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DHD (J)-govt talks likely on Oct 7
Correspondent DIPHU, OCT 4:
Published on 5 Oct. 2009 1:08 AM IST
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As per indications, the first round of talks between the surrendered DHD (J) leaders and state government is likely to be held on October 7 in Guwahati. Over four hundred militants of the Dima Halam Daogah (Jewel) had formally laid down their arms before Assam chief minister, Tarun Gogoi during a function at Halflong in North Cachar Hill District on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on Friday. The DHD (J) a banned outfit under Unlawful Activity (Prevention) Act started surrendering weapons before September 15. The surrendered militants included the commander of the outfit Niranjan Hojai, the deputy commander Debolal Garlosa, five self-styled lieutenants, 15-second lieutenants, 30 sergeant majors, 15 sergeants, 29 corporals and 67 lance corporals. Niranjan Hojai said that a strong secede group of DHD (J) numbering more than 100 cadres did not favour to come to the main stream. He said the particular group was staying in secret lair along with large number of arms and ammunition. Hojai refused to comment on the reasons behind such a move by some Black Widow militants. Some officials on condition of anonymity said that this might be a ‘Wait and watch’ policy of the DHD (J) against the Union Government’s assurance of finding solutions of the charter of demands placed by the radical group within a stipulated period of hundred days. Expressing satisfaction over the steps taken by the DHD (J) to bring peace to the region, Tarun Gogoi had said that Congress- led Governments, both at the Centre and the State, were very much concerned about solving the long pending problems of the North Cachar Hill district. Gogoi also promised to take immediate measures to rehabilitate surrendered cadres of the outfit besides declaring a package of Rs. 50 crore for immediate developmental activities in the hill district. According to official sources, most of the surrendered cadres of the Black Widow were aged between 20 to 30. The DHD (J) is responsible for creating terror in the North Cachar Hill District of Assam for last six years, during which over 300 people have been killed. According to the new rules for facilitating peace talks with the militant organization, an outfit has to first abjure violence by depositing weapons and stay away from extortion by moving to designated camps. Only its top leadership will be allowed to sit for talks. The government has adopted a multi-dimensional strategy in North Cachar Hills with strong deployment of security forces. Army’s brigade headquarters at Haflong has coordinating all the efforts.

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