40 protesting MP farmers injured in lathicharge

Around 40 protesting farmers were injured on Tuesday after police allegedly cane charged them while they were asleep in a garden near Polytechnic College Chowk here.

Updated: Dec 21, 2010, 15:23 PM IST

Bhopal: Around 40 protesting farmers were
injured on Tuesday after police allegedly cane charged them while
they were asleep in a garden near Polytechnic College Chowk
here.

The agitating farmers have since yesterday, blocked the
roads leading to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj
Singh Chouhan`s residence at Shyamla Hills.

"Around 40 farmers were injured and one of them got
stitches on his head following injuries," Madhya Pradesh
Bhartiya Kisan Sangh president Shiv Kumar Sharma alleged.

Describing the police action as "barbaric and cowardly",
Sharma said such tactics can`t deter the farmers from
protesting.

However, police denied the charge that they cane charged
farmers. "There was no lathi charge on farmers,"
Superintendent of Police (South Bhopal) Yogesh Choudhary said.

Sharma said they were holding talks with government
officials about their demands.

Meanwhile, vehicular traffic on the city roads eased
today when protesting farmers confined their agitation to only
one place - Polytechnic College.

Traffic was crippled yesterday following road blockades in
many parts of the city.

PTI