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46 Dimasa Militants Lay Down Arms

Forty-six militants belonging to Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA), which mostly operates in Dima Hasao district of Assam on Saturday laid down their arms and came over ground as part of the ongoing peace talks with the outfit, a senior police officer said in Haflong.

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The group had declared a unilateral ceasefire for three months on September 7 as a goodwill gesture and as a positive response to the call for peace by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

The DNLA was formed in early 2019 with the purported aim of establishing a sovereign and independent Dimasa nation.

The chairman of the outfit, Edika Diphusa alias Kharmindao Dimasa, his deputy Juddychan Haflongbar alias America Dimasa, and general secretary Prithamjit Jidongsa alias Galao Dimasa came to the fore on September 24 to hold peace talks with the government, the police officer said.

More than 300 others will come overground soon once the ceasefire camp is ready, the self-styled area commander of the outfit Naiding Dimasa said.

Additional Director General of Police (Special Branch) Hiren Nath and Inspector General of Police Dipak Kedia, along with other officers, attended a programme at Khepre Bazaar in Dima Hasao district on Saturday to receive the cadres.

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