Media reports quoting an intelligence
report said that the Northeast region witnessed a marginal decline
in militancy related fatalities in the year 2003 compared to the
The report indicated that 1072
persons were killed by different militant outfits during the year
2003 as compared to 1172 in 2002. Most number of killings was
reported from Assam which recorded 379 deaths. While Tripura recorded
286 deaths, Manipur witnessed 201 fatalities. 88 and 78 deaths
were reported from Nagaland and Meghalaya respectively. Arunachal
Pradesh witnessed 36 fatalities. Mizoram was the most peaceful
State in the region with four deaths. The report also indicated
a rise in the number of abduction cases in the region. Tripura
witnessed the most number of such cases with 213 abductions occurring
in 2003. Nagaland was placed second with 167 cases while Manipur
followed with 79 cases of abductions. The corresponding figure
for Meghalaya was 45. Whereas 21 cases were reported from Arunachal
Pradesh, no abduction occurred in Mizoram.
militants abducted the owner of a sawmill in the West Kameng District
of Arunachal Pradesh. Official sources suspect that the trader
was abducted for ransom.
A suspected NSCN-IM
cadre was shot dead by the Assam Rifles personnel near Jairampur-Kharsang
road in the Changlang District. A diary was reportedly recovered
from the possession of the slain militant.
Sentinel quoting intelligence
sources reports that following the stepped up counter-insurgency
operations by SFs in the Tinsukia District of Assam, a large number
of ULFA militants
have shifted their operational bases to Arunachal Pradesh, particularly
in the Lohit and Changlang Districts. The Arunachal Dragon Federation
(ADF) is reportedly
providing some logistic support to the ULFA cadres in Lohit District.
K. H. Tara, chairman of the militant
outfit, NLFA, claimed that over 180 hardcore cadres belonging
to the Arunachal Dragon Force (ADF) and Arunachal Liberation Front
(ALF) have merged with his outfit.
Media reports indicated that the
Khaplang faction of NSCN-K
has been accused of intimidating the Buddhist population in the
Tirap and Changlang Districts of Arunachal Pradesh. A statement
issued by the Purbanchal Bhikkhu Sangha indicated that NSCN-K
has threatened to kill them if they do not embrace Christianity.
A NSCN-K cadre, identified as
Pangran Jugli, from Rangran village in the Changlang District
of Arunachal Pradesh is reported to have surrendered to the Police.
According to a statement by B
Dollung, 'publicity secretary' of the NLFA, militant outfits in
Arunachal Pradesh such as the National Liberation Army, Revolutionary
Army of Arunachal, Arunachal Tigers and Border Protection Force
of Arunachal have merged with the NLFA. The statement further
claimed that the NLFA, headed 'Chairman' K. H Tara, is the oldest
'revolutionary group' in the State with 28 cadres.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi,
speaking to press persons in Guwahati, said that recent attacks
by the ULFA in upper Assam is largely to reassert itself and stake
its claim in the political consciousness of the State. Gogoi also
said that the ULFA is taking advantage of the bases it has set
up in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland bordering the areas in upper
SF personnel arrested a NSCN-IM
cadre, identified as Sindong Shim, from the Tirap District.
Troops shot dead a ULFA militant
at Pinjori area of Changlang District.
The National Liberation Front
of Arunachal (NLFA), in a press statement, asked the Election
Commission of India to delete the names of the Chakma and Hajong
refugees from the electoral rolls. The outfit has stated that
"being foreigners, the refugees should not be given voting rights
for the October 7 Assembly elections."
The NSCN-IM stated that it would
not interfere in the forthcoming October 7 Legislative Assembly
elections in Arunachal Pradesh. The statement came in the backdrop
of the allegations levelled against the outfit of intimidating
voters and candidates from Tirap and Changlang, the insurgency-affected
Districts of the State. Its 'deputy kilonser (minister) of the
'ministry of information and publicity', Kraibo Chawang, said
that the outfit had already instructed its cadres not to interfere
in the election process.
A Myanmar-trained NSCN-K cadre,
identified as Whaom Khimhun, surrendered in Changlang District.
According to reports, prior to his surrender, he functioned as
the personal security guard of Koikhap Ngemu, 'regional chairman'
of the outfit, at Waktam.
The 12-hour strike called by the
North East Students' Organisation (NESO) is reported to have passed
off peacefully although normal life was affected in the entire
region. In Guwahati, Assam, the strike completely paralysed normal
life with shops and business establishments, banks and educational
institutions remaining closed. Normal life was also affected in
several other parts of Assam, including in the Dhansiri sub-division,
Tezpur, Naduar, Jamugurihat, Sootea, Balipara, Darrang District,
Mangaldoi, Bongaigaon and Chirang Districts, Rangiya, Dhubri and
Normal life was also reportedly
affected in the States of Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland
and Meghalaya. However, it failed to evoke any response in the
State of Tripura. Official sources in the capital Agartala said
markets, shops and commercial establishments remained open throughout
the State and attendance in Government offices, banks, schools
and colleges remained normal.
Police sources stated that a team
of 70 women cadres of the ULFA's 'Army' wing are trying to sneak
into the upper Assam Districts from the Longding area of Tirap
District in Arunachal Pradesh.
The NLFA, asked the Chakma-Hajong refugees to
leave the State within two months. A statement by the outfit's
'publicity secretary', B Dollung, also blamed the refugees for
the murder of a District level leader of Diyun in the Changlang
District on November 30.
More than hundred ULFA militants have abandoned
their bases in Myanmar and have taken shelter along the Arunachal
Pradesh-Myanmar border following counter-insurgency operations
by the Myanmar Army.
A delegation of 11 legislators from the Tirap
and Changlang Districts of Arunachal Pradesh are reported to have
called on the NSCN-IM 'chairman' Isak Chishi and 'general secretary'
Thuingaleng Muivah at the 'Camp Hebron' in the Dimapur District