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Insurgency Nagaland, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 13, 2009

NSA to review NE security

NSA
to review NE security

(SEN, 17-2-08)

KOHIMA, Feb 16: National Security Adviser (NSA) MK Narayanan arrived here
today from Dimapur to review the security scenario in the north-eastern region.
ANI

 


NSCN-IM
rejects NSCN-K’s call
(SEX,
10-2-08)

Kohima, Feb 9: The NSCN(K)
today gave a call for broadbased unity among Nagas and a halt to fraticidal
strife, which its rival NSCN(IM) rejected.
In a joint statement, the NSCN (K) collective leadership, chairman S S Khap-
lang, general secretary N Kitivi Zhimomi and armed wing chief Kholi Konyak, said
the task of unification was a step towards stopping bloodshed and instill a
sense of hope.
Unification should not be jeopardized by ulterior motives and called upon Nagas
to uphold the sacred cause, it said.
On the other hand, NSCN (I-M) rejected the unification process initiated by its
defectors led by Azheto Cho-phy, charging the NSCN (Unification camp) with
extortion and kidnapping for ransom in Dimapur town in the name of Naga
unification.
Under leadership of Az-heto Chophi, NSCN (I-M) cadre led by Azheto Chophi,
joined hands with NSCN (K) and formed the NSCN (Unification Camp) in November
last for unity among warring naga underground groups.more…

 


NSCN
(I-M) lauds DNSU(NPT, 8-2-08)

Dimapur, Feb 7
(NPN): The NSCN (I-M) has lauded the Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) for
organizing Thursday’s “protest rally” against incidents of kidnapping, extortion
and killing etc in Dimapur.
A press release issued by the MIP of NSCN (I-M) said by organizing the protest
rally, the DNSU had showed the way to the society to have “moral guts” to stand
up against the evils of the society and to call a spade a spade.
“The DNSU has awaken to the reality of the situation to protest the unlawful and
degrading activities of the pseudo-Naga nationalists who exercise no human
thinking and get carried away by the greed fore money and power,” the release
said. Reiterating its allegation that the group led by Azheto (NSCN Unification)
was responsible for kidnapping for ransom, extortion and killing etc, the
release said the “fictitious group” was exploiting the “good name of NSCN” by
hoodwinking the Nagas under what it described as the “obsessive agenda of Naga
unification”.


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1
held in abduction case(NPT, 9-2-08)

DIMAPUR, FEB 8 (NPN): On a tip off, Dimapur police with
the help of Special Branch Friday arrested one person for reportedly instigating
two Naga youths to kidnap a prominent businessman for ransom.
Police arrested the accused identified as one Shabuddin, son of A. Rahim, and
the businessman was rescued from 4th Mile area after police swung into action
alerting all check gates and patrol parties.
.more…

 


NSCN
(K) trio lauds unity move(NPT, 9-2-08)

 DIMAPUR, FEB
8 (NPN): Expressing whole hearted appreciation to the onerous task of
unification process being carried out by “like –minded national workers”
including the initiative of various NGOs and frontal organizations in Nagaland,
the collective leadership of the NSCN (K)-chairman S.S. Khaplang, general
secretary N. Kitovi Zhimomi and c-in-c, Naga Army ‘Gen’ Kholi Konyak have called
upon all Nagas to “wake up from the “divisive mindsets at the crux of social and
political transition.”
In a joint statement, the triumvirate urged “every sensible Naga” to uphold the
“sacred cause” as it called for selfless sacrifice for truth.

.more…

 


6
extortionists held in Haflong(NPT, 10-2-08)

Dimapur, Feb 9 (NPN): Acting on a
tip-off, a team from 3 Corps Headquarters, Rangapahar, apprehended six
extortionists including three DHD (J) militants, two from Bengali community and
one Naga, along with a cash of Rs.65,000 in Haflong.
A defence release said the three militants, Sanjay Das, Dilip Nath and Mohan
Nemu, and the other arrested persons were involved in extorting money from
businessmen at Hathikali market and Railway Colony in Haflong.  The release said
the DHD (J) was responsible for all recent killings, ambushes, bomb and grenade
blasts, extortions, violence, etc in the area.


.more…

 



NSCNs not to involve in polls(NPT, 19-2-08)

  DIMAPUR, FEB 18 (NPN): The NSCN (I-M) and “NSCN/GPRN”,
Sumi Region, have informed that they would not involve in the forthcoming State
election.
The MIP/NSCN (I-M) in a press release said its collective leadership has made it
clear that the NSCN (I-M) cannot compromise its principle by participating in
the election conducted under the Indian Constitution.  “What is of utmost
importance to NSCN is the ‘Cause’ and therefore, there should be no confusion
about this. The issue of the magnitude of Indo- Naga political problem cannot be
diluted under any circumstances, come what may,” the release said.  

.more…

 



Probe ordered into fraudulent drawal(NPT, 24-2-08)

 DIMAPUR, FEB
23 (NPN): Basing on a complaint filed by the Longkhum Village Council (LVC)
against fraudulent drawal of money for construction of 35 km Link Road at
Longkhum village, the Director & DIGP & OC, Vigilance & Anti-Corruption, has
registered a case into the complaint for further investigation.
Director, Vigilance & Anti-Corruption, Neilhou Chuse in an FIR to cognizable
cases said after authenticating the complaint, the case has been handed over to
deputy SP T Holtoh, and he will be assisted by inspectors Viliehu Rutsa and L
Mayang Ao.
It may be mentioned LVC had earlier filed a complaint stating that the
contractor of the
Link Road,
C Sungit Ao, had drawn a sum of Rs. 3,09,00,000 against the total Rs.
4,90,50,000 allotted for construction of the Link Road, before commencement of
the work.


.more…

 

Narayanan
to review security scenario in NE
(AST_17_2_K8)
KOHIMA, Feb 16 – National Security Adviser M K Narayanan arrived here
today on a visit to Nagaland to review the security scenario in the North East
in general and the State in particular, official sources said.
Narayanan will meet Governor K Sankaranarayan, his two advisers, senior civil
and police officials and Army commanders during his two-day visit to the State.

The Security Adviser arrived here in a chopper after arriving at Dimapur on a
special flight, accompanied by Home Ministry officials.
In the afternoon he will hold a high-level meeting at police headquarters to
review the situation ahead of March 5 Assembly election in the State. He will
also hold discussion with Army’s 3 Corps Commanders.
.more…

IM rejects NSCN(K) unification
call(AST_10_2_K8)

 KOHIMA, Feb 9 – The NSCN(K) today gave a call for broadbased unity
among Nagas and a halt to fraticidal strife, which its rival NSCN(IM) rejected,
reports PTI. In a joint statement, the NSCN(K) collective leadership, chairman S
S Khaplang, general secretary N Kitivi Zhimomi and armed wing chief Kholi Konyak,
said the task of unification was a step towards stopping bloodshed and instill a
sense of hope.
Unification should not be jeopardised by ulterior motives and called upon Nagas
to uphold the sacred cause, it said.
On the other hand, NSCN(I-M) rejected the unification process initiated by its
defectors led by Azheto Chophy, charging the NSCN (Unification camp) with
extortion and kidnapping for ransom in Dimapur town in the name of Naga
unification.
.more…

Muivah blasts unification
process(NPT_1_2_k8)

DIMAPUR, Jan 31 (NPN): NSCN (I-M) general
secretary Th. Muivah on Thursday made a “commitment” that the NSCN (I-M) would
never be moved or shaken but would stand its ground to the end.
Speaking at the 29th Raising Day celebration of the NSCN (I-M) at Council
Headquarters, Hebron Camp, as chief guest, Muivah said it was unfortunate that
even when the NSCN (I-M) chairman Isak Chishi Swu had declared peace and
reconciliation, former kilo kilonser Azheto Chophy had left to declare
“unification.”
Asserting that unification had to be based on principles and not a “runaway
unification”, Muivah also said the NSCN (I-M) cannot accept to be “equals” with
“runaways.”
“Am I to follow a traitor?” he questioned.

.more…

 

3 NSCN (I-M) men, 1 woman
abducted(NPT_2_2_K8)

DIMAPUR, FEB 1 (NPN):The CAO, UT-I, of NSCN (I-M) Tokishe
G. Swu, his wife and two other NSCN (I-M) army personnel -Asangba Santam and
‘Corp’’ Nikhuyi- were reportedly abducted by the NSCN (Unification) in Dimapur
Friday afternoon at around 3 p.m.
The MIP/NSCN (I-M) in a press release said the abductors also took away one
AK-56, one .22 rifle, one M-20 and a soft-top Gypsy.
Condemning the abduction, the NSCN (I-M) said the act was a “serious violation
of their over stated mission on Naga Unification”, which the Naga civil
societies should not afford to remain silent but start probing questions to the
unification team.
.more…

 

CFSB
discusses law-and-order situation
(AST_5_2_K8)
Newmai News Network
 KOHIMA, Feb 4 – The monthly meeting of the Ceasefire Supervisory Board (CFSB)
between the representatives of NSCN-K and representatives of the Government of
India held today discussed the prevailing law-and-order situation, especially in
Dimapur, and about the forthcoming Nagaland Assembly elections.
NSCN-K’s (Unification) Convener, CFSB, C Shingson revealed that the meeting
chaired by Lt Gen (Retd) RV Kulkarni discussed mainly about the maintenance of
ceasefire ground rules and movement of the armed cadres in public places and
emphasised the need for the cadres to confine to their designated camps as the
Government of India is serious about taking any measure to control the
situation.
.more…

 

Violence
graph of NE(NPT_5_2_K8)

Dimapur, Feb 4: Four northeastern States accounted
for the majority of violent incidents in the region last year with Manipur
taking the top spot, according to statistics compiled by the Union Home
Ministry.
A national daily reported that the statistics were based on detailed figures of
last two years’ rise and fall of violence in the region. Of the seven States,
Manipur, Assam, Tripura and Nagaland were categorized as violence-prone. Mizoram
and Arunachal Pradesh were deemed peaceful, the report said. While Manipur
topped the violence chart, Assam was a close second.Of the nearly 1,500
incidents of violence in the region last year, more than 550 were in Manipur.
.more…
 

Unity move prelude to talks:
NSCN-K(NPT_5_2_K8)

KOHIMA, FEB 4 (NPN): Senior NSCN leader Kughalu
Mulatonu has termed the recent unification move as a “prelude to political
dialogue” but maintained that the group will hold talks with New Delhi only
after the outcome of the Centre-NSCN (I-M) negotiations.
Mulatonu, who is the supervisor of Cease Fire Supervisory Board (CFSB) and also
the Chaplee (Finance) Kilonser told this correspondent over phone that the
unification implied to Naga nationalists and freedom fighters and not
“terrorists” and anti-nationals.
He also said the “Unification Camp” located at Vihokhu Village in Dimapur
district would be made a “designated camp” before the State Assembly election.

.more…

 

NSCN-IM slams rival faction
as tool of Indian intelligence (SEX_13_2_k8)

Newmai News Network
Dimapur, Feb 12: The Isak-Muivah faction of the NSCN on Tuesday while alleging
that the rival NSCN- K has been used by the Indian intelligence agencies as tool
as a counter -force to the NSCN-IM, has stated that the Khaplang faction “cannot
claim to represent people’s interest under the stolen name of the NSCN”.
In a press note issued here to the media, the NSCN-IM said that under the
circumstances where the “Khaplang group is des-perately” eying the atten- tion
of the Naga people to be accepted as a bonafide organization with interests that
are focused in accordance with the Naga people’s political aspiration by
misleading the people and the press on the non-existence issue of who carry the
name “NSCN” to represent the Naga people’s political struggle. The outfit stated
that in the name of survival under the nomenclature of NSCN, anything that goes
to commit effrontery is to be taken as nothing short of lying to the people.
“And as demanded by the situation where the Khaplang group bereft of any
political morality is begging to be given the nomenclature of NSCN in order to
come in line with the policy as prodded by the Home Ministry’s intelligence
agencies whose hid- den agenda with Khaplang group is to support Khaplang
group’s existence as a counter-force against NSCN. And this is best served by
still sticking to the name of NSCN. So far the only claim for Khaplang group is
by virtue of its forceful but unwarranted support by the government of India to
fulfil its suppressive nature governing the North East States”, alleged the NSCN-IM
statement.
..more…

 

4 extortionists arrested at
Dimapur
(AST_14_2_k8)
 KOHIMA, Feb 13 – Police arrested four extortionists including a NSCN (K)
cadre and seized an AK-47 rifle and ammunition from their possession at Dimapur.
The arrests followed the Nagaland Government’s decision to curb the growing
menace of extortion in the commercial town.
The four accused, including the NSCN(K) cadre, were arrested yesterday at
Marowari Patti while they were extorting money from a businessman, police said
here today. ..more…

 

NSCN (IM)
cautions(NPT_14_2_K8)

DIMAPUR: The CAO Lotha region GPRN combined with
deputy kilonser in-charge Lotha region and commander Wokha town command Naga
army has cautioned the public of Lotha region that wearing of camouflage
material by any civilian was strictly banned.

This statement was stated in a press communiqué issued by GPRN Lotha region,
where it was also stated that the directive was being issued against the
backdrop of the prevailing situation during this pre election period so as to
avoid any untoward incident. ..more…

4 arrested in ‘tax
collection’ cases(NPT_15_2_K8)

DIMAPUR, FEB 14 (NPN): Dimapur police Thursday apprehended three suspected
NSCN (I-M) activists at Holy Cross junction while they were collecting money
from various shops.
The three were identified by police as ‘Sgt. Major’ Moatoshi, ‘2nd Lt’ Marlemba
from Magmetong and Noklen, S.O (finance) of Lirmen village, all from the NSCN
(I-M).
Police also recovered two 7.65 revolvers, eleven round live cartridges and Rs.
52,000 along with two collection slips belonging to NSCN (I-M) Chaplee Affairs
from their possession. ..more…

 

4 extortionists arrested(AST_16_2_k8)
 KOHIMA, Feb 15 – Four extortionists, including three suspected NSCN(I-M)
activists, were arrested while taking money from various shops in Dimapur,
police said today.
Two revolvers, 11 rounds of ammunition and Rs 52,000 in cash along with two
collection slips bearing the name of NSCN(I-M) Chaplee (financial) affairs, were
recovered from the three activists, police said. – PTI

Kilonser
clarifies(NPT_18_2_k8)

DIMAPUR, FEB 17 (NPN): Clarifying to a news report ‘Stand
of Sumis in NSCN-IM’ that appeared in a local daily on January 19 last, former
kilonser in the NSCN (I-M), V Tuccu, has clarified that the statement in
question was made without his consent and in his absence.
Terming the purported statement issued by twenty nine Sumi national workers of
the NSCN (I-M) declaring support to the “undisputed leadership of the NSCN (I-M)
chairman Isak Chishi Swu, vice chairman Khodao Yanthan and general secretary Th.
Muivah,” Tuccu in a press release said the statement was “baseless, misleading
and without any significance” and that it had damaged his “principle of being a
true Naga patriot.” ..more…
 

Naga
peace process has slowed down: Narayanan

(SEN_18_2_k8)

Kohima, Feb 17: Admitting the Naga peace process has slowed down, National
Security Adviser M K Narayanan has said the parleys can move forward only if
NSCN-IM agrees to accept a solution within the Constitution’s broad parameters.
Narayanan, who paid a two-day visit to Nagaland to review the security scenario
ahead of the March 5 assembly election, said the Centre was ready to give broad
concessions to the Nagas once this prerequisite was met. .
.more…

 

CFMG meet held(NPT, 20-2-08)

  Dimapur, Feb 19 (NPN): A meeting of the Ceasefire
Monitoring Group, held in Kohima on Tuesday, discussed issues pertaining to
ceasefire monitoring mechanism. IGAR (N) Maj. Gen. K.S. Sethi asked members of
all factions to remain confined to the designated camps. .
.more…

AR steps up vigil in
State(NPT,23-2-08)

 DIMAPUR, FEB 22 (NPN):  With barely two weeks left before
Nagaland goes to polls, the Assam Rifles has put its forces on high alert with a
view to ensure that the umbrella of environmental protection looms over the
state, a defence release said.
PRO, IGAR (N), Maj Pallab Choudhury in a press release said last week, columns
of AR personnel were moved out on vehicles and foot for area familiarisation to
all assembly constituencies and polling stations.  Vantage points were been
identified, sensitive areas kept under surveillance and liaison with civil
administration carefully crafted at both macro and micro level within the entire
state, the release said.
The AR troops have also commenced round the clock patrolling, established MVCP
and started frisking of suspected vehicles and persons. The release said the
IGAR (N) had made it clear that special directives be issued to both sectors
under command to step up vigil with an aim to check all kinds of cadre movement
with arms. 
IGAR also informed that any form of armed movement would not be tolerated and
advised underground cadres to remain confined to designated camps as stringent
measures would be adopted against any erring factions, the release said.  The
same message had already been conveyed in the last CFMG meeting at Kohima, the
release added. ..more…

 

Six ultras
killed in shootout with AR(AST, 25-2-08)
 KOHIMA, Feb 24 – In a daring pre-dawn ambush, troops of 24 Assam
Rifles (AR) on February 23, killed six militants in the area of Boundary Pillar
75 (approximately 10 km south of Moreh) on Indo-Myanmar border.
A PIB (DW) release stated militants were trying to cross over from Myanmar into
India. Assam Rifles column was being led by Major CS Barak. A total of six
weapons and one UBGL along with a large quantity of ammunition and war like
stores were recovered from the slain militants The major weapons were one AK-56
rifle, two M-16 rifles, two pistols and one lathode, the release stated. .
.more…

Centre’s duplicity will harm
peace talks: NSCN-IM(AST, 25-2-08)
Newmai News Network
 DIMAPUR, Feb 24 – In a fresh outburst against the Centre, NSCN-IM has said
“duplicity will not go down well in the future course” of the ongoing peace
process between the NSCN-IM and Government of India.
NSCN-IM’s reaction was prompted by the remark of the National Security Advisor
MK Narayanan who had reportedly said that peace talks between Centre and the
NSCN-IM could only move forward if the Naga outfit agreed to accept a solution
within the broad parameters of the Indian Union.This comment was reportedly made
by the National Security Advisor during his recent visit to the Nagaland
capital.
“Ironically, Government of India is speaking in a different tone of political
terminology, sending a diabolical message that it will have no qualms to
obliterate the hard- earned achievements of the Indo-Naga political talks that
has seen more than 60 rounds of talks. The statement of National Security
Adviser MK Narayanan on the Indo-Naga solution during his official visit to
Kohima, on February 18 has come as a bombshell. “This is bewilderingly
obnoxious, but such duplicity on the part of the government of India is not
going to go down well in the future course of the peace process”. .
.more…



Black Widow, ANNLA may be banned
(NPT_25_2_k8)

Dimapur, Feb 24 : The Black Widow faction of Dima Halam Daoga (DHD) and the
All Adivasi National Liberation Army (AANLA) could be banned by the central
government in the aftermath of a series of subversive acts committed by the two
outfits.
According to a report filed by an Assam daily, the Assam government has started
preparation of detailed proposals to be submitted to Government of India for
imposing ban on the two outfits under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities
(Prevention) Act.
Quoting highly-placed official sources, the daily reported that Assam government
already intimated the Centre about the move to impose a ban on Black Widow and
AANLA and that formal proposal would be sent shortly. .
.more…

 

Assam Rifles guns down six
militants(SEN_25_2_k8)

 KOHIMA, Feb 24: In a daring pre
dawn ambush, troops of 24 Assam Rifles yesterday killed six militants around
4.30 am in the area of Boundary Pillar 75 ( 10 km south of Moreh) on
Indo-Myanmar border.
The militants were trying to cross over from Myanmar into India. The Assam
Rifles column was being led by Major CS Barak.
A total of six weapons and one UBGL alongwith large quantity of ammunition and
war like stores were recovered from the slain militants. The major weapons were
one AK-56 rifle, two M-16 rifles, two pistols and one lathode. Army has
intensified its operations against the militants in the entire North East, and
is deeply committed to ensure creation of an environment of peace and
tranquility. ..more…

 

KLO/KLA
condemn
.
(SEX_25_2_k8)

Units of the UPF conglomerate KLO/KLA has strongly condemned the slaying
of KRA’s PRO Haopao Chongloi and four students on February 22 at Thangal Surung
Tera makhong. Interacting with mediapersons at a Sadar Hills location today,
army chief of the KLO/KLA Timothy described the slaying as an act of cowardice
and against all acceptable norms. .
.more…

 

NSCN-IM
flays National Security Advisor’s statement
.
(SEX_25_2_k8)

Newmai News Network
Dimapur, Feb 24: NSCN-IM has lambasted the Government of India saying that the
latter’s “dublicity will not go down well in the future course” of the ongoing
peace process between the NSCN-IM and the Government of India.
The outfit’s reaction has been prompted by the remark, made by the National
Security Advisor MK Narayanan during his recent visit to Kohima. He reportedly
said that peace talks between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM could only
move forward if the Naga outfit agrees to accept a solution within the broad
parameters of the Indian Union. “Ironically, the government of India is speaking
in different tone of political terminology, sending a diabolical message that it
will have no qualm to obliterate the hard earned achievements of the Indo-Naga
political talk that has seen more than 60 rounds of talks.
The statement is bewilderingly obnoxious, but such duplicity on the part of the
government of India is not going to go down well in the future course of the
peace process. For the Nagas cannot be subjected to accepting what is not right
historically, and India has no political morality to decide the political
destiny of the Nagas. It is the Naga people who will determine their political
fate”, stated the NSCN-IM on Sunday. .
.more…

 

AR arrest 8, recover Rs. 22
lakh(NPT_27_2_k8)

Dimapur, Feb 26 (NPN): The Assam Rifles  arrested eight underground activists
along with arms and ammunition and recovered over Rs.22 lakh from their
possession in the past few days.
Two underground activists were arrested by a combined team of police and Assam
Rifles on Tuesday at Naharbari. They were identified as “Sgt” Achang, son of H.
Ngulo and “Pvt” Tichuya, son of Atsuthung, both from NSCN (I-M). One AK 56
(Chinese make) rifle and 40 live cartridges were recovered from their
possession.
Six other underground activists were arrested by Assam Rifles since intensifying
its operations in view of the March 5 polls.
A defence release said an “NSCN (U)” activist was arrested along with a 7.65mm
pistol at Zubza on February 25. This was followed by the arrest of an NSCN (I-M)
activist along with one AK-47 riffle at Kukidolong and two NSCN (K) activists at
Super Market area, Mon.
On February 26, one NSCN (I-M) activist and three civilians were arrested along
with one AK-47 rifle and two 9mm pistols. Another “NSCN (U)” activist was
arrested by the Assam Rifles along with Rs.24,000 and demand notes and
incriminating documents.
The Assam Rifles also evicted a group of NSCN (K) activists from Yanongyimsen
and another group of NSCN (I-M) activists from Samjuram. .
.more…

3 Corps GOC reviews security
situation in Nagaland(SEN_27_2_k8)
KOHIMA, Feb 26: Lt Gen M S Dadwal, General Officer Commanding (GOC),
3 Corps, today reviewed the security situation in Nagaland prior to the Assembly
elections in the State on March five.
A Defence release issued here stated that Gen Dadwal arrived at Kohima yesterday
and was received by Maj Gen K S Sethi, Inspector General of Assam Rifles
(North), who briefed him on the present scenario and the AR’s preparations in
view of the forthcoming Assembly elections in the State.
Later, the GOC interacted with the Commandants of the AR battalions under orbit
of Headquarters five Sector in Nagaland and instructed them to deal firmly with
the situation and ensure proper security within the state prior to elections. He
said no armed movement of cadres in civilian areas would be tolerated and
stringent action will be enforced to curb the same. .
.more…

 

AR
cracks whip in Nagaland
(SEX_27_2_k8)
NSCN cadres held with arms, cash

Newmai News Network
Kohima, Feb 26: The Assam Rifles, during the last few days of intensified
patrolling, to ensure environmental security during the forthcoming election has
nabbed four underground cadres along with five arms, ammunition and cash
amounting to Rs 22.24 lakhs.
Confirming the report today in Kohima, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the
Inspector General of Assam Rifles-North (IGAR-N), Major Pallab Chaudhury issued
a statement stating that Assam Rifles have intensified security all over the
State with increased patrolling of vantage points, establishing Mobile Vehicle
Check Posts (MVCPs) and frisking of vehicles which have already yielded results.

AR troops in collaboration other security agencies are carrying out combing
operations day and night to ensure no underground elements are able to carry out
any nefarious activities which lead to harassment of the innocent civilians. .
.more…

 

AR
continues action against erring cadres (IFP 28_2_k8)

Kohima, Feb 27: Acting on the standing order against the movement of armed
underground cadres in public and populated areas and with a view to maintain the
law and order situation during period of Nagaland General Election, the Assam
Rifles have nabbed 11 armed underground cadres with nine arms and confiscated
liquor in separate incidences since Tuesday night from various parts of Nagaland.
A statement issued by PRO Inspector General of Assam Rifles (North) stated that
the round the clock vigil, aggressive patrolling and MVCP (Mobile Vehicle Check
Post) has been yielding continuous results, as a result of which MVCP of 31 AR
intercepted suspiciously moving Gypsy vehicle regd. No. NL 07 1488 at Dimapur
leading to arrest of four NSCN-IM cadres identified as SS Lt Asa, Ayo, Ashi and
Aching. The Assam Rifles also recovered one 9mm pistol, two Chinese made hand
grenade and live rounds from the cadres who were subsequently handed over to
police. ..more…

2 killed in Tuli
violence(NPT_28_2_k8)

Dimapur, Feb 27 (NPN):  Two persons from Kangtsung village were killed in a
pre-poll violence at Tzudikong town of Mokokchung district on Tuesday. The
victims were later identified as Talisubo and Yangersenba.
While sources from the NPF at Tzüdikong claimed that the attackers who were
supporters of Independent candidate T.Tali had attacked the house of the NPF
candidate L.Temjen Jamir, the Kangtsung Reonsanger Putu Menden, on the other
hand said the incident occurred when the NPF supporters attacked the supporters
of the Independent candidate. According to the Kangtsung Reonsanger Putu Menden
(KRPM), the two were gunned down by one Sentisenba, a kabor of NSCN (I-M) and
Rongsennungsang of NPF of Wameken village with sophisticated weapons. .
.more…

 

12 held in operations by
AR(NPT_28_2_k8)

Dimapur, Feb 27 (NPN): In its ongoing security operations
to ensure a free and fair election, the Assam Rifles arrested 12 more persons
including nine from the rival factions of NSCN along with arms and ammunitions
on Tuesday and Wednesday.
A defence release said four NSCN (I-M) activists were arrested from a Maruti
Gypsy (NL-07-1488) at Ura in Dimapur on Wednesday. Those arrested were
identified as “Lt” Asa Tangkhul, Ayo Tangkhul, Ashi Tangkhul and Aching Tangkhul.
One 9mm pistol, two Chinese hand grenades and some live cartridges were
recovered from their possession.
In another incident, four more NSCN (I-M) activists were arrested from a Maruti
Gypsy (NL-08-0703) at Piphema on Tuesday along with two pistols and some live
cartridges.  The arrested activists were identified as “Lt Col” Dhani Chakhesang,
“Pvt” Koke Kahinuah, “Pvt” Kokvelo and “Pvt” Seyie L Chakhesang.
In another incident on Wednesday, the Assam Rifles arrested an NSCN (K) activist
in Tizit. Two others, both civilians, were also arrested by the force along with
a stolen vehicle at Mangkolemba and three country-made riffles and two crude
bombs were recovered from their possession. .
.more…

 

PM:
Centre for honourable settlement to Naga problem
(SEN_28_2_k8)
KOHIMA, Feb 27: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the UPA
Government would succeed in its efforts to find an honourable settlement to the
decades-old Naga problem.
Singh said his Government had been engaged in purposeful dialogues with the
“disaffected groups” in Nagaland to find a lasting solution to the problem of
the north-eastern State.
Addressing a well-attended election rally here, the Prime Minister said:
“Development requires peace, stability and security, and we alone are sincerely
committed to bring a lasting peace to the region, in particular Nagaland”.
‘‘We have been open and liberal in our approach and are hopeful that we will
succeed in our efforts towards finding an honourable solution,” he said. .
.more…

 

AR
intensifies security operations in Nagaland
(SEN_28_2_k8)
KOHIMA, Feb 27: With the aim of providing security for the forthcoming
election Assam Rifles have intensified the security operations all over the
State. Increased patrolling occupation of vantage points establishing MVCPs and
frisking of vehicles including suspected personnel have already yielded results.

AR authorities have sent a clear message to the factions that no armed presence
or movement will be permitted in civilian area.
On February 25 MVCP established by 42 AR at Zubza intercepted suspected NSCN (U)
cadre along with a 7.65mm pistol. This was followed by intensified search which
further led to apprehension of a NSCN (IM) cadre with one AK-47 riffles at Kuki
dolong. Mobile area domination patrol of 37 AR apprehended two NSCN (K) cadres
in uniform from Mon super market area. On February 26 officer led patrol of 18
AR apprehended one NSCN (IM) cadre and three civilians along with 01 AK-47, 02
9mm Pistol. Operation led by 31 AR apprehended a NSCN (U) cadre along with Rs
2,4000 in cash besides several extortion notes and documents. .
.more…

 

Assam
Rifles nab 11 militants(AST_29_2_k8)
Newmai News Network
 KOHIMA, Feb 28 – The Assam Rifles have nabbed 11 armed underground cadres with
arms and also confiscated liquor in separate incidents since Tuesday night from
various parts of Nagaland.
A statement issued by Assam Rifles stated that the round the clock vigil,
aggressive patrolling and ‘Mobile Vehicle Check Post’ has been yielding results.
AR intercepted a Gypsy vehicle at Dimapur leading to arrest of four NSCN-IM
cadres. The Assam Rifles also recovered one 9mm pistol, two Chinese-made hand
grenades and live rounds from the cadres who were subsequently handed over to
police.
The AR also arrested a NSCN (K) cadre from Tizit and handed him over to the
Police while 30 AR patrol at Mankolemba intercepted a moving vehicle and
apprehended two individuals with three country made rifles, and two crude bombs
today. The vehicle which was reportedly stolen was also handed over to Police. .
.more…

General Kapoor reviews
security(NPT_29_2_k8)

Dimapur, Feb 28 (NPN): Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Gen. Deepak Kapoor,
reviewed the security situation in the State with senior officials of the Army
and Assam Rifles in Kohima on Thursday.
A defence release said on his arrival in Kohima, the General was received by GOC
3 Corps, Lt Gen M.S. Dadwal and IGAR (North) Maj. Gen. K.S. Sethi. The release
said the General was briefed of the security situation in view of the March 5
polls in the State and prevailing security situation in South Assam.  .
.more…

AR arrests 13,
recovers Rs.21 lakh(NPT_29_2_k8)

Dimapur, Feb 28 (NPN): Continuing with its stepped up operations against
movement and activities of armed elements in order to ensure free and fair
polls, the Assam Rifles on Wednesday arrested 13 more persons the included ten
from two underground factions besides recovering a huge quantity of arms and
ammunitions including  a cash of Rs.21 lakh in separate incidents on Wednesday
and Thursday.
A defence release said a joint team of army, IRB and Assam Rifles arrested one
Khrope Nagachu from a hideout along with a huge cache of explosives, assorted
ammunitions and war-like stores. The release said the hideout was used by NSCN
(I-M) activists.  Earlier on Wednesday, the Assam Rifles raided a house in Burma
Camp here and arrested two NSCN (I-M) activists, later identified as Sachemi Cd,
judicial secretary, and Aching Kami, deputy secretary, Chaplee along with two
Beretta Pistols, several live rounds and incriminating documents. A Bolero and
an Alto were also seized. ..more…
 

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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.
.
.more…


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.
.
.more…

 


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.
..more…

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. .
.more…

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. .
.more…

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. .
.more…

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”.
.
.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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Insurgency Manipur, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 13, 2009

Shop owner in hospital after being shot by suspected UGs

Shop owner
in hospital after being shot by suspected UGs (IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 3: A 27 years shop owner was hospitalised
after he was shot at by two unidentified gunmen suspected to be UGs yesterday
evening at Kakwa bazar under Singjamei police station.
The injured man, identified as Konthoujam Pilot of Singjamei Thongam Leikai was
reportedly shot with a single bullet at his left thigh by two unidentified
gunmen inside his shop at Kakwa bazar at around 7.15 pm yesterday without citing
any reason.more…

UG held from RIMS guard room
(IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 5: An activist of the underground RPF/PLA was
nabbed by a team of the Imphal east police commandos this afternoon from the
guard room of the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, RIMS maintained by a
private security firm.
The arrested man is identified as Laishram Lincoln, alias Thoiba, alias Nikolai,
alias Naokhomba, 37, of Kakwa Naorem Leikai, at present staying at Naoremthong
Khullem Leikai. He is said to be a self-styled sergeant major of the outfit.
A 9 mm pistol with three live rounds were recovered from his possession.
.more…

School protests UG monetary
demands (IFP,7-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 6: Students and teachers of the Little Master
English Higher Secondary School carried out a mass sit-in protest at their
school today, unable to bear multiple threats and monetary demands from militant
groups.
Some 600 students and teachers of the school participated in the demonstration
that started from 11 in the morning and continued till 4 pm.
Placards and banners with slogans reading, `Make education a free zone`, `save
students` lives`, `no demand on school`, etc were displayed.
According to school authorities, the school has been facing demands from at
least two underground groups. One group reportedly reportedly demanded that the
school authorities purchase five Nokia N95 handsets for them, while the other
has made a demand for Rs 5 lakhs.
.more…

Not PREPAK (IFP, 8-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 7: The underground PREPAK has clarified that
it had nothing to do with the reported demands made upon the Little Master
English Higher Secondary School by self-styled cadres of the PREPAK (VC).
A statement issued by Aheiba Angom, in-charge, department of publicity and
propaganda of the outfit said the PREPAK is not involved in either demanding
purchase of mobile handsets or cash from the school authorities.
It also stated that there is no group called the PREPAK (VC), and said the act
is the handiwork of a gang group whose intention is to project the PREPAK as a
faction-ridden group..more…

Ex-UG slain at Lamlai(IFP,
8-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 7: Some unidentified persons suspected to be
underground activists shot dead an ex-cadre of the UNLF at Lamlai Makha Leikai
last night under Lamlai police station. The body of the deceased, identified as
one Yengkhom Sanjit alias Bobby alias Moramba, 40, of Kharasom Awang Leikai. was
found at Lamlai Makha Leikai Phura Makhong this morning.
.more…

Police reap grim crop in
multiple encounters (IFP, 8-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 7: At least five suspected militants were
killed in three separate shoot out incidents involving the Manipur police
commandos of Imphal west and east on Thursday with recovery of weapons, grenades
and ammunitions.
Four of the suspected militants were killed by the Imphal west police commandos
at Samurou under Wangoi police station and Kameng under Lamshang police station
while Imphal east commandos killed one at Thambalkhong area under Porompat
police station.
Reports said that late tonight around 10.45 pm, three suspected militants were
shot dead by a team of Imphal west commandos in what source said was an
encounter at a open space situated between two bridges on the Mayai Lambi road
near Samurou..more…

UGs held(SEX, 9-2-08)
Based on specific information a combined team of CDO Imphal East and
32 Assam Rifles conducted a frisking and checking operation yesterday at
Kwakeithel and arrested one PLA activist identified as Maibam Arun alias Kumar
Meitei (40) of Kwakeithel Lamdong.
.more…

 


Trade Fair banned
(SEX,
9-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 8:
Following presentation of a dance number on a Hindi film music by a student of
the Blue Ocean, Keishampat at the National Imphal Trade Fair being held at Hatta
Kang-jeibung yesterday, the proscribed RPF has asked the organisers to close the
fair immediately. Complying with the instruction, the organisers have closed the
fair today. The fair was opened yesterday.

.more…

 


MPA details battles with SF on its
21st Raising Day-I
(SEX,
9-2-08)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 8: On the
occasion of the 21st raising day of the Manipur People’s Army (MPA) which falls
on February 9, the Military Affairs Committee (MAC) of the proscribed UNLF has
extended revolutionary salute and best wishes to the people of the land.
In a statement, the MAC appreciated and hailed the words and deeds of support
given by the people of both hills and valley to the MPA in their battles against
the security forces.
It also conveyed special regard to the people of Dingpi and Khengjoi areas for
their steadfast solidarity with the UNLF/MPA in the face of relentless onslaught
and excesses committed by security forces for the last many years.

.more…

 


 MPA’s war against
security forces(SEX, 16-2-08)

Since November 15, 1991 when the UNLF’s
armed wing MPA launched its first armed attack against security, the MPA has
undertaken more than 150 armed attacks till date.
In the ambush undertaken at the hills to the West of Lamangdong, better known as
Lamdan Ambush, five CRPF personnel were killed besides confiscating five weapons
and two RT sets.
There were some attacks against State forces compelled by certain circumstances
just to confiscate their weapons. However, in accordance to a specific policy of
the party, no more attacks were launched against State forces to confiscate
their weapons after 1999.
Other than gun battles that ensued when security forces launched offensive in
its base areas, the MPA has undertaken many outstanding ambushes. So far, the
MPA has been able to confiscate more than 170 weapons of different sizes from
security forces including State force.
Asserting that the MPA has been fighting with all its strength to expel central
security forces from Manipur in close coordination with the people of the State,

In the early part of 2005, security forces made an offensive under Operation
Tornado in the base area of MPA’s 292 Bn (then known as MTF) at Churachandpur.
Against the offensive, the MPA fought several battles in close cooperation with
the Kuki people of the area. In the history of their offensive in the Indo-Burma
region, those battles proved most expensive to the security forces as they
suffered huge casualties, claimed the MAC.
Altogether 60 security personnel including a Lieutenant Colonel were killed in
the battles of Operation Tornado.

.more…

 


Ex-UG slain
(SEX,
10-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 9:
Unidentified gunmen shot dead an activist of the proscribed PREPAK who was out
from jail on bail at his Chinga-makha Sorokhaibam Leikai residence under
Singjamei Police Station at around 4.15 pm today.
The victim has been identified as Sorokhaibam Tomba alias Surjit (30) s/o (L)
Nilamani.
Interesting, Tomba was the same person paraded before mediapersons by the cadres
working under Imphal East commander James, in-charge of Kangla of PREPAK on
February 7 for allegedly collecting money in the name of the outfit.
Another person from the same locality identified as Sorokhaibam Imotomba alias
Surjit had also been asked to surrender within February 15 for his alleged
involvement in the same case.

.more…

 


AR nabs(SEX, 10-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 9: Based on specific information troops of 34 Assam
Rifles of 9 Sector under Hqs IGAR (S) launched operation in the general area of
Icham Khunou and apprehen-ded one PLA cadre today, said a PRO IGAR (S) release.
Identifying the arrested persons as one SS L/Cpl Thongjam Inoucha Singh alias
Angamcha (38) s/o Th Bira Chand of Icham Khunou and the captive’s Army No as
1508, the PRO informed of handing over Inoucha to Yairipok police station today
itself..more…

 


MPA celebrates(SEX, 10-2-08)

Floral tribute to departed cadres, conveyance of the chairman’s goodwill
message and presen-tation of armed action report marked the 21st anniversary
celebration of the proscribed UNLF’s armed wing – Manipur people’s Army (MPA)
today.According to a statement released by the outlawed outfit’s senior
publicity officer Ksh Yoiheiba the anniversary celebration was held at the
general, battalion and tactical headquarters of the armed group along with the
local populace.more….

Fraud
punished for extortion bid(SEX, 11-2-08)
By Our Staff Reporter
 IMPHAL, Feb 10: A person trying to extort money with forged letter head and
seal of the proscribed KYKL was pu -lled up by the outfit and punished with a
bullet in the right leg. The accused is identified as one Moirangthem Chak-lamba
(22) s/o Muhindro of Khurai Thangjam Leikai.
On the other hand, LK Type Writing owned by one M Thoiba of Khurai Pathabi and a
rubber stamp making unit have been closed indefinitely for manufacturing the
forged seal and letter head..more…

 


UGs arrested(SEX, 11-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 10 : Thoubal Police Commandos have apprehended two
underground activists from different parts of the district yesterday.
According to a statement issued by SP of Thoubal District Th Radheshyam today,
the PREPAK activist identified as Wangkheimayum Boy Singh (35) s/o Churamani of
Yairipok Mayai Leikai was arrested from his own locality at around 9 am
yesterday..more…

 


Ex-UG shot dead(SEX, 11-2-08)
A surrenderee of an UG outfit, absorbed in 4th IRB was shot dead by
some unidentified gun men at Sangaiyumpham under Thoubal police station at about
11.30 am today. The deceased surrenderee is identified as Md Tamol (36) of
Keirao Makting Makha Leikai but staying at Hatta. Bullet marks were observed on
the head of the deceased..more…

Security
personnel nab five UGs (SEX, 19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: Security personnel held five UGs from different locations
in the past two days. Imphal East district commando held a PULF activist during
a search operation conducted at Hatta Golapati area on February 16. The cadre
was identified as Md Firoz alias Yaras (19) s/o Hamidali of Golapati Mayai
Leikai. He joined the PULF under army number 755 in 2007.
The operation was conducted after getting a specific information, a statement
said. On the same day, a combined team of Imphal East commando and 32 Assam
Rifles arrested another cadre from Kshetri Awang Leikai.
.more…

 

KCP (MC)
salutes, sets record straight(SEX, 19-2-08)

 IMPHAL, Feb 18 : The proscribed KCP (MC) has offered revolutionary
salutes to its three cadres who were killed by security forces on February 12
this year at Kongu Chingkhong Sinamkom village.
The three cadres killed in the incident have been identified as Asst Commandant
of the 1st Laljaba unit, Lt Saphaba alias Ning-thoujam Bentaling alias Angouba
(35) of Kairenphabi Mayai Leikai, Sgt Kill alias Yumnam Chand alias Anil Meitei
(33) of Khagempalli Huidrom Leikai and Corp Sanathoi Alias Konsam Sunil of
Phumlou Awang Leikai.
.more…

 

Shot on
leg (SEX, 19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: A 28-year old youth has been hospitalised at RIMS after
being shot at his leg by unidentified gunmen at Haobam Marak Lourembam Leikai
Lairembi Maning under Singjamei Police Station at around 7.05 pm today.
The injured youth has been identified as Chingtham Santosh alias Bung (28) s/o
Binoy of Haobam Marak Chingtham Leikai.
.more…

 

MPA to
observe 21st Raising Day (IFP, 10-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 8: The Manipur People`s Army, MPA, armed wing
of the proscribed United National Liberation Front, UNLF, is observing its 21st
Raising Day on February 9.On the occasion, the Military Affairs Committee of the
UNLF has issued a message extending its greetings to the people of Manipur.
The MAC, in the statement, expressed its profound gratitude to the general
public, through whose support it has been possible to keep up the struggle
against the `Indian Occupational Forces`..more…

UG groups disunited, admits
UNLF (IFP, 10-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 9: In its statement issued on the occasion of
the 21st Raising Day of the Manipur People`s Army, armed wing of the UNLF, the
Military Affairs Committee of the organisation has admitted that despite the
successes achieved by the MPA against Indian security forces, all is not rosy
with the liberation movement, which is facing many critical problems.
In its statement, the MAC observed that the fact that the largest number of
revolutionary groups exist in Manipur should have ideally meant that the
liberation movement is in an extremely strong position. On the contrary,
however, it lamented, even now it is still not possible to build up its united
strength..more…

Suspected UGs kill ex-PREPAK
cadre(IFP, 10-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 9: Unidentified persons suspected to be
underground activists shot dead an ex-cadre of the PREPAK this evening at round
4:10 pm at his home at Singjamei Sorokhaibam Leikai under Singjamei police
station.
The victim, identified as Sorokhaibam Tomba alias Surjit, 32, died at RIMS
hospital this evening at around 4:50 pm. He sustained bullet wounds in the upper
chest and upper abdomen.
As per reports, the victim had recently been pulled up by the PREPAK for
carrying out extortion in the name of the party. He had however been handed over
unharmed to his family yesterday.
.more…

Ex-UG IRB man shot dead
(IFP,11-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 10: A personnel of the Indian Reserved
Battalion, IRB who was said to have joined the force after surrendering from a
militant gruop was shot dead Sunday by suspected militants at Sangaiyumpham in
Thoubal district.
Another youth from Khurai Thangjam Leikai was also shot at the right leg by
suspected militants tonight reportedly at a place in Imphal west.
In the meantime, Thoubal police commandos nabbed two cadres including one
NSCN(IM) working as "tax collector" from the vehicles plying on the highway and
another PREPAK cadre allegedly involved in the collection of money for party
funds..more…

Suspected Kuki militants held
in Moirang (IFP,19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: At least three suspected Kuki militants
were held and an underground camp busted in the wake of an encounter between
security forces and suspected UGs at Wangthrok village under Moirang police
station this afternoon.
Several arms and other material were also reportedly seized from the militant
camp. The UG suspects held were initially said to belong to the KRA but they
were later identified as KNF(MC) cadres.
According to official source, police commandos of the Bishnupur and Imphal west
police forces raided the area this morning following a tip-off that some UG
elements were taking shelter at Wangthrok village.
Upon reaching the village at around 11:30 am, the combined police team was
heavily attacked by unidentified gunmen suspected to UGs, resulting in a
prolonged exchange of fire.
After about an hour, the UGs withdrew taking advantage of the thick jungle and
difficult terrain..more…

Five KRA militants shot dead by
rival outfit (IFP, 24-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: Five militants believed to belong to the
Kuki Revolutionary Army, including its PRO, were killed by suspected militants
of the Kuki Liberation Army, KLA at a spot on the side of the road leading to
Thangal Surung from Ekou Bazar under Saikul police station of Senapati district
on Friday, a report said.
Reports said that the five were shot dead after they were abducted by the rival
group today at around 1.30 pm. A Mahindra brand jeep which was hijacked by the
slain militants was also burnt down by the suspected KLA cadres at the spot.
.more…

Ex-minister escapes from
abductors (IFP, 24-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 23: A
former minister who escaped from the custody of his kidnappers was rescued by
the Thoubal police today.
According to Konsam Tomba who was IFCD minister in the 7th state Assembly and
elected from the Khundrakpam A/C, he was kidnapped by some miscreants identified
themselves to be UKLF activists on February 20 last. However, he somehow managed
to escape from their captivity in the afternoon of next day.
Talking to journalists here this evening, he said after escaping from the
kidnappers, he was in jungle for the last two days rescued by the Thoubal police
today.
.more…

 


MR-AR stand off causes tension at
Kotlien (IFP, 24-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 23: A conflict erupted between the Manipur
Rifles and Assam Rifles today at Kotlien arising out of the latter`s reported
attempt to conduct a verification on the MR personnel posted at Circuit House at
Kotlein.
However, the same was settled after the top officials of both sides intervened
and solved the misunderstanding created between the two armed forces, reports
said.
Reports said that today morning troops of E-Coy of the 16 Assam Rifles posted at
Kotlien (Khonomphai) intruded into the post of the 5 Manipur Rifles guarding the
Circuit House and allegedly attempted to overpower the MR post for conducting
verification of the personnel one by one over the alleged disappearance of some
armed miscreants which the AR were searching for.
.more…

Six UNLF cadres killed in
ambush by AR; Severe blow to UGs, claim SF (IFP, 24-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 23: At least six cadres of the United
National Liberation Front, UNLF were killed when an ambush was laid by the
troops of Assam Rifles early Saturday at Thangbung Minou some five kilometer
south west of from Moreh, the border town with Myanmar, an official report said.
The Assam Rifles also recovered an AK-47 rifle with 50 live rounds, two M-16
with 36 live rounds, one lethod, one lethod fire case, one UBGL with a live
rounds, two pistols with nine live rounds and a radio set from the slain cadres.
Assam Rifles authority who termed the incident a significant breakthrough of the
forces said its troops dealt a severe blow to UNLF in Chandel district after
carrying out the "well planned operation"..more…


IRB jawan killed; extortionist held(NPT, 11-2-08)

Imphal, Feb 10: A surrendered
militant who joined the IRB was shot dead while another activist from the NSCN
(I-M) was arrested in separate incidents, official sources said.
Police said IRB jawan, Md. Tamol, was shot dead by suspected militants who
brought him in the area in a van.

.more…


 


Guarded reaction to peace
talks(TEL_7_2_K8)


Imphal, Feb. 6:

Kuki civil societies have reacted guardedly to the tripartite talks between a
few Manipur tribal militant groups, the state government and the Centre. The
talks are under way in New Delhi since Monday.The organisations have, however,
welcomed steps to usher in peace in the state.

.more…


UNLF belies Somtal
‘success’(TEL_9_2_K8)


Imphal, Feb. 8
:
Within three weeks of the army declaring Somtal a “liberated zone” after
flushing out United National Liberation Front militants from their Chandel
stronghold, the rebel group today claimed that its “bases remain intact”.The
claim was made in a statement issued by the outfit today, on the eve of the 21st
raising day of the group’s military wing, Manipur Peoples Army (MPA). “The
two-month-long offensive by two brigades of Assam Rifles and the army could not
reach our bases,” the “military affairs committee” of the outfit said. The
statement said since November 15 in 1991, when its military wing started an
armed campaign, it has fought 150 “battles” and seized 170 weapons from the
security forces and the state police.

.more…


Protest reveals twin abductions
(TEL_21_2_K8)


Imphal, Feb. 20:

A couple who hold senior positions in
the Manipur works and irrigation departments were abducted for ransom two days
ago but, continuing a befuddling trend, their relatives chose to organise a
belated protest rather than go directly to police. The militant group that
whisked away Ngnangbam Manglemjao Singh, an executive engineer in the works
department, and his wife Shanti Devi, a section officer in the irrigation and
flood control department, on their way to office on Monday has demanded Rs 1
crore in ransom. The twin abductions officially came to light only when
relatives and the couple’s neighbours at Kangla Sangomsang held a sit-in in
front of the gate to the office complex where they work. The police promptly
registered a suo motu case.  Sources said the militants, suspected to be from
the Kuki Liberation Army (KLA), probably intended to abduct only Manglemjao but
took Shanti hostage as well when they found her accompanying her husband to
office in their personal car.

.more…

Ultras
attack residences of 3 Cong MLAs
(AST_17_2_K8)
IMPHAL, Feb 16 – Unidentified gunmen suspected to be militants launched a
series of attacks at the residences of three Congress MLAs in Manipur.
The attacks using guns and bombs on MANITRON chairman Dr Kh Ratan, MANIDCO
chairman N Mangi and sitting MLA M Manindra’s residences came in the past 48
hours.
On February 14 around 8 pm gunmen coming in a four wheeler fired several rounds
of gunshots and lethod bombs targeting sitting MLA of Mayang Imphal Dr Kh
Ratan’s residence in Imphal West district.
There were no casualties in the attack. Two lethods recovered by the police from
the MLA’s house were later destroyed by bomb experts.
.more…

2 shot dead(AST_17_2_K8)
IMPHAL, Feb 16 – Two militants have been killed in separate incidents in
Manipur, official sources said today.
Police commandos spotted two persons moving in a suspicious manner at Minuthong
Hatta area in Imphal East district last night and asked them to stop.
When the two fired at the policemen, the commandos retalitated and in the
ensuing encounter one militant was killed, the sources said.
The other escaped under cover of darkness. One nine mm pistol was recovered from
the victim. .more…

UNLF kills former members for
rape
(AST_19_2_K8)
 IMPHAL, Feb 18 – A major insurgent group of Manipur has shot dead
two of its former members for allegedly raping women. Salam Biren alias Mangal
and Heikrujam Mono were killed at Khordak in Bishenpur district Saturday, United
National Liberation Front (UNLF) spokesperson Ksh Yoiheiba said.
.more…

‘Informer’ shot dead in Manipur(AST_19_2_K8)
 IMPHAL, Feb 18 – A 37-year-old man identified as Takhellambam Mani
alias Sanamani was abducted and later shot dead, claimed to be by Prepak ultras,
at a place in interior Chandel district of Manipur, official sources said today.
Mani was killed yesterday by the gunmen who had earlier abducted him from his
house at Kumbi Wapokpi area in Bishenpur district, the sources said.
.more…

Kuki ultras killed(AST_23-2-08)
 IMPHAL,Feb 22: Five Kuki ultras were killed in an alleged factional
gunbattle in Senapati district on Friday. Police said 5 members of Kuki
Revolutionary Army including its PRO were shot dead at Tera Makhong, near Ekou
Bazar under Saikul PS around 1.30 pm. – Correspondent

 


Six UNLF rebels killed in
Manipur(TEL_24_2_K8)


Major success after Somtal
flush-out

Imphal, Feb. 23:
The Assam Rifles gunned down six militants of the United National Liberation
Front (UNLF) on the Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur’s Chandel district this
morning. Assam Rifles spokesperson Col L.M. Pant said acting on specific
information, troops of the 24 Assam Rifles launched the operation last night.
The encounter took place at a site 5km south of Thangbung Minou near the border
town of Moreh at 4.30am. An AK-47 rifle, two M-16 rifles, a lethal grenade
launcher, one under barrel grenade launcher, two pistols, huge quantity of
ammunition and a radio set were found at the site. The bodies, covered in
fatigues, were later recovered by Moreh police. Their identities were yet to be
established.
.more…


Students rally against
rebels(TEL_24_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 23:
Thousands of students marched on the streets here today to demand a better
academic atmosphere which had been vitiated by “pressures” from militant groups.
Students of 175 private schools participated in the rally organised by the All
Manipur Government Recognised Private Schools’ Welfare Association. Of the
state’s 456 private schools, 202 schools from the four valley districts are
members of this association. The students walked silently through the crowded
streets with placards reading “Make educational institutes a free zone” and
“Make educational institutes a peace zone”. The rally comes in the wake of the
closure of three schools — Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya and Little Master English
School in Imphal West and Manipur Public School in Imphal East — earlier this
year following extortion threats from militant outfits.

.more…

Militants
lob grenade(TEL_26_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 25:
Suspected militants lobbed a hand grenade at the private residence of a Congress
legislator and gunned down two civilians in two separate incidents while
transporters called an indefinite passenger service bandh along the
Imphal-Jiribam highway from tomorrow. Police said suspected militants hurled a
hand grenade at the private residence of Congress member Irengbam Hemochandra
Singh in Singjamei Chingamakha in Imphal West around

8.30pm.
The grenade exploded near the courtyard of the house. However, no one was
injured in the attack. Some minor damage was caused on the compound walls. The
legislator was staying in his official quarters here when the attack took place.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Police said a case has been
registered and investigations were on.

.more…


KYKL reiterates Mayek
diktat (IFP-1-2-k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 31: The proscribed Kanglei Yawol
Kanna Lup, taking a rigid stance on the issue of propagation of the indigenous
Meetei Mayek, has said its earlier directives on the use of Meetei Mayek on
signboards must be strictly followed in the four valley districts.
In a statement issued by its deputy secretary, publicity and research, the
outfit recalled that in its statement issued in August of 2006 outlining its
stance on the use of Meitei Mayek, the KYKL had asked that the Mayek should be
prominently used on the signboards of shops, offices and institutions;
specifically, with the Mayek lettering on top, and twice as big as any other
lettering in English. .more…

KCP (MC) wants fair deal for
the working class(IFP-1-2-k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 31: The
KCP(MC) group has warned all brick field owners in the state to pay their
workers fair wages, not less that the minimum wages fixed by the state labour
department. Speaking to mediapersons somewhere in Churachandpur district,
Laishram Lamyanba, `commander-in-chief`, KCP(MC), said the arbitrary fixing of
wages by brick-field owners, often below the minimum wage rates fixed by the
government amounts to taking away the rights of the labour class, and is taken
very seriously by the group.

.more…

PULF
clarifies(SEX_1_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 31 : The proscribed PULF has today
clarified that there is no one by the name of Bilal Khan in the outfit. In a
statement, the secretary of publicity cell of the outfit, Saroz Khan said that
Md Kalimullah Md Manao alias Amjad and Md Ibungo all of Yairipok Bamon Leikai,
Md Khalique of Yairipok Ningthounai and Md Shahid of Kiyamgei Makha Leikai have
never worked against PULF.

.more…


PREPAK
refutes(SEX_1-2-08)

IMPHAL, Jan 31: Reacting to the police claim
that Lai-shram Chandrakumar alias Michael alias Ibungo (30) of Kongba Laishram
Leikai, Nameirakpam Nilamani (52) of Kongba Ucheckon and Chungtham Thomas alias
Abungcha (36) of Tham-balkhong Wangkhei are cadres of the PREPAK (GS group), the
proscribed PRE-PAK has refuted the claim as false and unfounded.

.more…

Shoot-out
IMPHAL, Jan 31: A brief encounter between
Imphal West commandos and suspected UG cadres took place near Kairang bridge
under Heingang police station at about 1.10 pm today. However, there is no
report of any casualty on either side.

 

KYKL’s
deadline(SEX_1_2_k8)

Stating that though the general secretary of the KYKL had issued a
statement in August 2006 that all shops, institutes and organisations should
display their signboard in Meitei Mayek in more than twice the size of the words
written in English in the four valley districts of Manipur, in a bid to promote
Meitei Mayek, the outfit today said that this instruction has not been followed
by majority of the people. .more…



FGN warns
(SEX_1_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan
31 : Asserting that certain individuals have been collecting money in the name
of the NNC/FGN, in Zeliangrong region, the Midan Peyu of the Zeliangrong region
of the outfit, P Panmei today said that it has entrusted the task of financial
matters to ND Gonmei. In a statement P Panmei said that anyone found collecting
money in the name of the outfit would be pulled up as impostors and given
fitting punishment.

.more…


KCP pledges to uphold peasants’
cause (SEX_1_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 31: The proscribed Kangleipak Co-
mmunist Party (Military Council) has pledged to fight for rights of the working
class (peasants) including those engaged in brick-making firms.
Interacting with reporters somewhere in Chura- chandpur district yesterday,
commander in-chief of KCP (MC) Laishram Lam-yanba asserted that the armed group
had been seriously observing dispro- portionate wages provided to brick farm
workers and others.
Pointing out that low payment to these class of workers is an important factor
for individuals deviating from socially acceptable behaviour, Lamyanba
maintained that the working conditions and benefits thereof would be closely
monitored to weed out any form of discrimination.

.more…

 


PREPAK claims (SEX_1_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 31: The proscribed PREPAK has claimed responsibility for
hurling two bombs and firing several rounds at the residence of Ningombam Gojen
(45) at Thoubal Ningombam Laxmi Bazar on December 29 last year.
A press release issued by the outfit’s Thoubal District Commander Ajit Meitei
accused Gojen of disparaging the revolutionary movement of the PREPAK and
scheming to present the outfit in wrong light to the public.
.more…

 


DHD cadre surrenders(SHT_1_2_k8)

A DHD ‘sergeant’, identified as Montu Haflongbar
alias Andy Dimasa (20), surrendered before East Khasi Hills SP AR Mawthoh on
Thursday. The militant did not deposit any arms.

Three Manipur outfits call
bandh today(SHT_1_2_k8)

Imphal: Altogether three organisations have called for 24-hour
bandhs
for different reasons in Manipur on Friday. The Sadar Hills District
Demand Committee has called for a bandh from Thursday midnight till
Friday midnight demanding district status for Sadar Hills. The committee also
stated that the government should take a decision on the issue during the budget
session of the Assembly, which begins on Friday. The JAC for 5th and 6th IRB
Battalion waiting list candidates has also called for another 24-hour statewide
general strike from 0500 hrs Friday demanding immediate announcement of results.
.more…


Menjor released, Kesho in its
custody, says PULF(IFP_2_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 1: The underground PULF has announced
that it has released the abducted assistant engineer, Sorokhaibam Menjor,
unharmed late this evening.
A statement issued by the outfit said Menjor was released at 6 pm somewhere in
Thoubal district.
The step has been taken in view of appeals from civil society and his family,
but there is no stepping back on the demands raised by the group, the statement
said..more…

Grenade dumped at private
residence (IFP_2_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 1: A hand grenade was deposited by
suspected underground activists at a house belonging to one Laishram
Sharatchandra, son of Ibohal of Kongpal Laishram Leikai under Porompat police
station this morning, apparently in connection with a monetary demand.
The hand grenade was safely disposed of by a team of the state police bomb squad
today at around 11 am by exploding it at a paddy field at Kshetri Bengool after
the family informed the police..more…

Four MU deans released after
brief abduction (IFP_2_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 31: Four deans of different
departments of the Manipur University were reportedly detained by some
unidentified persons suspected to be cadres of an underground group early
Thursday and later released unharmed tonight. The four officials who were
abducted were the dean of department of humanities, O Ibochou, dean of students,
Md Islamuddin, dean of life sciences, PS Jadav and dean of history, Mangsatabam
Jiten. Jiten had taken the charge as the dean on January 21, reports said.
Reports said that they were taken into custody by the miscreants today at around
5.30 am and later released tonight at around 7.30 pm.
.more…

KLO/KLA warns(SEX_2_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 1: Accusing Sapam Gourakeshore of Ko-nthoujam Kangjeibung and
president of Kuki Inpi Mol-tam Area Paosei Kipgen of misusing party fund and sc-heming
against KLO/KLA, the armed group has asked the duo to surrender within Feb 4 to
avoid stringent punishment, according to infor- mation and publicity secretary
Malsawm Kuki, Gou- rakeshore and Paosei adding that they undermined the outfit’s
principle on two earlier occasion apart from misusing the party fund.

KLA sacks
(SEX_2_2_k8)
Imphal, Jan 3: KNO/KLA information and publicity secretary Armstrong
Gangte today said the finance incharge of the outfit’s Div-II identified as J
Singson has been stripped off his responsibility with effect from today. He also
claimed that one Ngamba-wm is the sole person authorised to deal with all
financial matters of the organisation.

RPF/PLA pulls up
cheat(SEX_2_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 1: Along with pulling up a man who allegedly issued a
statement through the media in the name of RPF/PLA to save his son who was
involved in misbehaving with a family returning home from Silchar on January 11
last, the proscribed outfit has given 7 days time to the son to surrender and
has warned of stern action if he fails to do so. The man identified as Oinam
Kunje was paraded before mediapersons somewhere in Thoubal district today and he
confessed to the charges..more…

 


Sidhu hints at truce with militant groups(TEL_2_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 1:
Manipur Governor Shivinder Singh Sidhu focused on the problem of insurgency in
his address to the members of the state Assembly today, stating that some
militant groups had responded positively to the call for peace talks. Sidhu
began his address on the first day of the brief session with a call to “youths”
who had taken up arms to come forward, lay down arms and adopt a democratic and
peaceful means for resolution of issues. “I am happy that some militant groups
have responded positively to the initiative of the government for (peace)
talks,” Sidhu told the House.

.more…


UG cadres held(SEX_3_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 2: Based on specific information,
troops of 39 Assam Rifles of 9 Sector under HQ IGAR (South) launched operation
in general area of Sagolband Heinoubok and apprehended one UNLF cadre yesterday.

Identifying the arrested cadre as SS Cpl Somen alias Ningaidaba (20) s/o late S
Daneswor of Sagolband Heinoubok (army no. 1975), PRO Assam Rifles in a statement
informed that the arrested cadre has been handed over to Lamphelpat Police
Station today.
.more…

 

KLO/KLA claims hand in
attack(SEX_3_2_k8)


IMPHAL, Feb 2: The armed outfit KLO/KLA has claim-ed the responsibility for the
yesterday’s bomb attack at the Kongpal Laishram Lei-kai residence of contractor
Laishram Saratchandra. Information and publicity secretary of the Kuki outfit
Malsawm Kuki said that the bomb attack at the residence of Saratchandra
yesterday was he first warning against him.

.more…

 


 PULF releases abducted engineer
(AST_7_2_K8)
 IMPHAL, Feb 6 – Manipur electricity department engineer Naorem Keshwar
Singh who was abducted by the proscribed People’s United Liberation Front (PULF)
on January 31 was released unharmed on Tuesday night, a late report said.
Keshwar,a resident of Kakching Senapati Wairi Leikai in Manipur’s Thoubal
district was released by his captors somewhere in the district, barely three
hours after the end of the 12-hour general strike called in protest over his
abduction.The general strike concludes at 5 pm.
Reports said Keshwar was handed over to members of the Joint Action Committee
formed in connection with his abduction by cadres of the PULF. It may be
recalled that Keshwar, an assistant engineer posted in the electricity
department’s Kakching subdivision was abducted by unidentified gunmen on January
31 afternoon from his office. .more…

Mithamana traders tonsured as
penalty

IMPHAL, Feb 2: In continuation of its drive
against to- bacco products, the central bureau of the Division-VI of the
proscribed RPF/PLA has pulled up and tonsured heads of two women who were
trading in Mithamana on the sly.
The two women who were penalised and subse-quently released after giv- ing
proper advice against selling tobacco products in future are identified as
Laishram Ongbi Inaotombi Devi (30) w/o Ibomcha of Thinungei Makha Leikai and
Laishram Ongbi Rashe-swori Devi (38) of Ning- thoukhong Mathak Ward no. 3.

.more…

 


RPF impostors pulled up

 IMPHAL, Feb 2: Two individuals accused for
thrashing nine labourers at Man-gol Garden, Leimaram Waroiching by posing
themselves as RPF/PLA cadres last night have been pulled up by the outfit.
The two assailants are identified as Ningthoujam Sanatomba alias Ingocha (22)
s/o Gouramani of Lei-maram and Leichonbam Brajamani alias Jiten (23) s/o Amu of
Leimaram War-oiching.
.more…

 


Out from PULF’s custody, Menjor
tells his side of the story

IMPHAL, Feb 2: AE of Thoubal Division PWD
Sorokhaibam Menjor, who had been in the custody of PULF for five days, has
categorically stated that sub- ordinate staff in the Works Department are
suffering as fallouts of the inability and failurea of the higher authorities of
the Department to resolve the problems that arise from time to time.
Menjor was released from the custody of the armed outfit PULF yester-day after
being held captive for five days.
Addressing a press conference in this connection with his abduction at his
Charangpat Mayai Leikai residence today, Menjor observed that the officers who
are above the rank of EE can enjoy escort protection and they are also give
resi-dential quarters in places where there is no lack of security.

.more…

 


Menjor released, Kesho in its
custody, says PULF (IFP_4_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 1: The underground PULF has announced
that it has released the abducted assistant engineer, Sorokhaibam Menjor,
unharmed late this evening.
A statement issued by the outfit said Menjor was released at 6 pm somewhere in
Thoubal district.
The step has been taken in view of appeals from civil society and his family,
but there is no stepping back on the demands raised by the group, the statement
said..more…

Wife plea to free
engineer(TEL,5-2-k8)


Imphal, Feb. 4:
The wife of assistant
engineer Naorem Kishore today appealed to the Peoples United Liberation Front (PULF)
to release her husband, while employees of the Manipur power department’s
headoffice staged a sit-in here against the incident. “My husband is innocent.
Please release him without any harm,” said Naorem Premila Devi. The Umar Farooq
faction of the PULF had abducted the engineer on January 31 in retaliation to
the department’s failure to meet its “demands.” The residents of Kakching in
Thoubal district, where Kishore lives, formed a joint action committee and
threatened to launch an agitation if the government failed to rescue him.

.more…


Suspected UGs kill ex-PREPAK cadre
(IFP_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 9: Unidentified persons suspected to
be underground activists shot dead an ex-cadre of the PREPAK this evening at
round 4:10 pm at his home at Singjamei Sorokhaibam Leikai under Singjamei police
station.
The victim, identified as Sorokhaibam Tomba alias Surjit, 32, died at RIMS
hospital this evening at around 4:50 pm. He sustained bullet wounds in the upper
chest and upper abdomen.
As per reports, the victim had recently been pulled up by the PREPAK for
carrying out extortion in the name of the party. He had however been handed over
unharmed to his family yesterday.
.more…

Ex-UG slain at Lamlai
(IFP_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 7: Some unidentified persons
suspected to be underground activists shot dead an ex-cadre of the UNLF at
Lamlai Makha Leikai last night under Lamlai police station. The body of the
deceased, identified as one Yengkhom Sanjit alias Bobby alias Moramba, 40, of
Kharasom Awang Leikai. was found at Lamlai Makha Leikai Phura Makhong this
morning.
The Lamlai police collected the dead body this morning, and brought it to RIMS
morgue for post mortem. The dead man was found shot in the forehead.
.more…

 


Petrol pumps shut to protest bomb attack, monetary demands (IFP_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: Petrol black marketeers had a field day on Monday following
the closure of petrol pumps across the state in protest against attacks on oil
pumps by militants and huge monetary demands made upon such pumps.
The closure of all oil filling stations in Manipur for the day was prompted by a
grenade attack upon the Tuks and Bon oil pump located at Hatta Minuthong in
Imphal on February 7 evening that caused some moderate damages at the oil
station.
The attack is believed to have been carried out on account of non-fulfilment of
monetary demands made upon the petrol pump owners by a particular militant
group..more…

Ex-UG IRB man shot dead
(IFP_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 10: A personnel of the Indian
Reserved Battalion, IRB who was said to have joined the force after surrendering
from a militant gruop was shot dead Sunday by suspected militants at
Sangaiyumpham in Thoubal district.
Another youth from Khurai Thangjam Leikai was also shot at the right leg by
suspected militants tonight reportedly at a place in Imphal west.
.more…

PREPAK refutes(SEX_12_2_k8)
The proscribed PREPAK has strongly refuted the claim of the police that W
Boy Singh (35) of Yairipok Pichi Makha Mayai Leikai who was arrested by Thoubal
police comman-dos on February 9 from Yairipok Pichi is a member of the outfit.
.more…

 


Pumps closed for the day in protest(SEX_12_2_k8)

In protest aqgainst the bomb attack by unidentified armed persons at Tuks
and Bons Oil Pump located at Hatta Golapati on February 7 and similar other
threats to other oil pumps, all the fuel stations in the State remained shut for
the day today. In place of long queues waiting to fill petrol or diesel in their
vehicles like on any other day, festoons
.more…


Booklet details MPA’s action since
formation(SEX_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11 : To co-incide with its 21st Raising Day on February, the
proscribed UNLF has published a booklet, in multi-colour complete with pictures,
detailing the actions taken up by its armed wing, MPA, till date.
The MPA which was formed on February 9, 1987 launched its first offensive at
Lamdan in Tamenglong district and seized a number of weapons from the CRPF
November 15, 1991, said the booklet and detailed the weapons seized as three
SLRs, one LMG, one 9 mm Browning Pistol and two RT sets.
.more…

Five CRPF personnel were also killed, it added.

 


One gives in to
PREPAK(SEX_12_2_k8)

By Our Staff Reporter
 IMPHAL, Feb 11 : Responding to the warning of the proscribed PREPAK’s Imphal
West commander in-charge Kangla, Sorokhai- bam Imotomba alias Surjit of
Chingamakha Sorokhaibam Leikai surrendered to the Home department of the party
yesterday.
Parading Imotomba before media persons at a location in Senapati district, a
spokesperson of the party accused Imotomba of extorting Rs 2000 from a bakery
located at Sorokhai-bam Leikai in collusion with one Sorokhaibam Tomba alias
Surjit belonging to his locality in the name of the outfit. The duo also
extorted Rs 5000 and Rs 1000 respectively from two steel shops located at
Singjamei Ma-yengbam Leikai and Wai- khom Leikai.
.
.more…

 


Five killed in militant related
incidents (IFP_13_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 12: At least five persons were killed in militant related
incidents in the past 24 hours in the state.
In separate incidents that may be related, two persons were found shot dead by
unknown persons suspected to be UGs at Phoubakchao in Imphal West and Hiyanglam,
in Thoubal district, this morning.
Three suspected militants were also killed in in a gunbattle between cadres of
two underground groups Sinam Kom village at Saikhul sub-division of Senapati
district. ..more…

 
Suspected UGs kill ex-PREPAK
cadre(IFP_13_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 9: Unidentified persons suspected to be underground activists
shot dead an ex-cadre of the PREPAK this evening at round 4:10 pm at his home at
Singjamei Sorokhaibam Leikai under Singjamei police station.
The victim, identified as Sorokhaibam Tomba alias Surjit, 32, died at RIMS
hospital this evening at around 4:50 pm. He sustained bullet wounds in the upper
chest and upper abdomen. ..more…

 


Centre approves state govt`s
proposed modifications to ground rules for ending hostilities with Kuki
militants (IFP_13_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: In a significant development in the context of the on-going
suspension of operations (SoO) between Indian security forces and certain Kuki
militant groups in the state, the Union ministry of home affairs has given its
approval to the modifications proposed by the Manipur government in the draft
ground rules that would govern such suspension of operations.
According to a highly reliable source, the state government had suggested the
inclusion of two particular conditions in the draft ground rules, viz. that the
underground groups undertaking the SoO will abide by the Constitution of India,
the laws of the land and territorial integrity of Manipur, and that designated
camps will not be located close to populated areas and national high ways, or
within 20 km from the international border, or the inter-state boundaries. .
.more…

 
Peace march

IMPHAL, Feb 12:
Young Horizon sponsored ‘Love, Peace and Unity March’ reached Angoori of Jorhat
District today. The march was welcomed by the people of Moriyani with great
enthusiasm yesterday
.
.more…
.

 


UNLF owns up killing of two for
involvement in rape (IFP_14_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 13: The proscribed United National Liberation Front, UNLF, has
owned responsibility for the killing of two persons, namely Salam Biren alias
Mangal, a 2nd lieutenant in the outfit, and one Heikrujam Mono, of Arong Heibong
Makhong on February 11 night.
A statement issued by Ksh Yoiheiba, senior publicity officer of the UNLF, said
Mono was given the death penalty for his involvement in the rape of a girl
earlier this month. ..more…

KCP cadre
held
(SEX_14_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 13: A KCP cadre identified as Naoba Oinam (18) s/o Lukhoi
of Moreh ward number 7 has been apprehended by troops of 24 AR from Moreh town
along with a 9 mm pistol today, informed an AR PRO release. The KCP cadre has
been handed over to Imphal West police station along with the seized weapon, it
added.

 


UNLF claims hand in eliminating
two(SEX, 14-2-08)

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 13 : The proscribed UNLF has claimed responsibility for killing
MPA’s 2nd Lt Salam Mangal alias Biren s/o S Chandumba of Keibul Lamjao Mayai
Leikai and Heikrujam Mono s/o H Chinguba of Arong Heibong Makhong.
While Mangal was eliminated on February 11, Mono was shot dead yesterday.
A statement issued by the UNLF’s Senior Publicity Officer Ksh Yoiheiba accused
Mangal of violating the party’s principle and indulging in immoral activities.
Following an injury in his hand, Mangal was posted in valley areas to undergo
treatment. But then he started engaging in contract/supply works in association
with some individuals. Even as the party authority cautioned him repeatedly to
stay away from his activities which was against the party policy and lack
approval of the authority, Mangal continued with his activities using a
fictitious name. ..more…

 

 

UNLF owns up
to killing two ‘rapists’(TEL_14_2_K8)


Imphal, Feb. 13:

The United National Liberation Front
(UNLF) today claimed responsibility for the killing of Salam Mangal alias Biren
and Heikrujam Mono who were found dead in Thoubal and Imphal West districts
yesterday. In a statement, Ksh. Yoiheiba, senior publicity officer of the UNLF,
said Mangal was a former “second lieutenant” of the party. He was given “capital
punishment” for anti-party activities, including “sexual exploitation” of
several girls after he retired.
.
.more…

Manipur
Govt to intensify fight against insurgents
(AST_15_2_k8)
 IMPHAL, Feb 14 – Manipur Government has taken up various steps including
strengthening of police stations and planning to set up women police stations
and a "woman commando" force to combat the increasing activities of insurgent
outfits in the State.
The Governor SS Sidhu has said that the government would recruit 3,138
additional manpower in police as a part of the government’s action plan to
control violence in the State. ..more…

IED defused (IFP_15_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 13: A team of the 5th Bn CRPF patrolling along the NH-39 detected
an improvised explosive device, IED, suspected to have been planted by
underground elements on the roadside near the Keithelmanbi police out post this
morning.
Following the discovery of the IED at around 8 am, security forces prevented
movement of traffic in both directions on the highway past the spot, until the
bomb was safely destroyed by personnel of the state police bomb squad at the
spot at around 11:15 am. ..more…

Slain UGs identified
(IFP_15_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 13: The identities of the remaining two of the three cadres of
the KCP (MC) group who were killed in a shootout at Sansenlok village under
Lamlai police station on last Wednesday afternoon were confirmed today.
The two were identified as self style corporal Salam Sunil alias Sanathoi alias
Thoi alias Punshiba 24 son of S. Rajen of Phumlou Mamang Leikai and Ningthoujam
Betanin alias Angouba 30 son of N. Tomba of Kairenphabi.
Both dead bodies were handed over to their respective families by the police
after post mortem at RIMS morgue. .
.more…

 
UG cadres
held
(SEX_15_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 14: Reacting to specific information a combined team of
CDO/Imphal East and 32 Assam Rifles have apprehended three PREPAK cadres and one
PLA cadre today. At around 7 am today a team of CDO/Imphal East arrested one
PREPAK activist identified as Thangjam Momojit alias Tomba of Sagolband Nepra
Menjor Mamang Leikai from North AOC. .
.more…


Four found shot dead all over
(SEX,
15-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 14: In two separate incidents, four persons have been found
shot dead in different places during the last 48 hours.
At Yembumlok under Sapermeina police station (near Tairenpokpi Khunou of Imphal
West district) two persons were found shot dead by some unidentified gunmen at
about noon today.
It is reported that the two were brought there by the gunmen on a motorcycle and
a Honda Activa before they were shot dead. .
.more…

 

Governor
visits ‘free’ villages
(AST_16_2_k8)
 IMPHAL, Feb 15 – Manipur Governor S S Sidhu has visited several villages
earlier controlled by insurgents of Manipur People’s Army (MPA), armed wing of
United National Liberation Front (UNLF), in Chandel district and enquired about
the welfare of the villagers, official sources said today.
Sources said Sidhu, accompanied by Inspector General of Assam Rifles-South
(IGAR-South) Maj Gen B K Chingappa, went to Changjol, S Bongjoy, Bongmang,
Tuitang, Sehlon, Phoilem, M Jamnom, Phoipenkot, Kovang, Khengjoi and others by
helicopter yesterday and discussed with village chiefs about the problems faced
by the villagers. ..more…

IED defused (IFP_16_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 13: A team of the 5th Bn CRPF patrolling along the NH-39 detected
an improvised explosive device, IED, suspected to have been planted by
underground elements on the roadside near the Keithelmanbi police out post this
morning.
Following the discovery of the IED at around 8 am, security forces prevented
movement of traffic in both directions on the highway past the spot, until the
bomb was safely destroyed by personnel of the state police bomb squad at the
spot at around 11:15 am. ..more…

Army, police trade fire with
ultras
(AST_18_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 17 – A heavy exchange of fire between a combined troops of
police commandoes and 15 JK Light Infantry and suspected militants were reported
at an adjoining village in Manipur’s Churachandpur district on Sunday morning.
After the encounter, security forces have nabbed two suspected cadres of a Kuki
militant group along with two weapons, reliable police sources reaching here
claimed. Police said the two cadres were suspected members of KNF(MC). However
details of the incident are yet to be ascertained as there is no report of any
casualty during the course of the 13 minute encounter near Wangthok village,
around 4 kilometre west of Moirang Police station in Bishnupur district, reports
added. ..more…

Left party reiterates
opposition to AFSPA in Manipur (IFP_18_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 17: The Communist Party of India`s general secretary, AB Bardhan
today strongly censured the Indian National Congress for its apparent
endorsement of the demand for integration of Naga-inhabited areas of the
north-east under a single administration in the election manifesto released for
the forthcoming Nagaland elections.
Bardhan, who was speaking at the inaugural session of the 19th state conference
of the CPI, Manipur unit, at the Hapta Kangjeibung, Imphal, today, said the
inclusion of the matter in the election manifesto was in violation of the common
minimum programme of the United Progressive Alliance, UPA, in power at the
Centre. This election gimmick will not have good consequences, he warned. .
.more…

 Suspected Kuki
militants held in Moirang (IFP_18_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: At least three suspected Kuki militants were held and an
underground camp busted in the wake of an encounter between security forces and
suspected UGs at Wangthrok village under Moirang police station this afternoon.

Several arms and other material were also reportedly seized from the militant
camp. The UG suspects held were initially said to belong to the KRA but they
were later identified as KNF(MC) cadres.
According to official source, police commandos of the Bishnupur and Imphal west
police forces raided the area this morning following a tip-off that some UG
elements were taking shelter at Wangthrok village. .
.more…

AR nabs(SEX_18_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 17 : Based on specific information troop of 21 Assam Rifles
launched operation in general area of Korasantabi and apprehended a PREPAK cadre
on February 16, said a release of PRO IGAR (S) today. .
.more…


Bpr cops strike it rich after
fierce gunfight with UGs
(SEX_18_2_k8)
KNF MC activists (SEX_18_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 17 : A commando team of Bishnupur police struck it rich today
as the team led by its SP, K Jayanta busted a camp of the KNF (MC), besides
seizing a huge quantity of the arms and ammunition and arresting two alleged
activists after a fierce gun fight at S Nabin village in Chura-chandpur district
today.
According to police the commandos led by its SP swung into action on receiving
specific inputs of the presence of armed cadres of militant organisations in the
general area of Wantherok village under Moirang PS. .
.more…

 

Cop-rebel
face-off in Manipur(TEL, 18-2-08)


Imphal, Feb. 17:

Police today exchanged fire with suspected Kuki National Front (Military
Council) militants at Wangthrok under Moirang police station in Bishnupur
district this morning.No one was killed in the encounter. The militants had
opened fire on a police team, which went to Wangthrok after a tip-off about
their presence.

K. Jayanta, the Bishnupur
superintendent of police, said around 20 militants were staying in temporary
camps in the area. One loaded gun, three single-barrelled guns and other weapons
were recovered from the site after the militants fled.
.
.more…


Suspected Kuki militants held in
Moirang (IFP_20_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: At least three suspected Kuki militants were held and an
underground camp busted in the wake of an encounter between security forces and
suspected UGs at Wangthrok village under Moirang police station this afternoon.
Several arms and other material were also reportedly seized from the militant
camp. The UG suspects held were initially said to belong to the KRA but they
were later identified as KNF(MC) cadres.
According to official source, police commandos of the Bishnupur and Imphal west
police forces raided the area this morning following a tip-off that some UG
elements were taking shelter at Wangthrok village. .
.more…

Bloodshed
continues…

UG suspect shot dead, another found killed(SEX_20_2_k8)

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 19 : A suspected underground acti- vist was reportedly shot dead by
Imphal West District Police Commandos during an encounter at Kwakeithel
Moirangpurel under Singjamei Police Station at around 7 pm today.
The body has been picked up and kept at the mortuary of RIMS at Lamphel for
identification and needed procedures. .
.more…

 

UGs
nabbed
(SEX_20_2_k8)
Based on specific infor-mation, troops of 13 AR launched an opera-tion in
the general area of Ukhrul and apprehended two suspected KYKL activists from
Gandhi Memorial of the town yesterday. In a statement, PRO ARidentified the
arrested activists as U Surchandra s/o U Tomba of Bishnupur and K Inaocha s/o K
Iboyam of Bishnupur. ..more…


Two suspected UGs gunned
down(IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 19: Imphal west police commandos gunned down a suspected militant
at Kwakeithel Moirangpurel tonight at around 7 pm even as three members of
different underground groups were nabbed by the security forces, a report said.
Unidentified gunmen also shot dead one 22-year old in Churachandpur town early
today. He was later identified as Lamsianthang, son of late Khamkholian of
Tuitangphai village. ..more…

Bomb
defused
(SEX_21_2_k8)
Police bomb experts today retrieved a hand grenade which was left by
unident-ified persons at the residence of one Sapam Bihari at Mayenglup Maibam
Pallou under Mayang Imphal Police Station at around 7.30 am today. Bihari works
as a teacher in a Junior High School. The bomb was detonated safely.


Security personnel nab three UGs
(SEX_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: Acting on a credible information, Imphal West Police
Commandos today arrested two UGs from different locations. Commandos nabbed one
proscribed KCP (MC) activist from Patsoi Oil Pump. He was identified as
Konthoujam Kanta alias Inao (32) s/o K Angou Singh of Sagoltongba Sabal Leikai.
He joined KCP (MC) in February this year under one Khamba alias Nanao (24) of
Sagoltongba Sabal Leikai and now working under one Lanbiba (27) of Finance
section of the outfit. Kanta was assigned to collect money from general public
and shopkeepers. ..more…

 

Militants shot dead(SHT,
21-2-08)

Imphal: Two militants were shot dead in
separate incidents in Manipur, official sources said on Wednesday. Police
commandos attached to Imphal West district police frisking passers-by at
Kwakeithel Moirang Purel area late last night detected two persons moving in a
suspicious manner. (PTI)


Impersonation
(SEX_22_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: One Lun-khel Lenginsang Haokip (18) s/o L Hemkhomang Haokip
of S Kanan Veng, Tuibong, Churachandpur was arrested and handed over to OC
Heingang Police Station for impersonating as one Nehminlun Haokip and appearing
in the recruitment rally of Police Constable (Civil/Male) held at Manipur Police
Training School, Pangei today, informed Chairman of the Re- cruitment Board E
Priyo-kumar Singh in a statement.

 

Unity
march
(SEX_22_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: Volunteers of Young Horizon on their mission to spread
messages of love, unity and re- consolidation in the NE region today reached
Jagrajan in Karbi Anglong district of Assam. According to a release of Young
Horizon the marchers resumed their journey from Kala krishtri Ken- dra of
Golaghat district this morning and passed through the dense jungle of Garam Pani
during the daytime before their arrival for the night’s rest at Jagrajan.

 


PLA cadre held
(SEX_22_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: Based on specific information,
troops of 21 Assam Rifles of 9 Sector apprehended a PLA cadre identified as
Leishram Men-jor Singh alias Nongthang (25) s/o L Ibomcha of Chai-rel Khunou
during the course of an operation launched in the mentioned locality yesterday.
Stating that the SS Pvt’s Army No is 2284, a PRO IGAR (S) release informed of
Menjor being handed over to Kakching police station today.

 

KRA clarifies(SEX_22_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 21:The Kuki Revolutionary Army has clarified that it is
not in any involved in the abduction of TD Department employees Jagat and
Premchand. Moreover the outfit has not abducted any other Govt official, said
its information and publicity secretary Th Misao today.


UNLF claims
(SEX_22_2_k8)
The proscribed UNLF has claimed that five security personnel were
killed while many others were injured in an ambush carried out the MPA at
Muolvaikhup village near Kamjong sub-division of Ukhrul today at about 4.30 pm.
The MPA cadres did not suffer any casualty, claimed the outfit. .
.more…
.

 


Shot dead
(SEX_22_2_k8)
A suspected underground activist was shot dead by Thoubal Police
Comman-dos during an alleged encounter which took place near the gate of
Universal College at Thoubal Wangkhem under Yairipok Police Station at around 6
pm today. ..more…


Army encounter
(TEL,
22-2-08)

Troops of the Assam
Rifles and militants of the United National Liberation Front (UNLF) had an
exchange of fire at Moulvailup, a border village in Manipur’s Ukhrul district
this afternoon, reports our correspondent. A spokesman for the UNLF claimed that
its cadres gunned down four personnel of the Assam Rifles and wounded several
others in the encounter that took place at 2.30pm at the border village under
the Chasad police station of Kamjong sub-division. The spokesman said cadres of
the Manipur People’s Army, the military wing of the UNLF, had a chance encounter
with a large number of troops of the Assam Rifles.
.
.more…


Abee Chiru released with alleged
threat (IFP_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: A youth who was detained by the Assam Rifles after being
picked up from the front of their post at Moreh was released on Wednesday last
with a threat not to disclose that he was detained by them but to say he had
been picked up by the Burmese army.
Seventeen year old youth Abee Chiru, son of Pasoning Chiru of Uran Chiru village
in Lamlai while talking to journalists here today said he was rounded up by the
personnel of the 24 AR posted at Moreh gate no. 2 on January 27 this year while
he was going to Moreh with his uncle. .
.more…

Five KRA militants shot dead by
rival outfit (IFP_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: Five militants believed to belong to the Kuki Revolutionary
Army, including its PRO, were killed by suspected militants of the Kuki
Liberation Army, KLA at a spot on the side of the road leading to Thangal Surung
from Ekou Bazar under Saikul police station of Senapati district on Friday, a
report said.
Reports said that the five were shot dead after they were abducted by the rival
group today at around 1.30 pm. A Mahindra brand jeep which was hijacked by the
slain militants was also burnt down by the suspected KLA cadres at the spot. .
.more…

UG killed, three others nabbed
(IFP_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: Thoubal district commandos killed one and arrested three
undergound activists belonging to various organisations over the past four days.

On Feb 19, at 6.00 am CDO/Thoubal arrested one Prepak cadre Pangambam Ranjit
Singh @ baka @ Inao (26) s/o P Ibopishak Singh of Thoubal Ningomam Utha Leirak
Maning Leikai from Ningombam Utha Leirak. On verification, he disclosed that he
is an active member of the banned organisation PREPAK (VC) group.
On the same day at 10.00am CDO/Thoubal arrested one Lisahm Biten Singh (19) s/o
(L) Meijao Singh of Leigongpal near nongade from Waithou Bazar who on
verification disclosed that he is an active member of the banned organisation
UNLF. ..more…

Manipuri petrol pump
owners protest militant excesses
(SEN_23_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 22: Petrol pump owners have joined a growing band of critics
to protest militant excesses. They recently closed down their establishments
across Manipur in protest against a bomb attack on an oil station. .
.more…

 


Federation refutes
(SEX_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: Referring to the allegation of the proscribed PREPAK that
Field Inspector of Sericulture Department Irong Kesho collected Rs 10,000 each
from 16 farms under Sericulture Project on the pretext of providing loans, the
Imphal East Primary Sericulture Cooperative Federation has clarified that no
money was collected by Kesho.
Speaking to reporters at Press Club today, treasurer of the Federation Laishram
Shyam Sanashabi disclosed that PREPAK warned Field Inspector Irong Kesho to give
in to the outfit on February 11 on the charge of collecting money from
sericulture farms. ..more…

 


KLA/KNO guns down 3 alleged KRA men
(SEX_23_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 22 : Three people including the public relations officer
of the KRA were killed by suspected KNO/KLA cadres at Thangal Surung Tera
Makhong under Saikul police station at about 12.30 pm today.
While the slain PRO is identified as Haopao Chongloi (76) s/o late Lokhopao of
Saikul Bazar, the other four are reported to be students identified as Paoginlal
Hangsing (14) s/o Dempu Hangsing, Lam-goumang Louvhum (14) s/o Henkhopao,
Jangminlal Hangsing (15) s/o Lensad and Seigoulel Khongsai (15) s/o Seilam. All
of them belonged to Tingpibung. .
.more…

 

UGs
arrested from all over
(SEX_23_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 22: Thoubal Police Commandos apprehended one KYKL cadre
identified as Haobam Baba alias Ibungo Singh (30) s/o Late H Manimukta Singh of
Lamjao Tejpur Mayai Leikai from Wabagai Bazar at around 5 am today.
According to SP of Thoubal District Th Radheshyam, on verification, Baba
disclosed that is an active member of KYKL. The SP also informed that two other
UG cadres, one belonging to PREPAK and other to UNLF were arrested from
di-fferent places on Feb 19. ..more…

 

In
custody
(SEX_23_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 22:A staff of the Deputy Inspector of School, Moirang has
been taken into police custody on alleged charge of deduc-ting/collecting
extortion demand money in favour of UGs from the salary of the staff/ teachers
of Deputy Inspector of School Office, Moirang. .
.more…


Identified
(SEX_23_2_k8)
The identity of the UG shot dead by Thoubal Police Commandos during
an alleged encounter near the gate of Universal College at Thoubal Wangkhem
under Yairipok Police Station last night has been established as an activist of
the armed outfit PULF. The slain PULF activist was one Md Alif Khan alias Calvin
(20) s/o Md Ahamed alias Md Ahanba of Yairipok Changamdabi Makha Leikai. .
.more…

 

11 killed
in Manipur shootouts(AST, 24-2-08)
 IMPHAL, Feb 23 – Eleven people, including six suspected United
National Liberation Front (UNLF) insurgents, were killed in two separate
incidents in the state, officials sources said today, reports PTI. Five other
persons were shot dead by suspected Kuki militants in Senapati district of the
state, they said. ..more…

AR, Manipur Rifles lock
horns(AST, 25-2-08)
Newmai News Network
 IMPHAL, Feb 24 – Misunderstanding had cropped up between two groups of security
forces on Saturday at Kotlien, some 30 kilometre from Imphal along National
Highway 53.
The reason for the impasse has been reported as “mis-communication or lack of
communictation” but the incident was averted later following the intervention of
their respective top officials. .
.more…

Bodies of slain UGs brought to
Imphal(IFP_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 24: All the six dead bodies of militants killed by the troops of
Assam Rifles in an encounter yesterday at Thangbung Minou near the international
border were brought to Imphal today by the police for identification.

Even though the Assam Rifles authorities said the slain cadres were those of the
UNLF, police believe them to be cadres of the People`s Liberation Army. .
.more…

Tribunal to give one more
chance to Meitei extremists before banning

them(IFP_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 24: The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal will hold its
sitting on March 10 next to grant one more opportunity to the Meitei extremist
organizations of Manipur to file their affidavits within three weeks before
declaring them as unlawful associations, an official source in the state home
department said Sunday.
Mention may be made that the Union ministry of home affairs, MHA in a
notification issued in the last part of 2007 asked for filing of evidence
affidavits to the effect that they were not to be declared as unlawful
associations under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 which is
amended from time to time. ..more…

RPF greets people on 29th birth
anniversary(IFP_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 24: Irengbam Chaoren, president of the proscribed Revolutionary
People`s Front (RPF) in a message addressed to the public on the occasion of the
"Independence Demand Day" and its 29th birth anniversary greeted the people and
offered homage to those who sacrificed their lives in the cause of the
revolution.
The message also expressed heartfelt regret for the pain caused to the general
public by certain unfortunate incidents in taking forward the revolution.
Life in the once prosperous, independent country has become extremely unsettled
in the wake of the confrontation between the forces that is working to restore
independence on the one hand and the colonial forces on the other continued the
message. ..more…

Six UNLF cadres killed in
ambush by AR; Severe blow to UGs, claim SF

(IFP_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 23: At least six cadres of the United National Liberation Front,
UNLF were killed when an ambush was laid by the troops of Assam Rifles early
Saturday at Thangbung Minou some five kilometer south west of from Moreh, the
border town with Myanmar, an official report said.
The Assam Rifles also recovered an AK-47 rifle with 50 live rounds, two M-16
with 36 live rounds, one lethod, one lethod fire case, one UBGL with a live
rounds, two pistols with nine live rounds and a radio set from the slain cadres.
..more…

MR-AR stand off causes tension
at Kotlien (IFP_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 23: A conflict erupted between the Manipur Rifles and Assam
Rifles today at Kotlien arising out of the latter`s reported attempt to conduct
a verification on the MR personnel posted at Circuit House at Kotlein.
However, the same was settled after the top officials of both sides intervened
and solved the misunderstanding created between the two armed forces, reports
said. ..more…

 


Abducted couple freed
.
(SEX_25_2_k8)

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 24: PWD Surveyor of Works Ngangbam Manglemjao and his wife SO
Ngangbam Shanti of IFCD who have been abducted by a UG group since February 18
have been freed at a place in Ukhrul district at about 5.30 pm today.
The abductors handed over the couple to a relative of Khundrakpam A/C MLA in
front of media persons. ..more…

 

RPF’s
chief greets on outfit’s 29th B’day-I
.
(SEX_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 24 : Acknowledging that nume- rous lives have been lost and
assets and properties destroyed in the war between the Government of India and
the revolutionary outfits, Chairman of the proscribed RPF, Irengbam Chaoren
today said that for the last 30 years, the RPF has been constrained to take up
the armed struggle not because it wants violence but to restore the lost
sovereignty of the land, to oppose the draconian rule, maintain National dignity
of the people as well as to save the lives and properties of the people. .
.more…

 

KRA
decries multiple killings

. (SEX_25_2_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 24: The gunning down of Kuki Revolu- tionary Army’s (KRA) PRO Haopao
Chongloi along with four students at Thangal Su-rung Tera Makhong by activists
of KLA/KNA on February 22 has been strongly condemned by the KRA.
Conveying the outfit’s condolence on the leader’s massacre as well slaying of
the four youths and strongly flaying the KLA/KNA action, information and
publicity secretary (KRA) Th Misao reiterated his earlier contention that Haopao
went to the AR camp at Mantripukhri on that fateful day to discuss the
Suspension of Ope-ration parameter.
Confiding that the ageing Haopao was appointed as KRA PRO to sustain cordiality
between the KRA and Central security forces and used to occasionally visit AR
camps, Misao opined that the AR betraying the relationship and utilising KLA/KNA
manpower to eliminate the KRA link-man cannot be totally ruled out. .
.more…

 

UG
cadres held
(SEX_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 24: Three activists of the proscribed PREPAK
(Shanti group) have been apprehended by Imphal West commandos from Nagamapal
Kangjabi road crossing along with a 9 mm pistol with one magazine loaded with
six live rounds at about 8.45 am today, informed SP Imphal West Clay Khongsai in
a press release. ..more…

 

Leirak,
added the release. Abducted couple freed(TEL_25_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb. 24:
Nungshitombi’s prayers did not go unanswered. The Kuki Liberation Army (KLA)
this evening released her parents unharmed sixdays after they were taken
hostage, at an undisclosed location in Ukhrul district. Ngnangbam Manglemjao, an
executive engineer in the public works department and his wife Shanti Devi, a
section officer in the irrigation and flood control department, were accorded a
warm welcome by meira paibis (women activists) when they reached home at
Kangla Sangomsang in Imphal East at 7.50pm.
.
.more…


Manipur outfit shuns talks
offer(TEL_25_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb. 24:
The Revolutionary Peoples’ Front (RPF), one of the major militant outfits in
Manipur, today reiterated that it would not sit for peace talks. In his message
on the 29th raising day of the RPF today, its president Irengbam Chaoren said:
“The more than 30-year-long battle aims to win back the lost freedom of the
Manipuris. India’s army is killing the Manipuris. No Indian leader takes the
issue of Manipur’s freedom seriously. Under these circumstances, how can we
enter into peace talks?” The outfit observes its raising day, as “independence
demand day” every year.
..more…

Bodies of
slain UGs brought to Imphal(IFP_26_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 24: All the six dead bodies of militants killed by the troops of
Assam Rifles in an encounter yesterday at Thangbung Minou near the international
border were brought to Imphal today by the police for identification.
Even though the Assam Rifles authorities said the slain cadres were those of the
UNLF, police believe them to be cadres of the People`s Liberation Army. .
.more…

UKLF
condemns
(SEX_26_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 25: United Kuki Liberation Front (UKLF) has condemned the
attack and subsequent killing of Haopao Chongloi and four students at Thangal
Surung village and burning of their vehicles allegedly by KNA/KLA in broad
daylight on February 22.
In a statement, secretary of department of information and publicity of the
outfit Th James Bond said UKLF does not believe in fratricidal killing as it
would not bring about any profit to the revolutionary movement. .
.more…

 

KYKL
penalises three impostors

(SEX_26_2_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 25 : The proscribed KYKL has penalised three persons with bullets on
their legs for extorting money from the people in the name of the outfit by
using its forged letter heads. ..more…

 

RPF’s
chief greets on outfit’s 29th B’day-II
(SEX_26_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 25 : Asserting that the Indian leaders will never abandon
their double standard culture, Chaoren recalled how they and many intellectuals
of India had said that Queen Elizabeth II should apologise to the people of
India for the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy in 1919 in which thousands of people were
killed when General Dyer ordered his men to open fire on a group of people
holding a meeting. ..more…

 


Anti-terror appt
(SEX_26_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 25: Chairman of the All India-Anti Terrorist Front, MS Bitta,
a former Cabinet Minister as well as former president of the Indian Youth
Congress has appointed Advocate L Memo Singh, Working President of AIATF,
Manipur State and former president State Youth Congress (I), as the Working
President of Manipur of the All India Anti-Terrorist Front for one year from
February 11, 2008 to February 10, 2009.

KCP
asserts
(SEX_26_2_k8)
Reacting to the statement issued by S Poirou through media on February
24, commander of highway task force of KCP said that the self-styled publicity
and propaganda secretary is not known to the outfit and the content of the
statement was meant to mislead the people and tarnish the image of KCP. .
.more…

 

2 ultras killed(AST_27_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 26 – Two unidentified militants were killed in an
encounter with a team of police commandos and Assam Rifles jawans at Kongba in
Manipur’s Imphal East District, official sources said today.
Militants, travelling in a vehicle, fired at the security personnel when they
were asked to stop for checking last night, they said. .
.more…

UNLF denies army
claim(TEL_27_2_k8)


Imphal, Feb. 26:

The United National Liberation Front
(UNLF) today denied the Assam Rifles’s claim that the six militants killed near
Moreh in Chandel district on Sunday were its members. The troops of the
paramilitary force gunned down six militants and seized a huge quantity of
weapons at Thangbung Minou on the Indo-Myanmar border. The spokesperson for the
Assam Rifles, Col L.M. Pant, claimed that the slain militants were members of
the group. In a statement today, the UNLF said the encounter had nothing to do
with it or its military wing — the Manipur People’s Army (MPA).
.
.more…


UNLF claims re-occupying lost New
Somtal territory (IFP_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 26: The Manipur People`s Army, army wing of the proscribed UNLF
has re-occupied New Somtal, Layang and its surrounding areas from the "Indian
Occupational Force, IOF" claimed the UNLF today.
UNLF`s senior publicity secretary, Ksh Yoiheiba of department of publicity in a
statement today said that the said areas were occupied by the security forces
during the `Operation Somtal-II` launched by them since November last year to
flush out MPA 293 battalion. ..more…

Bomb
retrieved

(SEX_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 26: Police Commandos retrieved a hand grenade which was left
by unidentified gunmen near the gate of the house of Sapam Samjai who is the
finance officer of Manipur University at Thongju Part-II early morning today. In
protest against the incident, Meira Paibis staged a Wakat Meepham at Thon-gju
Pechu ground in the afternoon today. .
.more…

 

Slain
UGs identified

(SEX_27_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 26 : The identity of all the six UGs shot dead by personnel
of 24 Assam Rifles at border pillar no. 75 near T Minou village, 10 kms south of
Moreh Police Station on February 23 have been established and handed over to
their respective families after post-mortem today. .
.more…

 

UKRA
alleges
(SEX_27_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 26: The Uni-ted Komrem Revolutionary Army (UKRA), GHQ has
alleged one S Emboi, tatar of the NSCN (IM), and s/o S Thangkhupmhur of Sagang
village of disbanding the existing Komrem Students’ Union Manipur and appointing
new office bearers of his choice. A UKRA release issued by its information and
publicity secretary SB Kom claimed that S Emboi had threatened KRSUM president
and other functionaries at gunpoint to renounce their respective positions
(posts) apart from forcing the incumbents hand over respon- sibility to
individuals inserted by Emboi. ..more…

 

PULF’s
top gun held
(SEX_27_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 26 : Thoubal Police Commandos have arrested the information
and publicity secretary of the armed outfit PULF (Faroo-que group) identified as
Md Abdul Jabar alias Belal Khan (55) s/o late Mafiju-ddin of Lilong Haoreibi
Mayai Leikai from Lilong Haoreibi Mayai Leikai at around 5 am today.
A caller who identified himself as Belal Khan however said that he is free and
not arrested as claimed. ..more…

 

KNF
(P) man held
(SEX_27_2_k8)
Troops of 57 Mountain Division arrested one KNF (P) cadre while he was
carrying out extortion at Motbung on February 23, said a statement issued by the
PIB (DW) The arrested cadre has been identified as Ngamminlun alias Lulun of
Silsi village, Kangpokpi. One 9 mm Pistol, eight live rounds, Rs 6,500/- in cash
and a LML Scooter were recovered from him. The statement reiterated that no
individual indulging in any illegal activity will be spared irrespective of the
fact that the Army has signed a Suspension of Opera-tion (SoO) Agreement with
some of the Kuki groups . PIB (DW) also clarified that Indian Army has no SoO
pact with KLA since it had split into various groups and has no recognized
leadership. Army has apprehended 42 Kuki insurgents since Jan last year, it
said. ..more…

 

UNLF
derides
(SEX_27_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 26 : Cocking a snook at the claim of the Assam Rifles
that six MPA cadres were killed in an encounter on February 24 at Thangbung
village in Chandel district, the proscribed UNLF today said that the false
information was spread to mislead the public and testifies the growing
frustration of the security forces. In a statement, the outfit said that the
incident had nothing to with UNLF/MPA and added that the information was without
basis. ..more…


Attack on Debendra`s house (IFP
28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Suspected militants attacked a minister`s house in Manipur
with a bomb which failed to explode on Wednesday.
Some suspected militants hurled a hand grenade at the residence of senior
revenue minister, Th Debendra who was in the news during the revolt of dissident
Congress MLAs recently.
The failed attack was carried out by suspected militants at around noon today at
the minister`s residence at Khurai Lairikyengbam Leikai in Imphal east.
Originally Debendra hails from Jiribam bordering Assam but currently he along
with his family reside at Leirikyengbam Leikai. .
.more…

PULF owns up killing (IFP
28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: The publicity cell of the Peoples` United Liberation Front,
PULF today owned the murder of Md Talibur of Lilong Litan Makhong. Md Hussain
Ahmed and Md Ithem of Yairipok Ningthoumanai respectively on February 2 and 25.

A statement of the group signed by its secretary publicity cell, Saroj Khan
while claiming the responsible said that they were given capital punishment by a
mobile team. ..more…

Shops
close
(SEX_28_2_k8)
Following monetary demand from an underground organisa-tion, shops in
Lamlong Bazar shut down their shutters today. The shopkeepers are also staging a
protest sitting at Lamlong Bazar tomorrow. Talking to the media, some of the
shopkeepers disclosed that about 4/5 days back one UG group intimated them to
pay Rs 1000 per month from every large shop, Rs 500 per month from every small
shop and Rs 100 per month from every rented house. .
.more…

 


KLO/KLA claims its hand
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: The KLO/KLA has claimed responsibility for eliminating its
cadre Thangcha Kipgen alias Johny at Rajdoot Hotel, Aizawl on February 25. A
statement issued by the outfit’s information secretary Malsawm Kuki asserted
that Thangcha Kuki was given capital punishment for acting as the head of the
organisation without the knowledge of the organisation and collecting huge
amount of money for his personal benefits. .
.more…

 

PULF
claims killing of Talibur
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: The proscribed PULF has claimed responsibility for killing of
Md Talibur at Lilong Litan Makhong on February 2 and Md Hussain Ahamed and Md
Ithem of Yairipok Ningthounai on February 25.
A press release issued by the outfit’s publicity cell secretary Saroj Khan
accused Md Talibur of working with MI Khan and Umar Farooque group and involved
in extorting money from people in Lilong area. He was also involved in killing
student leader Hanif Shah and injuring Anwari Nurjahan. Saroj Khan further
alleged that Ahamed Hussain was not only instrumental in creating a PULF faction
but was also involved in murdering many civilians on false charges. .
.more…

 

 HNLC’s bandh affects life
in city(SHT_28_2_k8)

SHILLONG: Normal life in the city and other parts of the State came to
a grinding halt during the 12-hour HNLC-sponsored bandh called in protest
against Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s State visit on Wednesday. Educational
institutions, shops and other business establishments downed their shutters and
vehicular traffic was off the road during the dawn-to-dusk bandh. Thin
attendance was recorded in most State and Central Government offices and
financial institutions. ..more…

Rebels attack Manipur
minister’s house(SHT_28_2_k8)

Imphal: Unidentified militants on
Wednesday hurled a powerful grenade at the house of Manipur Revenue minister TH
Debendra Singh in Imphal East district. However, no casualty was reported in the
attack on minister’s private residence, official sources said. Two militants
came on a two-wheeler before Singh’s house at Khurai Lairikyengbam area near
here at around one p.m and hurled the grenade. .
.more…


Suspected militants target Manipur
minister’s house(TEL_28_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb. 27:
Suspected militants today
hurled a grenade at the private residence of law and forest minister Th.
Devendra Singh in Manipur’s Imphal East district, just hours after unidentified
persons fired at the house of an official in the sericulture department in
Imphal West. Devendra Singh was attending an Assembly session when his house at
Khurai Lairikyengbam Leikai was targeted this afternoon. The minister, who is
staying in the government quarters in the high security Babupara VIP colony
here, was not available for comment.
.
.more…


PULF alleges, sets 5 days deadline
from Feb 28
(SEX_29_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 28: The People’s United Liberation Front (PULF) has
identified six employees/officials for their alleged involvement in siphoning
off huge amount of flood relief fund meant for families of certain Thoubal
district areas who suffered immense devastation during the natural calamity of
2003-04.
According to a pULF release issued by its information and publicity secretary Md
Belan Khan an intense investigation launched by the outfit some 4/5 months back
narrowed down upon the six individuals as the main culprits who have been asked
to surrender within five days. ..more…

 


ONK nails one on graft charge
(SEX_29_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 28 : A primary teacher reportedly indulging in bribery to
approve his service has been pulled up by an ONK team of the proscribed KYKL.
The accused primary teacher is identified as Nongmeikappam Dhamen (34) s/o Kunjo
of Mayang Imphal Konchak Heibum Yangbi. .
.more…

 


RPF salutes
(SEX_29_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 28: The proscribed RPF and its armed wing the PLA have
offered revolutionary salutes to Sgt Maj Khaidem Munindro alias Korou s/o late
Kh Ratha of Bishnupur ward no 8, Private Leimajam Naoba alias Chaoba s/o
Radheshyam of Tentha Marongba Leikai, Private Chingakham Basanta alias Jiban s/o
Ch Kerani of Andro Khuman, Private Heikrujam Neta Singh alias Parinaokhomba s/o
late H Bira of Pangei Ibudhou Marjing Mathak, Private Lourembam Joysana alias
Chingsanglakpa s/o Thambou of Takhel Mamang Leikai and Private Samjetsabam
Ranjit alias Chingkhei s/o late Angou of Leimaram Mamang Leikai. .
.more…

 

 

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Insurgency Arunachal Pradesh, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 13, 2009

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‘Insurgents abduct local
youth’(SHT, 6-2-08)

Itanagar: The Wancho Students Union (WSU) on Tuesday alleged that
underground elements were rampantly abducting Wancho youth in the Tirap district
of Arunachal Pradesh. In a statement, the union alleged that about 39 boys had
been abducted so far in the district and some of them being about six to eight
years of age.more…

NSCN(K)
abducts 39 Arunachal youths
(AST_7_2_K8)
 ITANAGAR, Feb 6: Thirty-nine youths have been abducted by insurgent
outfit NSCN (K) from Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh. The youths kidnapped
on January 21 have reportedly been taken to the outfit’s hideouts and training
camps across the Myanmar border, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu said. – PTI

15 abducted youths flee NSCN-K
camp(AST_9_2_K8)

 ITANAGAR, Feb 8 – At least 15 of the 51 youths abducted last month
by NSCN-K rebels from Arunachal Pradesh and taken to training camps in Myanmar
have escaped from there and returned home, police today said, reports PTI. The
remaining 36 youths from Tirap and Changlang districts are being given arms
training by NSCN-K at their camps at Kamka, 40 km inside Myanmar, they said.
Of the 15, some of the boys were earlier set free by the captors after their
parents pursued the rebels and pleaded with them.
The kidnappings came to light soon after the visit of newly-appointed Governor
Gen (retd) J J Singh to Khonsa, headquarters of Tirap district, and Changlang
district last Sunday.
Both Tirap and Changlang are under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in view
of insurgent activities from neighbouring Nagaland and Assam.
.more…

Mass procession against NSCN(K)
abductions»(SEN_12_2_k8)

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Various students’
organizations of Arunachal Pradesh organized a mass procession to protest the
recent kidnapping of 29 boys from Khonsa under Tirap district by NSCN(K)
militants.
The procession was launched at Longding yesterday by the All Tirap Students’
Union (ATSU), Wancho Students’ Union (WSU) and Wancho Cultural Society (WCS) to
voice their protest against the outfit’s activities.
About a thousand people, displaying placards and banners, took out the
procession at the Longding Township area.
Later, a public meeting was also organized where the agitators condemned the
NSCN(K) and demanded immediate release of all the abducted youths.
On January 10, ten youths were kidnapped from Chongkhow village near Wakka, out
of whom, nine were rescued by the villagers.

.more…

 



Protests over NSCN’s demand for recruits
(NPT_15_2_K8)

Itanagar, Feb 14 (IANS): People in Arunachal Pradesh held
protests Thursday after a frontline Naga underground group, accused of abducting
between 39 to 51 boys in January, demanded more recruits from villages along the
border with Myanmar, officials said.

“NSCN has sent notices to 13 villages in Tirap district
asking for 227 more boys to join the outfit, leading to protests in the area,” a
police spokesman said. Officials said about 100 youths have already been
recruited by the faction from Changlang and Tirap districts in the last six
months or so.  Of the 51 that are said to have been forcibly taken away last
month for arms training in Myanmar, 23 are still in the group’s custody while
the rest have either been freed by the rebels or have escaped, the police said.

The NSCN has, however, denied the charges. “We do not
recruit cadres forcibly and these are all false allegations. We have cadres from
Arunachal Pradesh but all of them have joined us voluntarily,” Kughalo Mulatonu,
a senior NSCN leader, told IANS. There have been reports of protests in Tirap
district by local villagers Sunday following the fresh demand for cadres.
.more…

 

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Insurgency Assam, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 13, 2009

Nagas held with arms


Nagas held with arms
(SEN,9-2-08)
From our Correspondent
JORHAT, Feb 8: The police arrested six Naga men and seized an Italy-made 9 mm
pistol, a US-made pistol and 13 rounds of live ammunition at Deberapara under
Deberapara police outpost last night. They were travelling in a Bolero jeep
which has also been impounded. Interrogation of the arrested Nagas is on.
Meanwhile, the police arrested one Sarbeswar Bora in Majuli for giving shelter
to ULFA militants….more…


 



ULFA’s plan to hijack plane foiled(SEN, 10-2-08)
We’re assigned to kill 3 apolitical leaders, confess arrested rebels


By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 9: The Assam Police has claimed to have foiled the plans of the
United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) to hijack a plane from the Gopinath
Bordoloi International Airport at Borjhar in Guwahati and to assassinate the
State’s three apolitical leaders who are vocal against the outfit’s theory of
independent Asom, by arresting the two rebels who were assigned to execute the
two plans by the rebel group. .more…

 


Four ULFA rebels killed
(SEN,
17-2-08)

From our
Correspondent
SONARI, Feb 16: Four ULFA rebels were killed in an encounter with a joint team
of the Army and police at Naharanigaon under Sonari police station in Sivasagar
district in the wee hours today. The Army recovered an AK 47 Rifle, 14 live
cartridges, a 9 mm pistol, four grenades and documents from their possession.

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 One held for sheltering ULFA cadres
(SEN,
19-2-08)

Staff Correspondent
DIBRUGARH, Feb 18: Dibrugarh Police led by Tabu Ram Gogoi, Deputy Superintendent
of Police, raided Pothalibam Teporchali village under Moran Police Station today
and arrested one Chakradhar Bora on charges of providing shelter to a group of
armed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) militants.
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2
Karbi militants killed
(SEN,
7-2-08)

GUWAHATI, Feb 6: Two Karbi
militants were killed by the Army in an encounter in Golaghat district today.
The encounter took place deep inside Nambar reserve forest in the wee hours. Two
Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Force (KLNLF) militants were killed. One AK 56
rifle was recovered from them, Army sources said. UNI


UPDS begins arms training
(SEN,
7-2-08)

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 6: The UPDS has started its arms training afresh after its
leadership refused to renew the ceasefire agreement with the Centre. Talking to
The Sentinel, UPDS organizational secretary T Nongloda said UPDS armed cadres
were against renewing the ceasefire with the Centre at least till February 20.


6 ULFA rebels held in Meghalaya
(SEN,
7-2-08)

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 6: Six ULFA cadres were arrested today in Garo Hills of Meghalaya
by a joint team of Meghalaya Police and the Army. Sources said that the
militants were travelling towards Asom from Garo Hills bordering Goalpara
district of Asom when they were held at a place called Damra,
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DHD(J) unleashes terror
(NPT,


11-2-08)

Diphu, Feb 10: The Black
Widow faction of Dima Halam Daoga (DHD-J), led by its “commander-in-chief” Amol
Hojai of Mourung unit and president Jewel Garlosa, has unleashed a reign of
terror in NC Hills district of Assam in recent time.
According to official sources, the group was responsible for all recent
killings, ambushes, bomb and grenade blasts, extortions, violence, attacks on
innocent civilians and security personnel in the district.
The situation came to such a pass that many government officers and prominent
businessmen had to flee the district for fear of being killed. Among them
included all Block Development Officers (BDOs) of the district and a number of
other senior officials of the State government.
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Centre urged to hold talks
with ULFA
(NPT, 19-2-08)

 Guwahati, Feb 17 (IANS):: A plea for
peace talks between the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the
government has been made even though major reverses were faced by the rebel
group in recent weeks."We call upon both the ULFA and the government to start
peace talks without any preconditions for the greater interest of Assam and its
people," Dhrupad Borgohain, Secretary of the Communist Party of India’s Assam
State Council, said. Borgohain said: "Repressive measures will prove to be
counter-productive and that may plunge the state into chaos."The possibility of
the authorities concerned taking a fresh look at starting peace dialogue with
the ULFA started doing the rounds after Friday’s visit to capital Guwahati by a
high-level central team headed by cabinet secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar.
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Ulfa haven in army’s
sight(TEL_7_2_K8)

Dibrugarh, Feb. 6: The appointment of
a former chief of army staff as the governor of Arunachal Pradesh was the signal
and the Prime Minister’s strategy session with top officials in Lohitpur last
week confirmation of the biggest military offensive against Ulfa in that
state.Top army sources said the plan to drive Ulfa out of its safest sanctuary
in the Northeast was fine-tuned during Manmohan Singh’s recent visit to the
state. Top army commanders briefed him on the strategy at the headquarters of
the 82 Mountain Brigade in Lohitpur. The recent appointment of Gen. (retd) J.J.
Singh as governor is part of the larger plan. The former army chief had a stint
in Arunachal Pradesh before he went on to head the military.The army has
identified five districts for a sustained operation. “Our focus will be on the
districts of Tirap, Changlang, Lohit, Upper Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang
Valley. There will be more intensity in operations in these districts,” a senior
army officer based in that state said.

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Ulfa rebels give police the
slip(TEL_8_2_K8)


Guwahati, Feb. 7:

One of the most wanted Ulfa militants in Upper Assam, involved in the abduction
and killing of social worker Sanjoy Ghose, managed to give security forces the
slip in Majuli today. Pradip Bora alias Rajib Das was one of a group of six
militants taking shelter in the house of one Khogeswar Bora in Dhuachola
village. When police raided the village early this morning, the militants lobbed
a grenade at them and opened fire. Constable Mukul Ali was injured by grenade
splinters.

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Cloud of questions on Assam duo’s
arrest(TEL_10_2_K8)


Guwahati, Feb. 12:

The arrest of a Deccan staffer in
Guwahati on the basis of an Ulfa militant’s claim that the youth helped the
banned group plan a hijack has left a trail of unanswered questions.Police
produced Deccan customer care executive Sumanta Dutta and rights activist Lachit
Bordoloi, arrested on the basis of the same Ulfa militant’s “revelations”, in a
city court today but came up with little to corroborate the information they
claimed to have gathered about the duo’s activities.Dutta was taken into custody
yesterday around the same time that Bordoloi, a member of Ulfa’s handpicked
group of mediators for peace talks, was detained in Moran town and brought here.

.more…


Tea cell rings Maoist
alarm(TEL_10_2_K8)


– Team advises CM to cleanse
gardens


Guwahati, Feb. 12:

The Congress’s tea cell and the apex
tea labour union of the Brahmaputra Valley today confirmed what police had
feared: tea estates in
Assam
are turning into Maoist breeding grounds. Leaders of the PCC’s tea cell and the
Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha called on chief minister Tarun Gogoi last night to
apprise him of their apprehensions about Maoist militants infiltrating the tea
estates and instigating the Adivasi community. The delegation said the state’s
security would be threatened if the trend was not immediately checked. The
chairman of the tea cell, Bhagirat Karan, said his organisation had received
information about Maoist elements sneaking into the plantations dotting the
state to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere.

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Ram abduction suspect held with
weapon(TEL_10_2_K8)


Guwahati, Feb. 12:

An Ulfa militant suspected to have
been involved in the kidnapping of Food Corporation of India (FCI) official P.C.
Ram was arrested here today. He was identified as Champak Sharma of Burajan
village in Kamalpur under Kamrup district. A police officer said the rebel was
an aide of Hira Sarania, the commander of Ulfa’s 709 Battalion. “We are
expecting some valuable information about the battalion from Champak,” he
added.An M20 pistol and ammunition were found on Champak. After interrogation,
the police recovered 5kg RDX and bomb-making materials from quarter number L 54
D of Railway Colony, where he was staying on rent with two associates. “The
militants were probably planning to plant a bomb at the station. The RDX would
have caused extensive damage,” the officer said.

.more…


Twist in Arunachal Pradesh
abduction drama(TEL_11_2_K8)


Guwahati/Itanagar, Feb. 10:
The 39 Arunachalee boys who were
reported abducted recently were not hostages but willing participants in the
NSCN (Khaplang)’s recruitment campaign, the militant group has claimed. A
spokesman for the outfit, P. Tikhak, said from his hideout along the
Indo-Myanmar border today that the government’s statements were attempts to save
face rather than the truth. He said all 39 Arunachalee boys who came to join the
NSCN(K) ranks of their own will were scanned for eligibility and some of them
sent back because they were “underage”.This contradicts the police’s version of
how the drama unfolded. The police maintain that the boys were “forced” to join
the outfit and that two FIRs — one at Longding and another at Pongchou police
station — were registered after they went missing. A senior official said a
joint rescue operation by the police, army and paramilitary forces from February
8 led to 15 of the boys being reunited with their families.

.more…


4 Ulfa militants killed in Assam
(TEL_17_2_K8)


– Blast expert gunned down in
operation


Guwahati/Sonari, Feb. 16:

Four Ulfa militants were killed in a joint operation by the police and army in
Assam’s Sivasagar district in the wee hours today. The encounter took place at
Naphuk Naharani village under Sonari police station at 2.30am. The militants
have been identified as self-styled sergeant major Ranju Hazarika, sergeant
major Manik Likson alias Pathik Handique, Jitu Chutia and Hari Koch. Hazarika
was a bomb expert responsible for several blasts in Sivasagar and other Upper
Assam districts. They belonged to the outfit’s 28 battalion. Handique, sources
said, was an important link between Ulfa battalions and the Naga militants.  An
AK-56 rifle, an Italian-made pistol, four grenades some ammunition and a mobile
phone were recovered from them. Expenditure slips of the outfit in several
envelopes, addressed to Ulfa leader Ram Singh, were also recovered from them.

.more…


Security alert over Ulfa bandh
today(TEL_19_2_K8)


Guwahati, Feb. 18:

Security has been beefed up in the state for the 12-hour Assam bandh called by
Ulfa from 5.30am tomorrow in protest against the arrest of People’s Consultative
Group (PCG) member Lachit Bordoloi. Bordoloi was arrested last week for his
alleged links with the militant outfit. Home department sources said police and
paramilitary forces would be deployed in urban areas while the army had been
asked to keep a close watch on oil and gas installations, especially in Upper
Assam.

.more…

Hijack probe shifts to
SIT(TEL_21_2_K8)


– Delhi directive to crack
conspiracy


Guwahati, Feb. 20:

A special investigation team will
piece together the disjointed bits of information about Ulfa’s alleged plan to
hijack a commercial airliner from the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International
Airport. A conspiracy-to-hijack case, the first in Assam, will be registered
afresh at Azara police station since the airport is under its jurisdiction.

The officer-in-charge of Azara police
station, Dharani Barman, today confirmed being verbally informed of the plan by
the police headquarters. “A case will be registered as soon as the official
communiqué reaches the police station.” A Deccan customer care executive,
Sumanta Dutta, was arrested from his residence in Milannagar — also under Azara
police station — on February 11 on charges of helping Ulfa plan the hijack. The
youth allegedly accompanied two Ulfa members, Manoj Tamuly and Akash Thapa, to
New Delhi in November to pass on security-sensitive information about the
airport to militant leader Sasadhar Choudhury. Sumanta’s arrest was on the basis
of a statement by Tamuly, caught only a few days earlier.

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UPDS sets two more conditions for
truce(TEL_21_2_K8)


Nagaon, Feb. 20:

Frustrated by bureaucratic dilly-dallying on the Karbi peace process, the United
People’s Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) today set two conditions for renewing the
ceasefire that lapsed on January 31. In a letter to the joint secretary
(Northeast) in the home ministry, UPDS “foreign secretary” Klirdap Kathar said
the outfit would sign a fresh ceasefire agreement only if Delhi agreed to hold a
round of talks every three months until a solution was reached. The outfit’s
other condition is that its demand for “hemprek kanthim” (self-rule) be
included in the terms of reference of the proposed State Reorganisation
Commission (SRC). Formed in 1999 after the merger of the Karbi National
Volunteers and Karbi People’s Front, the UPDS wants the “right to self-rule” for
the Karbis under Article 3 of the Constitution, a special economic package for
the development of the twin hill districts of Assam and a corridor connecting
the eastern and western parts of Karbi Anglong.

.more…


3 Karbi militants
killed(TEL_23_2_K8)


Nagaon, Feb. 22:

Three Karbi militants taking shelter
in a hut abandoned by jhum cultivators in a Karbi Anglong jungle were
smoked out and shot dead by security personnel early this morning. Seven others
were arrested from the hut after the rebels’ guns fell silent. Police said
acting on specific information about the presence of Karbi Longri National
Liberation Front militants in Kamlabhati village on the Nagaon border, a joint
team of police and Assam Rifles launched a search last evening. At the crack of
dawn, when the forces finally spotted the hut, the militants opened fire.

.more…

4 ULFA
cadres killed in Sonari encounter(AST_17_2_K8)

SONARI, Feb 16 – In yet another blow to the banned United Liberation
Front of Asom (ULFA), the Sivasagar Police and Army today killed four members of
the organisation. Ranju Hazarika alias Dhiren Dutta, resident of Namti Kalugaon,
Manik Likson alias Phatik Handique of Galeky Uakhating, Hari Pratap Konch (Majuli)
and Jatin Chetia alias Bhai (Rangapathar, Charaideo) were killed in an encounter
with a joint team of Sivasagar Police and 316 Field Regiment at Naphuk
Naharanibam under Sonari PS, 6 km from here at 2.30 am today.
The ULFA members took shelter in the house of one Kamala Bauri. All the slain
leaders of the outfit were belong to it’s dreaded 28th battalion ‘B Company’.

The Army and Police personnel recovered one AK 47 Rifle, 16 live cartidges
including one magzine, one 9mm Italy-made pistol with 4 live ammunition, 4
grenades including one Chinese grenade, one mobile phone, two Titan wrist
watches two chargers and some incriminating documents.
.more…

ULFA using river routes to
ferry arms(AST_17_2_K8)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 16 – The leaders of the United Liberation
Front of Asom(ULFA) have instructed its cadres to use the river routes while
transporting arms and explosives to avoid detection by the police and security
forces. This fact came to light after the recent arrest of six militants with
ten kilograms of RDX in the Goroimari area of Kamrup district.
Police sources pointed out that in recent times, several major arms consignments
of the ULFA were caught by the police and security forces in different parts of
the State and the recently arrested militants admitted during interrogation that
they were instructed to use the river routes as far as possible to avoid
detection by the security men. Sources said that the ULFA normally bring in
sophisticated weapons and explosives from Bangladesh through Meghalaya and
transport the same to other parts of Assam and after several major recoveries,
the militants started using the river route.
.more…

ULFA men nabbed(AST_19_2_K8)
 GORESWAR, Feb 18: The 4th Sikhlai Regiment of Army stationed at Goreswar
today nabbed two ULFA cadres Niranjan Thakuria and Ramani Deka from their homes
at Betagaon village in Baksa district. – Correspondent

SULFA men held(AST_19_2_K8)
 DHEMAJI, Feb 18: Two SULFA men, Gobin Borah and Pradip Sonowal, were
arrested under TADA by Dhemaji police during the last 24 hours. While Borah was
serving as an assistant teacher in Jamuguri ME School, Sonowal was the general
secretary of All Assam Sonowal Kachari Yuva Parishad. – Correspondent

 

Maoists
trying to set up bases in State(AST, 21-2-08)

By R Dutta Choudhury
 GUWAHATI, Feb 20 – After establishing their bases in some other parts of the
country, the Maoist armed groups have started making efforts to establish their
roots in the North Eastern region and all the police forces and other security
agencies operating in the region have been alerted to look for such
possibilities, highly placed security sources said. Sources told The Assam
Tribune
that so far, the Maoist rebel groups have not been able to establish
strong bases in the North East region, but according to intelligence inputs,
such groups have started making efforts to do so to expand their bases. Sources
said that the Maoist groups may target the tea tribes in their fight for getting
the status of Scheduled Tribes and the November 24 clashes in the Beltola area
of Guwahati city put the Maoist groups in an advantageous position to target the
tea tribes. According to reports, the Maoist rebel groups have already extended
moral support to the tea tribes of Assam following the clashes in Beltola.
.more…

NC Hills bid to bring ultras to
mainstream(AST, 21-2-08)

By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Feb 20 – In view of the deteriorating law-and-order situation in the
North Cachar Hills district, the newly elected council is toying with the idea
of creating a pressure group consisting of various student and social
organisations to bring the insurgent groups, particularly the Black Widow, to
the mainstream. Kulendra Daulagupu, member of the council and also the president
of the district Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said that the idea of creating a
pressure group was being considered given the failure of the security forces to
bring the insurgent groups under control.
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3 ultras killed(AST_23-2-08)
 DIPHU, Feb 22: Three ultras belonging to KLNLF were gunned down in a
fierce gunbattle between security forces and KLNLF at Kamalabhati, 12 km from
Salon TE under Howraghat PS in Karbi Anglong in the wee hours today. – Our
Correspondent

Lachit Bordoloi remanded to
judicial custody(AST_23-2-08)

From Law Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 22 – The court of the SDJM No-2, Kamrup today sent MASS leader
Lachit Bordoloi to judicial custody and accordingly he has been sent to the
Guwahati District Jail. Bordoloi was arrested on charges of maintaining links
with the proscribed ULFA.
Bordoloi was released by the Gauhati Medical College Hospital today and then
produced before the Court of the SDJM No-2.
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Gorlosa buys arms from
Thailand(TEL_26_2_K8)


Silchar, Feb. 25:

The Jewel Gorlosa-led Dima Halam
Daogah (DHD) has been buying sophisticated weapons from the Chiang Mai arms
bazar of Thailand bordering Myanmar, intelligence sources said. Deputy
inspector-general of police for south Assam Y.S. Gautam today said the arms were
generally routed to the Northeast via Myanmar and Bangladesh. Gautam said the
police have come to know that the rocket launchers, with which the outfit is
targeting security forces and the interests of its rival and pro-talks group led
by Dilip Nunisa in the North Cachar Hills, were Chinese made and picked up from
Chiang Mai. He said Gorlosa visited Thailand via Nepal last year for a
reconnaissance trip and bought the weapons with help from NSCN (I-M) activists
with whom he is reportedly friendly.

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NDFB out of truce
talks(TEL_29_2_K8)


Outfit asks for ‘clarifications’


Kokrajhar, Feb. 28:

Piqued at being kept waiting for
peace talks with Delhi, the National Democratic Front of Boroland is now playing
hard to get. The Bodo militant group has backed out of a meeting tomorrow of the
joint ceasefire monitoring group, citing a list of grievances ranging from truce
violations by police to the government’s reluctance to formally invite its
leaders to a round of peace talks. The NDFB’s information and publicity
secretary, S. Sanjarang, said today that the outfit would not even consider
sitting for talks until the government clarified its position on some issues. He
cited three instances of “unarmed” NDFB members being targeted, twice allegedly
by police officers. The outfit would like to know whether penal action has been
initiated against Jayanta Basumatary and Jayanta Kalita, the former
officers-in-charge of Sapatgram police station in Dhubri and Dokmoka police
outpost in Karbi Anglong, for allegedly killing “unarmed” members, Sanjarang
said.

.more…

Top ULFA
man held(AST,10-2-08)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 9 — City Police today arrested Manoj Tamuli alias Randeep
Baruah alias Kamal Das alias Haloi alias Pathak, a self-styled sgt of the ULFA,
aged about 28 years, along with a girl, Dharitri Sharma, of Kaithalkuchi,
Nalbari. A Bulgaria-made 9 mm pistol, nine rounds of ammunition were recovered
from him. – Staff Reporter

Lachit detained for ULFA
links(AST_12_2_K8)

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 11 – Human Rights activist and member of Peoples Consultative
Group (PCG) Lachit Bordoloi was today morning picked up by police from Moranhat
in Upper Assam. Charges of “unlawful activities” have been brought against him,
according to the police, and he is likely to be arrested once he is brought to
Guwahati. The police also arrested one person for being part of a plan to
highjack an aircraft.
Official sources indicate that Bordoloi’s activities, including ties with the
banned ULFA, were under the scanner for some time. His detention by police came
after Manoj Tamuly an arrested member of ULFA spelled out his relations with the
extremist group. .more…

Blow to peace process:
PCG(AST_12_2_K8)

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 11 – The People’s Consultative Group (PCG) today strongly
condemned the detention of one of its members Lachit Bordoloi and described the
incident as a conspiracy to derail the peace process to bring the ULFA to the
negotiation table. The PCG members met here today to discuss the situation
arising out of the detention of Bordoloi at Moranhat and warned that the
Government would be solely responsible for any consequence. In a release issued
to the media after the meeting, the PCG alleged that a conspiracy was hatched to
derail the peace process to start the process of talks with the Government and
the ULFA. The release said that the Government was trying to gag the media,
human rights activists, advocates and other democratic organisations. The
release further alleged that the police raided the residence of Bordoloi without
his presence on the night of February 10 and threatened his wife and daughter.
The police conducted the raid without following the legal norms and did not hand
over any seizure list of the items seized by them, the PCG alleged.
.more…

Top ULFA cadres, 25 others lay
down arms(AST_12_2_K8)

Our Staff Correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Feb 11 – In yet another blow to the morale of the banned United
Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), another 29 cadres surrendered today at the
Dinjan Military Station, near here. A member each from the KNLF and NDFB outfit
also laid down arms during the surrender ceremony.
Top ranking self-styled captain Keshav Hazarika, the commander of ULFA’s 709
battalion, self styled Lieutenant Biraj Phukan and self styled sergeant Major
Kumud Bordoloi were also in the list of the surrendered rebels. Self-styled
captain Meenakshi Hazarika, the wife of self-styled captain Keshav Hazarika and
also the number 2 in the ULFA 709 battalion hierarchy being indisposed could not
be present for the occasion. However, her surrender, in absentia was also
accepted.
It is to be mentioned that only 25 cadres turned out for the surrender ceremony
today but the Army has accepted 31 members as official surrender.
.more…

3 policemen killed in NC Hills
encounter(AST_12_2_K8)
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 11 – At least four persons including three personnel of Assam
Police, were killed in an encounter that took place between the Black Widow
militants and the security forces at Surgeshaft near the Kopili Hydel project of
the NEEPCO this evening. The security personnel were escorting a team of NEEPCO
workers to the power plant when the militants struck. The deceased also include
the driver of the hired vehicle, said NEEPCO sources.
.more…

NE must have permanent peace,
says PM(IEX< 1-2-08)

Lohitpur, February 1:
Concerned over the problems of militancy and insurgency in the north east, Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said it was imperative to have lasting peace
in the region. "It is imperative that permanent peace is established in the
north east," he said addressing Army and ITBP jawans in Lohitpur and those who
came from the far flung Kibithu area for ‘barakhana’ (lunch) with the Prime
Minister. While Kibithu is on the China border, Lohitpur is on the boundary with
Myanmar. Seeking to boost the morale of jawans
braving hostile weather conditions in inhospitable terrains, Singh said that
apart from guarding the borders, they were fighting terrorism and insurgency.
"This is a challenging task," he said.

.more…


 


UPDS refuses to renew ceasefire
with Centre(SEN_1_2_k8)

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 31: The UPDS has refused to sign the ceasefire extension agreement
with the Centre alleging insincerity on the part of the Government to start
political talks on the demands of the outfit. The ceasefire agreement between
the Government and the Karbi rebel group expired today. “The issue of renewing
the ceasefire agreement is still under intense internal debate within our
organization,” said the UPDS. The UPDS, “under tremendous pressure from its
cadres,” did not even attend the meeting called by the Centre at New Delhi
yesterday for extension of the ceasefire, virtually pushing the existing truce
under threat. It is for the first time in the history of the North-east that a
militant outfit has refused to sign its ceasefire extension agreement with the
Centre.
It may be mentioned here that the first ceasefire agreement between the
Government and the UPDS was signed on August 1, 2002, and since then the Centre
has not been holding any talks with the Karbi militant outfit, alleged the UPDS.

.more…

 

Two ULFA
rebels arrested(SEN_1_2_k8)

From a Correspondent
DHUBRI, Jan 31: Two ULFA cadres — Pranjal Rai and Bishnu Rai — were arrested
from Madhusalmari village in Gauripur by the personnel of Jat Regiment this
morning. A 9 mm pistol and incriminating documents were recovered from the two
militants who confessed before the police that extortion has been going on in
Dhubri district under the leadership of Puja Barman, a woman leader of the rebel
group.

 

Karbi
truce in jeopardy(TEL_1_2_k8)


Nagaon, Jan. 31:
The United People’s
Democratic Solidarity of Karbi Anglong has almost pulled the plug on a ceasefire
that has yielded little in over five years. Although the truce has officially
not been called off yet, it technically lapsed today with the Karbi group’s
boycott of a meeting convened by the government in New Delhi yesterday. Till
this point, the agreement on cessation of hostilities by both sides was being
renewed every six months. Since signing the ceasefire in 2002, the UPDS
leadership has had only six rounds of talks with the government. The last such
meeting was on July 26, 2006. The outfit’s publicity secretary, Tong Eh
Nongloda, said in a release that the decision not to meet representatives of the
government for a “mere” extension of the ceasefire was taken under
“tremendous” pressure from members frustrated by the slow pace of negotiations
and alleged harassment by security forces.

.more…

Army’s
request to surrendered cadres
(AST_2_2_k8)
From Anamika Das
 TINSUKIA, Feb 1 – All surrendered cadres have been requested to be present at
Laipuli Army Camp on February 3 at 10 am with all requisite surrender documents.

An Army press release stated that the government has given certain benefits
under the surrender-cum-rehabilitation policy to surrendered cadres of
underground organisations. Thus, all who surrendered on November 4 and 16,
December 4, 2004, April 12, November 30, 2005, May 9, July 3, December 12 and
26, 2006, January 29, June 5, October 1 and 29, November 22, 2007 and January 5
2008 at Laipuli, Gelapukhuri, Rupai, Lekhapani and Makum Army camps will be
assisted by the Army in securing these benefits through the state government,
the release informed. Individuals will be despatched to Guwahati where a bank
account will be opened in their name so as to assist them in getting benefits
under the scheme..more…
PCG initiates fresh move on
talks(AST_4_2_K8)

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 3 – Though the People’s Consultative Group (PCG), formed by the
United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), pulled out of the peace process in June,
2006 after three rounds of meetings alleging “lack of sincerity” on the part of
the Government, the group has again initiated fresh move to break the ice to
start the process of talks. The members of the PCG met thrice about a month back
to discuss the problems arising out of the peace process ending in a deadlock
and decided that fresh initiatives should be launched to break the ice to resume
the process. Noted litterateur Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami, who took the lead in
breaking the ice, also participated in two of the meetings.
One of the PCG members, on condition of anonymity, said that the group informed
the ULFA leadership about the fresh initiatives to be launched by it. “The PCG
was formed by the ULFA and there is no point doing anything without informing
the leadership of the outfit. The PCG started to launch fresh initiative and
opened channels of dialogues with the Government of India only after receiving
the green signal from the leadership of the ULFA,” he added.
.more…

Ultras kill 2 in NC Hills
 GUWAHATI, Feb 4 — Two persons were killed and two others received
injuries when armed militants burnt down a few houses and opened indiscriminate
fire near Mandardisha railway gate in NC Hills district last night. Those killed
have been identified as S Paul and Prem Lal Kaul. – Staff Reporter

 

Ultras
held(AST 6-2-08)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 5: Barpeta Police today arrested two ULFA militants Pinku
Deka and Dwipen Barman at Simlaguri and recovered 10 kgs of explosive and some
demand notes from the possession of the militants.–Staff Reporter


 

ULFA
linkmen arrested in Chirang district
(AST_6_2_K8)
From Our Correspondent
 KOKRAJHAR, Feb 5 – The 11th Regiment of Indian Army on Monday busted a
country-made gun factory and arrested four ULFA linkmen in Chirang district of
BTAD, Army sources said.
Acting on a tip-off, Army conducted a searce operation at Simlaguri village and
Dhakhin Dhukagaon in Chirang district in morning and arrested four ULFA linkmen
along with three-country made rifle from their possession. Army also busted one
country-made gun factory at Simlaguri village also recovered gun powder, tools,
etc..more…

Extortionists held(AST_7_2_K8)
 SIVASAGAR, Feb 6: Three persons were today arrested for allegedly
demanding money from an ONGC employee by posing as ULFA militants here. The
trio, arrested from Geleky area were for allegedly demanding Rs 2.5 lakh, posing
as ULFA militants.– PTI

 

Kokrajhar
bandh
(AST_7_2_K8)
 KOKRAJHAR, Feb 6: The 36-hour bandh called by the Bodo People’s Forum
for Peace and Rights in protest against the killing of its vice-president Babul
Swargiari was total and peaceful in Kokrajhar. Five BPFPR activists were
arrested. Meanwhile, 62 picketers were arrested during the six-hour railway
blockade called by the All Koch Rajbongshi Students’ Union. – Correspondent


KA bandh on Feb 6 (SEN_4_2_k8)
From our Correspondent
DIPHU, Feb 3: The KLNLF has called a 12-hour bandh on February 6 in protest
against the killing of two of their cadres by the Army recently.
KLNLF cadres Phillipang Singner and Sunil Teron were killed by the Army
recently.


UPDS charged with kidnapping
(SEN_4_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 3: After two days of the United
People’s Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) refusing to extend truce with the Centre
over alleged harassment by the security forces, the outfit has been charged with
kidnapping a Government employee from Karbi Anglong headquarters town of Diphu.
.more…

 


Dimasa militants kill
2(SEN_5_2_k8)

HAFLONG, Feb 4: At least two persons were
killed and three others injured by suspected Dimasa militants in North Cachar
Hills district, police said today. The incident occurred in Manderdisa village
part II last night, under Lumding police station, police said. A group of DHD
(Garlosa faction), also known as Black Widow, entered the village and started
firing indiscriminately.
.more…

4 armed
youths arrested(SEN_5_2_k8)

From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Feb 4: The personnel of 11 Maratha Light Infantry Regiment of the Red
Horns Division of the Army today arrested four armed youths —Ajhar Narzary (26),
Theko Narzary (22), Sunil Narzary (30) and Laogo Basumatary (25) — from
Dakhingaon under Runikhata Border Outpost in Chirang district. The four youths
are suspected to be ULFA militants.

 


Workers paid for
defiance(TEL,5-2-08)


Feb. 4:
The two persons who fell to
militant bullets in Assam’s North Cachar Hills district last night paid the
price for defying the diktat of the Jewel Gorlosa faction of the Dima Halam
Daogah (DHD). Investigations today revealed that the militant outfit had asked
people residing along the railway tracks at Mandardisa Part II in the Maibong
area of North Cachar Hills to leave, saying that non-Dimasas were not welcome in
the district.  Sources said instead of abiding by the outfit’s diktat, the
residents sought the help of security forces, who then started patrolling the
area.
.more…


Plane Hijacking plot: ULFA peace broker held(NPT_12_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb 11 (IANS): An Air Deccan employee
was arrested and a rights leader detained Monday by police in Assam, even as
intelligence officials questioned an advocate, after a plot by the outlawed
United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) to hijack a plane unravelled.
A police spokesman said an Air Deccan employee based in Guwahati, Sumon Dutta,
was arrested and is now being interrogated by special teams of police and
intelligence officials on charges of alleged nexus with the ULFA. The police
also picked up noted rights leader Lachit Bordoloi at Moran.
"I was travelling in a bus bound for Guwahati when police stopped the vehicle
and took me to a police station," Bordoloi told IANS by telephone. "This is a
calculated design and a conspiracy against me.
"
.more…

 

DHD (J) kills 5 in NC
Hills(NPT_12_2_K8)

Diphu, Feb 11:  Five persons were killed while two others injured when DHD
(J) militants ambushed a convoy of senior officials of the NEEPCO at Umrangso in
NC Hills district of Assam on Monday.
The deceased included two policemen, two Home Guard personnel and the driver of
a vehicle. Two others, one each from Home Guard and Assam Police, were also
injured. They have been rushed to a hospital. However, all the NEEPCO officials
escaped unhurt.
According to official sources, the ambush was laid at around 4:15 pm when the
NEEPCO officials, escorted by Home Guard and Assam Police personnel, were
traveling to Garampani in a three-vehicle convoy.
.more…

 

Lachit, 2 others arrested;
IB grilling Zaman(SEN_12_2_k8)
Plane hijack plot hatched with ISI in Delhi: Arrested ULFA rebel (SEN_12_2_k8)
Our Bureau
GUWAHATI/DIBRUGARH, Feb 11: The police today arrested People’s Consultative
Group (PCG) member Lachit Bordoloi and Suman Dutta, an employee of an
outsourcing company of Air Deccan, in connection with the “ULFA’s plane hijack
plan”. While Bordoloi was arrested from Moran in Dibrugarh district, Dutta was
arrested from Azara this morning.
Meanwhile, ULFA rebel Manoj Tamuly confessed before the police that the ULFA had
hatched the conspiracy to hijack a plane at a restaurant in the Karol Bagh area
in New Delhi sometime in December last with an ISI agent. “ULFA rebels Akash
Thapa, Vikram, Bhagin and Bhaskar Rajbongshi were also present at the meeting,”
ASP Debojit Deuri quoted Manoj Tamuly as telling the interrogators.
Bordoloi was arrested from Moran in Dibrugarh district when he was travelling
from Tinsukia to Guwahati. He is being brought to Guwahati for interrogation.
The PCG, at a meeting held here today, condemned the arrest of Lachit Bordoloi.
It may be mentioned here that the police had searched Bordoloi’s house at
Jyotinagar in Guwahati yesterday and seized a laptop and two CDs.
….more…

 

31 rebels
surrender in Tinsukia »(SEN_12_2_k8)

From our Reporter
TINSUKIA, Feb 11: At least 31 hardcore militants, including ULFA’s 27th
battalion ‘commander’ Keshav Hazarika, self-styled lieutenant Diraj Phukan,
self-styled sergeant Major Kumud Bordoloi, surrendered before the Army at the
Dinjan base camp in Tinsukia district today.
Official sources said the surrendered militants included one each of the KLNLF
and the NDFB, while all the others were of the ULFA.
The militants were led by “commander” of the ULFA’s 27th battalion ‘captain’
Keshab Hazarika.
.more…

 

UPDS hails CM’s
statement»(SEN_12_2_k8)

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 11: The UPDS welcomed the recent statement of Asom Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi that the Government is willing to consider the demands of the rebel
outfit. UPDS joint publicity secretary Tung-eh Nongloda, in a statement today,
said that his outfit would consider the Chief Minister’s appeal to it not to
pull out from ceasefire with the Centre.

Our dreams were shattered,
say surrendered rebels»(SEN_12_2_k8)
From our Reporter
TINSUKIA, Feb 11: “I had joined the outfit 17 years ago with a dream. After
being a part of the organization and facing several odds, I have found that my
dream has been shattered. This has forced me to leave the outfit and join the
mainstream.”
These were the words of self-styled captain Kesav Hazarika alias Calcium
Commander of the United Liberation Front of Asom’s (ULFA) 27 Battalion, spoken
during the surrender ceremony held at the Dinjan Military Station today. The
‘commander’ along with 13 cadres of the 27 Bn, 14 cadres of the 28 Bn, one cadre
of the 109 Bn, one National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) cadre and one
Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF) cadre surrendered today.
Hazarika’s wife, ‘captain’ Meenakshi Hazarika also surrendered, but was not
present on the occasion due to ill health.

.more…

 

State Govt trying to
destablize peace process: PCPIA»(SEN_12_2_k8)
From our Reporter
TINSUKIA, Feb 11: The State Government in order to destabilize the peace process
has arrested Peoples’ Committee for Peace Initiatives in Assam (PCPIA) chief
coordinator and Manab Adhikar Sangram Samity advisor Lachit Bordoloi at Moran,
and also arrested noted lawyer Nekibur Zaman at Guwahati. This was stated by
PCPIA officials today.
Several organizations under the Peoples’ Committee for Peace Initiatives in
Assam (PCPIA) — All Assam Moran Students’ Union (AAMSU), All Assam Mottock Yuba
Chatra Parishad (AAMYCP), All Tea Tribes Students’ Association (ATTSA), All
Assam Deori Students’ Union (AADSU), Sonowal Kachari Students’ Union (SKSU),
Moran Jatiya Mahila Parishad (MYMP) — have condemned the arrest of PCPI(A) chief
coordinator and MASS advisor Lachit Bordoloi and termed it as a controversy.

.more…

 

4 cops killed in Assam
ambush(SHT, 12-2-08)
Haflong :
Four policemen were killed and two injured in an ambush by
Dima Halam Daogah’s (DHD) ‘Black Widow’ group in Assam’s North Cachar hill
district on Monday. Police said a patrol party of Assam Police was travelling to
Kopili under Umrangshu police station when the militants fired on them from
automatic weapons..more…


Lid off hijack plot


– Deccan staffer arrested for
helping Ulfa (TEL_12_2_K8)


Guwahati, Feb. 11: An Air Deccan staffer was arrested today for allegedly
helping the banned Ulfa hatch a hijack plan and a rights activist who mediated
with Delhi for peace talks detained on charges of doubling as an adviser to
militants on subversive missions. Police said customer care executive Sumanta
Dutta, in his twenties, was arrested on the basis of statements made by an Ulfa
militant arrested on Saturday. The arrested rebel, Manoj Tamuli, told
interrogators that he accompanied Dutta and another Ulfa member, Akash Thapa, to
New Delhi in November for a meeting with militant leader Sashadhar Choudhury.
The Air Deccan staffer allegedly obliged Choudhury with security-sensitive
information about Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport and flights
taking off from there, the police said.

.more…


4 die in DHD
ambush(TEL_12_2_K8)


Nagaon, Feb. 11:
Four persons, including
an Assam police battalion jawan, were killed and two more injured when militants
belonging to the Jewel Gorlosa-led faction of the Dima Halam Daogah ambushed a
convoy of Neepco officials 20km from Umrangsu in the North Cachar Hills district
at 5pm today. Another APBn jawan has been reported missing after the incident.
Police said three vehicles from Neepco’s Umrangsu-based colony were on their way
to the power house escorting senior mechanical engineer Bijoy Prakash and four
other employees for their evening shift. The Neepco officials were in the first
vehicle.
.more…


Ulfa commander
surrenders(TEL_12_2_K8)


Dibrugarh, Feb. 11:
The army has for the
first time succeeded in convincing one of Ulfa’s battalion commanders to
surrender. The “commander” of 27 battalion, one of the most potent military
wings of Ulfa, Keshav Hazarika, and his second-in-command, Meenakshi Hazarika,
who happens to be his wife, surrendered along with several others at Dinjan army
base. The surrender comes on a day when police cracked down on Ulfa’s overground
sympathisers and detained a senior member of the People’s Consultative Group.
Security forces expect vital information from Hazarika and the others on the
Ulfa’s activities, more particularly its links with other overground
sympathisers.
.more…


6 rebels held for
kidnap(TEL_12_2_K8)


Kokrajhar, Feb. 11:
Baksa police arrested
six more National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) activists last night in
connection with the abduction of Dipak Sikharia, a Class X student of Don Bosco
School. Two of the outfit’s members were arrested on Saturday. However, the boy
is still untraced. Superintendent of police P.K. Dutta said the outfit was
directly involved in the case and demanded the safe release of the boy. Baksa
additional SP M. Mahanta said the boy’s family had received a demand for Rs 10
crore in lieu of the for the boy’s safe release.

.more…


3 militants killed in Goalpara
encounter(TEL_12_2_K8)

Dhubri, Feb. 11:
Three militants were shot and three others were
arrested in an encounter with the army in Goalpara district last night. Troops
of 4 Kumaon Regiment raided Binajuli village, under Agia police outpost in
Goalpara, after receiving a tip-off that some militants were hiding in a house
near Tokreswari temple. The militants opened fire on the troops when they
arrived at the hideout.  The soldiers retaliated and three militants were
killed, while three others surrendered, according to army sources. The slain
militants, suspected to be fundamentalists, were identified as Sonowar Ali, Abu
Sadique and Zahanoor Ali. The surrendered militants are Alauddin Sheikh,
Sabuddin Sheikh and Habib Basumatary.

.more…


Troops to guard tracks
(TEL_12_2_K8)


Silchar, Feb. 11:
Army personnel may soon
be guarding the Silchar-Lumding track to keep militants from disrupting work on
the gauge conversion project. The metre gauge track in the hill section is being
upgraded to broad gauge. Union heavy industries minister and Congress MP in the
Lok Sabha Sontosh Mohan Dev, said yesterday a decision in this regard may be
taken at a meeting in New Delhi next month. Senior officials from the defence,
railway and home ministries are likely to attend the meeting.

.more…

PCG member
denies ULFA hijack plan(AST_13_2_k8)

By Our Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – Peoples Consultative Group (PCG) member Hiranya Saikia today
said that the banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) is facing the heat
of an international conspiracy, the objective of which is to malign the image of
the outfit across the world. As the outfit has its presence in several countries
like Myanmaar, Bhutan and Bangladesh, this vested interest circle, also
comprising a section of Army, police and politicians of the State, is leaving no
stone unturned to keep the ULFA-Centre peace talks in doldrums.
Talking to the mediapersons here today, Saikia further revealed that the ULFA
C-in-C Paresh Baruah told him that the outfit had no plan of hijacking any plane
and it was basically done to defame the outfit internationally.
.more…

Bordoloi remanded to 5-day
police custody(AST_13_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – People’s Consultative Group (PCG) member Lachit
Bordoloi, who was arrested by the police yesterday, has been remanded to police
custody for five days. Meanwhile, the People’s Committee for Peace Initiatives
in Assam (PCPIA) has decided to launch a movement from tomorrow in protest
against the arrest of Bordoloi. Bordoloi was produced in the Court of the Sub
Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup, B Ullah today and police sought ten days
custody for questioning him. He has been arrested under sections 120 (B), 121,
121 (A), 122 and 124 of the IPC and also under various provisions of the
Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with Noonmati police station
case number 46/08. relating to an attempt by the ULFA to hijack a plane.
However, in the forwarding note presented before the Judicial Magistrate, the
police only mentioned that Bordoloi maintained links with the ULFA and used to
extort money on behalf of the outfit.
.more…

ULFA chief flays Bordoloi’s
arrest(AST_13_2_k8)

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) today alleged
that a section of Army and Police officials did not want a political solution to
“India-Assam conflict”. In a statement released to the media through e mail
today, ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa said that the PCG was formed for a
political solution to the conflict and the ULFA time and again told the
Government of India that all communications to the outfit should be made through
the PCG.
The ULFA chairman strongly condemned the arrest of PCG member Lachit Bordoloi
and said that it was an attempt to derail the peace process.
.more…

ULFA cadre arrested, arms
recovered
(AST_13_2_k8)
By Our Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – The City Police today arrested one United Liberation Front
of Asom (ULFA) cadre, Champak Sarmah, from near the Nehru Park in city’s Pan
Bazar area.
The ULFA cadre, who was waiting in the area to receive an extortion amount from
the proprietor of a city-based nursing home, was caught red-handed by the
police.
Police later confirmed that the ULFA cadre demanded an amount of Rs 10 lakh.
Later, police recovered an M20 pistol, seven bullets of 7.62 SLR rifle and
explosives weighing 5 kg from his rented house at city’s Bamunimaidam area.
Sarmah hails from Nalbari district.
“We are questioning him and there is a possibility of his involvement in the
recent gunfire in city’s Rehabari area. From the size of the recovery, it can be
said that he was planning some subversive activities in the city,” Debojit
Deuri, Additional Superintendent of Police (City) said.
.more…

SULFA men held over extortion(AST_13_2_k8)

SONARI, Feb 12 – Two
SULFA men, Dharma Borbaruah of Mahmora Balijangaon and Simanta Gogoi of
Gaurisagar Fatiguli, were caught red-handed on Sunday by Sonari police while
extorting money from a local businessman.
Samim Ahmed at Abhoipur Tiniali at a distance of about 7 km from here. The SULFA
men demanded rupees one lakh from the businessman over telephone in the name of
Ankur Shyam of 28th battalion of ULFA.
.more…

ULFA rebel held in
Guwahati

(SEN_13_2_k8)

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 12: An ULFA militant, suspected to be planning blasts in Guwahati,
was arrested from Panbazar area of the city today. According to police, the
militant, identified as Champak Sharma, is a member of “709th battalion” of the
outfit. He is being interrogated. The ULFA rebel, according to sources, was
arrested when he was in a mission to collect extortion money from a city doctor.


State Govt trying to destablize
peace process: PCPIA(SEN_13_2_k8)

TINSUKIA, Feb 11: The State Government in order to destabilize the peace
process has arrested Peoples’ Committee for Peace Initiatives in Assam (PCPIA)
chief coordinator and Manab Adhikar Sangram Samity advisor Lachit Bordoloi at
Moran, and also arrested noted lawyer Nekibur Zaman at Guwahati. This was stated
by PCPIA officials today.
Several organizations under the Peoples’ Committee for Peace Initiatives in
Assam (PCPIA) — All Assam Moran Students’ Union (AAMSU), All Assam Mottock Yuba
Chatra Parishad (AAMYCP), All Tea Tribes Students’ Association (ATTSA), All
Assam Deori Students’ Union (AADSU), Sonowal Kachari Students’ Union (SKSU),
Moran Jatiya Mahila Parishad (MYMP) — have condemned the arrest of PCPI(A) chief
coordinator and MASS advisor Lachit Bordoloi and termed it as a controversy.
.more…

 

Police custody
 GUWAHATI, Feb 13: Arrested ULFA militant Manoj Tamuly has been remanded
to nine days’ police custody by the court. – Staff Reporter

Police
step up drive against ULFA extortion
(AST_14_2_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 13 – The city police has stepped up its intelligence
network in view of the extortion drive launched by the ULFA in the city. The
successful operation of the city police in nabbing an ULFA cadre on Tuesday
while coming to meet a city doctor for extorting money is a case in point,
police sources said here.
Dr Tridib Baruah, Managing Director of Wintrobe Hospital here, today filed an
FIR in the Latashil police station wherein he has stated that he had not
informed the police about the ULFA extortion demand as he was concerned about
the security of his family. ULFA cadre Champak Sarma was nabbed by the police
when he came to meet Dr Baruah near the Nehru Park on Tuesday. A number of
extortion notes have been recovered from Sarma’s rented house.
.more…

Indefinite Bagsa district
bandh
(SEN_14_2_k8)
From our Correspondent
NALBARI, Feb 13: The NDFB has called an indefinite Bagsa district bandh from
tomorrow in protest against “harassment” to its cadres by security forces. It
may be mentioned here that the HSLC and HS examinations will begin in the State
from tomorrow.

 

Hint of
Ulfa talks revival (TEL_14_2_K8)


Cabinet secretary to arrive today
(TEL_14_2_K8)


Guwahati, Feb. 13:

Union cabinet secretary K.M.
Chandrasekhar’s maiden visit to the state from tomorrow with a high-level
delegation in tow could determine the course of peace efforts with the banned
Ulfa.Dispur has gone on an overdrive for the visit by the country’s seniormost
bureaucrat. He will chair a meeting of the Unified Command for
counter-insurgency operations on Friday afternoon to take stock of the law and
order. The feedback that he carries back to the capital will be crucial to the
peace efforts that Delhi is planning to resume, sources said.Union defence
secretary Vijay Singh and the special secretary in the Union home ministry, M.L.
Kumawat, will accompany Chandrasekhar to the state capital.The Tarun Gogoi
government held a series of “preparatory” meetings to ensure that the visiting
bureaucrats get proper answers to their questions about the security situation.

.more…

Central
team in city to review State security(AST_15_2_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 14 –
A high-level Central Government team headed by the Union Cabinet Secretary KM
Chandrasekhar, arrived in the city today to review the development and security
scenario in the State. The members of the team also met the Governor this
evening at the Raj Bhawan here and discussed various issues concerning the
State.
The team comprises the Union Defence Secretary, Union Rural Development
Secretary and the Union Health Secretary, among others, besides the Cabinet
Secretary. Though the Union Home Secretary was scheduled to accompany the team,
he could not do so and some other officials of the Home Ministry are now
representing him in the team, said official sources.
.more…

Six top ULFA cadres
nabbed(AST_15_2_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 14 – Police claimed to have averted a major
disaster after it arrested six dreaded cadres of the banned United Liberation
Front of Asom (ULFA) from Goroimari area under Chhaygaon police station in
Kamrup district in the wee hours today. Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of
Kamrup and city police after monitoring the activities of the cadres for some
time today nabbed the ULFA cadres at around 2:30 am.
The arrested cadres have been identified as Rajen Choudhury, Ansung Boro,
Kishore Kalita, Kamal Rabha, Prabeen Boro, Diganta Rabha, and one Pabitra Das.
Das was the one who used to work as a linkman for the outfit.
.more…

Hijack plan
GUWAHATI, Feb 14: A CISF man was approached to help sneak in arms into
the airport here as part of an alleged plan by ULFA to hijack an aircraft from
the Assam capital, it was claimed by police during investigations. – PTI


 

Hiranya
Saikia should be arrested: APW
(AST_15_2_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 14 – The Assam Public Works (APW), the
non-government organisation which has been carrying on an anti-ULFA movement in
the State, today threw a challenge at Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi by asking him
to arrest Hiranya Saikia who claims himself to be a top leader of the political
wing of the banned outfit.
Addressing mediapersons in the capital city, functionaries of APW said that if
Lachit Bordoloi could be arrested on the basis of statements of an arrested ULFA
cadre, Hiranya Saikia too should be arrested as he has openly claimed himself to
be a top leader of the political wing of the outfit at a press meets convened in
the capital city.
“It is quite surprising that Bordoloi has been arrested while Saikia has been
spared,” said Bitu Talukdar, secretary general of APW.
.more…

Six NDFB cadres held(AST_15_2_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 JALAH, Feb 14 – Six NDFB cadres-Mithinga Baro (Mshina Bunbari), Ranjabaja
(Kaklabari Ananda Bazar), Hemanta Narzary (Saranguri), Ajay Khakhlary
(Maidampur), Jiten Swargiary (Singimari) and Kishore Basumatary (2nd No.
Saibari) were arrested by police on Monday in connection with the kidnapping
case of Dipak Sikaria son of Binod Sikaria. The police source said that
kidnappers had demanded Rs 10 crore for the student.


 


Arrest Hiranya Saikia, says APW
(SEN_15_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 14: The Assam Public Works (APW) has today demanded of the
Government to arrest PCG member Hiranya Saikia for his open confession that he
has close links with the ULFA. The APW has served a seven-day ultimatum to the
State Government in this regard.
“We demand arrest of both Hiranya Saikia and Assam Cricket Association general
secretary Bikash Baruah, who reportedly managed the ULFA for the holding of the
one-day international cricket match at Guwahati smoothly, for their links with
the ULFA,” said APW director Abhijit Sarma in a press conference here. “If no
action is taken by the Government in this regard, we will file FIRs against both
Saikia and Baruah, and go for a mass movement,” he added.
He said if Saikia is not arrested, then all the innocent people who have been
put behind the bars for providing shelter to ULFA members, should be released by
the Government with adequate compensation. Hundreds of such people are still in
the jail, he said pointing out the suffering of the Gobinda Deka’s family of
Borka village where the ULFA militants had taken shelter with abducted FCI
official PC Ram..more…

‘CISF man was approached
for sneaking in arms for hijack’
(SEN_15_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 14: The investigation following the
arrest of PCG member Lachit Bordoloi and Sumon Dutta, an employee of an
outsourcing company of Air Deccan, for the militant outfit’s alleged plan to
hijack an aircraft from the Lokopriyo Gopinath International airport here has
revealed that a CISF man was approached.
.more…

5 ULFA men
held with RDX(SHT_15_2_K8)
Guwahati:
Assam police on Thursday arrested five ULFA cadres along
with 10 kilograms of RDX explosives from Goroimari in Kamrup district and also
recovered one AK-56 assault rifle with 70 rounds of ammunition from Tamulichupa
in Barpeta district in two separate operations.
.more…

 


Cops catch boat loaded with RDX

(TEL_15_2_K8)


Guwahati, Feb. 14:

After three days of investigating revelations about Ulfa’s plans for subversion
in the air, police today waded through water — literally — and seized a boat
that the outfit had been using to ferry arms and men to the capital city. The
police also confiscated 10kg of RDX and arrested two militants of the outfit’s
27 Battalion and five more persons, including the boatman.  The boat was seized
at Goroimari in Kamrup district, about 100km from Guwahati, around 10 am.  “Ulfa
militants have of late been using the river route from Dhupdhara via Mangoldoi
to Goroimari on the Brahmaputra to avoid running into the layers of security we
have erected along roads leading to the city,” Kamrup superintendent of police
Debojit Hazarika said.

.more…


Grenades found(TEL15_2_K8)


Kokrajhar, Feb. 14:

Five grenades were recovered from the
Kumarikhata area under Tamulpur police station today. Police sources said the
grenades were found near a field. In a separate incident, a Tata mobile truck
was set on fire by unidentified men suspected to be from the National Democratic
Front of Bodoland (NDFB) at Saudarbhita under Salbari police station in Baksa.

.more…

Alert
sounded over ULFA terror plot(AST_16_2_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 15 – Alert has been sounded in all the
police stations in and around the city after Assam police received intelligence
inputs that the banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) is planning to
unleash a reign of terror within the next few days. Assam Police sources told
The Assam Tribune
that as per the intelligence reports, the banned outfit is
‘infuriated’ over the recent crackdown against the outfit in and around the
State.
“We were, in any case, expecting some kind of retaliation from the outfit but
the latest intelligence input have forced us to add teeth to our security
arrangements even more,” the sources said, while adding, “All the police
stations have been asked to be vigilant so that any such targets by the
militants could be averted.”.more…

ULFA ‘linkman’ arrested(AST_16_2_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 JORHAT, Feb 15 – The police arrested a youth, Abhinash Gogoi, in
Panichokua area under Pulibor PS on Monday night for alleged links with the
banned ULFA. Gogoi, who hails from Merapani in Golaghat district, was nabbed
while he was staying at a relative’s house. He was sent to jail on Tuesday.

 


Work out effective
counter-insurgency strategy: Centre(SEN_16_2_k8)

Progress of national
projects reviewed


GUWAHATI, Feb 15: A marathon meeting that a Central team led by Union
Cabinet Secretary KM Chandra Shekhar and Defence Secretary Vijay Singh had with
Asom Chief Secretary PC Sarma, DGP RN Mathur and top BSF and CRPF officials at
the conference hall of the Chief Minister here from 10 am to 4 pm today failed
to take any concrete decisions on any fronts that came under discussion. The
meeting that discussed issues like security scenario in the State with a special
thrust on NC Hills and Karbi Anglong could not go beyond reviewing them.
The meeting reviewed the progress of all the Centrally-sponsored national
schemes like national highways, East-West Corridor and Lumding-Silchar Gauge
conversion project. Since most of the project-executing departments like PWD,
Panchayat and Rural Development and Education do not seem to be efficient, the
meeting asked them to speed up their works. Chief Secretary PC Sarma literally
kept mum at the meeting and did not even spell out the agenda of the meeting.
.more…

 

Alert sounded over ULFA
terror plot(AST_16_2_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 15 – Alert has been sounded in all the police stations in and
around the city after Assam police received intelligence inputs that the banned
United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) is planning to unleash a reign of terror
within the next few days. Assam Police sources told The Assam Tribune
that as per the intelligence reports, the banned outfit is ‘infuriated’ over the
recent crackdown against the outfit in and around the State.
“We were, in any case, expecting some kind of retaliation from the outfit but
the latest intelligence input have forced us to add teeth to our security
arrangements even more,” the sources said, while adding, “All the police
stations have been asked to be vigilant so that any such targets by the
militants could be averted.”
The sources said that the cadres of the outfit might target the leaders of some
of the political parties in the State, for which necessary instruction has been
passed to all the police stations in and around the city as well as other parts
of the State..more…

 

Bordoloi’s remand extended
by 2 days(AST_18_2_k8)

By Our Law Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 17 – The court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup, today
remanded Lachit Bordoloi, adviser, Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti, to another two
days’ police custody. Bordoloi, was produced at the CJM court along with
Khagendra Nath Talukdar, Sumanta Dutta (both arrested for alleged ULFA links)
and Pradip Gogoi. While Bordoloi’s police custody was extended, the others were
given judicial custody.
Police, in its forwarding report, stated that Bordoloi, apart from having links
with the banned ULFA, was involved in extortion drives for the outfit, and also
maintained links with several national and international terrorist
organizations. Two e-mail addresses were found from his possession, revealing
links with these organizations, the report stated.
.more…

Gogoi denies links with
ULFA(AST_18_2_k8)

NAGAON, Feb 17 – Denying Opposition allegations that his Government
had links with the banned ULFA, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today termed them
“baseless” and said his government had launched a crackdown on it. “The charge
made by the Opposition parties including the BJP and AGP is baseless… In fact,
it is our government which has launched a crackdown on those indulging in
anti-national activities and it will continue,” Gogoi told a meeting here to
celebrate the Congress’ victory in the panchayat election.
.more…

ULFA calls Assam bandh on Feb
19(AST_18_2_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 17 – Banned outfit ULFA has called a 12-hour Assam
bandh on February 19 to protest against the arrest of People’s Consultative
Group member Lachit Bordoloi. In an e-mail to the media here, ULFA chairman
Arabindo Rajkhowa said the bandh has been called to protest against the arrest
of Bordoloi and several other “human rights” activists.
.more…

Centre urged to hold talks with
ULFA(NPT_18_2_k8)

Guwahati, Feb 17 (IANS):: A plea for peace talks
between the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the government
has been made even though major reverses were faced by the rebel group in recent
weeks. "We call upon both the ULFA and the government to start peace talks
without any preconditions for the greater interest of Assam and its people,"
Dhrupad Borgohain, Secretary of the Communist Party of India’s Assam State
Council, said. .more…


No nexus with ULFA, says Gogoi
(SEN_18_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 17: Reacting to BJP’s move to raise the
alleged ULFA-State Government nexus in the Budget session of Parliament, Asom
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said the State Government has no understanding
with any militant outfits. “In fact, the BJP sees each and every people of Asom
as an ULFA rebel,” he said.
Talking to newsmen in Guwahati today, Gogoi said: “The BJP is running short of
issues, and as such the party is out to make an issue in Parliament from a
non-issue. It was when the BJP-led NDA Government was in power at the Centre,
the secret killings took place in Asom, and now also the party wants secret
killings to take place in the State. Our operation against the ULFA will
continue, but we are sincere to see that no family members of ULFA rebels are
victimized.”.more…

 

ULFA
calls Asom bandh on Feb 19

(SEN_18_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 17: The ULFA has called a 12-hour Asom bandh
from 5.30 am on February 19 demanding immediate release of PCG member Lachit
according him the status of political arrest, and immediate halt to killing of
innocent people in fake encounters in the State, an e-mail issued by ULFA
chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa today said.
.more…

 

Cops
tighten funds noose(TEL, 18-2-08)


Official held for paying Ulfa

(TEL,18-2-08)


Guwahati, Feb. 17:

Police have began to cut off Ulfa’s funds lifeline — namely the rebel-fearing
government officials — by arresting a special planning official of the Assam
animal husbandry department for allegedly paying money to the militant outfit. A
police source said Pradip Kumar Neog, 53, was arrested late last night for
paying Rs 1.5 lakh to the militant outfit in the last week of January. “He was
arrested on the basis of confessions made by Ulfa militant Champak Sharma.
During interrogations, Sharma revealed that the senior official of the state
veterinary and animal husbandry department had paid money to the proscribed
outfit,” the officer said.

.more…


Ulfa calls bandh in support of
Lachit(TEL, 18-2-08)


Guwahati, Feb. 17:

A court today sent Lachit
Bordoloi to police remand for another two days while the Ulfa chief sat planning
a statewide bandh on Tuesday seeking unconditional release of the human rights
activist. Bordoloi was arrested six days ago based on a rebel’s statement about
a possible hijack conspiracy hatched by Ulfa. The police had sought another five
days’ remand to question Bordoloi regarding 2,500 Ulfa e-mails investigators
found in his laptop, Bordoloi’s advocate Bijan Mahajan said. But the court today
granted only two.The chief judicial magistrate (Kamrup), Rabin Phukan, also
rejected the bail petition of another MASS activist Khagen Talukdar, Deccan
staff Sumanta Datta and a former employee of a private news channel Pradip Gogoi
and sent them to judicial custody.

.more…

Ultras gun
down 4 in NC Hills(AST_20_2_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 19 – The militants of the Black Widow outfit today
struck again at Umrangso in N C Hills district and killed four persons and
injured two others. All the dead and injured ones are workers of the Vinay
Cement Ltd.
According to police sources in NC Hills, a gang of the outfit’s militants
numbering around 15, sprayed bullets from their sophisticated weapons targeting
the dumper drivers and mineworkers of the cement company around 11-30 this
morning. The workers of the company were then busy in their daily works at the
mine of the company, around 15 km from the Umrangso Police Station.
Four of the dumper drivers and mineworkers died on the spot while two of their
co- workers sustained injuries in the incident. One of the injured has been
admitted to the local hospital while the other one has been shifted to a Nagaon
hospital for treatment, said the police sources. The dead ones have been
identified as Ram Bahadur Sonar (27), Unab Pradhan (34) and Kumar Lama (50) of
Umrangso and Dilip Singh (40) of the Mines Area.
.more…

Ultras from State sneaking into
Bhutan(AST_20_2_k8)

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 19 – Though SSB personnel have been deployed along the
Assam-Bhutan border to prevent militants from using the international border to
move from one country to another, the Government of Bhutan has been claiming
that members of insurgent groups managed to sneak into the country from Assam.
The State run newspaper of Bhutan, Kuensel recently reported that elements of
Maoist groups managed to sneak into the country through Assam to establish
camps. The report said that recently six members of Nepal based Maoist group
Communist Party of Bhutan were arrested in Bhutan with a cache of arms and
ammunition. The report went on to say that during interrogation, the arrested
militants admitted that they had entered Bhutan through Assam. This report once
again highlighted the problems faced by Bhutan from militants sneaking into the
country through Assam..more…

DHD (J) guns down 5(NPT,
20-2-08)

Diphu, Feb 19: Five employees of a cement factory were killed while another
was grievously injured in an attack by suspected Dima Halam Daoga (Black Widow)
militants in NC Hills district of Assam on Tuesday.
According to police, a group of employees of Vinay Cements, a private cement
company, were on their way to the company’s lime collection site, about four
kilometers from Umrangshu, when their vehicle came under attack from the
militants. Three of the employees died on the spot while two others succumbed to
injuries on way to hospital. The seriously injured is undergoing treatment at a
hospital. The militants also set ablaze four vehicles.  Senior officials of the
district administration rushed to the spot which is in a forested area.
It may be mentioned the DHD (J) has unleashed a reign of terror in the district,
killing at least 16 people, including eight policemen, since January. Increased
subversive activities by the outfit have jeopardized law and order besides
implementation of important national projects such as the East-West Corridor and
conversion of rail tracks into broad gauge in North Cachar.
.more…

 

Ulfa bandh peaceful (TEL,
20-2-08)


Anti-militancy group takes out
procession (TEL, 20-2-08)


Guwahati, Feb. 19:

Normal life came to a standstill in the state during the 12-hour bandh called by
Ulfa today.Business establishments, government offices and educational
institutions remained closed while vehicles remained off the road during the
bandh, which started at 5.30am.Functioning of Oil India Limited and ONGC was
also disrupted, as drilling operations remained suspended.The deputy
commissioners held meetings with the business community in their respective
districts and appealed to them to defy the bandh. However, none of the
businessmen dared to do so.

.more…


Unfortunate :MLAs are soft target
of ULFA: Police
(SEN_21_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, 20: With its plan to hijack a plane from the Lokapriya Gopinath
Bordoloi International Airport (LGBIA) being foiled by the State police force,
the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has drawn a plan to attack ministers,
MLAs and other political leaders. The threat perception from the rebel group,
according to police sources, is high on the MLAs who are soft targets. The
ministers, on the other hand, have high security cover.
It may be mentioned here that ULFA cadre Manoj Tamuly, who had been arrested
recently in connection with the plane hijack plan, confessed during
interrogation that he had been given the responsibility to oversee the matter of
attack on political leaders. Following intelligence report, the State police has
alerted the MLAs asking them not to be without PSOs, and not to go to any
sensitive areas without informing the police. The police also asked the security
personnel to take maximum care of the MLAs for whose security they have been
assigned. “The threat perception on the MLAs from the ULFA is high. We have
asked the MLAs to remain alert, and not to go anywhere without PSOs,” IGP (SB)
Khagen Sarma told The Sentinel..more…

 

UPDS sets terms for
ceasefire with Centre
(SEN_21_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 20: The
United People’s Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) today said that it had sent a
letter to the Joint Secretary (NE) to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Navin
Verma, and Asom IGP (SB) Khagen Sarma setting some preconditions for the renewal
of its ceasefire agreement with the Centre for another six months.

.more…

 


‘ULFA for political solution’
(SEN_21_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 20: ULFA chairman
Arabinda Rajkhowa today said the ULFA is still in favour of political solution
to its conflict with the Government of India. In an e-mail issued to the media
today, Rajkhowa said talks is not the only alternative to struggle.

.more…

 
Army keeping ULFA
regroup bid in check(AST, 22-2-08)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 21 – After the recent series of crackdowns
on the members of the banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) by the Assam
Police, the Indian Army too is making concerted efforts to prevent the outfit
from regrouping in the State. This was stated by Major General Gyan Bhushan,
GOC, 21 Mountain Division, while talking to this correspondent on the sidelines
of an ‘Operation Sadbhavana’ programme at Changsari here today.
.more…

Ultras creating fear psychosis
in NC Hills(AST, 22-2-08)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 21 – Collection of funds for boosting its
own coffer is believed to be the main reason behind the recent attacks on the
North Eastern Electrical Power Corporation (NEEPCO) and other major industries
by the militants belonging to the Black Widow group in the North Cachar Hills
district as the NEEPCO authorities have received a demand note from the outfit.
Highly placed official sources told The Assam Tribune here today that the
Black Widow militants have demanded an amount of Rs 2 crore from the Kopili
power project of the NEEPCO and they also demanded that the first instalment
should be paid by February 28. The notice given to the NEEPCO enlisted a series
of other demands including development of the locality, jobs to locals etc.
Interestingly, the militant outfit has also demanded that ten percent of the
revenue of the Kopili power project should go to the North Cachar Hills
Autonomous Council..more…

ULFA shoots dead two(SEN_22_2_k8)
From our Reporter
TINSUKIA, Feb 21: Suspected ULFA militants shot dead two persons — Pradip
Hazarika, a teacher, and Bayan Moran — at Chengeli village under Kakopathar
police station in Tinsukia district at 7.30 pm today.

DHD camp attacked by
DHD(J)

(SEN_22_2_k8)

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 21: The DHD camp at Basaribari, nine km from Maibong in NC Hills,
came under attack from its rival faction, DHD(J), at 8 am today. The DHD(J)
militants have reportedly used rocket launchers in the attack.

 


Trader abducted in Assam(TEL,
22-2-08)

Guwahati, Feb. 21: Militants
belonging to the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) aided by
colleagues from Nagaland abducted a trader from the Panjan area under the
Sarupathar police station in Golaghat district last night. Dilip Agarwalla, a
rice trader and his associate Moron Das, were travelling on a motorcycle from
Nawjan to Panjan when four armed youths accosted them at gunpoint and took them
away. While Das, a shop owner from Panjan, was later released, Agarwalla was
taken to a Naga village across the border. The armed youths also took away Rs
40,000 from Das.

.more…


Teacher killed in Assam(TEL,
22-2-08)


Dibrugarh, Feb. 21:

Suspected Ulfa militants shot dead a
schoolteacher at Kakopathar Harumechai village in Tinsukia district around
7.30pm today.The same group is suspected to have killed Bhoyen Moran, 20, a
resident of the adjoining Bormechai village, only 15 minutes earlier.Police said
four persons dressed in fatigues called out Pradip Hazarika, a 36-year-old
teacher of Bordirak Middle English School in Kakopathar, from his house and shot
him dead from point blank range after a brief conversation. They also assaulted
his neighbour Jiten Changmai before leaving the place.

.more…


Officials in Ulfa tangle(TEL,
22-2-08)


Glare on 6 for paying outfit (TEL,
22-2-08)


Guwahati, Feb. 21:

Six senior Assam government officials
who allegedly contributed to the Ulfa coffers are under police watch and could
be arrested soon.A senior police official said some evidence had been gathered
against the officials, but further investigation was necessary to make the cases
watertight. He said an Ulfa militant arrested recently revealed the names of the
senior officials, mostly from Guwahati, who paid money to the outfit. “We need
to gather more evidence before taking action. We simply cannot pick them up on
the basis of allegations by an arrested militant. We want a strong case in
court.”

.more…

Three KLNLF rebels shot
dead

(SEN_23_2_k8)

From our Correspondent
DIPHU, Feb 22: Three KLNLF rebels were killed and five others injured in an
encounter with a joint team of the Army and the police at a place along the
Nagaon-Karbi Anglong border under Howraghat police station today.
Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of the 46 Assam Rifles and police personnel
from Salana outpost gheraoed a house in the Kamalabheti area at about 5.30 am
today. When the security personnel knocked the door, the militants, who were
inside the house, started firing, and the security personnel retaliated it
killing three militants on the spot. Two AK-56 rifles, four SDL guns and a
mobile phone set were recovered from the spot.
.more…

 

Lachit in judicial
custody
(SEN_23_2_k8)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 22: The Kamrup Chief Judicial Magistrate has today sent PCG member
Lachit Bordoloi to a 14-day judicial remand. Talking to reporters while being
produced before the court, Bordoloi said the police could not frame any charge
against him till today.

 

Army kills 3 ultras ; ULFA
shoots down 2(SHT, 23-2-08)

Guwahati: The Army shot dead three tribal
militants and arrested five others in an operation carried out on Friday morning
in a village in Karbi Anglong district of Assam while ULFA militants shot dead
two persons at Kakopathar in Tinsukia district on Thursday night.Army sources
said the troops cordoned off a hide-out of the militants at Rongbong Bey village
in Karbi Anglong at around 5 a.m. on Friday. The militants taking shelter inside
a house opened fire and three of them were killed in the ensuing encounter that
lasted for about half an hour..more…

Five injured in ambush by
DHD(SHT, 23-2-08)

Haflong (Assam): Five people, including
three policemen, were injured in an attack by Dima Halam Daoga (Black Widow)
militants in Assam’s North Cachar Hills district this evening, official sources
said.The militants ambushed a convoy of police personnel near Hatikhali under
Langting police station injuring three of them and two other passersby.The
militants managed to escape after the attack and senior police and civil
officials have rushed to the spot.
.more…

Black
Widow, AANLA likely to be banned(AST, 24-2-08)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 23 – With the militants belonging to the
Black Widow group and the All Adivasi National Liberation Army (AANLA) causing
mayhem with their acts of violence, the Government of Assam has started
preparation of detailed proposals to be submitted to the Government of India for
imposing ban on the outfits under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities
(Prevention) Act. Highly-placed official sources told The Assam Tribune
that the State Government has already intimated the Centre about the move to
impose a ban on the Black Widow group and the AANLA and the formal proposal
would be sent shortly. Sources said that imposition of a ban on any outfit is a
long process and the details would have to be worked out thoroughly to prevent
anyone from challenging the ban. Of course, very rarely such bans are challenged
but the Government is not willing to take any chances.
.more…

NSCN (K) denies hand in
students’ abduction(AST, 24-2-08)

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 23 – NSCN-K today described the allegation of the All Arunachal
Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) that the former had kidnapped school students
from Arunachal Pradesh as ‘not based on facts.’ It has also warned that it would
not tolerate any attempt at maligning its image.
In fact, some Naga boys of Tirap and Changlang had joined the NSCN-K on their
own in January last. Some of them who were found to be minors, were sent back to
their homes by the NSCN-K, said P Tikhak, Deputy Information and Publicity
Minister of the Government of the People’s Republic of Nagaland run by the
NSCN-K. He was talking to this newspaper. He also claimed that the people of
Tirap and Changlang are Nagas..more…

4 picked up(AST, 24-2-08)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 23 — City police today picked up four employees of
Tirupati Courier Service of Jet Airways for questioning after a sophisticated
7.56 pistol was recovered from one of the Kolkata-bound parcels at the LGBI
Airport here..more…

 

Ultra
killed(AST, 24-2-08)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 23 — A Black Widow insurgent was killed in an encounter
with security forces in NC Hills district today. – PTI


 

Eight hurt
in Diphu blast(AST, 25-2-08)

From Our Correspondent
 DIPHU, Feb 24 – Eight persons were injured, in a grenade blast at Dharam Nala
in Diphu town at 6.20 pm on Saturday in Karbi Anglong.
.more…

2 killed in KA; bandh
called(NPT_25_2_k8)

 Diphu, Feb 24: Militants of the Karbi Longri National
Liberation Front (KLNLF) gunned down two Hindi-speaking people at Bokulia
Ramnagar Gaon in Karbi Anglong district of Assam, Sunday.
According to official sources, the two were gunned down by a seven member group
of the KLNLF, which was armed with sophisticated weapons. The victims had come
to Rongpur village from Nagaon district in connection with a proposal for
marriage.
Condemning the attack, the Hindibhasi Chhtra Sangstha called for a 12-hour bandh
in the district on February 26 from 5 am to 5 pm. On the other hand, a red alert
has been sounded throughout the district by the district administration.
.more…

 

KLNLF kills two
Hindi-speakers in KA(SEN_25_2_k8)

HOWRAGHAT, Feb 24: Suspected Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front
(KLNLF) militants shot dead two Hindi-speaking people at Rongnagar Chouhan
Basti, five km from Bakalia police station, at 5.30 am today. According to
police sources, eight KLNLF militants entered the Rongnagar Chauhan Basti at
around 5.30 this morning and shot dead two persons. The deceased have been
identified as — Radheshyam Chauhan (50) and Biswanath Chauhan (55) — of Kaki
Haphlujan, Nagaon. It is reported that Radheshyam Chauhan and Biswanath Chauhan,
and nine other people were at Rongnagar Chauhan Basti in connection with a
wedding. The situation in the Rongnagar area is tense. It may be mentioned here
that just six months ago on August 8 last year, six members of a same family,
including two villagers of Ampahar, were killed by the KLNLF. Though no militant
organization has claimed the responsibility so far, police said the KLNLF is
behind in the incident. .more…

 

Villagers killed in Hindi
hub(TEL_25_2_k8)


Nagaon, Feb. 24:

Suspected Karbi militants gunned down two Hindi-speaking men in a village under
Bokoliaghat police station, 50km from district headquarters Diphu this morning.
 Karbi Anglong police said the militants had attacked Biswanath Chauhan, 50, and
Radheshyam Chauhan, 45, while they were standing in the backyard of a house
around 5.30am. The victims and nine others from Kaki in neighbouring Nagaon
district had gone to their relative’s residence at Bokoliaghat Rangnagar.

.more…

Special
police team to crack ULFA hijack plot(AST_26_2_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 25 – A special police team has been formed
to unearth the entire plot of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) to
hijack a passenger aircraft and a case has also been registered in the Azara
police station, said the Senior Superintendent of Police, Guwahati, VK
Ramisetti. The plot of the ULFA was unearthed following the arrest of hardcore
militant Manoj Tamuli and the city police also arrested one employee of Deccan
Air in connection with the case. But it will take some time before the entire
plot is unearthed, admitted the SSP.
.more…

KLNLF militants killed(AST_26_2_k8)

 NAGAON, Feb 25 – Three KLNLF militants were killed on
Friday in a joint operation by Nagaon police and Army personnel at Kamalabheti
under Howaraghat police station.
According to police sources, Nagaon police along with Army personnel rushed to
the spot on getting information that some KLNLF members were taking shelter in a
house in the village.
When security personnel cordoned off the house, an encounter took place where
three extremists were killed and two fled.
.more…

Bombs recovered(SEN_26_2_k8)
From Our Correspondent
DHUBRI, Feb 25: Six crude bombs were recovered from a bus at Panbari under
Gauripur police station in Dhubri district during a routine Army check. The bus
was going from Dhubri to Guwahati.

 

Media
glare affecting peace moves: BJP(AST_27_2_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 26 – Failure to create the atmosphere to
hold the much looked forward parleys between the Government and the proscribed
United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), has prompted the Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP), Assam Pradesh to rethink on the role of the media in this connection. BJP
State president Ramen Deka while stressing the need for conducive atmosphere for
holding the peace talks that has derailed several times, said the Government as
well as the stake holders in the peace process should shun the media glare for
fruitful talks..more…

Cops set sail for Ulfa
catch(TEL_27_2_k8)

Guwahati, Feb.
26:
As the sun sank into
the horizon today, a special river unit floated by Assam police with the army’s
assistance set sail on the Brahmaputra on a mission to stem the Ulfa tide.
Kamrup superintendent of police Debojit Hazarika confirmed forming a river unit,
but was secretive about the start of the operation. Sources in the home
department, however, said the special force set out on its mission at sunset.
The police only recently discovered that Ulfa militants were using country boats
to ferry men and weapons across various locations connected by the Brahmaputra
and its tributaries. A team of cops in plainclothes waited on the bank of the
Brahmaputra at Goroimari in Kamrup district, about 100km from Guwahati, from the
wee hours of February 15 and was rewarded with a big catch. Four militants of
Ulfa’s 27 Battalion and a few more persons, including the boatman, arrived there
around 10am with 10kg of RDX.

.more…

BSF-militant encounter(SEN_27_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 26: Troops of the Thijuri Coy 80
Bn BSF had an encounter with a group of militants at Thijuri, NC Hills, this
morning. The militants opened fire at the BSF personnel and fled.

Blast at Sonari(SEN_27_2_k8)
From our Correspondent
SONARI, Feb 26: A bomb went off in the house of one Binod Surekha, a
businessman, in the heart of Sonari town this evening. There was no injury.

Blast at Tezpur(AST_28_2_k8)
 TEZPUR, Feb 27 — One Ajit Ghosh (36) was killed and 13 others injured
when a bomb exploded in front of a cycle store in the heart of Tezpur town
around 2.30 pm today. The bomb was reportedly kept on a bicycle.– Correspondent

 

Explosives
seized(AST_28_2_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 27 – The City Police last night seized a
huge amount of explosives, including 14 electronic and 61 ordinary detonators,
along with 4 kg of aluminium nitrate from a rented house in city’s Patharquarry
area.
Police also recovered four gelatines along with a couple of fuses. Police also
arrested two persons – Binod Thapa and Hari Mohan.
.more…

Karbi rebels attack doctor Ammo
haul(TEL_28_2_k8)


Guwahati, Feb. 27:

Suspected Karbi militants fired at a doctor at Bagori under Bokakhat police
station in Golaghat district this evening. Santosh Goswami, who received bullet
injuries in the leg, was rushed to the subdivisional health centre in Bokakhat.

.more…

NDFB refuses to attend
JMG meet, sets terms
(SEN_29_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 28: The National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) has
decided not to take part in the February 29 meeting between the joint monitoring
group (JMG) and the Government due to, what it said, violation of the ceasefire
ground rules by the Government.
In a press release issued today, NDFB’s information and publicity secretary S
Sanjarang said the NDFB will not attend the meeting unless the Government
clarifies what legal or departmental action it has taken against police
personnel Jayanta Basumatary and Jayanta Das who killed unarmed NDFB cadres in
Dhubri and Karbi Anglong districts respectively.
.more…

 

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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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Meghalaya Insurgency, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 4, 2009

Top ULFA man killed in encounter

Top ULFA
man killed in encounter(AST_21_1_k8)

SHILLONG, Jan 20 – Security forces gunned
down a top United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) militant in Garo Hills,
Meghalaya in the wee hours today and recovered arms, ammunition and explosives
from his possession. The militant, Madan Koch, operational head of the ULFA’s
109 battalion’ in Garo Hills, died in the encounter at about 3.30 am today at
Kathalbari village bordering Assam and Meghalaya. A joint team consisting of
personnel from the State police and the Army carried out the operation.
The police seized eight kilogram of RDX, a pistol, two magazines, a high
frequency wireless set and a mobile hand set from the slain militant’s
possession.
“ It was for sometimes now, Madan Koch’s movement was being monitored. Finally
the security forces tracked him down taking refuge at Kathalbari village,” DIG,
Western Range, FD Sangma told over phone from Garo Hills.
The DIG added, Koch was asked to surrender; instead the militant opened fire on
the security party. “The security forces retaliated and gunned down Koch in the
encounter,” Sangma added.
Koch was operating in the plain belts of Garo Hills in Phulbari, Garobadha,
Mendipathar and other adjoining areas in West Garo Hills district owing to its
proximity with Assam and neighbouring Bangladesh. ULFA uses this strategic
corridor to sneak in and out of India.
Sangma said Koch was supervising the transaction of arms, ammunition and
explosives for the ULFA through this corridor for several years now.
Last year a self-styled sergeant major Luceswar Rabha, alias Ratul Rabha, was
arrested along with five kg RDX from the same area. Meghalaya police together
with the Sikh Regiment arrested the militant, an explosive expert, from Oidoba
village near the Meghalaya-Assam border, West Garo Hills district.

 

ANVC
hideout busted
(AST_21_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 20 – The Meghalaya Police busted
a hideout of the banned A’chik National Volunteers’ Council (ANVC) and arrested
one of its cadres in West Khasi Hills after a brief gun battle with the
militants.
The hideout was located in Tarajak village in West Khasi Hills adjacent to the
famed Balpakram National Park in South Garo Hills.
Acting on a tipoff, a police team rushed to the spot and zeroed in on the camp.
However, the militants opened fire on sighting the police. The gun battle
between the militants and the police lasted for a few minutes, police sources
said here.
The cadre identified as, Dorang G Momin (40), was later arrested while 10
others, including two Nagas, escaped taking advantage of the jungle terrain. An
AK47, M-16, other arms and ammunition were seized from the hideout.
Incidentally, the ANVC has entered into a tripartite ceasefire agreement with
the state and central government on July 23, 2004.
Cadres of the outfit are housed at two designated camps at Samada and Chokpot in
Garo Hills as per the agreement.

 

HNLC calls
bandh on R-Day
(AST_25_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 24 – Continuing with its
customary boycott call, the militant outfit Hynniewtrep National Liberation
Council (HNLC) has called a 24-hour bandh on January 26 protesting the Republic
Day celebrations.
Joining sister organizations in Assam, Tripura and Manipur, the HNLC publicity
secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw in an e-mail statement said the bandh is to protest
against the “Indian Republic Day” celebrations on “Hynniewtrep land”. The bandh
would be in force from 6 pm of January 25 till 6 pm the following day.
Meanwhile, security arrangements throughout Meghalaya are tightened to ensure
the smooth celebration of Republic Day. The State Government has already
promulgated 144 CrPC.

 

Top ULFA
man killed in encounter(AST_21_1_k8)

SHILLONG, Jan 20 – Security forces gunned
down a top United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) militant in Garo Hills,
Meghalaya in the wee hours today and recovered arms, ammunition and explosives
from his possession. The militant, Madan Koch, operational head of the ULFA’s
109 battalion’ in Garo Hills, died in the encounter at about 3.30 am today at
Kathalbari village bordering Assam and Meghalaya. A joint team consisting of
personnel from the State police and the Army carried out the operation.
The police seized eight kilogram of RDX, a pistol, two magazines, a high
frequency wireless set and a mobile hand set from the slain militant’s
possession.
“ It was for sometimes now, Madan Koch’s movement was being monitored. Finally
the security forces tracked him down taking refuge at Kathalbari village,” DIG,
Western Range, FD Sangma told over phone from Garo Hills.
The DIG added, Koch was asked to surrender; instead the militant opened fire on
the security party. “The security forces retaliated and gunned down Koch in the
encounter,” Sangma added.
Koch was operating in the plain belts of Garo Hills in Phulbari, Garobadha,
Mendipathar and other adjoining areas in West Garo Hills district owing to its
proximity with Assam and neighbouring Bangladesh. ULFA uses this strategic
corridor to sneak in and out of India.
Sangma said Koch was supervising the transaction of arms, ammunition and
explosives for the ULFA through this corridor for several years now.
Last year a self-styled sergeant major Luceswar Rabha, alias Ratul Rabha, was
arrested along with five kg RDX from the same area. Meghalaya police together
with the Sikh Regiment arrested the militant, an explosive expert, from Oidoba
village near the Meghalaya-Assam border, West Garo Hills district.

ULFA rebel
killed in M’laya(SEN_21_1_k8)

Shillong, Jan 20: A top ULFA leader and a
key contact for transaction of arms, ammunition and explosives from Bangladesh
to Asom was killed in an encounter in West Garo Hills district in Meghalaya
today. A joint police-Army team gunned down self-styled sergeant major Madan
Koch, who is believed to have been ferrying arms regularly through the Garo
Hills corridor, at Kathalbari, West Garo Hills SP JFK Marak said. Police seized
a 9 mm pistol, two magazines, one hand grenade and 8.6 kg of RDX from his
possession. (PTI)


Fate of Centre-UPDS truce: Outfit
to take decision on Jan 28(SEN_24_1_k8)

 SHILLONG, Jan 23: The United People’s
Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) will finalize its decision to withdraw from the
ceasefire agreement with the Centre on January 28.
Giving this information to The Sentinel over telephone, UPDS publicity secretary
Tungeh Nongloda today said: “The marathon meeting of UPDS’ decision-making body
held yesterday is perturbed by the lack of progress in peace talks with the
Centre. The final decision to withdraw from the ceasefire will be taken on
January 28.”
It may be mentioned here that the Centre-UPDS ceasefire agreement will expire on
January 31. The first round of talks between the Centre and the outfit was held
on
June 11, 2003
and the last round on July 26, 2006.
Nongloda said lack of sincerity in pushing the peace talks ahead on the part of
the Government is the reason behind the UPDS contemplating on pulling itself out
from the ceasefire agreement.


HNLC calls 24-hour
bandh(SEN_25_1_k8)

 SHILLONG, Jan 24: The Hynniewtrep National
Liberation Council (HNLC) has called a 24-hour bandh on January 26 boycotting
the Republic Day celebrations within the entire Khasi-Jaintia Hills region of
Meghalaya. In an e-mail to The Sentinel here today, HNLC publicity secretary
Sainkupar Nongtraw said the bandh is to protest the “Indian” Republic Day
celebrations on Hynniewtrep land. The bandh would be in force from 6 pm of
January 25 to 6 pm of January 26. Milkmen, church-goers and mediapersons have
been exempted from the purview of the bandh.

Shillong
worried over internal security(TEL_23_1_k8)

Shillong, Jan. 22:
Meghalaya police are worried over a rise in
militancy along the state’s boundary, especially as its border dispute with
Assam remains unresolved and Assembly elections are round the corner.Assam’s
militant groups, such as the United People’s Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) and
the Dima Halam Daogah (Jewel Gorlosa faction), are active in the disputed Block
I of Jaintia Hills and Block II of Ri Bhoi districts in Meghalaya. These
districts are adjacent to Assam’s Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills where the
groups operate.Extortion and abductions by the UPDS had led to exodus of Khasis
from Block I of Jaintia Hills in 2003. In one instance, at least 4,000 people
fled the area. The exodus led political parties and NGOs to ask the government
to solve the border problem. There are fresh reports of militants extorting
residents in the border areas of Jaintia Hills. The residents quietly pay,
fearing retaliation from the militants. The matter was raised when Meghalaya
police officials met the special secretary of the ministry of home affairs, M.L.
Kumawat, in Delhi on Sunday to review the state’s internal security. Meghalaya’s
inspector-general (special branch) S.B. Singh said both Delhi and the state are
closely monitoring the activities of the UPDS and DHD militants.“We want to
ensure that the people in the border areas are not harassed during the Assembly
elections and the polls are free and fair,” he said. Police officials said with
elections round the corner and the border problem with Assam not solved, vested
interests may take advantage and mar the polls.

Tight
vigil for R-Day(TEL_24_1_k8)

Shillong, Jan. 23:
Security has been beefed up in Meghalaya for the smooth conduct of Republic Day
celebrations. Chief secretary Ranjan Chatterjee convened a meeting of senior
police officials today to review the security in the state and asked them to
ensure that there was no laxity. “Adequate security arrangements have been made
for the peaceful celebration of Republic Day,” a senior police official said.
Saturday’s security is the immediate concern of the force, though it is also
preparing for the March 3 Assembly elections. Police officials said Delhi had
sent an advisory to all the states, asking them to strengthen security for
Republic Day. “There is no threat as such, but we are taking precautions,”
Meghalaya director-general of police B.K. Dey Sawian said over phone from Delhi.
Meghalaya acting Governor S.S. Sidhu will officiate at the Republic Day function
here. A marchpast and cultural programmes will be held as part of the
celebrations at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Neither chief minister D.D. Lapang
nor any legislator can unfurl the Tricolour as the model code of conduct is in
force because of the polls. The task has been entrusted to district deputy
commissioners and other officials.

HNLC
bandh(TEL_25_1_k8)

Shillong, Jan. 24:
The banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has called a 24-hour
bandh, starting from Friday evening, boycotting Republic Day celebrations in
Shillong. In a statement issued today, HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar
Nongtraw said the bandh would begin from 6pm in East and West Khasi Hills, Ri
Bhoi and Jaintia Hills. The HNLC has exempted people going to hospitals,
milkmen, the media and churchgoers from the purview of the bandh. The East Khasi
Hills district administration has provided buses to ferry people who will
participate in the Republic Day celebrations at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

ULFA’s
subversive attempt on R-Day exposed
(AST_24_1_k8)
 TURA, Jan 23 – The recent seizure of over
eight kgs of RDX from ULFA’s Garo Hills commander Madan Koch in a raid on the
outfit’s hideout in West Garo Hills has exposed the outfit’s attempts to cause
mayhem during the coming Republic Day celebrations in Assam and possibly
Meghalaya.
Madan Koch was shot dead in the encounter by a joint team of the army’s 3rd Sikh
Regiment, based in Lakhipur, and special operations’ team (SOT) commandos of
West Garo Hills police on Sunday near Garobadha.
From his possession the security forces were able to seize eight kgs and 600
grams of RDX explosive besides a Chinese pistol, a hand grenade, a wireless set
and a mobile phone.
The activities of the banned ULFA, which uses the Garo Hills corridor for
shipment of arms and ammunition for subversive activities in neighbouring Assam,
has long been known but this is perhaps the first instance when security forces
have killed a militant ferrying explosives so near to the 26th January
celebrations.
Interestingly, this is also the second time in a span of three months that the
ULFA’s shipment of explosives has been seized. In October, last year, hardcore
ULFA cadre, Ratul Rabha, was arrested with six kgs of RDX by a joint team of
West Garo Hills police and 3rd Sikh Regiment personnel. At that time also, the
explosives were enroute to Assam.
Though security forces do not rule out the possibility of more explosives moving
through Garo Hills, yet, they are confident the outfit’s activities have been
cut to size “considerably” with the killing of the ULFA leader overseeing the
group’s overall operations in this part of the region.
With the killing of the ULFA leader, the security forces are now putting their
focus on two lesser known militants operating in Garo Hills, self styled
Lieutenant of the ULFA Gopesh Hajong and senior cadre Megha Hajong.
“It is only a matter of time before the other two militants fall into our net,”
said a senior police officer involved in counter-insurgency operations in the
Garo Hills.

 

Teacher
held for rebel link(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

OUR
CORRESPONDENT

Shillong,
Jan. 3:
The president of
the Mahila Congress Committee of Jowai, Armonie Lamare, has recently been
arrested for allegedly helping the banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation
Council (HNLC) by collecting money for the outfit. Confirming the arrest, police
today said the teacher of a state-run school was arrested on Sunday from the
Khimusniang locality of Jowai in the Jaintia Hills.The police traced all her
phone calls to several areas of the Jaintia Hills and Shillong.According to the
police, dwindling manpower because of surrenders and fear of getting arrested
have forced the outfit to rely on women to collect extortion money from areas
inaccessible to cadre of its finance wing. Many women have been “forced” to
collect money from houses and business establishments acting as HNLC agents,
police said.Lamare was arrested while she was collecting money from the house of
Buromlang Hinge of Nangbah village in the Jaintia Hills. According to the
police, Lamare usually sends the extortion amount to HNLC cadre in Shillong or
to couriers camping in the Amlarem-Dawki border areas. Lamare reportedly told
the police that she had been associated with the HNLC for the last seven years
after the outfit abducted her brother in 2000 for drug peddling and later
released him after extracting a promise from her to raise money for it. The
outfit’s top leaders based in Bangladesh send their trusted cadre to collect the
amount from women couriers like Lamare. In the past, they would directly contact
them over mobile phones issuing orders on ways and means to negotiate the amount
before sending the cadre. In August, a woman identified as Velvet Rose Jana, who
had accompanied the militants on a mission to assassinate the chief executive
member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, H.S. Shylla, told the
police that she had collected money from businessmen on behalf of the militant
group. On August 23, the police also arrested the outfit’s commander-in-chief
Bobby Marwein’s mother and wife, along with the sister of its general secretary
Cheristerfield Thangkhiew for their alleged involvement in the extortion
racket.The arrest of Phrangsngi Hahshah, an HNLC cadre from the Motphran area
here on August 22, had led to revelations about the involvement of these women
in the extortion drive. Hahshah was the linkman behind the outfit’s extortion
drive of the outfit.

 


ANVC-Government meet held
(SEN_10_1_k8)
From our Correspondent
SHILLONG, Jan 9: The senior officials of Meghalaya and top leaders of the ANVC
met at Tura where the rebel group expressed its willingness to join the
mainstream of society. The State Government, on the other hand, appealed to the
militant outfit to shun violence and extortion. It was decided in the meeting
that there will be monthly meetings between the ANVC leaders and the
administration. The meetings will be chaired by the Garo Hill Deputy
Commissioner. A decision for imparting vocational training to ANVC cadres was
also taken at the meeting.


 


HNLC warns mining supporters
(SEN_11_1_k8)
From our
Correspondent
SHILLONG, Jan 10: The banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has
warned the supporters of uranium mining in the State, threatening that it would
not spare anyone who supports uranium mining in the State. “Uranium belongs to
the Hynniewtrep people and not to India. Therefore the HNLC will not spare any
organization or individual who lends support to uranium mining in the State,” a
statement from HNLC publicity officer Sainkupar Nongtraw to The Sentinel said.
Pointing out that the cabinet decision to hand over power projects to private
companies would not be beneficial to the State, the HNLC questioned the State
Government’s eagerness to make the State economically sufficient. “The State
Government has a number of industries and factories but they have not boosted
the economy of the State. Though the economic policy has not been able to make
the State self-reliant, the Government is contemplating to mine uranium. Is this
economic progress?,” the HNLC questioned, adding that the Government’s approach
indicates the inherent weakness of the ‘State policy’.
Condemning politics in the State, the HNLC said that the call of political
parties for collective work on development is a “political game” of people with
vested interests, who are moving ahead with their “naked business” to foster in
“narrow and selfish nationalism”.

 

NE
airports on high alert on ULFA plan
(SEN_3_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 2: A red alert
has been sounded and security beefed up at airports across the North-east
following reports that the ULFA planned to hijack flights to demand release of
its jailed members, airport authorities today said. The Central Industrial
Security Force (CISF) and other paramilitary forces, deployed at all the
airports, enhanced vigil to prevent any untoward incident. “Airports in the
north-eastern States have been put on high alert following specific reports that
the ULFA was planning to hijack flights from the region,” SP (Special Branch) L
B Rapthap told UNI here. CISF officials said quick reaction teams (QRT) deployed
at the airport were activated, while bomb disposal squads and sniffer dogs
pressed into service. Entry of visitors to the airport had been banned and 100
per cent manual checking of cabin baggage in flights was on. UNI

 

 

 

NE
airports on high alert on ULFA plan
(SEN_3_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 2: A red alert
has been sounded and security beefed up at airports across the North-east
following reports that the ULFA planned to hijack flights to demand release of
its jailed members, airport authorities today said. The Central Industrial
Security Force (CISF) and other paramilitary forces, deployed at all the
airports, enhanced vigil to prevent any untoward incident. “Airports in the
north-eastern States have been put on high alert following specific reports that
the ULFA was planning to hijack flights from the region,” SP (Special Branch) L
B Rapthap told UNI here. CISF officials said quick reaction teams (QRT) deployed
at the airport were activated, while bomb disposal squads and sniffer dogs
pressed into service. Entry of visitors to the airport had been banned and 100
per cent manual checking of cabin baggage in flights was on. UNI

 

 


ULFA
plans to hijack flights
(NPT_3_1_k8)

Shillong,
Jan 2 (UNI):
A red alert
has been sounded and security stepped up at airports in North Eastern states
after the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom’s (ULFA) plan to hijack
flight to demand the release of its five jailed founding members, airport
authorities said today. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and other
para-military forces, deployed at all the airports, have enhanced their
vigilance to prevent any untoward incidents. Meghalaya’s SP (Special Branch) L B
Rapthap said "Airports in the North Eastern states, have been put in high alert
following specific reports of ULFA militants planning to hijack flights from
North East." CISF officials said Quick Reaction Teams (QRT) deployed at the
airport was activated, while Bomb Disposal Squads and sniffer dogs pressed into
service as part of increased surveillance measures. Entry of visitors to the
airport has been banned and 100 per cent manual checking of cabin baggage in
flights, even as surveillance was stepped up at aerodrome parking lots and
ticket counters, they said. The outlawed ULFA has been demanding for the release
of its five leaders in jail, as one of their prerequisite to hold "peace
dialogue" with the government.Recently, ULFA peace interlocutor Dr Mamoni Raisom
Goswami had claimed that the Centre would decide the demand for the release of
five jailed founding members of the ULFA within January 5 to re-launch the peace
process again. However, Home ministry officials said, that the government was
not in favour with the idea to release the arrested ULFA militants. Instead, the
government wants the ULFA to come forward for talks "unconditionally".

Red alert
sounded following ULFA hijack plan
(AST_3_1_k8)
From Raju Das
 SHILLONG, Jan 2 – A red alert has been sounded and security stepped up in
Meghalaya after reports of hijack plan by the outlawed ULFA to pressurize the
government to release five of its jailed founder members.
Paramilitary forces, including the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has
been deployed at all airports to plug security loopholes.
Confirming the report, Meghalaya’s Superintendent of Police (Special Branch) L B
Rapthap said, “airports in the Northeastern States have been put on high alert
following specific reports of ULFA militants planning to hijack flights from
North East”.

Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs), Bomb Disposal Squads and sniffer dogs have been
deployed at the airports for enhanced surveillance, CISF officials said.
As part of the security measures, entry of visitors to airports has been banned
and 100 per cent manual checking of cabin baggage in flights introduced, even as
surveillance was stepped up at aerodrome parking lots and ticket counters, the
officials added.
Recently, ULFA peace interlocutor Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami claimed that New
Delhi has decided to release the five jailed founding members of the ULFA within
January 5 and re-start the peace process.
ULFA has been demanding for the release of its five leaders in jail, as a
precondition to sit for talks with the Centre and State Government. ULFA is of
the view that the release of Bhimkanta Buragohain, vice president Pradip Gogoi,
publicity secretary Mithinga Daimary, cultural secretary Pranati Deka and senior
member Ramu Mech would help kickstart the stalled peace dialogue.
However, Home Ministry officials said, New Delhi was not in favour with the idea
to release the arrested ULFA militants and wants the ULFA to come forward for
talks “unconditionally”.

 

Peace
meeting at Jowai
(AST_6_1_k8)
Newmai News Network
 SHILLONG, Jan 5 – Alarmed by the uneasy calm between the police and the public
in Jowai town of Meghalaya, the Jaintia Hills Deputy Commissioner has called for
a meeting today to restore confidence.
Jowai town witnessed a police- public brawl during the New year’s celebration
and eyewitness attributes to a Police party misbehaviour led by DSP Bhalang
Laloo.
With the injured including the president of a powerful local club and his
colleagues, family members and the public lodged an FIR against the DSP.
An alarmed Deputy Commissioner FR Kharkongor has summoned a meeting with the
alleged victims, the DSP and other top officials of the district.
Informing that the meeting is imperative to restore confidence and clear things
out, Kharkongor said, “besides bridging the police-public gap, my instructions
to the police is clear that they should deal with the public in the right
manner.”


 



Centre to hold high-level meeting on NE security
(AST_7_1_k8)
From Raju Das
 SHILLONG, Jan 6 – With heightening security concern in the northeastern states,
the Union Home Ministry has proposed to hold a high-level Home Secretary-level
meeting in Nagaland.
The first of its kind meeting is scheduled at Chumukedima Police Training
Center, in Dimapur, Nagaland on January 16. It would be an annual event and held
in different parts of the region on a rotation basis, a senior Home Ministry
official said today.
Apart from Home Secretaries, senior state police officials from the region would
attempt to evolve a coordinated approach to deal with security concerns of the
region.
The Home Ministry official said: "notices have been sent to all state
governments of the region." The Union Home Joint Secretary, in-charge of
Northeast, Navin Verma, would chair the proposed meeting.

The high-level
meeting mooted last year would assess the volatile security scenario of the
region, especially in states of Manipur and Assam, with security scenario of
these two states likely to top the agenda of discussion.
Modalities to chalk out a coordination plan to counter inter-state insurgency,
after detailed evaluation of the security scenario, would also feature in the
proposed discussions, the home ministry official said.
"The meeting would review and also try to chalk out a contingency plan for
coordination between different security agencies in the northeastern states for
joint operations," the official added.
The proposed meeting assumes significance with President’s Rule being imposed in
Nagaland and also four of the states in the region – Nagaland, Meghalaya and
Tripura – going for polls early this year.

 

ANVC has
expressed desire to join mainstream: Govt
(AST_11_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 TURA, Jan 10 – The Meghalaya Government has termed Wednesday’s meeting between
senior government officials and ANVC leaders at Tura Circuit House as ‘positive’
following the outfit’s desire to join the mainstream.
West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, E P Kharbhih, informed through a statement
that the meeting ended on a positive note even as the government delegation
urged upon the ANVC to desist from crimes such as forcible collection of
donations, extortion and imposition of taxes on goods sold in the market. The
organisation was also urged to avoid participation in any manner in the ensuing
Assembly elections, directly or indirectly.
To continue the process of dialogue, a monthly meeting with the ANVC, chaired by
the West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, will henceforth be held.
Other significant aspects of the meeting include inspection of the weapons of
the ANVC every six months by the Nodal Officer and West Garo Hills
Superintendent of Police and his team. A District Level Committee is also to be
formed in East and South Garo Hills with the Deputy Commissioners,
Superintendents of Police and Deputy Superintendents of Police (Hq) and one of
the ANVC representative as member of the Committee.

 

ISI
network concern for Meghalaya(AST_14_1_k8)

SHILLONG, Jan 13 – Meghalaya may have seen an almost continuous
diminution in trends of insurgent violence since 2003, but the Pakistan-based
ISI’s consolidation of its network in the state remains a major concern,
according to an Indian think tank. In its latest assessment on the state, the
South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP) says, “the ISI is also known to have tried to
consolidate its network in Meghalaya, with the wider objective of destabilising
the economy and has funded terrorist groups by means of circulating fake Indian
currency notes in the entire northeast.”
The ISI, it says, had engaged one Sira Mustafa alias Samrat and Kalek Ali from
Munsipara of Mymensingh District in Bangladesh to push fake currencies into
India, using some 15 youths from Razinagre for the activity.
Significantly, in May last year, the Meghalaya Police claimed to have exposed
the modus operandi of the ISI in circulating fake currencies in Razinagre and
Doomdooma villages of the South Garo Hills District, along the India-Bangladesh
border.
Razinagre village was the main route through which Bangladeshi nationals sneaked
into the neighbouring Indian villages and lured the poor local youth into
criminal activities.
Quoting Home Ministry reports, the SATP said 2007 saw a continuation of the
decline in insurgent violence, with fatalities in the year coming down to 18,
including four civilians, one security force and 13 insurgents, as compared to
26 fatalities in the previous year.
According to an authoritative estimate, between 75 to 100 cadre, including
women’s wing members and couriers, remain at the disposal of the active
Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) leadership to carry out its
violent and anti-state agenda, the think tank said.
While extortion remained the most dominant insurgency-related offence in the
state, the SATP said to tide over its dwindling cadre strength, the HNLC appears
to have entered into arrangements with groups from neighbouring states like the
Tripura-based NLFT, Assam-based Black Widow, ULFA, NDFB and NSCN-IM.
Meghalaya DGP BK Dey Sawian had told reporters few weeks back that there was
movement of militants belonging to the NSCN-IM, ULFA and the LAEF in the entire
Balpakram National Park of South Garo Hills district.
Significantly, on December 17 last, the Meghalaya police busted a joint camp of
the HNLC and NLFT in Jaintia Hills district here and recovered a huge quantity
of arms.
According to Sandipani Dash of the Institute of Conflict Management, “while
there is reason for satisfaction to be found in the continuing downward trend in
annual fatalities, the most visible yardstick of the intensity of conflict
Meghalaya is still afflicted by a multiplicity of problems associated with its
multiple insurgencies, and these are augmented by the increasing interface
between relatively new local outfits and rising intervention by outside militant
groups and foreign state agencies.”
“It will, consequently, be more difficult for the state to deal with the
emerging nuances of the conflict within the existing counter-insurgency
framework in Meghalaya, which claims to have a robust ratio of 360 police
personnel 100,000 population, as against the national average of 126 claimed by
the Union Ministry of Home Affairs,” Dash adds. – PTI


 



Centre directs Assam Govt to provide security
(AST_17_1_k8)
From Raju Das
 SHILLONG, Jan 16 – After repeated extortion demands and the recent killing of
five persons by militants, the Union Power Ministry has directed the Assam
Government to provide adequate security to North East Electric Power Corporation
Limited (NEEPCO) officials stationed at Umrangsu, North Cachar Hills.
The Power Ministry directed the Assam Government that additional troops are
provided at NEEPCO installments in the militant-infested North Cachar hills
district of Assam.
Apart from increasing the strength of Assam police in the area, the ministry has
also sought redeployment of Assam Rifles’ troops.
On Monday last, five persons, including a girl, were killed after militants from
the Jewel Gorlosa faction, Dima Halam Daogah (DHD) randomly opened fire inside
Kopli Power House campus some 20 kms from Umrangsu town.
A top NEEPCO official said here, on condition of anonymity, the militants had
gunned down the five persons after NEEPCO officials did not give in to extortion
demands served by the Jewel Garlosa faction of DHD.
“Its true that NEEPCO officials had received extortion demands from militants.
Monday’s killing was due to frustration after some of the officials give in to
the militants extortion demand,” the official said.
Immediately, after the killing on Monday, NEEPCO wrote to the Union Power
Ministry requesting protection of lives of its officials.
The Ministry swiftly responded and communicated with Assam government. “ The
reaction has been swift and we are happy with the outcome,” the official said.
According to the official, the Assam government has already stepped up security
in the area with troops of the Assam Rifles’, Assam armed battalion and other
paramilitary forces have been deployed in and around Kopli power house.

Militancy
waning, but ISI a concern in Meghalaya
(AST_18_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 17 – Meghalaya may have seen an almost continuous
diminution in trends of insurgent violence since 2003, but the Pakistan-based
ISI’s consolidation of its network in the State remains a major concern,
according to an Indian think-tank.
In its latest assessment on the State, the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP)
says, “The ISI is also known to have tried to consolidate its network in
Meghalaya, with the wider objective of destabilizing the economy and has funded
terrorist groups by means of circulating fake Indian currency notes in the
entire North East.”
The ISI, it says, had engaged one Sira Mustafa alias Samrat and Kalek Ali from
Munsipara of Mymensingh district in Bangladesh to push fake currencies into
India, using some 15 youths from Razinagre for the activity.
Significantly, in May last year, the Meghalaya Police claimed to have exposed
the modus operandi of the ISI in circulating fake currencies in Razinagre and
Doomdooma villages of the South Garo Hills district, along the Indo-Bangladesh
border. Razinagre village was the main route through which Bangladeshi nationals
sneaked into the neighbouring Indian villages and lured the poor local youth
into criminal activities.
Quoting Home Ministry reports, the SATP said 2007 saw a continuation of the
decline in insurgent violence, with fatalities in the year coming down to 18,
including four civilians, one security force and 13 insurgents, as compared to
26 fatalities in the previous year.
According to an authoritative estimate, between 75 to 100 cadre, including
women’s wing members and couriers, remain at the disposal of the active
Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) leadership to carry out its
violent and anti-State agenda, the think tank said.
While extortion remained the most dominant insurgency-related offence in the
State, the SATP said to tide over its dwindling cadre strength, the HNLC appears
to have entered into arrangements with groups from neighbouring States like the
Tripura-based NLFT, Assam-based Black Widow, ULFA, NDFB and NSCN-IM.
Meghalaya DGP B K Dey Sawian had told reporters few weeks back that there was
movement of militants belonging to the NSCN-IM, ULFA and the LAEF in the entire
Balpakram National Park of South Garo Hills district.
Significantly, on December 17 last, the Meghalaya police busted a joint camp of
the HNLC and NLFT in Jaintia Hills district here and recovered a huge quantity
of arms.
According to Sandipani Dash of the Institute of Conflict Management, “while
there is reason for satisfaction to be found in the continuing downward trend in
annual fatalities the most visible yardstick of the intensity of conflict in
Meghalaya is still afflicted by a multiplicity of problems associated with its
multiple insurgencies, and these are augmented by the increasing interface
between relatively new local outfits and rising intervention by outside militant
groups and foreign State agencies.”
“It will, consequently, be more difficult for the State to deal with the
emerging nuances of the conflict within the existing counter-insurgency
framework in Meghalaya, which claims to have a robust ratio of 360 police
personnel to 100,000 population, as against the national average of 126 as
claimed by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs,” Dash adds. – PTI

 


Top
ULFA man shot(SHT_21_1_k8)

From Our
Correspondent

TURA:
The most wanted ULFA
militant in Garo Hills, "area commander" Madan Koch was shot dead in a joint
operation by police and Army personnel near Garobadha in West Garo Hills
district early Sunday morning.Acting on a tipoff, Army personnel from 3rd Sikh
Regiment, based in Lakhipur, Assam, along with SOT commandos of West Garo Hills
Police raided the hideout of the ULFA leader at Katalbari village, near
Garobadha, at 3:20 a.m. resulting in an exchange of fire.In the encounter that
lasted for about half an hour, the rebel was killed and police recovered two
packets of RDX, a pistol with two magazines and some ammunition from the
encounter site. Police also seized one wireless handset, a mobile phone with two
sim cards and some demand notes on ULFA letter pad.The killing of the ULFA
leader is believed to be a significant breakthrough for security forces in Garo
Hills because Madan Koch was the senior-most leader of the outfit operating in
Garo Hills.He used to oversee the shipment of explosives and weapons from across
Bangladesh which would pass through Garo Hills enroute to Assam.


 


ANVC
told to stay away from elections(SHT, 10th January
2008)

By Our
Reporter

Shillong:
The State Government has
directed the ANVC not to participate "in any manner" in the coming Assembly
elections "directly or indirectly". The State Government’s directive came up
during the first-ever meeting between senior Government officials and ANVC
leaders in Tura on Wednesday.The State Government, while following the
activities of the outfits, felt the need to urge upon them to desist from trying
to commit public crimes such as "forcible collection of donations, extortion and
imposition of taxes on goods sold in the market".It was also agreed upon that,
henceforth, monthly meetings will be held between State Government officials and
the ANVC, to be chaired by West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner.Meanwhile,
expressing eagerness to be equipped with vocational skills, a proposal for
imparting different trainings was also mooted for the ANVC cadres.During such
monthly meetings, discussion on developmental aspects would be followed after
the discussion on prevailing law and order situation.It was also decided that
the inspection of weapons would be conducted by the West Garo Hills
Superintendent of Police, who is the Nodal Officer for the purpose, every six
month.The meeting also agreed that the District Level Committee will be formed
in East and South Garo Hills with the Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of
Police and Deputy Superintendents of Police of district headquarter and a
representative of the ANVC as members of the committee.The meeting was attended
by Commissioner of Divisions PW Ingty, Inspector General of Police (Special
Branch) SB Singh, West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent of Police
of West, South and East Garo Hills, ANVC joint secretary Janggam Momin,
organising secretary Torik JN Marak and publicity secretary Artist Sengrang N
Marak.


Arms
recovered(SHT, 10th January
2008)

By Our
Reporter

Shillong:
The BSF in a joint
operation with Assam police in Karbi Anglong district recovered a large quantity
of assorted arms and ammunition from the hideouts of the AANLA, KNLF and ULFA in
the dense forest of Jafrajan and Bagrajan area on Wednesday.Three AK series
rifles, four AK series magazines, 143 AK series ammunition, five .31 rifles,
four country made bombs, a hand grenade, a grenade launcher and three launching
grenades were seized during the operation.Militants, however, managed to escape
taking advantage of the dense jungle.

 


ISI
network a concern in Meghalaya’(SHT_14_1_k8)

Shillong:
Meghalaya may have seen an almost continuous diminution in trends of insurgent
violence since 2003, but the Pakistan-based ISI’s consolidation of its network
in the state remains a major concern, according to an Indian think tank.In its
latest assessment on the state, the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP) says,
"The ISI is also known to have tried to consolidate its network in Meghalaya,
with the wider objective of destabilizing the economy and has funded terrorist
groups by means of circulating fake Indian currency notes in the entire
northeast."The ISI, it says, had engaged one Sira Mustafa alias Samrat and Kalek
Ali from Munsipara of Mymensingh District in Bangladesh to push fake currencies
into India, using some 15 youths from Razinagre for the activity.Significantly,
in May last year, the Meghalaya Police claimed t o have exposed the modus
operandi of the ISI in circulating fake currencies in Razinagre and Doomdooma
villages of the South Garo Hills District, along the India-Bangladesh border.
Razinagre village was the main route through which Bangladeshi nationals sneaked
into the neighbouring Indian villages and lured the poor local youth into
criminal activities. (PTI)


 


ANVC
hideout busted(SHT_19_1_k8)

By Our
Reporter

Shillong:
The State police busted a
hideout of the ANVC and arrested one cadre of the outfit at Tarajak village in
West Khasi Hills, which is adjacent to the Balpakram national park (South Garo
Hills).Acting on a tip off, the police team rushed to the spot but they were
fired upon by the militants. The gunfight lasted for a few minutes.

A cadre
identified as Dorang G Momin (40) was later arrested while ten others including
two Nagas, escaped taking advantage of the jungle.An AK 47, M-16, other arms and
ammunition were seized from the hideout.

HNLC bandh
(SHT_25_1_k8)

SHILLONG: Joining other insurgent outfits of the north-eastern region,
HNLC has called for a 24-hour bandh in entire Khasi and Jaintia Hills
from 6 p.m. of Friday against the celebration of Republic Day. HNLC publicity
secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw, in a statement, also condemned those politicians,
who are playing the cards of religion to win the elections. The outfit has
appealed to the church bodies to initiate steps to prevent such activities

Major arms haul on
Brahmaputra bank(SHT_29_1_k8)

Shillong:
A team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel
recovered a cache of explosives, arms and ammunition from the bank of
Brahmaputra River near Pandu in western Guwahati on Monday morning.The recovery
on the river bank has given credence to the suspicion of security forces that
militants have been occasionally using the Brahmaputra channel to ferry arms and
ammunition dodging tight security vigil on land areas.Police informed that
acting on information provided by some alert people, the CRPF team recovered a
huge packet of arms and ammunition that was dumped on the river bed near a
docked vessel of Assam Inland Water Transport Department.The recovery included
three universal grenade launchers, three Austria-made grenades, two kilograms of
RDX explosives, one kilogram of gunpowder, gelatin sticks and detonators. No one
was arrested so far in connection with the recovery. The arms and ammunition
dump was found not far away from the Superintendent of Railway Police of the
Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR).Police suspected that it was the banned United
Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) that was involved in ferrying the arms and
ammunition across the river Brahmaputra with an intention to strike terror in
the city located bang on the south bank of Brahmaputra River.Though the security
forces engaged in counter-insurgency operations in the State usually maintain
very tight vigil on all land routes in the State to check movements of
militants, the vigil along the course of Brahmaputra River that flows from East
to West throughout the State, is limited to only occasional patrolling across
the channel near Guwahati and few other urban centres of the State.The Army have
been maintaining that the banned ULFA have struck a good rapport with the
immigrant population in river isles on Brahmaputra river and using those
unguarded inhabited areas which are totally cut off from the main landmass of
the State, as hideouts and arms ammunition dumps.

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Nagaland Insurgency, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 4, 2009

Yimchungrü unions support unification

Yimchungrü
unions support unification(NPT_22_2_k8)

DIMAPUR, JAN 21 (NPN): The Western Yimchungrü GBs Union (WY
GBs Union) and Western Yimchungrü Hoho (WYH) have said the move for unification
“made by the Naga Hoho, GBs, DBs, NBCC, NSF, tribal leaders and Sumi Hoho,”
should be supported by all Nagas.
A joint press release issued by WY GBs Union chairman Rijang Yimchungrü and WYH
advisor Tsunthruba Yimchungrü said it was fortunate that the “Lord” had
instilled in the mind of Sumi brothers the need for unification among different
factions, and added “We should be thankful to the Lord for there has not been
much killing after the move for unification and every corner of Nagalim will
belong to Nagas only.” The two organizations also said since Naga unification
concerns the entire tribes of Nagaland, it was not proper to talk about a
specific tribe only.

 

NSCN (I-M)
dismisses 27(NPT_22_2_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 21 (NPN): The NSCN (I-M) has dismissed 27 of
its members, who had defected along with former Kilo Kilonser (home minister)
Azheto Chophi, from national service with effect from January 22, 2008, for
“deliberately” defying a directive of the Yaruiwo to return from the
“reactionary camp” and report to the Council Headquarters.
An order issued by Samson Jajo, Chief Principal Secretary, NSCN (I-M), said a
decision towards this effect was taken in exercise of the decision of “National
Security Council” dated January 21, 2008.
The order said the 27 “authorities, secretaries and army officer have
deliberately defied the directive of the Yaruiwo to come back from the
reactionary camp and report at the Council Headquarters” despite being given
sufficient time.
Those who were dismissed from national service included – Hevukhu Yeptho and K.
Hothrong (both Steering Committee Members), Vitoyi Ayemi (Kilonser), P. Nihoto
Chishi (Convenor, NJB), Hekheto Zhimo (Dy. Kilonser), Shikato Chishi Swu (Dy.
Kilonser), Kiyekhu Awo (Dy. Kilonser), Hojei Swu (Dy. Kilonser), Hokugha Achumi
(Dy. Kilonser), Vitoshe Achumi (Tatar), Viniho (Tatar), Tokiho (Tatar), Haolim
Kuki (Tatar), Iheshe (Tatar), Qhehoto Kiho Swu (Tatar), “Brig” (Retd) Kakiho
Tuccu (Tatar), Bohoto Kiba (secretary), Hekiye Chophy (secretary), Zutovi G. Swu
(secretary), Visheto Yeptho (secretary), Shevukhu Swu (joint secretary), Ghukato
Assumi (joint secretary), Vihoto Lobo (joint secretary), Akaho Assumi (joint
secretary), Khekihi Chophy (joint secretary), Hovito Yeptho (CAO, Sumi Region)
and “Col” Nikiye.

 

NSCN (I-M)
rebuts 3 Corps claim(NPT_22_2_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 21 (NPN): Reacting to reports issued by OIC
Media cell of 3 Corps HQ on arrest of three alleged arms smuggler at Rangapahar
Siding on Sunday, the NSCN (I-M) has claimed that the arrested three were not
involved in arms smuggling racket.
The MIP/NSCN (I-M) in a press release stated that two of the arrested were NSCN
(I-M) members -‘Lt’ Purtoshi Ao and ‘Sgt’ Peter Akhum – on duty stationed in the
area while the third, one Mayur Raijung was a local of the area.
Alleging that the two NSCN (I-M) members were fired upon by the intelligence
personnel, the NSCN (I-M) also alleged that ‘Lt’ Purtoshi was beaten when he
disclosed his identity.
The NSCN (I-M) further stated that the two 9mm Chinese made pistols in their
possession were officially issued by the Naga Army authority.

 

GPRN/NSCN flays(NPT_23_2_k8)

Dimapr, Jan 22 (NPN): The "GPRN/NSCN" Tuesday said some sections of
the Nagas, especially from Manipur, were vehemently opposing the ongoing process
for Naga unification as they wanted to continue to exploit the situation using
the banner of Naga nationalism.A press release issued by the Publicity Cell of
GPRN/NSCN said "It is an undeniable fact that these sections have for decades
exploited the natural, economic, social, political and human resources of the
Nagas for their imperialistic ambitions". As a part of this, the release alleged
the "aliens in the guise of Naga nationalism" had forcibly occupied the land of
the Nagas besides trying to relegate the "indigenous Nagas to a status of slaves
in our own homeland".

Militant killed(NPT_24_1_k8)

Diphu, Jan 23: A KLNLF (Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation
Front) militant was shot dead while another nabbed by army personnel in an
encounter near Bokajan in Karbi Anglong district of Assam on Wednesday.
According to official sources, the militant was killed when he tried to escape
by opening fire. One AK-56 rifle, two magazines and 50 live cartridges were
recovered from their possession. Meanwhile, police and paramilitary forces have
intensified patrolling across Karbi Anglong to thwart any incident of violence
in the run up to the Republic Day celebration on January 26. It may be mentioned
several militant outfits of the Northeast have called for a boycott of Republic
Day celebrations.
Correspondent  


 


Swu
dismisses Kilo Kilonser
(NPT_3_1_k8)

  Dimapur,
Jan 2 (NPN):
In pursuance of the December 31 decision of the Security
Committee, NSCN (I-M) Chairman Isak Chishi Swu by an order dismissed Kilo
Kilonser Azheto Chophi from national service with effect from January 2 for what
the former described on the criminal charge of high treason.

In the order,
the Yaruiwo said further retention of Azheto in national service was undesirable
considering the latter’s conduct, which led to the conviction. It was alleged
Azheto had deliberately defied the directive of the Yaruiwo by not deserting the
"reactionary camp" and reporting to the Collective Leadership at Council
Headquarters latest by December 23, 2007.

In a separate
order, the Yaruiwo gave an opportunity to those who were remaining absent from
office and duty and had gone along with Azheto to come back within five days
from issuance of the order. The Yaruiwo cautioned that the defaulters would be
declared as deserters and traitors.

Meanwhile,
while reiterating to stand for unification and national unity based on correct
line, another release issued by the MIP said NSCN (I-M) was always ready for
reconciliation and forgiveness as proclaimed by the Yaruiwo earlier.

However, the
release said, there were people who were attempting to divide "Nagalim" and Naga
nation under the "sweet name and style of unification". "But their motive behind
the unification is unification of a few sections of certain community for the
purpose of grabbing power, money and land to exploit the interests of other
Nagas". The release said the group could not be endorsed to represent the
interest of Nagas and therefore, it did not in any way represent the NSCN or the
GPRN.

 


WSH
counters NSCN (I-M) allegations
(NPT_3_1_k8)

  DIMAPUR,
JAN 2 (NPN):
The Western Sumi Hoho (WSH) said it was pained by the
allegations made against Sumis by the NSCN (I-M) when the latter described the
Sumis as "dictating the unification with criminal programmes."WSH in a release
issued by its general secretary Akavi Zhimomi and secretary Border Cell Bohoi K.
Yepthomi said Nagas should differentiate between "individual acts and incidents"
and resist the urge to paint communal or tribal colors to such acts and
incidents.The WSH was reacting to various press "allegations made by the MIP
GPRN/NSCN (I-M)" against the ongoing unification move being pursued by Sumis
initiated by the Naga Hoho, GB and DB Joint Forum.

Lambasting the
NSCN (I-M) for what it described, as an attempt to play its policy of ‘Divide
and Rule’ the WSH asked whether the tribe (Sumi) could be "jugged and washed
away" from the entire process of the national struggle.The Hoho said history had
recorded and shown that Sumis had always been at the fore of the Naga National
struggle, and added Sumis would continue to do so.The Hoho also reminded that
Nagas must make every conscious effort to keep in mind the larger interest of
the Naga people.

Affirming that
Nagas were and are a free people and that no nation, group or individual could
break the indomitable spirits of the Naga people’s desire for freedom and a
future of dignity, WSH hoped that Nagas would be mature enough to overcome all
hurdles to unity and peace.The Hoho however asked "If peace and unity among the
Nagas is questioned, what is it that the MIP, GPRN (IM) wants?"In a separate
press release, the Western Sumi Youth Front (WSYF) has termed the NSCN (I-M)
allegation that the unification move was "all about anti-unification programs
like arms collection and imparting trainings to Sumi Youth Front’ as baseless
and false.WSYF president K. Kakiye Zhimomi and press secretary Mughavi Chishi in
a press release asked the NSCN (I-M) to furnish proof and evidences and let the
people judge.


 


Bomb
explosion


DIMAPUR, JAN 3 (NPN):

A crude bomb hurled by unidentified
persons exploded inside the compound of the house of a retired government
employee here at PWD Colony, Thursday night at around 6.30 p.m. However, no one
was injured in the explosion. According to police, the owner of the house, a
retired head accountant of the state PHED, was in the house with his children
when the explosion took place.


 


7
ULFA, 3 NSCN-IM cadres surrender
(NPT_7_1_k8)


Dimapur :

Ten cadres, seven from ULFA and three from NSCN-IM, Sunday surrendered at the
Gelapukhuri army camp. according to a report by the Assam tribune, the militants
laid down their arms in front of Brigadier Binoy Poonnen, the commander of 181
Mountain Brigade in presence of LR Bishnai, DIG, Assam Police, Dr KK Dwivedi,
DC, Tinsukia, PK Bhuyan, SP, Tinsukia and commanding officers of all army units
in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts.

Those who
surrendered were Bhogen Neog alias Bhaiti Hazarika, Rajeev Barua alias Upen
Barua, Jogen Saikia alias Jayanta Saikia, Ratan Barua alias Uta, Semali Kumja
Boraj alias Moni, Rinku Moni Bora alias Moina, and Lakhi Gogoi, while NSCN
cadres are Leet Singphoo alias Lalit, Nampung Lajun alias Bayon and Phapha Shyam
alias Sem.

The items
recovered from the cadres include a pistol, one rifle, one .22 pistol, two 9mm
pistol, one .32 revolver, two grenades, four Chinese mines, 140 rounds of
ammunition and one IED circuit.On the other hand, last night one lady cadre of
ULFA’s 28 batallion ‘C’ company Swapna Baruah alias Swapna Moran was killed and
two others managed to escape in an encounter with personnel of 7/11 Gorkha
Regiment at Dirak Rongpuria Nagaon under Kakopathar police station of Tinsukia.
The troops had a tip-off that three ULFA cadres were taking shelter in a house
and there was a gunfight when the army approached the area. In the ensuing
encounter, the lady cadre was killed, army sources said.

A
correspondent from Nazira adds: Two ULFA militants were arrested in an operation
by 37 Assam Rifles in Bihubar area on the Assam-Nagaland border last
night.According to information received, the ULFA men are Nikhil Bhuyan of Moran
Kasupathar and Jadav Saikia of Jengraimukh, Majuli. They were later handed over
to Simaluguri police station. In the mean time, the ultras have been shifted to
Sivasagar.Two mobile phones have also been found with the ULFA men.


 


CFSB
meet discusses unification move
(NPT_8_1_k8)


Staff Reporter

DIMAPUR,
JAN 7 (NPN):
A meeting of
the Ceasefire Supervisory Board (CFSB) between the Government of India and NSCN
(K) held Monday in the state capital, discussed on the ongoing unification among
underground factions and setting up of a NSCN designated camp somewhere between
Ghaspani and Vihokhu village, NSCN (K) sources said.When contacted, CFSB member
and spokesman, NSCN/GPRN, Hokato Vusshe told Nagaland Post over phone that the
meeting also deliberated on strict implementation of ceasefire ground rules by
both parties and immediate establishment of NSCN (K) authorised camps.

Vusshe also
disclosed that in the meeting the IGAR (N) raised the recent ambush of Assam
Rifles personnel in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh, where suspected Naga
militants also took away number of arms from the AR personnel.The NSCN (K)
however replied that it had nothing to do with the ambush, while adding that the
ambush might be the work of the rival NSCN (I-M), which is active in Tirap
district. Representatives from the Government and Security Forces who attended
the CFSB meeting included CFSB chairman Lt. Gen (Retd) RV Kulkarni, IGAR (N),
DIG (CRPF) and state Commissioner Toshi Aier.The NSCN (K) was represented by
kilonser (Alee Affairs) C Singson, cabinet secretary Nitovi Aye and spokesman
Hokato Vusshe. Meanwhile, the NSCN (K) also disclosed that the next CFSB meeting
would be convened at the earliest possible time to further discuss on the other
agendas presented in Saturday’s meeting.


 



Governor discusses security with SF
(NPT_9_1_k8)


Dimapur, Jan 8 (NPN):

GOC 3 Corps, Lt. Gen. MS Dadwal, and
IGAR (N) Maj. Gen. K. S. Sethi called on Governor K. Sankaranarayanan in Kohima
on Tuesday and discussed matters for free and fair elections. A defence release
said the GOC 3 Corps assured the Governor that the security forces would
maintain full synergy with the civil administration towards providing adequate
environmental security in the State. "A regular interaction between the security
forces and civil administration will be carried out to ensure that prompt and
effective assistance is available as and when required".

The release
said the meeting also discussed violation of ceasefire ground rules where the
GOC 3 Corps emphasized the need for strategy to deal with such violations prior
to and during the polls. The strategy would include apprehending any personnel
moving with arms and ammunition or intimidating and harassing innocent public
and subsequently initiating appropriate action against him.

 


SKK
flays NSCN (I-M) statement
(NPT_9_1_k8)


Dimapur, Jan 8 (NPN):

The All Sumi Students’ Union (SKK)
Tuesday asked the NSCN (I-M) leadership to withdraw without further delay the
accusation that Sumis were "betrayers" of the Naga nation.

In a strongly
worded statement, the SKK through a joint release by its president K. Himahito
Chishi, general secretary Vitolu Chophy and speaker Abeto Shohe questioned the
NSCN (I-M) if it wanted to achieve bloodshed among the Nagas and if bloodshed
could bring solution.

Accusing the
NSCN (I-M) of being a "stumbling block" to the solution of Naga political
problem, the signatories said if the faction believed that a divided house with
continued bloodshed among the Nagas must not cease then it should "sell" its
ideas elsewhere.

They pointed
out that Nagas in general have had enough of the current situation and
therefore, some positive steps needed to be undertaken of which the first step
was to achieve freedom among themselves. The signatories called upon the Nagas
to judge as to who stood for the right course.

Stating that
no organization in the history of Naga freedom movement had ever singled out a
particular tribe and branded its members as "betrayers", the signatories said
"it is misfortune that an organization whom we have fed, protected and for whom
we have sacrificed countless lives has brought out this unprecedented
statement".

The
signatories pointed out that the moment an organization indulged in petty tribal
politics, it would lose legitimacy to lead the Nagas. They also pointed out that
unification of all the warring factions was a golden opportunity towards the
solution of Naga political problem as Nagas have lived a life of suspicion,
treachery and insecurity owing to division among the freedom fighters.

 

GPRN/NSCN’
signs MoU with NNC/FGN
(NPT_14_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 13 (NPN): In a
significant development, the GPRN/NSCN and the NNC/FGN (Non-accord) have signed
a memorandum of understanding and subsequently made a three-point declaration on
January 12 at Vihokhu, Dimapur, on peace and unity.
A release issued by the publicity cell of GPRN/NSCN, said the declaration by
both sides strongly affirmed to uphold the stand on unification of all Nagas,
irrespective of artificial boundaries.
The second point of the declaration was to put an end to hostilities and
killings and to enable democratic participation and interaction among Nagas to
come together under one platform.
Both sides have also declared the resolve to explore avenues and ensure
transparent pursuit of unification process on solid (broad based) foundation
that encompasses all sections of the Nagas for settlement of the Naga cause.
The release said the House constituted a Co-ordination Committee comprising nine
members from both the groups and entrusted with the task of mobilizing the mass.
The release said the declarations were made “in the true spirit of Naga
brotherhood and nationalism and to restore peace, normalcy, dignity and unity in
our land; to protect our identity, culture and tradition and to defend our land
and its resources”.
In a separate release, the GPRN/NSCN pronounced: “We stand to safeguard and
unite the Nagas on the basis of our historical and political rights and thereby
to strengthen the political process through peaceful means”.
It said the pronouncement was made in response to the “clarion call by various
Naga national bodies, civil societies and the Church on Naga unification” and to
“dispel any misgivings in the minds of the Nagas and to set the records
straight”.
Denying its involvement in the recent abductions for ransom, the release
condemned such incidents and   testified before God and the Nagas that “Nagaland
for Christ is the guiding faith of the ongoing Naga unification efforts” and
therefore, the question of criminalization of the process did not arise.  

 


8
KRA militants arrested
(NPT_14_1_k8)

Staff Reporter

DIMAPUR, JAN
13 (NPN): Eight KRA militants were arrested along with arms and ammunition by a
combined team of police and 31 Assam Rifles from a house at Notun Bosti here on
Sunday.
They were later identified as Rabi Kumar, Ojit Kumar, Ricky Rajkumar, Min-thang
Kuki, Tomba Singh, Lokho Mao, Ranbir Singh, and Mrs. Anjali. Police recovered
one .32 pistol with 50 live cartridges, two magazines, six mobile handsets, one
digital camera, one still camera, ten CDs and a cash of Rs.45,000 from their
possession. Later on the basis of the information provided by them, one Reivei
Poumai was arrested along with one AK 56 rifle and  one live cartridge of 7.65
Pistol.


Polarisation among NSCN factions creates concern
(AST_3_1_k8)
Newmai News Network
 DIMAPUR, Jan 2 – There is an air of fear and uncertainty in the Nagaland
commercial hub – Dimapur following the fast polarisation among the NSCN
factions.
According to the NSCN-IM, a huge amount of money to the tune of crores of rupees
has been collected from the businessmen in Dimapur by the NSCN faction led by
Azheto Chophy and Khaplang in just one month’s time.
Azheto Chophy and C Singson are the two signatories of the November 24 Niuland
Unity Declaration. The NSCN-IM then expressed with a serious tone that the
“Azheto and Khaplang group” has tested the nerves of the NSCN-IM.
The NSCN-IM has said that the outfit has been exercising maximum restraint and
patience in the interest of the “Naga Nation.”
“In the name of unification the most provocative things are happening in Dimapur
but for the greater interest of the Naga Nation, maximum restraint and patience
have been exercised by NSCN, because the national principle are not guided by
communal interest but by national interest. The national issue cannot be allowed
to get polluted to serve the interest of the anti-Naga forces that has raised
its ugly head in the form of Azheto Chophy and his mentor Khaplang,” said the
NSCN-IM.
The outfit alleged that running after the cadres of NSCN-IM forces from behind
to snatch away their arms is indicative of the most provocative action that
armed forces of the “stature of GPRN/NSCN could forbear” for long, stated the
NSCN-IM while adding, “This bears immense significance but with dangerous
repercussion as such incidence comes behind the call of Naga Unification
initiated by Azheto and Khaplang group.
During the past one month of this false unity call, prominent businessmen have
been kidnapped for ransom demanding crores of rupees; no doubt they have
collected in terms of crores. The NSCN is in the knowledge of all such dirty
dealings by Azheto and Khaplang forces,” cautioned the NSCN-IM.
“Where is the unity group under Azheto leading the Nagas to?,” asked the NSCN-IM
while adding, “Lest the Nagas are taken for a ride by this deceptive scheme, the
NSCN is under obligation to forewarn the Nagas to exercise their conscience in
order to uphold the greater interest of the Nagas and not the chauvinistic
interest of any single tribe”.

 

Assam
Rifles strategy to tackle NE terror(AST_4_1_k8)

From Sanjoy Ray
 DIMAPUR (Nagaland), Jan 3 – Vowing to rise up to the challenges that lie ahead
of the Assam Rifles(AR) in the near future in maintaining internal security and
countering terrorism in the North East region, Director General of Assam Rifles
Paramjit Singh today said that the force is initiating fast moves to acquaint
each and every member of the AR with all the know-how of modern-day techniques
of combating terrorism. Singh also said that as the Government of India with its
Look East Policy is laying special stress in developing the industry sector and
the infrastructure in the region be it road, rail or water channel, it has
become imperative to add teeth to the strength of the AR, which is entrusted
with  the job of guarding the NE.
“The new policy has in a way increased the level of responsibillity that the AR
has been shouldering for years,” he said..
“Today insurgent groups, especially those operating in the NE, have become
richer, hich has enabled them access to almost all kinds of sophisticated arms
and ammunition. The fact that these insurgent groups are also procuring arms and
ammunition from foreign countries is also a matter of concern, which is why  a
change in the approach is the need of the hour so that we can be one-step ahead
of them,” Singh pointed out. Singh was speaking on the golden jubilee
celebration cermony of the Assam Rifles Training Centre and School here at the
Assam Rifles Training Centre and School premises.
“The modus operandi of the insurgent groups in the North East region along with
the rest of the world has undergone drastic change and in order to outsmart them
there is a need for a massive change in the approach of the paramilitary force.
The Assam Rifles being the premier and the oldest paramilitary force cannot
afford to ignore these developments,” Singh said.
“The Assam Rifles is known as the ‘sentinels of the northeatern region’ and
‘friends of the hill people’ and we must retain the faith of the people of the
region at any cost,” he stressed while addressing the Sainik Sanmelan, which was
participated by around 1500 recruits, junior commissioned officers (JCOs)
besides a host of senior officials.
Singh also hailed the efforts of the Assam Rifles Training Centre and School for
producing some of the greatest soldiers, who have laid their lives for the sake
of the country.
“ I sincerely feel that an armed force is as good as its training and the role
of the training centre becomes all the more imporant,” he reiterated.
The Director General also released a new Assam Rifles postage stamp during the
golden jubilee celebration.
He also flagged in the TVS sponsored motor cycle rally which has traversed 3,000
kilometers throughout all the northeastern States excluding Sikkim.

 

Bangla,
Myanmar aiding ultras of NE: AR(AST_5_1_k8)

From Sanjoy Ray
 DIMAPUR, Jan 4 – Asserting that a host of militant outfits active in the North
East region, including the proscribed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA)
have taken refuge in the neighbouring countries like Myanmar and Bangladesh,
Director General of Assam Rifles Paramjit Singh today said that Assam Rifles has
urged the respective Governments of the neighbouring countries to deal with the
matter effectively before the scenario aggravates. “There is no denying the fact
some of the active extremist groups have developed bases in the neighbouring
countries and the Assam Rifles, which has also been entrusted with
counter-insurgency operations in the region would leave no stone unturned in
this regard,” Singh stated while talking to the media persons in a press
conference here today.
“Efforts are on and if required we would not hesistate to carryout a crackdown
on these hideouts,” he said.
On the imposition of the President’s Rule in Nagaland, Singh said, “ The role of
Assam Rifles would always remain the same be it during the President’ Rule or
under any popular Government.”
“We are here to help the administartion by maintaining internal security and
also carryout in counter insurgency operations,” he pointed out.
Conceding that the insurgency probem in the North East, especially that of the
proscribed ULFA cannot be solved by the military alone, Singh further stated the
Assam Rifles is committed to win the hearts of the people in the North East,
which would go a long way in solving the prolonged insurgency problem.
“Be it ULFA, NSCN(IM) or any other militant outfit operating in the region,
there are several social root causes behind their emergence as an extremist
group. There is a percieved sense of ‘alienation’ in them and therefore we must
ensure that their basic problem is addressed by the Government. They are our own
people and we must always remember this,” Singh said while speaking at a press
conference here today.
“If insurgency in Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab and Mizoram can come down, I see no
reason why the same cannot happen in other States of the North East, especially
Assam and Manipur,” he said.
Singh also stated that once the economic condition of the region improves, the
scenario is bound to change.
Earlier, during the attestation parade held at the Assam Rifles Training Centre
and School(ARTCS) ground, as many as 234 pass outs of the ARTCS have been
inducted as soldiers of the Assam Rifles.
The alumnis of ARTCS after having undergone 46 weeks of rigorous training in the
ARTCS today vowed to work for the interest of the country.
Addressing the newly-inducted cadres duirng the ceremony, Singh urged them to
live up to the expectation of the people of the North East and the country as a
whole.
“The Assam Rifles has produced many brave soldiers and hope you will also keep
the momentum going for the interest of the country. The fact that the North East
is going through trying times would make your job even more challenging,” Singh
said, while addressing the soldiers duirng the function.
Of the 234 new jawans, five were conferred with best cadets award here during
the concluding golden jubilee cerlebration ceremony of the ARTCS.

 


NSCN
(I-M) accuses Centre of foul play on Naga issue(SHT, 12th January
2008)

Kohima:
The NSCN (I-M) on Friday alleged the Centre was handling the Naga unification
issue in an unbecoming way and using vested groups of a particular tribe to
befool it.In a statement, the NSCN(IM) expressed strong reservation against the
move for Naga unification in the present form, and accused the Centre of
"surreptitiously playing the communal card by using the vested groups of a
particular Naga tribe to befool it".

It said Semas
led by Western Sumi Hoho and Sumi Hoho in collaboration with Azheto Chophy and
his accomplices, stood excommunicated from the Naga community for betraying the
Naga cause.Last November, a section of NSCN(IM) cadres led by senior functionary
Azheto Chophy left the group and formed NSCN-Unification Camp with cadres of
NSCN(K).Since then, NSCN(IM) and NSCN-Unification Camp have engaged in a war of
words accusing each other of stepping up intimidation, kidnapping and extortion
in and around Dimapur town.The NSCN(IM) said history would bear witness to the
indignity of some Sema Church leaders who jumped into the bandwagon of "traitors
and deserters", from the group."Taking the name of God, these Church leaders
even went thus far to denounce NSCN chairman Isak Chishi Swu in preference to
Azheto Chophy, a habitual defector," the statement said.

Squarely
blaming the Centre for the latest developments, the NSCM-IM said: "The world is
watching closely how India is making a mess of the Indo-Naga political
issue."NSCN(IM) General Secretary Th Muivah had earlier said that he favoured
broad based unity and unification among all Nagas irrespective of present
political boundaries, but strongly opposed the on-going style of unification led
by ‘defectors in connivance with the NSCN(K) group’.On the other hand, NSCN
(Unification) has charged Th Muivah of being an obstacle to peace and
unification of the Nagas, saying anti-Naga forces in Camp Hebron (NSCN(IM)
headquarters) did not want unity among the Naga tribes and were allegedly
indulging in anti-social and anti-people activities in Nagaland.

In a
statement, the spokesman of NSCN (Unification camp) Hokato Vusshe alleged that
all past efforts for unification and cessation of bloodshed among the Nagas hit
roadblocks after Muivah had opted for a no compromise policy and deviated from
the desire of the Nagas, ‘to give vent to his ire on those opposing his
hegemony’.Hokato claimed, Muivah resorted to politics by writing to the
Government of India that NSCN Unified Team was responsible for the 20-odd cases
of abduction at Dimapur because he was apprehensive of being removed from his
position. (PTI)

 


NSCN
(I-M) declares ‘emergency in Nagalim’(SHT_13_1_k8)

DIMAPUR:
A day after accusing the
Centre of foul play on the thorny Naga unification issue, NSCN (I-M) on Saturday
declared "emergency in Nagalim due to the precarious situation threatening peace
and normal state of affairs in Greater Nagaland."

With
declaration of emergency in "Nagalim" or Greater Nagaland including
Naga-inhabitated areas of the three states of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal
Pradesh, NSCN (I-M)’s ‘Tartar Hoho’ or parliament has been placed under
suspended animation with effect from 1 am of January 13."Emergency has been
declared in view of the precarious situation in Nagalim, which has increasingly
threatened peace and normal state of affairs. Henceforth, the state of affairs
shall be conducted by the (outfit’s) National Security Council until further
orders,"NSCN (I-M) chairman Isak Chisi Swu said in a statement issued here.

The NSCN
(I-M)’s move is likely to have a bearing on the NSCN Unification Camp, which was
reportedly established by activists of both NSCN (I-M) and NSCN (K) following
the Niuland declaration in November last.Though the NSCN Unification Camp was
seen as positive step towards unification of all Naga factions and tribes, NSCN
(I-M) questioned its relevance and instead favoured broad-based unity and
unification of all Nagas.

NSCN (I-M) on
Friday charged the Central Government with "surreptitiously playing the communal
card by using vested groups of a particular Naga tribe to befool it (the
outfit)." Since formation of the NSCN Unification Camp, NSCN (I-M) and its
rivals have engaged in a war of words accusing each other of intimidation,
kidnappings and extortions in and around Dimapur town. (NNN)

Rio
asks rebel groups not to meddle in poll activities(SHT_14_1_k8)

From Our
Correspondent

Kohima:
Former Nagaland Chief
Minister and Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) leader Neiphiu Rio has requested
underground rebel groups, the NSCN(IM) and the NSCN(K), not to interfere with
the next round of Assembly elections to be held under President’s Rule in the
State."I hope good sense will prevail on rebel groups and they should not
interfere with elections. However, we can’t fully rule out intervention in some
pockets of the State out of individual interests," he said.

The Naga rebel
groups usually avoid interfering with elections held under ‘Indian
Constitution’. However, the rebel NSCN(IM)’s decision to impose bar in entry of
former Nagaland Chief Minister and Congress leader SC Jamir, who is now
officiating at the Governor of Goa, has gone in the advantage of the
NPF.Meanwhile, the NPF has launched a poster campaign against imposition of
President’s rule in the State. Posters saying "PR is not for peace" have cropped
up all along the streets of Dimapur and Kohima reflecting the regional NPF’s
attempt to woo people’s support against the Congress whose government in the
Centre decided to impose PR in the hill State when election was due just over a
month time."The people of Nagaland had very bad experience with President’s
Rule. Every time a regional party comes to power in the State, the Congress
Government in the Centre tends to impose President’s pule. It gives very wrong
message to Nagas living in this troubled State," Rio said.Alarmed at the
Opposition NPF’s attempt to whip up support of the people taking advantage of
the PR, the Congress has tried to blame the regional party for imposition of the
PR.

The Nagaland
Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president, I Imkong said, "The Congress was
not asking for imposition of the PR. We wanted dissolution of the NPF led
Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) Government so that we could stake claim to
form our government. The State Governor didn’t give us the chance to stake claim
and face the floor test."

Meanwhile,
Nagaland Governor K Sankaranarayanan have stated here that the election to
Nagaland Assembly will be held in time and there are not chances of a prolonged
period of President’s rule that will last only for about 50 days or so.

NSF demands
repeal of Prez rule: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), apex body of all Naga
tribes, on Sunday demanded repeal of the President’s Rule in the State saying
that this will empower the security forces to commit more atrocities on the
civilians.

NSF president
Imchatoba Imchen in a press release here has expressed his resentment over the
imposition of Central rule in the State at a time when the federation was
continuously struggling against the Armed Forces Special Power Act, 1958.

He said these
policies were against the very articulate provisions of the Constitution and
fundamental rights of the citizens.

Taking note of
the ongoing political talks and peace processes between the Centre and Nagas,
Imchen said,”Any policy that harms the atmosphere of trust and confidence is a
direct infringement to the peoples sentiments and a threat to the peaceful
atmosphere prevalent during the ongoing period of cease-fire.” (UNI)

NSCNs’ unification move
dampens election spirit(SHT_30_1_k8)

 

Dimapur: Two things have been dominating the current Nagaland scene —
the forthcoming Assembly election and the ‘NSCNs’ unification’ issue.The
election fever in Nagaland this time has been, to a great extent, diluted by the
NSCN’s unification issue and which will subsequently have an immense impact in
the forthcoming Nagaland Assembly election.Nagaland goes to poll on March 5 for
the 60 Assembly constituencies.With just little more than a month away for the
election, the household talks in Nagaland is either the NSCN’s unification topic
or the Assembly election matter.Given the prevailing situation, the mood of the
people with regard to the assembly election is yet to pick up to the heat as
expected, which is otherwise, by this time, the State would have been on the
verge of bursting out into the election euphoria as in previous elections.All
had begun with the November 24 Niuland declaration where Azheto (former NSCN-IM
home minister) and C Singson (NSCN-K external minister)-led group had announced
to form the ‘Unification Team of NSCNs’.The 2008 Nagaland Assembly election will
be a different one.The wave of the general public is going to be definitely
swayed accordingly, as in what direction the prevailing atmosphere in the NSCNs’
tussle blows.This is, however not to say that the NSCNs will involve in the
election.The Sema tribe based organisations from top to the grass-root level
have been in the all-out backing to the Azheto-Singson led ‘Unification NSCN’
and it will not be a wrong assumption to say that the Niuland declaration of
November 24 is another influential factor that had triggered to the series of
resignations of ministers, MLAs and ‘parliamentary secretraries’ from their
respective political parties while conditioning and positioning for the
forthcoming Assembly election.Citing this ‘wind of change’ the unfurling
development in the NSCNs tussle will also determine the Nagaland assembly
election.The situation in Nagaland, particularly, in Dimapur is fluid and
unpredictable, if one has to take into account the present configuration. (NNN)

New NSCN
keeps forces guessing(TEL, 16-1-k8)

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Kohima,
Jan. 15:
The emergence of
a third NSCN faction because of a split over whether the other two should unite
has left security forces in Nagaland confused.

The Assam
Rifles said today that it could not accept the NSCN (Unification) as “a separate
group” until
Delhi
recognised it as one. The inspector-general of the paramilitary force, Maj. Gen.
K.S. Sethi, said any initiative to unite Naga groups was welcome, but security
forces would officially go by what Delhi says.Led by a former kilonser of
the Isak-Muivah faction, Azheto Chophy, the NSCN (Unification) professes to be
trying to unite warring Naga groups for a common cause.

No military
operation has been launched so far against Chophy’s men despite the group not
being in a formal ceasefire with the government. All members of the NSCN
(Unification) are stationed at Vihokhu, 25km from Dimapur.Maj. Gen. Sethi
indicated that Chophy’s men would be evicted unless Delhi issued a directive to
the contrary.

Hokato Vusshe,
a leader of the NSCN (Unification), said his group had established contact with
Delhi and that formal recognition of its existence could come any moment. He
said the idea of breaking away from the NSCN(I-M) was not to create another
problem but solve the ones that were already there.“A political solution to the
Naga issue is a must. The Naga people have suffered enough and the unification
of Naga groups is necessary to find a solution,” Vusshe added.

Militants of
the Isak-Muivah faction yesterday gunned down three senior members of the
Khaplang group for allegedly indulging in extortion in Mokokchung. The attack
came 48 hours after the outfit declared a “state of emergency” in the
Naga-inhabited areas.The NSCN(I-M) said the killings were necessary to prevent
“illegal collection of money in and around Mokokchung”. Sources said a regional
council member of the Ao region, a rajou peyu (local administrative
officer) and a deputy secretary of the NSCN(K) died in the attack. Mokokchung
district has been a stronghold of the NSCN (I-M) since a public uprising in 2003
forced Khaplang’s men out of the town.The NSCN(K) said the raid on its hideout
and the killings were in violation of the ceasefire between the two factions
since December 7. The agreement was signed in Kohima in the presence of
representatives of the state government, goanburhas (village chieftains)
and dobashis (chiefs of Naga customary courts).The truce was to be valid
for six months.

The NSCN (I-M)
justified declaring an “emergency” in the Naga heartland as a way of bringing
about “political” stability in the wake of Delhi imposing President’s rule. But
the consensus elsewhere was that criticism of the outfit’s hardline stand on
unification of all Naga groups provoked the move. Maj. Gen. Sethi said an
additional six battalions of the Assam Rifles would be deployed for the Assembly
elections in March. Assam Rifles personnel will, however, be at least a
kilometre away from the polling booths. All booths will be manned exclusively by
CRPF personnel.

 

NSCN-IM
declares ‘emergency’(TEL,13-1-k8)

Kohima,
Jan. 12:
In a move that
smacks of political reprisal, the chairman of the Isak-Muivah faction of the
National Socialist Council of Nagalim, Isak Chishi Swu, has given his assent to
declaration of “emergency” in Nagaland by the outfit.

Tatar hoho,
the “parliament” of the NSCN (I-M), had earlier recommended for declaration of
“emergency” to the outfit’s president Isak Chishi Swu to counter imposition of
central rule in Nagaland on January 3.

The Naga
outfit said this evening that the “emergency” would come into effect from
tomorrow.

Confirming the
report, a senior functionary of the outfit told The Telegraph that tatar
hoho, during a meeting at its Camp Hebron headquarters last evening, had
recommended imposition of “emergency” to prevent the situation from going out of
control following imposition of President’s rule in Nagaland.

The Naga
outfit also blamed its former home minister and leader of the NSCN
(Unification), Azheto Chophy, for the deteriorating law and order in and around
Dimapur.

“President’s
rule has been imposed to dominate the Naga people and this has to be countered
by the Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim (GPRN),” the outfit’s
functionary said.

He alleged New
Delhi was trying to interpret the truce ground rules in its own way, undermining
the Naga peace process.

“The Nagas
have experienced President’s rule in the past when people were unnecessarily
harassed and even tortured. That is the attitude of the Government of India and
therefore, we have to chart our own course,” another functionary of the outfit
said.

During the
“emergency” tatar hoho of the GPRN will be kept in suspended animation and the
president of the NSCN (I-M) will function as the supreme head of the “outfit’s
government” with “full authority.”

Asked whether
such a move could derail the ongoing Naga peace process, the leader questioned
the sincerity of New Delhi. He, however, added that the peace process would be
carried forward.

Congress leaders from the state had been trying to convince
the central leadership to dismiss the Neiphiu Rio-led Democratic Alliance of
Nagaland (DAN) government.

 

Naga group
plays jury & executioner(TEL_15-1-k8)

OUR
CORRESPONDENT

Kohima,
Jan. 14:
Barely 48 hours
after appointing itself “sole administrator” of the Naga-inhabited areas and
declaring a “state of emergency”, the Isak-Muivah faction of the NSCN took the
high moral ground and gunned down three senior members of the Khaplang group for
allegedly indulging in extortion.

The slain men
were in a hideout at Mingkong, 10km from Mokokchung town, when armed militants
of the NSCN(I-M) came calling. Another member was abducted.

The NSCN(I-M)
said the killings were necessary to prevent “illegal collection of money in and
around Mokokchung”. The identities of the victims could not be immediately
confirmed, but sources said a regional council member of the Ao region, a
rajou peyu
(local administrative officer) and a deputy secretary of the
NSCN(K) died in the attack.

Mokokchung
district has been a stronghold of the NSCN(I-M) since a public uprising in 2003
forced Khaplang’s men out of the town.

The NSCN(K)
said the raid on its hideout and the killings were in violation of the ceasefire
between the two factions since December 7. The agreement was signed in Kohima in
the presence of representatives of the state government, goanburhas
(village chieftains) and dobashis (chiefs of Naga customary courts).

The truce was
to be valid for six months.

The Khaplang
faction demanded an explanation from its rival for the killings. A deputy
kilonser
of the outfit, Wangtin Konyak, said the NSCN(I-M) must immediately
clarify its position vis-à-vis the December truce.

On whether his
group would retaliate, he said the outfit would not go against the wishes of the
Naga people.

“If the
NSCN(I-M) is not in a position to continue with the ceasefire, then it should
explain its position to the people,” Konyak said over the phone.

He said Nagas
desired unification of all groups and restraint was the need of the hour.

The splinter
NSCN (Unification), led by former kilonser Azheto Chophy, recalled all
members to its base 25km from Dimapur.

Apart from the
killings, the NSCN(I-M) also justified declaring an “emergency” in the Naga
heartland as a way of bringing about “political” stability in the wake of Delhi
imposing President’s rule. However, many in Nagaland believe the move was
triggered by criticism of the outfit’s hardline stand on the unification of all
Naga groups. Some senior leaders of the NSCN(I-M) have already exited the group
in protest.

The outfit’s
former kilo kilonser (home minister), Rh Raising, said the situation in
Nagaland necessitated a quick-fix approach and “a state of emergency” was the
right solution. “Taking a decision through the Tatar Hoho (parliament) is a
time-consuming affair. So our collective leadership decided to go for a state of
emergency so that only a few leaders can take emergency decisions.”

Raising
clarified that “emergency” was not “military rule”.

On the exodus
of a few of the outfit’s leaders, including Chophy, he said that was precisely
the reason why the NSCN(I-M) took a few hard decisions.


 


PAN
alert on NSCN (I-M) emergency
(NPT_15_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 14 (NPN): Close on the
heels of the “proclamation of emergency” by the NSCN (I-M) chairman Isak Chishi
Swu, that gave full powers to NSCN (I-M) Naga army, the People’s Army of
Nagaland (PAN) has been put on “high alert across Naga country” as defensive
measure “to dislodge any sinister provocation being devised by the adversaries
to derail Naga unification.”
In a hard hitting statement, ‘Brig’ Niki Sumi of the NSCN “People’s Army of
Nagaland (PAN)” said the alert was obligatory on their part “to use any means
available at our disposal to counteract subversive factors trying to break out
patience”.
In a statement, ‘Brig’ Niki said since the “prevailing silence of some Naga
intellectuals, social leaders, civil societies and some Naga tribes” over the
ongoing unification move had “ominous ramifications”, it was imperative to
“issue a note of caution ahead of any such calamity that may arise” .
He said if such “non cooperation and non participation by such section”
jeopardized Naga unification that could invite “woes and destruction upon the
Nagas or their own tribe” the entire responsibility for the consequences would
have to be borne by them and that none should be blamed. He said those not in
favour of Naga unification “should clearly proclaim before the Nagas and to the
world that any bloody fall out would be accountable to such antagonists to peace
and Naga unification.”  
‘Brig’ Niki also lauded the “selfless sacrifice and contribution of various
civil bodies, tribal organizations, church workers and intellectuals, to bring
about unification of the Nagas” adding “we are confident that such endeavours
would bear fruits.”  


 



KDGBA deadline to NSCN-IM
(NPT_15_1_k8)

DIMAPUR, JAN 14 (NPN): The Kiphire
District GBs’ Association (KDGBA) has given a 30-days deadline to the NSCN (I-M)
to deliver justice in connection with the cold blooded murder of Throngtsangkiu,
head GB of Zanger Village, and six other family members on February 8, 2007.
Alleging that three top functionaries of the NSCN (I-M) were directly involved
in the murder case, secretary, GBs Court Kiphire Town, Selithong in a press
release informed that the KDGBA would not give any cooperation to the NSCN (I-M)
if the latter failed to take action against the three accused within thirty
days.
According to KDGBA, even the NSCN (I-M) government was aware that the three NSCN
(I-M) functionaries – Tsulimthong (deputy director), Y. Alo (raja peyu) and
Joyba (leacy) – were involved in the murder case.
KDGBA said Y. Alo who was earlier arrested by GBs of Kiphire Town on October 2,
2006, in another murder case had escaped traditional court judgment and
participated in the massacre at Zanger village.
The association also said Tsulimthong, the gang leader of Zanger massacre, had
provided shelter to those involved in the crime and again led the culprits to
join FGN.
With regard to Joyba, KDGBA claimed that the latter was holding his father’s
pistol during the Zanger killing incident, while asking what action had the NSCN
(I-M) initiated against the father-son duo who were both in the NSCN (I-M).
The Kiphire GBs said that despite repeated pleas by KDGBA and family members of
the victims, the NSCN (I-M) has so far turned a deaf ear to cry for justice.
The association further asked when the NSCN (I-M) under the banner “Nagaland for
Christ” was preaching peace, harmony and unification among the Naga brothers,
why some of its top functionaries were “murdering the innocent people in cold
blood.”  

 

IM points
finger of accusation at Delhi, ‘Unification group’(SEX_12_1_k8)

Kohima, Jan 11 : The NSCN-IM today alleged the Centre was handling
the Naga unification issue in an unbecoming way and using vested groups of a
particular tribe to befool it.
In a statement, the NSCN-IM expressed strong reservation against the move for
Naga unification in the present form, and accused the Centre of “surreptitiously
playing the communal card by using the vested groups of a particular Naga tribe
to befool it”.
It said Semas led by Western Sumi Hoho and Sumi Hoho in collaboration with
Azheto Chophy and his accomplices, stood ex-communicated from the Naga community
for betraying the Naga cause.
Last November, a section of NSCN-IM cadres led by senior functionary Azheto
Chophy left the group and formed NSCN-Unification Camp with cadres of NSCN-K.
Since then, NSCN-IM and NSCN-Unification Camp have engaged in a war of words
accusing each other of stepping up intimidation, kidnapping and extortion in and
around Dimapur town.
The NSCN-IM said history would bear witness to the indignity of some Sema Church
leaders who jumped into the bandwagon of “traitors and deserters”, from the
group.
“Taking the name of God, these Church leaders even went thus far to denounce
NSCN chairman Isak Chishi Swu in preference to Azheto Chophy, a habitual
defector,” the statement said.
Squarely blaming the Centre for the latest developments, the NSCM-IM said: “The
world is watching closely how India is making a mess of the Indo-Naga political
issue.”
NSCN(I-M) General Secretary Th Muivah had earlier said that he favoured broad
based unity and unification among all Nagas irrespective of present political
boundaries, but strongly opposed the on-going style of unification led by
‘defectors in connivance with the NSCN(K) group’.
On the other hand, NSCN (Unification) has charged Th Muivah of being an obstacle
to peace and unification of the Nagas, saying anti-Naga forces in Camp Hebron
(NSCN-IM headquarters) did not want unity among the Naga tribes and were
allegedly indulging in anti-social and anti-people activities in Nagaland.
In a statement, the spokesman of NSCN (Unification camp) Hokato Vusshe alleged
that all past efforts for unification and cessation of bloodshed among the Nagas
hit roadblocks after Muivah had opted for a no compromise policy and deviated
from the desire of the Nagas, ‘to give vent to his ire on those opposing his
hegemony’.
Hokato claimed, Muivah resorted to politics by writing to the Government of
India that NSCN Unified Team was responsible for the 20-odd cases of abduction
at Dimapur because he was apprehensive of being removed from his position.
In another statement, the Unification camp, established in a village on the
outskirts of Dimapur, denied the NSCN(I-M) allegation that it in the name of
Naga unification kidnapped businessmen and extorted crores of rupees during
during December to procure arms and set up bunkers.
Meanwhile, efforts were on by NGOs and Tribal councils to make the unification
process meaningful and broadbased, with appeals to the rival underground groups
to stop the on-going war of words in the local media. PTI


 


KRA activists arrested in Dimapur
(SEN_15_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 14: A joint team
of Assam Rifles (AR) and Nagaland police arrested seven Kuki Revolutionary Army
(KRA) cadres from Dimapur town, official sources said here today.
Sources said, acting on a tip-off, troops raided a house in Natun Bosti area of
Dimapur town and arrested seven KRA ultras yesterday and recovered arms and
ammunition from their possession.
The arrested cadres included a lady. One .32 pistol with 50 live rounds, two
magazines, six mobile handsets, one digital camera, one still camera, ten CDs
and cash worth Rs 45,000 were recovered from their possession.
On interrogation, the cadres revealed the whereabouts of another ultra, who was
later arrested and one AK 56 rifle with a magazine and one live round of 7.65
ammunition was recovered from his possession. (UNI)

 



NSCN(K) poser to GBs, DBs
(NPT_16_1_k8)


Dimapur, Jan 15 (NPN):

Expressing its anger over the killing
of three of its cadre members and abduction of another civilian in Mokokchung by
the NSCN (I-M) on January 14, the NSCN(K) Tuesday demanded a clarification from
the GBs and DBs’ Federation over the authenticity of the declaration of
ceasefire agreement signed on January 7, 2008, in Kohima that was initiated by
the Federation.

Condemning the act, secretary, MIP,
NSCN (K), has accused the NSCN (I-M) of killing its activists- Temsu Wati and
Imli Sama of Longmisa village and Imli Yanger of Kubza village and abducting
another innocent citizen of Kubza village, Mokokchung district on January 14.
The NSCN (K) said it has sought the clarification in view of the numerous
resolutions adopted by the Federation, who it described as "the so called
initiators/pioneers of Nagas’ Peace and Reconciliation process".

Further, the NSCN (K) said it would
be appreciated, if the Federation made its stand and policy clear through the
media in order to enable the Nagas to take their own decisions.

It said this
was "because the NSCN strongly considers the very unfortunate incident as the
handiwork of GBs and DBs Federation of Nagaland and so is (the Federation)
clearly held responsible."

 


KYKL
cadre nabbed
(NPT_18_1_k8)


Staff Reporter

DIMAPUR: On receiving information about the presence
of suspected KYKL cadres in Naga Gaon area, the Dimapur police and 31 Assam
Rifles launched a joint operation and nabbed one Bijoy Singh, alias Joy Kumar
son of Tomba Singh, a resident of Kakching Manipur. The items that were seized
from his possession include: 2,500 pages of KYKL letter pads, two bundles of
fuse wire, two personal diaries containing details of tax collection, one
computer C.P.U, one empty ammunition box measuring 7.62m, two containers of
motor cap measuring 2 inch, three telephone sets, one empty case of fuse
(V.429), one computer antenna, 10 numbers of CDs and one card reader.


 


Naga
rebel group clamps ‘emergency’ to quell dissent
(SEN_14_1_k8)
DIMAPUR, Jan 13: A
frontline Naga separatist group on Sunday clamped an “emergency” with the
group’s topmost quartet assuming total control of the organization to quell
“internal unrest” and prevent heavy extortion of money by some deserters, a
rebel leader said.
The Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland faction headed by Isak Chishi Swu
and Thuingaleng Muivah (NSCN-IM) has placed its ‘Tatar Hoho’ or parliament in
suspended animation and has vested full powers on its chairman Swu, general
secretary Muivah, vice-chairman Khodao Yanthan, and military chief ‘Major
General’ Markson.
“The reason why we decided to enforce emergency was due to some sort of internal
unrest leading to peace being disturbed after some 50 cadres with arms and
ammunition deserted us under the leadership of our former home minister Azheto
Chophy,” V Horam, senior NSCN-IM leader and steering committee member of the
outfit, told IANS over the phone from an undisclosed location.
The NSCN-IM, pressing for a Naga homeland, has been engaged in peace talks with
the Indian government ever since the group entered into a ceasefire agreement
with New Delhi in July 1997.
Over the years, the group appears to be keen on unifying the Naga-inhabited
areas in the States of Manipur, Asom and Arunachal Pradesh with the
Naga-majority state of Nagaland.
The former NSCN-IM leader Azheto last month held talks with the rival
NSCN-Khaplang group, announced the merger of the two factions, and renamed the
outfit as NSCN. This development indicated that all was not well within the
NSCN-IM and that the group was witnessing internal dissent.
“We are also for unification of the NSCN factions. But Azheto took the decision
of holding talks with the NSCN-K without the approval of the collective
leadership,” Horam said. He accused Azheto and his group of indulging in
“undesirable activities”.
“In the last one month, the group led by Azheto extorted money to the tune of Rs
100 million, besides leading to a serious law and order problem around Dimapur
and other parts, forcing us to clamp an emergency,” Horam said.
He said the “emergency” is an attempt to streamline the state of affairs within
the outfit with the army and other departments performing their tasks like
before. The powers of all the NSCN-IM ‘ministers’ have been curtailed following
the “emergency”, and the ‘National Security Council’ headed by Swu and Muivah
will look after the day-to-day running of the group’s affairs. The NSCN-IM has a
well-structured administrative machinery, complete with a parliament, ministers,
an army and a law-enforcing set up. It acts like a parallel government in so far
as running the organization is concerned. The NSCN-IM leader said imposition of
‘emergency’ by his organization would not impact on the ceasefire and peace
talks with New Delhi. “The ceasefire with the government of India has nothing to
do with the imposition of emergency by us as this is purely an internal matter.
There is no need for the people to panic,” Horam said. (IANS)

 

Brig’ Niki reiterates unification(NPT_19_1_k8)

DIMAPUR: A senior functionary of the
“GPRN/NSCN” has said though it was the bounden task of every Naga to seriously
work for unification of all the Nagas, regardless of arbitrary territorial
demarcation, it was quite unfortunate that some sections of the Nagas were
trying to defy the ongoing Naga unification in terms of tribal and communal
lines in order to meet their ends at the expense of the Nagas.
The ‘GPRN/NSCN’ in a press release issued by ‘Brig’ Niki Sumi of People’s Army
of Nagaland (PAN) however said the initiators of the present Naga unification
were only trying to facilitate gradual unification of all Nagas.
Responding to query of “Hebron campers” (NSCN-IM) on his justification on Naga
unification, Niki reminded that Naga issue cannot be subjected to the interest
of any individual leader, clan or tribe “as contrary to Muivah’s philosophy of
dictating the Nagas at his personal whims.”
He said the GPRN/NSCN was only asking the Nagas to strive to usher in an era of
democratic participation of all the Nagas without fear or favour, so that common
interests would prevail upon individual ambitions.
“It is our honest desire that all the Nagas should unite under one platform top
realize our inherent aspirations,” ‘Brig.’ Niki added.

 

GPRN/NSCN’
not to involve in polls
(NPT_20_1_k8)

Correspondent

Kohima, Jan.19
(NPN): The “GPRN/NSCN” Saturday declared that it would not involve in the
forthcoming Assembly elections, schedule for March 5, and warned its civil and
military ranks against participation in what it described as “Indian sponsored”
elections.
Talking to this Correspondent, “GPRN/NSCN” spokesman Hokato Vusshe said the
“Collective Leadership” of the organization also warned the intending candidates
and political parties not to seek favour or incite intimidation from the “NSCN
cadres”. “Such acts of any candidates or political parties will be treated as a
National Crime and will be dealt with accordingly,” the spokesman warned.
He dismissed reports that the organization was in favour of a political party as
the “handiwork of certain elements that are against Naga unification”.
Vusshe appealed to the Naga people to dispel the thoughts of factionalism in
Naga underground groups stating “there is just one NSCN”.
On the unification process, he pointed out that the process ended bloodshed in
Nagaland and benefited the movement towards achievement of Naga sovereignty.

 

 

 

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Tripura Insurgency, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 4, 2009

2 extortionists caught in Tripura

2
extortionists caught in Tripura
(AST_25_1_k8)

 AGARTALA, Jan 24 – Two extortionists
belonging to the NLFT were apprehended from a tribal village under Mungiakami
police station in West Tripura district while they were extorting money from
villagers on Wednesday.
Based on specific information that a group of NLFT collaborators were extorting
money from villagers at Baigunsingpara, TSR personnel rushed to the village and
chased them. Two collaborators were picked up by security forces while the
others managed to escape from the scene. During search, Rs 17,000 in cash was
recovered from their possession.
Meanwhile, three persons kidnapped by BNCT extremists from Santipur in North
Tripura district in December last year, returned home on Wednesday.


 


Five
tribal youth go missing(SHT_14_1_k8)

Agartala:
At least five tribal youths went missing from remote locations of

South Tripura
during past 23 days, police said here on Sunday. The report said the missing
youths were suspected to have joined militant organisation and undergoing
training in
Bangladesh.
Parents of one of the youth have alleged that a former militant had tried to
lure their son into militancy. Meanwhile, security has been tightened at
Agartala Airport in view of an alert over possible militant attack. (UNI)

NCP announces candidates for
Tripura(SHT_25_1_k8)

Agartala: Ending a long speculation, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)
declared that it would contest the upcoming Assembly elections in Tripura
alone.Two anti-left like-minded parties – the LJP and Trinamool Congress – had
approached the NCP to forge an electoral alliance to avoid splitting of
anti-Left votes.The NCP will contest the election alone to show its strength,
said Nirmalya Dasgupta, party’s state unit president said here on Thursday."The
Assembly election will be an acid test for the party. If we survive the test, it
will make the NCP’s presence felt in the electoral battle in the Left-ruled
state in the future," he pronounced.The party will contest in the four Assembly constituencies in the coming
Assembly in the Leftist heartland. Sanjib Deb and Dwijendra Chandra Sahaji will
contest from Barjala and Badharghat in West Tripura district while Bhopendra Lal
Bhowmik and Khanna Marak will contest from Matarbari in South Tripura district
and Chamanu in Dhalai district.The NCP also announced its manifesto for the
upcoming elections. The party’s manifesto focused on various problems in the
State. Formulation of proper recruitment policy, regularisation of all fixed pay
employees, empowerment of State’s Autonomous District Council (ADC), harassment
of indigenous tribes in the name of counter insurgency operation are the among
poll planks of the party.He further said that party’s stalwarts like Union
Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawer, PA Sangma and Tarik Anwar are expected to
visit the poll bound state to campaign for the party.

 



Tripura rebels step up offensive(TEL_ 3_1_k8)

OUR SPECIAL
CORRESPONDENT

Agartala,
Jan. 2:
A tribal youth
sustained serious bullet injuries, while another civilian was kidnapped at
gun-point in two separate incidents in South Tripura and Dhalai districts in the
past 24 hours. Coming on the footsteps of the killing of veteran CPM leader,
Chandramohan Debbarma, 61, in the north Maharani area under Khowai subdivision,
yesterday’s twin attacks have triggered panic and tension in the interior areas.
Divulging details of yesterday’s attacks, sources said around 6pm, a group of
heavily-armed NLFT militants came to Debendrapara village under Ampi police
station of South Tripura and fired at Rabijay Reang, 22, who was sitting in a
tea stall.

Rabijay was
seriously injured, but he managed to flee. He was later rushed to the G.B.
Hospital here.

Sources said
the NLFT had tried to kill Rabijay because he had refused to work for it and his
family had defaulted on the “annual tax payment”. As the news of the attack
spread, the sub-divisional police officer (Ampi), R. Darlong, and officer
in-charge Subrata Debnath rushed to Debendrapara village and launched a combing
operation. No arrests have been made. In another incident, a civilian, Madhu
Tripura, 35, was kidnapped from his house by NLFT militants late last night from
Dhananjay para village under Gandacherra police station. Madhu was taken towards
the Dhalajhari hill area, said sources.

Sources said
Madhu, a CPM worker, had earned the wrath of NLFT militants as he refused to
collect “tax” for them. Shortly after receiving the news, police personnel led
by SDPO (Gandacherra) Jiten Debbarma rushed to the spot and launched a combing
operation, but Madhu is yet to be traced. The leader of the newly- formed NCT
and legislator Animesh Debbarma has accused the CPM of sparking a fear psychosis
in the minds of the people of Kalyanpur and Pramod Nagar Assembly constituencies
in the wake of the killing of veteran CPM leader and member of the party’s
Khowai divisional committee Chandramohan Debbarma by the banned NLFT militants
on Monday.

 


Centre to review tourist security in NE
(SEN_12_1_k8)
AGARTALA, Jan 11: The Centre has ordered
the State Tourism Ministries in the NE to review the safety and security
arrangements for tourists, particularly women, in the region by January 24 next.
In letter to the Chief Secretaries of the States, Ministry of Tourism informed
besides, reviewing security scenario, meant for the tourists, the meeting would
review tourism projects and related issues.
Official sources here today said that safety and security of the tourists of the
country as a whole and NE States in particular would be one of the main topics
on the agenda, while the State authorities were asked to present detailed report
on tourists’ security.
The latest communiqué of Tourism Ministry Secretary Shilabhadra Banerjee had
referred to recent media reports of harassment of women tourists and reminded
the State governments of the concerns of the Centre on the safety and security
of the foreign as well as domestic tourists. He had also advised in the past
about the need for deployment of Tourist Police at the places of tourist
importance reviewing the detail, officials added. (UNI)

 




Tripura tames insurgency to
attract investors
(NPT_26_1_k8)

Agartala, Jan 23 (IANS): Tripura
Chief Minister Manik Sarkar says the ruling Left Front government’s success in
taming the decades-old tribal insurgency is helping the state attract investors
from as far as Japan and Germany.

"With the two-and-a-half-decade-old
militancy showing signs of abating, countries like China, Japan, Germany,
Thailand and Bangladesh, besides Indian investors, have shown interest to invest
in or provide financial assistance to Tripura," Sarkar told IANS in an
interview.

Sarkar said
China has agreed to provide technology to set up bamboo-based industries and
livelihood opportunities to farmers and tribal people, while the Japan Bank for
International Cooperation (JBIC) would provide Rs.3.66 billion as soft loan to
the state.

"Germany will also provide Rs.1.12
billion for ecological conservation projects and development of livelihood
resources for tribals and other forest dwellers," the chief minister said.

Last year, a Thai delegation led by
Commerce Minister Krirk-Krai Jirapaet visited Tripura and expressed interest to
invest in sectors like tourism, infrastructure, food processing and agro-based
industries, he said.

"Though the central government
praised the state government over its success in curbing militancy, we are not
complacent. We have been keeping our security forces on alert in combating
militancy and want a lasting solution," Sarkar said.

Taking credit for his government’s
achievements in stemming the insurgency, Sarkar said the number of
extremist-related incidents fell from 499 in 2000 to 103 in 2007. Similarly,
kidnappings have plunged from 542 in 2000 to 60 last year. Compared to 152
civilians killed in insurgency related violence in 2000, the toll in 2007 was
only 20, he said.

"Our government’s basic objective is
to improve the standard of living of all sections of people of Tripura, with
special emphasis towards the uplift of economic condition of the poor," the
chief minister said.

Tripura’s per capita average annual
income was only Rs.534 when it attained statehood in 1972 and the figure rose to
Rs.20,357 in the last economic survey conducted in 2004. People living below the
poverty line came down from 68 percent to 55 percent during the past eight
years.

The 59-year-old Communist Party of
India-Marxist politburo member has now set his sight on creating political
history in Tripura by becoming chief minister for the third straight time with
assembly elections due next month.

"The state government has launched
separate perspective plans to achieve self-sufficiency in foodgrains, fish,
meat, dairy products and horticultural crops by 2010-12," Sarkar said, and
underlined his government’s focus on education. It wanted Tripura to be the
educational hub in the northeastern region.

"The literacy rate of the state has
increased to 81. 4 percent in 2005 from 30.98 percent in 1972. The school
dropout rate has also come down from 87.29 percent in 1972 to 61.08 percent in
2006," he said.

Healthcare is another area where the
state government has laid maximum stress, besides welfare schemes for uplifting
the downtrodden who account for about one-third of Tripura’s 3.5 million people,
Sarkar said.

Rejecting corruption charges levelled
by the opposition Congress, he said, "Social audit of development works and
their expenditure is being conducted in the state and people, irrespective of
party affiliations, are participating in the open auditing process. Can this be
seen in any other part of the northeastern region?"

The leftist leader also expressed his
confidence that the CPI-M would win the Feb 23 assembly poll for the sixth
consecutive time. "The Left Front government has so far not done any such thing
that went against the interests of the common people of the state," Sarkar said.

 


NLFT ultras gun down Communist leader


(SEN_2_1_k8)

Agartala, Jan 1: The National
Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) militants shot dead a veteran tribal
Communist leader at Naksiraipara under Kalayanpur police station in West Tripura.
Police said here today that the extremists, equipped with rifles, confronted the
victim, Chandra Mohan Debbarma (60), at a tea stall yesterday and fired at him
from close range. Debbarma, local secretary of the CPI(M)’s tribal front
Ganamukti Parisad (GMP), sustained bullet injuries in his chest and died on the
spot, police said.
The commanding officer of the sixth TSR had launched special operations to
intercept the gang, police added. Meanwhile, the Left Front in Tripura accused
Opposition Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) of triggering terror
through underground outfits ahead of the Assembly elections. (UNI)

 


Five militant attacks in a week in Tripura
(SEN_3_1_k8)
AGARTALA, Jan 2: As many as
five insurgency-related incidents were reported from different locations in
Tripura during the past one week, ahead of the Assembly elections, police said
here today.
A group of unknown miscreants, equipped with country-made guns, opened fire in
the Debendrapara forest under Ompi police station in South Tripura, injuring one
Rabijoy Reang (22) yesterday, police said.
In a separate incident, a group of suspected NLFT (BM) and BNCT extremists
abducted one Madhu Tripura (35) from Dhananjoypara under Gandacherra police
station last evening.
Meanwhile, police arrested three people in connection with the murder of veteran
communist leader Chandramohan Debbarma on December 30. (UNI)

 

 

 

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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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