Anti-merger bandh deserts Imphal

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Imphal: 24-hour statewide bandh imposed across Manipur by National Revolutionary Front (NRFM) in opposition to the Manipur Merger Agreement of September 21, 1949, has paralysed Imphal and other parts of the state.

Imphal wore a deserted look. Imphal city markets were shut down. All business establishments, school and academic institutions were paralysed.

Vehicles remained off the road. Connectivity with Imphal was cut off.

A statement issued by the MRFM’s information and publicity secretary Sanajaoba Meitei on Sunday questioned if there is any provision in the merger agreement which says Manipur can never regain its sovereignty.

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Manipur was brought under British regime after the Anglo-Manipur War of 189. Manipur regained its sovereignty on August 14, 1947. The Government of India invited king Bodchandra to Shillong and made him sign the Manipur Merger Agreement on September 21, 1949 under duress. Since the day Manipur merged to Indian Union, all the rights of Manipur people have been forfeited, the revolutionary front alleged.

India should retract the wrong step. The India-Manipur political conflict should be resolved at the level of the United Nations, it said.

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Water supply, electricity, medical services and media was not covered by the bandh.

The bandh went peacefully and no untoward incidents were reported till the filing of this report.

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