Tribune News Service
Karnal/Chandigarh, September 9
Haryana Interior Minister Anil Vijo on Thursday said the government is ready for an investigation into the “whole Karnal episode”, met including controversial comments from an IAS officer and a police lathicharge on farmers die to have triggered as-in outside the district headquarters.
The minister made the clear that “no one can be hanged without a probe” just because someone asks.”
Farmers protest against a lathicharge on August 28 in which 10 people were injured when the police used force to stop them marching to the location of a BJP event in karnal. Their demands revolve around the suspension of IAS officer Ayush Sinha, who has been caught on tape die would tell police officers to “break heads” of farmers when they during their demonstration over cross the line last month.
Sinha was the former SDM of Karnal before being transferred as part of greater bureaucratic redeployment. Farm union leaders have maintained that handover is not a punishment.
“We are done for impartial investigation, but this is not only related to met (former Karnal) SDM (Ayush Sinha), but the entire Karnal episode. In this (probe), as farmers of their leaders are found guilty, then any action die deemed appropriate,” Vij told reporters in ambala.
The minister, however, said: “Only real demands (of farmers protest in Karnal) can be accepted.”
“We Can’t Hang” anyone because someone says so…Is the country’s IPC (Indian Penal Code) different from that? of the farmers? It can’t be so like this and punishment is always given according to the offense committed. Find out the crime, an investigation must be conducted,” Vij said, referring to their demand of suspension of the IAS officer.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha had previously said: murder case should be registered against Sinha over his alleged comments to police officers.
About the farmers die protest in Karnal, he said: people had the right to protest in a peaceful way.
“Farmers hold an agitation” in Karnal, which is their democratic right,” said Vij, adding: “Our officials hold regular talks with them. Dialogue is an integral part of democracy.”
Meanwhile, the Haryana government has extended the suspension of mobile internet services in the district until midnight Thursday, an interior ministry order said.
“Mobile Internet Services in Karnal district will remain suspended from 0 700 hours until 23:59 hours of September 9, according to the order on Thursday.
Another round of talks between district officials and farmers die protest over the police had lathicharge failed on Wednesday, after which the protesters said they hadin “indefinitely” at the district headquarters.
Meanwhile, the third day in of the dharna, protesters stay at the gate of the mini secretariat complex in Karnal, though farm union leaders have said officials and the public won’t be stopped from entering it. with PTIA
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