Guwahati (Assam ):Insurgents groups from India's Northeast under the banner of United National Liberation Front of WESEA (UNLFW) have called for a total ban on Indian Independence Day celebrations on August 15 and announced a total shut-down for 12 hours from 6 am to 6 pm on the day.
In a joint press release issued to the media and signed by the Secretary publicity and research, KYKL, A. Yaiphaba, publicity secretary, HNLC, Sainkupar Nongtraw, president, KCP, Ksh. Laba Meitei, Chairman, KLO, Jiban Singh Koch, chairman, KYKL N. Oken, general secretary, NDFB, B. R. Ferengga, organizing secretary,NLFT, Sengphui Borok, and chairman, PDCK, J. K. Lijang, observance of Indian Independence Day is one of the symbolic instruments, sacred for mainland Indians, but malicious to the colonized peripheral non-Indians and celebration of such occasion can create a false consciousness of enjoying political freedom in the minds of subjugated people.
The press release stated that with the departure of the British colonial masters, the new country embarked upon an ambitious project of occupation of the rim-lands. Thus a new India was forged as an unnatural union or as an expansionist freak and it became a “prison-house of nations".
The statement stated that the present-day descendants of Mahatma Gandhi have no qualms in using the ultimate forms of violence – like annexation of new territories, state-terrorism under AFSPA, collective fine, rape with immunity etc. The objective is to manufacture consent of the subjugated peoples in an easier way, in order to facilitate assimilation, or in reality, ethnocide of the rim-land nations. Using uncivilized and sometimes, inhuman tools, the entire WESEA region have been subjected to forceful occupation of the mainland Indian regime, it said .
To resist Indian occupation and hegemony, almost all communities of this WESEA region have risen up in arms and armed struggle is still going on, it further said. In order to successfully materialize the total ban, the mentioned organisations have called upon all of this subjugated region to do the needful to make it a success.
Meanwhile , a high alert has been sounded in the Northeastern state of Assam after intelligence input that United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent)are trying to create subversive activities to sabotage the Independence day celebrations after some militants slipped into Assam from Myanmar .
Assam Police have beefed up the security. Day and night patrolling and round-the-clock checking of vehicles is going on. All vital installations , including railway stations, bus terminuses, markets and public places, are under surveillance.
Recently, National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) and National Socalist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) cadres were arrested from different locations in Dibrugarh district of Assam.
In the past three months, security forces have arrested eight United People's Liberation Army (UPLA) militants, including two women cadres.
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to inaugurate the Bhupen Hazarika Setu (Dhola-Sadiya bridge) on May 26 last, a suspected Ulfa (I) militant was killed in a failed attempt to blow up an Oil India pipeline near Dikom in Upper Assam.
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