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After protest over Bhiwani killings, mobile internet suspended in Haryana’s Nuh until Tuesday

Protests took place Friday at Ferozpur Jhirka seeking justice for Junaid, Nasir. Temporary suspension of mobile net done to stop spread of disinformation through social media, says Haryana govt.

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Gurugram: Following the protest at Ferozepur Jhirka Friday seeking justice for the families of Junaid and Nasir, the Haryana government has ordered the suspension of internet services in Nuh district till Tuesday. 

Nasir and Junaid, both residents of Ghatmeeka village of Bharatpur in Rajasthan, were kidnapped on 16 February and their charred dead bodies were recovered from a vehicle near Loharu in Haryana’s Bhiwani district.

“The Haryana government has issued a temporary suspension of mobile internet services (2G/3G/4G/CDMA/GPRS), all SMS services (including bulk SMS and excluding banking and mobile recharge), and all dongle services etc., provided on mobile networks, except the voice calls in the territorial jurisdiction of District Nuh with immediate effect and will be in force with effect from February 26-28, 2023 (23:59 hrs),” said a government press release issued Sunday. 

Quoting an official spokesperson, the release explained that the temporary suspension was imposed to stop the spread of disinformation and rumours through various social media platforms, such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, and SMS.

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The Ferozepur Jhirka protest

A large number of people from the Muslim community assembled at Ferozepur Jhirka Friday after “Jumma Namaaz’ and protested against the government demanding immediate arrest of those responsible for the killing of Junaid and Nasir, including Bajrang Dal leader Monu Manesar.

The protesters blocked the Gurgaon-Alwar national highway and gave a memorandum to the local sub-divisional magistrate.

Demanding immediate arrest of the killers, the protesters demanded a judicial inquiry in all such killings, so far, in Mewat area. They also demanded trial of the accused in a fast-track court to provide speedy justice to the affected families, financial help, felicitation, and a government job each for the families of the victims.

The Nuh Police registered an FIR against over 600 unidentified people for blocking the highway at Ferozepur Jhirka on Friday. “We will identify the accused and take action against them under the law,” a police officer told The Print.

On 22 February, Nuh Police registered an FIR against 30-40 Rajasthan policemen on the complaint of one of the accused Shrikant’s mother claiming that her daughter-in-law gave birth to a stillborn child because of assault by the cops during a raid at her house. Later, Rajasthan Police released a list of eight wanted accused, but the list did not include the names of Monu Manesar and Lokesh, both of whom figure in the FIR.

(Edited by Richa Mishra)

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