Bharat Bandh: Mobile internet suspended in 20 of Bihar’s 38 districts

Mobile Internet services have been discontinued in 20 districts of Bihar following the Bharat Bandh call on Monday against the new Defense Recruitment Scheme AgniPath, which has provoked violent protests in many parts of the country.

The Nitish Kumar-led state government last week was criticized by its coalition partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for not taking adequate measures to curb protests, starting to shut down internet services in 15 districts from Friday.

The latest ordinance on Sunday extended the ban on Internet services in 15 districts and imposed a ban on five districts covering more than half of Bihar’s 38 districts.

The districts are Kaimur, Bhojpur, Aurangabad, Rohtas, Buxar, Nawada, West Champaran, East Champaran, Samastipur, Lakhisarai, Begusarai, Vaishali, Saran, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Gaya, Madhubani, Jehanabad and Kheerabad district.

“All internet services including the discontinuation of mobile internet services, all SMS services including mobile (except banking and mobile recharge) and dongle services provided on mobile networks are ordered to maintain law and order and prevent the spread of rumors,” an official said. Home Department of Bihar.

Protesters have increased the security of BJP leaders and party offices by demanding that the government withdraw the Agni Path plan to recruit youths aged between 17 and 21 to four years. Tenure. After protests erupted amid criticism over the length of service and the lack of pension provisions for early release, the government allowed the under-23s to apply for the scheme, with one exception on Thursday.

“The Armed Seema Ball (SSB) has been notified by the Border Guard deployed at the India-Nepal border to secure the BJP offices in Kishanganj, Saharsa, Supaul, Madhepura, Purnia, Motihari, Darbhanga, Nougachia, Bhagalpur and Katihar,” the Bihar government said. And bunka. An official from SSB’s Frontier Headquarters in Patna said a platoon was deployed at the party’s offices.

The security commissioner of the East Central Railway’s Railway Protection Force has issued internal communications asking all units to deal strictly with the rioters.

Sanjay Singh, Additional Director General (Law and Order) of Bihar, stressed that the state police is alert and has deployed 15 Companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and 35 Companies of Bihar State Auxiliary Police (BSAP).

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