The Manipur government launches internet services and demands that anyone in possession of illegal weapons do so within 15 days to avoid search operations.
The internet services would be accessible to the general public as of right now, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh announced on Saturday.
Broadband services were partially reestablished under strict conditions, as outlined by a government directive released on July 25. Mobile internet services, the majority of people’s primary method of internet access, have been illegal for the past four and a half months.
An official statement from the chief minister’s office stated that earlier on Friday, the Manipur government demanded that residents relinquish illegal weapons within 15 days or face extensive security force search operations.
The Manipur government stated in the statement that the State Government is willing to take a considerate approach for the folks presenting such illegal weapons within these 15 (fifteen) days, according to a report by ANI.
“At the end of the 15 (fifteen) days, Security Forces, both of the Centre and the State, will undertake a strong and comprehensive search operation all over the State to recover such weapons, and all persons associated with any illegal weapons will be dealt with severely, as per the law,” the order states.
It went on to say that there have been instances of kidnapping, extortion, and threats made by criminal gangs and groups utilizing illegal weapons.
“This is a serious matter, and the State Government will take strong action against such miscreants/groups in any part of the State,” it declared.
The government also exhorts the state’s citizens to work with the federal and state governments in order to restore peace and restore normalcy to the state.
In light of the recent ethnic unrest, the Manipur administration on Friday submitted a status report to the Supreme Court regarding the recovery of stolen or missing firearms and ammunition “from various origins” in the state.
The Solicitor General of India, Tushar Mehta, informed a bench consisting of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra that a confidential status report had been filed on the matter and that it was intended just for the judges. Due to the “extremely sensitive” nature of the matter involving the weapons, the bench decided to accept the report under seal.