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Farmer groups called to remove the Reliance towers from their lands.

Farmer unions called for boycotting all services and products by Ambani and Andani groups but did not seek the removal of the towers from their lands.

Farmer unions called for boycotting all services and products by Ambani and Andani groups but did not seek the removal of the towers from their lands.According to a National Herald report, on Dec.9, the farmer unions decided to reject the proposal sent by the government offering a written assurance on minimum support prices (MSP). Instead, they decided to Boycott all products by Adani Ltd and Reliance Industries Limited, including the highly-used Jio mobile SIM cards.

The farmers further added that they would ‘block Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Agra highways on Dec. 12, adding that payments would not be made at toll plazas. Following this development, micro-blogging site Twitter was flooded with posts empathizing with the farmers. The hashtag #BoycottAmbaniAdani also went viral.

Following this, Jio wrote a letter to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Dec 11, blaming its competitors for launching a "vicious" campaign. "A large number of port-out requests, wherein the customers are citing this as the sole reason for porting out of Jio without having any complaints or other issues related to Jio services," the Mukesh Ambani led telecom provider said in its letter to Trai. In the letter, Reliance Jio accused Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel of resorting to "unethical" ways and spreading "frivolous rumors" that Jio will somehow gain from the Centre's three new farm bills, reported Hindustan Times.

According to another Hindustan Times report, unidentified miscreants set power cables of Reliance Jio on fire in three villages of Jagraon and Hathur on the night of Dec 14. Following this, 4G internet services in the areas were affected.

According to the report, the Police suspect that resentment against the farm laws is the reason behind the crime. Following this, two FIRs were lodged at Jagraon (city) and Hathur police stations under Sections 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others), 438 (punishment for the mischief described in section 437 commit¬ted by fire or explosive substance), and 447 (criminal trespass) of Indian Penal Code.

The cases were registered following the statement of Sachin Kumar, an employee of Reliance Jio. He said that miscreants vandalized the company’s towers at Rahlon De Kothey village in Jagraon and Cheema and Lamma villages in Hathur. He added that power cables were set on fire and equipment was vandalized. However, the police are yet to identify the culprits.

However, no reports of farmers seeking removal of reliance towers came to light, nor the cops have yet identified if the farmer unions are behind the incident of vandalizing Reliance towers. Therefore, the claim is false.

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