Hisar, May 16: Police here on Sunday lobbed tear gas shells and used force to disperse a group of farmers who tried march towards the venue where Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had gone to inaugurate a COVID hospital.

Many people were injured in the incident.

Khattar inaugurated a 500-bed COVID Hospital on a school premises and had left the venue just before the protest took a violent turn.

The farmers were stopped before they could reach the venue, police said. They allegedly jumped police barricades after which police used force and lobbed tear gas shells.

While farmers claimed that over 50 of them sustained injuries in what they alleged was a police lathicharge, an official spokesperson said over 20 policemen, including a DSP and five policewomen, were also injured.

Police claimed some farmers pelted them with stones when they tried to stop them. Five police vehicles were also damaged by the protesters, they said.

The incident took place when the farmers, who have been protesting against the Centre's new farm laws, started proceeding towards Hisar from the Ramayan toll plaza to stage a protest against Khattar, who was to inaugurate a 500-bed COVID hospital there.

Police detained some agitators, including women. Police claimed they were marching towards the hospital to create obstructions in the chief minister's event.

Farmers are protesting against the Centre's new farm laws since late November and have been opposing public functions of BJP-JJP leaders in the state.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmers' unions spearheading the stir against the farm laws, in a statement condemned the brutal assault on the protesters.

The SKM said farmers unions have announced tehsil and district-level protests on Monday in Haryana and UP against the alleged lathicharge.

Opposition Congress and Indian National Lok Dal hit out at the Khattar government for raining lathis on peaceful protesters.

A police spokesperson said the protesters broke metal barricade installed on a canal bridge and threw it into the canal.

After this, the protesters attacked DSP Abhimanyu Lohan, the spokesperson said.

Thereafter, some protesters started entering the Chaudhary Devi Lal Sanjivani Hospital complex set up at Jindal Modern School.

At this place, the miscreants also tried to run a tractor over policemen, leaving some of them injured, the spokesperson said.

"The miscreants have also damaged five police vehicles," they said.

"Surprisingly, even after the conclusion of the hospital's inauguration programme, they tried to enter the premises where the treatment of coronavirus-infected has started today," he said, adding many of them had intention to commit violence on a large scale.

Haryana BKU chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni said over 150 farmers have been detained and they should be immediately released.

If not released, they will gherao all police stations in Haryana on Monday, Chaduni said.

The farmers later held a meeting in which Chaduni was also present.

To protest the police action, Chaduni said farmers blocked for two hours several highways, including the KMP expressway and the NH-44 at Pipli.

They also blocked the Jind-Patiala, Jind-Chandigarh, Jind-Rohtak and Hisar-Chandigarh highways.

Haryana Congress president Kumari Selja condemned the use of force against farmers.

Rather than rolling back the farm laws, the BJP-JJP government is raining lathis on farmers, she said in a statement, adding that such a government has no right to stay in power and must step down.

She also alleged that the chief minister inaugurated the hospital in the presence of a large number of people, putting them at risk by not following the COVID protocols.

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said farmers' turban turned red with blood .

He said by unleashing such brutality on farmers, the General Dyer face of the Khattar government has been exposed .

INLD senior Abhay Singh Chautala also hit out at the state government, saying the "police lathicharge on peaceful protesting farmers" was condemnable.

Earlier this month, a group of farmers had staged a protest in Jind after they came to know that Chief Minister Manohar Khattar was there to take stock of arrangements in view of the prevailing COVID situation. However, the CM had left the town when farmers started their protest.

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Bengaluru, Jun 12: Karnataka police on Saturday said they have busted a Rs 290 crore plus scam that involved duping people through a mobile app after promising attractive interest on investment and two Chinese nationals were among the nine arrested.

The scam, aided by shell companies, is linked to money laundering and the suspected kingpin is a Kerala based business man with proximity to Chinese 'hawala' operators, they said.

Cyber Crime Division of CID said it has arrested accused persons, including two Chinese nationals, two Tibetans and five others acting as directors of the companies involved, and a search is on for the rest.

A complaint from Razor pay Software Private Limited said accused persons availed 'payment solutions' from them, claiming that they are in gaming, social and e-commerce businesses.

They, however, defrauded the company by using computer resources and by deviating from their original, registered line of business, the plaint said.

They started routing their transactions to collect payments from a different business named "Powerbank", an app listed in Google Playstore, cyber police said in a release.

Through customer complaints, the complainant company got to know that public invested money in the "Powerbank" app to earn interest on the invested amount.

The accused persons, after accepting the investments, neither gave the agreed interest nor the principal amount and cheated customers.

A case was registered under the Information Technology Act and 420 IPC (Cheating), the CCD said and added that the investigating team were successful in arresting nine men.

During investigation, it was found that Anas Ahmed, a Kerala based businessman, is the main person involved.

"We have also identified that he has very proximate connections with the Chinese hawala operators, which has come to light during the course of the investigation.

He had opened shell companies in the name of Bull Finch Technologies, H & S ventures and Clifford ventures to route the fraud money. Anas Ahamed is married to Chinese national and incidentally he did his studies in China," police said in the release.

Online applications hosted by him were later camouflaged and converted into different apps including Power Bank application, seeking investment from the public and promising good returns, the CCD said.

An unusual spike was seen in investments on the day Anees Ahmed announced much higher returns.

Subsequently, such apps were removed from Google Playstore and other websites and he absconded with the money.

Investigation showed Rs 290 crore inflow into his bank accounts and the CCD was successful in freezing a significant portion of it. There was a huge spike in opening of shell companies since November 2020.

"We have also observed that the Chinese handlers are in possession of a huge number of shell companies and bank accounts. Lured by the offer of the Chinese nationals, many innocent Indians and Tibetans have fallen in their trap to open shell companies and open bank accounts for them."