Within 8 hours of the beginning of Chakka Jam on Saturday under the leadership of Samyukt Kisan Morcha, police had registered FIRs in four different police stations in Sheopur district in Madhya Pradesh, on a total of nearly 175 protestors. Out of these twenty eight are named while hundred and fifty remain unnamed. Farmers Leaders have said that the police has registered cases under the reason of violation of the Section 144 which was imposed by the collector, and hence have registered FIR against six named people at Sheopur, another 6 named at Vijaypur along with 60-70 unnamed persons. The leaders maintain that they had taken permission from the police for the Chakka Jam.
Kisan Swaraj Sangathan has condemned the action of the police, and has told that this an attempt at suppression of the protesting farmers. The Congress MLA Babu Jandail Singh has decided to open a morcha (agitation) against these FIRs. The MLA has said that the police is acting as the puppets of the politicians who want to crush these protests.
The District President of Kisan Swaraj Sangathan, Radheshyam Meena Mundla has also been named in the FIR at Sheopur. At Maanpur and Baroda, fifteen named and seventeen unnamed protestors have been mentioned in the FIR for doing Chakka Jam at Bhogika Circle and Lalitpura Circle.
Among the protestors at Bhogika Circle, Khatauli Circle and Lalitpura Circle were also senior Congress leaders MLA Jandail Singh, District President Atul Chauhan, but they have not been named in any of the FIRs. There is discontent among the common people and protestors regarding this and a feeling that the administration is trying to save them. The Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Sheopur has said that, ‘The permission for Chakka Jam was clearly given. There should be no question about arresting or releasing someone’.
This article was originally published in Dainik Bhaskar and translated by Ananya Kumar.