Tripura blocks mobile data, SMS services amid Citizenship Bill agitation

Sun Online Desk

11th December, 2019 12:19:51 printer

Tripura blocks mobile data, SMS services amid Citizenship Bill agitation


Chief Minister of Tripura Biplab Deb on Tuesday blocked mobile internet and SMS services across Tripura for 48 hours in view of violent protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill, reports AP.

The move came amid violence that erupted during an 11-hour shutdown called by influential student groups in the Northeast to protest the central government's move which, they allege, could rob the region of its ethnic identity, reports NDTV.

The communications clampdown came into effect even as many demonstrators raised slogans against the centre in Agartala, demanding that the state be kept out of the purview of the controversial bill.

"The services were stopped after state police found certain elements trying to incite violence through rumours circulated on social media," news agency ANI quoted a government official as saying.

Life in Assam's Guwahati and many parts of the Northeast had come to a standstill with the influential North East Students Organisation calling for a shutdown to protest the bill.

The shutdown, which began early this morning, wound up at 5 in the evening.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill proposes to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants who came to India from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan before 2015.

Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi termed the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill as a "dangerous" development that will encourage people from neighbouring Bangladesh to flood the state.