Today, 1615 militants of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) surrendered in Assam. They laid downtheir arms before Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in Guwahati today.
They included 836 cadres from two factions of Progressive, 579 cadres of Ranjan Daimary group and 200 members of Saoraigwra faction. In all, 178 sophisticated weapons were also deposited on this occasion.
Today is a historic day for us. Few days back, cadres from eight organisations laid down their arms. This is a positive begining and in the coming days, we will be able to give a clean, peaceful environment to our students: CM @sarbanandsonwal pic.twitter.com/ccdVX5Ucuo— Chief Minister Assam (@CMOfficeAssam) January 30, 2020
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the arms laying ceremony proved that NDFB wants permanent peace in the state.
We are committed to fulfill the #BodoAgreement in letter and spirit. I urge the NDFB cadres who have joined the mainstream to dedicate themselves in making Assam the best in the #SEAsia region: CM @sarbanandsonwal pic.twitter.com/lhyuSRbRPp— Chief Minister Assam (@CMOfficeAssam) January 30, 2020
On 27 January, NDFB had signed a peace treaty with the Centre and the Assam Government in New Delhi. As per the peace accord, financial package of Rs 1,500 crore will be given for the development of the Bodoland Territorial Region in the next three years.
Because of Bodoland movement, 2823 civilians have lost their lives in Assam. 949 Bodo cadre and 239 security forces have also lost their lives in this movement.
A historic agreement signed between GOI, Assam Govt and Bodo representatives to end a 50-year-old Bodo crisis.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) January 27, 2020
The agreement is in line with PM Shri @NarendraModi’s vision for the progress of the North East and empowerment of the people of the region. pic.twitter.com/FIILxyLNSf
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What is Bodoland Movemnet?
About 50 years ago, violent protests began in Bodo-dominated areas of Assam over the creation of a separate state. The protest was led by the NDFB. The protest grew so much that the Central Government declared the NDFB illegal under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
What is NDFB:
Along with this Bodo movements, armed groups started efforts to create separate Bodo states. In October 1986, Ranjan Daimari formed the militant group Bodo Security Force. The group later changed its name to the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB). The NDFB carried out several attacks on security forces and local people in Assam.