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
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
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
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: 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
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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 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
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
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: 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
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 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 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 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
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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: Raju Rongpi, alias Babu
Singh, a suspected KLNLF militant, is shot dead
by security forces at Beygaon under Jakhalabandha
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 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
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
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
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 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 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: 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 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
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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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
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: 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 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
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
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 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
August 2: An alleged top ULFA
militant, also an explosives expert, is nabbed by
security forces in Guwahati during a joint operation,
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 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
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 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: 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 24: Two suspected ANLA members are detained
by the 5 Rajputa Riffles from Longsekjan under Bakalighat
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.
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.
Troops of 5th Battalion of Rajputana
Rifles Red Horns Division apprehend
two UPDS rebels under Bakuliya
police station in Tezpur.
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.
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.
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.
NSCN-IM militants set ablaze the
house of one Putul Tirky at No.
2 Saraipung Salongamara Panikabasti
in Sivasagar district.
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.
The 70 day economic blockade against
East Arunachal Pradesh is suspended
till September 10.
Two drivers of a goods train bound
for Bhalukpung in Arunachal Pradesh
from Assam, are abducted by the
NDFB militants near Gamani in
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.
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.
Two militants of the pro-talk
faction of KRA are arrested by
the Police from Mahur town of
Dima Hasao district.
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.
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.
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.
5: One ULFA commander is killed
in an encounter with a joint team
of army and police at Chandrapara
under Kokrajhar PS.
6: Two ULFA militants are arrested
by the security forces from Geetanagar
area in Guwahati.
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
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.
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
A person named Chandan Sharma
is abducted in Sonitpur by tribal
separatists of the National Democratic
Front of Bodoland (NDFB).
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.
Two suspected NDFB militants are
killed in an encounter with Army
personnel in Gopchar village under
Goreswar police station in Baksa
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Two insurgents, including a woman
cadre, of the banned ULFA are
arrested in Barpathar area in
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’.
One ULFA cadre, Purnima Konwar
alias Namrata Phukan is arrested
by Jorhat police near Tengani
in Golaghat district.
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.
27: Two ULFA cadres are arrested
by the police from Barpathar area
under Dhansiri sub-division in
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Two ULFA militants are killed
in an encounter with a joint army
and police team at Gossaigaon
near the Assam-Bengal border in
One suspected ULFA leader is nabbed
by villagers in Rangsali village
under Khowang PS and handed over
to the police.
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.
ULFA’s cultural secretary Pranati
Deka is granted bail by the Chief
Judicial Magistrate (CJM).
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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).
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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.
One hardcore NDFB militant, identified
as Maheswar Basumatary, is killed
by security forces in Naurengi
centre near Batashipur.
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
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
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.
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.
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.