Haryana government suspends mobile internet and SMS services as Agnipath protests turn violent

The Haryana government, in the latest step to curb violent protests against the Agnipath recruitment scheme, has ordered the suspension of mobile internet services and all SMS services for the next twenty-four hours in the Mahendergarh region of the Haryana State.

Mobile Internet services, all SMS services and all dongle services provided over mobile networks, except voice calls, have been suspended for the next 24 hours from June 17, 4:30 p.m.

The order said the measure is being taken to maintain the law and order situation in the state.

“In order to stop misinformation in rumors through various social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, etc. on mobile phones and SMS to facilitate and mobilize crowds of agitators and protesters who can cause serious loss of life and damage to public and private property by engaging in arson or vandalism and other types of violent activities”, a temporary suspension of telecommunications services has been imposed within the territorial jurisdiction of the district from Mahendergarh of Haryana State.

Violent protests erupted in Hero Honda Chowk and Narnaul against the Agnipath Indian Armed Forces Recruitment Scheme which was approved by the Union Cabinet on 14 June.

“The order will be in effect for the next 24 hours with immediate effect, i.e. until 4:30 p.m. (tomorrow),” the official statement read.

Following violent protests against the Centre’s Agnipath programme, the government of Haryana imposed a curfew and banned large gatherings in Gurugram.

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Earlier, Haryana Chief Minister Anil Vij said those involved in the violence would not be spared.

“Organizing protest demonstrations is a right in a democracy, but the use of arson and violence will not be tolerated. People involved in violence will not be spared,” said Anil Vij.

Haryana has seen violent protests erupt against the Indian Armed Forces’ Agnipath recruitment scheme. Haryana police had to chase away the violent protesters raging in Narnaul.

Protests were also seen at Hero Honda Chowk.

Narnaul DSP, Narender Kumar informed that they were trying to pacify the protesters as they were later discovered violating Article 144 CrPC imposed on Narnaul.

The Haryana government has also suspended mobile internet and SMS services for 24 hours in Ballabhgarh area of ​​Faridabad district as a precautionary measure.

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