IMPHAL: On November 7, students from Don Bosco High School in Langjing, Manipur, took to the streets in a sit-in protest, voicing their concern over the alleged abduction of two teenagers. Among the missing teens, one is reported to be a student of Don Bosco High School.
The two missing students, identified as 16-year-old Maibam Avinash and 19-year-old Ningthoujam Anthony, had embarked on a journey to the Sekmai area in Imphal West district on a two-wheeler on Sunday morning to attend an event before mysteriously disappearing.
Worry gripped their families when the students failed to return home, prompting frantic attempts to contact them via phone. These efforts proved futile as no responses were received. The unsettling situation surrounding the vanishing of the two school students has created a tense atmosphere in the state.
In response to the crisis, authorities have initiated an investigation into the incident, while the student community continues to express their concern and demand answers regarding the fate of their missing peers.
Meanwhile as a preventive measure and to curb the spread of harmful messages, photos, and videos by anti-social elements, the Manipur government on Sunday extended the mobile internet ban for another three days until November 8. Commissioner, Home, T. Ranjit Singh, in a notification, said there are high chances that some anti-social elements might use social media extensively for the 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 Manipur.
“......also elements of imminent danger of loss of life and/or damage to public or private property, and wide-spread disturbances to public tranquilly and communal harmony as a result of inflammatory material and false rumours, which can be transmitted or circulated to the public through social media, messaging services on mobile devices, SMS services, and dongle services, especially in the context of the recent incidents of violence in some parts of the state,” the notification said.