The Manipur government on Thursday banned broadband services for five days to quell violence between tribal and non-tribal groups in the state, ANI reported.
The development comes after mobile internet services were on Wednesday suspended for five days.
The violence erupted after thousands of tribals had participated in a protest march organised by the All Tribal Students’ Union of Manipur to oppose the demand of the majority, non-tribal Meitei community to be included in the Scheduled Tribe category.
Last month, the Manipur High Court asked the Bharatiya Janata Party government to consider petitions for the Meitei community’s demand and decide on it “expeditiously”.
On Wednesday, several shops, houses, churches, temples and vehicles were either vandalised or set on fire in Imphal, Churachandpur, Bishnupur, Kangpokpi, and Tengnoupal.
A curfew was imposed in 9 out of 16 districts in the state and over 9,000 people have been displaced, according to The Hindu.