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Dimasas want Dimapur in autonomous state

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, July 16 - At a time when the Naga peace process is stalled over the demand of greater Nagalim, the Dimasa National Council (DNC) today served an ultimatum on the Centre demanding return of Dimapur to the proposed Hirimbapur autonomous state.

A delegation of the DNC met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his North Block office demanding return of Dimapur.

The four-member delegation led by president Dhironjay Naiding and general secretary Mrinal Kanti Ponglo conveyed to the Home Minister that the Naga rebels were committing atrocities in some of Dimasa�s former territory. They also expressed their opposition to the demand of Nagalim comprising land of Assam.

�This move of Nagalim will be resisted at all costs by the DNC. We will not lose a square inch of our land by the aggressive encroachers and the DNC will resist the move tooth and nail,� they said.

The DNC also reiterated their 10-point charter of demands calling for setting up one administrative unit under the name of Hirimbapur autonomous state under Article 244(A) by carving out the entire North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (Dima Hasao) and including three historic Dimasa kingdom capitals of Dimapur, Maibang and Khaspur areas adjoining Karbi Anglong, Hojai, Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts of Assam in the proposed autonomous state.

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