Farmers Call Off Protest In Haryana After govt agrees to main demands

Karnala, Sept. 10: A week-long stalemate between farmers and the BJP government in Haryana was finally resolved today as demonstrators called off their protest over IAS officer Ayush Sinha‘s controversial “crack their (farmers) heads” remark that he made last month.

Both the sides agreed on a month-long probe by a former judge against the IAS officer and that he will remain on a leave during this period.

High drama unfolded in Karnal over the last week as large gatherings were banned and mobile internet services were suspended to contain the farmers’ protest. Demands were raised to dismiss Mr Sinha after he was caught on camera, making the comments that sparked massive outrage.

Ayush Sinha, who was the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Karnal, was removed from his post as the controversy blew up.

Ten people were injured on August 28 Haryana police lathi-charged farmers who blocked a highway while on way to Karnal to protest against a BJP meeting attended by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. Soon after, Mr Sinha’s video had surfaced.

Later, at a press conference, the Chief Minister said, “Although the officer’s (Ayush Sinha) choice of words was not correct, strictness had to be maintained to ensure law and order situation there was kept under check.”

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