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LIVE: Shivraj Singh Chouhan visits Mandsaur, meets families of farmers killed in police firing

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New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday visited Badwan village in Mandsaur, the hub of farmers’ agitation in the state. Chouhan is meeting the families of farmers killed in police firing on 6 June.

Earlier on Tuesday, Congress’s Madhya Pradesh leader Jyotiraditya Scindia and Gujarat’s Patel quota stir spearhead Hardik Patel were turned back by the police before they could enter Mandsaur.

Meanwhile, three more farmers were reported to have ended their lives, allegedly due to indebtedness, in the last 24 hours, including one in CM Chouhan’s home district Sehore.

Here are the latest updates and developments from Chouhan’s Mandsaur visit:

■ Chouhan is likely to meet family members of all farmers who died during the agitation. The government has also lifted prohibitory orders under Section 144, which was imposed earlier in Mandsaur. The state government has reportedly released Rs6 crore, the compensation promised to the six farmers’ families.

■ The BJP government hasn’t allowed opposition leaders, including Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, to visit the village and meet agitating farmers. On Tuesday, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia was detained near Mandsaur.

Hardik Patel, the activist leading the agitation of Patidars for reservation in government jobs and education, was also arrested in Neemuch near Rajasthan-Madhya Pradesh border.

■ CM Chouhan held a 28-hour fast for “peace” over the weekend. He ended the fast on Sunday, saying the families of the deceased farmers had requested him to do so.

■ A one-man judicial commission under retired high court judge J.K. Jain has been formed to probe the police firing incident.

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