Hours after the protest called by farmers against acquisition of their land by the Haryana government at Ahalwas village near Bawal in this district turned violent, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda invited them for talks in New Delhi on July 25.
Following this, the farmers suspended their agitation on Sunday night and traffic on the Delhi-Jaipur national highway was restored.
Scores of people, including policemen, had been injured in the clash between the farmers and police after the mahapanchayat against the acquisition went out of control. Soon after the farmers blocked the highway, the police resorted to cane-charge and used teargas shells to disperse the protesters, who pelted the policemen with stones. The protesters also torched three government buses and a fire brigade.
Kisan Sangharsh Samiti president Ram Kishan Mehalwal told Hindustan Times, “We lifted the blockade from the highway after receiving assurance of talks with the chief minister. We have been asked to meet the chief minister in Delhi on July 25.” He said they had demanded cancellation of cases against the farmers involved in the incident, and a judicial inquiry into the July 16 and 22 incidents. “Till the time the government announces that it won’t acquire farmers’ land for developing the industrial estate, we won’t stop our agitation; we have suspended it for the time being.”
Deputy commissioner CG Rajni Kaanthan said, “The traffic on the highway has been restored. Paramilitary forces had been called in on Sunday evening to deal with the situation, which is limping back to normal.”