Mobile internet services suspended in Manipur for five days due to turmoil | Latest India News

Following a law and order situation in the state, the government of Manipur suspended mobile internet (or data) services for five days to quell rumors through the dissemination of images, hate speech and hateful video messages.

Special Secretary (House) H Gyan Prakash, in an order issued on Saturday, said: “This order is issued to prevent any disturbance of peace and public order in the state of Manipur and shall be in effect for five days with immediate effect from the time this suspension order becomes operational or until further notice.

The measure was taken to prevent disturbances to the peaceful coexistence of communities and the maintenance of public order, the circular said.

The government order came after a van was set on fire by three or four people in the Phougakchao Ikhai area along Tiddim Road on Saturday.

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Hours later, Bishnupur and Churachandpur administrations imposed Section 144 of the CrPC in the two districts in separate orders.

In the past few days, the state has witnessed unrest following the arrest of five leaders of the Tribal Student Union of Manipur (ATSUM) on charges of plotting to impose an economic blockade in the hilly districts of Manipur .

The ATSUM even imposed a total 24-hour shutdown against the alleged non-filing of the Manipur Autonomous District Council (Hill Areas) Bill 2021 recommended by the Hill Area Committee (HAC) to the Assembly. Reports indicate that the bill will provide autonomy to the mountainous regions of the state.

But the Manipur assembly, on its closing day on Friday, passed ‘The Manipur District Councils (Hill Areas) (Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2022’, with some amendments , while ‘The Manipur District Councils (Hill Areas) (Seventh Amendment) Bill, 2022’ was forwarded to the HAC.

A protest calling for the release of ATSUM leaders arrested by a group of students under the banner of the Tribal College Students Union (ACTSU) on Saturday morning turned violent, during which police and students were wounded. Nearly 20 students were injured in the incident, an ACTSU official said. Yesterday, a court in Imphal placed the arrested ATSUM leaders in custody for 15 days.

In the meantime, the imposition of an economic blockade drew a strong reaction from Meitei Leepun, a valley-based organization which claimed that the blockade targeted the valley region of the state. They even closed the ATSUM office in Imphal on Friday.

Police said many cargo trucks carrying essential items were stuck in the Nagaland sector of National Highway 2 (Imphal-Dimapur Highway) due to the ongoing economic blockade.

“So far more than 500 cargo trucks have been escorted to Imphal from different parts of the highway,” a police officer stationed in Senapati district said on Sunday.

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