AR arrested an NNC-NA militant
identified as sergeant major' Wongtong from Tuesang District.
One .303 rifle, 24 live rounds were recovered from him.
An arms dealer was arrested from rom Indrapuri
village in Tuensang District. The arms dealer has been identified
as K Haothiu Khiamniungan. One .22 pistol, and a magazine with
nine rounds of ammunition were recovered from him.
Nagaland has been declared "disturbed area" for
six more months, till June-end under AFSPA. UMHA notified that
it is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole of Nagaland
is in such a "disturbed and dangerous condition" that use of Armed
Forces in aid of the civil power is necessary. GoI declared that
whole of the said state to be a ''disturbed area'' for a period
of six months with effect from December 30, 2017.
An indefinite shutdown began in Tseminyu area
in Kohima District press the demand for up gradation of Tseminyu
sub-divisional headquarter into a full-fledged District headquarters.
The strike has been called by the Rengma Naga frontal organizations
in Kohima District.
Rh Raising, 'convenor' of the Steering Committee
of NSCN-IM said that in order to arrive at an amicable solution
for both the Nagas and GoI as agreed that GoI and Nagas will co-exist
as two entities and share sovereign power between the two entities.
Rh Raising stated that 'the historic Framework Agreement is the
first Indo-Naga political agreement that opens up an era of a
new relationship between the two' and added that the agreement
is the legacy of both NSCN-IM and GoI.
Two NNC-NA militant identified as 'private' Joel
Zeliang and Ghoikhu Swu were arrested in Dimapur for extortion.
An NSCN-R militant identified as Angukavi Yepthomi
was arrested for extorting money from new Market area in Dimapur.
Six militants including two NSCN-K and four NSCN-KN
militants were arrested at Meluri town in Phek District. SFs also
recovered one carbine machine gun (CMG), two pistols, ammunition
of various calibers and one hand grenade along with various incriminating
documents. According to authorities, the arrested militants were
involved in extortion and threatening local population.
Nagaland CM appealed to NSCN-K to restart the
peace process with GoI. He stated that had dispatched a letter
to the Myanmar-based NSCN-K leadership appealing to them to re-consider
their stand, revisit the ceasefire agreement with GoI. NSCN-K
had abrogated the cease fire agreement in March 2015.
AR arrested an arms dealer from Burma camp in
Dimapur and recovered a .22 pistol. The dealer was identified
as Neiwelhi Rume.
AR arrested NSCN-K militant Mhonthung Tungie in
Wokha town in Wokha District.
AR arrested two individuals in Tethizu Hanging
Bridge in Kiphire District. One .22 Rifle, one magazine and live
rounds were recovered from the arrested individuals.
Two suspected arms dealers were arrested a joint
operation in Blue Hill Station, Dimapur. One .22 mm Pistol, one
magazine, live ammunition, one detonator, two Gelatin sticks and
one Safety fuse were recovered.
EC has asked AR to increase its presence in the
1643-km-long Indo-Myanmar border to prevent Indian militants based
in Myanmar from sneaking across the border and creating disturbance
in poll-bound Nagaland. Nagaland CEO also stated that the inter-state
and inter-District borders have been tightened to ensure a peaceful
election which is due next month. The CEO added that GoI is sending
276 companies of additional CPMF for poll duty of which about
40 to 50 companies are scheduled to arrive in about three to four
The Union Government has asked the four states
that share unfenced border with Myanmar to distribute "border
pass" to all the residents living within 16 km from the boundary
line. It has also asked the governments of Arunachal Pradesh,
Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram to enroll the border residents under
Aadhaar (unique identity card) on war footing.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed security
situation in the North-eastern States. According to official data,
the security situation in the region has improved and insurgency-related
incidents have gone down by 85 per cent in 2017 as compared to
2000. According to the data, there were 308 insurgency-related
incidents in 2017, the lowest since 1997.
In 2000, 1,963 insurgency-related incidents had
taken place in the Northeast. Also, the death toll of security
personnel and civilians was lowest last year when 12 security
forces personnel and 37 civilians were killed. The number of cases
of kidnapping or abduction also went down by 40 per cent as 168
incidents were reported in 2016, which came down to 102 in 2017.
Dimapur Police arrested a suspected extortionist
identified as Atovi Aye for allegedly extorting from truck drivers
from Khushabill village in Dimapur.
Two NSCN-IM militants were arrested near Aoyimiti
village junction Dimapur for abducting a trader. The arrested
militants have been identified as Toki Achumi and Khetoho Jakhalu.
The militant abducted the trader identified as Subash Kumar Jain
from MP road in Dimapur and he was later released on the same
day at Purana Bazar in Dimapur.
UMHA is considering creating a 29-battalion India-Myanmar
Border Force from AR and ITBP to curtail smuggling, gun running
and insurgent activities. The new force will patrol right up to
the border. Currently, the 46-battalion strong AR guards the border
but patrols up to 500 meters from the so-called zero line, which
leaves the border partly porous. AR will be paired with 4 battalions
from ITBP to form the new force, with ITBP in charge. This will
result in ITBP not only patroling the 3,488-km LAC with China
but also the border with Myanmar.
UNLFW an umbrella group of rebel groups on January
22 called for a total boycott of Republic Day celebrations. Khango
Konyak, the newly appointed 'chairman' of UNLFW, in a statement
said '(We want) a 24-hour total shutdown on January 26 and to
engage concerted refusal by not attending or gathering at any
governmental offices or public places within 24 hours of that
day, except some emergency services.
NSCN-IM opposed the Assembly elections in Nagaland
slated for February 27, saying it will be a serious obstacle towards
finding an early political solution to the Naga problem. NSCN-IM
in a statement said that they are committed to an early negotiated
political settlement, but the election is "bound to undermine"
the progress of the ongoing talks between them and the Centre.
They also said that 'the decision taken by GoI Election Commission
to hold election is bound to undermine the progress of the ongoing
talks and become a serious obstacle towards finding an early political
solution'. On January 18, the Election Commission announced that
elections to the 60-member Assembly would be conducted on February
NMA a civil society group urged political parties
not to contest the February 27 Nagaland Assembly polls and demanded
a solution to the insurgency problem first.
AR and NIA in a joint operation arrested three
militants of NSCN-KN from Zubsa in Kohima District. The arrested
militants were identified as 'brigadier' Aheto H Chophy, Witti
Marak and Mughahoto Sumi.Aheto H Chophy was wanted in a case for
clandestinely acquiring weapons and ammunition belonging to Nagaland
Police and for insurgent violence.
Between 2000 and 2012 as 'brigadier' Aheto H Chophy
had bought 75 weapons of various types, 62 magazines and 26,098
assorted ammunitions along with three bayonets from a Police official.
Type-56 rifle, 2 pistols, 176 rounds of ammunition and INR 1,32,320
were recovered from the arrested militants.
NSCN-IM issued a declaration demanding solution
to the insurgency issue before the Assembly elections. Currently
GoI and NSCN-IM are conducting talks. The rebel group had said
earlier that the elections will create serious obstacles for the
All political parties in Nagaland signed a joint
declaration, refusing to issue tickets or file nominations for
the Assembly elections scheduled for February 27. . The declaration
came following a crucial meeting in state capital Kohima, between
the Naga tribal civil society groups, who have been pressing upon
the Centre to find a solution to the vexed peace process before
NSCN-IM convener' of 'steering committee' Rh
Raising reaffirmed to cling to the 'Framework Agreement' and stand
by it in 'all weathers'. . He also added that 'Framework Agreement
was officially signed between and NSCN-IM as two entities on August
3, 2015, which recognizes the sovereign right, the unique history
and identity of the Nagas and the land of the Nagas'. He also
added that India and the Nagas will coexist as two entities and
share sovereign power.
CCNTHCO stated that 'We on behalf of all the
political parties and the intending candidates have, in compliance
with the wishes of the people, decided not to go ahead with the
issuance of party tickets or filing of nominations'.
NSCN-K militant identified as A. Konyak from Kohima.
He was a 'kilonser' (minister) of the militant group. The arrested
militant was reportedly involved in extortion activities.
CCNTHCO a joint front of tribal and civil organisations
in the state has called for called for a State-wide general strike.
CCNTHCO has been demanding the postponement of State Assembly
elections until finding peaceful solution to the ongoing talks
between GoI and NSCN-IM.
A civilian was abducted by NSCN-R militants from
A civilian abducted on January 30 was rescued
and five militants of NSCN-R were arrested from Ayomiti village
area in Dimapur District. The militants have been identified as
'lieutenant colonel' Khoto, 'major' Rikhum, 'major' Athsong Chang',
'captain' John Pomei and 'corporal' Shitmong. Two pistols, two
magazines and five rounds of ammunition were recovered from the
AR arrested a NNC-NA militant in Chumukedima
in Dimapur. he arrested militant was identified as Meyitipa Yaden
Ao. The arrested militant was involved in extortion.
NNC militants were arrested at DC chowk area
in Dimapur District. The arrested militants were identified as
Mar Longkumar and Moatumsu Jamir.
NSCN-IM 'CAO' shot dead by unidentified assailants
at Jalukie town in Peren District. He was the 'CAO' of NSCN-IM's
SFs recovered a pistol, a magazine and three
rounds of ammunition from the house of a militant of FGN-NA in
NSCN-IM asserted that it fully supported the decision
of the Core Committee of CCNTHCO churches, tribal bodies on deciding
for solution to the Naga issue and hence not to go for election.
NSCN-IM also warned that any 'national worker' found defying the
decision of the Naga people will face serious consequences. The
statement also said 'We reiterate our stand that imposed election
is not acceptable to the Naga people'.
Major political parties the BJP, Congress, NPF,
NDPP, have made it clear that they would take part in the ensuing
Nagaland assembly elections.
Suspected NSCN-K identified as 'captain' Phuto
Konyak was arrested from Aboi town in Mon District.
Police arrested an extortionist identified as
Lalan Sharma from Kohima. Documents of FGN, NSCN-IM, NSCN-K were
recovered from him.
One individual was arrested with arms from Tenning
in Peren District. One pistol and eight live rounds were recovered
from the arrested individual, identified as Gaubeu Zeliang.
NSCN-IM has clarified that they will not use 'force
or coercion' to make people boycott the upcoming election. NSCN-IM
was first to announce its call for 'solution before election',
which was later picked up by the larger Naga civil society.
AR arrested three extortionists from GS Road and
Kalibari in Dimapur. The arrested individuals have been identified
as Rajendra Prasad Yadav, Suraj Jain and Paras Jain. Incriminating
documents including extortion notes and INR 553,710 were recovered
from the arrestees.
SFs arrested an NSCN-KN militant identified as
Neingumelie from Themazie Colony in Kohima District.
GoI is learnt to have assured Naga groups, political
parties and armed organisations that all options are open, including
re-elections in Nagaland, whenever an accord is finalized with
NSCN-IM and other naga groups. Elections are expected to be held
on February 27 in the state and results will be declared on March
GoI has also reportedly assured that militant
cadres may be absorbed after arriving at a solution. According
to an official, 'There are a few options that we are looking at
and we have sought an opinion from the rebel groups. One of them
is to raise an All Naga IrBN. at the disposal of the state but
the Centre can help fund and train them.
MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju stated that
GoI has revised stipend amount and fixed deposit for the surrendered
militants in Northeast. The new surrender scheme will come into
effect from April 2018. The monthly allowance would be increased
from INR 3,000 to INR 6,000. Moreover, the militants will be given
a relief amount of INR 400,000 which was earlier INR 1, 50,000.
Unidentified militant of unspecified affiliation
arrested from Khipre District. A pistol and ammunition was recovered
from the arrested militant
MoS for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju stated that
Nagaland recorded 19 insurgency related incidents in 2017 in which
three civilians were killed.
According to UMHA insurgency incidents in north-east
declined by 63 per cent as compared to 2014 in and 36 per cent
compared to 2016 as the year 2017 witnessed the lowest number
of insurgency related incidents since 1997. There were 824 insurgency
related incidents in 2014, 574 incidents in 2015, 484 in 2016,
308 in 2017. Civilian casualties has also recorded a decrease
by 83 percent, from 212 in 2014 to 37 in 2017 while casualty rate
of SFs declined by 40 percent, from 20 in 2014 to 12 in 2017.
NSCN-R militant identified as Isaka Awomi was
arrested from Naharbari in Dimapur District. An AK-56 rifle, rifle
with magazines, two .22 mm pistol with magazines and 50 and four
live rounds of AK-56 and .22 pistol were recovered from him.
NIA summoned OSD to CM and two of his office staff
for questioning in connection with a case of alleged terror funding.
The case pertains to extortion attempts by NSCN-K, NSCN-IM and
NNC from 14 different government departments. Earlier on January
18, 2017, the NIA conducted searches in various government departments
in Nagaland and seized receipts that showed payments.
NIA stated that these seizures prima facie indicate
the connivance of these government organisations in funding various
underground organisations operating in Nagaland.' The departments
include 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.
In November, massive protests rocked Kohima after seven government
officials were reportedly arrested for funding underground groups,
called Naga National Political Groups, through taxation.
Spokesperson of MEA stated that it will continue
to support the peace process and that national reconciliation
in Myanmar will also benefit the north-eastern states. The spokesperson
stated that comprehensive peace and national reconciliation in
Myanmar will also be conducive for peace and prosperity in India's
north-eastern region. The statement came after two militant groups
in Myanmar MNSP and LDU signed the NCA and joined the peace process.
NPP candidate T Chalukumba, who is contesting
the February 27 assembly elections, escaped an attempt on his
life in Mokokchung District.