Guwahati: In a significant development, the Myanmarese government has handed over two senior leaders of the Saoraigwra faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB-S) along with some other members of the outfit to the Indian government.
Confirming this, sources in the NDFB-S said that all the rebels of the outfit are being taken to India.
“We are very much hopeful that they will be taken to Guwahati shortly,” the sources said. Sources, however, declined to give more details about the move.
According to sources, both the senior leaders of the outfit have been identified as Sansuma Basumatary and Rajen Daimary.
It has been said that both the NDFB-S leaders were in the custody of the authorities in Myanmar as they were arrested by when the Myanmarese Army carried out operations against some of the Indian militant groups based in the country during February-March 2019.
Earlier, in January this year, almost a week of signing a suspension of operations (SoO) agreement by the NDFB-S with the Centre, around 600 rebels of the insurgent group, including leaders like B Saoraigwra, G Bidai and K Batha, joined the peace process with the Centre. Later, ushering in new hopes of unity and integrity in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) areas, all the four factions of the NDFB, in a historic move, decided to unify as one platform during a special session of the outfit at Bijni in Assam’s Chirang district during the month of February, 2020.
There are also some media reports that the Myanmarese Army has handed over 22 insurgent leaders from the Northeast to the government of India on Friday afternoon. The insurgents — reportedly wanted in Manipur and Assam — are being brought back by a special plane.