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Hisar administration agrees to withdraw criminal cases against farmers after hours of impasse

Hisar, May 24

Hisar administration has agreed to withdraw all criminal cases against farmers within a month, farmer leaders said on Monday after talks between the two sides over last week’s clashes.

An 11-member farmer delegation lead by Rakesh Tikait have been holed up with police and district administration officials at the mini-secretariat to resolve the deadlock over a clash with police in the district that left several wounded on both sides last week.

The clash broke out just before Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was to visit the city to inaugurate a new Covid care centre.

 Among prominent farmer leaders who attended the meeting were Rakesh Tikait and Joginder Singh Ugraha.

Farmer leaders said they were satisfied with the conclusion of the meeting, and the assurance that the administration gave them.

The meeting came after a standoff between farmers and the district administration after farmers threatened to gherao the mini secretariat.

A massive build-up of protesters from Hisar and adjoining districts put authorities on the tenterhooks in the town. While the town turned into a virtual fortress with heavy deployment of police, the force has so far not restricted the farmers from entering the town.