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Nagaland Timeline - 2017

January 6

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.

January 9

The militant group, NSCN-R, in a statement, opposed the proposed Pangsha fencing (in the border of India and Myanmar) by India and Myanmar Government in the Nagaland. The statement said that 'dividing the Nagas' is 'highly questionable and unacceptable.'

January 10

The ADGP, L R Bishnoi, said that Chinese intelligence agencies had been helping various insurgent groups of North Eastern India having bases in Myanmar. L R Bishnoi also claimed that the chief of ULFA-I, Paresh Barua had currently set up base in Ruili, a Chinese town in the Myanmar border. He said that Paresh Barua had drawn up plans to supply arms procured from Chinese agencies to smaller armed groups of the North-eastern region. "Chinese intelligences have been helping, directly or indirectly various insurgent groups of the North-eastern region that have their bases and hideouts inside Myanmar. These groups are under increasing influence of the Chinese agencies, and ULFA-I leader Paresh Barua is among those top leaders who have been in regular touch with the Chinese liaison office in Ruili on the China-Myanmar border," ADGP LR Bishnoi said.

Giving a break-up of the cadre strength of different North-eastern rebel groups in Myanmar, ADGP Bishnoi also said that while the NSCN-K had over 1,000 cadres there, PLA- a Manipuri group came second with over 250 men. "Taking into account at least ten North-eastern rebel groups having their bases and hideouts in Myanmar, there should be close to 2,500 militants from the region in that country. Of them NSCN-K alone has a little over 1,000 men, followed by around 260 of the PLA, 230 of the UNLF and a little over 200 of the ULFA-I," Bishnoi said. According to him, the strength of the NSCN-IM there would be between 80 and 120, NDFB-IKS about 160, KYKL, PREPAK and PREPAK-Pro around 10 each. "Two things that have been happening there is that while the rebel groups of the region work in close coordination, they get almost 100 per cent support from the local communities close to the Indo-Myanmar who belong to various Naga tribes. These villagers not only provide them food and shelter, but also guide them through the mountainous track," Bishnoi said.

The AR arrested one NSCN-K militant, identified as Velasayi (35) along with arms at Jail Colony in Kohima District. One point 22 mm pistol was recovered from the arrestee.

One militant of NSCN-K, identified as ''corporal'' Cheimang, was arrested from Mon Town in Mon District by AR. One .22 mm pistol along with ammunition and some other indoctrinatory documents were recovered from the arrested militant. According to PRO of AR, IGAR-N, the militant was involved in illegal ''tax collection'' for NSCN-K.

January 12

Unidentified assailants hurled a crude bomb at the residence of Hokuto Zhimomi, a BJP candidate for DMC polls, at Veterinary colony of Burma camp area in Dimapur District. The blast damaged the concrete floored compound but no casualties were reported. Police recovered some plastic materials from the spot.

January 14

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.

January 17

AR arrested one NSCN-K militant from Manyaksho village in Mon District. AR also recovered one pistol and three rounds from the arrested militant.

January 18

The AR arrested 13 militants of NSCN-IM along Mon-Tizit road in Mon District along with arms. Four AK-56 rifles, two HK-32 rifles, one MA-MK 4 rifles, four pistols and a huge quantity of live ammunition apart from other warlike stores were recovered from the arrested militants. PRO, AR, IGAR-N also informed that the militants were arrested while they were travelling in two Maruti gypsies on Mon-Tizit road.

The NIA conducted search operations at various Government offices in Nagaland that are believed to be funding underground terrorist organisations, including the NSCN-K. Earlier, one militant of NSCN-K identified as S. Khetoshe Sumi, who was arrested on July 31, 2016, revealed that different Government departments of the State pays illegal 'tax' to the militant groups. The NIA took over the investigation on August 17, 2016.

January 18

UHM Rajnath Singh made an appeal to Nagaland CM TR Zeliang to try to convince the Naga leaders in Manipur to call off their economic blockade and come to some sort of understanding with the Manipur Government. UHM Rajnath Singh called Nagaland CM TR Zeliang to New Delhi to discuss the matter. In the meeting, Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh and Deputy CM Gaikhangam were also present.

January 19

In a statement, the NSCN-IM called upon all Naga groups to come together on a 'single platform' before the announcement of the peace settlement with the Central Government of India. The peace process started with a ceasefire agreement with NSCN-IM in 1997 and a final peace settlement had started gaining momentum after the Central Government of India signed the ''framework agreement'' in August, 2015.

January 20

NIA probe into institutionalized extortion rackets run by Naga militant groups in Nagaland has revealed that these militant formations were getting money allegedly from 14 State Government Departments. The news report names the Naga militant groups involved as the NSCN-K, NSCN-IM and NNC.

Sources said these Government Departments include the Directorate of Information Technology, Directorate of Soil and Water Conservation, Directorate of Irrigation, Directorate of Rural Development, Directorate of Urban Development, PWD, Roads and Buildings and Directorate of Information and Public Relations. "We have found documents that show that at least 14 Government Departments made regular payments to Naga groups, including NSCN-IM," an NIA officer said. "We have seized receipts that show payments of INR 2 crore. Further investigation is on."

January 23

AR arrested one NSCN-K militant, identified as 'lieutenant' Yantril Sangtam from Longkhim Town in Tuensang District. An IED with a detonator, a reserve detonator and one .22 pistol with four live rounds were recovered from the arrested militant.

In a statement, NSCN-K said that it would boycott India's Republic day celebration on January 26 in 'all over Naga inhabited areas'.

January 29

AR arrested two persons, identified as Vizoto Angami, (40) and Supi Chaya Angami (35) from Medziphema Town in Dimapur District along with arms. According to the AR, one of the arrestees, Vizoto Angami is a member of NSCN-IM. AR recovered one .22 mm Pistol and 339 bottles of IMFL from their possession.

January 31 Two unidentified civilians were killed when Police open fired to control a highly agitated mass in Dimapur town in Dimapur District. Five civilians were also injured in the firing. While seven other agitated civilians were injure in Longleng District by Police firing. Mass protest erupted in Nagaland on January 31, when NPF Government headed by TR Zeliang acting on the Gauhati HC directive decided to conduct polls in 12 of the 32 municipal bodies in the state. Tribal NGO's have been against the polls because of 33% reservation of seats for women across the State's 32 municipal and town councils.
February 2

Angry Protestors, who were not, satisfied with State Government's response the 'ultimatum', served by NTAC, set ablaze several Government offices. The damaged Government property includes, the KMC, Regional Transport Office, offices of the SSA, Superintendent Excise Office, Nagaland Legal Service Authority and the Kohima Press Club. Earlier, a new committee called the NTAC, formed on January 31 and comprising of representative of all apex Naga tribes in Kohima, submitted a memorandum to the Commissioner and Secretary to the Governor, as the Governor was out of station. The memorandum served an 'ultimatum' to the CM and his cabinet to resign by 4:00pm, and reiterated demands for the ULB election process to be declared null and void and suspension of the concerned police officials and personnel. Anger has been simmering in many parts of the State since the death of two protesters in Police firing on January 31st in Dimapur District. Tribal NGOs have been against the elections because of 33% reservation of seats for women across the State's 32 municipal and town councils. Elections were held in 11 of the State's 32 municipal bodies on February 1.

The State Government responded by declaring the ULB poll process 'null and void', and informing that the State Cabinet has decided to 'immediately transfer' the DCP and DCP Zone (1), Dimapur, in order to facilitate an impartial inquiry. The JCC informed that the indefinite bandh (general strike) in Dimapur District over the issues of ULB would continue 'until and unless the State Government heed to the people's demands'.

February 3

The NTAC, Kohima, evening announced an indefinite Nagaland bandh (general shut down) till CM T.R. Zeliang steps down with his cabinet. The stand-off between the State Government and civil society groups continues after the Government's decision to hold the ULB on February 1 by reserving 33 per cent seats for women. Zeliang had partially met three demands of the NTAC. NTAC had wanted the polls declared null and void, suspension of the Dimapur Police Commissioner and Zeliang's resignation. Further, leaders of the JCC, which is also against reservation, also said in Dimapur that the protest would continue.

However, no fresh incident of violence was reported in the State. "The situation is under control. No violent incidents were reported from anywhere," said Director General of Police LL Doungel, adding that curfew was lifted from some places in Kohima but continued in Dimapur. The dead bodies of two youths, killed during the Police firing on January 31, were also buried after a meeting between NTAC and the State Governor.

February 4

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.

February 5

The protestors are all set to enforce a "total bandh" (general shutdown) on State Government offices and vehicles for an indefinite period starting from February 6. "The Chief Minister is solely responsible for all the trouble. He is responsible for the death of two youths in police firing outside his residence in Dimapur on January 31. He is also responsible for the mob fury that led to the burning down of so many government offices in Kohima on February 3," said, explaining their position, K T Vilie, 'convener' of the NTAC. However the NTAC, Kohima, and the JCC, Dimapur, relaxed the indefinite strike on Sunday (today) to allow people to attend Church services. Business, educational institutions, banks and movement of pedestrians have also been exempted from the strike. The strike was called to demand the resignation of CM T.R. Zeliang over holding of the ULB polls on February 1 with 33 per cent reservation for women.

February 7

In a statement the NSCN-IM militant asked all business establishment and shops of Dimapur to remain closed on Sundays with 'immediate effect'. The militant group also threatened 'stern action against defaulters' in their statement.

With the death of one of the persons injured in clashes of January 31, over ULB elections in Nagaland, the total death in the violence has raised to three.

Nagaland CM T.R.Zeliang informed that the border fencing along the Indo-Myanmar border by the Myanmar Government at Pangsha in Tuensang District has been stopped with the intervention of the Central Government of India.

After the tripartite agreement signed on January 30 with the JCC and NBCC, CM T.R. Zeliang apologized to JCC and NBCC for the recent turmoil in the State regarding the ULB election. Citing the tripartite agreement, he said that since JCC had agreed to support 33% women reservation, the State Government had intended to declare partial conduct of the ULB election in those areas where there was no opposition.

February 9

The NTAC volunteers damaged one gypsy belonging to State Police department at high school junction Kohima, during the ongoing indefinite bandh (general shutdown) against the Government offices and Government vehicles, over the issues of elections to ULBs. NTAC, which is enforcing the total bandh (general shutdown) on State Government offices and vehicles for an indefinite period starting from February 6, is demanding the resignation of Chief Minister T R Zeliang and his cabinet following the killing of three youths in Police firing incident on January 31, during the protest over conducting ULB elections with 33% women reservation.

Based on specific input, 5 AR in an operation, arrested two NSCN-K militants, identified as 'sergeant major' Ivuto Chophy and 'corporal' Kunovi, from Sumi Gate area in Zunheboto District on. According to PRO of IGAR-N the arrested duo was indulging in extortion activities at Zunheboto town. PRO stated that, the cadres were in possession of an extortion note addressed to the engineer, Irrigation Department of Zunheboto.

State Governor P B Acharya declared the entire process of elections to ULBs in the State, which was strongly opposed by Naga tribal groups, as null and void. State Election Commissioner Sentiyanger Imchen also in a notification said following the Governor's decision the election programme for the ULBs, notified on December 21 last year, is now null and void. Earlier, on February 2, the state Cabinet had decided to declare the election process null and void.

The NSCN-K militant released a press statement over the issue of ULB election and the subsequent violence in the State and said that the State Government 'should pave way for people's interest'. It also condemned the State Government for the recent violence in the State over the issues of ULB election in their statement.

February 10

Two militants of GPRN/NSCN, identified as 'guard commander of Ao region' Merentoshi and 'major' Tongpang, were abducted by NSCN-IM militants from Tzuremen village area in Mokokchung District.

The JCC informed that it would intensify the ongoing bandh (total shutdown) indefinitely starting February 13 if the CM T.R. Zeliang does not resign within the '3-day deadline' given by the JCC and NTAC that expires February 10 midnight. Further, a meeting of the legislature party of the ruling DAN supported CM T.R Zeliang on the whole issue and appealed to the agitators to end the indefinite strike and engage with the Government.

February 12

Demanding the resignation of CM TR Zeliang from his post over the issues of ULBs election and the subsequent violence in the State, JCC and NTAC, Kohima had called for a total indefinite bandh (shutdown) in Nagaland from 6 am to 6 pm daily from February 13.

February 13

The second phase of indefinite total bandh (shutdown) called by the JCC and NTAC along with various tribal organisations, started in the entire State has crippled normal life in the State. Business establishments, educational institutions and Government offices remained closed while vehicles were off the road during the bandh. However no violent incident from any part of the State was reported so far.

While, the organisations are demanding resignation of CM TR Zeliang following the killing of two youths in Police firing in Dimapur on January 31, the CM Addressed the people of Nagaland in a broadcast by AIR in Kohima and appealed the agitating organisations to lift the bandh. He specially mentioned his concern over the board exams of the students which were scheduled on February 14.

Mobile internet services and SMS in the State remained suspended for the 15th day. In order to thwart rumors, Nagaland Government snapped the services on January 30 after the public upheaval arising out of holding of ULB elections.

A top level meeting between former Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio, NSA Ajit Doval and JIC Chairman R.N Ravi to discuss the current situation in Nagaland arising out of the ULB elections was held. Neiphiu Rio expressed his concern over the ongoing turmoil of the State over the issues of ULB elections and said that the situation of the State had to be tactfully handled as it could adversely affect the already fragile 'Indo-Naga peace talks'. He also strongly urged upon the Centre to bring about an early solution to the Naga issue.

February 14

Clarifying the stand of the present Union Government towards insurgents groups, the UMHA has indicated to a parliamentary panel that it is open to negotiations with only those militant formations that abjure violence and opt for a solution within the Constitution of India. The Government proposes to adopt a multi-pronged strategy to deal with extremists/separatists of the northeastern region. The parliamentary panel in its report advised that the government should start dialogue with these groups and address sympathetically their grievances within the framework of the Constitution of India with an aim of bringing them into the mainstream. The multi-pronged strategy includes this aspect also.

Currently, the Union government is engaged in peace talks with various insurgent groups of the Northeast and talks are continuing with the ULFA-PTF, NDFB-P, NDFB-RD, KLNLF- all from Assam, while the NSCN-IM, NSCN-KN and NSCN-R of Nagaland are under ceasefire agreements.

A total of 23 underground outfits of Manipur, consisting two conglomerates - the UPF and KNO are currently under SoO agreement with the Union Government. Three valley-based underground outfits of Manipur - the URF, KCP-L and KYKL-MDF have signed MoU with the Union Government.

The Union Government has informed that pursuant to the policy of talks, various insurgent outfits, including the UPDS, DHD of Assam and ANVC and ANVC-B of Meghalaya have signed memorandum of settlement with the Government and dissolved themselves. As a result, a number of members of insurgent outfits have surrendered after laying down arms and joined the mainstream of society.

February 16

The indefinite State-wide bandh (shutdown) called by Naga Tribal groups continued in the State and entered its fourth consecutive day. The bandh across the State was by and large peaceful. However, in Districts like Kohima, Wokha and Tuensang the bandh was relaxed as only Government offices and Government vehicles were barred from functioning.

CM T.R. Zeliang appealed to the agitating tribal groups to give him two-three more days 'to step down' to ensure smooth transition of power, after ruling NPF legislators backed party supremo Shurhozelie Liezietsu to take over.

In a statement issued, BPCC-A-N appealed to public on either sides of the border to avoid all such affairs that could affect peace coordination on Assam-Nagaland border and likely to deteriorate age-old good relations of Assam and Nagaland. The appeal comes in the wake of an incident of assault and extortion demand that reportedly took place near Hoolungooree Tea Estate on Assam side of the Nagaland border in Jorhat District on February 15, 2017.

February 17

While the bandh (shutdown) in some Districts like Kohima, Wokha and Tuensang was relaxed, the indefinite 'State wide bandh' by different Tribal groups entered the fifth day in Dimapur District. However, NTAC postponed the 'public rally' and 'fast unto death' stir in Kohima scheduled to be held on February 17. The decision was made in view of the appeal of CM TR Zeliang to give him two-three more days to ensure smooth transition of office and in the larger interest of the State.

Reacting on the present situation and the ongoing bandh in the State, the NSCN-K made a statement. In the statement, the militant group stated that it is "highly perturbed" over the lengthy disruption of normal lives in the State of Nagaland and called for immediate resolution "which can be possible only if the incumbent leadership heed to the call of the people."

February 19

CM T R Zeliang resigned hours after he called an "emergency meeting". Two organisations, NTAC Kohima and JCC, are leading the agitation against the State Government's following its decision to conduct ULB polls in the State with 33 per cent reservation for women. Both the bodies are yet to call off the indefinite bandh (shutdown) in the State since February 6, demanding the resignation of CM T R Zeliang, following the death of two civilians in Police firing on January 31.

Earlier, NTAC Kohima has asked all citizens to be prepared for any eventuality in the event CM T.R. Zeliang failed to keep his word to step down by February 19 midnight. NTAC also informed that the ongoing bandh (shutdown) on Government offices and movement of Government vehicles will continue till further information. In this regard, NTAC media cell informed all tribal hohos in their respective Districts to deploy volunteers to ensure that the bandh has been enforced. Further, NTAC appealed private hospitals and medical establishments to be on standby for any casualty or emergency cases in the event the situation aggravate and goes out of hand.

AR arrested one militant of NSCN-IM, identified as Tuithung Achan from Jalukie Town in Peren District. AR also recovered one 7.65 mm pistol with magazine and two live rounds from the arrested militant.

February 20

The JCC and NTAC decided to lift the bandh (shutdown) on Government machineries with effect from February 20 evening. JCC convenor, Supu Jamir said that the decision to call off the bandh was made following the resignation of T.R. Zeliang. The Government authorities also finally decided to restore mobile internet/data and SMS services which were snapped since January 30.

NPF President and DAN Chairman Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu was unanimously elected as leader of DAN Legislature Party by the alliance legislators at a meeting in Kohima to replace TR Zeliang as Nagaland CM.

February 21

The agitating tribal groups led by NTAC and JCC withdrew their indefinite bandh (shutdown) on Government offices and plying of Government vehicles on the road, following the resignation of CM T.R. Zeliang on February 19.

February 24

NSCN-IM has cautioned certain individuals that their "campaign" to sabotage the peace talks with a new approach of "Nagas of Nagaland" and "treacherous venom" to mislead the people by demanding the declaration of the content of the framework agreement would not deter the dedication of the true Nagas. In a release, NSCN-IM maintained that the Naga people have hope that the agreement will bring peace and honourable settlement of the Naga goals. A framework agreement was signed between the NSCN-IM and the Union Government on August 3, 2015.

February 25

NSCN-IM delegation led by Thuingaleng Muivah and JIC 'Chairman' RN Ravi are holding weekly meetings to iron out differences and solution is in sight. The report sources the information from an official, privy to the talks, who said that New Delhi, believes a breakthrough has been made in the talks with the NSCN-IM agreeing, in principle, that Naga communities can exercise autonomous political rights within existing State boundaries. The evolving formula, it believes, would meet the group's demand for integration, while at once addressing Manipur's territorial anxieties.

AR arrested one cadre of NSCN-R, identified as Vekupe, at general area of Porba Junction in Phek District. AR recovered four extortion money 'collection slips' from the arrested militant.

February 27

SFs busted an organized set up for collection of extortion money and arrested one NSCN-K, identified as Tokuto Aye, near BOC in Kohima District.

The AET of Dimapur Police arrested one assailant, identified as Khaka Yepthomi, in Dimapur District for collecting extortion money in the name of NSCN-IM. According to the source, the matter is under investigation.

February 28

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.

March 2

AR arrested four cadres of NSCN-IM, identified as Asakha Kayni (29), Makavo (42), Ohehe (40) and Lokho (35), from Khuzama Junction along the NH-29 in Kohima District. The militants were involved in extortions. AR recovered 30 cash 'receipts', four mobiles phones, INR 8,730 in cash and 68 copies of 'receipt' of Dimapur Bus Owners Association from the arrestees.

March 3

The AET of Dimapur Police arrested two persons, identified as Angukavi Yepthomi and Tovika Sema, at Purana Bazaar area in Dimapur District. According to the Police, one arrestee, identified as Angukavi Yepthomi is a militant of NNC-NA. AET also recovered demand slips of NNC-NA from their possession.

A joint team of 32 AR and State Police, during a search operation, arrested a NNC kilonser (minister), identified as N. Mar Longkumer (43), in Clock Tower area of Dimapur town.

March 4

AR arrested one arms dealer and another suspected militants in two separate operations in Dimapur District. In the first incident, AR arrested the arms dealer, identified as Ibomcha Khan (50) from Khermahal. AR recovered one 7.65 mm pistol, two magazine and 28 live rounds of 7.65 mm from the arms dealer. In the second incident, AR along with Police launched a search operation at Bus Station in Dimapur and arrested one cadre of KPLT, identified as Mukhim Rongti (28). One air gun pistol (country made) and air gun pen pistol (country made) were also recovered from the arrested militant.

March 6

A joint team of 32 AR and State Police launched an operation and arrested an arms dealer, Igato Sumi (31), from Govinda Paira Colony of Burma Camp, in Dimapur District. The joint team recovered one .22 mm pistol and mobile from him.

March 9

In a joint statement issued to the media after a joint meeting between 'Working Group' of NNPGs and NGBF held at Dimapur urged for initiating a separate 'political dialogue' between the GoI and NNPGs of present Nagaland State. The statement was signed by NGBF president, I. Shanlem Konyak and general secretary Shikuto Zalipu and NNPGs represented by Government of the GPRN/ NSCN-KK 'ato kilonser' and 'convenor' WG, N. Kitovi Zhimomi NNC parent body 'general secretary & co-convenor', V Nagi NSCN-R 'president & co-convenor', Wangtin Naga NNC/ NPGN & 'co-convenor', Hozheto Chophy and NNC/ GDRN & 'co-convenor', Kiumukam Yimchunger.

Nagaland CM Shürhozelie Liezietsu met a joint delegation of the JCC and the NTAC, the two groups which spearheaded the movement against holding of civic polls, in a bid to resolve misunderstandings.

One extortionist, identified as Himato Yepthomi was arrested by the AET while he was caught extorting money from the trucks at Bamunpukhuri area in Dimapur Town. Money in cash and incriminating documents in the forms of leaflets belonging to the NSCN-IM was also recovered from his possession.

March 10

Three extortionists identified as 'captain' Athongba Sangtam, Zhaito Sumi and Khunu Sangtam belonging to NNC-NA militant was arrested by AET from Khermahal area in Dimapur Town.

March 11

A video of a scene of extortion in broad daylight at a fuel outlet in Kohima town by a couple of unidentified gunmen has gone viral on social media. However, with the witnesses denying any extortion activity, the Police did not register any case after the incident.

One person identified as Lukheyi Yepthomi was arrested by the AET while he was 'collecting taxes' in the name of the 'NPG' from various commercial vehicles around Doshehe Market area in Dimapur Town.

March 12

The NSCN-IM, in a press release, threatened the people who are involved in money lending business to stop their business immediately in and around Dimapur Town.

March 13

A team of leaders of the UNTABA have met with Interlocutor for Naga peace talks RN Ravi and 'general secretary' of the NSCN-IM Th. Muivah recently. The UNTABA leaders had deliberations Th. Muivah "for the restoration of transferred Naga lands in Assam to Nagaland and in what manner traditional and historical boundary can be settled with Assam during the final political settlement."

One extortionist, identified as Alferd Sumi, reportedly a 'leacy' of the 'NPGN', was arrested by the AET around Metro Hospital area in Dimapur Town while he was extorting money from the business establishments.

March 14

SVC asked the NSCN-IM to take stringent action against one of its 'kilonsers (cabinet minister)' who had allegedly abducted and beaten up the VCC of Shangnyu village in Mon District on March 5.

March 15

The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to a question by D.P. Tripathi in the Rajya Sabha said that the Framework Agreement of August 3, 2015 between the GoI and the NSCN-IM is a relevant document and details of the final settlement are being worked out within the parameters of the Framework Agreement. Hence, he added that it would be premature to make public the Framework Agreement.

One militant of NSCN-R, identified as 'sergeant' Bokito Sumi, was arrested while collecting extortion money from the commercial establishments in Dimapur Town.

March 16

Two extortionists, identified as Heyito Aye and Atoshe Murru, both are members of FGN were arrested by AET at Murgipatti area in Dimapur town while collecting extortion money.

March 18

The 'general secretary' of the NSCN-IM, Thuingaleng Muivah and 19 other NSCN-IM leaders arrived in Camp Hebron of Dimapur from New Delhi to participate in 'Naga Republic Day' celebration. Muivah will deliver a speech at the celebration at Camp Hebron on March 21.

SFs arrested one militant of NSCN-IM, identified as 'kilonser (minister)' N. Kire (57), from Kohima Town. SFs also recovered one .22 mm Rifle, one .22 mm (GSG5) Rifle, one AK-47, one magzines .32 mm, 87 live round of assorted ammunition and 10 fired cartridges from the arrested militant.

March 20

Different Naga militant groups greeted the 'Naga people and its neighbors' before the 38th 'Naga Republic Day', which will be celebration on March 21. NNPG/ NNC-NA, NSCN-K and NSCN-R/ GPRN are the militant groups who sent statements in media about their 'celebration'.

March 21

Governor of the State, P B Acharya said that the Nagaland Government supports the ongoing dialogue between the Government of India and NSCN-IM and would strive for a final solution to the six-decade old Naga political issue. The Nagaland Government has also recently constituted the 'Political Affairs Mission' to spearhead the Government's efforts in this area, replacing the erstwhile Political Affairs Committee of the State Government, Acharya said while addressing the budget session of the Nagaland assembly.

Celebrating their '38th Republic Day', the 'vice president', 'general (retired)' Kholi Konyak of NSCN-IM militant at 'council headquarter', Hebron in Dimapur District, assured that the future of the Naga people is safe under the Framework Agreement signed between the GoI and NSCN-IM on August 3, 2015. NSCN-IM 'general secretary' and chief negotiator of the 'Indo-Naga Peace Talks', Th. Muivah also delivered speech in the occasion and asserted that integration of Naga inhabited areas and people is very much alive and within the ambit of the Framework Agreement.

NSCN-IM 'general secretary' Thuingaleng Muivah said that the Framework Agreement signed with the Centre two years ago recognizes NSCN-IM's demand for territorial integration of all Naga- inhabited areas in the region. "NSCN had consultative meetings with the people on talks consecutively for eight times. The historic Framework Agreement recognizes the unique history, identity, sovereignty and territories of the Nagas. It also recognizes the legitimate right of the Nagas to integration of all Naga territories," Muivah said in his address to NSCN-IM cadres at Camp Hebron, the group's headquarters in Nagaland, on its'38th Republic Day'.

March 22

NSCN-IM re-elected its 'vice chairman' 'general' Khole Konyak and 'general secretary', Thuingaleng Muivah for another term of six years during the meeting of the NSCN-IM council at council headquarters, Camp Hebron in Dimapur District.

NSCN-IM 'general secretary', Thuingaleng Muivah stated that the NSCN-IM is for "harmonious interdependent relationship with our neighbouring peoples and nations on the basis of mutual respect and recognition of right."

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.

March 27

After UHM Rajnath Singh termed NSCN-IM ‘general secretary’ Th Muivah’s statement that New Delhi has said “yes” to integration of Naga areas as “erroneous”, there was no reaction from the militant group and instead it maintained a studied silence over the Government of India’s flat response over Muivah’s statement.

March  28

The NSCN-IM run ‘GPRN’ held its two-day ‘budget session’ last week and kept its ‘tax rate’ (euphemism for extortion) unchanged for the current fiscal year due to demonetization of high currency notes. “The budget proposal for the 2017-18 fiscal was unanimously approved by the house after thorough deliberation,” Medo Angami, GPRN’s ‘minister for Chaplee (financial) Affairs’, said. Angami did not specify the size of the budget that allocates much of the money for the ‘Naga Army’ and the rest for the GPRN. But a member of NSCN-IM’s ‘publicity wing’ said the size of the budget for the next fiscal is “more or less” the same as that of the current (2016-17) where “tax collection suffered due to the high-value cash ban” last year. “House tax charged by the rebel Governments has remained the same at INR 110 per house per year. They are also likely to continue charging INR 250-500 to issue work permit or identity cards to outsiders,” a Nagaland-posted Central Intelligence Officer said. “The rebels generate a bulk of their so-called tax from goods-laden trucks that enter via Assam for delivery within the state or in Manipur beyond. This ‘tax’ varies from INR 15,000-35,000 per six, 10 or 12-wheel trucks. Often, the ‘UG (underground) tax collectors’ issue receipts of Rs 1,500 for 15,000 collected or INR 2,500 for INR 25,000 collected,” said a Police officer based in Dimapur, Nagaland’s commercial hub. Also unchanged is the ‘income tax’ slab for the salaried class, both government and private sector. Each employee in Nagaland has to pay 24% of a month’s gross pay annually to the NSCN-IM, though resident tribes of the state are exempt from paying taxes to the State Government.

AR recovered cache of arms, ammunitions and “warlike stores” suspected to be hidden by the NSCN-K militants from a forest in general area Asukhomi and Lizu Naghuto in Zunheboto District. According to PRO of IGAR-N the recovered items included one 5.56 mm HK-33 Rifle with magazine, one 7.62 mm AK-56 Rifle with magazine and 66 live ammunitions and other warlike stores.

March 29

Nagaland CM Shurhozelie Liezietsu asked the various warring factions of Naga rebel groups to come together to bring about a permanent settlement to the six-decade-old separatist Naga movement. “It is unfortunate that Nagas are fragmented into several groups and all are asking for sovereignty for the Naga people. But can we expect all of them to bring different sovereignty to the Naga people?” The CM further said, “We support the Framework Agreement signed between the Central Government and the NSCN-IM. But this does not mean we support the NSCN-IM alone. We have made it clear to the Indian government and the NSCN-IM that to bring about a final and acceptable solution to the Naga political problem, all Naga political groups and sections of the people must be included in the process”.

March 31

AET of Dimapur Police arrested a suspected militant, identified as Khekivi Ayemi, from Purana Bazaar area of Dimapur Town in Dimapur District for collecting extortion money from the area. Cash and incriminating documents in the form of money demand slips of the NNC/ GDRN-NA were recovered from the arrested militant.

April 1

NSCN-IM claimed that 32 Assam Rifles arrested its ‘steering executive member’, Zaremo Murry along with his wife and a lady ‘helper’ from his residence at Burma Camp in Dimapur District. A ‘press note’ from the ‘MIP’ of the NSCN-IM ‘condemning’ the act and further claimed that Murry was “falsely accused as a member of Khaplang group.” “He was forcibly made to sign as a worker of NSCN-K. It may be noted that Zaremo joined the NSCN/GRPN in 2016 after discharging himself from NSCN-R,” it informed.

Stating that the Indo-Naga talks were on the verge of conclusion to create a ‘new history’ for the Nagas, the NSCN-IM has appealed to all the Naga people to be cautious in words and deeds, or otherwise it could have a detrimental effect on the political talks process. In order to resume the Indo-Naga political talks process, the ‘collective leadership’ of NSCN-IM led by its ‘general secretary’ Th. Muivah and ‘vice president’ ‘general’ (retired) Kholi and dialogue team members left for Delhi, the outfit informed in a release.

April 2

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.

April 3

NTC reacted on the speech of the CM and NPF President, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsü, which he delivered during the Kohima Division NPF convention held recently in Kohima and expressed support to the August 3, 2015, 'Framework Agreement' signed between GoI and NSCN-IM. 'When the party President, who is also the CM of the State, is so confident in expressing such unconditional support to an exclusive agreement between GoI [Government of India] and NSCN-IM, NTC believes that the state leadership knows the contents of the agreement and feels contented with the provisions in it,' NTC 'media cell' stated. It urged the State leadership to divulge the contents of the agreement for the people of Nagaland to know and understand, adding the State leadership has first to satisfy the stakeholders before he lends support to such an important deal.

April 5

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 groups.

AR arrested two militants of the NSCN-K, identified as 'sergeant' Wangchatt and 'corporal' Nokwang, during a search operation at Lungwa village in Mon District. Two pistols, one radio set and assorted ammunition were recovered from the arrested militants.

Police arrested two persons, identified as Tiakaba Jamir and Sanjeev Rai while they were robbing an Autoriskshaw at Sewak Gate area, Dimapur Town.
April 6

Nagaland CM Shürhozelie Liezietsu hailed the "bold step" taken by PM Narendra Modi to resolve the Naga political problem but called for "oneness" of the Naga people for a lasting solution. Last week, at a meeting of leaders of the ruling NPF in Kohima, the CM said that though his party and Government support the August 3, 2015, framework agreement between the Central Government of India and the NSCN-IM, it does not mean that the party and State Government support a single faction of the Naga underground.

AR arrested one militant of NSCN-K, identified as Rolise (21) in general area Pungro Junction in Kiphire District. One Pistol, magazine and 4 live rounds were recovered from the arrested militant.

April 9

An NSCN-IM leader, Mhonsao Kikon, who was a 'steering executive member' of the militant group from 'Kyong/Lotha region', passed away after a prolonged illness at Zion Hospital Dimapur. Earlier he was a cadre of NNC and became the 3rd President of NNC-NA after the signing of Shillong Accord. Later he joined NSCN-IM in 2002.

April 10

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.

April 11

RN Ravi, the Government of India's Interlocutor for Naga talks, is likely to meet representatives of the newly formed NNPG in Kolkata later this month (April). Earlier, six Naga 'political groups' - GPRN/ NSCN, FGN, NNC (parent body), NPGN/ NNC-NA, NSCN-R and NNC/ GDRN-NA- united and formed an 'interim platform' by the name 'Working Group' on December 13, 2016. Recently, on April 8, the PAM of Nagaland Assembly led by CM Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsü met with the NNPGs at the Police Complex, Chumukedima to solicit understanding for a bringing an early solution to the Naga political issue. The NNPG representatives were reported to have said that they intend to pursue a solution for the Nagas of Nagaland since NSCN-IM has been engaged in an exclusive (sans other Naga political groups) negotiation with the Government of India. The NNPGs wanted to know from the Government the contents in the Framework Agreement.

Two extortionists identified as Thsarose Sangtam and Hito Chishi, were arrested by AET from Murgipatti area of Dimapur Town. Money demand slips of NSCN-R were also recovered from them.

April 12

AR arrested two militants of NSCN-K, identified as Nyanei Konyak (44) and Lemnyei Konyak (43), from Tizit area under Mon District. A sum of INR 198,000 was also recovered from the arrested militants.

April 13

In an interview with 'The Week' magazine, the 'chief of Naga army' of NSCN-IM, Phunting Shimrang, accused the GoI of delaying the final settlement to the decades-old Naga issue. "It is only after we went to China that India woke up. Will India wake up only if the Naga army starts doing that again?" Shimrang was quoted as saying by the magazine. He further alleged that the Central Government was trying to "humiliate" the Nagas by delaying the settlement. NSCN-R/ GPRN asked all the printing press/press owners of Nagaland not to 'entertain' the printing of its 'pad, challan and stamp or any other instruments related to them', without their permission.

April 16

A cadre of NSCN-K, identified as 'lieutenant' Vechita Vero (38) was arrested by the AR at Hebron Colony in Phek District on April 16 along with one 7.65mm pistol, live rounds and extortion slips.

AR arrested two militants of NSCN-K, identified as Toshi Kamzuk (28) and Samaho Sumi (23), from Tuensang District. Two .22 mm pistols with magazine and INR 30,320 in cash were also recovered from the arrested militants.

April 17

A press release from the 'MIP' of the NSCN-IM informed that its Cease-fire Review Committee met with the GoI for discussing and reviewing "important issues". "After minute discussions and thorough deliberations, decisions were made in an accommodative spirit," stated the press release, and that the meeting concluded with a "very progressive result."

SFs recovered four .22 rifles from the residence of a person identified as Khrievotso of Botsa village in Kohima District.

April 18

Union Government announced about the extension of the ceasefire with two Naga armed groups- NSCN-R and NSCN-NK till April 27, 2018. The decision was taken during a meeting between Union Home Ministry officials and the Ceasefire Supervisory Board of both the Naga factions in New Delhi.

Two extortionists, identified as Naratho Pochury and Hezekiya Awomi, were arrested from PWD area of Dimapur Town. According to the Police, both are member of GPRN/ NNC-NA.

April 19

One militant of NSCN-K, identified as Yitelmpa Yaden alias Alemba was arrested by AR at Pungro road junction in Kiphire District.

April 20

Four militants of NSCN-R, identified as 'lieutenant colonel' Kuhoto V Anche, 'lieutenant' Atoka Awomi, 'major' Ato Yeputho and 'major' Samuel, were arrested by SFs at a MVCP near the general area of Patkai Bridge in Dimapur District. One .32 mm Pistol with magazine, one AK-56 Rifle, one 9 mm Pistol, one .32 mm Pistol and eight live rounds of assorted ammunition were also recovered from the arrested militants.

April 22

In a press release, the 'government' run by NSCN-IM declared about their decision to halve the 'annual tax' they impose on Nagaland Government employees. In the press release they informed that 'employee tax' had been reduced from the existing 24% to 12%. Both the NSCN-IM and NSCN-K run parallel 'governments' in areas they dominate in Nagaland, neighbouring States and Myanmar added the report. Apart from NSCN-IM and NSCN-K, smaller outfits like NSCN-R and NSCN-KK also impose such 'taxes' on employees.

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 northeastern 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 two women arms smugglers, identified as Nchumpeni (29) and Vini (40), at 4th Mile area in Dimapur District. One .22 mm pistol with magazine was also recovered from their possession.

April 23

SFs arrested an unidentified person and recovered an AK-47 rifle with magazine, one M-16 rifle, two magazines of .22 pistol, 17 cartridges and four barrels from his possession from Indisen village in Dimapur District.

A top official source of Assam Police informed that the internal conflicts among the cadres of the ULFA-I and NSCN-K have increased in recent times. The source said that two top ULFA-I leaders currently based in Myanmar, who also known to be very close with Paresh Baruah, have recently contacted to a top official of Union Home Ministry and a top Assam Police official and expressed their desire to come main stream. "Conflict has been growing up in ULFA-I after its 'c-in-c' Paresh Baruah made several statements in favour of China and some leaders of the outfit had openly opposed it," added the source. In the same way, the source said that, several leaders of NSCN-K are also in touch with the Union Home Ministry. Supporting the point, the source also added that recently NSCN-K's deputy 'c-in-c' Niki Sumi and its 'army chief' Isak Sumi met European Union ambassador to Myanmar Roland Kobia and Indian ambassador to Myanmar Vikram Misri at an Indo-Myanmar bordering town in 'eastern Nagaland'.

April 24

The AET along with Police arrested two extortionists, identified as Akato Ayemi alias Atoshe and Keviletuo Sekhose alias Bubu, from Golaghat Road area in Dimapur District. According to the Police both are cadre of GPRN/ NSCN.

5 AR arrested a NSCN-K member, identified as 'lieutenant' Kivito Kiba, from North Point Colony, Zunheboto Town in Zunheboto District. According to PRO, HQ IG-AR (North), Lieutenant Colonel Amitabh Sharma, the arrested person was involved in collection of "illegal taxes and extortion activities" in Zunheboto Town. PRO said one tax collection booklet and four duly signed tax collection slips were recovered from his possession. The apprehended cadre along with recovered items was handed over to Zunheboto Police Station for further investigation, PRO added.

April 25

A special court of the NIA in Dimapur has issued non-bailable warrants against a NSCN-K militant, named 'colonel' Akaho and an NSCN-IM member named Aheto, in a case related to pilfering of arms and ammunition from a Police armory in Nagaland and supplying those to militant groups.

SFs arrested two NSCN-R militants, identified as 'leacy' Marvin Neibu Shuya (32) and 'rezapuyu' Inaka Kiba (24), general area Purana Bazar of Dimapur Town in Dimapur District.

Police arrested one cadre of NSCN-IM, identified as Nagato Yepthomi from Sangtamtilla area of Dimapur Town.

April 26

The NIA arrested three senior officials of the Nagaland Government for their alleged role in large-scale extortion and illegal 'tax collection' on behalf of the NSCN-K from various Government organisations. An NIA source said that, the accused - the joint director of the social welfare department, Tulula Pongen, the joint director of the land resources department, Alienba Pangjung Jamir, and a cashier of the land resources department, K. Lashito Shequi - were arrested from Kohima in connection with case registered at its Guwahati branch last year (2016). The NIA had registered the case number RC-01/2016 following the arrest of an NSCN-K member, S. Khetoshe Sumi, in Dimapur on July 31 last year (2016). The subsequent probe revealed that at least 12 Government departments in the State regularly paid money to members of the NSCN-K and other militant organisations like the NSCN-IM and the NNC.

In a press release the BAN informed that two business establishments run by Naga entrepreneurs in Dimapur's supermarket area have recently closed business 'out of fear' of threats issued by members of NSCN-IM. According to the press release cadres from NSCN-IM came to the supermarket on 20 April and threatened them over the issues of high price, price tags and imported products.

Police arrested two extortionists of NSCN-R, identified as Vikiho Aye and Toluka Chophy, from Dimapur Town.

April 27

The NSCN-IM made a strong pitch for its demand for unification of the contiguous Naga inhabited areas in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur into a greater Nagaland, "Nagalim". The NSCN-IM reiterated its demand after the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on March 25 said that the statement by the group's 'general secretary' Thuingaleng Muivah that Centre has agreed to unification of the Naga inhabited areas as "erroneous."

Police arrested two extortionists, identified as Zakato Ayemi and Dildar Hussian from Dimapur Town.

April 28

GoI and the GPRN/ NSCN have "mutually agreed" to extend the Cease-Fire agreement with effect from April 28 (today), 2017 for a period of one year. In a press release, GPRN/NSCN stated that the agreement was signed on April 17, 2017 in New Delhi by Jack Jimomi, on behalf of the NSCN and Satyendra Garg, joint secretary (North East) to the Government of India (Union Ministry of Home Affairs), in the presence of Rina Mitra, Special Secretary (IS) of GoI.

Police arrested one extortionist, who is also a cadre of NSCN-R, identified as Akivito Awomi from Dimapur town.

April 29

Police arrested two extortionists, identified as Takendar Singh and Babul Ali from Netaji Colony in Dimapur Town.

May 1

One militant of NSCN-K, identified as Inovi Avika Assumi alias Max (32), was arrested by AR along with arms in general area of 5th Mile in Dimapur Town. One .22 mm Pistol with magazine, three live rounds of assorted ammunition were recovered from the arrestee.

May 2

Nagaland CM Shurhozelie Liezietsu gave a clarion call to the Naga people to seek for an early "amicable and honourable settlement" to the 'protracted Naga political problem'. "Nagas have been suffering for too long and we want to see an early solution which is amicable and honourable," he said while addressing a gathering of Ao Naga and Angami Naga tribes at Mokokchung on the occasion of the premier Ao post sowing festival 'Moatsu'.

AR arrested one militants of NSCN-IM, identified as 'captain' Y Wongtsu Tikhir (41) in Kiphire town of Kiphire District. One militant from NSCN-R, identified as Yangtsapa Sangtam (28), was arrested in Kiphire town of Kiphire District.

Ten live rounds of AK 47, 5 live rounds of 7.62 mm SLR, INR 6,090, and one Intex mobile, three incriminating documents and one Bajaj Platina was also recovered from the arrested militant.

Dimapur Police arrested two unidentified persons, in connection with a case of abduction for ransom that occurred on April 28, from 7th Mile area of Dimapur.

May 3

The NSCN-K, in its statement, said it will not tolerate any departmental authorities collaborating with the NIA and threatened punitive actions against those conniving with the agency. NIA had arresting three senior officials of the Nagaland government for their alleged role in large scale extortion and illegal tax collection on behalf of the militant outfit from various government organisations. In a statement issued to the media, the NSCN-K said the arrest of three State Government officials, social welfare department Tulula Pongen, joint director of the land resources department Alienba Pangjung Jamir and a cashier of the land resources department, K. Lashito Shequi, by the NIA was nothing "but a desperate attempt to veil its frustration over failure to stem the Naga struggle and to coerce the patriotic and freedom-loving Nagas to abstain from performing one's obligation towards national cause." NSCN-K further said it would continue to levy reasonable and affordable taxes on the people for the sustenance of "our national struggle".

May 4

The AET arrested three persons including two ladies on charges of extortion. The accused persons reportedly belonging to a faction of NSCN were collecting money from fruit vendors at New Market area in Dimapur.

May 5

AR arrested nine unidentified militants of NSCN-IM at Julukie town in Peren District. Five AK series Rifles, one US made gun, one shot gun, one .22 rifle, one pellet gun, 2 pistols, 5 hand grenades, one radio set, 300 rounds of various caliber and various documents related to NSCN-IM were recovered from the arrested militants.

Dimapur Police arrested two persons from New Market area after they were found collecting money from the vendors.

May 8

NNPGs held separate meetings with apex tribal bodies of Nagaland regarding the 'integration' and 'political solution' of Nagas. NNPGs held separate meetings with ZPO on May 8 and Pochury Hoho (apex body of Pochury Tribes) on May 6 at 'Oking' to deliberate on the social and political situation facing the people of Nagaland. During the meeting NNPGs also recalled that Zeliangs had played a prominent part in the 'Indo-Naga political struggle'.

The 5th AR troopers apprehended one alleged "over ground" worker of NSCN-K identified as T Mughaka T Aye (25) from Old Natha of Zunheboto Town in Zunheboto District. AR report claimed that the accused was involved in collection of illegal taxes and extortion and nine tax collection notes were recovered from his possession.

The AET of Dimapur Police arrested two persons on charges of extortion while they were distributing 'tax slips' of the NNC-NA to various garage owners.

May 9

In a statement, the NSCN-IM said that the 'Indo-Naga political talks' is nearing its logical conclusions, reports The Sangai Express. However, the NSCN-IM has also reiterated its stands for 'shared sovereignty' with India in the statement.

May 11

NSCN-IM, in a statement, criticised the agenda of "Nagas of Nagaland" of NNPGs and said that it is against the spirit of 'Naga nationalism'. Mentioning about the Framework Agreement between NASN-IM and GoI, the statement said that NNPG's stand is unfortunate and it is an attempt to mislead the people as the 'road map for integrations'.May 12

May 12

In an attempt to clear the air of confusion on the Framework Agreement signed between the NSCN-IM and the GoI on August 3, 2015, eighty one top NSCN-IM leaders from the State of Nagaland, in a joint statement, stated that the Framework Agreement which "embraces all Nagas and their territories is based on the uniqueness of Naga history" and it will protect 'Naga rights'. The statement also mentioned clearly that the Framework Agreement speaks about recognition of the Naga identity and territories and they expressed their optimism over the Agreement.

May 13

AR arrested two militants of NSCN-IM, along with arms, in two separate incidents from different places of Dimapur Town of Dimapur District. In the first incident, AR arrested one NSCN-IM, identified as Tovi Aye from general area of Purana Bazar along with four 12 Bore Rifles. In the second incident, AR arrested another militant of NSCN-IM, identified as Tia Longkumer from the general area of Nutan Basti. AR also recovered one .22 mm Rifle with magazine, 17 live rounds of .22 mm and three booklets of extortion cash book from the militant.

May 15

One person, identified as Vivito Zhimomi (30), was killed by an unidentified assailant near the New Dhansiri bridge in Dimapur Town. According to the sources, the deceased was a suspected member of NSCN-R. The victim was reportedly seen with the assailant before the incident. However, the investigation is going on and the Police still not clear about the involvement of the militant groups in the incident.

Minister for Forest, Environment & Climate Change of Nagaland Government, Imkong L Imchen, disclosed that the State Government has sought to hold a meeting with the NSCN-IM and was waiting for the response. Appreciating the signing of the Framework Agreement between the GoI and NSCN-IM, the Minister said that the Nagaland State Government is fully committed to bring about unity of the Naga political groups in order to enable them to present a common agenda to the GoI for early resolution of the 'vexed Naga political issue'. In this context, he also pointed out that there are at least seven 'Naga political groups', who are outside the purview of the ongoing political talks.

May 16

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.

May 18

Reacting on the issue of the arrests of Nagaland government officials by NIA for providing financial aid to different Naga militant groups, the Naga Hoho (the apex tribal body of the Nagas) asked the GoI to look at the present situation in Nagaland from a 'social and political perspective'.

A senior Government official said that in the two years that the Central Government of India signed a framework agreement with the NSCN-IM to find a solution to the decades-old 'Naga sovereignty' issue, the outfit has recruited around 5,000 new cadres. The source said that NSCN-IM has been recruiting locals on the ground that they would be recruited in the central armed Police forces, once the final agreement was signed. The concern around NSCN-IM recruiting fresh cadres was shared by officials with Home Minister Rajnath Singh at a high-level meet on May 15 to discuss various issues pertaining to the North East.

May 19

Troops of 5 AR busted a hideout of NSCN-K at Zungti Forest area in Zunheboto District and arrested two militants, identified as 'captain' Mughato Sema and 'major' M Longthung Kikon, reports. The AR troops also recovered one hand grenade, one fake identity card of Nagaland Police Department, number of extortion related notebooks and other incriminating documents from the hideout.

May 21

In a statement, the NSCN-IM claimed that, altogether 56 (fifty six) members from different Naga militant groups have joined NSCN-IM.

Taking the responsibility of killing a person named Vivito Zhimomi (30) on May 15, the NSCN-R said that they had 'punished' him for collecting money in the name of their organisation.

May 22

Administrative and Police officials of border Districts in Tripura have finalized strategies to deal with cross-border crimes and deal with other irritants in a one-day meet with their counterparts of contiguous Bangladeshi districts. The District Magistrates and SP of Tripura's Sepahijala, West Tripura and Khowai Districts held a day-long meeting in Comilla in eastern Bangladesh with their counterparts from Comilla, Brahmanbaria, Habiganj and Moulvibazar, Sepahijala District Magistrate Pradip Chakraborty told IANS. "During the joint border conference, discussions about cross-border smuggling, drug trafficking, terrorism, management of anti-sabotage activities, drainage water treatment, problems relating to border residents have been discussed and some strategies were finalized to deal with these issues," he said. Chakraborty, who was the team leader of the Indian delegation, said that sports and cultural festivals in the border districts were also discussed.

May 23

AR, along with Police, arrested two militants of NSCN-K, identified as 'sergeant major' T Rongsen Ao (37) and 'under secretary' Wapang Ao (38), in general area of Duncan Basti in Dimapur District. According to the SFs these two militants were involved in different extortion cases of Dimapur area.

AR arrested an unidentified person, who was involved in illegal procurement and smuggling of arms, in Dimapur District along with one .22 mm pistol and magazine.

May 24

Three suspected militants of KLO were arrested by jawans (troopers) of the 12th Battalion of TSR from Raishyabari area in Dhalai District. Tripura Police informed that the suspected militants were trying to infiltrate the Indian soil from neighbouring Bangladesh after weaponry training in Bangladesh for the last 16 months. Police also recovered arms, Bangladeshi currency and other incriminating documents from the militants.

Police arrested one person, identified as Rajesh Das (18), along with one .9mm pistol from Sidhai Police Station area under Mohanpur Sub-division in West Tripura District. According to the Police he was involved in illegal arms trading as well as narcotics business.

May 26

One person, identified as Vino Awomi, was arrested on charges of extortion after he was caught collecting illegal ‘taxes’ from the commercial vehicles at Bamunpukhuri area on behalf of the GPRN/ NSCN in Dimapur District. AET also arrested one militant of NSCN-IM, identified as Inato Assumi, while he was collecting illegal ‘taxes’ from business establishments at Dhobinallah area in Dimapur.

May 27

Nagaland Government reiterated to "pave the way" in the event that any honorable and amicable settlement is arrived to the on-going 'Naga political dialogue'. Passing this resolution in the one day special State Legislative Assembly session, the CM Shürhozelie Liezietsu said that in the event if any amicable and acceptable settlement is arrived between the GoI and the Naga militants, then the State government will "pave way for any alternate arrangement". The house unanimously adopted this resolution and appealed the GoI to expedite the political dialogue so as to bring an early solution to the protracted 'Naga political problem'.

The AET arrested one person identified as Wongkiuba Sangtam, for collecting illegal taxes from auto rickshaws on behalf of the NSCN-IM in Dimapur.

May 28

One militant of NNC-NA, identified as Mughalu Aye, was arrested by the AET for collecting illegal ‘taxes’ in Dimapur.

May 29

One person was killed and four others were injured in a bomb blast that took place inside a medical store at Church road in Dimapur Town. According to the eyewitness two persons came in car and lobbed a bomb inside the shop. One person, identified as Abdul Rashid was seriously injured and died at a private hospital. The four others injured in the blast were identified as Bindan Biwas (39), Dilwar Hussian (22), Mithu Biswas (42) and Ihelung Newmai (22). The investigation is still going on and Police is not yet sure about the group of the militant involved in the incident.

Two years after an RTI was filed seeking details of the Naga peace accord between the GoI and the NSCN-IM, the CIC has ruled in favour of the Union Home Ministry withholding the contents of the accord. Agreeing with the UMHA decision to withhold information, the Chief Information Commissioner, R K Mathur in his decision said, "In the present case, the sovereign and integrity of India and the security, the strategic interests of the state may be prejudicially affected. The public interest served by non-disclosure has to be weighed against the immediate public interest of disclosure." The order cites R N Ravi, chairman of the joint intelligence committee and interlocutor, who told the CIC the ground situation, was "sensitive and fragile", and the "premature release" of the information would be "prejudicial to national security". "The government does not wish to lose the gains arising out of the Framework Agreement," Mathur quoted Ravi as saying.

The AET arrested four militants of NSCN-IM, identified as Rhontho Halflongpar, Paru Halflongpar, Dethar Longthasa, and Metseyi Tetseo in Dimapur District. Another two militant, belonging to NNC-NA, identified as Athsu Yimchunger and Apong alias Moses Tikhir, were also arrested from NL Road on charges of extortion in Dimapur.

May 30

One person, identified as Pitovi Shohe, was arrested on charges of extortion after he was found issuing ‘work permits’ to the business establishments on behalf of the NSCN-IM in Dimapur.

June 1

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, respectively.

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 note stated.

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 (52).

June 2

In a statement, the NSCN-IM claimed that with the signing of the Framework Agreement between the GoI and the NSCN-IM on August 3, 2015, the GoI has recognised 'the sovereign rights of the Nagas'. The statement further pointed out that the Framework Agreement (FA) was political in nature and a preamble for a detailed final political agreement which was expected to be completed and signed very soon between the two sides.

June 3

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.

One person, identified as Atovi Awomi, was arrested on charges of extortion from Railway Bazar in Dimapur District.

June 6

A Major of the Territorial Army, identified David Manlun, and a civilian, identified as Rajendra Gupta, and three militants were killed in an encounter with a group of suspected militants at a place in between Lapa Lempong and Oting villages near Tizit subdivision of Mon District. Three militants of ULFA-I, who were killed in the encounter, were also identified and they are ‘second lieutenant’ Phanindra Asom (35), Bipul Asom (32) and Dikom Konwar (35). Apart from that, three Army jawans (troopers) were also critically injured in the encounter. The encounter took place when a joint team of the 164 Territorial Army and 12 Para launched an operation in the area based on information about the presence of a combined group of ULFA-I and NSCN-K militants. Two AK-56 rifles, an AK-47 rifle, nine magazines, 277 rounds of ammunition, two hand grenades, four mobile handsets, medicines, blankets, sharp weapons and other warlike stores were also recovered from the encounter spot.      

The AET arrested one extortionist identified as Akinoto Yepthomi, for issuing ‘work permits’ to business establishments on behalf of NSCN-IM in Dimapur District. AET also arrested two other militants NSCN-IM, identified as Sentiyanger Aier and Medemtiba Kichu on charges of extortion after they were found collecting illegal ‘taxes’ from the auto rickshaws in Dimapur.

SFs arrested two militants of GPRN/ NSCN, identified as ‘major’ Khuhevi Awomi and ‘under secretary’ Kuwoto Yesca from Christian Hospital in Dimapur Town. One AK-56 Rifle with magazine and five live rounds of AK-56 were also recovered from the arrested militants.

June 7

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.

June 8

‘Media Cell of WG’ of the NNPGs has hit out at the NSCN-IM for taking people of Nagaland ‘for a ride’ in the post-August 3, 2015 ‘Framework Accord’ by “promising imaginary political institution” whereas the GoI had made it clear that breaking up neighbouring Indian state “to integrate all Naga inhabited areas” was out of question. 

June 9

The ‘chairman’ of the NSCN-K, SS Khaplang (Shangwang Shangyung Khaplang), age around 77 years, died at Taga region in Myanmar. He had been suffering from diabetes and other age-related ailments for the past few years. The ageing Khaplang, who was a Myanmarese Naga, had been the most influential living Northeastern militant leader and recently formed a new platform of northeastern militant groups called the UNLFW. After SS Khaplang the ‘vice-chairman’ of NSCN-K, Khango Konyak is widely expected to replace his position. Another senior leader in the running is Nikki Sumi, who is part of the outfit's military wing.

June 10

A source, close to the NSCN-K, reveals that Khango Konyak will take over as the new ‘chairman’ of NSCN-K following the demise of S.S. Khaplang. According to the sources Khango Konyak was ‘vice-president’ of the militant and he is believed to be in his seventies. He is a Konyak Naga from Mon District of Nagaland. Khango is known for defiant stand and has in the past shown reservation in coming back to ceasefire process with GoI. A senior official Nagaland Police said, “Khango maintains close relationship with other rebel leaders, including ULFA-I ‘chief’ Paresh Baruah.”

According to the sources, the funeral for late SS Khaplang, former ‘chairman’ of the NSCN-K, will be held on June 12, in Taga region of Myanmar.

Nagaland CM Shurhozelie Liezietsu in a message said that NSCN-K ‘chairman’ S S Khaplang had passed away before any solution to the protracted ‘Naga political problem’ could be reached. “It was encouraging to learn that Khaplang had, a few months back, conveyed his willingness to have a dialogue with the Centre provided issues of substance were discussed,” Liezietsu said in his statement.

A day after the death of NSCN-K ‘chairman’ S.S. Khaplang, the Central Government of India said that all Indian citizens in the Naga rebel group will be rehabilitated if they abjure violence. Conveying the message of the Government, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said, “We appeal that all the Indian Nagas in NSCN-K should surrender and return to the mainstream. We will rehabilitate them. Anybody who gives up violence, we will rehabilitate them. We are giving rehabilitation package from the Indian government.”

A driver of an Imphal-bound oil tanker, named Takhellambam James has been kidnapped by unknown persons from Dimapur.

June 12

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.

June 13

In a statement, the 'Working Group' of six Naga militant groups has expressed its readiness to enter into a 'political negotiation' with the GoI 'for a lasting political solution' to the 'protracted Naga political problem' if invited by the latter (GoI). The six Naga outfits known as the NNPGs are NNC-FGN, GPRN)/ NSCN-U, NSCN-R, NNC (Parent body), GDRN/NNC-NA and NPGN/NNC-NA. According to the statement, the NTC Mediation Committee had a meeting with the six outfits (NNPGs) under the platform of the 'Working Group' at Tourist Lodge in Dimapur on June 12 regarding the issue.

June 14

The ruling NPF of Nagaland appealed to the leaders of the NSCN-K to heed CM Shürhozelie Liezietsu's call to "renounce" violence and "resume" the peace process with the Central Government of India without any further delay. The NPF backed Liezietsu for issuing the 'clarion call to the Naga people' in his June 10 condolence message for NSCN-K's deceased 'chairman' S.S. Khaplang to "rally together" with renewed vigor and determination to find a solution to the 'Naga political problem', which is "honorable and acceptable to all stakeholders."

June 19

State Governor PB Acharya, who met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi expressed his concern over extortion demands by militant groups including the one (suspected to be NSCN-IM) which compelled the contractors to stop work on the 4-lane Highway between Dimapur and Kohima. A statement issued by the Nagaland governor's office said Acharya, while drawing the union home minister's attention told him that if the construction work was not resumed immediately, the project would be severely affected.

ACAUT -an NGO that has been fighting against corruption in the State -on June 19 asked the NSCN-IM to clarify on reports which allegedly pointed the finger on its members for sending 'tax' demands (extortion) to the companies engaged in construction of the 4-lane National Highway project. The NGO asked NSCN-IM to provide an appropriate reply within 3 days regarding the issue.

June 20

'Lieutenant general (retired)' Khango Konyak was formally 'elected' as 'chairman/president' of GPRN of the NSCN-K. He joined NSCN in 1963 and went to East Pakistan (Presently Bangladesh) on 1966. He also went to China for training in 1977.

In a statement, the NSCN-K, reiterated its 'pledge' to 'carry on forward the unfulfilled dreams and hopes and visions' of their leader and appealed to 'every Naga' to uphold the spirit of nationalism exhibited by 'chairman' SS Khaplang during his life time.

June 21

A gunfight broke between the Indian Army Para Commandos and suspected militants in Mon District bordering Myanmar in the early hours. The exchange of fire took place in Choknyu village near Tapi Bridge, when suspected militants fired at the commandos. Police officials said, "The gunfight lasted for an hour and suspected NSCN-K and ULFA-I militants retreated back to the jungles after intensive firing from the Para Commandos."

June 23

CMFG D.K. Pathak said that the Indian government had no plans to re-enter into a ceasefire agreement with the Myanmar-based NSCN-K.

In a statement, the NSCN-IM denied the allegation made against them for halting the road construction works at NH-29 in connections to extortion and said that the 'so called misunderstanding' related to the halting of works was 'purely within the NCSU'.

Two unidentified arms dealer were arrested by Police in Dimapur District. One .32 mm Pistol with two magazines, one air gun and two live rounds of .32 mm were recovered from the arrestees.

June 24

Nagaland Home minister, Y. Patton said that he would request the Central Government of India to sign a ceasefire agreement with the NSCN-K. He said, "We contacted the NSCN-K earlier also, around one-and-a-half-years back, but the agreement could not get through. We were in touch with Khaplang, but since he is no more, we need to start afresh. We are in touch with the new leadership in Myanmar."

June 26

According to an undisclosed senior official source, India may ask Myanmar to revoke its ceasefire pact with the NSCN-K when Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi visits Naypyidaw next month on July 6. During earlier bilateral meetings, India had handed over a list of over 20 insurgent camps operating in Myanmar, a few kilometres from the Indian border. However, the Myanmar Army has denied the existence of any insurgent camps on its territory.

June 28

CM Shürhozelie Liezietsu said that the demand for integration of the whole Naga-inhabited areas may be difficult at present. Addressing a meeting of NPF Arunachal Pradesh State unit in Kohima he said that the demand for integration of the whole Naga-inhabited areas may be difficult at present but coming together under the umbrella of NPF could be the first step to integrate the people emotionally and politically.

June 29

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'.

June 30

Entire Nagaland has been declared as "disturbed area" for six more months under the AFSPA, which empowers security forces to conduct operations anywhere without any prior notice. In a gazette notification, the Union Home Ministry said it is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole of Nagaland is in such a "disturbed and dangerous condition" that the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary. "Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, the central government hereby declares that whole of the said state to be a 'disturbed area' for a period of six months with effect from 30th June, 2017 for the purpose of that Act," joint secretary in the Union Home Ministry Satyendra Garg said.

July 4

NSCN-IM named 'kilonser' (minister) Kraibo Chawang as convener of its CFMC. Chawang replaces Vikiye Sumi who earlier held the post.

Interlocutor for Naga peace talks and JIC Chairman, R.N. Ravi said that the solution to the 'protracted Naga political issue' is close-by. "We are close towards solution and bringing the framework agreement to a conclusion," Ravi said.

July 6

The Union Government will add a new dimension to the two decades old peace talks with NSCN-IM by including all other groups in the process, signaling the end of Thuingaleng Muivah as the sole representative of the 'Naga people'. For three days from today (July 6), centre's Interlocutor for the Naga talks, RN Ravi will be holding consultative meetings with various stakeholders on the Naga issue at Kohima and Dimapur. The Nagaland Government has said that civil societies wanting to meet the interlocutor can contact State Home Secretary Rovilatuo Mor.

July 7

The UNC is optimistic and expecting 'remarkable' outcome of the Framework Agreement signed between the NSCN-IM and the Union Government on August 3, 2015. Immediately after a marathon meeting with the Government of India's interlocutor for Naga talks RN Ravi at Chumukedima Police Complex in Dimapur, UNC 'president' Gaidan Kamei told that the Government of India is 'almost determined' to find a solution to the protracted Naga issue and added that the interlocutor's visit to Nagaland is a clear indication in this regard.

Few hours after AR personnel raided the residence of the NSCN-IM members, the militant group has accused the SFs of meting out physical torture to its four 'arrested members' while terming this act as a 'violation' of the agreed ground rules by the two parties.

July 12

GPRN during its 'joint council meeting' of 'steering committee', 'council' of kilonsers (Ministers) and 'heads' of 'departments' unanimously accepted the merger of Karbi Anglong (Assam) based militant group NRHPF with the NSCN-IM. In a press note, 'ministry of kilo affairs' GPRN, 'secretary' M. Daniel Lotha stated that 30 members led by its 'advisor', Keyhang Rengma (Joseph) 'chairman' Logusheng Rengma (Arhabe) 'vice president', Manong Rengma (Tennyson) and 50 cadres led by 'lieutenant colonel.' Rilugu (Kainito) 'commander-in-chief' along with 45 arms and ammunition joined the NSCN/GPRN.

GPRN [civilian arm of NSCN-IM] in its 'joint council' meeting of 'steering committee' and 'council of kilonsers (ministers)' held unanimously reaffirmed to uphold and defend the August 3, 2015 Framework Agreement signed between the NSCN and GoI as two entities.

July 14

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.

July 15

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.

July 18

The NSCN-K said that no settlement can be termed as a "political settlement" without the broad and transparent interactive participation of the Naga people. In apparent reference to the Framework Agreement signed between the NSCN-IM and the GoI, the NSCN-K said that the Nagas must be very cautious to commit to any process that does not consider transparency and accountability of the deliberated issues and contemplated settlement as paramount.

July 24

SFs an arrested one "arms peddler", identified as Thungen Khiamnungan (24), with one Pt 22 mm pistol with magazine at Taxi Stand (BOC) in Kohima city of Kohima District.

July 26

SFs arrested a GPRN/NSCN member, 'general secretary of civil wing' Vihoyi Sumi, along with five grams of brown sugar and three extortion slips in Burma Camp of Dimapur town in Dimapur District.

July 30

SFs recovered four 7.62 mm AK rounds, five 7.62 mm rounds, five hand grenades with accessories from an abandoned and unregistered auto-rickshaw in Dimapur District.

July 31

AR arrested one GPRN/NSCN member, identified as Khrielietuo Keretsii (32), along with 15 extortion slips in general area Kezekie colony in Kohima city in Kohima District.

SFs launched an operation and rescued an abducted civilian identified as Tonwang Konyak (54) and arrested his abductor from Purana Bazar area of Dimapur town. The abductor was identified as NNC militant named Khra Candi (23). SFs also recovered one .22 mm pistol with magazine and other "war like stores" and rescued one individual from the house of one Kiyeho Sumi.

SFs arrested an arms dealer, Chetei Shiu, with along with one. 22 mm pistol with magazine at New Market Area of Kohima town.

August 1

Nagaland Gaon Bura Federation (NGBF) has made a strong plea on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to also include all apex Naga tribal bodies, apex civil society groups, the six-member Working Group (WG) comprising of 'Naga political groups', revive cease-fire with NSCN-K before hammering a "final and permanent solution."

August 8

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.

AR troopers arrested a NSCN-K militant, 'captain' Inoto Chopy, from Alahuto colony in Zunheboto District.

August 14

NSCN-IM 'vice president', 'general' (Retd) Kholi Konyak hinted that the Naga political issue will be settled "at any moment from now". He said that the Naga people "are now blessed with the finest opportune time to see the glory of God, the Almighty in our lives through the realization of our political settlement at any moment from now". In the same time the NSCN-IM leader however said, "Let us remind ourselves that, nothing is certain until it is achieved.

August 16

5 AR arrested a NSCN-K militant, 'captain' Vinato Assumi (35), from Alahuto Colony in Zunheboto town of Zunheboto District.

August 17

Setting at rest, various media speculations, which claimed, that Government of India and NSCN-IM would be signing "final accord" by September 2017; Interlocutor to Naga Talks, JIC Chairman R.N. Ravi and senior NSCN-IM functionary, V.S Atem, in separate conversations have made it clear that there is no such deadline for signing a permanent agreement.

August 18

NSCN-IM will not decommission its arms after the final accord is signed with the Government of India.

August 24

Six Naga NNPGs resolved to exempt Naga entrepreneurs from 'taxation'. "The NNPGs have resolved that while free donations from our people will be solicited, Naga entrepreneurs shall henceforth be exempted from taxations. This step is taken in order to enable Naga youths to confidently pursue and strengthen social fabric and build economic platform for the future," NNPGs stated through its media cell. However, NNPGS said that "joint ventures and partnerships between Naga and non-Naga entrepreneurs shall not be exempted in any manner." NNPGs said it has taken note of many Naga youths claiming ownership of business houses and discreetly being paid monthly protection fee by non-Naga businessmen. This practice must be stopped immediately, NNPGs asserted.

August 29

The talks between the Government of India and NSCN-IM are in "advanced stage" and the Centre has rejected the demand of the militant outfit to allow Nagaland to have separate constitution and Greater Nagaland. Meanwhile, the Centre is also hopeful that the NSCN-K will also rejoin the peace process.

September 2-3

Dead body of taxi driver-cum owner, Swuduve Nakro was recovered on September 3 at Chiechama village, in Kohima District. He was killed on September 2.

September 3-5

Police arrested NSCN-K militants, identified as 'captain' Toishe Aye (28), '2nd lieutenant.' Daniel Yimchunger (31) in Kohima town.

September 4

Police arrested two NSCN-K 'sympathizer' Avito Zhotso (41), in Satakha of Zunheboto District.

September 5

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju reiterated that solution of Naga imbroglio is at the final stage and it will be settled soon. "Naga issue is on final stage and it will be settled soon," said Rijiju, without disclosing anything, while interacting with reporters during the Second NEDA conclave. He also said that porous borders with Bangladesh will be sealed soon.

September 6

NSCN-IM has asserted that judged by the level of dedication in pursuit of honourable settlement to the Naga political issue, there is no reason for the Naga people to be doubtful.

September 8

NSCN-IM 'caretakers/ CAO s', 'Executive Officers', 'political organiser', 'presidents' of the 'regions', 'sub-region', CAA present in the meeting with its kilo kilonser (Home Minister) have fully extended support to August 3, 2015 "Framework Agreement" and termed it as a "landmark progress on the Indo-Naga peace process.

September 12

NSCN-K militants attacked 15 AR Check post at Pangsa village in Tuensang District. The AR troopers too retaliated and the encounter lasted for around 15 minutes. Report states that at least 4 Riflemen sustained bullet injury in the attacked.

September 15

AR troops have arrested three NSCN-K militants in an operation against the outfits in Kohima District. AR arrested three NSCN-K militants for "threatening the local populace, vendors and making unjust demands of extortion". The NSCN-K militants arrested were identified as 'sergent' Hoshito Ayemi, L Majingmong Thiipori (NSCN-K 'civil wing') and Linpingthu Pachuri (NSCN-K 'civil wing').

September 16

AR troops have arrested four NSCN-K militants in an operation against the outfits in Kohima District.AR intercepted a suspected vehicle near Naga Bazaar bye pass road and arrested four NSCN-K cadres. PRO said that the four persons were identified as 'finance secretary' Bennilo Bukh alias Ato Rengma (37) alias Ato Chakesang, Adeo Kiewhuo (29), Neiktoula Kenguruse (34) and Thejavinuo Theja (38).

September 18

Unidentified armed miscreants entered Kuda Cold Storage, owned by L. Doulo, at 5th mile Model Village in Dimapur District and serving a 'taxation slip'. The militants later opened fire when their demand was not met; the businessman escaped unhurt.

September 24

Nagaland CM, T.R. Zeliang, appealed Myanmar to seriously work together towards bringing about ceasefire between the NSCN-K, Government of India and Myanmar so that there could be permanent peace and development between the two countries. According to CMO, Zeliang urged upon a delegation from Myanmar during the recently concluded Summit at Kohima to "convert 'sanctuary of insurgents' into commercial hub through peace initiative and development process." He also urged upon Myanmar to take initiative in Myanmar and "we will take initiative in our country." CMO also informed that the Myanmarese delegation and the Chief Minister discussed varied issues including border trade, air, rail and road connectivity, political and cultural exchange programmes and promotion of tourism and building people-to-people-contact.

September 27

GoI and the WC of the six NNPGs officially held its first round of political dialogue to resolve the protracted Indo-Naga political issue in New Delhi. The meeting was held between GoI representative and interlocutor for Naga talks, R.N. Ravi and the 18-member delegation of the Working Committee led by its convener N. Kitovi Zhimomi. WC media cell said Ravi, while welcoming the delegation, described the meeting as a historic one for both GoI and the Nagas as the effort was aimed towards resolving the 70 year old political problem through dialogue. Stressing on the principle of equality, mutual respect and trust for resolving the issue, WC said Ravi had urged upon the Naga delegation to be realistic and not dwell on rhetoric. "Pointing out that neither side could fool the other, being frank and brutally honest on all contentious issues would be in the interest of both entities." Despite the differences, WC said that Ravi hoped that the Centre and the WC would work as partners and deliver the best political solution for both the GoI and the Naga people.

October 5

TUCT at the public rally resolved to deport " IBIs " from Chumukedima area in Dimapur District with immediate effect. During the rally the TUCT also adopted a 10-point resolution. Social activist, Khekiye K Sema explained, "This is not a rally against Muslims but a rally against illegal Bangladeshis". Sema pointed out that Bangladeshi immigrants were not Indians but illegal foreigners, and therefore "we are saying that they must be deported from our land." At the end of the rally, after the adoption of the 10-point resolution, the tribal bodies also decided to form a state level body to check the influx of IBIs in the state.

October 6

Rh Raising, 'Convenor' of 'Steering Committee' which is the highest decision making body of NSCN-IM, said that the "Framework Agreement recognizes the sovereign right of the Nagas and integration of all Naga territories is the legitimate right of the Nagas",

October 7

SFs arrested a Government of GPRN/NSCN militant, Neikhoo Tarakhano (31), from south point market in Kohima town in Kohima District. SFs recovered 28 GPRN 'work permit' and cash of INR 4,310.

October 13-14

NSCN-K 'chairman', Khango Konyak was 'unanimously elected' as the new 'chairman' of the UNLFWSEA. A press note issued by UNLFWSEA publicity committee comprising of 'colonel' Isak Sumi of NSCN-K, NDFB 'foreign secretary', NE Esara and Jibon Singha Koch of the KLO informed that the decision was made during the general session of the UNLFWSEA, hosted by NSCN-K at Taka CHQ.

October 14

NIA arrested four senior officials of the Nagaland Government for their alleged involvement in collecting 'tax' from various Government organizations on behalf of the NSCN-K and diverting Government funds to militants.

October 15

Union Government interlocutor for Naga talks, RN Ravi asserted that the territorial boundary of any of the States of the region would not be affected while finding a solution to the Naga political issues,

October 19

The pro-active intervention of China has been stopping the NSCN-K from joining the ongoing peace-talks in Nagaland. Disclosing that Chinese agencies were frequently meeting the NSCN-K leaders in Ruli and Kunming in Southern China's Yunnan province, security sources in the UMHA said that they have conclusive intelligence inputs-indicating indulgence of China with Northeast insurgent groups.

China also played key role in appointment of Khango Konak, who had taken over as 'chairman' of the NSCN-K after SS Khaplang died in June this year, as the 'chairman' of the UNLFWSEA, security sources said that it was aimed at to dissuade the NSCN-K from joining the peace-talks with Government of India.

October 20

The frequency of meetings between the Chinese agencies and militant groups of the North East has increased in recent months. The Government of India is closely monitoring the situation. The Indian security agencies are also of the view that the Chinese agencies are facilitating the insurgent groups to procure weapons. Sources said that India has definite information about the recent meetings between the Chinese agencies and members of militant groups of the north east India.

October 24

The NIA recovered INR 2.7 million from Shelly Sumi, wife of Niki Sumi, a 'commander' of the NSCN-K. The searches at Shelly Sumi's residence came a week after four Nagaland government officers - former tourism director Purakhu Angami; additional director of agriculture V Aza; joint director of irrigation Hutoi Sema and fisheries superintendent Kekhriesatuo Tep - were arrested for allegedly funding the insurgent group from the state exchequer. In a statement, the NIA spokesperson IG Alok Mittal said that they had information that Shelly Sumi and her associates were in possession of cash and other incriminating documents pertaining to the NSCN-K in their houses in Dimapur, Nagaland. "Accordingly, searches were conducted at the houses of the accused persons Shelly Sumi, Ikheli Yeptho, Shutoli and Hozheli at Naharbari Basti, Dimapur, Nagaland on Tuesday [October 24] and cash amounting to INR 27,90,550 was recovered from these premises," he said. 12 mobile phones, three laptops, one hard disk and 33 incriminating documents were also seized during searches. The agency said that the seized money, suspected to have been extorted/collected from the public/government servants, was meant for sending to the NSCN-K camps in Myanmar to fund activities prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India.

October 25

The NIA is likely to issue summons to Shelly Sumi, wife of Niki Sumi, a 'commander' of the NSCN-K, and others over a case of terror funding in Nagaland, an official said. On October 24, NIA recovered INR 2.7 million from the house of Shelly Sumi at Naharbari Basti in Dimapur, the main commercial town of Nagaland. Twelve mobile phones, three laptops, a hard disk and 33 documents were also seized, it said. "So far, we have not arrested anyone. Summons will be issued to Shelly and her associates," a top NIA official said. Various intelligence agencies have been keeping a close watch on the movement and activities of Shelly and her associates in Nagaland and Manipur. NIA officials said the seized money was suspected to have been extorted from the public or government servants and meant for sending to the NSCN-K camps in Myanmar to fund activities "prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India".

October 26

FGN, kedahge (president), 'general' (retd) Viyalie Metha said that the NNC and FGN would "firmly stand by the mandate of the May 16, 1951 Naga plebiscite, which was to be a sovereign Independent Naga nation". Metha said since the "prop up ongoing parley between the so called NSCN-IM and GoI has been added with a new twist by inclusion of six NNPGs," the FGN was compelled to highlight the "historical facts about the Indo-Naga conflict". He went on to point out that the Indo-Naga conflict "did not begin with any aggressive action" by Nagaland against India. Citing B.N. Mulik's statement, he said the conflict started when "troops moved into Tuensang by October 1955, and the war with Nagas started from then."

Metha reminded that the Nagas had declared Naga independence on August 14, 1947 a day ahead of India's own independence declaration. Accordingly, he said the republic of Nagaland known as the Federal Government of Nagaland was setup on March 22, 1956. "Unlike other states in the Indian union, the NNC, FGN and the Naga army have been defending Nagaland's sovereignty from 1947 to the present," he added. He therefore cautioned that "any Naga citizen from any Naga organization, who would ignore these irrefutable facts of our history and make any sham settlement with India, would be guilty of treason to the nation." Metha also reminded that the NNC and FGN were still holding on to the 1964 Indo-Naga ceasefire between the FGN and the Government of India in order to have a peaceful solution to the Indo-Naga conflict.

October 27

Nagaland Governor P.B. Acharya 'requested' Myanmar-based NSCN-K to join the ongoing peace talks with the Centre, a Raj Bhavan communique said. "P.B. Acharya values the formal joining of six NNPGs in peace talks, and requested the NSCN-K to join the ongoing peace process so that a meaningful solution to the protracted Naga political problem is found at the earliest," the communique said. The NSCN-K abrogated a 2001 ceasefire accord signed with the Central Government in March 2015, just a month before the truce was up for renewal. Appreciating the efforts of the Government interlocutor for Naga talks, R.N. Ravi, to address the long-pending issue and the positive response from the Nagas, the Governor appealed to all NGOs, political parties and civil society to stand united to make the peace process a success.

This week, Ravi held talks with leaders of NSCN-IM, NNC, Federal Government of Nagaland, NSCN-R, National People's Government of Nagaland (Non-accord) and Government Democratic Republic of Nagaland (Non-Accord). The central government and the Working Committee of six Naga groups officially began a political dialogue on September 27 in New Delhi.

Dimapur Police AET Zone-II arrested one person, identified as Alok Dutta for collecting yearly Tax of INR 500 in the name of NSCN-R from Loknath Pan Shop at New Market in Dimapur. Accordingly a case has been registered at Dimapur West Police Station and investigation is on, informed Police.

Dimapur Police SOT arrested one person, identified as Mughabeto Aye (27) for extorting money from business community and auto drivers at Murgipatti area in Dimapur. Police said six demand slips and cash amount of INR 1800 was recovered from his possession. Accordingly a case has been registered at Dimapur East police station for further investigation.

October 28

Governor of Nagaland, P.B. Acharya congratulated and appreciated the efforts of Interlocutor for Naga talks, R.N. Ravi to address the long pending issue, and positive response from Naga people. Governor valued the formal joining of the peace process by the Working Committee of six NNPGs and requested NSCN-K also to join it so that a meaningful solution to the protracted Naga political problem is found at the earliest. He appealed all the NGOs, political parties and civil society to stand united as one society to make the peace process a success.

October 29

The NIA has established that four Nagaland Government officers had made the banned insurgent group NSCN-K richer by over INR 20 crore in just four years by sharing with the outfit funds from the state exchequer. The NIA has recovered payment slips and registers to this effect, which establishes that the arrested officers were hand in glove with NSCN-K in its 'illegal tax collection' racket. The four officers - Vilepral Aja (additional director of department of agriculture, Kohima), Purakhu Angami (former director of department of tourism), Kekhriesatuo Tep (superintendent of fisheries department) and K Hutoi Sema (executive engineer of irrigation and flood control department) - were arrested on October 13.

"These officers maintained slips and registers in which exact amount and name of the person to whom money was to be given are mentioned. The handwriting experts of Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) Gandhinagar have confirmed that these four officers maintained these slips/registers," said a source. An assessment of payment slips and other documents suggests that arrested officers have handed over somewhere between INR 20 to INR 25 crore to NSCN-K and other factions since 2012, said the officer.

Sources said that while S Khetoshe Sumi, finance in charge of NSCN-K who was arrested last year, was extorting money from State Government officials, instructions were coming from Isak Sumi, a Myanmar-based key member of the outfit, who handles all the finances for anti-India operations. In a charge-sheet filed earlier this year against Isak Sumi, Khetoshe Sumi and another finance collection agent, Victo Swu, NIA claimed that they raised funds through illegal tax collection and extorted money from government offices to support the banned organization in its activities.

NSCN-K through its MIP' has accused the NIA of 'perpetrating terrorism in Nagaland' and warned that it would be 'forced to ask every Indian people to leave Naga country' if NIA continued with its policy.

Dimapur Police AET Zone-II arrested one person, identified Atoka Chishi (28) for issuing information slip to business establishment in the name of NSCN-R in Dimapur. Police recovered one .32 pistol with live rounds, two information slips and cash amount of INR 3210. Accordingly, a case has been registered at East Police Station for investigation.

October 30

With expectations of the new accord by the year-end running high, the NSCN-IM declared Hebron [Nagaland], the peace camp set up by government as the future 'centre of Naga politics, government, culture, civilization and the seat of their high command'. The camp was set up about 100 kms off state Nagaland's capital Kohima, after it had signed a ceasefire agreement in 1997.

November 1

The AR arrested one NSCN-K cadre, identified as Kiyeto Kinimi (33) from general area of Hekiye Village, under Zunheboto District. The cadre was arrested when the AR launched an operation along with a Police representative based on specific information regarding presence of the cadre. Kiyeto Kinimi revealed that he was a member of NSCN-K since 2008; the Police release said adding that a rifle as well as live ammunitions was recovered from him.

According to a statistics available with the UMHA, as many as 37 persons including nine SFs personnel were killed in the insurgency related violence in the Northeast region over the last seven months. Official statistics reveals that 28 civilians and nine security personnel were killed in 204 insurgency related violence across the Northeastern States. As many as 57 persons were also abducted this year up to July 31st.

SFs are on their toes following reports of recruitment of youth by the insurgent outfits in the landlocked Northeastern States.

November 3

The Government of India's interlocutor R.N. Ravi said that most of the substantial issues of the Naga peace talks had been resolved and only symbolic issues needed resolution. Ravi made the statement in a meeting held at Nagaland House in New Delhi in the afternoon. Earlier in the day, Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang, his cabinet ministers and MP (Member of Parliament) Neiphiu Rio met UHM Rajnath Singh in his office.

Zeliang impressed upon Rajnath the need for a final solution to the Naga political issue before the Assembly elections next year. Rio said with the commitment and leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajnath, the final settlement did not seem far and it would be in the interest of all if it was arrived at before Christmas. Rajnath hoped that a settlement to the Naga political issue would be arrived at soon.

A two-member consultative committee, constituted by the Manipur Government to monitor peace talks between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM, is also in New Delhi to discuss progress of the talks with central officials. The team met Ravi and Union Home secretary Rajiv Gauba on November 2. It is believed to have conveyed to the officials the Manipur Government's stand on its territorial integrity. They also plan to meet National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Kumar Doval and other stakeholders.

November 5

NSA Ajit Doval categorically stated that the solution to the Naga political problem has to be a win-win situation for all in order to create a congenial atmosphere for acceptance of the agreement between Union Government and the 'Naga National groups'.

November 14

NSCN-R has appointed Akato Chophi as its 'vice president (collective leader)'.

November 17

Government of India and WC comprising of six NNPGs, signed an agreement which recognised the political and historical rights of the Nagas to self determine their future in consonance with their distinct identity. According to sources, in the agreement the government of India has "recognised the political and historical rights of the Nagas to self determine their future in consonance with their distinct identity".





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