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.
Army arrested 18 militants of NDFB-IKS and eight
suspected KLPF cadres from across the State. Eleven NDFB-IKS militants
were arrested from Panbari forest in Chirang The militants include
Deven Goyari [an IED expert], Hokom Boro, Upendra Nath, Raton
Bengali, Namal Basumatary, Sanjay Goyari, Ulla Basumatary, Raju
Boro, Konin Basumatary, Prakash Narzary alias Gahen and Ranjan
Basumatary alias Kipihungla. The arms and ammunition recovered
from the militants include two improvised explosive devices (IED),
nine detonators, two 7.65mm pistols with 10 rounds of ammunition,
five rounds of ammunition of 7.62mm pistols and a packet of ball
SFs arrested five NDFB-IKS militants along the
Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border in Udalguri District The five include
"commanding officer" of the '13th battalion' Binku Narzary alias
Birlangbai [on the "most wanted" list], Bidai Singh Narzary alias
Bugdaw, Lohit Basumatary alias B. Ferkw, N. Araibaw alias
Ajak Narzary and Durga Sing Basumatary alias B. Khamshaw.
One AK-56 rifle with magazine, one 9mm pistol, 25 rounds of live
ammunition of 7.62mm pistol, 54 rounds of live ammunition of 9mm
pistol and a hand grenade were also recovered.
SFs arrested 'Nalbari platoon commander' of NDFB-IKS
"sergeant" Bimal Boro alias Khwobla (26), from Antaibari
under Tamulpur Police Station in Baksa.
SFs arrested another NDFB-IKS militant, identified
as Danswrang Daimary (21), from the Paltan Bazar Police Station
area in Guwahati in Kamrup.
SFs arrested eight suspected KLPF militants from
Gandhipur in Karbi Anglong District. The five were identified
as Biren Ingti, Mohan Terang, Andres Teron, Bizu Teron, John Teron,
Babu Teron, Rakesh Ingti and Rup Singh
NIA has revealed that a section of State forest
department personnel had teamed up with NDFB-IKS o kill 36 people,
including women and children, from the minority community in Assam's
Baksa district in 2014. NIA stated that "Some forest officials
have joined hands with suspected NDFB-IKS cadres and formed a
30 to 40-member group, who took part in mass killing of innocent
people at N.K. Khagrabari village on May 2, 2014, with firearms
and sharp weapons like dao (machete)," An NIA source said the
forest staff of Bansbari range, who were from the Bodo community,
were against people from the minority community staying in the
fringe areas of the forest as they consider them as outsiders
and because of that they joined hands with NDFB-IKS to carry out
Army defused an IED which as kept inside a white
gunny bag along with some rags near the Bongaigaon Railway Engineering
workshop, in Bongaigaon District. Bongaigaon SP stated that We
have inputs that the Independent faction ULFA-I has planned to
attack local BJP leaders and grenade attacks might be carried
out by IK Songbijit faction of NDFB-IKS in the town on the eve
or after Republic Day. As part of these plans, the IED was planted
close to the security picket."
A 'section commander' of NDFB-IKS Sirkhung Basumatary,
who was involved in the killing of Adivasis on December 23 was
arrested at Bangalore in Karnataka. A source stated that he was
also suspected to be involved in an earlier incident of killing
of Hindi-speaking people.
Four NDFB-IKS militants Binku Narzary alias
Birlangbai, Ajoi Basumatary alias B. Buhum, Dilip Basumatary
alias Bir Baisa alias Lambu and Khamrei Basumatary
alias Udla , who were earlier arrested were shifted to
Sonitpur from Guwahati by NIA for detailed interrogation. NIA
has registered two cases in connection with killings in Sonitpur
and another two in connection with killings in Kokrajhar. A source
stated that Binku Narzary, the self-styled 'commanding officer'
of the outfit's '13th battalion', and Khamrei Basumatary, the
deputy commander of the '14th battalion' of NDFB-IKS, will also
be questioned by the NIA in connection with killing of minorities
in Baksa district in May last year, which is also being investigated
by the central anti-terror probe agency,". More than 40 NDFB-IKS
militants have been arrested so far in the ongoing operations
BSF IG Meghalaya Frontier Sudesh Kumar stated
that umber of camps of Indian militant groups in Bangladesh has
gone down after security authorities of that country launched
a crackdown. He also added that there are only 39 camps of Indian
militant groups in Bangladesh and most of these camps are located
in inaccessible areas of the Chittagong Hill Tract (CHT). He also
said that most these Indian militants now do not have any well-mechanized
training camps but instead they have set up small sheds from where
the insurgents usually operate.
Bangladesh security forces had last year overrun
the hideouts of NLFT and gunned down eight of its cadres in Bangladesh
CHT. The combined team of army and paramilitary forces arrested
a NLFT "commander" Kwaplai Debbarma, 33, alias Karna,
from the house of a former All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) 'commander'
Jewel Debbarma in Char Mile area on the Khagrachari-Dighinala
road. They also recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition,
which included 263 rounds of ammunition for 9mm pistol, 70 rounds
of ammunition for .762 rifles, 11 hand grenades, 17 rounds of
rocket-launchers, 19 wireless sets, two very high frequency wireless
sets, nine G3 magazines, 1,200 detonators, 18 sets of detonator
cable, seven magazines of sub-machine guns, a pistol and a revolver.
Number of camps of insurgents was over 100 five years ago.
Shambhu Singh, Joint Secretary for North East
in Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stated that a massive security
alert has been sounded across North East India after separatist
rebels announced a boycott of the Republic Day celebrations on
January 26. ULFA (NDFB) , (KLO) and CorCom had earlier announced
their boycott through a joint statement e-mailed to several media
Five NFDB-IKS militants were arrested from Ripu
reserve forest area of Kokrajhar. . Three militants has been identified
as Daneshwar Basumatary alias B Dapung alias Ustad
Laoga Basumatary and Girish Soren. Two pistols and three hand
grenades were recovered from Daneshwar Basumatary and two hand
grenades and eight detonators with fuses were recovered from Laoga
Basumatary and Girish Soren.
Suspected militants of ULFA-I triggered two blasts
near Digboi town in Tinsukia District. SP of Tinsukia stated that
"While one blast was triggered on the outskirts of Digboi town,
another blast took place near a drain in the town. Both were low
intensity crude bombs and there is no injury or any damage". Police
also recovered an IED from Jorhat town in Jorhat District.
Bangalore Crime Branch arrested B. Sibigiri alias
Sanju Bordoloi, 'organising secretary' of NDFB-IKS from Electronic
city in Bangalore in Karnataka. NIA Guwahati has sought the custody
of Sanju Bordoloi, alias Sibigiri, He allegedly confessed
to have participated in the recent attacks in Assam, which had
forced Indian Army to intensify its operations in the area.
Police recovered timed IED just hours before the
Republic Day celebration in Jorhat. Police recovered the timed
IED planted by ULFA-I from the Hatigarh area of Jorhat under Lahdoigarh
Police outpost. The IED was later disposed of safely.
Mohammad Sahidul Islam and Mohammad Kamrul Hasan,
DCs of Sylhet and Moulvi Bazaar Districts of Bangladesh, stated
that Bangladesh and Sylhet division of the county bordering India,
in particular, is free from terror activities triggered by JMB.
They also stated that NDFB-IKS ULFA-I or any other Indian militant
outfit do not have any hideout inside Bangladeshi territory.
CM Tarun Gogoi said that the process of up NRC
intended at helping solve the issue of illegal migration from
Bangladesh to the State will be completed in the current year.
He stated that "The procedure devised for updation envisages use
of latest information technology and aims at ensuring that no
names of foreign nationals find place in the NRC. The NRC will
be published in January 2016. He also added that issue of illegal
migration has been a matter of serious concern in Assam for long,
and updating the NRC was one step towards a permanent solution.
"We are committed to detect and deport foreigners under provisions
of the Assam Accord [signed in 1985], but there are certain difficulties
too. Our government is committed to the imperative of preventing
illegal infiltration from across the international borders and
various measures have been taken in this regard.
CM Tarun Gogoi further claimed credit for bringing
to the mainstream several militant groups through the strategy
adopted by his Government in the past 14 years under the Unified
Command Structure. "The success has been reflected in SoO agreements
with as many as 17 extremist outfits, out of which four have signed
MoS with the government," he added.
SFs arrested three NDFB-IKS militants Sarakpur
Dhuli Nalah, a remote village bordering Arunachal Pradesh in Sonitpur.
The arrested militants were identified as Nitul Daimary alias
Naihab, Runilush Daimary alias Mwnthai and Sukson Basumatary
alias Jondesh. An AK-47 a Chinese rifle and a hand grenade
were recovered from the militants. Nitul Daimary alias Naihab
was 'deputy commander' of the outfit's 'third battalion' and was
allegedly involved in the killing of former Sonitpur Additional
Superintendent of police Gulzar Husain in an ambush at Thaolo
under Dhekiajuli police station in Sonitpur District, on January
SFs arrested two militants of the NDFB-IKS in
Kusrabari village in Udalguri District Militants identified as
Dhananjay Basumatary alias Didum and 'section commander'
Sanjay Basumatary alias Jingabil. Two pistols, three
hand grenades, four rounds of ammunitions and an ignitor set were
recovered from them.
SFs arrested KPLT militants identified as Binit
Tokbi and Francis Teron from Dokmoka bus stand in Karbi Anglong.
One .22 mm pistol, 10 rounds live ammunition, a magazine and one
mobile handset were recovered from them.
In a joint operation Meghalaya Police along with
Army and Assam Police, on January 28, arrested finance secretary
of a newly-formed militant outfit AJRK as Ramu Sangma.He was arrested
from Santipur village in Kamrup District. Police recovered one
9mm pistol, three live ammunition, one notepad, several demand
notes, one walkie-talkie, one mobile handset besides AJRK seal
from his procession.
GoI closely monitoring the CI operations and
has directed the forces on the ground to lay stress on recovery
of weapons along with arrest of militants. Meanwhile, for the
first time, the militants are feeling the pressure from SFs of
Myanmar. Following pressure from India, the Government of Myanmar
has moved army personnel towards the area where the militants
have their bases. Though a full-scale operation is yet to be launched
by Myanmar, the army movement has forced the militants to shift
some of their bases.
MHA official stated that stated that more than
70 militants of NDFB-IKS have been arrested since December 23
2014. Sources said there have been reports that some militants
gave themselves up in the face of sustained operations. But most
of the militants managed to hide their weapons. It is also reported
that the militants managed to bury some sophisticated weapons.
Also, Bhutan Government is fully cooperating with India in dealing
A militant of NDFB-IKS identified as 'sergeant
major' Jornaluis Narzary alias Jankla was killed in an
encounter with Police at Ripu Reserved Forest under Kachugaon
Police Station in Kokrajhar. Arms and ammunition including .65
mm pistol, a magazine, and two grenades were recovered from him.
He was a close associate of G Bidai, the 'commander in chief'
of NDFB-IKS. He was the main man involved in the killing of schoolgirl
Priya Basumatary and was also involved in snatching of weapons
from the Eco Task Force in October 2014.
Two NDFB-IKS militants and three OGWs were arrested
from Chirang and Kokrajhar Districts. One of the arrested militant
has been identified as Sansuma Brahma alias B Susrwn,
a Myanmar trained militant. One 7.65mm pistol, two-country made
revolvers, crude bomb and two hand grenades were recovered during
Three UALA militants were arrested during a joint
operation by Army and Police near Mechelkhowa area in Goalpara
District. Two 12 bore country-made rifles, ammunition, two mobile
phones and some cash were recovered.
A 'second lieutenant' Sagar Dutta of ULFA-I was
arrested from a hideout near the Assam-Nagaland border in Jorhat.
Deposition and cross examination of Prosecution
Witnesses in NIA case against UNLF 'chief' Meghen alias Sanayaima,
continued for the second day at the special court NIA Guwahati.
Top bureaucrats of Assam and Bhutan participated
in the 10th two-day border District coordination meeting which
concluded at the Circuit House in Bongaigaon. The meet among other
things discussed law and order in the both sides of the India-Bhutan
border. Baksa, Udalguri, Kokrajhar and Chirang, four Districts
of BTAD have their borders with Bhutan.
NIA has found that laptops, offered to meritorious
students in Assam under a government scheme, were used by the
JMB militants in the operations. Sleuths of the agency, who came
from Kolkata, recovered an unspecified number of such laptops
in the state over the last few days. "The JMB had developed its
network through these laptops. The first of these laptops was
recovered from a madrasa in West Bengal. Subsequently, interrogations
of the arrested JMB members led to the recovery of some more laptops
from Assam," an NIA source told the newspaper
BSF arrested two individuals from Badarpur Market
in Karimganj District and recovered FICN worth INR 198,500. The
arrested individuals have been identified as Salim Uddin Barbhuiya
and Aftar Uddin.
NIA found that laptops offered to meritorious
students in Assam under a government scheme, were used by JMB
in their operations. NIA source stated that "The JMB had developed
its network through these laptops. The first of these laptops
was recovered from a madrasa in West Bengal. Subsequently, interrogations
of the arrested JMB members led to the recovery of some more laptops
Three persons, including a rickshaw puller and
two pedestrians, were injured in a grenade explosion on Sib Bari
Road in Hailakandi town of Hailakandi District.
SFs arrested three person linked to KPLT an area
commander and two linkmen, in Karbi Anglong. The arrested trio
was identified as Munthir Engti, 'area commander' of KPLT, while
the linkmen were identified as Horen Teron and David Engti.
SFs have arrested more than 60 per cent cadres
of the KPLT. Many small militant groups are operating in the Hill
District and these groups are involved in a number of extortion
cases."Some of these small groups were formed by former members
of UPDS or KLNLF We have managed to arrest 66 KPLT cadres while
11 were killed in encounters in the past year. About 50 cadres
are still at large, mostly in eastern part of the district and
Hamren. Now But the KPLT now has been split into five groups -
KPLT (Buche group), KPLT (Pratap), KPLT (Donri), KPLT (Symbon)
and KPLT (Sojong). Some of these groups have six-seven members,"
Karbi Anglong Superintendent of Police Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta said.
ED has recently filed a prayer before the designated
court of PMLA in Guwahati seeking physical possession of cash
and other assets worth INR 10.3 million recovered from DHD-J and
Army is facing a tough challenge in tracking down
a handful of NDFB-IKS militants who are based approximately in
a 15,000 square km area and have mixed among villagers. Intelligence
sources said G Bidai, who was behind orchestrating the killings,
is believed to have escaped to West Bengal. Some leaders have
also escaped to Nagaland. Besides Bidai, the SFs are also in look
out for leaders like Batha, Madan and Soha. Army sources said
many of the cadres have fled to the foothills of neighbouring
Bhutan. Army had set up 80 operation bases on the north bank of
the Brahmaputra River to fight the militants. Over 100 to 300
villages are cover by each of the operation base adds the report.
A higher secondary school teacher, identified
as Iqbal Rafique , of Tura Christian Girls' School in Meghalaya,
was abducted by unidentified militants from Mankachar in Dhubri.
The family of the victim later received a call from an unidentified
individual speaking in Bengali, asking for a ransom of INR 5 million.
AASU and 26 organisations representing different
ethnic groups of the State called upon the Government to prepare
a handbook of guidelines for the officers to be engaged in the
process of updating the NRC 1951. AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya
said that the Government should devise a foolproof mechanism to
ensure that no foreign national can get his or her name included
in the NRC with false documents.
Movement of Myanmar Army towards the Taga area
created panic among the militant groups of the North East, who
are taking shelter in Myanmar. Highly placed security sources
state that Myanmar Army personnel started moving towards the Taga
area on January 18. As most of the camps of the militant groups
such ULFA-I and NDFB-IKS are based in the Taga area, the movement
caused panic among them. There is no reports of any large-scale
offensive against militants in Myanmar so far. The real reason
for the movement of the Army is also not known. A source stated
that "There is one belief that the operation was aimed against
the KIA. However, the possibility of Myanmar deploying the Army
in Taga area to send a message to the North East Indian militants
also cannot be ruled out as the incident occurred a few days before
the Republic Day.
Militants from Karbi Anglong hills killed a rhino
at Kaziranga National Park, and engaged in a gun-battle with forest
guards. The incident took place near Borgho forest camp under
Burapahar range of Kaziranga Park.
Two unidentified militants of DHNA were arrested
from Maibong in Dima Hasao.
A suspected ULFA militant identified as Rukmoh
Chetia was arrested at Borgaon village in Tinsukia District.
Over 70 NDFB-IKS militants have been arrested
since December, after the crack down began against them. , NIA
found that among those arrested were at least seven militants,
who were wanted for their involvement in the killings in Baksa
on May 1 and 2.
Union Minister for Law and Justice DV Sadananda
Gowda on February 3 expressed his dissatisfaction with the functioning
of the foreigner's tribunals in the State and assured that his
ministry would do the needful to make the mechanism more effective,
reports The Assam Tribune. He stated that there was a
need for more foreigners' tribunals and promised that his ministry
would take steps to ensure that the vacancies in the tribunals
are filled up at the earliest as the foreigners issue was crucial
for the State.
Three NDFB-IKS a militant, including Ringsar Basumatary
was arrested from Manas Reserve Forest of Chirang District a combined
team of Assam Police and Indian Army. Ringsar who is an active
terrorist of the outfit and was recruited in 2010.One 7.65mm pistol,
two hand grenades and large quantity of ammunition were recovered.
Two KPLT militants identified as Dineson Terang
and Jinong Terang were arrested from Diphu Railway Station in
Karbi Anglong District. Police recovered five demand notes of
Two unidentified youths were arrested on charges
of serving an extortion letter to a businessman at Chandmari in
Kamrup Metropolitan District, demanding INR 500000 in the name
ULFA.Police stated they were not members of ULFA.
NIA court extended the remand period of NDFB-IKS
militant Bikunas Narzary alias Birlangbai, who was arrested
on January 19, for 12 days. NIA source stated that "He is an important
member of the outfit. Further interrogation will reveal more about
the outfit's presence at Manas National Park and in areas along
the Assam-Arunachal border,".
16 NDFB-RD cadres joined NDFB-P at Barbari designated
camp in Baksa District. This is the third time that the members
of NDFB-RD have joined NDFB-P.
A bomb blast occurred at Kazidahar village near
Sonai in Cachar District, injuring a 10-year-old boy Zabir Husain
Two NDFB-IKS militants identified as Lwmsao Narzary
and Sistu Basumatary were arrested from Baksa and 12 KG of RDX
was recovered from them.
Fearing human casualty Army and SFs are yet to
go full throttle against top NDFB-IKS 'army chief', B Bidai who
ordered the massacre of Adivasi villagers on December 23. MHA
fear that final assault by the Army in these areas could result
in the killing of civilians. A source stated that "These areas
are populated and we do not have information about Bidai's exact
location. We do not want to rush in forces".
According to a senior Army official, only a handful
of the outfit's cadres are left but tracking them down is proving
to be a challenge. Security agencies estimate that the cadre strength
of NDFB-IKS would be less than 300. The Army has about 80 operation
bases on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra and each of these
bases has more than 100 villages in the vicinity
Former DHD leaders threatened to stop the ongoing
broad gauge conversion and East-West corridor projects in Dima
Hasao District for an indefinite period unless a CBI inquiry was
conducted into the killing of its former 'general secretary' Rajesh
Naidin on January 9.
BSF Meghalaya Frontier IG Sudesh Kumar stated
that Bangladesh country no longer has any full-fledged training
camp of any militant outfit. He added that BSF BGB are working
in close co-ordination and sharing information on a regular basis.
"There are 39 vulnerable locations which have been identified
by the BSF.
Police arrested Sharif Uddin from his rented house
in the Mohanpur locality in Hailakandi District, reports The
Times of India on February 9. Police suspect all arrested
individuals to have links with JMB.
Police arrested Jahangir Alam Sheikh, a trader
from his rented house in the Alakulipur locality of Badarpur in
six individuals identified as Abdul Mannan Sheikh,
Ismail Sheikh, Anwarul Sheikh, Ibadul Sheikh, Sharif Sheikh and
Noor Alam, were arrested from ward No. 11 of Hailakandi town in
Hailakandi District in connection with February 1 blast. All of
them were arrested from a rented house belonging to Shahid Husain
A militant of DHNA Bishwanath Sengyung was lynched
by villagers of Tongikro in Dima Hasao. Four militants entered
the village was celebrating Bushu Dima, and assaulted some villagers
and when escaping, one of the militants, brandishing a pistol,
started firing and a bullet hit a child identified as Bushit Hojai.
The villagers ultimately caught them lynched them, leading to
the death of a militant and injuring two others. The injured militants
are Diboajoy Daulagupu, Kameswar Haflongbar alias Bouring
Dimasa and militant identified as Mikar Langthasa, alias Moton
managed to escape.
AGP leaders identified as General Secretary Rusvelt
Rabha, Purandar Rabha and Ratna Das were arrested for alleged
link with ULFA-I, from Goalpara District. All three were SULFA
Assam ED Debojit Borah received death threats
from DHD. ED had launched a prosecution against some of the top
DHD leaders, who are accused of being involved in the NC Hills
Scam in a special court on January 19 2015.
A militant of NDFB-IKS identified as Orga was
killed in an encounter with joint team of SFs at Fulkumari forest
in Kokrajhar District. Kokrajhar Additional SP Surjeet Singh Panesar
informed that Orga was a close associate of senior NDFB-IKS militant
Rangabaja. One 7.65 mm pistol, two magazines, one hand grenade,
9 live rounds of 7.65 pistol, 10 detonators, one magazine of Ak-47,
five live round ammunition of AK 47 were recovered from the dead
Four NSLA militants were arrested on February
9 from Kokrajhar District. Two 7.62mm Rifles and two muzzle loaded
guns and huge quantity of arms and other war like material were
recovered during the operation.
Army recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition
from Manas Reserve Forest in Chirag. The recovered items include
an IED documents with details of extortions being carried out
by NDFB-IKS and details of important and linkmen of NDFB-IKS.
In the previous week, Five NDFB-IKS militants
were beaten up by a mob when they had come to extort money during
a function in Borsimaluguri village in Baksa and was handed over
ULFA-I stated that said the "immigrant" tag reflected
how people from other parts of the country think about the Northeast
Earlier BJP vision document for New Delhi elections had mistakenly
printed that people from North East as 'immigrants'.
NRC project is on schedule with the draft NRC
to be published by mid-November this year and the final NRC to
be out by January 2016.
Pramod Boro, president of ABSU stated that ABSU
will keep mounting pressure on the Government to ensure a violence-free
society by taking action against all those in possession of illegal
weapons. The student body also demanded that the Assam State Election
Commission take help from the Central Government to ensure that
the ensuing election to BTC is free and fair.
Election to the 74 urban local bodies in Assam
passed off peacefully on February 9 with a turnout of 72%
The , 'chairman' of KPLT identified as Donri Kramsa
was arrested by a joint team of SFs from Parokhuwa Bazar near
Dokmoka in Karbi Anglong. KPLT is the breakaway faction of KLNLF,.
with an objective to carve an autonomous Karbi state out of Assam.
Police booked an individual identified as Chandan
Kalita under NSA act and took him into preventive custody for
90 days. He was arrested in December 2014 in connection with an
abduction case, is an accused in at least six murder, abduction,
extortion and arms-related cases.
MHA directed Police and SFs engaged in counter-insurgency
operations to continue with sustained operations against NDFB-IKS.
MHA also said the forces should not be complacent with the recent
success of the operations against the militant outfit as the top
leaders of the groups were still at large. Union Minister of State
for Home Kiren Rijiju, Chairman of JIC RV Ravi and other officers
of the Ministry reviewed the security scenario and the success
of operations at a meeting with senior officials of the State
Government, Assam Police, Army and the paramilitary forces involved
in the operations.
Sources have revealed that 'chairman' of NDFB-IKS,
IK Songbijit, commander-in-chief G Bidai and a few others are
abroad. Songbijit is in Myanmar, while it is believed that Bidai
managed to escape to Bhutan. However, around 40 to 50 hardcore
members of the outfit are still hiding in the jungles inside Assam
and there is a need to intensify operations in those areas. The
meeting also discussed the problem of logistics faced by SFs.
In separate news, though the Army, Police and
Paramilitary Forces achieved considerable success in the counter-insurgency
operations since the beginning of this year, recovery of the arms
of the militants and ensuring security in the "ethnic fault lines
of the State" remain a major challenge.
An army source stated that only about 50 per cent
of success in finishing off NDFB-IKS has been achieved despite
arrest of around 150 cadres and over ground workers. Sources admitted
that the top leaders of the outfit are still at large and they
are believed to be in the neighbouring states or countries. Moreover,
another area of concern is the weapons of the outfit. Though a
substantial number of weapons have been recovered, majority of
those are small arms as the hardcore members managed to hide the
sophisticated weapons and are now moving around with small arms.
"It is a fact that the forces managed to recover some sophisticated
weapons like AK series rifles and M16 rifles, but majority of
the weapons recovered are small arms.
On reports that some militants moved into Arunachal
Pradesh, Army sources said that as per provisions of the Disturbed
Areas Act, the Army can move into 20 kilometres inside the state
and operations are going on in those areas. However, there is
need for augmenting the capacity building of Police forces in
ASM lambasted the wrong policies of AASU nd categorically
stated that if names of those illegal Bangladesh origin citizens
totalling 70 lakh in number figure in the NRC as Indian citizens,
then the identity of the Assamese people would be at stake.
Demanding inclusive rehabilitation and compensation
to Adivasis, who were the victims of the December 23 massacre,
activists of AASA All Santhali Students' Union, BCF and ACF militants
and the inmates of the Deusri-Santipur relief camp in Chirang
District staged a four-hour sit-in demonstration in front of the
Deputy Commissioner's office at Kajalgaon in Bongaigaon. 29,375
Adivasis of around 90 villages had taken shelter in 19 relief
camps in Chirang of who 20,055 had returned to their respective
villages after the situation became normal. The rest of the 9,320
Adivasi inmates have been staying in four relief camps in the
Deusri and Santipur areas in Chirag District.
Unknown persons travelling in a cycle hurled a
grenade at the house of a businessman, identified as Biren Agarwal,
in Sepon Market in Sibsagar District, killing his younger brother
Situ Agarwal and their driver Dimbeswar Bhuyan. The locals claimed
that ULFA-I had recently demanded extortion money
from the Agarwal family who refused to make the payment.
ULFA-I militant identified as Bidyut Bikash Khanikar
surrendered near Ranghar Sena Camp in Sivasagar District.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh
stated that process of recruiting surrendered militants from Manipur
and Assam to raise two battalions of CSFs would begin soon, but
didn't give any time frame. MHA plan to recruit 750 former militants
each to form two battalions in BSF and SSB.
200 gelatine sticks, 230 detonators and a coil
fuse were recovered from a Mon bound bus in Bokajan in Karbi Anglong
District. Four individuals, identified as Jakir Ali, Durga Bahadur
Chetri, Kishor Sing and Ramada Kumar were arrested from the bus
by CRPF. They were travelling to Mon in Nagaland to deliver the
explosive items to a certain person residing in Mon.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, while on a
brief visit to Tripura, appealed to the underground groups to
shun violence. He stated that GoI will develop the Northeast in
10 years if insurgency comes to an end. He said insurgency remained
a hurdle to restoration of peace and development of the region.
Police recovered RDX explosives weighing around
20 kilo grams from Kausi Bazar Prem Nagar village in Kokrajhar.
Three militants of KPLT identified as Birton Timung
alias Rock, the 'finance secretary', Hemai Singh Kro
alias Mysing, 'auditor', along with Langtuk Rohang were
arrested by a joint team of Army and Police from Karbirongsope
village, in Hamren in Karbi Anglong. One AK rifle, two pistols
along with assorted ammunition, including other incriminating
documents was recovered from the militants. The Telegraph
further adds that SFs have arrested over 70 cadres of KPLT in
2014 and killed 12.
Security Sources stated that after the operations
were launched following December 23 massacre, senior NDFB-IKS
leaders who were in Assam , managed to escape. Security agencies
involved in operations state that there was a need for a full-scale
and well-coordinated operation in Bhutan to nab the senior leaders
of NDFB-IKS. Security sources revealed according to inputs available,
around 25 militant of NDFB-IKS are now in Bhutan. However, they
have not been able to set up camps in the neighbouring country
as the security forces of that country are also keeping a close
watch on the situation.
Village Headmen (gaon burahs) will be
asked to assist villagers to enlist themselves in NRC which is
to be updated by January 2016.
| February 16
Seven KPLT militants including
the ‘commander in chief’ of KPLT Sunder Dera and Danger Ingti
, the ‘deputy commander in chief” were arrested in a joint operation
by Army and Police from a hideout in the Amring forest area near
a hamlet called Tapat, in Hamren sub-division in Karbi Anglong
District, after a fire fight. a huge cache of arms, ammunition
and other stores that included four AK series rifles, two pistols,
one grenade launcher, fourteen magazines of AK rifles, six magazines
of pistols, 2,343 rounds of 7.62 caliber ammunition, 14 rounds
of 9 mm calibre ammunition, dummy rifles for training new recruits
and various incriminatory documents like extortion notes of KPLT
and money receipts were recovered.
NIA which is probing several cases
in Assam in connection with JMB has traced terror links to Pakistan.
NIA source stated that MULTA leader Abdur Rahman, who had fled
Assam, was traced to Karachi. The ISI helped him to flee the country
as they wanted Rahman to command operations in the region from
there without any risk. He also added that MULTA and the ISI have
been working together to create disturbance in the region. The
source said "Rahman was once caught from the Chapori area
in Dhubri district in 2009. But he managed to escape. Pakistan
appears to be intentionally propping up MULTA so that fundamentalist
forces here can be aided. Abdur Rahman is also believed to have
close links with ULFA-I.
Assam-Nagaland border area is
tense once again following attempts made allegedly some nagas
to build houses inside Assam territory. According to information,
a group of people came to the areas under the B-sector of the
Assam-Nagaland border area and threatened the Assamese people
saying that they will build their houses in the area. The Naga
people came to Rajapukhuri, Romanbasti in Golaghat District on
February 16 and asked the Assamese villagers to vacate the land.
| February 17
Five KPLT leaders were arrested
from Lacheng area in Hamren Sub Division in Karbi Anglong District
by a joint team of Police and Army. The militants were arrested
after a brief fire fight. With this arrest the entire top leadership
of KPLT has been arrested. In the last three days 15 KPLT militants
have been arrested..SFs recovered one Universal Machine Gun, six
AK series rifles, seven pistols, a grenade launcher, 10 pistol
magazines, 16 magazines of AK-16, 2,490 rounds of AK rifle ammunition,
31 rounds of pistol ammunition and one Drum Magazine of UMG.
Army expressed hope that it would
be able to wipe out NDFB-IKS as operations were on against them
after the December 23 massacre. Major General C P Mohanty stated
that over 171 NDFB-IKS militants have been arrested so far during
continuing successful operations against the group.
| February 18
‘commander in chief ‘ of AANLA
identified as Nirmal Tirkey and four others were arrested by Golaghat
Police from an unspecified location. Three of the arrestees have
been identified as Padmeswar Ghatowar, Bubai Ghatowar and Sanjay
Singh alias Ram Singh. Police said they had taken a group of 30
youths from Assam to Chhattisgarh for Maoists training.
Assam Police and SSB personnel’s
demolished six houses built by Naga miscreants in B Sector of
| February 19
SFs arrested 4 NDFB-IKS militants
from Rangajan village in Sonitpur. The arrested militants were
identified as Rohit Narzary, Prosen Basumatary, Asish Basumatary
and Rajib Uzir.Biswanath Chariali Superintendent of Police Manobendra
Roy told this correspondent that a 7.65 pistol, six bullets, some
documents, a few SIM cards and handsets were seized from the militants.
| February 20
The ceasefire between NDFB-RD
and Union Government was extended till June 30. . The decision
to extend the ceasefire, which was earlier for an indefinite period,
was taken at a joint monitoring committee (JMC) meeting held at
Kuki and Adivasi militant groups
such as KRA, ACMA, APM, BCF,AANLA,UKDAwhich also took part in
the JMC meeting, raised their respective demands. The Adivasi
outfits demanded ST status for the Adivasi people living in the
State while the Kuki outfit again raised their demand for a Kuki
Regional Council in Karbi Anglong district. APM ‘chairman’ Bijoy
Sing Lokra, after the meeting, said, “We are hopeful that our
demands will be considered by the Central government.” KRA ‘joint
secretary’ J Hangsing said, “Our main demand is the formation
of the Kuki Regional Council for the greater interests of Kuki
NIA taken over investigation of
another case related to the killings of Adivasis by NDFB-IKS NIA
had earlier registered four cases in connection with the killings
and on February 20, a case (number RC 01/2015) was registered
at the NIA's Guwahati Branch office in connection with killings
of Adivasis at Pakhriguri village in Kokrajhar District. NDFB-IKS
militants had opened indiscriminate fire with sophisticated weapons
at Pakhriguri, resulting in the death of five persons and injuries
to several others.
| February 22
PVM, an NGO against infiltration
said that Assam Government was not doing its bit to tackle the
illegal migration issue from Bangladesh.
Anup Chetia, top ULFA leader is
unlikely to be deported by Bangladesh till India ratifies the
land boundary agreement with Bangladesh.