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Agitating farmers gheraoed Mini Secretariat at Karnal, internet suspended

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The farmers gathered at the Mini Secretariat at Karnal after the talks with the authorities failed. The agitating farmers demanded strict action against the former Karnal SDM Ayush Sinha who was seen, in a video, giving permission to the police officials for lathi charge on the farmers. 

Thousands of agitating farmers, on Tuesday, marched towards the district headquarters in Haryana’s Karnal after the talks with the BJP ruled government failed. Farmers’ unions are adamant on their demand for strict action against the former SDM of Karnal, Ayush Sinha, who, in a video, was seen giving orders to the police for smashing the heads of the protestors during their protest on August 28th. 

Earlier, the farmers’ union had warned the state government that if their demands are not met, they will lay siege of the Mini Secretariat at Karnal and this is why a delegation of 11 farm leaders was invited for the talks by the government. Somehow, the talks couldn’t reach any conclusion and so farmers started to gherao the Secretariat.

The gherao began in the evening after farmers from Haryana as well as bordering states reached Karnal’s New Anaj Mandi for a Mahapanchyat in their tractors and bikes. A lot of the farmers were seen walking from the mandi towards the Mini Secretariat. The police were privy to the developments and greeted the farmers with a water cannon, five kilometers away from the complex. The protestors tried to jump over the barricades that were stalled by the police, however, there wasn’t any other serious confrontation between the two sides along the way. 

Senior leaders of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), including Rakesh Tikait, Balbir Singh Rajewal, Darshan Pal, Yogendra Yadav, and Gurnam Singh Chaduni were also present at the site demanding strict action against the former SDM. Earlier, during the protest on August 28, nearly 10 farmers were injured in a clash as they tried to head towards the venue of a BJP meeting. Controversial leader, Lakha Sidhana also reached the spot late at night along with his supporters. Addressing the protesters, he said the BJP led governments, both at the Centre and the State, are trying to create a rift between farmers of Punjab and Haryana.

The protestors sat the whole night outside the secretariat and langar was also organized for the farmers. The farmer leaders said that they won’t leave the site until the government fulfills their demands. However, as a precautionary measure, the authorities have suspended internet services in Karnal till September 8. The government said the mobile internet and SMS services were suspended in order to stop the spread of misinformation through various social media platforms.

As per the reports, a huge gathering of protesting farmers is expected on Wednesday as the farmers union have given a call to Haryana farmers to reach Karnal in huge numbers. Karnal deputy commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav said that we have made all the necessary arrangements in order to deal with the situation.

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