Karnal Kisan Mahapanchayat Live Updates: Haryana farmers reach Karnal in large numbers, district administration invites SKM leaders for talks

Karnal Kisan Mahapanchayat Live, Karnal Farmers Protest Today Live Updates: The protestors will march for 3.5 kms, from the anaj mandi to the mini-secretariat, to voice their demands. Heavy police deployment has been made on this route since today morning.

Kisan Mahapanchayat in Karnal Today Live Coverage: Amid heavy rainfall on Tuesday, Haryana farmers have started reaching Karnal on Samyukt Kisan Morcha’s call to gherao mini-secretariat. Karnal also happens to be the constituency represented by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

The protesters plan to march for 3.5 kms, from the anaj mandi to the mini-secretariat, to voice their demands. Heavy police deployment has been made on this route since this morning.

In another development, the Karnal district administration has invited SKM leaders for talks, just as they gather to start marching towards the mini-secretariat. Farmers have said that they are open for talks. Therefore, a 11-member delegation of farmer leaders will be going to hold talks with the district administration soon.

To maintain law and order, Haryana has also suspended mobile internet services in Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind and Panipat districts from 12:00 am Tuesday to midnight 24 hours later (11.59 pm). As many as 40 companies of security forces, including 10 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), have been deployed in the town. Wary of the situation escalating, Karnal Deputy Commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav has issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC, which prohibits the assembly of five or more people

The police have also issued a traffic advisory for motorists, especially travelling on the NH-44 (Ambala-New Delhi stretch).

Today’s protest comes a day after Muzaffarnagar mahapanchayat, where farmers protesting against the three farm laws gave a call to campaign against the BJP.

Farmers gather in Karnal for SKM’s protest call; heavy police deployment in area; Haryana suspends internet services; section 144 in Karnal. Follow this space for the latest updates.

Haryana BKU president Gurnam Singh Chaduni on Tuesday reiterated that they will not indulge in violence and protest peacefully. “If any person  present in this gathering is carrying any weapon, he is not one of us. It could be a conspiracy to malign our peaceful agitation. We shall not indulge in violence and shall continue to protest peacefully till our demands are met,” Chaduni said.

Haryana BKU president Gurnam Singh Chaduni on Tuesday said that the farmers are open for talks. Addressing a crowd today, Chaduni said, “initially they were not allowing us to even hold this gathering in anaj mandi, they imposed Section 144, now they are inviting us for talks. We shall go for talks.”

 

In another development, the Karnal district adminitration has invited SKM leaders for talks, just as they gather to start marching towards the mini-secretariat. Farmers have said that they are open for talks. Therefore, a 11-member delegation of farmer leaders will be going to hold talks with the district administration soon.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha had on August 30 given a call for gherao of the secretariat, demanding registration of an FIR against officers who had ordered a lathicharge on agitators during their protest against a BJP event in Karnal on August 28.

On Monday, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij said, “I have ordered ADGP (Law and Order) Navdeep Singh Virk to be present in Karnal to oversee the situation and to ensure peaceful conclusion of the event. Stern action as per law will be taken against those trying to disturb law and order.”

In a video message to farmers, senior BKU leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni said, “After the police lathicharge we had decided to hold a big panchayat and gherao the DC office. For that we will gather in Karnal Anaj Mandi at 10 am on Tuesday where we will take a call for further move.” Other senior SKM leaders will also reach Karnal on Tuesday.

The farmers are also demanding the registration of an FIR against then SDM, Ayush Sinha, who had on August 28 ordered police to “break the heads” of those who breach the security cordon.

For the kisan mahapanchayat today, as many as 40 companies of security forces, including 10 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), have been deployed in the town, and internet services have been suspended from Monday afternoon to Tuesday night. Internet and SMS services have been suspended in Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind and Panipat too.

Wary of the situation escalating, Karnal Deputy Commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav has issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC, which prohibits the assembly of five or more people.

Farmers from various Unions protesting against Haryana Police over the Karnal lathicharge in Patiala on Sunday. (Express Photo by Harmeet Sodhi)

Haryana has suspended mobile internet services in Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind and Panipat districts from 12:00 am Tuesday to midnight 24 hours later (11.59 pm), to maintain law and order in view of the farmers’ protest. The protesting farmers have called for a gherao of mini-secretariat in Karnal Tuesday.

The police have also issued a traffic advisory for motorists, especially travelling on the NH-44 (Ambala-New Delhi stretch). The police have announced route diversions and said adequate security arrangements were made to avert any law and order disruption.

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