Four years before, the same day a count of serial bomb blasts was ripped apart Guwahati, Barpeta Road, Bongaigaon, and Kokrajhar killing more than a hundred with several hundred casualties.
At that time, I was a journalist at an Assamese daily, and I tried to witness the Ganeshguri blast place as I was near to it at the time of the blast. But I was stopped by the then city SSP V K Ramisetti. Everyone around the state was busy to ensure the safety of their dear ones who might have been in those blast areas.
Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma took no time and announced an immediate release that the blasts were executed by ULFA with the help of jihadists. Following his announcement, his wife’s news channel NewsLive TV also claimed that they had received an SMS from number 98646-93690 claiming responsibility for the blasts.
Just after the hour of the blasts, the then President of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad(AJYCP) Biraj Talukdar called me and asked who might be involved in such heinous incident. I said it’s NDFB, but he got it hard to believe as a hoax already spread that ISI sponsored jihadist did it.
After 2 hours, the then ‘Operation Commander’ and ‘Military Spokesman’ of ULFA Raju Baruah called me from Bangladesh and asked the same. My answer was also the same. Ranjan Daimary faction of NDFB did it.
Minister Himanta Biaswa Sharma’s announcement over the blasts resulted untrue when police arrested the owner of the mobile number Md Nazir Ahmed from Morigaon district and drove a speedy investigation. During the police investigation, it was found that Nazir Ahmed’s Sim card was cloned, and he was not the person who sent the SMS.
Later, when CBI took the charge of the investigation, the culprits behind the blasts were unmasked and NDFB(R) found responsible for it. Even so, Nazir Ahmed wasn’t able to survive from being victimized and after two years he committed suicide. This is how NDFB, CBI & Assam Police took the life of another innocent person after two years of the October 30th serial blasts.
In 2011, I met all the NDFB leaders, cadres and linkmen in jail who were behind the October 30 serial blasts. I witnessed no regret in their faces for the greatest sin in Assam history ever. I asked the Dy C-in-C of NDFB(R), George Boro, why they did such barbaric.
Instead of feeling any shame he proudly described their guerrilla (!) tactics for more than three hours, which forced me to adopt no mercy for their sin. George Boro told me, “It is a total waste to fight with the Indian army. You kill them, more of them will come again. Even so, if you kill civilians, the govt will be shaken.”
This is how NDFB(R) operated their so-called freedom fighters. They knew that they can’t win by fighting against Indian state machinery. Henceforth, they targeted mass people with a barbaric way of killing.
If they had to come for lateral talks with Indian state machinery, then mass killing was definitely not the way. However, they adopted a notorious way to come to the lateral talk, by creating disharmony first and then putting pressure on their community to shout for peace.
At present, the probability of lateral talk with NDFB(R) is increased as former IB Chief P C Haldar already intimidated some round of meetings with Ranjan Daimary in Guwahati Central Jail. Ranjan Daimary and his associates will definitely try the same that Arabinda Rajkhowa and his followers did.
The People of Assam always wanted peace, it’s not a new business that can be ruled by an extremist leader, be it Ranjan Daimary, Arabinda Rajkhowa or Paresh Baruah.
Peace can’t be safe on those hands who themselves created disharmony among innocent people. Ranjan Daimary & Arabinda Rajkhowa should know that they are defeated by Indian state machinery by morally and diplomatically.
The sad part is, Indian state machinery created the stage where any group can go for ‘mass killing’ and then come to political power with the mask of the peace talks.