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Farmers' agitation: 56 arrested, over 100 detained in Mandsaur

Five persons were killed on Tuesday as the farmers' agitation turned violent

Press Trust of India  |  Mandsaur (MP) 

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Students and activists protesting against killing of six farmers in Mandsor police firing incedent, at MP Bhawan in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: PTI

At least 56 persons have been arrested and over 100 detained in connection with violence during the farmers' agitation in Mandsaur, police said on Thursday.

A two-hour relaxation period in the curfew from 4 pm to 6 pm in the four police station areas of Mandsur city and Pipliamandi in the district passed off peacefully and Collector O P Srivastava said that it can be eased further tomorrow.

Flyers inciting people to protest were allegedly distributed in some areas and police has lauched an inquiry into it.

Additional Superintendent of Police Ajay Pratap Singh said that 22 people have been arrested for arson and other offences related to violence, while 34 have been arrested for defying prohibitory orders.

Police has also detained 102 persons.

Earlier in the day, SP Om Prakash Tripathi, who has been transferred in the wake of the firing in the district that left five farmers dead, said that seven cases have been filed in connection with various incidents of violence.

Addressing a press conference along with Srivastava, Tripathi said some persons have also been detained for heckling the previous Collector S K Singh in Berheda Pant area yesterday.

He said Town Inspector of Piplayamandi Anil Singh Thakur has been removed from field duties in connection with the firing on farmers.

Rakesh Choudhry has been transferred as the new town inspector.

Srivastava, who took charge today, said he is facing a "challenging situation".

"I am trying to understand the situation," he said.

SDM N S Rajawat said that the curfew relaxation was made only for women and children up to the age of 10 years in and Pipliamandi. But as the situation improved the authorities decided to extend the relaxation for all.

Divisional Commissioner M B Ojha said the situation is almost normal. "For the last two or three days, farmers were stopping vehicles and setting them on fire. No such incident has been reported today."

Vehicles that were burnt had been removed this morning from the highway and traffic had resumed.

Farmers in western are protesting since June 1 demanding debt waiver, higher minimum support prices (MSP) for their produce, among others.

Five persons were killed on Tuesday as the farmers' agitation turned violent.

In view of the volatile situation, the Centre had rushed 1,100 personnel of RAF to the violence-hit state

The Chouhan government had sought to cool the tempers by announcing certain measures, including a loan settlement scheme for those cultivators who had defaulted on repayment of farm loan borrowed by them earlier.

The scheme will cover around six lakh farmers, with accumulated dues of Rs 6000 crore, according to the government.

First Published: Fri, June 09 2017. 01:27 IST