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Bandh affects normal life in Manipur

IMPHAL: Normal life was affected in Manipur on Monday due to a dawn-to-dusk bandh called by the National Revolutionary Front, Manipur (NRFM) against the signing of Manipur Merger Agreement between the Maharaja of Manipur  Budhachandra and  Government of India in 1949.

Sources said business establishments, markets and shops remained shut across the state in view of the strike. All educational institutes were closed. Government offices recorded almost nil attendance. Though a few private vehicles were seen, passenger auto, bus and both inter-state and inter-districts transport services were suspended due to the bandh.

NRFM publicity secretary Sanajaoba Meitei in a statement said the bandh had been called to protest the Merger Agreement which was signed between then Manipur king Budhachandra and Governor General of India on September 21, 1949 at Meghalaya capital Shillong. Budhachandra Maharaj was forced into signing the agreement by Government of India under very unusual circumstances, it said.

On October 15, 1949, India formally announced annexation of Manipur into the Union. Major militant outfits fighting for liberation in the state have been observing October 15 as “National Black Day” every year.

Meanwhile, in a two-day visit to Manipur, Special Secretary (Internal Security) of Ministry of Home Affairs Ashok Prasad arrived in Imphal in the afternoon to review the law and order situation in the state.

The visiting MHA Special Secretary is likely to visit trouble-hit Churachandpur district to take stock of the current situation there. Prasad is also likely to hold a series of meetings with top officials of Manipur Government and representatives of civil society groups during the visit

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