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'MP government trying to hide something on farmers killing'

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Slamming the in Madhya Pradesh, Swaraj on Tuesday said it was trying to hide something on the farmers' killing and therefore, not allowing anyone to visit Mandsaur.

Swaraj President Yogendra Yadav said since the last week, the did not allow any political leader or activist to visit Mandsaur and meet the kin of the farmers.

"One week has passed since the killing of the five protesting farmers in Mandsaur in police firing. By stopping the leaders, who wanted to meet the kin, the is trying to hide something and that must be revealed," Yadav told reporters here after returning from Neemuch in

Yadav's remarks came a day after he, along with social activist Medha Patkar and Swami Agnivesh, were not allowed to meet the families of the farmers who had died on June 6.

Lashing out at the over police firing on protesting farmers, Yadav said "the way in which the farmers were killed in police firing shows it was a murder".

He also alleged that the farmers were beaten to death after the firing had stopped.

The Swaraj leader pointed out that the agricultural policy of was "production oriented and not producer oriented".

"If we talk to any leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state, they shall boast of the enhanced farming but the fact is that the agricultural policy is production oriented and not producer oriented," he said.

He said demonetisation has also played a major role in the low demand for the produce. "After demonetisation, the demand dropped drastically," he said, adding that till last month there was restriction on withdrawal of money from the banks.

He also alleged that the money for the crops that was deposited in the farmers' bank accounts, was deducted by the banks without any prior information to the farmers. "This is completely illegal," he said.

Yadav also said the farmers in Mandsaur and Neemuch were protesting as they were not getting the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of their crops, as the prices fell drastically as compared to last year.

Meanwhile, Swami Agnivesh said in that "the citizens don't have the freedom to move anywhere as they are not allowed to go anywhere".

He also slammed the for not implementing the M.S. Swaminathan recommendations as promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the in its manifesto.

The National Commission on Farmers (NCF), constituted under the chairmanship of Swaminathan, had suggested a Minimum Support Price (MSP) including an additional 50 per cent over and above the total expenses incurred on farming.



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First Published: Tue, June 13 2017. 15:10 IST