Imphal, Jan 26:
CorCom, the joint body of rebel groups has announced a boycott of India’s Republic Day, which falls on January 26. In a statement, the rebel group said that while India celebrates January 26 as Republic Day, for the people of Kangleipak (Manipur), it is known as the ‘Repressive Day’ and not a day for the people.
With the state experiencing a bloody conflict for over 8 months, there is no reason for the state to celebrate Republic Day. Instead, the day should be observed as a “Black Day” by the people of Manipur by hoisting a black flag.
Therefore, CorCom is calling for a total shutdown on the day, starting from midnight on January 25 until 6 pm on January 26. However, the statement mentioned that religious activities, medical services, and fire services will be exempted during the shutdown.
The statement said that the ongoing crisis has devastated the Manipur. The CorCoM blame India for everything that is happening today.