Farmers vandalise govt office in Haryana

Agitating farmers on Monday vandalised the Rewari district secretariat in Haryana, damaging government property and vehicles, police said, adding at least a dozen protesters were injured in a police lathicharge.

The villagers later laid seige to the secretariat and locked its main gate for five hours, police said.
Superintendent of police Abhishek Garg said a case was registered against the protesters for damaging the public property.

The residents had been protesting outside the secretariat for a week against the acquisition of their land and demolition of houses in the district, some 55 km from here.

Stones pelted

The agitating villagers alleged that some people threw stones at them from the roof of the secretariat.

Following the lathicharge, the protesters locked the main gate of the secretariat and raised slogans against the government.  Politicians owing allegiance to the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Indian National Lok Dal reached the spot and assured the protesters of their support.

The protesters have called for a shutdown in Rewari and Bawal areas on Wednesday. The District Bar Association also extended its support to the protesters and decided to strike work.

Critically injured

A woman protester, who was critically injured, was referred to a Delhi hospital for treatment.
Another seriously injured person was later rushed to a hospital in Rohtak.

The protest began after the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corp. (HSIIDC) began the process to acquire nearly 3,800 acres of agricultural land in 16 villages of the district for developing industrial sectors and served notices to the land owners.

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