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  • 5:04 PM IST

  • 5:03 PM IST

    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has agreed for bail after Madhya Pradesh government allowed him to meet protesting farmers. Rahul Gandhi was arrested when he was trying to meet farmers in violence-hit Mandsaur.

  • 4:42 PM IST

    Family members of deceased farmers’ are waiting to meet Rahul Gandhi outside premises where he’s been kept after arrest. Rahul Gandhi has said he won’t seek until allowed to meet farmers.

  • 4:41 PM IST

    According to reports, Rahul Gandhi spoke to the family members of deceased farmers’ on phone. Rahul Gandhi, who has been arrested by Madhya Pradesh police, is adamant on meeting farmers.

  • 3:25 PM IST

    Curfew will be relaxed in violence-hit Mandsaur district for women and children, from 4 pm to 6 pm today.

  • 3:11 PM IST

    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan invited farmers for talks and said anti-social elements resorting to violence in Mandsaur district will be strictly dealt with. “The government is ready to resolve issues by talks and discussions. Anti social elements trying to bring instability will be strictly dealt with,” said Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

  • 3:09 PM IST

  • 2:37 PM IST

    Rahul Gandhi arrested by Police in Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch under Section-151. The Congress vice president went to Mandsaur meet the protesting farmers and the grieving families of farmers who lost their lives in the police firing.

  • 2:29 PM IST

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.