Internet services suspended across Assam till Dec 16

Four people have died so far in the police firing due to the ongoing protests against the Citizenship Act in Assam's Guwahati. File photo: PTI

Internet services across Assam will remain suspended till Monday (December 16) to prevent alleged misuse of social media in disturbing peace and to maintain law and order in the state, officials said.

Suspension of internet services have been extended for another 48 hours keeping in view the prevailing law and order situation in the state, additional chief secretary (home and political department) Sanjay Krishna told PTI.

The services have been suspended as “social media platforms like Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and YouTube, etc. are likely to be used for spreading of rumours and also for
transmission of information like pictures, videos and texts that have the potential to inflame passions and does exacerbate the law and order situation”.

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Internet services were suspended on Wednesday(December 11) initially for 24 hours in ten districts of the state and then extended for another 48 hours across the state, scheduled to expire this afternoon.

As the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was cleared by Parliament, violent protests broke out in the state with agitators engaging in pitched battles with the police, forcing the administration to impose curfew in several places. The legislation has put the Northeast on boil as people fear that it may exacerbate the problem of illegal immigration.