Arunachal Pradesh Police arrested
six persons in connection with smuggling explosives after a routine
search operation. The arrested persons were traveling from Tezpur
in Assam in a mini truck when the Police intercepted them at Hari
Bridge near Seppa, headquarters of the East Kameng District, and
recovered 39 gelatin sticks, 13 detonator caps and 4 coils of
fusewire from their possession.
The Myanmar Army has begun fresh
operations against the NSCN-K
in co-ordination with the Indian Army. Helicopter gun-ships have
reportedly been used in operations that have led to serious casualty
among the militants, official sources said. The Myanmar Army's
operation came after a gap of less then four months, when it had
targeted camps in areas adjoining the Tirap and Changlang Districts
of Arunachal Pradesh in India's Northeast. Sources in the Ministry
of Defence in New Delhi, while confirming reports, said that the
operation began about a week ago and the Armies of the two countries
were working in close co-ordination.
The Union Government has brought
Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh under the Surrender and Rehabilitation
Reimbursement scheme apart from the States of Assam, Manipur,
Nagaland and Tripura. The scheme, which would be retrospectively
effective from April 2005, would provide a stipend of INR 2000
per month for three years to each surrendered militant and an
immediate grant of INR 150 000.
Union Minister Oscar Fernandes
said that the Union Government is "determined" to find a solution
to the Naga conflict. Replying to a question on whether a mutually
acceptable solution could be found during the tenure of the United
Progressive Alliance Government, the Minister said, "I would not
venture to say when we will be able to find a solution. But I
will be bold enough to say that we will be able to find a solution."
On whether Government will take up the issue of integration of
Naga-dominated areas, as demanded by the NSCN-IM,
with the Governments of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh,
Fernandes said, "Our purpose is to reach a solution, not to have
hurdles in between."
The United Nations Office on Drugs
and Crime (UNODC) has reported the increasing flow of illicit
drugs into India's Northeast from neighbouring Myanmar. The UNODC,
in association with the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment,
released a report, highlighting the emerging trends of drug use
in the region. The report added that at least seven major routes
running through four States sharing border with Myanmar - Manipur,
Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh -have been identified
through which drugs such as 'Number 4' (heroin) and amphetamine
are easily smuggled.
The Districts that are worst affected
by the drugs trafficking are Chandel and Imphal in Manipur, and
Kohima and Tuensang in Nagaland. "There has been crackdown on
drug barons in Thailand and Laos recently, following which drug
traders from Myanmar must have shifted their attention to North-East.
Also there are possibilities of amphetamine producing units being
shifted to areas adjacent to Manipur and Nagaland,'' said an official
of the Narcotics Control Bureau.
Five SF personnel, who were abducted
by suspected NDFB
cadres on May 21 from the Udalguri District of Assam, were found
dead at Belsiri Nala under Bhairabkunda police outpost in the
dense forest of West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh bordering
Assam and Bhutan. A civilian, Babul Kalita, who was also abducted
along with the SF personnel, was reportedly found dead on May
Assam Police summoned the NDFB
cadres for interrogation following an investigation indicating
their involvement in the abduction and subsequent killing of five
SF personnel. The five SF personnel were reportedly abducted from
Udalguri District of Assam on May 21, and were later found dead
in the West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh on May 29.
SFs arrested three NSCN-IM cadres
from Khonsa in the Tirap District. A Chinese made 9mm pistol,
a mobile phone, extortion notes and incriminating documents were
recovered from their possession.
A group of women cadres of the
to escape following an encounter with SF personnel at Khowji village
in the Lohit District on an unspecified date.
Arunachal Pradesh Police arrested
five persons, Nuney Tayang, Nakul Chai, Dwarika Meso, Surendra
Singh and Makhan Hazarika, from Lohit District for helping the
ULFA. While four of them were office bearers of the State Congress,
another one was a relative of a leader of the party. This arrest
was followed by interrogation of a cadre of the outfit, Dipankar
Gogoi, who was earlier arrested from the same District.
The Union Government is reported
to have warned to scrap the extension of cease-fire with the NDFB
following its suspected involvement in the abduction and subsequent
killing of six persons including five SF personnel, along the
India-Bhutan border. While the civilian was found dead at Udalguri
District of Assam, the place of abduction, on May 22, the dead
bodies of SF personnel were recovered at Belsiri Nala under Bhairabkunda
Police outpost in the dense jungle of West Kameng District of
Arunachal Pradesh, bordering Assam and Bhutan, on May 29.
The Union Government reportedly
agreed, in its first round of talks with NDFB at New Delhi on
May 27, to extend the truce that was signed with the outfit on
May 25, 2005. According to the source in the Assam Chief Minister's
Office, which communicated the Union Government's warning to the
outfit, "Delhi has made it clear that it will do everything for
peace but reckless acts will not be tolerated. It has also asked
the outfit to keep a close watch on mischief-mongers in its ranks.
Otherwise the ceasefire will be reviewed."
A decomposed dead body of a suspected
ULFA cadre was recovered from a drain at Bordumsa in the Changlang
District on an unspecified date.
Nagaland Post quoting Press
Trust of India has reported that the Myanmarese Army has launched
an operation against the ULFA along the border areas adjoining
Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, where the group is suspected to
have set up new camps.
Sentinel quoting intelligence
sources reports that the ULFA planned to cut off the road communication
by blowing up all the bridges and culverts in areas along the
India-Myanmar international border as well as Assam-Arunachal
Pradesh inter-State border to stop the movement of Army while
carrying out its counter-insurgency operations against the outfit
One ULFA cadre, Gagan Phukan,
was arrested by SF personnel in a search operation at New Lathao
under Namsai police station in the Lohit District.
The ULFA reportedly sent many
of its cadres to get trained in handling explosives at its transit
camps in the forests of Arunachal Pradesh, the Garo Hills of Meghalaya
and the border areas of Bhutan. Consequent to this, the report
said that the ULFA could trigger at least 100 blasts in 2006.
The explosions figure was 121 in 2005 and 103 in 2004, compared
to only 37 in 2002 and 2003. Reports added that the ULFA has switched
over from "difficult and risky" military combat to the more damaging
but easy-to-execute Jihadi-type operations in urban areas.
An unnamed Police official said
the outfit has been left with only about 800 "hardcore" cadres,
making it more wary about exposing its core strike group to direct
military confrontation. "Ulfa is definitely facing a manpower
crisis, which is why it is avoiding military tactics like laying
an ambush on security forces. Planting explosives and lobbing
grenades in public places, preferably under cover of darkness,
constitute the new modus operandi of Ulfa operations," said the
A person belonging to the Adi
tribe, identified as Biru Tayeng, and a ULFA linkman, Keshab Bora,
were arrested by SF personnel during a search operation at Sarkholia
Chapori along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border on an unspecified
date. A single-barrel gun, explosives and some ULFA-related literature
were reportedly recovered from Tayeng's possession. The report
added that arrest of Tayeng prevented the ULFA's attempt of gaining
free passage for its cadres in certain areas of the Subansiri,
Kameng and Siang Districts, inhabited by the Adi community.
Factional clash among the ULFA
militants occurred leaving three militants, including 'commander'
of the '28th battalion', Prabal Neog alias Benu
Bora, dead at unspecified places inside the Manabhum Reserve Forest
in the Lohit District.
A ULFA militant, Bodhiya Bhumij, and a linkman
of the outfit belonging to Bangladesh, Dildar Hussain, were arrested
by SF personnel during a search operation at Ticklipam under Namsai
Police Station in Lohit District.
A NSCN-IM cadre, Chapong Lowang, was arrested
while extorting money from traders at Khonsa in the Tirap District.
A vehicle with fake registration number and incriminating documents
were seized from his possession. Lowang confessed during interrogation
that he has been visiting Nepal frequently. He is suspected to
have used the extorted money to procure arms and ammunition from
The ULFA chief, Arabinda Rajkhowa, said in an
emailed statement to the media that Nagaland had set up four subdivisions-
Kohoboto, Niuland, Uriamghat and Hukaiare - in Golaghat and Karbi
Anglong Districts along Assam-Nagaland border. He accused the
Assam Government of being soft towards Nagaland. He also condemned
political parties for not taking a strong stand on the NSCN-IM's
demand for a "greater Nagalim", including the Naga-inhabited areas
of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.
Army personnel in Arunachal Pradesh launched a
military operation against ULFA cadres who are reportedly hiding
in the thickly forested areas of the State. Arunachal Pradesh
Home Minister Jarbom Gamlin said that the offensive began in the
Lower Dibang Valley District.