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MIlitants gun down farmer in Assam's N.C. Hills

Haflong, Assam (PTI): Unidentified miscreants on Tuesday gunned down a farmer and injured his minor son near Maibong in Assam's trouble-torn N.C. Hills district, in continuing ethnic violence, official sources said.

According to the sources, unidentified gunmen fired on a group of jhum farmers at Daotuhaja near Maibong killing the farmer and injuring his seven-year-old son.

A Dimasa woman and her child were killed yesterday by suspected Zeme-Naga miscreants in Natunwari village, during the day-long bandh called by several organisations to protest the clashes between the two tribes.

Ethnic clashes between the Dimasas and Zeme Nagas have resulted in the killing of over 32 people and torching of 200 houses in the past three months

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Militants explode bomb at a private clinic in Manipur

Imphal (PTI): Unidentified militants exploded a powerful bomb at the complex of a private clinic in Imphal West district, official sources said here on Thursday.

The militants set off the explosives at Raj Pol Clinic at the Assam Oil Company (AOC) complex near here last night damaging a portion of the gate, they said.

However, no casualty was reported in the incident.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. But extortion demands by militants is suspected to behind the incident, sources said

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North East militancy: Assam tops fatalities in 2008-09

Shillong (PTI): Assam topped the number of fatalities in 2008-09 as militancy and related incidents of violence continues to be high in the North Eastern states of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland.

Official sources quoting a Union Home Ministry report said the seven sister states recorded 674 militancy-related incidents in 2008, and the number has already shot up to 624 between January and May this year.

Assam has witnessed 221 incidents this year till May, compared to 207 in the entire 2008. Altogether 103 people, including 83 civilians have been killed this year till May in Assam.

In Manipur, the fatalities till May have been 47, which includes 40 civilians. The state has seen 311 incidents this year till May, as compared to 262 in 2008.

In Nagaland, which has witnessed 56 incidents this year till May, has saw two civilians been killed during the period.

Mizoram continues to be the least disturbed state in the region, recording no no militancy-related incident in 2008-09.

The Central government has deployed Central Security Forces to aid the state authorities for carrying out counter insurgency operations and providing security for vulnerable institutions and installations, the sources said.

Sharing of intelligence between security forces on continuous basis has been enhanced, while the Centre gave financial aid for strengthening the local police forces and intelligence agencies under the Police Modernization Scheme.

It also provided assistance for strengthening various aspects of the security apparatus and counter-insurgency operations by way of reimbursement of security-related expenditure, the source added.

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Two ULFA militants killed in encounter in Assam
10 Jul 2009, 1511 hrs IST, PTI


GUWAHATI: Two ULFA militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Assam's Barpeta district on Friday, police said.


The encounter took place when the police, acting on a tip off launched an operation in Sarthebari area of the district and spotted the two moving about in a suspicious manner.

The two youths opened fire in a bid to escape and the security forces retaliated killing them, the police said.

The two were identified to belong to the outfit's 709 and police seized two pistols and four rounds of live ammunitions from their persons, the police added.

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Militants explode bomb at official's residence in Manipur
Imphal (PTI) Unidentified militants on Saturday exploded a powerful bomb at the gate of the residence of a Manipur government official but no casualty was reported, official sources said.

Sources said the militants set off the explosive at the gate of the residence of assistant engineer of state public works department A. Narendradhaja at Wangkhei Laishram Leikai area in Imphal east district at around 12.45 pm.

No one was injured, sources said adding that monetary demand could be the cause of the incident.

In another incident, unidentified militants lobbed a powerful grenade at the residence of private clinic owner, H Rajen, at Soibam Leikai area in the district late Friday night injuring a man and woman, sources said.

In yet another incident, the militants also hurled a powerful grenade at the private house of a superintending engineer of state public works department, H. Santakumar, at Heingang area in Imphal east district, sources said adding that no casualty was reported.

Both the incidents appeared to be connected with monetary demand of a militant outfit, sources added.

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Ulfa mobilizes units to raise money
Prabin Kalita, TNN 8 July 2009, 11:03pm IST


GUWAHATI: Faced with a financial crisis, Ulfa is mobilising its units under the leadership of Bangladesh-based extortion expert Apurba Baruah to raise money in Assam. The outfit is said to have prepared a list of people who can be approached for money.

Officials associated with counter-insurgency operations in the state said the Ulfa leadership has formed a "central finance committee" with Apurba Baruah as the convenor. Under him, several groups have been formed in the state to identify prospective payers and send their contact details to Baruah in Bangladesh.

The ground units will neither make any demands nor negotiate with people on behalf of the outfit. The finance committee head will finalize the deal and also the place and time of payment.

In an emailed statement on Wednesday, Ulfa's finance secretary "lt-col" Chitrabon Hazarika appealed to people not to give money after getting letters bearing his signature as some people were "illegally" collecting money, particularly in Nagaon district, by using his signature on letters. Hazarika, who is believed to be somewhere in South-East Asia, added that fund raising for the outfit was done only by the convenor of the "central finance committee".

Officials said fund raising drives of the outfit have been hit because of relentless operations by security personnel. A major portion of the extortion money is deposited in bank accounts of the outfit in Bangladesh and the rest is disbursed among commandants of the four battalions for maintenance of camps and giving money to cadres.

Arms and ammunition are procured by Ulfa "commander-in-chief" Paresh Barua which are later smuggled into the state. Recently, Bangladesh claimed to have located Paresh Baruah's personal bank account having an amount of Taka 601 crore.

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Bomb blast in Assam; 2 people killed
IANS 13 July 2009, 08:44am IST

NEW DELHI: Two army soldiers, including a colonel, were killed in a powerful landmine explosion in Assam on Monday, officials said.

A defence spokesperson said the army vehicle hit the landmine near the Balipara reserve forest area in Sonitpur district, about 210 km north of Assam's main city of Guwahati.

"The impact of the landmine was severe with the vehicle blown up, killing the colonel and his driver on the spot," an army commander said.

The remaining vehicles in the convoy were safe as they stopped the moment they saw one of the vehicle hit by the landmine.

"The colonel was on his way to his base at Tenga in adjoining Arunachal Pradesh, bordering China, when the incident occurred," the army official said.

Army and police teams have since cordoned off the area and launched a hunt. Police blame the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) for the attack. "It could be possible it was the handiwork of the NDFB," a senior police official said.

There are already intelligence inputs about militants trying to stage violent attacks ahead of the Independence Day.

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Explosion kills two Armymen in Assam

Guwahati: A colonel and a jawan were killed when suspected militants of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) blew up a vehicle in which the Army men were travelling, in northern Assam’s Sonitpur district in the wee hours of Monday.

Defence spokesperson at 4 Corps headquarters at Tezpur, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, told The Hindu that the incident occurred at a place under the Chariduar police station of the district, about 10 km from Bhalukpung, on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.

The two-vehicle Army convoy — a gypsy and an ambulance of a Field Ambulance Unit of 5 Mountain Division — was proceeding to Tenga in Arunachal Pradesh. He said electric wires about 40 metres in length were recovered from the blast site. This suggested that an improvised explosive device (IED) was activated manually with battery cells by militants who must have been hiding in the nearby jungle.

The deceased Army official, S.M. Perumal of the Army Medical Corps, hailed from Secunderabad in Andhra Pradesh. He had returned to Tezpur on Sunday from an official trip to Bangalore. The jawan, who was driving the gypsy, has been identified as Ashwini Kumar, who hailed from Bahadurgarh tehsil in Rohtak district of Haryana, Col. Kalia said.

Defence sources said the Army personnel in the ambulance saw Col. Perumal’s gypsy being tossed several feet into the air.

The bodies were brought to the Tezpur Civil Hospital for post-mortem.

Environment and Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain told the Assembly that it was suspected to be the handiwork of the anti-talks faction of the NDFB. In reply to a question, the Minister said 43 NDFB militants were killed in encounters with the Army, police and the Central paramilitary forces in the last four months. He also tabled a list of names of 27 of them. Sixteen were yet to be identified.

Earlier, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) member Padma Hazarika, while drawing the attention of the government to the incident, alleged that the militants were running a parallel government in the Chariduar area of the district.


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ATTF insurgent surrenders in Tripura

Agartala (PTI): An insurgent of outlawed All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) has surrendered to Assam Rifles at Dhwajanagar camp in West Tripura district and deposited a few ammunitions, police said on Friday.

The police said Ratan Debbarma (34) surrendered to the 38 battalion of Assam Rifles yesterday and deposited 20 rounds of live cartridges of AK-47 rifle.

Police said, paramilitary forces including Assam Rifles deployed in counter-insurgency operations intensified their search operation to maintain peace ahead of the three-tier panchayat elections scheduled to be held on July 20.

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2 NDFB militants killed, 5 arrested

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GUWAHATI: Two militants of the third battalion of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) were killed in an encounter with the police in lower Assam’s Kokrajhar district on Friday. Security forces have also arrested five cadres of the outfit in northern Assam’s Sonitpur district.

The slain NDFB militants have been identified as the self-styled commander of NDFB’s third battalion M. Mudai and Howla Basumatary. The third battalion of the outfit is currently with the Ranjan Daimary-led anti-talk faction of the NDFB.

Two pistols (one Italian made and the other made in the United States), three magazines, one grenade and a cell phone were recovered from the slain militants.

The police said an encounter ensued between a police team and the two NDFB members at Basbari village under Bismuri police outpost in Kokrajhar district early in the morning. The police alleged that the militants had first lobbed a grenade which did not explode and later fired at the police team. The police retaliated, during which the two were killed on the spot.

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20 buses damaged during strike in Manipur

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IMPHAL: Over 20 buses were damaged and four auto rickshaws torched by groups of youths on the second day of the 120-hour general strike that began on Thursday midnight in Manipur.

The strike was called to demand the release of five students detained under the National Security Act in connection with the killing of Professor Mohammad Islamuddin of the Manipur University on May 25.

Reports said over 20 buses plying on National Highway 39 that connects Manipur with the rest of the country were intercepted near Kangpokpi and damaged.

Police could not confirm whether the miscreants were supporters of the strike or tribal students enforcing an indefinite economic blockade along the two national highways demanding an upward revision of the reservation in admissions and appointments. Kangpopki is a tribal area.

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Over 100 vehicles coming here from Assam or leaving Assam for Manipur and Meghalaya were stranded at Mao on the highway.

In the past, buses and other vehicles that did not carry commercial items were allowed to ply during economic blockade.

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi announced in the Assembly on Thursday that there was no question of revising the quota for tribals.

Police reports said over 150 vehicles were stranded along NH 53, which connects Manipur with Assam through Jiribam.

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All shops remained closed in other valley districts too due to the strike. Potatoes, onions, lentils and vegetables were scarce in the markets. They were sold in the black market in certain areas at exorbitant prices.

Though educational institutions functioned, the attendance was thin.

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Two DHD(J) militants killed in encounter in Assam

Haflong (PTI): Two Dima Halam Daoga (Jewel) militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Assam's North Cachar Hills district on Saturday, official sources said here.

Acting on a tip-off, the army launched an operation in remote Kobak area of the district. The militants, in a bid to escape, fired at the security forces which retaliated and an encounter followed.

Two militants were killed in the encounter which lasted nearly an hour.

Combing operations by security forces are on in the area, the sources added.

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ULFA militant arrested; powerful explosives recovered
PTI 19 July 2009, 05:43pm IST


GUWAHATI: An ULFA militant was arrested and powerful explosives recovered from Gandhibasti area in the city on Sunday, even as one NDFB militant was killed and three others arrested elsewhere in Assam.

On a tip-off, a police team came across Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and Powerful Time Device (PTD), stocked in the house of one Bolen Medhi, and arrested the ULFA member Rahul Bania alias Indrajit from the place.

Bania, who hails from Tezpur in central Assam's Sonitpur district, was recruited in the ULFA last year and was specifically assigned the task to store the explosives for subversive activities on the eve of Independence day, DIG (central western range) G P Singh said here.

"We got specific inputs that the ULFA was planning subversive activities in the run-up to the Independence day celebration and worked out a plan last night following which an operation was launched in the Gandhibasti area where Bania was nabbed with the explosives," he said.

In Baksa district, one NDFB ultra was killed by security forces today, police sources said. In another incident in lower Assam, three Muslim ultras were nabbed and five crude bombs recovered from them in Kokrajhar district, the sources said.

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Seven militants of PULF-Azad outfit arrested in Tripura

Agartala (PTI): Seven militants of Manipur-based outlawed outfit People's United Liberation Front-Azad (PULF-Azad), including its army chief and his wife, have been arrested, police said here on Sunday.

The arrest were made yesterday from Nagerjala bus stand after police suspected their movement. During interrogation, the militants admitted that they had gone to Bangladesh in March this year and crossed over to Tripura to enter into Manipur.

They were later produced before a local court which remanded them to two days of judicial custody.

Four mobile handsets and Rs 50,000 in cash were recovered from their possession, they said.

The arrested have been identified as PULF-Azad armed force chief Abdur Rahaman, his wife Shamima, Mohammed Jamir, Mohammad Nazir Ahmad, Abdul Kashim and Firoz Khan.

A special interrogation team from Manipur will arrive here on Monday.

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Three militants killed in interior Manipur district

Imphal (PTI): Three suspected militants of Kangleipak Communist Party -Military Council (KCP-MC) were killed in an encounter with police commandos on Sunday in interior Bishenpur district of Manipur, official sources said.

The commandos, attached to Bishenpur police station, raided Chingnung Khul area, about 45 km from here, at around 12.30 p.m. following reports of movement of some ultras.

As they stepped up search operation, they were fired upon by suspected KSC-MC militants and in the ensuing encounter the three militants were killed.

Two 9mm pistols, five rounds of ammunition, one double-barrel rifle and two mobile phone hand sets were recovered from the spot, the sources said.

Near 300 persons have so far been killed in militancy-related incidents in Manipur this year.

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NSCN (I-M) kills two rape accused
PTI 19 July 2009, 07:36pm IST


KOHIMA: The NSCN (I-M) has killed the two rape accused, defying repeated pleas from the district administration to hand over them to the police.



The bodies of the two were recovered on Saturday in Nagaland's Wokha district and the police has confirmed it.

The police said that the bodies of the two accused with bullet marks on their heads were recovered at a place between Wokha and Bokajan (in Assam) after an anonymous caller informed the Wokha police about the incident.

Two empty cases of AK 47 rifle were also recovered from the site and police also found a piece of paper by the side of the bodies where names of the deceased were written.

The Dimapur police had identified five suspects in the March 25 sensational dacoity and rape case and arrested two persons. While one was absconding, two others were apprehended by the NSCN (I-M).

A statement issued by information and publicity wing of NSCN(I-M) on Sunday confirmed the 'execution'

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Huge quantity of explosives and arms seized in Assam

Dibrugarh (Assam) (PTI): A joint team of the Army and police today unearthed a huge quantity of explosives, including TNT, along with a map of the Mohanbari airport from forest area in Dibrugarh district, official sources said.

Acting on a tip-off, the team seized the explosives along with five gelatin sticks, a grenade, a pistol, 55 live cartridges of AK-47 assault rifle, five battle fatigues, medicines and a map of the airport from Tingkhong area.

Police suspect that the proscribed ULFA had plans to blow up the airport, one of the busiest in the Northeast on the insurgent outfits 'Martyrs' Day' on July 28.

The arms kept buried in a polythene bag are suspected to belong to the ULFA's elite strike force 28th battalion, the sources said.

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Three militants killed in Assam encounter
PTI 20 July 2009, 03:14pm IST

LAKHIMPUR: Three militants were killed in an encounter with a joint force of the Army and police in Assam's Lakhimpur district, official sources said on Monday.

Arms were also recovered from them after the encounter midnight yesterday.

The insurgents exchanged fire with the security forces at Harmoti before they were killed on the spot.

Three 9-mm pistols - two US-made and a Chinese one - three magazines, eight live rounds of ammunition and two mobile sets were recovered from the slain ultras.

The bodies had been sent for post-mortem and they were not immediately identified, the sources added.

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More than 30 militant groups operating in Manipur

Updated on Monday, July 20, 2009, 22:58 IST

Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh today said more than thirty militant groups, including major outfits such as United National Liberation Front (UNLF) and People's Liberation Army (PLA), were operating in the state.

Replying to a question in the state Assembly, Singh said Naga militant outfits such as National Socialist Council of Nagaland--Isac Muivah (NSCN-IM) and National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) were also operating in parts of state's hill districts.

After the state government had signed agreements with Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and United People's Front (UPF), the security forces have stopped operation against the two groups, he said.

While KNO was formed by eleven small militant outfits, including Kuki National Front-Military Council (KNF-MC) and Kuki Revolutionary Army-Unification (KRA-U), UPF was also formed by small outfits, including Kuki Liberation Army (KLA) and Zomi Revolutionary Army (ZRA), Singh added.

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AFSPA to remain in force in Manipur

Updated on Monday, July 20, 2009, 20:35 IST
Imphal: The controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) would not be withdrawn from Manipur because of continuing militant activities, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Monday said.

Replying to a question in the House, Singh said that although the AFSPA was withdrawn from seven assembly constituencies in Imphal municipal area last year following protests from NGOs, the act would remain in force in all other areas in view of the militant activities.

On steps taken by his government to save the life of social activist Irom Chanu Sharmila, who has gone on a fast unto death demanding withdrawal of the Act, Singh said special facilities, including medical care and security, is being provided to her at the J N Hospital here.

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