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Madhya Pradesh farmers’ protest: Curfew to be relaxed in Mandsaur from 10 am till 6 pm
Mandsaur: A scene after violent clashes between farmers and the police at Pipliya in Mandsaur district on Tuesday. At least five farmers were killed and four others injured in firing by police on farmers, who have been protesting for a week demanding loan waiver and fair price for their produce. PTI Photo (PTI6_6_2017_000193B)

Madhya Pradesh farmers’ protest: Curfew to be relaxed in Mandsaur from 10 am till 6 pm

The curfew in violence-hit Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district will be relaxed from 10 am to 6 pm on Friday, reported news agency ANI. After a week-long protest by the farmers in the district demanding loan waiver and better crop prices, the state government on Thursday had ordered anti-riot paramilitary forces to move into the violence-hit areas. In the meantime, in its report to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the state government also ended the confusion behind who fired at the protesting farmers after it admitted they were killed in police firing. The report, while pointing out that farmers had allegedly set ablaze 25 trucks and two vans, also mentioned that when they continued with the violence the police fired at them, killing five farmers and injuring eight others.

Meanwhile, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who was accompanied by senior Congress leaders and JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav on Thursday, was detained in Naya Gaon, about 70 kilometers from Mandsaur, as they were trying to visit the Mandsaur district making their way via the Rajasthan-Madhya Pradesh border. The Congress leader was later released after being detained for more than four hours in the guest house of a cement company.

The Congress condemned Rahul’s detention as cowardice on the part of the Modi government. AICC general secretary K C Venugopal on Thursday was quoted by PTI as saying: “The arrest of Rahul Gandhi and other senior Congress leaders reveals the political cowardliness of the Modi government,”.

On the other hand, BJP termed Rahul Gandhi’s attempt to visit Mandsaur as a “photo opportunity”, and also accused the latter of “instigating violence”. Union Home Minister M Venkaiah Naidu taking a dig at Congress vice-president said, “It is unfortunate that the Congress is politicising the issue. It is instigating, fuelling violence. Its vice-president now wants to visit the place as part of his photo opportunity yatra which he undertakes on a regular basis”.

The minister also dismissed the demands made by the opposition regarding CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to step down from his post, in view of the deaths of five protesting farmers in police firing. In reply to the demands made by the Congress, the minister said that on January 12, 1998, 24 farmers had died in police firing in the MP’s Betul district when Congress leader Digvijay Singh was the chief minister, but “he never resigned.”

The farmers in Mandsaur district have been protesting since June 1 demanding loan waiver and better crop prices. Five farmers have been killed and several others injured in police firing ever since.

 

Source: Indian Express

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