INCIDENTS

2009

ULFA

  • January 1: Suspected ULFA militants trigger serial blasts in three different areas of the city, claiming five lives, including a minor, besides leaving over 50 others injured. Of the five dead, two are identified as Amal Das (45) and Kohil Sheikh (7). The first blast goes off around 2:25 pm in city’s Birubari area followed by high-intensity explosions in city’s Bhootnath (5:25 pm) and Bhangagarh (5:40 pm) (Near Munni Market) areas.
  • January 2: City police release the photograph of Pranjal Deka alias Biju Saraniya alias Bhambhal (20), the dreaded cadre of ULFA’s 709 battalion, who according to security agencies, masterminded all the three blasts in Guwahati on January 1.
  • January 4: Police arrest ULFA cadre Sanjeeb Talukdar (20), who supplied the explosives used for triggering all the three blasts in Guwahati.
  • January 5: Security Forces (SFs) arrest a woman cadre of the '28th battalion' of the ULFA, identified as 'sergeant major' Mridula Kachari alias Trishna, at Sonari in the Sivsagar District after a brief encounter.
  • January 9: Three persons die and another six are injured, one of them critically when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded around 6.30 pm near the NF Railways headquarters at Maligaon. Police suspect the hand of the proscribed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) behind the blast.
  • January 9: Assam Police nab hardcore Myanmar-trained ULFA cadre Mridul Baishya from Hajo and recover incriminating documents from his possession, besides two cell phones and a diary.
  • January 10: A hardcore cadre of the banned ULFA is killed during an encounter near Kalipur area under Jalukbari police station, while four hardcore cadres of the outfit are arrested from two different areas under Kamrup district in the last 24 hours.
  • January 13: In an encounter with SFs, a ULFA militant, identified as Tapan Das, is killed at Geetanagar locality of Guwahati city. The slain militant was involved in the abduction and subsequent killing of FCI executive P.C. Ram in July 2007.
  • January 18: In two separate operations by the Police and the Army, four ULFA cadres are killed at Khoya village in the Kamrup (Rural) District.
  • Jan 20: Army’s 316 Field Regiment and Sivasagar police apprehend an ULFA cadre self-styled Corporal Dipen Buragohain alias Bubu Gogoi from Raghubari village near Singhaduar in Sivasagar district.
  • January 21: Uday Bharali, an ULFA militant, escapes from the Sadiya designated camp of Tinsukia District with an AK-56 rifle.
  • January 23: Six members of the pro-talk ULFA faction are expelled from the organization for allegedly leaking information to police. The cadres have been residing in designated camps at Kakopathar in Tinsukia district.
  • January 25: Eight NDFB militants and two ULFA cadres surrender before the Superintendent of Police of Golaghat District. The ULFA militants are 'sergeant major' Pritam Doley alias Mickel Singh and cadre Polash Jyoti Baruah. The eight NDFB militants are Ajoy Khaklari, Sanjoy Boro, Pabitra Basumatary, Nayan Basumatary, Parimal Khaklari, Arabinda Daimary, Sanjeev Khaklari and Binanda Khaklari.
  • January 29: Two police personnel and one ULFA militant are killed in an encounter in Sivasagar district. The encounter takes place in Bengenabari area under Sonari police station. ASI Bhim Prasad Upadhaya and constable Debojit Borgohain are killed on the spot.
  • February 3: A five-member delegation of pro-talk ULFA militants belonging to the 28th Battalion of ULFA led by Mrinal Hazarika arrive in New Delhi to hold discussions with Govt of India.
  • February 5: Security Forces kill an unidentified ULFA militant at Polokhata under Barama Police Station in the Baksa District.
  • February 5: One ULFA cadre, identified as Jintu Borah, is nabbed by Basistha Police from the Bhangagarh area of Guwahati city.
  • February 6: Security Forces kill one ULFA militant during an encounter at Nasatra under Sarthebari Police Station in the Barpeta District.
  • February 17: Suspected ULFA militants kill a surrendered ULFA cadre, identified as Rajesh Das, in the Guromari Pathar area of Barpeta District.
  • February 19: Army personnel nab a suspected ULFA militant, identified as Indrajeet Roy, from Koimari village under Golokganj Police Station in Dhubri District.
  • February 22: A combined group of suspected ULFA and KLO militants abduct a jute trader, identified as Kartick Sen, from his residence at Bogribari Bazaar area in the Dhubri District.
  • February 23: Manab Handique alias Dambaru Bora, a self styled ‘corporal’ of ‘28th Battalion’ of the ULFA, is arrested by Police personnel at Padumoni area of Golaghat District.
  • February 28: Police arrest an ULFA member belonging to the outfit’s709 battalion from Jalukbari area.
  • March 2: City Police arrests an ULFA militant, identified as Navajit Das alias Himangshu Roy, from Garchuk area.
  • March 5: Indian Army gun down one ULFA cadre in an encounter at Lakhriguri village in Chirang district under BTAD. The deceased is identified as Anupam Gogoi, a self style Lt. of 709 ULFA. 
  • March 7: Army and police in Charaideo subdivision kill one hardcore ULFA cadre ‘Sgt Major’ Lolit Bora alias Ajit Gogoi alias Ajala Kokai in an operation near Balijan Grant near Sonari.  
  • March 13: An ULFA cadre Utpal Barman is arrested from city’s Noonmati area by City Police. 
  • March 17: One ULFA cadre is killed in a gun battle with security personnel at north Kalitapara a border village along Kamrup and Darrang districts under Sipajhar police station. He is identified as Ganesh Sarma. 
  • March 31: Suspected ULFA militants trigger an IED explosion killing one and injuring seventeen others, two of them seriously, in Jyotikuchi area under Garchuk PS in Guwahati around 5.40 pm.   
  • April 3: Police arrest two ULFA cadres in connection with March 31 blast at the city from Basistha and Noonmati area. The arrested are identified as Ramesh Thakuria (22) and Kamal Nayan Talukdar alias Baba (27).  
  • April 6: ULFA triggers five blasts in different places in Assam killing 10 and injuring 60 people. The first blast takes place in Diphu in Karbi Anglong District where there is no casualty. In the next two back-to-back IED explosions, 8 people are killed and 56 are injured in Maligaon area of Guwahati and 1 killed and 4 injured in Dhekijuli in Sonitpur district. The blast inside the Mankachar Police Station campus in Dhubri district kills 1 and injures 1. The grenade hurled in Garobasti in Udalguri district did not explode.  
  • April 7: Hardcore ULFA militant Nakul Roy is killed by security forces in Kokrajhar district. He was wanted for his involvement in October 30 serial blasts in Assam.
  • April 7: One ULFA militant Parimal Barman and six of its linkmen are arrested in Paglaghat under Tamarhat PS in Dbhubri district. They are arrested in connection with April 6 explosion in Mankachar.  
  • April 8: Troops of 65 Field Regiment of Red Horns Division of Army, operating in Darrang district, kill Suman Rabha, a hardcore ULFA militant in Bhuyankhat village under Kalaigaon in Udalguri district.
  • April 8: Mukunda Rajbanshi, a top ULFA militant and one of the prime suspects in April 6 Mailigaon blast, is taken into custody by Assam police from Baska. 
  • April 9: Jadav Bora, an ULFA cadre, is nabbed by Dhemaji police from Amlaki Pait gaon near Budhbaria Bazar in Dimow under Jonai PS in Dhemaji.  
  • April 10: The ULFA militant killed in Bhyakhat on April 8 is identified as self styled Sergeant Major Paresh Das alias Champak Deka alias Javed, the personal security officer of th dreaded Ulfa leader Akash Thapa.  
  • April 11: ULFA cadre Kishore Deka is arrested at Pasighat. 
  • April 18: 21 Jat Regiment arrest four suspected ULFA linkmen with IED from Koimari and Bidyadabri village of Dhubri district.  
  • April 20: A top Bangladeshi intelligence officer is arrested in connection with seizures of 10 truck loads of weapons, believed to be detained for ULFA militants in Assam.   
  • April 21: Three ULFA linkmen – Kandarpa Das, Sanjoy Thakuria and Gautam Thakuria – are arrested by the police in connection with the March 30 Maligaon blast which claimed 8 lives and injured many others. 
  • April 22: Self-styles ULFA surgeant major Sobil Borgohain is arrested by a joint police and Army team from Dibrugarh constituency.  
  • April 24: Two ULFA cadres of 28th Battalion are arrested from Bihpuria in North Lakhimpur district in charges of extortion. The arrested are under in custody of Arunachal police.  
  • April 26: A Tribunal in Shillong conducts exparte hearing on the extension of the ban on the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). So far no one has represented the ULFA to defend its case in the Tribunal.  
  • April 27: Troops of 11 Maratha Light Infantry of Red Horns Division arrest 2 ULFA cadres at Debergaon under Serfanguri PS in Kokrajhar district.
  • April 27: A Pro-talk ULFA militant Hitesh Rabha belonging to ULFA’s 709 battalion is gunned down by ULFA militants in front of his residence at Khardang village under Krishnai PS in Goalpara district.  
  • April 28: Two ULFA militants are gunned down in an encounter with security personnel at Sripurdeor Haribanga under Mushalpur PS in Baksa district.  
  • May 3: One unidentified ULFA cadre is shot dead by police after a half-an-hour encounter with three militants at Biyakaroagaon Kachamari under Merapani PS.
  • May 3: A hardcore ULFA militant is thrashed by an irate public at Madhupur village under Belsor police station in Nalbari district when he comes to a residence to collect extortion money as demanded earlier. 
  • May 7: Two ULFA cadres are killed in an encounter with Sivasagar police and army near Bengenabari under Sonari PS.
  • May 7: Anup Deka, an ULFA militant of 709 battalion, is arrested by police from Ganeshpara area of Guwahati. The convict is suspected to be involved in several subversive activities including the blast at Jyotikuchi. 
  • May 9: Both the ULFA cadres killed in an encounter on May 7 at Bengenabari under Sonari PS are identified as Jintu Changmai alias Pranjal alias Master of Changmai gaon, Borhat and Lington Ingti of Rangsonia Japihajia gaon in Lakhipathar area under Tinsukia district. 
  • May 11: One ULFA cadre is killed in a gunbattle with police at Solmari under Baihata Chariali police station. Police suspects the deceased was an active cadre of 27 no. Battalion of banned ULFA. 
  • May 15:  The Red Horns Army operating in Mangaldai apprehends an ULFA cadre, self-styled Sergeant Major Achyut Sarma alias Deepak Deka alias Noor from village Hazarikapara under Sipajhar police station in Darrang district.  
  • May 22: Three ULFA cadres are arrested by Sivasagar Police near Gammon bridge in the Sivasagar bye-pass in charge of extortion.  
  • May 31: Two ULFA cadres and one PLA cadre are arrested by the police in Baihata chariali. Police recovers a huge quantity of explosives from their possession.
  • May 31: Ex-chief of Bangladesh’s National Security Intelligence (NSI), retired Brigadier General Abdur Rahim and another official tells interrogators and court that Dubai-based ARY business group and Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) were involved in the sensational 2004 case of arms smuggling to ULFA militants in Asom from Bangladesh. According to statements of Rahim and ex-NSI director retired Wing Commander Shahabuddin Ahmed, ARY group and Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka financed the consignment of weapons destined to ULFA hideouts in Asom with ISI assistance, the Daily Star said quoting unnamed officials. The seized weapons, including over 27,000 grenades, 150 rocket launchers, over 11 lakh ammunition and 1,100 sub-machine guns, were seized by security agencies in April 2004. 
  • June 1: The commander-in chief of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), Paresh Baruah leaves Bangladesh following the Government crackdown and he is now believed to be in the Yunan province of China, according to highly-placed security sources. On the basis of the confessions of the arrested former officials of Bangladesh, a case has been registered against the ULFA C-in-C and the security forces of Bangladesh were on the look out for him. Baruah’s family members are still in Bangladesh.  
  • June 3: Two cadres of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) are killed in an encounter with the Army in Karbi Anglong. The Army laid ambushes in two places in the Chayabhatagaon area of East Karbi Anglong and a group of militants walked into the trap.
  • June 3: Two cadres of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) are killed in an encounter with the Army in Karbi Anglong.
  • June 11: A top ULFA militant and his assistant are killed in a joint operation by West Garo Hills police and army personnel from the 3rd Sikh Regiment near Aidoba area.
  • June 13: One ULFA militant, Babul Gogoi alias Dodo Gogoi, is gunned down by the Army at Jonai in Dhemaji district.
  • June 13: The Bangladesh Police arrest three ULFA militants and four other members of the fundamentalist JMB. Two of the three have been identified as identified as S Medhi alias Lebo, a self-style captain and body guard of Paresh Baruah, and T Gogoi. Lebo, who joined the ULFA in 1992, hails from Belsor in Nalbati. The exact identity of the third ULFA cadre, identified as S Alam alias Paresh, could not be ascertained. S Alam alias Paresh had been arrested for his alleged involvement in trafficking a huge consignment of arms from Chittagong in 2004.
  • June 15: In a joint operation with Assam Police, troops of 26 Maratha Light Infantry apprehand an ULFA cadre and a linkman from Telikhola Majgaon in Sadiya. The two apprehended youths are identified as Biman Gogoi and Hemchandra Gogoi, respectively.
  • June 18: A joint team of army and police gun down one ULFA militant Dababil under Sidli police station in Chirang district.
  • June 21: Two ULFA militants are killed during a joint operation by army and police near Dijuvalley tea estate in Nagaon district.
  • June 21: One ULFA militant is killed in a joint operation by CRPF and police at Sagarkuchi village in Khatikuchi under Ghograpar PS.
  • June 24: One ULFA activist is arrested in a joint operation by the CRPF and the Guwahati city police.
  • June 25: One ULFA militant is killed by the police near Sukurbaria Bazar under Rani PS in Kamrup district.
  • June 27: An ULFA linkman is arrested from Aidoba village under Mankachar police station of Dhubri district.
  • June 28: One ULFA cadre is arrested by BSF in Halchati in West Garo hills while he was trying to cross over to India from Bangladesh.
  • June 28: One ULFA cadre is arrested by Army Dah Division’s 316 Field Regiment in an operation at Dikhoumukh area.
  • June 29: One ULFA militant is arrested by a joint team of the army and Sivasagar police from Geleky Lahon village in Sivasagar district.
  • July 5: The Army arrest “Sergeant Major” Bohagi Barua of ULFA from Suffry in Sivasagar district.
  • July 6: One ULFA cadre is killed in an encounter with police in Amsoi under Raha police station in Nagaon district.
  • July 9: Two ULFA militants are killed in an encounter with security forces at Na Satra village in Barpeta.
  • July 9: One ULFA cadre is arrested in Ganeshguri in Guwahati by city police officials.
  • July 10: Two suspected ULFA cadres are killed in an encounter in Nasatra village in Barpeta district.
  • July 10: One ULFA militant is arrested by a joint team of Army’s Dah Division and North Lakhimpur police at Simalguri under Bihpuria police station.
  • July 10: One ULFA linkman is arrested by police from Tripura road area in Beltola in Guwahati.
  • July 14: One ULFA linkman is arrested by BSF along the Indo-Bangla border in Meghalaya.• July 19: One ULFA militant is arrested by police, along with a timer explosive device from Gandhi Basti area in Guwahati.
  • July 23: One ULFA militant is arrested after an encounter with Security Forces in Nagaon district.
  • July 23: According to security sources, ULFA and the anti-talk faction of the NDFB have joined hands to create disturbance in Assam in the run-up to the Independence Day celebrations.
  • July 24: One ULFA militant is killed in an encounter with Security Forces in Bairagi under Pathacharkuchi police station in Barpeta district.
  • July 25: One ULFA cadre is arrested by the Red Horns Army and police from village Punia under Mangaldoi police station in Darrang district.
  • July 28: One ULFA cadre is apprehended by Kamargaon police following an encounter at Melamara Barpathargaon in Golaghat district.
  • July 29: One ULFA cadre is arrested in a joint operation by police and the Army in a restaurant near ssam Medical College, Dibrugarh.
  • Aug 2: An ULFA cadre is arrested by police from Hatitari Gaon at Musalpur under Baksa police station.
  • Aug 4: An ULFA cadre is arrested by Gitanagar police from Gitanagar area in Guwahati.
  • Aug 4: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs says in a Lok Sabha reply that ULFA mainly obtains its weapons from foreign countries and brings it into India through Bangladesh.
  • August 5: Two ULFA cadres are arrested by police personnel in two separate incidents, one from Bamundi in Kamrup and the other from Morigaon.
  • August 5: Two ULFA linkmen are arrested with a Programmable Time Device (PTD) weighing 2.5 Kg, a pistol, four rounds of ammunition and a mobile handset in a joint operation by the police and the Army of 19 Madras Regiment from Harihat-Kachokhana village under Golokganj police station.
  • August 7: Two ULFA cadres of 27 No. Battalion surrenders before the district administration in Tezpur.
  • August 9: Suspected ULFA militants trigger a low intensity blast on a railway track at Harimura, around 6 km from Goalpara railway station, damaging five sleepers.
  • August 13: An ULFA bomb expert is arrested by a joint team of Army from the 318 Field Regiment, CRPF personnel and local police from a night super bus, heading towards Duliajan, near Dirai under Rajgarh police outpost in Dibrugarh district.
  • August 13: One ULFA militant is arrested by police in Guwahati.
  • August 23: Two ULFA cadres are arrested by police from Bokakhat in Golaghat district.

  • August 27: Two ULFA militants are shot dead by security forces at Golbeel under Barama police station in Baksa district.

  • August 29: Two ULFA militants are killed in an encounter with a joint team of police and the army at Naguparahills village in Rangiya.

  • August 29: Two ULFA cadres are killed in an encounter with a joint team of police and the army at Nowpara under Boko police station in Kamrup district.

  • August 29: The two Virgo cement company officials, abducted by suspected ULFA militants from East Garo hills in Meghalaya on August 21, are released. Meghalaya acting director general of police B. Kezo said the ULFA-supported nascent militant group Rabha Viper Army released them in Rongjuli area of Goalpara district.

  • August 31: One ULFA militant is killed in an encounter with security forces at Kotoria village in Palashbari near Guwahati. An Improvise Explosive Device (IED) is also recovered from the incident site.

  • August 31: Assam police finds evidence of ULFA plans to set up transit camps in rural settlements in and around Guwahati to carry out hit-and-run strikes in the state capital.

  • September 1: One suspected ULFA cadre is killed in a joint operation by the army and police at Bhaskarbari chariali in Namrup in Dibrugarh district.

  • September 9: Two ULFA cadres are arrested by 8 Garhwal Rifles of the Army from Kakojan under Doomdooma police station in Tinsukia.

  • September 10: A designated court awards life imprisonment to an ULFA cadre Rongku Dutta on the charge of killing two police personnel at Dholpur in Lakhimpur district in November 1993.

  • September 15: One cadre of ULFA’s 28th Battalion surrenders before Major General B.S.Sachar, GOC Dah division at Dinjan in Tinsukia district.

  • September 16: Two ULFA cadres are arrested by the police from Panitema under Kamalpur police station and Dhirenpara in Guwahati, respectively.

  • September 23: According to Army intelligence sources, ULFA with the help of Kachin rebels, mainly Kachin Independence Army (KIA), has shifted its bases and training camps from Bangladesh to Kachin in eastern Myanmar. The camps are set up jointly with militants group of Manipur like People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and United National Liberation Front (UNLF).

  • September 26: According to security sources, ULFA is making fresh attempts to re-establish links in China and to establish some bases in the China-Myanmar border.

  • September 30: A senior leader of the Bravo Company of the ULFA’s 28th battalion, Manav Handique alias Donbora surrender before the Inspector General of the BSF (Asom-Meghalaya Frontier) in Shillong. He reveals that the joint strength of the ULFA and NSCN cadres in one of the NSCN-K camps along the Burmese side of the Indo-Myanmar border is around 500.

  • September 30: Deputy Commandant of Border Security Force (BSF), Trideep Sangma says that ULFA has given birth to a new tribal Garo militant group to strengthen its base in Garo Hills region of Meghalaya. Achik Tiger Force (ATF), the new militant group was formed a few months ago after the Liberation Achik Elite Force (LAEF) was neutralised with many of its cadres either arrested or surrendering before the state police.

  • October 3: One ULFA cadre is arrested by police from Chandmari area in Guwahati.

  • October 7: One ULFA militant is killed in an encounter with security forces at Donghaf in Karbi Anglong district.

  • October 16: Three ULFA cadres are arrested by Kamrup (Metro) police from Gandhi Basti in Guwahati.

  • October 17: Based on the revelations of three ULFA cadres arrested on October 16, Kamrup Police arrests another two cadres of the outfit from two different areas of the city. The cadres are identified as Dipankar Gogoi, arrested from Japorigog area, and Anuj Gogoi from Nepali Mandir area.

  • October 18: One cadre of ULFA’s 28 no. battalion surrenders at Dinjan Army Headquarters.

  • October 22: Five ULFA militants, including a girl, surrender before the Western Range IGP of Assam police at Goalpara. The militants are identified as Jayanta Rabha, Machin Rabha, Dulendra Rabha, Durgeswar Rabha and Damayanti Rabha.

  • October 22: Two cadres of 28th battalion of ULFA surrender before Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner Gyanendra Dev Tripathy.

  • November 2: Two suspected ULFA militants are nabbed by Security personnel in a joint operation in Morigaon district.

  • November 3: One suspected ULFA cadre is killed in an encounter between suspected ULFA cadres and a combined force of Army and Police at Boko Hadim road under Boko PS in Kamrup district.

  • November 4: ULFA ‘deputy c-in-c’ Raju Baruah claims that ULFA’s "foreign secretary" Sashadhar Choudhury and finance secretary Chitraban Hazarika were arrested by intelligence sleuths of Bangladesh and handed them over to India. According to the Assam Government and the State police force, they have no information about the arrest of any ULFA leaders in Bangladesh.

  • November 4: Reports of the arrest of the two ULFA leaders create confusion as the Assam Police is yet to get confirmation.

  • November 5: Confirmation of detention of two top ULFA leaders by Bangladesh. The two leaders were detained by security agencies from the Uttra area in Dhaka on November 1 .
  • November 5: India opens all diplomatic channels to get the ULFA leaders back into the country. ULFA’s self-styled foreign secretary Sasha Choudhury and finance secretary Chitraban Hazarika are reportedly being held in a secret location by security agencies near Dhaka.
  • November 5: Myanmarese soldiers reportedly surround a mobile camp of ULFA in the country’s Sagaing Division, according to Indian intelligence officials. A group of about 80 to 100 ULFA militants based at a camp at Nyasing village in the northern Sagaing Division are being surrounded by soldiers of the junta in the thickly forested region.
  • November 5: The two ULFA leaders are handed over to BSF following high-level diplomatic intervention by India. India opens diplomatic channels as soon as it is confirmed that the leaders were detained by security agencies in Dhaka on November 1.
  • November 5: Family members of the two ULFA leaders approach advocate Bijon Mahajon seeking legal advice.
  • November 6: Border Security Force (BSF) takes into custody two ULFA leaders, foreign secretary Sashadhar Choudhury and finance secretary Chitraban Hazarika after they ‘surrendered’ on the intervening night of November 4 and 5 at Gokulnagar along the Indo-Bangladesh border in the Tripura sector. Official sources say that the two top leaders were fleeing Bangladesh following a crackdown by security forces there and surrendered before the BSF in Tripura. The two were reportedly trying to enter India when they were spotted by the BSF troops and asked to surrender.
  • November 6: Assam Police takes custody of the two ULFA leaders.
  • November 7: Arrested ULFA leaders Sasha Choudhury and Chitraban Hazarika are produced at the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup. They vowed to carry on the armed struggle, saying that the outfit was not interested in any “peace process”. The court gave the duo a ten-day police remand and directed that they should be medically examined by competent doctors every 48 hours.
  • November 8: Former Director General of Assam Police GM Srivastava, the strength of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has been reduced by 50 per cent following the arrest of Foreign Secretary Sasha Choudhury and Finance Secretary Chitraban Hazarika. He said that Sasha Choudhury was responsible for maintaining the foreign links of the ULFA including the links with the Pakistani Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and such links would be snapped after his arrest. He also said that the financial management of the ULFA would go haywire after the arrest of Chitraban Hazarika.
  • November 11: One ULFA militant surrenders with weapon before the Army at Dinjan Military Station.
  • November 16: Suspected ULFA militants blows up a petroleum-laden train near Changpool in Golaghat district at late night. At least 20 wagons went up in flames and a loss of Rs 10 crore has been estimated. The train with 48 wagons of high-speed diesel and petrol came from the Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) and was bound for Uttar Pradesh.
  • November 17: Arrested ULFA leaders Sasha Choudhury and Chitraban Hazarika, are produced before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup, after expiry of initial ten days’ of police custody, and are further remanded to another ten days’ police custody in connection with a case registered with the Bharalumukh police station. The case 1/2009 was registered following a bomb blast in the Bhutnath area under Bharalumukh police station, advocate Bijon Mahajan said.
  • November 19: ULFA leaders Sasha Choudhury and Chitraban Hazarika confess during interrogation that ULFA has set up bases in China and other foreign countries with the help of the crores of rupees extorted from the state. The ULFA leaders express willingness for talks and say that ULFA Chairman Aravinda Rajkhowa will shortly issue a statement to this effect.
  • November 20: A suspected ULFA cadre is killed during an exchange of fire with police in Padumnagar area under Jalukbari police station, while another manages to escape under the cover of darkness.
  • November 22: Suspected ULFA militants trigger two powerful bomb blasts in the heart of Nalbari town, about 50 metres from the Sadar Police Station, killing seven people and injuring 54 others at around 10 am. The IEDs, planted on two bicycles, were kept in front of a tea stall and a saloon which went off within 15 minutes of each other. The first bomb exploded in front of a hotel at around 9.55 am, which injured three minors. After the low-intensity explosion, as soon as people gathered at the spot the high intensity second bomb went off.
  • November 22: State Home Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma says in a press meet in Silchar that the blasts are the handiwork of the ULFA. • November 22: ULFA denies involvement in the twin bomb blasts in Nalbari. “ULFA is in no way involved in the bomb blasts and it is just a conspiracy by a certain section to derail the talk process,” Hira Sarania, commander of the outfit’s 709bn, tells a news channel.
  • November 25: ULFA cadre Mohan Roy alias Mama alias Sukumar Kurmi is killed in an encounter with a joint team of Army and Police at Bishnupur No. 2 area in Chirang district around 10.30 am. According to police, the slain ULFA cadre was involved in the recent blasts at Nalbari. He was the second-in-command of the ULFA’s 709 Bn.
  • November 25: ULFA Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa states that ULFA it is not going to “fall at India’s feet” to get peace talks started.
  • November 25: Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram tells a delegation of the People’s Committee for Peace Initiatives in Assam (PCPIA) that the Government is ready for talks with the ULFA provided the outfit abjures violence. The delegation was in Delhi to lobby for the resumption of the dialogue with outlawed ULFA.
  • November 26: Mina Gogoi alias Akoni Gogoi alias Binita Bora, woman ‘seargent’ of ULFA’s 28th battalion is arrested while four of her associates managed to flee in a joint operation by security forces at Lahdoigarh in Namtola under Sonari PS near Assam-Nagaland border. She is the wife of Ramen Dadhumiya, area commander of the battalion.
  • November 27: ULFA leaders Sasha Choudhury and Chitraban Hazarika are produced before the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup for the third time since their arrest. They are further remanded to another 10 days’ of police custody
  • November 28: The militant leaders of the Northeast-based groups taking shelter in Bangladesh may face serious problems in the days to come as the Government of Bangladesh has assured India to take strong action against them and the possibility of the neighbouring country handing over militant leaders in near future cannot be ruled out. According to intelligence inputs, security agencies of Bangladesh are also keeping watch on the movements of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and the chairman of the anti-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB), Ranjan Daimary, who are believed to be in the outskirts of Dhaka.
  • November 28: United People’s Federation of Assam (UPFA), a conglomeration of 41 organizations and the latest to enter State’s political scene, demands full regional autonomy and creation of smaller States within Assam. The front has representatives of various tribal communities and groups and describes itself as an apolitical body. The organisation’s demands are anything but new though its agenda is to emerge as a new political pressure group in the State ahead of the next Assembly election, due in 2011. Leaders of pro-talk group of ULFA, DHD(N), Birsa Commando Force and Cobra Military Force spearhead the Front. The four outfits also declare formation of a new pro-talk organization to negotiate with the Government.
  • November 28: A victim of the Nalbari blasts (November 22), Kader Ali (53) succumbed to his injuries at the GMCH around 8 am. Akib, his son, is still battling injuries at the GMCH.
  • November 29: Mintu Barman, injured during the recent Nalbari blast and subsequently admitted at the GNRC, succumbs to his injuries. The death toll of the blast goes up to nine.
  • December 1: According to The Assam Tribune, Intelligence inputs indicating detainment of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa in Dhaka creates confusion and till date no one is sure whether the militant leader has really been arrested or not. Security sources reveals that they receive an Intelligence input that the ULFA chairman was detained by the security forces of Bangladesh in Dhaka.
  • December 1: Bhim Kanta Buragohain alias Mama, the senior most ULFA leader who was arrested during the Bhutan operation, is produced at Tezpur court. Buragohain tells reporters that he believes that talks with the Indian Government could be held if the arrested leaders of the outfit are unconditionally released.
  • December 2: According to Intelligence sources, the founder and Chairman of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), Arvind Rajkhowa is arrested in Bangladesh. Apurba Baruah, the outfit's publicity secretary, has also been arrested. Both are expected to be handed over to India soon.
  • December 2: India and Dhaka agree to develop mechanisms to hasten the process of verification of nationality status of prisoners lodged in jails either country, particularly those who have completed their sentence, to enable their early repatriation. When the visiting Home Secretary, Abdus Sobhan Sikdar was asked whether it would lead to handing over of Chetia to India, he stated that let the treaty be signed first. The agreement is expected to be signed during the visit of Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina on December 18. Another key agreement arrived at by both the countries is to redouble efforts to locate subjects of Red Corner Notices (RCN) in either country. Command-in-chief of ULFA, Paresh Barua, who is reported to have fled Bangladesh and chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa have red corner alert against them for their involvement in the abduction and killing of Sanjay Ghosh.
  • December 2: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram states that the Government of India is expecting the outlawed ULFA to make a political statement on the issue of holding talks in the next few days. Chidambaram’s statement in the Rajya Sabha assumes significance in the backdrop of detention of a number of top ULFA leaders like its Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and other key leaders of the central committee of the outfit. Barring Commander-in-Chief Paresh Baruah and Jibon Moran, India has managed to lay its hands on all other central committee members. The Union Home Minister, replying to a discussion on the internal security situation in the country, said, “ULFA leaders in the next few days may make a political statement.” “If they offer to come for talks, we are ready to accept it, provided they abjure violence, give up arms and agree to drop the demand for sovereignty,” said Chidambaram, without elaborating further.
  • December 2: According to sources, ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa is flown to Delhi after he was “pushed back” to Tripura from Bangladesh, the two neighbours pulling off the biggest undeclared deportation of a most-wanted fugitive in recent memory. The stunning “high-value” transfer, which neither side would confirm on record because of the absence of an extradition treaty, is being seen as an unparalleled goodwill gesture before the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India on December 19. Along with Rajkhowa, Ulfa publicity secretary Apurba Baruah was flown to Delhi. Sources said the two were “pushed” across the Akhaura checkpoint, 6km west of Agartala on the border, by Bangladesh. The two were flown from Tripura by a special aircraft to Delhi and later transferred to a safe house.
  • December 2: The security forces of Bangladesh hand over two dreaded Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants to India.
  • December 3: The Centre is trying to work out a deal with ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa that will “protect his honour” as well as project him as a negotiator in a peace deal with the “Delhi durbar”. This was being done so that the peace deal, which the government hopes to crystallise within the next few days, will find acceptability within a large section of the banned outfit.
  • December 3: Chances of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah calls up a member of the People’s Consultative Group (PCG) to assert that the struggle for sovereignty of Assam would continue. The ULFA C-in-C called up PCG member Hiranya Saikia to assert that the struggle would continue even if some members of the outfit have come forward for talks by giving up the demand and ideology of the ULFA.
  • December 3: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi indicates that the much-awaited peace talks with the ULFA might be held even without the presence of the banned outfit’s still elusive ‘C-in-C’ Paresh Baruah. “I have all along been convinced that the problem of insurgency has to arrive at some sort of political solution…If Paresh Baruah comes that is well and good but my personal view is that a dialogue can begin without him. This is also the desire of the people of Assam who favour a peaceful solution of insurgency,” Gogoi said at a press conference.
  • December 4: The C-in-C of ULFA Paresh Baruah is hiding in Myanmar’s Kachin area, bordering China, according to a top Government official. (PTI)
  • December 4: Contact with commanders of most of the ULFA battalions including Hira Saraniya, the dreaded leader of the outfit’s 709 battalion, is established and a breakthrough can be expected in the next few days. Official sources have claimed that all the four ULFA battalions, following the arrest of ULFA chairman and deputy commander Raju Baruah among others, are said to have shown keenness in pursuing the peace talks route, provided the Centre agrees to entertain their charter of demands, which may not feature the demand of sovereignty.
  • December 4: Division in the ranks of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and lack of contacts between the leaders of the outfit comes to the forefront with the commander in chief of the outfit, Paresh Baruah asking the chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa to clarify his stand on the issue of talks with the Government of India. In a statement e-mailed to the media today, the ULFA C –in-C said that he had come to know about the fact that Rajkhowa along with the Military Spokesman of the outfit Raju Baruah and Sgt Raja Gogoi were in the grasp of the Indian security forces since December 2. He said that the Government of India would like to take advantage of the situation by forcing them to participate in the “so called talks” with the Government. The media reports in the last couple of days also indicated that the Government was trying to start “so called talks” with the arrested ULFA leaders. Baruah called upon the ULFA chairman to remember the demands and ideology of the ULFA and the supreme sacrifices of more than 12,000 ULFA members. He appealed to the ULFA chairman not to fall into the trap of the Government of India to take part in “so called talks” and asked him to clarify his position regarding talks.
  • December 4: ULFA leaders, who surrendered, will have to face judicial process as several cases were pending against them and talks with the militant outfit will take place in “due course”. “(Arabinda) Rajkhowa and Raju Baruah have surrendered and then they were arrested. They are now in Guwahati. They will be produced in a court,” Home Secretary G K Pillai told reporters when asked about the fate of the ULFA leaders, who surrendered along the Indo-Bangla border in Meghalaya.
  • December 4: The chairman of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), Arabinda Rajkhowa alias Rajiv Rajkonwar and Deputy Commander in Chief of the outfit, Raju Baruah are handed over to India near the Indo-Bangla border in Dawki early morning along with their family members. Official sources told The Assam Tribune that the ULFA leaders were handed over to the Border Security Force (BSF) at around 6 am and later they were handed over to the Assam Police. A team of the Assam Police brought them to Guwahati by road amidst tight security arrangements and they have been kept under very tight security in the police bases at Kahilipara area of the city.
  • December 5: ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa alias Rajiv Rajkonwar, deputy commander-in-chief Raju Baruah, and Rajkhowa’s bodyguard Raja Baruah are produced at the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup, Guwahati, in the evening amidst tight security. The court granted a 12-day police remand for the arrested leaders. The police had sought 14 days’ remand, Advocate B Mahajan said. The forwarding letter of the police before the court stated that Arabinda Rajkhowa and Raju Baruah used to monitor all the ULFA hideouts from Bangladesh. They were also in charge of imparting guerilla warfare training to the cadres and looked after and controlled all extortion and related works. Raja Baruah, the bodyguard of Arabinda Rajkhowa, also acted as his driver besides managing computer operations. The outfit had started calling the Republic Day and Independence Day boycotts since 1999. An Interpol redline notice had also been served against the leaders for facilitating their arrest in any country, the forwarding letter noted.
  • December 5: Two ULFA cadres, namely Angshuman Bora alias Sabin Buragohain, self-styled sgt. maj. of 28th Battalion and Rinku Baruah alias Bitupan Baruah, lance corporal of the same battalion surrender before the company commander of 8 Maratha Light Infantry at the Thakurbari army camp.
  • December 5: “We have not surrendered and will never do so.” These were the first words uttered by the ULFA chairman, Arabinda Rajkhowa, as the rebel leader was being produced at the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup. Raju Baruah, the deputy c-in-c also shouted the same words. Rajkhowa also said that there could be “no talks with handcuffs,” and that release of the jailed leaders and a safe passage were a must for starting any talks with the Government of India. Rajkhowa also refuted the official version of the ULFA leaders’ ‘surrender’, claiming before the court that they were picked up along with their family members by a joint team of Bangladeshi and Indian security forces in Bangladesh on December 4.
  • December 5: Assam Police’s Special Operation Unit sends a list of the names of individuals and private firms based in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan and Nepal to the Government of India. The list was prepared based on the questioning of Sasha Choudhury and Chitraban Hazarika, the two senior ULFA leaders arrested recently. These individuals and private firms, according to sources, are inimical to India’s interest and the listed individuals used to operate as ‘over-ground agents’ for the outfit and collected several crores of money annually on behalf of the outfit at the instance of Paresh Baruah, the outfit’s commander-in-chief. The list also includes the names of individuals who used to facilitate other activities of the members of the outfit, especially Paresh Baruah.
  • December 6: Commander in Chief of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Paresh Baruah accuses the Government of India of playing a dirty game to create confusion in the minds of the people and asserted that the outfit would intensify its armed struggle. In a statement released to the media through e-mail, the ULFA C-in-C said that the ULFA gained moral victory after the firm statements by the arrested chairman of the outfit, Arabinda Rajkhowa and the Deputy Commander in Chief Raju Baruah. He also ruled out the possibility of talks with the Government and said, “from now on let us not even utter a single word on India’s so called peace talks”.
  • December 6: Two persons were picked up by the City Police for allegedly shouting pro-ULFA slogans when the outfit’s ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, deputy ‘c-in-c’ Raju Baruah and Raja Bora were being produced before the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate on December 5 evening.
  • December 7: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi calls upon all the members of the Assam Assembly irrespective of party affiliations to play a positive role to bring the militant outfits to the negotiation table for political solution of the problems. He also reiterated his appeal to the militants to come for talks saying that the Government is always keen on political solution of the problems. Gogoi states in the Assembly that in the last three decades, as many as 12,890 innocent persons lost their lives in acts of violence by the members of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).
  • December 7: ULFA’s foreign secretary Sashadhar Choudhury and finance secretary Chitrabon Hazarika are produced before the Kamrup CJM court that sent them to judicial remand. The ULFA duo were produced before the court after the expiry of their term for police custody. The court asked the police to submit the case diaries of the ULFA duo to the court by December 14.
  • December 9: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram admits that the outlawed ULFA leaders including its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa were arrested and the Centre is still waiting for a political statement by the outfit containing an offer for talks. In his first reactions in the Parliament on the recent detention of the high-profile ULFA leaders, Chidambaram played it safe and refrained from shedding new light on the arrest of the top leadership. Replying to questions in the Rajya Sabha in response to questions by Kumar Deepak Das of AGP, the Union Home Minister said on more than one occasion he had said that if any insurgent group in the North-east abjures violence, lays down arms and gives up the demand for sovereignty, the Government will be ready to talk to that group. “I said this with specific reference to ULFA only a week ago, and, I expressed my hope that ULFA would be able to make a political statement. If that political statement contains an offer for talks, the Government of India would be prepared to hold talks. “Now, certainly, if there is an offer for talks from these leaders of ULFA, we will be very happy to hold talks with them and when talks take place, and the talks will take place, according to these leaders, certainly, they will be treated in a dignified manner,” the Union Home Minister said. He said Border Security Force (BSF) has apprehended two or three people on the border in Meghalaya between India and Bangladesh. The BSF handed over these people to the Assam Police after their identities were established, he said. “Since they were involved in cases, the Assam Police has arrested them. So, the correct position is that they were apprehended on the border and they were arrested,” Chidambaram said.
  • December 9: ULFA Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and deputy C-in-C Raju Baruah completely rule out any possibility of parleys minus the outfit’s commander-in-chief before the police and the Government officials during questioning. Official sources informed that both the arrested ULFA leaders during questioning revealed that it is Barua who has been calling the shots in the outfit and would continue to have the ‘final say’ as far as pursuing peace talks is concerned. Several senior ULFA leaders who are presently in judicial custody have repeatedly said that it was the outfit’s chairman who would take the final decision. Rajkhowa told police that Barua never disclosed his location to them and that he used to call them on very rare occasions. The top leaders also told investigating agencies that without Barua initiating peace talks would be meaningless as he controls the outfit in the real sense. “Sovereignty or no sovereignty, peace talks would reap benefits only when the C-in-C comes forward for talks,” Rajkhowa is said to have told the interrogators.
  • December 10: Arrested self-styled chairman of ULFA Arabinda Rajkhowa and deputy C-in-C Raju Barua of the outfit tell interrogators that family members of Barua are still holed up in Bangladesh along with the family members of Anup Chetia, another jailed ULFA leader. Family members of Anup Chetia includes his wife Monika Chetia alias Rani Akhtar, his son Sagar Islam and daughter Banya Islam. One of the close family members of Mithinga Daimary, the arrested publicity secretary of ULFA, is also in Bangladesh. They told senior officials of Army, Border Security Force and RAW that Barua used to contact his family members over telephone and a very select number of individuals close to the C-in-C knows about it. The arrested ULFA leaders further revealed that both the sons of Paresh Barua have formally taken up Islam in the year 2000, which also led to a controversy amongst the top ULFA leaders. While Paresh Barua is better known as Samraj Zaman Khan, Sufia Khanam is the adopted name of Barua’s wife Bobby. The elder son of the ULFA C-in-C is known as Babu Barua alias Ankur Khan alias Wanli Khan. His youngest son is four-year old.
  • December 11: ULFA ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Barua sends a ‘last message’ to the Centre, asking it to take a plebiscite in Assam if it could not discuss the sovereignty issue with the group, reports PTI. In an email sent in Assamese in Roman script and not written in the usual ULFA letterhead, Barua said “The government of India has to discuss the sovereignty of Assam. If it cannot do so then it should go for a referendum to ascertain the opinion of the Assamese people on the issue.” Noting that even Mahatma Gandhi had sought people’s opinion before taking up his movement against the British, he said there are instances of referendums in Canada, Indonesia and several other countries. Asserting that this was his last message, Barua said, “the government should either discuss the sovereignty issue or take a referendum ‘before it is too late’. “The people of Assam, who have always remained historically independent, cannot be deprived of their birthright,” he said. Barua also alleged that India being the world’s largest democracy was ‘eyewash’ as all political parties worked only in their own interest.
  • December 11: Prominent intellectuals of the State call upon New Delhi to consider redefining the theory of sovereignty so as to facilitate the much anticipated talks between the government and the proscribed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). These intellectuals while pointing out that the theory of sovereignty has been redefined by several countries respecting the people’s aspiration for autonomy, said that if New Delhi adopted a more flexible attitude and did not insist on dropping the issue of sovereignty from discussion, peace would get a chance in Assam. They made it clear that the talks should be held between top political leaders of the government and the ULFA and not between top army/police officers and the ULFA. They also insisted that talks cannot be result oriented sans the C-in-C of the outfit Paresh Baruah.
  • December 11: The United Democratic Peoples’ Front (UDPF) calls 36-hour Assam bandh from 5 am on December 14 to 5 pm on December 15 demanding a separate State homeland for the people of Bodo community. The UDPF besides seeking a permanent solution to the NDFB issue, has also demanded inclusion of Koch Rajbongshi, Moran, Motok, Chutia etc in the ST list, a press release stated.
  • December 12: The commander-in-chief of ULFA appeals to the Bangladesh government to stop the “crackdown” against the outfit. “A party like the Awami League, which fought for Bangladesh’s freedom, should try and understand our passion for independence,” Paresh Barua was quoted as saying by the private bdnews24 news agency.
  • December 12: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi dismisses ULFA ‘c-in-c’ Paresh Baruah’s plea to the Government of India as impractical. Barua called for a plebiscite to decide whether the people of Assam want independence. The CM said the people of the State vote for such plebiscites every five years in large numbers defying boycott calls from various rebel groups, including the ULFA.
  • December 13: United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) seeks apology from the people of Assam for the death of 13 women and children in a blast in Dhemaji during the Independence Day celebrations in 2004. In a statement e-mailed to the media, the commander in chief of the ULFA, Paresh Baruah admitted that the death of the women and children was the darkest chapter in the “revolutionary struggle” of the outfit. He sought apology for the incident from the people of Assam, particularly from the families of the victims.
  • December 14: The Garo Hills police are conducting operations in the East Garo Hills region to flush out ULFA militants who have reportedly infiltrated in large numbers to escape ongoing flush-outs in neighbouring Assam. Meghalaya DGP, S B Kakati, said that Garo Hills has previously been used by Assam based militants as a safe haven. According to Kakati, the area of concern is Resubelpara sub-division which shares a closed border with Assam’s Goalpara district. He said that ULFA’s 109 Battalion led by its commander Hira Sarania is active in lower Assam and thereby uses the route for transport of men.
  • December 14: Notwithstanding the posturing by outlawed ULFA military chief Paresh Barua, the Centre and the State Government have firmed up their known stand against negotiating with the militant outfit on the ‘core issue’ of sovereignty. The stand was renewed following discussions between Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi.
  • December 15: The State Government and Home Ministry arrive at a consensus on tackling the ULFA problem and both are not in a hurry to press for immediate negotiations. “We are prepared for talks though at the moment we are not in a hurry,” Gogoi told newsmen after meeting Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi. The two governments are also waiting for Paresh Baruah’s next move.
  • December 16: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi rules out the possibility of halting army operations against the ULFA. The Chief Minister today met Defence Minister AK Antony this afternoon to put in place an effective action plan to tackle the militant outfit. He told newsmen that operations against the militant outfit would continue until the outfit decides to sit for talks with the Government.
  • December 16: Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said that Myanmar has assured India that it would not allow its soil to be used against India.
  • December 17: The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) received “benefits” from political parties mostly in forms of money, particularly during every subsequent elections. This revelation comes during questioning of the arrested leaders of the ULFA, according to highly placed security sources.
  • December 17: Due to high security risk, ULFA ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, deputy ‘commander-in-chief’ Raju Baruah and ‘sergeant’ Raja Borah are produced before a make-shift camp court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup at the Guwahati Central Jail where the court remanded the trio to another nine days of Assam Police custody in connection with three blasts cases No 1/2009 of Guwahati registered on January 1. The court granted only three days’ custody in each of the three cases making it a total of nine days’ police custody.
  • December 17: Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Director General MV Krishna Rao says ULFA ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah has shifted his base to China from Myanmar. “ULFA c-in-c Paresh Baruah and some of his colleagues have moved into China’s Yunnan province with the help of his contacts which may be from the People’s Liberation Army.” He also said the chairman of the anti-talk faction of the NDFB, Ranjan Daimary, is believed to be out of Burma.
  • December 19: A surrendered ULFA man is shot dead and another injured when unidentified assailants suspected to be ULFA cadres open fire at them at Baganpara Odlaguri in Baksa district.
  • December 22: The production and appearance of five central executive committee members of the banned ULFA, at present in judicial custody in connection with Tada Sessions Court case number 32/01, is deferred due to ‘security reasons’ even as Assam Police moved the court through the State Chief Secretary seeking permission for setting up of a court camp to facilitate the same. 13 other accused, who are currently on bail, did appear before the court.
  • December 23: ULFA leaders Sasha Choudhury and Chitraban Hazarika are reproduced before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup and are sent to another 14 days of judicial custody in connection with the Bharalumukh police station case number 1/09.
  • December 23: ULFA rebels are infiltrating into Myanmar following mounting pressure on them and other groups in Bangladesh, according to BSF. “Pressure is building on Indian insurgents in Bangladesh, where they do not have a free run anymore. Those who don’t want to surrender are finding new pastures and one such place in Myanmar,” BSF Inspector General (Assam and Meghalaya Frontier) Prithvi Raj said. The ULFA militant told BSF that the group was operating from at least three camps in Myanmar and had a close nexus with NSCN(Khaplang).
  • December 26: ULFA ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa and ‘deputy commander-in-chief’ Raju Baruah are remanded to judicial custody by the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup after Special Operation Unit of the Assam Police did not impose any further case against the rebel leaders at the camp court set up at the Guwahati Central Jail this afternoon. The CJM, Kamrup, on the strength of the production warrant issued by the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Dibrugarh, for Raja Bora, the bodyguard and self-styled sergeant of the outfit, has favoured production of Raja Bora in the CJM, Dibrugarh, in connection with a case registered with Joypur police station in Dibrugarh, advocate Bijon Mahajan and Arshad Choudhury, who appeared for the rebel leaders stated. The production warrant was issued by the CJM, Dibrugarh in connection with a Joypur police station case number 1/2005 registered under Sec 120(b), 121, 121(A), 122, 123, 302 of the IPC, Sec 10(13) of the Unlawful Activities ( Prevention) Act and Sec 25 (1)(B) and Sec 27 of the Arms Act, where Bora is an accused.
  • December 26: Dharmendra Kalita of Ulfa’s 709 battalion was arrested near the Guwahati refinery along with RDX and ball bearings, which are used as splinters in bombs. Security around vital installations in and around Guwahati is tightened after the arrested Ulfa activist confessed that the outfit planned to target these.
  • December 27: Six arrested top leaders of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), including its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, spent December 27 night in a huddle in the Guwahati Central Jail probably discussing strategies. After a Guwahati court yesterday remanded ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and ‘deputy commander-in-chief’ Raju Baruah to judicial custody, the two leaders shared the same prison cell with four other senior members of the outfit already lodged in the jail. The four are: ULFA vice-president Pradeep Gogoi, self-styled foreign secretary Sashadhar Choudhury, finance secretary Chitraban Hazarika and publicity chief Mithinga Daimary.
  • December 30: Three months after being caught for masterminding attacks on churches and mosques in Nepal, Ram Prasad Mainali, the chief of an underground organization that persecuted Christians and Muslims says he was funded by India’s ultra-right organizations and armed by the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). It used the funds sent from India to buy arms and explosives from the ULFA in Assam, Mainali says.

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  • January 2: Prime accused in the murder of journalist Jagjit Saikia, Sanjarang Basumatary, a former Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT) cadre, and his accomplice Ranjit Basumatary, are arrested by SFs from Ranighat village under Kokrajhar Police Station.
  • January 9: A suspected NDFB cadre is arrested at about 10.30 am from Rangapara Railway market under Rangapara police station in Sonitpur district. The arrested cadre is identified as B Banda alias Baren Basumatary and belongs to the 1st battallion of the militant outfit.
  • January 10: One NDFB cadre, Dhanesh Chandra Boro alias B. Dwimunizira (35), is nabbed by Baksa District Police from Thamna under Borbori Police Station.
  • January 13: 46 NDFB cadres along with four ULFA cadres lay arms before police in a surrender programme at Baksa SP office-Bathoupuri-Mushalpur in Baksa district.
  • January 25: Eight NDFB militants and two ULFA cadres surrender before the Superintendent of Police of Golaghat District. The ULFA militants are 'sergeant major' Pritam Doley alias Mickel Singh and cadre Polash Jyoti Baruah. The eight NDFB militants are Ajoy Khaklari, Sanjoy Boro, Pabitra Basumatary, Nayan Basumatary, Parimal Khaklari, Arabinda Daimary, Sanjeev Khaklari and Binanda Khaklari.
  • January 27: A minor girl student and a jawan of Army sustained serious injury in an encounter that took place between two cadres of Ranjan Daimary group of NDFB and the troops of Army at Ambagaon in Udalguri district, while the Army was successful to arrest a cadre though the other managed to escape.
  • February 24: A trader, identified as Sahiram Parekh, is killed by suspected NDFB militants at Panbari area in the Diphu town of Karbi Anglong District.
  • February 26: Thirty one NDFB cadres surrender before police at Chirang district headquarters Kajalgaon. These cadres are mostly from Sonitpur, Chirang, Dhemaji and Baska district.
  • February 28: NDFB cadres unleash terror by throwing grenades and opening fire at Azarguri of greater North Jamuguri area under Jamuguri Police Station. According to reports, two NDFB cadres came to collect money from one Bhuban Acharyya of Morisuti - Azarguri on February 27 last at around 9 in the morning, which they demanded for their organization. But when they arrived in the area the local people caught them and beaten the up badly. The incident is retaliation to the assault. 
  • April 4: Factional clash and firing takes place between NDFB and BPF in Serfanguri area in Kokrajhar.
  • April 5: A group of unidentified gunmen kills an NDFB cadre named Manik Chandra Brahmagiri and his wife Jonali in their residence at Mangaljhora Besorkona village under Bogoribari PS in Kokrajhar district.
  • April 5: A self-styled ‘sergeant’ of the of the NDFB (Ranjan Daimary faction), identified as Phushow Brahma (25), is gunned down by a joint team of the Army and Police in an encounter at Number 1 Barkhapur under Rangapara Police Station in Sonitpur District.  
  • April 11: NDFB cadre Sailen Hazong is arrested at Lakhimpur.  
  • April 13: A trader identified as Prakash Hazarika, is killed by two NDFB militants at Gohpur area in Sonitpur District.  
  • April 14: BPF activists kill two NDFB cadres.  
  • April 18: Suspected NDFB militants kidnap Samir Ansari, a businessman from Birchiri bridge at Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur district. 
  • April 20: Three NDFB, along with 2 MULTA militants are gunned down in an encounter with a joint team of the Army and Assam Police at Akabasti in Khanamukh area under Charduar PS in Sonitpur district.  
  • April 22: Body of Paresh Ray, a BPF supporter, who was taken away by suspected NDFB militants on April 6, from Patgaon, is recovered by police from Bashbari under Bismuri PS in Kokrajhar district.  
  • April 26: Five suspected NDFB cadres are arrested by police and security force in Batachipur and its periphery4 areas under Dhekiajuli and Rangapara PS in Sonitpur district.  
  • April 27: An NDFB cadre is arrested by Indian Army at Balijuri village under Sootea PS.  
  • April 29: Two NDFB cadres belonging to the outfit’s third battalion under Ranjan Daimary alias DR Nabla are killed in an encounter with a joint team of police and army at Bhalukjhora under Kokrajhar PS. This is the first killing of NDFB(Daimary faction) after the split of the outfit. The army claims the slain militants were involved in October 30, 2008 serial blasts in Assam.  
  • April 30: Two surrendered NDFB cadres and another cadre of ceasefire group of the outfit are arrested by police commandos from Salguri village under Salakati outpost in Kokrajhar. 
  • May 4: Sonitpur Police apprehended two suspected NDFB cadres and one NSCN (IM) linkman at Jaimati Pathar area of Tezpur. The two appehended NDFB cadres are identified as Pankaj Hainary (21) of Ghoramari fallinig under Chalonibari police outpost and Jongsar Narjary (22) of Golaghat and the NSCN (IM) linkman as Kamal Das of Sorbhog of Barpeta district.                               
  • May 11: NDFB ultras gun down two cultivators in Dhekiajuli area. In the first incident at Sarsabari in Batasipur area, the victim is Bineswar Basumatari (35). In the other incident at Sessabil under Missamari PS, the victim is Label Bodo (45), a farmer of Belsiri area.  
  • May 15: Chabin Muchahary alias M Siphung, sergeant major of Barbari NDFB designated camp, is shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Baska district.
  • May 19: Fourteen persons including six militants are killed in separate incidents, while, at least seven persons including railway trackmen and Border Security Force (BSF) personnel receive injuries. Six National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) militants are killed in an encounter with the Army in Donghap in the Doboka reserve forest under Howraghat police station in Karbi Anglong.
  • May 19: Unidentified gunmen attack the house of a Congress worker and kill four persons including three of the family and injuring another. The victims are Manju Das, Momi Das, Juhi Das and Somu Roy.
  • May 19: Unidentified gunmen kill four persons in between Gerem and Nriambunglo under Mahur police station in NC Hills. The bodies of three of those killed have been recovered and they have been identified as Sashon Daolagajao, Sandip Langthasa and Ranjulal Hasnu.
  • May 19: One goods train coming from Lumding is fired at by miscreants between Mahur and Phiding in NC Hills. In another incident, another goods train is shot at near Lower Haflong. Five railway trackmen Debakanta Rajkhowa, Kamini Singh, Subrata Bhattacharya, Khargeswar Baruah and Srimanta Surani and two BSF men Hirebdra Kumar and Sunil Kumar Tyagi receive bullet injuries and they are admitted to Haflong civil hospital for treatment. One special police officer is also injured in the attack.  
  • May 21: Chirang Police rescues Amol Kelkar, engineer of GAYTECH Company of BRPL from Santipur area, near the Indo-Bhutan border under Chirang district. Kelkar who was kidnapped by NDFB’s 3rd Bn on April 29 is rescued safely after tracking the kidnapper’s mobile phone.
  • May 26: A pro-talk NDFB militant is arrested in charge of extortion by security forces from Udalguri camp of the outfit at Jonai in Dhemaji district.
  • May 26: An NDFB cadre named Indra Swargiary (22), is apprehended by police during search operation at No. 3 Rayang Gaon, Daruabasti and Hatijangaon under Jonai police station in Dhemaji district. 
  • May 27: An NDFB cadre, Indra Swargiary (22), son of Ladak Swargiary, is arrested by police during a search operation at No 3 Rayang Gaor, Daruabasti and Hatijangaon under Jonai PS in Dhemaji district. 
  • May 29: Suspected NDFB militants abduct Jyoti Bikash Dutta, former ZPC member of Amiopur Gaon Panchayat from his village residence in Hosgrajuli in Dhekiajuli. Three persons were abducted from Dhekiajuli by suspected NDFB in the last one month, according to police.  
  • May 30: An NDFB cadre – identified as Nareswar Basumatary – is arrested in Delhi by sleuths of the CBI probing the case of abduction and murder of former FCI North-east chief PC Ram. Basumatary confesses that he was involved in the abduction of Ram, indicating the involvement of the NDFB besides the ULFA in the case.
  • June 4: The Assam Rifles patrol party deployed for regular checking at Khonamukh area under Chardwar police outpost of Sonitpur district guns down two suspected NDFB militants in an encounter at Khanamukh near NH52.
  • June 10: Two NDFB militants are gunned down in an encounter in Udalguri district.
  • June 11:  One National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militant is gunned down in an encounter with the army during anti-insurgency operation.
  • June 12: In an encounter with Army and police personnel, two NDFB cadres are killed at Daimuguri under Serfanguri police station in Kokrajhar district.
  • June 14: Four suspected NDFB cadres are killed and one is arrested in a joint operation by Army and police near Goreswar in Baska district.
  • June 14: Baten Basumatary (24), an NDFB cadre, is gunned down by unknown assailents in Murabari under Salakati police outpost in Kokrajhar district.
  • June 15: Three NDFB cadres are arrested by the police from Rupnagar area of Guwahati.
  • June 16: Police gun down an unidentified suspected cadre of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) in an encounter in Birubari area under Fatasil Ambari police station.
  • June 17: Three NDFB cadres are killed in an encounter with Dhemaji police and Army’s DA division at Auguri village near Gogamukh PS. One of the cadres has been identified as Manu Basumatary (25) of Abhaypur village.
  • June 17: One NDFB militant is killed in a joint operation by police and Assam Rifles at Hatigaon village under Charduar reserve in Dhekiajuli.
  • June 18: Three NDFB ultras are killed by the Army in Polodabari village under Kachugaon PS in Kokrajhar district.
  • June 22: Five NDFB militants are killed and a huge cache of arms and ammunition is recovered in two gunfights with security forces at Majbat in Udalguri district.
  • June 23: Two NDFB cadres are shot dead by police in Dhekiajuli.
  • June 25: One NDFB cadre is killed by a joint team of police and the army at Serfanguri near Bengtal in Chirang district.
  • June 27: Three NDFB militants are arrested by Nalbari police from Bamunditari village under Mukalmuwa police station.
  • June 29: One NDFB cadre is arrested from Kekohati area in Rangiya subdivision in a joint operation by Army and police.
  • June 29: One NDFB militant is killed in an encounter with security forces at kushrabari under Salbari police station in Baksa district.
  • June 30: Suspected NDFB militants kill four persons of a family at 1 No. Naharani grant in Rangapara under Rangapara PS of Sonitpur district.
  • July 4: An NDFB cadre is shot dead by 5th Red Horns Division, Rajputana Rifles at Panjuri village under Dokmoka police station in Karbi Anglong.
  • July 7: Pro-peace NDBF Leader Prasenjit Lahori is shot and injured by unidentified militants at Rangapara in Sonitpur District.
  • July 9: A suspected NDFB cadre is killed by police and security forces at Dop Dopi under Rangapara police station in Sonitpur district.
  • July 13: Two Armymen including a colonel of the Medical Corps are killed in a blast triggered by suspected NDFB militants near Balipara Reserve Forest in Sonitpur district.
  • July 16: Two NDFB militants are arrested under Birubari police outpost in Guwahati.
  • July 18: Two NDFB militants are killed and three are arrested by security forces in Gossaigaon sub-division of Kokrajhr.
  • July 18: One NDFB militant is shot dead by security personnel at Kahitima forest near Labdanguri in Baksa district.
  • July 20: An NDFB cadre is gunned down along the Asom-Meghalaya border at Bashistha in Guwahati.
  • July 24: One NDFB cadre is arrested by Assam Rifle (44 no. Regiment) at Balijuri Hangamahpur village in Sonitpur district.
  • July 28: One NDFB cadre is shot dead by unknown miscreants at Katrighacha village in Kokrajhar district.
  • Aug 2: Two NDFB militants are killed by security forces in an encounter in Dhemaji district. A cache of weapons including one-and-a-half kg RDX explosive, a Chinese-made revolver, a 9-mm pistol with ammunition and a hand grenade were seized from them.
  • Aug 2: An ex-BLT cadre is shot dead by suspected NDFB cadres in Kokrajhar.
  • Aug 4: Two NDFB cadres are shot dead in an encounter with the police and Army at Rangapara in Sonitpur district.
  • August 5: One NDFB militant is gunned down by security forces near Monabari Tea Estate under Behali police station in Sonitpur district.
  • August 5: One NDFB militant is killed in an encounter with security forces at Gogamukh in Dhemaji district.
  • August 7: One suspected NDFB cadre is shot dead by police at Boglamari under Tamulpur police station in Baksa district.
  • August 8: One NDFB cadre is arrested by Chandmari police from Gandhibasti area in Guwahati.
  • August 8: Two NDFB militants are lynched by a crowd when they tried to kidnap a person at the Hugraguli weekly market in Sonitpur district.
  • August 8: A senior railway official is kidnapped by armed NDFB cadres from Rangapara area in Sonitpur district.
  • August 11: The anti-talk faction of the NDFB call for a 48-hour Assam bandh with effect from 5 am of August 12 in protest against the killing of its Dhemaji district commander Gandhi Basumatary by the police and the army.
  • August 13: Two street children are arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) from Ganeshguri in Guwahati when they came to collect extortion money from a businessman, on behalf of the NDFB.
  • August 16: One NDFB militant is killed in an encounter with a joint team of Army and police near Batashipur in Sonitpur district.
  • August 16: An NDFB militant and two Army personnel are killed in an encounter at Garugaon near Jalan Centre located on the Assam-Arunachal border area under Dhekiajuli police station in Sonitpur district.
  • August 18: Five NDFB militants are arrested by a joint team of the Bangladesh Army and the police from Khagrachari area in Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh.
  • August 19: One NDFB militant is shot dead by the army at Taraibari village in Kokrajhar district.
  • August 19: Army arrests three NDFB cadres and three linkmen and busts an arms factory in Pabhoi area under Biswanath Chariali police station in Sonitpur district.
  • August 19: One NDFB cadre is arrested by a joint team of CRPF and Assam police from Hengerabari under Dispur police station in Guwahati.
  • August 20: One NDFB cadre is killed in an encounter with CRPF and Assam police at Dalgaon village under Saraibil border outpost near Indo-Bhutan border in Kokrajhar district.
  • August 21: A member of Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) is shot dead by suspected cadres of Ranjan Daimari faction of NDFB at Bangalbazar Sukansangra in Kokrajhar district.
  • August 22: One NDFB cadre is arrested by the police from Fancy Bazar area in Guwahati when he came to extort money from a Fancy Bazar based businessman.
  • August 23: Three NDFB cadres are arrested from Serfanguri on Kokrajhar district.
  • August 26: Security forces rescue a railway engineer, abducted on Augustust 8 by the Ranjan Daimari faction of the NDFB, from a village in Batasipara in Sonitpur district.
  • August 27: Two NDFB militants are arrested by security forces from Tipkai area under Bogribari police station of Kokrajhar district.
  • August 27: Four NDFB militants are arrested by the army from akdabazar under Sootea police station in Sonitpur district.
  • August 28: Two NDFB cadres are arrested by police from the ISBT at Gorchuk in Guwahati.
  • August 28: Two NDFB cadres are arrested by Baihata Chariali police.
  • August 29: One NDFB militant is killed by the army at Doboka in Karbi Anglong district.
  • August 31: Two NDFB militants are killed in an encounter with security forces at Moinaguri Taisuguru in Kokrajhar district.
  • September 14: Police arrest one NDFB cadre from Dhuliara village under Baihata Chariali police station.
  • September 15: Two cadres of the anti-talk faction of the NDFB are arrested by Kokrajhar police from Deghali Bazar area under Kokrajhar police station.
  • September 16: One NDFB cadre surrenders before the Kokrajhar police.
  • September 22: A 10-member delegation of the pro-talk faction of the NDFB, led by its general secretary Govinda Basumatary alias B. Swmkwr leaves for Delhi to hold talks with the Centre. The talks will be held on September 23 and it would be the first round of talks after it entered into ceasefire with the government in 2005.
  • September 23: The first round of talks between the Centre and the pro-talk faction of NDFB commences in New Delhi, with the NDFB delegation, led by its general secretary, Govinda Basumatary meeting Additional Secretary of Border Management Vinay Kumar, Joint Secretary North-east (MHA), Navin Verma and Assam government’s Principal Secretary Home, Subhash Das. Both the sides express their satisfaction after the talks and indicate that the ceasefire between NDFB and the security forces is on track.
  • September 24: Two NDFB cadres are killed in an encounter with security forces at Gwjwnpuri village under Bagribari police station in Kokrajhar district.
  • September 25: An NDFB cadre is killed in an encounter with security forces near Lankar river at Petni in Chirang district.
  • September 26: Suspected NDFB cadres abduct an employee of DM Jain Construction company from a makeshift camp in the remote Khorang area in Udalguri district.
  • September 26: Unidentified armed miscreants shoot dead a surrendered NDFB cadre at Serfanguri in Kokrajhar district.
  • September 26: A member of the 3rd Battalion of the NDFB is shot dead by unidentified miscreants at Thaisouguri under Kachugaon Police Station in Kokrajhar district.
  • October 3: On NDFB’s 23rd foundation day today, the Ranjan Daimary faction of the outfit appeals to the Government’s of Bangladesh and China to help the Bodo community in its fight for “liberation” from India.
  • October 3: Two NDFB cadres are arrested by police from Gorchuk area in Guwahati.
  • October 4: At least 11 persons are killed and 12 injured in an attack by suspected militants of the Ranjan Daimary faction of the NDFB in Bhimajuli village at Balisang area under Biswanath Chariali police station in Sonitpur district. The village is inhabited mostly by Nepali and Tea-tribe community people.
  • October 7: The Ranjan Daimary faction of the NDFB denies links with the killings in Bhimajuli village in Sonitpur district on October 4, in which 12 persons were killed and says that it is investigating the killings and would punish the guilty.
  • October 7: According to highly placed security sources, the stretch of reserve forests along the border with Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh in the districts of Udalguri and Sonitpur is being used as a ‘liberated zone’ by the militants of the Ranjan Daimary faction of the NDFB as there is very light presence of security forces in that area.
  • October 8: According to highly placed security sources, the anti-talk faction of the NDFB has been making attempts at collecting weapons and explosives both from outside and inside the country and there are possibilities of more attacks by the outfit.
  • October 16: Project Engineer of Gayatri Construction Co is abducted by suspected NDFB militants from Joypur area under Kokrajhar police station from Highway project site.
  • October 19: A surrendered NDFB cadre is killed.
  • October 20: Kokrajhar SP of Assam police says that Andhra Pradesh engineer P Krishna Rao was kidnapped by National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants and all possibilities are being explored to secure his release. Rao hails from Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.
  • October 21: S Sangjarang, publicity chief of the pro-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB), is shot at and injured by miscreants at a crowded market in Udalguri town.
  • October 22: A suspected NDFB militant is killed and another injured in an encounter with security forces in in remote Jharbari village in Kokrajhar district.
  • October 26: Three NDFB cadres and a linkman are arrested by the polict in Bijni area of Chirang district.
  • October 27: Two suspected NDFB cadres are nabbed by the police from Gorchuk area of Guwahati on charges of extortion.
  • October 28: One NDFB cadre is nabbed by security forces under Bijni PS of Chirang district.
  • October 29: Two hardcore anti-talk faction NDFB cadres surrender before PK Dutta, Superintendent of Police, Kokrajhar.
  • October 30: A suspected NDFB militant is killed in an encounter with police near Railway Gate No 6 at Noonmati.
  • October 30: The manager of Bharatiya Company is kidnapped by suspected NDFB militants at Sereng under Nari PS of West Sirang district (Arunachal Pradesh) at 6.00 pm.
  • November 6: Personnel of the 8 Maratha Regiment along with Dhekiajuli police kill an NDFB cadre at Khanla inside Sonai Rupai Sanctuary. The slain ultra is identified as Arun Basumatary alias Palser.
  • November 11: One NDFB militant surrenders with weapon before the Army at Dinjan Military Station.
  • November 17: After 32 days gap, the Project Engineer of Gayatri Construction Co is released from the captivity of militants at Karigaon area on National Highway 31-C in Kokrajhar district.
  • November 18: Ranjan Daimary faction of the NDFB constitutes its new executive committee with Daimary as the president, Dinthi Gwra Narzary as General Secretary, ‘captain’ Sangbijit as commander-of-staff and Barbai Basumatary as Assistant Publicity Secretary.
  • November 19: One NDFB cadre is killed by security forces in Ambari village under Chirang district.
  • November 20: Joint team of army and police kill two NDFB cadres belonging to anti-talk faction in an encounter at Mouzabasti near Santipur under Basugaon PS in Chirang district at around 9 am.
  • November 22: Unidentified gunmen gun down an NDFB (ceasefire) cadre at about 10.30 pm at Latamari Alokgjhora village under Kachugaon PS. The cadre has been identified as Doren Daimary (28). The NDFB (ceasefiire) has called a 12-hour BTC bandh on November 23 in protest.
  • November 23: Following police failure to ascertain the whereabouts of one Tulsi Ram Rai, ex-headman of Naharbari village under Missamari PS who was kidnapped recently by the NDFB militants, the Sonitpur district unit of the All Assam Gorkha Union along with the cooperation of AJYCP, AASU, AAMSU and ABSU unit of Dhekiajuli and a large section of people block the NH52 at Thelamara for two hours.
  • November 25: Unidentified gunman gun down Nirmal Basumatary (15), a Class IX school student at about 7.30 pm at No. 1 Latamari area under Kachugaon PS in Kokrajhar district.
  • November 28: In a joint operation by Sonitpur police and Army 3 NDFB ultras are nabbed near Saint Paul School of Rangapara under Rangapara PS. The three ultras, Debendra Mochahary, Saoin Khaklary and Misum Mochahary, were involved in the Bhalukpong blast and killing of four Hindi-speaking people of Rangapara.
  • December 2: One most-wanted fugitive from the Northeast, Ranjan Daimary, has been detained in Bangladesh but not been transferred. Daimary is the chief of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (anti-talks faction).
  • December 2: Two NDFB men Sanjay Mochahari and Tularam Mochahary, suspected to be cadres of Ranjan Daimary faction of the outfit are arrested at Dolabari area near Tezpur from a Tezpur-bound passenger bus by 15 Engineering Company of the Army.
  • December 8: Security forces kill an NDFB ultra in an encounter at Orangpara under Barugaon PS in Chirang around 5.30 pm today.
  • December 10: Two powerful explosions, including a grenade attack, in two busy markets in Sonitpur district kill four people and left at east 34 wounded. The first blast takes place at around 3 pm at a daily market at Missamari town in Sonitpur district. “The condition of at least six of them is stated to be critical, their limbs separated from the body and stomachs ripped apart,” Abhir Das, a local businessman in the area, said. The blast site is close to a police station and an Army base camp. Two other persons sustained injuries in a separate incident of blast that took place at Rakshasmari Chawk under Dhekiajuli police station around 6-15 pm. NDFB (Ranjan Daimari faction) is suspected to be behind the blasts.
  • December 11: In a press statement NDFB information and publicity secretary S Sanjarang said the group welcomes the creation of separate Telengana State. “We are hopeful that the Union will take similar steps to create Bodoland out of Assam by devolution of power as per the Article 2 and 3 of the Constitution of India to resolve the vexed political problem of the Bodo people”. “It would be gross injustice on the part of Government of India, if the demands of separate States such as Bodoland, Gorkhaland, Dimaraji, Vidarbha, Bundalkandh, etc. are turned down. There will be no peace in the region if these problems are not resolved politically.”
  • December 14: Jakhalabandha police arrest four NDFB cadres from Burhapahar area of Kaliabor subdivision.
  • December 16: Security forces kill a hardcore NDFB cadre of Ranjan Daimari faction at Rangijhora - Daisungjhora under Bijni PS in Chirang district. The slain militant is identified as Binod Narzary (30).
  • December 19: In a joint operation conducted by police and security forces, two suspected anti-talk faction ultras of NDFB are killed at Kamengbari along the Assam-Arunachal border near Sonai Rupai Sanctuary under Missamari police station in Sonitpur district.
  • December 20: The rebel National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) claims responsibility for the two bomb blasts in Assam’s Sonitpur District ten days ago, according to ANI.
  • December 24: Three anti-talk NDFB militants are injured, one of them seriously, in an encounter with the security forces in Sonitpur district.
  • December 25: In a joint operation conducted by police and the security forces two suspected militants of the anti-talk group of NDFB are killed at Mainawsree area located at a remote place along the Assam-Arunachal border under Rangapara police station in Sonitpur district. The slain bodies of the two ultras are yet to be identified.
  • December 29: An insurgent of the NDFB faction on ceasefire is arrested with two grenades in Baksa district. Police nab Deepak Basumatary alias Dikhou Raja at Nagrijuli along with the explosives. He was involved in extortion in the area and had come out of the Government designated NDFB camp.
  • December 29: Kamal Daimari, suspected to be a cadre of the anti-talk faction of NDFB, is killed near Paharpur area along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh Border under Rangapara PS in Sonitpur district, police sources said.
  • December 31: One NDFB cadre is killed in an encounter with the Army and police at Sialmari under Sarfanguri police station in Kokrajhar district.

KLNLF  

  • January 21: Two KLNLF militants and a KNPF militant are killed in two separate encounters with security forces in Karbi Anglong district. In the first incident near Laklangso under Howraghat police station, two KLNLF ultras identified as Bidya Ronghang (27) and Deven Ronghang (28) are killed while in the second incident at Dungkalangso under Bokolia police station, Ritik Hanse (24), a KNPF militant, is killed in an encounter.
  • February 3: An unidentified KLNLF cadre is shot dead during an encounter with the Assam Rifles personnel at Anjukpani under Howraghat Police station in the Karbi Anglong District.
  • February 15: Troops shoot dead an unidentified KLNLF militant during an encounter at Langlakso Hanse village under Howraghat Police Station in the Karbi Anglong District.
  • March 19: A powerful bomb explodes on a railway track near Diphu in Karbi Anglong district of central Assam. Police says that the attack is targeted at the Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express by militants from the suspected Karbi Longri National Liberation Front.  
  • April 3: Sidhi Hasnu, a KLNLF militant is killed and two cadres, Joy Ranphar and Mohan Lekhte are arrested in an encounter with the army in Karbi Anglong.
  • April 5: 36-hour Karbi Anglong bandh is called by the KLNLF from April 6. This leads to the cancellation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s scheduled address of an election rally at Diphu on April 7. KLNLF calls the bandh in protest against the killing of its cadres by the security forces. KLNLF “commander-in-chief” Sanja Timung issues a “shoot-at-sight” order for defying the outfit’s bandh call.  
  • April 11: KLNLF calls a 48-hour district bandh from 5 am on April 15 to protest against the killing of its district member D. Teron who is gunned down in an encounter with a Rajput Rifles team at Bey Sakra village under Howraghat P.S. at 7.30 am.
  • April 11: The Karbi militants enter Bey Sakra village ans guns down a 50-year-old Karbi priest, Bura Singh Engti from whose reszidence Teron was picked up.   
  • April 12: Suspected Karbi militants fire at the Diphu bound Cachar Express between Diphu Railway station and Ninglang Railway station in Karbi Anglong district.  
  • April 16: A police patrolling party finds a powerful IED at Disobai, under Bokolia police station of Karbi Anglong district prior to commencement of polling at 7 am.  
  • April 17: KLNLF militants trigger two blasts injuring two BSF personnel near Jampar Hansa village under Borpathar Police Station in Karbi Anglong District.  
  • April 27: A suspected KLNLF cadre is killed at Rongar-ah village, Langlakso of Dokmoka outpost under Howraghat PS in an encounter with the army.  
  • May 13: A joint team of Assam and Meghalaya police arrest Pongbi Dilli alias Pradiop Terang, the chief of KLNLF from Motinagar locality of Shillong.  
  • May 26: The 5th Rajputana Riffle apprehends a woman Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF) cadre from Langlakso area of Dokmoka outpost under Howraghat police station. The detained militant is identified as Jangni Tissopi (25) of Mentila, Diphu.  
  • June 1:  The Army claims that it destroyed a Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front camp at Upper Deopani region killing one KLNLF militant on the spot and injuring several others.  
  • June 3: One KLNLF militant is killed in an encounter with the Army in Karbi Anglong.
  • June 26: Two KLNLF militants are killed by security forces at Bagmari under Howraghat police station in Karbi Anglong.
  • June 28: Two KLNLF militants are killed by Army in Miki Basti in Karbi Anglong district.
  • June 28: Two KLNLF cadres are arrested in Gohpur.
  • July 1: One KLNLF camp is busted in a special operation launched by BSF troops in the hilly terrain of Tarapong in Golaghat district.
  • Aug 3: Three KLNLF cadres are arrested by security forces at Hamren in Karbi Anglong and 14 kg of Ammonium Nitrate, 5 Kg of Gelatin Sticks, 60 metres of Fuse wire and 50 Detonators are seized from them.
  • August 28: One KLNLF militant is killed in an encounter with the Army at Srilangshu in Karbi Anglong district.
  • September 13: Police recovers a huge cache of arms and ammunition from a banana farm at Kheroni in Karbi Anglong. Nine extortion notes belonging to KLNLF and some documents related to Hindu Liberation Army are also found.
  • September 15: KLNLF expresses its willingness for talks with the government. According to sources, two KLNLF leaders met top police officials on September 13 and the outfit may lay down arms by the end of September if everything goes well.
  • September 20: KLNLF asserts that it would never surrender weapons for the sake of any political dialogue though it would wait for a response from the government till the end of September.
  • September 29: KLNLF declares indefinite extension of truce with the authorities from October 1, 2009.
  • October 16: The Sonitpur police personnel of Karbi Anglong district arrest a dreaded extremist of the Karbi National Liberation Front from Sem-Engti village. The extremist is identified as Babul Engti (19).
  • November 10: One suspected Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF) cadre is killed at Hawai Engti village under Baithalangso police station of Hamren sub division during a joint encounter with Assam police and Indian Gorkha Regiment.
  • November 11: Eight KLNLF militants surrender with weapons before the Army at Dinjan Military Station.
  • November 27: Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF) declares unilateral cease-fire for a period of three months beginning December 1, according to R Dera, publicity secretary of the organisation.
  • December 23: According to BSF sources, KLNLF, based in Assam’s Golaghat and Karbi Anglong districts, has declared an unilateral ceasefire and all its cadres are expected to lay down arms next month.
  • December 27: According to reports, the Centre says yes to ceasefire with the KLNLF. KLNLF recently announced unilateral ceasefire for three months, from December 1 till March 1 2010, in the interest of peace and a political solution to the Karbi issue. Two top KLNLF leaders, through mediators, had held several rounds of talks with SB ADGP Khagen Sarma, representative of the State Government, in this regard. They were, however, not ready to lay down arms until the government assured a political solution to the Karbi issue. The Assam Government referred the matter to the Centre for approval. According to sources, the Union Home Ministry has given its approval for ceasefire with the KLNLF and also assured to consider the outfit’s demand for a separate Karbi State.
DHD
  • February 5: Four employees of a Chennai-based company, engaged in a seismic survey, are abducted by BW militants from their work site in Langting area under Maibong Police Station in the North Cachar Hills District. The abducted employees are identified as Suresh Kumar, Nitish Kumar, Mahinder and Sarthak.
  • February 7: Chennai-based undertaking Indian Oil Tanking Limited, temporarily suspends its seismic survey operations in the North Cachar Hills District following the reported abduction of its four surveyors by suspected Black Widow militants from the work site at Langting under Maibong Police Station in the evening of February 5.
  • February 11: Munit Bodo, a school teacher, is shot dead by Militants belonging to the BW outfit at Maibong area in the North Cachar Hills District. • February 11: A Hindi-speaking trader, identified as Rameshwar Sahu, is killed by Suspected NSCN-K militants at Lower Haflong town. The son of the slain trader, Satrughna Sahu, said that the militant outfit had served extortion notice on his father demanding INR 1 50000 by February 6.
  • February 12: Militants shoot dead one DHD militant, identified as Lojendra Langthasa, of the rival BW fraction at Khalimindisa under Maibong Police Station of North Cachar Hills District.
  • February 19: The four surveyors of a Chennai-based company, abducted from their Langting work site on Febr