UPRFM calls general strike on Oct 15
IMPHAL, 10th Oct: While terming October 15 is the darkest day for the people of Manipur, the armed United People’s Revolutionary Front of Manipur (UPRFM) has given a call for 18-hour general strike throughout Manipur effective from October 14 midnight till 6pm of October 15 against annexation of Manipur by India on this day in 1949.
According to a statement of UPRFM issued by its information & publicity secretary L Rolin alias Thoupangba Meitei, India annexed Manipur after king Bodhchandra was forced to sign on a pre-meditated ‘Manipur Merger Agreement’ at Shillong on September 21, 1949 after keeping him under house arrest for three days. The agreement came into effect from October 15 the same year and since then Manipur lost its sovereign status and UPRFM has been observing the day as ‘Black Day’ by calling general strike every year.
While reminding the people that the mighty British, who conquered Manipur after the Anglo-Manipuri War of 1891, had handed independence to Manipur on August 14, 1947 and Manipur had its own democratically elected government before king Bodhchandra signed the merger agreement, the outfit said the agreement signed by Bodhchandra was not ratified by the then Manipur assembly and hence it was not valid.
The outfit also reminded people about the long history of sovereign Manipur dating back to the reign of Nongda Lairen Pakhangba in 33AD. It further pointed out that sovereign Manipur was ruled by 76 kings till the British colonial rule took over the administration from 1891 and regaining sovereign status on August 14, 1947 when the colonial British left. The outfit also appealed people to extend support to the general strike which will be relaxed only for vehicular movement relating to emergency and religious ceremonies.