| Dilip Nunisa |
Nagaon, Oct. 18: The Dilip Nunisa-led faction of the Dima Halam Daogah (DHD) is planning a homecoming ceremony at Haflong, headquarters of the hill district, sometime in the first half of November.
In the presence of representatives from New Delhi and Dispur, 1,152 cadres of the outfit will formally abjure the path of militancy and join the mainstream.
Nunisa, who hesitates to accept the official term “dissolution of outfit”, plans to give a new colour to the farewell to arms with a cultural programme where all the members of the group will gather.
“It (the armed movement) was a move for a right cause but the path was non-democratic. The ceremonial arms farewell will lead to normality for everybody and each cadre will go home as part of the mainstream and with a bright future, which I hope will be long-lasting,” Nunisa said.
The DHD leader told The Telegraph from the outfit’s Harangajao-based liaison office that the ceremony will end the decade-long armed struggle but the cadres’ social responsibilities would continue.
Some more important work will be entrusted to the cadres under the network of a social organisation, which the DHD will float on the day of the ceremony.
“The term DHD will be there in the name of the social organisation. The four existing designated camps and two liaison offices will be used as the offices of the organisation, which will work as an NGO,” he said.
The Dilip Nunisa and the Joel Gorlosa-led factions of the Dimasa militant outfit had signed a tripartite memorandum of settlement with the Centre and Dispur on October 8 for a territorial council.
According to the agreement, the existing organisations will be dissolved within six months from the date of signing the accord.
Nunisa today said Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had assured the faction of his participation in the ceremony. Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi will be invited as special guest.
Nunisa, accompanied by 50 DHD leaders, has participated in 30 felicitation programmes in different parts of Harangajao in the last two days.
“Response from all sections of people living in Dima Hasao district shows that the decision to sign the MoS was right — the people were waiting for it. We will hereafter take the path which the people of Dima Hasao prefer,” Nunisa said.
The Joel Gorlosa-led faction of the DHD is yet to announce a similar move.