GUWAHATI, May 12 � The NSCN played a key role in the formation of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB), while the outfit also maintained links with Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) since the early 1990s, security sources told The Assam Tribune.
Some vital facts regarding the NDFB�s links with other outfits came out during questioning of Daimary by different agencies in the last few days.
Sources said that Daimary first joined the Bodo National Front in 1983 and later in 1984, he, along with other persons including Govinda Basumatary, decided to form the Boro Security Force and wrote to the leaders of the NSCN seeking their help. The Boro Security Force, which was later renamed as the NDFB, first started a training camp in the jungles north of Rangapara in Sonitpur district in 1988 and the NSCN provided them with some weapons and trainers.
Sources said that in the next year, the NDFB managed to snatch away some weapons from the forest guards and police personnel to increase its strength and the second batch was trained up in 1992.
Ranjan Daimary met NSCN ((I-M) chairman Issac Swu for the first time in Kathmandu in 1993 and was sent to Bangladesh to contact some persons for procurement of sophisticated weapons.
In 1996, the NDFB established contacts with a clandestine arms dealer of China and paid an amount of Rs 2 crore in advance for procuring around 2,000 sophisticated weapons. However, the security forces of Bangladesh managed to intercept two of the fishing trawlers and the NDFB received only around 400 weapons. These weapons were brought to Assam from Bangladesh through different routes through Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram. Sources said that the NDFB had also procured weapons from the ULFA.
Sources revealed that Daimary also stayed in the bases of the NSCN in Thailand for quite some time and established contacts with some agents of the ISI in 1993. The ISI provided the NDFB with some communication equipment, explosives and timer devices. Daimary even met a few senior persons of the Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka in 2004 and he knew some officials of the DGFI, the intelligence agency of Bangladesh.
Admitting the involvement of the NDFB in the serial blasts of October 30, Daimary said that the aim was to put pressure on the Government to expedite the peace talks, but at the same time, he said that they never expected the blasts to cause so much damage.
Meanwhile, the CBI, which probed into the serial blasts and named Daimary as the prime accused in the charge sheet, would seek his custody to question him. CBI sources said that 19 persons including Daimary were named in the charge sheet and seven are already in jail, while, one John is now in charge of the NDFB camp in Myanmar.