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DHD-James to surrender
Published on 29 Oct. 2009 11:51 PM IST
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Another rebel group of Assam’s North Cachar Hills — the James Dimasa-led breakaway faction of Dima Halam Daogah (Jewel) — is expected to lay down arms in the next few days. The group, led by Pronit Haflongbar alias James Dimasa, was in touch with some administrative and police officials to arrive at a consensus on the venue, time and terms of their possible surrender, The Telegraph quoted senior police official in Haflong as saying on Wednesday. James, 29, a resident of Tapodisha in Haflong, and his group had deserted the Jewel Gorlosa faction of the DHD earlier this year. Officials said the group had not surrendered fearing dilution of its demand for Dimaraji, a separate state for the Dimasas. James changed his mind after speaking several times to DHD (J) leader Niranjan Hojai, who led his cadres to surrender on October 2, over phone. The DHD (J) had broken ranks with the Dilip Nunisa-led DHD in 2003 after Nunisa and his supporters signed a ceasefire with the Centre and the Assam government. The DHD (J) surrendered on October 2 this year while talks are on between the Nunisa group and the government. As a prelude to the final surrender of the James group, some of its cadres recently surrendered before the army in the Hmar-dominated Churachandpur town of Manipur. While 16 cadres surrendered before Maj. Gen. Sakti Gurung, the GOC of 57 Mountain Division, on September 18, two surrendered on Monday. The James group is now said to have 19 cadres. The group’s decision to surrender is expected to go a long way in assuaging apprehensions of militancy raising its head again in North Cachar Hills district, which has been on the boil for long. Sources said the decision had also come as a relief given some “disturbing” reports of the rebels getting closer to Naga outfits. “The Naga rebels are not too keen on completion of the East-West corridor and railway gauge conversion projects as this would diminish the importance of Dimapur (Nagaland’s commercial hub) as a railhead from where supplies are routed to Manipur besides Nagaland,” a source said. Dimapur also has a large FCI godown.

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