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Public protest against uncertainty over NDFB truce

By Staff
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Guwahati, May 6 (UNI) As uncertainty looms large over the truce with National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), an undercurrent of tension is palpable in the Bodo dominated areas of Assam.

This could be felt when thousands of people from the tribe hit the streets of Assam demanding that actual negotiation be started with the militant group on demands raised by it.

In response to the call given by All Bodo Peace Forum (ABPF), a Bodo civil society group that took initiative to persuade the NDFB to declare unilateral ceasefire in October last year, Bodo people in different parts of Bodo areas, including four district headquarters within the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District Council (BTADC) and in Tezpur in northern Assam took out rally to register their protests against New Delhi dragging its feet over talks with the NDFB.

The people in Bodo areas feared that the 'uneasy peace' that is prevailing in the area following ceasefire between the NDFB and the Government Of India might get jeopardized if the NDFB, peeved at the delay in starting the negotiation, disagrees to extend the truce that is set to expire on May 31.

The ABPF has expressed concern over 'harassment' meted out to NDFB militants by the security forces even during the truce period and dashed a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding unconditional invitation to the NDFB for talks before May 31 next.

The ABPF has warned that 'dilly-dallying' over the peace talks might lead to a volatile situation in Bodo areas and the government will be held responsible for it. The NDFB has been issuing threat not to extend the truce unless there is invitation for talks from the Government of India.

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