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Madhya Pradesh farmers' protest: Govt relaxes curfew for two hours for women, children

Mandsaur (MP): Curfew will be relaxed for two hours for women and children up to 10 years of age in violence-hit areas of the district as the situation improved on Thursday.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi walked some distance after getting off his car near the Neemuch border. Twitter/ @INCIndia

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on his way to Mandsaur. Twitter@INCIndia

The curfew will be relaxed for 4 pm to 6 pm, SDM of Mandsaur N S Rajawat said.

The relaxation has been made only for women and children up to the age of 10 years in Mandsaur and Pipliamandi, he said.

Earlier, Divisional Commissioner M B Ojha said that internet services might also be restored.

"For the last two or three days, farmers were stopping vehicles and setting them on fire. No such incident has been reported on Thursday. The situation is almost normal," he said.

Vehicles that were burnt had been removed on Thursday morning from the highway and traffic had resumed.

Farmers in the area have been protesting since 1 June demanding a higher minimum support price (MSP) for their produce amongst other issues.

However, the situation escalated on Tuesday when five people were killed. Curfew was clamped subsequently.

Published Date: Jun 08, 2017 16:41 PM | Updated Date: Jun 08, 2017 16:43 PM

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