AIKSCC To Mark First Anniversary of Mandsaur Farmer Killings on June 6

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New Delhi: All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) met President Ram Nath Kovind to discuss farmers issue in Parliament yesterday.

In continuation with its drive to rally farmers all over the country for securing their basic rights, All india Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) today put out a call for marking the first anniversary of the killing of six farmers in Mandsaur in 2017 as Mandsaur Shaheed Kisan Smriti Diwas.

AIKSCC announced a 3-day programme to mark the occasion, which includes a torch rally (Mashaal Juloos) in Bhopal on June 4th evening, a commemorative meeting with villagers of Buda village at Mandsaur on June 5th, and a day long fast in Takravat village at Mandsaur on June 6th. The day will be marked with different events in other parts of the country too to protest against the police killing.

Addressing the Media, AIKSCC Leaders said, “It is totally unacceptable that there has been no concrete action against the police officers responsible for this heinous murder of farmers last year. We demand that there should be murder charges framed against the police personnel responsible for the killing and their immediate arrest. It was in response to the Mandsaur killings that AIKSCC got created as India’s largest joint platform of farmers’ organisations, picking up the two demands that these six Mandsaur martyrs laid down their lives for guaranteed remunerative prices and freedom from indebtedness.”

Speaking about their meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind AIKSCC Leaders said, “The President was positive. in our meeting with the President, we explained to him that this is the very first time in our history that farmers have created two bills for, by and of farmers, that too after elaborate consultations. We also brought up the fact that there is a precedent with regard to a special session when the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee convened a special session of the Parliament in December 2003 to discuss the sugarcane crisis in the country in the light of the death of 3 sugarcane farmers in Manderva, Basti district of Uttar Pradesh. If we can have a special midnight session for GST, why not for addressing farmers crisis.”

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