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Imphal: Some proscribed outfits, operating in Manipur and Tripura, have announced a total shutdown in both the states on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the “forced merger” of the two states into the Indian Union in 1949.

The banned militant organisations which have supported the proposed state-wide bandh include Coordination Committee (CorCom), National Liberation Front of Twipra (NLFT) and the Alliance of Socialist Unity, Kangleipak (ASUK).

While NLFT, a militant outfit-based in Tripura, and ASUK, a conglomerate of several militant groups operating in Manipur, have called for a 12-hour shutdown from 5 am morning to 5 pm, CorCom has called for an 18-hour state-wide bandh in Manipur, starting from Monday midnight till Tuesday, reports said.

According to reports, a joint statement signed by the top leaders of the outfits, including NLFT president H Uastwng Borok and ASUK chairman N Oken, had termed the day as a dark period in the history of Manipur and Tripura. The leaders have also appealed the public of both the states to remember and observe the day as “dark period of our history”.

In a statement, the organisations alleged, “We have become demographically outnumbered or nearly outnumbered, politically marginalised and disintegrated, economically dependent and pauperised, socially disorganised and splintered, morally degenerated, bastardised and treacherous, and psychologically diffident and vacillating. National doom is staring at us viciously. Merger with India is the root-cause of all these national maladies.”

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“We believe that a united and consolidated movement can do miracles in pushing the movement forward. There is no realistic and pragmatic reason for us to achieve success by going separately,” it said.

The militant outfits in Manipur, in their statement, also stated they have been been observing October 15 as “national black day” for the past years to protest against the Manipur Merger Agreement signed between Maharaja Bodhachandra of Manipur and the Union government in Shillong in 1949.

However, the militant organisations have refrained from blocking religious, medical, media and emergency services during the proposed state-wide bandh, it said.

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