GUWAHATI: National Liberation Front of Boroland (NLFB), a new insurgent group reportedly floated by M Batha, a leader of the now-disbanded National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), has made its presence felt ahead of the ensuing polls in Assam.
The outfit yesterday released a video in which its leader urged the people to send the BJP, which it termed as a "big threat", packing from the state.
“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, adding that it would re-launch a movement for a separate state Bodoland.
According to reports, the new Bodo militant outfit has been formed reportedly under the leadership of Batha, who once again returned to the jungles after the Council elections.
According to Special DGP (TAP) and in-charge ADGP of BTR LR Bishnoi, Batha returned to jungles along with 30 of his trusted aides and they all in possession of "sophisticated" weaponry.
It needs mention here that at least 1,600 rebels belonging to four factions of the NDFB -- headed by B Saoraigwra, Govinda Basumatary, Ranjan Daimary and Dhirendra Boro -- laid down arms days after the Bodo accord was signed between Bodo groups and the Centre in January of 2020.
Formed on October 3, 1986, under the name of Bodo Security Force (BSF), all the four factions of NDFB disbanded themselves following the signing of the Accord. In 1994, the outfit was re-christened as 'NDFB.'
After the signing of the Accord in January, many of the leaders of the proscribed outfit -- including Batha -- came overground. However, some of them returned underground due to 'disgruntlement' with the Accord.
Meanwhile, former BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary has claimed that the cadres allied with his Bodoland People's Front (BPF) party are being persecuted by the ruling BJP party.
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