Assam Timeline - 2016
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,"
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 Rabha organizations.
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 elder sister.
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 of NSCN.
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, report said.
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 his possession.
SFs arrested a KLO linkman, identified
as Atul Barman alias Dabla from an undisclosed place in
Sivasagar District Police arrested
a ULFA hardliner's linkman from Changmaibari area in Sibsagar
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 officer said.
Unidentified assailants fired
at the residence of District BJP General Secretary Deben Thaosen
in Haflong in Dima Hasao District. However, no casualties were
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
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.