Arunachal Pradesh Timeline - 2008
Police arrested Tikhon Mossang,
an 'assistant section officer' of the NSCN-IM,
while playing cards with a government employee in the residence
of Tingpong Wangham, former Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, at
Senki park in the capital Itanagar. Mossang has served extortion
notices to several Ministers, high-ranking government officials
Army recovered US $100000 from
a ULFA hideout
at Mimi zone of Manabhum reserve forest. "The Ulfa militants managed
to escape with their weapons taking advantage of the darkness,
but our troops found the bag containing the cash," Colonel Harbir
Singh, Commanding Officer of 11 Sikh Light Infantry, says.
Nagaland Post quoting Government
sources reports that a Unified Command Structure would be set
up in Arunachal Pradesh to combat militants from neighbouring
Assam and Nagaland who are using the mountainous region as a base
to carry out their hit-and-run guerrilla strikes. Militant groups
like the ULFA are reportedly setting up well-entrenched bases
in the Tirap, Changlang, and Lohit districts. "The Unified Command
that is likely to be initiated would be similar to the one currently
operational in Assam," an unnamed senior official says. "The ULFA
is not only setting up bases in the state but also using Arunachal
Pradesh as a transit to Myanmar. We cannot allow our State to
be used by militants from other states for anti-national activities,"
One Police official said, "Extortion
and kidnappings are common place in parts of Tirap and Changlang
districts by the NSCN. The area is gradually becoming a lawless
region." Meanwhile, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu had earlier said
that the NSCN-K
was on a recruitment drive in the State and abducted more than
50 local tribal youths to join the outfit. "These are serious
issues and we cannot allow our peaceful state to be vitiated,"
he says. The report adds that while the overall head of the Unified
Command would be Chief Minister Khandu, general officer commanding
of the army's Four Corps based in Assam's northern town of Tezpur
Lt. Gen. B.S. Jaswal would command the operations.
A top ULFA leader, identified
as Suren Borah alias Baba Sonowal, was arrested by the Army from
Pasighat in the East Siang District. Borah was functioning as
an important part in the outfit's operation in Arunachal Pradesh
as 'company commander' of the Charlie Company of the outfit's
'28th Battalion'. According to Army sources, "Bora
was responsible mainly for providing logistical support to the
members of the outfit who use Arunachal Pradesh as a major corridor
for launching operations in Upper Assam."
The sources also added that, "He used to ferry
all articles for the cadres of the outfit. Arms, camp materials,
clothes, food, medicines; you name it and he used to arrange it."
Borah who was a constable in Assam Police was first arrested in
1992 for storing arms for ULFA. He was released later but he did
not come back to join the Police force. Instead, he joined ULFA
and went underground.
Two militants of the United Liberation Front of
Asom (ULFA) were killed during an encounter with Army personnel
at Bandarkhati Khamti village in the Lohit District of Arunachal
Pradesh. One pistol, a revolver and an IED weighing ten kilograms
were recovered from them.
The Arunachal Pradesh Police arrested four persons,
including a 'major' of the NSCN-IM for running an extortion racket
in the capital Itanagar. They are identified as Nokngam Wangsa,
the NSCN-IM 'major', Wangnam Nokte, a former Assam Regiment trooper,
Janlung Wangpan and Oyar Panor, a peon at the civil secretariat
in Itanagar. Panor, a local resident, used to act as a linkman
in the extortion racket. Police also recover INR 110000 from Nokte,
besides two mobile phone sets. Wangsa has contacted Panor, who
accompanied him to the house of a former Minister, on August 27
and August 28, 2008 and demanded money.
At least 14 youths were abducted by the NSCN-IM
cadres from the Ninu village under Wakka circle of Tirap District
in Arunachal Pradesh in November 2008, as part of its ongoing
recruitment drive. The report added that a local man of Ninu village,
suspected to be a NSCN-IM cadre, had recruited 16 youths from
the village, besides two from Longsom area, three from Bera area
and one from Konsa area in the District, with a target to recruit
50 youths from Khonsa, Longding and Kanubari circles.