Three militant outfits of North
East, KLO, NLFT and PDCK had set March 31 as 'deadline' for 'Hindi
speakers' and Bengalis to 'quit Kamatapur, Karbi-Longri and Tripura'
in an statement. The statement was signed by KLO 'chairman' Jiban
Singh Koch, NLFT 'organising secretary' Seng-phul Borok and PDCK
'chairman' JK Lijang. The statement also condemned the killing
of suspected NDFB-IKS, Ratna Narzary of Khunguri village of Chirang
District on December 29 by SFs. According to the report, all these
three militant groups are mentored by the NSCN-K and ULFA-I.
The Additional Secretary for Mizoram's Home department
Lalbiakzama said that the proposed repatriation of over 32,800
Brus lodged in six relief camps in Tripura was scheduled to begin
from the second week of February, 2017. Lalbiakzama attended a
meeting between the UMHA and Mizoram Government in New Delhi over
the issue of the repatriation of the 5,413 Bru families.
The three parties, the IPFT, the INPT and the
NCT, announced a hartal (general strike) in areas under the TTAADC
on February 8 to protest the new citizenship policy of the Union
Government. The proposed amendments will grant swifter Indian
citizenship to persecuted minorities from countries like Pakistan,
Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
PDCK, a Karbi militant formation, repeated its
earlier 'final ultimatum' to the Hindi and Bengali speaking inhabitants
of Karbi Anglong Autonomous District to leave the District before
March 31, 2017. This has led to a panic situation among the two
communities. PDCK along with two other groups - KLO and NLFT on
January 2 had asked the two communities to quit 'Kamatapur', Tripura
and 'Karbi Longri' within March 31. The outfits have further warned
that after the dateline both the communities would have to face
'the gravest of the grave' situation.
In some declassified reports of CIA of the United
States of America, it was revealed that the North Eastern militant
groups had been receiving Chinese assistance in terms of arms
and training since 1960s. The CIA report was submitted on July
26, 1968 and from the report it is evident that the militant groups
of the Northeast were receiving help from China even during that
time. The report said that the Naga militants first established
contacts with China in December, 1966. The report revealed that
the first batch of approximately 200 militants crossed over to
Northern Burma (now Myanmar) to obtain arms training in Yunnan.
The BSF foiled attempts by a group of African
nationals to illegally enter India from Bangladesh through the
Muharichar border in Belonia in South Tripura District. A mobile
phone and some personal belongings were seized from him. However,
rest of the accomplices managed to flee from the place.
At least 50 persons were injured in sporadic clashes
during a 12-hour bandh (shutdown) called by the ATIRPF in TTAADC
area, to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, introduced
by the BJP-led NDA. The INPT, IPFT and the NCT last month (January)
formed the ATIRPF to oppose the bill. The bill, introduced in
the Lok Sabha in 2016 and now under the scrutiny of a parliamentary
committee, seeks to enable Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis
and Christians, who have fled to India from Pakistan, Afghanistan
and Bangladesh without valid travel documents or those whose valid
documents have expired in recent years, to acquire Indian citizenship
through the process of naturalization.
Normal life was severely affected in the Gandacherra
Sub-division as the IPFT, a tribal-based party, called a 48-hour
bandh (shutdown) in tribals-dominated Dhalai District to
protest the alleged Police 'high-handedness 'during the February
8 when three tribal parties had called a 12-hour bandh to oppose
the Centre's citizenship bill.
In a statement, the umbrella organisation of displaced
Brus, MBDPF said that the Bru refugees lodged in seven relief
camps in northern Tripura since the last 20 years had decided
not to return to Mizoram as the Mizoram Government has "refused"
to meet their demands. The MBDPF said that a public meeting was
held at all the seven relief camps on February 14 and 15 in which
the refugees expressed their unwillingness to return to Mizoram
by raising their hands. The public meeting was conducted as per
the decision of a meeting of JMG in Guwahati on February 12 in
which the MBDPF was entrusted to submit the public decision within
three months. The JMG meeting, comprising representatives of the
Ministries of Home Affairs of Mizoram and Tripura and MBDPF, went
India has decided to throw open its border roads
to help Bangladesh construct border outposts in CHT, known for
its inhospitable terrain. Some areas in Chittagong, bordering
Tripura and Mizoram, have no motorable roads and India has decided
to allow the Border Guard Bangladesh to construct 13 border outposts
using the road connectivity available in the two States.
The IPFT, a tribal-based party in the State launched
a three-day protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi against the
central Government's citizenship bill and demanded a separate
State in Tripura. The IPFT, along with two other tribal based
parties - the INPT and the NCT-formed the ATIRPF to oppose the
citizenship bill introduced by the BJP led Government.
One Bangladeshi security personnel of Griha
Rakshi Bahini, identified as Nausad Mia (62), was lynched
and another detained by the villagers at Siddhinagar village under
the jurisdiction of Puran Rajbari Police Station in South Tripura
District when 12 intruders attempted a robbery. Informing about
the incident South Tripura District SP Tapan Debbarma said, "Twelve
Bangladeshis comprising eight Griha Rakshi Bahini personnel (equivalent
of Indian Home Guards), two Government employees and two civilians
illegally crossed the India-Bangladesh border and tried to rob
Indian villagers on Wednesday night." Senior BSF and Police officers,
along with reinforcements, have been camping in the tension ridden
ATS of the Karnataka Police arrested a suspect
here having links with the 2005 terror attack at Bengaluru's IIS
from the outskirts of Agartala town in West Tripura District.
"The Karnataka ATS personnel, with the help of Tripura Police,
arrested terror suspect Habib Mia, (37), from Jogendranagar on
the outskirts of Agartala," a senior Tripura Police official told
IANS on condition of anonymity.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the
security situation in the Northeastern States of India and directed
officials to enhance vigil along the international borders in
the region. During the hour long meeting, the Home Minister was
given a detailed presentation on the prevailing situation in the
Northeast, especially militancy in the region. Singh was also
told about the steps taken to ensure peace, especially in Assam,
Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur, the four states considered
to be affected by insurgency, official sources added.
The MoS for Home Affairs clarified that surrendered
militants without any criminal cases pending against them can
contest in elections. Kiren Rijiju on the issue further informed
that at least 15,314 militants have surrendered under the surrender-cum-rehabilitation
policy for the northeastern region. Altogether, 235 individuals
are still undergoing rehabilitation under the Surrender-cum-Rehabilitation
Scheme as of financial year 2016-17.
In a fresh attempt to nudge Myanmar to launch
a flush out operation against the militants of the Northeast,
India reduced the allotment to its Aid to Myanmar programme significantly
and allocated INR 225 crore only this Year (2017-18). In the previous
year, (i.e. in 2016-17) India sanctioned INR 400 crore to Myanmar
but the indifferent attitude of Myanmar over the issue of Northeastern
militant groups disappointed India and this time India has clearly
shown its displeasure over the issue, claims the report.
Authoritative security sources in the Union Home
Ministry claimed that China has roped in militant groups of North
East to launch a proxy war against India. The source further claimed
that the recent statement of ULFA-I, on March 28, against the
visit of Dalai Lama in Assam was dictated by China. Also, asserting
that China was not interested in organizational strength of ULFA-I,
the security sources said that China intends to intensify its
proxy war against India in the North East through the separatist
Replying to a question by MP Krupal Balaji Tumane,
Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir revealed
that insurgent activities in the Northeast along the Indo-Myanmar
border saw an increase compared to the Indo-Bangladesh border
in the last three years. According to the report, during the period
from 2015 to March 31, 2017, terror activities along Indo-Myanmar
border increased alarmingly in view of insurgents groups shifting
their bases from Bangladesh to territories within Myanmar and
China. According to the Minister, during this period, 10 encounters
took place in three North Eastern States - Assam, Meghalaya and
Tripura along the Indo-Bangladesh border. Even though no casualties
were reported in these encounters, a total of 11 suspected rebels
were arrested. In Assam along the Indo-Bangla border, three encounters
were reported and four militants arrested in 2015. No such incident
was however reported in Assam along the Indo-Bangla border in
2016-17. On the other hand, the Indo-Myanmar border has been witnessing
steady rise in insurgent activities during the period with as
many as 206 encounters reported between militants and security
personnel spread across four Northeastern States Arunachal Pradesh,
Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. While 18 security personnel lost
their lives, 32 insurgents were killed in these encounters. A
total 337 rebels were arrested from the international border in
the four States during this period. Among the four Northeastern
States sharing Myanmar border, maximum number of encounters took
place in Arunachal Pradesh. As many as 81 encounters were reported
in that State where three security personnel and 13 militants
were killed. During this period, 114 suspected insurgents were
arrested. Even in 2017, 13 encounter cases have been reported
till March in Arunachal along the border with Myanmar. Union Minister
Ahir said the Central Government of India in tandem with Northeastern
State Governments has adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain
cross-border infiltration. This includes strengthening of border
management, multi-tiered deployment along the international border
and Line of Control, synergizing intelligence flow to check infiltration
and pro-active action against terrorists.
Division in the IPFT become official when the
dissident faction led by Budhu Debbarma formed a separate committee
and declared that they are the real IPFT. The committee was formed
in a workers conference held at Sahid Bhagat Singh Yuba Awash.
Rana Kishor Reang and Rajeswar Debbarma were elected as 'president'
and 'secretary' of the committee. The elected 'secretary' Rajeswar
Debbarma said that the IPFT since its formation veered only around
one issue a separate state comprising the areas of TTAADC. But
the conference has decided to give a new dimension to the party
program and to include different social economic issues like unemployment,
opposition to the proposed amendment of the Indian Citizenship
The annual report of the UMHA for 2016-17 revealed
that the security situation in the Northeast had "improved substantially"
during the previous year where insurgency-related incidents decreased
by more than 15 per cent compared to 2015. "The security situation
in the northeastern states, which has remained complex for quite
some time because of diverse demands of ethnic groups and various
militant outfits, improved substantially in 2016.
The number of insurgency-related incidents in
the region decreased by more than 15 per cent compared to 2015,"
the report said. In 2015, while there were 574 insurgency-related
incidents, the corresponding figure in 2016 was 484. The report
also said 2016 witnessed the "lowest number" of insurgency incidents
since 1997. While casualties among SFs in the region declined
from 46 (2015) to 17 (2016), civilian casualties declined in all
states except Assam where it increased from 9 in 2015 to 29 in
2016. The report noted that while Sikkim, Mizoram and Tripura
had no insurgency-related violence in 2016, there was considerable
decline in incidents in Meghalaya (44 per cent) and Nagaland (43
per cent) compared to 2015. In 2016, Manipur accounted for about
48 per cent of total violent incidents in the region and Arunachal
Pradesh experienced an increase in violent activities by 38 per
cent, primarily on account of violence by the Khaplang faction
of NSCN-K, the report stated. In Assam, insurgency-related violence
continued to decline and 2016 witnessed the lowest number of insurgency
incidents since 1997, it added. In 2016, Meghalaya witnessed a
44 per cent decline in the number of violent incidents. While
there were 123 incidents in 2015, the figure declined to 68 in
The report stated that the number of civilian
casualties decreased by 33 per cent compared to 2015. Further,
while 25 militants were killed in 2015, the figure came down to
15 in 2016. Similarly, only 59 militants were arrested in 2016
compared to 121 in 2015. However, there was no casualty on the
part of security personnel in 2016.
Mizo inhabitants of Jampui hills in North Tripura
District bordering Mizoram has revived their demand for a Regional
Council and have decided to go for agitation. The agitation program
will begin with a procession on May 11. The procession will begin
from Belianchip and pass across all the 11 villages of the hills
to end at Bhangmun. Lalramjoha Sailo, 'president' of the Jampui
Mizo Convention said they have submitted memorandum to the Governor
and the CM in support of their demand but no action has been taken
forcing them to launch agitation. He said the TTAADC was formed
for development of the tribals but it failed to satisfy the aspirations
of the smaller tribes. A smaller section of the tribals are cornering
all the benefits, he alleged. He said a delegation of the Jampui
Mizo Convention met the CM in 2016 and apprised about their problems
but no positive action has been taken to solve these. He said
the proposed regional council will be comprised of all the 11
villages of the hills. Eighty five per cent of the inhabitants
of the proposed area are Mizo's while the rest 15 per cent are
Reangs. He said the Reangs also will get the same benefits like
the Mizo community if the regional council is formed.
Chief Executive Member of TTAADC Radhacharan
Debbarma met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi. During
the meeting, the CEM handed over a memorandum seeking his intervention
for overall development of the tribal council to the Union Home
Minister. Demands include introduction of Panchayati Raj like
three-tier system in tribal council's Village Committees by amending
the Constitution and inclusion of Kokborok language in the eight
Schedule of the Constitution. The CEM also demanded enhancement
of allocation for TTAADC for the current fiscal year as NITI Aayog
had reduced outlay in the last financial year. Debbarma also pointed
out Autonomous District Councils were floated on the basis of
population way back in 1952. "By this time, population in ADC
areas has been increased and therefore there is a need to increase
fund to the tribal council", he said.
BSF DG K.K Sharma said that Bangladesh is no longer
a safe haven for Indian insurgent groups. Sharma, who was addressing
the media at the 8th annual medical conference at the BSF headquarters
in the Shillong, said the few training camps and hideouts set
up by Indian rebel groups, like HNLC and ULFA, in the neighbouring
country have been destroyed by the Border Guards Bangladesh. On
border fencing in the State, Sharma said BSF has taken up the
land acquisition issue with the State Government. At the same
time, he said the border sentinels will introduce high-end technology
to detect intruders. "BSF is in the process of filling up the
gaps along the border by technological solutions - installing
intruder detection alert system that would go a long way in detecting
In a meeting at an undisclosed location, the NLFT-Biswamohan
faction selected Subir Debbarma alias Yamorok (45), as
the new 'president' of the organisation. On the other hand, Biswamohan
Debbarma who had led the militant group for long years has been
made 'advisor'. The report further added that the new leader extended
support to those political parties who are 'waging war' for Twipraland.
Reviewing the security situation in the Northeast
with chief secretaries and DGPs of the region in New Delhi, Union
Home Minister Rajnath Singh described religious radicalisation
as a serious security threat and said if not checked in time;
it could lead to terrorism. He also expressed concern over the
proliferation of illegal arms in the region and asked the Police
chiefs to launch organised campaigns against arms smugglers.
Kanchanpur sub-divisional administration began
clicking photographs from today (May 20), for AADHAR enrollments
of Bru displaced people sheltered in transit camps of North Tripura
District for past 20 years. In the midst of uncertainty of repatriation
of 37,000 Bru inmates to their native area in Western Mizoram,
Tripura Government in consultation with the Central Government
of India has decided to issue AADHAR cards to Brus, as a part
of the move to legitimize their identity proof living in transit
Administrative and Police officials of border
Districts in Tripura have finalized strategies to deal with cross-border
crimes and deal with other irritants in a one-day meet with their
counterparts of contiguous Bangladeshi districts. The District
Magistrates and SP of Tripura's Sepahijala, West Tripura and Khowai
Districts held a day-long meeting in Comilla in eastern Bangladesh
with their counterparts from Comilla, Brahmanbaria, Habiganj and
Moulvibazar, Sepahijala District Magistrate Pradip Chakraborty
told IANS. "During the joint border conference, discussions about
cross-border smuggling, drug trafficking, terrorism, management
of anti-sabotage activities, drainage water treatment, problems
relating to border residents have been discussed and some strategies
were finalized to deal with these issues," he said. Chakraborty,
who was the team leader of the Indian delegation, said that sports
and cultural festivals in the border districts were also discussed.
Three suspected militants of KLO were arrested
by jawans (troopers) of the 12th Battalion of TSR from
Raishyabari area in Dhalai District. Tripura Police informed that
the suspected militants were trying to infiltrate the Indian soil
from neighbouring Bangladesh after weaponry training in Bangladesh
for the last 16 months. Police also recovered arms, Bangladeshi
currency and other incriminating documents from the militants.
Police arrested one person, identified as Rajesh
Das (18), along with one .9mm pistol from Sidhai Police Station
area under Mohanpur Sub-division in West Tripura District. According
to the Police he was involved in illegal arms trading as well
as narcotics business.
The UMHA has said that there has been a sharp
decline in violence, extortion and attacks on security forces
in the Northeast in the last three years. As per data available
with the UMHA, only 484 such incidents were reported in 2016 as
compared to 1,025 in 2012 and 732 in 2013. It further noted that
the number of abductions have come down from 329 in 2012 and 307
in 2013 to 168 in 2016. Only 28 such cases were registered till
March this year. However, the number of security personnel killed
in Manipur shows an upward trend with 24 being killed in 2015
and 11 in 2016 as compared to 8 and 5 deaths in 2012 and 2013,
The NDFB-IKS suffered a setback with more than
900 cadres being arrested and nearly 55 being killed in security
operations, according to the UMHA note. The number of such incidents
in Assam jumped to 50 in 2016 as compared to 21 in 2013, the UMHA
The number of militants surrendering saw a decline
with 267 such surrenders taking place in 2016 as compared to 1,161
in 2012, as per official data. Arms recovery was not significant
despite a crackdown as 698 arms were recovered in 2016 as compared
to 1,856 in 2012.
As many as 1,202 militants were arrested in 2016
as compared to 2,145 in 2012. Of this, the highest number of arrests
in 2016 has been made in Manipur (518) and Assam (366) while maximum
abduction cases were reported from Nagaland (51) and Meghalaya
UHM Rajnath Singh said that year 2016 witnessed
the lowest number of insurgency-related incidents in last 20 years.
"The year 2016 witnessed the lowest insurgency incidents in last
20 years. Such incidents reduced from 824 in 2014 to 484 in 2016.
The number of incidents was 574 in 2015, which was the lowest
since 1997, and further reduced in 2016. The number of civilian
casualties in Northeast has also come down drastically in the
last three years," said UHM Singh in New Delhi. "Sustained security
initiatives during the last three years have brought peace and
stability to the North-eastern region of the country after decades
of insurgency," Singh added.
Tripura Police has arrested at least 13 Nigerian
citizens from border areas of Belonia in South Tripura District
in last eleven months while they were trying to cross over to
Bangladesh without valid documents. The sudden spurt of Nigerians
in a particular border has caused concern among the security forces,
and the Police are suspecting involvement of a big human trafficking
Chinese agencies are trying to launch a proxy
war with India by using the militant groups of the North East
region and some of these plans came to light after a militant
leader of ULFA-I, named Ron Asom surrendered recently. Police
sources further said that the inputs available with the security
agencies indicate that the major militant groups of the region
came into a common platform only after pressure from the Chinese
agencies and now they have started operating together.
Khango Konyak, who is the new 'chairman' of the
NSCN-K, is likely to be the head of the UNLFW, which is an umbrella
organisation of the militant groups of North East. Earlier it
was expected that Paresh Baruah, the 'chief' of ULFA-I might be
the head of the UNLFW. But dismissing speculations about his taking
over charge of the UNLFW, Paresh Barua has backed the idea of
'next-generation leaders' coming forward to take charge after
the demise of NSCN-K 'chief' SS Khaplang.
The tribal-based party IPFT, which has been agitating
for the creation of a separate State, announced that it would
block NH-8 and the rail tracks for an indefinite period from July
10. Announcing about the agitation, the IPFT President, Narendra
Chandra Debbarma, said that they would organise a rally also in
Agartala on the same issue on August 23.
The Police forces of various States of the Northeast
Indian region may soon coalesce under an umbrella organisation
to improve coordination and efficiency. A suggestion in this regard
was reportedly made by Assam's DGP, Mukesh Sahay, at the 24th
conference of DGs and IGs of Police of the Northeast region held
in Guwahati on June 29. It was attended by Satyendra Garg, a Joint
Secretary (Northeast) in the UMHA. Sahay said if the militants
can have an umbrella organisation, the Police too can have it.
He said it would ensure better coordination among the Police forces
of the Northeast region. "Like one nation one tax, we can have
one NE one NE police. We need to work on making this concept,
encouraged by the Prime Minister, possible. We are eagerly looking
forward to your recommendations on Nepol," Assam Chief Secretary
Vinod Kumar Pipersenia said. Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal and DGP
Mukesh Sahay also seconded the idea of 'Nepol'.
IPFT had announced an indefinite 'Rail and Road
blockade' programme scheduled to commence from July 10 to press
for their demand for a separate 'Twipraland' state to be carved
out of the TTADC areas which encompass 68.10% of the state's total
geographical territory. Special security measures will be made
along the railway line from Agartala to Churaibari and along the
NH-44 from Agartala to the bordering point with the Karimganj
District of Assam.
The six Bru relief camps in Tripura should be
closed and assistance provided to the inmates there should be
stopped if the Brus continue to refuse to return to Mizoram, an
adviser of Ministry of Home Affairs said. An official release
in Aizawl said that Union Ministry of Home Affairs Adviser (North
East) MK Singla expressed this opinion while meeting Mizoram CM
Lal Thanhawla. However, this is his personal opinion, the release
Road and rail traffic was affected in Tripura
as the IPFT party leaders and supporters launched an indefinite
blockade for Twipraland statehood. The report says that thousands
of IPFT supporters blockaded Assam-Agartala National Highway and
railway track at Khamthingbari in West Tripura District cutting
the State off from the rest of the country.
The IPFT sought Governor Tathagata Roy's intervention
to find a long lasting solution of the problems of the indigenous
people living in the State. IPFT 'general secretary' Mevar Kumar
Jamataia accompanied by Buddu Debbarma called upon the Governor
in Raj Bhavan and submitted a two-page memorandum before him.
In the memorandum, IPFT general secretary Maver Kumar Jamatia
said the party had submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister
pressing for creation of Twipraland. On the other hand, National
Highway and railway blockade of IPFT entered second day on July
11 with no untoward incident.
The IPFT which has blockaded the National Highway
and the lone railway track in the State to push its demand for
a separate state has sought tri-partite talks with the Union and
State Governments over its demand. "We have sought the Governor's
intervention and a tri-partite meeting between us, the Centre
and state governments to resolve the matter," IPFT President Narendra
Chandra Debbarma said. Meanwhile, a group of 14 IPFT workers stood
nude in front of the Champak Nagar Bridge, gateway to the Barmura
hill ranges, as part of the protest. However, after the Police
intervention, these protesters fled the spot.
The State Government urged the IPFT leadership
to call off their indefinite NH and Railway Blockade programme
keeping in mind of people's sufferings. "The state government
requested the IPFT leadership to call off the ongoing blockade
programme immediate as it has been disturbing the people", according
to an official release issued by ICA. In the press release, the
State Government said that it has been strongly opposing Twipraland
demand for long time.
President of the IPFT Narendra Chandra Debbarma
rejected the appeal of Tripura Government to withdraw the ongoing
rail and road blockade imposed by IPFT that enters its fifth day.
Reiterating its stand in opposing the demand for a separate State
and the rail and road blocked movement as unjustified the State
Government has urged the IPFT leaders to refrain themselves from
the agitation that is causing grave problems to people.
India has yet again underscored the need to flush
out the Northeast-based militants operating from Myanmar. Commander-in-Chief
of the Myanmar Defence Services, Senior General U Min Aung Hliang
is currently touring India and he called on PM Narendra Modi and
several other ministers in New Delhi. He also called on Defence
Minister Arun Jaitley, besides Army chief General Vipin Rawat.
According to official sources, the visiting Senior General briefed
the PM about bilateral defence and security cooperation. The Prime
Minister appreciated the close cooperation between the armed forces
of India and Myanmar.
The BGB has denied the presence of North East-based
militant camps in the country. Addressing a press conference in
Shillong after the culmination of the talks with the BSF officials,
BGB Additional Director General (North East region) Mohammad Zahid
Hasan said Bangladesh has zero tolerance towards anti-social elements
and the country's leadership maintains a tough stand against insurgent
groups. "These (presence of insurgent camps) are mere perceptions…
We will firmly act if there is any," Zahid said. BSF had raised
the issue of presence of outfits like GNLA, ULFA-I and HNLC in
Bangladesh territory and sought stringent action against them.
Earlier, IG of BSF (Meghalaya frontier) PK Dubey reiterated that
there are no regulated militant camps in Bangladesh which existed
10-15 years back and there is coordinated action between the border
sentinels of the two countries.
IPFT has continued to impose the ongoing rail
and road blockade, which has entered into its eighth day. CM Manik
Sarkar on July 16, 2017 appealed to Union Minister of Home Affairs
Shri Rajnath Singh to intervene in the matter.
Over the issue of the National Highway and railway
blockade by IPFT, State's Governor Tathagata Roy said that he
would take up the issue with the Central Government of India and
the State Government to find a solution to the eight-day old standoff.
On the other hand, Union Minister of State Kiren Rijiju denied
meeting the representatives of agitating activists of IPFT. Reiterating
the same stand of BJP Tripura state committee, Union Home Ministry
has made it clear that they would not meet anybody unless the
blockade is withdrawn without any pre condition and restore normalcy
in the state.
Taking a serious note over the ongoing blockade
of National Highway and Rail track, the State Government has ask
the IPFT leadership to clear road by 9 AM on July 20.
The ten-day blockade of National Highway and
railway, the first time in the history of Tripura, has been withdrawn
on July 20 morning (at 9 am) following an ultimatum served by
the administration,. The blockade was called by IPFT demanding
the creation of a separate tribal State of Twipraland.
The number of NLFT cadres sheltered across the
border has been reduced around 90 even after a change in guard
of the banned outfit, according to latest intelligence inputs.
The 'president' of the outlawed group, Subir Debbarma and 'chief
of army' Sachin Debbarma are trying hard to bring back striking
strength to influence the ensuing Assembly elections. Erstwhile
'president' Biswamohan Debbarma, is now an 'advisor 'to the outfit.
Altogether 63 Composite BOPs would be constructed
along the State's international border with Bangladesh. Of the
total target, construction of 47 composite BOPs have already been
completed while some of them made operational for providing better
facility to the jawans. On the progress of barbed wire
fencing along the Indo-Bangla border, an unnamed BSF official
said there was no fixed target to complete the fencing works.
Seven armed militant formations called a 12 hour
shut down strike on August 15, in the entire North East India,
which they term as WESEA to ban celebration of Indian Independence
Day. The total ban on the celebration of Indian Independence Day
was made in a joint statement signed by 'publicity secretary',
HNLC, Ksh Laba Meitei, 'president', KCP, Jiban Singh Koch, 'chairman',
KLO, N.Oken, 'chairman', KYKL, B..R Ferengga, 'general secretary',
NDFB-S, Sengphui Borok, 'organizing secretary', NLFT and J K Lijang,
NLFT-BM militant along with his family surrendered
before DIG, BSF Sector Headquarters, Panisagar Sindhu Kumar. The
surrendered militant identified as Bishwamoni Debbarma (34) of
Rathtilla of Khowai. He was accompanied by his wife Semi Debbarma
(23) and one son- Justin Debbarma and one girl- Shini Debbarma
said a BSF's official communiqué.
BSF patrolling party arrested four Bangladeshi
nationals near NC Nagar in Sonamura subdivision in Sipahijala
District. Four Bangladeshi nationals were identified as Mohammad
Robin (16), of Comilla Mohammad Rubal (25) of Comilla Chavapur,
Razul Islam (13) of Harimangal and Mohammad Azahar (30) of Nageswar.
A group of four NLFT militants surrendered to
BSF at Gandacherra in Dhalai District. The militants were identified
as Milan Mohan Tripura, Hiranjay Tripura, Danta Kumar Tripura
and Raiakumar Tripura. The four militants had fled their hideout
in the Khagracherri District of Bangladesh's Chittagong Hill-Tracts
on August 22.
NLFT is planning to indulge in violence before
and during the next assembly elections due in February 2018. "The
surrendered terrorists said they fled from their Bangladeshi camp
last week. The NLFT leaders recently started recruiting new cadres
to create violence before and during the next assembly elections.
The four surrendered rebels are part of the newly recruited militants,"
Sub-Divisional Police Officer Jawahar Debbarma said post surrender
of four NLFT militants on August 26.
Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said the demand of
Tipraland is unrealistic and deep-rooted conspiracy. "There was
a time when a section of people had raised independent Tripura
but the people rejected it vehemently. Now, another group raised
another slogan- Tipraland to disrupt the normal function of the
administration", he said.
A group of NC Debbarma faction of IPFT supporters
injured a non-tribal car driver Alam Mian when he was on his way
to Khumulung, the Head quarter of the TTAADC, along with non-tribal
female teachers. The vehicular traffic towards the Khumulung came
to a halt instantly following the incident. The State Government
called the AR to restore peace in the area. The TTAADC, CEM, Radhacharan
Debbarma, squarely blamed IPFT leaders, N.C Debbarma and Mebar
Jamatya for the current situation of 'fear and terror'. Earlier
on 20 September, Shantanu Bhowmick, who worked with a television
channel in Agartala, was covering an agitation by the IPFT in
Mandai area of West Tripura was killed by IPFT-NC Debbarma cadres.
Three persons were arrested from a village near
Indo-Bangladesh border in Tripura in connection with "trafficking"
of Rohingyas. Acting on a tip-off, sleuths of Assam and Tripura
Police and BSF personnel raided Nabadwip Chandra Nagar village
in West Tripura District on October 2 night and arrested SumanChowdhury
(35), FarukChowdhury (32) and SahjahanChoudhury (38), SP, Sipahijala
District, Sudipta Das said.
The UHM Rajnath Singh raised the issue of the
influx of Rohingyas from Bangladesh with the DG of BGB Major General
AbulHossain, and urged him to stop the illegal migrants from entering
India. The Home Minister conveyed his request, when a delegation
of BGB officials led by its DG called on Singh at his North Block
Office in New Delhi on October 3.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has set a deadline
to complete the fencing of India-Bangladesh border by March 2019.
Disclosing this, a top unnamed Government official said on October
11 that the government has sanctioned the order to fence 3,326
Kilometre (km) of the 4,096 km long India-Bangladesh border.
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NSCN-K 'chairman', Khango Konyak was 'unanimously
elected' as the new 'chairman' of the UNLFWSEA. A press note issued
by UNLFWSEA publicity committee comprising of 'colonel' Isak Sumi
of NSCN-K, NDFB 'foreign secretary', NE Esara and Jibon Singha
Koch of the KLO informed that the decision was made during the
general session of the UNLFWSEA, hosted by NSCN-K at Taka CHQ.
KYKL, KCP and the NLFT have called a total shut
down in Tripura and Manipur from October 14 midnight till 6 pm
of October 15 as a show of resistance to the alleged Indian colonial
rule which came into effect since October 15, 1949.
The pro-active intervention of China has been
stopping the NSCN-K from joining the ongoing peace-talks in Nagaland.
Disclosing that Chinese agencies were frequently meeting the NSCN-K
leaders in Ruli and Kunming in Southern China's Yunnan province,
security sources in the UMHA said that they have conclusive intelligence
inputs-indicating indulgence of China with Northeast insurgent
China also played key role in appointment of Khango
Konak, who had taken over as 'chairman' of the NSCN-K after SS
Khaplang died in June this year, as the 'chairman' of the UNLFWSEA,
security sources said that it was aimed at to dissuade the NSCN-K
from joining the peace-talks with Government of India.
The frequency of meetings between the Chinese
agencies and militant groups of the North East has increased in
recent months. The Government of India is closely monitoring the
situation. The Indian security agencies are also of the view that
the Chinese agencies are facilitating the insurgent groups to
procure weapons. Sources said that India has definite information
about the recent meetings between the Chinese agencies and members
of militant groups of the north east India.
The Union Government has offered a final repatriation
deal to Reang refugees in Tripura, saying that it would stop all
relief if they do not return to Mizoram in January 2018. Dates
for the process will be finalized this December, said Special
Secretary (internal security) Mahesh Kumar Singla, who visited
refugee camps in North Tripura district (Tripura).
Police arrested a 'chairman' of the ATTF, Ranjit
Debbarma from his house at Sidhai under Mohanpur Sub-Division
of Khowai District on sedition charges, reports The Sentinel.
Ranjit Debbarma, who is out on bail since 2015, in a meeting at
Dushki near Teliamura on November 9, 2017, he challenged the merger
of princely Tripura with the Indian Union in 1949 and promptly
the police registered a sedition case against him.
Over 120 surrendered insurgents of the ATTF started
an indefinite hunger strike in Agartala to press for the fulfillment
of their demands. The former militants have been in talks with
the State Government since 2007 for post-surrender support and
Kajal Debbrma, wife of ATTF 'chairman' Ranjit
Debbarma wants to surrender before law enforcement agencies to
lead a normal life, the CM Manik Sarkar informed the State Assembly.
CM Manik Sarkar has alleged that peace talks with
the NLFT-BM could not be held because of the Centre's lack of
Unidentified militants abducted four employees
of Tripura Gramin Bank (TGB) from Khasiamangal area of Teliamura
subdivision in Khowai District. Police on November 26 recovered
the car of the town hall of Ambassa in Dhalai District. The abducted
TGB employees are TGB's Taidu Branch Manager Tanumoy Bhattacharjee
(30), Sujit Chandra Dey (28) and Raktim Bhowmik (31) and Subrata
Debbarma (32). The abductors have reportedly asked for INR 2 million
each for the release of the bank staff.
Police on recovered the car of the Tripura Gramin
Bank the town hall of Ambassa in Dhalai District.
Two Rohingya refugee families comprising eight
members were apprehended from Khayerpur area in Agartala in West
Tripura District. Eight members of two Rohingya refugees were
on their way to the city on an Inter-State bus but they landed
at Khayerpur 'mistakenly' at 10.05 am. All the detain Rohingya
families were taken to Bodhjungnagar Police Station for interrogation,
according to sources. The eight were identified as Mohammad Ansarulla
(35), Syed Karim, (55), Khasina Bibi (25), Sufeda (20), Mohammad
Jubain (13), Safilum Islam, (7), Taslima (5) and 16-month-old)
The eight Rohingya refugees arrested in the State
were sent to seven days' judicial custody by the Chief Judicial
Magistrate Court in Agartala. They will be produced in court again
on December 6. , investigating officers have found that the refugees
we-re planning to cross over to Bangladesh. They were charged
under Section 3/6 IPC and Section 14 of Foreigners Act.
The Mizoram Government has rescheduled the proposed
repatriation of over 5,000 Bru families from six relief camps
in Tripura to March 2018. A State Government official said that
according to the earlier schedule, it was proposed that the repatriation
would begin from December first week, but it was deferred to March
as the Union Ministry of Home Affairs failed to release funds
meant for the exercise. He said the proposal to commence the repatriation
from March 2018 would be implemented on time only if the Union
Ministry of Home Affairs releases the funds for expenses to be
incurred in the repatriation process.
The UMHA Rajnath Singh on December 6 said that
the Central Government is committed to secure all International
Borders with all neighbouring countries. BSF soldiers arrested
87 Rohingya Muslims along the Indo-Bangladesh border since the
beginning of the current year till October 31, of whom 76 were
sent back to Bangladesh, said BSF Director-General K. K. Sharma.
Dead body of former NLFT militant was recovered
from Tuikrama Lake in Sepahijala District. According to Police
he was killed he was killed following a dispute over sharing of
money from the sale of several sophisticated arms to a drug smuggling
gang in Nagaland they had stolen from the 'armory' of ATTF.
The training camps and hideouts of Indian insurgent
groups in Bangladesh have been reduced to "almost zero". "Whenever
we have information about (infiltration by) insurgents from the
northeastern states into Bangladesh, we share the information
and immediate raids are undertaken (by Border Guard Bangladesh),"
BSF Director-General K.K. Sharma said. "As a result, the number
of training places and hideouts of these insurgents has been reduced
to almost zero. I congratulate our counterparts."
If some Indian militant camps still exist in
Bangladesh, they are of a floating nature, Sharma said, indicating
that all permanent camps have been destroyed. The two border forces
have since 2015 been conducting simultaneous and coordinated patrols
of the frontier to check crime and insurgency. "The numbers of
these (militants) used to be 150-200 every time a list was handed
over. That situation has now changed and the (insurgents) are
now on the run, without being able to stay put at a place on the
other side for long," the officer said.
Six IEDs were recovered from residence of a state
Government employee at Baikhora area in South Tripura District.
SSB Director General stated that 'We are raising
a battalion at Yuksum in Sikkim, which will be deployed on the
border. More BOPs are coming up on the eastern Sikkim border.
He also added that SSB plan for entire Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan
border. At present there are 635 BOPs.
BSF has been told to keep a close vigil on the
856-kilometres-long India-Bangladesh border in Lankamura, on the
outskirts of Agartala in Tripura to prevent entry of unwanted
elements into the State, where Assembly elections are due early
2018. Central Paramilitary Forces would start arriving in the
State soon and the central Government has agreed to send SFs as
required by the Election Commission.