Mumbai: Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Tuesday alleged that 55-year-old farmer Sushil Kajal was killed in a “brutal” lathi charge by the Karnal police, adding that he was reaching Karnal to seek justice for the farmer’s death and urged people to keep a watch on the developments in the Haryana district.
Tikait today tweeted, “To get justice for Sushil Kajla, who was martyred in the brutal lathi charge by the Karnal Police, I am reaching Karnal in some time along with the comrades of Samyukta Kisan Morcha, all of you keep an eye on Karnal.”
करनाल पुलिस की बर्बरता पूर्वक लाठी चार्ज में शहीद किया सुशील काजला को न्याय दिलाने हेतु संयुक्त किसान मोर्चा के साथियों सहित कुछ समय में करनाल पहुंच रहा हूं आप सभी करनाल पर नज़र बनाए रखें ।#FarmersProtest #KarnalProtest_AgainstLathicharge @ANI @PTI_News @sakshijoshii
— Rakesh Tikait (@RakeshTikaitBKU) September 7, 2021
On 28 August, the Haryana Police lathi-charged the protesting farmers near the Bastar toll plaza in Karnal, where a large number of farmers had gathered to protest the program to be attended by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) had alleged that Kajal, a resident of Karnal district, had “severe injuries in police lathi charge” and died of a “heart attack”. However, Haryana Police has denied AIKS’s point.
Meanwhile, Kisan Mahapanchayat is being organized in Karnal, Haryana amid tight security in protest against the three agricultural laws of the Centre. A total of 40 companies of police have been deployed to maintain law and order in the district.
A large number of security personnel have also been deployed in the new Anaj Mandi area of Karnal, from where the farmers plan to go to the mini secretariat. The state government today suspended mobile internet and SMS services in Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind and Panipat to prevent “spread of inflammatory content and rumours”.
District officials said that section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure has also been implemented in Karnal district of Haryana. Public gatherings have been banned under Section 144. Traffic on National Highway 44 connecting Delhi with Chandigarh has been diverted from Karnal.
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. Farmer leaders and the Centre have held several rounds of talks but the impasse remains