On Friday, the entire Madhya Pradesh Assembly was thrown into chaos during the Question Hour over the death of two tribal persons in Mhow. Congress leader Vijaylaxmi Sadho walked out of the assembly in tears, as she tried to raise the matter. Home Minister Narottam Mishra accused the Opposition of playing politics over the dead bodies.
The tribal woman and the man died due to police firing during a protest. The woman had died earlier this week after which members of her community held a protest outside a police station. It was during this protest, police opened fire killing the tribal man.
After the Question Hour got disrupted, Speaker Gaurish Gautam asked the Home Minister to address the issue. Narottam Mishra said the post-mortem report of the woman suggested that she died of electrocution. He further added that the police had registered a FIR against 13-17 people in the same case.
The opposition wasn’t happy with the minister’s response, but the speaker started conducting the listed business. This made Congress leader Vijaylaxmi Sadho, along with other women members, walk out of the House in tears. Later, she interacted with the media expressing grief over the matter.
This is not the first case of its kind. Many times in the past, Madhya Pradesh Assembly was disrupted on account of deaths of tribal people. It is important to ensure that justice is served in such cases and the guilty parties are brought to book for their crimes. Madhya Pradesh government must take stricter measures to prevent such incidents in future.