MP firing: State government's report ends confusion
State governments report to the center ends the confusion regarding the firing that killed 5
June 08, 2017 / 09:07 PM IST
Police detain a supporter of the Aam Aadmi Party during a protest outside the residence of India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi April 21, 2013. Angry crowds demonstrated in the capital on Sunday after a five-year-old girl was allegedly raped, tortured and kept in captivity for 40 hours, reviving memories of last December's brutal assault on a woman that shook the country. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTXYUM6
The Madhya Pradesh government today conveyed to the Centre that five farmers were killed in Mandsaur in police firing, ending the confusion on who had fired at the protesters.
In a report submitted to the home ministry, the Madhya Pradesh government said the protesting farmers, demanding loan waiver, had allegedly set ablaze 25 trucks and two police vans along the Mhow-Neemuch highway on tuesday.
The police, the report said tried to control the mob with a lathi charge and then by lobbing tear gas.However, the report said, when the farmers continued with the violence, including "arson, vandalism and destruction of public property", the police fired, killing five farmers and injuring eight.
The confirmation that the farmers were killed in police firing bears significance as the MP government had initially claimed that the police did not fire at the farmers.Earlier in the day, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh also told PTI that the five farmers had been killed in police firing.
In the factual report on the situation, the state government told the home ministry that after Tuesday's incident, seven people were arrested by the police for allegedly indulging in violence.It said the violence had broken out in eight districts , Mandsaur, Dhar, Jhabua, Neemuch, Ratlam, Dewas, Shajapur and Sehore , and the state government was taking all possible steps to restore peace.
Farmers in western Madhya Pradesh are protesting since June 1 demanding higher crop prices and debt relief.As the farmers' agitation turned violent, the authorities clamped curfew on the trouble-hit area.