Manipur Violence: Mobile Internet Ban Extended till Nov 5

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Manipur extends internet ban to November 5, adding 5 days to the initial October 31 restriction, citing ongoing security concerns.

Internet ban extended to curb anti-social content spread. (Photo: AP)

The Manipur government has extended the mobile internet ban for an additional five days until November 5. The decision aims to prevent the spread of harmful messages, photos, and videos by anti-social elements.

This extension follows two previous extensions in less than a week, despite Chief Minister N. Biren Singh indicating that the ban might be lifted soon.

A Home Department notification stated that the extension was necessary due to concerns that anti-social elements could use social media to transmit images, hate speech, and incite public passions, potentially leading to serious law and order issues.

The Director General of Police reported ongoing public protests and disturbances against the deployment of Central Security forces, meetings at local clubs, and attempts to target elected members and CSO leaders.

The government cited the imminent danger of loss of life, damage to public/private property, and disturbances to public tranquillity and communal harmony due to the spread of inflammatory material and false rumors on social media platforms.

In response, the government invoked the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules, 2017, to suspend mobile internet/data services and internet/data services through VPN in Manipur until 7.45 pm on November 5, 2023, to maintain public order and prevent potential violence.

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