Centre, Assam govt signs tripartite peace accord with 8 tribal outfits

New Delhi: The Centre and Assam government on Thursday signed a tripartite peace accord with eight tribal outfits of Assam in New Delhi in the presence of Union home minister Amit Shah.

Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma signed the deal on behalf of the Assam government.

Calling this an important day for Assam and the northeast, Shah said many initiatives have been taken by the Narendra Modi government to develop the North East region.

“Around 1100 persons of Adivasi outfits of Assam are surrendering arms and joining the mainstream today,” Shah added.

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According to reports, the eight rebel groups include Birsa Commando Force (BCF), Adivasi People’s Army (APA), All Adivasi National Liberation Army (AANLA), Adivasi Cobra Military of Assam (ACMA) and Santhali Tiger Force (STF) and the remaining three outfits are splinter groups of BCF, AANLA and ACMA.

These Assam tribal outfit groups have been in a ceasefire after announcing the suspension of operation years ago and have been holding peace talks thereafter.

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“I am sure signing of the agreement will usher in a new era of peace and harmony in Assam,” CM Sarma said.

In January 2020, Shah had presided over the signing of an historic agreement between the Centre, Assam and Bodo representatives in New Delhi to end the over 50-year-old Bodo crisis that has cost the region over 4,000 lives.

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