Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Could work with Maoists, says UNLF

Samudra Gupta Kashyap

In a new twist, the United National Liberation Front (UNLF), Manipur’s oldest insurgent group, has found a “common interest” in the Maoist movement in “mainland India”.

“The UNLF believes that there is a common interest in the fight against the Indian state by the CPI(Maoist) and the liberation struggles of Manipur and the (Northeastern) region. The UNLF shall actively pursue a policy of mutual help and support with the Indian revolution through the CPI(Maoist),” an statement issued by the outfit in Imphal on the occasion of its 45th foundation day on Tuesday said.

The outfit also called for unity among various “revolutionary organisations” of the state as a prerequisite for resolving the “Manipur-India conflict” and also putting up a “collective fight” against India.

The outfit held Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh responsible for the death of nearly 700 innocent people at the hands of the security forces and other groups, and called for “appropriate punishment” to him.

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