Bodo Liberation Tigers Force

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Bodo Liberation Tigers Force
Participant in the Insurgency in Northeast India
Flag of the Bodo Liberation Tigers Force.png
Flag of the Bodo Liberation Tigers Force
Active 18 June 1996 (1996-06-18) – 6 December 2003 (2003-12-06)
Ideology Bodo nationalism
Leaders Prem Singh Brahma
Area of operations Assam, India
Became Bodo People's Progressive Front
Battles and wars Insurgency in Northeast India

The Bodo Liberation Tigers Force (abbreviated BLTF), also known as the Bodo Liberation Tigers (abbreviated BLT), was an armed insurgent group that operated in the Bodo dominated regions of Assam, India. The group initially wanted to carve out a separate autonomy of Bodoland in Assam, but surrendered with the establishment of Bodoland Territorial Council, an upgrade of the Bodo Autonomous Council. The BLTF was founded on 18 June 1996 under the leadership of Prem Singh Brahma.

The leaders of the BLT, together with the leaders of the All Bodo Students' Union, formed a political party called Bodo People's Progressive Front.

Memorandum of Settlement[edit]

On 10 February 2003, representatives of the BLTF and the governments of Assam and India reached an agreement and signed a Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) in New Delhi. 2,641 cadres surrendered and laid down their arms on 6 December 2003 at Kokrajhar. A vast majority of them were absorbed in the CRPF. On the following day, an interim 12‑member executive council of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) was formed in Kokrajhar.[1]

The main provisions of the MoS related to "the creation of the Bodoland Territorial Council, an autonomous self-governing body within the State of Assam and under the provisions of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India to fulfill economic, educational and linguistic aspirations, socio-cultural and ethnic identity of the Bodos, and to speed up the infrastructure development in BTC area". The BTC would comprise 3,082 villages in four districts— Kokrajhar and the three yet to be created: Chirang, Udalguri and Baska. The BTC would have 40 elected representatives and the Assam government would nominate six more. Of the elected representatives, 30 seats would be reserved for tribal leaders, five for other indigenous Assamese leaders, and the remaining five would be open for general contest.

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