The center is set to sign a tripartite “Karbi Peace Accord” today and the agreement is expected to be signed in the presence of Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and representatives of Karbi outfits in the national capital. , sources said.
The deal is expected to be signed in the afternoon at the Northern Bloc office of the Ministry of the Interior (MHA).
The accord is important because the insurgency of Karbi – a major ethnic community of Assam – groups, dotted with various factions and splinter groups, has a long history in Assam, marked by assassinations, ethnic violence, kidnappings and taxes since the late 1980s. .
It has been learned that nearly 200 Karbi terrorists, who were among the 1,040 terrorists who surrendered to the Assam government on Feb. 25 this year, will be present during the signing of the agreement, the sources added.
These surrendered terrorists have arrived in Delhi and are staying in several hotels, they said.
A total of 1,040 terrorists from five insurgent groups of Karbi Anglong district laid down their arms ceremonially at an event in Guwahati on February 25 in the presence of then Prime Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, a development that further cemented Assam’s image without terrorism. current BJP-led government.
Among the surrendered terrorists was Ingti Kathar Songbijit – accused in multiple cases of terrorism and ethnic violence in the state.
The surrendered terrorists belong to Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF), People’s Democratic Council of Karbi Longri (PDCK), United Peoples Liberation Army (UPLA), and Kuki Liberation Front (KLF).
They submitted 338 weapons, including 8 light machine guns with 11,203 bullets, 11 M-16 rifles and 58 AK-47 rifles.
The terrorists of the five organizations had come to surrender their weapons after a year when the BJP signed the Bodo peace accord to end the protracted violence in Bodoland. The Bodoland Region is an autonomous territorial region administered by its elected body – the Bodoland Territorial Council. The Bodo Accord was first signed in 2003 to maintain peace in the region. It was later extended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in 2020.
These outfits arose from the core question of forming a separate state. The Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) is an autonomous district council, protected under the sixth scheme of the Indian Constitution.
The Karbi National Volunteers (KNV) and Karbi People’s Force (KPF) came together in the late 1990s to form the United People’s Democratic Solidarity (UPDS). In November 2011, UPDS gave up arms and signed a tripartite settlement agreement with the Center and the government of Assam, agreeing to more autonomy and special packages for the KAAC. The then general secretary of the UPDS, Horen Sing Bey, is now the BJP MP from the Autonomous District Lok Sabha constituency.
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