‘SIT report on farmer deaths an eyewash’

first_imgThe Shetakari Nyay Hakk Samiti has termed the Special Investigation Team report into the death of farmers in Yavatmal district last year an “eyewash and an attempt to save the real culprits”.The outfit floated by Congress leader from Yavatmal, Dewanand Pawar, had brought focus on the spate of farmers’ deaths in the district owing to pesticide poisoning between August and November last year.Mr. Pawar said, “When the SIT was constituted, we had told the public that it was formed to save the real culprits behind the death of farmers. The SIT was a part of a game-plan of the government to save the multinational seed firms and pesticide companies. The report is absolutely irresponsible and baseless. He said, “The report blames the farmers for the deaths. The government should not be complacent and think the SIT report will save them. The government and the firms are the real killers of the farmers in our district. We will not allow them to go scot-free.”Mr. Pawar also accused the State government of running away from instituting an independent inquiry into the deaths by a high court judge. He said, “Even the demand for a CBI probe was an attempt to divert the attention of the people.”Kishor Tiwari, head of Maharashtra government’s task force on farmers’ distress, slammed the SIT for blaming farmers and farm labourers for the deaths. He said, “The recommendations made in the SIT report are unfair to farmers. By putting all the blame on farmers, the officials are trying to defame the government. The multinational companies are the real killers of the farmers in Yavatmal.”last_img

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