Tamil Nadu government suspends internet in Tuticorin for 5 days to stop spread of 'rumours'
Tamil Nadu government suspends internet in Tuticorin for 5 days to stop spread of 'rumours'The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday ordered suspension of internet services in Tuticorin and adjoining districts of Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari for five days to prevent spread of rumours through social media and help bring public tranquility.PTI | May 23, 2018, 23:15 ISTCHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday ordered suspension of internet services in Tuticorin and adjoining districts of Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari for five days to prevent spread of rumours through social media and help bring public tranquility.
Blaming provocative messages spread through social media, the government in an order said such messages led to a massive gathering of about 20,000 people on Tuesday in Tuticorin against Sterlite's copper plant which subsequently resulted in violence and police action.
Noting that anti-social elements were trying to exploit the situation, the government directed nodal officers of Internet Service Providers in these three districts to suspend internet services till May 27 effective from today.
Passing the order under Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules, 2017 -Stoppage of internet services- the government said a public emergency has arisen necessitating immediate action to bring public tranquility.
Citing a communique in this respect from the Director General of Police, the order said "it is felt necessary that the services of internet should be stopped/curtailed to prevent spread of such rumours."
Also, the government said the temporary restriction was in the interest of maintaining public or der and preventing incitement to commission of any offence.
Eleven persons have died in police firing during the anti-copper plant violence at Tuticorin so far, while many have been injured in clashes with security personnel.
TN CM apprises Governor of Tuticorin situation
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam called on Governor Banwarilal Purohit and apprised him of the violent incidents against the Sterlite copper plant at Tuticorin.
Top officials took part in the meeting held here tonight and it lasted about half an hour.
The governor was apprised of the action taken by the government in this regard, sources said.
Purohit, who was at the hill station of Udhagamandalam in the Nilgiris district, cut short his visit and arrived at the Raj Bhavan this evening, they said.
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