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Mobile internet services suspended in Manipur for 5 days

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 20 | Publish Date: 7/21/2018 12:23:43 AM IST
Manipur government on Friday suspended internet services for five days to curb rumours-mongering through spread of hate videos and messages in the state. 
In an order special secretary (home) Kh Raghumani said that step was taken to prevent any disturbances of peace and public order in the state and shall be in force for the next five days with immediate effect.
However, broad band internet services of BSNL and NIC remained unaffected.
The shutdown of the internet service came at a time when tension was brewing up in the state after several people were injured in police action to disperse torch rallies in Imphal and in other parts of the valley districts last night related with prevailing crisis in the Manipur University, and  the state government move to introduce a bill seeking amendment to the Liquor Prohibition Act which was objected by CSOs, particularly women organizations.
The order stated that social media such as Whatsapp, Facebook etc, have been used to facilitate or mobilize mobs of agitators and demonstrators, which can caused loss of life or damage to public and private property by indulging in arson/vandalism and other types of violent activities.
Meanwhile, agitation demanding removal of vice-chancellor Prof AP Pandey continued unabated on Friday. 
A large number of students from some higher secondary schools in Imphal carried out a rally from their respective school campus with an intention to converge together at the Western Gate of Kangla Fort today, around 11 am 
But the agitating students demanding removal of the VC were stopped by a large number of police near Johnston Higher Secondary School. 
Meanwhile, a meeting held at Manipur University attended by representatives of various civil society organizations including All Manipur United Club Organisations (AMUCO), United Committee Manipur (UCM), and Community of Civil Society Kangleipak (CCSK) etc, including the agitating MUSU, MUTA and MUSA Friday resolved to continue with the agitation until AP Pandey is removed from the post. 
The meeting, while assuring full supports to the ongoing agitations of the university community once again rejected the probe panel reconstituted by Union Human Resource Development ministry.
Later, representatives of CSOs went to the chief minister’s bungalow and submitted a memorandum which includes the resolutions passed in the joint meeting.

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