Didn’t Surrender, But Ceased Fire, Says NLFB Leader M Batha


Didn't Surrender, But Ceased Fire, Says NLFB Leader M Batha

Batha’s return got here days after the NIA declared him “most wanted” (Representational)

Returning to the mainstream the second time, armed group chief M Batha alias Binod Mushahary on Friday stated that they have not surrendered however agreed to a ceasefire.

Batha had on Thursday returned to the mainstream together with 22 different cadres of the newly floated National Liberation Front of Bodoland (NLFB) from their hideouts within the jungles of Arunachal Pradesh.

They had laid down their arms within the presence of Assam cupboard minister Pijush Hazarika, Chief Executive Member of Bodoland Territorial Council Pramod Boro, the Assam Chief Minister’s political secretary Jayanta Malla Baruah and Special DGP of Assam Police, GP Singh, at Lalpani police station.

He first got here overground final yr for the Bodo Peace Accord that ended the armed revolution by National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) within the 4 districts of Bodoland — Kokrajhar, Udalguri, Chirang and Baksa.

Batha’s return got here days after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) declared him “most wanted” and introduced Rs 10 lakh reward for his seize.

Batha, who joined NDFB in 1996 and had develop into the deputy chief of the Saoraigwra Basumatary faction of the armed group, had surrendered together with Bishnu Basumatary, alias G Bidai, in January final yr that led to the signing of peace accord with the Centre and Assam.

However, indignant with the implementation of the accord, Batha returned to the jungle and, in response to police intelligence, helped float an “armed revolution group”.

“We will not surrender unless all the NDFB (National Democratic Front of Bodoland) cadres who had surrendered get employment as per the Accord and Ranjan Daimary is released from jail,” he stated on Friday.

Though rehabilitation of the 1,615 surrendered NDFB cadres was a part of the Accord, normal amnesty to Ranjan Daimary, who led one of many 4 NDFB factions that got here to mainstream, wasn’t a part of it.

Daimary, who can also be a signatory to the Accord is at the moment lodged in jail after a particular NIA court docket discovered him responsible within the 2008 Guwahati serial bomb blasts by which over 100 folks died.

Batha, who was wished within the bloodbath of 80 Adivasis in 2014, has been welcomed by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

“Further peace dawns in BTR with the homecoming of NFLB top cadres to mainstream. A great leap forward towards a peaceful Assam. Sharing live visuals of the event. Grateful to Adarniya Griha Mantri Shri @AmitShah-ji for his constant guidance and support,” Mr Sarma tweeted.


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