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In it for the Lengthy Haul? Protesting Farmers Proceed to ‘Gherao’ Karnal Mini Secretariat, Pitch Tents

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Threatening to show their agitation into a serious long-drawn confrontation, protesting farmers have began pitching tents exterior the Mini Secretariat in Karnal at the same time as talks between them and administration are anticipated to renew on Wednesday.

The talks between the 2 sides had failed on Tuesday after the protesting farmers led by Rakesh Tikait had demanded suspension of the IAS officer who had ordered lathicharge on protesting farmers in Karnal final week. The administration had turned down the demand, leading to farmers laying siege in a single day to the Mini Secretariat.

Although some farmers had left the venue late night time, they turned up once more in massive numbers within the wee hours of Wednesday. Farmers had been seen pitching tents indicating that they had been keen to arrange for lengthy drawn confrontation. Some farm organisations additionally organised langars close to the protest web site, a scene just like that at Tikri and Singhu borders.

The cellular web companies in total Karnal district continued to stay shut for the second consecutive day. The farmers are locked in a showdown with the Haryana authorities over a police lathicharge final month. They had been demanding suspension of the then Karnal SDM Ayush Sinha for his briefing to police personnel on August 28 the place he advised them to “crack their (farmers’) heads”.

On the identical day, protesting farmers had been lathicharged at Bastara toll plaza as they had been opposing a state-level assembly of the BJP.

As farmers from throughout the districts and different states began arriving within the metropolis on Tuesday, the administration invited their leaders for talks. The 2-hour assembly with an 11-member delegation of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) remained inconclusive because the latter remained adamant on their demand for Sinha’s suspension.

The farmers then gathered on the native grain market.

From there, they marched in direction of the mini secretariat, 5 km away. They broke two barricades close to the advanced following which the police used water cannons to disperse them. There was, nonetheless, no different severe confrontation.

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