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Jio, Airtel, Vodafone Suspend Mobile Services In Parts Of Delhi, Restored Later

Amid protests across Delhi against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), mobile phone services from all operators including Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and BSNL/MTNL were shut in certain parts of Delhi, in accordance with Delhi Police orders.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, Delhi Police had issued an order stating that all communications from voice, SMS and internet should be shut down from 9 am to 1 pm today in parts of Delhi, including Mandi House, Seelampur, Jafrabad, Mustafabad, Jamia Nagar, Shaheen Bagh and Bawana.

“We’re complying with instructions received from govt. authorities on suspending Voice, SMS and data in certain areas in Delhi,” Airtel’s customer care had said on social media platform Twitter. “Once the suspension orders are lifted, our services will be fully up and running.”

Vodafone, too, said that it was a planned outage according to a government directive. “We would like to inform you that there is a planned outage scheduled as per government directive. This will rectified as soon we receive the next directive from the authority,” Vodafone said on Twitter.

Mobile operators said since no further instructions have come from the government and the earlier order was till 1 pm, so they have resumed the services.

The police has also issued prohibitory orders in several places and are checking all vehicles coming from Gurgaon to Delhi, leading to a heavy traffic jam on the stretch. Scores of protesters who gathered at the Red Fort have been detained by the police and taken away in buses while the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has closed entry and exit gates of several stations to dissuade protesters from reaching the venue.

The Left parties had planned a protest march at Mandi House after which the police imposed prohibitory orders and detained Left leaders D Raja, Sitaram Yechury, Nilotpal Basu, Brinda Karat and others during their anti-Citizenship Act protest for defying prohibitory orders. – Livemint

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