Odisha Govt extends suspension of internet services in Sambalpur by 48 hours

Sambalpur: In view of tension prevailing in Sambalpur following violence during Hanuman Jayanti procession, State government extended suspension of the internet services in the town by 48 hours (two days).

As per the order, access of internet and data services including WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and other social media in violence-hit Sambalpur town will continue to be banned till 10 am of April 17, 2023.

The restriction has been imposed under the provisions of Section 5 (2) of Indian Telegraph Act 1885 read with Rule 2(1) of The Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency/ Public Safety) Rules, 2017 to prohibit the use and access of the internet.

Earlier, the internet services were temporarily suspended for the next 48 hours beginning from 10 am on 13 April to prevent further spread of inflammatory and motivated messages.

Meanwhile, the curfew is in force in Sambalpur town to restore peace and normalcy post violence on Hanuman Jayanti.

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