Mandsaur Farmers' Deaths: Scuffle Erupts With DM, How Many More To Die?

Mandsaur Farmers' Deaths: Scuffle Erupts With DM, How Many More To Die?

Mandsaur Farmers' Deaths: Scuffle Erupts With DM, How Many More To Die?

Chouhan while condoling the death of five farmers yesterday, announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore each for their next of kin and a government job for their family members. According to eyewitnesses, the protesting farmers torched vehicles and indulged in stone pelting in Parshvanath area under Pipaliya Mandi police station limits.

Apart from the curfew imposed on Mandsaur and Pipliamandi, section 144 was also enforced in neighbouring Ratlam district.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Wednesday said innocent farmers are being used for political motives.

The farmers are demanding better remuneration for their produce and also a loan waiver.

The BJP spokesperson said Madhya Pradesh, with an average annual agriculture sector growth rate of more than 13% since 2010, was the most unlikely place for a farmers' protest.

He said the farmers have been killed not only by bullets "but they have been lynched and shamed by pages upon pages of lies published in government advertisements". Seven farmers were also wounded in the firing. "Congress is trying to defame our government by instigating farmers to agitate and I condemn this", he added.

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After Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan blamed the Congress party for a "conspiracy to fuel violence" in recent Mandsaur farmers" killing, the latter demanded the state government to give the honour of being a "martyr' to the deceased farmers and stop blaming it for his own failure.

The Congress and the Left said the deaths in Madhya Pradesh proved that the Modi government had no strategy to help debt-ridden farmers in a drought-hit region.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has ordered a judicial inquiry into the firing incident during farmers' protest in Mandsaur. Both states are governed by the BJP. In a bid to control the situation, authorities imposed curfew late on Tuesday in parts of Mandsaur.

Though the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh has called off its strike, other farmer organizations have continued their protests. The various demands of the farmers have been fulfilled. He added that the state government has already accepted justified demands of the farmers.

Leaders of three farmers' organisations alleged at a press conference in Indore that the number of people killed in police firing on Tuesday was eight and not five. "They surrendered to cops peacefully", he said.

The farmers leaders comprised activists hailing from Puntamba in Ahmednagar district which the call for the ongoing state-wide farmers' strike, on since June 1, was given.

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