It has been five days since farmer Chandu Ram succumbed to his injuries suffered in police action, yet Rajasthan continues to boil since activists of the Kisan Beopar Majdoor Sanghrash Samiti are still refusing to cremate his body over compensation to his family.
Violence continued unabated as demonstrators clashed with the police during a Samiti-sponsored bandh on Monday. Director General of Police A.S. Gill told the Hindustan Times that 26 persons, including six policemen were injured during a cane charge at Rawatsar in Hanumangrah district.
Gill said as demonstrators tried to barge into the SDO office, the police was compelled to use force.
The injured were admitted at a local hospital and those who suffered bruises were discharged after first aid. The bandh was near total in Hanumangrah, Ganganagar and Bikaner districts. Vehicles stayed off the roads as business establishments and educational institutions remained closed.
Though the protestors refused to cremate Ram, they accepted the state government’s appeal to let doctors do a post-mortem to find out the exact cause of the farmer’s death.
Contradicting the DGP, Samiti Chairman Sant Lekha Singh and Pradesh Congress Committee chief BD Kalla claimed that out of 40 people, who were injured in police action, the condition of four women protestors’ were serious. The leaders alleged police’s high-handedness on peaceful demonstrators. Singh said more than 80 farmers were arrested.