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Karnal mahapanchayat: Protesting farmers head towards Mini Secretariat

Security arrangements have been beefed up in Karnal as farmers will be holding a mahapanchayat today and also plan to gherao the mini-secretariat.

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New Delhi Updated on: September 27, 2021 13:03 IST
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Karnal Mahapanchayat

Haryana Kisan Mahapanchayat Updates: Farmers say they will announce their future protest plan shortly after talks with Haryana officials failed. The farmers have been seeking permission to hold a protest march to the Karnal district headquarters. Farmer leaders are now headed to the Karnal anaj mandi (grain market). Sources will continue the protest march despite no permission from the administration.

Multi-layer security has been deployed at the spot. Around 30 battalions, including the Centre's forces have been deployed to ensure the security of farmers and to avoid any untoward incident. Though there are multi-layers of barricades to stop the people from moving towards the Karnal mandi, the agitating farmers said they will reach the spot at any cost. 

"If needed, we will break the barricades. No security can stop farmers from attending the mahapanchayat," said Jagdeep Singh Chaduni, a Karnal-based Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU). "People have started coming and they will reach the mandi soon. All farm leaders will reach the spot by noon and then mahapanchayat will start," he added.

Farmers gathered at Karnal mandi said they want action against the IAS officer who had ordered police action on August 28. They said the official should be suspended and the families of all farmers who have sacrificed their lives during the protest should be compensated.

The farmers plan to hold the mahapanchayat at the grain market of Karnal and then take out a protest march on NH 44 before proceeding towards the mini-secretariat. The protesting farmers have been demanding action against the IAS officer who ordered police action on August 28, and those policemen who were involved in the lathicharge on the protesting farmers. They have also sought a compensation of Rs 25 lakh and a government job to the next of kin of Sushil Kajal, a farmer from Gharunda who received head injuries in the lathicharge and died later due to heart attack. The farmers further demand compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the wounded persons.

"The state administration has made all arrangements (for Kisan Mahapanchayat). No one will be allowed to take the law into their hands. We appeal to our farmer brothers to peacefully conduct their public meeting," Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij said.

Meanwhile, the state government has ordered the suspension of mobile internet services in Karnal district to "stop the spread of misinformation and rumours". The mobile internet services in Karnal district will remain suspended till Tuesday midnight, according to an order of the Home Department.

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