7In the wake of reported shooting up of terror and hate messages on the internet following the deadly Mumbai serial blasts, the Telecom Department has directed all the 150 operational Internet Service Providers to block 18 websites.
The 18 websites, according to the government, could be used by terror groups to communicate and spread provocative messages.
Two websites www.Dalitstan.Org and hinduunity.Org figure among the blocked sites. It is not immediately clear till what time period this blockade will be in force.
Although DoT and Department of Information Technology officials declined to comment on the issue in which DoT issued notices to ISPs, Deepak Maheshwari, secretary, Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) said the Association has received the instructions from the government.
"The instructions have been received from the government and the sites have been blocked accordingly", Maheshwari said.
Meanwhile the software industry has flayed the decision to block the sites.
"The Centre's decision to block some blogs and websites in the wake of last week's serial blasts in Mumbai was "neither desirable nor feasible," NASSCOM President Kiran Karnik said in Chennai.
"The Internet should be a free media. Any attempts to block out some websites is not desirable. "If you stop the media, rumours float very fast and it is not desirable," he said.