New Delhi: The government on Thursday withdrew the restrictions on bulk SMSes and MMSes, imposed two weeks ago to check the spread of rumours relating to the violence in lower Assam. The disturbances had led to the exodus of northeasterners from Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune.The restrictions, imposed initially for 15 days on August 17, were lifted with immediate effect on Thursday. The withdrawal came a day before the stipulated deadline of August 31, after the home ministry found it conducive to lift the limited ban.
During the ban period, cellphone users were not allowed to send more than five SMSes at one go and more than 20kb of data as MMSes per day for the first seven days beginning August 17. Later, in consultation with the home ministry, DoT increased the number of SMSes to 20 per day on August 23.