Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Dima Hasao on alert after DHD accord

GUWAHATI, OCT 9: Authorities in Assam’s Dima Hasao district have been put on high alert following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Centre and the factions of Dima Halam Daogah (DHD) in New Delhi on Monday.
The security preparedness is in view of the growing tension between the dominant Dimasa tribal people and non-Dimasas in the Assam hill district. The latter apprehend curtailment of their rights with the new agreement paving the way for Dima Hasao Autonomous Territorial Council.
On Sunday, barely 24 hours before the peace deal, miscreants lobbed two grenades in district headquarters Haflong. A Dimasa student leader was later shot at, following which the district administration clamped indefinite curfew.
On Saturday, Northeast Frontier Railway had suspended train services between Lumding and Badarpur after suspected Naga militants fired at a running train near Haflong.
“We have deployed forces in sensitive places besides clamping indefinite curfew,” Dima Hasao district police chief Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta said.
Meanwhile, Indigenous People’s Forum – an umbrella organisation of Nagas, Kukis, Hmars, Hrangkhals and six other non-Dimasa tribal communities – has asked the government not to constitute the new territorial council. It fears the territorial council will lead to victimisation of non-Dimasas.
These tribes as well as non-tribal communities had been at the receiving end of the armed struggle by both Dilip Nunisa and Jewel Garlossa factions of DHD during their armed struggle for a separate Dimasa state.
The Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland is learnt to be backing the non-Dimasas, particularly a Dima Hasao district falls within the map of ‘Greater Nagalim’.
Intelligence officials said a major militant outfit has been trying to float a militant outfit catering to non-Dimasas to oppose the Dimasa hegemony in the new territorial council.
source:-eastern mirror.

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