Madhya Pradesh farmers protest: Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav, social activists Medha Patkar, Bandhua Mukti Morcha founder Swami Agnivesh and several others were stopped from entering Mandsaur district in Madhya Pradesh to meet the families of deceased farmers there. The activists, around 30 in number, detained stopped by the police at the Dhodhar toll plaza in the neighbouring Ratlam district, reported PTI. However, later all members were released after a brief detention.
Earlier today, Yadav along with other participants came to Ratlam in MP and later in the evening headed to meet the farmers. As per IANS, various farmers’ organisations from around the country will be assembling in Ratlam on Sunday to support the ongoing unrest in Madhya Pradesh and pay tributes to the farmers killed in police firing. Yadav and his team had earlier sought permission to hold a rally in Ratlam, but the administration denied their demand and have asked organisations from outside the state to strictly adhere to Section 144 that has been imposed in the region.
The police told them that their visit could disturb peace in Mandsaur, from where curfew was lifted yesterday. However, prohibitory orders under CrPc Section 144 are still in place in the district. After being stopped, the activists sat on protest on the Mhow-Neemuch Highway, disrupting traffic movement.
As per a report by Patrika.com, these leaders from different organisation came to Ratlam on Sunday and organised a press conference at the local press club here. Speaking to reporters at the event, they accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of being anti-farmers. Terming MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan responsible for killing of six farmers in the Mandsaur firing, they asked for his resignation.
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Farmers in the state began protests over low prices for their crops as well as to demand farm loan waiver on June 1. The Mandsaur-Neemuch region, about 300 km from the state capital Bhopal, became the nerve centre of the storm of farmer distress. Later, protests spread to some other parts of the state.
In Mandsaur, the curfew was imposed after five persons were killed in police firing during a farmers’ protest on June 6.