• Internet Services Suspended In Arunachal Pradesh's Itanagar For 48 Hours

    The internet shutdown will continue till 5 pm on Friday

    The district administration of Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday ordered internet service providers to shut down “mobile internet including wi-fi services for 48 hours starting 5 pm.

    The shutdown started at 5 pm on Wednesday and will continue till 5 pm on Friday. This comes in response to a 36-hour state ‘bandh’ from January 13 called by the All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA), which is demanding chief minister Pema Khandu’s resignation on alleged corruption charges.

    Talo Potom, district magistrate of Itanagar said that the ‘bandh’ call was illegal on the basis of a Supreme Court order and directed BSNL and all other private internet service providers to suspend mobile internet including wi-fi services in the capital region.

    Issuing an order, Potom stated that the move was necessary “to prevent the occurrence of serious law and order problems” during the proposed ‘bandh’ called by ANYA.

    Till now 30 people have been arrested from the association demanding the resignation from Khandu.

    Meanwhile, the association has said that they will extend the 'bandh' till 48 hours if their demands are not fulfilled.

    In December 2021, ANYA, the premier youth association of the Nyishi tribe, had levelled corruption charges against Khandu. They asked him to respond within 15 days.

    The association had demanded Khandu’s resignation within seven days on December 30, for failing to respond to the charges.  

    ANYA announced the decision to call a 36-hr-long ‘bandh’ demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister on January 10. 
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