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B Saoraigwra, chairman of Saoraigwra faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland is seen (wearing white shirt) along with some armed members of the outfit in an undisclosed location
B Saoraigwra, chairman of Saoraigwra faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland is seen (wearing white shirt) along with some armed members of the outfit in an undisclosed location|EastMojo image
ASSAM

NDFB-S chief B Saoraigwra meets father after 12 years in Guwahati

In exclusive interview with EastMojo, B Saoraigwra’s father reveals lesser known facts about the leader of banned insurgent group NDFB-S; urges Centre to start peace process soon

Hantigiri Narzary

Chirang: Amid ongoing reports of preparations to start peace parleys between the Centre and the B Saoraigwra faction of the insurgent group National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB), the leader’s father -- Jagar Basumatary -- met him after a long wait of over 12 years at an undisclosed location in Guwahati on Tuesday.

Saoraigwra’s father also demanded the Centre to start the peace agreement with the outfit soon.

Jagar Basumatary (right), father of NDFB (S) supremo B Saoraigwra, and other family members at their Dangsamari village residence along India-Bhutan border on Wednesday
Jagar Basumatary (right), father of NDFB (S) supremo B Saoraigwra, and other family members at their Dangsamari village residence along India-Bhutan border on Wednesday
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In an exclusive interview with EastMojo at his remote Dangsamari village along the India-Bhutan border, Jagar Basumatary said that it was really nice to see him after such a long time.

“He left the village to join the armed struggle way back in 2008 and never came back. After a long wait, I finally got to meet him on Tuesday,” an emotional Basumatary recalled.

Expressing hope that the insurgency problem in the state will end and peace will prevail, he also demanded the Centre to start initiatives in this regard. “We must demand the Centre to start the peace initiative with Saoraigwra faction of the NDFB. We want peace at any cost in Assam,” Basumatary said.

Family members of NDFB-S supremo B Saoraigwra at their residence in Assam’s Dangsamari village
Family members of NDFB-S supremo B Saoraigwra at their residence in Assam’s Dangsamari village
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Expressing happiness that his elder brother is likely to visit them soon after a long wait of 12 years, Pramod Basumatary also joined their father in urging the Centre to expedite the peace process with the outfit and keeping the greater interest of maintaining peace in the state.

“For the last 12 years, we didn’t have any information about him. Now, he has returned, we are very happy. Now, we request the Centre to start the much-awaited peace process with the outfit soon,” Pramod Basumatary said.

Speaking with EastMojo, Saoraigwra’s mother Rebeka Basumatary said that the militant leader took his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Bengtal College in 2006 and also worked as a private English teacher. He also worked as a teacher at Besthistha English Medium School, Bengtal before joining the NDFB.

“He wanted to study MA but couldn’t do so due to financial difficulties. He left home to join the NDFB in 2008,” she recalled, adding: “An ardent sports enthusiast, Saoraigwra was also a former literary secretary in the Kashikotra unit of the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU).”

NDFB (S) cadres in an undisclosed location. Outfit head Saoraigwra alias Saikhong Basumatary (3rd from right, 1st row) is also seen in picture
NDFB (S) cadres in an undisclosed location. Outfit head Saoraigwra alias Saikhong Basumatary (3rd from right, 1st row) is also seen in picture
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The Centre’s plan to sign a peace agreement involving all factions of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) is yielding results as some of the senior members of the insurgent outfit’s Saoraigwra faction are reportedly in touch with the government of India to start peace parleys soon.

Sources informed EastMojo that some members of NDFB-S, led by its chairman B Saoraigwra, have already met the government of India representatives to start peace parleys shortly.

It’s been reported that a group of nearly 50 members of the banned Saoraigwra faction of the NDFB, known as NDFB-S, have already reached India from Myanmar border via Nagaland. A majority of its members are kept in a strategic location, reportedly in an Army camp based in lower Assam.

The initiative of the banned Saoraigwra faction of the NDFB to start peace process with the Centre assumes significance as the NDFB-S is considered to be the only remaining Bodo insurgent group active in the state.

The militant members, led by its self-styled chairman, B Saoraigwra, including family members and personal securities of the leaders, were some of the prominent members of the NDFB (S) who reached Assam reportedly from Myanmar.

The Progressive faction of the NDFB has already been in ceasefire with the government since 2005 and participating in the peace talks with the Centre.