KOKRAJHAR, Nov 14: The anti-talk faction of the tiol Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) on Saturday observed the 29th Bodoland Army Raising Day at an undisclosed location.
In press statement with video issued by the president of NDFB (anti-talk) faction, B. Saoraigwra, he said that the outfit observed 29th Bodoland Army Raising Day at an undisclosed soil. The video shows the outfit members dancing with guns in their hands. The statement by B. Saoraigwra claimed that though the Central and State governments launched ‘Operation All Out’ against the outfit, the operation had not been successful as on the 29th Bodoland Army Raising Day, the outfit could observe the day with a large number of cadres. He also stated that Assam DGP Khagen Sarma had claimed that during Operation All Out, over 500 cadres were arrested and 50 cadres were killed in encounter but these were totally false and fake. He also said that over 99 per cent encounter with the NDFB were fake and staged by the security forces. He said that fake encounters in the me of anti- insurgency operation had been increasing in Bodoland whereas the report from tiol Human Rights Commission (NHRC) stated that Assam stood third in encounter deaths.
Saoraigwra alleged that some policemen in Assam were involved in extortion and robbery cases. He particularly mentioned the me of Rangia officer in-charge Bhupan Das, who was recently arrested for his alleged involvement in a robbery case. The rebel leader also stated that the indigenous people, who were the sons of the soil, wanted to live in peace in their inherited land with dignity and with a distinct identity of their language, culture, tradition and customs. He further said they had their identity, language and rich cultural heritage and wanted to protect and safeguard these as they were being treated as a separate part of the Indian community.