The Manipur government has extended the ban on Internet/data services for five more days with immediate effect in an effort to prevent further disturbances of peace and public order in the violence-hit state.
Internet/data services has been suspended in the state since the violence broke out between the Kuki and the Meitei communities on May 3, in an effort to prevent further mayhem.
The government order issued on Tuesday, May 16, mentioned that the Director General of Police, Manipur letter vide dated May 15 reported that there are still reports of incidents like fighting among volunteers/youths of major communities residing in the state with report of arson of houses and premises.
It also stated that there is continued apprehension that some anti-social elements might use social media extensively for transmission of images, hate speech and hate video messages, inciting the passions of the public which might have serious repercussions for the law and order situation in Manipur.
The order also mentioned that it is still necessary to take adequate measures to maintain law and order in public interest, to thwart the design and activities of anti-national and anti-social elements and to maintain peace and communal harmony and to prevent any loss of life or danger to public/private property, by stopping the spread of disinformation and false rumours, through various social media platform such as Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. on mobile phone and SMS.
Hence, the order for further suspension/curbing of mobile data services, internet/data services including broadband viz. Reliance Jio Fiber, Airtel Xtreme Black, BSNL FTTH etc. and internet/data services through VSATs of Bharatnet Phase-II in the state. All Service providers have been directed to ensure compliance of the order.
Any person found guilty for violation of aforesaid orders will be liable for legal action, it added.