After Bheem Army founder’s arrest, UP govt bans Internet services in Saharanpur
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After Bheem Army founder’s arrest, UP govt bans Internet services in Saharanpur

The administration in Saharanpur has banned internet services to quell any possible unrest following the arrest of Bheem Army founder Chandrashekhar.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2017 18:16 IST
Hindustan Times, Meerut
Saharanpur caste violence,Internet ban,UP govt
File photograph of Bheem Army founder Chandrashekhar addressing a Dalit rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on May 21. (HT PHOTO)

The administration has banned internet services for two days in Saharanpur district on Thursday after arrest of Bheem Army founder Chandrashekher from Dalhousie of Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh.

Pramod Kumar Pandey, district magistrate of Saharanpur, said the ban had been put in wake of messages circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook after Chandrashekher’s arrest. The messages called upon supporters to unite against the arrest. Bheem Army uses social media to keep contact with its supporters and to spread its messages.

Meanwhile, security has also been strengthened in the district in order to prevent any possibility of violence. Additional directer general of police, Meerut zone, Anand Kumar said elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure peace in the district.

Read more: Saharanpur violence: Bheem Army founder Chandrashekhar arrested

Chandrashekhar was wanted by police in connection with widespread violence that occurred on May 9 in Saharanpur.

Violence also rocked Saharanpur on May 23 when Dalits returning from a rally of BSP chief Mayawati were ambushed, leading to the death of one person.

The district administration had earlier banned internet services in the district for 9 days which was restored on June 3.

First Published: Jun 08, 2017 18:49 IST