Protests intensify in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur district, Centre deploys five additional battalions
Farmers went on a rampage on Madhya pRadesh's Mandsour district demanding higher minimum support prices (MSP) among others. Photograph: (ANI)
The Indian government has decided to deploy five more battalions of the paramilitary force in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur district, ANI reported. The Centre had already sent six battalions to the area.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore each for the next of kin of five farmers who were killed and Rs 5 lakh to those injured.
The BJP government has also promised government jobs to family members of the deceased.
Protests in Mandsaur, where farmers are demanding loan waivers and higher prices for their crops, intensified with protesters setting at least eight to ten vehicles on fire.
The protests have also affected trains going to Rajasthan from Madhya Pradesh, PTI reports.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit the area on Thursday.
Five farmers were killed in clashes with police on Tuesday as they were demanding higher prices for their produce among other things.
Protesters demanded the presence of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Earlier, they got into a scuffle with the collector and superintendent of police of Mandsaur district over them delaying their visit to the area, ANI said.
A round-the-clock curfew was imposed in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur district.
Mobile internet was cut off and thousands of police in riot gear patrolled the streets of the Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh state after the violence on Tuesday.
Organisers say police opened fire after the protest turned violent on Tuesday, with some throwing rocks, torching vehicles and firing at riot police.
SK Singh, a senior government official in Mandsaur, told AFP the situation was broadly under control and the curfew would be lifted once the situation improved.
"There were few incidents of violation of the curfew orders but overall the situation is under control," he said.
Farmers in western Madhya Pradesh have been protesting since June 1, demanding higher minimum support prices (MSP) among others, PTI said.