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Mobile internet suspended in Mnp after clashes

Mobile internet suspended in Mnp after clashes
A motorcycle being burnt down during the clashes in Chassad village of Manipur’s Kamjong district.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Mar 16 | Publish Date: 3/16/2020 10:11:13 AM IST

Manipur government on Monday suspended mobile internet services for three days across Manipur and prohibitory orders imposed in parts of Kamjong district after violent clashes between residents of two villages.

The measures were taken after villagers of Kamjong allegedly attacked the residents and torched over 150 houses in Chassad village.

The villagers whose houses were torched were taking shelter at the nearest Assam Rifles camp.

Tension was brewing up between the two neighbouring villagers for a couple of days after a wildfire allegedly razed an under construction oil feeling station.

The state home department ordered the suspension of mobile internet/data services with immediate effect as the incidents have been allegedly used by anti-social elements to vitiate the atmosphere further by using social media such as WhatsApp and Facebook.

“Unless the use of internet/mobile data is curbed temporary, there is likelihood of serious repercussions in the law and order and the possibilities of communal violence in the state,” the order issued by special secretary (home), H Gyan Prakash stated.

The district administration has also clamped prohibitory order under section 144 CrPC in Chassad-Kamjong.

The order prohibited assembly of five or more persons, carrying of lethal weapons such as sticks, stones, firearms besides prohibiting movement of people out of their houses.

The prohibitory order issued by the district magistrate further prohibited movement of people out of their houses with immediate effect until further order.

Situation under control; committee to probe:CM

The situation in Chassad village has been brought under control, said Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh. Addressing the media Monday evening, Biren also informed that government has constituted a committee to enquire into the incidents leading to the incidents of violence, burning of houses and vehicles there on Monday.

He said that the three-member committee headed by additional chief secretary Dr. Suhel Akhtar would submit a report within ten days. Singh said that the unfortunate incident should be the handy work of some miscreants, and it should not be given a communal colour at all. 

Taking the matter seriously, the government immediately sent a team led by deputy chief minister Y Joykumar to the village to look over the situation and meet leaders of different communities.

The chief minister further appealed to the public to maintain calm and avoid spreading rumour on social media which may fuel communal flare-up. 

As the situation is now under control and the matter is almost resolved, ban on mobile internet may be lifted from tomorrow, he added.

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