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Farmer outside Haryana Chief Minister’s residence at night, demanding the release of the leader

Farmers demand release of Gurnam Singh Charuni arrested in Meerut

Chandigarh:

Hundreds of farmers have gathered outside Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s residence in Karnal district to demand the release of a farmer leader who was arrested on his way to Uttar Pradesh on Monday.

Bharatiya Kisan Union or BKU (Charuni) chief Gurnam Singh Charuni was arrested while on his way to Lakhimpur Kheri in UP’s Meerut, where eight farmers were killed after violence broke out against the visit of two ministers.

Another group of farmers blocked the Rohtak-Panipat highway in Karnal.

Mr Charuni is the face of a nine-month long protest against three new agricultural laws and has been instrumental in keeping the protests alive in Haryana.

In the visuals, protesting farmers are seen gathering outside the residence of the Haryana Chief Minister, while a queue of police SUVs acts as a barrier between the protesters and the gate.

The Supreme Court on Monday sought answers from 43 farmers’ bodies and their leaders, including Rakesh Tikait, Darshan Pal and Mr Gurnam, who are protesting at Delhi’s borders against agricultural laws. The Haryana government approached the court alleging that farmers were not participating in talks to resolve the road blockade around the National Capital Region or NCR.

Farmers protesting yesterday’s violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri decided to end their dharna from ground zero and cremate the dead after the government announced heavy compensation for the dead and injured.

The government has promised a compensation of Rs 45 lakh to the families of those who died. A compensation of Rs 10 lakh will be given to the injured. A retired judge will investigate the matter, the government has said.

A murder case has been registered against Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra, who was accused by farmers of driving one of the three vehicles that crushed the protesters, leading to violence. The protesters were trying to block the visit of Union Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.

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