Two MP farmers die in firing; CM orders judicial probe
At least two farmers were killed and several others injured on Tuesday in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh as police opened fire on peasants who indulged in violence and pelted stones.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ordered a judicial probe after holding a meeting with senior civil and police officers. Mandsaur city and Piplya Mandi area were put under curfew after violence.
The state government also announced Rs 10 lakh compensation to the kin of the killed farmers.
Earlier, Home Minister Bhupendra Singh told reporters that not the police but anti-social elements who mingled with the crowds opened fire at the farmers, who are demanding a loan waiver and fair prices for their produce.
However, eyewitnesses said a clash between the police and farmers was followed by stone-pelting from both sides and firing by the police.
"Police had to open fire around 2 p.m. to control agitated farmers, killing two farmers and injuring several others," Ujjain Divisional Commissioner B.M. Ojha told IANS.
Protesters also surrounded Piplya Mandi police station after which heavy police reinforcement was sent to control the situation.
On Monday night, farmers held a protest on the Mandsaur railway crossing.
"On Monday night, farmers stationed near the Dalauda police station came out on the roads to protest and vandalised a railway crossing. They also tried to damage rail track. However, train services on the route were not affected," Mandsaur Police Superintendent O.P. Tripathi told IANS.
Farmers are observing strike from June 1 to June 10 to press their demands with the government.
On Monday, the Chief Minister had assured farmers that onions would be purchased by the government at Rs 8 per kg and 'moong' pulse at agreed price, and that a Rs 1,000 crore stabilisation fund would be set up.
Though the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh has called off its strike, other farmer organisations have continued the agitation.
The state has been facing shortage of milk and vegetables, leading to a price hike. Farmers poured milk on the Agra-Malwa road last week and stopped trucks from carrying vegetables to markets. Several parts of the state faced a similar situation.