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Militants celebrate Independence Day in Assam

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Militants celebrate Independence Day in Assam

Retzawl (zoramobserver.com): Militants in Assam who have decided to settle their demands through dialogue are now observing Independence Day along with rest of the country.

While most militants refrained from openly observing Independence Day, the Hmar People’s Convention-D (Assam) has been organizing Independence Day events at their designated camp since 2017 when they entered into a trilateral ceasefire with the Centre and the Government of Assam.

The Tricolour was hoisted today at Retzawl Peace Camp by HPC-D (Assam) Chairman Elvis Hmar in the presence of locals and the 56-strong cadres who have now laid down their weapons. HPC-D (Assam) General Secretary David Hmar was also present during the event, according to a statement by the outfit.

Hmar People's Convention-D militants hoist the Tricolour at their designated camp in Retzawl, Assam, on August 15, 2018.

Hmar People’s Convention-D militants hoist the Tricolour at their designated camp in Retzawl, Assam, on August 15, 2018.

“It is both important to live for our country and also for the welfare of our community,” David Hmar said after hoisting the national flag.

HPC(D) Assam Region declared a unilateral ceasefire in 2011 with Assam government and this was followed by a general ceasefire 2012. On January 25, 2012 the cadres laid down their arms at Guwahati in the presence of Union Home Minister and Assam Chief Minister. The outfit is demanding a Hmar Autonomous Council (Core and Satellite). As many as 7 rounds of tripartite talks have been held and the Central government in 2018 appointed AB Mathur as interlocutor for the peace talks.

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