DIPHU, May 17 - The surrendered members of the Karbi People’s Liberation Tigers (KPLT) on Wednesday urged the Central government to start discussions with them. The surrendered members of the armed group said they came to the mainstream hoping for fulfilment of their demands, but were surprised to see the lackadaisical attitude of the government towards the same.
“We have come to know that both the Central and State governments are taking no interest in regard to peace talks. No initiatives have been taken by the government to invite us for discussions,” publicity secretary SR Krongjang said.
Krongjang further said although the government earlier provided ration, clothes and fulfilled other requirements of the cadres at designated camps, now the camp inmates are passing their days without ration, clothes, water and other basic needs.
General secretary Loti Chari Kangtang Bey said KPLT vice chairman Risim Senar Pator has been promoted as new chairman of the organisation and he himself is the new general secretary of the organisation. Bey said, adding that the organisation is ready for talks with the government.
He also denied the recent news report published in some Diphu-based dailies that seven of its cadres have deserted the organisation, and clarified that it is an attempt to malign the organisation’s image by some vested interests persons. At present, the group has 209 cadres staying at two designated camps at 5th Miles, Diphu and at Kolonga in West Karbi Anglong. The Diphu camp has around 70 cadres, Bey added.
KPLT’s defence secretary Rijak Dera said, “When the KPLT came to the mainstream, the government assured to give us full protection. But it is seen that in the name of tackling other armed organisations and antisocial elements, police and Army are still harassing our members.” Meanwhile, Dera urged the government not to arrest their cadres.