NDFB demands release of its leaders ahead of talks

Last Updated: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 18:55

Guwahati: The National Democratic Front
of Bodoland (Ranjan Daimary) faction has demanded that its
leaders and cadres be released from jail to carry forward the
Bodo peace process ahead of Tuesday`s talks.

"To carry forward the political dialogue formally
with dignity and honour we call upon the Government of India
to free our leaders and cadres from jail", said NDFB (RD)
information and publicity wing assistant secretary B Samijing
in an e-mail to the media here on Friday.

"The talks held in captivity would tantamount to
imposition and will be devoid of a free and fair environment.
We believe that mutual respect and understanding will help
find an amicable solution. Therefore, it is imperative to give
a fair deal to the talk", the e-mail said.

"The ball is now in the government?s court. We hope
that the government will show sincerity in resolving the
conflict and fulfilling the aspirations of the Bodo and other
indigenous people", the statement said.

"We welcome the beginning of the talks between our
leaders and the government interlocutor on Tuesday. We are
optimistic that the talks will proceed in the right direction
to a logical conclusion. The NDFB rallies around our leaders
in carrying forward the peace process and appeal to all
sections of people to support the process for a permanent
solution", the insurgent outfit said.

The central government appointed interlocutor P C
Haldar had met NDFB (RD) chairman Ranjan Daimary in the
Guwahati Central Jail on Tuesday as per the Centre`s
directive to the Assam home department to start the peace
parleys with the Ranjan Daimary faction.

The meeting was a closed-door one with details not
divulged to the media though the duo is said to have also
discussed the possibility of holding negotiations to resolve
the Bodo issue.

Haldar also welcomed the unilateral ceasefire declared
by the Daimary-led NDFB.

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 18:55

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