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Police in the Indian state of Punjab hunting the leader of a Sikh separatist group have imposed a state-wide shut down of mobile internet and SMS services since Saturday, in order to pursue a single man. The order, which impacted Punjab's 27 million residents, was issued after 30-year old Amritpal Singh of protest movement …

  1. Potemkine! Silver badge

    arrest for allegedly disrupting communal harmony

    I didn't realize India was a dictatorship arresting people at will!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Been that way

      Since Modi came to power.

      1. VoiceOfTruth Silver badge

        Re: Been that way

        Modi is a Hindu nationalist/neofascist. He represents the worst Id of India.

        His modi operandi (get it?) is to release the beast of the Id and "govern" with it.

        He is the man who would open Pandora's jar knowing full well what is inside and release it.

        He would be a good role model for Davros.

    2. Helcat Bronze badge

      Apparently (according to the good old BBC) the police found weapons used by separatists during the arrests.

      Not sure how to interpret this, other than the authorities do come across as being rather heavy handed.

    3. Esoteric Eric

      You can be arrested in the UK for using the wrong fucking pronouns.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        And did you know...

        These days, you get arrested and thrown in jail if you say you're English.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: And did you know...

          Was this downvoted by those who didn't get the sarcastic reference or by those who did?

      2. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge
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        JFC, did the readership of the Daily Mail finally figure out how to use the Internet?

      3. ForthIsNotDead

        In the UK you can be arrested for hurting someone's feeling on Twitter.

  2. Plest Silver badge


    ...every other world government looks on with a jealous gaze wishing they had that kind of power to abuse.

  3. stiine Silver badge

    Wouldn't it have been easier to simply mail him a cell phone, and the track it?

  4. Marty McFly Silver badge

    Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view

    ..."allegedly disrupting communal harmony."

    ..."allegedly designed to quell the spread of misinformation..."

    On the other side of the argument it could be said this action silenced a Freedom Fighter who was trying to spread the truth.

    1. very angry man

      Re: Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view

      At last some sense!

      Previous comments bring to mind a famous prophet of truths quote

      Kill All humans

      I believe his name is Benda

      Just can we start with the maleneals and gen z first

  5. Raj

    Britain is not in a position to dictate anything.

    What India is doing to quell any terrorism is effectively a carbon copy of British policy in Northern Ireland. Terrorists WILL be stamped out with the full might of the state.

    The citizens by and large support this policy. Do a referendum in India and you’ll find overwhelming support for this policy. That is the only thing that matters here,

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