Arunachal Pradesh Police has made
an action plan to check insurgency in Tirap, Changlang and Longding
Districts through various initiatives, including setting up 11
new police stations and upgrading the existing nine.
1769 posts were filled up in the
police department for the three insurgency-affected districts,
AIGP Tussar Taba told reporters in Itanagar. The department also
procured 313 5.56 INSAS rifles, 158 9mm pistols, 40 2'mortars,
33 7.62 LMGs and over two lakh AK-47 ammunitions during 2014,
the AIGP said adding, 28 night vision devices, 20 video cameras,
23 digital cameras and other gadgets were procured for the districts
during the year.
Coal mining at Namchik-Namphuk
coal block in Changlang was suspended since May 2012 after GoI
directed State Government to suspend extraction following involvement
of insurgent groups, stated Geology and Mining Minister Kamlung
Mosang in response to a question by senior BJP MLA Japu Deru during
Question Hour in the State Assembly in Itanagar. GoI suspended
mining operation after reports of involvement of two factions
Two porters were killed and nine
AR troopers injured in an IED blast at Monmao village in India-Myanmar
border in Changlang.
One of AR troopers injured in
February 6 IED attack, identified as Rifle man Dattapray Mahajan
died at Dinjan Army hospital in Dibrugarh in Assam.
On reports that some NDFB-IKS
moved into Arunachal Pradesh, Army sources said that as per provisions
of the Disturbed Areas Act, the Army can move into 20 kilometres
inside the state and operations are going on in those areas. However,
there is need for augmenting the capacity building of Police forces
in Arunachal Pradesh.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh,
while on a brief visit to Tripura, appealed to the underground
groups to shun violence. He stated that GoI will develop the Northeast
in 10 years if insurgency comes to an end. He said insurgency
remained a hurdle to restoration of peace and development of the
Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal
Pradesh, in Papum Pare District has been covered in a heavy security
blanket keeping in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden
visit on February 20.
Arunachal Pradesh Police arrested
an extortionist identified as Tagyung Yangfo from Seppa in East
Kameng District. Police recovered a 7.65 auto pistol with 12 live
rounds from him. He also has the history of his connections with
the NDFB group in Assam for arms smuggling.
SFs arrested two NSCN from Jongrom
Village in Changlang District. Two pistols and ammunitions were
recovered from them.
GoI has closed its doors for talks
with any more militant outfits and the ongoing process of talks
with militant groups, which have already signed cease-fire pacts
to solve their problems through discussions, will be expedited
so that those are taken to a logical conclusion as soon as possible.
Highly placed sources in MHA made it clear that the Government
was not keen on starting talks with any more militant outfit as
enough opportunity was given to them to shun violence and solve
their problems through discussions.
Union minister of state for Home
Affairs Kiren Rijiju in a written reply in Rajya Sabha stated
that GoI had been implementing a scheme for surrender-cum-rehabilitation
of militants of North East region, since 1998, reports Nagaland
Post. He said under the scheme, one time grant of INR 150000 and
monthly stipend of INR 3500 are given to surrendered militants,
and in case of Manipur, he said one time grant of INR 250000 and
monthly stipend of INR 4000 per militant was given under a special
surrender-cum-rehabilitation scheme formulated in 2012. He also
added that INR 155.5 million was released to North Eastern States
payment of stipend to surrendered militants.
Police arrested a gang of four,
including two women, for extorting money from contractors in and
around Capital Complex in Itanagar in Papum Pare. The extortionists
have been identified as Dubi Ete, Bimpi Riddi, Tori Gad and Tame
Aking. INR 300000 was recovered from them.
Police arrested a gang of four,
including two women, for extorting money from contractors in and
around Capital Complex in Itanagar in Papum Pare. The extortionists
have been identified as Dubi Ete, Bimpi Riddi, Tori Gad and Tame
Aking. INR 300000 was recovered from them.
Arunachal Pradesh Police arrested
four extortionists and recovered arms and ammunition from their
possession from Hapoli and Yazali areas in Lower Subansiri. The
extortionists were identified as Dake Tai, Rimo Bodo, Sime Killo
and Anthony Doke, the 'commander' of NSCT Two country-made 7.65mm
pistols with 51 live rounds, 6 mobile phones and four extra SIM
cards were recovered from them. SP Tume Amo informed that all
the arrested extortionists were camping at Ziro in Lower Subansiri
District since March 19 last and were involved in extorting money
and work orders from Government officials.
Due to various terror attacks
413 people died in North East India in 2014.
Government has extended AFSPA
to almost the entire State of Arunachal Pradesh, citing a serious
law and order situation in all Districts of the State which borders
Assam. As per a new notification issued by MHA by its Joint Secretary
Shambu Singh, all Districts of Arunachal Pradesh bordering the
State of Assam have been declared as "disturbed area" under Section
3 of AFSPA for next one year.
The new notification says NDFB-IKS
have now set up their General Headquarters and training camp in
Taga, Myanmar and is reportedly contemplating to find out a new
route for arms transhipment from Myanmar via Chabglang.
The notification also adds that
there is presence of NSCN-IM, NSCN-K, ULFA-I, KLO, MPLF and KYKL,
ULFA, PLA, KCP are helping NDFB-IKS, ULFA-I and KLO movement of
men, material, infiltration and exfiltration.
The notification further adds
that "The left-wing extremism is silently trying to infiltrate
into the State as it is found to be mostly active in areas of
Dhemaji and Tinsukia Districts in Assam bordering with the Lower
Dibang and Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh.
Police arrested an individual
identified as Khomtu Khomrang from Changlang while serving extortion
notices. He was claiming to be the president of Longchang Student
Union and was extorting money from heads of various Government
departments in Changlang town.
Three Army personnel of Rajput
Regiment were killed and four wounded in an ambush when suspected
militants of NSCN-K fired on their convoy at Tupi village, along
the Khonsa-Longding road, in Tirap. Source stated that NSCN-K
militants have already started moving towards their headquarters
in upper Myanmar.
Tirap SP Ajit Kumar Singla stated
that It is too early to say which faction of the outfit was involved
in the attack. But there is high probability of involvement of
the NSCN (IM) faction in the attack. We have launched combing
operation in the area to nab the attackers at the earliest.
SFs recovered two IEDs from the
site of an ambush in which three army personnel were killed and
four others injured, at Tupi village, along the Khonsa-Longding
road, in Tirap The Army who were killed on April 2 has been recovered
have been identified as Havildars Sanjeev Kumar, Parmal Singh
and Charan Singh.
GoI is still in the dark about
the perpetrators of an ambush on the Army in Arunachal Pradesh
on April 2 as it continues a unilateral ceasefire with NSCN-K.
An intelligence officer stated that "It is unclear if the Khaplang
group was responsible as some are suspecting other factions. The
government of India still has a unilateral ceasefire with NSCN
Earlier this month, the Myanmar-based
S.S Khaplang declared that the ceasefire with the Union government
was abrogated. He also "expelled" two senior leaders, Wangtin
Naga and the Arunachal-based V. Tikhak. NSCN-K already has a ceasefire
agreement with the Myanmar Government - ironically, with Wangtin,
an Indian, as one of the signatories. If New Delhi repeals the
ceasefire officially and enters into a peace agreement with Wangtin's
proposed outfit, the NSCN (K) would become a Myanmar outfit with
a handful of Indian elements.
Chinwang Konyak, the adviser to
the Eastern Naga People's Organisation (ENPO) a body of tribal
representatives from what is called "eastern Nagaland", stated
that "This is a blessing in disguise as the Khaplang group will
be left in Myanmar. Let them deal with Myanmar Government, it
is better to part ways peacefully." Besides Nagaland, the NSCN
groups have a presence in Tirap, Changlang and Longding. The Districts
are of interest to the rebels as they share the border with Myanmar
and are near China. The area has routes leading to the rebel camps
Arunachal Pradesh CM Nabam Tuki
held a high-level meeting with top Police officers reviewing security
arrangements and law and order situation in Tirap District, following
the ambush by militants. He directed strict vigil and round-the-
clock surveillance in the District,o maintain peace and security
of the people. He ordered DGP East to station in Tirap and personally
monitor the situation.
With the eastern-most part of
the hill State of Arunachal comprising Tirap, Changlang and Longding
Districts affected by insurgency,CM Nabam Tuki appealed to GoI
to resolve the issue once and for all. Tuki's appeal came in the
wake of April 2 killing of three Army men by suspected militants
near Khonsa in Tirap District. He stated that "Unless the core
issue of insurgency is resolved permanently, such incidents may
Union Minister of State for Home
Affairs Kiren Rijiju called on the Arunachal Pradesh Governor
at Raj Bhawan in Itanagar, the Governor requested Rijiju for adequate
fund to enhance professionalism amongst the Police personnel including
enhancing security infrastructure, proper management of Constabulary
and training. Referring to the recent unfortunate incident in
Tirap district in which three Army personnel lost their lives,
the Governor emphasised on better coordination and synergy amongst
the security agencies Stressing on developing mechanism for upgradation
of intelligence gathering and sharing, the Governor called upon
the Union Minister for strengthening the existing mechanism.
CRPF recovered 4.5 kilo gram from
a vehicle in Khonsa-Tissa road at Tirap District. The driver of
the vehicle, identified as Laitoh Wangsa revealed that gunpowder
had been taken from an individual identified as Khumlom Wangnaw
from Kheti village in Tirap District and was meant to be delivered
to chief of Pongchau village. Mewang Wangham. Later CRPF team
searched Wangnaw's house in Kheti and recovered 4 kg of gun powder.
Sending out a strong message to
the insurgent groups active in the North East, Union Minister
of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiu stated that no violation
of ceasefire agreement would be tolerated by GoI.
He stated that "If any group violates
ceasefire agreement, action will be taken against them. No group
can operate outside the ceasefire operation area,". He also added
that NSCN factions not operate in Arunachal Pradesh which was
against the ceasefire agreement.
He also added that "The group
involved in the Tirap ambush went to Myanmar and MHA is chalking
out strategies to counter such incidents." Responding to a question
on peace talk with the insurgent outfits of the region, Rijiju
emphatically said that no talks were possible until the groups
gave up violence and surrender.
GoI move to extend AFSPA to 12
of its 19 Districts has caught Arunachal Pradesh Government by
surprise. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki who arrived in the national
capital today to take part in the North Eastern Council (NEC)
meeting was caught unawares when he saw news reports.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had
called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to lodge a strong
protest against the decision to extend AFSPA .
Union Minister of State for Home
Affairs Kiren Rijiju has issued a clarification with regard to
the extension of AFSPA stating that 20 km border belt between
Assam and Arunachal Pradesh was already declared a Disturbed Area
for long time due to various "terrorist and insurgent groups"
operating in Assam.
Minister also added that splinter
group of insurgents such as ULFA-I and NDFB-IKS have not only
been using Arunachal Pradesh as a transit to Myanmar but also
taking sanctuary in the bordering Districts with Assam.
Union minister of state for home
affairs Kiren Rijiju hinted that GoI was reconsidering the decision
to extend AFSPA Act in Arunachal Pradesh's Districts bordering
Assam. Earlier UMHA in a notification on March 27 had extended
AFSPA to all Districts of the state that border Assam. However
the decision was met with derision from almost all NGOs in State.
The State Government had also criticised the decision, saying
it was not informed or consulted with before the notification
Lok Sabha from Arunachal Pradesh,
Ninong Ering urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to revoke the
imposition of AFSPA in the State.
MHA official stated that it may
not be possible to construct fencing all along the border with
Myanmar because of the terrain. But the Government may go for
construction of fencing in the areas where such construction is
feasible. He also added that so far, the Government of Myanmar
is yet to take strong action to evict the camps of the militants
from the territory of that country. According to an estimate,
the total strength of Indian militants in Myanmar should be around
AR has been guarding the Myanmar
border since 2002, however it is often reported that majority
of the Assam Rifles camps are located deep inside Indian Territory
and the deployment of the force could not check the movement of
militants and other anti-national elements. Though there were
some discussions about entrusting BSF with the responsibility
of guarding the border with Myanmar, the final decision in this
regard is yet to be taken.
AR has sought to increase its
strength with induction of new battalions so that more dedicated
forces can be deployed along the border with Myanmar.
With Myanmar Government yet to
take any action against the militants of North-East, who are taking
shelter in that country, GoI has started working on augmenting
security along the international border and a comprehensive border
management strategy is being planned.
The MHA report pointed out that
violent incidents in Northeast have come down from 1,489 in 2007
to 824 in 2014 and the number of civilians killed has decreased
from 498 to 212. In 2014, 212 civilians and 20 security personnel
were killed in the 824 militant-related activities in the Northeast.
In 2013, 107 civilians and 18 security forces were killed in 732
More than two weeks after UMHA
extended application of AFSPA to all Districts, of Arunachal Pradesh
bordering Assam, State Government requested GoI to review and
reconsider the decision.
Patrolling along the Indo-Myanmar
border has intensified to check militant movement after NSCN-K
abrogated the ceasefire. UMHA will soon impose night curfew along
the border for an indefinite period and will allow movement of
people only through designated routes.
SFs have confirmed presence of
NSCN-K in Nagaland and neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh.
Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister
Tanga Byaling stated that "The State Cabinet chaired by Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki which had its sitting on April 14 unanimously
decided to urge the Centre to repeal the Act immediately." The
Cabinet has also resolved to plead the Centre to maintain status-quo-ante
as an alternative by revoking the notification and reinstating
the previous stand of extension to a 20-km wide belt in districts
bordering Assam in addition to Tirap, Changlang and Longding.
As many as nine North East militant
groups, including CorCom , ULFA-I, NSCN-K , UNLF have formed a
joint front, United National Liberation Front of West South East
Asia (UNLFW). At least three rounds of meetings were held among
representatives of the outfits at undisclosed locations in Sagaing
division of Myanmar over the last one month. SS Khaplang the 'chairman'
of NSCN-K . has been selected as the 'chief' of the 'united front'.
There are conflicting reports as to the status of Paresh Barua
of ULFA-I . Some sources said he was 'commander in chief' and
others reports that he is 'vice-chairman'. Sources state that
the move to form the joint front is a step further towards forming
a government-in-exile, reportedly to be based in Myanmar. A committee
has been also formed to draft the constitution of the joint front.
An IB official stated that the outfits, especially NSCN-K is close
to Kachin rebels, including KIA who provide various logistics
and weapons support. It is difficult to believe that there is
no Chinese backing". The move to form a joint front by rebel groups
has been in the offing since 2011.
The security sources said Chinese
intelligence played an active role in encouraging the northeastern
groups to come together on a common platform. Chinese intelligence
operatives are active in the Sagaing region and weapons are often
shipped to the northeastern groups through the China-Myanmar border.
"The Chinese have promised to
provide weapons and logistics to the new grouping as they want
to keep things boiling in the northeast in view of their claim
on the state of Arunachal Pradesh,".
Several groups from the North
Eastern states have training camps in Sagaing division. After
the NSCN-Khaplang signed a truce with Myanmarese authorities in
2012, it has consolidated its position in the neighbouring country.
MHA has decided to hand over the
probe into the killings of three Army personnel by suspected NSCN
militants on April 2 to NIA. MHA official stated that "It is a
very serious case and that's why we have decided to hand over
the investigation to the NIA. An official notification in this
regard will be issued soon."
AR and State Police killed an
unidentified militant of APDPF at Deban area of Changlang. SFs
also arrested 6 militants of the group. APDPF was formed by some
Chakma youths to carry out extortion, kidnapping, etc in in Diyun,
Miao and Namsai areas The group has approximately 10-12 cadres
who have undergone armed training in Bangladesh last year.
Zonal security coordination meeting,
convened by DIG Apur Bitin was held at Namsai, in Namsai District
which discussed various militant group activities and prevailing
law and order scenario.
Minister of State for Home Kiren
Rijiju stated that said that Northeast based militant outfits
are procuring arms from across the border "There are reports that
various insurgent and militants groups operating in the North
Eastern States procure arms and sophisticated weapons from Sino-Myanmar
border towns and South-East Asia. The activities of such underground
groups are kept under close vigil". He further added that "Sharing
of intelligence, financial assistance for strengthening of the
local police forces and intelligence agencies under the police
modernization scheme, through the scheme of security related expenditure
for strengthening various aspects of security, raising of additional
Forces in the form of India Reserve Battalions are also on."
Union Road Transport and Highways
Minister Nitin Gadkari appealed the insurgent groups of the North
East region to shun violence and join the mainstream. He stated
that "The Centre is committed for all-round development of the
region and accordingly constituted the National Highways and Infrastructure
Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), especially for the NE
states to accelerate the pace of development at par with rest
of the country."
In a bid to solve the issue of
armed conflicts in the North East region, the MHA will create
opportunities for misguided youths to come back and join the mainstream.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, asserted
that security forces will have to respond accordingly against
those who are under the influence of external forces and try to
de-stabilize the society. He affirmed that the policy of the Union
Government is to open channels to enable the misguided youths
to return to the mainstream.
GoI while is addressing the problem
of insurgency, it is focusing upon development as the core issue.
The minister stated that "These armed struggles have resulted
from a feeling of isolation and alienation." "Once it is removed,
I am hoping everybody in the North-eastern region will join the
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured his
Ministry would look into rolling back of AFSPA from Arunachal
Pradesh, stated AAPSU.
Arunachal Pradesh Police has beefed up security
measures to maintain law and order in three troubled districts
of Changlang, Tirap and Longding following the May 3 ambush by
NSCN-K in Nagaland. DGP S Nithianandam stated that "We have taken
all precautionary measures including intelligence sharing, erecting
check posts and deployment of additional forces in all vulnerable
areas of the districts bordering Nagaland."
Kiren Rijiu, union Minister of State for Home
Affairs stated that "Now, only the areas falling under the jurisdiction
of 16 Police stations in various Districts of Arunachal Pradesh
bordering Assam have been declared as disturbed areas along with
the whole of Tirap, Changlang and Longding Districts, for a period
of six months".
He also added that In order to control the anti-national
and criminal activities of various militant groups including NDFB-IKS,
ULFA-I, NSCN-K, various districts of Arunachal Pradesh bordering
Assam were declared as disturbed areas under AFSPA.
NSCN-K ambushed AR who were on foot patrol at
when patrol party was moving from Changlang to Rangran in Changlang.
According to a source NSCN-K militants detonated four IEDs.
NSCN-K claimed that they killed nearly 20 SFs
and decamped with 12 weapons during the ambush on May 13. NSCN-K
claimed that they exchanged heavy gun-fire for hours and of 20
SFs killed, 14 were recovered. Meanwhile Defence sources denied
any casualty on their side.
Union Minister for State and Home Affairs, Kiren
Rijiju stated that the act was partially withdrawn Arunachal Pradesh
after the situation there improved considerably.
NSCN-K camp was destroyed by AR and Arunachal
Police at Old Sallang in Changlang District. Some arms and ammunitions
were recovered. officer in charge of Changlang Police Station
D. Tangjang stated that NSCN-K militants had possibly fled towards
Myanmar after their camp was destroyed.
Police interrogated two village elders in connection
with their alleged role in the May 13 ambush by NSCN-K militants
at Changlang. Security Personnel had earlier filed an FIR at Changlang
Police Station naming NSCN-K militants and village elders of New
Longri and New Sallang villages in Changlang District for their
possible involvement in the attack.
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GoI has ordered a NIA probe into April 2 ambush
by suspected militants of NSCN-K According to an order issued
by the UMHA a case has been registered in this connection at the
Guwahati branch office of the NIA.
According to some reports NIA has registered
a case against NSCN-IM, NIA sources stated that "A case has been
registered against NSCN-IM's sergeant major Ayo Tangkhul and several
Police have arrested the president of the All
Chakma Students' Union , identified as Ranjan Kumar Chakma alias
Sabhananu for alleged links with APDPF. He has been charged under
six IPC sections including attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy
and waging war against the state as well as under the Arms Act
and the Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act.
Taking serious note of the recent attacks on security
forces in the North East by militant outfits, particularly Nagaland,
Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, Union Home Minister, Rajnath
Singh has categorically stated that the Centre is closely monitoring
the security scenario in these states. He stated that Security
situation in North Eastern states is being monitored regularly
at various levels, with sustained counter insurgency (CI) operations
against militant outfits".
Around 30 heavily armed militants of NSCN-K fired
at the 1 Assam Rifles camp at Lazu in Tirap. There have been no
reports of any casualties.
Indian security agencies suspect
that the June 7 attack on AR camp in Arunachal Pradesh could be
a prelude to a major action by NSCN-K. Fifty militants had attacked
AR camp on Tirap District. An official stated that due to precise
intelligence the attack was repulsed. However Intelligence agencies
do not think that this would mean any lasting peace in Tirap and
Changlang Districts which shares a porous border with Myanmar.
Agencies have been observing significant movement of arms and
militants into the districts in recent weeks.
Two NSCN-K militants were killed
and another was injured when an IED they were trying to plant
went off at Wakka in Longding District. Wakka is 25 Kilo meters
from Indo-Myanmar border. A source stated that the selection of
the spot for planting the IED suggests that the militants possibly
had Assam Rifles (AR) personnel and assets in mind as target since
a post of the paramilitary force is located about 8km away.
With around 15-20 insurgents of
NSCN-K and other allied groups reportedly crossing over from Myanmar
for possible retaliatory strikes in North East, GoI has put the
states of Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam on alert,.
The tightened vigil comes as Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh
held a meeting the Army and intelligence brass to take stock of
the situation in the wake of June 9 operation.
The meeting agreed that the offensive
against North-eastern insurgents' hideouts in Myanmar should be
taken to its logical conclusion with further strikes, but in due
coordination with the Myanmar authorities. A senior MHA official
stated that "While the defensive strategies would include
stepping up alert in bordering states of Manipur, Nagaland and
Arunachal Pradesh, the offensive strategy involves identification
and mapping of the camps across the border followed by joint operations
with Myanmarese forces,"
Inputs suggests that several cadres
of NSCN-K units including ‘mobile unit 5’, ‘2nd brigade’ are already
camping in the Ukhrul (Manipur), Grihang (Manipur), Phek (Nagaland)
and Tirap (Arunachal Pradesh) regions. According to inputs, the
militants have planned June 4 like ambushes on Indian Army, BSF
and Assam Rifle contingents in these areas. "Ukhrul has been
chosen for a major strike because it is the stronghold of their
NSCN-K and its militant allies,
are appearing nervous with Myanmar army also "flushing them
out" and forcing them towards the Indian side of the border,
reports The Times of India on June 11. According to a secret
document, on June 9, unit of NSCN-K hiding on the border sent
a SOS message to the ‘central headquarters’ of NSCN-K in Taga
region. Intercepted by Indian agencies, the message to SS Khaplang
informed that Myanmar army was preparing to "flush out"
the NSCN(K)'s mobile unit -5 cadres from Myanmar side to Indian
side. The information, based on reliable inputs generated by RAW,
also suggest that about 50-60 Myanmar army officials even occupied
one of the locations of NSCN-K militants.
NSCN-IM which is in peace talks
with Government of India (GoI) had expressed its desire to help
security forces hunt down NSCN-K,. But the offer was turned down.
Union Minister of state for DoNER
stated that the Government is committed to peace in the North
Eastern region. He further said that “GoI may consider if NSCN
-K wishes to come forward for cease-fire. The door is open to
any insurgent groups who want to come to the negotiating table.”
He also brushed aside the observations in a section of media that
India was going to be aggressive or hawkish in its approach in
R.N Ravi, interlocutor of Naga
peace talks stated that talks with NSCN-IM was progressing well.
“The ongoing peace talks are progressing very well,” he said,
adding, it should not take too long to get its result.
Intelligence agencies have pinpointed
the locations of at least 17 camps of North East militant groups
inside Myanmar. A source said the locations of these camps are
within the 40-km radius from the India-Myanmar border. "The
nearest camp is just 6 to 7 km from the international border and
the rest are scattered within the 40-km range.” The camps are
reportedly in the Taga area across the Tirap-Changlang-Longding
District of Arunachal Pradesh and across the border with Manipur
According to UMHA, over 600 people, including
SFs have been killed in militant attacks and insurgencies in the
north-eastern states of the country in last four years.
614 people lost their lives, including 105 security
personnel, in 3,493 militant attacks and extremist groups' violence.
Further as many as 721 militant and insurgents were killed by
security forces between 2011 and May 31, 2015.
INR 8120 million was disbursed among the north-eastern
states in the last three years to strengthen the Police network.
Arunachal Pradesh received INR 730 million in SRE scheme.
Arunachal Pradesh Government has intensified patrolling
in the inter-state boundary areas following the June 5 incident
at Behali in neighbouring Assam, where a group of armed assailants
burnt a vehicle from the state besides inflicting burn injuries
on two persons.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh would meet Chief
Ministers of eight North Eastern States in Guwahati. A Tripura
Home Department official stated that "Rajnath Singh and his deputy
Kiren Rijiju would meet the Chief Ministers of eight North Eastern
States in Guwahati".
GOI is likely to continue providing funds to the
states of the North East region for modernization of Police Forces.
UMHA is of the view that Police forces of North East should be
more "people-centric", with militancy on the wane in the region.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that funds
to the tune of INR 92000 million will be spend by GoI on development
of North East, including construction of highways and developing
NIA investigation suggests that April 2 ambush
was by NSCN-IM attack to avenge the killing and arrests of its
cadres by security forces in Arunachal Pradesh. According to a
source their plan was to blow up the convoy but luckily the powerful
bomb they had buried under a muddy patch on the road didn't go
off or else the casualties would have been much higher.
When the militants failed to detonate the remote
controlled bomb and the first three trucks moved out of the kill
zone, they opened fire on the last truck of the convoy and jawans
sitting on the tailboard of the truck bore the brunt of the attack.
The kind of explosives used and the way the ambush
was carried out also suggest NSCN (I-M)'s involvement since its
cadres are more adept in the use of explosives and better trained
compared to the NSCN (K) cadres,".
According to information shared by Arunachal Pradesh
Police NSCN-IM militants comprising self-styled sergeant major
Ayo Tangkhul, captain Kapai, lieutenant Ami Tangkhul, lieutenant
colonel Kewang Hassik, major Anok Wangsu and sergeant major Chenaye
Tangkhul alias Ayo are suspected to have carried out the attack
with the help of some villagers.
NSCN-K has stationed small groups of militants
at various strategic locations in Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh,
stated Minister of State for Home Affaris Kiren Rijiu at Rajya
Sabha. He also stated that "Most of these groups have sneaked
into Indian territory from across the Indo-Myanmar border."
SFs forces operating in Nagaland have revealed
that UNLFWESA is planning to carry out major terror strikes in
Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.
GoI has planned a crackdown on the supply of sophisticated
weapons to militant outfits through Myanmar. NIA has asked state
Governments affected by insurgency in the North-East to provide
data on the smuggling of weapons. Sources said the exercise is
being undertaken to crack the supply base of the easy inflow of
weapons to militants from Myanmar, identify couriers and middlemen
on the Indian side near border areas. Sources said intelligence
inputs suggest that the arms are being supplied from China and
are being pumped into India through the porous Myanmar border.
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju stated
that there is no plan to reduce the deployment of central security
forces in the northeast. The Minister also told the Lok Sabha
that the GoI was supplementing the efforts of state governments
in the region by deploying CAPFs. He said in a written reply that
the CAPFs were providing security to vulnerable installations
and infrastructure projects based on threat assessment. Stating
that there was no proposal to reduce the deployment of central
forces in North East, he said state governments were reimbursed
The other measures taken by the Government were
sanctioning of India Reserve Battalions (IRBNs), banning unlawful
associations, declaration of "disturbed areas" under the Armed
Forces (Special Powers) Act, and issue of notifications for unified
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki welcomed
the initiative of GoI to bring a peaceful solution to the prolonged
Naga political issue. He stated that "We hope the peace accord
with NSCN-IM bring permanent and lasting solution to the protracted
Naga political issue and peace will prevail in the entire northeastern
region."He also added that "While the details of the peace accord
and the consensus entered upon by the Centre and the NSCN(IM)
is not known, it will be immature on our part to comment at this
MoS Kiren Rijiu informed that the accord signed
between GoI and NSCN-IM is just the framework and added that interest
of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur would not be sidelined
whenever the full body of the Accord is signed. He stated that
GoI's stand is that it will understand the sentiments and concern
of the Naga people and consider it with a holistic approach.
Intelligence agencies have issued an alert that
48 highly trained members of NSCN-K led by two leaders identified
as Chailai Pansa and Bopa Wangnao, are presently camping in Lahu
village of Tirap District. Sources say that the militants are
there to carry out attacks on Indian forces in retaliation for
a recent operation in Noklak in Nagaland.
Aalo Police arrested a suspected member of a FICN
racket, identified as Md Piyar Ali along with FICN worth of INR
179,000 with denomination of INR 1000 and INR 500 notes from the
market area at Aalo in West Siang District.
According to an estimate of the UMHA, the Northeastern
states have seen a steady decline in insurgency-related violence
in the first eight months of this year (2015) in comparison to
the corresponding period of last year (2014) but saw a three-fold
increase in casualties of SFs.
According to the report, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur,
Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram saw a total
of 418 incidents of insurgency violence from January 1 to September
15, 2015 during which 115 extremists were killed and 1,453 were
arrested. During the same period in 2014, a total of 575 incidents
were reported in the seven Northeastern states in which 128 militants
were killed and 1,401 others were arrested.
40 security personnel lost their lives till September
15 this year in comparison to 12 security personnel killed in
the corresponding period of 2014. There were 182 incidents of
kidnapping in the Northeast till September 15 this year in comparison
to 250 last year. 91 insurgents have surrendered before SFs so
far this year, compared to 170 last year. Higher number of casualties
was witnessed in civilians in 2014 when 114 people lost their
lives. So far this year, 32 people were killed due to insurgency
Traders in Arunachal Pradesh decided to call off
their 72-hour strike proposed from September 22 following the
arrest of Berun Camdir, a member of a students' organization,
who was involved in extortion activities. Traders praised the
Police's prompt action in nabbing the culprit. Berun's arrest
was disclosed by Home Minister Tanga Byaling on September 18.
A delegation of ACCI, led by president Techi Lala, general secretary
Tarh Nachung, spokesman Toko Tantung and chief advisor Pradeep
Kumar, called on Byaling to brief him about Berun group's unlawful
activities. Traders in Naharlagun were often blackmailed and extorted
by the group.
According to latest UMHA figures, kidnappings,
a staple insurgent activity in the North-East, has seen a significant
decline this year, with the worst-affected state of Assam showing
a nearly 70 per cent drop in kidnapping incidents even as the
recently banned NSCN-K outfit resorted to maximum abductions for
any outfit in 2015. The figures show that 182 kidnappings have
been reported this year from the seven northeastern states compared
to 250 in the same period last year and 369 in all in 2014. Assam
has seen the biggest drop - from 125 in 2013 and 94 in 2014 to
only 24 so far this year, kidnappings in Meghalaya are down from
110 last year to 45 so far this year and the same is down to 24
in Arunachal Pradesh from 49 last year.
The maximum kidnappings by any outfit in the North-East
this year, 34, have been done by the just-banned NSCN-K outfit
in Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, followed by 24 by NSCN-KK in
both these states and 15 by the NSCN-IM - with which a framework
agreement was signed recently. In fact, Nagaland has now overtaken
Assam as the state worst affected by kidnappings, reporting 55
cases already compared to 65 in all in 2014.
Reacting on the Supreme Court's verdict to grant
citizenship to Chakma-Hajong refugees, the students union of effected
District Namsai, comprising of ATKSSU, ANDSU, ANAYA and other
organizations staged mass protest rally at Namsai in Namsai District.
The rally with thousands of participants begins from IInd Mile
and culminated at DC office Namsai. General Secretary of ATKSSU,
Khamoon Manpoong said that "We the indigenous people will ultimately
become victims, so we never accept the verdict of Supreme Court.
SC has conferred its verdict without analyzing the ground reality".
Arunachal Pradesh CM Nabam Tuki called for the
creation of a separate Union Ministry for India's mountain states,
and lamented the Centre's move to do away with the special category
status states. "Due to geographical and historical reasons, the
resources of the mountains, both natural and human, are either
under-utilised or ill-utilised," Tuki said while inaugurating
the fourth edition of the SMDS in Itanagar. "Therefore, policy
decisions to protect and sustainably harness these resources must
be put in place. The role of the union government is paramount
in providing an umbrella for all the mountain states, preferably
in the form of a separate ministry," he said.
Central Government's Finance Ministry is examining
the continuation of the special category status for the eight
northeast states, Minister for state for Development of North
Eastern Region (Independent charge) Jitendra Singh said in Agartala.
Jitendra Singh said the issue whether the eight northeast states
will continue to get special category status "is being looked
into by the union finance ministry"."When and how the issue would
be settled, I do not know," he said.
legislators of the 11 mountain states of India--
Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland,
Sikkim, Tripura, J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand -- will
come under one banner to look into multiple issues related to
the mountains and the people living there, it was decided on October
The NIA arrested a hardcore NSCN-IM militant,
identified as 'self-styled captain' Singmayo Kapai from Khonsa
in Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh. Kapai was wanted in a
case for his role in the criminal conspiracy and execution of
the ambush upon SFs on April 2 at Tupi village, near Khonsa which
resulted in killing of 3 Army personnel and grievous injuries
to 3 other Army personnel.
Sentiments of all communities in Manipur and people
of neighbouring States of Nagaland would not be allowed to hurt
by the Naga Peace Accord, Centre's interlocutor for Naga talks,
RN Ravi reassured. Ravi's trip to Imphal, Manipur aimed at clearing
the air concerning the framework agreement signed between the
GoI and NSCN-IM on August 3. Ravi assured the leaders of social
organisations that the Naga Peace Accord would not disrupt the
interests of all communities as well as the territorial boundaries
of neighbouring states of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
The UMHA extended the AFSPA in 16 Police Stations
of Arunachal Pradesh and 20 kilometres along the Assam-Meghalaya
border for six months and one year respectively. The latest order
issued on November 4-5 came despite opposition from the State
Governments. UMHA notification cited the presence of Naga insurgent
groups including NSCN-K, NSCN-KK and NSCN-R besides ULFA-I and
NDFB-IKS to declare these Districts as "disturbed areas" under
section 3 of AFSPA. The order also highlighted the abrogation
of ceasefire by NSCN-K following which the group carried out the
deadliest attack on Indian army troops.
The Northeastern (NE) States would continue its
special category status after the Centre announced to continue
with special plan assistance for NE States. NITI Aayog member,
Bibek Debroy, announced that the Centre has agreed to continue
with the special plan assistance for the Northeastern States.
In this regard, Debroy said, an official communication would be
sent to the State Governments soon.
The Arunachal Pradesh Government will file a curative
petition in the SC in respect to permanent settlement of Chakma
and Hajong refugees in the state. All party meeting endorsed that
the State Government take up with the UMHA for filing a separate
curative petition as it was respondent number one in the judgment.
CM Nabam Tuki earlier said that the State Government was not against
the granting of citizenship to the Chakma-Hajong refugees but
was opposed to their permanent residence in Arunachal Pradesh
and the exemption of inner line permit.
AR conducted a manhunt operation and killed a
NSCN-K leader, identified as Angpha in Langka village of Nampong
under Changlang District. One AK 56 rifle, three magazines, ration
book, extortion pad, ammunition, grenade and some cash were recovered
from the slain NSCN-K leader. The firing between the AR troopers
and NSCN-K militants took place for 3-4 hours at Langka Village
Church and three NSCN-K militants managed to escape, sources said.
The Minister for Defence Manohar Parrikar informed
the Lok Sabha that that India has started installing high resolution
surveillance cameras along the border with China. Surveillance
systems for different sectors of the border were developed and
reviewed in accordance with operational requirements. However,
disclosure of details in this regard will not be in the interest
of the national security, Minister informed the Lok Sabha
replying to a question on the issue.
In reply to a separate question, the Defence
Minister said that the Government has taken cognizance of the
development of infrastructure by China along the India-China border,
including Arunachal Pradesh. The Government has prepared a holistic
and comprehensive plan to develop and upgrade infrastructure along
the Indo-China border to meet the operational requirements of
the defence forces. At least 73 roads were identified as strategic
Indo-China border roads, out of which 61 roads have been entrusted
to the Border Roads Organisation.
Though the level of violence in the northeastern
States has come down, the overall security scenario remains a
cause of concern; PM Narendra Modi and UHM Rajnath Singh were
informed by the heads of Police forces of the States of the region.
Highly placed sources in the UMHA said that the PM and the UHM
had discussions with the heads of Police forces of the northeastern
States in the sidelines of the recently concluded meeting of the
heads of Police forces of all the States and Central paramilitary
forces in Gujarat. Sources said that it was an initiative of Narendra
Modi and for the first time, he and the UHM held such meetings
with the Police heads of the States of the North East.
UMHA sources admitted that though the overall
security scenario has shown some improvement as the level of violence
has come down, the Police and SFs cannot afford to lower their
guards and the overall scenario is still a matter of concern.
Sources said that in the meeting, the Police heads of the northeastern
States stressed the need for improving vigil along the international
border with Myanmar. As majority of the militant groups of the
region have strong bases in the neighbouring country and their
movement must be checked to improve the scenario, the Police heads
requested the PM to impress upon the Government of Myanmar to
take action against the militants using the territory of that
country. Sources revealed that the DGs of the State Police forces
of the region also stressed the need for inter-state coordination
to deal with militancy and requested the Prime Minister to continue
supporting the Police modernisation scheme.
NSA Ajit Doval will visit China next week to hold
informal talks with his Chinese counterpart to discuss the vexed
border dispute and other strategic issues, it was announced in
Beijing. Doval, who is also the Special Representative for Sino-India
boundary talks, will hold informal dialogue with his Chinese counterpart
and State councilor Yang Jiechi on January 5 during which both
officials would review the progress made on the border issue,
Chinese officials said. India and China have so far held 18 round
of talks to resolve the dispute along the 3488 km-long border.