Madhya Pradesh farmers protest: 5 farmers killed in Mandsaur in police firing, admits Home Minister Bhupendra Singh

Madhya Pradesh Home Minsiter Bhupendra Singh initially denied claims that the farmer deaths were because of police firing. He said that anti-social elements have infiltrated the farmers protest and fired at the crowd.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 8, 2017 11:53 am
Madhya pradesh farmers protest, mandsaur farmers protest, mandsaur farmer killing, Mandsaur: A scene after violent clashes between farmers and the police at Pipliya in Mandsaur district of MP on Tuesday. At least five farmers were killed and four others injured in firing by police on farmers, who have been protesting for a week demanding loan waiver and fair price for their produce. (Source: PTI)

Backtracking on his earlier claim,  Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh on Thursday for the first time admitted that the five farmers who were killed in Mandsaur died due to police firing. “Death of the five farmers was due to police firing. It has been established in probe. I have said earlier that the farmers may have died in police firing. I have conceded this earlier, various channels have also ran it,” Singh said.

Singh initially denied claims that the farmers died in police firing. He said that anti-social elements had infiltrated the farmers’ protest and fired at the crowd.

When asked about Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Mandsaur today, Singh said: “Why does Rahul Fandhi want to come here? The government has accepted all the demands of the farmers.”

The Congress vice-president, along with JDU leader Sharad Yadav, have left for the Mandsaur to visit the families of the farmers killed in the firing. On Wednesday, the Congress and Centre traded charges over the issue. The Centre accused the Congress of “politicising” the issue, and claimed that there was a conspiracy behind the protests taking a violent turn. “Farmers of MP are peace-loving. They do not indulge in violent activities. There is a conspiracy behind this entire incident. Those who do not want peace and prosperity in the state and can not see the BJP government functioning smoothly are behind this incident,” Rural Development Minister Narender Singh Tomar said.

The Congress charged the BJP-led government at Centre and State of throttling the voice of the farmers. Addressing a news conference in New Delhi, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said: “The BJP has almost been acting like a curse of death for Indian farmers, literally – not figuratively. Distressed farmers are viewed by heartless BJP virtually as fodder for opening fire upon.”

The same day protests spread from Mandsaur to other districts in Madhya Pradesh, with protesters indulging in arson and violence. Vehicles were torched, roads and railway tracks were blocked as protests entered the seventh day. Meanwhile, in an effort to cool tempers, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced more sops for the farmers. The government also announced that a commission would be set up to fix a formula to ensure a fair price for crops by deducting agricultural costs. Chouhan gave orders to immediately constitute a Rs 1000-crore price stabilisation fund. He also announced that tur, urad and moong would be purchased from farmers from June 10 to June 30.

 

 

 

 

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    Damodar Biswal
    Jun 8, 2017 at 6:25 pm
    BJP should not forget that farmers r the backbone of our society.Going against their interest may harm its electoral prospect.I condemn kil of farmers through firing.
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      alok
      Jun 8, 2017 at 4:40 pm
      thats y feku and m mriti irani not showing their degrees - becoz there is no such degree as chaiwala in india
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        alok
        Jun 8, 2017 at 4:39 pm
        that means EVM eventually will turn out a big lie and after 25- 20 yrs they might accept after 80 destruction is finished of india - b@stard sanghis should be gassed in chambers
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          MLBD2385
          Jun 8, 2017 at 2:51 pm
          Congressi goons on the prowl in MP!!! Trying to highjack farmers' agitation.
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            sochee
            Jun 8, 2017 at 2:24 pm
            Congi says police fired. Alright. Congi says. Bjp lied. Alright. But why did we see the vehicles burning, rampaging mobs wantonly attacking police and public property? If the newspapers are correct they were asking for better prices for their produces. And what do they produce? Not the staple rice or wheat, but those crops which are mostly cash crops. During drought years of Modi govt he was roundly and unfairly criticised for high prices of pulses. The farmers made handsome profits from pulses. Now the Govt has build up a buffer stock to stabilize prices of pulses and there has been good harvest this year. So prices of pulses have not gone up exorbitantly. In the wake of demonetization flow of black money into the trade of cash crop has gone down substantially. This has dampened the prices of these commodities. As a result a negative sentiment has build up among these well to do farmers. They have clout and therefore can indulge in violence under political patronage.
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              Arc
              Jun 8, 2017 at 2:47 pm
              Think of the violence of gaurakshaks. Which political party do you think was blessing them. think of the jaat violence in Haryana. Whe did that happen? Chaddi excuses like yours is like the emperor's new clothes. Practice before you preach, traitors.
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              Parth Garg
              Jun 8, 2017 at 2:14 pm
              Foot in the mouth as usual
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                Mukesh Pandey
                Jun 8, 2017 at 1:40 pm
                Hope the Farmer Agitation is Curtailed as there is likelihood of spil over to other States as they have fee of being oppressed by all successive Governments since Independence.
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                  Michelle:Vedic:human
                  Jun 8, 2017 at 1:34 pm
                  Now RA-HO-LE GA-A-A-N-DU is taking a ride on a cycle to the farmers to score some browny points which he couldn't do the last 70yrs in power suddenly his invaded looted genocide catholic brains have just waken up ,---recently he mentioned reading scriptures from GITA to grab Hindus on his side while all this time was busy supporting his fil-thy Catholic agendas with his bar Str-ip dancer mum,---Sonia Gu_N_DI----Jai hind.
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                    Antony
                    Jun 8, 2017 at 1:57 pm
                    how much you got from RSS-IT cell to write comments ? per day 150 rupees ? will you sell the country for 150 rs???
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                      Anand Prakash
                      Jun 8, 2017 at 2:01 pm
                      Michelle, you are very clearly a paid sanghi troll. Hence the foul language you use is part of the sangh DNA. What you comment is totally asinine; incidentally, even an would not like to be ociated with you. Honestly, we are not the least bit surprised at your inane comment; your feku has been lying through his teeth all through.
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                        Arc
                        Jun 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm
                        Now some o Michelle vedic human will understand. Michelle vedic human is a sanghi creature created in the sanghi vedic genetic laboratory. They used a European Christian to cross with gaumata to get fair tall handsome baby. They did not use kailash vijayvagariya or Amit shah or ravi shankar Prasad fearing the baby will look like them. Eventually Michelle vedic human was born. Unfortunately he/she/it was a result of botched up experiment and looks like the Vishnu avatar born a week ago in a UP ashram after the swami raped his gaumata. The name has "human" in it to fool the world that Michelle is a human, like the UP swami tries to fool everyone that a crossbred calf is vishmu's avatar.
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                          Arc
                          Jun 8, 2017 at 3:03 pm
                          Now some 1ingo.....This blasted 1dotic auto censor, so much like the other censor S.0.B.Pankaj Nihalani.
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