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Chandigarh: The Haryana government on Saturday ordered the suspension of mobile internet and bulk SMS services in the communally charged Nuh till August 28 in response to the call for a "Shobha Yatra."
The decision was made public by the government in response to reports of anti-social groups spreading misinformation on social media before or during the planned march on Monday.
The suspension order was issued by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) T V S N Prasad on Saturday.
The Haryana government had earlier too suspended the mobile internet services in Nuh after the breaking out of communal clashes.
Six people, including two home guards and a cleric, had died in the communal clashes that erupted in Nuh when a religious procession of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) was attacked by a mob on July 31.
“… This order is issued to prevent disturbance of peace and public order in the jurisdiction of district Nuh and shall be in force with effect from August 26, 1200 hrs, to August 28, 2359 hrs..,” the order issued by Prasad read.
Earlier on Friday, Nuh Deputy Commissioner had written to the ACS (Home) bringing to his notice that there is a call from ‘Sarv Jatiya Hindu Mahapanchayat’ for a ‘Brij Mandal Shoba Yatra’ on August 28 in the district and there is an apprehension of misuse of social media/bulk messages by anti-social elements to disturb the peace.
“Therefore, it is necessary to suspend all the mobile internet and bulk SMS service in Nuh district to avoid any untoward situation,” the DC wrote, requesting the ACS (Home) to issue necessary directions
In his Saturday order, Prasad said there is a clear potential for disruption of public utilities, damage to public assets and amenities and disturbance of public law and order in Nuh through the spread of rumours and inflammatory content through the internet.
He ordered the temporary suspension of the mobile internet services (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, CDMA, GPRS), bulk SMS (excluding banking and mobile recharge) and all dongle services provided on mobile networks except voice calls.
With PTI inputs