Days after stories emerged of Reliance Jio’s telecom towers being broken in Punjab and Haryana allegedly by farmers offended over its perceived function in framing three agricultural legal guidelines not too long ago handed by Parliament, the corporate in the present day mentioned it had moved court docket searching for authorities intervention to safeguard its property and providers.
Many farmers within the two states had reportedly been venting their anger in opposition to Reliance Industries (RIL) by snapping energy provide, slicing cables of telecom towers, and damaging Jio’s infrastructure. They apparently seen the Mukesh Ambani-owned agency as one of many main beneficiaries of the farm legal guidelines handed in September. 1000’s of farmers have been protesting for over a month in opposition to these legal guidelines which they really feel are detrimental to their long-term pursuits.
Over 1,500 of Reliance Jio’s 9,000 telecom towers in Punjab alone have been put out of motion in December. An organization consultant had advised NDTV that the towers had taken a success on account of bodily harm, energy disruption or theft of mills. Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had issued a stern warning in opposition to such vandalism, asking the police to behave strictly in such circumstances.
RIL, by Reliance Jio Infocomm, moved the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket in the present day, searching for pressing authorities intervention to “deliver a whole cease to the unlawful acts of vandalism by miscreants”, a press release issued by RIL mentioned.
“These acts of violence have endangered the lives of hundreds of its workers and brought on harm and disruption to the important communications infrastructure, gross sales and repair shops run by its subsidiaries within the two states,” the assertion mentioned. “The miscreants indulging in vandalism have been instigated and aided by vested pursuits and our enterprise rivals.”
In accordance with the corporate, these vested pursuits have been profiting from the farmers’ agitation to launch an “incessant, malicious, and motivated vilification marketing campaign in opposition to Reliance”.
The corporate mentioned it had nothing to do with the farm legal guidelines because it has little interest in company or contract farming – a key competition of the agitating farmers.
“Reliance Retail, Reliance Jio Infocomm, or some other affiliate of our dad or mum firm, ie, Reliance Industries haven’t carried out any ‘company’ or ‘contract’ farming previously, and have completely no plans to enter this enterprise,” the assertion mentioned, additionally denying any buy of land in Punjab or Haryana with that goal in thoughts. “We at Reliance have immense gratitude and the best respect for India’s kisans, who’re the ‘anna information‘ of 1.3 billion Indians.”
The RIL assertion got here on a day the federal government was scheduled to carry talks once more with the protesting farmers in New Delhi.