By M.Devanand Sharma
Imphal(Manipur ), Aug12 : The Coordination Committee (CorCom) and United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) (ULFA-I) have called upon the people of WESEA region to boycott India’s Independence Day celebration in the region on August 15 next and also imposed total shutdown in the entire region from 1 am to 6.30 pm.
However, all emergency services including medical, media, religious events and flood relief activities should continue normally during the shutdown, a joint statement of CorCom and ULFA(I) said and called upon entire people of the region to be alert and make the boycott a complete success as was done before, as a mark of solidarity against Indian administration.
According to the joint statement issued by CorCom coordinator LeibaakNgaakpa Luwang, when sovereignty is being attacked to promote Indian empire, at the behest of the rulers who live on the spoils of an unjust war on peoples of WESEA (Western South East Asia), the outfits resist with liberation war.
While reminding that Indian rule in the region causes insurmountable human toll, the statement said WESEA is today a battlefield where thousands of Indian war bastions exist. India deploys at least a million armed forces who are organised into various overt and cover organisations-Military, Para-military, Armed Police, Intelligence, and Fifth Columnists. The oppressed people of WESEA could not enjoy respite from these criminals who enjoy impunity under black laws like National Security Act, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Armed Forces Special Powers Act, etc.
These forces not only violate Geneva Convention (1949) in dealing with revolutionary army, but also unleash organised terrorism upon civilians in the form of destruction of property, loot, extortion, rape, sodomy, custodial murder, forced disappearance, forced labour, torture, arbitrary arrest, and detention of civilians, suppression of democratic voice, and attack on civil right defenders. These lawbreakers pose the biggest threat to humanity and basic human rights in WESEA, the statement maintained.
It also said that Indian rule in WESEA displays devilish policy of transplantation of millions of outsiders (i. e., instruments of Indianisation) to uproot indigenous peoples of their rights and cultural identities systematically. Outsiders have numerically supplanted indigenous population in Tripura, metropolitan regions of Assam and other cities and urban centres like Dimapur in Nagaland and Imphal in Manipur.
Representational image courtesy : Deccan Chronicle.