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Farmers' protest LIVE updates: The central government has directed Twitter to comply with its order to remove contents/accounts related to farmer genocide hashtags

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BS Web Team  | New Delhi 

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FARMERS PROTEST
Barricades and wire fencing placed by Delhi Police at Ghazipur border to keep farmers from entering the national capital, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. Photo: PTI
Farmers' protest LIVE updates Day 70: India on Wednesday reacted sharply to comments by foreign celebrities and others, including pop singer Rihanna on farmers' protests, saying a very small section of farmers in parts of the country have some reservations about the farm reforms and a proper understanding of the issue is needed before rushing to comment on the agitation.

Meanwhile, the central government has directed Twitter to comply with its order to remove contents/accounts related to farmer genocide hashtags, and warned that the microblogging platform may face "penal action" for non-compliance of its order.

Later in the day, the Supreme Court today refused to entertain pleas seeking time-bound probe, including by an apex court-appointed commission, into the tractor rally violence in the capital on the Republic Day saying the government is already inquiring the matter and the Prime Minister has stated that law will take its own course.
 
Meanwhile, internet continues to remain suspended at protest sites on Delhi's borders with Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, disconnecting protestors from accessing social media, among other online forums.

Continued internet suspension in areas on Delhi's outskirts, barricading and installation of barbed wires around protest sites by the Centre will not create a conducive atmosphere for talks over contentious new laws, Joginder Singh Ugraha of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha said.

Farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have been camping at Delhi's borders for weeks, seeking a repeal of the three central laws. They claim that the new laws will weaken the minimum support price (MSP) system. But the Centre says the laws will only give farmers more options to sell their produce.

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