Mandsaur agrarian unrest: MP govt admits police firing led to peasant deaths; SP,DC shifted; Rahul Gandhi stopped at Neemuch; CM Chouhan urges restraint; 62 detained

Mandsaur agrarian unrest: MP govt admits police firing led to peasant deaths; SP,DC shifted; Rahul Gandhi stopped at Neemuch; CM Chouhan urges restraint; 62 detained


Mandsaur agrarian unrest: MP govt admits police firing led to peasant deaths; SP,DC shifted; Rahul Gandhi stopped at Neemuch; CM Chouhan urges restraint; 62 detained


Bhopal/New Delhi: The Madhya Pradesh government today confirmed that police firing killed peasants at Mandsaur district's Piplia Mandi. As the Shivraj Singh Chouhan regime shifted out the SP and the Collector of the strife-torn Mandsaur district, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was detained at Neemuch to prevent him from meeting the kin of the victims. Curfew is in force in the violence-hit Mandsaur district. 'The government – based on preliminary investigation – concluded that police opened fire on agitating farmers on Tuesday, causing five deaths and two injuries,' Home Minister Bhupendra Singh Thakur told the media in Bhopal. Soon after the agitation took a violent turn on Tuesday, Mr Thakur had asserted that the ryots were not killed by police firing. Investigation, he said, would reveal the truth. Chief Minister Chouhan made an appeal to peasants to maintain peace saying that he was always ready for talks. Mr Chouhan said his regime has taken several decisions in the interest of farmers. He pointed out that onions were purchased at Rs 8 per kg. Likewise, procurement of ‘moong’, ‘toor’ and ‘urad’ would commence on Saturday, according to official information. The CM said that he believed that problems could be resolved through discussion. He alleged that certain anti-social elements intend to push Madhya Pradesh into anarchy and assured people that they would be firmly dealt with. Mr Chouhan urged farmers to not let anti-social elements succeed in their motives and cooperate in maintaining peace.

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