BHOPAL: The ongoing farmer violence which was confined to districts of western Madhya Pradesh has now spread to Sehore, home district of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
A 32-year-old farmer, Ghanshyam Dhakad, who was brought by police from Bhaugarh (Mandsaur) to Indore’s MY Hospital on Thursday late night, died later. On duty cops prevented Ghanshyam’s wife from attempting to end her life at the hospital.
Ghanshyam’s kin alleged that he was detained by police from Daloda-Sapra village during the farmers’ agitation in Bhaugarh, Mandsaur, on Thursday afternoon and was brutally beaten in custody. “It was police beating that killed Ghanshyam,” they alleged.
Opposition Congress leaders and workers, including former MP from Dewas Sajjan Singh Verma, reached the hospital and supported allegations of custodial death. He also demanded a panel of doctors to conduct the autopsy and show him the video.
City SP (Sanyogitaganj-Indore) Pawan Mishra, who reached the hospital with his force confirmed over phone to the New Indian Express that Bhaugarh police had brought Ghanshyam Dhakad to MY Hospital in a critical state.
“When Ghanshyam was brought by Mandsaur police to the hospital at around 10.30 pm on Thursday, he was vomiting. He died at around 11.15 pm and only the autopsy will establish what actually happened” said Mishra.
In Mandsaur district, senior police officials remained tight-lipped over this recent development. On June 6, five agitating farmers were killed in police firing in Bahi Chowpati of Mandsaur district, with the death toll now rising to six.
Meanwhile, the curfew in Mandsaur and Pipliyamandi towns was relaxed from 10 am to 4 pm on Friday. Violence was reported from different spots on the Bhopal-Indore highway since 11.30 am in Sehore district.
Trouble started when over a 1000 farmers’ blocked the highway near Fanda village and pelted stones and burnt tyres. When police used force and fired tear gas shells to disperse the mob, they retreated and then set ablaze a private four-wheeler vehicle.
The mob subsequently moved to Fanda village and continued stone pelting on the police and paramilitary force personnel chasing them.
“Dozens of people indulging in violence have been detained and heavy police force has been deployed on the highway,” said SP (Bhopal North) Arvind Saxena.
Those detained include a farmer, Raju Rajput, who was at the forefront of the violent protests.