Not happy with peace process: KPLT

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DIPHU, May 16: The dreaded extremist outfit, Karbi People’s Liberation Tigers (KPLT) has expressed its dissatisfaction over inordinate delay by both centre and state governments for holding peace talks with the outfit even after more than a year of announcement of ceasefire.

The KPLT which was formed in 2011 announced an unilateral ceasefire with the government on October 20, 2016 following which the government withheld operations against the outfit as a goodwill gesture on January 30, 2017. The major demand of the outfit was to pressurise the Centre for creation of an Autonomous State under Article 244(a) of the Constitution of India comprising Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao.

“There is inordinate delay in holding talks with us. The government should invite us for talks,” KPLT general secretary Loti Chari Kangtang Bey said addressing a press conference at KPLT designated camp, 5th Miles here on Wednesday.

“We have been demanding Autonomous State under Article 244 (A) of the Constitution. The government has sent its representatives asking us to come overground and promised to start negotiation. Following this assurance, we have come overground on October 20, 2016. But now we have come to know that both the Centre and state governments are not taking interest on us. No initiative has been taken from the government’s side to invite us for talks,” Bey said.

Denying the report that seven KPLT extremists have fled from the designated camp, Bey said that such reports aimed at maligning the image of the outfit before the people.

KPLT defence secretary Rijak Dera said, “When we came overground, the government assured us full protection. But it is seen that the army and police in the name of search operation for other armed organisations and anti-social elements have been apprehending our men, which is not justified. I urged the Centre and state governments not to allow their machineries to arrest our members from anywhere on false charges.”

KPLT publicity secretary SR Krongjang said initially the government provided ration, clothes, blankets and other requirements of the designated camp, but now the camp inmates have no ration, clothes, potable water and other necessities, he said.

After the ceasefire, chairman Donri Kramsa and general secretary Vojaru Hanjang went inactive. “The outfit has effected a reshuffle in the executive committee. Vice chairman Risim Senar Pator has been appointed as chairman and Loti Chari Kangtang Bey has been appointed as general secretary of the new committee.

The strength of the outfit is now 209 staying in two designated camps at 5th Miles and Kolonga. Altogether 70 extremists are staying in 5th mile camp.

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