NDFB-S leader Saoraigwra along with other members of rebels groups in Assam’s Kokrajhar district on Wednesday Credit: EastMojo image

Kokrajhar: Within a week of signing a suspension of operations (SoO) agreement by the Saoraigwra faction of National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB-S) with the Centre, around 600 rebels of the insurgent group, including leaders like B Saoraigwra, G Bidai and K Batha came out from undisclosed camps along India-Bhutan border in Assam’s Kokrajhar district on Wednesday.

NDFB-S is one of the few major insurgent groups active in Assam.

After reaching Rangapara amid “rousing welcome”, the team of insurgents was taken to the Bishmuri area of Kokrajhar district by security forces amid tight security.

The development assumes significance as the Assam government has organised an arms-laying down ceremony by members of militant outfits at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Auditorium in Guwahati on Thursday.

According to government sources, almost 600 insurgents, including 40 former rebels of ULFA-I, seven from KLO and former rebels from NDFB-S, NLFB are likely to lay down their arms on Thursday. State chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, some of his senior cabinet colleagues and senior officers of Assam Police are also likely to be present during the programme.

Locals watch the rebel members in Kokrajhar on Wednesday

On January 16, 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.

EastMojo had reported that some of the 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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