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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

 


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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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