New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Justifying the security arrangements made on Thursday, the Delhi police claimed that it was essential to bring down the Internet at a few places and secure the Gurugram border.
Addressing the media at its headquarters here, Delhi Police PRO and DCP of the central district MS Randhawa said, “We had strong intel that indicated towards heavy influx of outsiders attending the Red Fort protest. Since the permission to carry out protest at the site was rejected we made sure the influx was stopped.”
When asked about the sufferings of the commuters on this route, Randhawa thanked the locals.
“We thank the locals of the NCR for helping us in maintaining peace in the area,” Randhawa added.
Apart from the traffic jams, it was mobile Internet connectivity and metro connectivity that troubled Delhiites on Thursday, after the security forces restricted Internet services and metro connectivity in several areas.
“In Jamia we saw various fake posts adding fuel to fire, so it was decided to keep the Internet down at some selected places for a brief period only,” Randhawa said.
Delhi Metro had shut down services at 20 metro stations over the course of the day with both entry and exit points closed and trains not stopping at these stations. However, interchange facility at the Rajiv Chowk, Mandi House and Central Secretariat stations was allowed.