A new militant outfit Arunachal
Dragon Force (ADF)
has been launched in Arunachal Pradesh with the purported design
of protecting the ethnic identity of the native Arunachalis from
the growing threat of outside settlers. Reportedly, the ULFA
and the NSCN-K
have promoted the outfit.
Gegong Apang, former Chief Minister
alleged that few Ministers and Members of the Legislative Assembly
are harboring and abetting insurgency in the State by maintaining
links with the militants of the NSCN-K and NSCN-IM
in Tirap and Changlang Districts.
Two NSCN-IM camps were destroyed following a fierce
gun battle. One of the camps reportedly housed a 'general headquarters'
of the outfit in the Deoparbat forest of Tirap District. The encounter
took place, after personnel of the Assam Rifles, acting on a tip-off,
cordoned the area, where a group of 30 terrorists had taken shelter.
Three militants and one trooper were injured in the exchange of
fire. All the militants, however, managed to escape. According
to official sources, the structures were in the final stages of
completion for the outfit's 'Operation Salvation' launched in
the State's Tirap and Changlang Districts.
Arunachal Pradesh has opposed the Union government's
agreement with the NSCN-IM on extending the area of cease-fire
to the Naga-inhabited areas of the State. It said, the move 'smelt
of the Naga organisation's game plan for a greater Nagaland.
According to official sources,
troops engaged in counter-insurgency operations in the State are
likely to launch fresh operations along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh
border against ULFA and NDFB
terrorists. Sources also stated that terrorist outfits have established
a strong base in the area during the past couple of years, forcing
the security forces to review their operations. Tirap and Changlang
Districts of Arunachal Pradesh have also become a hotbed of the
militant groups where they have set up camps in association with
An internecine clash broke out between the NSCN-IM
and NSCN-K at Lauding and Senua under Changlang District. Two
NSCN-K cadres were killed and another was injured in the clashes.
The causalities of the NSCN-IM have not yet been ascertained.
SFs recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition
in a major search operation in Khonsa town, Kaimai and Khola villages
of Tirap District. The cache included two M-21 rifles, one AK-56
rifle, one Draganov sniper rifle, one carbine, two 7.62 mm self-loading
rifles, one .22 rifle, 30 rounds of AK-47 rifle, 598 rounds of
.303 rifle, 40 rounds of 7.62 mm rifle, two 51 mm mortar shells
and about 80 detonators.
Troops acting on a tip-off recovered a large cache
of arm and ammunition at Kaimai area in Tirap District.
A resolution approved by the State Cabinet opposed
the extension of cease-fire with NSCN-IM by the Union Government
to the State of Arunachal Pradesh. It said 'Arunachal had never
been part of the Naga political process. We are opposed to the
extension of cease-fire outside Nagaland'.
The ULFA and the NDFB have procured a huge cache
of arms and ammunition smuggled through the India-Myanmar border
during the past couple of months (May-June 2001). The sources
added that the Chin Liberation Army (CLA), a Myanmar based terrorist
outfit, has supplied these weapons to ULFA and NDFB camps scattered
in the Tirap and Changlang Districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
Six CRPF personnel were killed and six others
injured in an ambush, laid by suspected NSCN-IM militants, south
of Khonsa in Tirap District. According to official sources, the
dead and the injured were part of a SF patrol party.
Combing operation continued in Tirap and Changlang
Districts to arrest NSCN-IM militants killed in the July 20 killing
of six CRPF personnel in Pankeyang near Konsha in Tirap District.
Police in Arunachal Pradesh said that 12 militants
of the Arunachal National Liberation Front (ANLF) were arrested
from West Siang District. Four weapons and some incriminating
documents were recovered from the arrested terrorists.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mukut Mithi welcomed
the Union Government's decision to confine the cease-fire with
the NSCN-IM only to Nagaland. He added that the State would cooperate
with the Union Government in its efforts to bring peace and prosperity
to the region.
Oil India Limited (OIL), the premier oil-exploring
agency has received an extortion notice of INR six million by
the NSCN-IM. The Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the public
sector enterprise, B. B. Sharma said in Duliajan, "This is the
first time, since its inception in 1959, that the OIL has received
a demand from an extremist organisation in the north-eastern region."
Operations at the Khumsai oil well in Chanlang District of Arunachal
Pradesh has been suspended since July 31 on the expiry of deadline
of August 1 to pay up the demand.
The Naga Hoho, the apex council of Naga tribesmen,
held a seven-hour 'consultative meeting' at Kohima. The meeting
decided to raise the demand for the integration of all Naga-inhabited
areas in the Northeast. The Naga Hoho also declared its support
for the demand by the NSCN-IM for a cease-fire "without territorial
limits". However, in an apparent criticism of the NSCN-IM's refusal
to allow other Naga terrorist groups into a broad-based cease-fire
agreement with the Union government, the Naga Hoho asked the various
Naga terrorist groups to stop fratricidal killings and unite in
the interest of the entire Naga community.
Besides the 150 delegates representing the Hohos
or councils of the different Naga tribesmen spread over Nagaland,
Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, a large number of socio-political
groups from Nagaland and Manipur also attended the meeting. These
included representatives from the Naga People's Movement for Human
Rights (NPMHR), Naga Mothers' Association (NMA), Nagaland Baptist
Church Council (NBCC), Council of Naga Baptist Churches (CNBC),
Naga Students' Federation (NSF) and United Naga Council, Manipur
Police arrested 'commander-in-chief' Bamang Baki
and four other cadres of a newly floated militant outfit, National
Liberation Army of Arunachal Pradesh (NLAAP), from its hideout
at Naharlagun in Papumpare District. Some arms, ammunition and
incriminating documents were also recovered from the hideout.
Army personnel killed two NSCN-IM militants at
Kennar village in Changlang District, five kilometers away from
the from the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.
Both the NSCN-K and NSCN-IM factions are shifting
their areas of operation to Margherita sub-division of Tinsukia
District in Assam. The two factions are being forced to shift
from the adjoining Tirap and Changlang Districts of Arunachal
Pradesh, due to intensification of counter-insurgency operations
there. Margherita may soon become the new theatre of conflict
between the two rival factions of the NSCN, especially over sharing
of extortion resources.
Official sources disclosed that the ULFA has shifted
three main camps from Kalikhola and Sandrup Jhonkhar areas of
Bhutan to the Arunachal Pradesh border. The Royal Government of
Bhutan has been applying pressure on various North east terrorist
outfits like the ULFA, the NDFB and the Kamtapore Liberation Army
(KLO) to remove their camps from Bhutanese territory. Earlier,
there was an agreement between the ULFA and the government that
the terrorist outfit from Assam would shift its camps from Bhutan
by the end of this year (2001). The Indian government is also
expected to renew its demand to expel North East terrorist outfits
from Bhutan when Bhutanese Foreign Minister Jigmi Thinley comes
to India on October 15 on a weeklong visit.
The Arunachal Pradesh Government called for action
to curb the activities of a new tribal terrorist outfit that emerged
in the State, the East India Liberation Front (EILF). The EILF
was formerly known as the ADF and is currently operating in the
eastern Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh. According to police
sources, the EILF wants an independent homeland for the Khamti
tribe and draws its cadres from among the 40,000-strong Khamti
tribe. At present, it has about 500 cadres.
Army personnel raided and destroyed a NSCN camp
at Balan Gaon village near Miao in Arunachal Pradesh. Two hand
grenades, large quantities of ration and medicines were seized
during the raid.
The United Committee of Manipur (UCM), which had
spearheaded the anti-Naga cease-fire extension stir in Manipur,
has refuted the report that over 40,000 Nagas in Manipur had fled
their homes. Recently, the Naga International Support Centre (NISC)
based in Amsterdam had raised the issue of mass exodus of Nagas
from Manipur valley during the anti-cease-fire extension protests
in Manipur. These protests had been spearheaded by the UCM, to
protest against the decision of the Union government to territorially
extend its cease-fire with the NSCN-IM to Manipur, as well as
Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
According to SF sources, the ULFA has carried
out several specific reconnaissance missions in the States of
Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, close to the international borders
with Bangladesh and Myanmar, in search of locations to set up
bases. In may be noted that the terrorist outfit is in the process
of relocating its camps from Bhutan and is on the lookout for
safe havens. The sources added that, during the past two months,
the outfit has been visibly active in the Garo hills, Meghalaya,
and the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh.
Assam Police seized a huge consignment of gelatine
sticks and fuse wire rolls from a bus bound for Itanagar, at Chairduar
in Sonitpur District of Assam. The consignment, it is suspected,
was being clandestinely routed to the ULFA and the NSCN.
Official sources said three Arunachal Pradesh
State Transport Corporation (APSTC) personnel, who were in the
bus, were arrested. Meanwhile, media reports quoting intelligence
sources added that they did not rule out the possibility that
the explosives may have been meant for new a terrorist outfit,
the Arunachal Dragon Force (ADF), which is allegedly being assisted
by the ULFA and the NSCN-K. Sources further added that the ULFA
and the NSCN-K were training the ADF at the Namsai camp in Chaglang
District of Arunachal Pradesh.
An unidentified NSCN-IM militant was killed in
an encounter at Kanubari. One M-21 rifle, 57 rounds of ammunition
and two Chinese grenades were recovered from his possession at
his hideout at Luaksim village near Kanubari in the Tirap District.
Media reports have indicated that the Kanubari area is regarded
as a regular haunt of the NSCN-K.
SF personnel killed a hardcore NSCN-IM militant
at the Mintong village under Lauding Circle in Arunachal Pradesh.
Two AK-56 rifles, a revolver and some live ammunition were also
recovered from the deceased cadre.
The ULFA has shifted only two camps from Bhutan.
Bhutan had asked ULFA to vacate its camp in that country by the
year-end. The camps scattered in Samdrup Jonkhar of Bhutan were
shifted during the last week to areas bordering Arunachal Pradesh,
reports said. The NDFB reportedly runs 15 camps in Bhutan and
is yet to vacate even a single camp. The NDFB is operating camps
in Kiopani and Kalaikhola areas of Bhutan, reports said.
Reports also said both the groups have set up
camps in the Changlang and Tirap areas of Arunachal Pradesh, with
the help of NSCN-K faction, so as to enable them to easily slip
Extortion by NSCN-IM and NSCN-K is continuing
unabated in Tirap and Changlang Districts. According to the report,
annually 25 per cent of the gross salary twice a year has been
fixed by both the factions as its share from each of the Government
employees and the business community depending upon the salary
and income. However, SF personnel are reportedly exempted from