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Farmers protest: Haryana police withdraws decision to invoke NSA

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Chandigarh: The Haryana Police said on Friday that it was withdrawing its earlier decision to use sections of the National Security Act (NSA) against some farmer leaders involved in the ongoing farmers' protest.

This comes a day after Ambala police issued a statement stating that it was carrying out the process of detaining officers from protesting farmer groupings under Section 2(3) of the National Security Act of 1980 in order to maintain law and order and prevent criminal activity.

However, on Friday, Inspector General of Police (Ambala Range) Sibash Kabiraj said, “It is to clarify to all concerned that the matter of invoking provisions of the National Security Act on few farm union leaders of Ambala district has been reconsidered and it has been decided that the same will not be invoked.” He also appealed to the protesting farmers and their leaders to maintain peace and cooperate with authorities in maintaining law and order.

Police officials said efforts were being made by the farmers’ organisations to break the barricades put up at the Shambhu border. Attempts are also being made to disturb law and order by pelting stones and creating a ruckus, police said in a statement issued in Hindi.

The statement said government and private properties had been damaged and 30 policemen injured.

Provocative posts are being shared through social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Telegram to disturb social harmony, it added.

In another statement, the Haryana Police said that it would move to recover damages through the seizure of properties and bank accounts of protesters.

The damage caused to properties was being assessed, it said.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha (KMM) are spearheading a ‘Delhi Chalo’ march to press the government into accepting their demands, including a legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price for crops and a farm loan waiver.

Farmers leaders on Wednesday put the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march on hold for two days after a protester was killed and about 12 police personnel injured in clashes at Khanauri and had also said that they would decide their next course of action on Friday evening.

Thousands of farmers remain camped at Khanauri and Shambhu with their tractor-trolleys and trucks agitating for their demands.

Punjab farmers are also demanding the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations, pension for farmers and farm labourers, no hike in electricity tariff, withdrawal of police cases and “justice” for the victims of the 2021 Lakhimpur Kheri violence, reinstatement of the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, and compensation to the families of the farmers who died during a previous agitation in 2020-21.


With PTI inputs

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