Bhopal: The farmers’ agitation turned violent in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh, prompting the authorities to clamp curfew and restrict mobile internet services in the trouble-hit area.
As many as five agitating farmers have been killed in Mandsaur after the police resorted to firing to gain control of the agitating mob.
According to eyewitnesses, the victims suffered bullet wounds, however Mandsaur district authorities denied that police fired on the protesters, who were on a rampage.
As per the report, the mobile internet services were suspended in Mandsaur, Ratlam and Neemuch districts since morning to check spread of rumours.
Condemning the incident, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a compensation of Rs one crore for kin of those killed during protest and accused the opposition party for instigating the violence.
Congress attacked the BJP-led state government and called for a band on June.
As per the report, the protesting farmers torched vehicles and indulged in stone pelting in Parshvanath area under Pipaliya Mandi police station limits of the district.
Farmers in western Madhya Pradesh are protesting since June one demanding higher minimum support prices (MSP) among others.
In Ratlam, the district collector Ashok Bhargava imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC following the violence in neighbouring Mandsaur district.
Ratlam superintendent of police Amit Singh announced a reward of Rs 10,000 each for information about absconding farmer leaders D P Dhakad, Rajesh Bharava, Bhagwati Patidar (said to be Congress members) and others who were allegedly involved in violence in the district on Sunday in which two police personnel had been injured.
Meanwhile, the state Congress and the Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh have given a call for bandh tomorrow across the state to protest the farmers’ death in Mandsaur.
“We have called for a massive MP bandh tomorrow,” state Congress chief Arun Yadav told PTI.
The Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Ajay Singh, demanded resignation of Chouhan, saying the incident of firing in Mandsaur is shameful for a chief minister who claims to be a farmer’s son.
“All the claims of the chief minister have proved false so far. Now the government is using bullets to suppress farmers’ voice. Chouhan should resign immediately,” the Congress leader said.
The main opposition party also constituted a committee of MLAs “to investigate” the Mandsaur firing incident. Singh and the state Congress chief would visit Mandsaur tomorrow.
Senior Congress leader and MP Jyotiraditya Scindia also condemned the incident. The BJP government dealt with the agitation through bullets instead of talks, he said.
“This is a black day in the history of the state. It is shameful that the state government is crushing farmers’ agitation. Farmers’ demands are genuine,” Scindia added.
Trouble was reported from many parts of western Madhya Pradesh as farmers’ stir continued for the sixth day today.
In Indore, police used lathi charge following stone- pelting during a march by farmers.
A police officer said that people taking part in the march started throwing stones at the police near Devi Ahilyabai Fruits and Vegetable Market, which led to lathi- charge.
In Dhar, farmers blocked the Indore-Ahmedabad national highway for about three hours. Farmers also staged protests at Amjhera and Ghoda Chowpati in the city.
The shops in the local market remained closed all day in Neemuch city.
Meanwhile, Mahendra Patidar, president of MP Patidar Samaj, said they would cremate the bodies of victims who died in Mandsaur district today only in the presence of the chief minister.
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