New Delhi: The Haryana government on Monday shut down the internet services till September 7 midnight in Karnal district in view of the call of Kisan Mahapanchayat to “maintain law and order”.
“In view of the call of Kisan Mahapanchayat in Karnal district, instructions have been given to suspend internet services from 12.30 pm today to 2359 hours on September 7 to maintain law and order,” state government said in a statement.
Nishant Kumar Yadav, DM, Karnal said the officials will not let the block the highway and gherao mini secretariat tomorrow.
“We held talks with farmers. Their demand was not justified. No compensation will be given to law violators & no action will be taken against our officials,” he said.
Haryana Bharatiya Kisan union chief Gurnam Singh Charuni said, “no outcome from the meeting with Karnal admin. We will go ahead with our panchayat”.
Meanwhile, the district administration has issued prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC, banning the assembly of five or more people, and a traffic advisory with planned route diversions.
According to a Haryana police advisory, main National Highway No 44 (Ambala-Delhi) may see some traffic disruptions in Karnal district on Tuesday.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmer outfits protesting against the farm laws, had threatened to lay siege to the Karnal mini-secretariat on September 7 if its demands were not met.
Haryana Bhartiya Kisan Union (Chaduni) chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni on Monday said their demands were not met, so a big panchayat will be held here on Tuesday, after which farmers will proceed to gherao the mini-secretariat.
“Farmers will be gathering in Karnal’s New Anaj Mandi on Tuesday morning,” he said, adding they will hold a peaceful protest.
The Haryana Police had lathicharged a group of farmers disrupting traffic movement on a national highway near here on August 28 while heading towards Karnal to protest against a BJP meeting. Over 10 protesters were injured.