Protesting farmers on Sunday vandalised the venue where Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was scheduled to address a gathering, at Kaimla village in Haryana’s Karnal district, PTI reported.

As part of the ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ programme, CM Khattar was to give a speech about benefits of the Centre’s three farm laws.

Earlier, Haryana Police used water cannons and teargas shells to prevent farmers from marching towards the village. However, their efforts were in vain as farmers were able to march through the barricades set up at the entry points of the village and reach the venue. They were reportedly carrying black flags and shouting slogans against the current government. 

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According to PTI, the stage was damaged and chairs were broken, along with tables and flower pots. The farmers also sought to take control of the makeshift helipad.

The programme was cancelled due to an ‘unruly act’ by farmers at the behest of BKU leader Gurnam Singh Charuni, BJP leader Raman Mallik said.

Farmers from Haryana and Punjab have been protesting against the recently passed farm laws for more than a month now, at various borders of the national capital.