Amid strike by Haryana government employees in support of roadways staffers stir, the protesting employees and workers were lathicharged at Bhuna (Fatehabad) and Bhiwani leaving several injured. The police have blamed them for stone pelting, while the agitators have claimed they were protesting peacefully.
The employees’ bodies of all departments had given a strike call for two days — Tuesday and Wednesday — to extend support to Haryana Roadways’ employees.
Government employees Wednesday protested in Bhuna where Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was scheduled to address a public meeting. Sources said that as the protesters started moving towards the road en route the CM’s public meeting venue, the police stopped them fearing an attempt by agitators to block the road.
The police resorted to lathicharge when the protesters insisted on moving ahead.
As many as 12 agitators, including former president of Sarv Karamchari Sangh (SKS) Phool Singh Sheokand, were injured during the lathicharge. The police have also arrested 14 trade union leaders. According to SKS General Secretary Subhash Lamba, the employees were also lathicharged in Bhiwani town where eight agitators were arrested and an FIR was registered against 45 persons. The police have alleged stone pelting in Bhiwani also.
Lamba said that the employees’ bodies will announce the next phase of agitation soon after holding a meeting, while the roadways employees have already announced strike till November 2.
Former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda along with a group of Congress MLAs went to meet Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya seeking his intervention.
CM’s media adviser Rajiv Jain said the 10-year regime of Congress was responsible for Haryana Roadways being in a poor condition. “The BJP government has introduced the kilometre scheme for the welfare of public,” said Jain.