GUWAHATI, Aug 11 � As many as 12 militant outfits of the North East region have jointly given a call to boycott the Independence Day celebrations and this proved the reports that the ultra outfits of the region were trying to join hands to be correct.
However, interestingly, the Ranjan Daimary faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) , which has already declared a unilateral cease-fire to create a congenial atmosphere for talks with the Government, is not in the list of outfits which gave the call for the Independence day boycott.
The outfits which gave the call for Independence Day boycott are�HNLC, KLO, KYKL, KCP, NLFT, PREPAK, PREPAK (pro), RPF, TPDF, anti-talk faction of the ULFA, UNLF and UPPK. The anti-talk faction of the ULFA is the only ultra group from Assam to sign the joint statement, while seven of the 12 groups are from Manipur.
The joint statement also called upon the people of the region to observe general strike from the midnight of August 14 to 5.30 pm of August 15 and said that all the essential services have been exempted from the purview of the strike.
The 12 outfits also hit out against the peace talks and alleged that the Government of India was trying to lure the people of the region and the freedom fighters in the name of peace talks. The statement said that they had experienced futile promises from the Government of India in Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura and the present peace process in Assam and Nagaland were nothing but dilly-dallying with the militant groups.
The joint statement said that genuine freedom fighters cannot be lured by any prize and they would never compromise the genuine cause for personal gains. Sovereignty cannot be replaced by anything else. �We are fighting against the colonial India to achieve national sovereignty and will be fighting for it to the end,� the statement added.
Meanwhile, security sources pointed out that the joint statement assumes significance due to several reasons . There have been intelligence inputs that the militant groups of the NE were trying to form a common platform and the statement proved the reports to be correct. It also proved that the anti-talk faction of the ULFA was getting isolated as it is the only militant outfit from Assam to sign the statement.
Sources said that the HNLC, NLFT and KLO are not strong forces anymore and there is every possibility of these outfits coming for talks in near future.