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Haryana initiates move to withdraw FIRs against farmers

A letter in this regard was sent to all the District Magistrates by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Rajeev Arora on Friday.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: December 25, 2021 9:58:29 am
In his reply on the floor of the House on the concluding day of the state Vidhan Sabha’s winter session, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had said, "The state government will withdraw all the cases registered against farmers except cases involving heinous crimes such as rape, murder, etc."

The Haryana government Friday initiated a statewide move to withdraw criminal cases (FIRs) registered against farmers during the farmer agitation from September 9, 2020 onwards.

A letter in this regard was sent to all the District Magistrates by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Rajeev Arora on Friday.

“You are requested to send your comments on FIRs registered against farmers in Haryana during farmer agitation from 09.09.2020 to till date, along with full facts, stage of the case and specific recommendation whether the FIR registered so, can be withdrawn in public interest along with independent opinion/report of District Attorney/Superintendent of Police concerned to the government immediately,” the letter sent to all District Magistrates read.

In his reply on floor of the House on the concluding day of winter session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha, CM Manohar Lal Khattar had said, “As per the police records, 276 cases have been registered during the farmers’ agitation so far. Of these, four cases are registered under serious offences. Out of 272 cases, chargesheet has been prepared in 178 cases. As many as 158 cases are still untraceable. The cancellation report of eight cases has been prepared and cancellation report of four cases has been filed. The process of cancellation of 29 cases is going on. State government will withdraw all the cases registered against farmers except cases involving heinous crimes such as rape, murder etc.”

Responding to a question raised in the House regarding giving compensation to the farmers, Khattar had said, “At present, talks are going on with the farmers. According to the CID report, the postmortem of 46 farmers has been done. During interaction with farmers, it had been informed that the tally of deceased farmers of Haryana is 73. The investigation in this smatter is still going on. The decision regarding compensation will be taken only after holding discussions.”

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