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Citizenship Bill: Manipur Govt Bans News on Protests, Internet Suspended, Sec 144 imposed

An order was issued prohibiting cable TV networks from broadcasting footage on protests, inflammatory speeches or any programme which may lead to the breach of peace.

Authorities in Manipur have reportedly imposed prohibitory orders in Imphal East and Imphal West until further orders because of protests called in the state against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Aside from Section 144 of the CrPC (Unlawful assembly) being imposed, internet services have been banned in the state.

Naorem Praveen Singh, the Imphal West district magistrate, issued an order under Section 19 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1955, prohibiting cable TV networks from broadcasting footage on the protests in the state, inflammatory speeches or any programme which may lead to the breach of peace. The order will be in effect until further orders.

Speaking to Scroll, the Chief Minister’s Office said that authorities have shut down internet connectivity for five days across the state, adding, “We will review the situation soon. It will all depend on the fate of the bill in the Rajya Sabha”.

Today, February 12, the Bill was planned to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha, despite opposition from several political parties in the North East, including allies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The House, however, was adjourned without the Bill being tabled.

On February 11, six women sustained injuries when the police fired tear gas shells and smoke bombs at a marketplace here to disperse protesters, who had enforced a road blockade demanding the withdrawal of the citizenship bill.

Also read: Manipur: Police Fire Tear Gas and Smoke Bombs Against Citizenship Bill Protestors, Six Women Injured

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