A mahapanchayat of farmers from 21 villagers of Rewari district of Haryana on Sunday threatened to re-launch their agitation within a month's time if the State government did not accept their demand for withdrawal of a proposal to acquire about 3000 acres of land along the Delhi-Jaipur highway.
The meeting of various organisations at Asalwas village reiterated their resolve to continue with the struggle to save the farmers’ land. Meanwhile, the State government through the district administration has sought to open talks with the Mahapanchayat representatives.
The participants at the mahapanchayat have taken strong exception to the State government’s silence over the issue, despite having assured that the acquisition proposal would be withdrawn and matter resolved. Through a resolution the mahapanchayat said that in the next phase of the agitation, the date of which would announced later, the farmers would disrupt electricity supply to all industrial establishments in the region. Under the banner of Bhumi Adhigrahan Sangharsh Samiti, farmers of the Bawal block of Rewari district had launched a protest against the proposed acquisition of the land on which the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) plans to establish an industrial park. In July this year the protest turned violent till it was withdrawn following assurances by the Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
Then the State government had stayed the acquisition and ordered a judicial inquiry into the violence in which cases were registered against 350 protestors, a few dozen persons including policemen were injured and dozens of vehicles were set ablaze.