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Scribes’ body appeals for defiance of militants’ diktat
statesman news service
Guwahati,  11 August
The Assam based scribe body Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has appealed to the residents of North-east India to defy militants’ diktat and celebrate Independence Day with fanfare.
The JFA&’s appeal came following the diktat of a group of militant outfits based in the trouble-torn region to observe a general strike on 15 August to boycott all celebrations. The militant outfits including the United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) have also called for a general strike in the entire region on Thursday starting from 1.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Others who have joined in the chorus include the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (Meghalaya), the Kamatapur Liberation Organisation, the National Liberation Front of Tripura, the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit faction), and the coordination committee of six Manipur based armed groups.
The North-eastern part of India, comprising eight states, is surrounded by five foreign countries namely Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet (China), Burma and Bangladesh. The alienated region gives shelter to nearly 25 active and neutralised armed outfits which are waging a war against the Union government in  Delhi from different demands ranging from sovereignty to self-rule for the indigenous populace.
The JFA, in a statement issued to the media today, however argued that every Indian should come forward to pay his/her homage to hundred thousand martyrs of the freedom movement against the British colonial forces on both the auspicious days.
In a statement issued by the JFA president Rupam Barua, it urges the residents of the region to hoist the National flag in their residences, colonies and other significant locations. The JFA concluded the statement appealing to the city based media persons to encourage other nationalistic citizens to join in the celebrations of India&’s 67th Independence Day on the premises of Guwahati Press Club on 15 August starting with the unfurling of National flag at 11 a.m.