Internet services are to be suspended: Mobile internet and broadband services are to be temporarily suspended in several areas of West Bengal to prevent illegal activities.
Internet services will remain suspended in some blocks of Malda, Murshidabad, Uttar Dinajpur, Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Birbhum, and Darjeeling districts as per the order of the state government. Services will remain suspended between 11 AM to 3:15 PM during 7-9 March, 11-12 March and 14-16 March.
In an official order, the West Bengal Additional Chief Secretary said intelligence reports have been received that internet broadcasting and voice over internet telephony may be used for illegal activities in some areas in the next few days.
No restriction is being imposed on voice calls and SMS and newspapers, the order stated.
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In order to prevent obstruction, annoyance, or injury to any person lawfully employed, or danger to human life, health or safety, or a disturbance of the public tranquillity, or a riot or an affray, through an order under Sec. 144 Cr.P.C. and in compliance of sub-rule 2(1) of Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Service) Rules, 2017 and sub-rule 2(A) of Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Amendment) Rules, 2020 it is promulgated
That: Any data related message or class of messages to or from any person or class of persons relating to any particular subject brought for transmission by or transmitted or received by any telegraph within the ambit of the India Telegraph Act, 1885, shall temporarily not be transmitted in the interest of maintaining public order and preventing incitement to the commission of any offence within the jurisdiction of the Block/Police Stations listed in the Annexure and duly authenticated by me,” according to the order.