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Farmer protest: Haryana govt will take action against IAS officer for ‘break heads’ order, says Dushyant Chautala

“I feel that he doesn’t fulfil the oath that an officer takes to maintain his ethical standards," said Deputy CM Chautala referring to Karnal sub-divisional magistrate Ayush Sinha's comments against farmers.

Written by Sukhbir Siwach | New Delhi |
Updated: August 30, 2021 5:50:26 am
KarnalPolice lathicharge protesters to break up the stir at Bastara toll plaza, Karnal, on Saturday (Express Photo)

A day after Karnal sub-divisional magistrate Ayush Sinha, a 2018 batch IAS officer, was caught on camera instructing policemen to beat up farmer protesters and not to let anyone breach the security cordon without a “broken head”, Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala Sunday announced that the government would certainly take action against him.

In Chandigarh, Dushyant Chautala said: “I am pained from yesterday’s incident, the way statements that don’t meet ethical standards of an IAS officer were given by an IAS officer. Action will be initiated against him as per framework of time.” The Deputy CM said. “I feel that he doesn’t fulfil the oath that an officer takes to maintain his ethical standards. Uske uppar jo karwai hogi wo sarkar jarur karegi (The government will certainly take deserving action against him)”.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha has already demanded Sinha’s dismissal. In a video clip that did the rounds of social media around the time police cracked down on farmers on Saturday, Sinha is 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. We haven’t slept for the past two days. But you have come here after taking some sleep… Mere paas ek bhi banda nikal ke nahi aana chahiye. Agar aaye toh sar foota hua hona chahiye uska. Clear hai aapko (No one should break the cordon and reach me. If someone does, make sure he has a broken head. Hope this is clear).”

Sinha was deployed as duty magistrate at the spot to maintain law and order near Hotel Prem Plaza in Karnal, where state BJP leaders, including Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and state party president Om Prakash Dhankar, were meeting to discuss the party’s strategy for the coming panchayat polls on Saturday.

Referring to the statement of the IAS officer in which he says “we could not sleep for the entire night”, Dushyant Chautala said, “probably, he doesn’t know that the farmers also can’t sleep for 200 nights of 365 days. Such type of words to be used by an IAS officer for them (farmers), is condemnable. There is an important part of their training in which they are taught about integrity and balanced action. Certainly, action will be taken and a reply will also be sought over (his) comments.”

“It’s the job of the police that it maintains law and order. Does the action should not be taken if anyone attacks or breaks mirror of any person who is holding constitutional post or an elected representative?”

“I agree that entire Haryana was jammed for two hours (on Sunday). But tell me, most of the 40 union leaders are from Punjab and UP, then why Haryana is being jammed. Why Haryana is being made epicentre time and again? These 40 leaders should reply why the jams were not put in UP and Punjab after yesterday’s incident. They want to disturb the system and fail the agrarian economy in Haryana. But we won’t let it fail.”

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