Assam Timeline - 2014
Two KPLT militants surrendered
along with some arms in front of the SP and other District administration
officials in Karbi Anglong.
A group of unidentified, armed
miscreants killed a local businessman, Kulbahadur Giri, at Bagmara
under Amguri police station in Chirang district. Police suspected
the involvement of the NDFB-IKS in the incident. In a press statement,
the 'spokesman' of the NDFB-IKS, B R Ferengga, alleged that some
government-sponsored extremist elements have been carrying out
criminal activities like killings of small traders and businessmen
from different communities.
The NDFB-PTF demanded updating
of the NRC in Assam. Gobinda Basumatary, 'General Secretary' of
NDFB-PTF which is holding negotiations with the government for
many years now said that this should be done keeping 1951 as the
base year instead of 1971 fixed by the government. Criticising
violence by the anti-talk I K Songbijit group, he said "we do
not support their acts at all. If reports are to be believed,
they are indulging in rampant extortion, kidnapping and killing
of innocent people." Stating that acts by the rival faction could
not be termed a revolution, he said "Revolution should be carried
out on ideology. But their actions are completely unwanted.
SFs arrested seven KPLT linkmen
from Bokajan subdivision in Karbi Anglong District on January
3 for their involvement in the recent violence in the district.
All of them are linkmen of the KPLT and were carrying out subversive
activities on behalf of the outfit. A country-made single barrel
muzzle loading (SBML) gun and some gunpowder were also found on
them. According to Police, the arrested persons were allegedly
involved in burning down houses of Rengma Naga villagers at several
places in the subdivision on December 27, 28, and 29.
Miscreants killed a person, identified
as D C Rongpi, son of a village headman in Karbi Anglong District.
The man was fired upon by a few persons who claimed to have come
in search of a dog from Karagaon village which is about 10 km
from Dimapur in neighbouring Nagaland this evening, they said.
SFs arrested six militants of
the RNHPF from the Borpathar area in Bokajan subdivision of Karbi
Anglong district. SFs recovered five Chinese grenades, as many
rifles and ammunition from them. According to Police, the arrested
militants were allegedly involved in the recent violence in the
SFs arrested four KPLT linkmen
from the Bokajan subdivision of Karbi Anglong district. Sub divisional
Police officer (Bokajan) Sankar Raimedhi said the newly deployed
10 companies of CRPF, in association with Police, detained 40
persons from separate locations and started interrogation. "After
interrogation, we arrested four of them. They are KPLT linkmen
and did some subversive activities on behalf of the militant group.
We have found some materials against them," he said.
Three NDFB-IKS militants, identified
as Sadem Narzary (19), Kanteswar Boro (20) and Anjala Basumatary
(26), surrendered in Chirang District. During the surrender, they
also handed over three grenades.
The RNPC, the apex Rengma Naga
body of Rengma Hills of Assam, has demanded bifurcation of the
KAAC administrative area into two parts - one representing the
Rengma Hills and the other representing the Hamren subdivision
of the erstwhile Mikir Hills (Karbi Anglong). RNPC also said it
doesn't recognize the KAAC.The RNPC issued a statement setting
forth its political agenda to the people of Assam, signed off
by the body's president, Shahi Rengma, and general secretary K
Solomon Rengma. The RNPC said in the statement that the Rengma
Hills, covering an area of approximately 8,724 square kilometres,
will be the homeland of non-Karbi communities, including Rengmas,
Dimasas, Adivasis, Kukis and Nepalis and mainland Indian communities,
while the Hamren subdivision will be under the jurisdiction of
the Karbi people.
The State Government plans to
build 17 fixed Police pickets, manned by Assam Police and CRPF
personnel, will be posted in three subdivisions in Karbi Anglong
District. "The government will pay a compensation of INR 600,000
to the families of those killed in the clash. Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi has already announced a CBI [Central Bureau of Investigation]
probe into the killing of the nine persons in Nagaland," State
Forest Minister, Rokybul Hussain said.
Five members of a faction of Manipur-based
militant outfit KCP were arrested from different locations in
Guwahati city. Senior Superintendent of Police (City) AP Tiwari
said that initially two cadres of the outfit were arrested from
two hotels in Guwahati in the morning. Later, another three cadres
were arrested, he said. "All the five cadres of the outfit have
been taking shelter in the city in disguise," he said adding that
they have already been handed over to Manipur Police.
Over 3,000 people from the Karbi
and Rengma Naga tribes have been taking shelter in relief camps
in the Bokajan area of Karbi Anglong district since December 27
due to violent clashes between the KPLT and the RNHPF. Karbi Anglong
Superintendent of Police Mugdhajyoti Mahanta told that as on January
6, 3,131 people had been taking shelter in nine relief camps.
Of them, 1,683 are Rengma Nagas and 1,448 are Karbis.
The State Government has lodged
formal complaints with the MHA and the Nagaland Government accusing
the Isak-Muivah faction of militant group NSCN-IM of being involved
in the brutal killing of nine Karbi youths, whose bodies were
recovered from a drain near Dimapur in Nagaland on January 3.
Fearing a backlash in Karbi Anglong District, the State Government
has asked for 25 additional companies of Central Armed Police
Forces from the Centre, of which 10 have already arrived. A high-level
security committee formed in Karbi Anglong on January 6 also ordered
immediate setting up of Police pickets and intense patrolling
in as many as 17 areas in the troubled Bokajan subdivision of
the District. However, the NRHPF has reportedly claimed responsibility
for the Dimapur killings.
India is looking for KLO leaders
in Nepal and Myanmar where the outfit has spread its wings in
nexus with other militant outfits.Security agencies have seen
the threat perception rise substantially in the past months in
north Bengal and northwest Assam, sources said. The Bengal and
Assam Governments, central agencies and Military Intelligence
are coordinating to neutralise the upsurge in the KLO's activities.
Dismissing rumors about economic
blockade to be imposed along National Highway (NH)-36 & 39, Karbi
Students Association (KSA-Mirjeng Kro faction) said it has no
plans to impose any kind of blockade against Nagaland. However,
KSA has instead set a 72-hour deadline beginning January 6 on
Nagaland and Assam Governments to comply with its demand of paying
adequate compensation to the families of the Rengma and Karbi
victims of the recent attack and assistance to the displaced persons
SFs, in an encounter, killed
two militants of the NDFB-IKS, Pranab Basumatary and Angw, at
Jumduar Bongaon in Kokrajhar District. SFs recovered two grenades
and one 7.65mm pistol from the duo.
SFs arrested an AANLA linkman,
Kamal Halder, from Helem in Sonitpur District.
Police arrested one KPLT militant,
in connection with Khowani village killing on December 27 from
an undisclosed location.
SFs deployed in the strife torn
Rengma Naga inhabited areas of Karbi Anglong have claimed the
situation was under control, particularly in Chokihola and Santipur
area of the district since January 9.
The NRHPF, which claimed responsibility
for killing nine persons, whose bodies were recovered near Dimapur,
was floated by the NSCN-IM for protection of the Rengma Naga people
living in Karbi Anglong.
The KPLT observed its raising
day in two separate undisclosed locations - one at the central
headquarters in east Karbi Anglong and the other at the general
headquarters in west Karbi Anglong respectively, Ranam Lijang,
'general secretary in-charge' of the militant outfit informed.
More than 19,000 foreigners who
came to the state between 1966 and March 25, 1971, have not registered
their names with the FRRO as stipulated by the Citizenship Act,
1955. The state political department on Thursday issued an instruction
to these people to register their names with the FRRO at the offices
of the superintendents of police in their districts by January
UHM Sushilkumar Shinde said the
situation is under control. Replying to questions while presenting
his monthly status report today, Shinde declined to term the law-and-order
situation as good. Though it would not be proper to say the law-and-order
situation is good in Karbi Anglong but the situation is under
control, he said.
Karbi Anglong Superintendent of
Police, Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta announced the arrested of a KPLT
"corporal" Sarhon Teron from Karbi Anglong. Mahanta further stated
that the arrested militant led the Police to recreate the crime
scene of the Khowanigaon attack which led to the Karbi-Rengma
The Karbi Anglong District administration
said the process to send the Rengma Naga and Karbi villagers taking
shelter in relief camps back to their homes will begin tomorrow.
There are 3,131 people taking shelter in nine relief camps.
| January 14
A KLO leader said the outfit was
ready for “unconditional” talks with the state and the Centre
as it wants peace.
The leader who identified himself
as KLO ‘assistant general secretary’ Pradeep Roy alias P.N.
Koch spoke over phone from an undisclosed location.
| January 15
ULFA-I executed one of its leaders
accusing him of involvement in activities detrimental to the group.
ULFA-I’s Arunodoi Asom said the executed leader, Partha Asom alias Partha
Pratim Gogoi, was the ‘assistant finance secretary’ and an ‘operational
commander’ in the outfit.
| January 16
The RNPC, the apex body of the
Rengma Nagas in Assam, urged Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar
Shinde to immediately initiate a probe by the NIA into the recent
violence in Karbi Anglong as well as the killings in Dimapur (Nagaland),.
A representation, signed by RNPC ‘president’ Shahi K Rengma and
general secretary K Solomon Rengma, stated that the Karbis have
also accused the NSCN-IM of orchestrating trouble in Assam. They
added that the allegation needs to be investigated since it relegates
the sufferings of the Rengma Nagas and their decades-old agitation
for political identity to the sidelines.
The ‘chairman’ of UTLA, S K Thadou,
who was injured in an ambush at Jiribam in Manipur on Janaury
15, is undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit of the
SMCH. Sources in SMCH on Thursday said the injured militant leader's
condition continues to remain critical. UTLA- S K Thadou is a
Hundreds of people raised slogans
against ULFA-I ‘Commander-in-Chief’ Paresh Baruah at ULFA's birthplace
in Sivasagar as they escorted the body of the outfit's assistant
finance secretary, Partha Partim Gogoi, who was executed Baruah's
orders for 'conspiring with Assam Police" against the outfit.
The manager, Bharat Singh
Rathore (48), of Pabhoi tea estate was abducted
by militants from his bungalow in Sonitpur District on January
| January 17
Sonitpur SP, Arabinda Kalita on
the abduction of Bharat Singh Rathore (48), Manager of Pabhoi tea
estate said, “We gather Adivasi militants were involved in the
abduction and a search operation is on to rescue the tea estate
At least six persons were killed
when suspected NDFB-IKS militants pulled down about a dozen persons
from a bus and opened fire at them at Serfanguri in Kokrajhar
District. An Assam Police official said the bus was on its
way from Siliguri in West Bengal to Shillong when a group of armed
militants intercepted it on NH-31 at Athiabari under Serfanguri
SFs, in an encounter, killed a
hardcore NDFB-IKS militant in Kokrajhar District.
The AANLA, currently in ceasefire
with the Union and State Governments, on January 17 alleged Government
apathy towards the problems faced by the Adivasis.
Director General of Police, Khagen
Sharma said that the ULFA-I led by Paresh Baruah is trying
to regroup insurgent outfits and CPI-Maoist and might convene
a meeting of the groups next week. The DGP said, the Government
would like to see Paresh Baruah participate in the ongoing peace
talks with the ULFA faction headed by Arabinda Rajkhowa. To a
query on which subversive group was the biggest threat to Assam
now, Sharma said, “The Maoists are the biggest threat. They have
about 100 trained cadres in the state and many supporters.”
NSCA militants killed Tea tribe
leader Niranjan Patra inside his house at Sekoni tea estate in
Nagaon District. Nagaon Superintendent of Police Bibekraj Singh
said preliminary investigations had revealed that the youths who
killed Patra were known to the victim. The SP said three Adivasi
youths of Patra’s locality had floated an outfit, Adivasi Tribal
Force [ATF], in 2013 to launch an extortion drive. Soon after,
they were arrested and after about three months, released on bail.
Subsequently, they are suspected to have floated the NSCA”.
Suspected militants belonging
to Zakir Bahini, UDLA, abducted two traders, Nishith Das (27)
and Tiklu Kumar Das (28), from Ramnathpur under Katlicherra block
in Hailakandi District. Further, Security Forces were ambushed
by militants when they reached the remote Boincherra village on
the other side of Dholewari River on Janaury 18 morning.
| January 18
NDFB-IKS militants attacked Muslim
villagers, killing one Imran Ali, and injuring four others in
the Panbari area of Chirang District.
Suspected NDFB-IKS militants killed
Bishom Sharma, a Hindi-speaking barber, near his salon at Harisinga
in Udalguri District.
NDFB-IKS militants shot at and
injured a trader, Bikram Rai, at Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur District.
The KLO has said that they are
not ready for tripartite talks with the Government of India and
the reports appeared in certain newspapers could be the sinister
design of Government to create mistrust among the community.
| January 19
NDFB-IKS militants shot dead a
trader, Gaur Kundu (38), at Mangolchora bazaar under Bogaribari
Police Station of Dhubri District.
Security sources have reportedly
admitted that among all the active militant groups in Assam, the
NDFB-IKS has the strongest presence on the ground and the cadres
of the outfit are also well trained. Sources revealed that the
outfit has strong presence in the areas along the border with
Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh and around 100 of its members are
operating within Assam.
Assam DGP, Khagen Sarma, stated
that the ISI is behind the unification bid of Northeastern militants.
DGP, Khagen Sarma said, “It is the Pakistani ISI and other external
forces that are behind the fresh initiative taken by ‘commander
in chief’ of United Liberation Front of Assam (anti-talks) to
form a common force on all the insurgent groups based in Northeast
to fight Indian security forces.”
The State Government will intensify
action against the NDFB-IKS in the BTAD by carrying out joint
Army-Police Counter-Insurgency operations in the aftermath of
the sudden spree of killings in the Bodo belt. Assam Parliamentary
Secretary (Home) Atuwa Munda said the decision was taken at a
meeting of the Unified Command held in Guwahati on January 19
in which the security scenario of the State was reviewed.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi ordered
intensification of operation against NDFB-IKS in coordination
with Army and CAPF.
The ABMSU observed 24-hour bandhs
(General strike) in the BTAD in protest against the NDFB-IKS attacks
in the State. Also, the AABYCP a 36-hour bandh from 5 AM on January
20 protesting the killing of Hindi- speaking people by NDFB-IKS.
The State Police Headquarters
declared 15 members of the NDFB-IKS, including its chief Songbijit
Ingti Kathar (IK Songbijit), as 'most wanted'. Assam Police said
valuable information leading to the arrest of these 15 NDFB-IKS
militants will be worth INR 9.5 million.
SFs exchanged fire with a group
of NDFB-IKS militants, during an operation in the jungles near
Dimajuli village in the Assam-Bhutan bordering areas in Chirang
An NDFB-IKS 'release' alleged
that the repeated killing of innocent Bodo civilians by the security
forces had made the outfit restless. It warned security forces
against "violating human rights and killings innocent civilians".
State DGP Khagen Sarma held a
meeting in the conference hall of the Chirang SP office at Kajalgaon
with top officials of the SSB, BSF, CRPF, Army and SPs of five
Districts - Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri and Goalpara
to discuss measures to be taken against the militant groups active
in the five lower Assam districts.
The KLO has threatened to target
Bengali-speaking refugees in lower Assam and North Bengal areas,
if SFs continue their alleged torture of Koch-Rajbongshis.
In a recent press release by
the KLO 'general secretary' Kailash Koch, the organisation has
threatened the Bengal and Assam governments that it might target
refugees in north Bengal and lower Assam districts, if the alleged
torturing of the Koch-Rajbongshi did not stop. Unless the Bengal
and Assam Governments stop this and release the arrested people,
we might be compelled to take action against Bengali refugees,"
the statement said.
SFs arrested a ULFA-I militant,
identified as Raju Haloi, from the Guwahati city's Basistha area
(Kamrup Metro). Police said that Haloi was planted there by ULFA-I's
'western commander' Drishti Rajkhowa to trigger a blast.
Suspected KLO militants shot dead
a businessman, identified as Sudhangshu Sarkar (52), at Khukshi
Bao Bazaar under Fakiragram Police Station in Kokrajhar District.
Police arrested 'commander-in-chief'
of KNLA,Ysong Bey, along with two other militants from a hideout
near Diphu Railway Station in Karbi Anglong District. Police seized
two foreign-made pistols of 7.6 caliber and three bullets from
the arrested ultras, along with mobile phones and incriminating
documents. According to Police, the other two arrested have been
identified as Arjat Enghi and Tensing Ronghang.
The manager of Pabhoi Tea Estate
at Biswanath Chariali in Sonitpur District, Bharat Singh Rathod,
who was abducted from his bungalow in the garden on January 16,
was released by his captors at Namara near the Assam-Arunachal
Pradesh border. NDFB-IKS is suspected to be behind the incident.
11 militant outfits of the North
East have jointly given a call to boycott the Republic Day (January
26) and to observe a general strike.
In a joint statement, CorCom,
an umbrella organization of Manipur-based militant groups, ULFA-I,
NDFB-IKS,NLFT,KLO and HNLC have called upon the people of the
region to boycott the Republic Day to fight together against the
"colonial rule" of India. CorCom consists of KCP, KYKL, PREPAK,
PREPAK-Pro, PLA and UNLF.
SFs, in an encounter, killed a
militant of ULFA-I in Goalpara District along the Assam-Meghalaya
border. According to information, the encounter took place day
after Police arrested an ULFA-linkman.
The 22-hour Kokrajhar District
bandh (general Strike) call given by the All Assam Bengali
Youth Students' Federation (AABYSF) in protest against the killing
of a trader, Sudhangshu Sarkar (52), hit the normal life in Kokrajhar
In the wake of NDFB-IKS increasing
its violent activities, the MHA has asked SSB to begin undertaking
special counter-insurgency operations in the State and check the
actions of the group. SSB has been asked to create a Special Operations
Group (SOG) in its battalions which will take on the NDFB primarily
in the Districts of Chirang, Udalguri, Kokrajhar and Baksa.
Central Government has warned
the NDFB-RD that its cadres straying out of designated camps without
approval would be treated on a par with militants from the NDFB-IKS.
JFA appealed to the people of
the North East to defy the diktat of separatists and celebrate
Republic Day on January 26. The JFA, in a statement, also urged
various local press clubs, press guilds and other media organisations
across the region to celebrate the Day.
Guwahati City Police's operations
wing released images of two ULFA-I militants who they suspect
have possible entered the city with explosives.
SFs arrested one KPLT militant,
identified as Son Taro alias Bulet Taro, from the Langparpan area
under Howraghat Police Station in Karbi Anglong District.
SFs arrested a KLO militant, Indrajit
Roy alias Dabang, from Chhagulia in Dhubri District.
Tension prevails in and around
Kokrajhar following the attack on a motorcycle rally taken out
by the BPF's youth wing by some minority community youths at Monakosha
village in Kokrajhar District. According to sources, some minority
community youths attacked the motorcycle rally with lethal weapons
and damaged a number of vehicles, besides injuring some Youth
BPF members. Soon after the incident police rushed to the spot
and controlled the situation. Four youths were arrested in this
KPLT has called for a 96-hour
Karbi Anglong bandh starting January 24 from 5 a.m. The bandh
has been called to boycott the Republic Day celebrations in the
district. In a statement, KPLT's 'acting general secretary' Ranam
Lijang termed the "Indian Republic as worthless body and...should
be viewed as black day. People should abstain from observing Indian
The NIA has registered an open
First Information Report (FIR) against ULFA-I under various sections
of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
President of the BSS, Kameswar
Brahma said the recent attacks by the NDFB-IKS and other militant
groups in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) areas have tarnished
the reputation of the Bodo community. "Acts of violence in the
BTAD have also posed a barrier to the overall development of Bodos.
All militants groups must act sensibly and shun violence in order
for the Bodo community to be established as a force to be reckoned
with," Brahma said.
A daily wage earner, identified
as Pradip (14), escaped with mild injuries when suspected NDFB-IKS
militants lobbed a grenade near a petrol pump at Dhekiajuli in
Sonitpur District .
Two suspected ULFA-I militants
were killed in a blast at about 7 kilometre from Umrangshu area
in Dima Hasao District when the bomb they were carrying in a vehicle
exploded. Umrangshu Police believe the two were on their way to
Meghalaya from Lanka in Nagaon District. The Police have identified
them as Sahabuddin and Aminuddin of Lanka (Nagaon District).
State Police announced cash rewards
of INR 6.2 miilion for those who can provide information about
11 militants of the KLO and seven cadres of the NDFB-IKS. The
KLO list includes four top leaders, 'commander-in-chief' Nityananda
Sarkar alias Shyam Ray, 'general secretary' Keshab Barman,
'assistant organising secretary' Lal Chand Deka and 'cultural
secretary' Digambar Rai alias Jibon Koch. Cash rewards of INR
500,000 each have been announced against the quartet while INR
300,000 each will be given for information provided on another
The Gauhati High Court asked the
Central Government and State Government to clear their stand on
granting ST status to the Koch Rajbongshi community within the
next two months.
AKRSU 'president' Biswajit Ray
asked Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh to clear their stand on granting Scheduled Tribe status
to the community and creation of Kamtapur on Republic Day (January
SFs arrested a KPLT militant,
Kensing Ronghang, from Karbi Anglong District.
SFs arrested three KPLT cadres,
'area commander of Diring area' Bijoy Terang, Robin Engti, Lawrence
Terang, from Dolamara locality under Borpathar Police Station
of Karbi Anglong District. SFs recovered one 7,65 mm pistol and
few bullets, four mobile phone and large quantity of extortion
notes from them.
SFs arrested one NSCN-IM militant
and one overground worker of the outfit from Lodi Village of Dima
Hasao District. The security men recovered one .9 mm pistol, three
.9 mm live rounds and two mobile handsets with three SIM cards.
Public nabbed one NDFB-IKS militant,
identified as Prem Kumar Basumatary (18), at Tungkurmari area
under Sidli Police Station of Chirang District.
SFs arrested two hardcore cadres
of NDFB-IKS, Subaw Daimari and Agar Swargiary, from a hideout
of Borthol locality of Karbi Anglong District. One A K 47 rifle
with 21 bullets and one .32 pistol along with 2 magazines and
11 bullets were seized from their possession.
Assam Governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik
appealed the underground militant groups to abjure violence and
come to the discussion table to solve the issues for an overall
development of the state.
SFs arrested three KNLA militants
from different locations in Karbi Anglong District. Konglong Tisso
alias Muzari and Joy Bey were arrested at Baghpani under
Dokmoka Police Station. In another incident, Kangbura Bey was
arrested under the Chokihola Police Station in the District.
a KCP militant, T.L.Omita Devi, from Katahbari area of Guwahati
in Kamrup (metro) District.
recovered a huge amount of arms and ammunitions used by ULFA-I
(Independent) from the Assam-Meghalaya border in the Goalpara
Ten persons were
killed and eight others received bullet injuries when encroachers
from Arunachal Pradesh opened fire with hand-made weapons in the
Behali Reserve Forest area of Sonitpur District. Around 100 assailants,
armed with guns and other lethal weapons, attacked the villagers,
who have been camping there to protect those areas from further
encroachment, and started indiscriminate firing at them killing
those villagers on the spot.
The Sonitpur District
unit of the AAMSU took out a rally in Tezpur against NDFB-IKS
attack on Policemen in the District.
Sonitpur SP Sanjukta
Parashar saying that the three NDFB-IKS militants involved in
the ambush in Thalola-Laodangi have been identified as B Naihab,
Chiju and Bishu and they are still hiding in Batachipur area.
She added that a joint operation is going on to arrest the culprits.
The AABP demanded
adequate security for over two million Bhojpuri-speaking people
living in the State besides formation of development council.
Union Ministry of
Home Affairs Joint-Secretary, Shambhu Singh, told television channels
that the NDFB might have a hand in the killing incident in the
Behali Reserve Forest area of Sonitpur District of Assam on January
State Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi ruled out NDFB's involvement and stated that miscreants
from Arunachal Pradesh were responsible for the killings.
Gulzar Hussain (37), and a Police Informer were killed while five
Constables were injured as NDFB-IKS ambushed a patrol at Thalola
in the Batachipur area under Dhekiajuli Police Station in Sonitpur
District. Meanwhile, 'spokesman' of the NDFB-IKS, B R Ferenga
has claimed responsibility of the ambush.
A mob later vandalised
an office of the NDFB-PTF at Tezpur (Sonitpur District) and a
cadre of the outfit was beaten up before he was handed over to
the Police. The mob also shouted slogans against the NDFB.
The owner of a two-storey
building, Raju Ali, in Sivasagar town (Sivasagar District) was
injured when a crude bomb exploded. According to Police, Ali was
arrested earlier in connection with extorting money in the name
The ULFA-I executed
its 'cultural secretary', Anjumoni Saikia alias Dalimi Dutta,
at the outfit's Myanmar camp recently. Director-General of Police
Khagen Sarma said the Police have received unconfirmed reports
of her death.
Referring to the
ambush by the NDFB-IKS in the Thalola-Laodangi area under Dhekiajuli
Police Station of Sonitpur District that left Additional Superintendent
of Police (security) of Sonitpur District Gulzar Hussain dead
and five other cops injured, the AAPA blamed the "soft attitude"
of the state government towards militants for the incident.
is cut off from the rest of the country as protesters in Assam
blocked supply routes to the state in protest against killings.
KMSS, which is leading the protest, blocked NH-52 at Borgang in
Sonitpur District, which is the only lifeline to Arunachal capital
The ULFA-I confirmed
the death of its 'council secretary' Dalimi Asom alias
Anju Saikia. In a statement emailed to the media by ULFA-I's 'assistant
publicity secretary' Arunoday Asom, the outfit claimed that Saikia
had committed suicide. She had reportedly gone missing from an
ULFA camp at an undisclosed place on January 5 and her body was
recovered about 3 kilometers from the camp on January 19, the
mailed statement stated.
Suspected KPLT militants had abducted two buisneesman, Dhiman ChoudharyaliasDhiman
Lindo (30) [Karbi Anglong based] and Sudip Chanda (36), from Zerikingding
area under the Zerikingding Police Station in Karbi Anglong District.
KPLT ‘publicity secretary’, Nokmey Tungjang has, however, informed
that the group was not involved with abduction of the duo.
SFs killed a 'commander'
of KLO, Brindaban Rajbongshi alias Mukut Ray (22), at Nadangiri
hill in Salakati of Kokrajhar District. Police said two other
KLO cadres, including Samar Roy alias Rambo, escaped in the darkness.
An angry mob lynched
a militant, Rahimuddin (38), belonging to militant group Zakir
Bahini, a faction of the UDLA, at Boinchera in Hailakandi District.
He later succumbed to his injuries at Hailakandi Civil Hospital.
SFs arrested four
militants NDFB-IKS from Lahorijan area in Karbi Anglong District.
Later, Police recovered several arms and ammunition from Hamren
area in the same District. The recovered arms and ammunition were
two AK-56 rifles, one pistol, three magazines and 33 rounds of
The Rengma Naga
organisations in Karbi Anglong District have reiterated their
demand for the creation of RHADC through bifurcation of Rengma
Hills from Karbi Anglong based on the original boundary of the
Hills and Rengma Mouzas (a erstwhile term for revenue collection
unit) with its headquarters at Bokajan.
The January 29 attack
fatality along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border increased to
11 after the recovery of a dead body of a person identified as
Lasu Mardi (65) from Chauldhua in Borgang in Sonitpur District.
The economic blockade
against Arunachal Pradesh for the Behali Reserve Forest killings
continued and the protesters blocked the passage of goods trucks
at Chariduar in Sonitpur District.
Two KPLT militants
were caught by the villagers of Samelangso area under Samelangso
Police Station in Karbi Anglong District. They were later handed
over to the Samelangso Police Station.
DGP Khagen Sarma
said operations against the NDFB-IKS would be intensified to put
an end to the group's subversive activities in Sonitpur District.
The DGP further said that a Police Station would be set up at
Dikalmukh (Sonitpur District) near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh
inter-state boundary. Construction of a border outpost at Behali
reserve forest commenced. On the charge made by the CPI-ML alleging
involvement of the NLCT of Arunachal Pradesh in the Behali massacre,
the DGP said that operation would be carried out against NLCT
The security agencies have come to the conclusion that the recent
killing of eleven persons in the Behali Reserved Forest was a well
planned attack.Sources said that some political leaders and influential
persons of Arunachal Pradesh developed economic interest in the
Behali reserved forest area and even a rubber garden has been set
up in the disputed land.
| February 3
The economic blockade against
Arunachal Pradeshby Assam based organisations entered its fifth
day. The protesters blocked trucks at Borgang and Chariduar areas
in Sonitpur District. The blockade has badly affected Itanagar
(Capital of Arunachal Pradesh) and the East Siang, Upper Siang
and West Siang Districts.
The AAGSU, the apex organisation
of Gorkha students, imposed a total economic and road blockade
on various National Highways leading to Arunachal Pradesh at Tinsukia,
Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat and Karbi Anglong in protest
against the killings.
The Central Government told the
Supreme Court that it has agreed to allocate INR 2.88 billion
to the Assam government for updating the NRC across the State.
It stated that already INR 0.25 billion has been released to the
state government for preliminary work.
The NSAB member P.C. Haldar said
that the presence of CPI-Maoist in the Northeast has the potential
to create serious “strategic security complications”.
| February 4
A youth, believed to be from
Arunachal Pradesh, was injured after being attacked by a mob near
Barjharani forest gate in Behali Police Station area in Sonitpur
the blockade of roads leading
to Arunachal Pradesh, launched to protest the killings in Behali
of Sonitpur District, entered the sixth day. Assam Home Secretary
G.D. Tripathi told that though the blockade continues, some vehicles
carrying fuel and other essential items crossed into Arunachal
Pradesh with police escort. He said efforts are being made to
persuade the protesters to lift the blockade.
KLO described the killing of its
Kokrajhar District 'commander', Brindaban Rajbongshi, as a ‘fake
encounter’ and called for a 12 hourbandh in‘Kamatapur’.
The RNHPF said peace can return
to Karbi Anglong District only if the Rengma Nagas are given constitutional
protection or a political identity separate from the Karbis. Claiming
responsibility for the killing of nine Karbi youths at Pachaspura
in Dimapur on December 27, 2013, the RNHPF claimed that one of
them was a KPLT arms smuggler while six others were newly trained
| February 5
Suspected militants belonging
to NDFB-IKS abducted a businessman, identified as Anup Das, from
Dukhungaon under the Runikhata Police Station in Chirang District.
The blockade of roads leading
to Arunachal Pradesh launched to protest the killings in the Behali
area of Sonitpur District, entered the seventh day on February
5creating shortage of essential commodities in Arunachal Pradesh,
particularly in the capital Itanagar.
CM Tarun Gogoi said that CPI-Maoist
has entered into an understanding with the Northeastern region
of India based militants as well as with Pakistan’s external intelligence
agency ISI to spread its network in the state. Tarun Gogoi added
that despite repeated warnings on the issue from the State, the
Central Government is yet to take act on the growing CPI-Maoist
threat in the State.
The MHA will soon constitute a
high-level team, comprising representatives from Arunachal Pradesh
and Assam, to probe into the January 29 violence in Sonitpur District's
disputed Chauldhua area.
| February 6
SFs arrested an NDFB-IKS militant,
identified as ‘sergeant major’ Sohaisula BrahmaaliasB.
Swrji (33), from Nakhuti of Bokajan area in Karbi Anglong District.
Businessmen and local residents
of Lanka area (Nagaon District) started an economic blockade against
the two hills Districts of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao at Lanka
citing the failure of SFs in rescuing abducted businessmen from
Strike) called by the KLO, in protest against the killing of its
cadre Brindaban Rajbongshi (22) in Kokrajhar District, passed
Joint Secretary-Northeast at MHA
Shambhu Singh, was greeted with a demand for a separate State
for Karbi community in Diphu of Karbi Anglong District. HSDP also
submitted a memorandum to Singh demanding quick action in executing
the MoS, permanent rehabilitation packages for former UPDS cadres
and withdrawal of criminal cases against them.
Assam based organisations protesting
against the Behali killings lifted the blockade of roads to Arunachal
Pradesh at Borgang and Chariduar in Sonitpur District. The organisations
called off the blockade after submitting a four-point charter
of demands to the administration and serving a 20-day deadline
for their fulfillment. The blockade had stated on January 30.
The MHA has deployed a central
Police force along the Assam-Arunachal border following the killing
incident of January 29 in Sonitpur District of Assam. “There is
this possibility. They Songbhijit faction of National Democratic
Front of Bodoland (NDFB-S) might try to establish a foothold in
the region. Some other outfit might want the people to let them
live in the area on the condition that they would protect them,”
said Shambhu Singh, Joint Secretary, North East, MHA.
| February 7
Two executives of the Lakhimijan
Tea Estate in Jorhat (Assam) District were allegedly abducted
by suspected miscreants from Nagaland.
SFs arrested four suspected GNLA
militants, identified as Sohidul Islam (28), Babul Hussain (27),
Ismail Hussain (25) and Shahjahan Ali (31), from Karbala area
in Goalpara town (Goalpara District). SFs recovered two 7.65 mm
automatic revolvers, two 7.65 mm country-made pistols, nine rounds
of live ammunitions, one vehicle, four mobile phones, eight SIM
cards and some incriminating documents from them.
AASM, an organisation representing
non-Karbi of Karbi Anglong District, urged the MHA Joint Secretary,
Shambhu Singh to send a study team to assess both the present
and future conditions of the non-Karbis if Autonomous State is
created comprising the two hill Districts of Karbi Anglong and
| February 8
SFs killed two militants belonging
to the GNLA at Barjhara area along the Assam-Meghalaya border
under Lakhipur Police Station in Goalpara District. SFs also recovered
one .9mm pistol, one 7.65mm pistol, one satellite phone, one watch
phone, live bullets, blank cartridges and two mobile phones from
SFs arrested an unidentified Manipur
based militant of UTLA from Haflong in Dima Hasao District.
| February 9
SFs arrested a militant belonging
to AANLA, Amar Singh KarmakaraliasAmar Gogoi (29), from
Deberapara area of Mariani in Jorhat District. The arrested militant
was giving extortion threats to ONGC’s gas gathering station number
1 located at Khorghat area, along the Assam-Nagaland border, under
Uriamghat Police Station in Golaghat District.
Train services were disrupted
in lower Assam region due to the 12-hour railway blockade call
by the ABSU at Basugaon Station in Chirang District, demanding
resolution of the 'Bodoland' issue. The blockade was later reduced
to six hours after the ABSU received a formal invitation from
the Central Government for the third round of tripartite talks
on February 21. Apart from the ABSU, leaders of allied organisations
like the NDFB-PTF, BPPF, UDPF, PJACBM also took part in the blockade.
State Forest Minister Rockybul
Hussain stated that the State Government is committed to resolve
the problem of insurgency without seeking any political mileage.
"A total of 234 NDFB-IKS cadres have been apprehended since 2013,
while 29 have died in encounters with police and security forces.
Police also seized 73 firearms, nine bombs and 68 grenades during
the period," he added.
State Government admitted that
over 1,300 families, who were affected during the Bodo-Muslim
clashes in the BTAD in 2012, were yet to be rehabilitated. In
a written reply to the State Legislative Assembly, State Revenue
and Disaster Management Minister, Prithibi Majhi said that a total
of 18,823 families lost their houses completely, while 999 houses
were partially damaged.
Minister of State for Home R.P.N.
Singh told Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) that
CPI-Maoist are trying to set up organisational bases in the North-east
to forge ties with other insurgent groups to meet their military
needs and the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border has emerged as another
theatre of Maoist activities.
A three-member team of JACAS met
with MHA officials at North Block, New Delhi on the issue of Autonomous
State consisting Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao Districts of Assam.
Unidentified men abducted one
person, identified as Pintu Aditya (24), of Basugaon in Chirang
SFs killed two unidentified IK
Songbijit faction of NDFB-IKS militants near Aiepowaliat Runikhata
in Chirang District.
State Government charged its counterpart
in Arunachal Pradesh with carrying out "some activities and implementing
some schemes" at Behali area in its territory. Issuing an official
statement at the ongoing State Assembly session, Environment and
Forest Minister, Rockybul Hussain said, "Though the Behali Reserve
Forest is inside the Assam border, Arunachal Pradesh is doing
some activities and implementing some schemes there."
Encroachers from Nagaland destroyed
17 border posts along Karbi Anglong (Assam) -Dimapur (Nagaland)
Two unidentified men hurled a
handmade bomb on Pritam Dabnath (24), a shopkeeper, in Mahur market
in Mahur area of Dima Hasao District. Pritam Dabnath sustained
injuries in his left eye and ear due to the blast and was admitted
to Haflong Civil Hospital.
Rise of cyber crime cases in Assam
has become a matter of serious concern as the number of such cases
registered increased sharply during last few years. According
to sources, around 500 such cases were registered in the year
2013. Sources said that earlier, cyber crime cases were registered
only in the cyber crime cell of the CID but with growing number
of such incidents taking place, all the Police Stations are now
asked to register cases and the cell provides technical help in
investigation of the cases.
Suspected NDFB-IKS shot at a businessman,
identified as Babu Ali (32), at Lengraghat Bazaar in Kokrajhar
District. Police said two persons came on a bike and shot at Ali.
He was later taken to hospital.
SFs arrested four suspected ULFA-I
militants, in Goalpara District.
A 'deputy commander' (southern
command) of the NDFB-IKS identified as B. Thaijou alias
Kamaram Brahma was killed in an encounter with Security Forces
at Makrijhora-Malatijhora area of Parbhatjora subdivision in Kokrajhar
District on February 20. The militant had a bounty of INR 30,
0000 on his head. The Police said three militants managed to escape.
Pointing towards the creation
of a separate State of Telangana, the NDFB-PTF asked the Centre
to adopt the same strategy and create a separate State of Bodoland
without the approval of the Assam Assembly. The third round of
tripartite talks among the Centre, Assam Government and NDFB-P
was held on February 20, where the ceasefire with the Bodo militant
outfit was extended for another six months.
The Centre meanwhile, is holding
three separate rounds of dialogues with ABSU and associated organisation,
BPPF, BNC and BPF.
In the past four years, militants
called for 18 Assam bandh (general strike. In 2013 nine
such bandhs were called, followed by four, three and two
bandhs in 2011, 2010 and 2012 respectively. Out of 18,
the ULFA had called for seven such bandhs.
Number of local bandhs called
by militants stood at 75 (2010), 85 (2011), 79 (2012) and 113
(2013). The KPLT, a militant outfit operating from Karbi Anglong,
has called the highest number (nine) of local bandhs during this
SFs killed three suspected GNLA
militants at Kachumari under Krishnai Police Station, in Goalpara
District. Three .9 mm pistols with 15 rounds of live ammunition
and explosive materials weighing around one kilogram were reportedly
recovered from the unidentified slain ultras.
The NCHISF and IWF warned for
an indefinite Dima Hasao bandh (general strike) from February
26, 2014, if the Group of Ministers does not submit its report
to the State Government within February 25, regarding their demand
of a separate District with Autonomous Council.
The ABSU 'general secretary' Romeo
P. Narzary described tripartite talks among Central and State
Governments and ABSU, on Bodoland Statehood issue, as inconclusive.
Narzary added that the next round of tripartite talks will be
held on February 27 where Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde
will be present.
According to sources major cases
under investigation by the NIA in the region are related to smuggling
of weapons and ammunition from the Police armoury in Nagaland
by some Police personnel to both factions of the NSCN. The second
major case is the recently registered case (RC-04/2013) against
the 'commander-in-chief' of the Independent ULFA-I Paresh Baruah
and others. Another NIA case in the region relates to the big
cache of smuggled weapons seized in Mizoram.
SFs arrested a militant of Manipur
based PREPAK, Leishungbam Bheigyachandra Singh (35), from Saokuchi,
under Garchuck Police Station in Guwahati in Kamrup (Metro) District.
Four highly-decomposed bodies
were recovered today by locals from the jungles of Chaoldhowa
under the Behali Reserve Forest in Sonitpur District. The bodies
identified to be of Maneswar Munda, Burha Teron, Bishoni Teron
and Suren Kramcha, according to Sonitpur SP Sanjukta Parasar.
The MHA Joint Secretary (Northeast)
Shambhu Singh said, "They (insurgent outfits) need to understand
that it is a no win situation for them. Groups are groups. Their
numbers are limited. If it comes to handle them militarily, the
might of the Government is always more than what they can muster".
Protestors set ablaze two vehicles,
including one belonging to the Assam Police, at Borgang in Sonitpur
District. However, the passengers escaped unhurt. An indefinite
curfew was clamped in Gingia Police Station limits and the Borgang
Police Outpost in Sonitpur District following the recovery of
four more dead bodies. The NH-52 was blocked at Borgang and Bedeti
by the activists of AKSU, AAGSU and other student organisations
in protest against the incident.
Five Bodo groups, including one
militant group, NDFB-PTF along with other four, ABSU, PJACBM,
BPPF and UDPF announced that movement for a separate Bodoland
State will intensify if the fourth round of tripartite dialogue
scheduled on February 27 fails to come up with a permanent solution
to the long-standing demand of different Bodo groups.
At least 13 people were injured
when suspected NDFB -IKS militants triggered two blasts in Gasbari
daily market near Baihata Chariali in Kamrup (Rural) District.
BPF and BNC have welcomed Government's
decision to set up a one-man committee to look into the viability
of a Bodoland state and issues related to land. However, the ABSU
and its allied organisations have rejected it.
The 72-hour bandh (shut
down strike) along Silchar-Imphal road or National Highway 37
imposed by the KSO and KWU in Tamenglong District has come to
an end but the highway will continue to be affected for the next
72 hours as another tribal organisation sponsored chakka bandh
of hill Districts begins from midnight of February 24. Earlier,
KSO and KWU, had announced the bandh strongly objecting the perpetual
encroachment of the 'tribal lands' which is in Tamenglong district
contiguous with Jiribam sub division of Imphal East District,
in connivance with the Police and the Additional Deputy Commissioner
The ANC, a combined forum of
more than 20 Adivasi organisations called a 48-hour bandh since
5 pm of February 24 in protest against Rahul Gandhi's visit and
in protest against the failure of the INC-led government to fulfil
the demands of the Adivasis in Assam.
The Assam bandh (General
Strike) called on the day of INC Vice President Rahul Gandhi's
visit to the State by various ethnic groups for various reasons,
affected several Districts is both lower and Upper Assam on February
25. The affected areas were North Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Bongaigaon
and Chirang Districts. The TAYP and the AKRSU called the bandh
in protest against alleged exploitation and negligence towards
the indigenous people of the State by the INC. Further, the BYCP
called the Assam bandh to raise the Doubtful Voter (D-voter) issue.
KLO stated that its 'publicity
secretary', Rajiv Kathai alias Bimal Roy alias Sonu, has deserted
the outfit on February 18 and is assisting the Indian Army. The
'general secretary' of the KLO, Kailash Koch said that Bimal Roy
joined the KLO in the month of July, 2011 and before it, he was
the in the Indian Army.
An NDFB-IKS militant, Swmkwr
Basumatary (26), surrendered before the Police in Kokrajhar District.
A round of tripartite talks between
Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Assam Government and four different
Bodo organisations scheduled to be held on February 27 has been
postponed till February 28 due to the unavailability of Home Minister
SFs arrested a MULTA militant,
Anwar Hussain (37), from Santipur in Nalbari District. One .62
mm pistol, two magazines and eight rounds of ammunition were also
The Central Government set up
an expert committee to study and examine the demand for Bodoland
state to be carved out of Assam. The one-man expert committee
of former Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai will submit a report
in nine months after consulting all sections of society on the
viability of creating Bodoland.
Suspected militants entered Itchapur
village (inhibited by Dimasa tribe) and set ablaze seven houses
of the village which fall under Diphu subdivision of Karbi Anglong
District. Though the Karbi Anglong District administration suspects
that people opposed to the blockade might have committed the act
but officially no details were revealed.
The indefinite economic blockade
against Nagaland in both the National Highway (NH) 39 and NH-36
since February 25 has been imposed by KSYC, ADSU, AAGSU, Karbi
KUYA and other Karbi Anglong based organisations in protest against
the alleged encroachment of Assam's territory by people from Nagaland.
Three MTF militants surrendered
in front of Chirang District SP Ranjan Bhuyan. The three militants
were identified as Shah Ali, Madan Ali and Samser Ali. The trio
also deposited one AK series rifle, one 9 mm pistol, one 7.65
mm pistol and 11 rounds of cartridges.
Life in Dima Hasao District was
partially disrupted during the first day owing to a 100-hour bandh
(General Strike)called by NCHISF that began at 5 am on February
26. The bandh, which was called, seeking bifurcation of the hill
District, evoked partial response, said a Police Officer. While
shops and business establishments were closed, government offices
and banks were open. However, attendance was thin. Traffic was
off the road in Haflong, the District headquarters.
SFs arrested two suspected KPLT
linkmen, Orjen Ronghang (40) and Korop Ronghang (24), from Sanbe
Teron Gaon in Karbi Anglong District.
The 100-hour bandh (general
strike) called by NCHIPF in Dima Hasao District from February
26 will further delay the Lumding-Silchar broad-gauge conversion
project. The bandh called by the NCHIPF to demand the bifurcation
of the present Dima Hasao (formerly North Cachar Hills) Autonomous
District Council into two separate Autonomous District Council.
The eight students' groups of
Karbi Anglong called off the indefinite road blockade against
Nagaland on National Highway 39 at Silonijaan and Sariahjaan on
National Highway 36 in Karbi Anglong District from February 28
morning. The decision to lift the blockade was taken after a meeting
of the high-level officials of both the states, which included
Dimapur Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police and their
Karbi Anglong counterparts. The blockade was earlier called on
February 25 alleging that some miscreants from Nagaland side had
encroached a vast area of the Daldalli Reserve Forest in the District.
Supporters of NCHISF, which has
given the Dima Hasao bandh (general strike) call, set ablaze a
railway bridge near Migrendisa Station under Haflong Police Station
in Dima Hasao District on March 1 during its 100 hour bandh, reports
Business Standard. Railway communication was completely disrupted
between Lumding (Nagaon District) and Badarpur (Karimganj District)
with the bandh supporters also damaging the tracks near Bageter
station in Dima Hasao District, the Police said. The bandh was
called by NCHISF from February 26, demanding bifurcation of Dima
Hasao into two Districts and protesting over renaming of NC Hills
to Dima Hasao.
Four Assam Rifles troopers were
injured, in an ambush by militants of the NDFB-IKS, at Jabolia
centre in Udalguri District. The injured troopers were identified
as Prakash Singh (49), Ashok Kumar (35), M. Hazarika (32) and
Vijendra Singha (38). Singh and Kumar, who are critical, have
been airlifted to Guwahati for treatment.
Police wielded batons on protesters
to remove them from the tracks at Fakiragram junction in Kokrajhar
District on March 2 which left one agitator and at least five
Police personnel injured. The SJAM, a conglomeration of 19 non-Bodo
organizations, stopped movement of trains through BTAD as a part
of its eight-hour blockade opposing the formation of the appointment
of one member G K Pillai panel and creation of Bodoland.
Police arrested two suspected
ULFA cadres from Ganeshghat in Tezpur town of Sonitpur District
on charges of collecting ransom from a panchayat (village
level local self Government institution) member. The two cadres
were identified as Pranjal Bharali and Rakesh Sarmah. Police recovered
INR 15,000 which was paid by the panchayat member.
SFs, in an encounter, killed one
KPLT militant, Suleman Rongpi (22), under Anjul Pani area under
Rongmongwe Police Station at Karbi Anglong District. Further,
two KPLT militants, Joiram Timung (19) and John Timung (20), were
arrested during the encounter.
Two persons, identified as Rafik
Ali and Sanowar Hussain, were injured when two suspected NDFB
militants fired at a group of labourers at Samaria village in
Three persons were injured when
people of a minority community pelted stones at the vehicles coming
to take part in the BPF rally at Angthihara and Sapkhata in Gossaigaon
subdivision of Kokrajhar District.
The SJAM and several other non-Bodo
organisations called a 12-hour BTAD bandh (general shutdown)
on March 4 in protest against the constitution of the expert committee
to look into the demand for creation of Bodoland State, which
evoked total response in Kokrajhar.
Security sources stated that the
NDFB-IKS is the most active militant outfit in lower and northern
Assam region and the recent killing of an Additional Superintendent
of Police in Sonitpur Gulzar Hussain on January 28 gave the outfit
a new lease of life.
GK Pillai scheduled visit to Kokrajhar
did not happen due to some 'logistical reason'.
Atmosphere in BTC areas in Assam
has turned restive in the wake of Centre constituting a one-man
panel headed by former Union Home Secretary G K Pillai to examine
the demand for a separate Bodoland state in Assam.
SFs killed a GNLA militant identified
as Niksrang Sangma alias Rondik Sangma at Gosaigadhowa in Goalpara
District. SFs also arrested a GNLA militant identified as Binat
Sangma during the operation.
SFs arrested three suspected KPLT
militants from Kheroni area in Karbi Anglong District. The Police
also recovered two motor cycles (Pulsur) and one TVS bike, mobile
phones and some amount of cash from their possession. The trio
was arrested in connection with the January 31 Zerikinding abduction
of two ginger traders Dhiman Lindo (30) and Sudip Chanda (35).
According to sources, a total of INR 1.5 million were paid to
the kidnappers by the family members of Sudip for their safe release.
Sources also added that all the dealings were held at Lengri in
Karbi Anglong District.
SFs arrested two Ceasefire Unit
of AANLA militants, John Terkey (16) and Ajit Khozur (18), from
Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur District. AANLA militants had served extortion
demand to a contractor Laxman Pachuwan who was involved in construction
work at Don Bosco School located in Dhekiajuli. SFs also recovered
demand note of AANLA (Cease fire), two mobile phones and one SIM
card from the arrested duo.
SFs killed an NDFB-IKS militant,
Kenduguri 'section commander' N-Wongtinlang, at Odang village
near Karigaon in Kokrajhar District. SFs also recovered a 7.65
mm pistol, two magazines, eight rounds of ammunition and three
live grenades were recovered from him. Another militant was injured
in the encounter but managed to escape into the nearby jungles.
SFs, in an operation, arrested
two KNLA militants, identified as Robindra Tokbi and Bikram Bey,
from Thokvam village under Uttar Borbil Police Outpost in Karbi
Anglong. The ultras were on an extortion drive in the area.
SFs arrested an NDFB-IKS militant,
Ankhang Brahma (21) from Kokrajhar District. A 7.65mm pistol loaded
with two live rounds was recovered from the militant.
The doctors and staffs of Haflong
Civil Hospital of Dima Hasao District are receiving threatening
calls and SMSs in the name of one Jek Dimasa, 'Haflong commander'
of DHD-Action since 1st week of February' 2014. The Doctors and
Staffs of Haflong Civil Hospital on March 6 have submitted a memorandum
to the Deputy Commissioner of Dima Hasao District requesting him
to look into the matter.
KNLA, a Karbi militant formation,
has called for a 48-hour Karbi Anglong bandh (general strike)
beginning from March 9 (5am). In a statement, KNLA informed that
the bandhhas been called in protest against the arrest of two
KNLA cadres by Security Forces involved in counter insurgency
The BSF handed over to the BGB
a list of 66 terror camps in Bangladesh of militants operating
in India's Northeast. Camps of HNLC, ULFA, NDFB, PLA and a few
other groups were operating in districts like Mymensingh, Maulvibazar
and Rangamati. IG BSF Sudhir Kumar Srivastava said, "The number
of these camps has decreased." Some of the camps had now been
shifted towards Myanmar due to pressure from Bangladesh authorities.
Reacting to a query on the status
of border fencing, Srivastava informed that there were 13 gaps
along the fencing which could not be completed due to its riverine
nature and other logistical problems. The Bangladesh Government
had allowed the construction of single-line fencing along the
The BSF in 2013 seized FICN worth
INR 548,000 and seized nearly 500,000 bottles of cough syrup Phensdyl
worth INR 30 million and a large quantity of Ganja (marijuana)
along the India-Bangladesh border.
NDFB–IKS has denied the presence
of its base camps in neighbouring Bangladesh after the organization’s
split. In a press statement issued, the 'director of intelligence
of military wing' of the 'Bodoland Army' of the NDFB–IKS, D Rebgon
said “The allegation of SK Srivastava, Inspector General of the
BSF (Assam Frontier), that we have base camps at Rangamati, Kakrachari
and Mymensing areas of Bangladesh, as published in the media,
| March 10
Seven militants belonging to NDFB-IKS,
surrendered at Agia in Goalpara District. Arms and ammunition
laid down by the militants include six pistols, live ammunition
rounds, hand grenades and other war like stores.
The Central Government has cautioned
the State Government against the NDFB-IKS's plans to target candidates
of national parties and disrupt the coming Lok Sabha election,
particularly in its area of operation on the northern banks of
the Brahmaputra. A security source further said that there were,
however, no inputs of any threats from the ULFA-I, led by Paresh
Police arrested a member of disbanded
UPDS, Sagar Chism, from Guwahati (Kamrup metro District) and recovered
INR 122,900 in cash from his possession which was sent by GNLA
'commander-in-chief' Sohan D. Shira as advance payment for the
arms and ammunition. Sagam's whereabouts was revealed by two of
his arms smuggler associates who were arrested in Williamnagar
in Meghalaya with a cache of arms and ammunition meant for GNLA.
| March 11
Three militants of Meghalaya based
outfit UALA were beaten to death by villagers at Majhipara village
along the Assam–Meghalaya border in Goalpara District. Police
said the three had recently served extortion notes to the people
of the area. "The militants came to collect the extortion
money. However, the locals caught them and beat them up leading
to their death,” Police said.
| March 12
The KPLT has warned that Nagaland
would be held responsible in case of any retaliatory action from
Karbi Anglong to check intrusion of Naga people inside Assam.
KPLT's statement came after an alleged incursion bid by a section
of people from Nagaland inside forest area of Karbi Anglong and
torching of two houses in a bordering village.
Condemning the “encroachment of
Karbi Anglong land by people of Nagaland”, KPLT 'general secretary'
Ranam Lijang accused the people and government of Nagaland for
illegal land grabbing and termed the recent bid as “motivated
by evil intention.
The BTC-regional committee of
AAGSU organized a protest rally in Kokrajhar town (Kokrajhar District)
against the massive extortion, abduction and killings in BTC area
by various militant elements, especially by NDFB-IKS.
| March 13
The NDFB-IKS released a video-clipping
to announce the launch of an 'operation' to assassinate State's
politicians, DGP and SPs, reports The Times of India. The video-clipping
revealed that NDFB-IKS has sent its 35-member "Iragdao
Brigade" to launch "2nd Urailang Operation"
in the State. Sources said the militants have been asked to sacrifice
their lives if need be to accomplish the mission.
The three-day bi-annual Inspector
General-level Border Co-ordination meeting between the BSF and
BGB was held at the headquarters of BSF Meghalaya frontiers in
Shillong,. While the Indian delegation was led by BSF IG of Assam
frontier, Sudhir Kumar Srivastava, the 20-member Bangladesh delegation
was headed by Brigadier General Mohammad Habibul Karim.
During the meeting, the BSF handed
over a list of 66 camps of northeast insurgents to the Bangladesh
delegation, seeking action against them.
Reacting to the warning issued
by KPLT that Nagaland would be held responsible in case of any
retaliatory action from Karbi Anglong to check intrusion of Naga
people inside Assam, the JAC comprising of members from border
villages in Dimapur said KPLT should “exhibit maturity and embrace
realistic/logistic approach” before going to the media by “flexing
muscles and threatening their neighbours”.
| March 14
Security Forces arrested a militant
of NDFB-IKS, identified as Joel Basumatary from Jalubazar area
under Sidli Police Station in Chirang District.
| March 15
Tension ran high along the Nagaland–Assam
border in Dimapur-Karbi Anglong border area after nine houses
were set ablaze allegedly by encroachers in Khukuri basti area
in Nagaland at the wee. According to Additional Superintendent
of Police (SP-Border, Assam) S Ali Ahmed around 100 persons armed
with sharp weapons, bows and arrows came to Khukuri basti village
near Rangapahar border outpost under Dhansiri Police Station and
set on fire nine houses.
| March 16
‘According to the MHA the NDFB
killed as many as 70 people in Assam during the last four years
(2010-14). The Central Government has currently provided 10 additional
companies of the CAPF to assist the State Police in containing
activities of the anti-talks NDFB-IKS. Central intelligence agencies
inputs suggest that the militants might target the common people
in the run up to the parliamentary elections. The MHA has given
special instructions to the law enforcing agencies to maintain
strict vigil in areas where the Hindi-speaking people live.
ULFA-I 'commander in chief' Paresh
Barua has expressed his gratitude to NSCN-K, CorCom of Manipur,
KLO, NDFB and other “brotherly organizations” for their cooperation
and help extended to the ULFA over the years.On the occasion of
its ‘army day,’ (March 16) the ULFA 'commander-in-chief' has called
upon senior leaders of the outfit “not to encourage in negative
thinking and instead try to boost the morale of the cadres who
are fighting the enemy valiantly in the field.”
The ULFA-I asked its members to
re-strengthen the outfit. The outfit fears that certain members
are still in close nexus with the security forces and constantly
working to make dents in the outfit adds the report. At least
eight ULFA-I cadres, including its 'commander' Partha Gogoi, were
executed on the instructions of the ULFA-I's 'commander-in-chief',
Paresh Baruah, for 'conspiring with Police and Security Forces
to engineer a mass surrender of cadres in the last four months.
| March 18
Explosives, grenades and detonators,
were recovered from two persons in Baksa District . Altogether
26 pieces of high explosives, 36 grenades, 19 detonators and a
bomb shell were recovered from the two at Kalajhar under Tamulpur
Police Station, IGP-BTAD L R Bishnoi said.
| March 19
Representatives of NSCN-K, ULFA-I,
NDFB-IKS and the Manipur-based PLA will participate in the deliberations
for creation of an umbrella organisation in Taga of Sagaing division
in north-western Myanmar on March 20. The meeting is likely to
be convened by NSCN-K 'chairman' S.S. Khaplang, an influential
leader in parts of northern Myanmar. However, it is going to be
ULFA-I 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah who will be the main
operator in the group.
NDFB-IKS demanded money from at
least five candidates who are contesting the ensuing Lok
Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament) elections. Police
sources said that two of those who received demands from the militant
outfit, Bhupen Bora, the Congress candidate from Tezpur Lok
Sabha constituency and Dr Parvez Ahmed, Trinamool Congress
candidate for Barpeta constituency, have already reported the
issue to the Police and their security has been tightened. However,
the others who reportedly received calls from the militants are
yet to report to the Police, sources added.
Police recovered two AK-56 rifles
meant for NDFB-IKS militants from Chapaguri area in Chirang District.
The arms were brought from Nagaland and were supposed to be handed
over to cadres of the outfit at Barpeta Road.
| March 20
SFs intercepted a vehicle
and arrested four persons, identified as Ramen Gogoi, Kulen Basa,
Bitupan Barua and Arup Chutia, on NH-37 at Tiloinagar in Moran
town of Dibrugarh District. Bitupan and Arup are former ULFA militants.
SFs also recovered an AK-81 rifle, two magazines, a 7.65 pistol,
three phones and four SIM cards from them.
SFs, after an encounter, arrested
a KPLT militant, Mansing Tokbi, from Model village in Karbi Anglong
District. SFs recovered one with one 7.65 pistol, 7 live ammunition
and one mobile hand set from him.
First batch of Rengma Nagas who
were displaced following tension between Rengma Nagas and Karbis
and who took refuge in several relief camps since December 20
,2013 returned home in Chokihola region under Nilip development
block in Karbi Anglong District. Following an official letter
issued by Prasanta Buragohain Deputy Commissioner (DC) Karbi Anglong
on March 14, 542 Rengmas out of the 1002 who have been camping
in Silonijan High School moved out for their homes. “Till now
787 Rengmas were taking shelter in three relief camps said RNSU
SFs arrested an NDFB-IKS militant,
identified as Saitom Rabha (20),from Khetri area of Guwahati and
seized a US-made 9mm pistol and three rounds of ammunition from
| March 21
Unidentified militants picked
up a civilian, Harsing Bey (35), from his residence located at
Men Terang village under Dokmoka Police Station in Karbi Anglong
District on March 20 and shot him dead, his dead body was recovered
from a paddy field, about 1 kilometre from his house. Police suspects
that the KNLA militants had demanded money from him and he also
paid a part of the demanded money to the KNLA.
NDFB-IKS termed Bhupen Bora, the
Congress candidate from Tezpur Lok Sabha (Lower
House of Indian Parliament) constituency, as “anti-Bodo”. In a
statement emailed to the media, NDFB-IKS leader B.R. Ferenga asked
Bodo people not to vote for Bora alleging he was behind the anti-Bodo
and other anti-tribal organisations in the state. the threat has
prompted Assam Police to review and upgrade Bhupen Bora’s security.
Inspector-General of Police (law and order) S.N. Singh told
there was a threat to Bora’s life from the outfit and additional
arrangements have been made for his security. He, however, refused
to divulge what arrangements had been made.
SFs arrested an NDFB-IKS militant
from an undisclosed hotel in Guwahati. SFs recovered a .9mm pistol
and three rounds of ammunition from the militant
| March 22
SFs arrested two militants of
the NDFB-IKS along with a computer professional in Baksa District.
SFs recovered an AK-56 rifle, a magazine, seven rounds of ammunition,
three grenades, two detonators and some extortion notes from the
trio. The trio was identified as Ratneswar Boro alias Ritha
and Rabiram Basumatary alias B. Rabha, along
with a computer professional, Dipen Basumatary. However, IGP-BTAD
L.R. Bishnoi, following the arrests, said Police arrested two
militants from Kosukata village. The third was also arrested from
the same village based on the confession of the other two.
ULFA-I is desperate to make its
presence felt in the run-up to the ensuing Lok Sabha (Lower
House of Indian Parliament) polls, but the outfit does not have
a strong presence on the ground to continue with a sustained offensive
in any part of the State. The outfit desperately wanted to show
its strength in the run-up to the elections, particularly because
of the fact that the first phase of the polls will be held on
April 7, which is the foundation day of the outfit.
| March 23
SFs recovered an IED weighing
three kilogram from a bamboo yard at Ramnagar area in Sonari in
NSA Shiv Shankar Menon expressed
his concern about the use of smart phones with more advanced computing
capability and connectivity than basic phones by terrorists and
criminal elements. These phones were enabling terrorists as well
as rumour-mongers to communicate with one another faster, leading
to incidents like mass exodus of people of the northeast from
different parts of the country as witnessed in the last communal
and ethnic riots in BTC area [Assam], said Shiv Shankar Menon.
Two SF personnel were injured,
in an encounter with militants of the NDFB-IKS, near Bombay Centre
at Mazbat in Udalguri District. The injured duo was identified
as Sindhe Prasad of CoBRA battalion of CRPF and Joyanta Roy of
Two BJP leaders from Sonari in
Sivasagar District, Anup Singh Rajpurohit and Bina Rani Bhumiz,
lodged a Police complaint of receiving an extortion demand of
INR 500,000 each from ULFA-I.
SFs arrested two KPLT militants
along with a linkman at Mentila near Diphu in Karbi Anglong District.
The arrested militants were identified as Songja Teron and Longbiram
Kramsa. The linkman was identified as Rohit Kramsa. SFs also recovered
two 7.65 mm pistols, two magazines and six rounds of live ammunition
SFs arrested a suspected KPLT
extortionist Samson Rongpi in Karbi Anglong District. Samson Rongpi
had demanded INR 300,000 from a Diphu based contractor.
NDFB-IKS surrendered before the
Police at Panbazar Police Station in Guwahati. The surrendered
militants were identified as Nal Kumar Narzary alias N Nimangsa
(29), Hemanta Narzary alias Lambu (32) and Niran Chumpramary
alias C Naihat (37).
SFs arrested a suspected CPI-Maoist
and recovered one mobile handset, bomb manufacturing thread and
few small steel pipes from his residence Bambari of Deohall Tea
Estate under Bordubi Police Station in Tinsukia District. According
to police sources, the arrested Maoist has been identified as
Anil Mallick (28). By profession, Anil has been working as a temporary
employee of Deohall Tea Estate.
MHA has identified the entire
state of Manipur and lower Assam region of Assam as the two areas
in the northeast where the coming Lok Sabha election may be disrupted
by militant outfits. While Meitei militant outfits under CorCom
may create trouble in Manipur, it is the NDFB-IKS, which is being
increasingly perceived as a threat in the lower Assam region.
A source said all Meitei militant outfits in Manipur are being
closely monitored as intelligence inputs have suggested that they
would attempt to trigger violence before, and on, the day of polling.
The 12-hour curfew which was imposed
from 6pm on March 29 in areas under Bijni and Amguri Police Stations
of Chirang District following the Rejina Mashahary suspected rape
and murder incidence, was relaxed for two hours from 4pm.
The 12-hour curfew which was imposed
from 6pm on March 29 in areas under Bijni and Amguri Police Stations
of Chirang District following the Rejina Mashahary suspected rape
and murder incidence, was relaxed for two hours from 4pm.
NDFB-IKS warned that it will take
action against the culprits who are involved in the rape and murder
of a Bodo girl studying in HS 1st year at Amguri College if the
Assam Police fails to arrest the rest of culprits in inhuman act.
| March 30
The 'commander-in-chief' of the
STF, Shivlal Murmu (33), was shot dead by unidentified assailants
at Padumpukhuri under Gossaigaon Police Station in Kokrajhar District.
| March 31
'Area commander' of NDFB-IKS,
identified as Medra Boro was killed while three other fled with
injuries following an exchange of fire between the Police and
a group of NDFB-S militants at Kamargaon under Sorbhog Police
Station in Barpeta District.
Police arrested a senior cadre
of the KLO, Krishna Barman alias Circuit (24), from Kodaldhowa
under Fakiragram Police Station in Kokrajhar District. A 7.65
mm pistol, two magazines, 5 live rounds of ammunition, a cell
phone and 10 KLO extortion notes were also recovered from his
| April 1
A militant belonging to NDFB-IKS,
identified as Sanjib Basumatary, was arrested by Security Forces
from Nutun Basti in Chirang District bordering Bhutan. A 7.65mm
pistol, five live rounds of ammunition, a magazine, three cell
phones, four SIM cards and INR 5,260 were recovered from him.
| April 2
Three persons, including a woman,
working at a construction site, were killed while one was injured
when suspected NSLA militants fired upon them at Babubil under
Gossaigaon subdivision in Kokrajhar District. Police sources said
four to five armed militants in army fatigues came to an RCC bridge
construction site and fired indiscriminately, killing two labourers
and a truck driver. Sources said the militants had earlier demanded
a ransom of INR 100000 after abducting the contractor involved
in the construction of the bridge. Police sources suspect Deepak
Hembrum, 'deputy commander-in-chief' of NSLA, carried out the
attack. An empty cartridge and 10 rounds of live ammunition of
AK-47 rifles were recovered from the spot.
The AASU said the Bangladeshis
infiltrating into Assam from across the border is the prime factor
behind the change in the State's demographic pattern and these
illegal nationals play the role of a kingmaker in the time of
elections. In a statement issued to the media, AASU advisor Samujjal
Bhattacharyya said, "Number of Bangladeshis infiltrating into
the State is increasing at a rapid rate and posing threat to the
very survival of the indigenous people.
| April 3
Ahead of the Lok Sabha
(Lower House of Indian Parliament) elections, the AKRSU has renewed
its demands for a separate Kamatapur State and the ST status to
the ethnic community. A four-page memorandum in this regard was
also submitted to the President of India through the Deputy Commissioner
of Udalguri District on March 31. The memorandum of the student
organisation gave a detailed data from the past for its claim
to have a separate State of Kamatapur and the inclusion of the
community in the list of ST.
The student organisation has started
its protest campaign called 'Pratibadi Janajagaran Sabha'
from April 3 in all the District headquarters of the State to
raise its various demands. The campaign will continue till April
| April 4
The SULFA Coordination Committee
alleged that KMSS president Akhil Gogoi has links with the CPI-Maoist
outfit and also had received training from the outfit in Jharkhand
along with four other KMSS members in 2009. At a press conference,
functionaries of the coordination committee claimed that they
have evidence to prove this. The ruling Congress party said that
there should be an inquiry regarding the alleged links of KMSS
leader Akhil Gogoi with the Maoists.
The All Assam SULFA Coordination
Committee has urged its members across the State to cast 'conscience
votes' in the Lok Sabha polls. The former militants' forum has
asked its members to scrutinize the local candidates well and
back those who would rehabilitate them and help them get jobs.
Bijoy Hazarika, general secretary of the committee alleged that
the Government has particularly discriminated a section of former
| April 6
With the increased activities
of militant groups in the Dima Hasao District in the run up to
general elections, the Security Forces arrested one person, identified
as Basudev Hojai along with a pistol and live ammunition from
Harangajao market of Dima Hasao District on April 6 while he was
travelling in a Bolero on his way to Silchar. During detailed
search of the vehicle, one 7.62 mm Baretta Pistol with 10 live
rounds loaded in the pistol with magazine were also found. Hojai
was in possession of INR 1,030 and 2 mobiles with SIM card. He
confessed that he was using the pistol and the vehicle and had
come to support the election campaign of HSDP.
The KPLT, a Karbi Anglong-based
militant group, called an indefinite Karbi Anglong bandh
(shut down strike) from April 8, 2014. The KPLT called the bandh
in protest against false promises made by Biren Singh Engti, MP
from Karbi Anglong, and silence of candidates in poll fray on
the outfit's autonomous State demand.
The Security Forces arrested one
person, identified as Basudev Hojai along with a pistol and live
ammunition from Harangajao market of Dima Hasao District on April
6 During detailed search one 7.62 mm Baretta Pistol with 10 live
rounds loaded in the pistol with magazine were also found. Hojai
was in possession of INR 1,030 and 2 mobiles with SIM card.
KPLT on April 6, called an indefinite
Karbi Anglong bandh from April 8, 2014. The KPLT called the bandh
in protest against false promises made by Biren Singh Engti, MP
from Karbi Anglong.
First phase of the Lok Sabha
polls held in five parliamentary constituencies of the State --
Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur recorded a turnout
of 75 per cent. percentage of polling has been - 73 per cent at
Jorhat, 80 per cent at Kaliabor, 74 per cent at Dibrugarh, 73
per cent at Tezpur, and 72 per cent at Lakhimpur.
The election was by and large
peaceful, with no untoward incident reported ULFA-I unfurled its
flag on the outskirts of Tezpur town on its 35th foundation day
on April 8. The chairman of the group, Abhijit Asom, in his foundation
day statement was critical of the operations carried out by security
forces against it and the killing of its members and supporters
but remained silent on the Lok Sabha elections, which was conducted
in five seats in Assam.
NDFB-S militant identified as
Dabla, was killed in an encounter with Assam Rifles and Assam
Police in the morning of April 11 at Asraibari under Mazbat Police
Station in Udalguri District. A group of eight militants were
taking shelter at Asraibari when theSFs raided the village. A
huge cache of arms and ammunition along with some incriminating
documents and a Nepalese passport were also recovered from the
possession of the slain militants.
A cache of arms and ammunition
were recovered in a joint search operation by Assam Rifles and
Police from a forest near Kebalo village, some 3.5 kilometres
from Haflong in Dima Hasao District. The recoveries comprise an
AK 56 riffle, two bullets of AK 56, four grenades, one kilogrammes
RDX, 22 gelatin sticks and four detonators.
KPLT called off its three-day
indefinite bandh that began on April 8, at the Karbi Anglong District
under Autonomous District constituency thus allowing April 12's
scheduled second phase polling. The outfit decided to call off
the bandh and allow people to cast their votes .
ULFA-I, called for celebrations
of Rangali Bihu, the traditional Assamese festival. However,
in a statement e-mailed to the media, the ULFA called upon Rangali
Bihu celebration organisations and all artistes in Assam to refrain
from facilitating showcasing of 'outside culture' including singing
of Hindi movie songs as part of Bihu celebrations throughout the
The administration is concerned
over the use of illegal weapons in BTAD. Election is scheduled
to be held in BTAD that falls under Kokrajhar (ST) LS seat on
April 24. The NDFB-IKS faction is active in the region. IGP (BTAD)
L R Bishnoi said, "More than 90% licenced arms in BTAD have been
collected following the Election Commission's safety norms. The
rest will be collected in a day or two." However, the use of illegal
weapons by Bodo militants and some activists of political parties
are worrying the administration. "In Baksa district, at least
29 illegal arms have been seized so far, besides several grenades
and explosives. We have intensified our operation against NDFB
(S) and police have succeeded in eliminating at least five ultras.
Incidents of violence among political parties are also worrying
us," Bishnoi said. In Chirang, Police have so far seized two AK-56
guns, two pistols and two grenades, he added. At least six cases
of violence between supporters of BPF and BPPF have been reported
in the last few days. Bishnoi said, "Besides the existing force,
eight additional companies of security forces have already been
deployed in BTAD. Of them, four are in Baksa, two in Udalguri
and one each in Chirang and Kokrajhar."
Independent candidate Urkhao Gwra
Brahma Brahma filed a complaint with the chief electoral officer
and returning officer of Kokrajhar (ST) parliamentary constituency
against the BPF and its president Hagrama Mohilary accusing him
of indulging in large scale violence and intimidation by using
sophisticated arms. In his complaint letter, Brahma, the consensus
Independent candidate of the All Bodo Students' Union and its
allies, said the situation in Baksa District was volatile and
not conducive to free and fair elections if the situation spun
out of control. Sporadic incidents of pre-poll violence were reported
from several parts of Baksa under Kokrajhar constituency, forcing
the District administration to order a flag march in the evening
of April 16.
Election Commission ordered re
polling in nine polling stations of Karimganj and Silchar Lok
Sabha constituencies where polling could not take place on April
12 due to malfunctioning of EVMs and law and order problems.
KNLA militant with sophisticated
arms was arrested by Dokmoka Police from Baghpani paharline in
Karbi Anglong District. The arrested KNLA reported to be as 'Deputy
Commander in chief' of the outfit, was identified as Rensing Rongpi.
One M-16 rifle (LMG), one magazine and one mobile were recovered
from his possession.
ULFA-PTF disowned one of its leaders,
Naba Kumar Sarania who has contested the current parliamentary
election from Kokrajhar constituency in Assam as an Independent
candidate. ULFA appealed to the voters in Kokrajhar constituency
not to vote for him as he had 'made mockery' of extreme sacrifices
made by hundreds of martyrs of ULFA who laid down their lives
for the 'national struggle.
Re-poll in the two polling booths
of 117 Jogaimathura ME School in Lakhipur assembly segment and
the other 59 Balighat LP School in Borkhola assembly segment under
Silchar Parliamentary seat was peaceful. On an average, 66% of
voters exercised their franchise in all the nine polling booths
amidst tight security.
The Goalpara District administration
has geared up for smooth conduct of the ensuing Lok Sabha polls
to be held in the third phase in the State on April 24 for the
two Lok Sabha segments, Dhubri and Guwahati.
Supporters of Pro-ULFA leader
Naba Kumar Sarania who is consensus candidate of the Jonogosthiyo
Oikyo Moncho from Kokrajhar constituency staged a protest at Mushalpur
in Baksa District demanding immediate arrest of those involved
in the attack on the election office of Sarania at Sathesanka
in the District in the evening of April 17.
Expressing concern over the spurt
in violence in BTAD areas, BSS alleged that the Congress Government
could be behind it to create confusion among voters.
SJA, a conglomeration of at least
20 ethnic and linguistic groups based in BTAD has alleged that
the pro-talks faction of ULFA has asked all its members not to
vote for independent candidate Hira Sarania in Kokrajhar constituency.
A leader of the pro-talks group, Sarania entered the fray even
though his organization is in peace talks with the Centre.
Police arrested a cadre of KNLA,
identified as Long Ram Rongpi from a hideout in Karbi Anglong
The District Magistrate, Kokrajhar,
Nitin Khade by an order has promulgated section 144 CrPC in Kokrajhar
District across the International Boundary with Bhutan to prevent
subversive activities of the militant outfits ahead or during
the third phase of Lok Sabha elections slated for April 24,. In
the order, the District Magistrate cautioned that there has been
information from different sources of likelihood of movement of
extremists near the Indo-Bhutan border on Indian side especially
during the period of April 23 to April 24.The order would be in
force with effect from 6 am of April 23 and will remain till 6
am of April 25.
Six GNLA militants were arrested
by SFs at Borjhara village in Goalpara District. Four 7.65 mm
pistols two country made rifles, two swords, number of live rounds,
five mobile phones and three motorcycles have been recovered.
The Army and Police had intensified its patrolling along Assam-Meghalaya
border based on a tip-off that these terrorists, who operate in
Williamnagar and Chokpot in Meghalaya, were to visit their home
on the occasion of Good Friday and were also tasked to disrupt
the Parliamentary elections in Assam scheduled on April 24 in
the areas adjoining Meghalaya.
Two UPLF militants, identified
as Dingdigao Dimasa and Debajit Nunisa were shot dead by a former
DHD militant in Dhansiri in Karbi Anglong District. Three UPLF
cadres came to Dhansiri area to collect money and forcefully entered
the house of Nilendu Dimasa, former cadre of DHD. The former DHD
cadre confronted the UPLF cadres and the two cadres were gunned
down by him. Another UPLF cadre managed to escape from the spot.
A suspected cadre of KPLT was
arrested after a brief encounter in Karbi Anglong District.
With numerous members of militant
groups under ceasefire agreements with the Government staying
in designated camps, the Assam Police is taking adequate measures
to ensure that they cannot come out of the camps to create disturbances
during the final phase of the polls on April 24. Highly placed
police sources stated that more than 4,000 members of 13 militant
groups under ceasefire agreements are now in the designated camps
and majority of them are in the areas where the final phase of
the polls will be held. However, some members of such groups are
also staying in their residences. Arrangements have been made
to ensure that the militants staying in the designated camps are
not deprived of their rights to cast vote and they are being given
facilities to cast vote through postal ballot.
ABSU came down against the divisive
politics of Independent candidate Hira Sarania of ULFA-PTF and
said that Hira playing narrow politics with Bodo and non-Bodo
votes, is not at all a good sign for the integrity of the people
of the region. ABSU President Promod Boro said ULFA leader Hira
Sarania has created an atmosphere of hatred among the Bodos and
non-Bodos by trying to divide the communities.
Dipen Terang suspected to be KPLT
militant was arrested after a brief encounter in Karbi Anglong
The President of ABSU came down
against the divisive politics of Independent candidate Hira Sarania
alias Naba Kumar Sarania (a leader of ULFA-PTF) and said that
Hira playing narrow politics with Bodo and non-Bodo votes, is
not at all a good sign for the integrity of the people of the
region. ABSU President Promod Boro said ULFA leader Hira Sarania
has created an atmosphere of hatred among the Bodos and non-Bodos
by trying to divide the communities.
Security has been increased in
the lower Assam Districts and the entire BTAD area in view of
the April 24 polls. Several battalions of paramilitary forces
have been deployed in the BTAD and the lower Assam Districts apart
from regular patrolling by Police. Checking has been intensified
by the Police to keep a tab on anti-social activities. The Army
and the SSB have been keeping a strict vigil on the inter-State
boundaries and the 526-km long Indo-Bhutan international border
areas to check infiltration of militants during election time.
Two persons were shot dead by
suspected NDFB-IKS in pre poll violence at Bhogjhra village in
The Kokrajhar District has altogether
622 polling stations out of which 80 polling stations have been
identified as sensitive, 45 polling stations have been identified
as very sensitive, 100 polling stations have been identified as
hypersensitive, 20 polling stations have been identified as vulnerable,
while 68 polling stations have been identified as critical.
Polling will be held to decide
the fate of 74 candidates, including nine women, in Kokrajhar
(ST), Dhubri, Barpeta, Mangaldoi, Gauhati and Nowgong spread over
the districts of Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Goalpara, Nalbari,
Baksa, Chirang, Darrang, Udalguri, Morigaon, Nagaon, Kamrup (Metro)
and Kamrup (Rural). Security has been tightened across all six
constituencies, particularly in Kokrajhar district. 75 companies
of security forces being deployed. Security has been tightened
along the international border with Bangladesh and Bhutan in Dhubri,
Barpeta and Mangaldoi constituencies too.
Seven NDFB cadres surrendered
before the Sonitpur District Superintendant of Police. The surrendered
militants deposited 12 AK 47 rifles, one 7.65 pistol, one 9 mm
pistol, one .22 pistol, eight Indian grenades along with magazines.
With the fight for Kokrajhar boiling
down to the issue of a separate Bodoland State, which has been
raised by the rivals of BPF, the State's chief minister had rejected
rejected further division of the state.
Police arrested two militants
of NSCA in connection with the recent murder of Chandreswar Dihingia,
an employee of Singlijan tea estate in Dibrugarh District. Sanjib
Kujur, who claims to be the 'finance secretary' of the outfit,
was picked up from Moran in Dibrugarh District around 6 pm. while
Minuj Dhan was taken into custody from Lahowal in the same District
at 4 pm.
The body of BPF member Amrit Boro
was found in a paddy field at Odalbari Tarabari under Mushalpur
Police Station in Baksa District. He was missing since the last
Arms, ammunition and cash were
recovered during a joint operation conducted by Army and Police
at Naharkotiya in Dibrugarh District. The Army in association
with Naharkotiya Police and arrested one person, identified as
Sourov Sonowal and recovered one 7.62 automatic pistol, four live
cartridges, one magazine, PAN card, cash and a motor bike from
Five NLFB militants were arrested
from Balipara in Udalguri District. A vehicle was also seized
Re-poll would be held in seven
polling stations in Kokrajhar Parliamentary seat falling under
28-Gossaigaon and 29-Kokrajhar West constituency where poll violence
took place. The re-polling would be held in 313 Harbhanga Lower
Primary (LP) School, 181 Harbhanga LP School, 192 and 193 Balapara
LP Schools, 187 Jamutari LP School and 185 Bamunigaon LP School,
182 Madhujhar LP School and 307 Balapara JB School under 29-Kokrajhar
West and 155 Nilaijhora LP School under 28-Gossaigaon constituency
Two KNLA militants, identified
as 'commander in chief' Sem Rongpher and 'sergeant' Jen Rongpher,
were killed during a fire fight with Police in Sarthe Ronghang
village under Uttar Borbil Police Outpost of Howraghat Police
Station in Karbi Anglong District. Two M-20 pistols with empty
shells and one live ammunition, an IED with nine batteries five
rounds of empty cases and five rounds of ammunition, extortion
notes in KNLA letterhead, a bag and a mobile handset were recovered.
Tonsing Sangma, a militant leader
of Meghalaya based UALA was arrested along with a woman overground
worker, at Basistha, near Beltola of Guwahati.
Guwahati Railway Police (GRP)
seized 220 detonators and 204 gelatin sticks from a person carrying
the explosives in several bags from Shillong (Meghalaya) in Guwahati
Two NDFB-S militants Ramesh Boro
and Raju Deka were arrested by 9 Punjab Regiment at Rangia railway
station in Kamrup District along with a vehicle. Goalpara Police
have taken into custody the arrested militant 'commander' of UALA
and booked him for killing of seven unarmed Rabha civilians late
An NDFB-S militant was killed
in Udalguri District by joint Police team from Udalguri and Sonitpur
District at Khubumguri village. A pistol and a high explosive
grenade were recovered from him. According to Police, he was involved
in the March 2, 2014 ambush on Assam Rifles (AR) in which four
soldiers were injured.
A bomb exploded in a Government-run
primary school near the Assam-Mizoram border in Hailakandi District.
The bomb went off inside Kachurthal Lower Primary School in Katlichrerra
educational block. Police have found a detonator and some wires
from the blast site. This is suspected to be fallout of the border
dispute between Assam and Mizoram.
Three men identified as as Mahatu,
Manuj Giri and Kanu Gupta of Sirajuli were arrested for allegedly
demanding money in the name of NDFB-S.
Nagaon Police arrested Dhiren
Nath, a linkman of ULFA from Itachali area of Nagaon District,
while he was collecting money from a business man. INR 1,00,000
was also recovered from him.
An official of Cachar Paper Mill
(CPM), identified as Arindam who was abducted from the Rangamati
area of Karimganj District on April 26 was released. Armed militants
had appeared in the office at Rangamati, located on the border
of Assam, Tripura and Mizoram, and kidnapped Arindam. The release
was secured after payment of a ransom. The group affiliation of
the militants is unknown.
The 'general secretary' of ULFA,
Anup Chetia, who is currently in protective custody of Bangladesh
has contacted some senior leaders of ULFA-PTF to put pressure
on the Government to do the needful for ensuring his return. It
has also been reported that ULFA-I faction did not have any effect
on the Assam elections and only has a few militants remaining
in Assam. The militant group has not been able to recruit from
its strongholds such as Upper and Lower Assam Districts, but they
have recruited a few from Dhemaji, Darrang and Sonitpur Districts.
The ULFA faction is also facing shortage of funds and is finding
it difficult to maintain its training camps in Myanmar. The 'commander-in-chief'
of ULFA-I , Paresh Baruah who is in Ruli area of Myanmar-Chinese
Border is keeping a low profile but is showing keenness regarding
the prospects of electoral prospects of Naba Kumar Sarania ,a
former ULFA militant who is contesting elections as an Independent
candidate from the Kokrajhar constituency. Another prominent leader
of ULFA-I faction Drishti Rajkhowa has shifted to Sherpur in Bangladesh,
from Garo hills where he was staying in GNLA.
Three cadres of NDFB-IKS, identified
as Rajai Mushahary, Custom Boro and Adlish Basumatary were killed
in an encounter with Police in the Naojan Tinkhuti area under
Gingia Police Station in Sonitpur District. The NDFB-IKS cadres
were involved in the killing of Lalit Boro, a BJP worker, at Tinkhuti
(Sonitpur District) on April 7.
NDFB-IKS slammed the NDFB-RD faction
over the killings of members of the outfit and warned that the
retaliation would be the answer if he (Daimary) does not stop
the fratricidal killings with the help of Indian Army and anti
Bodo agents The 'general secretary of the NDFB-IKS, B Saoraigwra
in a press statement alleged that the killing of one NDFB cadre
named Saolun Daimary on April 29 in an encounter with the joint
search operation of Assam Police at Asrabari was a fake encounter
where they have clear evidence on that.
NDFB-IKS militants in Baksa District
of BTAD shot dead three persons, including two women, and injured
an infant. According to Police sources, a group of the extremists
entered the house of the family near Ananda Bazar area in the
night and opened indiscriminate fire, killing the three. The assailants
fled after committing the crime.
Militants attacked Dhananjoy Nath,
District correspondent of a Guwahati-based Assamese daily Dainik
Janasadharan in Kokrajhar District. Superintendent of Police
Kokrajhar District stated that this could be a case of extortion
as the victim owned a shop and the attack was a bid to extort
money from him.
Police launched an operation in
Borpothar under Bokajan sub-division of Karbi Anglong District
and arrested three KPLT militants. The Police recovered an extortion
note and four mobiles from them.
Seven people, including two children
and four women, were killed in an attack by suspected NDFB-IKS
militants in Balaparajan Village-1 under Goreswar Police Station
in Kokrajhar District under BTAD of Assam. A group of heavily
armed extremists swooped down on two houses in the village at
around 1 am and opened indiscriminate fire, killing seven persons
on the spot. Two persons were seriously injured.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi called
the attacks a cowardly act. Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde
spoke to Tarun Gogoi, and promised to send 10 additional companies
of Central paramilitary forces sought by the State Government.
The BPPF said the killing in the
BTAD could be a handiwork of the Government agency to divert the
attention of the people who are by and large going against the
ruling party. He also demanded a high level inquiry into the incident.
Inspector-General of Police (BTAD)
L.R. Bisnoi said the militant group had targeted civilians to
avenge the killing of three militants of the outfit in an encounter
with a joint team of the Police and the Central Reserve Police
Force in Sonitpur District on April 30. The NDFB-IKS also has
earlier warned the State and Government of India for tit for tat
action against the systematic killings of their members and also
cautioned the founder Chairman of the NDFB, Ranjan Daimary to
stay away from involving in fratricidal killings.
The Sanmilito Jonogosthiyo Oikyo
Moncho - an umbrella body of non-Bodo organisations, threatened
to cut off the lifelines to the Northeast for an indefinite period
if the killing of innocent persons does not stop in the Bodoland
Territorial Areas District immediately. Spokesperson for the organisation,
Jamsher Ali, said if one more innocent person is killed in the
BTAD, they will launch indefinite economic blockades at Srirampur
and Baxirhat from May 5, cutting off the region from the rest
of the country.
Reacting to the latest killings
in the BTAD, KMSS leader, Akhil Gogoi sought deployment of the
army and demanded resignation of chief minister Tarun Gogoi and
BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary for their "failure" to maintain law
Clearly mentioning the involvement
of the dreaded NDFB-IKS group in the killing of several innocent
civilians at different areas under the BTAD, the Assam Police,
said the Bodo rebel group has become frustrated and as a result,
they have chosen a "soft target". Talking to reporters after attending
a series of high level security meetings at Dispur, State DGP
Khagen Sarma said, "Stern action will be taken against NDFB (S)
group." "In the last few months, 18 important cadres of NDFB (S)
outfit were killed in encounter with security forces and also
42 important cadres of the outfit surrendered before security
forces," he said. "To show its strength, the outfit had earlier
tried to attack security forces and Ranjan Daimary faction of
NDFB, but failed in its attempt and became frustrated. To make
its presence felt, they carried out the attack on civilians yesterday,"
Former ULFA leader and Independent
candidate for Kokrajhar parliamentary constituency seat, Naba
Sarania alias Hira Sarania, who was backed by the Sanmila Janagosthiya
Aikya Mancha in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, suspected
the involvement of the BPF in the ongoing Kokrajhar violence.
Addressing the press in the city, Sarania said, "The government
said it had information that such clashes might occur. If it did
have prior information, why didn't the government take any steps
to prevent the violence. There is definitely some involvement
of the government in this ongoing violence." The former ULFA leader
appealed to the government to take steps to end the mindless violence
and threatened to launch an economic blockade in the State if
it failed to do so. He said, "If the violence and killings does
not stop by May 5, we will launch an economic blockade in all
the entry gates of Lower Assam like Boxirhat Gate, Srirampur Gate,
Minority students' organisations
in Assam have blamed BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary and chief minister
Tarun Gogoi for the ongoing violence in the BTAD.
Police rescued five people who
were abducted by suspected KPLT militants at gunpoint by a 10
to 12-member group of KPLT from the Geleki area in Karbi Anglong
District on National Highway 37 near Kaziranga National Park.
The abductees were taken to an undisclosed hill range .The police
said that they arrested suspected cadres of KPLT and with the
information gathered from interrogation search was launched resulting
in safe return of all five.
Nine more bodies were recovered
from a village in Baksa District in the morning, taking the toll
to 32 in the violence unleashed by NDFB-IKS militants in BTAD
area in Assam. The bodies of the victims, including four children
and two women, were recovered from Khagrabari village under Salbari
sub-division adjacent to the Manas National Park, official sources
said. Besides Chirang and parts of Dhubri Districts, indefinite
curfew has also been imposed in Kokrajhar and Baksa Districts
where 23 people were killed. The violence started when heavily
armed NDFB-IKS militants entered a house and shot dead three members
of a family, including two women, and injured an infant of a minority
community near Ananda Bazar area in Baksa District on May 1. This
was followed by indiscriminate firing by the insurgents at Balapara-I
village in neighbouring Kokrajhar District in the early hours
on May 2 which left eight persons dead and injuring several others
in their own houses. Again, in the night of May 2, 12 bullet-riddled
bodies, including those of five women and a child, were recovered
from Nankekhadrabari and Nayanguri villages in Baksa District
where nearly 100 houses and a wooden bridge were set ablaze by
the militants. The Army has been staging flag marches in the violence-hit
areas to instil confidence among people and to bring the situation
under control, sources said.
Bodos and Bengali-speaking Muslims
continued to flee their homes in western Assam. Curfew was relaxed
for four hours in Kokrajhar from noon as no fresh attacks were
reported in the last 24 hours. Thirty-two people have been killed
since May 1. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said about 300 people
from both the communities had taken shelter at relief camps.
The general secretary of AAMSU
Rezaul Karim Sarkar alleged BTC that chief Mohilary is the sole
perpetrator of killings of people from the minority community
in the BTAD. Ruling out the involvement of the NDFB-IKS in the
ongoing killings, the AAMSU leader demanded the immediate arrest
of BPF leader Pramila Rani Brahma, accusing her of fanning the
flames of hatred against the minority people for apparently rejecting
her party in the recently-held Lok Sabha elections. Sarkar also
demanded that the Congress snap its ties with the BPF and exhorted
legislators and cabinet ministers from the minority community
to quit the Congress government and the party for the interest
of the minority community if the Congress government continues
the alliance with the BPF.
Condemning the killing of innocent
villagers in BTAD, people from different walks of life have advocated
seizure of illegal arms in the region.The governor of Assam, JB
Patnaik said house-to-house search should be conducted to bring
an end to this problem. A senior police official said more than
100 illegal arms have been seized in BTAD during the time of elections.
He added that since January 2014, 42 militants of NDFB-IKS have
laid down their arms, while 18 others have been killed in encounters
by police and the Army. According to sources, there are around
200 members of NDFB-IKS active in BTAD at present.
"The arms which are available
in BTAD have led to these killings. This is a very unfortunate
incident and we condemn it. We have been appealing to the state
government for seizure of all the illegal arms at the earliest,
but there is no action from the authorities concerned," said Aditya
Khaklari, general secretary of AATS.
Guwahati Sanmilita Nagarik Adhikar
Suraksha Mancha, a citizens' forum which organized a met demanded
a judicial inquiry into the violence. Hafiz Rashid Ahmed Choudhury,
senior advocate and state president of Samajwadi party, said the
arms available in BTAD should be seized. "Arms are the main problem.
The arms should be seized as soon as possible," he added. "We
would like to appeal to the people as a whole that this is not
a communal violence but a political one. People are being killed
for political reasons. The leaders and public representatives
should refrain from making statements which can ignite communal
tension," he added.
Senior BPF legislator Pramila
Rani Brahma, whose arrest has been demanded by a section in the
Congress for the violence in BTAD demanded a CBI probe into the
attacks to get to the bottom of the truth.
Responding to criticism about
his alleged failure to check fresh violence, Hagrama Mohilary,
BPF president and chief executive member of BTC which governs
the BTAD, said he would not mind if the BTC was dismissed if this
could restore normalcy in the area. He said there were reports
about the involvement of the NDFB-IKS and appealed to all to maintain
Cachar Police suspects the involvement
of NSCN-K behind the incident when an IED, 35 gelignite sticks,
caches of nitroglycerine and nitrocellulose and 20 powerful detonators
were recovered a bus on May 1 at Sibtilla in Cachar District.
The Police stated that the explosives were to be used to blow
up a bridge on the Barak river near Pailapoor township in Cachar
Three militants belonging to NDFB-IKS
militants were killed in two separate encounters with a joint
team of the Police; the CRPF; and the Army in Sonitpur and Udalguri
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde
said, "During the last few days, there have been wanton acts of
depredation leading to the deaths of 32 persons, mainly women
and children. Out of these 32 persons, 31 belonged to minority
community. The objective of this group seems to be aimed at starting
a full fledged communal conflagration," reports "It is noteworthy
that these acts (of violence in Kokrajhar and Baksa regions of
Assam) started only after the group started steadily losing its
cadres either by surrender or elimination during operations when
they opened fire on the forces," Shinde said, without naming the
"group", NDFB-IKS. He added that the MHA had already deployed
43 companies of Central Forces and was in the process of sending
an additional 1,000 personnel. In addition, he noted, 1,500 soldiers
of the Army had been positioned in the violence-hit areas. "These
numbers are not fixed and can be increased as per requirement,"
The State government decided to hand over the investigation to
the NIA. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said, "Let the NIA investigate
who is involved… I want to coordinate with neighbouring Bhutan
as the militants may hide there after committing the crime. If
the NIA comes then that can be done."
The NDFB-IKS, meanwhile, has denied
its involvement in the violence, claiming it was "a political
conspiracy by the Assam government to trigger clashes between
two communities." A press statement by NDFB's 'Secretary (Information
and Publicity Wing)', N.E. Esara, said: "We ask the Assam government
and its officials to stay away from such accusation without the
Tarun Gogoi turned down the demand
to arm those affected by violence in BTAD for self-defence, following
strong opposition from Bodo and non-Bodo organisations.
Main problem in Assam now is the
abundance of illegal weapons not only with the militants but also
with former militants and other anti-social elements. Inspector
General of Assam Police, Law and Order, S.N. Singh revealed that
more than 28,000 persons in the State have licensed weapons, but
there have been hardly any report of misuse of such weapons. The
problem is with illegal weapons and though the Assam Police is
maintaining a drive to recover such weapons, the problem still
remains. He said that since January, 2014 more than 160 illegal
weapons have been seized and interestingly around 90 percent of
those were recovered from the BTAD area.
In the wake of allegations levelled
by Minister Siddique Ahmed and a whole lot of non-Bodo organizations
that the BPF was behind the recent violence in the BTAD, and the
demand that BPF leader Pramila Rani Brahma should be booked for
her controversial statement, the BPF, on May 5, counter-attacked
Ahmed and organizations that had blamed the party for the recent
violence. BPF Member of Parliament P (Rajya Sabha) Biswajit Daimary
said, ''Siddique Ahmed is trying to exploit Muslim sentiment,
adding, ''Behind the BTAD violence, external forces have been
at work. We welcome the investigation to be conducted by the NIA.
Some organizations are blaming the BPF because of the fear that
the NIA investigation will reveal the whole truth.''
One more body was recovered at
Joypurghat in Baksa District's Narayanguri taking the total death
to 33 in BTAD violence.
Dispur has requisitioned National
Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel to carry out a search
operation in the Beki river for missing persons after the violence
at Narayanguri and Khagrabari in Baksa District since May 1
Report says that main problem
in Assam now is the abundance of illegal weapons not only with
the militants but also with former militants and other anti-social
elements. Inspector General of Assam Police, Law and Order, S.N.
Singh revealed that more than 28,000 persons in the State have
licensed weapons, but there have been hardly any report of misuse
of such weapons. The problem is with illegal weapons and though
the Assam Police is maintaining a drive to recover such weapons,
the problem still remains. He said that since January, 2014 more
than 160 illegal weapons have been seized and interestingly around
90 percent of those were recovered from the BTAD area.
AAMSU has demanded immediate dissolution
of the present BTC to ensure safety and security of the non-Bodos,
particularly the Muslims, living in the BTAD areas.
Law and order situation is continuing
to improve in Districts of Baksa and Kokrajhar. No incident of
violence has been reported for last 72 hours. Meanwhile the twelve
hour Bandhs called by Muslim Students' Union of Assam (MUSA) and
by a conglomerate of 25 organisations in Cachar district to protest
the recent killings in BTAD brought life to a standstill in Assam.
Few of violence were reported
during the bandh in Assam. The bandh paralysed life in Dhubri,
Goalpara, Barpeta, Dibrugarh and Cachar Districts with most shops,
educational institutions and business establishments remaining
shut. Its effect was partial in Bongaigaon and the Upper Assam
Districts of Jorhat, Sivasagar and Golaghat with only a few shops
and educational institutions remaining closed. Four people were
injured in police firing in Assam's Nagaon District on a mob protesting
against BTAD violence during the 12-hour state-wide bandh The
Police fired on the mob at Doboka area when supporters of Muslim
Students Union, which had called the bandh, attacked and threw
stones at them when asked to withdraw the road blocks.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
has assured a delegation of the SJAM the Government would take
immediate steps to seize all illegal weapons. He further said
that he has requested the GoI not to withdraw para-military forces
from the State and to station them for a longer period to instill
confidence among the people.
An individual was arrested at
Marwaripatty, near Nagon. A 9mm Pistol and two live ammunitions
were recovered from him.
NIA and Assam Police held a high-level
meeting to chalk out a co-ordinated strategy to probe the BTAD
killings. Although the NIA is yet to formally register a case
in this connection, the Assam government has referred five cases.
Police suspect the involvement of NDFB-IKS in the killings. "The
support required by the NIA, including logistics and manpower,
to carry out the investigation were discussed in the meeting,"
a Police official said. A preliminary report about the violence
will be submitted, after which the NIA will formally take up the
26 people including five forest
officials have been arrested in connection with the massacre from
Narayanguri. Police officials stated that "Empty cartridges of
forest department sanctioned rifles and mobile phones were recovered
from the villages where the attack took place. The villages are
located on the edge of Manas National Park. Preliminary investigations
revealed that some of forest volunteers were former militants
and still had connections with Bodo ultras."
Police said the NDFB-IKS had carried
out the massacres in Baska and Korajahar to avenge the killing
of three of their cadres in an encounter in Sonitpur District
on April 30. However, the affected people,the AIUDF, which is
the major Opposition party in the State, SJA and some of its constituent
organisations pointed a finger at the BPF he ruling party in the
BTAD. They alleged that the former cadres of the erstwhile BLT
had carried out the attacks on Muslim families as a BPF legislator
and senior leader, Pramila Rani Brahma, had alleged that the party
candidate from the Kokrajhar Lok Sabha constituency, Chandan Brahma,
was likely to lose the elections as the majority Muslims had not
voted for him. Brahma later withdrew the statement on a party
directive. The BPF was formed by former leaders of the erstwhile
BLT. The BPF, however, denied any involvement of those cadres
and maintained that the massacre of Muslims had nothing to do
with the election.
Meanwhile, indefinite curfew imposed
in neighbouring Chirang District of the BTAD since the night of
May 2 was relaxed for six hours from 10 am on May 4, District
Death toll in BTAD violence violence
has gone up to 39 with seven more bodies being recovered from
near the Beki River in Baksa District So far, 32 bodies have been
recovered in Baksa, while the remaining seven were recovered in
Kokrajhar, Inspector General of Police (BTAD) LR Bishnoi said.
State ADGP A. P. Rout said, "Personnel
from the National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response
Force and Assam Police searched 40 kilometre stretch of the Beki
River and recovered the dead bodies. If necessary, search operation
will be extended further",. Sources said the situation in both
Baksa and Kokrajhar is still tense, but under control. 36 permanent
Police pickets have been set up in the violence-affected areas
of the two Districts. Sources further stated that the State administration
is closely monitoring situation in the BTAD and other parts of
Assam. Meanwhile, Security personnel on recovered three firearms,
45 rounds of ammunition and a grenade from BTAD.
The BPPF the main Opposition
in BTC which governs the BTAD said the Bodos had suffered most
because of availability of illegal arms in Assam. BPPF President
Rabiram Narzary said that over a hundred people, including 25
party workers, had become victims of illegal arms since 2006.
He said the party has been long demanding seizure of all illegal
arms but the Government has not taken any step to root out the
menace. Narzary accused the State Government of giving scope to
militants to carry out illegal activities. Without taking names,
he alleged that illegal arms were being used under political patronage.
The BPPF the main Opposition
in BTC which governs the BTAD said the Bodos had suffered most
because of availability of illegal arms in Assam. BPPF President
Rabiram Narzary said that over a hundred people, including 25
party workers, had become victims of illegal arms since 2006.
He said the party has been long demanding seizure of all illegal
arms but the Government has not taken any step to root out the
menace. Narzary accused the State Government of giving scope to
militants to carry out illegal activities. Without taking names,
he alleged that illegal arms were being used under political patronage.
SFs have been directed to launch
an intensive drive for recovery of illegal weapons with the assistance
of Army in Baksa and Kokrajhar Districts. The Assam Government
has decided to institute a judicial inquiry to probe into the
sudden eruption of violence in BTAD. The decision to institute
a judicial inquiry was taken at a security meeting held in Dispur
Bodo organizations called for
an arms-free society and urged the State Government to seize all
weapons, illegal and licensed, from citizens, including surrendered
militants.The BPPF the main Opposition in BTC which governs the
BTAD, said the Bodos had suffered most because of availability
of illegal arms in Assam. BPPF President Rabiram Narzary said
that over a hundred people, including 25 party workers, had become
victims of illegal arms since 2006. He said the party has been
long demanding seizure of all illegal arms but the Government
has not taken any step to root out the menace. Narzary accused
the State Government of giving scope to militants to carry out
illegal activities. Without taking names, he alleged that illegal
arms were being used under political patronage.
A bomb blast took place in the
house of Abdul Awal, a medicine trader at Katiar-Alga village
under Fakirganj Police station in Dhubri District. However, no
one was injured in the blast. A source in the village said unknown
men had demanded INR 500,000 from Awal since April 15.
NIA and Assam Police held a high-level
meeting to chalk out a co-ordinated strategy to probe the BTAD
killings Although the NIA is yet to formally register a case in
this connection, the Assam government has referred five cases.
Police suspect the involvement of NDFB-IKS "The support required
by the NIA, including logistics and manpower, to carry out the
investigation were discussed in the meeting," a Police official
said. A preliminary report about the violence will be submitted,
after which the NIA will formally take up the investigation.
Death toll in BTAD violence has
gone up to 39 with seven more bodies being recovered from near
the Beki River in Baksa District. So far, 32 bodies have been
recovered in Baksa, while the remaining seven were recovered in
Kokrajhar, Inspector General of Police (BTAD) LR Bishnoi said
Baksa deputy commissioner Vinod
Seshan told that a search and rescue team of the NDRF's first
battalion is on its way from Guwahati and they will launch a full-fledged
search operation in the river in the morning. ADGP A. P. Raut,
said 15 people are still missing from the area. It is suspected
that these persons could have drowned in the river while attempting
to escape the attackers. The deputy commissioner said normality
is returning to Baksa District as no fresh incidents of violence
have been reported from any part of the District in the last 90
hours. A relief camp has been set up at Gobardhana where around
500 people are taking shelter. "We are providing them food and
other necessary items," Seshan said.
District unit of AASU staged sit-in-demonstration,
calling all communities and factions in trouble-torn BTAD to restrain
themselves for restoration of peace and normalcy in the State.
The inmates of a relief camp at
Narayanguri in Assam's Baksa District, produced the identity card
of a Manas National Park staff before Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
as "evidence" of the alleged involvement of forest personnel in
the carnage on May 1. The identity card of Mallajit Kherkatary,
conservation volunteer for Manas Tiger Project under the BTC was
found by residents the next day during a search for bodies.
ABSU expressed its serious concern
over news pointing to the involvement of some forest personnel
in the killings of innocent villagers in Kokrajhar and Baksa Districts
and strongly condemned the State government for its failure to
seize illegal firearms available in the BTAD. The ABSU members
staged a protest at Dighalipukhuripar, against the recent spurt
in violence in the BTAD. On the issue of availability of illegal
firearms in the BTAD, ABSU president Pramod Boro, said, "State
government has admitted that illegal firearms are available in
large number in BTAD, but has failed to seize the same. Every
time when violence breaks out, the government announces that all
illegal firearms will be seized. Government must seize all illegal
firearms available in BTAD."
A home department source said
curfew was relaxed for the entire day in Baksa, Kokrajhar and
Chirang Districts and 36 fixed Police pickets had been set up
in affected areas of Baksa and Kokrajhar Districts.
Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma called
for urgent Central intervention in the face of fears that the
situation may deteriorate after May 16. He held that while the
rest of the State has witnessed decentralisation of power through
the Panchayati Raj system, in the BTC areas powers have not been
devolved to the grassroot level. There should be decentralisation
of power in the BTAD areas, he demanded. He held the opinion that
the BPF alone was not in a position to handle the situation and
the State Government should act. He further suggested review of
the Bodoland Act.
Tarun Gogoi said his Government
would break the alliance with the BPF in "five minutes" if its
involvement in the BTAD killings is proved.
Government has moved to the Centre
seeking 50 additional companies of security personnel to meet
any untoward situation following declaration of the Lok Sabha
election results on May 16. The request for more forces was made
given reports of the possibility of post-result violence in the
state, especially in the BTAD, which remains peaceful but tense.
Tarun Gogoi said additional forces have been requisitioned to
prevent any repeat of the unrest witnessed recently in the BTAD
after declaration of results. Already 34 companies have been deployed
in the BTAD. "We are preparing to meet any eventuality," he said.
Gogoi said a special force would be set up to recover illegal
arms and provide security in the vulnerable areas of the BTAD.
"It will have a local component. The modalities will be worked
out. We will also set up a rehabilitation commission in the state
for prompt relief to the affected," he added.
AASU staged sit-in-demonstration,
calling all communities and factions in trouble-torn BTAD to restrain
themselves for restoration of peace and normalcy in the State.
At least six rifles of the Manas
National Park are still missing following the burning down of
the Narayanguri camp of the Park by an irate mob immediately after
the massacre in the nearby village by militants suspected to be
belonging to NDFB-IKS.
The official death toll in the
carnage went up to 40 with the recovery of a boy's body from the
Beki river in the Moinabari area in Baksa District in the violence
in BTAD but there has been no fresh violence for the past four
Abodo Suraksha Samiti staged a
three hour long hunger strike in front of the Raj Bhawan in the
Guwahati city, demanding action against the culprits against the
recent case of the killings of Muslims in the BTAD region. The
protestors demanded for the immediate arrest of BPF Chief Hagrama
Mohillary and MLAs Pramila Rani Brahma and Biswajit Daimary, who
have been accused to be behind these killings. They also stated
that if such a situation remains then they would never let the
formation of a separate Bodoland come true.
Welcoming investigation by the
NIA in the BTAD killings and seizure of illegal arms from the
Bodo area, Samitee and Scheduled Tribe members said the role of
Oboro (non-Bodo) organisations could not be ignored. They said
the latter's goal was to dilute the BTC (formed under the Sixth
Schedule) by introducing the panchayati raj. They urged a probe
against Naba (alias Hira) Sarania, the consensus candidate of
Sanmilito Jonogosthiyo Oikyo Moncho from Kokrajhar constituency.
They said the ULFA leader, who did not have a valid surrender
certificate, was "likely to maintain some of his followers under
his command with sufficient unsurrendered weapons".
Tarun Gogoi said that a 'security
force', comprising local recruits, would be raised to man sensitive
areas in the BTAD areas. Chief Minister said that there was no
plan to provide personal arms to villagers in the violence-hit
areas, but "we will ensure more security in all the vulnerable
areas in BTAD".
Tarun Gogoi stressed the decline
in civilian killings in Assam and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs
letter of appreciation for successfully containing the BTAD violence
to dismiss demands for his resignation from within the state's
Congress Legislature Party.
Two militants belonging to NDFB-IKS
identified as Rakha Daimari alias Ruben Daimari and Benamien Daimari
were arrested by SFs with arms and ammunition in the area 15 kilometre
north east of Company Operating Base, Kalaigaon in Darrang District.
One 7.65 mm CM pistol along with two live rounds, bank receipt
notes worth thousands, five mobile phones with seven SIM cards,
a two GB memory card and various incriminating documents were
also recovered from their possession by the Army.
Bank receipt notes of more than
INR one lakh, five mobile phones and various incriminating documents
were seized from their possession.
A body of a female minor was recovered
near Beki river in Baksa District taking the death toll to 41
in BTAD violence. Eight more villagers, including seven minors,
are still reportedly missing. However, with no fresh incident
of violence reported in the last few days, normalcy is slowly
returning to the BTAD.
More than a week after being rendered
homeless, the process of homecoming has begun for villagers of
Nonk Khagrabari, Narayanguri in Baksa District.
BPF Chief, Hagrama Mohilary rushed
to New Delhi to clear the allegations of the party's involvement
in the BTAD violence. In a meeting with senior officials of the
MHA. Mohilary and party leaders argued that the BPF's name was
being dragged into a controversy despite no involvement. "They
(BPF) said that their names were being dragged into the controversy
even though they were not involved in the violence," a senior
official said. Union Minister of Home Affairs Sushilkumar Shinde
in a recent statement had hinted the NDFB-IKS faction might have
carried out the attacks. There are, however, no further reports
from intelligence agencies since May 3 on the outfit's role, sources
SJSS, AAMSU AND SGM Asom submitted
a memorandum to State Governor JB Patnaik, demanding end to the
BTAD violence. The three organisations mainly demanded: Immediate
action against the rulers of the BTC, who have been alleged to
be involved in the recent mass killing at Narayanguri in Baksa
District, seizure of illegel arms in the BTAD within a certain
period, high level judicial probe by a Supreme Court judge into
the BTAD violence, immediate review of the BTC Accord to find
alternative solution to the problems, to hold round table conference
with the representatives of all ethnic and other democratic organisations
and to create a national consensus against creation of separate
Bodoland. The memorandum submitted by these three organisations
stated: "The non-Bodos, especially minorities who altogether constitute
the majority population there have lost their confidence in the
politicians as well as the government, especially the forest officials
who are allegedly involved in the killings." The three organisations
also demanded immediate intervention of the Governor in the law
and order situation in the BTAD areas.
The militants belonging to NDFB-IKS
are shifting towards Bhutan from BTAD areas in small groups following
pressure mounted against them by Police and Security Forces. Highly
placed security sources said that in the last part of April, Police
and Security Forces received an input that after suffering severe
setbacks in counter-insurgency operations in the last few months,
the NDFB-IKS was planning to target Hindi-speaking people, Muslims
and members of the NDFB-RD, suspect to be helping the forces in
the counter-insurgency operations. In the forenoon of May 1, a
message was intercepted by the security agencies that the outfit
would launch an attack on Muslims. The intercepts received by
the security agencies proved that senior leader of the NDFB-IKS,
B Bidai, who was in constant touch with IK Songbijit, who is in
Myanmar, orchestrated the recent attacks in BTAD, while another
hardcore member Rongabaja was involved in the attacks. The groups
which launched the attacks went towards Bhutan immediately. Interestingly,
a few months back, Bidai was in touch with a few senior officers
of the Assam Police discussing ways to come over ground. But later,
he did not come overground and he is now the mastermind of most
of the operations of the outfit. Sources also said that the NDFB-IKS
militants have managed to make makeshift shelters in Bhutan where
they retreat whenever pressure on them is mounted. But they do
not have full-fledged camps as was the case before Operation All
Clear in December, 2003.
Two more bodies of minors were
recovered near Beki river in Baksa District, taking the toll in
the mayhem allegedly unleashed by the BPF supported miscreants
in BTAD to 43.
Police intercepted a car at Chapaguri
in Chirang District and recovered a M-16 rifle with silencer,
a 303 rifle and 140 rounds of ammunition. Police said the arms
were being brought from Dimapur for NDFB-IKS cadres. One person
has also been arrested.
Cabinet Minister Siddique Ahmed
alleged that violence in BTAD occurred because strong action had
not been taken against the perpetrators in 2008. "Had proper action
been taken against those who perpetrated violence in Udalguri
District of BTAD in 2008, killings would not have rocked the area
in 2012 and 2014. The repetition of violence in BTAD is a result
of the guilty not being punished," Ahmed said.
Body of a 65 year-old lady, identified
as Mosa Bhanu, was fished out from the Beki river in Narayanguri,
a senior official said. Earlier, two more bodies of have been
recovered in Assam's Baksa and Barpeta Districts taking the toll
to 46 in attacks in BTAD.
Inspector-General of Police S.N.
Singh said that the toll has gone up to 46 (Baksa 39 and Kokrajhar
seven) and the number of those arrested to 30. "There has been
no fresh incident of violence since May 2. Five NDFB (S) [National
Democratic Front of Bodoland - Songbijit] cadres have surrendered
today, four in Dhemaji and one in Baksa. We have also seen the
recovery of five arms and 45 rounds of live ammunition," Singh
Student organisations and NGOs
in Kokrajhar District joined hands in protest against the continued
violence in BTAD, while the National Commission for Minorities
suggested Dispur set up fast-track courts for quick disposal of
the violence-related cases in the area. The protesters demanded
seizure of illegal arms, security for every citizen in the BTAD
and punishment for the culprits involved in the killings.
Trade Union Initiative, while
condemning the recent violence in BTAD, has called for immediate
repeal of the Bodo Accord and implementation of the Bhupinder
Singh Committee recommendations. The Assam Government undermined
the report of the Bhupinder Singh Committee (which was formed
by the then Central Government in 1991) that proposed a democratic
framework with multiple levels of autonomy which, if implemented,
could have ensured the rights of all communities including the
Bodos, it said. Lower Assam NGO Forum, under the banner of NGOs
United for Peace, started a peace march (Shanti Yatra) in violence-affected
places of BTC region with the message of peace and communal harmony.
Senior Congress MLA Anjan Dutta,
urged the Congress leadership to review its ties with coalition
partner BPF, which has been accused of being involved in the BTAD
Children are the worst sufferers
of the recent carnage in BTAD. Till date 14 bodies of children
have been found, 10 are still missing and are feared dead. Even
their condition at the relief camps at Narayanguri in the Baksa
District is deplorable with no proper arrangements for babies.
Out of the 200 minors at the camp, 85 are in the age group of
0-six years. Altogether 498 people have taken shelter at the relief
Assam Government claimed that
the BJP had taken the help of NDFB-IKS in Lok Sabha polls for
electoral gains in the State.
UNLF 'chairman' RK Meghen alias
Sanayaima was produced before NIA Court in Guwahati. The NIA has
charged 19 members of UNLF including Meghen with multiple cases
including waging war against India, extortion and procuring arms
from foreign countries. UNLF chief was reportedly arrested on
November 30, 2010 in Bihar's East Champaran District, while trying
to cross over to India from Bangladesh. The claim is denied by
the outfit alleging that Meghen was abducted by Indian and Bangladeshi
security services in Dhaka on September 29, 2010 and forcibly
brought to India.
Further, amidst apprehensions
about militant-sponsored disturbance before and after May 16,
the date for Lok Sabha polls results declaration, Assam Police
chief Khagen Sarma informed that the State is well-equipped to
thwart any kind of nefarious design.
Police have altogether arrested
27 persons, including forest guards, in connection with the attacks
and have launched a hunt for forest official Amiyo Kumar Brahma
who was picked up for questioning immediately after the Narayanguri
attack on May 2 but was later released. Brahma is absconding.
NIA is probing violence following a request by the State Government.
The overall situation in the entire
Baksa District is under control with imposition of curfew during
the night hours.
Three persons, including two women,
were arrested with explosives on them at Diphu Railway station
in Karbi Anglong District, the Police said. According to police,
27 packets of gelatine (containing 648 sticks) and nine coils
of fused wire (90 meter) were recovered from their possession.
The arrested persons have been identified as Thanga Mizo and his
wife Opoi Mizo and another woman identified as Rody Parate. According
to initial investigation, the explosive materials were brought
to Diphu from Guwahati in a train by the three, however both the
women has denied Police charges and claimed that they are not
Assam Police revealed the names
of nine militants of NDFB-IKS who allegedly carried out attacks
in three villages in BTAD, killing at least 46 people, including
22 children. DGP Khagen Sarma told that the nine cadres, identified
as Rikha, Romilo, Anon, Yakhab, Laswi, Ranjabaja, Sizo, Fuler
and Futhai, had executed plans worked out by the outfit's 'chairman'
I.K. Songbijit, 'general secretary' Swarangra and "commander"
B. Bidai. "The militant group was involved in the attacks but
we are probing to find out if anyone helped them to carry out
the attacks," he added. The Police have been claiming the involvement
of NDFB-IKS in the May 1 and 2 attacks on Narayanguri and Khagrabari
villages in Baksa District and Balapara in Kokrajhar District
while survivors of the violence claimed that former BLT and BPF
cadres which rules BTC that governs the BTAD, were behind the
Former ADG of the BSF PK Mishra,
alleged a nexus between bureaucrats and illegal Bangladeshis saying,
bureaucrats and Forest Department officials in Assam sold large
tracts of forest land to illegal Bangladeshi migrants with fraudulent
process. Mishra was deployed in the extreme areas along the India-Bangladesh
border from 1971 till 1990. The presences of about six crores
illegal Bangladeshi migrants are posing maximum threat to India's
security. Referring to the recent carnage in Kokrajhar and Baksa
Districts, Mishra said until and unless the issue of illegal migration
is not taken seriously, such incidents will certainly occur in
the near future.
In response to the request by
Assam Government, the Centre has agreed to dispatch 30 companies
of additional paramilitary forces to augment security measures
in the violence-affected BTC areas. We have asked for 50 companies
(100 personnel each) from the Home Ministry to maintain law and
order in BTAD. Of them, 30 companies will be provided by the Centre,"
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told a press conference.
Two 303 rifles with ammunition
were taken away from the PSO of Bhakta Hira, a trader, at Kherbari
in Sonitpur District.
One of the kingpins of the FICN
racket, Badal Uddin Laskar, was arrested by BSFs in Cachar District.
Satish Budakote, a deputy inspector-general of BSF's frontier
headquarters in Masimpur cantonment, said fake currency with a
face value of INR 15, 0000 recovered from his possession. Cachar
and Karimganj Districts in South Assam are fast emerging hubs
of fake currency transactions. The FICN is printed in adjoining
Bangladesh and circulated in the region.
Indian Army and Assam Police personnel
killed six militants of KPLT, including its 'commander-in-chief',
Bikash Teron alias Kangthur in a gun battle at at Langtibuk, of
the Singhason hill in Karbi Anglong District. The other cadres
are yet to be identified. Two AK 47 rifles and one 12 bore repeater
gun, two 9mm pistols, two hand grenades, 453 ammunition of AK
47 rifle, 40 ammunition of SLR and 84 ammunition of 9mm pistol
have been recovered from the slain militants. In recent times
the outfit unlashed massive drive for extortion and abduction
in several parts of the District which become a cause of concern
for the Police and army. The outfit had also disrupted the process
of election campaigning in the hill Districts of Assam in the
recently concluded parliamentary election by imposing general
strike for indefinite period which was withdrawn only on the day
of polling i.e. on April 12.
Security agencies trying to cleanse
BTAD of illegal arms say the flow of arms and involvement of militants
make the job tough. "The challenge before us is that many of those
supplying arms in the BTAD are either members of a militant group
or former militants who are well trained in transporting weapons
by concealing them to avoid our glare. They use these techniques
even after they surrender and get into arms supplies. This makes
our job tough," a senior Police officer said. The officer said
nearly 300 illegal arms and over 200 grenades had been seized
from the BTAD since 2012 but the problem was far from over since
the flow of weapons through Nagaland and Mizoram was still on.
"Most of these arms, like the AK-series rifles and M20 rifles,
come from South East Asian countries such as Myanmar and China.
Of late, we have found small arms coming in from Bihar and Uttar
Pradesh as well. We are in constant touch with Nagaland and Mizoram
Police to check the supply of arms,".
Civil society groups staged a
demonstration in Guwahati to demand permanent peace in BTAD. People
from all communities participated in the peace meet organized
by Concerned Citizens of Assam and urged the Prime Minister to
bring about a solution to the violence and increase security in
the region. They demanded long-term security arrangements for
the vulnerable areas of BTAD for at least five years. AAMSU has
served an ultimatum to the State Government demanding justice
for the victims of BTAD violence. The members of Cachar District
unit of AAMSU staged a protest demonstration, demanding fulfillment
of their charter of demands within a period of fifteen days.
Ban has been imposed on poll victory
celebrations in the violence BTCC areas in Assam even as elaborate
precautionary measures have been taken to prevent any untoward
incident throughout the State when the poll results are declared
on May 16.
Even though the Police said that
the NDFB-IKS was involved in the recent BTAD violence, it has
not been able to arrest its cadres even as 27 people have been
arrested in connection with the BTAD violence. In BTAD sources
said, there are around 200 active NDFB-IKS cadres. In 2013, the
police arrested 72 cadres of the NDFB-IKS before the BTAD violence
and killed 21 cadres in encounters, while 41 cadres surrendered.
The Police was able to seize 150 arms. The Police seized 122 arms
from the NDFB-IKS in 2012, 120 arms in 2013, and 150 arms in 2014.
In the last three years, 353 NDFB-IKS militants have been arrested.
An exchange of fire took place
between the Army and NDFB-IKS at Alupara in Jomduar Reserve Forest
under Gossaigaon Police Station in Kokrajhar District at around
8 am. The unconfirmed reports say that an NDFB militant was killed
in the encounter. Sources also said the security forces laid an
ambush at Alupara getting specific information of regular movement
of militants in the area.
A powerful IED was recovered from
Jadumani village under Fakiragram police station in Kokrajhar
District in the wee hours.The SFs also arrested two cadres of
KLO. Sources from Police said a team of Police and security personnel
raided the Jadumoni area getting specific information and recovered
the powerful IED weighing around 4 kg from a forest area in the
village. They also said the bomb was brought by the KLO. Sources
also said two KLO militants, identified as Kripa Ray and Jayanta
Ray, who is also the vice-president of AKRSU were arrested for
indulging in importing IED. The bomb was defused by bomb expert
later. It is suspected that the militant outfit had target to
blow up the railway track.
Separately, the State-level crisis
management group, , decided to carry out helicopter surveillance
in the vulnerable areas of the BTAD and along the Indo-Bhutan
border areas to prevent any untoward incident following the declaration
of the election results on May 16. The BTAD areas have been witnessing
trouble for some time and it is believed that armed miscreants
involved in killing of more than 40 innocents in Kokrajhar and
Baksa Districts recently managed to sneak into Bhutan.
Also, KSUSS submitted a Memorandum
to the President of India, seeking an army operation in the BTAD
areas of Assam while also seeking President's Rule in the region
in the aftermath of the recent killings of Muslim people there.
Two persons were killed and at
least nine injured when Security Forces (SFs) open fired at a
mob outside Panbari Police outpost in Bijni subdivision of Chirang
District of BTAD in the evening. Sources said a mob from Hadan
area gheaored the outpost in protest against the Army shooting
at and injuring a village youth, Rajib Basumatary while conducting
operation against militants. The Police said the protesters injured
a Policeman and a driver and also damaged few vehicles at the
outpost, forcing them to open fire which killed two persons on
the spot and injured many.
A minor boy, identified as Biraj
Brahma of Nongkua under Parbhajhora subdivision in Kokrajhar District,
was shot at and injured by suspected NDFB-IKS.
SFs continued to remain in high
alert to prevent any outbreak of violence following declaration
of election results in BTAD where Naba Kumar alias Hira Sarania
a former leader of ULFA. militant was declared the winner. Six
Army and Air Force helicopters have been pressed into service
for aerial surveillance to supplement ground patrolling in sensitive
areas, including the India-Bhutan border, to foil any attempt
by militants of NDFB-IKS to sneak in from the neighbouring country
to carry out strikes. ADGP Raut stated that "More than 100 companies
of central paramilitary forces, army columns and state armed police
have been deployed in the Bodo belt and adjoining districts while
additional columns have been kept on standby. Altogether 141 fixed
pickets and 35 mobile pickets have been set up in the sensitive
areas. Security forces are keeping a strict vigil".
ABSU has demanded a judicial inquiry
into the killing of two civilians who belonged to Bodo community
in Police firing at Panbari Police outpost in Bijni subdivision
of Chirang District
Deepak Sutradhar was killed by
unidentified gunmen in the night of May 16 at Khajobari in Chirang
District. Sources said three armed militants entered his house
and dragged him outside. Villagers recovered his body with his
hands and legs tied. The motive behind his killing is yet to be
ascertained and the involvement of any militant group has not
come to light.
Two GNLA militants were arrested
near Medhipara in Goalpara District along the Phutamati-Rongsai
road while they were travelling from Meghalaya to Assam by SFs.
Two 7.65 mm pistols (China made) and two live rounds were recovered
from them. The militants during interrogation stated that they
were working with GNLA for last three to four years and were on
their way to Rangsai to kidnap a local trader
Wildlife conservationists, expressed
concern over the allegations that forest officials were involved
in the BTAD carnage, which claimed the lives of more than 40 people,
reports The Telegraph. A meeting attended by Authorities of Manas
National Park, officials of the BTC forest department and wildlife
NGOs held at the BTC secretariat conference hall discussed the
matter after 10 forest personnel were arrested for the attack
in villages under Kokrajhar and Baksa District on May 1 and 2.
A. Swargiary, Field Director of Manas, said the forest guards
had fled from the camp fearing for their life when armed men attacked
Narayanguri village in Baksa and hence, were not involved in the
Naba Kumar Sarania alias
Hira Sarania, the first non-Bodo candidate to be elected from
the Kokrajhar seat in its electoral history, has vowed to vehemently
oppose the demand for a separate State of Bodoland in Parliament.
Speaking after his landslide win, Sarania said creation of Bodoland
will only bring further unrest and compound the problems. "If
the government creates Bodoland against the wishes of the majority,
the non-Bodos are not going to sit idle and will rise in protest,
which will create unrest in the BTAD," said Sarania. "My priority
will be to see that an impartial probe is conducted into the violence
and killings in the BTAD and the guilty are punished," Sarania
added. The 45-year-old rebel leader, who had joined ULFA in 1990,
had been part of the ULFA-PTF led by Arabinda Rajkhowa in 2010
but was expelled in March this year after he decided to contest
ABSU president said the Bodos
have constitutional and historical rights to demand for the creation
of a separate State for Bodoland. He said not only Naba Sarania,
but not a single MP and MLA of Assam, other than Bodo parliamentarians,
extended their support for the creation of a separate Bodoland
State. He also demanded that the law-and-order must be strengthened
in BTC region to ensure safety and security of all people. "Certain
forces in the name of Oboro Suraksha Samity have been working
against the Bodos and they want to create communal disharmony
in BTC region, it said. The President of NDFB-PTF Dhiren Boro,
BPPF President Rabiram Narzary, UDPF President Pradip Kr Daimary
and former MP UG Brahma also raised their voices against the evil
designs of the Oboro Suraksha Samity which has been hatching a
conspiracy to annihilate the interests of the Bodos and tribal
people. They also cautioned that the situation will not be congenial
unless the polarized politics is stopped.
Assam State Commission for Minorities
has proposed that Dispur hold consultation with all stakeholders
to work out a road map for permanent peace in the BTAD. The commission
has suggested representatives of different communities and intellectuals
from across the state, including the BTAD should be consulted
so that an inclusive solution could be found to the conflicts
taking place among groups in the area.
Bangladesh handed to Indian authorities
ULFA 'general secretary' Anup Chetia's wife and two children after
which they arrived at his Jeraigaon residence in Dibrugarh District
triggering hope that the ULFA leader, who is still in Bangladesh,
will return soon.
SFs arrested four UALA militants,
all from Meghalaya, identified as Sangrak D Shira, Singrong D
Shira, Salma D Sangma and Nington D Khar from Damra in Goalpara
District. Two 7.65 mm pistols (made in USA), a 9 mm pistol, nine
live rounds, one hand grenade and many incriminating documents
were recovered. UALA and GNLA have been carrying out heavy extortion
from the local population residing along Assam-Meghalaya border.
Release of Anup Chetia is unlikely in the near
future as there are several legal formalities to be completed
by the Bangladesh Government.
At least 25 members of NDFB-IKS who were suspected
to be involved in the killing of more than 40 people on May 1
and 2 in Kokrajhar and Baksa Districts, have managed to sneak
into Bhutan following sustained operations by SFs. According to
information available, to launch the attacks in the BTAD areas
NDFB-IKS cadres were drawn from the Districts of Dhubri, Chirang,
Barpeta and Kokrajhar.
Pallabi Dangoria, daughter of
'commander-in-chief' of ULFA-I Paresh Barua was reported missing
by her mother at Rajabheta Police outpost in Dibrugarh District.
AAMSU announced a series of protests
from May 24, demanding review of the Bodo Accord, seizure of illegal
weapons from BTAD and strong action against the culprits of 2008,
2012 and 2014 violence.
12-year-old boy, identified as
Aditya, son of a businessman Rameswar Jaiswal was abducted by
suspected NDFB-IKS militants from Dhekiajuli town in Sonitpur.
AAMSU demanded a white paper from
the State Government on the steps it had taken in recovering illegal
weapons in BTAD.
Assam Police want the trial of
16 militants to be shifted from Haflong in Dima Hasao District
to Silchar in Cachar District of South Assam because of security
reasons. The militants, including 10 leaders and cadres of the
DHD and rest six from the National Socialist Council of NSCN-IM,
were picked up following various encounters with the Security
Forces in the District during the past one year.
One person, identified as Anam
Uddin of Howraghat Debasthan was abducted by a group of militant
in the morning hour from Ongaon Tiniali about two kilometers way
from Howraghat. However, he was rescued unhurt six hours later
by the Howraghat Police from Chapong area under Howraghat Police
NIA received approval from MHA
to register the cases relating to the killing of more than 40
people in Baksa and Kokrajhar Districts.
NDFB-IKS denied its hand in abduction
of Aditya Jaiswal in Sonitpur District on May 19.
||Police rescued Aditya Jaiswal,
the 12-year-old son of a businessman of Dhekiajuli town in Sonitpur
District, who was abducted by suspected NDFB-IKS militants on May
'Area Commander' of Dihing area
Mirjang alias Biren Hansey of KPLT was killed by SFs in
Sangram village in Karbi Anglong An AK 56 rifle, two magazines
and 35 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the area.
Masked gunmen shot and injured
a villager in Gaurabdara village in Panbari area of Chirang District
during an extortion attempt. The president of the Chirang District
unit of ABSU Phanin Boro, condemned the incident and urged people
not to link the incident with scenario in BTAD.
A handmade bomb was found and
disposed near National Highway 39 in Golaghat District by Dergaon
Bomb Disposal Squad.
AAMSU demanded seizure of illegal
arms in BTAD area, dissolution of BTAD, arrest of BTAD chief Hagrama
Mohilary, deputy chief Khampa Borgayary, MLA Pramila Rani Brahma
and range officer of Bansbari range Amiya Kumar Brahma for their
alleged role in the recent BTAD violence.
Police arrested a linkman of an
international fake currency racket, idenitified as Idrish Ali
of Barpeta from Gorchuk area in Guwahati. "The ISI, which wants
to destabilize India's financial system, is running the racket
in Assam with the help of Ulfa (Independent). Several other underground
groups from Manipur are smuggling counterfeit notes," said a security
official. The involvement of United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent
(ULFA-I) came to the fore with the arrest of two ULFA linkmen
from Kokrajhar District earlier. Machines for printing fake currency
were found on them. There were previous incidents of seizure of
fake currency from ULFA activists in Tinsukia and Darrang Districts.
Two people, identified as Ainal
Molla and Amir Molla, were arrested for their involvement in the
May 7 blast in the house of Abdul Awal, a medicine trader, at
Airmari village in Dhubri District. The Police arrested Ainal
Molla from Mancachar town in the District and, on the basis of
his statement, arrested Amir Molla from Meghalaya.
An individual posing as ULFA cadre
was arrested from Sepon in Moran in Dibrugarh District and a Pistol
and five bullets were recovered from him.
AR stationed at Dhekiajuli in
Sonitpur District discovered a bomb on National Highway 15. Bomb
was later diffused.
Chairman' of ULFA-PTF Arabinda
Rajkhowa appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take forward
the peace talks process between the Centre and the insurgent outfit.
. Asked about the extradition of Anup Chetia who is at the Kashimpur
Jail in Bangladesh since 1997, he said that ULFA 'general secretary'
could join the talks if the central government took the initiative
with the neighbouring country.
ABMSU staged a protest outside
the Raj Bhawan in the city while demanding for Governor's Rule
in the BTAD areas. They demanded immediate dismissal of the BTC
led by Hagrama Mohilary and a comprehensive drive to flush out
extremist elements from the BTAD areas. In a memorandum to the
Governor, the student body also called for steps to remove the
camps of the youth members of the BPF and BLT and to seize all
illegal arms of the BTAD areas within one month. The student body
has also called for steps to set up permanent armed police posts
at all the sensitive points in the BTAD areas.
KPLT militants fired seven blank
rounds at Tumpreng Bazar in West Karbi Anglong District., as a
warning shot to commuters and business establishment who defy
bandh call by KPLT, on May 28 in protest of killing of its cadre
Four Imphal-bound trucks were
waylaid and their drivers, identified as Soibam Khomei, Soibam
Sanatomba, Langpoklakpam Sarat and Elangbam Rome, were abducted
by armed miscreants from Bokajan near a petrol pump in Karbi Anglong
for a ransom demand of INR 30, 00,000.
One NDFB-IKS cadre, identified
as Basiram Boro was killed at Dingdang Para village in Khoirabari
in Udalguri District in an encounter with the Indian Army. An
army personnel was injured and 9 mm pistol, one live cartridge,
two ammunition and one hand-grenade were recovered.
NDFB-IKS warned that it will take
stern action against the persons those who are connected with
the collection of 'tax' in their name.
NIA will send a team of investigators
from New Delhi to assist the officials of the Guwahati branch
of the agency in investigation of the cases relating to killing
of more than 40 persons by armed miscreants in BTAD.
Central Government has directed
that all pending negotiations with the militant outfits, including
ULFA-PTF should be expedited and completed within a specific timeframe.
Samphri Teron alias Rupsing Teron, former UPDS 'deputy commander
in chief' was shot dead at Boithalangso market in Karbi Anglong
Four militants of the NDFB-IKS
were arrested by SFs from Bhumoraguri bridge in Sonitpur District
.They had arrived from Nagaland to guide a trainee group of cadres
to enter the northern part of Assam from Nagaland via the Arunachal
Arms smuggler identified as, Pranjal
Konwar alias Pranjal Bora was arrested from Bhikhari patty area
near Station Chariali in Sivasagar District. A .22 mm pistol,
one live round of bullet, and some cash were recovered from him.
NDFB-IKS militants are being hired
by criminal elements of West Bengal to execute their 'abduction-for-ransom'
bids, mainly for providing a hideout till the ransom amount is
AR arrested commander-in-chief',
identified as Babul Haflongbar of newly formed militant group-
"DHNA", in Haflong of Dima Hasao District. A pistol, ammunition
and a mobile with SIM card were recovered from him. He also confessed
that he was delivering demand notes in Haflong market.
AGP stated that it would put pressure
on the new Government to implement the clauses of the Assam Accord.
The Party President Prafulla Kumar Mahanta also stated about the
need to seal the India-Bangladesh border and updating the NRC.
A militant of RNLF Diganta Rabha
was killed by SFs in an encounter at Dairang under Krishnai Police
Station in Goalpara District. Pistol and six rounds of live ammunition
were recovered from the spot. The RNLF was earlier known as RVA.
NDFB-IKS militant identified as
Jaikhlong Brahma was killed by a mob near Makra River in Bijnii,
Chirag District, while he was trying to extort money from a trader.
Bhupen Talukdar, a hardware trader
of Matonga Chowk in Baksa District, was abducted by suspected
District Administration has decided
to withdraw the ongoing night curfew in Kokrajhar District, which
was enforced since May 2 following the massacre by NDFB-IKS The
decision was taken during an all party conference.
Union Minister of State for Home,
Kiren Rijiju stated that GoI would examine the on-going process
with various insurgent groups of the North East before deciding
future course of action. He stated that the New Government would
not like to hold dialogue with any insurgent group for the sake
of holding dialogue and added that the dialogue processes that
were being carried out without any concrete objective would be
subjected to critical review before taking further steps.
GoI termed the issue of unabated
infiltration in North East from across the border a "national
problem". Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said
that action would be taken against those infiltrators who were
found staying in the Indian Territory.
| June 5-6
SP Nityananda Goswami of Hamren
Police Station in Karbi Anglong Hill District and his PSO Ratul
Nunisa were killed in an ambush by suspected KPLT in the night
of June 5 at Rongfu along the Assam-Meghalaya border in Karbi
Anglong District. Their bodies were recovered in the morning of
June 6. The SP and 18 others, including additional SP, Bedanta
Borkakaty, and Hamren Police Station Officer-in-Charge, Kamal
Bora, had gone to the area on a counter-insurgency operation when
they came under heavy fire from a large number of militants.
Additional Director-General of
Police, A.P. Rout told The Hindu that cadres of two militant
outfits, KPLT and United People's Liberation Front (UPLF), a new
lesser-known militant outfit were suspected to be involved in
the battle. The Police team was ambushed by a group of 15-20 militants.
Top intelligence sources, meanwhile, have refuted the claims of
UPLA to be behind the incident, stating that "preliminary investigation
into the incident has indicated KPLT's involvement and that there
was specific inputs about their movement".
Additional SFs have been rushed
to Karbi Anglong and Army has been asked to carry out counter-insurgency
operations with renewed vigour. And the State Government has asked
for five additional units of CoBRA.
Four truck drivers from Manipur
abducted by suspected militants on May 27 and May 28 from Bokajan
in Karbi Anglong District of Assam were released on June 6. The
drivers were released in Silchar in Cachar District in Assam.
Suspected UDLA, a Bru (Reang)
militant group raided the house of Sudam Baishnav an affluent
farmer at Rankhalbasti village near Ratabari in Karimganj District
and shot and injured one villager. They also abducted minor and
a youth, members of same family.
A militant, identified as Kanak
Rabha of the ULFA-I was arrested at Medhipara in Goalpara District.
One pistol (made in China) and three live rounds were recovered
Union Minister of State for Home
Affairs Kiren Rijiju appealed appealed to militants in the North
East to eschew violence and join the mainstream politics.
Tarun Gogoi has directed the Police
department to intensify operations against KPLT insurgents in
the wake of the killing of Superintendent of Police Goswami and
another policeman in an encounter with militants.
Killing of Hemren SP and his PSO
on June 5 by Karbi militants has taken the number of SFs killed
in the State while fighting extremists to over 800 since counter-insurgency
operations began in 1986.
Assam Police DGP said Assam is
requisitioning commandos trained in jungle warfare from outside
the State for full-scale operations against militants in Karbi
Anglong District. The MHA has agreed to the deployment of CRPF
for three months after a meeting between chief minister Tarun
Gogoi and minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju ON June 7. The
MHA has also agreed to deploy five Cobra units.
Three most wanted linkmen of NDFB
identified as Hogoma Basumatary Barhungka Borgoyary and Swmdwn
Basumatary, were arrested along with arms in a joint operation
conducted by SFs at Bhoro Batalmari in Kokrajhar District.
Tinsukia District Police is being
continuously duped by SULFA cadre, Manik Dohotia alias
Meghan who has been at large, after looting a service rifle from
a Constable deployed under the Pengaree Police Station in May.
He has resorted to kidnapping; threatening and extortion drive
at various tea-rich belts of Tinsukia District.
BSS an apex literary body of the
Bodo community, has appealed to PM for inclusion of deportation
of illegal Bangladeshis from Assam issue in the 100-day agenda
of the NDA. BSS general secretary Kamalakanta Mushahary said that
the GoI should take initiatives to bring all the armed insurgent
groups to the negotiating table and put an end to militant violence
in the State.
Influx of Bangladeshi immigrants
in Barak valley of South Assam is rampant. According to official
figures, in 2009 43,426 Bangladeshi nationals had legally entered
India. But 32,644 among them did not go back, even after the expiry
of their visas. Of the 34,957 Bangladeshis who came to India in
2010, 24,667 stayed back and in 2011, 28,035 came to India and
22,274 are yet to leave the country.
Bangladesh Government is considering
the request for voluntary repatriation of Anup Chetia, the 'general
secretary' of ULFA. Bangladesh's State minister for Home Affairs,
Asaduzzaman Khan stated in Parliament that "Chetia's appeal for
repatriation to India is being considered by the home ministry.
India wants Chetia, along with Arabinda Rajkhowa's of ULFA-PTF
to join peace talks.
Assam Government asked the State's
Additional Chief Secretary Subhash Chandra Das to probe the death
of Harmen SP and his PSO in a gunfight with militants in Karbi
President Pranab Mukherjee stated
that NDA Government at the Centre is all set to settle the infiltration
and all other issues related to Bangladesh on an urgent basis.
President stated that NDA will tackle the issue of infiltration
and illegal immigrants in the North-eastern region on priority
basis and added that all pending fencing work along the Northeast
border will also be completed.
A suspected Assamese insurgent,
Romon Joy of UDLFBV was detained in Kolasib Police Station. The
UDLFBV is active along the Assam-Mizoram border areas and indulge
in extortion and abduction.
Assam Police recovered huge quantity
of arms and ammunition from a hideout near Baithalangso town,
Hamren. The weapons cache included several rocket launchers, UMGs,
two SLRs, one 303 rifle, 300 rounds of assorted ammunitions, two
IEDs, High Explosive Bombs and many other weapons.
During a combing operation in
Morem Rumpra, near Habang in Karbi Anglong District huge cache
of arms and ammunition including six AK-47 rifles, one UBL gun
one M16 rifle, 32 magazines, 350 rounds of live ammunition, 11
hand grenades, uniforms was also recovered along with the service
pistol of killed Hamren SP Nityananda Goswami and the AK-47 rifle
of his PSO Ratul Nunisa.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
reviewed law and order with DCs and SPs of all ranges and issues
ranging from NRC update, Maoism, extortion, communal and ethnic
tensions were discussed. The Tinsukia administration said that
most of the extortion calls has been traced back to Myanmar and
ULFA-I and Maoists. While BTAD officials conveyed concern over
the delay in getting Army help during emergencies.
Force availability in Assam at
present is more than the forces deployed in the State during the
last Lok Sabha polls. The State had around 160 companies of Central
forces during the last Lok Sabha polls. But immediately after
the killing of more than 40 people in Kokrajhar and Baksa Districts
in May, the force strength was increased to 181 companies and
now the State has around 190 companies of forces including five
additional companies of the CoBra.
Two allegedly surrendered militants
of NDFB-IKS, identified as Khwmta Narzary alias N Khaolaigiri
and Milon Basumatary alias B Milon were arrested from Bismuri
area of Kokrajhar District in relation to the January 17, 2014
Athiabari massacre in which six civilians, mostly labourers were
killed. However the family of the militants stated that the militants
had surrendered and were housed in surrender camp at Sudempuri
in Kokrajhar town.
Night curfew has been imposed
in the 5 kilometre belt in the Assam side bordering Arunachal
Pradesh and Nagaland in order to check movement of anti-social
ABSU urged the GoI to include
the "Bodoland issue" in its 100-day agenda for a permanent solution
to the long-standing demand of a separate Bodoland State.
NRC has got under way in Cachar
District. Since there are no records of the NRC of 1951 in the
District, the voters list of 1966 and 1971 would be taken into
consideration for updation process and midnight of March 24, 1971
will be taken as the basis of the NRC.
Two suspects, identified as a
reporter Parag Bhuyan and former ULFA cadre, Binod Dutta, were
arrested by Assam Police from Kakopathar in Tinsukia District
on charges of being involved in extortion and being in contact
with ULFA's leader, Jibon Moran.
One more suspect identified as
Biren Rongpi, President of DMC was picked up by Assam Police on
June 11 from his residence at Diphu in Karbi Anglong District
and was formally arrested on June 13 in connection with the killing
of Hamren SP and his PSO.
SOU of Assam Police Police arrested
the 'chairman' of UALA Novembirth Marak alias Chiindik Marak from
a hospital in Guwahati.
Two NLFB militants, identified
as Ujjal Das and Swopan Sarkar were arrested by SFs at Kalaigaon
in Udalguri District.
Paramilitary and Assam Police
personnel have begun a combing operation to recover the hidden
weapons and explosives in Rongfu area located near Meghalaya border
where the Hamren SP and his PSO were killed by UPLA.
A bus driver identified as Thokchom
Ingobi was abducted by suspected militants of KCP-MC from Jakhlabandha
in Nagaon District. Non payment of the 'annual tax' bu bus owner
of INR 10000 to INR 20000 may be the reason for abduction.
NDFB-IKS has been trying to smuggle
in arms and ammunition to BTAD. Security sources stated that militants
have been making attempts to smuggle in weapons to the BTAD almost
every week and of late, the militants are trying to hire "family
vehicles" instead of SUVs to transport weapons to avoid detection
by Police and SFs.
Koch-Rajbongshi organisation named
Kamatapur Association has focused its discussion on the 'separate
Kamatapur' issue during its two-day third annual central conference,
organised at Bongaigaon.
Two GNLA militants identified
as Singbard Sangma and his linkman Akhtar Hussain were killed
in an encounter with SFs at Kalyanpur near Goalpara District.
Five militants who had come to the location on an extortion bid
were ambushed by SFs. While two were killed, three escaped. Two
7.65mm USA made Pistols, large amount of ammunition, Hand grenades,
and Extortion notes were recovered from the militants.
An NDFB-IKS militant was killed
in a joint operation by SFs at Gopaljhora village of Kokrajhar
District. Two militants were arrested in the same operation. Three
pistols along with number of fired cases and their live rounds,
ammunition pouches, rucksacks, khukri, 115 AK 47 Rifle live rounds,
nine mobile phones with SIM cards and 10 other spare SIM cards
were recovered from them.
A SULFA militant turned dacoit,
identified as Manik Dohotia alias Meghon was killed in
an encounter with Police at Dirak Pathar in Changlang District.
Police recovered the AKM rifle which was taken by Meghon from
a Security Personnel on May 19.
Goalpara Police and Army rescued
two individuals identified as Saisul Hussain and Shamina Khatun
who were earlier abducted by GNLA from Bongaigaon District. Two
GNLA militants were arrested during the operation.
AKRSU-B President Biswajit Ray
stated that they have decided to its agitation on the demands
of Kamatapur and ST status for the Koch-Rajbongshi community.
He further said that they will launch a violent agitation if GoI
fails to address the demands of ST status within the next six
months and Kamatapur issue by 2015.
AKRSU-B President Biswajit Ray
stated that they have decided to its agitation on the demands
of Kamatapur and ST status for the Koch-Rajbongshi community.
He further said that they will launch a violent agitation if GoI
fails to address the demands of ST status within the next six
months and Kamatapur issue by 2015.
An individual identified as Satish
Daimary was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Auxiguri in
Forum of 5,000 terrorism-hit families
of Assam have written to PM Modi demanding a space for these families
in the peace talk process. The forum also stated that Government
must announce a special economic package for the affected families,
under which a government job should be provided to a member of
each such family and that a few seats must be reserved in all
government-run educational institutes for children of such affected
families and also offer scholarships to these students.
A militant, identified as B Laijam
of the NDFB-IKS was killed by SFs in an encounter at Auzar Guri
in Kokrajhar District. Two militants were injured, but managed
to escape. An AK-56 rifle, 160 live ammunition, one magazine,
a grenade, one TVS bike, three mobile handsets and SIM cards and
INR 3092 were recovered from the militant. Later, a group of fifteen
NDFB-IKS militants fired several rounds into the air in front
of media personnel's who had gone to report the incident. The
'area commander' B Jwblang stated that they will soon start attacking
the SFs in a retribution for the killing.
A manager of a stone-crusher unit,
identified as Maleswar Rao was abducted in at Kalachand, 60 kilometres
from Haflong, the headquarters of Dima Hasao District. A newly
floated militant outfit DHNA is suspected to be behind the abduction.
The abductors have demanded a ransom of INR 60 million.
Five NDFB-IKS militants, including
three women and two men identified as Bijuli Basumatary Pungjali
Basumatary Sanima Narzary Simang Narzary and Premosh Mushahary
were arrested from New Bongaigaon Railway Station in Bongaigaon
District. Police recovered seven mobile handsets, seven SIM cards
and some cash from them. Police sources said the recruits were
on their way to Ranchi in Jharkhand to receive training from Maoists.
NDFB-IKS 'information and publicity
wing secretary' Esara stated that that the individual who was
killed on June 15 by SFs as NDFB-IKS militant at Gopaljhora in
Kokrajhar District was an adivasi (tribal) villager and not an
AABYSF called for a 24-hour bandh
(shut down strike) in BTC on June 19 in protest against the abduction
of a businessman, Rakesh Paul on June 14 by a militant group at
Shantipur Bazar in Chirang District.
NDFB-IKS lobbed hand grenades
at the Kokrajhar Police Reserve located at Dimalgaon in Kokrajhar
District. No casualty has been reported. Meanwhile joint operation
by the CRPF SSB has been going on along the Indo-Bhutan Border.
In an ongoing operation SFs surrounded
a group of NDFB-IKS militants in an area north of Serphangguri
in Kokrajhar District. The surrounded NDFB-IKS militants have
been calling up militants in other areas to indulge in violence
elsewhere so that the pressure on them will ease.
AAMSU sought Prime Minister Narendra
Modi's intervention to dissolve the BTC administration and review
the Bodo Accord. In a memorandum to the Prime Minister, the AAMSU
demanded that the administration of the BTAD, including law and
order, be handed over to the Army.
Amit Jajodia, a student of Class
ten, who was abducted in the night 19 by suspected militants,
was rescued by Dhubri Police the same night. Three abductors were
JSM asked all the illegal settlers
including Bangladeshi immigrants, who are demanding the scrap
of BTC to leave the tribal belts and blocks.
BTC bandh called by AABYSF for
24 hours in protest against kidnapping of a businessman Rakesh
Paul by unknown militant outfit from Sonitpur Bazar in Chirang
District on June 14 paralysed the normal life.
Pressure has mounted on Police
in Kokrajhar District to firmly deal with NDFB-IKS after it displayed
its weapon strength before the media in Auzarbari in Kokrajhar
District on June 17. Operations are ongoing against the militant
outfit at Auzarbari in Kokrajhar District. Combing operations
conducted by SFs have been unsuccessful so far as the militants
may have fled the area.
Assam Police pressurised the media
in Kokrajhar to show them the spot where the NDFB-IKS displayed
Assam CM Tarun Gogoi asked GoI
to oppose Bangladesh Government's request for introduction of
a system of either 'visa-free' entry or multiple visa for Bangladeshi
nationals. MEA earlier this month sought opinion of Assam Government
regarding the request made by Bangladesh Government. The CM also
informed that Assam Government has sought INR 4892.4 million from
GoI for completing the process of updating the NRC to March,1971
so that it becomes easier to detect illegal migrants entering
the State from Bangladesh after March, 1971,the cut off period
for detection of illegal Bangladeshi migrants as per Assam accord.
Union Minister of Home Affairs,
Rajnath Singh decided that two auxiliary Police Battalions, with
around 1,500 personnel, will be created by the MHA to provide
Police training and impart job oriented courses to surrendered
Northeast militants for their future rehabilitation in various
central forces and other jobs. All surrendered militants would
be taken from various groups of Manipur and Assam. The posts are
of Constables Head Constables and Assistant Sub-Inspectors while
rest of the officers will be the regular recruits. The personnel
of the auxiliary Police battalions will not be deployed for operational
In joint operations carried out
by Balijana based Red Horns Division and Goalpara Police, three
Meghalaya based UALA militants were arrested in two separate operations.
Two 7.65 mm pistols, ammunition, a hand grenade and identity card
of the terrorist group were recovered from the terrorists.
Of the 64 "border haats" (markets)
along India-Bangladesh Border, proposed by the BSF, to improve
the bilateral relation with Bangladesh two are in Assam.
Despite the presence of BSF illegal
Bangladeshi immigrants have still been entering the State through
the North Bengal sector of the porous border. According to sources,
the infiltrators are now entering India through North Bengal sector,
and then move to Assam. They enter through North Bengal sector
because no border fencing has been installed there.
People living in the northern
part of Sonitpur District have expressed strong resentment against
the alleged failure of the administration to check unlawful activities
like extortion, kidnapping and murder, allegedly being carried
out openly by the militants.
Manager of a stone crusher and
quarry who was abducted from his house in Dobasipara locality
of Tura on June 18 has been released unharmed in Assam.
A law-and-order review meeting
chaired by State Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla and attended by
institutional heads of the Unified Command carrying out counter-insurgency
operations in strife-torn parts of Assam took stock of the situation.,
after the recent militant's activity in the Western part of Karbi
A hand grenade was recovered from
the house belonging to Bikeshwar Doley at no. 10 Dagaon under
Bokakhat Police station of Golaghat District. Police have picked
up Doley, along with his son, Nabakanta
Murder and extortion by NDFB-IKS
have increased in the BTAD region. Sourcesalso state that after
its 'second commander' Lakhi Prasad Basumatary alias B Laisam
was killed, a 12-member team of NDFB-IKS under the leadership
of its 'platoon commander' Jablang has been formed to challenge
the police in BTAD. In the remote areas located in BTAD and along
India-Bhutan border, a team of 200 armed cadres of NDFB-IKS has
been carrying out extortion, murder and kidnapping based on instruction
of the outfit's top leadership. Top leaders like Phewthai, Yakhap,
Rikha, Enon, Shizu, Ranja and Baza, who took lead in the recent
Baksa and Chirang violence, are remote controlling its team of
200 cadres to carry out extortion, murder and kidnapping in the
Chirag Police had recovered one
AK-47 and one revolver from a Maruti Van at Kachikotra area in
Chirang District. One individual identified as Jaynal Hussein
has been arrested.
Two militants identified as D
Kwnasong and Danswrang Basumatary of NDFB-IKS was arrested during
a joint operation by Police and Army at Aithugaon in Kokrajhar
District. One 7.65 mm pistol, magazine, hand grenade and 5 round
of live ammunition were recovered from them.
A Constable of 23rd IRB identified
as Gautam Koch and an 'area commander' of UPLA identified as Rajib
Engleng were killed in an encounter at Daldali Hansey basti near
Diphu town in Karbi Anglong District. Police recovered an AK-47
rifle and some bullets from him.
Dima Hasao Police carried out
an operation against UPLA in Karbi-dominated Umrangsu area in
Dima Hasao District and dismantled two of the outfit's training
camps. Some arms and ammunition, including two pistols, were seized.
UPLA has its network spread across the Karbi Anglong District
and Dima Hasao Districts. Police stated that UPLA does not have
more than fifty militants in the group and has a base in Dimapur
and gets its patronage from NSCN-IM.
Dima Hasao Police rescued the
manager of a stone-crusher unit, Maleswar Rao who was abducted
on June 17.
Biraj Kumar Sarma, former AGP
minister and a signatory to the Assam Accord urged PM to direct
authorities to take effective steps for sealing the Indo-Bangla
border and to detect and deport the illegal Bangladeshi migrants.
He stated that most of the important clauses of the Assam Accord
still remain to be implemented. Such clauses include the detection
of the migrants entering Assam between January 1, 1966 and March
24, 1971 and deletion of their names from the electoral rolls.
He also added that due to the presence of illegal migrants in
the State, security of the country is also at risk.
CEM of KAAC Tuliram Ronghang stated
that Killing and kidnapping cannot help get separate statehood
status, only talks can solve the long-pending demands of the people.
He was addressing a gathering on the occasion of the 63rd KAAC
Foundation Day at Diphu, in Karbi Anglong District.
ASP Hamren District, Bedanta Prasad
Borkotoky was suspended on charges of negligence of duty following
his actions on June 5, when although intimated by SP Nityananda
Goswami on June 5 about the ambush by UPLA ASP Borkotoky allegedly
did not take any step to intimate the matter to the authorities
concerned, neither did he take the responsibility of going ahead
to help Goswami where he was possibly trapped.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi stated
that BJP was diverting attention on the sensitive issue of visa-free
entry to Bangladesh nationals of certain age groups to Assam.
The proposal for visa-free entry to Bangladesh nationals under
the age of 18 years and over the age of 65 years came up during
an inter-ministerial meeting convened by the MEA and chaired by
Foreign Secretary in New Delhi on June 11. Gogoi said that the
State Government is strongly opposed to the proposal as 'illegal
migration from Bangladesh is a sensitive issue for Assam and other
northeastern states' and added that proposed visa-free entry would
create negative public reaction.
Assam Government decided to set
up a separate Intelligence cadre of the State Police to raise
their level of efficiency. Principal Secretary (Home and Political)
V.K. Bhanu stated that the decision was aimed at raising a set
of dedicated officials with the correct aptitude and training
along with more professionalism for the task to provide an edge
to intelligence gathering.
NDFB-IKS militant identified as
Doimary, was killed in an encounter with SFs in Dhaula village
at Chirag District. It has been reported that more militants may
have been injured in the encounter.
Manipuri driver identified as
Thokchom Ingobi who was abducted on June 13 from Jakhalabanda
in Nagaon District by KCP-MC was freed reportedly along the Assam-Meghalaya
Minister of State for Home Kiren
Rijiju stated that he wanted action oriented talks and solutions
and stated that he wanted the talks to be comprehensive with the
militants. He said that several militant groups had sent feelers
that they were keen to come over ground and hold talks. He also
added that "Some militant groups are likely to surrender in the
coming months". He stated that "With ULFA and NSCN we need a little
more time to bring them on board and find a solution."
11 year old boy, identified as Bikram Kumar who
was abducted recently from Gohpur in Sonitpur District was rescued
by a joint team of Arunachal and Assam Police from Gohpur area.
Suspected ULFA-I militant was
arrested by SFs at Ghoghabalapara in Dhubri District. A country-made
pistol, live rounds and a hand-made bomb were recovered from the
possession of the militant. Army had information that the militant
was planning to carry out a terror attack in and around Guwahati
in Kamrup Metropolitan District and also on SFs. He had been asked
by ULFA-I 'commanders' to take the bomb to Guwahati and look for
a good opportunity to carry out an attack.
Bokakhat sub-divisional administration
of Golaghat District has urged Assam Governmnet to extend counter-insurgency
operations to areas on the periphery of Kaziranga National Park
to curb rhino poaching.
Two KNLA militants, identified
as Sonjit Rongpi and Sundar Timung were arrested by Indian Army
and Bokajan Police and recovery of two 7.65mm pistols, 10 live
bullets and cash amount of INR 1, 80000 were made.
Though a number of militant outfits
of Assam have signed ceasefire agreements with the State and Central
Governments to solve their problems through talks, several new
splinter groups of outfits which are either talking with the Government
or have signed peace pacts have cropped up in the last few years.
There are 14 such splinter militant groups. Prominent among the
outfits under ceasefire agreement with the government include
the ULFA-PTF and NDFB.
ABSU alleged that no Government
at Centre and in Assam has done anything for the development of
Bodos and said that they are now looking forward to the Union
Government to resolve the long-pending issues concerning the ethnic
The number of cyber crime cases
in Assam registered under the provisions of Information and Technology
Act, 2000, increased from 28 in 2012 to 154 in 2013, an increase
of a 450 per cent. In terms of percentage increase of cyber crime
cases, Assam ranked second among the States in the country, only
A militant of KLO identified as
Bhabananda Rai was killed in an encounter with Police at Chandamari
forest under Kokrajhar District. Police also recovered one 7.65
mm pistol, a magazine with four rounds of ammunition, including
two empty cartridges, and two hand grenades from his possession.
A KPLT militant identified as
Borsing Terang alias Borim Ingjay was arrested from Dering area
in Karbi Anglong District . One 7.65 mm pistol with magazine,
one single barrel gun, two live rounds of ammunition, incriminatory
documents including KPLT extortion notes and one mobile phone
along with two SIMs were recovered from him.
External Affairs Minister Sushma
Swaraj stated that Government had accepted Bangladesh's proposal
for multiple visa-entry "only for tourists. Multiple visa-entry
for work and business purposes has been rejected. A nd also a
condition has been laid that whoever comes, he or she must visit
Bangladesh within 90 days for once, or else the visa will be blacklisted.
A grenade was lobbed in front
of Komudi Club in Bijni of Chirang District by two miscreants.
Bipul Bodo an NDFB-IKS militant,
involved in grenade blast at Ghasbari in February was arrested
by a team of Red Horn Division and Rangia Police from an area
near Rangia Railway Station in Kamrup District. On further questioning
one 7.65 mm pistol with two magazines and four live rounds were
recovered bySFs at Kunguri village in Darrang District.
UPLA linkman, identified as Rensing
Ronghang alias Sarlong was arrested at Jhenkha in West Karbi Anglong
Union Minister of State for Home
Affairs Kiren Rijiju stated that his first and foremost priority
is to secure peace and security in the North East while asserting
that without peace, no development can be possible in the region.
Four Bangladeshi nationals identified
as Basudev Roy, Archana Biswas, Govinda Biswas and Gopal Biswas
were arrested by Police from the Lakhi bazar Road locality in
Karimganj District. Police also arrested one Abdul Malik for helping
them cross the border and providing them shelter in his house.
A 'sergeant major' Robindra Rongpi
of UPLA was killed in an encounter at Rhyphum village in Hamren
sub-division in Karbi Anglong District. Three militants managed
to escape. The operation was launched based on a tip off about
the presence of armed UPLA militants in the village of Rhyphum.
A factory made 9 mm pistol, four rounds of live ammunition, one
Chinese hand grenade, incriminatory documents and one mobile handset
with three different SIM cards were also recovered from the slain
militant. He is an ex-cadre of UPDS.
Three people, including a village
headman identified as Lala Orang his son Himant Orang and a woman
identified as Baha Chare were injured in an attack by suspected
miscreants from Arunachal Pradesh at Naharjan in Behali reserve
forest in Sonitpur District.
NDFB-IKS is engaged in fresh recruitments
and is also smuggle weapons into Assam. Security sources stated
that they are attempting to smuggle weapons through Dimapur in
Nagaland and that one consignment of weapons has reached the state.
Sources also stated that outfit has also been able to make fresh
recruitments, not only from BTAD but also from places like Dhemaji.
Six new recruits were arrested when the outfit was making attempts
to send them to camps in Myanmar for training. At least 24 members
of the group have been killed this year alone by SFs. and the
total strength of NDFB-IKS is around 270 to 300 members. 'chairman'
of NDFB-IKS ,IK Songbijit is now spending most of his time in
Tamu area along the India-Myanmar border and most of the activities
of the outfit are now masterminded by the 'deputy commander in
chief' D Bidai and 'general secretary' N Batha.
Three people were injured in two
separate grenade blasts in Bijni town of Chirang District. First
blast occurred at Koylamoyla bus stand in which three people were
injured and the second blast occurred at No.2 Vetagaon area near
Thuribari block BPF office in Bijni. The injured individuals have
been identified as Polen Mondol, Sujay Namodas and Sujon Arya.
Police suspect NDFB-IKS behind the attacks.
Two militants of ULFA-I were killed in an encounter
at Dakurbhita in Goalpara District by a combined team of Army
and Assam Police. Two US-made pistols, live ammunition and three
extortion notes were also recovered from the deceased. The militants
were involved in extortion as well as other terror acts.
AABPC have been formed as a new
platform for Bodos and other indigenous groups and An Ad-hoc committee
formed in Guwahati with Lok Sabha MP Sansuma Khunggur Bwiswmuthiary
as chairman and former vice president of ABSU Anil Basumatary
as the chief convenor. . AABPC aims at uniting all the Bodo groups
of the region to ensure the community's survival, security and
progress. Sansuma Khunggur Bwiswmuthiary stated that will visit
Delhi soon to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister
of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh and other ministers and apprise
them on long pending political issues such as separate state of
Bodoland, granting of autonomous councils to Bodo tribal people
living outside BTC and DHAC inclusion of Boro Kacharis living
in Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills Districts.
SFs defused an IED which was found
inside a suitcase on NH 15 near Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur District.
CM Tarun Gogoi briefed Narendra
Modi on the nexus developing between Assam insurgents and CPI-Maoists.
CM stated that "The Maoist problem poses a threat; some of the
insurgent groups have joined hands with the Maoists. The problem
has to be nipped in the bud. There isn't much difference between
the insurgent groups and the Maoists." He stated that although
insurgency in the state has been contained and added that "Not
that it has been rooted out, the roots are still there. They have
bases in foreign countries". Referring to the problem posed by
illegal immigration, Gogoi said the NRC is being updated and photo
ID cards issued, which would help in detecting foreigners.
According to official sources
a thorough study of the problem of Bangladeshi nationals, who
enter India, was carried out in 2011 and it was found that of
the 500, 000 Bangladeshi nationals who entered India with proper
travel documents during the period of the survey, around 150,
000 never left India.
AASU held a State-wide 'Satyagraha'
to urge GoI to resolve the issue of illegal influx from Bangladesh
and not to start construction on Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric
Project. AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya stated that GoI should
also ensure that the issue of illegal infiltration from Bangladesh
is resolved, as was promised by BJP before the elections. He further
added that the Centre should clarify its stand on the issue of
border fencing, land-swap deal with Bangladesh and visa-related
issues of Bangladeshis entering the State.
11 year old boy identified as
Mohammed Akram who was earlier abducted on July 5 from Jhalupara
in Shillong City was rescued by Meghalaya Police from Lakhimpur
District in Assam. Two people have been arrested in connection
with the abduction.
A law college clerk, identified
as Biren Kakoty, was abducted by suspected militants from an interior
area in the vicinity of Diphu in Karbi Anglong District.
Two KNLA militants identified
as Kang buraIngti and SambarTisso, were arrested by SFs from Akahai
Pahar in locality in Karbi Anglong District. Both were wanted
for incidents of extortion.
Two ULFA militants were arrested
in a joint operation by the Army and Assam Police near Balbola
Bridge on NH-17 in Goalpara District. One rifle, one 9 mm pistol,
some ammunition and a motorcycle were recovered from the militants
KLO 'general secretary' Kailash
Koch stated that Bhabananda Roy, who was killed in a Police encounter
on July 2 with Assam Police at Chandamari in Kokrajhar District
was not a member of KLO but a student in Dotma college in Kokrajhar
ABSU President Promod Boro stated
to the commission probing the 2012 riots which killed 112 people
and displaced 4 lakh people in BTAD that he suspected the involvement
of illegal migrants from Bangladesh in the riots.
Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma stated
in Tura of West Garo Hills District that the UN has agreed to
accord special consultative status to the north eastern states
for the UN Economic and Social Council. The special status to
the North-East means that the forum will ensure discussions and
policy innovations on development challenges in fields such as
employment, education and health. It will also give the states
an opportunity to be a part of select themes drawn from the UN's
millennium development goals.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu
Moni stated that North Eastern States can play a vital role to
further improve relations between India and Bangladesh. She stated
that "There is vast scope of mutual investment in the resource
rich North Eastern States, which are geographically very close
to Bangladesh. North Eastern States can play a key role in improving
A primary school teacher, identified
as Sambhu Prasad Singh, was shot dead by in the premises of Basic
Training Centre in Diphu in Karbi Anglong District. Police suspect
extortion to be the reason for killing.
NDFB-IKS militant identified as
Uresh Narzary alias N Udang was killed in an encounter with SFs
at Mwinaguri village Kokrajhar District. Police stated that he
was a member of 37th batch of the NDFB-IKS and was associated
in extortions in the area. While NE Esara, 'secretary of Information
and Publicity Wing' of the NDFB-IKS stated that he was from the
38 batch and that he was already discharged and had surrendered
before the Police and had been engaging himself with kidnapping
and collection of ransom with other extremists. One 7.65 mm pistol,
one hand grenade and three empty cartridges were recovered him.
An individual, identified as Theang
Nehang, has claimed to be the 'chairman' of newly formed militant
group identified as KLLA He has stated that the aim of the new
outfit is to create a separate state of Karbi Anglong according
to the provision of Article -3 of the constitution.
Biren Kakoti a clerical employee
of Law College in Diphu who was abducted on July 9 by suspected
KPLT militants was rescued by SFs. The rescue came after the arrest
of one KPLT militant identified as Jeepsing Signar from Disama
reserve forest in Karbi Anglong District on July 10 who revealed
whereabouts of the abducted individual. A pistol and two bullets
were recovered from the arrested militant. Diphu Police has also
picked up six other people in connection with the abduction.
Six member delegation of BJP appealed
to PM Modi to scrap the multiple entry visa system for the Bangladeshi
nationals. Earlier External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, during
her Dhaka visit recently, announced that multiple entry visa would
be given to the Bangladeshi nationals for a period of five years.
Four traders abducted by NDFB-IKS
militants from Labdanguri in Baksa District in BTAD.
The body of a 14 year old identified
as Bakar Ali who was abducted by NDFB-IKS militants on July 11
was recovered from Kamargaon in Barpeta District.
Army has been kept on standby
as tension has mounted in Assam's Baksa District and indefinite
curfew has been imposed from July 12 in areas under Gobardhana
and Ananda Bazar Police Station in Baksa District and along the
northern side of railway line in Barpeta District. The Home and
Political Department stated that intelligence inputs had shown
that the killing was done by NDFB-IKS militants to divert attention
of the SFs Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, after reviewing the situation
directed the administration and SFs to take all possible steps
to control the situation. Assam Government has announced ex gratia
of INR 800000 each to the next of kin of four victims.
Mizoram Police arrested five members
of BDFM from Silchar in Cachar District.
Body of other three persons, identified
as Rabul Amin, Saddam Hussain and Atwar Ali were recovered from
Hakuanala on the banks of the Manas River in Baksa District.
ABMSU has issued an ultimatum
to Tarun Gogoi to bring the situation in BTAD under control by
July 14, failing which the students' body will resort to a series
of agitation. ABMSU general secretary Lafiqul Islam stated that
"As part of our agitation, will block the National Highway at
Srirampur Check Gate and Boxirhat Check Gate. It will be followed
by an indefinite rail blockade." The ABMSU leader further said
that despite atrocities on the minorities in the BTAD there were
no inquiries into the incidents.
A joint team of Army and Police
arrested Nagaon 'area commander' of NSCA Rajib Bhumij alias Babu,
from a Winger at Darikapool in Sivasagar District. An Italian-made
pistol, six rounds ammunition, two mobile phones and two pads
of the organisation were recovered from him.
NDFB-IKS statedthat the July 11
abduction and killing of traders in Baksa District was a consequence
of the conspiracy of the ruling party in Assam and the dissidents.
He further added that Assam Government was "trying to use both
Muslims and Bodos to fulfill its political aspirations"
Three individuals identified as
Promod Narzary, Mithinga Muchahary and Boronda Basumatary were
arrested from Samthaibari village in Barpeta District for helping
NDFB-IKS militants abduct traders who were later killed on July
Baksa DC Vinod Seshan stated that
the situation in the District was under control and no fresh incident
has been reported so far. Curfew was relaxed on July 14 in areas
under Gobardhana Police Station and Ananda bazar Police outpost
in Baksa District.
Assam CM Tarun Gogoi held discussions
with a delegation of ABMSU on the latest law and order situation
AAMSU president Abdur Rahim Ahmed
stated that "Since the state government has utterly failed to
tackle violence in BTAD, the Centre should take up the task of
maintaining law and order in the state and dissolve the Government."
ABSU president Pramod Boro, has
appealed to the minority community to maintain peace.
KMSS alleged that Assam Police
had failed to arrest those involved in the BTAD violence and instead,
had forced villagers to perform the last rites of those who were
killed in the attack.
Karbi Anglong District Bhuspuri
Yuba Parishad and Bihar Sanskritic Sanstha called for a strike
on July 15 to protest the killing of Sambhu Prasad Sing, a school
teacher on July 10.
KPLT also called a 40 hours Karbi
Anglong strike on July 16 to mark its martyr's day.
A woman identified as Sone Narzary
was arrested by Assam Police in connection with the abduction
and killing of four traders on July 11. IG L R Bishnoi stated
that "Sone was providing every information about the movement
of minority people to the Bodo rebels. He further added that another
individual was arrested on July 15 for sheltering militants.
Curfew in Baksa District imposed
after the abduction and killing of four traders was relaxed for
twelve hours during day time.
Union Minister of State for Home
Kiren Rijiju stated that GoI has released INR 1405.8 million for
updating NRC He added that a gazette notification had already
been issued for updating the NRC 1951 in Assam with effect from
December 2013 and further added that the updating of NRC is targeted
to be completed in three years.
ABMSU Kokrajhar District committee,
staged a two-hour dharna near the Deputy Commissioner's office
in Kokrajhar over the recent killing of four traders in BTAD..
ABMSU has decided to march to
New Delhi and meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior
ministers, seeking a permanent solution in BTAD. General Secretary
Lafiqul Islam stated that "We are going to meet Modi and Union
Home Minister Rajnath Singh this week for seeking a permanent
solution. We want security for the non Bodos in the area.
President of Kokrajhar district
committee of ABMSU, Maynuddin Ali, said that the State Government
has not taken any initiative or measures to ensure safety and
security of innocent people after so many killings in the BTAD
An individual identified as Ranjit
Das was arrested by Police from an undisclosed location and a
.22 pistol and several rounds of ammunition were recovered from
Nearly a thousand people have
been killed and over 1300 cases of abductions has been filed in
BTAD over the last five years. Although Assam Police have recovered
about 700 arms in last five years, a senior Home department official
said that the number hardly amounts to five per cent of the weapons
possessed by the militants.
Assam Government constituted
one-man Commission to inquire about violence that took place in
Baksa and Kokrajhar Districts, on May 1 and 2 in which more than
46 civilians were killed. The Commission will be headed by retired
Judge of the Guwahati High Court Justice Mutum B K Singh. Commission
will assess the response on the part of the administration in
containing the situation and in providing relief
Assam government would urge GoI
to frame a policy for granting asylum to people who have taken
refuge in India after fleeing their country on grounds of religious
persecution and discrimination. However AASU adviser Samujjal
Bhattacharyya on stated that it seemed to be a conspiracy of the
Congress government to ensure their vote bank politics.
As a part of security measures
it was decided to set up fixed Police Pickets in the vulnerable
areas such as BTAD.
Alleging all-round failure of
BTC AIUDF demanded imposition of President's Rule in the BTAD
and demanded CBI probe into the killings , alleging that the culprits
involved in such acts of violence always get away and reiterated
demand for seizure of illegal arms and review of BTC Accord.
An individual identified as as
Ashok Suklavaidya was rescued from an undisclosed location by
Assam Police . He was abducted on July 13 from an unspecified
Assam Police have identified four
militants identified as Lengra alias Sahash, Biliphang, Gobla
Basumatary and Soniram Daimari alias Saiklung of NDFB-IKS who
were involved in abduction and killing of four traders at Labdanguri
in Baksa District on July 11.
23 temporary Police pickets have
been installed in Baksa District to instill confidence among people
of Baksa and to ensure the dominance of Police Forces. Government
of Assam is processing construction of 28 barracks for those pickets
Some more vulnerable pockets have been identified and another
10 security posts will be functional within 15 days.
An operation was launched by SFs
after getting a tip off that Lafa, a 'section commander' of NDFB-IKS
along with 34 militants were hiding in the house of an individual
identified as Dilip Rai in Ultapani village in Kokrajhar District.
Two hand grenades three mobile sets and three sim cards were recovered
during the operation.
Union Minister of Home Affairs
Rajnath Singh assured a Bodo delegation that GoI would take all
needed initiatives to resolve the Bodoland problem. ABSU president
Pramod Bodo appealed to the Home Minister to resume the tripartite
talks that was started in the UPA regime and also appealed to
Rajnath Singh to expedite the talks with different militant organizations.
Three people were kidnapped while
travelling from Jorhat to Dimapur in a car from the bordering
area of Golaghat-Karbi Anglong Districts.
Assam Police Constable , identified
as Arpan Barua, was killed in the Doldoli Reserve Forest area
of Karbi Anglong District along Assam-Nagaland border after Naga
extremist opened fire on workers and security personnel engaged
in an eviction operation. A Police personnel and a forest official
were injured. During the eviction drive more than 150 illegally
constructed houses were destroyed and SBBL were recovered.
ASP Nanda Singh stated that Naga
extremists fired with INSAS rifles, light machine guns and rocket
NDFB-IKS militant identified as
Chandan Narzary alias N Jara was arrested from Duttapur in Bongaigaon
A UPLA militant identified as Pratap Hanse and
linkman identified as Julias Engti alias Makoi were arrested from
Hamren in Karbi Anglong District.
A grenade was lobbed by assailants
at Bogidara Switch Gate area in Chirang District.
Three people who were kidnapped
from Golaghat-Karbi Anglong District were released.
AASU and 26 other organisations
staged a dharna in front of the Raj Bhawan in Guwahati against
illegal cross-border migration from Bangladesh. AASU alleged the
Centre had made it clear that the interests of the indigenous
people were not in its mind. AASU later submitted a memorandum
to the Governor, highlighting their grievances and seeking their
Oboro Suraksha Samiti has called
a 12-hour strike in Assam on July 22 demanding exclusion of non-Bodo
villages from BTAD to ensure security for non-Bodos living in
the area. Oboro Suraksha Samiti stated that militants were targeting
non-Bodos of the BTAD in a bid to drive them out and prove the
majority of Bodos in the area.
Assam residents protested against
the growing abduction of Assam-based businessmen in Garo Hills
at Mancachar in Dhubri District.
NDFB-IKS militant B K Geremsha
was killed by SFs at Parbhatjhora in Kokrajhar District. An AK-56
rifle, two magazines, 67 live rounds and magazine pouches were
recovered from him.
DHD militants have made extortion
calls to a businessman, identified as Biju Singha, in Diphu in
Karbi Anglong District.
Union Minister of State for Home
Affairs Kiren Rijiju clarified in LS that issue of citizenship
in Assam would be determined on the basis of the updated NRC 1951.
He also added that State Government has set up three detention
camps in Goalpara, Kokrajhar and Silchar Districts to keep illegal
migrants and 13 people declared as illegal migrants, detained
in Goalpara and 17 people detained in the Dhubri Jail were deported
One man, identified as Mazibar
Rahman was killed and four people were injured in an IED explosion
near Krishnai Police Station in Goalpara District. The injured
have been identified as Johirul Islam, Akhtar Hussain, Fozlu Ali
and Kosumuddin Khan. The Police suspect Drishti Rajkhowa group
of ULFA-I behind the attacks.
A youth leader Manoj Das, former
General Secretary of the Baksa unit of AASU and executive member
of the Asom Sena, was killed by unidentified gunmen at Mushalpur
in Baksa District. He was actively involved in the election campaign
of of Naba Kumar Sarania Naba Kumar Sarania, former ULFA leader.
ABMSU vice-president Mazid Ali Ahmed stated that former BLT may
be involved in the killing. Indefinite curfew has been imposed
in Baksa and five people have been picked up for questioning
IED planted by suspected NDFB-IKS
was diffused by the Army at Parupota village in Sonitpur District.
NDFB-IKS militant, B K Geremsha
killed on July 21 was a 'corporal' in NDFB-IKS and was the 'section
commander' of the 'Dhubri platoon'.
Three persons were arrested from
Silonijan in Karbi Anglong District for their alleged involvement
in the kidnapping three people travelling from Jorhat to Dimapur
from the bordering area of Golaghat-Karbi Anglong District on
July 19. The abducted persons were released on July 21.
NIA registered three cases in
connection with the militant attacks in three villages in Baksa
and Kokrajhar Districts in BTAD in May in which 46 people were
GK Pillai Committee, which was
set up by MHA to study the viability of creating a separate State
for Bodoland has resumed its functions after the Lok Sabha elections,
stated Kiren Rijiju in Rajya Sabha.
DoNER Minister V.K Singh clarified
in Lok Sabha that there is no proposal to grant visa-free entry
to Bangladeshi Nationals. He stated that as part of the bilateral
agenda revised travel arrangement was signed and to the visa obtaining
procedures and promote people-to-people interactions.
A militant of UDLA identified
as Hoji Chorki was killed and a militant identified as Bhadra
Moshi, alias Nilmani Barman was injured in an encounter with SFs.
at Ghutghuti near Ratabari in Karimganj District. M-20, a 303,
a country-made gun and ammunition were recovered from them.
Five KPLT militants, Anglop Timung,
Ramu Teron, Khor Sing Teron Anjok Teron and 'general secretary'
Ranam Lijang were arrested from Kharping Kro village in Karbi
Anglong District. An AK-56 rifle, a magazine with 44 rounds of
live ammunition, a SLR a magazine with 39 rounds of live ammunition,
a 303 rifle, a magazine with eight rounds of ammunition, a Lathod
gun, three Chinese grenades were recovered.
Security has been stepped up in
Goalpara District after the IED attack on July 23 at Krishnai
in Goalpara District. According to Goalpara Police a group of
six militants of ULFA-I has sneaked into Goalpara District to
create trouble ahead of the Independence Day.
Two ex militants of KPLT and Kissan
Rongpi alias Atur Hanse and Ram Teron alias Kirim Teron, and two
former militants of UPDS Oliver Ingti and Nanda Das were arrested
in Karbi Anglong District for killing of school teacher Sambhu
Prasad Singh on July 10. A 9mm pistol allegedly used in the killing
was recovered along with five rounds. SP teacher's wife Suman
Kumari Devi and her paramour Nanda Das engaged them for INR 150,000
which was handed over to them the day after killing.
UPLA militant Samson Taru involved
in killing of Hamren SP on June 5 was arrested by SFs from Taralangso
near Diphu in Karbi Anglong District. A 9mm pistol along with
five live rounds was recovered from him.
Dhubri SP expressed concern over
the presence of ULFA leader, Drishti Rajkhowa in Goalpara District
bordering Dhubri and three KLO militants along the Assam-Bengal
border. He was also confident about the preparedness of Police
to foil any attempt by militant groups in the run-up to Independence
Kokrajhar MP Naba Kumar said that
public in BTAD area might take the law into its own hands to provide
vigilante justice. He also said that more non-Bodos might be targeted
ahead of the BTC election in 2015.
Union Minister for Sports, Sarbananda
Sonowal stated that GoI will support the State to set up 100 new
NDFB-IKS 'commander' S Ulapat
alias Uttam Sargiary, who was accused of being behind the serial
bomb blast in Assam on October 2008 was killed in an encounter
with Kokrajhar Police at Oxiguri village Kokrajhar District. A
pistol, two grenades, four empty cartridges and mobile hand set
were recovered.He was loyal to NDFB 'chief' Ranjan Daimary but
now he was with the NDFB-IKS. He was a member of 13th batch of
the NDFB and a senior cadre of the second batch of NDFB-IKS.
A low intensity explosion was
reported from Srirampur in Kokrajhar District. The bomb was planted
in a Pulsar bike. However, no one was injured in the incident.
KPLT militant identified as Lun
Sing Rohgang surrendered to the Army in Diphu in Karbi Anglong
District. He deposited an AK 56 rifle and 95 rounds of ammunition.
ULFA-I in its mouth piece 'Swadhi
nota' stated that they have decided to use weapons against the
illegal migrants, whether they are Hindus or Muslim. ULFA-I also
critisized Assam Cabinet for requesting the Centre to frame a
policy for granting asylum to the persons who have fled religious
persecution and discrimination and taken refuge in India.
ULFA unit of South Assam observed
its 23rd martyrs' day at Malugram in Cachar District. A written
speech of Arabinda Rajkhowa, 'chairman' of ULFA was read out ,
in which he stated that talks with GoI was ,moving in right direction.
MCLA Baksa Ansumwi Khunggur Boro
denied his involvement in the killing of Asom Sena member and
leader of Oboro Suraksha Samity, Manaj Das.
Trader identified as Moin Uddin
was hacked to death by suspected miscreants at Lailapur in Cachar
District. One suspect Rajan Das, who worked in Moin Uddin s shop,
was arrested and Police is looking for other miscreants.
Unidentified gunmen shot and injured
an individual identified as Mushab Ali Ahmed a medical shop owner
near Udmari in Dubri District.
Family of slain NDFB-IKS 'commander'
S Ulafat alias Uttam Swargoyary stated that he was picked up from
his in-laws house by Police on July 27 and was killed in fake
encounter. They stated that they would approach the Human Rights
SFs arrested three militants identified
as Nora Ali, Greekson Hojai and National Jidung of HSUDF which
was formed six months ago from Purana Hajong village in Maibang
in Dima Hasao District. One SBBL one revolver, 37 bullets of .303
pistols, seven bullets of AK-47 rifles, three bullets of revolvers
and one grenade were recovered from them.
GNLA militants Dulal Miah, Biswajit
Koch and Aldrin Sangma were arrested in Dhubri District They were
serving demand notes in Mancachar in Dhubri District and its adjoining
areas. Police official stated, "We are interrogating the trio
and hopeful of breaking the extortion network run by the GNLA
and the Breakaway faction of A'chik National Volunteer Council
Kokrajhar District committee of
ABSU, PJACBM, BPPF and UDPF submitted a memorandum to PM opposing
the commissioning of a one-man expert committee headed by GK Pillai,
former Union Home Secretary to examine the demand of a separate
A grenade was recovered by Police
at Sarfanguri bazar in Kokrajhar District.
Suspected militants abducted project
manager of Simplex Company, identified as Niron Kumar Mahajan
from a location between Hatikhuli and Mandadisa in Cachar District.
Principal of Hatidura College
Lalan Prakash Sonar was abducted by armed militants from Dingdinga
in Kokrajhar District.
Four individuals have been arrested
by Police for extorting money from Sanker TE in Tinsukia District,
in the name of ULFA. Police seized the computer used for printing
ULFA note pad.
Former ULFA leader and MP of Kokrajhar
Naba Kumar Sarania Sarania stated that failure of the administration
to apprehend the culprits involved in the murder of innocent non-Bodo
persons in BTC has led to recurrence of violent incidents
Illegal weapons in BTAD is becoming
a major concern for both the Bodo and non-Bodo communities. Leader
of SJSS Hitesh Medhi demanded seizure of illegal weapons in the
ABSU President Promod Boro claimed
that illegal weapons were available in the BTC areas not only
with militants but also with various other groups. Assam Police
and SFs have recovered over 160 illegal weapons in Assam since
January, 2014 90% from the BTC areas.
MHA reports that 28,131 illegal
migrants have been deported back to Bangladesh since April 2004
to March 2014.
Unknown miscreants abducted a
trader, identified as Sree Prakash Gupta from Natun Bazar area
of Hojai in Nagaon District.
Four NDFB-IKS were arrested by
Police while they were demanding money from a rubber estate at
Hatibandha Gaon in Nagaon District.
SFs arrested four members of BLT
from Anarkhata in Baksa District.
Assam Police revealed that the
cadre strength of UPLA active in Karbi Anglong District, formed
in May 2013 with 25-30 militants to counter KPLT is close to 100,
since it has come to light that many ex- UPDS members have joined
UPLA. Of the 17 militants arrested since June, 12 militants were
ex-members of UPDS.
GoI alerted the State Government
of possible attacks by Islamic militants in the run-up to August
15th. ULFA-I and NDFB-IKS also want to make their presence felt.
Intelligence agencies have an input that ULFA-I have brought four
IEDs but have used only one, on July 23 at Krishnai in Goalpara
Dst.It also states that ULFA-I also does not have trained manpower
to indulge in large-scale violence.
NDFB-IKS is suffering heavy losses
as many of its core members were either arrested or killed. Sources
also states that most of the operations are masterminded by members
like D Bidai and N Batha, while 'chairman' IK Songbijit is in
the Tamu area along the Indo-Myanmar border.
ABSU expressed concern over rise
in crime in the Bodo belt and appealed to the groups involved
to stop such activities.`
Principal of Hatidura College
Lalan Prakash Sonar was released from Kazigaon under Parbatjhora
subdivision of Kokrajhar District.
One hard core militant of NSLA-AT
was arrested at Kusumbil in Kokrajhar District. One 7.65 mm pistol
one 7.65 mm live round and one hand grenade were recovered from
Two KPLT linkmen identified as
Romen Phangho and Dhensing Kro from Bargaon area in Karbi Anglong
District. One pistol, six pairs of combat pattern dress, KPLT
demand letters and other incriminatory documents were recovered
ULFA-I militant Deepak Patowary
alias Deepak Bora was arrested by from Majuli River Island in
Jorhat District. Six ULFA-I extortion notices and two mobile hand
sets were recovered from the cadre who had joined ULFA in 1996
and surrendered in 2007 .He again joined ULFA-I in 2011 for recruitment
and extortion in Majuli, Lakhimpur, Sibsagar and Assam-Arunachal
Pradesh border areas.
GoI is concerned about the law
and order situation in Assam and BTAD in particular .The CSFs
deployed in the State will not be withdrawn in the near future.
Joint Secretary of MHA said that BTAD is a matter of concern and
the elections to BTC due in April 2015. He also said that that
NDFB-IKS is still active in BTAD area despite suffering setbacks
in CI operations.
NIA was granted an extension of
90 days from the court to continue its investigation on the BTAD
killing in May in which more than 40 people were killed. NIA is
investigating two cases in Gobardhan Police Station in Baksa District
and one of Gossaigaon Police Station in Kokrajhar District.
Three ULFA-I militants were killed
in an IED explosion at Mongre Gaon at Goalpara District when the
IED exploded when they were sheltering in a house. Two militants
have been identified as Kanteswar Rabhaalies Parama Asom and Akon
Rabha while other linkman is yet to be identified. Two pistols
one grenade and some documents were recovered.
BSS may leave BNC , a conglomeration
of various organisations.
NDFB-IKS injured eight small tea
planters in Sonitpur District for their failure to make regular
payments to the outfit. The militants first attacked five planters
at Jogibeel and thereafter three others at Urahiloga.
Frequent ethnic violence and presence
of militant groups have necessitated the setting up of 60 new
Police Stations and outposts in the BTAD.State Gov has taken a
decision to recruit 8,200 constables in the Police force and add
25 additional vehicles to City Police to give quick response against
NDFB-IKS 'section commander' Ashok
Mushahary was killed in an encounter at Auzar Bazar in Chirag
District. One 9mm pistol, one magazine, one hand grenade, one
7.65 mm pistol, one magazine along with ammunition were recovered
NDFB-IKS militant Jaction Basumatary,
who was involved in extortion activities, was arrested in Chirang
Suspected UALA militant was killed
by SFs at Khardang in Krishnai, Goalpara District.
Security arrangements have been
beefed up in Dhubri District, to thwart possible strikes by NDFB-IKS
and other militant outfits in the lead upto Independence Day.
NDFB-IKS beat up three private
vehicle operators identified as Nobin Basumatari, Jaiklong Basumatari
and Nabajyoti Bhuyan at Mainasiri in Urahiloga in Sonitpur District
for their failure to make payment of INR 5000 per year.
Assam Forest Minister informed
State Assembly that 14,356 posts were vacant out of the 75,559
posts in Assam Police. Despite the deficiency Police has envisaged
opening of 77 new Police Stations and outposts in 11 Districts.
Meanwhile the State Government could not utilize INR 1000.9 million
of the INR 1212.7 million released for modernization of Police.
KPLT may soon come over ground
following the footstep of other surrendered militant organisations
SC directed GoI and Assam Government
to file the status report on updating the nrc.
AASU was told by Minister of State
for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju that GoI plans to launch a special
project to check illegal migration through the riverine route
from Bangladesh. Minister also assured that GoI was committed
to implementing the Assam Accord of 1985.
SFs recovered five detonators
from a Barpeta-bound bus coming from Guwahati in Kamrup Metropolitan
District on NH-31.
Individual identified as Biplov
Rabha was beaten up by NDFB-IKS militants . Sonitpur SP stated
that Sanjukta Parasor stated that SFs had intensified operations
in the border areas after August 2 incident when NDFB-IKS injured
8 small tea planters.
Army personnel found an IED buried
inside the vegetable garden of a person, Pranjit Dohotia at Lajung
Gaon in Tinsukia District.
DGP Khagen Sarma stated that Police
received an intelligence input about the possibility of members
of Islamic militant groups targeting Assam in the run-up to August
DGP also stated that ULFA-I is
also desperate to make its presence felt with acts of violence
and the 'commander-in-chief' of the outfit, Paresh Baruah, is
in constant touch with hardcore militant Drishti Rajkhowa, who
is in charge of operations of the ULFA-I in lower Assam.
Khagen Sarma stated that militants
would be looking for soft targets like public places, cooperation
of the public is required to foil terrorist attacks and he further
stated that counter-insurgency operations have been intensified
all over the State and the CCTV cameras are being monitored regularly.
RUKR has demanded that ST status
should be given to those people of the community who are living
in the seven lower Assam districts along with the formation of
Kamatapur Territorial Council or Satellite Autonomous Council.
In an attempt to mitigate the
problem of insurgency, the CIT, Kokrajhar is undertaking an initiative
to propagate education in the remote areas along the Indo-Bhutan
border in Chirang District by encouraging students from the remote
Centre has agreed for a tripartite
talk to implement the remaining clauses of the Assam Accord. Union
Heavy Industry Minister Ananth Gite has assured AASU delegation
that Centre along with the Assam Government and AASU will sit
for a tripartite dialogue to sort out the issues.
UNLF 'chairman' RK Meghen alias
Sanayaima and his associates who are in NIA custody were produced
in NIA court in Guwahati.
MLA Padma Hazarika who represents
Sootea LAC in Sonitpur District said that his life was under threat
from NDFB-IKS, who he said was running a parallel gov in remote
parts of Sonitpur. He stated that NDFB-IKS has been demanding
monthly tax from households, villagers, petty traders as well
as small tea growers in Assam-Arunachal Border.
Two Congress MLAs Bhupen Bora
and Rajen Borthakufrom Sonitpur stated that there was insufficient
infrastructure and facilities in remote bordering areas to facilitate
sustained Police action against militants and cited lack of adequate
vehicles, manpower, barricades and even drinking water supply
for Police personnel to carry out CI ops.
AIUDF and BPF engaged in a heated
exchange of words after an AIUDF MLA reputedly stated that BPF
name figured in the FIR related to violence in Baksa District
in May in which more than 40 people were killed.
Dissident Congress leader and
former State Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that the BTAD
problem can be solved with political initiative and not by just
strengthening SFs and Police.
Minister of State for Home Affairs
Kiren Rijiju Rajya Sabha since entry of Bangladeshi nationals
into the country is clandestine it is not possible to have accurate
data and according to information available as on December 31,
2012, 16,530 Bangladeshi nationals who came to India with valid
travel documents, were found to be overstaying.
Union Minister of State for Home
Affairs, Kiren Rijiju stated in Rajya Sabha that violence in North
East is on the wane with the number of violent incidents coming
down to 412 from 1489 in 2007 and killing of innocent civilians
to 102 from 498 during the same year.
Assam Forest Minister Rockybul
Hussain informed in the State Assembly that out of 59,512 illegal
migrants, 42,000 people could not be deported as they went missing
He said that 13,900 Bangladeshi nationals registered their names
with FRROs 636 went for writ appeals and 70 are in the detention
camps. He also added that so far 16 rounds of tripartite talks
have been held among State and Central Governments and AASU on
the implementation of the Assam Accord of 1985.
Sivasagar SP Satya Gogoi stated
that strength of banned outfit such as ULFA nad CPI-M has increased
in Upper Assam with many youths particularly those belonging to
tea garden areas joining the CPI-Maoist ranks. He also added that
Maoist forces have been trying to establish a stronger base in
upper Assam than of ULFA.
Assam Police report nearly 100
minors were abducted either for ransom or due to personal enmity
since 2013. A senior Police official stated that although the
recovery rate of the victims is improving, there have been instances
when the victims are killed by the abductors even after receipt
India is likely to press Myanmar
again to flush out North-East based militants including ULFA besides
stressing a review of the border management with the neighbouring
country, when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj leaves for
Two GNLA militants were killed
in an encounter near Kongkhal village in Goalpara District. A
9 mm pistol, one 7.65 mm pistol, large amount of ammunition, three
hand grenades and IED were recovered.
Assam Minister Rockybul Hussain
stated in the Assembly that update of the NRC will be completed
by December 2016 and the State Government has been authorised
by GoI to carry out the operational work relating to the NRC and
added that INR 2880 million has been allocated by GoI for NRC
update and INR 250 million has been received by Assam.
AASU alleged that the Government
of Assam is encouraging infiltration of Bangladeshi nationals
into the State with its failure to deport the foreigners identified
by the Tribunals set up under provisions of the Foreigners' Act.
AGP held a sit-in protest at Dibrugarh
District against the cabinet decision of Assam Government to provide
shelter to Bangladeshi immigrants.
SFs recovered an IED from Amguri
town in Sivasagar District. Earlier, on an unspecified date a
CRPF recovered a quarter kilogram of explosive and four live ammunition
of a 12 bore rifle from Halowating in Sivasagar District.
Four Bhutanese identified as Singy
Wang Chuck, Padam Lal Rai, Taksha Subba and Sunil Subba were abducted
from a Bhutanese village at Pathabari near Sarpang town in Sarpang
District. Later the abductors released one individual.
Night curfew has been imposed
along the 5 kilometre belt of Assam side bordering Nagaland and
Arunachal Pradesh in order to check movement of anti-social elements.
AMSU demanded compensation to
the families of six persons who went missing during the Kokrajhar
riots of 2012 in which more than 100 people were killed. AMSU
secretary Rezaul Karim Sarkar stated that though two years have
passed since the BTAD riots, these five families are yet to get
Five TSSF militants have been
arrested by Police from Changlang, Lohit and Tinsukia . Two pistols,
1 US carbine, 1 12-bore rifle and 1 .22 rifle have been recovered
from them. SFs were aware of the formation of a new group since
four to five months back.
104 members of the NDFB-RD joined
Recurring violence BTAD has prompted
several non-Bodo organizations to approach Union Home Minister,
pressing him for reviewing BTC Accord of 2003 to ensure safety
and security of the non-Bodos.
Date for public hearing on the
alleged killing of six KPLT militants by SFs Karbi Anglong on
May 14 has been fixed on August 26 at the Inspection Bungalow
of Lumbajung Development, Manja, 16 kilometre from Diphu.
Police arrested Bidhan Dohotia,
Sanjib Talukdar, Sukheshwer Chutia alias File alias Sukhey
and Jintu Chowrok alias Kabul from Tongona and Barekuri
areas of Tinsukia District for trying to extort money from by
serving demand letters written in letterheads of ULFA and ULFA-I.
Two tea planters Baula Basumatary
and Rugi Basumatary were beaten up at Mainasiri in Sonitpur District
by four NDFB-IKS militants for not paying extortion money.
MHA alerted the North-eastern
States over possible terror attacks in the run-up to Independence
Day.MHA asked the States to take steps to foil any attempt by
militants to upset peace.
IED was recovered from a shop
of Altab Hussain from Chattradayal in Cachar District. Sketch
map was found which indicated Nehru Higher Secondary School, Pailapool
in Cachar District. PULF is suspected to be behind the attempted
Four ULFA-I militants Moran alias
Bullet Asom, Bhaskar Sonowal alias Nagen Asom, Anojit Mahanta
alias Jonak Asom and Nijut Gogoi alias Amlan Hazarika surrendered
at office of the SP Tinsukia District. One US Carbine with magazine
and two rounds of ammunition TNT, powder, one pistol with magazine
and five rounds of ammunition, one Chinese grenade were recovered.
Ten ULFA-I militants led by Akon
Asom had taken shelter in the Assam-Nagaland border areas near
Charaideo subdivision in Shivsagar District and were trying to
sneak into Sivasagar to create disturbance during the Independence
NDFB-P stated that the 104 members
joining the outfit was not a drama, as alleged by the 'information
and publicity secretary of NDFB' B Naijab.
ASP Saurav Jyoti Saikia of Tinsukia
District stated that adequate security measures had been made
throughout the District to ensure peaceful Independence day celebrations.
Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain
said in the State Assembly that Government has set up 120 fixed
security pickets in the vulnerable areas of BTAD. The Minister
further stated that NDFB-IKS is active in the BTAD area.
Arunachal Pradesh-Assam boundary
is tense after an encounter between Assam Police and NDFB-IKS
at Sonitpur District.
SFs recovered three grenades from
Sukhanjuli in Baksa District.
Assam DGP Khagen Sarma stated
that NDFB-IKS was involved in the abduction of the Bhutanese nationals
on August 8.They still remain untraced.
KPLT will soon surrender before
the Karbi Anglong District administration to start a democratic
struggle for the separate State of Hemprek Kanthim.
IG Assam Police SN Singh stated
that aerial surveillance will be conducted from August 13 to August
15 over 700 kms of railway tracks passing through vulnerable areas
and more than 600 kms of oil pipelines as railway tracks and oil
pipe lines are often targeted by the militants.
Assam Government has set up 500
forces for detection and deportation of illegal migrants. Minister
of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju stated that to ensure
speedier disposal of pending cases in the foreigners tribunals,
64 additional tribunals in addition to the existing 36 were sanctioned
for setting up in Assam last June.
Union Minister of Home Affairs,
Rajnath Singh stated that the Government was willing to hold talks
with Northeast insurgents if they would shun arms.
The 'chairman' of KPLT D. Kramsa,
asked the people of Karbi Anglong District to observe Independence
Day as they have decided to withdraw the strike call for a political
solution of the homeland issue.
Two individuals identified as
Fosoi Gaur and Chintamoni Barhoi was killed in firing by miscreants
from Nagaland at Chetia Gaon in Golaghat District along Assam-Nagaland
border. They were protesting at the camp of CRPF who have been
posted to look in to the law and order situation, against the
alleged abduction of two schoolboys identified as Ajoy Gor and
Philson Kujur who have been missing since July 26 when they went
to adjacent Chandla Chung village. It ha sbeen alleged that they
were abducted by miscreants in Chandla Chung. Golaghat Police
stated that Chetia Gaon is infested by CPI-Maoist and AANLA However
according to the source all skirmishes along the Nagaland border
have been so far allegedly spurred by NSCN-IM.
Armed Naga miscreants killing
a village headman, identified as Africa Toppo and setting on fire
nearly 200 houses in the B Sector of Golaghat District. Attacks
were reported from over ten villages - Jahaji Bosti, Roman Bosti,
Kampur, Majgaon, Santipur, Chetiagaon, Xukanjan, Sainpur, Ratanpur,
Kemphur and Kamalpur. Thousands of villagers have abandoned their
villages and fled to safer places. Eight relief camps have been
opened at Uriamghat which are housing some 5,000 villagers.
NDFB cadre Birdao Singh Boro,
was arrested from Mothanga Chawk in Baksa District.
NDFB-IKS militant identified as
Swmdwn Basumatary was arrested from Koilamoila market in Bongaigaon
District and a hand grenade was recovered from him.
SFs arrested a KPLT militant identified
as Rukasen Timung. One .22 pistol along with five live rounds
were recovered from him.
CM Tarun Gogoi requested Union
Home Minister Rajnath Singh for additional Central paramilitary
forces for deployment in the trouble torn areas of Dhansiri subdivision
of Golaghat District.
AASAA has announced a 12-hour
Assam bandh on August 16 and has already launched an indefinite
economical blockade against Nagaland. Rafel Kuzur, president of
AASAA, blamed "irresponsible" Assam Government for the incident.
AASU burnt effigies of Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi at various places of the State against the Government's
failure to protect the lives and property of the people of the
State Government has accused NSCN-IM
of inciting the ongoing flare up on the disputed of inciting the
ongoing flare up on the disputed resulting in the death of three
Adivasi villagers of the State.
Officials from Sarpang of Bhutan
and Kokrajhar of Assam held a discussion on the terrorist activities
across the border areas in Bhutan. Bhutan's Sarpang District administration
comprising ADSP and SP RBP of Sarpang District held a meeting
with the Kokrajhar District administration over the kidnapping
of four people recently by suspected NDFB-IKS.
Minister of State for Home Kiren
Rijiju stated that MHA is implementing a scheme for surrender-cum-rehabilitation
of militants of the northeastern region to wean away the misguided
youth and hard-core militants who have strayed into the fold of
militancy and later find themselves trapped.
The number of inmates in relief
camps swelled to over ten thousand with about 400 more people
fleeing their villages and taking shelter in the camps. Assam
Government would pay ex gratia of INR 800000 to the next of kin
of the victims.
Militants identified as Antony
Basumatary alias B Obachira, a militant of 36 batch of NDFB-IKS
and Puran Mochahary, a militant of 43 batch of NDFB-IKS surrendered
at the office of SP Chirag District. They surrendered with one
9 mm pistol, ammunition and one 7.6 mm pistol with ammunition.
AAGSU has served a three-day ultimatum
on State authorities to book the culprits who were responsible
for the alleged "indiscriminate firing" from Nagaland.
Aton Sangma Chairman of PWD Development
Board KAAC welcomed CM Tarun Gogoi's announcement on August 11
in his budget speech about creation of Garo Autonomous Council.
He stated that it was a positive development for the Garos particularly
of Goalpara and Kamrup Districts.
AASU Bongaigaon District committee,
in association with Bongaigaon Anchalik committee, staged a 27-hour
hunger strike to demand security for the people of Assam.
Nine more bodies have been recovered
from B Sector of Golaghat District along the Assam-Nagaland border
on August 15. Assam Home Commissioner G.D. Tripathi stated that
the recovered bodies were related to indiscriminate firing and
arson by miscreants from Nagaland in eight villages in Golaghat
District along the disputed boundary on August 12.
CRPF arrested three arsonists
from an unspecified location when they allegedly made attempts
to torch some abandoned houses in one of the affected villages.
Despite the NDFB-IKS diktat to
boycott Independence Day, remote villages of Sulekaguri and Patalsana
in Chirang District celebrated the country's 68th Independence
Nine Nagaland State security personnel
who were proceeding towards Jorhat airport along NH-39 ran into
a blockade at RangajanTinali in Golaghat district. The blockade
enforcers stopped them, held them captive and refused to release
them till the border crisis got resolved.
Tarun Gogoi said the State Government
has taken measures to restore peace along the Assam-Nagaland border.
Gogoi expressed concern over the volatile situation in BTAD despite
an improvement in law and order.
Unidentified truck driver was
shot dead by a group of unidentified men at Sithakhowa in Udalguri
Two ANCA militants identified
as William S. Sangma ,the leader of ANCA and Jiten Lyngdoh were
arrested along the Assam-Meghalaya border in Goalpara District.
An unidentified woman was also arrested. They have confessed to
their involvement in the abduction of Saumendu Chakraborty on
Hundreds of villagers fled from
Ratnapur, Chainpur, 2 number Bilgaon and Romanbasti to the relief
camps at Gelapani School and Defodil School in Uriamghat in Golaghat
District after Naga miscreants allegedly fired in the open in
Forest staff in Manas National
Park in Barpeta District recovered 49 forms of ammunition, two
magazines and an axe from Kasuabil forest range.
Two villagers identified as Samsul
Haque and Hussain Ahmed were abducted by suspected tribal militants
from Bishnupur village near Cheragi in Karimganj District. The
abductors took them to forest in Mizoram.
Assam CM requested Indian PM for
his personal intervention in restoring peace at violence-ravaged
Uriamghat and requested 10 companies of CRPF for rapid reinforcement
and setting up of security pickets in the affected areas.
Government officials confirmed
the death of seven villagers and injuries to more than 10 due
to firing and arson by Naga miscreants, while several other corpses
are believed to be uncounted in hamlets like Chetiagaon, Jahajibasti,
Kamalpur, Chainpur, Majgaon, Roamanbasti, Ranipukhuri and many
other remote localities near Uriamghat in Golaghat District.
KMSS blocked trains to Dimapur
in Nagaland in Golaghat District for over nine hours seeking deployment
of AR and Assam Police in the disputed area KMSS president Akhil
Gogoi blamed the bloodshed on the "conspiracy" to carve out Greater
Nagalim, covering parts of Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal
APW president Abhijit Sarma stated
that ULFA-PTF by its 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa should dissuade
its one-time 'ally' (NSCN) carrying out violent acts in the Assam-Nagaland
Villagers have alleged that NSCN-IM
and some local Naga people are involved in the attack in Golaghat
District along Assam-Nagaland border.
AASU met Governor JB Patnaik and
sought his intervention in restoring normalcy in Assam.
Assam CM at the State Secretariat
said that the State Government was firm in its resolve to "oppose
tooth and nail, the scourge of terrorism and violence".
AASU ahead of Chief Minister visit
to Uriamghat in Golaghat District demanded that the affected people
should be shifted from relief camps to their homes and a permanent
solution should be found to settle the dispute with Nagaland.
Two more bodies were found from
Sainpur village in B Sector of Golaghat District, taking the toll
to 14. Police said they were victims of violence on August 12.
14 persons were gunned down and four were wounded and four are
missing in the attacks.
Officials say that nine dead bodies
were recovered and eight others were found to be wounded Some
media reports also put the death toll as 11.
GoI advised the Chief Ministers
of Assam and Nagaland to hold talks to evolve ways for defusing
the tension along the inter-state border. Centre has also given
new directives to the personnel of CRPF along the disputed areas
of the border.
Joint Secretary North-East Shambhu
Singh pointed out that as a case regarding the boundary dispute
between Assam and Nagaland is pending before the Supreme Court,
it is not possible for the Centre to intervene for resolving the
| August 18
Two hand grenades meant for NDFB-IKS
were recovered from a surrendered militant identified as John
Daimary alias Jayanta Daimary in Chirang District. He was an arms
supplier for NDFB-IKS and was carrying the explosives from Dimapur
One NSLA militant identified as
Uttam Hasda was arrested at Balagaon in Kokrajhar District and
a 7.65 mm pistol, two rounds of ammunition, one magazine were
NSLA militant Badhuram Hembrom
was arrested from Srirampur in the Kokrajhar District.
CM Tarun Gogoi’s convoy was attacked
by protesters from Assam side when he was on his way to visit
the violence-hit Uriamghat in Golaghat District. Police resorted
to blank-firing and lathi charge to disperse more than 3,000 displaced
villagers at a relief camp in the Uriamghat area, who became agitated
after Tarun Gogoi entered the camp premises.
Tarun Gogoi, meanwhile, said his
Government would set up Border Development Council and Border
Protection Battalion to ensure development and security along
the state’s borders. These would be done as Assam was not happy
with CRPF and said he will ask for deployment of BSF.
Representatives of Ralan area
and their Assam counterparts resolved to solve all outstanding
issues through “people to people” dialogue. The representatives
also decided to set up an inter-state joint coordination committee
with three to four members each from both sides.
Home Secretary GD Tripathi stated
that people in relief camps have visited their homes and are expected
to move to their houses in a day or two. Moreover, the number
of inmates in relief camps has come down to 9,300 from around
10,000. He said the night curfew from 6 pm to 6 am in the B Sector
Assam Police along with CRPF have
set up 18 pickets in the violence–hit area. The economic blockade
against Nagaland launched at Golaghat’s Rangajan continued on
August 17 Over 500 trucks carrying commodities were stranded in
area, affecting supply to Manipur as well.
Assam Government has started the
process of rehabilitating the people displaced in the attacks
by miscreants from Nagaland. Around 2,500 people have returned
to their respective villages in this phase under security protection.
Now around 7,500 people are still staying in the relief camps
and they would be sent back in a phased manner.
Nagaland and Manipur are cut-off
by road following an economic blockade imposed against Nagaland
by various Assam-based organizations. According to sources AASU
is going to intensify their agitation against Nagaland following
the failure of the Assam government to provide details of incidents
that led to violence on August 12.
Paresh Baruah-led ULFA-I appealed
to the Nagaland leadership to rein in troublemakers at Uriamghat
in Golaghat District and asked explanation for the horrific conflict.
In an email statement ‘chairman’, Abhijit Asom said if these elements
are not dealt with firmly, ULFA-I would be compelled to believe
that Nagaland is grabbing Assam's land forcibly.
DoNER Minister V.K. Singh would
meet the Chief Ministers of all North-eastern states in Guwahati
in Assam on August 21-22 to decide a roadmap for the development
of the region.
| August 19
One person was killed and several
hurt in Golaghat District’s Rangajan area close to the Assam-Nagaland
boundary as locals clashed with Police and paramilitary force
personnel on NH-39 after Assam Police removed the economic blockade
imposed by organizations from Assam against the movement of vehicles
GoI has dispatched extra SFs to
restore peace and order in Golaghat. Earlier, there were nine
CRPF posts in the area, which have been doubled following the
latest round of violence.
Assam CM said the people living
along the Assam-Nagaland border and the inmates of the relief
camps do not have confidence in the central SFs deployed along
the disputed belt. Tarun Gogoi also blamed the Centre for the
turmoil on the inter–state border and said New Delhi was not taking
the issue “seriously”.
Dispur told New Delhi that underground
organisations have been actively involved in carrying out the
orgy of violence along the Assam–Nagaland border. Assam Chief
Secretary Jitesh Khosla “The ongoing violence is not a group clash...It’s
a terrorist activity.
SFI Guwahati committee lodged
protest against the State government’s failure to provide security
to the people of Assam living on the Assam-Nagaland border.
The Chief Ministers of the Assam
and Nagaland are scheduled to meet on August 21 to discuss how
to de-escalate the prevailing tension. The Assam government has
set up a dozen relief camps to shelter thousands of people who
fled their villages. The assailants had torched 200 houses in
over half-a-dozen villages.
Nine persons, including the personal
secretary, five bodyguards and three drivers of the parliamentary
secretary P. Paiwang Konyak, who were detained by Adivasi mob
on August 15 in Assam, have been released.
BSF IG stated that militants groups
of the Northeast continue to receive ‘substantial quantity’ of
illegal arms and ammunition from China and Myanmar. He said that
“There are isolated instances of arms and ammunition entering
into the country across the international border with Bangladesh,
but a substantial quantity is coming from the international border
with Myanmar and China.”
ATASU staged a two-hour sit-in
dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office complex protesting
against the alleged indifference of the State Government towards
protecting the State land being grabbed by the neighbouring States
and the failure to take action against the atrocities committed
by Naga miscreants in Golaghat District.
| August 20
Five unidentified NDFB-IKS militants
were killed in an encounter with a joint Police and Army team
in jungle areas of Raimati Chirang District. An AK series rifle,
five pistols, six magazines, five grenades, 60 rounds of ammunition
and INR 100000 were recovered from the militants.
The militants have been identified
as ‘military secretary section commander’ C. Rwikha, alias
Rajib Sumpramary , ‘section commander ‘M. Rojong, alias
Roslin Mushahary, B. Raidwng, alias Raju Basumatary, ‘personal
security officer’ of C. Rwikha Debanand Islary. SFs recovered
226 live rounds of ammunition 10 empty cartridges and INR 551000.
NDFB-IKS accused NDFB-RD of being
involved in the killing of the five members while NDFB-RD denied
its hand in the killings..
Police and protesters clashed
at Golaghat District for the second day leaving three persons
killed and several injured. 14 persons sustained bullet injuries
while several Police personnel were also injured in the attack.
A class ten student identified
as Priya Basumatary was killed by NDFB-IKS at Dwimuguri in Chirag
District. The militants suspected her to be a Police informer
and alleged that she was in a relationship with a militant of
Union HM Rajnath Singh called
upon Assam CM to take stock of the situation and asked Tarun Gogoi
and T.R. Zeliang to “sit across the table” and resolve the issue.
The Assam and Nagaland chief ministers
are expected to make a joint statement calling for peace on the
boundary after a meeting with Union minister of State for Home
Kiren Rijiju in Guwahati on August 21.
Assam CM said his Government would
institute a judicial inquiry by a retired judge of Gauhati High
Court into the Police firing to arrive at the truth.
GoI has dispatched over 1,000
CRPF personnel to restore peace at Golaghat While the force earlier
manned nine posts, nine more have been set up. Meanwhile Assam
CM accused the CRPF of inaction, and said the Home Affairs Ministry
had failed to provide adequate security.
Tarun Gogoi stated “Today they
have decided to send additional forces but after I asked them.
As it is a disputed area, it is under the CRPF. Let them (the
Centre) give me the area, I will maintain security. I take responsibility
for what happened yesterday but why not Rajnath Singh (Union home
minister) as they failed to give protection to people living in
the disputed areas,”.
Gogoi further stated that Nagaland
police have arrested 15 persons and CRPF apprehended nine persons
in connection with the violence.
Union Minister of State for Home
Affairs Kiren Rijiju said, “As far as border dispute is concerned,
the onus is on the states to resolve the matter, we can only provide
them assistance.” About the firing issue he said that it is not
right to blame the centre or CRPF because law and order is a state
subject. Centre sends forces; it is up to the state governments
to regulate them.
MHA submitted a report to PMO
on the ongoing violence along the Assam-Nagaland border after
Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought details on it.
AGP has given a call for a 12-hour
Assam bandh on August 21 in protest against the atrocities let
loose by the State Government on the innocent people, who protested
the Government’s failure to protect people’s life and property
from Naga attackers and the silence maintained by BJP led GoI.
Assam Tea Tribes Students’ Association
has also called for a 12-hour Assam bandh ON August 21 in protest
against Rangajan firing incident in which one person was killed
on August 19.
ACJJM ASYO and AJYP following
a rally in protest against Naga miscreants’ incursion and the
Centre and the State Government’s failure to protect the life
and property of indigenous people submitted a memorandum to the
Governor of Assam through the Deputy Commissioner, Dibrugarh.
ACJJM has demanded the Centre’s direct intervention and sought
a permanent solution to border problems by instituting an enquiry.
AASU called for Central intervention
and demanded removal of the CRPF from the trouble-torn inter-state
border area and deployment of Assam Police battalions.
In what has become clear that
Bangladesh may be using detained ULFA ‘general secretary’ as a
bargaining chip, Anup Chetia has told Indian official that he
wants to come back to India but Dhaka (Bangladesh) was not acceding
to his request. Sources divulged that an official from the MEA
met Chetia in Dhaka Jail on August 20 and held discussions.
| August 21
Two persons injured during the
clash with Police in Assam’s Golaghat District succumbed at different
NDFB-IKS released the execution
video of a girl whom they killed to avenge the killing of five
of their cadres by SFs. The militants threaten more killings and
have released the video ‘to warn others’.
NDFB-RD denied its hand in the
killing of NDFB-IKS militants on August 20.
Information and Publicity Wing
of the NDFB-IKS, NE Esara said the if killing was the sole language
of the State Government, then they too would start speaking the
In protest against the killing
of the five members, the NDFB-IKS has declared a 24–hour Assam
bandh on August 22.
Assam and Nagaland decided to
put in place a joint mechanism for regular coordination between
their officials to prevent the recurrence of violence over the
Assam and Nagaland also agreed
that the historical problems causing the recurring incidents in
the disputed belt should be resolved. Assam Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi and Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang arrived at this
agreement in the presence of Union Minister of State for Home
Gogoi has sought a special package
from the Centre for development of inter-state border areas.
Gogoi and Zeliang said both the
States expressed dissatisfaction with CRPF posted in the DAB as
a neutral force. Rijiju said the Centre was ready to reinforce
the Central forces in disturbed areas along the boundary.
Army staged flag march in Golaghat
District where indefinite curfew was relaxed for a few hours (5:30-9:00
pm) in the evening. No fresh incident of violence was reported
during the day.
Golaghat District administration
relaxed curfew in the Golaghat municipal area following a two-hour
meeting between the administration and representatives of seven
agitating organizations in the presence of state PWD minister
Ajanta Neog. The curfew could be relaxed as the organizations
agreed to withdraw the indefinite Golaghat District bandh.
Curfew may be lifted from Golaghat
on August 22. if the situation permits, district information and
public relations officer Anupjyoti Choudhury said.
12-hour Assam bandh called by
AGP, AATTSA and some other organisations to protest the violence
along the State’s boundary with Nagaland and the Police firing
on protesters crippled life across the State. The bandh was more
or less peaceful though there were stray incidents of effigy and
tyre burning on roads.
ASS described the attack of the
Naga miscreants on the farming people of the State as a violation
of the spirit of the country’s Constitution and blamed the indifference
and inaction of both the Assam and Nagaland Governments for the
present situation along the interstate border.
ASS further said that role of
the Central Government in the dispute is also discouraging.
BSF believes that out of 45 N-E
militant camps in Bangladesh, 21 belong to militant groups including
ULFA NLFT and ATTF.
Militants of the NDFB-IKS attacked
a SSB camp situated at Ultapani, bordering Bhutan, in Kokrajhar
District in the night. Confirming the news, Commandant of the
16 Battalion, SSB Shiv Om said, “The militants fired indiscriminately
with sophisticated weapons targeting the camp. Our jawans retaliated
and there was heavy exchange of fire.” “The firing continued for
over an hour periodically from three sides. There was, however,
no damage or casualty,” he added.
The Tinsukia and Panitola branch
of AASAA has condemned Chief Minister (CM) Tarun Gogoi, holding
him singularly responsible for the deaths in Police firing during
the last two days in Golaghat District. Demanding resignation
of CM, the protesters warned the Tarun Gogoi not to indulge in
such type of anti-people activities, else he would have to face
Demanding permanent settlement
of the border issue, stopping the Naga aggression as well as in
protest against Police atrocities in Golaghat in which three people
have been killed and several others injured in firing, Tinsukia
District committees of All Tai Ahom Students’ Union and All Assam
Hindu Students’ Union jointly staged a rail roko programme at
New Tinsukia Railway Station in the night. They demanded that
President’s Rule should be imposed in Assam before further deterioration
of the law and order situation.
Due to frequent violence in the
disputed areas on the Assam side of the inter-State borders, about
60 people lost their lives from 2001 to till date. In the last
13 years, 29 people were killed in attacks in the disputed areas
along the Assam-Nagaland border. "From 2005 to 2014, 17 people
were killed in clashes in the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border areas
and from 2010 to 2011, 14 people were killed in the Assam-Meghalaya
border areas. From 2001 to 2012, 12 people were killed in violent
clashes in the Assam-Nagaland border areas. In the recent violence
along the Assam-Nagaland border, official sources pegged the death
toll at 9, but as per unofficial sources, 15 people lost their
lives in the violence.
| August 22
An NDFB-IKS cadre, identified
as Ranjan Brahma, was killed in an encounter with Security Forces
at Mainaguri under Kachugaon Police Station in Kokrajhar District
in the morning. One 7.65 pistol, two live rounds of ammunition
and a magazine were also recovered from the militant, Police sources
The 24-hour Assam strike called
by the NDFB-IKS faction beginning at 5 am on paralysed life in
Kokrajhar as well as in Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri Districts.
The strike was called against the killing of five of its cadres
on August 20.
Accusing the neutral force deployed
at the B sector of the disputed Assam-Nagaland border of playing
a partisan role and turning a blind eye towards all incursions
and aggressions from Nagaland, the AASU demanded immediate withdrawal
of the unit and replace it by Assam Police in the area also alleging
that the neutral force worked in favour of the Nagas. The student
body also insisted on a time-bound inquiry into the police crackdown
at Rangajan by a sitting judge. The student body also said Tarun
Gogoi is solely responsible for the border clash in Upper Assam’s
Golaghat District and demanded measures for immediate rehabilitation
of the affected people.
Tarun Gogoi, in an official press
release said that the State Government would provide adequate
compensation to the displaced people who were hit by violence
along the Assam-Nagaland border.
Tarun Gogoi, decided to recommend
CBI inquiry into the entire episode, right from the abduction
of the two school children on July 26 to the recent clashes between
Security Forces and protestors. Gogoi held a meeting with representatives
of seven agitating organizations of Golaghat during the day. The
organizations, however, said that they would resume their agitation
if the inquiry is not initiated within a month’s time. Gogoi also
told the delegation that the Government would urge the Supreme
Court for an early settlement of the vexed border issue.
AASU blamed CM Tarun Gogoi for
his 'total failure' on the Assam-Nagaland border skirmishes in
which many lives of Assamese were lost.
AASU urged the State Government
to shift its focus on protection and development of border areas
which have remained neglected for years.
AAGSU in a memorandum submitted
to CM expressed grave concern over the ongoing insecurity being
faced by the people in the villages along the Assam-Nagaland border
in Golaghat District and suggested that the administration should
coin new action plans to contain it before it took more serious
Seeking a permanent solution to
the protracted Assam-Nagaland border dispute, activists of AASU
staged a 12-hour hunger-strike in all District headquarters across
AASU has asked the Narendra Modi-Government
to send a central team to take stock of the situation in the State's
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina promised
to provide all possible helps including transit facilities for
the Northeastern States and other related bilateral issues with
Situation in the troubled Golaghat
District is returning to normalcy with many people going back
to their homes but night curfew would remain in force. "Following
enhanced security measures in the affected areas, about 3,400
inmates have already gone back to their villages.
AIUDF castigated the State Government
and the Police force for failing to protect the lives of innocent
citizens and demanded the resignation of Chief Minister following
the murder of teenager Priya Basumatary by NDFB-IKS.
Myanmar said it will bust training
camps of NE militants if India provides specific inputs about
their existence. Myanmar's Information Minister U Ye Htut said
his government will cooperate "fully" with the new Indian government
in cracking down on militant bases.
Newly formed KLPF 'chairman' Manoj
Teron and 'general secretary' Dhaniram Teron were arrested during
a joint operation launched by the Assam Police and CRPF from Jiadong
village in Karbi Anglong. Two AK-56 rifles, ten magazines of AK-56,
255 live rounds of AK-56 ammunition, a .22 rifle, six live grenades,
a magazine of 9 mm pistol, a 7.65 mm pistol, four live rounds
of ammunitions of 7.65 pistol were recovered. KLPF is reported
to be active in Karbi Anglong and its adjoining District Dima
Continuous operations have weakened
the two newly floated militant outfits in Karbi Anglong UPLA and
KLPF. 31 cadres of the two outfits were arrested and four killed
in different encounters since the June 5.Till July 25 altogether
14 UPLA cadres were arrested and two killed in encounters
During border conference BSF and
BGB discussing key issues such as movement of FICN, cattle smuggling,
illegal migration and human trafficking. Both forces agreed to
work jointly to resolve all border-related issues.
Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal
said that CMs of Assam and Nagaland should work jointly to resolve
the border problems of the two States and take prompt measures
to provide security to the people in the affected area.
Supreme Court-appointed mediators
had recommended maintenance of proof of occupation to prevent
encroachments and appointment of border magistrates , apprehending
trouble along the Assam-Nagaland order.Key suggestions were out
after extensive consultations with the local people living on
both sides of the border by the Supreme Court-appointed mediator
Shriram R Panchu. 227 Bangladeshi citizens who had come to Assam
with proper visa are yet to return A total of 64,387 Bangladeshi
citizens have visited Assam with visa so far. Of them, 64,167
have returned. Among the total visitors, 27,327 were Hindus, 36,992
Muslims and 23 from other religious background.
Two ULFA-I were killed in an encounter
at Goalpara District. During the encounter Police Commando battalion
Inspector Sanin Stone Momin received bullet injuries on his leg.
SFs launched an operation at Beldangpara in Krishnai area to rescue
an abducted boy .He was rescued and Hiteswar Chakravorty, who
had kidnapped the boy for ULFA was arrested in Goalpara.
Two suspected ANCA members ANCA
were arrested near the Guwahati railway station by SFs on August
25. Two .32 pistols and ten rounds of ammunition were siezed from
Execution of 16-year-old school
student Priya Basumatary by NDFB-IKS that has been drawing widespread
condemnation and triggering street protests over the last few
days, also rocked the Assam Assembly.
BNC political parties such as
BPF, BPPF, former Rajya Sabha MP UG Brahma and various non-political
organizations have vehemently condemned the killing of Priya Basumatary
India has handed over to Bangladesh
a list of 71 camps of the Indian insurgent groups that still exists
in the neighboring country.
Opposition stalled the State assembly's
Question Hour over Assam-Nagaland border violence and the recent
killing of a Bodo girl by NDFB-IKS.
Army chief General Dalbir Singh
reviewed the operational preparedness and ground situation in
Assam during his first visit to the region as the army chief.
BPF president and BTC chief Hagrama
Mohilary advised the State Government against using the divide-and-rule
policy to start talks with militant groups as it serves no purpose
in the long run.
Tarun Gogoi stated that Assam
and Nagaland governments don't have confidence in CRPF deployed
in the troubled Assam-Nagaland border areas saying that in the
recent border violence, the CRPF has failed to protect the lives
of people living there.
Admitting a PIL by AGP leaders
Zoinath Sharma and Jagadish Bhuyan seeking an inquiry into the
Police firing and alleged atrocities in Golaghat Gauhati High
Court issued notices to the Central and State government and asked
both to file their affidavits by September 3.
NDFB militants, identified as
Jaikhlong Brahma alias Jagat and Ripok Brahma alias Raidaolang,
were arrested from Karigaon in Kokrajhar District. One 9mm pistol,
two magazines of 9mm pistol and two rounds of live ammunition
were recovered from them.
Central Government has decided
to implant special kind of fence over water along the riverine
India-Bangladesh border to stop illegal immigration.
State Government announced a judicial
inquiry into the killing Priya Basumatary by NDFB-IKS
Assam has witnessed the maximum
number of civilian casualties in the past six months in violent
incidents. The State has witnessed the killing of as many as 77
innocent civilians, which is the highest in the entire northeast.
Government reports states that
43 extremists were also killed in violent incidents between January
and June this year. At least four security personnel have also
lost their lives during the period. In 2013, at least 35 civilians
were killed in Assam, whereas the figure was 27 in 2012 and 18
in 2011. The report mentioned that "incidents of violence have
slightly increased in the States of Assam and Meghalaya."
Reps of 8 orgs submitted three
memorandas to PM and Union HM and CM of Assam demanding a permanent
solution to the Assam-Nagaland boundary problem. charter submitted
to the PM and Union HM, the organizations demanded a permanent
solution to the boundary problem, ensure the safety of lives and
property of the people living along the border areas, a visit
by a ministry team to the area on a stock-taking situation, immediate
withdrawal of CRPF. In the memorandum submitted to Gogoi, they
have given a deadline of a week to the State Government to give
a positive response in respect of their demands, otherwise they
would launch a mass movement against the government.
AASU central executive member
Raju Phukon asked the CM to publish a white paper on the status
of the title suit filed in the Supreme Court to determine and
delineate the constitutional boundary of each state.
KMSS staged a protest against
Tarun Gogoi's statement during his budget speech that no one will
be given land in the hill areas in and around Guwahati. Opposing
the chief minister's stance, KMSS said the Centre's FRA allows
settlements in the hills.
SFs recovered an IED from a railway
track between Matonga Bazar and Kuighat in Chirang District.
Nabajyoti Konwar, a suspected
militant of ULFA-I was arrested from Sunpura Tiniali near Nazira
in Sivasagar District. INR 500000 was recovered from him.
ABSU 'chairman' Pramod Boro at
Mainawsree in Sonitpur District alleged that Assam Government
was indifferent towards controlling the State's insurgency problem,
particularly the NDFB problem. He urged Assam Government and NDFB
to come forward with a positive attitude to put an end to the
NEICC expressed its anguish about
the violence along the Assam-Nagaland Border and appealed all
to shun violence and maintain peace.
Two unidentified bodies were recovered
in B Sector of Golaghat District.
State Government stated that situation
along Assam-Nagaland border was limping back to normalcy. A security
meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla decided that
the existing 81 BOPs in the Inter State Border will be repaired
or reconstructed along barracks, security fencing, bunkers, water
and sanitation facilities etc. INR 170 Million is proposed to
be made available for the purpose.
Five ANCA militants from an unspecified
village along the Assam-Meghalaya border were arrested .SFs Police
stated that ANCA which consists of members from other Garo militant
splinter groups is trying to expand its base on the Assam-Meghalaya
border near Kamrup and Goalpara Districts.
Police stated that they were not
sure if ANCA has direct links with ULFA-I militants but were sure
that all of them are working in coordination and intelligence
reports indicate that ULFA-I is helping ANCA procuring arms from
Nagaland in return of a share of the extortion money.
Chirag District Administration
held a meeting with different organizations in the DC office at
Kajalgaon and DC in Charge Dasarat Das announced an ex-gratia
of INR 600000 to the next of kin and medical support to parents
of Priya Basumatary , killed by NDFB-IKS.
Chirang District committees of
BSU, AAMSU, ABMSU, AKRSU, AGSU and BCRF requested the Chirag District
administration to strengthen security in the sensitive areas and
assured to extend all possible help in fighting against extremists
and maintaining peace and unity in the District.
Chirang District committees of
BSU, AAMSU, ABMSU, AKRSU, AGSU and BCRF requested the Chirag District
administration to strengthen security in the sensitive areas and
assured to extend all possible help in fighting against extremists
and maintaining peace and unity in the District.
157 people of Assam have died
and 166 have been injured in incidents of violence in and around
the areas of the State bordering Nagaland in the last 40 years.
Only two Nagas have died during these incidents. Golaghat District
has borne the brunt of the violence, accounting for 131 deaths
in nine clashes during 1977-2014. Sivasagar District accounted
for the maximum number of incidents of violence - 96
The list of the dead includes
31 Assam Police personnel and three CISF personnel. Miscreants
and NSCN militants were found to be involved in most of these
violent incidents. This was revealed by Forest Minister Rockybul
Hussain on behalf of the Border Areas Development Minister, in
reply to a question by Phani Bhushan Choudhury of AGP.
An army trooper Ashok Barde was
injured when militants of NDFB-IKS attacked army camp at Panbari
in Chirag District.
Krishnai Police recovered one
9 mm pistol, 14 rounds of live ammunition, four batteries and
some flexible wires from ULFA-I militant Babul Rava alias Kancha
who was arrested on August 19.
BPCPI referred to the peace initiatives
taken by NDFB-RD and termed NDFB-IKS as a group of 'disgruntled
and misguided youths, creating nuisance in the society' and added
NDFB-IKS reflects least respect for human value and their presence
is affecting the society adversely".
State Government has constituted
a One-Man Inquiry Commission, headed by retired Judge of Gauhati
High Court BP Katakey to inquire into the circumstances leading
to the police firing on August 20. The Commission will ascertain
the circumstances leading to and the act of police firing. It
will also examine whether police action was resorted to after
exhausting all available non-lethal options.
Social and civil organisations
in Chirang, including BSS Tribal Sangha, ABWWF staged a two-hour
sit-in in front of DCs office at Kajalgaon in Chirang District
against the killing of Priya Basumatary by NDFB-IKS militants
on August 20. They demanded a CBI enquiry.
Ex-militants of DHD and DHD-J
took part in a dharna , in front the office of the DC, Dima Haso
District, demanding implementation of MoS in a time-bound manner,
withdrawal of cases related to ex-DHD ,ex-DHD-J militants, rehabilitation
of all ex-DHD and DHD-j militants , ex gratia for the families
of killed cadres, formation of the Barman-Hojai Development Council
as per Clause 2.8 of the MoS and completion of NH from Lumding
to Silchar and regular salaries for employees of NCHAC.
Police arrested an arms supplier
identified as Marqus Narzary from Bamungaon under Sidli Police
Station in Chirang District and recovered AK 56 rifle, two Light
Machine Gun magazines, two 303 rifles five live shells of M-16
rifle, 42 bullets of 303 rifle, a pen pistol and its 50 rounds
of bullets were recovered.
According to IG LR Bishnoi Marqus
Narzary resides in Dimapur in Nagaland and sends the consignment
of arms using women and teenagers as couriers to NDFB-IKS.
Opposition members staged a walkout
in Assam Assembly protesting the refusal of the Deputy Speaker
to allow a discussion on the killing of Priya Basumatary by NDFB-IKS
and recent violence in areas bordering Nagaland.
3 members of JACS which met HM
Rajnath Singh on August 27 , stated that they will begin fresh
agitation from September 1 , if GoI does not respond to its demand.
JACAS is demanding the creation of an autonomous state encompassing
the two hill Districts of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao Districts.
JACAS chief convenor BijoyTeron
mentioned that in the course of two round discussions with MHA
a detailed roadmap on autonomous state was presented which has
been scrutinized by various ministries including the Law Ministry.
Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman
Khan stated that Government will hand over Anup Chetia, ''general
secretary'' of ULFA to Indian authorities And in return get back
Nur Hossain, prime accused in the Narayanganj District seven-murder
Suspected militants abducted a
supervisor of a construction company identified as Safihur Rahman
from camp of Triveni Construction at Hatikhali in Dima Hasao.
Police arrested an unidentified
UPLA from Mandardisa in Dima Hasao District . A pistol was recovered
Meghalaya , Assam, Manipur and
Nagaland continue to account for the bulk of insurgency-related
violence in North-East.
Meghalaya , Assam, Manipur and
Nagaland continue to account for the bulk of insurgency-related
violence in North-East.
JACAS activists began hunger strike
for indefinite period at KASA stadium demanding creation of an
autonomous state encompassing the two hill Districts of Karbi
Anglong and Dima Hasao. JACAS had stated that they will begin
fresh agitation from September 1 if GoI does not respond to its
An encounter took place between
Police and unknown miscreants at Dayungmukh Nepali Basti area
in Dima Hasao District and Police arrested a DHD militant identified
as Jigen Langthasa and recovered one AK-56 rifle with magazine.
KPLT militants abducted a guard
of Chirang tea estate identified as Babul Bora from Nagaon District.
The tea garden is owned by former ULFA leader Kalpajyoti Neog.
Police arrested the Kokrajhar
correspondent of News Live TV channel identified as Jaikhnong
Brahma from Kokrajhar town charging him for having links with
NDFB-IKS. Police stated that he was providing information to militants
about the movement of SFs in advance and instigating the cadres
to indulge in the violent activities like killing of innocent
persons, sources or informers of SFs and burning vehicles on National
Meanwhile BSS ABWWF , AGP and
APCU condemned the arrest of Jaikhnong Brahma and demanded his
GNLA militants robbed cash and
valuables worth INR 400000 from the passengers of an auto-rickshaw
at Bankimari in Dhubri District.
The arrested UNLF 'chairman' RK
Sanayaima was produced in front of NIA court in Guwahati.
NDFB-IKS general secretary' B
Saoraigra stated that people should vote in the next year BTC
poll with conscience. He admitted that NDFB-IKS had killed Priya
Basumatary for being an informer. He further made NDFB founder
Ranjan Daimary responsible for fratricidal killings and also said
that Daimary was also equally responsible for the killing.
A suspected NDFB-IKS militant
identified as Praneswer Basumatary alias B. Thaiga was killed
in an encounter with SFs at Dhansiri in Udalguri District. A militant
Asis Daimary alias B. Akhai was also arrested after the encounter.
4 militants of KNLA identified
as Songja Tokbi, Kensing Ronghang, Arun Engti and Kamsing Rongpi
surrendered in Diphu in Karbi Anglong District.They deposited
a AK-47 rifle, two magazines of AK-47 rifle, a broken magazine
of AK-47 rifle, 29 rounds of ammunition, a 9 mm pistol, seven
rounds of 9 mm ammunition, 13 live rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition
and six live rounds of 12 bore cartridge.
7 UPLF militants identified as
Naisring Parbosa, Anep Langthasa, Tushi Bodo, Manik Haflongbar,
Suhit Nabensa, Rohito Kemprai and Bidyut Langthasa surrendered
in Diphu in Karbi Anglong District A M21 Chinese made Rifle ,
a SBBL a 9 MM pistol and two Chinese hand grenades were surrendered
3 KPLT militants identified as
Probhat Singnar, Rajib Singnar and Francis Terang surrendered
at Diphu in Karbi Anglong District and a Chinese hand grenade
was recovered from them.
SP stated that present strength
of UPLF in Karbi Anglong District was 20 and KPLT was 24.
ABSU visited the Assam-Nagaland
border and inquired about the people in relief camps. ABSU general
secretary Romeo P Narzary stressed the need for permanent solution
of the Assam-Nagaland border dispute and maintenance of peace.
He demanded rehabilitation and compensation of the affected people
and demanded special Police pickets, SSB and Assam police.
Assam may soon face two- pronged
threat from LeT and Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda has already issued a threat
to establish bases in Assam, while the LeT has strengthened bases
in Bangladesh, which may lead to serious problems for Assam
SFs recovered 90 gelatin sticks,
100 packets of detonators inside an abandoned bag at Machkhowa
bus terminus in Guwahati city. Police picked up five persons for
interrogation following recovery of explosives.
GRP recovered 150 gelatin sticks,
600 detonators and over 30 feet of fuse wires from 3 abandoned
bags from Lower Haflong Railway station in Haflong town in Dima
Hasao hill District.
SFs arrested one cadre of DHD
Jaijan Langthasa along with one AK 56 rifle and one magazine from
Doyangmikh locality bordering area of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao.
SFs arrested a miscreant Sabiur
Rahman a resident of Nij Damugaon village of Chirang District
from his house. Two handmade pistols with four bullets and one
handmade rifle with two bullets and few instruments used to make
guns were recovered.
A ULFA-PTF leader Ranju Saharia
alias Pranjit Saikia was arrested in connection with suicide of
three members of a family on September 2. ULFA leader Ranju Saharia
and eleven others have been charged with compelling the family
to commit suicide with regard to repayment of loan.
NDFB-RD 'information and publicity
secretary' B Naijab said the claim by Sanjukta Parashar, the SP
of Sonitpur District, that Police had shot and injured a cadre
of NDFB-IKS on September 2 was false and baseless saying that
the injured cadre is a member of NDFB-RD.
NDFB-RD 'information and publicity
secretary' B Naijab said the claim by Sanjukta Parashar, the SP
of Sonitpur District, that Police had shot and injured a cadre
of NDFB-IKS on September 2 was false and baseless saying that
the injured cadre is a member of NDFB-RD.
Kokrajhar Press Club staged a
two-hour demonstration in front of Pragati Bhavan demanding release
of journalist Jaikhlong Brahma who was arrested on September 2
for alleged links with NDFB-IKS.
The Army and CRPF recovered two
AK-56 rifles and a semi automatic rifle from Disama reserve forest
in Karbi Anglong District after revelations by militant arrested
on September 2.
MHA stated that Islamic terror
groups can easily influence Muslims in the Bodo areas, taking
advantage of the present turmoil.
MHA had identified at least 14
new Islamic fundamentalist organizations in the state, which includes
the MSCA ILAA MVF Muslim Liberation Army, Muslim Liberation Front,
Muslim Liberation Tigers of Assam and MULTA.
Security agencies had also found
the involvement of SIMI in one of the serial low intensity blasts
in BTC in July. Security agencies have further stated that that
another radical group Popular Front of India (PFI) was spreading
its network in the state.
Based on revelation by Mingnam
K. Sangma, LAEF militant arrested in Meghalaya joint team of Garo
Hills and Assam Police raided Garo Kasumari village in Goalpara
District and arrested the 'commander of the finance unit' of LAEF
Sengrak K Marak.
JACAS their 146 hour hunger strike
which was principally done to draw the attention of GoI towards
resumption of talk for creation of an autonomous state comprising
the two hill District of Assam as provided in Article 244 (A)
of the constitution.
Nagaland CM T.R. Zeliang, and
Home minister Y. Patton called on Minister of State for Home Affairs
Kiren Rijiju and took up the border issue wherein he stated that
the matter between Assam & Nagaland needed to be taken-up and
AASU hit out against the State
Government and GoI on the threat issued by terrorist outfit Al-Qaeda
to establish bases in Assam and alleged that that this happened
because of the failure of the Government to solve the problem
of infiltration of foreigners.
ASJU has asserted that Muslims
in the state would not subscribe to al-Qaida ideology.
Journalist Jaiklong Brahma, who
was arrested on September 2 for alleged links with NDFB-IKS was
send to nine-day judicial custody.
More than 700 people from ABSU
AASU BSS ABMSU BSU and local residents participated in the rally
demanding i unconditional release of Jaiklong Brahma.
An individual identified as Ram
Bahadur Rana was abducted by some armed youths from his cattle
farm at Palashguri in Chirang District.
A KZF militant identified as Dilbag
Singh was arrested from the Lalmati area of Beltola in Guwahati
in Kamrup Metropolitan District.
Four men identified as Mobidul
Islam, Gobinda Ramchiary, Gautam Das and Anil Boro were arrested
from the Hahara SSB camp in Kamrup rural District when they tried
to enter the camp posing as journalists.
Four men identified as Mobidul
Islam, Gobinda Ramchiary, Gautam Das and Anil Boro were remanded
for allegedly claiming to be journalists as well as members of
different organisations and extorting money.
SFs arrested a miscreant identified
as Jahiruddin Hussain in Tezpur in Sonitpur and recovered 57 pre-activated
fake SIM cards, fake documents, stamps and IT equipments. On interrogating
him another miscreant identified as and Imran Hussain was arrested
with 96 pre-activated SIMs at Mission Charali in Sonitpur District
The network operates in Nagaon, Darrang, Sonitpur, and Udalguri
Districts with external links in UP. The network operates in Nagaon,
Darrang, Sonitpur, and Udalguri Districts . The case is likely
to be investigated by NIA.
All Assam SULFA Samiti an umbrella
grouping of around 4,200 SULFA demanded Governor JB Patnaik to
withdraw criminal cases pending against them. The demands also
include the rehabilitation of SULFA and seizure of weapons from
NSCN-IM, who carry out extortion, kidnapping and attack those
who refuse to pay and accused NSCN-IM behind the recent violence
in villages along the Assam-Nagaland border.
HSDP Dima Hasao committee has
called a 10-hour Dima Hasao bandh demanding immediate release
of Mohet Hojai and others who were incarcerated in connection
with insurgency-related cases in Dima Hasao District.
According to Intelligence Agency
report, there are fourteen Islamic radical groups active in the
Dilbagh Singh who was arrested
on September 10 was trying to explore possibilities of procuring
weapons from the region.
KZF militant Dilbagh Singh who
was arrested in Guwahati as trying to explore possibilities of
procuring weapons from North East.The easy availability of llegal
weapons in the North East has become a matter of grave concern
and now Khalistani militant groups have also started eyeing the
region to procure weapons.
SFs killed three UPLF militants,
Phanjit Bathari, R CD Dimasa and Nablai Dimasa at a forest area
between Hatikhali and Manderdisha under Langting Police Station
in Dima Hasao District. SFs recovered one Ak-56 assault rifle,
one 7.65 mm rifle, one pistol, two Chinese grenades, two magazines
and live ammunition from the militants.
SFs arrested two ULFA-PTF militant
s Ramesh Phukan alias Piku Kalia and Rajiv Dihingia alias Aman
Mahan from the Disangpani and Kakoti bari areas in Sivasagar District
for allegedly dealing in firearms.
A joint team of SFs arrested the
'commander in chief' of KNLA Rajen Signar alias Archok Timung
from Mahori Rongpigaonin in Karbi Anglong District. One pistol
with magazine, incriminatory documents including KNLA extortion
notes were recovered from him.
A 10-hour bandh called by HSDP
in protest against detention of former CEM of DHADC Mohit Hojai
paralysed life in the entire Dima Hasao District.
An IED was recovered at Jalukbari
area in Guwahati (Kamrup District) from a bus. The IED was diffused
later and one unidentified individual suspected to have boarded
the bus with the IED at Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur District was arrested.
On getting information about movement
of NDFB-IKS militants Police laid on ambush at Habrubeel in Kokrajhar
District. Suspected NDFB-IKS militants fired at the ambush party
on spotting them. No causality has been reported.
Two ULFA-PTF militants arrested
on September 11 were remanded for 14 days' judicial custody.
State Police, following intelligence
warning after Al Qaeda's decision to set up its organisational
base in the State has set up a special task force for keeping
tab on activities of fundamental groups.
CNRH/NRHPF 'chairman' Keyhang
Rengma stated that six armed Karbi militants stopped a group of
Rengma women while they were on their way to Western Rengma Christian
Centre at Check Bari area between Tseguchangri and Lolashongnyu
and frisked them. The militants took their cell phones away and
threatened them with dire consequences if they leaked news of
the incident. The Karbi cadres reportedly threatened with "shoot
at sight" and "flush out" warnings too. Keyhang Rengma further
added that if the Karbi militants continue to issue threats to
the Rengma Nagas, the CNRH/NRHPF would not remain a silent spectator.
Five Nepali militants Bashu Chetry,
Nabraj Koirala, Netra Bahadur Ghaley, Dhiraj Majhi and Bhagat
Sarki of a newly floated organization UGPO were arrested by SFs
from Matijhora in Kokrajhar District. Two 9 mm pistols, one 7.65
mm pistol, two country-made pistols and ammunition were recovered
from them. Kokrajhar Police stated that around 26 Nepali boys
received training at a camp in Myanmar through the NSCN-IM and
added that after returning they started working for the NDFB-IKS
. Police stated that NDFB-IKS was outsourcing activities like
kidnapping and extortion to these individuals and that they may
have a hand in the abduction of four Bhutanese nationals on August
NDFB-IKS militants Jagdish Basumatry
and Junu Kumar Brahama were arrested by SFs from Nahruburi village
of Udalguri District. A pistol and few rounds of ammunition were
recovered After their interrogation SFs arrested Khutrung Basumatry
from an undisclosed location and recovered a .303 rifle and .22
A group Naga villagers living
in Sector B in Golaghat District stopped the convoy of Principal
Secretary to Assam CM M.G.V.K. Bhanu when he was visiting the
area. M.G.V.K. Bhanu when he was visiting the area.
At Kemphur village in Golaghat
District, four Naga groups including NSF and Lotha Hoho erected
banners in the borders areas asking Assam Police to withdraw from
the disputed areas.
CNRH/ NRHPF alleged that Karbi
militants have restarted committing alleged "terror acts" against
Rengma Nagas in Karbi Anglong.
One person died and two others
were injured in a grenade blast at a tea garden manager's office
in Dalgaon area in Darrang. Police official stated that NDFB-IKS
is believed to be behind the attack.
The 'judicial secretary' of NDFB-P
B. Sudem on the occasion of the outfit's 26th martyrs day at Serfanguri
Kumguri designated camp in Kokrajhar District demanded information
of whereabouts of 36 of its leaders and cadres who went missing
after Operation All Clear in Bhutan in 2003.
The 'assistant publicity secretary'
R. Daoka stated that peace talk with GoI was going in the right
A citizen's convention organised
by ASS at Nagaon called upon the State Government as well as the
various political parties to be transparent on their stand on
NDFB-IKS 'chairman' IK Songbijit
stated that NDFB had split due to differences in idea and ideology
among the leaders and added that the time of division many innocent
people lost their lives in the internecine fighting. He alleged
that many innocent people and NDFB cadres lost lives in fake encounters.
But the NDFB cadres will never give up their goal." He also added
that fratricidal killings have not stopped even now.
Relatives of a business man identified
as Sagir Hussain who had gone to Demow in Shivasagar came to know
he was abducted when they managed to contact him and an unknown
individual stated that he has been abducted and demanded a ransom
of INR 2 million.
Police arrested five unidentified
youths for demanding money in the name of ULFA from an undisclosed
Four unidentified individuals
were arrested with fake identity documents and SIM cards from
an undisclosed location.
KRA militant, identified as Minthing
Chonglo alias Livin was arrested from Lahorijan in Karbi Anglong
District. A .22 bore pistol, ten rounds of ammunition and some
other items were recovered from him.
Assam Police refused to withdraw
its pickets set up on the disputed Assam-Nagaland border and have
strengthened the manpower and armament in the border outposts
.Police have also sent a directive to its officers stating that
a constant liaison should be maintained with CRPF and SSB. A total
of 29 additional security pickets have been set up in the sector
B of Golaghat District for security of the affected and vulnerable
villages after the attacks by Naga miscreants on August 12 and
Assam CM Gogoi reviewed the prevailing
law and order situation along the Assam-Nagaland border with senior
officials The officials of the Home & Political Department and
Assam Police apprised the Chief Minister that the situation was
fast returning to normal and the process of rehabilitation of
the displaced persons affected during the violence on August 12-13
was going on. So far around 5,700 camp inmates have returned back
to their villages while 4,167 are still in the relief camps.
Assam CM Tarun Gogoi in a letter
to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked the GoI to deploy SSB
at the violence-hit B Sector of Golaghat District at Assam-Nagaland
border as a neutral force in the affected villages along Assam-Nagaland
A delegation of ABSU, PJACBM,
BPF met Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju.
Indian Soldier Lance Nayak Prathampal
Singh of 4th Rajput Regiment was injured and an Army vehicle damaged
in an IED blast at Betbari in Shivsagar .The IED was planted by
ULFA-I. A grenade and another IED kept in a tiffin box were recovered
by Army 200 mtrs from the blast site. ULFA-I in an email sent
to the media claimed responsibility for the blast.
Locals of Paltan Bazar in Dibrugarh
blocked the road leading to Maijaan protesting against the kidnapping
of a businessman identified as Sagir Hussain. The demonstrators
have set a deadline of 24 hours to the Police or else they threatened
to obstruct traffic from plying on the road that leads to Assam
Medical College and Hospital.
10 organisations launched a 100-hour
sit-in near the Golaghat DC office The organisations were demanding
a permanent solution to Assam-Nagaland border feud, ensure safety
of life and properties of people living on the border area, rehabilitation
of the people affected in recent border skirmishes, expedite development
of the border areas and take necessary steps for the release of
Philson Kujur and Ajoy Gour, two students, who were allegedly
kidnapped by miscreants from the Nagaland side of the border on
The first hearing of Assam Government
appointed B.P. Kotoky inquiry commission to probe the incidents
of violence at Arengapara in Golaghat District on August 20 in
which three civilians were killed in Police firing will be held
on September 20.
Army team, divided into four groups,
has been carrying out search operations against militants along
the borders at Kanubari, Kherbari, Balijan, Lukhurakhon and other
areas in Sivasagar District since the evening , after the IED
NDFB-P identified as Naba Deka
alias D Nathai was shot at and injured by miscreants at Naokata
in Baksa District. The 'information and publicity secretary' of
NDFB-P S Sanjarang demanded that SFs and law enforcing agencies
should find out the miscreants involved in the incident.
Two youths Amit Brahma and Bikram
Wary, were arrested from Simuluguri in Baksa District. Police
recovered a pistol, live ammunition, a mobile set and the bike
they were travelling on.
A man identified as Mitradhar
Saikia , father of a ULFA-I militant Ranjan Saikia alias Bubu
was picked up for questioning in connection with the IED attack.
A Police officer stated that "Operations
against ULFA-I militants have been beefed up across the District
and Security Forces are on high alert after Friday's incident.
We have launched a joint operation with the Army at all possible
shelters of the militants and it will continue."
Assam CM stated that Government
had specific information on some fundamentalist groups trying
to set up their bases in the State with the help of local militant
outfits. "I have a doubt that there is a strategic understanding
between the Al-Qaeda and the ULFA-I. We have already alerted all
concerned, especially the security agencies. I am also appealing
to the people to help the State authorities with information on
any such development."
He further added that "As of now,
I don't have concrete information on Al-Qaeda trying to establish
its link with the ULFA and the NDFB, but we still have to be on
our toes. If these groups are successful in establishing links
among themselves, it will be dangerous for the State and the region"
CM further added that "There is
intelligence information that Al Qaida is trying to establish
a base in Assam. The government has already taken steps to prevent
any such development and has asked all those concerned to remain
Concerned over the frequent incidents
of kidnapping of Bhutan citizens by NDFB-IKS Bhutan asked Assam
Government to enhance vigilance along the International Border.
Bhutan Consul general in Kolkata
Karma Tsering Namgyal stated that "The Government of Assam has
done its best to improve security along the border. But we believe
enhancing the vigilance would help provide a sense of security
to our citizens". He further added that he law and order situation
at present on the border areas of Assam had improved considerably.
A trader identified as Mayajul
Haq was abducted by UDLA militants from Ramnathpur in Hailakandi
Delegation of ABSU, PJACBM, BPF
called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and reiterated their
demand for resumption of the tripartite talks and expediting the
talks with NDFB-P .They preferred the tripartite route rather
than the GK Pillai Committee.
ABSU President Pramod Bodo stated
that the delegation underlined the need for resolving the long-pending
issues permanently, for which a time-bound action must be taken
and added that " As we believe in democracy, the government that
rules or the party that is voted to power must come forward to
resolve the issues as their responsibility rather than delaying
the issues for long periods of time,"
Two NDFB-IKS militants Kanoon
Basumatary alias B Kampa and Unilish Muchahary alias M Jherli,
were arrested by SFs from Kumargram in Alipurduar in West Bengal.
They were involved in killing of 6 Hindi speaking people at Athiabari
in Kokrajhar and brandishing weapons on June 17 at Sarfanguri
A militant of NDFB-IKS Birdao
Basumatary alias Bwibungsat B surrendered before Kokrajhar
Police along with two grenades.
Two RNLF militants Tamit Rava
and Alibar Koch alias Rava were arrested from Harinchaora in Cooch
Behar District of West Bengal. Two Pistols were also recovered
Police arrested two individuals
identified as Sanjib Bora and Aswini Pegu in connection with the
case from an unspecified location. Following interrogation, Sanjib
Bora confessed his involvement in the crime and revealed the location
of the body.
A one-man judicial enquiry commission
headed by retired judge justice BD Agarwal of Guwahati High Court
was constituted to investigate the killing of Priya Basumatary.
Body of Sagir Hussain who has
been missing since September 15 was recovered from Demow in Sivasagar
Guwahati High Court granted bail
to 10 UPLA including its 'commander-in-chief' Nikunja Kathar The
rebels were arrested from Bokajan in Assam and Dimapur in Nagaland
for their involvement in killing of Hamren SP Nityananda Goswami
and his security officer on June 5.
Parts of Southern Assam remained
cut off from the rest of India for the fourth day following a
blockade of the NH 6 in Meghalaya. MIPRLM an NGO in Meghalaya,
has called for an indefinite "economic blockade" since September
23 against a ban imposed by the NGT on unscientific coal and sand
mining in Meghalaya.
A suspected KPLT militant Wilson
Rongphar was killed by Police at Uttar Borbil locality in East
Karbi Anglong District when he allegedly came to collect money.
A pistol was recovered from the militant. Police sources said
a faction of KPLT had sent a demand note to the teachers of Binapani
Higher secondary school located in Uttar Borbil (Karbi Anglong)
demanding INR 400,000. The encounter ensued when the militants
came to collect the money.
Four militants of Mwinaguri section
of NDFB-IKS identified as Muhar Basumatary, 'second in command',
of NDFB-IKS, Domsatorong, Loharun and Maisaran were killed in
an encounter with a joint team of Police and Army at Mwinaguri
in Kokrajhar. An AK-56 and magazine with 20 rounds, two 7.65 mm
pistols, one 9mm pistol, three grenades and other incriminating
documents were recovered from them.
Probe agencies will soon be taking
possession of Nepal-based bank accounts and immovable properties
allegedly operated by Niranjan Hojai alias Nirmal Rai 'c-in-c'
of Black Widow.
Basista (Kamrup District) Police
arrested two persons, identified as Ajijur Rahman and Bahar Ali,
while they were travelling from Meghalaya to Goalpara and recovered
240 explosive sticks and 400 detonators. It is suspected that
duo were on their way to hand over the explosives to someone in
Goalpara where ULFA-I and GNLA have strong bases.
SFs arrested two unidentified
GNLA militants from an unspecified location at Goalpara District.
SFs arrested a cadre of NDFB-IKS
militant identified as Sumang Baumatary from an unidentified location
Two persons Mohidul Haque and
Hasan Ali were arrested along with FICN worth INR 89,000 from
Gauripur in Dhubri.
TADA court in Guwahati sent Ranjan
Daimary, the 'chief' of NDFB-RD back to jail. He has been out
on conditional bail since June 2013. Court rejected his bail extension
plea after the State Government informed it that several NDFB
members are still engaged in subversive activities.
Police have issued an alert across
the state and directed cancellation of all the leave applications
of Police officials during Durga Puja Though sources denied there
was any specific threat from fundamental groups during the festive
season, all precautions are being taken.
Police recovered an IED from Mangaldai
in Darrang District. The IED was later disposed off in a controlled
Police arrested an unidentified
arms smuggler from South Bhamraguri village in Kokrajhar District.
NDFB has called for a 12-hour
Assam bandh in protest against the re-arrest of its 'president'
Ranjan Daimary alias DR Nabla. The 'information and publicity
secretary' of NDFB, B Najib asked the Assam Government to release
Ranjan Daimary unconditionally. In a press statement NDFB claimed
that it was unfortunate that being in the formal cease-fire and
yet to start the formal political talks with the GoI, the Home
Department, Principal Political Secretary and TADA court had sent
wrong reports to the judicial process against him.
January 2009 and December 2013,
a total of 588 illegal weapons were seized in BTAD. 88 in Udalguri,
126 in Baksa, 107 in Chirang and 267 in Kokrajhar. This year,
58 weapons have been seized in the trouble-torn Bodo areas till
July. Police have not charge sheeted 236 of the cases while final
report to the court was given in 97 cases.
'commander-in-chief' of UDLA Jakir
Hussain Laskar, was killed in an encounter with SFs in the forest
of southern Hailakandi District near Mizoram border.
The 12-hour shut down call given
by NDFB-RD in protest against the re-arrest of its chairman Ranjan
Daimary, passed off peacefully in Kokrajhar District.
ULFA-I managed to smuggle seven
to eight IEDs but don't have trained man power to use an IED and
hey may use hired persons to plant the IEDs on the roads frequented
ULFA-I is facing desperate shortage
of funds as those receiving demands are refusing to pay. Under
the circumstances, the outfit is desperate to prove its strength
by indulging in acts of violence.
NDFB-IKS after suffering serious
setbacks in recent times since it has lost many of its cadres
in CI operations is desperate to hit back at the SFs A security
Source stated that outfit may also look for soft targets as it
had done in the past.
A trader Mayajul Haq who was abducted
by UDLA on September 22, managed to escape from the militant hide
An individual identified as Rocky
Langthasa, was abducted from Hazagaphar in Karbi Anglong District
for a ransom demand of INR 300000.
Two suspected GNLA were killed
in an encounter with SFs at Balaikhamar in Goalpara District.
Two 7.65 mm pistols, 9 cartridges and three grenades were recovered
A suspected arms dealer Samuel
Bora, was injured when Police resorted to firing near Bamunimaidam
in Kamrup District. The incident took place when suspected elements
tried to snatch the weapon of the on-duty Police personnel. Subsequently
Police fired on the arms dealer and he was injured. During the
search operation, a revolver was seized. The suspected arms dealer
is believed to have some links with NSCN-IM.
UDPF condemned the arrest of the
founder chairman of NDFB-RD,Ranjan Daimari UDPF press communiqué
appealed to the Government to release Daimary and continue the
peace process to find out an amicable solution to their problems.
The UDPF also appealed to the NDFB to refrain from any kind of
violent activity and maintain peace and tranquillity in the region.
| October 5
Four NDFB-IKS militants Ringsar
Daimary, Babul Rabha, Bisan Daimary and Jisoya Khaklary and one
RNLA militant Paneswar Rabha were arrested by a team of Army and
Police from Murabari in Udalguri District. A factory-made revolver,
two rounds of AK-47 live ammunition, a knife, INR 36,500 was recovered
from them. They were involved in extortion in Kalaigaon, Harisinga
and Khairabari as well as Goreswar area.
| October 7
Police rescued Rocky Langthasa,
who was abducted from Hazagaphar in Karbi Anglong District on
NDFB-IKS flayed the Government
of Assam for ‘slanderous’ remarks against them, reports The
Sentinel. In a press statement ’information and publicity
secretary’ NE Esara stated that the arrest reports of NDFB-IKS
militants on October 5 was false.
| October 8
Joint team of Police and Army
killed four NDFB-IKS militants, ‘second in command’ of outfit
Muhar Basumatary, Domsatorong, Loharun and Maisaran at Kokrajhar
.SFs recovered one AK-56 magazine, 20 live rounds of ammunition,
three pistols. According to intelligence sources NDFB-IKS was
trying to carry out a major strike on SFs and also target minority
communities in retaliation to the arrest of five NDFB-IKS militants
in Chirang District on August 20.
NDFB-IKS militant, identified
as Nirjon Basumatary alias Ganda alias B Nangtha,
was killed and three civilians identified, as Lalit Swargiary,
Pratap Boro and Ratneswar Boro, were injured when two groups of
the militant outfit fired at each other at Rowta in Udalguri District.
SFs rested three NDFB-IKS militants
after an encounter at Londangpara in Sonitpur District ‘section
commander’ of the 3rd battalion Swgdang Basumatary alias
B. Sibbu, Rahul Boro alias D. Rwda and Arjun Mushahari.
A linkman of NDFB-IKS Jiban Narzary was also arrested. SFs recovered
two Chinese-made grenades, a 7.65mm pistol and live cartridges
from the arrested militants. The ‘section commander’ was injured
during the encounter.
| October 9
SFs killed an unidentified NDFB-IKS
militant at Tarajuli of Sonitpur District. One pistol, a grenade
along with some ammunition was recovered from the slain terrorist.
Assam will soon get an elite RAF
battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to combat
unrest and riots, especially in BTAD. RAF is a specialized wing
of the paramilitary forces and helps control riots, riot-like
situations and unruly crowds. It also helps in rescue and relief
| October 10
SFs busted a camp of NDFB-IKS
after a brief encounter at Rangapara of Kokrajhar District. Two
9mm pistols, four live rounds, three grenades, NDFB-IKS demand
papers other documents were recovered.
| October 11
Army arrested an NSCN militant
identified as A. Konyak, from Hahnsora in Sivasagar District.
A pistol and 15 rounds of ammunition were seized from him.
A businessman identified as Naba
Sarma and his employee identified as Sandu Newar were abducted
from their residence at Maujuli in Sonitpur District by suspected
AANLA militants. Local people stated that Naba Sarma had received
an extortion note from the militants but was abducted because
he did not pay up. Sonitpur SP Sanjukta Parashar stated that search
operations are going on in various locations in the area.
With the arrest of militant Ronjit
Kemprai alias Jabali from Lahori Jan in Sonitpur District
Police have exposed the existence of a new militant group United
Dimasa Liberation Army (UDLA). The arrested ultra was under the
police scanner since October 7 after Ppolice rescued Rocky Langthasa.
JIC chairman RN Ravi submitted
"a paper on strategy and action on Northeast policies" to Union
Home Minister Rajnath Singh and was further discussed with Minister
of State for Home, Kiren Rijiu. MHA had set a 3 month deadline
to revise the Northeast policies. A senior official stated that
"A targeted approach to sort out the problem is the need of the
hour. We will soon consult the states and also issue fresh guidelines
for the security personnel in Northeast to deal with the situation."
It was also agreed that tough approach towards the insurgent groups
needs to be adopted and they shall not be allowed to run their
| October 12
BTC chief Kampa Borgoyary while
addressing a gathering at Bokuchijhar in Baksa District stated
that Bodos and other indigenous communities living in present
Baksa were the victims of selfish political elements and their
ulterior motives and said that people should identify these forces
and remain vigilant.
| October 13
Arrest of two militants, Durbachan
Langthasa and Dilli Daulagapu, near Dhansiri in Karbi Anglong
it has confirmed that a new militant group, Hills State
United Liberation Front’ (HSULF) with its base at Assam-Nagaland
border has been formed. One 3.32 pistol and few ammunition were
recovered from the arrested militants.
They confessed that HSULF was
raised in 2013 and became operational in the month of June. They
reportedly told Police that presently around 40 Dimasa and 20
Bodo youth constituted the group. The group is also reportedly
headed by ‘chairman’ Hakato Aumi. Police source stated that the
two militants stated that that the outfit’s arsenal consisted
of 2 lathed guns, three G-3 rifle, three Self Loading rifle, two
carbine, twenty AK 47 and 56 assault rifle, twenty 9mmpistol and
NDFB-RD clarified that it has
no plan to attack the minority community as a retaliatory measure
against the re–arrest of its ‘chairman’ Ranjan Daimary, as published
in certain newspapers.In a press statement ‘information and publicity
secretary’ B. Naijab stated that since NDFB-RD was in a formal
ceasefire agreement with the Government of India (GoI) and the
Government of Assam, it would never plan to attack people from
ULFA-PTF denied allegations that
the outfit has links with Islamic militant groups. The leaders
of the wing, who had started peace parleys with the government
in 2011, said they have no connection with such groups. A senior
leader of ULFA-PTF appeared in a lower court in Guwahati stated
that the outfit never shared radical ideologies like those who
believe in jihad.
However, the leader didn’t rule
out the possibility of a nexus between Islamic groups and the
independent faction of ULFA (ULFA-I). The leader stated that "It’s
difficult to say. Now, the hardliner faction is under Paresh Baruah
and we have no idea how it’s operating now.
EU EUR 250,000 for rehabilitation
of victims of ethnic violence in Assam. The funds will provide
food assistance, emergency shelter and water and sanitation services
to over 3,000 people living in five relief camps in Golaghat District
and to some 500 other families that have returned to their villages
after having suffered a significant loss of household assets.
A 0.22 rifle was recovered from
the Beki River at Narayanguri Nonke Kagrabari in Baksa District.
Assam Government has decided to
create Research and Analysis Centre, an Intelligence Branch of
the Assam Police as a separate autonomous organisation with a
dedicated cadre of intelligence officers.
A law and order meeting convened
by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in Guwahati discussed the
prevailing law and order situation along the Assam-Nagaland border.
During the meeting it was decided to take all possible measures
for strengthening security along the border continuation of dialogue
at community levels as part of confidence building measures and
strengthening of critical roads.
Kokrajhar District Committee of
ABSU began a month-long 'long march' with a motto including demand
JACS has called for 1000 hours
Karbi Anglong bandh from October 27 to to December 7. According
to JACAS chairman, Khorsing Teron the bandh has been called in
order to press forward their two principal demand resumption of
talks with GoI on the issue of creating an Autonomous state encompassing
the two 6th Schedule Hill Districts of Assam and the introduction
of bill in the Parliament for creation of the autonomous State
in the winter session within the ambit of Indian Article 244(A)
of Indian Constitution".
TADA court in Guwahati deferred
the bail hearing of Ranjan Daimary, 'chief' of NDFB-RD till October
Two suspected NDFB-IKS militants
were injured in an exchange of fire with SFs at Hugrajuli in Sonitpur
Also, chances of Ranjan Daimary,
the chief of the NDFB-RD faction being released from jail have
become bright with the Assam government informing the court that
it had no objection if he was granted bail. Government stated
that NDFB-RD is currently in peace talks with Government and as
the outfit head, Daimary's presence in the talks is required to
make it fruitful.
Body of a woman, identified as
Pakhiran Nesa, was recovered at Nathurbari in Chirag. Her hands
and legs were tied with a rope when the body was recovered. A
source stated that they suspect the NDFB(not clearly mentioned
which faction) which is involved in the business of illegal wood
cutting and selling in the area might have killed her, since few
of them were seen in the area.
Two KPLT militants 'deputy commander
in chief' Arkoi Bey and 'corporal' Jutang Rongphar was killed
in an encounter with a joint team of Police and Army at Langlaksho
in Karbi Anglong. Another militant was arrested during the encounter
and an AK-47 rifle and two pistols were recovered from the encounter
| October 21
An arms dealer suspected to be
a linkman of Islamic fundamentalist groups identified as Yusuf
Ali was killed in an encounter with SFs at Lalmati area in Kokrajhar.
Another individual identified as Sohrab Ali was injured during
the incident. Two others, one of them identified as Faisal Ali,
were also arrested.
Two unidentified individuals were
arrested from Jwhwlao Dwimalu Road in Kokrajhar, in Kokrajhar
District and five live ammunitions were recovered from the spot.
Recently, the State Home Department had issued red alert in some
sensitive Districts including Kokrajhar following the threat from
Al–Qaeda and NDFB-IKS.
Suspected NDFB-IKS militants reportedly
snatched seven INSAS rifles from personnel of 135 battalion of
Territorial Army ETF, at Khalashi area in Kokrajhar, when about
60 to 80 NDFB-IKS militants surrounded the Eco Task Force personnel
and took away the rifles at gunpoint.
The ‘commander in chief’ of ULFA-I
stated that mindset of the political leaders of India would have
to change for a political solution to the issues. He also said
a concrete shape to the common platform of the “revolutionary
organisations” of the region would be given shortly. He also said
if if majority of the bonafide citizens of Assam vote to stay
with India, the ULFA-I would accept it. But at the same time GoI
must accept the result of the plebiscite if majority vote in favour
of separation. Further when asked if ULFA-I is receiving help
from China, He stated that, “we are ready to receive political,
moral or logistic help from any country which comes forward to
extend help without any pre-condition. We will also like to make
it clear that we will not accept help from anyone by compromising
the interest of Assam.”
| October 22
A villager, Deuri Hanse was killed
by suspected KPLT militants at Langthu Rongphar village in Karbi
Anglong, suspecting that he was a Police informer.KPLT had called
for a bandh in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao Districts in protest
against the killing of two KPLT militants on October 20.
Assam CM Tarun Gogoi stated that
he was ready to write to GoI for amnesty to ULFA-I’s ‘chief’ Paresh
Baruah, if he decides to return and contest polls His comments
come a day after a report quoting Baruah that India was scared
of holding a plebiscite on sovereignty of Assam. Gogoi countered
ULFA-I’s allegations that Assamese people were not independent
and gave examples of high turnout during elections held in the
state in recent years.
HSDP delegation had submitted
a memorandum demanding the creation of a separate state comprising
the two autonomous hill districts of Assam.
| October 23
12th standard student
identified as Siddhartha Jain, son of a business man Binod Jain
was abducted by miscreants while returning from his father’s shop
in Udalguri Town in Udalguri District. UDPF condemned the abduction
and appealed to abductors to release the boy.
NDFB-IKS ‘general secretary’ B
Saoraigwra, alleged that in the name of military operations, and
searching for illegal arms in Bodo villages, SFs had been committing
acts of human right violations like harassing, arresting and torturing
innocent civilians and family members of the militant group.
Paresh Baruah, the leader of ULFA-I
stated that ULFA-I would never join hands with any fundamentalist
Arabinda Rajkhowa, the leader
of ULFA-PTF stated that the jihadi groups were trying to create
a base in the state and appealed to people and Government to be
vigilant against such forces. Expressing satisfaction over the
progress of talks with Government, he stated that said they expect
the next round of talks to be held soon after Diwali.
A gang of extortionists, led by
Hussain, had hurled a hand grenade at the house of Faizal Haque,
a teacher of Sonarpar village in Dhubri District. Hussain reportedly
called up Haque, introduced himself as a "Maoist" and demanded
INR 1.5 million. When Haque did not give the money, Hussain and
his gang threw the grenade.
| October 24
Four persons including a tea garden
official were injured and two vehicles damaged in a grenade blast
by NDFB-IKS at Itakhola in Sonitpur. The injured have been identified
as Bijay Singh, Diplonga tea garden assistant manager, Hamed Ali,
Baharul Islam and Rajesh Gupta
‘commander-in-chief’ of the ADF,
Habil Murmu was arrested from Salbagan in Kokrajhar District.
A NDFB-IKS militant identified
as Heramba Brahma was arrested by Police from a Diwali fair in
Ulubari area in Chirag.
Union Minister of State for Home
Kiren Rijiju stated that GoI did not have any policy for creation
of separate or autonomous states at the moment. This was disclosed
by former MLA and present member of Autonomous Council Jagat Sing
| October 25
Assam Police killed a KLO ‘commander’,
Samar Rai alias Rambo at Chesapani near Magurmari in Kokrajhar
District. Kokrajhar Police said Rai, along with two other rebels,
was coming to collect ransom when a Police team intercepted them
and killed him on the spot, while the other two associates managed
to escape. Police found a 7.65 mm pistol, four bullets, a magazine,
two grenades were recovered from him.Rai had a cash prize of INR
500,000 on his head.
Two –made crude bombs, one 8 mm
pistol with eight bullets, six round of 7.65 mm pistol and one
magazine of 8 mm pistol were recovered from a house of an individual
identified as Nur Zamal, at Tuslibil–Jaypur village in Kokrajhar
Suspected NDFB-IKS militants abducted
two volunteers of Lutheran World Service India Trust from Patgaon
Kausi Bazar in Kokrajhar.
Traders Itakhola in Sonitpur held
a protest against the grenade attack by NDFB-IKS militants.
NDFB-RD demanded the immediate
release of its ‘chief’ Ranjan Daimary to salvage the ongoing peace
process. NDFB-RD ‘general secretary’ B. Ohnjalu stated that “The
government must prove its seriousness to expedite the peace process
by releasing him and other leaders immediately. Any delay in releasing
them may have serious repercussion in the peace process and the
government will be responsible for it.”
NDFB-PTF condemned the abduction
of Rahul Jain, a class 10 student from Udalguri town on October
23. They demanded immediate release of the victim and condemned
the continuing illegal activities like extortion, abductions in
ULFA-I has asked cinema halls
to screen each Assamese movie at least for one week in each hall
in its bid to boost the revival of the ailing Assamese film industry.
Avijit Asom, ‘chairman’ of ULFA-I asked businessmen or groups
who own cinema halls in Assam to facilitate shows of each Assamese
movie at least for one week in each of the cinema halls.
| October 26
An individual identified as Ratul
Das was injured in a bomb explosion at Rajgarh-Zoo Road in Guwahati
in Kamrup Metropolitan District. The bomb was not an Improvised
Explosive Device (IED) but a powerful fire cracker. Journalists
who visited the blast site, however, noticed splinters and small
metal balls used in IED.
NDFB-IKS acknowledged that they
were behind the grenade attack at Itakhola in Sonitpur which injured
5 people. information & publicity secretary’ of the group,
N.E. Esara stated that the attack was in retaliation against the
harassment and arrest of innocent Bodos in the name of military
operations. The outfit, however, disowned the kidnapping case
of Rahul Jain from Udalguri on October 23. They also added that
Heramba Brahma, who was arrested on October 24 was not a member
Sonitpur Police claimed that interrogation
of 8 NDFB-IKS linkmen has provided some important clues about
the grenade blast at Itakhola. SFs continued search operation
at various places under Naduar circle near Assam-Arunachal Pradesh
border and also in different areas under Biswanath subdivision
in Sonitpur District such as Balisang , Tarajuli and Maujuli.
JACS 1,000 hour Karbi Anglong
bandh affected normal life and vehicular movement on highways
passing through the District.
GoI is planning to hold talks
with the members of JACS in December. DC of Karbi Anglong Prasanta
Kumar Borgohain stated, "The Centre has already prepared a schedule
for the talks and we have been informed about it." The Karbi Anglong
District administration met JACS representatives at Diphu .
A KPLT militant Jirjar Teron was
arrested from Colony of Dokmoka Town in Karbi Anglong. One 7.65
mm pistol was recovered from him.
Five NDFB-IKS who were on their
way to Myanmar for training were arrested in Guwahati in Kamrup
Three NDFB-IKS militants were
arrested at Lokhra in Kamrup District. Four mobile phones and
INR 24000 were recovered from them.
Police arrested five suspects,
identified as Lakhyajit Borah, Horeswar Phukan, Makum, Rantu Borah,
and Samujjal Handique who were posing as ULFA militants from Digboi
Nearly 30 youths from Tinsukia,
Dibrugarh and Sivasagar Districts, who had gone to Kerala Karnataka
and Tamil Nadu may have joined CPI-Maoist. The suspicion arose
on the basis of inputs collected by the Police from local sources
that these youths, who had left in 2012, had not visited their
homes since and seldom called their family and friends. They were
employed in the hospitality sector, private security agencies
and construction companies.
Bijay Teron, the convenor of JACS
was arrested by Diphu Police after JACAS had defied Governments
order to call of the bandh (shut down) as per the order of the
Supreme Court. JACS had called for a 1000 hour shut down in Karbi
Anglong District demanding creation of an autonomous state out
of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao Districts.
Police recovered materials which
are used to make IED from residence of individuals identified
as Uttam Chanda, an employee of Sale Tax Department and Gautam
Chanda, owner of a grocery shop, at Chencoorie Road in Silchar
District. Police arrested both individuals and after interrogation
they were released.
NDFB-RD being dissatisfied with
the arrest of Ranjan Daimary on September 29 threatened to withdraw
its cease fire agreement.unless he and other militants of NDFB-RD
were not release by November 30.
NIA submitted charge sheet on
the May 2, 2014 Baksa killings Those charge sheeted are Rajen
Boro, Jayanta Boro, Mallajit Kherkatari and Nijam Basumatary.
All the four are Forest Department employees. May 2, they helped
a group of militant's torch villages and kill at least 36 people
in the NK Khagrabari area in Baksa District. Currently, Rajen
and Jayanta are in judicial custody while Mallajit Kherkatari
and Nijam Basumatary are out on bail.
JACAS called off its 1000 hour
bandh in Karbi Anglong. chairman Khorsing Teron while announcing
the decision informed that the committee received favourable response
from GoI for taking forward the process of discussion on the issue
of autonomous state demand - introduction of a bill for creation
of an Autonomous state encompassing the two autonomous sixth schedule
hill districts of Assam as envisaged in sixth schedule Article
244 (A) of Indian Constitution in the winter session of the Parliament.
Three unidentified MULTA militants
were arrested by SFs at Devattar Kopati in Kokrajhar. Three pistols
and FICN were recovered from them before they could execute an
Assam police arrested NDFB-IKS
militant identified as Bimal Rajbongshi during an encounter at
Sipajhar area of Darrang District. Police stated that several
youths of the area had joined NDFB-IKS, under the guidance of
a militant identified as Ratan Boro.
NDFB-IKS militant identified as
Gaidang Narzary was arrested from Shantipur Market in Chirag.
One grenade, four 7.62 mm live rounds of ammunition, a mobile
phone and one Bhutan SIM card were seized from him. He was involved
in planning and abduction of Bhutan nationals and was passing
information about SFs to militants.
An unidentified arms dealer was
arrested from Oxaiguri in Kokrajhar and two country-made guns,
a handmade pistol, 10 rounds of locally made ammunition and two
crude bombs were recovered from him.
Hundreds of people took to the
streets in Kokrajhar to demand the release of two social workers
of a Calcutta-based NGO LWSIT identified as Tapan Kumar Khan and
Sabaikhor Muchahary, who were abducted on October 25 from Patgaon
Kausi Bazar in Kokrajhar. Sources said the abductors first demanded
INR 6 million for their release and later called Tapan Kumar Khan's
family members and demanded INR 1.2 million for his release.
Two unidentified suspected CPI-Maoists
were arrested from separate unspecified location.
NSCN-IM hideout was busted and a militant was
killed personnel in the Kepailo area of Dima Hasao District.
NSCN-IM accused AR of violating ceasefire ground
rules and killing five militants at forest of Kepeilou village
in North Cachar
A saw mill owner Rakhal Baishya and his manager,
Sunil Banerjee were abducted by suspected militants from Kalachans
under Maibong Police station of Dima Hasao.
SFs arrested a KPLT 'area commander' Mukreng Beg
alias Songriso Linjapo from Rangagoura.
Police arrested one suspect, identified as Nayan
Das, in connection with the death of Chandan Das, a student of
Pub Bangshar College, whose decapitated body was found near Hajo
Police later said it was a case of abduction. A sum of INR three
million was demanded for his release following which the family
lodged an FIR at Amingaon Police outpost.
Three NSCN-IM militants were killed in an encounter
at Robi Basti in Dima Hasao District. The militants were active
in areas around Malangpa village in Dima Hasao. SFs recovered
two AK-series rifles, 73 rounds of ammunition and other war-like
stores. The Sentinel further adds that this will be a severe blow
to NSCN-IM which has carried out extortion from poor farmers during
the ongoing harvesting season.
'assistant section commander' Filip Owary alias
Lodrai was killed in an encounter with a joint team of Police
and Army at Saraibil area in Kokrajhar District. One 7.65mm pistol,
two Chinese hand grenades, two magazines, three live rounds of
bullets, NDFB demand note and three mobile handsets were recovered
from the encounter site. Intelligence sources states that the
cadre was listed under INR 500,000 reward category.
An unidentified ULFA-I militant was killed and
two ULFA-I militants were arrested after an encounter at Charing
ULFA-I is gun-running for the JEI, the largest
Islamist political party of Bangladesh. According to the agency,
representatives of BNP were also present at the secret meeting.
The report stated that some leaders of JEI, BNP and two ULFA-I
representatives held a secret meeting at Madhutilla Eco Park in
Bangladesh for striking an arms deal with ULFA-I. The JEI leaders
demanded small arms and ammunition from ULFA-I for which BTD 2
million was paid to ULFA-I.
NIA court in Guwahati granted bail to seven accused
in two cases related to BTAD violence in May.
Normal life in Kokrajhar District was hit due
to the shutdown called by NDFB-IKS in protest against the killing
of Filip Owary alias Lodrai Owary on November 5.
The continuing bandh called by NDFB-IKS
in protest against the killing of its 'assistant section commander'
Filip Owary alias Lodrai Owary has hit normal life in Kokrajhar
District on the second day.
SFs claimed that the killing of NSCN-IM cadres
in two encounters was one of the biggest blows to the outfit,
stalling extortion activities in Dima Hasao District.
UBPO aiming at unity among all indigenous Bodo
groups living in Assam, urged the Government's intervention for
addressing all long pending and burning issues affecting the indigenous
Bodo people and stressed the need for addressing the pending border
disputes Assam has with states like Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh
SFs recovered A US-made M16 rifle, two Italian-made
Beretta pistols, three .32 bore pistols, 300 rounds of 9mm ammunition,
80 rounds of ammunition of AK-series rifles, 198 rounds of M16
ammunition and 60 rounds of .32 ammunition from a vehicle at Chapaguri
in Chirag District. Police source stated that two individuals
identified as Umesh Kami from Darjeeling (West Bengal) and Ganesh
Chetri from Nikashi area in Baksa District have been arrested.
Police the vehicle was coming from Dimapur in Nagaland and was
heading for Siliguri in West Bengal. A police source said they
are investigating the links of the arrested duo with a newly formed
militant organisation, UGPO.
OGW of GNLA was arrested by a team of Assam Police
and Indian Army at Kumripara village in Goalpara District.
Two NGO volunteers of Calcutta-based LWSIT, Tapan
Kumar Khan and Sabaikhor Muchahary, who were abducted by NDFB-IKS
are yet to be freed even after 15 days of abduction. Sources said
the kidnappers had demanded ransom for the release of both men.
Suspected militants abducted a sub-contractor
of a construction company, identified as Maheswar Reddy, from
an area near Hatikhali in Dima Hasao Police suspect the hands
of a newly formed militant group identified as Dima Hasao Liberation
Four individuals, Mondal, R Burman, Mannan Ali
and Rahul Mech was arrested from Chapaguri in Bongaigaon. They
are suspected to be NDFB 'careers. . One M-16 rifle, five M-16
magazines, 100 rounds of M-16 ammunition, ten grenade shells,
one magazine pouch, camouflaged uniform were recovered from them.
A bomb exploded at Silapur, in Tinsukia District.
Four NDFB-IKS militants identified as 'area commander'
Ratan Boro, Sanjib Boro, Namalu Boro and Chiran Boro were arrested
by Indian Army from Balabari near Goreswar in Baksa District.
Two 7.65 mm Pistol, One .22 Pistol, three magazines, eleven hand
grenades, 43 live ammunitions, two mobile phones and thirteen
Sim Cards were recovered from them. Ratan Boro was involved in
abduction, murder and extortion.
BSF official stated that "At least 55 camps of
northeast India militants are still functional in different parts
of Bangladesh and opposite to Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram and
Assam's borders with Bangladesh.",including camps of NSCN-IM,
ULFA-ptf Arabinda Rajkhowa, stated that they were
committed to fight jihadi forces that have reared their heads
in the State. He also added that the ongoing talks with GoI was
at its last leg and in a crucial stage. He stated that "We cannot
say that we are dissatisfied until and unless we find that the
Government of India is not serious. So we have no reasons to complain.
Five unidentified NDFB-IKS linkmen were arrested
from Janata Bazar in Chirag.
GoI declared KLO a terrorist organisation, banning
it for five years under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
KLO's ban is the 37th in the list of banned terrorist organisations.
Its leaders have had hideouts in neighbouring Bhutan and Bangladesh.
KLO, which came into existence in 1993 has been consolidating
its position in the fourteen Districts in Assam and six Districts
in West Bengal organisationally and in terms of weapons and cadres
and to achieve the objective of a separate "sovereign Kamatapur
During the interaction between Prime Minister
(PM) Narendra Modi and Myanmar President Thein Sein on November
12 at Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar, India has pressed Myanmar to mount
a crackdown on ULFA-I According to sources, India asked the Myanmar
President, Thein Sein to assist in getting six wanted militants
including Jyotirmoy Bharali, who looks after the ULFA's Myanmar
Owner of a grocery shop, identified as Janardan
Bangrung was killed by unidentified militants.
An individual identified as Prem Ekka was killed
and three others identified as Bobita Kujur, Julius Kujur and
Monika Kujur were injured, at Ratanpur village in Golaghat District,
when miscreants from Nagaland side opened fire. According to SP
NSCN was involved in the firing. Nine other unidentified individuals
are missing after the incident.
A brick kiln owner, identified as Shivaji Prasad,
was shot dead by suspected ULFA-I militants at Kamalabari in Majuli
river island in Jorhat District. The river island, with its numerous
isolated and inaccessible pockets, is a popular safe haven for
ULFA-I. Police picked up a SULFA militant, identified as Banshidhar
Sonowal. He was arrested from Sonari chapori area after the incident.
A KLO militant, identified as Hareswar Rai alias
Kaltu was arrested by SFs at Rani in Kamrup District. A Chinese-made
9mm pistol with ammunition and four electric detonators were seized
from him. The militant is an expert in making bombs and IEDs.
A Source stated that Police in Dhubri, Kokrajhar,
Chirang and Bongaigaon Districts have been asked to go strong
against the KLO, as they have been against NDFB-IKS and ULFA-I.
KLO, believed to have about 100 militants in the State and six
of its 12-member 'central committee' hail from Assam, and KLO
militants have been found involved in some extortion incidents
in Chirang and Kokrajhar Districts.
SFs are keeping a strict vigil along India's border
with Bangladesh and Myanmar ahead of PM Narendra Modi's visit
by November end. The Prime Minister will be on his first visit
to five north eastern states.
Two NDFB-IKS militants, Sootem Mushahary and Pramod
Brahma were arrested from Sootea in Sonitpur District.
In a joint operation, Army troops and Police arrested
an unidentified GNLA linkman from Goalpara District.
A truck driver, identified as Kiren Ray was killed
and his helper, Ranja Sangma was injured when unidentified gunmen
fired upon them at Joypur area in Kokrajhar.
SFs defused a grenade that was recovered on the
campus of the Bibekanada Club at Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur District.
SFs arrested a MULTA militant, Anyal Khan from
Bahiya village in Barpeta District. A factory-made 9 mm revolver
and four rounds of ammunition have been recovered from him. The
arrest comes at a time a manhunt is on for Burdwan blast. Police
officer said, "We have not found any link between Khan and Alom
so far, though both hail from Barpeta. The arrest, however, proves
that Islamic fundamentalist groups have recruited many from the
KLO has more militants from Assam than West Bengal.
KLO was considered to be a North Bengal based militant outfit.
The outfit has more members from Assam. Sources revealed that
the outfit in the last few years, managed to recruit a number
of youths from Bongaigaon, Chirang and Goalpara. The total strength
of the KLO is now estimated to be around 100 to 120 cadres. They
have close ties with NDFB-IKS and KYKL. The newly youths recruited
in recent months by the KLO from Lower Assam were sent to the
base in Myanmar for training.
An 18 year old, identified as Ranjit Ray, was
killed by suspected militants of unspecified faction of NDFB at
Manas forest in Chirag District. The Sub- Divisional Police Officer
(SDPO) stated that it was not confirmed yet whether the rebels
who killed Ranjit belonged to the NDFB.
Two militants of ULFA-I were arrested from Teleria
18-member Indian delegation consisting of officials
from MHA , BSF, led by IG BSF Sudesh Kumar left for Bangladesh
to hold Border Co-ordination Conference with BGB. he Conference
is scheduled at Tamabil in Sylhet District. During this conference,
issues of mutual interest pertaining to various kinds of crimes
on the international border with the states including of Assam
will be deliberated upon.
Dilip Chao, an Assistant teacher at Jaoliabari
LP School in Kashikotra village in Chirang District was abducted.
ABSU appealed to groups behind the abductions to release the victims
ULFA-I shot dead a civilian identified as Okon
Tati and injured another individual identified as Shankar Rai
at Dwarmara Reserve Forest at Tinsukia District.
Three NDFB-IKS identified as B Naibijit, Ganesh
Basumatary and Narkeswar Narzary surrendered before Chirang District
Police and SSB The militants surrendered with three 7.65 mm pistols
and 12 round of ammunition.
Police sources stated that several traders have
been receiving extortion demands from ULFA-I ranging from INR
40,000 to INR 100,000 in Majuli, in Jorhat. Two individuals identified
as Bansi Sonowal and Rahul Sonowal has been arrested for killing
of trader on November 14.SP stated that ULFA-I have been using
criminal elements for collect money on its behalf.
There have been intelligence reports that ULFA-I
militants under the leadership of Rashid Bharali had entered Majuli
Island to rebuild the outfit's base.
Suspected ULFA militants lobbed a grenade at the
residence of a businessman, identified as Mahavir Agarwala, at
Gurguri Line in Samdang of Tinsukia District According to locals,
the militants had demanded money from the businessman. Security
agencies have inputs that a group of ten ULFA militants have sneaked
into the District to carry out subversive strikes, extortion and
Three unidentified GNLA militants were killed
in an encounter with SF personnel at Sespani in Goalpara District.
A pistol some live ammunition and extortion demand letters were
recovered from them.
A MULTA linkman, identified as Mizanur Rahman,
was arrested, at Barbilla village in Barpeta District. He was
carrying a suspected IED weighing approximately 3kg along with
a 20 meter wire.
ULFA-I militant Parikshit Gogoi was arrested from
Panbessa on the outskirts Sivasagar town in Sivasagar District.
Police have stepped up security measures and asked
tea and oil sectors to adhere to certain advisories ahead of Prime
Minister Narendra Modi's proposed visit to Assam next week, especially
in view of ULFA-I's heightened activity in the state.
The dismantling of the 57 camps of the north east
India insurgent groups in Bangladesh was taken up during the high
level meeting between BSF and BGB.
The residential building of a business man identified
as Mahabir Agarwalla was partially damaged when suspected ULFA-I
militants lobbed a grenade in Doomdooma in Tinsukia.
||Two KPLT militants were killed
and another was arrested by a joint team of Police and Army at Rongtaru
in Karbi Anglong District. Two AK-47 rifles and one pistol were
recovered from them.
ULFA-I militant identified as Arup Das alias
Bikram Asom was arrested by a joint team of Indian Army and Goalpara
Police, near Bardak village in Goalpara District. At least 10
rounds of AK-47 ammunition, one mobile phone and some cash were
recovered from him. According to Police intelligence inputs, ULFA-I
faction is trying to target tea, coal and oil sectors in Upper
ULFA linkman, identified as Arun Mahanty was arrested
from an unspecified location for lobbing a grenade at the residence
of a businessman, identified as Mahavir Agarwala, at Gurguri Line
in Samdang of Tinsukia.
SFs has beefed up vigilance and intensified counter
militancy operations to foil attempts by ULFA-I to disrupt Prime
Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the state on November 29.
Recent operations by AR in Dima Hasao District
have eliminated almost 12 militants, including eight militants
The separatist Groups including in Assam, Bodoland,
Kamtapur and Meghalaya were responsible for 16 per cent of deaths
in the region, reports Global Terrorism Index 2014 of IEP.
Two civilians , identified as Manilal Gupta and
Akbar Mansuri, were killed and 29 injured in an explosion at Rajgarh
area of Dibrugarh. Police suspect the role of ULFA-I. DIG stated
that explosion was most likely caused by a grenade, not an IED.
A business man of Basugaon in Chirang District,
identified as Kartik Paul, was abducted.
A militant of NSCN-K Nokjem Konyak was killed
and another unidentified militant injured in an encounter with
the Army at Namtola near Sonari in Sivasagar District. Three militants
escaped from the area.
A bomb was found in the compartment of intercity
express running between Alipurduar in northern West Bengal to
Kamakhya, at at Kendukona railway station in Kamrup District.
The bomb was later diffused. NIA stated that the bomb was meant
to be used during the high-level conference, and Police suspect
ULFA-I behind the incident. The incident comes ahead of the visit
of PM an Home Minister visit. They are also scheduled scheduled
to address the conference of DGP at Administrative Staff College,
Khanapara in Guwahati on November 29 and 30.
Three unidentified abductors were arrested from
South Salmara in Dhubri District. They were involved in the abduction
of a youth identified as Khursed Alom on an unspecified date.
Intelligence reports indicate ULFA-I is planning
to carry out attacks on BJP leaders and non-Assamese people living
in the State, ahead of the PM's visit. Assam Police and other
security agencies have been alerted. to take all precautionary
Assam CM Tarun Gogoi said that ULFA-I was a 'puppet
of foreign forces'. He said that the militants are working under
the instruction of forces from abroad which want to create disturbance
in the country.
Buddha Basumatary, who had demanded INR 200000,
in the name of NDFB-IKS, from a shopkeeper identified as Dadhi
Barman, at Amaniapara village in Nalbari District, was nabbed
and lynched by local people when he allegedly threatened Barman
with a pistol.
KPLT is divided into 4 factions he first led by
Teron is anti-talks faction and is concentrated in Bokajan subdivision,
bordering Golaghat and Nagaon Districts. The second, led by Donri
Kramsa, comprises 20 members and is pro-talks, third faction is
led by Simmon Teron which is inactive right now and the fourth
faction is led by Sojon Liding and works independently.
48 hour Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao bandh
(shutdown) called by KPLT, on November 24, to protest against
the killing of KPLT militants on November 22 brought life to a
halt in both Districts.
ABBSYF called a 24-hour BTAD strike against the
spurt in abduction, extortion and harassment of Bengali-speaking
people. Various organisations like ABSU, AASU, AASAA and BPF,
teachers and local residents participated in the protest.
Various organizations staged a demonstration in
front of the Chirang DC office in Chirang District protesting
against the abduction of Dilip Kumar Sao, the school teacher who
was abducted on November 19. They said that if the abducted school
teacher was not released within two days, then they would come
out on the streets against militants groups and against the failure
of the administration in providing security to the common people.
TADA court at Guwahati decided to reserve any
judgment on the bail petition of the Assam serial blasts key accused
Ranjan Daimary till November 28.
State Government pointed out that though law and
order is a state subject, the onus also lies on the Central Government
in containing insurgency.
AASU president Shankar Prasad Rai said that the
issue of illegal migrants should not be communalized and that
it should be resolved as per the Assam Accord. BJP leader Subramanian
Swamy that the Assam Accord had become outdated and that if an
illegal Muslim immigrant was ready to convert to Hinduism then
he could be allowed to stay in India.
BJP MP Ramen Deka in Parliament demanded the Central
Government intervention to deal with the deteriorating law and
order situation in Assam as the Tarun Gogoi Government has failed
to provide security to the people.
A joint team of Police and Army recovered four
handmade guns, seven cartridges and 200 grams of gunpowder from
the house of Abdul Samad in the Tulsibari area under Rangiya Police
station in Kamrup District.
Kamrup Metro District administration and the Railway
authorities jointly carried out a major eviction drive along the
railway line from Paltan Bazar to Athgaon in Kamrup District and
recovered two rounds of live bullets from one hut along the railway
track. Two unidentified persons, including a man and a woman,
who were living in the hut were arrested.
Two ULFA-I linkmen Nitul Konwar from Tingkhong
in Dibrugarh and Babul Hazarika from an unspecified location.
Ahead of Narendra Modi's two-day visit, SFs tightened
up the security and the search operation is going on for two cadres
reportedly belonging ULFA-I who have apparently entered the city
to blow up Government buses. Police sources said they have intelligence
inputs that two tribal boys are planning to plant explosives,in
bus that operates in Guwahati city.
BSF IG stated that only 65 per cent of the Indo-Bangladesh
border has been fenced. He added that the fencing is not possible
in the riverine areas but they are exploring various technical
solutions including the deployment of UAVs in the area.
ULFA-I militants killed a Hindi speaking trader
, Kumud Rai, when they fired at a petrol pump in NH 15 in Lakhimpur
District Two other individuals identified as Roopak Singha and
Satish Patel was injured in the incident.
Suspected militant of ULFA-I lobbed a Chinese
hand grenade at a residential compound of an individual identified
as Munundra Nath Sarmah, a noted businessman of Bordumsa in Tinsukia
District. Sources suspected that the militants lobbed the grenade
after the businessman refused to comply to their monetary demands.
Security personnel recovered 1,800 detonators,
600 gelatine sticks and 12 rolls of fuse wire from a travel counter
near Mizoram House in Guwahati. Police arrested Abhijit Sarkar,
who reportedly carried the bags, and Saharuddin Borbhuyan, the
driver of the vehicle which had delivered the cache.
Police, recovered four RPGs one carbine, 30 rounds
of ammunition, a pistol and explosives from Gorlinga No 2 Tiopajan
village under Sadiya Police station in Tinsukia District, belonging
to CPI-Maoist. Police stated that the carbine had been snatched
by them from 2nd Assam Police Battalion personnel from Amarpur
in Tinsukia District in 2011.
ULFA-I also warned Prime Minister Modi to face
armed attacks on BJP if he does not publicly reveal the whereabouts
of 26 ULFA militants who are missing since the Bhutanese operation
against Indian militants in 2003.
ULFA-I militant, identified as Nitul Gogoi was
killed in an encounter at Betonichuk village in Tingkhong village
in Dibrugarh. One AK 47 rifle was recovered from the militant.
Police arrested a suspected ULFA-I militant Munna
Bezbora from Kamakhya Express at Mariani in Jorhat District.
DGP Khagen Sarma stated that militants had used
a US made Hand Grenade in the Rajgarh explosion on November 23.
This the first time that militants have used US made hand grenade
in the State.
ULFA-I is trying to revive its bases in Bangladesh.
DGP stated that Chittagong has become a vital proposition from
the security point of view and said that militant activities in
Bhutan and Myanmar too have increased. DGP also added that here
are inputs about youths undergoing training in Pakistan Occupied
Kashmir (POK) and Bangladesh.
TADA court granted bail to Ranjan Daimary, the
leader of NDFB-RD . He was granted bail for two cases in Udalguri
and one at Dispur. The bail was granted for six months.
BJP mission 84', to win 84 out of 126 Assembly
seats in Assam in 2016 polls has apparently come under the threat
of ULFA-I. -I warned of using force to stop all activities of
BJP party in Assam after January 10, 2015.
PM will reach Guwahati on November 29 on a four-day
visit to the North East region.
Assam has been placed under a thick security blanket
for PMs Visit from November 29. Sources said as many as 50 additional
companies of Security Forces (SFs) from outside the state, each
comprising 100 personnel.
India asked Thailand its cooperation to arrest
militants of North East militant groups. Minister of State for
Home Kiren Rijiju said that India would approach the Thai authorities
for assistance in checking their activities. "Many insurgent groups
from India's North-East have links to the South East Asian countries
and tend to go to Myanmar and Thailand. There have been some reports
of their presence in Thailand and the Government of India (GoI)
would approach the Thai authorities for assistance in curtailing
their activities," Rijiju Stated.
NSG DG J.N. Choudhury that militancy has become
a "cottage industry" in North East India. e stated that "In northeast,
militancy has become almost a cottage industry where extortion
and abduction for ransom is seen as an easy means for money."
Jahan Shiekh, a labour contractor abducted by
suspected GNLA militants, was rescued from Garo Hills.
Police arrested two linkmen of NDFB-IKS, identified
as Arun Basumatary and Bilifang Basumatary, from Simlabagan village
under Runikhata Police Station of Chirang District. One country
made revolver, one hand grenade, four rounds 7.62 bullet and four
electric detonators were recovered from their possession. Both
have been sent to Kokrajhar Jail.
An ambulance driver was abducted by militants
in Chirang District. According to sources, the ambulance was recovered
in the forest area after militants called up the owner, informing
him that the driver was with them and would be released only after
an amount was paid.
IB Chief Syed Asif Ibrahim said that while the
CPI-Maoist is besieged with serious problems and the security
situation has shown marked improvement in J&K, the security situation
in the Northeast region was fragile, with some militant outfits
still outside the ambit of the peace process. Speaking at the
49th conference of the DGPs, IGPs and head of all Central Police
organizations, the IB chief said that the safe sanctuaries of
the militants in neighbouring countries, particularly Myanmar,
was compounding the situation.
IB Chief Syed Asif Ibrahim said that in Assam,
the militant outfit NDFB-IKS accounted for 85 per cent of the
UHM Rajnath Singh said that most conflicts in
the Northeastern region have socio- economic reasons behind them
and these (reasons) have been there since even before independence.
Singh added that these socio-economic disparities have existed
due to lack of development including that of infrastructure in
the region. He suggested that the Police summit should try to
hammer out a special strategy to tackle insurgency in the Northeast.
He announced that the Government was fully committed to formulate
a special development package for the Northeast to facilitate
all encompassing development for all the communities.
A Joint team of CRPF and Assam Police recovered
one M-16 rifle and 25 live bullets at Borthol Dalani village in
Karbi Anglong District. According to Police the arms and ammunition
was neatly packed and concealed in a hideout. Police also found
a blue coloured Maruti Alto car parked near the hillock in abandoned
PM Narendra Modi said the Union Government was
taking steps to check illegal migrants from Bangladesh by enforcing
the land swapping deal for a lasting solution. Modi said, "I will
make such arrangements, after which all roads will be closed for
Bangladeshis coming and destroying Assam every day. Believe in
my word that land swapping deal will be done for a permanent solution
to this problem of Assam."
IG of BSF, Mizoram and Cachar Frontier, Dinesh
Kumar Upadhyaya said that BSF's Mizoram and Cachar Frontier recovered
FICNs worth of INR 5.13 lakhs in the current year. The BSF IG
said the border guards under its area of operation also recovered
a number of arms and ammunitions including five M 16 assault rifles
A prime accused in the grenade blast (October
23) at Sonarpar village in Dhubri District, Abdul Bellal Hussain,
and two of his accomplices, identified as Ennus Ali and Aminul
Haque, were arrested by the Police. Hussain was arrested from
a Hatsinghimari-bound bus at Krishnai in Goalpara District by
a police team and his accomplices were arrested from Fakirganj
in Dhubri District.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren
Rijiju said in the parliament that as many as 1,977 infiltrators
have been apprehended by the BSF from along the India-Bangladesh
border in the current year, 2014.
According to a recent study by the NERSWN, a NGO
based in Assam's Kokrajhar District the children in four conflict-hit
Districts in Assam and Manipur are facing death, torture and distress.
The study found that children were being forced to join militant
outfits, arrested by security forces on charges of being rebels,
taking up arms out of curiosity or had lost their parents in insurgent
attacks and were displaced.
The report also said "Over 3.14 lakh people were
internally displaced in Kokrajhar District alone in 1996 and 1998.
They spent over three years in relief camps. More than 1.26 lakh
children were forced to live in camps in pathetic condition for
more than 15 years. The clash in 2012 that affected Kokrajhar,
Chirang, Dhubri and Bongaigaon Districts left over 4.85 lakh people
displaced." It said 26 of the 45 people killed in Kokrajhar and
Baksa in May 2014 by suspected NDFB-IKS militants were minors.
Two traders, identified as Isab Ali and Jamal
Khandakar, were abducted from Helchaguri in Baksa District and
their bodies were recovered at Mainamata under Labdanguri Police
station in Barpeta District. Though no organization has claimed
responsibility for the incident, initial reports suggest that
the NDFB-IKS is behind the incident.
A special team of BSF Intelligence Wing and Police
personnel launched a joint operation at Gumrah area in Cachar
District and arrested one person, identified as Nazmul Islam Laskar,
along with FICN worth of INR 150,000 in denomination of INR 500.
BSF spokesperson DIG Satish Budakoti said that the consignment
came from Bangladesh and was supposed to be utilised for local
areas like Gumrah, Kalain, Jalalpur and bordering villages.
Police arrested a suspected arms dealer, identified
as Bhagirath Chetry, from Sankosh Tapu in Kokrajhar. A 7.65 mm
pistol, a magazine and three live rounds were recovered from him.
AIUDF and several other organizations criticized
the State Government for 'failing' to ensure security in BTAD,
after the killing of two traders on December 2, by suspected NDFB-IKS
Zofest, the Cultural festival of the Mizos scheduled
to begin at Haflong in North Cachar District of Assam could not
start due to reported objection from militants of HPC-D MZP sources
said that Manipur-based HPC-D which has been at loggerheads with
Mizoram Government objected to the Zofest at the last moment as
Mizoram Chief Minister (CM) Lal Thanhawla was invited to attend
the three-day festival as chief guest.
Two civilians, identified as Mohen Phangcho and
Lalchon Kipgen, were killed and another individual Mangthang was
injured in a factional clash between the splinter groups of KPLT.The
incident happened at Napak Terang village, Bokajan in Karbi Anglong
District. In between July and August 2014 KPLT has splintered
into four factions.
CBI which is probing the 2012 ethnic riots in
BTAD, has named an Assam Police constable as the main culprit
for fuelling clashes in its final report. The CBI has sought State
Government sanction prosecute Mohibur Islam alias Ratul,
the accused, who is on the run at present.
Kokrajhar based journalist Jaiklong Brahma who
was arrested by Kokrajhar Police on September 2, for having alleged
link with NDFB-IKS, was released on bail from Kokrajhar Jail.
Assam Police launched a manhunt to arrest fugitive
Constable Mohibur Islam who has been named by the CBI as the prime
accused in the July, 2012 ethnic violence in BTAD. Report said
that CBI has written to the State Government, seeking sanction
to prosecute Mohibur last week, but the latter is yet to locate
him. According to the CBI, Mohibur, a founder-member of ABMSU,
had instructed its members to kill four Bodo youths on July 20,
2012, which triggered the violence. According to sources, Mohibur
could still be in Kokrajhar, working for some political party.
ABMSU denied its involvement in the BTAD violence.
General Secretary of the union, Lafiqul Islam Ahmed said that
Mohibur is no longer a member of the students' body. The ABMSU
staged a blockade at Barpeta Road and Rangiya railway station,
demanding protection of non-Bodos in BTAD.
Key suspect in October 2, 2014 Bardhaman (West
Bengal) blast, Shahnoor Alam, alleged to be the financial brain
of JMB, was arrested by NIA with the help of central security
agencies from Nalbari District. NIA had also declared a reward
of INR 5,00,000 for anyone providing any information about him.
Suspected militants of a faction of KPLT abducted
two employees, identified as Hemai Bey and Bibison Rangpi, working
in a rubber garden near Nilalong under Diphu Police station in
Karbi Anglong District.
69 KPLT cadres were arrested and another 15 were
killed in different encounters and search operations with security
forces during the year (2014).
BSF officials in Dhubri sector in Dhubri District
claimed that strict vigilance along the Indo-Bangladesh border
has helped them arrest trans-border miscreants, illegal migrants
and recover a huge amount of goods and FICNs this year, 2014.
Sources said till November 30, BSF jawans manning the border
had arrested 17 anti-nationals, trans-border criminals and Bangladeshi
nationals and recovered cattle, drugs, FICNs and other smuggled
goods valued at INR 30 million. The BSF has 45 BOPs in Dhubri
District along the 134 kilometers long border with Bangladesh,
including 45 kilometers riverine border. Of the 45 BOPs, 17 BOPs
are located on the Brahmaputra sars (sandbars), a BSF official
However, many of the border outposts like the
ones on Chowki sar, Ghaspara, Salapara and New Diwaner Alga are
in danger of being gobbled up by the Brahmaputra. Floods have
affected most of the border outposts located on the sars, report
Police arrested one person, identified as Om Prakash
Sinha of Tripura, from the Rajendra Nagar Express at Guwahati
railway station along with a 7.62 pistol and four rounds of ammunition.
Police arrested one person, identified as Jiaur
Rahman, on charges of demanding INR 50 million from a businessman
in Fancy Bazar in Guwahati in Kamrup District. Police claimed
that he demanded the money in the name of ULFA but he is not a
member of the militant group.
A joint team of the Army and SWAT commandos busted
a hideout of AMEF in East Garo Hills District and recovered arms
along with explosives.
Police recovered the body of a person, identified
as Bibhash Mondal of Lakhiganj under Bilasipara Police station,
from a road in Alengamari (Lakhiganj) in Baksa District. Sources
said that the body bore marks of multiple injuries.
According to the Police officials, the interrogation
by the Assam Police has established prime accused Sahanur Alam's,
who was arrested on December 5 from Nalbari District, involvement
in the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman (West Bengal) blast and his links
with the JMB. ADGP - Special Branch - Pallab Bhattacharjee said
that "Sahanur's involvement in the Burdwan case has come out during
interrogation. He was in contact with the terror group JMB in
Burdwan." The officer added that "We don't think the JMB operations
are very important in Assam. Some of them who were here are on
the run and we are on their trail. The situation is not serious
AKRSU alleged that the NDFB-IKS has unleashed
a reign of terror and violence in the BTAD. AKRSU president Biswajit
Ray said that the NDFB-IKS has even barred villagers in the northern
part of Bijni subdivision in Chirang District from selling poultry
and produce without their consent. He also threatened the NDFB-IKS
of cutting off movement of essential items to the northern part
of Chirang District by imposing an economic blockade if the atrocity
on the innocent villagers is not stopped immediately.
AASAA staged a protest at Jantar Mantar in New
Delhi to press for its demand to include Adivasis living
in Assam in the ST list.
Six persons, suspected to be the cadres of the
NDFB-IKS, who had allegedly come to abduct a trader, were arrested
from Dilbazar railway market at Nilibari in Chirang District.
The arrested youths have been identified as Surat Basumatary,
Ajay Basumatary, Derhasat Narzary, Rinkhang Narzary, Jiban Basumatary
and Fokhon Narzary. Dhaligaon Police in Chirang District were
also on the lookout for the youths as they were involved in abductions
in the District. A pistol, seven rounds of bullets and a hand
grenade were recovered from them.
Meanwhile, honouring the martyrs who laid down
their lives for the cause of the State and its people during the
Assam Movement, the AASU will observe "AASU Martyrs' Day" on December
AASU observed the 'AASU Martyrs' Day' in different
parts of the State and paid tributes to the 'martyrs' of Assam
movement and asserted that the supreme sacrifices of the 'martyrs'
would not be allowed to go in vain. Khargeswar Talukdar became
the first 'martyr' of the Assam movement on December 10, 1979,
and since then, the day has been observed as 'Martyrs' Day'.
A delegation of the AATSA in New Delhi requested
the UHM, Rajnath Singh to initiate steps for the permanent solution
to the Assam-Nagaland border dispute.
Against the backdrop of lingering border dispute
between Assam and Nagaland, the GoI reiterated that such issues
could be resolved through cooperation of the State Governments
concerned. Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said
in Parliament that seven incidents of violence took place along
the Assam-Nagaland border that resulted in the death of twelve
One person, identified as Honor Kro, was killed
by suspected KPLT militants in Valughat Mantaro village under
Dokmoka Police station in Karbi Anglong District. According to
the Police, suspected KPLT cadres dragged out Honor Kro from his
house and axed him to death. According to the reports, the ULFA-I
is facing severe financial crunch, which has made the outfit desperate
to indulge in acts of violence to make its presence felt. Security
sources said that the militant outfit is finding it difficult
even to run its camps in Myanmar due to paucity of funds. There
are times that the senior leaders of the outfit even find it difficult
to make payments for procuring rice. In the face of threats of
rebellion from the cadres, the leaders of the ULFA-I are desperate
to boost its coffers and there have been attempts by them to launch
an extortion drive. Sources also added that ULFA-I is also not
in a position to send its own cadres to serve demand notes and
they mostly send couriers to deliver such letters. The report
concludes that the situation has now totally changed and there
have been instances of people simply ignoring the demand notes
of the outfit.
In a memorandum submitted to the PM, Narendra
Modi, All Assam Surrendered ULFA Samittee (AASUS) demanded deportation
of Bangladeshis from Assam and stopping handing over Assam's land
to Bangladesh, recovery of the land occupied by Pakistan in Jammu
& Kashmir, implementation of the Assam Accord, a MoS signed in
1985 and stopping the Guwahati-Dhaka bus service.
A cadre of the ULFA-I, identified as Raktim Moran,
a resident of Mudai Gaon in Dibrugarh District surrendered before
the Assam Police and deposited a cache of sophisticated arms and
ammunition. Dibrugarh District SP Rana Bhuyan said that Moran
has deposited one AK-81 rifle, one Chinese grenade, three magazines
and 79 rounds of ammunition. Having joined the banned terrorist
group in 2011, Moran had undergone training in Myanmar.
While surrendering his arms, Moran said that currently
at least four training camps of the ULFA-I are operating inside
Myanmar with around 250 cadres, apart from some NSCN-K militants.
Raktim surrendered before the Police with the help of his family
members. He sneaked into Sivasagar District from the Mon District
and reached Dibrugarh.
Police arrested one person, identified as Alomgir
Paramanik from Joypur in Dibrugarh District in connection with
arms dealing and a murder case.
ULFA-I warned that would resort to armed protest
in case the GoI and the NHPC try to construct the 2000 MW Lower
Subansiri Hydro-electric Dam project forcefully ignoring the mass
protests in the State against the construction of the dam under
the prevailing conditions. . In a statement, the 'commander-in-chief'
of the ULFA-I, Paresh Barua, said the 2000 MW Lower Subansiri
dam project as well as another 186 hydro-electric projects in
Arunachal Pradesh that were being constructed would not serve
the interests of people of Assam. However he added that since
the outfit also wanted development of Assam, it would extend support
to construction of the 2000 MW mega dam only if it was done as
per the design prepared by the experts' panel from Assam assuring
protection of lives and property of people in downstream areas
After a lull, the ULFA-I has intensified its activities,
especially extortion, in Tinsukia District of upper Assam. According
to the report a few untoward incidents like grenade blasts have
occurred in the last few weeks in various places of the District.
Most of these incidents occurred due to the refusal of paying
of money to the ULFA-I. The banned outfit now-a-days is using
e-mails for extortion purposes.
The questioning of arrested Sahanur Alom, one
of the key persons of the JMB in Assam and other members of the
outfit arrested in Assam and West Bengal revealed that the JMB
was trying to establish a full-fledged network in Assam, particularly
in the Muslim-dominated areas and trained up several persons specifically
for the purpose. Security sources said that at least ten people
were specially trained by the JMB for establishing the network
of the outfit in Assam. According to the reports, the JMB started
trying to establish bases in Assam after the ethnic riots in the
BTAD area in 2012 where more than a hundred people were killed.
The JMB took advantage of the situation and started exploring
the possibility of expanding bases in the State.
KAAC CEM Tuliram Ronghang in a meeting after unfurling
the statue of martyr Ratul Nunisa, who lost his life on the June
5 in an ambush by ULPA, at Tumpreng in west Karbi Anglong said
that "Bullet has not solved any problem in this world so far,
rather created more problems. It hinders development and disrupts
peace. There should not be any place for bullets in a good society."
He further said that doors were open for KPLT militants to come
SF seized a cache of arms and ammunition from
a couple near Kolia Bhomora bridge in Sonitpur District. Sonitpur
SP Sanjukta Parashar said a couple, identified as Jolen Narzary,
44, and his wife Belsree Nazary alias Kareng, 40, were
carrying the arms on a bike and were arrested at a checkpoint
near the bridge. The recoveries included a HK-33 rifle, an M39
grenade launcher along with 80 rounds of ammunition, 16 grenade
shells and 17 SIM cards. Police suspect the arms were meant for
I. K. Songbijit factions of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland
(NDFB-IKS) and the couple was bringing it from Nagaland.
According to a police source, the NDFB-IKS as
well as other militant organisations are suspected to be supplying
arms from Nagaland via Dimapur to a militant group in Arunachal
Pradesh bordering Sonitpur District in Assam.
Assam's list of active militant groups has just
got a bit longer with the entry of JMB,. Forest Minister Rockybul
Hussian, in a written reply to a question by AIUDF legislator
Hafiz Bashir Ahmed in the assembly stated that the eight 'active
militant groups in ULFA-I ,NDFB-IKS, KPLT, KLO, HuM, MULTA, CPI
-Maoists and JMB. The Minister said that from January 2001 till
November this year, 6,483 ULFA militants, 2,881 NDFB, 346 KPLT,
50 KLO, 14 HuM, 106 MULTA, 80 CPI (Maoists) and 10 JMB module
rebels have been arrested. Of the eight, currently, only three
are active, which include MULTA, HuM and JMB, he added. The inactive
radical groups are Harkatul-Jehad-al-Islami (HuJI), Muslim United
Liberation Front of Assam (MULFA), People United Liberation Front
(PULF), Islamic United Reformation Protests of India (IURPI) and
Islamic Security Force of India (ISFI). He stated that from 1995
till date, 626 members of these radical groups have been arrested.
Maibang Police recovered the bodies of two civilians,
identified as Rakhal Baisnab and Utpal Banerjee, from a jungle
near Hadima village in Dima HasaoThey were abducted on November
3 at Basa Bari near Kalachand in Dima Hasao District, for ransom.
It is learnt that even after the payment of INR 700,000 they were
A trader identified as Pronab Saha was abducted
from Bengtal in Chirang District.
An NDFB-IKS militant identified as Sunil Musahary
was arrested from Tarajuli in Sonitpur. One 12 Bore Gun along
with a mobile phone was recovered from him.
GoI alerted the Assam Government about the possibility
of an attack by ULFA-I in Guwahati. According to government sources
the ULFA-I leader, Drishti Rajkhowa, managed to procure at least
five sophisticated bombs with timer devices and he is looking
for avenues to get those planted in Guwahati city. Sources said
Rajkhowa, who spends most of his time in Garo Hills of Meghalaya
at the bases of GNLA. is maintaining close contacts with the leaders
of the outfit. It also said that whenever the pressure of the
security forces increases, Rajkhowa shifts to Bangladesh by taking
advantage of the porous border.
India and Bhutan will launch a massive crackdown
against NDFB-IKS along its border areas. The decision was taken
in a recent meeting between security chiefs of both the countries.
An accused in Assam arms haul case during interrogation
revealed that 15 Gorkhaland Personnel (GLP, a voluntary force
affiliated to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, a political party campaigning
for a separate state of Gorkha land) had undergone 14 days arms
training in Nagaland in 2013 with the intention of launching an
armed movement for separate state of Gorkhaland, under the banner
of Gorkha Liberation Army (GLA).
NIA probe into the October 2, 2014, Burdwan blast
has revealed that JMBhad prepared a hit list of around 40 to 50
Bodo leaders to assassinate. An unnamed official of the Union
Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) stated, "Assam was the immediate
target of the JMB module detected after an accidental blast on
October 2 in West Bengal's Burdwan. Arrested accused have told
counter-terror officials that a dossier-like hit-list of around
40 to 50 Bodo leaders was prepared by the JMB members in which
their photographs and other details were mentioned. These Bodo
leaders were to be killed in retaliation of anti-Muslim riots
in the Bodoland Territorial Area District in the last two years."
He also added, "It seems that around 100 improvised explosive
devices (IEDs) prepared by the Burdwan module were meant for Assam.
Initially, the suspicion was that the IEDs were being transported
to Bangladesh as claimed by some lower rank members of the module.
But now, the NIA has reasons to believe that the IEDs were being
sent to Assam may be through Bangladesh. The agency is yet to
get concrete evidence in this regard as it has not recovered any
IEDs in Assam so far".
The SC directed the Centre to build motorable
roads alongside the international border and install floodlights
to prevent incursion and cross-border trafficking. It noted that
the estimated number of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in India
as on December 31, 2001 was 1.2 crore.
Two suspected militants of the Norrok X Momin-led
UALA were killed in an encounter with SFs at Nala, near Thantipahar
village in Goalpara. SFs recovered two pistols, two powerful 36
high explosive hand grenades, 2 crude bombs, two detonators, two
gelatine sticks, UALA documents, seven rounds of live AK ammunition
and seven rounds of live 7.65 ammunition for pistols.The area
has long been an area of militant activity for GNLA, UALA . ULFA
UALA' chief' Norrok X Momin denied his group's involvement in
A Defence source stated that UALA was now trying
to 'fill the vacuum' created by disbanding of ANVC.
Three unidentified people were arrested for extortion
and criminal conspiracy under the Arms Act from an unspecified
AASU to the Supreme Court to continue to monitor
NRC update till the process is completed adn other provisions
of the Assam Accord are implemented. AASU welcomed the Supreme
Court's ruling that set a time frame for NRC update and requested
the Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court to monitor the functioning
of foreigners tribunals, directed the Centre to complete the fencing
of India-Bangladesh border and referred Section 6A of the Citizenship
Act, which deals with the cut-off date for citizenship according
to the Assam Accord, to a Constitution bench.
A top security official revealed that at least."
Twenty IED packets (unassembled bombs) were transported from Bangladesh
to Assam in May this year. "Ten of them were given to Sahanur
Alon at Barpeta and the remaining to another jihadi cadre who
is yet to be traced".
Parliamentary secretary (home) Etwa Munda stated
that intelligence agencies have indicated the threat to Bodo leaders.
"We have told the police to identify the leaders who are facing
the threat and we will ensure maximum security for them."
Assam has put Police and SFs on high alert to
prevent a Peshawar-like attack in the state. Assam faces threat
from the al-Qaeda and serves as a refuge for JMB. Eleven JMB cadres,
including the key accused in the Burdwan blast in West Bengal,
Sahanur Alom, were recently arrested from the state.
Rockybul Hussain, the Panchayat & Rural Development,
Environment & Forest of the State said in the State Assembly
that aided by anti-national forces, insurgent groups like ULFA-I
and NDFB-IKS are continuously trying to trigger violence. He also
added that both the outfits are operating from their bases in
Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren
Rijju stated that GoI will soon hold a meeting with all Chief
Ministers of the eight North Eastern states to discuss the new
security threat by jihadi group through their various terror networks.
He also appealed to members of various rebels
to come over ground and join the mainstream saying their illegal
activities is not affecting anyone except their own community.
Further referring to the conflicts within the region because of
the emergence of various militant groups, Rijiju said, "By taking
up arms, we are doing the greatest damage to our own community.
It will not have any impact on others. I appeal to the misguided
youths to join the mainstream. They will be engaged constructively."
Union Minister of State for Home affairs Kiren
Rijiju expressed concern over the security threat posed by terror
sleeper cells to the North East region.
Two NDFB-IKS militants, identified as Rirana Narzary
Nayanjyoti Medhi were killed in an encounter with SFs at Golaichowk
under Missamari police station of Sonitpur District. Police recovered
a 7.65mm pistol and ammunition from the dead militants.
Assam Police's SOU recovered a consignment of
bombs belonging to JMB. The bombs were recovered by a five-member
team of the Special Operation Unit from Panpara village in Barpeta
Senior Assam Police officials confirmed that the
explosives were IEDs. A Police official stated that "The operation
was carried out following confessions by Nur Jamal Haque, a resident
of Pakalagi village (Baksa) adjacent to Panpara village (Barpeta).
He was arrested from Chirang on December 19. The explosives were
kept buried near his residence," He is the twelfth jihadi activist
to be arrested in the State.
Nurjamal was a trained cadre of the JMB and he
was a close associate of Sahanur Alom, one of the key men of the
Bangladesh based militant outfit in the State. Also a total of
ten IEDs were recovered during the incident.
The CBI filed a chargesheet against suspended
Assam Police constable Mohibur Islam in the court of special judicial
magistrate, Bongaigaon, under Sections 153-A, 182 and 211 of the
IPC and Section 27 of the Arms Act in a case of alleged ethnic
violence in BTAD areas. Mohibur Islam alias Ratul, the
main accused in the 2012 Bodo-Muslim riot in Kokrajhar, Dhubri
and Chirang Districts. The riots left over 100 people dead and
more than four lakh homeless.
A joint team of Indian Army and Assam Police killed
two militants of NDFB-IKS identified as Raikhang and Rikhigang,
on December 21, at Khungring reserve forest in Chirang. The security
team rescued Sushil Deb, a trader of Bongaigaon who had been abducted
by the militant group As per the local sources the NDFB-IKS militants
had a frequent movement in the jungle area bordering Bhutan and
were involved in a number of abduction and extortion cases. One
M-16 rifle, one AK-56 rifle, one Indian Small Arms Systems (INSAS)
rifle, which was snatched from the forest guards in Kokrajhar
District in October.
In reaction to the encounter the militant group
had triggered a grenade blast at Chapaguri rolling mill area in
front of a temporary shoe shop under Dhaligaon Police Station
at Chirag District. No casualty has been reported.
IGP-BTAD L. R. Bishnoi informed that in 2014 at least 40 militants
were killed by Security Forces, while 175 of them were arrested
during the period. He further stated that the current year also
witnessed 37 incidents of violence, besides 29 cases of abduction
and 110 incidents of extortion. Meanwhile, 72 civilians were killed
during the period.
Unidentified militants lobbed six grenades at
three different places in Kokrajhar District. The blasts were
probably triggered by the militants of NDFB-IKS.
An IED weighing around 3 kilograms was recovered
at Pengaree in Tinsukia District. The area is infested by ULFA
militants and with the entry of around 10 militants of ULFA-I
in Tinsukia District, the entire area has been kept under a security
NDFB-PTF and GoI held another round of talks to
bring about a settlement on their demands and decided to "meet
more often" to chalk out a roadmap to a possible solution. The
meeting was held among NDFB-PTF 'General Secretary' Govinda Basumatary
alias B Swmkwr, senior MHA officials and interlocutor P.C. Haldar.
GoI feels a final settlement can be worked out when NDFB-RD faction
is also on board.
Specially trained commandos of the Assam Police
will guard the inaccessible dense forest areas of the Indo-Bhutan
border in four Districts of BTAD as part of the continued operation
against cadres of NDFB-IKS. ADGP-Law and Order, RM Singh told
that commandos will act in synergy with the Army, SSB and other
SOU of Assam Police confirmed that they have arrested
a close associate of JMB militant Sahanur Alom, indentified as
Nazmul Islam, from Barpeta District on December 21 evening. Nazmul's
name surfaced following the arrest of another JMB militant Nurjamal
Officials of Bangladesh and Assam held a meeting
to discuss issues relating to bilateral interest in Dhubri. Officials
of Kurigram District of Bangladesh and Dhubri discussed transborder
crimes, smuggling and ongoing trade between the two countries
through Mancachar and Sonahat border of Dhubri district. Dhubri
shares a 134 kilometre (km) border with Bangladesh out of which
45km is riverine.
NDFB-IKS had warned the Government of retaliatory
attacks if the Security Forces did not stop operations against
its cadres. A source said, "The NDFB (Songbijit faction) might
have targeted the Adivasis suspecting them passing on information
about its cadres to the police."
Central Government extended the ban imposed on
all factions of NDFB under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act
for another five year.
Highly placed sources in the MHA stated that there
is thinking in GoI that the existing policy of dealing with militancy
in the North East is not yielding the desired results and there
is need for amending it. Sources pointed out that, as per the
existing policy, Government is agreeing to talk with any militant
group, which comes forward for talks. But of late, GoI has found
that the policy is not yielding the desired results as new outfits
are cropping up regularly. Moreover, the splinter groups of militant
outfits, which have come for talks, are still active.
Suspected militants belonging to NDFB-IKS killed
48 Adivasis at five different places in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar
Districts. Curfew has been clamped in Rangapara, Thelamara, Dhekiajuli
and Biswanath Chariali areas of Sonitpur District. Late at night,
the Army was called in to maintain law and order in affected areas.
Manas National Park located in Baksa District
been closed for three days in the wake of the killings. administration
has closed down the Manas National Park for tourists for the next
few days for launching operations against militants belonging
to the NDFB-IKS inside the park.
The attacks came within hours of CM Tarun Gogoi
brushing aside a recent NDFB-IKS warning of retaliation to operations
launched against the formation, reports The Telegraph. Talking
to reporters in Guwahati, CM Tarun Gogoi, said: "I don't care
for such warnings. The situation in the Bodoland Territorial Areas
District (BTAD) is not conducive and corrective measures have
to be taken."
SFs arrested a ULFA linkman from Nalanga Ujjanpura
area in Goalpara District.
Four leaders of undivided NDFB, Dhiren Boro, Ranjan
Daimary, Nileswar Basumatary and Hecterson Mushahary, were acquitted
by a TADA court in a murder case. These four leaders were accused
of the murder of Police sub-inspector Narahari Gogoi at Sapkhaiti
area presently located in Udlaguri District [prior to 2003 Bodo
accord, Udalguri was a sub-division within Darrang District] on
September 25, 1991.
Different organisations and leaders based in BTAD,
welcomed the chargesheet filed by the CBI against suspended Assam
Police constable Mohibur Islam alias Ratul, the main accused in
the 2012 Bodo-Muslim riot in Kokrajhar, Dhubri and Chirang Districts.
The riots left over 100 people dead and more than four lakh homeless.
The leaders demanded stern action against the conspirators.
The death toll in attacks by the NDFB-IKS reached
76 amid reports of retaliatory strikes and thousands of people
leaving their homes and taking shelter in schools and churches.
Retaliatory attacks began in the morning of December 24 in which
five Bodos were killed in Sonitpur and Chirang Districts. Subsequent
Police firing to control hundreds of rampaging tribals claimed
the lives of three more adivasis in Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur District.
The NIA will probe killings on December 23, said
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh after a meeting with Assam Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi in Guwahati. Singh, accompanied by Union
Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, took stock of
the situation and said Tuesday's (December 23) massacre should
be treated as an "act of terror". "The Union Home Minister directed
security forces to deal firmly with the outfit and treat it as
a terrorist group," a source said.
Paresh Baruah, the ULFA-I leader, also the mentor
of NDFB-IKS leader I K Songbijit, in an interview on December
24 stated that the massacre on December 23 as 'collateral damage'.
He stated that "These killings of civilians are part of the strategy
in any war."
The December 23 attack by NDFB-IKS on remote Adivasi
villages which resulted in 67 fatalities had also led to the displacement
of more than 57,000 who are lodged in camps across Kokrajhar,
Chirang and Sonitpur District.
The Kokrajhar District administration has opened
24 relief camps, including 15 in Kokrajhar subdivision and nine
in Gossaigaon subdivision, housing over 45,000 inmates. In Chirang
District, seven relief camps have been set up where over 5,000
inmates are taking shelter.
Sonitpur Deputy Commissioner Lalit Kumar Gogoi
stated that Over 7000 people have their villages and taken shelter
at the six relief camps in Sonitpur District. About 6,000 are
reported to have fled Sonajuli-Phulbari, while another 1,500 people
have fled from the villages under Rangapara Police Station in
Hundreds of Adivasis from Assam have taken shelter
in Alipurduar District of West Bengal to escape the violence in
Kokrajhar and other adjoining districts.
According to Police, around 80 rebels carried
out December 23 attacks in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur Districts. A
Police official stated that "NDFB had a base in Bhutan earlier,
but they were driven out in 2003. The Bhutan government now says
there are no Indian militants on its soil. We, however, have reports
that militants do cross over when security forces step up measures
against them."He also added that a part of Manas National Park,
in Baksa District spills over into Bhutan, and its unfenced border
is a major security concern. Another source stated that "Intelligence
inputs suggest the militants might have left behind their weapons
to ensure a safe passage".
Tension was still prevailing in most of the areas
in Sonitpur District the affected people are not yet convinced
that no further incident of violence would occur following the
visit of the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The affected areas
include Tinkhuti, Samukjuli, Behali-Moithali Basti, Gwjunphur,
Sonajuli, Naharbari, Lakhipathar, Ompur, Simangpuri, in Biswanath
subdivision and Hograjuli and Ghogra Kochari Gaon at Dhekiajuli
in Tezpur subdivision.
Burning of seven villages has been reported from
the Balidonga area of Biswanth Chariali in Sonitpur District.
Two common patterns observed in the latest mass
killings by NDFB-IKS are that all the victims were Adivasis
(aboriginal people of India) and all the affected places were
remote areas either bordering Arunachal Pradesh or Bhutan. Also
the dilapidated bridges and non-motorable roads have made areas
along the border with Arunachal Pradesh in Sonitpur district a
safe haven for NDFB-IKS militants. Being locals, the rebels know
the area well and operate on foot even while carrying out massacres.
GoI asked Bhutan and Myanmar to help evict Indian
militants, reports Indian Express. SFs looking for NDFB-IKS
militants fear that they might have slipped into Bhutan and Myanmar
after the massacre on December 23. He stated that External Affairs
Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to the premiers of Bhutan and Myanmar.
Union Home Minster ruled out any dialogue or talks
with NDFB-IKS. He stated that "There should be a time bound action.
We should not (the operation) drag it for a long time. He said
that GoI wanted a time-bound action against NDFB-IKS and would
extend all help to the State Government to launch a full scale
operation. Army help would also be extended, if needed, he added.
GoI has already provided 50 companies of Central Armed Police
Home Minister Rajnath Singh stated that Prime
Minister Narendra Modi had taken the incident very seriously and
announced ex-gratia of INR 200,000 to next of kin of each victim.
Home Minister added that NIA would probe the incident and added
that probe would unearth the nexus of NDFB-IKS with other forces.
72 were killed in the ongoing violence in Assam.
40 people died in Sonitpur District, 30 in Kokrajhar District
and two in Chirang District. 67 of those killed were Adivasis
and five of them Bodos who were killed by Adivasis in retaliation.
The victims included 21 women and 18 children.
Miscreants set ablaze a weekly market at Balipara
in Sonitpur District. On the same day, miscreants vandalised a
tea factory godown at Dholmara and set the furniture on fire,
arson was also reported from Gossaigaon subdivision, both in Kokrajhar
Thagi Phukan (43), owner of a small tea plantation
and Chakra Nayak Sahu (38), a labourer at his plantation, were
found by Police along the Assam-Nagaland border in Jorhat District
around. Suspected Naga militants had abducted Phukan along with
Sahu and another worker, Nabin alias Baje Bauri, 44, from the
plantation in Gabharu Pahar area under Selenghat Police Outpost
in Jorhat District on December 24. Nabin was later released by
the abductors who asked him to inform Phukan's family to pay a
ransom of INR 300,000 for the safe release of the remaining duo.
SFs arrested a husband-wife duo of Abdul Aziz
Sheikh (40) and Mozila Bibi (37) along with FICN from ward 1 of
Dhubri town near the main SBI branch in Dhubri District.
81 were killed in the ongoing violence in Assam.
Two persons, one each in Sonitpur and Chirang District, injured
in December 23's attack by NDFB-IKS militants succumbed to their
injuries on December 25, while a charred body was recovered from
Gossaigaon in Kokrajhar District on December 26, a Police spokespersons
said on December 26. Further, three Adivasis were killed in Police
firing in Sonitpur District on December 24.
NDFB-IKS militants lobbed a grenade at SSB personnel
and exchanged fire with them at Phoisana Bazar area under Bijni
sub-division in Chirang district along the Indo-Bhutan border.
None was injured in the incident.
The Indian Army has intensified operations against
the NDFB-IKS. Intensive area domination is being carried out by
the Army in all the violence-hit areas. Flag marches are on in
some of the vulnerable areas to check spread of violence to newer
areas. Besides, aerial surveillances are also on in some of the
vulnerable areas, said Army sources here. Sources also denied
the Army launching any new operation against the NDFB-IKS named
'Operation All Out,' adding that the counter-insurgency operations
in the State were never suspended, and now the ongoing operations
are only intensified.
A 12-hour bandh (general shutdown strike) called
by the AAASA, ATTSA and AYP [Youth wing of Asom Gana Parishad]
disrupted normal life across the state. The bandh was total in
the affected Districts of Sonitpur, Kokrajhar, Chirang, Udalguri
and Baksa along with tea garden dominated Districts of Jorhat,
Golaghat, Sibsagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia in Upper Assam.
Over a lakh people belonging to both Bodo and
Adivasi community have fled their villages. Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner
Thaneswar Malakar said that 74,912 people had taken shelter in
77 relief camps in the District. In Chirang District, 14,920 refugees
had taken shelter in 11 relief camps, 9,650 people were in nine
relief camps in Sonitpur District and 8,105 people were in five
relief camps in Udalguri District.
Security Agencies, following the NDFB-IKS attack
against Adivasis, are worried about the possibility of Adivasis,
moving closer to CPI-Maoist because of frequent armed attacks
Thousands of troops combed the 350-km India-Bhutan
border from multiple points search of the NDFB-IKS militants who
massacred 48 people in Assam on December 23.
Intelligence agencies have tracked the location
of Ingti Kathar Songbijit, 'commander-in-chief' of the militant
outfit NDFB-IKS. Sources said Songbijit cellphone was tracked
to Jaigaon near the Indo-Bhutan border in West Bengal on December
A shift in the Central Government's policy on
the issue of dealing with militancy in the North East and from
now on, there will be no talk with any outfit, which is involved
in killing of innocent civilians.
SFs busted a camp belonging to NDFB-IKS inside
Khausi Bazar forest area of Kokrajhar District. SFs recovered
eight motorcycles and one Tata Indica car from the camp besides
dry ration, including, salt, dry fruits etc. "One of the motorcycles
was an imported one. The Japanese Honda bike is worth INR 2.5
lakh," said Kokrajhar Additional Superintendent of Police Surjeet
Singh. "It was a makeshift camp. Perhaps, the cadres fled before
the security forces reached there," he added.
SFs arrested a militant belonging to NDFB-IKS,
Bunty Boro alias Ramsuran Boro, from Andherighat village in the
Darrang District on an unspecified date.
The UC in the State led by the Army will soon
extend its operation in search of NDFB-IKS militants to West Bengal,
which borders Kokrajhar District in the west, and Arunachal Pradesh,
bordering Sonitpur District in the east.
The last 48 hours have been relatively peaceful
in the State with no report of any untoward incident although
over 104,000 people have left their homes, since December 26,
fearing fresh trouble. The number of people in relief camps increased
to 176,440 (on December 28) against 72,675 on (December 26) while
the number of camps in Kokrajhar, Sonitpur, Chirang and Udalguri
Districts is up to 136 from the 81. Out of these camps, 64 have
mainly Bodo inmates and 72 have Adivasi inmates. Number of inmates
belonging to Bodo and Adivasi communities is 61,003 and 115,337
respectively adds The Assam Tribune. Curfew was relaxed for a
few hours on December 28 in violence-hit Districts of the State.
Police arrested four persons for allegedly trying
to set ablaze an Adivasi village named Damruguri under Serfunguri
Police Station in Kokrajhar District.
SSB personnel exchanged fire with suspected NDFB-IKS
militants at a forest near Bhairabkunda in Udalguri District.
Police have arrested three suspected NDFB-IKS
militants; identified as Rodip Narzary (24), Bennedict Basumatary
(31) and Rahidas Narzary (48), from Sankosh in Gossaigaon subdivision
of Kokrajhar District.
Police arrested two NDFB-IKS linkmen, Suklai Basumatary
(25) and Arun Narzary (26), were held from Batachipur and Kharaibari
areas in Sonitpur District,. The duo was allegedly in close touch
with the militants who killed over 40 Adivasis in the District.
One of the arrested militant Suklai Basumatary had named two NDFB
-IKS militants, Sunil of Rowta and Mahanto of Mazbat, who were
involved in the Batachipur killing.
SFs arrested two suspected MULTA militant from
Deobhangi village at Gauripur in Dhubri district.
Police arrested the 'finance secretary' of KPLT,
identified as Sarpo Teron, from a village under Borlangfar Police
Station in Karbi Anglong district.
Chief Executive Officer of the ASDMA P.K. Tiwari
said in Guwahati that four new relief camps have been opened in
Kokrajhar district as people continued to flock to relief camps.
Tiwari said so far, around 2.1 lakh people in four Districts -
Kokrajhar, Sonitpur, Chirang and Udalguri - are staying in 140
relief camps. In Kokrajhar, nearly 1.58 lakh people are living
in 92 relief camps.
Commissioner & Secretary, Home, Political,
Passport, Implementation of Assam Accord and Border Areas Depts.
Commissioner, Prateek Hajela said a team of NIA officials is expected
to arrive here in a day or two to take over the investigation
of four cases related to the killings by the NDFB-IKS. Out of
the 14 cases registered by Assam Police in connection with the
carnage, four cases were handed over to the NIA.
Unidentified militants abducted two youths from
3 Kilo area of Umrangsu in Dima Hasao District. Police said a
group of five armed men barged into one Nikhil Malakar's house
and abducted his son Sanjoy Malakar (17) and his friend Monir
Ali (20) at gunpoint. Nikhil Malakar is a well-known businessman
of the area and is engaged in coal trade.
Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh Suhag
gave orders for an intensification of the drive against the NDFB-IKS
militants, upping the total number of mobile columns of the Army
and the Assam Rifles to 77. There were 40 columns before last
week's killings of Adivasis by the NDFB-IKS. The deployment was
raised to 66 columns just after the violence and is now up to
Police arrested two militants of the UKRA, after
an hour-long exchange of fire, in Diphu town headquarters of Karbi
Anglong District. One of the militant, Pratap Terang, sustained
injury during the incident. The militant duo of Pratap Terang
and Jinda Hanse had come to collect extortion money from a Diphu-based
Around 2,86, 270 persons are taking shelter in
the 139 relief camps set up in the Districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang,
Sonitpur and Udalguri following the incidents of terrorist attack
on villagers on December 23 and 24, said a press release issued
by the ASDMA.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said it was the joint
failure of the Central and State security agencies in preventing
the massacre by NDFB-IKS militants in BTAD and Sonitpur in spite
of having prior information.
SFs arrested four KPLT militants arrested identified
as Sinaram Rongphar (20), Jen Tisso (26), Sarmen Enghi (38) and
Bibison Ronghang (21).
Two militants of KLO, including the Kokrajhar
and Dhubri "districts commander", surrendered before Police in
Kokrajhar District. The cadres were identified as Dhanajoy Barman
alias Dayal alias Jiten alias Sonaton alias Mridul (23) and Gopal
Barman alias Joydev alias Joy (20).
Director General of Police Khagen Sarma ruled
out any possibility of talks with NDFB-IKS and ULFA-I and said
that intense operations would continue against these two outfits.
With improvement in overall situation in NDFB-IKS
violence hit areas, the number of refugees in relief camps decreased
to nearly 270,000. According to a release by the ASDMA, 270,370
persons are staying in 135 relief camps in Kokrajhar, Sonitpur,
Chirang and Udalguri districts at this moment.