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Rewari farmers suspend stir after assurance of talks

india Updated: Jul 23, 2012 19:22 IST
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After violence on Sunday, farmers decided to suspend the agitation and removed the blockade from Delhi-Jaipur highway around 9pm in Rewari after the assurance by state government to hold parleys with them. Soon after the violent incident at Ahalwas village of Bawal town of this district, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had assured the agitating farmers to find a solution through dialogue.

Several persons had sustained injuries on 22 July after the peaceful meeting of Mahapanchayat turned violent in afternoon, and farmers who turned into mob torched down government buses, and fire brigade vehicle. Police had to use tear gas shells, and lathi-charge to control the uncontrolled mob, who thew stones on them in retaliation of police lathi-charge. Later, at night on Sunday, administration opened negotiations to let the Delhi-Jaipur highway open as it was in the possession of farmers led by Kishan Sangrash Samiti president, Ram Kishan Mehalwal. Talking to Hindustan Times, Mehalwal said "We opened the blockade from NH.8, only after receiving assurance of dialogue with chief minister BS Hooda and also release of five protesters in police custody". On their part, government reportedly formed a committee of government officials comprising of renowed psephologist Yoginder Yadav, Gurgaon commissioner and Rewari deputy commissioner to restore normalcy.

Owing to violence and chaos, national highway got damaged and administration has to repair the road after farmers left the possession of Delhi-Jaipur highway. District administration had also summoned para-military forces to tackle the tensed situation, though Haryana Police was already deployed near the spot.

Kishan Sangrash Samiti, president Ram Kishan Mehalwal told Hindustan Times over phone "We have been given time to meet chief minister BS Hooda on 25 July at 4pm in Haryana Bhawan, New Delhi. We have demanded cancellation of cases against all farmers during this episode, and a judicial enquiry of 16 July and 22 July incident. Till government announces to not acquire farmers land for developing HSIDC in Rewari, we would not budge from our agitation, but for the time being we have suspended our agitation in this case".

Rewari deputy commissioner CG Rajni Kaanthan told HT "Everything is normal, and traffic is going smoothly on national highway 8, and para-military forces had been called on Sunday evening to deal with the situation but now the situation is returning to normal".