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 Pradesh.
The resurgence 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.
Assam Irrigation, 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.
An unidentified NSCN-IM was arrested
by Army in Longding District.