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Chattisgarh shuts down internet in three districts amidst communal tensions

Is there another way to curb hateful social media posts that doesn’t involve snapping internet services? There’s no short answer.

The Chattisgarh government has suspended internet services in three districts after communal violence broke out in the Kawardha district on October 5, the Times of India has reported. Police officials in the state confirmed to MediaNama that internet services are currently suspended in the Kawardha and Rajnandgaon districts. But the restriction of internet services in Bemetra hasn't been independently verified. Internet suspension has unofficially become standard operating procedure during public unrest or violence in India. Increasingly, state and central government bodies are relying on internet suspensions, creating communication blackouts in conflict-ridden areas. Why was the Internet snapped in 3 districts of Chattisgarh? Communal tensions began in Kawardha on October 5 over two flags, one saffron and the other green, and quickly escalated into violence and damage to property. Chattisgarh's Director General of Police told Hindustan Times: On Tuesday, a protest was called by a right-wing organisation turned violent when the protesters entered the areas dominated by the other community. The situation is under control and curfew has been imposed. A few people including some police personnel sustained minor injuries but they are stable. — Director General of Police DM Awasthi quoted by HT. The report by the Times of India claimed that the shutdown was caused to curb hateful social media content, but police officials refused to confirm this fact. MediaNama could not find any public order by the Chattisgarh government regarding the Internet shutdown. Violation of Supreme Court judgement: Last year, the Supreme Court judgement in the case of Anuradha…

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