Diphu: Leaders of Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA), an armed group operating in Dima Hasao (NC Hills) and Karbi Anglong, which is under unilateral ceasefire with the government, have come over ground to end the two-and-a-half years armed struggle and start talks with the government.

A mass welcoming programme was organised today at Dawjingphang community hall, Dhansiri, to welcome the DNLA leaders coming over ground, which is about 23 km from here.

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The DNLA cadres who came over ground were chairman Etika Diphusa alias Musphrang; general secretary Pritamjit Jigdung alias Kalao and additional C-in-C Jutikson Halflongbar alias Amsah.

Assam Education Minister Dr. Ranoj Pegu welcomed the DNLA leaders in the presence of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) Executive Member (EM) Pradip Diphusa; Special DGP G.P. Singh, IGP (SB) Hiren Chandra Nath, DIG, Central Range, Satyaraj Hazarika, and Karbi Anglong SP Pushpraj Singh.

Welcoming the DNLA leaders to the mainstream, education minister Pegu said, “I on behalf of Assam government congratulate the DNLA leaders for coming over ground. This is not the problem of a particular region. It is not only the issue of the Dimasas nor Karbi Anglong or Assam.  It is a national issue and it has to be resolved with the Central government. We hope by starting the peace process by the DNLA leaders with the government, there will be peaceful atmosphere in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao.”

Talking to the media after the welcome ceremony, Pegu said, “Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has always been appealing to the insurgent groups to come to the negotiating table. Responding to the call, the DNLA under the leadership of Etika Diphusa has agreed to join the mainstream. The DNLA leaders will start talks with the state and Central government. Their demands will be taken up in the discussion.”

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The government only wants peace in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao, the minister adeed.

Special DGP GP Singh said the DNLA leaders will be moved to Guwahati on Friday. Talks with the DNLA by government including officials of the Home department and law and order will be started.

“If the talks continue then we are hoping to get the final result within 15 to 20 days or in one month. We welcome the ceasefire agreement signed by the DNLA with the government,” Singh said.

It may be mentioned that the DNLA was formed on April 15, 2019. The group claimed that it is committed to re-start the national struggle and fight for the liberation of a sovereign, independent Dimasa nation.



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