Five killed in farmers' stir in MP; mobile Internet suspended
Five persons were killed on Tuesday as the farmers' agitation turned violent in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh, prompting the authorities to clamp curfew in the trouble-hit area.
Some eyewitnesses alleged that the victims suffered bullet wounds, but Mandsaur district authorities denied that police fired on the protesters, who were on a rampage. While the Congress called for state bandh on Wednesday, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan blamed the opposition party for instigating the violence.
Mandsaur collector S K Singh confirmed the death of five persons and said a magisterial inquiry has been ordered. As tension prevailed, mobile internet service was suspended in Mandsaur, Ratlam and Neemuch districts since morning to check the spread of rumours.
Singh said that police categorically told him that they did not fire at the protesters.
The deceased were identified as Kanhaiyalal Patidar, Bablu Patidar, Chain Singh Patidar, Abhishek Patidar and Satynarayan. Abhishek and Satynarayan died en route to a hospital in Indore, police said.
Curfew has been imposed in Pipalya Mandi police station area of Mandsaur district where the incident took place, while prohibitory orders restricting movement under section 144 of CrPC have been imposed in rest of the district, the collector said.
"Police have told me that neither did they fire nor did they have any orders to fire," Singh added.
In-camera autopsy of bodies was going on and the cause of death will be known after it, the collector said, adding that families of the deceased will get financial aid.