NHRC notice to the Government of Madhya Pradesh over allegations of police atrocity against a group of farmers, returning after a protest in Tikamgarh (05.10.2017)


New Delhi, 5th October, 2017

The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report about the police assaulting a group of farmers after stripping them to underwear at the Tikamgarh rural police station in Madhya Pradesh on 03rd October, 2017, when they were returning from a protest against the alleged anti- farmer policies of the Government. Reportedly, the police station In-charge has claimed that the farmers were taken to the police station so that their names and addresses could be noted down.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the media report, if true, are indicative of violation of human rights of the farmers. Accordingly, it has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, Madhya Pradesh calling for a report in the matter within four weeks.

As per news report, carried today on the 5th October, 2017, the protesters went to hand over a memorandum to the District Collector, Tikamgarh after the rally but he refused to meet them. Thereafter, the protesters got annoyed and threw stones at police men and scuffled with them. The police men, reportedly, responded with a lathi charge.

According to the media report, the State Home Minister has called for an enquiry report into the incident within three days but also claimed that no one was beaten up at the police station. The Chief Minister has, reportedly, accused the Congress Party of provoking the protesters to create disturbances.