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Farmers’ Protests: Internet shut down in parts of Haryana due to Kisan Mahapanchayat

Digital rights groups moved to condemn the government order that suspended internet services in several districts.

Mobile internet services including 4G were suspended in several districts of Haryana in view of the Kisan Mahapanchayat in Karnal that was organised to protest an incident wherein an IAS officer ordered police action against agitating farmers. According to a Department of Home Affairs, Haryana Government order shared by news agency ANI, internet was suspended in Kurukshetra, Kaithal, and Jind districts from September 7 to September 9. MediaNama was able to confirm the development with Aatma Ram, DSP Shahabad (Kurukshetra Police) and Satish Kumar, DSP Panipat. Kumar said that internet services are expected to resume in the affected districts on September 10. … in exercise of powers conferred upon me by virtue of Rule 2 of Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety ) Rules, 2017, 1, Secretary Home, Haryana do hereby order for the suspension of…

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