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The Congress in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday constituted a seven member committee to probe the case of the beating of members of a Dalit family by police in Guna district.

The committee members will visit Guna on Friday and will submit a report to MPCC president Kamal Nath who has condemned the use of force against the Dalit couple and demanded action against those responsible for it.

According to Narendra Saluja, media coordinator of the Congress state president, the committee includes former ministers Bala Bachchan, Ramnivas Rawat, Jaivardhan Singh, former MLA Phool Singh Baraiya, acting state president Surendra Chaudhary, MLA Hira Lal Alawa and state spokesperson Vibha Patel.

A Dalit family was brutally beaten by the police during an anti-encroachment drive. Videos on social media showed a man, his wife and two children at the receiving end of the police action. The man was seen being dragged by the police after being beaten as the woman and the children begged and grovelled in the dust of the open field, where he was engaged.

Former Chief Minister Kamal Nath has questioned the excesses that were inflicted on the Dalit family and asked, “Will Shivraj government show such courage to redeem thousands of acres of government land occupied by the so-called public servants and influencers in these areas? Such an incident cannot be tolerated. Immediate action should be taken against the culprits, otherwise, the Congress will not remain silent.”

However, acting promptly the Shivraj government removed the administrative staff of Guna and ordered an inquiry into the incident.

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