Agitating farmers have now knocked on the doors of the National Human Rights Commission, seeking justice for their brethren killed in the police firing at Mandsaur on June 6.

The petition was filed yesterday by Shiv Kumar Sharma, general secretary of Rashtriya Kisan Mahashangha, which is tied to 62 farmers’ associations all over India. Interestingly, the committee has used mid-day’s reports to further support their demands for a high-level fact-finding committee to investigate the police firing that killed five farmers.

Binod Anand, president (Delhi) of Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh, said, “On Tuesday evening, they met NHRC registrar Ashok Kumar Koul and he accepted our plea, with an assurance that the matter would be discussed with the concerned committee members at NHRC and, accordingly, a decision would be taken.”

‘Death of democracy’
“Prima facie, even NHRC officials admitted that the incident should not have happened at all. We have all rights to peaceful protest as we are registered under the Trade Union Act. It is a murder of democracy.