Internet services will remain suspended in from 8 am on Thursday till 6 pm on Friday ‘in anticipation of violent protests against the CAA after Jumma prayers’.
In an order, the district administration said that the measure is aimed at checking misinformation regarding the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Violent protests could erupt against the CAA after Friday prayers in Agra, the order said.
“Violent protests have been witnessed against the CAA in Aligarh, Hathras, Firozabad and other districts. Regarding which rumours are being spread on social media. According to sources, some organisations can stage protests, leading to the law and order problem,” Additional District Magistrate (City), Prabhakant Awasthi, said.
The suspension order, however, will not affect the baking and government network services.
Protests erupted in different parts of the country, including Uttar Pradesh, last week over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, which grants Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and came to India on or before December 31, 2014.
Restrictions under Section-144 of CrPC have also been imposed in various parts of the state in view of the prevailing law and order situation.
(With ANI inputs)