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Four agitating farmers shot dead after protest intensify in Mandsaur; curfew imposed in two areas

The Incident

Bhopal: At least four farmers were killed and four others were injured
in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district on Tuesday after police opened
fire to gain control of the agitating mob of farmers protesting for
higher prices for their produce.

What Happened

The police opened fire during a protest to demand better prices in the
drought-ravaged region that clocks among India’s highest farm suicide
rates.

Aftermath

The protesting farmers turned violent setting ablaze as many as 10
trucks, one Dial 100 vehicle and three motorcycles in Piplia Mandi
area. The angry farmers ransacked and also set ablaze a police station
and thrashed security personnel after the firing as the administration
rushed extra forces and withdrew internet services to tamp down on
social media rumors fanning violence.

Reason

Hundreds of farmers had gathered in the district, 350 kilometers from
state capital Bhopal, as part of their week-long demonstration for
higher crop prices that cover their input costs, a loan waiver

and a farm package to tide over losses incurred by the drought.

What police said

Sources said many farmers were angry at the lack of government
response and torched several vehicles before ringfencing a local
police station at Pipalia, forcing personnel to fire at the crowd.

Further details of the incident

Bullet injuries killed three on the spot and the wounded were taken to
a local hospital and curfew declared in the district.

However, state home minister Bhupendra Singh has denied all reports of
police firing and said certain anti-social elements were behind the
violence and that police would take stern action against them.

Meanwhile, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to
attack the BJP government in the state and tweeted, “This govt is at
war with the farmers of our country.”

Hundreds of farmers had gathered in the district, 350 kilometres from
state capital Bhopal, as part of their week-long demonstration for
higher crop prices that cover their input costs, a loan waiver and a
farm package to tide over losses incurred by the drought.

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