Guwahati: The central government’s peace interlocutor for the northeast and former Intelligence Bureau chief P.C. Halder Thursday met in Guwahati Jail the chief of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) faction opposed to talks .
“The talks today were very positive and we hope that a formal agreement could be signed with the NDFB anti-talks faction (led by Ranjan Daimary) within this year,” said an Assam Police official.
He said it was yet to be decided whether the two factions of the rebel outfit would sit together for the talks.
A splinter group of the outfit, now known as NDFB pro-talks faction and led by Gobinda Basumatary, earlier held several rounds of discussions with the state and central government representatives.
“We are expecting to see both the factions together as most of the demands are identical and the struggles of both factions are for the same people and same land. So it is better if they come together and sit for talks,” said the official.
On Monday, the two factions of rebel group Dima Halom Daogah – one headed by Dilip Nunisa and the other by Jewel Garlosa – signed a memorandum of settlement with the central and Assam governments to end insurgency in the Dima Hasao district.
The settlement would lead to the restructuring of the existing North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council into Dima Hasao Autonomous Territorial Council, with more financial and administrative powers.