Mandsaur: The ongoing farmers’ agitation took a serious turn today as six people died and two sustained injuries in firing while the police was involved in a violent clash with the protesters at Pipliya Mandi, not far from here in the central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh.
Curfew has been imposed at Pipliya Mandi as well as Mandsaur, the district headquarters. State Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has ordered a judicial inquiry.
Chouhan has said that all legitimate demands of the farmers have been accepted and orders issued. The Congress has politicised this agitation and the violence was a consequence of this.
The main opposition Congress has gone on the offensive and demanded the chief minister’s resignation.
The chief minister had entered into a pact with the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, the RSS frontal organisation representing the farmers, two days ago and this was followed by a Government statement, which quoted the State BKS chief, to announce that the farmers’ agaitation had been called off.
The chief minister has announced ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh against each fatality and Rs 1 lakh to every grievously-hurt person.