• Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

Manipur internet ban extended till Saturday, a day after 200 houses were burnt down

Manipur internet ban extended till Saturday, a day after 200 houses were burnt down

Around 10,000 army and Assam Rifles personnel have been deployed in the state to restore peace.

New Delhi:

The Manipur government has extended the ban on internet services till June 10 to avoid further chaos in the violence-hit state. The ban was issued on May 3.

In an order on Monday evening, the state government said that internet services will remain suspended for another five days i.e. till 3 pm on June 10.

Continued ethnic violence between the Meitis living in and around the Imphal Valley and the Kuki tribe, who settle in the hills, has claimed more than 70 lives over demands for inclusion in the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category. The conflict began on May 3.

Around 10,000 army and Assam Rifles personnel have been deployed in the state to restore peace.

During his visit last week, Home Minister Amit Shah appealed to both Meitis and Kukis to maintain calm and peace and work to bring normalcy.

He also appealed to the communities to remove road blockades, especially on Imphal-Dimapur National Highway-2, to ensure supply of essential commodities. The highway, which passes through the hilly Senapati district and descends to Imphal, the capital of the valley, is the only route for transporting supplies to different parts of the state. Highway blockades are nothing new in Manipur, and essential supplies are disrupted, making everything much more expensive.

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