Manipur Police has directed all district police chiefs to arrange social media cells that may monitor numerous on-line platforms for any “illegal content material” that might have “detrimental results on regulation and order”.
The directive comes towards the backdrop of the detention of activist Leichombam Erendro and journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem beneath the National Security Act (NSA) over a comment on Facebook following the loss of life of former state BJP chief Saikhom Tikendra Singh. While Mr Erendro has been launched on bail following a Supreme Court order, Mr Wangkhem continues to stay in jail.
In the order despatched to July 15 to Superintendents of Police in all districts, the Additional DGP, Manipur (Intelligence), has advised them to “constantly monitor all posts/uploads/feedback posted in all dialects of Manipur” and submit a fortnightly report on the findings to him.
The Manipur Police arrange its social media cell in 2020 following an order from the Director General of Police.
“In latest instances, numerous illegal content material is being printed in social media platforms and they’re circulating false and fabricated issues to create confusion among the many residents. So, we’ve got determined to test each exercise on social media to manage such malicious and illegal content material, ” mentioned a senior police officer.
In the round, district police chiefs had been requested to determine the social media monitoring cells “instantly” if that they had not completed so earlier. The round additionally mentioned “immediate authorized motion ought to be taken every time required”.
Mr Erendro and Mr Wangkhem had been arrested in May for a Facebook remark after the previous state BJP chief died of Covid. “Cow dung and cow urine do not work,” that they had remarked.
Following a criticism by Manipur BJP vice-president Usham Deban and basic secretary P Premananda Meetei, they had been arrested and later charged beneath the stringent NSA.