NEW DELHI: The Indian government on Tuesday banned all electronic products and devices after a deadly train crash in which 10 people were killed.
The state government said it will now also impose a nationwide ban on electronic devices, mobile phones and other electronic devices that can be used in public places including restaurants, theatres and schools.
The announcement came two days after an 11-year-old boy was among the 14 people killed in the accident.
The ministry said the ban was needed as the government has been “extremely concerned” by the incident.
“The authorities have been instructed to ban electronic devices used in the public spaces in India, as there is no safe alternative to using such devices in the place of a mobile phone, which is used for a wide range of purposes, including for communication,” the ministry said in a statement.
The move came amid reports of a spike in train accidents and fatalities in recent years.
In December, India’s railways announced a new rule to prevent the use of electric trains, saying it would ban devices like mobile phones that could cause an accident and also make it difficult for emergency workers to respond.