The reports said that “The army has started an operation in the district today (Saturday). The operation will continue till all the illegal arms and ammunition is seized in Kokrajhar.”
The sources pointed out that similar operation might also be carried out in all the areas of Bodoland Territorial Areas Districts (BTAD) and in Dhubri.
Assam’s opposition All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) had claimed that the central and the state governments take steps for seizure of all illegal arms and ammunition in BTAD for ascertain lasting peace in the area where clashes between Bodos and Bengali-speaking Muslim settlers had led to 95 people being killed and more than four lakh people displaced.
AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal had also met PM Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and demanded that the BTC council be dissolved as it had failed to offer security to the non-Bodos living in BTAD and that all the illegal arms and ammunition be seized.
The Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT) group has been disbanded and its leaders now run the administration in the four districts, lots of its members are reported to seize illegal arms, which they did not deposit while surrendering.
Likewise, the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) now has two groups, one group of surrendered militants who expressed their willingness to sit for peace talks and the anti-talks faction, headed by Ranjan Daimnary, which also apparently possesses a lot of illegal weapons.