Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission on Friday issued notices to District Collector, Superintendent of Police and other officials of Raisen district over violence during farmers' protest that killed one person in May this year.

The officials have been asked to appear before the commission on December 21, commission officials said. Taking suo-motu cognisance, the commission had initiated an inquiry into the police firing during clash between police and farmers in Bareli town that left one person dead.

Based on the report of its probe, the commission held the District Collector, the SP and other officials guilty of not taking proper measures before ordering to open fire, that resulted in the death of a farmer Hari Singh on May 7.

It was also found in the probe that soon after a cane-charge, police fired 18 rounds from an AK-47 assault rifle and five rounds from a 9 mm pistol, in which Hari Singh died.

In its finding, the MPHRC also found that the police resorted to a cane charge from three sides without any warning because of which people were unable to flee the spot. The administration imposed Section 144 only after the mob turned violent, while they could have done so from the morning of May 7 itself, sources said.

The report also said that there was a shortage of jute bags for filling up wheat crop in the mandi and farmers were agitating against it because of delay in procurement of their crop at Minimum Support Price.

Despite knowing this, the administration did not take any corrective measure and continued to send out SMSes to farmers for selling their wheat at the procurement centre.

Farmers had been agitating against the mismanagement in procurement process since April 16, but district and police
officials did not take any measures to end it.


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