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Manipur government extends ban on internet services till July 5, defers reopening of schools

The Manipur government has extended the ban on internet services until July 5. The state government has deferred the reopening of schools to July 8.

The state government stated that this order is issued to prevent any disturbances of peace and public order in the jurisdiction of the State of Manipur and shall be in force for another five days.

On June 20 the Manipur High Court directed the state government to partially restore internet access in some areas.

Internet services were banned in the state on May 3 following deadly clashes between the tribal Kukis and the Meiteis — the dominant community in Imphal Valley — over a court order for granting scheduled tribe status to the Meites.

“Some anti-social elements might use social media extensively for transmission of images, hate speech, hate video messages inciting the passions of the public which might have serious repercussions for law and order situation in the state,” said the order extending the ban on the internet services until July 5.

“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, it has become necessary to take adequate measures to maintain law and order in public interest, by stopping the spread of disinformation and false rumours, through various social media platforms,” it stated. As per earlier order schools were to reopen on July 1. Director of Education(S), Manipur, L Nandakumar Singh stated in an order on Friday that all Zonal Education Officers under the Department of Education-Schools, Manipur are directed to inform all concerned about the postponement of the reopening of schools and take up necessary actions accordingly.

Following the ethnic clash that broke out in the state on May 3, 2023, the state government had declared summer vacation until June 31.

The Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI), an apex body of valley-based civil society organization (CSO) of the Meitei community, on Friday strongly opposed the possible imposition of President’s Rule in the violence hit Manipur.

“People of Manipur do not accept any form of anti-democratic policy. All issues and problems we are facing today must be resolved under the responsibility of the popularly elected government,” the CSO said in a letter to Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh.

The COCOMI wrote this letter saying that this is indeed very disturbing and the situation seems to be running out of hand due to certain fringe elements and vested interest groups who are actively creating a proxy movement among the general public and developing into a mob situation without any clear purpose and objective.

“We must also acknowledge that the majority group of Manipur is still waiting for an amicable solution under the responsibility of a people’s elected government, and that is what we are waiting and coordinating with every stakeholder, local bodies, groups in all aspects to resolve the current turmoil sooner than later.”

The COCOMI urged the Chief Minister to convene an all-party meeting to resolve and to take some clear actions against the illegal immigrants Kuki narco-terrorist aggression in Manipur.

The proposed all party meeting must also resolve to uproot all forms of narco-terrorist activities from the territory of Manipur, it said.

The COCOMI Coordinator Jeetendra Ningomba in his letter said that the present crisis should not be further worsened it by running away from responsibility, instead of that, we should rather work out to generate a united force to face all form of eventualities asserted by Kuki narco- terrorist aggression.


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