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The banned United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) (ULFA-I) and the NSCN/GPRN on August 12 called for boycott of Independence Day celebrations in the entire northeast region.

In a joint statement, the two outfits said, “The colonial Indian Independence day is not a day of freedom of our people but of bondage. Hence, we call upon our people not to take part in celebrating it voluntarily or under duress. Any form of duress or force should be recorded if possible. On an audio-video format and released through BitChute/New Tube sites.”

The outfits have called for ‘total shutdown of all commercial activities, administrative services and educational institutions between 12 midnight to 6pm on August 15 except for most essential and emergency services’.

Militant outfits of NE region, mostly demanding ‘sovereignty’, have been routinely calling for boycott of national day celebrations of Independence Day and Republic Day.

Assam government this time will conduct the Independence Day celebrations at the Judges Field in Guwahati centrally which was earlier organized at Khanapara Veterinary playground. State government has set up COVID-19 centres at Khanapara ground.

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