Joint Statement

Manipur People’s Liberation Front (MPLF)
National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB)
National Liberation Front of Twipra (NLFT)
Tripura People’s Democratic Front (TPDF)
United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA)

09 December 2009

This Joint Statement is hereby issued in solidarity with ULFA and the peoples of Assam in view of the recent arrest of Chairman Rajkhowa and other leaders of ULFA.

After several days of speculations and denials it is now confirmed that Chairman Rajkhowa and other leaders of ULFA were arrested in Bangladesh by security agencies of that country and subsequently handed-over to India. What is the import of this development?

Certainly, the arrest and hand-over of Chairman Rajkhowa and other leaders of ULFA by the Bangladesh government has deeply hurt the sentiments of the peoples of our Region who contributed in no small way to the liberation war effort of Bangladesh in 1971. It may be recalled that our Region served as the much needed rear base of the Bangladesh liberation war. The peoples of Assam , Meghalaya and Tripura provided generous shelters to hundreds of thousands of Bangladesh freedom fighters. And now our Region provides shelter for livelihood to hundreds of thousands of migrant Bangladeshis. It is, therefore, only natural that the peoples of our Region now engaged in liberation struggles feel betrayed in their hour of need by this act of the Bangladesh government.

However, we of the national liberation forces know that such setbacks are attendant in any liberation struggle. Therefore, we will give maximum effort to overcome such setbacks by our collective wisdom and strength. However, will not in any way react in sentimental vengeance. We know that the spirit of freedom has always prevailed, even against the strongest power on earth. And we believe that in the spirit of freedom the people of Bangladesh will have sympathy and support for our liberation struggle transcending their government’s contrary policies.

On the other hand, we would emphasise that the liberation forces of our Region should not commit any such act that may be construed as open infringement upon the sovereignty of our neighbouring countries and hurt the sentiments of the people concerned. In the same spirit, we consider it unwise to make the people to people relationship a victim of the anti liberation stance of the government concerned.

Lastly, we appeal to all concerned not to be misled by mischievous misinformation propaganda of India.

“Unite to fight together!”

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