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.
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.'
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.
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
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.
AR arrested one NSCN-K militant from Manyaksho
village in Mon District. AR also recovered one pistol and three
rounds from the arrested militant.
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.
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
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.
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."
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
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.
||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.
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
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Police arrested two persons, identified as Tiakaba
Jamir and Sanjeev Rai while they were robbing an Autoriskshaw at
Sewak Gate area, Dimapur Town.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
One militant of NSCN-K, identified as Yitelmpa
Yaden alias Alemba was arrested by AR at Pungro road junction
in Kiphire District.
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.
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
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'.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
Police arrested one extortionist, who is also
a cadre of NSCN-R, identified as Akivito Awomi from Dimapur town.
Police arrested two extortionists, identified
as Takendar Singh and Babul Ali from Netaji Colony in Dimapur
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
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.
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".
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.
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
Dimapur Police arrested two persons from New Market area after
they were found collecting money from the vendors.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a statement, the NSCN-IM claimed that, altogether
56 (fifty six) members from different Naga militant groups have
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
One militant of NNC-NA, identified as Mughalu
Aye, was arrested by the AET for collecting illegal ‘taxes’ in
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
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
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.
The UMHA has said that there has been a sharp
decline in violence, extortion and attacks on security forces
in the Northeast in the last three years. As per data available
with the UMHA, only 484 such incidents were reported in 2016 as
compared to 1,025 in 2012 and 732 in 2013. It further noted that
the number of abductions have come down from 329 in 2012 and 307
in 2013 to 168 in 2016. Only 28 such cases were registered till
March this year. However, the number of security personnel killed
in Manipur shows an upward trend with 24 being killed in 2015
and 11 in 2016 as compared to 8 and 5 deaths in 2012 and 2013,
The NDFB-IKS suffered a setback with more than
900 cadres being arrested and nearly 55 being killed in security
operations, according to the UMHA note. The number of such incidents
in Assam jumped to 50 in 2016 as compared to 21 in 2013, the UMHA
The number of militants surrendering saw a decline
with 267 such surrenders taking place in 2016 as compared to 1,161
in 2012, as per official data. Arms recovery was not significant
despite a crackdown as 698 arms were recovered in 2016 as compared
to 1,856 in 2012.
As many as 1,202 militants were arrested in 2016
as compared to 2,145 in 2012. Of this, the highest number of arrests
in 2016 has been made in Manipur (518) and Assam (366) while maximum
abduction cases were reported from Nagaland (51) and Meghalaya
In a statement, 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.
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.
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
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.
‘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.
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.
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
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.
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 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."
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
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
'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
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."
CMFG D.K. Pathak said that the Indian government
had no plans to re-enter into a ceasefire agreement with the Myanmar-based
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
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."
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
India has yet again underscored the need to flush
out the Northeast-based militants operating from Myanmar. Commander-in-Chief
of the Myanmar Defence Services, Senior General U Min Aung Hliang
is currently touring India and he called on PM Narendra Modi and
several other ministers in New Delhi. He also called on Defence
Minister Arun Jaitley, besides Army chief General Vipin Rawat.
According to official sources, the visiting Senior General briefed
the PM about bilateral defence and security cooperation. The Prime
Minister appreciated the close cooperation between the armed forces
of India and Myanmar.
The BGB has denied the presence of North East-based
militant camps in the country. Addressing a press conference in
Shillong after the culmination of the talks with the BSF officials,
BGB Additional Director General (North East region) Mohammad Zahid
Hasan said Bangladesh has zero tolerance towards anti-social elements
and the country's leadership maintains a tough stand against insurgent
groups. "These (presence of insurgent camps) are mere perceptions…
We will firmly act if there is any," Zahid said. BSF had raised
the issue of presence of outfits like GNLA, ULFA-I and HNLC in
Bangladesh territory and sought stringent action against them.
Earlier, IG of BSF (Meghalaya frontier) PK Dubey reiterated that
there are no regulated militant camps in Bangladesh which existed
10-15 years back and there is coordinated action between the border
sentinels of the two countries.