NDFB (S) heads to talks table; acted as mediator, says BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary


GUWAHATI, Jan 12: Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary Sunday claimed that he had mediated between the anti-talks B Saoraigwra-led faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-S) and that all factions of the NDFB, including the Saoraigwra-led faction of the rebel outfit, will be part of the new Bodo pact to be signed with the government of India.

Mohilary’s announcement comes after the entire NDFB (S) faction, including its top leaders B Saoraigwra and BR Ferrenga, entered Assam from Myanmar and were taken to an undisclosed Army camp in the State.

“Wherever they might have been camping, out sole intention is to bring them to the negotiating table with the Government. We had asked both the Centre and the State Governments to permit us to speak to the anti-talks faction of the NDFB and bring them to the discussions. The government gave us the green signal following which we established various channels of communication with the NDFB (S) leadership.

“All factions of the NDFB will be part of the new treaty that will be signed with the Government,” the BTC chief added.

NDFB (S) chief B Saoraigwra, his family members along with a group of heavily armed cadres reportedly entered India through Tamu in Manipur. The outfit’s ‘general secretary’ B Ferrenga and his group of cadres, it is learnt, entered the country from Myanmar through the international border at Longwa in Nagaland.

The top leadership of the NDFB (S) is likely to head to New Delhi and begin discussions with the central government.

Incidentally, the Gobinda Basumatary-led NDFB (Progressive) faction of the outlawed group has been in a ceasefire with the central government since 2005. The Ranjan Daimary faction also entered into a ceasefire with New Delhi.

Meanwhile, Gobinda Basumatary and ABSU president Promode Boro welcomed the development saying all groups who have taken up arms should be included in peace talks with the government so that lasting peace prevails in the BTAD.