INCIDENTS

2010

  • January 1: The Kokrajhar police and Army nab Sanjay Sarkar, an ULFA linkman, at North Rangapara village under Fakiragram PS in Kokrajhar.
  • January 1: Uday Muchahary (32), a small tea grower of Silapur village along the Assam Arunachal border under Sootea PS of Sonitpur and elder brother of M Foilaw, Commander of Eastern Command of the ceasefire faction of NDFB, is shot dead allegedly by ultras of the anti-talk faction of NDFB.
  • January 1: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) moves Interpol against chairman of the anti-talk faction of National Democratic Front Bodoland (NDFB), Ranjan Daimary for his involvement in the serial blasts in Assam. According to official CBI sources, during investigation into the serial blasts of 2008, it came to light that the blasts were carried out by the NDFB, a banned extremist organisation. Six accused persons have been arrested and thirteen are absconding, some of who are suspected to be taking shelter in the neighbouring countries including, chief of the extremist organisation.
  • January 2: Unidentified gunmen gun down two ceasefire NDFB cadres and one labourer and injure another three at Mukuldanga village under Kachugaon PS in Kokrajhar district. The dead are identified as Lakhmi Brahma (28), Nitesh Marzary (26) both NDFB cadres and Biliefang Narzary, a labourer.
  • January 3: Two PREPAK rebels are arrested by 11 Field Regiment of the Red shield Division at Fulertal under Lakhipur police station. The two belong to Bishenpur district, Manipur.
  • January 4: Urging clearance of all obstructions standing in the way of peace process that would pave the way for a successful peace dialogue between the government and the DHD(J) and to maintain lasting peace and tranquillity in the region and also in the interest of solving the insurgency problem and in keeping the commitments of the government, the Jadikhe Naisho Hoshom (JNH), the Dimasa apex body and the Dimasa Mothers’ Association (DMA), NC Hills, Assam submit a memorandum to PC Haldar, interlocutor, Government of India, New Delhi. The memorandum states that it had been expressed by majority of the general public of North Cachar Hills district that the top leaders of DHD (J) including the chairman, former publicity secretary and others be given advantage of participation in the peace dialogue for early settlement of the Dimasa problem.
  • January 4: Suspected Naga militants ambush a vehicle carrying Assam Police Special Task Force (APSTF) personnel and civilians at Mahur in NC Hills district killing at least three persons. The attack took place at around 2.30 pm between Leikhul and Hindu Input villages, 30 km from Mahur. Those killed on the spot have been identified as STF jawan Lumet Turung (26) of Titabor and two civilian siblings — Namjuchong Nriame (19) and Tims Leile Nriame — who boarded the vehicle to reach Mahur from their village, Barninglo. Two injured jawans — Khitish Bora (35) and Rantu Khongia (24) — have been shifted to Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH) in a special helicopter.
  • January 4: Former spokesperson of All Boro Peace Forum (ABPF) Lilavati Daimary, who was also the elder sister of NDFB (anti-talk) chairman Ranjan Daimary and Boro Women Justice Forum (BWJF) president Anjali Daimary, is shot dead by three gunmen at her Doulguri residence under Harisinga outpost under Paneri police station in Udalguri district at round 7.15 pm.
  • January 4: Security personnel gun down an NDFB militant at Bamundittari village under Mukalmua police station in Nalbari district.
  • January 4: The Karbi Longri National Liberation Front (KLNLF) says that they open for immediate talks with the Centre but demanded that Union Home Minister P Chidambaram should be present. KLNLF’s publicity secretary Razak Dera said the outfit’s members, who were for a separate Karbi state, would not surrender but only deposit their arms.
  • January 5: In a joint operation conducted by police and other security forces and assisted by cadres of the NDFB (ceasefire group), a cadre of Ranjan Daimari faction of the militant outfit is killed near Belsiri TE under Misamari PS in Sonitpur district.
  • January 5: Troops of 65 Field Regiment of the Red Horns Division of the Army operating in Darrang district apprehend NDFB cadre Bipul Boro of village Bamunjhar near Andherighat under Khairabari police station.
  • January 5: One person, Debesh Barman (60) of Gokhulkata village under Gossaigaon police station, dies on the spot while his son Nirmal Barma sustaine injuries when a bomb explodes in their house at 1.30 pm.
  • January 5: A man identified as Debeswar Barman (55) succumb to injuries and dies at RNB Civil Hospital, Kokrajhar as a result of a bomb blast at his residence at Gokulkata village, under Gossaigaon PS in Kokrajhar district.
  • January 5: The office of the Jorhat basin manager of Oil and Natural Gas Commission receives a letter from NSCN(U) with a demand note of Rs 50 lakh from the finance secretary of the militant outfit. In the extortion note, the outfit served December 29 last as deadline for paying the money.
  • January 6: The Gauhati High Court, by an order, stays the orders of the Governor of Assam of suspension of NC Hills Autonomous Council, and the declaration of the special session of the NC Hills Autonomous Council as illegal. The NC Hills Autonomous Council was initially placed under suspension by the Governor by an order dated 12.6.09 as per the provision of para 16 (2) of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India. The writ petition states that:
    1. On 11.12.09, the six-month period of suspension had expired, but no order on extension of the suspension was passed by the Governor.
    2. On 14.12.09, a special session was held by the Council passing a no-confidence motion against Mohit Hojai, earlier Chief Executive Member.
    3. On 15.12.09, another special session was held electing Samarjit Haflongbar as new Chief Executive Member of the Council. But on 15.12.09 itself, the Governor declared the special session of the Council as illegal assuming that the Council was still under suspension.
    4. Thereafter, the impugned order of suspension of the Council was issued on 4.1.10.
    5. The court, after hearing all the three writ petitions, issued notice upon the respondents fixing the cases on 18.1.10 and in the interim stayed both the orders passed on 15.12.09 and 4.1.10 on the ground that the Governor’s orders are contrary to the Cabinet decision on the issue.
  • January 6: Security is intensified in wake of 24 hours Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills strike imposed by the KANCHASDCOM. A cluster of organizations like the KSA, KARSA, KRA, DNC alongside KANCHASDCOM have jointly called for the bandh in support of the Karbi Dimanchal Autonomous State.
  • January 6: The pro-talk NDFB denies its hand in the killing of Lilabati Basumatary, – sister of Ranjan Daimary chief of anti-talk faction of the outfit. According to them, third force who are trying to create blood-shed among the Bodo brothers, could be involved and urge parties and organizations not to play politics with the killing of Lilabati.
  • January 6: The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) announces its “targets”. In a release e-mailed to the media, the Commander-in-Chief of the ULFA, Paresh Baruah said that

    1. All the forces of India including the BSF, Assam Rifles, ITBP, CRPF, SSB, Border Roads Organization etc would be the main targets of the outfit in the coming days and the Assam Police personnel, who indulged in killings of members of the ULFA and indigenous people of Assam would be targeted.

    2. Intellectuals, who support India’ cause would first be warned and then would be targeted and the places of exploitation of India would be targeted.

    3. The informers of the occupational forces would face punishment and the outfit has decided to go for strong action against the corrupt officials and the officials who amassed wealth by depriving the common people of Assam.

    4. The outfit would not indulge in planting of bombs in public places and asserted that strong punishment would be meted out to any member of the outfit found to be indulging in such acts. He said that the public should also take action against any ULFA member found to be indulged in acts like planting of bombs in public places. However, at the same time, he said that the places where the Government of India holds its programmes including celebration of different “days”, would be targeted and the outfit would not be responsible if any one become victims by attending such programmes.

    5. The ULFA called upon all concerned to maintain educational atmosphere in the educational institutions and said that anyone found to be vitiating educational atmosphere would face attacks.

    6. The ULFA would attack anyone found to be harming the natural resources of Assam and persons indulging in anti-social activities like poaching, human trafficking, drug trafficking would be attacked.

    7. The outfit would not allow new mining and would attack the sites of the projects which are against the interests of Assam.

    8. It would not allow selling of land to foreigners and outsiders by the indigenous people and it would strongly resist “invasion of Hindi”.

  • January 7: The National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) strongly condemns the killing of Leelavati Daimari, elder sister of the outfit’s president DR Nabla alias Ranjan Daimary, and blamed Gobinda Basumatary, president of the pro-talk NDFB faction, for the killing.
  • January 10: Two suspected hardcore AANLA ultras are killed in an encounter with commandos of Assam Police in between Merabil and Shillongkhuti villages under Mazbat PS in Udalguri district. According to police, the extremists started firing at the patrolling police forces at Shillongkhuti-Merabil area.
  • January 10: Two suspected ULFA militants are killed in an encounter with the city police, CRPF and BSF at Na-Kuchi under Khetri PS at around 3.20 am. Police recovered one 9 mm pistol, a hand grenade, two magazines and six rounds of live ammunition from them.
  • January 10: Local Government Minister and Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam says that there is “clear evidence” regarding a meeting between Musharraf and Anup Chetia of the banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). The meeting, which lasted 90 minutes and took place in Musharraf’s hotel room, was “facilitated” by then Khaleda Zia Government. The reiteration came apparently in response to a denial by Zia’s aide and Bangladesh National Secretary General Khandaker Delawar Hossain who called the minister’s charge “irresponsible”. “Pervez Musharraf had a one-and-half-hour meeting with detained ULFA leader Anup Chetia when BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party)-led alliance was in power,” he told a round table meet on Bangladesh-India relations. “You can guess what had been discussed in such long meeting,” bdnews24 website quoted him as saying.
  • January 11: Seven persons including two surrendered rebels of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) – Bipul Narzary and Khumtha Daimary – are arrested by Meghalaya police from a locality in Shillong.
  • January 13: In an encounter with Army and Police two anti-talk NDFB cadres are killed at Joldoba village in Kokrajhar district.
  • January 13: OneNDFB cadre identified as Dinesh Boro is arrested from near the ISBT under Gorchuk police station.
  • January 15: Assam Police arrest a leader of ULFA from Woodland Hospital in Shillong. Identified as Pradip Kalita, the person is suspected to be a member of the 27th Battalion of the outfit. He was admitted into the hospital on January 13 for malaria.
  • January 15: One person is killed and thirteen persons injured in a powerful blast near the Swahid Vedi in Udalguri. The deceased was later identified as Gagan Das (38) a young businessman of Udalguri while the injured are identified as Bikash Deka (25), Biju Sutradhar (24), Raju Hazarika (28), Bipul Paul (30), Ajay Dey(27) and Pranay Bhoumique.
  • January 16: One NDFB insurgent involved in the greande blast on January 15 in Udalguri is killed in an encounter with a joint army and police team in Udalguri district.
  • January 17: Two insurgents are killed in an encounter with Assam Rifles personnel in Manipur’s interior Ukhrul district bordering Myanmar. Two rifles with several rounds of ammunition, one hand grenade and one wireless set are recovered from the spot.
  • January 18: One NDFB insurgent is nabbed by the police in North Lakhimpur district.
  • January 18: In an encounter at Amlaiguri village under Salakati police station, Paschina police kill Ananta Brahma, a militant of the anti-talk faction of NDFB. Police recovered one-9 mm Italian-made pistol and five rounds of live ammunitions from a slain militant.
  • January 19: Two anti-talk NDFB cadres of the Ranjan Daimary faction are killed in in Kokrajhar district. According to police sources, an encounter takes place at about 11 am at Bongshijhora area under Parbatijhora Sub division in Kokrajhar district following which two anti-talk faction cadres of NDFB are killed on the spot. Army and police subsequently nab three women cadres along with one linkman from the area.
  • January 19: ULFA vice-president Pradip Gogoi and publicity secretary Mithinga Daimary file petitions in the special TADA Court seeking bail.
  • January 21: A militant suspected to be of the Ranjan Daimari faction of NDFB is killed in an encounter with a combined team of the Army and the police at Jhingabil area under Mazbat PS in Udalguri district.
  • January 22: ULFA cadre Dipak Saikia (33) alias Bhai, is arrested by Jorhat Police. Police recover 2.9 kg of TNT, (Trinitrotoluene) from a secret place of the same village following his confession.
  • January 22: A powerful time device explodes under Garibhanga bridge between Amteka and Koilamoila under Bijni PS in Chirang district at 11 am just after Nishima MCLA James Basumatary and Daneswar Goyari along with Government officials had crossed the bridge.
  • January 24: One NDFB cadre belonging to the third battalion is killed in encounter with 15 Digra Regiment of the Red Horns Division of the Army at Lalmati, Chesapani under Kokrajhar police station.
  • January 24: Suspected cadres of the anti-talks faction of the NDFB trigger a blast on the railway tracks at Deka Mising Gaon in Dhemaji district, while security personnel recovered an IED weighing 15 kilograms from under the driver’s seat of a bus coming from Tangla to Guwahati at Mahilipara, around 18 km away from Mangaldoi in the last 24 hours.
  • January 25: One ULFA militant is nabbed by the security forces in Goalpara district. The militant, identified as Donjison Rabha of the outfit’s 109 battalion, is nabbed during a joint operation by the army and police in Krishnai area of the district. Three improvised explosive device (IED)’s, two grenades and 20 AK-series ammunition have been recovered from the apprehended militant.
  • January 27: Two ULFA cadres of 28th battalion David Doley alias Ganesh Kumbang of Dhemaji and Biraj Sonowal alias Ajit Sonowal of Dhakuakhana are arrested at Dhodang Chapari, under Pulibar PS in Jorhat.
  • January 28: Suspected militants explode a bomb on a railway track and damaged a goods train in Golaghat district. The bomb, kept on the railway track near Naojan, exploded at 11:45 pm damaging two coaches of the goods train and a part of the railway track.
  • February 1: Home Minister P Chidambaram clears the decks for talks with the detained outlawed ULFA leaders, clarifying that the Centre cannot wait indefinitely for Paresh Barua to turn up for talks. Striking a conciliatory tone, Chidambaram said the Government was prepared for talks if the jailed leaders approached it. “Paresh Baruah is not with us. We do not think he is in India. Just because Barua is out of the country, does not mean that talks can be avoided indefinitely,” he said. “Our offer to talk to ULFA remains, but we have not yet got an offer to talk with those who have been apprehended,” he said, replying to questions over the Home Ministry’s stand on talking with ULFA. “It is my sincere hope and appeal that those who have come back to India or who have been apprehended and in custody today those leaders would hold talks with the Government. If they do come forward for talks then we are prepared to hold talks,” he said.
  • February 1: The banned ULFA is running four camps in Myanmar, a surrendered militant of the group having trained in the neighbouring country claims. "ULFA cadres are getting arms training in the four camps in Myanmar," Ranjit, who surrenders to the BSF in Shillong told reporters.
  • February 1: The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom says that it would discuss the offer made by Home Minister PC Chidambaram for peace talks with the jailed rebel leadership. "We shall have to discuss the matter and I, alone, cannot make any comment on the Home Minister's offer. There has to be a conducive climate for talks and also a lot would depend on the government's sincerity," jailed ULFA vice-chairman Pradeep Gogoi told journalists while being taken to a local court.
  • February 1: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram adopts aggressive stand on talking to Ranjan Daimary faction, which has been indulging in violence in the State. According to him, “Ranjan Daimary is a fugitive from justice and if there is an opportunity we will apprehend them”.
  • February 2: Security forces consisting of Assam Rifles, Udalguri and Sonitpur police rescue Dr Nani Gopal Dutta, a retired physician of Rangapara at Mowamari village under Mazbat PS in Udalguri district at about 3.00 pm. The security forces also pick up two youths, Nayan Basumatary and Milan Goyary for interrogation, informed Army sources. The retired physician was abducted by unidentified miscreants on the afternoon of February 1 from his Rangapara residence.
  • February 2: A suspected ULFA cadre believed to be ULFA’s 27 battalion, and a minor are killed in a fierce encounter at Dakkhin Bhokelikanda under Kalaigaon police station in Udalguri district. An Army jawan is also injured in the shootout. The minor dies on way to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). The minor deceased was Lakhya Jyoti Deka (6), son of Nareswar Deka of the village.
  • February 2: A combined team of police from Udalguri and Sonitpur and troops of 3 (NH) Battalion of Assam Rifles rescue a kidnapped person at village Moumari near Orang in Udalguri district. At about 6 am, a group of unidentified gunmen kidnapped a retired medical officer, Dr Nani Gopal Dutta (74), from his residence at Rangapara in Sonitpur district.
  • February 2: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi says that the government is ready for peace talks with the ULFA, but the outfit has to give to its written assurance that is ready for peace talks. Gogoi said: “If the ULFA just writes — we are ready for peace talks with the government — the government gets the basis to start the peace process. We will consider other demands of ULFA leaders like ‘no talks with handcuffs in hands, dignity’ etc.” Gogoi further said: “I am leaving for New Delhi on February 5. I will hold discussion with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on the ULFA front. If all other leaders of the ULFA are ready for peace talks, we need not wait for Paresh Baruah to initiate the peace process.”
  • February 2: Reacting to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram’s statement that a written statement from the jailed ULFA leaders expressing their willingness for peace talks with the government would pave the way for talks without Paresh Baruah, ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa today said: “I won’t write any letter to the government with handcuff in hands.”
  • February 2: ULFA ‘c-in-c’ Paresh Baruah, in an e-mail to the media, said some “broker intellectuals” have been putting mental pressure on the jailed ULFA leaders using a “threat and lure tactics” to persuade them to sit for talks with the Government of India. “I hope the jailed ULFA leaders won’t make any mistake in identifying the broker intellectuals.”
  • February 2: A joint team of police and 8 Garhwal Rifles arrest ULFA militant Raju Deka alias Mustafa Mohammad, 30, from the Talap area in Tinsukia district.
  • February 2: The KLNLF will be publicly decommissioning its arms in Diphu on February 11 with nearly 400 of its cadres slated to surrender. The KLNLF has begun the process for arms decommissioning and collecting the arms from their various camps as per the Central guidelines for holding peace talks. KLNLF general secretary Thong Teron told PTI that his outfit had decided to go for the peace process as their 15-year-old “self-rule revolution” had aggravated the situation in the district. Instead, they wanted to solve their problem politically.
  • February 3: Apprehending a crackdown, ULFA militants start moving some of their camps in Myanmar deep into the dense forest areas. This revelation came following the surrender of hardcore militant Akash Bora who recently surrendered before the Inspector General of Border Security Force (BSF) in Shillong. According to security sources, it is clear from the revelations made by Akash that the ULFA is still recruiting new boys and new recruits in small batches are still sent to the camps in Myanmar for training. The ULFA has four major camps in Myanmar where around 150 to 200 cadres are staying. Sources said that according to Akash, life is tough for the militants in Myanmar because of the terrain and the recent arrests of ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and other senior leaders created frustration among the cadres, most of whom are now demoralized. Though Akash stayed in the Myanmar camps for years, he never met the commander in chief Paresh Baruah. Sources said that the camps of the ULFA in Myanmar are run mainly by ULFA central committee member Jiban Moran and hardcore militant Bijoy Chinese and according to Akash, some senior ULFA men are maintaining links with some Army officials of Myanmar. However, after the crackdown in Bangladesh, they are not willing to take any chances and some of the camps have been moved deep inside the dense forests.
  • February 3: Basha Singh, alias Ranojjal Kakati of 27the battalion of ULFA is killed along with cadre Ankur Bania alias Bishnu Deka in an encounter with Udalguri police and 65 Field Regiment of the Red Horn Division, at Dakhin Bhokelikanda village under Kalaigaon PS in Mangaldoi.
  • February 3: Teol police arrest ULFA cadre Diganta Sonowal of Sonai Chapori Gaorukhuti Kachari Gaon under Dhakuakhana PS from Kaliapani, Jorhat.
  • February 4: Five militants of the Manipur-based People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) outfit are arrested by the Assam Police from Jorabat.
  • February 4: The cease-fire pact with the UPDS is extended up to July 7 following discussion between the militant outfit, Centre and Assam Government.
  • February 5: One suspected ULFA militant is shot dead by SFs at Chakrashila reserve forest near Choaikhola in Kokrajhar district.
  • February 5: One NDFB militant is shot dead in an encounter with the SFs in Chirang district.
  • February 6: One ULFA militant is shot dead in an encounter at Garobasti in Goalpara district.
  • February 7: One ULFA militant is arrested by the SFs from Majapara village in Goalpara district.
  • February 7: One NDFB militant is arrested by SFs from Bhaitapara village in Chirang district.
  • February 7: Three persons are injured when an unidentified militant opens fire on them at Khargaon area in Kokrajhar district.
  • February 8: One NDFB militant is arrested by SFs from Ramfabil bazaar in Kokrajhar district.
  • February 9: Four militants of anti-talks faction of the NDFB, identified as Kumar Narzary, Biswanath Charali, Sanjib Basumatary and Densereng Daimary, are arrested by SFs from Oiramghat in Dhemaji district.
  • February 9: Two unidentified militants of the Rabha Viper Army (RVA) and a linkman with arms and ammunition are arrested by the Army from Mantapara village of Kokrajhar district.
  • February 10: Three anti-talks faction of the NDFB militants are shot dead by SFs in an encounter at Jaulia Centre near Jingabeel under Majbat Police Station in Udalguri district.
  • February 11: Three cadres of anti-talks faction of the NDFB are arrested by the troop in two separate search operations in Udalguri district.
  • February 11: The KLNLF surrenders in a formal surrender ceremony at the Kasa stadium in Diphu, the headquarters of Karbi Anglong district. Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai who was present in the ceremony expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) region and said that the Centre would take steps to stop the gun culture.
  • February 15: Two cadres of anti-talks faction of the NDFB are arrested by SFs from Bamungaon in Chirang district.
  • February 17: An unnamed spokesman of the newly formed outfit United Democratic Liberation Front of Barak Valley (UDLFBV) claims that "Reangs are not involved in the kidnapping of forest guard Nizamuddin Majumdar." He states that it might be the handiwork of Atabur Bahini, a gang of goons operating along the Assam-Mizoram border of South Hailakandi.
  • February 18: Two MULTA cadres are arrested by the Army from Agomoni in Dhubri district.
  • February 18: Three NDFB cadres are arrested by SFs from two different places in Baksa district.
  • February 18: According to police, two unidentified NDFB cadres are arrested from Dholpur in Lakhimpur district.
  • February 19: One KLNLF militant, identified as Babu Rongphar, was arrested by BSF from Golaghat.
  • February 21: The Assam Government transfers Bhimkanta Buragohain alias Mama to the Guwahati Central Jail from Tezpur in an attempt to allow all the top jailed leaders of the outfit to meet inside the prison to chart out a road map for peace talks.
  • February 23: One NDFB cadre, Rajib Brahma, is killed in an encounter with security personnel at Balukmari in Kokrajhar sistrict.
  • February 23: The Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, court releases two top ULFA leaders, 'vice-chairman' Pradip Gogoi and 'publicity secretary' Mithinga Daimary on bail.
  • February 25: One militant of ULFA’s 109 bn is killed and another caught alive by troups of 9 Siknh Light Infantry Bn in an operation along Assam Meghalaya border.
  • February 25: ULFA publicity secretary Mithinga Daimary is released from the Guwahati Central Jail.
  • March 4: ULFA’s founder ‘vice chairman’ Pradip Gogoi is released from jail after 18 years. He immediately called for initiation of the peace process to end insurgency in Assam. The court of the Kamrup Chief Judicial Magistrate Rabin Phukan freed Gogoi after the ULFA leader furnished Rs 12 lakh in bail bonds as sureties in nine cases. Gogoi was granted bail earlier, but was unable to furnish the bail bond. He is released from the Guwahati Central Jail where he was held following his arrest in 1992 from Kolkata.
  • March 4: Majbat police and 3 (NH) Battalion of Assam Rifles carry out a joint operation and nab one NDFB cadre (anti-talk) who came to extort money near the Railway station in Majbat in Udalguri district.
  • March 12: One suspected ULFA cadre Abdul Hussain is killed by troops of the Gorkha Regiment Camped at Longri in an encounter near Mortin Lambuka under Baithalangsu PS in Karbi Anglong district.
  • March 12: Two anti-talk NDFB ultras are killed in an encounter with army and police at South Dalgiri near Indo-Bhutan border under Bongaon PS in Chirang district.
  • March 13: Three NDFB (Daimary) insurgents are apprehended with arms by a joint force of the police and Army in Sonitpur district. The trio were held when the district police and jawans of the 4th battalion of J&K Light Infantry launched an operation at Maydungsire village.
  • March 16: Unidentified persons hoist the ULFA’s flag on the premises of Mangoldoi College in Darrang district.
  • March 16: Two NDFB militants are killed in an encounter with security forces in Udalguri district along Indo-Bhutan border.
  • March 20: One NDFB militant involved in timber smuggling in Chariduar reserve forest is killed in an encounter with the army at Abhoi centre near Batasipur in Sonitpur district. Two army jawans are injured in the encounter.
  • March 18: Two suspected ULFA cadres are arrested by Dergaon police at Danichapori.
  • March 21: Two suspected ULFA rebels are arrested by a joint teamof police and CRPF personnel for demanding money from a person in Dispur, Guwahati.
  • March 21: According to Army sources, NDFB (anti-talk) militants are collecting huge amount of money from the persons involved in illegal felling of trees in Sonitpur district.
  • March 22: One suspected KLNLF cadre is arrested by CRPF personnel from Basistha area in Guwahati.
  • March 23: One MULTA extremist is arrested by security forces at Harmoti area within Kaziranga Bagori Police Station.
  • March 24: A three member team of the B company of the ULFA’s 28 battalion, led by Sujit Mohan, is reportedly holding talks with the Assam Police for a possible ceasefire agreement with the government.
  • March 25: According to reports, the Assam Government is likely to constitute a ministerial committee to make recommendations to the Union Government on the demands raised by the UPDS during talks with the Union Government's interlocutor P.C. Haldar.
  • March 26: Two quilt-makers from Bihar are killed by suspected NDFB militants in Koilajuli in Sonitpur district.
  • March 26: One NDFB (anti-talk) cadre is killed and another injured in a mob attack in Pabhoi Tea estate in Sonitpur district when in a case of extortion.
  • March 27: Security forces arrest two NDFB cadres belonging to the of anti-talks faction of the NDFB from Santipur area in Chirang district.
  • March 29: Security forces gun down a 'commander' of the '27th battalion' of the ULFA in an encounter at Madeligaon village near Dalongghat under Kalaigaon Police Station in Udalguri district.
  • March 31: One NDFB (anti talk) member is shot dead by a joint team of Assam Police and CRPF at Katrigacha village under Kokrajhar PS.
  • April 1: Security forces arrest a MULTA cadre from Diabari village under Bilasipara Police Station of Dhubri district.
  • April 2: Security forces nab two MULTA cadres from the Patgaon Jainary area under Serfanguri Police Station of Kokrajhar district.
  • April 2: One NDFB militant is arrested by the SFs from Daikarguri village under Bijni Police Station in Chirang district.
  • April 2: About 11 KLNLF militants snatch away arms from a camp situated at the Panbari Reserve Forest of Kaziranga National Park (KNP) in Golaghat district.
  • April 2: According to KLNLF 'publicity secretary' Rejak Dera, "Seventy-five per cent of forests in Karbi Anglong have been cleared by DHD(N) cadres, now lodged at the designated camp at Dhansiri in Karbi Anglong. These militants have been selling timber from Karbi Anglong to Nagaland."
  • April 3: KLNLF 'chairman', P. Dili who was arrested from Shillong in Meghalaya in May 2009, is released from Diphu jail.
  • April 5: One NDFB militant is killed by Security forces in an encounter in Monglajhora under Bogribari Police Station of Porbotjhora sub-division of Kokrajhar district.
  • April 5: The headmaster of Dengaon High School under Dokmoka Police Station is rescued alive during an operation launched by Security forces and Assam Police from Panjuri hill area of Karbi Anglong district. He was abducted by a group of suspected NDFB militant on March 28 from his residence.
  • April 5: ULFA steps up activities across some pockets in eastern Assam with a group entering Borhat in Sivasagar district and the Kakopathar-Pengeri areas in Tinsukia district. The group had come from the Myanmar camps of the outfit and entered Assam through Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • April 6: Police arrest a cadre of ULFA’s ‘28th battalion’ from Lakhimpur.
  • April 7: Suspected ULFA cadres hoist the outfit’s flag in Rajgarh market. Again, supporters of the outfit tried to hoist the flag in an open field near the Tinsukia deputy commissioner’s office.
  • April 7: The ULFA hoists its organizational flag at Bakaliaghat in Karbi Anlong district.
  • April 9: The Dhubri Zila Praktan ULFA Samannayrakshi Samiti calls a 12-hour Dhubri district bandh (general shutdown) beginning from 5 am asking Assam Governor J.B. Patnaik to use his office to get ULFA, ‘general secretary’, Anup Chetia, extradited from Bangladesh.
  • April 9: Assam police nab two ULFA cadres from Deotala under Narayanpur Police outpost in Lakhimpur district.
  • April 9: Liberal Democratic Council of Misingland (LDCM), a new militant outfit is formed in Mising-inhabited areas.
  • April 11: ULFA militants kill a Policeman of 19 India Reserve Battalion (IRB) and seriously injure another in an encounter at Kochgaon Tinthengia in Dibrugarh district.
  • April 12: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi admits links between insurgent groups like ULFA and the CPI-Maoist.
  • April 16: ULFA 'vice-president' Pradip Gogoi and 'publicity secretary' Mithinga Doimary visit Barpeta to know the views of the people of Barpeta about the ULFA and the Union Government before the Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan which will be held on April 24.
  • April 16: Two cadres belonging to anti-talks faction of the NDFB are nabbed by the Security Forces during extortion operation at Khagrabari village in Udalguri district.
  • April 16: The army kills one unidentified NDFB cadre at Goalbil under Barama Police station in the Baksa district.
  • April 16: A PULF cadre of Makhan Nagar area under Jirighat Police Station in Cachar district is arrested by the Security Forces. After lying low in Barak Valley for long, the outfit has been trying to regroup and spread its presence.
  • April 19: The anti-talks faction of NDFB kill a surrendered NDFB militant at Pahijuri under Rangapara Police Station in Sonitpur district.
  • April 19: Two suspected cadres of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), Mangal Mahato and Mantu Mahato, are arrested by the Police from Hotel Imperial at Kokrajhar.
  • April 19: Dibrugarh district police arrest one suspected Kachin Independent Arm (KIA) cadre, Sanlim Singpho (35), from the doctors hostel of Assam Medical College (AMC).
  • April 20: Security forces arrest two NDFB linkmen at Bherbari village under Tamarhat Police Station in Dhubri district.
  • April 21: One suspected ULFA cadre is arrested from Narangi area of Guwahati.
  • April 21: Security forces arrest Suresh Rabha, a suspected NDFB militant, from the Barbari area in Guwahati.
  • April 22: Suspected NDFB militants abduct a trader's son at Hukrajuli under Dhekiajuli Police Station in Sonitpur district.
  • April 22: The ULFA 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa, deputy 'commander-in-chief' Raju Baruah and 'foreign secretary' Shashadhar Chouhury are produced in the TADA-designated court, in connection with eight cases pending against them.
  • April 23: The ULFA states that it might soften its stand on the sovereignty issue, a demand which the group had set as a precondition for talks with the Government.
  • April 23: Security forces nab one MULTA militant at Paglahat area in Dhubri district.
  • April 24: Intellectuals and litterateurs of the State hold the Sanmilita Jatiya Abhivartan at ITA Cultural Centre for Performing Arts at Muchkhowa in Guwahati. The convention, chaired by a presidium headed by Dr Hiren Gohain, formed a steering committee for facilitating the peace process. The members of the steering committee are Dr Hiren Gohain, Dr Nirmal Kumar Choudhury, Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami, Hiranya Kumar Bhattacharya, Harekrishna Deka, Rohini Baruah, Indibor Deuri, Khursed Alam and Ratneswar Basumatary. Dilip Patgiri and Lachit Bordoloi will work as the secretaries of the steering committee. The steering committee will finalize the resolutions by incorporating suggestions from different sections of people and the committee has sought suggestions within seven days. The steering committee will also aid the ULFA in the process of negotiations with the Government. It will form expert committees for studying basic issues like right of the indigenous people over the natural resources, economic development, problems like flood and erosion and infiltration etc. The expert committees will be asked to finalize reports within two to three months so that the same can be placed before the centre during talks.
  • April 25: Sources reveal that ULFA 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah might have returned to Bangladesh recently.
  • April 25: The State level convention organized by prominent citizens in Assam call for release of the jailed leaders of the ULFA to enable the outfit to hold its central committee meeting.
  • April 28: The Assam Police detain six persons from Goalpara and Kamrup districts, including two from Guwahati in the last 24 hours. Intelligence inputs indicate towards the banned outfit’s 109 battalion planning blasts in the capital city. Drishti Rajkhowa, commander’ of ULFA’s 109 battalion is the mastermind behind the plan.
  • April 28: United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), commander-in-chief of the outfit Paresh Baruah re-activates the Central Council Headquarter (CCH) of the outfit in Bangladesh. Highly placed security sources told The Assam Tribune that most of the instructions to the cadres are now routed through the CCH and Paresh Baruah keeps in regular touch with the persons manning it through satellite phones. Sources said that according to information available, the CCH of the ULFA is located at the Rupohi Ashroy Sibir of the outfit in Bakapura area of Sherpur district of Bangladesh. Several hardcore members of the ULFA including Apurba Baruah, Drishti Rajkhowa and Antu Chowdang are in Bangladesh and the government of the neighbouring country is yet to take any action against them. The head quarter of the 28 battalion is still located in Myanmar and it is believed to be the strongest arm of the outfit. However, the unit has been plagued with problems in recent times following the killing of Seema Bora, one of the senior members. Sources said that according to information available with the security forces, at least 30 members of the outfit formally handed over a written complaint against seven senior leaders including Haren Phukan, Bijoy Das, Sujit Mohan and Michael Deka Phukan. The complaint was formally handed over to Jiban Moran, a senior leader of the ULFA, which again was handed over to Paresh Baruah. Sources said that the 27 battalion of the ULFA is still active and have bases in Karbi Anglong. Though the KLNLF has come over ground recently, the ULFA is still maintaining relation with the outfit. The members of the 109 battalion and 709 battalion are lying low and security agencies are of the view that if the talks between Government and ULFA start, a number of lower level cadres might come over ground.
  • April 29: The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) launches an extortion drive and serves extortion notices to cross sections of people in different parts of Assam. According to news paper sources in the security forces, the ULFA has divided the upper Assam area into three zones for launching extortion drives. The districts of Jorhat and Golaghat is one zone, the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Majuli river island have been included in the second zone and the districts of Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia have been included in the third zone. Different groups of ULFA men have been entrusted with the responsibility of launching extortion drives in their respective areas.
  • April 30: NDFB cadres abduct three persons from Ramnathpur under Missamari Police Station.
  • May 1: The chairman of NDFB (anti-talk) Ranjan Daimary alias DR Nabla is handed over to Indian security forces by Bangladesh and subsequently he is handed over to Assam Police. Daimary is the prime accused in the serial blasts on October 30, which killed more than 90 people. According to security sources, Daimary, who was staying in Bangladesh for a long time, was picked up by the security agencies of the neighbouring country a few days back. Initially, Bangladesh was planning to put the militant leader in jail but after hectic talks between New Delhi and Dhaka, Bangladesh agreed to hand him over. The NDFB anti-talk faction chief was handed over to the Border Security Force (BSF) near the international border in Dowki in the wee hours on May 1 and was later handed over to Assam Police to be brought to Guwahati. Though the area where Daimary was arrested in Bangladesh is yet to be ascertained, it is believed that he was picked up in the Sherpur area where the NDFB has its bases. Sources said that the NDFB has strong bases in the Sherpur area from where most of the operations were masterminded and Indian security agencies gave pinpointed information to Bangladesh about the bases of the NDFB. Security sources said that the anti-talk faction of the NDFB has around 150 cadres and around 50 of them are still in Bangladesh. Sources revealed that several batches of NDFB cadres were trained in Bangladesh in recent years.
  • May 1: According to newspaper reports, top criminal lawyers of the State are likely to shy away from appearing on behalf of the dreaded militant in the court of law. The blast in CJM court was allegedly triggered by the NDFB group on October 30.
  • May 2: NDFB chief Ranjan Daimary is produced before the Court of Chief judicial Magistrate(CJM), Kamrup and is remanded to 12 days of police custody. Assam Police’s Special Operation Unit (SOU) had sought 14 days of police custody on the strength of the SOU case number 2/98 under Sec 384 of IPC read with Sec 10(13) of Unlawful Activities (Prevention Act). Charges relating to the October 30 serial blasts, where Daimary has been named as the prime conspirator, besides several other acts of terror are likely to be framed in a phased manner once the 12 days’ police remand secured by the SOU is over. The Assam Police was represented by Government counsel Minati Saikia, but no legal counsel was seen representing the dreaded NDFB leader.
  • May 2: Nine persons are picked up by the police for allegedly shouting pro-NDFB slogans when the NDFB chief was being produced before the court. Police even had to resort to lathicharge to control the group.
  • May 2: Two NDFB cadres are arrested from near the Chandmari area. They have been identified as Arshi and Ritul Daimary.
  • May 2: Raju Rongpi, alias Babu Singh, a suspected KLNLF militant, is shot dead by security forces at Beygaon under Jakhalabandha Police Station.
  • May 2: A hardcore MULTA militant, suspected to be involved in arms supply to other militant groups, is arrested by the police in Dhubri.
  • May 4: A group of five suspected NDFB militants abduct at gun point Haridas Roy (37) a pharmacist of Mazbat town under Mazbat PS.
  • May 4: According to security sources of The Assam Tribune, personnel of different security agencies are relentlessly questioning Daimary and during the course of the questioning, it has come to light that the NDFB was maintaining links with Pakistan. Sources said that at least two batches of NDFB men were sent to Pakistan for training with the support of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). The NDFB was also maintaining close ties with different anti-India groups having bases in Bangladesh. Sources said that the NDFB launched joint operations with the ULFA from time to time but the outfit also maintained close ties with other groups like NSCN (I-M), UNLF, ATTF, NLFT etc, as well as with some other anti-India groups in the neighbouring country. Under pressure in Bangladesh, the NDFB anti-talk faction recently established a camp in Myanmar. But the camp has not been set up with the help of the ULFA and is located near a camp of Manipur-based group KYKL. Though Myanmar has also accepted a proposal from India to launch a coordinated operation, the militants are of the view that the Government of Myanmar would be too busy with the elections due soon rather than launching a concerted operation immediately.
  • May 5: Pro NDFB people take out a protest rally at Koilamoila at Chirang against the alleged discriminatory role of the state govt. towards the arrested NDFB Chief Ranjan Daimary and his family members.
  • May 5: Two suspected NDFB ultras are killed in an encounter at Pagladiapar Nayabasti under Borbori police station in Baksa around 9.30pm.
  • May 5: One hardcore NDFB cadre is killed in an encounter with a joint team of Army and police personnel ties at Gwjwnpuri area under Bogrobari police station in Kokrajhar district.
  • May 7: Two ULFA militants surrender with weapons before the BSF. Madhav Bora and Abhijay Mising, both belonging to the outfit's '28th battalion', surrender before the border guards in Golaghat district.
  • May 9: Ranjan Daimary is assisting the authorities by way of telephone calls to his trusted commanders and cadres not to launch any strikes that could lead to casualties. "Daimary in the last few days has been talking to his boys (cadres and commanders) over telephone and making an ardent request not to indulge in violence," Subodh Daimary, elder brother of the arrested chairman of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB), told IANS. A senior police official also corroborated Subodh's statement. "In fact, he himself wanted to communicate to his cadres about the need for restraint at this point in time with a general feeling that with his arrest there could be a backlash with the second-rung leaders indulging in large-scale violence," the official said. The 50-year-old terrorist is said to have already confessed to the wave of bombings before police interrogators during intense grilling. "I never thought the magnitude of the bombings would be so devastating. I regret and repent now for that horrific incident," Daimary told police. "We triggered the blasts to make our presence felt and also aimed at showing our strength to the Central Government," Daimary told the interrogators. The plan for the serial explosions was hatched in Bangladesh in July 2008 with some trusted cadres sent to all the blast sites to carry out a field study before executing the terror blueprint.
  • May 10: The All Assam Tribal Sangha (AATS) asks the State as well as the Union governments to initiate peace talks with the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB), as according to it, arrest of Ranjan Daimary would not solve the NDFB problem permanently. The Sangha members, alleging of discrimination against Daimary by the State government, said that the rebel leader should be given the same status as Arabinda Rajkhowa or Raju Barua of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA).
  • May 10: Ranjan Daimary, leader of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), says that he is ready for peace talks and would be able to make his commanders and cadres surrender if New Delhi was keen for negotiations. The NDFB leader talked of negotiations with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official Ns Kharayat during three days of intense interrogation at the Assam Police Special Branch headquarters in Guwahati. Kharayat was the CBI officer who conducted a probe into the nine serial explosions on Oct 30, 2008, in Assam that killed about 100 people and injured more than 500. The CBI in May last year filed a chargesheet into the wave of bombings with Daimary named as the prime accused along with 18 other NDFB leaders. "He has confessed that the serial bombings was his handiwork and that there was no other group or individuals like the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) or the HuJI (Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami) behind the blasts," Kharayat said.
  • May 14: The Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup remands NDFB chief Ranjan Daimary to another two days of police custody after he is produced in a camp court at the Guwahati Central Jail premises. The two-day police custody was secured by the Assam Police on the strength of Basistha police station case number 162/2000, in which Daimary is an accused. The case relates to the killing of Bineswar Brahma, the then president of Bodo Sahitya Sabha.
  • May 16: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) secures nine days’ remand for the NDFB chief Ranjan Daimary. Daimary is produced at the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup around 3 pm after remaining in 14 days’ police custody in connection with two different cases. While in the first case registered with Special Operation Unit, the dreaded NDFB leader was remanded to 12 days custody, Assam Police had secured another two days’ custody on the strength of Basistha case number 162/2000 that relates to the killing of Bineswar Brahma, the former president of Bodo Sahitya Sabha. It needs mention here that the CBI had already filed the composite chargesheet in the CJM court naming 19 persons as accused in one of the biggest ever terror attack. The names of the accused include Ranjan Daimary alias DR Nabla, Arun Borgoyary, Nilim Daimary, George Boro, Jayanti Brahma, Ajoy Basumatary, Jitu Daimary, Tarun Sargiary, Khargeswar Basumatary, Tensu Narzary, Dinesh Boro, Prabhat Boro, Raju Sarkar, Uttam Sargiary, Rajen Goyari, B Thorai, Bishnu Goyari, Mudai and Mridul Goyari. Of the 19 accused, six of them are already in judicial custody.
  • May 16: Bodo woman leader and sister of NDFB chief Ranjan Daimary, Anjali Daimary says that the outfit’s chief has expressed willingness to sit for talks, provided the Government also shows equal desire. Anjali informs that the self-styled NDFB chairman of the outfit during his interaction with her said that he was never against talks and if the Government facilitates way for a conducive environment and allows him to discuss the problems with all the Bodo organizations and leaders, he is ready to sit for talks. “At this moment, it is not possible as no talks can begin with handcuffs,” Anjali quoting the NDFB chief said.
  • May 16: The Central government imposes ban on more than a hundred terrorist outfits linked to al-Qaeda from across the globe. Terror outfits like Jemaah Islamiyah (involved in Bali bombing) of Indonesia, Islamic Jihad Group of Libya, the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, the Egyptian Islamic Jihad were declared as terrorist organisations by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The government has now declared these more than 100 entities as outlawed in India by putting their names along with 33 other outfits in the list of banned organisations of Ministry of Home Affairs. The Ministry has put these entities together (at entry number 33) in its ‘revised’ list of banned outfits as “Organisations listed in the Schedule to the UN Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (Implementation of Security Council Resolutions) Order, 2007”. Prominent in the list of banned outfits in India include: Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Tahrik-e-Furqan, Al Badr, Jamiat-ul-Mujahidden, al-Qaeda, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Harkat-ul-Ansar, Harkat-ul-Jehad-e-Islami, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Al-Umar-Mujahideen, Jammu and Kashmir Islamic Front, ULFA, NDFB, LTTE, SIMI, Deendar Anjuman, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist-People’s War), Maoist Communist Centre and CPI (Maoist).
  • May 19: Two breakaway Karbi Longri NC Hill Liberation Front (KLNLF) militants are killed during an encounter with Assam Police at Dungkeklangso Langpak Hill under Bakaliaghat police station.
  • May 19: The CBI names 40 people including top government officials in the case related to the multi-crore-rupee financial scandal in North Cacher Hills.
  • May 20: One NDFB militant is killed in an encounter with a joint team of Army and police at Fulbari village under Basugaon PS in Chirang district.
  • May 20: A number of persons including businessmen receive extortion notes from the ULFA. Most of the extortion notes were sent by post. According security agencies, some of the persons, who received such extortion notes, also received phone calls from persons identifying themselves as leaders of the militant outfit. Some of the letters received by businessmen in Guwahati are signed by self styled captain Apurba Baruah, who is now in charge of the central finance unit of the ULFA.
  • May 20: Union Home Secretary GK Pillai dismisses the news of the arrest of ULFA commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah. A section of media reported that a person returning from a ‘business trip’ to China has been held in Bangladesh and is suspected to be the ULFA commander-in-chief’.
  • May 21: In a statement e-mailed to the press, the ULFA denies media reports of the arrest of its ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah and publicity secretary Bhaiti Baruah alias Apurba Baruah.
  • May 25: NDFB chairman Ranjan Daimary is produced before a camp court in the Guwahati Central Jail. The court has sent him to one-day transit custody under the Sonitpur police in connection with the Bhimajuli blast case. He has to be produced in the court at Biswanath Chariali within the next 24 hours.
  • May 27: Assam Police claims that three of the top NDFB cadres, who have also been named in the chargesheet filed by the CBI in connection with October 30, 2008 serial blasts, are trying to regroup the unit with their bases outside the country. The cadres include Rajen Goyari alias Rifikhang, Arun Borgoyary alias Dinthilang and George Boro alias John.
  • May 28: ULFA’s general council, led by the outfit’s jailed chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, meets at the Guwahati Central Jail to take a decision regarding peace talks with the government. According to ULFA publicity secretary Mithinga Daimary, the general council meeting was held in response to the government’s invitation for peace talks. Rajkhowa, who is in jail, was joined by ULFA vice-chairman Pradip Gogoi and Mithinga Daimary from outside, as intense discussions were held with the council’s jailed leaders.
  • May 28: Four NDFB members directly involved in the October 2008 serial explosions in Assam are arrested in separate raids by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sleuths. A CBI spokesperson said Rahul Brahma was arrested on Thursday from Zero town in Arunachal Pradesh where he was taking shelter with his wife and child. Brahma is the one who allegedly drove a Maruti 800 car packed with explosives and parked the vehicle at a crowded business hub in Panbazar on Oct 30, 2008. In another raid, CBI officials hold three NDFB bombers from Kokrajhar in western Assam - all of them directly linked to the explosion at Bongaigaon town. The three are, B Onsai, Indra Brahma and Lukhra.
  • May 29: NDFB chief Ranjan Daimary is produced at the Tezpur court and is sent to three days’ police custody of Rangapara PS against the case No.140/09.
  • May 29: The ULFA leaders including Rajkhowa make it clear that only the release of the central committee leaders of the outfit would facilitate the policy making body of the ULFA to take vital decisions. Rajkhowa spoke to PCG member Hiranya Saikia and said that the ULFA central committee did not meet in the jail as was reported, as it is not possible to do so in jail. Saikia said that the ULFA leaders further clarified that presence of the general secretary Anup Chetia and armed wing chief Paresh Baruah was vital for holding of the central committee meeting. In addition to Arabinda Rajkhowa, the other jailed leaders of the ULFA including foreign secretary Sasha Choudhury, finance secretary Chitraban Hazarika, deputy commander in chief Raju Baruah and adviser Bhimkanta Buragohain were present during the discussion.
  • May 30: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi asks the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) to formally apprise the State government of its decision on opening peace talks to end three decades of insurgency in the region. "Let them first decide if they want to talk or not. If at all they are interested for talks, they should formally let us know," Gogoi told reporters. "We are positive from our side, but then there has to be some formalities observed and so we want the ULFA to make their stand formal to us," the chief minister said.
  • June 1: Two NDFB cadres are killed in an encounter with a joint force of army and Assam police at Audangbazar under Kokrajhar PS.
  • June 1: Ranjan Daimary is produced in Tezpur court.
  • June 1: One NDFB cadre identified as Zubin Narzary surrenders before the CRPF in Guwahati.
  • June 2: The North Cachar Hills Indigenous Students Forum appeals to the Government for the bifurcation of the North Cachar Hills district into two autonomous districts under Articles 3(C) of 244 (2) and 275(1) of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of the country to prevent further ethnic clash in the hills district.
  • June 2: Ranjan Daimary is produced in court in Udalguri, his home town, and is remanded to Udalguri police custody for 14 days for cases related to 123/95 under 120B/307/302/326/427/379/34 IPC with 13 ULP Act along with 5 ES 25 Arms Act.
  • June 2: Nine persons are abducted by NDFB and are kept in the jungle areas along Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. The NDFB has demanded a sum of Rs 5 crore from the family members of VS Bardekar, an Indian Forest Service officer kidnapped on May 12 from West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. On April 22, a teenaged boy, Rama Das was kidnapped from Hugrajuli. On April 23, the militants kidnapped three persons– Rubul Nath, Shiv Kumar Singh and Amar Kalita from Ramnathpur village, while on May 2, one Haridas Roy was kidnapped from Majbat. The outfit also kidnapped Ranjit Ghosh and Swapan Seal on May 21. It is believed that all the kidnapped persons are kept in the same locality.
  • June 3: The detained leaders of ULFA may respond to a Government ‘feeler’ for a negotiated settlement of the ULFA insurgency. This is the impression they gave to Dr Hiren Gohain, the spokesman appointed by the Convention for Revival of Talks between the Government and ULFA (Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan), during his visit to the Guwahati Central Jail. This attitude of the detained ULFA leaders created a feeling among the organizers of the Jatiya Abhibartan that it was sensible to persuade these militant leaders to be more flexible on their political demands without sacrificing their basic principles.
  • June 4: The government rules out talks with the anti-talk faction of the NDFB and says the charges against its jailed chief Ranjan Daimary will be taken to its "logical conclusion". Union Home Secretary GK Pillai said NDFB chief Ranjan Daimary faces several charges for terrorist offences and "the charges will be carried forward to their logical conclusion. He said negotiations with the pro-talks groups will continue.
  • June 7: One ULFA militant is arrested in Bangladesh's northern Mymensingh district. Ranjan Chowdhury alias Masud Ranjan Chowdhury, a 'major' of the outfit, was taken into custody from Rupa Nursing Home in Sherpur where he was undergoing treatment.
  • June 8: A number of hardcore militants belonging to the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) send feelers to the police and security forces to express their desire to come over ground following the arrests of the top leaders of the outfit. Some vital information regarding the strength of the outfit in the bases of the 28th battalion in Myanmar have also been divulged by them. According to sources, the council headquarters of the ULFA in Myanmar is headed by senior leader Jiban Moran, while, another camp is headed by Prakash Baruah, and the headquarter of the 28th battalion located near the NSCN (K) camp is headed by Bijoy Das alias Bijoy Chinese. The total strength of the ULFA cadres in Myanmar would be around 100 or so. The youths were lured to join the outfit because they were feeling frustrated due to unemployment.
  • June 9: Two militant groups increase their activities along the NC Hills. Outfits like the Hmar People’s Democratic Convention (HPDC) and the Kuki National Front (KNF) have become active and the outfits are believed to be involved in three blasts in the hill district within the last one month. The two outfits have joined hands to form the Hills Tiger Force with the objective of opposing the renaming of the district as Dima Hasao. The Hills Tiger Force sent letters to the Government offices opposing the renaming of the district and the possibility of the outfits indulging in more acts of violence in the days to come cannot be ruled out.
  • June 13: According to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) formally expresses its willingness to open peace talks with the government to end more than three decades of violent insurgency in the State. "We have got a formal communication from the ULFA regarding holding peace talks," the Chief Minister told journalists.
  • June 15: Assam Chief Minister indicates that the State Government is ready to move on to the next level of the peace process with the ULFA. He spoke about the need to draft the modalities for the peace process and possible involvement of former Director of Intelligence Bureau (DIB) PC Haldar, who is already working as a government interlocutor. There are indications that apart from the top jailed leaders, ULFA cadres in several of the battalions based within and outside North-east have also sent signals to join the peace process. The Government is now trying to ascertain the ground realities before making the final move. The Government is also in the process of discussing the issue of granting amnesty to the jailed leaders to enable them to come out and join the dialogue process. Though a few leaders like the vice-chairman Pradip Gogoi, Mithinga Daimary and others have been released, the State Government is treading on the issue cautiously.
  • June 16: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi formally suggests the name of former Director of Intelligence Bureau PC Haldar to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram for appointment as the interlocutor for the ULFA peace process. The Union Home Minister has given the “go ahead” and assured of all possible assistance to the State Government to start the peace process.
  • June 17: Unidentified miscreants kidnap an engineer of Agriculture Department, Manik Baishya, from Khanapara in Guwahati and kill him later on. Baishya was issued a demand note by the ULFA’s 709 battalion.
  • June 19: Three suspected terrorists of Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) are arrested from West Bengal. The police raided the house of Indrajit Roy, one of the militants, in Patiramjote area of Matigara here on Friday night and arrested him along with two other insurgents.
  • June 20: According to police sources, the anti-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) is planning to trigger off explosions in different parts of the State to show its strength.
  • June 20: A Nepali-origin businessman is kidnapped by suspected NDFB militants at Kalamati Naharanigaon area in in Sonitpur district. Two motorcycle-borne NDFB ultras picked up 25-year-old Madhab Bhatta Rai from his residence and took him to an unknown destination.
  • June 21: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tells the six-member steering committee of the Sanmilita Jatiya Abhivartan (SJA) that he has no objection to the release of the jailed ULFA leaders so as to allow them to hold the central executive meeting of the outfit to reach a consensus on peace talks with the government. The Prime Minister added that SJA should also talk to Home Minister P Chidambaram on this issue. “The Prime Minister has asked us about Paresh Baruah,” Dr Gohain said, and added: “We told him that we had no direct contact with the ULFA c-in-c. We are in touch with the jailed ULFA leaders, and if they stick to talks on sovereignty which we don’t support, we will stop our mission.” According to Gohain, the Prime Minister also wanted involvement of the State Government at the preliminary level of the peace talks with the ULFA. “The Centre will be involved at a later stage when the peace talks will get a concrete direction,” Dr Gohain quoted the Prime Minister as telling them. Gohain said that they had stressed for the creation of a “structural mechanism” for overall development of the State.
  • June 21: A team of CID interrogates ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa in the Guwahati Central Jail in connection with a number of old ‘secret killing’ cases.
  • June 21: A meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Citizen's Forum to explore the chances of talking peace with the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) is postponed. A six-member group of the newly-formed Forum was scheduled to meet Manmohan Singh at his residence at 10.30 a.m.
  • June 21: A strongly worded letter written by Dr Hiren Gohain addressed to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh following cancellation of the appointment of the SJA delegation with the Prime Minister evokes prompt response from the Prime Minister’s office which fixed the meeting in the evening. During the discussions between the Prime Minister and the SJA delegation, the Prime Minister said that the Assam Government was already preparing the ground work for the ULFA talks.
  • June 21: In the meeting with the Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh agrees to facilitate talks with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) for restoration of permanent peace in the State. Dr Gohain said that during the meeting, the delegation raised the issue of release of the jailed ULFA leaders to facilitate talks. It was also conveyed to the Prime Minister that the leaders of the ULFA were not rigid on the issue of sovereignty. The Prime Minister sought the help of the members of the steering committee to ensure restoration of permanent peace in the State and suggested that they should also discuss the issue with the Union Home Minister.
  • June 22: The ULFA’s 709 battalion continues to serve extortion letters to various persons, ranging from Government officials to businessmen. Police department sources say that the outfit in the last couple of months had served extortion notes to around 20 persons based in and around the city. The recent instance where Agriculture department executive engineer Manik Baishya was served a demand note of Rs 50 lakh by the outfit’s 709 battalion was not a one-off incident that came to the notice of the police.
  • June 23: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram tells the delegation of Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan (SJA) in New Delhi that release of the jailed ULFA leaders is likely to be a complicated and long-drawn process as there were legal complications involved. The six-member delegation, led by Dr Hiren Gohain, conveyed that unless the jailed leaders are released, there is every possibility of the process getting derailed. Chidambaram added that the State Government will take a final call on when and how they could be released. He also expressed his apprehension that Paresh Barua and his group might create problem. Gohain told newsmen that they were given to understand that if talks are held at all, then the jailed leaders would be allowed to come for talks with dignity and as participants in talks and not as criminals with charges against them. Chidambaram said that the release of the ULFA leaders would be the decision of the State Government. He is not going to release them as it is not his business to release. If the State Government is agreeable to it, then they may be released, Chidambaram said and also mentioned that there are serious charges against them. Dr Gohain was at pains to explain that they had not come to Delhi as agents of ULFA. “What takes place within ULFA, is their business. Whether Paresh Barua comes or not is not our concern,” he said, replying to questions about the presence of the military chief. Dr Gohain said he explained that the Central Government should also be involved because it involves the citizenship, which is under the purview of the Central Government. Whether talks should be held or not has been settled provided they abjure violence, Dr Gohain said. Earlier, after their meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Dr Gohain said that being the adviser of the National Advisory Council (NAC), she does not have direct executive role. “But she told us that she would convey this to the appropriate people in authority,” he added. He also underlined the need for the Central leadership to understand that if ULFA problem is sought to be resolved by use of military power, then some other militant outfit might take birth. The delegation also explained that though people do not support ULFA, they sympathise with causes for which militancy has taken root in the State.
  • June 23: Two suspected National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) militants are killed in an encounter with police in Sonitpur district. The two unidentified insurgents exchanged fire with the police at Demoguri near Itakhola along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border at around 4 am.
  • June 23: Two NDFB militants, one of them working as a teacher in a private school, are arrested in Dhemaji district.
  • June 24: P C Haldar, interlocutor for the ULFA peace process, meets Dr Hiren Gohain, leader of the steering committee of Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan (SJA), at Assam Bhavan. Dr Gohain briefed Halder about their meeting with various Central leaders, while pressing with their prime demand for release of the jailed ULFA leaders.
  • June 24: Union Minister for DoNER and Mines, Bijoy Krishna Handique hints at the possibility of considering the rebels’ demand for grant of amnesty during talks.
  • June 25: ULFA says that the body of senior citizens and intellectuals do not represent the common people. In an e-mail to the media, ULFA ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah rejects the move of Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan (SJA) to move the Centre to hasten the talks process.
  • June 25: Thirteen of the 14 accused in the second National Investigation Agency (NIA) case, including prime accused RH Khan, are produced before the special CBI court. The accused are: RH Khan, Mohet Hojai, Jewel Garlosa, Partha Warisa, Samir Ahmed, George Langmathang, Man Sao Kimi, Joseph Mizo, Fajendra Hojai, Babul Kemprai, Debashish Bhattacharjee, Sandip Ghose and Jayanta Ghose. The other accused, Niranjan Hojai, has been absconding from the designated camp.
  • June 26: City Police arrest eight militants, including four ULFA cadres, from various parts of the city. Police recover explosives weighing 700 gms, a laptop, a pen drive, 15 SIM cards and five cell phones after it raided a house in Noonmati area acting on a tip-off. The other four arrested militants include two cadres of UNLF and as many cadres of Liberation of Achik Elite Force (LAEF), a newly-formed outfit of Garo Hills.
  • June 28: Seven NDFB militants (anti-talk faction) surrender before CRPF authorities in Golaghat district.
  • June 30: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram asserts that the detained ULFA leaders could talk with the government from the prison. “People in jail can also talk if they want to,” said the Union Home Minister in reply to a question about his recent meeting with the delegation of Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan (SJA) led by Dr Hiren Gohain. Chidambaram said that the ULFA leaders were in judicial custody and executive cannot release anybody who is in judicial custody.
  • July 1: Centre extends the ceasefire agreements with the pro-talk group of NDFB and DHD (Nunisa) factions for six months. The Suspension of Operation Agreement between the Centre and the two outfits expired on June 30. It has been decided and mutually agreed to extend the Suspension of Operation (SoO) Agreement with NDFB (pro-talk faction) for a further period of six months up to December 31.
  • July 1: The Centre extends the Suspension of Operation (SoO) Agreement with NDFB (pro-talk faction) for a further period of six months up to December 31. The Suspension of Operation Agreement between the Centre and the outfit expired on June 30.
  • July 2: A group of about 10 heavily armed ULFA militants enter the Luit tea garden in Tinsukia district in eastern Assam and went on a rampage, burning three vehicles and physically assaulting the plantation manager and two other workers. The incident is linked with extortion demands.
  • July 2: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrests Niranjan Hojai, commander in chief of the DHD (J). Highly placed official sources told The Assam Tribune that Hojai was arrested from a place near Nepal capital Kathmandu on July 1 and was brought to New Delhi on July 2. Hojai was one of the main accused in the case relating to militant-politician nexus in NC Hills. Several prominent political leaders as well as the chairman of the DHD(J), Jewel Garlosa were arrested in connection with the case. However, Hojai managed to remain elusive and NIA was on the lookout for him.
  • July 8: Two NDFB cadres surrendered with arms in Sonitpur district of Assam at a Sashastra Seema Bal training camp at Salonibari.
  • July 8: National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) strikes in Assam triggering three explosions, including a blast on a passenger train that killed a five-year-old boy, Durlav Sethia. A police spokesperson said the blast at the Garib Rath Express from Guwahati to Kolkata took place at 2.15 am at Babubil in Kokrajhar district, about 270 km west of Guwahati. The remote-controlled improvised explosive device was planted on the track over a rail bridge, police said.
  • July 8: One ULFA militant is arrested by a joint team of police and CRPF from near the State secretariat at Dispur. According to the police, the militant is Bijoy Deka of the outfit's 709 battalion.
  • July 9: One ULFA militant is apprehended by the BSF during a special operation at Koilamati Tinali in Karbi Anglong district.
  • July 9: The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) condemns the bomb blast on July 8 on the rail track at Gossaigaon Balubil and also termed it as an “inhuman” act. It has also made an appeal to those who triggered the blast against targeting the indigenous peoples of the State. The statement is signed by ULFA commander-in-chief Paresh Barua and mailed to the media houses. Such incidents can never bring about liberty for the people of the country, rather, such incidents are attacks on the indigenous peoples,” Barua said.
  • July 15: A bomb blast takes place in busy Fency bazaar area in city, but no one is injured. Alert policemen noticed a suspicious package in the busy Fancy Bazar and got the market area evacuated, preventing what could have been a major tragedy. The bomb, described by police as a timed improvised explosive device, exploded at 9.10 pm.
  • July 17: Two suspected leaders of banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) are arrested by Bangladesh authorities from Bhairab sub-district of northern Kishorganj. The two suspects are arrested with arms and small bombs by the elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) troops in a predawn raid.
  • July 23: ULFA peace interlocutor PC Haldar meets the jailed members of the outfit’s central executive members at the Guwahati Central Jail. He discussed various issues with the jailed ULFA leaders for almost an hour. Later, Haldar also had a meeting with the members of the Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan around 3 pm where six members of the Abhibartan participated. Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami talking to The Assam Tribune over phone informed that the meeting which lasted for almost an hour mostly centred on preparing modalities for the peace talks.
  • July 23: PC Haldar meets the representatives of the DHD (J). A thorough discussion on the charter of demand took place.
  • July 24: Four Kamatapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) militants are arrested from a safe house in Guwahati in a joint raid by police and paramilitary troopers. The rebels were in the city for the past 45 days and were planning strategies to stage violent strikes in Guwahati, police said.
  • July 24: The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) appeals to its jailed leaders not to give up the demand for sovereignty.
  • July 26: Four Sashatra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel are killed and three others injured in an ambush by National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) militants at Sirklaijhora, 14 km north of Panbari under Bijni PS in Chirang district. The SSB personnel who died on the spot were Kishor Kumar (Asstt Commandant), Pratap Singh (SI), Gearju Serpa (driver) and Amit Kr Tewari of 15 Bn.
  • July 30: Six NDFB militants, including the outfit's publicity chief, are arrested in separate raids in Guwahati. "NDFB's publicity chief B Barbhai and the outfit's women's wing leader Sharmistha Brahma were among the six arrested during separate raids," Longnit Terang, additional police superintendent of Guwahati city, said.
  • July 30: Five CRPF personnel are killed and 40 others injured when the bus on which they were travelling was blown off by a powerful blast on NH 37 at Bhalukdubi point near Goalpara. Four of the five killed were identified as Punam Sen, Ranbir Singh, Sri Nibas and Mongal Nayak of the 12 Battalion of CRPF. Reports say that the powerful bomb was planted on the western edge of the highway and was triggered off by a 50-feet long wired remote control from the thick surrounding jungle. While the police assert that the anti-talk faction of the NDFB, which has a stronghold in the area, was behind the attack, the ULFA claims responsibility for the attack.
  • August 1: The leaders of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) issue directives to the cadres to target security forces and Central Government installations. However, the ULFA cadres have been directed to avoid killing of civilians as far as possible, highly placed police sources said.
  • August 2: An alleged top ULFA militant, also an explosives expert, is nabbed by security forces in Guwahati during a joint operation, police said.
  • August 2: The jailed leaders of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) tell Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan (SJA) spokesman Dr Hiren Gohain during his visit to the Guwahati Jail that they were not in a position to make any public statement from inside the jail.
  • August 4: Four women insurgents of the anti-talk faction of NDFB (R) are arrested along with a two-year-old child in Sonitpur district and documents containing plans of bomb blast are found in their possession. Police also recovered Rs 12,16,135 in cash – believed to be extortion money – from the four as well besides the letters of NDFB’s ‘3rd battalion’ faction. The seized documents included six letters of NDFB ‘vice-chairman’ G Risikhang about ‘resolutions’ of the battalion taken on May 10 and June 17 last to carry out bomb blasts on major bridges to disrupt communication and vital installations in Assam, besides proposals for sending certain NDFB ultras to Myanmar. The four were identified as Usha Ramchiary (18) of Kathalguri at Silapathar in Dhemaji district, Urmila Gayari (25) of Allaisree in Udalguri district and the other two from Sonitpur district’s Dhekiajuli are Aruna Basumatary (18) of Jiajuli and Mina Basumatary (25) of Batasipur. Aruna Basumatary is the mother of the minor child, the sources said.
  • August 5: Security forces recover 10 powerful hand grenades from a platform at the Guwahati railway station. A police spokesperson said the grenades were concealed in a packet and found unattended at platform No 4 by security forces on a routine search operation. ULFA or NDFB militants are suspected behind the plan to bring in explosives to Guwahati ahead of Aug 15 to strike in the city.
  • August 5: A grenade ias also recovered from outside the police chief's office in Goalpara district of western Assam.
  • August 5: The troops of 3 Assam Rifles (Naga Hills) camping at Mazbat and the Mazbat police bust a camp of the NDFB (anti-talk) inside the thick jungles of Rowta Reserve Forest along the foothills of Assam-Arunachal Pradesh after a fierce encounter killing one suspected militant on the spot.
  • August 10: One NDFB (anti-talk) cadre is killed by the Army in an encounter at Laudangi under Dhekiajuli PS.
  • August 14: A 12-member team of United Democratic Liberation Tigers (UDLT) surrender before Brigadier Manik Kumar Mukherjee of 57 Mountain Artillery Brigade of Army's Red Shield Division in Masimpur near Silchar. They laid down arms before the army. Those who surrendered with arms are Alauddin Mazumdar, Nasir Uddin Mazumdar, Khunamiya Mazumdar, Habidur Rahman Laskar, Minaj Uddin Laskar and Shaibuddin Choudhury of Gallacherra village, Najim Uddin Mazumdar, Najrul Islam Mazumdar and Rashid Ahmed Mazumdar of Jhalnacherra village, Makram Uddin Barbhuiya and Nashiruddin Barbhuiya of Betcherra village and Bijoy Das of Lanka. [UDLT was created by a faction of surrendered United Liberation Front of Barak Valley (ULFBV). Most of the members of ULFBV surrendered at Dispur on September 29, 2007 under the leadership of Panchuram Apate Reang but some dissident members formed the new outfit UDLT and started subversive activities including extortion, kidnapping etc in the hilly forest villages of Assam-Mizoram bordering southern Hailakandi.]
  • August 16: Two ULFA bombers, accused of blowing up a paramilitary bus and leaving six troopers dead in July 2010, are killed in a gunfight with the security forces in Goalpara district. The deceased include dreaded militant Francis Rabha, who was known to be a close associate of hardcore militant Drishti Rajkhowa.
  • August 16: One suspected NSCN (IM) cadre sustains his injuries in an encounter with a joint team of the Assam Police and the CRPF along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border at Bimalapur area under Charaipung PS in Charaideo subdivision. The deceased identified as Ijum Bangjen, was taken away by the extremist group.
  • August 22: One rickshaw-puller is killed while a minor boy is slightly injured when police open fire at two ULFA men who had come to the residence of Subhrendu Baishya, proprietor of Budram Gas Agency, Sualkuchi at Padma Ram Kakoti Path, to obtain money from Baishya. The police nabs one Chiraj Ali alias Harekrishna Deka, leader of Kamrup district unit of ULFA but another ULFA man escapes from the place
  • August 22: Bakalia police arrest two hardcore UPDS rebels from Mirdupathar near Bakaliaghat police station. The ceasefire UPDS rebels fled way from Rongcheret designated camp set up under Hamren subdivision.
  • August 23: Three houses are set ablaze by NSCN miscreants in Charaipung subdivision in Sivasagar district along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh. Police said the incident occurred while joint patrolling was continuing between the Assam and Arunachal Pradesh police in the area. The Charaipung area has witnessed border clash since August 14 last between suspected NSCN militants, Arunachalee miscreants and Assam dwellers in which several houses were burnt and many injured.
  • August 23: Indefinite economic blockade against Arunachal Pradesh enforced by the Naharkotiya regional unit of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and 11 other organizations at Joypore-Deomali Road in Dibrugarh district enters the third day.
  • August 23: The Dibrugarh district unit of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) enforces an economic blockade at Joypore Tiniali in protest against the reported diktat from NSCN militants that all Assamese living in Arunachal Pradesh should leave Tirap district within 48 hours. However, there is no official confirmation of the diktat of the militant group.
  • August 23: The NSCN (IM) denies media reports of its involvement in the incidents along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, leading to joint operations launched against it. The NSCN (IM) dismisses the media reports as “false allegations”.
  • August 24: Two suspected ANLA members are detained by the 5 Rajputa Riffles from Longsekjan under Bakalighat PS.
  • August 25: In five Arunachali-dominated villages within Assam the NSCN(IM) miscreants have built dozens of bunkers in Naharani, Hasirusa, Kamko, Ashinbasti and Tanglungbasti and are guarding them with arms.
  • August 25: The 72 hours of blockade of Margherita-Changlang Road, declared by the pro-talk group of ULFA which began from 5 am is temporarily withdrawn at 3 pm after 10 hours of continuation.
  • August 25: Troops of 5th Battalion of Rajputana Rifles Red Horns Division apprehend two UPDS rebels under Bakuliya police station in Tezpur.
  • August 25: Miscreants from across the inter-State border torch a house at No. 2 Saraipung Salongamara Panikabasti. This development came close on the heels of the Assam Government issuing a shoot-at-sight order along the Assam-Arunachal border areas in Sivasagar district yesterday.
  • August 25: Two ULFA militants are killed in an encounter with the security forces in Naharkatiya in Tinsukia district. Two pistols were recovered from the slain militants.
  • August 25: Reacting to the warning of pro-talk ULFA group of taking action against Nagas in Assam if the NSCN-IM attacks the people of Assam in the trouble torn Arunachal-Assam border, the NSCN-K today pleads all concerned to exercise wisdom.
  • August 25: NSCN-IM militants set ablaze the house of one Putul Tirky at No. 2 Saraipung Salongamara Panikabasti in Sivasagar district.
  • August 28: Two cadres of the anti-talks faction of the NDFB are killed in an encounter with Security Forces in two separate incidents in Kokrajhar district.
  • August 28: The 70 day economic blockade against East Arunachal Pradesh is suspended till September 10.
  • August 29: Two drivers of a goods train bound for Bhalukpung in Arunachal Pradesh from Assam, are abducted by the NDFB militants near Gamani in Sonitpur district.
  • August 29: A person is injured in a blast at Mahendra Market in Haflong of North Cachar Hills district.
  • August 30: The NDFB demands INR 10 million from the family members of the two abducted train drivers for their safe release.
  • August 30: Suspected HTF is involved at the Mahendra Market blast in Haflong. With alleged support from the NSCN-IM, the HTF, opposed to either Dima Hasao (new name of the erstwhile North Cachar Hills District) or demand for Dimaraji State.
  • August 31: Two militants of the pro-talk faction of KRA are arrested by the Police from Mahur town of Dima Hasao district.
  • August 31: One NDFB militant is arrested by the Rangapara Police in Sonitpur district. The militant confesses before the Police that he and two other NDFB cadres were involved in the abduction of the two train drivers on August 29.
  • August 31: The Army arrests two cadres of anti-talk faction of the NDFB in Udalguri district. The militants confessed of having served the INR 10 million extortion notes to the three premium tea gardens between July to August 2010.
  • September 2: One NDFB militant (anti talk) is killed in a joint encounter by Chirang district Police and the Army at Ipoali village under Bengtol Police Outpost.
  • September 5: One ULFA commander is killed in an encounter with a joint team of army and police at Chandrapara under Kokrajhar PS.
  • September 6: Two ULFA militants are arrested by the security forces from Geetanagar area in Guwahati.
  • September 7: A relative of a brick kiln owner who was abducted in February 2010 is killed by his captors after confining him for about a month under their custody. The highly decomposed body of the victim was recovered by the police from a forest in Dilai 10th mile area. The miscreants, later found to be NDFB cadres, demanded a ransom of Rs 10 lakhs from the victim’s family members. It was later ascertained that the victim was killed by his captors somewhere around March 2010. The accused also further revealed that the other miscreants involved in the abduction were all NDFB cadres.
  • September 8: Militants kidnap a child belonging to a TE employee's family in Karbi Anglong. To compel the TE owners to pay the extortion amounts, militants are forcing them to close their gardens. Though the members of the anti-talk faction of the Karbi Longri National Liberation Front (KLNLF) were initially found to be involved in such activities, it is now found that the members of the pro-talk faction of the outfit are also hand in glove with these elements, alleged the affected tea planters.
  • September 14: Ajoy Subba, aged about 45 years, a small tea grower, trader and the nephew of controversial former MP Moni Kumar Subba is abducted by some armed persons suspected to be ULFA activists from Borbheta section of Chota Tingrai TE under Bordubi police station, Tinsukia district.
  • September 14: A person named Chandan Sharma is abducted in Sonitpur by tribal separatists of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).
  • September 19: Five cadres belonging to anti-talks faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) are arrested by the City Police from near the Guwahati railway station.
  • September 20: Two suspected NDFB militants are killed in an encounter with Army personnel in Gopchar village under Goreswar police station in Baksa district.
  • September 20: A hardcore ULFA man and a member of the anti-talk faction of the NDFB surrender to BSF (Assam-Meghalaya Frontier) Inspector General S C Saxena at the frontier headquarters in Shillong.
  • September 23: A joint ambush party of Assam police with the 15th Dogra Regiment of Gossaigaon Army camp kills a suspected ULFA cadre in an operation at Maktaigaon village of Sapkata outpost under Gossaigaon subdivision.
  • September 24: The All Assam Students' Union (AASU) announces suspension of its economic blockade against Nagaland 'with immediate effect,' following an agreement with the Naga Students' Federation (NSF) at a joint meeting at Golaghat last night. The AASU launched the economic blockade against Nagaland following the September 15 incident of physical attack on a group of its activists by some personnel of the 12th Naga Armed Police India Reserve Police Battalion at Pholongoni in Golaghat district.
  • September 22: About 19 top ULFA separatist commanders based in Bangladesh, led by Anu Buragohain, Bhaiti Baruah, Biju Deka, and Pradyut Buragohain, apparently give themselves up before Bangladeshi authorities. They are arrested on technical grounds. Nine family members of the rebels are also arrested.
  • September 24: ULFA 'c-in-c' Paresh Barua in an e-mail statement claims that "some of our cadre with their family members fled the camp with the help of Indian intelligence agencies and also with the active support of two of our senior jailed leaders."
  • September 25: The 19 ULFA cadres arrested in Bangladesh are handed over to the Border Security Force somewhere along the border with Meghalaya. According to Indian intelligence sources, the 19 ULFA leaders and nine of their family members were in touch with Indian authorities since the past fortnight and expressed their desire to surrender and join the peace process. The matter was taken up with the Bangladesh government and arrangements were made to shift them to Assam. "There is no question of arrests as they came on their own and are ready to join the peace process," a senior Assam police official said in a news report to IANS.
  • September 25: Self styled ULFA Commander- in- Chief Paresh Baruah appoints new member to run the activities of the outfit. In an e-mail to NEWS LIVE on Sept 25, Baruah informed that senior leader and self styled Second Lieutenant Arunodoy Dohotiya is appointed as the Publicity Secretary of the central committee.
  • September 25: A joint team of the police and CRPF's 128 Battalion nab two NDFB hardcore NDFB militants from a bus en route to Dimapur in Nagaland from Shillong in Meghalaya. The duo, who had entered Meghalaya from Bangladesh recently, have been identified as Rana Brahma alias Birendra Brahma and Bijoy Brahma alias Badpha.
  • September 25: Two insurgents, including a woman cadre, of the banned ULFA are arrested in Barpathar area in Golaghat district.
  • September 26: A huge cache of sophisticated arms and ammunition, which was seized six years ago in Bangladesh is procured from a Chinese state-run arms factory in Dhaka for India’s northeastern separatist organisation ULFA, according to a media report. The report also said that some officials of the National Security Intelligence (NSI) and Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) made the arrangement to collect the ten-truck arms consignment from China. The arms were procured from the Chinese state-run arms factory North Industries Corporation(NORINCO) for India’s northeastern separatist organisation ULFA, according to a report published in a Bengali newspaper ‘Prothom Alo’.
  • September 26: One ULFA cadre, Purnima Konwar alias Namrata Phukan is arrested by Jorhat police near Tengani in Golaghat district.
  • September 27: Three NDFB cadres are detained by security forces at Lalmati under Bakalia police station. The three NDFB militants are identified as Binut Khakhlary, sergeant major, NDFB of Maibongsri under Lumding police station of Nagoan district, Bharat Basumatary of Chirang district and other one Lakhinath Brahma, Duligaon of Dhubri district.
  • September 27: Two ULFA cadres are arrested by the police from Barpathar area under Dhansiri sub-division in Golaghat district.
  • September 28: Central Government’s interlocutor PC Haldar meets the jailed leaders of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) in the Central jail in Guwahati for a detailed discussion on the possibility of initiating the process of talks. Three more members of the militant outfit returned from Bangladesh last night bringing the number of those who came back to the State within this week to 31.
  • September 28: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi exudes the hope that the talks with United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) could be held within the next two months. He was making this statement after his meeting with PC Haldar, who has been appointed the Central Government’s interlocutor for talks with the outfit.
  • September 28: Bangladesh police submits chargesheet in three cases against ULFA leader Major Ranjan Chowdhury and his accomplish Pradip Marak who were arrested from the country’s northeastern Kishoreganj district in July 2010.
  • October 2: The Assam Tribune reports that the State Government is planning to facilitate release of the jailed leaders of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) in a phased manner to pave the way for talks. Though the ULFA leaders, who are in judicial custody, cannot be released by the government directly, their release can be facilitated if the Government does not reject their bail petitions. The Government already facilitated the release of ULFA vice chairman Pradeep Gogoi and central publicity secretary Mithinga Daimary and in the same manner, the other jailed central committee members of the outfit can be released. The jailed leaders of the ULFA, who are in favour of talks with the Government, are also reportedly in touch with some other members of the outfit in an attempt to persuade them to come back to join the peace process. The jailed leaders further informed the government that once they are out of jail, they would be able to persuade more members of the outfit to join the peace process. The central publicity secretary of the ULFA, Mithinga Daimary recently commented that once the ULFA central committee takes a decision on the peace process, majority of the members of the outfit would abide by the decision.
  • October 2: Two suspected ULFA cadres named Motho Dadumiya, resident of Rangalibam and Raju Gogoi, resident of Amguri are apprehended by the police and Army near Namrup Railway Station. A 0.22 mm pistol with thirteen live rounds, ULFA extortion notes and a mobile phone alongwith two SIM cards were recovered from them. Initial enquiry indicates their involvement in money collection and extortion activities for ULFA.
  • October 2: Suspected United Democratic Liberation Army (UDLA) militants abduct Abdul Rahim, a supervisor of the construction company, and his driver Pallab Bora. It is believed that the UDLA group led by Shishumoni Reang struck, as their leader Dhanyaram Reang is in police custody. Within fifteen minutes of kidnapping of Rahim and Bora, the militants picked up Farid Uddin Laskar and Alom.
  • October 3: Four tribal separatists of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) are shot dead by the police at a thickly forested area at Dekatan in Dhemaji district, about 350 km east of Guwahati. The police also rescue a kidnapped businessman. "Based on specific information that businessman Cotton Nandi was held hostage at an NDFB hideout, a police team raided it, leading to the gun battle," a police official said.
  • October 3: At least 10 persons are now in the captivity of the NDFB. Highly placed police sources told The Assam Tribune that according to records available with the police, as many as 23 cases of kidnappings by the anti-talk faction of the NDFB took place within this year and 28 persons were kidnapped. Police sources admitted that Sonitpur district is the worst affected as 13 of the 23 cases of kidnappings by the militants so far this year took place in that district and the terrain and proximity to Arunachal Pradesh gives the militants an added advantage.
  • October 4: The family members of ULFA ‘deputy commander-in-chief’ Raju Baruah file a petition in the Additional Sessions court for the release of Raju Baruah on bail. The family members of Chitraban Hazarika, Pranati Deka and Bhimkanta Buragohain have also moved separate bail petitions for the release of Hazarika, Deka and Buragohain.
  • October 4: A Bangladeshi linkman of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) is killed and two ULFA rebels escape after a gunfight with police in Meghalaya. The shoot-out took place late Monday night near Salbaripara village about a kilometre away from the India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya's West Garo Hills district, district police chief Dalton P. Marak told IANS.
  • October 5: Farid Uddin Laskar, one of the four persons abducted by Reang militants on October 2, 2010, returns home unharmed. The three others are still untraced. Two of the four kidnapped persons were employees of a construction company working on National Highway 154. It is learnt that Reang militants had contacted the manager of the construction company for a meeting on the issue of ransom.
  • October 8: ULFA ideologue and ‘political advisor’ Bhimkanta Buragohain is granted bail by Sonitpur district and Sessions Court Judge Dinesh Chandra Choudhury. The ULFA leader’s bail petition was filed by his nephew Chandan Buragohain. Government counsels Khemraj Adhikari and DC Bora give in writing that they have no objection to the bail plea. Buragohain is, however, is not released yet.
  • October 12: Dedung Daimary alias Khangru a hardcore leader of the NDFB Ranjan Daimary faction, Nisha Daimary, wife of Ranjan Daimary and their associate Johny Dung are arrested by Bangalore Police and have been brought to Mangaldai at about 4.30 pm. According to an Army source, the trio was traced by tracking the mobile phones used to make extortion calls to businessmen and government officials, especially in Sonitpur and Udalguri districts in the name of NDFB.
  • October 12: M.D. Arengh, the block development officer of Resubelpara in East Garo Hills, lodged an FIR that on October 4, he had received a text message demanding Rs 5 lakh from Dipar Rabha, a cadre of the ULFA's 109 battalion. The police suspect that the GNLA and ULFA militants, active in Garo hills, work in tandem to extort money from government officials and businessmen.
  • October 12: The deputy Commander-in-chief of the ULFA, Raju Baruah, is granted bail in connection with a case relating to killing of a superintendent of police. His bail petitions in connection with three cases under the TADA will be heard tomorrow. The CBI counsels filed an application saying that it was not against granting bail to Baruah, but at the same time, the Central agency suggested that strict conditions should be imposed on the ULFA leader while granting bail. The court said that the ULFA leader would not be able to leave Assam without prior permission, he would have to report to the CBI within one month from the date of his release from jail, he would have to be present in the court on every day’s hearing of the case, he would have to inform the police about his movements, and would not indulge in any anti-national activities or furthering the cause of the ULFA. Raju Baruah has also been debarred from issuing any statement in favour of the ULFA.
  • October 16: Two ULFA militants are killed in an encounter with a joint army and police team at Gossaigaon near the Assam-Bengal border in Kokrajhar district.
  • October 17: One suspected ULFA leader is nabbed by villagers in Rangsali village under Khowang PS and handed over to the police.
  • October 18: One ULFA militant, Raju Das alias Rajen Boro, is arrested by the City Police from the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). He was undergoing treatment in the GMCH after sustaining bullet injuries.
  • October 19: ULFA’s cultural secretary Pranati Deka is granted bail by the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM).
  • October 23: Authorities in Bangladesh officially confirm the arrest of RK Meghen alias Sanayaima, the chief of Manipur-based militant outfit UNLF and he is likely to be handed over to India soon.According to The Assam Tribune the Rapid Action Battalion of Bangladesh has mounted an all out offensive against the militants taking shelter in that country and the militant groups like the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) have been forced to wind up all their camps in the Sherpur district. Sources said that some militants are now staying in villages in the Bakapura area. Sources said that according to intelligence inputs, some of the militants have shifted to the Chittagong-Myanmar border areas. Among the hardcore ULFA members, Antu Chowdang and Drishti Rajkhowa are still in Bangladesh.
  • October 24: 14 NDFB cadres are apprehended from two places in Mon district while entering the state through Tizit inter-state check gate . All of them sent to judicial custody. They are believed to be on their way to training camps in bordering Myanmar.
  • October 25: A senior leader of the ULFA, Paresh Deka alias Joy, who had entered the city recently from Bangladesh, is nabbed by Assam Police's Special Operation Unit (SOU) from Kahilipara area along with a huge quantity of arms and ammunition.
  • October 25: Two ULFA militants, identified as Sarat Kakoty and Gautam Nath, are held by Assam Police's Special Operation Unit (SOU) from the Six Mile area. Two grenades, two Programmable Time Devices (PTDs), plastic explosives, three detonators and several documents are recovered from the militants.
  • October 26: A local court releases on bail ULFA political adviser and senior leader Bhimakanta Buragohain who served seven years in Tezpur jail. He is set free on the submission of surety of Rs 25,000, each for two bail petitions moved by his nephews Anup Phukan and Kula Mohan Barua.
  • October 26: A suspected Bodo militant from Assam is taken into custody on the outskirts of Hosur in the Krishnagiri district in Tamil Nadu. The person identified as Longtung was detained on suspicion following information from Assam Police.
  • October 28: A top leader of the National Democratic Front of Bodoloand (AT) faction and four of his associates are arrested in Bangalore. They were arrested in Whitefield police station area on the basis of inputs received from central intelligence agencies. The five are: B Jangila alias Bakra alias Beta, Upen Basumatary alias Upenra (53), Samar Brahma (33), Uttam Kumar Basumatary (38) and Sanjay Singh Meitei (20).
  • October 30: Dhrubajyoti Talukdar, Assistant Manager of Dhekiajuli Tea Estate, is kidnapped by the NDFB in Sonitpur district.
  • November 1: The National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) threatens to kill 20 or more people for every one of its cadres killed by security forces, a warning that has triggered security jitters in Assam. “From today onwards, if any innocent NDFB cadres were killed by Indian forces in the name of fake encounter, the Boroland Army (armed wing of the NDFB) would take action against any Indian,” B Jwngkhang, deputy chief of the Boroland Army, said in an e-mailed statement received by IANS. “One innocent Bodo would be equal to 20 Indian or maybe more and we don't care who they are, maybe Indian civilian or Indian forces,” the statement said.
  • November 2: In a major operation conducted by the Sonitpur Police, six cadres of Adivasi People’s Army of Assam (APAA) are held at Voiraguri village in Barchala area under the Dhekiajuli revenue circle and Dhekiajuli PS in Sonitpur district.
  • November 8: One hardcore NDFB militant, identified as Maheswar Basumatary, is killed by security forces in Naurengi centre near Batashipur.
  • November 8: At least 15 persons are killed in separate incidents of violence carried out by the militants belonging to the anti-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) in different parts of the State. The death toll is likely to go up since the condition of the injured is stated to be critical. The first incident took place when the militants attacked a bus travelling from Itakhola in Sonitpur district of Assam to the Sijucha area of Arunachal Pradesh around 4.45 pm. Sources said that a militant, posing as a passenger, stopped the bus and as soon the bus stopped, heavily armed militants emerged from the jungles on both sides of the road. The militants first separated the male passengers of the bus from the women and children and later opened indiscriminate firing on the menfolk, killing seven of them on the spot. The second incident took place near Belsiri Railway Station between Missamari and Batashipur in Dhekiajuli area. At least six militants, who came on motorcycles, opened fire at a crowd of people killing five persons including a woman on the spot. The third incident took place in Tamulpur area when two armed miscreants killed one Mohan Das at his residence, while, two others received serious bullet injuries and their condition is stated to be critical. In another incident, two more persons belonging to the Nepali community are gunned down by the militants near Mazbat in Udalguri district. According to police sources, the attacks by the outfit are suspected to be in retaliation to the killing of an NDFB militant on November 8.
  • November 9: Three persons are gunned down by NDFB militants, pushing the toll in the overnight violence to 22, as the rebels warned of more killings in Assam. A Hindi-speaking person and another belonging to a minority community are shot dead by the militants at Ultapani in Kokrajhar district on the Indo-Bhutan border. A cycle mechanic Paran Mondal is shot down at his residence in Domgaon village bordering Chirang district. One of those injured at Batasipur on November 8 in Sonitpur district succumbed to his injuries at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital.
  • November 10: The Assam bandh called jointly by a number of organizations of Assam evokes total response in Udalguri district. Reports of bandh poured from Kalaigaon, Tangla, Khoirabari, Harisinga, Rowta, Orang and Mazbat said that during the bandh hours all the business establishments were shut down while the educational institutes too wore a deserted look.
  • November 10: Bodo separatists gun down a woman and injured three people, continuing their attacks on Hindi speakers and minorities for the third straight day and taking the death toll in the serial strikes to 24. A police spokesperson said heavily armed militants of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) early morning attacked Jamuguri village in Kokrajhar district and opened indiscriminate firing. "A woman named Kalwa Chauhan died on the spot while three more were injured as NDFB militants sprayed bullets from automatic weapons," a senior police official said. The masked militants, numbering six, came in motorcycles. At least 15 people have been injured, five of them critically, in the attacks and they are now admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Gauhati Medical College Hospital. There have been at least 11 separate attacks since Monday evening with NDFB militants launching coordinated strikes, targeting mostly Hindi speakers and people belonging to the minority community. "There is a definite pattern to the killings with most casualties either Hindi- speaking people or minorities," the police official said.
  • November 11: Tizit Police arrest one ULFA cadre during frisking at Tizit town in Nagaland. He is identified as one Timpa Ghutia of Balijan area of Assam. The ULFA cadre is under police custody.
  • November 12: Union Home Minister P Chidamabaram, who held a meeting with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, top army and paramilitary commanders, senior police and civil officials during his brief visit to Guwahati, tells reporters that he has directed the security forces to launch an “all out” operation against the NDFB(anti talk) and tackle the situation with a ‘strong hand’.

 

  • November 12: Raju Baruah alias Hitesh Kalita, the self-style deputy commander-in-chief of the banned ULFA is granted bail by the Gauhati High Court in connection with Special Operation Unit(SOU) police station case number 1 of 1995 registered U/S 120(B)/121(A)/122/121 IPC read with Sec 10/13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

 

  • November 18: Security forces identify the culprits behind the killing of 22 persons by the militants of the anti-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and arrest one of the culprits.

 

  • November 21: Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) tells The Assam Tribune that the Maoist rebel groups have established links with some of the militant groups of Northeast. It was pointed out that the Maoists have already signed a joint agreement with the Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) of Manipur to support each other and “honour the sovereignty of Manipur and India” and according to reports, members of Maoist rebel groups even visited Manipur and Nagaland. There are reports of a few Maoist rebels visiting Myanmar where a number of militant groups of Northeast have their strong bases. MHA sources said that the Maoist groups have links with the NSCN (I-M) and there were definite information of NSCN leaders attending a meeting of the Maoists in Chattisgarh. On the threat perception in Assam, sources said that the Maoist rebels have openly supported all the “nationality struggles” all over the country including in Assam and Jammu and Kashmir. Senior Maoist leader Kishenji had openly supported the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) in an interview to the mouthpiece of the Maoists. But it is still not known whether the Maoists managed to gain foothold in Assam. “But as it is an established fact that Maoist rebels visited Manipur, Nagaland and even Myanmar and one can only assume that they must have visited Assam at some point of time,” sources pointed out. Sources revealed that in 2006, the Maoists formed a lower Assam committee but that could not be sustained. However, there were reports of individuals from Assam attending a meeting of the committee for release of political prisoners formed by the Maoist groups, which indicate that the Maoists have their connections in Assam, sources added.

 

  • November 23: The designated TADA court in Guwahati grants bail to ULFA ‘deputy c-in-c’ Raju Baruah against a sum of Rs 1 lakh with two sureties in connection with three cases, i.e., TADA case Nos. 32/01, 43/01 and 350/91. The court also imposed four conditions on Baruah. These are: the accused shall not leave the court till disposal of the cases and shall deposit his passport, if any, with the court; shall not leave Assam without informing the officer-in-charge of the local police station where he is a resident; shall not threaten the victims and their near and dear ones besides the witnesses of the cases; and shall not commit any offence during pendency of the cases.

 

  • December 1: Khetri police arrest two suspected NDFB cadres. According to police sources, Kumud Boro (31) from Barama and Santosh Choudhury (27) from Baska were on their way to Guwahati from Numaligarh in a black Bolero (AS03H 3228). Police have recovered a pistol from them. The driver of the car, Ranjan Sarma, is also in police custody. During interrogation the ultras revealed that they had been paid Rs 10,000 to hand over the pistol to a person in Rangia. Investigations are on.

  • December 2: Police arrest two suspected NDFB cadres during a routine checking in Baska district.

 

  • December 3: The Self-styled chairman of UNLF Rajkumar Meghen alias Sana Yaina is produced before the Special NIA Court, Guwahati where he is remanded to 13 days’ custody.

 

  • December 5: The Political Adviser of ULFA, Bhimkanta Buragohain is released from Guwahati Central Jail after spending nearly seven years behind bars.

 

  • December 5: The commander of ULFA’s 709 battalion, Hira Sarania, issues a statement to media houses saying the battalion would actively cooperate with the outfit’s central leadership’s efforts towards a peaceful settlement of the Indo-Assam political conflict.

 

  • December 6: A NDFB-ATF militant identified as Robin Narzary is injured in an encounter with Police near Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur district.

 

  • December 6: Security Forces arrest Jaharlal Mushahari, an NDFB-ATF militant and close aide of general secretary of the outfit Rifikhang, from Koilajuli area under Biswanath Police station in Sonitpur district following an encounter.

 

  • December 6: Five UKDA militants surrender before the Army in Karbi Anglong district.

 

  • December 7: The vice-chairman of the ULFA Pradip Gogoi says that ULFA is firm in its stand that peace talks would be possible only when all the leaders of the outfit were released from jails unconditionally.

 

  • December 8: Suspected militants belonging to the KLNLF-ATF abduct a schoolboy, identified as Sujit Pathak, (10), from Japarajan in Bokajan sub-division of Karbi Anglong district.

 

  • December 9: DHD-PTF meets the Centre’s interlocutor for peace talks, P.C. Haldar, in New Delhi on the demand to upgrade their district into "a mini state within a state". Dilip Nunisa, who is leading the four-member delegation of the DHD, said that his team would reiterate its demand for the amalgamation of the Dimasa-inhabited areas in the Assam districts of Cachar, Nagaon and Karbi Anglong and also in some portions of Dimapur.

 

  • December 9: Two militants of the KLNLF-ATF are arrested by the Kherani Police from Umtai Etabhata of Nagaon district.

 

  • December 11: The UPDS observes its 13th ‘‘martyrs’ day’’ in all its three designated camp (Diphu, Deopani, Rongbin), in Karbi Anglong district.

 

  • December 11: Five suspected ULFA linkmen are arrested in a joint operation of SFs from Hahkhati in Tinsukia district of Assam.

 

  • December 10: SFs arrest the self-styled deputy ‘commander-in-chief’ of the NDFB-ATF, George Boro, a key accused in the October 30, 2008, serial blasts from Aizawl in Mizoram.

 

  • December 12: The 28th battalion of ULFA extends its full support to the proposed peace talk between the ULFA and the Centre. Self-styled ‘commander’ of the battalion, Bijoy Chinese alias Bijoy Das, in a statement issued to the press, favoured peaceful solution to the three-decade-old conflicts through dialogue. Chinese reiterated that his battalion would only extend direct cooperation to the proposed talks if it would be held in a conducive and honourable atmosphere.

 

  • December 13: ‘Deputy commander-in-chief’ of the NDFB-ATF B. Jwangkhang alias George Bodo and his body guard S. Baglari are produced before the Court of Special Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup where the duo was remanded to 14 days Police custody.

 

  • December 13: Police arrested a self-styled sergeant major of the UNLF, identified as S. Romel Singh alias Kulla alias Biren in Bhakatpur of Silchar district.

 

  • December 13: ULFA claimed that two of the ULFA leaders have been arrested by Indian intelligence agencies in Bangladesh. In a statement e-mailed to the press, ULFA ‘publicity cell manager’ Arun Dohotia said, "ULFA captain Upen Buragohain alias Antu Chaudang and second lieutenant Pradip Chetia were arrested by Indian intelligence agencies in Bangladesh on December 13. Buragohain and Chetia have gone missing since then." The Assam Police has, however, expressed ignorance about the arrest of the two ULFA leaders.

 

  • December 16: The judgment on the bail petition of the ULFA’s self-styled ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa in connection with six TADA cases would be pronounced on December 20 by the TADA Court in Guwahati.

 

  • December 16: ULFA’s ‘finance secretary’ Sasha Choudhury is also produced before the Court.

 

  • December 16: UNLF self-styled ‘chairman’ Rajkumar Meghen has been remanded to judicial custody by the Special NIA Court, Guwahati, after the expiry of 13 days NIA custody.

 

  • December 16: Security Forces comprising of Assam Police and troops of 15 Dogra Regiment based in Gossaigaon of Kokrajhar district arrest four militants of the ANLA from Kandanapara under Gossaigaon Police Station of Kokrajhar district.

 

  • December 18: In a joint operation, the Security Force personnel comprising of Assam Police and troops of 15 Dogra Regiment based in Gossaigaon of Kokrajhar district, arrest two militants belonging to the ALNA.

 

  • December 21: The breakaway faction of the ULFBV, UDLA led by Dhanyram Reang has stepped up its extortion exercise by issuing notes demanding INR 300 per household in the areas like South Hailakandi, Dullavcherra and Karimganj districts. Dhanyram had threatened the villagers with dire consequences. ULFBV, led by Panchuram Reang, laid down arms with his 305 rebels to the Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on November 30, 2008.

 

  • December 22: Three militants belonging to the NDFB-ATF are arrested from Bhalukpung in Arunachal Pradesh. The three were arrested during a joint operation of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh Police.

 

  • December 22: Acording to police, the DNDF, a newly raised militant outfit, is behind the abduction of two survey assistants and a cook of a seismic survey company in the Manja area under Maibong subdivision in Dima Hasao district.

 

  • December 23: A militant belonging to the NDFB-ATF, identified as Sanjib Basumatary, is arrested in Harinaguri area of Kokrajhar district. According to Police the arrested militant was allegedly involved in the killing of three people.

 

  • December 23: The ‘commander-in-chief’ of the ULFA Paresh Barua claims that his son has been ‘kidnapped’ and blamed the authorities for using blackmailing tactics with his son as a bait.

 

  • December 23: ULFA ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa and ‘finance secretary’ Chitrabon Hazarika are granted bail by the Guwahati High Court in connection with the Special Operation Unit police station case number 1/95 registered u/s 120(B)/121(A)/122 IPC read with 10/13 of the Unlawful Activities(Prevention) Act. This came after A.K. Phukan, Advocate General submitted that the State Government has no objection in the ULFA leaders being granted bail in view of the peace talks.

 

  • December 23: Central Government agrees in principle with the demand of Karbi militant outfit UPDS for an "upgraded" Karbi Anglong territorial council with more powers. The demands of the outfit were discussed in detail in New Delhi during a tri-partite meeting between the UPDS and central and State Government representatives.

 

  • December 25: The BDR claims to have neutralised a suspected ULFA hideout in the hilly forest areas in northern frontier area of Sherpur, close to country's border with Meghalaya, seizing mine manufacturing equipment, radio sets and propoganda material.

 

  • December 25: The ULFA said that its ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah’s son Arindam, who was kidnapped on an unspecified date, had been held hostage with his face covered with a black cloth, physically tortured and threatened with death by his kidnappers before being released.

 

  • December 28: NDFB Chief Ranjan Daimary is granted bail by the court of Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Biswanath Chariali in the case related to Bhimajuli carnage. Of the 10 cases pending against him, he has been granted bail in two till date.

 

  • December 28: Assam is likely to see birth of a new political party soon as militant outfit United People’s Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) is planning to join the “political process” after the signing of the peace accord with the State and Central Governments. The state and central governments and the militant outfit have already approved the draft accord and the final accord will be signed after the draft is approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security Affairs.

 

  • December 29: Troops neutralize a camp of the KLNLF-ATF in South of Dalamara in Karbi Anglong district and recover large cache of arms and ammunition.

 

  • December 29: At least ten ULFA cadres enter Guwahati via Assam-Meghalaya border from Bangladesh. The ULFA militants who sneaked into Guwahati from Bangladesh were led by ‘sergeant’ Jitu Goswami and his wife Sadhana Rabha. The others include ‘sergeant major’ Antu Chowdang’s wife Alisa Chowdang and their two children, 2nd lieutenant Pranjit Saikia’s wife Arsita Saikia, Pradip Chetia alias Robel’s wife and ‘sergeants’ Hasan Ali and Siraj Ali.

 

  • December 29: The Centre announces extension of the cease-fire pact with DHD-N for another six months up to June 30, 2011.

 

  • December 30: The TADA Court, Guwahati grants bail to the chairman of the ULFA Arabinda Rajkhowa, in connection with all the six TADA cases registered against him. The ULFA chief was allowed to go against a bail amount of INR 1 lakh with two sureties of the like amount. The TADA Court granted the bail on condition that the accused shall not leave the country till the case is disposed of and must also deposit his passport, if any, to the TADA Court.

 

  • December 30: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi invites ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa to join politics, saying that let him serve people through politics. "Let Rajkhowa join politics if he wants to serve people."

 

  • December 30: The chairman of the UNLF, Rajkumar Meghan and three other militants of the outfit — Ibohal Singh, Rakesh Singh and Joy Singh — are produced before the special National Investigative Agency (NIA) Court that sent them to judicial custody. The case against the trio will be heard on January 11, 2011.

 

  • December 31: ULFA rejects the Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s proposal of safe passage to militant outfits in the State during the ensuing Bhogali Bihu celebrations as an initiative to start the peace talks. "Safe passage is offered to thieves and dacoits. Dacoits of Chambal accept safe passage offer, not freedom fighters," an e-mail signed by self-styled ‘second lieutenant’ Arunodoi Duhotia states.

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