After a statewide bandh was called out by Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel, the police has blocked WhatsApp and mobile Internet in Gujarat. Residents in Ahmedabad and Surat have reported that they are not able to access WhatsApp or mobile Internet since last night. Also Read - How to temporarily deactivate/permanently delete WhatsApp account
A resident from Surat confirmed to BGR India that their access to mobile Internet and WhatsApp has been blocked since last night. The police had to take this step to ensure that Patel could not send more propogandist messages through the OTT service. Late last night, he sent out a message through Whatsapp asking everyone to observe bandh tomorrow. Also Read - WhatsApp COVID-19 relief efforts: How you can get resources during the pandemic
His message read, “I make an appeal to maintain peace and keep calm. I give a call for Gujarat bandh tomorrow (Wednesday). This decision has been taken by Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti considering widespread violence in the state.” Also Read - Good news! Jio users can now check COVID-19 vaccine slots on WhatsApp - here's how
The police told NDTV that the services will resume once the situation is normal. “Last night, there were concerns of rumour-mongering and crowd mobilization through WhatsApp,” a police officer told the publication.
Cases of arson were reported late last night in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and many other parts of Gujarat as part of the protests by the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti for an OBC quota for the Patel community.