A surrendered NDFB cadre, identified
as Darendra Basumatary was killed and another injured in a clash
among the group at the outfit's camp at Sudempuri in Kokrajhar
town in Kokrajhar District. Police said Darendra Basumatary died
on the spot when he was shot by another member of the camp, Rakesh
Brahma, after a fight. According to SP S.P. Sarma, Rakesh Brahma
was arrested along with arms later.
According to sources, at least
31 militants were killed and over 766 arrested by SFs in 'Operation
All-Out' in the state over the past one year. The Army launched
the operation to flush out rebels of the NDFB-IKS after the militants
gunned down over 69 Adivasis on December 23, 2014. The
operation, which completed a year, is still on. The security situation
in the state in 2015 was grim in the aftermath of the mass killings
of Adivasis. The scars of the May 2014 killings of 46 Muslims
were yet to be healed. Relentless operations resulted in significant
improvement of the security situation in the state, with the seizure
of more than 443 firearms and many arrests, said Defence PRO,
Lieutenant Colonel Suneet Newton.
The Army also claimed that most
terrorist groups, including NDFB-IKS and KPLT had gone on the
back foot with their activities severely curtailed. "This was
achieved through synergistic intelligence-based joint operations
of the Army, Assam Police, Central Armed Police Forces and coordination
with the state administration," the defence statement added. The
Army made sure of community development initiatives to meet the
aspirations of BTAD by organizing events such as the BTC Army
Goodwill Football Premier League to provide a platform to local
youth to showcase their talent. The Army said it will facilitate
the success of upcoming events in the state, including the SAF
Games and the assembly election.
A Tura-based businessman, who
also handles transportation of FCI materials for Garo Hills, identified
as Nanhelal Shah was abducted from near Gairong village under
Krishnai Police Station in Goalpara District. The trader, who
has residences in Krishnai and Mendipathar in North Garo Hills,
had gone to a friend’s house for a New Year party when he was
picked up the kidnappers. According to Police sources, the abduction
could be the handiwork of the ULFA.
Security was stepped up at Army
and air force installations located in the northeastern region
in the wake of the terrorist attack at an Air Force Base at Pathankot
in Punjab. The northeast, which is surrounded by Bangladesh, Myanmar,
Bhutan and China, on all sides, barring a chicken-neck corridor
towards north Bengal, is a strategic defence area. The seven states
in the northeast house many Army cantonments and air force bases.
The Eastern Air Command of the IAF is located in Shillong in Meghalaya.
Army sources in the region said
that forces guarding defence installations in the northeast are
already on a high alert as the region is an insurgency-affected
area and shares borders with four countries. Security was also
beefed up at LGBI airport in Guwahati as it is located adjacent
to the Borjhar air base. Defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel
Suneet Newton said that along with other SFs in Assam and the
entire region, are deployed on a counter-insurgency/terrorism
grid and are always on a high alert. "We are always prepared to
effectively contain any such untoward incident," he said.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
appealed to insurgents to join the mainstream and take part in
dialogue to solve their issues. “I appeal to those who are outside
the mainstream to give up the path of confrontation and adopt
conciliatory posture by joining the peace process to usher in
durable peace and faster economic development in the state,” Gogoi
said in a statement. He said the gusto with which the people celebrated
New Year points that peace and stability have returned to the
state despite attempts by certain forces to disturb peace. “Assam
is on the path of peace, development and social harmony. Though
the state has surged ahead on various fronts, it has still miles
to go,” Gogoi said.
UHM Rajnath Singh visited Karimganj
sector of the India-Bangladesh border in Assam and said the porous
border will be sealed this year. The Minister, who reviewed the
fencing project at Steamerghat, expressed his satisfaction at
the progress of the work. He said, two major issues that were
stalling the project - protests by locals whose properties would
be affected by the fencing and objection by BGB in certain patches
- have been resolved. Along with the fencing, the installation
of flood lights will also be completed this year. "Security measures
have been tightened and this has resulted in drastic reduction
in cross border crimes and also infiltration from that side of
the border," Singh added.
UHM Rajnath Singh admitted that
there are "gaps" in the Indo-Bangladesh border in Assam
and that managing a riverine border is a tough challenge. The Minister
visited the Dhubri sector of the border with AASU leaders and assured
that two pilot projects on how to stop infiltration in riverine
areas are going on and depending on the success of these two projects,
steps will be taken. "It is a 263 km long border. But gaps
are there and these need to be filled up. Covering the riverine
stretch is a problem. We hope measures can be worked out depending
on the findings of these two pilot projects, which are likely to
be completed soon," the Minister said addressing a press conference.
Rajnath Singh, however, added that he was not "entirely satisfied"
with the sealing work, though he did not specify any details.
After the joint border visit with
UHM Rajnath Singh, the AASU submitted a memorandum clarifying its
stand of not accepting any illegal foreigner entering the State
after 1971. AASU leaders Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya, Dipanka
Kumar Nath and Lurin Jyoti Gogoi discussed several lingering issues
with the Minister that included implementation of the Assam Accord,
border security, constitutional safeguard, economic development,
and the status of illegal migration post 1971. Two memorandums were
submitted to the Home Minister in this regard.
A team of Army personnel, along
with Police representative from Khoirabari Police Station in Udalguri
District launched a joint operation and arrested two hardcore cadres
and one linkman of NDFB-IKS. The arrested cadres were identified
as Raju Daimary and Rikhang Daimary. Raju Daimary was also involved
in numerous extortion cases and heinous crimes in Udalguri and Chirang
Districts. Both the cadres were in the lookout list of Udalguri
and Chirang Police. On questioning Raju Daimary and Rikhang Daimary,
NDFB-IKS linkman, identified as Shankar Dutta was arrested from
Misahatkhola village in Darrang District. A grenade and five money
receipts of extortion and three mobile phones were also recovered
from their possession.
The GNC, GWC and Garo youth Council
asked All Rabha Students’ Union and All Rabha Women Council not
to interfere in the internal matter of the Garo people of Assam,
stated a press release. They said that Garo leader AG Momin in no
way involved in the 2011 Garo-Rabha ethnic conflict as alleged by
ULFA-PTF opened an office in the
Hatigaon area in Kamrup District. The office was inaugurated by
the outfit's ‘chairman’, Arabinda Rajkhowa.
Police arrested two persons identified
as Ramen Barman and Rameswar Saikia, the masterminds behind the
abduction of a small-time businessman Hazrat Ali, who was abducted
on December 29, from Tulsibari under Rangia Police Station in Kamrup
District. According to Police, Ramen Barman of Shahpur and Rameswar
Saikia of Suwapur, both under Tamulpur Police Station in Baksa District,
abducted Ali at gunpoint in a Tata Sumo, identifying themselves
as NDFB-IKS cadres and wearing SSB uniform on the evening of December
29 when Ali was returning home from his shop at Tulsibari under
Rangia Police Station in Kamrup District. Police said the abductors
along with another associate took Ali to Lotibari under Tamulpur
Police Station in Baksa where he was kept in the house of Saikia
The SSB and Police, in a joint operation,
arrested a militant of NDFB-IKS, identified as Nirmal Basumatary
(27) from Rangjihoura village in Chirang District. A 9 mm pistol,
three rounds of ammunition and a mobile phone were recovered from
him. “He is a trained militant of the outfit and was trained in
Myanmar,” SSB sources said.
ULFA ‘General Secretary’ Anup Chetia
said that he is not going to put pressure on Independent faction
of ULFA (ULFA-I) ‘Commander in Chief (C-in-C)’ Paresh Baruah to
come for dialogue with the Central Government. Anup Chetia said
in Darrang that it is up to the ‘C-in-C’ to decide himself whether
to take part in the dialogue process, and in this regard Chetia
will never put pressure on him.
Top leaders of NDFB-IKS, including
‘army chief’ G. Bidai and his deputy K. Batha, are hiding in the
dense jungles along the Indo-Bhutan border, BTAD IGP L. R. Bishnoi
said. Bishnoi said operations as a part of the army's "final
push" against the militant group were on. Bishnoi claimed that
the NDFB-IKS was becoming weak with many of its top leaders having
been killed or arrested since the operation against the outfit was
intensified last year (2015). A joint force of the Army, Police,
SSB and CRPF had started a massive operation against the outfit
on September 18 last year to apprehend the "last remaining
20-25 cadres of the NDFB (S)", including Bishnu Goyari alias
Bidai, the mastermind of the Adivasi carnage on December 23, 2014,
and his deputy Binod Mushahary alias Batha. Bidai carries a cash
reward of INR 5 lakh on his head.
He added that altogether 21 militants
of the outfit have been killed, 256 arrested and 185 of its linkmen
apprehended since the operation began. A total of 15 AK-56 rifles,
10 AK-47s, two M-16, two HKs, seven Insas rifles, 495 rounds of
ammunition, 21 grenades, 81kg of explosives 14 lakh in cash and
12 motorcycles have also been recovered from the outfit's militants,
Bishnoi said. The top leaders of the outfit arrested so far include
its ‘self-styled deputy commander in chief’ Dwiswrang Daimary alias
Dhananjay, ‘self-styled army chief’ Rabi Basumutary alias
Rongja Baja, his ‘personal security officer’ Jwnglaw Narzary alias
Jekhai and the former ‘personal security officer’ of Bidai, Biron
Narzary alias N. Bapeibai. Bishnoi said the SFs were continuing
their operation against the group and expressed confidence that
Bidai and his 20-25 associates would be arrested soon.
Bishnoi said other than NDFB-IKS
militants, 86 militants belonging to various groups like the KLO,
RVA, NSLA and the MPTFA were also arrested by SFs last year (2015).
Besides, fundamentalists trying to gain a foothold in lower Assam
Districts had been neutralised, he said, adding that 30 fundamentalists
were arrested and 22 country-made arms recovered in 2015.
Police arrested a ULFA cadre, identified
as Ajit Bora alias Dhaniram in Dibrugarh District.
Three NSLA militants were arrested
from Barabil under Gossaigaon Police station in Kokrajhar District.
The arrested NSLA militants were involved in extortion of money
and other illegal activities, Defence officials said. Two pistols
and a revolver with 3 live rounds were recovered from them, they
Haluwating Police, in an operation,
arrested one person, identified as Konwer Singh Tanti (28) along
with a hand grenade and four bullets of a 9mm pistol from the Tifuk
Tea Estate in Sivasagar District. Police suspected him to be linkman
ULFA ‘general secretary’ Anup Chetia
was given the responsibility of leading the peace-talks with the
GoI in place of its ‘chairman’ Arbinda Rajkhowa. The decision to
lead ULFA talks was taken formally in a central committee meeting
which was attended by ULFA ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, ‘vice-chairman’
Pradeep Gogoi, ‘deputy commander-in-chief’ Raju Barua, ‘foreign
secretary’ Sasha Choudhury, ‘finance secretary’ Chitraban Hazarika,
and several other leaders of the outfit, including Mrinal Hazarika,
Jiten Dutta and Pranjit Saikia.
Though, the outfit has ruled out
that decision in this effect would marginalize the ULFA ‘chairman’
who was leading the peace-talks so far, security sources claimed
that Chetia’s elevation to lead the peace-talks might subside the
simmering dissension in the ULFA-PTF to a large extent. Pointing
out that some hard-core ULFA cadres were not happy over the way
day-to-day affairs were being handled by the ULFA leadership, security
sources said that the situation had come to stage that some cadres
were contemplating to join back to anti-talk faction of ULFA lead
by its ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah.
SFs arrested two persons, identified
as Buddha Narzary and Nripen Boro along with four gelatin sticks
weighing 200 gm and fuse wire from Guwahati Railway Station. The
duo was bringing the consignment from Manipur to Tamulpur.
Former AGP president Brindaban Goswami,
at an AJYCP meet at Jelkajhar in Bongaigaon District, said Assam
cannot accommodate any more illegal migrants.
The demand for a separate Bodoland
got a boost with former Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga and chairman
of the all-party Telangana Political Joint Action Committee M. Kodandaram
offering to help. Addressing the 48th annual conference of(ABS)
at Turibari Noudari Pwthar in Bijni subdivision of Chirang District,
Zoramthanga said, "If my humble service is needed, I am ready
to help you." "The ball does not lies in the court of
Delhi or in Guwahati (Dispur). It lies only in the hands of the
Bodo people. With all effort, I believe an amicable solution, which
is welcome and accepted by Delhi, Dispur and the Bodo people will
be achieved soon," he said. Kodandaram, who attended the conference
as chief guest, said the demand needed to be discussed.
Security has been tightened around
IAF station at Chabua in Dibrugarh District following intelligence
inputs about threats to the air base, a Police official said. Following
the Pathankot terror attack (Punjab), Police has received certain
inputs which need to be corroborated and confirmed in consultation
with various agencies and SFs but security has been tightened around
the airbase, Dibrugarh SP Bir Bikram Gogoi said.
One person, identified as Ram Tudu
(27) was arrested with arms from Sukhanjuli in Baska District.
An unidentified cadre of NDFB-IKS
was arrested from Islampur in Tinsukia District.
A NSLA cadre was arrested from Gossaigaon
in Kokrajhar District.
A suspected linkman of ULFA-I, identified
as Babul Dihingia was detained by Assam Police in Kakopathar of
Tinsukia District along with INR 25 Lakh. Dihingia has not been
produced in court by Police even after 24 hours have been passed,
A team of Army personnel from Borrengajuli
Army camp along with Assam Police launched a joint operation and
arrested a cadre of NDFB-IKS, identified as Rituraj Basumatary (18)
from Bainara village under Khairabari Police Station in Udalguri
District. A country-made hand grenade was recovered from his possession.
SFs arrested linkman of NDFB-IKS,
identified as Khonsai Gaorao Mashahary from an undisclosed place
in Assam. Khonsai was planning to kidnap three persons and he had
already collected INR 1 lakh from VCDC chairmen in the locality
in Kachugaon area in Baksa District, BTC IGP, LR Bishnoi said, adding
that the Police could recover INR 82,000 and a mobile handset from
SFs arrested a KLO linkman, identified
as Atul Barman alias Dabla from an undisclosed place in Assam.
Sivasagar District Police arrested
a ULFA hardliner's linkman from Changmaibari area in Sibsagar District.
A hardcore cadre of the NSLA, identified
as Ram Kishku alias Ram Hembrom was killed in an encounter
with Assam Police near Grahampur under Srirampur Police outpost
in Gossaigaon subdivision of Kokrajhar District. The BTC IGP, LR
Bishnoi said the Police team recovered one 7.65 mm pistol, four
rounds of ammunition and two hand grenades from his possession.
He also said the slain cadre was involved in several criminal activities,
murder and extortion in the area.
Bishnoi said after eliminating Hembrom,
the area would be peaceful to a great extent as most of the criminal
activities were carried out under his command. He said the total
strength of the NSLA was around 40 of which 22 have been arrested
in 2015, four were killed in different encounters and the remaining
cadres are involved in criminal activities.
The ULFA-I opposed the construction
of a war memorial on the bank of Dighalipukhuri in Guwahati. In
a statement, ULFA-I ‘assistant information and publicity secretary’
Arunodoy Asom also extended support to a group of citizens opposing
construction of the memorial. "We have immense respect for
soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country. But the Indian
government is forcefully invading Assam and its action to destruct
a heritage site and ecology for construction of the war memorial
is in no way is acceptable," the statement said. The outfit
is against peace talks with the Government without discussion on
its key demand for a "sovereign Assam".
George Kuki, claiming to be the
‘self styled in-charge of publicity and information’ of KLF based
somewhere in eastern Karbi Anglong District claimed that the outfit,
which was formed in 2008 and remained active until 2010, has been
revived. KLF remained silent when a faction of the organization
formed the UKDA and laid down arms along with the KRA in 2012 at
Guwahati, stated George.
He also alleged that the leaders
of both KRA-A and UKDA have seized the bank pass books and ATM cards
of the surrendered cadres thereby denying them of all Government
sponsored benefits. The same leaders have also misused the Government
fund given to the cadres for establishing camps, he added. George
has also alleged that the over ground Kuki militant leaders instead
of protecting the interest of its own community are exploiting the
ginger farmers mostly concentrated in Singhason hills. The KLF also
claimed that three sophisticated arms have been recovered from the
possession of UKDA and KRA-A cadres (one SLR, one M-16 rifle and
one AK rifle) recently.
Assam Police and Army, in a joint
operation, arrested three militants of NDFB-IKS along with a huge
cache of arms in Baksa District. Acting on a tip off, Police launched
operation at Dolabari area under Barama Police Station in Baksa
District and arrested a cadre of the outfit, identified as Ranjit
Based on the confession of the detained
militant, a joint Police and Army team arrested NDFB-IKS militants,
Jimi Boro alias Dharmendra Boro from Panbari in Kumarikata
and Sansuma Boro from Bagajuli area of the District. “A 7.65 pistol,
one magazine, two live ammunition of 7.65 pistol, ten bullets of
9mm pistol, three live grenades, a handmade gun and ten extortion
notes were found on them, “ said SDPO Tamulpur, Asif Ahmed. Police
sources also said the detained rebels were involved in various subversive
activities in BTAD.
A top Police official said with
30 to 35 cadres, the NDFB-IKS is still strong and active in lower
Assam. He said apart from the NDFB-IKS, various outfits like the
KLO, RVA, NSLA and the MPTFA are trying to gain a foothold and strengthen
their base in the area. He said SFs are continuing counter operations
against the groups.
ULFA is planning to include a few
additional points in its charter of demands already submitted to
the GoI, disclosed by the ‘general secretary’ of the outfit, Anup
Chetia. Chetia, who was brought back to Assam recently from the
protective custody of Bangladesh, said that he would participate
in the next round of talks between the outfit and the GoI. However,
the dates for the next round of talks are yet to be announced. He
said a meeting of the ULFA was held in Jagiroad on January 9 where
the progress of the peace process was discussed.
He said that as the people of the
State have raised a few questions on the charter of demands submitted
to the Government by the ULFA, a few additional points may be added.
However, he said that as a charter of demands has already been submitted
to the Government, “we will have to request the Government to allow
us to add the new points in the charter of demands.” The issue will
soon be discussed with the Centre’s interlocutor for talks, PC Haldar.
The three Bodo groups, ABSU, PJACBM
and NDFB-P demanded a "solution" to the Bodoland issue
and not false promises. Leaders of these groups said they would
convey this message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his maiden
visit to Kokrajhar on January 19. The three Bodo groups, which have
been jointly working for the community since 2013, appealed to Modi
to "announce a clear-cut policy on creation of Bodoland"
as promised in the manifesto of 2014 Lok Sabha polls by the BJP.
"People in (proposed) Bodoland are eagerly awaiting a prudent
decision," said ABSU president Pramod Boro.
Cachar Police arrested nine persons,
including a woman from different places midnight for being allegedly
involved in abductions and extortion in Barak valley. The nine arrested
persons were identified as Bapan Mazumder (31), Akhtar Hussain Laskar
(35), Imran Hussain Raj Barbhuiya (27), Shammim Choudhury (22),
Santo Roy alias Shaymal Sarkar (22), and his wife Mahi Deb
(20), Moinul Haque Barbhuiya (30), and Abdur Rahman Tapadar (22),
including Tiklu (28). Cachar Superintendent of Police (SP) Rajveer
Singh said that the gang used Mahi to lure men and then abduct them.
The racket was busted after the Police started an investigation
into the abduction of college student Sohail Ahmed Laskar of Saidpur
village of Cachar District.
SFs arrested a NSLA militant, identified
as Robvan Hembram (22) from Serfanguri in Kokrajhar District.
Police arrested one more person
belonging to the gang allegedly involved in abductions and extortion
in Barak valley, identified as Tiklu Mazumder. "Around 14 to
15 people are involved in the racket. We have arrested 10. We have
continued our hunt for those who have been running abduction rackets
here for the past four to five years," SP Rajveer Singh added.
Representatives of six ethnic communities
of Assam met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Lokapriya Gopinath
Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati to discuss the issue
of granting ST status. Leaders of the communities said the meeting,
which lasted for about 15 minutes, failed to get a timeframe on
granting ST status. “The Prime Minister only told us that his office
is seriously considering the issue. We do not know when the status
will be granted,” said AKRSU president Hitesh Barman. The six communities
demanding ST status are Tai Ahoms, Koch Rajbongshis, Morans, Motocks,
adivasis and Soteas.
One woman, identified as Asma Kahtun
of South Salmara-Mancachar in Dhubri District lodged a FIR after
she was allegedly threatened by a GNLA militant over phone, demanding
INR 10 lakh.
The ABSU, NDFB-P and the PJACBM
demanded early permanent solution to the Bodoland issue and constitutional
safeguard and political rights to the Bodo people.
Karbi Anglong Police arrested five
militants, including ‘commander-in-chief’ of UKPLA, identified as
Roben Phangcho, from the Dolamara area of Diphu in Karbi Anglong
A joint team of Barpathar Police
and SFs arrested three KPLT cadres at Bokajan in East Karbi Anglong
District. Acting on a tip-off, the joint team conducted a search
operation at Majung Teron Gaon under Barpathar Police Station and
arrested one cadre, identified as Winson Teron (26) along with a
muzzle loaded rifle, a .22 pistol with three live ammunition and
three live ammunition of AK-47 rifle in his possession.
The arrested cadre was later interrogated
and based on his information, the joint team conducted another raid
in the Bonarea locality and successfully arrested two other cadres,
identified as Biren Engti (26) and Amus Ingti (45), thereby recovering
a .22 pistol with two live ammunition from their possession.
Two persons, identified as Naren
Chouhan and Mohan Turi were arrested for allegedly trying to extort
money from a business-man in Jorhat District.
Police arrested a wanted NDFB-IKS
militant, identified as the ‘self-styled platoon commander’ Lwithwi
Brahma alias Lafa from his hideout in Dolaigaon under Dhaligaon
Police Station in Bongaigaon District.
Police arrested two persons from
Satra Kanora in Barpeta District for carrying illegal arms and ammunition.
Seven leaders of the ULFA-PTF, including
Anup Chetia and ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, met interlocutor P.C.
Haldar at the BSF camp in Patgaon in Guwahati and discussed issues
concerning the ongoing talks with the Centre. The outfit's leaders
did not disclose the issues discussed in the meeting but sources
said they spoke of new demands they want to include in their charter
of demands already submitted to the Centre in 2011. After the meeting,
Rajkhowa said that Chetia's inclusion would give a fresh impetus
to the talks and a solution would soon be worked out with the Government.
According to sources, the Central
Government has turned down the offers of the NDFB-IKS for a ceasefire
to start the process of talks. Meanwhile, the Centre has also decided
not to talk with any insurgent group involved in killing of innocent
persons. Highly placed sources UMHA revealed that after receiving
major setbacks in sustained operations by the SFs, NDFB-IKS has
sent feelers on several occasions to go for a ceasefire agreement
followed by talks with the Government. But such proposals from the
outfit were emphatically turned down by the Government.
UMHA sources revealed that immediately
after coming to power, the present Government at the Centre took
a tough stand against outfits involved in killings of innocents
and the same formula would be adopted in case of all other militant
groups. Sources further said that the Government has decided not
to go for ad-hoc measures for solution of the problem of militancy.
From now on, the Government would try to go for comprehensive solution
of the problems and there would be no discussion with any outfit
involved in senseless killing of innocent people, sources added.
Kokrajhar district has the highest
number of children who have lost their parents in terrorist attacks,
said ADGP of Railway Police, Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta. "As many
as 267 children were affected by militancy in Kokrajhar district,
which is the highest in Assam. The number is quite high in Bodoland
Territorial Areas District (BTAD)," said Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta
while addressing a gathering at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra
KPLT has called for a 48-hour Karbi
Anglong bandh (strike) beginning from 5 a.m. January 25 to
5 a.m. of January 27. Claiming to be KPLT source, a text message
to local media at Diphu stated that the organization has called
for boycotting the Republic Day celebration in protest against “reprisal
measure of the government” against it.
SFs, in an operation, arrested two
militants of the NSCN-IM from Kashipur and Lodi villages in Dima
Hasao District while they were carrying out extortion activities
in the area. A pistol, along with seven rounds of live ammunition
was also recovered from their possession.
Four militant outfits operating
in north-east India called for their boycott of Republic Day celebrations
on January 26. In a joint statement the four organisations, the
United National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFWSEA),
CorCom of Manipur, GNLA and the HNLC called for the shutdown in
the region on January 26. “We call upon the citizens to put out
a strong, clear message and protest against the imposed celebration
of the Republic day in our West Eastern South East Asia (WESEA).
We call for a total shutdown of our region from 00.01 hrs to 18
hrs of January 26,” the statement mailed to the media said.
Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi
claimed that Islamic militant group, Islamic State (IS/ ISIS) has
not been able to make significant inroads into the State that has
a sizeable Muslim population. Gogoi said that though the threat
from ISIS exists everywhere, the group so far had failed to strike
roots in the State which, of course, can’t be a reason for the SFs
to become complacent. Pointing out that ISIS was using social media
in its attempt to radicalize youth with its doctrines, Gogoi said
close watch was being kept at all levels to ensure that the group
was not able to penetrate the state. He also underlined that youth
of the country, who have been radicalized by the ISIS, had to be
made to see reason and return to the mainstream.
Assam DGP, Mukesh Sahay sounded
an alarm over the growing threat of ISIS in different fronts and
use of social media to recruit vulnerable youth to its ranks. Assam
stands vulnerable to threat from radical groups like the ISIS because
of presence of a large pool of unemployed youth from the backward
Muslim community. The State has witnessed rising activities of jihadi
elements in the recent years. Several training dens of jihadis
were busted in western Assam in the last couple of years following
dismantling of JMB modules in neighbouring West Bengal by Indian
security agencies including the NIA. A number of leaders and cadres
of various Islamic fundamentalist groups were arrested in the State
in the last couple of years.
Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi,
while hoisting the national flag at the Republic Day celebrations
in Guwahati, made an appeal to elusive ULFA ‘chief’ Paresh Baruah
and other separatist leaders to shun the path of violence and join
the mainstream. Gogoi also warned that his Government would continue
to take stern measures to crush the armed rebel groups in the State.
State Transport, Excise and Sports
Minister Ajit Singh while welcoming the militant groups that have
come over ground and joined the peace process repeated his call
to those outfits which are still in wilderness. He described their
move as a positive signal which will contribute towards the strengthening
of unity and solidarity. Ajit Singh said, “No solution is possible
through gun-culture.” It is in their overall interest that they
should return to the mainstream life. He at the same time cautioned
if any group makes any attempt to challenge law and order and create
disorder, his Government will not hesitate to deal with them firmly.
Unidentified assailants abducted
three persons, identified as Lala Nampui (75), Josepha Nampui (25)
and Luapui Thiaite, from New Sangbar village under Umrangsu Police
Station in Dima Hasao District.
Three Policemen, identified as Dharmendra
Das, Tilak Nath and R K Rajesh Singh, were injured when unidentified
assailants hurled a grenade at them during patrol duty in Ram Nagar
under Haflong Police Station in Dima Hasao District. Investigations
are on and a search has been launched to nab the culprits, the Police
Unidentified assailants fired at
the residence of District BJP General Secretary Deben Thaosen in
Haflong in Dima Hasao District. However, no casualties were reported.
Assailants abducted one Bijon Kemprai,
brother of Dima Hasao DCC president Mahendra Kemprai, from Thaijuari
in Dima Hasao District.
Police and Army, in a joint operation,
arrested one NDFB-IKS militant, identified as Gangaraj Wary alias
Dableu Gold (35), and a linkman, identified as Kalicharan Brahma
(25) from Chirang District. Spot interrogation and search led to
recovery of one 7.62 mm pistol with two rounds of ammunition, one
.305 Rifle with 25 rounds of ammunition, 14 rounds of .315 rifle,
one Chinese hand grenade and other war like stores, an Army official
said in a statement.
Army and Tengakhat Police in a joint
operation arrested a leader of the ULFA-I and his wife from Ulton
area under Tengakhat Police Station in Dibrugarh District. The arrested
militants have been identified as Abhinash Gogoi alias Dudu
(18), a resident of Tengakhat Lohali Village under Duliajan Police
Station and Puja Marak (20), resident of Sherpur District in Bangladesh.
According to Police sources, Dudu was joined banned outfit ULFA-I
in 2011 and subsequently he was sheltered at Bangladesh and had
involved in various activities of ULFA.
One person, identified as Dip Neog,
who was arrested on charges of making an extortion demand to a local
resident in Rajahowli in Jorhat District, was sent to judicial custody
by a local court in Jorhat.
A jihadi identified as Jahidul
Islam (28) was arrested from Gossaigaon in Kokrajhar District.
Chirang Police arrested one jihadi,
from Hatigaon in Guwahati in Kamrup District. The jihadi
identified as Tota Miya (40) was residing as a tenant at Mina Begum’s
residence situated at Masjid Road in Notboma. Police have recovered
one 7.65 pistol and two rounds of live ammunition, one magazine
and two mobile phones from his possession.
Nearly 1,450 cadres of different
militant groups were arrested across the state last year (2015)
and a huge cache of arms and ammunition seized, Governor Padmanabha
Balakrishna Acharya informed the State Assembly. "During 2015,
the security forces apprehended 1,449 cadres of different militant
groups," Acharya said in his address to the House on the first
day of the February Session. "The security forces also recovered
577 assorted arms, 15,515 rounds of live ammunition, 58 IEDs, 307
grenades, 144 kg of explosives, 2,979 detonators and cash amounting
to Rs 29,85,510 from different extremist elements," he added.
Acharya also said 58 militants and 10 civilians were killed last
year in encounters, while 49 other people were kidnapped in extremist-related
"Identification of one module
of JMB in the state in the wake of the blast in Khagragarh, Burdwan
district, West Bengal, led to the arrest of 30 members of the module
from Barpeta, Nalbari and Chirang districts of Assam as well as
recovery of 10 bombs," he added. Acharya said efforts are going
on to apprehend the remaining members of the module. Currently 13
militant groups are on the path of joining the mainstream after
laying down their arms, he said. "My government would also
like to appeal to Shri Paresh Baruah and his faction of the ULFA
and other insurgent groups to give up the path of violence and come
back to the national mainstream in the interest of the people of
Assam and the country at large," he added.
BSF troops of Dhubri sector seized
FICN worth INR 100,000 from three Indian FICN racketeers. Based
on a specific input provided by BSF intelligence wing, a joint operation
was launched by troops of BSF Dhubri sector along with Police and
arrested three FICN couriers, identified as Golam Hussain (50),
Jahar Ali (28) and Jamaluddin Sheikh (25) with the FICN worth INR
100,000 from Jogmaya Ghat, adjacent to Dhubri town, BSF official
The Red Horns Division operating
in the parts of Darrang and Udalguri Districts arrested six hardcore
militants of the NLFB. The arrest was made after a combined operation
by Army Camp based at Chapai in Borrengajuli and Deomornai assisted
by the joint teams SDPO Bhergaon and Police representatives from
Khoirabari and Dimakuchi Police Stations. Intelligence inputs received
from sources about the presence of a new insurgent outfit, NLFB,
being actively involved in killing and several extortion activities
across Darrang and Udalguri Districts. Intelligence inputs also
revealed about their connection with several militant outfits based
at Dimapur like NSCN-IM, NSCN-K and NDFB-S.
The Assam State Government said
that the killing of civilians and SF personnel has declined significantly
during recent years. Replying to a call attention motion by AIUDF
MLA Abdur Rahim Khan in the Legislative Assembly, Parliamentary
Affairs Minister Rakibul Hussain said that only four SF personnel
died in counter-insurgency operations in 2014, and none in 2015.
Similarly, 10 civilians were killed by militants in 2015, and none
so far in 2016. “The situation has improved significantly since
our Government took charge. The fear psychosis that existed earlier
is now absent. A total of 89 security personnel had died in 1997,
77 in 1998 and 87 in 1999. No doubt, in some areas problems do exist,
but the situation now is much better,” Hussain said. Earlier, citing
a media report, AIUDF’s Khan said that 272 Police personnel lost
their lives in Assam during the last 15 years.
Unidentified assailants fired at
the gate of former Doomdooma MLA and secretary of APCC, Durga Bhumij’s
residence at Milantirtha in Rupai Siding in Tinsukia District. According
to Bhumij, a Tata Indica vehicle came at a breakneck speed and fired
indiscriminately at his gate and fled towards Daimukhia Tea Estate.
He was inside his residence and no casualty was reported. Police
recovered six empty shells of 7.65 mm pistol from the site of the
incident. Various organisations have condemned the incident and
demanded an inquiry into the incident.
Another firing incident took place
at Ultapul near Digboi town in Tinsukia District at 6.45 pm. Three
persons riding a car stopped in front of a paan shop owned
by one Rameswar Majhi. Alighting from the car, they first asked
for cigarettes. Suddenly, one of them whipped out a pistol and fired
at the shopkeeper, missing him narrowly. The trio boarded the vehicle
and sped off but not before firing again. No one was injured in
Members of a newly-floated militant
outfit of the Moran community, Moran Tiger Force (MTF) are said
to be behind the two incidents of firings happened in Tinsukia District.
ADGP (special branch) Pallab Bhattacharya said "We have reports
about a new outfit, Moran Tiger Force, floated a week ago. We also
have clues about Paresh Baruah's involvement. The situation in Tinsukia
district is tense and we have issued orders to bring the situation
under control so that it does not spill over to Dibrugarh."
Tamulpur Police arrested two militants
of NDFB-IKS, identified as Sudem Muchahary alias Manual (24)
and Khassar Muchahary (36) along with arms and ammunition from Naokata
under Tamulpur subdivision in Baksa District. Police sources said
that the militants were involved in various cases of extortion.
Acting on a tip off a team of Tamulpur police arrested the rebels
when they came to collect extorted money from a trader at Naokata.
Tamulpur SDPO Asif Ahmed said that the detained militants threatened
MP Biswajit Daimary and BTC EM Ganesh Kachari several times.
A NDFB-IKS militant, identified
as ‘self-styled section commander’ Lothen Basumatary alias
Birai (42) was arrested in a joint operation by the Army and the
Assam Police in Gorebil village in Kokrajhar District. A 7.65mm
pistol and some ammunition was recovered from him.
Assam Police have launched an operation
to arrest at least 10 jihadi militants, who are now on the
run. The operation will be centred around the BTAD, but various
minority-dominated Districts of the State have also been alerted,
report said. Besides, three BTC Districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang
and Baksa and neighbouring western Assam Districts of Barpeta and
Nalbari have been marked sensitive on the suspicion that the Jihadi
elements might have settled to spread tentacles in these areas.
The Police have been conducting
a major search operation against the jihadis for the past
six months in the area and have arrested 18 people who are directly
or indirectly involved in the recruitment, gun running and extortion
rackets of various Muslim fundamentalist outfits. The biggest success
was the busting of a training module at Daukhanagar in Dhaligaon
in September 2015. The Police teams recovered eight handmade AK-47
lookalike rifles that were hidden in a pit. A Police official said,
"During the combing operation, we found 28 uniforms meant for
the cadres. So far we have arrested 18. We suspect that 10 more
jihadi cadres are at large. Already, six among them have been identified."
The CBI, while probing the 2012
BTAD riots, has disclosed the involvement of Islamic elements in
the violence. Post Burdwan blast (October 2, 2014), the arrest of
JMB cadre, Sahanur Alom, and his wife by an NIA team in Burdwan
District of West Bengal had clearly proved the presence of jihadi
elements in the State. Recently, Chirang Police arrested Tota Miya
from the city's Hatigaon area with a pistol. He has been taken into
three-day police custody. "We hope to get vital infofrom him,"
said IGP BTAD, L R Bishnoi. One of the biggest catches in the operation,
Bura Bhai, who was engaged in arms training and gun running for
jihadi groups in the state, has revealed, during interrogation,
how the char areas in the state have been used by such modules.
Hundreds of Adivasis (tribals),
armed with bows and arrows, marched on the National Highway in Tinsukia
District in protest against two incidents of firing in the District
on February 3.
According to written replies to
a series of short notice questions in the State Assembly, eight
bloody ethnic clashes in different parts of the State, which ended
in the deaths of 535 people, including 45 children and 80 women,
form the biggest blot on the unbroken but chequered 15-year Congress
rule under Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. On the positive side, as
many as four militant outfits signed peace deals with the Government
and 13 other outfits, including ULFA, declared ceasefire and began
peace talks. Since Gogoi's first term from May 2001, militancy claimed
at least 2,275 civilians and 309 security personnel. A total of
2,103 militants were killed and 8,930 others laid down arms. Another
213 people were killed in Police firing.
On the crime chart, a total of 19,821
murder cases, 21,556 rape cases, 43,879 cases of kidnapping, 91,419
cases of crime against women, 158 cases of witch-hunts, 4,816 cases
of dacoity and 43,328 cases of suicide were registered between May
2001 and December 2015.
According to the replies, ethnic
clashes during Gogoi's terms include the Hmar-Dimasa clash in Dima
Hasao District and the Kuki-Karbi clash in Karbi Anglong District
in 2003, Karbi-Dimasa clash in Karbi Anglong District in 2005, Muslim-Bodo
clash in Darrang and Udalguri Districts in 2005, Zemi Naga-Dimasa
clash in Dima Hasao District in 2009, Rabha-Garo clash in Goalpara
District in 2011, Bodo-Muslim clash in BTAD areas in 2012 and Karbi-Rengma
Naga clash in Karbi Anglong District in 2013-14.
The State Government informed that
6,658 cases of ethnic clashes were registered. Of these, chargesheets
were filed in 159 cases, final reports were submitted in 3,594 cases,
5,353 cases are under investigation, 12 cases were transferred to
the CBI and 2,358 cases were amalgamated
Apart from ethnic clashes within
the State, another 36 clashes with neighbouring States also took
place in which 87 people were killed and 78 injured. Interstate
clashes include fights with Mizoram in Hailakandi District in 2003
and 2008 and in Cachar District in 2013, with Meghalaya in Kamrup
(Metro) District in 2010 and in Dhubri District in 2013, with Nagaland
in Golaghat District in 2002, 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2015, in Sivasagar
District in 2005, 2007 and 2015, in Jorhat District in 2013, in
Karbi Anglong District in 2014, with Arunachal Pradesh in Dhemaji
District in 2001, 2006, 2008, in Lakhimpur District in 2004, 2007,
2008 and 2011, in Sonitpur District in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and in
Biswanath Chariali Police District in 2015.
Two incidents of firing in Tinsukia
District, both by the hitherto-unknown MTF, has sent local Police
in a tizzy. Police arrested Surajit Moran, president of the Tinsukia
unit of AJYCP from Doomdooma in Tinsukia District for his alleged
involvement with the outfit.
Police recovered three handmade
bombs from the house of Bipul Basumatary at Sahoriagaon under Dhing
Police Station in Nagaon District. Later, several weapons and ammunition
were also recovered at the house of Basumatary's father-in-law Khuken
Hazowari at Boragaon in Kamrup District.
Tinsukia ASP-headquarters, Lamhao
Doungel said that Police were trying to gather more information
about MTF, a new kid on the block as far as rebel groups are concerned.
"Our team has found vital clues (about the outfit) after going
through the call details of the phone number used to send text messages
after the firings. We have found evidence of Moran's involvement
with the perpetrators of the two incidents. Unlike militant outfits
like ULFA and NDFB-Songbijit, MTF doesn't seem to have any particular
leader," he explained.
A suspected Islamic State (IS) operative,
identified as Suman Aziz Laskar was arrested at SMC in Cachar District.
Police have launched an operation to arrest three others based on
information revealed by him during interrogation. A senior Police
officer said the 20-year-old man was taking the fourth semester
examination of MBBS at SMC on February 6 morning. The students said
that the man, in question, was not a student of the medical college.
ASP-Cachar, Subhashini Shankaran said the investigation was conducted
on the basis of the information revealed by the man adding that
some incriminating documents have been recovered from him including
a file that contains certain codes of Mumbai and other cities.
However, reports also said that
during interrogation, the arrested person said he was involved with
a Bangladesh-based terror group and that he hails from Bangladesh.
ULFA-PTF leader Anup Chetia made
a sudden visit to ex-MLA Durga Bhumij’s house at Rupaisiding in
Tinsukia District along with Prabal Neog. The visit has carried
much significance in view of the fact that on the evening of February
3, some miscreants claiming to be member of the MTF indiscriminately
fired at the house of Durga Bhumij from an Indica car and immediately
escaped from the spot.
The State Government has written
to the UMHA asking the latter to facilitate formal deportation of
suspected Myanmarese nationals, currently lodged in the detention
camps of Assam, through diplomatic channels. The letter, written
by the Home Department at Dispur, has also requested the UMHA to
pursue the matter with the MEA so that the nationality of the Myanmarese
nationals, caught in Assam from time to time, can be cross-checked
after which the process could be started.
Sources stated that the MEA had
already taken up the matter with its counterpart in the neighbouring
country. In the letter to the UMHA, the Home Department had sent
a list of 28 Myanmarese nationals, which also comprises Rohingya
Muslims who had fled the neighbouring country fearing their lives.
These also include women and children, official sources said. The
28 Myanmar nationals, who were lodged in the detention camps situated
in Goalpara, Kokrajhar and Silchar after their arrest, are now being
shifted to the new detention camp in Tezpur. The State has six detention
camps, including one each in Dibrugarh and Jorhat.
A ‘platoon commander’ of the NDFB-IKS,
identified as Uday Narzary alias N. Khilikhang (30), wanted
for the Adivasi massacre of December 23, 2014, was killed
in an encounter with SFs in Chirang District of lower Assam. An
AK-56 rifle with a magazine and INR 31,000 were recovered from the
slain militant. Chirang SP Ranjan Bhuyan said Narzary, who hails
from Bengtol in Chirang District, was also involved in extortions
and abductions. "He had joined NDFB (S) in 2010 and was a member
of the outfit's 35th batch. He had undergone training in use of
arms and explosives in Myanmar," the Police officer added.
Narzary's killing is being seen
as a major success for the SFs, who have been carrying out relentless
operations against the NDFB-IKS since the outfit killed more than
65 Adivasi villagers in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur Districts
in December 2014. A source said 25 cadres of the outfit have been
killed and about 600 of its members and linkmen arrested in the
operation. However, about 25 to 30 militants, including top leaders
G. Bidai and K. Batha, are still at large.
Two militants of the PLF-M, identified
as Babul Momin and (Energy) Momin, were beaten to death by a mob
at Rowmari Garopara area under Rongjuli Police Station in Goalpara
District. The militant-brother duo were beaten to death by a mob
on charge of terrorizing them by demanding extortion money, District
SP Nitul Gogoi said. One of the slain militants Babul Momin was
wanted by Police for indulging in anti-social activities and extortion
demands, the SP said. Extortion demand letters and the Meghalaya-based
PLFM letter pads were recovered from the slain militants.
SFs arrested one person, identified
as Hitesh Roy, along with FICN worth of INR 17,000 from Amguri in
SFs arrested a ULFA-I cadre, identified
as Deepak Das (27), along with a 7.62 mm pistol and some ammunition
from Kachiabari Borogopha in Kokrajhar District. The militant was
involved in money collection, extortion and providing administrative
support to ULFA-I.
The attempt on the part of the suspected
GNLA-ULFA combine to attack the Police personnel in Resubelpara
in North Garo Hills District was foiled, following the recovery
of IEDs and arrest of a person by a joint team of both Assam and
Meghalaya Police from Goalpara District of Assam. Based on the revelation
of one of the GNLA cadre, one Malsing R Marak was arrested on the
outskirts of Resubelpara and three remote controlled IEDs and gelatins
sticks were recovered from a house at Kalaring village adjacent
to the forest area of Dorenkitip in Assam. Later, all the IEDs were
defused by a bomb disposal team of Meghalaya Police.
Based on intelligence input about
NDFB-IKS militants holed up deep in the jungles of Rowta Reserve
Forest North of Mazbat town (Udalguri District) bordering Arunachal
Pradesh, a 48 hour long search and destroy mission was conducted
by the Army and Udalguri Police and arrested two persons from the
camp location. The operation was launched on February 10 by Army
and Assam Police, was a major success and resulted in successful
busting of NDFB-IKS militant camp, report said. The camp was being
used to train and provide logistic support to the active cadres
of the NDFB-IKS. The destruction of the NDFB-IKS camp goes a long
way in reducing the menace of this unlawful organization from the
Udalguri District and will help in bringing peace and normalcy in
the region, Army said in a statement.
SFs arrested a senior cadre of the
NSLA, identified as Everest Tudu alias Jambua from Siyalmari
village in Kokrajhar District. A pistol along with some ammunition
and a mobile phone were recovered from his possession.
BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate
in Assam Sarbananda Sonowal said that illegal immigrants were the
enemies of the people of the State. In an interview, Sonowal, said,
‘’Congress is trying to bring illegal migrants to the state. The
local people have been reduced to ‘microscopic minority’. These
people (immigrants) are the enemies of the people of Assam. Claiming
that unabated infiltration from Bangladesh is still on, Sonowal
said if voted to power, his party will find a lasting solution to
the burning issue which is threatening the basis of Assamese society.
A linkman of the NDFB-IKS, identified
as Ila Narzary, was arrested from Mainaguri under Serfanguri Police
Station in Kokrajhar District. He was involved in extortion and
information gathering for the outfit. A country-made pistol, along
with live bullets were recovered from him.
In a joint operation, the Indian
Army and Kokrajhar Police killed two militants of the NDFB-IKS,
identified as Sanjib Basumatary alias Khardes and Jangswrang
Basumatary alias Ladai at Auzarguri in Kokrajhar District.
“An ambush was laid following a tip-off regarding the movement of
some NDFB-IKS militants in the area. When the militants were challenged,
they opened indiscriminate fire, prompting the security forces to
retaliate. Two militants were killed in the exchange of fire”, defence
spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Suneet Newton said. One of the slain
militant, Ladai is wanted by the NIA in connection with the Adivasi
massacre of December 2014 and for kidnapping Hindi-speaking people
in January 2014. Khardes is also a wanted terrorist involved in
subversive acts. Two 7.65mm pistols with five rounds of ammunition,
six empty cases of 7.65mm pistol, a 7.62mm AK magazine, six 7.62mm
empty cases, eight 7.62mm live rounds, two grenades, some explosives
and two mobiles were recovered from the duo.
The NDFB-IKS claimed that Sanjib
Basumatary alias Kharde who was killed by the joint team
of Army and Police on February 14 morning at Auzarguri in Kokrajhar
District, was not their cadre but a student. The outfit also alleged
that a hand of Kharde was cut off brutally by the Army.
Suspected Garo militants abducted
an owner of a grocery shop, identified as Laldev Shah (Basu), from
Bakharapara village in Bongaigaon District. Laldev Shah was returning
home at Dhupdhara in Goalpara District at around 5 pm when armed
militants allegedly kidnapped him from Bakharapara village at gunpoint.
According to sources, a substantial
portion of the funds generated from illegal activities like timber
smuggling, poaching etc are going to the coffers of the North East
militant groups. Highly placed official sources said that timber
smuggling and other such illegal activities are matters of serious
concern, more so, because some of the militant groups are surviving
on the money generated from such activities. Sources said that the
Central Government had alerted the States of the region that such
activities helped the militant groups to survive and the concerned
State governments should take all possible steps to stop such illegal
Sources further revealed that for
years the NDFB survived from the money that they received from those
involved in illegal activities like timber smuggling and poaching.
The other income source of the NDFB was abduction and extortion.
But of late, after the Central Government decided to launch a massive
combing operation against the militants belonging to the NDFB-IKS
after the involvement of members of the outfit in the gruesome killing
of more than 70 persons on December 23, 2014, the fund flow to the
outfit came down as its members, including senior leaders are on
the run. The outfit has not been able to indulge in any kidnapping
since the operation was launched and the extortion amounts are also
coming down. However, sources admitted that according to reports,
the remaining militants are surviving because of the money that
they are receiving from the persons involved in timber smuggling.
Following an intelligence report,
the Army launched a combat operation near Assam and Arunachal Pradesh
border and killed four militants in Na Kathalguri village under
Bordumsa Police Station in Tinsukia District. According to sources,
three of them were from NSCN-K and the fourth one was from the ULFA-I.
Police recovered 2 pistols, 2 magazines with 25 rounds of ammunition,
one AK-56 rifle with 3 magazines, 82 rounds of ammunition of AK
series, 13,500 Kyat (Myanmarese currency), 6 mobile phone sets,
2 sets of Army fatigue, 1 pouch, 2 solar plates and 2 solar lights.
One person, identified as Amir Hussain
was arrested for allegedly demanding INR 2 lakh at gunpoint from
Dhubri District Congress vice-president Rezaul Islam on February
ULFA leader Anup Chetia, while urging
for peace and harmony among all the ethnic tribes of the State,
cautioned the divisive forces which tried to destroy the age-long
communal harmony in the State. Chetia was addressing a meeting at
the Doomdooma Bangiya Durgabari Hall which was convened by the ULFA-PTF
in the wake of firing to the residence of former Doomdooma MLA Durga
Bhumij by an organisation named MTF. The meeting was also addressed
by ULFA ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, former MLA Durga Bhumij and
several leaders of various ethnic student and youth organisations.
In his address Rajkhowa alleged that an unknown force is trying
to disturb the communal harmony among the ethnic tribes of Tinsukia
A link man of NDFB-IKS, identified
as Rana Narzary was arrested by SFs from Saraibil under Gossaigaon
police station in Kokrajhar District. He was involved with money
collection, extortion, providing administrative support and information
about movement of security forces to militant outfit organization.
Two youths were arrested from Hingoritoli
in newly formed Charaideo District on charges of demanding money
from some businessmen in the name of ULFA-I.
The NIA arrested a cadre of NDFB-IKS,
identified as Sibiary alias Sansuma alias Daoka Basumatary
when he was produced before the special NIA court in Guwahati. According
to an official source, the accused, who was wanted by the NIA in
the Adivasi massacre case (December 23, 2014), had surrendered
before the special NIA court a few days ago. The court remanded
him in NIA custody for 12 days.
Basumatary, who hails from Dhalkata
village at Nalkhamara in Udalguri District, was allegedly involved
in killing of five Adivasi villagers, besides injuring others, at
Pakhriguri under Serfanguri police station in Kokrajhar District
on December 23, 2014. The source said after carrying out the massacre
he was hiding in Nepal and Chennai (Tamil Nadu) disguised as a worker
before he surrendered in the court.
A suspected NLFB militant, identified
as Ajoy Roy (20) was arrested along with one handmade pistol, six
hand grenades and two blank cartridges from Darrangamela in Baksa
District along Indo-Bhutan border.
A militant belonging to NSCN-K,
identified as Tabroi Konyak was arrested near a tea garden on Sonari-Namtola
Road in Charaideo District.
ULFA ‘general secretary’, Anup Chetia
met the family members of deceased ULFA cadres in Bakaliaghat in
Karbi Anglong District and said that a ‘Martyrs’ Trust’ would be
set up by them and soon a museum in the name of deceased ULFA members
would also be constructed. The families appealed to him to make
them a part of the ongoing talks with the Government of India. The
ULFA leader said that the outfit had urged the Government of India
to start search operation for ULFA cadres who went missing after
the anti-insurgency operation in Bhutan.
The ULFA leader held a meeting with
the ceasefire groups of militant organizations like KLNLF, former
DHD, UKDA and KRA. The chairman of the KLNLF, P Dilli said that
they also would like to form the ‘Martyrs’ Trust’ with the ULFA.
During the meeting, Thong Teron, general secretary, publicity secretary,
Rejak Dera of KLNLF, former DHD leader Pranab Nunisa, Alex Kuki,
general secretary, UKDA and Bruce Kuki, leader of KRA were present.
Six Assam villagers were wounded
when they were attacked by unidentified Naga militants near Holonguri
along the inter-state border in Jorhat District. According to sources,
six Assamese villagers, who had gone to collect firewood in the
Dessoi Valley forest, were held captive by Naga militants and assaulted
brutally. The victims belonged to the tea community. Two of the
critically injured, identified as Karma Karmakar and Manoj Mirdha
were shifted to Jorhat Medical College & Hospital for better
treatment. Senior Police officers from the District headquarters
rushed to the spot and are also learnt to have communicated with
their counterpart in Nagaland seeking assistance in nabbing the
culprits. “We are in touch with Nagaland police. We have also identified
one miscreant and his details have been shared with Nagaland police,”
Titabor SDPO Kulen Deka said, adding no arrests have been made so
far. “Security measures have been beefed up to avoid escalation
of the situation,” he added.
A joint team of Army and Police
arrested three NDFB-IKS militants, identified as Bhubneswar Boro
(36), Sarjib Basumatary (27) and Lepho Boro (30) from Barimakha
village near Mochalpur in Baksa District. Two AK-47 rifles, one
9mm pistol along with ammunition were also recovered from the militants.
The three militants were involved in extortion, arms smuggling and
other nefarious and anti-national activities, Army official said.
All three militants were handed over to Barbari Police for further
Two ADF cadres, identified as Budu
Tudu (29) and Mirjan Kisku (23), were arrested from Mandaria under
Gossaigaon Police station in Kokrajhar District.
Condemning the NDFB-IKS for demanding
extortion of INR 20, 000 from a journalist of a vernacular daily
and member of the central committee of JAFA Babu Rava, the federation
urged the militant outfit to stop harassing journalists. In a statement
condemning the incident, JAFA said that the NDFB-IKS even took away
the bike of the journalist after threatening him with arms in their
hands. It also condemned the Police inaction as four days have passed
since the incident, but not a single arrest has been made so far.
Police arrested three suspects,
belonging to NDFB-IKS, identified as Sanjay Brahma, Nerswn Brahma,
and Ramen Basumatary, from Tipkai Harjhora village in Kokrajhar
District and recovered INR 36,500, two cellphones and a wallet from
SF personnel arrested a cadre of
the MTFA, identified as Samsul Haq, from Kadamguri in Kokrajhar
Police recovered of a large number
of IEDs from a stronghold of the banned GNLA in East Garo Hills
of Meghalaya. Assam Police believes that the presence of such a
large number of IEDs at this juncture in Garo Hills area of Meghalaya
definitely looks ominous for the poll-bound State. DGP Assam, Mukesh
Sahay said that any threat to the upcoming Assam Assembly elections
will be seriously dealt by the Police, which is also geared up to
tackle communal forces ruthlessly. “Threat, either from militants
or any other source, will be seriously dealt with,” Sahay said.
“In the past, there have been instances of candidates having financial
dealings with militants. This time such instances will be treated
as terror offence under the UAPA,” the DGP said.
Reacting to the press release issued
by IGAR-N and published in the local, regional and section of the
national dailies on January 26, 2016, with regard to the some northeast
insurgents involved in narco-terrorism, Independent faction of ULFA-I
expressed dismay that their organization was named as being involved
in the “cultivation and trade of opium in Kachin province of Myanmar”.
In a statement, ULFA-I ‘Assistant Information and Publicity Secretary’
‘Captain’ Arunudoy Asom objected and refuted the statement.
Five days after he was abducted,
a trader of the Lamajuar area in Karimganj District, identified
as Abdul Kalam (52), was rescued by the Police. Kalam was abducted
by a gang of armed assailants on the midnight of February 21, from
a place near Janakibazar in Hailakandi District, when he was returning
home in a car. Six persons, including two women, were also arrested
for their alleged involvement in the abduction. They were identified
as Afsalur Haque, Safrul Islam, both drivers, Faruq Ahmed, his wife
Saleha Begam Talukdar, Bahar Uddin Laskar and Hafiza Khanam Laskar.
Karimganj SP PR Kar said that more persons might have been involved
in the incident. A hunt is on to nab the rest.
A team of Army personnel from Deumornai
Army camp along with Assam Police launched a joint operation and
arrested five cadres of NDFB-IKS, identified as Ringchar alias
Mukang (20), Ranchai Baro alias Birkhang (20), Shaumangcha
Baro (23), Jugchar Baro and Ajoy Haloi from Gurihati village under
Khairabari Police station in Udalguri District. One 2.22 pistol
and four live ammunition were also recovered from the militants.
Army carried out operations in the
Goalpara District and arrested an ULFA-I militant, identified as
Bhukan Nath. A 7.65 mm pistol, live rounds and a magazine were recovered
A delegation of ULFA leaders, led
by its ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, met Union Home Secretary Rajiv
Mehrishi in his office in New Delhi and reviewed the progress of
their ongoing talks. It was decided that the formal tripartite meeting
of ULFA leaders with the Home Secretary and representatives of Government
of Assam will be held in the middle of March, a Home Ministry spokesperson
Chirang Police arrested an NDFB-IKS
militant from Rangijhora Kherdanda area under Amguri Police Station
in Chirang District. The arrested militant has been identified as
Charchil Islary (32). Police official said Charchil was involved
in various cases of extortion and abduction and was a close associate
of NDFB-IKS ‘finance secretary’ B Doimalu and other top leaders
of the outfit based in Myanmar.
The ‘deputy commander-in-chief’
of the KLO identified as Dibankar Barman alias Anupal alias Jabarjung alias Raghav,
was killed by SFs at Siljan Kakrikola area in Kokrajhar District.
BTAD Inspector-General of Police L.R. Bishnoi said that depending
on inputs about the presence of some KLO rebels in the area, a joint
operation was carried out by the Army and Assam Police where the
rebel leader received serious bullet injuries in the gun battle.
Later, he succumbed to his injuries. Two other militants managed
to escape, Bishnoi said. A 7.65mm pistol, two fired cases of 7.65mm
pistol, three live rounds of 7.65mm, eight fired cases of 7.62mm
pistol and a grenade were recovered from the slain militant, who
was wanted in many cases of abduction and extortion.
District Police arrested an ULFA-I
militant, Hiren Gogoi, and his accomplice, Hemkanta Changmai, from
Tinuskia District, and recovered a number of incriminating documents
Based on specific information, Army
and Nalbari Police launched a joint operation and arrested a linkman
of NDFB-IKS from Barajol village in Nalbari District. The arrested
linkman has been identified as Gajen Boro (27) Narayangaon village
under Ghagrapar Police Station in Nalbari District. Gajen was involved
in extortion, arms smuggling and other nefarious and anti-national
activities. One 7.65mm Pistol along with four live rounds and one
magazine of 7.65mm Pistol were recovered from him.
Army and Police in a joint operation
arrested a militant of the NDFB-IKS in Nalbari District. The arrested
militant has been identified as Khomin Boro (30), a resident of
village Dalbari under Barama Police Station in the District. The
arrested militant was involved in extortion, arms smuggling and
other nefarious and anti-national activities, Army official said.
One 7.65mm pistol along with one magazine and three live rounds
were recovered from him.
Police arrested another NDFB- IKS
militant along Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border in Biswanath District.
The militant has been identified as Chatu Narzary. A carbine and
six rounds of live ammunition were found on him.
Based on specific information, Army
Camp Boko and Police launched a joint operation, and arrested one
arms supplier from Bholkmari (South Kamrup) who was reported to
be supplying weapons and ammunition to NDFB- IKS and MULTA militants.
The arms supplier has been identified as Mokshed Ali (42) of Bholkamari
village under Chhayagaon Police Station in South Kamrup District.
The arrested arms supplier was also reported to be involved in arms
smuggling and other nefarious and anti-national activities and had
been working with extremists for many years, Army official said.
One .22mm pistol and one magazine along with four pistol ammunition
were recovered from him.
Two ULFA linkmen, identified as
Hiren Gogoi alias Rabin (24) and Hemakanat Changmai alias
Jatin alias Pinku, both belonging to Deoghoriya village of Lakhipather
under Digboi Police Station in Tinsukia District were arrested
by joint forces of District Special Team and Digboi Police. According
to sources, the arrest was made after the demand for fifty hunting
boots were made by the rebels from a local businessman in Digboi
which was meant for the banned ULFA faction.
Police recovered an automatic
pistol with two live cartridges at Khaksi under Haluwating Police
Station in Sivasagar District. According to reports, local residents
of Khaksi area of Amguri TE saw a man roaming here and there and
they informed the nearby CRPF camp immediately. When CRPF personnel
reached the suspected man fled from the spot leaving a packet
wrapped with polythene. An automatic pistol, two live cartridges,
one torch light, one water bottle and one cigarette packed from
the polythene bag.
Based on specific information,
Army and Baksa Police launched a joint operation and arrested
a cadre of the NDFB- IKS identified as Namal Boro (28), from Alagjhar
village under Barama Police Station in Baksa District. The arrested
linkman has been involved in extortion, arms smuggling and other
nefarious and anti-national activities. One 7.65mm pistol along
with one magazine and two live rounds were recovered from him.
Namal has been handed over to Barama Police Station.
SFs seized a huge cache of weapons
in separate raids in Assam. One 7.5 pistol, two magazines, 190
live rounds, three mobile sets, cash, ATM cards and other documents
were seized from a mini truck at a check post near Azara Police
Station in Guwahati city. The truck was plying from Dimapur to
Goalpara. Two persons - Rafiqul Islam of Boko and Irakdau Sargyari
of Tamulpur - were arrested from the vehicle.
Lumding GRP recovered a large
quantity of ammunition from the Tinsukia Avadh-Assam Express at
Lumding railway station in Nagaon District. The cache included
497 cartridges of various calibres.
The Khatkhati Police in an encounter
killed a UPLA militant at Bokajan in East Karbi Anglong District.
SFs conducted a raid in the Lalmati area along Assam-Nagaland
border on being tipped off about the movement of some unidentified
militants in the area and while the Police team was on move, the
militant group opened fire and the column retaliated. After a
thorough search, a bullet ridden body was found while others managed
to escape under cover of darkness. A 9 mm pistol and a 7.65 pistol
along with other incriminating documents were recovered from possession
of the slain militant. The killed militant is yet to be identified.
A linkman of KLO was arrested
from Simlubari village under Tamulpur Police Station in Baksa
District. Acting on intelligence input, a team of Police led by
Tamulpur SDPO Ashif Ahmed launched an operation in Simlubari village
and arrested one Indrajit Barman (24). Police sources said that
a group of KLO militants along with a top leader of the outfit
were taking shelter in the house of Barman in Tamulpur area.
Two militants of the ULFA-I surrendered
before SFs in Tinsukia District after SFs launched operation against
them. A group of UNLFWSEA and some other extremist organizations
entered Upper Dihing Reserve Forest in Tinsukia on March 8. Police
official said the group was a conglomerate of ULFA-I, PLA, KYKL,
and NSCN-K and was led by self-styled 'Lieutenant' Prodip Gogoi
alias Akon and their intention was to carry out subversive activity
in Tinsukia before or after March 16, which is "ARMY DAY" of ULFA-I.
On getting information Police, Army, CRPF and SSB jointly conducted
search operation in probable hide outs, as a result of which two
ULFA-I militants namely War Asom and Biman Asom deserted the group
along with arms/ammunitions and expressed their willingness to
join the mainstream. Two PLA cadres and one KYKL cadre are also
suspected to have deserted the group.
The NIA submitted a supplementary chargesheet
before the Special NIA Court in Guwahati (Assam) against three
NDFB-IKS militants in connection with the killing of five Adivasi
people at Pakhriguri village under Serfanguri Police Station in
Kokrajhar District on December 23, 2014. The accused are Amal
Mushahary alias Aogoi, Kamakhya Daimary alias Kwnasong
alias Konkor alias Kanta and Jeba Basumatary alias
Jangsha Borgoyari alias Lambu alias Ziba Borgoyari.
SFs have traced the movement of a 16-member special
hit squad comprising of militants from several rebel groups in
upper Assam's Tinsukia District, and have sounded an alert as
these militants are likely to attempt to disrupt the upcoming
Assembly polls in Assam. "On March 8, a group of UNLFWSEA and
some other extremist organisations entered Upper Dihing Reserve
Forest, Tinsukia. The group was a conglomerate of Independent
faction of ULFA-I, PLA, KYKL, NSCN-K," Assam Police said.
In a joint operation by Police and 168 Field Regiment
of Army, one dreaded NDFB-IKS militant identified as B. Shumla
was killed in Asrabari under Mazbat Police Station area in Udalguri
District. One 7. 65 mm pistol, two rounds of ammunition and one
36 hand grenade were recovered from the killed cadre.
A joint team of Manja and Dillai Police recovered
huge cache of ammunition from Serlongri Tisso Gaon under Manja
Police Station in Karbi Anglong District. As per information,
the joint Police team acting on specific information launched
an operation at midnight at Serlongri Tisso Gaon about six kilometres
west of Manja and recovered 36 hand grenades, 24 rounds of live
ammunition of AK series, 10 rounds of live ammunition of 7.65mm
pistol and other belongings from the village in the following
Army and Assam Police in a joint operation arrested
three NDFB-IKS militants in Chirang District. Acting on specific
intelligence input, a joint team of Army and Police arrested one
cadre and two linkmen with arms, ammunition and other war like
stores in the District. The arrested cadre and linkmen were involved
in extortion and unlawful activities, an Army official said in
A huge cache of explosives with 69 electronic
detonators and wires were recovered at Pherighat in Lakhipur in
Cachar District, in a joint operation of Police and CRPF. The
recovery was made from a boatman accompanied by two women who
were taken into custody. On initial interrogation, they revealed
that they were coming from Borobekra in Jiribam in Imphal East
District of Manipur.
Acting on a tip-off, the 14 Dogra Regiment of
Army arrested two hardcore militants of the NDFB-IKS from Jaljali
village under Rangia Police Station in Kamrup District. According
to Army sources, the militants have identified as Durga Baro of
village Bonguri, Tamulpur under Baksa District and Umesh Daimary
of Gandhibari village. One sophisticated pistol, two grenades
and four live cartridges were recovered from their possession.
Janagram Tudu, an overground worker of NSLA, was
arrested from Kashiabari in Kokrajhar District. A pistol and live
round was recovered from him.
A JMB operative, Asad Ali alias Asadullah,
an associate of Bardhaman blast (October 2, 2014) accused Sahanur
Alom was arrested while trying to cross over from Bangladesh at
Sutarkandi in Assam's Karimganj District on March 20. An official
source told that the fugitive was arrested in an operation led
by Karimganj SP Pradip Ranjan Kar on basis of a tip-off. Ali,
who hails from Kaplabari village in Mukalmua Police Station area
of Assam's Nalbari District, is known as Moinul Islam and Ismail
Hussain within the organisation. Confirming Ali's arrest, Assam
DGP Mukesh Sahay said that he was one of the six JMB activities
of the state who went underground after the arrest of Sahanur
and other members of this group.
40th Field Regiment of Army and Udalguri Police
in a joint operation arrested a hardcore NDFB-IKS militant. The
arrested militant has been identified as Mukuta Boro alias B Mwsagra
of Chinakona village under Khoirabari Police Station in Udalguri
District. Rakesh Roshan, SP of Udalguri said huge quantities of
arms including one factory made 7.65mm pistol, four grenades,
three fuse wires, 20 7.65 live rounds of ammunitions were recovered
from the possession of the militant.
Indian Army and Kokrajhar Police arrested three
KLO cadres who were on their way to attend a training camp at
Myanmar. Ranjay Barman was arrested from Maktaigaon in Kokrajhar
District, while Hitesh Roy and Shibu Prasad Choudhury were held
at Maurigaon in Morigaon District. Two rifles, one pistol and
few rounds of ammunition were recovered from the arrested cadres.
The NIA sleuths will interrogate JMB activist
Asad Ali alias Asadullah, who was arrested by Assam Police while
he was trying to cross over from Bangladesh to India at Sutarkandi
in Karimganj District on March 20. The accused is close to Burdwan-blast
accused Sahanur Alam, who was charge sheeted by the NIA in the
case. An official source said, a team of NIA officials will come
from its Calcutta office and interrogate the JMB member to ascertain
if he had any role in the Burdwan blast.
Two Bru (Reang) militants were killed in an encounter
with the Police in Ramshantipur locality in Hailakandi District.
Two persons, who had been abducted by them, were rescued. Police
and CRPF personnel launched an operation in the District near
the Assam-Mizoram border to rescue the two persons who had been
abducted from Silchar in Cachar District on March 25. They are
yet to be identified. The officer said three other militants were
arrested during the operation.
Based on continuous inputs of insurgent activities
over last two weeks in Karbi Anglong District, the Army carried
out extensive area domination, and recovered a hideout with large
cache of arms and warlike stores and neutralised it in Disama
Reserve Forest. The cache includes six country made rifles, two
pistols, eight grenades, detonators and huge quantity of explosives.
Two militants of KPLT, which is opposing the upcoming
Assembly polls in Assam, were killed in an encounter with a joint
team of Police and the Army at Borpung Terang village in Karbi
Anglong District, ahead of the April 4 voting in the area. The
slain militants were identified as 'commander-in-chief' Sajong
Bey and 'general secretary' Mukrang Bey of the outfit. The Police
have recovered one AK series rifle and one 9 mm pistol along with
some assorted ammunitions from the slain militants. The insurgents
exchanged fire with the joint Police and Army team at Borpung
Terang village under Chokikhola Police Station. The KPLT had issued
threats to media persons recently after journalists at a meeting
in Diphu Press Club unanimously decided not to publish the extremist
outfit's press releases calling for bandhs opposing the voting
scheduled in the District on April 4.
Based on specific information on movement of an
NDFB-IKS cadre received from Army Intelligence Unit, a team of
Indian Army and Baksa Police launched a joint operation and arrested
a cadre of NDFB-IKS from Rampur in Baksa District. The rebel has
been identified as Samar Ramchiary alias B Bathaou of Nutan Sripur
village under Mushalpur Police Station in Baksa District. "The
cadre was actively involved in at least six cases of extortion
in last six months and was pivotal in NDFB (S) activities in the
area," Defence PRO Suneet Newton said. One 7.65mm pistol along
with five live rounds of 7.65mm, one no 36 hand grenade and INR
8050 were recovered from the arrested cadre, he said.
Based on specific information, Army launched a
joint operation with Bongaigaon Police and arrested one RNLF cadre
from North Salmara in Bongaigaon District. The arrested militant
has been identified as Sunil Rabha alias Chinese. The individual
joined the group in 2005 and was trained in Parbatjhora in Kokrajhar
District. One 7.65mm pistol with magazine, some live rounds, one
letter pad of RNLF and some currency were recovered from his possession.
At least two persons were killed and over twenty
others injured in a powerful grenade attack at Dudhnoi in Goalpara
District of Assam. Sources said two motorcyclists lobbed the grenade
near a BJP election office at Dudhnoi Chariali under Dudhnoi Police
Station. One person, Bapan Saha (35), succumbed to his injuries.
SP Nitul Gogoi said another person was also killed in the explosion.
His identity was not yet known. The condition of at least five
others are said to be critical, with doctors stating that the
toll might go up. A Police SI, Rajen Talukdar, was also seriously
injured in the blast. No outfit has claimed responsibility, but
Police suspect it to be a handiwork of ULFA-I outfit.
The BSF troops of Guwahati Frontier, deployed
in Dhubri District, in a joint operation with Kokrajhar Police
recovered three country made guns, from Tipkai forest area under
Bogribari Police Station in Kokrajhar District of Assam. On specific
information of BSF intelligence wing, a search operation was launched
in the area and the troops recovered the cached weapons, which
were buried in the ground, deep inside the forest.
The investigators of NIA’s Guwahati branch arrested
a 26–years–old hardcore cadre of NDFB-IKS. Jwnglaw Narzary alias Jekhai,
a resident of Duligaon in Kokrajhar District, BTAD, was taken
into custody for his involvement in a case relating to killing
of innocent civilians in Kokrajhar District of Assam in December
One Assam Police commando, Swapan Nath, and a
hardcore cadre of the ULFA-I were killed in an encounter in Krishnai
area in Goalpara District. The death toll in on April 4 blast
went up to three, with Dipankar Saha (23), succumbing to his injuries
at Guwahati Medical College and Hospital. The other two deceased
have been identified as Ajit Dutta (40) and Bapan Saha (35), District
President of AABYCF. Altogether 25 persons, including four policemen,
were injured in yesterday's blast. SP Nitul Gogoi said ULFA-I
militant, Pabitra Rabha, died in an encounter with the Police
at Jira village under Krishnai Police Station. The operation was
launched on the basis of information that three militants were
holed up in a house in the village, the SP said. "When the
police team approached the house, the militants opened fire, leading
to an encounter. The other two militants managed to escape but
we have recovered a remote control device, which is believed to
have been used in the blast," the SP said.
Two top militants of the newly formed militant
outfit UKPLA were arrested by Police and arms along with ammunition
were recovered from them in Karbi Anglong District. SP Debojit
Deuri said Police launched an operation at Reshakhidi area and
arrested the two militants. The militants were identified as UKPLA
'finance secretary' Bikash Timung alias Chinthur
Dera and 'general secretary' Ranjit Hanse alias Sar
Chingri. One .22 pistol with 20 rounds live ammunition and one
.32 pistol with 15 rounds live ammunition were recovered from
City Police arrested two alleged militants of
UALA from Ganesh Nagar under Basistha Police Station area in Guwahati Tehsil in
Kamrup District. Police said the duo, Jakaeuss K. Marak (25),
and Super D. Sangma (32), were plotting abductions for ransom.
The operation was carried out by a joint team of Basistha Police
Station and the Crime Branch of City Police.
The army in a joint search operation with Dhubri
Police arrested one MTFA militant, Mohammad Sahidul Islam Miah,
from Rupsi near Basbari in Dhubri District.
Based on specific information, the Army and Kokrajhar
Police in a joint operation arrested a top NDFB-IKS militant,
Raju Mushahary alias Rajesh Mushahary, from Kachugaon
in Kokrajhar District of Assam. PRO, Defence, Guwahati, Lieutenant
Colonel Suneet Newton, said Raju has been trained in Arunachal
Pradesh. "He was actively involved in extortion, arms peddling,
recruitment of insurgents and providing logistical support to
the banned organisation. A 7.65mm pistol with magazine, few live
rounds of ammunition and one hand grenade were recovered from
him," he said.
Three NDFB-IKS militants were taken into custody
by the NIA, for their alleged role in the December 2014 Adivasi
massacre in lower Assam's Kokrajhar District. An official source
said Armish Basumatary (22), Lothen Basumatary (42), and Gangaraj
Wary (33), who were held by Assam Police earlier in some other
cases, were rearrested by the NIA after investigations revealed
their involvement in the massacre. Armish and Lothen are from
East Jardanpur village and Goribil village under Kokrajhar Police
Station while Gangaraj is from Birhangaon village under Dhaligaon
Police Station in Chirang District. The NIA is investigating five
cases related to the Adivasi carnage in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur
Districts on December 23, 2014.
The pro-talks and hardliner factions of ULFA separately
observed the outfit's 37th raising day. The pro-talks faction
organised a daylong programme at its designated camp, the Asom
Naba Nirman Kendra at Lakuwa in Upper Assam's Sivasagar District,
while the Paresh Barua-led ULFA-I observed the day at an undisclosed
location. Besides the group's top leadership, including ‘chairman’
Arabinda Rajkhowa and ‘general secretary’ Anup Chetia, the leaders
of the Progressive and Ranjan Daimary factions of the NDFB, NSCN-R
and various Kuki organisations attended the function. ULFA was
founded at the Rangghar in Sivasagar on April 7, 1979. The outfit
split in 2011 when a faction headed by the ‘commander-in-chief’
Paresh Barua opposed the peace talks led by ‘chairman’ Arabinda
Based on specific information, Army and Police
launched a joint operation at Rajparain area in Chirang District,
and arrested one NDFB-IKS militant identified as Joni Basumatary.
Basumatary was involved in extortion activities in Chirang District
on behalf of Subol, a top militant of NDFB-IKS. One Pistol and
few rounds of ammunition were recovered from his possession.
A driver of a Max pick-up van was shot twice from
point blank range by unidentified assailants when he stopped the
vehicle near a roadside dhaba at Panichokuwa area under Pulibor
Police Station in Jorhat District. The driver, identified as Abdul
Ali, informed the investigating officer that he was driving back
to Nazira from Baihata Chari-Ali and had stopped near the dhaba
when two unidentified assailants on a bike approached him and
demanded money. Abdul’s refusal provoked the duo to fire.
A tea estate manager was abducted by unidentified
gunmen from his residence in Dima Hasao District. Debendra Nath
Tiwari, manager of Kopili tea estate at 15 Kilo, 5 kilometres
from Umrangso town, was abducted from his residence on the garden
premises by a group of six to eight gunmen who reportedly overpowered
the two on-duty SF personnel.
FICN with a face value of INR 50,000 were seized
from Paresh Deka at Noonmati in Guwahati.
An unidentified body of a male person was recovered,
on the road to Barbhyuan, Sootea on NH-52 in Sonitpur District.
Passers-by discovered the body, whose face was smashed. The Sootea
Police sent the body for post-mortem to Tezpur.
A KLO cadre, Ajay Barman alias Takla (20),
of Baksa's Darnagpur was arrested from Nayekgaon area in Kokrajhar
District. A pistol and a bullet were recovered from him.
BSF troops of Guwahati Frontier, deployed in Mancachar
in South Salmara-Mankachar District, recovered FICN with a face
value of INR 150,000 at the residence of Abdul Kalam alias
The Kokrajhar and Chirang Police, in a joint operation,
arrested four suspected jihadis, identified as Abu Bakar
Siddique, Jahanur Alam Sheikh, Samad Ali Mandal and Azizul Sheikh
from three different locations in Kokrajhar District. A grenade,
a revolver, seven rounds of M20 ammunition, two army camouflage
dresses and five mobile phones were recovered from their possession.
Based on specific information, Army launched a
joint operation with Kokrajhar Police in general area Harjhora
in the Mahamaya Reserve Forest in Kokrajhar District and arrested
a cadre of NDFB-IKS, identified as Sudem Borgoyari. Sudem Borgoyari
was wanted in Kokrajhar District in many cases of extortions and
abductions for the banned militant outfit. One 7.65mm pistol with
magazine and few live rounds were recovered from Sudem.
The 'self-styled area commander' of ADF, identified
as Supol Hembrom, was arrested from Simbargaon in Kokrajhar District.
Army along with Kokrajhar Police arrested one
NSLA-AT militant, identified as Pranjit Tudu, who was involved
in various subversive activities in the area, from Bharatnagar
in Kokrajhar District. One pistol and few live rounds were recovered
from the militant.
According to Highly placed Police sources, Modern
gadgets provided to the Assam Police by the Government of India
before the recently-concluded South Asian Games will be of great
help to check the activities of extremists and criminals, while
the same played a vital role in the arrest of four jihadis from
Kokrajhar and Chirang Districts on April 17. Police sources said
that Police and SFs were after them for a long time, while the
Central intelligence agencies also provided vital inputs. At the
same time, the technical gadgets now available with the police
also played a vital role in nabbing the jihadis. Sources also
revealed that all the arrested jihadis were members of the JMB.
Sources added that at least two key JMB functionaries,
including a Bangladeshi national, are still at large and Police
and SFs are on their trail. However, it is still not known whether
they are still inside Assam or they managed to escape either to
West Bengal or Bangladesh. Police also said that the JMB members
were not planning any major action in Assam as yet and they were
concentrating mostly on recruiting boys from lower Assam Districts
and they also tried to use Assam as a base.
Army launched a joint operation with Kokrajhar
Police in general area of Mainaguri in Kokrajhar District and
arrested a cadre of NDFB-IKS, identified as Bipul Mushahary alias
Bigrai Mushahary from the mobile check post on road Mainaguri-Siyalmari.
The arrested NDFB-IKS cadre has been locally trained in Ripu Reserve
Forest area in 2011. One 7.65mm Pistol and few live rounds have
also been recovered from the individual, said an Army official.
Army launched a joint operation with Chirang Police
at Samugaon area in Chirang District and arrested another NDFB-IKS
cadre, identified as Manjit Basumatary, who was involved in extortion
and kidnappings for the banned militant organisation. One revolver
and few live rounds were recovered from the individual.
One civilian, identified as Rupsing Kramsa, a
resident of Monsung village under Dilai Police Station in Karbi
Anglong District, was allegedly killed by unidentified assailants.
According to report, Rupsing Kramsa came out for a while to the
courtyard of his house after taking dinner in the night. Suddenly,
unidentified armed assailants opened fire at him and he died on
the spot, sources said.
The Chirang Police arrested seven jihadis
suspected cadres of JMB from two different areas in the Chirang
District. Five of them were nabbed from the Dawkanagar area. Two
others, including the imam of Rajapara Masjid, Joynal Abedin,
were arrested from the Amguri area in Chirang District. Besides
Joynal, the other arrested suspected JMB cadres were identified
as Rezzak Ali, Soleman Ali, Dildar Ali, Md Nurul Islam, Rafiqul
Islam and Ukhiluddin.
BTAD IGP LR Bishnoi said, "After the police busted
a training camp in Dawkanagar in September 2015, initial probe
pointed to the presence of at least 28 jihadi cadres in the area.
But with the latest arrests, the total number of arrested jihadi
cadres shot up to 29 and interrogation revealed that at least
seven others are on the run." He said the numbers may go up further.
Last week, Police had arrested four suspected JMB cadres in Chirang
and Kokrajhar districts.
Following the arrest of the imam, locals protested
at the Amguri Police station, demanding his release. "Police have
not arrested anyone without specific inputs. The locals thought
that Joynal, an imam, was innocent but the arrest was based on
intelligence we received. We don't harass innocent people," LR
The Government of India has made it clear that
no militant outfit under ceasefire agreement, including the NSCN-IM,
would be allowed to indulge in unlawful activities and the concerned
State governments should take strict actions against anyone involved
in such illegal activities. Reacting to media reports about the
involvement of the NSCN-IM and NSCN-K in large scale extortions
in Upper Assam Districts, particularly from the tea gardens, highly
placed sources in the UMHA said that the ceasefire agreements
did not give license to any militant group to indulge in unlawful
Sources pointed out that it is the responsibility
of the concerned State Government to ensure proper implementation
of the criminal justice system. The State Governments must ensure
that the laws of the land are strictly implemented and if anyone
is found involved in unlawful activities, strict action should
be taken as per the provisions of the law. Sources said that it
is up to the concerned State government to ensure that all criminal
cases are properly investigated and those involved in criminal
activities are brought to book.
Police arrested two cadres of BRA-U, identified
as Aranjay Reang (25), 'self styled commander' and Boilaram Reang
(24), his trusted cadre, from the premises of the Court in Silchar
in the Cachar District. According to source, this arrest shows
that the Bru militants of the breakaway faction of BNLF of Mizoram
and ULFBV are still active in the region. There have been several
cases of kidnappings and extortions against them and other cadres
in Karimganj and Hailakandi Police stations.
According to a Police source, BRA-U has created
a reign of terror in the bordering areas of Karimganj and Hailakandi
with Mizoram. The non tribals of Ratabari, Gharmoora, Ramnathpur,
Katlicherra, Cheragi, Durgabazar areas have been subjected to
a lot of harassment and virtually living in panic. In view of
the situation, a contingent of AR was posted at Ratabari to deal
with the militants who made frequent forays for criminal activities.
The seven suspected cadres of JMB arrested by
Police on April 20 were remanded in Police custody for three days
after they were produced in a court at Kajalgaon.
According to Security sources, illegal flow of
substantial amounts of money from the Middle East countries to
Assam become a major cause of concern for the security agencies
and efforts are now on to track down the recipients of such money
so that the actual reasons for the phenomenon can be found out.
Highly placed security sources said that according to inputs available
with the security agencies, the major sources of money were the
countries like UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. But interestingly,
the money is not sent directly to Assam and it is routed mostly
Sources also pointed out that there is a huge
number of people from Kerala working in the Middle East countries
and hawala transfer of money to India from those countries is
very common. The unscrupulous elements have now started to use
the hawala channels to transfer money illegally to Assam through
Kerala. Sources revealed that those involved in such illegal transfer
of money are not from Assam and the report of such huge transfer
of funds caused major apprehension as the reasons are still unknown.
However, sources pointed out that the recently concluded elections
to the Assam Legislative Assembly had nothing to do with such
transfer of money as there was no indication of use of such illegally
transferred funds during the elections.
According to statistics given by the State Police
force, the number of extortion cases kept on increasing every
year from 2006 to 2015. According to statistics given by the Assam
Police, the number of extortion cases in 2006 in the State was
460 that rose to 574 in 2007, to 626 in 2008, to 645 in 2009,
to 909 in 2010, to 992 in 2011, to 1074 in 2012, to 1214 in 2013,
to 1357 in 2014 and to 1361 in 2015.
Army and Rupshi Police arrested
a Muslim Fundamental Organisation cadre, identified as Zahidul Islam,
of Gobindapur village of Barpeta District, at Rupshi under Kazigaon
police station in Kokrajhar District.
The Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS), a
literary body of the Bodos, demanded of the Government of India
to take stern action against the Muslim fundamentalist organizations
operating in BTC region of Assam before the situation takes an ugly
turn. The Sabha submitted a memorandum to the UHM Rajnath Singh
via e-mail demanding action against the fundamentalist operatives
in the region.
Gorchuk Police arrested a youth,
identified as Jitumoni Deka who demanded INR 25 lakh from the guardian
of a Royal Group of Institutions (RGI) student in the name of IM
in Guwahati. Jitumoni has been working as a peon at RGI. He demanded
the cash from Ghanashyam Gogoi, the guardian of an engineering student,
on April 16. A case has been filed in Gorchuk Police station in
this regard. Investigation is on.
A farmer, identified as Afazzudin
Ahmed (45), was shot dead by suspected ULFA-I militants in Barpukri
village under Kalaigaon Police Station in Darrang District.
A senior leader of the ULFA-I, identified
as ‘sergeant major’ Rongmon Asom alias Mecuri was killed
in an encounter with Army at Talpathar village in Tinsukia District.
Acting on specific input, the army conducted a search operation
at the village on April 25. On April 26 night, Rongmon came into
contact the Army team and was killed in a fierce close quarter battle
on April 27. An AK-81 assault rifle along with a magazine and some
other items were recovered from the spot. Rongmon was active in
upper Assam since a long time. He was actively involved in killing/extortion
activities in the area.
Acting on a tip-off, Manja Police
arrested three persons from Khanbomon Hill black topping under Manja
Police Station in Karbi Anglong District. The Police also recovered
an old .22 rifle from their possession. The arrested persons have
been identified as Babu Sing Timung, Bikram Ronghang and Adin Chonglong.
Adin Chonglong had come to buy the gun from them.
Eleven persons, mostly from the
Hindi-speaking community, were injured when a suspected IED exploded
in Devi Pukhuri Paanchali of Tinsukia District. The explosion occurred
in a garbage bin in front of a shop owned by one Upendra Yadav around
7.40 pm. "Of the injured, three are critical while six had
minor injuries. All the injured were rushed to Tinsukia civil hospital,"
a local resident said. One of them was shifted to Assam Medical
College and Hospital in Dibrugarh. "All of them are out of
danger," DGP Mukesh Sahay said.
A crude bomb exploded in front of
the main gate of a tea manager's bungalow at Padumoni estate in
Tinsukia District around 2 am. There was no casualty in the attack.
ULFA-I is suspected to be behind it.
Police said Podumoni tea garden
owner Vivek Agarwal had received an extortion demand from the ULFA-I
last year, but he reportedly did not pay up. The attack in the town
this evening is seen as retaliation to the killing of a senior ULFA-I
cadre in the District on April 27. SFs had gunned down ULFA’s ‘self-styled
sergeant major’ Rongmon Asom alias Mekuri, during a search
operation at Talpathar village of Tinsukia District on April 27.
A UPLA militant, identified as Black
Dimasa alias Sumesh Hojai, was arrested by the Army from
Haflong in Dima Hasao District. Black Dimasa was wanted for several
criminal cases, including the abduction of a 12-year-old minor boy
Abinash Shah from Diphu on July 25, 2012. The Police are looking
for two other persons, Rahim Ali and Raju Rai.
The Home Department has given its
nod to setting up of the first ever full-fledged foreigners’ detention
centre in the State (Assam) for those facing deportation to their
respective countries. The need for finding separate camps for the
declared foreigners was felt as most of the jails are overcrowded.
Alleged jihadi forces in
lower Assam Districts are trying to establish links with arms smugglers
of Nagaland and Myanmar to gain direct access to the underground
market of sophisticated arms. This came to light during an investigation
of the growth of jihadi forces in the state following the
arrest of 29 alleged militants across the(BTA) in recent times,
report said. So far, Police recovered two AK-47 assault rifles from
their possession besides a few country-made fire arms. Questioning
of the arrested cadres revealed they were befriending gunrunners
in Nagaland and Myanmar. Police teams had recovered eight handmade
AK-47 lookalike rifles in a raid earlier.
Bura Bhai (already arrested) and
two others from West Bengal were imparting arms and physical training
to recruits at Daukhanagar and Amguri camps. The AK series rifles
were bought for this purpose from the Nagaland side. Besides, some
local clandestine arms makers are also helping with a few handmade
arms," sources said. The two 'cadres' from the neighbouring
state of West Bengal are now on the run, along with seven other
suspected members of a jihadi module.
BTAD IGP LR Bishnoi said the module
follows the same training programme as that of the JMB. Though State
Police have not commented officially on the possible nexus between
this module and other militant outfits of the region, sources said
some gunrunners in the Barak Valley are helping these modules get
access to the clandestine arms market in Myanmar. Illegal arms allegedly
enter the country through the borders of Nagaland and Manipur from
Myanmar. These travel to Assam through Dimapur and reach rebels
in the state and in Meghalaya. In recent years, Assam has witnessed
a steep rise in cases registered under the Arms Act. Official records
point out that, 492 cases had been registered under the Arms Act
in the State in 2010. This rose to 592 in 2015.
DGAR, Lieutenant General Harminderjit
Singh Sachdev said that India and Myanmar have started joint border
patrolling in some stretches of the “unfenced border” between both
the countries. “In some places (joint border patrolling) it has
started but not fully. The patrolling has not started all over,
but in some specific areas. They (Myanmarese Army) also come and
we also go there (Myanmar),” Sachdev said on the sidelines of investiture
ceremony of the Assam Rifles. India has been urging Myanmar to take
action against the rebels which include Manipur-based UNLF, PLA,
KYKL, PREPAK; Assam-based ULFA and the NSCN-K operating from Sagaing
division and the Chin State of Myanmar.
The Police recovered two dead bodies
in different places of Kokrajhar District. The first body was recovered
in the forest areas of Badrampur village in Kokrajhar District.
Later, the body was identified as Ashinta Basunatary, who was missing
since April 22.
On the other hand, the Police recovered
another body from Padmabil area under Serfanguri Police Station
in Kokrajhar District. The body was identified as Bishnu Boro (42).
Sources from Podmabil village said Bishnu Boro was allegedly killed
by a group of unidentified assailants. The assailants crushed his
head with a stone and hung the body in a bamboo grove near his house.
Police lodged two cases and started investigation in this connection.
The Governor of Assam and Nagaland
PB Acharya expressed his grave concern over the recent increase
in atrocities on religious minorities in Bangladesh. He said that
the killing of minorities, especially of Hindu origin, in Bangladesh,
should be stopped. The Governor stressed that the friendly relationship
between the two neighbouring nations be strengthened and that no
untoward incident should be allowed to take place to hinder this
relationship. The Governor also urged that strong action, as per
law, should be taken against the perpetrators of violence and crime
on minority religious people. Several people including, foreign
nationals, bloggers, human rights activists and university teachers
were hacked to death in the last one year in Bangladesh. In most
of the cases, al Qaeda or the Islamic State (IS) have claimed responsibility.
ULFA-I ‘chief’ Paresh Baruah probably
celebrated his 59th birthday on May 1 “on the run,” as the UMHA
said. The ULFA-I chief is constantly moving to avoid arrest and
possible extradition. Joint Secretary, UMHA (in-charge North East)
Satyendra Garg said that Paresh Baruah, according to intelligence
input, has always been on the run, after he fled Bangladesh some
years ago. “He doesn’t remain in one place now, he keeps on moving,”
Garg said. Reports say Baruah is hiding in the jungles of Ruili
in south-western Yunnan Province of China. Contrary to media reports,
Garg referred China as a “friendly nation” indicating that the ULFA-I
chief would not be given refuge in their territory.
If on one hand the combined forces
of Assam Police and the Amy are busy targeting and eliminating cadres
of militant outfits active in Assam such as the ULFA-I and the NDFB,
on the other hand, intelligence and Police sources disclosed about
recruitment being done by the banned ULFA-I, especially from the
Upper Assam Districts, and this time the banned organization is
using social media like Facebook as a powerful tool to attract
new faces and talented youths with an high IQ rather than the conventional
method of one-to-one personal contact recruitment.
Six cadres of AANLA, including its
‘Commander-in-chief’, identified as Dilip Nayak alias Anand Nayak
(41) were arrested with arms from Jilango village under Bakulia
Police Station in Karbi Anglong District. The other five arrested
cadres are Mahadev Gour, Somon Gour alias Rahul Gour, Kanakeram
Gour, Uttam Munda and Riten Munda. Two 9 mm pistols with magazines,
four 7.65 mm pistols with six magazines, two hand grenades, eight
rounds of 9 mm ammunition and 28 rounds of 7.65 mm ammunition were
seized from the hide out of the militant group.
The Central Government was urged
to take strong measures to tackle the activities of Islamic militancy
in Assam before the situation gets worse. BJP MP Bijoya Chakravarty
said in the Parliament that JMB activities in Assam came to the
notice of authorities after the Burdwan blasts in West Bengal (October
2, 2014), as militants from Assam were involved. The JMB is active
in at least 65 districts of Assam and West Bengal. In Assam, the
JMB is active in Baksa, Kokrajhar and Goalpara Districts. The BJP
MP said that arms and ammunition were procured from Nagaland and
Myanmar. The situation in the area is not normal and that is why
arms and ammunition can be procured easily, she said. At least six
persons were taken into custody from Barpeta District for their
alleged involvement in the Burdwan blast in West Bengal in 2014.
Preliminary investigations had revealed that the arrested persons
were part of a module operating under the patronage of JMB.
Minister of State for Home Affairs
Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary told the Rajya Sabha that
there is, currently, no intelligence input to indicate that terrorists
are making efforts to set up terrorist training camps in the hinterland
of the country. However, during investigation of certain earlier
bomb blast cases, it was noticed that IED-related training was imparted
by leaders of some of the organisations to their cadres at various
places in the country. In order to counter terror activities, there
exists close and effective coordination between intelligence and
security agencies at the Centre and the State levels. The Multi
Agency Centre has been strengthened and reorganized to enable it
to function on 24x7 basis for real time collation, analysing and
sharing of intelligence with other intelligence agencies and States,
which ensures seamless flow of information between the State and
the Central agencies. This has resulted in busting of many terror
modules in the country.
A class XII student of Jorhat based
AR Public School, was abducted from Tezpur Mission Chariali in Sonitpur
District in Assam by a gang of unidentified assailants.
Border guards of Assam Police and
unidentified assailants from Dimapur exchanged gun-fire near Monglamukh
border Police outpost in Karbi Anglong District. Police said that
the firing began around 8 p.m. and the alert personnel on duty retaliated.
However, no casualties were reported. Border patrolling has been
intensified with additional reinforcement sent to the area.
Police arrested an unidentified
militant belonging to UPLA from Tengkeralangso under Boithalangso
Police Station in Karbi Anglong District. A 7.65 mm pistol along
with 10 rounds of live ammunition and some extortion notes were
also recovered from his possession.
The villagers in Karbi Anglong District
expressed anger against extortion by militants and the constant
threat they face from them. On four occasions in April, villagers
in the District refused to pay money to rebels. Locals of remote
Metargaon village in East Karbi Anglong caught and beat a militant
and handed him over to Police on April 26. The person was a linkman
for a rebel outfit and was trying to extort money from the villagers.
Earlier, three such incidents were reported from Rongiongphong,
Jinglagso and Cheklangso villages of Karbi Anglong on April 11,
14 and 18, respectively. In all three cases, the villagers confronted
the rebels and refused to pay extortion money. Confirming the incidents,
an Army source said, "Locals are fed up with gun-culture here."
Relentless operations by SFs have
decimated rebel outfits like KPLT. "Because of Army operations,
money is drying up for militants and they are now targeting remote
villages for extortion," the source added. Locals, who already
suffer from acute poverty and unemployment, are fed up with such
atrocities. Last year, locals of Sirajuli village in Sonitpur District
overpowered and apprehended a militant. A peaceful assembly election,
where the Army helped civil administration maintain order, also
showed that the militants' influence has declined.
Army launched a joint operation
with Chirang Police in Nagdalbari area of the Chirang District and
arrested one ADF cadre, identified as Lakhiram Murmu. Lakhiram Murmu
is a local trained cadre of ADF and was involved in carrying out
extortion activities in the area. One Pistol and three live rounds
were also recovered from him.
Army and Kokrajhar Police launched
a joint operation and arrested a militant of NSLA-AT, identified
as Junas Mardi alias Joyking Mardi from Guruphella village
in Kokrajhar District. He was involved in numerous cases of extortion,
money collection and providing administrative support to the banned
outfit. One rifle along with one live round of ammunition was recovered
from the terrorist.
The Court of Foreigners Tribunal
of Nalbari District sent two Bangladeshi nationals illegally residing
in the district to the detention camp in Kokrajhar District in the
past one week. In the first case, the tribunal identified one Ramani
Das, owner of Badya Bhandar of Nalbari Thana Chowk as a Bangladeshi
national on April 29. Das had failed to produce valid documents
regarding his citizenship despite repeated notices by the court.
After a few days, another woman Chandra Banu alias Barbala
Char under Mukalmua circle was picked up on May 6. The woman had
also failed to submit valid documents in support of her citizenship.
The documents produced in the NRC application were also found fake.
The court directed the Nalbari Police to hand over the woman to
the BSF to keep her in the detention camp of Kokrajhar District.
Central Government is implementing
a scheme in the northeast for surrender-cum-rehabilitation of militants.
Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs said in a written
reply to the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament)
that the objective of the scheme was to wean away the misguided
youth who have strayed into the fold of militancy and bring them
to the mainstream. He also said “Surrenderees are paid monthly stipend
upto INR 4,000 for a period of 36 months and an immediate grant
upto INR 250,000 is kept in a bank in the name of each surrenderee
as fixed deposit for a period of 3 years.” Eligible persons under
the scheme are initially lodged in a rehabilitation camp where they
are trained in a trade/vocation of their liking or befitting their
aptitude. The eligible surrendered militants would also be given
the opportunity for applying in the State police/Central Para Military
forces. Impact assessment of the policy would be done every year
to ensure corrective measures in the scheme provided.
The Police and CRPF, in a joint
operation, arrested an armed assailant, identified as Prabin Moran
alias Dipu (35), from his residence at Inthem Naga Pathar
village under Pengeree Police Station in Tinsukia District. A .22
pistol with 7 rounds of live ammunition were also recovered from
his possession. However, Police could not establish his link with
any extremist organization yet.
ULFA-I, led by Paresh Barua, joined
the public tirade against drug menace in Assam by warning action
against the drug mafia. A statement purportedly emailed by the militant
group to media houses in Guwahati, urged the people to provide information
about drug users, peddlers and traders, based on which the rebel
group would take action.
A joint team of the Army and the
Police arrested two cadres of the NSLA, identified as Joseph Hembram
(35) and Sushil Hembram (26) from Pokihaga village under Gossaigaon
Police Station in the Kokrajhar District. Two country-made guns
and two cartridges were reportedly recovered from their possession.
Sources also said Joseph Hembram was a cadre of the ACMA before
he joined the NSLA.
A NSCN-R cadre, identified as Kamlin
Boro (27) was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Kawlibhangi
village under Tangla Police Station of Udalguri District. Reportedly
the cadre was travelling from Tangla to his native village Kawlibhanga
in his Pulsar bike when assailants who came in a motorbike shot
dead the cadre near his residence from point blank range. The cadre
succumbed to his injuries with three bullets injuries in the head,
heart and stomach. The assailants immediately fled from the scene.
Meanwhile, Police rushed the spot at about 4.30 pm and recovered
the body. Two empty cartridges of 9mm bullets were also recovered
from the spot.
At least 43,000 Bangladeshi nationals,
who entered India on valid documents, have vanished during the last
four years, whereas only 19,995 could be deported during the same
period, said Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju. Revealing
this, Kiren Rijiju said in a Rajya Sabha reply that the highest
number of 24,364 disappeared in 2011, while 6,761 was deported the
same year. Last year (2015), only 116 Bangladeshi nationals disappeared,
while 474 were deported.
The illegal immigrants fall into
two categories: foreign nationals who have entered India on valid
travel documents and found to be overstaying, and foreign nationals
who have entered the country without any valid travel documents.
A number of Bangladeshi nationals who came to India on valid travel
documents have been found to be overstaying after expiry of their
visas, he said. “There are also reports of Bangladeshi nationals
having entered the country without any valid travel documents. As
entry of such Bangladeshi nationals into the country is clandestine
and surreptitious, it is not possible to have accurate data of such
Bangladeshi nationals living in various parts of the country, he
Army and Assam Police, in a joint
operation, busted an NDFB-IKS camp and killed a cadre of the outfit,
identified as Birbal Islary alias Banjai in the dense Ripu
Reserve Forest in Lalbhita area in Kokrajhar District. The slain
cadre was known to be close to NDFB-IKS leader Bidai and was involved
in numerous cases of extortion, money collection, providing administrative
support to the banned organisation and other subversive activities.
The slain militant was also involved in December 23, 2014 massacre.
One AK-56 along with a magazine and 30 live rounds were recovered
from the slain militant.
Dhola Police arrested four youths,
identified as Bhaskar Moran (27), Durgeswer Hazarika (33), Raman
Borpatragohain (24) and Ajoy Moran (27) on charges of extorting
money in the name of ULFA-I in the wee hours. One pistol and live
ammunition were recovered from them.
India and Bangladesh began a five-day
dialogue in Dhaka (Bangladesh) between border guarding forces over
a host of security issues, including drug trafficking and cattle
smuggling across the over 4,000-km frontier the two neighbours share.
A 21-member delegation led by BSF Chief KK Sharma on May 11 reached
Dhaka to hold the talks at the Pilkhana-based headquarters of their
counterpart BGB. The 23-member Bangladeshi delegation is being led
by BGB Chief Maj Gen Aziz Ahmed.
The situation along the Indo-Bangla
boundary has improved after the two sides signed an agreement on
exchange of border enclaves. The Indian team, including officials
from the UMHA and border enforcement agencies, will discuss measures
to further enhance security along the border and brief the BGB delegation
about measures put in place to completely stop instances of cattle
smuggling and other illegal substances across the boundary. Indian
delegation sources said that the BGB is expected to raise the issue
of bringing about a complete halt on border killing incidents and
suggest enforcement of some strict security protocols by both the
sides to achieve this goal. “A host of issues relating to activities
of Indian insurgent groups suspected to be operating from the other
side, smuggling of fake Indian currency, drugs and other banned
items will be discussed,” they said.
Army in a joint operation with Bongaigaon
Police arrested four militants belonging to the MTFA, identified
as Ismail Ali, Mohidul Islam, Mouizinur Ahmed and Saiyyuddin Islam
from Abhyapuri area in Bongaigaon District. Three pistols, three
mobile phones and other warlike stores were also recovered from
them. They have been involved in cases of extortion and kidnapping,
A cache of gelatin sticks and detonators
were recovered from a cruiser that was coming from Jiribam towards
Silchar at Lakhipur in Cachar District at around 5 pm. During the
vehicle checking on NH 37 in Phulertol area at Phulertol point,
Police found packets of around 1 kg which contained 5 gelatin sticks
and 2 detonators from a cruiser. Two persons from the cruiser, Nazrul
Laskar (28) and Mofiz Uddin (27) were taken into custody for further
investigation. The two accused will be presented before the Court.
The Myanmarese Parliament approved
a decision to join the BIMSTEC Convention on cooperation in combating
international terrorism, transnational organised crime and drug
trafficking. The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical
and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) includes Bangladesh, India, Myanmar,
Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal. Myanmar's Deputy Home Affairs
Minister General Aung Soe told: "BIMSTEC can increase cooperation
with the international community and promote the country's stability
and security. It will benefit the nation and the region".
Though Bangladesh is no longer a
preferred route for the militants and criminals to bring in weapons
to the Northeast, the porous international border with Myanmar is
still a major worry as sophisticated weapons are still being brought
into the region through that route and security agencies suspect
that Dimapur in Nagaland is the hub of clandestine arms dealers.
Highly placed security sources said that at one point of time, the
militants used to bring in weapons to the Northeast through Bangladesh,
but that has almost stopped in recent times as the security along
the international border has been intensified, while the present
Government in that country has also launched a crackdown against
those involved in such arms smuggling.
But the porous border with Myanmar
remains a cause of concern as militant groups as well as criminals
are still bringing in weapons to the region through that country.
The arms smugglers mostly use the Nagaland-Myanmar and Manipur-Myanmar
borders to smuggle in weapons. Dimapur is still suspected to be
the main hub of arms smugglers in the region from where the smuggled
weapons are sent to the other states of the region. According to
information available with the security agencies, one AK series
rifle costs around three lakh rupees in the clandestine market,
while a pistol costs around one lakh to 1.50 lakh rupees depending
on the quality. One grenade costs around 30 thousand rupees.
Police and CRPF, in a joint operation,
arrested ‘Chairman’ of the KPLT, identified as Arabh Terang from
Balipathar Sencho Bey Village under Bokajan Police Station in Karbi
Anglong District. He was involved with many extortion cases in different
areas of Karbi Anglong.
Morigaon Police arrested an unidentified
cadre of TLA, identified as Babu Phangso from Nallie in Jagiroad
in Nagaon District.
In a joint operation, Police, Army
and COBRA arrested a cadre of KLO, identified as Vikram Barman (22)
from Bajugaon area under Gossaigaon Police Station in Kokrajhar
District. He was involved in a number of money extortion cases and
provided logistic support to the militant outfit. A country-made
rifle and live bullet were recovered from his possession.
A militant belonging to NSCN-IM,
identified as Yimso (a resident of Half Nagarjan in Dimapur, Nagaland)
was arrested by Police from Lahorijan Market under Khatkhati Police
Station in East Karbi Anglong District. A .22 pistol along with
magazine and a mobile phone was recovered from him.
At least three people were injured
after suspected militants lobbed a grenade at a shop in Nagaon District.
The blast took place two days ahead of the counting of votes in
Assam. Police said that lesser-known outfit TLA has claimed responsibility
for the blast. According to Police, the incident took place at Raha
Chariali after two motorcycle-borne men lobbed the explosive at
a shop. "Three people who were around the shop received injuries
during the incident and they have been shifted to a local hospital
immediately," Police said.
Pushing for a comprehensive approach
in dealing with illegal influx, the NESO asked the Centre Government
to update the NRC in other north-eastern States in the lines of
Assam, with 1951 as the base year. An executive body meeting of
the eight constituent students’ bodies of the NESO also asked the
Union Government to realize the region specific needs of the Northeast,
in its policies related to education, economy and security. NESO
chairman Samuel Jyrwa, while addressing the media in Guwahati, said
that the NRC update in Assam was a welcome move, but other States
facing similar problem of illegal migrations and its daunting impact
on economy and socio-cultural fabric, must get a similar measure
to protect the indigenous tribes and communities. “Union Government
was yet to take up the specific issues of the North East in a desired
way. For a clear picture on the penetration of illegal migrants
in the region, the NRC must be updated in other NE States, with
1951 as the base year. We also demand total repeal of the draconian
Armed Forced [Special Power] Act (AFSPA),” he added.
The NBCC said that the India-Bangladesh
border will be fenced within the next three years. The NBCC, which
is executing the project along the Indo-Bangladesh international
border in the North-East, has been building fences for the last
15 years, said the chairman-cum-managing director, Anoop Kumar Mittal.
Referring to the fencing project, the CMD said that there was no
issue with the technical part and they have been using the latest
fencing technology in the North-East.
The NIA filed a chargesheet against
five NDFB-IKS militants including their ‘chairman’ Songbijit Ingti
Kathar and ‘SS Army Chief’ Bishnu Goyari in the terror attack at
Narsingbari in Baksa District in BTAD on May, 2014, which had killed
three persons. The top leaders of NDFB-IKS were charge-sheeted for
the first time by NIA in a terrorist act case. The five hard-core
terrorists of NDFB-IKS, evidence revealed, had planned the ghastly
terrorist attack in the night of May 1, 2014 on innocent villagers
of Narsingbari village in Baksa District.
Those named in chargesheet are -
Songbijit Ingti Kathar alias I K Songbjit (Chairman cum Interim
president of NDFB-IKS), Bishnu Goyari (SS Army Chief), Binod Mushahary
alias Batha (SS Deputy Army chief), Lankeswar Boro and Santosh
Khekatary. They have been charged for murder, criminal conspiracy,
waging war against India, Explosives Act, UAPA, Arms Act among other
sections. The accused persons are evading arrest and wanted in the
case, said NIA. "Till date, NIA has arrested total 61 terrorists
of different ranks of NDFB (S) in connection with eight cases entrusted
to NIA for investigation, pertaining to the terrorist attacks upon
innocent people of different communities in Assam in the month of
May and December of 2014. With this charge-sheet against five accused,
the number of NDFB (S) cadres charge-sheeted by NIA till date stands
at 60," the agency said.
An NDFB-IKS cadre, identified as
Ubram Narzary, and an overground worker of the outfit, identified
as Uresh Narzary, were arrested from Balamguri in Chirang District.
The new BJP-led Government in Assam will give top
priority to finding a permanent solution to the problem of infiltration
of illegal migrants from Bangladesh into the north-eastern State,
BJP leader Sarbanand Sonowal said. "The sealing of borders with
Bangladesh will get top priority," Sonowal, who was elected BJP
legislature party leader, said in an interview. He said the issue
of "identity crisis" in Assam vis-a-vis bona fide citizens of India
and infiltrators from Bangladesh was a matter of concern. However,
infiltration had come down "after an agreement with Bangladesh",
said Sonowal. The focus of the new Government will also be on maintaining
law and order in the state and creation of employment opportunities
for the youth.
Sensation prevails in Pratapkata area under Gossaigaon
subdivision of Kokrajhar District following the alleged recovery
of cow's head in a Hindu worship centre. Sources alleged that miscreants
put a cow's head in a Hindu worship place on May 22-night at Bhaban
Nagar near a Shiva linga. The miscreants also allegedly chopped
off the head of the Kali Devi in a Shani temple situated near the
Shiva linga on the same night. The incidents drew sharp reactions
from the local people. Sources added that the local people informed
the police and they took away the head of the cow and buried it
near a small stream about 100 metres away from the temple.
Police and Army, in a joint operation, arrested
a ULFA-I cadre, identified as Akon Moran alias Jitu Bora from a
hideout in Tekeri in Tinsukia District. Moran was accused of various
criminal charges including extortion, kidnapping, and theft and
providing arms to his fellow cadres. The sources informed that his
activities were mostly confined to Tinsukia District and Sadiya
in particular. The SFs recovered a 7.6 mm pistol and seven rounds
of live ammunition from the possession of the ULFA-I cadre.
ULFA-I said the allocation of land by the BTC to
yoga practitioner Ramdev is an anti-Assam move. In a statement released
to the media, the outfit said it had come to know that the council
was almost through with the process of handing over 3,800 hectare
of land to Ramdev. "The move of Hagrama Mohilary, one of the leaders
of the Bodos, to hand over the land to Ramdev was sad and anti-Assam
in nature," said the statement signed by the ULFA-I 'president'
Chirang Police and Indian Army arrested a cadre
of NDFB-IKS, identified as Saneswar Brahma from Hauliyapara area
under Panbari Police Station of Chirang District. One 7.65 mm pistol
with three rounds live ammunition was recovered from him.
SFs arrested one NDFB-IKS linkman, identified as
Hebol Basumatary (36) from Dhaligaon Bazar in Chirang District.
One Passion bike bearing registration no AS-26-5553 and INR 20,000
was recovered from his possession. Upon preliminary interrogation
it has been learnt that the money was collected through extortion
and the linkman was given the job of sending the money to Myanmar-based
leaders," the SP Sankarbrata Rai Medhi said.
The special designated TADA court in Guwahati acquitted
the ULFA founder 'general secretary' Anup Chetia in three cases
registered against him under TADA. This includes the sensational
murder case of Surrendra Paul that stunned the country, shook up
the tea industry and led the State to President's Rule in the 1990s.
Chetia, along with five others, including the outfit's elusive 'commander
in charge' Paresh Baruah and 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa, were
accused of the killings. With Chetia's acquittal, now the lone accused
in the case is Paresh Baruah. Rajkhowa and others were already acquitted
in the case on the 'benefit of doubt' in 2012. The other two cases
in which Chetia was also given a breather included the sensational
murder cases of city-based businessman and former president of Kamrup
Chamber of Commerce Girdharilal Harlalka in 1988 and the killing
of three persons, including the wife of a top cop and a personal
security officer, at Chabua in Dibrugarh District in 1989. Chetia
has been facing trials in all the pending cases after he was handed
over to India by Bangladesh.
The Union cabinet gave its approval to the introduction
of bills in the parliament to grant scheduled tribe status to Bodos
living in the hill District of Karbi Anglong and Karbis living in
the plain areas of Assam. The Union cabinet, chaired by PM Narendra
Modi, approved the introduction of two bills in the parliament for
certain amendments in the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order,
1950 to modify the list of Scheduled Tribes in Assam, Tripura, Chhattisgarh,
Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu, and for the identification of new communities
in Puducherry. A central Government statement said Boro, Boro Kachari
and Bodo, Bodo Kachari and Karbi (Mikir) communities were found
eligible for their inclusion in the scheduled tribe list in the
bills. Community leaders said names of the communities from Assam
mentioned in the bills are, in popular parlance, referred to as
Bodos, dwelling in the hills, and Karbis, living in the plain areas.
Indian Army conducted an operation and arrested
two suspected JMB cadres, identified as Imran Hussain (32) and Mujammil
Azan (35) from Parmaiguli village in Tezpur under Mahabhairob Police
outpost in Sonitpur District. However, according to reports, after
the arrest of the two fundamentalists, Mujammil Azan tried killing
himself by cutting his throat. He was immediately rushed to the
Kanaklata Civil Hospital in a critical condition. Though details
are awaited regarding the entire incident, sources informed that
the two accused are the mastermind of various unlawful activities,
including the recent robbery case of popular singer Zublee Barua's
Later, it was confirmed that the two arrested jihadis
were members of a Muslim fundamentalist group, JMB, Assam, that
has been carrying out subversive activities in the greater Pachmile
area since the last several years. Army sources informed that following
grilling of a jihadi, Imran Hussain, the Army conducted a search
operation at his residence and recovered two guns, five mobile phones
having contact numbers with militants based in a foreign country,
one Tablet and letterheads with the heading, 'Jamat-ul-Muzahiddin,
Assam, Sonitpur district committee.'
City Police arrested a couple, identified as Khanin
Swargiari and Roushmi Boro for their links with the NDFB-IKS from
Guwahati. Dispur Police said the two were cadres of the rebel outfit
and had already confessed to having links with top leaders of the
outfit. "They were providing shelter to rebels and passing information
about various police activities to NDFB (S) linkmen. Investigation
will throw light on their other possible subversive activities if
any," a Police source said. The couple was involved in several extortion
activities in the city, too, a Police source said. "Khanin has criminal
records and the duo has been extorting huge money since 2013 for
the outfit," a Policeman added.
In a major breakthrough, the joint team of AR and
Police rescued Praful Kumar Tiwari, resident of 12 Kilo, Umrangso
in Dima Hasao District, who was abducted by a group of unidentified
armed assailants near 15 kilo where he runs a small shop. After
an exhaustive search operation of 48 hours, the joint team of AR
and Assam Police launched another search operation in which they
successfully rescued the victim safely from the clutches of the
kidnappers. In the attempt to ensure safety of the victim, however,
the SFs could not arrest the kidnappers.
SFs arrested a cadre of KLO, identified as Madhusudan
Barman alias Hakau (22) from Maktaigaon in Kokrajhar District. A
rifle and a live round were recovered from him. Sources said the
arrested militant was involved in numerous cases of extortion, money
collection, providing administrative support to the banned organization
and other subversive activities.
Three suspected JMB cadres, identified as Md Mohiruddin
Sheikh, Md Mafidul Sheikh and Md Rojob Ali Patowary from Chirang
District in lower Assam. They were reportedly fresh recruits of
a 'jihadi' module which has been trying to widen its operation in
lower Assam, report said. A senior Police officer at Kajalgaon in
Chirang said the three were part of a module that set up training
camps in lower Assam. "The three persons were arrested during multiple
raids at Aamguri and Daukhanagar last evening," the official said.
Mahiruddin participated in a physical training camp at Amguri while
Mafidul and Rajab participated in a training camp in Daukhanagar.
The three were on the run, he added.
The police have so far arrested 32 people from different
parts of lower Assam in connection with the busting of the training
camp at Daukhanagar in September 2015. The Police have a list of
36 people involved with this module.
One NSCN-R cadre, identified as
‘Razou Peyu’ Hokuto Ayemi was killed by unidentified assailants
at Green Land hotel in Mariani (near Nagaland border) in Jorhat
District of Assam. However, the NSCN-R on May 31 asked both the
NSCN-IM and NSCN-KK to make inquiry regarding the “cold-blooded
killing” of its cadre.
Condemning the incident, the NSCN-R
said the Naga national movement is not a personal issue or business
that some individual or group can use it to do away with any Naga
life. The NSCN-R requested the NSCN-IM to inquire into the incident
from their workers as well as the public whether the claim that
the ‘killers’ are from the NSCN-IM command is true or not.
Police recovered an IED planted under a bridge at
Dirak Chariali on NH 52 under Kakopathar Police Station in Tinsukia
An NDFB-IKS linkman, identified as Alfrat Basumatary
(22), was arrested by a joint team of SFs from Auguri under Serfanguri
Police Station in Kokrajhar District. A pistol with two live rounds
was recovered from him.
Though the level of violence involving militants
in Assam came down drastically in the face of relentless counterinsurgency
operations, the security and intelligence agencies recently came
across disturbing inputs on the attempts by militants to go for
recruitments in at least four Districts. Highly placed security
sources said that the ULFA-I recently started making efforts to
recruit youths from upper Assam Districts and according to information
available, a few boys have already joined the outfit. On the other
hand, the NDFB-IKS, the leaders of which is lying low after the
outfit suffered major setbacks in the operations by Police and SFs,
is trying to recruit cadres from the Districts of Kokrajhar and
Sources revealed that both the outfits are now not
in a position to create major trouble in the State. The ULFA-I tried
to push in a few cadres to upper Assam districts on the eve of the
elections to create trouble, but they failed to do so, while, the
NDFB-IKS leaders are totally on the run and their strength came
down drastically in the last two years. However, the outfits are
trying to recruit youths not to use them as "armed cadres" but to
use them to indulge in extortions. The leaders of the outfits are
calling up middle men and sympathizers requesting them to provide
boys who are willing to join the outfits. The ULFA-I leaders have
been making efforts to extort money from upper Assam Districts and
called up a number of tea garden owners and managers, contractors
and other businessmen. But they do not have cadres on the ground
to collect the demanded amount. On the other hand, the NDFB-IKS
leaders called up a number of Government officials but security
sources said that so far, there is no report on whether anyone paid
money as per the demand of the militants.
Police arrested two cadres of the NSCN-R, identified
as Pianthong Sitiji and Solangthong Ekan, while they were collecting
money from trucks from the market at Purana Laharijan under Khatkati
police station of Karbi Anglong District.
Police arrested two cadres of the NSCN-R, identified
as Pianthong Sitiji and Solangthong Ekan, while they were collecting
money from trucks from the market at Purana Laharijan under Khatkati
police station of Karbi Anglong District.
Based on specific information, Army
launched a joint operation with Assam Police in general area of
Hatogaon in Dhubri District and arrested two GNLA linkmen, identified
as Julius Sangma and Malceng Marak. One Pistol with magazine, two
mobile phones and seven SIM cards were recovered from the arrested
linkmen, an Army official said.
Morigaon Police arrested one person,
identified as Abdul Wahid along with .22 pistol and six live bullets
at Pub-Rangadoia under Mikirbheeta Police Station in Morigaon District.
Four militants belonging to KLO,
identified as Mridul Ray (25), Dhananjay Ray (27), Kanak Ray (22)
and Konujeet Ray (19) were arrested by a joint team of the Army
and Police from various places in Kokrajhar District.
Police arrested an NDFB-IKS recruiter,
identified as Tarun Narzary, from Guwahati Railway Station at Paltan
Bazar in Kamrup District. Narzary hails from Bijni of in Chirang
A NDFB-IKS recruiter, identified
as Bikram Muchahary, was brought from Dimapur in Nagaland by a team
of Guwahati City Police. Muchahary hails from Sonitpur town.
City Police Commissioner Mukesh
Agrawal said that the NDFB-IKS was "targeting" Guwahati
to set "up an extortion network". The commissioner's warning
came in the wake of the arrest of two suspected NDFB-IKS "recruiters"
who were involved in demanding money from people here using the
outfit's letterheads. "We have reports that the NDFB (S) is
attempting to form a network here, but we have already launched
our operations and spoilt their intent to a great extent,"
Assam Governor PB Acharya, in his
customary address to the members of the State Legislative Assembly,
said that security, good governance and development for all will
be among the top priorities of the Government. The Governor said,
“We will do our best to give a clean, efficient and responsive administration,
and will strive to ensure that our delivery system works with full
accountability and complete transparency in all the areas of governance.
“All the initiatives of my Government will be geared towards bringing
Assam to be one of the State on the top of the list in development,”
The BJP-led NDA Government ordered
complete sealing of Assam’s border with Bangladesh by June next
year (2017), fulfilling an electoral pledge of BJP within a week
of assuming power in Assam to check illegal immigration from the
neighbouring country. UHM Rajnath Singh issued the order at a high-level
meeting attended by top Home Ministry officials in New Delhi. During
the meeting, the UHM directed that the Indo-Bangladesh border in
Assam should be sealed completely,” a Home Ministry official said.
The 4.5-kilometre-long India-Bangladesh
border in Assam's Karimganj town area will be single-fenced, said
BSF Director General K K Sharma. The BSF chief's visit is significant
as it comes at a time when both the Centre and the State Government
have announced that Assam's border with Bangladesh will be sealed
within one year. During his visit to this part of India's border
with Bangladesh, the BSF chief informed that the international border
along Karimganj on the banks of the Kushiyara will be fenced soon.
The fence will not be erected 150 metres away from the zero point
of the border in line with international norms. Instead, fencing
work will be carried out by the banks of the Kushiyara that separates
the international border in this part of the country. This is to
ensure less suffering of residents on the Indian side, he added.
The peace talks between the Centre
and several militant outfits in the northeastern region are moving
positively and peace would be restored in the whole region soon,
UMHA Joint Secretary Satyajit Garg said. “The Central government
has been holding peace talks with several militant outfits in the
northeastern region. The talks are progressing positively,” he said.
After meeting Tripura Chief Secretary Yashpal Singh and State Police
chief K Nagaraj, he said: “Peace talks are going on with the NSCN-IM,
ULFA and many other militant outfits of several North East States.”
The official said the government is hopeful that with the positive
outcome of the on-going peace talks with the extremists’ groups,
absolute peace would be restored in the entire northeastern region
soon. “Government’s policy is to hold talks with the militant groups
that shun violent activities. The Centre is closely observing the
situation in the North East and bordering areas,” Garg said.
“Tripura and Mizoram are the most
peaceful States in the North East India,” he said, adding that northeastern
states are in a strategic location adjoining five countries – China,
Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. “India’s strategies for China,
Myanmar, Bangladesh and other neighbours are different. For India,
Myanmar is located in a significant position,” said Garg.
Police arrested one NDFB-IKS militant,
identified as Janak Brahma along with a pistol and ammunition from
A NDFB-IKS militant, identified
as Sobhaigo Mushahary was arrested by the Police from Chirang District.
The arrested militant was in close contact with top NDFB-IKS leaders
and was providing them crucial logistics support and early warning
of troops' movement. Both these terrorists were involved in extortion
activities and other subversive activities, report said.
Army and Police in a joint operation
in the thick jungles of Kakulong in Chirang District of Assam busted
a camp of NDFB-IKS militants. According to reports, while no militant
was in the site, a large number of items were recovered, indicating
presence of terrorists not long ago. A rifle, some gun powder, clothes,
sling shots, utensils and rations were recovered from the spot.
It is also suspected that some insiders from the Police Force might
have tipped them off, report said.
Defending the imposition of the
controversial AFSPA in the North East, the Army said there was no
recent case of misuse of the law in the region. “In the Eastern
Command, during the time I have spent here, there has not been a
single incident which has been reported where AFSPA has not been
used for the right reason,” Eastern Army Commander, Lieutenant General
Praveen Bakshi said. He said if there was any breach of AFSPA, it
was dealt with firmly by the army. “If the army is required to handle
insurgency, we require AFSPA. If we don’t have AFSPA, our hands
are tied and we cannot do our job. It is an enabling provision and
not a draconian provision,” he said.
Acting on specific inputs, a joint
team of SFs comprising Police, CRPF and AR cracked militant’s attempts
to regroup and float DHNA by arresting eight suspected militants,
identified as Pankaj Phukan, Chandra Mohan Rajbangshi, Mrinmoy Choudhury,
Junesh Hojai, Parthajit Thaosen alias Ashit Thaosen, Pabitra
Batari Debashis Rajowar and Binod Langthasa from different locations
of Cachar District. SFs first took into custody Pankaj Phukan and
his interrogation led to the arrest of others. According to a top
Police officer, these militants who were earlier linked to ULFA,
SULFA and DHD joined hands together under the banner of DHNA with
the sole purpose of extortions, kidnapping for ransom, loot of ATMs
and other criminal activities. Some among them have been involved
in criminal activities earlier in Dima Hasao District. Though some
arms and ammunitions have been recovered from their possession,
Police officer is confident of recovering heavy arms and for which
they will be subjected to sustained cross-examination.
Gauhati High Court (in Guwahati)
ordered an inquiry into the alleged pitiable living conditions in
four BTAD relief camps sheltering victims of the 2012 ethnic violence.
A division bench of Chief Justice Ajit Singh and Justice Suman Shyam
passed the order, directing the registrar (vigilance) of the high
court to visit these camps and submit a report on their condition.
Of these four camps, three are in Chirang District while one is
in Kokrajhar District.
Acting on specific information,
Police arrested a linkman of the NDFB-IKS, identified as Rajen Narzary
(28) at Shantipur village under Kachugaon police station in Kokrajhar
A joint team of Tamulpur Police
and 21 Mahar regiment of Indian Army arrested one NDFB-IKS militant,
identified as Deepak Boro alias B. Daithun from Kalakuchi
village under Tamulpur police station in Baksa District. Police
recovered two grenades, two hand-made bombs, one mobile hand set
and some incriminating documents from his possession.
Based on specific input, Chirang
Police and Indian Army launched an operation and arrested one NDFB-IKS
cadre, identified as Sabian Mochahary alias Adam (27) from Amteka
area under Amguri Police Station of Chirang District. “One hand
grenade was recovered from him. This NDFB-IKS cadre fled away to
Bangalore last year (2015) due to ongoing intensive CI operations.
He was a close associate of slain hardcore cadres Ringsur Basumatary,
Gundai, Jwnthwi and others,” the official said.
A joint team of Police and Army,
in an operation, arrested a cadre of the NSLA, identified as Berenthius
Hembrom (29) from Thakurpur village under Gossaigaon Police Station
in Kokrajhar District. He was arrested on the basis of CDR analysis
and found to be involved in extortion from Grahampur VCDC chairman,
The NIA Special Court at Guwahati
convicted 18 members of the UNLF, including its chairman Raj Kumar
Meghen, under various sections of the UAPA and the IPC for various
offences, including criminal conspiracy of terrorist acts and waging
war against the Government. The members of the outfit have been
sentenced to rigorous imprisonment ranging from seven to 10 years
for hatching criminal conspiracy of terrorist acts in Assam and
Manipur and waging war against the Government of India. The NIA
had submitted two chargesheets in the case, charging 25 persons
for their involvement in terrorist conspiracy and waging war against
the Government. Of these, 18 persons faced the criminal trial while
the remaining seven are absconding.
The case relates to a search conducted
on April 30, 2010 at a rented house in Guwahati in which two persons
including Khundong Tomba alias Bikramjit, vice chairman of
the outfit and Y Nabichand, another UNLF cadre were arrested and
a laptop, three pen drives, one mobile phone, one wireless internet
connection and INR 50,000 in cash were recovered from their possession.
In the subsequent investigation, NIA and Assam Police arrested 20
more members of the UNLF, who were charged with hatching terrorist
conspiracy in Manipur and Assam. It was alleged that the outfit
had indulged in large scale extortion from Government officials,
recruitment of cadres, purchase of arms and ammunition, for waging
war against the Government.
The NIA also arrested UNLF chairman
Raj Kumar Meghen alias Sanayama and a large number of digital
articles like laptop and mobile phones were recovered from him and
other cadres, which revealed financial dealings of the organisation
as well as money trail of investments by the organisation.
Tinsukia Police arrested two linkmen
of the ULFA-I, identified as Lakhyajit alias Akon Gogoi and
Subhash Gogoi from Tinsukia District. The Police also recovered
live ammunition and two mobile handsets from them. According to
the Police, the duo was involved in several cases of extortion.
The Police arrested a linkman of
ULFA-I, identified as Anupam Gogoi alias Baba from Kukurekhuwa
in Tinsukia District.
An assistant engineer of the Assam
State Electricity Board, identified as Jatin Dhekial Phukan was
shot at by unidentified assailants in the Kahilipara area in Kamrup
District. After being hit by a bullet, Phukan rushed to the GMCH
on his own on his motorbike, where he was admitted. Although the
Police claimed it to be a stray bullet, the source of the same is
Four suspected linkmen of the NDFB-IKS
were arrested from different places in the Kokrajhar District. Three
of them, identified as Krwmdwo Basumatary, Sunsuma Basumatary and
Bilipang Brahma, were arrested by Kokrajhar Police from Owabari
village in the district while the fourth linkman, identified as
Kundan Narzary, was arrested from neighbouring Bishmuri village.
Three stolen bikes were recovered during the Owabari arrests, one
of which was supposed to be handed over to an NDFB-IKS cadre on
June 10. Kundan's call details reveal that he is in contact with
cadres of the outfit in Myanmar. BTAD IGP L.R. Bishnoi said 40 NDFB-IKS
linkmen have been arrested in the past three months, 30 from Kokrajhar
District and 10 from Chirang District.
ULFA-I in a media communiqué expressed
that each of its members were deeply saddened by the news of conviction
of the UNLF of Manipur, Chairman, Raj Kumar Meghen alias Sanaiyama’s
by another 10 years. It said that the Indian Government machinery
in occupation is “scared” of the impact of Sanaiyama’s principle.
A KPLT militant, identified as Deven
Tisso (22), was killed at Kollonga in West Karbi Anglong District
in an encounter with Police. A 7.66mm pistol and four live cartridges
were recovered from his possession.
Based on specific inputs from military
intelligence, the Indian Army and Assam Police launched an operation
and arrested a militant of LAEF, identified as Suparo Swargyari
from the area of Deuripara near Goalpara in Goalpara District. One
7.65 mm pistol was recovered from the militant along with some ammunition.
According to the militant, he joined the LAEF in 2014 and has been
active in carrying out subversive activities since then.
Based on specific input, a joint
team of Tinsukia Police and Army team conducted an operation at
Wathoi Kailashpur and arrested a linkman of ULFA-I, identified as
Jitu Dohotia (34), from the vicinity of Koriajan reserve forest
in Tinsukia District. Later, Jitu Dohotia confessed to having been
involved in the bomb blast in front of the residence of Vivek Agarwal,
owner of Podumoni Tea Estate on the night of April 28.
Army and Police launched a major
operation and arrested a linkman of NDFB-IKS, identified as Jibon
Arjya from Kokrajhar District in the wee hours. This particular
operation was launched on receiving specific inputs about a linkman
who was extorting large amounts of money and preparing to send it
to the Bidai group. Reacting swiftly, the Army launched operation
and arrested Jibon Arjya, who was extorting cash to the tune of
INR 1 lakh. The cash was recovered from the linkman along with a
pistol and ammunition. It is alleged that the outfit was using it
to threaten local businessmen and other people.
A meeting on peace and communal
harmony was organised by the Udalguri District administration at
Bishnu Rabha Kristi Sangha at the Udalguri town.
Two women cadres of the NDFB-IKS,
identified as Ansuri Narzary alias Ansu (20) and Rekha Mushahary
(18) were arrested from Kokrajhar District. Kokrajhar SP Sarma said
Ansuri was arrested from Theka Bazar under Kachugaon police station
in Gossaigaon subdivision of Kokrajhar District while Rekha was
arrested from Bishmuri. "The two were arrested based on intelligence
inputs about movement of the women cadres," Sarma said. The
Police recovered INR 1 lakh and a mobile phone with SIM from Ansuri.
The amount was extortion money collected from businessman, contractors
and was to be handed over to B. Bidai, the ‘self-styled vice-president’
of the outfit, Sarma added.
Two NDFB-IKS militants, identified
as Bharat Basumaraty alias B. Phunkhag and Dipak Daimary
alias Dhunphang were arrested from Daisunguri in Kokrajhar
District. Two 7.65 pistols and live bullets were recovered from
them, the Police said. Both the militants were trained in Myanmar.
Both of them were reported to have fled the area after the operation
was launched against the outfit in the BTAD and returned recently
to revive and strengthen the outfit, sources said.
A joint team of Police and CRPF
busted an illegal gun and explosive manufacturing factory at No.2
Magurmari Char in Darrang District and arrested two persons in this
connection. According to Police, acting on a tip-off the SFs raided
the house and campus of one Hafej Ali and found the illegal factory.
The SFs arrested two persons, identified as Kitap Ali and Ekambar
Ali, both residents of Morigaon District, while they were manufacturing
handmade arms. Police recovered a huge quantity of instruments and
materials, including electric wires, iron ball-bearings used in
cycles, nuts and bolts, sharp weapons, ammunition of handmade rifle,
among others. However, the main accused, who also hails from Morigaon,
managed to escape.
Myanmar and India vowed to cooperate
on issues of border security and stability, sources with the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs (Myanmar) said. The pledge came as Myanmar Foreign
Minister Aung San Suu Kyi met Ajit Doval, the Indian NSA who is
visiting Nay Pyi Taw as a special envoy of Indian PM Narendra Modi,
report said. Their discussions also covered development of long-term
advantages from road connectivity between the two countries.
Dibrugarh Police claimed to have
unearthed an ULFA-I’s plan to carry out explosions outside the BJP
District office in Dibrugarh town in Dibrugarh District, following
the arrest of a cadre of the outfit. Police sources said that an
ULFA-I militant, identified as Mamon Gogoi alias Biplob Asom
(27) was arrested from a hideout at Betoni Sariali under Khowang
Police Station in the Dibrugarh District. Nearly 700 grams of TNT,
one detonator, one timer device, three battery cells and wires were
recovered from him. Sources said during interrogation, the arrested
militant, who hails from nearby Dulia Lahowal village, reportedly
confessed to the Police that he was entrusted with a mission by
the top ULFA-I leadership in Myanmar to carry out subversive activities
like triggering blasts in Dibrugarh. The BJP District office at
Amolapatty and a hotel at RKB Path opposite Dibrugarh Sadar Police
Station were the targets, the sources said.
Dibrugarh SP, Bir Bikram Gogoi said
that the arrested militant revealed that he was deputed by senior
ULFA-I leader Arunodoy Dohotia (self-styled publicity secretary
of the outfit based in Myanmar) to "execute the mission".
The militant reportedly told the Police that he had joined the outfit
last year and had undergone two months' training in the camp on
making bombs and triggering blasts. The SP said they were investigating
whether the hotel was the specific target or the police station
opposite the hotel. He said the BJP's district unit office could
have been selected by the outfit.
In a joint operation by the Army
and Police, an ULFA-I linkman, identified as Rupjyoti Gogoi, was
arrested from near Naharkatiya in Dibrugarh District. Altogether
11 extortion notes, two cell phones and a list containing the names
of a few small tea growers were found in his possession.
In a joint operation conducted by
Army, Dibrugarh Police and CRPF arrested three ULFA-I militants,
identified as ‘self-styled sergeant’ Ritupon Borah alias
Irfan Asom (23), Dipon Moran alias Prthiraj Moran, 'corporal'
Nakul Rabha alias Bishal Asom (18) and one GNLA militant,
identified as Saltiush N. Marak alias Chem (21) from Chetia Pathar
in Dibrugarh District. The SFs recovered three .9 mm pistols, six
magazines, 40 rounds of live ammunition and 2 BFDX BF 860 Chinese
wireless radio sets from them. The militants confessed they were
making transit halt at Chetia Pathar on their way to Arakan camp
(1st Brigade), Myanmar from Tura (Meghalaya) on the orders of their
deputy ‘commander-in-chief’ Dristi Rajkhowa and were waiting for
their guide to take them to Myanmar.
Tamulpur Police arrested two ULFA-I
linkmen, identified as Sukumani Das (34) and Manab Kalita from Tamulpur
in Baksa District. According to Police, they had sent a demand letter
to a businessman of Kaurbaha under Tamulpur police station by using
the letter pad of ULFA few days ago. Later Police investigated the
case following the complaint made by the businessman and nabbed
the both from their house. According to the statement of Sukumani
and Manab Mrinal Kalita, they worked in the forest department and
had used the letter pad to demand money with the help of former
ULFA cadres Gitu Kalita and Babli of Rangia. Police are trying to
nab Babli and Mrinal. Police recovered letter pad of ULFA from the
possession of Sukumani and Manab.
Two linkmen of NDFB-IKS were arrested
in Kokrajhar District.
A general meeting of senior citizens and noted intellectuals
was held at the Jorhat Press Club under the aegis of an alliance
of the Anti-Influx Platform led by a Supreme Court advocate, Upamanyu
Hazarika and Jorhat Bar Association advocate Rintu Goswami, against
the grave issue of influx of illegal migrants that has already converted
indigenous inhabitants into a minority in large parts of Assam.
They said, "The need of the hour is to apprise the
present government about how by the year 2040 the indigenous Assamese
people will become minorities in view of the continuing influx and
the present drawbacks of the NRC update process through which many
illegal migrants will get legalized rights to become Indian citizens.
The Central Government in Parliament on July 14, 2004 had admitted
about the presence of 50 lakh illegal migrants from Bangladesh in
Assam. Union Home Minister Prakash Jaiswal had given details of
about 20 per cent of the 2.61 crores of Assam population to be foreigners.
As against this, in between 1985 to 2012 only 2,442 illegal migrants
have been detected and deported (White paper of October 2012, Assam
Police arrested a cadre of ULFA-I, identified as
Rahul Hazarika alias Laden Asom (24) from the Moran area of Dibrugarh
District. A hand grenade and twelve demand notes signed by ULFA-I
'deputy commander-in-chief' Drishti Rajkhowa on the outfit's letterhead
were also recovered from him. Dibrugarh SP Bir Bikram Gogoi said
the cadre confessed that he arrived from Myanmar in December 2015
to carry out extortion activities in the district following Rajkhowa's
orders. He had joined the banned outfit in 2013 and underwent arms
training in Bangladesh in 2014.
In a joint operation, Army Lahoal Police arrested
an ULFA-I militant, identified as Sagar Gogoi alias Feroz Asom (22)
from Lohali Gaon under Tengakhat Police station in Dibrugarh District
while he was moving towards Namsai District of Arunachal Pradesh
via Tinsukia in order to reach Arakan camp of proscribed outfit
in Myanmar. SFs recovered 14 rounds of live ammunition of 7.62 mm
AK 47 assault rifle, five 9 mm pistols, 11 rounds 0.22 mm and two
fired cases of 0.22 mm from the militant. The arrested militant
later during interrogation had revealed that he infiltrated to the
District from Dauki village in Meghalaya and was instructed by the
'commander-in-chief', 'self-styled Major' of ULFA-I, Dristi Rajkhowa
to reach Arakan Camp in Myanmar through Arunachal Pradesh.
"The ULFA has faltered on many occasions in its
struggle to achieve independence for the State of Assam as its method
of struggle remained debatable, but the entire issue is still relevant
even in the face of the changing times in today's world," said Anup
Chetia, 'general secretary' of the ULFA. Addressing a gathering
at the Kanaklal Baruah auditorium of the Assam State Museum in Guwahati
on the occasion of the launching of his poetry collection, Karabandee,
the top ULFA leader, who had been imprisoned at the Rajshahi Jail
in Bangladesh for nearly 20 years, sought forgiveness from all the
people who lost their kith and kin in the hands of ULFA cadres throughout
the State. Lamenting that lack of an internal control mechanism
among the various cadres of the outfit at different times led to
many unfortunate and heart-rending incidents, including killings,
Chetia remarked that the struggle for a sovereign Assam is at a
crossroads now, though the concept has become somewhat misplaced.
Urging the intelligentsia, media and the common
people of Assam to suggest and advise the outfit at this crucial
period when the ULFA is involved in peace talks, the ULFA leader,
who was among the few who gave birth to the armed struggle, stressed
the need to relocate the movement in the context of the demographic
and other crises currently plaguing the indigenous people of the
Government denied having agreed to a proposal of
Naga insurgent outfit NSCN-IM of granting separate passport and
flag for Nagas saying peace talks with the group was still continuing.
"Government recognises the unique Naga history and is committed
to it. Talks with NSCN-IM is going on. News of granting separate
passport and flag are not true," Minister of State for Home Kiren
Rijiju said in New Delhi. Rijiju's comments came in the wake of
reports which suggested that the Government has agreed to NSCN-IM's
proposal for separate passport and flag for Nagas.
The appearance of the flag of the GPRN/NSCN and
banner on a cardboard written as Greater Nagaland area near Meghnarayan
bridge at Maibang in Dima Hasao District of Assam raised several
questions in the minds of the people of Dima Hasao. The local people
of Maibang are of the opinion that they have been living in peace,
harmony and brotherhood with the Zeliang Naga tribe since time immemorial,
so it could be a handiwork of outsiders to disturb the peace in
Two youths, identified as Jangshaw Brahma (25) and
Birdaw Brahma (20) were arrested along with one 9 MM pistol, four
rounds of live ammunitions and three mobile handsets in an operation
conducted by Tamlpur Police at Barkhata under Tamulpur Sub-Division
in Baksa District.
Tamulpur Police arrested a linkman of NDFB-IKS,
identified as Manjay Boro from Kekerikuchi village under Tamulpur
Police Station in Baksa District. Police recovered an amount of
INR 1.8 lakh from his possession. According to Police, Manjay Boro
has collected money from a contractor of Nalbari District.
The pact for Suspension of Operations with the insurgent
group, NDFB-P was extended by the government till December 31, 2016.
A meeting of Joint Monitoring Group consisting of representatives
of the Centre, Government of Assam and NDFB-P was held in New Delhi.
The observance of agreed ground rules for suspension of the operations
was reviewed. "After discussions, it was agreed to extend suspension
of operations for a period of six months up to December 31, 2016,"
a Home Ministry official said.
Three persons allegedly involved in the brutal killing
of two tea garden workers of Bhutiachang Tea Estate in Udalguri
District surrendered before the court of CJM Gitali Rabha. Police
identified the trio - Sunil Thakur, Kanchan Chauhan and Ajay Chauhan,
as the prime accused in the killing and a case under section 120B/143/109/325/302/34
of the IPC was registered against them at Paneri Police Station
in the District. The CJM court sent the trio to judicial custody.
Based on specific inputs, a team of Army, SSB and
Chirang Police arrested a cadre of NDFB-IKS, identified as Jordan
Narzary alias Jaolang, in a joint operation at Oxiguri village under
Amguri Police Station in Chirang District. A 7.65 mm pistol, a grenade,
a mobile phone and some incriminating documents were seized from
Jordan, a cadre of 38th batch of NDFB-IKS. Though he was earlier
arrested on March last year in Bangalore of Karnataka state, he
was bailed out from jail on April 3. As per input, after coming
out from jail he was in touch with senior cadres of NDFB-IKS and
was secretly working for the organization and engaged in extortion
and other subversive activities, said a top Police official.
A team of Kharupetia Police acting on a tip off
recovered one 7.65 mm pistol made in Italy along with two rounds
of live ammunition and an empty magazine from the rented house of
one Bubul Choudhury (38) at Ghanasimalu village in Darrang District.
Bubul who originally hails from village Kosolukhowa of Panigaon
in Nagaon District has reportedly been practicing Ayurvedic treatment
for last 14 years in the locality. In this connection Kharupetia
Police has registered a case (No. 299 /16) under the sections of
Arms Act. Meanwhile according to police the accused has confessed
before Police that the certificate of Ayurvedic degree to be a fake
One person, identified as Rajiv Chasa (24) a resident
of Dewan tea estate in Cachar District, was arrested for abducting
a three-year old boy, Sun Kumar Hajam a resident of Labok tea garden,
by Lakhipur Police. Rajiv abducted the baby in the midnight of June
5. Soon, people came to know about the incident and it was confirmed
as a case of kidnapping when Rajesh received a ransom call. On the
same day (June 5), the baby was found near a pan-shop near Silchar
Medical College and Hospital. It has been informed that Rajesh has
paid the ransom money.
In a joint operation of Army and Police, Dipak Basumatari
(33) was arrested at Goreswar of Baksa District. Dipak is a resident
of Chinakuna village under Khoirabari Police Station. A 9mm pistol
with magazine was recovered from his possession. Dipak was reportedly
involved in many extortion related cases in the name of NDFB, added
Army and Police sources.
Chirang Police arrested two persons - Mathla alias
Sunil Tudu (23), an ANLA ceasefire cadre and Biswanath Hembrom alias
Chinese (31), an ACMA ceasefire cadre in connection with the attempt
of abduction of one Raj Kishore Shah from Ghorsingpara under Runikhata
Police Station in Chirang District on June 16. Mathla is from Podotola
Amguri in Kokrajhar District while Biswanath is from Paschim Golajhar
under Runikhata Police Station in Chirang. SP Sankar Brata Raimedhi
said during interrogation the duos had confessed regarding their
involvement in the crime and stated that the motive was abduction
Police and the Indian Army, in a series of joint
operations over last few days, arrested 11 cadres of the recently-floated
militant outfit, Halam Tiger Force (HTF) from Umrongso in Dima Hasao
and Larkercha village in West Karbi Anglong District along Assam-Meghalaya
border, defence sources claimed. The operation led by Major Rajneesh
and Lieutenant Pratik also recovered two 9mm pistols, three 7.65
pistols, three rifles, one hand grenade and 40 rounds of live ammunition
from the militants. The arrested militants confessed before the
interrogators that the chief of HTF is camping in Manipur, sources
further said. The unearthing and arrest of a majority of cadres
of this outfit which has links with KPLT and UPLA; has been a major
setback to the nexus between the outfits which have been involved
in kidnapping, extortion and ‘tax-collection’, added the official.
Four linkmen of the NDFB-IKS, identified as Ram
Tudu, Santosh Hembram, Mwikwm Mushahary and Jwisar Borgoary were
arrested in a joint operation by Kokrajhar Police and Army from
Pakriguri and Padmabil village under Serfanguri Police station in
Kokrajhar District. One 7.62 mm pistol, one 7.62 mm country-made
pistol and three live rounds of pistol were recovered their possession.
The NDFB expressed shock over the demise of Issak
Chisi Swu, ‘chairman’ of the NSCN-IM at the Fortis Hospital in New
Delhi on June 28. ‘The information and publicity secretary’ of the
NDFB, B. Naijab said in a statement, “The NDFB salutes the departed
soul of brave Issak Chisi Swu and pays homage to him.” The NDFB
leader conveyed deepest condolence to all the leaders and cadres
of the NSCN-IM, the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the
departed soul. He also hoped that the dreams of Issak Chisi Swu
would be fulfilled.
Assam Police issued an alert across the State following
the killing of 20 people by Islamic State (IS) militants at a cafe
in Dhaka (Bangladesh), which is about 500 km from Guwahati via Shillong.
Assam Police ADGP-special branch, Pallab Bhattacharya said, "We
can't say anything about any specific threat, but we have issued
an alert after the Dhaka incident. There are Jamaat-ul Mujahideen
Bangladesh (JMB) modules still at large in the state though we have
arrested many of their cadres."
An anti-migrant body in Assam on July 2 said that
updating the NRC alone can't prevent the indigenous population from
becoming a minority unless the BJP-led Government puts in place
special legal measures to free the State from illegal Bangladeshi
migrants. The Prabhajan Virodhi Manch (PVM), which mobilized the
indigenous electorate through signature campaigns ahead of the assembly
polls, said the BJP-led government should not forget that safeguarding
'jati, bheti and maati' (identity, homeland and land) was one of
its main electoral promises which helped in consolidation of indigenous
Based on specific
input Chirang Police launched a 48-hour operation starting from
July 2 and arrested four NDFB-IKS cadres, including Monika Basumatary,
wife of the outfit's general secretary Ranjit Basumatary alias
BR Ferenga, two teachers and a linkman, identified as Pinkush
Narzary (23) from Chirang District. Chirang SP, Sankar Brata Rai
Medhi said that during interrogation it had come to light that
through social media networking site Facebook, Ranjit Basumatary,
general secretary of NDFB-IKS, created some fake accounts and
established contacts with Pinkush and motivated and instructed
him to collect extortion money in Bengtol area.
collected Rs 31,000 from one Pradip Narzary, who is assistant
teacher of Bengtol M V School and Rs 12,865 from one Jitendra
Narzary who is Principal of Tukrajhar H S School. The money was
further handed over to Monika Basumatary, wife of Ranjit Basumatary
alias Ferrenga, who passed it onto the banned organization.
All the above mentioned OGWs have been arrested on charges of
terror financing and stringent provision of Unlawful Activities
Prevention Act has been invoked. A total of four mobile phones
and Rs 13,000 extorted cash have been recovered. Further investigation
is on to unearth the full design of the banned organization,”
the SP said.
SFs arrested a cadre of NDFB-IKS, identified as
Ristw Narzary alias Adaw from Rupnathpur area under Kachugaon
Police Station in Kokrajhar District. He was actively involved in
extortion of money for the banned outfit as well deliveries of rations
and other administrative stores, which includes medicine. A pistol,
two round live bullets were also recovered from him.
In the wake of terror
strike in Dhaka in neighbouring Bangladesh that left 20 foreigners
dead, alert has been sounded in Assam and Tripura especially in
the Districts having border with Bangladesh apprehending possible
attempts of terror elements to cross over the border which has remained
porous in many stretches till date. The Governors of Assam and Tripura
told the BSF to tighten their vigil on the border with Bangladesh
following the terror attack on Dhaka. Assam Governor, PB Acharya
who visited the Sutarkandi border areas in Karimganj District of
South Assam, held discussion with BSF officials. The governor has
asked the BSF to keep “maximum vigil” along the winding border.
Acharya also met officials of district administration, and also
talked to Border Guards Bangladesh officials, a senior official
In Tripura, Governor
Tathagata Roy met BSF officials to take stock of the situation along
the 856 Km long border with Bangladesh in the land-locked state.
“We have apprised the governor about the steps taken along the India-Bangladesh
border,” said BSF’s Tripura Frontier Inspector General JB Sangwan
Assam's Muslim intellectuals,
activists and academicians have condemned and raised their voice
against atrocities inflicted upon minorities in Bangladesh and
the recent Dhaka attacks by Islamic militants. They strongly opposed
the use of religion for creating terror among minorities, liberals
and the common people. In solidarity with victims of the attacks,
the Muslim Nagarik Samaj (MNS), a citizen group, will organize
a peace procession at Dighalipukhuri here on July 5, in which
prominent Muslim citizens and community members will participate.
Badruddin Ajmal appealed to all people of the State to stand united
against the Islamic State (ISIS). In a statement, Ajmal said,
“News reports based on an intelligence report on the presence
of ISIS in Assam is a matter of concern. If the ISIS has really
set up its base in Assam, there’s every possibility of a section
of youth of the State going astray and an innocent section is
likely to face harassment. In order to avoid such a situation
in the State, the people of the State, especially the Muslims,
should come forward united against the ISIS. The Muslims of Assam
have always been against insurgents. The Muslims of the State
never patronized insurgents. It is high time all should be careful
that no anti-social elements misled the new generation of the
Muslims of the State. I appeal to all Muslims of the State to
carry out their anti-ISIS activities, parallel to their rituals
related to Ramadan.”
keeping a close
watch on the cyber space is one of the keys to prevent terrorist
outfits like the Islamic State (IS) from launching their propaganda
to influence youths, while the Police and security agencies are
working in close coordination to prevent such outfits from establishing
roots in the State, said the DGP, Assam, Mukesh Sahay. The DGP
said that though no footprint of the IS has been noticed in Assam
till date, “we have to learn our lesson from the recent incident
in Bangladesh and adequate precautionary measures will have to
a cadre of NDFB-IKS, identified as Bidyaram Brahma, from Udalguri
District. A 7.65mm pistol, a magazine and five live bullets were
recovered from him.
The NDFB-IKS condemned
the arrest of four persons, including a school principal and teacher,
from Chirang District for their alleged links with the outfit
on July 4. In a statement issued to the media, NDFB-IKS ‘general
secretary’ B.R. Ferengga said, "It is a baseless and false
allegation imposed upon Jitendra Narzary, the principal of Tukrajhar
Higher Secondary School and Pradip Narzary, a teacher of Bengtol
Middle Vernacular School."
The Assam Police
has been put on alert after the recent terror attacks in Bangladesh
and reports of five suspected terrorists crossing over from the
neighbouring country (Bangladesh) into India and heading for Assam,
Assam DG) Mukesh Sahay said. The reports said five suspected terrorists
from Bangladesh had crossed the India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya’s
Garo Hills region. “There were reports that residents of a remote
village in South Garo Hills District had spotted the five youth
coming from other side of the border. We are yet to confirm it
and are in touch with our counterparts in the Garo Hills,” Mukesh
Sahay said. The report assumes significance as Bangladesh-based
Islamic terror module, JMB, has been active in Assam, where several
alleged jihadi operatives working for the JMB have been arrested
in the past two years.
In view of the latest
threat perception, security agencies in Assam have been asked
to re-verify the criminal antecedents of the Bangladeshi nationals
detained in Assam in the recent past. This comes close on the
heels of the recent attacks masterminded in Bangladesh by the
JMB and threat inputs received by the Indian security agencies.
Well-placed sources said that the Assam Police, in coordination
with other security agencies, has detained nearly 100 suspected
Bangladeshis since April 1 this year (2016) and although the standard
operating procedure was already followed, the recent threat percept
and the string of violent activities reported across the world
by the radical groups has necessitated a re-check.
on the update of the NRC in Assam are confident of completing
the task within this year. Sources said the new BJP-led Government
at Dispur is extending full support and providing all possible
logistics to the NRC authorities to carry out its ongoing verification.
State chief secretary V.K. Pipersenia recently wrote to his counterparts
in other States to extend necessary help to the NRC authorities
to verify documents like birth certificates and university certificates
submitted by applicants who are currently staying outside Assam.
The NIA special
court in Guwahati awarded life sentence to a NDFB-IKS militant,
identified as Pradip Brahma alias Pwler for killing seven
people, including four women and two children in Balapara village
of Kokrajhar District on May 1, 2014. The 26-year-old accused,
Pradip Brahma was convicted by NIA special judge M.K. Bhattacharjee
under Sections 302, 307 and 368 of the IPC and Section 16 of the
UAPA. "He was sentenced to life imprisonment and Rs 5,000
as fine. In case of default in payment of fine, he will have to
undergo imprisonment for another three months," said Dilip
Kumar Das, special public prosecutor of NIA. Brahma, who hails
from Besorkona village under Bagribari police station of Kokrajhar,
is a commander of Monglajhora section of the Dhubri platoon of
the outfit's 14th battalion.
Elusive ULFA-I chief,
Paresh Baruah, sent a team of ULFA militants from Myanmar (Burma)
to carry out subversive activities in upper Assam Districts in
the run up to Independence Day (August 15), according to security
sources. Disclosing that ULFA militants are reported to have crossed
over the international border and entered Arunachal Pradesh on
their way to Assam, authoritative security sources said that the
State Police has already been alerted and asked to take necessary
steps to foil their attempts. Informing that failure of ULFA-I
militants in carrying out any subversive activities has demorlised
the ULFA-I leadership, security sources said that the outfit was
desperate to make their presence felt. Pointing out that the security
agencies are yet to establish the identity of ULFA-I militants,
security sources said that instructions have been given to ULFA
militants to target SFs and trigger bomb blasts in public places.
Assam Police intensified
its hunt to trace 11 "missing" cadres of the JMB, in
which three of them from the State. Top Police sources said all
the Districts have been alerted with details of the wanted cadres.
Three of the wanted cadres are residents of Assam while the other
eight are Bangladeshi citizens. They are reportedly part of the
JMB module set up in Assam and West Bengal by the Islamist outfit
after its cadres sneaked into India following a crackdown in the
ADGP - special branch,
Pallab Bhattacharyya said one Sahidul Islam of Barpeta has been
missing since the Burdwan blasts. The NIA is also on his look-out.
After clearing his matriculation examination, Sahidul had gone
for higher education to Burdwan. "Since the blasts, we have
no contact with him," his father Zaharuddin, a resident of
Roumari Pathar under Tarabari police station of Barpeta District,
said. Another key wanted person is Zahirul Islam. "Initially
we thought he was an Indian. But later we realized he was a Bangladeshi
national. He had put up in a rented place at Nali of Bhoktoduba
under Sarthebari police station. He had married an Indian girl,
but later abandoned her and has since been missing," a Police
The SC verdict saying
the Army should not use excessive force in its counter insurgency
operations has not gone down well with the Army veterans who feel
that it does not reflect their operational principles under which
they use minimum of force in operations against insurgents. The
former veterans were unanimous that any dilution of the AFSPA
would affect their operations in dealing with insurgents and consequently
the security of the country. Hoping that the Centre would seek
review of the judgment, Lieutenant General J.B.S. Yadav (retd)
said that the army seeks to use minimum force in insurgency operations.
“In our training or as a matter of principle we always use minimum
force and we scrupulously abide by the ten commandments of the
army chief,” Yadav said. The commandments include respecting human
rights, no torture resulting in death and no act resulting in
military disgrace. Lt. General Yadav, who retired in the year
2006 and had participated in anti-insurgency operations in Northeast,
Assam, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir said: “The operations are
done in good faith and not to kill anyone.”
of the North East India which have been seeking the creation of
separate states decided to intensify their movement after August
15 under the aegis of NFNS. NFNS is led by Raja Bundela, who has
been leading the movement for a separate Bundelkhand state, and
Shrihari Aney, leader of the Vidarbha movement. “If the Centre
doesn’t come up with a policy on the creation of new states, we
will launch a united movement across the country after August
15,” president of ABSU and NFNS joint secretary, Pramod Boro,
said. NFNS’s northeast chapter said the Centre should pave the
way for the creation of Bodoland, Kukiland, Karbi Autonomous State
and Tripuraland in the region.
Based on specific
information, a team of Indian Army and Baksa Police launched a
joint operation and arrested a cadre of NDFB-IKS, identified as
Milon Daimary alias D Mushagara from Tamulpur village in
Nalbari District. One 7.65mm pistol along with three live rounds
of 7.65mm and two magazines were recovered from the cadre. The
arrested cadre was trained in the 38th batch of NDFB-IKS and was
involved in extortion, arms smuggling and other nefarious and
anti national activities and was pivotal in NDFB-IKS activities
in the area.
Chirang Police arrested
a NDFB-IKS cadre, identified as Derasat Basumatary from Panbari
in Bijni subdivision of Chirang District. “One 7.65 mm pistol,
two magazines and nine rounds of live ammunition of 7.65 pistol
were recovered from his possession. Our interrogation is on,”
Chirang SP Sankar Brata Rai Medhi said.
concerns over terrorist activities around the globe and the recent
attacks at an up market cafe in Bangladesh, madrassa chiefs of
Karimganj District in Assam gave a clarion call for a collective
fight against terrorism. Superintendents of at least 25 senior
madrassas of Karimganj near Bangladesh, in a meeting held at Asimganj,
condemned the terror activities across the world. The madrassa
chiefs appealed to the people to come forward and fight against
such inhuman acts.
BTAD IGP L.R. Bishnoi said three overground workers
of NDFB-IKS, identified as Nimesius Iswary (28), Jaharlal Borgoyary
(45), and Birkholas Narzary alias Laoga (31) were arrested in
a series of operations, at different parts of Kokrajhar District,
in the past 48 hours.
"Based on specific inputs about the overground
workers trying to transfer funds to the NDFB (S) in Myanmar at
the behest of the outfit's self-styled finance secretary Dwimalu,
Kokrajhar police launched an operation in Kokrajhar and Gossaigaon
town areas. When the overground workers had come to deposit cash
that were collected through extortion and other illegal means,
the police arrested two linkmen - Nimesius Iswary and Jaharlal
Borgoyary - and seized Rs 91,000 from their possession along with
three mobiles and five SIM cards", Bishnoi said. Based on interrogation
of the two linkmen, Birkholas Narzary alias Laoga was arrested
as he was about to transfer the same money to the cadres in Myanmar
in the past week.
Security has been beefed up in lower Assam, including
the four Districts of BTAD, following reports that five religious
extremists from Bangladesh were planning a major strike. BTAD
IGP L.R. Bishnoi said vital installations like the NTPC at Salakati
and railway tracks are under close watch. High alert has been
issued in Kokrajhar town too.
Also, the DGP Mukesh Sahay confirmed an intelligence
report about intrusion of five suspected persons from Bangladesh,
but said reports of intrusion of jihadis into the State is yet
to be confirmed or corroborated. "The reports of 5-10 jihadis
entering Assam are unverified and uncorroborated as of now. We
are in constant touch with other security agencies and there is
no confirmation till now," he said, addressing a press conference.
Sahay said the State security machinery was "extremely alert"
in the wake of the recent attacks in Bangladesh. The Chief Minister
is also constantly reviewing the situation, he said.
Assam Police and Army in a joint operation detained
four suspected jihadis from Roumari Pathar in Barpeta District
on July 11 and subsequently arrested two of them for their alleged
links with JMB on July 12. Police officials in the District said
four persons were picked up from Roumari Pathar by an army team
based on intelligence inputs about their possible links with the
JMB. Two of them, Kasim Uddin and Akram Ali were subsequently
arrested. A Police officer said according to preliminary investigations,
Kasim, who runs a hardware shop at Daulasal in Nalbari District,
started a physical training institute in 2012. Some unknown persons
had visited him frequently, raising suspicion about his involvement
in unlawful activities. The arrest comes a day after DGP Mukesh
Sahay said a hunt was on for a few JMB members in the State.
Panic gripped the State after local TV channels
on July 11 telecast a video clip, allegedly posted by the Islamic
State (IS) after the spate of terror attacks in neighbouring Bangladesh,
which showed a Bengali-speaking militant issue a threat against
what many mistook as 'Assam'. State Police on July 12 scrutinized
the video and clarified that the word spoken by the militant was
'Al-Sham', not 'Assam'. The media cell of Assam Police said, "On
careful observation of the video, it (the word in question) appears
to be Al-Sham and not Assam. It refers to the area in the eastern
Mediterranean covering Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel." DGP
Mukesh Sahay said, "We have increased vigilance on the ground
and in cyberspace to the maximum level."
Sealing the international border with Bangladesh
is one of the keys to dealing with the possible growth of jihadi
elements in Assam, said Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. He
also said that the Police and SFs are keeping a close watch on
the situation and there is no reason for the people to be alarmed.
Sonowal also said that sealing of the international border is
on the top of the agenda of the GoI. The State Government is also
in close touch with the Centre in this regard, he added
A militant belonging to the NDFB-IKS, identified
as Ripak Narzary alias N Rwhw Rwhw was arrested by Police and
Army in a joint operation from Ghograpar area in Nalbari District.
One 7.65mm pistol along with six live rounds of 7.65mm was recovered
from the arrested militant. The militant was trained in the 39th
batch of NDFB-IKS in Myanmar and was involved in extortion, arms
smuggling and other nefarious and anti national activities.
At a time when reports of entry of Islamic terrorists
from Bangladesh into India are hitting the headlines almost every
day, a joint meeting of the DCs and SPs of Cachar, Assam and the
East Jayantia Hills Districts of Meghalaya was held at the office
of the Cachar DC. The meeting discussed vital issues between both
the Districts, including insurgent movement into India from Bangladesh
via Meghalaya, improvement of the road connecting Silchar and
Guwahati through Meghalaya and ways to lessen the number of road
accidents, law and order and other matters relevant for better
border management between the two States.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren
Rijiju asserted that the overall security scenario in the North
East has improved since 2014. He announced that the target of
his Ministry is to secure complete peace in the region so that
development is expedited here (North East). Rijiju revealed that
the entire international border that Assam shares with Bangladesh
will be sealed by 2017. All fencing work in the other States will
also be completed, he said divulging that funds for border management
have been enhanced by 44 per cent from this financial year. Rijiju
also said that his Ministry has adopted a two-pronged strategy
to deal with extremism and separatist forces. "Our stand is tough
and soft where required," he added.
An NDFB-IKS militant, who was a NIA under trial
prisoner, was killed and another escaped from Police custody when
they were on their way to Kokrajhar from Guwahati at Choibari
in the Kokrajhar District. Four NIA under trials were returning
to Kokrajhar jail from Guwahati when two of them sprayed analgesic
spray on the eyes of the escort party after they reached Choibari
tea garden around 5pm and tried to escape. One of the NDFB-IKS
militant, identified as Swmla Basumatary was shot by the escort
team while another one, Rajib Basumatary fled into the tea bushes
and its adjoining forest. The other two under trial prisoners,
Sanjoy Narzary and Lebao Basumatary who were handcuffed, could
not escape and were escorted back to Kokrajhar jail.
AIUDF leader, Dahit Chandra Brahma was attacked
by unidentified gunmen at Chandamari in Kamrup District when he
was on way to Dotma with his own vehicle. He was safe on the attacked,
but vehicle was saw bullet injury. Assailants attacked him by
AK 47 with ambush, said Dahit.
Four overground workers of NDFB-IKS, identified
as Simhiring Narzary (32), Michael Hasda (21), Sibu Hasda (23),
and Maiku Hasda (23) were arrested from the Pakriguri and Nijemguri
areas in Kokajhar District. Police said the overground workers
were actively involved in extortion and collection of money for
the banned outfit as well as delivery of rations. They were also
involved in providing information regarding the movement of SFs
to NDFB-IKS cadres Luthai Basumatary alias Dimasha and Sudem Borgoyari.
One rifle, one pistol and two live rounds were recovered from
Kokrajhar SP Syamal Prasad Saikia said the two
Policemen, including ASI Dilip Basumatary and unarmed battalion
constable Ukundwi Brahma, were arrested for negligence of duty
and helping the two under trials escape on July 13. Nalbari Police
had a tough time when an NDFB-IKS militant, identified as Mithinga
Narzary, tried to escape from the Police custody while he was
being taken to court. He was in captivity for over six months
for various antinational activities and was lodged in Nalbari
Jail. "Narzary tried to give the slip to the police escort team
when he reached the court campus. One head constable had to resort
to warning fires to stop him. Two rounds were fired," Nalbari
police sources said. Immediately, locals too jumped into action
as the militant hid himself in the crowd in the nearby area. After
a few minutes of suspense, locals succeeded in catching him and
handed him over to police again. A police official said additional
charges would be slapped on him as per law.
Two AANLA cadres, identified as Sanjay Sama (35)
and Mansuk Kheruar (38) surrendered at 142 Battalion, CRPF Jonaki
Nagar Head Quarters in Golaghat District with arms and ammunitions
recently. Sanjay was a third batch cadre of the outfit and underwent
training in Nagaland while Mansuk was second batch cadre of AANLA.
They deposited one hand grenade, a point-22 pistol and 12 rounds
of live ammunition.
Dhula Police arrested two members of an interstate
FICN racket, identified as Rasul Ali (52) and Wazed Ali (26) during
search operation in the house one Abu Taher of Galandi Habi village
under Daipam police outpost of the Darrang District. The Police
recovered FICNs amounting INR 5500 in the denomination of INR
1000 and INR 500, from their possession. The arrested persons
confessed before Police that they along with their accomplices
in Karnataka, Kerala, Malda in West Bengal etc used to spread
huge quantity of fake currency in Darrang and adjoining Udalguri
District. Further investigations are on to nab absconding house
owner Abu Taher and other identified members of the notorious
A NDFB-IKS militant, identified as Sudem Borgoyary
alias Gorom was killed in the SFs' first CI operation in Kokrajhar
District while the other cadres managed to escape. Two pistols,
two grenades, ammunitions, cash and an extortion note of NDFB,
a mobile phone, one solar panel, rice, dal and medicines were
recovered from the spot.
A group of militants raided a house and looted
valuables at Bhubandahar village under Lakhipur sub-division in
Cachar District. Sources said a group of 16 armed tribal militants
at 11pm came to the house of Jumma Khan, an affluent trader, with
a motive to abduct him. However, as Khan was not in the house
at that time, they started to beat up other members of the family,
including Khan's wife and mother. The militants looted cash, gold
ornaments and other valuables from the house at gun-point. They
left the place in the darkness of the night. The injured family
members were admitted to the local government hospital with the
help of Police and villagers.
After hearing about the incident, Police from
Lakhipur rushed to the place and launched an operation along Assam's
border with Manipur and Mizoram. However, the whereabouts of the
militants remains unknown. Many Hmar and Bru (Reang) militants
live in this part of Cachar District.
The threat from the Islamic State (IS) and other
jihadi elements towards Assam and other parts of the northeastern
region cannot be overlooked and the Government should take adequate
precautionary measures before the situation goes out of control,
said security analyst Lieutenant General (Retired) DB Shekhatkar.
Shekhatkar said, "We will be fooling ourselves if we say that
the threat is not real." He pointed out that there is a new term
called 'home grown terrorism', which is now frequently used in
Bangladesh that is facing a serious terrorist threat.
He said that the outfits like the IS do not have
to send fighters all the way from Iraq and Syria to create disturbance
in places like Assam. Such outfits only need to radicalize local
youths with their ideology to create trouble as they have done
in Bangladesh, he pointed out. He also said that Assam having
a sizeable immigrant population, the threat is very much real
and the government would have to take adequate measures to thwart
any such threat.
SFs killed two top cadres of NDFB-IKS during a
series of CI operations in Kokrajhar District. The encounters
took place at Khalasi and Saralpara of Ultapani near Indo-Bhutan
border area in the wee hours in which two NDFB-IKS militants,
identified as Ritu Basumatary alias B. Rugungsha and Rahul Basumatary
alias B. Rakhao were killed. Ritu is stated to be from the 41st
batch while Rahul is from the 42nd batch of the outfit. Two 7.65
mm pistols, five 7.65 mm live rounds, two 36 hand grenades, one
AK-47 magazine, dry ration, rice, spices, cash, medicines, two
letter pads of NDFB-IKS, toiletries and other incriminating materials
were recovered from the area, SP Shyamal Prasad Saikia said.
Police and Army launched the operation after getting
information of entry of some NDFB-IKS cadres into Kokrajhar from
Myanmar side, ADGP of BTAD, L R Bishnoi said. He said that SFs
received an input that the militants were moving with ration and
medicines in Khalasi jungle area under Serfanguri Police Station.
The materials were meant to delivered to Bidai's camp in Bhutan.
The report adds that in a desperate attempt to tide over its financial
crisis and demonstrate its existence, a batch of the banned NDFB-IKS
militants has entered the State from its hideouts in Myanmar recently
to carry out extortion activities and terror strikes in the region,
said a source. Security has been beefed up and counter-insurgency
operations intensified in Kokrajhar District.
Police arrested six persons, identified
as Md Nijam Ali (28), Md Taibor Rahman (29), Hanif Ali (25), Md
Najrul Sk (36), Md Zakir Hussain (28) and Saja Ali (25), for allegedly
trying to kidnap an Adivasi (tribal) girl from Deosri area
under Runikhata Police Station in Chirang District.
Former Governor Lieutenant General
(Retired) SK Sinha called upon Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal
to take immediate effective steps to seal the international border
with Bangladesh to prevent fresh infiltration of foreign nationals.
Lt Gen Sinha said that he has already written to the Chief Minister
with his suggestions to deal with the problem of infiltration
of foreigners. However, he said that he is yet to get a reply
Two cadres of the NDFB-IKS, identified
as Mahindra Champramary alias Rankhw (22) and Bamansing Mushahary
alias Gendra (60) were arrested by the joint team of Police
and SSB in Chirang District. One 36 hand grenade was also recovered
Assam Police arrested two persons,
identified as Nur Islam Mandal and Jaher Ali, in connection with
a jihadi module in the state in Chirang District. Chirang
Police claimed that the duo had participated in religious indoctrination,
physical and arms training at Daukanagar in the District. Police
had last year (2015) busted the Daukanagar training camp of an active
Jihadi module and recovered arms and ammunition. "Nur
Islam was personally recruited by Bura Bhai alias Aashiq,
the key person for setting up the training camp for jihadis,"
said a Policeman. Bura Bhai is accused of having close links with
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal
told the State Assembly that the State Government had accorded top
priority to the NRC updating process and that the exercise would
be taken to its logical conclusion in a foolproof manner. Earlier,
replying to a question by legislator Pobindra Deka, who wanted to
know whether a timeframe had been set for completion of the NRC,
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said that
the NRC would be completed ‘as soon as possible’ and that it was
difficult to set a deadline because the exercise was a vast and
sensitive one that also involved technicalities.
Even as the issue of large-scale
presence of illegal Bangladeshi migrants in Assam continues to dominate
the State’s politics, the six detention camps in six Districts have
in total a meagre 527 legally-detected illegal migrants as on June
30, 2016. A total of 902 declared foreigners and 27,252 convicted
foreigners have been ‘sent back’ to Bangladesh, Parliamentary Affairs
Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary stated in the Assembly.
In another written reply to legislator
Ramendra Narayan Kalita, however, the number of deported illegal
Bangladeshis (during the period from April 2001 to 2016) has been
stated as 265, while the number of detected illegal Bangladeshis
is 27,002. The detention camps are in the Districts of Goalpara,
Kokrajhar, Silchar, Dibrugarh, Tezpur and Jorhat. Stating this in
the Assembly, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister said that there
were no Indian citizens in any detection camp and that the camps
had the required basic facilities. In the last five years, two detention
camp inmates have died – one at the GMCH and the other on the day
he was shifted to camp.
The Bangladesh cabinet made extradition
easy with India as it accepted the proposal by which no evidence
of crime is required between the two neighbouring countries for
extraditing convicted or under-trial suspects. Unlike earlier, the
new proposal allows extradition of the convicted and under-trial
criminals merely if a court in any of the two countries issues an
arrest warrant against them, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul
Alam told reporters following a cabinet meeting presided over by
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
According to clause 10/3 of the
Extradition treaty with India, evidence alongside the warrant of
arrest was needed to extradite such persons, report said. The proposal
was moved after the Indian Government requested Bangladesh to make
the extradition process easier. India wanted a "complex"
section of the treaty "simplified", said Alam. The provision
was brought in by amending a section of the existing Extradition
treaty, which was enforced from October 23, 2013, between the two
Mariani Police arrested two persons,
identified as Along Tushiba and Warmo (both from Mokokchung District
of Nagaland) along with arms including two German-made pistols and
six rounds of ammunition from Sivasagar District.
An Assistant Teacher in Chanbecha
Binapani Primary School under Demow Block Primary Education Office
in Sibsagar District, identified as Umesh Rajbonshi received a letter
in which unidentified assailants had allegedly demanded INR1 lakh
An arms smuggler, identified as
Babul Lahon was arrested along with recovered a 7.35 mm pistol with
ammunition by the Police from an interior place under Garmur Police
Station in Jorhat District. According to Police, with numerous cases
of murder, extortion, honey trapping, arms smuggling, contract killing
and possessing illegal arms, the wanted criminal was absconding
since March this year (2016) after shooting and injuring 26-year
Pinku Gogoi in the Chenijaan area of Jorhat on March 13.
An ULFA-I cadre, identified as Babul
Dihingia alias Engineer, was arrested in a joint operation
by SFs from Chepatoli gaon in Dibrugarh District. Police said they
recovered two hand grenades from him and that he had sneaked into
Assam to carry out subversive activities in the run-up to Independence
Day. Dihingia is an associate of ULFA ‘publicity secretary’ Arunodoy
However, ULFA-I, in a press release,
denied that Dihingia is a member. The outfit said Dihingia is Tinsukia
SP Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta's man and it is only to show the outfit
in poor light that Mahanta is trying to portray him as an ULFA cadre.
Earlier, there were reports that Dihingia is a hardcore ULFA cadre
who was trying to trigger a blast in Tinsukia.
A suspected MULTA cadre, identified
as Karim Ali (16), was arrested by the SFs from the Beltoli area
in Dhubri District. A country-made revolver was recovered from his
possession. Ali allegedly confessed that one Rofiqul Haque of Sonamukhi
gave him the revolver and told him to sell it for INR 30,000. In
return, Haque offered to pay him INR 5,000, an Army source said.
Ali was handed over to Bilasipara Police for interrogation. The
District administration clamped Section 144 CrPC in Dhubri district
fearing a breach of peace.
PDMB urged the Union Home Minister
to take the initiative to expedite the peace talks with ceasefire
groups of the NDFB and re-initiate tripartite talks with other Bodoland
movement organisations for an amicable solution to the Bodoland
issue. “We hope that once the political dialogue starts in a meaningful
way, the NDFB (S) which has recently become a member of the UNLFW
will also join the peace process,” said the PDMB, insisting that
Chapter X of the Assam Land and Revenue Regulation Act, 1886, be
enforced in true spirit with inclusion of this Act in the Ninth
Schedule to clear the tribal belts and blocks from encroachment.
Based on specific inputs on the
movement of few arms dealers in and around Makum and Digboi in Tinsukia
District, Tinsukia Police arrested three persons, identified as
Rahul Bora (25), Pantik Sonowal (24) and Kalyan Konwar (22) from
different hideouts and recovered a .32 pistol from their possession
Security agencies are on the alert
to foil any attempt by jihadi outfits or other terrorist
groups to create any untoward incidents in Assam and 52 cadres of
the JMB have been arrested during the recent months from various
locations in the State, stated Parliamentary Affairs Minister CM
Patowary in the Legislative Assembly. Replying to a question, the
Minister said that there is no specific input about entry of a group
of Bangladeshi jihadis into Assam via the international frontier
in Meghalaya but he added that the Unified Command structure in
the State is prepared to deal with any situation. “The Unified Command
structure is fully prepared to deal with any situation. As the India-Bangladesh
border is not sealed, we have intensified long-range patrolling
along the frontier,” he said, adding that the Chief Minister is
personally monitoring the situation.
India is likely to take up the issue
of growing jihadi activities in Bangladesh, when the Home
Ministers of the two neighbouring countries will meet here on July
28. A delegation, led by Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan,
will be on a three-day visit to India from July 27, official sources
said. The Indian delegation, which will participate in the talks,
will comprise NSA, Union Home Secretary, Director General of BSF
and Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau.
Fighting with their backs to the
wall with depleting cadre strength due to relentless NIA action,
Bodo militants threatened to target the agency's officers and their
families. In a direction issued to its cadres, the leaders of NDFB-IKS
have asked them to track NIA officers even in the national capital
(New Delhi) and strike at the right opportunity, sources said. Following
the threat, security has been tightened at NIA's Guwahati office
while the agency has asked it officers to be extra vigilant while
on the move. NIA's Guwahati office is the hub of its investigations
against outfits like NDFB-IKS, NSCN-K, ULFA and the arrested cadres
are brought there for questioning. Officials said that the NDFB-IKS's
threat is a result of its frustration lately after 86 of its cadres
were arrested in the last 2-3 years from Assam, 63 of whom have
been charge-sheeted. A senior commander of the militant outfit,
Pradip Brahma alias Pwler, was recently sentenced to life
imprisonment by a Guwahati court.
ASP of South Kamrup Dr Sadique Ali
Ahmed said that a major area domination combing operation has been
going on along the Assam-Meghalaya border in South Kamrup District
to foil any attempts by militants to create disturbance ahead of
the Independence Day on August 15. The ASP said that the Police
force of South Kamrup District has been conducting raids and picking
up suspected persons as preventive measures.
The ANCC, a conglomeration of different
Adivasi (tribal) organizations including militant outfits
who are in ceasefire mode, staged a three-hour NH blockade at 31
(C) at Karigaon and Srirampur in Kokrajhar District on July 22 from
9 am to 12 noon demanding ST status and solution of problems of
the militant groups who are under ceasefire with the Government.
Some hundreds of activists of the Adivasi community from
different parts of the region thronged the NH shouting slogans in
support of their demands that included ST status and tripartite
talks with the militant groups of the Adivasi like BCF, AANLA, STF,
APA, ACMA and NSLA who are currently under ceasefire with the Centre
for a long time.
Tamulpur Police arrested an NDFB-IKS
linkman from Patkijuli village under Darrangamela Police out-posts
in Baksa District. The arrestee has been identified as Luis Mushahary
(39) and Police recovered 7 hand grenades from his possession. SDPO
Ahmed said that Luis collated the grenades to supply to the NDFB-IKS.
Troops of Guwahati Frontier of BSF
in a joint operation with Bogribari Police arrested one arms supplier,
identified as Gaji Rahman (20) along with one 7.65 mm pistol, 10
rounds of ammunition, two magazines, one bike and a mobile phone
with two SIM cards from Angarkati village in Kokrajhar District.
Based on specific intelligence inputs
about an IED planted at Namrup in Dibrugarh District, a Police team
launched an operation and arrested suspected ULFA-I linkman, identified
as Lakhyajit Gogoi from Kamarchuk village in Dibrugarh District
on July 23 night. Based on Lakhyajit's revelations, the Police recovered
an IED, weighing about 3kg, around 10.15pm in the same day. "During
questioning, Lakhyajit revealed that the IED was given to him by
ULFA-I cadre Pradip Asom alias Akon, to plant it at a crowded
market at Naharkatia town. He said two other bombs are also ready
for detonation at Moranhat and Sonari," an officer in the state
Police headquarters in Guwahati said.
Based on Lakhyajit's lead, Dibrugarh
Police alerted their counterparts in Tinsukia and Sivasagar Districts
and subsequently three other suspected linkmen of ULFA-I, identified
as Sankar Gohain, Nirab Saikia and Haren Rajkonwar were arrested
on July 24. The Police source said an operation was under way to
arrest Pradip Asom and a few more ULFA-I linkmen who were out to
trigger blasts ahead of Independence Day.
Tinsukia Police arrested one Anupam
Chutia alias Suchan Asom for his alleged involvement in planting
the IED near the platform of Tinsukia station. The Police said Anupam
was an ULFA-I cadre and sent by Arunodoy to plant the bomb. He joined
ULFA-I earlier this year (2016), the police said.
Intelligence inputs suggest that
ULFA-I along with NSCN-K and NDFB-IKS, all members of the newly
floated UNLFW, have been planning to strike in upper Assam Districts,
which borders Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh on the eastern part
of the State and provides the access to the bases of these outfits
in neighbouring Myanmar.
Two cadres of the NDFB-IKS, identified as Jwngsar
Basumatary alias Laudum and Phungkha Narzary, were killed in an
encounter with SFs in Jharbari area under Serfanguri Police Station
in Kokrajhar District. According to Kokrajhar ASP Sreejit T, based
on specific inputs about the movement of NDFB-IKS cadres in Jharbari,
a joint operation was launched on Sunday (July 24) evening by Kokrajhar
Police, 3rd Rajput Regiment of the Army and 210 CoBRA in the North
of Jharbari area, where two cadres of the outfit were neutralized.
The NDFB-IKS cadres opened fire on the operational party first and
the party retaliated, killing two cadres. He also said that two
7.65mm pistols, five rounds ammunitions of 7.65mm pistols, four
fired cases of 7.65mm pistols, seven 7.62 mm AK-47 fired cases,
two Chinese grenades and a backpack were recovered from their possession.
The Commanding officer of the 3rd Rajput Regiment,
Col IP Singh termed the killing as a major setback to the militant
outfit which was trying to carry out subversive activities in the
run-up to the Independence Day celebrations. The senior officer
said since January this year (2016), a total of 123 persons including
53 cadres of various militants group, 68 linkmen including four
females and 13 sympathizers have been arrested. The arrested include
11 NDFB-IKS cadres, 13 NSLA cadres, 14 KLO cadres, 3 ADF cadres,
one STF cadre, 3 MTFA cadres, 1 NLFA cadre, 1 ULFA cadre, 2 RVA
cadres and 4 jihadis (Islamic Terrorists). As many as 10 rebels
including 7 NDFB-IKS cadres, one each of NSLA and KLO were killed
in encounters this year. Singh also said 13 sympathizers of NDFB-IKS
have been apprehended so far.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju
said Assam and the northeast were vulnerable to terror attacks by
jihadi militants because of their strategic locations and proximity
to international borders. He said the region was put on high alert
and adequate security arrangements were made as preventive measures.
"Assam and the entire northeast are sensitive places. The region
shares a major portion of the international border and so its vulnerability
is high. It is also prone to jihadi activities. Steps have been
taken and arrangements made to ensure the region's safety," said
Indian Army and Police in a joint operation arrested
'C-in-C' of UPLA, identified as Nikunja Kathar along with two cadres
from Bardalong area near Kheroni in Karbi Anglong District. Kathar
is a hardcore terrorist and has been involved in numerous acts of
killing, extortion and kidnappings including the brutal killing
of Nityananda Goswami, SP, West Karbi Anglong in June, 2014. He
is an ex-UPDS cadre who was instrumental in raising, training and
illegally equipping the rebel outfit UPLA.
Assam Police has a total of 72,118 sanctioned posts,
of which 11,782 are lying vacant, said Parliamentary Affairs Minister
Chandra Mohan Patowary in the Assembly. Of the vacant posts, 4,076
are under the process of being filled up. The vacancies include
20 posts of IPS officers and 114 APS officers. The State has 346
Police stations and 221 Police outposts, and these Police stations
and outposts have a total of 62, 041 cases that are yet to be disposed
off. The State currently has 107 IPS officers and 456 APS officers.
There are pending cases against 17 IPS and APS officers.
The Minister, also said that the State Government
had embarked on a Police modernization drive involving construction
of buildings, purchase of vehicles and firearms, expanding dial-100
service, setting up CID cyber labs and other latest technologies
such as CCTNS, etc., besides ensuring better police-public relations
and gender sensitization.
Updating the NRC is the number one priority for
the Government of Assam and an amount of INR 24,932 lakh is proposed
to be released from the State Budget for the purpose. In his Budget
speech, Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that to have a
fresh insight into the proper implementation the Assam Accord, the
department will be revamped and made more robust. The Government
will give priority to support and strengthen the functioning system
of the Foreigners' Tribunals.
The UMHA alerted all the eight North Eastern states
to maintain a maximum vigil to deal with any threat of jihadi activities
in the region, a top official said. "The UMHA has requested all
the eight North Eastern states to remain maximum alert to tackle
any threat of jihadi actions in North East India, especially in
Assam," the top official of Tripura Government's home department
said quoting an advisory of the UMHA. The official also said that
the UMHA also alerted the all central and state intelligence agencies
to keep a close watch on the situation especially along the international
Police arrested two persons, identified as Papu
Bora and Mrinal Neog along with a .756 pistol and cartridges from
near Mariani police station in Jorhat District.
A 26-year-old youth from Silchar in Cachar District,
identified as Afaz Uddin Laskar filed a case before the chief judicial
magistrate, accusing a person of trying to send him to join the
Islamic State (IS) in Syria. Afaz Uddin Laskar, a resident of Berenga,
in his complaint mentioned that Maqbul Hussain Choudhury, imam of
a mosque in Silchar, sent him to Saudi Arabia with the promise of
a driver's job. When he reached Saudi Arabia he was taken to another
person named Ibadur, who happens to be a resident of Karimganj District
and has been living there for the past many years.
Army and Assam Police, in a joint operation, recovered
an explosive from a remote village along the Assam-Meghalaya border,
Nagaldonga, around 18 kms from Boko town in South Kamrup District.
According to source, on the occasion of martyrs' day of ULFA, a
group of militants planned to carry out an attack in Boko or Chaygaon
town. However, Indian Army and Assam Police took immediate action
and recovered the explosive.
The Centre Government ruled out the possibility
of holding any dialogue with the Paresh Baruah led ULFA-I and NDFB-IKS.
In a Rajya Sabha Question Hour discussion, Minister of State
for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said that with regard to the ULFA
faction led by Paresh Baruah, there is no formal offer or anything
because it is still engaged in anti-national activities. So there
is no proposal of talks with this ULFA faction. "The gruesome killing
of innocent people by the NDFB (Songbijit) on December 23, 2014,
in Assam had led to an operation which was carried out jointly by
the State and Central forces. We also got support of the Government
of Bhutan. Therefore, there is no question of talks with the NDFB
(Songbijit) because it has carried out mass killing of innocent
people," Rijiju said. "We have already stated our position very
clearly that the Government is not averse to talking to the militants,
but the only condition is that they must abjure violence. Once they
give up arms, they will be welcomed back to the mainstream," Rijiju
Rijiju said the Government, however, is in "a very
cooperative mood" to allow groups which want to shun violence. He
said that sometimes a group participates in the talks process but
at the same time some of its members, through splinter groups, continue
to indulge in undesirable activities. He said the Centre and the
Assam Government have entered into suspension of operations agreements
with certain insurgent groups of Assam, which include ULFA-PTF,
NDFB-P, NDFB-RD and KLNLF. In addition, the Assam Government has
entered into suspension of operations agreements with ACMA, BCF,
KRA, UKDA, AANLA, STF, APA, KLO/KLA and HPC-D.
To a question related to Meghalaya, Rijiju said
that AFSPA has been imposed on its border with Assam for upto 20
kilometres but added that the law has not been imposed in the Garo
The Centre Government admitted that illegal immigrants
are able to enter Assam despite several checks and control measures
taken along the international border. Since entry is clandestine
and surreptitious, the number of illegal migrants cannot be ascertained,
said Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in a Rajya
Sabha reply to a question by Dr Sanjay Sinh.
Even though there is no major terror threat along
the India-Bangladesh border, border forces of both countries are
maintaining a strict vigil, BSF and BGB officials said in Agartala.
"There is no major problem along the India-Bangladesh borders. Trans-border
crimes along these borders have reduced drastically. However, we
are tightening the security along the India-Bangladesh borders,"
Additional Director General of BGB, Brigadier General Mohammad Habibul
Karim said after a four-day BSF-BGB border coordination conference.
"For better guarding of the borders, the Border Guards Bangladesh
is setting up 35 new border outposts. We have a plan to set up 50
more such posts along the frontiers with Northeastern states of
India to check trans-border movement of inimical elements. The new
posts are being set up at those places that have remained unguarded
for 40 years," he added.
India and Bangladesh signed an agreement amending
Article 10(3) of the Bilateral Extradition Treaty between the two
countries. The pact was signed in the presence of UHM Rajnath Singh
and his Bangladeshi counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.
The two sides also agreed on the necessity of signing
a Repatriation Treaty to simplify and expedite the procedure of
repatriation of each other's nationals. Both sides also agreed to
undertake urgent action for the repatriation of released prisoners
and victims of human trafficking. They further agreed on the need
to immediately operationalise the Agreement on Combating Terrorism
and Organised Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking and expressed satisfaction
over the signing of an addendum to the Bilateral Extradition Treaty
of 2013 to further streamline the Treaty and to make it more effective.
Further, India and Bangladesh emphasized the need
for speedy operationalisation of the bilateral MoUs - MoU between
Indian Coast Guard and Bangladesh Coast Guard for the Establishment
of Collaborative Relationship to Combat Transnational Illegal Activities
at Sea and Develop Regional Cooperation.
Both sides emphasised the importance of effective
implementation of the Coordinated Border Management Plan to enhance
cooperation between the border guarding forces of the two countries
and to enable them to better monitor the identified vulnerable areas
with a view to preventing criminal activities, irregular movement
and acts of violence and loss of lives along the border areas.
ULFA-PTF 'general secretary' Anup Chetia admitted
that it was a mistake on its part to have killed social worker Sanjoy
Ghosh in 1997 and killing of innocent people. Interacting with reporters
at Guwahati Press Club in Guwahati, Chetia said that the killing
of rural development activist Ghosh were "mistakes on the part of
the ULFA". Ghosh of NGO AVARD-NE, along with a colleague of his,
were abducted by ULFA on July 4, 1997 from the river island of Majuli
where they were working for community health and development. His
colleague managed to escape but Ghosh was killed. Chetia said that
ULFA is also somehow responsible for the killing of journalist Parag
Taking on the JMB and Islamic State (ISIS) threat
to Assam, Chetia said, "When I was in Bangladesh jail, I met some
top JMB leaders there who had told me that they want to set up base
in Assam. They even told that some JMB operatives were taking shelter
ULFA-I and the NDFB-IKS are desperate to carry out
strikes in Assam ahead of Independence Day. A Police source said
both the outfits have not been able to carry out any major attack
in the past several months, as a result of which they are now desperate
to strike in a big way to prove their existence. Based on specific
inputs that NDFB-IKS cadres were planning subversive activities
at Laimoti in Chirang District ahead of Independence Day, an operation
was launched by SFs, led by ASP (headquarters), Chirang, Tabu Ram
Pegu, on the intervening night of July 28 and 29. NDFB-IKS cadre
Pradip Narzary alias Thaigir Bedla (30), was arrested in that operation.
During interrogation, Narzary confessed that he had concealed an
INSAS rifle, which was looted from Territorial Army personnel in
Kokrajhar District in 2014. "Based on his confession, the INSAS
rifle, three magazines and 60 rounds of live ammunition were dug
out from a pit shown by him. His interrogation is going on and the
operation is continuing," the source said.
Three NSLA militants were arrested by SFs from Kachuabil
in Kokrajhar District.
Satyendra Narayan Singh, ADGP, Assam, who has been
camping in Tinsukia since the last few days, assured full security
in Tinsukia District. At a press conference held at the Police Guest
House, the ADGP claimed that the alert SFs foiled the attempts of
a group of ULFA-I militants, who had sneaked into the State, especially
upper Assam, to trigger blasts at public places to mark its ‘Swahid
Divas’ on July 27. The ULFA-I may again try to carry out subversive
activities in the run-up to the Independence Day on August 15, but
the security forces are on high alert to foil their designs. There
is no cause for panic on the part of the public, the ADGP added.
Police stations and outposts along the Assam-Arunachal
Pradesh border under Margherita subdivision of Tinsukia District
have been put on high alert following intelligence reports on the
movement of NSCN-K militants along the border in the past few days.
The Myanmar Government has established contacts
with its Indian counterpart expressing its desire to visit the foreigners
detention camps in Assam where a number of Myanmarese nationals,
caught for illegally crossing the border, are languishing. The team
is expected to prepare a detailed investigation report concerning
Myanmarese detained in Assam and subsequently take up the issue
with the Indian government to facilitate their release. A letter
in this connection is expected to reach the State Government through
the MEA within a week’s time. At present, 29 Myanmarese nationals
are lodged in detention camps in Goalpara, Kokrajhar, Silchar, Jorhat
SFs arrested a militant belonging to the NDFB-IKS,
identified as Phukan Borgoyari (22) from Bansbari in Kokrajhar District.
A 7.65mm pistol, two rounds of live ammunition and a mobile handset
were found with him.
NDFB-P appealed to tribal MPs to support and raise
the issue of a separate Bodoland in Parliament. In a statement,
S. Sanjarang, the outfit's information and publicity secretary,
said the outfit has had 14 rounds of dialogue with the Centre on
sovereignty. "Owing to lack of political will on the part of
the Centre, the dialogue has not been productive," he said,
adding that the ABSU has resumed its movement together with the
NDFB-P. "Till now, five rounds of talks have been held with
ABSU and its allied organisations but with no progress. The last
one was held on the June 9, 2015," Sanjarang said.
He said the Bodo people have a distinct history
because they were an independent nation and have a distinct identity
with unique language and culture. "Not only that, their population
is the biggest among the indigenous people of the region,"
he said. "Despite all these, the Bodo people have been repeatedly
denied and deprived of their legitimate right to a state. This is
a gross historical injustice." "Instead of granting statehood,
the Centre attempted to console the Bodos by granting Bodoland Autonomous
Council and later Bodoland Territorial Areas District (in 1993 and
2003), which practically are paralysed and impotent administrative
set-ups, incapable of addressing the very fundamental questions
of the Bodos and other indigenous people," Sanjarang said.
The NDFB-P appealed to the MPs belonging to the indigenous community
to raise the issue in Parliament so that the long-standing problem
can be resolved to usher in permanent peace in the region.
The NDFB-IKS leader Kormeswar Basumithri (28) who
was arrested by the Palakkad Police from a Kanjikode factory in
Palakkad District of Kerala on July 28, will be taken to Assam.
After the arrest he lodged in the Sub-jail in Palakkad. ASP of
Udalguri, Bedanta Prakash Barkakati, who is camping in Palakkad,
said that there was a delay in getting clearance from the Director
of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security as it was a weekend in
between. Now that it has been cleared, Kormeswar will be taken to
Assam. Kormeswar who was a member of the banned organisation, NDFB-IKS,
was arrested from a factory in Kanjikode were he had been working
for the last two months. It was the Assam police that had provided
intelligence inputs to the Palakkad Police which led to the arrest.
The NDFB-IKS ‘platoon commander’, Kormeswar Basumithri
(28) who was arrested by the Palakkad Police from a Kanjikode factory
in Palakkad District of Kerala on July 28, was brought to Assam.
Udalguri Police officially recorded his arrest on August 1.
SFs arrested four NDFB-IKS militants, identified
as Monelal Brahma alias Naga (35), Amit Khaklari alias
Takla alias Lantha (28), Sumbu Basumatary (24), and Rajib
Narzary alias Goldum (27) from the Audang Bazaar area in
Kokrajhar District in the wee hours. A 7.62mm pistol, a 7.65mm pistol,
an AK-type gun, a .325 revolver, two live 7.62 pistol rounds, three
.325 rounds, two 7.65mm rounds, two No. 36 hand grenades, three
mobile handsets, one extortion note and INR 500 were recovered from
the quartet. "They are locally-trained cadres and actively
involved in extortion and in delivering rations to members of the
outfit (at the Bidai camp)," BTAD IGP L.R. Bishnoi said, adding
that their arrest will hit the Bidai camp hard.
Based on a specific input, Police and the Army arrested
a NDFB-IKS cadre, identified as Sanjib Narzary alias Sanjit
(39) from the Sijouguri area under Amguri Police Station in Chirang
District. One 7.65mm pistol and four rounds of ammunition were recovered
from him. A senior Police officer in Chirang said Narzary was involved
in the two gunfights between SFs and the rebel group on August 2014
in Laimoti and December 2014 in Selekhaguri (both places are in
Chirang District). "He had received a bullet injury in the
exchange of fire in August 2014. After the launch of ‘Operation
All Out’, he ran away to Bangalore in 2015 and returned only recently
to strengthen the banned organisation," the officer said.
A Myanmar-trained NDFB-IKS militant, identified
as Mriga Daimari alias D. Mwnthai was arrested during a joint
operation by the Army and Police in Dimakuchi area of Udalguri District.
A 7.65mm factory made pistol, one magazine, five live rounds of
ammunition and a grenade were recovered from his possession.
North Lakhimpur District administration is on alert
as Independence Day draws to a close. The Police officials are checking
vehicles and two wheelers on a regular basis.
Assam Police recovered a powerful IED weighing around
1.5 kg from Torani Reserve forest adjacent to Goyal Tea factory
located along the Pengaree Bordumsa road in Tinsukia District. The
SP of Tinsukia, Mugdhajyoti Mahanta said that the IED must have
been kept in the jungle by unidentified assailants to terrorize
people on the eve of Independence Day. Mahanta urged the people
to remain vigilant and cooperate with the local Police. Meanwhile,
security has tightened and combing operation has been intensified
in the entire belt.
A self-styled ‘area commander’ of UPLA, Angjok Teron
was arrested in a joint operation conducted by the Army and Hamren
Police inside general area of Bhoksong under Baithalangso Police
Station in Karbi Anglong District. One 7. 65 mm country-made pistol
along with 3 live rounds of ammunition and a large number of documents
belonging to UPLA were recovered from him.
Fourteen civilians have been killed after suspected
NDFB-IKS militants opened fire at a weekly market at Balajan Tiniali
in Kokrajhar District. SFs in the area have killed one of the militants.
Fifteen civilians have also been reported injured in the incident.
An AK-47 has been recovered from the militant who was killed after
an intense gun battle that lasted about 20 minutes. Additional forces
have been rushed to the spot, even as other terrorists are being
pursued by SFs. Apart from opening fire on the market, the militants
also lobbed a grenade that ravaged three shops. Assam DGP Mukesh
Sahay has said the attack was carried out by the National Democratic
Front of Bodoland (Songbijit), or NDFB (S). Defence PRO Lieutenant
Colonel S Newton said, "We suspect there were at least three
militants and one of them have been killed. Army is searching the
area for the other militants."
Ledo Police and Army in a Joint operation arrested
a NSCN-K militant from Ledo area of Margherita Sub Division in Tinsukia
District. The arrested NSCN-K militant has been identified as Nange
Gunje alias Johny who belongs to Finbiro of Changlang District
of Arunachal Pradesh. A pistol and live ammunitions were recovered
from his possession.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, in a statement
in Guwahati said, that the State Police has laid its hands on some
vital information which prove direct involvement of NDFB-IKS in
Friday’s (August 5) Kokrajhar violence that claimed the lives of
14 civilians. The CM said the involvement of other groups with NDFB-IKS
would also come to light soon.
UHM Rajnath Singh in a meeting with senior officers
of the UMHA gave strict instructions to the forces operating on
the ground to intensify operations against the militants. UHM Singh
reiterated the Centre’s stand on the issue and asserted that there
would be no talk with the NDFB-IKS, which is involved in killing
of innocent persons. Singh also expressed his displeasure over the
fact that despite launching a full-scale operation against the outfit
in December 2014, the outfit still has the capacity to come out
to an open market area in broad daylight to kill innocent people.
Police arrested an All Assam Revolutionary Army
(AARA) ‘commander’, identified as Bipul Bora alias Tutu Baruah
(36) from Biswanath Chariali town in Biswanath District. Two live
ammunitions, one leaflet of the AARA (a newly-formed militant group)
and one mobile phone were recovered from his possession. The militant
was arrested when he was about to open fire from his weapon at people,
according to District SP Ankur Jain. Bipul is prime suspect in the
Narayanpur blast near higher secondary school on May 5, 2016 and
was wanted by Police in Lakhimpur District and also suspected to
be involved in many extortion cases, Jain added.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited
the militant attack site at Balajan Tiniali Market in Kokrajhar
District and said strong action would be taken against the banned
NDFB-IKS outfit and "none would be spared" for the killing
of 14 people. Sonowal said, "No matter how strong the militant
group is, our government will take strong action against it. All
those connected with the killing will be hunted out and brought
to book". "Whatever evidence has been collected so far
show that NDFB (Songbijit) is behind the killings. All the security
forces are coordinating the search operations and none will be spared,"
he said. "It is the prime duty of the government to protect
the people and their property. All will be given protection, I assure,"
the Chief Minister added.
The strategic group of the state's unified command
structure ordered Counter-Insurgency (CI) forces to go all out in
eliminating the NDFB-IKS, the group linked with Friday's (August
5) shootout at the market in Kokrajhar District. The strategic group
comprises the Army, State Police and state Paramilitary Forces.
It met at Kokrajhar and was chaired by Chief Minister Sarbananda
DGP Mukesh Sahay said that the slain NDFB-IKS militant,
whose body was recovered, would be identified by DNA test as his
parents were unable to recognize his body as they had not seen him
for the past 8-9 years. Earlier on August 6, Assam Health Minister
Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the slain militant has been identified
as Manjoy Islari alias Maodang, a commander of the outfit.
The Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner Madhu Prasad Sarma
said that the killers were believed to have come from Pakriguri
on the Indian side, about 10 km from Bhutan border.
A delegation of the ULFA-PT led by its ‘chairman’
Arabinda Rajkhowa visited Kokrajhar and urged the Government to
ensure the safety and security to the lives and properties of the
people of Assam.
An NDFB-IKS militant suspected
to be closely associated with those involved in the attack in
Kokrajhar on August 5 that claimed 14 lives was arrested from
Nalbari District, the Police said. Based on specific information,
a joint team of the Army and Police arrested the militant, identified
as Bodoland Boro alias B. Bebung (22) along with a 7.65 pistol,
four rounds of ammunition and some documents from a bus at Ganesh
Mandir Chowk on NH-31 in the Nalbari District. The militant hails
from Dhurmopur village in Kokrajhar District and was on his way
to Guwahati from Kokrajhar, Police said
Denying allegations of intelligence
failure, UHM Rajnath Singh clarified that the probe in the Kokrajhar
terror attack case is being conducted by Assam Police but hinted
that it may be handed over to NIA in consultation with the Government
of Assam. The Minister made statements in both the Houses in Parliament,
while MPs raised the killing of August 5 in the two Houses. In
Rajya Sabha, replying to a question, the Home Minister
said that all investigations are being done by Assam Police but
if at a later date the need is felt then the probe may be handed
over to NIA in consultation with the State Government. Singh also
played safe and unlike the State Government, he refrained from
naming any group. “I cannot say with certainty which group was
involved,” the Home Minister said.
Referring to queries about circulation
of illegal weapons in the Northeast, the UHM held that foreign
forces were responsible for supplying such weapons. “It is a reality
that external agencies have a role,” he said. The Home Minister
said that in the Northeast there are about 60-70 insurgent outfits
but in Assam 2014-2015 was the most peaceful year after 1988.
Violence level was lowest in that year and no security force personnel
and civilians fell prey to bullets of the insurgents. The NDFB-IKS
has intensified its activities since December 2014. The SFs have
also launched counter offensive and 39 militants were killed and
600 arrested. There was improvement in the situation and peace
had returned. Some outfits are indulging in violence and stern
action will be taken, he warned.
About withdrawal of Central Forces,
Singh said that the forces were deployed on demand of the Election
Commission but were withdrawn after the polls. But currently,
eight companies of CRPF, nine companies of Army are deployed in
Kokrajhar, while additional four companies of Army are being rushed
to the area, he said.
Investigation is on into the Kokrajhar
attack to ascertain if any other force besides NDFB-IKS was behind
it, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said. Replying during a
Zero Hour motion raised by AIUDF MLA Aminul Islam, Sonowal said
available information and evidences have revealed that NDFB-IKS
was behind the brutal killings. “On this matter, investigation
is going on. This is to bring to light involvement of any other
force behind this incident,” Sonowal said, adding one militant
was killed in retaliatory action by Police and SFs. “Police have
recovered one AK-56 rifle, one grenade, lots of bullets of AK-series
and one mobile phone from the site … During investigation, numbers
in the mobile and other sources have revealed that NDFB(S) was
behind this (the attack),” Sonowal said.
The Forum for Terrorists Victims
Family, Assam demanded to the Government to seize all illegal
arms and ammunition allegedly being kept with the ceasefire terrorists
groups. In the 7th annual conference of the forum held at Radha
Kanta Handique Bhavan in Jorhat, the forum took seven-point charter
of resolutions, including expediting the peace talks with the
ceasefire terrorists groups.
The organizations also took resolutions
like starting judicial investigation into all terrorists attacks
occurred in the State and to resume all the court cases pending
disposal in various courts, to introduce a new package for the
terrorists victim families and to construct a memorial building
in Guwahati for the sacred memory of terror victims, to take
all required steps to stop violence in Assam, to organize awareness
programme regularly in all districts in the State on terrorism
and to rename the Dhemaji bomb blast memorial building as Swahid
ULFA-I warned the Assam Government
of a "violent clash" if Independence Day is celebrated
for three consecutive days. "Our organisation will not tolerate
the celebration of the so-called Independence Day for three days.
It is an open appeal not to create a conflict-like situation while
celebrating Independence Day in Assam for three days," an
email statement purportedly signed by the outfit's ‘assistant
publicity and information secretary’, Arunodoy Asom, said.
The warning by the militant group
comes amid the Government preparations to celebrate Independence
Day from August 13 to 15 with the rest of the country. Various
cultural programmes, processions and contests have been lined
up as part of the celebrations. ULFA-I and an umbrella body of
rebel groups in the Northeast issues customary boycott calls on
Independence Day and Republic Day.
Police said the attack at the
Balajan Tiniali Market in Kokrajhar District on August 5 was carried
out by a lone wolf who was also "heavily drunk" at the
time. The slain militant was identified as Monjoy Islari alias
Mwdhan, ‘commanding officer’ of the NDFB-IKS 16 battalion. The
Kokrajhar SP, Shyamal Prasad Saikia, said though the assailant
was a member of the NDFB-IKS, he had acted in an individual capacity
and no group was involved in the attack that left 14 dead and
17 others injured. Addressing a peace meet at the deputy commissioner's
conference hall, Saikia said, "He was heavily drunk and fired
indiscriminately at the market before he was gunned down."
A day after MPs have expressed
concern over flow of illegal weapons in the Northeast, the Central
Government claimed that there is no information so far that insurgent
groups in the region are getting support from neighbouring countries.
In a Lok Sabha Question Hour discussion, UHM Rajnath Singh
said that while there is intelligence input that Indian Insurgent
Groups (IIGs) have established their camps, shelter houses and
training centres across the border in neighbouring countries of
the northeastern region, there is no specific information that
NSCN-K is acting at the behest of neighbouring countries.
Replying to questions, Minister
of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir later said that
if there is any such report that insurgents in the Northeast are
getting external support, then it would be looked into and action
would be taken. Ahir said the Government does not have any such
information so far that neighbouring countries are supporting
insurgent activities in the Northeast. “There is also no information
about such groups getting financial support,” he added.
Police arrested one youth, identified
as Anuj Munda for demanding money from a businessman on behalf
of ULFA-I from Demow in Sibsagar District. Nirmal Mittal, a businessman
of Kachumari, since the last few days through the phone INR 3
lakh had been demanded.
With the possibility of attacks
from militants not being ruled out, security in all the airports
as well as the vital oil installations in the northeastern region
have been beefed up and the CISF personnel deployed in those places
have been kept on high alert. Highly placed security sources said
that there is no specific input as of now about any move by militants
to target any of the airports in the Northeast, but the threat
perception cannot be overlooked as any such attack would attract
Two overground workers of the
NDFB-IKS, identified as Jathi Basumatary alias Gaithiya
and Sarat Basumatary alias Boba were arrested from the
Laimoti area of Chirang District. Two pistols and two rounds of
live ammunition were recovered from them. "They are active
overground workers who were assisting NDFB (S) cadres Subash Basumatary
and Pradip Narzary alias Thaigir Betla in their extortion
bids in the border areas of the Laimoti and Laopani," an
official source said.
Assam witnessed the lowest civilian
casualties in 25 years due to extremist violence in 2015 with
only 10 persons losing their lives, while 58 militants were killed
in encounters with SFs. The 13th Report of the Standing
Committee on Home Department, which was tabled in the assembly,
said the state witnessed improvement in overall law and order
situation last year. “One of the most significant achievements
under the Unified Command structure is that the total number of
civilians killed in extremist violence in 2015 in the state is
10, which is an all-time low since 1991,” it said.
According to the report, 58 militants
belonging to different organisations were killed in encounter
with SFs in last year. “During 2015, the security forces apprehended
1,449 cadres, including many top leaders of militant groups,”
the Standing Committee Report said. In 2016, 608 cadres of militant
groups have been apprehended from across Assam till July 21, the
report said. A total of 31 militants of various groups have been
killed in encounter with SFs in this year so far
Several North East insurgent groups
have called for a total shutdown in the region on August 15 while
announcing their decision to boycott the Independence Day celebration.
A joint statement of the UNLFWESEA, CorCom, Manipur; GNLA and
HNLC appealed to the people of the region to boycott the Indian
Independence Day. The insurgent groups also announced for a total
shutdown on August 15 from 1 a.m. till 6 p.m. They further asked
all public and private transportation to stop their services,
shops and markets to down their shutters and educational institutions
to remain closed.
The State Government’s decision
to celebrate the Independence Day with a three-day programme has
added to the worries of the police and security forces, more so
following intelligence inputs that a few groups of militants managed
to sneak into the State from their camps in Myanmar to create
disturbance during the celebrations. Moreover, though there is
no input about any threat from jihadi elements during the
celebrations, the SFs are keeping a close watch on that front
also as the threat perception cannot be overlooked. Highly placed
Police sources said that the ULFA-I militants are being helped
by the members of the NSCN-K and both the outfits are trying to
go for joint operations, particularly in upper Assam Districts.
Sources said that according to intelligence inputs, a few groups
of ULFA-I militants, along with NSCN-K militants, managed to sneak
into upper Assam Districts and they are desperate to strike.
Suspected ULFA-I militants triggered
a powerful IED blast in a drain near the Budlabeta Tea Estate
along the Doomdooma Bypass in Tinsukia District of Upper Assam.
However, no casualty has been reported. The incident comes at
a time when SFs have intensified operations against the militants
as part of the stepped-up security measures ahead of Independence
Day, which the outfit has boycotted like previous years. Police
said around 7.30 am an explosion occurred in a drain near the
Budlabeta tea estate near Doomdooma Bypass causing a huge sound
and a small crater on the ground. Sources said SFs, who use the
road to move into the interior areas believed to hotbed of ULFA-I
during counter-insurgency (CI) operations, might have been the
Two persons, identified as Sultan
Masud (27) and Ashraful Islam (20), were arrested with a gun from
Jogomaya ghat of Dhubri town in Dhubri District.
A total of 28 Banga Sena cadres
surrendered before DC of East Karbi Anglong District, Mukul Gogoi.
The surrendered cadres were taken to DC’s office by J.I. Kathar,
a retired IAS officer and prominent Karbi leader evening. It may
be mentioned that none of the surrendered Banga Sena cadres belong
to Bengali community- maximum of them belong to Karbi and other
ethnic tribe. According to one of the surrendered cadre Ramsing
Killing, he was lured by one Haridon Das of Hatigarh, under Laopani
Police station of Nagaon District, to join the organization. Killing
revealed that Das called the organization as ‘National Army’ which
would pay him and other INR 10,000 to INR 20,000 per month after
completion of training following their recruitment. Killing also
revealed that Das had assured ‘free movement’ for any member of
the ‘National Army’. The surrendered Karbi cadres claimed they
were not given any arms and that Muslims were also present in
the organization. SP Karbi Anglong, Debojit Deori who was present
said that ‘Bangabhumi’ was formed by Chakma and Muslim leaders.
Suspected ULFA-I militants killed
two persons, identified as Kishori Shah and Rajen Shah and injured
eight others at Bahbon village in Philobari area of the Tinsukia
District. A Police source informed that a group of five militants
coming on foot opened fire at the two households at Bamungaon
at around 7. 30 pm killing two persons on the spot and injured
An IED was recovered from near
Rupalim cinema hall in Sivasagar District.
Police recovered an IED, concealed
in a bag and abandoned on the main road near State Forest Guard
School under Makum Police Station in Tinsukia District. A bomb
disposal squad from the Army diffused the IED in nearby field.
A series of five bomb explosions
triggered by suspected ULFA-I militants rocked Charaideo and Tinsukia
Districts of Upper Assam on August 15 as the State celebrated the
country’s Independence Day. Police said that there was no casualty
or injury in any of the explosions.
One blast was reported at an abandoned
place beside an interior road at 7.40 a.m. under the Tengapukhari
outpost in Charaideo District, SP A.P. Tiwari said. The militants
had apparently placed the bomb under the ground.
The other four explosions were reported
from Tinsukia District. An IED went off near Indira Gandhi School
in the Laipuli area on the outskirts of Tinsukia town in Tinsukia
District at 7.15 a.m. This was followed by another blast in line
No. 6 of Badlabhata Tea Estate in the Doomdooma area where the third
IED was set off at Masuwa, officials said. The fourth one exploded
at Gamtumati in the Philobari area.
Tinsukia, which shares a border
with Arunachal Pradesh, has been targeted by ULFA-I in the past
few months. Militants “sneak” in from their Myanmar-based camps.
Tinsukia ASP (headquarters) Lamhao Doungel said the IEDs were of
low intensity. “We have launched an operation against them,’’ he
The ULFA-I hoisted its own banner
and flag in the Moronigal area of Mariani in Jorhat District. Strung
on two poles, the ULFA banner was planted at Morongial Pathar under
a tree with the words ULFA Zindabad and Hindi baaxi hoshiyar
(Hindi speaking people be careful). The flag with the rising sun
was planted on the side of the Assam-Nagaland border road at Moronigal,
about 28km from Jorhat town bordering Mokokchung District of Nagaland.
“It must have been planted after we had completed our patrol at
4am,” an Assam Police constable stationed at the Border Observation
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda
Sonowal said the State Government plans to complete the NRC update
by 2017. The day also saw the NRC authorities announce the best
performing districts, revenue circles and seva kendras in the ongoing
process. “To take our national commitment to its logical end, we
are on a mission mode to complete the NRC update by 2017. Our government
is committed to safeguarding the interests of every ethnic community,
tribe and race,” Sonowal said in his Independence Day speech, at
The NRC authorities have completed
verification of 97.34 per cent of the 68.08 lakh application forms
received. A total of 5.88 crore supporting documents were received
along with the applications and of them 4.45 crore documents have
been verified and 2.51 lakh documents were sent to other states
for verification. “With a view to prevent illegal influx through
the porous border once and for all, sealing India-Bangladesh border
is high on our priority list. We will fortify the barbed-wire fence
along the border. The department of border areas development will
be renamed border protection and development department to give
more teeth to it,” the chief minister said.
CEM of KAAC, Tuliram Ronghang,
has reiterated the demand for statehood of Karbi Anglong and called
for implementation of 244 (A) of the Constitution of India. Speaking
on the occasion of the official 70thIndependence Day celebration
at KASA stadium as chief guest, Tuliram asserted that Karbi Anglong
with a total area of 10,434 Sq Km was much larger than several states
in the country, including Goa and Sikkim, but was receiving mush
less financial allocation from the centre merely because of the
difference in the political status.
The CEM, however, made it clear
that the youths associated with extremist organizations like KPLT
and UPLA must shun violence and come forward to pursue the cause
of statehood peacefully and democratically like the UPDS and the
KLNLF. He said that if the KPLT and UPLA shunned violence and embraced
peace, the KAAC would extend help. Tuliram also highlighted the
achievements made by the KAAC under his leadership and also the
plans and programmes chalked out by the BJP Government under Narendra
Modi and the chief minister of the state Sarbananda Sonowal.
UHM Rajnath Singh held a high-level
review meeting on Assam and Jammu and Kashmir, and instructed security
officials to restore peace and normalcy in those states. The instructions
came after Singh was briefed by top officials on the prevailing
situation in Kashmir and the infiltration bid along the LoC in the
Uri sector in the state and a series of blasts that rocked Assam
in the run-up to the Independence Day celebrations. The meeting
was also attended by NSA Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv
Mehrishi, chiefs of intelligence agencies and other top civil and
security officials, sources said.
Reviewing the overall security scenario
in Assam, the Union Home Minister instructed security officials
to tighten vigil in the State. Suspected militants exploded five
bombs in Charaideo and Tinsukia districts as the State was celebrating
the 70th Independence Day on August 15. At least 11 factions of
militant outfits in the Northeast, including the ULFA-I, the NDFB,
GNLA and others had called for a shutdown on August 15.
Tezpur Police arrested a cadre of
ULFA-I, identified as Dilip Das alias Bogai from the house
of Tulshi Das at Teleria under Bebejia Police Station in Sonitpur
District where the militant was sleeping.
An NDFB-IKS militant, identified
as Swmkwr Khaklary alias Saikhlong was arrested from Ai Poali
village in Chirang District. One 9mm pistol with two live rounds
of ammunition and a grenade were recovered from his possession.
Highly placed security sources said
that the investigation into the five blasts that took place on the
Independence Day, led to the disturbing fact of the ULFA-I using
school students to plant the bombs. Two boys – one in Class IX and
the other in Class X – were arrested following an intelligence input
and during questioning, the students admitted that they were asked
by the militants to plant the bombs.
Giving details of the events, sources
said that the school students, both of whom belong to Number 4 Kakojan
village under Philobari police station in Tinsukia District, were
taken to a nearby forest by one ULFA-I man, who belongs to the same
village, on August 10. Sources said that four ULFA-I men met them
in the forest. They sat down under a tree and the ULFA-I men persuaded
them to plant the IEDs fitted with timers in different places.
Sources said one ULFA-I man, Rupam
Asom, was the brain behind using the school students to plant bombs
and till now, the police and security forces are not aware whether
the senior leaders of the outfit approved such a plan. As the school
students picked up by the police are juveniles, they will not be
tried in normal courts for the crime they had committed and they
would be tried in special juvenile courts. Sources pointed out that
in the past, the ULFA-I had used linkmen, couriers and even common
criminals to plant bombs. But this was for the first time, the outfit
used school students for such jobs.
The NDFB-IKS militants killed a
couple in Chirang District at around midnight for allegedly being
in possession of the outfit’s extortion money. Police and Defence
sources said a group of seven to eight militants of NDFB-IKS came
to the couple’s house at Shantipara-Sulekhaguri village night and
tied their limbs before killing them with sharp weapons. Before
being killed, the couple was beaten up in front of their children
who ran out to their neighbours’ houses in fear, local people said.
The deceased man was identified as Buta Benga, an overground worker
of the outfit, who was in possession of extortion money totaling
INR 45 Lakhs which belonged to NDFB-IKS dreaded leader Bidai, the
On December 22, 2015 in a joint
operation by Army and Police, INR 5.48 lakhs were recovered and
repeated attempts have been made to ascertain the whereabouts of
the balance amount, they said. Benga, who was in jail, was released
on bail in the last week of March and was under constant threat
from the group for the balance money.
The NIA arrested a ‘section commander’
of NDFB-IKS, identified as Arkulash Musahari from the Batasipur
area under Dhekiajuli Police Station in Sonitpur District. He was
involved in several anti-social activities, including killing and
Police recovered a pen pistol, five
live cartridges and two blank cartridges from a pork outlet of Sirajuli
town under Borsola Police Station in Sonitpur District. Police have
taken into custody the pork outlet owner for interrogation.
Categorically refuting the allegations
of Assam Police regarding employing two students of Kakojan in Tinsukia
District of Upper Assam for planting bombs on and before Independence
Day, the ULFA-I termed it as a ‘drama’ initiated by ADGP and SP
Tinsukia and a ‘conspiracy’ by a lobby of Hindi-speaking people
of the State to promote their cause and hide their weakness to counter
the revolutionary act of the organization protesting the Independence
Day celebrations. The ULFA-I in a press communiqué strongly criticized
the entire episode as a drama, claiming that it did not employ the
school-going children in any of the acts of sabotage carried out
ULFA-PTF leader Anup Chetia met
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at his office chamber in Guwahati
and submitted a memorandum enlisting various demands of the organisation
including rehabilitation of the surrendered cadres. Chief Minister
Sonowal assured the ULFA-PTF leader that his Government would sincerely
consider their demands. Minister for Agriculture Atul Bora was also
present during the discussion.
SFs arrested ULFA-I linkman, identified
as Bitul Moran from Kakojan village under Phillobari Police Station
in Tinsukia District. Tinsukia SP Mugdhajyoti Mahanta said that
a five-member ULFA-I group involved in the attack on Hindi-speaking
people in Phillobari on August 5 and the serial blasts, took shelter
in Moran's house. Mahanta said the linkman also introduced the two
arrested school students to the outfit. The Class IX and X students,
aged 15 and 16 respectively, were "brainwashed" into planting
the bombs by the group. The boys had planted five bombs in different
areas in Tinsukia district, of which four exploded on Independence
Day. The two are now in an observation home in Jorhat.
Three cadres of the NDFB-IKS, identified
as Raikhoo (platoon commander), Gothal (section commander) and Aranga,
were killed in a joint operation by Police, CRPF's Cobra battalion
and the Army at Mainaoshree Paharpur under Rangapara Police Station
in Sonitpur District. “Search operations are on to apprehend four
other cadres who managed to flee," Sonitpur SP Sanjukta Parashar
said. Rangapara Police Station officer-in-charge Jatin Borah said
Aranga was from Kokrajhar while the two others were from Sonitpur
District, which borders Udalguri District in BTAD.
Report said that a small camp used
by the militants was also busted and from the spot three pistols
with eight rounds of live ammunition, two grenades, five mobile
handsets, besides one receipt book were also recovered.
Tinsukia Police arrested four militants
of the NSCN-IM and rescued an engineer who was abducted from Deomali
of Arunachal Pradesh. According to Police sources, the highway patrol
team of Tinsukia Police during a routine check spotted a suspicious
vehicle in Tinkonia in the town and brought all occupants to Police
Station. On questioning, it was revealed that out of five persons
four were NSCN-IM militants, including a minor and the other was
the abducted engineer Lova Yekar. A pistol and nine rounds of ammunition
were recovered from their possession. The three NSCN-IM militants
barring a minor have been identified as Phoren Ramwa alias
Nagato Sumi, ‘self-styled sergeant’, Jayway Moanchan, ‘self-styled
chairman’ and ‘area commander’ of Nokte region residing at Hebron
camp and Kamri Ymc alias Yumchunga, ‘self-styled sergeant
major’ while the minor has not been identified.
According to the statement of Phoren
Ramwa, who resides in Laptambasti in Tirap of Arunachal Pradesh,
they abducted Lova Yekar, an engineer from Deomali from whom the
NSCN-IM militants demanded INR 300,000 as ransom. Not satisfied
with his offer of INR 10,000, Phoren and his accomplices, brandishing
a pistol, dragged Yekar out of his government quarter. While travelling
to Dimapur via Tinsukia, the militants fell into Police dragnet.
After maintaining that insurgency
is on the wane in the North-east, the Centre has conceded that Assam,
Manipur, Nagaland and Meghalaya continue to account for the bulk
of insurgency-related incidents in the region. In a report, the
UMHA described Tripura, Mizoram and Sikkim as peaceful. In Arunachal
Pradesh, barring a few incidents, there was a general atmosphere
of peace, the report said. The year 2007 proved to be the most violent
year in the last nine years with the northeastern states recording
1,498 violent incidents in which 498 civilians were killed and 79
security force personnel lost their lives. In comparison, last year
574 violent incidents were witnessed in the region in which 46 civilians
and equal number of SF personnel were killed, the report said.
In Assam, barring a few incidents
of violence, the security situation has improved since early 2010,
with minor variations from year to year, the report said. The SFs
were able to contain activities of insurgent groups and the situation
improved remarkably in 2015, the report said, adding, peace talks
with various insurgent groups in Assam are continuing. The report
said that sustained counter-insurgency (CI) operations are continuing
against the NDFB-IKS group. During the period from December 26,
2014 to January 9 this year, 584 members of the NDFB-IKS were arrested
and a huge quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered. At least
24 militants were also killed in these operations, the report said.
In order to curb infiltration,
smuggling and other antinational activities from across the Indo-Bangladesh
border, the government has undertaken the construction of fencing
along this border. The target date for completion of the project
is March, 2019, the report said, adding, accordingly measures have
also been taken along the Indo-Myanmar border to check illegal activities.
The ULFA-I for the first time in
its history, released a video of abducted Kuldeep Moran, son of
Tinsukia Zilla Parishad vice president and BJP leader Ratneshwar
Moran, to demand a ransom of INR 1 crore. Kuldeep was abducted from
near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border on August 1. The ULFA-I
militants on August 22 released a video footage of the abducted
youth and later demanded a ransom of INR 1 crore from Sadiya BJP
MLA Bolin Chetia. Sources said releasing the video to media was
aimed at creating pressure on the persons concerned and panic among
The video showed Kuldeep appealing
to his family, BJP legislator from Sadiya constituency Bolin Chetia
and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to secure his release by paying
the outlawed outfit. The video shows a terrified Kuldip surrounded
by five armed and black masked youths. He pleads for his life and
talks about his failing health, expressing fears of getting killed
in any crossfire between militants and SFs.
Kuldip’s father, however, has expressed
his inability to pay the ransom. “They (ULFA-I) have demanded Rs
1 crore for the release of my son Kuldip. Forget about Rs 1 crore,
I cannot even pay Rs 1 lakh. I can only request the kidnappers to
release my son without any condition,” said Ratneswar Moran.
The ULFA-I has suddenly become
active in upper Assam areas and launched an extortion drive, while,
in another disturbing fact, a number of members and linkmen of the
NDFB-IKS, who were arrested during the crackdown launched against
the outfit in December, 2014, have been released on bail because
of the police failure to submit the chargesheets on time. Highly
placed security sources said that in recent times, the ULFA-I has
started sending messages on mobile phones of businessmen and tea
gardens owners and managers demanding money, while, some even received
Whatsapp messages on their mobile phones.
Police arrested a suspected worker
of NDFB-IKS, identified as Paulina Basumatary (22) from No. 1 Nandipur
village in Kokrajhar District.
Tinsukia town in Tinsukia District
of Assam is being used as transit route and corridor by NSCN-IM
militants from Hebron Hq of Dimapur (Nagaland) to Lohit District
of Arunachal Pradesh since the past several years, said Phoren Ramwaone,
arrested NSCN-IM militant currently in Tinsukia Police custody who
was involved in recent abduction case of a Deomali-based Arunachale
engineer. Phoren revealed that the two school children arrested
in the kidnapping case and currently lodged in Juvenile home Jorhat,
were sleeper cells and it was a common practice to lure school children
from Naga dominated areas of Arunachal Pradesh, particularly Nokte
and Wancho, in return for just INR 3,000 – INR 4,000 and to transport
them to Hebron camp for training, who in later stages are inducted
into either civil or military wing of NSCN-IM and in an average
5-6 children are picked up from Lohit and Longding Districts annually.
Myanmar gave an assurance that
it will not allow any insurgent group to use its territory against
India. "Myanmar leadership assured that they will not allow
any insurgent groups to use any territory for action against India,
(that) they all recognised is a friendly country which has stood
by people of Myanmar and they look forward to a very productive
partnership with India as Myanmar continues on its journey of peace,
progress and development," India MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup
The assurance comes in the backdrop
of certain insurgent groups from northeastern states using Myanmar
for launching attacks against India. The Indian Army had carried
out a major operation against these groups in June 2015 along the
India-Myanmar border. Another such operation was launched few days
Four suspected Bangladeshi militants
were arrested from the Neelam Bazar area in Karimganj District.
SP (Karimganj) PR Kar said Police have recovered a Bangladeshi passport
from them. "We are interrogating them and likely to get more
information about their movements," added Kar. A team of special
branch will arrive from Guwahati for questioning them. According
to reports, five suspected militants had crossed the border in Meghalaya
on August 14 and took shelter in a rented house in the Kaliganj
A man, identified as Nasiruddin
Sheikh was detained by Guwahati Police while allegedly clicking
photos of sensitive sites in Kamakhya temple in Nilachal Hills in
Kamrup District. Police said the man clicked as many as 177 photographs
including toilets and car parking area of the temple with his mobile
phone camera. “We apprehended him for taking pictures of prohibited
areas within the temple complex. He took certain photographs which
other visitors do not normally take,” said an official of Kamakhya
Police outpost. Intelligence agencies on earlier occasions have
warned that Kamakhya temple is in the target list of Islamist terrorists.
Security in Kamakhya temple was beefed up in July 2016 following
suspected entry of five people from Bangladesh through Meghalaya
Assam Police sought the help of
their counterparts in Nagaland to ensure the safe release of Kuldeep
Moran, a BJP leader's son who was abducted by ULFA-I militants from
Arunachal Pradesh on August 1. Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay said that
they had alerted their Nagaland counterparts about the possibility
of ULFA-I rebels holding Kuldeep captive somewhere along the Nagaland-Arunachal
Pradesh border. Earlier, assistance had been sought from the Arunachal
Assam Police and the Army killed
a KPLT militant in a joint operation in Karbi Anglong District.
The militant is yet to be identified. The SFs recovered a 9 mm pistol,
ammunition, fired cases and a hand grenade from the site of the
operation. "Based on intelligence, a joint operation was launched
in the Nalbarigaon area of Karbi Anglong district on Tuesday (August
23) night. At around 4am, the rebel opened fire and was killed in
the ensuing gun battle," said defence PRO Lieutenant Colonel
In the midst of sensation created
over the arrest of four Bangladeshis and two Indian linkmen from
Balia border of Karimganj District on August 23, and reports about
their being involved in recruitment drive for Islamic State of Iraq
and Syria (ISIS), Anurag Agarwal, IG, Southern Range, said, “It
is too early to come to any conclusion about ISIS links. We are
investigating all aspects and angles. Everything will be clear after
that”. Of the six arrested, five were produced before the CJM Court
of Karimganj. There has been much sensation in the bordering areas
of Karimganj following the arrests. According to a Police source,
the Bangladeshis and the Indian linkmen were arrested while disposing
of a dead body identified as that of Izzat Ali of Sylhet of Bangladesh.
ULFA chief Paresh Baruah, said
that the BJP member's son whom they are holding captive was not
abducted for ransom. Kuldip Moran was picked up for `trial' for
passing information to the Army, which resulted in the killing of
his men, he said. Baruah contacted media houses from an undisclosed
location and insisted that his group had not made any ransom demand.
"Kuldip is safe. We kidnapped him because he was an Army informer
and was keeping a close watch on the movement of our cadres in Arunachal
Pradesh," Baruah said. "He will be tried by our court.
If found innocent, he will be released. Reports suggesting we demanded
ransom are false.'' Kuldip's father Ratneshwar is a panchayat
(village level local self government institution) level functionary.
Baruah's statement came as Assam Police stepped up operations to
rescue Kuldip from Arunachal Pradesh's Changlang District. Police
suspect the abduction may have been carried out to pressurize the
government for negotiations. Ratneshwar Moran had said the rebels
demanded INR 10 million for releasing his son.
The Khatkhati Police in Karbi Anglong
District thwarted a bid to smuggle a loaded 10 wheeler truck which
was hijacked from Dhubri in Assam-West Bengal border. As reported,
the truck loaded with mustard oil was on its way to Tinsukia from
Delhi. The owner of the truck reportedly lost contact with his driver
after it entered Assam through Srirampur border. The truck was fitted
with a GPS navigation device which alerted the owner that it has
changed its course towards Dimapur from the Numuligarh junction
in Golaghat District. The truck was later recovered from the parking
lot of a fuel station in Assam-Nagaland interstate border. “We have
arrested a person viz. Aamir Hussain from the truck. However, two
other fled from the spot seeing the police team”, said the investigating
officer. The shocking revelations made by Aamir in custody led Police
to the recovery of a body from Kanchanjuri area under Bagori Police
Station in Nagaon District. The body is believed to be of the driver
Mukesh Jadav who had been killed and his face burnt with acid to
conceal identity by the unidentified assailants.
In a joint operation launched by
Indian Army and Police recovered an IED weighing around three kilograms
along with detonators from a house at Notun Dewsar village under
Boko Police Station in Kamrup District. Later Assam Police bomb
experts defused the IED. Police arrested one Amir Chand from his
house in this connection.
The movement of a group of militants
between the age group of 25 to 30 in the foothills of Bhuvan in
Cachar District created a sense of panic in the area. According
to sources, the group of around 20 militants with their faces covered
with black clothes and equipped with arms and ammunitions descended
down from the forested area of the hill, taking the inhabitants
by surprise. They were then seen moving downwards towards the Bhuvandar
Tilka, a nondescript village, and then advanced towards the plantation
areas of Binnakandie tea estate. On being informed, Lakhipur Police
immediately launched an operation with the help of 27 AR, 147 CRPF
and a contingent of sub divisional Police in and around the areas
down the Bhuvan hills where the militants were spotted. According
to the ground information, the militants in jungle-fatigue were
talking in broken Hindi, creating the impression that they are from
some tribal outfit. It is suspected that the group might have been
in hunt for some operation to fill in their coffers.
Indian Army and Assam Police, in
a joint operation killed the ‘self-styled defense secretary’ of
KPLT, identified as Chingengri Kronjang in Sering Ringa near Bordikharu
under Dokmoka police station in East Karbi Anglong District. According
to sources, acting on specific intelligence input, SFs launched
the operation in Bheleu Ghat area of the District and later came
in contact with the militants who opened fire in a bid to escape.
An encounter followed in which Chingengri Kronjang was killed and
the outfit’s ‘self styled commander-in-chief’ Moses Terang was arrested
when he attempted to escape. Two 9 mm pistol, ammunition, cell phone
etc. were recovered from their possession.
Extremist problem and bandh culture
in Tinsukia District have crippled normal life and development in
the District, said Sanjay Kishan, MLA of Tinsukia, in a largely-attended
public meeting in Tinsukia. While rest of the districts of Assam,
have progressed considerably, the Tinsukia District, on the other
hand, was sinking day by day, said Sanjay Kishan.
According to sources in the State
Home Department, 89 militants were killed in different operations
in the last one and half year while 2,057 cadres of different underground
outfits were arrested in the State. During the year 2015, 58 militants
belonging to different outfits were killed in encounters with SFs.
The SFs also arrested 1,449 cadres including many top militant leaders.
This besides, 577 assorted arms, 15,515 rounds of live ammunition,
58 IEDs, 307 grenades, 143.84 kg of explosives, 2,979 detonators
and cash worth INR 29,85,510 were recovered from extremist elements.
During the current year, 2016 (up
to July 21), 3l militants of different outfits have been killed
in encounters with SFs, while 608 cadres have been arrested. The
SFs also recovered 290 assorted arms, 2,691 rounds of live ammunition,
101 grenades, 16 IEDs, 1,250 detonators and cash INR 17,47, 358
from extremist elements.
At a time when courts in Assam
are weighed down with thousands of pending cases, a steep fall in
the conviction rate related to cases of illegal arms possession
has raised questions over the way investigations are being conducted
in the State. Under the Arms Act, 1959, 1,642 cases were registered
during 2012–2014 in various Police Stations across the State, but
the rate of conviction is abysmal. The Police have failed to file
charge–sheet in courts in 50 per cent of cases related to illegal
possession of arms. In the last few years, availability of illegal
arms and the use of the same have increased in the State, of which
anti–social elements are taking full advantage. Though the Police
have recovered several licensed arms in different parts of the State
in the last few years, the availability of illegal arms is yet to
be dealt with.
According to Government records,
during 2012–2014, out of 1,642 cases registered, there were convictions
in 61 cases; 86 persons were convicted out of 2,301 persons arrested.
Out of 1,642 registered cases, charge–sheets in 891 cases were filed
by the Police. In 2014, a total of 423 arms (322 unlicensed, 73
licensed and 22 other types of arms) and 3,279 ammunition were seized
by the Police in different parts of the State. Due to non–filing
of charge–sheets in many such cases, the persons involved got bail
easily and now have a free run. In various police stations, according
to records, 62,000 cases including possession of illegal arms and
ammunition have been pending for long.
The LFA-I raised alarm against
the BJP-led NDA Government’s bid to grant citizenship to Hindu,
Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jain and Parsi `refugees’ who have come
to Assam from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan till the year
2014 by bringing about an amendment (2016) to the Foreigners’ Act
1955. In a statement issued to the media ULFA-I termed it (to grant
citizenship to refugees from neighboring countries) an attempt by
the ‘occupational Indian rulers’ to create an atmosphere of communal
hatred in the state where indigenous communities were already facing
threat to their identity because of illegal infiltration from Bangladesh.
“By inducing ethnic and communal conflicts in the state, the shrewd
occupational Indian State wants to ensure its permanent occupation
of the state,” the ULFA stated in the e-mailed statement.
The ULFA-PTF sought 702 bighas
(a traditional unit of measurement) of land from the Assam Government
to set up projects through the PPP mode to create employment opportunities
for nearly 1,500 of its cadres living in seven designated camps.
ULFA ‘general secretary’ Anup Chetia, who joined the talks in January
2016, said that he proposed the public-private partnership model
when he met CM Sarbananda Sonowal on August 18. "We have requested
the chief minister to give us five government farms lying unused
for years. If the government gives initial financial support, our
members can not only revive the farms but also share the profits
with the government. We hope the government will work out a model
to generate employment for our members by engaging them into agriculture,
pig rearing, goat rearing and other activities," he said. ULFA
wants to develop four of the farms through the public-private partnership
route and another mechanism is being worked out for a piggery and
goat farm at Khanapara in Guwahati.
Chetia said nearly 1,500 ULFA members
are living in designated camps in Kakopathar (Tinsukia), Moran (Dibrugarh),
Jagiroad (Morigaon), Nalbari, Tihu (Nalbari), Sipajhar (Darrang)
and Goalpara since 2010, when the group engaged in talks. The designated
camps have been named Asom Nabanirman Kendras. "Most of them
are now dependent on the monthly stipend of Rs 3,000 from the government
and are over 40 - so they have crossed the age-limit to apply for
government jobs. Hence, we need to provide them with job skills
for their rehabilitation. If the government gives us the land and
supports us financially, we can generate employment for them and
their families," said Chetia, one of the founding leaders of
ULFA, was extradited from Bangladesh in December 2015 after spending
18 years in jail.
Sources said the dialogue with
the ULFA-PTF was on hold as the Centre was working out the modalities
for granting ST status to six more ethnic communities - Ahoms, Morans,
Muttocks, Sutias, Koch Rajbongshis and tea garden communities. Chetia
also urged Sonowal to increase the monthly stipend from INR 3,000
to INR 10,000 and make sure that the money is paid regularly and
without delay. "The chief minister said the government is considering
the increase in stipend but had not yet decided the amount,"
Chetia said. Sources said Dispur was taking time to increase the
stipend as members of other rebel groups, such as the NDFB-P and
Adivasi groups, were also demanding a hike.
AR arrested two persons, identified
as Bijit Bhakta (30) and Mayur Kohn (28) along with pistol and three
mobile handsets at Ulubari area in the connecting road of Thelamara
and Missamari under Thelamara Police Station in Sonitpur District.
A militant of UDLA, a Bru (Reang)
militant outfit active in the Barak Valley, was killed in an encounter
with Police in Banglabhasha hamlet in Hailakandi District near the
Assam-Mizoram border. The dead militant was identified as Hanuman
Reang, a resident of Kanjiyala village in the area. A senior Police
officer said a group of militants fired at SFs when the latter were
out on a routine patrol in the jungles of south Hailakandi. Reang
was killed by police in retaliatory firing.
Two other cadres, identified as
Shaila Reang and Harendra Reang were arrested while the rest managed
to flee. Police recovered an AK-56 rifle and 10 rounds of cartridge
from the area. UDLA has been active in the Barak Valley area over
the past decade and is mainly engaged in extortion and kidnapping
and has been demanding autonomy for the tribal group.
Acknowledging that security interests of India and
Myanmar were closely aligned, PM Narendra Modi said that both the
countries have agreed to work together for safety and security of
the people. Modi was addressing a joint press conference with the
visiting President of Myanmar U Htin Kyaw at Hyderabad House in
New Delhi. "The President and I agreed to work together for the
safety and security of our people," Modi said. Stating that Myanmar
is special for India, the Prime Minister said the neighbouring country
holds a unique position in India's neighbourhood. It is a land bridge
that connects India with Southeast Asia, he said. Confirming that
the two sides discussed about security-related issues, the Prime
Minister said that India and Myanmar agreed on the need to remain
sensitive to each other's strategic interests and concerns and "actively
cooperate to combat the common challenges of terrorism and insurgent
activity in our region."
India is learnt to have conveyed its concern to
Myanmar about the activities of the Northeast-based insurgents,
which have bases inside Myanmar. India has for long been pressing
Myanmar to launch a flush-out operation like those carried out in
Bhutan and Bangladesh.
Following specific intelligence inputs about attempts
of infiltration by 'jihadis', the Assam Police proposes to divert
at least three companies of the central forces from the law and
order duties to be deployed close to the international borders of
Bangladesh and Bhutan. The move seeking a change in the concentration
of forces was reportedly necessitated after the Assam Police headquarters
in Guwahati received specific information about 'jihadi' elements
trying to sneak in from across the border in Bangladesh to plan
terror strikes in Assam. This is for the first time in recent years
that such a move has been proposed by the Assam Police to fight
cross-border terrorism and the UMHA too is being moved in this regard,
top Assam Police sources said.
As part of the meticulously drafted exercise, these
personnel would be strategically deployed in vulnerable areas and
border outposts close to the international border once the decision
gets the final nod. "The threat from the Islamic State (ISIS) and
jihadi elements can no longer be overlooked. With various intelligence
agencies feeding us with inputs of such infiltration, the border
security has to be stepped up," sources pointed out, adding that
the security scenario will be reviewed from time to time and as
and when deemed fit, the forces would be diverted back to the respective
Recently, many noted businessman, government officials
and tea garden owners of the Jorhat District received extortion
demand from the banned ULFA-I. The amount demanded ranges from INR
5 to INR 50 lakh. Besides, the extremist organization has of late
resorted to the use of mobile phones for extortion in a complete
shift of method of serving demand note on a ULFA pad. Notably, the
extortion demand is learnt to be undertaken by ULFA cadres namely
Jibon Asom and Abhizeet Asom. There are numerous cases of fake threats
served to ordinary people and most of the time, prompt police action
has brought to the light the involvement of local crooks who pose
as hardcore members of the organization. Though most of the businessmen
are reported to have got the demand through phone calls, in other
cases government officers and tea garden officers have been served
Activists of ABSU, NDFB-P and PJACBM staged a road
blockade in support of their demand for a separate Bodoland, at
Barama in Baksa District. Later ABSU also submitted a memorandum
to the Prime Minister of India through the Deputy Commissioner of
Activists of ABSU, NDFB-P and PJACBM staged a road
blockade in support of their demand for a separate Bodoland, at
Barama in Baksa District. Later ABSU also submitted a memorandum
to the Prime Minister of India through the Deputy Commissioner of
The Army arrested two persons with a 7.65mm revolver
and six live ammunitions from Baburhat of Dhubri District.
A NSLA cadre was arrested from Mornai tea estate
in Kokrajhar District.
The Kokrajhar Police arrested a KLO cadre, identified
as Snajit Chandra Barman from Choutara under Gossaigaon Police Station
in Kokrajhar District.
Eleven Bangladeshi nationals including two minors
currently lodged in the detention centre in Silchar, will be deported
back to Bangladesh soon, Cachar Deputy Commissioner S Viswanathan
said. "The Bangladesh government has agreed to take back nine nationals
of their country from Silchar detention centre and they will be
deported after final clearance of the state government along with
the two minors," he said.
Bangladesh suspects two top leaders of a reorganized
JMB took secret refuge in neighbouring India to mobilise weaponry
and financial support for the banned outfit to carry out the July
1 terrorist attack on a Dhaka cafe, according to reports. One of
the two JMB leaders, Shariful Islam Khaled, is also blamed for hacking
to death his liberal university professor, who was on the way to
work, in April, 2016. Mamunur Rashid Ripon alias Jahangir and Khaled
left for India in April, days after the murder of the Rajshahi University
professor, the report said. "(Mamunur Rashid) Ripon and Khaled went
to the neighbouring country in April and they have been hiding there
since then," it quoted the Police's CTTC unit chief, Monirul Islam,
as saying. He said Bangladesh has already informed India about the
militants' possible stay in Kolkata in West Bengal.
Police arrested three youths of Bollagaon of Goalpara
District for allegedly demanding INR 5 lakh from a trader of Krishnai
in Goalpara District.
KPLT called for a 24-hour Karbi Anglong bandh on
September 3 from 5 am as a mark of protest against the killing of
its 'defense secretary', Sering Ringa by SFs.
Four NDFB-IKS cadres, identified as Thunkara Basumatary,
Lengra Basumatary, Marchal Daimari and B Swr were arrested from
Paharpur area under Chariduar Police Station in Sonitpur District.
SFs recovered two grenades, one G-3 rifle, one 9 mm pistol along
with live ammunition, several mobile sets and documents from the
Peace talks between Myanmar Government and various
militant ethnic minorities started at conference hall in the capital
Naypyidaw in a bid to end decades of conflict that have claimed
thousands of lives and kept the country mired in poverty. The summit
is veteran democracy activist Suu Kyi's much-trumpeted effort to
reshape Myanmar as a federal democracy following decades of oppressive
military rule. The Nobel laureate has made bridging the ethnic fault
lines that have fractured the nation since its mid-century independence
a priority of her new government, which took power in March. "So
long as we are unable to achieve national reconciliation and national
unity, we will never be able to establish a sustainable and durable
peaceful union," she told delegates.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is also attending
the talks, described the gathering as a "historic" moment for the
country following its transition towards democracy. "The long civil
war has cost numerous lives and robbed successive generations of
their dignity, tranquillity and normalcy," he said during a speech
to delegates. "It is now clear that there can be no military solution
to your differences." Few expect a concrete deal to emerge from
the five-day talks, which are seen as the start of a peace process
that could take years. Seventeen rebel groups have joined the talks
in the capital, but others have not laid down their arms and some
remain locked in combat with the military.
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini urged
negotiators to seek a "new path towards sustainable peace, equitable
development and the wider consolidation of the democratic reform
process". The US also backed the talks, calling it an "important
process towards a lasting peace" in a statement from its Yangon
Dispur Police arrested a youth, identified as Lalrochan
Pangante (27) along with a huge cache of explosives on GS Road in
Six Mile area in the Kamrup District. Lalrochan Pangante, was arrested
by Police while he was travelling in an auto-rickshaw from Khanapara
to Guwahati Railway Station. The youth hails from Mahur in Dima
Hasao District. "A total of 206 gelatin sticks and 800 detonators
and some wires have been seized from him," said a Police official.
Police said he brought the explosives from Manipur and planned to
take it to Dimapur by train.
At least 11 militants belonging to different militant
outfits were arrested during a multiple operations launched by Army,
Police and other SFs in Assam during last 24 hours. Defence PRO
Lt Col Suneet Newton said that the militants were arrested along
with large cache of arms and ammunition in Karbi Anglong, Dima Hasao
and Sonitpur Districts of the state. He said of the 11 militants,
five belonged to KPLT, four to NDFB-IKS and two to HSULF.
Five KPLT militants, identified as Jamson Kro alias
Kronihang, Sohan Bey, Ranjit Tisso alias Archim, Ben Killing and
Mohon Teron were arrested during a joint operation conducted by
SFs in Borlangso and Taralangso areas of Karbi Anglong District,
a senior Police official said. A cache of arms and ammunition were
also recovered from their possession. The arms recovered include
one AK-56 Rifle with 15 live rounds and one magazine, one .32 pistol
with one magazine and two live rounds, two live Chinese grenades
and two country-made guns.
Two militants of HSULF, a splinter militant group
in Dima Hasao District, identified as Somesh Badosa and Diyunmukh
Kemprai were arrested from in Karbi Anglong District. One 9mm pistol
and one handmade gun were recovered from them.
Police arrested three persons, including two women,
for their alleged link with the NDFB-IKS from Oxiguri in Baksa District.
Police sources said based on a tip-off, Mamita Borgoyary, Poloti
Mushahary and Kwmdwn Kachari, were arrested. Mamita is said to be
sister-in-law of wanted NDFB-IKS leader B. Bidai. Police claimed
to have recovered INR 5,000, which was extorted from a businessman.
Four persons, Abdul Hai (21), Sanidul Haque (22),
Md Motleb Ali (18), and Azizul Haque (20), who were allegedly involved
in extortion in the name of the NDFB-IKS, were arrested in Barpeta
KPLT called for a 24-hour Karbi Anglong bandh (general
shut down strike) on September 3, in protest against killing of
its 'defense secretary' during an encounter with Assam Police and
Chirang District Police in association Army arrested
one militant of NDFB-IKS, identified as Jayanta Musahary from Baikhungaon
area on NH-31(C) under Dhaligaon Police Station of Chirang District.
One pistol and one round live ammunition was recovered with his
possession. He was in Bangalore in the past few days. During preliminary
interrogation he disclosed that he was working with Ransrao in Biswanath
Chariali prior to escaping to Bangalore," Chirang SP, Sankar Brata
Rai Medhi said.
A senior cadre of the NDFB-IKS, identified as Agun
Basumatary, a close associate of NDFB-IKS leader B. Biday was killed
by Assam Police in Kokrajhar District. An AK 81 rifle, two grenades,
a magazine, several round of live ammunition from the slain militant.
ADGP L.R. Bishnoi said, "Based on specific information, three police
teams laid three ambushes in and around Mainaopur area under Kochugaon
police station in the district since Monday (September 5) night.
The team led by me came face to face with two militants around 4.20
am (September 6). When we challenged them, they started firing at
us forcing us to retaliate. Later, we could find one injured militant
while the other one managed to escape," adding that although he
was taken to the hospital immediately, doctors there declared him
SFs in Assam said NDFB-IKS has set up camps in the
neighbouring country; Bhutan. "We are now certain about some NDFB
(S) camps in Bhutan. Their 'commander-in-chief' G. Bidai is also
said to be hiding there," ADGP, L.R. Bishnoi, said, hours after
a "hardcore cadre" of the outfit, identified as Agun Basumatary,
was killed during an operation in Kokrajhar District that shares
its border with Bhutan's Sarpang District. Although security forces
had earlier suspected the presence of NDFB-IKS camps in Bhutan,
they officially disclosed this for the first time.
The Guwahati city Police arrested a NSCN-K cadre,
identified as Tobika Sumi alias Boni Mech (33) from Nabagraha in
the Guwahati city in Kamrup Metropolitan District. The arrested
cadre joined the outfit in 1996 and got training in Myanmar. He
hails from Kuchiya Bil in East Dimapur in Nagaland. Along with the
Police, sleuths from the IB and the NIA were also interrogating
the cadre. The city Police is interacting with their Nagaland counterparts
to know the background of the militant.
The Agia Police arrested a GNLA linkman, identified
Sayed Saiful Islam (29) of Tukura village in Krishnai in Goalpara
District. He was arrested in connection with a case related to serving
of extortion letter to a businessman in the name of GNLA. Police
was looking for Saiful who was instrumental in serving demand letters
to some of the selected businessmen of the area. The GNLA, as part
of their strategy, use local youths to identity their soft targets
and serve demand letters in return of which the youths are paid
scanty amount of money. The Assam-Meghalaya border areas have always
been an extortion hub for the extremist groups.
Expressing concern at the unabated illegal migration,
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju underlined
the need for formal agreements and creation of joint mechanisms
between India and its neighbours to ensure elimination of illegal
crossovers, drug trafficking and infiltration. "Unless India's neighbours
are made to realise that it was in the interest of both countries
to stop infiltration and incursions, the security of countries will
remain at stake," he said while delivering the keynote address at
FICCI-India Foundation convention on 'Homeland Security-2016: Smart
Borders Management' in New Delhi. Development and security go hand
in hand and mere physical delineation of territories will not suffice,
he said, adding that although India had fenced borders with Pakistan
and Bangladesh, and the Government was trying to make the security
mechanism foolproof, drug trafficking, illegal crossing and infiltration
remain the order of the day.
Previous Governments had adopted a "defeatist" attitude
by not constructing roads in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh as they
felt Chinese forces could use them, Kiren Rijiju added.
Chirang Police foiled an attempt by NDFB-IKS militants
and their sympathisers to remit money obtained through extortion
to their camps in Myanmar and arrested five persons in connection
with this case. ASP, Chirang, Tabu Ram Pegu, said the accused had
planned to transfer INR 40,000 to a bank account in Nagaland and
from there human couriers would have been used to ship the money
to the outfit's camps in the forests of Myanmar. "They tried to
transfer the money from the Basugaon branch of the SBI yesterday
(September 7) but could not do so because of link failure at the
bank. They would have tried it again today but before that we arrested
them and seized the money," he said. "The cash seized from them
was part of Rs 60,000 that they had extorted from one Kumar Basumatary,
a timber smuggler from the Khungring area of Chirang District, some
days ago," ASP said.
The series of arrests began with 22-year-old NDFB-IKS
cadre Daukha Narzary alias Dopthai. He was arrested from the Sundari
area under Sidli Police Station of Chirang District on September
7 evening during an operation launched on the basis of a tip-off.
Narzary belongs to the 40th batch of NDFB-IKS cadres and was trained
in Myanmar. Based on his confession, two linkmen, identified as
Kwmtha Basumatary and Swrangsar Basumatary were arrested from Rangsaidam
under Basugaon Police Station in Chirang District on September 7
night and INR 40,000 was recovered from them. "Further questioning
of the accused persons revealed names of their other accomplices
and multiple raids were conducted and two more linkmen of the outfit,
Bhim Basumatary and Jwngdao Basumatary were apprehend from Kashikotra
under Sidli Police Station around 1.30pm today (September 8)," the
According to SFs, the NDFB-IKS has stepped up its
extortion drive in the BTAD and adjoining areas though their cadres
and linkmen as the outfit has been going through a major financial
crunch. The militant group is using linkmen and sympathisers, mostly
local youths belonging to poor families including girls, to carry
out extortions. A Police source said the NDFB-IKS is using bank
accounts of some persons in Nagaland to route extortion money to
their Myanmar camps. "Certain percentage of the money is given to
the bank account holder as commission," the source said. In order
to avoid detection by the RBI, the funds are transferred in small
amounts not exceeding INR one lakh.
The ULFA-I released Assam BJP panchayat leader's
son, Kuldeep Moran, at the Indo-Myanmar border in Arunachal Pradesh.
He was abducted on August 1 and the militants had demanded INR 1
crore ransom. Earlier, ULFA-I leader Paresh Baruah said Kuldeep
has been not been abducted for ransom, but to stand 'trial' for
passing on information to the Army, which resulted in the killing
of several cadres of the outfit in encounters.
Special DGP (Law and Order) Kuladhar Saikia in his
tour to the Upper Assam Districts of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia, disclosed
that massive security operations would be initiated against the
insurgent group like ULFA-I and NDFB-IKS or any other group in the
State. "The security forces have been instructed to be strict against
all those forces who have been trying to create an atmosphere of
terror and fear among the people," he said. During his visit to
Dibrugarh, Saikia interacted with the leading citizens and media
persons at Police Reserve auditorium.
The AJYCP asked the Centre to resume peace talks
with the ULFA and other militant outfits to help Assam restore permanent
peace. It further threatens to launch a statewide agitation if the
Centre fails to hold the peace parleys with the rebels afresh. In
a statement issued in Guwahati, AJYCP president Biraj Kumar Talukdar
deplored that neither Delhi nor Dispur has invited the rebel outfits
to resume the stalled peace talks. The AJYCP leader said that the
government would have to pay a heavy price if it keeps mum on the
The NDFB-P expressed its dissatisfaction over the
Centre's alleged lack of commitment in solving the Bodo imbroglio.
Speaking on the occasion of its 28th martyrs' day celebration of
the NDFB's western zone designated camp at Serfanguri in Kokrajhar,
S. Sanjarang, the outfit's 'information and publicity secretary',
said it was unfortunate that the peace dialogue had not been productive
as a result of a lack of political will on the part of the Centre.
He said the outfit had 14 rounds of dialogue with the Centre but
there have been no progress in the last one-and-a half years of
the BJP-led NDA Government. The talks were last held on June 9 last
year (2015), Sanjarang said. He slammed the Narendra Modi Government
for the lack of measures to resume talks with the organisation,
whereas during the UPA Government, several rounds of negotiations
were held and the Government had taken initiatives for a peaceful
solution. He added that the BJP had assured them before the last
elections of solving the Bodo issue but did not keep its word.
The Army's Red Horns Division and Police launched
an operation in the Hatoka area of East Karbi Anglong District,
and arrested two militants, including Binod Gowla, the self-styled
'deputy commander-in-chief' of NSCA. The operation was carried out
based on information provided by the Army's intelligence unit, defence
spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Suneet Newton said. A 7.65-mm pistol,
grenade and ammunition were seized from the duo. The NSCA is a fringe
outfit involved in extortion and unlawful activities.
In an operation by Army and Police, an NDFB-IKS
cadre identified as Hwbtasad Brahma alias Darga alias Jathi, was
arrested in West Daisamguri of Chirang District. A pistol and ammunition
were seized from him.
The State Government has directed the Assam Police
to step up efforts to trace the nearly 38,000 illegal Bangladeshi
nationals of the post-1971 stream, who have been evading arrest.
As per the new directives, the SPs of all the Districts will have
to henceforth file a detailed monthly status report on the untraced
infiltrators. The monthly report by the respective SPs must also
carry the reasons behind the respective District Police's inability
to catch the illegal immigrants missing from their respective areas
of jurisdiction. "We want an improved synergy among all the 500
police units and task forces meant for tracking down untraced Bangladeshis.
The baggage of 38,000 untraced illegal immigrants is a bit too much
to carry," official sources said. The Home Department has also asked
the law-enforcers to intensify search operation against the untraced
infiltrators with improved intelligence sharing. It has also asked
all the SPs to devise strategies to nab the illegal foreigners who
are on the run, and, if necessary, put them on surveillance.
Assam Police rescued a 77-year old Arabinda Kumar
Das, a resident of Shillong, who was abducted on July 25 last from
Assam. According to sources, Das was abducted when he went for morning
walk on July 25. Sampa Das, daughter of the abducted person received
a ransom call from the abductors on July 26 who demanded an amount
of INR 2 crores. On September 15, after a gap of 52 days, the victim
was rescued by Assam Police while being taken in a van. One person
namely Nurul Haque of Gamari, Ramkrishna Nagar in Karimganj who
was with the victim had been arrested. No ransom was paid to the
In a series of multi directional and synchronized
operations, Army and Police arrested eight cadres of KPLT including
'self-styled C-in-C' of a KPLT faction, Sunder Dera alias Rijak
Dera, and recovered a large cache of arms, ammunition and incriminating
documents from West Karbi Anglong District. The official said that
during confrontation with the armed rebels, own troops exercised
maximum restraint and upholding the principle of use of minimum
force and no collateral damage arrested the hardcore militants.
Arrested cadres also include an 'area commander' and 'vice chairman'
of the group who were instrumental in coordinating extortion, kidnapping
and recruitment of new cadres, said official. Four rifles including
one AK-47 rifle, grenades, live ammunition, extortion notices and
receipts were also recovered from the cadres.
"KPLT, which is in a state of disarray due to the
recent successful operations by Security Forces (SF), has suffered
a crippling blow," the Army official added. He said that the elimination
of two hardcore KPLT cadres and apprehension of fourteen cadres
in the past one month has left the outfit leaderless and completely
Police arrested five newly recruited ULFA-I cadres
from Sonitpur, Tinsukia and Udalguri Districts. ASP, Sonitpur, Fakrul
Islam, said three cadres of the outfit, identified as Kishor Deka,
Jayanta Deka and Pranab Deka, all in their twenties and from Harisinga
in Udalguri District, were picked up from a Tinsukia-bound night
bus at Tezpur in Sonitpur District. According to the Police, they
were on their way to Myanmar for arms training. Based on confessions
made by them during interrogation, another newly recruited ULFA-I
cadre, Anjan Deka (31) was arrested from Bengbari village under
Harisinga police station in Udalguri District and another cadre,
Anil Borah alias Utpal Asom (31), who had joined the outfit in 2011,
was also arrested from Tinsukia District.
Kokrajhar Police arrested six persons, identified
as Aminul Islam, Md Bharul Islam, Md Sahidul Seikh, Md Amsar Ali,
Tofiya Alom and Shahajan Ali along with one country-made pistol
from Joypur in Kokrajhar District. They were demanding ransom in
the name of the NDFB-IKS from local people.
Assam Police arrested a NDFB-IKS linkman, identified
as Tefra Muchahary of Taijouguri village in Kokrajhar District.
Police arrested two persons, identified as Sujit
Sen and Biren Tamuli for alleged extortion in the name of ULFA-I
from Guwahati in Kamrup District.
The ULFA-I led by Paresh Barua launched a recruitment
drive in the Sate to replenish its depleting strength. A Police
source said that the latest recruitment was being carried out under
the supervision of the outfit's 'operational commander' Nayan Medhi
in Districts like Udalguri and Darrang, apart from its traditional
strongholds of Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Sivasagar. "It came to light
after the arrest of three newly-recruited cadres from a Tinsukia-bound
bus at Tezpur on Thursday (September 15) night while they were on
their way to the outfit's camps in Myanmar for arms training," the
source said. The trio hails from Harisinga in Udalguri District.
Resentment is brewing in Jorhat after the banned
ULFA-I served extortion demand to many noted Punjabi businessmen
of the Jorhat District, besides the regular demand to other businessmen
of the Marwari and Bihari community, tea garden owners and State
Government officers. Notably, the demand has come from the 'chairman'
of the ULFA-I, Abhizeet Axom, as depicted in the calls and text
messages sent, asking contribution as party fund towards the cause
of the ULFA movement. The other demand has come from Jibon Axom.
A close study of ULFA reveals that every cadre from the bottom to
the top hierarchy acquires a single and unique name which is neither
transferable nor can be acquired by anyone else even for making
calls for demand or sending press releases to the print or electronic
news channels. The demand by the ULFA 'chairman' Abhizeet Axom has
created terror and sensation among the community. A top source of
the police has informed about numerous cases being registered across
various police stations of the District with one in Mariani, Titabor,
Teok and Jorhat Police station. The demand ranges from INR 5 lakh
to INR 50 lakh. Allegations of low Police investigation and sense
of insecurity have gripped the people.
SF and Assam Police engaged in counter-insurgency
(CI) operation in Assam have mounted vigil against the proscribed
ULFA-I which has started using social media like WhatsApp to send
extortion demands to soft targets besides engaging linkmen or over
ground agents to collect fund on their behalf. A senior Police official
overseeing law and order in the State informed that the ULFA-I had
resorted to extortion drive especially targeted at the tea estates
in eastern Assam where tea executives live in remote, vulnerable
areas. He informed that a senior executive of Santak Tea Estate
in Sivasagar District was arrested two days back for making payment
to a linkman as per extortion demand of the ULFA-I. The official
said the outfit, of late, has started using social media to convey
extortion demand to soft targets to escape detection by SFs. The
Police become awake to the new modus operandi of the ULFA-I, which
is led by fugitive 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Barua, in respect
of carrying out extortion and preventive measures have been put
The third convention of the Surrendered NDFB Welfare
Association will be held on October 3 and 4 at the Bodofa Cultural
Complex in Kokrajhar District, informed the vice-president of the
association. A meeting of the association was held at the office
of Bijni Primary SNDFB Welfare Association in Bijni in Chirang District
recently where a reception committee for the convention was formed
with Pulen Narzary as chairman. The committee was formed with Gojen
Narzary as vice chairman, Samesh Basuamtary as convener and Bhaben
Basumatary and Kamal Basumatary as joint conveners respectively.
The meeting for the formation of the reception committee was chaired
by the secretary of Bijni Primary SNDFB Welfare Association, Gojen
Goyary. Former president of the SNDFB Welfare Association, Hebal
Mashahary informed that the association was formed in 2005 to work
for the welfare of surrendered members of NDFB and to address their
problems. He said there had been only two conventions earlier. There
had been no convention since 2008, he added.
Any incident of terror taking place in Bangladesh
has implications for India as well, said Indian High Commissioner
to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla during a visit in Agartala.
"Although there is not sufficient evidence of cross-border terror
activity, consequential effect of a horrific incident taking place
in Bangladesh can be on India as well, as we share a long land boundary
with that country," Shringla said. He, however, expressed satisfaction
that the Bangladesh authorities have now realised that terror activities
could take a serious turn in their country, and they have met with
some success in dealing with the recent acts of terror on their
soil. The Indian envoy said, "Ever since the Bangladesh SFs have
taken some pro-active steps, the situation in that country has improved
a lot. Bangladesh has been mobilising the people of all sections
to deal with the situation emerging from the recent terrorist attacks."
Referring to the Home Minister-level meeting held in July in New
Delhi, Shringla said that India and Bangladesh would fight terrorism
jointly, as agreed upon during the meeting, also because it is in
An NDFB-IKS linkman, identified as Bindo Muchahary,
was arrested from Madya Bashbari under Karigaon Police Station in
Kokrajhar District. He was active in collecting extortion money
on behalf of the NDFB-IKS. One mobile phone and fake identity documents
were recovered from him. Muchahary used to be in contact with cadres
based in Myanmar and in the northern jungles of Kokrajhar. He confessed
that he had been working as a linkman for the group.
An NDFB-IKS militant, identified as Rajib Basumatary
alias Mirgang alias Merbang alias Mergom, who escaped from Police
custody in July 13, was killed in an operation by SFs in the Labanyapur
area of Kokrajhar District. According to the Police, a search operation
was launched in the area based on a tip-off and subsequently an
encounter took place and Basumatary was killed. Police sources said
Basumatary was a senior NDFB-IKS cadre and an under trial, who had
escaped from Police custody on July 13 at Choibari tea garden on
the way to Kokrajhar District jail from the NIA court in Guwahati.
A .22mm pistol, three live rounds of .22 ammunition, two 36HE grenades,
and six cases of 7.62mm pistol ammunition were also recovered from
Lekhapani Police arrested three ULFA-I linkmen from
Jagun area in Tinsukia District. Acting on a tip-off, Police arrested
Sushil Gogoi and Sahabuddin Siddiqui from Jagun area and recovered
160 track suits and 70 sweaters from their possession. Again, Lekhapani
Police arrested Dilip Phukan, a noted businessman of Jagun Parvatipur
area, and recovered 30 track suits from his house. According to
sources, under the direction of ULFA-I 'publicity secretary' Arunodoy
Dohatia, a recruitment drive was going in Myanmar and youths belonging
to the age group of 16 years- 24 years of Tinsukia District were
going to Myanmar for ULFA-I training.
Tamulpur Police and Army in a joint operation arrested
a youth, identified as Rahmat Ali (26) along with arms from Khandikar
village under Tamulpur Police Station in Baksa District. One 9 MM
pistol and one country-made revolver were recovered from his possession.
In one of the biggest operations in the fight against
terror in the North-east in recent times, the Indian Army along
with personnel of Assam Police killed at least six KPLT militants
in a swift and surgical operation in the Nambar Reserve Forest in
East Karbi Anglong District. On receiving specific intelligence
inputs on the presence of a KPLT camp in the dense Nambar Reserve
Forest, SFs launched a joint operation in the afternoon of September
22. On September 23, the Army troops found the camp with armed terrorists.
On being challenged, the terrorists started indiscriminate firing
on the troops, which resulted in severe gunfight in which four terrorists
were killed. Taking advantage of the dense jungle, the other terrorists
tried to escape, but they again came in contact with the Army men
who were in hot pursuit of the fleeing terrorists. In the encounter,
two more terrorists were killed. Altogether six KPLT militants including
its two leaders were killed in the encounter.
According to reports, an Army jawan was also
injured during the encounter and later the jawan was admitted to
a hospital, said Debajit Deury, SP. The slain militants have not
yet been identified, added Deury. One 7.62 mm self loading rifle,
one Insas rifle, three pistols, two hand grenades, large number
of ammunition, several sharp weapons, fired cases, solar panels
and blankets, etc. were recovered from the slain militants, said
the PRO of the Defence wing.
A youth, identified as Dipak Basumatari (32) was
arrested while collecting extortion money in the name of NDFB-IKS
at Rupakhat area on the outskirts of Tangla town in Udalguri District.
According to report, the youth threatened a businessman of the town
and demanded INR 2 lakh as extortion money. But later the businessman
negotiated the amount to INR10,000. The youth was arrested by a
team of Tangla Police led by SDPO)Bhergaon when he came to collect
the money at Rupakhat area. A.32 pistol, three rounds of live ammunition
and an unregistered gearless scooter were recovered from his possession.
Of late it has come to light that illegal check
points have resurfaced at various strategic spots and are allegedly
extorting money, particularly from the drivers of goods-laden vehicles
travelling through the NH-37 across the Goalpara District and this
menace is continuing right under the nose of law-enforcement agencies.
Some minitruck drivers from Goalpara, who regularly commute along
this stretch of the national highway alleged that they have now
become the primary victims, as they have to dole out between INR
50 to INR 200 (between INR1,000 to INR 1,500 for bigger trucks and
12 wheelers) per trip to the extortionists at Salpara under Krishnai
Police Station and then at Leyla and Dudhnoi, both under Dudhnoi
Police Station falling under RHAC.
Police confirmed that the recovered Insas Rifle
from the slain KPLT militants, who were killed in an encounter on
September 23, was snatched from the armed bodyguards of MAC Narendra
Killing when militants assassinated him at his residence in Balipathar
back in 2011. A group of eight heavily armed militants swooped inside
the residence of MAC Narendra Killing and opened indiscriminate
firing. , MAC Killing was killed on the spot and two of Killing's
PSOs, Darsing Rongpi and Manob Puran, sustained bullet injuries.
Militants thereafter decamped with two 303 Lee-Enfield Rifles, one
Insas Rifle and around 70 rounds of ammunition from the guards.
Former chief minister and founder president of AGP
Prafulla Kumar Mahanta appealed to the Centre to provide special
constitutional safeguards, modelled on the ILP system, in the Citizenship
(Amendment) Bill, 2016, to protect the indigenous people of the
State. The bill, which was tabled in Parliament on August 11, seeks
to give citizenship rights to persecuted religious minorities from
Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is currently being examined
by a joint select committee of Parliament after opposition parties
said it needed more scrutiny.
Six top JMB militants, including three of Indian
origin, were arrested from Assam and West Bengal. Acting on a tip
off, one JMB militant, identified as Jahidul S. alias Jabirul was
arrested from Cachar District in Assam on September 24. Following
his interrogation, Moulana Yusuf alias Abu Khetab and Shahidul Islam
were arrested from Bashirhat, and Anwar Hossain Farook and Mohammad
Rubel from Bagda road in Bangaon, both in North 24 Parganas District
on September 25. "STF of Kolkata Police has arrested six Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen
Bangladesh terrorists," Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, Visal
Garg said. "These six are part of the top leadership of JMB," he
said, adding five of them are named in the chargesheet filed by
the NIA in the Khagragarh blast case in Burdwan District on October
2, 2014. Police recovered a laptop, mobile phones, SD cards, wires,
detonators, a powder like substance and fake identity documents
from them. "The powder like substance can be explosive. We will
get it examined by experts," said Garg.
The arrested militants included Anwar Hossain Farook
of Jamalpur in Bangladesh, who was the head of the JMB unit in West
Bengal. Another arrested militant was Moulana Yusuf alias Abu Khetab
from Mangalkot of Burdwan District, the second in command in JMB.
The other four are Shahidul Islam, the head of JMB's North Eastern
unit, Mohammad Rubel - an expert in improvised explosive devices
- hailing from Jamalpur in Bangladesh, Abul Kalam from Barpeta District
in Assam and Jahidul S. alias Jabirul from Bangladesh. Garg said
the STF was keeping an eye on JMB activities and tracking those
who had absconded to the northeastern or southern India hideouts.
Based on specific input, a joint team of Tangla
Police and Army arrested one NDFB-IKS cadre, identified as Derhasar
Daimari alias D. Daihang and another linkman, identified as Sarat
Basumatari from Kahibari area under Tangla Police Station in Udalguri
District. A .22 handmade revolver, four rounds of live ammunition,
a dagger and eight mobile handsets were recovered from their possession.
Derhasar Daimari is allegedly a hardcore cadre trained in Arunachal
Pradesh. He was also allegedly involved in many anti-social activities
along with extortion related cases in Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri
Districts during the past couple of months, said a P source.
The close proximity between the Paresh Baruah-led
ULFA-I and China came to the fore again when the faction asked the
HYCP to withdraw its appeal to ban Chinese products in the State.
The ULFA-I in a statement emailed to the media stated that the neighbouring
China had been maintaining a historic and friendly relations with
the people of Assam and would continue maintain the good relations
in future too. "The people of consumer state of Assam who have been
exploited by Indian traders, have the right to buy cheaper good
(Chinese items) available in the market and no one should try to
disrupt that at the dictation of the RSS and the BJP," the ULFA-I
The outfit further asked the president Balen Baishya
and general secretary Dipankar Gohain of the state unit of HYCP
to keep in mind Assam's historic ties with China and desist from
making such appeal to the people of Assam acting as a stooge of
the RSS and the BJP. The outfit further warned the two leaders of
befitting action in case they dared to make such statement against
Chinese goods in future. Security agencies in India often claim
that the fugitive ULFA-I 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah, who
is suspected to have pitched camp in Myanmar, maintains a close
ties with his contacts in China.
KPLT allegedly demanded a sum of INR 5.50 crore
from D. Uphing Maslai, executive member of KAAC and warned him that
he and his family along with his relatives would be killed if he
fails to pay the ransom. The threat, which was send through a text
message, also mentioned that his house would be blown up with a
single detonation. Maslai has registered a case in Diphu police
station and has sought legal protection from the Police.
Police arrested another JMB cadre, identified as
Azizur Rehman from Gumrah village under Katigorah police Station
in Cachar District. Police sources said Rehman, the owner of a cycle
repairing shop, had given shelter to Jamirul Islam, an alleged JMB
cadre, who was arrested by Kolkata Police, with help from their
counterparts in Assam, on September 24. More than 45 people have
been arrested so far for alleged links with JMB in Assam. Special
DGP (Law & Order) Kuladhar Saikia said that Assam Police is very
much concerned about growing jihadi activities in the State. He
also stated that the Assam Police is in constant touch with Kolkata
Assam Police conducted search operation at Thaisuguri
village area under Kachugaon Police Station in Kokrajhar District
and arrested a wanted linkman of the NDFB-IKS, identified as Sanen
Brahma (27) early in the morning. One mobile handset was recovered
from his possession. ADGP, LR Bishnoi said that Sanen Brahma had
been working as a channel of communication between NDFB-IKS cadres
and OGWs in that area and also used to provide information about
the movement of SFs to NDFB-IKS cadres. He was reportedly engaged
in arranging ration items meant for Bidai and his group. He had
been also playing a very important role in siphoning off extortion
money to cadres based in Myanmar through OGWs and sympathizers,
he added. Bishnoi also said that the NDFB-IKS linkman had been making
more than 600 calls to Batha and Myanmar-based Hanja NDFB cadre
group and had collected money deposited in different banks in the
One person, identified as Babban Garh (40) who was
under treatment at the AMCH after suffering bullet injuries fired
by ULFA-I militants on August 12 evening at the Gabharubheti Bamun
Gaon under Philobari Police Station in Tinsukia District succumbed
to his injuries at the AMCH, as the death toll in the incident rises
to three. Earlier, suspected ULFA-I militants on August 12 killed
two persons, identified as Kishori Shah and Rajen Shah and injured
eight others at Bahbon village in Philobari area of the Tinsukia
In what may be a major assault on insurgency in
Northeast India, China has agreed to cooperate with India in identifying
and apprehending ULFA-I 'chief' Paresh Baruah and other insurgent
leaders who are believed to be seeking shelter in the frontier province
of China of late. Disclosing that the issue of ULFA-I chief seeking
shelter in China came up for discussion during a dialogue with his
counterpart in Beijing, Joint Intelligence Committee chairman R.N.
Ravi said that his Chinese counterpart suggested that they should
send spotter to identify and apprehend the insurgent leaders who
have holed themselves up in China's territory. Pointing out that
secretary-general of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs
of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Mr Wang Yongqing
is visiting India for a meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath
Singh next month, R.N. Ravi said that some mechanism would also
be worked out to flush out Northeast insurgent leaders operating
from Chinese soil and to share intelligence in real time.
R.N. Ravi also said that India has shared information
with China on how Northeast insurgents are using Chinese arms and
explosives and inflicting violence in northeastern states. The ULFA-I
chief has been living in Tengchong on the Sino-Myanmar border since
he fled Bangladesh in 2009 after the Sheikh Hasina Government started
a massive crackdown against Northeast rebel groups. Authoritative
security sources dealing with insurgency in the Northeast said that
Baruah has been operating from Tengchong on the Sino-Myanmar border,
from where he is also in touch with a Chinese intelligence officer
in Ruili and a woman from the Dai tribe. He was also found to have
been visiting Kunming frequently to meet some Chinese intelligence
sleuths. India has shared some more specific intelligence with its
counterpart in China, security sources said, adding that ULFA-I
chief may have been maintaining links with some lower-grade intelligence
sleuths but Beijing was not patronising them as claimed by these
As many as 25 blankets that were being transshipped
to Myanmar-based camps of ULFA-I, were recovered and a woman, identified
as Jina Halong was arrested at Jagun in Tinsukia District of eastern
most Assam close to Myanmar border. Security sources informed that
the woman was carrying the blankets to ULFA-I camps in Myanmar on
being asked by one of the senior ULFA-I leader, Arunodoy Asom. Outfit
has pitched its main camp and training camp in Myanmar jungles under
the patronage of with Naga rebel group NSCN-K. The blankets were
meant for ULFA-I cadres based in the neighbouring country in view
of fast onset of winter in the area. The SFs have mounted vigil
against the outfit especially in eastern Assam's bordering areas
in Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Sivasagar Districts in the wake of the
outfit's recent strike on Hindi speaking people in remote part of
Tinsukia district and reported extortion drive launched by it in
the eastern Assam's tea belt.
During a meeting with the District Police chiefs,
the District Deputy Commissioners and senior officials of the State
Police and the civil administration in Guwahati, Assam Chief Minister
Sarbananda Sonowal called for geared up vigil against anti-national
elements including Jihadis that have posed threat to the internal
security of the country. He underlined the need for mounting vigil
in river isles of Brahmaputra River where there is hardly any permanent
Police post. It is suspected that Jihadi elements could take shelter
in those unguarded river isles inhabited by suspected illegal Muslim
migrants from Bangladesh. West Bengal Police's STF arrested three
JMB cadres from Assam's Cachar and Buxirhat three days back raising
the alarm in the State, report said.
A team of Golaghat Police officials arrested two
CPI-Maoist cadres from Chungajan area under Golaghat District. The
arrested cadres were identified as Gojen Gogoi alias Rubul (29)
and Basanti Bora Sonowal (30). ASP, Numal Mahatto said that Gojen
Gogoi was a native of Chungajan Majgaon under Golaghat District
and Basanti Bora Sonowal was a resident of Ratanpur under Chaparmukh
Police Station in Sadiya in Tinsukia District. They are husband
and wife. Further, he said that Gogoi actively participated in organizational
activities in Upper Assam. He is closely associated with Maoist
leader Aditya Bora who was arrested from Khakandaguri, Dergaon few
days back and has links with Maoist leaders Pallab Borbora, Debojit
Borgohain, Moina Dohotia, Uttam Nayak and Girish Bora. Gojen Gogoi
joined the Maoist organization in the year 2011 at Baraghoria Sarupathar
as executive member. He was involved in extortion, kidnapping and
organized Maoist activities, Mahatto added.
Several social, student and women organizations
of Tiwa community of Karbi Anglong District expressed serious concern
over the incident of ransom demand and life threat allegedly issued
by KPLT to D. Uphing Maslai, executive member of KAAC on September
26. Addressing a press conference, representatives of Tiwa Students
Union, All Tiwa Women Association, Tiwa Cultural Society and Tiwa
Youth Association said that Tiwa community as a whole have remained
pro-active in raising the demand for an autonomous or separate state
for Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao autonomous District and, as such,
threat from a Karbi organization is most unfortunate. Tiwa bodies
has stated that the threat to Maslai is a intimidation to the whole
community. "We maintained good relationship with Karbi community
since time immemorial. This is a case of political conspiracy. The
group or person who is trying to divide us will not be spared and
we request everyone to expose this divisive power," said Dominic
Sakra, president of ATSU in presence of other 8 heads of Tiwa bodies.
He further warned "if anything happens to Maslai, we will not keep
silent." Assam Government will make all Police Stations in the State
smart police stations in a phased manner, Chief Minister Sarbananda
Sonowal said. A smart Police force is the order of the day and technology
would be able to help the police to efficiently tackle law and order
situations, Sonowal said at the Assam Police Day celebrations held
at 4th APBN, Kahilipara in Guwahati. The chief minister also said
Policemen must instill fear in the hearts of the antisocial elements
and inspire trust and goodwill among the common people of the State.
Honoring ten Police personnel with Chief Minister's medal for their
outstanding performance, he said Assam Police should aim to become
the best Police force in the country.
ULFA-I said that its top leader Drishtri Rajkhowa
has not surrendered anywhere. In s statement, ULFA-I 'central publicity
secretary' Aronodoi Dohotiya said that the rumour is baseless and
that it was aimed at spreading false propaganda. Earlier, a section
of media speculated that the top ULFA-I leader was preparing to
surrender forcing the leadership to clear the position.
The Barpeta Police arrested three suspected jihadis,
including two teachers and the fake father of JMB mastermind Jahirul
alias Jeherul alias Jabirul, who was arrested by West Bengal
Police and unearthed some vital information regarding the ongoing
subversive activities in the State, said SP, Barpeta, Siladitya
Setia. With the arrest of these three, identified as Abdus Sattar
Mia alias Sattar Moulavi, Khalilur Rahman and Kazimddin,
more links to Jihadi activities have been unearthed. The
first two persons are teachers and the second one is the BLO of
Chaparbari Polling Station while the third one is the impersonated
father of the most wanted JMB activist. With this arrest, it came
to light a few days back that Jabirul had enrolled his name in the
voters' list of Sarukshetri Assembly constituency in Barpeta District
in 2013 and 2014, acquired a school certificate and even vital documents
like PAN. Jahirul went underground in the last part of 2014 when
the NIA began to search him after the arrest of Sahnur Alam, the
JMB mastermind in Assam. All the three were produced before the
judicial magistrate, who remanded them to Police custody for one
NDFB-P celebrated the 30th foundation day of the
organization at the designated camp of Western Zone located at Serfanguri
in Kokrajhar District. The 'speaker' of NDFB-P, B. Benga alias
Sunil Basumatary said the outfit was founded on October 3, 1986
with a view to liberate Bodoland and to regain the ancestral land
of the forefathers of the Bodos who had been neglected and suppressed
by the colonials. He said they entered into ceasefire with the Government
of India in 2005 and joined the peace process to bring permanent
solution through peace talks. He also said the GoI led by Narendra
Modi was yet to re-start the dialogue with the NDFB for peaceful
solution. Benga said the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre had
assured them for solution of Bodoland issue through peace talks
but after coming to power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not
taken any proactive measures during his two years in power.
Ahead of Durga Puja and Diwali celebrations in the
State, a senior Minister in the Assam Government appealed to the
masses to avoid buying Chinese products. Minister for Education,
Health and Finance, Himanta Biswa Sarma's statement comes days after
the banned militant group ULFA-I warned a Hindu group for seeking
a boycott of Chinese goods. "This Durga Puja people should avoid
buying products made in China. Instead they should buy lamps, decorative
lights and household utensils made in India," the minister said
in Guwahati. Significantly, the minister's appeal also follows Beijing's
declaration last Saturday that it has blocked a tributary of the
Brahmaputra, to construct a dam for a major hydro-electric project
in Tibet. It is not known if blocking the tributary will affect
the volume of the Brahmaputra which flows across the length of Assam.
There has been a paradigm shift in the policy of
the Government of India on the issue of dealing with terrorism and
if any terrorist kills an Indian citizen, he will have be ready
to face the toughest possible action. Highly placed sources in the
GoI said, "gone are the days when terrorists attacked Indians and
the government's response were mere statements condemning the attacks.
From now on, if any terrorist attacks Indian citizens, he will have
to be ready to face the strongest possible action. Even if a terrorist
escapes to a foreign country after inflicting pain on any Indian
citizen, he would not be able to escape unharmed." Sources said
that the recent surgical operation was unique as for the first time,
the GoI decided to launch such a major offensive to prove its point
to the terrorists. The Government is ready to face any eventuality
following the strike as all the possible scenarios of such an attack
were thoroughly examined before taking the "calculated risk", which
came off well. Sources pointed out that though India had earlier
carried out such an operation in Myanmar, there was a major difference.
The insurgents attacked in Myanmar by the Indian SFs were not getting
any direct help from the Government of Myanmar, but it is now a
well established fact that the terrorists in PoK were getting support
from the Pakistan Army. Official sources further pointed out that
the surgical strike was not against a country by the Indian Army,
but was a clinical operation against terrorists using the territory
as safe sanctuaries.
Sources also warned that following the change of
policy of the Government, even if any member of militant outfits
of the Northeast indulges in killing of Indian citizens and escapes
to a foreign country, India would try its best to hit him in foreign
land, if necessary. In the past, the Centre started talks with insurgents
involved in large scale killings of innocents, but when the NDFB-IKS
indulged in killings of innocents, the Centre made it clear that
there would be no talk with the outfit and launched a full scale
operation against its members. Similar situation would continue
and no one would be allowed to go scot free after killing an Indian
citizen, sources added.
A youth, identified as Safiqul Ali, who had sent
an SMS to the PS of State Health and Education Minister Himanta
Biswa Sarma for extortion, was arrested by the Police from the Bagorbori
area in Guwahati in Kamrup District. Safiqul Ali, hailing from Kolgasia
in Barpeta District on October 2 sent an SMS to N Sarma, the PS
of Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma asking him to pay INR 5 crore. The
extortionist indirectly sought the cash from the minister as he
had reportedly told the PS to tell the Minister to pay the cash
as demanded by him. The extortionist also wanted the money to be
handed over to him at a tea estate in Biswanath.
Strongly reiterating that all illegal migrants
living in Assam would have to leave the State, Chief Minister Sarbananda
Sonowal said that the interests of all genuine citizens will be
protected by his Government at any cost. Speaking at a meeting organized
by Nepali Sanskriti Suraksha Parishad at Rabindra Bhawan in Guwahati,
Sonowal said the Nepalis are a brave and hardworking community which
has made tremendous contribution to the formation of greater Assamese
race. Allaying fears of the Nepali community, Sonowal said that
the Nepalis living in Assam do not need to fear about their place
in society, and they are as much sons of the soil as any other indigenous
community of the State. Regarding the concerns raised by the community
about NRC update exercise, the CM assured that the government is
committed to protect the rights of Nepali people living in Assam
for ages and it will not allow any vested interest group to create
confusion in the minds of Nepalis about their right to citizenship
of this great country.
A linkman of NDFB-IKS, identified as Satya Basumatary
was arrested in Gossaigaon in Kokrajhar District.
Police arrested two persons, identified as San MIyan
and Nazir Ali in connection with the circulation of FICN at Attareekhat
under the Dimakuchi Police Station in Udalguri District recently.
According to reports, the duo tried to hand over FICNs amounting
to INR 3 lakh to a trader.
Two cadres of NSLA, identified as Ram Mardi and
Sulaiman Soren were arrested from Borobadha in Kokrajhar District.
A handmade pistol, an AK-47, live ammunition and two mobile phones
In a major diplomatic move to the Indo-Bangladesh
repatriation process, the 10 Bangladeshi nationals, including two
minors, who were detained at the Silchar Central Jail in Cachar
District, will be deported back to Bangladesh through the international
border at Karimganj on October 13. The Bangladeshi nationals will
be handed over to the team of Karimganj Police and 133 Battalion
of BSF and at 10 am, they would be handed over to the BGB officials,
Police sources said. Terming this as a diplomatic success, Cachar
Deputy Commissioner S Vishwanathan said this decision was expected
to "reach us any moment since there were frequent talks between
the Government of India, MEA and the Bangladesh Government."
Leaders of the ULFA and various intellectuals of
Assam have made it crystal clear that Assam is not going to shoulder
the burden of any Bangladeshis, Hindus or Muslims. A meeting called
by the ULFA at Gauri Sadan in Guwahati on issues like citizenship
to Hindu Bangladeshis, deportation of foreigners staying illegally
in the State and ensuring land rights of the indigenous people of
the State, those present at the meeting vehemently opposed the government's
move to provide Indian citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis. "If such
a move is translated into a reality, the situation in Assam will
simply boil," many of the speakers said, and added: "This government
has violated the existing land Act." ULFA leader Arabinda Rajkhowa
said: "We're opposing the decision which the government at the Centre
is trying to impose on us. What steps we're going to take will be
clear in the days ahead." The ULFA leader said that the organization
would let the Centre know its decision on the move to amend the
citizenship Act in their next round of peace talks.
Two persons were arrested along with FICN worth
of INR 2 lakh from the Barpeta road area in Barpeta District. "One
of them was identified as Ruleka Khatun. About 400 fake notes of
Rs 500 were seized from them," a Police officer said. Sources said
the two had confessed to procuring the fake notes from an agent
in Bihar. They added that the duo had been asked to give the notes
to some other agents. "In many cases, FICN racketeers are found
to be involved in cattle smuggling and even funding militancy in
the region. Investigation will reveal more details," the officer
Usually, a consignment of FICN worth of INR 1 lakh
is smuggled into the state in exchange of INR 60,000 worth of real
notes, report said. Thus, when agents supply these notes to the
market, they get a flat 40% cut on every lot. The couriers, after
acquiring the FICNs from their counterparts in Bangladesh or Pakistan,
pump them into Assam. Later, a separate batch of couriers, mostly
hired on low payment, circulate them in major towns of the state
like Dibrugarh, Tezpur, Bongaigaon and various parts of the Barak
Valley. Earlier, Assam Police sources had hinted at the involvement
of JMB linkmen in FICN rackets in the region. "On several occasions,
police have found a nexus between FICN couriers, JMB linkmen and
cattle smugglers," a source said.
The AGP made it clear that those who came to Assam
on or after March 25, 1971 from Bangladesh should be deported to
their country and the entire process should be done as per the Assam
Accord. This was stated by AGP president and State Agriculture and
Veterinary Minister Atul Bora on the occasion of the party's 32nd
foundation day held at Sarupeta in Barpeta District. The AGP also
indirectly opposed the move the Central government to amend the
Citizenship Act, 1955, which will pave way to provide citizenship
to religious minorities from Bangladesh. Through the amendment,
the BJP government at the Centre is planning to grant long-term
visa to hundreds of religiously persecuted Hindu refugees from Bangladesh
and other neighbouring countries.
Asserting that the Congress party will never allow
the Centre to tinker with the Assam Accord, Assam PCC president
Ripun Bora announced constitution of a committee under the chairmanship
of former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to chalk out the party's strategy
on the issue of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.
A reported plan drawn up by the ULFA-I led by Paresh
Barua and other rebel groups, which are part of the ULFWSA, to carry
out strikes in the North East has set alarm bells ringing in security
circles across the region, Information about the plan has reportedly
been gathered by intelligence agencies in eastern Arunachal Pradesh,
where two major rebel groups - the ULFA-I and NSCN-K - have been
very active for several years now. According to the agencies, outfits
under the front have been assigned specific tasks. These tasks range
from targeting SFs, carrying out subversive activities and abducting
Hindi-speaking businessmen, said sources.
The intelligence report, which is learnt to have
come from a Central agency, has said that while NSCN-K and ULFA-I
would target SFs in eastern Arunachal Pradesh where India, China
and Myanmar meet, PLA, ULFA-I and NSCN-K would carry out similar
strikes on SFs close to the India-Myanmar boundary in Manipur. Likewise,
ULFA-I, I.K. NDFB-IKS, GNLA and KLO have been assigned the task
of targeting SFs close to the India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya,
while ULFA-I and NDFB-IKS would carry out similar strikes close
to the India-Bhutan border in western Assam. Assam Police confirmed
having received similar inputs.
An IED of around 2 kilogram was recovered from Birubari
area in Guwahati in Kamrup Metropolitan District when children were
playing with the explosive, a senior Police officer said. The children
of one M Bhowmick were playing in front of their house at Sankarpur
Hill area in the morning when they found the explosive object wrapped
in jute ropes, the officer said. Bhomick said that he first thought
it was a football made by children but upon finding it heavy he
threw it inside the nearby forests, as his neighbours informed the
Police. Bomb disposal squad personnel found within the handmade
IED, a bottle filled with gelatin-like substance, glass shards and
nails fitted with a detonator and safety key, the officer said.
The bomb disposal squad safely detonated the bomb in the afternoon
hours. Police are still investigating who was behind the act.
SSB and Pathsala Police arrested one person, identified
as Jubed Ali along with FICN amounting to INR 50,000 at Kanduguri
in Bajali subdivision of Barpeta District. SFs brought him to Pathsala
outpost and registered a case against him and took him under Police
custody for further investigation.
Members of AJYCP caught 11 suspected Bangladeshi
migrants at Gogamukh in Dhemaji District and handed them over to
Police. They were caught while on their way to Jonai.
Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi sought a
white paper from the State Government on the status of the NRC as
the process has allegedly slowed down under the new dispensation,
a view which was in sharp contrast to the one held by the NRC office
in Guwahati. "Work on the NRC update has clearly slowed down under
the new government. Several deadlines have been missed. We will
seek a white paper from the government on the NRC status and, if
required, will move the Supreme Court in this connection," Gogoi
said. Gogoi said there were a lot of complaints and allegations
about his Government delaying the process to protect illegal migrants.
The 1951 NRC is being updated in Assam with the objective of, among
others, detecting illegal migrants living in the State.
Two persons, identified as Altaf Hussain (19) and
Sahad Ali (37) were arrested with handmade pistols and a mobile
handset by Army jawans during patrolling on Gauripur-Rupshi
road in Dhubri District.
Rowta Charali Police and Mazbat Police jointly busted
an inter-state gang of motorcycle lifters by arresting five persons
including one cadre of NDFB-RD from Rowta Charali in Udalguri District.
The Police are also looking for angles of the involvement of the
racket in supplying motorbikes to militant outfits.
A cadre of the NSLA, identified as Abraham Murmu
(34) was arrested from Satyapur in Kokrajhar District. A 7.62mm
country-made rifle along with live ammunition was recovered from
him. The arrested NSLA cadre was reportedly involved in numerous
cases of extortion, money collection, providing information and
administrative support to the banned organization, besides being
involved in various subversive activities.
Police recovered a crude bomb, weighing about 3.5
kilogram, from the house of Muhamad Abdul Samad of Kumguri in Kokrajhar
District. He was later arrested by the Police.
KPLT through press information issued by its 'general
secretary' Vojaru Hangjang announced that the organization has entered
into a ceasefire agreement with GoI for a period of six months starting
October 20, 2016 to April 20, 2017. "The KPLT has kept its armed
struggle going in spite of all odds and difficulties, but now it
has realized that the solutions to the problems can only be found
through peaceful means. The KPLT has therefore come to a ceasefire
agreement with the GOI and will now continue the statehood demand
through peaceful means," said Hanjang. The general secretary has
also appealed the people of Karbi Anglong to extend their support
to the organization.
Meanwhile, Assam Police termed the ceasefire offer
of the KPLT as "nothing new" and said the "only option" left before
the militant group's leaders is to "join the mainstream". "The KPLT
has prayed for a ceasefire pact with the government several times
before. Years of anti-insurgency operations have damaged the militant
outfit's organisational set up. Now, the only option left before
its leaders is to come and join the mainstream, and the letter is
an outcome of their frustration," said Karbi Anglong SP D. Deuri.
||A businessman, identified as
Haider Ali (50) who was shot at by unidentified assailants at Kotahbari
in Nalbari District on October 24 night, succumbed to his injuries
on October 25.
The ULFA-I joined chorus against the Citizenship
(Amendment) Bill, 2016, as proposed by the NDA Government and warned
`certain reactionary forces' that are out to derail the spontaneous
protests by indigenous groups in the State against the Bill. The
ULFA-I warned of dire consequence to `certain reactionary forces'
who are allegedly conspiring to derail the protests that is gradually
gaining momentum against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The ULFA-I stated that similar forces in the past had caused harm
to indigenous communities when that had raised voices demanding
protection of their rights. "The time has now changed and such reactionary
forces will not be tolerated this time," the ULFA-I warned.
Four youths, identified as the central general secretary
Krishnakanta Phukan and Mridul Dutta, Himadri Duwara and Mandeep
Hazarika of Sanmilito Yuba Shakti Asom (SYSA), were arrested for
treason by the Police from Dibrugarh District. The Police arrested
them while they were staging a dharna on October 23 and for raising
anti-Indian slogans and demanding independent Assam. On October
25, the Dibrugarh Police detained them with regard to the organization's
alleged role in strengthening the base of Independent faction of
ULFA-I in the District.
Two NDFB militants, out of three, were caught and
roughed up by the public at Bakulguri village under Goreswar Police
Station in Baksa District on afternoon when they had come to collect
ransom from the chairman of the Bakulguri VCDC, Dilip Debnath. Sources
said that three militants belonging to two factions of the NDFB
came to the village on a collect their earlier demanded ransom of
INR 1.5 lakh and INR 50,000 from Debnath. The militants stormed
into the VCDC office room located near- his residence, met Debnath
there and asked him to cough up the ransom. When Debnath refused
to pay the ransom, the militants attacked him with a sharp dagger.
Hearing Debnath's cries, some people who were working on the road
the VCDC chairman's office, chased the three NDFB militants and
managed to nab two them, while the third fled, firing in the air.
The people roughed up the two militants and the bike belonging to
the latter was burnt down to ashes. Later, Police arrested the militants
who were identified as Ratan Boro (26), and Bimal Rajbongshi (22).
||The formal political dialogue
between the GoI and NDFB-P is likely to get under way from November-end.
It was decided at a tripartite talk involving the Centre, Assam Government
and the NDFB-P, which was chaired by UHM Rajnath Singh at the North
Block in New Delhi. The meeting was attended by Assam Industry and
Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary and BPF leader Hagrama Mohilary,
Chandan Brahma and Rajya Sabha MP Biswajeet Daimary. The 11-member
NDFB-P delegation was led by the outfit's 'general secretary' Govinda
One cadre of the NDFB-IKS, identified as Subun Basumatari
(22) alias Geraila was injured in a Police firing near Tangla town
in Udalguri District. According to Police, two extortionists came
on a bike to collect the amount demanded from Bhutiachang VCDC chairman
of Udalguri. While one fled from the scene, the other fired at the
Police, following which the Police fired one shot which hit the
waist of the cadre while trying to run away. The injured was later
taken to Tangla CHC and referred to GMCH for treatment, police said.
Udalguri Police launched a crackdown in the District
against rampant extortion by NDFB-IKS cadres based on numerous complaints
by businessmen, VCDC chairmen and contractors. Extortion notes are
being served to reputed persons and people are living in the grip
of fear and insecurity. When contacted, Police sources said that
they had launched a crackdown on extortionist groups in the District
and as a follow-up of their operation, a Police team arrested one
at Hahini gaon under Tangla Police Station on October 27, few kilometers
away from Tangla town.
Police arrested three persons, identified as Islam
Uddin (30), Burhan Uddin (27), and Abdus Roy Tapadar (32) along
with three pistols, 40 rounds bullets and five mobile sets from
near the Karimganj deputy commissioner's office in Karimganj District.
Police arrested two persons, identified as Resim
Teron and Rock Bey, along with arms during a search operation near
the Diphu TV Centre in East Karbi Anglong District. Two 7.65 pistols
and 39 rounds of live ammunition were recovered from them.
Police arrested a suspected ULFA-I cadre, identified
as Ranjan Neog from AMC Tiniali in Dibrugarh District.
Chirang Police arrested a suspected NDFB-IKS linkman,
identified as Ronen Basumatary (37) in Runikhata in Kokrajhar District.
Cash INR 40,000 were found on him. Chirang SP Sankar Brata Rai Medhi
said that he was acting as a courier in passing on money to the
banned outfit. "He also provided duplicate mobile SIM cards to the
rebel group. His shop in Bengtol Bazar was searched and 25 SIM cards
and recharge vouchers have also been seized. Verification is being
done for authenticity of the SIM cards and his status as a retailer.
Detailed interrogation is on," he said.
A new militant "revolutionary organization" of the
Karbi people calling itself the People's Democratic Council of Karbilongri
(PDCK) was formed. A press release from the PDCK stated that the
Karbi "had enjoyed sovereignty and independence since time immemorial
in their own land without interference from alien rulers," but "have
now become enslaved under Indian colonial exploitation, oppression
and suppression." The statement informed that the "First Preparatory
Congress" was held on October 17 and 18 during which a five-member
Central Committee was formed to lead the organization under the
leadership of Jeksai Kangtang Lijang as 'Chairman', Nongme Tungjang
as 'General Secretary' and 'Captain' David Mukrang as 'Chief of
Army Staff'. Stating its objectives, the PDCK statement maintained
that it has been formed "to free our people from Indian occupation,
colonialism, exploitation, oppression, and suppression."
"We shall establish a political system of democratic
republicanism with an economic system built on empirical socialism
to bring about a genuine egalitarian society, to promote real liberty,
equality and fraternity and to establish respect for every socio-cultural
ethnicity and the religions of our land," it added. Further citing
the recent Assam Human Development Report which listed the Karbi
people with the highest HPI value at 33.52, the PDCK held the Government
of India as being "solely responsible for the lowest literacy rate
and abject human poverty" prevailing among Karbi people. Stating
that the Karbi and Dimasa peoples have been "fighting to revive
their national pride and restore their lost freedom and glory" through
various democratic organisations and armed outfits, the Council
insisted that their movements "were never understood and respected
by the colonial regime".
The new armed revolutionary organization, the statement
maintained, "shall operate with advanced theory of revolution and
with principles, ideology and policy based on solid and concrete
foundation." It further expressed "full faith" in the UNLFW and
stated that it will be "always ready" to abide by the rules and
regulations of the Front. "We have come closer with several like-minded
armed revolutionary parties, having similar principles and ideology,
of our region like KCP, KLO, KYKL, NDFB, NLFT, NSCN, PREPAK, PREPAK-Pro,
RPF and UNLF," it added.
The Karbi, an indigenous people of Sino-Tibetan
origin of Mongoloid stock, speaking a Tibeto- Burman language, inhabit
the Karbilongri, Dima Hasao (erstwhile United Mikir hills and North
Cachar hills), some parts of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal, Assam
and Sylhet division of Bangladesh, the PDCK statement claimed.
Police killed a militant belonging to NDFB-IKS and
recovered a huge cache of ammunition in Chirang District. The ADGP,
L.R Bishnoi, said based on information regarding movements of NDFB-IKS
cadres with the intention of causing sabotage during Diwali, three
checkpoints were set up on the Chirang-Kokrajhar boundary, at Salakati,
Champa bridge on NH 31 (C) and Lahoti. "Around 10.30pm a red Tata
Magic Iris without a number plate was coming towards Champa bridge
from Sidli. The personnel signalled the vehicle to stop. However,
it took a U-turn. When chased, two rebels got out of the vehicle
and started firing. The Police retaliated and called for reinforcements.
After their arrival, the area was cordoned off. A search operation
found one of the militants lying with bullet injuries," Bishnoi
said. He succumbed to his injuries on the way to a hospital. One
7.65 pistol, a magazine, two bullets, two empty cartridges, mobile
phone and INR 3,000 were found in his possession, Bishnoi said.
The other suspected militant managed to flee. An operation is on
to apprehend him.
Guwahati City Police rescued a 25-year-old youth
in the night, within a couple of hours of his abduction. Two alleged
abductors, including a constable of the SSB, and a driver, were
arrested in this connection. Deputy Commissioner of Police (East)
Hemanta Kumar Das said SSB constable Abdul Rahman and Sanjib Boro
had abducted Raju Khan from Notboma area under Hatigaon Police Station
in Kamrup District in a Hyundai i10 on October 29 night by posing
as SSB officers. Boro, who is a civilian, impersonated a sub-inspector
of SSB and was wearing an SSB uniform. According to the Police,
the duo abducted Khan with an intention to extort money from him.
Assam remembered and paid tributes to the victims
of serial blasts of 2008 on October 30, pleading to fight terror
and ensure no recurrence of such dastardly attacks in the future.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited the blast sites at Guwahati
and paid floral tributes to the deceased. Affirming his Government's
commitment to ensure safety of all citizens, Sonowal urged the people
to be united to defeat the violent forces who try to disturb peace.
Top state government officials also accompanied the chief minister
in paying tribute to the victims of the incident.
The Police suspect that NDFB-IKS
leader, I.K. Songbijit formed the new Karbi militant group, People’s
Democratic Council of Karbilongri (PDCK) in Myanmar. Karbi is his
tribe but Songbijit was fighting for the Bodos all these years.
Ever since the genocide (Adivasi massacre of December 23, 2014),
he remained cornered among the Bodos because of his barbaric ways.
The insurgent group PDCK, which he now heads, was raised in Myanmar
The Police suspected that the outfit
was formed with Karbi youths drawn from the NDFB faction where Songbijit
once called the shot. “The formation of PDCK hasn’t happened in
Karbi Anglong district. It was raised possibly outside India because
according to Intelligence Bureau reports, he (Songbijit) was holed
up somewhere in Myanmar. We have taken serious note of the development
but as of now they don’t have any presence in the district,” Karbi
Anglong SP Debojit Deuri said. Some Karbi youths had got recruited
in the NDFB faction when Songbijit was heading it and the Police
suspected that these youths helped him to form the new outfit.
Karbi Anglong, the homeland of the
Karbis in central Assam, has seen the formation of many insurgent
groups over the past three decades. All of these, except one, are
lying low following their signing of ceasefire agreements with the
Government. Deuri said Songbijit was trying to capitalize on the
vacuum created by the ceasefire agreements. “He is definitely trying
to cash in on the vacuum. In the past, all Karbi insurgent outfits
were raised with the objective of securing statehood for the Karbis.
This is for the first time that Songbijit’s group is talking about
sovereignty. We have no doubt that it is backed by the NSCN-K ,”
the SP added.
Amid reports that most-wanted
militant leader I.K. Songbijit has formed a new militant outfit
detaching himself from the NDFB, DGP Assam, Mukesh Sahay maintained
that the dreaded leader still enjoys allegiance with his parent
outfit. Sahay, however, conceded that Songbijit is desperately
trying to set up a strong base in Karbi Anglong under the banner
of the UNLFW, the umbrella organization of a number of militant
outfits including the ULFA-I and NSCN-K. “We are aware of their
design and appropriate measures are being taken in the hill district,”
Unconfirmed reports suggested
that a new armed outfit named People’s Democratic Council of Karbilongri
(PDCK) was recently formed in Myanmar with I.K. Songbijit as its
head. Police sources meanwhile divulged that although the formation
of the new outfit is more or less confirmed, the actual leadership
is yet to be ascertained. Songbijit, a Karbi by birth, has taken
over the reins of NDFB-IKS after the arrest of Ranjan Daimary,
who is charged with masterminding the October 30, 2008 serial
blasts in the State. However, unconfirmed reports kept cropping
up about Songbijit no longer being the leader of the outfit.
NSCN-K ‘MIP’ in a press note issued
to the media stated that its ‘chairman/president’, S.S Khaplang
has lauded the Karbi people “for the renewal of its commitment
to fight for complete sovereign state of Karbi Longri, a historical
and political truth suppressed by India for too long”. The formation
of PDCK, Khaplang said it would not only defend the rights and
aspirations of Karbi people but also “strengthen WSEA's resolve
to jointly oust the occupational Indian authority from the region”.
NSCN-K said it was “fully committed
to WSEA and shall never waver in their support and camaraderie
to the struggling partners”. Khaplang further said “one must be
prepared to endure any hardship and willing to sacrifice for the
dreams of our people and country and not succumb to the divisive
policies.” In this regard, Khaplang congratulated PDCK and welcome
them to the “WSEA brotherhood”.
A linkman of NSCN-U, identified
as Toiho Semma (56) was arrested by a joint team of Army and Police
from Rajgarh under Tingkhong Police Station in Dibrugarh District.
One China-made pistol and 17 rounds of live ammunitions of 9 MM
pistol was recovered from his possession. The arrested linkman,
who belongs to Vikheto village in Dimapur (Nagaland), had come
to the area for collection of money.
Police launched an operation along
the Assam-Nagaland border in Jorhat District following some inputs
of militant activities along this stretch of the inter-state border.
The Police operation was launched on November 2, but no one so
far has been arrested. According to intelligence inputs, militant
groups like Maoists and NSCN-K have been active along the Assam-Nagaland
border in the District in the past few days. A top Police officer
in the District said, “We visited the New Somthira BOP on Wednesday
(November 2). We have also visited Gabhoru, Dissoi valley, New
Sonowal and Khoromia BOPs on Tuesday (November 1) and took stock
of the situation there,” adding, “Activities of other anti-social
elements from the Nagaland side are also on the rise in the border
areas. The militant groups are waiting for a chance to carry out
terror activities in the district.” Police have also inputs of
activities of several other anti-social elements on Nagaland side
to carry out encroachment bids on Assam land. Both Mariani and
Titabor police stations are on high alert following the inputs.
Two militants of KLO were arrested
in a joint operation by the Army and the Police in Debargaon in
Kokrajhar District. One rifle, one pistol, two hand grenades and
live rounds of ammunition were recovered from them.
Assam Police confirmed that a
new Karbi insurgent outfit named ‘People’s Democratic Council
of Karbilongri (PDCK)’ has been floated by I.K. Songbijit, the
former leader of the NDFB. The formation of the new Karbi insurgent
outfit under the leadership of Songbijit is being seen as a shift
of focus by the insurgent leader from the Bodo cause to the cause
of the Karbis. Songbijit, who belongs to the Karbi community,
led the Bodo insurgent outfit for the last several years. Songbijit
has changed his name to Jeksai Kangtang Lijang and has been appointed
‘chairman’ of the new Karbi outfit, formed on October 27. Nongme
Tungjang and Captain David Mukrang have been appointed as the
outfit’s ‘general secretary’ and ‘chief of army staff’ respectively.
Despite being a Karbi, Songbijit was given the responsibility
to lead the NDFB’s hardline faction, but in last year (2015) his
power was curbed to a great extent. It has been questioned in
NDFB circle as to how a Karbi could lead a Bodo armed outfit from
The State Government has informed
the Centre about the formation of the new Karbi outfit. ADGP-Special
Branch, Pallab Bhattacharjee said, “We have already received inputs
that the outfit has been formed in Karbi Anglong and is being
led by IK Songbijit,” adding, “When the KPLT entered into a ceasefire,
other insurgent groups like ULFA and NSCN-K desperately needed
a foothold in the hill district. This new outfit formed by Songbijit
has got the support of both ULFA and NSCN-K.”
On the controversy surrounding
Minister for Education, Health and Finance Himanta Biswa Sarma’s
statement on the NRC update issue, Assam Chief Minister (CM),
Sarbananda Sonowal said his Government will always protect the
State’s indigenous people, communities, their languages, cultures
and literature, and mati (soil) and beti (daughter).
Sonowal said, “The Assamese people don’t have to worry for anything.
We will provide safeguards to them. But to do it, the government
needs the cooperation of people.”
One person, identified as Dileswar
Basumatary (38) was allegedly killed by unidentified assailants
with sharp weapon in his house in Sijubari Gaon of Batasipur under
Dhekiajuli Police Station in Sonitpur District. According to Police
source, on Saturday (November 5) night some unidentified assailants
entered the house of Dileswar and dragged him outside. He was
then attacked with sharp weapons. The victim was died on the spot.
The controversial AFSPA was extended
by six months in entire Assam and the 20 kilometers-wide belt
in Meghalaya bordering the State with the Centre declaring that
the “disturbed area” status, which has been in force since 1990,
will continue. In a gazette notification, the UMHA said the law
and order situation in Assam has continued to be a matter of concern
due to the violent incidents by underground outfits and during
January-September 2016, different militant groups were involved
in 66 incidents of violence in Assam which resulted in killing
of 29 people. “The militant outfits operating in the area continue
to have been making constant efforts to regroup, re-strengthen
and intensified their efforts for recruitment/infiltration of
new cadres into the state and indulging in coercive extortion
targeting businessmen, tea garden owners, contractors, commercial
vehicles, timber smugglers, transporters and even government officials
“UNLFW has been formed in April,
2015, and two of its constituents viz ULFA (I) and NDFB (S) have
been desperately making efforts to perpetrate demonstrative acts
of violence and during the current year they have been responsible
for 57 per cent of the incidents of violence and 84 per cent of
the deaths in the state,” the notification, issued by Joint Secretary
in the UMHA Satyendra Garg, said. NDFB-IKS militants shot dead
14 civilians and injured 19 others in a busy local market on the
outskirts of Kokrajhar town on August 5, 2016, while ULFA-I cadres
also shot dead two Hindi-speaking persons in Tinsukia District
and orchestrated five and two IED explosions in Tinsukia and Charaideo
Districts, respectively, on August 12, 2016. “Now, therefore,
the entire state of Assam and the 20 kilometers wide belt in the
State of Meghalaya bordering Assam shall continue to be ‘disturbed
area’ under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act,
1958 up to six months beyond November 3, 2016, unless withdrawn
earlier,” it said.
One militant belonging to NDFB-IKS, identified
as Birkhang Wari was arrested by AR and Sonitpur Police from Batachipur
Daimaguri area under Dhekiajuli Police Station in Sonitpur District.
He had joined in the militant group in 2014 and was hiding in
Dhemaji during operation by SFs operation. A foreign made pistol
was recovered from the militant, sources said.
The third annual convention of the All Surrender
NDFB Welfare Association was concluded with two-day long programme
scheduled at Bodofa Cultural Complex in Kokrajhar District. The
All Surrender NDFB Welfare Association urged NDFB-IKS to avoid
arms struggle for the peace parley to meet healthy peace and integration
in the region.
The proscribed outfit ULFA-I, voiced its strong
opposition to Assam Government's decision to allot huge tracts
of land to `industrial house' Patanjali Herbals for setting up
of its manufacturing units in the State. The ULFA-I in a statement
e-mailed to the media stated, "The ULFA (I) in principle is opposed
to allocation of 450 bighas of land to Indian's latest capitalist
incarnation Yoga Guru Ramdev's Patanjali at Balipara in Sonitpur
district of Assam at time when the state government has failed
to provide rehabilitation and livelihood options to lakhs of indigenous
people displaced by flood, erosion and other natural disasters."
The ULFA-I denounced those `cunning politicians' who have laid
red carpet for capitalist entities like Patanjali to Assam thereby
converting the state to a ground of exploitation by `colonial
NDFB-IKS cadre, identified as Pinjit Basumatary
(26), was arrested by Gossaigaon Police while he was extorting
money from a local businessman in Kokrajhar District.
The Police claimed to have arrested one of the
two abductors who were on their way to abduct the chief scientist
of Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Telipara in Kokrajhar District. Based
on a tip-off, Kokrajhar Police intercepted a vehicle at Dawagiri,
four kilometres from Gossaigaon town, and arrested the driver,
Amolesh Roy. The other accused managed to flee. Roy is said to
be a resident of Padmabil under Gossaigaon Police Station. A militant
of NSLA, identified as Budhiram Murmu (22), was arrested from
Gossaigaon in Kokrajhar District. He is the 'area commander' of
the outfit and was engaged in subversive and insurgent activities.
Based on specific inputs, Cachar Police arrested
two persons for allegedly demanding money over phone. The arrested
persons have been identified as Sahinuddin, a resident of Ratabari
constituency and Jahed Ahmed of the same constituency under Karimganj
District. Two mobile phones and sim cards were also recovered
from their possession. According to the Police, on November 9,
a person named Azmal Hussain, a citizen of Rongpur area in Silchar
lodged an FIR alleging that he received a text message on his
phone from an unknown number demanding a cash amount of INR 200,000
followed by a phone call confirming the message.
A NDFB-IKS cadre, identified as Puren Mushahary
alias Suren of No. 1 Kushumdisha under Runikhata Police Station
in Chirang District, was arrested from Nabinnagar area under Kachugaon
Police Station in Kokrajhar District. He was arrested during a
joint operation by Kokrajhar Police, 3 Rajput Regiment and CoBRA
210 Battalion at Nabinagar forest village. One .32 revolver with
three rounds of live ammunition and a Nokia mobile, without SIM
card, were recovered from him.
A top ULFA linkman Pankaj Chutia alias
Pabitra Assam was arrested by a Tinsukia Police team from nearby
area of ATC Mall in Tinsukia town. Chetia hailing from Dighalhakhu
under Barekuri Police Station in Tinsukia District was allegedly
involved in extortion and was a key player in intimidating businessmen.
In this regards six cases were already registered in different
Police Stations of Tinsukia District, informed Lamhao Doungel,
Two NDFB-IKS cadres Sormat Mushahary and Ramdas
Narzary were arrested from Saraibil Kumguri under Gossaigaon Police
Station in Kokrajhar District.
A hand grenade was found near Delhi Public School
in Nazira in Sivasagar District.
One civilian was killed, while two including a
CISF personnel were critically injured following an attack by
suspected militants on a commercial vehicle belonging to Pengaree
Tea Estate in Tinsukia District. The vehicle was fired upon when
it was passing through a thick forested area alongside the Pengaree-Digboi
road under Digboi Police Station in the District. The deceased
was identified as Abhijit Paul (60), an idol maker, who was returning
from Pengaree on the ill-fated vehicle, while Niten Chandra Singh,
one CISF personnel on garden duty and the driver Willson Bagey
sustained bullet injuries. Another, CISF personnel Khairul Alam
Laskar (35) and Gopal Sarkar, a tea garden staff, sustained bullet
injuries. The incident occurred when a team of four CISF personnel
along with a tea garden staff of Pengaree Tea Estate were heading
for Doomdooma Police Station to fetch cash for paying workers.
They were attacked three kilometres from Pengaree Police Station
by suspected militants equipped with automatic guns.
One businessman, identified as HR Borbhuyan, was
shot dead by suspected militants belonging to UDLA near Assam-Mizoram
boundary at Phakuwanala in Hailakandi District. Police informed
that the slain businessman had ignored militants' demand for money.
Three Army jawans were killed and four others
injured in an encounter with suspected ULFA terrorists near Digboi
in Tinsukia District. "They (the militants) had planted an IED
on the road. When the IED exploded, the convoy stopped. Then the
militants fired indiscriminately," said Defence PRO Lieutenant
Colonel Suneet Newton. The search operation against the suspected
ULFA terrorists, who are believed to be responsible for the incident,
Sivasagar Police arrested one ULFA-I linkman at
Demow in Sivasagar District, while he was returning with cash
collected as extortion money. The arrested ULFA-I linkman, identified
as Kishore Patel, had come to collect cash INR 50,000 on behalf
of ULFA-I from one Rajendra Agarwalla. The Police team, led by
ASP, Zakir Hussain, recovered the INR 50,000 from his possession.
Myanmar-based Northeast insurgent groups, including
ULFA-I, claimed responsibility for killing of three Army jawans
in the attack carried out on an army convoy at Pengeri in Tinsukia
District on November 19. The attack was carried out by the ULFA-I,
jointly with its Myanmar-based allies in recently formed UNLFWESEA,
a banner organization of Myanmar based Northeast militants groups.
In a statement jointly signed by ULFA-I, self-styled 'c-in-c'
Paresh (Asom) Barua emailed to the media, claimed, " In pursuance
of common cause of liberation and to enhance the progress for
the UNLFWESEA, CorCom of PREPAK, PREPAK-Pro, RPF and UNLF and
ULFA-I, a constituent member of UNLFW, undertook a joint military
operation: BARAK against the common enemy India." It further stated,
"Under this operation BARAK, a joint team attacked the 15 Kumaon
Regiment of Indian Army at Burhi Dihing, Tinsukia, Assam on November
19. In this attack, the joint team killed three soldiers and injured
four and snatched two weapons - one AK Rifle and one INSAS Rifle."
Two workers of NKC Construction company have been
abducted by militants from Changpijang village under Mahur Police
Station in Dima Hasao District. According to sources, three workers
had gone to a stone quarry when a group of unidentified assailants
came and forcefully took them along with them. However, after
an hour, one was set free, while Amarjeet Roy, (26) and Mantosh
Varman, (25) are still missing. Amarjeet hails from West Bengal
and is the site in-charge while Mantosh is from Uttar Pradesh
and is the supervisor in the company. The company has filed an
FIR at Mahur Police Station. Company project manager Pravin Singh
said they had not received any call for ransom yet, but sources
said the abductors have asked for INR 5 million.
A linkman of the NDFB anti-talk faction, identified
as Dilip Mushahary (23), was arrested from Gossaigaon in Kokrajhar
District. Police recovered seven mobile phones and four SIM cards
from his possession along with one driving license in the name
of Dilip Mushahary. The arrestee was involved in making extortion
calls and sending messages using fake SIM cards and forged documents
to many soft targets like Government employees, in the name of
NDFB (Saoraigwra faction).
The ultras are taking advantage of the porous
inter-State borders with Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh to sneak
into the bordering areas, while, at the same time, the militant
groups are trying to exchange their old currency in the neighbouring
States as the Income Tax Department is not keeping a close watch
on the Hill States. DGP Mukesh Sahay, who is in Tinsukia, supervising
the counter-insurgency operations following the recent attack
on Army personnel by militants at Pengeri, in which three Army
personnel were killed, said that a massive manhunt was launched
to nab the ultras involved in the attack. He further said that
frequent meetings are being held between the stakeholders involved
in the counter-insurgency operations, including Police, Army,
Paramilitary Forces and other central agencies, to deal with the
militants. He said a meeting of the Unified Command would be held
within the next few days for a detailed discussion of the situation
and to chalk out strategies to deal with the militants. The DGP
also said that at present, the state-based militant outfits like
the ULFA-I and the NDFB-IKS are not in a position to strike alone
and that is why a common platform of the active ultra groups of
the Northeast was formed and the recent attack was carried out
by such a joint group. He said that in most parts of the state,
the ULFA-I has lost its bases. However, it is a fact that the
outfit has been trying to make fresh recruitments in parts of
The SFs arrested a youth identified as Jatin Konwar
(19), son of Biren Konwar, a resident of Haldibari village of
Bhimpather area under Digboi Police Station in Tinsukia District
in connection with the Pengaree ambush incident. According to
sources, based on confirmed tip-off available with the army, the
SFs already engaged in counter insurgency operation in the belt,
arrested the youth from his residence and handed him over to Digboi
Police Station for investigation. Jatin disclosed that after the
incident of militant ambush on November 19, a group of 12 youths
with sophisticated arms and ammunition entered his house on the
night of November 20 and forced his family members to provide
them food. "We had no other option but to fulfill their demand
and get rid of them as soon as possible, not even knowing who
they actually were," said Konwar.
He said that the armed group stayed for just one
hour in their residence and disappeared in the darkness. The villages
like Bhimpather, Kherjan, Dhekiajan, Mulukgaon, Haldibari and
Tamoli Bongaon are bounded by thick reserve forests on all sides.
Pengaree -Digboi Reserve Forest, where the ambush had taken place,
shares a common boundary with Bhimpather area, including Haldibari
village. Initially Arbind Konwar (15), his younger brother was
arrested and in lieu of him, later SFs arrested Jatin for necessary
formalities and investigation to determine the further course
of action. Further, the security agencies belonging to various
wings of Indian Army have been carrying the intensified form of
counter Insurgency operation in the entire vulnerable belt touching
Tarani, Talpather, Ratonipother, Bhimpather, Tamuli Bongaon Mulukgaon
The State Government has directed the Police
and SFs involved in the counter-insurgency operations to intensify
the operations against militants following the attack on Army
personnel by a group of ultras belonging to the ULFA-I and NSCN-K
at Pengaree in Tinsukia District. Official sources said the meeting
of the Unified Command, chaired by the Chief Secretary VP Pipersenia,
reviewed the recent attack. Assam, by and large, remained peaceful
for quite some time and the ultras, despite their best efforts,
could not strike during the Republic and Independence Day celebrations.
Sources said that the Unified Command decided to step up operations
in the Upper Assam Districts, particularly the Districts bordering
Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland as the rebels have reportedly been
sneaking into the State through those States. Though there is
no report of movement of militants in other parts of the State,
all the forces on the ground have been directed to keep a close
watch on the situation to ensure that the militants cannot indulge
in any kind of violence or other unlawful activities.
The District committee members of AASKSU has
urged upon the State Government and the authorities concerned
to prevent insensitive atrocities on the common people of Muluk
Gaon in the name of carrying out search operations to arrest the
militants who perpetrated the heinous and cold blooded attack
on the Army jawans at Pengaree on November 19. The president of
AASKSU, Debananda Seleng, stated that in view of the ongoing search
operations by military personnel, people of Muluk Gaon were living
in distress due to unnecessary harassment meted out on them. He
called for the immediate suspension of the same to save innocent
people from such atrocities, a press communiqué stated. Seleng
further urged upon the State Government to ensure the safety and
well-being of the indigenous village residents while carrying
out such search activities. The AASKSU president through the press
communiqué cautioned the Government against jeopardizing the life
and property of such innocent people by any outside agencies.
The demonetization of INR 500 and INR 1000 notes
has pushed insurgent outfits in the Northeast into panic mode,
with reports of the ULFA-I trying to exchange its extortion money,
reportedly running into INR 90 million, stashed away in its Myanmar
hideout. Assam Police ADGP (Special Branch) Pallav Bhattacharjee
said, "We have received inputs that ULFA-I and few other rebel
groups in the Northeast are trying very hard to convert their
old notes into legal tenders. These outfits are trying to use
some businessmen in the region and few tea gardens in upper Assam
for the purpose," adding, "We have alerted SPs of the districts
concerned to keep an eye on any such development so that ULFA-I's
attempt to convert its cash can be thwarted." Paresh Baruah-led
ULFA-I has engaged some people based in Nagaland and Upper Assam
to exchange its spiked cash. The outfit has also threatened some
tea gardens in Upper Assam to help park its cash in accounts of
some people based in Nagaland so that it can be converted into
legal currency later. Other underground outfits like NSCN-K, NDFB
and several others too are desperately trying to convert their
ill-gotten money into legal currency.
Two persons from Meghalaya identified
as Ben G. Langstieh (24) of Mawprem locality of East Khasi Hills
District and Ilotstar Lyngdoh Lyngkhoi (40) of Mairang in West
Khasi Hills District were abducted in Jogighopa of Bongaigaon
District of Assam after they went there after having received
several phone calls from unknown persons. According
to the family members of the victims, abductors lured
them with ‘lucky’ dwarf bones. The abductors have demanded INR
500,000 for their release.
One person, identified as Bubu Konwar, was arrested
along with a hand grenade and a 7.65mm pistol by a joint team
of Assam and Nagaland Police along the inter-State border at Pulibor
in Jorhat District. Bubu operates from Nagaland and is believed
to be assisted by the NSCN in cross-border operations.
The President of Kokrajhar District
BJP, Sibnath Brahma who is also the CMD of Bodoland Guardian,
a local English weekly and Bodoland Sansri, a Bodo
daily newspaper based at Kokrajhar, was attacked by two unidentified
assailants in Kokrajhar town in Kokrajhar District. Brahma
was talking to a friend Abesh Mahato nearby when the assailants
fired at them. Mahato received bullet injury on his right hand
and Brahma escaped unhurt.
Jakhalabandha Police arrested
three cadres of NDFB-IKS, identified as Mizing Bodo, Jahlao Doimari
and Nijira Basumotari along with arms and ammunition from Jakhalabandha
of Nagaon District. The Police recovered a Swift car
(AS-01FC -7360), two 7.65 pistols, five mobile handsets and 10
rounds of bullets from their possession
Police arrested two cadres of
NDFB-IKS, including a woman, identified as Sadam Muchahari and
Gita Muchahari from Lankeswar area of Guwahati in Kamrup Metropolitan
The ULFA-I on its ‘protest day’
vowed to intensify its armed struggle in coordination with its
allies in UNLFW against Indian forces to thwart the design of
Government of India to make Assam a ‘Bengali-speaking majority
state’. The ULFA-I’s ‘chairman’ Abhijit Asom in a statement e-mailed
to the media demanded that Assamese language be made the mandatory
medium of instruction in all the schools, from lower primary to
higher secondary level, in the state and other languages be introduced
as additional subjects from higher secondary to university level
for preservation and development of Assamese language in the state.
All the militant groups of the
Northeast, including ULFA, NDFB-IKS, KPLT and others are facing
paucity of fund due to demonetization. This was disclosed by NDFB-IKS
cadres arrested by Nagaon Jakhalabandha Police at Jakhalabandha
in Nagaon District of Assam during regular Police raid. According
to Police sources, during interrogation, the arrested NDFB-IKS
cadres stated that not only the cadres of NDFB, but all other
militants groups of the entire Northeast like ULFA, KPLT and others
were facing financial crisis due to demonetization for which the
ultras had been forced to collect money through car lifting or
by other unfair means.
The arrested cadres of NDFB-IKS
also in their statement said that the Swift car which was recovered
by Jakhalabandha Police along with the cadres of NDFB-IKS, had
been lifted from Guwahati (Assam) and they brought the vehicle
to Dimapur (Nagaland) with a view to sell it there. But unfortunately,
the stolen Swift car had some mechanical problems for which they
stopped the vehicle near a garage when the police picked up the
three cadres along with arms and ammunitions.
Based on specific information,
troops of Indian Army and Baksa Police arrested a group of four
suspected NDFB-IKS linkmen identified as Rajib Boro (21), Bipul
Boro alias Longphu Boro, Gokul Bashumatary and
another linkman from Uzirbari village, from Baksa District and
recovered two rifles and a large cache of ammunition from them.
The Army and Kokrajhar Police
launched a joint operation in Dhanpur area of Kokrajhar District
and arrested one linkman identified as Khanda Basumatary (30) alias Bestw
of the NDFB(B. Saoraigwra faction). The joint team recovered one
hand-made rifle along with a live round from his possession.
A team of Diphu Police arrested
two cadres belonging to UPLA, identified as GautamTerang(23) and
Sanjay Bey(22) after a brief gun fight near Diphu ITI in East
KarbiAnglong District. According to reports, the cadres came to
collect payoff from the private residence of KAAC executive member-Bidyasing
Rongpi. Police recovered one 9mm pistol, 3 live bullets and one
bike used by militants. “We received complaints from Bidyasing
Rongpi that the outfit had demanded Rs. 5 lakhs from him over
phone. And accordingly police laid an ambush near his residence
and when the rebels neared the house we commanded them to halt
instead they fired two rounds at the police party but failed to
hit anyone; in the retaliatory fire they both received bullet
injuries while the rear wheel of the bike was deflated but they
somehow drove away and took shelter inside an empty quarter of
the Council colony allotted to another KAAC executive member-Pradip
Signar, a few kilometers away from the place of incident,” said
Pradip Nath, the officer in charge of Diphu Police Station.
The Assam Police Special DGP Kuladhar
Saikia said that ULFA and some other insurgent groups based in
Assam are using students and middlemen to legalize their spiked
currencies of INR 500 and INR 1000.
Assam Police DGP Mukesh Sahay
said that the Police have detected movement of ULFA cadres in
areas along the Assam-Nagaland border and Assam-Arunachal Pradesh
border. He also said “We are also keeping an eye on the ULFA’s
drive to recruit more cadres.” Sahay further said that the State
Police is keeping tabs on the movement of ULFA leader Dristi Rajkhowa
on Meghalaya-Bangladesh border, while claiming that ULFA’s activity
in Meghalaya has gone down in recent months following all-out
action by security forces against the GNLA. He also warned that
anybody found aiding militant groups in converting old currencies
into new ones would be booked under relevant terror funding laws.
The Assam Police brought three
JMB cadres to the State from the custody of the West Bengal Police
Special Task Force. These three JMB cadres, Jahidul Islam, Yusuf
Sheikh and Sahidul Islam, who were arrested by the West Bengal
Police Special Task Force in connection with the October 2, 2014
Burdwan blast, were brought to Assam by the State Police to extract
possible information from them about the group’s network in the
Police asked villagers living
in the bordering areas of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh not to
panic due to the ongoing combing operations following the terror
strike at Pengeri in Tinsukia District in upper Assam and sought
their cooperation in combating militancy. Following the ambush
carried by ULFA-I and Manipuri militant groups at Pengeri
in which three army jawans were killed, life
at the nearby villages has been hit as combing operations carried
out by SFs have triggered panic among villagers who are being
allegedly harassed. On November 30, hundreds of villagers of Lakiligaon
in Sivasagar District were asked to assemble at a playground for
several hours as SFs were conducting an operation in their village.
Many complained of suffering losses and many reportedly remained
hungry for hours. DGP Mukesh Sahay said, "The operation is
not against innocent people but anti-national elements. So, villagers
need not fear or panic. We seek public support to counter militancy
in the state and in fact locals are helping us." Reacting
to the situation and the modus operandi in which villagers were
kept away from their daily chores, the top Police officer added,
"It's a normal exercise for the safety of the locals. When
they were gathered in a particular area, it's easy to keep them
away from any untoward situation. They were allowed to go after
sometime." Sources said some youths from these bordering
villagers have left their homes after the Pengeri attack and are
yet to return. "Stories of alleged harassment by forces in
the name of search operation are creating panic among villagers.
Locals have stopped going to their paddy fields," a source
During past one week huge old
FICNs of INR 100 denomination has surfaced in Tinsukia markets
in Tinsukia District causing serious concern for general public.
Though source of these fake notes could not be ascertained, public,
however, suspect that the militant groups or their agents might
have pumped the notes in the wake shortage of currency following
demonetization, the public even did not rule out dubious involvement
of some banks, report said.
Three cadres of JMB were produced
at the CJM Court which sent them to seven-day Police custody.
On this issue, Assam Police Additional Director General of Police
(ADGP) Pallav Bhattacharjee said, “We have an information that
15/20 youths were working in Assam on behalf of JMB, but they
are absconding,” adding, “the JMB aims to create a new district
by curving out areas from Assam and West Bengal.”
Assam Police arrested one ULFA-I
cadre, identified as Tarun Moran alias Jantufrom Bordubi
in Tinsukia District. The arrest was made during a counter-insurgency
operation being carried out across the entire vulnerable locations
of the District following the ULFA-I ambush in Pengaree on November
19. A revolver, several rounds of live ammunitions, demand letters
along with mobile handsets were recovered from the possession
of the arrested ULFA-I cadre.
The Police and the Army, in a
joint operation, arrested one cadre of NDFB-IKS, identified as
Iyub Islari from Chirang District along the Indo-Bhutan border.
The SFs recovered a pistol, several rounds of live ammunition
from the NDFB-IKS militant. The arrested militant was involved
in rampant extortion drives in Chirang.
At least 21 youths, including
a woman, joined the Paresh Baruah-led ULFA-I, Police sources said.
After the attack on a Army convoy in Tinsukia District on November
19, in which three jawans were killed and four injured, security
forces launched a massive search operation in various villages
in Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Sivasagar Districts and those on the
Assam-Arunachal Pradesh and Assam-Nagaland borders. "Some
of the youths, linkmen for ULFA-I, have fled the villages where
search operation is on. But at least 21 youths from Tinsukia district,
including a woman, have reportedly joined the outfit. Most of
them have a history of petty crime," a Police source said.
The group also includes computer-skilled youths.
A JMB cadre, identified as Azizur
Rahman was arrested from the Gumra locality of Cachar District
by Assam Police, for sheltering another JMB cadre Jahidul Islam,
who in turn was arrested by Kolkata Police on December 4. The
CJM Court in Silchar on December 7 sent him to five days' Police
custody. Meanwhile, Assam Police arrested another suspect Selim
Ali, who worked under Rehman in this case. Selim Ali hails from
A powerful IED was recovered from
the site of the ambush incident of November 19 along the Pengaree-
Digboi Road passing through the Upper Dehing Reserve Forest in
Tinsukia District. The IED which was weight around 2 kg was safely
recovered by the Penagree based Kumaon Regiment of Indian Army
after getting informed by the local people who witnessed the bomb
in the morning at around 10.30 am.
Police arrested a youth, identified
as Sachin Das along with 20 FICN of new INR 500 denomination at
Birubari area in Guwahati of Kamrup Metropolitan District.
The PDCK expressed its resentment
over a statement of Abhijeet Asom, ‘chairman’ of ULFA-I. In a
press statement, the ‘general secretary’ of the PDCK, Nongme Tungjang
said that the press release of ULFA-I on November 24 was full
of baseless and motivated charges and insinuations leveled against
the newly-formed PDCK where the chairman Abhijit Asom said that
PDCK was a carbon copy of ‘artificial’ Nagalim. Nongme Tungjang
further reminded him that the Karbi Longri and KLNLF and the Karbi
people had provided everything they had to revive the ULFA after
the ‘Operation All Clear’ in Bhutan in 2003.
An official source in New Delhi
said that India has handed over the details of the ‘commander-in-chief’
of ULFA-I, Paresh Baruah to China for taking necessary action
against the militant leader. The sources said that India has already
signed an agreement with China for jointly dealing with terrorism.
The process of sharing information with China has already started.
However, for the agreement to become fully operational, as development
of a proper system for day-to-day intelligence sharing, may take
little bit of time. Sources also said that as a part of the agreement,
China has assured that it would not allow any militant to use
its territory to indulge in anti-India activities. A number of
leaders and key members of militant outfits of North East, including
the Paresh Baruah, are still believed to be in China.
Two militants belonging to NDFB-IKS
were killed in a joint operation by Army and Assam Police in Kokrajhar
District. One AK 47 assault rifle, one pistol and ammunition were
recovered from the slain militants. The encounter by the joint
unit of Army-Police reflects the strong stance taken against insurgency
by the State following the terror attack in Kokrajhar on August
5 in which 14 civilians and one militant were killed.
The Army and Udalguri Police launched
a joint operation and arrested one linkman of the NDFB-IKS, identified
as Phungkha Narzari (22) from Santipur village under Harisinga
Police Station in the Udalguri District. The SFs recovered one
.22 LR pen gun along with four rounds of .22 mm calibre live ammunition
from his possession.
CRPF, in an operation, recovered
two country-made guns and 17 rounds of live ammunition from Sibuttar
village under Hailakandi Police Station in Hailakandi District.
Later, two persons, identified as Badrul Haq Laskar and Azizul
Haq Laskar were arrested in this connection.
One person believed to be involved
in extortion related cases of NDFB-IKS, identified as Ashok Tanti
(24), was arrested from Hatigarh TE under Harisinga Police Station
in the Udalguri District. A hand-made pistol was recovered from
A joint team of Assam Police and
CoBRA commandos arrested four ADF militants, identified as Jonash
Murmu, Mangaldoi Murmu, Birbal Soren and Manak Hembrom, along
with a huge cache of arms and ammunition from South Bhomraguri
area in Kokrajhar District. The Police recovered country-made
one INSAS rifle with magazine, four pistols, five 7.62 mm live
ammunition, six bombs and three mobile handsets from their possession,
Kokrajhar ASP Sreejit said.
Police arrested a hardcore militant
of NDFB-IKS, identified as Sujon Mushahary alias Denim
along with huge cache of arms and ammunition including one AK-81
rifle, six magazines, 141 rounds live ammunition, one LMG magazine,
one hand grenade and two radio sets from Sonitpur District.
Kokrajhar Police arrested another
NDFB-IKS militant, identified as Tomas Narzary along with a rifle
and one hand grenade from Chanpur area in Barpeta District.
ADGP for BTAD, Dr LR Bishnoi offered
surrender opportunity to the NDFB-IKS leaders, including G Bidai
saying that they would be treated as well being as per constitution
if they come to the main stream.
Bishnoi said that NDFB-IKS has
three camps in Myanmar where they are taking shelter and working
for the outfit. He said that G Bidai, senior leader of the militant
outfit has been taking shelter inside Bhutan territory along with
few cadres in deep jungles. He said that Police administration
has been taking strong operations against militant outfits. There
are 23 ‘council members’ of the NDFB-IKS in its organization and
four of them were arrested by Police and remaining leaders are
taking shelter in Myanmar soil, Bishnoi said. ‘G Bidai and his
colleague leaders should come forward to the main stream because
there is no sustaining feasibility in the jungles due rapid search
operations are intensified’, Bishnoi added.
In reaction to the statement of
Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain to pass the
bill to grant Indian citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis, the NDFB-IKS
led by B. Saoraigwra called upon the indigenous people of Assam
to stand up against the decision of the BJP-led Union Government
for protecting and safeguarding indigenous people. In a press
statement, the ‘secretary general’ of the NDFB-IKS, B. Ferenga
said the strategy of the BJP-led Government, as disclosed by Gohain’s
statement on December 12 in Guwahati, was unfortunate and condemnable.
He said the NDFB was always with the indigenous people of Assam
and it stood against the foreigners. He said, “Our organization
was born for the protection of the indigenous people of Assam.
Neither Hindus nor Muslims of Bangladesh or those who came after
1951 will be allowed to stay in Assam.”
According to information available
with the intelligence and security agencies, the militant groups
of North East lost at least 50 per cent of the cash following
the demonetization move of the GoI.
Though the vigil along the international
border with Myanmar was intensified, the militant groups managed
to send good amounts of old currency notes to India to exchange.
Sources said that, the ULFA-I was keeping around INR 60 million
in old currency notes in the camps in Myanmar. The outfit managed
to exchange around 50 per cent of those in Nagaland. The outfit
used the family members of the ULFA-I militants, who are now staying
in Nagaland and their sympathisers and associates in that state
to exchange the old currency notes.
Similarly, the NSCN-K tried to
exchange old currency notes valued at around INR 50 million and
the outfit also managed to exchange around 50 percent of the amount.
The outfit sent a group to Zunheboto District for the exchange
of currency notes. It is believed that the Manipur-based outfits
also managed to get substantial amounts of old currency notes,
but the amount is yet to be assessed by the security agencies.
The head of ULFA-I’s 'western
command', Drishti Rajkhowa, continues to remain elusive for Assam
Police. According to the sources, Rajkhowa was recently spotted
near the India-Bangladesh bordering areas. DGP, Mukesh Sahay said,
"His movements were recorded near the Meghalaya-Bangladesh
bordering areas." On various occasions, he was traced to
the Garo Hills, Goalpara and Bangladesh, too. Rajkhowa has been
operating a gunrunning racket with the help of GNLA of Meghalaya,
the sources added.
Two Bangladeshi women, identified
as Golapjan Bibi (85) and her daughter Shabana Begam (32) were
arrested from South Manikona village under Girishganj Police Station
in Karimganj District. Another person, identified as Sahab Uddin
(52), who sheltered them, had been arrested as well.
A team of Mangaldai Police assisted
by troops of 168 Field Regiment, arrested a youth identified as
Nikunja Sarma of Shankar Nagar of Darrang District and recovered
a factory-made pistol of .32 caliber from his possession.
In another incident, Nagaon Police
arrested four suspected illegal Bangladeshi nationals, identified
as Abdul Sattar, Atul Sarkar, Deep Sarkar and Kiran Das from various
places of the Nagaon District.
According to an official source,
the UMHA recently rejects a ceasefire offer of the NDFB-IKS. According
to the report, a political leader from the State recently approached
the UMHA in this regard, but the GoI cleared its tough stand by
rejecting the proposal.
Sources also revealed that a group
of around eight hardcore members of the NDFB-IKS headed by B Bidai
are now in Bhutan, but, according to reports available, the militants
are having a tough time in sustaining themselves in the neighbouring
country as the network of sympathisers and suppliers of the outfit
has almost been broken and efforts are on to totally snap the
supply line of the outfit.
Assam Police recovered a huge
cache of arms and ammunition from an unidentified militants' camp
in the Ram-Lakshman hills of Karbi Anglong District. The recovered
arms include two AK-56 rifles, one .303 rifle, two silencers,
four grenades, ammunition and parts of a rhino horn.
Two extortionists, identified as Pradeep Chetry
(24) and Prasanta Dangoria (31) who were demanding money in the
name of ULFA-I, were arrested by Tinsukia Police from Kakopathar
in Tinsukia District.
Two persons, identified as Rahul Gogoi and Jan
Borah were arrested by Police from a train at Mariani railway
station in Jorhat District along with ammunition. Police recovered
six rounds live ammunitions of 7.65 mm pistol from the duo. They
were coming from Guwahati by Jana Satabdi Express (12062) in coach
No. 10 and Railway Police arrested them at Mariani.
The Assam Police arrested four suspects, identified
as Philimon Narzary, Gobinda Brahma, Subhash Singh and Rajkumar
Tapadar, on December 20, after a FIR was lodged by the MLA and
former Minister Chandan Brahma at the Dhaligaon Police Station
in Chirang District complaining about extortion demand of INR
35 lakh by some unknown person in the name of the ULFA-I. One
of the arrestees, Philimon Narzary, a former member of NDFB-IKS
was the mastermind behind the conspiracy, said Chirang SP Shankar
Brata Rai Medhi.
Asking the UNC to lift the economic blockade on
or before December 25, nine civil society organisations of Assam,
under the aegis of MYHROA have come together and decided to launch
an indefinite counter blockade on NHs leading to Nagaland from
Karbi-Anglong District, Golaghat District and Jorhat District.
The PJACBM appealed the Governor of Assam to expedite
talks with the NDFB-P.
A group of employees of Suvam Mustard Oil Company
were shot and one of the employees, identified as Lohit Das was
injured by unidentified assailants at Rangia Bhatkuchi in Kamrup
(rural) District. The group of employees was coming towards Nalbari
from Tamulpur after collecting cash from different businessmen
of Tamulpur. The assailants allegedly snatched about INR 1 lakh
from the group.
Smuggling of FICN mainly from some neighbouring
countries into Assam had shown an increase, prompting intelligence
agencies to keep a strict vigil. From 2013 to September 2016 before
the demonetization exercise, FICN worth INR 1.8 crore in INR 500
and INR 1000 denominations were recovered in the State and 256
accused persons arrested in this connection according to the report.
In 2013, FICN worth of INR 41,00,735 were recovered
by banks and Police in Assam and 72 accused persons arrested in
this connection. In 2014, FICN worth of INR 40,16,160 were recovered,
and 54 accused persons arrested. In 2015, the figures were much
higher at INR 76,71,655 FICN recovered and 107 accused persons
arrested and till September 2016, FICN worth INR 22,49,200 were
recovered and 23 accused persons arrested in Assam. Overall, from
2013 to September 2016 before the demonetization exercise, FICN
worth INR 1,80,37,750 were recovered in the State. Sources said
Bangladesh, among other few countries, has fast emerged with new
routes for smugglers to push FICNs into Assam. Despite vigil by
security agencies and the Central Government's recent demonetization
exercise, attempts to push FICNs into the country, including Assam,
has been continuing and are aimed at damaging the economy.
Indian army and Kokrajhar Police
in a joint operation arrested two NDFB-IKS militants, including
one female cadre identified as Ansu Narzary and Mahiram Brahma
alias Msisw in Kokrajhar District. 154 live rounds of AK
series Rifles and two mobile phones were recovered from the arrestees.
The crime branch of Guwahati Police
arrested a constable identified as Abdul Mazid on charges of extortion
The Joint Action Committee under
the aegis of MYHRA, decided to roll back the counter economic
blockade plan at Assam in view of the changing scenario in Manipur
and taking cognizance of the decision of the NSF to suspend its
blockade on Manipur bound vehicles in Naga areas.
The KLO observed its ‘martyrs
day’ at ‘United Base Camp’ at an undisclosed location. Apart from
Jiban Singh Koch( Singha Koch), the self styled ‘chairman’ of
KLO, permanent founder members of the UNLFW, ‘commander–in-chief
(c-in-c) ‘general’ Kumchok and deputy ‘c-in-c’ ‘lieutenant general’
Niki Sumi of NSCN-K, JK Lijang ‘president’ PDCK, ‘president’ B
Saoraigwra and ‘general secretary’ BR Ferengga of NDFB-IKS, Suchin
Borok, ’organizing secretary’ of NLFT, ‘captain’ Litpa Meitei
of KYKL, ‘captain’ Mani Meitei of KCP were present in the meeting
according to the report.
An NDFB-IKS militant, identified
as Ratan Narzary (40) was killed during a gun fight with SFs in
Kokrajhar District. The Kokrajhar SP Rajen Singh said the joint
team of 7 Sikh (LI) regiment and Kokrajhar Police, based on specific
information regarding the movement of NDFB-IKS, launched a joint
operation at Ashrabari (Laopani area) under Bismuri Police outpost
on Wednesday (December 28) morning and a group of 3-4 suspected
cadres of the outfit were seen moving in the area. He said the
militants opened fire on them and on being challenged, the ambush
party fired back and there was exchange of fire that lasted for
about 15 minutes. The operation team found a person with bullet
wounds and they brought him to RN Brahma Civil Hospital in Kokrajhar
but the doctor declared him dead. Sources from the Police said
one AK-56 rifle, a magazine, 11 live ammunition, nine fired cases,
one hand grenade, a bag, a blanket, two mobile phones and two
active SIM cards were recovered from his possession. Police sources
also said the slain militant was also an arms dealer/peddler who,
according to reliable intelligence input, had in his possession
few deadly arms and hundreds of ammunitions of different calibre.
However, the elder brother of
the slain militant, Anil Narzary said before media persons in
Kokrajhar that his brother, who is the father of three children,
was not associated with the NDFB-IKS. He said his brother was
a simple farmer. “My brother Ratan came to Bengtol market for
Christmas shopping but he was suspected to have been taken away
by the police”, he said adding that they searched till evening
but could not found him. He questioned if his brother was an NDFB-IKS
cadre then why the Police and army had not arrested him long ago
as he had been living at home and running the family as a farmer.
He said that they would seek justice and take legal help.
With a number of militant outfits
of the State trying to regroup, the Assam Government has sought
additional forces from the Centre; while efforts are also on to
improve coordination with the neighbouring states to check movement
of the ultras. Around 280 companies of forces, including more
than a hundred companies of central paramilitary forces, are now
engaged in counter-insurgency operations in the State. However,
substantial number of forces was withdrawn from Assam following
the last Assembly elections and that is why the State Government
has requested the Centre to send additional forces to deal with
The Special Director General of
Police (Law and Order) Kula Saikia admitted that as the militant
groups are not in a position to create trouble alone, they are
trying to regroup and work under one umbrella. He said the militants
are trying to shift their modus operandi and they have started
to try and use more explosives. Another major shift is that the
ultras are trying to use women cadres for transporting different
materials. He said that in the last four months alone, at least
17 kilograms of explosives were recovered from the militants in
different parts of the State. He revealed that so far this year
(2016), around 50 militants were neutralised, while more than
800 were arrested. The incidents of violence involving the militants
also came down as only 30 such incidents were reported in the
last four months. Replying to a question on the strategies adopted
by the Police and SFs to improve the overall law and order scenario,
Saikia said that bringing the Police closer to the common people
is one of the major thrusts. He said that efforts are on to expand
the concept of formation of citizens’ committees, which started
in Guwahati in 1996. All the Police Stations of the State have
been directed to set up such citizens’ committees and the entire
process will be supervised by the concerned SPs.
As the militants are trying to
take advantage of the jungle areas along the inter-state border
between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, efforts are on to improve
surveillance in those areas, while coordination with the Police
forces of the neighbouring states has also improved. All the forces
on the ground are operating in a coordinated manner and specific
input-based operations are being carried out. Saikia said that
the attempts by the Police and SFs to chock the supply lines of
the militants are yielding results. Senior NDFB-IKS militant,
G Bidai and the group moving around with him, are in trouble as
the supply lines are chocked, while a large number of jackets
and blankets were recovered when those were being taken for ULFA-I
militants in Margherita area in Tinsukia District.
Unidentified assailants lobbed
a grenade at the residence of Union Minister of State for Railways
Rajen Gohain at Nagaon town in Nagaon District around 11.30 pm.
The grenade did not explode and no family member of the Minister
was present in the house when the grenade was hurled. Special
DGP-Law and Order, Kula Saikia, visited the spot and said that
all angles are being probed into and they were trying to ascertain
the identity of the miscreants. However sources said that there
was no intelligence input of movement of members of any militant
group in the entire District in recent times.
The MNTF, Guwahati (Assam), in
a statement signed by its convenor Bhim Anal and secretary Athishu
Jonah, appealed to the Government of Manipur to reconsider its
decision to create seven new Districts. It appealed the Manipur
Government to withdraw the decision. It further appealed to the
State Government to resolve the issue amicable and to all the
civil societies of different ethnic communities living in Manipur
to engage in dialogues and shun violence of any form.
Villagers of Kumguri staged a
protest in front of Bengtol Outpost in Chirang District against
the killing of Ratan Narzary (40), a resident of the village by
the SFs in an encounter at Laopani-Asrabari under the Bishmuri
Police Station in Kokrajhar District. Police and SFs claimed that
Narzary was a militant of NDFB-IKS, who was killed when he had
challenged the security personnel. On the other hand, the villagers
said that he was not associated with any outfit or organisation
and demanded a probe into the killing. The villagers called off
their protest when the Chirang District administration assured
them of full cooperation in any probe related to the killing.
Meanwhile, CM Sarbananda Sonowal instructed Lower Assam Commissioner
Mohammad MU Ahmed to conduct a probe into the killing.
One militant of NDFB-IKS, identified
as Aalai Ram Brahma alias Anthai Brahma was killed in an encounter
by the Indian Army at Dhopguri village under Orang Police Station
of Udalguri District. In a fierce exchange of fire between the
Army and NDFB-IKS militant, the cadre was injured who later succumbed
to his injuries at GMCH.