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DHD resents renaming NC Hills
Correspondent Diphu, Apr 3
Published on 4 Apr. 2010 12:00 AM IST
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The Dima Halam Daogah (DHD) has came down heavily on the Government of Assam for renaming the present North Cachar Hills Autonomous District as Dima Hasao District with the headquarter remaining at Haflong.
Publicity secretary of the DHD, Ring Bar Dimasa said in a statement expressed fear that the decision of Assam Government of renaming the district would further divide the hills people of Assam and might damage the social system of the Dimasa society. “The choice to rename NC Hills into Dima Hasao District may create further social tension in the Hills area of Assam,” the release stated.
The DHD publicity secretary stated the government of Assam must realize the fact that the actual dilemma of the Dimasa people remained in another corner. It was stated that Assam government should address the core issue of the organization which was creation of “Dimaraji.” For “Dimaraji,” Dimasa people had to initiate two decades of democratic Dimaraji movement followed by sixteen long years of relentless armed struggle by the Dima Halam Daogah, it stated.
The publicity secretary said that the DHD has been engaged in seven long years of tripartite peace with the State and the Union Government, stepping up the demand for formation of Dimaraji statehood for Dimasas. He said formation of Dimaraji statehood was the ultimate goal of the Dimasa people and foremost demand of the DHD.
“This decision is the double standard policy of the State Government, they have given priority on the mere five months old problem and neglected the two decade old Dimaraji issue. It is the conspiracy of the State Government to derail the long seven years peace process” the DHD leader alleged.
Meanwhile, India Express reported that as many as 67 militants belonging to at least four militant groups in Assam, which have announced a ceasefire, have slipped out of their designated camps and allegedly returned to unlawful activities. Several of them have also taken away sophisticated weapons supposed to have been kept in joint safe custody in the camps. In fact, four runaway NDFB militants have since been killed by the security forces.
Official sources said seven militant groups and a faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) have signed ceasefire and arms surrender agreements with the government since 2002.

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