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MP farmers' agitation will spread to other states: Swami Agnivesh

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Social activist Swami Agnivesh today said that the farmers' agitation in Mandsaur will not remain restricted to but will spread to other states as similar conditions prevail there.

He was part of a group of activists from different farmers outfits and social organisations who were stopped from going to Mandsaur on June 11, where five farmers were killed in police firing during a protest.

The activists including Swaraj president Yogendra Yadav, convener of National Alliance of Peoples' Movement Sunilam, and Jai Kisan Andolan convener Avik Saha demanded an independent enquiry into the deaths of farmers by a sitting high judge, besides demanding waiver of loans by the

The activists attacked Chief Minister over the alleged "violation of civic liberties" in the state.

"The farmers everywhere are facing problems like that in We will work for holding peaceful farmers' agitation in the entire country by uniting different organisations," Agnivesh said.

He alleged that the state was not allowing people to go to Mandsaur since it was "hiding the truth" of the farmers' killings.

Yadav said that a Mahapanchayat of farmers from all over the country will be held in Mandsaur on July 6 to commemorate the deaths.

He claimed that the farmers' problem in Mandsaur and adjoining areas was related to a steep decline in agricultural produce including cumin, fenugreek, garlic, nigella seeds and carom but the instead of helping the farmers chose to distance them, resulting in violence and deaths.

"Now, the MP is scared, it wants to hide the truth of Mandsaur firing and is preventing people from going there despite a week after the incident," he alleged.

Sunilam, a former MLA from the state, alleged that the violence and arson was caused by the members of BJP's Kisan Morcha.

The activists also demanded action against the "guilty police and administrative officers involved in the firing", and withdrawal of cases registered against the farmers in the state.

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First Published: Tue, June 13 2017. 17:32 IST