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Haryana’s SDM will face consequences for ordering cops to “break open the heads” of farmers: Deputy CM

Worldlink News Bureau: Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala said Karnal SDM Ayush Sinha, who ordered police officers to “crack open heads” of protesting farmers on Sunday, will face action. Chautala said that such words against farmers by an IAS officer are condemnable.

“The use of such kind of words by an IAS officer for farmers is condemnable. Definitely, action will be taken against him. In a clarification, he said he didn’t sleep in the last two days. He probably doesn’t know that farmers also don’t sleep for 200 days a year,” Chautala said.

A video went viral on Saturday showing the Sinha instructing cops to thrash farmers who were protesting against state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, including Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The video drew sharp reactions from many opposition leaders as well as BJP MP Varun Gandhi.

The SDM, in his defence, said that stone-pelting had started at many places and proportionate use of force was ordered to the cops. Sinha said he had not seen the viral video.

Earlier, Chief Minister Khattar defended the police action against protesting farmers in Karnal, saying assurances of a peaceful protest were given, but stones were hurled at cops and a highway was blocked.

Around 10 people were injured on Saturday as police allegedly lathi-charged a group of farmers disrupting traffic movement on a national highway while heading towards Karnal to protest against a BJP meeting.

Talking to reporters in Karnal on Saturday evening after the meeting, Khattar said the protesting farmers had earlier assured the government that their protests will be peaceful.

“If they had to protest, they should have done so in a peaceful manner, no one would have any objection to that. They had earlier assured that they will hold peaceful protests. But if they hurl stones at police, block highway, then police will take steps to maintain law and order,” said Khattar.

Referring to the BJP meeting in Karnal, Khattar said it was a state-level meeting of the party and “I condemn the call which they (farmers’ outfits) had given to oppose it. Obstructing the function of any organisation, on account of any reason, in itself is anti-democratic,” he added.

 

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