AR arrested a Myanmar-trained
NSCN-R militant, identified as 'self-styled corporal' Pingwang
Kanglom in Changlang town in Changlang District. The militant
had been involved in extortion activities in the District, sources
in the paramilitary force said. A pistol and five rounds of live
ammunition were recovered from him.
In a statement, the NSCN-IM strongly objected
to India's decision to fence the borders between Myanmar and Arunachal
Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. In the statement, NSCN-IM
said that such 'artificial boundary fencing imposed upon the Naga
people' was against the will of the people and was gross violation
of human rights. Other Naga groups like, NNC and ENDO were also
against the fencing.
One militant of NSCN-IM, identified as self styled
'corporal' Phawang Wangsu was arrested by AR at Niausa village
in Longding District. One pistol, live ammunition and opium was
recovered from the arrested militant.
According to the security sources the militant
groups having bases in Myanmar have started using different routes
of Arunachal Pradesh-Myanmar border to enter into the North East
region. Earlier, Nagaland-Myanmar border was considered to be
the most vulnerable. Sources said that though some militants are
still sneaking to the country through Nagaland, most such infiltrations
are taking place through Arunachal Pradesh which is considered
to be a peaceful state. Security sources said that most such movements
were taking place through the Changlang District of Arunachal
Pradesh. The Arunachal Pradesh CM also held a high level meeting
with senior officers of the Army and paramilitary forces last
month to discuss the situation.
SFs intensified their combing operations in the
border areas of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and busted a militant
hideout at Samru area in the State. SFs intensification of operations
follows the militant attack at Jagun in Tinsukia District of Assam
on January 22.
Security officials said that Indo-Myanmar border
has been placed at a state of alert based on specific intelligence
inputs about the militants exfiltrating into Myanmar to escape
the ongoing operations by SFs. "The stretch of the border from
pillar number 168 to border pillar number 173 - from Pangsau Pass
to Tirap River - has been put on high alert," a source said.
An unidentified militant belonging to the NSCN-K
was killed and another injured during an exchange of fire with
the AR at Ozakho village in Longding District.
AR arrested a militant of NSCN-R, identified as
Kamsing Ngemu, from Miao town in Changlang District. According
to the sources the arrested militant was involved in several extortion
cases in Miao town in the name of 'SS Captain Jimmy'.
In some declassified reports of CIA of the United
States of America, it was revealed that the North Eastern militant
groups had been receiving Chinese assistance in terms of arms
and training since 1960s. The CIA report was submitted on July
26, 1968 and from the report it is evident that the militant groups
of the Northeast were receiving help from China even during that
time. The report said that the Naga militants first established
contacts with China in December, 1966. The report revealed that
the first batch of approximately 200 militants crossed over to
Northern Burma (now Myanmar) to obtain arms training in Yunnan.
In a statement the ANSF accused the State Government
of ignoring the safety and security of the people of insurgency-affected
Tirap, Changlang and Longding District. ANSF mentioned about the
activities of the NSCN-K and NSCN-IM in their statement. They
further urged the UHM and Union Minister of State for Home Kiren
Rijiju to intervene in the matter and take appropriate measures
to stop skirmishes and bring back peace and normalcy in the area.
AR arrested a linkman identified as Alan Rai,
who worked for both ULFA-I and NSCN-K, at Old Khamdo village in
Changlang District. According to the AR source, the arrested linkman
was involved in extortion cases and blank letters bearing names
of ULFA-I and NSCN-K were recovered from his possession. During
the interrogation, the linkman also revealed that he was helping
these two militant groups for four years and had regular contact
with the ''sergeant'' Rupam Asom of ULFA-I.
Protesters belonging to the DHDC and the DDJAC,
along with seven other organisations, who were demanding for making
Likabali as headquarter of Lower Siang District, set ablaze the
office of the SDO (civil) at Likabali. It was the second day of
the 96-hour general strike of the protesting organisations.
AR jawans arrested a NSCN-IM cadre from Khonsa
town in Tirap District during an operation. The cadre was reportedly
carrying out extortion activities in the District headquarters
town. He was found in possession of a loaded pistol, contraband
and slips indicating collection of money, official source said.
AR troopers arrested a NSCN-K militant, Pansai
Pansa, from Wakka village in Longding District. One pistol, five
live rounds of ammunition and four mobile phones were recovered.
AR arrested NSCN-R cadre, Ranapio Sampit, at Kharsang
in Changlang District.
AR troopers arrested a NSCN-K cadre, identified
as Machow Ngaimong, from Mulong village in Changlang District.
AR troopers arrested a NSCN-IM cadre, 'lance corporal'
Akha Wangsu, from Longding village in Longding District. A pistol,
five rounds of A-K series rifles, two rounds of ammunition and
opium were recovered from his possession.
AR killed one militant of NSCN-K, identified as
Wahang Sumyen, at Lyangche village in Tirap District. A pistol
and other war-like stores were also recovered from the killed
The Central Government of India clarified that
it has not signed any final accord with the NSCN-IM though a framework
agreement has been sealed. The issue figured at a meeting of the
Parliamentary Standing Committee on UMHA, which was chaired by
former Home Minister P Chidambaram. Officials of the Home Ministry,
briefing the members of the Committee, gave a broad account of
the framework agreement, which has been kept under tight wraps.
The 'Framework Agreement' between the Centre and the NSCN-IM was
signed on August 3, 2015. Home Ministry officials explained that
a final accord has not been signed as the Centre proposed to take
along all Naga groups and the concerned State Governments of Manipur,
Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.
have arrested, Naoba Metei (16), a cadre of the Manipur-based outfit
KCP, from Kunsa village in Tirap District.
One militant of NSCN-R, identified as Wangdi Tailong,
was arrested by AR during an operation at Jungmaisung in Changlang
District. A Pistol and live ammunition was also recovered from
the arrested militant.
AR busted an abandoned hideout of NSCN-K at Nogna
village in Tirap District.
AR arrested three militants from different places
in two separate incidents. In the first incident, AR arrested
two militants of NSCN-R, identified as 'captain' Kampong and 'revenue
secretary (industries)' Longkam Tunghang in Changlang District.
In the second incident, AR arrested one militant from NSCN-U,
identified as 'captain' Khampai Wangsu in Longding District.
Police arrested three militants of NSCN-K, identified
as Dagar Perme (30), Obang Lego (36) and Bobel Lego (32), after
an encounter at Kalapani area of Dambuk in Lower Dibang Valley
District. One automatic German made HK 33 Rifle along with one
loaded magazine and 25 live rounds of AK 47 was recovered from
the arrested militants. All these three militants were involved
in several extortion cases.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the
security situation in the Northeastern States of India and directed
officials to enhance vigil along the international borders in
the region. During the hour long meeting, the Home Minister was
given a detailed presentation on the prevailing situation in the
Northeast, especially militancy in the region. Singh was also
told about the steps taken to ensure peace, especially in Assam,
Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur, the four states considered
to be affected by insurgency, official sources added.
The MoS for Home Affairs clarified that surrendered
militants without any criminal cases pending against them can
contest in elections. Kiren Rijiju on the issue further informed
that at least 15,314 militants have surrendered under the surrender-cum-rehabilitation
policy for the northeastern region. Altogether, 235 individuals
are still undergoing rehabilitation under the Surrender-cum-Rehabilitation
Scheme as of financial year 2016-17.
The UHM clarified that there was no decision to
carve out Nagalim from areas of states bordering Nagaland. The
statement comes after demands from several organisations and political
parties in Assam and Manipur that the Centre clarify its position
on the claim of the 'general secretary' of NSCN-IM, Thuingaleng
Muivah, over the issue of integration of Naga areas. "Some media
reports have appeared recently to the effect that the Government
of India has agreed to carve out a larger Nagaland State by taking
away the territories of the states contiguous to Nagaland. Such
reports are erroneous. It is clarified that there is no such agreement
or decision of the Government of India," said the UHM statement.
The AAPSU termed the comments of NSCN-IM 'general
secretary' Th Muivah on integration of Naga-inhabited areas as
'disturbing.' The apex students' body of the State stated that
the people would not accept any solution at their cost and that
of the land of the state.
AR arrested a NSCN-K cadre, Wanghu Rangshong,
from Laju village in Tirap District.
In a fresh attempt to nudge Myanmar to launch
a flush out operation against the militants of the Northeast,
India reduced the allotment to its Aid to Myanmar programme significantly
and allocated INR 225 crore only this Year (2017-18). In the previous
year, (i.e. in 2016-17) India sanctioned INR 400 crore to Myanmar
but the indifferent attitude of Myanmar over the issue of Northeastern
militant groups disappointed India and this time India has clearly
shown its displeasure over the issue, claims the report.
AR arrested one NSCN-IM militant, identified as
'corporal' Pangchak Arangham, from Rangluwa village in Longding
district of Arunachal Pradesh.
Authoritative security sources in the Union Home
Ministry claimed that China has roped in militant groups of North
East to launch a proxy war against India. The source further claimed
that the recent statement of ULFA-I, on March 28, against the
visit of Dalai Lama in Assam was dictated by China. Also, asserting
that China was not interested in organizational strength of ULFA-I,
the security sources said that China intends to intensify its
proxy war against India in the North East through the separatist
SFs arrested a militant of the NSCN-K, 'second
lieutenant' Kijen Rongshong, from Lazu village of Tirap District.
The arrested militant was allegedly involved in an attack on SF
and also involved in extortion activities, according to an Army
Replying to a question by MP Krupal Balaji Tumane,
Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir revealed
that insurgent activities in the Northeast along the Indo-Myanmar
border saw an increase compared to the Indo-Bangladesh border
in the last three years. According to the report, during the period
from 2015 to March 31, 2017, terror activities along Indo-Myanmar
border increased alarmingly in view of insurgents groups shifting
their bases from Bangladesh to territories within Myanmar and
China. According to the Minister, during this period, 10 encounters
took place in three North Eastern States - Assam, Meghalaya and
Tripura along the Indo-Bangladesh border. Even though no casualties
were reported in these encounters, a total of 11 suspected rebels
were arrested. In Assam along the Indo-Bangla border, three encounters
were reported and four militants arrested in 2015. No such incident
was however reported in Assam along the Indo-Bangla border in
2016-17. On the other hand, the Indo-Myanmar border has been witnessing
steady rise in insurgent activities during the period with as
many as 206 encounters reported between militants and security
personnel spread across four Northeastern States Arunachal Pradesh,
Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. While 18 security personnel lost
their lives, 32 insurgents were killed in these encounters. A
total 337 rebels were arrested from the international border in
the four States during this period. Among the four Northeastern
States sharing Myanmar border, maximum number of encounters took
place in Arunachal Pradesh. As many as 81 encounters were reported
in that State where three security personnel and 13 militants
were killed. During this period, 114 suspected insurgents were
arrested. Even in 2017, 13 encounter cases have been reported
till March in Arunachal along the border with Myanmar. Union Minister
Ahir said the Central Government of India in tandem with Northeastern
State Governments has adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain
cross-border infiltration. This includes strengthening of border
management, multi-tiered deployment along the international border
and Line of Control, synergizing intelligence flow to check infiltration
and pro-active action against terrorists.
The annual report of the UMHA for 2016-17 revealed
that the security situation in the Northeast had "improved substantially"
during the previous year where insurgency-related incidents decreased
by more than 15 per cent compared to 2015. "The security situation
in the north-eastern states, which has remained complex for quite
some time because of diverse demands of ethnic groups and various
militant outfits, improved substantially in 2016.
The number of insurgency-related incidents in
the region decreased by more than 15 per cent compared to 2015,"
the report said. In 2015, while there were 574 insurgency-related
incidents, the corresponding figure in 2016 was 484. The report
also said 2016 witnessed the "lowest number" of insurgency incidents
since 1997. While casualties among SFs in the region declined
from 46 (2015) to 17 (2016), civilian casualties declined in all
states except Assam where it increased from 9 in 2015 to 29 in
2016. The report noted that while Sikkim, Mizoram and Tripura
had no insurgency-related violence in 2016, there was considerable
decline in incidents in Meghalaya (44 per cent) and Nagaland (43
per cent) compared to 2015. In 2016, Manipur accounted for about
48 per cent of total violent incidents in the region and Arunachal
Pradesh experienced an increase in violent activities by 38 per
cent, primarily on account of violence by the NSCN-K, the report
stated. In Assam, insurgency-related violence continued to decline
and 2016 witnessed the lowest number of insurgency incidents since
1997, it added. In 2016, Meghalaya witnessed a 44 per cent decline
in the number of violent incidents. While there were 123 incidents
in 2015, the figure declined to 68 in 2016.
The report stated that the number of civilian
casualties decreased by 33 per cent compared to 2015. Further,
while 25 militants were killed in 2015, the figure came down to
15 in 2016. Similarly, only 59 militants were arrested in 2016
compared to 121 in 2015. However, there was no casualty on the
part of security personnel in 2016.
AR arrested an NSCN-K OWG, Wanglam Pansa aka Alam,
who was "terrorizing and extorting money" in Khonsa Town of Tirap
District. According to PRO (Defence) Colonel, C. Konwer, the over
ground worker was nabbed with a pistol and ammunition. During
interrogation, he revealed that he was tasked by an NSCN-K cadre
to carry out extortion from Government departments of Khonsa Town,
A source from the NIA said that a new militant
group of Nagas, named as ENNG has emerged in the Arunachal Pradesh
in recent times. The ENNG was formed in January last year (2016)
by R. Stephen Naga to strengthen the "Naga army" in 'eastern Nagaland'
to have a separate political entity and build up alliances with
armed groups of Myanmar. The source said "In the last year, the
new outfit has already served over two dozen extortion notes,
mostly to contractors working in Arunachal Pradesh, demanding
3 per cent of the total order value as extortion money."
SFs arrested a NSCN-K militant with arms and ammunition
at Longding District.
The Union Home Ministry has declared three Districts
of Arunachal Pradesh - Tirap, Longding and Changlang as "disturbed"
area and these Districts will be under the AFSPA act for three
more months with effect from today (May 3).
AR arrested two militants of NSCN-K, identified
as 'lieutenant' Wanphai Wangsa and 'corporal' Kekho Homku, from
Kunsa in Longding District. Two pistols (9mm and 7.65mm) with
ammunitions were recovered from the arrestees.
SFs killed a militant belonging to NSCN-K in Wakka
village in Longding District. Based on intelligence input, a troop
of AR launched operation at Wakka village where the militant group
was hiding. When the troops reached the remote area, the militant
group started firing and bullets were exchanged for half an hour.
Kohima based Defence PRO Colonel Chiranjeet Konwer said that,
a militant was killed during gun battle and other militants of
the group had managed to flee from the area. SFs recovered a 7.62mm
pistol with 10 rounds live ammunition and ammunition of AK-47
from the slain militant who is yet to be identified.
The Union Home Minister will hold a meeting on
May 16 to discuss various issues concerning the North East region
with Chief Secretaries and DGPs of all northeastern States, where
several important issues will be discussed, including granting
of citizenship rights to Chakma and Hajong refugees settled in
Arunachal Pradesh. Meanwhile, the AAPSU has called on the State
Government to oppose any move to grant citizenship to Chakmas
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured AAPSU
that any agreement with NSCN-IM will have the 'sanction and blessings'
of all the stakeholders and no arbitrary decision will be taken.
The statement came, when the AAPSU 'president' Hawa Bagang and
General Secretary Tobom Dai met the Union Home Minister in New
Delhi and submitted a memorandum raising concern over the 'contentious
framework of agreement' signed between the GoI and NSCN-IM. AAPSU
in its memorandum stated that it welcome the Naga peace process
but not at the cost of territorial integrity.
Reviewing the security situation in the Northeast
with chief secretaries and DGPs of the region in New Delhi, Union
Home Minister Rajnath Singh described religious radicalisation
as a serious security threat and said if not checked in time;
it could lead to terrorism. He also expressed concern over the
proliferation of illegal arms in the region and asked the Police
chiefs to launch organised campaigns against arms smugglers.
States in the Northeast have asked the UMHA to
step up the presence of central intelligence and security forces
in five contiguous Districts in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland
adjoining Myanmar. These Districts, they said, have emerged as
the hub of the last remaining militants in the region. "We have
apprised the home minister of the security situation in the northeast
and informed him that all militant activities are being controlled
from Arunachal's Tirap, Changlang and Longding Districts, and
Nagaland's Mon and Tuensang Districts," said a top security official
who participated in the northeast security review meeting by Union
home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. "We requested him to
increase the presence of central intelligence agencies and security
forces in these districts," the official added. According to the
UMHA report at the review meeting, the security situation in Arunachal
Pradesh (the three districts) and Manipur remains a subject of
concern, though relatively less than it has been in the past.
These five districts also border as many Districts of Assam on
the other side, including Tinsukia District, where the ULFA-I
is active and has been carrying out strikes jointly with Meitei
outfits of Manipur. "The biggest advantage of these five districts
is their proximity to the NSCN-K-controlled areas of Myanmar and
their highly difficult terrain, which makes patrolling a difficult
task for security agencies," the official said.
The North Eastern States which share international
borders with Myanmar have collectively urged the Union Ministry
of Home Affairs to take up the controversies surrounding the international
boundary with the Ministry of External Affairs for early resolution.
The North Eastern States raised the issue during a convention
of Chief Secretaries and DGPs with Union Home Minister Rajnath
Singh. Officials who attended the meeting also mentioned about
intrusion into Haollenphai of Manipur and confiscation of saw
mill components by Myanmarese Army.
Official sources said that the GoI is all set
to grant citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees, who have been
based in Arunachal Pradesh for over 50 years. Union Home Ministry
officials said that while consultations are on with the State
Government, the citizenship will not entitle the refugees to rights
enjoyed by STs in the State, including land ownership. The State
Government has been opposing the proposal of providing citizenship
to these communities for a long time and since 1990, the AAPSU
has been demanding their ouster from the State. However, officials
said that the Centre may propose that Chakmas and Hajongs be issued
Inner Line Permits, allowing them to travel and work but not possess
SFs arrested a ULFA-I militant 'private' Bikram
Chakma, during an operation, at Ledo (Tinsukia district Assam)
near Changlang District, along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh boundary.
A .22 caliber pistol with ammunitions was seized from the militant.
On interrogation, the cadre also revealed the whereabouts of an
over ground worker of NSCN-K identified as Tara Chand.
The 'Eastern Command' of ULFA-I served extortion
demand of INR one million to the former State Education Minister
Mr Bida Taku at his residence in Namsai District. Mr Taku told
the newspaper that another extortion notice worth INR 500,000
was served to his election agent also.