A total of 1615 cadres of the three factions of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants laid down their arms and ammunition on Thursday as part of the arms laying down ceremony.
The cadres belonging to NDFB (Progressive), NDFB (Ranjan Daimary) and NDFB (Songbijit) also laid down 178 arms and over 4500 ammunition during the ceremony.
The cadres of NBFB-S, NDFB-P and NDFB-R factions laid down their arms following the signing of the historic Bodo Peace Accord with the Centre in New Delhi on Monday.
Terming the occasion as historic, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the Bodo Peace Accord which was signed by the Central and the State Government recently has been welcomed by one and all in the country.
“I have been receiving calls from different countries, particularly from Assamese people living in different countries appreciating the Accord,” Sonowal said.
The chief minister said the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah will implement schemes and policies that will encourage each and every cadre of the NDFB faction to living a dignified life in future.
“I congratulate you all and welcome you for taking such a bold decision. If all the people of Assam works hand in hand, the state is bound to make a mark in the world,” he said.
Apart from chief minister Sonowal, state finance and health minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam director general of police (DGP) Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary and other dignitaries were present at the auditorium of the Guwahati Medical College & Hospital (GMCH) to attend the historic day.
A total of 178 arms and 4803 ammunition were laid down in the ceremony.
Fourteen grenades, along with arms and ammunition were also laid by 836 cadres of NDFB-P, 579 cadres of NDFB-RD and 200 cadres of NDFB-S.