Farmers’ stir: MP an ‘island of peace’; urge Cong not to fuel tension, appeals Naidu

Written by June 7, 2017 13:00

New Delhi, June 7: A day after six people were killed in firing in the state’s Mandsaur district during farmers agitation, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday described Madhya Pradesh as ”an island of peace” and urged main opposition party Congress not to politicise the issue unnecessarily.

“Madhya Pradesh is an island of peace. I tell Congress don’t politicise, don’t fuel violence in the name of farmers,” Venkaiah Naidu told news agency ANI.

Meanwhile, the situation was tense but under control in curfew bound Mandsour district. Agitated farmers blocked national highway at Barkheda Pant village today.

They were demanding that chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan should come to talk to them and status of martyrdom be given to the deceased. Some people manhandled district collector Swatantra Kumar Singh who went to advise them to end blockade.

The district administration has stopped leaders of different political parties from entering the district. Elaborate security arrangements have been made in the entire state especially in western Madhya Pradesh in the wake of a statewide bandh call today by some farmers organistions and opposition parties. The bandh has evoked mixed response so far.

The Mandsour administration has claimed that firing was not done by the police. Internet services have been stalled in Mandsour, Neemuch and some other places.