Northeast India Clipings

A Monthly Compilation of Clippings

Region Insurgency, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 4, 2009

Violence in NE has gone up by 27

Islamic
fanatics hell-bent on snatching NE, claims youth body(SEN_25_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, JANUARY 24: The Hindu Yuva Chatra Parishad (HYCP) claimed
that Muslim fundamentalists were hell-bent on snatching away the North-east from
the nation and turning it into an Islamic country.
In a press meet held at Dibrugarh today, the president of the state unit of HYCP,
Brajen Kakoty, said that there were twenty to twenty-five Islamic armed groups
active in the northeastern States. He further stated that the ISI of Pakistan as
well as Bangladesh had a hand in the terror activities being carried out in the
border regions of the nation.
Kakoty said that the foreign powers have an eye on the rich petroleum resources
and the immense electricity generation potential of the region. He claimed that
these foreign powers wanted to affect the Indian economy by cutting off the
supply of energy from the region. ….more



‘Foreign powers have an eye on the rich petroleum resources and the immense
power potential of the region’ (SEN_25_1_k8)

The
organization said that the conspiracy to snatch away the region from India was
decades old.
The ISI operative, who was arrested in Guwahati a month and a half back, had
confessed the involvement of the Pakistani intelligence agency in carrying out
disruptive activities in the State. The imam, who was arrested a month back in
Barpeta, had confessed that he was actively involved in the activities for seven
years and showed that there were some madrassas which were hubs of these
anti-national actions….more.

Violence
in NE has gone up by 27.3%: IB report(SEN_23_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 22: Asom, Manipur and Nagaland are States which have
remained “disturbed and sensitive” with a high degree of militant activities,
says an Intelligence Bureau (IB) report on the security situation in the
North-east.
The report says that violence during last year has gone up by about 27.3 per
cent whereas killings increased by about 100 per cent, mainly due to the
increase in violence in Asom and Manipur.
The law and order situation in Asom remains grim with a steep upswing in
terrorist violence, particularly by the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).
According to the IB report, in the current year (from August 15), 234 persons
were killed in 336 incidents of terrorist violence in the State as against 98
persons killed in 234 incidents during the corresponding period in 2006. The
disturbing trend in Asom includes increased killing of Hindi-speaking people,
with the most recent being the killing of 28 such people in Karbi Anglong by the
Karbi Longri North Cachar Liberation Front (KLNLF) working together along with
the ULFA.
Another area of concern is the large presence and continued influx of illegal
migrants from Bangladesh. This has raised fears of demographic swamping and
diminishing of control of land and resources by the indigenous population. From
1979 to 1985, the 6-year-long Asom agitation, demanding deportation of illegal
migrants, as also the ethnic riots targeting Muslim migrants in Bodo-dominated
areas in the early 90s led to the formation of a number of Muslim militant
groups. Developments following demolition of the Babri Masjid and growth of
Islamic radicalism in neighbouring Bangladesh encouraged these nascent outfits
to establish links with such elements across the border, according to the
report.
According to the IB assessment, the situation in Manipur remains the most
difficult with 28 per cent of the total violence and 30 per cent of the total
killings in the North-East region. The presence of a large number (23) of
militant outfits has also contributed to the high level of violence. During the
current year, violence has gone up as compared to 2006 with 358 incidents
reported till August 15 last year in which 110 people were killed.
Similarly, the situation in Nagaland is becoming “increasingly difficult” with
110 incidents of factional clashes resulting in the death of 59 persons.
Neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and Myanmar are the prime hiding places
for the North-east militants. The leaders of these militant outfits have forged
links with hostile intelligence agencies, which not only provide shelter and
other facilities but have also used these groups to keep the region on the boil.
The most dangerous aspect, however, is the emerging effort to export
religion-based militancy from Bangladesh to the North-East and the rest of the
country, adds the report.

 

IIT
conference mulls fresh vision on N-E(TEL,18-1-k8)


Guwahati, Jan. 17:

A two-day conference on
Northeast India and its Trans-national Neighbourhood began today at IIT,
Guwahati. The Asian Borderlands Research Network has organised the conference,
co-sponsored by the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, International
Institute for Asian Studies, the Netherlands and Panos South Asia. Scholars from
abroad and from different parts of the country are participating in the
conference.

Assam power and industries minister Pradyut Bordoloi, who was the chief guest,
said the past was no model for the Northeast’s future.


“The Northeast has always been considered as a conflict zone for ages but in the
current era of geopolitics, we can convert that disadvantage into an advantage,”
Bordoloi said at the inaugural function.Sanjib Baruah, convenor of the
conference, who is associated with the Centre for Policy Research and considered
an expert on issues concerning the Northeast, said the region needs to be viewed
in conjunction with its neighbouring countries.


“There are many aspects of the Northeast that would make sense if considered
from a trans-national perspective. Yet the current organisation of academic
knowledge seems ill-equipped to address the intellectual challenges of such an
approach,” he said. The interdisciplinary conference has brought together
scholars, policy makers, as well as visual artists and others involved in the
material and visual representation of the region. Gautam Baruah, director of IIT
Guwahati, said one of the biggest problems in the Northeast was the lack of
capital. He requested Bordoloi for help to develop a research community, as
there is an urgent need to encourage researchers in subjects like history and
political science.

 

ISI funds
N-E rebels, says agent(TEL,18-1-k8)

NISHIT DHOLABHAI

New Delhi,
Jan. 17:
The arrest of a
suspected operative of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in Assam has
revealed the danger posed by small militant outfits in the Northeast.This has
given the Union home ministry more reason to consider banning at least three
small militant groups of the region, including the Dima Halam Daogah (Jewel
Gorlosa), the Karbi Longri North Cachar Hills Liberation Front and the Adivasi
National Liberation Army. Sources said the accused, S.M. Alam, who was arrested
by
Assam
police recently, was a top-ranking member of the Bangladesh Islamic Chhatra
Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, and was engaged by the ISI as its
“Northeast in-charge”. He allegedly works as a conduit between the ISI and the
region’s outfits with Ulfa’s help.

The sources
claimed that the ISI had directed Ulfa to buy arms for the small outfits of the
region from the profit accrued from its businesses in Bangladesh. The small
outfits have always been nourished by bigger militant groups in the region, but
an external agency’s efforts to feed them gives a new hue to militancy here.
Alam is also understood to have selected 40 youths from 24 outfits across the
region for training in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The ISI allegedly plans to
later fund and arm the small outfits through Ulfa.

 


Cops
of eight states to hold security meet(TEL_9_1_k8)

OUR SPECIAL
CORRESPONDENT

New Delhi,
Jan. 8:
The Centre has
arranged for a security review meeting of police forces of the region’s eight
states on January 16 in Dimapur to encourage better collaboration among various
law enforcement agencies. “We thought police forces of the states can help each
other if regular interaction can be organised,” said a home ministry source. The
meetings will be held quarterly to review the security of the region. Apart from
intelligence sharing for counter-insurgency operations, the need for better
cooperation arose for the forthcoming elections in Nagaland, Meghalaya and
Tripura, which have “ramifications beyond borders”. Meghalaya and Tripura have
borders with
Bangladesh
while Nagaland borders Myanmar. Militants from all three states have bases in
neighbouring countries and also get involved in local elections.
Intelligence-sharing mechanisms between the states will be spruced up, sources
said. During the meeting, home secretaries from the eight states will put their
heads together with officers from paramilitary forces and the army to prepare a
framework to work in close coordination. But a home ministry official said after
President’s rule was imposed in Nagaland on January 4, there is apprehension in
the region about the security review meeting. “Let us see if we have to defer it
to a later date,” said the official. The concept for a quarterly meeting came up
during home ministry meetings in December. Problems have cropped up in the past
as several security agencies, including Assam Rifles, BSF, the army,
Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the CRPF work with state police forces without an
organised effort at coordination.

But militants
have transborder tie-ups. Valley-based outfits in Manipur have collaborated with
the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) for the past decade which,
in turn, imparts training to Ulfa recruits in Myanmar. Its rival, the National
Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah), too, has imparted training to some
Assam-based outfits like the Dima Halam Daogah. There is quid pro quo after
establishing a nexus. Extortion or “tax collection” is done on each other’s
behalf by extracting a percentage while those with bases in other countries help
procure arms and ammunition. Now, it is the turn of police forces to act.
Earlier, in
Assam,
the United Command structure was formulated to counter Ulfa.


 


Cops
crack KRA chief’s murder case(SEX_4_1_k8)

New Delhi, Jan 3 : A
monetary dispute with banned United National Liberation Front (UNLF) led to the
murder of a prominent Kuki leader in the capital two months ago and 10 people
were allegedly involved in hammering him to death.Out of the 10, police has
managed to arrest two men from Punjab on December 21, police said
today.Implicated in the case is one Luwangamba of the UNLF.The UNLF had already
expelled Luwan- gamba from the outfit earlier, said a spokesman.
Khuplam Hangsing (35), chairman of banned Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA), died
under mysterious circumstances on November 12 at his brother’s rented
accommodation in Sriniwaspuri of west Delhi and intra-group rivalry was
suspected to be the reason behind the murder.The investigation of the murder was
handed over to Special Cell of the city police and after probing KRA’s inter and
intra-group rivalries, they zeroed in on two persons who were allegedly involved
in the operation.
While Malkeet Singh, a resident of Amritsar, was arrested from Jalan-dhar,
another person identified as Waheng-bam T Meitei was caught from Chandigarh at
the former’s behest.A senior police officer claimed that the duo told the
interrogators that the murder was committed at the behest of the members of UNLF
with whom the deceased had an ongoing financial dispute. Tombi Singh, a member
of UNLF and cousin of Meitei, was the alleged mastermind while the murder was
committed allegedly at the behest of an active member of the outfit W Luwangamba,
the official said.
Malkeet was on his way to

Chandigarh
when Meitei
approached him to “help his brother Tombi to eliminate the Kuki leader,” the
official said. Malkeet stayed with Tombi and other assailants and went to
Hangsing’s residence on November 12 and tied his hands and legs and covered the
faces of four other residents. The assailants introduced themselves as commandos
of Manipur Combined Forces, then took Hangsing to another room and allegedly
hammered him to death, the official added.

 

Ban on 3
ultra groups: Centre yet to get report from State(AST_9_1_k8)

From Our Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Jan 8 – The Centre has so far not received any proposal from Assam
Government on banning three militant outfits, highly placed sources said. The
Home Ministry has not seen any report from the State Government seeking a ban on
All Adivasi National Liberation Army (AANLA), Dima Halam Daoga (Jewel) and the
Karbi Longri National Liberation Front (KLNLF), a top official told this
newspaper.
The Ministry would take a decision on banning these outfits as and when it
receives the proposals and after consultations with other security agencies. The
official, however, did not discount the possibility of Assam raising the issue
at the security review meeting of the State Home Secretaries that has now been
postponed.

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