Karnal Farmers Protest: Internet shutdown in 5 districts including Karnal- Section 144 implemented- The Haryana government has come into action mode in view of the announcement of the mahapanchayat of farmers to be held in Karnal today and the subsequent gherao of the mini secretariat for an indefinite period. Internet and bulk SMS services of all mobile companies have been stopped in 5 districts of the state government. The districts where these services have been suspended include Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Panipat, and Jind besides Karnal.
A day ahead of a program to gherao the mini secretariat in Karnal on Tuesday against the alleged police lathi-charge on farmers on August 28, the administration on Monday banned the assembly of people in the district and mobile internet service was suspended.
The Haryana government has also ordered the suspension of mobile internet services in four nearby districts from 12:30 pm on Monday till midnight on Tuesday. Mobile internet services will remain suspended in Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind and Panipat districts from 12.30 am to 11.59 pm on Tuesday.
Section 144 implemented, ban on the gathering of more than 5 people
Officials said 40 companies of security forces, including 10 companies of central paramilitary forces, have been deployed in the district, where local authorities have imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) against the gathering of five or more people. banned.
The decision to gherao the small secretariat was taken if the demands were not met
Haryana Bharatiya Kisan Union chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni said that they had given the administration a deadline of September 6 to fulfill their demands. Chadhuni said that a meeting was held with district administration officials here on Monday but after not getting any satisfactory reply to their demands, they decided to gherao the mini secretariat on Tuesday morning.
If the administration stops us, we will break the barricade – Gurnam Singh Chaduni
Gurnam Singh Chaduni said, ‘We will protest peacefully, but if the administration stops us, we will break the barricade’. Chaduni said that the farmers have no plan to block the national highway.
WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, SMS all closed
In order to check the spread of misinformation and rumors, through social media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, suspension of mobile internet service, SMS service has been ordered in Karnal, the order said.
Mobile internet service stopped in these four districts too
It said that all the telecom service providers of Haryana are directed to ensure compliance of the order. Later, another order was issued saying that mobile internet service would remain suspended in four nearby districts as well. These districts include Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind and Panipat.
‘Avoid using NH-44 coming to Karnal’
Earlier, as per an advisory issued by Haryana Police, there may be some traffic disruption on the main National Highway No-44 (Ambala-Delhi) in Karnal district on Tuesday. “Therefore, people using NH-44 are advised to avoid traveling to Karnal city or use alternate routes to reach their destination on September 7,” it said.
A total of 40 companies of security forces deployed, including drones
Karnal Superintendent of Police Ganga Ram Punia said that a total of 40 companies of security forces, including 10 companies of Central Armed Police Forces, have been deployed. Punia said that with additional force from neighboring districts, five officers of the rank of superintendent of police and 25 officers of the rank of DSP will supervise the security arrangements here. Drones equipped with cameras will also be deployed as part of security measures, he said.
Will not be allowed to take law in hands- DM Nishant Yadav
Karnal Deputy Commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav said that no one will be allowed to take law in their hands. The United Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is leading various farmers’ organizations opposing the agricultural laws, has threatened to gherao the mini secretariat in Karnal on September 7 if their demands are not met.