Amidst the police action against ‘Waris Punjab De’, several Twitter accounts were withheld in India, including those belonging to a few journalists from Punjab, and Sangrur MP Simranjeet Singh Mann.
It has been learnt that nearly 75 accounts, with many belonging to Punjab-based journalists, have been withheld, including that of Indian Express reporter Kamaldeep Singh Brar, Pro Punjab TV bureau chief Gagandeep Singh, independent journalist Sandeep Singh, digital activist Pieter Friedrich, besides Canadian politician Jagmeet Singh, Sangrur MP Simranjeet Singh Mann, among others.
The disclaimers at the bottom read that these accounts had “been withheld in India in response to a legal request”.
When asked about the criteria to suspend the Twitter accounts of some journalists, IGP Gill replied, “I can’t comment on this”.
On the further suspension of internet services and SMS, IGP Gill said that the call would be taken as per the situation to maintain peace but as of now, there is complete peace across the state.
The internet and SMS services were suspended by the AAP government on Saturday. The suspension was initially extended till Monday noon, and again till Tuesday.
In the order extending the curbs on internet services on Monday, the department of home affairs and justice directed that all mobile internet services, SMS services, and all dongle services on mobile networks be suspended “in the interest of public safety, to prevent any incitement to violence and to prevent any disturbance of peace and public order”.