Tractor rally violence: Internet services snapped in parts of Delhi-NCR
Internet services were suspended on Tuesday afternoon in several areas of Delhi and NCR after the violence which erupted during the ongoing farmers' tractor rally in the national capital. An official statement issued by the Union home ministry (MHA) said that internet was suspended in Singhu, Ghazipur, Tikri, Mukarba Chowk and Nangloi and adjoining areas.
"In exercise of the power conferred by section 7 of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 read with sub-rule 1 of Rule 2 of the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) rules 2017, and in the interest of maintaining public safety and averting public emergency, it is necessary and expedient to order, the temporary suspension of internet services in the areas of Singhu, Ghazipur, Tikri, Mukarba Chowk and Nangloi and their adjoining areas in the NCT of Delhi from 12:00 Hrs to 23:59 Hrs on January 26, 2021," the MHA statement read.
Earlier, the market association in Connaught Place had advised all shopkeepers to keep their stores closed on Tuesday with New Delhi Traders’ Association (NDTA) chief Atul Bhargava adding that although Republic Day was a day of peak sales for traders but safety of all was important so it was better to remain closed today. “We have asked the outlets, which would have opened by now, to close down,” Bhargava told news agency PTI.
The tractor rally which was supposed to be taken out in Delhi in a peaceful manner on the occasion of 72nd Republic Day turned violent as the protesting farmers deviated from the planned routes and clashed with the police personnel in a bid to move towards central Delhi. The farmers were seen breaking through the barricades at several places, including Tikri and Singhu border areas with police resorting to tear gas to disperse them off. A protesting farmer lost his life during the scuffle after his tractor overturned on the DDU Marg near ITO in central Delhi. Protesters alleged that police fired at his tractor which led to the mishap.
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Meanwhile, the Delhi Police had issued an alert all across and ordered officers to beef up security at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and residences of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Bajial. It also issued a traffic advisory where it urged commuters to avoid NH 44, GTK road, outer ring road, Signature bridge, GT road, ISBT ring road, Vikas marg, ITO and other such areas.