CHRONOLOGY: 2014

  • January 1: Indian and Chinese soldiers celebrate the New Year together in Arunachal Pradesh's Bumla Pass, from where the Chinese army had launched its aggression in the 1962 Sino-India war. During a meeting organised by the Eastern Command's Tawang Garrison under Gajraj Corps at Bumla, at an elevation of around 16,000 feet, troops from the two neighbouring countries jointly celebrated the arrival of 2014. Soldiers from both the sides greeted each other and their families with friendly handshakes, exchange of pleasantries and sweets on the occasion. Army officials recalled that it was for the first time that uniformed personnel from both sides got together at Bumla amidst a cordial atmosphere on such an occasion.
  • January 2: Two members of a family are killed and another sustained grievous injury when they are caught in the cross firing between Assam Rifles and NSCN (IM) at remote Hoalam village in Tirap district. The deceased are identified as Panjam Wangsu (52) and his son Ranthak Wangsu (15). Nyelai Wangsu, mother of deceased Ranthak, who suffered grievous injury in the cross fire is admitted to district hospital, Khonsa. Two cadre of NSCN (IM) also die on the spot in the fierce encounter, and another cadre is arrested by Assam Rifls during an operation. The slain militants are identified as self-styled sergeant major of the outfit Wang Shung Mi and Corporal Sumong Tikhil.
  • January 2: A key environmental panel recommends clearance for two hydel power projects in the Siang river valley in Arunachal Pradesh. The two projects—Simang I and II totalling 133 MW—are located on the Simang, the right bank tributary of the Siang River. Projects in the Siang river basin are viewed as strategically important on account of the border with China. Adishankar Power Pvt Ltd is the project developer.
  • January 3: A mass peace rally is held at Khonsa town under the aegis of various organizations. The members of All Tirap District Students Union (ATDSU), Nocte Students Union (NSU) women organizations, NGOs, chiefs, gaon burahs, churches leaders, PRI leaders and ordinary citizen actively participated in the rally. All the leaders who spoke on the occasion decried and vehemently condemned the killing of two civilians at Hoalam village on January 2 in a cross fire between NSCN-IM and security forces.
  • January 8: Undue delay in “forest clearance” against 10 km portion of National Highway- 52 passing through Lower Dibang Valley district is hitting road construction work, informs Border Road Organization (BRO) officials, entrusted for reconstruction of the National Highway- 52.
  • January 14: Arunachal Pradesh is all set to join the country’s railway map soon with North East Frontier Railway (NFR) successfully conducting the first trial engine run on Harmuty- Itanagar (Naharlagun) broad gauge (BG) line. Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu and LRSO Techi Hitlar joined the NFR officials, including Deputy Chief Engineer TT Bhutia, Chief Engineer (construction) S C Rajak, Executive Engineer and in- charge of the project AK Sharma at Harmuty before the engine began its maiden journey up to Naharlagun railway station. The railway project, started in October 2008, was scheduled to be completed in December 2012. The delay was attributed to existence of five high tension power line passing through the rail track and delay in getting forest clearance at Gumto area. According to him, 98 percent of the project works have been completed and the NFR will be ready to start the formal passenger train service by April next subject to clearance from Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS).
  • January 17: The Northeast, particularly Arunachal Pradesh, is under the special focus of the Centre as its development would help other parts of India, says Planning Commission senior member (North East & Power) B K Chaturvedi. Talking to media persons before inspecting the newly built (20- km Harmuty- Naharlagun) railway tracks, Chaturvedi said the passenger train service powered by diesel engine would begin from March 20 after getting clearance from the commissioner of railway safety.
  • January 27:  The government of Arunachal finally begins separation of judiciary from executive. In a notification published on 6 January 2014 Chief Secretary HK Paliwal on behalf of governor of Arunachal issued order in this regard.
  • January 29: Group clash in the forest area near Sango village under Tarasso circle of Papum Pare district claims 10 lives.
  • January 31: A group of CPI- ML activists take out bike rally with red flags on their bikes and indiscriminately fire seven round at forlorn house of one Nabam Takang at Meteka village (Lower Tarasso) just two kilometers off Tarasso around 2 pm.  The rally was led by CPI- ML activist Pranjal Kutum. The incident is confirmed by Papum Pare District Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu, who has been monitoring the situation since the incident occurred along Assam- Arunachal Pradesh boundary.
  • February 2: Union Ministry of Home Affairs Joint Secretary Shambhu Singh tells television channels that the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) might have a hand in the killing incident.
  • February 5: The Government accepts that Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei allegedly hacked state- owned BSNL's network and the government is investigating the matter. Minister of State for Communications and IT Killi Kruparani informed the Lok Sabha about the incident. The incident shows the kind of penetration Chinese can make inside India and has possibility to disrupt stability of nation.
  • February 9: India and China are expected to discuss incursions by PLA soldiers, which are continuing even after the signing of a new border pact, and setting up of a hotline between the two Armies during their Annual Defence Dialogue starting February 24.
  • February 12: One NSCN (K) central member (civil) surrenders before Longding deputy commissioner and Superintendent of Police in Longding recently.
  • February 12: Naxals are trying to set up organisational bases in the Northeast to forge ties with other insurgent groups to meet their military needs and the Assam- Arunachal Pradesh border has emerged as another theatre of Maoist activities, the government said. "The CPI(Maoist) has developed close fraternal ties with Northeast insurgent groups like the Revolutionary People's Front and People's Liberation Army of Manipur. Both the outfits have agreed upon mutual cooperation in the areas of training, funding, supply of arms and ammunition," Minister of State for Home RPN Singh told Rajya Sabha in a written reply. The minister said the Upper Assam Leading Committee (UALC) of CPI(Maoist) is presently operating in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and have been involved in incidents of looting of weapons and extortion from local villagers.
  • February 18 :  Changlang police arrest an active NSCN(IM) cadre Khultu Mossang, 34, in a joint operation with 149 CRPF at Yeremkan Village in Nampong  Circle.
  • February 22: Wading into a foreign policy issue for the first time, Narendra Modi asks China to shed its "expansionist mindset", making it clear that no power on earth can snatch Arunachal Pradesh from India. "China should shed its expansionist policy and forge bilateral ties with India for peace, progress and prosperity of both the nations," the BJP's prime ministerial candidate said addressing a rally here in his current election campaign.
  • February 24: The National Liberation Council of Taniland (NLCT) claims responsibility of shooting incident that took place at Sango village of Tarasso circle on January 29. It said that the attack took place “in connection with the illegal eviction carried out by the Assam forest officials and illegal land encroachment in Arunachal territory particularly at Tarasso circle by the people of Assam counterpart”. In a statement, the Council warned that more bloodshed could be seen in boundary area if encroachment takes place in the future.
  • February 25: The high level Central committee set up by Central Government to examine the proposal of the Arunachal Pradesh Govt for creation of two Autonomous District Councils, arrives Itanagar. The proposed councils are namely Mon Autonomous Council for West Kameng and Tawang districts and Patkai Autonomous Councils for Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India. The team headed by committee chairman and Joint Secy (NE) under Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Shambhu Singh held a meeting with the representatives of the MARDC at the DC Conference hall. Other members of the team include Umakant Director DoNER, S.M. Sahai Director Ministry of Tribal Affairs GoI and S. Saha Deputy Secy MHA.
  • February 26: A high level Central team lead by Shambu Singh, joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Home Affairs visits Changlang to discuss the issues related to proposed creation of Patkai Autonomous District Council. Shambu Singh while keeping the option open for creation of the proposed Patkai Autonomous District Council suggested also to look into the alternatives to address the basic areas of concerned like health, education, road communications, infrastructural developments, etc.
  • March 3: All decks have been cleared for formation of four new districts in Arunachal Pradesh with the assent accorded by Governor Lt Gen (Rtd) Nirbhay Sharma. The frontier state, presently with 17 districts, will have 21 districts. The State Legislative Assembly, in its session in March last year, had passed the Arunachal Pradesh (Re- Organization of Districts) (Amendment) Bill, 2013, paving way for creation of the four new districts viz., Kra Daadi, Namsai, Siang and Lower Siang districts. With the Governor’s assent, a notification in this regard would be issued soon.
  • March 16: Dispelling doubts of disturbance in border areas during election, Chief Electoral Officer, Chandra Bhusan Kumar says the state has sufficient paramilitary force and necessary precautions have been taken to ensure free and fair election in the state including in the disturbed inter- state border areas. He said this while addressing over 200 Group- A and B officers headed by HODs of state capital, in an election related training at Banquet hall in Itanagar.

 

CHRONOLOGY: 2013

  • February 14: Security forces arrest two hardcore NSCN (K) militants from Deomali town from the troubled Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh. The cadres involved in the abduction and killing of M.B. Singh, an influential businessperson of Deomali town. An AK 47 with magazine and 30 rounds of live ammunition along with a .22 pistol with five bullets were found on them. The two arrested from Borduria village were identified as self-styled sergeant major Wangphiam Letey Lowang and Hangdam Aboh.

  • March 3: Security Forces kill one ULFA cadre while four others managed to flee following a half hour encounter at Upper Mudoi village under Diyun Police Station in the Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh. Recoveries made from the slain cadre identified as Dilip Saikia from Golaghat comprise one AK-81 Rifle, two magazines, 68 live rounds, one M-20 pistol, two magazines, 57 live rounds, one bottle grenade besides Rs. 18, 000 in cash along with Myanmarese currencies.

  • March 3: Security Forces kill ULFA militant Dilip Saikia of Golaghat near Namsai (Diyun). Recoveries made include a 20 mm pistol, one AK-91 Rifle, a bottle grenade, huge quantities of ammunition and magazines along with Indian and Myanmarese currencies.

  • March 6: Security Forces launch operation ‘Angad’ to drive out Naga militants operating in eastern Arunachal Pradesh. Three NSCN (IM) militants, Naphua Wangsa, Rangphoa Nokbi, and Sergeant Major in charge of Khonsa, Khunphoa Sumnyan and Lokwang Khetri of the United Liberation Council of Arunachal (ULCA) faced arrest following the operation.

  • March 9: Three NSCN-IM cadres, including the "commander" of Khonsa town committee of the outfit and a United Liberation Council of Arunachal Pradesh cadre are arrested from Damdam village at Khonsa in Tirap district. Three pistols with ammunition, explosives, detonators and extortion notices were recovered from them.

  • March 12: Minister of State for Home Affairs M Ramachandran states that insurgent groups in the Northeastern region are getting arms and ammunition from China. MoS for Home Affairs, M Ramachandran replied with a "no" when asked whether the Government has received information regarding assistance provided by China to separatist groups involved in large-scale violence that took place in the north-eastern states in recent years.

  • March 15: Arunachal Pradesh governor General (Retd), J J Singh said the State has remained by and large peaceful during the year 2012-2013 with a marked improvement on the law and order front. In his address to the budget session of the state assembly that began at Itanagar on March 15, he said the Government was able to largely neutralize the 'bandh culture', which was threatening to have severe ramifications on the law and order of the State and on the work efficiency. Another development, he said, was the weaning away of influence of certain left wing extremist organizations, which had started entering the state from the plains of Assam.

  • March 16: Forty armed NSCN (IM) militants and Assam Rifles jawans exchange heavy fire in Soha village located near Deomali town in Tirap district. An Assam Rifles jawan sustained minor injuries during the three-hour heavy firing bout. Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts are declared disturbed under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1985.

  • March 20: The Centre acknowledges the fact that anti-national activities of CPI-Maoist in some districts of the north-eastern States are posing a threat to internal security. In a reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union MoS for Home Affairs RPN Singh said, "The Assam-Arunachal border has emerged as another theatre for Maoist activities. The CPI (Maoist) is trying to establish organizational base in the Northeast with a view to forge relations with other insurgent groups to meet its military requirements." According to him, while Maoist activities have been reported in 2012 in Dhemaji and Tinsukia districts of Assam, Maoist influence has been noticed in Dibrugarh, Sonitpur and Chirang districts. The movement of the Maoists has also been reported in Lohit and lower Dibang valley districts of Arunachal Pradesh. The Upper Assam Leading Committee (UALC) of the CPI (Maoist) is operating in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and has been involved in incidents of looting of weapons and extortion from local villagers. The UALC is also engaged in recruitment and training of cadres of militant outfits in Assam. The foray of CPI (Maoist) into the sensitive north-eastern States is fraught with serious strategic implications since it has potential trans-border possibilities.

  • March 25: NESO asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to expedite the ongoing peace process with various rebel groups in India's northeastern states. "The Indian government must demonstrate its sincerity and commitment to all the ongoing political dialogues with different armed groups operating in the Northeastern states," NESO Chairman Samuel B Jyrwa said. "A time-frame mechanism with a focus for an acceptable, honourable and solution must be worked out (with the rebels) and there should be no procrastination towards this the initiative," Jyrwa said.

  • March 27: A parliamentary standing committee on Home Affairs recommends increased pressure on countries bordering the Northeastern region during trade discussions to close down Indian rebel training camps operating on their soil.The Venkaiah Naidu-led department-related parliamentary standing committee on Home Affairs stated in its report submitted on March that all trade discussions with the countries bordering states of the Northeast should include a clause demanding closure of rebel training camps being run on their soil.

  • March 29: Security Forces arrest two NSCN-IM cadres, identified as Silai Pansha and Wangsiang Wansha, from Longding Niru village in Longding district.

  • April 25: A report submitted by the parliamentary standing committee on Home Affairs in the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) states that Northeastern region witnessed an overall increase in violence with Assam and Manipur accounted for the bulk of incidents. The report also finds the level of violence in Meghalaya and Nagaland higher than the previous year while Tripura, Mizoram and Sikkim remained large peaceful. The report shows that the incidence of violence has risen from 627 in 2011 to 1,025 in 2012 which was 773 in 2010 and 1,297 incidents in 2009.The report further states that 3,562 militants were either arrested or killed or surrendered in the region. The parliamentary panel has contended that socio-economic development may be the key solution to the ills of the region.

2012

  • January 1: The newly floated United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) whose members allegedly abducted a grocery shop owner from the Kheren area in Arunachal Pradesh demands a hafty ransome for his release.
  • January 8: NSCN-IM claims that two militants belonging to NSCN-K are killed and four other got injured when the latter attacked NSCN-IM camp in Chasha village in Tirap district.
  • January 8: Three Civilians are injured and a house is set ablaze during a clash between NSCN-IM and NSCN-K at Chasa village in Tirap district.
  • January 8: Representatives from the Central Government and Government of Arunachal Pradesh as well as AAPSU and Citizenship Demand Committee for Chakma and Hajong refugees arrived at a consensus that the Chakma and Hajong refugees, who came to India between 1964 and 1969, can be accepted as Indian citizens.
  • March 10: Two top cadres belonging to NSCN-K surrendered along with two .9mm pistols and six live rounds of ammunition at the Battalion Headquarters, 4 Assam Rifles, in Changlang District.
  • March 22: State Governor General (Retd.) J J Singh says that Central Government has announced INR 1.38 billion-security package for insurgency hit Tirap and Changlang districts for strengthening the Police forces to counter insurgent activities.
  • March 29: Assam and Arunachal Pradesh State Police constitutes a joint team to carry out anti-insurgency operations along the interstate border areas. The areas of operation are the border areas along Tinsukia district of Assam and three of the five districts of Arunachal Pradesh namely Lohit, Changlang and Lower Dibang Valley. The other two districts are Tirap and East Siang. ULFA-ATF and CPI-Maoists reportedly use the area.
  • April 1: Security Forces arrest a cadre of the NNC, identified as Khapwang Mema, from Deomali in Tirap district. An amount INR 15,600 and an extortion note addressed to market officials of Deomali on the letterhead of NNC are found in his possession.
  • April 4: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki says that the Union Home Ministry has approved the demand for deployment of 2,000 additional CAPF in the State to maintain law and order.
  • April 12: A new militant outfit, the UPDF threatens those involved in the illegal trade of coal, timber and stone from Lohit and Changlang districts. Police suspects that the threat is meant to extort money from traders. The outfit is headed by Sumona Munlang, once a trusted sharpshooter of Dawood Ibrahim's gang.
  • April 19: Security agencies believe that the CPI-Maoist is making inroads into the Northeast to gain access to the arms market in the neighbouring Yunan province of China and not with the aim of expanding their base.
  • April 19: MHA states Maoists are working in close association with the PLA of Manipur, which also has a base in Myanmar. "The Maoists have been found carrying Chinese-made arms, but we do not know yet whether they procured the weapons directly from China or were supplied arms by north-eastern militant outfits," it states.
  • April 27: Assam Rifles personnel arrest four UPDF cadres, identified Lamlai Chowai alias Babu, Dipankan Chakma alias Pinti, Kina Marak and Arun Chakma, from Manabum area in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. The militants were arrested from Maitri Village under Diyun Police Station, where they had taken shelter in the house of a Chakma widow.
  • April 29: The first Arunachal Scouts battalion arrives in the State to take charge, two years after its formation. Arunachal Scouts is an infantry regiment of the Indian Army with specialization in mountain warfare and was raised to defend India's border with Tibet in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • May 2: Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur, referring to the issue of militants operating in the northeastern States of India getting help from China, tells the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) that the Chinese Government has conveyed that it would never support armed groups that are against the Government of India.
  • May 8: Illegal mining is funding extremist outfits in Arunachal Pradesh, according to a home ministry investigation. The report, prepared after a visit of senior home ministry officials to the entire 45-km coal-rich stretch of Changlang district, said that insurgent groups such as the NSCN are indulging in illegal mining at Namchik Namphuk, the only coal block allotted to the State Government.
  • May 12: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram tells the Arunachal Pradesh Government to be on guard against Maoists who are reported to have already achieved "minimal presence" along the state's boundary with Assam. On the issue of law and order problems in Tirap and Changlang districts that shares a border with Nagaland and Myanmar, the Union Home Minister says that steps are already been initiated to upgrade police infrastructure and recruit more police personnel. A total of 1,526 policemen have been newly recruited in the state and they will start training from July 2012.
  • May 13: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram says unlawful activities of CPI-Maoist will not be tolerated in the northeast. "There will be no compromise with Maoists trying to destabilize peace in the region and police have been instructed to take action," Chidambaram said, adding, "There is no reason to allow such elements in the region to create disturbance."
  • May 15: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram tells the State Governments of the Northeast region to take all necessary steps to prevent the CPI-Maoist groups from establishing their roots in the region. The report states that the Central Government would send additional force to deal with Maoists only if it is felt necessary. At present, the strength of the armed groups of the Maoists in the Northeast is not much and the State Police forces are fully capable of dealing with the situation, he states.
  • May 16: Top CPI-Maoist leaders, including one Moina Dohotiya are actively involved in the outfit's expansion into the northeast. The report quotes a source within the security establishment as saying, "There are about 100 listed cadres and they have three carbines, a couple of .315 rifles and pistols, few grenades and one M16 rifle. In the middle and lower Assam regions, they are probably at a very nascent stage. We have not observed any Maoist activity in these places". The source said, "The Maoists have so far recruited youths from the state and few Khamti boys from Arunachal Pradesh. However, unlike Jharkhand, there is just a sprinkling of Adivasi youths here. There are some youths from Goalpara and Kamrup district but the majority are from Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Golaghat districts and many from Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts".
  • May 29: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hints that India and Myanmar are likely to carry out joint operations in order to flush out Indian militants operating from Myanmar soil.
  • June 2: The Indian Army and other Security Forces have made preparations to tackle insurgents, who will soon leave some parts of Myanmar. This is stated by Major General UK Gurung of Assam Rifles, during a function at Pallel (Chandel district) in Manipur.
  • July 3: Two NSCN IM cadres are reportedly killed by rival NSCN (K) faction near Tissa village at Longding district.
  • July 7: Security Forces arrest a 2008 batch of Myanmar trained militant belonging to ULFA-ATF, identified as Manoranjan Gogoi alias Arup Bora (25) of Bosa gaon of Sadiya in Tinsukia district, at Sitpani in Mahadevpur near Namsai in Lohit district.
  • July 10: Six militants including four militants belonging to NSCN-K militants, one militant belonging to ULFA and one NDFB militant surrender at an Assam Rifles base in Joyrampur in Tinsukia district. The militants deposited a 9mm pistol, a .38 revolver, two 7.65 mm pistol and 2.9 kilogram of RDX.
  • July 19: Security agencies bust the "blueprint" of the action plan of the CPI-Maoist in the Northeastern region. According to the road map, Maoists have plans to form a "strategic zone" comprising hilly terrains of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao Districts of Assam and Dibang valley of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • July 22: Assam Rifles (AR), with support from Arunachal Pradesh Police arrest one NSCN-K cadre, identified as Winnok Nokbi, from Khonsa. An extortion note signed by 'major' Johan and an extortion amount of INR 670 seized.
  • July 25: Security Forces arrest three Maoists from Kaupatani village under Mahadevpur Police Station of Lekang circle in Lohit district. The arrested are identified as Nipenjyoti Chetia (30) of Haru Dirak village, Totong Neog (18) of Barmigai village, both under Kokapathar Police Station of Tinsukia district in Assam and Jintu Chetai of Dhola village Police Station in Tinsukia. Police seized demand notes and three mobile sets with seven SIM cards from them.
  • July 25: Security Forces arrest Bitu Chakma, a member of UDFB from Namsai.
  • July 27: Security Forces arrest a top NSCN-IM cadre identified as 'Sergeant Major' Wangpan Mophuk alias Sina Mophuk from Khonsa in Tirap district.
  • July 30: Union Defence Ministry accorded the financial approval for raising the second Battalion of Arunachal Scouts. Defence Minister A K Antony informed this to a delegation led by Arunachal Pradesh CM Nabam Tuki at Delhi.
  • July 30-31: NPF launches a unit at Tirap and Longding districts after successfully opening its first State unit at Changlang. NPF leads the DAN coalition Government in Nagaland.
  • August 7: Security Forces arrest three NNC militants at Deomali in Tirap district. The arrested militants are identified as 'private' Joywang Moingchan, 'corporal' Toto Rochill and Wangtung, a resident of Surrumi in Zunheboto district of Nagaland.
  • August 24: Four linkmen of the UPDF are arrested in connection with extorting money from businessmen at Bijoypur in Itanagar (Papum Pare district). The men are identified as Anil Chakma, Chowpinto Thaman, Sanjiv Singh and Arvind Singh. The ransom letter was written on UPDF pad and signed by its 'commander' Sumana Munglang, and its 'finance minister' R Gohain. The UPDF has been continuing extortion in Bordumsa (Changlang District) area to strengthen their organizational setup.
  • September 6: Three hardcore UPDF cadres surrender before the Deputy Commissioner of Lohit district, Commanding Officer of 12 Assam Regiment and Superintendent of Police, Lohit district.
  • September 8: Security Forces arrest 'Finance Secretary' and third in command of UPDF, Hemchandra Barphukan alias R Gohain (42), from Chowkham area of Namsai sub-division in Lohit district.
  • September 10: Five underground activists including three UPDF cadres and two - ULFA-ATF militants are arrested by Security Forces at Lohit district during separate operations.
  • September 10: Nakkya Chakma, second-in-command of the UPDF is arrested by Security Forces during an encounter at Emphum Village under Chongkham circle of the district. A pistol, three mobile handsets, live ammunitions and incriminating documents recovered from him.
  • September 10: Security Forces arrest two UPDF militants in Lohit and Changlang districts. While one militant is arrested at Bamchuk Village under Namsai circle in Lohit district, the other is arrested from Joypur Village under Diyun circle in Changlang district.
  • September 10: Security Forces arrest a ULFA-ATF militant, identified as Rongmon Gogoi, from Wingseng Nongtaw Village under Namsai circle in Lohit district. A grenade and explosives weighing three kilogram recovered from his possession.
  • September 12: C.N. Pandey, the manager of Sati tea estate at Piyom under Namsai subdivision of Lohit district is abducted by armed militants at gunpoint from his home.
  • September 14: One ULFA militant was killed and another injured in an encounter with the Army at Insushi village, Nangtao under Namsai circle in Lohit district.
  • September 15: Arunachal Pradesh Police rescue the tea garden manager from Lohit district who was abducted by armed militants of the UPDF on September 12.
  • September 15: Security Forces come across vital information regarding the game plan of the CPI-Maoist to set up guerrilla zones in the hills in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to strengthen their arms wing in the region.
  • September 19: Reports state that ULFA-ATF had recently set up several camps in Manabhum and Kharsang area in Arunachal Pradesh's Changlang district bordering Assam’s Tinsukia district with help of NSCN-K. The camps are reportedly set up under the command of one Rohendra Moran, a former office-bearer of the AAMSU and an active cadre.
  • September 21: Union Government has alerted Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on the resurgence of anti-talks faction of ULFA-ATF and Ranjan Daimari faction of NDFB-RD, taking advantage of the security gap created by the recent ethnic violence in Assam.
  • September 22: ULFA-ATF is trying to promote a new militant outfit in Arunachal Pradesh for its own benefits. According to newspaper report, a new militant outfit titled UPDF (United People’s Democratic Front), backed by ULFA-ATF, has grown in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • October 1: Security Forces arrest seven cadres of the UPDF, including its 'commander-in-chief' Sumona Munglang, from Mimi village near Namsai in Lohit district. Munglang resurfaced in the area two years after he disappeared after killing a comrade in the ADF, identified as Chow Nomee Namchoom, and formed the UPDF. He has been intensively involved in extortion, kidnapping and killing in the area ever since. The Security Forces claim that UPDF has been wiped out from the face of Arunachal Pradesh with this arrest.
  • October 5: Reports state that insurgent outfits in Changlang district had been illegally mining coal, using the proceeds for buying sophisticated weapons from arms dealers based in Thailand and China. On March 26, 2012, Union home ministry wrote to the coal ministry drawing its attention to the illegal mining being undertaken at the 45-km-long Kharsang block by Naga militants. Home ministry also requested the coal ministry to consider taking over all the coal mining operations in the state. "The Arunachal government has taken the necessary steps to ensure that these outfits no longer use the mines," said Shambhu Singh, joint secretary North East, Union home ministry.
  • October 8: Security Forces arrest a UPDF militant, Jina Kapat, at Wagun village in Namsai sub-division of Lohit district.
  • October 10: Centre is talking to Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur chief ministers for a consensus on steps relating to the welfare of Nagas living in the two States before it reaches a final settlement with the NSCN-IM. A solution is likely before March, 2013, Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said.
  • October 26: Security Forces arrest a militant belonging to ULFA-ATF identified as Upakul Moran from Longvi village in Changlang district. SFs recovered a China-made AK-series rifle, three magazines and 67 rounds of ammunition.
  • November 1: The cadres of NSCN-IM and NSCN-K clashed in Ojakho and Chasa village in Longding and Tirap districts which left one NSCN-IM militant dead and another injured.
  • November 6: State CM Nabam Tuki says the Naga inhibited districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding will get development councils to improve socio-economic indicators, and insisted that the step will be taken by the Arunachal Pradesh government and the Centre, not any other agency.
  • December 3: Suspected UPDF militants abduct a businessman called Pradip More (42) of Naolia in Dibrugarh district of Assam, from Likanag Kkhamtigaon under Namsai Police Station in Lohit district. The victim was abducted while he was supervising work at his newly raised green tea garden located at Likang Kkhamtigaon in Namsai.
  • December 8: The army and para military launch operation in the jungles of Tirap and Changlang districts where a number of militant groups, including the hardline faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), have their bases. According to Assam Tribune sources, ULFA militant Babul Gogoi was maintaining liaison with the senior leaders of the outfit in Myanmar from his base in Kharsang area of Arunachal Pradesh for quite some time now and he was also responsible for sending money and new recruits to the camps in Myanmar. But following the crackdown, Gogoi recently shifted to Myanmar.
  • December 17: Security Forces rescue abducted Assam small tea grower Pradip More and his associate, Chandrapal Sharma, from a remote hilltop at Khainala area under Namsai Police Station in Lohit district. Both were abducted by militants of the ULFA-ATF and UPDF and were kept in a makeshift camp, said Namsai Police Station officer-in-charge Ratan Nath.
  • December 17: A joint team of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam Police arrest a 'brigadier' of the NSCN-IM, Absalom Raman alias Absalom Tangkhul, from a village in Tirap district along Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.

2011

  • March 4: Arunachal Indigenous Peoples Union (AIPU) observes that 'Greater Nagalim' demand by the NSCN-IM is a greater threat to Arunachal territorial integrity compared to the oft-repeated Chinese claims over the state. In a statement, the union viewed the Nagalim issue seriously in the backdrop of the peace talks going on at New Delhi between the Government of India and NSCN-IM leaders.
  • March 16: Concerned over the recent letter issued by NSCN (K) to all the legislators of insurgency-hit Tirap and Changlang districts in Arunachal Pradesh, the Society for Promotion of Nocte Indigenous Culture (SoPNIC) urges the State Government to start a dialogue process with various rebel outfits operating in these districts. The letter, reportedly signed by NSCN (K) chief S S Khaplang, directed all the 12 MLAs to withdraw support from the Dorjee Khandu Government or else face dire consequences. The organization urged the NSCN (K) to withdraw the letter and requested it to resort to other democratic means to hammer out the differences amicably.
  • April 30: A helicopter with Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu on board goes missing after taking off from Tawang.
  • May 1: The helicopter carrying Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and four others remains untraced for the second day as inclement weather hampered a massive ground and aerial search involving Sukhoi war planes, several choppers and satellite imagery.
  • May 1: External Affairs Minister SM Krishna speaks to Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigme Thinley seeking assistance in the search operations.
  • May 2: The helicopter carrying Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, reported missing since Saturday, remains untraced for the third day. Authorities zeroed in on three probable locations to track down the chopper, officials said. The three possible locations where the helicopter might have landed or crashed are - Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary and Nagajen in the State's West Kameng district, and the small village of Mobi in Trashiyangtse district of Bhutan.
  • May 3: A wave of strong resentment grips the civil society in Arunachal Pradesh as the helicopter with Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and four others still remains untraced for the fourth day.
  • May 4: Family members reach the site of the helicopter crash and identify the body of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu.
  • June 26: Four Chinese nationals, including a woman, are arrested from Pango village of Upper Siang district for traveling without valid documents.
  • August 17: A joint police team from Arunachal Pradesh and Assam arrests four Maoists from Mahadevpur area under Namsai circle of Lohit district.
  • December 18: ‘Operation Tirap’ is launched. It is conducted by a huge team of specialized force – the Ghatak commandoes of the Indian Army, the elite 19 th battalion of Assam Rifles, jungle trained elements of CRPF and Arunachal Police in a location bordering Myanmar in order to flush out a group of heavily armed guerillas from the NSCN (IM) who have built up a base in the area.
  • December 31: Suspected UPDF rebels abduct Ranjan Sarma from Kheren, about 8 kms from Chowkham PS under Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh.

2010

  • February 1: Over 40 guns are looted by a mob from an arms shop in Arunachal Pradesh and a student was injured during a clash between students and a CRPF patrol. According to police, a CRPF personnel on patrol duty had an altercation with a group of tribal students and this snowballed into a clash with both sides exchanging fire last evening. Forty-one Smooth Bore Breech Loading guns were looted by the mob from an arms shop at Daporizo, headquarters of Upper Subansiri district, during the clash.
  • February 2: “India is strengthening security set-up in Arunachal Pradesh to enhance its deterrent capability but there was no question of militarisation of the North-eastern state”, Defence Minister A K Antony. “...We are strengthening our security set-up in all areas including Arunachal Pradesh because it is a part of India ... integral part of India,” Antony told.
  • March 31: Twelve NSCN cadres including a woman cadre, surrender before 19 Assam Rifles at Khonsa in Tirap district.
  • April 11: Arunachal Pradesh sounds a maximum security alert following reports that cadres of an influential Myanmarese guerrilla group have infiltrated into the region to create a safe-corridor for Northeast India’s separatist groups to set up bases in China. Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Tako Dabi tells the media that there were definite intelligence inputs about ethnic guerrillas of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) from adjoining Myanmar infiltrating into the State’s Changlang district in recent weeks. “It could be possible that the KIA rebels are here to forge links with various militant groups active in the Northeast and then help create a corridor through Myanmar to set up bases in China,” the Home Minister said. The KIA is the military arm of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), a political group of ethnic Kachins in northern Myanmar and stretching up to Yunnan province in China. The KIA formed in 1961 in response to a military coup in Myanmar led by General Ne Win, who attempted to consolidate Myanmarese control over regions on the periphery of the state which were home to various ethnic groups. Originally the KIA fought for independence, but now the official KIO policy goal is for autonomy within a federal union of Myanmar. The Home Minister said the KIA controls large part of northern Myanmar - a region where up to a half-a-dozen Indian separatist groups from the restive Northeast have well entrenched bases under KIA’s direct patronage. The Home Minister said two of Assam’s main militant groups, the NDFB and the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), besides two other influential separatist groups from adjoining Nagaland — the Isak-Muivah faction and the SS Khaplang group of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland — have presence in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • May 15: There is no trace of high-ranking Maharashtra forest officer Vijay S Bardekar who was allegedly kidnapped by suspected Bodo militants in Arunachal Pradesh, where he was on a vacation, a minister said. "Chief Minister Ashok Chavan is in regular touch with his counterparts in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. So far we have no information on the whereabouts of the missing officer," Forest Minister Patangrao Kadam said. He said efforts are being made by the state governments and security agencies of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to track down Bardekar, who was allegedly kidnapped on May 10. Bardekar, in his early 50s, is an Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer of the 1984 batch and is currently posted as joint director (administration) in the Social Forestry Directorate in Pune.
  • May 24: A Chinese national, who infiltrated into Arunachal Pradesh from across the border, is arrested by the police suspecting him to be a spy and remanded him in custody at Tezu police station. Sleuths from the RAW, SIB and Army intelligence have come to interrogate him. Identified as Guan Liang (28), the Chinese national was arrested by local police on May 18 at 28th Mile, a few km from Tezu, headquarters of Lohit district. The Chinese was reportedly on his way to Sadiya in Assam when he was arrested. DSP Manik Gogoi said that Liang had been arrested under Section 14 of the Foreigners Act for travelling without any passport and valid documents. “Though Liang is a Chinese (Han), he speaks fluent English. Besides, he knows map reading,” said Gogoi, and added: “He is highly suspected to be a Chinese spy.” Talking to The Sentinel at the Tezu police station, a tired-looking Guan, however, denied that he was a Chinese spy. He claimed that he escaped from his hometown because he did not agree to the policies of the Chinese Government. Stating himself as a strong supporter of Linzhao, he urged this correspondent to go through the history of Linzhao (1932-1968).
  • May 25: Keeping up with the relentless drive against the undergrounds operating in Tirap in Arunachal Pradesh 19 Assam Rifles and the district police apprehend 3 hardcore cadres of NSCN (IM) and four OGWs in a daring operation in Khonsa. The apprehended cadres include SS Sgt Maj Athot; the area commander of Khonsa. His interrogation led to another search operation and two hardcore overground workers were apprehended. Roshanlal Meena, a local businessman, was the major conduit for the cadres as he collected tax on behalf of NSCN (IM). A large number of mobile phones were recovered from the cadres and the OGWs including Roshanlal Meena.
  • May 25: Guan Liang, the Chinese national who is under Tezu police station seeks political asylum from the Indian government. The 28-year-old Chinese, who was arrested yesterday suspecting to be a Chinese spy, does not want to go back to China fearing persecution.
  • May 28: The NDFB militant Khageswar Basumtary alias Rahul Brahma, accused of involvement in an explosion in Guwahati in 2008, is handed over to a joint team of CBI and Assam Police by the Arunachal Pradesh police. The six-member team came to the Lower Subansiri district headquarter to take custody of the 25-year-old militant, who allegedly parked an explosive-laden car at Panbazar in Guwahati. The blast killed eight persons and injured 30 others on October 30, 2008. Basumatary, along with his wife were arrested at Ziro on May 27.
  • March 31: Twelve NSCN cadres including a woman cadre, surrender before 19 Assam Rifles at Khonsa in Tirap district.
  • April 11: Reports say that cadres of an influential Myanmarese guerrilla group have infiltrated into the region to create a safe-corridor for Northeast India’s separatist groups to set up bases in China. Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Tako Dabi tells the media that there were definite intelligence inputs about ethnic guerrillas of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) from adjoining Myanmar infiltrating into the State’s Changlang district in recent weeks. “It could be possible that the KIA rebels are here to forge links with various militant groups active in the Northeast and then help create a corridor through Myanmar to set up bases in China,” the Home Minister said.
  • May 24: A Chinese national, who infiltrated into Arunachal Pradesh from across the border, is arrested by the police suspecting him to be a spy and remanded him in custody at Tezu police station. Sleuths from the RAW, SIB and Army intelligence have come to interrogate him. Identified as Guan Liang (28), the Chinese national was arrested by local police on May 18 at 28th Mile, a few km from Tezu, headquarters of Lohit district. The Chinese was reportedly on his way to Sadiya in Assam when he was arrested. DSP Manik Gogoi said that Liang had been arrested under Section 14 of the Foreigners Act for travelling without any passport and valid documents.
  • May 25: 19 Assam Rifles and the district police apprehend 3 hardcore cadres of NSCN (IM) and four OGWs in a daring operation in Khonsa. The apprehended cadres include SS Sgt Maj Athot; the area commander of Khonsa. His interrogation led to another search operation and two hardcore overground workers were apprehended. Roshanlal Meena, a local businessman, was the major conduit for the cadres as he collected tax on behalf of NSCN (IM).
  • May 25: Guan Liang, the Chinese national who is under Tezu police station seeks political asylum from the Indian government. The 28-year-old Chinese, who was arrested yesterday suspecting to be a Chinese spy, does not want to go back to China fearing persecution.
  • May 28: The NDFB militant Khageswar Basumtary alias Rahul Brahma, accused of involvement in an explosion in Guwahati in 2008, is handed over to a joint team of CBI and Assam Police by the Arunachal Pradesh police. The six-member team came to the Lower Subansiri district headquarter to take custody of the 25-year-old militant, who allegedly parked an explosive-laden car at Panbazar in Guwahati. Basumatary, along with his wife were arrested at Ziro on May 27.
  • August 2: Thirty-seven militants of different outfits surrender before the 25 Sector units of Assam Rifles of the Dah Division in Tirap in Arunachal Pradesh. The cadres – 23 from NSCN (K), 7 from NSCN (IM) and 7 from ANLA – surrender with 21 pistols, one M-16 assault rifle, one .22 Chinese rifle, one 9mm carbine, one revolver, seven grenades and 5 SBBL guns, a press release stated.
  • August 9: At least 30 people are injured in an ambush laid by Chakma refugees at Diyun as they were returning after attending a claims and objection hearing pertaining to entry of refugees in the Electoral rolls. Allegedly, several Chakmas waiting on the road between Diyun and Namsai attacked the two buses in which the local residents were traveling.
  • August 9: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) declares a 12-hours state wide bandh in its first phase of protest on August 15, the Independence Day. It has demanded immediate deportation of the refugees or else threatened to go on an indefinite protest all over the state until the refugees are deported.
  • August 22: The Centre initiates steps for augmenting security measures along the international border with China and additional troops are being moved into the bordering areas, while, a battalion of the Arunachal Scouts has also been sanctioned. Talking to The Assam Tribune, Member of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh, Sanjoy Takam said that he, along with Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu met Prime Minister and the Defence Minister recently and discussed the situation on the ground. He said that the Government of India has sanctioned two additional divisions of the Army to be deployed in Arunachal Pradesh for improving vigil along the international border with China. One division of the Army consists of around 10,000 to 12,000 personnel.
  • August 23: Indefinite economic blockade against Arunachal Pradesh enforced by the Naharkotiya regional unit of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and 11 other organizations at Joypore-Deomali Road in Dibrugarh district enters the third day.
  • August 23: The Dibrugarh district unit of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) enforces an economic blockade at Joypore Tiniali in protest against the reported diktat from NSCN militants that all Assamese living in Arunachal Pradesh should leave Tirap district within 48 hours. However, there is no official confirmation of the diktat of the militant group.
  • October 3: Arunachal Pradesh lodge a strong protest with the Central Government over US-based Apple’s latest iPhone4 containing maps depicting Arunachal Pradesh as part of Chinese territory. According to reports, the latest smartphone launched in China contains maps showing Arunachal Pradesh as part of China. “This is yet another attempt at painting a wrong picture on the territorial integrity of Arunachal Pradesh and we strongly protest this nefarious design,” Takam Sanjay, Congress party MP in the Lok Sabha from Arunachal Pradesh, told IANS.
  • October 7: The AR had apprehend a cadre of NSCN(IM) Kamung Janti in Tirap district. He was involved in extortion activities besides providing logistic support and mobilising a group of 10-15 heavily armed cadres in the circle. October 10: The All Assam Students' Union (AASU) and the All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) decide to jointly move the Government of India as well as the governments of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to take effective steps for permanent solution of the inter-state boundary disputes.
  • October 11: Self-styled NSCN(IM) corporal Chingang Lowang is apprehended by Assam Rifles in Tirap district with two Chinese grenades and a diary.
  • October 23: Three NSCN(IM) militants are apprehended by security forces in insurgency-hit Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh. The 19 Assam Rifles (AR) stationed at Khonsa, the district headquarters, in a joint operation with State police nab one hardcore rebel of the outfit from Deomali. At Longkhong village, a search operation was launched after cordoning the area and self-styled corporal Rockey alias Kiran Thapa was arrested.
  • October 23: An online mapping service launched by China to rival 'Google Earth' shows Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin as part China. The 'Map World' displayed on the Internet in Chinese language, which is already being used in I-phone and by mobile and Internet users in Beijing, shows Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims as "southern Tibet", as part of China. The map makes no specific mention of southern Tibet but its borders cover up to Arunachal Pradesh, said the Indian officials in Beijing who studied the map.
  • November 22: An NSCN-K cadre is arrested by Assam Rifles from Chinsa village in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. Choyong Pangmi (21), who hails from Lahon village in Myanmar is apprehended by personnel of 25 Assam Rifles under Dah division. Five kilogram of kani (opium) has also been seized from the possession of the cadre. On being interrogated, the cadre revealed that he was carrying the opium, grown in Myanmar, to Changlang town for further distribution among local drug peddlers. This is the tenth arrest of NSCN-K cadre by security forces in the district in the past 10 months, the report said.

2009

  • Aug 7: Twenty-eight militants of various outfits surrender before the Assam Rifles at Lekhapani near Khonsa in Arunachal Pradesh. The surrendered militants include 9 ULFA cadres, 8 AANLA cadres, 3 NSCN-IM, 6 NSCN-K and 2 NSCN-U cadres.
  • September 21: According to sources, security forces in Arunachal Pradesh are planning a massive anti-insurgency operation to free Tirap district from the clutches of the two NSCN factions.
  • September 21: Twenty eight militants of different militant groups surrender at the Assam Rifles Battalions headquarters at Khonsa.
  • October 12: Suspected NSCN (IM) militants abduct 16 Congress activists from Tirap district.
  • October 15: Security forces and civil administration in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh nabbed two hardcore NSCN cadres on the Arunachal Pradesh polling day on Tuesday. The 19 Assam Rifles had already arrested five active cadres and four overground workers of the NSCN in the last month, as part of the proactive approach to ensure free and secure environment in the district in the run-up to the Assembly polls in that State.
  • October 19: A delegation from Arunachal Pradesh, led by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, meets Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh at New Delhi and categorically places its objections to the reported dam proposed by the Chinese on the Tsangpo river, known as Brahmaputra in India, before the Prime Minister and called upon the Union Government to take up the matter seriously with Beijing. Though the delegation said it did not mind a Run-of-the-River project on the Brahmaputra, it expressed serious concerns on the reported dam construction that would divert the entire river to drier regions of China.
  • October 20: China formally clarifies to India that it is not building a dam over the Brahmaputra river on its side, according to Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu. "The prime minister assured us that there was no dam being constructed over the Brahmaputra by China. In fact, Beijing had formally communicated this to the Indian government," Khandu said on telephone from New Delhi.
  • October 20: Arrest of five youths by West Siang district police. Thearrest exposes the sinister designs of NSCN (IM) to rejuvenate the almost dead National Liberation Council of Taniland (NLCT) by supplying arms to trained youths from Arunachal Pradesh. Highly placed sources informed The Sentinel Arunachal that one of the arrested youths in the manhunt at Aalo, Tayum Ruti, is a trained ultra of the erstwhile NLCT. He underwent a rigorous training of 3 months 26 days at Mnt Glit in Nagaland, about 40 kms from Dimapur, under the NSCN (IM) and passed out in January this year.