Jio has send letter to Chief Minister stated that "With due respect we would like to bring to your kind notice that in your esteemed State of Punjab, the telecom infrastructure and digital services of Reliance Jio are being sabotaged and vandalized for the past few weeks by inciting violence and our employees are not being allowed to work to provide the uninterrupted telecom services, which is an essential service for the people of Punjab."
The letter also stated "We have brought it to the notice of Chief Secretary, DGP Punjab and CEO-PBIP on 28.10.2020 itself by submitting representation but unfortunately the situation on the ground has only got worsened. Copies of the representation are enclosed for your ready reference," said Reliance Jio."Even during the Curfew and Lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic, under your able leadership, Team Jio Punjab ensured near 100 per cent network availability to the people of Punjab," the company added.
Almost 1500 plus mobile towers have already been damaged and vandalised and more incidents are being reported across Punjab. Estimated cost of damage is already to the tune of hundreds of crores, according to Reliance Jio Infocomm. This was also related to the on-going farmers’ protest in Punjab in Delhi. Since the starting of farmers protest the vandalism has increased all over Punjab.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has directed police to take action against the miscreants who have been vandalising mobile towers in the state.