R Dutta choudhury
GUWAHATI, Nov 22 – The split in the ranks of the Ranjan Daimary faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) has made the future of the process of talks with the outfit uncertain and now it is up to the Government of India to take a decision on whether talks would be held only with one faction of the outfit.
Highly placed official sources told The Assam Tribune that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was of the view that all members of the NDFB (R ) should join the peace process for fruitful talks and permanent solution of the problems. The Central Government’s interlocutor PC Haldar met Ranjan Daimary in jail on a number of occasions to clear the ground for formal talks with the outfit and during the recent violence in Kokrajhar, Daimary even sent messages to the cadres that no one should indulge in any kind of violence. The Centre was expecting formal talks to start soon, but the split in the outfit has created uncertainty over the whole process.
Though there were reports of difference of opinion between the NDFB (R) chief Ranjan Daimary and commander-in-chief IK Songbijit for quite some time and the outfit formally split with the faction headed by the C-in-C forming a new interim committee. Songbijit issued a statement announcing the creation of a new committee headed by himself and announced that their struggle would continue.
Meanwhile, security sources said that there were differences between Daimary and Songbijit for some time as the armed wing leader was not too keen on peace talks with the Government. The differences widened when Daimary changed the leadership of some of the units of the NDFB and created a reshuffle. Songbijit was not happy with the reshuffle as he felt that being the head of the armed wing, it was his prerogative to carry out such reshuffles.
Sources said that the security forces were apprehensive of a split in the ranks of the outfit as there were indications of involvement of members of the NDFB (R) in a few acts of violence in Kokrajhar even after instructions from Daimary to desist from any such action. Moreover, the security agencies were sure of the fact that members of the splinter group headed by Songbijit were involved in the gruesome killing of tea planter Adilur Rahman in Sonitpur district at a time when the NDFB (R) had declared a unilateral ceasefire.