Mandsaur, June 8: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi will visit violence-hit Mandsaur of Madhya Pradesh on Thursday to meet the families of the six farmers who were killed in alleged firing by the police on Tuesday in the district. Meanwhile, the state police is struggling to restore calm in the city which is just 325 km away from the state capital of Bhopal.
Earlier on Wednesday, trucks, police vans and bikes were set on fire by the agitating farmers in various areas in Ujjain, Neemuch, Mandsaur and Dewas. Noteworthy, Madhya Pradesh Home Ministry had also written to Union Home Ministry asking for additional forces in the four districts as the protest by the farmers intensified. Meanwhile, around 1,100 paramilitary troops have been sent to the state after curfew was imposed. Cellular services and internet services were also snapped in the violence-hit regions.
Noteworthy, the blame game between the Congress and the BJP continued amid the tension. On Wednesday, MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan blamed the Congress for inciting violence among farmers. He also held a meeting of Krishi Cabinet and announced more sops for farmers, including a loan settlement scheme for defaulters. The government also announced that a commission would be set up to fix a formula to ensure a fair price for crops by deducting agricultural costs. Chouhan gave orders to immediately constitute a Rs 1000-crore price stabilisation fund.
On Tuesday, he had announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore to the families of the farmers who were killed in alleged police firing and a government job to one member in the family. An ex-gratia of Rs 50 lakh was also announced to those injured.