Agnipath: Mobile internet and SMS services suspended in Faridabad’s Ballabgarh
Following violent protests in Palwal against Agnipath scheme, Haryana government suspended mobile internet and SMS services for 24 hours in Ballabhgarh area of Faridabad district as a precautionary measure.
The order, issued by the Ministry of the Interior and which came into force after 00:00 on Friday, resulted in the suspension of mobile Internet services, all SMS services, including bulk SMS (excluding banking and mobile top-up), and of all dongle services provided over mobile networks to maintain public order and prevent the spread of rumours, officials said.
In a statement, the department said there was a risk of “tension, inconvenience, obstruction or injury to persons, danger to life and property, disturbance of public peace and tranquility” in the sub- Division of Ballabgarh by the agitated protesters given the potential law and order situation in Palwal district being adjourned over the Agnipath project.
“In order to stop the spread of misinformation and rumors through various social media platforms, on cellphones and text messages, to facilitate and mobilize crowds…in exercise of my powers under of Section 5 of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 to be read with Rule (2) of the Rules for Temporary Suspension of Telecommunication Services (Public Emergency or Public Security), 2017, Minister of Home Affairs, Haryana, j ‘hereby orders the suspension of mobile Internet services…all SMS services…and all dongle services, etc. provided over mobile networks, except for voice calling within the territorial jurisdiction of Ballabgarh sub-division,” the order reads.
“All telecommunications service providers in Haryana are requested to ensure compliance with this order,” he said.
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