Two NSCN-IM cadres and two civilians
were killed in the crossfire between Assam Rifles and militants
at Holam village in Khonsa of Tirap District. Two AK-47 rifles,
a sniper rifle and an M-16 rifle were recovered from the incident
site. An Assam Rifles official based at Khonsa said another militant,
who was injured in the encounter, escaped but a search was on
to track him down. An operation was launched early in the morning
following specific information about the presence of a group of
militants in the village.
NSCN-K has observed that Arunachal
Nagas now did not want to identify themselves as Nagas and has
condemned the wisdom of their leaders in the strongest terms for
the current state of affairs. In a statement, NSCN-K reminded
that the tribes inhabiting Arunachal's Tirap, Changlang and Longding
Districts like Nocte, Wancho, Ollo, Tangsa, Tutsa and their subdivision
into smaller groups residing on both sides of the international
border formed the largest and biggest group among the Nagas of
Eastern Nagaland. These tribes had played significant role in
Naga political movement. However, due to vested interests, they
do not now want to associate with the Nagas, it said.
Ten persons were killed and eight
others received bullet injuries when encroachers from Arunachal
Pradesh opened fire with hand-made weapons in the Behali Reserve
Forest area of Sonitpur District. Around 100 assailants, armed
with guns and other lethal weapons, attacked the villagers, who
have been camping there to protect those areas from further encroachment,
and started indiscriminate firing at them killing those villagers
on the spot.
Union Ministry of Home Affairs
Joint-Secretary, Shambhu Singh, told television channels that
the NDFB might have a hand in the killing incident in the Behali
Reserve Forest area of Sonitpur District of Assam on January 29.
State Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
ruled out NDFB's involvement and stated that miscreants from Arunachal
Pradesh were responsible for the killings.
Arunachal Pradesh is cut off
from the rest of the country as protesters in Assam blocked supply
routes to the state in protest against killings. KMSS, which is
leading the protest, blocked NH-52 at Borgang in Sonitpur District,
which is the only lifeline to Arunachal capital Itanagar.
Arunachal Pradesh CM, Nabam Tuki
announced compensation to the victim's family members of Behali
Reserve Forest (Sonitpur District, Assam) massacre. He announced
ex-gratia payment of INR 300,000 each for those killed and INR
50,000 each to the seriously injured during the incidence. So
far, 11 persons have been killed in the incident of January 29.
The January 29 attack fatality
along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border increased to 11 after
the recovery of a dead body of a person identified as Lasu Mardi
(65) from Chauldhua in Borgang in Sonitpur District.
The economic blockade against
Arunachal Pradesh for the Behali Reserve Forest killings continued
and the protesters blocked the passage of goods trucks at Chariduar
in Sonitpur District
Minister of State for Home R.P.N.
Singh told Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) that
CPI-Maoist are trying to set up organisational bases in the North-east
to forge ties with other insurgent groups to meet their military
needs and the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border has emerged as another
theatre of Maoist activities.
A NSCN-K cadre, Wangdon Wangpan,
surrendered before the Police and District administration in Longding
District. He joined the outfit in 2010.
An Arunachal Pradesh based militant
outfit, NLCT has claimed the responsibility for the attack in
Behali Reserve Forest in Sonitpur District of Assam and said that
the attack was in retaliation to "illegal eviction carried out
by Assam in the area". In a statement, the outfit warned that
more blood-shed could be seen in that area. The outfit also said
that the Central Government as well as the Governments of Assam
and Arunachal Pradesh were not interested in finding permanent
solution to the boundary dispute.
A Central Government team, led
by MHA Joint Secretary Shambu Singh, visited Changlang District
to discuss the proposal for the creation of PAC. Singh was accompanied
by Union Tribal Affairs Ministry Director S N Sahai, DoNER Ministry
Director Uma Kant and MHA's Deputy Secretary S Saha, official
sources said in Itanagar on February 2. The State Government had
proposed the creation of MAC, comprising West Kameng and Tawang
Districts, and PAC, comprising Tirap, Changlang and Longding Districts,
under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.
SFs in a joint operation, arrested
five Manipur based PLA cadres and recovered a large cache of arms
and ammunition from their possession from Pongchau area in Longding
District. The arrested militants were identified as Pongsiba Dingam,
Jackson Kuki, Diwang Chawang, Monglemba Meitei and Ngongo Meitei.
SFs also recovered two AK M-22 rifles, two AM-T81, one 3G81 LMG
along with 631 rounds bullets, 13 magazines, one magazine box
and cash of INR 22,000 from their possession.
The BSF handed over to the BGB
a list of 66 terror camps in Bangladesh of militants operating
in India's Northeast. Camps of HNLC, ULFA, NDFB, PLA and a few
other groups were operating in districts like Mymensingh, Maulvibazar
and Rangamati. IG BSF Sudhir Kumar Srivastava said, "The number
of these camps has decreased." Some of the camps had now been
shifted towards Myanmar due to pressure from Bangladesh authorities.
Reacting to a query on the status
of border fencing, Srivastava informed that there were 13 gaps
along the fencing which could not be completed due to its riverine
nature and other logistical problems. The Bangladesh Government
had allowed the construction of single-line fencing along the
The BSF in 2013 seized FICN worth
INR 548,000 and seized nearly 500,000 bottles of cough syrup Phensdyl
worth INR 30 million and a large quantity of Ganja (marijuana)
along the India-Bangladesh border.
An NSCN-K source claimed that
one of its cadres was shot dead in Arunachal Pradesh during an
encounter with the Assam Rifles. The place of the incidence was
however not specified.
The flying squads and static
surveillance teams operating under ECI to monitor MCC in respect
of ensuing simultaneous elections in Arunachal Pradesh have seized
arms and ammunitions along with cash and other materials, including
IMFL, during security checking at different parts of the state.
The team has seized cash amount of INR 13,70,800, two .32 revolvers
with 34 numbers of ammunitions, one SBBL gun and 50 ammunitions,
20 sharp weapons, 3,184 bottles of IMFL. Since the inception of
MCC on March 5, 2014, both the squads and Police seized an amount
of INR 71,10,800, 237 numbers of sharp weapons, 89 mobile sets,
opium 50 grams, 4 kg ganja (cannabis), two .32 revolvers
with 34 numbers of ammunitions, two numbers of 12 bore SBBL guns
with 50 rounds, 21 SBBL gun 4 numbers, sources added. The security
checking would be continued in the state till the casting of ballots
for simultaneous elections to be held on April 9, sources added.
IGP-administration Arvind Deep,
said that steps have been initiated in co-ordination with the
Army, Central Para Military Forces and local Police to neutralise
the activities of underground elements in troubled Tirap, Changlang
and Longding Districts of the State. Deep's response came days
after the BJP allegation of involvement of underground cadres
of rebel outfits to influence the poll process in the Eastern
Arunachal Districts. BJP president Tai Tagak during a recent press
conference alleged that candidates of various political parties
are using underground elements to woo voters and claimed seizure
of an AK rifle from the vehicle of a candidate without naming
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A female cadre identified as Likjong
Mandak of NSCN-IM as arrested from 1-Mile, Laktong area of Changlang
town in Changlang District, where she was found collecting information
about movement of SFs. and collecting extortion money. During
the interrogation the militant, who had joined the outfit in 2010
revealed that female cadres were also being trained by underground
groups for the purpose of conducting reconnaissance and collecting
information on movement of SFs.
SFs arrested four top cadres of
NSCN-U from Tirap District. The arrested cadres have been identified
as 'sergeant major' Ahon Honwang Josak, S 'minister' Vito Awomi,
Lonwang H Lowang and Lokwang Khete. During the operation, on being
verbally challenged, the militants fired upon the security forces
and on retaliatory fire by SFs, Ahon sustained bullet injury.
cache of arms, ammunition and other incriminating goods were recovered
A Myanmarese militant, identified
as Gangsa of NSCN-KK was killed by SFs at Kanu village in Longding
District. One AK-56 Rifle, three magazines and 45 rounds of live
ammunition along with mobile handsets and other material were
President Pranab Mukherjee stated
that NDA Government at the Centre is all set to settle the infiltration
and all other issues related to Bangladesh on an urgent basis.
President stated that NDA will tackle the issue of infiltration
and illegal immigrants in the North-eastern region on priority
basis and added that all pending fencing work along the Northeast
border will also be completed.
SFs during a two day joint operation
arrested two NSCN-IM militants identified as 'lieutenant colonel'
Phungreisung Tanghkhul and 'major' Thongwang Aran from a village
near Khonsa in Tirap District. Two AK-56 rifles, two magazines
and 40 rounds live ammunition along with cash were also recovered
from them. Phungreisung Tanghkhul was recently posted as 'commander'
for Tirap, Changlang and Longding Districts.
SFs recovered one SLR two SLR
magazines, 120 rounds of ammunition and 12 RPGs and Lathode bombs
from Tirap District.
Police Team arrested three persons
identified as Bengia Kame, Raj Pegu and Pranab Saikia from Banderdewa
in Papum Pare District along with two .32 pistols along with 17
A female militant of NSCN-K who
was forcibly picked up by NSCN-K with two other girls in 2010
and trained in NSCN-K camp in Myanmar, surrendered before the
Minister of State for Home Kiren
Rijiju stated that he wanted action oriented talks and solutions
and stated that he wanted the talks to be comprehensive with the
militants. He said that several militant groups had sent feelers
that they were keen to come over ground and hold talks. He also
added that "Some militant groups are likely to surrender in the
coming months". He stated that "With ULFA and NSCN we need a little
more time to bring them on board and find a solution."
Union Minister of State for Home
Affairs Kiren Rijiju stated that his first and foremost priority
is to secure peace and security in the North East while asserting
that without peace, no development can be possible in the region.
He stated that GoI is devising a Unified Command like that of
Assam saying it can't allow militant organisations to use Arunachal
territory in carrying out their subversive activities.
AITF urged Union Minister of State
for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju to take up the issue of NPF reported
propaganda of 'Greater Nagalim' in the State. A delegation of
the Forum led by its chairman Bengia Tolum during a meeting in
Itanagar apprised him how the Nagaland-based political party was
trying to expand its wings to the State with 'Greater Nagalim'
propaganda. They also pleaded with him to take up with the Centre
the oft-repeated Chinese claim over State's territory and issuance
of stapled visas to sportspersons and bureaucrats from the State.
After review meeting at Itanagar
with Government departments, defence forces and security agencies
at Itanagar, Rijiju said his ministry would work tirelessly for
securing peace and development in Arunachal Pradesh and the rest
of the region as without peace there would be no development.
Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma stated
in Tura of West Garo Hills District that the UN has agreed to
accord special consultative status to the northeastern states
for the UN Economic and Social Council. The special status to
the North-East means that the forum will ensure discussions and
policy innovations on development challenges in fields such as
employment, education and health. It will also give the states
an opportunity to be a part of select themes drawn from the UN's
millennium development goals.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu
Moni stated that North Eastern States can play a vital role to
further improve relations between India and Bangladesh. She stated
that "There is vast scope of mutual investment in the resource
rich North Eastern States, which are geographically very close
to Bangladesh. North Eastern States can play a key role in improving
NSCN-IM militant corporal' John
Phoren Rangwa was injured in an encounter in Lapnan Village near
Khonsa in Tirap District. One AK-47 rifle with 90 rounds and one
.22 pistol were recovered from the encounter site.
Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister
Tanga Byaling stated that MHA has extended the Disturb Area Act
for another six months in Tirap, Changlang and Longding Districts.
Union Minister of State for Home
Affairs, Kiren Rijiju stated in Rajya Sabha that violence in North
East is on the wane with the number of violent incidents coming
down to 412 from 1489 in 2007 and killing of innocent civilians
to 102 from 498 during the same year.
India is likely to press Myanmar
again to flush out North-East based militants including ULFA besides
stressing a review of the border management with the neighbouring
country, when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj leaves for
Five TSSF militants were arrested
from Changlang, Lohit (Arunachal Pradesh) and Tinsukia (Assam)
Districts during a three day operation. Two pistols, 1 US carbine,
1 12-bore rifle and 1 .22 rifle have been recovered from them.
who made an extortion call to Gupta Tea Estate near Diyun in Chnaglang
District was arrested.
MHA alerted the North-eastern
States over possible terror attacks in the run-up to Independence
Day.MHA asked the States to take steps to foil any attempt by
militants to upset peace.
All TSSF militants who were arrested
on August 9 were handed over to Lohit Police.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh
and Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju have assured
all possible support to Arunachal Pradesh for modernization of
the State Police. Tanga Byaling Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister
was assured that Police modernisation fund would be hiked from
INR 110 million to INR 220 million.
Union Minister of Home Affairs,
Rajnath Singh stated that the Government was willing to hold talks
with Northeast insurgents if they would shun arms.
Minister of State for Home Kiren
Rijiju stated that MHA is implementing a scheme for surrender-cum-rehabilitation
of militants of the northeastern region to wean away the misguided
youth and hard-core militants who have strayed into the fold of
militancy and later find themselves trapped.
Arunachal Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki exhorted the people to join hands in fighting anti-social
elements who are trying to 'dislodge the social fabric' of the
DoNER Minister V.K. Singh would
meet the Chief Ministers of all North-eastern states in Guwahati
in Assam on August 21-22 to decide a roadmap for the development
of the region.
BSF IG stated that militants groups
of the Northeast continue to receive 'substantial quantity' of
illegal arms and ammunition from China and Myanmar. He said that
"There are isolated instances of arms and ammunition entering
into the country across the international border with Bangladesh,
but a substantial quantity is coming from the international border
with Myanmar and China."
to 2014, 17 people were killed in clashes in the Assam-Arunachal
Pradesh border areas.
Myanmar said it will bust training
camps of NE militants if India provides specific inputs about
their existence. Myanmar's Information Minister U Ye Htut said
his government will cooperate "fully" with the new Indian government
in cracking down on militant bases.
During border conference BSF and
BGB discussing key issues such as movement of FICN, cattle smuggling,
illegal migration and human trafficking. Both forces agreed to
work jointly to resolve all border-related issues.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has
requested the MHA to set up eight more new ITBP battalions in
Arunachal Pradesh. Tuki revealed this during a discussion he had
with the Inspector General of ITBP RKD Singh and DIGP Ajay Pal
Unidentified armed miscreants
kidnapped a trader identified as KP Chako who runs a chain of
Best Bakery in Itanagar, from his rented residence at Naharlagun
in Papum Pare District. He was fired upon when he refused to accompany
Home Minister Tanga Bylaing stated
that Police are making all out efforts to rescue trader K P Chacko
who was abducted from Naharlagun in Papum Pare District.
Home Minister Tanga Bylaing on
August 31 stated that Tani Land National Liberation Tigers had
claimed to be behind the January 29 incident at Chauldhuwa under
Behali reserve forest in Assam's Sonitpur District where 15 people
The body of trader from Kerala
K.C. Chako who was abducted on August 27 from Naharlagun in Papum
Pare District was recovered from a jungle in Cheputa village.
Home Minister Tanga Byaling stated that Government has not been
informed of any ransom demand.
Itanagar Police have arrested
three unidentified persons in connection with the abduction and
killing of Naharlagun-based trader KP Chako, whose decomposed
body was found at Chiputa, about 8 km off Doimukh in Papum Pare
District on September 5.
KZF militant Dilbagh Singh who
was arrested in Guwahati as trying to explore possibilities of
procuring weapons from North East.The easy availability of llegal
weapons in the North East has become a matter of grave concern
and now Khalistani militant groups have also started eyeing the
region to procure weapons.
MHA has extended AFSPA on the
Districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding. MHA through a formal
notification on September 20 stated that law and order situation
of these three Districts has remained unchanged. The three Districts
are also used as corridor for trafficking of arms and ammunitions
to various insurgent groups of the northeast.
JIC chairman RN Ravi submitted
"a paper on strategy and action on Northeast policies" to Union
Home Minister Rajnath Singh and was further discussed with Minister
of State for Home, Kiren Rijiu. MHA had set a 3 month deadline
to revise the Northeast policies. A senior official stated that
"A targeted approach to sort out the problem is the need of the
hour. We will soon consult the states and also issue fresh guidelines
for the security personnel in Northeast to deal with the situation."
It was also agreed that tough approach towards the insurgent groups
needs to be adopted and they shall not be allowed to run their
A joint team of SFs killed two
unidentified NSCN-IM militants at Thinsa village in Tirap. One
AK-56 rifle with two magazines and 50 rounds of ammunition, one
M 16 rifle with a magazine and 30 rounds of ammunitions were recovered
from the dead militants.
Suspected militants opened fire
on an Army convoy of 4 Rajput Regiment near Tewai Camp, a remote
area in Longding District. Army sources said the militants exploded
a bomb before firing at the Army vehicle forcing the Army personnel
to retaliate. However, there was no report of any casualty.
Police arrested 4 extortionists
who were extorting under the banner fo NLF, though they were not
members of the group, from Itanagar at Param Pare Dist. Police
recovered a kilo of Ammonium Nitrate, 8 electronic detonators,
one timer device and one 0.315 Rifle with 7 rounds of live ammunitions
from them. Police also recovered seized literature material of
an unspecified faction of NSCN and ULTA.
Peace talk interlocutor and JIC
Chairman R.N Ravi held deliberations with youths of Tirap, Changlang
and Longding Districts This was a follow up meeting to an earlier
deliberation between JIC Chairman and Editor-In-Chief of Eastern
Sentinel, Jarpum Gamlin. JIC Chairman also stated that violence
and atrocities must stop and things must change for better and
added that issues and concerns of the affected locals in Arunachal
Pradesh shall be taken into consideration in the peace talks.
He also acknowledged the pitfalls in ceasefire agreement when
youths raised concerns over the "non-transparency" in ceasefire
agreement, including ambiguity over operation, jurisdiction and
members of the ceasefire monitoring committee. "We will bring
in more transparency into the process and address grievances,"
Arunachal Pradesh Police arrested
two extortionists from Chimpu area in Papum Pare District, identified
as Achi Tallo and Arun Tayung.
SFs are keeping a strict vigil
along India's border with Bangladesh and Myanmar ahead of PM Narendra
Modi's visit by November end. The Prime Minister will be on his
first visit to five north eastern states.
Residents of Balijan circle under Papum Pare District
'arrested' two extortionists, identified as Brasan Doimary and
Alhen Doimary after overpowering them and handed over to Police.
The extortionists were demanding ransom in Tengabari area in Papum
Pare District. They were allegedly serving extortion notices to
businessmen of the area.
The separatist Groups including in Assam, Bodoland,
Kamtapur and Meghalaya were responsible for 16 per cent of deaths
in the region, reports Global Terrorism Index 2014 of IEP.
India asked Thailand its cooperation to arrest
militants of North East militant groups. Minister of State for
Home Kiren Rijiju said that India would approach the Thai authorities
for assistance in checking their activities. "Many insurgent groups
from India's North-East have links to the South East Asian countries
and tend to go to Myanmar and Thailand. There have been some reports
of their presence in Thailand and the Government of India (GoI)
would approach the Thai authorities for assistance in curtailing
their activities," Rijiju Stated.
NSG DG J.N. Choudhury that militancy has become
a "cottage industry" in North East India. e stated that "In northeast,
militancy has become almost a cottage industry where extortion
and abduction for ransom is seen as an easy means for money."
IB Chief Syed Asif Ibrahim said that while the
CPI-Maoist is besieged with serious problems and the security
situation has shown marked improvement in J&K, the security situation
in the Northeast region was fragile, with some militant outfits
still outside the ambit of the peace process. Speaking at the
49th conference of the DGPs, IGPs and head of all Central Police
organizations, the IB chief said that the safe sanctuaries of
the militants in neighbouring countries, particularly Myanmar,
was compounding the situation. He said in Arunachal Pradesh, turf
war between NSCN factions continued in two Districts of Triap
UHM Rajnath Singh said that most conflicts in
the Northeastern region have socio- economic reasons behind them
and these (reasons) have been there since even before independence.
Singh added that these socio-economic disparities have existed
due to lack of development including that of infrastructure in
the region. He suggested that the Police summit should try to
hammer out a special strategy to tackle insurgency in the Northeast.
He announced that the Government was fully committed to formulate
a special development package for the Northeast to facilitate
all encompassing development for all the communities.
Police arrested 'deputy commandant' of NLCT at
Likabali under West Siang District.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren
Rijju stated that GoI will soon hold a meeting with all Chief
Ministers of the eight North Eastern states to discuss the new
security threat by jihadi group through their various terror networks.
He also appealed to members of various rebels
to come over ground and join the mainstream saying their illegal
activities is not affecting anyone except their own community.
Further referring to the conflicts within the region because of
the emergence of various militant groups, Rijiju said, "By taking
up arms, we are doing the greatest damage to our own community.
It will not have any impact on others. I appeal to the misguided
youths to join the mainstream. They will be engaged constructively."
Union Minister of State for Home affairs Kiren
Rijiju expressed concern over the security threat posed by terror
sleeper cells to the North East region
AAPSU expressing their surprise over the ULFA-I's
'vice-chairman' and 'commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah threat to
launch armed protest against the GoI if it goes ahead with the
2000 MW LSHP stated that it would oppose any such moves, reports
The Sentinel. 'President' of the apex students' body of the State,
Kamta Lapung, in a statement, said that AAPSU oppose any intervention
or remarks made by any person who is not bonafide citizen of the
state. LSHP will be constructed at Gerukamukh area of Dhemaji
District in Assam.
Highly placed sources in the MHA stated that there
is thinking in GoI that the existing policy of dealing with militancy
in the North East is not yielding the desired results and there
is need for amending it. Sources pointed out that, as per the
existing policy, Government is agreeing to talk with any militant
group, which comes forward for talks. But of late, GoI has found
that the policy is not yielding the desired results as new outfits
are cropping up regularly. Moreover, the splinter groups of militant
outfits, which have come for talks, are still active.
Arunachal Pradesh sounded a high alert after the
December 23 attacks by the NDFB-IKS militants in Assam. Also Home
Department has issued directives to Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent
(SP) of all the Districts bordering Assam to keep a strict vigil
on possibility of ultras sneaking into the state's territory after
the massacre, stated the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam