Imphal, Oct. 15: Two separate strikes — one called by various militant outfits and another by different public organisations — crippled life in Manipur today. However, there were no reports of any untoward incidents.
A co-ordination committee of six militant groups called an 18-hour general strike throughout the state from midnight to protest Manipur’s merger with India on this day in 1949.
The committee, comprising the Kangleipak Communist Party, Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup, People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak, People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (Progressive), Revolutionary People’s Front and United National Liberation Front, observed a “black day” today.
The Kuki Inpi, Saikul Gamkai — a Kuki public organisation— and the Saikul Area Naga People’s Organisation had called a 48-hour general strike in Senapati district from midnight last night to protest the inclusion of some villages of Saikul sub-division under the police jurisdiction of Imphal East district.
Saikul falls under the revenue district of Senapati.
Shops and business houses in the valley remained shut. Schools, colleges, banks and some of government offices in the valley were also closed. Imphal was completely shutdown with people remaining indoors.
However, the general strike did not have much impact in the four hill districts of Churachandpur, Tamenglong, Chandel and Ukhrul.
The inter-district bus services, however, were suspended. All inter-state transport services, including buses and trucks, did not ply along the Imphal-Dimapur highway, as the route passed through Senapati district.
Sources said elaborate security measures were put in place to prevent any disruptive activities, particularly in the valley, where the strike evoked total response.