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ULFA-I announces extension to the cease-fire declaration; CM Himanta welcomes decision

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The United Liberation Front of Asom– Independent (ULFA-I) has proclaimed to extend the unilateral ceasefire for three months because of the Covid-19 situation in Assam.

According to the statement issued on Saturday, ULFA (I) commander-in-chief Paresh Barua said ,”unilaterally suspend all military operations in the state for another three months with immediate effect”. Although the earlier ceasefire was to end on Saturday, it has been extended by another three months due to the Covid-19 situation in the state.

CM Himanta welcomes the decision

Himanta 1 ULFA The North-Eastern Chronicle

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma welcomed the outfit’s pronouncement. Soon after taking charge in May, he invited the outfit to come forward for talks and urged an end to the disagreement. Within days, the first ceasefire declaration was announced. Moreover, it acknowledged the chief minister’s offer and said it was ready if its conditions were met.

Also Read: In a first in 40 years, ULFA-I ends Independence day boycott call, says “Open To Discussion”

No call for bandh this Independence Day

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This comes after the recent announcement made by ULFA (I) that it will not engage in any “armed protest” or call for bandh, a 40-year-old practice on this Independence Day.

The reasons cited for this pronouncement were several issues including the pandemic, border conflicts in South Asia, floods, erosion and unemployment. But, it has asked people to unfurl the organization’s flag, wear black badges and wave black flags to show their protest against Independence Day.

Opposition towards Independence Day

Further, ULFA-I in its statement on Tuesday stated that Assam was not a part of “colonial India” and referred to the 1826 Treaty of Yandaboo to support its point. The statement said that the treaty signed between the East India Company and Burma did not transfer Assam to British India.

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