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Scindia on 72-hour 'satyagraha' in farmers' support

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

leader today launched a 72-hour 'satyagraha' here in support of farmers, three days after Chief Minister called off his indefinite fast on the issue.

Scindia, the Congress' Chief Whip in the Lok Sabha, launched the protest at around 3.30 pm at TT Nagar's Dussehra Maidan.

The scion of the erstwhile dynasty garlanded the portrait of on the stage before sitting on the 'satyagraha'.

The photos of the six farmers killed in Mandsaur district earlier this month were also displayed on the stage.

The farmers' protest, which began on June 1 over various demands, including loan waiver and better prices for their produce, took a violent turn on June 6, when five of them were allegedly killed in police firing at Mandsaur. Another farmer from the district, who was allegedly beaten up by the police, succumbed to his injuries later.

The protest spread to the other districts of western subsequently, including Neemuch, Dhar, Ratlam and Jhabua.

The farmers' agitation prompted the opposition parties to launch an attack on the BJP government in the state and corner Chief Minister over the issue.

An under pressure Chouhan had launched an indefinite fast here on Saturday with an appeal for peace, but called it off the next day claiming that peace had been restored in the areas affected due to the farmers' protest.

On June 8, vice-president was detained by the police while he was on his way to Mandsaur to meet the kin of the farmers killed in police firing.

Scindia, his party colleague Kantilal Bhuria and a number of supporters were detained by the police yesterday at the Nayagaon-Jaora toll booth in Ratlam when they were headed towards neighbouring Mandsaur.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 20:08 IST