Madhya Pradesh farmers protest: Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh told news wire service ANI that five farmers have died due to police firing after initially refusing to admit the same. The Madhya Pradesh Home Minister has said that a judicial probe that was ordered by the state government has established the deaths were caused due to police firing. The minister had earlier told news channel NDTV that the police did not fire at the agitating farmers in Mandsaur and had said that some anti-social element could be behind the move. Ujjain Division Commissioner OM Jha had told IANS that police were ordered to open fire at protesting farmers. Jha added that two farmers had died and several others were wounded in the firing.
Farmers are demanding a loan waiver and better prices for their crops had begun a ten-day long protest on June 1. District authorities imposed a curfew in Mandsaur on Tuesday evening after violence erupted in the state. The state authorities have also imposed Section 144 in many areas of the state. As a precautionary measure, the Madhya Pradesh government has suspended internet services in Mandsaur, Ratlam and Ujjain. A curfew has also reportedly been imposed in sensitive areas, according to the Indian Express.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the family members of those killed in the protests will be given an exgratia compensation of Rs 1 crore. The CM also said that one family member of those killed will be given a government job, the Indian Express reported.
Chief Minister Chouhan’s government has also announced that a price stabilisation fund of Rs 1,000 crore would be set up to purchase the farm produce at the Minimum Support Price (MSP).