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NHRC issues notices to CS, DGP on stripping of farmers Photo corroborates Cong’s charges contrary to BJP MLA’ claims

The farmers took part in a Congress protest to press their demand to declare Tikamgarh as a drought affected district by the government

bhopal Updated: Oct 05, 2017 21:38 IST
Ranjan and Anupam Pateriya, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
Farmers at Dehat police station of Tikamgarh where they were allegedly ordered by policemen to disrobe on Tuesday(File photo/HT)

Whereas the Opposition and the ruling party have locked horns on Tikamgarh incident in which farmers, about 40 in number, were forced to disrobe in a police station on Tuesday National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to chief secretary and director general of police, Madhya Pradesh asking them to submit a report in this context within 4 weeks.

On Thursday BJP MLA from Tikamgarh KK Shrivastava claimed it was the Congressmen on whose instigation farmers disrobed but a photo obtained from police sources doesn’t corroborate the MLA’s charge. Instead, policemen are seen in the photo making the farmers put off their clothes while leaving them in underwear.

The farmers took part in a Congress protest to press their demand to declare Tikamgarh as a drought affected district by the government when they were detained by police, taken to the police station, allegedly beaten up and made to disrobe.

While the farmers photo in their underwear highlighted by media has shaken the ruling party and the government the incident has given a shot in the Opposition’s arms to further attack the state government in general and chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in particular on farmers issues barely five months after police firing in Mandsaur which killed five farmers.

Talking to the Hindustan Times MP Youth Congress president Kunal Chaudhary who along with other Congress leaders led the agitation in Tikamgarh said nothing could be a bigger lie than what the ruling party claimed that the farmers disrobed at the Congress leaders’ instance.

Shivkumar Sharma, president Rashtriya Mazdoor Kisan Sangh said, “Tikamgarh incident is a glaring example that there is no change in the attitude of the government towards farmers who continued to suffer due to policies of governments.”

Shivkant Dixit, state general secretary RSS affiliated Bharatiya Kisan Sangh said, “The incident was really unfortunate if the farmers were really subjected so such a treatment but at the same time the farmers must realise that they should not take a part in any political party’s agitation. They should raise their voice under the banner of farmers’ organisation.”

The NHRC in a release says, “The Commission has observed that the contents of the media report, if true, are indicative of violation of human rights of the farmers.

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Face file

Oct 3Cong agitation on farmers issues at Tikamgarh. Police detain several farmers and allegedly forced them to disrobe in police station. Photo highlighted by media

Oct 4Home minister orders inquiry by a senior police officer

Police lodge FIR against 1000 unknown Congressmen

Oct 5BJP MLA says farmers disrobed at Congressmen’s instance

First Published: Oct 05, 2017 21:38 IST