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Bodo Insurgency, NDFB S to Join Talks with Centre

Published Jan 15, 2020
Updated Feb 24, 2020

The Centre’s plan to sign a peace agreement involving all factions of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) is yielding results as some of the senior members of the insurgent outfit’s Saoraigwra faction are reportedly in touch with the government of India to start peace parleys soon.

Leaders and cadres of the banned insurgent group National Democratic Front of Bodoland-Saoraigwra (NDFB-S) came back to India from Myanmar as part of the ongoing talks with the Government of India.

“All the 50 members of the NDFB-S left Myanmar early on Saturday. The Indian Army escorted the leaders and cadres from the International border to an undisclosed Army base,” as per the web site News `8.“The outfit’s chief, B Saoraigwra, and his family members along with his security personnel crossed the international border at Tamu (in Manipur), while NDFB-S’ (self-styled) general secretary B Ferrenga, council members and other cadres entered India through the Longwa international border (in Nagaland),” the web site quotes a source.

“All this is being directly monitored by Ministry of Home Affairs. We have not been informed officially yet. The top leadership of the group will be taken to Delhi as part of peace talks,” an Assam intelligence official was quoted by News18,

The Bodos are seeking a separate state of Bodoland and the insurgency had spiked in the 1990’s but is on the wane after creation of the BTAD (Bodoland Territorial Area Districts) areas of Assam.

The All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) and Assam social welfare minister Pramila Rani Brahma have welcomed the cadres of the Saoraigwra faction of NDFB (NDFB-S) including its chief to the peace talks as per Nagaland Post. “ABSU welcomes this step taken by the government of India to bring them (NDFB-S cadres) back home. It is a sign of sustainable peace in the region,” said the statement, “ABSU feels the return of the cadres of the revolutionary organization for the Bodos will be welcomed for peace and harmony.”