Northeast India Clipings

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Arunachal Pradesh Insurgency, January, 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 4, 2009

NSCN rebel in former minister

NSCN rebel
in former minister’s house held(TEL_29_1_k8)

Itanagar, Jan. 28:
A Naga militant was arrested from the house of a former minister of Arunachal
Pradesh from the heart of the capital city last evening. Tikhon Mossang, an
“assistant section officer” of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah),
was playing cards with a government employee when the police barged in.
Superintendent of police of Papum Pare district, Hibu Tamang, today said the
police raided the house of former minister Tingpong Wangham at Senki park after
receiving specific information about the presence of the militant there.

Shomam Wangpan, a stenographer
working at the chief engineer’s office of water resources development in
Itanagar was the rebel’s card partner for the evening, police said. He is an
acquaintance of the former minister. Mossang hails from Namphia village of Miao
subdivision under Changlang district and was suspected to be hiding in different
places in the capital and was wanted by the police. A loaded pistol, extortion
notes and other incriminating documents were seized from him. The police said
Mossang had served extortion notices to several ministers, high-ranking
government officials and politicians. Wangham, in whose house he was found last
evening, held the public works department portfolio in 2003 and 2004 in the
Gegong Apang and Mukut Mithi-led Congress ministries.

A resident of Longding circle in
Tirap district, Wangham, when contacted today, pleaded he was innocent. “I was
out of station at the time of the arrest. I learnt about the incident from the
police only after the NSCN (I-M) rebel was arrested from my residence last
night. Neither do I know the cadre, nor any of my family members have any
relationship with him.” The arrest sent the police authorities a tizzy, as the
incident comes just days ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s two-day visit
to the state on January 31. This is the first time that a rebel has been
arrested from a former minister’s house in Arunachal Pradesh.  In August last
year, 12 militants and a cache of arms were found at the official residence of
three MLAs and a former legislator of the ruling Congress in Manipur.

 

39
abducted, cops silent (TEL, 1-1-k8)

Itanagar,
Feb. 5:
The All Arunachal
Pradesh Students’ Union today claimed that 39 students were abducted by the
Khaplang faction of the NSCN from six villages in Tirap district last month but
the police and district administration have done nothing to ensure their
release. The apex students’ organisation of Arunachal Pradesh today served an
ultimatum to the government saying that it would launch a statewide agitation if
the children were not released within 10 days. Some of those kidnapped are below
seven years of age.

“We have also
submitted a memorandum to Governor Gen. (retd) J.J. Singh and chief minister
Dorjee Khandu seeking their intervention in the matter to ensure the safe return
of the 39 students,” All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union president Kanu Bagang
told reporters.  Sources said armed National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang)
militants kidnapped 22 children at gunpoint from their houses at Wakka and
Chingkhow villages under Ponchu police station on January 9.

Exactly a
fortnight later, militants descended on Khasa, Jagan, Konnu and Konsa villages
under Longding police station and kidnapped 17 children. “The militants came
walking, forced the children out of their houses and walked away with them into
the darkness,” a source said. Though FIRs have been lodged at the two police
stations, police have remained tightlipped about the incident.

A police
officer at Tirap, however, said 13 of the abducted children have returned but
did not give any details. “I cannot say anything on this, apart from the fact
that we are trying our best for the safe release of the remaining children,” he
said. The Arunachal Pradesh students’ union said it did not have any information
of any student’s release as claimed by the police. The president of the
organisation criticised the government for the deteriorating law and order in
the state, especially in Tirap and Changlang districts bordering Myanmar and
Nagaland. He demanded that the state’s border be sealed to prevent militants
from sneaking in from Myanmar. The student leader also urged the state
government to deploy paramilitary forces to combat insurgency in the
trouble-torn districts. The president of Wangcho Students’ Union, Ngamwang
Wangham, too, has urged the state government to ensure release of the abducted
children.


 



Khandu seeks united effort to curb insurgency threat
(SEN_17_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan 16:
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has called for a concerted effort
to curb insurgency threat looming over the State.
“We need to unite our efforts to restrict the emerging threat of insurgency,
which is disrupting the peace and tranquility in some parts of the State,” he
said, while disclosing that a number of school dropouts have been joining the
underground elements, which needed immediate attention.
Official sources here today informed that Khandu said this yesterday while
speaking at the Golden Jubilee celebration of a government secondary school at
Bagra in Arunachal’s West Siang district. Underscoring the importance of
education, the Chief Minister said that basic development such as
infrastructure, roads, electricity were prerequisites for a society, but even
more important was education, which alone could change the scenario and bring
substantial development in a region. While highlighting the need for
prioritizing education, Khandu categorically called upon the students to abstain
from social evils like drug addiction and alcoholism, and further urged them to
preserve the indigenous culture and tradition of the area, sources added. The
Chief Minister also urged villagers to give equal importance to female children
by providing proper education and other facilities equivalent to their male
counterpart and called for discouraging child marriages.Announcing special
incentives for farmers who produce food grains through agricultural means, the
chief minister said that the rural people were slowly losing interest in
agriculture, and hence giving a major setback in rice production in the state as
well as the nation. Revealing the central government’s decision to curtail food
grain supply from the existing eight kgs per person per month to four kgs, he
said that the main motive behind this decision was to utilize the vast
agricultural land and encourage farmers to produce more grains for meeting the
demand of the nation. (UNI)

 

 

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