MP farmers’ protests: Arrest warrant against Congress MLA, another leader for inciting mob

Earlier on June 13, an FIR was registered against the MLA from Shivpuri, Khatik, and Goyal in Karera police station in Madhya Pradesh on the same charges.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 29, 2017 5:08 pm
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A Madhya Pradesh court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant against Congress leaders Shakuntala Khatik and Venus Goyal for inciting violence among protesters during farmers’ protests in the state.

Earlier on June 13, an FIR was registered against the MLA from Shivpuri, Khatik, and Goyal in Karera police station in Madhya Pradesh on the same charges. A video had emerged of the Congress MLA urging the protesters to burn the police station down. In the video, Khatik was seen repeatedly inciting the people to accompany her to burn down a nearby police station, whereas a police officer was seen requesting the MLA to calm down.

On June 12, Khatik had refuted the allegations saying she was only responding to the incompetence of the police station. “I told police if they can’t ensure women safety then why are they sitting in the police station, set it on fire,” she told ANI. “I didn’t instigate the workers. Would they have remained silent, had I asked them to do so?” Khatik said.

Since the beginning of this month, farmers in Madhya Pradesh have been protesting, demanding loan waivers and higher remunerative prices for their crops. Following the police firing in Mandsaur in which six farmers were killed, the situation spiralled out of control with protesters resorted to looting and arson in several districts.

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    Prem Silhi
    Jun 29, 2017 at 8:05 pm
    The big question for MLA Sha ala Khatak is whether to “set it on fire” is her remedy for the alleged inefficiency on the part of those sitting in the police station? If you observe carefully the prevailing widescale corruption all across the country and not the lack of a common language for Indians or the virtues in the majority Hindu religion, have united the nation for easy crowd-management by the Indian National Congress and their cronies in the last seven decades! Cont’d below...
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      Prem Silhi
      Jun 29, 2017 at 8:04 pm
      We do not have a common language that would bind us one people one nation—detrimental to the Congress ochlocracy—and despite millions of temples, mosques, churches, far exceeding the numbers of schools, colleges, universities, hospitals and any other ins-t-i-t-ution claiming civic reforms or remedies, we Indians lack national character. Think, could the MLA ever say that for the Indian National Congress for the way they have reduced the country to a mound of termites, suffering from the corrupt and inefficient? No. Book her and prosecute her to the fullest extent of the law for criminal mischief. And, through her get to those in the background responsible for her actions, including the media.
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        C N Raghuraman Raghuraman
        Jun 29, 2017 at 11:28 am
        Good beginning. Hope acts of such nature creates a trend where the politicians indulging in unlawful acts are booked
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          Prem Silhi
          Jun 29, 2017 at 4:26 pm
          You are right on spot but we should have stringent laws to deal with unlawful crowds before they become unruly crowds. Indian National Congress has been known for engagement of crowds of gullible citizens for political stampede to target its victim. Although the Dalit issue has been an easy weapon in the political nal, Congress has always used farmer and laborer if and when they served their anti-India designs to gain power. A simple rule for organizers of political or civic events should be the requirement of their ability to ensure safety of pubic and the public property. The administrative station should define ways and means to achieve this goal. The punishment for the violator(s) should extend to the so-called sponsors in the event of indictment for a criminal mischief.
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