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Rebel call to boycott I-Day in northeast defied

A 17-hour general strike enforced by separatist groups on Tuesday to enforce a boycott of India's independence day celebrations failed to impact in the northeastern states of Assam, Manipur and Tripura.

india Updated: Aug 15, 2006 09:10 IST

A 17-hour general strike enforced by separatist groups on Tuesday to enforce a boycott of India's independence day celebrations failed to impact in the northeastern states of Assam, Manipur and Tripura.

Officials in Assam and Tripura said public and private vehicles were plying normally with people beginning to make their way to take part in the celebrations.

Five rebel groups, including the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) and the Manipur People's Liberation Front (MPLF), called the strike. It began at 1 am.

There has been a wave of separatist attacks in the northeast in the run up to Tuesday, with 21 people killed and 60 wounded in Assam, Manipur and Tripura.