"Crack their heads": Shocking video of Haryana official coaching cops about farmers
Karnal : A shocking video of a Haryana official directing the cops to give head injuries to protesting farmers against BJP leaders has gone viral on social media.
Nearly 10 people have been reported injured as the state police lathi-charged a group of farmers who had stopped traffic on a highway while heading towards Haryana's Karnal to protest against a BJP meeting.
The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, state BJP chief Om Prakash Dhankar and other senior leaders were present.
In the viral video on social media, shared by Varun Gandhi, Karnal's Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Ayush Sinha can be seen standing in front of a group of policemen and instructing them that no protesting farmer should go beyond a certain barricade in the area.
"It is very simple and clear, whoever he is, wherever he is from, no one should be allowed to reach there. We will not let this line be breached at any cost. Just pick up your lathi and hit them hard... It's very clear, there is no need for any instruction, just thrash them hard. If I see a single protester here, I want to see his head smashed, crack their heads," Mr Sinha is heard saying in the video.
"Any doubt?" the SDM added in the end.
"No sir," the group of policemen shouted.
"I hope this video is edited and the DM did not say this... Otherwise, this is unacceptable in democratic India to do to our own citizens," BJP's Varun Gandhi tweeted.
Senior leader Randeep Singh Surjewala condemned the police action and tweeted, "Khattar Sahab, today you have rained lathis on Haryanvis' soul... coming generations will remember the blood of farmers which has been spilled on the roads."
Swaraj India chief and a key leader of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha or SKM, Yogendra Yadav, said the police action "exposed the true face of the Haryana Police". "They (farmers) were protesting against the visit of CM Khattar and other BJP leaders to Karnal. This is the true face of Haryana police," Mr Yadav tweeted.