In Assam, 1,615 cadres of all the four factions of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) laid down arms before Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in Guwahati today.
They included 836 cadres from two factions of Progressive, 579 cadres of Ranjan Daimary group and 200 members of Saoraigwra faction. In all, 178 sophisticated weapons and explosives were also deposited on this occasion.
Speaking on this occasion, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the arms laying ceremony proved that NDFB wants permanent peace in the state.
He said that the State Government would ensure that all the cadres of the outfit could live a dignified life and appealed them to contribute to make the state stronger. The Chief Minister thanked Prime Minister and Home Minister for the treaty.
On the other hand, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced to formulate a comprehensive rehabilitation policy for the surrendered militants. He also appealed ULFA Chief Paresh Baruah to join in the peace process.
The President of the All Bodo Student Union Promod Bodo urged the Assam Government to implement the peace accord in letter and spirit.
Earlier, NDFB signed tripartite peace treaty with the Centre and the Assam Government recently in New Delhi. As per the peace accord, financial package of 1,500 crore rupees will be given for the development of the Bodoland Territorial Region in the next three years.