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Something unusual about the Internet Shutdown in Jaipur over the weekend

The Internet was shut down in Jaipur in Rajasthan, for the weekend, from 6AM on Saturday to 11.59 PM on Sunday, "to check rumours from spreading", following the instance of a traffic scuffle escalating to a conflict between police and citizens in an area, reports the Indian Express. The order has been issued by the district administration, as per the report. The Financial Express adds that the ban hasn't been lifted in its entirety: it remains for 14 of 64 police stations. According to the Internet Shutdown Tracker from the SFLC.in, there have been 5 other shutdowns in Rajasthan this year, taking the tally to 6 so far. Rajasthan has had the second highest number of Internet Shutdowns, at 13, followed by Haryana, at 10. The highest has been in Jammu & Kashmir, at 49 shutdowns so far. What's also interesting is that…

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