Nagaland Chief Minister S.C. Jamir
said that the NSCN-K
was in touch with Central agencies in a bid to open direct talks
with the Union Government. Jamir said this amid speculations that
Union Home Minister L. K. Advani might have met some top-ranking
leaders or representatives of the NSCN-K during his two-day visit
to Arunachal Pradesh that concluded on April 3.
Bowing to pressure from the Myanmar's
Army, the banned ULFA
has shifted three main camps from Myanmar to Arunachal Pradesh.
The General Officer Commanding
4 Corps Lieutenant General Shekatkar said that migration of the
ULFA and NDFB
cadres to neighbouring countries has almost stopped during the
past few months due to stepped-up security operations. Also, some
militants sought to move their base camps to Tirap and Changlang
Districts, which were later neutralised by the Army, Shekatkar
Troops neutralised a camp of the
ULFA cadres at Suha in Tirap District.
Troops neutralised a ULFA camp
at Atongkhowa in Tirap District.
The report states that the NSCN-IM,
after the extension of its cease-fire agreement with the Union
government on August 1, has sent a top member to the Kunming province
in China to strike a deal for a 'major' arms consignment, which
security agencies suspect, is to be smuggled into the Northeast.
The report adds that the NSCN-IM
is attempting to persuade Chinese authorities in Kunming to urge
the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), a Myanmarese guerrilla group,
to allow the arms cache through Kachin territory. The KIA has
concluded a cease-fire agreement with the pro-China Myanmarese
regime. It is also suspected that about 70 armed cadre of the
NSCN-IM have been sent to Tirap and Changlang Districts of Arunachal
Pradesh bordering Myanmar. These cadre are expected to ''escort''
the arms consignment into Arunachal Pradesh from where it will
be channeled to NSCN-IM bases in Nagaland and other parts of the
A suspected ULFA militant was
captured by residents of Kakoi in Papum Pare District and handed
over to the Assam Police. The militant was on an extortion mission
in the village when he was apprehended.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister
Mukut Mithi stated that the ULFA has set up four to five camps
in the Changlang and Tirap Districts. He, however, said that as
the Army is engaged in counter-insurgency operations, the State
Government has no plans to take on the militants immediately.
Mizoram Chief Minister, in his
recent meeting with the Union Home Minister, L. K. Advani, apprised
him of his interaction with Th. Muivah and other NSCN-IM leaders
in Bangkok. According to official sources, the Home Minister requested
the CM to continue his peace efforts as the 'North-east rebels
would understand his language.' As reported earlier, the CM, a
former underground leader himself, was approached by the Centre
as well as the NSCN-IM to broker a peace deal as the Naga talks
were stalemated after the rebels insisted on extending the cease-fire
into neighbouring Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.
The cases of abduction of villagers
in Tirap District by both factions of the NSCN have become an
increasing phenomenon. A local politician was abducted by the
NSCN-IM militants at Khonsa in Tirap District. The two factions
are engaged in a war over territorial supremacy in parts of Arunachal
Pradesh bordering Nagaland and Myanmar since May this year, when
NSCN-K faction abducted six men from Barduria village, who were
reportedly informers and sympathizers of the NSCN-IM.
A press release by the Arunachal
People's Welfare Association stated that the Tirap and Changlang
Districts were turning into a safe haven for the militants from
Nagaland and Manipur. Two factions of the NSCN are indulging in
extortion, abduction and killing of people. In recent events of
violence, 21 people have reportedly been killed and seven were
The Central Government included
Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh in the scheme to reimburse security-related
expenditure and expanded its scope in Assam, Manipur, Nagaland
and Tripura. This is expected to give a major fillip to the Northeastern
States' battle against militancy. The total financial implication
for all the six beneficiary states of the region is estimated
to be about INR 400 million.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister
Mukut Mithi reiterated in Itanagar his demand that New Delhi should
deploy additional paramilitary forces to effectively counter the
various terrorist outfits of the Northeast region taking shelter
in the State and also step-up vigil along its international border.
Mithi said, "We want the Centre to provide us Army along with
additional paramilitary units to launch a counter-insurgency operation
and drive out the militants from our State. It is our pledge to
keep Arunachal an island of peace." He also added that in spite
of repeated requests and appraisals to the Centre regarding growing
terrorist activities in the State, the Centre has not responded
Arunachal Pradesh Government sounded
a State wide red alert, in view of combing operations launched
by the SFs to arrest the ULFA militants who are holed up in the
dense forest of Arunachal Pradesh after committing the December
7 massacre in Assam.
Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have
decided to launch joint operations to flush out the ULFA terrorists.
The decision on a joint operation was taken at a high-level meeting
of civil and Police officials of both the States held at Tinsukia
in Assam. Official sources said that ULFA terrorists were reportedly
taking shelter in the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh after
carrying out the recent terrorist attacks in Assam. Meanwhile,
the Disturbed Areas Act was invoked in the Tirap, Changlang and
Dibang Valley Districts of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering the Tinsukia
District following recent terrorist attacks.
The District administration of
Tinsukia in Assam formulated a joint action plan with the adjoining
Tirap, Changlang and Dibang Districts in Arunachal Pradesh, to
combat ULFA militants targeting the non-Assamese community in
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister
Mukut Mithi asked the Centre, at a press conference, to seal the
India-Bangladesh border with immediate effect to stop the large-scale
infiltration of Bangladeshi nationals into India. Stating that
infiltration of Bangladeshis has assumed an alarming proportion
in his State, he said this trend might create a serious law-and-order
problem in near future. According to him, "I am really worried
over the reports and must check it with immediate effect. If steps
are not taken by now, Arunachal may become another dumping ground
for the Bangladeshi infiltrators, apart from the Chakma, Hajong
and Tibetan refugees".