CHRONOLOGY: 2016

  • January 1: One surrendered NDFB cadre is killed and another injured in a clash among the group at the outfit's camp at Sudempuri in Kokrajhar town in Kokrajhar district.
  • January 1: A Tura-based businessman, identified as Nanhelal Shah is abducted from near Gairong village under Krishnai Police Station in Goalpara district. Police suspects the hand of the ULFA.
  • January 3: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visits Karimganj sector of the India-Bangladesh border in Assam and said the porous border will be sealed by 2016. He said that the two major issues that were stalling the project are protests by locals whose properties would be affected by the fencing and objection by BGB in certain patches - have been resolved. Along with the fencing, the installation of flood lights will also be completed.
  • January 4: After the joint border visit with UHM Rajnath Singh, the AASU submits a memorandum clarifying its stand of not accepting any illegal foreigner entering the State after 1971. AASU leaders Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya, Dipanka Kumar Nath and Lurin Jyoti Gogoi discussed several lingering issues with the Minister that included implementation of the Assam Accord, border security, constitutional safeguard, economic development, and the status of illegal migration post 1971. Two memorandums were submitted to the Home Minister in this regard.
  • January 5: ULFA-PTF opens an office in the Hatigaon area in Kamrup district. The office was inaugurated by the outfit's ‘chairman’, Arabinda Rajkhowa.
  • January 7: The SSB and Police arrest a militant of NDFB-S, identified as Nirmal Basumatary (27) from Rangjihoura village in Chirang district.
  • January 7: ULFA ‘General Secretary’ Anup Chetia said that he is not going to put pressure on Independent faction of ULFA (ULFA-I) ‘Commander in Chief (C-in-C)’ Paresh Baruah to come for dialogue with the Central Government.
  • January 7: Top leaders of NDFB-S, including ‘army chief’ G. Bidai and his deputy K. Batha, are hiding in the dense jungles along the Indo-Bhutan border, BTAD IGP L. R. Bishnoi said. Bishnoi said operations as a part of the army's "final push" against the militant group are on. He added that altogether 21 militants of the outfit have been killed, 256 arrested and 185 of its linkmen apprehended since the operation began. A total of 15 AK-56 rifles, 10 AK-47s, two M-16, two HKs, seven Insas rifles, 495 rounds of ammunition, 21 grenades, 81kg of explosives 14 lakh in cash and 12 motorcycles have also been recovered from the outfit's militants, Bishnoi said. The top leaders of the outfit arrested so far include its ‘self-styled deputy commander in chief’ Dwiswrang Daimary alias Dhananjay, ‘self-styled army chief’ Rabi Basumutary alias Rongja Baja, his ‘personal security officer’ Jwnglaw Narzary alias Jekhai and the former ‘personal security officer’ of Bidai, Biron Narzary alias N. Bapeibai. Bishnoi said other than NDFB-IKS militants, 86 militants belonging to various groups like the KLO, RVA, NSLA and the MPTFA were also arrested by SFs last year (2015). According to Bishnoi, fundamentalists trying to gain a foothold in lower Assam Districts had been neutralised, he said, adding that 30 fundamentalists were arrested and 22 country-made arms recovered in 2015.
  • January 9: ULFA ‘general secretary’ Anup Chetia is given the responsibility of leading the peace-talks with the GoI in place of its ‘chairman’ Arbinda Rajkhowa. The decision to lead ULFA talks was taken formally in a central committee meeting which was attended by ULFA ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, ‘vice-chairman’ Pradeep Gogoi, ‘deputy commander-in-chief’ Raju Barua, ‘foreign secretary’ Sasha Choudhury, ‘finance secretary’ Chitraban Hazarika, and several other leaders of the outfit, including Mrinal Hazarika, Jiten Dutta and Pranjit Saikia.
  • January 13: A hardcore cadre of the NSLA, identified as Ram Kishku alias Ram Hembrom is killed in an encounter with Assam Police near Grahampur under Srirampur Police outpost in Gossaigaon subdivision of Kokrajhar district.
  • January 13: George Kuki, claiming to be the ‘self styled in-charge of publicity and information’ of KLF based somewhere in eastern Karbi Anglong district claimed that the outfit, which was formed in 2008 and remained active until 2010, has been revived. KLF remained silent when a faction of the organization formed the UKDA and laid down arms along with the KRA in 2012 at Guwahati, stated George.
  • January 16: Assam Police and Army, in a joint operation, arrest three NDFB-S militants along with a huge cache of arms in Baksa District. Acting on a tip off, Police launched operation at Dolabari area under Barama Police Station in Baksa district and arrested a cadre of the outfit, identified as Ranjit Muchahary.
  • January 16: ULFA is planning to include a few additional points in its charter of demands already submitted to the GoI. Anup Chetia said that he would participate in the next round of talks between the outfit and the GoI. He said that as a charter of demands has already been submitted to the Government, “we will have to request the Government to allow us to add the new points in the charter of demands.”
  • January 16: Three Bodo groups, ABSU, PJACBM and NDFB-P demand a "solution" to the Bodoland issue. Leaders of these groups said they would convey this message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his maiden visit to Kokrajhar on January 19. The three Bodo groups, which have been jointly working for the community since 2013, appealed to Modi to "announce a clear-cut policy on creation of Bodoland" as promised in the manifesto of 2014 Lok Sabha polls by the BJP.
  • January 18: Representatives of six ethnic communities of Assam meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati to discuss the issue of granting ST status. Leaders of the communities said the meeting, which lasted for about 15 minutes, failed to get a timeframe on granting ST status. The six communities demanding ST status are Tai Ahoms, Koch Rajbongshis, Morans, Motocks, adivasis and Soteas.
  • January 21: Central Government turns down the offers of the NDFB-S for a ceasefire to start the process of talks. The Centre has also decided not to talk with any insurgent group involved in killing of innocent persons.
  • January 21: Kokrajhar district has the highest number of children who have lost their parents in terrorist attacks, said ADGP of Railway Police, Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta. "As many as 267 children were affected by militancy in Kokrajhar district, which is the highest in Assam.”
  • January 24: In a joint statement, the United National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFWSEA), CorCom of Manipur, GNLA and the HNLC called for the shutdown in the region on January 26.
  • January 25: Assam DGP, Mukesh Sahay gave an alarm call over the growing threat of ISIS in different fronts and use of social media to recruit vulnerable youth to its ranks. Assam stands vulnerable to threat from radical groups like the ISIS because of presence of a large pool of unemployed youth from the backward Muslim community.
  • January 28: Police and Army, in a joint operation, arrest one NDFB-S militant, and a linkman, identified as Kalicharan Brahma (25) from Chirang district.
  • January 30: A jihadi identified as Jahidul Islam (28) was arrested from Gossaigaon in Kokrajhar district.
  • January 31: Chirang Police arrested one jihadi, from Hatigaon in Guwahati in Kamrup district. The jihadi identified as Tota Miya (40) was residing as a tenant at Mina Begum’s residence situated at Masjid Road in Notboma. Police have recovered one 7.65 pistol and two rounds of live ammunition, one magazine and two mobile phones from his possession.
  • February 1: Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya informed the State Assembly that "during 2015, the security forces apprehended 1,449 cadres of different militant groups. The security forces also recovered 577 assorted arms, 15,515 rounds of live ammunition, 58 IEDs, 307 grenades, 144 kg of explosives, 2,979
  • February 3: Members of a newly-floated militant outfit of the Moran community, Moran Tiger Force (MTF) are said to be behind the two incidents of firings happened in Tinsukia district. ADGP (special branch) Pallab Bhattacharya said that police have reports about a new outfit, Moran Tiger Force, floated a week ago.
  • February 4: Assam Police launches an operation to arrest at least 10 jihadi militants, who are now on the run. The operation centres around the BTAD, but various minority-dominated districts of the State have also been alerted.
  • February 4: The CBI, while probing the 2012 BTAD riots, has disclosed the involvement of Islamic elements in the violence.
  • February 4: Written replies to a series of short notice questions in the State Assembly states that eight bloody ethnic clashes in different parts of the State caused deaths of 535 people, including 45 children and 80 women. On the other hand, four militant outfits signed peace deals with the Government and 13 other outfits, including ULFA, declared ceasefire and began peace talks. May 2001, militancy claimed at least 2,275 civilians and 309 security personnel. A total of 2,103 militants were killed and 8,930 others laid down arms. Another 213 people were killed in Police firing.
  • On the crime chart, a total of 19,821 murder cases, 21,556 rape cases, 43,879 cases of kidnapping, 91,419 cases of crime against women, 158 cases of witch-hunts, 4,816 cases of robbery and 43,328 cases of suicide were registered between May 2001 and December 2015.
  • Ethnic clashes during 2001-2015 include the Hmar-Dimasa clash in Dima Hasao district and the Kuki-Karbi clash in Karbi Anglong district in 2003, Karbi-Dimasa clash in Karbi Anglong district in 2005, Muslim-Bodo clash in Darrang and Udalguri districts in 2005, Zemi Naga-Dimasa clash in Dima Hasao district in 2009, Rabha-Garo clash in Goalpara district in 2011, Bodo-Muslim clash in BTAD areas in 2012 and Karbi-Rengma Naga clash in Karbi Anglong district in 2013-14. The State Government informed that 6,658 cases of ethnic clashes were registered. Of these, chargesheets were filed in 159 cases, final reports were submitted in 3,594 cases, 5,353 cases are under investigation, 12 cases were transferred to the CBI and 2,358 cases were amalgamated.
  • Apart from ethnic clashes within the State, another 36 clashes with neighbouring States also took place in which 87 people were killed and 78 injured. Interstate clashes include fights with Mizoram in Hailakandi District in 2003 and 2008 and in Cachar district in 2013, with Meghalaya in Kamrup (Metro) district in 2010 and in Dhubri district in 2013, with Nagaland in Golaghat district in 2002, 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2015, in Sivasagar district in 2005, 2007 and 2015, in Jorhat district in 2013, in Karbi Anglong district in 2014, with Arunachal Pradesh in Dhemaji district in 2001, 2006, 2008, in Lakhimpur District in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2011, in Sonitpur district in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and in Biswanath Chariali in 2015.
  • February 5: Two incidents of firing took place in Tinsukia district, both by the hitherto-unknown Moran Tiger Force (MTF). Police arrests Surajit Moran, president of the Tinsukia unit of AJYCP from Doomdooma in Tinsukia district for his alleged involvement with the outfit.
  • February 6: Tinsukia police said they are trying to gather more information about MTF. Police found evidence of Moran's involvement with the perpetrators of the two incidents. Unlike militant outfits like ULFA and NDFB-Songbijit, MTF doesn't seem to have any particular leader.
  • February 6: A suspected Islamic State (IS) operative, identified as Suman Aziz Laskar is arrested at SMC in Cachar district. Police launched an operation to arrest three others based on information revealed by him during interrogation. ASP-Cachar, Subhashini Shankaran said the investigation was conducted on the basis of the information revealed by the man adding that some incriminating documents have been recovered from him including a file that contains certain codes of Mumbai and other cities. Reports also said that during interrogation, the arrested person said he was involved with a Bangladesh-based terror group and that he hails from Bangladesh.
  • February 7: The State Government has written to the UMHA asking the latter to facilitate formal deportation of suspected Myanmarese nationals, currently lodged in the detention camps of Assam, through diplomatic channels. The letter, written by the Home Department at Dispur, has also requested the UMHA to pursue the matter with the MEA so that the nationality of the Myanmarese nationals, caught in Assam from time to time, can be cross-checked after which the process could be started.
  • February 7: Reports state that the MEA had already taken up the matter with its counterpart in the neighbouring country. In the letter to the UMHA, the Home Department had sent a list of 28 Myanmarese nationals, which also comprises Rohingya Muslims who had fled the neighbouring country fearing their lives. These also include women and children, according to official sources. The 28 Myanmar nationals, who were lodged in the detention camps situated in Goalpara, Kokrajhar and Silchar after their arrest, are now being shifted to the new detention camp in Tezpur. The State has six detention camps, including one each in Dibrugarh and Jorhat.
  • February 8: A ‘platoon commander’ of the NDFB-S, identified as Uday Narzary alias N. Khilikhang (30), wanted for the Adivasi massacre of December 23, 2014, is killed in an encounter with security forces in Chirang district.
  • February 9: Two militants of the PLF-M, identified as Babul Momin and (Energy) Momin, were beaten to death by a mob at Rowmari Garopara area under Rongjuli Police Station in Goalpara district.
  • February 10-11: Based on intelligence input about NDFB-S militants holed up deep in the jungles of Rowta Reserve Forest North of Mazbat town (Udalguri district) bordering Arunachal Pradesh, a 48 hour long search and destroy mission was conducted by the Army and Udalguri Police and arrested two persons from the camp location.
  • February 14: Indian Army and Kokrajhar Police killed two militants of the NDFB-S at Auzarguri in Kokrajhar district.
  • February 15: Suspected Garo militants abduct an owner of a grocery shop, identified as Laldev Shah (Basu), from Bakharapara village in Bongaigaon district. Laldev Shah was returning home at Dhupdhara in Goalpara district at around 5 pm when armed militants allegedly kidnapped him from Bakharapara village at gunpoint.
  • February 16: Army launches a combat operation near Assam and Arunachal Pradesh border and killed four militants in Na Kathalguri village under Bordumsa Police Station in Tinsukia district. Three of them were from NSCN-K and the fourth one was from the ULFA-I.
  • February 17: ULFA leader Anup Chetia, while urging for peace and harmony among all the ethnic tribes of the State, cautioned the divisive forces which tried to destroy the age-long communal harmony in the State.
  • February 21: ULFA leader Aup Chetia holds a meeting with the ceasefire groups of militant organizations like KLNLF, former DHD, UKDA and KRA. The chairman of the KLNLF, P Dilli said that they would like to form the ‘Martyrs’ Trust’ with the ULFA. During the meeting, Thong Teron, general secretary, publicity secretary, Rejak Dera of KLNLF, former DHD leader Pranab Nunisa, Alex Kuki, general secretary, UKDA and Bruce Kuki, leader of KRA were present.
  • February 25: A joint team of Army and Police arrests three NDFB-S militants, identified as Bhubneswar Boro (36), Sarjib Basumatary (27) and Lepho Boro (30) from Barimakha village near Mochalpur in Baksa district.
  • February 26: Police arrests three suspects, belonging to NDFB-S, identified as Sanjay Brahma, Nerswn Brahma, and Ramen Basumatary, from Tipkai Harjhora village in Kokrajhar district and recovered INR 36,500, two cell phones and a wallet from their possession.
  • February 26: Five days after abduction, a trader of the Lamajuar area in Karimganj district, identified as Abdul Kalam (52), was rescued by the Police.
  • February 29: A team of Army personnel from Deumornai Army camp along with Assam Police launched a joint operation and arrested five cadres of NDFB-S under Khairabari Police station in Udalguri district.
  • February 29: A delegation of ULFA leaders, led by its ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, meets Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi in his office in New Delhi and reviewed the progress of their ongoing talks. It was decided that the formal tripartite meeting of ULFA leaders with the Home Secretary and representatives of Government of Assam will be held in the middle of March, a Home Ministry spokesperson said.
  • March 4: The ‘deputy commander-in-chief’ of the KLO identified as Dibankar Barman alias Anupal alias Jabarjung alias Raghav, is killed by security forces at Siljan Kakrikola area in Kokrajhar district.
  • March 7: Two ULFA linkmen, identified as Hiren Gogoi alias Rabin (24) and Hemakanat Changmai alias Jatin alias Pinku, both belonging to Deoghoriya village of Lakhipather under Digboi Police Station in Tinsukia district are arrested by joint forces of District Special Team and Digboi Police.
  • March 8: Based on specific information, Army and Baksa Police launches a joint operation arresting a cadre of the NDFB-S identified as Namal Boro (28), from Alagjhar village under Barama olice Station in Baksa district.
  • March 13: Two militants of the ULFA-I surrender before security forces in Tinsukia district after security forces launched operation against them. A group of UNLFWSEA and some other extremist organizations entered Upper Dihing Reserve Forest in Tinsukia on March 8. Police official said the group was a conglomerate of ULFA-I, PLA, KYKL, and NSCN-K and was led by self-styled 'Lieutenant' Prodip Gogoi alias Akon and their intention was to carry out subversive activity in Tinsukia before or after March 16, which is "ARMY DAY" of ULFA-I.
  • March 14: The NIA submitted a supplementary charge sheet before the Special NIA Court in Guwahati (Assam) against three NDFB-S militants in connection with the killing of five Adivasi people at Pakhriguri village under Serfanguri Police Station in Kokrajhar district on 23 December 2014.
  • March 17: Army and Assam Police in a joint operation arrest three NDFB-S militants in Chirang district.
  • March 20: A JMB operative, Asad Ali alias Asadullah, an associate of Bardhaman blast (October 2, 2014) accused Sahanur Alom is arrested while trying to cross over from Bangladesh at Sutarkandi in Karimganj district. The fugitive was arrested in an operation led by Karimganj SP Pradip Ranjan Kar on basis of a tip-off. Confirming Ali's arrest, Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay said that he was one of the six JMB activities of the state who went underground after the arrest of Sahanur and other members of this group.
  • March 22: Two hardcore militants of the NDFB-S are arrested by the army from Jaljali village under Rangia Police Station in Kamrup district.
  • March 30: Two Bru (Reang) militants were killed in an encounter with the Police in Ramshantipur locality in Hailakandi district. Two persons, who had been abducted by them, were rescued.
  • April 1: Two militants of KPLT, which is opposing the upcoming Assembly polls in Assam, were killed in an encounter with a joint team of Police and the Army at Borpung Terang village in Karbi Anglong district.
  • April 3: Army launched a joint operation with Bongaigaon Police and arrested one RNLF cadre from North Salmara in Bongaigaon district. The arrested militant has been identified as Sunil Rabha alias Chinese.
  • April 4: Two persons are killed and over twenty others injured in a powerful grenade attack at Dudhnoi in Goalpara district of Assam. Sources said two motorcyclists lobbed the grenade near a BJP election office at Dudhnoi Chariali under Dudhnoi Police Station.
  • April 5: One Assam Police commando, Swapan Nath, and a hardcore cadre of the ULFA-I are killed in an encounter in Krishnai area in Goalpara district.
  • April 5: The death toll in on April 4 blast goes up to three, with Dipankar Saha (23), succumbing to his injuries at Guwahati Medical College and Hospital. The other two deceased have been identified as Ajit Dutta (40) and Bapan Saha (35), District President of AABYCF. Altogether 25 persons, including four policemen, were injured in yesterday's blast.
  • April 5: Two militants of the newly formed militant outfit UKPLA (United Karbi Peoples Liberation Army) were arrested by Police and arms along with ammunition were recovered from them in Karbi Anglong district.
  • April 6: The army in a joint search operation with Dhubri Police arrest one MTFA militant, Mohammad Sahidul Islam Miah, from Rupsi near Basbari in Dhubri district.
  • April 17: The Kokrajhar and Chirang Police, in a joint operation, arrest four suspected jihadis, identified as Abu Bakar Siddique, Jahanur Alam Sheikh, Samad Ali Mandal and Azizul Sheikh from three different locations in Kokrajhar district. A grenade, a revolver, seven rounds of M20 ammunition, two army camouflage dresses and five mobile phones were recovered from their possession.
  • April 18: Army launches a joint operation with Kokrajhar Police in general area of Mainaguri in Kokrajhar district and arrest a cadre of NDFB-S, identified as Bipul Mushahary alias Bigrai Mushahary from the mobile check post on road Mainaguri-Siyalmari.
  • April 20: The Chirang Police arrests seven suspected cadres of JMB from two different areas in the Chirang district. Five of them were nabbed from the Dawkanagar area. Two others, including the imam of Rajapara Masjid, Joynal Abedin, are arrested from the Amguri area in Chirang district. Besides Joynal, the other arrested suspected JMB cadres were identified as Rezzak Ali, Soleman Ali, Dildar Ali, Md Nurul Islam, Rafiqul Islam and Ukhiluddin.
  • April 21: The Government of India makes it clear that no militant outfit under ceasefire agreement, including the NSCN-IM, would be allowed to indulge in unlawful activities and the concerned State governments should take strict actions against anyone involved in such illegal activities.
  • April 21: Police arrest two cadres of BRA-U, identified as Aranjay Reang (25), 'self styled commander' and Boilaram Reang (24), his trusted cadre, from the premises of the Court in Silchar in the Cachar district. According to source, this arrest shows that the Bru militants of the breakaway faction of BNLF of Mizoram and ULFBV are still active in the region. There have been several cases of kidnappings and extortions against them and other cadres in Karimganj and Hailakandi Police stations.
  • April 22: The seven suspected cadres of JMB arrested by Police on April 20 are remanded in Police custody for three days after they were produced in a court at Kajalgaon.
  • April 23: According to statistics given by the State Police force, the number of extortion cases kept on increasing every year from 2006 to 2015. According to statistics given by the Assam Police, the number of extortion cases in 2006 in the State was 460 that rose to 574 in 2007, to 626 in 2008, to 645 in 2009, to 909 in 2010, to 992 in 2011, to 1074 in 2012, to 1214 in 2013, to 1357 in 2014 and to 1361 in 2015.
  • April 24: Army and Rupshi Police arrest a Muslim Fundamental Organisation cadre, identified as Zahidul Islam, of Gobindapur village of Barpeta district, at Rupshi under Kazigaon police station in Kokrajhar district.
  • April 27: A senior leader of the ULFA-I, identified as ‘sergeant major’ Rongmon Asom alias Mecuri is killed in an encounter with Army at Talpathar village in Tinsukia district.
  • April 28: Eleven persons, mostly from the Hindi-speaking community, are injured when a suspected IED exploded in Devi Pukhuri Paanchali of Tinsukia district. The explosion occurred in a garbage bin in front of a shop owned by one Upendra Yadav around 7.40 pm.
  • April 28: A crude bomb explodes in front of the main gate of a tea manager's bungalow at Padumoni estate in Tinsukia district around 2 am. There is no casualty in the attack. ULFA-I is suspected to be behind it.
  • April 29: Alleged jihadi forces in western Assam districts are trying to establish links with arms smugglers of Nagaland and Myanmar to gain direct access to the underground market of sophisticated arms. This came to light during an investigation of the growth of jihadi forces in the state following the arrest of 29 alleged militants across BTAD in recent times. Questioning of the arrested cadres revealed they were befriending gunrunners in Nagaland and Myanmar. Police teams had recovered eight handmade AK-47 lookalike rifles in a raid earlier.
  • August 1: ULFA (I) militants kidnaps one Kuldip Moran, son of BJP leader and Vice President of Tinsukia Zila Parishad, Ratneshwar Moran. Demands a ransom of Rs 1 crore from Sadiya MLA Balin Chetia.
  • August 2: The NDFB-S leader Kormeswar Basumithri (28) who was arrested by the Palakkad Police from a Kanjikode factory in Palakkad district of Kerala on July 28, is brought to Assam. Udalguri Police officially recorded his arrest on August 1.
  • August 3: Assam Police recovers a powerful IED weighing around 1.5 kg from Torani Reserve in Tinsukia district. Ahead of the Independence Day, the SP of Tinsukia, Mugdhajyoti Mahanta Day urges people to remain vigilant and cooperate with the local Police.
  • August 5: Fourteen civilians are killed after suspected NDFB-S militants opens fire at a weekly market at Balajan Tiniali in Kokrajhar district.
  • August 7: An All Assam Revolutionary Army (AARA) ‘commander’, identified as Bipul Bora alias Tutu Baruah (36) is arrested from Biswanath Chariali town in Biswanath district.
  • August 7: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visits the militant attack site at Balajan Tiniali Market in Kokrajhar district and said strong action would be taken against the banned NDFB-IKS outfit for the killing of 14 people.
  • August 8: An NDFB-S militant, identified as Bodoland Boro alias B. Bebung (22), suspected to be closely associated with those involved in the attack in Kokrajhar on August 5, is arrested from Nalbari district.
  • August 9: ULFA-I warns the Assam Government of a "violent clash" if Independence Day is celebrated for three consecutive days.The warning by the militant group comes amid the Government preparations to celebrate Independence Day from August 13 to 15 with the rest of the country.
  • August 10: Two active workers of the NDFB-S, identified as Jathi Basumatary alias Gaithiya and Sarat Basumatary alias Boba are arrested from the Laimoti area of Chirang district.
  • August 10: Several North East insurgent groups announces to boycott the Independence Day celebrationand calls for a total shutdown in the region on August 15. A joint statement of the UNLFWESEA, CorCom, Manipur; GNLA and HNLC appealed to the people of the region to boycott the Indian Independence Day.
  • August 11: Suspected ULFA-I militants triggersa powerful IED blast near the Budlabeta Tea Estate in Tinsukia district of Upper Assam. No casualty.
  • August 11: A total of 28 Banga Sena cadres surrenders before DC of East Karbi Anglong district, Mukul Gogoi.
  • August 12: A group of five suspected ULFA-I militants opens fire at two households at around 7.30 p.m. and kills two persons, identified as Kishori Shah and Rajen Shah, and injurus eight others at Bahbon village in Philobari area of the Tinsukia district.
  • August 15: Suspected ULFA-I militants triggers a series of five bomb explosions in Charaideo and Tinsukia districts of Upper Assam. Police reports no casualty or injury. Meanwhile, ULFA-I hoists its own banner and flag in the Moronigal area of Mariani in Jorhat district.
  • August 18: The NDFB-S militants kills a couple in Chirang district at around midnight for allegedly being in possession of the outfit’s extortion money. The deceased man identified as Buta Benga, was an overground worker of the outfit, who was in possession of extortion money totaling Rs 45 Lakhs belonging to NDFB-S dreaded leader Bidai.
  • August 18: ULFA-PTF leader Anup Chetia meets Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at his office chamber in Guwahati and submits a memorandum enlisting various demands of the organisation including rehabilitation of the surrendered cadres. The faction seeks 702 bighas of land from Assam government to set up projects.
  • August 19: Three cadres of the NDFB-S, identified as Raikhoo (platoon commander), Gothal (section commander) and Aranga, are killed in a joint operation by Police, CRPF's Cobra battalion and the Army at Mainaoshree Paharpur under Rangapara Police Station in Sonitpur district.
  • August 23: Four Bangladeshis and two Indian linkmen are arrested from Balia border of Karimganj district. Suspected for involvement in a recruitment drive for ISIS.
  • August 24: Centre’s Act East policy to open markets to Myanmar, ASEAN, says President Pranab Mukherjee
  • August 24: Assam police and the Army kills a Karbi People’s Liberation Tiger (KPLT) militant in KarbiAnglong district.
  • August 24: AJYCP burns effigies of PM and CM at PepoltolImposition of Section 144 in Agartala, Tiniali, Duliajan in protest against the decision for providing citizenship to the Hindu minorities of Bangladesh and Pakistan.
  • August 25: ABSU, NDFB (P) to resume the agitation of a separate Bodoland State from August 30 with a 5-hour long National Highway blockade.
  • August 27: Myanmar’s Prez Htin Kyaw on a four-day visit to India. Both countries agree to fight terrorism and insurgency in the region.
  • August 28: China is yet to share details on Brahmaputra projects. Visits by Indian experts to project sites barred.
  • August 29: Student activists stages protest at NF Railway headquarters demanding 100 per cent job reservation for local youths in C & D categories.
  • August 29: 24-hour Bandh in Kokrajhar given by All Koch-Rajbonshi Students’ Union (AKRSU) demanding ST status for Koch-Rajbonshis.
  • August 30: India, US signs historic logistic pact to boost defense ties.
  • August 30: 5-hour National Highway blockade by ABSU, NDFB (P) and other allied organizations demanding a separate Bodoland paralyzes normal life in the region.
  • August 30: ULFA (I) along claims to have killed five jawans of 14th Assam Rifles at Railung. Army refutes the outfit’s claim.
  • August 30: In order to put a check on the infiltration attempts by Jihadis, Assam Police proposes to deploy three companies of the central forces to the international borders of Bangladesh and Bhutan.
  • October 24: Karbi Peoples Liberation Tigers (KPLT) through press information issued by its general secretary Vojaru Hangjang has announced that the organization has entered into a ceasefire agreement with government of India (GoI) for a period of six months starting October 20, 2016 to April 20, 2017. KPLT was raised on January 8, 2011 with the purpose of demanding an autonomous state for the Karbi community through armed movement.
  • November 3: A new Karbi insurgent group named 'People's Democratic Council of Karbilongri' has been floated by IK Sangbijit, the former leader of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland. The State Government informed the Centre about the formation of this new outfit. Sangbijit has changed his name to Jeksai Kangtang Lijang and has been appointed chairman of this new group, formed on October 27. Nongme Tungjang and Captain David Mukrang have been appointed as the oyfit's general secretary and 'chief of army staff' respectively. (as reported by The Sentinel)
  • November 19: Three Army persooel are killed in an ambush by a joint group of suspected militants belonging to the United Liberation Front of Asom and NSCN(K) on the Digboi Pengeree Road near Pengeree Reserve Forest under Pengeree Police Station in Tinsukia district. The militant group of about 15-20 opened fire from behind forest cover killing three jawans instantly, besides seriously injuring four others. Militants used IED, rocket launchers, RPG, morters, hand grenades, besides other sophisticated weapons like AK 47, AK 56, M 16 Assault rifles in the attack.
  • November 20: ULFA-I claimed responsibility for killing of three Army jawans in the attack accomplished on an Army convoy at Pengeri in Tinsukia District on November 19. ULFA-I together with UNLFWESEA, an umbrella body of Northeast insurgent groups based in Myanmar carried out the attack.
  • November 28: The ULFA-I on occasion of the outfit’s ‘protest day’ vowed to step up its armed struggle in cooperation with its allies in UNLFW against Indian forces to prevent the Government of India’s effort to make Assam a ‘Bengali-speaking majority state’. The ULFA-I’s ‘chairman’ Abhijit Asom in a statement e-mailed to the media demanded that Assamese language be made the mandatory medium of instruction in all the schools, from lower primary to higher secondary level, in the state and other languages be introduced as additional subjects from higher secondary to university level for preservation and development of Assamese language in the state.
  • December 5: Police sources said that at least 21 youths from Tinsukia districts, including a woman joined the Paresh Baruah led ULFA-I.
  • December 8: According to an official source in New Delhi India had handed over the details of the ‘commander-in-chief’ of ULFA-I, Paresh Baruah to China for taking necessary action against the militant commander. The sources also said that India has handed over the details of the ‘commander-in-chief’ of ULFA-I, Paresh Baruah to China for taking necessary action against the militant leader.
  • December 10: Two NDFB-S militants were killed were killed in a joint operation by Army and Assam Police in Kokrajhar District. One AK 47 assault rifle, one pistol and ammunition were recovered from the dead militants.
  • December 31: One militant of NDFB-S, identified as Aalai Ram Brahma alias Anthai Brahma was killed by the Indian Army during an operation at Dhopguri village under Orang Police Station of Udalguri District.

 

CHRONOLOGY: 2017

  • January 2: A joint team of the Police and the Army arrested a self styled 'platoon commander' and a cadre of the NDFB-IKS, identified as Danial Muchahary and Rahen Muchahary at Lawdangi area under Dhekiajuli Police station in Sonitpur District. one 7.65 pistol, three round live cartridges, three mobile phones along with six SIM cards were recovered from the militants. Police sources said that Danial was the self styled 'platoon commander' of NDFB -IKS of '38 battalion' of the outfit.
  • January 10: In a meeting held between Joint Secretary (North East) of the UMHA and senior officials of the State Government and leaders of the NDFB-RD and NDFB-P it was decided that the ceasefire agreements with NDFB-RD and NDFB-P would be extended for six months.
  • January 10: The ADGP, L R Bishnoi in a statement assessing the number of militants in Myanmaar hailed from many insurgent groups said that the NSCN-K had over 1,000 cadres there. Where PLA had some 250 cadres, NSCN-K alone had a little over 1,000 cadres followed by around 260 of the PLA, 230 of the UNLF and a little over 200 of the ULFA-I. He further said that NSCN-IM had between 80-120 militants and NDFB-IKS had about 160 militants. According to him there could be close to 2,500 militants from the region in Myanmaar.
  • January 14: In the figure of militancy related violence, Assam was the only State in the Northeast, which recorded higher casualties during 2016, in comparison with the previous year (2015). Based on Government official records, a report said that, in 2016 (up to November), Assam recorded a total of 80 casualties, including 29 civilians, 4 security personnel and 47 extremists. However, in 2015, Assam recorded 58 killings, including 9 civilians and 49 insurgents.
  • January 18: The NIA arrested one ULFA-I militant recognized as 'second lieutenant' Gagan Hazarika alias Joydeep Cheleng in connection with a case the NIA had registered against ULFA-I in 2013 from Guwahati in Kamrup Metropolitan (Guwahati) District. Sources in NIA said, "He has been taken into custody for six days. His arrest is likely to throw light on the activities of senior ULFA leaders like 'chairman' Mukul Hazarika and 'c-in-c' Paresh Baruah."
  • January 22: Suspected militants threw grenades at an AR vehicle escorting tourists at Jagun, 12th Mile Barabasti on NH-315 bordering the Tinsukia district ahead of the Independence Day. During this ambush, two AR personnel were killed and several others injured. The AR vehicle along with three vehicles of tourists were returning from The Pangsau Festival is held along the Indo-Myanmar border.
  • January 22: SFS killed two unidentified militants engaged in the deadly ambush of January 22 where two AR personnel mere dead. According to m Lieutenant Colonel Suneet Newton five IEDs, two grenades, a G3 rifle, a pistol and fired cases of nine lathode were recovered from the slain militants. The ambush was jointly claimed by militant alliances namely UNLFW and CorCom under their 'Operation Barak'.
  • January 23: In a joint statement, the CorCom, HNLC, GNLA, and the ULFA-I demanded a 'total shut down' in the entire North East India on Indian Republic day (26th January). In the joint statement issued by the militant groups claimed that the 'WESEA' should 'collectively boycott' the Indian Republic Day on January 26, 2017.
  • Four other militant groups, comprising NDFB-S, KLO, PDCK and NLFT, in a joint statement, called 24 hours 'total shut down' on the Republic Day of India (26th January) in the entire North East India. In their statement, they asked the people of 'WESEA' to 'boycott' the Republic Day celebration
  • January 24: Paresh Baruah, the commander-in-chief of the ULFA-I, in a statement threatened the theater owners of the State accusing discrimination against a regional film. Baruah’s action was preceded by Assamese director Himanghshu Prasad Das informed the militant leader in an open letter on Facebook after several theatre owners decided to remove his movie- 'Shakira Ahibo Bakultolor Bihuloi' on January 25. In response to his letter, the militant leader threatened the theatre owners to continue regional films instead of Hindi movies.
  • February 3: The PDCK militant group made a statement where it strongly opposed the move of the Government of India to give citizenship rights to the Hindu Bangladeshis in Assam and said that the organization would resist the move.
  • February 4: According to the security sources, the Jihadi threat is growing in Assam and Assam has become a vulnerable place for such threat. The sources also suspected the presence of sleeper cells in the State. Sources revealed that that growing presence of the jihadi elements in Bangladesh like JMB, which has affiliation with Islamic State is a serious threat for the Northeast.
  • February 14: At present, the Union Government is entered in peace talks with several insurgent groups of the Northeast including the ULFA-PTF, NDFB-P, NDFB-RD, KLNLF from Assam. Meanwhile the NSCN-IM, NSCN-KN and NSCN-R of Nagaland are under ceasefire agreements. In Manipur a total of 23 underground outfits comprising two conglomerates - the UPF and KNO are currently under SoO agreement with the Union Government. The URF, KCP-L and KYKL-MDF, three valley-based underground outfits of Manipur have signed MoU with the Union Government.
  • February 14: Various other insurgent outfits, including the UPDS, DHD of Assam and ANVC and ANVC-B of Meghalaya have signed memorandum of settlement with the Government and dissolved themselves.
  • February 20: According to a Government official source the NIA had confirmed about the proper identity of the 'chairman' of ULFA-I, acting on a confession made by arrested ULFA-I cadre Gagan Hazarika alias Joydeep Cheleng. NIA, in a statement said the real name of the 'chairman' Abhijit Asom is Mukul Hazarika and he is by profession a doctor at Billingham town in Durham of UK. The source said that aside from being a doctor in the UK, Hazarika has a connection with the UK-based human rights group, Assam Watch, which used to raise alleged incidents of human rights violation by SFs in the State. The source further said that the NIA would soon move the court for issuing an arrest warrant against Dr Hazarika that would be followed by requesting the UK Government for his extradition.
  • March 14: SFs apprehended one suspected CPI-Maoist, identified as Malu Sethi, from Paharpur village near Lekhapani in Tinsukia District. Two guns, 3kg of explosives, a detonator, 20m of wire, 500gm of nails, switches and a mobile phone were recovered from the arrested militant.
  • March 15: The NIA filed the first supplementary chargesheet in the special NIA court in Guwahati against Rabi Basumatary, a suspected cadre of NDFB-IKS, for his alleged participation in the killing of seven people at Balapara village in Kokrajhar District on May 1, 2014.
  • March 16: The ULFA-I, in a joint statement issued by its 'chairman' Abhizeet Asom, and its commander in chief Paresh Asom, mentioned that it will continue 'joint operations' with the CorCom, against security forces of India. Last year, both the militant groups have executed attacks on Security Forces under 'operation Barak'.
  • March 21: A wanted militant William Sangma,who newly formed a Garo militant group named ARA and his assistant identified as Niksrang Sangma were arrested by SFs from Bongaigaon Town in Bongaigaon District.
  • March 24: The ULFA-I criticized the Assam Government for spending 14 crore to plan the five-day Namami Brahmaputra Festival, starting from March 31. Expressing suspicions the militant group said that organizing Namami Brahmaputra on the lines of Namami Gange programme ‘could be a prelude’ to linking the Brahmaputra with the Ganges and it ‘vowed’ to oppose linking of any river of Assam with any river outside the State.
  • March 28: The ULFA-I, in an open letter, signed by its ‘chairman’ Abhijeet Asom, reacted sharply on the Dalai Lama’s upcoming 12-days visit to North East India from April 1. In the letter, the militant group expressed worries over his visit, which might deteriorate the fragile relationship between India and China and ultimately cause common people to suffer.
  • March 29: The ‘general secretary’ of the ULFA pro-talks faction , Anup Chetia, opposed the proposed bill for granting citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis in Assam during a meeting at Silchar of Cachar District. He said, “We oppose the decision of the Indian Government to grant citizenship to Hindus from Bangladesh. This is a blatant threat to the demography of the state.” The militant leader besides indicated that there are more than 1.5 crore Hindus living in Bangladesh and the Indian Government must start diplomatic talks with its Bangladeshi counterpart regarding this issue.
  • March 30: A joint team of Indian Army and Police killed two militants of NDFB-S, identified as Lukash Narzary alias Langfa and David Islary in an encounter at Simlagri in Chirang District. The police recovered One Insas Rifle with 10 rounds of live ammunition, one 7.65 revolver with three rounds of ammunition and one Chinese grenade from the slain militants.
  • April 6: ULFA pro talks faction ‘general secretary’ Anup Chetia said that peace talks with ULFA-I, headed by Paresh Axom (Baruah), is only possible if the Union Government step forward for a dialogue process. The ULFA ‘general secretary’ also showed concern at the alleged “apathetic attitude” of the Central Government towards the peace talk process with the ULFA pro talk’s faction.
  • April 10: Replying to a question by MP Krupal Balaji Tumane, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir revealed that insurgent activities in the Northeast along the Indo-Myanmar border witnessed a surge compared to the Indo-Bangladesh border in the last three years. The report states that during the period from 2015 to March 31, 2017, terror activities along Indo-Myanmar border increased threateningly due to insurgents groups shifting their bases from Bangladesh to territories within Myanmar and China. During this period with as many as 206 encounters reported between militants and security personnel spread across four Northeastern States Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram where 18 security personnel lost their lives, 32 insurgents were killed and a total 337 rebels were arrested from the international border in the four States during this period. Arunachal Pradesh recorded maximum number of encounters among the four Northeastern States sharing Myanmaar border. As many as 81 encounters were reported in that State where 3 security personnel and 13 militants were killed along with 114 suspected insurgents were arrested. Even in 2017, 13 encounter cases have been reported till March in Arunachal along the border with Myanmar.
  • April 15: UPRF (Zogam Army), an ethnic Kuki militant outfit that has its base in Singhason hill range of Karbi Anglong Autonomous District, has decided to avoid the path of violence and join the mainstream. Johnson Kuki, a leader of the group via press release informed that the organization has decided to join the mainstream in response to the call of Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal who has invited insurgent outfits to 'come to table for talks.' The UPRF has also directed all its units and cadres to stop 'regular routine operation in their areas' and remain inside their camps till the peace process completes.
  • April 18: A report compiled by Union Ministry of Home Affairs said that the year 2016 witnessed the lowest number of insurgency incidents since 1997 in Assam. The state saw a substantial decline in insurgency-related incidents in 2016. There were 75 incidents in 2016 compared to 81 in 2015. The report said that at least 51 insurgents were neutralized by security forces, 366 insurgents were arrested in the year. There are 29 civilians were died due to insurgent activities and four security personnel lost their lives during operations. During the period from 2014 to 2016, 873 cadres and linkmen of the NDFB-S were arrested with the recovery of a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from them and 50 cadres were neutralized in counter-insurgency operations. According to the report, the overall security situation in Northeast improves in 2016. The year saw 484 insurgency related incidents as compared to 574 in 2015 and this induce a sharp drop of insurgency related incidents by more than 15% compared to 2015.
  • April 22: The annual report of Union Ministry of Home affairs revealed that 2016 marked the "lowest number" of insurgency related incidents since 1997. While casualties among SFs in the region declined from 46 (2015) to 17 (2016), civilian casualties declined in all states except Assam where it increased from 9 in 2015 to 29 in 2016. The report said that while Sikkim, Mizoram and Tripura had no insurgency-related violence in 2016, there was considerable decline in incidents in Meghalaya (44 per cent) and Nagaland (43 per cent) compared to 2015. In 2016, Manipur attributed to about 48 per cent of total violent incidents in the region and Arunachal Pradesh experienced an increase in violent activities by 38 per cent, because of violence by the NSCN-K, the report stated. The report added that in 2016, Meghalaya witnessed a 44 per cent decline in the number of violent incidents from 123 incidents in 2015 to 68 in 2016.
  • May 3: the Union Home Ministry declared Assam as a "disturbed" area under the AFSPA for another three months referring to recurrent violent activities by insurgent groups. AFSPA has come into effect from May 3. The Ministry said that it took the decision against the background that there were 75 incidents of violence took place in the state in 2016 where 33 people, including four security personnel lost their lives. Besides this 14 cases of abduction have also been reported during the same period. In 2017 so far nine violent incidents registered in the State in which four people, including two security personnel, were killed.
  • May 18: Assam Police in an encounter killed one suspected militant of ULFA-I, identified as 'sergeant major' Rajesh Bora at Sonaripara village in Udalguri District. Police recovered a 9mm pistol, a grenade and INR 600000 in cash from the deceased militant.
  • May 23: An NIA Special Court accused Former DHD-J leaders Jewel Garlosa and Niranjan Hojai along with former chief of the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council Mohit Hojai for two cases of terror funding registered by NIA. They were sentenced to life imprisonment, while the 12 other accused were given imprisonment ranging from eight years to 12 years.
  • May 25: Five CPI-Maoist cadres including a woman, led by a wanted Maoist, Moina Dohotiya surrendered before the State Police.
  • June 1: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has said that violence, extortion and attacks on security forces in the Northeast in the last three years have sharply fall off. As said by the data available with the UMHA, only 484 such incidents were reported in 2016 as compared to 1,025 in 2012 and 732 in 2013. It further stated that the number of abductions have decreased from 329 in 2012 and 307 in 2013 to 168 in 2016. Till March this year only 28 such cases were registered.
  • As specified by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs report The NDFB-S suffered a major blow with more than 900 cadres being arrested and nearly 55 being killed in security operations. The number of such incidents in Assam went up to 50 in 2016 as compared to 21 in 2013, the report stated.
  • However, the number of surrendering militants witnessed a decline with 267 such surrenders occurred in 2016 as compared to 1,161 in 2012, as per official data. Arms recovery was not remarkable in spite of a crackdown as 698 arms were recovered in 2016 as compared to 1,856 in 2012. As many as 1,202 militants were arrested in 2016 as compared to 2,145 in 2012.
  • June 8: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs resumed the peace-talks with ULFA pro talk’s faction and two factions of NDFB namely, NDFB are NDFB-RD and NDFB-P. Former Director of Intelligence Bureau and newly appointed interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma chaired the tripartite talks with ULFA pro talk’s faction in Guwahati on June 7.
  • June 9: Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said that the peace agreement with the ULFA pro talk’s faction will be signed shortly and the peace agreement has almost finalized. "Apart from ULFA, Centre will sign peace agreement with the two faction groups of NDFB within short time," Rijiju said.
  • June 21: SFs arrested the ‘chairman’ of the UPLF, identified as Garang Gajao, from Lahorijan area of East Karbi Anglong District. A .22 mm pistol and six live rounds recovered from the arrested militant.
  • July 10: Following the arrest of two cadres of the newly formed NFFB in the Goreswar area of Baksa District on July 5, Police have discovered the existence of the new militant group, named the NFFB. This new group is active in several BTAD areas in the State. After investigation, Police revealed that NFFB was formed in June this year (2017) and several former militants, breakaway faction cadres of NDFB-S and even criminals from Nagaland were involved in the militant group.
  • July 15: The NIA filed a charge-sheet before the special NIA court, Guwahati with reference to a case registered in 2013 against top leaders of ULFA-I. The case was registered against self-styled 'chairman' of ULFA-I Abhijit Asom alias Dr Abhijit Barman alias Dr Mukul Hazarika, commander-in-chief of the outfit Paresh Baruah and one arrested cadre, Joydeep Cheleng alias Gagan Hazarika accusing them of waging war against India.
  • July 20: ULFA-I ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah alias Paresh Asom issued ultimatum to the Central Public Sector Undertaking , NEEPCO to either rehabilitate the flood affected population of Lakhimpur District or face dire consequences. Baruah last week had asked the PSU to rehabilitate the affected people, who were suffering due to release of water from Ranganadi, Dam of NEEPCO.NEEPCO however, dismissed this allegation and said that the unprecedented flood in Lakhimpur district is happening because of incessant rain in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • August 7: The Union Home Ministry declared Meghalaya's border areas adjoining Assam existing within 20-kilometer belt, and three districts in Arunachal Pradesh as "disturbed" under the AFSPA for two more months. This status came with effect from August 3 to September 30. The Home Ministry also declared entire Assam as "disturbed" under the AFSPA with effect from August 3 till August 31. The three districts of Arunachal Pradesh - Tirap, Changlang and Longding - and areas falling within the jurisdiction of 14 Police Stations in nine other Districts of the State were also announced as 'disturbed' with effect from August 4 to September 30.
  • August 8: The NIA arrested Sankhang Basumatary, a suspected cadre of NDFB-S regarding his alleged involvement on 23 December 2014, massacre of Adivasis at Pakriguri village under Serfanguri Police Station in Kokrajhar District.
  • August 29: ULFA pro talk’s faction has asked the indigenous communities of the State to stand united against any attacks on 'indigenous community' by 'outsiders'.
  • August 31: For the first time in Assam’s history AFSPA was extended for six months by the state government on its own starting from September 1.
  • September 4: ULFA-I asked two Public Sector Undertakings, NEEPCO and NHPC to quit the Northeast or face "military action." According to a statement signed by ULFA-I , 'assistant publicity secretary' 'Major' Arunoday Asom NEEPCO's 405-MW Ranganadi Hydel project caused havoc by creating flood in downstream areas of Lakhimpur so more disaster would follow if NHPC's 2000-MW Lower Subansiri project would be completed. So the statement asserted that both companies should shut down their operations in South-East Asia region or ULFA-I would take military action against them.
  • September 4:ULFA-I in another statement warned “armed action” in case 22 model colleges named after BJP ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhaya are not renamed after prominent personalities of the state within six months. In the statement ULFA-I asked the State Government to remove names of all “outsider Indians” from various educational institutions and rename them after sons of soil within six months. ULFA-I would take disciplinary action against those institutions, which fail to adhered to the statement.
  • September 8: ULFA-I 'vice chairman' and 'chief of staff', 'major general' Paresh Asom has rejected Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's offer to join the peace process and to go along with the main stream. He said, "we only follow the revolutionary stream that will lead to an Independent Asom."
  • November 1: Union Ministry of Home Affairs latest statistics revealed that approximately 37 persons including nine Security Force (SFs) personnel were killed in the insurgency related violence in the Northeast region over the last seven months. Also 28 civilians lost their lives in 204 insurgency related violence across the Northeastern States. Total 57 persons were also abducted this year till July 31st.
  • November21: Thousands of protesters from All Apex Bodies' Coordination Committee of Dima Hasao district organized a massive rally in Haflong town where they protest against inclusion of any area of Dima Hasao District in the proposed “Greater Nagalim.”
  • November 26: ULFA-I in a note signed by the organization’s ‘finance secretary’ Jibon Asom had "courteously requested" McLeod Russell's Samdang tea estate in Tinsukia District to "contribute" INR 10 million to the outfit's organizational fund.
  • November 28: Suspected NSCN militants set fire to five vehicles and a generator at Tikak, a part of North Eastern Coalfields close to the Assam-Arunachal border in Tinsukia District.
  • November 30: Security Forces killed ULFA-I militant "sergeant major" Rajan Deka alias Rajan Asom (44) in an encounter at Khoirabari village Udalguri district. SF recovered an AK-47 rifle, three magazines, three pistols, 74 live cartridges, eight mobile phones and INR 6,000 were recovered from the militant. The slain militant carried a bounty of INR 5000,000 on his head.
  • December 8: Six ULFA-I militants, entered Kunapathar Tea Estate in Bordumsa in Tinsukia District and started firing targeting the estate manager. The attack came as an aftermath 23 days later when ULFA-I initially demanded extortion money of INR 4 million from the estate authorities and the authorities refused to pay the money.
  • December 11: ULFA-I militants fired at a local VDP President Anteswar Mahanta and his son identified as Karun thus killed both at Dirak-Hunjan village under Bordumsa in Tinsukia. Tinsukia SP said that ULFA-I militant identified as Rupom Asom and his group were suspected behind the killing.
  • December 12: Indigenous Forum-Assam, a joint platform of over 30 organizations symbolizing diverse indigenous communities, will try to build a consensus on the definition of indigenous people of the state at its first convention to be held here on February 12 and 13. Leader of the forum and ULFA pro talks faction ‘general secretary’ Anup Chetia said at the two-day convention would be organized at the district library auditorium, was an attempt to arrive at a consensus on the definition of indigenous or Assamese people for implementation of Clause VI of the Assam Accord.
  • December 16: The police killed two NDFB-S militants in an encounter in a coal mine under Umrangso Police Station in Dima Hasao District. A .9 mm pistol was recovered from the encounter site. The manager of a coal quarry, Mahendra Rai who was abducted by the militants on December 4 from an area under Muriap Police Outpost area of Meghalaya was also rescued by the police.
  • December 23: Assam CM asked ULFA-I Commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah of to come back to the mainstream and join hands with those who were giving efforts for the development of Assam .
  • December 24: As reported by Union Ministry of Home Affairs India will move the UK under Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty for prosecution of ULFA-I 'chairman' Mukul Hazarika alias Abhizeet Asom a Billingham, UK based doctor. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs would route the request through the Ministry of External Affairs to carry out a non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Mukul Hazarika. NIA on July 15, this year charge sheeted Hazarika along with ULFA-I 'chairman' Paresh Barua, on charges of waging war against the State. According to the NIA, Hazarika hails from Kaxori gaon in Puranigudam under Samaguri Police Station of Nagaon District.
  • December 26: Assam has earned the notorious distinction of being the state with the second highest abduction rate in the country, only next to Delhi. According to National Crime Records Bureau’s (NCRB) latest report almost 17 people being kidnapped daily in the state as of 2016. Assam Police have registered some 6,126 cases of abduction and kidnapping out of which 90% of the victims were women that means about 5,342 cases the victims were women or minor girls. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary had apprised the state assembly that between 2001 and May 2016, some 46,461 cases of kidnapping were registered in the state.




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