BHOPAL: The Centre has rushed 1,100 anti-riot police personnel to Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur to help restore peace in the district where five persons were killed in violence during a protest by farmers demanding debt relief and better crop prices.
The Home Ministry has also sought a detailed report over yesterday's violence and steps taken by the Madhya Pradesh government to restore normalcy in the violence-hit area.
Around 600 personnel of the Rapid Action Force, a specialised anti-riots force, have already reached Mandsaur to assist the local administration, a Home Ministry official said.
Altogether 500 more RAF personnel are being sent to Mandsaur by the Home Ministry on the request of the state government.
Earlier in the day, there were reports of arson and rioting in a few places although police officer spoke of peace returning.
Reports said villagers returning from the funeral of one of the victims reportedly assaulted collector Swatantra Kumar Singh and spoke sharply to superintendent of police O P Tripathi. They had to beat a hasty retreat.
Farmers set fire to three trucks and burnt a warehouse in curfew-bound Bahi Chaupati and Pipliya Mandi areas. Unconfirmed reports said mobs pelted stones and attempted arson in Suvasra town and in the Chandukhedi area of Ujjain.
Additional director-general of police of Ujjain V Madhu Kumar said these were only sporadic incidents.
However, reports said farmer groups and Congress supporters took to the streets at other places in the state to make the MP bandh called by farmer unions successful. There were reports of roadblocks and protests from Gwalior, Sehore, Harda, Indore, Khandwa, Bhopal, Jhabua and Neemuch districts.
Angry farmers reportedly attacked policemen in Ujjain and Congress workers stopped trains in Dewas district.