Shivraj visits riot-hit Mandsaur, Jyotiraditya starts “Satyagrah” in Bhopal

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Bhopal: Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia today sat on a 50-hour ‘satyagraha’ at Dussehra Maidan here in support of farmers, whose agitation had turned violent resulting in the death of six persons in police firing in Mandsaur district on 6 June.

Earlier in the morning, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reached village Barwan near riot-hit Mandsaur, where he met Durgalal Dhakad, the father of the deceased farmer Ghanshaym, who had died in police firing on 6 June.

Chouhan had sat on an indefinite fast in the State capital on the same issue on June 10 but he broke his fast the next day by announcing several relief measures, barring waiver of rural loans.

Mr. Scindia began his protest here today by garlanding a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi and paying homage to the farmers killed in police firing in Mandsaur districts. The photos of the six deceased farmers were also kept on the stage.

Scindia was arrested and released yesterday at the Nayagaon-Jaora toll booth in Ratlam district when he was on his way to Mandsaur, along with other Congress leaders and a large number of supporters, to meet the families of those killed in police firing. The Police stopped him from entering Mandsaur due to prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC.

CM in Mandsaur

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today morning reached village Barwan near riot-hit Mandsaur, where he met Durgalal Dhakad, the father of the deceased farmer Ghanshaym, who had died in police firing during the farmers’ agitation on 6 June.

While talking to the family members of the deceased farmer, the chief minister told them that Rs. 1 crore announced as compensation had been credited in their bank account.

On landing at the Navlakha airport, the chief minister was received by the people’s representatives and senior officials

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