Chandigarh: In wake of Republic day protesting farmers’ tractor rally chaos, Haryana government on Friday suspended internet services in 17 of its 22 districts till 5pm on January 30 after thousands of agitating farmers started to march towards Delhi.
Given to the volatile situation in the state, internet services were already suspended in Sonipat, Palwal and Jhajjhar districts.
On January 29, “peaceful” farmers’ protest was once again disrupted after large groups of people claiming to be locals reached at Singhu border protest site and started to vandalise farmers’ tents, pelting stones while forcing them to vacate the area. Armed with sticks, nearly 200 people slithered in protesting site, leading to a clash between them and agitating farmers, which prompted police to resort to lathi-charge and use tear gas shells. To avoid the situation from getting ugly the farmer union volunteers also intervened and stopped the protestors from getting into a fight with locals or police.
As per reports, Delhi Police SHO (Alipur) Pradeep Paliwal was injured in this clash after a man attacked him with a sword, while others were also wounded. The police has reportedly detained the man who attacked the station house officer.
It has been three days since the events on Republic Day turned unpleasant with clashes between protesting farmers’ and police across the national capital. The tension is still brewing high at the borders along the Delhi where protestors are camping for past two months against Centre’s three contentious ‘farm laws’.
As more and more people from across the country are pouring in to support the protesting farmers’ at borders adjoining Delhi, the Ghaziabad and Uttar Pradesh government have asked farmers to vacate the areas. The BJP-led Uttar Pradesh administration has not only directed all its DMs and SSPs to quash farmers’ protests in the state but has also given a 24 hours ultimatum to protesting farmers to vacate Ghaziabad border by Thursday midnight, failing which they would be removed.
The central government has also extended the deployment period of four companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) till February 4 from January 28, to maintain law and order in Ghaziabad in view of the protests.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait has refused to move from Ghazipur site. “We will not move from here. We will commit suicide but won’t end protest until the farm bills are repealed,” he said, adding that the administration had removed basic facilities including water and electricity supply. “We’ll get water from our villages.”