Farmer protest: Haryana govt extends internet, SMS suspension in 17 districts

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Amid the ongoing farmers’ protest in the National Capital Region, the Haryana government extended the suspension of mobile Internet services, SMS services, and all dongle services in seventeen districts across the state till 5 pm on 30 January, reported Press Trust of India.

The districts are Ambala, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Kaithal, Panipat, Hisar, Jind, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri, Fatehabad, Rewari and Sirsa.

The suspension of these services was already in place in the districts of Sonipat, Palwal and Jhajjar and that too has been extended till Saturday 5 pm.

“The Haryana Home Secretary has ordered the suspension of mobile internet services (2G/3G/4G/CDMA/GPRS), all SMS services (excluding banking and mobile recharge) and all dongle services etc., provided on mobile networks, except voice calls, in the districts,” the directive put out by the Department of Home Affairs stated.

The Haryana administration had earlier suspended mobile Internet and other telecom services, barring voice calls, on 26 January in view of the violence during the farmers’ tractor rally in Delhi.

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