Nidahas Tri-Series 2018: Indian cricketers couldn't use social media after communal tension in Sri Lanka

India on a tour of Sri Lanka for tri-nation T20I series.

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Indian cricketers can't use social media websites like Facebook and Whatsapp as the Sri Lankan government has blocked them for three days. After imposing a state of emergency, the government blocked social media sites and messaging apps to prevent communal violence from spreading.

Authorities imposed a curfew after a young Buddhist man died during clashes with a group of Muslims, the BBC reported.

Three police officers were also injured in clashes in suburban Kandy in Central Sri Lanka, where the government on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for 10 days. The administration made the decision after days of clashes between Buddhist and Muslim groups in Kandy district.

The Indian players are active on different social media platforms. “I can see WhatsApp messages coming but I can’t read it. I can’t make calls also. It’s frustrating. Late in the evening it was coming and going, and quite unstable,” a member traveling with the Indian team said.

The Indian team had an off day from training on Thursday, and spent the entire afternoon at the hotel, with a dinner planned for late night. “On the directive of TRCSL in the interest of national security, access to certain Social Media sites and Messaging platforms will be restricted with immediate effect until further notice,” a text message from the leading telephone operator Dialog stated.

“Put down your smartphones, let go of your hate and help make a new Sri Lanka that is good for everyone,” the telecommunications minister Harin Fernando said.

“I don’t need to remind the young people of this country that hate, violence and discrimination robbed you of a life full of opportunity and a country full of prosperity. Do not make the mistakes of our past generations.”

By Sihyeu Prakash Singh - 08 Mar, 2018

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