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KNF chief’s wife transferred from Ruma Health Complex

  • KNF President Nathan Bom hails from Ruma
  • Order comes amid operation against KNF members
Update : 11 Apr 2024, 06:23 PM

The government has transferred nurse Lelsomkim Bom, wife of Kuki-Chin National Front (KNF) chief Nathan Bom, from Ruma Health Complex to Lalmonirhat.

In a notice issued by the Directorate General of Nursing and Midwifery on April 8, Lelsomkin and another nurse, Dipali Boira, were asked to join Lalmonirhat 250-bed General Hospital by the following day, "otherwise, they will be considered stand released on the afternoon of April 9.”

An official of the Ruma Health Complex said anonymously that Lelsomkin had left Ruma on Wednesday.

The order came at a time when the joint forces were conducting operations to arrest KNF members and supporters for bank robberies, arms snatching, attacks on police, and abduction of a bank manager since April 2.

On Thursday, the forces cordoned off two localities, including Nathan Bom’s village home Eden Para, in Ruma, suspected to be KNF dens. They also relocated over 100 locals to safety.

So far, the joint forces have arrested 55 KNF operatives, including the chief coordinator, from Bandarban. Nathan Bom has remained untraceable.

In the wake of the terror attacks, the ongoing peace talks between government representatives and the KNF leadership have been put on hold.

On April 4, Lelsomkin said she wanted her husband to return to normal. She urged the government not to harm him.

Separatist group KNF surfaced in Bandarban in 2022 when the law enforcers were looking for some missing youths who had joined a militant group named Jama'atul Ansar Fil Hindal Sharqiya. In exchange for money, KNF provided training for the militants.

Nathan Bom hails from Eden Para in Ruma. The couple has two sons, aged 5 and 15. He obtained his Master's degree from the Fine Arts Faculty of Dhaka University.

Nathan was the first person from the Bom community to contest the general election in 2018 as an independent candidate.

According to sources, the KNF came into existence in 2008, but its armed group came into being in 2016-17. Initially, it was called the Kuki-Chin National Volunteers, or KNV. He also formed an NGO named Kuki-Chin National Development Organization (KNDO).

It aims to establish an autonomous area with nine upazilas, namely Baghaichari, Barkal, Belaichari, and Jurachari upazilas of Rangamati and Ruma, Thanchi, Lama, Alikadam, and Rowangchhari upazilas of Bandarban.

In a letter to the prime minister on December 8, KNF President Nathan Bom urged the government to create a conducive atmosphere for a ceasefire and on modalities of disarmament and grant its demand for a Kuki-Chin state within and under the ambit of the Constitution.

The peace negotiations with the KNF began with a discussion on May 29, 2023, aiming to reintegrate the armed organization KNF into civilian life. Subsequently, the Peace Establishment Committee was formed, comprising 18 members, on June 9 of the same year. Later, several virtual meetings and two rounds of direct dialogue were held on November 5, 2023, and March 5, 2024.

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