Agnipath Scheme Protests: Bihar Govt Suspends Internet and Mobile Services in 12 Districts for 48 Hours

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Patna, June 17: In view of massive violence by those protesting against the new ‘Agnipath’ recruitment scheme for defense forces, the Bihar government on Friday has cut internet and mobile services in 12 affected districts for 48 hours.

The ban is effective in violence-hit districts of Kaimur, Rohtas, Bhojpur, Aurangabad, Buxar, Nawada, West Champaran, Samastipur, Lakhisarai, Begusarai, Vaishali, and Saran.

In a notification, Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Chaitanya Prasad, said: “Under Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, the state government has temporarily suspended telecom services in the interest of public safety.”

The state government observed that internet was used to transmit objectionable substances on social media platforms leading to violence in the state, with lives and public properties hit. Agnipath Scheme Protests: Internet Services Suspended in 12 Districts of Bihar Till June 19.

Internet and mobile services have been cut from 2 p.m. on Friday till 2 p.m. on Sunday. Following the stoppage of internet services, they would not use any social media platforms such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, QQ, Wechat, Qzone, Tublr, Google+, Baidu, Skype, Viber, Line, Snapchat, Pinterest, Telegram, Youtube etc. The idea is to break the chain of communication among agitators.

Youth organisation have called for Bihar Bandh on Saturday and further violence is expected, adding that the decision was taken as precautionary measure.

(The above story first appeared on Fresh Headline on Jun 17, 2022 08:43 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website