Ban on mobile-based internet services extended for next 48 hours

By Our Correspondent

Agartala,10 Jan 2019: The West Tripura district administration has extended the ban on mobile-based internet services for next 48 hours on Thursday afternoon to curb unauthenticated information, visuals and photographs following police firing on Tuesday at Madhabbari area of Jirania in which six NESO Bandh picketers sustained injurious  during their agitation against the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Tripura government through an official notification on Tuesday afternoon has put total ban on all SMS messages of all Mobile service providers and Mobile internet and Data service providers for the next forty eight hours, but on Thursday it has been extended for more 48 hours. The district administration also extended the section-144 in entire Jirania subdivision, which shall remain in force upto 4 PM of January 12th next.

Tripura's Home department's notification said that the Tuesday's clashes and arsoning took place in certain areas under Jirania police station of West Tripura district and the photographs of such incidents are being uploaded in the social media, which may likely to generate serious law and order situation in the entire state having potential threat to public safety.

"The messaging system like SMS and WhatsApp and social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and You Tube are likely to be used for the transmission of fake information like picture, images, videos and text that have the potential to incite violence in the state at a larger rate", said the notification.

In order to prevent misuse of mobile and internet services for creating trouble as well as to maintain peace and tranquillity of the state, the government has extended the banning for next 48 hours under the provision of Section 5 (2) of Indian Telegraph Act 1885. Any violation of the provision will be punishable by invoking relevant section of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). This prohibition shall remain in force till 3-00 PM on Thursday. 


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