Sambalpur violence | Odisha Government extends suspension of internet services till April 22

A fresh Order issued by the Odisha Home Department said internet services will remain suspended till 10 a.m. on April 22.

Published - April 20, 2023 01:38 pm IST - Sambalpur

Security personnel during a curfew imposed after the incident of fresh violence on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti, in Sambalpur, on April 15, 2023.

Security personnel during a curfew imposed after the incident of fresh violence on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti, in Sambalpur, on April 15, 2023. | Photo Credit: PTI

The Odisha government on April 20 further extended the suspension of internet services in Sambalpur district by another 48 hours even as the normalcy was fast returning in the violence-hit western Odisha city.

A fresh Order issued by the State Home Department said internet services will remain suspended till 10 a.m. on April 22. However, the broadband and leased lines will be operational in the western Odisha district including Sambalpur city from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Thursday.

The administration suspended internet service across the district following a violent clash between two communities in Sambalpur city on April 12 during a bike rally and Hanuman Jayanti celebration on April 14.

The internet service is suspended in the district in order to stop the spread of rumours. Many people including 10 police personnel were injured in the two back-to-back clashes in the city. One tribal youth was allegedly killed during the clash. However, police claim the murder of the tribal youth was not linked to the violence.

Meanwhile, reports of two makeshift shops being burnt down in the city were being verified by the police.

Sambalpur district Collector Ananya Das and SP B. Gangadhar have started holding separate meetings of elderly persons of various colonies and seeking their assistance to resolve the issue in order to bring back complete normalcy in Sambalpur city.

Following the clashes, the administration imposed curfew in Sambalpur from the midnight of April 14 and it is in force till now. However, the day curfew is lifted since April 19.

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