Five farmers were killed at Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh after violence broke out on Tuesday during a farmers’ protest.
Quoting officials, a PTI report said that clamping of curfew in Pipalya Mandi area and imposition of prohibitory orders in other parts of the district followed the violence.
The unconfirmed reports said the deaths occurred in police firing in Bhai Parshnath area, but Mandsaur Collector S. K. Singh denied it.
“Curfew has been clamped in Pipalya Mandi police station area and in the rest of the district section 144 of CrPC has been imposed,” Mr. Singh told PTI over the phone.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan blamed Congress for the worsening situation.
He said, “Our govt has done a lot for farmers. Congress has conspired to turn this peaceful protest into violence.
Farmers in western Madhya Pradesh are protesting since June 1 demanding minimum support price for their farm produce, among other things.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday said his government was taking all necessary steps to address the issues of the agitating farmers. A price stabilisation fund of Rs 1,000 crore would be set up to purchase the farm produce at the minimum support price (MSP), he said.
Mandsaur is about 325 km from State capital Bhopal.
“Curfew has been clamped in Pipalya Mandi police station area and in the rest of the district section 144 of CrPC has been imposed,” Singh told PTI over phone.
When asked about reports claiming death of farmers, Singh said he did not have any such information.