Bhopal, October 6: The National Human Rights Commission on Friday issued notice to the Madhya Pradesh government over allegations of police atrocity against a group of farmers. The NHRC has issued notice to Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, Madhya Pradesh, seeking report within four weeks.

A group of farmers was allegedly rounded up and forced to disrobe following a protest demonstration in Bundelkhand’s Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh. On Tuesday afternoon, dozens of farmers gathered in front of the collectorate to present a list of their demands. But the protest turned aggressive forcing police to use teargas, water cannons and sticks on the people to disperse them, the Hindustan Times reported.

The protesting farmers got angry after the district collector did not meet them, local Congress leader Yadvendra Singh had said. “Due to this protesters started losing their cool. The police used force and between 25 and 30 farmers were injured. When I reached home, I received information that around 30 to 40 farmers have been detained by police at Dehat police station. I went there and found they had been beaten up. They were made to sit just in their underwear,” Singh had said.

Defending police action, Tikamgarh Superintendent of Police Kumar Prateek had said that force was used after the crowd started throwing rocks. He said eight policemen and one protester were injured in the scuffle.

The detained farmers were freed after Yadvendra Singh reached police station.

Bundelkhand is one of the most distressed farm regions in Madhya Pradesh. In the last 16 years, 21,000 farmers have committed suicides.