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.