Madhya Pradesh farmers’ unrest: One more death, protests reach Bhopal door, CM Chouhan announces fast

Madhya Pradesh farmers' protest: “The agitation has become lawless in certain parts and protesters will be dealt with strictly,’’ said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Mandsaur | Updated: June 10, 2017 8:55 am
Madhya Pradesh, Mandsaur, mandsaur farmer protest, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, MP Farmer deaths, MP farmer agitation Madhya Pradesh farmers’ protest: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Friday he will sit on a fast. (Source: ANI/Twitter)

As the farmers’ protests spread closer to Bhopal on Friday, three days after five were killed in police firing in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that he would begin an indefinite fast on Saturday, until peace is restored in the state. He also said he would be available at the Dussehra Maidan in Bhopal for the next few days, for meetings with all stakeholders. The Congress had earlier accused Chouhan of meeting only the RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS). “The agitation has become lawless in certain parts and protesters will be dealt with strictly,’’ said Chouhan. “Providing security to all is my Raj Dharma. Some people are handing over stones to 18-year-olds and 20-year-olds… There will be no compromise on security,’’ said Chouhan.

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Meanwhile, the death toll rose to six as one more person, identified as Ghanshyam Dhakad, 26, died on Friday. Dhakad’s family alleged that he was beaten up by the police during a protest at Dalauda village, between Jaora and Mandsaur, on Thursday. He was taken to a hospital in Indore, where he succumbed to his injuries on Friday.

A senior police officer said they were waiting for the post-mortem report.

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Even as Mandsaur, the epicentre of the protests, remained calm on Friday, a group of protesters torched a truck and some motorcycles at Fanda near Bhopal. Another group blocked traffic on the busy Bhopal-Indore highway. Violence was reported from Shajapur, Dewas, Indore, Dhar, Khargone, Ujjain, Raisen and Sehore among other districts. An SDM was reportedly thrashed by protesters at Shajapur.

IG (intelligence) Makrand Deuskar said 231 cases have been registered in connection with the protests so far, including 109 in Dewas, 28 in Mandsaur, 20 in Ujjain and 18 in Dhar. Cases have also been registered in Ratlam, Badwani, Neemuch and Rajgarh. He said 191 vehicles have been torched and over 150 persons arrested for arson and violence so far.

The Opposition Congress has demanded a two-day special Assembly session to discuss the situation in the state. “He (Chouhan) was not ready to give the Congress credit for the ongoing stir, but suddenly, after five deaths, he accused the Opposition party of instigating protesters,’’ said Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh. Dismissing Chouhan’s decision to begin an indefinite fast as a stunt, he said: “He holds a constitutional position and should not resort to tactics used by Arvind Kejriwal.’’

While ruling out a loan waiver on Saturday, Chouhan reiterated his government’s resolve to buy tur, urad and moong from farmers at MSP from June 10 to June 30, in addition to onions at Rs 8 per kg.

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    Robbie Peters
    Jun 11, 2017 at 1:24 pm
    These politicians will 1st fire live bullets on demonstrators (example Ahmedabad Patel andolan and MP Farmers) kill them and when they revolt and do violence and burn buses will show that all over India on news to get Empathy from others. Viewers will be made to think that it was demonstrators fault that government has to take harsh steps. While no one cases for officers/politicians who ordered kil of innocent people/ poor farmers kids . Supreme court and educated readers please help poor helpless farmers from these cunning politicians and corrupt officers. Even in kashmir our military only fires plastic bullets below legs on terrorist kids, than why kill innocent farmer kids by firing live bullets on their head, neck, chest and back???
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    Roby Mani
    Jun 10, 2017 at 9:29 pm
    CM Chouhan must arrange a beef fest (buffalo meat) rather than a fast to solve the farmer problem as this will help increase demand for meat from culled buffalo (male calves and culled animals) and consequent increased price. Part of the problem facing the CM will be solved
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    Roby Mani
    Jun 10, 2017 at 9:19 pm
    What is this joker doing by fasting. This is the time when a chief minister has to be mentally agile and action oriented rather than a Hungary starved person whose mental ability is at a low ebb. Just ask him to stop such cheap political gimmick which are not appreciated by public at large and take some decision favourable to the farmers. Do not run away from your responsibilities
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    kunal
    Jun 10, 2017 at 2:02 pm
    BJP has f#cked India. :(
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    kunal
    Jun 10, 2017 at 2:01 pm
    What is this stupid fast drama now!
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    madhusudan Bangalore
    Jun 10, 2017 at 12:25 pm
    BJP must install only qualified, younger, experienced, dynamic, result oriented capable CMs in BJP ruled states rather than appointing defunct and incapable CMs like Jharkhand, Haryana, MP etc. No CM and minister should be allowed to continue for more than two times in a state to give chance to other capable and younger generation. This is must for sincerity, honesty, efficiency and good governance but no norms are followed and defunct, corrupt & incapable politicians are installed. For example, Jharkhand where Arjun Munda was installed thrice as CM even after repeated failures, corrupt and worst governance. Thereafter, the same b er is repeated deliberately by instal useless and incapable present CM who miserably failed to make any progress in state. He failed badly in curbing massive corruption prevai from top to bottom when all development funds are virtually looted by politicians & govt employees who are not afraid of present govt. CORRUPTION MUST BE STOOPED AT ALL COST.
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    madhusudan Bangalore
    Jun 10, 2017 at 12:17 pm
    BJP must install only qualified, younger, experienced, dynamic, result oriented capable CMs in BJP ruled states rather than appointing defunct and incapable CMs like several states i.e. Jharkhand, Haryana, MP etc. No CM and minister should be allowed to continue for more than two times in a state to give chance to other capable younger generation. This is must for sincerity, honesty, efficiency and good governance but no norms are followed and defunct, corrupt & incapable politicians are installed. For example, Jharkhand where Arjun Munda was installed thrice as CM even after repeated corrupt and worst governance. Thereafter, the same b er is repeated deliberately by instal useless and incapable CM who miserably failed to make any progress in state. He failed badly in curbing massive corruption prevai from top to bottom when all development funds are virtually looted by politicians & govt employees who are not afraid of present govt. CORRUPTION MUST BE STOOPED AT ALL COST.
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    Mohan Mahadev
    Jun 10, 2017 at 12:04 pm
    Sir, Resolve the critical issues and not fast. We public have got fed up with the political drama from our politicians irrespective of perties wasting public money and valuable time.Earlier nation had seen CM Kejriwal's drama on road now MP CM Chouhan making drama for peace. We have voted you for tack the public issues of the state not to go on fast , do not try to become Mahatma hi.
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