Bharat Bandh: Mobile internet suspended in 20 of Bihar’s 38 districts
Mobile internet services in 20 districts of Bihar have been suspended due to Bharat Group’s call on Monday against the new defense recruitment scheme Agnipath which sparked violent protests in several parts of the country, people familiar with it said. of the case.
The state government led by Nitish Kumar, which was criticized last week by its coalition partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for not taking enough action to control the protests, began suspending internet services on Friday starting with 15 districts.
Sunday’s latest order extended the ban on internet services in 15 districts and imposed the restriction in five more districts, covering more than half of Bihar’s 38 districts.
The districts are Kaimur, Bhojpur, Aurangabad, Rohtas, Buxar, Nawada, West Champaran, East Champaran, Samastipur, Lakhisarai, Begusarai, Vaishali, Saran, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Gaya, Madhubani, Jehanabad, Khagaria and Sheikhpura districts.
“The suspension of mobile internet services, all SMS services, including bulk SMS (excluding banking and mobile recharge), and all dongle services provided over mobile networks has been ordered to maintain public order and prevent rumors from spreading,” an official said. from the original department of Bihar.
Authorities have also tightened security for BJP leaders and party offices who have been targeted by protesters demanding the government cancel the Agnipath program to induct youths aged 17½ to 21 for a four-year term. . mandate. After protests erupted amid criticism over length of service and a lack of pension provisions for those released earlier, the government on Thursday exceptionally allowed people up to the age of 23 years applying for the diet.
Bihar government officials said the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), the border guard force deployed along the Indo-Nepal border, has been ordered to secure BJP offices in Kishanganj, Saharsa, Supaul , Madhepura, Purnia, Motihari, Darbhanga, Naugachhia, Bhagalpur, Katihar and Banka. A platoon force has deployed to these party offices, an official from the SSB’s border headquarters in Patna said.
East Central Railway’s Railway Protection Force safety commissioner also issued an internal communication asking all units to deal strictly with rioters.
Bihar’s Additional Director General (Law and Order), Sanjay Singh, pointed out that the state police were on high alert and had deployed 15 companies from the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and 35 companies from the Auxiliary Police of Bihar State (BSAP) across the state.