New Delhi, December 19
Mobile services including internet, voice calls, and SMS were suspended in parts of Delhi amid heavy protests against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019, which has taken the nation by storm.
“The affected areas are Walled City area of north and central districts, Mandi House, Seelampur, Jaffarbad and Mustafabad, Jamia Nagar and Shaeen Bagh, Bawana,” a top official of a telecom operator told Mint on the condition of anonymity. “We have received instructions from government authorities to suspend mobile services in these locations.”
The newly-minted law accords citizenship rights to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, and has been described by its critics as unconstitutional and discriminatory against Muslims.
According to reports, Section 144 was also imposed in parts of Delhi. Protests have engulfed Delhi, parts of the north eastern states, especially Assam, spreading to other parts in the country where students and others have been relentlessly agitating against CAA and NRC (National Register of Citizens).