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CM Amarinder Singh’s appeal fails, 150 more telecom towers destroyed by protesting farmers

Protesting farmers in Punjab have vandalised and damaged a total 1,338 towers, mostly of Reliance Jio, snapping connectivity.

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Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s appeal to protesting farmers to not damage telecom infrastructure seems to have failed to deter new attacks, with more than 150 signal transmitting sites being vandalised overnight, sources said on Sunday.

While firms belonging to billionaires Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani do not procure foodgrains from farmers, the narrative that new farm laws are to benefit them has made them easy targets, with protesting farmers in different places in Punjab having vandalised and damaged Reliance Jio towers, snapping connectivity.

As many as 151 towers have been damaged since yesterday, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

This has taken the total number of ?telecom tower sites damaged to 1,338, they said.

Incidents of snapping of power lines to attempts to axe the towers have been reported from different parts of Punjab, one of the sources said.

“Site managers are slapped and abused for trying to persuade protestors from damaging sites,” he said.

The second source said the telecom towers damaged belong to Jio and common access infrastructure of telecom industry.

The attacks have impacted telecom services and operators are struggling to maintain services in absence of action by law enforcement agencies, the source said.

The Punjab chief minister had on Friday appealed protesting farmers to not inconvenience the general public with such actions and to continue to exercise the same restraint as they had shown over the past several months of their agitation.

“Pointing out that telecom connectivity had become even more critical for people amid the Covid pandemic, the chief minister urged the farmers to show the same discipline and sense of responsibility which they had been exercising during their protest at the Delhi border, which has completed one month, and also earlier during their agitation in the state,” a statement issued by the chief minister’s office had said.

Urging the farmers to not take the law in their hands by forcibly shutting down telecom connectivity or manhandling employees/technicians of telecom service providers, the chief minister had said such actions were not in the interest of Punjab and its future. ?

“Forceful disruption of telecom services due to snapping of power supply to mobile towers by farmers in several parts of the state was not only adversely affecting the studies and future prospects of students, who are dependent entirely on online education, but also hampering the daily life of people working from home due to the pandemic,” the statement had quoted the chief minister as saying.

The chief minister’s appeal came in the wake of a request from the Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA), a registered body of telecom infrastructure providers, asking the state government to persuade the farmers to not resort to any unlawful activity in their fight for justice.


Also read: Farmer protest mirrors 1907 Pagdi Sambhal Jatta movement — Bhagat Singh’s nephew at Singhu


 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. It is because of Jio that Airtel and others have reduced their charges. My Airtel mobile bill used to be around Rs 800 to 900 per month . One year back I ported my number to Jio and in last one year my bill never crossed Rs 300. When Ambani’s son got married , he spent crores and several Indians got the benefit of that. Please remember when Huawei owner spends money in China only Chinese will get the benefit of that . You are true , it is not a sudden outrage . How much money they got from Huawei , that needs to be investigated .

  2. Jio lured people by providing free data for a period and other service providers lost their customers and then it started hiking and present scenarios is before us.
    It’s not a sudden outrage of people.
    It will not effect Ambani’s business but make him think that “what you sow what you reap”.

    • “other service providers lost their customers and then it started hiking and present scenarios is before us.”

      What is preventing other service providers from providing better offer to win back customers? There is no law against it. This is not Nehru family license raj to protect non-competing business.

      Customers should be winner. Let capitalist fight out among themselves in dog eat dog world

  3. I think Telecom service providers should shut- off services until there is safety and Punjab government pays for damages.

  4. Welcome to agitation of rich farmers of Punjab,. What do our luddite liberals and champagne socialists have to say about this?

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