Internet Ban in Assam to be Continued Until Further Notice from Govt
Assam’s Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma declares that the ban on mobile internet in the state will further continue for some time because the situation is not yet suitable to resume internet services. It will further continue all over the State of Assam until further notice from the administration.
Assam has been witnessing massive protests that broke out in several parts of the state against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019. In the wake of massive protests across the cities, the government of Assam declared to temporarily suspend the internet services in ten districts of Assam, namely – Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Dhemaji, Charaideo, Kamrup (Metro), Golaghat, and Kamrup.
The Telecom Service Providers informed about the order to their users via flash message. As reported, the services were to resume at 9:00 AM on December 19, 2019. But the new order put people into further trouble preventing them from communicating on the web and accessing information.
However, the Gauhati High Court on Dec.17 directed the Assam government to resume all the mobile services from 3.00 pm. On Wednesday, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) organised a massive rally, and thousands of people took to the streets of Assam to protest against the CAB. The finance minister of the state declares that “After reviewing the situation with security agencies, it has been decided that the ban on mobile internet will continue for another two days.”