“No one raised slogans and no one distributed sweets. All accused are innocent because police filed a false case against them,” Subhash Laxman Koli, on whose alleged complaint 15 Muslim men were arrested for cheering for Pakistan during the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final.
The ruling BJP backed Mishra as opposition Congress demanded his resignation. Mishra is the BJP’s public face, who briefs journalists after cabinet meeting and defends the government whenever it is in trouble.
Six people died during the farmer protests in Mandsaur, MP, after which the government announced Rs 1 crore to each of the families. The Indian Express visits their homes to hear their stories — from a new-born who will never see her father to an aunt who asks: “Will we get the money? When?”
Hanifa Shaikh, a mother of three, says her husband Shaikh Mukaddar, a daily wager, was picked up at 1 am. “I begged them not to beat up my husband but they were unmoved. I don’t know if he had any enemies in village because he was always at work,’’ she says.
The police said "It’s difficult to prove the sedition charge. Moreover, none of them has a criminal background. After initial investigation we found Section 153-A is more appropriate instead of Section 124-A.’’
When the family members visited the Burhanpur court premises Tuesday, they had a tough time as some right-wing activists, advocates and commoners called them names. “They raised slogans like ‘Hindustan Zindabad’. We also said ‘Hindustan Zindabad’ because we love the country,’’ the 62-year-old said.
The state government has already constituted a one-man judicial commission to inquire into circumstances leading to the incident of firing.
The accused are alleged to have celebrated Pakistan’s victory by bursting crackers in different places in the village and raised slogans in support of the neighbouring country.
The three youngsters were booked under Section 153 A (b) of IPC (acts likely to promote communal disharmony and disturb public peace), town inspector Dinesh Varma said
The youth had been arrested after the cyber cell of MP police informed the district police about the post. “We found that he had no criminal background. He shared the message with his friends,” Chaudhary said.
A woman IAS officer in Madhya Pradesh has sought police protection in Chhatarpur and Umaria districts, citing threat to her life from a sand miner who has been in jail for the past four months.
The general manager of Chhatarpur District Cooperative Bank issued a press note on Thursday quoting Collector Ramesh Bhandari as having said that Rs 78 crore due from farmers should be recovered by June 30.
Scindia, who led the Bhopal protest by camping at the venue, announced that the satyagraha will continue till criminal cases are filed against police officers who fired at farmers and over 300 jailed farmers are freed.
Not satisfied with the administration’s action, Bajrang Dal activists protested over the last two days demanding action against the nun
The unrest among farmers, in MP, has got Chouhan, trying to reestablish his kisan purta credentials, and Scindia, whom the BJP derides as a maharaja far removed from ground realities, trying to build an image ahead of the 2018 assembly elections.
According to insiders, Chouhan had so far avoided travelling to Mandsaur because anger was palpable in the first few days of the deaths.
Satna GRP station in-charge S R Dabri said that Sister Bina (the nun), three women and a minor girl had been detained. They follow Christianity, he added
Madhya Pradesh farmers' unrest: Out of work between harvesting and sowing seasons, they rode the highway and forced vendors and traders not to do business.
“They dragged my son and grandsons and beat me and my husband,’’ the woman alleged two days ago but refused to narrate her ordeal in detail on Monday because her associates said she would not to speak to anyone until the CM arrived
The Chief Minister said several farmer organisations had appealed him to call of the fast and some of them were present on the dais.
Dhakad’s father, Durgalal, said he got a call from the police on Thursday night, informing him that his son was injured and had been referred to M Y Hospital in Indore.
Accused of proselytisation, 3 men and a minor languish in an MP jail; parents of the children they were escorting to a camp wonder why.
As the farm protests in Maharashtra spilled over to MP, with five people killed in police firing in Mandsaur last week, The Sunday Express looks at the economics and politics of the unrest
As the farm protests in Maharashtra spilled over to MP, with five people killed in police firing in Mandsaur last week, The Sunday Express looks at the economics and politics of the unrest.
Madhya Pradesh farmers' protest: “The agitation has become lawless in certain parts and protesters will be dealt with strictly,’’ said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Away from the spotlight, the families are still trying to come to terms with the deep sense of loss, grief often giving way to anger. Each has one query: Why was he shot?
Chouhan gave orders to immediately constitute a Rs 1000-crore price stabilisation fund. He also announced that tur, urad and moong would be purchased from farmers from June 10 to June 30.
Shivkumar Sharma, who has appropriated leadership of the farmers’ agitation in Madhya Pradesh, had led a farmers’ protest against shortage of gunny bags in Bareli town of the state in May 2012.
While six deaths were reported earlier, district officials said on Wednesday that one death was not related to the protests. The farmers are demanding better prices for their produce and waiver of loans.
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore and a job to the next of kin of each dead and Rs five lakh and free treatment to those injured in MP.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh claimed that neither the local police nor CRPF opened fire at protesters. He said a probe has been initiated. Pretending to be farmers some anti-social elements were engaging in loot and arson, he claimed.
The BKU contradicted chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s announcement on Sunday that farmers had called off their strike.
Students say substandard, govt halts distribution, activists allege scam, firm says did nothing wrong
After its office-bearers met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Ujjain, the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), an organisation affiliated to the RSS, said it has suspended the agitation.
The money to preraks, amounting to more than Rs 2.35 crore, was transferred from the Rajya Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural) account in Punjab National Bank in Bhopal.
Kamal Patel has been given a week to explain why he chose to go public instead of airing his views at the party forum.