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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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