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Gujaratis in Pune unable to connect with kin back home

While several businessmen and working professionals who were in Gujarat had a hard time connecting with their team members, several Puneites and their Gujarat-based relatives couldn’t connect with each other either.

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RAF personnel stand guard in Ahmedabad on Monday following a bandh call by Patidars. Javed Raja

Several Puneites faced a hard time following suspension of internet services in Gujarat owing to the Patel quota stir. While several businessmen and working professionals who were in Gujarat had a hard time connecting with their team members, several Puneites and their Gujarat-based relatives couldn’t connect with each other either.

Sridhar Moorthy, chief creative director, Spectrum Showtech LLP, who was in Rajkot on Sunday, said that due to suspension of internet services, he was not able to coordinate with his team, couldn’t receive or send mails and exchange files with his clients. “I couldn’t even get my tickets on my mobile. We weren’t sure till the last minute if we would be getting our flight or not,” he added.

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Shivali Shukla, pursuing media correspondence course in a Pune college and currently in Ahmedabad working as a crew member of singer Arvind Vedga, also complained that her work was crippled due to suspension of mobile internet services. “Most of our work is done through Whatspp, which was not working except on wi-fi due to which we faced a lot of problems in scheduling work,” she added.

Surat-based Huzaifa Motiwala, a relative of Kondhwa businessman Murtuza Nalwala, said, “From yesterday evening, all mobile internet services are down. While it has not affected me to a great extent but many of my relatives who are engaged in online business, especially marketing of their products, are complaining since they are missing out on orders.”

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“Also, there is heavy military and police presence in the city because of which people are getting worried. Usually, we get information of other areas through mobile groups, but now we are unable to access information,” Motiwala added.

Mehsana resident Nishreen Hardawala, who has a relative in Wanowrie, said that her relatives kept calling her non-stop and that led to her balance getting depleted. “I could not even recharge online since the internet was down and neither could I step out of the house. Finally, on Monday morning, when one of my relatives called, I asked him to recharge my number,” she rued.