Army Atrocities (1997-2005)

Brief Chronology of Atrocities committed
on innocents by various agencies of Security Forces
in Karbi areas

4 November, 1997
> Hori Terang (45), S/o of Lt Kondor, vill-Balijan Sedeng Terang of Bakulia dies in custody—

17 July 2000
> Unidentified killers shoot dead family members of UPDS (Assam Tribune) — when Wilson Kro, the C-in-C’s father and mother and brother of the Dy. C-in-C Mensing Tokbi’s. Basa Kro (65) and his wife Lisha Derapi (55) of Rongkuroi village under Baithalangso PS were killed while their daughter Long-ik Kropi (25) received bullet injuries and treated at Nowgaon Civil Hospital. In another incident, Kheru Singnar (55) and Amphu Kramsapi (50 of Khanajan village were also killed. Hemari Tokbi (63) and his son Ranjit Tokbi (18) were kidnapped and later killed them at Belbari village under Kheroni PS. Interestingly, police is yet to ascertain the identity of the killers. Immediately, PK Mahanta, CM, visited the areas.

26th March 2002
> Detention of innocent persons by army in trumped up charges —1) Chandrasing Lekthe (35 yrs), s/o Habe of village Pator Phangcho/Hidipi/Rongmongve 2) Hemari Singnar (38 yrs), s/o Lt Murchon of Lunse Timung village, Rongmongve arrested by army from Misa camp and later handed over to police. They are booked under Arms Act— Howraghat PS Case No. 112/02 U/S 387 IPC Khorsing was halting the night of Hemari Singnar, GB of the village. Army ‘recovered’ list of ‘UPDS tax collection’ which actually was donation collected from villagers for yearly Karbi village ritual — Rongker. Villagers were raided and subjected to physical torture. Army again came to the village on 27th March with the two arrested persons and ‘recovered’ one muzzle-loading guns as proof of extremist nexus — ‘endorsed’ from the SGB Kania Phangcho.
> The following persons of Rongmongve were arrtested on 26th March 2002 — GR-112/2002
PS : Howraghat Case No 30/2002— IPC 387, 25(1)B— 1) Chandrasing Lekthe (40), s/o Habe, vill : Hidiso— 2) Hemari Signnar (55), s/o Lt Amorchand, vill : Lunse Timung— Charge : Army picked them up. Chandrasing was carrying Rs. 3, 000/- with him confiscated by army as money meant for UPDS. Chandrasing spent the night at Hemari Singnar’s house. Army “recovered ” list of donors for rongker from Hemari Singnar (headman)’s possesion and dubbed him as list of money collected for UPDS and handed over to police. Lekthe, being healthy, became punching bag for the army and police.

2nd April 2002
> Army arrest — 1) Khelan Kro (32 yrs), s/o Lt Singnot of village Tim-hem Athoi/Rongmongve and 2) Dorsing Singnar (18 yrs), s/o Lt Kamar of village Tim-hem Athoi/Rongmongve also arrested by army and later handed over to the police under the same Arms Act. Three unlicensed muzzle-loading guns were recovered from them. However, Dorsing Singnar was picked up by the army in liu of the actual culprit. (Howraghat PS Case No. 34/02)

25th May 2002
> ‘Secret Killing’ — One unidentified dead body of a man, aged about 30 years, was recovered from Mithiphang, 5 kms. from Diphu on Diphu-Manja road. Police sources say the incident occured last night around 11-30 pm. The body is lying at the Diphu Civil Hospital morgue since the hospital authority received the body at 10-20 am this morning and so far no one has claimed the body.

6th June 2002
> Horen Bey and four other top leaders of the pro-talk UPDS leaders arrested — at Baithalangso by the army and were later handed over to the police after brutally roughing them up. Police has expressed unhappiness over the incident and released them the same day.
One Semson Terang of the UPDS pro-talk faction was killed by the army.

19th June 2002
> Army attemps rape at Dikhlem under Kheroni PS, 6 kms from Kheroni to wards Habaipur —plainscloth armymen from Lanka/Bamungaon camp suddenly showed up at around 5 am in the morning at Dikhlem Karbi village (near Kheroni) in the name of apprehending “extremists” and attempted to rape the following teenaged Karbi girls —
1. Miss Rojoni Timungpi (14), d/o Borsing Timung, Class-VIII, Habaipur Girls’ High School
2. Miss Kache Hansepi (16), d/o Longsing Hanse, Class-X, -do-
3. Miss Kungri Ingheepi (15), d/o — Class-VIII, -do-
Army put guns on their heads and molested them after forcing them to take off their cloths to which people were alerted and the culprits made a hasty retreat but in the meanwhile arrested — Babu Engleng (20), s/o Sarthe, photographed with arm supplied by army to show him as an extremist and took him to army camp. Another 60 yr old SGB Rupsing Teron was also picked up by the same army gang and later released him from Kheroni camp.
One Dr KC Das of Kheroni Subsidiary Health Centre conducted the medical check up and released the three teenaged girls after primary medical treatment, including pain-killer injections as the victims complained of both physical and mental trauma.
Against this, KNCA team has gheraoed the Kheroni PS and Mailoo outpost. Meanwhile, complaint has been lodged with the police and people are preparing to complaint with the Civil SDO of Hamren. Media has been informed about this incident.

20th June 2002
> Dikhlem Karbi girls molested by army— Asomiya Pratidin, Aaji, Dainik Asom carried news headlines while Hindi Purbanchal Prahari accorded front page status. Asian Age, Assam Tribune (however without mentioning the date of the proposed bandh) also published the news item.
> Police in the town is seizing papers of about 50-60 auto-rickshaws, detaining them in the police station to force them to ply during tomorrow�fs ASDC-sponsored 12 Hr KA Bandh against molestation of three-teenaged school Karbi girls. The Diphu Auto Association is controlled by the Congress (I). Police is also warning shop keepers in the town market of risking their locks hammered open if they closed shops. Confrontationist atmosphere is building up and there is no immediate Congress reaction on the issue.

1st August 2002
> Massive army operations in Karbi Anglong — Kongjuk Athoi (Bakulia)— Last night at about 3 am, in Kongjuk Athoi area — Monsing Lekthe, Langtuk Terang villages — ransacked all the households, destroyed properties, certificates and other documents/files etc. on which they could lay their hands on. The group, led by one DSP from Diphu, also arrested three villagers— Sarthe Terang (45) his sons Babu Terang (20) and Khorsing Terang (18). Khorsing Terang was photographed with a weapon as police evidence of possession of “illegal arms” to justify the combined security florces continuing harrasments in the area. Security forces also snatched money from the following villagers — Rensing Teron (LP Teacher) Rs, 8, 000/- Moniram Lekthe (GB), RS. 800/- and Bhaiti Lekthe (s/o GB) Rs. 700/- + and Dhansing Teron (LP teacher) Rs. 100/- and ransacked trunks etc. In the raid 18 persons were brutally assaulted —
1. Dhansing Teron (30), s/o Lt Monsing, LP Teacher, Rangsina LP 2. Dhansing Ingleng (60), s/o Lt Sarthe 3. Baliram Terang (30), s/o Sarpo 4. Sarthe Ingleng (30), s/o Lt Sarthe 5. Gulap Ingti (27), s/o Sairam
6. Madhuram Lekthe (16), s/o Sarthe 7. Bijoy Ingleng (20), s/o Hemari 8. Hemari Bey (16), s/o Rongbong
9. Babu Teron (18), s/o Lt Mensing 10. Longsing Bey (30), s/o Lt Sarmen 11. Bhaiti Teron (14), s/o Lt Mensing 12. Hemari Teron (30), s/o Lt Bor 13. Sarthe Lekthe (50), s/o Lt Bajong 14. Sarsing Bey (39), s/o Rongbong 15. Dorsing Lekthe (20), s/o Sarsing 16. Khorsing Bey (20), s/o Rongbong
> Army picks up 5 from Bomrui Adarsha/Bakulia under Howraghat PS— In another raid, combined CRPF-Army arrested 5 innocent Karbi villagers from Bomrui, 5 kms from Bakulia on the night of 1st August— 1) Babu Singnar (25), s/o Sarthe 2) Deben Singnar (16), s/o Sarthe — student 3) Babu Singnar (28), s/o Lt Sarmen 4) Mangalsing Timung (12), s/o Lt Longsing — student 5) Joyram Singnar (14) — also a student. The students are waiting for their exams now. But the security forces are not bothered.

6th August 2002
> Innocents from Rongmongve tortured and detained since May — 1) Ramsing Hanse (60), s/o Lt Khelan, vill : Hidiso, PS Howraghat; arrested 5-5-2002— 2) Robiram Hanse (40), s/o Ramsing, vill : Hidiso, PS Howraghat; arrested 5-5-2002— GR-154/2002— PS : Howraghat Case No 46/2002— IPC 120(B)/212/387/134/25(1-B)— Security Rs. 10, 000/- The father-son duo were ‘arrested’ by army up by the Misa based Army initially as porter in anti-exttremist raids at 6 am in the morning. in May on charges of harbouring extremists The army personnel asked them to carry army bags upto Kuthori temporary army camp but later on handed over to the police at Jakhalabandha police out post who again handed them over to Howraghat police. The army showed in their charge-sheet as having recovered a pistol and 3 live ammunitions from the possession of the persons.

9th Aug 2002
> Army raids in Bhoksong (Katumari) under Duar Amla in search of extremists— Villagers are complaining of atrocities following raids by the army in the area. As per a memoradnum submitted to minister Rupomsing Ronghang and signed by Romen Teron, Bhim Engleng, Bhuban Ronghang, Nilambar Rongpi, Babu Rongpi, Mojasing Teron, Ridim Hanse, Dilp Teron, Darasing Teron, Harsing Bey and Sarsing Engleng. The army occupied the PWD-IB on 9th Aug. One Romesh Ronghang was picked up, locked him in the IB and later forced him to do manual work Army tortured him to get informations about extremists. Another Simanta Rongpi, an LP School teacher was also picked up at around 7 pm and tortured him the whole night. On 10th Aug 2002, he was allowed to go home briefly in a critical condition. Villagers gave him some food and medicine. Since then, the army has been routinely beating up people irrespective of age or gender forcing villagers to flee their homes. Houses and properties have been either looted or ransacked. One Sri Mansing Teron, s/o Lt Lunse of Kongkat gaon has been missing since then. Again, another Krishna Teron, s/o Lt. Ranjit Teron of Borgaon picked up by the army on 16th Aug 2002 is also reported missing.

6th Oct 2002
> Army raid Lawrence Terang village/Langherang/Tarabasa at about 1:30 am and ‘arrested’ the following without any warrants or arrest orders— 1) Julius Rongpi (20), school drop out, s/o Longki (tortured at the spot), 2) Sarsing Ingti (53), s/o Lt Borli, Sikari (Sarthe) Ronghang vill., 3) Edward Terang (35), s/o Bidyasing . These innocents have been tortured brutally at the time of ‘aarrests’.

14 July 2003
> Security forces kill pro-talk UPDS cadre at Diphu —in a raid at 6 mile at the house of pro-talk faction Vice-Chairman Ke-ap Tisso’s native home after midnight killing the ailing body-guard Anong Teron (25) point-blank and later calling the unprovoked stage-managed encounter as ‘response to violation of ground-rules’ by the outfit. The incident has raised questions among public regarding the intention of the security forces and the state police by this sort of ‘killings’.

13 Aug 2003
> Security Forces rape 4 Karbi girls — at Langmili near Diphu on 13th Aug. evening 4-30 pm when Noril (Nishel in medical report) Terangpi (12), d/o Manuelson, vill-Andrew Terang, Phina Ingtipi (45), w/o Andrew Terang, Junaki Beypi (15), d/o Jewel Bey and Renuka Singnarpi (13), d/o Ramsing Singnar. One of the rapists was identified as Nipumani Bora. Noril (a class II student of local village English LP School-Kirilongjon) had just returned from her exam and about to enter her house when two securitymen came chasing after her. She then hurriedly went inside the house to try to escape by jumping the window to the backside but the chasing securitymen took their turn to rape her. The other waiting securitymen dispersed the villageres, arresting some persons and the group also molested the other two girls while a middle-aged woman of 45, Phina Ingtipi, was molested on the village road.

25-26 Jan 2004
> Army raid at New Malidor/Cachar — about 10 truckloads of armymen raided this Karbi village of about 55 families since midnight of 25 Jan and continuing it again on 26th night. Army shot and injured one Honor Durong (35) who is now hospitalised at Silchar Medical College. Army raided this village in the name of flushing out UPDS.

1 Feb 2004
> Army molest 6 Karbi girls including 2 minors at Tharve-Rongthom Karbi village in Upper Deopani — after locking up all the male members in Moikang LP School at 10 pm. The molestation spree took place at 10-30 pm . Victims identified as — 1) Homsera Lekthepi (12), d/o Kangbura, 2) Kadom Rongpipi (15), d/o Sing, 3) Rubin Ingtipi (20), w/o Dorsing Lekthe (Rs. 1000/- also looted from her), 4) Phudang Ingtipi (25), w/o Biren Lekthe, 5) Kache Ingtipi (25), w/o Menson Hanse & 6) Phudang Killingpi (26), w/o Mohori Ingti of Kler Gaon of Upper Deopani.
2 Feb 2004
> Army arrest at Sambheti —Khorsing Terang, s/o Men Terang of village Sambheti at night without search warrants. Khorsing Terang was later lodged in Diphu jail and awaiting trial.

3 Feb 2004
>Army raids in KA— 1 Feb 5 from Upper -Deopani Ram Tisso village Jameson Tisso-32, s/o Ram, Siva Tisso-28, s/o Sar-et — Deithor (Kekang Adong area) 30 Jan 6-30 am another 5 arrested Khoiyasing Langne-40 (s/o Hemai), Mojari Killing-38 (Rongsangti), Robinson Killing-22, Barim Langne-30, Jiten Teron-20 (Deithor). Came in civil dress accompanied picked up without producing search or arrest warrants. In another incident, army also picked up one Rakesh Teron of Manja, a government employee, around 9 am while travelling in a motor-cycle Lungnit with Jug Ingti. Both were brought towards Manja including the bike. Family members were not given any clue about their whereabouts.

2 March 2004
> Spontaneous protest against frequent army raids at Bakulia— when at 10-30 pm more than 2000 people, enraged at the frequent whisking away of villagers by army, police and crpf in the Bakulia area ‘gheraoed’ the police outpost. At around 8 pm, army in gypsy and a truck whisked away one Hemai Timung (50), village headman of Hemai Timung village under Eragaon area, tied his face with one hand covering his mouth with his ‘gamcha’ he was wearing so as to avoid any alarm. One Kolom Terang (33) of the same village, loitering in the village road was also picked up and were about to leave the place when village women raised alarm prompting the gathering of about 300 women and children. Pitched battle ensued forcing the army to set Kolom free, forcing armymen to leave the place without losing any time. In a spontaneous reaction to frequent such army ‘arrests’, about more than 1000 people started following the army vehicles, reaching near crpf camp at Bakulia at around 9-15 pm. Army officer at first denied any such arrest but later admitted the detention and agreed to release the man. Army had also forcibly collected about 50 Karbi villagers to guard the camp as security against any possible mob attack. SP reached the spot at around 3 pm and started random arrest of Karbis leading to the arrest of 40 people including chldren and an Asstt. Engineer of Silonijan Irrigation Sub-Div Semson (Michael) Terang of Ram Terang village. Basa Hansepi (25) with head injury, Daman Ingti (22) with serious shoulder injury, Kensing Terang (24) with glass cut on leg, Rajesh Timung (27) with lathi injury were treated at Bakulia hospital. Later Basa Hansepi and Daman Ingti were arrested by police.

6 March, 2004
> Police/CRPF raid in Bakulia — around 4 am in the wee hours of the morning, apparently searching for innocent villagers namely — Arthem Timung (35), s/o Kangther of Balijan Terang, Joysing Bey (47) of Balijan, Mangal Teron (30), LP teacher, s/o Lt Khoiya and Gulap Tokbi (36), irrigation employee, s/o Kensing. The raiding crpf/police asked Mangal Teron and Joysing Bey to report at their camp 10 am the same day.

21 March 2004
> Custodial death of school-boy at Diphu — police arrested one Bhupen Terang, severely tortured him and kept him in police custody till April 4 when the boy died after being produced in court. According to press reports, Bhupen, along with two of his companions, had gone to shoot birds with an air-gun. While his two companions were allowed to go scot free, the police picked up Bhupen who used to stay in a poor boys’ hostel. On the strength of the report of the boy’s death in police custody in local media, Justice S.N. Phukan took suo moto cognizance of it and issued notice to the Superintendent of Police of Diphu to submit a report on Bhupen’s death to the Commission by May 3 next.

30 July 2004
> Black Panther/Diphu police torture Doldoli Karbi villagers — in the name of anti-insurgency operations and victimised Jiten Hanse, Mensing Timung, Joysing Bey, Jameson Bey, Sing Dera, Bura Engti, Dhiren Marak and Dorsing Bey of Longsing Timung village. These innocent villagers were denied any medical assistances inspite of grievous injuries on their bodies.

22 Aug 2004
> 3 killed in Baithalangsu police firing (Assam Tribune, Guwahati, Sunday, August 22, 2004) —From Our Correspondent — DONGKAMOKAM, Aug 21 – Three persons were killed in police firing at Ulukunchi police outpost under Baithalangsu police station in Karbi Anglong district last afternoon, after an irate mob gheraoed the outpost following the custodial death of one Raseswar Hokai. Hokai had been picked by police for his suspected ULFA links. Two of the dead have been identified as Sing Puma (40) and N Lumpai (45), while the third one is yet to be identified. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem.
The tragedy occurred when the police first fired in the air to disperse the group of incensed people at the outpost. Police said that after this, a few people from the crowd also fired at the police and then the police too retaliated by firing at them. According to police, those who fired from the crowd were Tiwa militants. Dolendra Chandra Deka, the Baithalangsu officer-in-charge, was also hurt in the firing.
Meanwhile, tension continues to grip the area. Senior police officials have already rushed to Ulukunchi to take stock of the situation.
PTI adds: Following the custodial death, an irate mob of the Tiwa community residing in the nearby areas gheraoed the police yesterday and started attacking them, injuring two policemen. Police opened fire in which two persons died on the spot. Following a search operation today, the body of another Tiwa community member was found in the nearby paddy fields who had sustained injuries in the police firing and subsequently escaped. The police suspected that some members of a particular militant outfit of the Tiwas were also involved in the attack as there was firing from 12 bore rifles which seriously injured the police station�fs officer in charge and his assistant sub-inspector who received bullets injuries in their hands. Police did not rule out the possibility of more casualties due to firing as most of the people dispersed after the incident. DIG AK Nath and SP Pankaj Sharma are camping in the area where the situation is tense but under control, the sources said. Police had started a probe into the incident.
> 3 die in firing, 1 in custody in Karbi hills (Sentinel) —DIPHU, Aug 21 (PTI): Four persons were killed, one in police custody and three others in subsequent police firing on a mob who injured two police officials seriously in Karbi Anglong district yesterday, police said.
Following a custodial death of a suspected thief in Baithalanshu police station, an irate mob of Tiwa community residing in the nearby areas gheraoed the police and started attacking them.
Police opened fire in which two persons died on the spot.
Following a search operation today, body of another Tiwa community member was found from the nearby paddy fields who had sustained injuries in the police firing and subsequently escaped.
The police suspected that some members of a particular militant outfit of the Tiwas were also involved in the attack as there was firing from 12 bore rifles which seriously injured the police station’s officer in charge Dulal Deka and his assistant sub-inspector who received bullets in their hands.
The police did not rule out the possibility of more casualty due to firing as most of the Tiwa people dispersed after the incident.
DIG A K Nath and Superintendent of Police Pankaj Sharma are camping in the area where the situation is tense but under control, the sources said.

The police had started a probe into the incident.
> Three killed in Assam firing (Telegraph) A STAFF REPORTER —Guwahati, Aug. 21: Three persons were killed and another injured when police fired on a mob protesting a police custodial death in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district around 5.30 pm yesterday.
Police said they had to resort to firing to control a 300-strong mob, which had turned violent while protesting in front of Ulupunchi police outpost, 225 km from Diphu.
The police also claimed that Tiwa militants had fired from the crowd, injuring officer-in-charge of Baithalangsu police station, Dulan Chandra Deka, who rushed to the outpost. He was operated on at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital today and his condition is stable.
Karbi Anglong superintendent of police Pankaj Sharma said, “The policemen opened fire in self-defence and after a magistrate, who had rushed to the site, declared the situation unlawful.”
Karbi Anglong deputy commissioner Anurag Goel was out of station.
Sharma said things were under control after a public meeting held at 11 am today. “Nearly 150 people participated in the meeting and they were convinced by our answers. Everything is normal now,” he claimed.
Police sources said a mob had gathered in front of the police outpost in the afternoon to protest the alleged custodial death of Rameswar Hokai, 45, who was picked up in a theft case yesterday morning.
“Hokai was handed over to us by the public after a thorough bashing. He subsequently succumbed to his injuries around noon,” one of the sources said. A magisterial probe was ordered into Hokai’s death and firing.

21 Sep 2004
Suniram Kro (31) of Eragaon grivously injured in CRPF A/97 Co DSP (Sharma) shooting —at Bakulia early today 3 am in a morning raid. Also arrested 11 other persons and produced in Diphu Court without any arrest warrants.

3 Nov 2004
CRPF raid injures one Bhaiti Tokbi (25) of Chiriknangnep— early morning today from his ginger cultivation. The person was left languishing and later brought to the Diphu Civil Hospital in a serious condition, injuring his thigh and hips. Earllier last evening, around 8 pm, two friends from same village — one small time vegetable seller Kiran Terang (19), s/o Sarthe was returning to his native village together with Poresh Terang (22), s/o Sing Terang. CRPF took them to another village — Ramsing Chinthong (Singnar) and took custody of 3 (three) more youths, two of them Babu Ingti-25 yr and Harsing Hanse-30 yr. Again towards the daybreak, the raiding CRPF accompanied by the villagers took custody of the headman Langtuk Ingti (45), s/o Kania and Dilip Milik (22) from Langtuk Ingti village. These arrests were made without any warrants, the victims of firing were also not provided any medical aid.
30 Jan 3005
> Army atrocities at Rongmongve — and picked up 4 (four) persons two each from Rongmongve market proper and Bordeka. The army also ransacked the house including the paddy of a local Congress leader Daktor Kathar of Rongmongve but no arrest was made as all the inmates had already escaped. Dhaniram Terang (28), petty shop-keeper and his elder brother Sing Terang (42) of Silim Ingti village were also picked up. Army also picked up one Kanchan Das (45), a petty shop keeper of Bordeka but later let off. Another person from Bordeka Jamin Teron (30) was however not so lucky. On 31 morning, local women of about 40-50 led by KNCA were preparing to march to the army camp at Kuthori but details awaited.

8 Feb 2005
> Assam Rifle jawan rapes 12 yr old Hanri Teronpi of Taro village of Tarabasa (D/o Dilipson) at Diphu/Taralangso— the rapist, identifeed as one Gautam Tamang (25) of Assam Rifles Training Centre of Diphu. Assam Rifles authorities deny any such wrong doing but medical reports of the victim has confirmed the rape.


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