The rebel groups have also criticised the Centre for trying to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) BIll 2016  Credit: Representational mage

Imphal: Severely criticising the Centre’s move to pass the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, three insurgent outfits of the Northeast — Manipur’s Co-ordination Committee (CorCom), United Liberation Front of Assam, Independent (ULFA-I) and the National Liberation Front of Twipra (NLFT) — have urged people of the region to boycott the forthcoming Republic Day on January 26.

Blaming the Centre of trying to implement its hidden agendas through the controversial Bill, the three rebel groups in a joint statement said that the “Indian colonial ruler” had already taken a firm decision, much before they place it in Parliament.

“So far, the NRC updating process in Assam has detected more than three million of ‘illegal migrants’. This number does not include a large chunk of migrants from India and elsewhere. The indigenous people of Tripura have been systematically outnumbered and marginalised. The tribal states of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland are facing massive pressure by Indian migrants, particularly in urban clusters and resource extraction areas. Manipur has been resisting the onslaught by the demographic invasion. The recent bill, therefore, became a sensitive issue and indigenous peoples are united in opposing it,” the statement said.

The rebel groups also castigated police atrocities on protestors who are opposing the Bill in states like Manipur, Tripiura, Assam, etc. The statement also expressed serious concern over imposition of sedition charges on personalities like Dr Hiren Gohain, Akhil Gogoi and Manjit Mahanta in Assam.

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