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Farm protests continue after five killed by gunshots at rally

Farm protests continue after five killed by gunshots at rally

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting of his Cabinet ministers to take stock of the situation arising out of Mandsaur violence and killings in the wake of farmers' agitation.

Demanding the presence of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh 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.

The Congress targeted the Modi government for allegedly failing the farmers by not fulfilling its election manifesto pledge to give them 50 per cent profit above the MSP for their produce.

The editorial said the farmers' struggles in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh had "punctured in a spectacular fashion the tall claims made by the Modi government about the transformation of agriculture and empowerment of farmers".

He reiterated he wanted to visit the district to meet the families of the five farmers killed by police firing on Tuesday.

Gandhi entered Madhya Pradesh by auto from Rajasthan in a cavalcade of Congress leaders and activists.

They didn't give any reason, just said they are arresting me.

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




Speaking to ANI, BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao said, "This government had taken a series of decision towards the farmers and their demands". In response to the demands of the farmers, the state government has launched a new scheme named Krishi Rin Samadhan Yojana for farmers.

The opposition parties have accused the BJP government of cold-blooded murder of the farmers.

"The curfew won't be lifted until the situation becomes normal", said the officer, D. Kavita.

Rahul Gandhi in Mandsaur: Congress vice president on Wednesday will be travelling to Mandsaur by road after he was denied permission to travel by helicopter.

■ Seven cases were on Thursday lodged and 62 persons detained in connection with the farmers' agitation in the violence-hit district, police said.

Congress VP Rahul Gandhi had confirmed his Mandsaur visit in a tweet yesterday.

■ Contingent of Rapid Action Force (RAF) deployed in Madhya Pradesh's violence- hit Mandsaur district. I met Rahul ji today, we are planning to go there (Mandsaur).

"The Congress is using this agitation of the farmers for themselves to provoke violence from within and giving their party a violent colour".


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