The Haryana government withdrew police cases against 350 farmers on May 24, 2021 following a massive demonstration involving over 10,000 farmers in Hisar organised by the Sanyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM).
Farmer leaders said the state government mobilised over 3,000 police and Rapid Action Force personnel to suppress the protest. However, thousands of farmers arrived outside the Divisional Commissioner’s office in tractors, trollies, cars and other vehicles.
Thus, on Monday, the SKM delegation and the Divisional Commissioner engaged in talks moments before the farmers began the gherao of the public office. The official agreed to dismiss all cases registered regarding the May 16 events and those prior to it. Further, farmers will receive compensation for the vehicles that were damaged by the police. Moreover, a family member of farmer Ramachandra, who died on Monday due to heart attack, was assured a job. The Hisar administration also expressed regrets for the brutal lathi-charge and tear gas shells by the BJP-JJP state government against farmers on May 16.
“It led to hundreds of farmers being seriously injured. To add insult to injury, the administration went back on its word and slapped criminal police cases under Section 307 (attempt to murder) and other IPC sections against over 350 farmers. On that day thousands of farmers were demonstrating peacefully at a programme in Hisar that was attended by Chief Minister Khattar,” said the SKM.
Prominent SKM leaders, who participated in the meeting with the administration included Balbir Singh Rajewal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, Gurnam Singh Charuni, Rakesh Tikait, Jagjit Singh Dallewal, Dr Ashok Dhawale, Yudhvir Singh, Kanwaljit Sandhu, Abhimanyu Kohar, Inderjit Singh, Surendra Singh, Ranjit Raju, P Krishna Prasad, Major Singh Punnuwal, Som Vir Sangwan, Phool Singh Sheokand, Sumit and others.
Present farmers also came down heavily on the anti-people and pro-corporate Modi regime and resolved to intensify the ongoing farmers agitation across the country on May 26.
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