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Heavy Security In Haryana’s Karnal Ahead Of Farmers’ Planned March

Written by Abhinav Garg

Strong security measures near the “mini-secretariat” in Karnal before a planned protest march by farmers

New Delhi:
Farmers have started a march from the grain market in Haryanas Karnal to the district offices to protest against August 28th lathi charge. Security forces hired by the state to stop them stand in their way and could potentially spark another violent clash

Here are the top 10 points in this great story:

  1. Talks between 11 peasant leaders and district officials about permission to march failed this morning. Rakesh Tikait and Yogendra Yadav were among the participants in the meeting.

  2. Mr. Tikait tweeted earlier today to say the Mahapanchayat and protest march was “seeking justice” for Sushil Kajla – of the farmer saying he died as a result of injuries sustained on the Lathi indictment last month . The police denied this and said Mr. Kajla had died of cardiac arrest.

  3. But district officials said they would not allow the farmers to march and have dispatched hundreds of security guards. 40 companies, including 10 from the Central Armed Police Forces, were called up and several were stationed around the grain market. Farmers trying to travel from neighboring counties have also been stopped.

  4. Mobile internet and text messaging services have ceased in five districts, including Karnal, where large gatherings have also been banned. Traffic on the NH-44 has been diverted from areas crossing the district. As part of the security measures, drones equipped with cameras are used, reported the PTI news agency.

  5. Haryana Interior Minister Anil Vij yesterday called on farmers to protest peacefully, but said the state had taken precautions. His views were confirmed by peasant leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni, who called on peasants to protest peacefully.

  6. Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella organization of around 40 farmers ‘unions that leads farmers’ agitation against the centre’s farm laws, called for today’s protests to support its call for an FIR against officials who ordered the Lathi indictment.

  7. The SKM has condemned the “brutal” police action and called for tough action against Karnal SDM Ayush Sinha, who was caught on tape telling police officers to “break the heads of the farmers”. Peasants who had gathered in the Mahapanchayat sharply criticized Sinha’s alleged instructions.

  8. Haryana’s chief minister, ML Khattar, continued to enrag the farmers last week after appearing to defend Sinha’s comments. Mr Khattar said, “the official’s wording was incorrect (but) rigor had to be maintained to ensure law and order (was maintained)”. Karnal District Magistrate Nishant Yadav also expressed regret, but angry farmers did not give in.

  9. This morning Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav spoke to NDTV from Mahapanchayat and said, “Farmers want to ask the government what law allows breaking someone’s head”. Sinha was transferred last week to serve as an additional secretary for Citizen Resources Information.

  10. Today’s Mahapanchayat comes days after a massive gathering of farmers in Muzaffarnagar in UP. Farm leaders claimed farmers from 15 states made it to the meeting and that UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi recognized the power of farmers, farm workers and their supporters.

With input from ANI, PTI

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