Internet shutdown in UP and Jaipur ahead of Ayodhya verdict

Ayodhya: Security beefed up in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh on Nov 8, 2019IANS
Internet services will be suspended in Jaipur from 10 a.m. on Saturday till the next order in the wake of the Ayodhya verdict. The decision has been taken to prevent spread of wrong and sensitive messages, said officials.

Internet services in Aligarh and Agra have been shut down ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya dispute. The services were shut down shortly after midnight.

Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police O.P. Singh said that Internet shutdown could be imposed in other districts as and when the situation demands to check spread of communally sensitive posts and rumours.

"Our social media cells are keeping constant watch on 673 people active on Internet whose post or comments can trigger trouble. Our policemen have identified potential threats and hotspots at district, police station and locality levels. We have also identified 31 sensitive districts such as Agra, Aligarh, Meerut, Moradabad, Lucknow, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Gorakhpur and others to maintain rule of law," he said.

According to Police Commissioner Anand Shrivastav in Jaipur, "The social media is being monitored. WhatsApp groups spreading hate messages have been identified and are being deleted. Those spreading hate messages will be acted against."

Shrivastav appealed to the people to not be influenced by rumours and messages spreading hate.

Section 144 has been imposed in the Jaipur Commissionerate and Jaipur Rural and heavy police force has been deputed in sensitive areas. Around 1.5 lakh police jawans have been asked to be on alert mode.

Around 4,000 CCTV cameras in 33 districts have been connected to the control room set up at the Police Headquarters for constant monitoring.

Soon after news came in about the announcement of the Ayodhya verdict on Friday, the Police Commissioner held a late night emergency meeting to take stock of the security situation.

Thereafter, it was announced to impose Section 144 in the Jaipur Commissionerate. "All efforts are being taken to ensure communal harmony is retained in and around the city," said Shrivastav.

DGP Dr Bhupendra Yadav also met Chief Secretary D.B. Gupta on Friday to give a feedback on measures being taken to ensure law and order situation is maintained in state.
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