Mobile internet service suspended in Manipur over communal tension in Phougakchao Ikhang

Debjit Mukherjee: The Manipur government on Saturday suspended mobile data services suspended in the entire state for 5 days after one van was reportedly set ablaze by 3-4 youths, suspected to be of a community, in Bishnupur. The administration has imposed Section 144 CrPC in the Churachandpur and Bishnupur districts for the next two months.

The incident occurred on Saturday at 3:35 pm at Pjhougakcho Ikhai Awang Leikai along Tiddim Road NH-02. A vehicle was set ablaze by 3-4 men at Phougakchao Ikhang on Saturday evening. The crime has created communal tension.

Tension has been brewing in the state after All Tribal Student Union Manipur (ATSUM) imposed an indefinite economic blockade along the national highways of the landlocked state on Friday morning.

The student body had been demanding that the Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council Bill 2021 be tabled in the Assembly.

The imposition of the indefinite economic blockade prompted a valley-based organisation Meitei Leepun to lock the Imphal office of ATSUM on Friday afternoon.

Meitei Leepun claimed that the blockade targets the valley area of the state.