Rahul likely to meet Mandsaur violence victims' kin today

Centre rushes 1,100 anti-riot police in MP
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Bhopal
7 Jun 2017

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is expected to visit Madhya Pradesh's violence-hit Mandsaur district tomorrow to meet the kin of the five persons who were killed in violence during the farmers' agitation. Five persons were yesterday killed as the farmers' agitation turned violent in Mandsaur, prompting the authorities to clamp curfew in the trouble-hit area. Rahulji is expected to visit Mandsaur tomorrow," Congress MLA Jaivardhan Singh said today. "Our leader wants to meet the family members of the deceased and comfort them," Jaivardhan, son of senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, said. "The entire Congress is with Madhya Pradesh's farmers in distress. The BJP-led state government should wake up from its slumber and help the farmers in need," he said. Neemuch Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Singh said Gandhi was expected to visit Mandsaur today, but it got postponed. "Rahul was expected to visit Mandsaur today but his plan got postponed. He was supposed to land in Neemuch, the adjoining district of Mandsaur," the SP said. Mandsaur has been on the boil since the farmers' agitation in the district turned violent. Farmers in western Madhya Pradesh are protesting since June 1 over various demands. The protesters demanding better crop prices, among other things, "heckled" Mandsaur collector this morning when he tried to pacify them. Also, former MP from Mandsaur, Meenakshi Natarajan, was detained when she was on her way to meet the family members of the deceased. Meanwhile, the Centre has rushed 1,100 anti- riots police personnel to Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur to help restore peace in the district where five persons were killed in violence during a protest by farmers demanding debt relief and better crop prices. It has also sought a detailed report over yesterday's violence and steps taken by the state government to bring back normalcy in the violence-hit area. Around 600 personnel of the Rapid Action Force, a specialised anti-riots force, have already reached Mandsaur to assist the local administration, a Home Ministry official said. Altogether 500 more RAF personnel are being sent to Mandsaur by the Home Ministry on the request of the state government. Farmers in western Madhya Pradesh are protesting since June 1 demanding higher minimum support prices (MSP) for their produce, among others. Five persons were yesterday killed as the farmers' agitation turned violent, prompting the authorities to clamp curfew in the trouble-hit area. According to eyewitnesses, the protesting farmers had torched vehicles and indulged in stone pelting in Parshvanath area under Pipaliya Mandi police station limits. Curfew remained in force in Pipalya Mandi police station area of the district and Mandsaur town today, while prohibitory orders restricting movement under section 144 of CrPC are also imposed in the rest of the district.(PTI)