Advertisement
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021
Outlook.com

Massacre At Multai

As 17 farmers die in police firing, Digvijay fumbles for words

Massacre At Multai
Massacre At Multai
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

For the sixth time in the last 10 months, Digvijay Singh's firing squad—the police force—made itself busy. On January 12, as hordes of farmers gathered at Multai in Betul district to demand compensation for crops damaged in severe rain and hailstorms, a posse of 100 policemen swooped on them, opened fire and killed 17 on the spot.

Multai's farming community had gathered under the banner of the Kisan Sangharsh Morcha, which was floated by Dr Sunilam (Sunil Mishra), a PhD from Delhi University and member of the Janata Dal national executive, to fight for their rights. The agitation, led by Sunilam and his colleague Anirudh Mishra, was launched on December 20 to press for an 11-point charter of demands—the most important being the demand for a Rs 5,000 compensation for each hectare of damaged crop and a waiver of farm loans. The land revenue code provides a compensation of Rs 1,000 per hectare for crop failure due to natural calamities.

The Kisan Morcha issued an ultimatum to Digvijay that if the demands were not met by January 11, they would resort...

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Punjab Congress Crisis: Razia Sultana Steps Down From Cabinet In 'Solidarity' With Sidhu

Punjab Congress Crisis: Razia Sultana Steps Down From Cabinet In 'Solidarity' With Sidhu

Two Punjab Congress office-bearers also resigned from their posts following Navjot Singh Sidhu's resignation from the post of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) President on Tuesday.

Zojila Tunnel Work Is Challenging But Govt Has Strong Will To Complete It In Time: Gadkari

Zojila Tunnel Work Is Challenging But Govt Has Strong Will To Complete It In Time: Gadkari

The union minister visited the Zojila tunnel, which will be the longest tunnel in Asia, and reviewed the progress of work.

Hardik Blitz Stuns Punjab As Mumbai Revive IPL Playoff Hopes

Hardik Blitz Stuns Punjab As Mumbai Revive IPL Playoff Hopes

Hardik Pandya finally showed glimpses of his destructive prowess with the bat.

Kanhaiya Kumar Joins Congress, Dalit Leader Jignesh Mevani Extends Support

Kanhaiya Kumar Joins Congress, Dalit Leader Jignesh Mevani Extends Support

Former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar was previously with the CPI(M) while Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani is an independent MLA from Gujarat and the convener of RDAM.

Advertisement