Title Description Posted Date
Naga Peace Accord: Persistent Ambiguity Though over a year has passed since the signing of the 'historic Naga peace accord' or the 'framework agreement' (as it was later termed) between the Government of India (GoI) and the Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM), the 'framework' has not been finalised yet, by either party. The 'framework agreement' was signed on August 3, 2015, by the GoI interlocutor for Naga talks R.N. Ravi and 'general secretary' of the NSCN-IM Thuingaleng Muivah in the presence of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others in New Delhi, after nearly 18 years and over 80 rounds of negotiations under ceasefire. Though most of the actual contents of the 'agreement' was not made public, GoI had affirmed that the 'framework agreement' was not a final settlement, and details would be disclosed in the succeeding six months. Regrettably, this remains a distant dream. 29-Aug-2016
Andhra Pradesh: Maoist: Creeping Revival On July 30, 2016, Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres abducted and killed Vooraka Maraiah (45), a pastor, branding him as a 'Police informer', at Lakshmipuram village under the Nellipaka mandal (administrative unit) of the East Godavari District. Maraiah's body was found with hands tied at the back, bearing stab and bullet wounds, along with a letter in which the Maoists charged him with not heeding to their warning to mend his ways. He "accumulated wealth disproportionately. As Maraiah started exploiting the poor tribal people and the needy, we punished him in the people's court," the letter alleged. The Maoists also warned a host of other village leaders allegedly involved in "unlawful" activities and asked them to cut off their ties with the Police. 16-Aug-2016
Maoists: Fighting amidst Losses At least three cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), including a woman, were killed in an encounter with the Security Forces (SFs) in the forests of Kacheghat under Faraspal Police Station limits, Dantewada District, Chhattisgarh, on August 5, 2016. The slain Maoists were identified as Faggoo aka Nishant, Soma akaAjeet and Manki aka Geeta. Two .315-bore country-made revolvers, eight live rounds, one muzzle loading gun, two grenades, one Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) magazine with two live rounds, three detonators, four bundles of wire, 35 gelatine sticks, one kilogram of explosive, Naxal [Left Wing Extremism (LWE)] literature and magazines, and other materials were recovered from the encounter site. 08-Aug-2016
Sustained Response On July 26, 2016, nine militants were killed in 'Operation Storm 26' carried out by the Joint Forces including Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) personnel, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), the Detective Branch (DB) of the Police and the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), in capital Dhaka's Kalyanpur area. One militant identified as Rakibul Hassan aka Reagan, purportedly a member of Daesh [Islamic State], was arrested from the area with bullet injuries. However, Inspector General of Police A.K.M. Shahidul Haque, who visited the encounter site, stated, "The detained person claims to be an IS member, but we think they are of the banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB)." On July 27, 2016, Police identified seven of the nine militants killed as Abdul Hakim Naym (33), Taj-ul-Haque Rashiq (25), Akifuzzaman Khan (24), Shazad Rouf (24), Motier Rahman (24), Abdullah (23) and Jobayer Hossain (20) after matching their fingerprints with those on their National Identification Cards. Most of them were from well to do families and were missing since January 2016. On July 28, 2016, the identity of the eight slain militant was established as Raihan Kabir aka Tarek, the Dhaka 'region coordinator' of JMB. He had reportedly trained the men who attacked the Holey Artisan café in Gulshan on July 2. 01-Aug-2016
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