Madhya Pradesh farmers’ strike: 3 farmers were found dead, while 4 others were injured during firing that took place in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur. According to an ANI news update, Internet services have been suspended in Mandsaur, Ratlam and Ujjain due to the protests. The Rashtriya Kisaan Mazdoor Sangh has called for a state-wide bandh tomorrow. While the investigation is taking place into the death of the two farmers, the Madhya Pradesh government has said that the firing was not done by the police personnel. The Home Minister of MP in an interview with the media said, “The police did not do any firing and the probe is underway. The state government did not order the suspension of the internet, nor for curfew.” (Police dwara koi firing nahi hui. Firing ki jaanch ke aadesh diye hain. Sarkar dwara na internet band kiya hai,na koi curfew laga hai). According to a latest development, the number of casualties increased to four and curfew has been imposed in sensitive areas.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has ordered a judicial enquiry into the firing incident that happened today during the farmers’ protest in Mandsaur. According to a PTI report, Mandsaur Collector S K Singh has denied the fact that two farmers were killed after police open fired on violent protesters in the Bhai Parshnath area. He said, “Curfew has been clamped in Pipalya Mandi police station area and in the rest of the district section 144 of CrPC has been imposed.”
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The Madhya Pradesh farmers have demanded minimum support price for their farm produce, among other things and they have been protesting in the state since June 1. Shivraj Singh Chouhan on June 5 addressed the media and said that the government is taking the necessary steps to addressed the issues of the farmers. He also said that to purchase the farm produce at the minimum support price (MSP) a price stabilisation fund of Rs 1,000 crore would be set up.