Manipur University Crisis | Home Dept orders shutdown of Internet services

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Imphal, July 20: The Manipur Government ordered the suspension of all the telecom services except voice calls in wake of protest demanding the ouster of Manipur University Vice-Chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey.

In the order letter, Special Secretary (Home), Government of Manipur, KH, Raghumani Singh stated, “The social media has become a handy tool for rumour mongers and is being used to incite the general public which might have serious repercussions for the law and order situation in the entire state of Manipur.”

Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Thursday said that if the Vice-Chancellor is found guilty in the investigation, he will be ousted. The students are demanding the Vice-Chancellor’s resignation over multiple allegations of administrative negligence and carelessness in running the university.

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Singh added, “This order is issued to prevent from any disturbances of the peace and public order in the jurisdiction of Manipur and shall be in force for the next five days. The order is being passed ex-parte in view of the emergent situation. Any person found guilty for violation of aforesaid orders will be liable for deemed fit legal action. All mobile service providers are hereby directed to ensure compliance with this order.”

The order was issued on July 19.

The Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) has been leading the agitation since May 30. The Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) and the Manipur University Staff Association (MUSA) have also extended their support to the agitation.

On Thursday, Chief Minister Singh visited students injured during clashes with police during protests earlier this week. The Chief Minister also suspended two policemen in connection with alleged manhandling of the student protesters. He also said that the medical expenses of the injured students would be borne by the Manipur government.