Tension is running high in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur a day after five farmers were shot dead by security forces during protests.
Protesting farmers “heckled” Mandsaur collector when he tried to pacify them, a day after five persons were killed in violence during their agitation. Also, former MP from Mandsaur, Meenakshi Natarajan, was detained when she was on her way to meet the family members of the deceased.
Farmers in western Madhya Pradesh are protesting since June 1 demanding higher minimum support prices (MSP) for their produce, among others.
Chouhan informed Shah about the measures taken by his government to bring down tensions and he also told him about the judicial enquiry ordered.
I appeal to my fellow brothers to maintain peace. I am deeply pained by the turn of events today.I stand by families in this hour of grief. pic.twitter.com/B8ayw2jQc8
— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) June 6, 2017
During an agitation on Tuesday, five farmers, who were demanding fair price and loan waiver, were shot and several others were injured in the firing by security forces.
On Tuesday, the Chief Minister appealed for peace to the agitating farmers in the state and also announced a compensation of Rs. one crore to the kin of those killed in the Mandsaur violence.
Assuring that various demands have been fulfilled in the past, Chouhan asserted that his government stands with farmers.
“In the past 11 years, there have been countless decisions made for the welfare of farmers. The various demands of the farmers have been fulfilled. I offer my condolences to the victims of Mandsaur incident. Rs. one crore will be given to the kin of the deceased and Rs. five lakh for those injured,” the Chief Minister said, adding that the state government is ready to come out with a solution through communication,” he said.
Internet services in Mandsaur, Ratlam and Ujjain remain suspended following the farmers’ protests, and a curfew has also reportedly been imposed.
The farmers in the central state are demanding remunerative prices for their produce and a loan waiver. They are also demanding that they should be given Rs. 50 per litre of milk bought from them as they spend Rs. 37 per litre
Meanwhile the Congress party in the state has called for a state-wide bandh.Congress Vice Presidnet Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to visit Mandsaur