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Madhya Pradesh police file case against 1,000 Cong workers as row over farmers escalates

Opposition promises to widen campaign against chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, state govt asks for report to determine if farmers stripped on their own

india Updated: Oct 05, 2017 09:33 IST
HT Correspondent
Members of the Congress stage a protest against the government in Tikamgarh, where a group of farmers was allegedly forced to strip inside a police station.
Members of the Congress stage a protest against the government in Tikamgarh, where a group of farmers was allegedly forced to strip inside a police station.(HT photo)

The Madhya Police filed a case against 1,000 unidentified Congress workers a day after allegedly rounding up dozens of farmers in a Bundelkhand town and allegedly forcing them to strip inside a police station.

The FIR on Wednesday coincided with an escalation in the political battle between the Congress, which led Tuesday’s farm protest, and the Bharatiya Janata Party government of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Chouhan accused the Congress of creating tension, and state home minister Bhupendra Singh ordered an inquiry into whether the farmers at Tikamgarh were made to strip or took off their clothes on their own.

Congress workers were steadfast. “We will intensify our protest if government doesn’t pay any attention to the demands of farmers,” said state Youth Congress president Kunal Chaudhary during a protest in the state capital Bhopal.

The party also called for a strike and went on a protest march in Tikamgarh, where the situation was tense.

Bundelkhand is one of the most distressed farm regions in Madhya Pradesh, which saw violent protests in June over the issue of loan waivers. Five farmers were killed in police firing at the time, triggering a larger unrest that put chief minister Chouhan in a spot.

On Wednesday, leader of opposition in the state assembly Ajay Singh asked the CM to resign for what he called were atrocities against farmers.

The Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president Arun Yadav said the state unit has informed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi about the situation and the party will launch a wider campaign against the government.

Chhatarpur range DIG KC Jain visited Tikamgarh on Wednesday to prepare a report on Tuesday’s incident of alleged police excesses.