- MP CM Shivraj Chouhan met deceased farmers’ families in Mandsaur
- Section 144 removed from the district ahead of Chouhan’s visit
- The state has sanctioned financial aid of Rs 1 crore each to the families of six farmers killed in police firing
- Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia to hold protest at Dusshera maidan in Bhopal on Wednesday
- Farmers unions to block highways on 16 June
2 Debt-Ridden Farmers Commit Suicide in MP
Two more debt-ridden farmers committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh's Shivpuri and Hoshangabad districts, police said on Thursday. Narmada Prasad Yadav, 50, a resident of Chaplasar village in Hoshangabad district, was found unconscious and foaming at the mouth by his brother on Wednesday. He was taken to a hospital in a serious condition and was declared dead later at night.
Station chief Mahendra Singh Chauhan told IANS:
His family says that he had an outstanding debt of Rs 50,000 and was being pressurized to clear the debt. The debtors were even asking him to give his tractor as repayment. Distressed by this, he allegedly committed suicide. We are investigating the case.
Another farmer, Kalla, was found hanging from a tree in Shivpuri district's Bineka village. According to Kalla's kin, he had two bigha land in his name. But due to drought conditions since the last three years, he had increasing amounts of debt in his name due to which he took his life.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met with the families of the deceased farmers from Mandsaur. He handed them a cheque for Rs 1 crore and assured them that justice will be given to the farmers who were shot dead in police firing.
Section 144 was removed from the district ahead of the Chief Minister’s visit and two more farmers committed suicide on Tuesday, taking the death toll to seven in just the last 10 days.
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday also began a 72-hour ‘Satyagraha’ in Bhopal in support of the farmers demanding loan waivers and minimum support prices for crops.
'Stand With Those Hit By Violence': CM Shivraj
Addressing the media, post visiting the families of the deceased farmers, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that his government stands by all those who were hit by violence and that the state would compensate for their loss.
Chouhan, yet again, appealed to the villagers to restore peace in the violence-hit Mandsaur region. He mentioned that Mandsaur was an example of prosperity by stating that “Mandsaur Madhya Pradesh ki shaan”.
I have decided to conduct an independent inquiry in the matter under the high court. Those responsible for creating violence will be punished.Shivraj Chouhan, MP CM
He also added that farmers were not capable of covering their faces and burning cars, and asserted that there are anti-social elements behind the attack.