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Internet curfew in Ahmedabad,Surat citizens feel crackdown is “illogical.”


The Internet curfew in Ahmedabad has created unrest among the citizens who feel the crackdown is “illogical.”

Services have been restored everywhere in the state but not in Ahmedabad and Surat. The police fear that “some miscreants could circulate video clips of clashes between the police and the residents and foment trouble.”

“The services will remain suspended for two more days in Ahmedabad and Surat,” a police official said on Monday.

Internet services has meant a huge loss for most companies relying on the internet for their daily operations. The online curfew has been frustrating for students and other citizens .

“It’s been very difficult. We have taken a huge hit in online transactions,” said an executive of a private bank. “The government is not realising the damage the Internet blockage is doing to the businesses. Mobile internet is now basic to all your businesses, trading and other activities.

The Gujarat government had suspended Internet services on August 25 midnight after violence broke out when the police briefly arrested Hardik Patel, the 22-year-old leader of the Patel agitation.

During the two-day unrest, 10 people were killed, including one police constable, while several hundred public transport buses were torched and public properties vandalised.

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