Mobile data services banned in Manipur's Imphal West district

The Imphal West District Magistrate issued an order directing telecom operators to shut down mobile data service in the district immediately until further orders.

Mobile data services banned in Manipur

In view of the prevailing situation in Imphal and parts of the state in the aftermath of two different attack at state police by suspected NSCN-IM terrorists, Manipur government on Saturday evening imposed ban on mobile internet services in Imphal West district of the state.

The Imphal West District Magistrate issued an order directing telecom operators to shut down mobile data service in the district immediately until further orders.


Imphal West district is the most populous part in the state,  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 order was imposed after a 24-hour bandh called to protest hill based militants' attacks in Manipur and security forces.

"It is feared that spreading rumours through mobile data by using social media like Facebook, WhatsApp, Hike, Messenger and Viber etc., will increase social tension among public. In this regard, stoppage of mobile data service is required in order to diffuse the tension situation," the notification reads.

On Thursday, nearly 70 NSCN - IM terrorists had also attacked the Nungkao post of the 6th Manipur Rifles and 7th Indian Reserve Battalion in Noney district of Manipur, says News 18 report. The terrorists also snatched away their loaded weapons. The incident occurred at 11.00 am on Saturday.