IMPHAL | Oct 15 (IFP) : Normal life was crippled today in the state owing to the 18 hours state-wide total shut down imposed by proscribed umbrella organisation CorCoM and other militant groups of the state including ASUK and KCP- PWG as a part of the observance of ‘National Black Day.’
The bandh imposed from yesterday’s midnight till today’s 6 pm was called as part of protest against capturing the then Manipur King, Bodhachandra and forcing him to sign the merger agreement in 1949 by the Union of India.
Most of the business establishments and institutes were shuttered except for few shops, passenger transport services including inter-district bus service and diesel auto were off the roads, however hospitals and medical stores were opened.
Only a few private vehicles were seen plying on the road. Though government offices are not declared holiday, only a few employees turned up to their offices.
Security forces were deployed at different areas of the city to prevent from any unwanted incident however there were no signs of any bandh supporters and protesters in the street.
CorCoM has been fighting against the Central government to secede from the Indian union.
According to a release signed by CorCom media coordinator, LeibaakNgaakpa Luwang, it stated that it has been 68 years since India forcefully colonised Kangleipak (Manipur). The public shall never accept the declaration made on October 15, 1949 that Kangleipak has been merged into colonial India, it said.
The merger agreement signed under duress by the then King, Bodhachandra is being called the ‘Merger Agreement of Deception’ and voices of dissension are being raised against it by the people till today, added the release.