The state administration has been ordered by the Manipur High Court to partially restore internet access in some designated districts. The court made notice of the difficulties the internet ban is causing for residents of the state, particularly students who are having trouble with the ongoing admissions procedures.
To allow the general population to do their urgent and necessary duties, the interim order was passed. On June 23, the case will once again be heard.
Service providers including Vodafone, Idea, Jio, BSNL, and Airtel have been asked to submit an affidavit outlining the viability of offering the general public restricted internet access while blocking social media websites and protecting the state government’s concerns about upholding law and order in the state.
Following a high court directive giving the Meities Scheduled Tribe status, the internet was shut down across the state on May 3 amid unrest between the Kukis and the Meities. The ban has endured ever since.
On May 3, when a “Tribal Solidarity March” was planned in the hill regions to protest against the Meitei community’s desire for Scheduled Tribe (ST) classification, fighting broke out in Manipur. Since then, the conflict in the state between the Meitei and Kuki communities has claimed the lives of over 100 individuals.
The majority of Meiteis, who make up around 53% of Manipur’s population, reside in the Imphal Valley. Another 40% of the population is made up of the Naga and Kuki tribes, who live in the hill districts.
Written By- Smrutiman Anantveer Mohanty, College Name- Army Law College, Pune, Semester- Smrutiman Anantveer Mohanty, an intern under Legal Vidhiya