Withdrawal of pending cases: Khattar fails to keep his promise to farmers
More than five months after chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced that the cases registered against farmers during the tenure of the previous Congress government will be withdrawn, nothing has happened on the ground.punjab Updated: Aug 10, 2015 19:50 IST
More than five months after chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced that the cases registered against farmers during the tenure of the previous Congress government will be withdrawn, nothing has happened on the ground.
Khattar made the announcement on February 24 that the cases registered against farmers in "politically-motivated" agitations during the previous regime would be withdrawn within a month, but the farmers have not got any relief yet and are still facing trials in various courts.
Sources in the police confirmed that no instructions have so far been issued to withdraw such cases and a notification in this regard could be issued only after approval of the state cabinet.
"The chief minister's promise has not been fulfilled yet and we haven't got any relief from the pending cases", said Gurnam Singh Chadunni, Haryana president of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU).
"A case was registered against me at Jhansa (Kuruskhetra) police station for taking part in a protest and it is still going on, despite the chief minister's promise," he added.
According to farmer leaders, the BKU leaders had given him the chief minister a list of the pending cases against farmers after his announcement to withdraw cases, but to no avail.
'MORE CASES REGISTERED UNDER BJP REGIME'
They alleged that not only thousands of farmers in the state were still facing trial for protesting and blocking roads during the Hooda regime, farmers are also complaining that more cases were registered against them during the eight-month rule of the Khattar government.
"We held several protests during the Congress regime but only one case was registered against me at the Gohana police station in 2011 when we were demanding purchase of Bajra on minimum support price (MSP). But two new cases have been registered against me under the present BJP regime for raising voice of farmers," said Gohana-based farmer leader Satyawrat Sangwan.
"Just a few days after the chief minister's announcement of withdrawing pending cases against farmers, as many as 49 farmers were booked by the Gohana police on March 12 for holding a protest seeking implementation of the Swaminathan commission," he said.
"On May 17, another case was registered against me at Bhainswal police post, when we raised the demand for compensation to family of a farmer, who committed suicide after crop loss due to rain".
CM ENSURES RELIEF TO BJP LEADER
Even as farmers failed to get any relief, the chief minister fulfilled his promises made to BJP leader Kanta Alaria to withdraw cases against her. Following the announcement of the chief minister on April 14 at Rohtak, the pending cases against Alaria and 25 others were withdrawn by the Panipat police.
"Yes, the pending cases against 26 people, including me have been withdrawn recently, as the chief minister had made this announcement during his Rohtak visit", she said. "The cases were registered against us on January 26, 2011 by the Hooda government when we raised the demand of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Park at Rohtak, she added.