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IMPHAL | Aug 1 : The 24-hr general strike imposed by the joint committee comprising of United Committee Manipur (UCM), All Manipur United Club Organisation (AMUCO) and Committee of Civil Societies Kangleipak (CCSK), has crippled normal life in the state particularly in the valley.
The joint committee imposed the general strike against the possible extension of Article 371 (A) in Manipur to give ‘special status” to Naga as the fallout of the Framework Agreement signed between the NSCN (I-M) and government of India signed on August 3, 2015.
The joint committee alleged that the “divisive” policy of the central government intends to disintegrate the state through the Framework Agreement.
In response to the strike, volunteers came out on the streets of Imphal blocked streets at various parts of the valley districts by piling burning tyres, logs etc. Imphal city wore a deserted look as business establishments remained closed due to the strike. Inter-state and inter-district road transports also remained paralysed. Educational institutions both Government and private remained closed. However, there was no report of any untoward incident.
The joint committee said that interlocutor R N. Ravi, presented a report recently in the Parliament by the parliamentary standing committee on home affairs which suggests special status for the Nagas of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh under Article 371(A) of the Constitution.
Centre’s attempt to enforce Article 371 (A) in Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh is a strategy to disintegrate people and territory in the three states. It is an attempt to create a state within the state, which cannot be accepted, said the committee.
The joint committee staged a sit-in at Keishampat Imphal on July 28. It also scheduled to hold a mass rally on August 18.~IFP