Update: The death toll in the violent Mandsaur farmers protest has climbed to five.
Bhopal: Three people were killed and four were injured as police allegedly opened fire at a farmers’ protest in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district on Tuesday, where they were demanding higher rates for their produce and loan waivers, according to reports.
Also, Internet services have been suspended in the western parts of the state such as Indore, Ujjain and Dewas. Curfew has been imposed in sensitive areas.
Farmers in Madhya Pradesh have been holding massive protests, demanding higher rates for their agricultural produce such as onions and dal. Similar to other states ruled by Bharatiya Janata Party such as Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, they also asked for loan-waivers.
Some of these protests had turned violent with police men being hit with stones, vehicles set ablaze, and shops being vandalised.
On Tuesday, 12,000 litres of milk were emptied on roads from tankers. Trucks were also looted. The protests have lead to a dearth of milk and vegetables in the state.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has ordered a judicial enquiry into the matter. The fresh protests come despite Chouhan’s assertion that his government is taking all necessary steps to address the issues of the agitating farmers.