Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal addressing the NDFB cadres at the arms laying ceremony in Guwahati on Thursday Credit: Courtesy: Twitter 

Guwahati: Days after representatives of nine Bodo groups signed a tripartite accord with the Centre and the Assam government in New Delhi, nearly 1,615 rebel cadres belonging to all the three factions of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) on Thursday officially laid down their arms and ammunition in front of the state government at Guwahati.

A total of 1,615 NDFB militants, including 836 cadres from two factions of NDFP (Progressive), 579 cadres of Ranjan Daimary faction and 200 members of Saoraigwra faction on Thursday laid down their arms in front of Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal in a historic arms laying down ceremony held at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMC) Auditorium.

NDFB (P) head Dhiren Bodo handing over his weapon to Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal and minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

A total of 178 arms, 4,803 live ammunition, 14 grenades and one 2-inch mortal were surrendered by the NDFB rebel groups in front of state police authorities at the arms laying down ceremony on Thursday.

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In the significant arms laying down ceremony, leaders of all the four proscribed NDFB rebel organisations, Ranjan Daimari from NDFB (R), B Saoraigra of NDFB (S) and Dhiren Bodo of NDFB (Progressive) factions officially surrendered their weapons to state authorities in presence of CM Sonowal, Assam health and finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, director general of Assam Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta and top officials from Indian Army.

Speaking on the occasion, CM Sonowal welcomed the rebel cadres and hailed them for their inspiring move in bringing peace and harmony to state and willing to work for uplift of the Assamese society.

“We will work together to solve issues that are there in Bodo community be it in education, employment or any other sectors,” expressed CM Sonowal.

Adding to it, CM Sonowal also assured to the rebels and people of Bodoland that the Centre and state are committed to implement every clause of the Bodo Peace Accord word to word.

Welcoming the rebel cadres, Assam health and finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma assured them that the state government will soon launch a special scheme for the relief and rehabilitation of NDFB surrendered cadres.

“We will also look into if some of the cadres can be recruited in the Indian Paramilitary forces after their rehabilitation programme and we will also initiate a process for the same,” Sarma highlighted while taking on some of the rehabilitation initiatives for NDFB cadres that is to be undertaken by the state government in coming days.

Among the dignitaries who have attended the NDFB arms laying down ceremony at Guwahati are Assam chief secretary Kumar Sanjay Kishore, joint secretary to Union ministry of home affairs Satyendra Garg, Assam water resource minister Keshav Mahanta and Bodoland Territortial Council chief Hagrama Mohilary, among others.

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