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Business News/ News / India/  Delhi Chalo march: Haryana govt withdraws National Security Act against farmer leaders
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Delhi Chalo march: Haryana govt withdraws National Security Act against farmer leaders

Farmers Delhi Chalo protest: The Haryana government used the National Security Act against farmer leaders and police are investigating property damage.

Tractors and trolleys of the protesting farmers parked on a highway during their ongoing protest over various demands, including a legal guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) for crops, at the Punjab-Haryana Shambhu Border, in Patiala district, on Thursday. (PTI)Premium
Tractors and trolleys of the protesting farmers parked on a highway during their ongoing protest over various demands, including a legal guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) for crops, at the Punjab-Haryana Shambhu Border, in Patiala district, on Thursday. (PTI)

The Haryana government on Friday withdrew the National Security Act from a few farm union leaders of the Ambala district as police officials urged the protestors to maintain peace and cooperate with the authorities in the area.

Sibash Kabiraj, IGP Ambala Range said, “This is to clarify to all concerned that the matter of invoking provisions of the National Security Act on a few farm union leaders of district Ambala has been reconsidered and it has been decided that the same will not be invoked."

“Haryana Police appeals to the protestors and their leaders to maintain peace and cooperate with the authorities in maintaining law and order," he added. 

The Haryana government invoked the National Security Act against farmer leaders on Thursday and police officials are currently seeking details of property loss in Ambala district, according to ANI reports. 

In an official statement, Ambala Police wrote, “From February 13, 2024, continuous efforts are being made by the farmer organizations to break the barricade imposed on Shambhu Border by the farmers regarding their march to Delhi, and daily attempts are being made to spoil the law and order by pelting stones at the police administration and creating ruckus."

During this period, a lot of damage has been caused to the government and private property by encroachment, the police said, adding the administration had already that if the agitators caused damage to government and private property then this loss would be compensated by seizing their property and bank accounts.

“If public property is damaged by the agitators during the movement, there is an amendment in the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act 1984 (PDPP Act) under the provisions of the Supreme Court in which, the people who caused damage to public property during the movement or called for the movement and the officials of that organization are held responsible for any damage caused," the statement read. 

According to the Haryana Public Administration's Property Recovery Act 2021, in case of damage to government property, there is a provision to compensate for the loss of public property by attaching property and confiscating bank accounts of the person causing the loss.

“Proceedings to compensate for the loss of government property during the farmers' protest, attachment of property and seizure of bank accounts of the protestors have been initiated," it added as quoted by ANI. 

In addition, police have also initiated the National Security Act (NSA) against the farmer leaders. "Proceedings have been initiated under the NSA National Security Act 1980/NSA against the chief officials of farmer organizations and the agitators," the Ambala police said on X (formerly Twitter).

The Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) will observe a 'Black Friday' today following the death of a farmer at Khanauri Border crossing in Sangrur district, Punjab, during the ongoing protests.

 

(With ANI inputs)

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Published: 23 Feb 2024, 07:12 AM IST
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