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Agnipath: Mobile internet, SMS services suspended in Faridabad's Ballabgarh

Following violent protests in Palwal against the Agnipath scheme, Haryana govt has suspended mobile internet and SMS services for 24 hours in Ballabhgarh area of Faridabad as a precautionary measure

Security personnel use fire extinguishers to disperse Indian Youth Congress (IYC) members during their Mashal March against governments newly introduced Agnipath scheme, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)

Press Trust of India Faridabad
Following violent protests in Palwal against the Agnipath scheme, Haryana government has suspended mobile internet and SMS services for 24 hours in Ballabhgarh area of Faridabad district as a precautionary measure.
The order, which was issued by the Home department and came into effect after 12 am on Friday, led to the suspension of mobile internet services, all SMS services, including bulk SMS (excluding banking and mobile recharge), and all dongle services provided on mobile networks to maintain law and order and prevent the spread of rumours, officials said.
The department in a statement said that there is a likelihood of "tension, annoyance, obstruction or injury to persons, danger to human life and property, disturbance of public peace and tranquillity" in Ballabgarh sub-division by the agitated protesters, in view of the potential law and order situation in the adjourning Palwal district over the Agnipath scheme.
"In order to stop the spread of disinformation and rumours through various social media platforms, on mobile phones and SMS, for facilitation and mobilisation of mobs... in the exercise of powers conferred upon me by virtue of Section 5 of Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 to be read along with Rule (2) of Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety ) Rules, 2017, Home Secretary, Haryana, I do hereby order the suspension of mobile internet services... all SMS services... and all dongle services etc. provided on mobile networks except the voice call in the territorial jurisdiction of Sub Division Ballabgarh," the order read.
"All telecom service providers of Haryana are hereby directed to ensure the compliance of this order," it said.

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First Published: Jun 17 2022 | 11:37 AM IST

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