Hagrama offers peace talk with NDFB

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Kokrajhar, Assam, Mar 05(UNI) Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) Chief Hagrama Mohillary today urged National Democratic Force of Bodoland (NDFB) militants to shun violence and came to at the negotiation table.

Addressing a press conference here, he said he would be so happy to help further the peace process with the Centre.

The NDFB is under a ceasefire agreement with the Centre but it is not happy with the alleged non-progress of the peace process.

The outfit last week called a bandh and during a road blockade they had damaged several public vehicles which forced Mr Mohillary to call for peace.

Mr Mohillary himself was the former head of the dreaded and now disbanded Bodoland Liberation Tiger(BLT) and had tormented the Assam Government for more than a decade with similar tactics till they had agreed for an autonomous council.

The NDFB has been, however, demanding secession but has not come clear on its demand after the creation of the BTC.

Meanwhile, Mr Mohillary informed that Mr Biswajit Daimary would be their Rajya Sabha candidate.

He said the Assam Government had decided to convert the Kokrajhar campus of the Guwahati university into a separate university as well as an open Engineering college and a planetarium in the BTC areas.

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