Haryana CM Cancels Meeting After Angry Farmers Vandalise Venue

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Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protestor but in vain

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI – Agitating farmers on Sunday forced Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to cancel a meeting in a village near Karnal. The meeting at Kaimla village was to highlight the “benefits” of the Centre’s three agriculture laws.

But a group of farmers carrying black flags and shouting slogans against the government ransacked the venue. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the farmers but in vain. According to a PTI report, farmers damaged the stage and broke chairs, tables and flower pots at the venue.

Protesting farmers had earlier announced to oppose the ‘kisan mahapanchayat’ that Khattar was to address. Police had made elaborate security arrangements putting up barricades at the entry points of the village to prevent the protestors from reaching the venue.

According to NDTV, mobile phone footage showed many of the protestors on the dais, shouting, throwing down chairs and tearing up posters.

Congress Party’s spokesman Randeep Surjewala criticised the Haryana chief minister in a hard-hitting Tweet: “Shame on you, Mr. Khattar. When you are holding a grand rally for farmers, what does it mean to prevent farmers from reaching there. It’s clear – you are not interested in farmers. You just want an event. You must remember, if you don’t mend your ways, it would become impossible for you to come out of home without police protection. You must repeal black laws.”

– With input from agencies

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