Lakhs of Farmers March to Karnal Mini Secretariat as Talks with Haryana Govt inconclusive

At least 2 lakh farmers have gathered at the Karnal Anaj Mandi. Farmer organisations have only given a call for a district level protest on 7th September.

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All the attempts of crushing the farmers movement have failed in Haryana. Farmers with their clear politics have defeated the Khattar government. At least 2 lakh farmers have gathered at the Karnal Anaj Mandi. Farmer organisations have only given a call for a district level protest on 7th September. But Haryana govt. has fanned the protest by putting section 144 and shutting down internet in five districts of Karnal, Jind, Panipat, Kaithal and Kurukshetra.

Talks between farmers and government officials in Karnal have been inconclusive and farmer leaders have said that they will now decide on the future course of action. An 11-member delegation of farmer leaders was earlier invited to hold talks with the district administration as protesters in large numbers assembled for a mahapanchayat and later planned to gherao the district headquarters.

Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav tweeted to say Haryana police had detained several farmers leaders, including himself and Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) chief Rakesh Tikait from Namaste Chowk. Minutes later he tweeted again to say that they’d been released.

After talks with officials failed, farmers have started marching towards Karnal’s mini-secretariat.

Balbir Singh Rajewal announced that talks with the district administration have failed despite three rounds of talks. He added that farmers will not break any police barricades, but will continue with their decision to gherao mini-secretariat. He further said that farmers will not indulge in any law and order disruption and in case cops try to stop them, they will court arrest.

Rajewal added that the Karnal Deputy Commissioner sought one month’s time to probe if SDM Ayush Sinha’s “objectionable words” actually led to police lathicharge. Rajewal said that the Karnal Deputy Commissioner was “adamant on defending” Sinha.

Farmers on Tuesday said talks with the Haryana government over the incident of lathi charge on August 28 at the Karnal grain market has failed and have started protest march towards the mini secretariat. Haryana BKU (Chaduni) chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni told News18, “talks have failed…will decide next course of action.”

A large number of farmers have started moving towards NH-44, according to reports. Heavy police deployment is at the main gate of the secretariat in a bid to stop them.

Farmers have started marching towards mini secretariat in Karnal. Haryana Govt refused to take action against culprit SDM & police officials.

Senior leaders of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), including Rakesh Tikait, Balbir Singh Rajewal, Darshan Pal, Yogendra Yadav and Gurnam Singh Chaduni, have arrived for the mahapanchayat demanding action against the police lathicharge on farmers on August 28.

These senior leaders will be part of the talks with the administration and have said that they will raise various demands during the interaction. “We are talking to a delegation of farmers, “Karnal Deputy Commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav told PTI over phone. Officials said details of the meeting will be shared later.

Karnal also happens to be the constituency represented by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

Internet Shutdown, Section 144 in Karnal and neighbouring 4 districts

A day ahead of the proposed gherao, central forces were deployed, mobile internet services suspended and prohibitory orders, Karnal district authorities have also imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC.

Haryana government, which had earlier ordered suspension of mobile internet services here from Monday 12:30 pm to Tuesday midnight, decided to suspend these services in four adjoining districts — Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind and Panipat districts with effect from 12 am to 11:59 pm on Tuesday

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