In a startling revelation, a day after the much-hyped “surrender” by the chief of the National Liberation Front of Bodoland (NLFB) M Batha and other cadres, the Bodo extremist said the members of the outfit have “not surrendered” as claimed by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

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During his visit to Guwahati on Friday, Batha said he, along with 22 other cadres, came out of the jungle “for peace talks”.

“We have not surrendered but came for peace talks,” said Batha, adding that over 200 more NLFB members are yet to come out into the mainstream.

“The reports that came out are saying that we have surrendered… That’s what we have been saying. We are on ceasefire and we demand the release of our jailed leaders and the implementation of BTR. This is not surrender. We have come out to hold peace talks,” he said.

The NLFB cadres led by the insurgent leader met the chief minister in Guwahati on Friday and have reportedly placed their demands before him.

“Deadline is not the matter here; that’s up to the chief minister. Whether he takes one month, a couple of years or five years, that is up to him,” he said.

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