Bulk SMS, MMS banned ahead of Ayodhya verdict

After finding that people are using bulk SMS and MMS to inform people about the unstability in the state and distributing pictures of violence, which in turn created more violence across the state, the central government decided to ban the bulk messaging.
The central government issued orders on Wednesday directing all Mobile Telecom Service Providers in the country to ban all bulk SMS and MMS messages in all service areas for the next 72 hours in view of the tension gripping the country about the judgment to be pronounced on the Ram Janam Bhoomi and Babri Masjid dispute by the Alahabad High Court on Friday. A similar ban was even announced in Kashmir.
“All mobile telecom services providers in the country have been asked to ban bulk short messaging service (SMS) and bulk multimedia messaging service (MMS) in all service areas with immediate effect for the next 72 hours,” said an official statement by communications and information technology ministry.
The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has appealed to all sections of the people to maintain calm and restraint after the judgment. He has also appealed to every citizen to maintain peace and protect the integrity of the nation.

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