Bodo society will boycott NDFB if guilty: BTC chief

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Guwahati, Nov 15 (UNI) With the Bodo outlawed group NDFB's name coming up during the Assam serial blasts probe, the Bodo political leadership has sought to distance itself from the outfit while the Assam government has reiterated its confirmation on the NDFB's involvement.

'' The Bodo society will boycott the NDFB if it is found involved. The entire Bodo populace cannot be blamed for the NDFB's misdoings as the group does not represent the community,'' said key ruling Congress ally Hagrama Mohilary, also the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief, yesterday.

He made serious accusations against the NDFB leadership by claiming that the outfit was controlled by external forces, including fundamentalist organizations.

''The NDFB is in the clutches of external forces and is dictated by them,'' Mr Mohilary said, alleging that the outfit had executed the blasts under the direction of external powers.

Favouring a CBI enquiry to expose the true extent of NDFB's involvement, he said, '' Investigations in blasts as well as communal violence in Udalguri have pointed towards the NDFB. A CBI probe will further expose their involvement.'' The Assam government has already confirmed the NDFB's role of the NDFB in the blast, claiming clinching evidence to indict the outfit.

Several cadres of the outfit have also been arrested.

Mr Mohilary's animosity towards the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) stams from his days as the chief of the now-disbanded Bodoland Liberation Tigers (BLT).

Both the groups were formed to wage armed struggle for a free Bodoland with the BLT entering into a bond with the government in 2003 to forsake arms and later went on to form the BTC through democratic elections.

The NDFB is also in a ceasefire with the government, which comes up for review next month.

Mr Mohilary's Bodoland People's Front is the key ally of the Congress in the ruling coalition at Dispur.

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