Bhopal: Five people were killed as police allegedly opened fire at a farmers’ protest in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday, where they were demanding higher rates for their produce and loan waivers, according to reports. Curfew has been imposed in sensitive areas.
Violence broke out on Tuesday during a farmers' protest in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh following which curfew was clamped on Tuesday in Pipalya Mandi area and prohibitory orders imposed in other parts of the district, officials said.
Five farmers were killed after police opened fire on violent protesters in Bhai Parshnath area but Mandsaur Collector SK Singh has denied it.
"Curfew has been clamped in Pipalya Mandi police station area and in the rest of the district section 144 of CrPC has been imposed," Singh said over phone.
When asked about reports of death of three farmers, Singh said he does not have any such information.
Farmers in western Madhya Pradesh are protesting since June 1 demanding minimum support price for their farm produce, among other things.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan yesterday said his government is taking all necessary steps to address the issues of the agitating farmers.
A price stabilisation fund of Rs 1,000 crore would be set up to purchase the farm produce at the minimum support price (MSP), he had said....