Madhya Pradesh farmers’ agitation: Mandsaur peaceful, curfew relaxed for 12 hours

Curfew, which was imposed after five people were killed in police firing during a farmers' protest on June 6, was relaxed for 12 hours in five police station areas of the district.

By: PTI | Mandsaur | Published: June 10, 2017 1:57 pm
Mandsaur: Farmers’ agitation turns violent as they torch trucks at Mhow-Neemuch Highway in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Mandsaur, the epicentre of the farmers’ agitation in Madhya Pradesh, remained peaceful today with authorities relaxing curfew for 12 hours from 8 am to 8 pm. As the situation eased, markets reopened and locals stepped out to stock essentials such as vegetables and milk. District Collector O P Srivastava said normalcy was returning and there was no report of any untoward incident.

Curfew, which was imposed after five people were killed in police firing during a farmers’ protest on June 6, was relaxed for 12 hours in five police station areas of the district. Internet services, however, remained suspended in the area. “If the situation remains normal, curfew will be withdrawn tomorrow,” Srivastava said.

Farmers in the state began protests over low prices for their crops on June 1. The Mandsaur-Neemuch region, about 300 km from the state capital Bhopal, became the nerve centre of the gathering storm of farmer distress. Later, protests spread to some other parts of the state. On the allegation that 26-year-old farmer Ghanashyam Dhakad died in police custody, the district collector said the authorities were looking into the charge and that appropriate action would be taken if anyone was found guilty.

He said the kin of the deceased would be provided Rs 1 crore as compensation and a member of his family would be given a government job, as announced by the state government for the five other victims. The last rites of Dhakad were performed at his native Badavan village in the violence-hit Mandsaur district. Villagers had alleged that he was beaten up by policemen, leading to his death.

Earlier today, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan sat on an indefinite fast at Dussehra Maidan in Bhopal for “restoration of peace”. He has appealed to farmers to come to Dussehra Maidan and have a dialogue with him.

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  1. madhusudan Bangalore
    Jun 10, 2017 at 6:36 pm
    MP govt must take stern action against criminals & different politicians including Congress leaders as shown by different media houses who are responsible for large scale arson, looting, violence and murder of people who should be booked under above law sections immediately so that no such incidents are repeated by any criminals as well as corrupt and anti-national politicians in future. The govt must set example for future to curb such gravest crimes. This action should be taken promptly to stop any future violence. In the meantime Modi govt must enforce stringent ANTI-CORRUPTION LAW provisioning for 25 years life imprisonment and seizure of all ets. This is must for peace and prosperity as people of country who are constant victim of massive CORRUPTION prevai all over country which has crippled life of w population. This fact is overlooked which is ing progress and development of country. So speedy development is must to address people's poverty and backwardness.
    1. D
      Jun 10, 2017 at 3:10 pm
      The loot ,arson and violence will cost Cong dearly. People in MP are quite angry and know the intention of cong behind this bloody game. Hindreds of vehicles burnt. Temple burnt. Police stations burnt. Their leaders who instigated riots are absconding. People know who has done all this.