Internet suspended in Manipur for 5 days following protests
Imphal: Mobile internet services have been suspended for five days across Manipur as per an official order.
According to the order issued by Special Secretary (Interior) H Gyan Prakash on August 7, some anti-social elements were using social media to transmit hate speech, stoking public passions.
The decision was taken after a vehicle was set on fire by some people in Phougakchao Ikhang on Saturday evening, he added.
The incident caused community tensions, the order said.
The Bishnupur District Magistrate has also imposed CrPC Section 144 restraining orders for a period of two months across the Valley District, effective Saturday evening.
Tensions are rising in the state after the All Tribal Student Union Manipur (ATSUM) imposed an indefinite “economic blockade” along trunk roads running through hill districts on Friday morning, cutting off supply to the valley region.
The student body had demanded that the Manipur Autonomous District Council (Hill Areas) (Amendment) Bill 2021 be tabled in the assembly.
The indefinite blockade prompted valley-based organization Meitei Leepun to close ATSUM’s Imphal office on Friday afternoon.
Meitei Leepun claimed that the blockade was aimed at the valley of the state.
The ATSUM demanded the tabling of the Manipur Autonomous District Council (Hill Areas) (Amendment) Bill 2021 in the monsoon session of the assembly for greater financial and administrative autonomy of the hill region to to ensure development at the same level as the valley areas of the state. .
Instead, the state’s BJP government led by N Biren Singh on Tuesday introduced the 6th and 7th Manipur District Council (Hill Areas) Amendment Bills, which protesters say will not did not comply with their claims.
ATSUM had been observing a total shutdown in the hill dominated by the Kangpokpi and Senapati tribes since Tuesday after the amendment bills were introduced out of the blue.