At least five farmers have been killed and four others were wounded after the
Madhya Pradesh Police opened fire in an attempt to control a rioting mob
demanding fair price and loan waiver in Mandsaur district on Tuesday, 6th
The police resorted to firing to gain control on the
agitating farmers after their protests turned violent as they allegedly set
ablaze at least 10 trucks, one Dial 100 vehicle and three motorcycles in
While two of the farmers were killed on the spot, another
succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.
In view of farmer' deaths, the Rashtriya KisanMazdoor Sangh warned to give greater shape to the movement and announced a
state-wide shutdown tomorrow.
However, state Home Minister Bhupendra Singh has denied
that the police resorted to firing. He also denied imposition of any curfew or
internet ban in the restive Mandsaur area.
It is to be noted that in view of the agitation carried
out by the farmers, the authority imposed a ban on the internet services in the
area while also restricting the bulk text messages. The internet services were
closed altogether in Mandsaur, Ratlam and Ujjain areas.
Meanwhile, farmers resorted to violence in other parts of
Ratlam and Mandsaur, forcing police to use force to disperse the crowd. In Suwasara
area, police lobbed tear gas shells as farmers damaged public property and
attempted to set a fire police vehicles.
The protesting farmers damaged railway tracks and railway
crossing gates in Daloda area of Mandsaur. They also reportedly set afire
vehicles on Mandsaur-Neemuch road and pelted stones at the police.