NDFB (S) cadres in an undisclosed location. Outfit head Saoraigwra alias Saikhong Basumatary (3rd from right, 1st row) is also seen in picture

Guwahati: The Saoraigwra faction of National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB), one of the few major insurgent groups active in Assam, on Thursday signed a suspension of operations (SoO) with the Centre and state government to abjure violence, come overground and join the peace process.

NDFB-S leaders with the suspension of operations (SoO) agreement signed with the Centre and Assam government in New Delhi on Thursday

The rebel group under the leadership of B Saoraigwra signed a tripartite Suspension of Operations (SoO) agreement with the Indian government. The agreement was signed by Ashutosh Agnihotri, commissioner & secretary, home & political, Assam; Satyendra Garg, joint secretary (Northeast), Union ministry of home affairs; and B Saoraigwra, president, NDFB-S.

On Monday, EastMojo had reported that some senior members of the insurgent outfit’s Saoraigwra faction were reportedly in touch with the government of India to start peace parleys.

Sources had informed EastMojo that some members of NDFB-S, led by its chairman B Saoraigwra, were all set to meet the government of India representatives to start peace parleys shortly as the insurgent group members were already in New Delhi to talk peace.

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Earlier, it was reported that a group of nearly 50 members of the rebel group had already reached India from Myanmar border via Nagaland. A majority of its members were 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.

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

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.

The tripartite suspension of operations agreement signed by NDFB-S with the Centre and Assam government on Thursday

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