Karnal | Jagran News Desk: Despite multi-layer security across the district, scores of farmers from Haryana have gathered at the new grain mandi to attend the Kisan Mahapanchayat in Karnal. The number of farmers at the spot started increasing with many coming on bikes, tractors and other modes of transport.

The farmers said that no matter the heavy security deployed to stop them, they will reach Karnal at any cost. "Haryana's farmers can even break the China wall. It has been four times that Haryana's farmers were beaten up by the police, but the State government did not take any action. They have to listen to farmers," said a Karnal-based farmer, who came to join the Mahapanchayat.

Farmers have planned to gherao the mini secretariat of Haryana over the August 28 lathicharge incident during which several farmers were injured. Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait, who reached the mandi, however, said that the decision on gherao of mini secretariat will be taken in the meeting.

"Gathering of farmers will decide on the gherao of the secretariat. As of now, for us, this grain mandi is the secretariat. We will take further decision on this issue in the mahapanchayat," Tikait said as quoted by IANS.

Other farm leaders have also started reaching the spot in different groups. They said the Centre and the State have done nothing, but have allowed the police to lathicharge farmers who have been protesting peacefully.

Security personnel in large numbers have also been deployed in the new Anaj Mandi area in Karnal from where the farmers have plans to proceed to the mini-secretariat. Meanwhile, the State government has suspended mobile internet and SMS services in Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind and Panipat to curb the "spread of inflammatory material and rumours" today.

In the Karnal district of Haryana, Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code has also been put in. Under Section 144 public assemblies are banned, district officials said. Traffic on National Highway 44, which connects Delhi to Chandigarh has been diverted from Karnal.

The Haryana government on Monday announced the suspension of Internet and SMS services in Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind and Panipat districts from 12:30 am tomorrow (September 7). According to information from Haryana, DPR, in order to maintain law and order in the state, the government was suspending internet and SMS services from midnight Tuesday till September 7 midnight.

In the Karnal district of Haryana, Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code has also been put in. Under Section 144 public assemblies are banned, district officials said.

Ahead of the Mahapanchayat in Karnal by farmers today, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij had on Monday requested farmers to hold a peaceful protest and said the state machinery is prepared and has made suitable arrangements, including deploying adequate security and creating route diversions.

 

(With Agencies Inputs)

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan