After almost 40 hours since Friday evening, the Internet started online connectivity in Ranchi and its adjoining areas in Jharkhand where peace prevailed. There was no incident of violence.

By withdrawing the Internet service, all online work had stopped. By restoring the Internet today, it made it possible for to provide web news to its viewers across the world on Sunday morning.

Needless to say, due to Internet lockdown had remained shut for a day and a half since Friday evening. 

Now, it is learned that the state administration had withdrawn the Internet facility to check the spread of fake news, rumour and thereby contain violence that led to the death toll in the streets of Ranchi Friday.” This proved to be a successful measure to maintain law and order in the capital city of Jharkhand”, said a state government spokesperson on condition of anonymity.

The death toll had climbed to two after another person died of bullet injuries in the early hours of Saturday. Police have identified the dead as 20-year-old Sahil, and 15-year-old Mudassir Alam who was awaiting the results of the Class X board examinations.

The Hemant Soren government, a coalition led by the JMM and Congress, has ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident and circumstances which led to the “firing” by police on crowds protesting remarks against the Prophet by the now-suspended BJPspokesperson Nupur Sharma.

The Soren government had ordered a complete Internet shutdown following “rumour mongering”. Video clips on social media showed how police had fired on protesters. Incidentally, the police firing was the result of violent protests by some youths of a minority community - Muslims on Friday in protest against the suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma against Prophet Mohammed.

Investigations revealed that a group of Muslim youths had come from Saharanpur in UP. “ They mobilised groups of boys to protest despite opposition from elderly Muslims. These groups stored stones and pelted stones on a temple and the police. Two police personnel were badly injured. This compelled the police to open fire”, said a senior Police officer on condition of anonymity.

JMM spokesperson Supriyo Bhattacharya said an inquiry had been ordered. “Every angle will be investigated — from videos circulating on social media where police are seen firing on the crowd to what led to police failure in containing the violence. However, police resorted to firing because the situation was very harsh.”


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