December 19, 2019
Telecom operators have confirmed recieving government orders to block mobile phone services — including calls, SMS and internet — in parts of Delhi as protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act swept country. Both Airtel and Vodafone in messages sent to customers on Twitter said that mobile network services are being suspended in parts of Delhi as per government directives.
Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which was recently enacted into law, have been taking place at several cities across the country since Thursday morning and police forces have resorted to detentions and restricting gathering of people.
In Delhi, the police placed restrictions on entry of people into the capital, imposed Section 144 in several places and detained scores of protesters. And, it seems, mobile internet and connectivity too have been suspended in parts of Delhi.
Telecom operator Airtel, responding to complaints about poor connectivity on Twitter, told customers, “Hi! We’re complying with instructions received from govt. authorities on suspending Voice, SMS and data in certain areas in Delhi. Once the suspension orders are lifted, our services will be fully up and running.”
Vodafone responded similarly to one of its customers. “Hi! We would like to inform you that there is a planned outage scheduled as per government directive. This will rectified as soon we receive the next directive from the authority,” Vodafone said in a tweet.