Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ordered a judicial enquiry into the incident which took the lives of five protesting farmers.
A clash broke out today between agitating farmers and police in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district after which five farmers were killed in police firing.
Farmers have been protesting for a week demanding loan waiver and fair price for their produce in the district. The situation got violent when the farmers resorted to stone pelting at police due to which police had to open fire.
Although the government initially denied that the bloodshed was a result of police firing but later on Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ordered a judicial enquiry into the incident. A curfew was also imposed in the affected areas.
The government hiked the compensation of Rs 5 lakh to 10 lakh to the kin of deceased.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MANDSAUR FIRING:
- “I appeal my farmer brothers to keep patience. Don’t get carried away by provocation from others. The government is with you. We will find solution to all problems,” Chouhan said.He also blamed the Congress for aggravating the situation saying that they have been trying to give political colours to the protests. “Congress has made the protests violent,” Chouhan said.
- Madhya Pradesh’s Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said police had not shot at the protesters. He had instead blamed “anti-social elements” in the crowd for firing bullets.
- The farmers however have a different story to tell. “Police started firing to disperse the crowd. Farmers were not carrying weapons,” said Gajendra Tokas of the Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh, or National Farm Workers’ Union, which has called a state-wide strike on Wednesday.
- Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi accused the Centre of waging a war against the country’s farmers. “In Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) new India, our farmers get the bullets when they ask for their rights. This government is at war with the farmers of our country,” the Congress leader tweeted.
- Tensions began in Mandsaur after the agitating farmers surrounded Piplya Mandi police station which soon snowballed into a clash. Heavy police reinforcement was sent to control the situation.
- Curfew was later clamped in Pipalya Mandi area and prohibitory orders imposed in other parts of the district, officials said.
- Farmers in western Madhya Pradesh are protesting since June 1 demanding minimum support price for their farm produce, among other things.
- Farmers last week started a strike in the state and in western Maharashtra, dumping vegetables and milk on the roads to demand billions of dollars in debt forgiveness and better prices for produce.
- On Monday, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan assured that the government would purchase onions at Rs 8/kg and moong dal at an agreed price and to set up a Rs 1,000 crore stabilisation fund. Though the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh called off its strike, the other organisations have continued with the stir.
- The state has been facing shortage of milk and vegetables, leading to price hike. Farmers threw milk on the Agra-Malwa Highway last week and barred trucks from carrying vegetables. Several parts of the state faced a similar situation.