Tripura Timeline - Year 2013
SFs arrested one NLFT-BM collaborator
identified as Jang Bahadur Reang (55) in between Chakbihar Chowdhury
Para and Birchandra Chowdhury Para under Manikpur Police Station
in Dhalai District.
One militant belonging to NLFT-BM
identified as Nitush Debbarma (25) alias Naikhol, surrendered
before SFs at BOP under Vangmun Police Station in North Tripura
District. The militant deposited One Carbine, 03 Magazines and
90 round ammunitions of Carbine.
One militant belonging to BNCT
namely Rabindra Reang (26), surrendered before SFs at Kumpui under
Vangmun Police Station in North Tripura District. During surrender
the militant deposited one .22 mm Pistol, One Magazine and three
rounds of ammunitions of .22 mm Pistol.
CM Manik Sarkar appreciated the
current Bangladesh government's efforts to crack down on militants
from the Northeast but added that more could be done in this regard.
"The present Bangladesh government has initiated measures to drive
away anti-India militants based there. But I think there is scope
for more action. I say this, because even now 22 hideouts of outfits
banned by the Tripura government exist on Bangladeshi soil. And
we have asked the Union home minister and Union external affairs
minister to take up this issue with Bangladesh during bilateral
talks," CM Sarkar said.
ULFA-ATF and NDFB-IKS along with
nine other militant outfits of the northeast called for boycott
of Republic Day celebrations on January 26 and blamed the Government
of covert military operations.
The other groups includes CorCom,
the umbrella body of seven militant groups of Manipur, NLFT and
Tripura People's Democratic Front, [Political organisation representing
ATTF and NLFT, jointly with other
insurgent outfits of the north-east have given a customary call
to boycott Republic Day celebrations on January 26.
SFs arrested ATTF 'chairman' Ranjit
Debbarma from an area near the Indo-Bangla border under Sidhai
Police Station in Mohanpur subdivision of West Tripura District.
A Tripura court, sent ATTF leader
Ranjit Debbarma to 14 days of judicial custody, a day after he
was arrested when pushed into the Indian territory by Bangladeshi
authorities, Police said. Debbarma was facing Interpol's red corner
notice for a number of massacres and other crimes. The Police
presented him at the West Tripura's District and sessions court,
which sent him to 14-days of judicial custody. He will be interrogated
by Police and intelligence officials.
SFs arrested a businessman, identified
as Sandip Roy Barman (49) alias Pantha, along with illegal arms,
ammunition and an unspecified amount of Bangladesh currency from
Jirania under Jirania Police Station in West Tripura District.
SFs also recovered a few letterheads of the NLFT. The arrestee
is the elder brother of State Congress committee president, Sudip
Militants of NLFT have stepped
up extortion activities in at least four Assembly constituencies
- Kanchanpur, Chhawmanu, Raima Valley and Karbook - across Gomati,
Dhalai and North Tripura Districts. Sources in the Special Branch
(Intelligence Wing) of the State Police said over the past week,
three large NLFT militant groups, comprising 15 militants each
and led by Malindra Reang, Bipan Koloi and Debasish Uchoi have
been moving in the interior villages of the four constituencies
distributing "tax" notices and threatening people with dire consequences
unless they pay up.
Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said
that Tripura is now almost free of the terrorist threat now. CM
Manik Sarkar further added, "The militants have been weakened
and isolated. They do not have any hideouts within the state but
they have at least 19 to 21 camps in Bangladesh. We have the border
fence keeping them out but at some places, the fence is yet to
be erected. Militants have been terrorizing contractors so they
cannot put up the fence. Our security forces are on alert and
we have the support of the people too."
An exchange of gunfire between
SFs and suspected NLFT militants was reported from at Rajasen
Cherra in Dhalai District. SFs recovered an AK-47 magazine containing
15 rounds from the spot.
The international and national
borders of three north-eastern states of Tripura, Nagaland and
Meghalaya, which will see elections, will be sealed to check the
smuggling of arms. The Election Commission has told the authorities
to beef up border checks in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland. "The
Commission has directed all concerned to take all possible steps
to seal the international borders besides deploying additional
BSF [Border security Force] and Assam Rifles troopers," a poll
panel official said.
NLFT militants have issued extortion
demands in Khowai District. A letter bearing the letterhead of
NLFT reached Training-in-charge of Digvijay Krishi Vigyan Kendra
at Chebri through India Post. The letter says that NLFT has demanded
INR 500,000 from the KVK official failing the insurgent group
has threatened to resort to violent measures.
According to latest Government
report, at least 4834 militants of different outfits across seven
states in North Eastern (NE) region were killed in counter-insurgency
operations from 2001 to 2012. During the period, at least 1909
militants were killed in Manipur, while 1777 were killed in Assam,
536 in Nagaland, 307 in Tripura, 105 in Arunachal Pradesh and
9 in Mizoram.
According to the Government report,
in a single year, highest number of militants were killed in Manipur
in 2008.In Manipur, 341 militants were killed in 2008, while 161
were killed in the year 2001, 101 in 2002, 148 in 2003, 127 in
2004, 143 in 2005, 141 in 2006, 218 in 2007, 321 in 2009, 104
in 2010, 30 in 2011 and 74 in the year 2012.
In other hand, the year 2001 recorded
the highest number of militant fatalities under counter-insurgency
operations in Assam. In Assam, a total of 1777 militants were
killed during the period, in which, 275 were killed in the year
2002, 281 in 2003, 136 in 2004, 83 in 2005, 43 in 2006, 149 in
2007, 133 in 2008, 196 in 2009, 98 in 2010, 45 in 2011 and 55
in 2012.Most of the militants killed during counter-insurgency
operations were from United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA),"
a top official of the Assam Police said.
In Meghalaya, 191 militants were
killed during the period, the breakups being - 8 in the year 2001,
17 in 2002, 27 in 2003, 23 in 2004, 26 in 2005, 17 in 2006, 13
in 2007, 12 in 2008, 4 in 2009, 17 in 2010, 8 in 2011 and 19 in
Two former militants are contesting
elections for the upcoming State Assembly elections. A former
militant leader belonging to ATPLO, Khagendra Jamatia, also a
minister in Chief Minister Manik Sarkar's cabinet is contesting
as a Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) candidate.
In addition, Bijoy Kumar Hrankhwal
'chief' of former militant outfit, TNV will contest from Ambassa
constituency in Dhalai District.
District magistrate and collector
of West Tripura District slapped charges on ATTF chief, Ranjit
Debbarma under the NSA.
The MBDPF led by A Sawibung has
finally succeeded in bringing the issue of repatriation of Bru
refugees from Tripura relief camps to Mizoram on the negotiating
table with the State Government. Bruno Msha, general secretary
of the Naisingpara (Tripura) camp-based MBDPF, said they received
a letter from the State home department for talks to be held on
February 21 in Aizawl (Mizoram) to deliberate on the impasse on
the repatriation of refugees.
"We discussed the invitation of
the state government in the relief camps and agreed to hold talks
with the government as we do not want to stay in Tripura relief
camps forever," Msha said. He dismissed charges that MBDPF leaders
were stalling the repatriation process and not willing to return
to Mizoram as they were leading luxurious lives in the camps.
The MBDPF has submitted their demands to former Union Home Minister
P Chidambaram and the present home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde,
he said, adding that the demands included extension of the period
of providing free ration from one year to two years, INR 150000
for each family for rehabilitation, resettlement of 40 to 50 families
and a school, playground and hall for Bru children.
Msha said the conditions in the
seven relief camps in Kanchanpur subdivision of North Tripura
District worsened in the last few months and they were facing
acute water scarcity and healthcare problems. "When we asked the
Tripura government for help, they refused to help us and instead
told us that if they treated us so well by providing basic amenities,
we would never leave their land," he said.
SFs arrested a NLFT militant,
along with two collaborators of the banned outfit, at Kanchanpur
motor stand in North Tripura District. SFs recovered a cheque
of INR 1.3 million and mobile phones from the trio. The arrested
NLFT militant was identified as Paul Hrankhwal, while the collaborators
were identified as Ashit Deb and Ratanjoy Reang of Ananda Bazar
area. Police arrested the accused when they were on their way
to Jampui hill in the eastern part of Tripura bordering Mizoram.
The Police Forces of the States
of the North East region have decided to launch coordinated efforts
to check the Maoist rebels from establishing strong roots in the
region. The forces are also of the view that the peace talks with
the militant groups, which have already signed cease- fire agreements,
should be expedited.
A meeting of the heads of the
Police Forces of the North East States, convened by the Union
MHA, which concluded in Gangtok in Sikkim, discussed in detail
the efforts by the Maoist rebels to establish roots in the North
East region and observed that there is need for formulating strategies
to check the growth of the Maoists and all the States decided
to launch coordinated efforts in this regard. The meeting observed
that though the militant groups have weakened in 2011 and 2012,
in recent times, the level of violence has gone up, which is a
matter of serious concern.
The meeting between MBDPF and
Joint Secretary, Home Department of Mizoram, Lalbiakzama, scheduled
on February 21 could not be held due to all India bandh
(General strike), by various trade union bodies, on February 20-21.
Centre has decided to act tough
with insurgent groups in the Northeast and has decided that it
will not sign agreements with insurgents as it was proving a futile
Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland
have been told to tighten security on their international and
inter-State borders ahead of the vote count in the three States
on February 28. "Security along the borders will be further tightened
in view of the counting of votes," an Election Commission official
told IANS. Elections for the State Assembly of the three
States happened recently.
Tripura Police sent a three member's
team to Aizawl in the morning,following a major arms haul by Mizoram
Police and Assam Rifles on March 8 near Aizawl airport. Inspector
General of Police (Control) Nepal Das told media the initial investigation
revealed that the arms were supposed to be transported to Tripura
for some underground outfit.
Minister of State for Home Affairs
M Ramachandran stated that insurgent groups in the Northeastern
region are getting arms and ammunition from China. MoS for Home
Affairs, M Ramachandran replied with a "no" when asked whether
the Government has received information regarding assistance provided
by China to separatist groups involved in large-scale violence
that took place in the north-eastern states in recent years.
Lieutenant General A.K. Sahni,
General Officer Commanding (GOC, 3 Corps), said in Agartala that
India's borders with China and Myanmar are stable and peaceful
and there are no immediate threats on these frontiers. "There
are no immediate threats along these borders. These frontiers
are stable and peaceful," Sahni told reporters. "We take corrective
measures when we find any deficiencies along the borders. Some
patches of border with Myanmar in Manipur are being fenced," he
On counter-terrorism, he said:
"Myanmar has assured India...that Myanmar's territory would not
be allowed to be used by the northeast extremists. Recently, the
security forces in Tamu town in Myanmar seized huge quantities
of drugs, arms and ammunition (meant) to be smuggled to northeast
militants. This shows that Myanmar is sincere to curb illegal
activities harming India".
India asked Bangladesh to work
out an action plan to flush out the remaining militant leaders
of the Northeast region from that country.Central Government's
request was conveyed at the Director General level "Border Coordination
Conference" between BSF and BGB that got under way on March 18.
The meeting will end on March 23.
Alarmed by reports of fresh illegal
infiltration from Bangladesh triggered by the ongoing turmoil
in the neighbouring country, India has alerted the border guarding
force deployed along the international border. Briefing the media,
DG, BSF, Subhash Joshi and DG of BGB, Major General Aziz Ahmed
said that forces were on alert, denying reports of rise in infiltration
along the highly porous international border. DG BSF Subhash Joshi
said about 27 percent of India's border with Bangladesh could
not be fenced due to riverine terrain and other difficult geographical
features. He said fencing work was sanctioned for 3,436 km of
the 4,096-km border with Bangladesh and 2,525 km had been fenced.
He said work was in progress for fencing on 365 km and the pending
work was expected to be completed in a year or two.
NESO asked Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh to expedite the ongoing peace process with various rebel
groups in India's northeastern states. "The Indian government
must demonstrate its sincerity and commitment to all the ongoing
political dialogues with different armed groups operating in the
Northeastern states," NESO Chairman Samuel B Jyrwa said. "A time-frame
mechanism with a focus for an acceptable, honourable and solution
must be worked out (with the rebels) and there should be no procrastination
towards this the initiative," Jyrwa said.
On the "unabated influx of illegal
migrants from neighbouring countries" that has brought a serious
demographic change in the North East, NESO urged the prime minister
to extend Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 in the entire
North Eastern states. The student body also asked the Government
to take immediate initiatives to prepare a register of citizens
by updating the National register of citizens, 1951, which is
the official the document on citizenship.
A parliamentary standing committee
on Home Affairs has recommended increased pressure on countries
bordering the Northeastern region during trade discussions to
close down Indian rebel training camps operating on their soil.The
Venkaiah Naidu-led department-related parliamentary standing committee
on Home Affairs stated in its report submitted on March that all
trade discussions with the countries bordering states of the Northeast
should include a clause demanding closure of rebel training camps
being run on their soil.
The committee observed that despite
adoption of various strategies to bring peace to the Northeast,
an environment conducive to investments to ensure accelerated
economic growth was yet to become a reality. "The need of the
hour is to undertake confidence-building measures and employment
generation, besides ensuring security and safety of human beings
and their belongings," it stated. The committee opined that counter-insurgency
strategies in the Northeast should be multi-pronged and that Union
development ministries along with the State Governments of the
region could play effective roles in countering these insurgent
With the improvement of relations
between India and Bangladesh, the ties between the border guarding
forces of both the countries have also improved considerably and
coordinated patrolling by the BSF and BGB has started, which is
a major positive in border management. BSF sources elaborated
that the personnel of the BSF and BGB jointly identified the vulnerable
stretches along the Indo-Bangla border based on infiltration,
movement of criminals etc and coordinated patrolling is carried
out in those areas.
BSF troopers arrested an ISI agent,
identified as Rasel Mia (30), from Bishalgarh area in Sipahijala
District bordering Bangladesh. Later, he was handed over to the
NLFT militants abducted a woman
chairperson of an elected village committee, Bhagyarani Tripura
(27), along with an elected member from Malda Kumar Roajapara
village under Ganganagar Police Station in Dhalai District. The
other victim was identified as Debendra Tripura (45). "The militants
abducted the two because part of the border in Malda Kumar Roajapara
is still unfenced. A search operation is on under the supervision
of Dhalai District Superintendent of Police (SP) L. Darlong but
the hostages could not be rescued because they had been taken
across the border," Das said. He added that the NLFT had served
hefty "tax" notices on Bhagyarani and Debendra and ordered them
to hand over the money from the development fund allotted for
the village committee.
Three deserted trucks were found
by Police near Khantlang border outpost under Bhangmun Police
Station in of North Tripura District. The Police said the drivers
had been abducted and taken across the border to the CHT of Bangladesh.
The drivers are still unidentified but an inquiry is on.
Three drivers allegedly abducted
by NLFT militants on April 2 were identified as Swapan Chandra
Das of Pillak Baikhora, Nitish Gosh of Fulchari, Kamalpur and
Gita Reang. The incident occurred near Amar BOP in North Tripura
Senior CPI-M leader and editor
of party mouthpiece in the State Daily Desher Katha
Gautam Das stated that militants are active in northern parts
of the State. Gautam Das said, "Outlawed militant outfits were
also active in three subs-divisions - Kanchanpur, Longtharai Valley
and Gandachara - all in northern Tripura, before and during the
elections. But due to the alertness of the people and security
forces, they could not do anything violent." The CPI-M leader
disclosed this after the party held a two-day summit in Agartala
on March 31-April 1.
Sabroom Police arrested three
suspected ATTF cadres from Baishnavpur border outpost area in
South Tripura District. FICNs worth INR 150,000 were recovered
from them. The trio was identified as Manoj Debbarma, Ratan Sadhan
Jamatia and Kumaribala.
Police are still clueless about
the five persons who were abducted from two places in North Tripura
and Dhalai Districts on April 2.
SFs arrested three NLFT militants,
Swapan Jara, Bikash Jara and Manoj Debbarma, all in their mid-twenties
from Radhanagar bus stop in Agartala in West Tripura District.
They was being taken to the border area of South Tripura to cross
over to the NLFT hideout in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh
by two surrendered NLFT militants, identified as Shukram and Sushil
Debbarma, who fled from the bus stop on seeing the Police.
Several employees' and teachers'
associations have urged the government to tighten security so
that they can go to their places of work in the interior areas
of the State. "A growing sense of insecurity has gripped the employees
and teachers posted in the interior areas. They fear they may
be abducted for ransom. At the height of insurgency in Tripura,
many teachers and employees were abducted and killed," said Amal
Kumar Deb, leader of the pro-Communist Party of India-Marxist
[CPI-M] Employees Co-ordination Committee and secretary of the
Tripura Government Teachers' Association.
AR has formed specially trained
commando teams comprising some select personnel from its ranks
for carrying out operations against insurgents in Assam, Mizoram
and Tripura. The training of these commando teams called "Fast
and Intense Strike Teams (FISTs)" was carried out at 21 Sector
Assam Rifles CIBS Teliamura in Tripura. The report further notes
that 16 such teams will now be operating in Tripura under the
21 Sector AR.
A 'commander' of NLFT-BM laid
down arms before the Police in Gandacherra in Dhalai District.Police
said, Sanjit Tripura (32) alias Saka of Hazacherra deposited
one INSAS rifle, 3 magazines and 179 live rounds to the Gandacherra
Earlier, Sanjit Tripura escaped
from NLFT-BM hideout in Bangladesh and contacted with local Police
authorities and expressed his desire to bid adieu to the arms.
Police added that he is being interrogated.
Despite the crackdown by the Government
of Bangladesh, a majority of the active militant groups of the
North East are still maintaining bases in the neighbouring country
and in fact, a few of the ultra groups are even giving training
to the new recruits in the bases in that country. Highly placed
sources in the MHA told the newspaper that the matter has already
been conveyed to Bangladesh so that action can be taken against
the militants using the territory of the neighbouring country
as safe sanctuary.
Tripura IGP Nepal Das claimed
that due to the current political turmoil in Bangladesh and logistics
trouble in the State, NLFT is in a state of serious crisis for
its survival, leading to surrender of its cadres. He said almost
90 per cent of NLFT cadres had already laid down arms before security
forces in the last two years and the administration was in the
process of eradicating militancy from the state. "The common people
in interior locations created mass resistance against the militants
and they lost complete support base in Tripura," said Das.
Referring to latest surrender
of NLFT cadre Sanjit Tripura, a resident of Kanchanpur, Das claimed
it was clear case of Police's success. "Police compelled Sanjit
to surrender and reveal all information about NLFT's plan of action
in Tripura," IGP Das said, adding that the State has become a
model in the country in combating insurgency and successful implementation
of rehabilitation package.
A report submitted
by the parliamentary standing committee on Home Affairs in the
Rajya Sabha (Upper House) states that Northeastern region witnessed
an overall increase in violence with Assam and Manipur accounted
for the bulk of incidents. The report also finds the level of
violence in Meghalaya and Nagaland higher than the previous year
while Tripura, Mizoram and Sikkim remained large peaceful. The
report shows that the incidence of violence has risen from 627
in 2011 to 1,025 in 2012 which was 773 in 2010 and 1,297 incidents
in 2009.The report further states that 3,562 militants were either
arrested or killed or surrendered in the region.
panel has contended that socio-economic development may be the
key solution to the ills of the region.
Banned insurgent outfits are still
active in Tripura, DGP Sanjay Sinha said. Addressing a programme
organized by the 6th Battalion TSR headquarters at East Ramchandraghat
under Khowai District, the DGP further stated that the NLFT has
got at least 20 hideouts in neighbouring Bangladesh.
The MHA has set a
2014 deadline to complete fencing along the India-Bangladesh border.
This was revealed in a report tabled by a parliamentary panel
attached to MHA during the current session of Parliament. The
report said Union home secretary R.K. Singh had given the panel
an assurance in this regard in the last week of March 2013. The
report said the home secretary had admitted that illegal influx,
trans-border smuggling and movement of insurgents were major security
threats to the country that needed to be curbed by plugging gaps
in the border fence. He said these gaps had been classified and
those that could be fenced but did not have Government sanction
were being put up for sanction, adding that the Bangladesh Government's
permission would have to be taken for fencing gaps less 150 yards
from the Zero Line. The Union Home Secretary said there were,
however, places where fencing was not feasible. He said intruder
detection technology would have to be used in these places to
plug gaps and curb infiltration. He said though floodlights were
in place; availability of power was an issue. "We have requested
the ministry of power to give us direct allocation from the central
The core committee for Bru repatriation
has tentatively set the last week of May to shift the Mizoram
Brus to their original homes from a camp in Tripura. The committee
chairman, Lalrinmawia Ralte, asked both the Governments of Tripura
and Mizoram to co-ordinate their efforts to solve the issue. Representatives
of the two Governments will meet next week.
NLFT-BM looks set to intensify
abduction and extortion bid to tide over its financial 'crisis'.
According to highly places sources, NLFT-BM leaders had a meeting
at an undisclosed location in Bangladesh and finalised the future
plan for revival of the outfit. In the meeting, rebel leaders
had expressed serious concern over the severe financial crunch
over the past one year with plans to resort kidnapping in remote
areas to receive huge ransom. Further, NLFT-BM would also engage
in drug smuggling and arms business to earn money in order to
revive the outlawed organization.
Sources said, the NLFT-BM, which
has around 150 cadres has been failing to pay salary to its cadres
for the past one year leading to unrest among lower cadres. In
spite of adverse situation, the outlawed group has been able to
recruit 15-20 cadres and they are getting arms training.
NLFT 'chairman' Biswamohan Debbarma
has left Bangladesh following the arrest of ATTF 'president' Ranjit
Debbarma by Bangladeshi agencies. There are indications Biswamohan
is now staying in Myanmar states the report.
Majority of Bru refugees staying
in seven relief camps in Kanchanpur sub-division of North Tripura
District are still reluctant to return to Mizoram even as Mizoram
and Tripura governments, as instructed by the MHA, would soon
resume the repatriation process.
President of MBDPF, A Sawibung
said no one in the relief camps, including the MBDPF leaders,
was informed about the proposal for fresh repatriation."We have
not received any official information on the matter, but learned
through news reports that the meeting of Core Committee on Bru
Repatriation held in Aizawl discussed the resumption of repatriation
recently ".He said while a few families might be willing to return
to Mizoram, majority of them would not want to be repatriated.
He said the monsoon would set in during the last part of May,
when the Mizoram government decided to commence the repatriation,
making the terrain difficult and transportation almost impossible."The
time for starting jhum cultivation was over and we would be facing
a famine-like situation this year," added the MBDPF, president.
CM Manik Sarkar said that altogether
8,831 militants and their collaborators laid down arms before
Security Forces during the period of last one decade. CM, Sarkar
said among the surrendered militants, three persons rejoined their
respective militant outfits.
He also said that during the period
of last three years, Police have achieved massive success in recovering
and seizing arms and ammunitions of militants. Altogether, 61
country made guns, one AK-47 rifle, four grenades, three pistols,
two revolvers, large number of bullets, empty shells and ammunitions
were recovered during the same period.
In the year 2011, a total of 25
persons were abducted by the militants and in the year 2012, 10
more civilians were also abducted, said Sarkar adding that among
the abducted persons 33 had returned safely. Since, January 2013
to April 15, five more persons were abducted by ultras and one
person still remains in their captivity, said Sarkar.
Replying to another question CM
Manik Sarkar said that altogether 37,526 security force personnel
including State Police, TSR, CRPF, BSF, CISF and AR are working
in the State, which is in the ratio of one security person per
98 people of the State.
Drawing attention to a proposed
meeting purportedly called by advisor Nagaland village chief's
federation, T.L Angami and president Shalem Konyak on May 22,
the HLC of the three Naga political groups -NSCN-IM, NSCN-KK and
NNC/FGN - has asserted their inability to participate in any such
"out of the way" discussion, which "only creates more confusion
and serves as a tool for adversaries to exploit human frailties."
In a joint press release, NSCN-KK Kilonser (minister) C. Singson,
NNC/FGN Kedallo Zhopra Vero and NSCN-IM Kilonser Angnaikham urged
the organizers of the proposed meet to desist from carrying on
the said proposal before it led to any kind of development that
could become detrimental to the well-being of the Naga society
as a whole. They said "a dubious 50 points of draft proposal"
was set to be discussed in that proposed meeting for some kind
of a political settlement between the Nagas and the GoI. Meanwhile,
the HLC signatories also affirmed to commit their sincere support
to the ongoing Reconciliation process led by the Forum for Naga
Reconciliation and towards any unity and peace efforts.
NSCN-K has questioned the GoI
for the alleged violation of the Ceasefire Ground Rules on several
occasions. The NSCN-K's outburst was prompted by the May 18 night
incident where the Assam Rifles have reportedly raided the house
of an NSCN-K leader in Zunheboto District of Nagaland without
NSCN-KK, condemned the 'gruesome'
hacking to death of three members of a family in Bor-Lengri in
Karbi Anglong District on May 16.
A half buried grenade was discovered
by some children near Sumi Zumulhu office in Purana Bazar, Dimapur.
Security personnel on patrolling duty along National Highway-29
safely diffused the grenade.
NSCN-IM functionaries led by 'town
commander -Wokha town', N. Lotha, paid a surprise 'visit' to Wokha
District Hospital after 'receiving' complaints on several occasions
from various quarters on the negligence of District Hospital by
MS and his supporting staff manning the hospital. According to
a press release issued by the NSCN-IM Wokha 'town commander',
N. Lotha said that the pathetic condition of the patients laying
helplessly without the presence of the hospital staff spoke volume
about the "failure of administrators" in the hospital. Lotha further
added, "The lackadaisical attitude of the staff playing with the
life of human does not auger well and may invite public outcry
if the same pattern of negligence persist when they are to provide
NSCN-K has expelled two of its
'Naga army officers' for their anti-party activities and for straying
away from "party discipline." In a statement, NSCN-K, MIP said
the two - 'lieutenant colonel' Isaac Sumi and 'major' Suvelo have
been expelled with effect from May 21. According to MIP, Isaac
Sumi has been "found guilty of creating confusion and mistrust
among the national workers" which the MIP said was against the
party discipline under "article 3 of section C". NSCN-K statement
said Isaac was also "found guilty of tarnishing party image, illegally
collecting taxes in the name of the party without proper authorization."
Meanwhile, Suvelo was found guilty of "conniving against the party
and trying to deliberately defect to Khole/Kitovi group", said
NNC through its 'information &
publicity wing' has informed that some imposters in the name of
Naga National Council (parent body) and as national workers were
committing crime against the people by imposing different 'taxation'
for their selfish end.
NSCN-KK militants opened fire
and injured a villager at New Socünoma village in Dimapur District.
NSYA president Rovi Zhunyu and NSSU president Visietsolie Vupru
have appealed to the authorities of the "NSCN (Unification)"/GPRN/NSCN
(Khole-Kitovi) to 'deliver justice' "without delay or default".
NSCN-K cadres opened fire and
injured a former member, Pito (29), in an area near SP's office
in Kohima (Kohima District). Later, NSCN-K 'urban commander' of
Kohima, Kisheto Aye claimed Pito was involved in "anti-social
activities including extortions, vehicle-lifting particularly
two-wheelers for which the NSCN had issued several warnings".
'Chairman' of NSCN-K, S.S. Khaplang
has expelled Vedeta, 'Deputy Kilonser Finance' from the NSCN-K
for his "anti party activities and for conspiring against the
party". S.S. Khaplang in a release stated that Vedeta was found
guilty of promoting disunity, confusion and mistrust, among the
'national' workers thereby creating complete chaos within Chakhesang
region. "He is found guilty of conspiring against the party and
deliberately planned to defect to Khole/Kitovi group [NSCN-KK]",
the release further said.
During a meeting with the 'titular
king' of Manipur Leishemba Sanajaoba at Hebron in Dimapur District
of Nagaland, NSCN-IM 'general secretary', Thuingaleng Muivah stated,
"Nagas and Meiteis should decide for their own future and our
future will be the outcome of this decision".
Leishemba Sanajaoba and Thuingaleng
Muivah met in the early part of May 2013 at Hebron, the NSCN-lM
Peace Camp in Dimapur, informed a source. Although there was no
concrete agreement or commitment during the meeting, it was regarded
as the first positive step to clear misunderstanding and promote
rapport between the Meiteis and Nagas.
The Indian BSF has
sought information from BGB about three collaborators of NLFT
who were arrested by the Bangladeshi force from Rabisundar Karabarip
Para village under Matiranga subdivision in Khagrachari District
in Chittagong Hill Tracts on May 27. The trio was identified as
Gautam Tripura (24), Ramchandra Chakma (45), and Laxmimohan Chakma
(28). Sources said during interrogation, the three, all Indian
nationals, allegedly admitted that they were involved in a gun-running
racket active in the border areas of Tripura and the Chittagong
Hill Tracts of Bangladesh.
Four Bangladeshi tribals hailing from the CHT
were arrested from Sabroom in South Tripura District.
One Bangladeshi- RAB troper, Mohammad Milan Hussain,
was 'caught' by villagers at Rahimpur in West Tripura District.
Later, a court in Sonamura in Sipahijala District sent Hussain,
to judicial custody for two weeks.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Biswajit Palit in Agartala
sentenced Monir Khan, a spy belonging to Pakistan's ISI agency,
to rigorous imprisonment of four years. The judge also fined Khan
an amount of INR 10,000.
State cabinet decided to free as many as nine
Police Stations of the scope of Disturbed Areas Act fully and
one Police Station partially. The number of Police Stations under
Disturbed Area Act has been reduced from 34 to 25. Alongside,
the number of Police Stations under partially Disturbed Area Act
has been increased from six to seven. Disturbed area act was in
force altogether 34 Police Stations fully and to six Police Stations
State Cabinet took another important decision
on timing of the Road Opening Patrol (ROP) on National Highway-44
by extending it by an hour.
Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said the NLFT-BM had
as many as 19 hideouts in Bangladesh, four of which were located
within 10km of the Indo-Bangladesh border . "The group has been
trying to make fresh recruitments. Reliable reports also indicate
that most insurgent groups of the Northeast, including NLFT (B)
[NLFT-BM], have formed a common platform called the United Forum,
which may pose a serious threat to the region and the country
as a whole," Sarkar said.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, described the security
situation in the Northeast as "complex" since insurgency, extortion
and agitations continue to exist in the region. "The security
situation in the northeast continues to be complex, with insurgency,
extortion and agitations being the main disruptive elements in
the hands of the insurgents," he said in his address at the conference
of Chief Ministers on internal security in New Delhi.
Singh, however, said there has been considerable
progress in dialogue with several insurgent and ethnic separatist
groups in the northeastern region. "A memorandum of understanding
has been signed with both factions of DHD of Dima Hasao in Assam.
Three Metei insurgent groups have signed a memorandum of understanding
in February 2013. Talks with the NSCN are continuing," he said.
The Prime Minister said the central government was committed to
undertaking and bringing to a satisfactory conclusion dialogue
with all groups and organisations which are willing to give up
violence to seek solutions within the framework of our Constitution.
"We are equally firm in our determination to continue assisting
the states of the northeast to enhance their law and order enforcement
capabilities, so that the people of the northeast enjoy the normal
fruits of democracy and development," he said.
Union Minister for Home Affairs Sushilkumar Shinde
in his address said that SoO Agreements have been entered with
various insurgent groups in the Northeast and these groups have
shown willingness to give up violence and seek solutions for their
problems peacefully within the Constitution. "Our government is
ready to talk with any group or outfit which is willing to abjure
violence and lay down arms like KNO and UPF in Manipur. Further,
Metei groups like URF, KCP and KYKL along with their factions,
signed MoS in February, 2013 paving way for surrender of their
cadres," he said. Shinde said peace talks are also being held
with a number of outfits like ULFA, NDFB-P and NDFB-RD. These
strategies have resulted in steady reduction in the level of violence.
"Moreover, the aforesaid strategy of the government has also encouraged
surrender by militants belonging to various groups and their participation
in the political process. The central government is continuously
assisting the northeastern states by the deployment of central
paramilitary forces to assist the state police in counter-insurgency
operations and upgrading their skill level", he added.
CM Manik Sarkar said the problem of militancy
in Tripura is not yet rooted out completely. "The major extremist
group currently operating against the state is NLFT (BM) [Biswamohan
faction of National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT-BM)], with
strength of about 130-150 members. They have sophisticated weapons
and also expertise in handling IEDs", CM, Manik Sarkar said.
Sarkar further the outfit has as many as 19 hideouts
in Bangladesh and four of which are located within 10 km of the
Indo-Bangla border. "The group has been trying to make fresh recruitments.
Reports also indicate that most of the NE insurgent groups, including
NLFT (BM) have formed a common platform called United Forum, which
may pose a serious threat to all the NE states and to the country
as a whole", he said.
Demanding to provide four additional CAPF battalions
and sanctioning two more Indian Reserve battalions (IRB) for Tripura,
Sarkar urged the Centre to make diplomatic efforts with Bangladesh
Government in effectively tackling extremists currently having
their camps in the neighbouring country.
In regard to ensure effective border management,
Sarkar laid emphasis on speedy completion of barbed wire fencing
work along Indo-Bangladesh border. "Tripura has 856 kilometre
long international border with Bangladesh of which 673 kilometres
has been fenced so far. There is need to speed up efforts for
fencing the remaining part of the international border", he said.
Tripura Government has reduced the areas under
AFSPA.The Act would now be effective fully in 25 Police Station
areas, and partly in seven others.