Farmers in western Madhya Pradesh are protesting since June 1, seeking loan waiver and higher prices for the farm produce among other things. (File photo) Photograph: (Zee News Network)
The Madhya Pradesh farmers’ protest has reached near the state's capital. Protesters have neared Bhopal with incidents of arson and stone-pelting in Fanda area.
"Some unidentified persons set a truck on fire near a spot where Congress workers were protesting. Then some men hurled stones at the policemen present there," deputy inspector general of police (DIG) Raman Singh Sikarwar told PTI.
27 protestors were arrested from the area.
"We also resorted to lathi-charge to disperse stone-pelters," the DIG said.
Amidst all this, the state’s chief minister has announced he will sit on an indefinite fast from tomorrow.
"I have decided to sit on an indefinite fast from tomorrow. It will continue till the time peace is restored in MP," Chouhan told a press conference.
Chouhan said he would station himself at Dussehra Maidan in Bhopal, where people could come and discuss their demands with him.
"I request everyone to come and discuss their problems with me and I will fast as well as run the government," he said.
He also said the government has constituted a Rs 1,000 crore price stabilisation fund to help farmers secure a better price for their crops.
Farmers in western Madhya Pradesh are protesting since June 1, seeking loan waiver and higher prices for the farm produce among other things.
On June 6, five protesters were killed in police firing in Mandsaur district, the epicentre of agitation.