Guwahati: Following the peace agreement between Nagaland Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and the government, 1,615 rebels of the organisation laid their arms in the presence of the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. The NDFB rebels also gave away nearly 4800 weapons to the agencies. The Chief Minister expressed confidence that the progress of Bodo people will lift Assam.
Only three days ago, the leading Bodo rebel organisations, NDFB and The All Bodo Students Union signed a peace agreement with the government in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. As per the agreement signed with the union government, state government and these organisations, 1,550 rebels were to surrender. However, on Thursday, 1,615 militants surrendered. Three weeks ago, 50 rebels from NDFB, operating out of Myanmar, had surrendered. Six hundred forty-four rebels from the organisations operating in north-east India also surrendered along with their weapons in the last week. These also included 8 rebels from the NDFB.
This is considered a significant achievement for the union government, state government and the security agencies. The rebels who surrendered on Thursday have also surrendered 4,800 weapons to the agencies. These include dangerous weapons like AK rifles, Machineguns and Sten guns.
NDFB has three factions and rebels from all the three groups NDFB-Progressive, NDFB-Ranjan Daimary and NDFB-Saoraigwra, have surrendered. Eight hundred thirty-six rebels from NDFB-Progressive group, 579 rebels from NDFB-Ranjan Daimary group and 200 rebels NDFB-Saoraigwra group, have laid their arms down.