The agitation of the farmers at Delhi borders against the three farm laws has entered 33rd day. But even as the haul gets longer, the protest has intensified even further and the ripples of it are being seen in the state of Punjab. One of the main opposition of farmers to the new laws is that they believe the new laws have been made to favour a handful of corporates. Since the beginning of the protest, farmers have also given a call for boycotting Reliance Jio. Protesting farmers have been openly naming Ambani and Adani while protesting against the farm laws. Jio had also complained to TRAI alleging that both its competitors Vodafone-Idea and Airtel are using the farmers’ protest to get the customers of Jio to port their numbers to their services. Now, in a latest headache to Jio, Farmer groups in Punjab are cutting off power connection to Jio towers. According to industry sources, agitating groups have cut off power supply of around 1,300 mobile towers of Jio in the state. There are around 9,000 towers of Jio in Punjab. For some towers, the fibre has been cut by such groups. The situation has indeed become critical and on December 25, according to a PTI report, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh also appealed to the farmer groups to not inconvenience the general public with such actions. He urged them to exercise the same restraint that they had been showing over the past several months and said that telecom connectivity had become even more critical for people amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
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