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Sharing videos of Manipur violence to attract punishment

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
October 12, 2023 14:21 IST
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In a bid to restrain the circulation of videos and images depicting violence and damage to properties in the state, the Manipur government in an order said such dissemination will be dealt with severely and booked as per law.

IMAGE: Women take part in a protest in Thoubal. Photograph: ANI Photo

The order, which was issued on Wednesday night, came even as videos and images of widespread violence went viral on social media platforms.

One such video shows two youths being shot at point blank and then being buried in a pit by a group of people. The location of the incident site and the place of the burial is, however, not known.


The order issued by the Manipur home department stated, 'The state government views very seriously and with utmost sensitivity the reported spread of videos and images depicting violent activities, inflicting harm or injury to (any)body or damage to private and public properties through various social media platforms which may aggravate the law and order situation in the state.'

'The state government after thorough examination of the matter has decided to restrain the act of spreading such videos and images as a positive step towards bringing normalcy in the state,' it said.

Anyone in possession of such videos or images can approach the nearest superintendent of police irrespective of jurisdiction and submit them for taking appropriate action, the order said.

Any person found violating the order will be booked and prosecuted under the law and provision of misuse of technology. They will be dealt with under the Indian Penal Code and Information Technology Act.

In September mass protests broke out in Imphal valley after images of bodies of two missing youths surfaced on the social media and more than 100 students, mostly girls were injured in the crackdown by the security forces and police on the protestors.

The protest prompted the Centre to send a team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official and four accused were subsequently arrested by the CBI team. They were taken to Guwahati for further investigation and legal procedures.

The northeastern state witnessed ethnic violence between the Meitei and Kuki tribe since May 3 this year.

The violence had erupted after demands by the Meiteis for tribe status.

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