Some disgruntled rebels belonging to NDFB (now-disbanded) have floated a new insurgent group– National Liberation Front of Boroland (NLFB) in Assam’s Bodo belt.
The development comes one year after the latest Bodo Accord was signed in New Delhi.
“Today the ‘unwilling motive of Indian government’ and the Assam government to solve the issue has compelled us to take a new decision to struggle and fight for our rights. So today (12/10/2020) we have formed a new arms revolutionary group with nomenclature and style “National Liberation Front of Boroland” (NLFB),” the outfit said in a statement emailed to media.
The leaders of the outfit in a video said, “We want to say to all the indigenous people of Assam that the BJP is a big threat to our state and in this election, we urge the people to send them back from our state.”
The new Bodo outfit has been formed under the leadership of former dreaded NDFB leader MD Batha, said a police official.
A 30-member team led by former NDFB leader Batha returned to the jungle, said Special DGP (TAP) and in-charge ADGP of BTR Dr. LR Bishnoi.
Batha and his group have procured sophisticated weapons, he said. Action will be taken against Batha and his group soon, Bishnoi said.
Over 1,600 rebels belonging to four factions of the NDFB laid down arms days after the Bodo accord was signed between Bodo groups and the Centre in January last year.
Thirty four years after it was formed with the aim of carving out a separate Bodoland state from Assam, all the four factions of NDFB disbanded themselves.
One of the deadliest militant outfits in Assam and the entire Northeast, the NDFB was formed on October 3, 1986 under the name of Bodo Security Force (BSF).
The proscribed insurgent group was rechristened NDFB in December 1994.
It later split into four different factions – headed by B Saoraigwra, Govinda Basumatary, Ranjan Daimary and Dhirendra Boro. All four factions signed the agreement with the Centre in January.