After Tripartite Agreement with Centre and Assam Govt, NDFB(S) Leader Likely to Join Peace Talks

Guwahati: After a tripartite ceasefire signed on January 16 among the Centre, the Assam government and banned outfit National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Saoraigwra)(NDFB-S), the group's leader G Bidai, alias Bishnu Gayari, is likely to approach the government for peace talks. His team, reportedly in hiding along the Indo-Bhutan border, has agreed to come overground for the peace process.

“After a series of discussion, G Bidai and senior leader B Batha and his team have given their consent to come over ground for peace talks by January 22," a rebel leader told News18.

“If everything goes well, they will join the team of chairman B Saoraigwra, who has already joined the peace talks,” the leader added.

A top intelligence official said that the process to bring Bidai and his team to the table for the peace process was already underway.

Former Director General of Police (Special Branch) Pallab Bhattacharyya said it is necessary for the peace process to include Bidai.

“But the cases registered against him and his team members will continue as per law. Security forces have been trying to catch him and his team since 2014,” he said.

A special CBI court in Guwahati last year had sentenced NDFB chairman Ranjan Daimary and nine others to life imprisonment for their involvement in the 2008 Assam serial blasts case in which 88 people died and 450 were injured.