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National Democratic Front of Boroland splits for third time

GUWAHATI, Nov 21 (Agencies)
Published on 21 Nov. 2012 10:45 PM IST
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The National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) has split again, the second time since its inception in 1994. The split was affected by the splinter group of the Ranjan Daimary faction of the outfit, which is holding informal talks with the Centre. It is led by the faction’s “chief of army staff” IK Songbijit.

Songbijit is suspected to be involved in the recent violence in Bodo areas, as well the killing of tea planter Adilur Rahman, in Sonitpur district. The NDFB, one of the biggest and dreaded militant outfits of the NE region after NSCN (IM), suffered its first split in 2008.

The majority faction named itself NDFB (Progressive) after signing bilateral ceasefire with the Centre and joining the peace talks.

The other faction is led by Ranjan Daimary, who is in Guwahati jail. His faction recently expressed willingness to join peace talks after which the Centre appointed PC Haldar as interlocutor.

Songbijit, who promoted himself as the president of the new faction, said, “A general meeting of NDFB was held on November 13 and 14 to continue armed struggle for the liberation of Boroland to form interim national council of NDFB for appointing the deputy chief of army staff and commanding officers of the four commands and also to discuss various issues of the party.”

The meeting, held in Myanmar, has unanimously resolved to appoint G Bidai as deputy chief of the army staff. Sonbijit is also based in that country.

The meeting “unanimously decided to form the interim national council, the decision-making body of the party, for a term of one year” and also “to elect nine members to constitute the interim national council of NDFB.”

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