Total shutdown strikes hit life in Imphal

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, October 15, 2018:  Total shutdown strikes imposed by various underground organisations of Manipur across Manipur have paralysed Imphal and several parts of the state specially the Manipur valley.

Co-ordination Committee (CorCom), a conglomeration of several outfits of Manipur imposed a state wide total shut down from Sunday midnight till 6 pm of Monday to observe ‘National Black Day’.

The shutdown strikes were called to protest the merger of Manipur with the Indian Union in 1949 on this day.

The proscribed Kangleipak Communist Party People’s War Group (Marxist Centre) and Alliance for Socialist Unity, Kangliepak (ASUK) imposed state wide total shut down from 6 am to 6 pm on Monday declaring it as the ‘Black Day’ of Kangleipak’.

The shut down strikes hit business and educational establishments in Imphal and several other parts of the valley districts. Oil pumps in Imphal were closed. Roads wore deserted look. Connectivity with Imphal and other parts of the state and other states were cut off.

Shops in Khwairamband Bazar were shut down. Few vendors were seen at the market centre.

The outfits alleged that Maharaj Bodhachandra Singh, the then king of Manipur, was forced to sign the merger agreement with the government of India and the state formally became a part of India on October 15 the same year.

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