As farmers gathered around the mini secretariat here during the August 28 lathi-charge incident continue their protest, the Haryana government on Tuesday evening extended the temporary suspension of mobile internet and SMS service in the district of Karnal to avoid any disturbance of peace and public order.
“In the exercise of the powers conferred on me under Rule 2 of the Rules for the Temporary Suspension of Telecommunications Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety), 2017, I, Minister of the Interior of Haryana, order by the present the suspension of mobile Internet services (2G / 3G / 4G / CDMA / GPRS), all SMS services including bulk SMS (excluding banking and mobile recharge) and all dongle services etc. provided on mobile networks with the exception of voice calls in the Karnal district from 12:00 to 23:59 on Wednesday, “the state government order said, ordering all telecommunications service providers to ensure compliance.
The suspension of telecom services will come into effect on Wednesday from midnight to 11:59 p.m.
Meanwhile, protesting farmers rallied around the mini secretariat in Karnal to support their demands after talks with the district administration broke down over their call to action against officials allegedly involved in the campaign. lathi’s charge on August 28.
They announced that they would continue their sit-in at the mini secretariat until the government talks to them about their demands and accepts them.
“We have captured the gate and want to take some rest. Now it is up to the government to decide when to speak. We are sitting here peacefully until then,” BKU chief Rakesh Tikait said.
Farmers walked through police barricades as they reached the mini-secretariat.
Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav said they will continue their protests until the government accepts their demands.
According to a statement issued by the state government, District Commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav, Inspector General of Police Mamta Singh and Police Superintendent Gangaram Punia and other senior officers are still in talks with the protesters.
The Haryana government announced on Monday the suspension of Internet and SMS services in the districts of Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind and Panipat from 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, before a Mahapanchayat in Karnal and the call for “gherao” the mini -secretariat by farmers to protest against the police lathi accusation against them on August 28.
Haryana previously announced a suspension of internet services in Karnal district alone, but later extended it to four neighboring districts.
In the Karnal district of Haryana, article 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure was also put in place on Tuesday, banning all public gatherings.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, who leads the farmers’ agitation against three agricultural laws, appealed to the secretariat’s gherao demanding the registration of an FIR against officers who allegedly ordered a lathi charge against agitators during their protest against a BJP event. in Karnal on August 28.
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