Even as a longer curfew eased in violent Manipur, the government on Saturday extended the ban on internet services for another five days, citing reports of attacks, arson and gunfights.

An order issued by the Ministry of the Interior said banning the Internet It will be in effect until 3 p.m. on June 15th. After violence broke out between two groups following a tribal solidarity rally, mobile internet services were banned on 3 May and broadband services the next day. Since then the ban on internet services has been extended from time to time.

Dr. Sapam Ranjan, a government spokesperson, said, “We are providing internet services in some government institutions and wherever they are needed for emergency services. Lifting the ban will be considered taking into account the situation.”

However, curfews have been eased for longer periods in most areas, particularly in Imphal East and Imphal West. Restrictions have been eased from 5 am to 8 pm in Imphal. An earlier order said the curfew would be eased from five in the morning until six in the evening.

The state capital last saw violence on June 4, when a seven-year-old boy, his mother and relatives were burned alive inside an ambulance they were traveling in in Irosimba district.

“No untoward incident occurred in the past 24 hours in our state. This is evidence of the return of peace and normalcy to the state,” the spokesperson said.

To reduce violence, he said, 114 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces are deployed in strategic locations and combing operations are continuing in vulnerable areas. He added that so far, 990 weapons have been seized, along with more than 13,000 rounds of ammunition.


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