Saturday, November 01, 2008

Arunachal Dragon Force - is it still alive?

I woke up this morning to check the news and there you go, Times of India had the featured news of the No.of terrorist organization currently active in India and to my surprise Arunachal Pradesh had a part to share. 

The maximum number — 40 — operate in Manipur, followed by 36 in Assam, 32 in Jammu and Kashmir, and 30 in Tripura, figures compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal say. 
Punjab is home to 12 terror groups, Meghalaya houses four, Nagaland three, Mizoram two and Arunachal Pradesh one. 
- Times of India

Arunachal Dragon Force - I'ad heard about it's existence years ago, but could never ascertain it for sure, if it really existed. Now, the headline cover story of TOI saying so, made me ponder if it really existed, to this day. Did a few Google searches, wiki hardly had substantial thing to say about its existence, but SATP ( south asia terrorism portal ), did have a brief page mentioning about it. 

Another news piece from dating back to December 2003, also had a line on ADF and so did But, both of them referring to the same event when Indian army had carried a major counter-insurgency operation near the Indo-bhutan border, with the support of Royal Bhutan Army in 2003.

On December 20, the Indian Army ambushed and killed three terrorists, two from ULFA and one from the relatively unknown Arunachal Dragon Force (ADF), near Namsai in Arunachal Pradesh. The chief of the ADF, Chownomee Namchumoo, was captured along with AK-47 rifles, pistols, grenades and a large amount of explosives and cash.

He said that as per figures available with the Indian Army, 14 militants -- 10 from the ULFA, three from NDFB and one from the Arunachal Dragon Force -- have been killed while 14 hardcore, mainly from the ULFA, have been apprehended.

Call it a piece of perfect information or the adroitness of ADF that, death of only One ADF militant has been confirmed, till date. Which, further sets me to question the veracity of the news that is being covered in major news paper - if the terrorist organization that is being linked to Arunachal Pradesh has any significance to current insurgency problems in Arunachal Pradesh? Since, to my knowledge, most of the Insurgency problems that can be heard in Arunachal context is mostly about ULFA, NSCN ( IM & K ), but never been ADF. 

And am not surprised of not finding any worthwhile cover story from Arunachal Govt on the same. Concealing matters from public afterall are their fundamental discourse. 
I shall be glad, if someone could share with me more on Arunachal Dragon Force. 



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