search operation
against the untraced infiltrators with improved intelligence sharing.
It has also asked all the SPs to devise strategies to nab the
illegal foreigners who are on the run, and, if necessary, put
them on surveillance.
Assam Police rescued a 77-year old Arabinda Kumar
Das, a resident of Shillong, who was abducted on July 25 last
from Assam. According to sources, Das was abducted when he went
for morning walk on July 25. Sampa Das, daughter of the abducted
person received a ransom call from the abductors on July 26 who
demanded an amount of INR 2 crores. On September 15, after a gap
of 52 days, the victim was rescued by Assam Police while being
taken in a van. One person namely Nurul Haque of Gamari, Ramkrishna
Nagar in Karimganj who was with the victim had been arrested.
No ransom was paid to the abductors.
In a series of multi directional and synchronized
operations, Army and Police arrested eight cadres of KPLT including
'self-styled C-in-C' of a KPLT faction, Sunder Dera alias Rijak
Dera, and recovered a large cache of arms, ammunition and incriminating
documents from West Karbi Anglong District. The official said
that during confrontation with the armed rebels, own troops exercised
maximum restraint and upholding the principle of use of minimum
force and no collateral damage arrested the hardcore militants.
Arrested cadres also include an 'area commander' and 'vice chairman'
of the group who were instrumental in coordinating extortion,
kidnapping and recruitment of new cadres, said official. Four
rifles including one AK-47 rifle, grenades, live ammunition, extortion
notices and receipts were also recovered from the cadres.
"KPLT, which is in a state of disarray due to
the recent successful operations by Security Forces (SF), has
suffered a crippling blow," the Army official added. He said that
the elimination of two hardcore KPLT cadres and apprehension of
fourteen cadres in the past one month has left the outfit leaderless
and completely disorganized.
Police arrested five newly recruited ULFA-I cadres
from Sonitpur, Tinsukia and Udalguri Districts. ASP, Sonitpur,
Fakrul Islam, said three cadres of the outfit, identified as Kishor
Deka, Jayanta Deka and Pranab Deka, all in their twenties and
from Harisinga in Udalguri District, were picked up from a Tinsukia-bound
night bus at Tezpur in Sonitpur District. According to the Police,
they were on their way to Myanmar for arms training. Based on
confessions made by them during interrogation, another newly recruited
ULFA-I cadre, Anjan Deka (31) was arrested from Bengbari village
under Harisinga police station in Udalguri District and another
cadre, Anil Borah alias Utpal Asom (31), who had joined the outfit
in 2011, was also arrested from Tinsukia District.
Kokrajhar Police arrested six persons, identified
as Aminul Islam, Md Bharul Islam, Md Sahidul Seikh, Md Amsar Ali,
Tofiya Alom and Shahajan Ali along with one country-made pistol
from Joypur in Kokrajhar District. They were demanding ransom
in the name of the NDFB-IKS from local people.
Assam Police arrested a NDFB-IKS linkman, identified
as Tefra Muchahary of Taijouguri village in Kokrajhar District.
Police arrested two persons, identified as Sujit
Sen and Biren Tamuli for alleged extortion in the name of ULFA-I
from Guwahati in Kamrup District.
The ULFA-I led by Paresh Barua launched a recruitment
drive in the Sate to replenish its depleting strength. A Police
source said that the latest recruitment was being carried out
under the supervision of the outfit's 'operational commander'
Nayan Medhi in Districts like Udalguri and Darrang, apart from
its traditional strongholds of Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Sivasagar.
"It came to light after the arrest of three newly-recruited cadres
from a Tinsukia-bound bus at Tezpur on Thursday (September 15)
night while they were on their way to the outfit's camps in Myanmar
for arms training," the source said. The trio hails from Harisinga
in Udalguri District.
Resentment is brewing in Jorhat after the banned
ULFA-I served extortion demand to many noted Punjabi businessmen
of the Jorhat District, besides the regular demand to other businessmen
of the Marwari and Bihari community, tea garden owners and State
Government officers. Notably, the demand has come from the 'chairman'
of the ULFA-I, Abhizeet Axom, as depicted in the calls and text
messages sent, asking contribution as party fund towards the cause
of the ULFA movement. The other demand has come from Jibon Axom.
A close study of ULFA reveals that every cadre from the bottom
to the top hierarchy acquires a single and unique name which is
neither transferable nor can be acquired by anyone else even for
making calls for demand or sending press releases to the print
or electronic news channels. The demand by the ULFA 'chairman'
Abhizeet Axom has created terror and sensation among the community.
A top source of the police has informed about numerous cases being
registered across various police stations of the District with
one in Mariani, Titabor, Teok and Jorhat Police station. The demand
ranges from INR 5 lakh to INR 50 lakh. Allegations of low Police
investigation and sense of insecurity have gripped the people.
SF and Assam Police engaged in counter-insurgency
(CI) operation in Assam have mounted vigil against the proscribed
ULFA-I which has started using social media like WhatsApp to send
extortion demands to soft targets besides engaging linkmen or
over ground agents to collect fund on their behalf. A senior Police
official overseeing law and order in the State informed that the
ULFA-I had resorted to extortion drive especially targeted at
the tea estates in eastern Assam where tea executives live in
remote, vulnerable areas. He informed that a senior executive
of Santak Tea Estate in Sivasagar District was arrested two days
back for making payment to a linkman as per extortion demand of
the ULFA-I. The official said the outfit, of late, has started
using social media to convey extortion demand to soft targets
to escape detection by SFs. The Police become awake to the new
modus operandi of the ULFA-I, which is led by fugitive 'commander-in-chief'
Paresh Barua, in respect of carrying out extortion and preventive
measures have been put in place.