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46 DNLA militants, including top commander down arms in Dima Hasao to join mainstream

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Guwahati: 46 Dimasa National Liberation Army(DNLA) militants along with its C-in-C Musrang Dimasa on Saturday ceremonially laid down arms at Khepre village in Dima Hasao district, around 106 km away from dist HQ Haflong.

The arms laying ceremony was done in presence of Assam’s ADGP (SB) Hiren Nath, IGP (Law&Order) Dipak Kedia, NC Hills Autonomous Council chief Debolal Gorlosa, DC Paul Barua, SP Jayant Singh, 11 Assam Rifles Commandant Col. Ashok Bhandari and other dignitaries.

Top leaders of the outfit chairman Etika Diphusa alias Kharmindao Dimasa, deputy chairman Juddychan Haflongbar alias America Dimasa and ‘general secretary’, Prithamjit Jidongsa alias Galao Dimasa were also present during the arms laying ceremony.

While welcoming the cadres ADGP Nath said that the decision of coming overground will surely bring peace to the district and bring more developments for the district.

The outfit laid down three AK series rifles, one M16 and three bolt action rifles.

Speaking to media, the C in C claimed that their cadres strength is over 300 and the rest will come overground after setting cease-fire camp in Karbi Anglong, Umrongso, Maibang and one along Dima Hasao- Cachar dist border. He also strongly demand for ancestral land of Dimasa Hirimba Raji state, a separate state of Dimasa with its own currency, culture etc.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the surrender had given an “impetus to the process of peace” in Assam.

 

Last month the outfit sign an agreement with the Assam government in presence of CM Dr Himanta Biswa Sharma. As per the agreement, the outfit will lay down arms and join the mainstream.

The Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA) group announced its formation through a press release on April 15, 2019. The group claimed that it is “committed to revamp the national struggle and fight for the liberation of a sovereign, Independent Dimasa Nation”. It also stated that “the organization is for and to develop a sense of brotherhood among the Dimasa and also to rebuild the trust and faith among the Dimasa society for regaining the Dimasa Kingdom.”

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