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Will probe Karnal episode, only genuine demands to be met: Anil Vij

“Nobody can be hanged merely because someone is demanding it,” Vij said.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: September 10, 2021 9:11:49 am
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Amid the ongoing standoff between farmers and the state government, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij Thursday said that the government will “impartially” probe the entire Karnal lathicharge episode but added that “only genuine demands (of farmers) will be met”.

“Dialogue is an integral part of democracy. Only genuine demands will be met. Nobody can be hanged merely because someone is demanding it. There can’t be a different IPC of the country and that of the farmers. Farmers are holding a protest in Karnal, and this is their democratic right. Our officers are holding talks with them,” Vij said. Farmers have been demanding registration of an FIR against the then Karnal SDM Ayush Sinha who was heard in a viral video directing police personnel on duty to “break the heads” of anyone making their way past a blockade.

Farmer leaders say when the entire country has seen a video clip in which the officer seems ordering policemen to “break the heads” of protesters, then there should not be any delay in taking action against him. They are also demanding his dismissal from service.

On the other hand, the administration has been insisting on holding an inquiry before taking any action into the matter.

Vij said: “Whatever punishment is given that happens in proportion to the fault. And to find out the fault, an inquiry is to be held and we are ready to get an impartial probe done. We will get the entire Karnal episode probed. If farmers or their leaders are found guilty, then the action will be initiated against them.”

Earlier, in an apparent clean chit to Ayush Sinha, CM Manohar Lal Khattar had stated: “The Bastara toll plaza where lathicharge took place, another Duty Magistrate was posted, while this officer (Sinha) was posted as Duty Magistrate at another spot.”

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