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Karnal Kisan Mahapanchayat Highlights: Haryana govt, farmer leaders to meet for another round of talks tomorrow

Karnal Kisan Mahapanchayat Live, Karnal Farmers Protest Today Highlights: BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said farmers will carry on their protest and more will join them from UP and Punjab.

By: Express Web Desk | Chandigarh, New Delhi |
Updated: September 11, 2021 10:43:11 am
Farmers continue to gherao the mini secretariat in Karnal on Wednesday. (Photo: PTI)

Kisan Mahapanchayat in Karnal Today Highlights: With no breakthrough in the previous talks held in Karnal between the Haryana government and farm leaders protesting against the police crackdown 11 days ago, both parties again met on Friday. At the end of the meeting, it was decided that the state government representatives and the farmer leaders will meet for another round of talks on Saturday 9 am.

Mobile internet and SMS services were restored across Karnal on Friday even though the farmers continued to gherao the mini-secretariat there. “As of now, there is no plan to suspend the services again,” Assistant District PRO Raghubir Singh was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

However, leaders of Samyukt Kisan Morcha said they would continue their siege of the mini-Secretariat in the town. “The administration appears to be working on directions from (state capital) Chandigarh. We are ready for the long haul,” said Rakesh Tikait, leader of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU). BKU Haryana chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni, too, said they would continue the siege.

The key issue that led to the breakdown of talks, which lasted three hours, was the demand for action against former SDM Ayush Sinha, according to SKM, which is the umbrella body of farmers’ unions that has been leading the movement against the Centre’s new farm laws over the last nine months.

Addressing a gathering after Wednesday’s talks, Swaraj India founder Yogendra Yadav said that while they sought action against the officer, the administration asked them to focus on compensation. “We told them that it’s a question of our honour and we can collect enough compensation on our own,” Yadav said.

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Deadlock on, farmers say Karnal admin not acting against those behind lathicharge; CM Khattar wants to shift agitation from Delhi border to Karnal, says Rakesh Tikait. Follow this space for the latest updates:

22:00 (IST)10 Sep 2021
Haryana govt, farmer leaders to meet for another round of talks tomorrow

With no breakthrough in the previous talks held in Karnal between the Haryana government and farm leaders protesting against the police crackdown 11 days ago, both parties again met on Friday. At the end of the meeting, it was decided that the state government representatives and the farmer leaders will meet for another round of talks on Saturday 9 am.

13:40 (IST)10 Sep 2021
Will probe Karnal episode, only genuine demands to be met: Anil Vij

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. Read More

13:04 (IST)10 Sep 2021
Karnal, Day 3: With help from gurdwaras, Jat Bhawan, farmers dig in for long haul

As talks with Haryana government made little headway, the Karnal morcha completed its third day on Thursday. Outside the mini secretariat, farmers stayed busy pitching waterproof tents with langar from the nearby gurdwaras ensuring that the army of agitators was not forced to move on an empty stomach.

So far, farmers have erected a tent with a capacity to hold 15,000 persons in front of the Mini Secretariat apart from erecting waterproof structures similar to ones seen at the Delhi morcha. The intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday was spent pitching iron pipes for the pakka morcha and bringing material for pakodas and morning tea, including breads and biscuits. And all this went on amid intermittent slogans of “Jai Jawan-Jai Kisan” and “Kisan-Majdoor Ekta Jindabad”. (Read Sukhbir Siwach's report)

11:31 (IST)10 Sep 2021
Mobile internet services restored in Karnal

Mobile internet and SMS services were restored across Karnal on Friday even though the farmers continued to gherao the mini-secretariat there. “As of now, there is no plan to suspend the services again,” Assistant District PRO Raghubir Singh was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

20:28 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Samyukt Kisan Morcha to hold 'kisan panchayats' at all divisional headquarters in UP

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha will be holding 'kisan panchayats' in all divisional headquarters of Uttar Pradesh later this month to protest against various issues affecting farmers, including their main demand to repeal the three agricultural laws passed by the Centre. The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) media in-charge Dharmendar Malik told PTI here on Thursday that the first such panchayat will be organised at Tilhar in Shahjahanpur divisional headquarters on September 29. He said BKU is finalising the dates of the other panchayats in UP and assured that the farmers' body will organise meetings in all 18 divisions in the state. --PTI

15:05 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Haryana minister Anil Vij says govt ready for impartial probe into 'entire Karnal episode'

Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij Thursday said the state government is ready for a probe into the "entire Karnal episode", including an IAS officer's controversial remarks and a lathicharge by the police on farmers that triggered a sit-in outside the district headquarters, PTI reported. The minister made it clear that "nobody can be hanged without a probe just because someone demands it".

Farmers are protesting against the August lathicharge in which 10 people were injured when police used force to stop them from marching to the venue of a BJP event in Karnal. Their demands revolve around the suspension of IAS officer Ayush Sinha, who was allegedly heard telling policemen to "break heads" of farmers if they cross the line during their demonstration last month. 

14:10 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Farmers stand united for justice: Yogendra Yadav

Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav slams the Centre, says, “Government refused to accept the farmers demands. Farmers stand determined to get justice. Shame on the Government for being cruel and merciless.”

13:15 (IST)09 Sep 2021
TMC MP Mahua Moitra hits out at govt for suspending internet

Trinamool Congress Mahua Moitra, on Thursday, hit out at the Haryana government for suspending internet and SMS services in Karnal, where farmers have gheraoed the mini secretariat. “Internet and SMS suspended in Karnal for 3rd consecutive day. Exactly who’s the anti-national here? Our farmers who feed us or Haryanvis who fill our armed forces & raise our Olympic tally?” she asked on Twitter.

12:22 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Yogendra Yadav leads protests at Karnal today

Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav was seen leading the protests outside the Karnal mini-secretariat on Thursday. “With the talks failing on Wednesday, our indefinite protest goes on. We will fight and win this battle,” Yadav said.

11:24 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Haryana govt extends suspension of mobile Internet services in Karnal

With protesting farmers continuing their sit-in "indefinitely" at the district headquarters in Karnal, the Haryana government has extended the suspension of mobile Internet services in the district till Thursday midnight, an order issued by state Home Department said. "Mobile Internet services in Karnal district will remain suspended from 07:00 hours till 23:59 hours of September 9," said the order issued on Thursday.

Another round of talks between district officials and farmers protesting over a police lathicharge in Karnal last month had failed on Wednesday after which the protesters said they will continue their sit-in "indefinitely" at the district headquarters. Earlier, mobile Internet services in Karnal were suspended from 12:30 pm on September 6 till 11:59 pm on September 7 and the suspension was extended till Wednesday midnight as the situation was considered "still volatile". Now, the fresh order mentions that the situation has been reviewed "and observed to be still tense..." "Whereas, it has been brought to my notice vide..dated September 9 by ADGP (CID), Haryana that the situation has been reviewed and observed to be still tense and would trigger any time which may adversely affect public safety and law and order situation in district Karnal...," said the order referring to the protesters' call to continue the sit-in "indefinitely". (PTI)

10:46 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Gurnam Singh Chanduni, the face behind Haryana’s farmer protests

The farmers’ agitation in Punjab was a few months old when, acting on a call to take the protest to Delhi, Gurnam Singh Chaduni on November 24, 2020, exhorted protesters to make it to the Capital “at any cost”, “breaking police barricades” if needed. The next day, thousands hit the streets in Haryana, surging through multiple blockades, manned by thousands of policemen.

It was then that the rest of the country took note of the 61-year-old leader of BKU (Chaduni) and member of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is spearheading the agitation against three farm laws passed by the Centre. On August 28, it was on Chaduni’s call that protesters tried to make their way to a BJP event in Karnal, attended among others by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The police crackdown left several farmers injured, the Khattar government on the backfoot, the transfer of Sub-Divisional Magistrate Ayush Sinha, and the reinforcement of the fact that the Chaduni-led agitation in Haryana has kept the state administration on its toes now for nearly a year. (Read Sukhbir Siwach's report)

10:10 (IST)09 Sep 2021
At Ground Zero: A pakka morcha set up as farmers dig in their heels

Besides the main protest site in front of the Mini Secretariat, the farmers are spread over nearly one km area where they are camping in groups. In the morning, the farmers erected a large tent having a capacity of nearly 10,000 persons right in front of the Mini Secretariat’s main gate.

In the evening, the farmers started settling up “pakka morcha” (permanent structures) with iron frames and waterproof covers on the pattern of similar structures at Delhi borders. Gurjant Virk, who had received injuries on his nose in the police lathicharge and has complained of partial loss of vision, said: “Today, I was discharged from the hospital after 10 days and I came to the dharna venue instead of going to my home. I will not go back home till the farmers’ demands are met”. In the morning, the area quickly took the form of a permanent dharna site as farmers erected a large tent, people from a nearby shrine started serving langar, and some youngsters set up a kiosk to dispense medical aid. (Read Sukhbir Siwach's report)

09:34 (IST)09 Sep 2021
SGPC to provide 'langar', other required services to protesting farmers in Karnal

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on Wednesday said it will provide 'langar' (free food) and other required services to protesting farmers in Haryana's Karnal district. SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur said the organisation is fully supportive of the farmers' agitation at Karnal and will provide them every kind of service according to their requirement.

The farmers in Karnal have been protesting against a police lathi-charge last month. As another round of talks between Karnal district officials and the protesting farmers failed Wednesday, the protesters said they will continue their sit-in "indefinitely" at the district headquarters. Into the second day of the dharna, farm leaders said they will stay put at the gate of Karnal secretariat but will not stop officials and the public from entering it. "The SGPC's sub-office in Kurukshetra and managers of gurdwaras in Haryana have been instructed to start working in this regard with immediate effect," Kaur told reporters here. (PTI)

09:06 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Farmers continue sit-in outside Karnal mini secretariat

The farmers continued their demonstration outside the mini secretariat in Karnal on Thursday, demanding action against the officials who ordered lathicharge against the protesters in the district last month. Meanwhile, the state government has suspended mobile internet and SMS services in the district today.

09:04 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Why farmers’ siege in Karnal is not good news for Khattar, BJP in Haryana

A large group of farmers are camping outside the mini-secretariat in Karnal — the constituency represented by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha. They are firm on their demand for action against IAS officer Ayush Sinha, who had ordered a police lathi-charge on a group of protesting farmers last month.

The Indian Express explains what the scenario means for the BJP-JJP alliance government in Haryana, especially CM Khattar.

Protesters set up tents to prepare for an indefinite sit-in. (Express Photo: Sukhbir Siwach)

India a democracy, everyone has right to raise voice: Anil Vij

Haryana Home and Health Minister Anil Vij Wednesday said that India is a democratic country and everyone has the right to protest and raise their voice.

“You cannot stop anyone for that. Whatever their (farmers’) demands are, our officers are talking to them. The talks are ongoing. Any conclusions drawn from the conversation will be communicated,” Vij said, on the ongoing farmers’ agitation. Vij was addressing the media after chairing a meeting with senior police officers in Gurgaon, where he reviewed the law-and-order situation in the district.

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