New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Haryana government on Saturday ordered a probe into last month's clash between farmers and police and sent the IAS officer at the centre of a row between the two sides on leave. Following this, the farmers said they would call off their protest outside the Karnal district headquarters.

According to Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Devender Singh, two family members of Satish Kajal, the farmer who was allegedly killed in the lathicharge by Karnal police on August 28, will also be compensated with jobs at the deputy commissioner (DC) rate on sanctioned posts.

"After holding talks with farmer leaders who are also present at today's joint press conference, the state government has decided that the deceased farmer Satish Kajal's two family members will be compensated with jobs at DC rate on sanctioned posts," said Singh.

He further stated that the Haryana government has also ordered an investigation into the August 28 lathicharge incident which will be conducted by a retired High Court judge and informed that the probe will be completed within a month.

"Following a meeting between the government officials and farm leaders, Haryana government orders a probe into the August 28 Bastara toll incident, which will be done by a retired High Court judge. Probe to be completed in a month. Former Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM) Ayush Sinha will be on leave," stated the Haryana Additional Chief Secretary.

Farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni said, "We had demanded jobs for two members of the family (of the farmer who was allegedly killed in the lathicharge by Karnal police on August 28) as compensation for his death which was accepted by the government. And they will get jobs within one week."

Haryana Police had on August 28 conducted a lathi-charge on protesting farmers near the Bastar toll plaza in Karnal, where farmers had gathered in large numbers to protest against a programme that Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was scheduled to attend.

All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) had alleged that Kajal, who belonged to Karnal district had "received severe blows in the atrocious police lathi charge" and died of a "heart attack". However, Haryana Police has denied the allegations of AIKS.

Farmers were protesting outside the mini secretariat in Karnal since September 7 over a police lathi charge on farmers on August 28. They continued their demonstration outside the mini secretariat here after talks with the district administration failed over their call for action against officials involved in lathicharge.


(With Agencies Inputs)

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan