Agnipath protests: Centre bans 35 WhatsApp groups

The Centre on Sunday banned 35 WhatsApp groups for spreading fake news about the Agnipath Scheme.

According to the reports, the Government has also urged the citizens to report any such group on PIB fact check team number 8799711259.

At least ten people have been arrested on charges of rumour-mongering and organising protests.

The announcement comes amid reports of social media platforms being used for mobilising protests and instigating crowds in states like Bihar which has witnessed incidents of train bogies being torched.

On June 17, the Bihar government suspended internet services in 12 districts till Sunday and had said that the internet was being used to spread rumours with an intent to incite the public and cause damage to life and property.

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William Murphy

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