The state government of Haryana once again extended the suspension of mobile internet services across 14 districts till 5 PM on 1st February 2021. The government made this announcement on Sunday i.e., on 31st January. The government decided to avoid any disturbance of peace and public order due to a protest by farmers against 3 farm laws.
As per the official statement issued by the state government, it has extended the interruption of mobile internet services in the districts that include Panipat, Rohtak, Sonipat, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Ambala, Charkhi Dadri, Jhajjar, Sirsa, Karnal, Bhiwani, Hisar, and Fatehabad. The mobile internet services will be suspended till 5 PM on 1st February 2021.
The official statement reads, ‘This order has been issued to prevent any disturbance of peace and public order in the jurisdiction of these districts of Haryana. Any person who will be found guilty of the violation of aforesaid order will be liable for legal action under relevant provisions.’
Manohar Lal Khattar, the Chief Minister of Haryana said that the decision was made considering the situation which had built up following incidents of violence in the national capital on 26th January 2021. Speaking to the reporters in Ambala, the minister said that the decision on the suspension of the internet services for a temporary period in that situation was correct. However, it would be revived once things get back to normal condition.
The Congress Party had criticized the government’s decision on the suspension of the mobile internet services that would impact the students’ education. The minister said that his government has made all necessary arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic ensuring that the students’ studies weren’t disrupted.
The CM said that the issue can be resolved through dialogue and further stated that the Prime Minister has said that they can talk about anything without any hesitation. Randeep Singh Surjewala, the General Secretary of Congress claimed that the internet ban was ordered to crush the farmers’ agitation and demanded its instant resumption. He said that this decision would impact employees working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students, shopkeepers, and others. On Tuesday, the state government had ordered the suspension of mobile internet services in Jhajjar, Palwal, and Sonipat districts post a violent farmers’ protest shook Delhi. Later, i.e., on Friday, the government extended the suspension to 14 districts.
On the whole, a total of 22 districts in the state underwent mobile services’ suspension. During a tractor rally held on 26th January in Delhi, thousands of protesting farmers had clashed with the police. For the latest telecom news, tech updates, and more, stay in touch with this website.