Cases against farmers being withdrawn, compensation to martyrs families being worked out, says Haryana CM | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday said that 280 cases against agitating farmers are in the process of getting withdrawn and compensation to martyrs families is being worked out.
Manohar Lal Khattar in an interaction with women journalists, representing the Indian Women’s Press Corps (IWPC), said that a list is being tallied by the state government at present to identify families who will receive compensation.
Withdrawing the farm laws had only added to the “stature” of Prime Minster Narendra Modi, reflecting his sensitive side, Khattar claimed. “Since he is not known to go back on any issue, when he actually did it because the farmers did not agree with the legislations, it only a added to his stature,” he said, while replying to several questions on the farmers movement and the role of the Haryana government over the last one year.
The state government has yet to arrive at a figure of compensation and the death figures too need to be validated, the chief minister said, when asked about the compensations and the withdrawal of cases against farmers.
“The government does not have a record. How do we know if the person died in the protest site or in a road accident near the site. There are around 280 cases related to farmers’ protests in the state and the process of withdrawing them is on. Except four to five cases that have to do with murder or rape that will not be withdrawn, the others will be withdrawn. Some are in the courts and hence the procedure is longer but they will all be taken back,” he said.
The chief minister also said that the attack by Hindu groups on Christmas day celebrations in Pataudi and the vandalization of a statue of Jesus Christ outside a church in Ambala was “unfortunate” and that there was “no reason to support such incidents,” in reply to a question on the recent issue.
“It was an unfortunate incident. There is no reason to support such incidents. It is not right to interrupt any function, they (Hindu groups) should either object before or after the function. If there are any apprehensions, they can be sorted out. People of all groups should sit and talk, there are peace committees as well to resolve such issues,” he said.
However, on the sustained campaign by Hindu groups to prevent namaaz in some public areas in Gurugram, Khattar stuck to his line that “making namaaz a show of strength is not appropriate.”
He said, “I cannot say if the incidents in Gurugram were avoidable or not. People from both sides should sit down with the administration. Even if they (Muslims) have to pray in the open it should be designated spots. For people of every group, there is a process to get permission to hold their functions in the open. People of both groups should sit together and decide what should be done.”