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New Delhi: The government on Thursday lifted restrictions on mobile-phone text messages, removing them a day before it was expected to do so.

The government initially on 17 August limited the number of texts to five in a day. That was later on 23 August increased to 20 following complaints from mobile-phone subscribers.

The decision to limit the number of texts and MMSes (multimedia messaging services) sent by mobile phone users was taken after false and doctored messages and images triggered an exodus of people from North-East India settled in cities including Hyderabad, Bangalore and Mumbai, who feared attacks following unrest between Bodo tribals and Muslim settlers in Assam.

The restriction on texts mostly affected pre-paid users who make up for more than 95% of the country’s mobile-phone user base.

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