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Mobile internet services to remain suspended in sensitive areas

| | CHANDIGARH | in Chandigarh

After the incidents of arson and violence in some parts of Haryana following conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a rape case last week and prevalent tense situation, the State Government on Tuesday decided that bus services will remain suspended in two districts while mobile internet services will remain suspended in seven districts of Haryana.

Curfew was removed in Sirsa and was in place only in and around the area of the Dera.

The security forces remained on high alert in sensitive areas of Haryana, where the sect has its followers and influence. However, there was no curfew restriction in other parts of the State. Haryana Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Ram Niwas said that mobile internet services, all SMS services and dongle services will remain suspended in seven districts upto August 30, in the state.

The seven districts are Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa. The mobile internet services were suspended in Haryana on August 24. Ram Niwas said that the mobile internet service has begun in other parts of the state. Educational institutions also opened in various parts of Haryana, he added.

DGP BS Sandhu said that peace prevailed in the entire state and the curfew relaxation, from 7 am to 7 pm, was announced in view of no incident being reported from Sirsa, in the past 24 hours. The curfew has been relaxed to allow people to buy things of daily use, he said.

Security forces, including the Army, paramilitary and Haryana Police, continued to be stationed around the 700-acre sprawling dera headquarters campus in Sirsa.

The Transport Department has issued orders to operate buses of Haryana Roadways in all districts except Fatehabad and Sirsa. Bus service in 16 districts had been suspended in view of law and order situation. Bus service would be resumed in districts Fatehabad and Sirsa after the situation normalizes, said Transport Minister Krishan Lal Panwar.

A day before, sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday following his conviction by a CBI special court in Panchkula on Friday on two counts of rape of female disciples in 1999.

The conviction verdict had led to large-scale violence in Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh, and Sirsa in Haryana by sect followers which left 39 people dead and more than 260  injured. The sentencing was done at a specially set up court inside the District Jail premises at Sunaria near Rohtak, where the sect chief has been lodged since August 25.




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