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GUWAHATI, Jan 12 � While the peace pact with the DHD (J) is in final stage, the peace process with the DHD (N), KNLF and NDFB (Pro-talk) has hit the roadblock with the outfits sticking to their adamant stands.

Addressing a press conference, the Chief Minister said that the Government was not agreeable to the DHD (N)�s demand for inclusion of 96 villages of Nagaon and Cachar in its council, nor was it ready to accommodate the KNLF's demand for Article 244 (A) for creation of a State within State in Karbi Anglong.

Similarly, Gogoi said the NDFB's demand for a separate State of Bodoland was unacceptable to the Government.

�We are not in favour of any realignment of the State's territory, and hence cannot entertain demands concerning any territorial change in the State,� Gogoi said.

The Chief Minister further informed the media that as many as nine militant outfits of the Adivasis, Kukis and Hmars � currently under ceasefire with the Government � were going

to lay down their arms by January 26.

"With almost all the ultra groups engaged in peace process, militancy is on the wane and it is a positive development," Gogoi said.

Referring to the peaceful Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council polls, Gogoi said that the people had once again reposed their faith in the Congress. He also expressed happiness at the UPDS participating in the polls.

On the growing incidents of theft at the sattras (Vaishnavite monasteries), Gogoi said that the Government was taking the matter with due seriousness.

�There have been nine theft cases and 23 persons have been arrested in this connection,� he said.

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Peace process hits roadblock

GUWAHATI, Jan 12 � While the peace pact with the DHD (J) is in final stage, the peace process with the DHD (N), KNLF and NDFB (Pro-talk) has hit the roadblock with the outfits sticking to their adamant stands.

Addressing a press conference, the Chief Minister said that the Government was not agreeable to the DHD (N)�s demand for inclusion of 96 villages of Nagaon and Cachar in its council, nor was it ready to accommodate the KNLF's demand for Article 244 (A) for creation of a State within State in Karbi Anglong.

Similarly, Gogoi said the NDFB's demand for a separate State of Bodoland was unacceptable to the Government.

�We are not in favour of any realignment of the State's territory, and hence cannot entertain demands concerning any territorial change in the State,� Gogoi said.

The Chief Minister further informed the media that as many as nine militant outfits of the Adivasis, Kukis and Hmars � currently under ceasefire with the Government � were going

to lay down their arms by January 26.

"With almost all the ultra groups engaged in peace process, militancy is on the wane and it is a positive development," Gogoi said.

Referring to the peaceful Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council polls, Gogoi said that the people had once again reposed their faith in the Congress. He also expressed happiness at the UPDS participating in the polls.

On the growing incidents of theft at the sattras (Vaishnavite monasteries), Gogoi said that the Government was taking the matter with due seriousness.

�There have been nine theft cases and 23 persons have been arrested in this connection,� he said.

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