The reports indicate that 300
are taking shelter in the States of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland,
to enter Assam. Reports further said that the '28th
battalion' of the ULFA has been asked by the leadership to target
the security outposts located in the remote areas of Assam and
important installations in the run-up to January 26.
Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister
Jarbom Gamlin rejected the Nagalim (Greater Nagaland) concept
of the NSCN-IM
and said, "territorial integrity of Arunachal Pradesh will be
protected at any cost". He also said that "Not an inch of land
shall be parted to the proposed 'Greater Nagalim' and the State
Assembly had already adopted resolutions on several occasions
to this effect".
Six ULFA cadres, including a woman 'sergeant major',
were arrested by the Army personnel at Sesupani of Tinsukia District
in Assam. According to official sources, the militants had entered
Assam from the outfit's camp in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh's
Changlang District and had planned to kill a journalist and a
member of the Asom Moran Sabha. Two hand grenades, one kilogram
of RDX and two radio sets were recovered from their possession.
A trooper was killed and four others sustained
injuries during an ambush by the ULFA at Borhat under Sonari sub-division
of Sibsagar District in Assam, when the Indo-Tibetan Border Police
(ITBP) personnel were traveling in a convoy from Changlang District
in Arunachal Pradesh towards Kanubari in Sibsagar.
The NSCN-IM has threatened to pull out of the
negotiations with the Union Government if the latter delays the
integration of the Naga-inhabited areas in the Northeast. Outfit's
information and publicity secretary Akaho Assumi, said that it
has objected to statements made by the Arunachal Pradesh Governor,
S.K. Singh, who termed the outfit's plan of a Nagalim (Greater
Nagaland) as a 'day dream'. Assumi claimed, "The Arunachal Pradesh
Governor is speaking the language of right-wing Indians, which
resulted in a confrontation for more than five decades."
Five United Socialist Council of Arunachal (USCA)
militants were arrested by the Arunachal Pradesh Police from the
capital Itanagar. Official sources said the outfit was recently
formed with the active support of some other militant groups active
in India's Northeast. One US-made assault rifle and one 9-mm carbine
were recovered from their possession.
Two arrested cadres of the Nayanbashi
Jamatia faction of the NLFT
claimed that the outfit's chief has been taking shelter in an
unspecified location in Arunachal Pradesh. The two cadres, identified
as Ashok Debbarma and Sanjit Debbarma were arrested from Dhalai
District in Tripura.
claimed of killing four NSCN-IM cadres and recovered six weapons,
including AK rifles and M-16 rifles, from Tuensang District in
Nagaland and Tirap District in Arunachal Pradesh.
A NSCN-K cadre surrendered before the Assam Rifles
at Khonsa in the Tirap District along with a Chinese made pistol.
Three ULFA cadres were killed and another sustained
injury in an encounter with the Army personnel between Jagun and
Jairampur of Sibsagar District in Assam, when a group of 25 militants,
recently trained in Myanmar, was trying to enter Assam through
the neighbouring State of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Arunachal Pradesh Police foiled a conspiracy
to assassinate Chief Minister Gegong Apang in a grenade attack
on August 15. Disclosing this at a press conference in the capital
Itanagar, Apang stated that five persons have been arrested in
The Chief Minister also said that a Policeman
was also found to be involved in the conspiracy. Apang informed
that the police came to know about the plot by intercepting telephonic
conversations among cadres belonging to the NLFA. They had planned
to launch a grenade attack during his travel from his residence
to Indira Gandhi Park to unfurl the national flag on the Independence
Day on August 15, he said.
The NLFA has denied any attempt on its part to
kill Arunachal Pradesh Police foiled a conspiracy to assassinate
Chief Minister Gegong Apang. A release issued by NLFA 'publicity
secretary', B. Dollung, in Kohima in Nagaland, objected to Apang's
statement, which blamed the NLFA for the incident.
A NSCN-IM cadre was killed during a recent encounter
with security forces at Banting in the Tirap District. One 9-mm
pistol was recovered from the incident site.
A ULFA militant, identified as 'area commander'
Ritu Bora, was killed in an operation by the SFs in the Paglam
region of Lohit District. A Police constable, identified as Mandip
Misra, is also reported to have died in this incident. A ULFA
linkman was arrested during the operation.
SFs launched an anti-insurgency operation, targeting
about 80 ULFA cadres, believed to be holed up inside the deep
jungles of Lower Dibang Valley and East Siang Districts. The operation
was launched following a recent high-level meeting held at the
divisional headquarters of the Army's 2 Mountain Division. Col
A.K. Singh, Commanding Officer of 5 Madras Regiment said, "This
is the very initial part of the operation and, therefore, we are
not in a position to say more on it."
Five ULFA militants, four of whom were identified
as Babu Bora, Pituleshwar Bora, Nabin and Subhas Mili, were arrested
from Paglam Ghat in Dibang Valley. One trooper was injured in
the encounter which preceded the arrests.
A suspected ULFA cadre, Rajiv Moran, was arrested
and one Arunachal Pradesh Policeman, Randeep Mishra, was injured
at an unspecified location. Reports indicate that an operation
codenamed 'Operation Flush out' against the ULFA in the Dibang
Valley, Lohit, Changlang and Tirap Districts of Arunachal Pradesh
and Tinsukia District of Assam has been intensified.
Two NSCN-IM militants surrendered at Khonsa in
Tirap District in the presence of Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok,
officiating Superintendent of Police Manik Gogoi and Assam Rifles
personnel. The surrendered militants also deposited a vintage
assault rifle, 7.62 SLR with magazine and ammunition.