Major militant groups called 17-hour general strike & boycott.

ULFAGuwahati: Security forces were put on utmost alert across India’s northeast as 12 guerrilla groups on Thursday called a 17-hour general strike and boycott of Independence Day celebrations.

The major militant groups that called for a boycott of the Independence Day celebrations include the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), the Kamatapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), fighting for a split homeland comprising parts of Assam and West Bengal, the Tripura People’s Democratic Front (TPDF), the People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) of Manipur, and the Hynnitrep National Liberation Front (HNLC) of Meghalaya.

Militant groups in the northeast have for years boycotted national events to objection New Delhi’s rule over the region.

Senior Assam police official G.P. Singh said that “We have put forces on alert to foil any attempts by militants to sabotage the Independence Day celebrations.”

The run-up to the events has always been aggressive, with rebels striking fundamental installations like crude oil pipelines, trains, roads and rail bridges besides targeting security personnel.

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