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Assam Govt Yet To Withdraw Ban On Mobile Internet, High-Level Meeting Underway

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The Assam government is yet to withdraw the ban on mobile internet services in the state. 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. 

As per information received, a high-level meeting is underway to review the present law and order situation in the state and ban on mobile internet services.

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.

Massive protests are taking place across the country over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) which was passed in the Parliament on December 11th, 2019.

Violence had broken out in several parts of the Northeast against the law which aims to expedite citizenship for non-Muslim migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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