Curfew imposed in parts of Imphal, mobile internet service snapped after violence

Taking serious note on the prevailing situation here following three blasts on Friday, the state Cabinet has decided to shut down Internet service in Imphal West district with immediate effect.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 18, 2016 8:26 pm
manipur, imphal Protest staged against NSCN-IM in Khurai Heikru Makhong.

Curfew was on Sunday imposed in several parts of Imphal East in view of protest against NSCN-IM after three blasts and United Naga Council (UNC) economic blockade. The curfew comes into force from Sunday noon and covers Porompat and Sawombung subdivisions of Imphal East district and will continue till further directions, an order issued by the District Magistrate said.

Earlier in the day, the state Cabinet decided to shut down mobile internet services in Imphal West district with immediate effect, taking serious note on the prevailing situation here following three blasts on Friday.

The Imphal West District Magistrate issued an order directing telecom operators to shut down mobile data service in the district immediately until further orders. The action came in the wake of tensions following Friday’s blasts and an alleged attack on a church. Major areas of the state capital fall in Imphal West district where the three blasts had taken place within an hour on Friday evening.

The Cabinet decision came after analysis of the prevailing law and order situation and to halt spreading of rumours through social networking sites, officials said.

The move was preceded by a 24-hour bandh called to protest hill based militants’ attacks on Manipur Police in the last few days in different parts of the state that left three policemen dead and 14 others injured. The militants also snatched several weapons from the IRB personnel.

All measures were being taken to contain violence by deploying a large number of police personnel at sensitive areas of the state, a police officer said.

The capital on Sunday saw violence by protesters who were agitating against the ongoing economic blockade in the state and a series of terrorist attacks. A number of vehicles were set on fire or vandalised.

The landlocked state has been experiencing severe hardship in supply of essential items since November 1 after United Naga Council (UNC) imposed an indefinite economic blockade on the two national highways that serve as lifeline for the state. The blockade was imposed following the state government’s announcement of formation of seven new districts, four of which have been formally inaugurated.

(With inputs from PTI)

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  1. A
    Dec 18, 2016 at 12:52 pm
    IE failed to get details of the reason UNC not happy with the formation of new districts.
    1. I
      Dec 18, 2016 at 12:14 pm
      This is conspiracy of ISi
      1. P
        Dec 18, 2016 at 4:31 pm
        Wonder where is the country heading..right from crisis from Kashmir to NE to people' s money, this good governance is becoming a curse on India. The alternatives are also scary and India's tryst with destiny continues..
        1. Mayur Panghaal
          Dec 18, 2016 at 12:54 pm
          Insurgencies in full steam all over;br/gt;What about that Peace accord that feku claimed to have signed with Militant groups ?lt;br/gt;Was that also jumla ?
          1. vihari naidu
            Dec 18, 2016 at 1:31 pm
            didn't NSCN-IM sign an accord in front of Modi ji ? It was splashed across all the BJP media channels like Times Now, NewsX etc.
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