Madhya Pradesh farmers protest: In face of protest turning violent, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led government on Wednesday asked Centre for paramilitary help to control the situation, Times Now reported. The state government has asked for more Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troops to be deployed in the violence-hit region to control the situation. As per the request, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is rushing 4 battalions of CRPF to the state, Times Now stated. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a meeting of senior ministers over farmers’ protest. As per the report, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj attended the meeting. The protests, which started on June 1, took a violent turn on Tuesday after 6 people were reported killed in the violence. As the situation went out of control of the state government, chief minister Chouhan, appealed to farmers to maintain peace and even announced a Rs 1 crore ex-gratia for the kin of the killed. “Will give Rs 1 crore to the kin of deceased persons, government job to one member of the family,” Chouhan said.”The government will ensure free treatment to those injured in the incident, Rs 5 lakh to be given to families of injured persons,” Chouhan added.
Chouhan further said anti-social elements are trying to vitiate the environment. “Appeal to farmers to be peaceful, we stand by all of you. Some people trying to spoil the atmosphere,” Chouhan added. Earlier, Chouhan had made serious allegations against Congress and said that Mandsaur violence is a conspiracy by Congress leaders. “Government is sensitive and stands with farmers but Congress party, through conspiracy tried to fuel violence, many Cong leaders did so,” Shivraj Singh Chouhan was quoted as saying by ANI.
The government has suspended internet services in the region and section 144 has been imposed in several parts of the state. Wednesday marked the seventh day of protest despite Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s assurance that government is taking all the necessary steps to address the issues of the agitating farmers.