Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Seven killed in Manipur

Six members of the Manipur Rifles and an independent MLA's driver were killed in an ambush, allegedly at the hands of NSCN(IM) members, earlier this month.

The incident led to the UNLF condemning the NSCN(IM).

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Inter-factional Naga rivalry

The latest installment of the South Asia Intelligence Review contains an assessment of intra-Naga rivalry and violence.  The South Asia Terrorism Portal counts 38 deaths so far this year due to violence between different Naga insurgent groups.  The violence is primarily between the two factions of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN): the NSCN (Isak-Muivah) and NSCN (Khaplang).  The rival factions are vying for influence in eastern Arunachal Pradesh, near the border with Burma.  In addition, a small number of cadres from these two groups have defected to create a new group, the Zeliangrong United Front.

On elections and Bodos

Elections in Assam (on 4 and 11 April) appear to have been largely successful, with strong turnouts and no reports of significant violence.

The Hindu today ran an article on the importance of the Bodo vote. 11 Bodo independents, who were each supported by the Bodoland People's Front, formed a ruling coalition with the Congress following the 2006 elections.

The Hindu also reports that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a member for Assam of the Indian upper house, did not exercise his right to vote.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Corruption and fear in Manipur

The National, an English-language publication based in Abu Dhabi, recently ran a piece on the continued troubles facing Manipur.  It begins with the story of a policeman killed on duty, and goes on to characterise insurgents in Manipur as ruthless and wholly financially-motivated.

NDFB involved in more violence

Two suspected National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) cadres were killed in clashes with police near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, according to a report in The Telegraph earlier this week.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

NDFB kill two SSB officers

The Times of India reports that suspected National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants attacked a Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) batallion earlier this week.  Two officers were killed in the attack near the Indo-Bhutanese border.

The SSB is an Indian paramilitary force.