Internet Suspended In Karnal And Four Other Districts Of Haryana Ahead Of Farmers’ Protest


Farmers are expected to organize a protest march along NH44, leading to the Karnal mini-secretariat. That’s why the Karnal district administration has already enacted Section 144.

By Vaishali Pandey/ The Newster

Karnal protest poster (Twitter)

The Mahapanchayat is being organised in protest of the lathi charge on farmers on August 28, when Karnal Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Ayush Sinha was shown in a video directing police to “break the heads” of protesting farmers. Farmers have asked that Sinha and the police officers involved in the lathi charge be prosecuted.

Ahead of the Kisan Mahapanchayat planned for Tuesday, the Haryana government decided to suspend the mobile, internet, and SMS services in the Karnal district from Monday midnight to 11:59 pm on Tuesday.

According to the government’s decision, telecom services will be halted in the neighbouring districts of Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, and Panipat as well, to prevent the dissemination of “inflammatory material and false rumours.”

Section 144 was already enacted by the Karnal district administration that forbids public gatherings of four or more persons.

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As a huge number of protesting farmers gathered in Karnal for Tuesday’s Mahapanchayat, the state government provided alternate routes on the Ambala-Delhi National Highway 44.

Security in Karna Has Been Tightened

Prior to the Mahapanchayat, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij announced that the state government has made all required security measures to ensure peace and order.

Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij stated, “The state administration has made all arrangements (for Kisan Mahapanchayat). No one will be allowed to take the law into their hands. We appeal to our farmer brothers to peacefully conduct their public meeting.”

According to news agency ANI, Ganga Ram Punia, Superintendent of Police, Karnal, said. “We want Kisan Mahapanchayat to be conducted peacefully & conflict to be resolved through mutual conversation. We spoke with farmer leaders yesterday on the matter. Police will take action if law & order is disturbed.”

Punia also added, “District administration and police have made necessary security arrangements in wake of the Kisan Mahapanchayat. A total of 40 companies have been deployed to maintain law and order. Public activities are going on without interruption.”

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