Manipur’s internet ban extended till June 20 due to ongoing violence

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The internet ban in Manipur was implemented following clashes between Kuki and Meitei communities.

The ban on internet services in Manipur has been extended until 3 pm on June 20. (Photo By PTI)

The Manipur government has announced an extension of the ban on internet services in the state for an additional five days, until June 20.

The Commissioner (Home Department) issued a letter stating that the suspension of internet services, including broadband, will remain in effect until 3 pm on June 20.

This extension means that the residents of Manipur have been without internet access for over a month now.

The initial imposition of the internet ban occurred when violence erupted between the Kuki and Meitei communities following a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ organized by the All-Tribal Students Union (ATSU) in opposition to the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.

The extension of the internet ban till June 20 in Manipur is justified by the need to counteract the intentions and actions of anti-national and anti-social elements. The primary objective is to preserve peace and communal harmony within the state.

The letter emphasizes the necessity of implementing adequate measures to maintain law and order in the public interest.

It specifically highlights the importance of curbing the dissemination of disinformation through popular social media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and others.

Manipur’s Home Department extends internet ban order.


The violence that erupted in Manipur over a month ago resulted in a tragic toll, with at least 100 people losing their lives and 310 others sustaining injuries.

In response to this unrest, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took action by forming a specialized 10-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by a DIG-rank officer.

Former Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court, Ajai Lamba, will lead a three-member Commission of Inquiry to closely oversee the CBI’s investigation into the violence.

The establishment of this commission took place following the visit of Union Home Minister Amit Shah to the violence-stricken state.

Additionally, the central government established a peace committee chaired by Manipur’s Governor, Anusuiya Uikey.

This committee consists of key members including the chief minister, state ministers, Members of Parliament (MPs), Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), and leaders from various political parties. The formation of this committee aims to facilitate peace and reconciliation efforts in Manipur.

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