Anti – CAB protest: Internet services suspended for 48 hours in Tripura,

Published on Wednesday, 11 December 2019 15:49
Written by Our Correspondant
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Agartala, Dec 11, 2019: Internet services  have been suspended in the entire Tripura for 48 hours from 2 pm on Tuesday in view of the ongoing protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, an official notification said.

The order also prohibits SMS messages of all mobile service providers.

The step has been taken to prevent mischief mongers from spreading rumours.

The state Home department's notification has been signed by A K Bhattacharya, Additional Secretary, Government of Tripura.

"This prohibition shall be applicable to press messages also. Violation of this promulgation will be punishable under Section 188 IPC and also under the relevant provisions of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules, 2017," the notification said.

The notification issued under provisions of Section 5 (2) of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 prohibits the following types of media for the next 48 hours beginning 1400 hours on 10th December 2019 in the entire state of Tripura (i) SMS messages of all mobile service providers (ii) Mobile Internet/Data Service of all mobile service providers, the order said.

The order said "it has been reported by the Director General of Police, Tripura that rumours are being mongered about ethnic clashes between tribal and non-tribals in Manu and Kanchanpur areas. This has created a violent situation in the entire area.

"It has been noticed that SMS, WhatsApp and social media platforms being widely used for transmission of fake images which have potential to incite violence in the state at a large rate.

"Whereas such aforesaid incidents have generated serious law and order situation prevailing in the entire state having potential threat to public safety. Therefore in order to prevent the misuse of the above mentioned media to disturn the peace and tranquility of the entire state and for maintaining the law and order situation, the Additional Secretary is directed to promulgate the notification," it said.

Meanwhile tension runs high in Dhalai district's Ambassa and Kamalpur subdivision following assault on some bandh picketers and clash between bandh picketers and villagers leaving seven to ten persons injured.

At Nakpole area of Ambassa and Kamalpur road, the police had to resort blank fire to disperse clash between bandh supporters and villagers but there was no major injuries, according to reports.

The entire Kamalpur subdivision is tense following the clash between bandh picketers and villagers but additional forces have been deployed to thwart any untoward incident.

Eight to ten bandh supporters were severely beaten up by local people at Ambassa Motorstand area when they were moving toward Nailafabari where hundreds of tribal people gathered to block the national highway. All the injured persons were taken to Kulai District hospital.

Source said thousands of tribal people under the banner of Joint Movement Against Citizenship Amendment Bill (JMACAB) gathered at Sadhupara near Champaknagar to intensify road blockade. Extra forces have been deployed at Sadhupara area to deescalate tension.

The indefinite strike protesting the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) today entered into third day. On the third day, the normal life is severely affected in the tribal belts.

Vehicular movement on the national highway has been stalled while NFR suspended several trains due to the indefinite strike demanding withdrawal of the CAB.