Farmer’s protest in MP: curfew relaxed in Mandsaur, Pipliamandi

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No protest, rally or demonstration will be allowed during the curfew relaxation period, police said.

Curfew was relaxed on Friday in Mandsaur city and Pipliamandi in Madhya Pradesh as the situation in the areas hit by violent protests by farmers improved.

Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Singh said the authorities decided to relax curfew from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

However, no protest, rally or demonstration would be allowed during the curfew relaxation period, police said.

Mandsaur, the epicentre of the agitation, has remained relatively peaceful even as protests by farmers spilled over to other places in the State.
Incidents of arson were reported from Shajapur and Dhar districts in western part of the State on Thursday as the agitation for loan waiver and better crop price continued.

Police fired tear gas and lathicharged a mob pelting stones near the local market in Shajapur on Thursday. Following the incident, prohibitory orders were imposed in the town under Section 144 of the CrPC.

The agitation has also spread to Chhindwara district in Mahakoshal region.

The Centre had rushed 1,100 personnel of the RAF to the State.
While two companies of the RAF, each comprising 100 personnel, were deployed in Pipliamandi, another two were posted in Garoth.

Two RAF companies were deployed along the highway.

Contingents of the CRPF have also been deployed.

At least 56 people have been arrested and over 100 detained in connection with violence during the farmers agitation.

State Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said five farmers were killed in the police firing, a remark that assumes significance as the authorities had claimed the police did not fire during the protests.

To bring back normality the Chief Minister had made a fresh attempt to reach out to the agitating farmers, saying the government was open for a dialogue to iron out the differences and once again appealed them to maintain peace.

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