Chandigarh, April 30
With the situation improving, mobile internet and SMS services were restored in the Patiala district on Saturday after being suspended from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. following a clash between two groups on Friday.
Under a revised Home Office order, mobile internet services resumed after 4 p.m. instead of 6 p.m.
In order to control the spread of rumours, the Punjab government had ordered the shutdown of mobile internet services and SMS services in the district. from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. the Saturday.
The decision was taken following a clash between two groups on Friday in which four people were injured.
The order had called on all telecommunications service providers in the state to ensure compliance with the order.
The government said the decision was made in the public interest to stop the spread of misinformation and rumours, through various social media platforms.
Meanwhile, various Hindu groups planning to hold a protest rally against the violence on Friday called it off after authorities assured those responsible for the violence would be apprehended within 48 hours.
The majority of shops were closed in the city on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Harish Singla, who is accused of inciting violence in Patiala, was arrested and presented to court after his medical examination.