Fearing Protests Again, Internet Blackout In 8 UP Districts

LUCKNOW || Barely hours after the internet and short messaging service (SMS) was restored in most parts of Uttar Pradesh, the services blinked again late on Thursday night as the state government once again ordered the internet to be closed.

This, an official informed, was done in wake of fresh inputs of “possible protests and violence again” in protest of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The Internet has been brought down again in eight UP districts that include Lucknow, Bijnor, Bulandshahar, Muzaffarnagar, Agra, Firozabad, Sambhal, Aligarh and Ghaziabad.

We’ve deployed security personnel in different districts of the state and held talks with the people. Internet services have been suspended in eight districts for a day” Additional Director General (Law and Order) PV Ramasastry was quoted by the media as saying.

Police took out a flag march in sensitive areas of Gorakhpur and held meetings with peace committees in all circle and police station areas. Owing to violent protests between December 19 and 21 in UP< as many as 21 protesters have been killed so far.

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