HAFLONG: The DNLA (Dimasa National Liberation Army) appealed to all the citizens to observe January 25 as Dimasa Martyr’s Day in remembrance of the martyrdom of Late Mithunjoy Dibragade and Late Probanto Hakmousa, stated a press release issued by Ringsmai Dimasa, secretary, Information and Publicity, DSPC/DNLA. The release maintained that the DNLA appealed with their emotional request to all the citizens to observe January 25 as the Dimasa Martyr’s Day every year, for the duo who sacrificed their lives at their Ancestral capital Maibang Railway station, Dima Hasao on January 25, 2018.
The release also urged the people to vehemently and unequivocally oppose setting up of detention camp in Dima Hasao. It stated that the people of the district don’t need detention camp but educational institutions. “Dima Hasao is not a dumping zone,” DNLA said. The release also asked the people to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 and said the Act is anti-secular and anti-indigenous. Lastly, it opposed the implementation of panchayat raj at sixth schedule area of Assam. (i.e Dima Hasao & Karbi Anglong) under Article 243(m). It stated that, panchayati raj will be abolishing the existing traditional village council system of tribals; it would also threaten the identity and tradition of the tribal communities. They further appealed to all the concerned citizens and stake holders to extend their support, cooperation in this fight to protect the existence and the identity of the indigenous people.
The DNLA also called for a 24-hour shutdown in Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong on Saturday. However, the essential services like electricity department, P.H.C, P.H.E, educational institutions, dairy department are exempted from the purview of the shutdown.