Wrong choice of words but strictness needed: Haryana CM on IAS officer’s ‘crack their heads’ remark | India News

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NEW DELHI: Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday disapproved of Karnal SDM‘s “crack their heads” remarks during the farmers protest in the state.
However, Khattar said that strictness was needed to maintain law and order.
“[The] officer’s choice of words was wrong. Administration will look into matter. He shouldn’t have spoken those words, but strictness was needed to maintain law & order,” Khattar said.
Karnal SDM Ayush Sinha, a 2018-batch IAS officer, was caught on camera telling police to “break farmers’ heads” during the farmers’ protest in Haryana.
The IAS officer, however, said he has not seen the video which has gone viral and that he would check and comment later.
The remarks exacerbated the controversy over police lathi-charge on farmers last week with the opposition parties mounting attack on the ML Khattar-led government.
Deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala had also disapproved of Sinha’s remarks and promised action against the IAS officer.
Meanwhile, Karnal Deputy Commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav expressed regret over Sinha’s remarks, saying though the intention of the officer was to stop the protesters from breaking barricades, some words used by him were not appropriate.
“Being head of the Karnal district administration, I express regret for those words,” he told reporters in Karnal.
“He is a sincere officer. In the heat of the moment, some words were used which should not have used. However, what he meant was to convey to the police that if protesters break two barricades, they may reach the venue of the meeting and indulge in vandalism,” Yadav said.
(With inputs from agencies)

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