Militant groups operating in
the Northeast have realised that violence will never pay and the
only way to solve their problems is peace negotiations, Union
Home Minister P. Chidambaram said.
Chidambaram said peace agreements
have been signed by the Government with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha
in West Bengal, UPDS in Assam and again it was on the verge of
concluding another agreement with at least two groups in Assam.
"ULFA, both factions of NSCN -- IM and K -- as well as NDFB are
in talks mood.
He said most of the Northeast
was today conflict-free and there was no violence in most parts
of Northeast as 2011 witnessed a new low in the level of violence
where in all states together there were only 627 incidents in
which 70 civilians and 32 Security Force personnel were killed.
"There is a grain of truth (to it).
The Home Minister, however, said
there were still some areas of concern that include extortion
and occasional kidnapping for extortion. "Extortion keeps the
militant groups going. That is their source of funds....I have
been saying this with responsibility that these extortion rackets
must be stopped," he added. Chidambaram said the Central government
was offering support to all state governments in the region to
ensure that extortion does not take place and kidnapping for extortion
does not take place. "During the last year, these incidents have
come down dramatically and I am confident that in 2012, the situation
will be better," he said.
NSCN-IM claimed that two militants
belonging to NSCN-K were killed and four other got injured when
the latter attacked NSCN-IM camp in Chasha village in Tirap District.
Three Civilians were injured
and a house was set ablaze during a clash between NSCN-IM and
NSCN-K at Chasa village in Tirap District. The clashes have now
stopped after arrival of Security Forces in the area.
Representatives from the Central
and Government of Arunachal Pradesh as well as AAPSU and Citizenship
Demand Committee for Chakma and Hajong refugees are members of
the committee on January 9, arrived at a consensus that the Chakma
and Hajong refugees, who came to India between 1964 and 1969,
can be accepted as Indian citizens.
During the annual Home Secretary-level
meet between India and Myanmar at Naypyitaw which is to take place
on January 19, a joint strategy to deal with Northeast Indian
militant groups, smuggling of drugs, arms and ammunition will
be high on the agenda.
During the Home Secretary level
meeting between the India and Myanmar, Myanmar has assured India
that steps would be taken against the Northeastern militants using
Myanmar has sought India's help
for implementation of several road projects, which would facilitate
free movement of the troops to the areas where the militants are
taking shelter. Myanmar has also sought India's help in completing
the trilateral highway linking India, Myanmar and Thailand.
Bhutan 'Prime Minister' Jigme
Y Thinley said that there is no camp of any militant formation
of the northeast in his country. He further asserted that Security
Forces are on alert to thwart any such potential attempts by the
Two top cadres belonging to NSCN-K
surrendered along with two .9mm pistols and six live rounds of
ammunition at the Battalion Headquarters, 4 Assam Rifles, in Changlang
Pakistan's external intelligence
agency ISI has admitted before a three-member bench of the Pakistan
Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary
to meddling in northeast India. Former ISI chief Asad Durrani
made the admission before the bench during a hearing on the ISI's
mandate. He also admitted ISI funding the BNP during the 1991
general elections in Bangladesh.
State Governor General (Retd.)
J J Singh said that Central Government has announced INR 1.38
billion-security package for insurgency hit Tirap and Changlang
Districts for strengthening the Police forces to counter insurgent
Assam and Arunachal Pradesh State
Police have constituted a joint team to carry out anti-insurgency
operations along the interstate border areas. The areas of operation
are the border areas along Tinsukia District of Assam and three
of the five Districts of Arunachal Pradesh namely Lohit, Changlang
and Lower Dibang Valley. The other two Districts are Tirap and
East Siang. ULFA-ATF and CPI-Maoists reportedly use the area.
SFs arrested a cadre of the NNC,
identified as Khapwang Mema, from Deomali in Tirap District. An
amount INR 15,600 and an extortion note addressed to market officials
of Deomali on the letterhead of NNC was also found in his possession.
Mema was carrying out extortion in the town for the last couple
of weeks. He had also threatened the locals with dire consequences
if they fail to give him the ransom, an Assam Rifles communiqué
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki said that the Union Home Ministry has approved the
demand for deployment of 2,000 additional CAPF in the State to
maintain law and order.
A new militant outfit, the UPDF
threatened those involved in the illegal trade of coal, timber
and stone from Lohit and Changlang Districts. Police said, the
threat is meant to extort money from traders. The outfit is headed
by Sumona Munlang, once a trusted sharpshooter of Dawood Ibrahim's
gang, Police said.
Addressing the Chief Minister's
conference on internal security, Prime Minister (PM) Manmohan
Singh on April 16 expressed concern over the abduction and extortion
activities in Northeastern region
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram
while addressing Chief Minister's conference on internal security
said that in the Northeastern states, nearly all major insurgent
groups were in talks with the Centre and was confident that there
would further be improvement in the region.
Security agencies believe tha
the CPI-Maoist is making inroads into the North-East to gain access
to the arms market in the neighbouring Yunan province of China
and not with the aim of expanding their base.
A MHA document says Maoists are
working in close association with the PLA of Manipur, which also
has a base in Myanmar. "The Maoists have been found carrying Chinese-made
arms, but we do not know yet whether they procured the weapons
directly from China or were supplied arms by north-eastern militant
outfits," the source said.
Assam Rifles personnel arrested
four UPDF cadres, identified Lamlai Chowai alias Babu,
Dipankan Chakma alias Pinti, Kina Marak and Arun Chakma,
from Manabum area in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh.
The militants were arrested from Maitri Village under Diyun Police
Station, where they had taken shelter in the house of a Chakma
| April 29
The first Arunachal Scouts battalion
arrived in the State to take charge two years after its formation.
Arunachal Scouts is an infantry regiment of the Indian Army with
specialization in mountain warfare and was raised to defend India's
border with Tibet in Arunachal Pradesh.
| May 2
Minister of State for External
Affairs Preneet Kaur, referring to the issue of militants operating
in the northeastern States of India getting help from China, told
the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) that the
Chinese Government has conveyed that it would never support armed
groups that are against the Government of India.
| May 8
Illegal mining is funding extremist
outfits in Arunachal Pradesh, according to a home ministry investigation.
The report, prepared after a visit of senior home ministry officials
to the entire 45-km coal-rich stretch of Changlang District, said
that insurgent groups such as the NSCN are indulging in illegal
mining at Namchik Namphuk, the only coal block allotted to the
| May 12
UHM P. Chidambaram asked the Arunachal
Pradesh Government to be on guard against Maoists who are reported
to have already achieved "minimal presence" along the state's
boundary with Assam.
On the issue of law and order
problems in Tirap and Changlang Districts that shares a border
with Nagaland and Myanmar, UHM said that steps had already been
initiated to upgrade police infrastructure and recruit more police
personnel. He added that more CRPF personnel were being deployed
to maintain the law and order in the two Districts. "A total of
1,526 policemen have been newly recruited in the state and they
will start training from July this year.
| May 13
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram
said unlawful activities of CPI-Maoist will not be tolerated in
the northeast. "There will be no compromise with Maoists trying
to destabilize peace in the region and police have been instructed
to take action," Chidambaram said, adding, "There is no reason
to allow such elements in the region to create disturbance."
| May 15
UMHA has asked the State Governments
of the North East region to take all necessary steps to prevent
the CPI-Maoist groups from establishing their roots in the region.
The report quoting states that the Central Government would send
additional a force to deal with Maoists only if it is felt necessary.
Further, UMHA is of the view that at present, the strength of
the armed groups of the Maoists in the North East is not much
and the State Police forces are fully capable of dealing with
| May 16
Top CPI-Maoist leaders, including
one Moina Dohotiya are actively involved in the outfit's expansion
into the northeast. The report quotes a source within the security
establishment as saying, "There are about 100 listed cadres and
they have three carbines, a couple of .315 rifles and pistols,
few grenades and one M16 rifle. In the middle and lower Assam
regions, they are probably at a very nascent stage. We have not
observed any Maoist activity in these places". The source further
said, "The Maoists have so far recruited youths from the state
and few Khamti boys from Arunachal Pradesh. However, unlike Jharkhand,
there is just a sprinkling of Adivasi youths here. There are couple
of youths from Goalpara and Kamrup district but the majority are
from Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Golaghat districts and many from
Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts".
| May 29
PM Manmohan Singh has hinted that
India and Myanmar were likely to carry out joint operations in
order to flush out Indian militants operating from Myanmar soil.
The Indian Army and other SFs
have made preparations to tackle insurgents, who will soon leave
some parts of Myanmar. This was stated by Major General UK Gurung
of Assam Rifles, during a function at Pallel (Chandel District)
| June 29
Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram
informed that Myanmar on June 26 has agreed to operationalise
the third border level officer meeting point between Changlang
in Arunachal Pradesh and Pan Hsan in Myanmar by October 2012.
SFs arrested a 2008 batch of Myanmar
trained militant belonging to ULFA-ATF, identified as Manoranjan
Gogoi alias Arup Bora (25) of Bosa gaon of Sadiya in Tinsukia
District, at Sitpani in Mahadevpur near Namsai in Lohit District.
Six militants including four militants
belonging to NSCN-K militants, one militant belonging to ULFA
and one NDFB militant surrendered at an Assam Rifles base in Joyrampur
in Tinsukia District. The militants deposited a 9mm pistol, a
.38 revolver, two 7.65 mm pistol and 2.9 kilogram of RDX.
A woman journalist identified
as Tongam Rina was shot at and critically injured by unidentified
gunmen when she was entering her office here in Arunachal Pradesh
on July 15. Rina is an associate editor with the daily, which
is the first English newspaper of the State and is owned by former
chief minister Gegong Apang.
Security agencies have busted
the "blueprint" of the action plan of the CPI-Maoist in the Northeastern
region. According to the road map, Maoists have plans to form
a "strategic zone" comprising hilly terrains of Karbi Anglong
and Dima Hasao Districts of Assam and Dibang valley of Arunachal
Assam Rifles (AR), with support
from Arunachal Pradesh Police arrested one NSCN-K cadre, identified
as Winnok Nokbi, from Khonsa in the District. Apart from an extortion
note signed by 'major' Johan and an extortion amount of INR 670,
a pair of combat shoes was seized.
SFs arrested three Maoists from
Kaupatani village under Mahadevpur Police Station of Lekang circle
in Lohit District. Those arrested were identified as Nipenjyoti
Chetia (30) of Haru Dirak village, Totong Neog (18) of Barmigai
village, both under Kokapathar Police Station of Tinsukia District
in Assam and Jintu Chetai of Dhola village Police Station in the
District. Police seized demand notes and three mobile sets with
seven SIM cards from the trio.
SFs arrested one Bitu Chakma,
member of UDFB from Namsai.
SFs arrested a top NSCN-IM cadre
identified as 'Sergeant Major' Wangpan Mophuk alias Sina
Mophuk from Khonsa in Tirap District.
Union Defence Ministry accorded
the financial approval for raising the second Battalion of Arunachal
Scouts. Defence Minister A K Antony said the ministry, for starting
the process of recruitment, in this regard would release the notification
soon. The Defence Minister informed this to a delegation led by
Arunachal Pradesh CM Nabam Tuki at Delhi on Monday, according
to official sources.
NPF has launched a unit at Tirap
and Longding Districts after successfully opening its first State
unit at Changlang. A press note received from the Arunachal NPF
said State 'president' Tosham Mossang and 'general secretary'
Happa Taidong were welcomed by crowd at respective District headquarters
on July 30 and 31. NPF leads the DAN coalition Government in Nagaland.
The AAPSU cautioned the Arunachal
Government to keep a strict vigil along the border and tighten
its intelligence apparatus to avoid immigrants from neighbouring
Bangladesh from coming to the state as a spillover effect of the
violence as reported in various media. AAPSU expressed its concern
over the situation arising out of the Bodo-Muslims clashes that
have rocked the BTC areas in Assam.
SFs arrested three NNC militants
at Deomali in Tirap District. The arrested militants were identified
as 'private' Joywang Moingchan, 'corporal' Toto Rochill and Wangtung
Socia.Rochill, a resident of Surrumi in Zunheboto District of
Nagaland, said he had been an active cadre of NSCN-K from 2007
to 2010 and joined NNC in 2010.
Four linkmen of the UPDF have
been arrested in connection with extorting money from businessmen
at Bijoypur in Itanagar (Papum Pare District). They were identified
as Anil Chakma, Chowpinto Thaman, Sanjiv Singh and Arvind Singh.
During the course of interrogation Anil Chakma admitted in collecting
money from the area and depositing the amount with one Bishnu
Chakma. The ransom letter was written on UPDF pad and signed by
its 'commander' Sumana Munglang, and its 'finance minister' R
The six other accused still at
large were Bishnu Chakma, Boksu Chakma, Patharmoni Chakma, Dayalu
Chakma and Mytiodhan Chakma. The UPDF had been continuing extortion
in Bordumsa (Changlang District) area to strengthen their organizational
As a mark of protest against the
inhuman and discriminating treatment, both physically and mentally
towards the people from the north east of India regardless of
age, sex or profession, the NESO called a 12-hours "Total Bandh"
(shut down strike) all the six north eastern states on September
6. While there will be 12-hour bandh in various North Eastern
States, NESO will organise a 'massive public rally' in Guwahati
(Assam) on the same day against unabated influx from Bangladesh.
Three hardcore UPDF cadres surrendered
before the Deputy Commissioner of Lohit district, Commanding Officer
of 12 Assam Regiment and Superintendent of Police, Lohit District.
A 12-hour bandh (General
Shutdown strike) called by the NESO affected six northeastern
States. The Bandh was called to protest against atrocities on
people from the region in cities outside the region and against
influx of illegal migrants into the region. The bandh was supported
by student unions of these States, which are part of NESO. The
bandh affected life in Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya,
Arunachal Pradesh and tribal-inhabited areas of Tripura.NESO organised
a rally in Guwahati, which was attended by 26 student organisations
of the region.
SFs arrested 'Finance Secretary'
and third in command of UPDF, Hemchandra Barphukan alias
R Gohain (42), from Chowkham area of Namsai sub-division in Lohit
SFs have arrested five underground
activists including three UPDF cadres and two - ULFA-ATF militants
at Lohit District in Arunachal Pradesh during separate operations.
SFs arrested one Nakkya Chakma,
second-in-command of the UPDF during an encounter at Emphum Village
under Chongkham circle of the District. A pistol, three mobile
handsets, live ammunitions and incriminating documents were recovered
SFs in the District of Lohit and
Changlang arrested two UPDF militants. A UPDF militant identified
as Unseng Pomong, was arrested at Bamchuk Village under Namsai
circle in Lohit District while another UPDF cadre Ranjit Chakma,
and was arrested from Joypur Village under Diyun circle in Changlang
SFs arrested a ULFA-ATF militant,
identified as Rongmon Gogoi, from Wingseng Nongtaw Village under
Namsai circle in Lohit district last night. A grenade and explosives
weighing three kilogram were recovered from his possession.
SFs arrested an ULFA-ATF linkman
Indrajit Maran from the area and recovered an IED from his residence.
The Central Government dismissed
BJP allegation that insurgent groups were involved in illegal
coal mining at Namchik-Namphuk coal block in Changlang District
of Arunachal Pradesh.
A senior national BJP leader recently
charged the allegation besides pointing out violation of prescribed
guidelines by the State Government while allotting coal block
to a private party in the State.
A tea garden manager from Lohit
District was abducted by armed militants. C.N. Pandey, the manager
of Sati tea estate at Piyom under Namsai subdivision in Lohit
District, was abducted at gunpoint from his home.
One ULFA militant was killed and
another injured in an encounter with the Army at Insushi village,
Nangtao under Namsai circle in Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh
in the afternoon.
Arunachal Pradesh Police rescued
a tea garden manager from Lohit District who was abducted by armed
militants of the UPDF on September 12. C.N. Pandey, the manager
of Sati tea estate at Piyom under Namsai subdivision in Lohit
District, was abducted at gunpoint from his home.
Security Forces has come across
vital information regarding the game plan of the CPI-Maoist to
set up guerrilla zones in the hills in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh
of NE to strengthen their arms wing in the region.
Increased activity of ULFA-ATF
militants from camps located at Manabhum and Kharsang area in
Arunachal Pradesh's Changlang District has become a major headache
for the SFs. The report adds that ULFA-ATF had recently set up
several camps in the two areas bordering Tinsukia District with
The camps were reportedly set
up under the command of one Rohendra Moran, a former office-bearer
of the AAMSU and an active cadre.
Union Government has alerted Assam
and Arunachal Pradesh on the resurgence of anti-talks faction
of ULFA-ATF and Ranjan Daimari faction of NDFB-RD, taking advantage
of the security gap created by the recent ethnic violence in Assam.
Illegal migration from Bangladesh
is among the top issues to be discussed in the five-day meet between
BSF and BGB starting on September 25 in Dhaka.
ULFA-ATF is trying to promote
a new militant outfit in Arunachal Pradesh for its own benefits.
Highly placed Security sources told the newspaper that a new militant
outfit named as UPDF backed by ULFA-ATF has cropped up in Arunachal
SFs arrested seven cadres of the
UPDF, including its 'commander-in-chief' Sumona Munglang, from
Mimi village near Namsai in Lohit District.
Munglang resurfaced in the area
two years after he disappeared after killing a comrade in the
ADF, identified as Chow Nomee Namchoom, and formed the UPDF. He
has been intensively involved in extortion, kidnapping and killing
in the area ever since. The SFs claimed that UPDF has been wiped
out from the face of Arunachal Pradesh with this arrest.
State governor J J Singh congratulated
the State Government, the Assam Regiment, State Police and Lohit
District administration for the excellent operation in which Munglang
and six of his important accomplices were arrested. The governor
said that the successful operation would help in restoring confidence
among the people and improve law and order in Namsai area.
Insurgent outfits in Changlang
District had been illegally mining coal, using the proceeds for
buying sophisticated weapons from arms dealers based in Thailand
and China. On March 26, 2012, Union home ministry wrote to the
coal ministry drawing its attention to the illegal mining being
undertaken at the 45-km-long Kharsang block by Naga militants.
Home ministry also requested the coal ministry to consider taking
over all the coal mining operations in the state. "The Arunachal
government has taken the necessary steps to ensure that these
outfits no longer use the mines," said Shambhu Singh, joint secretary
North East, Union home ministry.
Changlang, a hub of insurgent
activity, is located close to the China-Myanmar international
border, where thousands of fighters belonging to at least nine
insurgent outfits from Assam, Manipur and Nagaland stay in well-fortified
camps. The weapons possessed by these groups include Kalashinov
rifles, Heckler and Koch assault rifles, American M-16 and M-17
rifles, and rocket launchers.
Security Forces arrested a UPDF
militant, Jina Kapat, at Wagun village in Namsai sub-division
of Lohit District.
BJP national general secretary,
Tapir Gao clarified that the party's Shahid Shradhanjali
yatra scheduled from October 18 is not aimed at provoking China
but meant to pay homage to the martyrs of the 1962 Chinese aggression.
Gao's reaction was a response to ULFA-ATF' vice chairman' Paresh
Baruah's recent emailed statement asking the people of Assam not
to participate in the said yatra, as it could provoke China to
wage a war on India.
Centre is talking to Arunachal
Pradesh and Manipur chief ministers for a consensus on steps relating
to the welfare of Nagas living in the two States before it reaches
a final settlement with the NSCN-IM. A solution is likely before
March, 2013, Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said. "I
have been talking to the chief ministers of both Arunachal and
Manipur and we are trying to reach a consensus on this," he said,
in reply to a question on the progress of Naga talks. Shinde's
statement comes a day after he held talks with Manipur chief minister
Okram Ibobi Singh.
Talks with the NSCN-IM concern
the states neighbouring Nagaland as the outfit had demanded an
integrated homeland for the Nagas - there are Naga tribes in Assam,
Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur as well as in Myanmar. Although the
Centre has turned down the demand for carving out Naga-inhabited
areas from other states and bring it under a single administrative
arrangement, an alternative way to appease tribal sentiments in
these areas is being explored.
SFs arrested a militant belonging
to ULFA-ATF identified as Upakul Moran from Longvi village in
Changlang District. SFs recovered a China-made AK-series rifle,
three magazines and 67 rounds of ammunition.
The cadres of NSCN-IM and NSCN-K
clashed in Ojakho and Chasa village in Longding and Tirap Districts
which left one NSCN-IM militant dead and injured another cadre.
Seventeen houses in the villages were completely gutted and two
Longding District administration
has taken effective steps to bring succor to the families affected
by the NSCN-IM-NSCN-K factional clash at Ojakho village and provided
them with food, blankets, utensils etc. Further, a company of
4 Rajput Rifles placed at Ojakho village is trying to rebuild
the confidence of the people.
State CM Nabam Tuki said that
concern about Nagas living in the state is solely that of his
Government. The Naga inhibited Districts of Tirap, Changlang and
Longding will get development councils to improve socio-economic
indicators, but CM, Tuki insisted that the step will be taken
by the Arunachal Pradesh government and the Centre, not any other
Suspected UPDF militants recently
abducted businessmen, Pradip More (42) of Naolia in Dibrugarh
District of Assam, from Likanag Kkhamtigaon under Namsai Police
Station in Lohit District. According to Police source, the victim
was abducted while he was supervising work at his newly raised
green tea garden located at Likang Kkhamtigaon in Namsai.
SFs rescued abducted Assam small tea grower Pradip
More and his associate, Chandrapal Sharma, from a remote hilltop
at Khainala area under Namsai Police Station in Lohit District.
SFs launched the operation three days ago. The duo was abducted
by militants of the ULFA-ATF and UPDF and were kept in a makeshift
camp, said Namsai Police Station officer-in-charge Ratan Nath.
A joint team of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam Police
arrested a 'brigadier' of the NSCN-IM, Absalom Raman alias Absalom
Tangkhul, from a village in Tirap District along Assam-Arunachal
Pradesh border. "This is probably the biggest catch of an insurgent
leader in Arunachal Pradesh", the sources claimed. The NSCN-IM
'top gun' was active in Tirap and Changlang Districts for over
10 years and was behind the ingress and establishment of NSCN-IM
in an area previously dominated by NSCN-K.