Rahul Gandhi in Mandsaur: In the wake of Madhya Pradesh farmers protest leading to 6 deaths, Congress vice president Gandhi wanted to visit the family of deceased farmers and to be part of the funeral, according to the Congress party. However, he was not allowed to do so by the state administration, the party added. The statement by the party has come a day after six farmers lost their lives in firing and some others were injured in Mandsaur during farmers agitation.
“Rahul Gandhi wanted to visit deceased farmers’ village to take part in funeral but the administration didn’t permit”, party general secretary Mohan Prakash was quoted as saying by ANI. He further said that false information is being spread on Rahul Gandhi’s participation in farmers agitation.”Wrong information being spread that he would participate in farmers’ agitation”, ANI further quoted him as saying. According to it, agitation has further intensified today with farmers setting fire to some vehicles.
Meanwhile, protesting farmers, who were demanding the presence of state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, entered into a scuffle with district Collector and Superintendent of Police. Speaking to ANI, district collector Swantra Singh said there was no order to open fire on farmers. “There was no order to open fire, I have assured them (farmers) of strict action in the matter,” he was quoted as saying.
Farmers in the state have hit the streets protesting over their demands for remunerative prices for their produce and a farm loan waiver not being met. Their protests intensified after six farmers and eight others were reportedly injured in two incidents of firing in Mandsaur. The probe has been ordered into the incident.
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Authorities have not only imposed curfew in Mandsaur, Ratlam and Ujjain, but internet services have also been suspended. State chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has also spoken to BJP president Amit Shah on the situation in Mandsaur on phone, the ANI report further added.