The Ranjan Daimary faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) on Tuesday declared unilateral indefinite ceasefire with effect from August 1, seeking to find a sustainable political solution to the conflict through political dialogue.
“The general meeting of [the] NDFB, held on July 25, 2011, at [the] general headquarters has unanimously decided to cease all hostile activities indefinitely to find a durable and sustainable political solution to the conflict through political dialogue and discussion with effect from the August 1, 2011,” stated an e-mailed statement issued by the information and publicity secretary of the outfit, B. Khwlw Khwlw.
The declaration came after an 11-member delegation of the Bodo National Conference (BNC) met the jailed chairman of the outfit, Ranjan Daimary, at the Nagaon central jail on July 20.
Earlier on July 12, the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) declared a unilateral indefinite ceasefire to ensure a peaceful atmosphere for the ongoing political negotiation with the Centre.
Now only the Paresh Barua faction of the ULFA is still indulging in hostile activities.
The Central Bureau of Investigation named Ranjan Daimary and 19 others of his outfit in the charge sheet filed by it in connection with the October 30, 2008 serial blasts in the Assam. Altogether 88 persons were killed, at least 540 persons injured, and public properties worth Rs. 2.99 crore were damaged in the nine synchronised blasts in the State.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on July 9 authorised the Bodo National Conference (BNC), the banner organisation of Bodo political and non-political groups, to meet Daimary in jail to know if his faction was willing to sit for peace talks with the Centre.
Meanwhile, Centre's interlocutor P.C. Haldar has welcomed the ceasefire declaration. Emerging from the Raj Bhavan after briefing Governor J.B. Patnaik on the ongoing peace process with insurgent outfits of the State, he told journalists that a formal round of peace talks with the ULFA would begin in August.
In another development, an Assam Rifles team arrested a self-styled second lieutenant, Ritwik Hazarika alias Rajib Lahan, of the 27th battalion of the Paresh Barua-led faction of the ULFA on Monday. The ULFA leader, claimed to be a close aide of Paresh Barua, was arrested in Sonitpur district. An M-20 Chinese pistol, with magazine and live ammunition, was seized from him.