Assam Timeline - 2015
SFs arrested an unidentified militant
belonging to NDFB-IKS at Chhagaliya near the Assam-West Bengal
border in Dhubri District.
The dead body of an Adivasi villager,
Kero Hasda, was recovered in Chirang District. The death toll
in the violence which started with the December 23, 2013 NDFB-IKS
attacks, its backlash and in Police firing has gone up to 82.
"He [Kero Hasda] was missing since December 25 from Koraibari
village in Chirang district," Inspector-General of Police (law
and order) S.N. Singh said.
An AR jawan was injured, in unconfirmed reports,
during an encounter between AR personnel and suspected NDFB-IKS
militants under Itakhola Police Station area in Sonitpur District.
A meeting of the Special Operations Group of Unified Command was
held at the Army's Red Horns Division Headquarters at Rangiya
on January 2 to review the security situation following the NDFB-IKS
SFs arrested one KPLT linkman, identified as Babu
Hanseyin Kheroni Police Station of Karbi Anglong District. Police
also recovered one 9mm pistol with 4 ammunitions and 5 bullets
of AK series assault rifle from the residence of Sarmen Enghi
located in village Notun Enghi Gaon.
Home Commissioner Prateek Hajela said that the
number of Adivasi and Bodo people taking shelter in relief camps
has come down to 2,08,000 (on January 2) from 2,36,000 (on January
1), with more people returning home.
A Junior Commissioned Officer of 12 Assam Rifles
was killed, in an encounter, with militants of the NDFB-IKS in
Sonitpur District. Official sources said a group of 12 NDFB-IKS
militants came down from the hilly Seijosa area near Pakke reserve
forest in East Kameng District of neighboring Arunachal Pradesh
and opened fire on Security Forces (SFs).SFs had launched operations
against NDFB-IKS after the later carried out December 23 massacre
of Adivasis in Sonitpur, Chirang and Kokrajhar Districts.
Inspector-General of Police (law
and order) S.N. Singh said that the ULFA-I might carry out strikes
ahead of Republic Day.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said
that the December 23 attack on Adivasi could not have been possible
without the knowledge of the NDFB-IKS's 'Commander-in- chief'
Ingti Kathar Songbijit. "The attacks could not have taken place
without Songbijit consent. His deputy might have executed the
attacks but it is not possible that the attacks happened without
Songbijit knowing of it," Gogoi said at a press conference here.
Six relief camps have been closed down in Chirang
and Kokrajhar districts, and with this, the total number of relief
camps has come down to 96 in the four Districts namely Chirang,
Udalguri, Kokrajhar and Sonitpur. As on January 4, approximately
164,790 inmates are living in 96 relief camps.
Activists of the ATPC, led by 'general secretary'
Manak Chandra Bordoloi, staged a dharna [non-violent
sit-in protest] on January 4 to demand dissolution of the present
Tiwa Autonomous Council (TAC) and holding of elections in February
Talks are on with Bhutan at the highest-level
for a possible "coordinated" operation against the NDFB-IKS. A
senior official today said it might take a few days for the discussions
to yield results on the ground. Though India is not planning any
joint crackdown in Bhutan as of now, it wants the Himalayan kingdom
to back-up the operations launched in Assam.
SFs arrested two militants belonging to NDFB-IKS,
identified as Nakul Narzary and Raju Rabha, from Namora under
Jinjia Police Station area of Sonitpur District.
The Chief Executive Officer of ASDMA, P.K. Tiwari,
said during the last 24 hours, 11 relief camps have been closed
down with 24,651 inmates returning home. Now there are 140,139
inmates in 85 relief camps in Kokrajhar, Chirang, Udalguri and
Sonitpur Districts, P.K. Tiwari, said.
SFs arrested two suspected NDFB-IKS militants
from Shamuktala area under the Shamuktala Police Station in Alipurduar
District. The militants were nabbed of West Bengal close to the
border with Assam. A huge quantity of arms and ammunition was
recovered from them, police added.
SFs arrested a NDFB-IKS militant, Daimu Narzary,
from Kajalgaon in Chirang District. IGP-law and order S.N. Singh
said Narzary was involved in a grenade blast at Chapaguri in Chirang
some months ago."Two grenade shells of 40mm UBGL and a Chinese
grenade were recovered from him," Singh said.
IGP-law and order, S.N. Singh retracted from his
earlier statement absolving NDFB-IKS 'commander-in-chief' I.K.
Songbijit of the December 23 carnage of Adivasis. "Whatever the
chief minister has stated is correct and I stand by his statement,"
he told reporters. The IGP-Law and Order had on January 2 said
that the killings were carried out under direction of G. Bidai,
the number two leader of the NDFB-IKS without the consent of Songbijit.
SFs arrested ULFA-I militant, Kamal Laskar alias
David Asom (32), from Dhemajigaon near Raha in Nagaon district.
ADGP-Law and Order RM Singh further revealed that several political
leaders of the State belonging to different parties could be targeted
by the banned outfit.
Police killed a suspected militant of NDFB-IKS
in the Bogijaan area along the Golaghat-Karbi Anglong border.
Two grenades, a 9mm pistol, seven rounds of cartridges and two
mobile phones were recovered from the site. The suspected NDFB-IKS
cadre who was killed in the encounter was identified as Birat
Basumatary of Gohpur in Sonitpur District.
Army, in an encounter, killed a suspected KPLT
militant near Hamren in Karbi Anglong District. An M16 rifle and
ammunition were recovered.
SFs arrested five GNLA militants from Rongsoi
on the Assam-Meghalaya border. Five pistols and ammunition were
SFs arrested two militants belonging to NDFB-IKS,
identified as Probin Brahma and Vijay Kumar Brahma, from Banshijhora
in Parbatjhora subdivision in Kokrajhar District. A 9mm pistol,
a 7.62mm pistol, ammunition and mobile phones were recovered.
Police arrested two UDLA militants from Hailakandi
SFs killed two KPLT cadres in a gun-battle at
Rongtang village in Karbi Anglong District. Three small fire arms
were also seized from the incident site, Police informed. KPLT
has called for a 48-hour bandh in Karbi Anglong District
from January 11. The bandh (shutdown) has been called
to protest the killing of its member, believed to be the 'deputy
commander-in-chief', Kengkam Terang.
Police, in another operation, arrested one UPLA
militant, identified as one Aspee Bey, from Phonglopet village
in Karbi Anglong District. According to Police, Aspee Bey was
supposedly involved in the killing of Hamren SP, Nityananda Goswami
in June 2014.
Security Forces arrested nine NDFB-IKS cadres
along with a huge cache of arms and ammunition. Seven of them
were arrested in Kokrajhar District on January 9 while the other
two were nabbed at Gohpur on January 8. Seven of the arrested
cadres were identified as Milan Mushahary alias Mithinga
(‘second in-command of Kokrajhar platoon’ of NDFB-IKS), Gautam
Moholia, Joyanta Muchahary, Bina Basumatary, Swamkar Brahma alias Khurai,
Khanda Narzary and Deuthwai Basumatary. The remaining two were
not unidentified yet.
SFs, during a counter-insurgency operation, killed
a ‘platoon commander’, identified as B.Jeblang, of NDFB-IKS at
Khalsibazar within Serfanguri Police Station jurisdiction in Kokrajhar
District. The news report stated that Jeblang was involved in
the killing of five Adivasis at Pakriguri in Kokrajhar on December
23, 2014 and was also involved in the killing of five Hindi-speaking
people in the same District. Inspector General of Police (BTAD)
L R Bishnoi said "We have intensified our combing operation in
the area. Two NDFB-IKS militants, identified as Genda and Bullet,
were also arrested today (on January 10)," Bishnoi said. Four
pistols and ammunition were seized from the two rebels.
SFs recovered a Chinese grenade near BJP district
office located in GF Road in Bengenakhowa area in Golaghat town
in Golaghat district. The report adds that the incidence comes
a day after a ULFA-I's deadline to disrupt the BJP's meetings
aimed at winning the 2016 state Assembly election. "The grenade
is a Chinese-made one and powerful. We are already on high alert
regarding the warning issued by ULFA-I to attack the BJP's offices
and workers and it was because our strict vigil that we have managed
to foil the plot of criminals," Additional superintendent of Police
Numal Mahato said.
SFs arrested 12 NDFB-IKS militants from three
different locations in the forest areas along the Indo-Bhutan
border in Chirang District and recovered a large cache of arms
and ammunitions. The arrested militants are Parmanesh Narzary
alias N. Pwlersa (24), 'council member' and 'joint secretary
media and publicity wing' of the NDFB-IKS, 'deputy commander'
Swmkwr Basumatary alias B. Simang (27), Rahul Islary alias
J. Rwmwilu (31), 'sergeant major'/'commander' Joleswar Basumatary
alias B. Jakrup (29), 'sergeant major' Swrang Narzary alias
N. Saya (25), 'corporal/section commander' Anan Brahma alias
B. Aorai (26), 'corporal' Josao Muchahary alias M. Jahar
(25), 'lance corporal'/'section commander' Karan Muchahary alias
Kwiram Dwiram, Nagen Boro alias B. Tharun (35), Kalaram
Goyary alias Kala (30) and Riten Basumatary alias
B. Awgao (26).
Normal life came to a grinding halt following
the 48-hour Karbi Anglong bandh (shutdown strike) called
by KPLT from 5am on January 11,. The militant outfit called the
bandh to protest against the killing of its 'deputy commander-in-chief'
Kangkan Terang in an encounter with SFs near Rangjangfong under
Hamren subdivision of the hill District. Government offices and
business institutions remained closed in district headquarters
Diphu and two subdivisional headquarters of Bokajan and Hamren
during the strike.
The UMHA has issued an official order to resume
the fourth official tripartite parley with JACAS to look for a
solution to settle the long-standing demand for implementation
of Article 244 (A).The meeting is scheduled to be held on January
19 in New Delhi. In the parley, top officials from Assam and Union
Government will sit together with JACAS leaders for talks.
SFs arrested 'platoon commander of Belsiri area'
"corporal" of NDFB-IKS, Bodosha Narzary alias Bishnu
Narzary (28), from Dhemaji district. During interrogation, Bodosha
confessed to his involvement in the carnage at Sonajuli in Biswanath
Chariali in Sonitpur district and his association in other unlawful
SFs arrested an NDFB-IKS linkman, Subungma Basumatary
alias Suresh (37), from Biswanath Chariali in Sonitpur
District on January 12. L.R. Bishnoi said nearly 50 NDFB-IKS militants
have been apprehended and a top leader of the outfit killed in
the four BTAD Districts since the operation against the rebel
group was intensified.
The NIA will take three militants of the NDFB-IKS;
arrested from Chirang district on January 11, into custody to
interrogate them in connection with the killing of minorities
in the BTAD in May 2014. The militants are Swmkwr Basumatary alias
B. Simang (27), Surjoy Goyari alias G. Sujulang (25)
and Joleswar Basumatary alias B. Jakhrup (29) into custody
in connection with cases RC-01/2014 and RC-02 2014 registered
at the agency's Guwahati branch.
Government sources stated that NDFB-IKS 'Deputy
Army Chief' G. Bidai alias Bishnu Goyari, one of the
mastermind behind the December 23 Adivasi massacre, had discussed
the possibility of talks with the State Government nearly a week
ahead of the killing, report. The discussions failed and an encounter
on December 21, 2014 resulted in a massacre by Bidai's men. Sources
here said Bidai had been sending feelers on coming to the negotiation
table for some time, which prompted the Assam Police to explore
the opportunity of getting the entire group.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reiterated that
there will be no talks with militant outfits that indulge in violence,
though doors are open for parleys with others.
SFs arrested the 'second lieutenant' and "chief
recruiting officer", Enon Bargoyary alias Erkhang (30)
'platoon commander of Amteka', Rinen Basumatary alias
Majhi (30), from a forested area in Amteka on the Indo-Bhutan
border in Chirang District on January 13. He is also very close
to the I.K. Songbijit, 'commander-in-chief' G. Bidai and his 'deputy
commander-in-chief' K. Batha, sources said. Rinen Basumatary had
surrendered after the Operation All Clear in 2003 but rejoined
the NDFB-IKS two years back, the sources said. IGP- BTAD L.R.
Bishnoi said an AK-47 rifle, an AK-56 rifle, two 7.65mm pistols,
two magazines, a grenade and 219 live ammunitions were seized
SFs arrested six more NDFB-IKS militants from
unidentified locations on January 13. The arrested militants were
identified as Pranjit Basumatary (19), Kerkho Mushahary (21),
Pribol Chumpamari (21), Milan Basumatary (28), Anjalus Basumatary
(27) and Pradit Swargoyary (26).
SFs arrested six militants of UGPO, from different
locations in Baska and Udalguri districts. Police sources said
six persons including UGPO 'commander-in-chief' Suraj Magor, 'chairman'
Lal Bahadur Tamang, 'vice-chairman' Suresh Ghimire and two cadres
Arjun Chetri and Birkha Bahadur Limbu were arrested from different
locations in two districts.
Leaders of now disbanded militant formation DHD-N
sought a CBI inquiry into the recent killing of its former 'general
secretary', Rajesh Naiding.
SFs arrested a 'platoon commander', identified
as Pradeep Brahma, of the NDFB-IKS from Goalpara district.
The Army arrested two RVA militants, identified
as Ful Kumar Rabha and Bishwajit Rabha, from Kokrajhar district.
SFs arrested two suspected NDFB-IKS linkmen from
Lawdangi under Dhekiajuli Police Station in Sonitpur District.
Police sources said the duo was identified as Lakhi Basumatary
alias Faila and Debasri Mochahari. A grenade and eight rounds
of live cartridges of M16 rifle and a money receipt book were
recovered from them.
SFs arrested two militants of NDFB-IKS from Gauripur
under Bijni Police Station in Chirang District. The arrested cadres
were identified as Suwambam Basumatary and Toten Basumatary. SFs
recovered a hand grenade from the duo.
The counter-insurgency operation against the NDFB-IKS
militants has spread from the India-Bhutan and Assam-Arunachal
Pradesh border areas to Assam-Meghalaya and India-Myanmar borders.
With the SFs cracking down on the Bodo rebels in the India-Bhutan
and Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border areas, the militants are now
trying to slip into Bangladesh and Myanmar through Meghalaya and
Normal life was paralyzed in Dima Hasao District
in the wake of a 48-hour bandh (shutdown strike) beginning.
The bandh, called by the HPWS, an NGO formed by the ex-militants
of the disbanded militant outfit DHD-N, would end at 5 AM on January
18. All schools, colleges, commercial establishments, markets,
offices, banks, post office, transport remained closed in the
district but no untoward incident has been reported so far, a
district police officer said.
Police arrested a suspected KLO militant, Govinda
Roy, from Golokganj area of Dhubri District. The militant was
arrested on charges of serving extortion notes to businessmen
of the district.