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Insurgency Assam, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 13, 2009

Nagas held with arms

Nagas held with arms
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

From our
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.


 One held for sheltering ULFA cadres

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.


Karbi militants killed

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

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

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,


DHD(J) unleashes terror


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.


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.


Ulfa haven in army’s

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.


Ulfa rebels give police the

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


Cloud of questions on Assam duo’s

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.


Tea cell rings Maoist

– Team advises CM to cleanse

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
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.


Ram abduction suspect held with

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.


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.


4 Ulfa militants killed in Assam

– Blast expert gunned down in

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.


Security alert over Ulfa bandh

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


Hijack probe shifts to

– Delhi directive to crack

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.


UPDS sets two more conditions for

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.


3 Karbi militants

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.


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.

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.

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


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
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.

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.

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

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.

Gorlosa buys arms from

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.


NDFB out of truce

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


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

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:

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.

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
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.

3 policemen killed in NC Hills
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.

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.



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
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.



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


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.


request to surrendered cadres
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

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.

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


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


linkmen arrested in Chirang district
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,

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, 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

UPDS charged with kidnapping

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.


Dimasa militants kill

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.

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

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

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.


DHD (J) kills 5 in NC

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.


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.


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.


UPDS hails CM’s

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
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.



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.



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.


4 die in DHD

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

Ulfa commander

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

6 rebels held for

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.


3 militants killed in Goalpara

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.


Troops to guard tracks

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.


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.

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.

ULFA chief flays Bordoloi’s

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.

ULFA cadre arrested, arms
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 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.

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.

ULFA rebel held in


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.


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

step up drive against ULFA extortion
 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.

Indefinite Bagsa district
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

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.


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
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.

Six top ULFA cadres

 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.

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


Saikia should be arrested: APW

 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.

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

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’

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.

5 ULFA men
held with RDX(SHT_15_2_K8)
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.


Cops catch boat loaded with RDX


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.


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.


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
“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.


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.

Gogoi denies links with

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.

ULFA calls Assam bandh on Feb

 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.

Centre urged to hold talks with

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

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


calls Asom bandh on Feb 19


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.


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

Official held for paying Ulfa


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.


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.


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.

Ultras from State sneaking into

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,

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.


Ulfa bandh peaceful (TEL,

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.


Unfortunate :MLAs are soft target
of ULFA: Police

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

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.



‘ULFA for political solution’

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.


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.

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


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,

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.


Teacher killed in Assam(TEL,

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.


Officials in Ulfa tangle(TEL,

Glare on 6 for paying outfit (TEL,

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


Three KLNLF rebels shot


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.


Lachit in judicial
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.

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.

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…


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.

2 killed in KA; bandh

 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
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.


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

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.


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.

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.

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.


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

Guwahati, Feb.
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.


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



 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
Police also recovered four gelatines along with a couple of fuses. Police also
arrested two persons – Binod Thapa and Hari Mohan.

Karbi rebels attack doctor Ammo

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.


NDFB refuses to attend
JMG meet, sets terms
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.


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