Members of a pro-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) during their foundation day in Assam

Kokrajhar: 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, are all set to meet the government of India representatives to start peace parleys shortly as the insurgent group members are already in New Delhi to talk peace.

Meanwhile, it has 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.

The government has been initiating to solve the NDFB issue within short span of months through political dialogue involving all factions of the militant outfit organisations for permanent peace.

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Meanwhile, the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) has hailed the government’s initiative to bring members of the NDFB-S for peace process.

ABSU general secretary Lawrence Islary said that the students’ union has welcomed the steps taken by the Centre in bringing the NDFB-S members back home for sustainable peace in the region.

Assam minister for social welfare department and senior leader in Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), Pramila Rani Brahma, has also welcomed NDFB-S for returning to Indian soil for the peace process. She has expressed hope that the government is taking a bold initiative to solve the NDFB issue through political dialogue.

The general secretary of the Progressive faction of the NDFB, S Sanjarang, said that it’s a good news for society that NDFB-S has come on Indian soil for peace process. He has welcomed the NDFB-S members who are expressing well gestures for peace process through political dialogue. He has also demanded comprehensive solutions to get permanent peace in the region.

President of Bodo Sahitya Sabha, Toren Boro, has also welcomed the NDFB-S for coming for peace process. He also expressed hope that government is taking bold initiatives to solve the issues of the NDFB through political dialogue.

If peace parleys with the NDFB (S) start this time, then the United Liberation Front of Assam-Independent (ULFA-I) will be the only remaining insurgent outfit active in the state.

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