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Mobile Internet Restored In 7 Haryana Districts Amid Farmers’ Protest

On Sunday morning, mobile internet services, suspended since February 11 due to the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march by farmers’ unions, were reinstated in seven districts of Haryana.

Mobile internet services and bulk SMSes will now be available in Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa as the Haryana government decided not to extend the suspension order after February 25 midnight.

Texting, calling, and using banking messages, along with internet services for homes and businesses, are still working during the shutdown.

The suspension was extended on February 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23 and 24. Officials said no fresh order has been issued to extend the suspension of the mobile services in the seven districts.

According to an earlier order issued by the home department, the restrictions were imposed “to prevent any disturbance of peace and public order in jurisdictions of Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa, including Dabwali, districts in Haryana”.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha are leading the ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest to push the government to agree to farmers’ requests. They are asking for a legal guarantee of a minimum support price (MSP) for crops and the cancellation of farm loans.

Farmers from Punjab, who are part of this protest, have stayed at Shambhu and Khanauri points on the border with Haryana since February 13. Security personnel stopped their march on that day.

These protesting farmers will remain at these two border points until February 29. On that day, they will decide what steps to take next, as farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher mentioned on Friday.

On Wednesday, the farmers decided to pause the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march for two days. This decision came after a protester lost their life, and around 12 police officers were hurt during clashes at Khanauri.


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