Guwahati, Oct 28 (UNI): Altogether 181 former cadres of Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA), an armed rebel group that was once active in the Dima Hasao region, laid down their weapons in Haflong on Saturday.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma attended the ceremonial laying down of weapons by the former cadres of the militant outfit at the District Sports Association ground.
The DNLA had signed a peace agreement with the Centre and the state government in April
An amount of Rs 4 lakh has been given to each of the 181 cadres as a financial grant in the form of fixed deposits.
Addressing the gathering Sarma said, “Today this is a historic moment for Dima Hasao’s forward march towards all-round prosperity and progress.”
Sarma expressed hope the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) would one day drop guns and work towards the growth and development of the state.
He said an amount of Rs 6,000 crore shall be spent to improve road infrastructure in the region. He further added that profit from limestone mining shall be shared with the Dima Hasao Autonomous Council.
He also declared that if the Dima Hasao Autonomous Council is able to provide the state government with 100 bighas of land in and around Haflong town, the government would build a medical college there.