The violent protest by farmers in Madhya Pradesh has spread far and wide. The protests spread from Mandsaur to other districts in Madhya Pradesh, with protesters indulging in arson and violence. Vehicles were torched, roads and railway tracks were blocked as protests entered the seventh day.
Meanwhile, in an effort to cool tempers, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced more sops for the farmers. The government also announced that a commission would be set up to fix a formula to ensure a fair price for crops by deducting agricultural costs. Chouhan gave orders to immediately constitute a Rs 1000-crore price stabilisation fund. He also announced that tur, urad and moong would be purchased from farmers from June 10 to June 30.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh on June 8 admitted that the five farmers who were killed in Mandsaur died due to police firing, according Indian Express report.
The protesting farmers have demanded higher crop prices to cover their input costs and to tide over last year's drought-caused losses.
Let's have a look at the photos that depict the status of violent strike by farmers in Madhya Pradesh.
The photo above is of a luxurious A/C bus that was demolished by the farmers on protest against the government. These farmers have gone so violent that they didn't even mind the people in the bus including the women and children. The bus was on its journey from Indore to Bhopal on Wednesday 7th June.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan wrote, "I am continuously in contact with the officials and taking all the information. Our government is always ready to work for the farmers."
Another tweet by the CM read, "I appeal to all the farmers to maintain peace. I am always there to talk to all of you. Don't listen to the rumours."
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has made his plans to meet the family of the deceased who died during the protests between the police and farmers earlier this week.
The MP government has announced to pay a sum of Rs 10 lakh to the kin of the dead and Rs 1 lakh to those who were severely injured.
In his tweet on June 6, CM Chouhan wrote, "Congress (Opposition party) has always tried to give this movement a political twist. The movement has become violent because of Congress."
The government suspended two police officials in the region.
"I appeal again to my farmer brothers to keep patience. We'll explore the solution through talks," he stated.
Stay tuned for the updates.