Internet services suspended in Bhadrak ahead of Ram Navami

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Saturday suspended internet services for next two days to avoid communal tension during Ram Navami celebrations in Bhadrak district.

The Bhadrak district administration suspended internet services for 48 hours starting from 6 PM on Saturday so that rumour mongers cannot operate social media platforms which help in fanning communal tension.

“The internet services were snapped as a precautionary measure to maintain communal harmony ahead of Ram Navami,” said Bhadrak SP Anup Sahu.

He said adequate security personnel have been deployed in the town for the smooth conduct of the festival.

Notably, communal tensions among Hindu and Muslim communities erupted in Bhadrak town in April last year following derogatory remarks against Hindu gods being posted on social media.