Shots fired at protest kill 5 farmers in central India

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Three dead in alleged police firing as farmers’ protest turns violent in MP

Even as they were speaking to the bereaved family, some of the mourners started blaming the collector for the firing and ordered Tripathi to remove his cap. The following day, protesters at Piplia Toll Naka threw stones at police and torched 27 vehicles. Protesters were reportedly agitated over the delay in the visits by officials. He added that this incident is particularly shameful for Chouhan because he has always claimed to be the son of a farmer. There are a beeline of burnt down vehicles on the Highway between Mandsaur and Neemuch, the ground zero of firing yesterday.

On Monday, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan assured that the government would purchase onions at Rs 8/kg and moong dal at an agreed price and to set up a Rs 1,000 crore stabilization fund.

A curfew was in force and mobile internet was cut off in the region after the violence during protests by farmers demanding higher prices for crop and loan waivers.

Meanwhile, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has chose to visit the violence-hit district today. They heckle and manhandle Mandsaur district collector Swatantra Kumar Singh when he approaches them to complete Patidar's last rites and ensure peace.

It is unclear who opened fire during the rally in Mandsaur district on Tuesday.

"Police have told me that neither did they fire nor did they have any orders to fire", Singh told PTI. The farmers in Madhya Pradesh have threatened to intensify their protests and accused the government of spreading lies about the number killed.

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The strike began on Thursday in Maharashtra, with farmers dumping produce and milk on the street to demand debt forgiveness and better prices for their produce. "Farmers were not carrying weapons", said Gajendra Tokas of the Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh, or National Farm Workers' Union, which has called a state-wide strike on Wednesday.

Madhya Pradesh Congress president Arun Yadav, leader of the opposition Ajay Singh, MLA Jeetu Patwari and other party leaders were also stopped on the border. Ujjain Range Inspector General of Police V Madhukumar, who is camping in Mandsaur, said, "I have also come to know that something happened with the collector".

"Rahul was expected to visit Mandsaur today but his plan got postponed". In another tweet, he said " BJP Ke New India Mein Hak Magne Par Hamare Annadatao Ko Goli Milti Hain". BJP is the ruling party in both Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra states.

Meanwhile, while expressing his grief over the incident Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said that innocent farmers are being used for political reasons.

The AAP demanded that cases be lodged against the erring officers over the incident which left up to eight people dead on Tuesday. Three farmers succumbed to bullet injury on the spot while other two lost live later in the hospital. "Some anti-social elements vitiated the atmosphere, so we had no option but to make a hasty retreat", he said.

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