Lucknow, December 20
Internet and text messaging services have been suspended in 14 districts of Uttar Pradesh, including Lucknow, following Thursday’s large-scale violence as protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) spun out of control in these areas.
As many as 3,505 people have been kept under preventive custody, according to authorities. Out of these, 200 are under preventive custody in Lucknow.
The additional chief secretary of the state’s home department, Awanish Kumar Awasthi, asked all telecom operators and internet service providers for the temporary suspension of SMS and mobile internet services till 12pm on Saturday.
This was done to prevent the “possible misuse” of SMS, WhatsApp, YouTube and Facebook to “disturb peace and tranquillity of the city and create further law and order situation, and in order that normalcy may return,” Awasthi said in a notification issued on Thursday.
Apart from Lucknow, the other districts where internet services have been suspended are Saharanpur, Meerut, Shamli, Muzzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, Bareilly, Mau, Sambhal, Azamgarh, Agra, Kanpur , Unnao and Moradabad.
One person was killed and more than 35 people, including 16 policemen, were injured in the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).