Mandsaur violence: Days after the violent protests in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh in which five farmers were killed, it has now emerged that one of the deceased was allegedly facing four cases of drug trafficking and he was absconding in a case, according to police. Police claimed today that one of the five deceased, Kanhaiya Lal Patidar, was booked for drug trafficking four times and was absconding in one case.
According to a PTI report, Superintendent of Police Manoj Singh said on Saturday that Patidar, 38, was booked under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) several times. Mandsaur Town Inspector Vinod Kushwaha said Patidar was booked for drug trafficking four times between 2001 and 2011. He was granted bail in the first three cases, which were registered under different police stations, but he was absconding in the fourth FIR at Neemuch Cantt police station.
The first FIR against Patidar was registered in 1994 at Narayangarh police station when he was caught allegedly traficking opium. In 2001, Patidar was caught with smack wirth Rs 4.5 crore and a case was registered against him at Mandsaur police station. Two separate cases were filed against Patidar in 2011 at YD Nagar and Neemuch Cantt police stations when he was caught allegedly trafficking 11 quintal and 22 quintal poppy husk respectively since then, police said, adding he was absconding since then, police said.
A sixth man, who died after he was allegedly beaten up by police, was reportedly a Congress worker. The Indian Express reported today that the Madhya Pradesh government has agreed to extend Rs 1 crore compensation to the family of the sixth deceased, Ghanashyam Dhakad, in the recent protests across the state by farmers. Dhakad’s brother-in-law Laxminarayan told IE that the former was vice-president of local youth Congress. Dhakad was booked for vandalism at four-lane Jaora-Neemuch road on June 7.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan “peace” fast. Chauhan had started the fast on Saturday while appealing farmers to come for talks.