Farmer groups, who targeted Reliance Jio mobile towers, despite Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s appeal to not damage telecom infrastructure seems to have failed to deter new attacks, More than 176 signal transmitting sites were vandalized in 24 hours on Sunday alone.
As a result, the mobile and internet services of the company have been disrupted in the state, causing inconvenience to the consumers.
The site managers are also been attacked and abused for trying to persuade farmers from the sites.
There are around 9,000 towers of Jio in Punjab. For some towers, the fiber has been cut by such groups. The farmer unions have, however, distanced themselves from the vandalism and have appealed to the protesters to stay away from such acts that cause inconvenience to the general public.
The Punjab chief minister had on Friday appealed to protesting farmers to not cause inconvenience to the general public with such actions and continue to exercise the same restraint as they had shown over the past several months of their agitation.
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.
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