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.
The AAPSU has strongly opposed the Government
of India's decision to grant citizenship rights to Chakma and
Hajong refugees of Arunachal Pradesh, while stating that the Union
cannot tolerate any decision which would hamper the integrity,
dignity and security of the indigenous people of the state. The
AAPSU has demanded the government to identify the Chakmas and
Hajongs who came to NEFA from 1964 to 1969 before grating citizenship
rights in the land of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Naga community in Arunachal Pradesh has urged
the Central Government of India to intervene in the long-delayed
matter of granting autonomous council status to Tirap, Changlang
and Longding (TCL) districts, so that these areas can see socio-economic
In an emergency meeting of its central executive
members at the NEFA Club under the chairmanship of its general
secretary Tobom Dai the AAPSU has decided to conduct a consultative
meeting on May 27, at Itanagar to draw opinion for its future
roadmap after the decision of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs
to give citizenship rights to Chakma-Hajong refugees.
Police arrested one unidentified person, who was
suspected to be involved in the extortion attempt incident at
the office of the Director of Audit and Pension, from Banderdewa
area in Papum Pare District. Earlier, on May 22, two assailants,
armed with sophisticated weapons entered the room of Director,
Audit and Pension, Abdul Bashit and attacked him for an extortion
demand. However the assailants fled leaving behind a bag and arms
after the officer started shouting. Bashit sustained minor injuries
in the incident.
Police arrested four persons, who were involved
in the extortion and attack incident of Banderdewa area in Papum
Pare District on May 22, from undisclosed locations. The arrested
extortionists were identified as Chello John (24), Sonam Para
alias Sunday Para (24), Sime Killo (35) and Rima Bodo (30). Police
also recovered two hand grenades, five rounds of 7.62mm rifle,
a live round of .22mm pistol and five rounds of small arms from
the arrestees. Apart from that, earlier on May 22, Police recovered
one AK series rifle magazine, 21 live rounds and one hand grenade
from the spot of occurrence of the incident.
In a press conference, BYWS alleged that the purported
extortion notice served to former Minister Bida Taku by ULFA-I
was done 'at the initiative of a political rival in order to cow
him down' and demanded the government to expose the person behind
the extortion notice.
In a consultative meeting on the Chakma and Hajong
refugee issue, the house, consisting of various political parties,
students unions, former union leaders and legal experts, endorsed
that the AAPSU would call on the government to conduct an all
political party meeting within one week's time to draw more consensus
on the issue.
In a statement, the AAPSU has strongly condemned
the recent rally organised by the PADC committee and questioned
the genuineness and integrity of the demand of the PADC, which
seeks grant of Autonomous District Council under special provision
Act of Parliament of India, under Article 371 (A).
The AAPSU has decided to hold detailed discussions
on the vexed refugee issue as well as the stand of the Union Ministry
of Home Affairs for granting citizenship rights to the Chakma
and Hajong refugees in Arunachal Pradesh in its emergency seating
of all the federal units scheduled for June 5.
The UMHA has said that there has been a sharp
decline in violence, extortion and attacks on security forces
in the Northeast in the last three years. As per data available
with the UMHA, only 484 such incidents were reported in 2016 as
compared to 1,025 in 2012 and 732 in 2013. It further noted that
the number of abductions have come down from 329 in 2012 and 307
in 2013 to 168 in 2016. Only 28 such cases were registered till
March this year. However, the number of security personnel killed
in Manipur shows an upward trend with 24 being killed in 2015
and 11 in 2016 as compared to 8 and 5 deaths in 2012 and 2013,
The NDFB-IKS suffered a setback with more than
900 cadres being arrested and nearly 55 being killed in security
operations, according to the UMHA note. The number of such incidents
in Assam jumped to 50 in 2016 as compared to 21 in 2013, the UMHA
The number of militants surrendering saw a decline
with 267 such surrenders taking place in 2016 as compared to 1,161
in 2012, as per official data. Arms recovery was not significant
despite a crackdown as 698 arms were recovered in 2016 as compared
to 1,856 in 2012.
As many as 1,202 militants were arrested in 2016
as compared to 2,145 in 2012. Of this, the highest number of arrests
in 2016 has been made in Manipur (518) and Assam (366) while maximum
abduction cases were reported from Nagaland (51) and Meghalaya
In a statement, various Naga groups of Arunachal
Pradesh said that the Government can't brush aside the need to
establish an ADC in the Naga-dominated areas of Tirap, Changlang
and Longding. They said that a Patkai Autonomous Council for Tirap,
Changlang and Longding (TCL) is the only solution for the region,
alleging it has been ignored by the State Government and the Central
Government of India for decades in terms of its socio-economic
development. Various bodies associated with the demand such as
Patkai Autonomous Demand District Council and the TCL Students
Federation also threatened to hold an indefinite bandh
(general shutdown) in the three districts if the Centre and the
State Government continue to pay no heed to the matter.
UHM Rajnath Singh said that year 2016 witnessed
the lowest number of insurgency-related incidents in last 20 years.
"The year 2016 witnessed the lowest insurgency incidents in last
20 years. Such incidents reduced from 824 in 2014 to 484 in 2016.
The number of incidents was 574 in 2015, which was the lowest
since 1997, and further reduced in 2016. The number of civilian
casualties in Northeast has also come down drastically in the
last three years," said UHM Singh in New Delhi. "Sustained security
initiatives during the last three years have brought peace and
stability to the North-eastern region of the country after decades
of insurgency," Singh added.
The AAPSU said that it would launch rigorous democratic
movement if the State Government fails to convene an all party
meeting by including all the 60 MLAs and three MPs over the vexed
issue of Chakma and Hajong refugees on June 10 next. Speaking
to the media, the AAPSU 'president' Hawa Bagang said that they
are not against granting Indian citizenship to Chakma and Hajong
refugees, but are against allowing them to settle in Arunachal
An official communiqué informed that CM Pema Khandu
has convened an all-party meeting in Itanagar on June 19 to discuss
the issue of granting of citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees.
Chinese agencies are trying to launch a proxy
war with India by using the militant groups of the North East
region and some of these plans came to light after a militant
leader of ULFA-I, named Ron Asom surrendered recently. Police
sources further said that the inputs available with the security
agencies indicate that the major militant groups of the region
came into a common platform only after pressure from the Chinese
agencies and now they have started operating together.
Khango Konyak, who is the new 'chairman' of the
NSCN-K, is likely to be the head of the UNLFW, which is an umbrella
organisation of the militant groups of North East. Earlier it
was expected that Paresh Baruah, the 'chief' of ULFA-I might be
the head of the UNLFW. But dismissing speculations about his taking
over charge of the UNLFW, Paresh Barua has backed the idea of
'next-generation leaders' coming forward to take charge after
the demise of NSCN-K 'chief' SS Khaplang.
At a meeting of the CMs of the four States of
North East bordering Myanmar, in Aizawl, the Arunachal Pradesh
CM Pema Khandu told Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh that India's
open border with Myanmar has been a major problem for Arunachal
Pradesh because of militants from the other side. He said "The
entire region of Tirap, Changlang and Longding [border districts]
is adversely affected by NSCN insurgency. Cadres of various NSCN
factions -IM, K, U, R- are very active in the entire region… The
situation has been exacerbated by the recent declaration of the
NSCN-K as an unlawful organisation." "Though there is no home-grown
militancy in Arunachal, activities of underground groups from
Assam and Nagaland and from across the border with Myanmar has
adversely affected the security situation in the state," he added.
The Indian Army admitted that it shot dead a civilian
in a case of "mistaken identity" during a counter-insurgency operation
in an Arunachal Pradesh village, bordering Myanmar. Defence spokesman
Lieutenant Colonel Suneet Newton informed in a statement that
the civilian, identified a Thingtu Ngemu (35), was killed when
soldiers of 21 Para (Special Forces) were carrying out an operation
in Changlang District on June 14-night based on specific intelligence
report regarding movement of militants.
An all-party meeting convened by Arunachal Pradesh
CM Pema Khandu unanimously decided to move the Union Ministry
of Home Affairs to revive the Joint High Powered Committee on
Chakma and Hajong refugee issue. It was also decided that the
minutes of the decisions of the all-party meet would be put forth
before the State High Powered Committee headed by the CM.
Police arrested one militant of NSCN-R, identified
as Kaplong Khimhun (26), in Changlang District.
The Police forces of various States of the Northeast
Indian region may soon coalesce under an umbrella organisation
to improve coordination and efficiency. A suggestion in this regard
was reportedly made by Assam's DGP, Mukesh Sahay, at the 24th
conference of DGs and IGs of Police of the Northeast region held
in Guwahati on June 29. It was attended by Satyendra Garg, a Joint
Secretary (Northeast) in the UMHA. Sahay said if the militants
can have an umbrella organisation, the Police too can have it.
He said it would ensure better coordination among the Police forces
of the Northeast region. "Like one nation one tax, we can have
one NE one NE police. We need to work on making this concept,
encouraged by the Prime Minister, possible. We are eagerly looking
forward to your recommendations on Nepol," Assam Chief Secretary
Vinod Kumar Pipersenia said. Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal and DGP
Mukesh Sahay also seconded the idea of 'Nepol'.
According to sources in the UMHA the Union Government
is considering partially revoking the AFSPA from Assam and Arunachal
Pradesh in view of improved law and order in the two States. "The
Centre is considering gradually easing out AFSPA from the two
States and we have asked the State governments for their comments
on the issue. We have got intelligence reports suggesting that
several areas in the two states are free from insurgency," said
a senior ministry official. The UMHA had extended AFSPA in Assam
for three months with effect from May 3. Usually, AFSPA is extended
for one year or six months and this was the first time it was
extended for only three months. "In the past, the notification
for extending AFSPA was issued for six months or more than that
but now we are trying to reduce it to three months. We are now
considering gradually withdrawing it from Assam and Arunachal,"
the official said.
SFs arrested one militant of NSCN-R, identified
as 'private' Chawang Wangsa, at Mintong village in Longding District.
A pistol and live ammunition were also recovered from the arrested
Longding Battalion of AR launched a major operation
along the Arunachal-Nagaland border and busted a NSCN-K camp in
Pumao village under Longding District. However, the cadres of
the militant group managed to escape from the camp.
India has yet again underscored the need to flush
out the Northeast-based militants operating from Myanmar. Commander-in-Chief
of the Myanmar Defence Services, Senior General U Min Aung Hliang
is currently touring India and he called on PM Narendra Modi and
several other ministers in New Delhi. He also called on Defence
Minister Arun Jaitley, besides Army chief General Vipin Rawat.
According to official sources, the visiting Senior General briefed
the PM about bilateral defence and security cooperation. The Prime
Minister appreciated the close cooperation between the armed forces
of India and Myanmar.
The BGB has denied the presence of North East-based
militant camps in the country. Addressing a press conference in
Shillong after the culmination of the talks with the BSF officials,
BGB Additional Director General (North East region) Mohammad Zahid
Hasan said Bangladesh has zero tolerance towards anti-social elements
and the country's leadership maintains a tough stand against insurgent
groups. "These (presence of insurgent camps) are mere perceptions…
We will firmly act if there is any," Zahid said. BSF had raised
the issue of presence of outfits like GNLA, ULFA-I and HNLC in
Bangladesh territory and sought stringent action against them.
Earlier, IG of BSF (Meghalaya frontier) PK Dubey reiterated that
there are no regulated militant camps in Bangladesh which existed
10-15 years back and there is coordinated action between the border
sentinels of the two countries.
Two militants including one from the NSCN-K and
one from NSCN-R were arrested by AR during two separate search
operations. In the first incident, a militant of NSCN-K, identified
as 'sergeant' Tonpha Pansa, was arrested from Wakka village in
Tirap District. A pistol and live ammunition of various weapons
were also recovered from the militant. In the second incident,
a linkman of NSCN-R, identified as Wangwa Hathum, from Jairampur
Town in Tirap District.
The Union Government extended the disturbed area
under the AFSPA for one more month, citing various violent activities
by insurgent groups ULFA, NDFB, and others. "The Union Home Ministry
also declared Meghalaya's border areas adjoining Assam consisting
20 kilometre belt, and three districts in Arunachal Pradesh as
"disturbed" under the AFSPA for two more months with effect from
August 3 to September 30. In separate gazette notifications, the
Home Ministry said entire Assam has been declared "disturbed"
under the AFSPA with effect from August 3 till August 31. The
three districts of Arunachal Pradesh - Tirap, Changlang and Longding
- and areas falling within the jurisdiction of 14 Police Stations
in nine other Districts of the State were also declared as 'disturbed'
with effect from August 4 to September 30. The 14 Police Stations
fall under the Districts of Papumpare, West Siang, East Siang,
Lower Dibang Valley, East Kameng, West Kameng, Namsai, Lohit and
NSCN-K announced to boycott the Independence Day
celebrations on August 15 in all Naga inhabited territories and
appealed to every Naga nationals to abstain from participation.
Security Forces arrested a NSCN-R cadre and an
OWG along with arms and ammunition in Changlang District. The
cadre, identified as 'sergeant major' Bokam Wangrey and OWG was
identified as Raju Kumar Choudhury. SFs recovered an AK-47 assault
rifle, ammunition, contraband, multiple SIM cards and other incriminating
Jairampur Battalion of AR and Jagun Police, one
NSCN-K militant and another NSCN-K linkman were arrested from
Phulbari village in the Assam- Arunachal border.
The Khonsa battalion of AR arrested two militants
of the NSCN-IM, identified as Nali Nyamtey and Rangmo Thakte from
Bera in Tirap District.
The Jairampur Battalion of AR busted a hideout
of the Reformation faction of NSCN-R at Miao in Changlang District,.
However, the militants were able to escape using the cover of
darkness and foliage. The militants were using the hideout as
an ad hoc base for terrorizing people and carrying out extortion
in the neighbouring villages, the AR spokesman said.
The SFs have been carrying out aggressive operations
in the South Arunachal areas bordering Myanmar where Naga rebels
belonging to all the factions of the NSCN including NSCN-IM, NSCN-K
and NSCN-R are active creating nuisance for the people of the
belonging to NSCN-R were injured in an encounter between 13 AR and
militants at Tipong village in Changlang district. Security forces
seized a cache of arms and ammunition, including AK 47 rifles, M16
assault rifles and under-barrel grenade launchers.
two cadres belonging to NSCN-R, Khapsom Ngaimong (19) and Pengwang
Kanglom (22), from a hotel at the Miao lower market in Changlang
a 'corporal' of the NSCN-K near Kunsa village in Longding District.
A defence source informed that SFs carried out the operation acting
on specific intelligence about NSCN-K cadres trying to exfilitrate
from the Indian State to Myanmar.
Troops of 21 Para Special Forces and 16 Assam
Rifles killed an militant and injured another one of the NSCN-K
near Votnu village under Wakka circle in the Longding District.
"Several other militants managed to escape into the nearby dense
forest because of dense fog in the area. The Special Forces recovered
an AK-56, a radio set and a hand grenade, along with live bullets.
During a combing operation, the forces located a camp of the rebels
and destroyed it," said an official in the army headquarters.
Security Forces arrested a NSCN-R militant, identified
as Hunmai Taidong, from Old Changlang Village in Changlang district.
AAPSU is opposing the decision of the Union Government
to grant citizenship to all Chakma and Hajong refugees living
in the Northeast,. "The decision of the Centre will spark social
unrest in the state and we will oppose granting of citizenship
to them (Chakma and Hajong refugees) within the territory of the
state," AAPSU 'general secretary' Tobom Dai told reporters here.
"The Chakma and Hajong refugees will not be entitled to the rights
enjoyed by Scheduled Tribes in Arunachal Pradesh, including land
ownership. But they might be given inner line permits required
for 'foreigners' in the state to travel and work," an unnamed
Union Home Ministry official said.
AAPSU called a 12-hour state wide strike on September
19 to protest granting of citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees
in the State. The call came a day after the Union Government's
decided to give citizenship to the refugees of the two communities
rehabilitated mostly in Arunachal Pradesh in 1964-69 following
their escape from the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh.
AR arrested a NSCN-K ultra and two OWG of NSCN-IM
in a two separate operations against the outfits from Longding
District. NSCN-K militant was identified as 'lance corporal' of
the Penom Konyak was arrested from Longding town along with a
pistol and live ammunition. The two OWG of the NSCN-IM, Ganglaih
Gangsa and Chailai Wangsu, were arrested from Niausa village.
The AAPSU has demanded deletion of names of Chakmas
and Hajongs from the voters' list. AAPSU's legal advisor Marto
Tato wondered how the Government could decide to give the refugees
citizenship when the matter was sub-judice. AAPSU 'general secretary'
Tobom Dai appealed to the people to make the state wide bandh
on September 19 against granting citizenship to the refugees a
success. Union Ministry of Home Affairs had recently decided to
grant citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees living in Arunachal
Violent incidents were reported during the 12-hour
State-wide bandh called by the AAPSU. The dawn-to-dusk
bandh was called in protest against the Union Government's
decision to grant citizenship to the Chakma and Hajong refugees
residing in Arunachal Pradesh. Normal life was hit by the bandh
as shops and business establishments kept their shutters down
across the State.
Arunachal Pradesh has finalized 900 applications
out of 4,637 for citizenship in accordance with a September 2015
Supreme Court order asking the State and the Union Government
to confer citizenship on Chakma and Hajong refugees. The State
Government had submitted before the apex court on July 11, 2015
that the applications of another "1,014 will be completed within
two months" and the "remaining will be finalized in five months
positively". The apex court ordered that if the pending cases
are not finalized within five months from that day, the Chief
Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh would be present in person in court
on every date of listing of the matter. The court has fixed December
12, 2017 as the next date of hearing.
UMHA has brought down the range of 'disturbed
area' under the controversial Armed Forces [Special Powers] Act
(AFSPA) 1958 in Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh following improvement
in the law and order situation.