Bodo leaders soon after signing the Bodo peace accord in New Delhi Credit: EastMojo Image

Guwahati: Amid speculations on the fate of the leaders of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), including Ranjan Daimary, M Batha and Bidai, following the recent signing of the new Bodo peace accord, sources in the home ministry announced that law will take its own course in days to come.

Those people against whom there are cases of heinous crimes have to face all legal consequences, the sources added.

In a significant development, like other Bodo insurgent leaders, NDFB (R) chairman Ranjan Daimary, who was serving life imprisonment in the 2008 serial bomb blasts case, has got a four-week interim bail and was recently released from Central Jail in Guwahati after depositing personal bond of Rs 50,000 to join other Bodo leaders to sign the much-awaited peace accord.

When asked about the fate of these once hardcore and most-dreaded militant leaders, against whom lots of cases are pending in different police stations in Assam, sources close to Bodo peace talks interlocutor AB Mathur informed EastMojo that as far as legal cases are concerned, all the NDFB leaders have to face it.

Law will take its own course, say sources 

“They have already been informed that law will take its own course. As for example, Ranjan Daimary, who is facing life sentence, is out on an interim bail of only four weeks. In case of Batha and Bidai, both have been told that as far as legal cases are concerned they have to face them accordingly. So, in such circumstances both the Centre and the state government are very much clear about their stand,” the sources said.

Family members of the victims of 2008 serial bomb blasts in Guwahati case have already expressed their serious apprehension following the decision of the government to allow one of the main accused of the blasts, Ranjan Daimary, to go out of jail on interim bail to sign the new Bodo peace accord.

NDFB-S supremo B Saoraigwra (middle)

Expressing that it was not so easy to bring all the factions of the NDFB to the negotiating table, sources close to Mathur also said, “We all know that initially it there was two groups of the NDFB, one of headed by Ranjan Daimary and the other was Govinda Basumatary. They were holding discussions separately with the Centre. They had separate charter of demands also. Then they were told that since they are originally from the same group and their demands are almost the same, they can have a common charter of demands. Later, the common charter of demands was submitted by both the groups.”

National Democratic Front of Bodoland leader Ranjan Daimary

“Later, we managed to get in touch with the third and the fourth group through various channels also. The interlocutor AB Mathur also succeeded to talk with B Saoraigwra once and convinced him that he should also join the peace process. Mathur categorically sent them the message that until and unless all the groups join, it won’t be possible to sign the peace accord. Fortunately, they all came. Message from us was very clear that all the groups of the NDFB should be united under one umbrella to sign the peace accord. Union home minister and others also took personal interest to get the accord signed,” sources added.

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

However, the sources refused to comment on the allegations that very less number of arms and ammunition have been laid down by the NDFB to the government. “A special group formed for his purposes is looking into these issues,” it further said.

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