Arunachal Pradesh Timeline - 2016
Security was stepped up at Army
and air force installations located in the northeastern region
in the wake of the terrorist attack at an Air Force Base at Pathankot
in Punjab. The northeast, which is surrounded by Bangladesh, Myanmar,
Bhutan and China, on all sides, barring a chicken-neck corridor
towards north Bengal, is a strategic defence area. The seven states
in the northeast house many Army cantonments and air force bases.
The Eastern Air Command of the IAF is located in Shillong in Meghalaya.
Army sources in the region said
that forces guarding defence installations in the northeast are
already on a high alert as the region is an insurgency-affected
area and shares borders with four countries. Security was also
beefed up at LGBI airport in Guwahati as it is located adjacent
to the Borjhar air base. Defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel
Suneet Newton said that along with other SFs in Assam and the
entire region, are deployed on a counter-insurgency/terrorism
grid and are always on a high alert. "We are always prepared to
effectively contain any such untoward incident," he said.
Five persons, including two women,
were arrested from Miao-Kharsang area for circulating FICN at
Miao Market in Changlang District. The accused were identified
as Ali Ahammad (52), Habel Ud Din (36), Amin Ul Islam (19) and
two women. The Police recovered 21 high quality FICN of INR 500
denomination from the market and two mobile handsets, Indian currency
and other goods from the possession of the accused. All the arrested
had come from Satarakanara viilage in Barpeta District of Assam,
an official statement said.
AR, AR Field Intelligence Unit and State Police
conducted a joint search operation at Kheti village and arrested
two cadres of NSCN-R, identified as 'self-styled lieutenant' Wingan
Agan (26) and 'sergeant' Damwang Bangsia, both from Tirap District.
An assault rifle, an automatic pistol with ammunition, extortion
notes and receipt/letter head of the NSCN-R were recovered from
them. Local residents said that these cadres and their leaders
had been threatening local people and carrying out rampant extortion
and forced recruitment in Tirap, Changlang and Longding Districts,
Since April 2015, the NSCN-R is attempting to
establish its base in the Districts of Longding, Tirap and Changlang.
The 'Reformation' group is now extensively involved in extortion
in the form of tax collection and they are not sparing any section
of the society be it poor villagers, government employees, business
community, unemployed and school administration, the report said.
NSCN-R has reportedly been recruiting drug addicts
across the opium belt of Arunachal Pradesh to broaden its extortion
empire. Officials in southern Arunachal Pradesh said NSCN-R has
been recruiting drug addicts to control the state's Longding,
Tirap and Changlang Districts. Rebels of NSCN-K and NSCN-IM were
hitherto known to operate in these Districts that are strategic
for movement to and from bases in Myanmar. "We had last month
raided Kheti village in Tirap district on tip off that some rebels
were carrying out recruitment and extortion drives there. They
managed to escape but we recovered extortion notes and a list
of the group's cadres in the area," a unnamed senior Police officer,
said. Some names in the list were those of drug addicts and offenders,
the SFs found.
Apart from Longding, Tirap and Changlang, Lohit
and Anjaw Districts of southern Arunachal Pradesh are notorious
for opium cultivation besides the availability of heroin and methamphetamine
from the 'Golden Triangle of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. According
to NCB, Arunachal Pradesh topped the list of states in illegal
poppy production for opium during 2014-15. Of the 2,530 acres
of poppy crop that NCB destroyed during that fiscal, the state
accounted for nearly 40%. NCB officials say the illegal poppy
farms are guarded by armed militia who are known to work in coordination
with rebels. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki admitted that checking
opium cultivation was a major challenge.
NSCN-R strongly refuted allegations that it was
recruiting drug addicts across the opium belt of Arunachal Pradesh
to broaden its extortion empire. An 'MIP' statement strongly refuted
the allegation made and asserted that it was neither engaging
nor recruiting drug addicts for any purpose. "We are for peaceful
settlement of the Indo-Naga issue but it seems some people are
against peace and against development of our people. They want
that people should remain to be in trance so that they keep working
as per their willful desire," the 'MIP' statement read.
The NSCN-R, while appreciating the AR for arresting
anti-social elements involved in extortion in and around Tirap
District and particularly in HQ Khonsa, said it had no link whatsoever
with Wingan Agan and Damwang Bangsia, arrested by the SFs. "Many
youths taken to drugs, opium are involved in carrying out extortion
in the name of various organizations including the NSCN-R to fulfill
their day to day needs as they find it easy way of making money
unmindful of the consequences," it contended.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki strongly refuted and
rubbished the allegations leveled by MLAs Thangwang Wangham, Honchun
Ngandam and Gabriel D Wangsu of using the NSCN-K to coerce representatives
from Tirap, Changlang and Longding Districts to support his leadership.
While terming the allegation as baseless, unfounded, wild and
made out of utter frustration, Tuki said that such false and fabricated
allegations have been intended to tarnish his political and social
The PPA demanded the removal of Food & Civil Supplies
Minister Tirong Aboh from the ministry for his alleged link with
the NSCN-R. The PPA threatened to launch a 'movement' against
Aboh, if he is not removed. The party also demanded Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki's resignation stating that "fingers have also been
pointed towards him" of taking help of the underground outfit
to coerce MLAs in his favour.
Arunachal Pradesh Governor J.P. Rajkhowa said
in a four-page report to President Pranab Mukherjee that three
dissident MLAs had accused the former Chief Minister, Nabam Tuki,
of "engaging with the terrorist outfit, NSCN-K". The reports also
said that the law and order situation in the state has been deteriorating
Based on specific intelligence inputs, AR launched
a cordon search operation in General area of Ngoiting in Arunachal
Pradesh and arrested a dreaded 'area commander' of NSCN-IM, identified
as 'self style lieutenant' Tenyang Kungkho alias Saka Tutsa.
Tenyang Kungkho has been involved in extensive extortion and was
arrested from his residence along with a Chinese made 9mm loaded
pistol with 3 round of ammunition, one .2 Bore Barrel gun including
6 cartridges and other incriminating articles like Village Tax
collection slips. According to report, his arrest is a big blow
to NSCN-IM operation in upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Four militant outfits operating in north-east
India called for their boycott of Republic Day celebrations on
January 26. In a joint statement the four organisations, the United
National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFWSEA),
CorCom of Manipur, GNLA and the HNLC called for the shutdown in
the region on January 26. "We call upon the citizens to put out
a strong, clear message and protest against the imposed celebration
of the Republic day in our West Eastern South East Asia (WESEA).
We call for a total shutdown of our region from 00.01 hrs to 18
hrs of January 26," the statement mailed to the media said.
After taking over the State's reigns following
imposition of President's Rule in Arunachal Pradesh, Governor
J P Rajkhowa has instructed his newly appointed Advisor YS Dadwal
to take immediate steps to ensure rule of law and maintenance
of peace and tranquility in the State. "Utmost care be taken to
safeguard the interest of the common people. In the same line,
freedom of the common citizens and government officers must not
be infringed. No person should be allowed to take law into his
hands and no nuisance should be tolerated. Law breakers should
be dealt with firm hands," ordered the Governor.
Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki on January 28 filed a fresh plea in the SC against promulgation
of President's Rule in the North Eastern State. The move comes
days after the Supreme Court agreed to hear Congress' plea against
Centre's recommendation of President's Rule in Arunachal Pradesh
on January 27.
One automatic pistol with ammunition and AK 47
live ammunition were recovered from 'self-styled captain' of NSCN-U,
Jenlang Moinyak (40), who was arrested by the personnel of AR
based in Khonsa from Longbu village in Tirap District. On specific
input from the locals about presence of some cadres for extortion
at the village, the troops of 1st AR conducted a search operation
named in the adjoining forest area of Longbu, last which led to
arrest of the militant.
SFs arrested a cadre of NSCN-U, identified as
Jenlang Moinyak, from Longbu village in Tirap District of Arunachal
SFs in an operation arrested three cadres of NSCN-K
from adjoining jungles of Laju and Noglo area in Tirap District.
Initially only one militant was arrested in the jungle area of
Kollam and later, acting on his tip off, two of his accomplices
were arrested subsequently from Kollam and Noglo area. The NSCN-K
cadres were identified as Alon Wangsa (28), Major Kommen Kanglon
(30), and Napong Kangnong (19), the sources said.
The NSCN-R decided to exempt house taxes and ration
taxes from the people of Tirap, Changlang and Longding Districts
of Arunachal Pradesh with immediate effect, informed a press note
from the MIP of the NSCN-R. It directed all NSCN-R commanders
to strictly adhere by this order and asked them to be "vigilant
against any member or cadres who will indulge in any kind of such
collection from the villagers." It cautioned that "prompt and
stringent action" will be initiated against any member/s found
acting against the order.
The NSCN-R stated that various groups and organisation
for the past several years have mercilessly exploited the Nagas
living here. "The successive state and the central government
had also failed miserably to give adequate support to uplift the
life and economy of the people," it added. The people in these
three districts, it lamented, "hardly live for themselves or in
other words hardly find time to think, work or do for themselves
or their children." "On and above their pathetic and battered
economic situation arising out of the lackadaisical and step motherly
attitude of the state government, they would witness a patrol
team from one or the other NSCN group every other day," the NSCN-R
The NSCN-R stated that any solution to the Indo-Naga
political issue "must not leave the Nagas of Tirap-Changlang-Longding
(TCL) districts" of Arunachal Pradesh behind. A press note from
the MIP of the NSCN-R while affirming that the Nagas are "one
people, one nation," lamented that Nagas in these three Districts
presently in Arunachal Pradesh have suffered immensely because
of the conflict. "Many families has been affected, many lives
had been lost. Many have become widow and many lost their children,
some their brother and some their sisters as well. The conflict
has not only dwarfed the economy of the people but it has left
a long trail of affects on the lives of every household," it stated.
The NSCN-R therefore said that no attempt to
either neglect or overlook the Nagas in these areas should be
made. Any solution, it urged should be inclusive "to make it not
only lasting but also more comprehensive and the same golden rule
must be applied in all the Naga areas including the areas presently
under Arunachal Pradesh." It lamented that the peace talks have
dragged on for more than two decades "due to Delhi's dilly-dally
tactics coupled with non-unanimity among the Naga groups." This,
it stated is "too long a time for the people to be kept waiting
and also natural for anybody's patience to wither out." The parties
involved in the peace process are also certainly and obviously
talking for the good of the Nagas yet, to make it more meaningful
and sustainable, the Government of India must also rope in other
stakeholder's, the NSCN-R said. "This will leave a very little
or no room for the others to beat the drums later," it viewed.
A wanted APDPF operative identified as Babu Chand
Chakma was arrested by Police at Chongkham in Namsai District.
The SFs arrested Chakma, when he was planning to meeting the outfit's
leader Gyan Ratan Chakma, in order to revive the outfit. A pistol
was recovered from his possession. Chakma had gone underground
in 2014 and was reportedly undergoing training in Bangladesh along
with eight other youths, in order to form APDPF. The operatives
were escapees of the Chongkham jail in 2013, who were accused
in a rape case. The outfit is led by Gyan Ratan, who was instrumental
in drafting the outfit's bye-laws. The outfit's operatives were
trained by one Sukesh, who is an active member of UPDF, an underground
outfit based in Bangladesh.
The ANSF condemned the abduction of two labours
allegedly by members of the GPRN/ NSCN from Longding District
a week ago. While informing this, a press statement received from
ANSF has appealed the authority of GPRN/NSCN to monitor its cadres
and restrain them from "encroaching beyond the boundary of Nagaland
state." While stating that it respects "all the Naga freedom fighters,"
the Federation said that "such act is totally unfit," and appealed
that "such situation should not be created again amongst Naga
brethren in future, which may cause confusion among the Nagas."
SFs arrested two hardcore NSCN-IM and one NSCN-U
cadres from Lothang village and Borduria area of Tirap District
in two separate operations, and recovered huge quantities of arms
and ammunitions from their possession. Acting on input about the
presence of NSCN militants in Lothang village in the District,
SFs cordoned off the entire village area and launched massive
search operation. The team succeeded to arrest one militant. Based
on information from the arrested cadre, the SFs arrested another
cadre from the nearby jungles. Arrested cadres have been identified
as Neytun Nokbi (35) and Manlang Wangsa (18) of NSCN-IM factions.
One 7.62 mm AK 47 Rifle, 7.65 mm Automatic Pistol, grenades, explosives,
detonators and huge quantity of ammunitions were recovered from
their possession. In the interim, the NSCN-U cadre was arrested
from Bordurua area after more than 24 hours of massive search
operation by the SFs. The arrested cadre was identified as Sambam
Tangdong. One .303 Rifle and 16 live rounds of AK 47 rifle were
recovered from his possession.
SFs arrested one hardcore NSCN-R cadre and seized
extortion slips and a small firearm from him in Khonsa area in
Tirap District. The arrested cadre was identified as Rajapio Kamlong
Socia (35), a resident of Old Bunting village. An automatic pistol,
live ammunition and extortion slips along with opium were recovered
from his possession.
NSCN-IM condemned the unwarranted attack carried
out by NSCN-K on the "Naga army" [NSCN-IM] between Phinphiro and
Lilam village in Ledo area of Changlang District of Arunachal
Pradesh, where a '2nd lieutenant', Wungnaothing was injured. NSCN-IM
MIP in a press note said that when NSCN-IM was "tirelessly working"
for reconciliation for an early solution on the unresolved Naga
political issue, the action by NSCN-K has put a "dent" to the
nation's effort for reconciliation and unity. MIP further advised
Khaplang to reprimand his boys appropriately so that such incidents
should be avoided.
SFs arrested a NSCN-R cadre from Old Changlang
village in Changlang District. Acting on intelligence input, SFs
cordoned off the general area of Old Changlang and launched search
operations which led to the arrest of 'self-styled sergeant major'
Nanghap Jugli (35), informed an official report in Itanagar. A
Chinese made 7.65mm pistol, 3 rounds and magazine were recovered
from his possession.
The NIA filed a chargesheet against an NSCN-IM
militant in connection with the ambush on an army convoy in Arunachal
Pradesh on April 2, 2015, in which three jawans were killed. The
chargesheet was filed before a NIA Special Court for Arunachal
Pradesh at Yupia on April 28 in which NSCN-IM militant Kapai alias
Singmayo Kapai, a resident of Nagaland, has been named as the
A youth leader of Harmutty Tea Estate in Lakhimpur
District of Assam, identified as Basat Nayak, was abducted at
Nirjuli in Arunachal Pradesh.
A youth leader of Harmutty Tea Estate in Lakhimpur
District of Assam, identified as Basat Nayak, was rescued by the
Police from the abductors. Nayak was abducted at Nirjuli in Arunachal
Pradesh on April 30 and the abductors demanded INR 3 lakh as ransom
from his family. They also held hostage one person named Kamal
who went to negotiate with the abductors. As the news of Nayak's
abduction reached Harmutty, thousands of people marched to Arunachal
border demanding his release. The Lakhimpur Police also intimated
their counterparts in Papum Pare District of Arunachal Pradesh.
Late on May 1st night, the Arunachal Police rescued Nayak and
Kamal from the Nirjuli bridge and arrested one of the abductors.
A class XII student of Jorhat based AR Public
School, who was kidnapped from Tezpur Mission Chariali in Sonitpur
District in Assam on May 4, 2016, by a gang of unidentified assailants,
was rescued from a remote rural hill area by the villagers of
Arunachal Pradesh near Bandardewa and later handed over to the
The AFSPA will continue to remain in force in
12 Districts of Arunachal Pradesh for six more months on the ground
of continuous violence, extortion and intimidation by insurgent
groups, said UMHA. The UMHA said the security scenario in Tirap,
Changlang and Longding Districts along with areas falling under
16 Police Stations in nine other Districts of the State remains
vitiated due to the spillover of Naga insurgency. Tirap, Changlang
and Longding Districts and the areas falling within the jurisdiction
of 16 police stations in nine Districts bordering Assam are declared
as "disturbed area" under section 3 of the AFSPA 1958 for six
months beyond May 4, 2016, a gazette notification issued by the
Three cadres of the NSCN-IM were arrested in a
joint operation by Army and local Police at Kanubari in Longding
District of Arunachal Pradesh. The arrested cadres were identified
as 'Political Officer' of the outfit Panglem Wangpan (32), 'Second
Lieutenant' Hiwan Boham (25) and 'Second Lieutenant' Aton Konyak
(26). Three pistols, one hand grenade, 20 live rounds of 7.62,
five .22 live rounds, 30 grams of opium smeared in cloth and extortion
letter addressed to the two contesting candidates in the May 16
Kanubari bye-election were recovered from the NSCN-IM cadres.
The NSCN-R asked the NSCN-K to "immediately stop
meddling in the affairs" of the Nagas of Tirap, Changlang and
Longding Districts of Arunachal Pradesh. The NSCN-R alleged that
NSCN-K in conjunction with "different northeast groups including
ULFA and the Manipur valley based groups (UNLWSEA)" carried out
attacks on the former's camp in order to expand their "extortion
network" by using Tirap-Changlang and Longding as a "corridor
as well as a launch pad."
However, the NSCN-R stated in the press release
from its MIP Secretary, that it will "never allow it to happen."
"Attack on our camp has not come as a surprise as we know that
Khaplang is a visionless leader," stated the NSCN-R. They alleged
that the NSCN-K is attempting to "target" the area as it finds
the three Districts in Arunachal Pradesh "lucrative for extortion
sitting just across the border in Pangsau town and other nearby
border villages." "As we are not interfering in Myanmar Naga area,
Khaplang should also stop his misadventure in the three districts
of Arunachal Pradesh. Our people are already facing enormous problems
in the hands of various faction and groups. We are also not finding
adequate attention either from the state or central government,"
noted the NSCN-R.
Further, it stated that sovereignty is an "excuse"
which Khaplang has "marketed" for long and "beats the drum of
sovereignty" among the Nagas to "extort, threaten and torment
our people," asserting that Khaplang is "an unwelcome guest" in
these areas. The NSCN-R also 'warned' non-Naga groups "who are
supporting Khaplang and operating against us in our area to stop
doing so immediately." "We have no any ill will against other
groups or communities but, if you do not do away with supporting
Khaplang against us than, it may force our hands also to equally
retaliate in a befitting way," maintained the NSCN-R.
Central Government is implementing a scheme in
the northeast for surrender-cum-rehabilitation of militants. Kiren
Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs said in a written reply
to the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) that
the objective of the scheme was to wean away the misguided youth
who have strayed into the fold of militancy and bring them to
the mainstream. He also said "Surrenderees are paid monthly stipend
upto INR 4,000 for a period of 36 months and an immediate grant
upto INR 250,000 is kept in a bank in the name of each surrenderee
as fixed deposit for a period of 3 years." Eligible persons under
the scheme are initially lodged in a rehabilitation camp where
they are trained in a trade/vocation of their liking or befitting
their aptitude. The eligible surrendered militants would also
be given the opportunity for applying in the State police/Central
Para Military forces. Impact assessment of the policy would be
done every year to ensure corrective measures in the scheme provided.
Rohtash Sharma - owner of Kherem tea garden and
factory, Bordumsa in Changlang District - was abducted by unidentified
gunmen from the Old Champu area in Changlang District.
Police rescued Rohtash Sharma - owner of Kherem
tea garden and factory, Bordumsa in Changlang District - who was
abducted by unidentified gunmen on May 10 night from the Old Champu
area in Changlang District. Amit Sharma, SP, Changlang, said the
Police were combing the dense jungle where they found Sharma.
"It is not known who the abductors were as they fled before the
police arrived. As Sharma had been blindfolded he could only say
for sure that there was one person," Sharma said. The officer
said Sharma had denied receiving any extortion note and the reason
for the abduction is still unknown. He is still being questioned,
AR achieved a major success in its counter-insurgency
operations against militants by busting a NSCN-K camp at Phenbiro
village in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh. However, there
was no report of any casualty from either side during the 24-hour
long operation. One country-made weapon, combat dresses and a
large quantity of administrative stores were recovered from the
hideout, according to an AR spokesman.
The NLCT demanded the Centre Government particularly,
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju to immediately withdraw
the draconian AFSPA from the whole of Arunachal Pradesh. NLCT
'deputy commander' D Apo in a statement to the Press from Dimapur
also asked both the State Governments of Arunachal Pradesh and
Assam to maintain status quo on the decades-old boundary dispute
between the neighbouring states as directed by the SC since the
case is sub-judiced in the Apex Court. The outfit also demanded
Rijiju to impress upon the Centre to recall State Governor J P
Rajkhowa from the State for his alleged biased action especially
in the inter-state boundary issue.
SFs arrested a cadre of ULFA-I, identified as
Hemant Rajkhowa alias Anirudh Axom from Singwang in Changlang
District of Arunachal Pradesh during an operation conducted.
A hardcore cadre of the ULFA-I was arrested by
14th AR at Manmao in Changlang District. The ULFA-I militant has
been identified as Hemanta Rajkhowa. One M-81 rifle, 160 ammunition
and two grenades were recovered from the arrested ULFA-I militant.
Sanctioning of funds for development activities
is not an issue as the Central Government is adopting all possible
ways to develop the North East region, Union Minister of State
for Home Kiren Rijiju. The Minister's assertion came during his
visit to the fire accident site at Seppa in East Kameng District
of Arunachal Pradesh to take stock of the situation. At least
27 houses were reduced to ashes in a devastating fire at ALC colony
at Seppa on May 20.
AR arrested one 'self-styled sergeant' of NSCN-K,
identified as Khiltu Sangwa from Jairampur area in Changlang District.
One 0.32 caliber pistol with three live rounds was also recovered
from the cadre.
A scuffle had broken out between troops of Indian
Army and Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) when the 276 Chinese
personnel entered the Indian side from four different border points
in Arunachal Pradesh. The incident occurred at 'Shankar Tikri'
on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) of Yangtse area in Arunachal
Pradesh with the PLA claiming the area belonged to China. The
area, which is being guarded by the Indian Army, was immediately
covered and Army moved in its men to prevent the aggressive PLA
troops from crossing the perceived LAC in the region. An estimated
215 PLA troops reportedly tried to push their way at 'Shankar
Tikri' and simultaneously 20 each from 'Thang La' and 'Mera Gap'
and another 21 from 'Yanki-I' of Arunachal Pradesh made similar
attempts. However, the sources said the Army has officially reported
that there was only a "mild scuffle" between the Army and PLA
at east of 'Shankar Tikri'.
China rejected allegation of incursion by its
troops in Arunachal Pradesh, saying the Sino-India border has
not yet been demarcated and the soldiers of the People's Liberation
Army (PLA) were conducting "normal patrols" on the Chinese side
of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). "China and India border has
not yet been demarcated," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman,
Lu Kang said media briefing in Beijing answering a question of
reports of Chinese troops entering Yangste, East Kameng District
on June 9. "It is learnt that China's border troops were conducting
normal patrols on the Chinese side of the LAC" Lu said.
A NSCN-R cadre, identified as Ngeungthung Techi
(28) was arrested by AR from Saching village in Changlang District
on early hours. A .22 bore Chinese pistol with magazine and three
live rounds were recovered from his possession. The cadre was
part of the IFC on May 6 in Changlang and had carried out extortion
in Changlang and Manmao.
The ENNG alleged that NSCN-IM is putting "severe
pressure" upon the people of Tirap, Changlang, and Longding of
Arunachal Pradesh. "The forceful taxation is highly imposed towards
the poor local people and it is against the Nagas' humanity and
gross violation of international human rights," stated a press
release issued by R. Stephen Naga, ENNG President. Since the beginning
of the entry of NSCN-IM and NSCN-K into Tirap, Changlang, and
Longding (TCL) in 2002 and 1998 respectively, both the factions
have killed many civilians, it alleged. They then started heavy
imposition of taxation, where maximum revenue was collected from
villagers, local contractors, tea growers, MLAs etc, it added.
It went on to state that the Arunachal Pradesh general assembly
election is entirely under the control of the NSCN-IM.
"And the present situation of the Nagas of Changlang
district is extremely worse. The NSCN (IM) cadres are forcefully
collecting taxes per village Rs.40,000 (forty thousand) and Rs.20,000
(twenty thousand) from each truck and elephants owners and even
the daily earners are forced to pay tax," the release alleged.
ENNG further accused that when the group's demands are not exactly
fulfilled, the villagers are ill treated and beaten up. "The Nagas
of Arunachal Pradesh, the so-called TCL are not an enemy to their
organization nor the people invited them to come to our land for
sovereignty but the people were well wishers at the cause of your
demand, when you say so, and you have promised to bring peaceful
solution," the release stated.
Based on intelligence inputs about extortion activities,
SFs carried out an operation and arrested a militant of NSCN-R
from Khonsa town in Tirap District. A 7.65mm pistol, with rounds
of ammunitions was recovered from him along with some contraband
Four cadres of the NSCN-R were killed by the AR
in Tirap District, the AR said. The troops also recovered two
AK-47 rifles along with four magazines, one pistol, live ammunition
and other documents. The encounter occurred at the remote Kheti
village, 7km from Khonsa, the district headquarters of Tirap,
AR spokesman Lt Col Rahul Josan said. The four were allegedly
involved in extortion, arms dealing and drug peddling. They were
"Captain" Jano Tekwa, "Sergeant Major" Lombho Pangsa, "Sergeant"
Tongbai and "Corporal" Mankhu Wangsa. "Assam Rifles troopers cordoned
off the area on Wednesday (July 6) night after a tip-off. One
of the three columns came under heavy firing as it approached
the militant's camp, forcing the troopers to retaliate," the spokesman
Following the killing of four of its cadres by
the AR at Kethi village under Tirap District on July 7, the NSCN-R
questioned the Government of India's "dual policy towards the
Naga people wherein on the one hand they talk about peace and
resolving the issue through negotiation and on the other hand
engage in killing the Nagas through her forces and scuttle the
Earlier, AR had claimed that one of their columns
during an operation "neutralized" four cadres during a gunfight,
which ensued after the NSCN-R cadres fired at them. However, while
condemning the killing of its four cadres, the NSCN-R in a 'MIP'
release countered the AR claim. Clarifying that two of the deceased
were civilians, the MIP stated that the other two had recently
joined them from NSCN-K in the quest for peace after the latter
abrogated the ceasefire. It alleged that the AR cordoned off the
NSCN-R camp in the wee hours and captured the four alive. The
MIP accused the AR for committing atrocities before they were
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren
Rijiju asserted that the overall security scenario in the North
East has improved since 2014. He announced that the target of
his Ministry is to secure complete peace in the region so that
development is expedited here (North East). Rijiju revealed that
the entire international border that Assam shares with Bangladesh
will be sealed by 2017. All fencing work in the other States will
also be completed, he said divulging that funds for border management
have been enhanced by 44 per cent from this financial year. Rijiju
also said that his Ministry has adopted a two-pronged strategy
to deal with extremism and separatist forces. "Our stand is tough
and soft where required," he added.
The AR launched an operation and arrested a NSCN-K
cadre, identified as 'self-styled private' Jenlong Mophuk from
Lazu area in Tirap District along with a 7.65 mm pistol, forged
identity card and a diary containing details of extortion activities,
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren
Rijiju said Assam and the northeast were vulnerable to terror
attacks by jihadi militants because of their strategic
locations and proximity to international borders. He said the
region was put on high alert and adequate security arrangements
were made as preventive measures. "Assam and the entire northeast
are sensitive places. The region shares a major portion of the
international border and so its vulnerability is high. It is also
prone to jihadi activities. Steps have been taken and arrangements
made to ensure the region's safety," said Rijiju.
The UMHA alerted all the eight North Eastern states
to maintain a maximum vigil to deal with any threat of jihadi
activities in the region, a top official said. "The UMHA has requested
all the eight North Eastern states to remain maximum alert to
tackle any threat of jihadi actions in North East India, especially
in Assam," the top official of Tripura Government's home department
said quoting an advisory of the UMHA. The official also said that
the UMHA also alerted the all central and state intelligence agencies
to keep a close watch on the situation especially along the international
AR along with Assam Police, in a joint operation,
killed a 'self-styled lance corporal' of ULFA-I, identified as
Bhaity Milli alias Shan Asom in Changlang District of Arunachal
Pradesh. Stating that the militant had fired upon the person leading
the patrol and tried to escape, the AR, in a statement, said the
troops retaliated and in the gunfight, Milli was killed. One .38
US-made revolver along with ammunition were recovered. "The operation
was based on inputs from intelligence agencies that an Ulfa (I)
militant was hiding in the vicinity of Wara-I. The militant had
infiltrated with three other cadres on July 19 or 20 and was involved
in planting IEDs at Dibrugarh and Tinsukia which were recovered
by security forces on July 24," a statement from the AR said.
The troops of AR and the local Police in a joint
operation arrested a cadre of NSCN-R, identified as Ngijong Mungrey
from Jairampur in Changlang District. One 9mm pistol, three live
rounds and INR 20,000 in cash were recovered from the cadre. The
cadre hailed from New Longtoy village under Changlang District.
Myanmar gave an assurance that it will not allow
any insurgent group to use its territory against India. "Myanmar
leadership assured that they will not allow any insurgent groups
to use any territory for action against India, (that) they all
recognised is a friendly country which has stood by people of
Myanmar and they look forward to a very productive partnership
with India as Myanmar continues on its journey of peace, progress
and development," India MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
The assurance comes in the backdrop of certain
insurgent groups from northeastern states using Myanmar for launching
attacks against India. The Indian Army had carried out a major
operation against these groups in June 2015 along the India-Myanmar
border. Another such operation was launched few days back.
Expressing concern at the unabated illegal migration,
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju underlined
the need for formal agreements and creation of joint mechanisms
between India and its neighbours to ensure elimination of illegal
crossovers, drug trafficking and infiltration. "Unless India's
neighbours are made to realise that it was in the interest of
both countries to stop infiltration and incursions, the security
of countries will remain at stake," he said while delivering the
keynote address at FICCI-India Foundation convention on 'Homeland
Security-2016: Smart Borders Management' in New Delhi. Development
and security go hand in hand and mere physical delineation of
territories will not suffice, he said, adding that although India
had fenced borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh, and the Government
was trying to make the security mechanism foolproof, drug trafficking,
illegal crossing and infiltration remain the order of the day.
Previous Governments had adopted a "defeatist"
attitude by not constructing roads in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh
as they felt Chinese forces could use them, Kiren Rijiju added.
A self-styled 'captain' of NSCN-K, who was arrested
by the Assam Police on September 6, revealed how most of the Indian
militant outfits based in Myanmar, barring the ULFA-I, have taken
to opium cultivation as a source of income in one of Asia's biggest
opium producing areas known as the Golden Triangle, spread over
Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. Tobatobite Sumi alias Boni Mech, an
Assamese Mech Kachari origin member of the NSCN-K, had come down
from the Myanmar base last March. He told interrogators he was
in the city for treatment. Giving several facts about the Myanmar
base of the NSCN-K, which by virtue of being a Myanmarese rebel
group in ceasefire with its Government, has 'rented' out parts
of the area under its control in Saigang to the Indian outfits.
If the rebel group is engaged in either gun running or opium cultivation,
they have to pay 15% of their income to the Khaplang group.
Sumi told the interrogators that the physical
condition of the ageing 75-year-old NSCN-K supremo, SS Khaplang,
a Myanmarese Naga, is far from healthy and he needs assistance
to move from one place to place. Three of his four wives have
died, Sumi told the interrogators.
The ULFA-I released Assam BJP panchayat leader's
son, Kuldeep Moran, at the Indo-Myanmar border in Arunachal Pradesh.
He was abducted on August 1 and the militants had demanded INR
1 crore ransom. Earlier, ULFA-I leader Paresh Baruah said Kuldeep
has been not been abducted for ransom, but to stand 'trial' for
passing on information to the Army, which resulted in the killing
of several cadres of the outfit in encounters.
SFs arrested a NSCN-K cadre, identified as self-styled
'sergent major' Asen Hakun from Malugaon in Changlang District
of Arunachal Pradesh. A China made pistol with five live rounds
were recovered from the cadre who claims to have joined the outfit
in September 2002, the sources said.
Any incident of terror taking place in Bangladesh
has implications for India as well, said Indian High Commissioner
to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla during a visit in Agartala.
"Although there is not sufficient evidence of cross-border terror
activity, consequential effect of a horrific incident taking place
in Bangladesh can be on India as well, as we share a long land
boundary with that country," Shringla said. He, however, expressed
satisfaction that the Bangladesh authorities have now realised
that terror activities could take a serious turn in their country,
and they have met with some success in dealing with the recent
acts of terror on their soil. The Indian envoy said, "Ever since
the Bangladesh SFs have taken some pro-active steps, the situation
in that country has improved a lot. Bangladesh has been mobilising
the people of all sections to deal with the situation emerging
from the recent terrorist attacks." Referring to the Home Minister-level
meeting held in July in New Delhi, Shringla said that India and
Bangladesh would fight terrorism jointly, as agreed upon during
the meeting, also because it is in their interests.
SFs arrested two cadres of NSCN-IM from Miao in
Changlang District. In the joint operation by Police and Assam
Rifles at Miao, two hardcore rebels of the outfit were arrested,
Police said, adding both the cadres are from New Plone village
in the area. Suspected brown sugar packets weighing seven grams
along with some cash, three mobile phones, five sim cards and
extortion notebook were recovered from their possession.
A reported plan drawn up by the ULFA-I led by
Paresh Barua and other rebel groups, which are part of the ULFWSA,
to carry out strikes in the North East has set alarm bells ringing
in security circles across the region, Information about the plan
has reportedly been gathered by intelligence agencies in eastern
Arunachal Pradesh, where two major rebel groups - the ULFA-I and
NSCN-K - have been very active for several years now. According
to the agencies, outfits under the front have been assigned specific
tasks. These tasks range from targeting SFs, carrying out subversive
activities and abducting Hindi-speaking businessmen, said sources.
The intelligence report, which is learnt to have
come from a Central agency, has said that while NSCN-K and ULFA-I
would target SFs in eastern Arunachal Pradesh where India, China
and Myanmar meet, PLA, ULFA-I and NSCN-K would carry out similar
strikes on SFs close to the India-Myanmar boundary in Manipur.
Likewise, ULFA-I, I.K. NDFB-IKS, GNLA and KLO have been assigned
the task of targeting SFs close to the India-Bangladesh border
in Meghalaya, while ULFA-I and NDFB-IKS would carry out similar
strikes close to the India-Bhutan border in western Assam. Assam
Police confirmed having received similar inputs.
SFs arrested two cadres of NSCN-R, identified
as 'self styled sergeant' Roman Jugli and 'self-styled Pvt' Chonlu
Hachaing from Kheti area of Jairampur in Changlang District. One
9 mm pistol with magazine and four 9 mm live rounds and one point
22 Pistol and two point 22 live rounds were recovered from the
cadres. Roman Jugli was 'self-styled area commander' and Hachaing
was a hardcore cadre trained in Myanmar in 2008. They became highly
active after the arrest of 'self styled corporal' Lungphang Jugli
alias Babu on October 1 and were trying to rejuvenate the
foothold of NSCN-R amongst the locals by getting extensively involved
in extortion activities, the AR release said.
The ANSF has urged the NSCN-IM to stop its unlawful
'tax collection' from various educational departments in Arunachal
Pradesh. At a meeting with the NSCN-IM, the ANSF said the tax
collection was creating hurdles in the development of education
in many Districts, according to an ANSF statement. The ANSF pointed
out that the tax collection by NSCN-IM in three economically and
socially backward Districts of the state - Tirap, Changlang and
Longding - have led to financial problems in the operation of
several schools and colleges.
AR arrested a cadre of NSCN-R, identified as 'self-styled
sergeant major' Warow Taidong in an operation in Changlang town
in Changlang District in the wee hours. A point 22 pistol along
with ammunition was also recovered from Warow Taidong, who was
a former NSCN-K cadre, AR spokesman said.
AR arrested an active cadre of NSCN-K, identified
as Chankap Mossang of Phinbero from general area of Kharsang in
Changlang District. Four blank extortion notes of NSCN-K and one
extortion note for Kharsang petrol pump was recovered from him.
In a joint operation, Assam Police and AR, arrested
two cadres of the ULFA-I, identified as Sarat Mohan and Chiteshwar
Chetia from Jairampur in Changlang District. During interrogation,
they revealed that they were given specific tasks by Arun Dahotia
of ULFA-I to carry out extortion and recruit new cadre to strengthen
the banned outfit, the AR release claimed, adding they said the
organisation was planning to abduct a local businessman for ransom.
They also revealed the presence of an overground worker, Monto
Sonowal of Duliajan Village in Assam. A revolver along with ammunition
and INR 8,000 were recovered from the cadres who were later handed
over to Police, the release said.
AR based in Khonsa, headquarters of Tirap District,
arrested one hardcore cadre of the NSCN-R. Acting on intelligence
input about presence of an armed cadre in Khonsa town, the troops
of AR conducted search operation. The troops cordoned off the
house, where the cadre was suspected to be hiding. They arrested
the self styled 2nd 'Lieutenant' Chailak Wangsa of NSCN-R, while
he was trying to flee. A .22 pistol with ammo was seized from
AR arrested three NSCN-R militants, identified
as 'area commander' Khonsa District, 'self-styled captain' Eli
Ketok, 'self-styled 2nd lieutenant' Wingjun Jugli and an overground
worker Rajapio Junghap Jugli from Lunglong village in Changlang
District. The senior cadres were arrested along with two pistols,
three magazines and 18 live rounds and one extortion register
documenting their misdeeds.
Two AR jawans were killed and eight others injured
when armed militants, suspected to be from the banned Naga outfit,
the NSCN-K, ambushed a convoy of the 16 AR along the India-Myanmar
border at Nginu village in Tirap District. "Soldiers belonging
to the 16 Assam Rifles were returning from a patrol when the heavily
armed militants fired at them. While two of them including a JCO
died, eight others were injured," an AR spokesman said adding
the conditions of two of them are stated to be serious.
NSCN-K claimed responsibility for the attack
on 16 AR convoy, killing two Jawans(troopers) and injuring
eight others in Nginu village in Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh
near India-Myanmar border on December 3. In a press statement,
NSCN-K 'MIP' claimed that during the ambush one AR vehicle was
completely reduced to ashes and all the occupants killed. Refuting
the statement that only two AR jawans were killed and eight
injured during the ambush, MIP claimed that more than nine AR
jawans including an officer was killed on the spot and
several others injured. MIP however said that there was no casualty/injury
on their side.MIP further maintained that the NSCN-K Naga army
would continue to sanitize their territory from forceful occupation
by Indian military.
According to reports, the AR jawans killed
in the December 3ambush were identified as Rifleman Shree Bhagwan
and Rifleman Nanwang S. Konyak.
The ASUK claimed that a combined team of the Naga
Army, NSCN-K, KYKL and KCP attacked the AR convoy and killed two
of its troopers on December 3 in Arunachal Pradesh. A press release
jointly signed by NSCN-K 'down operation commander' Brig Akaho
Zhimmomi, KYKL 'publicity and research deputy' Thoiba Mangang
and ASUK 'publicity committee convenor' S Mangal further claimed
that nine AR personnel were also injured in the attack. Meanwhile,
SS Khaplang, 'chairman' of NSCN-K who is also the 'chairman' of
UNLFW hailed the combined team which has reached their base camp
after successfully carrying out the attack, it conveyed.
Assam Police in association with a team of Arunachal
Police arrested a linkman of ULFA-I, identified as Bikash Gogoi
(26) from Kathalguri village of Mahadevpur in Namsai District.
According to SF, Bikash Gogoi, acting as an active ULFA-I linkman
in Tinsukia District of Assam, was involved in the IED blast carried
out near the residential gate of Vivek Agarwal, the proprietor
of Padmini Tea Estate in Tinsukia District earlier on April 27,
AR arrested one NSCN-R militant, identified as
'kilonser' Chongpon Phom from Kanching village in Longleng District.
One 22 pistol, two magazines and 73 rounds along with incriminating
documents were recovered from the arrested militant.
AR troops busted a hideout of NSCN-K and recovered
arms and ammunition including eighteen live AK-47 bullets, one
high-frequency wireless radio set with a spare battery, four pairs
of camouflage uniform, medicines, rations and utensils from Phinbiro
forest area in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh. According
to AR sources, around 10 or 12 NSCN-K militants were taking shelter
in the jungle hideout, with three bamboo huts and a sentry post.
However, the militants managed to flee, taking advantage of the
The joint SFs of Indian Army in association with
ARs killed two militants and arrested six cadres of the ULFA-I
at Dharmapur village under Maio Police Station in Changlang District.
The eliminated militants were identified as Deep Moran and Noga
Moran. An AK-47 rifle and a pistol were also recovered from the
The joint SFs of Madras Regiment and Arunachal
Police arrested two ULFA-I militants, identified as Pomai Moran
and Muhunto Phukon (17) at Wakhet Ghat near Wakhet village of
Bordumsa in Changlang District. The SFs recovered detonators and
several other objectionable materials from the possession of the
The ANSF condemned the creation of seven new Districts
in Manipur which had led to communal violence in the state. The
ANSF said that the Manipur Government did not have any right to
create new Districts in Naga inhabitant areas without consulting
SFs arrested two cadres of the NSCN-K from a remote
village in Changlang District. The SFs also recovered one 9 mm
pistol along with magazine, four live rounds and extortion notes
from their possession, Based on specific inputs about the presence
of armed underground cadres in Khamkhai under Nampong Police Station,
AR troops launched an operation on December 23 and arrested the
two cadres, who were identified as self-styled 'corporal' Rangtang
Mungrey and self-styled 'private' Roshon Rai, both residents of
Nampong. A release from AR said that the cadres were involved
in extorting money from traders in Nampong area. During interrogation,
they admitted that they belonged to NSCN-K and said they had undergone
training in a NSCN-K camp in Myanmar.