Farmers in India are protesting against the Centre's contentious three farm laws at the borders of the national capital from over three months now. Their agitation has in the past been supported by many celebrities including Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Diljit Dosanjh, Richa Chadha, Taapsee Pannu, Swara Bhasker and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub in India. Besides, Canadian-Indian Singer Jazzy B also came out on the streets of Vancouver in solidarity with the protesting farmers.
Now, pop icon Rihanna on Tuesday has supported the farmers' protest. "Why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest," wrote the nine-time Grammy Awards winning singer on Twitter. She also tweeted a news article regarding the snapping of internet services around the farmers' protest sites by the Centre.
Meanwhile, the protest sites at Delhi's borders have turned into fortresses with police beefing up security and strengthening barricades.
Iron rods have been hooked between two rows of cement barriers on a flank of the main highway at the Singhu border to further restrict the movement of protesters, agitating against the Centre's new farm laws.
Another portion of the highway at the Delhi-Haryana border is practically blocked as a makeshift cement wall has come up there.
At Ghazipur on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, there are multi-layer barricades to stop the movement of vehicles. Barbed wire has also been put up to keep off people on foot.
Moreover, the Haryana government on Tuesday further extended the suspension of mobile Internet services till 5 pm on February 3 in seven districts of the state amid the protest.
"The Haryana government has extended the suspension of mobile Internet services (2G/3G/4G/CDMA/GPRS), SMS services (only bulk SMS) and all dongle services etc provided on mobile networks except the voice calls in seven districts--Kaithal, Panipat, Jind, Rohtak, Charkhi Dadri, Sonipat and Jhajjar--till 5 pm on February 3," an official statement said. It said the order has been issued to prevent any disturbance of peace and public order in the jurisdiction of these districts of Haryana and shall be in force with immediate effect.