A BSF jawan injured in a militant attack in Kokrajhar district. File picture
Guwahati, Aug. 27: The number of security personnel killed in extremist-related violence in Assam has drastically come down in the last three years as most of the militant groups are now in ceasefire with the government.
According to figures available with the state home department, the number of security personnel killed by militants has gone down from 14 in 2011 to four in 2012 to only two this year (till June).
Among those killed were personnel from the army, police, BSF and the CRPF .
It has come as a big relief for security forces who are battling hard to control violence unleashed by insurgents in the state for the last three decades.
The number of incidents of militancy-spawned violence has also plummeted in the state this year compared to previous two years.
The number of incidents of militant violence in Assam has decreased to 124 this year (up to June) compared to 213 in 2011 and 264 in 2012.
The security forces attribute it to some major militant groups, including the Ulfa unit led by Arabinda Rajkhowa and the Ranjan Daimary faction of the NDFB coming to the negotiating table.
“As a result of this, the number of deaths of civilians killed by extremists has also declined. The number of civilians killed in the state in militancy up to June this year is 10 compared to 29 in 2011 and 39 in 2012,” an official source said.
But the anti-talks factions of Ulfa and the NDFB, besides the Karbi People’s Liberation Tiger (KPLT) remain a cause of concern for the security forces.
“Out of 20 security personnel killed by militants in Assam between 2011 and June 2013, 10 were killed by the anti-talks faction of the NDFB led by I.K. Songbijit, four each by Paresh Barua faction of Ulfa and KPLT and two by the NSCN (I-M),” the source said.
According to him, illegal activities of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) and the NSCN (I-M) militants in the areas of the state bordering Meghalaya and Nagaland have also become a headache for the security forces.
He said that though militant violence has come down in the state, there has been no let-up in extortion in the state. The source said that extortion is being carried out by militants as well as a section of former militants and criminals.
“A large number of extortion cases were being reported from the Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD). The I.K. Songbijit faction of the NDFB is involved in largescale extortions in the BTAD and adjoining areas,” the source said.