Madhya Pradesh: Farmers ‘stripped, beaten up’ in police station; probe ordered

Thousands of farmers had participated in Khet Bachao Kisan Bachao Andolan organized by the Congress in the town to demand that Tikamgarh district be declared drought-affected.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: October 5, 2017 4:30 am
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The Madhya Pradesh government on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into allegations that police personnel made a group of farmers strip down to their underwear and beat them at Tikakgarh Rural Police Station on Tuesday.

The farmers were returning after taking part in a protest organized by the Opposition Congress party in Tikakmgarh town when they were taken to the police station, made to take off their clothes and beaten up in the custody. DGP R K Shukla told The Indian Express that a probe has been ordered into the incident based on media reports because none of the farmers have lodged any complaint so far.

The state human rights commission has taken cognizance and sought a report from the Tikamgarh superintendent of police and called for documents from the rural police station where the incident took place. Thousands of farmers had participated in Khet Bachao Kisan Bachao Andolan organized by the Congress in the town to demand that Tikamgarh district be declared drought-affected because it had received insufficient rains.

Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh and former Congress Minister Yadavendra Singh addressed a rally to criticize the BJP government for doing little for farmers. Trouble started when Congressmen led by the former minister wanted to hand over a memorandum to the district collector who refused to meet them and instead sent a sub-divisional magistrate.

The situation took a turn for the worse when some protesters allegedly pelted stones at the police who responded with lathi charge. The police also lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the protesters. While the Congress said that nearly 30 protesters were injured, the administration claimed that at least eight police personnel sustained injuries.

Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia criticized the BJP government for using force against farmers.

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    Syed Kiyanoosh
    Oct 5, 2017 at 2:16 pm
    When the farmers fight for their rights, existence , they are lathicharged. Only farmers and dejected lovers commit suicide in India. BJP is a pro- rich party, catering to the needs and whims of big business, promoters , Gujju Industrialists etc. What happens when all the farmers stop cultivation for a year ?
    1. A
      Oct 5, 2017 at 8:26 am
      Dear Indian Express please be aware that police lathicharge happens first thereby makeing the crowd aggressive. Then it plants workers of ruling party who are little known face. They start stone pelting against the police lathicharge. It creates chaos over protesting sites. Police take advantage advantage of that situation everywhere in the country. Then it starts lathicharge, tear gas and sometime firing on the name of danger on life. Next time if report this kind of incidence please try to get to thee bottom of the problem.
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        Gandwaa Gujjar
        Oct 4, 2017 at 8:11 pm
        Maroo salloo ko farjii kisaan haii yeah. Khetti maeyy kamaii nahii ho rahii tohh salloo D.K boseo Delhi aurr Bombay maeyy jaa kaeyy mazdoorii karr lo. Kaheyy ko free kaeyy loan aurr karjaeyy kii bheekh maangg raheyy ho
        1. J
          Oct 4, 2017 at 8:07 pm
          1. I
            Oct 4, 2017 at 7:58 pm
            PM and his cabinets are not Gods, they are still human beings and to err is human therefore I don't see a very serious reasons to criticise PM and his government though they have committed several b er. But for me the serious case is PM, his cabinet and the party considering the entire Nation as fools is a serious crime.
            1. D
              Oct 4, 2017 at 11:49 pm
              But you every reason to thrash farmers and undress them and humiliate them.. but not a single reason to criticise Modi and Chouhan.. I dont understand why so such mad slavery and chamchagiri by you..?
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