Karnal Kisan Mahapanchayat News: Forty companies of security personnel, including 10 companies of central armed police forces, were deployed in Karnal district.
Karnal Kisan Mahapanchayat Latest Update: As thousands of farmers reach Karnal and gheraoed the mini-secretariat after crossing several barricades amid the heavy presence of the police force. The protestors held kisan mahapachayat at anaj mandi and then walked towards the secretariat. During the march, the leaders including Rakesh Tikait and Yogendra Yadav were briefly detained and were released after pressure from the protestors, claimed Yadav. Rakesh Tikait had said that either the Haryana government should accept their demands or arrest them. Earlier, an 11-member delegation of farmer leaders today met the district administration for talks but could not reach a consensus. Senior leaders of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), including Rakesh Tikait, Balbir Singh Rajewal, Darshan Pal, Yogendra Yadav and Gurnam Singh Chaduni, had arrived in Karnal for the mahapanchayat demanding action against the police lathicharge on farmers during the August 28 protest in Karnal. These senior leaders met the Karnal DC. Meanwhile, Badrinarayan Choudhary, Gen Secy, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh said that the Union will hold demonstrations at district centres in the country tomorrow demanding profitable prices to all farmers equally.
Farm union leaders then urged the large gathering at the mahapanchayat to march peacefully towards the mini-secretariat, five kilometres away. Earlier, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait told reporters that they had demanded the suspension of the IAS officer who was caught on tape allegedly telling policemen to “break heads” of protesting farmers. On the other hand, security arrangements were tightened in Karnal. Forty companies of security personnel, including 10 companies of central armed police forces, were deployed in Karnal district where local authorities had also imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC. Traffic on the Delhi-Karnal-Ambala National highway was not disrupted while the panchayat continued, officials said.