India’s New Delhi without metro, Internet, voice calls, SMS after protests against anti-Muslim law

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Police try to remove road blocks and douse fire set by protestors in Gauhati, India, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. Police arrested dozens of people and enforced curfew on Thursday in several districts in India’s northeastern Assam state where thousands protested legislation granting citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from neighboring countries. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

NEW DELHI: Internet service, voice calls and the short messages service (SMS) has been suspended in parts of New Delhi due to ongoing protests against the anti-Muslim law in the capital on Thursday.

India’s mobile and internet services provider Bharti Airtel in a message posted on Twitter said: “We’re complying with instructions received from government authorities on suspending Voice, SMS and data in certain areas in Delhi”.

Following the government orders, another mobile phone company Vodafone Idea has also announced to suspend Internet service in parts of New Delhi.

As a result of protests, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation closed gates of 19 stations.

Meanwhile, several flights to and from New Delhi have been cancelled due to the protests.