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Arunachal Pradesh Timeline - 2010

Date Incident

January 10

Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Tako Dabi asked for Assam Government’s help for conducting joint counter-insurgency (CI) operations to flush out ULFA and NDFB militants taking shelter in forests along the inter-State border.

Deputy Inspector-General of East Range Tashi Lama said, "The substantial presence of Ulfa cadres in East Siang, West Siang, Upper and Lower Dibang valley districts besides movements of NDFB militants in belts of Papum Pare and East Kameng districts have raised security concerns in the state. We are trying our best to tackle the menace."

January 17

Assam Rifles personnel arrested a NSCN-IM cadre, Jowang Wangha, from Longding in Tirap District.

February 7

A NSCN-K militant, identified as Ponglem Wangpan (25), was arrested by the SFs, after an encounter at Longding sub-divisional headquarters in Tirap District. One Police officer was injured in the exchange of fire.

A NSCN-IM militant, ‘sergeant major’ Ramchang, was arrested by the Assam Rifles personnel at Khonsa in Tirap. He was a prime suspect in the killing of Wangcha Rajkumar, former Parliamentarian of the Congress party, at Deomali in Tirap in December 2007.

March 29

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram would make an aerial survey of the India-Myanmar border along Arunachal Pradesh on April 3, fuelling speculation that a joint operation against Northeast militants based in the neighbouring country is on the cards.

March 31

Twelve NSCN militants, including a woman cadre, surrendered before the Assam Rifles at Khonsa in Tirap District.

April 2

 Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said that the Union Government had resolved to tackle terrorism stringently and would not allow any militant group to carry out subversive activities in the Northeast.

P. Chidambaram said that recommendations of two panels on replacing the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, in force in some Northeast States, with a more humane law would soon be placed before the Cabinet. He said provisions of the ceasefire agreement with NSCN factions in Nagaland did not apply to militancy-affected Districts of Tirap and Changlang in Arunachal and SFs would act, if militants from Nagaland and Assam were found to be active there.

April 4

The Union Government decided to launch a full-scale operation against both the factions of the NSCN in Tirap and Changlang Districts of Arunachal Pradesh. This decision was taken during the recent visit of the Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram to Arunachal Pradesh.  

Sources said that though Arunachal Pradesh is a relatively peaceful State, activities of both factions of the NSCN became a matter of serious concern.

Sources said that though the cadres of ULFA and anti-talk faction of the NDFB also visit Tirap and Changlang Districts from time to time, their activities have not caused much concern as yet. "The ULFA and NDFB use the area for tactical retreat whenever pressure is mounted on them in Assam and though there were some reports of the members of the groups indulging in extortions, they have not created much trouble in the area so far. Moreover, the NSCN-IM, which is demanding inclusion of the Districts in the ‘Greater Nagalim’, has a stake in the area, which the ULFA and NDFB do not have," sources said.

Noklem Wansu, a hardcore cadre of the NSCN-K operating in Longding sub-division of Tirap District, was arrested by the Assam Rifles from Longding market in Tirap District.

April 11

Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Tako Dabi said that there were definite intelligence inputs about ethnic guerrillas of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) from adjoining Myanmar infiltrating into the State’s Changlang District in recent weeks. The Home Minister said the KIA controls large part of northern Myanmar - a region where up to a half-a-dozen Indian separatist groups from the restive Northeast have well entrenched bases under KIA’s direct patronage.

May 12

Suspected NDFB militants abducted an Indian Forest Service (IFS) official of the Maharashtra cadre, V.S. Bardekar, from Daimara village in West Kameng District. He was on a private visit to Arunachal Pradesh when he was abducted.

May 14

The anti-talks faction of the NDFB owned up to having abducted V.S. Bardekar, an IFS official from Pune, who was on a private visit to Arunachal Pradesh on May 12.

May 19

Shillong Times reports that one week after the senior IFS officer from Maharashtra Vilas Bardekar was abducted by suspected NDFB militants from Daimara Reserve forest areas in West Kameng District bordering Assam on May 12, the Police of both the States of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have remained clueless about whereabouts of the person.

May 24

Three NSCN-IM cadres were arrested by Assam Rifles and Police, including self-styled ‘sergeant major’ Athot, and four linkmen in an operation at Khonsa in Tirap District.

May 27

A NDFB militant, Rahul Brahma, one of the accused in the serial blasts on October 30, 2008, was arrested by the CBI at Ziro in Lower Subansiri District.

May 29

Two National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) cadres were arrested in a joint operation by a combined force of the CRPF, the Army and Deomali Police in Tirap District.

June 13

A new outfit, Arunachal Naga Liberation Front (ANLF), has emerged in the Tirap District in May 2010. The NSCN-IM has already been active in the District. The NSCN-K also brought in heavily-armed members of Myanmar-based outfit KIA to gain an upper hand over its rival group in December 2009.

Confirming the launch of the ANLF in the Paniduria area of Tirap in May, a Police source said that the outfit was holding a training camp in the District under the supervision of a self-styled ‘sergeant major’ who was a former cadre of the NSCN-IM. Source said.

June 14

Two NSCN-K cadres were arrested by troops during a search operation in the same Changlang District. They were Myanmarese nationals.

June 15

Three extortionists, linked to an unspecified militant outfit, were attested by the Assam Rifles personnel in two separate search operations in Changlang District. INR 8 00, 000 was recovered from the possession, who were carrying the ransom to deliver to representative of an unspecified armed group in Changlang.

August 2

At least 37 militants surrendered before the Assam Rifles at Khonsa in Tirap District. They included 23 NSCN-K and seven each from the NSCN-IM and All Adivasi National Liberation Army (AANLA).

August 24

Arunachal Pradesh denied any involvement of militants in the ongoing impasse on the inter-State boundary at Simhokho in Tirap District adjacent to Assam’s Sibsagar District. Terming the entire episode as man made, Arunachal Home Minister Tako Dabi claimed that the issue can be resolved at the lowest level without involving the Government of both the States.

September 4

At least 109 militants of different outfits surrendered in Arunachal Pradesh in the past eight years along with a huge quantity of arms and ammunition, Home Minister Tako Dabi informed the State Legislative Assembly. Most of the militants surrendered in Tirap and Changlang Districts before the Army and Para Military Forces since 2003, he said.

October 1

The Union Government extended the "disturbed areas" notification under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958, for Tirap and Changlang Districts of Arunachal Pradesh for six months. The decision was taken on basis of inputs that the NSCN-IM and the NSCN-K are actively involved in anti-social activity.

December 22

Three militants belonging to the NDFB-ATF were arrested from Bhalukpung in Arunachal Pradesh. They were suspected to be involved in the killing of eight Hindi-speaking persons in Boimara near Seijusa on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border on November 8, 2010. Three 9mm pistols with live ammunition were recovered from them.

December 27

One cadre belonging to the NSCN-IM was injured when about 110 cadres of the rival NSCN-K attacked a post of the NSCN-IM in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh.





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