Madhya Pradesh farmers’ protests turn violent, five killed in firing; curfew imposed as Opposition asks CM to resign

Mandsaur: Since June 1, farmers in western Madhya Pradesh have resorted to agitation demanding higher Minimum Support Prices among other things.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 7, 2017 12:23 am
farmers' protests, farmers agitation, farmers stir, madhya pradesh, five dead in mp, police firing, indian agriculture, indian farmers, shivraj singh chouhan, indian express Mandsaur: A scene after violent clashes between farmers and the police at Pipliya in Mandsaur district on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)

At least five people were killed and two others injured as farmers’ agitation spiralled out of control in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh, prompting the authorities to impose curfew in the trouble-hit region. According to eyewitnesses’ accounts, victims had suffered bullet wounds, though district authorities categorically denied that there was any firing by police on agitated farmers.

Reflecting on the incident, Mandsaur Collector SK Singh said police flatly denied firing at any protesters and added that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the deaths. The deceased were identified as Kanhaiyalal Patidar, Bablu Patidar and Prem Singh Patidar.

Since June 1, farmers in western Madhya Pradesh have resorted to agitation demanding higher Minimum Support Prices (MSP) among other things. According to reports, there were also demands of loan waiver, in tune to the UP government’s decision to waive off farmers’ loan in early April. Taking a cue from their counterparts in Maharashtra, the protests by the farmers in MP have caused prices of vegetables to soar and resulted in shortage of milk. On Monday, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had tried to calm frayed nerves, insisting that his government was taking all the necessary steps to address the issues of the protesting farmers. He had stated a price stabilisation fund of Rs 1,000 crore would be established to procure the farm produce at the MSP.

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According to reports, protesting farmers torched vehicles and indulged in stone pelting in Parshvanath area under Pipaliya Mandi police station limits. Subsequently, curfew was imposed in Pipalya Mandi police station area of the district where the incident took place, and prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC were issued in rest of the district.

farmers protests, farmers agitation, farm loan waiver, maharashtra, madhya pradesh, farmers agitation, farmers strike, MSP, agriculture, indian express Farmers throwing vegetables on a road during their nation-wide strike and agitation over various demands, in Bhopal on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

Confusion prevailed in different parts of the state as the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, an organisation affiliated to the RSS, had called off the agitation while others refused to budge. Suspending the agitation, the BKS said that the government had accepted most of its demands like buying onions at Rs 8 per kg and paying farmers half their dues at mandis in cash and the remaining via electronic transfer to their bank accounts. However, Bharatiya Kisan Union, a little-known organisation that is believed to be behind the stir, said the protests will continue.

Incidents of violence were reported from other parts of the state as farmers’ stir showed no signs of abating on the sixth consecutive day. In Indore, police resorted to lathi charge following stone-pelting during a march by farmers.

Political reactions

Condemning the incident, CM Chouhan said he has ordered an enquiry into the incident. He also announcement a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family of those killed during the agitation and Rs one lakh for those who were injured. Chouhan also accused the Congress of giving the incident a political color and insisted that his government is committed to the welfare of farmers.

The Congress, however, attacked the state government with party vice president Rahul Gandhi saying the government was at war with the farmers of the country. Ajay Singh, the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister and said it is a shameful incident 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.

Senior Congress leader and MP Jyotiraditya Scindia also condemned the incident. “This is a black day in the history of state. It is shameful that the state government is crushing farmers’ agitation. Farmers’ demands are genuine,” Scindia said.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) demanded that the government should immediately suspend the culprits responsible for ordering the firing. “The Politburo strongly condemns the brutal killing of the kisans (farmers) in police firing in Madhya Pradesh,” the party alleged in a statement. Taking to Twitter, party general secretary Sitaram Yechury said, “This unprovoked police firing clearly exposes the anti-kisan character of the BJP in general and the state government in particular.”

With inputs from PTI

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    Ritun bailung
    Jun 7, 2017 at 9:22 am
    this is irritating for blind and poor supporters.Care and love for farmers by in bent party shows ridiculously.
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      Rabi Mishra
      Jun 7, 2017 at 9:22 am
      BJP is digging its own grave, especially in MP by kil protesting farmers. If the Opposition makes capital out of this incident, and why should not they, BJP leadership is to be squarely blamed.
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        NRI
        Jun 7, 2017 at 4:19 am
        Wow BJP this is what you do, Mr. Modi's election promise in UP that BJP will cancel all the farmers loans? why only UP, hence farmers in MP are asking to pay their loans too, they have right. BJP govt have no right to harm farmers, BJP is kil farmers now not just harming. BJP should go by 2019. People should think about it across India. Modi ji is good but whats the point, fake BJP promises are not good. BJP should go.
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          THATHAMAN
          Jun 7, 2017 at 3:33 am
          BHURE DIN A A, NALAYAK NMODI SARKAR KI BHURE DIN A A! HALLOW MODI. WHERE IS YOUR ACHCHE DIN ? FARMERS ARE KILLED, KASHMIR IS BURNING, GDP IS GOING DOWN. COW VIGILANTICS AND RSS FANATICS ARE HAVING GOOD TIME, YOU INDIAN HITLER. CLOSE ALL MEDIA AGAINST YOU. ARREST PRNOB ROY, AND MAKE INDIA LAUGHING STOCK. ARE YOU NOT ASHAMED?
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            Paul Singh
            Jun 7, 2017 at 2:47 am
            Keep kil farmers. When it will go out of hand, just blame farmers as terrorist just as you did in Punjab. Stupid bhagats will come in herds to clap for you.
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              S.Kumar
              Jun 7, 2017 at 3:18 am
              This is the work of Mr Scindia, at the best of his bosses !!
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              Nirav
              Jun 7, 2017 at 2:40 am
              This congress did nothing for 60 years population got out of control and hence we are decreasing population by kil people, farmers in particular.b
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                Sujatha Selvam
                Jun 7, 2017 at 2:17 am
                "According to eyewitnesses’ accounts, victims had suffered bullet wounds, though district authorities categorically denied that there was any firing by police on agitated farmers. Reflecting on the incident, Mandsaur Collector SK Singh said police flatly denied firing at any protesters" Then who shot the farmers? Was it any Drone from P a k istan gun down the farmers? Instead of trying hide your weaknesses, try to find the real solution before it is too late - warning and caution to BJP government at the Center and in other states.
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                  Sujatha Selvam
                  Jun 7, 2017 at 2:05 am
                  Certainly this is the beginning of the end to BJP governments. No government survived when it is anti-farmers. This anti-people government should go.
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                    Indian
                    Jun 7, 2017 at 4:22 am
                    You slaves of Nehru/sonia clan probably created this ruckus to destabilize smooth operation of the government because Congress is getting wiped out. India will prosper once Nehru clan is kicked out of India.
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                      Tushar
                      Jun 7, 2017 at 4:45 am
                      In ur dreams .Believe in God .then u will start believe n truth .BJP had achieved this position through spreading propo as and cooking up fake stories . .. That will have its consequences ... As a common man I feel it ...every Indian who had realized it is fee it ... No need to be a li cker of Nehru for that
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