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On 'Raising Day', ULFA stresses on sovereignty
K Anurag in Guwahati | April 07, 2007 20:14 IST
The banned United Liberation Front of Asom on its 28th 'Raising Day' on Saturday reiterated that 'restoration of sovereignty of Assam' was the only solution to the prolonged 'Asom-India political conflict'.
In a statement e-mailed to the media, ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa said, "There can be no other solution than restoration of sovereignty of Assam to the on-going conflict between Asom and India."
The ULFA leader stated that if the government of India had no heart to discuss the issue of 'restoration of Asom's sovereignty' it should allow the matter to be settled through a plebiscite.
Citing examples of Macedonia, Timu and Buganbil that attained independence through plebiscite in the year 1991, 1998 and 1999 respectively, the ULFA stated that the biggest democracy in the world should not hesistate to heed to the ULFA's demand for plebiscite on the issue of Assam's sovereignty.
The banned insurgent group called upon all ethnic groups in Assam to remain united behind its revolution against the 'Indian colonial rule' with an objective to liberate Assam and its people.
It also extended its gratitude to certain insurgent groups of Nagaland, Manipur , Tripura and North Bengal for backing it during the last 27 years of its armed struggle against 'Indian occupational forces in Assam'.
The ULFA chairman stated that it has so far lost over 10,000 cadres in the struggle that took root on April 7, 1979 and said that the group drew inspiration to carry on with its struggle from the extreme sacrifices made by these cadres.
The fired a broadside at the Indian security forces for perpetrating a reign of atrocities and terror on the innocent civilian population of Assam in the name operation against ULFA insurgents.