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BJP demands high-level probe into Gonda incident

lucknow Updated: Mar 30, 2011 15:34 IST

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Alleging that farmers in UP are being forced to commit suicide due to anti-farmer policy of the state government, BJP on Wednesday demanded a high-level probe into the Gonda incident where a youth immolated himself after his father was arrested for loan recovery.

"There should be a high-level probe into the incident in which Ved Prakash Pandey immolated himself due to official apathy as he was not heard by any officer even when he was ready to pay the money," BJP's UP president Surya Pratap Shahi told reporters here.

On March 27, Pandey immolated himself in front of Gonda district magistrate's residence after his father was arrested for non-repayment of loan taken to purchase a tractor.

"Farmers are being forced to commit suicide in the state due to anti-farmer policy of Mayawati government and administrative atrocities," Sahi, who visited the youth's village Pure Urai yesterday, alleged.

He said an FIR should be lodged against district officials including the DM and an inquiry by revenue board chairman should be ordered into the matter.

He also demanded Rs 15 lakh ex-gratia to Ved's kin and job for his wife.

Alleging harassment of farmers in realisation of agricultural loan, Sahi demanded a bonus of Rs 100 per quintal to farmers on wheat purchase.

"The government has announced a support price of Rs 1,120 per quintal but we expected a higher price. A bonus of Rs 100 per quintal should be given to the farmers," he said.

He demanded that harassment of farmers in loan recovery should be stopped and government employees who indulge in such activities should be punished.

Shahi said his party will organise five mega rallies across the state on the issue of alleged deteriorating law and order in UP, rampant corruption and scams and increasing crime against women from April 9.