Amidst the ongoing tension in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh on Thursday confirmed that five farmers have died in the region because of police firing. The confirmation of this news comes after the probe and the government suspended two top district officials.
Manoj Kumar Singh, SP Neemuch, said that Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi won’t be allowed to enter violence-hit Mandsaur. Gandhi had left for Mandsaur early this morning to meet families of the deceased farmers.
Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has accused the Congress Vice-President of visiting the region, only because “he is publicity hungry”.
Responding to this, Congress leader Sachin Pilot said, “this is very wrong of MP government to stop us from going. It is BJP that is playing politics”.
Thousands of farmers in the drought-ravaged western Madhya Pradesh have been protesting for over a week demanding an increase in the minimum price for their crops and also to waive their bank loans. Madhya Pradesh is one of the states that have suffered disappointing rains and crop failures over the past few years.