In the run upto State Assembly
elections NLFT claimed that allegations that they have pledged
support to IPFT was baseless. The NLFT 'president' D. Yamrok stated
that NLFT would not support any political party in election.
Amra Bangali (We the Bengali) announced its decision
to contest the coming Assembly elections in Tripura. The party
held a rally in Agartala (West Tripura District) to protest against
what it called the atrocities on 'indigenous Bengali people in
Assam' and condemned attempts to create separate 'Tipraland'.
UMHA will send 300 companies of CAPF's for the
Assembly elections in February. The CAPF contingent will comprise
of BSF, CRPF and ITBP. The first lot comprising 25 companies of
CAPF arrived on January 12 while 50 more companies will reach
Tripura by January 20. Additionally 12 battalions of TSR will
also be available for election duties.
The state already has over 35,000 security force
personnel comprising BSF, CRPF and TSR. During the last Assembly
elections in February 2013, around 20,000 CAPF personnel were
Six teenaged Rohingya Muslims have been arrested
in Tripura's Dharmanagar in North Tripura District, bordering
Assam. Tripura Police stated that the youngsters, all from Myanmar
and aged around 18 years, entered Tripura from Bangladesh on January
12 and were trying to go Hyderabad by train.
A senior intelligence officer stated that NLFT
has around 13-15 hideouts in Bangladesh. The camps exist in various
areas such as Khagracherri, Bandarban and Segunbagan in CHT.
Additionally the cadre strength of NLFT is estimated
at about 60-70 militants with its 'army chief' Sachin Debbarma,
a former ATTF militant.
The intelligence official also added that NLFT
leadership is in such a pathetic condition, that they will not
be able to play any role during the Assembly elections. Another
official confirmed the fragile condition of the outfit saying
that the BGB has already established some BOPs in CHT.
An NLFT militant identified as Uttam Debbarma
alias Uphil surrendered at Dhalai District. He surrendered
with an automatic rifle.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on February
4 stated that militant activities in northeast India have been
checked due to Bangladesh's great help and support. The Minister
stated that 'Bangladesh's immense help and support facilitated
India to tame the terrorist activities in northeastern states.
Our relation with Bangladesh now at best place'.
An individual identified as Naresh Chakma , was
arrested with three .22 caliber pistols and 500 rounds of live
ammunition at the railway station in the Badharghat area of Agartala
in West Tripura District. According to authorities, the arrested
individual stated that he was about to sell the weapons across
the border in Bangladesh.
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.
CM Manik Sarkar stated that NLFT was active in
Tripura and Bangladesh. He also alleged that IPFT was the fašade
of the NLFT. IPFT has been demanding Twipraland, a separate state
for indigenous communities
Three crude bombs were recovered from Uttarpara
area in West Tripura District hours before the arrival of Prime
Minister of India. A BJP leader stated that CPIM were behind the
incident. The state Assembly polls are scheduled for Feb 18.
||UMHA report also stated that militancy
in the Northeast is on the decline. According to the report, the
seven states in the northeast registered 308 militancy-related cases
last year, down from 484 in 2016. In 2015, there were 574 insurgency-related
cases reported while the year before that registered a staggering
824 such incidents. Tripura and Mizoram emerged as the most peaceful
states in the region.
The CAPF has started deploying across the state
to prevent post poll violence. The forces comprising of CRPF,
BSF, CISF, personnel will perform duty during the counting process
in twenty centers across the state on March 3. According to IG
law and Order ''There will be 60 companies of CRPF for area domination
purpose after counting of polled EVMs to prevent any kind of violence
or intimidation'. Moreover, there will be twelve battalions of
Tripura State Rifles to assist the central forces in maintaining
law and order after the counting process.'
In an effort to resolve the long standing Bru
refugee crisis in Tripura, UMHA Special Secretary for Internal
Security Mahesh Kumar Singla arrived in Tripura. Officials stated
that MHA envoy would join discussions with District Collectors
and SPs from three Districts of Mizoram at BSF's sector headquarters
at Panisagar in North Tripura.
With less than two weeks to go for counting of
ballots Tripura Government has started deploying CAPFs to prevent
post-poll violence. IG Law and Order stated that 'There will be
60 companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for area domination
purpose after counting of polled Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs)
to prevent any kind of violence'.
Three-member delegation of the Union Ministry
of Home Affairs (UMHA), comprising Special Secretary for Internal
Security Rina Mitra, adviser (Northeast) on Bru repatriation Mahesh
Kumar Singla and Joint Secretary Satyendra Garg, met the refugee
leaders in Agartala. For the last 21 years, over 35,000 Reang
refugees have been staying in six camps at Kanchanpur in North
MBDP apex body of displaced Bru tribals, on March
17 warned of a "democratic movement" against the Centre's "harsh
decision" to close down all Reang refugee relief camps and stop
ration through PDS.
Joint Secretary of UMHA Mahesh Kumar Singla stated
that rehabilitation of Bru Refugees in Tripura to Mizoram has
been halted. When asked about the rehabilitation of the Reang
refugees who have came from Mizoram and are living a life of refugees
for the past 20 years at Kanchanpur and Panisagar sub-divisions,
the Secretary stated that 'The Reang refugees do not wants to
go to Mizoram as they don't get land "patta" out there in Mizoram
which the indigenous people of Tripura get. Moreover they have
demanded 2 acre of land for each family for going 'back to Mizoram
which the Mizoram government has clearly rejected'. He also added
that 'The Central Government has announced a package of 147 cr.
for their rehabilitation program from which the Mizoram Government
have already received 7.90 cr. But it won't be wrong to say that
the program is on halt and needs to bring on board all the stakeholders
and we are working on it.
IPFT leaders joined a rally in New Delhi organised
by the NFNS seeking new states. Failing this, the federation has
threatened to launch a united political front before the 2019.
Youth IPFT leader Shuklacharan Noatia stated that 'Twipraland
is a political demand and so are all others. The protest was successful'.
The ABSU president Promod Boro stated that that if the BJP-led
government did not fulfil their separate state demands, the NFNS
would form a political front before the 2019 elections.
The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on March
20 assured Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb that he would
sanction two additional IRBN. Tripura currently has got 12 battalions
of TSR the state's own armed police wing. The two IR battalions
sanctioned for Tripura would generate direct employment for about
Tripura Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister
Jishnu Devvarma, discussed border fencing, maintenance of border
roads, apart from other security issues, with the home minister
Rajnath Singh also assured Deb that he would consider the feasibility
of installing CCTV cameras on the border fence with Bangladesh
on the Tripura frontiers and set up a central control and monitoring
room to prevent any illegal activities on the border
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju
that new rehabilitation policy for surrendered militants in the
Northeast with almost doubled stipend will come into force from
April. The monthly stipend for a surrendered militant has been
revised from INR 3,500 to INR 6,000 and the one-time grant from
INR 1,50,000 to INR 4,00,000.
More incentives have been added for the weapons
surrendered. A surrender-cum-rehabilitation scheme for the Northeast
militants is in force since April 1998. Many, however, said the
stipend offered under the scheme needed revision as cadres of
many outfits were resorting to crimes like extortion as the amount
offered by the government had not been revised for years. An official
statement said 'A surrender-cum-rehabilitation scheme for the
Northeast militants is in force since April 1998. Many, however,
said the stipend offered under the scheme needed revision as cadres
of many outfits were resorting to crimes like extortion as the
amount offered by the government had not been revised for years'.
The statement also said that Assam has spend about
INR 75 million for militant rehabilitation while Manipur spend
INR 11.9 million and Tripura 11.8 million Militants who have signed
cease fire agreements have demanded that the stipend be increased
to cater to rising prices and prevent youths from returning to
militancy. Number of surrendered militants in north east has reduced
from 1,195 in 2012 to 130 in 2017. The statement said at least
640 militants surrendered in 2013, followed by 965 in 2014, 143
in 2015, 267 in 2016 and three till February 2018.
UMHA is planning to create a separate Central
fund for security related provisions and even for constructing
the requisite police infrastructure and to get their forces trained
to handle the local crime situation. A source in UMHA added that
'We will also give them training with weapons and intelligence
gathering'. He also added that 'Local crime must be handled and
citizens must engage with the local police for their grievances.
Not only it infuses a sense of normalcy, the local police also
get engaged in vital intelligence gathering to aid security forces.
It gets further teeth to handle criminals and miscreants to ensure
'business as usual', eventually leading to big infrastructure
projects, roads and connectivity networks and crime-free inter
region passage to boost tourism'.
According to government sources, 'The MHA feels
that the para-military and other special forces deployed in the
region can be engaged exclusively in intelligence gathering against
terror modules, patrolling the borders and for special operations
other than local crime and maintaining law and order in North
According to sources in government the idea to
engage the local police is encouraged by its recent experiences
in Manipur and Assam. A source stated that 'In Manipur, the abductions
have come down drastically since we started engaging the local
police to handle it. In Assam too, the violent incidents have
come down and we're now laying our focus on other States like
Arunachal, Mizoram and Nagaland to tackle crimes of cross-border
infiltration as the para-forces can check on the borders, but
those who still sneak in can only be identified and caught with
local intelligence gathered by State cops'
18 Rohingya refugees, en route to Delhi in search
of jobs, were arrested from Teliamura in Khowai District. Khowai
Superintendent of Police (SP) stated that 11 men, three women
and four children were detained after the Guwahati-bound bus they
were travelling in was raided following a tip-off. Tripura shares
an 856km border with Bangladesh.
According to the police, Rohingya refugees use
the neighboring country as a corridor to enter India. On January
14 this year, six Rohingya refugees were arrested from Dharmanagar
railway station in North Tripura and eight others were arrested
from the Khayerpur market area in West Tripura district, on November
GoI has revised the surrender-cum-rehabilitation
policy of militants in the northeastern states with effect from
April 1. The grant for surrendered militants has been raised to
INR 4,00,000 from INR 1,00,000 and the monthly stipend to INR
6,000 from INR 3,500 for three years.
According to UMHA official, revised policy also
includes provisions for vocational training, funds for construction
of rehabilitation camps and compulsory Aadhaar biometric registration
of surrenderees. The surrender-cum-rehabilitation policy in the
Northeast has been implemented since 1998. Under the revised SRE
in the region, ex gratia for civilians killed has been doubled
to INR 1,00,000 and for Police personnel it has been increased
to two million from INR 3,00,000. For Police personnel who suffer
from permanent disability the ex gratia has been increased from
INR 75,000 to INR 3,00,000.
Additionally, the salary for home guards has been
increased from INR 4,500 to INR 6,000. Moreover, honorarium for
village defence guards doubled to INR 3,000.
India has identified 120 vulnerable points along
its 4,096km Indo-Bangladesh border and deployed additional BSF
troopers to detect and push back Rohingya refugees if they try
to enter the country. Unnamed Union Home Ministry sources said
on April 25 said that the BSF, which has intensified patrol, has
been told to only "push" the infiltrators back into Bangladesh
and not arrest them so that they don't become a "liability".
Three-member team of NIA reached Tripura to interrogate
24 Bangladeshi youths who were arrested with forged documents
in Agartala. Earlier, a separate team of the investigation agency
led by superintendent of police Vivekananda Das questioned the
arrested youths, who were suspected to have terror links.
Insurgency-related incidents in the Northeast
dropped by 36 per cent in 2017, the lowest in 20 years. The annual
report of the home ministry (2017-18) said such incidents decreased
to 308 in 2017 compared to 484 in 2016 while Mizoram and Tripura
reported no such incident in 2017
An analysis of the call records of 24 Bangladeshi
youths arrested in Tripura has revealed that they were in regular
touch with ISI of Pakistan. An official source said examination
of the call records of the youths' mobile phones had confirmed
that they were in touch with ISI operatives based in Kashmir and
The official also added that it is being investigated
how the youths came into contact with the ISI agents and for what
purpose. It is suspected that the ISI might be trying to tap them
for carrying out anti-India activities. The accused, aged between
20 and 30 years, had entered India through Petrapole border checkpoint
in Bengal. They claimed to be students of madarsas in the Deoband
area of Uttar Pradesh. Tripura police had recovered fake Aadhaar
cards from them and investigations revealed that the cards were
morphed at a shop in Deoband.
NSCN-IM had issued a circular demanding 'house
tax' from the Zeme Naga residents of Dima Hasao District. NSCN-IM
circular, signed by Keyinzang Ndang, the 'secretary' of the Asalu
Zeliangrong region, on May 24 warned all chairmen of wards/villages
of the region to submit the "tax" to its office at Jalukie in
Nagaland on or before June 25.
UMHA has formulated has introduced a new surrender
policy to lure away militants from joining militancy in North
east region. The policy has proposed a fixed deposit of INR 4,00,000
and monthly stipend of INR6,000 to those who surrendered and an
extra incentive for those with weapons. Stipend would be paid
in the bank account and fixed deposit would be handed over to
the surrendered militant only after sighing of the memorandum
of settlement (MoS) with respective militant outfits. UMHA also
clarified that if surrendered militant is found to have been indulging
in any criminal activities before the signing of MoU, the surrendered
militant will forfeit his fixed deposit. Earlier surrender militants
were given a stipend of INR 3,000 and one time grant of INR 3,00,000.
UMHA has also decided to send the militants, seeking to surrender
without arms, to the State level screening committee which will
take a decision on accepting or rejecting the surrender. Informing
that there are nearly 3,500 surrendered militants who will be
benefited by new surrender policy in Assam, security sources said
that a 12-member group of Kuki militant outfit has also come forward
to surrender with six AK series rifles.
Three CRPF personnel were injured when miscreants
pelted stone at a CRPF camp located in the Mawlai Bridge area
of Shillong in East Khasi Hills District on the night. CRPF IG
Prakash D said there was heavy stone pelting by the miscreants
and CRPF personnel restrained. The security personnel had to use
tear gas shells to quell the mob and when CRPF outnumbered the
miscreant, they ran away.
50 fish traders engaged mainly by pond owners
in the Umsning area in Ri Bhoi District left for their hometown
in West Bengal. Shillong-bound vehicles are only allowed entry
after clearance from the Special Branch of the State Police.
The Army on June 4 conducted two flag marches
(first at 4.30 pm and later at 10:30 pm) under the command of
Lieutenant General DS Ahuja, GOC 101 Area, reports The Shillong
Times. Two columns of fully armed troops in vehicles were
deployed during the flag march to bring the situation under control.
The flag march passed through Lumdiengjri, Motphran, Punjabi Lane
(Them Lew Mawlong) and Rhino point.
Unidentified miscreants unsuccessfully tried to
set ablaze a Fuel station near KC Secondary School, Laitumkhrah
locality in Shillong city in East Khasi Hills District
Further, three masked miscreants assaulted the
staff of Umtrew Petrol Pump, Ramayan Choudhury, in Ri Bhoi District.
Over 100 protesters (many were wearing mask)
entered the premises of the Main Secretariat premises in Shillong
after breaking the lock of the entrance gate and shouted slogans.
DGP Swaraj Bir Singh explain the prevailing condition as, "The
situation is very tense in those areas (tension-hit areas)." An
unnamed Government official said that around 10 companies of paramilitary
forces have been sent to Meghalaya. Curfew was reemployed in Shillong.
The State Government decided to constitute a high-level
committee to look into shifting of settlers from Them Lew Mawlong
here, an issue that has been lingering for decades. The high-level
committee will be headed by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong.
The others are Urban Affairs Minister Hamletson Dohling, Health
Minister A.L. Hek, Home Minister James K. Sangma, Sports Minister
Banteidor Lyngdoh, Chief Executive Member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous
District Council, P.N. Syiem, besides Commissioner and Secretary
D.P. Wahlang as Member Secretary of the committee.
State Police have identified seven sensitive districts
where trouble could break out after publication of the final draft
of the National Register for Citizens (NRC) on June 30. An unidentified
official source said according to an assessment done by the Police,
Goalpara, Dhubri, Barpeta, Kamrup Darrang, Morigaon and Hojai
have been found to be sensitive and Police are taking all measures
to ensure peace in these Districts.
One Assam Rifles jawan was seriously injured
another officer suffered minor injuries when suspected militants
attacked a Assam Rifles outpost at Lampong Shanghah village in
Mon district. The injured troopers included an Army major, on
deputation to Assam Rifles, and a rifleman identified as Modak.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
After five days of violence and stone pelting,
the situation has improved to a great extent with no major reports
of any fresh clash or violence in the City. East Khasi Hills Superintendent
of Police Davis N.R. Marak told The Telegraph on June 5
that there had been no untoward incident in any part of the district.
He said ever since the protests started, more than 40 people were
arrested and over 100 Policemen injured.
State Government employees took out a march in
Guwahati demanding the Centre to scrap the Citizenship (Amendment)
Bill, 2016. The state government employees and AASU, under the
banner of the Sodou Assam Karmachari Parishad, marched
to Raj Bhavan (Governor's House), protesting against the bill
that has evoked widespread protests in the state. The bill, which
seeks to grant Indian citizenship to certain religious communities
from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, has been alleged to
be a move to legitimize the Bangladeshi Hindus who entered Assam
after 1971 illegally.
The State Cabinet will oppose any amendment to
the Citizenship Act of 1955 that goes against the interests of
the Nagas and take up any such issues with the Centre. The cabinet
discussed the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill at a meeting
in Kohima, pointing out that Nagaland is protected under Article
371(A) of the Constitution and the ILP regulations.
Twenty apex Naga tribal organisations along with
gaon burhas (village headman) of Nagaland have urged the
working committee of the Naga national political groups (NNPGs)
to reconsider their decision to suspend negotiations with the
Centre in the larger interest of the people.
The Dibrugarh unit of the AASU, along with 28
other organisations, took out a rally in protest against the Citizenship
(Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The Assam Police is keeping a close vigil on
the social media outlets ahead of the publication of the complete
draft NRC on June 30. DGP Kuladhar Saikia said, "Strict monitoring
is already on to check any untoward comments that might jeopardize
the security, peace and tranquility of the society. Once any such
activity is traced, swift action will be taken to track down the
person, and action will be taken as per law." The police has already
tracked a number of accounts in the social media that are unnaturally
active vis-Ó-vis the NRC update exercise.
The Union Government is keen on early completion
of the talks with the ULFA and two factions of the NDFB.
Suspected ULFA-I militants abducted, Dinanath
Upadhyaya, the supervisor of a private tea estate from Jagun in
Tinsukia District. Sources said Upadhyaya was recently served
with an extortion note by ULFA-I for an undisclosed sum but he
reportedly declined to pay. Security Forces arrested ULFA-I linkman
Babu Basumatary alias Hemkanta in connection with the incident.
Acknowledging the appeal of the apex tribal bodies
and Gaon Buddas (village headman) of Nagaland, the WC of the NNPGs
has decided to resume the negotiation process with the Government
of India at the earliest. The tentative date for negotiations
was fixed for June 7. NNPGs WC media cell in a press note said
that the committee has decided to begin the next round of talks
in New Delhi.
Police has initiated action against around 100
profiles on Facebook and Twitter, which 'threatened' to affect
peace and tranquility in the State. Further, Police has booked
35 persons so far from across the State in the last three days
for spreading hate messages through social media platforms.
Police arrested eight youths, including five for
allegedly recording June 8 lynching in Karbi Anglong District
and later sharing it on social media. With these latest arrest
the total arrests in the case has to 26.
Lawyers staged demonstrations across the State
against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The All Assam
Lawyers' Association and affiliated units staged sit-ins at the
district and sub-divisional headquarters in the state from 1pm
to 2pm and sent letters to the prime minister and the joint committee
on the bill to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, headed by Meerut
Lok Sabha Member of Parliament Rajendra Agrawal through the respective
ENPO has reaffirmed the resolution on the demand
for 'Frontier Nagaland State' adopted at Tuensang Headquarters
on May 25, 2007. ENPO said the resolution was unanimously reaffirmed
at the special general session cum felicitation programme in honour
of 20 elected members held at town hall, Tuensang.
During an extensive search operation two powerful
mortars along with rocket propelled grenades and a launcher are
among a large cache of weapons recovered from the forests of Dorengkigre
village across the Simsang river in Williamnagar in East Garo
Hills District. "We had information from reliable sources about
the hidden weapons in the forests of Dorengkigre village and we
launched a search which led to the recovery of a large number
of weapons," said Superintendent of Police RTG Momin. These ammunitions
belonged to now defunct militant group GNLA.
NSCN-IM has strongly refuted the reports published
by some media houses, that it was responsible for banning Star
Cement in Nagaland.
The NIA will take over the investigation into
the extortion activities carried out by NSCN-K the militants in
West Jaintia Hills District.
DGP Kuladhar Saikia, has ruled out any intelligence
report regarding religious fundamental forces preparing an evil
design to create a law-and-order situation following the publication
of the second and final draft list of National Register for Citizens(NRC)
by the end of this month. He was talking to the media immediately
after a high-level review meeting on the security scenario of
the ongoing NRC update process as well as the post-draft publication
for the three northern Assam districts, namely, Darrang, Udalguri
and Sonitpur at Mangaldai.
WC of NNPGs has clarified that established business
houses operating for years in local entrepreneurs' names will
no longer be exempted from 'taxation'. Taxation is a euphemism
to extortion carried out by militants. WC alleged that a large
numbers of "non-local entrepreneurs" continue to operate in the
name of indigenous Nagas, which has adversely affected the prospects
of genuine Naga youths from succeeding.
The UNC has called a 12-hour bandh (general
shutdown strike) along the National Highways and District Highways
in the "Naga areas" of Manipur on June 18 in support of its demand
for early settlement of the Naga political issue. The UNC said
the bandh would come into effect from 6 am on June 18. It said
that the media, water supply, medical service and SFs would be
exempted from the purview of the bandh.
At least three security personnel were killed
and around six injured in an ambush near Tenyak River, about two
kilometres away from Aboi town under Mon District. The deceased
have been identified as one Hawaldar Fateh Singh, Rifleman Sachin
Kumar both belonged to Assam Rifles and Hongnga Konyak belonging
to the 164 (Naga) Battalion of Territorial Army. NSCN-K claimed
responsibility for the attack, saying it was "a series of on-going
'Summer Offensives' to sanitise the land against the illegal deployment
of occupational Indian forces and to rein in their illegal activities,
provocative movements there by wrecking havoc, perpetrating terror
and disturbances of peace and tranquility in the Naga country."
United ULFA-I has claimed that it was part of the ambush along
ULFA-I's Facebook page named Swadhin Asom
has received hundreds of Likes and a few citizens have also shared
their mobile numbers on the page, expressing their desire to join
the outfit prompting Police to register a case. "We have registered
a case against the outfit," ADGP- SB Pallab Bhattacharya said.