SILCHAR, Jan 1: The people of North Cachar (NC) Hills were in for a shock as 2009 changed to 2010 last night when unidentified miscreants shot dead Satyendra Hakmusa (32) in front of his residence, just two hundred metres from Maibong police station. Hakmusa was an employee of the Khepre Public Health Centre and the brother-in-law of Dinob Dimasa, who is a DHD leader.
Sources said miscreants sprayed bullets on Hakmusa as he alighted from his car along with his seven-year-old son. A search operation has been launched by the police and the CRPF to nab the culprits. In yet another incident, a torso of Chinese Dimasa, a surrendered cadre of the DHD(J), was recovered from a gorge a few days back. It is being assumed that the surrendered militant had escaped from his designated camp.
Police sources said that the surrendered militant might have been killed as a punishment for escaping from his camp. On the other hand, sources said that a group of Dimasa youths have reportedly formed a new outfit and have started issuing extortion notes to businessmen and government officials in the valley. The police said that although they have not received any complaint on the issue, they did not rule out the existence of the outfit.
Observers said the DHD(J) had laid down arms on October 2, 2009 but peace and normalcy seemed to elude trouble-torn NC Hills in the coming days. The DHD (J) surrendered arms on the basis of the promise made by the Union and State Governments that their demands would be fulfilled within 100 days. But three months have passed, but the government had virtually not initiated the peace process. Centre’s emissary PC Halder has earlier met representatives of various apex Dimasa bodies in Haflong recently, but the much awaited dialogue is yet to start. THE SENTINEL