National Liberation Front of Bengali (NLFB) – a militant group based in Assam especially in the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) was formed a decade ago by aiming to give security, safeguard to the Bengali community people in the state.
38-year-old Kamal Paul – hailing from Kokrajhar district under BTAD is the C-in-C of National Liberation Front of Bengali (NLFB) had formed the outfit.
On Thursday, Kamal Paul along with 300 other cadres of the militant group had surrendered with their arms in front of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in Guwahati on Thursday.
The entire cadres of the outfit have now come back in the mainstream.
According to Kamal Paul, the Bengali community people in Assam especially in the BTAD area have faced several problems including their citizenship rights, tortured by other militant groups in past several decades.
“Several Bengali community people are still lodged in the detention camps in Assam and they are facing lot of problems to prove their citizenship. Apart from it, some other militant groups had tortured our Bengali community people in many places in the state. Many Bengali people were killed, kidnapped in many places. They were served extortion letters, getting life threatening etc. To give security, safeguard our people, we had decided to form a new militant organization and the NLFB was formed on December 31, 2010,” Kamal Paul said.
The C-in-C of NLFB said that, they main headquarter was located in Kokrajhar district.
“Our demands including safety and security are now seem to be fulfilled and the present government has almost fulfilled our demands. The detention camp issue may be settled after the Citizenship (Amendment) Act came into effect and for this, we are surrendered. The Hindu Bengalis must to give citizenship,” Kamal Paul said.
On the other hand, Ajit Biswas – a cadre of NLFB and hailing from Baksa district said that, he had joined the organization in 2011 and taken arms training in Bhutan.
“I had joined the organization to provide safety and security to our Bengali community people and finally we get it and the government has also taken initiative. We have come here to surrender,” Ajit Biswas said.
24-year-old Pranab Jyoti Bora – a youth from Assam’s Dhemaji district had joined banned outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (Independence) three years before and come back to the mainstream after realizing that, the demands raise by ULFA (I) will not fulfill.
“I joined ULFA (I) to see the situation of Assam. But later, I realize that, my path was wrong and decided to come back. I think that, the rest cadres of ULFA (I) should also come back to the mainstream. It is not possible what they want,” Pranab Jyoti Bora said.
Pranab, who took arms training in Myanmar and met several top leaders of ULFA (I) including Arunudoy Dohotia, Jiban Moran, Nayan Asom had also surrendered in Guwahati on Thursday along with 49 other cadres of the banned outfit.
On the other hand, 32-year-old Baburam Rabha who joined Rava National Liberation Front (RNLF) in 2009 had also surrendered along with 12 other cadres of RNLF in Guwahati on Thursday.
“I joined the organization to work for our Rabha community. Later we realize that, our decisions are wrong and come here to surrender,” Baburam Rabha said.
A total of 644 insurgents of eight different militant groups had surrendered with their arms in Guwahati on Thursday in presence of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and the Assam Chief Minister assured them that, the government will provide all supports to them under the government policies, schemes.