GUWAHATI, Aug 11 � Seven militant groups of the North East region including the hardline faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) have jointly given a call to boycott the Independence Day, while, the hardline faction of the ULFA has given a call for an Assam bandh on that day.
In a joint statement, the Coordination Committee of militant groups of Manipur, ULFA, HNLC, KLO, NDFB, NLFT and Tripura People�s Democratic Front also called for a general strike from 1 am to 5.30 pm on the Independence Day on the Western part of South East Asia.
The joint statement said that essential services, media, religious activities etc have been exempted from the purview of the general strike.
The statement said that the Independence Day was imposed on the people of the North eastern part of India and India was never a country till 1947 when the British rulers left. The militant outfits said that after the British left, the loosely administered sub continent was polarized into two nations � India and Pakistan. The North east region was forcefully included into India through the rulers of India with an imperialist agenda. After the British left, the Brown sahibs became the new colonial masters of the North East and they imposed acts like the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act to oppress the people of the region.