Exodus of North-East students, workers after clashes in Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BATD); North East MPs express concern over attacks; Three militants gunned down in Garo Hills; Four serial blasts in Manipur; Four more border trade centre
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  • (AUGUST 13-19)
    According to reports, after clashes in the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BTAD), many workers, employees and students from the North East living in places like Kerala, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune are returning to the northeast region fearing attack and assault on them by some anti-social elements.1 Meanwhile, according to reports, expressing deep concern over attacks on people from the northeast in other parts of the country, MPs from the region sought adequate protection for those belonging to the area. 2

    In another development, according to reports, Meghalaya police defused a grenade planted underneath a flagpole of the banned Hyniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) on the occasion of its 25th Raising day. The incident occurred at Phot Ja-ud village in South West Khasi Hills after the outfit unfurled its flag and also attached the grenade. Meanwhile, in a separate incident, three cadres of the newly floated Achik National United Front were gunned down by security forces in North Garo Hills district. One AK-47 rifle was recovered from the place of the incident. 3

    Reports noted that two people were injured after four serial bomb blasts rocked Manipur's capital Imphal city and Thoubal district on Independence Day. All the three explosions took place when Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh was delivering his Independence Day speech at the 1st Manipur Rifles' Parade Ground. No insurgent group has claimed responsibility for the blasts. Meanwhile, Ibobi Singh asked insurgents to shun violence and become part of the mainstream for the overall development of Manipur. 4

    In other developments, according to reports, Union Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai informed that four more border trade centres would be opened in the Northeastern States. The Foreign Secretary was in Imphal on August 18, 2012, to attend the two day International conference on ‘India and her neighbours: Reverting relation with Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Maldives’ at the Manipur University. 5