In the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh protests erupted after the police admitted that they opened fire on crowds of protesters Tuesday, killing 5 people. The country sent more than 1,000 paramilitary forces to quell the unrest.
Discontent began a week ago in Mandawar as farmers, frustrated state agricultural policy, took to the streets to demand higher prices for the crop and the abandonment of existing Bank loans. Drought-the state is one of the few in India, which suffers from a bad harvest in recent years.
According to authorities, police initially denied responsibility for the deaths of farmers who were armed only with stones and sticks. But on Thursday the Minister of internal Affairs of the state of Bhupendra Singh said that 5 people died from police bullets.
"The farmers did not have a petrol or weapons in order to somehow justify the murder,"-said the representative of Rashtriya cuisance, Majdur sang (profsoyuz RABOTNIKOV Narodnogo farms), Rashtriya cuisance, Majdur sang, who also participated in the protest.
The intensity of the protests seems to have forced the Indian authorities to retreat. The chief Minister of the state of Shivraj Singh Chouan made an emotional plea for an end to violence. "I appeal to the brothers to the farmers to quiet down. The government stands by your side, we'll talk and find a solution".
On Thursday, farmers blocked roads throughout the state, not allowing delivery trucks to urban markets. According to the Ministry of agriculture and welfare of farmers, Indian agriculture has grown on average by 3% in the period 2008-2014 And the Indian economy as a whole grew by 7%. Last year, modi promised to increase the agricultural sector with the aim of doubling the incomes of farmers by 2022.
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