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Chartered Officer on compulsory leave

Judicial inquiry into Karnal Lathimara

The Haryana government on Saturday decided to send on leave a chartered officer who had been at the center of a dispute between the two sides, while ordering a judicial inquiry into the clashes between farmers and police in Karnal last month. As a result, the farmers withdrew their agitation outside the Karnal district headquarters.

The inquiry will be conducted by a retired judge and will be completed within a month, said Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Devendra Singh. Former Sub-Divisional Magistrate Ayush Sinha will be on leave during this period, he added.

After an agreement was reached between the agitating farmers and the administration, Haryana government official and farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni held a joint press conference in Karnal. After this, the bitterness in Karnal ended. The dams of farmers outside the district headquarters will be withdrawn, Chaduni said at the time.

After both sides said that the long-running meeting to resolve the issue was held in a cordial atmosphere, there were signs of a rift between the farmers and the Karnal administration on Friday evening.

On August 28, about 10 protesters were injured in a clash between farmers and farmers in Karnal. IAS officer Ayush Sinha said the farmers were told to ‘blow their heads off’ if they crossed the border. Sinha was transferred out of Karnal after farmers demanded his suspension.

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