The cases filed against farmers in Hisar on 16 May following their protest against the Centre's three farm laws will be withdrawn, it was decided in a meeting between the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) and the district administration after another large demonstration on Monday (25 May).
According to the SKM, detailed discussions between the two sides saw the district administration seek apology for the police action on 16 May, which came ahead of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar's visit. Three decisions were taken in the meeting.
Firstly, the police cases filed on 16 May against the protesters will be withdrawn; secondly, the administration will get the farmers' vehicles damaged by the police on 16 May repaired; and thirdly, a government job will be provided to an eligible kin of the deceased farmer, Ramchandra.
Ramchandra had suffered a heart attack while coming to the farmers' protest venue at the Krantimark Park.
"The Haryana government is continuously seeking to defame the farmers, and blame them for spreading coronavirus. The farmers want to make it clear that the disease is spreading in the state because of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar."
"If the farmers held a protest, it was due to Khattar's visit. If the Chief Minister stops issuing statements against the farmers and not file false cases against them, then he can turn his attention to combating the spread of coronavirus, and the farmers will not need to come out onto the streets to protest," the SKM said.
Appealing to the Centre to withdraw the three farm laws and bring in a law assuring a minimum support price (MSP) so that the protesters can go home, farmers alleged that for some reason, the government is holding out.
The farmers also said that they would observe Buddh Purnima on 26 May at their protest sites on the borders of the national capital and elsewhere.
As the date marks the completion of six months of their protests and the seventh anniversary of the Narendra Modi government, the farmers, several labour organisations and others have decided to hold protests on that day.
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