The internet ban in Manipur has been extended for another five days, till October 11. The ban was initially imposed on May 3, 2023, following ethnic violence between the Meithei and Kuki community in the state. It has been extended multiple times since then.
After five months of blockade, the internet had been restored in the state on September 23. However, within three days, the internet ban was back in place, with the state government citing law and order issues.
The photographs of the two murdered students were circulated on different social media platforms on September 25, triggering intense agitations in which at least 100 students, including girls, were injured after they clashed with the security forces.
The latest order issued by the Manipur home department, on October 6, said, “There is 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 the state of Manipur.”
Manipur witnessed massive students’ agitations in the last week of September to protest the killings of a 17-year-old girl student Hijam Linthoingambi and 20-year-old Phijam Hemjit, who hailed from Bishnupur district and had gone missing on July 6 during the height of ethnic violence.
Meanwhile, annoyed with suspension of mobile internet services in Manipur, a student body in Senapati district has imposed an indefinite economic blockade since Thursday evening, leaving several goods-laden vehicles stranded along the Manipur-Nagaland border. The state government, following the students’ agitation, had also closed all government, government-aided and private schools, which reopened on Friday.