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Govt orders internet shutdown in parts of Delhi

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Roshneesh Kmaneck
January 26, 2021 16:54 IST
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The government on Tuesday ordered shut down of internet services in parts of Delhi-NCR amid protests by farmers in the national capital.

IMAGE: Police uses tear gas to disperse farmers attempting to break barricades at Ghazipur border during their Kisan Gantantra Parade, on the occasion of 72nd Republic Day, in New Delhi. Photograph: Ravi Choudhary/PTI Photo

A government order sent to telecom service providers directed temporary suspension of internet services in areas of Singhu, Ghazipur, Tikri, Mukarba Chowk and Nangloi and their adjoining areas in the NCT of Delhi from 12.00 hours to 23.59 hours on the Republic Day, according to the department of telecom.

 

"Government has invoked Temporary Suspension of Telecom Sevices (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules, 2017 in the interest of maintaining public safety and averting public emergency to suspend internet services in areas closer to farmers protest sites," a source told PTI.

According to a department of telecom spokesperson, internet shutdown order has been invoked by the local law and order administration and not by the department.

People residing close to farmers protest sites said that they are getting SMSes for suspension of internet service in their area.

"As per the government instructions, the Internet services have been temporarily stopped in your area because of which you are not able to use these services. You will be able to use the Internet services once we get directions from the government," an SMS sent by a telecom operator read.

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