MP: Curfew lifted from Mandsaur but will remain effective at Pipalya town

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today called off his fast for peace, 27 hours after he began the exercise in a high-profile event in Bhopal on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the All India Kisan Sabha – a wing of the Communist Party of India – has made a decision to observe June 14 as “Protest Day” across the country against the Mandsaur police firing on farmers by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government.

“Hence, it’s an appeal by everyone (to Chouhan) to end the fast”, Bhupendra Singh said. “Your labour won’t go waste”, he said, “I know of the bumper crop production that sent the prices crashing”.

On Saturday, the CM said that he will continue with his regular Mantralaya work sitting at the fasting venue and also meet the farmers if they wanted to speak to him, media reports said.

Besides, the farmers are forced to buy manure from the black market at a huge price due to rampant corruption in the state. Mandsaur Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Singh said the curfew has been lifted from all the three police station areas of the Mandsaur city where it was imposed.

In Mumbai, a marathon meeting between farmers and a committee of senior ministers resulted in a truce after the government said it will immediately waive off loans of farmers with less than 5 acre of land. While five died in police firing on Tuesday, the sixth succumbed on Friday to injuries suffered during a baton charge in Mandsaur. “I began this fast in accordance with “Rashtra dharma” (duty towards the nation) as in the name of farmers’ agitation some people created a situation that caused me worry”, he said.

Claiming that the majority of the population in Madhya Pradesh was dependent on farming, Chouhan said that the state can not progress without farmers.

Mandsaur, the epicentre of farmers’ protest, had been on the boil since last week.

“We are not going there for any protest or demonstration, we just wanted to meet the deceased farmers’ family”, she said.

“The state government stands firm with the farmers”. Senior party member Sanjay Singh, who was part of the delegation, said: “First the state home minister said that shots that killed the farmers were not fired by policemen but then later he accepted that there had been police firing”.

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