NDFB disbandment
NDFB leaders at the disbanding ceremony at Sonaigaon designated camp in Udalguri district on Monday. Image credit – Northeast Now

Three factions of the NDFB (erstwhile BSF), which was formed on October 3, 1986, have been disbanded on Monday.

This was announced during a joint disbandment ceremony of the three factions of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) including the Dhiren Boro faction, Ranjan Daimary faction and B Saoraigwra faction.

The disbandment ceremony was organized at the Sonai designated camp in Udalguri under the chairmanship of B. Ohnjalu.

A joint statement, signed by Dhiren Boro, ex-president of NDFB (D), B. Ohnjalu, ex-general secretary of NDFB (RD) and B Saoraigwra, ex-president of NDFB (S), said: The revolutionary arms organization, who (sic) fought 34 years for the deprived people of Assam, specially the Boro and other ethnic people.”

Since the MoS has been signed on January 27, 2020, and subsequently “the arms struggle has come to an end after the peace agreement”, the joint declaration said.

“So, we resolve to douche ourselves, the NDFB organization with a view to shun violence and to give peace a chance,” the declaration further said.

The leaders of the disbanded NDFB said the joint disbandment ceremony was also held to celebrate and discuss the 34 years of struggle of the National Democratic Front of Boroland.

The outfit was formed with a view to “free the Boro and other indigenous tribal people of Assam and to free from socio-politico, economic exploitation and suppression.”

The outfit leaders said the leadership of the organization resolved to disband the arms militant organization after discussions on several important issues during the joint meeting at Sonai designated camp in Udalguri.

The outfit leaders in a joint statement said when the rebellion of the NDFB was ”acute”, the Union ministry of home affairs declared it as an outlawed outfit in the 1990s under the provisions of sub-section (1) of section 3 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

After the sturdy struggle, the NDFB had come into the ceasefire and So0 was signed formally with the government of India in 2005 with an aim to resolving long-pending political issues of the ethnic people.

“After the prolonged 12 years of negotiations and dialogue with the government agencies now the issues are resolved on January 27, 2020. Therefore, the three groups of NDFB (NDFB-D), NDFB (RD) and NDFB (S) have agreed and declared dissolution of the NDFB today,” the joint statement said.

“Since the NDFB is still banned in the eyes of the law of the land all the three groups of NDFB today would like to request benignly the concerned government to declare disband the aforesaid organisations on the basis of spirit of the MoS so that all the leaders and each of the organisations can live freely as a civilian life,” it added.

Our Udalguri correspondent adds: After the end of the arms struggle, the political struggle of the members of disbanded NDFB has begun as the BTC council poll is nearing in the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR).

All the top brass of the organization including Dhiren Boro, B. Saoraigwra and B. Ohnjalu were present on the occasion.

However, NDFB (Progressive) faction leader Govinda Basumatary skipped the event as he is believed to have isolated himself from the other three factions due to political differences.

He recently joined the Pramod Boro-led United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) while the other three factions led by Ranjan Daimary, B. Saoraigwra and Dhiren Boro are likely to back the ruling Hagrama Mohillary-led Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) in the forthcoming council polls.

Sources in the group divulged that NDFB (Progressive) faction led by Govinda Basumatary will also disband the organization soon.

Confirming the development, NDFB (P) leader Dhiren Boro said the 34 years of Bodo armed conflict has finally ended.

Dhiren Boro also said from today, fears in the minds of different communities including the Bodos in the Bodo belt will fade away.

NDFB (S) chief B. Saoraigwra asserted that rehabilitation of the cadres of NDFB is the group’s primary concern.

He urged both the Centre and the state government to take necessary measures in this regard.

He also gave a clear indication of joining active politics as he said joining politics is necessary for the true implementation of the clauses of the third Bodo Accord.

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