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Haryana transfers Karnal SDM who ordered cops to beat up protesters

A 2018-batch IAS officer, Sinha has been posted as additional secretary in the Citizen Resources Information Department. He figured among 20 officers who were transferred by the state government Wednesday.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: September 7, 2021 9:03:53 am
Karnal SDMPolice personnel lathicharge protesters in Karnal on Saturday. (Express Photo)

THREE days after he was caught on camera instructing policemen to “break heads” of farmers who breached a security cordon during a protest, Karnal Sub-Divisional Magistrate Ayush Sinha was transferred Wednesday.

A 2018-batch IAS officer, Sinha has been posted as additional secretary in the Citizen Resources Information Department. He figured among 20 officers who were transferred by the state government Wednesday. No reason was given for Sinha’s transfer out of Karnal.

In the video clip captured during a farmers’ protest in Karnal on August 28, near the site of an event also attended by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Sinha was heard instructing a group of policemen: “Utha-utha ke maarna peeche sabko (Hit them hard)… We shall not allow this cordon to be breached. We have enough force available… Mere paas ek bhi banda nikal ke nahin aana chahiye. Agar aaye toh sar foota hua hona chahiye uska (No one should break the cordon and reach me. If someone does, make sure he has a broken head).”

On Tuesday, Haryana Chief Secretary Vijai Vardhan sought a detailed report from Karnal Deputy Commissioner N K Yadav on the incident, including Sinha’s explanation for his remarks.

With the state government facing criticism over the crackdown that left several farmers injured, Khattar had sought to defend Sinha’s remarks, saying, “Although the officer’s choice of words was not correct, strictness had to be maintained to ensure that the law and order situation there was kept under check.”

Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala, however, had said the government would certainly take action against Sinha. “(His) statements don’t meet the ethical standards of an IAS officer… Uske upar jo karyawahi hogi,woh sarkar zaroor karegi (Whatever the action deemed correct against him, the government will take),” he had said.

At the same time, Chautala had questioned the protest by the farmers, saying: “Most of the 40 union leaders are from Punjab and UP, then why is Haryana being brought to a halt? Why is Haryana becoming the epicentre time and again?… They want to disturb the system and fail the agrarian economy in Haryana.”

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