Southwest monsoon of 2017 made an entry into Madhya Pradesh, covering just a small southwestern part of the state. Among the districts that were partly covered include Mandla, Dindori, Balaghat and Anuppur that was just touched. Heavy rainfall was recorded in these areas while thundershowers were reported from other areas too. It would take a few more days for monsoon to reach Bhopal and other parts of state. Few more parts are likely to be covered by Friday.
The MP government on Wednesday suspended the officers who were in charge in Mandsaur district when police firing killed six farmers. Swatantra Kumar Singh, who was Collector, Superintendent of Police OP Tripathi and City SP Sai Krishna S Thota have been suspended. Government order stated that all the three officers were unable to contain violence in Mandsaur and were prima facie found at fault. They would be posted at Bhopal during the period of suspension.
Three more farmers ended their lives in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday. Narmada Yadav ended life in Hoshangabad while another farmer Kaju Khan committed suicide in Siddiqganj in Sehore. The third Kalla ended life in Shivpuri.
Things went out of control on Bhopal-Indore highway yet again on Friday morning as hundreds of farmers came out on the busy road, indulging in stone pelting and arson. This caused major jam on the road on both side of Phanda toll plaza. Cross stone pelting by protesters and police was reported. Trucks were set ablaze. Heavy police force was rushed to the spot. Also senior officials have rushed to the spot.