Guna Dalit Farmer Case: Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra Slams Congress

A video of Madhya Pradesh Police assaulting the farmer couple while trying to remove encroachments on government land had gone viral a few days ago.

Jessica David

July 17, 2020

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On Friday (July 17), Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra slammed Congress for forming a seven-member committee to look into the Guna Dalit farmer manhandling incident. “This is a condemnable act by the Congress party. We removed the Superintendent of Police (SP), Collector, and Inspector-General (IG) after Guna incident. What did they do when a Dalit man was burned alive in Sagar and a person was lynched in Dhar during Kamal Nath’s tenure?” he said while speaking to a leading news channel. The state-level government has also ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, late on Wednesday night (July 15), directed immediate removal of Collector and SP of Guna after a Dalit farmer couple, Ramkumar Ahirwar and Savitri Devi, attempted suicide by consuming poison after they were manhandled by police during an anti-encroachment drive in Guna. The incident took place on Tuesday (July 14), when the police tried to remove people who had encroached upon land allotted for Model College.

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