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Make Mandsaur firing probe report public: Kamal Nath

6/1/2018

Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal, State Congress president Kamal Nath has demanded the government to make the report of Mandsaur firing incident public before 6 June. He said the tenure of the Jain Commission, formed to probe Mandsaur firing, was extended four times and it finally ended on 11 May. But even 20 days after the end of tenure, the probe report has not been made public. Nath said the Congress is apprehensive that the government would manipulate the probe report. He also demanded the government to withdraw the false cases lodged against the farmers. The Congress leader asked the government to tell when the FIR would be lodged against those who indulged in bungling in the procurement of onions and pulses in 2017. Nath also condemned the government for intimidating farmers and forcing them to sign bonds. Meanwhile Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Anil Yadav has expressed fear that the way the administration is intimidating the farmers by sending police to villages and making them sign bonds is angering the farmers. They are also pitting farmers one against the other. Like last year this time too they have forced the RSS backed Bharatiya Mazdoor Kisan Sangh to withdraw from the strike. But 90 per cent of the farmers are with us, Yadav said. According to Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh leader Shiv Sharma alias Kakkaji during the course of the 10-day strike no farmer will leave their village to sell their produce. Our agitation is peaceful and we are requesting city dwellers to come and buy our produce from the villages, he said when asked whether there will be shortage of essential items. During agitation last year there was heavy shortage of milk and vegetables and things were sold at exorbitant prices as the administration was caught unawares. The farmers’ strike is to demand that they get one and half time their investment for their produce among other things. It also marks the one year of police firing and lathi charge at agitating farmers in Mandsaur on June 6, in which six people lost their lives. Amidst fears of price rise of food items during the 10-day farmers strike from June 1 to June 10 when they will stop supply of milk, vegetables and fruit to the mandis all over the state, people in the state have started stocking these items, as the impact of the strike is expected to be the maximum in these two districts. The administration on the other hand is trying to allay such fears and maintain that the situation is under control.

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