Karnal lathi-charge: Major win for farmers, as judicial inquiry ordered against Ayush Sinha

Haryana government agrees to give jobs to farmer martyr Kajal’s family, judicial inquiry to be carried out against Sinha, who will be on leave until investigations are completed

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In some relief to farmers who were demanding justice for Karnal lathi-charge victim Sushil Kajal, the Haryana state government has agreed to provide jobs to two family members of the deceased farmer. It has also agreed to send former SDM Ayush Sinha on leave, pending judicial inquiry for ordering a brutal lathi-charge on protesting farmers in August.

Talks between farmer leaders and the state government on September 11, 2021 ended with the administration agreeing to conduct a judiciary inquiry in the month, supervised by a High Court judge.

Since August 28, farmers have been protesting the violent attacks on famers at Bastara toll plaza near Karnal city. The attack resulted in the death of 55-year-old farmer Kajal and severe injuries to many other protesters present at the site.

Condemning this incident, thousands of farmers gheraoed (surrounded) the City Mini Secretariat for three days, demanding murder charges against Sinha and due compensation to the martyr’s family members.

“Kajal was always present at every farmer protest. Even on August 28, he was present to support the movement, even though his family suffers from poverty,” said farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni.

Several districts across India held protests in support of the Karnal agitation and burnt the effigies of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

On Friday, similar talks took place between authorities, but continued till Saturday as members failed to reach an agreement regarding action against Sinha. At the time, farmers’ body Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) condemned the government for not taking action against the guilty officers and instead promoting them. Sinha presently enjoys the role of Additional Secretary in the Citizen Resources Information Department.

It also condemned Home Minister Anil Vij, who said the administration will take action against the government.


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