Manipur rebels announce total shutdown on August 15

Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 12 | Publish Date: 8/12/2020 1:01:33 PM IST

The Coordination Committee (CorCom) of six rebel groups in Manipur has called for an 18 and a half hours “total shutdown” in the entire state on August 15 as part of its boycott of the Independence Day celebrations .

The shutdown will commence at 1 am till 6.30 pm on August 15, as per a statement emailed to media houses by CorCom on Wednesday.  The statement informed that essential services like medical, electricity, water supply, fire service, emergency measures, media and religious activities will be exempted from the purview of the total shutdown. Like any other rebel groups in the region, the CorCom, an umbrella body of major rebel groups of the state resorting to armed struggle “to regain Manipur’s lost freedom” for which it has been boycotting India’s Independence Day which is being celebrated on August 15 every year.

The rebel groups, in the statement, stated that the day India celebrates its independence from British was a dark day for Manipur (Kangleipak) as it reminds the people the history of the erstwhile independent Kingdom. India’s independence has nothing to do with the people of the region who are living under the colonial rule of India for the last 71 years, it stated. 

It reminded that Manipur was forcibly merged to Indian Union on October 15, 1947.  The statement further appealed to all the people in the region to “avoid the celebration and any activity in connection with it and show display with solidarity the struggle for freedom.”

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