5 killed in police firing at farmers’ protest in MP’s Mandsaur


Madhya Pradesh, June 6: Agitating farmers, on strike for the sixth consecutive day, on Tuesday resorted to violence, pelting stones at police, with 5 killed in police firing in Mandsaur district in Madhya Pradesh.

Internet services in Mandsaur, Ratlam and Ujjain remain suspended in the view of on-going farmers’ protests. The Rashtriya Kisaan Mazdoor Sangh has called for a state-wide shutdown on Wednesday, ANI reported.

The farmers’ strike demanding loan waiver and fair price for produce continued for the sixth day in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday, as supplies of milk and vegetables were hit across the state.

Late on Monday night, farmers in Mandsaur district tried break the gates of a railway crossing and disrupt the railway lines as part of their protest. Internet services were also shut in the district.

Farmers’ protests have continued unabated in many areas of western Madhya Pradesh despite Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan assurance that his government is taking all necessary steps to address the issues of the agitating farmers. “This government is farmers’ government. All necessary steps have been initiated to address farmers’ concerns,” PTI quoted Chouhan as saying.

On Monday, protesters pelted stones and damaged several two-wheelers as police used lathi-charge to disperse them. Effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chouhan were burnt.

The farmers also gathered at Choithram mandi (market) in Indore to protest. Police were deployed in the area.

Farmers are on strike from June 1 to June 10, to demand loan waiver and fair price for their produce.

The state has been facing a shortage of milk and vegetables, leading to a price hike. Farmers threw milk on the Agra-Malwa Highway last week and barred trucks from carrying vegetables. Several parts of the state faced a similar situation.

 Wefornews Bureau

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