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Now, Haryana protesters say car in BJP MP’s convoy knocked down farmer

The incident comes four days after the Lakhimpur Kheri violence which led to the death of eight people including four farmers in Uttar Pradesh. MoS Ajay Mishra's son is accused of allegedly shooting down a farmer and mowing down three others under his vehicle.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: October 8, 2021 6:59:45 am
Farmers during their protest against BJP leaders in Naraingarh of Ambala. (Photo: Special arrangement)

Just days after the convoy of a Union Minister’s son ran over farm agitators in Lakhimpur Kheri, a car in a BJP MP’s cavalcade allegedly hit a farmer protesting the agricultural laws in Haryana’s Ambala district on Thursday, injuring him.

The farmer, Bawan Preet, was part of a group of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Chaduni) members who had gathered at Naraingarh area to show black flags to Kurukshetra MP Nayab Singh Saini and state Sports Minister Sandeep Singh.

In a police complaint, BKU (Chaduni) said the driver of an Innova car in the convoy hit Bawan Preet, who was standing by the side of the road. “He fell at a distance after being hit by the car,” alleged the complaint.

The union has alleged the connivance of the BJP MP in the incident and sought the registration of an attempt to murder case against Saini and driver. “The car driver said he has orders to teach a lesson to the farmers like what happened in Lakhimpur Kheri,” it claimed in its complaint.

Outfit leader Malkit Singh said: “When the farmers moved to the venue of Saini’s function, he hurriedly left the venue and one of the vehicles of his cavalcade hit Bawan Preet.”

Sources said the injured farmer was admitted to a government hospital in Naraingarh and discharged after primary treatment. Saini, meanwhile, flatly denied that any person had been injured. He alleged that the agitators had attacked his car.

“I had gone to attend a function of the Saini community in Naraingarh. The policemen told me they (agitators) are marching towards the venue of the function to stage a protest. When we were leaving the venue, they attacked my car. One of them caught my car’s driver after opening the door of the car. Other staff members rescued him. We have lodged a police complaint against them. Our community is upset with this incident and will take a call on this separately,” he said.

The farmers said they would gherao Naraingarh police station on October 10 if it did not act against those responsible.

Agri minister faces protest
Earlier, Haryana Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister J P Dalal had to be leave from the back gate of a college, where he was chief guest for an event, following a protest by farmers against the minister in Bhiwani Wednesday.

The minister had gone to Bhiwani’s Adarsh Mahila Mahavidyalaya to preside over the prize distribution function there.

Soon, farmers from the neighbouring areas reached the town to stage a protest against the minister.
Farmers moved to the college after breaking police barricades and sat on dharna in front of the main gate of the college. They kept raising slogans against the BJP for more than two hours.
To avoid a confrontation, the authorities preferred to opt for the back door of the college to leave the venue after the conclusion of the function.

Questioning the protest, Dalal said: “What was the logic of staging a protest? How was the college event linked to their ongoing agitation?”

He claimed the protesters were only a handful of people linked to the opposition.

Last week too, senior BJP leaders had to be taken away in police vehicles after a large group of farmers broke through barricades and reached the venue of an event being held by the party in Indri of Karnal.
The farmers had proceeded to hold a five-hour protest at the site which concluded only after the BJP function wrapped up amid heavy police deployment.

A group of farmers Wednesday also sat on an indefinite dharna in front of the home of Hisar MLA Kamal Gupta in the town. The agitators have blamed Gupta for “objectionable remarks” against the farmers and are demanding an apology from him. However, Gupta said he spoke only against those who tore his shirt Monday adding that “farmers are respectable for him”.

On Monday, the police had to allegedly “rescue” Gupta, who was gheraoed by protesting farmers in the town for nearly 30 minutes. Gupta had gone to meet someone at a government guesthouse where the farmers were also holding a meeting. A staffer of the MLA, who was accompanying the legislator, had alleged that Gupta was “roughed up and held hostage” by the protesters.

Farmers, on the other hand, claimed that Gupta “manhandled them after trying to instigate them”.

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