Meanwhile, curfew has been relaxed for the day in Mandsaur city and Pipliamandi as the situation in the areas hit by violent protests by farmers improved. SP Manoj Kumar Singh said authorities decided to relax curfew from 10 am to 6 pm as the situation has improved.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan speaks over the death of farmers:
- This government has done a lot of work for farmers
- There are a lot of problems...We understand the problem of farmers
- Law & order is important for us...Anti-social elements will be strictly dealt with
- Anti-social elements are unleashing violence in Mandsaur
- I appeal to all farmers to come for discussion...we are ready for any kind of talks
- From 11 am tomorrow (on Saturday) I'll sit at Dussehra Maidan, people may come and discuss things with me, I will fast to bring peace
Farmers' leader Kakaji speaks exclusively to CNN-NEws18:
Farmers are exploited in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government....This agitation started after farmers lost all there hope...Farmers were agitated because they have not recieved the price of their crops.. We have two main demand: first, farmers should get the price cost of their crop and second we want farm loan should be waived off
Sachin Pilot speaks to CNN-News18:
We wanted to give our condolences to the family fo the deceased and appeal for peace and harmony in the district. But unfortunately, we were arrested... None of the leaders took the initiative to go and have a word with them... There is a political vacuum that's why we wanted to go there..we are not the law breaker.
RECAP | The authorities also prevented Rahul Gandhi and a number of other Congress leaders from entering Mandsaur. Gandhi travelled by air, by car, by motorcycle and by foot from Delhi to Neemuch district of Madhya Pradesh via Rajasthan before he was detained and arrested in Naya Gaon, about 70 kms from Mandsaur. He slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the problems being faced by the farmers, evoking a sharp response from the BJP which termed his visit to Mandsaur as a "photo opportunity".
RECAP | In Mandsaur district where five farmers were killed in police firing on Tuesday, Rapid Action Force (RAF), the anti-riot paramilitary force rushed by the Centre, was deployed this morning. The Centre had rushed 1,100 personnel of the RAF to the violence-hit state on Thursday. At least 56 people have been arrested and over 100 detained in connection with violence during the farmers agitation here, police said.
Farmer protests spread to new areas of MP
Farmer protests on Thursday spilled over to new areas of Madhya Pradesh even as the epicentre of the agitation, Mandsaur, remained relatively peaceful, on a day when Congress leader made an attempt to reach here which was scuttled as he was detained before entering the district.
While curfew continued in Mandsaur, except for a two-hour relaxation, incidents of arson were reported from Shajapur and Dhar districts in the western part of the state on the eighth day of the agitation for loan waiver and better crop price. While a truck and two motorbikes were torched by protesters on the Mumbai-Agra highway (NH-3) in Shajapur district, stones were hurled at police personnel in Shajapur town, which witnessed the farmers' unrest for the first time.
Police fired tear gas and lathi charged a stone-pelting mob near the local market in Shajapur. Following the incident, prohibitory orders were imposed in Shajapur town under Section 144 of the CrPC.
A group of 62 farmers unions had announced that it will block traffic for three hours on all national highways across the country (Representative image: AP)
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