GUWAHATI, July 5 – The Government of India is hoping to start the process of talks with the Ranjan Daimary faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) within this month. However, no final decision has yet been taken on the release of Daimary, the chairman of the outfit on bail to facilitate the peace process.
Highly placed official sources told The Assam Tribune that the outfit has made it clear that formal talks could start only after the release of Daimary, while, a delegation of the Bodo National Conference (BNC) recently met the Union Home Minister to demand release of the NDFB chief.
Sources said that the Central Government’s interlocutor PC Haldar had five rounds of informal talks with Daimary in jail to pave the way for formal talks. But the issues to be dealt with in the formal talks as well as the modalities for talks are yet to be finalised.
Official sources said that according to information available, the cadres of the outfit are getting restive with the delay in peace talks and recently, the outfit have reshuffled the “platoon commanders” to maintain strict discipline along all the cadres. The members of the outfit are also maintaining restraint and are not indulging in any act of violence in recent times.
The commander in chief of the outfit, IB Sangbijit is still in Myanmar and according to reports available with the security forces, the outfit still have a number of cadres in the camps in that country. The NDFB (R ) is also maintaining a few bases in Bangladesh, sources added.