Internet suspended at Delhi borders till January 31

Internet suspended at Delhi's Singhu, Ghazipur, Tikri borders till January 31 amid farmers protest

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The Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday suspended internet services at Singhu, Ghazipur, and Tikri borders with Delhi where farmers are protesting, and adjoining localities till Sunday night.

Officials said the internet services will be suspended till 11 PM of January 31.

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The decision was taken to "maintain public safety" and avert public emergency under the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules 2017.

The move comes four days after violence during tractor rally on Republic Day and amid efforts to vacate the protest sites. While the Uttar Pradesh administration had given an ultimatum to vacate the Ghazipur protest site, farmers had stayed put there and officials had to retreat when they went there to implement the order.

On Friday, violence erupted at Singhu after a group of people claiming to be locals entered among the protesters and pelted stones at them. Police later lobbed tear gas shells and resorted to baton charge though farmers claimed that the former did not act against the stone-pelters at the beginning.

A Station House Officer of Delhi Police was injured when a farmer allegedly attacked him with a sword and the latter was detained after a scuffle.