also indicate ULFA-I leaders have found a location near the Namdapha
national park in Changlang of Arunachal Pradesh for setting up
a transit camp. About 70 cadres will be able to live here. A report
says that once the camp is ready, parts of Assam close to south-east
Arunachal Pradesh will witness a rise in violence.
approved an agreement between India and Myanmar on land border
crossing which the government said would enhance economic interaction
between people of the two countries There are already free movement
rights for people ordinarily residing in the border areas of both
countries. The agreement
will also facilitate movement of people on the basis of valid
passports and visas which will enhance economic and social interaction
between the two countries, a statement said. It is expected to
provide connectivity and enhance interaction of the people from
north-eastern states of India with those of Myanmar. The agreement
will safeguard the traditional rights of the largely tribal communities
residing along the border which are accustomed to free movement
across the land border, the statement read.
Government has taken all possible measures to prevent likely spill
over of illegal migrants into the state from neighbouring Assam,
in the aftermath of the NRC publication. An official release said
that CM Prema Khandu has sought detailed information from the
Director General of Police (DGP) about the status of the border
areas in the wake of part draft NRC publication. Assuring that
the situation is normal in the state, the DGP apprised the CM
that all border district SP's have been alerted and directed to
coordinate with their Assam counterparts.
Hawa Bagang stated that people of Arunachal Pradesh will never
accept granting of citizenship to refugees including the Chakmas
and Hajongs. He also added that asking for citizenship with unrelenting
attitude within Arunachal Pradesh will boomerang and the people
of the State will never accept it. The statement was made during
a joint high-power committee meeting on the Chakma and Hajong
issue which was attended by Arunachal Pradesh Home Secretary GS
Meena, along with Chakma and Hajong representatives.
SFs busted a temporary
hideout of ULFA-I near Namdapha Reserve forest in Changlang. According
to Army PRO the militants had been using the hideout as place
of transit and had been terrorizing and carrying out extortion
from villagers of Miao circle.
An NSCN-U militant 'private' Khungam Pansa arrested from Longding
A militant of
NSCN-R was arrested from Khonsa town in Tirap District. The arrested
militant was identified as 'sergeant major' Manhua Wangpan. An
AK-56 rifle, live ammunition, extortion note, drugs and INR 5,000
were recovered from him. According to the militant he was part
of a nine men team operating under 'captain' Eli Ketok and had
come to Khonsa for extortion
The Union Government
has asked the four states that share unfenced border with Myanmar
to distribute "border pass" to all the residents living
within 16 km from the boundary line. It has also asked the governments
of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram to enroll
the border residents under Aadhaar (unique identity card) on war
set fire on nine crude oil tankers, at Namchik checkgate in Changlang.
According to authorities, a group of at least 20 heavily armed
militants stormed the area and fired at the tankers and set them
ablaze. The tankers had been loaded with crude oil at Kharsang
oil fields in Changlang and were bound for Digboi oil refinery
in Tinsukia district of Assam. Police suspect ULFA-I or NSCN-K
to be behind the incident.
Mikir community is seeking restoration of the lost APST and PRC
status. The community residing at Chessa, Kokila, Hollongi, Balijan
and Tarasso in the foothills area of Papum Pare district was enlisted
as APST as per the Scheduled Tribe Amendment Act of 1950. Members
of the Mikir community were given ST certificates, equal opportunities
and benefits by the State government on par with other indigenous
communities of the State. But they no longer get it. Papum Pare
Deputy Commissioner Tai Kaye stated that 'ST certificate is only
permissible for Mikirs enlisted in the Schedule Tribe Amendment
Act 1950, but is not permissible for Karbis'.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed security situation
in the North-eastern States. According to official data, the security
situation in the region has improved and insurgency-related incidents
have gone down by 85 per cent in 2017 as compared to 2000. According
to the data, there were 308 insurgency-related incidents in 2017,
the lowest since 1997.
In 2000, 1,963 insurgency-related incidents had taken place in
the Northeast. Also, the death toll of security personnel and
civilians was lowest last year when 12 security forces personnel
and 37 civilians were killed.
The number of cases of kidnapping or abduction also went down
by 40 per cent as 168 incidents were reported in 2016, which came
down to 102 in 2017.
An NSCN-IM militant
was arrested from Namtok village in Changlang. The militant was
identified as 'private' Kejen Ngongpa. A pistol and ammunition
were recovered from the militant
suspect that extortion demand by militants is suspected to be
the main reason for torching of nine tankers carrying crude oil
from Kharsang in Changlang District.
Militants might have reportedly demanded ransom from transport
companies which owned the tankers. Though the identity of the
militants involved in the incident is yet to be ascertained, it
is suspected that members of NSCN-IM incident as there were reports
of movement of the cadres of the outfit in that area.
UNLFW an umbrella
group of rebel groups on January 22 called for a total boycott
of Republic Day celebrations. Khango Konyak, the newly appointed
'chairman' of UNLFW, in a statement said '(We want) a 24-hour
total shutdown on January 26 and to engage concerted refusal by
not attending or gathering at any governmental offices or public
places within 24 hours of that day, except some emergency services.
An Army trooper
was killed in a militant ambush on an Army convoy at Nangtaw Khamti
area of Namsai. According to Army sources, a militant was also
wounded in the incident. CorCom and ULFA-I were involved in the
attack. Two Army vehicles were also damaged in the attack.
SFs arrested an
NSCN-IM militant from Longpha village, in Changlang District.
A single bore rifle and other incriminating documents were recovered
from the arrested militant.
A militant of
NSCN-R identified as 'private' Honglant Pangtha was arrested from
Changlang District. A pistol and ammunition was recovered from
of ULFA-I and PLA killed in encounter at Shankapani in Changlang
District. Two pistols. Chinese grenades and ammunition were recovered
from the militants identified as Moniram Deori alias Moniram Axom
of ULFA-I and Hira Singh of PLA.
Two NSCN-R militants
were arrested from Lingtoi village in Changlang District. The
arrested militants have been identified as 'major' Ngijong Mungrey
and 'private' Jongsham Chena. Both militants were involved in
extortion cases and other criminal activities in the area. Two
pistols, seven rounds of ammunition and drugs were recovered from
the militants. A militant
of NSCN-U identified as Jangnee Lukham was arrested from Longkhao
village in Longding District. A pistol, ammunition and extortion
notes were recovered from him.
Two militants of
NSCN-R arrested from Songking in Changlang District. A pistol
and ammunition were recovered from the militants who were identified
as Channong Matcha and Jimreves Kimsing.
SFs arrested two
NSCN-K OGWs from Kherang Bisa village in West Siang District.
The arrested militants have been identified as Dumai Singpho and
Chojagam Singpho. The OGWs were involved in providing administrative
support, covertly carrying out extortion and also peddling drugs
for the group.
A national highway
contractor was abducted from Bordumsa in Changlang District. NSCN-IM
had reportedly demanded INR 100 million, of which a partial payment
was made by the victim.
MoS for Home Affairs
Kiren Rijiju stated that GoI has revised stipend amount and fixed
deposit for the surrendered militants in Northeast. The new surrender
scheme will come into effect from April 2018. The monthly allowance
would be increased from INR 3,000 to INR 6,000. Moreover, the
militants will be given a relief amount of INR 400,000 which was
earlier INR 1, 50,000.
According to Minister
of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, Arunachal Pradesh recorded 61
insurgency related incidents in 2017. State also recorded three
civilian fatalities in 2017. According to UMHA insurgency incidents
in north-east declined by 63 per cent as compared to 2014 in and
36 per cent compared to 2016 as the year 2017 witnessed the lowest
number of insurgency related incidents since 1997. There were
824 insurgency related incidents in 2014, 574 incidents in 2015,
484 in 2016, 308 in 2017. Civilian casualties has also recorded
a decrease by 83 percent, from 212 in 2014 to 37 in 2017 while
casualty rate of SFs declined by 40 percent, from 20 in 2014 to
12 in 2017.
who was abducted on February 9 was released by NSCN-IM at Kharsang
in Changlang District.
MEA stated that it will continue to support the peace process
and that national reconciliation in Myanmar will also benefit
the north-eastern states. The spokesperson stated that comprehensive
peace and national reconciliation in Myanmar will also be conducive
for peace and prosperity in India's north-eastern region. The
statement came after two militant groups in Myanmar MNSP and LDU
signed the NCA and joined the peace process.
Four ULFA-I OGWs
arrested in Malugaon village under Changlang District. he arrested
OGWs have been identified as Pradeep Barua, Rupam Rajbanshi, Munna
Shah and Diganta Gogoi. One pistol was recovered from the arrestees.
UMHA report also
stated that militancy in the Northeast is on the decline. According
to the report, the seven states in the northeast registered 308
militancy-related cases last year, down from 484 in 2016. In 2015,
there were 574 insurgency-related cases reported while the year
before that registered a staggering 824 such incidents. Formation
of UNLFW an umbrella body of at least four militant groups had
caused an increase in insurgency related incidents in Arunachal
of Independent faction ULFA-I and NDFB-S caused more disruptions
in Arunachal, which registered the second highest militant activity
with 61 incidents. Assam DGP stated that UNLFW an umbrella body
of at least four militant groups had caused an increase in insurgency
related incidents in Arunachal Pradesh. He added that The formation
of UNLFW has aided the revival of ULFA-I, which now receives support
from NSCN-K in Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.
Handloom and Textile Minister Ranjit Dutta stated that Assam CM
is taking an initiative to meet his Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema
Khandu to resolve the border issue between Assam and Arunachal
Pradesh. According to the Minister Chief Minister-level talks
on the Assam-Arunachal boundary issue will be held very soon by
involving the people from both sides of inter-state boundary,
especially those residing in the affected areas.
NSCN-IM was arrested by Army in Longding District.
NSCN-K was arrested
from Lazu in Tirap District. The arrested militant was identified
as 'private' Wangsam Nyamtey. A pistol, live rounds and extortion
notes were recovered from the arrested militant, who was involved
Myanmar has indefinitely
deferred signing an agreement with India to streamline the free
movement of people within 16 kilometres of Indo-Myanmar border.
Myanmar sighted 'domestic compulsions' for deferring to sign the
agreement and asked more time before the agreement is sealed.
A senior government official stated that 'Myanmar has been dragging
its feet on the agreement. They have asked for more time and are
reluctant due to domestic compulsions. They fear that if they
sign the pact, the international agreement will have to be adhered
On January 3, the
Union Cabinet had approved the agreement between India and Myanmar
on land border crossing to enhance economic interaction between
people of the two countries. The GoI had asked Arunachal Pradesh,
Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram to distribute "border pass" to all
the residents living within 16 km from the border.
Two female OGWs
of NSCN-K were arrested from Niausa village in Longding District.
Government has forwarded 1,798 citizenship applications by Chakma
and Hajong refugees to the foreigners division of UMHA along with
the recommendation that the applicants are not eligible for the
grant of citizenship.
Minister Kumar Waii stated that 'The Supreme Court in an order
of September 17, 2015, directed the Centre and the state to finalise
the conferment of citizenship rights on eligible Chakmas and Hajongs.
Accordingly the citizenship applications were processed and the
deputy commissioners of the affected districts verified and forwarded
reports to the state government stating none of the applicants
satisfied the conditions laid down under Section 5(1)(a) of the
Citizenship Act of 1955'. Minister further added that Government
had already issued directives to all the concerned DCs and action
would be initiated after getting the reports from the DC.
A militant of TSSF
working with ULFA-I was arrested from Margherita area of Changlang
District. The arrested militant was of the rank of 'private'.
According to defense sources, the militant also stated that that
he has been active part of the outfit since 2014 and has undergone
intensive training in Myanmar.
||A NSCN-K militant
from Bhumnyu village in Longleng District. The arrested militant
was identified as 'lieutenant' Pongnyan Phom.
and an OGW of NSCN-K arrested by AR from Chop village of Tirap District
and Lalpahar area of Changlang District respectively. The arrested
individuals were involved in extortion from general public.
NSCN-R militant identified as 'private'
Chajong Mossang was arrested from general area 17 Mile in Changlang
District. The arrested militant also reportedly confessed that
he joined NSCN-R in 2016 and was involved in a fire fight with
Security Forces (SFs ) in August 2017
Union Minister of State for Home
Kiren Rijiju that new rehabilitation policy for surrendered militants
in the Northeast with almost doubled stipend will come into force
from April. The monthly stipend for a surrendered militant has
been revised from INR 3,500 to INR 6,000 and the one-time grant
from INR 1,50,000 to INR 4,00,000.
More incentives have been added
for the weapons surrendered. A surrender-cum-rehabilitation scheme
for the Northeast militants is in force since April 1998. Many,
however, said the stipend offered under the scheme needed revision
as cadres of many outfits were resorting to crimes like extortion
as the amount offered by the government had not been revised for
years. An official statement said 'A surrender-cum-rehabilitation
scheme for the Northeast militants is in force since April 1998.
Many, however, said the stipend offered under the scheme needed
revision as cadres of many outfits were resorting to crimes like
extortion as the amount offered by the government had not been
revised for years'.
The statement also said that Assam
has spend about INR 75 million for militant rehabilitation while
Manipur spend INR 11.9 million and Tripura 11.8 million Militants
who have signed cease fire agreements have demanded that the stipend
be increased to cater to rising prices and prevent youths from
returning to militancy. Number of surrendered militants in north
east has reduced from 1,195 in 2012 to 130 in 2017. The statement
said at least 640 militants surrendered in 2013, followed by 965
in 2014, 143 in 2015, 267 in 2016 and three till February 2018.
UMHA is planning to create a separate
Central fund for security related provisions and even for constructing
the requisite police infrastructure and to get their forces trained
to handle the local crime situation. A source in UMHA added that
'We will also give them training with weapons and intelligence
gathering'. He also added that 'Local crime must be handled and
citizens must engage with the local police for their grievances.
Not only it infuses a sense of normalcy, the local police also
get engaged in vital intelligence gathering to aid security forces.
It gets further teeth to handle criminals and miscreants to ensure
'business as usual', eventually leading to big infrastructure
projects, roads and connectivity networks and crime-free inter
region passage to boost tourism'.
According to government sources,
'The MHA feels that the para-military and other special forces
deployed in the region can be engaged exclusively in intelligence
gathering against terror modules, patrolling the borders and for
special operations other than local crime and maintaining law
and order in North Eastern States'.
According to sources in government
the idea to engage the local police is encouraged by its recent
experiences in Manipur and Assam. A source stated that 'In Manipur,
the abductions have come down drastically since we started engaging
the local police to handle it. In Assam too, the violent incidents
have come down and we're now laying our focus on other States
like Arunachal, Mizoram and Nagaland to tackle crimes of cross-border
infiltration as the para-forces can check on the borders, but
those who still sneak in can only be identified and caught with
local intelligence gathered by State cops'.
NSCN-IM hideout was destroyed near
Sonking village in Changlang District. According to authorities,
an NSCN-IM leader Damting Tangkul was attempting to extort in
Sonking and Kharsang areas. The camp, which hwas being used as
a base for extortion activities had more than 10 temporary huts.
NSCN-IM militant identified as
'corporal' Ngshingbam Nalung was arrested from Sonking village
in Changlang District.
ULFA-I attacked SFs at Dirak check-post
in Namsai District. According to local sources, two bike-borne
militants coming from Arunachal side near Sitpani Area under Mahadevpur
Police station, opened fire on CRPF personnel.
Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta, the SP of
Tinsukia, said that the act of attempted sabotage must have been
carried out by a team of six members of ULFA-I led by Rupam Axom
and Tiger Axom camping along the Assam-Arunachal border areas
of Tinsukia-Changlang and Namsai Districts.
According to SP the six militants
entered from Myanmar through Arunachal Pradesh. However, a source
in the Bordumsa Kathalguri area said that a group of ULFA-I militants
had been moving around in the nearby tea garden belts
To check terror financing in the
North-East, GoI has ordered an inquiry by NIA. GoI has also firmed
up plans to enhance the operational capability of Border Guarding
Force and address the connectivity issues by constructing helipads
along Indo-Myanmar border. New Company Operating Bases (COBs)
are also being planned to be set up closer to Indo-Myanmar border..
The insurgency related civilian
casualties declined in all states except in Assam where it increased
from nine in 2015 to 29 in 2016. Additionally, the number of abductions
also decreased in the region from 267 in 2015 to 168 in 2016.
Counter Insurgency operations led to the killing of 87 militants,
arrest of 1202 and recovery of 605 arms in 2016 in the region.
AFSPA was extended in by another
six months in Tirap, Longding and Changlang, which border Myanmar
and specific areas under eight police stations of seven other
districts bordering Assam. The three districts have been under
the AFSPA, 1958 since January, 2016.
A UMHA notification stated that
'Now, therefore, Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts in Arunachal
Pradesh and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of the following
eight police stations in the districts of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering
the state of Assam, are declared as disturbed area' under Section
3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 up to September
30, 2018 w.e.f. April 1, 2018, unless withdrawn earlier'.
Meanwhile, AFSPA was partially
withdrawn in two police station areas in West Siang and East Siang
Districts bordering Assam. The two police station areas from where
the Act has been withdrawn are Likabali police station in West
Siang district and Ruksin police station in East Siang District.
The eight police stations where
the Act will stay are Balemu and Bhalukpong police stations in
West Kameng district, Seijosa police station in East Kameng district,
Balijan police station in Papumpare district, Namsai and Mahadevpur
police stations in Namsai district, Roing police station in Lower
Dibang Valley district and Sunpura police station in Lohit district.
Apart from Arunachal, the centre has put in force the Act is in
whole of Nagaland state, a 10-km strip inside Meghalaya bordering
Assam while the state governments of Assam and Manipur now have
the powers to keep or revoke the Act.
A mass rally was held in Miao in
Changlang District against the reported death threat issued by
NSCN-IM militant to an individual identified as Jowkhong Singpho,
who has been a been a pro-active Singpho leader heading the Singpho
Development Society (SDS), an apex body of the community. Around
2,000 people took part in the demonstration.
An OGW of NSCN-K identified as
Limham Jugli was arrested from Lalpahar village in Changlang.
A .22 pistol and live ammunition were recovered from the arrested
militant. OGW was involved in extortion and threatening the locals.
MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju admitted
that radicalisation efforts from across the border in Bangladesh
are on in the Northeast. The Minister stated that 'Security and
intelligence agencies are aware of the threat of radicalisation
in the North Eastern states and they are taking necessary steps
to thwart these moves. The activities of such radical elements
are being monitored closely'.
The Minister also added that GoI
has an extensive engagement with the Government of Bangladesh
on the issue of illegal migrants under various bilateral mechanisms
like the Joint Consultative Commission, Foreign Secretary and
Home Secretary-level talks, Joint Working Group on Security and
Border Management, Joint Task Forces on Human Trafficking, fake
Union Minister for Home Affairs,
Rajnath Singh had stated that religious radicalisation as a serious
security threat and said if not checked in time, it could lead
to terrorism. The Minister who reviewed the security situation
in the Northeast with chief secretaries and Director General of
Police (DGPs) of the region, also expressed concern over the proliferation
of illegal arms and asked the DGPs to launch organised campaigns
against arms smugglers. He stated that 'If we talk about the future
security threats, radicalisation has come as a huge security challenge.
Radicalisation is a trans-national phenomenon. If we can't check
it, it will turn into terrorism'.
Two militants of NSCN-R arrested
from Ngeichang area of Changlang District. The arrested militants
were identified as 'sergeant major' Nongman Jugli and 'lance corporal'
Sampan Harap. The cadres were found in possession of weapons,
ammunition and other incriminating evidence.
According to UMHA report due to
cooperation from Bangladesh and Myanmar, activities of IIGs have
been contained. The report also stated that. In order to enhance
the operational capability of the border guarding force and address
connectivity issues, a border infrastructure project involving
construction of roads and helipads along the Indo Myanmar border
is being planned. New COB are also being planned to be set up
closer to the Indo-Myanmar border. Along Indo-Myanmar border,
10 kilometer fencing between Border Post No. 79-81 at Moreh has
been approved at INR 359.9 Million. A fencing of approximately
four km has been completed and an amount of INR 224.1 Million.
Along 1643 Kilometer border with Myanmar, 1,472 km has been demarcated.
According to the UMHA report,
there are only two un-demarcated portions along the Indo-Myanmar
border: Lohit sub-sector of Arunachal Pradesh - 136 kilometeres
and Kabaw Valley in Manipur - 35 kilometeres, border fencing between
boundary pillar No. 79 and No. 81 in Moreh.
SSB According to the UMHA report,
there are only two un-demarcated portions along the Indo-Myanmar
border: Lohit sub-sector of Arunachal Pradesh - 136 kilometeres
and Kabaw Valley in Manipur - 35 kilometeres, border fencing between
boundary pillar No. 79 and No. 81 in Moreh. The ITBP has established
173 BOPs along the Indo-China border, said the report.
GoI has approved of construction
of 313 km border road at a cost of Rs 1,259 crore in Assam along
the Indo-Bhutan border. The construction work has not yet started
due to pending land acquisition.
Wancho Council, the apex organization
of the Wancho community along with WSU and LDSU have opposed the
government's alleged move to shift IRBn Longding district to Tezu
in Lohit District. Terming the 'move' as against the interest
of the indigenous people, the organizations, appealed to reconsider
such sudden and shocking order for the immediate shifting of the
Wancho Council expressed its sentiments
saying that the State government need to rethink it (the decision)
with the strategic importance of Longding, which is bordering
Myanmar, Assam and Nagaland. Council stated that the District
is in need of more security forces for maintaining law and order,
and added that Longding have been facing confrontations because
of militants and the boundary disputes with Assam.
SFs arrested an NSCN-IM militant
identified as 'second lieutenant' Khampai Wangsu at Laptang area
in Tirap District. He arrestee had joined NSCN-IM in 2012 and
during interrogation admitted that he was trying to carry out
extortion activities in the area
Four ENGG militants and an OGW
were arrested from Miao town in Changlang District. Two of the
arrestees were identified as 'major' Thaimong Mossang and Awang
GoI has revised the surrender-cum-rehabilitation
policy of militants in the northeastern states with effect from
April 1. The grant for surrendered militants has been raised to
INR 4,00,000 from INR 1,00,000 and the monthly stipend to INR
6,000 from INR 3,500 for three years.
According to UMHA official, revised
policy also includes provisions for vocational training, funds
for construction of rehabilitation camps and compulsory Aadhaar
biometric registration of surrenderees. The surrender-cum-rehabilitation
policy in the Northeast has been implemented since 1998. Under
the revised SRE in the region, ex gratia for civilians killed
has been doubled to INR 1,00,000 and for Police personnel it has
been increased to two million from INR 3,00,000. For Police personnel
who suffer from permanent disability the ex gratia has been increased
from INR 75,000 to INR 3,00,000.
Additionally, the salary for home
guards has been increased from INR 4,500 to INR 6,000. Moreover,
honorarium for village defence guards doubled to INR 3,000.
GoI has lifted AFSPA from eight
Districts of Arunachal Pradesh following improved security situation
in the region. AFSPA has been reduced from 16 police stations
in Arunachal Pradesh bordering Assam to eight with effect from
March 31. AFSPA is now reduced from 16 police stations bordering
Assam to eight police stations, besides Tirap, Changlang and Longding
Districts which border Myanmar.
According to UMHA report violence
level in Assam has been lowest since 1997 and it decreased by
56 per cent compared to 2016. Nagaland (67 per cent), Manipur
(28 per cent) and Meghalaya (59 per cent) also recorded a decrease
in violence level. However, there was an increase in violent incidents
(by 22 per cent) in Arunachal Pradesh in 2017. The report said
though Arunachal Pradesh does not have any active indigenous insurgent
group the state is affected by spill over militant activities
of National Socialist Council of NSCN-IM, NSCN-KK, NSCN-K in Tirap,
Changlang and Longding.
NSCN-IM militant arrested from
Longphong area of Longding District. The arrested militant identified
as Wangphiak Lowang. Arms and ammunition were recovered from his
An NSCN-K militant identified as
Wangphiak Lowang was arrested from Muktwa village in Tirap District.
A large quantity of explosives and detonators were recovered from
the arrested militant.
Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay attributed
the pursuance of "well thought out, calibrated" policies of the
Centre and the States for militancy going down in the Northeast
and the subsequent removal of AFSPA in Meghalaya and parts of
Arunachal Pradesh. He stated that The militancy graph is coming
down over the years owing to a well thought out calibrated policy
consciously pursued by the Centre and State. Now you have the
AFSPA removed from Meghalaya and parts of Arunachal Pradesh.
The DGP, however, warned those
militants still active in pockets of being dealt with sternly
if they continued to wield the gun. "But then again, the fact
remains that militancy is down but not out. NSCN and ULFA are
still active and may create problems. We are for conflict resolution
through negotiation. Those willing to lead a life of acceptability
are welcome but we are duty bound to respond to those who still
want to wield the gun," DGP Mukesh Sahay added.
AAPSU opposed granting citizenship
rights to the two communities. 'We expressed apprehension regarding
enrolment of Chakma and Hajong people in the electoral roll and
categorically stated that no fresh enrolment should be done since
the two communities are not citizens of the country,"Nepha Wangsa,
deputy spokesperson of AAPSU said.The over three-hour long meeting,
held in Arunachal Pradesh's capital Itanagar, was attended by
representatives of the Centre, Arunachal Government, AAPSU and
Chakma and Hajong communities. The Centre was represented by Satyendra
Garg, Joint Secretary (Northeast) of Union ministry of home affairs,
Anil Malik, Joint Secretary (foreigners) of ministry of home affairs
and the state was represented by G.S. Meena, secretary of the
Political and Home Department of Arunachal, deputy commissioners
of various districts and principal Chief Conservator of Forest.
Two NSCN-K militants and an OGW
were arrested from Mulong village in Changlang. An IED IED Activator
with controller and four detonators were recovered from the arrested
NSCN-IM militant was arrested
from Longbu village in Tirap District. The arrested militant has
been identified as KIjen Thiaktey Wangsu.
NESCO a students body of seven
north-eastern States has demanded provisions of ILP for all the
States of the region along with special Constitutional status
to protect the land and resources of Northeast. A joint protest
demonstration would be staged on May 12 (today) in Dighalipukhuripar
in Guwahati followed by similar protest activities in every State
capital of the region and district-wise protest demonstrations
across the Northeast to oppose the bill. All Assam Students' Union
has also announced a series of protest activities against the
Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016.
Insurgency-related incidents in
the Northeast dropped by 36 per cent in 2017, the lowest in 20
years. The annual report of the home ministry (2017-18) said such
incidents decreased to 308 in 2017 compared to 484 in 2016 while
Mizoram and Tripura reported no such incident in 2017. Assam,
Meghalaya and Nagaland reported over 50 per cent decline in incidents
but it increased by 22 per cent in Arunachal Pradesh despite the
state having no local insurgent group. Arunachal Pradesh continued
to be a worry although it has no insurgent group of its own. "The
state is affected by spillover militant activities of NSCN factions,
ULFA-I, NDFB-S which use the state as a transit corridor to reach
their hideouts in Myanmar. The state witnessed 61 incidents in
2017, in which nine insurgents were killed and 44 other arrested.
The state reported 27 extortion and abduction cases.
The death of security forces and
civilians owing to militant attacks declined during 2017 while
the killing and arrest of militants in counter-insurgency operations
also yielded more results compared to 2016. Nagaland saw a 67
per cent decline in insurgency-related incidents - from 58 in
2016 to 19 in 2017. Four militants were killed and 171 arrested
while 87 weapons were recovered in the state in 2017.
Assam reported 56 per cent decline
in insurgency-related incidents from 75 in 2016 to 33 in 2017.
ULFA-I and NDFB-S however remain active in the state.
Manipur accounted for about 54
per cent of total violent incidents in the region with the state
reporting 167 of the 308 incidents during 2017. The state, however,
witnessed 28 per cent decline in such incidents from 233 in 2016
to 167 in 2017. The number of civilian deaths, on the other hand,
went up from 11 to 23.
SFs arrested an NSCN-IM militant
identified as 'private' Tingwang Wangsa in Khonsa town in Tirap
District. A pistol along with live ammunition was recovered from
the arrested militant.
An OGW of NSCN-IM was arrested
from Sanliam village in Tirap District. Extortion money and notes
were recovered from the arrested militant.
An OGW of NSCN-K was arrested
on the same day from Pongkong village in Tirap District. Additionally,
an Army official stated that security forces has been carrying
out aggressive operations in the South Arunachal Pradesh
An NSCN-IM militant was killed
in an encounter near Nignu village in Longding District. The militant
has been identified as Pangang Gangsa. A pistol with ammunition,
grenades and other incriminating documents were recovered from
the militant. The militant was previously a cadre of NSCN-K and
was involved in the December 3, 2016 ambush in Tirap District.
||UMHA has formulated
has introduced a new surrender policy to lure away militants from
joining militancy in North east region. The policy has proposed
a fixed deposit of INR 4,00,000 and monthly stipend of INR6,000
to those who surrendered and an extra incentive for those with weapons.
Stipend would be paid in the bank account and fixed deposit would
be handed over to the surrendered militant only after sighing of
the memorandum of settlement (MoS) with respective militant outfits.
UMHA also clarified that if surrendered militant is found to have
been indulging in any criminal activities before the signing of
MoU, the surrendered militant will forfeit his fixed deposit. Earlier
surrender militants were given a stipend of INR 3,000 and one time
grant of INR 3,00,000. UMHA has also decided to send the militants,
seeking to surrender without arms, to the State level screening
committee which will take a decision on accepting or rejecting the
surrender. Informing that there are nearly 3,500 surrendered militants
who will be benefited by new surrender policy in Assam, security
sources said that a 12-member group of Kuki militant outfit has
also come forward to surrender with six AK series rifles.
and a civilian killed in factional clash between NSCN-IM and NSCN-U
at Demoli in Tirap District. The two militants killed belong to
NSCN-U faction. The civilian has been identified as Ali. The civilian
along with his father was abducted by NSCN-IM militants from Deomali
area. The father after being assaulted was let off to fetch the
ransom amount for release.