Internet ban continues in Punjab; know how government bans internet

Ayushee JoshiPublish Date: 22 Mar, 2023

 The search for Amritpal Singh, the leader of the ‘Waris Punjab De’ organization, has been on for the fourth day. Authorities are searching everywhere for him. The police are taking extra care to prevent a commotion in the state as a result of Amritpal Singh’s detention. For days, the Internet has been unavailable in the state. 

Internet Restrictions in Punjab

Meanwhile, with the exception of a few sensitive places, the Punjab government has relaxed internet prohibitions in most districts. But, these services would be discontinued in Tarn Taran, Ferozepur, Moga, Sangrur, and Amritsar’s sub-division Ainala till March 23. On Saturday, mobile internet services in Punjab were blocked due to the operation to apprehend Amritpal. It was first extended to Sunday, then for the next 24 hours on Monday and Tuesday.

How Internet is banned?

The Center’s or State’s Home Secretary issues an order prohibiting the use of the internet. Internet block orders are issued by an officer of the rank of SP or above. Following that, the official requests that the telecom operator prohibit internet access in that state. The order is forwarded to the government’s review panel whiincludes the Cabinet Secretary, the Law Secretary, and the Telecommunications Secretary. The Chief Secretary and the Law Secretary, on the other hand, are involved in the review of State Government directives. The internet is blocked after consent is obtained.

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