Farmers Protest, Haryana Farmers Block Highways To Protest “Brutal” Police Action In Haryana

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The farmers’ protests blocked cars and other vehicles for a three-km stretch along the highway

Chandigarh:

Angry farmers have blocked multiple roads across Haryana to protest police action against other farmers in neighbouring Karnal district. The protests have affected traffic on roads in Kurukshetra, on the Delhi-Amritsar highway, and led to a jam at the Shambhu toll plaza leading to Ambala.

Visuals show farmers sitting on khatiyas, or a bamboo bed, and standing, or sitting, in large groups across the road, with cars, buses and trucks backed up for at least three kilometres.

Other visuals show two policemen in riot gear arguing with a man who seems to be badly wounded; there is blood on his shirt and his left leg, and a bloody bandage is tied around his head.

A third video shows a large contingent of riot police gathered on the highway.

The farmers are protesting an alleged lathi charge on farmers in Karnal; the farmers there were charged down by the police after they tried to stop state BJP chief OP Dhankar’s convoy.

Mr Dhankar was travelling to a state-level meeting of all BJP leaders and elected representatives in Karnal. As his convoy exited the Bastara toll plaza (between Karnal and Panipat), farmers allegedly hit the cars with sticks.

Reports say that following this confrontation the farmers tried to reach that meeting, which was being held about 30 kilometres away. The police then carried out the lathi charge.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha – the umbrella body under which many farmer groups have united to protest the farm laws – slammed the police for their “brutal” actions and called on farmers across the state to gather for a concerted protest later today.

SKM leader Darshan Pal has urged farmers to carry out a road blockade at 5 pm, and called for the immediate release of those whom the police had arrested during today’s clash.

Protests and blockades on major roads and highways – including the protest by thousands of farmers camped out around the Delhi border for nine months now – have been criticised for affecting vehicular traffic.

On Monday the Supreme Court, responding to a PIL by a resident in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida, pulled up the Haryana government (as well as its UP counterpart and the centre) over roads in the national capital region that continue to be blocked.

“You (the centre and the UP and Haryana governments ) have to find a solution”, the court said, while also warning the three to respect farmers’ right to protest.

In June too Haryana farmers and police clashed; that was after an MLA made abusive comments during a spat with protesting farmers in the town of Tohana.

Angry farmers surrounded his vehicle and, the following day, his home. Several were arrested and multiple FIRs were registered, including one for manhandling the MLA, Devendra Babli of the JJP.

The three farm laws have triggered widespread and furious protests from farmers; they say the laws will rob them of guaranteed prices for their crops and leave them at the mercy of corporate interests. The government, however, has insisted the laws will benefit farmers.

Several rounds of talks have been held but no resolution is in sight, with the government unwilling to scrap the laws (one of the farmers’ demands) and the farmers standing firm.

A central panel last met farmers’ leaders on January 22. There have been no talks since January 26, when a tractor rally in the national capital turned violent.

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