The farmer’s agitation in MP escalates as a people protest in front of Police station and threaten to set the station on fire.
Anti-riot paramilitary forces moved into violence-hit areas of Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district, where farmers have been protesting for over a week demanding debt relief. Farmers in Mandsaur have been protesting since June 1 demanding loan waiver and better crop prices. Five farmers were killed in police firing on 6th june as the agitation turned violent.
Investigations have found that “stone throwers and some anti-social elements” had also joined the protest. Violence had also hit Dewas, Neemuch, Ujjain districts and some other parts of western MP. While two companies of the RAF, each comprising 100 personnel, moved into Pipliamandi in Mandsaur, where the five farmers were killed, another two were posted in Garoth. Two RAF companies have also been deployed along the highway. Besides the RAF, contingents of the CRPF have been deployed.
The Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh had sought to cool tempers by announcing certain measures, including a settlement scheme for cultivators who had defaulted on repayment of loans. The scheme will cover around 6 lakh farmers with accumulated dues of Rs 6,000 crore, according to the state government.
The opposition tried to enter MP, in a tiff where Rahul Gandhi was detained, Just before he was detained by the police, the Congress vice president accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of waiving loans of the country’s rich while ignoring farmers’ debts. “He (Modi) can’t give the right rates for farmers’ agriculture produce, can’t give them bonus, can’t give them compensation… He can only give them bullets,” Gandhi said.
By Pradip Bhandari.