Chidambaram says no N-E truce without arms surrender

Sending a stern message to the insurgent groups operating in the Northeast,Home Minister P Chidambaram...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:July 11, 2009 4:31 am

Sending a stern message to the insurgent groups operating in the Northeast,Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said the Centre would not accept any offer of ceasefire from militant groups till its members surrender and lay down arms.

Talking of the specific case of Jewel Garlossa faction of Dima Halam Daogah (DHD-J) while replying to a calling attention motion in the Rajya Sabha,Chidambaram said the government had been successful in neutralising the highly troublesome group. He said the group had offered a ceasefire which the government refused to accept.

“A militant group cannot offer ceasefire to a sovereign government. A militant group must abjure the path of violence,surrender and lay down arms and then we can talk about any other problem they may have,” Chidambaram said.

He said the Centre wanted to send a tough message to the militant groups and he was sure the message had been delivered.

The government had last week declared DHD (J) as an ‘unlawful association’ under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. DHD (J),which claims to be fighting for a separate state for Dimasa tribe,was responsible for a series of violent incidents in the region for the last couple of years,including frequent attacks on the railways. Last month,the Assam Police was able to arrest the group’s top commander Jewel Garlossa in Bangalore. The group’s deputy commander-in-chief Partha Warisa was also arrested from there. Hours later,the police had gunned down the organisation’s ‘foreign secretary’ Frankie Dimasa in Guwahati.

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