New Delhi: In view of massive violence by those protesting against new ‘Agnipath’ recruitment scheme for defence forces, On Friday, the Bihar government has cut internet and mobile services in 12 affected districts and Haryana government also suspended internet services.
In Bihar Internet services will remain temporarily suspended in Kaimer, Bhojpur, Aurangabad, Rohtas, Buxer, Nawada, West Champaran, Samastipur, Lakhisarai, Begusarai, Vaishali and Saran districts from today till 19th June. “Violation of the order shall be dealt with in accordance with the relevant provision of the law,” read the order.
All internet service providers (ISPs) have been directed that any messages to or from any person or class of persons relating to any subject or any pictorial content through social networking sites or applications, including WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Skype and Snapchat shall not be transmitted in these 12 districts till June 19, the statement read. The order, however, will not apply to government intranet and internet-based services, including banking and railways.
Haryana govt also orders suspension of mobile internet services, all SMS services in view of potential law and order situation in the wake of new army recruitment policy. Order shall be in force for next 24 hours with immediate effect i.e. till 16:30 hours (tomorrow).
On Friday, deputy chief minister Renu Devi’s house in Bettiah district was attacked by protesters. Hours later, she came out in support of the scheme and accused opposition parties of ‘misleading students’ and that their goons were destroying public property. The house of Bihar Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Sanjay Jaiswal was also attacked but he said the miscreants were not protesters and had come intending to blow up the building.
Over 300 trains have been affected and more than 200 cancelled so far due to protests against the Agnipath scheme for recruitment in the defence services. Coaches of seven trains have so far been set ablaze by protestors.