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Manipur ‘Bandh’ in protest of merger

A committee of six illegal organizations from Friday midnight called an 18 hour long general strike

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Oct 15 2016 3:09PM | Updated Date: Oct 15 2016 3:09PM

Manipur ‘Bandh’ in protest of merger

The north-eastern state of Manipur saw a paralyzed life on Saturday as a complete shutdown was called by banned outfits in protest of merger of state with India on October 15, 1949.

 

A committee of six illegal organizations from Friday midnight called an 18 hour long general strike. 

 

As a result, all educational institutions, local markets, government offices and other public places remained shut and no vehicles seen on the roads.

 

From police’s side, security was tightened as the authorities feared violence outbreak.  

 

The story of merger dates back to 1949 when King Budhachandra of Manipur was summoned by Corcom to Shillong which was then in undivided Assam, for signing the merger agreement on September 21, 1949.

 

The merger however took place on October 15, 1949. 

 

Also, in a public convention held recently in Imphal declared the agreement as null and void, saying Manipur had an elected assembly and that the king was merely a constitutional head at the time of the merger.