Even as the protest in the state is still in a volatile state, pressure on this segment of the population over unpaid debt is immense, especially in this case. A farmer committed suicide by ingesting poison in state’s Raisen district, an ANI report said. Srikrishna Meena, a farmer, who was having a debt of Rs 10 lakh on his head, allegedly took the drastic step by consuming poison. This comes in wake of at least 5 farmers being killed in police firing in Mandsaur district earlier this week. However, there is no link established between the 2 incidents. The district administration has relaxed curfew in violence hit district from 10 am to 6 pm today. Mandsaur’s new district collector Om Prakash Srivastava had yesterday said that the curfew would be relaxed for longer periods today. “Curfew would be relaxed for longer hours tomorrow. ATMs will be opened, milk, petrol and diesel availability will also be ensured,” Srivastava was quoted as saying by the agency. Internet services in Mandsaur, Ratlam and Ujjain were suspended yesterday after farmers’ protests.
Meanwhile, police officials today said that the Aam Aadmi Party leaders won’t be be allowed to enter the violence hit areas of the state. “AAP leaders will not be allowed to enter Mandsaur during curfew relaxation period, ” the police said in a statement as per Indian Express. They added that no outsiders will be permitted to enter disturbed areas. “No outsiders to be allowed to enter MP’s Mandsaur district during curfew relaxation period.” This development comes a day after the AAP said that a party team will visit Mandsaur, while it slammed the BJP for “ignoring the demands of farmers,” they told the paper further.
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Earlier, state chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ordered a judicial enquiry into the deaths of six farmers during the recent protests by farmers. He also announced compensation of Rs one crore to the families of those killed and Rs. five lakh for injured in the violence. Tensions continue in Mandsaur district with farmers protesting over demands of remunerative prices for their produce and a farm loan waiver not being met, ANI report added.