Assamese can heave a sign of relief in the wake of the Central Government signing a peace accord with two factions of the rebel Dima Hasao Dalgam, and there is hope among the general public that insurgency is coming to an end.
The Dima Hasao Dalgam was once regarded as the most dreaded insurgent outfit operating in the Nagaon, Cachar, North Cachar Hills and in Karbi Anglong district.
It had strong links with NSCN (IM) and the Pakistan based intelligence agency ISI.
The outfit was divided in two factions, one led by Pranab Nunisa and other by Jewel Garlosa.
They had unleashed an era of violence and terror in the region disrupting normal life and putting obstacles in the development of the region.
The DHD Nunisa faction entered into a ceasefire agreement with the centre on January 1, 2003, while the Jewel Garlosa faction came to terms with the Centre recently.
The signing of the agreement between the centre and the two rival factions of Dima Hasao Dalgam on October 8 will improve the security situation in Assam and also set an example for other groups to come in and join the peace talks.
"Insurgents have understood that violence is not the right way to solve problems but have realized that democratic process of talks is. Today's agreement will lead to bring peace and development in Assam," said Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
A special economic package of Rs 200 crore will be given over a period of five years to the Dima Hasao Autonomous Tribal Council for the development projects.
A council will also be set up to promote and preserve the culture and language of the region.
As many as 39 subjects will be transferred to the council under the 6th Schedule of the constitution conferring more legislative powers.
Under the agreement, the DHD is required to dissolve as an outfit in next six months.
"The peace accord will bring development in Assam, said Nava Thakuria, an expert.
Following the common sentiment in Assam, the signatories of the Memorandum of Settlement from the outfit asserted that violence is not the best way to find solution, though peaceful negotiations are.
People in Assam want the violence to end and expect all outfits to join peace talks so that the state can progress and have development. (ANI)