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Business News/ News / Farmers' ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest: Mobile internet, bulk SMS services suspended in parts of Haryana till February 13
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Farmers' ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest: Mobile internet, bulk SMS services suspended in parts of Haryana till February 13

In view of the farmers' protest, mobile internet and bulk SMS services in parts of Haryana have been suspended until 13 February

As many as 15 farmer unions from Haryana and Punjab have geared up to take part in ‘Delhi Chalo’ agitation on February 13 to press for their demands. (HT Photo) (HT_PRINT)Premium
As many as 15 farmer unions from Haryana and Punjab have geared up to take part in ‘Delhi Chalo’ agitation on February 13 to press for their demands. (HT Photo) (HT_PRINT)

Mobile internet services, bulk SMS and all dongle services etc provided on mobile networks have been suspended in parts of Haryana til February 13 in view of the farmers' protest and the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march. These services have been suspended in the jurisdiction of districts Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa. However, voice call services will continue to work. The order will be in effect from 6 am of February 11 to 11:59 pm of February 13.

An order stated, “Mobile internet services, bulk SMS and all dongle services etc provided on mobile networks, except the voice calls in the jurisdiction of districts Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa of Haryana State suspended. The order will be in effect from 6 am of 11th February to 11:59 pm of 13th February."

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"It has been brought to my notice by Addl. Director General of Police, CID, Haryana vide his request dated February 10 that in view of the call for farmers march/agitation given by certain organisations, there is an apprehension of causing tension, annoyance, agitation, damage of public & private property and disturbance of public peace & tranquillity in the districts of Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa," read the order issued by Haryana additional chief secretary (home department) TVSN Prasad.

"...there is a clear potential of disruption of public utilities, damage to public assets and amenities and disturbance of public law and order in above mentioned districts on account of misuse of internet services by way of spread of inflammatory material and false rumours, which are being/could be transmitted/circulated to the public through social media/messaging services on mobile internet services, SMS services and other dongle services," read the order.

Haryana Police has deployed 50 companies of central paramilitary forces to maintain law and order in the state ahead of the farmers' march. The authorities have asserted that nobody will be allowed to disturb peace and harmony. Anticipating law and order situation, the police have asked the farmers not to participate without permission in a planned march. The police have also warned of strict action if there was any damage to public property.

‘DELHI CHALO’ MARCH

Farmers' group - Samyukta Kisan Morcha and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha - have announced the 'Delhi Chalo' march on February 13 to press the Centre for accepting several demands, including enactment of a law to guarantee a minimum support price (MSP) for crops.

Extensive preparations are underway to secure the borders between Punjab and Haryana in the districts of Ambala, Jind, and Fatehabad ahead of the 'Delhi Chalo' march scheduled for February 13 by farmers, aimed at urging the Centre to address their diverse demands.

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Police have also issued traffic advisory ahead of the planned march. Commuters going from Chandigarh to Delhi have been advised to take alternative routes via Derabassi, Barwala/Ramgarh, Saha, Shahbad, Kurukshetra, or through Panchkula, NH-344 Yamunanagar Indri/Pipli, Karnal.

Similarly, passengers travelling from Delhi to Chandigarh have been asked to reach their destination via Karnal, Indri/Pipli, Yamunanagar, Panchkula, or Kurukshetra, Shahbad, Saha, Barwala, Ramgarh, according to police.

(With agency inputs)

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Published: 10 Feb 2024, 08:07 PM IST
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