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Terrorism-related incidents in Arunchal Pradesh since 2007


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February 14

Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh

SFs arrested two NSCN-K militants identified as 'sergeant major' Wangphiam Letey Lowang and Hangdam Aboh from Deomali town in Tirap District. Wangphiam was arrested from Borduria village, while Aboh was arrested from Laptang village. One AK-47 rifle with magazine, 30 live rounds of ammunition, a .22 pistol with five live rounds were seized from them.

Both the militants were involved in kidnapping and killing of businessman, MB Singh of Deomali town in January 2012.

2 March 3

Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh

SFs killed an ULFA-ATF militant, in an encounter, at Mudoi village in Lohit District.

3 March 9

Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh

Three NSCN-IM cadres, including the "commander" of Khonsa town committee of the outfit and a United Liberation Council of Arunachal Pradesh cadre were arrested from Damdam village at Khonsa in Tirap District. Three pistols with ammunition, explosives, detonators and extortion notices were recovered from them.

4 March 16

Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh

An Assam Rifles trooper sustained minor injuries in an exchange of fire with NSCN-IM militants at Soha village near Deomali town in Tirap District. The exchange of fire lasted for about three hours, informed Tirap SP Vikramjit Singh. The incident happened when the cadres of NSCN-IM launched an assault on healthcare workers, including doctors, of Soha for not meeting their ransom demands.

Reacting to the reported exchange of fire between NSCN-IM and security forces in Soha village, ACR has asked NSCN-IM officials and cadres to exercise the "tolerance" and avoid "unproductive engagements"

5 March 16

Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki informed the Assembly that more security personnel will be deployed in insurgency dominated Tirap, Changlang and Longding Districts of the State soon. The Chief Minister said that a batch of newly recruited Police personnel is undergoing training at training camps and they will pass out shortly. As-soon-as they pass out they will be deployed in different areas of these Districts to maintain law and order situation as per requirements, he said.

6 March 20

New Delhi

The Centre acknowledged the fact that anti-national activities of CPI-Maoist in some Districts of the north-eastern States are posing a threat to internal security.

In a reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union MoS for Home Affairs RPN Singh said, "The Assam-Arunachal border has emerged as another theatre for Maoist activities. The CPI (Maoist) are trying to establish organizational base in the Northeast with a view to forge relations with other insurgent groups to meet its military requirements." According to him, while Maoist activities have been reported in 2012 in Dhemaji and Tinsukia Districts of Assam, Maoist influence has been noticed in Dibrugarh, Sonitpur and Chirang Districts. The movement of the Maoists have also been reported in Lohit and lower Dibang valley Districts of Arunachal Pradesh. The Upper Assam Leading Committee (UALC) of the CPI (Maoist) is operating in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and has been involved in incidents of looting of weapons and extortion from local villagers. The UALC is also engaged in recruitment and training of cadres of militant outfits in Assam. The foray of CPI (Maoist) into the sensitive north-eastern States is fraught with serious strategic implications since it has potential trans-border possibilities.

MoS for Home affairs RPN Singh further said that the Centre has alerted the State Governments concerned in this regard. The Home Ministry is also monitoring the situation closely and is sending advisories, as and when required, based on intelligence inputs, the Minister added.

7 March 29

Longding District of Arunachal Pradesh

SFs arrested two NSCN-IM cadres, identified as Silai Pansha and Wangsiang Wansha, from Longding Niru village in Longding District.



  • December 17: SFs rescued abducted Assam small tea grower Pradip More and his associate, Chandrapal Sharma, from a remote hilltop at Khainala area under Namsai Police Station in Lohit District. SFs launched the operation three days ago. The duo was abducted by militants of the ULFA-ATF and UPDF and were kept in a makeshift camp, said Namsai Police Station officer-in-charge Ratan Nath.

  • A joint team of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam Police arrested a 'brigadier' of the NSCN-IM, Absalom Raman alias Absalom Tangkhul, from a village in Tirap District along Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. "This is probably the biggest catch of an insurgent leader in Arunachal Pradesh", the sources claimed. The NSCN-IM 'top gun' was active in Tirap and Changlang Districts for over 10 years and was behind the ingress and establishment of NSCN-IM in an area previously dominated by NSCN-K.

  • December 3: Suspected UPDF militants recently abducted businessmen, Pradip More (42) of Naolia in Dibrugarh District of Assam, from Likanag Kkhamtigaon under Namsai Police Station in Lohit District. According to Police source, the victim was abducted while he was supervising work at his newly raised green tea garden located at Likang Kkhamtigaon in Namsai.

  • November 5: Longding District administration has taken effective steps to bring succor to the families affected by the NSCN-IM-NSCN-K factional clash at Ojakho village and provided them with food, blankets, utensils etc. Further, a company of 4 Rajput Rifles placed at Ojakho village is trying to rebuild the confidence of the people.

  • November 1: The cadres of NSCN-IM and NSCN-K clashed in Ojakho and Chasa village in Longding and Tirap Districts which left one NSCN-IM militant dead and injured another cadre. Seventeen houses in the villages were completely gutted and two others destroyed.

  • October 26: SFs arrested a militant belonging to ULFA-ATF identified as Upakul Moran from Longvi village in Changlang District. SFs recovered a China-made AK-series rifle, three magazines and 67 rounds of ammunition.

  • October 8: Security Forces arrested a UPDF militant, Jina Kapat, at Wagun village in Namsai sub-division of Lohit District.

  • October 5: Insurgent outfits in Changlang District had been illegally mining coal, using the proceeds for buying sophisticated weapons from arms dealers based in Thailand and China. On March 26, 2012, Union home ministry wrote to the coal ministry drawing its attention to the illegal mining being undertaken at the 45-km-long Kharsang block by Naga militants. Home ministry also requested the coal ministry to consider taking over all the coal mining operations in the state. "The Arunachal government has taken the necessary steps to ensure that these outfits no longer use the mines," said Shambhu Singh, joint secretary North East, Union home ministry.

  • October1: SFs arrested seven cadres of the UPDF, including its 'commander-in-chief' Sumona Munglang, from Mimi village near Namsai in Lohit District.

  • September 22: ULFA-ATF is trying to promote a new militant outfit in Arunachal Pradesh for its own benefits. Highly placed Security sources told the newspaper that a new militant outfit named as UPDF backed by ULFA-ATF has cropped up in Arunachal Pradesh.

  • September 21: Union Government has alerted Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on the resurgence of anti-talks faction of ULFA-ATF and Ranjan Daimari faction of NDFB-RD, taking advantage of the security gap created by the recent ethnic violence in Assam.

  • September 19: Increased activity of ULFA-ATF militants from camps located at Manabhum and Kharsang area in Arunachal Pradesh's Changlang District has become a major headache for the SFs. The report adds that ULFA-ATF had recently set up several camps in the two areas bordering Tinsukia District with help NSCN-K.

  • The camps were reportedly set up under the command of one Rohendra Moran, a former office-bearer of the AAMSU and an active cadre.

  • September 15: Arunachal Pradesh Police rescued a tea garden manager from Lohit District who was abducted by armed militants of the UPDF on September 12. C.N. Pandey, the manager of Sati tea estate at Piyom under Namsai subdivision in Lohit District, was abducted at gunpoint from his home.

  • May 12: UHM P. Chidambaram asked the Arunachal Pradesh Government to be on guard against Maoists who are reported to have already achieved "minimal presence" along the state's boundary with Assam.

  • September 14: One ULFA militant was killed and another injured in an encounter with the Army at Insushi village, Nangtao under Namsai circle in Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh in the afternoon.

  • September 10: SFs have arrested five underground activists including three UPDF cadres and two - ULFA-ATF militants at Lohit District in Arunachal Pradesh during separate operations.

  • SFs arrested one Nakkya Chakma, second-in-command of the UPDF during an encounter at Emphum Village under Chongkham circle of the District. A pistol, three mobile handsets, live ammunitions and incriminating documents were recovered from him.

    SFs in the District of Lohit and Changlang arrested two UPDF militants. A UPDF militant identified as Unseng Pomong, was arrested at Bamchuk Village under Namsai circle in Lohit District while another UPDF cadre Ranjit Chakma, and was arrested from Joypur Village under Diyun circle in Changlang District.

    SFs arrested a ULFA-ATF militant, identified as Rongmon Gogoi, from Wingseng Nongtaw Village under Namsai circle in Lohit district last night. A grenade and explosives weighing three kilogram were recovered from his possession.

    SFs arrested an ULFA-ATF linkman Indrajit Maran from the area and recovered an IED from his residence.

  • September 8: SFs arrested 'Finance Secretary' and third in command of UPDF, Hemchandra Barphukan alias R Gohain (42), from Chowkham area of Namsai sub-division in Lohit District.

  • September 6: Three hardcore UPDF cadres surrendered before the Deputy Commissioner of Lohit district, Commanding Officer of 12 Assam Regiment and Superintendent of Police, Lohit District.

  • A 12-hour bandh (General Shutdown strike) called by the NESO affected six northeastern States. The Bandh was called to protest against atrocities on people from the region in cities outside the region and against influx of illegal migrants into the region. The bandh was supported by student unions of these States, which are part of NESO. The bandh affected life in Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and tribal-inhabited areas of Tripura.NESO organised a rally in Guwahati, which was attended by 26 student organisations of the region.

  • August 24: Four linkmen of the UPDF have been arrested in connection with extorting money from businessmen at Bijoypur in Itanagar (Papum Pare District). They were identified as Anil Chakma, Chowpinto Thaman, Sanjiv Singh and Arvind Singh. During the course of interrogation Anil Chakma admitted in collecting money from the area and depositing the amount with one Bishnu Chakma. The ransom letter was written on UPDF pad and signed by its 'commander' Sumana Munglang, and its 'finance minister' R Gohain.

  • The six other accused still at large were Bishnu Chakma, Boksu Chakma, Patharmoni Chakma, Dayalu Chakma and Mytiodhan Chakma. The UPDF had been continuing extortion in Bordumsa (Changlang District) area to strengthen their organizational setup.

  • August 7: SFs arrested three NNC militants at Deomali in Tirap District. The arrested militants were identified as 'private' Joywang Moingchan, 'corporal' Toto Rochill and Wangtung Socia.Rochill, a resident of Surrumi in Zunheboto District of Nagaland, said he had been an active cadre of NSCN-K from 2007 to 2010 and joined NNC in 2010.

  • July 27: SFs arrested a top NSCN-IM cadre identified as 'Sergeant Major' Wangpan Mophuk alias Sina Mophuk from Khonsa in Tirap District.

  • July 25: SFs arrested three Maoists from Kaupatani village under Mahadevpur Police Station of Lekang circle in Lohit District. Those arrested were identified as Nipenjyoti Chetia (30) of Haru Dirak village, Totong Neog (18) of Barmigai village, both under Kokapathar Police Station of Tinsukia District in Assam and Jintu Chetai of Dhola village Police Station in the District. Police seized demand notes and three mobile sets with seven SIM cards from the trio.

  • SFs arrested one Bitu Chakma, member of UDFB from Namsai.

  • July 22: Assam Rifles (AR), with support from Arunachal Pradesh Police arrested one NSCN-K cadre, identified as Winnok Nokbi, from Khonsa in the District. Apart from an extortion note signed by 'major' Johan and an extortion amount of INR 670, a pair of combat shoes was seized.

  • July 19: Security agencies have busted the "blueprint" of the action plan of the CPI-Maoist in the Northeastern region. According to the road map, Maoists have plans to form a "strategic zone" comprising hilly terrains of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao Districts of Assam and Dibang valley of Arunachal Pradesh.

  • July 10: Six militants including four militants belonging to NSCN-K militants, one militant belonging to ULFA and one NDFB militant surrendered at an Assam Rifles base in Joyrampur in Tinsukia District. The militants deposited a 9mm pistol, a .38 revolver, two 7.65 mm pistol and 2.9 kilogram of RDX.

  • July 7: SFs arrested a 2008 batch of Myanmar trained militant belonging to ULFA-ATF, identified as Manoranjan Gogoi alias Arup Bora (25) of Bosa gaon of Sadiya in Tinsukia District, at Sitpani in Mahadevpur near Namsai in Lohit District.

  • May 16: Top CPI-Maoist leaders, including one Moina Dohotiya are actively involved in the outfit's expansion into the northeast. The report quotes a source within the security establishment as saying, "There are about 100 listed cadres and they have three carbines, a couple of .315 rifles and pistols, few grenades and one M16 rifle. In the middle and lower Assam regions, they are probably at a very nascent stage. We have not observed any Maoist activity in these places". The source further said, "The Maoists have so far recruited youths from the state and few Khamti boys from Arunachal Pradesh. However, unlike Jharkhand, there is just a sprinkling of Adivasi youths here. There are couple of youths from Goalpara and Kamrup district but the majority are from Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Golaghat districts and many from Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts".

  • May 12: UHM P. Chidambaram asked the Arunachal Pradesh Government to be on guard against Maoists who are reported to have already achieved "minimal presence" along the state's boundary with Assam.


  • December 24: SFs destroyed a major training camp belonging to NSCN-K and ULFA in Namchik Reserve Forest near Panchum under Kharsang circle of Changlang District.

  • A new militant group UPDF led by 'Commander-in-Chief' Sumona Munglang has emerged in the State. The objective of the outfit is to fight for creating an ADC out of nine Circles in Lohit and Changlang District.

  • December 18: SFs destroyed a training camp of the NSCN-IM located deep in the forest near Longbu of Tirap District.

  • November 18: SFs intensified combing operation in the area under Piyong Circle of Lohit District following the killing of ULFA militants by SFs on November 17 in the District. Meanwhile, Arunachal Police have identified certain locations at Piyong Circle - Nangchow,Wingko, Bamchuk and Janglai villages along Assam-Arunachal border as vulnerable.

  • November 17: SFs busted a hideout and killed three militants of the ULFA in the Namsai Reserve Forest area in Lohit District. Two of the three militants were identified as Kapil Bora and Ramen Gogoi while the third remains unidentified. SFs recovered one AK 47 rifle and grenades during the operation.

  • November 6: Two persons who were abducted by NSCN-IM militants on November 2 were rescued from Bogapani Reserve forest in Tirap District. The rescue team recovered an extortion note signed by 'Colonel' Hormi Tangkhul.

  • November 2: Two persons were abducted by NSCN-IM militants from Noksam colony at Deomali in Tirap District.

  • November 1: ULFA-ATF is imparting arms training to CPI-Maoists cadres in jungles of Arunachal Pradesh.

  • October 24: A top NSCN-K cadre, identified as Laitwang Wotey (35), was arrested by SFs in Bank Colony at Khonsa in Tirap District. Two Chinese grenades and an extortion note and recruitment letters of the organization were recovered from him.

  • September 26: Security measures have been stepped up in Lower Dibang Valley District of Arunachal Pradesh following intelligence reports of infiltration by some militants and Maoist groups from neighbouring Assam.

  • September 25: ULFA and Maoists may try to disturb the public hearing of 3000 MW Dibang Multi Purpose Project scheduled to be held on October 24.

  • August 31: SFs arrested one NSCN-IM militant identified as 'Collector' Teliam Panka (39) from Deomali in Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh. One .22 mm country-made pistol, four live rounds and a forged driving license were recovered from him.

  • August 17: A joint Police team from Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, including personnel of 26 Maratha Light Infantry regiment of the Army, arrested four cadres of the CPI-Maoist from Mahadevpur area under Namsai circle of Lohit District during an operation.

  • August 12: SFs arrested two NSCN-K militants from Longkhao village under Longding sub-division in Arunachal Pradesh. They were identified as a 'sergeant major' Abo Wangpan and 'second lieutenant' Botai Wangsu. Both are senior cadres of the outfit and were camping at the village for carrying out extortion activities.

  • August 11: Ahead of Independence Day celebrations, SFs arrested three NSCN-K militants from Tirap in Arunachal Pradesh. SFs arrested NSCN-K cadre identified as 'corporal', Tedam Ngowa at Deomali, Tirap in Arunachal Pradesh. A .22 mm pistol with magazine, five .22 mm lrounds, cash amounting to INR 2,500 and Kyat 20 (Myanmar currency) were seized from him.

  • August 4: Three militants of NSCN-K surrendered along with arms before SFs in a simple ceremony at the headquarters of 19 Assam Riffles at Khonsa in Tirap District.

  • July 28: One ULFA-ATF 'sergeant major' Junmoni Gogoi (26), a close associate of ULFA-ATF leader Jibon Moran surrendered before the Security Forces at Jairampur base camp in Arunachal Pradesh. He deposited one AK-47 and 16 rounds of live bullets.

  • July 13: Fierce shoot out is being reported NSCN-IM and NSCN-K factions at Kothin, 35 kilometres off Khonsa, the District headquarters of Tirap District. Police sources confirmed that heavy encounter between the two factions have been going on for the last two to three days, however, there is no report of any casualties. SFs could not recover any dead body apart from discovering splatter of blood everywhere.

  • June 19: The cadres of ANLF led by "commander-in-chief" Hanglon Nocte and 'general secretary' Sepkam Lungphi, reportedly merged with NSCN-K. In a statement 'ministry of information and publicity secretary' of NSCN-K said ANLF members also deposited "huge cache of arms and ammunition" in one of its mobile camp under Changlang District, Arunchal Pradesh. According to the 'secretary', the joined members vowed to "stand uprightly after chairman S.S. Khaplang in all situations". ANLF "commander-in-chief", in his short speech, said no force on earth could divide Naga family, the 'secretary' added.

  • March 16: The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) gave the green signal to the Army to flush out armed cadres of the NSCN-IM and NSCN-K from Tirap-Changlang sector in Arunachal Pradesh. The report said Army will launch a major offensive to flush the NSCN-IM and NSCN-K from the eastern sector of Arunachal where their cadres have been involved in major extortion and arms procurement activities.

  • February 24-25: Over 35 cadres of the Isack-Muivah and the Khaplang factions of the NSCN were killed on the night of February 24-25 on the Tirap-Myanmar border cadres in the fierce fighting when a 100-strong armed group, trying to enter Tirap from Myanmar's Sagiang division, were ambushed by the rival Khaplang faction, intelligence reports reaching New Delhi said.

  • This was the largest clash in an ongoing conflict between the two groups since December 2010. Both factions are currently in talks with the Centre and have been observing a ceasefire with government forces. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), alarmed at the escalating conflict, wanted the Assam Rifles and the Army to launch an operation to disarm the NSCN cadres of both the factions but so far the Army has resisted the pressure, arguing that these are not banned groups and the clashes should be treated more as a law and order issue than pure insurgency.

  • January 19: The special crime branch (Kolkata) of CBI arrested an NSCN-IM cadre, identified as ‘lance corporal’ Kaping Luikham, for his alleged involvement in the murder of former Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) member from Arunachal Pradesh Wangcha Rajkumar, from Imphal, the capital of Manipur.


  • December 27: One cadre belonging to the NSCN-IM was injured when about 110 cadres of the rival NSCN-K attacked a post of the NSCN-IM in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh.

  • December 22: Three militants belonging to the NDFB-ATF were arrested from Bhalukpung in Arunachal Pradesh. They were suspected to be involved in the killing of eight Hindi-speaking persons in Boimara near Seijusa on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border on November 8, 2010. Three 9mm pistols with live ammunition were recovered from them.

  • September 4: At least 109 militants of different outfits surrendered in Arunachal Pradesh in the past eight years along with a huge quantity of arms and ammunition, Home Minister Tako Dabi informed the State Legislative Assembly. Most of the militants surrendered in Tirap and Changlang Districts before the Army and Para Military Forces since 2003, he said.

  • August 2: At least 37 militants surrendered before the Assam Rifles at Khonsa in Tirap District. They included 23 NSCN-K and seven each from the NSCN-IM and All Adivasi National Liberation Army (AANLA).

  • June 15: Three extortionists, linked to an unspecified militant outfit, were attested by the Assam Rifles personnel in two separate search operations in Changlang District. INR 8 00, 000 was recovered from the possession, who were carrying the ransom to deliver to representative of an unspecified armed group in Changlang.

  • June 14: Two NSCN-K cadres were arrested by troops during a search operation in the same Changlang District. They were Myanmarese nationals.

  • June 13: A new outfit, Arunachal Naga Liberation Front (ANLF), has emerged in the Tirap District in May 2010. The NSCN-IM has already been active in the District. The NSCN-K also brought in heavily-armed members of Myanmar-based outfit KIA to gain an upper hand over its rival group in December 2009.

    Confirming the launch of the ANLF in the Paniduria area of Tirap in May, a Police source said that the outfit was holding a training camp in the District under the supervision of a self-styled ‘sergeant major’ who was a former cadre of the NSCN-IM. Source said.

  • May 29: Two NSCN-K cadres were arrested in a joint operation by a combined force of the CRPF, the Army and Deomali Police in Tirap District.

  • May 27: A NDFB militant, Rahul Brahma, one of the accused in the serial blasts on October 30, 2008, was arrested by the CBI at Ziro in Lower Subansiri District.

  • May 24: Three NSCN-IM cadres were arrested by Assam Rifles and Police, including self-styled ‘sergeant major’ Athot, and four linkmen in an operation at Khonsa in Tirap District.

  • May 12: Suspected NDFB militants abducted an Indian Forest Service (IFS) official of the Maharashtra cadre, V.S. Bardekar, from Daimara village in West Kameng District. He was on a private visit to Arunachal Pradesh when he was abducted.

  • April 4: Noklem Wansu, a hardcore cadre of the NSCN-K operating in Longding sub-division of Tirap District, was arrested by the Assam Rifles from Longding market in Tirap District.

  • March 31: Twelve NSCN militants, including a woman cadre, surrendered before the Assam Rifles at Khonsa in Tirap District.

  • February 7: A NSCN-K militant was arrested by the SFs, after an encounter at Longding sub-divisional headquarters in Tirap District. One Police officer was injured in the exchange of fire.

    A NSCN-IM militant, was arrested by the Assam Rifles personnel at Khonsa in Tirap. He was a prime suspect in the killing of Wangcha Rajkumar, former Parliamentarian of the Congress party, at Deomali in Tirap in December 2007.

  • January 17: Assam Rifles personnel arrested a NSCN-IM cadre during a search operation in Tirap District.


  • December 13: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has alleged that 18 youths, aged between 18 and 23, were recruited by the NSCN-K from Pongchau circle in Tirap District on November 19. Of the 18 reported recruits, 16 were from Pongchau village while two others belonged to Bonia village under Pongchau circle.

  • December 1: Nagaland Post quoting UNI sources reports that 14 youths were abducted from Ninu village under Wakka Circle of Tirap District in November 2009 by the NSCN-IM, as part of its ongoing recruitment drive. However, according to another source, a local man of Ninu Village, suspected to be an NSCN-IM cadre, has reportedly recruited 16 youths from the village, besides two from Longsom, three from Bera and one from Konsa in the District, with a target to recruit 50 youths from Khonsa, Longding and Kanubari Circles. The report adds that the District administration is, however, not sure whether the youths had been abducted or they voluntarily joined the outfit. Moreover, they are also resorting to extortion and have employed some locals for the purpose, the sources claimed, adding these were violation of the cease-fire ground rules, the report said.

  • October 30: The manager of a road construction company is abducted by around seven suspected NDFB militants at Sereng under Nari Police Station in West Siang District along the Arunachal Pradesh-Assam border.

  • October 20: The arrest of five youths by West Siang District Police from Aalo has exposed the designs of NSCN-IM to rejuvenate the National Liberation Council of Taniland outfit by supplying arms to trained youths from Arunachal Pradesh.

  • October 12: The Nationalist Congress Party's State unit president and former Home Minister Lowangcha Wanglat said that one self-styled NSCN-IM area 'commander' threatened of killing him if he ventured into Shoha near Deomali under Namsang Assembly constituency of Tirap District to campaign for his party candidate, Wanglong Rajkumar.

  • October 11: Suspected NSCN-IM militants abduct 16 activists of the Congress party from Tirap District, fanning fears in the area ahead of Assembly elections in the State on October 13. Sources said armed militants entered Chanu, Longsam and Chattong villages under Kanubari circle in two groups, abducted 16 Congress activists, including the party's block president Abu Wangpan, at gunpoint and took them away to Mon District in the neighbouring State of Nagaland. The report adds that on October 3, the NSCN-IM militants had abducted five Congressmen, including the village chief, from Langhua Basti in Kanubari and taken them to Lakhunbasti in Nagaland. All the five were "released" on October 11 and returned to their respective families.

  • October 5: A NSCN-IM cadre, Jupha Sungam, is arrested by the troop from Zedua village in Tirap District. He confesses during his interrogation that he met Panthai, 'town commander' of the NSCN-IM, at Longding and handed over a pistol to him. Later, the self-styled 'town commander' moved to carry out extortion in the area. Interrogation also reveals that the NSCN factions were trying to influence the outcome of Assembly elections scheduled to be held in Arunachal Pradesh on October 13.

    The Assam Riffles personnel arrest two NSCN-IM cadres from Pongchau area in Tirap District. One 9-mm pistol with 20 rounds of bullets and one single-barrel gun with 66 rounds of ammunition are recovered from their possession. Police sources said that two NSCN-IM cadres had infiltrated in civil dress with an intention of disrupting the Assembly polls.

  • October 4: A NSCN-IM cadre is arrested by the troops from Zedua village of Longding circle in Tirap District.

    September 21: 28 militants from various outfits surrender at Assam Rifles battalion headquarters in Khonsa of Tirap District. The militants deposit a large cache of arms and ammunition.

  • September 3: The Security Force personnel recover a cache of explosives from the Hatiduar reserve forest of Lohit District. The seizure includes five detonators, 26 kilograms of improvised explosive device and packets of explosives.

  • August 24: Two NSCN-IM linkmen, Joshua Ngobang and Samchang Wangsu, are arrested by the Police from a hotel in capital Itanagar, for trying to extort money from three politicians in Tirap District. Police have reportedly arrested them after the Arunachal Pradesh Forest Minister Newlai Tingkhatra has tipped it off about the NSCN-IM linkmen taking money from him. The duo has also extorted money from a Legislator belonging to the Congress party, Kamthok Lowang, and another politician from the District, Anok Wangsa of the Naga People's Front. Each of them is asked to pay INR 500, 000. The report adds that Naga militant outfits are targeting politicians from the Naga-dominated Tirap and Changlang Districts for extortion as the Legislative Assembly elections are drawing nearer.

  • July 8: A senior official of a retail chain was seriously injured in an attack by armed militants at Maxmart Guest house in capital Itanagar. Police sources said four armed militants intruded into the Maxmart Guest house in the morning and started firing on Mukesh Choudhury, local manager of the Maxmart shopping mall chain, seriously injuring him.

  • April 25: The ULFA has started extorting money from traders in Arunachal Pradesh. The State Police said that two cadres of ULFA's 28 battalion, Ghanakanta Saikia and Deepak Bhuyan, were arrested from Bihpuria in Assam's Lakhimpur District on April 24, for serving an extortion notice for INR one million to a trader at Banderdewa in Arunachal Pradesh last week and intimidating him. They were remanded to Police custody for 14 days by a local magistrate next day.

  • March 19: Two NSCN-IM militants are killed and three other injured during an internecine clash with the rival NSCN-K cadres at Lapnam village in the Tirap District. The Assistant Superintendent of Police in Tirap District, A.K. Ojha, says about 50 armed cadres of the NSCN-IM carried out a sudden attack on the NSCN-K hideouts. "The gunbattle, which continued for an hour and left two NSCN (I-M) cadres dead and three injured, was pre-planned," he adds. Ojha says a Police team which visited the spot could not trace the dead bodies, which are believed to have been taken away by the outfit.

    Another Police official in Tirap District has said three NSCN-K cadres were killed and three of them injured during the clash at Lapnam. According to him, the NSCN-IM, which is dominant in the Tirap District, has been facing a tough challenge from its rival group in recent months. He says the NSCN-K has been able to establish its grip in the area with the help of the ULFA and the UNLF.

  • March 13: Two NSCN-IM militants and a cadre of the rival NSCN-K are killed in two separate factional clashes in the Tirap District. The report added that the ULFA and the NSCN-K are holding joint training sessions in the hilly interiors of Tirap District to win the "turf war" over the NSCN-IM.

  • March 12: At least four militants are killed during a clash between the combined cadres of the NSCN-K, UNLF and ULFA on one side and the NSCN-IM on the other in the Tirap District. Two slain militants are from the NSCN-IM and the other two were the combined group of the three militant outfits.


  • December 1: At least 14 youths were abducted by the National Socialist Council of Nagaland - Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) cadres from the Ninu village under Wakka circle of Tirap District in Arunachal Pradesh in November 2008, as part of its ongoing recruitment drive. The report added that a local man of Ninu village, suspected to be a NSCN-IM cadre, had recruited 16 youths from the village, besides two from Longsom area, three from Bera area and one from Konsa area in the District, with a target to recruit 50 youths from Khonsa, Longding and Kanubari circles.

  • August 29: The Arunachal Pradesh Police arrest four persons, including a 'major' of the NSCN-IM for running an extortion racket in the capital Itanagar. They are identified as Nokngam Wangsa, the NSCN-IM 'major', Wangnam Nokte, a former Assam Regiment trooper, Janlung Wangpan and Oyar Panor, a peon at the civil secretariat in Itanagar. Panor, a local resident, used to act as a linkman in the extortion racket. Police also recover INR 110000 from Nokte, besides two mobile phone sets. Wangsa has contacted Panor, who accompanied him to the house of a former Minister, on August 27 and August 28, 2008 and demanded money.

  • June 17: Two militants of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) were killed during an encounter with Army personnel at Bandarkhati Khamti village in the Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh. One pistol, a revolver and an IED weighing ten kilograms were recovered from them.

  • May 22: A top ULFA leader, identified as Suren Borah alias Baba Sonowal, was arrested by the Army from Pasighat in the East Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh. Borah was functioning as an important part in the outfit's operation in Arunachal Pradesh as 'company commander' of the Charlie Company of the outfit's 28th Battalion. According to Army sources, "Bora was responsible mainly for providing logistical support to the members of the outfit who use Arunachal Pradesh as a major corridor for launching operations in Upper Assam." The sources also added that, "He used to ferry all articles for the cadres of the outfit. Arms, camp materials, clothes, food, medicines; you name it and he used to arrange it." Borah who was a constable in Assam Police was first arrested in 1992 for storing arms for ULFA. He was released later but he did not come back to join the Police force. Instead, he joined ULFA and went underground.

  • April 21: Nagaland Post quoting Government sources reports that a Unified Command Structure would be set up in Arunachal Pradesh to combat militants from neighbouring Assam and Nagaland who are using the mountainous region as a base to carry out their hit-and-run guerrilla strikes. Militant groups like the ULFA are reportedly setting up well-entrenched bases in the Tirap, Changlang, and Lohit districts. "The Unified Command that is likely to be initiated would be similar to the one currently operational in Assam," an unnamed senior official says. "The ULFA is not only setting up bases in the state but also using Arunachal Pradesh as a transit to Myanmar. We cannot allow our State to be used by militants from other states for anti-national activities," he states. One police official says, "Extortion and kidnappings are common place in parts of Tirap and Changlang districts by the NSCN. The area is gradually becoming a lawless region." Meanwhile, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu had earlier said that the NSCN-K was on a recruitment drive in the State and abducted more than 50 local tribal youths to join the outfit. "These are serious issues and we cannot allow our peaceful state to be vitiated," he says. The report adds that while the overall head of the Unified Command would be Chief Minister Khandu, general officer commanding of the army's Four Corps based in Assam's northern town of Tezpur Lt. Gen. B.S. Jaswal would command the operations.

  • March 31: Army recovers US $100000 from a ULFA hideout at Mimi zone of Manabhum reserve forest. "The Ulfa militants managed to escape with their weapons taking advantage of the darkness, but our troops found the bag containing the cash," Colonel Harbir Singh, Commanding Officer of 11 Sikh Light Infantry, says.

  • January 27: Police arrest Tikhon Mossang, an 'assistant section officer' of the NSCN-IM, while playing cards with a government employee in the residence of Tingpong Wangham, former Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, at Senki park in the capital Itanagar. Mossang has served extortion notices to several Ministers, high-ranking government officials and politicians.


  • December 26: Two National Socialist Council of Nagaland - Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) cadres, M.B. Singh alias Cobra and Changen Akhom, were arrested under Deomali Police station in the Tirap District.

  • November 28: One civilian, identified as Tultul Shah, was killed and 14 others injured in a bomb attack by the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) militants at Bordumsa in the Changlang District.

  • November 23: Army personnel in a counter-insurgency operation shot dead one 'sergeant major' of the ULFA, Lambu Moran alias Suren Moran, at Manabhum Reserve Forest under Dayon Police station in the Lohit District. One pistol, four live rounds of ammunition and six detonators were recovered from the slain militant. Lambu hailed from Mohong village under Pengeree Police station in the Tinsukia District of Assam.

  • November 12: Five women were injured in an internecine clash between the NSCN-IM and the rival National Socialist Council of Nagaland - Khaplang (NSCN-K) at Lazu village in the Tirap District. The five women were identified as Potoi Moinyak, Ngayum Hato, Pojen Wotey, Ngana Matchang and Nyamo Wotey.

  • November 11: A self-styled 'corporal' of the 28th battalion of the ULFA, identified as Utpal Bora, was killed in an encounter with the Security Forces (SFs) at Mahadevpur area in the Lohit District. One 9-mm pistol and four rounds of ammunition were recovered from his possession.

  • October 29: Two ULFA cadres, Nitul Sonowal and Muleswar Sonowal, were killed in an encounter with the SFs at Rangoli village in the Lohit District. The slain militants hailed from the Dibrugarh District in Assam.

  • October 25: Three Assam Rifles (AR) personnel and a civilian were killed and eight persons injured in an ambush by the NSCN-IM militants in a remote jungle in the Tirap District. The victims were identified as Mohan Singh, S. K. Tiwari and Lowang and civilian contractor Mukesh Srivastava. Defence sources said that the militants targeted the AR commanding officer and three vehicles moving from Kunsa to Panchu by exploding a powerful Improvise Explosive Device. Sources added that the NSCN-IM carried out the ambush in retaliation to Operation Orchid, launched by the AR in the District to flush out the group.

  • October 19: SFs arrested one ULFA cadre of the 28th battalion, Dhajen Gogoi alias Ranjan Gogoi, from Manbhum Reserve Forest in the Lohit District.

  • October 16: One senior cadre of the 28th battalion of the ULFA, Pranjal Saikia alias Hiren Hazarika, surrendered to the SFs at Teju in the Lohit District. Saikia hails from Doomdooma in the Tinsukia District of Assam and had joined the outfit in 1990.

  • September 19: Police arrested Ranu Das alias Gita Gogoi, wife of the Myanmar-based ULFA cadre Dipen Das, along with her 14-month-old child, from Naharlagun in the Papum Pare District. Several compact discs and incriminating documents were recovered from the house in capital Itanagar, where she was staying. The house was rented by Purabi, wife of Prabal Neog, who was arrested from Tezpur town in Assam on September 16.

  • September 11: The dead body of an unidentified ULFA cadre of the 28th battalion was recovered from the Manabhum reserve forest in the Lohit District. Sources said that the militant had died of malaria.

  • August 20: A ULFA militant, Ananta Gogoi, was assaulted by local people of Chakma Basti near Chowkham in the Lohit District after he and his associates demanded a ransom of INR 1000000 from a shopkeeper.

  • August 17: An ULFA militant was killed and a transit camp of the outfit inside the Manabhum reserve forest in the Changlang District was neutralised.

  • June 18: Rudra Bora alias Bikram Bora, 'second lieutenant' of ULFA's 709 battalion, was killed in an Army operation at Modai Ghat in the Changlang District.

  • June 8: SFs launched a major military operation against the ULFA in Arunachal Pradesh. Army sources said the operation has been launched to flush out and arrest ULFA cadres taking shelter at the Namdapha Reserve Forest in the Changlang District. A large battalion-sized force, exclusively trained for jungle and counter-insurgency operations reportedly took part in the crackdown.

  • May 18: A NSCN-IM cadre, identified as Taichat Wangpan alias Thomas, was arrested by the Assam Rifles personnel from Longding market in the Tirap District. Subsequent to his arrest, he was shot at and injured by the AR personnel as he tried to snatch a rifle from a soldier. He succumbed to his injuries later.

  • April 25: Four SF personnel were injured in a ULFA-triggered bomb explosion at Medo in the Lohit District. Army sources said ULFA militants triggered an explosion when a two-vehicle convoy of the Army's 581 light regiment were on a routine patrol in the area, adjoining Manabhum forest, where a major flush-out operation against ULFA is on for the past several months.

  • April 10: SFs killed seven top ULFA militants, including two women cadres, identified as 'corporal' Rituparna Davidar alias Rishab Bora, 'Lt. corporal' Lily Moran, 'corporal' Jayanta Sonowal, Binanda Tsering, Prafulla Hazarika alias Brajen Sarma and Papu Gohain alias Himadri Gohain alias Moina Gohain at Tikoribam in the Lohit District along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.

  • March 30: SFs killed two ULFA cadres, identified as Himeswar Borsaikia alias Rameshwar Borsikia and Papu Moran, at Manabhum Reserve Forest in the Changlang District.

  • February 19: A NSCN-K cadre, Vijai Chakma, surrendered at Chowkham in the Lohit District.

  • February 14: A ULFA militant, Kabin Moran, was killed in an encounter with the SFs at Inthang village near Manabhum Reserve Forest in the Lohit District. Three other militants, including one injured during the encounter, managed to escape from the incident site.

  • February 7: SFs recovered 75 kilograms of TNT from the NSCN-K militants in the Saching village of Changlang District. While the NSCN-K claimed that two SF personnel and a 'sergeant major' were killed during the raid, SF sources said that the casualties among the militants could be higher.

  • January 17: A ULFA linkman, Shankar Chakma, was arrested by SF personnel while neutralizing two camps run by the outfit by at Monobhum reserve forest in the Tirap District. Books showing location of top ULFA leaders, medicines, clothes and rations were recovered from the camps.

  • January 14: Two ULFA militants were arrested during a search operation in the Changlang District.

    A ULFA militant, Jaan Bhuyan alias Jim Chowdang, surrendered before Assam Rifles at Jairampur in the Changlang District. He deposited an AK-series rifle, a sub-machine gun and explosives. Bhuyan confessed that at least 60 ULFA cadres were currently undergoing training in Myanmar under the guidance of the NSCN-K.

  • January 13: Two militants belonging to the NSCN-K and ULFA respectively surrendered before the Assam Rifles at Jairampur. They had reportedly fled from their respective camps in Myanmar.

    Army claims to have arrested an ULFA sympathiser, identified as Mutlib Ali, near Santipur in Lower Dibang Valley District.

  • January 10: A joint counter-insurgency operation was launched by the Army, Assam Rifles, Arunachal Pradesh Police and Assam Police targeting the ULFA militants taking shelter in the forest areas of Arunachal Pradesh.

Source: Compiled from English language media sources.





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