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 attacks.
SFs arrested one KPLT linkman,
identified as Babu Hanseyin Kheroni Police Station of Karbi Anglong
District. Police also recovered one 9mm pistol with 4 ammunitions
and 5 bullets of AK series assault rifle from the residence of
Sarmen Enghi located in village Notun Enghi Gaon.
Home Commissioner Prateek Hajela
said that the number of Adivasi and Bodo people taking shelter
in relief camps has come down to 2,08,000 (on January 2) from
2,36,000 (on January 1), with more people returning home.
A Junior Commissioned Officer
of 12 Assam Rifles was killed, in an encounter, with militants
of the NDFB-IKS in Sonitpur District. Official sources said a
group of 12 NDFB-IKS militants came down from the hilly Seijosa
area near Pakke reserve forest in East Kameng District of neighboring
Arunachal Pradesh and opened fire on Security Forces (SFs).SFs
had launched operations against NDFB-IKS after the later carried
out December 23 massacre of Adivasis in Sonitpur, Chirang and
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 2015.
Talks are on with Bhutan at the
highest-level for a possible "coordinated" operation against the
NDFB-IKS. A senior official today said it might take a few days
for the discussions to yield results on the ground. Though India
is not planning any joint crackdown in Bhutan as of now, it wants
the Himalayan kingdom to back-up the operations launched in Assam.
SFs arrested two militants belonging
to NDFB-IKS, identified as Nakul Narzary and Raju Rabha, from
Namora under Jinjia Police Station area of Sonitpur District.
The Chief Executive Officer of
ASDMA, P.K. Tiwari, said during the last 24 hours, 11 relief camps
have been closed down with 24,651 inmates returning home. Now
there are 140,139 inmates in 85 relief camps in Kokrajhar, Chirang,
Udalguri and Sonitpur Districts, P.K. Tiwari, said.
SFs arrested two suspected NDFB-IKS
militants from Shamuktala area under the Shamuktala Police Station
in Alipurduar District. The militants were nabbed of West Bengal
close to the border with Assam. A huge quantity of arms and ammunition
was recovered from them, police added.
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
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
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
Police arrested two UDLA militants
from Hailakandi District.
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
SFs arrested 'platoon commander
of Belsiri area' "corporal" of NDFB-IKS, Bodosha Narzary alias
Bishnu Narzary (28), from Dhemaji district. During interrogation,
Bodosha confessed to his involvement in the carnage at Sonajuli
in Biswanath Chariali in Sonitpur district and his association
in other unlawful activities.
SFs arrested an NDFB-IKS linkman,
Subungma Basumatary alias Suresh (37), from Biswanath
Chariali in Sonitpur District on January 12. L.R. Bishnoi said
nearly 50 NDFB-IKS militants have been apprehended and a top leader
of the outfit killed in the four BTAD Districts since the operation
against the rebel group was intensified.
The NIA will take three militants
of the NDFB-IKS; arrested from Chirang district on January 11,
into custody to interrogate them in connection with the killing
of minorities in the BTAD in May 2014. The militants are Swmkwr
Basumatary alias B. Simang (27), Surjoy Goyari alias
G. Sujulang (25) and Joleswar Basumatary alias B.
Jakhrup (29) into custody in connection with cases RC-01/2014
and RC-02 2014 registered at the agency's Guwahati branch.
Government sources stated that
NDFB-IKS 'Deputy Army Chief' G. Bidai alias Bishnu Goyari,
one of the mastermind behind the December 23 Adivasi massacre,
had discussed the possibility of talks with the State Government
nearly a week ahead of the killing, report. The discussions failed
and an encounter on December 21, 2014 resulted in a massacre by
Bidai's men. Sources here said Bidai had been sending feelers
on coming to the negotiation table for some time, which prompted
the Assam Police to explore the opportunity of getting the entire
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
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 Manipur, respectively.
Normal life was paralyzed in Dima
Hasao District in the wake of a 48-hour bandh (shutdown
strike) beginning. The bandh, called by the HPWS, an
NGO formed by the ex-militants of the disbanded militant outfit
DHD-N, would end at 5 AM on January 18. All schools, colleges,
commercial establishments, markets, offices, banks, post office,
transport remained closed in the district but no untoward incident
has been reported so far, a district police officer said.
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 bearings.
SFs arrested five NDFB-IKS militants
along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border in Udalguri District
The five include "commanding officer" of the '13th battalion'
Binku Narzary alias Birlangbai [on the "most wanted" list], Bidai
Singh Narzary alias Bugdaw, Lohit Basumatary alias
B. Ferkw, N. Araibaw alias Ajak Narzary and Durga Sing
Basumatary alias B. Khamshaw. One AK-56 rifle with magazine,
one 9mm pistol, 25 rounds of live ammunition of 7.62mm pistol,
54 rounds of live ammunition of 9mm pistol and a hand grenade
were also recovered.
SFs arrested 'Nalbari platoon
commander' of NDFB-IKS "sergeant" Bimal Boro alias Khwobla
(26), from Antaibari under Tamulpur Police Station in Baksa.
SFs arrested another NDFB-IKS
militant, identified as Danswrang Daimary (21), from the Paltan
Bazar Police Station area in Guwahati in Kamrup.
SFs arrested eight suspected KLPF
militants from Gandhipur in Karbi Anglong District. The five were
identified as Biren Ingti, Mohan Terang, Andres Teron, Bizu Teron,
John Teron, Babu Teron, Rakesh Ingti and Rup Singh
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
BSF IG Meghalaya Frontier Sudesh
Kumar stated that umber of camps of Indian militant groups in
Bangladesh has gone down after security authorities of that country
launched a crackdown. He also added that there are only 39 camps
of Indian militant groups in Bangladesh and most of these camps
are located in inaccessible areas of the Chittagong Hill Tract
(CHT). He also said that most these Indian militants now do not
have any well-mechanized training camps but instead they have
set up small sheds from where the insurgents usually operate.
Bangladesh security forces had
last year overrun the hideouts of NLFT and gunned down eight of
its cadres in Bangladesh CHT. The combined team of army and paramilitary
forces arrested a NLFT "commander" Kwaplai Debbarma, 33, alias
Karna, from the house of a former All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF)
'commander' Jewel Debbarma in Char Mile area on the Khagrachari-Dighinala
road. They also recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition,
which included 263 rounds of ammunition for 9mm pistol, 70 rounds
of ammunition for .762 rifles, 11 hand grenades, 17 rounds of
rocket-launchers, 19 wireless sets, two very high frequency wireless
sets, nine G3 magazines, 1,200 detonators, 18 sets of detonator
cable, seven magazines of sub-machine guns, a pistol and a revolver.
Number of camps of insurgents was over 100 five years ago.
Shambhu Singh, Joint Secretary
for North East in Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stated that a
massive security alert has been sounded across North East India
after separatist rebels announced a boycott of the Republic Day
celebrations on January 26. ULFA (NDFB) , (KLO) and CorCom had
earlier announced their boycott through a joint statement e-mailed
to several media houses.
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
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 28 2014.
SFs arrested two militants of
the NDFB-IKS in Kusrabari village in Udalguri District Militants
identified as Dhananjay Basumatary alias Didum and 'section
commander' Sanjay Basumatary alias Jingabil. Two pistols,
three hand grenades, four rounds of ammunitions and an ignitor
set were recovered from them.
SFs arrested KPLT militants identified
as Binit Tokbi and Francis Teron from Dokmoka bus stand in Karbi
Anglong. One .22 mm pistol, 10 rounds live ammunition, a magazine
and one mobile handset were recovered from them.
In a joint operation Meghalaya
Police along with Army and Assam Police, on January 28, arrested
finance secretary of a newly-formed militant outfit AJRK as Ramu
Sangma.He was arrested from Santipur village in Kamrup District.
Police recovered one 9mm pistol, three live ammunition, one notepad,
several demand notes, one walkie-talkie, one mobile handset besides
AJRK seal from his procession.
GoI closely monitoring the CI
operations and has directed the forces on the ground to lay stress
on recovery of weapons along with arrest of militants. Meanwhile,
for the first time, the militants are feeling the pressure from
SFs of Myanmar. Following pressure from India, the Government
of Myanmar has moved army personnel towards the area where the
militants have their bases. Though a full-scale operation is yet
to be launched by Myanmar, the army movement has forced the militants
to shift some of their bases.
MHA official stated that stated
that more than 70 militants of NDFB-IKS have been arrested since
December 23 2014. Sources said there have been reports that some
militants gave themselves up in the face of sustained operations.
But most of the militants managed to hide their weapons. It is
also reported that the militants managed to bury some sophisticated
weapons. Also, Bhutan Government is fully cooperating with India
in dealing with militancy.
A militant of NDFB-IKS identified
as 'sergeant major' Jornaluis Narzary alias Jankla was
killed in an encounter with Police at Ripu Reserved Forest under
Kachugaon Police Station in Kokrajhar. Arms and ammunition including
.65 mm pistol, a magazine, and two grenades were recovered from
him. He was a close associate of G Bidai, the 'commander in chief'
of NDFB-IKS. He was the main man involved in the killing of schoolgirl
Priya Basumatary and was also involved in snatching of weapons
from the Eco Task Force in October 2014.
Two NDFB-IKS militants and three
OGWs were arrested from Chirang and Kokrajhar Districts. One of
the arrested militant has been identified as Sansuma Brahma alias
B Susrwn, a Myanmar trained militant. One 7.65mm pistol, two-country
made revolvers, crude bomb and two hand grenades were recovered
during the operations.
Three UALA militants were arrested
during a joint operation by Army and Police near Mechelkhowa area
in Goalpara District. Two 12 bore country-made rifles, ammunition,
two mobile phones and some cash were recovered.
A 'second lieutenant' Sagar Dutta
of ULFA-I was arrested from a hideout near the Assam-Nagaland
border in Jorhat.
Deposition and cross examination
of Prosecution Witnesses in NIA case against UNLF 'chief' Meghen
alias Sanayaima, continued for the second day at the
special court NIA Guwahati.
Top bureaucrats of Assam and Bhutan
participated in the 10th two-day border District coordination
meeting which concluded at the Circuit House in Bongaigaon. The
meet among other things discussed law and order in the both sides
of the India-Bhutan border. Baksa, Udalguri, Kokrajhar and Chirang,
four Districts of BTAD have their borders with Bhutan.
NIA has found that laptops, offered
to meritorious students in Assam under a government scheme, were
used by the JMB militants in the operations. Sleuths of the agency,
who came from Kolkata, recovered an unspecified number of such
laptops in the state over the last few days. "The JMB had developed
its network through these laptops. The first of these laptops
was recovered from a madrasa in West Bengal. Subsequently, interrogations
of the arrested JMB members led to the recovery of some more laptops
from Assam," an NIA source told the newspaper
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 from Assam
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
SFs have arrested more than 60
per cent cadres of the KPLT. Many small militant groups are operating
in the Hill District and these groups are involved in a number
of extortion cases."Some of these small groups were formed by
former members of UPDS or KLNLF We have managed to arrest 66 KPLT
cadres while 11 were killed in encounters in the past year. About
50 cadres are still at large, mostly in eastern part of the district
and Hamren. Now But the KPLT now has been split into five groups
- KPLT (Buche group), KPLT (Pratap), KPLT (Donri), KPLT (Symbon)
and KPLT (Sojong). Some of these groups have six-seven members,"
Karbi Anglong Superintendent of Police Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta said.
ED has recently filed a prayer
before the designated court of PMLA in Guwahati seeking physical
possession of cash and other assets worth INR 10.3 million recovered
from DHD-J and its sympathisers.
Army is facing a tough challenge
in tracking down a handful of NDFB-IKS militants who are based
approximately in a 15,000 square km area and have mixed among
villagers. Intelligence sources said G Bidai, who was behind orchestrating
the killings, is believed to have escaped to West Bengal. Some
leaders have also escaped to Nagaland. Besides Bidai, the SFs
are also in look out for leaders like Batha, Madan and Soha. Army
sources said many of the cadres have fled to the foothills of
neighbouring Bhutan. Army had set up 80 operation bases on the
north bank of the Brahmaputra River to fight the militants. Over
100 to 300 villages are cover by each of the operation base adds
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 KPLT.
Two unidentified youths were arrested
on charges of serving an extortion letter to a businessman at
Chandmari in Kamrup Metropolitan District, demanding INR 500000
in the name ULFA.Police stated they were not members of ULFA.
NIA court extended the remand
period of NDFB-IKS militant Bikunas Narzary alias Birlangbai,
who was arrested on January 19, for 12 days. NIA source stated
that "He is an important member of the outfit. Further interrogation
will reveal more about the outfit's presence at Manas National
Park and in areas along the Assam-Arunachal border,".
16 NDFB-RD cadres joined NDFB-P
at Barbari designated camp in Baksa District. This is the third
time that the members of NDFB-RD have joined NDFB-P.
A bomb blast occurred at Kazidahar
village near Sonai in Cachar District, injuring a 10-year-old
boy Zabir Husain Barbhiuya.
Two NDFB-IKS militants identified
as Lwmsao Narzary and Sistu Basumatary were arrested from Baksa
and 12 KG of RDX was recovered from them.
Fearing human casualty Army and
SFs are yet to go full throttle against top NDFB-IKS 'army chief',
B Bidai who ordered the massacre of Adivasi villagers on December
23. MHA fear that final assault by the Army in these areas could
result in the killing of civilians. A source stated that "These
areas are populated and we do not have information about Bidai's
exact location. We do not want to rush in forces".
According to a senior Army official,
only a handful of the outfit's cadres are left but tracking them
down is proving to be a challenge. Security agencies estimate
that the cadre strength of NDFB-IKS would be less than 300. The
Army has about 80 operation bases on the northern bank of the
Brahmaputra and each of these bases has more than 100 villages
in the vicinity
Former DHD leaders threatened
to stop the ongoing broad gauge conversion and East-West corridor
projects in Dima Hasao District for an indefinite period unless
a CBI inquiry was conducted into the killing of its former 'general
secretary' Rajesh Naidin on January 9.
BSF Meghalaya Frontier IG Sudesh
Kumar stated that Bangladesh country no longer has any full-fledged
training camp of any militant outfit. He added that BSF BGB are
working in close co-ordination and sharing information on a regular
basis. "There are 39 vulnerable locations which have been identified
by the BSF.
Police arrested Sharif Uddin from
his rented house in the Mohanpur locality in Hailakandi District,
reports The Times of India on February 9. Police suspect
all arrested individuals to have links with JMB.
Police arrested Jahangir Alam
Sheikh, a trader from his rented house in the Alakulipur locality
of Badarpur in Karimganj.
six individuals identified as
Abdul Mannan Sheikh, Ismail Sheikh, Anwarul Sheikh, Ibadul Sheikh,
Sharif Sheikh and Noor Alam, were arrested from ward No. 11 of
Hailakandi town in Hailakandi District in connection with February
1 blast. All of them were arrested from a rented house belonging
to Shahid Husain Majharbhuiya
A militant of DHNA Bishwanath
Sengyung was lynched by villagers of Tongikro in Dima Hasao. Four
militants entered the village was celebrating Bushu Dima, and
assaulted some villagers and when escaping, one of the militants,
brandishing a pistol, started firing and a bullet hit a child
identified as Bushit Hojai. The villagers ultimately caught them
lynched them, leading to the death of a militant and injuring
two others. The injured militants are Diboajoy Daulagupu, Kameswar
Haflongbar alias Bouring Dimasa and militant identified
as Mikar Langthasa, alias Moton managed to escape.
AGP leaders identified as General
Secretary Rusvelt Rabha, Purandar Rabha and Ratna Das were arrested
for alleged link with ULFA-I, from Goalpara District. All three
were SULFA members.
Assam ED Debojit Borah received
death threats from DHD. ED had launched a prosecution against
some of the top DHD leaders, who are accused of being involved
in the NC Hills Scam in a special court on January 19 2015.
A militant of NDFB-IKS identified
as Orga was killed in an encounter with joint team of SFs at Fulkumari
forest in Kokrajhar District. Kokrajhar Additional SP Surjeet
Singh Panesar informed that Orga was a close associate of senior
NDFB-IKS militant Rangabaja. One 7.65 mm pistol, two magazines,
one hand grenade, 9 live rounds of 7.65 pistol, 10 detonators,
one magazine of Ak-47, five live round ammunition of AK 47 were
recovered from the dead militant.
Four NSLA militants were arrested
on February 9 from Kokrajhar District. Two 7.62mm Rifles and two
muzzle loaded guns and huge quantity of arms and other war like
material were recovered during the operation.
Army recovered huge cache of arms
and ammunition from Manas Reserve Forest in Chirag. The recovered
items include an IED documents with details of extortions being
carried out by NDFB-IKS and details of important and linkmen of
In the previous week, Five NDFB-IKS
militants were beaten up by a mob when they had come to extort
money during a function in Borsimaluguri village in Baksa and
was handed over to Police.
ULFA-I stated that said the "immigrant"
tag reflected how people from other parts of the country think
about the Northeast Earlier BJP vision document for New Delhi
elections had mistakenly printed that people from North East as
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
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
In separate news, though the Army,
Police and Paramilitary Forces achieved considerable success in
the counter-insurgency operations since the beginning of this
year, recovery of the arms of the militants and ensuring security
in the "ethnic fault lines of the State" remain a major challenge.
An army source stated that only
about 50 per cent of success in finishing off NDFB-IKS has been
achieved despite arrest of around 150 cadres and over ground workers.
Sources admitted that the top leaders of the outfit are still
at large and they are believed to be in the neighbouring states
or countries. Moreover, another area of concern is the weapons
of the outfit. Though a substantial number of weapons have been
recovered, majority of those are small arms as the hardcore members
managed to hide the sophisticated weapons and are now moving around
with small arms. "It is a fact that the forces managed to recover
some sophisticated weapons like AK series rifles and M16 rifles,
but majority of the weapons recovered are small arms.
On reports that some militants
moved into Arunachal Pradesh, Army sources said that as per provisions
of the Disturbed Areas Act, the Army can move into 20 kilometres
inside the state and operations are going on in those areas. However,
there is need for augmenting the capacity building of Police forces
in Arunachal Pradesh.
ASM lambasted the wrong policies
of AASU nd categorically stated that if names of those illegal
Bangladesh origin citizens totalling 70 lakh in number figure
in the NRC as Indian citizens, then the identity of the Assamese
people would be at stake.
Demanding inclusive rehabilitation
and compensation to Adivasis, who were the victims of the December
23 massacre, activists of AASA All Santhali Students' Union, BCF
and ACF militants and the inmates of the Deusri-Santipur relief
camp in Chirang District staged a four-hour sit-in demonstration
in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office at Kajalgaon in Bongaigaon.
29,375 Adivasis of around 90 villages had taken shelter in 19
relief camps in Chirang of who 20,055 had returned to their respective
villages after the situation became normal. The rest of the 9,320
Adivasi inmates have been staying in four relief camps in the
Deusri and Santipur areas in Chirag District.
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
ULFA-I militant identified as
Bidyut Bikash Khanikar surrendered near Ranghar Sena Camp in Sivasagar
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
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
Police recovered RDX explosives
weighing around 20 kilo grams from Kausi Bazar Prem Nagar village
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.
Over 200 armed Nagas had encroached
on a vast portion of Assam land by cutting down trees at Indrapur
| February 21
A group of armed Nagas burnt down
a vast portion of tea garden land at Ronkham in Jorhat District.
Locals say that Naga group, comprising Of NSCN-K militants, is
still taking shelter in the Ronkham area for a chance to encroach
on Assam land.
| 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.
| February 23
An IED was recovered from a spot
near the boundary wall of the house of an individual identified
as Alim Uddin Majumdar in the Barband locality near Hailakandi
town in Hailakandi District. Police recovered 100 gram of gelatine
and a detonator from the spot.
Assam DGP Khagen Sarma stated
that ULFA-I has been carrying out subversive activities in upper
Assam Districts with the help of KLO and NSCN He also added that
Maoist are also trying to gain a foothold in some parts of upper
Assam, particularly in tea growing areas.
Tension prevailed in the bordering
areas of Golaghat and Jorhat Districts due to frequent attacks
by Nagas on Assamese villagers.
D-Sector of the Assam-Nagaland
border at the Merapani area of Golaghat District, process of demarcation
of land was carried out in the same area by the Golaghat Forest
Division under the direction of the District Deputy Commissioner
| February 24
Police dug out five assault rifles
from an undisclosed area under Dhekiajuli Police Station in Sonitpur
Distric. he arms are suspected to belong to NDFB-IKS.
NDFB-IKS militant, identified
as Habel Basumatary, was arrested from Kachugaon in Kokrajhar
District. He was wanted in connection with the December 23 massacre.
A 7.65 pistol was recovered from him.He is believed to have been
maintaining communication with the top leaders of NDFB-IKS.
NSLA ‘chairman’ identified as
Epil Murmuhas, was arrested at Boreo under Sahibganj Police Station
All ribes bracketed as “tea tribes”
in Assam will not be considered for the status of ST by GoI. Meanwhile,
the Centre has started the process of granting ST status to six
communities of the State on the basis of a recommendation of a
Parliamentary committee. Sources said that after a thorough examination
of the background of the tribes, it was decided that among the
tribes bracketed as “tea tribes”, only 26 would be considered
for ST status added the report.
| February 25
Three bags of 400 geletin sticks
and 8 fuse wire coils were recovered by Police at ISBT in Guwahati.
Based on information provided
by the Meghalaya Police Special Branch, Assam Police arrested
two GNLA arms suppliers at Jorabat in Kamrup Metropolitan District.
The arrested have been identified as Runa Sangma and Biswajit
Sangma. One AK 47 rifle with six round and two magazines, 380
numbers of ammunition of 9mm and 164 of INSAS were recovered from
the vehicle which they were travelling.
NDFB-IKS militant, identified
as Dorjoi Goyari alias doctor was arrested from Biswanath Chariali
in Sonitpur.He used to provide medical facilities to members of
the militant group. INR 50000 was recovered from him.
Anthony Hembrom and Badal Hembrom,
militants of NSLA were arrested from Gossaigaon in Kokrajhar District
by a joint team of Police and Army. A 9mm pistol was recovered
| February 26
Five KLO militants, two of them
carrying Rs 5 lakh reward, surrendered with arms in Kokrajhar
District. One HK-33 rifle with magazine, 100 rounds of ammunition
and two satellite phones. Those surrendered include the reward-carrying
KLO activists were ‘Assistant Organising Secretary’ Hareswar alias
Lal Deka alias Jayanta, and 'Commanding Officer' ‘first
battalion’ Tiranga alias Ananth alias Birkhang,
the other three were ‘Assistant Finance Secretary’ Panchanan alias
Bikash and cadres Brajen Barman alias Rajani and Pradip
GoI has closed its doors for talks
with any more militant outfits and the ongoing process of talks
with militant groups, which have already signed cease-fire pacts
to solve their problems through discussions, will be expedited
so that those are taken to a logical conclusion as soon as possible.
Highly placed sources in MHA made it clear that the Government
was not keen on starting talks with any more militant outfit as
enough opportunity was given to them to shun violence and solve
their problems through discussions. It was also asserted by sources
that no more effort would be made to bring ULFA-I to the negotiation
Union minister of state for Home
Affairs Kiren Rijiju in a written reply in Rajya Sabha stated
that GoI had been implementing a scheme for surrender-cum-rehabilitation
of militants of North East region, since 1998, reports Nagaland
Post. He said under the scheme, one time grant of INR 150000
and monthly stipend of INR 3500 are given to surrendered militants,
and in case of Manipur, he said one time grant of INR 250000 and
monthly stipend of INR 4000 per militant was given under a special
surrender-cum-rehabilitation scheme formulated in 2012. He also
added that INR 155.5 million was released to North Eastern States
payment of stipend to surrendered militants.
| February 27
A joint team of Police and Army
liquid petroleum cylinder-based IED from railway track at Barigaon
near Dudhnoi in Darrang District.
Assam Police arrested a linkman
of NDFB-IKS identified as Hakil Narzary from Biswanath Chariali
Two unidentified individuals posing
as militants of ULFA-I was arrested from an undisclosed location
in Jorhat. They were arrested when they had come to collect INR
500000 from a trader.
Over 2000 families whose houses
were burnt down during the clashes between Bodos and Adivasis
in Kokrajhar District in December 2014 will get INR 50000 each
to rebuild their houses.
GoI has sought a detailed report
from the State Government over the reports of encroachment on
the reserve forests posing a threat to the law and order situation
in the State. The Centre has also expressed concern over the encroachment
on the tribal belts and blocks in the State. GoI became concerned
after December 23 massacre.
Security sources admitted that
the most of the killings took place in the notified forest areas,
while the militants involved in the attacks also took shelter
in the forests that are now under encroachment. Interestingly,
the Government is not in a position to construct permanent Police
Stations or roads in the areas notified as reserved forests and
the militants are taking full advantage of the situation to take
shelter among the encroachers.
| February 28
SFs arrested an AANLA cadre, Surja
Nayak from Santipur in Sonitpur district.
| March 1
SFs arrested two NDFB-IKS militants
from Kokrajhar District The duo was identified as Swmkwr Mushahary
alias Sugum and Swmkwr Basumatary.
Assam State unit of Jamiat Ulama
has said that it will extend full cooperation to the process of
updation of NRC. . “Jamiat has decided to extend full cooperation
in preparation of the NRC to ensure that names of illegal immigrants
are not included in it, while those of genuine Indian citizens
are not excluded,” the statement from Jamiat said. The organization
has also decided to help citizens in depositing relevant documents
to the NRC staff. The State committee of the Jamiat Ulama has
directed all the district committees to form a five-member cell
in each ward to help the local people in this regard.
An unidentified militant was killed
in a joint operation by police and AR in the Jenamghat area of
Dima Hasao District.
SFs arrested two militants and
two linkmen of the UPLA at Dilai of Karbi Anglong District. The
arrested UALA cadres were identified as Ronard Momin (militant),
Singsang Nehang (militant), Nokjir Timung (linkman) and Rajkumar
Rajbongshi (linkman). One 7.65 pistol along with some ammunition
and incriminating documents were recovered from
SFs arrested three CPI-Maoist
cadres from Rupacherra village under Malugram Police Station in
Silchar town of Cachar District. The trio was identified as Naren
Orang (28), Arjun Orang (20) and Barsing Teron (23). Borah said
Naren and Arjun Orang were involved in spreading Maoist ideology
while Barsing Teron was a trained Maoist.
Top Nagaland Police and government
officials are allegedly occupying land along the disputed stretches
of Assam-Nagaland border. Officials from the level of sub-divisional
officers to superintendents of police are “owners” of plots in
the B Sector of the inter-State border in Golaghat district, according
to information with Assam Police.
Governor P B Acharya stated that
Security forces have arrested at least 167 terrorists and linkmen
allegedly involved in the serial attacks on Adivasi people in
many districts across Assam in the last two months. "Two
of their leaders were also killed during the action by the security
forces. On the insistence of the state government, the NIA has
taken up investigation and registered four cases against the terrorists,"
Acharya said. At least 81 persons, including Adivasis, Bodos and
Bengalis, were killed in serial attacks by NDFB-IKS terrorists,
retaliatory violence and police firing across many districts in
December 2014.The Government has so far inked 'Suspension of Operation'
agreement with 17 extremist groups, of which Memorandum of Settlement
agreement have been signed with BLT, UPDS, DHD-N and DHD-J also
known as BW, added P B Acharya.
SFs arrested an Over Ground Worker
of the NDFB-IKS, Milan Basumatary alias Khununga, from Shimlabagan
village in Chirang Reserve Forest area of Chirang district. SFs
recovered about 12.5 kilogram TNT explosives from him.
A Kamrup (metro) Chief Judicial
Magistrate (Guwahati) granted bail to Sujena Begum, and Jakaria,
wife and brother of Sahanur Alom, a key accused in the October
2, 2014 Bardhaman blast case. This comes after Police's inability
to file a chargesheet within 90 days of their arrest. Alom is
a JMB operative arrested on December 5, 2014 in Assam.
Three militants were injured,
in a shootout, which took place between Police and NDFB-IKS militants
in Sonitpur district.
The Police raided the house of
a senior NDFB-IKS ‘leader’ named Mendala in Laizaguri village
recovered arms and ammunitions in Chirang district. Police recovered
three country made AK-type rifles along with ammunitions and 50
rounds of ammunition and gunpowder from the house. Mendala is
absconding; however, Police arrested a linkman of the outfit identified
Police arrested of an ULFA-I sympathiser,
Bolin Barua (40), from Borbum Nis Khalai Gurguru village under
Moranhat Police Station in Sivasagar District. With the arrest
of the ULFA-I sympathiser Police claimed to have solved the February
13 Sepon blast case in which two persons were killed in the explosion.
Dr Bhumidhar Barman, Minister
for Assam Accord Implementation, in his written reply on March
3 stated that 71,201 foreigners have been detected in Assam since
1985, of whom 38,186 came after 1971 and were found by the Foreigners’
Tribunals to be liable for deportation. Of the total foreigners
detected, 2,448 have been deported and 68 are kept in detention
centres, while the remaining are either absconding or are dead.
Police arrested suspected MLA
militant, Hafizur Islam, from Srirampur under Gossaigaon Police
Station in Kokrajhar District. BTAD Inspector-General of Police,
L.R. Bishnoi, on March 4 that said Islam had revealed during interrogation
that the outfit was procuring country made arms from Bihar to
kill BPF supporters ahead of the BTC election next month. Bishnoi
said the outfit was an offshoot of another armed group - MPTFA
- formed after the riots in BTAD in July 2012.
IG of BSF Meghalaya Frontier,
Sudesh Kumar stated that Bangladesh Government has sought access
from the Indian Government to allow movement of its SFs to enter
inside the rugged terrain of CHT in order to launch a crackdown
against Indian rebels in CHT. The IG also added that Indian government
was yet to take a call on the request. He also added that there
were 39 active camps and hideouts of North East militants in different
parts of CHT. Four Indian north-eastern states of Tripura, Meghalaya,
Mizoram and Assam share a 1,880-km border with Bangladesh.
One unidentified militant of an
unspecified group was arrested with arms from Jatinga railway
station in Dima Hasao District.
An unidentified militant of ASAK
was arrested on March 6th, near Damra village in Goalpara District.
A .22 mm pistol, ammunition and one hand grenade were recovered
Police arrested a woman NDFB-IKS
militant at Rangajan in Golaghat District and seized cartridges
of INSAS rifle.
Police are pressing for help from
neighbouring Bhutan and Myanmar to arrest top leaders of NDFB-IKS.
The ‘chairman’ of NDFB-IKS IK Songbijit, is suspected to have
fled to Myanmar, his close associate G Bidai and other top leaders
are believed to be in Bhutan. Sources said Bidai, the mastermind
of December 23 massacres was last seen somewhere near Thimphu
in Bhutan. Minister of state for Home affairs Kiren Rijiju recently
said in Parliament that till February 28 this year, 214 cadres
of NDFB-IKS have been arrested. Earlier, Security Forces had claimed
that the outfit has a total strength of about 270 members. The
Security Source further added that "Due to intensified operations
against the outfit in Sonitpur, Udalguri and Kokrajhar Districts,
NDFB-IKS militants are now trying to seek refuge in Golaghat District
in Assam and Dimapur in Nagaland.
ULFA-I demanded an ‘apology’ from
Police for detaining the son of Anup Chetia, the ULFA-I's ‘general
secretary’ and founder member, for several hours in Sivasagar
Clashes along the Assam-Nagaland
border have claimed 158 lives since 1972, according to Government
records. In the first incident that took place on March 14, 1972,
one Assam Police man was killed in a firing by the Nagaland Police
in Sivasagar In another land encroachment related incident on
January 5, 1979, 54 people were killed and 39 injured in Assam
A senior official of the MHA said
that over the past five years Bangladeshi security agencies have
arrested 17 top leaders of the insurgent groups banned in India,
especially those active in the Northeast. The official said “Several
top leaders, including those from Meghalaya, Tripura and Assam,
had taken shelter in Bangladesh. Through proactive action, the
Bangladesh Government has been extending full cooperation to us
in the fight against such groups. During 2009-14, at least 17
top leaders of various groups were arrested, and eight suspects
Suspected militants belonging
to a Naga rebel outfit fired at a Police patrol party along the
Assam-Nagaland border in Sivasagar District.
The two-month deadline given by
the Central Government to the Police and Security Forces to “finish
off” the NDFB-IKS has expired, but the UMHA has made it clear
that there would be no relaxing of the operations till the top
leaders of the outfit fall in the security net.
The BSS, the apex literary body
of the Bodos raised the pitch for expediting peace talks between
militant outfits in the state and the Centre. While backing the
Centre and state government's operation against rebels who have
not yet given up arms, the BSS said the government should find
an early solution for the rebel groups it has been holding talks
with for years.
Army recovered an IED, weighing
about 15 kilograms, from Patiladaha-Panbari Road Chirang District.
The IED was later diffused.
SFs arrested an unidentified MULTA
militant from Baijer Alga village in Dhubri District. A 9 mm pistol
along with four rounds of ammunition was recovered from his possession.
SFs arrested a suspected NDFB-IKS
militant, Manas Swargiwari, from Karibil area in Sonitpur District.
A US-made 7.65 mm pistol, its magazine, live ammunition and some
documents were recovered from the cadre.
Police, in an encounter, killed
the present 'chairman' of UPLF Dhananjay Dalogopu, at Borlangpha
in Karbi Anglong. A pistol with an empty magazine and three rounds
of ammunition were recovered from him. Dhananjay alias
Ratan alias Kala was a former insurgent of DHD Dalogopu
took over UPLF's reins following the arrest of UPLF's earlier
'chairman' Gajao eight months ago.
In an email 'information and publicity
secretary' of NDFB-PTF S Sanjarang claimed that its 'president'
Dhiren Boro alias B Sungthagra, was arrested on the 'false
pretext' of attending to an unknown registered case by the Gauhati
High Court on March 2.
State's Parliamentary Affairs
Minister Rockybul Hussain informed that currently eight militant
outfits were active in the State, including ULFA-I ,NDFB-IKS,KLO,
HuM, MULTA JMB CPI- Maoist.
SFs arrested an unidentified GNLA
militant from village Balaikhwar under Lakhipur police station
in Goalpara. SFs recovered one 9 mm pistol and two 9 mm live rounds.
Police arrested linkman of ULFA-I
Dharmadev Gosai, from Sonari in Sivasagar District in connection
with the blast at Sepon on February 13.
BSF arrested an alleged fundamentalist,
Ali Hussain in the Indo-Bangladesh border area in Dhubri.
Tarun Gogoi described the modernization
of the Police force as the topmost priority of the State Government.
Tarun Gogoi, in his budget speech, went ahead on the modernization
of Police force scheme proposing steps to fill up all vacant posts
of the State Police within the next financial year, including
6748 posts of armed branch constables, filling up of 340 unarmed
branch sub inspectors' posts and 340 APRO posts.
To boost the morale of the security
force personnel engaged in fighting the insurgents, he said that
the ex-gratia grant to the next of kin of the security personnel,
including Home Guards, killed in direct encounter has been raised
to INR 2 million. In the Government's bid to strengthen the State
Police, Gogoi proposed raise in the wages of Home Guards and steps
to improve their service condition.
He further proposed enhancement
in the pocket money of VDP personnel from INR 500 to INR 1,500
per month. The CM further said that seven new border outposts/forest
protection camps have been sanctioned for the inter-state borders
with Nagaland, Meghalaya and Mizoram. Altogether 27 new border
outposts/ forest protection camps are proposed to be established
in the coming year. The CCTV project in Guwahati will be completed
within June 2015, Gogoi said.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in
his budget speech in the State Assembly stated that efforts by
his government for maintenance of law and order resulted in signing
of record 21 tripartite agreements for suspension of operations
or Memorandum of Settlements with 21 militant outfits.
SFs arrested two hardcore militants
of NDFB-IKS, Bilifang Brahma and Khampu Brahma, from Barshijhar
area in Chirang District.
SFs arrested two KPLT militants,
'area commander' Arsek alias Chinthong and Bidya Sing Kro
alias Laher along with two linkmen, Prakash Teran and Sarmen Bey,
from Umlapher village in Hamren sub-division of Karbi Anglong
District. A .9 mm pistol along with five live rounds, two hand
grenades (including one Chinese) and incriminatory documents like
extortion notes of KPLT and demand money receipts were recovered
from the militants.
SFs arrested a MULTA cadre, Nur
Ali rom his residence in Dhubri District. A 9mm pistol, four rounds
of live ammunition were recovered from him.
SFs have been put on alert to
prevent a fresh breakout of ethnic clashes in the Bodo heartland
ahead of the election to the BTC which is likely to be held in
JMB has managed to send a few
bombs from Assam to Bangladesh by taking advantage of the porous
international border,. Highly placed sources in MHA told the newspaper
that recently security forces in Bangladesh managed to recover
a IEDs with information provided by the Indian security agencies.
||A school employee, identified
as Basu Upadhyai was abducted from his residence in Lamsakhang in
West Karbi Anglong District.
SFs arrested NSLA militants and
a linkman , from Kashiabari village in Kokrajhar. One 7.62 mm
SLR with magazine, 20 cartridges of 7.62 mm ammunition, two country-made
pistols and a hand-grenade, among other things were recovered
from them. One rebel has been identified as Sonyram Soren, the
right-hand man of Framjeet, alias Dadiya, NSLA area commander
of Kashiabari. The other two are Shivlal Hembrom and Dhub Kisku.
The linkman has been identified as Roshan Murmu.
SFs arrested three unidentified
militants, including two suspected militants of NDFB-IKS and another
suspected MTFA in Kokrajhar District.
NSLA is trying to regroup. The
NSLA has been blamed for several kidnappings and extortion drives
in Alipurduar and Coochbehar areas of neighbouring West Bengal.
An Army official stated that "We have observed heightened activities
of Adivasi militants.
The leading citizens of Barak
Valley convened a mass convention at Chuto Lal Seth Institute
in Silchar District on March 15 to chalk out strategies to fight
against the complexities that arise out from the process of NRC.
Border Security Force (BSF-Guwahati
frontier) had recovered FICN worth INR 257,500 in 2014. "FICN
with a face value of INR 2,57,500 and 7,471 head of cattle worth
INR 4 crore were seized while 138 smugglers and illegal immigrants,
including 62 Indians and 76 Bangladeshis, were arrested by the
BSF's Guwahati Frontier last year," a BSF source said. The Guwahati
Frontier of BSF, Headquartered at Patgaon (Guwahati), has three
sectors under its jurisdiction - Dhubri in Assam and Falakata
and Cooch Behar in Bengal.
SFs arrested, a most wanted militant
leader of the NDFB-IKS Roshish Basumatary, alias Jama was arrested
from New Alipurduar in Alipurdar District in West Bengal. He was
involved in the massacre of Adivasis on December 23, 2014. A source
stated that "The operation was conducted with the help of West
Bengal Police. The militant was apprehended from the densely-forested
Jaldapara National Park in West Bengal," Roshish Basumatary belongs
to the outfit's 35th batch of Myanmar-trained cadres.
SFs arrested two militants belonging
to NDFB-IKS along with a rifle and ammunition from Hadan Bazar
in Chirang District. The arrested militants were identified as
Bathiram Goyari, [number four in NDFB-IKS hierarchy] and Selma
SFs arrested two MULTA militants
in Lakhipur area of Goalpara District. SFs recovered FICN with
a face value of INR 200,000 and two pistols from the two militants.
The Army recovered two 303 rifles
with silencers, two magazines and 17 rounds of live ammunition
from Biswanath Ghat in Sonitpur District.
Extortion demands in the northern
part of Sonitpur District by different armed groups, including
Bodo and Adivasi militant groups, remains rampant in spite of
the ongoing Counter-insurgency operations in the District. Militant
formations like NDFB-IKS, AANLA, ACMA, BCF, etc remain active
in the area. Recently, the chairman of the Eastern Zone chapter
of the All India MES (Army) Contractors’ Association, Rajesh Singh
and a forest official, Gopal Deka, received two demand notes for
huge amounts of money by the AANLA militants under the ‘leadership’
of one Dipen Nayak, adds the report. Rajesh Singh further alleged
that many of them had to oblige as the police and the AANLA militants
have a nexus.
Police, during an operation, arrested
four KPLT militants from forest area of Koilamati in Chakihola
under Bokajan subdivision in Karbi Anglong District. The four
militants were identified as Lankiram Terang, Ramesh Ronghang,
Jiten Ronghang and Ubeshly Engti alias Amar.
Police recovered a handmade grenade
at Balajan Tinali in Kokrajhar District. The handmade grenade
was later defused by Police.
AGP’s legislator Padma Hazarika
told the Assembly that NDFB militants were running a parallel
government across a large area in the North Bank (of river Brahmaputra)
where the State government and the administration had little presence.
Hazarika also alleged that there was a nexus between the ultras
and a section of the police, and demanded a probe into it.
76 Bangladeshi nationals were
declared as illegal migrants by FT since February 2014, State
Home Secretary L S Changsan told that the three camps in Goalpara,
Silchar and Kokrajhar also house other foreigners who have been
convicted by the judiciary on various counts of violation of the
Passport Act and overstaying visa grants."There are two types
of detainees in the camps. One category comprises those declared
as illegal migrants by tribunals, and the other includes people
convicted by the judiciary for various violations. The total number
of detainees in the camps is 180, out of which 76 have been declared
as illegal migrants by tribunals. The number was 68 last February
," the Home Secretary said. Changsan said the number
of detainees sent to detention camps by the judiciary is 104,
of which 28 are Myanmarese and the rest are from Bangladesh.
Panchayat & Rural Development
Minister Rakibul Hussain informed the State Assembly that militant
had killed 195 civilians and four police personnel in Assam during
Hussain informed the House that
eight militant organizations are active in the state as on date
–NDFB-IKS , ULFA-I, KPLT, KLO, HuM-Assam unit, MULTA, CPI-Maoist
and JMB As many as 13 militant groups have declared Suspension
of Operation which include NDFB-PTF, NDFB-RD, ULFA-PTF,
AANLA etc. Among the eight active organizations, NDFB-IKS has
about 250-270 cadres, followed by ULFA-I with 240 cadres and MULTA
with 140 cadres. The remaining five outfits have cadre strength
ranging from 70 to 20.
As many as 6082 violent incidents
have been perpetrated by these eight active outfits in the state
since 1991 to present, of which ULFA has carried out highest 3632
incidents, followed by NDFB with 2231 incidents. As many as 2059
arms have been recovered from these eight outfits since 1991,
of which 1376 belonged to ULFA and 561 to NDFB. No arms belonging
to JMB have been recovered yet.
Hussain further informed that
as many as 19, 939 leaders and cadres of these eight outfits have
been arrested since 1991 till date, with the ULFA accounting for
the highest number (14982) of arrests, followed by NDFB’s 4059.
No cadre or leader of HuM has been arrested yet.
SFs arrested a NDFB -RD militant,
identified as Deepjyoti Daimari, from Sonitpur District. The militant
was arrested for physically assaulting a businessman at Charduar
area on March 22, 2015.
SFs arrested an unidentified MULTA militant
at Modati in Kokrajhar District.
DGP Khagen Sarma said it was possible
that some Police personnel might have nexus with NDFB militants
on personal level. The DGP pointed out that the department
had taken the allegation made by the MLA Padma Hazarika seriously
and the officer in charge of Chariduar Police Station in Sonitpur
District had already been removed from his post. The DGP also
said that NDFB-IKS ultras might try to disrupt forthcoming polls
in BTC. The opposition MLA informed that the militants of the
NDFB-RD which is now in truce mode with the Government of India,
have demanded ‘monthly tax’ from villagers from Bogijulee village
under Chariduar Police Station which prompted the villagers to
lay siege to the same Police Station on March 22, 2015.
The AAMSU insisted on making the
1971 electoral rolls as the base for NRC update in the State.
The students' body even threatened non-cooperation with the exercise
of updating the NRC if their demand was not met. AAMSU also demanded
that March 24, 1971, should be the cut-off date for NRC update
and to fix the definition of Assamese people.
Three OGWs identified as Bodosa
Mushahary, Dwinden Basumatary and Dolaharu Narzary of NDFB-IKS
were arrested from Jharbari in Kokrajhar. A country-made pistol,
two country-made rifles and a hand grenade were recovered from
SFs arrested two NDFB-IKS cadres
from Balipara under Charduar Police Station in Sonitpur District.
NDFB-IKS militants were arrested, near Kachugaon in Kokrajhar.
The arrested militants have been identified as Heita Boro, Ashok
Basumatary and Ranjoy Boro alias Lawdang. The militants
were involved in extortion and were working as linkmen providing
food and ration to NDFB-IKS militants in Ripu Reserve Forest.
militant, identified as Raman Rabhawho was arrested from Gaksha
village in Kokrajhar. He had undergone training in 2012 at Durama
hills in Meghalaya along with the 4th Batch of GNLA.
militants of MTFA were arrested near Kharkhariin village in Kokrajhar.
Three pistols and live ammunition were recovered from them.
to various terror attacks 413 people died in North East India
in 2014. Assam accounted for 168 deaths in 246 insurgency incidents.
As many as 144 deaths were at the hands of NDFB-IKS. In the last
3 years insurgent outfits in Assam have killed 242 people including
14 security personnel.
Of the 40 deaths recorded due
to insurgency in the state in 2013, 16 were in NDFB-IKS attacks.
Comparatively ULFA claimed just three lives while KPLT killed
SFs arrested four militants of
NDFB-IKS from Tharaibari in Sonitpur District. Two of the
extremists Brim Basumatary alias Belashi and
Superior Basumatary alias Maniraj were involved
in the massacre of over 80 Adivasis, Biswanath Chariali Police
District SP M D Ray said. The two others were identified as Pohar
Narzary and Pratim Daimary.
The process of updating of NRC
based on Citizenship Act 1955 and Citizenship Rule 2003, under
the direct supervision of the Supreme Court of India will start
in Sonitpur District from April 1.
ULFA-I claimed responsibility
for the recent killing of an employee of the Shell petrol depot
at Aulachowka (Borjamguri) on NH-15 in Darrang District. During
the incident on March 27, two motor cycle borne gunmen opened
indiscriminate firing at the petrol depot, wounding an employee
Manoj Patel. He was rushed to Mangaldai Civil Hospital and later
was referred him to Guwahati Medical College and Hospital. According
to unconfirmed report, few months back the outfit had demanded
a huge amount from the proprietor of the depot as donation to
the fund of the outfit.
The state authorities, in response
to an RTI application, have replied that the KPLT, an Karbi Anglong
District based outfit, was actively involved in the poaching of
rhinos and trade of its horns in Kaziranga National Park.
A special NIA court in Guwahati
has sent three militants NDFB-IKS to seven-day NIA remand. "The
militants were involved in the massacre of Adivasi villagers at
Pakhriguri under Serfanguri police station on December 23 and
the killing of Hindi-speaking persons at Athiabari, also under
Serfanguri Police Station, on National Highway 31 on January 17
last year," Police said earlier.
The Supreme Court pulled up Dispur
for "dragging its feet" on the massive influx of illegal migrants
by not showing the seriousness with which the matter needs to
be dealt with, reports The Telegraph. A bench of Justice Ranjan
Gogoi and Justice R.F. Nariman directed the State Chief Secretary,
Jitesh Khosla, to file a fresh affidavit to explain the measures
taken by the Assam government like setting up of task forces to
prevent infiltration from across the border. The court also asked
the nodal officer of Assam to file a separate affidavit on the
status of the NRC.
Some startling facts were revealed
in the findings of CAG of India with regards to the function of
Police in Assam.
Again, 18 police stations do not
have rest rooms for personnel and two others do not even have
drinking water facilities. One Police Station in the State is
operating from a market shed, another from a private club and
a third from a quarter of Public Works Department. The CAG further
points out that for combating modern day cyber crime; Assam Cyber
Crime Investigation Lab was set up in October, 2013. But the lab
remained no-functional till December, 2014 due to the primary
requirement of a broadband connection, shortage of equipment;
skilled manpower and separate automated power back up.
Not just the lack of basic human
facilities, the CAG has also pointed out that 26% of weapons and
same percentage of ammunition with the state police force are
obsolete. Besides, its existing analog communication system is
also vulnerable to easy interception. The CAG states that the
objective of establishing the Counter Insurgency and anti-Terrorist
Training Schools (CIAT) has not been achieved as the 4,769 personnel,
who completed training at these schools, were not trained in night
training, underground firing and jungle warfare.
Over 250 militants of NDFB-IKS
have been apprehended, and four killed, in an operation launched
by the UC after the Adivasi massacre in the State on December
23, 2014. The forces have also recovered huge cache of arms and
State Agriculture Minister Rakibul
Hussain, on behalf of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, informed the
house in a written reply that the UC has seized 78 assorted weapons
belonging to NDFB-IKS, which include 13 AK-56 rifles, five AK-47
rifles, an SLR, an M16 rifle, a Chinese rifle, an M22 rifle, a
.303 rifle, an AK semi-automatic rifle, three HK33 rifles and
an INSAS rifle. The findings also include two M20 pistol, 16 7.65
mm pistols, four 7.62 pistols, two .22 pistols, one Mark 30 pistol,
nine 9mm pistols, three 65 mm pistols and seven handmade guns.
Hussain said three of the NDFB-IKS cadres have been nabbed in
Kerala and another three in Nagaland. "At present, there are just
a few NDFB-IKS militants at large and the search is on, inside
and outside the state," the Minister added.
The UC is also simultaneously
searching for illegal weapons in the Bodo areas and has recovered
21 such assorted weapons, 168 rounds of ammunition, six grenades,
seven detonators and two crude bombs from cadres of various other
outfits in and around BTAD.
SFs, in an encounter, killed two
militants belonging to the NDFB-IKS, 'deputy commandant' Sohiasula
and 'sergeant major' Ratan, at Lakhipathar area in Sonitpur District.
Two militants of the ULFA-I, identified
as Pranjal Bora and Rubul Ali were arrested from an unspecified
location. Pranjal Bora, a former employee of a private security
agency in Guwahati, had reportedly been working as a linkman of
ULFA-I militant Deepak Bora alias Bikram Asom in an extortion
drive. Rubul Ali delivered the extortion money to the ULFA-I about
one year back.
NIA interrogation of IK Songbijit
faction of NDFB-IKS has revealed that Chinese made weapons come
to Manipur through the China-Myanmar-India border. According to
the interrogation report arms consignments are smuggled from the
China border to South Myanmar by the Kachin rebels who hand over
the weapons to NSCN-IM in Myanmar. NSCN-IM then passes on the
weapons to NDFB-IKS in Manipur which are taken to Assam's Bodoland
area, where NDFB operates. Forty six NDFB-IKS militants have been
arrested so far by the NIA after December 2014 massacre of tribals.
GNLA deserter, identified as Sengrak
T. Sangma alias Bamon Rance was arrested in a joint operation
by Meghalaya Police and Army at Arabellapra in Goalpara District.
Sengrak is wanted in connection with firing on a CRPF team in
2014. Ramesh Singh, ASP, North Garo Hills stated that "He has
confessed to his involvement in the firing at Bolsal Ading village
in North Garo Hills, where two CRPF men were injured,". A 9mm
pistol, a magazine, two rounds of ammunition and a GNLA pad were
recovered from him. ASP also added that he had confessed to being
involved with AMEF and ANLA.
Security Forces arrested two suspected
members of NSLA at Srirampur in Kokrajhar District.
Union Tribal Welfare Minister
Jual Oram announced that six communities of the state would be
given ST status within the next four to five months. Making an
election statement while campaigning for BJP candidates for the
BTC polls in Kokrajhar, Oram said, "I cannot give a time frame
but six communities - Koch-Rajbongshis, tea tribes, Tai Ahoms,
Morans, Motoks and Chutiyas - will be given ST status in four
to five months. The case of ST status to these six communities
is lying with me. The group of ministers has already prepared
a note. We are changing the modalities of granting tribal status."
SFs killed two cadres of the UDLF-O
at Borobasti in South Ratabari in Karimganj District. The dead
duo was identified as Narendra Reang (30) and Sishumoni Reang
(36). Another militant managed to escape from the site.
Police arrested the 'commander-in-chief'
of AANLA, identified as Pipar Dang along with four other members
of the outfit, from Dayalpur forest area near Assam -Nagaland
boundary, in Golaghat District. The four other arrested AANLA
militants were identified as Isaque Bag, Fabinos Surin, Sangphai
Lothanaga and a woman cadre Lily Kikone. Police recovered one
pistol and ammunition from the militants. Police informed that
the operation was carried in specific information to rescue two
persons, Mono Karmakar and Amit Dutta, who were abducted by AANLA
militants on March 27. The abducted persons were rescued by the
Police during the operation. Following the incident, Golaghat
Police are planning to send a proposal to the state government
to review the ceasefire agreement with the AANLA.
A militant of NSLA-AT identified
as Nandu Kisku was arrested. He was arrested from Sapkata in Kokrajhar
Security Forces recovered a huge
quantity of explosives buried at Dhansirighat near Tulip tea garden
in Sonitpur District. According to Sonitpur Superintendent of
Police (SP) Sanjukta Parasar, the explosives were buried near
a river bank under Dhekiajuli Police Station and were recovered
last night. She said the team recovered 75 detonators and other
explosive materials from the site and added; investigation was
on to ascertain who were behind the matter.
| April 7
ULFA-I 'chairman' Abhijit Barman
alias Abhijit Asom, in an email statement, vowed to continue the
armed struggle for a sovereign Assam. The statement was issued
on the occasion of the outfit's 36th Raising day.
Security Forces arrested two militants,
one belonging to ULFA-I and the other to NSCN-K, from Tinsukia
District. Tinsukia SP Anand Prakash Tiwari said the ULFA-I cadre
has been identified as Biraj Hazarika of Karbi Anglong District
and the NSCN-K cadre as "sergeant major" Kammen Kamlaon from Khonsa
in Tirap District in Arunachal Pradesh.
40-seat BTC election saw a turnout
of 75 per cent and was by and large peaceful. BTC administers
the BTAD Districts of Kokrajhar, Baksa, Udalguri and Chirang.
Police arrested two persons were
arrested with FICN having face value of INR 137,000 in Barpeta
District. The arrested duo was identified as Jamaluddin and Tariqueuddin.
SFs arrested NSLA 'area commander'
of Gossaigaon area, Lakhiram Kisku alias Surya alias
Mathiyas, from Gomna area in Kokrajhar District. SFs recovered
a factory made 7.62 mm pistol, few ammunition and other war like
stores from him.
With the Government of Myanmar
yet to take any action against the militants of North-East, who
are taking shelter in that country, the GoI has started working
on augmenting security along the international border and a comprehensive
border management strategy is being planned. The international
border with Myanmar is being guarded by the Assam Rifles (AR)
since 2002 as a part of the one border one force strategy of the
Government of India (GoI). However, it is often reported that
majority of the Assam Rifles camps are located deep inside Indian
Territory and the deployment of the force could not check the
movement of militants and other anti-national elements. Though
there were some discussions about entrusting the BSF with the
responsibility of guarding the border with Myanmar, the final
decision in this regard is yet to be taken.
Joint Secretary (North-East) of
MHA Sambhu Singh stated that AR has sought to increase its strength
with induction of new battalions so that more dedicated forces
can be deployed along the border with Myanmar. MHA official also
added that it may not be possible to construct fencing all along
the border with Myanmar because of the terrain. But the Government
may go for construction of fencing in the areas where such construction
is feasible. He also added that so far, the Government of Myanmar
is yet to take strong action to evict the camps of the militants
from the territory of that country. According to an estimate,
the total strength of Indian militants in Myanmar should be around
||The NIA's probe into the
October 2, 2014, Bardhaman blasts could soon uncover the role of
Pakistan's spy agency ISI and al Qaeda in helping JMB run its operations,
top sources said. The agency is set to receive crucial documents
from Bangladesh on the funding, membership and association of JMB
with other groups which it believes would shed light on the outfit's
links with ISI and al-Qaida. JMB has already established a substantial
base in West Bengal, Assam and Jharkhand. An official said the 39
bombs recovered from the hideouts of JMB members in Bardhaman were
possibly funded by ISI and al Qaeda.
An IED was recovered by the Army
from the house of one Atikur Rahman at Khukundi village in Nalbari
Mizoram Police arrested three
militants of the Democrats faction of HPC-D, from Ramnagar in
Cachar District in Assam. The militants have been identified as,
'army chief' Lalropuia, 'finance secretary' Famhoite Norbar Sanate
and Ngurthantluanga Sanate.
Police recovered an abandoned
truck from Baihata area in Kamrup District. Sources say that the
truck was taken away the truck from Mandakata area by armed militants,
on April 13.
SFs arrested an NDFB-IKS militant,
identified as 'platoon commander of Chirang platoon' Samar Basumatary
alias Sona, from Chetnaguri village in Kokrajhar District. SFs
recovered a 7.65 mm pistol (factory made), three live rounds,
one hand grenade and other war like stores from him.
SFs killed another NDFB-IKS
militant, identified as Engarlang, at Bogijuli in Sonitpur District.
Another NDFB-IKS militant managed to escape into the nearby thick
vegetation. One 7.62 mm pistol, ammunition, two mobile phones,
8 SIM cards and a Pulsar bike were recovered from the encounter
SFs, in an encounter, killed a
senior leader of the NDFB-IKS, identified as Praneshwar Narzary alias Daokhoumwi,
at Kochugaon Pepso Gravel Road of Kokrajhar District. A
7.65 mm pistol with a magazine with three rounds, two fired cases
and a hand grenade were recovered from the encounter site. Search
is on for other militants who were engaged in the gunfight.
SFs, in an operation, arrested
five militants of the NDFB-IKS from the jungles of Ripu Reserve
Forest of Kokrajhar District. The arrested militants
were identified as ‘lieutenant and platoon commander’ of ‘Rangapara
Platoon’ Dilip Basumatary alias B Dawkhaw, ‘corporal
and section commander’ of ‘Biswanath Chariali platoon’ Ananto
Swargairy alias Agar, ‘lance corporal’ Philip Narzary alias N
Puthaisala alias Fighter, Phukon Goyari and Sanjoka
Brahma alias B Saogari.
The Central Government ruled out
the possibility of holding talks with the ULFA-I and NDFB-IKS
pointing to the groups’ involvement in ‘mindless violence’. The
two militant outfits have been indulging in terrorist violence
from time to time, mercilessly killing innocent people, including
women and children. These outfits are also indulging themselves
in extortion activities and abduction of people for ransom, MoS
for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said in a Lok Sabha (lower
house of India’s parliament) reply to a question by State’s MP
Sources have admitted that failure
to nab the senior ‘leaders’ of NDFB-IKS was a matter of serious
concern as there was the possibility that they might try to revive
the outfit. As per information available with the security
agencies, the ‘chairman’ IK Songbijit is still in Myanmar, while
the ‘commander-in-chief’ of the outfit G Bidai, who reportedly
masterminded the December 23 attacks, and is believed to be hiding
somewhere in the jungles along the Assam-Bhutan border areas.
SFs, in an operation, arrested
five militants of the NDFB-IKS from Parbatjhora Reserve Forest
of Kokrajhar District. The arrested militants were
identified as ‘section commander’ Gobla Basumatary alias B
Gwnshwar, ‘section commander’ of Bengtol ‘section of Chirang platoon’
Preg Barmouh, Shamkhar Musahari, Rahul Khaklary, Babul Narzary
and Swarang Boro.
The Assam Police put out a series
of advertisements, based in Guwahati, in local newspapers giving
lists of over 1600 “untraced declared foreigners” who had
illegally entered the state after 1971 ( after the formation of
Bangladesh), and sought information about them from the citizens.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said
that the ongoing exercise of, NRC update in the State has been
given top priority as it would end issues revolving around the
State's biggest problem of infiltration from Bangladesh. The
process of updating the NRC now will facilitate the inclusion
of the names of the persons and their descendants who appear in
the NRC of 1951 or in any of the electoral rolls up to the midnight
of March 24th, 1971, or in any one of the other admissible documents
of the pre-1971 period. This will prove their presence in Assam
on or before March 24, 1971. The distribution of application
forms for inclusion of one's name in the NRC will begin from the
last week of April. This will be followed by field verification
from June 2015. The draft NRC is scheduled to be published on
October 31 and the final one on January 31, 2016.
ASM will hold will a
meet in Jorhat District on April 25 to discuss the future of the
indigenous people once the National Register of Citizens, 1951,
is updated. ASM an organisation that has been waging a legal battle
in the Supreme Court questioning the very validity of the Assam
Accord will hold a two-day conference in Jorhat.
NDFB-IKS, removed its 'president'
Songbijit Ingti Kathar a few days ago and elevated its ‘interim
general secretary’ B Saoraigwra to the top post. A Karbi by ethnicity,
Songbijit is reportedly holed up in Myanmar. He was sidelined
when the outfit took the decision to massacre the Adivasis. The
heinous crime was executed under the direction of G Bidai, ‘deputy
chief’ of the outfit's ‘armed wing’."About four days ago,
we received information that Songbijit has been removed from the
post of the outfit's chairman and made its advisor. B Saoraigwra
is the new chairman of the outfit," a source told the newspaper.
A team of militants, during a
clash between two factions of the KPLT, gunned down KPLT (Buche
group) ‘chairman’ Boche Bey (28) alias Bijoy
Terang in Rongnihan Sigar gaon under Borpathar Police Station
in Karbi Anglong District. Boche Bey (28) alias Bijoy
Terang is one of the founder members of the undivided KPLT. “According
to reports, Boche's own ‘finance secretary’ Singh Teron is behind
the killing of the chairman," said a Bokajan Police source.
The Assam State Jamiat Ulama submitted
a memorandum to Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren
Rijiju and the Registrar General of India (RGI), Rohitash Nariman,
on its demands regarding the update of the NRC 1951. A delegation
of the Jamiat, led by its president Badruddin Ajmal, met both
Rijiju and Nariman in New Delhi and requested them to concede
to their demands, which include extension of the deadline to receive
NRC applications till October this year.
SFs, in a joint operation, busted
a major hideout of NDFB-IKS in the thick jungles of Ripu Forest,
near the Indo-Bhutan border, in Kokrajhar District. Defence PRO
Leutinent Colonel Suneet Newton said that during the search operation
an encounter took place with NDFB (S) cadres. It is suspected
that the senior hierarchy of NDFB-IKS, involved in the Adivasis
massacre on December 23, 2014, was in the group with whom contact
was established. Newton said that the operation is continuing
and a massive hunt is in progress in Ripu Reserve Forest by Army.
A major NDFB-IKS hideout was busted
by Army in Sadiya Ghat area inside Manas Reserve Forest in Chirang
District. The operation was launched on a specific intelligence,
regarding presence of a hideout in of Chirang, said the Defence
A UC meeting held decided to focus
on apprehending two top leaders of the NDFB-IKS, who are believed
to be hiding somewhere deep inside forest on the India-Bhutan
A source told that the UC meeting,
which was held in Dispur and attended by senior Army, Police,
Paramilitary and Government officials, discussed strategies to
track down and apprehend the NDFB-IKS duo, G. Bidai alias Bishnu
Goyari and Binod Mushahary alias Batha Mushahary. Security
Forces said these two leaders masterminded massacre of Adivasis
on December 23, 2014. "The meeting decided to intensify operations
in some specific areas on the India-Bhutan border to apprehend
the duo. The forces will also step up effort to collect intelligence
to pinpoint their whereabouts," the source said.
SFs killed a KPLT militant, identified
as Martin Tokbi, during an operation in Malasi area of Karbi Anglong
District. SFs also arrested another KPLT militant, identified
as Dor Sing Karthar, during the operation. SFs recovered one pistol
along with ammunition and various incriminating documents including
extortion notes of KPLT and money receipts from the militants.
GNLA militants "robbed" the driver,
patients and physician travelling in an ambulance at Belguri area
in Goalpara District.
Asserting that removal of the
sense of alienation of the people of the north-eastern region
was the biggest challenge before the Centre, UHM Rajnath Singh
has advocated a hardline approach to militant outfits indulging
in violence in the North-east, particularly Assam. Paresh Baruah
is not interested to come for dialogue, said the Home Minister,
reminding that the Centre's interlocutors were engaged in negotiations
with other militant groups.
SFs arrested three suspected ULFA-I
cadres from Gohpur in Sonitpur District.
SFs arrested two cadres of AANLA,
identified as Bijoy Aein, and Yakub Iskata, from Rangapara in
Sonitpur District. SFs recovered two hand-made pistols, 16 rounds
of live ammunition and two cartridges.
SFs arrested three cadres of NDFB-IKS
from different locations in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur Districts.
An NDFB-IKS cadre, Sanjib Basumatary of Kachugaon Lotamari, was
apprehended from Khousi Bazar in Kokrajhar district. Another cadre,
Sachin Brahma, was arrested from Parbatjhora in the same District.
A militant, Dilip Boro, was arrested from Sopay Rowmari in Bishwanath
Chariali under Sonitpur District.
Union MoS for Home Affairs Haribhai
Parathibhai Chaudhary informed the Rajya Sabha (upper house
of Indian Parliament) that cadres UALC of the CPI-Maoist are involved
in anti-dam propaganda campaign over the lower Subansiri mega
dam, at Gerukamukh near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. Anti-dam
activists from different organizations of the state have stalled
the work of the 2,000 MW project on the Subansiri River since
UDLF, headed by one Rajesh Chorki,
has joined hands with a forum of other northeast rebel groups,
the United Liberation Front of West Asia and South East Asia,
led by the NSCN-K 'chairman' S.S. Khaplang, last week. According
to intelligence sources here, Chorki, a former "press secretary"
in the UDLA, broke off and formed the new faction in Barak Valley.
SFs arrested three militants in
two separate operations conducted in Kokrajhar and Dhubri Districts.
The lone NDFB-IKS militant was arrested from Kokrajhar while two
militants belonging to MULTA were arrested from Fakirganj area
of Dhubri.The NDFB-IKS militant was identified as Jwngdao Basumatary.
Unidentified men shot at and injured
a teacher, Prabin Patgiri (43), at Badulibari in Baksa District.
SFs arrested three militants of
MTFA from Kathalguri area in Kokrajhar District.
CM Tarun Gogoi said the state
is worried over the coming together of North East militant groups
under one platform to launch attacks. He added that the Centre
should take serious notice of this development. United Liberation
Front of West South East Asia, the new militant platform, comprises
the ULFA-I, NSCN-K, NDFB-IKS and KLO. These militant groups are
based in Myanmar. NSCN-K ‘chairman’ SS Khaplang is the chief of
this new platform.
ULFA-I wants the performers in
Bihu functions to wear indigenous dresses on such occasions. In
an email statement, ULFA-I said the tendency of wearing attires
not indigenous to the state has increased among the singers, which
is a matter of concern.
Police arrested an ULFA-I cadre,
Biju Bania alias Rajib Axom, from Natun Bolai
village in Dibrugarh District. A bomb weighing two kilograms was
recovered on him.
Abductor of Dhruba Jyoti Ray (20),
a higher secondary final year student of Bongaigaon Junior College,
who was abducted on April 29 from Bengtal in Chirang District,
was released by them. Ray was dropped by two bike-borne men at
Bengtal, a few hours after the mastermind of the abduction, Sohim
Islary alias Swmwi, a former militant of NDFB-RD
cadre, was arrested by Dhaligaon Police.
Director General of Police Khagen
Sarma said that the State Police have sounded an alert following
the unification of several militants of North East region. He
added that police are concerned about the development and taking
steps to check the ultras. He said NDFB-IKS leader Songbijit
has fled the country. "Songbijit is in a foreign country
and G Bidai is crisscrossing the borders. There are some difficulties
in nabbing him but it's just a matter of time," Sarma said.
He added that at least 300 NDFB-IKS ultras, including its top
leaders, are already in police net.
The ULFA-I, in a statement e-mailed
to the media, reiterated that it was not at all interested in
so-called peace-talks with the Government and vowed to continue
with its ‘revolution’ till it achieved its avowed goal of restoration
of ‘sovereignty’ of Assam.
ULFA-I ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh
Baruah called up media houses from an undisclosed location to
say, if the Central Government agrees to discuss 'sovereignty',
which is the core issue of the outfit, he would agree to hold
peace talks. We don't want the Government to place any condition
for talks. We have no issue on our agenda except sovereignty.
If the Government says only our core issue will be on the agenda,
we are ready for talks," Baruah said.
The India-Bangladesh LBA bill,
which was passed by the Lok Sabha (lower House
of the Parliament) on May 7, will not only pave the way for settling
the decades-long border dispute between the two countries, but
has given rise to fresh hope about deportation of undivided
ULFA's founding ‘general secretary’ Anup Chetia.
Security forces shot dead an unidentified
militant belonging to the NDFB-IKS at Leupani Nala in Chirang
Reserve Forest, approximately three km from Ultapani village in
SFs arrested a senior NDFB-IKS
militant, Bisonjit Mushaharu alias Tarzan, from a roadside restaurant
at Chhaygaon in Kamrup (rural) District.
The formal termination of the
14 year old ceasefire agreement between the Centre and NSCN-K
on April 27 has pushed the Myanmar-based cadres of the ULFA-I
into a deep crisis as cross-border movement of its cadres and
materials facilitated by the Naga outfit have come to a halt.
SFs arrested four militants of
NDFB-IKS at Maldang area in Sonitpur District. The militants were
trained in Myanmar. An AK-56 rifle, four magazines, 37 rounds
of live ammunition, two hand grenades and three mobile phones
were seized from the militants, Parasar said.
SFs arrested two other NDFB-IKS
militant, identified as Julish Basumatari alias Jojai and
Sankosh Basumatari alias Swailsha, from Lakhipathar under
Charduar Police Station in Sonitpur District.
Police arrested two militants
of the UPLA from Malidahar village in Cachar District. Police
raided the area and arrested both the extremists who were from
Diphu area of Karbi Anglong District.
SFs, launched an operation, and
arrested a MULTA militant, identified as Waidur Rehman, from Musalmanpara
village in Gossaigaon sub-division of Kokrajhar District.
SFs arrested two OGWs of NDFB-IKS,
identified as Prasanjit Islary and Biton Basumatary, in Kusumdisha
area of Chirang District. The duo was allegedly involved in extortions
on behalf of NDFB-IKS.
ULFA-I, in an email statement,
released images of six rifles that they claim to have taken from
Assam Rifles personnel during the May 3 ambush in the Changlangshu
area of Mon District in Nagaland. Five of the rifles are AK-47s
and one is an INSAS rifle.
Police had arrested two NLFB cadres,
Amar Paul alias Gudu (27) and Chittaranjan Sarkar
(23) from Santinagar in Kokrajhar District. The two cadres were
arrested along with a pistol, live ammunition, one magazine and
three mobile handsets. The NLFB is a newly-formed Bengali
extremist group functioning from neighbouring State of West Bengal.
Police arrested ‘Kokrajhar district
commander’ of the NLFB, Mithu Debnath (26), from Kokrajhar town.
ULFA-PTF ‘spokesman’ Sasha Choudhary
said they are hoping for an early resolution of the charter of
demands and signing of MoS soon. A delegation of the ULFA-PTF
led by its ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa is likely to call on Union
Home Minister Rajnath Singh and press for expediting the peace
process. The ULFA-PTF leaders who arrived in the capital early
this week, has been holding talks with the Centre’s interlocutor
PC Haldar. Sources said the Centre is currently in the final
stages of preparing the MoS.
According to reports, one of the
major demands that the Centre is likely to fulfil is the grant
of ST status to the six communities of the State. The move is
likely to have a political impact in the State as an outcome of
the move would be that 70 per cent of the seats in the Assam Assembly
are likely to be reserved for ST candidates, confirmed sources.
The Supreme Court accused the
Central and the State government of “dragging its feet” on fortifying
the country’s “porous” eastern border with Bangladesh despite
its judgment last year that security chinks along the border are
posing a threat to the lives of ordinary citizens. Deciding to
have an independent look at what is happening on the ground, a
SC Bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi appointed a court commissioner
to visit the border and report back on the state of fencing and
roads along it.
ULFA-PTF urged the Union Government
for early resolution of pending issues, particularly the demand
for ST status for six communities of the State The ULFA-PTF leaders
stressed on resolving the issues raised by them as expeditiously
as possible so that a final settlement between the outfit and
the government can be reached at the earliest.
ULFA-PTF ‘vice-chairman’ Pradip
Gogoi, after the meeting, said that some of the key issues raised
by them were ST status for the six communities, NRC update, prevention
of illegal migration from Bangladesh, promotion of organic farming
in the state, among others."The government showed positive
response to our demands," he said. Gogoi said they have also
asked the Centre to facilitate extradition of their general secretary
Anup Chetia from Bangladesh. Union Home Secretary L.C. Goyal assured
them that the home ministry has been taking all possible measures
to control the illegal influx and added that NRC will be updated
in a time-bound manner.
Local people nabbed two persons,
Zamal Badshah (22) and Samar Das (20), suspecting them to be NDFB-IKS
linkmen in Salbari area of Kadamtala in Bongaigaon Town on May
16 and handed them over to the Police. Few extortion letters of
NDFB-IKS were recovered from the two men.
Police arrested two members of
SULFA, identified as Dimbeshwar Dutta (45) and Amrit Bora (43)
alias Dhormo from Hatigarh Borguri and Number 1 Feuwal village
in Jorhat District. The duo was arrested on charges of extortion
in the name of ULFA-I. The duo was demanding INR 2.5 million from
A top unnamed security source
said that ULFA-I may not be a strong force, but 'he (Paresh Baruah)
as an individual is still a dangerous force’.
SF arrested one NSLA terrorist,
identified as Sarkar Hasda, from Silaimatha in Kokrajhar District.
SF personnel in a joint operation killed an 'area
commander', Seme Kro, of militant group KPLT, following a fierce
encounter, near Bhelughat area in Karbi Anglong District.
Central Government is contemplating to turn the
state into a tribal majority by according ST status to six communities.
The move came after ULFA-PTF, which is having peace talks with
the Centre, made it clear that it would give up the demand of
Assam's sovereignty only if Koch- Rajbongshis, Moran, Muttock,
Sootea, Tai-Ahom and the tea tribes communities are given ST status,
an unnamed UMHA official reportedly told sources.
KPLT, a Karbi militant group, has called for a
24-hour Karbi Anglong bandh (shutdown strike) from 5 pm of May
20 till 5 pm May 21. According to KPLT sources, the bandh has
been called to protest the counter insurgency operations carried
out against the group in the District.
CM Tarun Gogoi criticized the Union Government
for resorting to stop police modernization fund to Assam and said
that this would hamper the sustained fight against insurgents
in the State. CM Tarun Gogoi further said, "We have to constantly
remain on vigil against insurgents as they have formed a joint
organization (United Liberation Front of West South East Asia).
At this juncture, stoppage of flow of fund for police modernization
would be a setback for us."
CM Tarun Gogoi claimed that the on-going talks
between the Centre and the ULFA-PTF, led by Arabinda Rajkhowa,
was progressing well and in proper direction.
JSM, a tribal organisation in the State, objected
the decision of ULFA-PTF to switchover from over three decades
fight for independent Assam to demanding ST status for six communities
as 'anti-tribal' and 'anti-indigenous people'. JSM 'advisor' Janaklal
Basumatary described the idea to turn Assam into a tribal majority
State by including six communities in tribal list as an absurd
idea. He said the population of STs even after inclusion of six
communities would not go beyond 50 per cent and it was not possible
to create 80 seats reserved for ST communities comprising less
than 50 per cent population. The tribal leader also said the proposal
of the NDFB-PTF to the Centre for expansion of existing 40 BTC
constituencies to 90 by inclusion of more districts and their
demand of 70 reserved seats for Bodos, 10 each for general and
Adivasis was also an idea of bizarre. He said there could not
be reserved seats on the basis of community.
The JMB, ideologue Lal Mohammed alias Ibrahim,
who was arrested on April 18 by Jharkhand Police, has told interrogators
that the jihadi outfit's sabotage plans in Assam was to counter
Bodo aggression. Notably, JMB modules detected so far in Barpeta
and Nalbari Districts are around BTAD. Ibrahim is learnt to have
recruited more than 150 persons including women for jihad in India
since 2010-2011. The recruits were indoctrinated in the Simulia
mosque in Burdwan and Lal Golla mosque in Murshidabad Districts
of West Bengal by undertaking religious courses, affiliated to
Ahle-Hadis ideology, ranging from two to five days. Many of the
recruits were from Assam and some of them were trained in handling
Prime accused in the Burdwan blast and the key
player of the JMB module in Assam, Sahanur Alom ,had told interrogators
that over a 100 recruits from the State, mostly youths from Lower
Assam Districts, have undergone "training" in the Madrassas of
West Bengal. The recruits were trained in handling guns and assembling