A tense calm prevailed at Ahalwas village in Haryana's Rewari district on Monday after farmers, who had laid siege to the Delhi-Jaipur highway, lifted the blockade late Sunday night, following an invitation for talks with the chief minister on July 25.
The decision to clear the highway came after chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda intervened and promised the farmers of parleys with the state government. "We lifted the blockade after being assured of a dialogue with chief minister Bhupender Singh Hooda. The police will also release five of the protesters they had taken into custody," Kishan Sangrash Samiti president Ram Kishan Mehalwal said.
On Sunday, several persons were injured in a violent clash between villagers and police. The violence, villagers have said, was the result of the police first using force to disperse them when they tried to block the highway. The police had also lathicharged journalists while trying to disperse the mob of villagers.
After the lathicharge, the members of the mahapanchayat, who outnumbered the police personnel called in to control the unruly mob, retaliated by torching government vehicles, including a fire brigade vehicle. Later on Sunday, the administration acceded to the demands of the farmers.
Rewari deputy commissioner CG Rajni Kaanthan said: "Everything is normal. The traffic flow is smooth the highway." The government has formed a committee, comprising renowed psephologist Yoginder Yadav, Gurgaon commissioner and Rewari deputy commissioner, to restore normalcy in the area.
Kishan Sangrash Samiti has, meanhwile given a July 25 deadline to the state government. "We have demanded the government to cancel all police cases registered against farmers during the clash on Sunday and order a judicial inquiry into incident," Mehalwal said. The farmers' body has also said that they would come out on the streets again if the government did not stop land acquisition.