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Internet to Remain Suspended in Assam till Monday Amid Protests Against Citizenship Act

Internet services which were suspended on Wednesday initially for 24 hours in ten districts of the state, was then extended for another 48 hours across the state.

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Updated:December 14, 2019, 2:24 PM IST
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Internet to Remain Suspended in Assam till Monday Amid Protests Against Citizenship Act
Protestors burn tyres at a strike during Assam Bandh called by All Assam Chutia Students' Union and All Moran Students Union against Citizenship Act in Guwahati. (Image: PTI)

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

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.

This services have been suspended as "social media platforms like Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and You Tube, 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".

Internet services were suspended on Wednesday 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.

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