Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Mobile data suspended for 5 days in Mnp

Correspondent

MISCREANTS TORCH VEHICLE DURING TRIBAL STUDENTS’ AGITATIONS

Manipur government has suspended mobile internet service across the state for five days in view of communal tension following torching of a vehicle in Bishnupur district bordering Churachandpur district.
The suspension of mobile data service came into effect Saturday midnight, following an urgent order of the special secretary (home) H Gyan Prakash of Manipur government.
The order directed mobile internet service providers across the state for the next five days citing the prevailing communal tension and volatile law and order situation in the state after the torching of a vehicle by three-four men at Phougakchao Ikhang along Tiddim Road (Imphal-Churachandpur section of NH-2) on Saturday evening.
“The crime has created a tense communal situation and volatile law and order situation in the state,” the order said.
It alleged that some anti-social elements were using social media extensively for transmission of images, hate speech and hate video messages inciting passions of the public.
The order stated that social media has also become a handy tool for rumour mongers and is being used to incite general public which might have serious repercussions for the law and order situation in the state. The situation is likely to cause serious disturbances to the entire peaceful co-existence of the communities and maintenance of public order, the order added.
Earlier, district administrations in Bishnupur and Churachandpur, in separate orders, promulgated certain restrictions under section 144 of CrPC in all parts of the districts.
The orders prohibited assembly of five or more people which is likely to turn unlawful and carrying of sticks, stones, firearms without valid license, weapons or objects of any description which can be used as offensive weapons for a period of two months.
The torching of the vehicle followed by suspension of the mobile internet service came at a time when All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) is imposing an indefinite economic blockade in the hill districts of the state.
The ATSUM had been agitating to press the state government to introduce Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council Bill 2021 recommended by the Hill Areas Committee (HAC) of the state assembly while rejecting two ADC bills tabled by the state government in the recently concluded monsoon session of the state Assembly.
The Assembly had also passed the 6th amendment of the Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council while referring the 7th of the same bill to the HAC on August 5, the last day of the session.
On the other hand, tribal students have been agitating against the arrest of five ATSUM leaders, including its president and general secretary, by the police ahead of their planned agitations.
The five leaders were in jail after a local court and sent to judicial custody for 15 days, that is, till August 20.