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    Sovereignty is Assamese' birthright: ULFA

    Guwahati, July 27 (PTI): The banned ULFA today asserted that Assam's "sovereignty is the birthright of the indigenous Assamese and there can be no deviation from this path".

    ULFA Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa in his statement on the occasion of the outfit's 'Martyrs Day' today, e-mailed to the media here, claimed that since time immemorial Assam had been 'sovereign' and it is the "fundamental and birth right of every Assamese".

    He also claimed the recent incidents of bomb blasts and killing of innocent people was not carried out by the ULFA but was allegedly "perpetrated by the security forces to malign and brand the ULFA as a terrorist organisation".

    Rajkhowa further accused the government of gross violation of human rights for alleged custodial deaths of ULFA cadres, their bodies not handed over to their family members, false encounters, secret killing of innocent people, molestation of Assamese girls and women by security forces.

    Referring to Assam's recent border disputes with Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram, the ULFA Chairman alleged it was the government's policy that had kept the issue alive.

    "The government does not want to solve the problem as it does not want the people of neighbouring states to live in peace and harmony and the innocent people living in the border areas are paying the price for this with their lives," he added.

    Rajkhowa further urged the people to "continue undeterred their struggle for sovereignty and not get swayed by the government's propaganda against the outfit."



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