Madhya Pradesh farmers’ protest: Protesters clash with collector, set ablaze 8-10 vehicles

Madhya Pradesh farmer protest: Farmers in the Mandsaur region clashed with the district collector and SP over their delayed visit.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 7, 2017 2:31 pm
Madhya Pradesh farmer protest, Mansaur, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Venkaiah Naidu A scene after violent clashes between farmers and the police at Pipliya in Mandsaur district on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)

Protesting farmers in the Mandsaur region of Madhya Pradesh clashed with the district collector and Superintendent of Police on Wednesday over their delayed visit to the region, reported news agency ANI. They reportedly chased away these officers from their protest. They are demanding a meeting with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Their protests entered the sixth day today, with farmers demanding loan waivers and better prices for their crops. At least 8-10 vehicles were torched today in Mandsaur.

Curfew was imposed in Mandsaur last evening, after six farmers were allegedly killed and eight injured in two separate incidents of police firing. A judicial probe has been ordered to ascertain who gave the order to fire. State Home Minister Bhupendra Singh, who had earlier denied police involvement, later conceded that they may have fired in self-defence at one place. Read: Don’t politicise the issue, Venkaiah Naidu tells Congress. Click here.

“There was no order to open fire, I have assured them (farmers) a strict action,” Mandsaur Collector Swantra Singh was quoted as saying by ANI, a day after the Home Minister’s remarks. Chief Minister Chouhan on Tuesday had announced compensation of Rs 1 crore and a job to each of the next of kin, and a compensation of  Rs 5 lakh and free treatment to the injured.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu appealed to the Congress not to politicise the issue. In a statement to ANI, he said, “Madhya Pradesh is an island of peace. I tell Congress don’t politicise, don’t fuel violence in the name of farmers.” The BJP-led administration in the state denied Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi permission to visit the region today.

Former MP from Mandsaur and Congress leader Meenakshi Natarajan was detained by the police while trying to meet the farmers. Read more.

Farmers began their agitation on June 1, demanding higher Minimum Support Prices (MSP) and loan waivers in the wake of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s decision to waive all loans in the state. The protests turned violent on Monday, after incidents of torched vehicles and stone-pelting were reported Parshvanath area.

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    kushal kumar
    Jun 8, 2017 at 5:48 am
    The situation looks horrifying which should be addressed quickly. Readers may like to know this Vedic astrology writer's alert for more care and appropriate strategy in article " 2017 - an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February-March and August-September" issued widely to Indian news media last year in October and November 2016. The alert had said that during and nearby February-March 2017 , Madhya Pradesh could also call for more care and appropriate strategy against fire , gas , pollution and health hazard. It seems the alert was meaningful.
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      Joseph R Stephen
      Jun 7, 2017 at 5:46 pm
      How can BJP deny the people representatives from other political parties from meeting the people. To come to power Modi and BJP begged for votes. They got more power. Now they're are so corrupted they take people's luves
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        Vnk
        Jun 7, 2017 at 4:55 pm
        Cong which did nothing for Farmers when I'm power, is instigating violence and destruction of property and kil . Shame on anti Hindu, communal violent Cong and sickulars. What right they have to criticize go rakshaks?
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          Shridhar Shettigar
          Jun 7, 2017 at 5:26 pm
          BJP did more bad things when they were in opposition.. This is pay back time...
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            Vnk
            Jun 7, 2017 at 8:26 pm
            It means Mr siddarth u support Cong indulging in kil , loot, destruction and burning in the name of Farmers? Cong of Sonia, Rahul hi has killed hi.
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            arc
            Jun 7, 2017 at 4:36 pm
            Higher price for farmers' produce? Never. Not as long as BJP's blood sucking Brahmins and banias are the middlemen in the mandis. How dare the farmers hold protests in an island of peace. Chouhan is working so hard to maintain the peace. His govt had to even murder 50 vyapam witnesses.to keep things quiet.
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              Jugal Kishore Sharma
              Jun 7, 2017 at 2:31 pm
              10million for a life ! may i hope farmer should boycott these donation. Most of crushed farming in all of the ways, routine has been set out for how that crushed regular basis and officail which have regulatory authoritative ways 1- abolish the mandees and free trade in all over india with actual farmer and buyer. 2- susidies directed with accounting system. agriculture department universities all the irrelevance setup and wind up
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