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Assam: DHD militants threaten to break truce

By K Anurag in Guwahati
December 24, 2007 18:30 IST
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The Dimasa tribe militant group Dima Halam Daogah has threatened to renege on the peace process with the Central government expresing its frustration over 'no progress' in the on-going peace talks with the government of India.

The DHD led by its commander in chief Dilip Nunisa has been in ceasefire agreement with the government since January 2003.

The outfit is peeved at the 'non-progress' of peace talks. The current phase of ceasefire between the insurgent group and the Central government comes up for review on December 31.

The militant group, however, has cast aspersion on the sincerity of the government of India in addressing demands.

The DHD 'publicity secretary' R S Dimasa in a statement said in Guwahati that DHD (Nunisa faction) leaders and cadres were not in favour of extending the ceasefire for another term and has appealed to its chief Dilip Nunisa to break the ceasefire pact with the government of India.

The DHD cadres accused the government of not being interested in solving the Dimasa problem.

Nunisa, when asked about the possibility of non-extension of the ceasefire, said it would be decided by the cadres as the outfit believed in democratic principles and would be guided by the cadres' opinion.

The DHD (Nunisa) has about 1,000 cadres in four designated camps.

The DHD was split immediately after it had entered in a truce with the Central government. The anti-talk faction led by Jewel Garlosa had parted ways with the commander in chief Dilip Nunisa and floated the dreaded 'Black Widow' group that is now terrorising the Dimasa tribe homeland, North Cachar Hill district of Assam.

The main demand of the DHD (Nunisa) is a separate state for Dimasa tribe (Dimaraji) comprising the Dimasa inhabited North Cachar Hill district and Dimapur area of Nagaland.

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