Hours after a mobile tower was reportedly damaged as a sign of support to farmers’ protest, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday directed police to take stringent actions against the perpetrators adding that around 1,500 mobile towers have been impacted in the state so far, leading to disruption in telecom services, PTI reported.
“Since Monday morning there was a disruption of power supply to 32 towers, which led to the disconnection of services of 114 more. So far, 433 towers have been repaired”, Singh said, in an official statement.
Singh also added that its the general public that gets most affected from such acts including students, professionals working from home and banking services.
He also warned the anti social elements resorting to violence of strict proceedings and said that such acts would prove detrimental to the interests of the farming community, who have been protesting for over a month now.
Meanwhile, amid reports that the power supply to mobile towers was being disconnected allegedly by protesting farmers in different parts of the state during the past few days, Amarinder Singh had earlier on Friday appealed to them to not inconvenience the general public with such actions.
These incidents were primarily reported from Mansa, Barnala, Ferozepur and Moga with mobile towers of a particular telecom operator being targeted during the past few days, disrupting their services.
Meanwhile on the protest front, the ongoing farmers' agitation over the three Central agriculture reform laws entered its 33rd day on Monday.
The government has invited protesting farmers to resume talks on December 30, marking the first conversation to be held after 25 days since the last round on December 5, which the farmers have agreed to attend.