New Delhi, June 8: The District Magistrates of three violence-hit Madhya Pradesh districts — Mandsaur, Ratlam and Neemuch, were also transferred on Thursday morning amid growing agitation by the farmers.
A circular issued said Mandsaur DM Swatantra Kumar Singh has been replaced by Shivpuri DM O.P. Shrivastava, while B. Chandrashekhar has been replaced by Tanvi Sundriyal in Ratlam.
In Neemuch, Kaushlendra Vikram Singh was named the new DM replacing Rajneesh Shrivastava.
The member of Parliament HM Bhupendra Singh also claimed that the death of the 5 farmers was due to Police firing. It has been established in the probe.
On Thursday, toll plaza vandalised in Mandsaur, Rs. 8-10 lakhs looted.
— ANI (@ANI) June 8, 2017
The Central government on Wednesday pressed five more battalions of paramilitary forces to Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur following fresh violence erupted as protesting farmers indulged in arson, a day after at least five farmers were killed in police firing.
According to the official sources, five more battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force and Rapid Acton Force have been sent to Mandsaur in addition to five battalions of paramilitary forces already present there.
They cited that state government had sought additional central forces.
The farmers have been on strike since June 1, demanding loan waiver and fair price for their produce.
On Tuesday, the agitating farmers resorted to violence, pelting stones at police in Mandsaur district. In retaliation, police opened fire at the farmers’ mob, leaving five dead, according to the official count, and eight according to farmer leaders.
Violence erupted again on Wednesday as the protesting farmers indulged in arson with hundreds defying the curfew in Mandsaur.
A group of farmers also marched to a police station in Dewas district and set fire to vehicles parked there.