Breaking News
Nagaland Post Logo
You are here:  Skip Navigation LinksHome » Show story
DHD (N) lays down arms for talks
Correspondent DIPHU, AUG 12:
Published on 13 Aug. 2009 12:25 AM IST
Print  Text Size

In accordance with the modified ceasefire ground rules, the Dima Halam Daogah (DHD-N) has laid down arms to the security forces yesterday at its designated camp Maibong. The modified ceasefire ground rules made it compulsory for a militant body to lay down arms for it to commence any peace talks with the government. Sources in Dispur said that the Dilip Nunisa faction of the DHD deposited their arms under the double-lock system at its designated camp in Maibong in the presence of North Cachar Hills superintendent of police, Anurag Tankha. The weapons were being kept inside a room at the camp and process of laying down arms was expected to be completed by the end of August. “Two locks are placed on the door. Those can be opened only in the attendance of both parties,” the sources said. The Maibong camp in NC Hills with 150 odd cadres, from now on would be guarded by two platoons of Assam police Task Force. Cadres of the 560 strong Nunisa faction are stationed in four camps – three in North Cachar Hills and one in Karbi Anglong since the proclamation the ceasefire in 2003. The campsites in NC Hills district are in Dhansiri, Harangajao and Maibong, besides Deogbra. Though the revised ground rules were approved by both the Centre and the outfit in New Delhi, it took endeavored efforts on the part of the authorities to get the Nunisa group to stand by it. In fact, both chief secretary P.C. Sharma and new DGP Shankar Barua, during a trip to Maibong on Friday, urged the outfit to abide by the ground rules. Nunisa said after preliminary disinclination, his outfit decided to submit arms in the “greater interest” of the peace process. He had previously said they would not let go of the weapons. “It is a benevolence gesticulation for all communities and groups. With the Nunisa faction giving up arms, the Jewel faction will not have to worry about safety. We can expect to hear some excellent news on the DHD (J) front too,” the source said, adding that the Nunisa division has also decided not to venture out to public places with arms. The DHD (J), after the capture of its leader Jewel Garlosa in Bangalore recently, had declared a unilateral ceasefire and sent feelers to the government for talks. The government, however, insisted that the outfit first deposited its arms, which was not acceptable to the group. The Centre has asked the Assam government to go all out against the DHD (J) although the outfit had declared a unilateral ceasefire. Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday renewed its request to the Jewel Garlosa faction of the DHD to follow similar path. Gogoi informed that the government was in constant communication with the DHD (J) to bring the Dimasa radical organization to the negotiating table. “But in-house contradictions within the group over the ceasefire rules have held up the ceasefire deal,” the Assam Chief Minister added. Stating that the ultra group could talk anything within Indian Constitution including its demand for a separate state, Gogoi said that the insurgent group first needed to dump their arms for any truce with the government. The surrender of weapons by the DHD (Nunisa) assumes significance since the authorities have been persuading the faction to stand by the new ceasefire ground rules. The laying down of arms by the DHD (N) was likely to go a long way in instilling confidence in DHD (J) rebels to give up arms if they wanted to take their purpose of ceasefire forward.

Comments:(0) Login or Register to post your Comment
(Available for registered users only)
More News