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Farmers Protest | Plea Filed in P&H HC Challenges Internet Suspension and Border Closures

Farmers Protest | Plea Filed in P&H HC Challenges Internet Suspension and Border Closures

A petition has been submitted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court contesting the decision to suspend internet services across multiple districts in Haryana and to shut down borders. These measures were taken in reaction to the preparations by farmers' unions for a protest march from Punjab to Delhi.

Today, the issue was brought before the bench of Acting Chief Justice Gurmeet Singh Sandhawalia, who requested a response from the state and scheduled the hearing for Tuesday, February 13th.

Uday Pratap Singh, a resident of Panchkula and an advocate at the High Court, filed the petition, emphasizing the illegality of sealing the border between Haryana and Punjab, especially at Shambhu near Ambala. The plea underscored that the planned 'Delhi Chalo' march by farmers on February 13, organized by various farmers' unions to advocate for their rightful demands, including the enactment of a law ensuring a minimum support price (MSP) for crops, is an expression of their democratic right to peaceful protest.

Furthermore, the petitioner expressed concerns regarding the actions taken by the Haryana authorities, which include the suspension of mobile internet services and bulk SMS in various districts like Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad, and Sirsa.

The plea highlighted that these measures exacerbate the situation by infringing upon citizens' right to access information and communication.

 

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