The Manipur government has extended the ban on mobile internet by another five days till October 7, in an order issued on Sunday by the Commissioner (Home) T Ranjit Singh.
After lifting it for a few days in view of improving law and order condition, the state government on September 26 reimposed the ban on mobile internet, following the surfacing of photos of two students executed by Kuki militants in the social media.
However, broadband internet services like BSNL, JioFiber, Airtel etc is still available.
Fresh order issued by the state government said that it has decided to suspend or curb the mobile internet data services, internet/data services through VPN in the territorial jurisdiction of the state of Manipur for another five days with immediate effect till 7.45 pm of October 7.
In view of the prevailing law and order situation in the state of Manipur, the state government is of the view that anti-social elements might use media extensively for transmission of images, hate speech and hate video messages inciting the passions of public which might have serious repercussions for the law and order situation in the state.
Further, there is an imminent danger of loss of life or damage to public, private property widespread disturbances to public tranquillity and communal harmony as a result of inflammatory material or false rumours and other types of violent activities through various social media platforms, it stated.
The order will come to effect and be subject to confirmation by the competent authority within 24 hours and the same will be reviewed before the expiry of the orders, it mentioned.
The order is issued under the power conferred under Rule 2 of Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules, 2017, it mentioned. The order is being passed ex-parte in view of the emergent situation, it added.
On the other hand, United Naga Council and ANSAM had called for relaxation of the mobile internet ban in ‘neutral zones’ where there is no ethnic tension or violent incidents.
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