New Delhi, December 22: As the Northeastern state of Assam suspended Internet for 10 days in the wake of the anti-CAA protests starting from December 11, many students in the state missed the deadline to apply for many online applications.
Roop Jyoti Sarma, a Gauhati University graduate, was one of such student, who had to apply for a competitive examination, but he missed it because of the Internet suspension.
Internet restored on Friday
In the wake of the anti-CAA protests, the state government had suspended Internet in the state from
December 11 till 20. However, the Internet service was restored in the state on Friday morning.
“Mobile Internet services have been restored in the state. We request citizens to be cautious while posting or sharing unverified/provocative information on Social Media. We are looking forward to your continued support in ensuring peace and harmony in the State,” Assam Police tweeted.
PILs filed in Gauhati High Court
A number of PILs were filed in the Gauhati High Court to challenge the internet suspension in the state. The state government said that it was done to prevent the spread of rumour and maintain law and order in the state in the wake of violent protests over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act.
After more protests broke out in different parts of the state, the Internet suspension was on December 16 extended for another 24 hours in 10 districts such as Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup.
Many locals and students asserted that banning internet for a long time was not fair in the state especially to people who earn their livelihood through online-based services, like cab drivers and food delivery staff.
Many students could not complete their application forms for online courses, admissions and exams. ‘Internet is back’ was their common status on Friday morning on social media platforms, after the internet services resumed across Assam after 10 days.
From students to professionals, teenagers to adults, people heaved a sigh of relief, and many took to Facebook and Twitter to express their sentiments and opinions.
The move to lift internet ban came in the state after Gauhati High Court, while listening to a number of PILS, stated that the Internet ban should be lifted in the state on Thursday. However, the state government restored it the next day.