A 'lance corporal' of the NSCN-K
was arrested following an encounter with Assam Rifles, at Laju
in Tirap District. He was later handed over to Police personnel
in Laju. An M-21 rifle, a magazine and 45 rounds of M-21 ammunition
were recovered from him.
10 Northeast-based terrorist outfits
have given a Republic Day (January 26) 'boycott call'. A joint
statement by these outfits said, "… It is, therefore, in the interest
of the entire people of the region that the Republic Day be boycotted
as a symbolic rejection of India's Constitution."
The outfits also asked the people
to observe a general strike on that day in five States-- Assam,
Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Meghalaya of the Northeast.
However, Nagaland and Mizoram were reportedly not mentioned in
this list. The outfits that gave the 'call' included the Assam-based
National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT)
and the United National Liberation Front (UNLF)
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister
Mukut Mithi in capital Itanagar said that no part of the State
could be brought under Nagalim (Greater Nagaland) that
the NSCN-IM demands. He clarified that the area was never part
of Nagaland. He also said the State Assembly had passed a resolution
in this regard in September 2002. The Chief Minister, however,
welcomed the peace process between the Union Government and the
The Arunachal Pradesh Government
is apprehensive of the presence of Assam and Nagaland based militants
in the Tirap and Changlang Districts of the State. The State's
Education Minister Takam Sanjoy reportedly said that following
a cease-fire agreement with the Union Government, cadres of both
the NSCN-IM and the NSCN-K have set up base-camps in these Districts.
The Minister said, "We want a
solution to the Naga problem and the Government of Arunachal Pradesh
is ready to extend full cooperation to the ongoing peace talks".
However, the State is against altering of present boundaries of
the States in the Northeast. He also said that Arunachal's areas
bordering Assam have also allegedly become 'sanctuaries' for the
Panchayat (local body) elections
in Tirap District scheduled for April 2 have been put off apprehending
interference by the NSCN-IM. State Election Commissioner J M Tangu,
in a press release in Itanagar, reportedly said the prevailing
situation in the District was not conducive for holding free and
A Minister and a Legislator were
arrested in Arunachal Pradesh for their alleged links with the
NSCN. Reports said Arunachal Pradesh Minister for Rural Works
Department T. Wangham and a Member of the Legislative Assembly
T. L. Rajkumar were arrested under the APCOCA, 2002 in capital
Itanagar, but were later granted bail by a local court. The Minister,
however, denied any links with either the Isak Muivah or Khaplang
faction of the NSCN. Reports added that Police are searching for
another legislator, Lowangcha Wanglat, on the same charges.
A special investigation team of
Arunachal Pradesh Police would launch a crackdown on suspected
conduits of either faction of the NSCN, Isak Muivah and Khaplang,
following the arrest and subsequent release of a State Minister
and State legislator on April 30.
Other reports said, at least 13
politicians, including some Ministers and a Member of Parliament,
are reportedly under surveillance for their alleged links with
The proscribed ULFA has asked
its cadres to prepare to leave Bhutan camps following latter's
warning to do so by the end of June 2003. Bhutan had also asked
the NDFB and the Kamtapur Liberation Organisarion (KLO), to vacate
its territory. However, the report has added that following this,
cadres of the outfit might look for hideouts in the forest areas
of Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
A NSCN-IM militant, identified
as Teliam, was arrested by the SFs at Nirjuli near capital Itanagar.
ULFA has agreed to share the proceeds
it would extort from the Tirap, Lohit and Changlang Districts
in Arunachal Pradesh with the NSCN-IM. Three NSCN-IM cadres who
were arrested from Margherita of Tinsukia district in Assam on
June 1 reportedly disclosed this.
The hitherto dormant Arunachal
Dragon Force (ADF),
believed to have been formed three years ago, has spread its network
and is attempting to forge a link between terrorist outfits operating
in India's Northeast and foreign agencies. The report quoted the
State Government spokesperson and Education Minister Takam Sanjay
as saying "This organisation has been seeking for a long time
to establish a link between the various insurgent groups in the
region and China. We have definite information on this and have
also brought the matter to the notice of the Centre (Union Government)."
The outfit is reportedly led by
Chaw Nawmee Namsoon and has recruits drawn mainly from the Khamti,
Tsingpho and Tangsa tribes of Lohit district. Its purported objective
is said to be resisting the domination of the Adis, a dominant
tribe in the area. Although the current strength of the outfit
is estimated to be approximately 60, its strategic importance
lies in its familiarity with the adjacent districts of Upper Dibang
Valley, Tirap and Changlang and the routes to China and Myanmar.
The report further said that the NSCN-IM and NSCN-K factions of
the National Socialist Council of Nagaland and the Assam-based
ULFA have tried to reach out to the outfit. Some of their cadres
have also supposedly undergone training in Bhutan.
The Assam Government has issued
directives to the Deputy Commissioners and District Police Chiefs
in Assam to remain vigilant following intelligence reports that
some ULFA militants would sneak into the State. As reported earlier,
ULFA cadres might seek safer havens if heavy rains during the
monsoon force them to descend from their current hideouts located
in the mountainous region in the States of Arunachal Pradesh and
Meghalaya and also in Bhutan and Myanmar. The report further indicated
that ULFA cadres in small groups have already entered Lakhimpur,
Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Dhubri, Goalpara, Jorhat,
Tinsukia, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Karbi Anglong Districts in
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister
Mukut Mithi asked the public, particularly of the militancy-affected
Tirap and Changlang Districts, to maintain a tight vigil and fight
the militant outfits active in the area. While addressing a public
meeting at Khonsa, the headquarters of Tirap District, he said,
"If we submit to them meekly today, they will rule the State tomorrow.
The prevailing fear among all sections of the people, including
chieftains, gaon burahs (village elders) and government officials,
created by the insurgents in the two districts has been the greatest
hindrance towards development."
Chief Minister further said that
funds allocated to Tirap could not be properly utilized due to
interference by the terrorist outfits, including factions of the
Nagaland-based NSCN-IM and NSCN-K, and Assam based ULFA and the
NDFB. He added that the State Government had been trying to curb
terrorists; however, the NSCN factions attempt to recruit local
youths to spread their network in the State's western part.
Two NSCN-IM cadres with six others
under trials managed to escape from Police lock-up in capital
Itanagar, after breaking open a ventilator.
Arunachal Pradesh has mobilised
a 3,000-strong force comprising surplus personnel in the State
from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and India Reserve
(IR) Battalion. The force would conduct a likely Operation Hurricane
to flush out terrorists from Tirap District.
An unnamed official from Khonsa,
the headquarters of Tirap District reportedly said, "All arrangements,
including positioning of security forces, have been made." According
to official sources approximately 250 NSCN-IM cadres under 'lieutenant
colonel' Absalom Tangkhul Rockwang are based in Tirap. Operation
Hurricane was reportedly planned in May, after the Election Commission
had postponed the panchayat (local body) polls in Tirap
citing interference by the NSCN-IM the reason.
The Deputy Prime Minister L. K.
Advani ordered a probe into the alleged links between six State
Ministers and five congress Members in Arunachal Pradesh Legislative
Assembly and the Isak Muivah and Khaplang factions of the NSCN.
The NSCN-IM the Arunachal Pradesh
Chief Minister Mukut Mithi for saying that the outfit still has
greater Nagaland on its agenda and was also trying to destabilise
Arunachal Pradesh initiated counter-terrorism
operations against NSCN-IM under Operation Hurricane in the Tirap
District. However, most of the NSCN-IM cadres might have escaped
from the District.
SFs arrested six NSCN-K militants
and rescued 11 young boys from their captivity in the Changlang
District of Arunachal Pradesh. According to SF personnel, the
militants were forcibly taking them for arms training to an undisclosed
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister
Mukut Mithi has alleged that the Union Government has not taken
adequate steps to tackle terrorism in the State. During a conversation
from Itanagar over telephone to a journalist in Guwahati, Assam
he said, "The Centre (Union Government) is simply letting the
Naga rebels roam about freely in Tirap and Changlang districts
of Arunachal Pradesh although after the ceasefire, cadres of the
NSCN-IM (National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak Muivah) and
others are supposed to be confined to their designated camps in
Chief Minister further said that
an estimated 400 to 500 Naga terrorists, mostly NSCN-IM, and armed
with sophisticated weapons are present in these two districts.
He said, "Tirap and Changlang districts have been in the grip
of rampant extortion, killings and kidnappings. My party's (Congress)
Tirap district vice-president too had been kidnapped".
Chief Minister also denied that
he had received any communication from the Deputy Prime Minister
L K Advani to probe into the alleged links of six of his cabinet
Ministers to terrorists. However, he added, "But, why should the
Centre make any such inquiry when trial of some of my own party
MLAs is on in the state on just such charges. After all, the question
of an alleged politician-militant nexus in my State has come up
only because the Centre has allowed these people (rebels) to operate,
rather freely, in Arunachal Pradesh."
Union Minister of State for Home (MoS) Swami Chinmayananda
reportedly suggested the Arunachal Pradesh Government that it
should not take steps in a hurry against the NSCN-IM. Speaking
at a public rally in Itanagar, he further said that the reported
plan of State Government to launch Operation Hurricane against
the NSCN-IM would not be helpful when talks with the outfit and
also with its rival, the NSCN-Khaplang were in progress.
The NSCN-IM alleged that Arunachal Pradesh Chief
Minister Mukut Mithi had paid Rupees 700,000 to its cadres to
'ensure stability' of his Government.
Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Jual Oram, said
that aid from the Tribal Affairs Ministry to Non-Governmental
Organisations (NGOs) suspected to have links with terrorist groups
in the Northeast would be stopped immediately. Several NGOs functioning
in the States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur
and Tripura are suspected to have diverted funds provided to them
under various Government-schemes to terrorist outfits and in May
2003 the Union Home Ministry even put approximately 824 NGOs under
surveillance in this connection.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mukut Mithi criticised
the NSCN-IM for alleging that he had paid Rupees 700,000 to the
NSCN-IM cadres to save his Government.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mukut Mithi said
that merger of State's Tirap and Changlang Districts with Nagaland
would be opposed by the State. The NSCN-IM's demand of Nagalim
(greater Nagaland) purports to include, among others, parts of
other States in the Northeast. He reportedly said, "We have nothing
to do with the demand of greater Nagaland and would never be a
party in any kind of negotiation with factions of NSCN." He also
criticised the Union Government's stand on State's decision to
launch operation hurricane against the NSCN-IM. He said, "the
Centre wanted that part of Arunachal be ruled by NSCN ultras who
had been engaged in intimidation, abduction, extortion and murder
of innocent people in the area and the State Government to remain
a silent spectator".
SFs were conducting a search operation at Namsai
in Lohit District to rescue a civilian who was abducted by the
ADF and Assam-based ULFA on July 16.
After his Government was reduced to a minority,
the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mukut Mithi alleged that
a nexus between the NSCN-IM and some of the State's politicians,
among others, were responsible for the seemingly imminent fall
of his Government.
A self-styled 'lance corporal' of the NSCN-K was
arrested at Longding in Tirap District.
A media report has indicated that the new Arunachal
Pradesh cabinet led by Gegong Apang has decided to repeal the
Arunachal Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Act (APCOCA). The
Act was passed in 2002 by the previous Mukut Mithi Government
to counter the activities of terrorist groups, including the Isak
Muivah faction of the NSCN-IM who are alleged to be using the
Tirap, Lohit and Changlang Districts of the State as safe hideouts.
The State Power (electrical) Minister Lijum Ronya reportedly made
an announcement in this regard in Itanagar saying the previous
State Government had abused this anti-crime legislation as a tool
against its rivals.
A NSCN-IM cadre was killed and an unspecified
number of them were injured during an encounter with SFs at Motong
in the Changlang District. One m-51 rifle, 71 rounds of ammunition
and a Chinese grenade were recovered from the incident site.
The State Legislative Assembly repealed the APCOCA.
State Chief Minister Gegong Apang had made an announcement earlier
in this regard on August 3, following his swearing-in ceremony.
The Act was promulgated during the tenure of his predecessor Mukut
Mithi in August 2002 to contain the alleged subversive activities
of the NSCN-IM.
Suspected militants of the ADF reportedly killed
an Army Official and injured two other personnel of the Border
Road Task Force (BRTF) in an ambush on a BRTF team at Meer in
the Kurung Kumey District. The armed militants managed to escape
with a self-loading rifle from the BRTF team, while the latter
managed to seize two rifles from the terrorists.
The NSCN-K launched a tactical operation code
named 'Operation Rocket' to regain lost ground in the Tirap and
Changlang Districts of Arunachal Pradesh and to extend its base
to parts of neighbouring Assam. Official sources said that the
outfit has launched an extensive extortion campaign, targeting
residents of the border areas of Assam, especially in the Margherita
subdivision of Tinsukia District.
The Union Government's chief interlocutor for
Naga talks, K. Padmanabhaiah, has forwarded a truce proposal to
the former seeking major concessions in order to solve the Naga
insurgency. Among the suggestions included in the proposal are:
appointment of a boundary committee to examine the redrawing of
Nagaland's boundaries to include the 'Naga-inhabited' districts
of Ukhrul and Senapati in the State of Manipur and Tirap in the
State of Arunachal Pradesh. Reports further added that the proposal
also suggests for a separate Constitution and flag for Nagaland.
At least 10 People's Liberation Front of Adi and
Idu Mishmi (PLF-AIM) militants have reportedly surrendered before
the Deputy Inspector General of Police at the Police training
center at Banderdewa near Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh Police
sources said that PLF-AIM was formed in 2000 and has been active
in the Adi and Idu Mishmi dominated areas of upper Siang and East
The Arunachal Pradesh Police arrested one person
and recovered approximately 60 kilograms of gelatin, two rolls
of fuse wire and at least four-and-half packets of detonators
from his residence at Pasighat, headquarters of the East Siang
At least 18 youths, including six girls, have
been abducted by NSCN-K cadres from the villages of Langpan, Langton,
Tinoung and Keyam in the Changlang District. Citing State Home
Minister, Lowangcha Wanglat, reports added that the youths were
abducted for forcible recruitment. However, the Telegraph has
indicated that 20 of them were abducted.
Three ULFA militants were reportedly killed at
an unspecified location in the State of Arunachal Pradesh.
A militant, suspected to be the 'chief ' of Arunachal
Dragon Force (ADF), was arrested in Arunachal Pradesh.
All 18 youths, abducted by the NSCN-K on December
15, near the India-Myanmar border in the Changlang District, were
reportedly released unharmed in Nampong circle of the District.
Tribal king and his son were abducted by the suspected
NSCN-IM cadres from Kolan village in the Tirap District.