Madhya Pradesh farmers’ protest: Hours after 4 farmers were killed and at least 4 others were injured in shootings during the ongoing protests in Madhya Pradesh on the Mandsaur-Neemuch highway over demands for farm loan waivers, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi slammed the government for the incident. Taking to Twitter, the Congress vice president posted this statement, “This Government is at war with the farmers of our country”. In another tweet he alleged that farmers are being killed for demanding their rights. “In BJP’s new India farmers are being killed for demanding their rights”, he said.
The agitation took a violent turn in the morning today on the Mandsaur-Neemuch highway where the farmers had brought their produce and scattered it on all over the road. State Home Minister Bhupendra Singh, claimed that neither the local police, nor CRPF have opened fire at protesters. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that a probe has been initiated into the incident.
The minister also praised the police for showing resilience even as attempts were made to to intensify the stir in the last few days. He further claimed that anti-social elements, claiming to be farmers. were engaged in loot and arson.
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Last night, protesters burnt down several vehicles and were in no mood to tone down their agitation today morning as well. Chief Minister Chouhan had on Monday claimed that farmers were happy with the steps taken by his government in last two days to address their grievances. The BJP was forced to cancel a programme to felicitate the CM, after the incident.
Farmers in the state are demanding better remuneration for their produce and also a loan waiver. There is also confusion in the ranks of the farmers. Last Sunday, farmers belonging to Bharatiya Kisan Sangh decided to call off the protest, but another union decided to continue with it, the Indian Express report added.