Internet services suspended across Delhi border areas; farmers warn demonstration

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Amid the ongoing farmers’ protest, the Union Home Minister has suspended internet services in several border regions of New Delhi, where the farmers have camped for months against the new farm laws, till 31 January “maintain public safety and averting public emergency”.

The border areas include Singhu, Ghazipur, and Tikri, and their adjoining areas. Earlier on Friday, the Haryana government had ordered the suspension of mobile internet services in several districts of the state till 30 January.

The mobile internet services except voice calls will remain suspended with immediate effect until 5 pm on Saturday in districts of Ambala, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Kaithal, Panipat, Hisar, Jind, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri, Fatehabad, Rewari and Sirsa districts, an order issued by the Home Department said.

On 26 January, the farmers had clashed with the police as the force blocked their way in New Delhi for a parade parallel to official function on Republic Day.

The leader of Krantikari Kisan Union, one of the protesting farmers’ group, leader Darshal Pal appealed to the government to restore the services, else the farmers will protest against it. “We demand the restoration of internet services in areas where agitation is going on. Otherwise, we will hold a demonstration against it in the country,” Pal said while addressing the media on Friday.

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