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UNLF decries Bangla ruling

Imphal, Feb. 3: Manipur militant group the United National Liberation Front (UNLF) today condemned the death sentence passed by the Bangladesh court on Ulfa leader Paresh Barua in absentia.

A special court in Chittagong had recently awarded death penalty to Paresh Barua, vice chairman and chief of staff of the Independent faction of Ulfa, and 13 others, including two former Bangladesh ministers, in connection with an arms haul in 2004.

The capital punishment awarded in absentia to “Ulfa leader and nationalist Paresh Barua” by a Bangladesh court was unacceptable, senior publicity officer of the UNLF, Ksh Yoiheiba, said in an email statement today.

It termed the ruling “hasty”, passed in total “disregard” of the history of 1971 Bangladesh liberation war, and a “Fascist action” against the “exploited and subjugated people of Western Southeast Asia” (the Northeast) who were waging a liberation struggle.

Blaming the Sheikh Hasina government for the death sentence, the UNLF alleged a “conspiracy” between the Bangladesh government and the Indian government.

The UNLF accused the Bangladesh government of adopting a policy to appease the Indian government in total disregard of the help provided by the northeastern states to the refugees of that country during its liberation struggle.

“The government of a young, liberated and civilised nation must not forget the hospitality of the people of Western Southeast Asia (especially those of Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura) during its liberation war,” the release stated.

The UNLF called upon all “right-thinking people” of the world, including Bangladeshis, to condemn the “unjust verdict”.

It endorsed and pledged support to Ulfa (I) chairman Abhijit Asom’s appeal to the Bangladesh government to “reconsider and withdraw the verdict”.

It urged the Bangladesh government not to support and get influenced by the Indian government.


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