Internet services resume in Assam after 10 days

Mobile internet services have resumed in Assam at 9 am on December 20, after 10 days since it was suspended.

The internet services were suspended on the evening of December 11, when violence had erupted during protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019.

The Gauhati High Court had on December 19 passed an interim order, directing the state government to restore the mobile internet services at 5 pm on December 19.

However, the service was restored this morning, as per any earlier directive of the state government. Broadband service by all service providers were allowed to be restored by the government from December 17, but mobile internet services had remained suspended.

Assam has been in grips of protests against the CAA, that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to illegal Hindu, Parsi, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist and Christian migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, who had entered India prior to December 31, 2014, without any documents.

People of northeastern states, especially Assam and Tripura, are demanding its revocation as they fear being ‘overrun’ by non-Muslims from neighbouring Bangladesh.

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