The government on Monday extended the four-year-old ceasefire with the Assam-based insurgent outfit Dima Halam Daogah (DHD) by a year.
"The suspension of operations agreement between the security forces and Dima Halam Daogah (DHD), a militant outfit operating in Assam, has been extended for a period of one year up to December 31, 2007," said a home ministry release.
The government and the DHD had entered into the ceasefire agreement in January 2003 after the insurgent group agreed to give up violence and to seek a solution to its problems peacefully within the framework of the constitution.
The government is currently engaged in tripartite talks, chaired by the home ministry's special secretary (Internal Security), involving DHD and the state government.
DHD primarily comprises Dimasa tribe, a dominant population in North Cachar (NC) Hills district, while Karbis are in majority in the adjoining Karbi-Anglong district. Both the districts have a sizeable presence of other tribes like Kukis, Hamars and Khasis.
While both NC Hills and Karbi-Anglong enjoy a large degree of autonomy under the provisions of the Sixth Schedule of the constitution, they often witness clashes among various tribal groups including DHD.