Three killed in fresh violence in Kokrajhar; Centre identifies fourteen radical outfits; Sixty Nagaland MLAs meet Prime Minister on Naga issue; Centre, Meghalaya not keen on talks with GNLA; MHA-CBI team arrives in Guwahati; Thirty Five ultras surrender i
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  • (AUGUST 6-12)

    According to reports, three people were killed and two injured as fresh violence broke out in Kokrajhar district. The killings took place on August 6, 2012 night, a day after four bodies were recovered, prompting authorities to impose indefinite curfew in Kokrajhar district and in the Dhubri and Bilasipara subdivisions of Dhubri district. According to an official, unidentified men killed three people and injured two in the Raanighuli area on the Kokrajhar-Dhubri border. Indefinite curfew has been imposed in the entire district. 1

    Meanwhile, repports noted that a team of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) comprising Joint Secretary (North East) of the MHA, Shambhu Singh, Special Director of the CBI and others arrived in the State on August 9, 2012 on a two-day visit to assess the situation before the Central agency takes over the cases relating to the ethnic clashes. The MHA official said that the CBI would take over the cases relating to the ethnic clashes in Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts immediately after the formal notification in this regard is issued by the Government of India. The role of the MHA would be facilitator to the process of handing over of the cases to the CBI and the present visit of the CBI officials is only to assess the situation on the ground. 2
    In another development, according to reports, taken aback by intensity of violence in BTAD areas as well as reports of the growth of radical organizations belonging to a particular community, the Centre has identified at least fourteen such organisations in Assam and five in Manipur. 3
    Reports noted that sixty legislators of Nagaland visited New Delhi on August 7, 2012 and urged the Prime Minister to finalise an acceptable solution on the Naga issue before the State Assembly election due in February next year. Sources in Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) Government in Kohima informed that the 60 MLAs of Nagaland cutting across party lines have met Dr Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and urged them to finalise a solution which is acceptable and honourable by February next year. Over 40 NSCN-IM leaders are camping in New Delhi currently while engaging in informal talks with the Central leaders. Formal talks are likely to resume soon. 4

    In other developments, according to reports, the resolute counter terrorist operations carried out by Gajraj Corps with the support of Assam Police, Eastern Command Intelligence Unit and civil administration have resulted in motivating a number of terrorists of different groups to give up arms and join the mainstream. An Adarnee Sabha was organised on August 11, 2012, by the Gajraj Corps at the District Library where six cadres of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) anti talk faction, two cadres of United liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) anti talk faction and 27 cadres of Karbi Peoples Liberation Tigers (KPLT) surrendered with their arms and ammunition. 5