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Panchkula Congress protests against lathi-charge on farmers in Karnal

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Panchkula: The local unit of the Congress, led by former Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan, on Friday staged a protest march here in Panchkula against the police lathi-charge on farmers in Karnal and amendment to the Land Acquisition Act.

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They also submitted a memorandum to the Governor through the Deputy Commissioner.

“Atrocities on farmers by the BJP-JJP government will not be tolerated. The lathicharge on farmers in Karnal was a testament of how the Khattar government treats our ‘annadata’,” said senior Congress leader Chander Mohan while addressing a press conference.

He demanded an independent inquiry into the “brutal lathicharge on farmers to punish the culprits.”

He alleged that the state government had decided to ruin the farmers by making amendment to the Land Acquisition Act. “The amendment is for benefitting the capitalist friends of the government,” he claimed. The Congress leader urged the Governor not to give his nod to the land acquisition bill passed by the state Assembly recently.

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On Thursday, Congress had held statewide protests against the infamous lathi-charge on protesting farmers in Karnal and claimed that the NHRC has sought a report from district police on the incident.

On the complaint of Haryana Congress, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a report from the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police, Karnal regarding the lathi-charge on farmers on Saturday at Bastara toll plaza in Karnal, according to a statement issued by the party Thursday.

Four weeks time has been given to submit the report, Haryana Congress president Kumari Selja said in the statement.

Selja, who earlier in the day took part in a protest held by the party in Karnal against the lathi-charge incident and land acquisition amendment bill passed by the state assembly, said she was hopeful that NHRC’s order seeking the report will pave the way for justice to the farmers.

Congress held demonstrations against the lathi-charge incident at various places in the state including Panchkula, Bhiwani and Kurukshetra.

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Selja, a former Union Minister, hoped that the administration would submit the report to the NHRC after conducting a fair investigation and strict action would be taken against the guilty.

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