India blocks mobile internet amid Ind-SA ODI disruption threats

RAJKOT: India suspended mobile internet services in Rajkot ahead of South Africa one-day international match over disruption threats, Indian media reported.


The Rajkot administration said that the services would remain suspended till the end of the match.

The ban comes a day after Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel threatened that he would block the way of Indian and South African cricket teams to the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) stadium and not let them enter the venue.

The 22-year-old leader said that he and his supporters have got tickets for the match and they will go to the stadium.

He has also urged the Patel community members to remain present in large numbers during the match to raise their demand for reservation under OBC quota for which they have been agitating over last two months.

In the wake of the threat and the violence that the state witnessed recently over the quota stir, police have fortified the stadium, located on the outskirts of Rajkot city at Khandheri village, which will host the third ODI match under the Gandhi-Mandela freedom series.