The Ministry of Home Affairs is all set to send Paramilitary forces from Bhopal to Mandsaur to control widespread violence. The Prime Minister of Wednesday was appraised of the situation in Madhya Pradesh after which the decision to send para forces was taken.
Internet services continued to be suspended in Mandsaur where fresh violence broke out on Wednesday. Mobile data was suspended in many sensitive locations even as farmers continued to protest despite a curfew. Fresh violence broke out on Wednesday in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur as agitated farmers drove administrative officials.The Superintendent of police as well as district collector Swantra Singh were heckled by farmers who demanded that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visit the violence-hit district. At least 10 vehicles were set ablaze by protesters.
While farmers continued protests, political parties indulged in blame game holding each other responsible for the situation. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu claimed that the vandalism witnessed in Madhya Pradesh showed that those protesting were not mere farmers. "Do not fuel violence in the name of farmers," Venkaiah Naidu told the Congress.
Madhya Pradesh farmers protest: Vehicles set on fire in Dewas pic.twitter.com/4Gbg4I4yKc— ANI (@ANI_news) June 7, 2017
A day after five farmers were killed as a result of firing by security forces, complete bandh has been called for in Mandsaur. Bhartiya Kisan Union has called for complete shutdown in the violence-hit area amidst the government denying any permission given to police to open fire at agitating farmers.
Section 144 continues to be imposed in Mandsaur and Pipaliya Police Station area along with Ratlam. Internet services have been suspended since Tuesday in sensitive localities. On Wednesday morning former MP from Mandsaur Meenakshi Natarajan was detained at Shyamghar by Nahrgarh Police. Tension continued in Mandsaur where farmers blocked the highway and demanded that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visit the district. The body of one of the farmers who was killed in Tuesday's firing was kept on the highway and farmers refused to perform last rites of those deceased until the Chief Minister visited.
The Shivraj Singh Chouhan government had announced compensation of Rs 10 lakh to kin of the deceased while Rs 1 lakh has been announced for those severely injured in the clashes that broke out. Owing to the outrage, the compensation to the families of the deceased was raised to Rs 1 crore.
While AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi was scheduled to meet families of farmers who died in Tuesday's violence, no permission was granted, the Congress claimed.
Farmers in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra have been protesting for days now demanding loan waiver and better support prices for their produce.