Mandsaur violence: CM Chouhan vows to solve farmers' issues

Michele Moreno
June 12, 2017

Families of five farmers who were killed in the police firing during the last week's protest in Mandsaur, had last night asked him to call off his fast.

Chouhan broke his fast with a sip of coconut water at 2.45 pm amid Aandhi nahi toofan hai Shivraj Singh Chouhan hai slogans by supporters - accentuating how the fast for peace-cum-dialogue with protesting farmers turned into a show of strength for the his supporters. On Saturday, Chouhan had vowed to restore peace in the state with his indefinite fast. Curfew was clamped in the two towns following violence and killing of five farmers in police firing.

Meanwhile, farmers on Sunday praised Chouhan for going on a fast to control the violent situation in Mandsaur, and hoped for a "pro-farmer" decision soon.

Chouhan, who is on a fast at Dussehra Maidan met several representatives of farmers' organisations and listened to their problems on Saturday.

Resonating similar sentiments, another Congress leader Meem Afzal said that the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister called off his fast after he discovered it was making no impact whatsoever.

Natarajan said the Central government should waive all the farm loans as the agriculture sector is facing problems. BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who too held talks with farmers in Indore, announced excitedly, "Shivraj tum raaj karo, hum tumhare saath hain". It was a stunt, to divert the attention of the nation from the ongoing agitation of the farmers.

During the later stage of this 10-day farmers' protests, the flames of protest singed the state capital as protesters torched a truck and some other vehicles on the Bhopal-Indore highway. Early this morning, while sitting next to his wife Sadhna and a potrait of Mahatma Gandhi, he said, "I have always tried everything possible to help the farmers". On the same day (on 4 June), a police assistant sub-inspector sustained severe injuries in his one eye during the stone pelting at Ratlam.

Also, many windmills are operating in the region for which land was acquired from the farmers, but the government never gave compensation for the agricultural land, she alleged.

Other reports by Insurance News

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