The government of India’s northeastern state of Manipur on Tuesday extended the local ban on Internet till June 25 amid continued violence in the state.
The Internet ban has been in place for six weeks ever since clashes began in the state, in a bid to prevent misuse by miscreants for spreading misinformation and rumors or creating panic among the general public through misleading posts on social media platforms.
Nearly 100 people have been killed and thousands injured in the violent clashes between ethnic communities, which began in the state on May 3. Nearly 50,000 people have been staying in government’s relief camps after their houses were burnt by miscreants.
The government order said there was an apprehension about some anti-social elements using social media extensively for transmission of images, hate speech and hate video messages, inciting the passion of members of the public who might have serious repercussions on the law and order situation in Manipur.