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Govt suspends internet service in Kendrapara

Press Trust of India  |  Kendrapara 

The today suspended the internet services here for 48 hours amid possible escalation of tension over an 'objectionable' post.

"The net connectivity has been withdrawn from the urban areas from 3 pm today for 48 hours," said the state Home Department after acting on the suggestion by Kendrapara district administration to suspend the internet services.

"We were forced to take recourse to the precautionary step so that the peace may not be breached in the sensitive areas. Some residents petitioned me alleging that a post shared by a local man here has hurt their sentiment," Kendrapara Collector Muralidhar Mallick told PTI.

He said the administration had asked the Cyber Cell of the Crime Branch to investigate the content and the origin of its posting.

The district collector said the situation was peaceful in Kendrapara town with normal life going on as usual.

"The recent violence in Bhardak, however, has prompted us to go for the internet blackout as there is every possibility of rumour mongers going on overdrive through the to breach peace in the area," he said.

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First Published: Wed, April 19 2017. 18:42 IST