Assam: NLFB Chief M Batha to lay arms today


GUWAHATI: National Liberation Front of Bodoland (NLFB) chief M Batha will surrender on Thursday at a village near Assam-Arunachal inter-state border in Udalguri.

The chief of newly-floated insurgent outfit will lay down arms in the presence of top officials of Assam Police and Indian Army. A large number of cadres will also accompany the dreaded militant.

Batha, a well-known sharpshooter in now disbanded National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) formed the new extremist group to revive the armed movement.

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.

Meanwhile, Assam chief minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma welcomed the insurgents of the NLFB to the mainstream.

“People’s trust on the Govt policies is reflected by NLFB’s decision to return to the mainstream today.I welcome their homecoming.We reiterate our commitment for all round the development of Bodoland and to protect the unique Socio – cultural and political identity of Bodo people,” CM Sarma tweeted.

Written by Rinkumani Pathak