Arunachal Pradesh Timeline 2018



January 2

Intelligence reports 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.

January 3

Union Cabinet 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.

January 4

Arunachal Pradesh 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.

January 5

AAPSU President 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.

January 8

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 District

January 12

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

January 13

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 footing.

January 16

Suspected militants 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.

January 17

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

January 18

Security sources 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.

January 22

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.

January 24

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.

January 25

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.

January 31

A militant of NSCN-R identified as 'private' Honglant Pangtha was arrested from Changlang District. A pistol and ammunition was recovered from him.

February 1

Two militants 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.

February 3

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.

February 6

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.

February 7

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.

February 9

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.

February 10

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.

February 11

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.

February 13

Road contractor who was abducted on February 9 was released by NSCN-IM at Kharsang in Changlang District.

Spokesperson of 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.

February 16

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.

February 19

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.

February 26

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.

March 4

An unidentified NSCN-IM was arrested by Army in Longding District.

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.