The total shutdown will come into effect from 6.00 AM to 6.00 PM Credit: Representational Image

Coordination Committee (CorCom), an umbrella group of militant groups operating in Manipur has called for a total shutdown on October 15 denouncing the “forceful” merger of the state with India which took place in 1949.

The total shutdown will come into effect from 6.00 AM to 6.00 PM, a statement issued by the outfit said.

The group appealed the people to suspend all businesses, official work, movement during the shutdown period and urged them to observe the ‘National Black Day’ in protest against the annexation of Manipur by India.

However, essential services like medical will be exempted from the purview of the shutdown, it said.

On October 15, 1949 Manipur was declared part of India after the then King of Manipur signed the Merger Agreement on September 21, in the same year in Shillong.

However, insurgent groups in Manipur contend that the King was made to sign the ‘Merger Agreement” under duress; thereby making Manipur a colony of India and reducing it to the status of a mere district from being an independent nation. The insurgent groups have been observing October 15 as ‘National Black Day’.

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