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Internet Suspended For 2 Days at Delhi Borders Amid Farmers’ Protest

Internet has been suspended for two days at Delhi's borders due to the escalating farmers' protest.

Updated: January 30, 2021 2:34 PM IST

By News Desk | Edited by Sharmita Kar

Farmers break the police barricades at the Ghazipur border as move towards Akshardham during their tractor rally on Republic Day in New Delhi, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Internet has been suspended for two days at Delhi borders near Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur that have been the epicentre of months-long farmers’ protest. Mobile internet around these areas has been suspended since 11 PM yesterday and will continue to be suspended till 11 PM on January 31, the Union Home Ministry stated on Saturday.

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“…it is necessary and expedient to order the temporary suspension of internet services in the areas of Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri, and their adjoining areas in the NCT of Delhi from 11 pm on January 29 to 11 pm on January 31,” the notification read.

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Farmers protesting the Centre’s new Agri laws are observing ”Sadbhavna Diwas” today on Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary and holding a day-long fast.

Notably, protests at Ghazipur border have intensified since Friday while a clash was reported from the Singhu border site after a counter-protest by a group of “locals” who hurled stones at each other. The Delhi Police said 44 people including a man who attacked SHO (Alipur) Pradeep Paliwal with a sword have been arrested on charges of attempt to murder and obstructing public servant, among others.

Earlier this week, thousands of protesting farmers clashed with the police during the tractor parade on January 26. Many of them, driving tractors, reached the Red Fort and entered the monument. They hoisted flags on the domes and placed the flagstaff at the ramparts of the national monument.

Police fired tear gas and resorted to baton charge Friday to break up a clash between farmers and a large group of men claiming to be local residents who hurled stones at each other at the Singhu border, one of the main protest sites against farm laws.

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Published Date: January 30, 2021 2:05 PM IST

Updated Date: January 30, 2021 2:34 PM IST