Modi silent on MP firing: Congress

A Madhya Pradesh state minister blamed the injuries and deaths on the farmers.

The state government also announced a Rs. 10 lakh compensation to the kin of each of the killed farmers, who along with other farmers are demanding loan waivers and fair prices for their produce.

Internet services have been suspended in cities of Indore, Ujjain and Dewas, which have witnessed anger by the farmers, NDTV reported.

Five persons were killed today as the farmers' agitation turned violent in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh, prompting the authorities to clamp curfew in the trouble-hit area. "I only want to tell the Congress Party doesn't politicize the issue and fuel and instigate violence in the names of the farmers because it will boomerang on you", Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu told media here.

The CPI (M)'s farmers' wing, the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), has demanded a judicial enquiry into the Mandsaur firing and hailed the start of a "historic united movement" of farmers against the "consistent denial of remunerative prices and overall agricultural distress". Singh, however, said there was no firing on protestors. Now the government is using bullets to suppress farmers' voice.

As the farmers' agitation spreads across various parts of India like wild fire, a recent development in Maharashtra has taken the nation by surprise.

Fresh violence broke out on Wednesday in Madhya Pradesh, a day after security forces fired at protesting farmers killing up to eight of them and sparking tensions across the state.

Farmers had ransacked a police station and were conducting protests at a railway crossing, news reports said. Curfew has been imposed in sensitive areas.

The incident may be seen by the Opposition parties not only in Madhya Pradesh but also at the national level as a big opportunity to corner the BJP, which is in power not only at the Centre but also in MP. Their demands include right prices for their produces.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday met representatives of the Indian Farmers' Union and agreed to most of the demands of the farmers.

"State government provides agricultural loan at a 10 per cent rebate, which means the farmers have to return 90 per cent of the (loan) amount". As the sources said, "crowds gathered at a specific venue within 20 minutes after these messages were sent out" and hence the police soon found itself completely outnumbered.

Though the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh has called off its strike, other farmer organisations have continued the agitation.

Farmers are also on strike in another state, Maharashtra, for the last one week.

  • Zachary Reyes