Thursday, October 6, 2022

Manipur post-poll violence: Data service suspended in Jiribam


Manipur government on Saturday suspended mobile internet services in post-poll violence ridden Jiribam district for five days with effect from today.
Following t poll related violence incidents, the district administration has already clamped curfew under section CrPC in the district on Friday.
The step was taken up in view of the escalating post-poll violence in the district, bordering Assam.
After declaration of results on March 10, there was a series of violent incidents, including destruction of properties, in the district that has only one Assembly constituency.
The poll related violence erupted in the district after a group of (JD(U) workers stormed the house of vice president Sadam of BJP Minority Morcha and physically assaulted his family members on Friday morning.
Sadam’s father, mother and wife were beaten up by the group of JD(U) workers who also threatened them for supporting the BJP before leaving the house. The family members weres admitted to Jiri district hospital due to injuries, reports said.
When the news spread like wildfire, a large number of womenfolk stormed the residence of one Moirangthem Promen, a JD(U) worker who was allegedly involved in the assault of the Sadam’s family.
After the district police rushed to the spot, a clash broke out between the police personnel and women.
In the fracas, a group of people destroyed a shop owned by the JD(U) worker and also set afire a motorcycle.
As tensions ran high in the district, the district administration promulgated indefinite curfew, restricting people from moving out of their homes under section 144 (1) of CrPC 1973 with immediate effect from 4 pm on Friday.
Despite the curfew, anti-social elements used social media extensively for transmission of images, hate speech and hate video messages inciting passions of the public.
Social media has also become a handy tool for rumour mongers and was being used to incite the general public which might have serious repercussions for the law and order situation in the district, the order announcing temporary suspension of the mobile data service in the district issued by the state home department, stated.