Strike, shutdown cripple normal life across state
IMPHAL, 15th Oct: Normal activities across the state came to a standstill due to the general strike and total shutdown imposed by different underground outfits with effect from Monday midnight till 6 pm of Tuesday in protest against the merger of Manipur to India in 1949.
Declaring October 15 as “Leibakki Amamba Numit”, Co-ordination Committee (CorCom), a conglomerate of several underground outfits operating in Manipur, called an 18-hour state-wide general strike from Monday midnight to 6 pm of Tuesday. Another 18-hour general strike was also called by United People’s Revolutionary Front of Manipur (UPRF) till 6 pm. Alliance for Socialist Unity, Kangleipak (ASUK), a joint body of Kanglei Yawol Kana Lup (LYKL) and Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) along with National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) jointly imposed a 12-hour total shutdown in the two states with effect from 5 am to 6 pm against the merger of Manipur and Tripura to India.
Khwairamband Keithel situated in the heart of Imphal city and other main markets in different places remained closed owing to the general strike and total shutdown. Inter-state service and other passenger services stayed off the roads and movement of private vehicles was low.
Oil pumps in different parts of the city were also closed. School and college students did not attend their respective institutes. Attendance of government employees was sparse although all the government offices remained opened.
CCPUR: Normal Life in Churachandpur was partially affected Tuesday due to general strike called by several underground groups against the merger of Manipur to India on this day in 1949.
There was no movement of vehicles particularly passenger carriers, heavy vehicles and four wheelers excepting some auto-rickshaws that operated in the town.
The main street of Churachandpur town wore a deserted look though movement of some two wheelers and school buses was visible.
Government offices too were affected as employees from Imphal failed to attend their respective offices.
A source informed that officials and some people coming to attend a seminar in Churachandpur were obstructed by some unknown persons on their way and they could not proceed to Churachandpur. However, there has been no report of any untoward incident during the general strike.
KAKCHING: General strike called by different underground organisations against the merger of Manipur to Indian union severely affected normal life in Kakching district Tuesday.
Except for few two-wheelers, no passenger vehicles plied on the roads in Kakching district during the strike period while shops and business establishments remained closed in important towns of Kakching district including Kakching, Kakching Lamkhai, Pallel, Lamkhai Keithel Wabagai–Hiyanglam, Kakching Khunou, Waikhong, Sugnu and others.
Attendance in government offices in the district was also thin while schools and colleges remained closed for the day.
BISHNUPUR: General strike called by numerous armed groups in condemnation of merger of Manipur into India, largely affected normal day-to-day life in Bishnupur district.
Roads were deserted as there were no passenger vehicles operating along Tiddim Line which connects the district with the rest of the state and major markets and business places of the district including Nambol, Bishnupur, Ningthoukhong, Moirang and Kumbi remained closed throughout the day on Tuesday owning to the general strike. Attendance of Government employees in offices was also thin and private schools and institutions remained shut.