GUWAHATI: The Ranjan Daimary faction of Assamese militant outfit National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) has threatened to pull out of its peace process with the Centre barely a year after it signed the truce pact.
The outfit was miffed over the re-arrest of its chief D R Nabla alias Ranjan Daimary, the prime accused in the October 30, 2008 deadly serial blasts in the state, which had caused the deaths of 90 people.
“The NDFB had submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister on September 27 through a government-appointed interlocutor (and former chief of Intelligence Bureau) P C Haldar to start the political dialogue. But the arrest of Nabla two days later and subsequent rejection of his bail plea by the TADA Court on October 21, despite submission of an affidavit by the state government, is not only surprising but also unprecedented, discriminatory and insulting,” said B Naijab of the outfit’s publicity wing. The outfit threatened to pull out of the peace process if the Centre failed to show the necessary commitment to expedite the peace process by releasing Daimary and other leaders along with NDFB cadre, who are languishing in jail.
Daimary was sent to jail by the TADA court, which rejected his plea for extension of interim bail after the government had informed the court that some cadre belonging to the outfit were still involved in subversive activities. On May 1, 2010, Daimary was arrested in Bangladesh, which subsequently handed him over to India. He was released from jail on June 23, 2013 after being granted bail in the 13 cases, including the four TADA cases, against him, one of which related to the serial blasts. The CBI, which probed the blast case, had named him as prime accused.