GUWAHATI, Jan 11 � The Government of India has almost finalised a peace pact with militant group DHD(J), while, it is still apprehensive of the peace overtones of the Ranjan Daimary faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB).
Talking to The Assam Tribune, the Joint Secretary (North East) of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Sambhu Singh said that the Government has reached an agreement with the DHD (J) and the date for signing a formal agreement with the outfit would be finalised soon. However, the Government has not yet been able to come into an agreement with DHD (Nunisha) faction. He said that the DHD (N) is demanding inclusion of 94 more villages in Dima Hassao district, which is not practical.
Singh said that the talks with the pro talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) is progressing well, but though the Ranjan Daimary faction of the NDFB has announced a unilateral cease fire to express its desire to come for talks, the Government is keeping a close watch on the situation.
The MHA official said that the Government of India�s interlocutor already met Ranjan Daimary in jail to have initial talks, but the Government is yet to take a decision on whether a suspension of operation against the outfit would be announced. He said that the fact that a major chunk of the members of the outfit is still in Myanmar is a worrying factor, while, there have been intelligence inputs of senior members of the outfit including B Bidai trying to procure weapons. The Government would keep watch on the situation before taking any decision on suspension of operation against the outfit, he added.
The Government would give rehabilitation package for the members of the militant outfits which sign peace pacts with the Government. But the heinous cases against members of such outfits would not be withdrawn.
Singh admitted that the hard line faction of the ULFA has been trying to launch recruitment drive to strengthen the outfit and the new recruits have been sent for training. But the new boys are getting killed in the operations, he pointed out. He said that the leader of the outfit, Paresh Baruah spends most of his time in Myanmar and China. But he is not in a position to go back to Bangladesh as a case has been registered against him. However, the wife and children of Baruah are still in Bangladesh.