In an attempt to control law and order in Mon district following the shocking killing of 13 civilians in Mon district at the hands of Assam Rifles, Abhijit Sinha, Home Commissioner, Nagaland prohibit the “Mobile Internet/ Data Service/Bulk SMS of all the Service Providers in the entire area of the Mon District with immediate effect till further orders.”
“Whereas, there is apprehension of grave law and order problems in Mon District, Nagaland owing to the prevailing situation created by firing incidents today, leading to the death of several persons in Tiru/ Oting village area under Tizit and Naginimora sub-divisions; Whereas Short Message Service (SMS), Whatsapp, Facebook, and other social media platforms could be used for spreading of rumors, fake news, and for circulating inflammatory texts, pictures, videos etc. which may inflame passions and thus exacerbate the law and order situation,” the letter from the Home Commissioner said.
“…in order to prevent the misuse of the abovemcntioned media from whipping up tension in the district, and further in order to prevent breach of the public peace and tranquility, and for maintaining law and order; I, Abhijit Sinha, Home Commissioner, Nagaland, hereby promulgate this notification under Section 5 of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 to prohibit the Mobile Internet/ Data Service/Bulk SMS of all the Service Providers in the entire area of the Mon District with immediate effect till further orders,” the letter added.
In a horrific incident, several villagers were killed in a firing by security forces after being mistaken for insurgents on the Tiru-Oting road near Oting village in Mon district of Nagaland. A security force jawan also died in the incident.