Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has urged farmers to suspend their stir against the Centre's three new farm laws amid a surge in Covid-19 cases in the state suggesting that it's infecting the villages as people travelled back and forth to the protest sites.Appealing to the farmers to stop the protest, the Haryana chief minister said farmers may resume the agitation later if they wish, but they must stop it as of now. "If they wish to restart these dharnas once the situation is under control, they are free to do so," PTI quoted Khattar as saying on Thursday in a conference."A month ago, I had appealed to farmer leaders to suspend protest amid Covid-19 spread and can resume after the situation is under control. Now, it has emerged that these dharnas have made a few villages hotspot as villagers travelled back and forth to protest sites," he added.The Haryana CM further stated that the farmers have not only been sitting in protest near the Singhu and Tikri borders but in many other parts of Haryana too.Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.On Thursday, Haryana reported 163 Covid-19 related deaths taking the cumulative toll to 6,238 while 12,286 fresh infections pushed the total case count to 6,65,028.The latest deaths include 17 each from Gurugram and Rohtak, 15 from Karnal, 14 from Hisar and 12 from Bhiwani.
Among the districts which continued to report a big spike in cases including Gurugram (2,159), Sirsa (1,350), Faridabad (1,091) and Hisar (1,166), according to the health department's daily bulletin.The overall caseload in the state has reached d1,03,140 while the total recoveries so far were 5,55,650. The cumulative positivity rate was 8.24 per cent and the recovery rate was 83.55 per cent.