Madhya Pradesh farmers’ protest: Five killed in firing in Mandsaur, police deny shooting

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh claimed that neither the local police nor CRPF opened fire at protesters. He said a probe has been initiated. Pretending to be farmers some anti-social elements were engaging in loot and arson, he claimed.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: June 6, 2017 7:34 pm
madhya pradesh, madhya pradesh farmers protest, Mp, Mandsaur The injured have been rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. (Source: ANI)

The ongoing farmers’ agitation in Madhya Pradesh took a violent turn on Tuesday when five protesters were killed in firing on Mandsaur-Neemuch highway. Home Minister Bhupendra Singh claimed that neither the local police nor CRPF opened fire on protesters. He said a probe has been initiated. Singh also praised the police for showing remarkable resilience despite the attempts to intensify the stir in the last 5-6 days. Pretending to be farmers, some anti-social elements were engaging in loot and arson, he claimed.

The protesters burned several vehicles last night and were in no mood to relent on Tuesday morning. The agitation disrupted traffic movement on the Mandsaur highway. At least four protesters were injured in the firing. Two of them died during treatment at the hospital.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ordered a judicial probe into the incident. The chief minister alleged that the Congress had a hand in inciting violence.

On Monday, the CM had claimed that farmers were satisfied with the measures he had taken over the last two days to address their grievances. After the death of protesters, the BJP was forced to cancel a programme organised to felicitate the CM. CM Chouhan announced Rs 10 lakh compensation to the families of the deceased and Rs 1 lakh for those who are critically injured.

The farmers are demanding better remuneration for their produce and also a loan waiver. On Sunday, the farmers belonging to the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), an organisation affiliated to the RSS, called off the protest while another farmers’ union said the agitation will continue. President of Kisan Mazdoor, Sangh Shivkumar Sharma said the government had cheated farmers by holding talks with an organisation that was nowhere in the picture in the first two days of the stir seeking fair price for their produce and loan waiver.

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    Pradeep Bhattacharya
    Jun 7, 2017 at 12:15 am
    In 2014, in every public meeting Modi ured farmers of the country to implement Swaminathan Committee Report. When after three years, farmers are demanding the same, you are kil them with bullets... and blaming the opposition for it...
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      Pradeep Bhattacharya
      Jun 6, 2017 at 11:59 pm
      BJP's 'Savraj'...
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        SHEKHAR
        Jun 6, 2017 at 10:26 pm
        I condemn vehemently OPPOSITION PARTIES for taking political advantage through famers' strike. If you want VOTE, directly ask for VOTES. DO NOT PLAY POLITICS WITH FARMERS. GOD WILL CRUSH AND PUNISH YOU. YOU ARE CRUEL TO THE PEOPLE OF MAHARASHRA AND M.P. PRICES OF ESSENTIAL COMMODITIES. FOR GOD'S SAKE, OPPOSITION PARTIES, SHIV SENA , CONGRESS, NCP DO NOT INSTIGATE FARMERS FOR YOUR ADVANTAGE. DEAR CM OF M.P AND MAHARASHTRA. WHY ARE YOU ALLOWING THE PROBLEMS TO CONTINUE. WHAT WILL BE THE PROBLEMS IF YOU FINANCE FAMRERS. PLEASE WAIVE THEIR LOANS. DO NOT ALLOW OPPOSITION PARTIES TO TAKE UNDUE ADVANTAGE. PLEASE PROTECT THE INTEREST OF FARMERS. DO NOT ALLOW FARMERS TO CONTINUE THE FARMERS STRIKE. AT ANY COST, PLEASE ENSURE THAT FARMRS' STRIKES IS WITHDRAWN BOTH IN M.P AND MAHARASHTA.
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          Tushar
          Jun 6, 2017 at 10:56 pm
          It is same happens when the r u l I ng government is in opposition .. All communal riots are a kind of same game ... None are saints ... Protesting is a citizens freedom until it's a Democratic country .... Kil Is not the solution
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            Pradeep Bhattacharya
            Jun 7, 2017 at 12:02 am
            @Shekhar. What nonsense...
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          kris kumar
          Jun 6, 2017 at 10:19 pm
          Congressi are so rattled with their losses and Modi popularity they are resorting to dirty tricks. Congressi are using farmers to become relevance. Corrupt Congress will use all their dirty tricks to defame the government.
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            harun
            Jun 6, 2017 at 10:05 pm
            Cops killed antiNationals who after been given 50 percent Increase in Farm income try to defame the most doing Govt.Farm Income at historic high and MSP Hiked by 50 a record hike Bonus of 100 for every Quintal.24 hrs Free power,Special roads to transport farm produce ,SUbsidy for DIgging bore wells,FOr evry 1000 spent on micro irrigation 700 given back.Antinationals were protesting a Govt doing so much
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              kunal
              Jun 6, 2017 at 9:53 pm
              people should kill 10 safronite chaddis if one non safronite is killed
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                OmKar
                Jun 6, 2017 at 9:35 pm
                Khangress goons are kil the farmers for political gains.
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                  rakesh
                  Jun 6, 2017 at 9:49 pm
                  chup be mdrod. lick gan d of fen ku
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                  OmKar
                  Jun 6, 2017 at 9:34 pm
                  Khangress goons are kil the farmers for political gains.
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