The district administration and farmers’ ongoing deadlock ended with the state government and farmer union leaders reaching an amicable resolution.
Farmers called off their sit-in outside the Karnal district headquarters after Haryana Government ordered a judicial probe into Aug 28 clash between farmers and police and sent IAS officer Ayush Sinha, who is at the centre of the row over his remarks, on leave.
The probe will be conducted by a retired judge of the High Court and will be complete within a month, said Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Devendra Singh. In addition, the additional chief secretary also announced that two family members of the alleged farmer would be given jobs.
Farmer leader mentioned that farmers demanded that an FIR be registered against Ayush Sinha and the police personnel involved in the incident on Aug 28. He also mentioned that there could be chances of quashing an FIR by the High Court if the administration registers it according to advocate opinion.
A 2018-batch IAS officer, Ayush Sinha was posted as additional secretary in the Citizen Resources Information Department (CRID) on government order. CRID deals with the government’s flagship programs, the progress of which is personally monitored by CM Manohar Lal Khattar.
On Aug 28, 2021, a Lathi charge was conducted by Haryana Police on Protesting farmers near the Bastar toll plaza in Karnal, where many farmers had gathered to protest against the scheduled program of CM Manohar Lal Khattar.
According to All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), Kajal, who belonged to Karnal district, received a severe blow of atrocious lathi charge and died due to a heart attack.
About ten protesters were hurt during the clash on Aug 28. Due to this incident, farmers were demanding the suspension of Sinha. Police officers were allegedly ordered to break the heads of farmers if they crossed the lines.
This incident led to protests by farmers.
Due to continuous protest in Karnal, mobile internet services were also suspended in the four adjoining districts of Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, and Panipat until Tuesday midnight. The government gave prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC, banning the gathering of people in Karnal. On Saturday, the protest was called off after an amicable resolution between the District administration and farmers’ leaders.
Farmers from Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh have been protesting for months from November 2020 over the three farm laws enacted by the center, claiming that the legislation will lead to the erosion of the minimum support price (MSP) system.
What is a judicial probe:
The government’s judicial commissions on fact-finding missions and their recommendations are not binding on the government. At the same time, a police investigation is crucial in bringing the real culprits in a crime before the law. According to the sources, the powers of a commission depend mainly on the terms of the government’s prescribed reference. In the case of a fair police investigation, the law will take its own course, and the government will have little scope for interventions during the investigation