Farmer protests: Haryana government extends suspension of mobile internet services in Karnal

As protesting farmers continue their sit-ins “indefinitely” at the Karnal district headquarters, the Haryana government has extended the suspension of mobile internet services in the district until midnight Thursday, an order issued by the Haryana government said. Ministry of the Interior. “Mobile internet services in the Karnal district will remain suspended from 7:00 am to 11:59 pm on September 9,” said the order issued on Thursday.

Another round of talks between district officials and farmers protesting a police charge in Karnal last month broke down on Wednesday, after which protesters said they would continue their sit-in “indefinitely” at the district headquarters.

Previously, mobile internet services in Karnal had been suspended from 12:30 pm on September 6 to 11.59 pm on September 7 and the suspension was extended until midnight Wednesday as the situation was considered “still volatile”.

Now, the new decree mentions that the situation has been re-examined “and observed as still being tense …”

“Situation in the district of Karnal …”, indicates the order referring to the call of the demonstrators to continue the sit-in “indefinitely”.

The order, issued by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Rajeev Arora, said that mobile internet services (2G / 3G / 4G / CDMA / GPRS), SMS services, including bulk SMS (to the excluding banking and mobile top-up services) and all dongle services, etc. provided over mobile networks, with the exception of voice calls, will remain suspended in Karnal district.

He said the suspension of mobile internet services was ordered to stop the spread of disinformation and rumors through social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter on mobile phones and text messages. He said this could facilitate the mobilization of crowds that can cause serious loss of life and damage to public and private property by engaging in arson, vandalism or other violent activity.

All Haryana telecommunications service providers are hereby obligated to ensure order compliance, he added.

Meanwhile, on the third day of Dharna, protesters remain at the door of the Karnal mini-secretariat complex, although leaders of agricultural unions have said officials and the public will not be barred from entering.

Their demands revolve around the suspension of IAS officer Ayush Sinha, who was filmed telling police to “beat the heads” of farmers if they cross the line during their August 28 protest.

Around ten farmers were injured that day when police used force to prevent them from marching to the site of a BJP event in Karnal.

The sit-in in front of the Karnal mini-secretariat, following a mahapanchayat in the same town, began on Tuesday evening after the breakdown of talks between district officials and heads of operations.

For more than nine months now, farmers have been sitting on dharnas at Delhi’s borders demanding that the three agro-marketing laws promulgated at the Center be withdrawn. Union leaders say the laws will dilute the Minimum Support Price (MSP) at which farmers sell their crops to government agencies.

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