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India’s Ministry of Home Affairs Extends Order Suspending Internet Services in Punjab

The order indicated a blanket ban on all internet services in several districts of Punjab until Feb 24.

Update on February 26/02/2024: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has extended the order suspending internet services in several districts of Punjab until February 26, 2024, 23:59 hours amid ongoing farmers’ protests. The order indicates a blanket ban on all internet services, under Rule 2 of the Telecom Suspension Rules, 2017, and broadly mentions that the restrictions are imposed to maintain public order and avert “public emergency”. According to the MHA notification, internet services will remain suspended in areas falling under Shambhu, Julkan, Passian, Patran, Shatrana, Samana, Ghanour, Devigarh, and Balbhera police stations in Patiala; Lalru police station in SAS Nagar; Sangat police station in Bathinda; Killianwali police station in Muktsar; Sardulgarh and Boha police stations in Mansa; and Khanauri, Moonak, Lehra, Sunam and Chajli police stations in Sangrur; and areas under Fatehgarh Sahib police station. Original story published on 19/02/2024: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an order on February 16 suspending internet services in several districts of Punjab until February 24, 2024, amid ongoing farmers’ protests. The order indicates a blanket ban on all internet services, under Rule 2 of the Telecom Suspension Rules, 2017, and broadly mentions that the restrictions are imposed to maintain public order and avert “public emergency”. According to the MHA notification, internet services will remain suspended in areas falling under Shambhu, Julkan, Passian, Patran, Shatrana, Samana, Ghanour, Devigarh, and Balbhera police stations in Patiala; Lalru police station in SAS Nagar; Sangat police station in Bathinda; Killianwali police station in Muktsar; Sardulgarh and…

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