Mobile internet and text messaging services of all telecom operators remained suspended in Lucknow and some other parts of Uttar Pradesh in view of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. In Lucknow, the suspension was announced . Section 144 has been imposed across Uttar Pradesh .
After the vandalism and violence in various parts of Uttar Pradesh, chief minister Yogi Adityanath said his government will take ‘”revenge” on those involved in the violence over the amended Citizenship Act by auctioning their property to compensate for the losses. “There is no place for violence in a democracy. In the name of opposing the CAA, the Congress, SP and Left parties have pushed the entire country to fire. “There was violence in Lucknow and Sambhal and we will deal with it strictly. All properties of those involved in damaging public assets will be seized and auctioned to compensate for the losses,” he said.
Meanwhile , A day after violent clashes rocked parts of Uttar Pradesh, DGP OP Singh said 70 people have been arrested from Lucknow and strict action will be taken against them. He also said in a report by CNN- IBN the police have ‘some evidence’ of some outsiders’ involvement in the violence. “Some Bengali-speaking people have also been found. We will probe if some of the miscreants are from Bengal.”
Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Kumar Awasthi had issued an order to suspend the services till Saturday noon. Internet services were also not available in Sambhal, Aligarh, Mau, Ghaziabad, Azamgarh and Bareilly districts even as Section 144 of the CrPC, prohibiting assembly of four or more people, was already in force in the entire state for several days.
A 25-year-old man was killed as violence erupted in the city and some other parts of the state, with protesters angry over the amended citizenship law pelting stones at police and torching vehicles.
In Ghaziabad, Jio users received a message that read, “As per the government instructions, the internet services have been temporarily stopped in your area because of which you are not able to use these services. You will be able to use the internet service once we get directions from the government”.