All educational institutions, public transport to remain closed in Punjab on April 2

The mobile internet services will also be suspended in the state in view of the bandh called by several Dalit organisations against the dilution of SC/ST Atrocities Act.


All educational institutions will remain closed and mobile internet services will be suspended in Punjab on April 2 in view of the bandh called by several Dalit organisations against the dilution of SC/ST Atrocities Act.

In view of the Bharat Bandh call on April 2, the Punjab government has decided to suspend the services of public transport across the state tomorrow, an official spokesperson said here.

The PRTC, Punjab Roadways and PunBus buses would not ply on roads and the services of these buses would remain suspended tomorrow, he said.

Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) managing director Manjit Singh Narang said the operations of all PRTC buses across the region will remain suspended throughout the day.

“The decision has been taken keeping in view the security of commuters and PRTC property,” Narang said.

The state government also ordered suspension of services on mobile internet (2G/3G,4G/DCMA), besides all SMS services and dongle services provided on mobile networks except voice calls from 5 pm today until 11 pm tomorrow, the official said.

The order to suspend mobile internet services has been taken to prevent spread of misinformation, rumours, through social media platforms and to prevent any disturbance of peace and public order in Punjab, secretary (Home) Rahul Tiwari said.

The state govt has also asked the Army authorities to be on standby and ready to deal with any eventuality. “Govt may need their assistance for maintaining law and order,” says its request to the centre.

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday had appealed the people of the state especially the members of SC community to keep restraint and maintain law and order in the larger public interest.

(With PTI inputs)

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