Mobile internet services suspended for 5 days in Manipur amid protests

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Mobile Internet services have been suspended for five days across Indian disturbed state Manipur.

The order issued by Special Secretary (Home) H Gyan Prakash claimed that some anti-social elements were using social media to transmit hate speeches, inciting the passions of the public.

The decision was taken after a vehicle was set ablaze by some people, which led to communal tension at Phougakchao Ikhang on Saturday evening, the official order said.

The district magistrate of Bishnupur has also imposed prohibitory orders for a period of two months across the valley district, beginning Saturday evening.

Tension has been brewing in the state after All Tribal Student Union Manipur (ATSUM) imposed an indefinite “economic blockade” along the high-ways passing through the hill districts on Friday morning, cutting off supplies to the valley region.

The students’ body had been demanding that the Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council (Amendment) Bill 2021 be tabled in the assembly.

The indefinite blockade prompted the valley-based organisation Meitei Leepun to lock the Imphal office of ATSUM.

The ATSUM was demanding the tabling of the Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council (Amendment) Bill 2021 in the monsoon session of the assembly for greater financial and administrative autonomy of the hill region to ensure development at par with the valley areas of the state.—INP

 

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