Ex-Haryana Minister and others held by farmers released

Rohtak : Former Haryana Minister of State for Cooperatives Manish Grover and several other BJP leaders who were held hostage by villagers at Shiv Temple in Kiloi village of Rohtak district have been released.

Rohtak Deputy Commissioner Capt Manoj Kumar told to media, “Yes, the leaders have been released after the matter was resolved amicably by holding talks with the villagers.”

The BJP leaders had gone to the temple to watch the live telecast of the Prime Minister’s programme from the Kedarnath shrine.

On getting to know about Grover’s visit, a number of villagers assembled at the temple and blocked the main entrance while the former minister and other leaders of the ruling party were inside.

Rohtak Deputy Commissioner, besides the local SP and SDM, rushed to the spot on getting to know about the matter.

Shortly, the SPs of several other adjoining districts were also called to the spot.

A tense situation prevailed at the village for hours with hundreds of villagers gathering at the temple.

Senior administrative and police officers held talks with the villagers to get the BJP leaders released and eventually got the matter resolved.

In the meantime, the farmers have asked the crowd to surround the temple from all sides. Sources said policemen from Sonipat and Jhajjar have also reached the area, and they have been told to be ready to deal with any situation.

Farmers especially from Haryana and Punjab have been protesting against the farm laws alleging that they would give control of agriculture in private hands. The government has denied this allegation and has even offered to amend the laws.

BJP leaders who have been in and around areas where big concentration of protesting farmers have gathered have often become targets in recent times, since the BJP is also in the centre, which made the new laws.

BJP Rajya Sabha member Ram Chander Jangra also faced slogans and black flags by a group of farmers in Haryana’s Hisar district today when he came to inaugurate a dharmshala (inn). The windshield of his car was smashed in a fight between the police and farmers.

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