GUWAHATI: Dreaded militant leader M Batha surrendered today in Udalguri district. Batha, the chief of newly-floated National Liberation Front of Bodoland (NLFB) returned to the mainstream in the presence of Assam cabinet minister Pijush Hazarika and Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) Chief Executive Member (CEM) Pramod Boro. Assam Police Special DGP GP Singh was also present.
Batha was accompanied by the cadres of his outfit.
“They have returned to the mainstream following the call of honourable CM Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma. I thank them on behalf of the Assam Government and BTC,” said minister Pijush Hazarika.
BTC CEM Pramod Boro also thanked CM Sarma for his initiative to ensure peace in Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR)
Batha, a well-known sharpshooter in now disbanded National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) formed the new extremist group to revive the armed movement in BTR. The NIA had announced a Rs 10 lakh bounty on Batha.
He was among 1,615 extremists who laid down their weapons in January 2020, after the centre signed the peace accord with four factions of the NDFB and the All Bodo Students’ Union.