Both factions of the DHD, one of the most vicious militant groups operating mostly in North Cachar Hills, Monday signed a memorandum of settlement with the central and state governments and expressed eagerness to give up violence.
The council will be provides Rs 200 crore over five years, over and above the plan fund, to undertake special projects, the government said. Elections to the council are due in about 2 months and it is expected that DHD cadres will participate.
The DHD was fighting for a separate state for the Dimasa tribe to be carved out of parts of Assam and Nagaland.
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that “I welcome the decision of the DHD to shun violence and agree for peaceful talks. I urge all groups to give up violence and come forward for negotiations.”