Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan-led state Madhya Pradesh government is current going through a severe unrest over the farmers’ loan waiver issues. The agitation took an ugly turn on Tuesday when five farmer were killed after a firing at the venue in Mandsaur which has been the epicentre of the protest. The agitation which has entered its seventh day today marked an escalation of violence soon after the incident was reported. Entire state has been affected with internet services being suspended and section 144 imposed in various regions. It is still not clear as to who opened the fire with different statements coming out from cabinet leaders and the police.
Speaking to NDTV, Home Minister Bhupendra Singh informed that the police did not shoot at the crowd in Mandsaur and claimed that some anti-social element could be behind the move. However, contradicting to Singh’s statement, senior official, Ujjain Division Commissioner OM Jha told IANS, “Around 2 pm, in order to control the agitated farmers, the police had to open fire in which two farmers died and several others were injured.” Even Singh later conceded that police may have fired in self defence at one place. Later a judicial prove was ordered and currently curfew has been imposed in the region.
Hours after the incident was reported, the MP CM requested farmers be peaceful as the government is with them. Speaking to ANI, Chouhan said, “I appeal farmers to be peaceful, we stand by all of you. Some people trying to spoil the atmosphere. Government will ensure free treatment to those injured in the incident, Rs 5 lakh to be given to families of injured persons.”
Calling it to be a conspiracy of the opposition, Chouhan also accused Congress of instigating farmers. “I am sad. The administration had been told not to order firing, but to talk to farmers. But some criminal elements entered the protest,’’ he said.
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“Will give Rs 1 crore to the kin of deceased persons, Government job to one member of the family,” Chouhan added. But several opposition parties including Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came down heavily on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led state government in MP. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and said that the government is at war with farmers and feeding them with bullets for demanding their rights.
On June 1, farmers of the state began a ten-day-long agitation in Madhya Pradesh demanding better price for their produce. Later, clashes broke out between police and farmers in various regions of the state including Sehore, Indore and Bhopal districts, leaving several policemen injured.