Madhya Pradesh Farmers Protest: The state is currently witnessing a huge farmers’ protest and it has been marred by violence. The epicentre of the protest is in Mandsaur, however, now the protest has spread to a number of adjoining cities too. CRPF, Rapid Action Force, and state police are working in collaboration to counter the violence spread out of the protests. Six people have died, whereas, several others are injured. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has called the protest a Congress conspiracy. The government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1 crore for the dead and Rs 5 lakh for the injured:
Here are the 8 key development in the case so far:
Current Situation: The protests are still on. Earlier in the day, TV channels aired visuals of protestors vandalising buses and other vehicles in Mandsaur. Several vehicles were also set on fire by the protestors. Madhya Pradesh government has ordered a probe into the firing, in which, 6 people lost their lives.
Oppositions Reaction: The Congress party has demanded Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan’s resignation in the issue. The party, taunted the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said NaMo stands for ‘Non-Agricultural Mal-governance Only’. Spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi has asked that why PM hasn’t responded to the incident so far. “Why has the Prime Minister not uttered a word on the terrible tragedy that took place in Mandsaur?” Singhvi asked during his conference.
Security Situation: Madhya Pradesh government has asked Centre for paramilitary help to control the situation, Times Now reported. As per the report, the state government has asked for more Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troops to be deployed in the violence-hit region. Currently, Rapid Action Force, state police and CRPF are dealing with the situation.
Number of casualties: No further reports of casualties were reported on Wednesday, the 7th day of agitation. However, six people have been killed and several other have been injured in the protests so far.
Government action: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister has asked people to maintain peace. 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 centre is providing forces to the state government to tackle the situation.
The epicenter of the protests: The epicentre of protests have reported to be in Mandsaur, Ratlam and Ujjain districts. Curfews have been imposed and internet services are suspended in sensitive areas. Mandsaur, where all the deaths have taken place, is about 325 kms from the state capital Bhopal.
Who all are protesting: Local farmers, along with a number of farmers and labour organisation are protesting. Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), an RSS affliated organisation, along with Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh (RKMS) are the main parties involved in the strike, a TOI report said.
Demands of the farmers: A rise in the rate of procurement amount and loan waiver is the key demand put forth by the farmers.