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Farmer protests: Internet, SMS services shutdown in parts of Haryana to curb misinformation

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The Haryana government on Tuesday shut down internet and SMS services in multiple areas in the state after clashes erupted between farmers and law enforcement agencies in Delhi. The government claimed it was shutting down these services to curb misinformation about the clashes that could be spread via social media platforms or text messages. The state government ordered the suspension only hours after the Union Home Ministry had ordered an internet shutdown in multiple parts of Delhi and NCR. The shutdown has been ordered in the districts of Sonipat, Palwal, and Jhajjar, and will be in effect until 5 PM on January 27. MediaNama has seen a copy of the order, and its authenticity was confirmed by multiple telecom sources on the condition of anonymity. The suspension will affect all mobile internet services — 2G/3G/4G/CDMA/GPRS — “excluding banking and mobile…

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