Karnal: Condemning Karnal sub-divisional magistrate Ayush Sinha’s instruction to cops to “crack their heads” during the farmers’ protest in Karnal, Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on Sunday said that action will be taken against the IAS officer.
“The use of such kind of words by an IAS officer for farmers is condemnable. Definitely, action will be taken against him,” Chautala was quoted as saying by media.
Recently, a video went viral on social media in which Sinha, the 2018-batch IAS officer of the Haryana cadre, was instructing policemen to beat up protesters and not to let anyone breach the security cordon without a “broken head”.
The state police had later resorted to lathi-charge, in which around 10 people were injured on Saturday. The group of injured farmers had reportedly stopped traffic on a highway while heading towards Karnal to protest against a BJP meeting on the forthcoming panchayat polls, where Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, state BJP chief Om Prakash Dhankar and other senior leaders were present.
“Utha utha ke maarna peeche sabko (hit them hard)… We shall not allow this cordon to be breached. We have enough force available. We haven’t slept for the past two days. But you have come here after taking some sleep… Mere paas ek bhi banda nikal ke nahi aana chahiye. It is very simple and clear, whoever he is, wherever he is from, no one should be allowed to reach there. We will not let this line be breached at any cost. Just pick up your lathi and hit them hard… It’s very clear, there is no need for any instruction, just thrash them hard. If I see a single protester here, I want to see his head smashed, crack their heads,” Sinha is heard saying in the video.
Sinha, however, later claimed that the video that was doing the rounds was “doctored” because “only a selected portion about the lathicharge was made viral on social media platforms”.
“The lathicharge that took place was at Bastara toll plaza where another SDM, not I, was deployed. My location, the point where I was deputed, was 10-15 km from the spot where the actual lathicharge took place. Nothing happened at my naka. The police personnel, who were briefed by me, did not do anything. None of the protesters reached there and nothing happened at my naka,” Sinha had told the Indian Express.
The Chief Minister’s Office had also spoken to Sinha and had found his reply “satisfactory” for now, sources had told the Indian Express.
On Saturday, Haryana Police cracked down on farmers in Karnal, leaving several injured in a lathicharge at the Bastara toll plaza on the national highway.