Internet suspended in Kendrapara following skirmish

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government Wednesday suspended Internet services in Kendrapara for 48 hours “as a preventive measure” following a skirmish between two groups there on the eve the Eid-ul-Fitr and circulation of inflammatory messages on social media.

However, the festival was celebrated with gaiety in other parts of the state, police said.

The Internet service was suspended for 48 hours from 11.30 am to prohibit people from using various social media platforms in Kendrapara town and adjoining areas, a home department notification said.

The home department took this preventive measure following the detection of some hate messages being circulated on social media platforms.

A senior police officer said the government move came following a scuffle between two groups belonging to different communities on Tuesday.

One group later gheraoed Kendrapara police station on Tuesday night for some time demanding arrest of one person of the other group allegedly for assaulting a man.

“We have conducted a peace committee meeting with senior members of both the communities today. There is no tension in the town now. The Internet was suspended as a preventive measure,” the officer said.