Siliguri, Jan. 21: The Kamtapur Liberation Organisation along with four other militant outfits based in the Northeast have called a 16-hour strike in north Bengal and four districts in Assam on January 26.
In a statement issued by the KLO, Hynnewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), NDFB, NLFT and Ulfa, Kailash Koch, self-styled general secretary of KLO, has said they will boycott Republic Day and observe a strike in the proposed area of Kamtapur state from 1am to 5pm on January 26.
“The general strike shall cover all forms of transportation, movement of all kinds of vehicles, all forms of entertainment including cinema and theatre shows and all activities of trade and commerce. However, the media, medical services and religious ceremonies shall be kept outside the purview of the general strike,” reads the release issued in KLO letterhead. “We have to fight … to regain our sovereignty and independence so that we can survive and exist with dignity as a distinct people. This fight against India is the only means for our survival,” it reads.
An intelligence official said: “The nexus between Northeast-based militant outfits and the KLO has been proved yet again through this joint statement.”
A senior police officer said: “Security has been beefed up in prominent commercial areas and vital places. Our intelligence wings are working round-the-clock to avert subversive activities.”