Rahul Gandhi Heads To Violence-Hit Mandsaur: Farmers' Crisis In 10 Points

Mandsaur Farmers' Deaths: Scuffle Erupts With DM, How Many More To Die?

The state and central governments must respond to rising farm distress and resultant agitations with both superior farm policy and more sophisticated policing and crowd control.

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh had on Tuesday denied the police opened fire but he did not reiterate this on Wednesday as he met senior police officials. In the past, ruling parties have lost elections in the eastern state of West Bengal, western Maharashtra and the northern state of Uttar Pradesh after farmers died at the hands of security forces.

BJP leader and former minister Kailash Vijayvargiya stated that Congress needs to be blamed as they are grabbing focus in this violence.

Naidu also hit out at the Congress for "hijacking" the protest in Mandsaur.

The Congress accused the BJP for "acting as a curse of death for Indian farmers" and slammed it for disallowing party vice-president Rahul Gandhi from meeting the families of the victims.

If the Congress leader tries to enter the district, he will be detained, the SP said.

"We are working on a formula".

The government is also contemplating a formula wherein it may waive interest on crop loans. The information about the new scheme was provided by minister Archana Chitnis.

The Centre reportedly rushed1100 anti-riots police personnel to Mandsaur to help restore peace there. However, the passengers managed to escape and run for their lives.

Demanding the presence of Chouhan, the protesting farmers, earlier in the day got into a scuffle with the Collector and Superintendent of Police of Mandsaur district over them delaying their visit to the area.

Later, they set the buses on fire.

In Ujjain district, clashes were reported between protesters and police.

The party sources close to PCC Chief sachin Pilot also said that Gandhi took motorcycle ride in Nimbaheda.

"Farmers would be paid 50 percent of the crop sale amount in cash and the rest would be transferred to their bank account through RTGS", Chitnis said.

Meanwhile, a fresh round of violence erupted in Mandsaur district after a toll plaza was vandalised.

Police lathicharge commuters on the Mhow-Neemuch highway in Mandsaur. At least, four of the six farmers killed are Patidars.

The farmers killed on Tuesday were cremated at their respective villages in Mandsaur on Wednesday. Internet services that had been suspended might also be restored, divisional commissioner M B Ojha said.

Chouhan also announced formation of the Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Investment and Marketing Commission to study the cost of production of farm produce and determine the quantum of profit to be paid to farmers over and above MSP.

"We want to ask the prime minister".

"Madhya Pradesh is a very peaceful place and will continue to be so". Most of the deaths are attributed to the farmers' inability to pay of debts taken from private money-lenders in high rates of interest.

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