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India Cuts Internet Access for 27m in Sikh Fugitive Hunt – WP

Indian officials shut down the internet in Punjab as they hunted a renegade preacher, a leading figure in an outlawed separatist movement

India's smartphone market contracted by 10% in the third quarter from last year as prices skyrocketed, market research firm IDC said on Monday.
India lost more than 6,000 hours to internet shutdowns last year.


Indian authorities cut internet access for 27 million people in the state of Punjab in a bid to capture a Sikh separatist, the Washington Post reported.

The statewide switch-off on Sunday, which followed a similar plug-pulling on Saturday, was part of an operation to arrest fugitive Amritpal Singh, a 30-year-old preacher who is part of a separatist movement seeking to establish a sovereign state in Punjab called Khalistan for followers of the Sikh religion, the report went on.

Read the full story: The Washington Post


  • By Sean O’Meara


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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