Guwahati, Jan 24 (IANS) Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram Tuesday hinted that the government is planning to sign a peace accord with the Dima Halam Daogah faction of rebels led by Jewel Gorlocha (DHD-J), also known as Black Widow militants.
Attending an arms laying-down ceremony of nine militants outfits in Guwahati Tuesday, the home minister said the process of having peace initiative with the DHD-J is in the final stage and the government is likely to sign a peace accord with the outfit soon.
The other faction of the Dimasa militants led by Dilip Nunisa (DHD-N) might have to wait for some more time to formally sit in the peace process.
While the DHD-N has been in ceasefire pact with the union government since 2003, the DHD-J laid down arms before Chidambaram at a function held in Guwahati in 2009. A total of 416 cadres of the DHD-J laid down their arms before the minister and shifted to designated camps.
The process of peace talks with the DHD-N ran into rough weather as its chairman Dilip Nunisa refused to settle for anything less than ‘Dimaraji’ a separate Dimasa state. The other faction of Dimasa militants – DHD-J – settled with the demand for bringing the Dima Hasao district under Article 244 (A) of the Constitution – for an autonomous state within a state arrangements.
The home minister, however, cautiously avoided the issue of peace process with the DHD-N and the Karbi Anglong-based Karbi Longri National Liberation Front (KLNLF) militants and only said that “the deliberations with the DHD-N and KLNLF have also been progressing”.