In a significant development, the dreaded militant outfit of Assam the Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA) has announced a unilateral ceasefire with the government with effect from September 7, 2021.
In a press statement, the militant outfit said that they have declared the unilateral ceasefire as a goodwill gesture and positive response to the call of Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for peace.
“As a goodwill gesture and as a positive response to the call of peace by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, we, the DNLA, is hereby declaring ‘Unilateral Ceasefire’ on 7th Sept. 2021 for six months for creating an atmosphere for peace talks with the Govt of Assam and Govt of India,” the release stated.
Security forces have intensified operation against the DNLA after they killed five truck drivers in Dima Hasao and burnt down the trucks.
The incident took place at Diyungmukh area in Dima Hasao on August 26.
Sources said that the decision of declaring a ceasefire came just after police and other security forces have launched a massive combing operation against the militant group.
The DNLA militants targeted seven coal-laden trucks by firing indiscriminately at them and later setting them ablaze.
Most of the militants’ outfit of Assam has declared a ceasefire with the government and many groups have returned back to mainstream for talks after chief minister Himanta Bisawa Sarma appealed to all the militant groups of Assam to return back to mainstream and join talks.
On April 15, 2019, Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA) group announced its formation. The group after its formation claimed that it is committed to revamp the national struggle and fight for the liberation of a sovereign, Independent Dimasa Nation.
Naisodao Dimasa chairman of DNLA and Kharmindao Dimasa is home secretary. The group has also established a government-in-exile called ‘Dimasa Peoples’ Supreme Council’.