KLO chief Jeevan Singha.

Proscribed insurgent group Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) has reportedly expressed its willingness to join the peace process.

As per reports, the outfit, which is active in Assam and West Bengal, has recently sent feelers to the government willing to come to the negotiation table.

“The matter is now at the initial stage. The Assam government is in touch with the Centre about the KLO’s peace proposals,” said an Assam police official.

He said that after the Bangladesh security forces had started counter-insurgency operations against the militant outfits of northeast India including ULFA (I), NLFT) and the KLO, most cadres of these outfits took shelter in neighbouring Myanmar.

“After the ULFA-I last month extended their unilateral ceasefire for another three months, the KLO’s peace proposal is a very positive development,” the official said.

About the KLO’s proposal, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had tweeted: “In Continuation with Govt of India’s efforts to bring lasting peace in the region, I welcome the desire of KLO leadership to join mainstream at an early date to resolve all issues through political dialogues. Govt of Assam would fully reciprocate this goodwill measure.”

Besides the ULFA-I and the KLO, several other extremist outfits in Nagaland, Manipur, and Meghalaya are in a peace mode.

The KLO, which had come into existence in 1995, has been demanding to carve out a separate Kamtapur state comprising six districts — Cooch Behar (or Koch Bihar), Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, North and South Dinajpur, and Malda of West Bengal and four adjoining districts of western Assam — Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Dhubri, and Goalpara.

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