BKU protests killing of farmers in Madhya Pradesh

The Congress Wednesday termed as "coldblooded murder" the killing of five farmers in police firing in Madhya Pradesh and questioned the prime minister's silence over it.

Taking cognizance of the issue, Chief Minister Chouhan on Tuesday announced a compensation of Rs. one crore each to the victims' families. "I am deeply hurt by incidences like this and to restore peace and normalcy I am going to sit on fast from 11 am tomorrow", Chouhan told a press conference in Bhopal.

He tried to break through the police barricades but was stopped.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Madhya Pradesh has been under a lot of criticism post the violent protests which erupted there.

The SP said the police will not let their guard down and strict action will be taken against those who try to violate prohibitory orders under CrPC 144 which bans assembly of more than four persons. "Such anti-social elements will be dealt stringently", Chouhan said.

Over the course of a week, Mandsaur and other adjacent districts of Madhya Pradesh were witness to scores of farmers agitating for fair prices for their produce. "Our government wants a permanent solution while taking people in confidence", Singh said at a programme here.

Maintaining that the government would be dealing with the miscreants with an iron fist, Chauhan said his fast is an attempt to ensure peace is restored in the state.

"What law of the land says that it is illegal to stand in solidarity with farmers who were killed simply for demanding what is their right?"

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi waived money for the elite but he can not waive farmer loans".

The protesters damaged the toll plaza property and even set some vehicles on fire. This angered the other major organisations involved- Rashtriya Kissan Mazdoor Sangh and Bharatiya Kisan Union - who chose to spur the agitation further.

Earlier in the day, Tripathi said that continuous patrolling was on in the district and the situation was under control.

The state government today transferred the Collector and Superintendent of Police of Mandsaur district.

The outbreak of discontent began over a week ago in the district of Mandsaur, as farmers - frustrated with the state's current agricultural policies - took to the streets to demand higher crop prices and a waiver on existing bank loans.

  • Leroy Wright