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Three protesting farmers shot dead in Madhya Pradesh, say reports

LiveMint logoLiveMint 06-06-2017 Rajendra Jadhav

Mumbai: Three farmers were shot dead on Tuesday at a protest in Madhya Pradesh, according to news reports, marking an escalation of violence as a farmers’ strike demanding debt relief spread.

The farmers died after being shot during a protest in Mandsaur, according to reports that quoted witnesses as saying they had been shot by police personnel.

A state police spokesman reached said, “The situation is very tense. We can’t confirm anything.”

The strike began on Thursday in Maharashtra, with farmers dumping produce and milk on the street to demand loan waivers and better prices for their produce.

They also blocked highways, preventing delivery trucks from reaching city markets. Prices of fresh produce more than doubled in cities including Mumbai.

Some farmer leaders in Maharashtra agreed to call off their action last week after Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said he would meet their demand for a waiver on farmer loans. Other farm unions vowed to continue the protest.

The strike has since spread to Madhya Pradesh. Reuters

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