Manipur extends internet ban till June 10

Nearly 98 people lost their lives and 310 others were injured in the ethnic violence in Manipur that broke out a month ago

June 06, 2023 06:40 pm | Updated 08:45 pm IST - Imphal

People at a medical camp organised by Army, in an area of Manipur on June 5, 2023.

People at a medical camp organised by Army, in an area of Manipur on June 5, 2023. | Photo Credit: PTI

The Manipur government on June 6 extended its ban on internet services till June 10.

The suspension of mobile data services, including broadband, has been extended till 3 p.m. of June 10, an order issued by Commissioner (Home) H. Gyan Prakash said.

The ban was imposed on May 3.

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Nearly 98 people lost their lives and 310 others were injured in the ethnic violence in Manipur that broke out a month ago. A total of 37,450 people are currently sheltered in 272 relief camps.

Clashes first broke out in the Northeastern State on May 3 after a 'Tribal Solidarity March' was organised in the hill districts to protest against the Meitei community's demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.

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Meiteis account for about 53% of Manipur's population and live mostly in the Imphal Valley. Tribals Nagas and Kukis constitute another 40% of the population and reside in the hill districts.

Around 10,000 Army and Assam Rifles personnel have been deployed in the State to bring back peace.

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