Bhopal: Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Tuesday demanded a judicial probe into Tuesday's incident at Bareli where a farmer died in police firing.

While state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan likes to call himself a son of a farmer, he should be ashamed that a farmer had been killed in an area, which he earlier represented in the Lok Sabha, Singh said in a statement issued here.

A farmer was killed and about 40 others were injured when police fired at the farmers protesting wheat procurement and shortage of jute bags in Bareli town on Monday.

If farmers in Raisen district were being treated like this, one could imagine what treatment they would be getting elsewhere in the state, he said.

It had become a habit with Chouhan to blame the Centre for all his problems, whereas the state government was responsible for the shortage of jute bags in the state, he added.

The present situation was a result of mismanagement and prevailing corruption, he said, adding that it was because of the anti-farmer policies of the state government that farmers were being forced to commit suicides.

"I also demand that Chouhan should apologise to the farmers for the treatment being given to them."


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