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Assam Timeline - 2014

Date

Incidents

January 1

Two KPLT militants surrendered along with some arms in front of the SP and other District administration officials in Karbi Anglong.

A group of unidentified, armed miscreants killed a local businessman, Kulbahadur Giri, at Bagmara under Amguri police station in Chirang district. Police suspected the involvement of the NDFB-IKS in the incident. In a press statement, the 'spokesman' of the NDFB-IKS, B R Ferengga, alleged that some government-sponsored extremist elements have been carrying out criminal activities like killings of small traders and businessmen from different communities.

January 3

The NDFB-PTF demanded updating of the NRC in Assam. Gobinda Basumatary, 'General Secretary' of NDFB-PTF which is holding negotiations with the government for many years now said that this should be done keeping 1951 as the base year instead of 1971 fixed by the government. Criticising violence by the anti-talk I K Songbijit group, he said "we do not support their acts at all. If reports are to be believed, they are indulging in rampant extortion, kidnapping and killing of innocent people." Stating that acts by the rival faction could not be termed a revolution, he said "Revolution should be carried out on ideology. But their actions are completely unwanted.

SFs arrested seven KPLT linkmen from Bokajan subdivision in Karbi Anglong District on January 3 for their involvement in the recent violence in the district. All of them are linkmen of the KPLT and were carrying out subversive activities on behalf of the outfit. A country-made single barrel muzzle loading (SBML) gun and some gunpowder were also found on them. According to Police, the arrested persons were allegedly involved in burning down houses of Rengma Naga villagers at several places in the subdivision on December 27, 28, and 29.

January 4

Miscreants killed a person, identified as D C Rongpi, son of a village headman in Karbi Anglong District. The man was fired upon by a few persons who claimed to have come in search of a dog from Karagaon village which is about 10 km from Dimapur in neighbouring Nagaland this evening, they said.

SFs arrested six militants of the RNHPF from the Borpathar area in Bokajan subdivision of Karbi Anglong district. SFs recovered five Chinese grenades, as many rifles and ammunition from them. According to Police, the arrested militants were allegedly involved in the recent violence in the hill district.

SFs arrested four KPLT linkmen from the Bokajan subdivision of Karbi Anglong district. Sub divisional Police officer (Bokajan) Sankar Raimedhi said the newly deployed 10 companies of CRPF, in association with Police, detained 40 persons from separate locations and started interrogation. "After interrogation, we arrested four of them. They are KPLT linkmen and did some subversive activities on behalf of the militant group. We have found some materials against them," he said.

Three NDFB-IKS militants, identified as Sadem Narzary (19), Kanteswar Boro (20) and Anjala Basumatary (26), surrendered in Chirang District. During the surrender, they also handed over three grenades.

January 5

The RNPC, the apex Rengma Naga body of Rengma Hills of Assam, has demanded bifurcation of the KAAC administrative area into two parts - one representing the Rengma Hills and the other representing the Hamren subdivision of the erstwhile Mikir Hills (Karbi Anglong). RNPC also said it doesn't recognize the KAAC.The RNPC issued a statement setting forth its political agenda to the people of Assam, signed off by the body's president, Shahi Rengma, and general secretary K Solomon Rengma. The RNPC said in the statement that the Rengma Hills, covering an area of approximately 8,724 square kilometres, will be the homeland of non-Karbi communities, including Rengmas, Dimasas, Adivasis, Kukis and Nepalis and mainland Indian communities, while the Hamren subdivision will be under the jurisdiction of the Karbi people.

January 6

The State Government plans to build 17 fixed Police pickets, manned by Assam Police and CRPF personnel, will be posted in three subdivisions in Karbi Anglong District. "The government will pay a compensation of INR 600,000 to the families of those killed in the clash. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has already announced a CBI [Central Bureau of Investigation] probe into the killing of the nine persons in Nagaland," State Forest Minister, Rokybul Hussain said.

Five members of a faction of Manipur-based militant outfit KCP were arrested from different locations in Guwahati city. Senior Superintendent of Police (City) AP Tiwari said that initially two cadres of the outfit were arrested from two hotels in Guwahati in the morning. Later, another three cadres were arrested, he said. "All the five cadres of the outfit have been taking shelter in the city in disguise," he said adding that they have already been handed over to Manipur Police.

Over 3,000 people from the Karbi and Rengma Naga tribes have been taking shelter in relief camps in the Bokajan area of Karbi Anglong district since December 27 due to violent clashes between the KPLT and the RNHPF. Karbi Anglong Superintendent of Police Mugdhajyoti Mahanta told that as on January 6, 3,131 people had been taking shelter in nine relief camps. Of them, 1,683 are Rengma Nagas and 1,448 are Karbis.

The State Government has lodged formal complaints with the MHA and the Nagaland Government accusing the Isak-Muivah faction of militant group NSCN-IM of being involved in the brutal killing of nine Karbi youths, whose bodies were recovered from a drain near Dimapur in Nagaland on January 3. Fearing a backlash in Karbi Anglong District, the State Government has asked for 25 additional companies of Central Armed Police Forces from the Centre, of which 10 have already arrived. A high-level security committee formed in Karbi Anglong on January 6 also ordered immediate setting up of Police pickets and intense patrolling in as many as 17 areas in the troubled Bokajan subdivision of the District. However, the NRHPF has reportedly claimed responsibility for the Dimapur killings.

India is looking for KLO leaders in Nepal and Myanmar where the outfit has spread its wings in nexus with other militant outfits.Security agencies have seen the threat perception rise substantially in the past months in north Bengal and northwest Assam, sources said. The Bengal and Assam Governments, central agencies and Military Intelligence are coordinating to neutralise the upsurge in the KLO's activities.

January 7

Dismissing rumors about economic blockade to be imposed along National Highway (NH)-36 & 39, Karbi Students Association (KSA-Mirjeng Kro faction) said it has no plans to impose any kind of blockade against Nagaland. However, KSA has instead set a 72-hour deadline beginning January 6 on Nagaland and Assam Governments to comply with its demand of paying adequate compensation to the families of the Rengma and Karbi victims of the recent attack and assistance to the displaced persons for rehabilitation.

January 8

SFs, in an encounter, killed two militants of the NDFB-IKS, Pranab Basumatary and Angw, at Jumduar Bongaon in Kokrajhar District. SFs recovered two grenades and one 7.65mm pistol from the duo.

January 9

SFs arrested an AANLA linkman, Kamal Halder, from Helem in Sonitpur District.

Police arrested one KPLT militant, in connection with Khowani village killing on December 27 from an undisclosed location.

SFs deployed in the strife torn Rengma Naga inhabited areas of Karbi Anglong have claimed the situation was under control, particularly in Chokihola and Santipur area of the district since January 9.

The NRHPF, which claimed responsibility for killing nine persons, whose bodies were recovered near Dimapur, was floated by the NSCN-IM for protection of the Rengma Naga people living in Karbi Anglong.

The KPLT observed its raising day in two separate undisclosed locations - one at the central headquarters in east Karbi Anglong and the other at the general headquarters in west Karbi Anglong respectively, Ranam Lijang, 'general secretary in-charge' of the militant outfit informed.

January 10

More than 19,000 foreigners who came to the state between 1966 and March 25, 1971, have not registered their names with the FRRO as stipulated by the Citizenship Act, 1955. The state political department on Thursday issued an instruction to these people to register their names with the FRRO at the offices of the superintendents of police in their districts by January 16.

UHM Sushilkumar Shinde said the situation is under control. Replying to questions while presenting his monthly status report today, Shinde declined to term the law-and-order situation as good. Though it would not be proper to say the law-and-order situation is good in Karbi Anglong but the situation is under control, he said.

January 12

Karbi Anglong Superintendent of Police, Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta announced the arrested of a KPLT "corporal" Sarhon Teron from Karbi Anglong. Mahanta further stated that the arrested militant led the Police to recreate the crime scene of the Khowanigaon attack which led to the Karbi-Rengma Naga violence.

The Karbi Anglong District administration said the process to send the Rengma Naga and Karbi villagers taking shelter in relief camps back to their homes will begin tomorrow. There are 3,131 people taking shelter in nine relief camps.

January 14

A KLO leader said the outfit was ready for “unconditional” talks with the state and the Centre as it wants peace.

The leader who identified himself as KLO ‘assistant general secretary’ Pradeep Roy alias P.N. Koch spoke over phone from an undisclosed location.

January 15

ULFA-I executed one of its leaders accusing him of involvement in activities detrimental to the group. ULFA-I’s Arunodoi Asom said the executed leader, Partha Asom alias Partha Pratim Gogoi, was the ‘assistant finance secretary’ and an ‘operational commander’ in the outfit.

January 16

The RNPC, the apex body of the Rengma Nagas in Assam, urged Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to immediately initiate a probe by the NIA into the recent violence in Karbi Anglong as well as the killings in Dimapur (Nagaland),. A representation, signed by RNPC ‘president’ Shahi K Rengma and general secretary K Solomon Rengma, stated that the Karbis have also accused the NSCN-IM of orchestrating trouble in Assam. They added that the allegation needs to be investigated since it relegates the sufferings of the Rengma Nagas and their decades-old agitation for political identity to the sidelines.

The ‘chairman’ of UTLA, S K Thadou, who was injured in an ambush at Jiribam in Manipur on Janaury 15, is undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit of the SMCH. Sources in SMCH on Thursday said the injured militant leader's condition continues to remain critical. UTLA- S K Thadou is a SoO signatory.

Hundreds of people raised slogans against ULFA-I ‘Commander-in-Chief’ Paresh Baruah at ULFA's birthplace in Sivasagar as they escorted the body of the outfit's assistant finance secretary, Partha Partim Gogoi, who was executed Baruah's orders for 'conspiring with Assam Police" against the outfit.

The manager, Bharat Singh Rathore (48), of Pabhoi tea estate was abducted by militants from his bungalow in Sonitpur District on January 16. 

January 17

Sonitpur SP, Arabinda Kalita on the abduction of Bharat Singh Rathore (48), Manager of Pabhoi tea estate said, “We gather Adivasi militants were involved in the abduction and a search operation is on to rescue the tea estate manager”.

At least six persons were killed when suspected NDFB-IKS militants pulled down about a dozen persons from a bus and opened fire at them at Serfanguri in Kokrajhar District. An Assam Police official said the bus was on its way from Siliguri in West Bengal to Shillong when a group of armed militants intercepted it on NH-31 at Athiabari under Serfanguri Police Station.

SFs, in an encounter, killed a hardcore NDFB-IKS militant in Kokrajhar District.

The AANLA, currently in ceasefire with the Union and State Governments, on January 17 alleged Government apathy towards the problems faced by the Adivasis.

Director General of Police, Khagen Sharma said that the ULFA-I led by Paresh Baruah is trying to regroup insurgent outfits and CPI-Maoist and might convene a meeting of the groups next week. The DGP said, the Government would like to see Paresh Baruah participate in the ongoing peace talks with the ULFA faction headed by Arabinda Rajkhowa. To a query on which subversive group was the biggest threat to Assam now, Sharma said, “The Maoists are the biggest threat. They have about 100 trained cadres in the state and many supporters.”

NSCA militants killed Tea tribe leader Niranjan Patra inside his house at Sekoni tea estate in Nagaon District. Nagaon Superintendent of Police Bibekraj Singh said preliminary investigations had revealed that the youths who killed Patra were known to the victim. The SP said three Adivasi youths of Patra’s locality had floated an outfit, Adivasi Tribal Force [ATF], in 2013 to launch an extortion drive. Soon after, they were arrested and after about three months, released on bail. Subsequently, they are suspected to have floated the NSCA”.

Suspected militants belonging to Zakir Bahini, UDLA, abducted two traders, Nishith Das (27) and Tiklu Kumar Das (28), from Ramnathpur under Katlicherra block in Hailakandi District. Further, Security Forces were ambushed by militants when they reached the remote Boincherra village on the other side of Dholewari River on Janaury 18 morning.

January 18

NDFB-IKS militants attacked Muslim villagers, killing one Imran Ali, and injuring four others in the Panbari area of Chirang District.

Suspected NDFB-IKS militants killed Bishom Sharma, a Hindi-speaking barber, near his salon at Harisinga in Udalguri District.

NDFB-IKS militants shot at and injured a trader, Bikram Rai, at Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur District.

The KLO has said that they are not ready for tripartite talks with the Government of India and the reports appeared in certain newspapers could be the sinister design of Government to create mistrust among the community.

January 19

NDFB-IKS militants shot dead a trader, Gaur Kundu (38), at Mangolchora bazaar under Bogaribari Police Station of Dhubri District.

Security sources have reportedly admitted that among all the active militant groups in Assam, the NDFB-IKS has the strongest presence on the ground and the cadres of the outfit are also well trained. Sources revealed that the outfit has strong presence in the areas along the border with Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh and around 100 of its members are operating within Assam.

Assam DGP, Khagen Sarma, stated that the ISI is behind the unification bid of Northeastern militants. DGP, Khagen Sarma said, “It is the Pakistani ISI and other external forces that are behind the fresh initiative taken by ‘commander in chief’ of United Liberation Front of Assam (anti-talks) to form a common force on all the insurgent groups based in Northeast to fight Indian security forces.” 

The State Government will intensify action against the NDFB-IKS in the BTAD by carrying out joint Army-Police Counter-Insurgency operations in the aftermath of the sudden spree of killings in the Bodo belt. Assam Parliamentary Secretary (Home) Atuwa Munda said the decision was taken at a meeting of the Unified Command held in Guwahati on January 19 in which the security scenario of the State was reviewed.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi ordered intensification of operation against NDFB-IKS in coordination with Army and CAPF.

January 20

The ABMSU observed 24-hour bandhs (General strike) in the BTAD in protest against the NDFB-IKS attacks in the State. Also, the AABYCP a 36-hour bandh from 5 AM on January 20 protesting the killing of Hindi- speaking people by NDFB-IKS.

The State Police Headquarters declared 15 members of the NDFB-IKS, including its chief Songbijit Ingti Kathar (IK Songbijit), as 'most wanted'. Assam Police said valuable information leading to the arrest of these 15 NDFB-IKS militants will be worth INR 9.5 million.

January 21

SFs exchanged fire with a group of NDFB-IKS militants, during an operation in the jungles near Dimajuli village in the Assam-Bhutan bordering areas in Chirang district.

An NDFB-IKS 'release' alleged that the repeated killing of innocent Bodo civilians by the security forces had made the outfit restless. It warned security forces against "violating human rights and killings innocent civilians".

State DGP Khagen Sarma held a meeting in the conference hall of the Chirang SP office at Kajalgaon with top officials of the SSB, BSF, CRPF, Army and SPs of five Districts - Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri and Goalpara to discuss measures to be taken against the militant groups active in the five lower Assam districts.

The KLO has threatened to target Bengali-speaking refugees in lower Assam and North Bengal areas, if SFs continue their alleged torture of Koch-Rajbongshis.

In a recent press release by the KLO 'general secretary' Kailash Koch, the organisation has threatened the Bengal and Assam governments that it might target refugees in north Bengal and lower Assam districts, if the alleged torturing of the Koch-Rajbongshi did not stop. Unless the Bengal and Assam Governments stop this and release the arrested people, we might be compelled to take action against Bengali refugees," the statement said.

SFs arrested a ULFA-I militant, identified as Raju Haloi, from the Guwahati city's Basistha area (Kamrup Metro). Police said that Haloi was planted there by ULFA-I's 'western commander' Drishti Rajkhowa to trigger a blast.

Suspected KLO militants shot dead a businessman, identified as Sudhangshu Sarkar (52), at Khukshi Bao Bazaar under Fakiragram Police Station in Kokrajhar District.

Police arrested 'commander-in-chief' of KNLA,Ysong Bey, along with two other militants from a hideout near Diphu Railway Station in Karbi Anglong District. Police seized two foreign-made pistols of 7.6 caliber and three bullets from the arrested ultras, along with mobile phones and incriminating documents. According to Police, the other two arrested have been identified as Arjat Enghi and Tensing Ronghang.

The manager of Pabhoi Tea Estate at Biswanath Chariali in Sonitpur District, Bharat Singh Rathod, who was abducted from his bungalow in the garden on January 16, was released by his captors at Namara near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. NDFB-IKS is suspected to be behind the incident.

11 militant outfits of the North East have jointly given a call to boycott the Republic Day (January 26) and to observe a general strike.

In a joint statement, CorCom, an umbrella organization of Manipur-based militant groups, ULFA-I, NDFB-IKS,NLFT,KLO and HNLC have called upon the people of the region to boycott the Republic Day to fight together against the "colonial rule" of India. CorCom consists of KCP, KYKL, PREPAK, PREPAK-Pro, PLA and UNLF.

January 22

SFs, in an encounter, killed a militant of ULFA-I in Goalpara District along the Assam-Meghalaya border. According to information, the encounter took place day after Police arrested an ULFA-linkman.

The 22-hour Kokrajhar District bandh (general Strike) call given by the All Assam Bengali Youth Students' Federation (AABYSF) in protest against the killing of a trader, Sudhangshu Sarkar (52), hit the normal life in Kokrajhar District.

In the wake of NDFB-IKS increasing its violent activities, the MHA has asked SSB to begin undertaking special counter-insurgency operations in the State and check the actions of the group. SSB has been asked to create a Special Operations Group (SOG) in its battalions which will take on the NDFB primarily in the Districts of Chirang, Udalguri, Kokrajhar and Baksa.

Central Government has warned the NDFB-RD that its cadres straying out of designated camps without approval would be treated on a par with militants from the NDFB-IKS.

JFA appealed to the people of the North East to defy the diktat of separatists and celebrate Republic Day on January 26. The JFA, in a statement, also urged various local press clubs, press guilds and other media organisations across the region to celebrate the Day.

Guwahati City Police's operations wing released images of two ULFA-I militants who they suspect have possible entered the city with explosives.

January 23

SFs arrested one KPLT militant, identified as Son Taro alias Bulet Taro, from the Langparpan area under Howraghat Police Station in Karbi Anglong District.

SFs arrested a KLO militant, Indrajit Roy alias Dabang, from Chhagulia in Dhubri District.

Tension prevails in and around Kokrajhar following the attack on a motorcycle rally taken out by the BPF's youth wing by some minority community youths at Monakosha village in Kokrajhar District. According to sources, some minority community youths attacked the motorcycle rally with lethal weapons and damaged a number of vehicles, besides injuring some Youth BPF members. Soon after the incident police rushed to the spot and controlled the situation. Four youths were arrested in this connection.

KPLT has called for a 96-hour Karbi Anglong bandh starting January 24 from 5 a.m. The bandh has been called to boycott the Republic Day celebrations in the district. In a statement, KPLT's 'acting general secretary' Ranam Lijang termed the "Indian Republic as worthless body and...should be viewed as black day. People should abstain from observing Indian Republic day".

The NIA has registered an open First Information Report (FIR) against ULFA-I under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

President of the BSS, Kameswar Brahma said the recent attacks by the NDFB-IKS and other militant groups in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) areas have tarnished the reputation of the Bodo community. "Acts of violence in the BTAD have also posed a barrier to the overall development of Bodos. All militants groups must act sensibly and shun violence in order for the Bodo community to be established as a force to be reckoned with," Brahma said.

A daily wage earner, identified as Pradip (14), escaped with mild injuries when suspected NDFB-IKS militants lobbed a grenade near a petrol pump at Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur District .

January 24

Two suspected ULFA-I militants were killed in a blast at about 7 kilometre from Umrangshu area in Dima Hasao District when the bomb they were carrying in a vehicle exploded. Umrangshu Police believe the two were on their way to Meghalaya from Lanka in Nagaon District. The Police have identified them as Sahabuddin and Aminuddin of Lanka (Nagaon District).

State Police announced cash rewards of INR 6.2 miilion for those who can provide information about 11 militants of the KLO and seven cadres of the NDFB-IKS. The KLO list includes four top leaders, 'commander-in-chief' Nityananda Sarkar alias Shyam Ray, 'general secretary' Keshab Barman, 'assistant organising secretary' Lal Chand Deka and 'cultural secretary' Digambar Rai alias Jibon Koch. Cash rewards of INR 500,000 each have been announced against the quartet while INR 300,000 each will be given for information provided on another seven cadres.

The Gauhati High Court asked the Central Government and State Government to clear their stand on granting ST status to the Koch Rajbongshi community within the next two months.

AKRSU 'president' Biswajit Ray asked Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to clear their stand on granting Scheduled Tribe status to the community and creation of Kamtapur on Republic Day (January 26).

SFs arrested a KPLT militant, Kensing Ronghang, from Karbi Anglong District.

January 25

SFs arrested three KPLT cadres, 'area commander of Diring area' Bijoy Terang, Robin Engti, Lawrence Terang, from Dolamara locality under Borpathar Police Station of Karbi Anglong District. SFs recovered one 7,65 mm pistol and few bullets, four mobile phone and large quantity of extortion notes from them.

SFs arrested one NSCN-IM militant and one overground worker of the outfit from Lodi Village of Dima Hasao District. The security men recovered one .9 mm pistol, three .9 mm live rounds and two mobile handsets with three SIM cards.

Public nabbed one NDFB-IKS militant, identified as Prem Kumar Basumatary (18), at Tungkurmari area under Sidli Police Station of Chirang District.

January 26

SFs arrested two hardcore cadres of NDFB-IKS, Subaw Daimari and Agar Swargiary, from a hideout of Borthol locality of Karbi Anglong District. One A K 47 rifle with 21 bullets and one .32 pistol along with 2 magazines and 11 bullets were seized from their possession.

Assam Governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik appealed the underground militant groups to abjure violence and come to the discussion table to solve the issues for an overall development of the state.

SFs arrested three KNLA militants from different locations in Karbi Anglong District. Konglong Tisso alias Muzari and Joy Bey were arrested at Baghpani under Dokmoka Police Station. In another incident, Kangbura Bey was arrested under the Chokihola Police Station in the District.

January 27

Police arrested a KCP militant, T.L.Omita Devi, from Katahbari area of Guwahati in Kamrup (metro) District.

Goalpara Police recovered a huge amount of arms and ammunitions used by ULFA-I (Independent) from the Assam-Meghalaya border in the Goalpara District.

January 29

Ten persons were killed and eight others received bullet injuries when encroachers from Arunachal Pradesh opened fire with hand-made weapons in the Behali Reserve Forest area of Sonitpur District. Around 100 assailants, armed with guns and other lethal weapons, attacked the villagers, who have been camping there to protect those areas from further encroachment, and started indiscriminate firing at them killing those villagers on the spot.

The Sonitpur District unit of the AAMSU took out a rally in Tezpur against NDFB-IKS attack on Policemen in the District.

Sonitpur SP Sanjukta Parashar saying that the three NDFB-IKS militants involved in the ambush in Thalola-Laodangi have been identified as B Naihab, Chiju and Bishu and they are still hiding in Batachipur area. She added that a joint operation is going on to arrest the culprits.

The AABP demanded adequate security for over two million Bhojpuri-speaking people living in the State besides formation of development council.

Union Ministry of Home Affairs Joint-Secretary, Shambhu Singh, told television channels that the NDFB might have a hand in the killing incident in the Behali Reserve Forest area of Sonitpur District of Assam on January 29.

State Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi ruled out NDFB's involvement and stated that miscreants from Arunachal Pradesh were responsible for the killings.

Sonitpur ASP-Security, Gulzar Hussain (37), and a Police Informer were killed while five Constables were injured as NDFB-IKS ambushed a patrol at Thalola in the Batachipur area under Dhekiajuli Police Station in Sonitpur District. Meanwhile, 'spokesman' of the NDFB-IKS, B R Ferenga has claimed responsibility of the ambush.

A mob later vandalised an office of the NDFB-PTF at Tezpur (Sonitpur District) and a cadre of the outfit was beaten up before he was handed over to the Police. The mob also shouted slogans against the NDFB.

The owner of a two-storey building, Raju Ali, in Sivasagar town (Sivasagar District) was injured when a crude bomb exploded. According to Police, Ali was arrested earlier in connection with extorting money in the name of ULFA.

The ULFA-I executed its 'cultural secretary', Anjumoni Saikia alias Dalimi Dutta, at the outfit's Myanmar camp recently. Director-General of Police Khagen Sarma said the Police have received unconfirmed reports of her death.

Referring to the ambush by the NDFB-IKS in the Thalola-Laodangi area under Dhekiajuli Police Station of Sonitpur District that left Additional Superintendent of Police (security) of Sonitpur District Gulzar Hussain dead and five other cops injured, the AAPA blamed the "soft attitude" of the state government towards militants for the incident.

January 30

Arunachal Pradesh is cut off from the rest of the country as protesters in Assam blocked supply routes to the state in protest against killings. KMSS, which is leading the protest, blocked NH-52 at Borgang in Sonitpur District, which is the only lifeline to Arunachal capital Itanagar.

January 31

The ULFA-I confirmed the death of its 'council secretary' Dalimi Asom alias Anju Saikia. In a statement emailed to the media by ULFA-I's 'assistant publicity secretary' Arunoday Asom, the outfit claimed that Saikia had committed suicide. She had reportedly gone missing from an ULFA camp at an undisclosed place on January 5 and her body was recovered about 3 kilometers from the camp on January 19, the mailed statement stated.

Suspected KPLT militants had abducted two buisneesman, Dhiman ChoudharyaliasDhiman Lindo (30) [Karbi Anglong based] and Sudip Chanda (36), from Zerikingding area under the Zerikingding Police Station in Karbi Anglong District. KPLT ‘publicity secretary’, Nokmey Tungjang has, however, informed that the group was not involved with abduction of the duo.
February 1

SFs killed a 'commander' of KLO, Brindaban Rajbongshi alias Mukut Ray (22), at Nadangiri hill in Salakati of Kokrajhar District. Police said two other KLO cadres, including Samar Roy alias Rambo, escaped in the darkness.

An angry mob lynched a militant, Rahimuddin (38), belonging to militant group Zakir Bahini, a faction of the UDLA, at Boinchera in Hailakandi District. He later succumbed to his injuries at Hailakandi Civil Hospital.

SFs arrested four militants NDFB-IKS from Lahorijan area in Karbi Anglong District. Later, Police recovered several arms and ammunition from Hamren area in the same District. The recovered arms and ammunition were two AK-56 rifles, one pistol, three magazines and 33 rounds of ammunition.

The Rengma Naga organisations in Karbi Anglong District have reiterated their demand for the creation of RHADC through bifurcation of Rengma Hills from Karbi Anglong based on the original boundary of the Hills and Rengma Mouzas (a erstwhile term for revenue collection unit) with its headquarters at Bokajan.

February 2

The January 29 attack fatality along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border increased to 11 after the recovery of a dead body of a person identified as Lasu Mardi (65) from Chauldhua in Borgang in Sonitpur District.

The economic blockade against Arunachal Pradesh for the Behali Reserve Forest killings continued and the protesters blocked the passage of goods trucks at Chariduar in Sonitpur District.

Two KPLT militants were caught by the villagers of Samelangso area under Samelangso Police Station in Karbi Anglong District. They were later handed over to the Samelangso Police Station.

DGP Khagen Sarma said operations against the NDFB-IKS would be intensified to put an end to the group's subversive activities in Sonitpur District. The DGP further said that a Police Station would be set up at Dikalmukh (Sonitpur District) near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh inter-state boundary. Construction of a border outpost at Behali reserve forest commenced. On the charge made by the CPI-ML alleging involvement of the NLCT of Arunachal Pradesh in the Behali massacre, the DGP said that operation would be carried out against NLCT as well.

The security agencies have come to the conclusion that the recent killing of eleven persons in the Behali Reserved Forest was a well planned attack.Sources said that some political leaders and influential persons of Arunachal Pradesh developed economic interest in the Behali reserved forest area and even a rubber garden has been set up in the disputed land.

 

February 3

The economic blockade against Arunachal Pradeshby Assam based organisations entered its fifth day. The protesters blocked trucks at Borgang and Chariduar areas in Sonitpur District. The blockade has badly affected Itanagar (Capital of Arunachal Pradesh) and the East Siang, Upper Siang and West Siang Districts.

The AAGSU, the apex organisation of Gorkha students, imposed a total economic and road blockade on various National Highways leading to Arunachal Pradesh at Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat and Karbi Anglong in protest against the killings.

The Central Government told the Supreme Court that it has agreed to allocate INR 2.88 billion to the Assam government for updating the NRC across the State. It stated that already INR 0.25 billion has been released to the state government for preliminary work.

The NSAB member P.C. Haldar said that the presence of CPI-Maoist in the Northeast has the potential to create serious “strategic security complications”.

February 4

 A youth, believed to be from Arunachal Pradesh, was injured after being attacked by a mob near Barjharani forest gate in Behali Police Station area in Sonitpur District.

the blockade of roads leading to Arunachal Pradesh, launched to protest the killings in Behali of Sonitpur District, entered the sixth day. Assam Home Secretary G.D. Tripathi told that though the blockade continues, some vehicles carrying fuel and other essential items crossed into Arunachal Pradesh with police escort. He said efforts are being made to persuade the protesters to lift the blockade.

KLO described the killing of its Kokrajhar District 'commander', Brindaban Rajbongshi, as a ‘fake encounter’ and called for a 12 hourbandh in‘Kamatapur’.

The RNHPF said peace can return to Karbi Anglong District only if the Rengma Nagas are given constitutional protection or a political identity separate from the Karbis. Claiming responsibility for the killing of nine Karbi youths at Pachaspura in Dimapur on December 27, 2013, the RNHPF claimed that one of them was a KPLT arms smuggler while six others were newly trained militants.

February 5

Suspected militants belonging to NDFB-IKS abducted a businessman, identified as Anup Das, from Dukhungaon under the Runikhata Police Station in Chirang District.

The blockade of roads leading to Arunachal Pradesh launched to protest the killings in the Behali area of Sonitpur District, entered the seventh day on February 5creating shortage of essential commodities in Arunachal Pradesh, particularly in the capital Itanagar.

CM Tarun Gogoi said that CPI-Maoist has entered into an understanding with the Northeastern region of India based militants as well as with Pakistan’s external intelligence agency ISI to spread its network in the state. Tarun Gogoi added that despite repeated warnings on the issue from the State, the Central Government is yet to take act on the growing CPI-Maoist threat in the State.

The MHA will soon constitute a high-level team, comprising representatives from Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, to probe into the January 29 violence in Sonitpur District's disputed Chauldhua area.

February 6

SFs arrested an NDFB-IKS militant, identified as ‘sergeant major’ Sohaisula BrahmaaliasB. Swrji (33), from Nakhuti of Bokajan area in Karbi Anglong District.

Businessmen and local residents of Lanka area (Nagaon District) started an economic blockade against the two hills Districts of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao at Lanka citing the failure of SFs in rescuing abducted businessmen from the area.

The 12–hoursbandh(General Strike) called by the KLO, in protest against the killing of its cadre Brindaban Rajbongshi (22) in Kokrajhar District, passed off peacefully.

Joint Secretary-Northeast at MHA Shambhu Singh, was greeted with a demand for a separate State for Karbi community in Diphu of Karbi Anglong District. HSDP also submitted a memorandum to Singh demanding quick action in executing the MoS, permanent rehabilitation packages for former UPDS cadres and withdrawal of criminal cases against them.

Assam based organisations protesting against the Behali killings lifted the blockade of roads to Arunachal Pradesh at Borgang and Chariduar in Sonitpur District. The organisations called off the blockade after submitting a four-point charter of demands to the administration and serving a 20-day deadline for their fulfillment. The blockade had stated on January 30.

The MHA has deployed a central Police force along the Assam-Arunachal border following the killing incident of January 29 in Sonitpur District of Assam. “There is this possibility. They Songbhijit faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-S) might try to establish a foothold in the region. Some other outfit might want the people to let them live in the area on the condition that they would protect them,” said Shambhu Singh, Joint Secretary, North East, MHA.

February 7

Two executives of the Lakhimijan Tea Estate in Jorhat (Assam) District were allegedly abducted by suspected miscreants from Nagaland.

SFs arrested four suspected GNLA militants, identified as Sohidul Islam (28), Babul Hussain (27), Ismail Hussain (25) and Shahjahan Ali (31), from Karbala area in Goalpara town (Goalpara District). SFs recovered two 7.65 mm automatic revolvers, two 7.65 mm country-made pistols, nine rounds of live ammunitions, one vehicle, four mobile phones, eight SIM cards and some incriminating documents from them.

AASM, an organisation representing non-Karbi of Karbi Anglong District, urged the MHA Joint Secretary, Shambhu Singh to send a study team to assess both the present and future conditions of the non-Karbis if Autonomous State is created comprising the two hill Districts of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao.

February 8

SFs killed two militants belonging to the GNLA at Barjhara area along the Assam-Meghalaya border under Lakhipur Police Station in Goalpara District. SFs also recovered one .9mm pistol, one 7.65mm pistol, one satellite phone, one watch phone, live bullets, blank cartridges and two mobile phones from them.

SFs arrested an unidentified Manipur based militant of UTLA from Haflong in Dima Hasao District.

February 9

SFs arrested a militant belonging to AANLA, Amar Singh KarmakaraliasAmar Gogoi (29), from Deberapara area of Mariani in Jorhat District. The arrested militant was giving extortion threats to ONGC’s gas gathering station number 1 located at Khorghat area, along the Assam-Nagaland border, under Uriamghat Police Station in Golaghat District.

February 11

Train services were disrupted in lower Assam region due to the 12-hour railway blockade call by the ABSU at Basugaon Station in Chirang District, demanding resolution of the 'Bodoland' issue. The blockade was later reduced to six hours after the ABSU received a formal invitation from the Central Government for the third round of tripartite talks on February 21. Apart from the ABSU, leaders of allied organisations like the NDFB-PTF, BPPF, UDPF, PJACBM also took part in the blockade.

State Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain stated that the State Government is committed to resolve the problem of insurgency without seeking any political mileage. "A total of 234 NDFB-IKS cadres have been apprehended since 2013, while 29 have died in encounters with police and security forces. Police also seized 73 firearms, nine bombs and 68 grenades during the period," he added.

State Government admitted that over 1,300 families, who were affected during the Bodo-Muslim clashes in the BTAD in 2012, were yet to be rehabilitated. In a written reply to the State Legislative Assembly, State Revenue and Disaster Management Minister, Prithibi Majhi said that a total of 18,823 families lost their houses completely, while 999 houses were partially damaged.

February 12

Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh told Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) that CPI-Maoist are trying to set up organisational bases in the North-east to forge ties with other insurgent groups to meet their military needs and the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border has emerged as another theatre of Maoist activities.

A three-member team of JACAS met with MHA officials at North Block, New Delhi on the issue of Autonomous State consisting Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao Districts of Assam.

Unidentified men abducted one person, identified as Pintu Aditya (24), of Basugaon in Chirang District.

February 13

SFs killed two unidentified IK Songbijit faction of NDFB-IKS militants near Aiepowaliat Runikhata in Chirang District.

State Government charged its counterpart in Arunachal Pradesh with carrying out "some activities and implementing some schemes" at Behali area in its territory. Issuing an official statement at the ongoing State Assembly session, Environment and Forest Minister, Rockybul Hussain said, "Though the Behali Reserve Forest is inside the Assam border, Arunachal Pradesh is doing some activities and implementing some schemes there."

February 14

Encroachers from Nagaland destroyed 17 border posts along Karbi Anglong (Assam) -Dimapur (Nagaland) border.

February 15

Two unidentified men hurled a handmade bomb on Pritam Dabnath (24), a shopkeeper, in Mahur market in Mahur area of Dima Hasao District. Pritam Dabnath sustained injuries in his left eye and ear due to the blast and was admitted to Haflong Civil Hospital.

February 16

Rise of cyber crime cases in Assam has become a matter of serious concern as the number of such cases registered increased sharply during last few years. According to sources, around 500 such cases were registered in the year 2013. Sources said that earlier, cyber crime cases were registered only in the cyber crime cell of the CID but with growing number of such incidents taking place, all the Police Stations are now asked to register cases and the cell provides technical help in investigation of the cases.

February 17

Suspected NDFB-IKS shot at a businessman, identified as Babu Ali (32), at Lengraghat Bazaar in Kokrajhar District. Police said two persons came on a bike and shot at Ali. He was later taken to hospital.

February 18

SFs arrested four suspected ULFA-I militants, in Goalpara District.

February 20

A 'deputy commander' (southern command) of the NDFB-IKS identified as B. Thaijou alias Kamaram Brahma was killed in an encounter with Security Forces at Makrijhora-Malatijhora area of Parbhatjora subdivision in Kokrajhar District on February 20. The militant had a bounty of INR 30, 0000 on his head. The Police said three militants managed to escape.

Pointing towards the creation of a separate State of Telangana, the NDFB-PTF asked the Centre to adopt the same strategy and create a separate State of Bodoland without the approval of the Assam Assembly. The third round of tripartite talks among the Centre, Assam Government and NDFB-P was held on February 20, where the ceasefire with the Bodo militant outfit was extended for another six months.

The Centre meanwhile, is holding three separate rounds of dialogues with ABSU and associated organisation, BPPF, BNC and BPF.

In the past four years, militants called for 18 Assam bandh (general strike. In 2013 nine such bandhs were called, followed by four, three and two bandhs in 2011, 2010 and 2012 respectively. Out of 18, the ULFA had called for seven such bandhs.

Number of local bandhs called by militants stood at 75 (2010), 85 (2011), 79 (2012) and 113 (2013). The KPLT, a militant outfit operating from Karbi Anglong, has called the highest number (nine) of local bandhs during this period.

February 21

SFs killed three suspected GNLA militants at Kachumari under Krishnai Police Station, in Goalpara District. Three .9 mm pistols with 15 rounds of live ammunition and explosive materials weighing around one kilogram were reportedly recovered from the unidentified slain ultras.

The NCHISF and IWF warned for an indefinite Dima Hasao bandh (general strike) from February 26, 2014, if the Group of Ministers does not submit its report to the State Government within February 25, regarding their demand of a separate District with Autonomous Council.

The ABSU 'general secretary' Romeo P. Narzary described tripartite talks among Central and State Governments and ABSU, on Bodoland Statehood issue, as inconclusive. Narzary added that the next round of tripartite talks will be held on February 27 where Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde will be present.

According to sources major cases under investigation by the NIA in the region are related to smuggling of weapons and ammunition from the Police armoury in Nagaland by some Police personnel to both factions of the NSCN. The second major case is the recently registered case (RC-04/2013) against the 'commander-in-chief' of the Independent ULFA-I Paresh Baruah and others. Another NIA case in the region relates to the big cache of smuggled weapons seized in Mizoram.

SFs arrested a militant of Manipur based PREPAK, Leishungbam Bheigyachandra Singh (35), from Saokuchi, under Garchuck Police Station in Guwahati in Kamrup (Metro) District.

February 22

Four highly-decomposed bodies were recovered today by locals from the jungles of Chaoldhowa under the Behali Reserve Forest in Sonitpur District. The bodies identified to be of Maneswar Munda, Burha Teron, Bishoni Teron and Suren Kramcha, according to Sonitpur SP Sanjukta Parasar.

The MHA Joint Secretary (Northeast) Shambhu Singh said, "They (insurgent outfits) need to understand that it is a no win situation for them. Groups are groups. Their numbers are limited. If it comes to handle them militarily, the might of the Government is always more than what they can muster".

February 23

Protestors set ablaze two vehicles, including one belonging to the Assam Police, at Borgang in Sonitpur District. However, the passengers escaped unhurt. An indefinite curfew was clamped in Gingia Police Station limits and the Borgang Police Outpost in Sonitpur District following the recovery of four more dead bodies. The NH-52 was blocked at Borgang and Bedeti by the activists of AKSU, AAGSU and other student organisations in protest against the incident.

Five Bodo groups, including one militant group, NDFB-PTF along with other four, ABSU, PJACBM, BPPF and UDPF announced that movement for a separate Bodoland State will intensify if the fourth round of tripartite dialogue scheduled on February 27 fails to come up with a permanent solution to the long-standing demand of different Bodo groups.

February 24

At least 13 people were injured when suspected NDFB -IKS militants triggered two blasts in Gasbari daily market near Baihata Chariali in Kamrup (Rural) District.

BPF and BNC have welcomed Government's decision to set up a one-man committee to look into the viability of a Bodoland state and issues related to land. However, the ABSU and its allied organisations have rejected it.

The 72-hour bandh (shut down strike) along Silchar-Imphal road or National Highway 37 imposed by the KSO and KWU in Tamenglong District has come to an end but the highway will continue to be affected for the next 72 hours as another tribal organisation sponsored chakka bandh of hill Districts begins from midnight of February 24. Earlier, KSO and KWU, had announced the bandh strongly objecting the perpetual encroachment of the 'tribal lands' which is in Tamenglong district contiguous with Jiribam sub division of Imphal East District, in connivance with the Police and the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Jiribam.

The ANC, a combined forum of more than 20 Adivasi organisations called a 48-hour bandh since 5 pm of February 24 in protest against Rahul Gandhi's visit and in protest against the failure of the INC-led government to fulfil the demands of the Adivasis in Assam.

February 25

The Assam bandh (General Strike) called on the day of INC Vice President Rahul Gandhi's visit to the State by various ethnic groups for various reasons, affected several Districts is both lower and Upper Assam on February 25. The affected areas were North Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Bongaigaon and Chirang Districts. The TAYP and the AKRSU called the bandh in protest against alleged exploitation and negligence towards the indigenous people of the State by the INC. Further, the BYCP called the Assam bandh to raise the Doubtful Voter (D-voter) issue.

KLO stated that its 'publicity secretary', Rajiv Kathai alias Bimal Roy alias Sonu, has deserted the outfit on February 18 and is assisting the Indian Army. The 'general secretary' of the KLO, Kailash Koch said that Bimal Roy joined the KLO in the month of July, 2011 and before it, he was the in the Indian Army.

February 26

An NDFB-IKS militant, Swmkwr Basumatary (26), surrendered before the Police in Kokrajhar District.

A round of tripartite talks between Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Assam Government and four different Bodo organisations scheduled to be held on February 27 has been postponed till February 28 due to the unavailability of Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.

SFs arrested a MULTA militant, Anwar Hussain (37), from Santipur in Nalbari District. One .62 mm pistol, two magazines and eight rounds of ammunition were also seized.

The Central Government set up an expert committee to study and examine the demand for Bodoland state to be carved out of Assam. The one-man expert committee of former Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai will submit a report in nine months after consulting all sections of society on the viability of creating Bodoland.

February 27

Suspected militants entered Itchapur village (inhibited by Dimasa tribe) and set ablaze seven houses of the village which fall under Diphu subdivision of Karbi Anglong District. Though the Karbi Anglong District administration suspects that people opposed to the blockade might have committed the act but officially no details were revealed.

The indefinite economic blockade against Nagaland in both the National Highway (NH) 39 and NH-36 since February 25 has been imposed by KSYC, ADSU, AAGSU, Karbi KUYA and other Karbi Anglong based organisations in protest against the alleged encroachment of Assam's territory by people from Nagaland.

Three MTF militants surrendered in front of Chirang District SP Ranjan Bhuyan. The three militants were identified as Shah Ali, Madan Ali and Samser Ali. The trio also deposited one AK series rifle, one 9 mm pistol, one 7.65 mm pistol and 11 rounds of cartridges.

Life in Dima Hasao District was partially disrupted during the first day owing to a 100-hour bandh (General Strike)called by NCHISF that began at 5 am on February 26. The bandh, which was called, seeking bifurcation of the hill District, evoked partial response, said a Police Officer. While shops and business establishments were closed, government offices and banks were open. However, attendance was thin. Traffic was off the road in Haflong, the District headquarters.

February 28

SFs arrested two suspected KPLT linkmen, Orjen Ronghang (40) and Korop Ronghang (24), from Sanbe Teron Gaon in Karbi Anglong District.

The 100-hour bandh (general strike) called by NCHIPF in Dima Hasao District from February 26 will further delay the Lumding-Silchar broad-gauge conversion project. The bandh called by the NCHIPF to demand the bifurcation of the present Dima Hasao (formerly North Cachar Hills) Autonomous District Council into two separate Autonomous District Council.

The eight students' groups of Karbi Anglong called off the indefinite road blockade against Nagaland on National Highway 39 at Silonijaan and Sariahjaan on National Highway 36 in Karbi Anglong District from February 28 morning. The decision to lift the blockade was taken after a meeting of the high-level officials of both the states, which included Dimapur Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police and their Karbi Anglong counterparts. The blockade was earlier called on February 25 alleging that some miscreants from Nagaland side had encroached a vast area of the Daldalli Reserve Forest in the District.

March 1

Supporters of NCHISF, which has given the Dima Hasao bandh (general strike) call, set ablaze a railway bridge near Migrendisa Station under Haflong Police Station in Dima Hasao District on March 1 during its 100 hour bandh, reports Business Standard. Railway communication was completely disrupted between Lumding (Nagaon District) and Badarpur (Karimganj District) with the bandh supporters also damaging the tracks near Bageter station in Dima Hasao District, the Police said. The bandh was called by NCHISF from February 26, demanding bifurcation of Dima Hasao into two Districts and protesting over renaming of NC Hills to Dima Hasao.

March 2

Four Assam Rifles troopers were injured, in an ambush by militants of the NDFB-IKS, at Jabolia centre in Udalguri District. The injured troopers were identified as Prakash Singh (49), Ashok Kumar (35), M. Hazarika (32) and Vijendra Singha (38). Singh and Kumar, who are critical, have been airlifted to Guwahati for treatment.

March 2

Police wielded batons on protesters to remove them from the tracks at Fakiragram junction in Kokrajhar District on March 2 which left one agitator and at least five Police personnel injured. The SJAM, a conglomeration of 19 non-Bodo organizations, stopped movement of trains through BTAD as a part of its eight-hour blockade opposing the formation of the appointment of one member G K Pillai panel and creation of Bodoland.

March 3

Police arrested two suspected ULFA cadres from Ganeshghat in Tezpur town of Sonitpur District on charges of collecting ransom from a panchayat (village level local self Government institution) member. The two cadres were identified as Pranjal Bharali and Rakesh Sarmah. Police recovered INR 15,000 which was paid by the panchayat member.

SFs, in an encounter, killed one KPLT militant, Suleman Rongpi (22), under Anjul Pani area under Rongmongwe Police Station at Karbi Anglong District. Further, two KPLT militants, Joiram Timung (19) and John Timung (20), were arrested during the encounter.

March 4

Two persons, identified as Rafik Ali and Sanowar Hussain, were injured when two suspected NDFB militants fired at a group of labourers at Samaria village in Barpeta District.

Three persons were injured when people of a minority community pelted stones at the vehicles coming to take part in the BPF rally at Angthihara and Sapkhata in Gossaigaon subdivision of Kokrajhar District.

The SJAM and several other non-Bodo organisations called a 12-hour BTAD bandh (general shutdown) on March 4 in protest against the constitution of the expert committee to look into the demand for creation of Bodoland State, which evoked total response in Kokrajhar.

Security sources stated that the NDFB-IKS is the most active militant outfit in lower and northern Assam region and the recent killing of an Additional Superintendent of Police in Sonitpur Gulzar Hussain on January 28 gave the outfit a new lease of life.

GK Pillai scheduled visit to Kokrajhar did not happen due to some 'logistical reason'.

March 5

Atmosphere in BTC areas in Assam has turned restive in the wake of Centre constituting a one-man panel headed by former Union Home Secretary G K Pillai to examine the demand for a separate Bodoland state in Assam.

SFs killed a GNLA militant identified as Niksrang Sangma alias Rondik Sangma at Gosaigadhowa in Goalpara District. SFs also arrested a GNLA militant identified as Binat Sangma during the operation.

SFs arrested three suspected KPLT militants from Kheroni area in Karbi Anglong District. The Police also recovered two motor cycles (Pulsur) and one TVS bike, mobile phones and some amount of cash from their possession. The trio was arrested in connection with the January 31 Zerikinding abduction of two ginger traders Dhiman Lindo (30) and Sudip Chanda (35). According to sources, a total of INR 1.5 million were paid to the kidnappers by the family members of Sudip for their safe release. Sources also added that all the dealings were held at Lengri in Karbi Anglong District.

SFs arrested two Ceasefire Unit of AANLA militants, John Terkey (16) and Ajit Khozur (18), from Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur District. AANLA militants had served extortion demand to a contractor Laxman Pachuwan who was involved in construction work at Don Bosco School located in Dhekiajuli. SFs also recovered demand note of AANLA (Cease fire), two mobile phones and one SIM card from the arrested duo.

March 6

SFs killed an NDFB-IKS militant, Kenduguri 'section commander' N-Wongtinlang, at Odang village near Karigaon in Kokrajhar District. SFs also recovered a 7.65 mm pistol, two magazines, eight rounds of ammunition and three live grenades were recovered from him. Another militant was injured in the encounter but managed to escape into the nearby jungles.

SFs, in an operation, arrested two KNLA militants, identified as Robindra Tokbi and Bikram Bey, from Thokvam village under Uttar Borbil Police Outpost in Karbi Anglong. The ultras were on an extortion drive in the area.

SFs arrested an NDFB-IKS militant, Ankhang Brahma (21) from Kokrajhar District. A 7.65mm pistol loaded with two live rounds was recovered from the militant.

The doctors and staffs of Haflong Civil Hospital of Dima Hasao District are receiving threatening calls and SMSs in the name of one Jek Dimasa, 'Haflong commander' of DHD-Action since 1st week of February' 2014. The Doctors and Staffs of Haflong Civil Hospital on March 6 have submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner of Dima Hasao District requesting him to look into the matter.

March 9

KNLA, a Karbi militant formation, has called for a 48-hour Karbi Anglong bandh (general strike) beginning from March 9 (5am). In a statement, KNLA informed that the bandhhas been called in protest against the arrest of two KNLA cadres by Security Forces involved in counter insurgency operation.

The BSF handed over to the BGB a list of 66 terror camps in Bangladesh of militants operating in India's Northeast. Camps of HNLC, ULFA, NDFB, PLA and a few other groups were operating in districts like Mymensingh, Maulvibazar and Rangamati. IG BSF Sudhir Kumar Srivastava said, "The number of these camps has decreased." Some of the camps had now been shifted towards Myanmar due to pressure from Bangladesh authorities.

Reacting to a query on the status of border fencing, Srivastava informed that there were 13 gaps along the fencing which could not be completed due to its riverine nature and other logistical problems. The Bangladesh Government had allowed the construction of single-line fencing along the border.

The BSF in 2013 seized FICN worth INR 548,000 and seized nearly 500,000 bottles of cough syrup Phensdyl worth INR 30 million and a large quantity of Ganja (marijuana) along the India-Bangladesh border.

NDFB–IKS has denied the presence of its base camps in neighbouring Bangladesh after the organization’s split. In a press statement issued, the 'director of intelligence of military wing' of the 'Bodoland Army' of the NDFB–IKS, D Rebgon said “The allegation of SK Srivastava, Inspector General of the BSF (Assam Frontier), that we have base camps at Rangamati, Kakrachari and Mymensing areas of Bangladesh, as published in the media, is baseless.”

March 10

Seven militants belonging to NDFB-IKS, surrendered at Agia in Goalpara District. Arms and ammunition laid down by the militants include six pistols, live ammunition rounds, hand grenades and other war like stores.

The Central Government has cautioned the State Government against the NDFB-IKS's plans to target candidates of national parties and disrupt the coming Lok Sabha election, particularly in its area of operation on the northern banks of the Brahmaputra. A security source further said that there were, however, no inputs of any threats from the ULFA-I, led by Paresh Baruah.

Police arrested a member of disbanded UPDS, Sagar Chism, from Guwahati (Kamrup metro District) and recovered INR 122,900 in cash from his possession which was sent by GNLA 'commander-in-chief' Sohan D. Shira as advance payment for the arms and ammunition. Sagam's whereabouts was revealed by two of his arms smuggler associates who were arrested in Williamnagar in Meghalaya with a cache of arms and ammunition meant for GNLA.

March 11

Three militants of Meghalaya based outfit UALA were beaten to death by villagers at Majhipara village along the Assam–Meghalaya border in Goalpara District. Police said the three had recently served extortion notes to the people of the area. "The militants came to collect the extortion money. However, the locals caught them and beat them up leading to their death,” Police said.

March  12

The KPLT has warned that Nagaland would be held responsible in case of any retaliatory action from Karbi Anglong to check intrusion of Naga people inside Assam. KPLT's statement came after an alleged incursion bid by a section of people from Nagaland inside forest area of Karbi Anglong and torching of two houses in a bordering village.

Condemning the “encroachment of Karbi Anglong land by people of Nagaland”, KPLT 'general secretary' Ranam Lijang accused the people and government of Nagaland for illegal land grabbing and termed the recent bid as “motivated by evil intention.

The BTC-regional committee of AAGSU organized a protest rally in Kokrajhar town (Kokrajhar District) against the massive extortion, abduction and killings in BTC area by various militant elements, especially by NDFB-IKS.

March 13

The NDFB-IKS released a video-clipping to announce the launch of an 'operation' to assassinate State's politicians, DGP and SPs, reports The Times of India. The video-clipping revealed that NDFB-IKS has sent its 35-member &quotIragdao Brigade" to launch &quot2nd Urailang Operation" in the State. Sources said the militants have been asked to sacrifice their lives if need be to accomplish the mission.

The three-day bi-annual Inspector General-level Border Co-ordination meeting between the BSF and BGB was held at the headquarters of BSF Meghalaya frontiers in Shillong,. While the Indian delegation was led by BSF IG of Assam frontier, Sudhir Kumar Srivastava, the 20-member Bangladesh delegation was headed by Brigadier General Mohammad Habibul Karim.

During the meeting, the BSF handed over a list of 66 camps of northeast insurgents to the Bangladesh delegation, seeking action against them.

Reacting to the warning issued by KPLT that Nagaland would be held responsible in case of any retaliatory action from Karbi Anglong to check intrusion of Naga people inside Assam, the JAC comprising of members from border villages in Dimapur said KPLT should “exhibit maturity and embrace realistic/logistic approach” before going to the media by “flexing muscles and threatening their neighbours”.

March 14

Security Forces arrested a militant of NDFB-IKS, identified as Joel Basumatary from Jalubazar area under Sidli Police Station in Chirang District.

March 15

Tension ran high along the Nagaland–Assam border in Dimapur-Karbi Anglong border area after nine houses were set ablaze allegedly by encroachers in Khukuri basti area in Nagaland at the wee. According to Additional Superintendent of Police (SP-Border, Assam) S Ali Ahmed around 100 persons armed with sharp weapons, bows and arrows came to Khukuri basti village near Rangapahar border outpost under Dhansiri Police Station and set on fire nine houses.

March 16

 ‘According to the MHA the NDFB killed as many as 70 people in Assam during the last four years (2010-14). The Central Government has currently provided 10 additional companies of the CAPF to assist the State Police in containing activities of the anti-talks NDFB-IKS. Central intelligence agencies inputs suggest that the militants might target the common people in the run up to the parliamentary elections. The MHA has given special instructions to the law enforcing agencies to maintain strict vigil in areas where the Hindi-speaking people live.

ULFA-I 'commander in chief' Paresh Barua has expressed his gratitude to NSCN-K, CorCom of Manipur, KLO, NDFB and other “brotherly organizations” for their cooperation and help extended to the ULFA over the years.On the occasion of its ‘army day,’ (March 16) the ULFA 'commander-in-chief' has called upon senior leaders of the outfit “not to encourage in negative thinking and instead try to boost the morale of the cadres who are fighting the enemy valiantly in the field.”

The ULFA-I asked its members to re-strengthen the outfit. The outfit fears that certain members are still in close nexus with the security forces and constantly working to make dents in the outfit adds the report. At least eight ULFA-I cadres, including its 'commander' Partha Gogoi, were executed on the instructions of the ULFA-I's 'commander-in-chief', Paresh Baruah, for 'conspiring with Police and Security Forces to engineer a mass surrender of cadres in the last four months.

March 18

Explosives, grenades and detonators, were recovered from two persons in Baksa District . Altogether 26 pieces of high explosives, 36 grenades, 19 detonators and a bomb shell were recovered from the two at Kalajhar under Tamulpur Police Station, IGP-BTAD L R Bishnoi said.

March 19

Representatives of NSCN-K, ULFA-I, NDFB-IKS and the Manipur-based PLA will participate in the deliberations for creation of an umbrella organisation in Taga of Sagaing division in north-western Myanmar on March 20. The meeting is likely to be convened by NSCN-K 'chairman' S.S. Khaplang, an influential leader in parts of northern Myanmar. However, it is going to be ULFA-I 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah who will be the main operator in the group.

NDFB-IKS demanded money from at least five candidates who are contesting the ensuing Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament) elections. Police sources said that two of those who received demands from the militant outfit, Bhupen Bora, the Congress candidate from Tezpur Lok Sabha constituency and Dr Parvez Ahmed, Trinamool Congress candidate for Barpeta constituency, have already reported the issue to the Police and their security has been tightened. However, the others who reportedly received calls from the militants are yet to report to the Police, sources added.

Police recovered two AK-56 rifles meant for NDFB-IKS militants from Chapaguri area in Chirang District. The arms were brought from Nagaland and were supposed to be handed over to cadres of the outfit at Barpeta Road.

March 20

SFs  intercepted a vehicle and arrested four persons, identified as Ramen Gogoi, Kulen Basa, Bitupan Barua and Arup Chutia, on NH-37 at Tiloinagar in Moran town of Dibrugarh District. Bitupan and Arup are former ULFA militants. SFs also recovered an AK-81 rifle, two magazines, a 7.65 pistol, three phones and four SIM cards from them.

SFs, after an encounter, arrested a KPLT militant, Mansing Tokbi, from Model village in Karbi Anglong District. SFs recovered one with one 7.65 pistol, 7 live ammunition and one mobile hand set from him.

First batch of Rengma Nagas who were displaced following tension between Rengma Nagas and Karbis and who took refuge in several relief camps since December 20 ,2013 returned home in Chokihola region under Nilip development block in Karbi Anglong District. Following an official letter issued by Prasanta Buragohain Deputy Commissioner (DC) Karbi Anglong on March 14, 542 Rengmas out of the 1002 who have been camping in Silonijan High School moved out for their homes. “Till now 787 Rengmas were taking shelter in three relief camps said RNSU President.

SFs arrested an NDFB-IKS militant, identified as Saitom Rabha (20),from Khetri area of Guwahati and seized a US-made 9mm pistol and three rounds of ammunition from him.

March 21

Unidentified militants picked up a civilian, Harsing Bey (35), from his residence located at Men Terang village under Dokmoka Police Station in Karbi Anglong District on March 20 and shot him dead, his dead body was recovered from a paddy field, about 1 kilometre from his house. Police suspects that the KNLA militants had demanded money from him and he also paid a part of the demanded money to the KNLA.

NDFB-IKS termed Bhupen Bora, the Congress candidate from Tezpur Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament) constituency, as “anti-Bodo”. In a statement emailed to the media, NDFB-IKS leader B.R. Ferenga asked Bodo people not to vote for Bora alleging he was behind the anti-Bodo and other anti-tribal organisations in the state. the threat has prompted Assam Police to review and upgrade Bhupen Bora’s security. Inspector-General of Police (law and order) S.N. Singh told  there was a threat to Bora’s life from the outfit and additional arrangements have been made for his security. He, however, refused to divulge what arrangements had been made.

SFs arrested an NDFB-IKS militant from an undisclosed hotel in Guwahati. SFs recovered a .9mm pistol and three rounds of ammunition from the militant

March 22

SFs arrested two militants of the NDFB-IKS along with a computer professional in Baksa District. SFs recovered an AK-56 rifle, a magazine, seven rounds of ammunition, three grenades, two detonators and some extortion notes from the trio. The trio was identified as Ratneswar Boro alias Ritha and Rabiram Basumatary alias B. Rabha, along with a computer professional, Dipen Basumatary. However, IGP-BTAD L.R. Bishnoi, following the arrests, said Police arrested two militants from Kosukata village. The third was also arrested from the same village based on the confession of the other two.

ULFA-I is desperate to make its presence felt in the run-up to the ensuing Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament) polls, but the outfit does not have a strong presence on the ground to continue with a sustained offensive in any part of the State. The outfit desperately wanted to show its strength in the run-up to the elections, particularly because of the fact that the first phase of the polls will be held on April 7, which is the foundation day of the outfit.

March 23

SFs recovered an IED weighing three kilogram from a bamboo yard at Ramnagar area in Sonari in Sivasagar District.

March 24

NSA Shiv Shankar Menon expressed his concern about the use of smart phones with more advanced computing capability and connectivity than basic phones by terrorists and criminal elements. These phones were enabling terrorists as well as rumour-mongers to communicate with one another faster, leading to incidents like mass exodus of people of the northeast from different parts of the country as witnessed in the last communal and ethnic riots in BTC area [Assam], said Shiv Shankar Menon.

March 25

Two SF personnel were injured, in an encounter with militants of the NDFB-IKS, near Bombay Centre at Mazbat in Udalguri District. The injured duo was identified as Sindhe Prasad of CoBRA battalion of CRPF and Joyanta Roy of Assam Police.

Two BJP leaders from Sonari in Sivasagar District, Anup Singh Rajpurohit and Bina Rani Bhumiz, lodged a Police complaint of receiving an extortion demand of INR 500,000 each from ULFA-I.

March 27

SFs arrested two KPLT militants along with a linkman at Mentila near Diphu in Karbi Anglong District. The arrested militants were identified as Songja Teron and Longbiram Kramsa. The linkman was identified as Rohit Kramsa. SFs also recovered two 7.65 mm pistols, two magazines and six rounds of live ammunition their possession.

SFs arrested a suspected KPLT extortionist Samson Rongpi in Karbi Anglong District. Samson Rongpi had demanded INR 300,000 from a Diphu based contractor.

NDFB-IKS surrendered before the Police at Panbazar Police Station in Guwahati. The surrendered militants were identified as Nal Kumar Narzary alias N Nimangsa (29), Hemanta Narzary alias Lambu (32) and Niran Chumpramary alias C Naihat (37).

March 28

SFs arrested a suspected CPI-Maoist and recovered one mobile handset, bomb manufacturing thread and few small steel pipes from his residence Bambari of Deohall Tea Estate under Bordubi Police Station in Tinsukia District. According to police sources, the arrested Maoist has been identified as Anil Mallick (28). By profession, Anil has been working as a temporary employee of Deohall Tea Estate.

MHA has identified the entire state of Manipur and lower Assam region of Assam as the two areas in the northeast where the coming Lok Sabha election may be disrupted by militant outfits. While Meitei militant outfits under CorCom may create trouble in Manipur, it is the NDFB-IKS, which is being increasingly perceived as a threat in the lower Assam region. A source said all Meitei militant outfits in Manipur are being closely monitored as intelligence inputs have suggested that they would attempt to trigger violence before, and on, the day of polling.

March 30

The 12-hour curfew which was imposed from 6pm on March 29 in areas under Bijni and Amguri Police Stations of Chirang District following the Rejina Mashahary suspected rape and murder incidence, was relaxed for two hours from 4pm.

The 12-hour curfew which was imposed from 6pm on March 29 in areas under Bijni and Amguri Police Stations of Chirang District following the Rejina Mashahary suspected rape and murder incidence, was relaxed for two hours from 4pm.

NDFB-IKS warned that it will take action against the culprits who are involved in the rape and murder of a Bodo girl studying in HS 1st year at Amguri College if the Assam Police fails to arrest the rest of culprits in inhuman act.

March 30

The 'commander-in-chief' of the STF, Shivlal Murmu (33), was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Padumpukhuri under Gossaigaon Police Station in Kokrajhar District.

March 31

'Area commander' of NDFB-IKS, identified as Medra Boro was killed while three other fled with injuries following an exchange of fire between the Police and a group of NDFB-S militants at Kamargaon under Sorbhog Police Station in Barpeta District.

Police arrested a senior cadre of the KLO, Krishna Barman alias Circuit (24), from Kodaldhowa under Fakiragram Police Station in Kokrajhar District. A 7.65 mm pistol, two magazines, 5 live rounds of ammunition, a cell phone and 10 KLO extortion notes were also recovered from his possession.

April 1

A militant belonging to NDFB-IKS, identified as Sanjib Basumatary, was arrested by Security Forces from Nutun Basti in Chirang District bordering Bhutan. A 7.65mm pistol, five live rounds of ammunition, a magazine, three cell phones, four SIM cards and INR 5,260 were recovered from him.

April 2

Three persons, including a woman, working at a construction site, were killed while one was injured when suspected NSLA militants fired upon them at Babubil under Gossaigaon subdivision in Kokrajhar District. Police sources said four to five armed militants in army fatigues came to an RCC bridge construction site and fired indiscriminately, killing two labourers and a truck driver. Sources said the militants had earlier demanded a ransom of INR 100000 after abducting the contractor involved in the construction of the bridge. Police sources suspect Deepak Hembrum, 'deputy commander-in-chief' of NSLA, carried out the attack. An empty cartridge and 10 rounds of live ammunition of AK-47 rifles were recovered from the spot.

The AASU said the Bangladeshis infiltrating into Assam from across the border is the prime factor behind the change in the State's demographic pattern and these illegal nationals play the role of a kingmaker in the time of elections. In a statement issued to the media, AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya said, "Number of Bangladeshis infiltrating into the State is increasing at a rapid rate and posing threat to the very survival of the indigenous people.

April 3

Ahead of the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament) elections, the AKRSU has renewed its demands for a separate Kamatapur State and the ST status to the ethnic community. A four-page memorandum in this regard was also submitted to the President of India through the Deputy Commissioner of Udalguri District on March 31. The memorandum of the student organisation gave a detailed data from the past for its claim to have a separate State of Kamatapur and the inclusion of the community in the list of ST.

The student organisation has started its protest campaign called 'Pratibadi Janajagaran Sabha' from April 3 in all the District headquarters of the State to raise its various demands. The campaign will continue till April 20.

April 4

The SULFA Coordination Committee alleged that KMSS president Akhil Gogoi has links with the CPI-Maoist outfit and also had received training from the outfit in Jharkhand along with four other KMSS members in 2009. At a press conference, functionaries of the coordination committee claimed that they have evidence to prove this. The ruling Congress party said that there should be an inquiry regarding the alleged links of KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi with the Maoists.

The All Assam SULFA Coordination Committee has urged its members across the State to cast 'conscience votes' in the Lok Sabha polls. The former militants' forum has asked its members to scrutinize the local candidates well and back those who would rehabilitate them and help them get jobs. Bijoy Hazarika, general secretary of the committee alleged that the Government has particularly discriminated a section of former ULFA rebels.

April 6

With the increased activities of militant groups in the Dima Hasao District in the run up to general elections, the Security Forces arrested one person, identified as Basudev Hojai along with a pistol and live ammunition from Harangajao market of Dima Hasao District on April 6 while he was travelling in a Bolero on his way to Silchar. During detailed search of the vehicle, one 7.62 mm Baretta Pistol with 10 live rounds loaded in the pistol with magazine were also found. Hojai was in possession of INR 1,030 and 2 mobiles with SIM card. He confessed that he was using the pistol and the vehicle and had come to support the election campaign of HSDP.

The KPLT, a Karbi Anglong-based militant group, called an indefinite Karbi Anglong bandh (shut down strike) from April 8, 2014. The KPLT called the bandh in protest against false promises made by Biren Singh Engti, MP from Karbi Anglong, and silence of candidates in poll fray on the outfit's autonomous State demand.

April 7

The Security Forces arrested one person, identified as Basudev Hojai along with a pistol and live ammunition from Harangajao market of Dima Hasao District on April 6 During detailed search one 7.62 mm Baretta Pistol with 10 live rounds loaded in the pistol with magazine were also found. Hojai was in possession of INR 1,030 and 2 mobiles with SIM card.

KPLT on April 6, called an indefinite Karbi Anglong bandh from April 8, 2014. The KPLT called the bandh in protest against false promises made by Biren Singh Engti, MP from Karbi Anglong.

April 8

First phase of the Lok Sabha polls held in five parliamentary constituencies of the State -- Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur recorded a turnout of 75 per cent. percentage of polling has been - 73 per cent at Jorhat, 80 per cent at Kaliabor, 74 per cent at Dibrugarh, 73 per cent at Tezpur, and 72 per cent at Lakhimpur.

The election was by and large peaceful, with no untoward incident reported ULFA-I unfurled its flag on the outskirts of Tezpur town on its 35th foundation day on April 8. The chairman of the group, Abhijit Asom, in his foundation day statement was critical of the operations carried out by security forces against it and the killing of its members and supporters but remained silent on the Lok Sabha elections, which was conducted in five seats in Assam.

April 11

NDFB-S militant identified as Dabla, was killed in an encounter with Assam Rifles and Assam Police in the morning of April 11 at Asraibari under Mazbat Police Station in Udalguri District. A group of eight militants were taking shelter at Asraibari when theSFs raided the village. A huge cache of arms and ammunition along with some incriminating documents and a Nepalese passport were also recovered from the possession of the slain militants.

A cache of arms and ammunition were recovered in a joint search operation by Assam Rifles and Police from a forest near Kebalo village, some 3.5 kilometres from Haflong in Dima Hasao District. The recoveries comprise an AK 56 riffle, two bullets of AK 56, four grenades, one kilogrammes RDX, 22 gelatin sticks and four detonators.

KPLT called off its three-day indefinite bandh that began on April 8, at the Karbi Anglong District under Autonomous District constituency thus allowing April 12's scheduled second phase polling. The outfit decided to call off the bandh and allow people to cast their votes .

April 14

ULFA-I, called for celebrations of Rangali Bihu, the traditional Assamese festival. However, in a statement e-mailed to the media, the ULFA called upon Rangali Bihu celebration organisations and all artistes in Assam to refrain from facilitating showcasing of 'outside culture' including singing of Hindi movie songs as part of Bihu celebrations throughout the state.

 

 

 

 

 
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