Assam`s militant outfit shuns bullets, disbands

Last Updated: Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 20:10

Haflong/Guwahati: The underground outfit Dima Halam Daogah (DHD) Pranab Nunisa faction on Saturday disbanded with its 691 cadre, including 37 women, joining the national mainstream at its `Home Coming` ceremony here.

Assam Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi welcomed the cadre to the mainstream at the public ceremony organised by the DHD(N) at the District Sports Association`s ground.

Bordoloi said the DHD members` decision to lead a peaceful life by joining the national mainstream signalled the dawn of development in the Dima Hasao district and the state.

DHD(N) chairman Dilip Nunisa appealed to the people of the district to welcome the cadre to their fold as responsible members of society to lead a peaceful life.

The cadres deposited 135 assorted weapons, including AK series assault rifles, and 4408 ammunition at the function attended also by Transport Minister Chandan Brahma, Union Deputy Secretary Home A Kanuja, Additional Director General of police Khagen Sarma.

The Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) was signed between the outfit and Central as well as state governments on October 8 last year in New Delhi.

The DHD, an offshoot of the Dimasa National Security Force after it ceased operations, was formed in 1994.

Refusing to surrender, its `commander-in-chief` Jewel Gorlosa launched the DHD (J) also known as Black Widow in 1996 to create a `Dimaraji’ or `Dimasaland` for the ethnic Dimasa people in North Cachar Hills now called Dima Hasao district.

However, its Chairman Pranab Nunisa ousted founder Jewel Garlossa and took over charge of the banned underground organisation on June 24, 2004.

The group with its 364 cadre surrendered en masse to the CRPF and police with 37 AK series rifles, ten M-16 rifles, 11 US carbines, two each of Self-Loading Rifles (SLR) and M-21 rifle, one each of Ins as rifle, sten gun, 40-mm gun, Universal Machine Gun (UMG), Rocket Propelling Gun (RPG) and 9-mm pistols along with 7,303 grenades and over 10,000 assorted ammunitions.

On January 1, 2003 the DHD leadership had signed a ceasefire agreement with the union Government and held several rounds of talks with both central and state governments with the demand for creation of a `Dima Raji State`.

On October 8, 2012 an MoS was signed by the government with DHD(N) whereby the outfit had to dissolve within six months of the signing.

PTI




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