Madhya Pradesh farmers protest: Following the footsteps of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh farmers have hit the streets protesting over their demands for remunerative prices for their produce and a farm loan waiver not being met. This has unfortunately taken an ugly turn on Tuesday as six farmers were killed and eight others injured in two separate incidents of firing in Mandsaur. The protestors alleged that police fired at them and a judicial probe was ordered in the matter. Internet services in Mandsaur, Ratlam and Ujjain were also suspended following the farmers’ protests, and a curfew was reportedly imposed. Apart from the loan waiver, the farmers are also demanding that they should be given Rs. 50 per litre of milk bought from them as they spend Rs. 37 per litre. Reacting to the incident, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday apprised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president, Amit Shah of the situation in Mandsaur over the phone, reported ANI.
Here are live updates from Madhya Pradesh:
12: 10 PM: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will reportedly visit Mandsaur of Madhya Pradesh on Thursday. According to ANI reports, he is likely to meet the grieving families of farmers who lost their lives in the police firing.
11:55 PM: Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party has condemned the death of farmers in alleged police firing at Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh, reports PTI. It has further accused the BJP-ruled state government of going back on its poll promises for the
10.40 pm: Press Trust of India reports that amid agitations in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today said the problems of the farmers could be resolved by the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report.
10.19 pm: As tension prevailed in Mandsaur district of western Madhya Pradesh which is on boil due to the farmers’ agitation, rail traffic through Mandsaur station is at a halt.
10.00 pm: The district remains tense following the death of 6 prople in alleged police firing yesterday.
9.30 pm: “Some trains passing via Mandsaur have been cancelled and others diverted,” Western Railways’ Ratlam division’s senior public relations officer Jitendra Kumar Jayant told PTI.
9.10 pm: Press Trust of India reports that BJP alleged there was a “conspiracy” behind the ongoing agitation of farmers in Madhya Pradesh, and asked Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to refrain from “politicising the death of farmers” in the state.
8.40 pm: Press Trust of India reports that BJP Kisan Morcha will ask chief ministers to boost consumption of staple produce of farmers by ensuring their use in government-run canteens or mid-day meals, a move which comes amid protests by farmers in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
8.20 pm: Press Trust of India reports that Rattled by violence during farmers’ stir at Mandsaur, the Madhya Pradesh government has announced a crop-loan settlement scheme which proposes waiving of interests for those cultivators who have defaulted.
7.56 pm: “A video of Sehore district superintendent of police is doing rounds, which shows him asking his subordinates to be strict and rough up the agitators. Such officials must have received directions from the top,” senior Congress leader Anil Shastri said in Bhopal.
7.30 pm: Press Trust of India reports that Centre has rushed 1,100 anti-riots police personnel to Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur to help restore peace in the district where five persons were killed in violence during a protest by farmers demanding debt relief and better crop prices.
7.10 pm: Press Trust of India reports that Centre has sought a detailed report over yesterday’s violence and steps taken by the state government to bring back normalcy in the violence-hit area.
6.45 pm: Press Trust of India reports that agitation by farmers in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district has affected trains coming to Rajasthan from that state, with many cancelled or diverted, an official said.
6.30 pm: It is reported that more and more troops are being deployed in the violence-hit area.
6.15 pm: ANI reports that Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission takes cognizance of Mandsaur incident. The rights body has sought explanation from senior officers on the incident.
6.00 pm: As per some news reports, centre is sending paramilitary help to Madhya Pradesh to control the situation.
5.45 pm; MP government has Centre for paramilitary help to control the situation, Times Now reported.
5.30 pm: Reports of violence in Ujjain, Dewas, Mandsaur, Neemuch &Sehore; curfew imposed in Mandsaur & Piplia Mandi only: M Deuskar, IG, Law & Order
5.15 pm: Farmers in MP’s Sehore vandalize vehicles & block roads as a part of protest for demanding loan waiver and better procurement prices
5:00 PM: Bhopal-Devas road has been closed, according to a report by India Today.
4:46 PM: Locals have vandalised vehicles in Madhya Pradesh’s Sehore which is very close to the state capital, Bhopal.
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4:44 PM: Rahul Gandhi will be going to Dhansaur by road after he was denied pemission to use a chopper, reported Times Now.
4:37 PM: MP Human Rights Commission has asked for an explanation from senior officers on the Mandsaur incident, reported ANI.
4:28 PM: According to Times Now, MP government has asked for extra forces and MHA will deploy four companies of CRPF.
4:08 PM: Singhvi questioned why Prime Minister Narendra Modi hasn’t responded to the incident so far.
4:07 PM: Singhvi says per day 4 farmers commit suicide in Madhya Pradesh and to add insult to injury, the government released two full page ads in newspapers claiming the benefits.
4:04 PM: Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi while addressing a press conference said that BJP has insulted the farmers by completely denying that there was no firing at all.
3:58 PM: Here are new images that are emerging from Mandsaur:
3:48 PM: The protests in Mandsaur have intensified and according to Times Now, vehicles have been gutted by the protestors.
3:33 pm: Madhya Pradesh Home Ministry has written to Union Home Ministry and asked for additional forces in Neemuch, Mandsaur, Dewas and Ujjain.
3:18 PM: “Farm loan waiver is a path that needs to be tread carefully,” says RBI Governor Urjit Patel.
3:05 PM: According to a report by India Today, protests turned violent in Ujjain as stones were pelted at the cops. As many as 5 cops were injured in the incident.
2:50 PM: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is also attending the meeting held by PM Modi, reported ANI.
2:34 PM: Archana Chitnis added that the MP government will start Krishi Rin Samadhan Yojana, where the interest rate on loans will be lesser.
2:30 PM: Krishi Cabinet has approved Rs 1000 Cr for ‘Krishi Mulya Sthirikaran Kosh’, says Archana Chitnis, Madhya Pradesh minister.
2:25 PM: According to Times Now, senior leaders including Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh are also attending the meeting.
2:19 PM: According to a report by India Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a meeting on Mandsaur violence and all the top party leaders are attending it.
2:03 PM: In another incident, vehicles parked at a police station in Devas’s Hatpipalya have been set on fire during farmers’ agitation in Madhya Pradesh, reported ANI.
1:44 PM: “Shivraj Singh Chouhan must resign, at the end, it is his responsibility, & it would be unjustified if shifted on any police officer,” Congress leader Kamal Nath said. He added that injustice is being done with farmers in Madhya Pradesh.
1:42 PM: “Can’t recall such a massacre, they are giving death figures as 5,6 but I believe there are more,” JDU leader Sharad Yadav said about the Mandsaur incident.
1:33 PM: According to a report by The Indian Express, the farmers are now demanding a meeting with the Madhya Pradesh Home Minister.
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1:05 PM: Earlier on Tuesday, Rahul Gandhi had attacked the government for this situation. “This government is at war with the farmers of our country,” he had written on Twitter.
12:50 PM: Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh defended Shivraj Singh Chouhan by saying, “Shivraj ji has done a lot of work for farmers, in the agriculture sector. Mandsaur incident is unfortunate.”
12:48 PM: “The Mandsaur violence is very unfortunate incident. I am deeply saddened by this event. We are monitoring the situation and probe will be initiated. Congress is trying to give it a political angle. I only want to tell the Congress Party doesn’t politicize the issue and fuel and instigate violence in the names of the farmers because it will boomerang on you,” Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said earlier in the day.
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12:30 PM: More vehicles have been set on fire in Madhya Pradesh, according to ANI:
12:22 PM: “But Rahul Gandhi can reach there any moment. Wrong info being spread that he would participate in farmers’ agitation,” Prakash told ANI.
12:20 PM: “Rahul Gandhi wanted to visit deceased farmers’ village to take part in funeral but administration didn’t permit,” said Congress Gen Secy Mohan Prakash.
12:11 PM: According to news agency ANI, the agitation has intensified and 8-10 vehicles have been set on fire in Mandsaur.
12:03 PM: The Aam Aadmi Party also demanded the resignation from Shivraj Singh Chouhan by saying that the incident reflects anti-farmer policy of BJP.
11:37 AM: “They have not been able to fulfil a single poll promise made during the elections,” AAP Madhya Pradesh in-charge Gopal Rai said while attacking BJP.
11:26 AM: According to CNN-News 18, MP CM Shivraj Chouhan has called an emergency cabinet meeting to address the issue.
11:20 AM: “Madhya Pradesh is an island of peace. I tell Congress don’t politicise, don’t fuel violence in the name of farmers,” Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu was quoted saying by ANI.
11:08 AM: Mandsaur collector Swantra Singh told ANI that there was no order to open fire. “I have assured them (farmers) a strict action,” he added.
11:00 AM: The situation got worse in Mandsaur as the district collector was heckled on Wednesday morning by the farmers. Meanwhile, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi responded by saying, “We are with the farmers and we are finding all possible ways to sort out the problem in Mandsaur.”
10:45 AM: “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. I offer my condolences to the victims of Mandsaur incident. Rs. one crore will be given to the kin of the deceased and Rs. five lakh for those injured,” the Chief Minister said, adding that the state government is ready to come out with a solution through communication,” Shivraj Singh Chohan told ANI.
10:30 AM: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is set to visit Mandsaur on Wednesday. Last week, he had visited the riot-hit region of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh.