Ceasefire agreements with Assam rebel groups extended

January 18th, 2012 - 11:16 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) The Indian government Wednesday extended by another six months separate ceasefire agreements with two rebel groups in Assam that would facilitate the ongoing peace process in the northeast.

The separate truce agreements between the government and National Democratic Front of Bodoland-Progressive (NDFB-P) and the Dilip Nunisa-led Dima Halam Daogah (DHD) would be on till June end this year, a home ministry spokesperson said.

The government and the DHD, which demands a separate state to be carved out from parts of Assam and Nagaland, entered into the truce Jan 1, 2003. The agreement with the NDFB, which demands a separate Bodoland, has been in operation since June 2005.

The government is presently talking to both the outfits though there has been no breakthrough made for peace in the region.

The DHD has stuck to its stand but the government has maintained that there was no policy on creation of new states.

Former director Intelligence Bureau P.C. Halder is negotiating with the outfit. The last tripartite talks between the DHD, the state and central governments were held Dec 17, 2011.

The Dimasa extremist outfit has been active in North Cachar Hills district of Assam from December 1994. In December 2002, it expressed its willingness to give up violence and seek solution of its problems peacefully within the framework of Indian constitution.

Haldar is also an interlocutor for talks with NDFB. The last round of talks, which ended inconclusive, with the rebel group was held Dec 4, 2011.

The NDFB, has been active in lower Assam, particularly in Bodo dominated area since October 1986. It demands sovereignty of Bodo area in Assam.

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