Behind the agitation, stagnant income and deteriorating terms of trade for agriculture
Harshad Patel, Collector, Bhavnagar, said that the farmers had dropped their letters demanding permission for "icchha mrityu", at the registry branch of the collectorate.
Five farmers were killed and several others injured on Tuesday in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh as police opened fire on peasants who indulged in violence and pelted police with stones.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ordered a judicial probe after holding a meeting with senior civil and police officers. Mandsaur city and Piplya Mandi area were put under curfew after violence. Chouhan blames the Congress
The state government also announced Rs 10 lakh compensation to the kin of each of the killed farmers.
Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh Chairman Shivkumar Sharma identified the dead as Bablu Patidar, Sarender Patidar, Kanhaiya, Satyanarayan, and Akhilesh, who is said to be a college student.
After the police firing, protesters became more violent and set a number of vehicles afire. Even though authorities clamped a curfew in the area, mobs of protesters were on the roads indulging in arson.
Chouhan blamed the Congress for the violence by farmers while Congress state unit President Arun Yadav and Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh dubbed it as the failure of the government.
The Congress said it has formed a panel of MLAs to probe the Mandsaur violence.
Earlier, Home Minister Bhupendra Singh told reporters that the police had not opened fire at the protesters, instead anti-social elements who had mingled with the crowds opened fire at the farmers, who are demanding a loan waiver and fair prices for their produce.
However, eyewitnesses said a clash between the police and farmers was followed by stone-pelting from both sides and firing by the police.
"Police had to open fire around 2 pm to control agitated farmers, killing two farmers and injuring several others," Ujjain Divisional Commissioner BM Ojha earlier told IANS.
Farmers are observing strike from June 1 to June 10 to press their demands with the government.
On Monday, the chief minister had assured farmers that onions would be purchased by the government at Rs 8 per kg and 'moong' pulse at agreed price, and that a Rs 1,000-crore stabilisation fund would be set up.
Though the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh has called off its strike, other farmer organisations have continued the agitation.
The state has been facing a shortage of milk and vegetables, leading to a price hike. Farmers poured milk on the Agra-Malwa road last week and stopped trucks from carrying vegetables to markets. Several parts of the state faced a similar situation.
Chennai's Kathipara flyover locked with iron chains by activists in support of farmers newsreporter.in
Traffic on the arterial roads around Guindy in Chennai came to a standstill this morning as activists protesting in support of the Tamil Nadu farmers literally locked up the Kathipara flyover with iron chains.
The activists were protesting to express solidarity with the prolonged protests, undertaken by the state's farmers at New Delhi over several demands.
The activists, led by Tamil film director Gowthaman, suddenly tied an iron chain across the road on the flyover, thereby bringing the traffic to a complete halt. The flyover is the main connecting point for southern part of the city.
TN Farmers Agitation : 28 Days, Naked Run, What else does Modi need to pay attention? newsreporter.in
Scores of farmers from Tamil Nadu, who have been camping in New Delhi for nearly a month demanding a waiver of loans and setting up of the Cauvery Management Board among other relief measures, took their protest to a new level with some of them stripping outside the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday.
Tamil Nadu is facing its worst drought in the last 140 years, and the man leading the agitation is 68-year-old farmer and lawyer P. Ayyakannu from Tiruchirappalli.
The farmers led by Ayyakannu have been eating rats, conducting mock funerals, blowing conches, rolling on the ground half naked, shaving their heads and protesting with the skulls of farmers who allegedly committed suicide.
But, nothing had reached the ears of Prime Minister Narendra Modi it seems. Centre has not paid any attention to the suffereing TN farmers at Delhi yet.
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