Internet ban continues in Gujarat five days after violence, civil society and business houses angry

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The ban on internet using mobile phone continues to be effective five days after the widespread violent hit Gujarat killing 11 people.

There is no indication if this ban will be revoked anytime soon. The state government officials say the situation may be reviewed on Monday and tension ‘continues to grip parts of Gujarat.’

Ahmedabad collector Rajkumar Beniwal said, “The directive of the state home department for a statewide 48 hours blocking of the services would expire on Monday morning. While it might be lifted from other districts, owing to the ‘sensitivity’ prevailing in the city chances are that it could be extended in Ahmedabad beyond Monday. However, the decision would be taken in a review meeting to be held with the police department,”

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Vadodara Commissioner of Police E Radhakrishana, too agreed but gave little indications if the ban would be lifted on Monday saying ‘ it will continue until a fresh review of the situation.’

He said, “There was a fresh notification to continue the suspension of the mobile Internet and 2G and 3G data until Monday, owing to the funeral of a youth killed during the recent violence. The blanket decision has been taken as there is a volatile situation in a particular area. We will review the situation on Monday and take further decision.”

The decision to suspend internet services has angered the members of the civil society and business houses, who say their operations were beginning to feel the hurt because of this decision.

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An angry advocate Shailesh Amin, has written to Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and Governer OP Kohli, asking for explanation rationale behind a blanket ban on internet services across Gujarat lasting for five days.

His letter said, “In January this year, the Government of Gujarat held a Vibrant Gujarat event with eight partner countries and seminars, involving 14 countries, that brought in proposed investment of Rs 25 lakh crore, according to government data. The thoughtless blanket ban on Internet services is detrimental to the development of the state as no partner country would compromise on the principle of communication. Gujarat has unwittingly clinched the record of being the first state in the world to ban Internet services for law and order problems.”

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Computer Education Association of Gujarat, a body that has 250 training organisations covering more than 1 lakh IT students under its wings, has also questioned this decision of the state government on internet ban. The association has dispatched an angry letter to Anandiben Patel asking her not to impose such decisions in future.

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