Arunachal Pradesh: Towards Sustainable Peace

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By Nijeesh N.
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On December 15, 2015, Assam Rifles (AR) personnel killed a militant of the Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K), identified as ‘Lieutenant’ Wangmi Wangdung aka Nyamjan Hasik, during an operation at Langka village under the Nampong Police Station in the Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh. One AK 56 rifle, three magazines, 105 live rounds of ammunition, hand grenades, an ‘extortion pad’, ration book and some cash were recovered from the possession of the slain militant.

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Assam: Volatile Peace

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By Nijeesh N.
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

As Assam recorded the lowest insurgency-related fatalities in 2015, since 1992, hopes of a lasting peace were regenerated. Nevertheless, enduring challenges have scuttled such hopes in the past, and many of these remain unaddressed.  Significantly, the trend of overall fatalities has remained erratic in the State, recording a sustained decline between 2010 and 2012 (158 in 2010; 94 in 2011 and 91 in 2012); escalated in 2013 to 101; and took Assam to the status of the worst-affected State in India, with 305 fatalities in 2014.

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Chhattisgarh: Cold Blooded Murders...

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Rape, Molestation And Looting By Security Forces

Press Release By CDRO & WSS

Reports from Nendra and Pedda Jojer in Bijapur, and Kunna in Sukma reveal a new and brutal wave of systematic violence being carried out by security forces in South Chhattisgarh. In what seems to be a part of the ethos of combing operations for Maoists, innocent Adivasis are once again brutally killed, women raped, molested and their properties looted. Lalu Sodhi, from the village Kormagondi was brutally beaten up by the forces on the 13th of January who succumbed to his injuries the next day. Several women were raped and molested. In an alleged encounter a 13 year old child was killed on January 15th along with three others.

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Delhi: A Great Option for Online Purchasers

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Soon, you can pick your online purchases from Delhi metro stations

India Today

Come February, Delhi Metro stations will double up as terminals for e-commerce sites, with customers being given the option of getting products delivered at select stations so they can collect them at their convenience.

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J & K: Militants Struggling to Revive

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By Sanchita Bhattacharya
Visiting Scholar, Institute for Conflict Management

On December 1, 2015, Security Forces (SFs) arrested a Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) militant, identified as Nawaz Ahmad Najar, from Harmain village, Shopian District, and recovered arms and ammunition, including two hand grenades and one Chinese grenade, among others. "The terrorist has been involved in subversive activities since August this year in Shopian area," an unnamed Army official disclosed.

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Jharkhand: Democracy's March

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By Mrinal Kanta Das
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On December 17, 2015, the Jharkhand Police killed a People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) ‘area commander’, identified as Dinesh Sahu (28) in an encounter, at Bandha village under the Tupudana Block of Ranchi District in Jharkhand. He was wanted in at least 29 cases in the Khunti District. Khunti Superintendent of Police (SP) Anish Gupta disclosed, “He (Sahu) was wanted in several cases of rape, murder and extortion. Reacting on a tip-off by one of our informers, we found him and shot him dead.” Four of Sahu’s accomplices, however, managed to escape. Arms and ammunition were recovered from the encounter site. PLFI is a splinter group of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist).

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Meghalaya: Elusive Peace

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By Nijeesh N.
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On December 12, 2015, Meghalaya Police recovered the body of a Police constable, Khomraj Bhattarai, from a shallow grave near the Tapa Darengchi area in the North Garo Hills District. Bhattarai was abducted along with another person, identified as Muslo Hussain, by Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants from Rongdongre village on November 6, 2015. Muslo Hussain was later released unharmed on November 19. Police suspect that GNLA ‘area commander’ Pilliport D. Shira was responsible for the abduction and subsequent execution of the Policeman.

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Mizoram: Unresolved Challenges

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak.
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On January 8, 2016, a meeting convened by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) on the issue of repatriation of Brus in six relief camps in Tripura remained inconclusive. “We informed the Home Ministry officials that the Brus refused to return to Mizoram despite repeated arrangements made by Mizoram Government in the relief camps for the repatriation,” Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalmalsawma stated. Lalmalsawma also disclosed that the time or venue of the next meeting was not fixed to discuss the issue in future as the Mizoram Government is of the opinion that it would be a futile exercise if more repatriation attempts are made in future.

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West Bengal: Malda Violence and Silence of Secularists

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Ram Puniyani *

Communal violence has been the bane of our society. This violence is generally a part of far reaching communal politics. Communal politics in turn is not done just in the name of one religion, in South Asia; communal politics has been seen in the name of Buddhism (Myanmar, Sri Lanka) Islam (Pakistan, Bangla Desh) and Hinduism (India) in the main.

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Shani Temple Tradition Banning Women's Entry Slammed

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DNA India

Women activists slammed the tradition of prohibiting entry to the fairer sex at a famous Shani shrine in Ahmednagar district and the "purification rituals" which were performed by villagers after a woman recently entered there.

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Maharashtra: Return of Maoists to the Mainstream

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By Mrinal Kanta Das
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

Six Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres surrendered before the Minister of State for Home (Rural), Maharashtra, Ram Shinde in the Gadchiroli District on December 22, 2015. Those who surrendered were identified as Sainu Hedi, ‘deputy commander’ of Platoon 10, carrying a reward of INR one million on his head; his wife Jano Atram aka Roshni of the same platoon; armed cadres Sandesh Mattamiand Nagesh Pada; and two others. They carried a combined reward of INR 2.6 million on their heads.       

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JULY 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 12










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