DIPHU: The United People’s Liberation Army (UPLA) has declared that it will disband its organisation following the peace agreement signed with the Centre and state government.

This formal announcement was made during a ceremony held at the UPLA designated camp Rongbin Aklam, Balipathar, on Sunday.

Altogether 378 UPLA cadres are all set to return home to their respective places. The UPLA, together with other five extremist organisations of Karbi Anglong, had signed a peace agreement with Central and the state government on September 4.

Addressing a press conference held at Rongbin Aklam, UPLA C-in-C Nikonjo Kathar said, “For the last several years the UPLA has carried out armed movement for the cause of statehood. During our armed struggle movement, many of our cadres have lost their lives and many have landed in the jail.”

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“On February 23 we had surrendered our arms to the government and on September 4 recently, we have signed a peace agreement with the state and central government,” he said.

Kathar said the peace accord was possible because of the immense support and initiative by Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council Chief Executive Member (CEM) Tuliram Ronghang and MP Horensing Bey, and the support from the people of Karbi Anglong.

Mentioning that the All Party Hills Leaders Conference (APHLC) and more than 24 social organisations had criticised the peace accord, Kathar said, “We don’t see any harm for the people of Karbi Anglong with the peace accord. But we hope that development will be seen in Karbi Anglong. The APHLC and 24 plus organisations are just misleading the public and trying to take advantage of the polical issue.”

The APHLC and the social organisation had called for a dharna before the peace signatories were leaving for New Delhi. Kathar said the dharna was aimed at “misguiding the general public”.

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