Assam Timeline - 2014
Two KPLT militants surrendered
along with some arms in front of the SP and other District administration
officials in Karbi Anglong.
A group of unidentified, armed
miscreants killed a local businessman, Kulbahadur Giri, at Bagmara
under Amguri police station in Chirang district. Police suspected
the involvement of the NDFB-IKS in the incident. In a press statement,
the 'spokesman' of the NDFB-IKS, B R Ferengga, alleged that some
government-sponsored extremist elements have been carrying out
criminal activities like killings of small traders and businessmen
from different communities.
The NDFB-PTF demanded updating
of the NRC in Assam. Gobinda Basumatary, 'General Secretary' of
NDFB-PTF which is holding negotiations with the government for
many years now said that this should be done keeping 1951 as the
base year instead of 1971 fixed by the government. Criticising
violence by the anti-talk I K Songbijit group, he said "we do
not support their acts at all. If reports are to be believed,
they are indulging in rampant extortion, kidnapping and killing
of innocent people." Stating that acts by the rival faction could
not be termed a revolution, he said "Revolution should be carried
out on ideology. But their actions are completely unwanted.
SFs arrested seven KPLT linkmen
from Bokajan subdivision in Karbi Anglong District on January
3 for their involvement in the recent violence in the district.
All of them are linkmen of the KPLT and were carrying out subversive
activities on behalf of the outfit. A country-made single barrel
muzzle loading (SBML) gun and some gunpowder were also found on
them. According to Police, the arrested persons were allegedly
involved in burning down houses of Rengma Naga villagers at several
places in the subdivision on December 27, 28, and 29.
Miscreants killed a person, identified
as D C Rongpi, son of a village headman in Karbi Anglong District.
The man was fired upon by a few persons who claimed to have come
in search of a dog from Karagaon village which is about 10 km
from Dimapur in neighbouring Nagaland this evening, they said.
SFs arrested six militants of
the RNHPF from the Borpathar area in Bokajan subdivision of Karbi
Anglong district. SFs recovered five Chinese grenades, as many
rifles and ammunition from them. According to Police, the arrested
militants were allegedly involved in the recent violence in the
SFs arrested four KPLT linkmen
from the Bokajan subdivision of Karbi Anglong district. Sub divisional
Police officer (Bokajan) Sankar Raimedhi said the newly deployed
10 companies of CRPF, in association with Police, detained 40
persons from separate locations and started interrogation. "After
interrogation, we arrested four of them. They are KPLT linkmen
and did some subversive activities on behalf of the militant group.
We have found some materials against them," he said.
Three NDFB-IKS militants, identified
as Sadem Narzary (19), Kanteswar Boro (20) and Anjala Basumatary
(26), surrendered in Chirang District. During the surrender, they
also handed over three grenades.
The RNPC, the apex Rengma Naga
body of Rengma Hills of Assam, has demanded bifurcation of the
KAAC administrative area into two parts - one representing the
Rengma Hills and the other representing the Hamren subdivision
of the erstwhile Mikir Hills (Karbi Anglong). RNPC also said it
doesn't recognize the KAAC.The RNPC issued a statement setting
forth its political agenda to the people of Assam, signed off
by the body's president, Shahi Rengma, and general secretary K
Solomon Rengma. The RNPC said in the statement that the Rengma
Hills, covering an area of approximately 8,724 square kilometres,
will be the homeland of non-Karbi communities, including Rengmas,
Dimasas, Adivasis, Kukis and Nepalis and mainland Indian communities,
while the Hamren subdivision will be under the jurisdiction of
the Karbi people.
The State Government plans to
build 17 fixed Police pickets, manned by Assam Police and CRPF
personnel, will be posted in three subdivisions in Karbi Anglong
District. "The government will pay a compensation of INR 600,000
to the families of those killed in the clash. Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi has already announced a CBI [Central Bureau of Investigation]
probe into the killing of the nine persons in Nagaland," State
Forest Minister, Rokybul Hussain said.
Five members of a faction of Manipur-based
militant outfit KCP were arrested from different locations in
Guwahati city. Senior Superintendent of Police (City) AP Tiwari
said that initially two cadres of the outfit were arrested from
two hotels in Guwahati in the morning. Later, another three cadres
were arrested, he said. "All the five cadres of the outfit have
been taking shelter in the city in disguise," he said adding that
they have already been handed over to Manipur Police.
Over 3,000 people from the Karbi
and Rengma Naga tribes have been taking shelter in relief camps
in the Bokajan area of Karbi Anglong district since December 27
due to violent clashes between the KPLT and the RNHPF. Karbi Anglong
Superintendent of Police Mugdhajyoti Mahanta told that as on January
6, 3,131 people had been taking shelter in nine relief camps.
Of them, 1,683 are Rengma Nagas and 1,448 are Karbis.
The State Government has lodged
formal complaints with the MHA and the Nagaland Government accusing
the Isak-Muivah faction of militant group NSCN-IM of being involved
in the brutal killing of nine Karbi youths, whose bodies were
recovered from a drain near Dimapur in Nagaland on January 3.
Fearing a backlash in Karbi Anglong District, the State Government
has asked for 25 additional companies of Central Armed Police
Forces from the Centre, of which 10 have already arrived. A high-level
security committee formed in Karbi Anglong on January 6 also ordered
immediate setting up of Police pickets and intense patrolling
in as many as 17 areas in the troubled Bokajan subdivision of
the District. However, the NRHPF has reportedly claimed responsibility
for the Dimapur killings.
India is looking for KLO leaders
in Nepal and Myanmar where the outfit has spread its wings in
nexus with other militant outfits.Security agencies have seen
the threat perception rise substantially in the past months in
north Bengal and northwest Assam, sources said. The Bengal and
Assam Governments, central agencies and Military Intelligence
are coordinating to neutralise the upsurge in the KLO's activities.
Dismissing rumors about economic
blockade to be imposed along National Highway (NH)-36 & 39, Karbi
Students Association (KSA-Mirjeng Kro faction) said it has no
plans to impose any kind of blockade against Nagaland. However,
KSA has instead set a 72-hour deadline beginning January 6 on
Nagaland and Assam Governments to comply with its demand of paying
adequate compensation to the families of the Rengma and Karbi
victims of the recent attack and assistance to the displaced persons
SFs, in an encounter, killed
two militants of the NDFB-IKS, Pranab Basumatary and Angw, at
Jumduar Bongaon in Kokrajhar District. SFs recovered two grenades
and one 7.65mm pistol from the duo.
SFs arrested an AANLA linkman,
Kamal Halder, from Helem in Sonitpur District.
Police arrested one KPLT militant,
in connection with Khowani village killing on December 27 from
an undisclosed location.
SFs deployed in the strife torn
Rengma Naga inhabited areas of Karbi Anglong have claimed the
situation was under control, particularly in Chokihola and Santipur
area of the district since January 9.
The NRHPF, which claimed responsibility
for killing nine persons, whose bodies were recovered near Dimapur,
was floated by the NSCN-IM for protection of the Rengma Naga people
living in Karbi Anglong.
The KPLT observed its raising
day in two separate undisclosed locations - one at the central
headquarters in east Karbi Anglong and the other at the general
headquarters in west Karbi Anglong respectively, Ranam Lijang,
'general secretary in-charge' of the militant outfit informed.
More than 19,000 foreigners who
came to the state between 1966 and March 25, 1971, have not registered
their names with the FRRO as stipulated by the Citizenship Act,
1955. The state political department on Thursday issued an instruction
to these people to register their names with the FRRO at the offices
of the superintendents of police in their districts by January
UHM Sushilkumar Shinde said the
situation is under control. Replying to questions while presenting
his monthly status report today, Shinde declined to term the law-and-order
situation as good. Though it would not be proper to say the law-and-order
situation is good in Karbi Anglong but the situation is under
control, he said.
Karbi Anglong Superintendent of
Police, Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta announced the arrested of a KPLT
"corporal" Sarhon Teron from Karbi Anglong. Mahanta further stated
that the arrested militant led the Police to recreate the crime
scene of the Khowanigaon attack which led to the Karbi-Rengma
The Karbi Anglong District administration
said the process to send the Rengma Naga and Karbi villagers taking
shelter in relief camps back to their homes will begin tomorrow.
There are 3,131 people taking shelter in nine relief camps.
| January 14
A KLO leader said the outfit was
ready for “unconditional” talks with the state and the Centre
as it wants peace.
The leader who identified himself
as KLO ‘assistant general secretary’ Pradeep Roy alias P.N.
Koch spoke over phone from an undisclosed location.
| January 15
ULFA-I executed one of its leaders
accusing him of involvement in activities detrimental to the group.
ULFA-I’s Arunodoi Asom said the executed leader, Partha Asom alias Partha
Pratim Gogoi, was the ‘assistant finance secretary’ and an ‘operational
commander’ in the outfit.
| January 16
The RNPC, the apex body of the
Rengma Nagas in Assam, urged Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar
Shinde to immediately initiate a probe by the NIA into the recent
violence in Karbi Anglong as well as the killings in Dimapur (Nagaland),.
A representation, signed by RNPC ‘president’ Shahi K Rengma and
general secretary K Solomon Rengma, stated that the Karbis have
also accused the NSCN-IM of orchestrating trouble in Assam. They
added that the allegation needs to be investigated since it relegates
the sufferings of the Rengma Nagas and their decades-old agitation
for political identity to the sidelines.
The ‘chairman’ of UTLA, S K Thadou,
who was injured in an ambush at Jiribam in Manipur on Janaury
15, is undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit of the
SMCH. Sources in SMCH on Thursday said the injured militant leader's
condition continues to remain critical. UTLA- S K Thadou is a
Hundreds of people raised slogans
against ULFA-I ‘Commander-in-Chief’ Paresh Baruah at ULFA's birthplace
in Sivasagar as they escorted the body of the outfit's assistant
finance secretary, Partha Partim Gogoi, who was executed Baruah's
orders for 'conspiring with Assam Police" against the outfit.
The manager, Bharat Singh
Rathore (48), of Pabhoi tea estate was abducted
by militants from his bungalow in Sonitpur District on January
| January 17
Sonitpur SP, Arabinda Kalita on
the abduction of Bharat Singh Rathore (48), Manager of Pabhoi tea
estate said, “We gather Adivasi militants were involved in the
abduction and a search operation is on to rescue the tea estate
At least six persons were killed
when suspected NDFB-IKS militants pulled down about a dozen persons
from a bus and opened fire at them at Serfanguri in Kokrajhar
District. An Assam Police official said the bus was on its
way from Siliguri in West Bengal to Shillong when a group of armed
militants intercepted it on NH-31 at Athiabari under Serfanguri
SFs, in an encounter, killed a
hardcore NDFB-IKS militant in Kokrajhar District.
The AANLA, currently in ceasefire
with the Union and State Governments, on January 17 alleged Government
apathy towards the problems faced by the Adivasis.
Director General of Police, Khagen
Sharma said that the ULFA-I led by Paresh Baruah is trying
to regroup insurgent outfits and CPI-Maoist and might convene
a meeting of the groups next week. The DGP said, the Government
would like to see Paresh Baruah participate in the ongoing peace
talks with the ULFA faction headed by Arabinda Rajkhowa. To a
query on which subversive group was the biggest threat to Assam
now, Sharma said, “The Maoists are the biggest threat. They have
about 100 trained cadres in the state and many supporters.”
NSCA militants killed Tea tribe
leader Niranjan Patra inside his house at Sekoni tea estate in
Nagaon District. Nagaon Superintendent of Police Bibekraj Singh
said preliminary investigations had revealed that the youths who
killed Patra were known to the victim. The SP said three Adivasi
youths of Patra’s locality had floated an outfit, Adivasi Tribal
Force [ATF], in 2013 to launch an extortion drive. Soon after,
they were arrested and after about three months, released on bail.
Subsequently, they are suspected to have floated the NSCA”.
Suspected militants belonging
to Zakir Bahini, UDLA, abducted two traders, Nishith Das (27)
and Tiklu Kumar Das (28), from Ramnathpur under Katlicherra block
in Hailakandi District. Further, Security Forces were ambushed
by militants when they reached the remote Boincherra village on
the other side of Dholewari River on Janaury 18 morning.
| January 18
NDFB-IKS militants attacked Muslim
villagers, killing one Imran Ali, and injuring four others in
the Panbari area of Chirang District.
Suspected NDFB-IKS militants killed
Bishom Sharma, a Hindi-speaking barber, near his salon at Harisinga
in Udalguri District.
NDFB-IKS militants shot at and
injured a trader, Bikram Rai, at Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur District.
The KLO has said that they are
not ready for tripartite talks with the Government of India and
the reports appeared in certain newspapers could be the sinister
design of Government to create mistrust among the community.
| January 19
NDFB-IKS militants shot dead a
trader, Gaur Kundu (38), at Mangolchora bazaar under Bogaribari
Police Station of Dhubri District.
Security sources have reportedly
admitted that among all the active militant groups in Assam, the
NDFB-IKS has the strongest presence on the ground and the cadres
of the outfit are also well trained. Sources revealed that the
outfit has strong presence in the areas along the border with
Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh and around 100 of its members are
operating within Assam.
Assam DGP, Khagen Sarma, stated
that the ISI is behind the unification bid of Northeastern militants.
DGP, Khagen Sarma said, “It is the Pakistani ISI and other external
forces that are behind the fresh initiative taken by ‘commander
in chief’ of United Liberation Front of Assam (anti-talks) to
form a common force on all the insurgent groups based in Northeast
to fight Indian security forces.”
The State Government will intensify
action against the NDFB-IKS in the BTAD by carrying out joint
Army-Police Counter-Insurgency operations in the aftermath of
the sudden spree of killings in the Bodo belt. Assam Parliamentary
Secretary (Home) Atuwa Munda said the decision was taken at a
meeting of the Unified Command held in Guwahati on January 19
in which the security scenario of the State was reviewed.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi ordered
intensification of operation against NDFB-IKS in coordination
with Army and CAPF.
The ABMSU observed 24-hour bandhs
(General strike) in the BTAD in protest against the NDFB-IKS attacks
in the State. Also, the AABYCP a 36-hour bandh from 5 AM on January
20 protesting the killing of Hindi- speaking people by NDFB-IKS.
The State Police Headquarters
declared 15 members of the NDFB-IKS, including its chief Songbijit
Ingti Kathar (IK Songbijit), as 'most wanted'. Assam Police said
valuable information leading to the arrest of these 15 NDFB-IKS
militants will be worth INR 9.5 million.
SFs exchanged fire with a group
of NDFB-IKS militants, during an operation in the jungles near
Dimajuli village in the Assam-Bhutan bordering areas in Chirang
An NDFB-IKS 'release' alleged
that the repeated killing of innocent Bodo civilians by the security
forces had made the outfit restless. It warned security forces
against "violating human rights and killings innocent civilians".
State DGP Khagen Sarma held a
meeting in the conference hall of the Chirang SP office at Kajalgaon
with top officials of the SSB, BSF, CRPF, Army and SPs of five
Districts - Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri and Goalpara
to discuss measures to be taken against the militant groups active
in the five lower Assam districts.
The KLO has threatened to target
Bengali-speaking refugees in lower Assam and North Bengal areas,
if SFs continue their alleged torture of Koch-Rajbongshis.
In a recent press release by
the KLO 'general secretary' Kailash Koch, the organisation has
threatened the Bengal and Assam governments that it might target
refugees in north Bengal and lower Assam districts, if the alleged
torturing of the Koch-Rajbongshi did not stop. Unless the Bengal
and Assam Governments stop this and release the arrested people,
we might be compelled to take action against Bengali refugees,"
the statement said.
SFs arrested a ULFA-I militant,
identified as Raju Haloi, from the Guwahati city's Basistha area
(Kamrup Metro). Police said that Haloi was planted there by ULFA-I's
'western commander' Drishti Rajkhowa to trigger a blast.
Suspected KLO militants shot dead
a businessman, identified as Sudhangshu Sarkar (52), at Khukshi
Bao Bazaar under Fakiragram Police Station in Kokrajhar District.
Police arrested 'commander-in-chief'
of KNLA,Ysong Bey, along with two other militants from a hideout
near Diphu Railway Station in Karbi Anglong District. Police seized
two foreign-made pistols of 7.6 caliber and three bullets from
the arrested ultras, along with mobile phones and incriminating
documents. According to Police, the other two arrested have been
identified as Arjat Enghi and Tensing Ronghang.
The manager of Pabhoi Tea Estate
at Biswanath Chariali in Sonitpur District, Bharat Singh Rathod,
who was abducted from his bungalow in the garden on January 16,
was released by his captors at Namara near the Assam-Arunachal
Pradesh border. NDFB-IKS is suspected to be behind the incident.
11 militant outfits of the North
East have jointly given a call to boycott the Republic Day (January
26) and to observe a general strike.
In a joint statement, CorCom,
an umbrella organization of Manipur-based militant groups, ULFA-I,
NDFB-IKS,NLFT,KLO and HNLC have called upon the people of the
region to boycott the Republic Day to fight together against the
"colonial rule" of India. CorCom consists of KCP, KYKL, PREPAK,
PREPAK-Pro, PLA and UNLF.
SFs, in an encounter, killed a
militant of ULFA-I in Goalpara District along the Assam-Meghalaya
border. According to information, the encounter took place day
after Police arrested an ULFA-linkman.
The 22-hour Kokrajhar District
bandh (general Strike) call given by the All Assam Bengali
Youth Students' Federation (AABYSF) in protest against the killing
of a trader, Sudhangshu Sarkar (52), hit the normal life in Kokrajhar
In the wake of NDFB-IKS increasing
its violent activities, the MHA has asked SSB to begin undertaking
special counter-insurgency operations in the State and check the
actions of the group. SSB has been asked to create a Special Operations
Group (SOG) in its battalions which will take on the NDFB primarily
in the Districts of Chirang, Udalguri, Kokrajhar and Baksa.
Central Government has warned
the NDFB-RD that its cadres straying out of designated camps without
approval would be treated on a par with militants from the NDFB-IKS.
JFA appealed to the people of
the North East to defy the diktat of separatists and celebrate
Republic Day on January 26. The JFA, in a statement, also urged
various local press clubs, press guilds and other media organisations
across the region to celebrate the Day.
Guwahati City Police's operations
wing released images of two ULFA-I militants who they suspect
have possible entered the city with explosives.
SFs arrested one KPLT militant,
identified as Son Taro alias Bulet Taro, from the Langparpan area
under Howraghat Police Station in Karbi Anglong District.
SFs arrested a KLO militant, Indrajit
Roy alias Dabang, from Chhagulia in Dhubri District.
Tension prevails in and around
Kokrajhar following the attack on a motorcycle rally taken out
by the BPF's youth wing by some minority community youths at Monakosha
village in Kokrajhar District. According to sources, some minority
community youths attacked the motorcycle rally with lethal weapons
and damaged a number of vehicles, besides injuring some Youth
BPF members. Soon after the incident police rushed to the spot
and controlled the situation. Four youths were arrested in this
KPLT has called for a 96-hour
Karbi Anglong bandh starting January 24 from 5 a.m. The bandh
has been called to boycott the Republic Day celebrations in the
district. In a statement, KPLT's 'acting general secretary' Ranam
Lijang termed the "Indian Republic as worthless body and...should
be viewed as black day. People should abstain from observing Indian
The NIA has registered an open
First Information Report (FIR) against ULFA-I under various sections
of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
President of the BSS, Kameswar
Brahma said the recent attacks by the NDFB-IKS and other militant
groups in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) areas have tarnished
the reputation of the Bodo community. "Acts of violence in the
BTAD have also posed a barrier to the overall development of Bodos.
All militants groups must act sensibly and shun violence in order
for the Bodo community to be established as a force to be reckoned
with," Brahma said.
A daily wage earner, identified
as Pradip (14), escaped with mild injuries when suspected NDFB-IKS
militants lobbed a grenade near a petrol pump at Dhekiajuli in
Sonitpur District .
Two suspected ULFA-I militants
were killed in a blast at about 7 kilometre from Umrangshu area
in Dima Hasao District when the bomb they were carrying in a vehicle
exploded. Umrangshu Police believe the two were on their way to
Meghalaya from Lanka in Nagaon District. The Police have identified
them as Sahabuddin and Aminuddin of Lanka (Nagaon District).
State Police announced cash rewards
of INR 6.2 miilion for those who can provide information about
11 militants of the KLO and seven cadres of the NDFB-IKS. The
KLO list includes four top leaders, 'commander-in-chief' Nityananda
Sarkar alias Shyam Ray, 'general secretary' Keshab Barman,
'assistant organising secretary' Lal Chand Deka and 'cultural
secretary' Digambar Rai alias Jibon Koch. Cash rewards of INR
500,000 each have been announced against the quartet while INR
300,000 each will be given for information provided on another
The Gauhati High Court asked the
Central Government and State Government to clear their stand on
granting ST status to the Koch Rajbongshi community within the
next two months.
AKRSU 'president' Biswajit Ray
asked Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh to clear their stand on granting Scheduled Tribe status
to the community and creation of Kamtapur on Republic Day (January
SFs arrested a KPLT militant,
Kensing Ronghang, from Karbi Anglong District.
SFs arrested three KPLT cadres,
'area commander of Diring area' Bijoy Terang, Robin Engti, Lawrence
Terang, from Dolamara locality under Borpathar Police Station
of Karbi Anglong District. SFs recovered one 7,65 mm pistol and
few bullets, four mobile phone and large quantity of extortion
notes from them.
SFs arrested one NSCN-IM militant
and one overground worker of the outfit from Lodi Village of Dima
Hasao District. The security men recovered one .9 mm pistol, three
.9 mm live rounds and two mobile handsets with three SIM cards.
Public nabbed one NDFB-IKS militant,
identified as Prem Kumar Basumatary (18), at Tungkurmari area
under Sidli Police Station of Chirang District.
SFs arrested two hardcore cadres
of NDFB-IKS, Subaw Daimari and Agar Swargiary, from a hideout
of Borthol locality of Karbi Anglong District. One A K 47 rifle
with 21 bullets and one .32 pistol along with 2 magazines and
11 bullets were seized from their possession.
Assam Governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik
appealed the underground militant groups to abjure violence and
come to the discussion table to solve the issues for an overall
development of the state.
SFs arrested three KNLA militants
from different locations in Karbi Anglong District. Konglong Tisso
alias Muzari and Joy Bey were arrested at Baghpani under
Dokmoka Police Station. In another incident, Kangbura Bey was
arrested under the Chokihola Police Station in the District.
a KCP militant, T.L.Omita Devi, from Katahbari area of Guwahati
in Kamrup (metro) District.
recovered a huge amount of arms and ammunitions used by ULFA-I
(Independent) from the Assam-Meghalaya border in the Goalpara
Ten persons were
killed and eight others received bullet injuries when encroachers
from Arunachal Pradesh opened fire with hand-made weapons in the
Behali Reserve Forest area of Sonitpur District. Around 100 assailants,
armed with guns and other lethal weapons, attacked the villagers,
who have been camping there to protect those areas from further
encroachment, and started indiscriminate firing at them killing
those villagers on the spot.
The Sonitpur District
unit of the AAMSU took out a rally in Tezpur against NDFB-IKS
attack on Policemen in the District.
Sonitpur SP Sanjukta
Parashar saying that the three NDFB-IKS militants involved in
the ambush in Thalola-Laodangi have been identified as B Naihab,
Chiju and Bishu and they are still hiding in Batachipur area.
She added that a joint operation is going on to arrest the culprits.
The AABP demanded
adequate security for over two million Bhojpuri-speaking people
living in the State besides formation of development council.
Union Ministry of
Home Affairs Joint-Secretary, Shambhu Singh, told television channels
that the NDFB might have a hand in the killing incident in the
Behali Reserve Forest area of Sonitpur District of Assam on January
State Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi ruled out NDFB's involvement and stated that miscreants
from Arunachal Pradesh were responsible for the killings.
Gulzar Hussain (37), and a Police Informer were killed while five
Constables were injured as NDFB-IKS ambushed a patrol at Thalola
in the Batachipur area under Dhekiajuli Police Station in Sonitpur
District. Meanwhile, 'spokesman' of the NDFB-IKS, B R Ferenga
has claimed responsibility of the ambush.
A mob later vandalised
an office of the NDFB-PTF at Tezpur (Sonitpur District) and a
cadre of the outfit was beaten up before he was handed over to
the Police. The mob also shouted slogans against the NDFB.
The owner of a two-storey
building, Raju Ali, in Sivasagar town (Sivasagar District) was
injured when a crude bomb exploded. According to Police, Ali was
arrested earlier in connection with extorting money in the name
The ULFA-I executed
its 'cultural secretary', Anjumoni Saikia alias Dalimi Dutta,
at the outfit's Myanmar camp recently. Director-General of Police
Khagen Sarma said the Police have received unconfirmed reports
of her death.
Referring to the
ambush by the NDFB-IKS in the Thalola-Laodangi area under Dhekiajuli
Police Station of Sonitpur District that left Additional Superintendent
of Police (security) of Sonitpur District Gulzar Hussain dead
and five other cops injured, the AAPA blamed the "soft attitude"
of the state government towards militants for the incident.
is cut off from the rest of the country as protesters in Assam
blocked supply routes to the state in protest against killings.
KMSS, which is leading the protest, blocked NH-52 at Borgang in
Sonitpur District, which is the only lifeline to Arunachal capital
The ULFA-I confirmed
the death of its 'council secretary' Dalimi Asom alias
Anju Saikia. In a statement emailed to the media by ULFA-I's 'assistant
publicity secretary' Arunoday Asom, the outfit claimed that Saikia
had committed suicide. She had reportedly gone missing from an
ULFA camp at an undisclosed place on January 5 and her body was
recovered about 3 kilometers from the camp on January 19, the
mailed statement stated.
Suspected KPLT militants had abducted two buisneesman, Dhiman ChoudharyaliasDhiman
Lindo (30) [Karbi Anglong based] and Sudip Chanda (36), from Zerikingding
area under the Zerikingding Police Station in Karbi Anglong District.
KPLT ‘publicity secretary’, Nokmey Tungjang has, however, informed
that the group was not involved with abduction of the duo.
SFs killed a 'commander'
of KLO, Brindaban Rajbongshi alias Mukut Ray (22), at Nadangiri
hill in Salakati of Kokrajhar District. Police said two other
KLO cadres, including Samar Roy alias Rambo, escaped in the darkness.
An angry mob lynched
a militant, Rahimuddin (38), belonging to militant group Zakir
Bahini, a faction of the UDLA, at Boinchera in Hailakandi District.
He later succumbed to his injuries at Hailakandi Civil Hospital.
SFs arrested four
militants NDFB-IKS from Lahorijan area in Karbi Anglong District.
Later, Police recovered several arms and ammunition from Hamren
area in the same District. The recovered arms and ammunition were
two AK-56 rifles, one pistol, three magazines and 33 rounds of
The Rengma Naga
organisations in Karbi Anglong District have reiterated their
demand for the creation of RHADC through bifurcation of Rengma
Hills from Karbi Anglong based on the original boundary of the
Hills and Rengma Mouzas (a erstwhile term for revenue collection
unit) with its headquarters at Bokajan.
The January 29 attack
fatality along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border increased to
11 after the recovery of a dead body of a person identified as
Lasu Mardi (65) from Chauldhua in Borgang in Sonitpur District.
The economic blockade
against Arunachal Pradesh for the Behali Reserve Forest killings
continued and the protesters blocked the passage of goods trucks
at Chariduar in Sonitpur District.
Two KPLT militants
were caught by the villagers of Samelangso area under Samelangso
Police Station in Karbi Anglong District. They were later handed
over to the Samelangso Police Station.
DGP Khagen Sarma
said operations against the NDFB-IKS would be intensified to put
an end to the group's subversive activities in Sonitpur District.
The DGP further said that a Police Station would be set up at
Dikalmukh (Sonitpur District) near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh
inter-state boundary. Construction of a border outpost at Behali
reserve forest commenced. On the charge made by the CPI-ML alleging
involvement of the NLCT of Arunachal Pradesh in the Behali massacre,
the DGP said that operation would be carried out against NLCT
The security agencies have come to the conclusion that the recent
killing of eleven persons in the Behali Reserved Forest was a well
planned attack.Sources said that some political leaders and influential
persons of Arunachal Pradesh developed economic interest in the
Behali reserved forest area and even a rubber garden has been set
up in the disputed land.
| February 3
The economic blockade against
Arunachal Pradeshby Assam based organisations entered its fifth
day. The protesters blocked trucks at Borgang and Chariduar areas
in Sonitpur District. The blockade has badly affected Itanagar
(Capital of Arunachal Pradesh) and the East Siang, Upper Siang
and West Siang Districts.
The AAGSU, the apex organisation
of Gorkha students, imposed a total economic and road blockade
on various National Highways leading to Arunachal Pradesh at Tinsukia,
Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat and Karbi Anglong in protest
against the killings.
The Central Government told the
Supreme Court that it has agreed to allocate INR 2.88 billion
to the Assam government for updating the NRC across the State.
It stated that already INR 0.25 billion has been released to the
state government for preliminary work.
The NSAB member P.C. Haldar said
that the presence of CPI-Maoist in the Northeast has the potential
to create serious “strategic security complications”.
| February 4
A youth, believed to be from
Arunachal Pradesh, was injured after being attacked by a mob near
Barjharani forest gate in Behali Police Station area in Sonitpur
the blockade of roads leading
to Arunachal Pradesh, launched to protest the killings in Behali
of Sonitpur District, entered the sixth day. Assam Home Secretary
G.D. Tripathi told that though the blockade continues, some vehicles
carrying fuel and other essential items crossed into Arunachal
Pradesh with police escort. He said efforts are being made to
persuade the protesters to lift the blockade.
KLO described the killing of its
Kokrajhar District 'commander', Brindaban Rajbongshi, as a ‘fake
encounter’ and called for a 12 hourbandh in‘Kamatapur’.
The RNHPF said peace can return
to Karbi Anglong District only if the Rengma Nagas are given constitutional
protection or a political identity separate from the Karbis. Claiming
responsibility for the killing of nine Karbi youths at Pachaspura
in Dimapur on December 27, 2013, the RNHPF claimed that one of
them was a KPLT arms smuggler while six others were newly trained
| February 5
Suspected militants belonging
to NDFB-IKS abducted a businessman, identified as Anup Das, from
Dukhungaon under the Runikhata Police Station in Chirang District.
The blockade of roads leading
to Arunachal Pradesh launched to protest the killings in the Behali
area of Sonitpur District, entered the seventh day on February
5creating shortage of essential commodities in Arunachal Pradesh,
particularly in the capital Itanagar.
CM Tarun Gogoi said that CPI-Maoist
has entered into an understanding with the Northeastern region
of India based militants as well as with Pakistan’s external intelligence
agency ISI to spread its network in the state. Tarun Gogoi added
that despite repeated warnings on the issue from the State, the
Central Government is yet to take act on the growing CPI-Maoist
threat in the State.
The MHA will soon constitute a
high-level team, comprising representatives from Arunachal Pradesh
and Assam, to probe into the January 29 violence in Sonitpur District's
disputed Chauldhua area.
| February 6
SFs arrested an NDFB-IKS militant,
identified as ‘sergeant major’ Sohaisula BrahmaaliasB.
Swrji (33), from Nakhuti of Bokajan area in Karbi Anglong District.
Businessmen and local residents
of Lanka area (Nagaon District) started an economic blockade against
the two hills Districts of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao at Lanka
citing the failure of SFs in rescuing abducted businessmen from
Strike) called by the KLO, in protest against the killing of its
cadre Brindaban Rajbongshi (22) in Kokrajhar District, passed
Joint Secretary-Northeast at MHA
Shambhu Singh, was greeted with a demand for a separate State
for Karbi community in Diphu of Karbi Anglong District. HSDP also
submitted a memorandum to Singh demanding quick action in executing
the MoS, permanent rehabilitation packages for former UPDS cadres
and withdrawal of criminal cases against them.
Assam based organisations protesting
against the Behali killings lifted the blockade of roads to Arunachal
Pradesh at Borgang and Chariduar in Sonitpur District. The organisations
called off the blockade after submitting a four-point charter
of demands to the administration and serving a 20-day deadline
for their fulfillment. The blockade had stated on January 30.
The MHA has deployed a central
Police force along the Assam-Arunachal border following the killing
incident of January 29 in Sonitpur District of Assam. “There is
this possibility. They Songbhijit faction of National Democratic
Front of Bodoland (NDFB-S) might try to establish a foothold in
the region. Some other outfit might want the people to let them
live in the area on the condition that they would protect them,”
said Shambhu Singh, Joint Secretary, North East, MHA.
| February 7
Two executives of the Lakhimijan
Tea Estate in Jorhat (Assam) District were allegedly abducted
by suspected miscreants from Nagaland.
SFs arrested four suspected GNLA
militants, identified as Sohidul Islam (28), Babul Hussain (27),
Ismail Hussain (25) and Shahjahan Ali (31), from Karbala area
in Goalpara town (Goalpara District). SFs recovered two 7.65 mm
automatic revolvers, two 7.65 mm country-made pistols, nine rounds
of live ammunitions, one vehicle, four mobile phones, eight SIM
cards and some incriminating documents from them.
AASM, an organisation representing
non-Karbi of Karbi Anglong District, urged the MHA Joint Secretary,
Shambhu Singh to send a study team to assess both the present
and future conditions of the non-Karbis if Autonomous State is
created comprising the two hill Districts of Karbi Anglong and
| February 8
SFs killed two militants belonging
to the GNLA at Barjhara area along the Assam-Meghalaya border
under Lakhipur Police Station in Goalpara District. SFs also recovered
one .9mm pistol, one 7.65mm pistol, one satellite phone, one watch
phone, live bullets, blank cartridges and two mobile phones from
SFs arrested an unidentified Manipur
based militant of UTLA from Haflong in Dima Hasao District.
| February 9
SFs arrested a militant belonging
to AANLA, Amar Singh KarmakaraliasAmar Gogoi (29), from
Deberapara area of Mariani in Jorhat District. The arrested militant
was giving extortion threats to ONGC’s gas gathering station number
1 located at Khorghat area, along the Assam-Nagaland border, under
Uriamghat Police Station in Golaghat District.
Train services were disrupted
in lower Assam region due to the 12-hour railway blockade call
by the ABSU at Basugaon Station in Chirang District, demanding
resolution of the 'Bodoland' issue. The blockade was later reduced
to six hours after the ABSU received a formal invitation from
the Central Government for the third round of tripartite talks
on February 21. Apart from the ABSU, leaders of allied organisations
like the NDFB-PTF, BPPF, UDPF, PJACBM also took part in the blockade.
State Forest Minister Rockybul
Hussain stated that the State Government is committed to resolve
the problem of insurgency without seeking any political mileage.
"A total of 234 NDFB-IKS cadres have been apprehended since 2013,
while 29 have died in encounters with police and security forces.
Police also seized 73 firearms, nine bombs and 68 grenades during
the period," he added.
State Government admitted that
over 1,300 families, who were affected during the Bodo-Muslim
clashes in the BTAD in 2012, were yet to be rehabilitated. In
a written reply to the State Legislative Assembly, State Revenue
and Disaster Management Minister, Prithibi Majhi said that a total
of 18,823 families lost their houses completely, while 999 houses
were partially damaged.
Minister of State for Home R.P.N.
Singh told Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) that
CPI-Maoist are trying to set up organisational bases in the North-east
to forge ties with other insurgent groups to meet their military
needs and the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border has emerged as another
theatre of Maoist activities.
A three-member team of JACAS met
with MHA officials at North Block, New Delhi on the issue of Autonomous
State consisting Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao Districts of Assam.
Unidentified men abducted one
person, identified as Pintu Aditya (24), of Basugaon in Chirang
SFs killed two unidentified IK
Songbijit faction of NDFB-IKS militants near Aiepowaliat Runikhata
in Chirang District.
State Government charged its counterpart
in Arunachal Pradesh with carrying out "some activities and implementing
some schemes" at Behali area in its territory. Issuing an official
statement at the ongoing State Assembly session, Environment and
Forest Minister, Rockybul Hussain said, "Though the Behali Reserve
Forest is inside the Assam border, Arunachal Pradesh is doing
some activities and implementing some schemes there."
Encroachers from Nagaland destroyed
17 border posts along Karbi Anglong (Assam) -Dimapur (Nagaland)
Two unidentified men hurled a
handmade bomb on Pritam Dabnath (24), a shopkeeper, in Mahur market
in Mahur area of Dima Hasao District. Pritam Dabnath sustained
injuries in his left eye and ear due to the blast and was admitted
to Haflong Civil Hospital.
Rise of cyber crime cases in Assam
has become a matter of serious concern as the number of such cases
registered increased sharply during last few years. According
to sources, around 500 such cases were registered in the year
2013. Sources said that earlier, cyber crime cases were registered
only in the cyber crime cell of the CID but with growing number
of such incidents taking place, all the Police Stations are now
asked to register cases and the cell provides technical help in
investigation of the cases.
Suspected NDFB-IKS shot at a businessman,
identified as Babu Ali (32), at Lengraghat Bazaar in Kokrajhar
District. Police said two persons came on a bike and shot at Ali.
He was later taken to hospital.
SFs arrested four suspected ULFA-I
militants, in Goalpara District.
A 'deputy commander' (southern
command) of the NDFB-IKS identified as B. Thaijou alias
Kamaram Brahma was killed in an encounter with Security Forces
at Makrijhora-Malatijhora area of Parbhatjora subdivision in Kokrajhar
District on February 20. The militant had a bounty of INR 30,
0000 on his head. The Police said three militants managed to escape.
Pointing towards the creation
of a separate State of Telangana, the NDFB-PTF asked the Centre
to adopt the same strategy and create a separate State of Bodoland
without the approval of the Assam Assembly. The third round of
tripartite talks among the Centre, Assam Government and NDFB-P
was held on February 20, where the ceasefire with the Bodo militant
outfit was extended for another six months.
The Centre meanwhile, is holding
three separate rounds of dialogues with ABSU and associated organisation,
BPPF, BNC and BPF.
In the past four years, militants
called for 18 Assam bandh (general strike. In 2013 nine
such bandhs were called, followed by four, three and two
bandhs in 2011, 2010 and 2012 respectively. Out of 18,
the ULFA had called for seven such bandhs.
Number of local bandhs called
by militants stood at 75 (2010), 85 (2011), 79 (2012) and 113
(2013). The KPLT, a militant outfit operating from Karbi Anglong,
has called the highest number (nine) of local bandhs during this
SFs killed three suspected GNLA
militants at Kachumari under Krishnai Police Station, in Goalpara
District. Three .9 mm pistols with 15 rounds of live ammunition
and explosive materials weighing around one kilogram were reportedly
recovered from the unidentified slain ultras.
The NCHISF and IWF warned for
an indefinite Dima Hasao bandh (general strike) from February
26, 2014, if the Group of Ministers does not submit its report
to the State Government within February 25, regarding their demand
of a separate District with Autonomous Council.
The ABSU 'general secretary' Romeo
P. Narzary described tripartite talks among Central and State
Governments and ABSU, on Bodoland Statehood issue, as inconclusive.
Narzary added that the next round of tripartite talks will be
held on February 27 where Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde
will be present.
According to sources major cases
under investigation by the NIA in the region are related to smuggling
of weapons and ammunition from the Police armoury in Nagaland
by some Police personnel to both factions of the NSCN. The second
major case is the recently registered case (RC-04/2013) against
the 'commander-in-chief' of the Independent ULFA-I Paresh Baruah
and others. Another NIA case in the region relates to the big
cache of smuggled weapons seized in Mizoram.
SFs arrested a militant of Manipur
based PREPAK, Leishungbam Bheigyachandra Singh (35), from Saokuchi,
under Garchuck Police Station in Guwahati in Kamrup (Metro) District.
Four highly-decomposed bodies
were recovered today by locals from the jungles of Chaoldhowa
under the Behali Reserve Forest in Sonitpur District. The bodies
identified to be of Maneswar Munda, Burha Teron, Bishoni Teron
and Suren Kramcha, according to Sonitpur SP Sanjukta Parasar.
The MHA Joint Secretary (Northeast)
Shambhu Singh said, "They (insurgent outfits) need to understand
that it is a no win situation for them. Groups are groups. Their
numbers are limited. If it comes to handle them militarily, the
might of the Government is always more than what they can muster".
Protestors set ablaze two vehicles,
including one belonging to the Assam Police, at Borgang in Sonitpur
District. However, the passengers escaped unhurt. An indefinite
curfew was clamped in Gingia Police Station limits and the Borgang
Police Outpost in Sonitpur District following the recovery of
four more dead bodies. The NH-52 was blocked at Borgang and Bedeti
by the activists of AKSU, AAGSU and other student organisations
in protest against the incident.
Five Bodo groups, including one
militant group, NDFB-PTF along with other four, ABSU, PJACBM,
BPPF and UDPF announced that movement for a separate Bodoland
State will intensify if the fourth round of tripartite dialogue
scheduled on February 27 fails to come up with a permanent solution
to the long-standing demand of different Bodo groups.
At least 13 people were injured when suspected
NDFB -IKS militants triggered two blasts in Gasbari daily market
near Baihata Chariali in Kamrup (Rural) District.
BPF and BNC have welcomed Government's decision
to set up a one-man committee to look into the viability of a
Bodoland state and issues related to land. However, the ABSU and
its allied organisations have rejected it.
The 72-hour bandh (shut down strike) along
Silchar-Imphal road or National Highway 37 imposed by the KSO
and KWU in Tamenglong District has come to an end but the highway
will continue to be affected for the next 72 hours as another
tribal organisation sponsored chakka bandh of hill Districts begins
from midnight of February 24. Earlier, KSO and KWU, had announced
the bandh strongly objecting the perpetual encroachment of the
'tribal lands' which is in Tamenglong district contiguous with
Jiribam sub division of Imphal East District, in connivance with
the Police and the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Jiribam.
The ANC, a combined forum of more than 20 Adivasi
organisations called a 48-hour bandh since 5 pm of February 24
in protest against Rahul Gandhi's visit and in protest against
the failure of the INC-led government to fulfil the demands of
the Adivasis in Assam.
The Assam bandh (General Strike) called
on the day of INC Vice President Rahul Gandhi's visit to the State
by various ethnic groups for various reasons, affected several
Districts is both lower and Upper Assam on February 25. The affected
areas were North Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Bongaigaon and Chirang Districts.
The TAYP and the AKRSU called the bandh in protest against alleged
exploitation and negligence towards the indigenous people of the
State by the INC. Further, the BYCP called the Assam bandh to
raise the Doubtful Voter (D-voter) issue.
KLO stated that its 'publicity secretary', Rajiv
Kathai alias Bimal Roy alias Sonu, has deserted the outfit on
February 18 and is assisting the Indian Army. The 'general secretary'
of the KLO, Kailash Koch said that Bimal Roy joined the KLO in
the month of July, 2011 and before it, he was the in the Indian
An NDFB-IKS militant, Swmkwr Basumatary (26),
surrendered before the Police in Kokrajhar District.
A round of tripartite talks between Union Ministry
of Home Affairs, Assam Government and four different Bodo organisations
scheduled to be held on February 27 has been postponed till February
28 due to the unavailability of Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.
SFs arrested a MULTA militant, Anwar Hussain (37),
from Santipur in Nalbari District. One .62 mm pistol, two magazines
and eight rounds of ammunition were also seized.
The Central Government set up an expert committee
to study and examine the demand for Bodoland state to be carved
out of Assam. The one-man expert committee of former Union Home
Secretary G.K. Pillai will submit a report in nine months after
consulting all sections of society on the viability of creating
Suspected militants entered Itchapur village (inhibited
by Dimasa tribe) and set ablaze seven houses of the village which
fall under Diphu subdivision of Karbi Anglong District. Though
the Karbi Anglong District administration suspects that people
opposed to the blockade might have committed the act but officially
no details were revealed.
The indefinite economic blockade against Nagaland
in both the National Highway (NH) 39 and NH-36 since February
25 has been imposed by KSYC, ADSU, AAGSU, Karbi KUYA and other
Karbi Anglong based organisations in protest against the alleged
encroachment of Assam's territory by people from Nagaland.
Three MTF militants surrendered in front of Chirang
District SP Ranjan Bhuyan. The three militants were identified
as Shah Ali, Madan Ali and Samser Ali. The trio also deposited
one AK series rifle, one 9 mm pistol, one 7.65 mm pistol and 11
rounds of cartridges.
Life in Dima Hasao District was partially disrupted
during the first day owing to a 100-hour bandh (General Strike)called
by NCHISF that began at 5 am on February 26. The bandh, which
was called, seeking bifurcation of the hill District, evoked partial
response, said a Police Officer. While shops and business establishments
were closed, government offices and banks were open. However,
attendance was thin. Traffic was off the road in Haflong, the
SFs arrested two suspected KPLT linkmen, Orjen
Ronghang (40) and Korop Ronghang (24), from Sanbe Teron Gaon in
Karbi Anglong District.
The 100-hour bandh (general strike) called
by NCHIPF in Dima Hasao District from February 26 will further
delay the Lumding-Silchar broad-gauge conversion project. The
bandh called by the NCHIPF to demand the bifurcation of the present
Dima Hasao (formerly North Cachar Hills) Autonomous District Council
into two separate Autonomous District Council.
The eight students' groups of Karbi Anglong called
off the indefinite road blockade against Nagaland on National
Highway 39 at Silonijaan and Sariahjaan on National Highway 36
in Karbi Anglong District from February 28 morning. The decision
to lift the blockade was taken after a meeting of the high-level
officials of both the states, which included Dimapur Deputy Commissioner
and Superintendent of Police and their Karbi Anglong counterparts.
The blockade was earlier called on February 25 alleging that some
miscreants from Nagaland side had encroached a vast area of the
Daldalli Reserve Forest in the District.
Supporters of NCHISF, which has given the Dima
Hasao bandh (general strike) call, set ablaze a railway bridge
near Migrendisa Station under Haflong Police Station in Dima Hasao
District on March 1 during its 100 hour bandh, reports Business
Standard. Railway communication was completely disrupted between
Lumding (Nagaon District) and Badarpur (Karimganj District) with
the bandh supporters also damaging the tracks near Bageter station
in Dima Hasao District, the Police said. The bandh was called
by NCHISF from February 26, demanding bifurcation of Dima Hasao
into two Districts and protesting over renaming of NC Hills to
Four Assam Rifles troopers were injured, in an
ambush by militants of the NDFB-IKS, at Jabolia centre in Udalguri
District. The injured troopers were identified as Prakash Singh
(49), Ashok Kumar (35), M. Hazarika (32) and Vijendra Singha (38).
Singh and Kumar, who are critical, have been airlifted to Guwahati