Northeast India Clipings

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Insurgency Meghalaya, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 13, 2009

Desertions weaken rebel outfit

Desertions
weaken rebel outfit(TEL_4_2_K8)
       

Shillong, Feb. 3:
The banned Hynniewtrep
National Liberation Council (HNLC) of Meghalaya has renewed its alliance with
the “father figure” of the region’s militant groups, the NSCN (Isak-Muivah), to
cope with a spate of desertions from its ranks.A senior police official said
today that the jittery HNLC leadership had sought the Naga outfit’s help to keep
its flock together. Scores of HNLC members have already fled their camps in
Bangladesh to surrender, encouraging the police to go all out in luring more
militants.“The HNLC is desperate to retain its lower-rung cadre,” the police
officer said.The Naga outfit had not only backed the HNLC in its initial days,
but also helped it attack security forces on days of national celebration like
Independence Day and Republic Day. The police are convinced that the shortage of
manpower has forced the HNLC opt for tie-ups with the National Liberation Front
of Tripura and the National Democratic Front of Boroland of Assam. “The idea is
to jointly carry out extortion in the border areas,” the official said.
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6
militants held in Meghalaya(NPT,7-2-08)

Williamnagar,
Feb 6 (NPN): Six ULFA militants were arrested by a combined team of police and
army along with a huge quantity of arms and ammunition and explosive materials
in Garo Hills district of Meghalaya on Wednesday.
The militants were arrested from Depa while they were traveling towards Assam
from Garo Hills. Police seized two Indian-made hand grenades, two Single Barrel
Breech Loading (SBBL) gun, two revolvers, crude bombs, eight rounds of 9mm live
ammunition and six mobile handsets, besides a cash of Rs.2.31 lakh from the
possession of the militants, SP, East Garo Hills, S. Nongtynger said.
“They have been hiding in Garo Hills for quite sometime and finally we got
them,” the SP said.
In January, security forces gunned down Madan Koch, the operational head of
ULFA’s 109th battalion, in an encounter at Kathalbari village.
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ULFA
issue dominates meet in Meghalaya(NPT, 19-2-08)

Shillong, Feb 19: Issues related to
the heightened United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) activities dominated the
agenda of the review meeting held here between National Security Advisor M K
Narayanan and security agencies of the North Eastern states.

Official sources said here today that
Mr Narayanan held closed-door meeting throughout the day yesterday at the Raj
Bhawan with heads of various state and central security agencies, including
commanders of the three and four corps of the Army, Air Force, Assam Rifles,
Central Industrial Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Border Security
Force and police chiefs. The ULFA’s recent subversive plans and activities were
discussed threadbare during the review meeting held yesterday, a senior security
official, who attended the meeting, said.
.
.more…

Rebels
held(TEL_7_2_K8)

Shillong, Feb. 6:
Six suspected Ulfa cadres were arrested by the security forces today at
Dainadubi in the Mendipathar area of East Garo Hills. Police said they were
arrested from an Assam-bound bus coming from Jadigitim village in South Garo
Hills.

Finding
Nemos, in jail(TEL_21_2_K8)

– Stunning
story of a ‘slain’ militant rediscovered E.M. JOSE

Shillong, Feb. 20:
Presumed killed in a jungle encounter with Bangladesh police two years ago,
Achik militant leader Nemos Marak was buried for good by Meghalaya police under
layers of dusty files till he resurfaced in a Bangla jail. How and when he
landed in jail after being “killed” in the 2006 encounter is a story the police
are trying to piece together with the severe handicap of having their
protagonist languishing in captivity in a foreign country.According to police
records, the chairman of United Achik National Front (UANF), a Garo Hills-based
militant outfit, was shot dead with nine others by Bangladesh security forces.
Since the outfit never denied the police’s claim, the administration shut
Nemos’s files.
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Herbs come handy for
ailing N-E rebels
(SHT,
6-2-08)
Medicine supply dries up

Shillong: The medicinal powers of the herbs of Arunachal Pradesh and
Myanmar may not have any takers in the rest of the world, but the battle-hard
insurgents have discovered their benefits at the time of crisisIn the wake of
shortage of sufficient medicines in their camps, rebel groups like ULFA and NSCN
(K) have resorted to herbal remedies, mostly obtained from the herbs found in
the Arunachal and Myanmar forests, a top Army intelligence official told PTI
here requesting anonymity.Villagers in Arunachal and Myanmar are well versed in
the medicinal value of the exotic herbs and the militants often make use of
their knowledge for remedies for their ailments. .
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HNLC
clarification(SHT_5_2_K8)

Shillong: The HNLC has refuted police claim that the outfit was
involved in kidnapping Mr Lily. In a statement issued here, the HNLC said Lily
fled the rehabilitation camp on his own. The HNLC also termed as baseless the
statement of PM Syiem in favour of Mr HS Shylla.


Unification of NSCN will help peace bid: Oscar(AST_19_2_K8)

 SHILLONG, Feb 18 – In the midst of reports about a possible
unification of both the rebel NSCN factions, the Centre’s emissary in the Naga
peace talks Oscar Fernandes today said such a development will help carry
forward the peace process. “If there is any such move for unification of both
the NSCN factions, it is definitely a good sign and a harbinger of an early
solution to the Naga problem. More importantly, it will help to carry forward
the peace process,” Fernandes told reporters here. .
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6 ULFA men held(AST_7_2_K8)
SHILLONG, Feb 6: In a joint operation by Army and police six ULFA cadres
were nabbed from Depa in east Garo Hills, this morning. The ultras were
travelling in a bus towards Assam. – Correspondent

 

HNLC
clarification(SHT_5_2_K8)

Shillong: The HNLC has refuted police claim that the outfit was
involved in kidnapping Mr Lily. In a statement issued here, the HNLC said Lily
fled the rehabilitation camp on his own. The HNLC also termed as baseless the
statement of PM Syiem in favour of Mr HS Shylla.

Herbs come
handy for ailing rebelsI
(AST_14_2_k8)
SHILLONG, Feb 13 – The medicinal powers of the herbs of Arunachal Pradesh
and Myanmar may not have any takers in the rest of the world, but the
battle-hard insurgents have discovered their benefits at the time of crisis.
In the wake of shortage of sufficient medicines in their camps, rebel groups
like ULFA and NSCN (K) have recently resorted to herbal remedies, mostly
obtained from the herbs found in the Arunachal and Myanmar forests, a top Army
intelligence official told PTI here requesting anonymity. .
.more…

‘Firm stand required to fight
militancy in NE’
(AST_20_2_k8)
SHILLLONG, Feb 19 – The state needs to exert “force” at times to bring
normalcy to a violent security scenario, “super cop” and BJP MP from Karnataka,
HT Sangliana has opined.
Sangliana visiting the city to campaign for his party yesterday said the state
needs to “stand firm” on certain situations to counter incidences of violence
like the militant activity affecting the North East.
Sangliana, a Mizo IPS officer from the region, went on to win the Bangalore
North MP constituency seat from Karnataka, following his extraordinary
achievement in countering dreaded sandalwood smuggler, Veerapan, which led to
the smuggler’s ultimate death.
Asked how best to deal with the violent North East scene, the only Christian MP
from the BJP, said: “although it’s sad to exert force on brethren, but at times
it’s necessary.”
Observing the violent North East scenario as a feeling of alienation giving rise
to militancy, the Mizo IPS officer said, the feeling of “Indianess” needs to be
inculcated within the people of North East. .
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ULFA issue dominates meet in
Meghalaya(NPT, 20-2-08)

 Shillong, Feb 19: Issues related to the heightened United
Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) activities dominated the agenda of the review
meeting held here between National Security Advisor M K Narayanan and security
agencies of the North Eastern states.

Official sources said here today that Mr Narayanan held closed-door meeting
throughout the day yesterday at the Raj Bhawan with heads of various state and
central security agencies, including commanders of the three and four corps of
the Army, Air Force, Assam Rifles, Central Industrial Security Force,
Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Border Security Force and police chiefs. The ULFA’s
recent subversive plans and activities were discussed threadbare during the
review meeting held yesterday, a senior security official, who attended the
meeting, said. ..more…


Sangliana to mediate talks with Manipur rebels
(SEX_20_2_k8)
Shillong, Feb 19: Former “Supercop” and Karnataka BJP MP H T Sangliana
today said he was mediating between the government and some Manipur rebel
groups.
“Some rebels groups have sent feelers to me. I had made suggestions to them, and
now they are showing signs of being eager to join the mainstream,” Sangliana,
who headed the taskforce to catch dreaded sandalwood smuggler Veerapan, told
reporters here. ..more…


Cop-turned-MP guns for peace(TEL, 20-2-08)

Shillong, Feb.
19:
Mizoram chief minister
Zoramthanga’s unfinished task as peacemaker for the troubled Northeast could be
completed, at least in part, by another Mizo who has blazed a trail in faraway
Karnataka as a police officer and a parliamentarian. “Supercop” H.T. Sangliana,
whose defining moment as Karnataka director-general of police was the operation
that led to forest brigand Veerappan’s death, said today that some militant
groups active in Manipur had approached him to broker talks with Delhi.Sangliana
is in Meghalaya to bolster the BJP’s election campaign and convey the message
that the party is “not anti-Christian, as it is projected to be”.
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.more…

ULFA issue dominates meet in
Meghalaya(NPT, 21-2-08)

 Shillong, Feb 19: Issues related to the heightened United Liberation Front
of Asom (ULFA) activities dominated the agenda of the review meeting held here
between National Security Advisor M K Narayanan and security agencies of the
North Eastern states.Official sources said here today that Mr Narayanan held
closed-door meeting throughout the day yesterday at the Raj Bhawan with heads of
various state and central security agencies, including commanders of the three
and four corps of the Army, Air Force, Assam Rifles, Central Industrial Security
Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Border Security Force and police chiefs. The
ULFA’s recent subversive plans and activities were discussed threadbare during
the review meeting held yesterday, a senior security official, who attended the
meeting, said. ..more…

HNLC bandh
fails to evoke any response(AST, 24-2-08)
 SHILLONG, Feb 23 – The 12-hour Meghalaya bandh called by the banned
Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), coinciding with the visit of
Congress president Sonia Gandhi, today failed to evoke any response.
Gandhi who arrived in Jowai in Jaintia Hills district, address election rallies
there and in Tura in West Garo Hills in the State, which is slated to go for
polls on March 3 to elect a 60-member Assembly.
There has been no report of any violence from anywhere in the State till noon in
the dawn-to-dusk bandh as security in the State has been tightened in view of
Gandhi’s visit, official sources said. .
.more…

HNLC calls for 12-hour
bandh
(SEN_26_2_k8)
From our Correspondent
ShillonG, Feb 25: The banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has
once again called for 12-hour bandh on February 27, the day the Prime Minister
Dr Manmohan Singh is scheduled to address an election rally in Shillong.

HNLC bandh against PM’s
visit
(SEN_27_2_k8)
From our Correspondent
SHILLONG, Feb 26: Security has been tightened in Meghalaya on the eve of Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh’s arrival in the State tomorrow when Dr Singh will
address election rallies in favour of Congress candidates. Meanwhile, the HNLC
has called a 12-hour bandh in the State in protest against the Prime Minister’s
visit.

 

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