The Centre on Wednesday signed a ceasefire agreement with a faction of the Naga rebel group National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) led by Niki Sumi.
It may be mentioned that the National Investigating Agency had announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh against Sumi for allegedly killing 18 Indian Army soldiers in Manipur in 2015.
According to the statement issued by the Home Ministry, the peace pact will come into effect from September 8 for one year and over 200 cadres of this insurgent group have surrendered with 83 weapons and joined peace talks.
"The ceasefire will be applicable for a period of one year with effect from September 8, 2021-September 7, 2022. The ceasefire will be subject to adherence to the ceasefire ground rules to be mutually signed by the two sides. The ceasefire ground rules will be subject to mutual review and amendment with the involvement of both the parties," the ministry said in a statement.
The Central government has already signed a 'framework agreement' with NSCN-IM and ceasefire agreements with other Naga groups namely, NSCN-NK, NSCN-R and NSCN-K - Khango faction.
In January 2020, the government signed the Bodo Agreement and over 2,250 cadres of belonging to all factions of NDFB, along with weapons and a huge quantity of ammunition surrendered in Assam and joined the mainstream.
On September 4, a tripartite agreement was signed among five Karbi insurgent groups of Assam, the Centre and the State government.