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Border Disputes, Infiltration, February 2008

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‘No interference from China
in Arunachal’(SHT, 6-2-08)

New Delhi: Arunachal Pradesh Governor J J Singh on Tuesday said there
was "no interference" from the Chinese side into the border state and said
government was taking necessary steps to ensure national security interest. "I
dont think there is any interference from their (Chinese) side," Singh, former
army chief, told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar here.

scoffs at China protest(TEL_9_2_K8)

New Delhi, Feb.
today reacted sharply to China’s informal objection to Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh at a time talks are on to resolve the border
dispute. “Arunachal is an integral part of our country. We are having elected
representatives in Parliament from the state. Therefore, it is quite obvious
that the Prime Minister can visit any part of the country,” foreign minister
Pranab Mukherjee said in Mumbai. The protest, at a “junior level”, was
registered with the Indian mission in Beijing. China has not followed it up with
an official note yet, sources in the foreign ministry said. What was conveyed
informally was the unhappiness over the visit at a time both sides are in the
process of “settling the border question” and “differences” in perceptions still
exist, the sources said.


BSF steps
up border vigilance(TEL_26_2_K8)

Shillong, Feb. 25
(PTI): The Border Security Force deployed along the Indo-Bangladesh
border in Meghalaya and neighbouring Assam has been put on alert in view of the
Assembly elections in Meghalaya slated for Monday. The inspector-general of
BSF’s Assam-Meghalaya frontier, P.K. Mishra, today said troops along the border
had been instructed to step up vigil to thwart attempts by anti-national
elements who could try and cross the border to derail the poll process. The BSF
has also requested villagers along the border to co-operate with the force to
ensure a peaceful election and inform it whenever they spot any unknown person
in the area. The BSF has also set up additional patrol bases along the border.

Trouble on
Assam boundary(TEL_29_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb.
Assam will lodge a
protest with Nagaland for the neighbouring state’s move to set up polling
stations in the disturbed Assam border (DAB) areas. Nagaland has already set up
election offices in the A, B and C sectors of the disturbed areas and has now
initiated the process of setting up polling stations as well. Flags of political
parties are seen fluttering at Old Leukha, New Leukha, New Runi Basti, Old Runi
Basti, Haiyan and in the foothills of D sector. Assam home commissioner Rajib
Bora visited the state’s border areas with Nagaland on Tuesday after the
Golaghat district administration apprised Dispur of the development. Golaghat
additional superintendent of police B.B. Gogoi said an inquiry was on to
ascertain how many polling stations Nagaland was planning to set up and exactly
where. “We have seen them setting up election campaign booths in the disputed
areas,” he confirmed. He said if Dispur gives the go ahead, police would
dismantle the polling stations inside Assam’s territory.


fumes at Beijing stand (TEL_9_2_K8)

New Delhi, Feb.
today reacted sharply to the informal objection from

against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh when the two
countries are engaged in talks to resolve territorial disputes along the border.
The protest comes a week after Singh’s maiden visit to Arunachal Pradesh where
he said the state was “our land of the rising sun”. In Mumbai, external affairs
minister Pranab Mukherjee said: “Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of our
country. We are having regular representation in our Parliament, elected by
people of Arunachal Pradesh. Therefore, it is quite obvious that the Prime
Minister will visit any part of the country.” The protest was at a “junior
level” and was registered with the Indian mission in Beijing. China has not
followed it up with an official note yet, sources in the ministry of external
affairs said here today. What was conveyed informally was China’s unhappiness
over Singh’s visit at a time when the two sides are still in the process of
“settling the border question”, and the “difference” in perceptions exists,
sources said. Sources said this was the “minimum possible that China could have

fails to ward off fear on boundary(TEL_10_2_K8)

calls public meet OUR CORRESPONDENT

Imphal, Feb. 12:
Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh’s assurance that his government would
protect the state’s boundary has failed to erase apprehensions about the
Nagaland Congress election manifesto that backs the Naga demand for integration.
The manifesto, released on Friday, courted controversy by stating that the
Nagaland Congress would continue to remind Delhi about the need to implement the
16-point statehood agreement, including the controversial Clause 13 on
integration of all contiguous Naga-inhabited areas. When AICC secretary
Siddharth Patil said the Congress was committed to implementing the 16-point
statehood agreement “in letter and spirit” it was seen as an AICC seal on
integration and evoked sharp reactions in Manipur.


gang robs family(TEL_11_2_K8)

Shillong, Feb.
A gang of Bangladeshi
criminals killed a civilian on Friday night after robbing him of his belongings
at Bholaganj in the East Khasi Hills along the Indo-Bangla border, police said
today. The police said the gang had entered Lumjurmy village with the intention
to commit a dacoity. They looted cash and other belongings from the local
resident identified as Bosting Nongrbi. They murdered him later.


Indian villager killed by B’deshi national(NPT, 11-2-08)

Shillong, Feb 10: An Indian villager
was killed, and por by a group of armed Bangladeshi nationals in Meghalaya’s
Lumjyrmi village, bordering the porous Indo-Bangla border, police said today.The
incident occurred on Friday night, when a group of 50 Bangladeshi nationals
entered Lumjyrmi village and looted from the house of one Jobel Malngiang and
then later stabbed Bosting Nongbri to death. "They (Bangladeshi nationals)
robbed all my money and belongings and killed Bosting before us, and fled from
the village to Bangladesh," Jobel Malngiang said.



survey on eastern border (TEL_13_2_K8)

New Delhi, Feb. 12:
The intelligence agencies are conducting a discreet survey to verify the extent
of change in the demographic profile of areas bordering Nepal and the Northeast.
According to highly placed sources, the survey is going hand-in-hand with a
fresh study to find out if the number of madarsas and mosques along the borders
has gone up. “There have been reports that more madarsas and mosques are
sprouting along the borders, which in itself is an indication of increased
Muslim population in the area,” disclosed an intelligence official. The study is
using the 2001 census as its benchmark and has a clear political edge to it.


Bangladeshi attack in Meghalaya village embarrasses BSF
SHILLONG, Feb 11 – The killing of a villager by suspected Bangladeshi
marauders in Lumjyrmi village under the Bholaganj sector of the Indo-Bangladesh
border has put the BSF in an embarrassing situation.
The BSF has been reiterating that border patrolling has been enhanced, but the
Saturday incident in Bholaganj, about 80 kms from Shillong, where a villager was
stabbed to death and another seriously injured has put a question mark on the
BSF claims.
The decased has been identified as B Nongbri while the others injured include
his wife and brother-in-law.
The police refused to confirm or deny the Bangladeshi intrusion three kms inside
the Indian territory, yet the statement given by the injured categorically
mentioned that it was a 40-50 odd Bangladeshis who intruded and committed the
crime. The duo also stated before the police that the Bangladeshis decamped with
money and property after committing the crime.
The Superintendent of Police, East Khasi Hills district AR Mawthoh told NNN
today, “We are trying to ascertain the statement where Bangladeshis are reported
to have intruded as far as two kms inside the Indian territory.”

Assam-Arunachal border people
hold awareness meet

SILAPATHAR, Feb 20 – Under the banner of VDPs of Silapathar police
station, an awareness programme was held at Surandabasti Hari Mandir premises in
the border area of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on February 17.
The main aim of the awareness programme was to stop the antisocial activities in
the present society, to keep peace and harmony among the people of Assam and
Arunachal Pradesh, preserve the forests of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh etc.
On the occasion, a plantation programme was taken up at Nilok Hari Mandir
premises, which was led by O/c of Silapathar police station Sivaram Morang and
president of Silapathar PS Committee Dimba Kachari.

PM should rebuff Chinese claim:
(AST, 21-2-08)
From Our Correspondent
 AGARTALA, Feb 20 – Taking a serious view of the Chinese Government’s objection
to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh, the BJP
has demanded the Prime Minister should rebuff the neighbouring country’s claim.

Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and the BJP will not let anyone
occupy it at any circumstance, said party’s stalwart Dr Murli Manohar Joshi here
on Wednesday.
The former Human Resource Development Minister, who arrived here for party’s
electioneering, said the BJP wants friendly relation with the neighbouring
country but it doesn’t mean that the BJP would allow anybody to occupy its
“Perhaps, the Prime Minister keeps mum because of his close association with
Leftist parties”, he said adding that the BJP would raise the issue in the next
Parliament session.
“The party’s stand is clear to protect country’s territorial integrity at any
cost. It seems the Prime Minister is soft on CPI (M) and neighbouring countries.
He only talks tough in case of violence in West Bengal”, he said.
Veteran BJP leader lashed out at Congress as well as CPI (M)- led Left Front for
failing to uplift Tripura from its backwardness.

Bangla nationals nabbed by BSF(AST_23-2-08)
From Our Correspondent
 HATSINGIMARI, Feb 22 – Border Security Force (BSF) jawans of Mankachar Sahapara
BOP nabbed two Bangladeshi nationalists recently while they were going towards
Bangladesh from India through the open border near Mankachar in Dhubri district.
The Bangladeshies were identified as Rosul Sardar (25) S/o Zakir Sardar and
Anowar Islam S/o Awal SK. Both are inhabitants of village Alukandi under
Kashiani police station of Gopalganj district (Bangladesh) Both the
Bangladeshies were sent to Dhubri jail after questioning.
Two other Bangladeshies were caught by BSF of Dewaner Alga BOP recently. They
had come to India illegally. The Bangladeshies were identified as Eusuf Ali (22)
S/o Iman Ali and Mofiz SK (35) S/o Miarchand, both inhabitants of village
Namazerchar under Olipur police station of Kurigram district. They were also
forwarded to Dhubri jail through local police of Sukchar Patrol Post.

BJP seeks more security along
NE border(AST_23-2-08)

By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Feb 22 – The national president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),
Rajnath Singh today called upon the Government of India to increase surveillance
in the borders of North East in view of reported infiltration of Maoists from
neighbouring Bhutan. Addressing media persons in the capital city after
completing his hectic campaigning schedule in Meghalaya, Singh said that with
Bhutan paving its way to democracy and its royal army taking a tough stand
against the Maoists, Assam was emerging as the destination of the Maoists who
were facing the heat from the Royal Bhutan Army.
“It is a matter of grave concern that the Maoists are entering Assam after the
Royal Bhutan Army has dismantled many of their camps,” said Singh adding that
the Governments both at the State and the Centre should realise the gravity of
the problem and beef up security.

China protests PM’s
assertion on Arunachal(SEN,9-2-08)

NEW DELHI, Feb 8: In a brazen act, China has taken exception to Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh’s assertion that Arunachal Pradesh belongs to India and
has lodged a protest over it.
China has conveyed to India that it was not proper to make such a comment at a
time when the two countries were engaged in talks over the boundary question,
sources said.
The protest over the visit and comments was informally conveyed to the Indian
Embassy by Chinese Foreign Ministry earlier this week, they said.
Officials on both sides were tightlipped about the issue, which has the
potential to turn into a controversy here.
China has been claiming that entire Arunachal Pradesh belongs to it and the two
countries are holding talks to resolve the dispute.
Singh, during his maiden visit to Arunachal on January 31, had said that the
State was “our land of rising sun”, in a clear message to China that it belongs
to India.
Chinese claim over Arunachal has been nagging the ties between the two countries
for long. The issue gets flared up when the Chinese troops at regular intervals
intrude into the Indian territory to demonstrate their claim on the land.

Arunachal is a
part of India: Mukherjee

NEW DELHI, Feb 9: Reacting to China’s outburst against Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh’s recent speech in Arunachal Pradesh, External Affairs Minister
Pranab Mukherjee told reporters in Mumbai that India was aware of China’s
position on Arunachal and even Beijing was aware of New Delhi’s stand.

Smuggled rice seized(SEN, 7-2-08)

From our
TINSUKIA, Feb 6: Evidence that illegal rice trade is going on in full swing in
Tinsukia and its adjoining areas in upper Asom came out in the open with the
police seizing a truck (AS-01-E-4184) loaded with 400 bags of rice on February
3. The police also took into custody the truck driver, Barju Roy.
According to police sources, the seized rice was brought from the godowns of a
company in Jorhat, Sunil Traders, to Padmawati Traders here. The police suspect
that the rice, however, belong to the FCI godowns and has thus entrusted the
case to an official of the Food and Civil Supplies department.





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