Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday termed the lathicharge on farmers in Haryana’s Karnal a “government-sponsored assault” and mentioned such a “vicious assault” was not solely unacceptable however outright condemnable.
In a press release, Mr Singh additionally expressed shock on the “brazen brutality” of the Haryana Police.
Round 10 individuals have been injured on Saturday as police allegedly lathi-charged a gaggle of farmers disrupting site visitors motion on a freeway whereas heading in the direction of Karnal to protest in opposition to a BJP assembly attended by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, state BJP president Om Prakash Dhankar and different leaders.
The police, nonetheless, mentioned solely gentle drive was used because the protesters have been blocking the freeway.
Mr Singh mentioned this was not the primary time that farmers had been subjected to such ruthlessness by the hands of the Haryana Police.
He mentioned it was evident that the BJP-led Haryana authorities had as soon as once more intentionally used brute drive in opposition to farmers in a determined bid to finish their agitation in opposition to the “draconian” farm legal guidelines.
Earlier in November 2020, the Haryana Police had “ferociously assaulted” farmers to cease them from marching to the borders of Delhi to affix the agitation in opposition to the farm legal guidelines, he added.
“Such Khattar government-sponsored assaults on farmers will not be solely unacceptable however outright condemnable,” Mr Singh mentioned, demanding an apology from Mr Khattar and assist for the injured farmers.
“That is no solution to deal with our annadatas,” he mentioned.
Singh mentioned the BJP must face the implications of such “horrendous” actions and the Centre’s apathy in the direction of farmers within the subsequent yr’s meeting elections in Punjab and different states.
The individuals of India won’t forgive the BJP for its shameful remedy of farmers, a lot of whom have misplaced their lives throughout the agitation in opposition to the farm legal guidelines at Delhi borders, he added.
Farmers protesting in opposition to the centre’s three farm legal guidelines have been opposing the general public features of the ruling BJP-JJP mix in Haryana.
On Saturday, a number of farmers had gathered on the Bastara toll plaza close to Karnal in response to a name given by the Bharatiya Kisan Union.
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