Seven cadres of newly formed MNLF surrender before police
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Tinsukia: The United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) (ULFA-I) has issued a call for a “general strike” on January 26 asking citizens to abstain from the 71st Republic Day celebrations in the state and remain indoors.

The statement came hours after 644 militants, including 50 belonging to ULFA-I, laid down their arms during a ceremony held in Guwahati on Thursday. However, unlike previous years, this year, other militant outfits have abstained from calling a boycott of R-Day celebrations.

In a press note signed by chairman of the banned outfit, Abhijeet Asom, the banned outfit asked all residents to register their protest against the “colonial rule in Assam”. However, the emergency services would remain exempted from the boycott, read the statement.

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ULFA-I’s boycott letter (page 1)
ULFA-I’s boycott letter (page 2)

Through the press note, the outfit has also raised abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir, calling it an assault on the democratic character of India.

ULFA-I supremo Paresh Baruah has been fighting for “sovereign Assam” and is believed to be hiding somewhere in Myanmar.

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