Newspatrolling: A protest by farmers in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district turned ugly today when three farmers were killed. As the protest was turning violent, the security forces had to open fire, which resulted in the deaths of three farmers. The farmers were protesting in order to get better rates for their produce. It may be recalled that Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district is severely affected by drought and the region has recorded the highest farmer suicide rates in the country. The protestors turned even more violent after the firing incident, and they set ablaze a police station and also beat up some security personnel. To control the situation, additional forces have been rushed in the area. The state government has also taken down internet service to ensure that rumors are not spread on social media platforms.
Speaking about the firing, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said that the BJP government is waging a war against the farmers in the country. However, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan countered this argument by saying that it’s the Congress that is spreading hatred among the farmers and inciting people to join violent protests. Chouhan announced that all the deceased people will get Rs 5 lakh as compensation and those with serious injuries will be given Rs 1 lakh each.