Mandsaur: Govt transfers top officers, appoints inquiry commission

RSTV Bureau

Amid the ongoing farmers’ protest in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh state government has transferred seven IAS officers including Home Secretary Madhu Khare on Monday night.

He will now serve as the managing director of Madhya Pradesh Khadi and Gramodyog board. Kedar Sharma has replaced him as the new Home Secretary.

Mandsaur: Farmers' agitation turns violent as they torch trucks at Mhow-Neemuch Highway in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Mandsaur: Farmers’ agitation turns violent as they torch trucks at Mhow-Neemuch Highway in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday. PTI Photo

The shuffle comes days after five farmers lost their life in a police firing.

Apart from this, officer on special duty Santosh Mishra has been appointed as managing director of Madhya Pradesh Textbook Corporation.

Dr Pawan Kumar Sharma will serve as the new secretary of Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC).

Renu Tiwari has been appointed as managing director of the Scheduled Caste And Scheduled Tribe Development Corporation.

Meanwhile, the government has also appointed a single-member commission to inquire into the police firing incident in Mandsaur, in which five persons were killed on June 6.

Retired High Court judge Justice J K Jain would chair this Commission of Inquiry.

“The commission headquarters will be at Indore and it will submit its report in three months,” a state public relations department official said.

Shivraj-Singh-ChouhanThe commission will find out, among other things, the circumstances under which the firing incident took place and whether the force used by the police was reasonable under prevailing circumstances or not, and if not, who was responsible for this.

The points of the commission’s inquiry also include whether the district and police authorities had taken timely and appropriate steps during the prevailing circumstances and the incident.

The commission will also suggest ways to prevent such incidents in the future, the official said.

The farmers’ protest in Madhya Pradesh, which began on June 1, took a violent turn on June 6, when five persons were killed in the police firing at Mandsaur.

Subsequently, the farmers’ protest witnessed bandh and arson as the agitation spread to other districts of western Madhya Pradesh including Neemuch, Dhar, Ratlam and Jhabua.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had launched an indefinite fast here on Saturday with an appeal for peace and met farmer leaders.

However, he ended his fast saying peace has returned to the state.