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

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.

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 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 a state-level meeting of BJP leaders and elected representatives that is being held about 30 kilometres away.

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, in a Facebook post, 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.

The three laws have triggered widespread and furious protests from farmers across the country; 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 defiant.
Source: NDTV

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