Delhi orders blockade of 55 Facebook, URLs on Afzal Guru

Delhi orders blockade of 55 Facebook, URLs on Afzal Guru


Srinagar, February 19, 2013 (PPI-OT): The government of India has ordered all the Internet service licensees to immediately block access to around 55 pages created on Facebook after the hanging of Afzal Guru.

An order in this connection has been issued by the Indian Department of Telecommunication (DoT), Ministry of Communication and IT.

The order (No. 813-7/25/2011-DS (Vol-II)-I is signed by Subodh Saxena, a Director rank official of the DoT, and does not provide any reasons as to why it “has been decided to immediately block the access” to the listed URLs (Uniform Resource Locator), reports said.

The pages were created soon after Afzal Guru was hanged and buried inside New Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 9. The pages have since become virtual hotspots for criticising New Delhi’s decision to hang Guru. Besides blocking access to Facebook pages, the Ministry order has also sought blocking of URLs to six individual profiles.

Some of the pages, which the Indian ministry wants to be removed from the Facebook include: ‘Shaheed Afzal Guru,’ Afzal Guru hum sharminda hai-Apke qatil Zinda hai,’ ‘We condemn the hanging of Afzal Guru,’ ‘Afzal Guru- the legend of Kashmir,’ and ‘I am Afzal Guru,’.

“You are accordingly directed to immediately block the access to above URLs only and not the main website i.e., Kindly do not mention the name of URL in the compliance letter,” the order reads.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
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