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Farmers Gherao Karnal Secretariat in Haryana

Thursday, September 9, 2021

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The News Cover: On 28 August 2021 in Haryana's Karnal many farmers were protesting. The police violently lathi-charged the farmers. An IAS officer Ayush Sinha had also ordered the police to crack the farmers' heads open. The farmers were left stunned by this inappropriate order. Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait was furious over Ayush Sinha's orders. He met government officials demanding strict punishment to the police officers. If their demands are not met they would lay siege on the Karnal mini-secretariat. A delegation of 11 farm leaders was invited by the BJP state government for talks over. 

Tikait present a list of demands that needed to be resolved. However there talks were inconclusive due to disagreements. On 8 September 2021, thousands of farmers from Haryana and neighboring states like Punjab reached a place called the New Anaj Mandi in Karnal by riding tractors and motorcycles. From there they marched on foot to the Karnal mini-secretariat. The police placed barricades and sprayed water. Farmers jumped the barricades and went forward. They successfully reached the mini-secretariat without any complications and surrounded the building. When tikait was asked by a leader how long farmers will stay there he said they have all prepared to stay there for a very long time till their demands are met as they have set up tents.

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