Sambalpur: Mobile internet services restored in Sambalpur town today after being stopped for 10 days due to violence during Hanuman Jayanti celebrations. In the run-up to Hanuman Jayanti on April 14, the western Odisha city witnessed a fight between two communities during a motorbike ride.
The services have been blocked since April 13 to prevent the spread of incendiary messages and the misuse of social media. While internet service on broadband and leased lines was restored on Friday, it remained suspended for mobile phone customers. Curfew hours, on the other hand, have been extended from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Meanwhile, Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations in Sambalpur went off without any issues on Saturday, despite tight security and increased patrolling throughout the city.
Because of the violence that occurred during the Hanuman Jayanti processions on April 12 and 14, mass prayers were not permitted in Sambalpur this year. In smaller groups, people prayed at ten different mosques in Sambalpur.
Suresh Pujari, MP for Bargarh, said representatives of the National Commission of ST will visit Sambalpur on Monday to meet with family members of the deceased tribal.
Previously, the district government refused to let a delegation of BJP MPs and MLAs, led by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Bishweswar Tudu, to visit the deceased’s village.
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