CHRONOLOGY: 2018

  • January 4: A militant and commander' of militant group Liberation Democratic Council of Mising Land (LDCM) Rohan Patir, was arrested from Guwahati. The arrested militant was allegedly involved in the killing of local Indian National Congress leader Hiranya Doley in May 2017.
  • January 16: Police arrested an NSCN-K militant known as `sergeant major' Bishnu Bhujel from Mullong village in Tinsukia District.
  • January 16: According to official data, the security scenario in the Northeastern region has radically improved as well insurgency-related incidents have dropped down by 85 per cent in 2017 as compared to 2000. The data said that the insurgency related incidents in 2017 was the lowest since 1997, which was 308. Around 1,963 insurgency-related incidents had taken place in the Northeast in the year 2000. Altogether 168 incidents of kidnapping or abduction were reported in 2016, which came down to 102 in 2017 – a 40% drop. Also, the death toll of security personnel and civilians was lowest in 2016 when 12 security forces personnel and 37 civilians had died.
  • January 22: UNLFW a conglomerate of Northeast rebel groups on January 22 called for a total boycott of Republic Day celebrations.
  • January 25: Ahead of the republic day ULFA-I circulated a video showing 10 ULFA-I militants burning the Indian national flag and demanded a total boycott of the Republic Day.
  • January 29: Former special secretary of R&AW A.B Mathur was appointed as new negotiator for peace talks with ULFA-PTF of Asom, UPF and KNO.
  • February 5: NIA filed charge sheet against 'military chief' and 'deputy chief' of NDFB-S G Bidai alias Bishnu and M Batha alias Binod, in relation to the killing of five Adivasi at Pakriguri in Kokrajhar District in December 2014.
  • February 10: Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju announced that Government of India has revised stipend amount and fixed deposit for the surrendered militants in Northeast. The monthly allowance of the surrendered militants would be increased from INR 3,000 to INR 6,000. Moreover, the militants will be given a relief amount of INR 400,000, which was earlier INR 1, 50,000. The new surrender scheme would come into effect from April 2018.
  • February 11: Minister for State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said that Assam recorded 33 insurgency related incidents in 2017 where six civilians lost their lives along with three SFs.
  • February 11: Union Ministry of Home Affairs clarified that the year 2017 confirmed the lowest number of insurgency related incidents since 1997. Insurgency related incidents in Northeast went down by 63 per cent as compared to 2014 in and 36 per cent compared to 2016. During the year 2017, the state witnessed 308 insurgency related incidents against 824 incidents in 2014, 574 incidents in 2015, 484 incidents in 2016. Civilian casualties have also recorded a drop by 83 percent, from 212 in 2014 to 37 in 2017. SF’s casualty rate of also decreased by 40 percent, from 20 in 2014 to 12 in 2017.
  • February 21: The 'commander in chief' of HPC-D Lal Minthang Sanate was arrested from Tezpur in Sonitpur District concerning his alleged involvement in killing of NCP candidate in Sawilgre village in East Garo Hills. HPC-D has now split up into two factions, one is headed by Zosangbera, who is currently holding talks with the Mizoram government, and the other by Lalhmingthang Sanate
  • March 3: The Home and Political Department of Assam, via a notification issued on February 28, declared the entire State a "disturbed area" under AFSPA. Consequently, Assam State Government announced extension of AFSPA by another six months in Assam.
  • March 12: Police arrested ULFA-I militant identified as Dipjyoti Gogoi at Lafera gaon in Charaideo District. According to the arrested militant ULFA-I had accomplished the attack on Borhat tea estate in Upper Assam's Charaideo district in the first week of February. The militant explained that they walked into the factory and fired indiscriminately besides lobbed a grenade before leaving.
  • March 26:The insurgency related civilian casualties decreased in all states except in Assam where it increased from nine in 2015 to 29 in 2016. Furthermore, the number of abductions came down in the region from 267 in 2015 to 168 in 2016. Counter Insurgency operations in the reason-triggered killing of 87 militants, arrest of 1202 and recovery of 605 arms in 2016.
  • April 1: The security situation in Northeastern states saw a considerable improvement over the last four years. The year 2017 recorded the lowest insurgency related incidents and casualties covering the civilians and security forces during the last two decades since 1997. There has been a noticeable improvement of security situation in Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Manipur, whereas insurgency has been abolished from Tripura and Mizoram. Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act had been withdrawn from all areas of Meghalaya, while in Arunachal Pradesh areas under AFSPA reduced from 16 to 8 Police Stations besides Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts. In Assam, ongoing counter-insurgency operations against NDFB (S) have brought good results just when 63 cadres were neutralized and 1,052 cadres/linkmen were arrested apart from that huge arms and ammunition were recovered between Dec 2014 and March 2018.
    The casualties among the security forces were reduced from 289 in 1997 to 12 in 2017 across the Northeast region amounting to a reduction of 96%. Civilian casualties furthermore reduced to 96% from 907 in the year 2000 to 37 in 2017.Insurgency incidents during the same period decreased by 85% from 1963 to 308. Kidnapping and abductions were also witnessed a sharp decline of 40% from 168 incidents in the year 2016 to 102 last year.
  • April 2: State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary informed at the assembly that between 1990 and 2016 approximately 931 security personnel had been killed in Assam of which 480 were Police Personnel. In between 2016-18, seven Security Forces had been killed out of which five personnel belonged to Assam Police.
  • May 5: Bhaskar Kalita, officer in-charge(OC) of Bordumsa Police station died of bullet injuries during a counter-insurgency operation against ULFA-I in eastern Assam’s Kujupathar village in Tinsukia district.
  • Three ULFA militants were also killed during the operation.
  • May 22: According to a report published in The Assam Tribune, the talks between the Government of India and the pro-talk ULFA faction is at a crucial stage. Even though the pro-talk faction’s demand for scrapping of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill cause throttle in the peace process. According to a senior pro-talk leader their demand for scraping of the Bill was not part of the original charter of demands submitted to the Government of India. They have placed the fresh demand later and the leader added, “Rest of the demands have more or less settled.”
  • May 23: Chairman of the pro-talk faction of the ULFA Arabinda Rajkhowa said that their outfit would be formally disbanded after signing of an accord with the Government of India. The accord is likely to be signed later this year. Addressing the media, ULFA General Secretary Anup Chetia informed that negotiations with the Centre were in the final stage. ULFA leaders took part in a crucial talk in Delhi with representatives of the Government of India. The pro-talks leaders confirmed that they have raised the issue of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill with the Centre besides issue of constitutional and political safeguard of the indigenous people.
  • May 26: Based on intelligence sources the home ministry have issued high alert in Assam about an increased threat of Islamist radicalization in the State and said that islamic terror group Hizbul Mujahideen was recruiting cadres from Muslim-dominated areas. A youth named Qumer Uz Jamaan R/O Jmuna Mukh of Hojai has joined Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir. A book ‘Afghanistan Ami Allah Ke Dekhechi’ written in Bengali, is being circulated in remote Muslim areas of Bongaigaon.
  • May 29: The United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) has threatened to pull out of the peace process if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is passed in the Parliament. The group is now holding peace-talks with the Government of India. All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) organized an 11-hour mass hunger-strike programme in Guwahati to demonstrate their opposition to Citizenship Amendment Bill where 28 indigenous people’s organizations and a large number of artistes from the state extended their support.
  • May 30: The 9th Battalion of the Rajputana Rifles and police arrested two ULFA (I) linkman from Chaulkhowa of Dibrugarh district during a joint operation. Police recovered demonetized currency notes with a face value of Rs 42.5 lakh from the militants.
  • June 1: NSCN-IM rebels killed a youth belonging to Joypur area in Tinsukia district of Assam bordering Arunachal Pradesh after his family fail to give ransom of Rs 10 lakh . Police sources informed that the killed youth Rafel Ali and his father Moon Ali were abducted by NSCN-IM rebels from Deomali area in neighboring Arunachal Pradesh. Moon Ali was later released by the rebel after severe beating and they demanded Rs 10 lakh as ransom for release of the son. When the youth’s father failed to meet the ransom requirements of the rebels, they killed his son afterwards.
  • June 2: Six militants of the Kuki Liberation Front surrendered with a huge cache of arms before Assam Police. According to Government sources they will be rehabilitated under the revised scheme for surrender-cum-rehabilitation of rebels in the Northeast.
  • June 16: Assam Police decided to write to Facebook asking it to deactivate the account created by the ULFA(I). The account was created by the outfit to increase its interface with facebook users.
  • June 17: ULFA (I) released a video where they talked about a police “informer” who double-crossed the police regarding the information of ULFA (I) presence at Kujupathar under Bordumsa police station in Upper Assam’s Tinsukia district last month where an officer of Assam Police was killed. The video was uploaded by ULFA (I) on their Facebook page, which shows nine cadres.
  • June 18: The “joint military command” of Myanmaar based NSCN (Khaplang) and Paresh Barua-led ULFA (I) claimed responsibility for ambush in Nagaland’s Mon district where two soldiers were killed and four others were injured.
  • June 20: Assam police is “trying” to hold talks with the government of Myanmar so as to secure the release of Dinanath Upadhyay, a supervisor at Phaneng tea garden who was abducted by ULFA-I militants on June 8. He is currently in the custody of the banned outfit in one of its camps in Myanmar.
  • June 22: Six “senior” ULFA (I) cadres surrendered with weapons in Tinsukia district. The surrendered cadres, who left their camp in Myanmar’s Arakan region, deposited a German made HK 33 rifle, an AK 56 rifle, an MQ 81 rifle, Chinese grenade, magazines, over 300 rounds of ammunition and equipment.
  • June 24: ULFA-I has become active again in various parts of Darrang district as the outfit started to send extortion notices to a section of traders. The traders who are now in panic said that although the state police have claimed that the activities of the underground groups have been declining in the wake of stepped-up operations carried out by the security forces, ULFA is still active in some pockets.
  • June 24: Following a recent request by Assam police Facebook had blocked ULFA-I account for the second time. The state police had written to the US-based Facebook authorities through the Centre with a request to block the page after the outfit opened an account for the second time in order to attract youths through social media.
  • June 25: A woman was killed while travelling near Sibilong village along the National Highway-37 by suspected NSCN-K militants as they attacked the vehicle where she was present along with other dance troupe. The woman was a part of a dance troupe who had performed during the inaugural function of a railway substation at Kamai.
  • July 1: A group of suspected NSCN-IM cadres ambushed an Assam Rifles road opening team on the outskirts of Motonongsa village under Nampong circle in Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district. The ambush was failed because of the alertness of the security forces and no causalities were reported on either side.
  • July 4: Police arrested a suspected ULFA (I) linkman from his residence in Nalbari in connection with a case registered at Gorchuk Police station Guwahati. An amount of 4 lakh was recovered from the linkman.
  • July 4: A joint team of army and police arrested a NDFB(S) militant and a linkman from Hajraiguri village under Saraibili police outpost in Kokrajhar district. Two pistols were rrecovered from the militants.
  • July 11: In a joint operation of the army and Assam Police, two suspected cadres of NSCN-IM- self styled “major” Shiranjit Singh 22 and self-styled corporal Apoh Ah Gashim, 25 were arrested from Tingalibam under Sonari police station in Charaideo district on Tuesday. Security forces recovered a 7.65mm pistol, a 22mm pistol, six live rounds of ammunition and two extortion notes.
  • July 16: A joint team of army and police apprehended two KLO militants from Silkatari Part 2 village in Kokrajhar district. Police recovered two pistols from the arrested militants.
  • July 17: Cachar police arrested an active member of the Manipur-based anti-talk terrorist group Zeliangrong United Front from Irongmara. The militant was the prime accused of the Udharbond Paticherra tea garden extortion case.
  • July 17: Army personnel of the 9th Battalion of the Rajputana Rifles and Moran Police apprehended one over-ground worker of ULFA-I from Sepon in Dibrugarh district. Police recovered one 9 mm pistol and one magazine with five live rounds from the militant.
  • July 19: Cachar police arrested three ultras of ZUF (Kamson) faction in a joint operation at Rangmaijan area under Jirighat along the Assam-Manipur border of Cachar district. A huge cache of arms and ammunitions were seized from the militants.
  • July 20: Jagun Police and 13 Assam Rifles personnel in an operation arrested three NDFB (S) cadres at Nagadhuli, Kuwarabasti under Jagun PS of Tinisukia district. Police recovered one AK 47 rifle, one magazine, 9 live ammunition, two pistols of 7.65 and .22 calibers from the possession of the militants.
  • July 21: The army under Dao Division arrested one NSCN-IM cadre from Sepon in Dibrugarh district. A .32 mm pistol, one magazine, and two live rounds of ammunitions were recovered from the possession of the militant.
  • July 22: Police carried out an operation against rebel outfit People's Democratic Council of Karbi Longri (PDCK) at Bokaram Tokbi Gaon under Dolamara Police Station in Karbi Anglong district, which led to a savage gun-battle.
  • One militant of PDCK was arrested.
    The Police recovered one HK 33 Rifle, 70 rounds ammunition, 2 magazines of the rifle, 2 numbers of mobile phone, 1 knife, from the spot.
  • July 23: In a joint operation, the army and Tingkhong police arrested two over ground workers of ULFA(I) from Dibrugarh district in Upper Assam. Police recovered a, 32mm pistol and a magazine with four live rounds from the arrested workers.
  • July 25: Security forces arrested two NDFB(S) militants from Saralbhanga forest in Kokrajhar district. Security forces recovered two pistols and two hand grenades from the militants.
  • July 25: Bharalumukh Police in Guwahati arrested a surrendered ULFA cadre who had come to the city to collect extortion money from a businessperson. Rs. 1 lakh was seized from his possession.
  • July 25: Rajputana Rifles personnel of Indian army destroyed a hideout of the proscribed ULFA (Independent) in Lakhipathar area in Tinsukia district on Thursday and recovered a large amount of arms and ammunition. Army recovered four pistols, one revolver, two rounds of 40 mm Multi Shot Grenade Launcher, 11 rounds of 9 mm revolver, 16 rounds of 2.2 mm, one round of AK-47, a radio set, and Rs 1.49 lakh from the busted hideout.
  • July 27: A parliamentary panel affiliated with Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in its latest report that Assam has the highest rate of violent crimes such as kidnappings, abductions, extortions in the country. The parliamentary Standing Committee, headed by P Chidambaram of the Congress party, in its report ‘ Security Situation in the North Eastern States of India’ said that although insurgency related instances of kidnappings and extortions may be on a decline but there is a general upsurge of such crimes. The committee speculates that poor rehabilitation and settlement of former insurgents can be a reason responsible for such a situation. The report noted that a large number of victims, who were kidnapped or abducted in Assam before and during 2016, are yet to be traced and a cause for concern is that over 81% of victims are women.
  • Assam recorded the highest rate of violent crimes among all the states in 2016 enlisting an uncontrollable 87% of the victims of kidnappings and abductions were women. Furthermore, out of 6,128 abductions, only 249 victims were recovered. Assam also reported a vast number of 13,413 unrecovered victims of kidnappings and abductions that happened before 2016. The number of kidnapping and abductions, in general, as reported by the National Crime Record Bureau in the Crime in India 2016 report, shows a significant rise during this period from 4, 824 in 2014 to 6,128 in 2016. In 2016, Assam recorded the highest rate of kidnappings and abductions among all Indian states with a rate of 18.8 kidnappings and abductions per thousand persons in 2016. However improvement is perceptible regarding insurgency related incidents in the state as the insurgent related incidents declined from 246 in 2014 to just 81 in 2015 and further came down to 75 in 2016 and to 33 in 2017 being the lowest since 1997. The casualties of civilians and security forces personnel were also lowest at 9 in 2017 which was 99% less than the 1,136 deaths of civilians and security forces personnel took place in 1997. During 2017, altogether 16 insurgents were killed while 204 were arrested.

  • July 27: A team of Assam Rifles and police arrested the self-styled commander of the newly formed outfit, Barak State Liberation Force at Barkatpur village under Karimganj of Assam from Notun Bosti. Police recovered one .22mm pistol along with magazines and six rounds of .22mm live ammunition from the militant’s possession.
  • August 3: A National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) cadre, identified as Zonet Aier, was apprehended today in Mariani area of Jorhat district in Assam along the Nagaland border with arms and ammunition. Police nabbed him from Morongiyal village, under Mariani Police station, along the Assam-Nagaland border and recovered a 9mm pistol along with ammunition and a grenade.
  • August 4: The Army’s Dao Division, nabbed two Ulfa (I) workers, identified as, Gyandeep Boragohain and Mridul Sarma from Lahowal area of Dibrugarh district. One .22mm pistol and a magazine with three live rounds were seized.
  • August 29: A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court convicted four National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants in a December 23, 2014 massacre case in Assam. The convicted militants are: Sanju Bordoloi alias Sibigiri, Bishnu Narzary alias N Berema, Ahoy Basumutary alias B Bujumbura and Nitul Daimary alias D Naihab.
  • September 8: In a joint operation of security forces, a suspected ULFA (I) linkman, Ajit Gogoi was apprehended at Borhat Haluwa under Borhat P.S. One IED, two detonators, batteries and cables were recovered from him.
  • September 8: Tinsukia Police apprehended four youths, including a minor from Pengeree Bordumsa area today. According to police, they were in contact with the ULFA (I) with the intention to join the outfit.
  • September 15: A National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court here has sentenced two NDFB(S) militants to death and awarded life imprisonment to two others of the same outfit for killing six persons four years ago in Sonitpur district of Assam.
    This is the first instance of any militant being sentenced to death in Assam.
    Six persons were killed and two others injured by a group of NDFB(S) militants who fired indiscriminately at villagers at Santipur village in Dhekiajuli town of the Sonitpur district on December 23, 2014.
  • September 15: Three people with alleged links to Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Qamar-uz-Zama have been arrested by the Assam police. The three, identified as Shahnawaz Alam, Saidul Alam and Omar Faruk, were arrested from Hojai, Udali and Byrnihat, along the Assam-Meghalaya border.
  • September 17: Assam Police have arrested three more persons — Riazuddin, Baharul Islam and Zoinal Ahmed – for having link with banned Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.
    So far Assam police have arrested total six persons for having links with the fundamentalist outfit. All the arrests were made in the wake of arrest of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen operative Kamar-uz-Zaman, who hails from Assam, from Kanpur by Anti Terrorist Squad of Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday last. Kamar-uz-Zaman was assigned to set up a network of the outfit in Assam.
  • September 20: A joint team of the 31 Bn SSB and Kokrajhar Police last night nabbed a hardcore NDFB (S) cadre, David Mushahary alias M Dinthigiri, from Nabinagar village in Kokrajhar district.
    A pistol, a magazine and live ammunition were recovered from his possession.
  • September 23: Hojai police arrested another suspected linkman of the terror outfit Hizbul Mujahidden from Karbi Anglong taking the total number of arrests to eight.
    The arrested miscreant had been identified as Abhimanyu Chouhanwho is a resident of Hatikhali under Lumding police station.
    According to sources, the arrest was made on the basis of call details record of the accused already arrested in connection with Jamunamukh police station case. Initial investigation suggested that the members of the terror outfit had planned subversive activities in Lumding and few other areas.
  • September 25: A joint team of Army and Kokrajhar Police has nabbed a hardcore NDFB (S) cadre Phantom Brahma from Jharbari area in Ripu Reserve Forest in Kokrajhar district.
    Police also recovered an automatic pistol with magazine and two live ammunition, two Chinese made hand grenades, a mobile handset and a bag from his possession.
  • Oct 4: Seven Myanmar nationals, who were under detention in Silchar Central Jail, were deported to their country. Arrested in 2012, the seven Rohingyas were lodged at in Silchar Jail for more than six years. They were brought from Silchar to Moreh amidst tight security provided by Assam police personnel and later handed over to the immigration officer of Moreh Police.
    After the necessary formalities of checking identification cards and other related papers were done, Moreh Police handed over the seven Rohingyas to Myanmarese officials at the Myanmar Immigration Office located at Indo-Myanmar Friendship Gate (Moreh Gate number 2).
    It might be recalled that due to the Rohingya refugee crisis that took place in the recent years, several Rohingyas from Myanmar have infiltrated India and settled in the border states of the country and numerous arrests have also been made.
  • Oct 6: Assam Police has secured the custody of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist, Qamar-uz-Zaman, who was arrested by the anti-terrorism squad of Uttar Pradesh Police. Zaman was apprehended by the Uttar Pradesh Police on September.
    Zaman was brought to Guwahati by a flight and taken to Hojai.
  • October 7: The Assam Police has issued alert in several districts, including the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BTAD), after intelligence input indicated that nearly 12 Myanmar-trained militants of the proscribed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) are trying to enter the State.
    According to Special Director General of Police (Special Branch), the Songbjit faction of the NDFB (S) is trying to enter the state due to severe crisis of fund in Myanmar and to raise money during Durga Puja and Diwali through extortion activities.
    The official however confirmed that the patrolling in and around the inter-state border has been stepped up.
  • October 8: The Indian Government has decided to deport 23 more Rohingyas currently lodged in three detention camps of Assam. The nationality verification of all the 23 Rohingya has already been completed and the Center has so far not put any kind of embargo on their deportation. Though faced by many criticism for taking such decision, it has been reported that the Rohingya immigrant have themselves agreed to be deported back. Moreover, the Myanmarese Government too has agreed to take them back and agreed on the principle that their safety would be ensured.
    The 23 Rohingya immigrants, who were detained for illegally entering the country, are currently lodged in Silchar, Goalpara and Tezpur detention camps.
  • October 8: Security forces apprehended one NDFB (S) militant Geremsa Basumatary from No.2 Merabil area under Mazbat P.S and recovered two grenades.
  • October 10: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Guwahati has formally taken over the case from Assam Police in connection with banned militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen’s attempt to expand its network in the state.
    Qamar-uz-Zaman, who was taken into custody by Assam Police recently, was sent back to Uttar Pradesh by flight. He will be produced before court in Uttar Pradesh on October 11, 2018.
  • October 13: A blast occurred in Sukleswar Ghat area leaving four persons injured, with the proscribed ULFA (Independent) claiming responsibility for the misfortune event.
    Paresh Baruah of United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) claimed that the blast was carried out by the outfit in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and NRC updating exercise. The ULFA(I) leader further alleged that the NRC will be used to settle non-Assamese people in the state.
  • October 15: Thirty-one people from Bangladesh, including eight women and thirteen children who came to India illegally have been detained at Guwahati railway station.
    The detainees entered India two years ago and then moved to Bengaluru to do petty jobs. They were apprehended while on their way to Tripura from Guwahati to visit their home in Bangladesh.
  • October 19: Security forces nabbed a Myanmar-trained Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) cadre in Kokrajhar district. A joint operation was launched by the army and police personnel following a tip off and the militant was apprehended in Gossaigaon town.
    A pistol and five rounds of ammunitions were recovered from the militant.
  • October 30: A joint team of Army and Kokrajhar Police nabbed a KLO cadre Manful Barman from Bandarchara village in Kokrajhar district.
    Police also recovered a pistol with ammunition from his possession.
  • October 31: A joint team of Army and Kokrajhar Police apprehended a NDFB (S) cadre Jayanta Narzary alias N Jawglang from Bhawraguri village under Kokrajhar Police Station.
  • October 31: A joint team of Army and Police nabbed a youth from Bengtal area in Chirang district on suspicion of being a NDFB militant. The youth has been identified as Rangbang Mushahary, who belongs to the NDFB’s Sawraigwra faction.
  • November 1: A police team of Kakopothar P.S nabbed a linkman of ULFA (I) from Tongona Majgaon. The arrested linkman has been identified as Lakhyajit Moran.
    Thorough investigation revealed that Moran was instigating the local youths to join the outfit.
  • November 1: Five persons were shot dead and at least one was injured by armed men, suspected to be members of the banned ULFA(I), in Tinsukia district in Upper Assam.
  • November 3: The locals of Harinagar Market area of Silchar district, caught two of the six suspected ultras and beat them to death while the other four managed to escape.
    The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) along with police rescued the duo and shifted to hospital, where they were declared brought dead.
    The SSB and the police recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition from the possession of the suspected militants.
  • November 8: The recent arrest of two active ULFA-I linkmen Bolen Deka and Dimbeswar Deka from Borengabari village under Harisinga police station has revealed that many fresh recruits were made in the Udalguri district by overground workers and linkmen on behalf of the rebel outfit.
    Three youths of various places of Udalguri district namely Susanta Nath, Jayanta Deka and Dhanjit Deka who went missing from their place of inhabitancy are suspected to have joined the rebel outfit.
  • November 16: ULFA (I) ‘C-in-C’ Paresh Barua’s nephew Munna Baruah has joined the ULFA, confirmed by the SP of Tinsukia.
  • November 19: A 20-year-old ULFA (I) cadre, identified as Dewal Jyoti Dutta alias Diwar Axom was arrested by police from Bahona Naborachuk under Bhogdoi police outpost in Upper Assam’s Jorhat.
    The miscreant confessed that he underwent arms training under Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), in East Garo Hills and west Garo Hills of Meghalaya. He further added he had served as the personal security guard of ULFA (I) leader, Drishti Rajkhowa.
  • November 22: A blast triggered by suspected ULFA (I) militants inside a hardware store at Demow Chairi Ali in Upper Assam’s Sivasagar district in the run up to Panchayat election led to the death of Anup Gupta, a customer and Kamal Agarwal, the owner of the shop.
  • November 24: The banned ULFA (Independent) claimed responsibility for the grenade attack in Sibsagar district that killed two people.
  • November 24: Three miscreants identified as Prabhat Khanikar, Kishore Patel and Manas Changmai were arrested by the Police in connection with the Demow Blast.
  • November 24: 17 linkmen of the banned outfit ULFA (I) were detained from different locations of Guwahati city as a preventive measure.
  • November 29: Three members of the banned outfit, NDFB, were arrested from Kunnanthanadu in Kochi.
  • December 1: An explosion occurred in a coach of the Kamakhya-Dekargaon Intercity Express at the Harisinga railway station around 7.04 pm.Three persons were injured in the explosion.
    Investigation is being carried on whether the explosion was caused by a grenade or an improvised explosive device (IDU).
  • December 2: In the joint operation conducted by the Army, Assam Rifles and Assam Police resulted in arrest of nine militants belonging to the NDFB(S), while they were returning from their training camps in Myanmar and had just entered Assam. The security forces also recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from their possession.
    The joint operation was launched near Jagun in Tinsukia district along Assam-Arunachal Pradesh boundary.
  • December 6: Two Myanmar trained cadres of the NDFB (S), were arrested by the security forces from Mazbat Railway Station in Udalguri district.
    The arrested militants were identified as Swmkhwr Daimary alias D Swgwr, an inhabitant of Daifang Khoirabari village under Udalguri Police Station of Udalguri district and Jwngswr Mushahary alias M Jwmwi, an inhabitant of Salguri village of Kokrajhar district.
    A case has been registered against the two militant at Mazbat Police Station.
  • December 10: Security Forces nabbed two NDFB (S) militants, the miscreants identified as Rabin Wary and Rishima Narzary from Ripu Reserve Forest in Kokrajhar.
    Two hand grenades were recovered from the arrested miscreants.

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