Imphal: To thwart the design and activities of anti-national and anti-social elements aral to maintain peace and communal harmony and to prevent any loss of life, Manipur Home department has issued order to extend mobile internet ban for another five days till October 11.
Director General of Police, Manipur on Friday reported that “there are still reports of incidents of violence like confrontation of the public with security forces, trying to mob elected member, residences, civil protests in front of police stations etc”, the order 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, it added.
There is an imminent danger of loss of life and /or damage to public/private property, and wide spread disturbances to public tranquillity and communal harmony, as a result of inflammatory material and false rumours, which might be transmitted/circulated to the public through social media/ messaging services on mobile services, SMS services and dongle services, it said.
To thwart the design and activities of anti-national and anti-social elements aral to maintain peace and communal harmony and to prevent any loss of life or clanger to public/private property, it has become necessary to take adequate measures to maintain law and oioer in public interest, by stopping the spread of disinformation and false rumours, through various social media platform such as Whatrapp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. on various electronic equipments like tablet, computer, mobile phone etc. and sending bulk SMS, for facilitating and/or mobilization of mobs of agitators and demonstrators, which can cause loss of life and/or damage to public/private property by indulging in arson/vandalism and other types of violent activities, the Home department said.
In exercise of the powers conferred under Rule 2 of Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules, 2017, having satisfied that the situation is likely to cause serious disturbances to the peaceful co-existence and maintenance of public order, do hereby order suspension/curbing of mobile internet/data services, Internet/data services through VPN in the territorial jurisdiction of the State of Manipur for another five days with immediate effect from the time this suspension order becomes operational till 7: 45 pm of October 11, it said.
Any person found guilty for violation of aforesaid orders will be liable for legal action, the Home department said.