Imphal: In a bid to contain spread of hate speech, the Manipur government on Saturday, suspended mobile data services for five days across Manipur.
In this an order was issued by Special Secretary (Home) H Gyan Prakash said on Saturday, which stated that some anti-social elements are using social media to transmit hate speeches inciting the passions of the public.
The development came following a report by the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Bishnupur district that a vehicle was set ablaze by 3-4 men at Phougakchao Ikhang on Saturday evening.
''The crime has created communal tension,'' the order read further.
Following the tension, the District Magistrate (DM) of Bishnupur has also imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC for a period of two months across the valley district beginning Saturday evening.
Notably, All Tribal Student Union Manipur (ATSUM) imposed an indefinite economic blockade along the national highways of the landlocked state on Friday morning demanding the Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council Bill 2021 be tabled in the Assembly.
Following the indefinite economic blockade, a valley-based organisation Meitei Leepun locked the Imphal office of ATSUM on Friday afternoon.
As per Meitei Leepun, the blockade targets the valley area of the state.
Since, the ATSUM was seeking to introduce the Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council (Amendment) Bill 2021 in the Monsoon session of the assembly, however, the N Biren Singh-led BJP government of the state introduced the Manipur (hill areas) district council 6th and 7th amendment bills on Tuesday.
This step of N Biren Singh was not weclomed by the ATSUM as they claimed it was not in line with their demands.