Agnipath protests: Haryana govt suspends internet services in Palwal

Updated on Jun 17, 2022 12:32 AM IST

The decision has been taken in view of the potential law and order situation created on account of the new army recruitment policy

Army aspirants protesting against the Agnipath recruitment scheme in Rewari on Thursday. Internet services were suspended for 24 hours in Palwal district to ensure law and order. (Manoj Dhaka/HT)
Army aspirants protesting against the Agnipath recruitment scheme in Rewari on Thursday. Internet services were suspended for 24 hours in Palwal district to ensure law and order. (Manoj Dhaka/HT)

The Haryana government ordered the temporary suspension of mobile internet services (2G/3G/4G/CDMA/GPRS), all SMS services (including bulk SMS, excluding banking and mobile recharge), and all dongle services provided on mobile networks except the voice calls in the territorial jurisdiction of Palwal district for 24 hours from 4pm on Thursday.

Internet services were also suspended in Ballabhgarh (Faridabad) in view of potential law and order situation and to stop the spread of disinformation and rumours.

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A spokesperson said that in view of the potential law and order situation created on account of the new army recruitment policy, there is a likelihood of causing tension, annoyance, obstruction or injury to persons, danger to human life, and property, disturbance of public peace and tranquillity in Palwal district by protesters and antisocial elements.

The spokesperson said that the temporary suspension has been imposed to stop the spread of disinformation and rumours through social media platforms and to prevent mobilisation of mobs of demonstrators who can cause loss of life and damage to properties by indulging in arson.

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