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Diphu December 23: In a major thrust to the peace procedure in Assam, another sixty seven DNLA cadres surrendered to the Assam government today ceremoniously at Dhansiri around thirty kilometers from Diphu, headquarter town of Karbi Anglong autonomous district.

The  Dimasa National Liberation Army cadres  emerged from the nearby forest and laid down their arms in front of the Assam police’s Additional Director General of Police Hiren Nath, and Chief Executive Member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council Tuliram Ronghang, during a program at Dhansiripar, playground of Dhansiri High School around 12:15 pm. The locality is under Dhansiri police station.

Welcoming the cadres into the mainstream, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma   tweeted that the cadres have committed themselves to realize the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah of a progressive and peaceful Assam.

“Committing themselves to the dream of Hon PM & Hon HM of progressive and peaceful Assam, I am glad to share that 67 cadres of DNLA laid down weapons today at Dhansiripar, Karbi Anglong,” Sarma tweeted.

It is pertinent to mention here that the DNLA had announced a ceasefire on September 24, following the surrender of forty six cadres of the outfit on November 24 at Khepri of Dima Hasao autonomous district.

Today’s surrender of DNLA was led by the Chairman of the outfit Itika Diphusa, Chairman of Dimasa National Liberation Army. The cadres deposited around twenty arms including AK 47, shotguns, automatic rifles, pistols and 341 rounds of assorted ammunition.

67 dnla cadres surrender arms
67 DNLA Cadres Surrender Arms

Additional Director General of Police Hiren Nath later informed the media that other armed members of Dimasa National Liberation Army will lay down their arms and join the mainstream within the month of January 2022. He also said that the Assam government will do its best to expedite the peace process to accommodate the surrendered militants. He also made it clear that any misadventure by the militants will be sternly dealt with.

Dimasa National Liberation Army in all probability is the last trigger happy armed extremist group of Assam to lay down their arms before the authorities. However, out of three hundred nine cadres as claimed by the Dimasa National Liberation Army Chairman didn’t turn up for the ceremonious decommissioning of arms today.

It may be stated here that after a combination of the six rebel outfits of Karbi Anglong with the mainstream through the September 4 peace accord the last gun-toting rebel organization ‘Dimasa National Liberation Army’ surfaced over-ground in the month of September 2021 with a peace proposal.

The Dimasa National Liberation Army’ after declaring unilateral ceasefire for six months on September 7, three apex leaders of the outfit stunningly immersed before Assam cabinet Minister for Education, Ronoj Pegu with the tender of peace parley in their inhabitant Daugifung located within the general area of Dhansiri, Karbi Anglong autonomous district.

Dimasa National Liberation Army was raised in 2016 however the outfit mostly remained unreceptive except for inflicting some erratic resentment except on August 24 the cadres of the outfit let loose a pitiless incident by liquefying five truckers and burning a number of loaded trucks in Dyangmukh area of Dima Hasao district primarily to draw the attention of the Assam government.

After the incident, the Assam government responded with equal ferocity in Karbi Anglong district; amid the growing difficulty created by security forces, Dimasa National Liberation Army’s Publicity Secretary Mungsri Ringsmai Dimasa through a press release issued on September 7 declared a unilateral ceasefire for six months paving the way for peace.