Tension prevails in Mandsaur even as Centre orders enquiry

RSTV Bureau

Union Government on Thursday ordered a judicial enquiry into the Mandsaur violence where five farmers were shot dead during police firing on Tuesday.

Narendra-Thomar

Narendra Singh Tomar

Union Minister of Steel, Mines and Employment Narendra Singh Tomar said that judicial enquiry to probe the shooting had already been taken up. He also promised to put an end to the violence.

“This is an unfortunate incident which happened in Mandsaur and we all are saddened by it. Violence has never been accepted in Madhya Pradesh, whenever the farmers demanded their issues were solved. The Chief Minister has also set up a judicial enquiry into this matter only then we can comment on the situation. Appealing for peace to the agitating farmers in the state, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has also announced a compensation of Rs. 1 crore to the kin of those killed in the violence, while the injured would get Rs. 5 lakh each. This shows his sensitivity towards the situation,” Tomar said.

File Photo: Farmers throwing vegetables on a road during their nation-wide strike and agitation over various demands, in Bhopal on Sunday.

File Photo: Farmers throwing vegetables on a road during their nation-wide strike and agitation over various demands, in Bhopal on Sunday.

Taking a jibe at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s upcoming visit to Mandsaur, Tomar said that the grand old party should not politicise the issue.

Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to visit Mandsaur later today where he will be meeting the grieving families of farmers who lost their lives in the police firing.

The Centre accused Gandhi for publicising the matter and branded it a publicity stunt.

Appealing for peace to the agitating farmers in the state, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a compensation of Rs. 1 crore to the kin of those killed in the violence.

Shivraj-Chouhan-genThe Chief Minister said 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,” he said.

The farmers’ agitation in Mandsaur district further intensified with protestors setting at least eight to ten vehicles on fire.

The protesting farmers even got into a scuffle with the Collector and Superintendent of Police of Mandsaur district on Wednesday over them delaying their visit to the area.

Farmers hit the streets protesting over their demands for remunerative prices for their produce and a farm loan waiver not being met.

Protests turned ugly when five farmers were killed and eight others were injured in two separate incidents of firing in Mandsaur earlier this week.