After Maharashtra, farmer unrest rocks MP: 6 killed in firing, govt ready for talks

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As Maharashtra moved to contain an ongoing protest by farmers with a loan waiver, a similar protest in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh took a violent turn Tuesday when at least six farmers were killed and eight others injured in two separate incidents of firing in Mandsaur.

In Mandsaur and the adjoining district of Neemuch, protesters have torched vehicles, blocked traffic and manhandled police officers while sporadic incidents have taken place elsewhere in the state ever since June 1 when the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) announced the agitation.

Condemning the Mandsaur firing, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav slammed the state government: "At this moment of tragedy, I can only advise the government to change its style of functioning and be careful for the welfare and interest of farmers as three years of its rule have been very depressing for them."

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