Strike hits normal life across state
IMPHAL, 21st Sep: Normal life was thrown out of gear in the state on account of the 24-hour general strike called by National Revolutionary Front of Manipur (NRFM) against the ‘forceful’ annexation of Manipur to the Union of India by signing Merger Agreement on September 21, 1949.
Shops and other business establishments in Khwairamband Keithel remained closed and inter-state bus service stayed off the roads owning to the general strike. Oil pumps and banks were also closed. Attendance of government employees and students of government/private schools was sparse. There was heavy deployment of security personnel in key areas to prevent unwanted incidents. The general strike also affected normal life in Bishnupur district. Passenger services ceased during the general strike while major markets in the district downed shutters for the day. Government offices reported low attendance and educational institutes remained closed due to the general strike.
Normal life was also hit in Kakching district as trade and business activities, transport services and educational activities were halted during the general strike. Government offices also recorded low attendance. However, there was no report of any unwanted incident during the general strike.