Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited Mandsaur on Wednesday and met the family members of farmers killed in police firing. The chief minister handedover a cheque of Rs 1 crore to the family of one of them.
The state government on Tuesday sanctioned financial aid of Rs 1 crore each to the families of the six farmers killed during the violent stir by peasants in Mandsaur. The aid was sanctioned from the chief minister's discretionary fund and it would be given by the Mandsaurcollector through e-payment facility, a public relations official earlier said.
On June 6, five farmers were killed as the agitation by peasants turned violent in Mandsaur. Besides, a 26-year-old farmer had died in Baldwin village of Mandsaur district. Locals on June 9 had alleged that he was beaten up by policemen.
The chief minister had already announced compensation of Rs one crore to the kin of deceased in the incident and had observed fast for peace in the state. He had also announced several initiatives for the welfare of farmers.
On Tuesday, the Madhya Pradesh government had appointed a single-member commission to inquire into the police firing incident in Mandsaur, in which five persons were killed on June 6.
Retired High Court judge Justice J K Jain would chair this Commission of Inquiry.
“The commission headquarters will be at Indore and it will submit its report in three months,” a state public relations department official had said.
The commission will find out, among other things, the circumstances under which the firing incident took place and whether the force used by the police was reasonable under prevailing circumstances or not, and if not, who was responsible for this.
The points of the commission’s inquiry also include whether the district and police authorities had taken timely and appropriate steps during the prevailing circumstances and the incident.
The commission will also suggest ways to prevent such incidents in the future, the official said.
The farmers’ protest in Madhya Pradesh, which began on June 1, took a violent turn on June 6, when five persons were killed in the police firing at Mandsaur.
Subsequently, the farmers’ protest had witnessed bandh and arson as the agitation spread to other districts of western Madhya Pradesh including Neemuch, Dhar, Ratlam and Jhabua.