GUWAHATI: National Liberation Front of Bodoland (NLFB) extremist M Batha, the insurgent leader who recently returned to the jungles after the Bodoland Council elections, is expected to surrender before the Assam Police along with his 60 cadres on Thursday.

The outfit was floated after disgruntled NDFB cadres led by M Batha returned to the forest following the signing of the third Bodo Peace Accord in January 2020. It was active mostly in the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR).

“People’s trust in the Govt policies is reflected by NLFB’s decision to return to the mainstream today. I welcome their homecoming,” Sarma tweeted.

Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta told PTI that the entire organisation will surrender. He, however, declined to share how many militants of the extremist group will lay down their arms.

An Assam Police source said that NLFB chief M Batha along with other cadres will surrender. He said that Batha and his associates were in Arunachal Pradesh and a team of Assam police is on their way to the neighboring state to escort them to Guwahati on Thursday.

Batha was previously a member of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), which he joined in 1996 and subsequently became popular as the group’s “bomb specialist” because of his bomb-making and planting skills.

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