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Karnal Kisan Mahapanchayat Live Updates: Haryana farmers call off protest, retired judge to probe SDM episode

Karnal Kisan Mahapanchayat Live, Karnal Farmers Protest Today Live Updates: Earlier, a meeting between Haryana government officers and farmer leaders held Friday had ended on a “positive note”.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 11, 2021 6:55:30 pm
Karnal: Farmers during their sit-in protest continuing from yesterday after their Kisan Mahapanchayat, outside the Mini Secretariat in Karnal (PTI Photo)

Kisan Mahapanchayat in Karnal Today Live Coverage: The Haryana government has promised to launch an inquiry into the August 28 lathicharge incident in Karnal that had prompted farmers to gherao Karnal’s mini secretariat earlier this week. Following the assurance, the farmers called off their protest on Saturday. The inquiry will be conducted by a retired session judge, who will look into former SDM Ayush Sinha’s role in the incident.

Earlier, a meeting between Haryana government officers and farmer leaders held Friday had ended on a “positive note”. The next round of talks took place this morning.

This was the third time talks took place between farmer leaders and government officers. From the government side, Additional Chief Secretary Devender Singh and local administrative officers participated in the meeting while BKU leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni and other farmer leaders were there to put forth the views of the protesters.

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.

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Karnal Kisan Mahapanchayat Live Updates: Haryana farmers call off protest, retired judge to probe SDM episode

18:55 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Congress should stop misleading people: CM Khattar

Haryana CM ML Khattar says, “Congress should stop misleading people. A specific section of people is involved in farmers' stir. Not all of them are farmers. All such actions are politically motivated and everyone is aware of those who are behind such kinds of statements (against Haryana govt).”

He adds, “If anyone disrupts law & order, then it is duty of state administration to maintain it. Congress shouldn't achieve political ambitions by making such statements. This harms society and the state. If they seek to fulfill their role as opposition, they shouldn't incite people.” (ANI)

15:00 (IST)11 Sep 2021
PM Modi greets people on Nuakhai, lauds role of farmers in nation-building

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday greeted people on the occasion of Nuakhai, an agricultural festival celebrated especially in parts of Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

He lauded the outstanding efforts of farmers and their role in nation-building.

In a tweet, he said, “Nuakhai Juhar! Greetings to everyone on this auspicious occasion. On Nuakhai we laud the outstanding efforts of our industrious farmers and their role in nation building. I pray for everyone's good health and well-being.” (PTI)

13:09 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Karnal standoff ends: Haryana govt orders probe into Aug 28 incident, farmers call off sit-in

The Haryana government on Saturday ordered a probe into last month's clash between farmers and police and sent the IAS officer at the centre of a row between the two sides on leave.

Following this, the farmers said they would call off their protest outside the Karnal district headquarters. The probe will be conducted by a retired judge, Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Devender Singh told the media in Karnal. The probe will be completed within a month and former SDM Ayush Sinha will remain on leave during the time, Singh added. (PTI)

11:50 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Haryana farmers call off protest, retired judge to probe SDM episode

Ending the deadlock between farmers and the Haryana government, local administration has decided to launch an inquiry into the August 28 lathicharge incident, that prompted farmers to gherao Karnal’s mini secretariat earlier this week. The inquiry will be conducted by a retired session judge, who will look into former SDM Ayush Sinha’s role in the incident.

A meeting between Haryana government officers and farmer leaders held Friday ended on a “positive note”. The next round of talks took place this morning. 

10:57 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Karnal standoff: Farmers’ meet with govt ends on ‘positive note’, next round of talks today

WHILE THE gherao of Karnal’s mini secretariat continues, a meeting between Haryana government officers and farmer leaders held Friday ended on a “positive note”. The next round of talks will be held at 9 am on Saturday.

This was the third time talks took place between farmer leaders and government officers.

From the government side, Additional Chief Secretary Devender Singh and local administrative officers participated in the meeting while BKU leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni and other farmer leaders were there to put forth the views of the protesters. Read the full report here. 

Farmers continue to gherao the mini secretariat in Karnal on Wednesday. (Photo: PTI)

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 <em>ANI.</em>

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.

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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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