MHA extends internet ban on Delhi borders till February 2

MHA extends internet ban on Delhi borders till February 2

India has blocked mobile internet services in several areas surrounding New Delhi as protesting farmers began a one-day hunger strike after a week of clashes with authorities that left one dead and hundreds injured.

Thousands of farmers have been protesting at Delhi's borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, demanding a rollback of the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

"Delhi police have filed 44 FIRs & arrested 122 people in connection with farmers' protest".

The security measures, meant to restrict the movement of farmers protesting the Centre's new laws, have evoked sharp condemnation from Opposition leaders.

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also slammed the government over the issue, asking it if it 'wants to wage war against its own farmers'.

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"Although the government has tried to isolate farmers by using barricades, razor wire and shutting down the internet, we are determined to carry out our peaceful protests", said Rakesh Tikait, president of one of the largest farmers' unions, the Bharti Kisan Union.

Balwinder Singh Sirsa, a farmer leader from Sirsa in Haryana, urged protesters not get demotivated by what happened on January 26, claiming it was "orchestrated by some people to denigrate the protest".

The Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border at Ghazipur turned into a fortress Monday with multi-layer barricades and a heavy security deployment at the site where farmers are protesting against the new central laws. The Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC), which also alleged that petrol bombs were hurled at the protesting farmers near their stage, has accused the ruling "Bharatiya Janata Party and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh" for the attack.

India's prime minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday protesters that stormed New Delhi's Red Fort had caused "insult" to the country, his first public comments on a months-long farmers' agitation that turned violent last week. Attempts are still being made to defame and weaken us.

The section of the highway at the Singhu border, which has been the epicentre of the farmers' protests for over 60 days, had also seen a clash recently between farmers and a group of people who claimed to be local residents.

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