National Democratic Front of Boroland
|National Democratic Front of Boroland|
|Participant in Insurgency in Northeast India|
National flag of Boroland used by NDFB
|Active||3 October 1986 - present|
|Motive(s)||Establishment of a sovereign Boroland|
|Group(s)||National Council (Political Wing),|
Boroland Army (Armed Wing)
|Founder||Ranjan Daimary aka D.R. Nabla|
|Vice-President cum Army Chief||G. Bidai|
|General Secretary||B.R. Ferrenga|
|Area of operations||Assam, India|
|Originated as||Bodo Security Force|
|Split to||NDFB - D.R. Nabla Faction,|
NDFB - Progressive Faction,
|Opponent(s)||Government of India|
Government of Bhutan
|Battles and war(s)||Insurgency in Northeast India|
|Designated as a terrorist organisation by|
|Government of India|
The National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) is an armed separatist outfit which seeks to obtain a sovereign Boroland for the Bodo people. It is designated as a terrorist organisation by the Government of India.
NDFB traces its origin to Bodo Security Force, a militant group formed in 1986. The current name was adopted in 1994, after the group rejected Bodo Accord signed between the Government of India and ABSU-BPAC. The group has carried out several attacks in Assam, targeting non-Bodo civilians as well as the security forces. In particular, it has targeted Santhal, Munda and Oraon adivasis (tribals), whose ancestors had been brought to Assam as tea labourers during British Raj. Its involvement in attacks on Adivasis during Bodo-Adivasi ethnic clash during the 1996 Assam Legislative Assembly elections led to the formation of Adivasi Cobra Force, a rival militant group. After 1996, NDFB was also involved in conflicts with the militant group Bodo Liberation Tigers Force (which surrendered in 2003). Since 2000, NDFB has increasingly targeted Bangladeshi migrants in what it claims to be the Boro territory.
During the 1990s, NDFB established 12 camps on the Bhutan-Assam border. After suffering major reverses during Royal Bhutan Army's Operation All Clear, NDFB signed a ceasefire with the Indian authorities in May 2005.
This was followed by a split in the group: NDFB(P), the progressive faction supported peace talks with the government, while the faction led by Nabla opposed the talks. In 2012, following the arrest of their chairman, NDFB of Nabla faction split further, leading to the formation of another new faction, which was led by a non-Bodo I K Songbijit as an interim president of the interim council. This faction continued to indulge in militancy, and has been blamed by the government for May and December 2014 attacks.
The general assembly of the outfit held on 14 and 15 April 2015 has vowed to revamp their national struggle and declared that the former interim national council of NDFB led by Songbijit is dissolved and a new national council was formed to fight for the liberation of sovereign, independent Boroland.
The main grievances of the group are the under-development in the region and the influx of immigrants. It aims to address these issues by seceding from India, and establishing a sovereign Boroland. The NDFB constitution, adopted on 10 March 1998, lists its objectives as the following:
- Liberate Boroland from the Indian expansionism and occupation;
- Free the Boro nation from the colonialist exploitation, oppression and domination;
- Establish a Democratic Socialist Society to promote Liberty, Equality and Fraternity; and
- Uphold the integrity and sovereignty of Boroland.
The Bodos are an ethno-linguistic community native to the Brahmaputra Valley in Assam state of India. In the mid-1980s, Bodo politicians, alleging discrimination against Bodos in Assam, intensified their campaign for the creation of Bodo-majority Bodoland. While majority of the Bodos envisaged Bodoland as an autonomous territory or state within India, a small section demanded complete sovereignty. NDFB was formed by secessionist Bodos on 3 October 1986 as the Bodo Security Force (BdSF), under the leadership of Ranjan Daimary, in Odla Khasibari village (near Udalguri). BdSF carried out several violent attacks against non-Bodo civilians. On 12 December 1992, it attacked the 7th Assam Police Battalion headquarters at Choraikhola in Kokrajahar District, and decamped with 160 self-loading Rifles(SLR) and 5 Light Machine Guns(LMG).
The Bodoland movement was mainly led by the political organisations All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) and Bodo Peoples' Action Committee (BPAC). In 1993, these two groups signed the Bodo Accord with Indian government, agreeing to the formation of Bodoland Autonomous Council within Assam. BdSF opposed this Accord. Shortly after the Accord, the Assam State Government refused to hand over 2,750 villages to the proposed Council, arguing that Bodos formed less than 50% of the population in these villages. Following this, the BdSF was renamed to National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) on 25 November 1994. The NDFB then launched an ethnic cleansing campaign, attacking non-Bodo communities in these villages. During the 1996 Assam Legislative Assembly elections, it killed hundreds of Santhal, Munda and Oraon adivasis (tribals), whose ancestors had been brought to Assam as tea labourers during British Raj. In response, the tribals formed Adivasi Cobra Force, their own militant group.
In the mid-1990s, NDFB also faced a rival within the Bodo community, in form of Bodo Liberation Tigers Force (BLTF). The BLTF had evolved from an older militant group called the Bodo Volunteer Force. It considered NDFB's secessionist agenda unrealistic and unattainable, and focused on establishment of an autonomous Bodo territory within India. After 1996, the two groups clashed violently for supremacy. BLTF allied with Bengali Tiger Force to protect Bengalis from NDFB attacks, and also supported Indian security forces against NDFB. The conflicts between Christian-dominated NDFB and Hindu-dominated BLTF polarised the Bodoland movement along religious lines. In 2003, BLTF surrendered en masse in return for the establishment of the Bodoland Territorial Council.
NDFB had established 12 camps on the Bhutan-Assam border. During 2003-2004, the Royal Bhutan Army destroyed these camps as part of its Operation All Clear. NDFB chief Ranjan Daimary was offered amnesty by the Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in December 2003, but rejected the offer. On 8 October 2004, the NDFB announced a 6-month long unilateral ceasefire, that came into effect on 15 October. However, the Government continued its operations against the group. On 15 April 2005, NDFB extended the ceasefire. The Government released its general secretary Govinda Basumatary to open a channel of communication with the organisation's Bangladesh-based leadership. This resulted in a ceasefire agreement between NDFB and the Government on 25 May 2005. The agreement stated that the NDFB agree to cease hostile action against security forces and civilians. In return, the security forces would not carry out operations against the group's members. The agreement also stipulated that NDFB members would disarm and live in camps protected by the military for a year, and would refrain from assisting other militant groups. The pact came into force on 1 June 2005. However, certain factions of NDFB continued militancy. In May 2006, five members of the security forces were abducted and killed by suspected NDFB members in Assam's Udalguri District. The group also continued to clash with cadres of the ex-BLTF (Bodo Liberation Tiger Force). On 5 June 2006, two former BLTF cadres were killed by NDFB militants in the Karbi Anglong District, and one former member of the disbanded group was lynched by suspected NDFB militants in Golaghat District on 3 June 2007.
In 2008, the group split into two after Ranjan Daimary's name appeared in the 2008 Assam bombings case. NDFB(P), the pro-talks factions led by B Sungthagra supported peace talks with the governments. NDFB(R), led by Daimary, refused to give up militancy. In December 2008, the NDFB(P) indicated its plans to indirectly or directly participate the Lok Sabha elections. In 2012, I K Songbijit, the chief of the NDFB(R) faction's "Boroland Army", announced the formation of a nine-member "interim national council", resulting in a split. NDFB(S), the faction led by Songibijit, is now the most dreaded faction.
After the Operation All Clear in 2003 the then united NDFB decided to go for ceasefire and talk to resolve the political issue in the year 2004. The proposal was submitted in 2008 and there was a meeting of the joint military council in Manipur. The secretary in the ministry of development of north east region, Naveen Verma, told the general secretary of the outfit that they must amend their proposition instead of negotiation at table or in other words they were forced to revise it, amend it and write a new memorandum.
There would have been no talks and extension of ceasefire unless the proposition was revised and amended which was submitted by the faction now known as National Democratic Front of Boroland - Progressive and the faction led by Ranjan Daimary who rejected it was then known as the Anti-Talks Faction, which further split into two factions.
National Council Members
- President : B. Saoraigwra
- Vice-President : G. Bidai
- General Secretary : B.R. Ferrenga
- Home Secretary : D. Rebgon
- Foreign Secretary : NE. Esara
- Publicity Secretary : I. Sulung
- Finance Secretary : B. Dwmwilu
- Asst-Finance Secretary : B. Sohaithab
- Organizing Secretary : BL. Dinga
- Education Secretary : B. Sujugiri
- Cultural Secretary : B. Belarwm
- Agriculture Secretary : B. Biban
- Social Welfare Secretary : B. Dwithai
- Public Relation Officer : B. Alayaron
- Sport : M. Mwnabili
- Education : W. Radab
- Information and Publicity : M. Muluksha
- Home : B. Sinaihang
- Women Welfare : Miss. B. Rwmwi Rwmwi
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NDFB have a sizeable number of sophisticated weapons including AK-series rifles. Since they have camps in Myanmar across Arunachal Pradesh, they have easy access to the latest weapons.
NDFB has carried out bombings, kidnappings and murders in Assam. Due to arm conflict between NDFB and Adivasi Cobra Force, Many times NDFB attacked on Adivasi. The Assam Government has accused it of launching an ethnic cleansing campaign against the Oriya Adivasis and Bengali Muslim settlers in the region.
The group primarily operates in the region to the north and north-west of the Brahmaputra river. It is active in the Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Darrang, Barpeta, Dhubri, Nalbari and Sonitpur Districts of Assam. It has also been active in the Garo Hills region of Meghalaya. It has used the neighbouring Bhutan as a refuge, crossing the border in the Manas National Park area. In December 2003, the Royal Bhutan Army initiated a crackdown on the group's activities in Bhutan.
Between 1992 and 2001, the violence involving NDFB resulted in the deaths of 167 security forces personnel and over 1200 civilians:
|Year||Civilians killed by NDFB||Security Forces Personnel killed by NDFB||NDFB militants killed by the Security Forces|
Attacks attributed to NDFB
The attacks attributed to the NDFB include (SATP). Some incident don't have evidence but NDFB is believed to be involved.
|1 May 1998||Anjora||NDFB militants kill 5 Adivasis (tribals)|||
|2 May 1998||Deoshree, Kokrajhar District||NDFB militants drag 44 Adivasis out of a bus, kill one of them and torture the other 3||SATP|
|3 May 1998||near Bishmuri point on NH-31, Kokrajhar District||NDFB militants drag Adivasis out of a bus, and kill 98 of them; four others injured||SATP|
|9 May 1998||Borbil, near Gosaigaon||NDFB militants kill 16 Santhals Adivasis, including 10 women and two children; 12 others injured|
|17 June 1998||Kokrajhar District||NDFB militants kill four Adivasis||SATP|
|15 September 1998||Gossaigaon subdivision, Kokrajhar District||NDFB militants kill 14 Santhals||SATP|
|31 July 2000||Soonmari||NDFB militants blow up two bogies of a Rangia-bound passenger train, killing 14 passengers||SATP|
|1 August 2000||near Tezpur||NDFB militants explode a bomb on a passenger train, killing 12 people||SATP|
|21 August 2000||Dhubri||NDFB militants kill 5 Muslim civilians||SATP|
|19 August 2000||Guwahati||NDFB kills Bineshwar Brahma, branding him an agent of the BJP-led Central government. Brahma was opposed to the adoption of the Roman script for the Bodo language, which had invited the ire of NDFB.|||
|21 August 2000||Garagaon||NDFB militants kill the Bodo MLA Mohini Basumatary of the People's Democratic Front|||
|8 November 2000||Barpeta District||Suspected NDFB militants kill 8 civilians, including 7 non-Assamese people|||
|26 November 2000||Lung Sung forest reserve||NDFB kills 8 woodcutters who refused to obey their order to stop logging in Bodo areas||SATP|
|3 January 2001||Assam||NDFB militants kill woodcutters|||
|31 July 2001||Soonmari||NDFB militants detonate a bomb on a Rangiya-bound passenger train, killing 14|||
|1 August 2001||near Rangia||NDFB militants detonate a bomb on the Arunachal Express between Rangia and Goreswar stations, killing 12 and injuring 8. Two NDFB militants suspected to be involved in the blast were killed in a police encounter near Goreswar.|||
|25 September 2001||Baghmari, Bongaigaon District||NDFB bomb blast derails the North East Express, injuring 100 people||SATP|
|25 October 2001||Gauripur||NDFB militants detonate an explosive at a Hindu celebration, killing 3 and injuring 12|||
|7 December 2001||Assam||Opposed to logging in the region, NDFB militants kill 4 woodcutters in two separate incidents|||
|2 June 2002||Bongshijhora village, Dhburi District||NDFB militants kill 3 members of a family|||
|14 July 2003||Kokrajhar District||NDFB militants kill 3 people in separate incidents|||
|24 November 2003||Khanglabari, Darrang District||NDFB militants kill 3 Biharis, and injure 9 others|||
|8 July 2010||Gossaigaon, Kokrajhar District||NDFB militants blast railway tracks, resulting in derailment of the Kolkata-bound Garib Rath Express. A six-year-old child Durlav Sethia was killed, and 23 others were injured. The NDFB stated that the attack was a revenge for the mistreatment of its arrested leader Ranjan Daimary and the killing of "innocent Bodo youths" by the security forces.|||
|14 July 2002||West Maligaon forest village relief camps, Kokrajhar District||Sspected NDFB militants kill 9 Adivasis, injure 5 others||SATP|
|17 August 2002||near Sarbhog, Barpeta District||NDFB militants kill a school teacher||SATP|
|21 August 2002||Maladhara, Goalpara District||NDFB militants kill four police personnel and a civilian driver, injure 17 more||SATP|
|23 October 2002||Deosankar Reserve Forest, Dhubri district||NDFB militants fire on a group of two woodcutters, killing two|
|27 October 2002||Datgiri village, Kokrahjar District||NDFB militants kill 22 civilians||SATP|
|29 August 2010||Gamani, near Bhalukpong||NDFB militants kidnap two goods train drivers Nirmal Chandra Borgohain and Abhijit Siring Phukan, demand ₹ 1 crore (10 million) as ransom|||
|26 April 2003||Taijouguri village, Kokrajhar District||Suspected NDFB militants kill 4 members (including two children) of the family of a former colleague||SATP|
|18 July 2003||Dwimguri village, Kokrajhar District||NDFB militants kill 4 persons they suspect to be government informers||SATP|
|2 October 2004||Makrijhora, Dhubri District||NDFB militants open indiscriminate firing at a busy market, killing 16 people and injuring 20 others||SATP|
|4 October 2004||Gelapukhuri village, Sonitpur District||NDFB militants kill six civilians, injure 7 others||SATP|
|5 October 2004||Jalabila village, Dhubri District||Suspected NDFB militants shoot dead 10 civilians, injure 7 others||SATP|
|1 December 2004||Lutubari, West Garo Hills, Meghalaya||NDFB militants kill 5 villagers and injure another||SATP|
|21 May 2007||Udalguri District||NDFB cadres abduct five security force personnel and a civilian. The civilian Babul Kalita was found dead on 22 May. The other five were found dead in the Belsiri Nala (West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh) on 29 May.||SATP|
|16 March 2008||Dhaolabari Ashuline, near Kokrajhar||NDFB militants shoot dead Bigrai Basumatary alias Belaibe, the secretary of the surrendered NDFB Welfare Association||SATP|
|30 October 2008||Guwahati and neighbouring areas||2008 Assam bombings: NDFB cadres were suspected to have executed the attacks planned by ULFA and other groups.||SATP|
|30 June 2009||Naharani Grant village, Sontipur District||NDFB militants shoot dead four persons of a family: Munna Pal (30), his wife Subhapati Pal (35), his younger brother Tunna Pal (30) and his son Pankaj Pal (3)||SATP|
|4 October 2009||Bhimajuli||NDFB-ATF kills 12 people in Bhimajuli Massacre|||
|8–9 November 2010||Assam||NDFB-ATF militants kill 22 people in separate attacks. On 8 November, the militants killed 19 people, including 13 Hindi speakers. Several others were injured, one of whom died the next day. The next day, they killed two Hindi-speaking Muslims in Ultapani, Kokrajhar District, and a cycle mechanic Paran Mandal in Chirang District. Earlier on 1 November, the NDFB had threatened to kill 20 or more people for every NDFB cadre killed by Security Forces.||SATP,|
|14 March 2011||Between Bangladoba (Chirang District) and Ultapani (Kokrajhar District)||The militants of the Ranjan Daimary-led faction ambush patrolling troop of BSF, killing 8 jawans.|||
|13 August 2012||Chirang District||NDFB-RD militants shoot dead a Muslim labourer, and injure three others. The four victims were natives of West Bengal, and were returning from Bhutan.||SATP|
|13 November 2012||Harishinga, Sonitpur District||NDFB-RD militants kill a tea planter Adilur Rahman, and injure his bodyguard Motilal Tirkey||SATP|
|27 January 2014||Mauriapur village, Sonitpur District||NDFB-S militants ambush a police convoy, killing ASP Gulzar Hussain and injuring 5 other policemen. The police convoy was returning from a night-long operation against the group.||SATP|
|May 2014||Kokrajhar and Baksa Districts||May 2014 Assam violence: 32 Muslims were killed in a series of attacks. The government blamed NDFB-Songbijit faction for the attacks. The NDFB denied any involvement in the killings, and stated that the government agencies were behind the attacks.|||
|August 2014||Chirang district||A 16-year-old girl was dragged, beaten and shot at point blank range at least nine times in front of her parents|||
|December 2014||Sontipur and Kokrajhar districts||December 2014 Assam violence: NDFB militants killed over 65 Adivasis. According to police, this was in response to the intensified operation by the security forces.|||
|August 2016||Assam||2016 Kokrajhar shooting: A group of militants opened fire at a market in Balajan Tiniali, near the town of Kokrajhar in Assam, India.Fourteen people were killed and sixteen were injured as a result of the attack. NDFB(S) is believed to be involved in this case.|||
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