The Assam government on December 20th, 2019 restored the mobile internet services in the state.
It may be mentioned that the Gauhati High Court had directed the Assam government to restore mobile internet services by 5 pm on December 19th, 2019.
The interim order was passed by a division bench of Justices Manojit Bhuyan and Saumitra Saikia after hearing four PILs filed by journalist Ajit Kumar Bhuyan and advocates Bonoshri Gogoi, Randeep Sharma and Debakanta Doley.
The court observed that it is up to the state authorities to take steps to curb the dissemination of “explosive messages and video” on the social media platforms which may incite violence and endanger public safety.
The ban on the internet was imposed on December 11th, 2019 in 10 districts in the wake of violent protests against the newly-enacted citizenship law.
On December 12th, 2019, the suspension on internet services was extended by 48 hours across the state and on December 14th and 15th, 2019 by 24 hours.
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