Assam militant outfit DNLA declares unilateral ceasefire


Guwahati:  Militant outfit Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA), mostly active in Assam”s Dima Hasao district, has declared a unilateral ceasefire for three months, the group has informed through a press release.

The release, which was made available to media on Wednesday but signed a day earlier, said the outfit has decided on the unilateral ceasefire as a “goodwill gesture and as a positive response to the call of peace” by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

The ceasefire has come into effect from Tuesday itself, the release signed by the outfit’s publicity secretary Mungsri Ringsmai Dimasa said.

The ceasefire is for “creating an atmosphere for peace talks with the Government of Assam and Government of India”, it added.

The DNLA was formed in early 2019.

Its members were suspected to have been involved in the killing of five drivers of coal-carrying trucks in Dima Hasao district on August 27 after the truck owners purported failure to pay money demanded by the outfit.

When contacted by PTI, the government did not confirm the development.

Indicating that a ceasefire is in the pipeline, a top official maintained that a clearer picture will be available in a day or two.

Chief Minister Sarma, after assuming office on May 10, had made an appeal to all militants to come forward for talks.

The ULFA (I) had declared a unilateral ceasefire from May 15 initially for three months, which was extended by the outfit for another three months on August 14.