Union Agricultural Minister calls farmer protests 'media stunt'; faces complaint
A complaint was filed against Union Minister Radha Mohan Singh in a court in Muzaffarpur in Bihar today for allegedly making insulting remarks against farmers. Tamanna Hashmi, a social activist, filed the complaint in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Hari Prasad, alleging that the Minister had said that the farmers' protests were attempts to grab media attention. Here's more.
Singh's statement hurts farmers protesting for their right
According to the complainant, Singh's statement has hurt the sentiments of the complainant, who is a farmer's son, and also farmers protesting for their rights. He sought registration of a case under section 297 (trespassing on burial places, etc.) and 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of the peace) of IPC. The court is likely to take up the matter on June 14.
Farmers resort to spilling milk to be heard
Farmers across the country had launched a 10-day agitation from June 1 to press their demands. They dumped vegetables, milk, and other farm produce on roads and blocked supplies to cities in several states on June 1, the first day of the strike.