New Delhi: A Bhopal court has pronounced three-year imprisonment on Karera’s former MLA and Congress leader Shakuntala Khatik and seven others, besides imposing a fine of Rs 5,000 each, for their role in the 2017 Mandsaur firing case, stated a report. The judgement was delivered on Saturday, i.e., November 30.
The perpetrators were responsible for attacking the police staff and inciting supporters to burn a police station in Mandsaur during farmers protest on June 7, 2017, stated a report. Amid the violent farmers’ protest in Maharashtra’s Mandsaur, a video had surfaced earlier this year in which Khatik can be seen inciting people to set ablaze a police station. The video had gone viral on social media. Even BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya tweeted the video on his official Twitter handle. Notably, a retaliatory police firing claimed the lives of six farmers.
A special judge of the Bhopal court Suresh Singh held Khatik and her associates guilty of assaulting the police station in-charge Sanjiv Tiwari and his colleagues who had sought to disperse them with water cannons.
Khatik, who represented Karera Assembly segment, was staging a protest at Karera police station in Shivpuri district against the killing of farmers in Mandsaur police firing.
She was leading a protest march, during which an effigy of former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was burnt. The police poured water on the effigy to douse the flames, in which Khatik got drenched. Khatik, later sat on a protest at the police station along with her supporters.
(With inputs from IANS)