Normal life was today affected in Manipur due to a general strike called by insurgent outfits to protest the merger of the state with the country on October 15, 1949.

Markets, shops and business establishments remained closed while transport services between Manipur and neighbouring states were cancelled.

Attendance in government offices was almost nil as employees could not reach offices due to absence of transport services, reports said.

The strike also affected normal life in the interior districts.

Security forces were deployed at important points in the capital town here.

The Manipur People’s Liberation Front (MPLF), formed by some major insurgent organisations, has called the 24-hour strike.