Ban on NDFB to continue

The ban on NDFB ( National Democratic Front of Bodoland), an insurgent group fighting for sovereign Bodoland comprising of Bodo dominated areas in Assam, is likely to continue to next two years as Assam had produced evidences of NDFB sponsored terrorist activities in lower Assam before the Unlawful Activities Prevention Tribunal, headed by Justice P K Bhasin.

The centre notified ban on the NDFB on 23 November 2010 for two years on the ground that it has not abjured violence.

It may be mentioned that, both Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya had also sought to continue ban on NDFB in their respective states.

Assam government representatives submitted before the tribunal that the group had been indulging in violence, attacks on civilians and security forces and carrying out extortion.

They cited that the group had carried out serial strikes in the western districts of Assam, mostly in Sonitpur, killing more than 20 people in November last year, after one of their cadres was gunned down by security forces.

Confessions of arrested NDFB cadres were also produced before the tribunal.

Assam Government counsel Abhijeet Roy said 18 evidences would be produced before the tribunal to support its submission for extension of the ban.

The tribunal, which will hold its next sitting in Guwahati, is expected to give its findings by third week of May, Roy said.

No representative of NDFB was present at today’s hearing to oppose the ban.

Ranjan Daimary, the arrested chief of the anti-talks faction of NDFB declared a unilateral ceasefire for six months in January last, but the home ministry has been insisting that the cadres will have to abjure violence for talks to begin.

A faction of the group under its General Secretary Gobinda Basumatary is currently under ceasefire and the cadres are in three designated camps set up in Assam following a tripartite agreement in 2005.
Source : Shillong Times

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