Farmers Protest Turned Violent, Politicians Ready to Play Politics

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Farmers in Madhya Pradesh have been protesting since June 1 demanding minimum higher support prices for their produce, among others. Farmers protest in Madhya Pradesh took violent turn after five farmers were killed in police firing on Tuesday. After killing of farmers, other farmers created havoc across the state despite of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan’s appeal of maintaing peace.

Currently Mandasur has become the ground for high-voltage political drama, where BJP and Congress are fighting with words. Rahul Gandhi, The vice-president of Congress party, targeted Narendra Modi for the dreadful condition of farmers in Madhya Pradesh. Later Rahul Gandhi tweeted that, ““This govt is at war with the farmers of our country.” Narendra Modi’s demonetisation drive is likely to be responsible for the condition of the farmers and now opposition is asking PM Modi why he is silent over the issues of farmers in Madhya Pradesh.

Rahul Gandhi has even left for Mandasaur to meet the farmers but local administration in the BJP ruled state said that, “they won’t let him enter the state” but local Congress leaders are firm that he will meet the farmers.

Here are the live updates covered by Hindustan Times:

8:25am: The local administration in Mandsaur has said no politician would be allowed to enter Mandsaur on Thursday either like Wednesday as curfew restrictions continued.

8.10am: “We have only information that Rahul Gandhi is coming. We are yet to know about the timing”, said Chandrika Dwivedi, general secretary state Congress, talking to the Hindustan Times on Thursday morning.

8:47am: Bus services have been disrupted in Mandsaur after large-scale violence on Wednesday where protesters torched several vehicles

8.40am: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi leaves from Udaipur to Mandsaur where he is expected to meet families of the five farmers killed in police firing on Tuesday.

9:08am:Neemuch superintendent of police Manoj Kumar Singh and Shivpur district magistrate OP Shrivastava posted as new SP and collector of Mandsaur, as per CM secretariat.

9:06am: Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh dares CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to tender his resignation “If you are left with even iota of shame in you. You call yourself a son of a farmer but fire at unarmed farmers. Ghor kaput bete ho (you are an unworthy son).”

9.00am: District magistrate Swatantra Kumar Singh and superintendent of police OP Tripathi removed.

8.50am: Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav is also expected to visit Mandsaur

9:26am: Madhya Pradesh government has announced a Rs 6,000 crore crop-loan settlement scheme that proposes waiving of interests for those cultivators who have defaulted. This is short of the complete loan waiver that farmers have demanded.

9:21am: Local administration has set up a police post outside Mandsaur, expect to intercept Rahul Gandhi when he reaches around noon.

9:20am:Police remove two dozen burnt trucks from the Mhow-Neemuch highway, open road.

9:15am: Shops are opening in violence-hit Piplya Mandi for the first time in three days. Internet ban still in place

9:10am: Digvijaya Singh asked, “If they were anti-social elements they why compensation? What was the police record on the farmers who were martyred. Shivraj ji all were pure farmers.”

10:41am: Additional director general of police V Madhu Kumar and other senior police officers have reached Nayagaon. Full preparation to stop Rahul Gandhi at the border.

10:40am: Heavy police force deployed in Neemuch. Two layers of barricading on the main road in view of Rahul Gandhi’s expected visit.

10:30am: A farmer in Maharashtra’s Nashik committed suicide on Wednesday evening. He owed money to money lenders and banks.In the last two days, four farmers have committed suicide.

10:20am: Police and CRPF have set up barricades at the Rajasthan-Madhya Pradesh border to prevent Rahul Gandhi from entering.

10:17am: Police stop all traffic into Mandsaur at Nayagaon and Neemuch district borders.

10:15am: Two companies of RAF, comprising around 100 men each, have moved into Pipliamandi in Mandsaur.

10:01am: Rahul Gandhi lands in Udaipur, leaves for Mandsaur by road. He is expected to be met by district officials at a checkpost outside the district.

9:54am: Protests have spread to six other districts. Apart from Mandsaur, focus of violence is at Dewas where farmers have torched at least two police stations, damaged more than two dozen vehicles and ransacked shops.

9:50am: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will not be allowed to visit violence-hit Mandsaur in MP: SP, Neemuch, Manoj Kumar Singh.

9:46am: The urban parts of Mandsaur appear to be calm but anger simmers in the villages.

9:43am: State government to set up a Rs 1,000-crore Price Stabilisation Fund to purchase the farm produce at MSP. Farmers would be paid 50% of the crop sale amount in cash and the rest would be transferred in their bank account through RTGS .

9:40am: Mandsaur collector Swatantra Kumar Singh who was shifted after the violence has been posted as a deputy secretary, MP government, as per the state government order.

9:32am: District magistrates of adjoining districts of Mandsaur- Ratlam and Neemuch – also shifted as per the order of the state government. Their names are B Chandrashekhar and Rajneesh Shrivastava, respectively.

9:30am: In two days, Madhya Pradesh government will start purchase of Moong, Tur and Urad at their support prices .

11:05am: “This photo-op tourism will not benefit Rahul Gandhi at all,” Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi tells TV news channel.

11:03am: Number of transport vehicles reduced on the Bhopal-Indore highway after violence in Dewas on Wednesday.

11:02am: JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav, Congress leaders Kamal Nath, Digvijaya Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Mohan Prakash are accompanying Rahul Gandhi.

11:00am: Prohibitory orders issued under section 144 of CrPC in Neemuch ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s visit.

10:58am: Five farmers died in Mandsaur due to police firing, probe has confirmed: State home minister

10:45am: Toll plaza vandalised in Mandsaur, Rs 8-10 lakh looted.

11:27am: Meeting among farmers in Punjab to push for loan waiver, better prices. Express support for protesting Madhya Pradesh farmers.

11:24am: “Death of the 5 farmers was due to Police firing. It has been established in probe: MP HM Bhupendra Singh .Why did he mislead us ?” tweets Digvijaya Singh.

11:21am: “Congress VP had predicted that #Demonitisation would hit the farmers hard when Modi ji made the announcement,” says Congress.

11:18am: “Modi Govt’s Demonetisation first killed the farm economy and now they are killing the farmers,” says Congress.

12:10pm: Rahul Gandhi changes route, now en route Mandsaur on a motorbike, say sources and journalists accompanying him. Rapid Action Force and police leave Nayagaon checkpost to intercept Congress leader

12:07pm: FIR lodged, some pople detained in connection with the heckling of Mandsaur collector.

12:05pm:More than 1,000 police personnel and paramilitary forces jawans at Nayagaon, Neemuch to prevent Rahul Gandhi’s entry.

12:00pm: A cement factory’s rest house in Neemuch to be treated as temporary jail where Rahul Gandhi might be lodged in case police arrest him, an administrative official says.

11:55am: 62 people detained in connection with farmers’ protest in Mandsaur, police officlas say.

11:53am: Curfew will be relaxed in Mandsaur in the evening, says administration.

11:40am: Madhya Pradesh BJP vice-president Vijesh Lunawat fires salvo on Rahul Gandhi. Tweets and asks ‘where were you when 3.25 lakh farmers committed suicide during Congress rule?’

11:37am: Two companies of RAF have been posted in Garoth area in the district, another two have been deployed along the Mwoh-Neemuch Highway to prevent any untoward incidents.

11:36am: Two companies of RAF, comprising around 100 men each, have moved into Pipliamandi in Mandsaur, the site of Tuesday’s shooting of five farmers, police said.

11:32am: Chief secretary Madhya Pradesh BP Singh tells media, “Situation is under control in entire state”.

12:24pm: Administration and police flustered at Rahul Gandhi’s move

12:23pm: Congress workers present in huge numbers at Nimbaheda to greet and welcome Rahul Gandhi

12:21pm: Nimbaheda is about 12 kilometres ahead of Neemuch, one of the many centres of violence

12:20pm: Congress using farmer’s protest as a “photo-op”, says Venkaiah Naidu, dismisses demands for MP CM’s resignation

12:16pm: Special protection group accompanying Congress V-P confirms Rahul Gandhi is trying to enter Mandsaur district via Nimbaheda.

Farmers in Rajasthan another BJP ruled state are likely to go on strike from next week asking for the same demands.

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