GUWAHATI: Majority of the cases against former members of disbanded militant outfits such as National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and National Liberation Front of Bodoland (NLFB) will be withdrawn in the next six months.
Informing about this government’s move, Assam’s Director General of Police (DGP), GP Singh told the press in Guwahati on Friday that decision on the cases registered with Central agencies such as CBI and NIA will be taken in consultation with the Centre.
Singh said that the cases in which there are “no social hindrances” and “not related to serious offences like targeting the army or the police” are likely to be withdrawn.
“I have conveyed my views to the Home Department and the ADGP SB (Special Branch). But in some cases, the NIA or the CBI are the prosecution agencies. Since those are central agencies, it is necessary that there is an acceptance or approval of Centre (regarding withdrawal of such cases); we are in talks regarding that,” he was quoted as saying.
He further noted that the Chief Minister has already had a discussion with his Arunachal Pradesh counterpart. ” Regarding that, the Assam Chief Minister has already written a letter to his Arunachal counterpart, and hopefully it will be settled (cases will be withdrawn). We are moving in the right direction, but it takes some time since case studies have to be done,” he said.
Earlier, 181 former members of the NLFB received a financial aid of Rs 2 lakhs each from the government to help them reintegrate into the society in the event. Distributing the financial grants to the former militants, Chief of Bodoland Territorial Region, Pramod Bodo urged them to utilise the grant for rehabilitation purposes.
“BTR is completely peaceful now, thanks to the tremendous trust people have in our Hon’ble PM’s policies. A heartfelt welcome to those who’ve chosen the path of peace over violence. The holistic growth of the Bodo community remains our utmost commitment,” Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma wrote on a micro-blogging website.